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ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT 17

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Big Horn Renaissance Six Degrees of Saturday Night Live

The Swing Mob Collective Virginia Opera’s Rising Star

LIVING & RECREATION 25

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The Latin Ballet of Virginia Virginia’s Ballroom Dance Champs

Emmy-Nominated Actor Tim Reid JoAnn Falletta of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

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Movie Palaces Passing the Torch at Virginia Rep Top Jugglers Richmond Ballet’s Brother Duos

Showtime at the NorVa W&M’s Comedy Boot Camp Miss Virginia USA 2016, Desiree Williams Shag Clubs

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The Great Bill “Bojangles” Robinson Gamelan Raga Kusuma Ensemble The Carnival of 5 Fires Summer Garden Opera Patrick Adair, Hollywood Set Designer Salsa Supreme: Bio Ritmo

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FOOD & DRINK 95 Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts Cappies Theater Awards The Divine Shirley MacLaine “The Greatest Show on Earth”

SHOPPING & SERVICES 103 Actress Casey Wilson Indie Record Labels Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia UrbanArias Hypnotist Joanna Cameron Luxury Arthouse Cinemas

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ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT 117 The Appalachian Festival of Plays & Playwrights The Gregory Brothers

LIVING & RECREATION 120 Headlining the Harvester Abingdon’s A-List Film Director Scott Cooper

FOOD & DRINK 122 June Carter Cash Opera Roanoke The Bristol Sessions Virginia’s Grammy Winners

ON THE COVER illustration by PATRICK FARICY

SHOPPING & SERVICES 127 Heartwood “Mother” Maybelle Carter Old Fiddlers’ Convention Tea Dances at Hotel Roanoke Red Hot Actress Jayma Mays Mill Mountain Theatre

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Burlesque Shows Virginia’s Drive-In Theaters

Dominion Fireworks Garth Newel Music Center Do You “LARP”? The Historic Wayne Theatre

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2519 HERMITAGE ROAD, RICHMOND

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You might have heard that the Fur Ball has gone to the dogs, but that’s only because it’s one of the few black-tie events where guests include both people and pets. Featuring the Parade of Pets down the Jefferson Hotel’s grand staircase, the event raises money for the SPCA’s Cinderella Fund, which cares for orphaned, sick and injured animals. SECOND PLACE: Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K, Richmond

SportsBackers.org, 804-285-9495 THIRD PLACE: Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball, Richmond

CHFRichmond.org, 804-228-5814

BEST ART EVENT Arts in the Park

THE CARILLON AT BYRD PARK, RICHMOND

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Now in its 45th year of showcasing the work of artists and craftsmen from across the country, Arts in the Park celebrates creativity from weaving and woodwork to painting and sculpture. An event for both art connoisseurs and crafters, it appeals to even the most discerning tastes.

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SECOND PLACE: First Fridays Art Walk, Richmond

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THIRD PLACE: InLight, Richmond

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FeedMore.org, 804-521-2500 THIRD PLACE: VCU Massey Cancer Center, Richmond

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BEST FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Maymont

1700 HAMPTON ST., RICHMOND

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A visit to Maymont is like stepping into a fairy tale. Children and adults alike awaken imaginations with a stroll through the magnificent Gilded Age home, a visit to the goats and other barnyard animals at the Children’s Farm, or a carriage ride across the 100-acre estate— Maymont offers all the fun of Cinderella, sans the hassle of magic pumpkins. SECOND PLACE: Wintergreen Resort

WintergreenResort.com, 434-325-2200

Artists like Natalie Prass and No BS! Brass Band deliver a blast from the past. Brass has long been a key component of Virginia music. Just think of the forceful syncopation of classic beach music groups like Bill Deal and the Rhondels and Ron Moody and the Centaurs. And where would the great “Norfolk Sound” hits of Gary “U.S.” Bonds have been without the honks and toots of saxophonist Gene “Daddy G” Barge and trombonist Leonard Barks? Horns have never gone out of style in the ballrooms. Going strong at private parties and corporate events are groups like Roanoke’s Domino Band, featuring members that have played with the likes of the Stylistics, the Temptations and the Doobie Brothers—the band specializes in the old-school, R&B-flavored funk and soul of Earth, Wind and Fire and Kool and the Gang. But in the clubs, where horns have largely lost out to synthesizers See Natalie Prass over the past few decades, there has been a minor brass resurgence. (above) perform Major and the Monbacks, a Norfolk group fusing party pop with at the Bonaroo show band dynamics (including three very busy horn players), Music Festival in Tennessee June 9. emulate the busy arranging of old. And in Richmond, Spacebomb label recording artists Matthew E. White and Natalie Prass prominently feature horn charts and coloring in their respective indie-rock offerings. Meanwhile, No BS! Brass Band, led by trumpeter Reggie Pace, is taking the shout band genre to a whole new level of blare and boom—their song, “RVA All Day” has become the city’s unofficial anthem. “You can hear it, more people are using horns,” Pace says, calling from the Coachella Festival in Indio, California, where he’s backing up singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens (he has also been in Bon Iver’s touring band). “I don’t know if it’s because Bruno Mars starting doing it,” he laughs, “but there’s definitely a feeling that the horn section is back.” Go to VirginiaLiving.com for audio and video clips from the bands.

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The Richmond SPCA is all about the care and well-being of animals, but it’s also interested in matching up new best friends. Happy and colorful, its facilities make for a fun day of meeting potential furry companions. The SPCA even hosts kids’ birthday parties that include—you guessed it—lots of time to play with the animals.

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Pronounce it correctly—YEE-row, not JIE-row—and maybe you’ll get an extra bit of delicious haloumi cheese on your gyro at one of Richmond’s favorite festivals. It’s all Greek with tours through Richmond’s Orthodox Christian Church and traditional folk dancing and music throughout the week, and of course, the food. Dine in or drive-thru.

Above all, the National aims to please a variety of tastes. Hosting shows as diverse as Greg Allman of the Allman Brothers to Slayer, the National’s vintage vibe, top of the line sound system, and seven full service bars provide the perfect setting for almost any performance. JeffersonTheater.com, 434-245-4980

Virginia’s state ballet anchors an exciting 2016-2017 season with its first ever performance of George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue and excerpts from Marius Petipa’s La Bayadere. The ballet has introduced new initiatives like In Studio, which invites audiences into the company’s black box theater to enjoy an interactive rehearsal viewing.

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THIRD PLACE: Innsbrook After Hours, Glen Allen

SECOND PLACE: Virginia Repertory Theatre, Richmond

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TheNationalVa.com, 804-612-1900

RichmondBallet.com, 804-344-0906

SECOND PLACE: The Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville

VirginiaRep.org, 804-282-2620

InnsbrookAfterHours.com, 804-423-1779

THIRD PLACE: Richmond Symphony, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Carytown Watermelon Festival, Richmond

CarytownRVA.org

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200 N. BOULEVARD, RICHMOND

VMFA.museum, 804-340-1405

Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center 1312 COMMERCE ST., LYNCHBURG

Just visiting the historic Byrd Theatre is an event, given that the movie palace has remained almost unchanged since opening in 1928. But the Byrd doesn’t rest on its laurels. The theater frequently hosts events like filmmaker John Waters’ one-man show, and updated screenings of old classics, even live scoring of silent films.

The VMFA has had a busy year. After expanding its collection with the new McGlothlin Collection of American Art and hosting special exhibition Rodin: Evolution of a Genius, the museum will continue breaking new ground this June with Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, a retrospective of the New York artist known for his Old Masters-style portraits of contemporary African-American subjects.

SECOND PLACE: Movieland Bow-Tie Cinemas, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond

The Byrd Theatre

2908 W. CARY ST., RICHMOND

ByrdTheatre.com, 804-353-9911

CraddockTerryHotel.com, 434-455-1510

SECOND PLACE: Brown’s Island, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: CinéBistro, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Amazement Square, Lynchburg

VentureRichmond.com, 804-788-6466

AmazementSquare.org, 434-845-1888

THIRD PLACE: Altria Theater, Richmond

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CobbCineBistro.com/Stony, 804-864-0460

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BowTieCinemas.com, 804-354-6008

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An event’s every detail is accounted for at the Craddock Terry, a former shoe factory in Lynchburg’s re-energized and newly chic downtown district. Converted into a boutique hotel and event destination, kitschy shoethemed décor remains as a salute to its past life, including a giant red shoe perched on its façade that welcomes guests.

AltriaTheater.com, 804-592-3673

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Living & Recreation BEST BED AND BREAKFAST

BEST FISHING OUTFITTER

BEST GOLF COURSE

236 CAROLINE ST., ORANGE

11550 LAKERIDGE PARKWAY, ASHLAND

13030 PALMER’S WAY, GLEN ALLEN

Explore Charlottesville and Orange while enjoying all the comforts of home. Whether you’re looking for history, adventure, or a romantic retreat, Chestnut Hill ensures that you’re wellinformed about things to do in the area, and well-fed with dishes like Grand Marnier orange blossom French toast.

Bass Pro Shop has an extensive stock for saltwater and freshwater fishing. The store possesses the Central region’s largest selection of salt- and freshwater rods, and nearly 5,000 square feet of fly-fishing gear alone in its White River Fly Shop. Just beginning to wade in? Bass Pro Shop offers fishing workshops to sharpen your skills, including 7-week fly-tying courses.

The Federal Club’s 18-hole bentgrass greens and bluegrass fairways make for a lengthy 7,023 yards of play. The Club will soon add a 25,000-square-foot clubhouse and pro shop to its grounds, including dining rooms and a ballroom, allowing members to unwind and shop or enjoy a meal after a day of play.

WaldenHall.com, 540-509-1440

SECOND PLACE: Green Top, Ashland

TheCCV.org, 804-287-1335

THIRD PLACE: Inn at Willow Grove, Orange

GreenTopHuntFish.com, 804-550-2188

THIRD PLACE: Devil’s Knob at Wintergreen

InnAtWillowGrove.com, 540-317-1206

THIRD PLACE: Orvis, Charlottesville

WintergreenResort.com, 434-325-2200

Chestnut Hill Bed and Breakfast ChestnutHillBNB.com, 540-661-0430

SECOND PLACE: Walden Hall, Reva

Bass Pro Shop

BassPro.com/Richmond, 804-496-4700

The Federal Club

TheFederalClub.com, 804-798-4996

SECOND PLACE: The Country Club of Virginia, Richmond

Orvis.com, 434-975-0210

BEST “DO NOT MISS” TOURIST ATTRACTION Monticello

931 THOMAS JEFFERSON PARKWAY, CHARLOTTESVILLE

Monticello.org, 434-984-9800

2928 W. LEIGH ST., RICHMOND

XTeamFitness.com, 804-920-8086

Break down your traditional expectations of a workout with a program that calls itself the “anti-gym.” X-Team Fitness consists of boot camp-style group workouts at rotating indoor and outdoor locations around Richmond. Designed to make the experience more than just a gym class, X-Team Fitness is a team working towards a goal of overall fitness.

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111 MONTICELLO AVE., CHARLOTTESVILLE

ACAC.com, 434-984-3800

Founded in 1984, ACAC offers comprehensive health services for the whole family. After working out solo in the fitness center or sweating in a group class, members can take advantage of the club’s spa services, including body wraps and polishes, facials, massages and even alternative healing treatments like Reiki and Craniosacral energy therapies.

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SECOND PLACE: Maymont, Richmond

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Monticello, the neoclassical home and 5,000-acre plantation belonging to our nation’s third president, welcomes more than 400,000 visitors every year. Explore Monticello through a behind-the-scenes tour of the Jefferson family quarters, or attend annual events like the Heritage Harvest Festival, celebrating Jefferson’s agricultural legacy.

