These are all the new categories in Best of the Capital Region 2021

After an unprecedented year, and an unprecedented Best Of poll that ended just days before the statewide shutdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus, it was time for some changes.

The Times Union’s annual Best of the Capital Region readers’ poll, like many other facets of life, has adapted to embrace the “new normal” by adding new categories, many of which reflect the ways we can interact with our community now while keeping each other safe from the virus.

As a tradition that has stood the test of time for nearly 25 years, this is certainly not the first time categories have been added and removed from the Best Of roster. Take a look back at the very first Best of the Capital Region winners from 1997 to see just how much our readers’ poll has changed over the years. (Best Internet provider?! Best grocery store salad bar?!)

But on to the present: these are the new categories that you can vote for in Best of 2021.

Ready to cast your vote? Visit the Best of 2021 voting page here and sign-up for our newsletter to get the latest updates.

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