Last week, South Jersey Magazine named 10 businesses in the city of Haddonfield, N.J., to its Best of the Best 2015 list.

Judges that selected the finalists looked at every town in the tri-county region of Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties. Readers then went online to vote for their favorite places.

Winners include:

Food and Drink

Al Fresco Dining: Zaffron Mediterranean Cuisine

Comfort Foods: Apron

Macarons: Posh Pop Bakeshop

Pies: Sweet T’s Bakeshop

Soup of the Day: Marie’s Sandwich Bar

Retail

Men’s Accessories: Gorshin Trading Post & Supplies

Unique Jewelry: Haddonfield Fine Jewelers

Running Gear: Running Co. of Haddonfield

Lifestyle

Girls’ Night Out: Painting With a Twist

Readers’ Choice

Lunch: da Soli

“We are extremely proud of our shops and eateries for receiving this recognition,” says Remi Fortunato, retail recruiter, Partnership for Haddonfield, which manages the city’s Business Improvement District. “Being named among the best of the best in South Jersey in a variety of categories says a lot about Haddonfield and what we have to offer.”

As with most facets of the meetings and events industry, the art of managing an event budget is a true balancing act. And while it’s easy to get wrapped up in the nitty-gritty, Eventbrite revealed a pleasant surprise in its 2018 Pulse Report (which surveyed 1,200 planners), finding that event budgets overall appear to be on the rise. But where exactly are those budget dollars going these days and how can planners best spend to craft memorable moments?

 

According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, about 1.5 million Illinois workers are employed in the food and fiber system, ranking it as one of the top states in dependency on agriculture. The state’s 72,500 farms utilize 75 percent of Illinois land, including some of the most fertile soil in the world. While nicknamed “The Prairie State,” Illinois is truly a land of plenty and a hub for agritourism—with some of the largest agriculture-focused events (holding the potential for major economic impact) taking place inside its borders.

 

Pestana Hotel Group has announced that it will be opening its first property in New York. The new hotel, Pestana Park Avenue, is located at 23 E. 39th St. between Park and Madison avenues and within walking distance from Grand Central Terminal, the United Nations Headquarters, Bryant Park, Fifth Avenue and many more attractions.