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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 accountant

Linton & Associates

5011 Southpark Drive # 100, Durham

Finalists: Chris Arena; Anthony F. Armento,CPA, PC; Chris Cheney, CRI

Best architect in Durham County

Ellen Cassilly, ECA

600 Foster Street, Durham

Finalists: BuildSense; Coby Linton, Linton Architects; Center Studio Architecture

Best architect in Orange/Chatham County

Philip Szostak, Szostak Design

310 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Dail Dixon, Jay Fulkerson, Arielle Condoret Schechter

Best architect in Wake County

in situ studio

704 North Person Street, Raleigh

Finalists: Clark Nexsen; OXIDE Architecture; Andrew Osterlund, AOArch

Best attorney

Bagwell Holt Smith

Multiple locations, bhspa.com

Finalists: Sam Coleman of Coleman, Gledhill, Hargrave, Merritt & Rainsford; Marcus E. Hill; Ron Cooley, Cooley Law Offices

Best auto repair in Durham County

WASP

4906 Meadow Drive, Durham

Finalists: Neal's Garage, Ingold Tire & Auto Service Center, Massey Bros Automotive & Towing

Best auto repair in Orange/Chatham County

Chapel Hill Tire

Multiple locations, chapelhilltire.com

Finalists: Auto Logic, Al's Garage, Sturdivant's Tire

Best auto repair in Wake County

Creech Import Repair

1818 Saint Albans Drive, #106, Raleigh

Finalists: A&J Automotive, Duty Tire & Service Center, Torque Automotive

Best bed & breakfast

Fearrington House Inn

2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro

Finalists: Arrowhead Inn Bed & Breakfast, The King's Daughters Inn, Small B&B Cafe

Best bike shop in Durham County

The Bicycle Chain

5400 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham

Finalists: Bullseye Bicycle, Durham Cycles, Seven Stars Cycles

Best bike shop in Orange/Chatham County

Back Alley Bikes

100 Boyd Street, Carrboro

Finalists: The Clean Machine, Performance Bicycle, Pittsboro Bicycles

Best bike shop in Wake County

Oak City Cycles

212 East Franklin Street, Raleigh

Finalists: All-Star Bike Shop, Cycle Logic, Flythe Cyclery

Best bookstore

Quail Ridge Books

4381–105 Lassiter at North Hills Avenue, Raleigh

Finalists: Flyleaf Books, Letters Bookshop, The Regulator Bookshop

Best butcher shop

Rose's Meat Market and Sweet Shop

121 North Gregson Street, Durham

Finalists: The Butcher's Market, Cliff's Meat Market, Left Bank Butchery

Best CD/record store

Schoolkids Records

905 West Main Street, Durham

Finalists: Carolina Soul Records, Chaz's Bull City Records, Nice Price Books & Records

Best children's clothing shop

The Red Hen

201 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Glee Kids; Kid to Kid; Once Upon a Child, Cary

Best comic book store

Chapel Hill Comics

316 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Atomic Empire, Capitol Comics, Ultimate Comics

Best consignment shop in Durham County

The Stock Exchange

6120-B Farrington Road, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Fifi's Fine Resale Apparel, Pennies for Change, Refinements

Best consignment shop in Orange/Chatham County

PTA Thrift

103 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro

Finalists: My Secret Closet, The Red Hen, Rumors Boutique

Best consignment shop in Wake County

Cause for Paws Thrift Store

1634 South Saunders Street, Raleigh

Finalists: Dress, Fifi's Fine Resale Apparel, Revolver Consignment Boutique,

Best contractor in Durham County

BuildSense

502 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham

Finalists: CQC Home, G. Crabtree Home Building, Krichco Construction

Best contractor in Orange/Chatham County

Actual Size Builders

8523 Meadow Ridge Lane, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Grey Star Woodworks & Design, Peter Thorn Builders, Trades of the Triangle

