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Posted on Mon, Jan 9, 2012 : 5:30 p.m.

Balance Massage Therapy wins for best place for a therapeutic massage; Joust Fitness wins for best gym; this week vote for best townie hangout

By Staff

What is the best place for a therapeutic massage in Washtenaw County?

Best place for a therapeutic massage voting began Sunday, Dec. 25 and ended at 11:59 p.m. this past Saturday. The contest was extended for one week due to some issues with Facebook Connect which compromised voting functionality. Throughout the contest various contenders moved into the top positions, but going into the second week of voting this was clearly a close contest between Balance Massage Therapy and The Relax Station. By the end of the contest, Balance Massage Therapy finished in the No. 1 position with 233 votes. Relax Station trailed by just nine votes finishing in the No. 2 position with 224 votes. Fran Coy’s Salon & Spa finished in third place with 48 votes.

What is the best gym in Washtenaw County?

Best gym voting began last Sunday and ended at 11:50 p.m. Saturday. As the contest heated up in the latter part of the week, this became a duel between Joust Fitness and Hyperfit USA. By the end of the contest, Joust Fitness finished in the No. 1 position with 302 votes. Hyperfit USA trailed by just 14 votes finishing in the No. 2 position with 288 votes. Vie Fitness & Spa also had strong community support finishing the contest in third place with 113 votes. This week, we vote for the best townie hangout in Washtenaw County.

Local wisdom dictates that you’re not a “real townie” unless: you were born at the “old” St. Joe’s Hospital, hung out at Joe’s Star Lounge, and can name every failed restaurant that occupied the space over the old Community News Center. Luckily, you don’t need to meet any of these requirements to share a beer or a meal with longtime locals. What’s your favorite townie hangout?

Cast your vote for best townie hangout.

Readers can suggest contenders for upcoming contests by going to

And don't forget, everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing each week for a chance to win a prize. This week's prize is for a $50 gift card.