2013 Triad’s Best Awards

by YES! Staff

ARTS & LEISURE Best Movie Theater: The Grande Luxe, Greensboro Runner-up: Carousel Battleground Notes: The new restaurant/theater takes first in its debut. Best of Winston-Salem is the Grande 18. Best Live Theater Venue: Triad Stage, Greensboro Runner-up: Carolina Theatre, Greensboro Notes: Best of Winston-Salem is the Hanesbrand Theater Best 2012 Local Theater Production: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance Runner-up: Avenue Q, Community Theatre of Greensboro Notes: Bellydance troupe Bellysima takes third. Best Local Male Theater Actor: Michael Tourek Runner-up: Brian Mullins Notes: Poker Mike FTW! Best Local Female Theater Actor: Heather Hamby Runner-up: Natasha Gore Notes: Anne Hathaway, who scored well in the category, is not eligible. Best Burlesque Dancer: Madelyn Greco/Foxy Moxy Runner-up: Jenn Martin Notes: Fellow Purrrlesque! Shimmy queen Peaches DeVine takes third. Best Burlesque Troupe: Purrrlesque! Runner-up: The Castaway Cabaret Notes: Second year in a row for Purrrlesque! Best Bellydancing Troupe: Daliana Dance Runner-up: Twisted Dance Notes: Lots of bellydance fans in the Triad. Best Bellydancer: Diane “Daliana” Simons Runner-up: Alaina Carter Notes: Simons is an alum of the June Claire School of Dance on Long Island Best Comedy Club: The Comedy Zone, Greensboro Runner-up: The Idiot Box, Greensboro Notes: The Joke Factory in High Point takes third in its first year in a very close race. Best Local Comedian: Josh “Biggie” Ellinger Runner-up: Chris Wiles Notes: Most know Biggie from the “Two Guys Named Chris” morning show on Rock 92. Best Local Author: Orson Scott Card Runner-up: Fred Chappell Notes: We bumped O. Henry because he’s dead. Best Visual Artist: Laura Lashley Runner-up: Betty Watson Notes: “The freaks at Elsewhere” came in third. Best Photographer: Tony Jones Runner-up: Bonnie Stanley Notes: YES! Weekly’s Ryan Snyder ties with David Weiner for third in a very popular category. Best Museum: The Greensboro Natural Science Center Runner-up: The Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG Notes: The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art gets Best of Winston-Salem. Best Art Gallery: The Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG Runner-up: Delurk Gallery, Winston-Salem Notes: Two very different galleries, each excellent in its own way. Best Free Wifi: Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema, Greensboro Runner-up: Panera Bread, Triad-wide Notes: The Green Bean, coming in third, gets ousted by Joe Scott’s nerd palace. Best Place for Family Fun: Greensboro Natural Science Center Runner-up: Airbound Trampoline Park, Winston-Salem Notes: Wet ‘N’ Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro takes third. Best Jogging: Salem Lake, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Country Park, Greensboro Notes: “Chase me” got six votes. Best Biking: Salem Lake, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Bur-Mil Park, Greensboro Notes: Salem Lake wins by a landslide. Best Golf Course: The Grandover, Greensboro Runner-up: Sedgefield Country Club Notes: Bermuda Run Country Club is Best of Winston-Salem. Best Tennis Courts: Lake Jeannette Swim & Tennis, Greensboro Runner-up: The J Spencer Love Tennis Center, Greensboro Notes: Hanes Park is Best of Winston-Salem. Best Park: Tanglewood Park, Clemmons Runner-up: Country Park, Greensboro Notes: Tanglewood is still at the top of the heap. Best Public Pool: Greensboro Aquatic Center Runner-up: Tanglewood Pool, Clemmons Notes: Does the waterpark count? Best Lake: Belews Creek Runner-up: High Rock Lake Notes: Boating trumps swimming, it seems. Best road race: The Color Run, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Zombie Run. Greensboro Notes: Is there such a thing as the “running of the balls”? Best Place to See Wildlife: Greensboro Natural Science Center Runner-up: North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro Notes: Among our favorites are the Silver Moon, the Kid Roc k concert and the old standby, “Waffle House after 2 a.m.” EDUCATION Best College/University: UNCG Runner-up: Wake Forest University Notes: Third Place goes to GTCC. Best College Instructor: Eloise Hassell, UNCG Runner-up: Mike Kane, UNCG Notes: UNCG sweeps the category. Best College Course: Science of Wine, Guilford College Runner-up: Belief in “Weird” Things, UNCG Notes: “Beer 101 @ UNC-Anywhere” placed in the Top 10. Best Forsyth Grade School: Arts-Based Elementary Runner-up: The Downtown School Notes: Lots of pride in Forsyth schools, a long list of nominees. Best Forsyth Middle School: Jefferson Middle School Runner-up: Arts-Based School Notes: Third Place Meadowlark Middle School Best Guilford Grade School: Greensboro Day School Runner-up: Greensboro Montessori Notes: Another long list. Best Guilford Middle School: Kiser Middle School Runner-up: Kernodle Middle School Notes: Greensboro Day School gets Third Place. Best Forsyth Teacher: Melanie Reavis, Caleb’s Creek Elementary School, Kernersville Runner-up: Terry Hicks, RJ Reynolds High School Notes: Not a single student took advantage of the opportunity to place a great fake name. Best Guilford Teacher: Ray Parrish, Northwest Guilford High School Runner-up: Audrey Harris, Weaver Academy Notes: “All of them” got 10 percent of the votes. Best Summer Camp: YMCA Camp Weaver Runner-up: Victory Junction Camp Notes: The first time the Best of list has brushed up against Richard Petty. Best Day Care: Kids R Kids, Greensboro Runner-up: Ardmore Baptist Church, Winston-Salem Notes: Judging by the votes, we have a vibrant daycare industry. ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE Best Female Bartender: Rachel Martel, Stumblestilskins, Greensboro Runner-up: Lindsay Rigsbee, the Box Seat, Greensboro Notes: This is a wildly popular category. Best Male Bartender: Joe Blevins, the Silver Moon Saloon, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Nick Wyatt, 1618 Wine Lounge, Greensboro Notes: Believe it or not, the men got more votes than the ladies. Best New Club/Bar: KUSH, Greensboro Runner-up: Blu Martini, Greensboro Notes: Bulls Tavern gets the Best of Winston-Salem. Best Dive Bar: College Hill Sundries, Greensboro Runner-up: The Burke Street Pub, Winston-Salem Notes: First 2013 appearance for College Hill, a perennial reader favorite. Best Dance Club: SYN Select Sky, Greensboro Runner-up: Inferno, Greensboro Notes: Greensboro dominates the club scene. Best Club for Hooking Up: Johnny & Junes, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Greene Street Club. Greensboro Notes: Not everyone likes this category, but the ones who do really like it a lot. Best Late-Night Bar: Jake’s Billiards, Greensboro Runner-up: Walker’s Bar, Greensboro Notes: The Gate City scores another shutout in a nightlife category. Best Sports Bar: JP Looney’s, High Point/Kernersville/Oak Ridge Runner-up: Cooper’s Ale House Notes: Looney’s gathers the fringe votes to beat out a Greensboro favorite. Best College Bar: Greene Street Club, Greensboro Runner-up: College Hill Sundries, Greensboro Notes: Finnegan’s Wake gets Best of Winston-Salem. Best Gay Bar: The Q Lounge, Greensboro Runner-up: Warehouse 29, Greensboro Notes: Club Odyssey gets Best of Winston-Salem Best Wine Bar: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Greensboro Runner-up: 1618 Wine Bar, Greensboro Notes: 6th & Vine gets Best of Winston-Salem. Best Lounge: Blu Martini, Greensboro Runner-up: Syn Select Sky, Greensboro Notes: Tate’s Cocktails gets Best of Winston-Salem. Best Neighborhood Bar: College Hill Sundries, Greensboro Runner-up: Burke Street Pub, Winston-Salem Notes: Third Place goes to Winston-Salem’s West End Opera House. Best Place to Shoot Pool: Jake’s Billiards, Greensboro Runner-up: the Fox & Hound, Winston-Salem Notes: In third, Rec Billiards gives Winston-Salem the edge. Best Martin: Blu Martini, Greensboro Runner-up: Tate’s Cocktails, Winston-Salem Notes: The Village Tavern puts up Third Place numbers. Best Bloody Mary: Bloody Mary’s Oyster Bar, Greensboro Runner-up: Hutch & Harris, Winston-Salem Notes: We hear 6th & Vine makes a nice one too. Best Margarita: Kiosco, Greensboro Runner-up: La Fiesta, Greensboro Notes: Don Juan’s in K-Vegas picks up Third Place. Best Local Brewery: Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Natty Greene’s, Greensboro Notes: Foothills wins the battle of the heavyweights. Best Beer Selection: Cooper’s Ale House, Greensboro Runner-up: Bestway Grocery, Greensboro Notes: Cooper’s wins again this year… by a nose. Best Karaoke Night: Kickback Jack’s, Greensboro Runner-up: College Hill Sundries, Greensboro Notes: Tee-Time gets Best of Winston-Salem. Best jukebox: Burke Street Pub, Winston-Salem Runner-up: College Hill Sundries, Greensboro Notes: History is made as College Hill loses