Alternative health:

Better Health Store

Runners-up: Foods for Living, Creative Wellness

Auto care:

Runners-up: Spartan Car Care, University Foregin Auto

Bank/credit union:

Runners-up: NuUnion, LAFCU


Barber Love
Runners-up: Frandor Barber, Douglas J

There’s a red felt pool table, a terrarium, a snack machine and monitors pumping out the latest R&B hits (or vintage episodes of “In Living Color”) — and there are also some skilled barbers who are always in the mood to give you a killer cut with a little bit of lively conversation on the side. Affordable prices, speedy service, an atmosphere of friendliness and fun make this barbershop a cut above the rest. 2003 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 702-0636.

Cab company:

Green Cab
Runners-up: Big Daddy, Party Cab


Runners-up: Soup Spoon Caf, Soup to Nutz, Mama Bear’s

You’ve been part in charge of the food for your son’s big graduation celebration and you know the guests will expect something more than chicken fingers and tater tots. What to do? Call Troppo. They’ll whip up dishes of sweet and sour salmon, tender strands of fried calamari (with just a hint of tantalizing spice), savory pork cutlets served atop creamy-cheesy rotini and roast duck and figs nestled in a bed of greens and goat cheese. As Julia Child might say, “Bon appetit!” 120 North Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 371-4000.


Dr. Mark Poletti
Runners-up: Dr. Randy Randhawa, Lida Rassel


Runners-up:Thee, Gary Smith


Runners-up: MAC, Fitness USA


English Inn
Runners-up: Wild Goose Inn, Marriott East Lansing

Law firm:

Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith

Runners-up: a dead one, Douglas Meeks

Maid service:

Molly Maid
Runners-up: Maid Brigade, Easy Living


Two Men & A Truck
Runners-up: Uhaul, Top Flight


Douglas J
Runners-up: Jenny Nails, Kiss Nails

Pet care:

Runners-up: Waverly Animal, Doggy Day Care

Place to pamper yourself:

Douglas J
Runners-up: Creative Wellness, Solace Massage and October Moon

When you want to start the new season with a new look or a new attitude, there’s nothing like indulging in a little spring cleaning of your own. Whether it’s a permanent wave, a wrinkle-reducing facial or a stress-relieving hot stone massage, Douglas J is happy to help. Still stuffy from being cooped up all winter? Try a sinus cleansing treatment. Tired of flaky dry skin? Enjoy an exfoliating Caribbean Body Therapy treatment. This is the third time Douglas J has won in this category. 4663 Ardmore Ave., Okemos. (517) 349-0430.


Roxanne Frith
Runners-up: Jena McShane, JD Small


Michigan Plumbing
Runners-up: Hedlund, Meridian


Golden Harvest
Runners-up: Knight Cap, Peanut Barrel


Douglas J
Runners-up: Personal Image, Steven Marvin

Tanning salon:


Runners-up: The Sun, Cabana Sun


Splash of Color

Runners-up: Fish Ladder, Liquid Tattoo

Tax service:

Turbo Tax

Runners-up: Angela Backus, H&R Block