Best contractor in Wake County

Will Alphin, Alphin Design Build

905 Tryon Hill Drive, Raleigh

Finalists: John Cooper, Southeastern Properties and Development Company; OXIDE Architecture; Wake Remodeling

Best dance studio

Ninth Street Dance

1920 Perry Street, Durham

Finalists: Aradia Fitness, Barriskill Dance Theatre School, Empower Dance Studio

Best early childhood learning facility in Durham County

Carolina Friends School

404 Alexander Avenue, Durham

Finalists: Children's Campus at Southpoint, First Environments Early Learning Center, Lakewood Avenue Children's School

Best early childhood learning facility in Orange/Chatham County

Emerson Waldorf

6211 New Jericho Road, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Childcare Matters, Children's Campus of Chapel Hill, Montessori Academy Of Carrboro

Best early childhood learning facility in Wake County

Arts Together

114 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh

Finalists: Follow the Child Montessori School, Heartwood Montessori School, Language Planet Montessori

Best electrician

Bonneville Electric

210B Maple Avenue, Carrboro

Finalists: Michael & Son Services, Miller & Miller Electric, Simpson Electrical

Best environmentally friendly store

The Scrap Exchange

2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham

Finalists: Durham Co-op Market, Twig, Vert & Vogue

Best erotic gifts

Cherry Pie

Multiple locations, cherrypieonline.com

Finalists: Adam & Eve, Frisky Business, Priscilla McCall's

Best ethnic market

Neomonde

3817 Beryl Road, Raleigh

Finalists: Grand Asia, Li Ming's Global Mart, Mediterranean Deli

Best fabric store

The Scrap Exchange

2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham

Finalists: Cary Quilting Company, Mulberry Silks & Fine Fabrics, Thimble Pleasures

Best fair trade store

Ten Thousand Villages

Multiple locations, tenthousandvillages.com

Finalists: Durham Co-op Market, One World Market, Weaver Street Market

Best financial advisor in Durham County

Marie Baker, Edward Jones

404 Hunt Street, #130, Durham

Finalists: Jerry Bergner, Integrated Life & Financial Planning; Andy Esser, Edward Jones; Richard Rand, UBS

Best financial advisor in Orange/Chatham County

*Kim Ray

*(location)

Finalists: Timothy Rauwald, UBS; Tommy Sikes, Sikes Capital; Gretchen Stroemer, H&R Block

Best financial advisor in Wake County

AXA Advisors, LLC

1 Park Drive, Durham

Finalists: Jason Garey, Northwestern Mutual; Jason Jonczak, Edward Jones; Alan Morgan, Ameriprise Financial

Best florist

Ninth Street Flowers

700 Ninth Street, Durham

Finalists: The English Garden, Fallon's Flowers, Pine State Flowers

Best furniture store

TROSA Thrift Store

3500 North Roxboro Street, Durham

Finalists: Hill Country Woodworks, Screaming for Vintage, Vintage Home South

Best garden store

Logan Trading Company

707 Semart Drive, Raleigh

Finalists: Durham Garden Center, Fifth Season Gardening, Stone Bros. & Byrd

Best gift shop in Durham County

Morgan Imports

113 South Gregson Street, Durham

Finalists: Indio, Parker & Otis, Vaguely Reminiscent

Best gift shop in Orange/Chatham County

Southern Season

201 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Cameron's, This & That Gift Gallery, Womancraft

Best gift shop in Wake County

DECO Raleigh

19 West Hargett Street, Raleigh

Finalists: Accipiter, Edge of Urge, The Green Monkey

Best handyman/woman

Amy Kiser, Quality Home Repairs

Multiple locations, qualityhomerepairsnc.com

Finalists: Captain Tilley Downtown Handyman; Frank Dick, Mr. Fix It; Joe Monitor

Best hardware store

Fitch Lumber

309 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro

Finalists: Burke Brothers Hardware, Handy Man Hardware, Public Hardware

Best hotel

The Umstead Hotel & Spa

100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary

Finalists: 21c Museum Hotel, The Durham Hotel, Washington Duke Inn

Best house cleaners in Durham County

Carpe Diem Cleaning

902 Pearl Street, Durham

Finalists: Lucie's Cleaning Service, Mariana's House Cleaning, Tangerine Clean

Best house cleaners in Orange/Chatham County

Two Maids & A Mop

Multiple locations, http://twomaidsraleigh.com/

Finalists: Clean Away Maids, Town & Country Cleaning Services, Triangle Green Cleaning

