Traverse City, MI (Februray 6)--MyNorth Media, publisher of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine announced today that voting for the Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan 2012-2013 is available now and will continue through Monday, March 12 on MyNorth.com. Anyone can vote for the best burger, omelet, TV personality, teacher, policeman, beach, music festival, weatherman and many more in 100 categories of food & beverages, people, places and events. MyNorth Media will reveal 300 winners in these 100 categories in the June issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine at the Red Hot Best Bash on Thursday, May 17, 2012.
Nominations for the Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan reader’s choice survey closed on Friday, February 3, 2012. MyNorth.com recorded more than 2,300 nominations, which have all being reviewed for spelling, duplication and syntax and placed on the ballot by MyNorth Media staff.
“The Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan is another way that we celebrate Northern Michigan’s businesses,” says Traverse Magazine founder and CEO of MyNorth Media, Deborah Wyatt Fellows. “In every issue of our magazines--Traverse Magazine, Northern Home & Cottage, MyNorth Vacation Guide--on MyNorth.com and in our videos, we share what’s good about Northern Michigan. With the Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan we highlight 300 of our reader’s choices of the best food and beverages, people, places and events and share that with our audience.”
Traverse Magazine editors added 26 new categories this year, including pizza, tattoo parlor, omelet, wine bar and bike shop. “When we created last year’s list of 100 categories, there were so many we would have liked to have included that it was hard to limit it to just 100,” says Jeff Smith, Vice President Editorial and Editor. “In rotating in some new categories, we can keep the list lively and current.”
Traverse Magazine hosted a reader’s choice ballot for many years, several years ago, collecting ballots mailed in. “With the addition of social media and internet accessibility, it is much easier for people to vote. All they have to do is click,” says Fellows. “Last year more than 8, 000 people participated in the Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan and we expect more this year.”
This year’s Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan has a longer voting period and a higher awareness in the community. “Our June issue has always been the kick off to summer. With the addition of the Red Hot Best List last year, it became the go-to guide for our readers’ summer vacation planning,” says Smith.
Fellows adds, “We’re already getting orders for the June 2012 issue of Traverse Magazine.”
Voting in100 categories will continue through Monday, March 12, 2013. Three winners in each category, for a total of 300 winners, will be listed in the June issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine and revealed Thursday, May 17th at the Red Hot Best Bash, sponsored by Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel and Deep Blue Coffee. The Red Hot Best Bash supports three Northern Michigan charities: The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Camp Quality and Michigan Legacy Art Park.
About MyNorth Media
MyNorth Media, founded as Prism Publications Inc. more than 30 years ago by Deborah Wyatt Fellows, publishes Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine, Northern Home & Cottage, MyNorth Vacation Guide and MyNorth Wedding, in addition to several other print and online publications. It also produces MyNorth.com, the online home of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.
Traverse Magazine and its staff have won more than a dozen national and international awards for excellence, including a 2008 silver award for general excellence from the City and Regional Magazine Association and the 2007 “Magazine of the Year" award from the International Regional Magazine Association.
MyNorth Media has also published Reflections of a Life Up North, a coffee-table book of stunning photography from Traverse Magazine paired with a collection of Fellows's columns, The Cottage Cookbook, 101 Ways to Love Traverse City and The Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan 2011-2012. MyNorth Media is also a proud sponsor of many events including the Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival, Traverse City Wine & Art Festival, Traverse City Friday Night Live, Paella in the Park and Elk Rapids Harbor Days. The privately held company is headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. For more information visit MyNorth.com or call (231) 941-8174.