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Best Accountant in the Triangle
Balentine & Borg

3622 Lyckan Parkway, #2001, Durham
bandbcpa.net
Finalists: Gina DeVine, H. Lee Miller, Paul F. Sipe

Best Animal Control / Exterminator in the Triangle
Humane Homes NC

409 Coolidge Street, Chapel Hill
facebook.com/HumaneHomesNC
Finalists: Triangle Pest Control, Finish Line Pest Control, Neuse Termite and Pest Control

Best Architect / Architecture Studio in the Triangle
Linton Architects

2625 Hillsborough Road, Durham
lintonarchitects.com
Finalists: BuildSense, in situ studio, Center Studio Architecture

Best Attorney / Law Firm in the Triangle
Chris Mann

621 West Jones Street, Raleigh
mmandjlaw.com
Finalists: Capital City Law, Ben Hiltzheimer, Jonathan Richardson

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Best Attorney / Law Firm in the Triangle
Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Indy: The Southern Coalition for Social Justice isn't who you're going to call for help getting out of a speeding ticket, but the work of its attorneys affects the everyday lives of thousands of North Carolinians nonetheless. The nonprofit was instrumental in prompting policy changes that have led Durham police to stop fourteen thousand fewer drivers in 2017 than they did in 2013 and has been a leading opponent of the legislature's efforts to gerrymander congressional and legislative districts. SCSJ has also been a strong advocate for raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction (a change that takes effect next year), operates a police data website, criminal-record expungement clinics, and is starting a bail fund to free people being held in jail because they can't pay to get out. The SCSJ does compassionate, crucial work, and our community is better for it. —Sarah Willets


Best Auto Repair in Durham County
Wasp Automotive

4906 Meadow Drive, Durham
waspauto.com
Finalists: Neal's Garage, Massey Brothers Automotive & Towing, Ingold Tire & Auto Service Center

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Best Auto Repair in Durham County
Durham Tire & Auto Center
Indy: Without having sampled every auto mechanic in Durham County—my God, can you imagine the bills?—it's really impossible to assess the single best auto repair shop around. All you have to go on is your necessarily limited personal experience: This guy tried to screw me. This one's pretty cheap. This dude tried to upsell me into a new transmission. Et cetera.
Same goes for me. I've never used the services of any of the auto repair shops that were nominated in this category. I'm sure they're great. But when I moved to Durham, I lucked out and found a terrific auto repair shop less than a mile away from my house. At Durham Tire & Auto Center on North Roxboro Street, the prices are reasonable, the service folks are incredibly nice and willing to explain exactly what that noise is, and I've never once felt like they were trying to hose me. In fact, on one occasion I took my car in, thinking that I needed new brake pads or axles; just about anywhere else, I would've been told, "Yeah, sure you do. That'll be four hundred dollars." Here? "Nah, you're fine. You've got time. Oh, and we put air in your tires." Points for honesty. And when we were looking to buy a new car, they even took a look at one we had under consideration for free—and advised against the purchase, which we didn't make. Points for helpfulness.

In fact, the only issue I've had with Durham Tire—and the only reason I'd ever go anywhere else—is that they're not open on weekends. —Jeffrey C. Billman


Best Auto Repair in Orange / Chatham County
Chapel Hill Tire

502 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
chapelhilltire.com
Finalists: Auto Logic, Sturdivant's Tire & Wheel, Lloyd Tire & Alignment, A Better Wrench

Best Auto Repair in Wake County
Autobahn Automotive

4200-159 Atlantic Avenue, Raleigh
autobahn-automotive.com
Finalists: A & J Automotive Inc., Cary Car Care, Autohaus Imports

Best Bed & Breakfast in the Triangle
The Kings Daughters Inn

204 North Buchanan Boulevard, Durham
thekingsdaughtersinn.com
Finalists: Arrowhead Inn Bed and Breakfast, Morehead Manor, Small Street B & B

