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CEDAR TOWN — Showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit of a growing community, the third annual Best of Iron County competition highlighted the best small businesses the Cedar City area has to offer, from burgers and pizza shops to auto stores and to building contractors.
Best of Iron County is an opportunity for business owners, employees, customers and fans from across the community to have their voices heard. And Iron County residents spoke out in a big way, with 585 nominations received and 178,000 votes cast.
“We continue to be blown away by how the community has embraced the contest and supported local businesses,” said Canyon Media’s General Manager, Ben Lindquist. “For us, being able to showcase all that Iron County has to offer is one of the highlights of the year.”
Gold and silver winners were crowned in 10 consolidated categories: Activities and Entertainment, Business and Services, Food and Beverage, General Services, Home and Garden, Lifestyle and Beauty, Medical, Schools, Shopping and Vehicles and Services. The 227 winning companies are featured on BestofIronCounty.com and in Best of Iron County magazine.
Known as “Festival City USA”, millions of people pass through Cedar City each year. Whether visiting the nearby Cedar Breaks National Monument or catching a play at the award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, tourists and locals alike should know the best places to stop while in largest city in Iron County.
With that in mind, Canyon Media will distribute a total of 7,500 copies of the magazine over the next few weeks. Free copies are now available at the following eight businesses in the Cedar City area:
- Brian K. Tavoian Family Dentistry, 510 S. Main St., Cedar City.
- Christensen Department Store, 984 S. Main St., Cedar City.
- State Bank of Southern Utah, 377 N. Main St., Cedar City.
- Bulloch Pharmacy, 91 N. Main St., Cedar City.
- Cedar Bowling Center, 421 E. Highway 91, Cedar City.
- Bristlecone, 67 W. Center St., Cedar City.
- Silver Silo Bakery & Espresso, 777 S. Cross Hollow Drive, Cedar City.
- Brian Head Resort, 329 S. Highway 143, Brian Head.
View and download a map of pick-up locations here.
To add to the prestige, this year’s prizes for winners include gold and silver medals as well as a showcase and certificate. Keep an eye out around town for Best of Iron County awards on display at various businesses.
“Running a local small business is never easy and is often overlooked. It can be a thankless job filled with long hours and lots of hard work,” Lindquist said. “For our team, showcasing the winners in a beautiful magazine and dropping off a winner’s kit with a certificate, window sticker and an actual gold or silver medal is a great way to celebrate small business.”
Best of Iron County was presented by Canyon Media, Cedar City News and title sponsor Brian K. Tavoian Family Dentistry, Cedar City’s “smile doctor” for 30 years.
Much like the unique flavor of the greater St. George area, which was showcased earlier this year at the fourth annual Best of Southern Utah competition, Iron County has its own appeal and style. There aren’t many places where visitors will find rich heritage and small-town charm blended effortlessly with a booming tourist economy and the surroundings of a renowned university.
For these attributes – and many more – Iron County is a great place to do business.
Lindquist believes that small businesses are the heart and soul of rural communities, and finding new and better ways to serve Iron County residents has been a priority for Canyon Media in recent years.
“It’s a really strong business community,” he says. “If you want to be successful in Iron County, you have to have a great product and great customer service, and you have to be a hard worker.”
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