Get your red-carpet outfit ready. 2021 marks the 5th anniversary of the Observer-Reporter’s Best of the Best Awards, and we want to celebrate in a big way! 

Introduced in 2017, the Best of the Best highlights the best businesses, organizations and people from Washington and Greene counties, the Mon Valley, and the South Hills. Over 1,696,500 votes have been cast via the Observer-Reporter newspaper, The Almanac, and since its inception. The overwhelming response is a testament to our communities and their support of local businesses.  

By bringing more awareness, the Best of the Best encourages everyone to visit all of the nominated local businesses. Our goal is to ensure local businesses continue to grow and succeed, and we want to provide opportunities for them to flourish and thrive. 

Let’s make this the greatest year yet with the BIGGEST 5 Year Anniversary Awards Celebration!  

Here’s the scoop:

  • Readers will nominate their favorites in each category from July 22 – July 31.

  • The Top 5 voted by our readers in 161 categories will be announced in August. 

  • Posters are provided free of charge.  

  • The Best of the Best 5 Year Anniversary Awards will be held on November 3rd at the Hilton Garden Inn/Southpointe.

  • Marketing packages are available. Contact 724-223-2632 or for more details.


Countdown to the big event!








Even though I didn’t win, I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to participate in your “Best of the Best” competition. I hope I was able to represent well & make the competition for “Best DJ” close. That being said, I want to let you know what you guys are doing is really great for our area and fosters a real sense of togetherness. I feel that bringing a community together is something one should expect from their local newspaper and you guys are doing a great job! I’m proud to call the Observer-Reporter “my newspaper.”

Tim Sanders II

DJ Tonight Productions

2019 Best of the Best Gala


The Best of the Best Awards celebrates the best businesses, organizations, people and more that YOU think deserve to be named the best! The top three vote-getters in each category will be recognized at an invite-only, Gala-type awards ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe. A special section will also publish at and in the Observer-Reporter print edition in November.