Best Bike Shop in Durham County
Bullseye Bicycle

102 Morris Street, Durham
bullseyebicycle.com
Finalists: Bicycle Chain, Durham Cycles, Seven Stars Cycles

Best Bike Shop in Orange / Chatham County
Back Alley Bikes

100 Boyd Street, Carrboro
backalleybikes.net
Finalists: The Clean Machine, Hillsborough Bicycle, Pittsboro Bicycle

Best Bike Shop in Wake County
Oak City Cycling Project

212 East Franklin Street, Raleigh
oakcitycycling.com
Finalists: The Bicycle Chain, Cycling Spoken Here, Cycle Logic

Best Bookstore in the Triangle
Quail Ridge Books

4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road, Raleigh
quailridgebooks.com
Finalists: Flyleaf Books, The Regulator Bookshop, Dog-Eared Books

Best Butcher Shop in the Triangle
The Butcher's Market

5045 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh
thebutchersmarkets.com
Finalists: Cliff's Meat Market, Southern Craft Butchers

Best CD / Record Store in the Triangle
Schoolkids Records

405 West Franklin Street, Suite C, Chapel Hill
schoolkidsrecords.com
Finalists: Chaz's Bull City Records, Carolina Soul, All Day Records

Best Children's Clothing Shop in the Triangle
The Red Hen

201 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill
theredhen.com
Finalists: Tiny, Glee Kids, Shutterbugs

Best Comic Book Store in the Triangle
Ultimate Comics

6120 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill
ultimatecomics.com
Finalists: Atomic Empire, Capitol Comics II, Foundation's Edge, Crowemag Toys

Best Consignment Shop in Durham County
Fifi's

1000 W. Main St, Durham
fifisconsignment.com
Finalists: Scrap Thrift, Pennies for Change, Everything but Granny's Panties, Once and Again

Best Consignment Shop in Orange / Chatham County
Clothes Mentor

241 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill
clothesmentor.com
Finalists: Rumors, My Secret Closet, The Stock Exchange

Best Consignment Shop in Wake County
Dorcas Thrift Store

187 High House Road, Cary
dorcas-cary.org
Finalists: Revolver, Fifi's, Raleigh Furniture Gallery, Dress

Best Contractor in Durham County
BuildSense

502 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham
buildsense.com
Finalists: Star Woodworks, Little Corner Construction, CQC Home

Best Contractor in Orange / Chatham County
Actual Size Builders

8523 Meadow Ridge Lane, Chapel Hill
new.actualsizebuilders.com
Finalists: BuildSense, Grey Star Woodworks, Hollow Rock Construction

Best Contractor in Wake County
BuildSense

502 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham
buildsense.com
Finalists: Grey Star Woodworks, Nathan Murray, Southern Custom Doors, CQC Home

Best Dance Studio in the Triangle
CC & Co Dance Complex

8863 Six Forks Road, Raleigh
cccodance.com
Finalists: Academy for the Performing Arts (APA), Cary Dance Productions, Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance

Best Early-Childhood Learning Facility in Durham County
Children's Campus at Southpoint

7317 Fayetteville Street, Durham
childrenscampus.com
Finalists: Lakewood Avenue Children's School, Grey Stone Preschool & Kindergarten, Harvest Learning Center

Best Early-Childhood Learning Facility in Orange / Chatham County
The Goddard School (Chapel Hill)

1162 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Chapel Hill
goddardschool.com
Finalists: Casa Club Spanish Immersion Preschool, Children's Campus of Chapel Hill, Childcare Matters

Best Early-Childhood Learning Facility in Wake County
Temple Beth Or Preschool

5315 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh
tbopreschool.org
Finalists: Arts Together, Follow the Child Montessori School, Preschool for the Arts at APA

Best Electrician in the Triangle
Volt Doctors

5605 Novaglen Road, Durham
durhamelelctricalservices.com
Finalists: Braco Electric Company, Bonneville Electric, Ryan King Electric

Best Environmentally Friendly Store in the Triangle
The Scrap Exchange

2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham
scrapexchange.org
Finalists: TROSA Thrift Store, Form & Function, Vert & Vogue

Best Erotic Gifts Store in the Triangle
Cherry Pie

1819 Fordham Boulevard, Chapel Hill
cherrypieonline.com
Finalists: Frisky Business Boutique, Maxx Adult Emporium, Phoenix Adult Superstore