BEST FITNESS PROGRAM

SECOND PLACE: YMCA: Downtown, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

ZGHealth.com, 804-358-1000

YMCARichmond.org, 804-644-9622 THIRD PLACE: Gold’s Gym: Willow Lawn, Richmond

VMFA.museum, 804-340-1405

THIRD PLACE: ReDefine RVA, Richmond

GoldsGymRVA.com, 804-285-4653

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SECOND PLACE: Zacharias Ganey Health Institute, Richmond

Maymont.org, 804-358-7166

ReDefineRVA.com, 804-213-0000

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11407 CONSTITUTION HIGHWAY, MONTPELIER STATION

Founded in 1997 as both a dance company and school, the Glen Allenbased Latin Ballet of Virginia fuses traditional Hispanic and modern performance techniques. LatinBallet.com

It’s been said that in Orange, “you might miss Christmas, but you never miss the Montpelier Races.” Held at the lifelong home of former president James Madison, the event features seven horse races as well as other activities like Jack Russell terrier races, a ladies’ hat competition and stick horse races for kids. SECOND PLACE: Deep Run Horse Show, Manakin-Sabot

DeepRunHorseShow.com, 804-677-5691 THIRD PLACE: Foxfield Races, Charlottesville

FoxfieldRaces.com, 434-293-9501

BEST FISHING GUIDE COMPANY Angler’s Lane

GRAVES MILL CENTER AT ROUTE 221, FOREST

AnglersLane.com, 434-385-0200

Scouting for trout on the Jackson River or fly-fishing for bass on the James can be tricky, which is why Angler’s Lane offers classes for aspiring fishermen. The company’s International Federation of Fly Fishers-certified instructors and experienced guides will help you learn the basics, or for the seasoned angler, direct you to fish-abundant waters. SECOND PLACE: Albemarle Angler, Charlottesville

AlbemarleAngler.com, 434-977-6882 THIRD PLACE: River Rock Outfitter, Fredericksburg

RiverRockOutfitter.com, 540-372-8708

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Living & Recreation BEST HISTORIC SITE

BEST HUNTING OUTFITTER

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412 S. CHERRY ST., RICHMOND

10150 LAKERIDGE PARKWAY, ASHLAND

4001 RIVERSIDE DRIVE, RICHMOND

Set atop rolling hills overlooking the James River, Hollywood Cemetery is a Richmond (and national) treasure. Monuments like James Monroe’s Gothic Revival-style tomb, nicknamed “The Birdcage,” the 90-foot Monument to the Confederate Dead and the gravesites of Virginia notables make the cemetery a destination for a day of quiet reflection.

Since its beginning as a gas station and gun store in 1947, Green Top has grown to offer one of the largest selections of outdoor and hunting equipment in Virginia, including top brands like North Face. If you’re looking to pick up a bow sometime soon, Green Top’s Archery 101 class can get you on target.

RVA is truly wild at heart. The only urban setting to have class III and IV rapids, the city has a hidden wilderness of rivers, rocks and forests that comprise the James River Park System, offering activities for the adventurous hiker, climber or whitewater kayaker as well as for the leisure-seeking sunbather.

SECOND PLACE: Bass Pro Shop, Ashland

BassPro.com/Richmond, 804-496-4700

SECOND PLACE: Wintergreen Resort

SECOND PLACE: Monticello, Charlottesville

Hollywood Cemetery

HollywoodCemetery.org, 804-648-8501

Monticello.org, 434-984-9800 THIRD PLACE: St. John’s Church, Richmond

HistoricStJohnsChurch.org, 804-648-5015

BEST HOTEL

The Jefferson Hotel 101 W. FRANKLIN ST., RICHMOND

JeffersonHotel.com, 804-788-8000

QuirkHotel.com, 804-340-6040

BALLROOM DANCE CHAMPS

THIRD PLACE: X-Team Fitness, Richmond

DancesSportingGoods.com, 804-526-8399

XTeamFitness.com, 804-920-8086

BEST HUNTING PRESERVE

BEST RESORT

3831 RIVER ROAD W., GOOCHLAND

39 MOUNTAIN INN LOOP

Orapax.com, 804-526-2261

WintergreenResort.com, 434-325-2200

Orapax Hunting Preserve’s 700 acres of forest and marshlands are abundant with quail, duck and pheasant, making the preserve a top area destination for the seasoned hunter. Patrons are welcome to bring their own bird-dogs (areas to train your dog are available year-round). Or, for a small fee, dogs and professional handlers can be provided.

Swing clubs and ski the slopes at Wintergreen, a four-season, 11,000-acre resort located in the temperate Blue Ridge Mountains. The resort also offers a month-long summer music festival, featuring lectures, seminars and full orchestra performances each weekend.

SECOND PLACE: Rasawek Hunting Preserve, Goochland

THIRD PLACE: Boar’s Head Inn, Charlottesville

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Rasawek.com, 804-467-9000

Wintergreen Resort

SECOND PLACE: Keswick Hall

Keswick.com, 434-979-3440 BoarsHeadInn.com, 434-296-2181

THIRD PLACE: Powhatan Wildlife Management Area

DGIF.Virginia.gov, 804-367-1000

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WintergreenResort.com, 434-325-2200

CraddockTerryHotel.com, 434-455-1501

THIRD PLACE: Dance’s Sporting Goods, Colonial Heights

JamesRiverPark.org, 804-646-8911

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SECOND PLACE: Craddock Terry Hotel, Lynchburg

GreenTopHuntFish.com, 804-550-2188

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You can’t help but make an entrance worthy of Scarlett O’Hara when you descend the Jefferson’s grand staircase. The hotel’s Beaux-Arts style architecture, premier dining and storied history makes it a must-see for Richmonders and out-of-towners alike, and as it completes the last stages of its extensive guest room renovations this year, it’s a must-stay, too.

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Since 1975, Westminster Canterbury has provided affordable care through its fellowship program, awarding $3.9 million in assistance last year. The community unlocks residents’ creativity through classes and stimulates their minds through regular artistic performances and exhibitions, such as those from the Richmond Symphony and the Virginia Opera. SECOND PLACE: The Summit, Lynchburg

SummitLynchburg.com, 434-582-1500 THIRD PLACE: Covenant Woods, Mechanicsville

CovenantWoods.com, 804-569-8716

BEST SUMMER CAMP

Passages Adventure Camp 11421 POLO CIRCLE, MIDLOTHIAN

PassagesRVA.com, 804-897-8283

Mike and Rose-Ann Lynch, of Fredericksburg, finished first place in three categories in April at this year’s USA Dance National DanceSport Championships in Baltimore. USADanceNationals.com

“No whining” is Passages Adventure Camp’s motto, but after a day of whitewater kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, rappelling and wilderness survival training, you’d be hard pressed to find an unhappy camper anyway. Kids spend their days exploring Belle Isle or mastering more advanced wilderness skills outside of Richmond at the overnight camp. SECOND PLACE: Grymes Memorial School, Orange

GrymesSchool.org, 540-672-1010 THIRD PLACE: Richmond Traditional Martial Arts, Mechanicsville

RTMAOnline.com, 804-730-0905

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BEST BAR

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6004 W. BROAD ST., RICHMOND

1312 COMMERCE ST., LYNCHBURG

904 MAIN ST., LYNCHBURG

Everyone garnishes a bowl of pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) a little differently. At Mekong, pho is served with a side of lime, bean sprouts and chili peppers, so you can create your own symphony of flavors. Get hands-on again with Mekong’s roll-your-own-spring-roll grilled platters. The restaurant also features an impressive 60 beers on tap and about 200 more in bottles for the true-brew connoisseur.

While you’re staying at the Craddock Terry Hotel, meet your dinner date for happy hour at Shoemakers for a wide selection of fine wine, beer and specialty cocktails, including a selection of martinis such as Shoemakers Classic served “moldy”—garnished with a splash of olive juice and a gorgonzola stuffed olive.

With an authentic 25-foot pressed tin ceiling and wooden floors hewn from the planks of an old Lynchburg tobacco warehouse, Market at Main may conjure the 1920s, but the menu is fresh and modern. Breakfast staples include a fried green tomato BLT, sweet potato pancakes, 6-ounce center cut steak and eggs, and Market’s riff on a classic: pulled pork Benedict.

LatitudeSeafoodCo.com, 804-379-8100

SECOND PLACE: Millie’s, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Fat Dragon, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Mekong, Richmond

MilliesDiner.com, 804-643-5512

MekongIsForBeerLovers.com, 804-288-8929

THIRD PLACE: McLean’s, Richmond

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MekongIsForBeerLovers.com, 804-288-8929

FatDragonRVA.com, 804-354-9888

Shoemakers CraddockTerryHotel.com, 434-455-1510

SECOND PLACE: Latitude Seafood Company, Midlothian

BEST BAKERY

Westhampton Pastry Shop 5728 PATTERSON AVE., RICHMOND

Buz and Ned’s

1119 N. BOULEVARD, RICHMOND

BuzAndNeds.com, 804-355-6055

Pig out on award-winning barbecue sandwiches, brisket and baby back ribs along with classic homemade sides like fresh country greens, hush puppies and Cajun fried corn at this Richmond institution, featured on both Food Network’s Throwdown with Bobby Flay and Travel Channel’s Man v. Food. SECOND PLACE: Q Barbecue, Midlothian

BEST BURGER JOINT Burger Bach

10 S. THOMPSON ST., RICHMOND

BurgerBach.com, 804-359-1305

Just what is a “Bach” (pronounced “batch”)? It’s a New Zealand version of a beach house. Put “burger” in front of that and you have Richmond’s answer to a gourmet burger bar—one that serves organic grass-fed beef and lamb patties and unusual fresh-made dipping sauces like jalapeño remoulade.

QBarbeque.com, 804-897-9007

SECOND PLACE: Carytown Burgers & Fries, Richmond

SubRosaBakery.com, 804-788-7672

THIRD PLACE: Alamo BBQ, Richmond

CarytownBurgers.com, 804-358-5225

THIRD PLACE: Jean Jacques Bakery, Richmond

AlamoBBQVa.com, 804-592-3138

THIRD PLACE: Citizen Burger Bar, Charlottesville

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RichmondFrenchBakery.com, 804-355-0666

SECOND PLACE: Sub Rosa Bakery, Richmond

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Westhampton Pastry, in business since 1952, does things the old-fashioned way, right down to its décor, and more importantly, its recipes. Pick up the popular melt-away coffee cake or glazed donuts for a weekend morning—arrive early to get them when they’re hot out of the oven.

BEST BARBECUE

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WesthamptonPastryShop.com, 804-282-4413

MarketAtMain.com, 434-847-9040

McLeansRestaurant.com, 804-358-0369

THIRD PLACE: Peter Chang’s China Cafe, Richmond

PeterChangRVA.com, 804-364-1688

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3001 CUTSHAW AVE., RICHMOND

MosaicCateringEvents.com, 804-525-2190

After starting as a casual café 20 years ago, Mosaic has expanded to include a full-service catering and event planning business offering cuisine, light design and rentals. If the business has learned anything in the past two decades, it’s that the best things are often the simplest— to this day, its most popular dish is the signature smoked gouda pimento cheese. SECOND PLACE: A Sharper Palate, Henrico

ASharperPalate.com, 804-553-0495 THIRD PLACE: Groovin’ Gourmets, Richmond

GroovinGourmets.com, 804-868-8900

BEST CHOCOLATIER

For the Love of Chocolate 3136 W. CARY ST., RICHMOND

LovChoc.com, 804-359-5645

Richmond’s Byrd Theatre, built in 1928, is one of the state’s grand historic cinemas, along with the Buchanan Theatre (1919), Culpeper’s State Theatre (1938) and Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater (1931). ByrdTheatre.com, BuchananTheatre.com, CulpeperTheatre.org, TheParamount.net

More than 80 jars of candy-by-the-pound line the walls of For the Love of Chocolate, with shelves and cases of candy, confections and baked goods that range from gourmet chocolates and fair trade chocolate bars to cookies, international candies, and even more unusual items like chocolate pasta and Italian absinthe candy. SECOND PLACE: Gearharts Fine Chocolates, Charlottesville

GearhartsChocolates.com, 434-972-9100 THIRD PLACE: Cao Artisan Chocolates, Lynchburg

CaoArtisanChocolates.com, 434-847-2970

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Food & Drink BEST DESSERT MENU

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

BEST LOCAL CRAFT BREWERY

1903 W. CARY ST., RICHMOND

411 N. HARRISON ST., RICHMOND

2408 OWNBY LANE, RICHMOND

You may argue over where to go for dinner, but we bet you’ll agree that Shyndigz is the place for dessert. Towering slices of salted chocolate caramel cake, Butterfinger Wow pie, peanut butter pie, and pecan streusel bread pudding are some of the treats waiting for you to eat in, or carry out at the new Shyndigz 2go located a couple of doors down.

Hidden on the second floor of a restaurantheavy block near Virginia Commonwealth University is Edo’s Squid, a favorite Richmond stop for Italian cooking. Popular dishes include the rockfish, composed of a filet roasted in olive oil, salt and pepper; shrimp fra diavolo; and, of course, Edo’s fresh-never-frozen calamari.

SECOND PLACE: The Desserterie, Midlothian

804-788-4205

Since the beginning of Richmond’s craft beer craze, Hardywood has made a name for itself with quality beer brewing and community engagement. Hosting local Richmond bands, beer release parties, and music video screenings for Richmond film collective Good Day RVA, the brewery is a do-not-miss destination for anyone interested in creative brews and RVA’s diverse local culture.