the title. Best Patio: Darryl’s Wood-Fired Grill, Greensboro Runner-up: The District Rooftop Grille, Winston-Salem Notes: Finnegan’s Wake in Winston gets a nod. Best Rooftop Club: The District Rooftop Grille, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Sin Sky Select, Greensboro Notes: Greene Street Club gets Third Place FOOD & DRINK Best Male Server: Blake, Elizabeth’s Pizza, Oak Ridge Runner-up: Damien Raba, 1618 Seafood Grille, Greensboro Notes: An outsider takes the title in a crowded field. Best Female Server: Molly Simpson, 6th & Vine, Winston-Salem Runner-up: April Bach, Hooters of Greensboro Notes: Molly Simpson, loving the good press! Best Restaurant Bar: Grey’s Tavern, Greensboro Runner-up: The District Rooftop Grille, Winston-Salem Notes: Darryl’s in Greensboro scores third. Best Greensboro Restaurant: Wolfgang Puck’s Pizza Bar Runner-up: Darryl’s Wood-Fired Grill Notes: In it’s first year, Puck’s concept nabs a win. Best Winston-Salem Restaurant: Jeffrey Adams Runner-up: Bleu Notes: A vibrant restaurant scene registers high yields. Best High Point Restaurant: Liberty Brewpub & Steakhouse Runner-up: Sammy G’s Notes: Third Place Fire & Sticks Best Triad Restaurant: Undercurrent, Greensboro Runner-up: Jeffrey Adams, Winston-Salem Notes: Undercurrent wins a big one Best Neighborhood Restaurant: Village Tavern, Triad-wide Runner-up: Darryl’s Wood-Fired Grill Notes: Bleu and 6th & Vine in Winston-Salem tie for third. Best New Restaurant: Dame’s Chicken & Waffles, Greensboro Runner-up: Wolfgang Puck’s Pizza Bar, Greensboro Notes: Dame pulls out a convincing win. Best Food Truck: Great Escape Runner-up: El Azteca Notes: Taco trucks place strongly, but fail to win. Best Chef: Chef Dion Sprenkle, Chef Dion Sprinkle’s, Lexington Runner-up: Chef will Kingery, Willow’s Bistro/King’s Crab Shack, Winston-Salem Notes: An unknown comes out of Lexington to unseat last year’s winner handily. Best Hibachi Restaurant: Fire & sticks, High Point Runner-up: Arigato, Greensboro Notes: A win for High Point! Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: Mooney’s Mediterranean, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Jack’s Corner, Greensboro Notes: Greensboro’s Ghassan’s placed third. Best Japanese/Sushi Restaurant: Sushi Republic, Greensboro Runner-up: Phoenix Asian Cuisine, Greensboro Notes: Greensboro scores big in Asian categories. Best Chinese Restaurant: Phoenix Asian Cuisine, Greensboro Runner-up: Golden Wok, Greensboro Notes: Fine dining beats buffet in this one. Best Thai Restaurant: Downtown Thai, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Rearn Thai, Greensboro Notes: More than 30 entries in this category. Best Vietnamese Restaurant: Saigon Cuisine, Greensboro Runner-up: Xia Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar, Winston-Salem Notes: Another close one. Best Indian Restaurant: Saffron, Greensboro Runner-up: Nawab Indian Cuisine, Winston-Salem Notes: If you like Indian food, put them both on your list. Best Po: Pho Vien Huong, Greensboro Runner-up: Downtown Thai, Winston-Salem Notes: “Who you calling a ho?” Best Tacos: Crafted: The Art of the Taco, Greensboro Runner-up: El Azteca, Greensboro Notes: Crafted runs away with it. Best Mexican Restaurant: San Luis, Triad-wide Runner-up: Kiosco, Greensboro Notes: With multiple locations, San Luis edges in front. Best Soul Food Restaurant: Dame’s Chicken & Waffles, Greensboro Runner-up: Stephanie’s II, Greensboro Notes: Sweet Potatoes in Winston-Salem takes third. Best Italian Restaurant: Anton’s, Greensboro Runner-up: Giovanni’s, Jamestown Notes: Jamestown’s first appearance this year. Best Greek Restaurant: Acropolis, Greensboro Runner-up: Pavilion, Greensboro Notes: The downtown stalwart takes it. Best Irish Restaurant: Finnegan’s Wake, Winston-Salem Runner-up: M’Coul’s Public House, Greensboro Notes: The Claddagh in High Point takes third. Best Latin Restaurant: La Botana, Winston-Salem Runner-up: La Fiesta, Greensboro Notes: House favorite Villa del Mar gets nine votes. Best Diner: Jake’s Diner, Greensboro Runner-up: Smith Street Diner, Greensboro Notes: Greensboro owns the category. Best Bistro: Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro, Winston-Salem Runner-up: willow’s Bistro, Winston-Salem Notes: Winston sweeps this one. Best Barbecue Restaurant: Bib’s Downtown, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Carter Brothers BBQ, High Point Notes: Bib’s has quickly become an institution. Best Pizza: Mario’s, Triad-wide Runner-up: Wolfgang Puck’s Pizza Bar, Greensboro Notes: Mario’s still dominates in this category. Best African Restaurant: Da Reggae Caf’, Greensboro Runner-up: African Continental Cuisine, Greensboro Notes: Kind of slim pickings in this new category. Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Boba House, Greensboro Runner-up: Mooney’s Mediterranean Caf’, Winston-Salem Notes: This one wasn’t even close. Best Family Restaurant: Darryl’s Wood-Fired Grill, Greensboro Runner-up: The Pioneer, Archdale Notes: Archdale? Best Seafood Restaurant: 1618 Seafood Grille, Greensboro Runner-up: King’s Crab Shack, Winston-Salem Notes: A very close race Best Brewpub: Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Natty Greene’s, Greensboro Notes: Foothills wins Round 2. Best Delivery: Jimmy John’s, Triad-wide Runner-up: Burke Street Pizza, Winston-Salem Notes: Freaky fast. Best Bar Food: Finnegan’s Wake, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem Notes: M’Coul’s in Greensboro takes third. Best Cheap Eats: Cook Out, Triad-wide Runner-up: Sheetz, Triad-wide Notes: Food trucks score well too. Best Lunch Specials” Chef Dion Sprenkle’s, Lexington Runner-up: King’s Crab Shack, Winston-Salem Notes: Sprenkle got a ton of votes, in a lot of categories. Best Brunch: M’Coul’s Public House, Greensboro Runner-up: Caf’ Europa, Greensboro Notes: Greensboro dominates the category leaders. Best Breakfast: Tex & Shirley’s, Triad-wide Runner-up: Smith Street Diner, Greensboro Notes: A close race, with 25 percent of the votes between them. Best Lunch: Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro, Winston-Salem Runner-up: District Rooftop Bar & Grille, Winston-Salem Notes: Tavo in Greensboro takes third. Best Dessert Menu: Maxie B’s, Greensboro Runner-up: Delicious Bakery, Greensboro Notes: Mozelle’s places a close third. Best Drink Menu: District Rooftop Bar & Grille, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Tate’s Cocktails, Winston-Salem Notes: “I don’t drink” got 21 votes. Best Wine List: 6th & Vine, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Village Tavern, Triad-wide Notes: 6th & Vine is crushing it this year Best Romantic Dinner: The Melting Pot, Greensboro Runner-up: Bernardin’s, Winston-Salem Notes: Two excellent choices. Best Sandwiches: Fox & Hound, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Newk’s Express Caf’, Winston-Salem Notes: Newk’s places in its first year. Best Hot Dog: Skippy’s, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Yum Yum’s, Greensboro Notes: Justice! Best Burger: Cook Out, Triad-wide Runner-up: Tipsyz, High Point Notes: Perennial favorite Five Guys places a close fourth. Best French Fries: Five Guys, Triad-wide Runner-up: Emma Keys, Greensboro Notes: There it is! Best Milkshake: Cook Out, Triad-wide Runner-up: Steak N Shake, Triad-wide Notes: Yep, all the boys to the yard. Best Steak: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Greensboro Runner-up: The Chop House Grille, Winston-Salem Notes: Former juggernaut Ruth’s Chris takes third. Best Wings: Cooper’s Ale House, Greensboro Runner-up: East Coast Wings, Triad-wide Notes: Hooters takes third. Best Fried Chicken: Mrs. Winners, Triad-wide Runner-up: Dame’s Chicken & Waffles, Greensboro Notes: Dame’s scores a rare trifecta Best Bakery: Camino Bakery, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Spring Garden Bakery, Greensboro Notes: Lots and lots of great bakeries in the Triad. Best Coffee: The Green Bean, Greensboro Runner-up: Chelsee’s, Winston-Salem Notes: Starbucks gets more than 10 percent of the vote. Best Frozen Yogurt: Feeney’s Frozen Yogurt, Greensboro Runner-up: Yo Daddy, Greensboro Notes: This qualifies as health food, right? Best Ice Cream: Cold Stone Creamery, Triad-wide Runner-up: Wolfie’s, Winston-Salem Notes: May need a separate category for custard soon. Best Caribbean Restaurant: Da Reggae Caf’, Greensboro Runner-up: Miami Caf’, Winston-Salem Notes: Insert oxtail joke here. Best Cupcakes: Delicious Bakery, Greensboro Runner-up: Maxie B’s, Greensboro Notes: New category this year gets a lot of votes. Best Salads: West End Caf’, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Village Tavern, Triad-wide Notes: Another new category. Best Sub: Ghassan’s, Greensboro Runner-up: Bob’s Big Gas & Sub Pub, Winston-Salem Notes: Two years running for Ghassan’s