Best Ethnic Market in the Triangle
Li Ming's Global Market

3400 Westgate Drive, Durham
lm-globalmart.com
Finalists: H Mart, Grand Asia Market , Caspian International Food

Best Fabric Store in the Triangle
Cary Quilting Company

935 North Harrison Avenue, Cary
caryquilting.com
Finalists: Wish Upon a Quilt, Mulberry Silks & Fine Fabrics, Bernina World of Sewing, Freeman's Creative Craft Supply

Best Fair Trade Store in the Triangle
Ten Thousand Villages

1357 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary
tenthousandvillages.com/cary
Finalists: One World Market, Cameron's, The Flourish Market

Best Florist in the Triangle
Pine State Flowers

2001 Chapel Hill Road, Durham
pinestateflowers.com
Finalists: Brewery Bhavana, Victoria Park Florist, English Garden

Best Furniture Store in the Triangle
TROSA Thrift Store

3500 North Roxboro Street, Durham
trosainc.org/trosa-thrift-store
Finalists: Furnish This, Raleigh Furniture Gallery, Ambiente Modern Furniture, Inspirations Home Decor and More

Best Garden Store in the Triangle
Logan's One Stop Garden Shop

707 Semart Drive, Raleigh
logantrd.com
Finalists: Stone Bros. & Byrd, Durham Garden Center, Fifth Season Gardening Co.

Best Gift Shop in Durham County
Morgan Imports

113 South Gregson Street, Durham
morganimports.com
Finalists: Parker and Otis, Vaguely Reminiscent, Indio

Best Gift Shop in Orange / Chatham County
Southern Season

201 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill
southernseason.com
Finalists: Cameron's, WomanCraft Gifts, SallyMack

Best Gift Shop in Wake County
Cedar Creek Gallery

1150 Fleming Road, Creedmoor
cedarcreekgallery.com
Finalists: Deco, The Green Monkey, Little Details

Best Handyman / woman in the Triangle
Refinish Your Door

refinishyourdoor.com
Finalists: Grey Star Woodworks, Joe Monitor, Better Call Joe, Little Corner Construction

Best Hardware Store in the Triangle
Fitch Lumber & Hardware

309 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro
fitchlumber.com
Finalists: Ace Hardware Seaboard Station, Ace Hardware in Woodcroft, Briggs Hardware

Best Home Accessory Store in the Triangle
Cedar Creek Gallery

1150 Fleming Road, Creedmoor
cedarcreekgallery.com
Finalists: Deco, Form & Function, Inspirations Home Decor and More

Best Home Furnishing Store in the Triangle
TROSA Thrift Store

3500 North Roxboro Street, Durham
trosainc.org/trosa-thrift-store
Finalists: Raleigh Furniture Gallery, Inspirations Home Decor and More, Furnish This

Best Hotel in the Triangle
The Umstead Hotel and Spa

100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary
theumstead.com
Finalists: The Durham Hotel, 21C Museum Hotel, Unscripted

Best House Cleaners in Durham County
Carpe Diem Cleaning

902 Pearl Street, Durham
carpediemcleaning.com
Finalists: Enovana Green Cleaning, Tangerine Clean, Southern Hospitality Cleaning & Concierge

Best House Cleaners in Orange / Chatham County
Southern Hospitality Cleaning & Concierge

shccraleigh.com
Finalists: Enovana Green Cleaning, Tangerine Clean, Class Act Cleaning

Best House Cleaners in Wake County
Go 2 Girls

go-2-girls.com
Finalists: Southern Hospitality Cleaning & Concierge, Enovana Green Cleaning, The Other Woman, Inc.