TheDesserterie.com, 804-639-9940

THIRD PLACE: Azzuro, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Ardent Craft Ales, Richmond

Shyndigz

Shyndigz.com, 804-938-3449

THIRD PLACE: The Cheesecake Factory, Richmond

Edo’s Squid

804-864-5488

SECOND PLACE: Mamma Zu, Richmond

Azzurros.com, 804-282-1509

TheCheesecakeFactory.com, 804-364-4300

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Hardywood.com, 804-420-2420

ArdentCraftAles.com, 804-359-1605 THIRD PLACE: Devils Backbone, Roseland

DBBrewingCompany.com, 434-361-1001

BEST FARMERS’ MARKET

South of the James Farmers’ Market NEW KENT ROAD AND W. 42ND STREET, RICHMOND

GrowRVA.com, 804-814-2373

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Running year-round in Forest Hill Park, this producer-only market offers goods ranging from local produce to hand-thrown pottery. While there, be sure to grab a latte at Alchemy Coffee’s trailer and a fresh-made sourdough donut from Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen, a popular food truck run by an Amish family.

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SECOND PLACE: Lynchburg Community Market

LynchburgCommunityMarket.com, 434-455-4485

THIRD PLACE: St. Stephen’s Farmers’ Market, Richmond

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SaintStephensRichmond.net, 804-288-2867

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9TH STREET AND E. CARY STREET, RICHMOND

BokaTakoBar.com, 804-928-2652

Lunch at 9th and Cary streets wouldn’t be the same without the Boka Tako Truck. An RVA staple, the business comprises three trucks, two carts, two restaurants (Boka Grill and Boka Tako Bar) and a booming catering business. Wherever you find them, enjoy Boka’s gourmet braised beef brisket with crispy potato and chimichurri or kimchi and bulgogi tacos.

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SECOND PLACE: Goatocado, Richmond

Founding Artistic Director Bruce Miller passes the baton at Virginia Rep.

Goatocado.com, 804-464-8226 THIRD PLACE: Christopher’s Runaway Gourmay, Richmond

ChristophersRunawayGourmay.com, 804-400-3663

BEST GOURMET GROCERY STORE Ellwood Thompson’s

4 N. THOMPSON ST., RICHMOND

EllwoodThompsons.com, 804-359-7525

Ellwood Thompson’s offers a selection of locally sourced nutrient-dense prepared food and local beers on tap that you can either sit and sip in the Beet community space, or as you shop the store’s wide variety of organic and local produce. Free nutrition counseling sessions can be arranged with Ellwood’s resident health coach. SECOND PLACE: Fresh Market, Richmond

TheFreshMarket.com, 804-355-3190 THIRD PLACE: Libbie Market, Richmond

Bruce Miller, Terrence Sullivan, and screen and stage actor Blair Underwood.

“I’m a firm believer in term limits,” says Bruce Miller, Virginia Repertory Theatre’s founding artistic director. “The institution, since day one, has always been bigger than me.” Though Miller announced his choice to step down after 41 years last May, it was about five years ago when he decided that, come his 65th birthday, he would transition to a different role at the Rep. Under his leadership, and that of founding managing director Phil Whiteway, the Rep has grown to be one of the region’s largest arts organizations, staging full seasons at each of its four venues and attracting an audience of 530,000 annually. But Miller isn’t taking his final bow just yet. He will remain at the Rep to work on educational theater projects like FIELD (Family Involvement in Early Literacy Development) as well as on the development of children’s plays on sensitive topics such as obesity and bullying prevention. In April, the Rep announced that Nathaniel Shaw, whose theater credits include work as a professional dancer, producer and choreographer, will be its new artistic director. Currently sourcing new projects for development for New York theater production company Glass Half Full, Shaw will assume his duties in July. Says Miller: “We believe we’ve found a candidate who is exceptional.” Va-Rep.org

LibbieMarket.com, 804-285-6414

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Food & Drink BEST LOCAL ICE CREAM SHOP

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

BEST PLACE FOR BRUNCH

11805 W. BROAD ST., RICHMOND

1312 COMMERCE ST., LYNCHBURG

2603 E. MAIN ST., RICHMOND

This decadent, small-batch maker of “heavenly handmade ice cream” is opening a fourth location near Bow Tie Cinemas in Scott’s Addition, where it will offer popular flavors like creamy chocolate decadence and salted caramel. It’s one more good reason to take the day off and catch a flick.

Ideally situated on the James River, Shoemakers’ patio provides the perfect backdrop for a superb dining experience. The former tobacco warehouse, now part of the Craddock Terry Hotel, is in the heart of the city’s metropolitan dining scene, with masterfully crafted meals as well as its modern exposed brick interiors and convenience to the city’s Bluff Walk.

You wouldn’t expect a line out the door for a storefront as unassuming as Millie’s, but it’s worth the wait for soft scrambled eggs with lobster and hollandaise, and the diner’s open-faced frittata, a curried concoction called the Devil’s Mess. No worries if you’re feeling impatient— you can order one of Millie’s pint-size Bloody Mary’s or mimosas to enjoy while you wait.

BevsIceCream.com, 804-204-2387

SECOND PLACE: Portico, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Carl’s, Fredericksburg

PorticoRichmond.com, 804-784-4800

CarlsFrozenCustard.com

THIRD PLACE: The Daily Kitchen and Bar, Richmond

Gelati Celesti

GelatiIceCream.com, 804-364-2100

SECOND PLACE: Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream, Richmond

BEST LOCALLY-OWNED COFFEE SHOP Lamplighter Roasting Company 116 S. ADDISON ST., RICHMOND

LamplighterCoffee.com, 804-728-2292

Shoemakers

CraddockTerryHotel.com, 434-455-1510

Millie’s

MilliesDiner.com, 804-643-5512

JeffersonHotel.com, 804-788-8000 THIRD PLACE: Market at Main, Lynchburg

TheDailyKitchenAndBar.com, 804-342-8990

MarketAtMain.com, 434-847-9040

BEST PIZZERIA

BEST RESTAURANT

1312 COMMERCE ST., LYNCHBURG

1312 COMMERCE ST., LYNCHBURG

Waterstone Fire Roasted Pizza

Shoemakers

CraddockTerryHotel.com, 434-455-1510

Pizza is usually the purview of more casual haunts, but Waterstone’s pizza serves up decidedly less humble pie. Its upscale gourmet version of the Italian classic is sophisticated and smart. Pair unusual pies like the lemon pepper chicken pizza with a gourmet appetizer for a full meal—and be sure to finish with the tiramisu.

SECOND PLACE: Black Hand Coffee, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Bottoms Up Pizza, Richmond

Shoemakers was once the home of one of Lynchburg’s most successful shoe factories, but the restaurant’s current reputation for top notch surf and turf (and notable desserts) may well eclipse its prior fame. Shoemakers serves classic American cuisine, including filet and fish specialties like an eight-ounce filet mignon paired with either jumbo Cajun shrimp or a crab cake.

BlackHandCoffeeCo.com, 804-855-0800

Coppola’s Deli

THIRD PLACE: Stella’s, Richmond

StellasRichmond.com, 804-358-2011

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BelmontPizzeria.com, 804-888-9861

InnAtWillowGrove.com, 540-317-1206

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BrewedAwakening.org, 434-483-2138

THIRD PLACE: Belmont Pizza, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Vintage at the Inn at Willow Grove, Orange

THIRD PLACE: Brewed Awakening, Danville

BottomsUpPizza.com, 804-644-4400

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While enduring the summer heat, stop by one of Lamplighter’s three locations for a refreshing cold-brew coffee. Hungry? Popular sandwiches include the Quilt (a BLT made of woven bacon strips, red onion and mixed greens, topped with garlic aioli) and the Goat Herder’s Daughter (grilled leeks, asparagus, goat cheese and fennel on fluffy focaccia).

CoppolasDeli.com, 804-359-6969

Serving Carytown since 1982, Coppola’s Deli aims to provide its customers with an authentic Italian deli experience—serving wine, cheese, deli meats, and sandwiches and subs, of course. Pop by for a cheesesteak, or, for the deli purist, the popular Industrial sub, a salami and Capicola ham sandwich topped with peppers and provolone on a fresh-baked roll.

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The Hodge family of Charlottesville is full of jugglers. Father Alan and sons Chris (pictured here), Andrew and Danny perform around Central Virginia. Chris and Danny hold the three world juggling records for most rings or balls juggled simultaneously. YouTube.com/User/PenguinJuggling

SECOND PLACE: Chiocca’s, Richmond

ChioccasDeli.com, 804-355-3228 THIRD PLACE: Garnett’s, Richmond

GarnettsCafe.com, 804-367-7909

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT Mexico Restaurant

7001 FOREST HILL AVE., RICHMOND

Mexico-Restaurant.com, 804-320-1069

Mexican food doesn’t have to be synonymous with unhealthy food, as the Garcia family well knows. Their restaurant offers authentic Mexican dishes with fresh ingredients, options for those with dietary restrictions, and unusual dishes like avocado fries—breaded and fried slices of avocado served with a white sauce. SECOND PLACE: Plaza Azteca, Richmond

PlazaAzteca.com, 804-888-9984 THIRD PLACE: Pepe’s, Chesterfield

PepesVa.com, 804-272-0920

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Food & Drink BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

BEST WINE SHOP

MOST CREATIVE COCKTAIL MENU

1312 COMMERCE ST., LYNCHBURG

10036 ROBIOUS ROAD, RICHMOND

618 N. FIRST ST., RICHMOND

Seafood and steak lovers alike are in luck on Friday and Saturday nights, when specials at Shoemakers often include a choice between elegantly served lobster and prime rib. That doesn’t mean it skimps during the week, either—the popular restaurant’s oven-roasted crab stuffed trout over asparagus risotto entrée and crispy calamari with lemon aioli will satisfy any day.

The folks at Total Wine really do mean it when they say “total,” whether it’s in the shop’s selection or their knowledge of wines, beer and spirits. For those a little overwhelmed by the number of choices, the store offers weekly wine and beer tastings, plus wine and spirits classes to help you discover new favorites.

You can’t get more creative than a customizable cocktail. Just choose two words (like “herbal” and “sweet”) and your favorite spirit, and a Rogue Gentlemen bartender will create a delicious quaff to your specifications. Prefer your drinks by-the-book (or menu)? The bar has a daring selection of drinks rotated seasonally, along with a selection of beer and wine.

SECOND PLACE: Rappahannock, Richmond

JEmersonFineWine.com, 804-285-8011

SECOND PLACE: Heritage, Richmond

RROysters.com, 804-545-0565

THIRD PLACE: Barrel Thief Wine Shop & Café, Richmond

HeritageRVA.com, 804-353-4060

THIRD PLACE: Latitude Seafood Company, Midlothian

BarrelThiefWine.com, 804-612-9232

THIRD PLACE: The Roosevelt, Richmond

Shoemakers

CraddockTerryHotel.com, 434-455-1510

Total Wine & More

TotalWine.com, 804-323-5866

SECOND PLACE: J. Emerson, Richmond

LatitudeSeafoodCo.com, 804-379-8100

BEST STEAKHOUSE Shoemakers

TheRogueGentlemen.com, 804-477-3456

RooseveltRVA.com, 804-658-1935

BEST WINERY

Barboursville Vineyards 1765 WINERY ROAD, BARBOURSVILLE

SECOND PLACE: Veritas, Afton

Buckheads.com, 804-750-2000

VeritasWines.com, 540-456-8000

THIRD PLACE: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Keswick Vineyards

SizzlingSteak.com, 804-378-0600

KeswickVineyards.com, 434-244-3341

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It’s clear that Shoemakers knows steaks—its house specialties include classic steak au poivre and filet mignon grilled to order. With any steak, enjoy a side of garlic and chive mashed potatoes, with the option of a drizzled béarnaise, fromage, or peppercorn sauce. Add a Caesar salad for an extra flavorful flourish.

Barboursville Vineyards has received accolades for its high quality wines and for founder Gianni Zonin’s daring to produce such wine in Virginia, a feat unmatched even by founding father Thomas Jefferson, for whom the noted Octagon red is named. Enjoy Barboursville wine with dinner at the vineyard’s Palladio Restaurant, or stay for the weekend at its 1804 Inn.