Best Ribs: Darryl’s Wood-Fired Grill, Greensboro Runner-up: Kickback Jack’s, Greensboro Notes: Darryl’s wins big. Best Craft Beer Selection (Bar): Fox & Hound, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Mellow Mushroom, Triad-wide Notes: Columbus, Ohio’s Brewery District got one vote. GOODS & SERVICES Best Green Business: Deep Roots Market, Greensboro Runner-up: Goodwill Industries of Central NC Notes: The new green grocer tops a list that gets longer every year. Best Local Men’s Clothing Store: Lindsay Odom, Triad-wide Runner-up: Gusto, Winston-Salem Notes: Sam’s Club gets two votes. Best Local Women’s Clothing Store: Gaia, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Rebecca & Co., Greensboro Notes: Gaia pulls ahead in a close race. Best Boutique: Stella Rose, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Francesca’s, Greensboro Notes: Rebecca & Co. takes a close third. Best Children’s Clothing Store: Carter’s, Greensboro Runner-up: The Gap, Triad-wide Notes: “Kids smell bad” got 16 votes. Best Vintage Clothing Store: Design Archives, Greensboro Runner-up: Lucky Strike Vintage Boutique, Winston-Salem Notes: Another category on the rise. Best Consignment Shop: ReTale, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Uptown Cheapskate, Greensboro Notes: Some new businesses on the list this year. Best Thrift Clothing Store: Goodwill, Triad-wide Runner-up: Mega Thrift, Winston-Salem Notes: With all votes combined, Goodwill cannot be beat in this category. Best Shoe Store: SRI Shoe Warehouse, Greensboro Runner-up: Monkee’s, Triad-wide Notes: “The internet” got 54 votes. Best Hardware Store: Lowe’s Home Improvement Runner-up: Ace Hardware Notes: Wow — Home Depot got crushed this year. Best Furniture Store: Furnitureland South, Thomasville Runner-up: American Furniture Warehouse, Greensboro Notes: “The side of the road” got 17 votes Best Antique Shop: Red Collection, Greensboro Runner-up: Lost in Time, Greensboro Notes: Antique shops have cool names. Best Frame Shop: The Art Shop, Greensboro Runner-up: Hampton House, Winston-Salem Notes: No one made the obligatory “Guilford County Jail” joke. Best Jewelry Store: Custom Jewelers, Greensboro Runner-up: Cass Jewelers, Greensboro Notes: Schiffman’s gets a close Third Place. Best Gift Store: Just Be, Greensboro Runner-up: Sister’s Jewelery & Gifts, Greensboro Notes: City Beverage gets 13 votes. Best Smoke Shop: Smoke Rings, Greensboro Runner-up: Havana Phil’s, Greensboro Notes: Water pipes trump cigars this year. Best Hospital: Moses Cone Hospital, Greensboro Runner-up: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem Notes: How about Kernersville Medical Center in Third Place? Best Birthing Suites: Women’s Hospital of Greensboro Runner-up: Forsyth Hospital Notes: This one was a landslide. Best Cosmetic Surgeon: Dr. Byron Barber, Barber Plastic Surgery, Greensboro Runner-up: Dr. David Best, Best Impressions Plastic Surgery, Greensboro Notes: “Cragislist” got 19 votes. Best Chiropractor: Salama Chiropractic Center, Greensboro Runner-up: Jeremy Phillips, Elite Performance Chiropractic, Greensboro Notes: The Gate City wins the race of the back-crackers. Best Dermatologist: Dr. Frederick Lupton III, Lupton Dermatology, Greensboro Runner-up: Dr. Hope Gruber, Greensboro Notes: Another Greensboro win. Best Pediatrician: Dr. George K. Walker, Forsyth Pediatrics, Kernersville Runner-up: Dr. Mark M. Brassfield, Carolina Pediatrics, Greensboro Notes: Another win for K-Vegas! Lots of YES! Weekly readers out there, it seems. Best Dentist: Dr. Marty Holder, Holder & Porter, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Dr. Ryan C. Kraska, Kraska Center for Cosmetic and General Dentistry Notes: “I really should go to the dentist” got 55 votes. Best Orthodontist: Dr. Allison McMillan, McMillan Orthodontics, Greensboro Runner-up: Handy & Handy Orthodintic Specialists, Winston-Salem Notes: A very close race. Best Podiatrist: Triad Foot Center, Greensboro Runner-up: Dr. James T. Mothershed, Cornerstone Health, Winston-Salem Notes: Feets, don’t fail us now! Best OB/GYN: Wendover OB/GYN, Greensboro Runner-up: Lyndhurst OB/GYN, Winston-Salem Notes: More than a few unprintable nominees in this one. Best Attorney: Aaron B. Wellman, McKinney, Perry & Coalter, Greensboro Runner-up: Dan Deuterman, Greensboro Notes: Looks like those billboards paid off. Best Massage Therapist: Janet Blevins, Sage