Best house cleaners in Wake County

Enovana Green Cleaning

5878 Faringdon Place, Raleigh, www.enovanagreencleaning.com/raleigh/

Finalists: Better Part Cleaning, Metro's Other Woman, Two Maids & A Mop

Best house painter

Gonzalez Painters and Contractors

3518 Guess Road, Durham

Finalists: Express Yourself Paint, Hansell Painting, Zarazua Painting

Best HVAC company

Boer Brothers Heating and Cooling

Multiple locations, boerbrothershvac.com

Finalists: Alternative Aire, Comfort Engineers, Michael & Son Services

Best insurance agent

Seagroves Agency

1506 East Franklin Street, #100, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Matthew Gorman, North Carolina Farm Bureau; Alex Maiolo, Lee Moore Insurance; Luke Russ, Capitol Insurance & Financial Services

Best jewelry store in Durham County

Jewelsmith

2200 West Main Street, Durham

Finalists: Atelier N Fine Jewelry, Hamilton Hill, Light Years

Best jewelry store in Orange / Chatham County

Light Years

Multiple locations, lightyearsjewelry.com

Finalists: Grimball Jewelers, Melissa Designer Jewelry, Womancraft

Best jewelry store in Wake County

Bailey's Fine Jewelry

Multiple locations, baileybox.com

Finalists: Diamonds Direct, Edge of Urge, Quercus Studios

Best kitchen store

Southern Season

Multiple locations, southernseason.com

Finalists: Kitchenworks, Morgan Imports, Whisk

Best landscape company

TROSA Moving Company

1820 James Street, Durham

Finalists: Bland Landscaping Co. Inc., Bountiful Backyards, Tributary Land Design + Build

Best men's boutique

Vert & Vogue

905 West Main Street, Durham

Finalists: Devolve Moto, Lumina  Clothing Company, O'Neill's Clothing

Best moving company

TROSA Moving Company

1820 James Street, Durham

Finalists: Cary Moving Company, Chapel Hill Moving Company, DeHaven's Transfer & Storage

Best music lessons

High Strung

1805 West Markham Avenue, Durham

Finalists: Meredith College Community School of Music, The Musicians Learning Center, Notasium

Best new business in Durham County

Durham Co-op Market

1111 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham

Finalists: Carolina Soul Records, Chet Miller, Little Shop of Horror

Best new business in Orange/Chatham County

Silverspot Cinema

201 South Estes Drive, #100, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Meadowmont Animal Hospital, Pizzeria Mercato, Screaming for Vintage

Best new business in Wake County

Devolve Moto

304 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh

Finalists: Holder Goods & Crafts, Lucky Tree Gallery & Café, Paintbar

Best nonprofit in Durham County

TROSA

1820 James Street, Durham

Finalists: Animal Protection Society of Durham, Habitat for Humanity, SEEDS

Best nonprofit in Orange/Chatham County

Orange County Rape Crisis Center

1506 East Franklin Street, #302, Chapel Hill

Finalists: CLAWS, Compass Center for Women and Families, Table

Best nonprofit in Wake County

Urban Ministries of Wake County

1390 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh

Finalists: Activate Good, Cause for Paws Thrift Store, Triangle Literacy Council

Best outdoor outfitter

REI

6911 Fayetteville Road #109, Durham

Finalists: Apex Outfitter and Board Co., Great Outdoor Provision Co., Townsend Bertram & Co