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1312 COMMERCE ST., LYNCHBURG

CraddockTerryHotel.com, 434-455-1510

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BAND OF BROTHERS Richmond Ballet’s sibling duos. Pro football has Peyton and Eli Manning. Politics had Jack, Bobby and Ted Kennedy. And Richmond Ballet has not one, but two pairs of accomplished brothers— Matthew and Connor Frain, and Trevor and Marty Davis. “I get to see somebody that I watched grow up physically, but also now artistically,” says 27-yearold Matthew Frain, who joined Richmond Ballet’s professional company in 2012. Hailing from Chicago, he and Connor, 23, both began their ballet careers studying at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. “You get to push each other in a positive way,” says Connor, who landed a spot in Richmond Ballet II, the ballet’s second company, in 2013. “It’s fun,” says Marty Davis, 27, who joined Trevor, 26, in the professional company in 2013. “There’s a healthy competition between us. It’s nice to be able to share a professional experience with my brother, not many people get to do that.” Originally from Sacramento, the brothers attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Trevor joined Richmond Ballet in 2008 as an apprentice, and then in 2010 was promoted to the professional company. See the brothers perform when Richmond Ballet opens its 2016-2017 season Sept. 20. RichmondBallet.com

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Shopping & Services BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM

BEST AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOP

BEST BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

4401 DOMINION BLVD., GLEN ALLEN

7427 W. BROAD ST., RICHMOND

1517 N. PARHAM ROAD, RICHMOND

With 72 local CPAs and 20 partners, Keiter may be one of the largest accounting firms in the Richmond area, but it still prides itself on personalized service. The firm offers a full array of financial advisory services for businesses at any stage, with specialty services for family businesses, emerging or growing businesses and international clients.

Wallace Automotive abides by a modified version of the golden rule: do unto others’ cars as you would have them do unto yours. The family-owned and operated auto shop specializes in Honda and Acura repairs and maintenance, but can also fix most other Japanese models as well.

A wedding is often a family affair, and Tiffanys is ready to help. Open since 1969, Tiffanys is one of the oldest bridal salons in Richmond, and often serves daughters of previous clients. The store sells gowns in most price ranges with designers like Stella York, as well as two private lines exclusive to the boutique.

SECOND PLACE: Babcock’s Auto Service, Lynchburg

SECOND PLACE: David’s Bridal, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Harris, Hardy and Johnstone, Richmond

434-845-4690

DavidsBridal.com, 804-747-9920

HHJCPA.com, 804-560-0560

THIRD PLACE: Richmond Ford, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Urban Set Bride, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Davidson, Doyle and Hilton, Lynchburg

RichmondFord.com, 804-358-5521

UrbanSetBride.com, 804-562-1212

BEST BOOK STORE

BEST CAR DEALER

2913 W. CARY ST., RICHMOND

9319 W. BROAD ST., RICHMOND

Not sure what to read next? Have a Chop Suey “Blind Date with a Book.” Wrapped in brown paper to disguise its identity, you’ll only know the handpicked book’s genre and some basic info. No pressure if it’s not your style—you can return the book after reading. GivensBooks.com, 434-385-5027

A lot has changed since 1955, especially for David R. McGeorge Car Company. The company includes multiple franchises throughout the Richmond area, including its Toyota dealership, which opened in 2006. The 10,000-square-foot space houses more than 600 vehicles, making it the largest volume Toyota dealership in the Central region.

THIRD PLACE: Barnes and Noble, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Richmond Ford, Richmond

Keiter

KeiterCPA.com, 804-747-0000

Wallace Automotive

WallaceAutomotiveInc.com, 804-501-0700

Tiffanys Bridal

TiffanysBridal.com, 804-273-6303

DDHCPA.com, 434-846-7611

BEST AIR CHARTER SERVICE MartinAir

5733 HUNTSMAN ROAD, RICHMOND

FlyMartinAir.com, 804-222-7401

RichmondFord.com, 804-358-5521 THIRD PLACE: Pearson Auto Group, Midlothian

BuyPearson.com, 804-276-0300

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THIRD PLACE: HeloAir, Richmond

BarnesAndNoble.com, 804-282-0781

MillionAir-Richmond.com, 804-222-3700

SECOND PLACE: Givens Books & Little Dickens, Lynchburg

McGeorgeOnline.com , 804-755-9200

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SECOND PLACE: MillionAir, Richmond

ChopSueyBooks.com, 804-422-8066

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Whether you’ve just bought your first aircraft or want a flight to your next vacation without the commercial airport hassle, MartinAir has services spanning from private air charter to aircraft care and management. With specialty catering and ground transportation, MartinAir will ensure every flight is as smooth and stressfree as possible.

Chop Suey

HeloAir.com, 804-226-3400

BEST ANTIQUES

AN ENTERTAINMENT ICON

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Now in its 20th year, West End Antique Mall is a one-stop-shop for the avid antiques hunter. With more than 250 booths filling a 53,000-square-foot space, dealers often travel internationally to hunt for unusual pieces. Local delivery is available for that Eames chair that won’t quite fit in the trunk. SECOND PLACE: Buckingham Antique Mall, Midlothian

BuckinghamAntiqueMall.com, 804-893-4056 THIRD PLACE: RVA Antiques, Richmond

RVAAntiques.com, 804-716-4388

BEST ARCHITECTURE FIRM 3North

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WestEndAntiqueMall.com, 804-359-1600

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, born in Richmond in 1878, was famous for his dancing on Broadway and in film (particularly in a series of movies with Shirley Temple). In 1973, a statue to honor Robinson was erected in his hometown at the corner of Leigh and Adams Streets, where he once paid for the installation of a stoplight after watching children cross through traffic.

201 W. 7TH ST., RICHMOND

3North.com, 804-232-8900

3North has made its mark on the RVA landscape with projects including the Quirk Hotel, Ellwood Thompson’s and the Washington Redskins Training Center. The firm does not hew exclusively to a single aesthetic, but rather, allows context to guide the style of its work. From residential to recreational, 3North has designed for a diverse array of clients. SECOND PLACE: VMDO Architects, Charlottesville

VMDO.com, 434-296-5684 THIRD PLACE: Baskervill, Richmond

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Shopping & Services BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE

THE BEAT GOES ON

Buttons & Bows

1517 N. PARHAM ROAD, RICHMOND

ButtonsAndBowsKids.com, 804-285-0482

Buttons & Bows is in the business of firsts. From baby’s first day home to First Communion, and everything between and beyond, they have what your child needs. While you’re looking for brands like Jaxxwear or Us Angels, or for the perfect christening gift, your child can stay occupied with the shop’s toys and books. SECOND PLACE: Kid to Kid, Glen Allen

KidToKid.com/Richmond, 804-290-0441 THIRD PLACE: Clover, Richmond

CloverKids.com, 804-355-3517

BEST COSMETIC SURGERY PRACTICE Dr. Joe Niamtu

11319 POLO PLACE, RICHMOND

LoveThatFace.com, 804-934-3223 central

Plastic surgery has changed dramatically in the 31 years Dr. Niamtu has been working— these days, about half of his business includes non-surgical cosmetic procedures like injections and laser treatments. Although the trends may be changing, the doctor continues to make his patients feel their best, whether that’s through a facelift (Dr. Joe’s signature procedure) or fillers. SECOND PLACE: Dr. Travis Shaw, Richmond

TravisShawMD.com, 804-775-4559

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A traditional form of Indonesian music, gamelan is played using an array of percussion instruments—think large xylophone-like mechanisms with varying drums, gongs and chimes. In 2007, University of Richmond music professor Andy McGraw formed Gamelan Raga Kusuma with Gusti Putu Sudarta, a gamelan master from Bali and an artist in residence at UR at the time. The ensemble of more than 20 musicians and dancers performs around Richmond. McGraw has gone on to create Rumput, a group that mashes up gamelan with Appalachian folk music. RagaKusuma.org

BEST CYCLE SHOP 3Sports

6241 RIVER ROAD, HENRICO

SECOND PLACE: Agee’s Bicycle Company, Midlothian

Agees.com, 804-794-6754 THIRD PLACE: Carytown Bicycle Co., Richmond

CarytownBikes.com, 804-440-2453

BEST DAY SPA Bombshell

10 S. CRENSHAW AVE., RICHMOND

ILoveBombshell.com, 804-342-0051

Founded to provide affordable Brazilian waxing and tanning services, Bombshell has grown into a full service hair salon and spa with a sassy vintage vibe. In collaboration with medical director Dr. Travis Shaw, Bombshell offers a range of services from fillers to facials. New this spring are lash extensions and eyebrow threading. SECOND PLACE: Glow Med Spa, Richmond

GlowMedSpa.net, 804-262-0330 THIRD PLACE: Scents of Serenity Organic Spa, Glen Allen

ScentsOfSerenitySpa.com, 804-277-4498

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3001 CUTSHAW AVE., RICHMOND

Having expanded to 12 locations with more than 50 dentists and dental specialists, Virginia Family Dentistry ensures you don’t have to go far for your dental health, whether you’re in need of a periodontist, orthodontist or a general dentist. The most recent addition to the staff is Dr. Jeff Laughlin, a pediatric dentist.

Even if you’re not quite sure what you’d like your wedding, party or lunch to look like, Mosaic has a team of designers, builders, marketing professionals and caterers at the ready to help you come up with ideas for an elegant and stylish event. Mosaic also offers event rentals and custom-built decorations.

SECOND PLACE: Murry & Kuhn, Midlothian

SECOND PLACE: McBride Events, Manakin-Sabot

MKDentistry.com, 804-379-7677

McBrideEvents.com, 804-687-9251

THIRD PLACE: Brown, Reynolds, Snow and LeNoir, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Kim Moody, Blackstone

BRSDentistry.com, 804-288-5324

KimMoodyDesign.com, 434-292-5000

BEST DERMATOLOGY PRACTICE

BEST EYE CARE PROVIDER

9816 MAYLAND DRIVE, RICHMOND

400 WESTHAMPTON STATION, RICHMOND

From acne to eczema, from hair loss to skin cancer, Richmond Dermatology & Laser Specialists treat an array of conditions and work to maintain the skin you’re in at any age. Specializing in pre-cancer screening and cancer treatment, the center offers both aesthetic and medical care, as well as specialized skin care products for a variety of conditions.

The Virginia Eye Institute was the first in the state of Virginia to perform Lasik surgery, which speaks to its commitment to innovation and comprehensive eye care. The group offers treatments for specialized ophthalmic needs, including laser-assisted cataract surgery, glaucoma care and retinal and corneal disorders. Its eight locations also house eyewear centers staffed by certified opticians.

VaDentist.com, 804-794-9789

Richmond Dermatology & Laser Specialists RichmondDermLaser.com, 804-282-8510

SECOND PLACE: Midlothian Dermatology

Mosaic Catering + Events

MosaicCateringEvents.com, 804-525-2190

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Training for your first triathlon is difficult enough without having to worry about having the proper gear. As athletes themselves, 3Sports’ staff knows the importance of equipment, testing every piece of gear for your running, cycling and swimming needs. With their expertise and the quality of their stock, this crew will prep you to hit the ground running.

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NadiaBlanchetMD.com, 804-320-8545

THIRD PLACE: Dr. Nadia Blanchet, Richmond

Virginia Eye Institute

VaEye.com, 804-287-4200

MidloDerm.com, 804-378-3048

SECOND PLACE: Patterson Eye Clinic, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Dermatology Associates, Midlothian

PattersonEyeClinic.com, 804-285-7638

DermVa.com, 804-794-2307

THIRD PLACE: Grove Avenue Eye Center, Richmond

GroveEyeCare.com, 804-353-3937

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ALL BOYS. ALL BOARDING. ALL COLLEGE BOUND. WWW.BLUERIDGESCHOOL.COM

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Shopping & Services BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING FIRM

BEST FLORIST

BEST HAIR SALON

1006 PUMP ROAD, SUITE 202, RICHMOND

2104 DUMBARTON ROAD, RICHMOND

10 S. CRENSHAW AVE., RICHMOND

Founded on the heels of the 2008 financial crisis, Endeavor Capital aims to empower its customers to make sound financial decisions. Representing a tradition of financial advising that spans three generations, founder Jonathan Kennedy Jr. provides financial planning, retirement and investment strategy and legacy planning services.

Family-owned and operated for more than 40 years, Coleman Brothers Flowers prepares custom bouquets and fresh flowers for all occasions. For more permanent displays, portraits, or for a bridal bouquet to pass down to the next generation, silk flowers and arrangements are also available.

Girls with curls never fear! You can leave your straightening iron at the door. Along with full service coloring and blowouts, Bombshell offers “Curly Girl” cuts by stylists trained and certified in the method of dry cutting. Each curl is cut one by one, eliminating frizz and ensuring precision styling.