Best House Painter in the Triangle
Hansell Painting

606 United Drive, Durham
hansellpainting.com
Finalists: Zarazua Painting, Jason Johns Specialty Paint, Brush Up Painting

Best HVAC Company in the Triangle
6 & Fix Heating & Cooling

3517 Angier Avenue, Durham
6andfix.com
Finalists: Boer Brothers Heating & Cooling, Alternative Aire, Comfort Monster Heating & Air

Best Insurance Agent in the Triangle
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State Farm

5910 Duraleigh Road, #135, Raleigh
myagentamanda.com
Finalists: Whitehurst Strategic Partners, Matthew Gorman (North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance), Scott Clark

Best Jewelry Store in Durham County
Jewelsmith

2200 West Main Street, Durham
jewelsmith.com
Finalists: Light Years Jewelry, Hamilton Hill, Vert & Vogue

Best Jewelry Store in Orange / Chatham County
Light Years

121 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
lightyearsjewelry.com
Finalists: WomanCraft Gifts, Melissa Designer Jewelry, William Travis Jewelry

Best Jewelry Store in Wake County
Light Years Cameron Village

430 Daniels Street, Raleigh
lightyearsjewelry.com
Finalists: Little Details, Quercus Studio, HTY Jewelry

Best Landscape Company in the Triangle
TROSA Lawn Care

1100 Neville Street, Durham
trosainc.org
Finalists: Leaf & Limb, Agape Lawn Company, Artistry in Plants

Best Local Brand
RUNAWAY

212 West Main Street, #102, Durham
runawayclothes.com
Finalists: Munjo Munjo, Good Dirt, Pass the Gravy

Best Men's Boutique in the Triangle
The Art of Style

19 West Hargett Street, Raleigh
theartofstyleboutique.com
Finalists: Vert & Vogue, Lumina Clothing, Kannon's Clothing

Best Moving Company in the Triangle
TROSA Moving

700 Mallard Avenue, Durham
trosainc.org/trosa-moving-storage
Finalists: Two Men and a Truck, Crabtree Family Moving, Little Guys Movers

Best Music Lessons in the Triangle
Notasium

3750 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham
notasium.com
Finalists: Triangle Music School, The Musicians Learning Center, High Strung

Best New Business in Durham County
Freeman's Creative Craft Supply

2020 Chapel Hill Road, #25, Durham
freemanscreative.com
Finalists: The Glass Jug Beer Lab, The Artisan Market at 305, Tap the Triangle

Best New Business in Orange / Chatham County
Postal Fish Company

75 West Salisbury Street, Pittsboro
postalfishcompany.com
Finalists: Village Diner, K's Closet

Best New Business in Wake County
Bottle Rev, Apex

800 West Williams Street, #140, Apex
bottlerev.com/br-apex
Finalists: Meraki Salon, Autumn & Avery, Beaumonde

Best Nonprofit in Durham County
TROSA

1820 James Street, Durham
trosainc.org
Finalists: Animal Protection Society of Durham, Hope Animal Rescue, Durham Literacy Center

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Best Nonprofit in Durham County
Legal Aid
Indy: If you read the INDY, you already know there were 859 eviction cases filed in Durham County during the last fiscal year. For low-income residents facing eviction, Legal Aid of North Carolina, a statewide nonprofit law firm, is one of their only options for legal help. These attorneys are doing yeoman's work, helping North Carolinians who need it most, despite heavy caseloads and a funding cut last year at the behest of a lawmaker who felt they were overzealous in protecting tenants. In Durham, Legal Aid is taking the eviction crisis head-on, representing tenants in its own practice and through the Eviction Diversion Program, a new partnership with Duke's Civil Justice Clinic and the Durham County Department of Social Services. It's now seeking funding to expand the program, but has already succeeded in helping dozens of people avoid displacement, and is shifting the community conversation around housing stability. —Sarah Willets


Best Nonprofit in Orange / Chatham County
Goathouse Refuge

232 Goathouse Road, Pittsboro
goathouserefuge.org
Finalists: Carolina Tiger Rescue, Paws4Ever, TABLE

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Best Nonprofit in Orange / Chatham County
Community Empowerment Fund
Indy: The Community Empowerment Fund is a student-powered nonprofit with a broad mission of helping people get out and stay out of homelessness and poverty. In addition to providing financial education and matched savings accounts to its members—who are treated like equals and not customers—CEF also works to identify gaps and hurdles in the processes members go through on the way to stability. This might mean helping individuals connect with hard-to-find, subsidized Section 8 housing or working with former Durham Mayor Bill Bell to convene landlords to talk about what they need to keep their properties affordable and up to standard. CEF even has an Advocacy Choir that sings popular songs rewritten with lyrics about issues like affordable housing. Donations to CEF's Fearless Fund go toward matching funds for members' savings accounts. —Sarah Willets


