Some of Douglas’ best businesses were recognized on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the Best of Douglas 2017 celebration which was held at Cilantros on Third Street and G Avenue.

In August the Douglas Dispatch began a citywide online contest where local residents could nominate and then vote in September for those businesses they felt exemplified the Best of Douglas.

The top three winners in each category were invited to the celebration where the winners would be announced.

An estimated 150 people attended the Best of Douglas event.

“It’s always a pleasure to come down to Douglas,” Douglas Dispatch Publisher Tom Riebock said in his opening remarks. “I know a lot about this community that you don’t see on the surface...This is the first, and hopefully not the last Best of Douglas.”

Riebock said the Dispatch sponsored this event because they wanted to recognize the businesses that have served the community for many, many years.

“The newspaper simply provided a platform in which people in the community voted,” he said.

“If you are here winning an award it’s because people in your community voted for you and recognized your service.”

Douglas Dispatch reporter Aaliyah Montoya served as the Master of Ceremonies at the event.

“We had about 50 different nominations in nearly 30 different categories,” she said. “In all we had close to 4,000 votes…I hope all the nominees know that one of your customers, one of your clients, took time out to make sure you got recognized for all that you do in our community.”

Montoya encouraged those in attendance to go out and continue to support not only the businesses that won but all the businesses in Douglas.

Douglas’ Mayor Robert Uribe congratulated the winners and says he knows first hand, the challenges of operating a small business.

“You all are our backbone to economic development,” he said.

Douglas’ Economic Development Director David Carranza was the guest speaker for the event.

“How many of you want to be the very best,” Carranza asked the audience. “We all want to be the very best...I know first hand, it takes a lot of work. I was a businessman for close to 20 years. It is very tough. It seems like you are working 24/7, 365 days a year.”

Carranza stated that without small business the United States could not prosper. He added he has been a customer at many of the businesses that were being honored at the event.

“Being the best is now going to be a little tougher for you,” he said. “There are going to be some other people that want to be the best next year.”

Carranza said the mayor continues to brag that Douglas is the best border community in the United States and this event is helping him backup those remarks.

The categories and the winners were

Best Mexican Food: El Chef, Border Taco, La Fiesta Cafe.

Best Photographer: Angelina’s Photography, Diane’s Photography, AR Photography & Creations.

Most Creative Photographer: Angelina’s Photography, AR Photography & Creations.

Most Original Photographer: AR Photography & Creations.

Most Efficient Photographer: Diane’s Photography, AR Photography & Creations.

Best Quality Photographer: AR Photography & Creations.

Best Shopping Market: Mi Ranchito Meat Center, Food City.

Best Customer Service: Douglas Meat Market, Mi Ranchito Meat Center.

Best Selection: Douglas Walmart

Best Prices: Food City.

Best Food Truck: Lico’s Hot Dogs & Mariscos, Ovando’s One Stop Plaza.

Best Food Truck Prices: L&L’s Hotdogs

Best Realty Company: Long Realty, Douglas Realty Group, Evert J Jones Real Estate.

Best Realtor: Angelica Garcia, Belen Durazo, Michael Gutierrez.

Best Results: Abbott Realty, Ltd.

Best Housing Market: Long Realty.

Best Salon: Cantu Barbershop, Debbie’s Golden Curl.

Best Salon Atmosphere: Cho Salon and Spa, Cantu Barbershop.

Best Barber: Jorge Montano, Juan Limon and Mariela German.

Best Hair Stylist: Alan Rubio, Claudia Ornelas, Debbie Contreras.

Best Plumber: Valdez Plumbing, Roy Clark.

Best Electrician: Robert Encinas.

Best Contractor: Acosta Landscaping, GAR Construction, Bosch Construction.

Best Clothing Store: Son Paises, DD’s Discounts.

Best Health Care Provider: Chiricahua Community Health Centers Inc., Douglas Medical Complex, Team No Rest Day.

Best Mechanic: Jeff’s Auto, Tony’s Auto Repair, Nalley’s Pit Stop.

Best Phone Company: PQH Wireless, Mankero Tech, Net Satt.