Best of Lawrence 2021

Best of Lawrence is conducted by the Lawrence Journal-World and Sunflower Publishing. Have questions not answered below? Email us at

The Voting

When: 12:00 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 1 to Sunday, Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m.
Where: Right here, on
How: One vote per category. No daily voting this year. (see our FAQ below for more)
Who: Everyone on the ballot from 2020 will start on the ballot this year and we'll be adding more based on your write-ins.

The Event

What: The big reveal of the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners from Best of Lawrence voting. Not on the ballot? Not a problem! Everyone's invited!
When: Week of June 7th. More details to be announced!
Where: After the announcement, the top 10 in each category will be posted right here, on
Who: Everyone is invited!

The Magazine

What: A big, beautiful magazine full of the results from voting, along with exclusive special features about your favorite Lawrence people and places.
When: Included in the Journal-World on Sunday, June 13. Available to pick up at the Journal-World and other locations around town starting Monday, June 14.
Who can advertise: Anyone! Placing an ad isn't dependent on the ballot and won't affect the results.
How to place an ad: Contact Joanne Morgan at or at 785-832-7264.

Best of Lawrence 2021: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Best of Lawrence?

Best of Lawrence is an annual people's choice event intended to honor Lawrence as a community and to honor the businesses, individuals, organizations and ideas that make our community a better place to live.

When can I vote? Where?

Best of Lawrence 2021 voting runs from 12:00 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 1 to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28. Use the menu at the top to get to the ballot, or click here.

How many times can I vote?

One vote, per category. And that's it. No daily voting in 2021 - same as last year! There's a lot to love about Lawrence, which means there are lots of categories. And we want you to be able to vote for all your favorites, at your own pace.

If you vote for a nominee on Monday, you can come back on Tuesday and change your mind. Or you can return the following week and write in that new place that just opened around the corner. Whatever you've saved at the end of the month will count as your one vote in that category.

How are people and places added to the ballot?

This year we've used the final ballot from 2020 to pre-seed this years ballot. If your favorite person or business isn't listed, no worries! You are still able to write-in during the voting period. If your business or name should be removed from a category, let us know by emailing us at

Like last year, we are able to add write-ins to the ballot as the votes come in, hopefully leveling the playing field for new and up-and-coming nominees. So if you submit a nominee, check back the next day and it should be on the ballot for all to see — and for you to share!

(Oh, and although we get a kick out of seeing Allen Fieldhouse submitted for "Best Place of Worship," our team will only approve relevant entries.)

How do you ensure a fair vote?

We love that the community is excited about voting, but sometimes we see behaviors that cross the line. To keep things fair for everyone, we have measures in place — both during the voting period and final count of votes — to filter out votes from bots, votes from proxy accounts and other tactics that violate community standards.

Will businesses that closed in 2020 be included?

Some of our local businesses have had to change things up as a result of the pandemic, and we still want to recognize them. Just like in years past, businesses are eligible for Best of Lawrence if they were open — or operating in some capacity — at the start of voting on Feb. 1, 2021.

Can you add a category to the ballot?

Sorry, categories are set for this year. But we do want to hear your suggestions for 2022! Please tell us which categories you think we should add (or even remove) by emailing us at

There's some outdated or incorrect information on the ballot. Can you fix that?

Uh-oh. Yes! We tried to double-check everything, but mistakes still happen. Please tell us what's wrong, then point us to the correct info, and we'll get it fixed:

Why hasn't my write-in been added to ballot?

There could be a number of reasons. Here are some of the most common:

(1) We haven't gotten to it yet. Our small team is working around the clock, but there are thousands of submissions to sort through, and unfortunately, that takes some time.

(2) There was incomplete information. Complete names and places of employment are super helpful in speeding the process along.

(3) We noticed the nominee wasn't in Lawrence. We love our neighbors in northeast Kansas, but we've had to draw the line at people and places with a Lawrence address.

(4) We messed up. It's possible we made an error or there's a glitch in the system. Reach out to us at, and we'll be happy to check.

What happened to that one category from last year?

You sent us hundreds of notes during and after last year's Best of Lawrence, and we used that feedback to create this year's ballot. So some categories have been expanded. Others have been tweaked for clarity. And a couple were put on the shelf. We did our best to consider the impact of these changes, but we'd like to hear from you if you have comments or suggestions for the 2021 ballot. Please email those messages to

Can I write in a Journal-World or Sunflower Publishing employee for a category?

Sorry, no. While we'd be flattered, our employees aren't eligible for Best of Lawrence recognition.

When will votes be counted?

We'll start to tally votes beginning March 1. How long that takes depends on the number of write-ins, but we'll keep you posted and give you plenty of notice before the big reveal.

When will the Best of Lawrence magazine be available?

The magazine will be available in subscriber copies of the Lawrence Journal-World the Sunday after our Winner's Bash event (more on that TBA). After that, you can pick up a copy at several locations around town, as well as our offices at 1035 N. Third St., Suite 101-B, in North Lawrence.

Can I advertise in the Best of Lawrence magazine?

Yes! Please contact our sales team at Placing an ad will not influence the results of the voting.

Is this notification coming from the official Best of Lawrence?

We have seen Lawrence businesses and individuals receive emails from outside companies who claim to be a part of the Best of Lawrence. Often these companies are selling an award or listing on their website. These companies are not affiliated with Sunflower Publishing or the Journal-World and we cannot guarantee you will receive your purchase.

All correspondence from the official Best of Lawrence will come from either,, or domains. We supply certificates and digital branding to all winners free of charge.

Do you have any materials to help nominees promote themselves?

We sure do. Free marketing posters, are available for pick up while supplies last. Posters are available at Downtown Unmistakably Lawrence Visitor's Center at 812 Mass, Lawrence Journal-World North Lawrence Office at 1035 N 3rd St Suite 101-B in the red rack outside and the Lawrence Public Library in the entry lobby on white rack to the left of main door. Looking for logos to use in your own promotions? We have those too!

Where can I find previous years results or magazine?

All of the results:


If you're looking for results or the magazine for other years, shoot us an email at It might take a little digging, but we should be able to find what you're looking for.

Best of Lawrence 2021: Privacy Statement

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