Best Nonprofit in Wake County
Urban Ministries of Wake County

1390 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh
urbanmin.org
Finalists: Triangle Beagle Rescue, Alzheimer's Association ENC, Archangel Alliance

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Best Nonprofit in Wake County
A Place at the Table
Indy: A Place at the Table had big shoes to fill. The pay-what-you-can cafe, which opened its doors in January, took up residence in what was formerly the bright and trippy coffeehouse Café de los Muertos. Now the Day of the Dead decor has been swapped for gentle yellow walls decorated with pictures from local photographers. A Place at the Table serves standard cafe fare—granola bowls, panini, soups—but with an interesting twist: You pay (more or less) what you can. The shop provides a suggested price for each item, like $7 for a house salad, but you can pay up to half of what is suggested if you're short on funds. A donation pot helps account for the missing dollars. A patron can choose to buy a coffee and donate enough for someone else, for example. And if you can't spare even a penny for an item on the menu, you can volunteer to make up for the cost. It's a more humane approach to the sometimes-stuffy cafe culture—and so far, it seems to be working. —Erica Hellerstein


Best Pet Boarding in Durham County
Camp Bow Wow

4310 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham
campbowwow.com/chapel-hill
Finalists: Suite Paws Pet Resort (Durham), The Pet Wagon Hotel, Creature Comforts Inn

Best Pet Boarding in Orange / Chatham County
Green Beagle Lodge

6805 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill
greenbeaglelodge.com
Finalists: Doggie Spa & Day Care, Companion Camp, Dogwood Veterinary Hospital & Pet Resort

Best Pet Boarding in Wake County
Suite Paws Pet Resort, Raleigh

110 South Rogers Lane, Raleigh
suitepaws.com/raleigh Finalists: Dogtopia of Raleigh, The K9 Kabana, Pup's Day Out

Best Pet Groomer in Durham County
Elliotte's Pet Spa and Salon

2005 North Pointe Drive, #1B, Durham
elliottespetspa.com
Finalists: Amber Stoehr (Petco Southpoint), Beth's Barks and Bubbles, Petropolitan Dog Grooming

Best Pet Groomer in Orange / Chatham County
Hair of the Dog

11312 U.S. Highway 15-501 North, #305, Chapel Hill
hairofthedognc.com
Finalists: Fiona (The Dog's Paw), Green Beagle Lodge, Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming at Chapel Hill

Best Pet Groomer in Wake County
Woof Gang Bakery Cameron Village

2046 Clark Avenue, Raleigh
woofgangbakery.com
Finalists: Woof and Wheels Mobile Pet Salon, City Pet Grooming, Pup's Day Out

Best Pet-sitting Service in Durham County
Bull City Pet Sitting

bullcitypetsitting.com
Finalists: Kate's Critter Care, A Whole Lotta Love, Love'm and Leave'm Pet Sitting

Best Pet-sitting Service in Orange / Chatham County
Kate's Critter Care

katescrittercare.com
Finalists: Doggie Day Care and Spa, Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming at Chapel Hill, Laughing Dog Pet Care

Best Pet-sitting Service in Wake County
aMANda'S Best Friend

facebook.com/aMANdaS-BEST-FRIEND-151828344890009/
Finalists: Furbaby Pet Sitters, Wag the Dog Pet Care, Peak City Puppy, Pup's Day Out

Best Pet Specialty Store in the Triangle
Phydeaux

400 South Elliott Road, Suite A1, Chapel Hill
phydeaux.com
Finalists: Unleashed, The Other End of the Leash, Oliver's Collar

Best Place to Adopt a Pet in the Triangle
Triangle Beagle Rescue

tribeagles.org
Finalists: Cause For Paws of NC, Goathouse Refuge, Hope Animal Rescue

Best Place to Buy Locally Made Art in Durham County
Durham Craft Market

501 Foster Street, Durham
durhamcraftmarket.com
Finalists: Zola Craft Gallery, Pleiades Arts, The Artisan Market at 305

Best Place to Buy Locally Made Art in Orange / Chatham County
Hillsborough Gallery Of Arts

