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Local's List 2021 FAQs

What is The Local’s List? 

The Local’s List is The Bend Magazine’s annual reader’s choice poll where the public nominates and votes for their favorite locally-owned or -operated businesses, people, places, and services in over 100 different categories.

How does The Local’s List work?

The Bend Magazine’s staff puts together the list of categories for the ballot each year. Once the ballot is made public, anyone is allowed to nominate their favorite local businesses, people, places, and services, once per category. After a three week nomination round, a three week voting round will begin. The top five nominees in each category will advance to the voting round. Each person is only allowed to vote once per category. If a category has six nominations in the voting round, this is not a mistake. This is because there was a tie somewhere in the top 5.


Why is my nomination not showing up on the ballot?

We have an extremely small team of people managing the entire Local’s List ballot. Our team manually accepts each nomination for vetting purposes. Reasons our team manually accepts nominations include: category accuracy, spelling errors, merging nominations submitted with different characters, location in regard to the Coastal Bend, etc. Because of this, it may take up to 24-hours to see your nomination appear on the ballot. This does not affect the number of nominations anyone receives.


It has been more than 24-hours since I submitted a nomination and it still hasn’t shown up. Why would this be?

If it has been more than 24-hours since your submitted nomination and you still do not see it on the ballot, this could be for a number of reasons: we haven't gotten to it yet; the nomination did not fit the category (i.e. a non-licensed esthetician nominated under the licensed esthetician category); the nomination is not local; the nomination was not submitted with the proper criteria (i.e. a hair stylist submitted without their respective salon or business); the nomination could not be verified through a Google or social media search. If you believe your nomination qualifies and was submitted correctly, but still don’t see it, please contact


Why is there not a category that fits my business? How can I suggest a new category?

The Bend Magazine staff sits down every year to reassess the categories. We take into account how the category did the previous year, if there are five or more possible entrants for the category, etc. While it is too late to add categories to this year’s ballot, we encourage the public to send their category ideas for us to keep in mind for the following year. You can send any category suggestions you might have to

Someone nominated me or my business, but the nomination is spelled incorrectly or contains an error. How can I get this fixed?

If you notice an error in a nomination, please email for help to resolve the issue.

How will I know if I have made it to the voting round?

A staff member of The Bend Magazine will contact you via email upon advancement into the voting round. There will be a new set of promotional graphics for download to encourage your followers to vote for you.

Does The Bend Magazine nominate or vote for their own favorites?

No. The ballot is solely populated by the public’s nominations and votes. However, in past issues we have published “Editor’s Picks” which are comprised by our Editorial Team.


When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be notified via email by a member of The Bend Magazine's staff. The winners will be announced publicly July 2021. 

Will there be a Local’s List party this year?

No. Due to COVID-19, we will once again cancel our annual Local’s List event. However, we do have a few surprises up our sleeves to celebrate this year’s winners.

If you have other questions, please email