How to Vote in the 2021 Best of Rhode Island Readers’ Poll

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Our Best of Rhode Island online readers’ poll, which runs April 1 to 30, is almost here.

The annual contest, now in its twenty-eighth year, touches every corner of the state and, more importantly, it gives the reins to the locals. Whether you love a tiny bakery in Pawtucket or a garden nursery in South Kingstown, we’re asking you to shout it from the rooftops (or, er, thoughtfully type it into the voting form on, live on April 1).

As usual, we’ve assembled a beast of a ballot with scores of categories — restaurant, pub, salon, clam shack, fitness studio — in statewide and regional sections. We’re leaning on you, reader, to name the best of the best, but it needn’t be a big time commitment. You can scroll through and only fill in the categories that spark joy in your heart or your belly. For folks with opinions about everything: Welcome home. We can’t wait to see what you choose.

This year’s poll also includes a few brand-new categories:

Drinks. In the statewide category, vote for your favorite non-alcoholic or alcoholic, locally made, bottled beverage products and say “Cheers!” to the folks who keep us in flavor.

Jewelry designers. Also statewide, cast a vote for your favorite local jewelry designer. (Pandemic revelation: Statement earrings pair really, really well with stretchy pants.)

So give us a little of your time and we’ll hand back a big, juicy Best of Rhode Island issue in August. The team at Rhode Island Monthly, and the state’s small business owners, thank you for your votes.

Keep an eye on for the official ballot, which goes live April 1.

If you operate a local business and want to rally your fans for the vote, download our free voting widgets for your website or social channels. Plus, consult this tips sheet for answers to your most pressing Best of Rhode Island questions.

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