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Readers Poll

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.

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