OGDEN -- Some of the most popular businesses in the Top of Utah were recognized Friday night at the inaugural Standard-Examiner block party.
The Top of the Top Readers' Choice Awards were announced during the event held at The Junction in downtown Ogden.
Entertainment included The Greg Simpson Band, face painting, a sidewalk chalk art contest, massages, games, prizes and free samples from dozens of vendors representing competitors.
While the crowd gathered, David Fletcher, 13, was busy drawing a green-and-purple dragon he hoped would win him first place in the sidewalk chalk art contest.
"I've been drawing for a long time, and I really like superheroes, mostly the DC Comic heroes like Batman," he said.
"One day, I'm going to own my own comic book store. Tonight I'm drawing my own original dragon, though. It's a lot of fun."
On the other end of the sidewalk, Dona Sellers, owner of Don's Pet Care and Training Center in Ogden, and her dog Keeper were entertaining attendees.
"We were very honored to be one of the top three nominations in our category, and we appreciate the support of the community," she said as she told Keeper to wave to her guests.
"We are locally owned and operated and specialize in grooming, boarding and training. We teach dogs functional obedience so they have manners in the house."
Imaging Depot won first place in the Best Camera Store and Photo Imaging category. Salesman Brad Paxton expressed his gratitude.
"We're here for the customers and not the other way around, and we strive to go out of our way for them," he said.
"Events like this bring the community together and let everyone know who is here, and we appreciate that. We're very honored."
Michelle Solum, owner of New Image Day Spa, was also honored to win first place in the spa category.
"It's been fun for us to be in the contest," she said. "Because the community chooses, it gives you an honest view of what they think. It really shows where you stand with the public. We appreciate it very much."
The Standard-Examiner has been conducting the Readers' Choice Awards for years. However, this year, it wanted to make the contest a more interactive occasion between local businesses and community.
Community members voted for their favorites in 45 categories.
The Timbermine Restaurant won first place in five categories, including best place to work, best seafood, best customer service, best restaurant and best steakhouse.
A complete list of winners of Readers' Choice Awards will appear in the Aug. 31 Go! section in the Standard-Examiner