Where’s the best place to buy a pair of shoes? Who is the best insurance agent? Where can I get a really good breakfast? You could walk the streets of Auburn for days, asking these questions and more, searching for the best of everything this area has to offer. You’d make a lot of new friends, but you’d also get a lot of opinions and spend a lot of money in your search for the truth. The better choice is in your hands. Inside today’s Auburn Journal is our 12th annual “Best of the Best” awards guide, providing you with the answers to the three questions above – and 142 more. As voted on by readers of the Journal and Auburnjournal.com, Best of the Best provides a list of 145 readers’ choice favorites. From Best Accounting Services (Wilson, Wilson & Taylor) to Best Winery (Mount Vernon Winery), Best of the Best is your one-stop section for finding what your friends and neighbors favor. There’s also a list of the best picks from our news staff, ranging from “Best Place to Find a Friend” to “Best Mountain Bike Trail.” When you’re finished with one of these adventures, visit one of the many winning businesses displaying the Best of the Best window decal or winners’ plaque. Symbols of excellence and customer service, these signs reflect a business’s strong customer and community loyalty. You also can see many of the poll winners in an online photo gallery. Simply go to Auburnjournal.com and select the gallery on the “Pix” tab in Myopolis, the community publishing site. You can view all of the photos from the Journal’s winners’ reception last week. And while you’re there, register for Myopolis and begin sharing your own photos, stories and videos, or start that blog you’ve always wanted. Enjoy the Best of the Best section and use it as your passport to all the great products and services Auburn has to offer. Journal readers have done all the research.