121 North Churton Street, Hillsborough
hillsboroughgallery.com
Finalists: Womancraft Gifts, FRANK Gallery, NC Craft Gallery

Best Place to Buy Locally Made Art in Wake County
Artspace

201 East Davie Street, Raleigh
artspacenc.org
Finalists: The Green Monkey, Downtown Cary Food & Flea, Cary Gallery of Artists

Best Place to Buy Musical Instruments in the Triangle
High Strung

1805 West Markham Avenue, Durham
highstrungdurham.com
Finalists: Montgomery Violins, 2112 Percussion, Music & Arts

Best Plumber in the Triangle
Carrboro Plumbing

806 Davie Road, Carrboro
carrboroplumbing.com
Finalists: Pure Line Plumbing, After Hours Plumbing, ACME Plumbing Co.

Best Realtor Group in the Triangle
ERA Dream Living Realty

311 South Harrington Street, #100, Raleigh
era.com/era-dream-living-realty-588c
Finalists: Element Realty Group (Allen Tate Realtors), Triangle Real Estate Chix, Ashley Wilson Realty Group, Carpenter Real Estate Group

Best Realtor in Durham County
Adrian Brown
Inhabit Real Estate

2814 Hillsborough Road, Durham
inhabitthetriangle.com/adrian-brown
Finalists: Alison Domnas, Connie Semans, Justin Burleson

Best Realtor in Orange / Chatham County
Chloë Seymore
RED Collective

1901 Chapel Hill Road, Durham
red-collective.com/chloe
Finalists: Justin Burleson, Steven Norris (Norris Team Realty), Natalie Bree

Best Realtor in Wake County
A Cole Realty

6531 Creedmoor Road, #207, Raleigh
acolerealty.com
Finalists: Patrick Madigan, Justin Burleson, Ashley Wilson Realty

Best Retail Beer Selection in Durham County
Sam's Quik Shop

1605 Erwin Road, Durham
samsquikshop.com
Finalists: Sam's Bottle Shop, The Glass Jug Beer Lab, Bottle 501

Best Retail Beer Selection in Orange / Chatham County
Beer Study

106 North Graham Street, Chapel Hill
beerstudy.com
Finalists: Carrboro Beverage Company, Southern Season, Bottle Rev (Chapel Hill)

Best Retail Beer Selection in Wake County
Pelagic Beer & Wine

300 Pace Street, Raleigh
pelagicbeerandwine.com
Finalists: Peace Street Market, Tasty Beverage Company, Bottle Rev (Apex)

Best Retirement Community in the Triangle
Carol Woods

750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill
carolwoods.org
Finalists: The Forest at Duke, Croasdaile Village, Carolina Arbors

Best Roofing Company in the Triangle
Baker Roofing

517 Mercury Street, Raleigh
bakerroofing.com
Finalists: Alpine Roofing, Joe Ray's Roofing, Roofcrafters (Pittsboro)

Best Running Store in the Triangle
Bull City Running Co.

202 West N.C. Highway 54, #109, Durham
bullcityrunning.com
Finalists: Runologie, 9th Street Active Feet

Best Salvage / Re-use Business in the Triangle
The Scrap Exchange

2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham
scrapexchange.org
Finalists: Habitat for Humanity Restore (Durham/Chapel Hill), TROSA Thrift Store and Donation Center, CompostNow

Best Store to Buy Eyeglasses in the Triangle
Upchurch Optical Center

5826 Fayetteville Road, #104, Durham
upchurchoptical.com
Finalists: Specs, Carrboro Family Vision, The Spectacle

Best Summer Camp in Durham County
Schoolhouse of Wonder

5101B North Roxboro Street, Durham
schoolhouseofwonder.org
Finalists: Durham Academy Summer Programs, Piedmont Wildlife Center, Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts

Best Summer Camp in Orange / Chatham County
Schoolhouse of Wonder

schoolhouseofwonder.org
Finalists: Carolina Friends School, Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, Piedmont Wildlife Center, Carolina Tiger Rescue