Dragonfly, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Andra LeBauer, LeBauer Physical Therapy, Greensboro Notes: One of the biggest categories this year. Best Personal Trainer: Blaze Thompson, Proehlific Park, Greensboro Runner-up: Allen Branch, Fitness One, Kernersville Notes: K-Vegas! Best Gym: Planet Fitness, Triad-wide Runner-up: The Rush, Triad-wide Notes: The Club in Greensboro gets Third Place. Best Yoga/Pilates Studio: MindBodyFitness, Greensboro Runner-up: Bikram Yoga Triad, Winston-Salem Notes: Another growing category. Best Mani/Pedi: InStyle Nails, Greensboro Runner-up: D’j’ vu, Winston-Salem Notes: A landslide for the Adams Farm salon. Best Waxing Studio: Brow Lounge, Greensboro Runner-up: Balance Day Spa, Greensboro Notes: Greensboro wins the battle of smooth skin. Best Tanning Salon: Got Sun?, Triad-wide Runner-up: Palm Beach Tan, Triad-wide Notes: “The Oompa Loompa Factory” got six votes. Best Barbershop: The Clubhouse Salon for Men, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Great Clips, Triad-wide Notes: Great Clips? Okay… Best Hair Salon: Bliss & Co., Greensboro Runner-up: Boho Salon, Greensboro Notes: Escape Salon gets Best of Winston-Salem Best Hairstylist: Braden Cook, Instinct Salon, Greensboro Runner-up: Kyle Britt, Instinct Salon, Greensboro Notes: Always a huge list of nominees, but two from Instinct pull ahead. Best Spa: Balance Day Spa, Greensboro Runner-up: Chakras, Greensboro Notes: Greensboro likes to be pampered. Best Tattoo/Piercing Studio: Tried & True Tattoo Co., Greensboro Runner-up: Golden Spiral, Greensboro Notes: Man, we got a lot of tattoo joints around here. Best Tattoo Artist: Jason Spainhour, Tried & True Tattoo Co., Greensboro Runner-up: Marc Rainville, Art Attack, Winston-Salem Notes: In a long list of nominees, Spainhour took almost 15 percent of the vote. Best Bookstore: Edward McKay Used Books & More, Triad-wide Runner-up: Barnes & Noble, Triad-wide Notes: The local used bookstore beats up on the national chain. Best Used Car Dealership: Car Max, Triad-wide Runner-up: Flow Automotive, Triad-wide Notes: Craigslist cracked the Top 5 Best New Car Dealership: Fiat of the Triad, Greensboro Runner-up: Battleground Kia, Greensboro Notes: Mercedes-Benz of Winston-Salem takes Third Place. Best Auto Repair Shop: West End Auto, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Rice Toyota, Greensboro/Holland Auto Care, Greensboro Notes: First tie of the year! Best Auto Accessories: Advance Auto, Triad-wide Runner-up: Walmart, Triad-wide Notes: Our favorite nominee: “Tires.” Best Tire Shop: Taylor Tire, Greensboro Runner-up: Discount Tire, Triad-wide Notes: Didn’t realize there were so many tire shops. Best Auto Parts Store: Advance Auto, Triad-wide Runner-up: AutoZone, Triad-wide Notes: O’Reilly’s takes third. Best Oil Change: Express Oil, Triad-wide Runner-up: Jiffy Lube, Triad-wide Notes: DIY gets Third Place. Best Gas Station: Sheetz, Triad-wide Runner-up: Costco, Triad-wide Notes: On a long list, Sheetz takes almost 40 percent of the vote. Best Exterminator: Terminix, Triad-wide Runner-up: McNeely Pest Control, Winston-Salem Notes: “My foot” gets 25 votes. Best Real Estate Agent: Frank Slate Brooks, Tyler Redhead & McAlister, Greensboro Runner-up: Emily Franco, Coldwell Banker Notes: A new, hotly contested category. Best Real Estate Agency: Prudential Yost & Little, Greensboro Runner-up: Allen Tate, Triad-wide Notes: Another new category. Best Homebuilder: R&K Runner-up: JD Douglas Homes Notes: Bob the Builder got seven votes. Best Roofer: Hodges Roofing, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Clodfelter Roofing, Winston-Salem Notes: The Camel City appreciates a nice roof. Best Heating/AC Repair: Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Greensboro Runner-up: Berico Heating & Air Conditioning, Greensboro Notes: And the Gate City likes a working thermostat. Best Landscaping Company: New Garden Landscaping & Nursery, Greensboro Runner-up: Weston Landscaping, Winston-Salem Notes: Does anyone cut their own lawn anymore? Best Home Repair/Maintenance: Alert Construction, Triad-wide Runner-up: Jeff White, Hire a Hubby, Kernersville Notes: “My husband” got the most votes, enough to win the category. Best Bank: Bank of Oak Ridge Runner-up: BB&T Notes: State Employees Credit Union takes a close third. Best Wireless Carrier: Verizon Runner-up: Cricket Notes: Verizon is a big winner in this one. Best Bike Store: