The 2017 campaign to find the Best of Paris 2017 opened in January. Early bird nominations have already arrived via the website (www.best-in.paris) and initial indications suggest a diverse and exciting campaign ahead!
New categories will be added to the 2017 campaign, including Best Illustrator. The firm favourite at this early stage, with several nominations, is Filipino Cynthia Renard (www.lovecynthia.fr). This doodler and Illustrator seems to be admired by many, including Monica (USA) who claimed that “Cynthia gives happiness to the world through her drawings and designs. She creates cute “happy girls” and turns them into stamps used for crafts, card making and scrapbooking. She’s passionate with what she does and one of the most humble people I know.”
Early nominations place Dagmara Bonjenko (www.dagmarabojenko.com) as a popular contender for this year’s Best Wedding Photographer with several nominators, including Gabriella (Canada) who describes Dagmara as having “the eyes of an eagle – Love her shoots!” L’amour de Paris has also been nominated for this category.
Other wedding themed nominees include Fete in France (www.feteinfrance.com) recognised for their excellence by Grace (UK), “Whether an intimate event or a grand affair Fête in France are fantastic. They will bring your vision to life with absolute professionalism”, and Synie’s (www.synies.com) for Best Celebration Cakes.
The Yoga category looks to be popular once again with last year’s winner, Ann Moradian (www.annmoradianyoga.org), and runner up Affordable Yoga (affordableyogafitness.com ) already receiving nominations. Annette (USA) described Ann as “an awesome Yoga instructor, she somehow manages to engage teenagers into the practice of Yoga and they love it!”, while Gillian (USA) describes Affordable Yoga as “a community that has become like a family for many expats”.
Lisa Rankin (www.flavorsofparis.com) has received early support, “Dazzled by the red carpet welcome from all of the food shops on the tour: they are all clearly in love with Lisa. Quite understandable: she is warm, professional, knowledgeable about French culture and history, and above all, passionate about what she does. We were enveloped in a sensation of privilege and pampering from shop to shop, and ended the tour feeling, well…dazzled” states Lynn (USA).
EMBA graduate, Sayah (Lebanon) has nominated École des Ponts business school, “The staff are very professional and the professors are of high quality”. Allison (USA) has nominated ISM (www.ism.edu)- last year’s winner of best business school in Paris.
We have also received numerous nominations for bars. Corcorans (Saint Michel) http://saintmichel.corcoransirishpub.fr will once again be present in the best Irish Pub category courtesy of Manca (Croatia). Frog pubs (www.frogpubs.com) will be present in the Best Sports Bar category courtesy of Isabelle (France).
Patty (USA) has nominated ‘No Love Locks’ (www.nolovelocks.com) as best Civic Organization “Lisa Anselmo and the late Lisa Taylor-Huff, the founders of No Love Locks, were successful in convincing the City of Paris to remove 65 tons of locks from the Pont des Arts. Thanks to their efforts the Pont des Arts has been restored, and is 99.99% lock-free.”
Expat Associations including Message (www.messageparis.org), AARO (www.aaro.org) and AAWE (www.aaweparis.org) have received several nominations across various categories including Best Association, Best Volunteering Opportunity and Best Support Organisation.
Other categories that have already received nominations include: Best Italian/Deli Market, Best Way to Get in Shape, Best Sunset Picnic Location, Best Crêperie, Best Wine Bar, Best Parenting Blog, Best Place to Hear Live Music, Best Health Day Spa, Best Cafe for Sightings, Best Brunch Spot, Best Coffee, Best Place for Mexican Food Mix and Best Place to Kiss! As the best of Paris 2017 campaign fully opens, you are invited to nominate friends, colleagues, companies and services you feel deserve recognition for their excellence.