Most Likely to Win Best of Boise 

The former outcasts are, technically, popular.

The term "popularity"—especially when coupled with "contest"— has a negative connotation, but sometimes a beloved [insert noun] is so because it deserves to be.

A familiar trope in coming-of-age rom-coms is the nerdy/geeky/brainy/artsy teens, who are willing to do anything to be popular but ultimately discover being true to themselves is all they have to do to make friends and find happiness. However, now the former outcasts are, technically, popular. They are smart, artistic, kind or all of the above. Their uniqueness, which initially made them a target, is now what draws others to them. It's a win/win.

Speaking of winners, this Wednesday, Aug. 2 edition of Boise Weekly coincides with the launch of our annual Best of Boise poll. For more than 20 years, our readers have bestowed the best-of title on their favorite local artists, bars, cocktails, landmarks, meals, musicians, politicians, professionals, retailers, restaurants and more. Sure, BOB is a popularity contest of sorts, but in a city with so many entertainment and service options, excellence shines—and our readers reward it.

Below are a few details on how you can turn the spotlight on your faves:

Visit Aug. 2-Aug. 23 and follow the voting instructions. Voting ends Aug. 23 at midnight.

Finalists were selected during the nomination process, so there are no write-ins.

There is no minimum number of votes required for your ballot to count.

You can vote from a computer or mobile device, and you don't have to do all of your voting at once. You can log out and back in as many times as you like.

As part of our new Best of Boise voting process, some of our advertisers have purchased space on the voting ballot to promote voting in their categories. These are paid advertisements. They do not reflect sponsorship of the Best of Boise category.

Thanks for voting. You get to throw a little love at things you love, and we get to publish a kick-ass BOB issue on Sept. 27. Win/win/win.

—Amy Atkins

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