Cycles d’Oro, Greensboro Runner-up: Mock Orange Bikes, Winston-Salem Notes: Mock Orange, a newcomer to the list, makes a strong showing. Best Sporting Goods Store: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Triad-wide Runner-up: Omega Sports, Triad-wide Notes: Consignment Play it Again Sports takes third. Best Vet/Animal Clinic: Friendly Animal Clinic, Greensboro Runner-up: Sedgefield Animal Hospital Notes: Judging by the entries, “veterinary” is a hard word to spell. Best Pet Boarding: Best Friends Bed & Biscuit, Greensboro Runner-up: Lucky’s Pet Resort & Day Spa, Greensboro Notes: These sound awfully nice for pet boarding. Best Pet Grooming: All Pets Considered, Greensboro Runner-up: Pet Smart, Triad-wide Notes: Best Name: Paws for Effect Best Florist: Bo-Ty Florist, Winston-Salem Runner-up: George K. Walker, Winston-Salem Notes: Winston-Salem corners the flower Market. Best Garden Store: New Garden Nursery & Landscaping, Greensboro Runner-up: Lowe’s Home Improvement, Triad-wide Notes: Another new category. Best Wine Shop: Total Wine & More, Triad-wide Runner-up: City Beverage, Winston-Salem Notes: The new Trader Joe’s scores 16 votes. Best Place to Buy Beer: Bestway, Greensboro Runner-up: Total Wine & More, Triad-wide Notes: People love the little grocery on Walker Avenue. Best Winston-Salem Grocery: Lowe’s Food Runner-up: Trader Joe’s Notes: Lowe’s won by a single vote. Best Greensboro Grocery: Deep Roots Market Runner-up: Whole Foods Market Notes: Greensboroans like their organic produce. Best High Point Grocery: Harris Teeter Runner-up: Aldi Notes: High Pointers are more straightforward. Best Triad Grocery: Whole Foods Market, Triad-wide Runner-up: Trader Joe’s, Winston-Salem Notes: EarthFare in Greensboro takes third. Best Farmers Market: Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, Colfax Runner-up: Greensboro Farmers Curb Market Notes: This one was really close. Best Natural Foods Store: Whole Foods Market, Triad-wide Runner-up: Deep Roots Market, Greensboro Notes: Again EarthFare gets third. Best Hotel: The Proximity Hotel, Greensboro Runner-up: The O. Henry Hotel, Greensboro Notes: Quaintance-Weaver makes a sweep. Best Wedding Planner: Leigh Pearce, Greensboro Runner-up: Kristen Sanecki, the Proximity Hotel, Greensboro Notes: “Biased question with the passage of Amendment One.” Best Wedding Location: Castle McCulloch, Jamestown Runner-up: Old Salem Notes: “Graveyard” got six votes. Best Wedding Cake: Maxie B’s, Greensboro Runner-up: Delicious Bakery, Greensboro Notes: Dewey’s gets Best of Winston-Salem. Best Caterer: Pepper Moon Catering, Greensboro Runner-up: Red Hot & Blue Catering, Winston-Salem Notes: A huge list. Best Apartment Complex: Campus Crossing, Greensboro Runner-up: The Providence, Greensboro Notes: Lincoln Green in Greensboro takes third. MEDIA Best Radio Station: 93.1 The Wolf Runner-up: Rock 92 Notes: A hotly contested title. Best Morning Show: “Two Guys Named Chris,” Rock 92 Runner-up: “Jared & Katie,” 107.5 WKZL Notes: “Murphy in the Morning,” an internet show with a Triad radio veteran, takes third. Best Radio Show: “Two Guys Named Chris,” Rock 92 Runner-up: “Avant On Air,” 103.1 WUAG Notes: An indie places second! Best Radio Personality: Chris Kelly Runner-up: Chris Demm Notes: Kelly proves that every dog has its day. Best Blog: Avant Greensboro Runner-up: Smitty’s Notes Notes: This one was really close. Best Twitter Feed: Ryan Snyder, @YESRyan Runner-up: Natty Greene’s @nattygreenes Notes: YES! Weekly’s music writer gets the nod. Best Facebooker: Biggie Runner-up: Jared & Katie Notes: Radio shows dominate social media. Best Print Journalist: Brian Clarey, YES! Weekly Runner-up: Jeri Rowe, the Greensboro News & Record Notes: I beat ya by two votes, Rowe! Best Local Publication: YES! Weekly Runner-up: The Rhinoceros Times Notes: It was an honor just to be nominated Best News: Fox 8 Runner-up: WXII Notes: WFMY takes third. Best Broadcast Journalist: Cameron Kent, WXII Runner-up: Neil McNeil, Fox 8 Notes: Fox 8’s Cindy Farmer takes third. Best Male TV Anchor: Cameron Kent, WXII Runner-up: Neil McNeil, Fox 8 Notes: Kent snags another big win. Best Female TV Anchor: Cindy Farmer, Fox 8 Runner-up: Lauren Melvin, WFMY Notes: Melvin no doubt helped her cause as the Melvinator in our football pool. Best Meteorologist: Lanie Pope, WXII; Van Denton, Fox 8 Runner-up: Emily Byrd, Fox 8 Notes: A very rare tie for First Place! Best