Best Of 2008 index

A note to our readers/voters:

You voted, and now the results are in.

Really, though, don't we already know the answer to that annual question: "Who/What is the ‘Best Of' the Ahwatukee Foothills?"

In the broadest sense possible, it's you, our reader. You, the patron of each and every business you'll see featured here are the "Best Of" Ahwatukee Foothills. Even in times of tough economic strain, your willingness to support your local businesses proves just how strong the Ahwatukee Foothills community really is, and just how lucky we all are to be a part of it.

It's amazing to see how the community gets into this contest more and more each year, and this time was no exception. For the first time,, the online home of theAhwatukee Foothills News, joined AFN in sponsoring the competition, with all ballots collected online.

The results were off the charts, with three times as many ballots cast this year than in any year prior!

This year, the AFN staff also decided to place a bit of a "personal touch" on the competition by creating a handful of "Special Service" categories to go along with the regular ballot. In addition to the "Best New Business" staple, we've added "Best Mom and Pop," "Best Customer Service," "Best Teacher," "Best Bartender" and "Best Server" to the docket. The winners of these categories were featured on the cover of our print edition, as well as in special feature stories that can be found below.

Thanks again to all the voters for their support, and to all the businesses included for their participation.

Scroll down for a complete list of those voted Best Of Ahwatukee 2008.

-- AFN staff



'Special Service' CategoriesBest New Business 2008: Woolaver ClearsmilesBest Customer Service: The BAR School of Athletic PerformanceBest Mom and Pop: The BAR School of Athletic PerformanceBest Waiter/WaitressEmily Ellis (That Italian Place) Best BartenderKen Baker (My Wine Cellar)Best TeacherBrandon Buck (Mountain Pointe High School) 

Services:Best Place to Get Your Car FixedBest Dry Cleaner

Personal Well Being:Best Place to Work Out 2008Best Personal Trainer 2008Best MassageBest Hair SalonBest Nail SalonBest AestheticianBest Dance Studio

Medical:Best Medical PracticeBest PediatricianBest DentistBest OrthodontistBest Medical DoctorBest ChiropractorBest Eye ExamBest Dermatologist

Dining:Best Italian FoodBest Asian FoodBest Mexican FoodBest Place to go for BreakfastBest Place to Eat with the KidsBest Place to Have Dinner

Snack Time:Best Frozen DessertBest PizzaBest Lunch SpotBest WingsBest SandwichBest Burger

A Night Out:Best Place to Get a Bottle of WineBest Place for an Evening OutBest Place to See Live MusicBest Place to Watch a GameBest Happy Hour

Shopping:Best Grocery StoreBest Place to Shop for Clothes

Youth:Best After-School HangoutBest Preschool

Pet Services:Best Pet ServicesBest Pet GroomerBest Veterinarian


(1) comment


how does the best of voting work? when does it start? where does a person vote? when does it finish?

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.