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Cathy Jett is the business editor at The Free Lance-Star, and specializes in covering the area's retail scene. You can email her at

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From an Apple Store to a  Zaxby’s–and everything in between–readers have shared their suggestions for the retailers and restaurants they’d like to see open in the Fredericksburg area in 2012.

I received a total of 120 Wish List entries from about 175 readers. Some were specific, such as the ones for Wish List perennials Trader Joe’s, Cheesecake Factory and Whole Foods. Others were more general, such as the hope for more businesses in Stafford County.

Now’s your chance to help me pick the top five from the list of the most popular suggestions. Please select your top five favorites in the poll below. The deadline is 6 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 29.

The answers will appear in my blog and in the business section of The Free Lance-Star on New Year’s Day.