Our readers have spoken.

They’ve had their say about the best of virtually everything in Haverhill — from fitness clubs to hamburgers, hair salons to car dealers, and from people to coffee to an historic location.

The ballots have been counted in the annual Haverhill’s Best voting. The contest allows Gazette readers to weigh in on their favorite personalities, places, services and things in a variety of categories, including but not limited to:

* Activities and sports – dance schools, gymnastic schools and golf courses

* Appearance – hair salons and tanning salons

* Automotive – auto repair and auto dealerships

* Local people – service clubs and politicians

* Professional services – accountants, banks, dentists, doctors and insurance companies

* Food and drink – bakeries, doughnut shops, places with the best meals and drinks, function halls and caterers

* Shopping – appliance stores, sales and service, flooring stores, convenience stores, liquor stores and pet groomers

We’ve taken the tallies and, in this special section, created a list of the top finishers. The section also includes further information about some of the first-place winners, plus their photos.

The Haverhill’s Best voting is popular among residents and business people. The winners get bragging rights: They are the most popular among readers of their hometown paper and will wear the crown for the coming year.

FOR FULL LIST OF WINNERS SEE PAGES 22-23

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