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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”…

LYNCHBURG LIFESTYLE

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

 

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

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

 

DOWN TO BUSINESSES

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

 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

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

TALKING (AND SINGING) HEADS

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

 

LOCAL EATS

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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