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Writers Picks

Best creepy abandoned castle

Best puppet theater (with apologies to Paperhand)

Best fancy-pants movie experience

Best palace of puzzles

Best place to dance on roller skates

Best place to pretend you're bowling in virtual reality

Best venue that isn't a venue

Best venue that doesn't exist

Best album we're still waiting for

Most confusing annual festival

Best unexpected public art

Best place to play bumper pool in shorts

Best place to look at weird art

Best place to hear poetry

Best place to look at art mid-bender

Best power-broker dining spot in Raleigh

Best power broker dining spot in Durham

Best restaurant bread service

Best place to live out your Drunktown fantasies

Best case for an exception to the smoking ban

Best place to get drunk with your dog

Best place to get excited about bread

Best place to get strange beer for cheap

Best Sunday morning traffic jam

Best downtown Durham standby

Best beverage district you've never heard of

Best broke sweet treat

Best place to eat with your hands

Best place to watch the sunset

Best place to meet a ghost

Best local tempeh

Best secret vegetarian junk food

Best place to eat cheese fries for dinner

Best cocktail with peanuts in it

Best free happy hour

Best place to make appetizers a meal

Best barbecue for vegetarians

Best bar you don't go to (and please don't start)

Best diner your trendy friends don't know about

Best not-complete-garbage drunk food

Best place to feel old

Best place to stop and smell the flowers in Raleigh

Best place to stop and smell the flowers in Durham

Best place to hike a mountain

Best park that is not technically a park

Best place to fly

Best place to disappear

Best local marathon

Best place to observe latest trends in exercise fashion

Best place to find every cosmetic product you'll ever need

Best place to shop for an embalmed two-headed turtle

Best place to ponder cultural appropriation

Best place to vape

Best place to find a rare record to brag about

Best place to buy church pews (or almost anything else)

Best place to find weird stuff to brag about

Best cheap mani/pedi

Best place to buy gifts for your parents

Best holdout in Durham

Best HB 2 fact-check

Best place to believe in the state's future

Best place to despair about the state's future

Best avant-garde bathrooms

Best place to die a fiery death

Best building that shouldn't be where it is

Best local politician keeping it real

Best boondoggle

Best thing Paul Stam is actually right about

Best place to find the worst people in the Triangle

Best place to learn the difference between a sousaphone and a euphonium

Best new liberal lion

Best DPD foil

Best place to get lost in local sci-fi and fantasy

Best place to smoke weed in public

Best local reporter we'd like to see interview Governor McCrory

Best pawn shop at which to buy an electric guitar

Best store that has a "holiday sale" on 4/20

Best vision for expansion

Best place to buy an Edgar Allan Poe prayer candle

Best place to get hitched

Best place to buy poetry books

Best place to buy a Mark Jacobson Toyota

Best acupuncturist

Triangle Acupuncture Clinic

104 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Shea Broussard, AcuShea Alternative Health Care; Christina Fish, Silver Current Acupuncture; Jude Roman, InsideOut Body Therapies

Best aesthetician

Wax Poetic

118 East Main Street, Carrboro

Finalists: Kim Forster, Aesthetic Solutions; Bonnie King, The Retreat at Brightleaf; Emily MacGregor, The Retreat at Brightleaf

Best barbershop

Arrow & Pedro Williams

Multiple locations,

Finalists: Dennis Men's Salon, Mr. Groom Room, Rock's Bar and Hair Shop

Best chiropractor

Dr. Blake Livingood, Triangle Health Center

953 North Harrison Avenue, Cary

Finalists: Chiropractic Partners, Dr. Chas Gaertner; North Carolina Chiropractic, Dr. Molly Hall; Active Chiropractic

Best day spa

The Umstead Hotel & Spa

100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary

Finalists: Mina's Studio, Paintbar, The Retreat at Brightleaf

Best dentist in Durham County

John Christensen, Durham Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

121 West Woodcroft Parkway, Durham

Finalists: Bull City Dental, Gadol Family Dentistry, Dr. Lionel Nelson

Best dentist in Orange/Chatham County

Ellis General Dentistry

88 Vilcom Center Drive, #190, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Kennedy Dental Group; Dr. Bilal Saib, Chapel Hill Advanced Dentistry; Wagoner Dental

Best dentist in Wake County

Leesville Dental Care

13220 Strickland Road, #166, Raleigh

Finalists: Beavers Family Dentistry; Downtown Dental; Dr. Jessica Shireman, Cameron Village Dentist

Best dermatologist

Central Dermatology

Multiple locations,

Finalists: Dr. Sue Ellen Cox, Aesthetic Solutions; Dr. Sarah Myers, Duke Dermatology; Triangle Dermatology

