The public restroom is not a place worth celebrating, generally speaking. It is a place of absolute necessity, awkward small talk, and worst case scenarios come true. Cintas, a company that specializes in—what else?—bathroom supplies, is dead set on changing that perception. Which is why it sponsors a contest to find the best restrooms in America.
This year marks the 13th edition of the contest, which is run in both the US and Canada, and seems like a genius way to market a company that would otherwise never come across the average consumer's radar. Last year's winner, as NPR reported, was a theater in Minneapolis. This year, ten other bathrooms are nominated for the award, which you can vote for here, if you've got a horse in this race. Everybody poops. But not everyone poops in style.
Trail Restroom in Austin, Texas
Plums Café in Costa Mesa, California
Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bowl Plaza in Lucas, Kansa
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The Grove in Los Angeles, California
Check out the other nominees here.