Best Summer Camp in Wake County
Schoolhouse of Wonder

schoolhouseofwonder.org/wake-county
Finalists: YMCA of the Triangle, Arts Together, Piedmont Wildlife Center, Artspace Summer Arts Camp

Best Tattoo Studio in the Triangle
Dogstar Tattoo Company

807 East Main Street, Durham
dogstartattoo.com
Finalists: Authentic Tattoo Company, Blue Flame Tattoo, Altered Aesthetics

Best Toy Store in the Triangle >
Ali Cat

200 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro
alicattoys.com
Finalists: Museum of Life & Science Gift Shop, Crowemag Toys, The Red Hen

Best Veterinary Practice in Durham County
Southpoint Animal Hospital

5601 Fayetteville Street, Durham
southpointpets.com
Finalists: New Hope Animal Hospital, Willow Oak Veterinary Hospital, Broadway Veterinary Hospital

Best Veterinary Practice in Orange / Chatham County
Carrboro Plaza Veterinary Clinic

104 N.C. Highway 54, Suite M, Carrboro
carrboroplazavet.com
Finalists: The Animal Hospital (Carrboro and Chapel Hill), Piedmont Veterinary Clinic, Four Paws Animal Clinic

Best Veterinary Practice in Wake County
Crossroads Veterinary Hospital

1112 Jones Franklin Road, Raleigh
mycrossroadsvet.net
Finalists: Care First Animal Hospital (Oberlin), Hayes Barton Animal Hospital, CityVet

Best Vintage / Antique Store in the Triangle
Father and Son

302 South West Street, Raleigh
facebook.com/Father-and-Son-133275510048293/
Finalists: Dolly's Vintage, Raleigh Vintage, Raleigh Furniture Gallery

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Best Vintage / Antique Store in the Triangle
Rumors
Indy: In the words of Saturday Night Live's Stefon, Chapel Hill's Rumors has it all. An overwhelming selection of crop tops, sunglasses galore, sassy pins, and go-to graphic tees for your vintage dudes. A secondhand clothing and selling store, you can also sell your own threads there for cash or store credit (beware, the buyers are selective). One of the more refreshing things about Rumors is that, unlike some posh vintage stores that sell starched clothing at marked-up prices, it actually is affordable. You can find vintage leather bags for $20, old-school windbreakers for $30, and men's button-downs for less than $10. And, located right off Chapel Hill's Franklin Street, it's easily accessible, with many a post-shopping beer option. If only it could clone itself and move over to Raleigh. —Erica Hellerstein


Best Wine Shop in Durham County
Wine Authorities

2501 University Drive, Durham
wineauthorities.com
Finalists: Bulldega, Hope Valley Wine & Beverage, Durham Co-op Market, Bottle 501

Best Wine Shop in Orange / Chatham County
Southern Season

201 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill
southernseason.com
Finalists: Weaver Street Market, Hillsborough Wine Company, Chapel Hill Wine Company

Best Wine Shop in Wake County
Wine Authorities

211 East Franklin Street, Raleigh
wineauthorities.com
Finalists: The Raleigh Wine Shop, Seaboard Wine Warehouse, Chatham Street Wine Market

Best Women's Boutique in Durham County
Smitten

2702 Hillsborough Road, Durham
facebook.com/ImSmittentoo
Finalists: Vert & Vogue, Magnolia Belle Boutique, Moon.Flower.Child

Best Women's Boutique in Orange / Chatham County
Sofia's Boutique

200 North Greensboro Street, Suite B3, Carrboro, sofiasboutique.us
Finalists: Clothes Mentor (Chapel Hill), WomanCraft, Women's Birth and Wellness Center Boutique

Best Women's Boutique in Wake County
Possibilities Boutique

1247 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary
possibilitiesboutique.com
Finalists: The Art of Style, Autumn & Avery, Little Details, StyleFinder Boutique

Best Yarn Store in the Triangle
Hillsborough Yarn Shop

114 South Churton Street, Hillsborough
hillsboroughyarn.com
Finalists: Warm 'n Fuzzy, Freeman's Creative Craft Supply, DownTown Knits (Apex)

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