SECOND PLACE: Strange’s, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Mango Salon, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Davenport, Richmond

Stranges.com, 804-360-2800

MangoSalon.com, 804-285-2800

InvestDavenport.com, 804-780-2000

THIRD PLACE: Vogue Flowers, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Ciao Bella Salon, Midlothian

THIRD PLACE: Edward Jones, Midlothian

VogueFlowers.com, 804-353-9600

CiaoBellaSalonVa.com, 804-744-3337

BEST GIFT SHOP

BEST HOME BUILDER

2924 W. CARY ST., RICHMOND

1128 E. HIGH ST., CHARLOTTESVILLE

When you’re walking into Mongrel, step carefully—the store is so stuffed with quirky things like Baltic Amber candles, Zen tea accessories, RVA-inspired cookbooks, gag gifts and cards that the aisles may seem labyrinthine. On the bright side, Mongrel’s eclectic selection makes it a given that you’ll find an unusual gift.

Ron Smith and Glenn Robertson started their business in 1976 with the intention of building planet-friendly custom homes. Smith & Robertson often use timber-frame construction and recycled materials, and their homes are at least bronze-level certified green by the National Association of Home Builders.

Endeavor Capital

EndeavorCapitalLLC.com, 804-888-9900

Coleman Brothers Flowers ColemanFlowers.com, 804-262-8681

Bombshell

ILoveBombshell.com, 804-342-0051

EdwardJones.com, 804-897-1127

BEST FINE JEWELRY STORE Adolf Jewelers

1537 PARHAM ROAD, RICHMOND

AdolfJewelers.com, 804-285-3671

MongrelRVA.com, 804-342-1272

Smith & Robertson

SmithAndRobertson.com, 434-971-7026

BelArborBuilders.com, 804-751-9050

CarrerasJewelers.com, 804-282-7018

THIRD PLACE: R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery, Washington

THIRD PLACE: Mark Franko Custom Building, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Bowen Jewelry, Lynchburg

RHBallard.com, 540-675-1411

FrankoCustomBuilding.com, 804-355-4917

SECOND PLACE: Bel Arbor Builders, Chesterfield

TweedAtHome.com, 804-249-3900

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SECOND PLACE: Tweed, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Carreras Jewelers, Richmond

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Buying jewelry should be more than just a click on a screen, say the owners of Adolf Jewelers. With a staff possessing more than 225 years of combined experience, and prices ranging from high-end to affordable, the store prides itself on providing personal attention to its customers, as well as a wide array of stones and styles.

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Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital 5801 BREMO ROAD, RICHMOND

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St. Mary’s Hospital is celebrating its 50th year of providing compassionate healthcare in a range of specialties dating back to its founding by the Sisters of Bon Secours to minister to the poor and the sick. St. Mary’s is ranked among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the country by Thomson Reuters.

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SECOND PLACE: Medical College of Virginia at VCU, Richmond

VCUHealth.org, 804-828-9000 THIRD PLACE: Henrico Doctor’s Hospital, Henrico

HCAVirginia.com/Locations/Henrico-Doctors-Hospital, 804-289-4500

BEST INDEPENDENT HOME DÉCOR STORE Ruth & Ollie

3108 W. CARY ST., RICHMOND

RuthAndOllie.com, 804-288-3360

Do you believe in magic? Do you like burlesque? Vaudeville? Sideshow? What about fire breathing and flame dancing? This October will see the 10th annual incarnation of the Gallery of 5 Fires at Richmond’s Gallery5, where performers will gather for all these carnival delights and more. Gallery5Arts.org

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Home furnishing and design should be fun, say Ruth & Ollie owners Kat and Mike Liebschwager. If you’re redesigning your dining room, furnishing a new home or just looking for a new sofa, the Carytown store’s selection of à la mode furnishings will almost certainly make your shopping trip enjoyable. SECOND PLACE: Williams & Sherrill, North Chesterfield

WilliamsAndSherrill.com, 804-320-1730 THIRD PLACE: RVA Antiques on the Avenue, Richmond

RVAAntiques.com, 804-716-4388

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Shopping & Services BEST INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

BEST KITCHEN DESIGN FIRM

BEST MED SPA

273 MAYO DRIVE, ST. GEORGE

6412 HORSEPEN ROAD, RICHMOND

5109 LAKESIDE AVE., RICHMOND

Blue Ridge School takes a holistic approach to educating boys, focusing on the needs of its students academically, socially and spiritually. The curriculum is designed to specifically address the needs of young men and to help them reach their full potential through tailored academics, service learning trips and character building classes.

In 1957, Arthur Hendrick quit his job selling appliances at Thalhimer’s to start his own kitchen design business. More than 60 years later, family-owned and operated Custom Kitchens echoes the craftsmanship and personal touch of its first kitchen designs in the sleek kitchens it creates today, with custom cabinetry and highend appliances like Sub-Zero.

Problem skin doesn’t always warrant an expensive visit to the dermatologist. Glow Med Spa’s master aestheticians will leave your skin feeling renewed with their wide complement of chemical peels, facials and injection services, targeting skin problems from acne to age spots.

Collegiate-va.org, 804-740-7077

SECOND PLACE: Katheryn Robertson LTD, Richmond

ILoveBombshell.com, 804-342-0051

THIRD PLACE: Steward School, Richmond

KatherynRobertson.com, 804-353-6721

THIRD PLACE: Med Spa of Virginia Total Wellness Center, Orange

StewardSchool.org, 804-740-3394

THIRD PLACE: KDW Home, Richmond

MedSpaVa.com, 540-672-2428

Blue Ridge School

BlueRidgeSchool.com, 434-985-2811

SECOND PLACE: Collegiate School, Richmond

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CustomKitchensInc.net, 804-288-7247

Glow Med Spa

GlowMedSpa.net, 804-262-0330

SECOND PLACE: Bombshell, Richmond

KDWHome.com, 804-262-0006

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM Decorum

6909 PATTERSON AVE., RICHMOND

Decorum-Interiors.com, 804-282-9900

BEST LANDSCAPING COMPANY Cartwright Landscaping

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE Franco’s

5321 LAKESIDE AVE., RICHMOND

Since owner Jeff Cartwright started Cartwright Landscaping from his shed in 2011, the company has grown to install and maintain lawns and gardens for more than 600 clients around Richmond. The company also donates its services to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

Franco’s Fine Clothier brings back the experience of personalized shopping with its selection of high-end formalwear, casualwear and shoes by Armani, Alan Edmonds, Moretti and others, as well as its team of trained salespeople. Franco’s on-site alterations department ensures your Hickey Freeman sport coat fits as if it were bespoke.

SECOND PLACE: Katheryn Robertson LTD, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: Mike’s Lawn and Landscape LLC, Hopewell

KatherynRobertson.com, 804-353-6721

MikesLawnAndLandscape.com, 804-640-5428

SECOND PLACE: Peter Blair, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Jennifer Stoner Interiors, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Virginia Green Lawn Care, Richmond

Peter-Blair.com, 804-288-8123

JenniferStonerInteriors.com, 804-622-0605

VirginiaGreenLawnCare.com, 804-285-6200

THIRD PLACE: R. Coffee, Lynchburg

CartwrightLandscaping.com, 804-381-8204

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Francos.com, 804-264-2994

Decorum’s owners, the designing duo of Myrf Bowry and Leah Dodge, met at work, and soon decided to take the plunge and start designing on their own. They carry more than 500 lines of furniture and home accessories, including Dana Gibson and Wesley Hall, and even offer decorating and floral arranging for special occasions.

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BEST LAW FIRM McGuireWoods

901 E. CARY ST., RICHMOND

McGuireWoods.com, 804-775-1000

BACKYARD DRAMA Farmville’s Summer Garden Opera. At an elegant home in Farmville, drama ensues. Costumed singers move about the patio stage and lean out from open second-story windows to deliver their emotional arias to the dinner guests below. It’s the Summer Garden Opera, now in its seventh year. On June 18, attorney Harlan Horton and his wife Reed will again welcome to their home 250 guests for a special performance of Puccini’s La Boheme, featuring soprano Jan Cornelius LeClair, a former resident artist with Virginia Opera. Tickets $50. SummerGardenOpera.com

Bombshell

10 S. CRENSHAW AVE., RICHMOND

ILoveBombshell.com, 804-342-0051

Looking for cutting edge barbering with ’50s style? Bombshell prides itself on keeping up to date with the latest trends like wavy, high-volume undercuts. The expertise and specialized services for men at Bombshell make the salon a destination for nearly all of your grooming needs, from buzzcuts and fades to waxing.

AllenAndAllen.com, 866-388-6413

SECOND PLACE: High Point Barber Shop, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Williams Mullen, Richmond

HighPointBarberShop.com, 804-980-6982

WilliamsMullen.com, 804-420-6000

THIRD PLACE: Refuge for Men, Richmond

Refuge4Men.com, 804-539-3526

BEST MASSAGE THERAPY GROUP Glow Med Spa

5109 LAKESIDE AVE., RICHMOND

GlowMedSpa.net, 804-262-0330

BEST ORTHODONTIC PRACTICE Virginia Family Dentistry

1612 HUGUENOT ROAD, MIDLOTHIAN

Each of Glow Med Spa’s locations provide a different relaxation experience tied to one of three elements—earth, water or fire. Journey into an enchanted forest complete with papiermâché trees at the Northside “earth” location, or into a warm glow at the Short Pump “fire” locale, lit by faux fire torches. A “water” location in Westchester will open this fall.

VADentist.com, 804-794-9789

SECOND PLACE: Scents of Serenity Organic Spa, Glen Allen

GardnerGrins.com, 804-282-0505

ScentsOfSerenitySpa.com, 804-277-4498

THIRD PLACE: Aloha Orthodontics, Mechanicsville

THIRD PLACE: Massage Envy, Richmond

AlohaBraces.us, 804-746-7720

Virginia Family Dentistry offers 360-dental care for all members of the family, including orthodontics for adults and children. Five experienced orthodontists on staff, and convenient locations across the city, offer the convenience of one-stop dental shopping. SECOND PLACE: Gardner Orthodontics, Richmond

MassageEnvy.com, 804-440-0004

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BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY

BEST SHOE STORE

2020 OLD BRICK ROAD, GLEN ALLEN

7400 BEAUFONT SPRINGS DRIVE, SUITE 120, RICHMOND

11800 W. BROAD ST., SUITE 2750, HENRICO

So, you want to backpack on the Appalachian Trail this summer—but how do you start? REI has some ideas. The retailer offers classes on camping basics and trip planning for the AT that will transform you from urbanite to outdoorsman. The store’s extensive stock will ensure you have all the gear you’ll need.

If golf is your game, Thrive Physical Therapy offers the Titleist Performance Institute physical examination to evaluate and improve your swing, as well as treatments for a variety of ailments. This year, the group is expanding its preventive programs to include a concierge physical therapy service.

Cole Haan and Michael Kors are among the names you’ll see while browsing Richmond’s Saxon Shoes, though you might have to go to the store’s second floor to see it all. If you’ve got an unusual size, it is likely they’ll have it in stock— the store carries every size from a woman’s size 4 to a 14, and from extra slim to extra wide.

SECOND PLACE: River Rock Outfitter, Fredericksburg

SECOND PLACE: Tidewater Physical Therapy, Richmond

SECOND PLACE: DSW, Richmond

RiverRockOutfitter.com, 540-372-8708

TPTI.com, 804-288-1380

DSW.com, 804-290-4244

THIRD PLACE: Green Top, Ashland

THIRD PLACE: Physical Therapy at ACAC, Charlottesville

THIRD PLACE: 3Sports, Henrico

GreenTopHuntFish.com, 804-550-2188

ACAC.com, 434-984-3800

ThreeSports.com, 804-288-4000

BEST PEDIATRIC PRACTICE

BEST REAL ESTATE FIRM

BEST SHOPPING AREA/MALL

7113 THREE CHOPT ROAD, SUITE 101, RICHMOND

2727 ENTERPRISE PARKWAY, RICHMOND

11800 W. BROAD ST., RICHMOND

There are 21 pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Richmond, including two emeritus doctors, all helping parents from their child’s birth to their 18th birthday. Expectant parents looking for a pediatrician can take free prenatal classes offered through the practice, which help them learn about what to expect in the first few days of their baby’s life.

First opened as a commercial real estate firm in 1973, Joyner Fine Properties is now involved in nearly every aspect of real estate management. Since 1998 it has grown from 28 agents to more than 175. The firm also offers property management, relocation services and, true to its roots, commercial leasing, sales and consulting.