Best pet boarding in Durham County

Camp Bow Wow

Multiple locations, campbowwow.com

Finalists: The Pet Wagon, Southpoint Animal Hospital, Suite Paws Pet Resort and Spa

Best pet boarding in Orange/Chatham County

Green Beagle Lodge

6805 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Camp Bow Wow, Chapel Hill Pet Resort, Doggie Spa & Day Care

Best pet boarding in Wake County

Pup's Day Out

2412 Atlantic Avenue, Raleigh

Finalists: Dog Holiday Resort, Dogtopia, Suite Paws Pet Resort and Spa

Best pet groomer in Durham County

Pampered Pooch

3123 North Roxboro Street, Durham

Finalists: Beth Johnston, Beth's Barks N Bubbles; Dog Stylists; Elliotte's Pet Spa

Best pet groomer in Orange/Chatham County

Green Beagle Lodge

6805 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Chapel Hill Pet Resort, Hair of the Dog, Love Overboard

Best pet groomer in Wake County

Pup's Day Out

2412 Atlantic Avenue, Raleigh

Finalists: All About Pets Grooming, Dogtopia, Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming

Best pet-sitting service in Durham County

Bull City Pet Sitting

Multiple locations, bullcitypetsitting.com

Finalists: A Whole Lotta Love Dog Walking & Pet Services, dogwalk, Kate's Critter Care

Best pet-sitting service in Orange/Chatham County

Green Beagle Lodge

6805 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Chapel Hill Pet Resort, Doggie Spa & Day Care, Walk and Wag

Best pet-sitting service in Wake County

Pup's Day Out

2412 Atlantic Avenue, Raleigh

Finalists: All Breed Care, Dogtopia, Raleigh Pet Sitters

Best pet specialty store

Phydeaux

Multiple locations, phydeaux.com

Finalists: Oliver's Collar, Other End of the Leash, Unleashed

Best place to adopt a pet

Animal Protection Society of Durham

2117 East Club Boulevard, #101, Durham

Finalists: Safe Haven For Cats, Saving Grace, Wake SPCA

Best place to buy locally made art in Durham County

The Makery

401 West Geer Street, Durham

Finalists: Bull City Art & Frame Company, Indio, Pleiades Gallery

Best place to buy locally made art in Orange/Chatham County

Womancraft

370 East Main Street, Carrboro

Finalists: FRANK Gallery, Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, NC Crafts Gallery

Best place to buy locally made art in Wake County

Artspace

201 East Davie Street, Raleigh

Finalists: The Green Monkey, Lucky Tree Gallery & Café, Visual Art Exchange

Best place to buy musical instruments

The Music Loft

116 West Main Street, Carrboro

Finalists: Guru Guitars, Harry's Guitar Shop, High Strung

Best plumber

Sparrow & Sons Plumbing

305 West Weaver Street, Carrboro

Finalists: Acme Plumbing, Carrboro Plumbing, Michael & Son Services

Best Realtor in Durham County

Chloë Seymore, RED COLLECTIVE

1901 Chapel Hill Road, Durham

Finalists: Toni Davis, Fonville Morisey; Adam Dickinson, 501 Realty; Mary Rae Hunter, Urban Durham Realty

Best Realtor in Orange/Chatham County

Lee Waters, Terra Nova Global Properties

605 West Main Street, Carrboro

Finalists: Ann Koonce, Fonville Morisey; Armand Lenchek, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston; Judy Weinstock, The Judy Weinstock Team

Best Realtor in Wake County

Renee Hillman, RE/MAX ONE REALTY

100 Lynn Road, Raleigh

Finalists: Mike Golden, Golden Realty & Management; Don Johnson Realty; Ty Flynn at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston

Best retail beer selection in Durham County

Sam's Quik Shop

1605 Erwin Road, Durham

Finalists: Beer Durham, The Glass Jug, Ramblers Bottle Shop + Bar

Best retail beer selection in Orange/Chatham County

Beer Study

106 North Graham Street, Chapel Hill

Finalists: 580 Craft Beer, Carrboro Beverage Company, Weaver Street Market

Best retail beer selection in Wake County

Tasty Beverage Company

327 West Davie Street, #106, Raleigh

Finalists: Bottle Revolution, BottleMixx, Peace Street Market

Best retirement community

Carol Woods

750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill

Finalists: Carolina Meadows, Croasdaile Village, The Forest at Duke

Best roofing company

Baker Roofing

517 Mercury Street, Raleigh

Finalists: Alpine Roofing, Joe Rays Roofing, Walker Brown Roofing

Best running store

Feet Fleet

Multiple locations, fleetfeetsports.com

Finalists: 9th St. Active Feet, Bull City Running Co., Runologie

Best salvage/re-use business

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

5501 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham,

Finalists: The Scrap Exchange, Tilthy Rich, TROSA Thrift Store

Best store to buy eyeglasses

Upchurch Optical

Multiple locations, upchurchopticalnc.com

Finalists: Carrboro Family Vision, Spec's, Triangle Visions

Best summer camp in Durham County

Schoolhouse of Wonder

5101B North Roxboro Street, Durham

Finalists: Carolina Friends School, Durham Academy, Piedmont Wildlife Center

Best summer camp in Orange/Chatham County

YMCA

964 East Street, # 100, Pittsboro

Finalists: Blue Skies of Maple View, Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts, Emerson Waldorf

Best summer camp in Wake County

YMCA

Multiple locations, ymcatriangle.org

Finalists: Camp Kanata, Cary Academy, Schoolhouse of Wonder

Best tattoo studio

Blue Flame Tattoo

710 West Peace Street, Raleigh

Finalists: Dogstar Tattoo, Glenn's Tattoo Service, Tattoo Asylum

Best toy store

Ali Cat Toys

200 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro

Finalists: The Children's Store, Crowemag Toys, Play House Toy Store

Best veterinary practice in Durham County

Southpoint Animal Hospital

5601 Fayetteville Road, Durham

Finalists: Broadway Veterinary Hospital, New Hope Animal Hospital, Willow Oak Veterinary Hospital

Best veterinary practice in Orange/Chatham County

Carrboro Plaza Veterinary Clinic

104 N.C. 54, Carrboro

Finalists: The Animal Hospital of Carrboro, Hillsborough Veterinary Clinic, Meadowmont Animal Hospital

Best veterinary practice in Wake County

Care First Animal Hospital

Multiple locations, carefirstanimalhospital.com

Finalists: City Vet, Hayes Barton Animal Hospital, Swift Creek Animal Hospital

Best vintage/antique store

Father & Son Antiques

107 West Hargett Street, Raleigh

Finalists: Dolly's Vintage, Screaming for Vintage, Vintage Home South

Best wine shop in Durham County

Wine Authorities

2501 University Drive, Durham

Finalists: Cave Taureau, Durham Co-op Market, Hope Valley Bottle Shop

Best wine shop in Orange/Chatham County

Southern Season

Multiple locations, southernseason.com

Finalists: Chapel Hill Wine, Hillsborough Wine Company, Vino

Best wine shop in Wake County

Wine Authorities

2501 University Drive, Durham

Finalists: BottleMixx, Seaboard Wine and Tasting Bar, The Raleigh Wine Shop

Best women's boutique in Durham County

Vert & Vogue

905 West Main Street, Durham

Finalists: Magpie Boutique, Mynt, Smitten Boutique

Best women's boutique in Orange/Chatham County

Uniquities

1000 West Main Street, Durham

Finalists: Dina Porter, Lark, Sofia's Boutique

Best women's boutique in Wake County

Edge of Urge

215 East Franklin Street, #110, Raleigh

Finalists: The Art of Style, Fab'rik, Halie's Boutique

Best yarn store

Hillsborough Yarn Shop

114 South Churton Street, Hillsborough

Finalists: Cozy, Downtown Knits, Yarns Etc.

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

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