Voting underway for People's Choice Awards
by Marie Nesmith
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Swheat Market Deli patrons place their lunch orders with co-owner Tim Thompson. The Cartersville downtown business won last year’s People’s Choice Award for best restaurant in Bartow County. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Swheat Market Deli patrons place their lunch orders with co-owner Tim Thompson. The Cartersville downtown business won last year’s People’s Choice Award for best restaurant in Bartow County. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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For Swheat Market Deli Owner Kari Hodge, receiving the best restaurant accolade from last year’s People’s Choice contest was a humbling experience. Established in 2005 by the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the awards highlight Bartow County’s non-franchised restaurants, shops and attractions and are presented annually at the Arts Festival at Rose Lawn.

“We were very grateful first of all that our community would view us with such high standards,” said Hodge, who owns the Cartersville establishment with her father, Tim Thompson. “[We are] just very proud and glad to be a part of the downtown and glad to be a part of the community, period. I was just humbled.”

Opened in 2005, Swheat Market Deli is located at 5 E. Main St. While Swheat Market Deli was a first-time award recipient last year, the other People’s Choice victors were repeat winners. Spring Place Pottery & Artists’ Gallery was recognized as the best shop for the second year in a row and the Booth Western Art Museum received its fourth best attraction accolade.

Through Aug. 31, individuals can vote for their favorite establishments at the local CVB’s website, www.VisitCartersvilleGA.org, or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/VisitCartersville. Only one vote can be cast per computer for the 2014 People’s Choice Awards survey.

“As we were operating the Visitor Information Center, it became very evident that one of the first questions that people ask is, ‘Where’s a good place to eat?’” said Regina Wheeler, deputy director for the Cartersville-Bartow County CVB. “And then the second thing is ... they want to know what there is to see and do. So we just decided to create these awards basically to kind of get the opinions of our local residents and visitors that know us well or maybe frequent us quite often.

“We look at a visitor as anybody that could potentially come and stay overnight, but we have a lot of day visitors who do drive up from the metro area and from around north Georgia that just love our community. So we wanted to honor those opinions. The online presence and nature of this particular survey allows us to do that because wherever you are in front of your computer, you can weigh in.”

The awards will be presented at the 39th annual Arts Festival at Rose Lawn, 224 W. Cherokee Ave. in Cartersville, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. The accolades will accompany the CVB’s Hospitality Heroes Awards, which recognize instrumental current or former residents of Bartow County. While the People’s Choice Awards are voted on by the public, the Hospitality Heroes are nominated by various organizations, with the recipients selected by the CVB board of directors.

For more information about the online survey, call the CVB at 770-387-1357.

People’s Choice Awards

• Best Restaurant in Bartow County

2005 — D. Morgan’s

2006 — Appalachian Grill

2007 — Hearth & Harvest

2008 — D. Morgan’s

2009 — Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse

2010 — Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse

2011 — Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse

2012 — Antonino’s Italian Grotto

2013 — Swheat Market Deli

• Best Shop in Bartow County

2005 — Write on Main

2006 — c.a.n.o.p.y

2007 — Periwinkle

2008 — Periwinkle

2009 — Periwinkle

2010 — Gigi’s Hidden Treasures

2011 — Periwinkle

2012 — Spring Place Pottery & Artists’ Gallery

2013 — Spring Place Pottery & Artists’ Gallery

• Best Attraction in Bartow County

2005 — Booth Western Art Museum

2006 — Booth Western Art Museum

2007 — Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

2008 — Red Top Mountain State Park

2009 — Tellus Science Museum

2010 — Tellus Science Museum

2011 — Tellus Science Museum

2012 — Booth Western Art Museum

2013 — Booth Western Art Museum