The recently-renovated Short Pump Town Center is a place for the community to gather. With children’s play areas, comfortable seating and a summer concert series in addition to its 140 stores, including the newly opened Cabela’s and Lilly Pulitzer, and restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory and Maggiano’s, you’ll find a whole day’s entertainment here.

SECOND PLACE: Richmond Pediatrics, Richmond

StrawberryStreetSales.com, 804-340-0840

SECOND PLACE: Stony Point Fashion Park, Richmond

RichmondPediatrics.com, 804-747-1750

THIRD PLACE: Valentine Properties, Moseley

ShopStonyPoint.com, 804-267-2740

THIRD PLACE: F. Read Hopkins, Lynchburg

HeartsInHomes.com, 804-423-6000

THIRD PLACE: Carytown, Richmond

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REI.com, 804-360-1381

Pediatric Associates of Richmond ParPeds.com, 804-282-4205

Thrive Physical Therapy

ThrivePTVa.com, 804-320-2220

Joyner Fine Properties

JoynerFineProperties.com, 800-446-3858

ShortPumpMall.com, 804-364-9500

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HopkinsPediatrics.com, 434-237-8886

SaxonShoes.com, 804-285-3473

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SECOND PLACE: Long & Foster, Richmond

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Happy Camper Pet Lodge 7300 IMPALA DRIVE, RICHMOND

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Since it started in 2013, Happy Camper Pet Lodge has nearly tripled its size, expanding its astro-turf play area and building kennels for at least 25 more dogs. The CPR and first aid certified staff will pal around with your pooch (or cat, or rabbit, or bird) for as long as you’re away. In summer, pets can beat the heat with splash pools and the occasional James River field trip.

J. Patrick Adair, a 2004 graduate of the UVA drama department, has worked as a set designer or art director for productions like Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Disney on Ice, Conan, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Arsenio Hall Show, even the Super Bowl halftime show. Last fall he returned to his alma mater to help students design the set for the school’s production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (pictured here), the rock musical. Virginia.edu/drama

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HappyCamperPetLodge.com, 804-308-8191

SECOND PLACE: Dog Services, Richmond

DogServicesRVA.com, 804-288-3647 THIRD PLACE: Holiday Barn Pet Resorts, Glen Allen

HolidayBarn.com, 804-672-2200

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

Sean DeWitt Photography 10932 VIRGINIA FOREST COURT, RICHMOND

SeanDewittPhotography.com, 804-687-9091

Sean DeWitt first held a camera when he was 13, after watching his father work as a photographer. Following in his footsteps, DeWitt specializes in bridal and engagement portraits, commemorating special occasions and unlocking clients’ personalities by placing them against romantic sunsets and idyllic landscapes. SECOND PLACE: Wendell Powell Studio, Richmond

WendellPowell.com, 804-741-6732 THIRD PLACE: Hayes & Fisk Photography, Richmond

HayesAndFisk.com, 804-740-9307

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SECOND PLACE: Green Top, Ashland

WaldenHall.com, 540-509-1440

GreenTopHuntFish.com, 804-550-2188

THIRD PLACE: Maymont, Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Bass Pro Shop, Ashland

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BEST VETERINARY HOSPITAL Betty Baugh Animal Clinic

5322 PATTERSON AVE., RICHMOND

BettyBaughsAnimalClinic.com, 804-288-7387

Lux Aromatica

5714 GROVE AVE., RICHMOND

Facebook.com/Nellie.George.54, 804-288-0894

Stocking colorful, high-end brands like BB Dakota, Rachel Zoe and Calypso St. Barth, Nellie George’s funky turquoise chandelierbedecked storefront supplies clothes with Palm Beach flair for women of all ages and for a variety of occasions. SECOND PLACE: Levys, Richmond

Facebook.com/LevysRichmond, 804-673-0177 THIRD PLACE: Talbots, Richmond

BEST APOTHECARY 410 W. MAIN ST., CHARLOTTESVILLE

LuxAromatica.com, 540-748-1424

Kerensa Bertolino had been making candles as a hobby for years when she and her husband, Brian, a former U.S., Navy Chief, decided to make their long-awaited dream of establishing a lavender farm and apothecary business a reality. Lux Aromatica crafts small batch essential oils, soaps, lotions, lip scrubs and candles.

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SECOND PLACE: River City Veterinary Hospital, Richmond

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The full-service clinic offers specialized treatments like laser therapy and acupuncture for pets with chronic pain in addition to its traditional pet care services. Have a new furry addition to the family? Puppy and kitten wellness packages, which for puppies include up to four wellness exams and four vaccines (three of each for kittens) as well as a 50 percent discount on spaying or neutering, are available for $255.

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE

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RiverCityVetHospital.com, 804-308-8920 THIRD PLACE: Winterfield Animal Hospital, Midlothian

WinterfieldVet.com, 804-897-8522

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RITMO NATION Richmond’s salsa sensations, Bio Ritmo. New York, Miami, San Juan … Richmond? The River City might not be the first place that comes to mind as a hub for salsa music, but that’s exactly what has allowed Bio Ritmo to create a sound that is equal parts authentic and alternative. “I don’t think Bio Ritmo would have evolved in any other city,” says Marlysse Simmons, pianist, who has been with the group, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, for more than a decade. “The quirkiness we put in our music is because of where we come from.” The nine-member group, including lead vocalist and co-founder Rei Alvarez, is “heavily influenced by music from the ’70s, especially Puerto Rican … there’s always the jazz and Latin, but there’s also a lot of punk rock influence in terms of our approach and do-it-yourself attitudes and ways,” explains Simmons. This summer, the band is planning to appear at festivals in North Carolina and D.C., returning for a show back in Richmond at the Broadberry in July. In the fall, they ramp back up with a celebration of the band’s silver anniversary and the release of their live album, Bio Ritmo Live/ En Vivo, recorded last year, at the Broadberry. Will there be another 25 years for Bio Ritmo? “I don’t think there’s any stopping at this point,” says Simmons. “There are ideas and momentum to keep things going.” BioRitmo.com

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Arts, Culture & Entertainment BEST ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT

Chesapeake Academy Community Oyster Roast 107 STEAMBOAT ROAD, IRVINGTON

ChesapeakeAcademy.org, 804-438-5575

Though the all-you-can-eat oysters are the indisputable headliners of this October event, you’d be remiss not to save some space for the chowder, sweet potato fries and other menu delights. Proceeds benefit the Chesapeake Academy Financial Assistance Program. SECOND PLACE: RE Strong Run, Urbanna

REStrongRun.com, 804-758-4477 THIRD PLACE: Polar Plunge Festival, Virginia Beach

PolarPlunge.com, 757-962-1575

BEST ART EVENT

Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Festival 2200 PARKS AVE., VIRGINIA BEACH

BoardwalkArtShow.com, 757-425-0000

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At the inaugural Boardwalk Art Show in 1956, 104 artists vied for a $25 grand prize. More than 60 years later, the outdoor event draws more than 1,000 applicants across disciplines—from ceramics and digital arts to traditional fine arts and woodwork—offering a prize of $7,500 for Best-in-Show.

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SECOND PLACE: Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, Norfolk

StockleyGardens.com, 757-625-6161 THIRD PLACE: P. Buckley Moss Gallery, Mathews

PBuckleyMoss.com, 804-725-7378

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BEST CHARITY

The King’s Daughters Foundation KingsDaughters.org, 757-668-7718

Hope-House.org, 757-625-6161 THIRD PLACE: The Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck, Inc., Kilmarnock

804-435-0822

BEST FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Busch Gardens

1 BUSCH GARDENS BLVD., WILLIAMSBURG

SeaWorldParks.com, 800-343-7946

With fast and furious rides like Verbolten and Griffon, Busch Gardens has long been a favorite destination for thrill seekers. The amusement park’s 2016 additions, however, show that the park can be just as fun for those not looking for adrenaline—including its new evening show, All For One, based on The Three Musketeers. SECOND PLACE: Virginia Living Museum, Newport News

TheVLM.org, 757-595-1900 THIRD PLACE: Virginia Beach

The Swing Mob collective and Virginia’s pioneering hip hop artists. In the early 1990s, a house full of transplants from Hampton Roads living just outside New York City in Hackensack, New Jersey, hatched a musical style that nearly 40 years later, still shapes the pop music industry, earning the artists a raft of Grammy’s and selling millions of records. Their road to stardom started one night backstage at a 1991 Jodeci concert in Portsmouth. Famously, while the R&B group was touring through Virginia, several aspiring musicians, among them Melissa “Missy” Elliot and Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley, snuck backstage, where they performed a cappella versions of Jodeci songs for the group’s founder, DeVante Swing, himself a native of Hampton. Swing signed them to his record label, Swing Mob, and moved Timbaland and Terrence them to Hackensack. There, a rotating cast of more than 20 Howard during the writers, musicians and producers, many from the Hampton Roads Empire series premiere area, lived in a two-story house, among them Missy Elliot (the allevent VIP party at the W time best-selling female rap artist), Timbaland (who, along with Hotel in Hollywood. his own albums and music, has won Grammys for his production work with both Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé), R&B singer Ginuwine, rappers Tweet, Playa and more. In Dan Kimpel’s book How They Made It: True Stories of How Music’s Biggest Stars Went from Start to Stardom, Elliot remembers that though Swing used to keep the artists semi-secluded in the house, not allowing them to listen to the radio or other recent popular music, the isolation forced them to be original— the sound they created remains an important influence in music production today. The Swing Mob label disbanded in 1995 as members moved on to pursue their own projects, but the collective is just one example of the star talent to come from Hampton Roads. The area is also home to star hip-hop artists like megastar Pharrell Williams (and his production group the Neptunes), Pusha T, D’Angelo and Chris Brown. To hear a playlist of songs by Hampton Roads-area hip-hop artists, visit VirginiaLiving.com

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SECOND PLACE: Hope House Foundation, Norfolk

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Through events such as the Moonlight & Mistletoe holiday gala and the RunWalk for the Kids, the 1,000-plus volunteers of the King’s Daughters Foundation (founders of the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters) have raised funds to establish a milk bank and purchase 29 state-of-the-art cribs, an ambulance to transport children from other hospitals to CHKD and a therapy pool.

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601 CHILDREN’S LANE, 2ND FLOOR, NORFOLK

VisitVirginiaBeach.com, 800-822-3224

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he air is clean. The traffic’s gone. Your shoulders relax. Salty air drifts in from the Bay. You’re in Lancaster County where the living is enhanced at every turn with views of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and creeks. Vibrant villages with quaint shops and restaurants greet you with our famous southern hospitality. A little over an hours drive from Richmond and two hours from Washington DC and Hampton Roads, you’ll enter a world of relaxation and wonder.

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Best in Eastern Virginia Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck Best Charity

Bay Auto Services Inc.

Best Automotive Repair Shop

Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital Best Hospital

Burkes Fine Jewelers Best Fine Jewelry Store

Carousel Physical Therapy, Inc. Best Physical Therapy Group

Carried Away Cuisine Best Bakery Best Caterer

Car Wash Café Best Breakfast Restaura Restaurant Best Place for Brunch

Chesapeake Academy Best Annual Charity Even Event Best Independent School Best Summer Camp

Connemara Corporation Best Home Builder

The Dandelion

Best Women’s Clothing Store

Davenport and Company Best Financial Planning Firm

Dee David & Co. LLC Best Kitchen Design Firm

Dehnert, Clarke and Company Best Accounting Firm

The Faded Glory Cruising Vessel of the Hope and Glory Inn Best Cruise

Foxy in Kilmarnock

Best Women’s Clothing Store

129 S. Main Street P.O. Box 1868 Kilmarnock, VA 22482 (804) 435-6092 lancasterva.com

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Golden Eagle Golf Course Best Golf Course

Hope and Glory Inn Best Bed and Breakfast

InsideOut Yoga

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Irvington Farmers Market

Best Farmers Market

IsaBell K. Horsley Real Estate, Ltd Best Real Estate Firm

Kilmarnock Antique Gallery Best Antique Mall

King Carter Golf Course Best Golf Course

Northern Neck Burger Company Best Burger Joint

Northern Neck Family YMCA Best Gym

Papetrie

Best Gift Shop

The Pedestal

Sara Brown Salon Best Hair Salon

Steamboat Era Museum Best Museum

Stevie’s Ice Cream

Best Local Ice Cream Shop

Tides Inn

Best Independent Home Décor Store Best Interior Design Firm

Best Hotel Best Resort Best Day Spa Best Wedding Venue

Pillar and Peacock

Weekends Fashion

Best Interior Design Firm

Best Men’s Clothing Store

Randall J. Kipp Architecture

The Wild Bunch

Best Architect

Sandpiper Restaurant

Best Florist

Willaby’s Café and Catering

Best Day Spa Best Massage Therapy Group

Best Bar Best Caterer Best Outdoor Dining Best Place for Brunch

Nate’s Trick Dog Café

Yours Truly Photography

LaSource Spa

Best Bar Most Creative Cocktail Menu

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Arts, Culture & Entertainment BEST FOOD FESTIVAL

BEST MUSEUM

BEST PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY

45 CROSS ST., URBANNA

245 W. OLNEY ROAD, NORFOLK

110 E. TAZEWELL ST., NORFOLK

For one weekend in November, the population of the town of Urbanna multiplies by 150—a shining endorsement for the Oyster Festival, the largest single fundraiser for many Middlesex County organizations. The pay-as-you-go fest features wine tasting, a parade, an antique car show, and, of course, plenty of bivalves, served as many ways as you can think of.

