Categories: Feature Story Date: Jun 28, 2012 Title: Besties Winners 2012
CNY readers chose winners in 30 categories
By Reid Sullivan
Central New Yorkers visited our website to cast their votes for their favorite area products, services and destinations in our second annual Besties competition. We’re pleased to report that the votes more than doubled compared with last year’s count, partly the result of some intense lobbying in several of the 30 categories. And we make no bones about it: This is a popularity contest.
We hope that you got a chance to visit www.familytimes.biz to vote before the deadline. Our aim is to support the people and businesses that help make the Syracuse area a great place for families. Did your favorites make the list? If not, there’s always next year. And now, the winners!
Snip-its Haircuts for Kids
5663 E. Circle Drive, Cicero, in the Lowe’s plaza. 452-5437. www.snipits.com.
Best Party Place
& Best Free or Cheap
Place to Play Indoors
Live 2 Bounce
Second floor, Driver’s Village, 5885 E. Circle Drive, Cicero. 299-8096.
Best Dinner Place
7777 Brewerton Road, North Syracuse (458-1999)
and 3380 Milton Ave., Syracuse. (488-1222).
Best Ice Cream Place
1525 Valley Drive (469-8647) and
4800 McDonald Road (475-1250), Syracuse.
Best Breakfast Spot
110 Wolf St., Syracuse. 425-0353.
Tie! Best Place For a date night
Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse
302 Old Liverpool Road, Liverpool. 457-0000.
Locations in Syracuse, DeWitt and Clay.
Best Clothing Store for kids
The Children’s Place
9593 Carousel Center, Syracuse.
Best Secondhand Store
Wear It Again Kids & Family Too!
5962 Route 31, Country Max Plaza, Cicero. 288-4833.
Best Performing Arts Program
Syracuse Children’s Theatre
700 W. Manlius St., East Syracuse. 432-5437. sctkids.com.
Best Family Amusement or Water Park
Enchanted Forest Water Safari
3183 Route 28, Old Forge. 369-6145.
Best Birthday Cakes
Locations in Syracuse, DeWitt, Onondaga, East Syracuse,
Liverpool and Cicero.
Best Mall or
Off Hiawatha Boulevard,
Best Lunch Place
Five locations, in Syracuse,
DeWitt, Fayetteville and Cicero.
Best Toy Store
Toys “R” Us
Great Northern Mall, I-480 and Route 31, Clay. 652-8697.
Best After-School Program
YMCA of Greater
offered in several districts
in Central New York.
Best Early Childhood
Program or Preschool
Bluebird Music Together
Locations in Camillus, Skaneateles and Auburn. 440-2547.
Program or Camp
YMCA Day Camp Iroquois
4795 Sweet Road, Manlius. 637-6436 (in-season) or 637-2025, Ext. 207 (off-season). ymcaofgreatersyracuse.org/campiroquois/.
North Area Family YMCA, 4775 Wetzel Road, Liverpool. 451-2562. www.ycny.org.
Best Dance or
Tawn Marie’s Dance Centre
1216 Morgan Road, Liverpool.
Best Place to
Buy Healthy items
Basic Baby Education
Center & Store
3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. 632-6110. www.basicbabyshop.com.
Best Sports Program
Sport Center 481
6841 Collamer Road,
East Syracuse. 701-1111.
at Onondaga Lake Park
Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. 451-7275.
Best Martial Arts Program
Five Star Martial Arts
7575 Buckley Road, North Syracuse. 935-5874. www.fivestarkarate.com.
Best Local Beach
Green Lakes State Park
7900 Green Lakes Road,
Strong National Museum of Play
1 Manhattan Square, Rochester.
(585) 263-2700. museumofplay.org.
Best CNY Parent’s
Multiple Moms Mingle Group for mothers and expectant mothers of multiples meets the first Wednesday of the month at Ruby
Tuesday, 3220 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt.
Best Book Store
Barnes & Noble
3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt (449-2948) and 3956 Route 31, Clay (622-0370). www.barnesandnoble.com.
Museum, Zoo or
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Burnet Park, Syracuse.
Best Town Library or Library Branch
Liverpool Public Library
310 Tulip St., Liverpool. 457-0310. www.lpl.org.
Best Annual CNY
Festival or Fair
New York State Fair
State Fairgrounds, Geddes. 487-7711.