Best Of 2012!

It’s safe to say that 2012 was the year of the mighty vote. By November, we were all drowning in political ads, ready and willing to have the current or next leader of the free world decided upon, and all those yard signs recycled.

While the impending presidential election brought months of considerable stress and frustration to many, another contest emerged during this time with a much more light-hearted theme: our “Best of 2012” contest. During this competition, you—the readers of Lynchburg Living—crowned more than 100 local places, businesses, events, people and eats with the distinction of being named “the best of the best.” The competition was fierce in several categories, with mere votes separating first, second and third place in some cases, while others were runaway winners. Repeat winners emerged, as well as first time ones. Whether you agree with the results or not, these winners were placed there by your ballots—for the people, by the people, if you will. Thankfully, it didn’t take an electoral college or hours of commentary to determine the results.

So, without further ado, we present to you the Lynchburg Living “Best of 2012”…


Best Cultural Event

1st: The Garlic Festival

2nd: The Bateau Festival

3rd: Celebrate America (TRBC)


Best Family Friendly Spot

1st: Amazement Square

2nd: Lynchburg Hillcats

3rd: Blackwater Creek Trail


Best Golf Course

1st: London Downs

2nd: Ivy Hill

3rd: Boonsboro Country Club


Best Live Theatre

1st: Liberty University Tower Theatre

2nd: E.C. Glass Theatre

3rd: The Academy of Fine Arts


Best Tourist Attraction

1st: Blue Ridge Parkway

2nd: Smith Mountain Lake

3rd: The National D-Day Memorial



Best Biking/Hiking/Running Trail

1st: Blackwater Creek Trail/Percival’s Isle

2nd: Peaks of Otter

3rd: Candlers Mountain


Best Fishing Spot

1st: Smith Mountain Lake

2nd: James River

3rd: Buggs Island Lake


Best Park

1st: Peaks View Park

2nd: Blackwater Creek Area

3rd: Riverside Park


Best View of the City

1st: Candlers Mountain/Snowflex/LU Monogram

2nd: Bank of the James Building, downtown Lynchburg

3rd: John Lynch Memorial Bridge from Madison Heights



Best Art Studio

1st: Riverviews Artspace

2nd: The Art Box

3rd: Lynchburg Art Club


Best Auto Service

1st: Harris Tire

2nd: Babcock’s Auto Service

3rd: Billy Craft


Best Book Store

1st: Barnes & Noble

2nd: Givens Books-Little Dickens

3rd: Lifeway Christian Books


Best Bed and Breakfast

1st: Acorn Hill

2nd: Ivy Creek Bed & Breakfast

3rd: The Carriage House Inn


Best Children’s Store

1st: Givens Books-Little Dickens

2nd: Once Upon a Child

3rd: Sweet Pea’s Consignment


Best Clothing Boutique

1st: J. Crew

2nd: Penelope

3rd: Goodwill


Best Community Bank

1st: Bank of the James

2nd: BB&T

3rd: Wells Fargo


Best Consignment Shop

1st: Goodwill

2nd: Once Upon a Child

3rd: On Second Thought


Best Day Spa

1st: Isis Spa & Salon

2nd: Body Works

3rd: The Parlor Spa


Best Florist

1st: Arthur’s Flower Cart

2nd: Doyle’s Florist

3rd: Cheryl’s Secret Garden


Best Gift and Specialty Store

1st: Farm Basket

2nd: Steger Creek

3rd: Penelope


Best Home Furnishing Store

1st: Grand Home Furnishings

2nd: Greenfront Furniture (Farmville)

3rd: Estate Specialists


Best Jewelry Store

1st: Bowen Jewelry Company

2nd: Fink’s

3rd: Penelope


Best Law Firm

1st: Edmunds & Williams

2nd: The Cox Law Group

3rd: Caskie & Frost


Best Lawn and Garden Supply

1st: Lowes

2nd: Gary’s Garden Center

3rd: Home Depot


Best Photographer

1st: Sam Stroud Photography

2nd: Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography

3rd: Allegra’s Studio


Best Real Estate Agency

1st: Century 21

2nd: Dawson Ford Garbee & Co.

