Best CD/record store

Schoolkids Records
144 E Franklin St Chapel Hill, 929-7766
2712-100 Hillsborough St Raleigh, 821-7766

Finalists: Best Buy, CD Alley

Best local bookstore

The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St Durham, 286-2700,

Finalists: Barnes & Noble, Quail Ridge Books & Music

Best local women’s boutique

452 W Franklin St Chapel Hill, 933-4007
450 Daniels St Raleigh, 832-1234
4120 Main at North Hills Raleigh, 785-3385

Finalists: Gena Chandler, Scout & Molly’s

Best men’s clothing

The Alexan at North Hills 4209-134 Lassiter Mill Rd Raleigh, 787-3038,

Finalists: Men’s Wearhouse, Nordstrom

Best place for kick-ass shoes

605 Glenwood Ave Raleigh, 821-4536,

Finalists: DSW, Nordstrom

Best vintage/used clothing store

Time After Time
414 W Franklin St Chapel Hill, 942-2304

Finalists: The Electric Blender, Father & Son

Best place to find used treasures

NC State Fairgrounds Flea Market
1025 Blue Ridge Rd Raleigh, 829-3533,

Finalists: Father & Son, Goodwill

Best hair salon(salon and/or stylist)

Moshi Moshi
416 W Franklin St Chapel Hill, 933-1272,

Finalists: Cherrybomb, Mina’s Studio, Syd’s Hair Shop

Best day spa

8020 Creedmoor Road Raleigh, 870-1975
13200 New Falls of the Neuse Rd, Suite 113 Raleigh, 488-7050
2058 Renaissance Park Pl Suite 200 Cary, 870-6114
Two Progress Plaza 150 E Davie St Raleigh, 841-0043

Finalists: Jolie, Skin Sense

Best local place to buy a wedding gift


Finalists: Nested, A Southern Season

Best jewelry store

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry
415 Daniels St Cameron Village Raleigh, 829-7337,

Finalists: Jared, Jolly’s Jewelers

Best local hardware store


Finalists: Burke Brothers Hardware, Lowe’s

Best magazine/newspaper selection

Barnes & Noble

Finalists: Borders, VisArt Video

Best kids’ toy store

Toys R Us

Finalists: Learning Express, Tookie’s Toys

Best place to work out (gym/health club)

Peak Fitness

Finalists: Gold’s Gym, YMCA

Best camera/video store

Wolf Camera

Finalists: Peace Camera, Southeastern Camera

Best hotel


Finalists: The Carolina Inn, The Umstead

Best place to buy music gear

Music Loft
116 W Main St Carrboro, 968-4411
1900 W Markham Ave Durham, 286-9539

Finalists: Guitar Center, Harry’s Guitar Shop

Best place to buy candy

A Southern Season
201 S Estes Dr University Mall Chapel Hill, 929-7133,

Finalists: The Fresh Market, Target

Best retail cheese selection

Whole Foods Market

Finalists: Fresh Market, A Southern Season

Best retail wine selection

Total Wine

Finalists: Seaboard Wine Warehouse, A Southern Season

Best retail beer selection

Peace Street Market
804 W Peace St Raleigh, 834-7070

Finalists: Harris Teeter, Total Wine

Best bike shop

The Clean Machine
104 W Main St Carrboro, 967-5104,

Finalists: The Bicycle Chain, Performance Bicycle

Best place to buy sex toys

Cherry Pie
1819 Fordham Blvd Chapel Hill, 928-0499,

Finalists: Adam & Eve, Priscilla’s

Best outdoor outfitters

255 Crossroads Blvd Cary, 233-8444
6911 Fayetteville Rd Durham, 806-3442
4291 The Circle at North Hills Raleigh, 571-5031

Finalists: Great Outdoor Provision Co., Townsend Bertram & Company

Best tattoo studio (studio and/or artist)

Blue Flame
3015 Hillsborough St Raleigh, 755-3355,

Finalists: Dogstar, Warlock’s

Best comic book store

Chapel Hill Comics
412 W Franklin St Chapel Hill, 967-4439,

Finalists: Capitol Comics, Ultimate Comics

Best doctor

Dr. Bruce “Goofus” Wilks, Carrboro Family Medicine
610 Jones Ferry Rd, Carrboro, 929-1747,

Finalists: Dr. Michael C. Sharp, Plum Spring Clinic; Dr. Lee Ann Bankaitis, Comprehensive Family Medicine

Best dentist

Dr. James Sarant
3713 Benson Dr Suite 102 Raleigh, 855-8600,

Finalists: Dr. Jeff Kennedy, Dr. Rebecca Schmorr

Best chiropractor

Dr. Chas Gaertner, North Carolina Chiropractic
212 W Rosemary St Chapel Hill, 929-3552,

Finalists: Dr. Brett Hightower, Health Space; Dr. Charles Hecht, Partners in Health & Wellness

Best real estate agent

Jayme Hicks, RE/MAX United
51 Kilmayne Dr Cary, 469-4700,

Finalists: Community Realty; Linda Lee, Linda Lee & Associates

Best veterinarian

The Animal Hospital of Carrboro
112 W Main St Carrboro, 967-9261,

Finalists: Oberlin Animal Hospital, Park Veterinary Hospital

Best auto mechanic

Chapel Hill Tire
502 W Franklin St Chapel Hill, 967-7092
203 W Main St Carrboro, 967-7058
Cole Park Plaza Chapel Hill, 960-6001

Finalists: Al’s Garage, Auto Logic

Best radio DJ

Bob & the Showgram (+ Mike and Kristin), G105.1
3100 Smoketree Ct 7th Floor Raleigh, 878-1500 (main)/860-1051 (request/contest),

Finalists: Bill and Sheri, Mix 101.5; Big Fat Sac, WKNC

Best radio station

WKNC 88.1 FM
NCSU Mail Center Box 8607 Raleigh, 515-2401 (business)/ 860-0881 (request)/ 515-2400 (request),

Finalists: KISS 93.9 FM, WUNC Public Radio 91.5 FM

Best local television personality

Greg Fishel, WRAL
PO Box 12000 Raleigh, 821-8555,

Finalists: David Crabtree, WRAL; Larry Stogner, ABC 11

Best pet specialty store

103 W Weaver St Carrboro, 960-3606,

Finalists: Barnes Supply Co., Wag

Best garden store

707 Semart Dr Raleigh, 828-5337,

Finalists: Fifth Season Gardening Co., Southern States