Reason to Read YES! Weekly: Local events Runner-up: Local music Notes: Readers also liked our investigative reporting, news coverage and, of course, the crossword puzzle. MUSIC SCENE Best Live Music Venue: Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem Runner-up: The Blind Tiger, Greensboro Notes: A showdown between heavyweights. Best Greensboro Venue: The Blind Tiger Runner-up:’ Greene Street Club Notes: Three voters want to know when Phish will be back. Best Winston-Salem Venue: Ziggy’s Runner-up: Johnny & June’s Notes: Ziggy’s takes it by 14 votes Best High Point Venue: Blue Bourbon Jack’s Runner-up: After Hours Tavern Notes: “Do what now?” got 83 votes Best Original Band: Big Daddy Love Runner-up: The Deluge Notes: A long, long list Best New Band: Stephen Graham Band Runner-up: Lauren Light Band Notes: What part of the word “new” do we need to explain here? Best Cover Band: Big Daddy Mojo Runner-up: Walrus Notes: Lots and lots of cover bands around here. Best Hip-Hop Artist: Ty Bru Runner-up: Urban Sophisticates Notes: Bru notches his first win, and Urban takes honors in the band’s final year. Best DJ: DJ Flipside Runner-up: DJ Hek Yeh Notes: Best DJ name: Space Commander Nasty Best Guitarist: Daniel Seriff Runner-up: Sam Frazier Notes: A huge list of contenders Best Percussionist: Jeremy Meritt Runner-up: Robert May Notes: Another huge list of nominees. Best Bassist: George Westberry, the Deluge Runner-up: Ashley Sutton, Big Daddy Love Notes: Some recurring names and bands. Best Keyboard/Piano Player: Lauren Light Runner-up: Doug Davis Notes: A true piano man gets runner-up. Best Singer: Brett Munn, Big Daddy Mojo Runner-up: Lauren Light Notes: The Top 10 on this list would make an amazing concert. Best Live Music Show of 2012: NC Music & Arts Festival Runner-up: BlackBerry Smoke, Ziggy’s Notes: New Year’s Eve at the Greensboro Coliseum with the Avett Brothers placed third. POLITICS & CITY LIFE Best Winston-Salem City Councilmember: Dan Besse, Southwest Ward Runner-up: Molly Leight, South Ward Notes: Some readers seem dissatisfied with their council Best Greensboro City Councilmember: Nancy Vaughan, at-large Runner-up: Yvonne Johnson, at-large Notes: Makes sense that at-large members have lots of fans Best High Point City Councilmember: Foster Douglas, Ward 2 Runner-up: Britt Moore, at-large Notes: There seems to be some political apathy in High Point Best Triad Mayor: Allen Joines, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Robbie Perkins, Greensboro Notes: Former Greensboro Mayor Keith Holliday places third. Why didn’t we do this category before? Best Guilford County Commissioner: Hank Henning, District 6 Runner-up: Ray Trapp, District 8 Notes: Ray Trapp has never been so popular! Best Forsyth County Commissioner: Dave Plyler, District B Runner-up: Richard Linville, chairman Notes: “Honest” Dave takes it from the chairman. Best NC Representative: Rep. Pricey Harrison, District 57 Runner-up: Rep. Marcus Brandon, District 60 Notes: Guilford’s reps take the titles. Best NC Senator: Sen. Gladys Robinson, District 28 Runner-up: Sen. Earline Parmon, District 72 Notes: Some of our readers need a civics lesson. Best Political Move of 2012: Re-electing Obama Runner-up: Legalizing weed Notes: Ben Affleck’s Argo got 23 votes. Worst Political Move of 2012: Passing Amendment One Runner-up: Re-electing Obama Notes: Getting some mixed messages from our readers. Best Use of Public Funds in 2012: Greensboro’s Downtown Greenway Runner-up: The Greensboro Aquatic Center Notes: The Greenway was far and above the highest. Worst Use of Public Funds in 2012: Passing Amendment One Runner-up: The new Guilford County Jail Notes: There’s a great but unprintable Roy Carroll joke among the nominees. Best Reason to Live in the Triad: Between the mountains and the beach Runner-up: Small city, big town Notes: One Triad resident believes the best reason to live here is Fox 8’s Emily Byrd. Worst stoplight: Hanes Mall Boulevard, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Wendover Avenue, Greensboro Notes: Stoplights are very unpopular among our readers. Best Non-Profit: Triad Health Project Runner-up: Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC Notes: Greensboro Roller Derby takers third. Best Volunteer: Terri Cox, Guilford County Animal Shelter Runner-up: Claudette Weston, Winston-Salem Notes: Weston has served more than 50 groups in the last decade.’