3rd: John Stewart Walker


Best Salon

1st: Fusion Salon

2nd: Sage Tryall Salon

3rd: Arte Dei Capelli


Best Studio and Interior Design

1st: Moyanne’s

2nd: Yellow Door Interiors

3rd: Curtains, Blinds & Bath


Best Travel Agency

1st: Travel Bugs

2nd: AAA

3rd: Cavalier Tours


Best Wedding Venue

1st: West Manor

2nd: Tresca on 8th

3rd: Boonsboro Country Club



Best Chiropractor

1st: Dr. Will Likins

2nd: Stickle Chiropractic Wellness Center

3rd: Lynchburg Chiropractic Center


Best Dentist

1st: Forest Dental Center

2nd: Central Virginia Family Dentistry

3rd: Forest Family Dentistry


Best Doctor

1st: Dr. David Harman

2nd: Central Virginia Family Physicians

3rd: Women’s Health Services


Best Eye Care

1st: Harman Eye Center

2nd: Piedmont Eye Center

3rd: Drs. Newman, Blackstock & Associates


Best Band

1st: Dragonfly

2nd: The Worx

3rd: Rare Form

Best Civic Leader

1st: Jonathan Falwell, Thomas Road Baptist Church

2nd: Joan Foster, Lynchburg City Mayor

3rd: Jon Dupin, Brentwood Church


Best News Personality

1st: Len Stevens

2nd: Danner Evans

3rd: Matt Ferguson


Best Radio DJ

1st: Danny, Zack and Miss Monica-K92

2nd: Michael & Linda-Spirit FM

3rd: Dick & Dave-Q99



Best Asian/Ethnic Food

1st: King’s Island

2nd: Koto Japanese Grill

3rd: Choice Hibachi Buffett


Best Barbecue

1st: The Silver Pig (Madison Heights)

2nd: PoK-e-Jo’s BBQ

3rd: Cookout


Best Breakfast

1st: Cracker Barrel

2nd: Market on Main

3rd: Carol’s Place


Best Burger

1st: Five Guys

2nd: Cookout

3rd: The Cavalier


Best Coffee

1st: Joe Beans

2nd: Starbucks

3rd: The Muse


Best Deli

1st: Firehouse Subs

2nd: Westside Deli

3rd: Catalano’s Delicatessen


Best Desserts

1st: Bloop

2nd: Montana Plains Bakery

3rd: Chestnut Hill Bakery


Best Frozen Dessert

1st: Sweet Frog

2nd: Bloop

3rd: Coldstone Creamery


Best Italian (non-pizza)

1st: La Villa

2nd: Isabella’s

3rd: Olive Garden


Best Mexican

1st: La Carreta

2nd: Mi Patron

3rd: Chipotle


Best Night Spot for Live Music

1st: Phase 2

2nd: The Neighbors Place

3rd: Friday Cheers


Best Place for a Business Lunch

1st: The Neighbors Place

2nd: The Depot Grill

3rd: Waterstone Pizza


Best Pizza

1st: Waterstone Pizza

2nd: Rivermont Pizza

3rd: Lil Cucci’s


Best Seafood

1st: Red Lobster

2nd: The Blue Marlin

3rd:  Harbor Inn


Best Steak

1st: New London Steakhouse

2nd: The Neighbors Place

3rd: Texas Roadhouse


Best Wait Staff

1st: The Neighbors Place

2nd: Chick-fil-A

3rd: Robin Alexander


Best Atmosphere

1st: The Neighbors Place

2nd: Waterstone Pizza

3rd: Robin Alexander


Best New Restaurant (1 year old or less)

1st: Chipotle

2nd: Father’s Table

3rd: Cookout


Best Locally-Owned Restaurant

1st: The Neighbors Place

2nd: Waterstone Pizza

3rd: Dish

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