Best gym


Multiple locations,

Finalists: O2 fitness, ONE Fitness Training, SYNCSTUDIO

Best hair salon in Durham County

Rock Paper Scissors Salon and Gallery

413 East Chapel Hill Street, Durham

Finalists: Moshi Moshi, Posh the Salon, Salon Povera

Best hair salon in Orange/Chatham County

Syd's Hair Shop

106 North Graham Street, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Mina's Studio, Moshi Moshi, To the woods

Best hair salon in Wake County


8451 Brier Creek Parkway, #101, Raleigh

Finalists: Atomic Salon, The Junction Salon & Bar, Marigold Parlour

Best holistic medicine

Duke Integrative Medicine

3475 Erwin Road, Durham

Finalists: Bloom Integrative Health, Raleigh Naturopathic Clinic, Will's Wild Herbs

Best martial arts studio

Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts

6118 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Saint-Cyr Dojo, Triangle Sword Guild, Triangle's  Karate

Best massage therapist

Michael Barriskill, Mindful Massage

3830 Garrett Road, Durham

Finalists: Julie H. Marciniak, North Pointe Body Therapies; Blake Moriarty, The Retreat at Brightleaf; WODbody Sports Massage

Best optometry practice

Carrboro Family Vision

200 West Weaver Street, #1, Carrboro

Finalists: Academy Eye Associates, Good Looks, Rosenstein Vision Center

Best pediatric practice

Chapel Hill Pediatrics

Multiple locations,

Finalists: Durham Pediatrics, Oberlin Road Pediatrics, Regional Pediatrics

Best pediatrician

Dr. Kyne Wang, Regional Pediatrics

4022 Freedom Lake Drive, Durham

Finalists: Dr. Gregory Fisher, Regional Pediatrics; Dr. Martha Gagliano, Durham Pediatrics; Dr. Michael Minozzi, Chapel Hill Children's Clinic

Best personal trainer

Leigh Ann Yeager, ONE Fitness Training

4819 Hope Valley Road, #7, Durham

Finalists: Betsy Collie, Rapid Results Fitness; JoJo Polk, Core Fitness Studio; Alisha Woodroof, GetAMPed Fitness

Best pilates studio in Durham County

InsideOut Body Therapies

5720 Fayetteville Road, #101, Durham

Finalists: Bull City Pilates and Massage, Recharge Pilates and Barre, RIDE CYCLE STUDIO

Best pilates studio in Orange/Chatham County

Carrboro Yoga Company

200 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro

Finalists: Carolina Core, Spira Pilates Studio, Studio East 54

Best pilates studio in Wake County

Evolve Movement

219 Oberlin Road, Raleigh

Finalists: Blue Sky Pilates, Lifetime Fitness Cary, Pulse Pilates

Best place to bike

American Tobacco Trail

Finalists: Raleigh Greenway, Umstead Park, Orange County

Best place to hike

Eno River State Park

6101 Old Cole Mill Road, Durham

Finalists: William B. Umstead State Park, Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, Duke Forest

Best place to run

American Tobacco Trail

Finalists: Umstead State Park, Capital Area Greenway, Eno River State Park

Best primary care practitioner

Dr. Blake Livingood, Triangle Health Center

953 North Harrison Avenue, Cary

Finalists: Dr. Mohan Chilukuri, Durham Family Medicine; Dr. Elizabeth Vandergriff, Preston Medical Associates; Dr. Bruce Wilks, Carrboro Family Medicine

Best therapist

Carrie Roberson Fasola, Awakenings

9205 Baileywick Road, Raleigh,

Finalists: Whitney Johnson; Rosellen Reif, Reif Psychological Services; Liz Tatum

Best women's health practice

WHA (Durham Women's Clinic and Chapel Hill OBGYN)

120 Conner Drive, #101, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Women's Birth & Wellness Center, Capital Area Obstetrics & Gynecology, Carolina Conceptions

Best women's health practitioner

Melinda Everett, WHA Chapel Hill OB/Gyn

120 Conner Drive, #101, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Dr. Nicolette Schreiber, WHA (Durham Women's Clinic); Carolina Conceptions; Maggie Darst, Capitol Area OB/GYN

Best yoga studio in Durham County

Durham Yoga Company

502 Rigsbee Avenue, #203, Durham


Best yoga studio in Orange/Chatham County

Carrboro Yoga Company

200 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro

Finalists: Franklin Street Yoga, Loving Kindness Yoga School, Triangle Yoga

Best yoga studio in Wake County

Blue Lotus

401 North West Street, Raleigh

Finalists: 110 Yoga, Indigo Hot Yoga Center, Open Door Yoga Studio

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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