The Chrysler Museum houses nearly 30,000 works in its permanent collection. Upcoming exhibits include Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits, organized by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Branding the American West: Paintings and Films, 1900-1950, which focuses on the frontier. MarinersMuseum.org, 757-596-2222

While its home, the Wells Theatre, undergoes a $4 million renovation, the company is hitting the road: to Old Dominion University’s Goode Theatre in September, for I Sing the Rising Sea, a collaboration with ODU, and to Tidewater Community College’s Roper Performing Arts Center in October for Oliver Twist, co-produced with the Governor’s School for the Arts.

SECOND PLACE: Bayou Boogaloo Music and Cajun Food Festival, Norfolk

THIRD PLACE: Steamboat Era Museum, Irvington

SECOND PLACE: The Hurrah Players, Norfolk

Urbanna Oyster Festival UrbannaOysterFestival.com, 804-758-0368

FestEvents.org, 757-441-2345 THIRD PLACE: Poquoson Seafood Festival, Poquoson

PoquosonSeafoodFestival.com, 757-868-3588

Chrysler Museum

Virginia Stage Company

Chrysler.org, 757-664-6200

VAStage.org, 757-627-6988

SECOND PLACE: The Mariners’ Museum and Park, Newport News

SteamboatEraMuseum.org, 804-438-6888

THIRD PLACE: Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Norfolk

VirginiaSymphony.org, 757-892-6366

BEST MUSIC VENUE The NorVa

BEST MOVIE THEATER Paragon Theater

11810 FOUNTAIN WAY, NEWPORT NEWS

TheNorva.com, 757-627-4547

The White Dog Bistro

Feeling a little bit hungry and a little bit rock and roll? Through the NorVa’s “Get in Early” program, grab a bite at neighboring FM Restaurant before taking in a concert (this summer’s schedule includes Of Monsters and Men and 96x Fest with headliners The 1975). Plus, dinner beforehand earns you early entrance to the show—15 minutes before doors open.

68 CHURCH ST., MATHEWS

SECOND PLACE: Sandler Center for Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

TheWhiteDogBistro.com, 804-725-7680

Events at The White Dog Bistro can be as formal or as casual as you wish. Inside the 1840s Georgian mansion, two dining rooms offer up space for 75 guests; outside, a tented courtyard seats up to 250; and the restaurant’s Key Westinspired bar offers a casual spot for gatherings small and large. SECOND PLACE: Belle Grove Plantation, King George

BelleGrovePlantation.com, 540-621-7340

NaroCinema.com, 757-625-6276

THIRD PLACE: Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News

THIRD PLACE: Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News

BeachMovieBistro.com, 757-963-2548

FergusonCenter.org, 757-594-8752

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SandlerCenter.org, 757-385-2555

SECOND PLACE: Naro Cinema, Norfolk THIRD PLACE: Beach Movie Bistro, Virginia Beach

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At the Paragon Theater, guests can kick back in luxury recliners (complete with footrests) and dine on meals or snacks from the theater’s on-site restaurants, Neo Kitchen & Bar and My Pi Pizza. Think of it like watching a flick at home—only on a wall-to-wall, floor to ceiling screen (and probably not in your pajamas).

BEST SPECIAL EVENT VENUE

317 MONTICELLO AVE., NORFOLK

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HurrahPlayers.com, 757-627-5437

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RISING STAR Baritone Will Liverman makes his Virginia Opera debut.

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A fast-rising star in the opera world, Will Liverman, 28, will make his Virginia Opera debut this fall in The Barber of Seville. “We’re thrilled to have Virginia Beach native and Governor’s School for the Arts graduate, baritone Will Liverman, singing the role of Figaro in his debut with Virginia Opera,” says Adam Turner, principal conductor and artistic advisor of Virginia Opera. “Following notable performances as Figaro with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Madison Opera, we are eager to have Will share his tremendous talents with Virginia audiences.” Liverman, who holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Wheaton College and a master’s in music from the Julliard School, has been described as a “dynamic baritone” by the New York Times and of “noble sound and bearing” by Opera News. Last season, he made debuts with the Seattle, Atlanta and Wolf Trap Operas, and reprised his role as Dizzy Gillespie in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird at both Opera Philadelphia and on tour at the historic Apollo Theater, after first creating it in the 2014 world premiere with Opera Philadelphia. The company will open its 2016-2017 season Sept. 30 with The Seven Deadly Sins and Pagliacci, followed by The Barber of Seville, Der Freischutz (The Magic Marksman) and Turandot. For ticket information, go to VaOpera.org

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Living & Recreation BEST BED AND BREAKFAST

BEST FISHING OUTFITTER

BEST GOLF COURSE

65 TAVERN ROAD, IRVINGTON

1972 POWER PLANT PARKWAY, HAMPTON

364 CLUBHOUSE ROAD, IRVINGTON

Built in the 1890s as a boarding school, the Hope and Glory Inn no longer teaches reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, but the B&B does pay homage to its former occupants. Head to Recess (the spa) for a massage, take in a gourmet meal at the Dining Hall, or drink a few cocktails at Detention, the inn’s bar.

If your fishing trip is taking you to colder climes, Bass Pro Shops has what you need. In addition to equipment for fly-fishing, Bass Pro stocks supplies for ice fishing, including insulated bibs, thermal ice shelters and special hooks and lines for saltwater fishing. Don’t forget the hand and toe warmers.

Since opening 40 years ago, the 7,025-yard Golden Eagle Golf Course at the Tides Inn, which has an impressive USGA rating of 74.4, has hosted three Virginia State Amateur Championships. Want to check out the course before you play? The Tides Inn website features a detailed breakdown of every hole.

SECOND PLACE: The Inn at Tabbs Creek, Port Haywood

SECOND PLACE: RW’s Sports Shop, Callao

SECOND PLACE: King Carter Golf Club, Irvington

InnAtTabbsCreek.com, 804-725-5136

RWSports.com, 804-529-5634

KingCarterGolfClub.com, 804-435-7842

THIRD PLACE: Belle Grove Plantation, King George

THIRD PLACE: Bishop’s Fishing Supply, Yorktown

THIRD PLACE: Indian Creek Country Club, Kilmarnock

BelleGrovePlantation.com, 540-621-7340

BishopFishingSupply.net, 757-591-9300

ICYCC.com, 804-435-2470

BEST “DO NOT MISS” TOURIST ATTRACTION

BEST FITNESS PROGRAM

BEST GYM

101 VISITORS CENTER DRIVE, WILLIAMSBURG

25 OFFICE PARK DRIVE, SUITE 1, KILMARNOCK

39 WILLIAM B. GRAHAM COURT, KILMARNOCK

History is the number one draw for guests of Colonial Williamsburg. Historical re-enactments, such as colonial dance and music performances as well as pirate and witch trials, bring the past to life, but more modern experiences are in the offing too, including a golf club, spa, and more than 40 stores in Merchants Square.

At Santosa Studio, power yoga, strength circuit training, belly dancing classes and more help build endurance, balance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness. And newcomers, fear not: with 20 years of experience and more than 10 certifications, owner and instructor Suzanne M. Best will make sure you don’t throw anything out while you’re trying to find your inner om.

If you’re ready to take your workout beyond the elliptical and treadmill, membership at the Northern Neck YMCA also includes access to fitness classes like cycling, aqua aerobics and Zumba. The facility also includes two racquetball courts, a full size court gymnasium, an indoor heated 25-yard pool and an outdoor pool open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

BelleGrovePlantation.com, 540-621-7340

SECOND PLACE: InsideOut Yoga, White Stone

SECOND PLACE: iNLeT Fitness, Virginia Beach

THIRD PLACE: Virginia Beach

InsideOutYoga.org, 804-436-2204

InletFitness.com, 757-412-0600

VisitVirginiaBeach.com, 757-385-4700

THIRD PLACE: FIT4MOM, Norfolk

THIRD PLACE: OneLife Fitness, Chesapeake

Norfolk.Fit4Mom.com, 757-478-6375

OneLifeFitness.com, 757-465-6900

Hope and Glory Inn

HopeAndGlory.com, 804-438-6053

Colonial Williamsburg

ColonialWilliamsburg.com, 855-296-6627

SantosaStudio.com, 804-435-9078

Northern Neck Family YMCA PeninsulaYMCA.org, 804-435-0223

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Pony Round-Up and Swim

Santosa Studio, LLC

TidesInn.com, 804-438-4460

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BassPro.com, 757-262-5200

Golden Eagle Golf Course

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SECOND PLACE: Belle Grove Plantation, King George

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THE EMMY-NOMINATED TIM REID

ChincoteagueChamber.com, 757-336-6161

Norfolk native Tim Reid is a film producer, director and actor who has appeared on the hit series Frank’s Place, Sister, Sister and WKRP in Cincinnati. Here, with Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley, and his wife, actress Daphne Maxwell Reid, host of Virginia Currents on WCVE PBS.

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On the morning of July 27, nearly 200 ponies will swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island, where they will appear as the star guests of the town’s annual carnival and horse auction. This year marks the 91st anniversary of the event, which draws reporters and prospective buyers from as far as Japan and Australia.

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SECOND PLACE: Equi-Kids Programs, Virginia Beach

EquiKids.org, 757-721-7350 THIRD PLACE: Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center, Toano

DreamCatchers.org, 757-566-1775

BEST FISHING GUIDE COMPANY Midnight Sun Charters

82 WOODHAVEN DRIVE, HEATHSVILLE

FishingMidnightSun.com, 804-580-0245

Red drum, bluefish, mackerel and trout. These are just a few of the fish Midnight Sun Charters angles for during trips on its 50-foot boat from Reedville’s Smith Point Marina—a launching point for groups fishing the Potomac as well as parts of the Chesapeake Bay—and Virginia Beach’s Inlet Station Marina. SECOND PLACE: Capt. Billy’s Charters Best Fishing Guide Company, Heathsville

CaptBillysCharters.com, 804-580-7292 THIRD PLACE: Mathews Deadrise Charters (Chapel Creek Oyster Company), Port Haywood

ChesapeakeBayBoatTours.com, 804-815-6132

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College of Virginia School of Dentistry, Dr. Midgette has

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Living & Recreation BEST HISTORIC SITE

BEST HUNTING OUTFITTER

BEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

101 VISTORS CENTER DRIVE, WILLIAMSBURG

1972 POWER PLANT PARKWAY, HAMPTON

801 GENERAL BOOTH BLVD., VIRGINIA BEACH

Talk about starting off your vacation with a bang: last March, Colonial Williamsburg introduced its new educational musket range. Costumed interpreters offer information about the history and mechanics of Revolutionary-era weapons, and those age 14 and up can fire replica “Brown Bess” muskets and muzzle-loaded fowling pieces (guests under 18 require a chaperone).

Trying your hand at big game hunting for the first time? Not sure what you’ll need for tracking caribou or quail? Bass Pro Shops’ Pro 1Source— an online reference for all things outdoors—offers articles and tips for hunters, fishermen and campers for everything from setting up your first fly fishing trip to jig fishing in deep water.

Channel your inner Tarzan at the Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium, where kids and adults ages 5 and up can take to the trees with 13 ropes courses. The trails, spread over five acres, create a network of bridges, platforms and zip lines—open year-round.

