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 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!

Best kid-friendly
hair salon

Snip-its Haircuts for Kids
5663 E. Circle Drive, Cicero, in the Lowe’s plaza. 452-5437.

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

CopperTop Tavern
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

Stella’s Diner
110 Wolf St., Syracuse. 425-0353.







Tie! Best Place For a date night

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse
302 Old Liverpool Road, Liverpool. 457-0000.








Regal Cinemas
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.














Best Family Amusement or Water Park

Enchanted Forest Water Safari
3183 Route 28, Old Forge. 369-6145.









Best Birthday Cakes
and Cupcakes

Locations in Syracuse, DeWitt, Onondaga, East  Syracuse,
Liverpool and Cicero.






Best Mall or
Shopping Center

Carousel Center
Off Hiawatha Boulevard,
Syracuse. 466-7000.


















Best Lunch Place

Panera Bread
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
After-school programs
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.

















Best Summer
Program or Camp

YMCA Day Camp Iroquois

4795 Sweet Road, Manlius. 637-6436 (in-season) or 637-2025, Ext. 207  (off-season).

Camp Y-Noah
North Area Family YMCA, 4775 Wetzel Road, Liverpool. 451-2562.






Best Dance or

Tawn Marie’s Dance Centre
1216 Morgan Road, Liverpool.






















Best Place to
Healthy items
for Babies

Basic Baby Education
Center & Store
Shoppingtown Mall,
3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. 632-6110.








Best Sports Program

for Kids

Sport Center 481
Lil’ Kickers
6841 Collamer Road,
East Syracuse. 701-1111.







Best CNY

Wegmans Playground
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.



Best Local Beach
for families

Green Lakes State Park
7900 Green Lakes Road,
Fayetteville. 637-6111.








Best Family
Day Trip

Strong National Museum of Play
1 Manhattan Square, Rochester.
(585) 263-2700.












Best CNY Parent’s
Support Group

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).






Best Kid-friendly

Museum, Zoo or

Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Burnet Park, Syracuse.










Best Town Library or Library Branch

Liverpool Public Library
310 Tulip St., Liverpool. 457-0310.














Best Annual CNY
Festival or Fair

New York State Fair
State Fairgrounds, Geddes. 487-7711.