SECOND PLACE: Historic Christ Church, Weems

RWSports.com, 804-529-5634

GoApe.com, 800-971-8271

ChristChurch1735.org, 804-438-6855

THIRD PLACE: Wilcox Bait & Tackle, Inc., Newport News

THIRD PLACE: Virginia Beach

THIRD PLACE: Historic Jamestowne

WilcoxBaitAndTackle.com, 757-595-5537

VisitVirginiaBeach.com, 757-385-4700

BEST HUNTING PRESERVE

BEST RESORT

361 MILLPOND ROAD, WARSAW

480 KING CARTER DRIVE, IRVINGTON

MountAiry.farm, 804-313-0815

TidesInn.com, 804-438-5000

Who says you have to be POTUS to hang out in the West Wing? Hunting waterfowl at Mount Airy Plantation (where marshy land creates excellent bird hunting conditions) can include dinner in the manor house with the owners before turning in for a night in the 258-yearold plantation’s West Wing guest rooms, which have been recently renovated.

A great resort experience is equal parts excitement and relaxation—guests at the Tides Inn get both. Stay active on one of its four tennis courts, go crabbing or fresh water fishing, or take a bike tour of Irvington. Then put your feet up at the Journey Spa for a host of wellearned body treatments and massages. SECOND PLACE: Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg ColonialWilliamsburg.com, 757-229-1000

Bass Pro Shops

BassPro.com, 757-262-5200

SECOND PLACE: RW’s Sports Shop, Callao

The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium VirginiaBeachTrees.com, 757-385-4947

SECOND PLACE: Go Ape Zipline & Treetop Adventure, Williamsburg

HistoricJamestowne.org, 757-856-1250

BEST HOTEL

The Tides Inn 480 KING CARTER DRIVE, IRVINGTON

TidesInn.com, 804-438-5000

THIRD PLACE: Hilton Oceanfront, Virginia Beach

THIRD PLACE: Blandfield Plantation, Caret

HiltonVB.com, 757-213-3001

BlandfieldPlantation.com

THIRD PLACE: Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg

GreatWolf.com/Williamsburg, 757-229-9700

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Kingsmill.com, 800-832-5665

ColonialWilliamsburg.com, 757-220-7978

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SECOND PLACE: Williamsburg Inn

SECOND PLACE: Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia Beach

The Tides Inn

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With so much going on at the Tides Inn—from paddleboarding and croquet to fresh-water crabbing and cruising on Carter’s Creek—you could spend all your time here outdoors. But if you did, you would miss the resort’s 106 rooms, decorated in the style of the British Colonial era and featuring luxuries like deep soaking tubs and soft Egyptian linens.

Mount Airy Plantation

BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

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EmbraceLifeAtRWC.org, 804-438-4000

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Last year, the community added a concert series and formed a Crafts for a Cause group that creates blankets for animals at the local welfare league awaiting adoption. Other programs include dinner and dance parties, watercolor classes and a current events discussion group. SECOND PLACE: Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach

WCBay.com, 757-496-1785 THIRD PLACE: Atlantic Shores Retirement Community, Virginia Beach

AtlanticShoresLiving.com, 757-716-2000

BEST SUMMER CAMP Chanco on the James

394 FLOODS DRIVE, SPRING GROVE

Chanco.org, 888-7-CHANCO

JoAnn Falletta has been a guest conductor with some of the world’s most highly regarded symphonies, and is celebrated as one of the greatest conductors of our time. Maestro Falletta has served as the Virginia Symphony’s music director for the past 25 years. VirginiaSymphony.org

Along with camps for children, Chanco on the James offers a four-day, three-night all inclusive Christian summer camp for families in August. Along with campfires and kayaking, future campers get a taste of the experience before packing up for a full week next summer, and alumni get the chance to run into old friends. SECOND PLACE: Norfolk Collegiate Summer Under the Oak, Norfolk

NorfolkCollegiate.org/SummerPrograms, 757-626-1820 THIRD PLACE: Chesapeake Academy Summer Camp, Irvington

ChesapeakeAcademy.org, 804-438-5575

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MarinersMuseum.org • (800) 581- SAIL Newport News, VA • I64 - Exit 258A • Just 20 minutes from Williamsburg

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Food & Drink BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT

BEST BAR

BEST BREAKFAST RESTAURANT

6724 MAIN ST., GLOUCESTER COURTHOUSE

68 CHURCH ST., MATHEWS

2265 W. GREAT NECK ROAD, VIRGINIA BEACH

Business at Bangkok Noi (named after coowner Tusnee McDaniel’s old neighborhood in Bangkok) is a family affair—the family-owned business sources its recipes from the chef and co-owner’s Thai grandparents. Popular items include grilled lobster, steaks with Thai basil sauce, and shrimp and scallops.

White Dog’s casual Wine Down Bar is one of two bars at the bistro—the other, inside the mansion, has a more formal feel. Enjoy your drinks indoors watching a game on one of the bar’s two TVs, or outside in the Key West and Cuban themed bar, which is surrounded on three sides by windows that open to the courtyard.

SECOND PLACE: Great Fortune Chinese Restaurant, Kilmarnock

SECOND PLACE: Nate’s Trick Dog Café, Irvington

Not serving dinner means the restaurant has been able to perfect its breakfast, brunch and lunch menu, which includes a soft-shell crab Benedict and citrus pancake meal that earned the seal of approval from the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host Guy Fieri. Another popular breakfast item: pancakes, topped with pineapple and banana and orange glaze.

GreatFortuneRestaurant.com, 804-435-6333

TrickDogCafe.com, 804-438-6363

SECOND PLACE: Car Wash Cafe and Catering, Kilmarnock

THIRD PLACE: Thai Pot, Kilmarnock

THIRD PLACE: Willaby’s Cafe and Catering, White Stone

CarWashCafe.com, 804-435-0405

804-436-8424

Willabys.com, 804-435-3669

THIRD PLACE: Bay Local Eatery, Virginia Beach

Bangkok Noi Thai Cuisine and Sushi on Main BangkokNoiThaiCuisine.com, 804-695-1177

The White Dog Bistro, Wine Down Bar TheWhiteDogBistro.com, 804-725-7680

Citrus

CitrusVB.com, 757-227-3333

BayLocalVB.com, 757-227-4389

BEST BAKERY

BEST BARBECUE RESTAURANT

1353 LASKIN ROAD, VIRGINIA BEACH

447 E. ROCHAMBEAU DRIVE, WILLIAMSBURG

Sugar Plum Bakery hits the sweet spot with the offerings on its creative seasonal menu. Try gingerbread men during the holiday season, strawberry or fudge-filled heart cookies on Valentine’s Day or coconut-coated vanilla butter cream frosting on bunny cakes for Easter. The bakery has been employing disabled individuals for nearly 30 years.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of Pierce’s PITT Bar-B-Q. Among the restaurant’s best is chicken, beef and pork barbecue, an 18-hour brisket and sides like collard greens, mac and cheese, and plenty of desserts (pecan pie, carrot cake and brownies). Pierce’s recently added hot sauce to its range of condiments, which are carried in 300 grocery stores.

SECOND PLACE: The Bakehouse at Chelsea, Norfolk

SECOND PLACE: Smoke BBQ Restaurant & Bar, Newport News

757-644-6939

SmokeNN.com, 757-595-4320

SECOND PLACE: 80/20 Burger, Norfolk

THIRD PLACE: Carried Away Cuisine, Kilmarnock

THIRD PLACE: Savannah Joe’s BBQ, Kilmarnock

8020BurgerBar.com, 757-233-7900

CarriedAwayCuisine.com, 804-435-9191

804-435-6000

THIRD PLACE: Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Virginia Beach

Sugar Plum Bakery SugarPlumBakery.org, 757-422-3913

Pierce’s PITT Bar-B-Que Pierces.com, 757-565-2955

BEST BURGER JOINT NN Burger

62 IRVINGTON ROAD, KILMARNOCK

NNBurger.com, 804-577-4400

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NN Burger opened a second location in Tappahannock last year and plans statewide expansion in 2016. The restaurant’s best-selling burgers, cooked on a wood-burning grill, include the Applewood-smoked bacon cheeseburger and the “Blue Burger,” which is topped with caramelized onion marmalade mixed greens, balsamic vinegar and, of course, blue cheese crumbles.

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FiveGuys.com, 757-417-8390

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The NorVa’s state-of-the-art sound system and concert space have made it a longtime favorite venue in Norfolk, but its backstage is also worth a tour. It has a fullservice sauna, basketball court and other amenities meant to make performers feel right at home. For a schedule of upcoming shows, go to TheNorVa.com

BEST CATERER

68 CHURCH ST., MATHEWS

TheWhiteDogBistro.com, 804-725-7680

“We’re a custom caterer,” says White Dog Bistro owner Mac Casale. “You don’t pick from column A and column B.” The restaurant is known for its strolling dinner, served butlerstyle. One popular dish is the escargot, made with snails fed only basil packed into a pastry with mushrooms and onions. SECOND PLACE: Willaby’s Cafe and Catering, White Stone

Willabys.com, 804-435-3669 THIRD PLACE: Carried Away Cuisine, Kilmarnock

CarriedAwayCuisine.com, 804-435-9191

BEST CHOCOLATIER The Royal Chocolate

164 CENTRAL PARK AVE., VIRGINIA BEACH

TheRoyalChocolate.com, 757-557-6925

You don’t have to be a blue blood to get the Royal (Chocolate) treatment. The chocolatier is known for its Royal Collection, a sort of “greatest hits” gift basket of candies and goodies such as popcorn, apples and pretzels dipped in Belgian chocolate made in-store. Also in the offing are chocolate covered berries, truffles and fondue. SECOND PLACE: The Bonbonnier, Norfolk

TheBonbonnier.com, 757-390-4282 THIRD PLACE: Chocollage, Norfolk

Facebook.com/ChocollageBakery, 757-533-5335

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Food & Drink BEST DESSERT MENU

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

BEST LOCAL CRAFT BREWERY

68 CHURCH ST., MATHEWS

1860 LASKIN ROAD, VIRGINIA BEACH

211 W. 24TH ST., NORFOLK

A house favorite at the White Dog Bistro is the mousse pie—a dessert that can be dressed up for any occasion. For Valentine’s Day, find it drizzled with red raspberry sauce; for St. Patrick’s Day, it is covered in Baileys cream sauce. Other dessert menu faves include cheesecake and chocolate ports and wines.

In business since 2010, O’Connor has six main flagship beers: the best-selling El Guapo Agave IPA, Red Nun Red Ale, Norfolk Canyon Pale Ale, Great Dismal Black IPA, Green Can Golden Ale and O’Connor Dry Irish Stout (we recommend picking it up at the brewery’s annual St. Patty’s Day party). The brewery whips up around 40 different beers a year.

Urban-Cupcakes.com, 757-222-0213

Good news, wine lovers—on the third Thursday of every month, Aldo’s Ristorante hosts wine tasting parties, including light hors d’oeuvres, in its new wine cellar. From the dinner menu, house favorites include Cape Henry Crabmeat Cappellini (seasoned crab meat, artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes over cappellini pasta), pescatore, and Francese with chicken or veal.

THIRD PLACE: The Cheesecake Factory, Virginia Beach

SECOND PLACE: Tony & Milena’s Pizzeria Inc., Hayes

SmartmouthBrewing.com, 757-624-3939

The White Dog Bistro

TheWhiteDogBistro.com, 804-725-7680

SECOND PLACE: Urban Cupcakes & More, Virginia Beach

TheCheesecakeFactory.com, 757-473-2900

BEST FARMERS’ MARKET

Aldo’s Ristorante

AldosVB.com, 757-491-1111

O’Connor Brewing Company

OConnorBrewing.com, 757-623-2337

SECOND PLACE: Smartmouth Brewery, Norfolk

804-684-0708

THIRD PLACE: Alewerks Brewing Company, Williamsburg

THIRD PLACE: Mannino’s Italian Bistro, Virginia Beach

Alewerks.com, 757-220-3670

ManninosItalianBistro.com, 757-390-2580

Irvington Farmers’ Market

98 KING CARTER DRIVE, IRVINGTON

IrvingtonVa.org, 804-480-0697

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Scores of vendors participate in the Irvington Farmers’ Market, some from as far away as North Carolina and the Eastern Shore—an impressive feat for a town of fewer than 700. The monthly market, held during the growing season, features handmade crafts, breads, pastries, cheeses, meats and seasonal local produce.

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SECOND PLACE: Williamsburg Famers’ Market

WilliamsburgFarmersMarket.com, 757-259-3768 THIRD PLACE: Mathews Farmers’ Market

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2861 LYNNHAVEN DRIVE, VIRGINIA BEACH

Every Thursday, A Bite of Maine co-owner Melissa Textor travels Route 13 to pick up fresh seafood from her mother’s store in Maine: that’s how committed she is to providing a true New England eating experience in Virginia Beach. Dishes include the Maine “lobstah” roll and poutine fries (French fries drizzled in mozzarella and gravy, a popular dish in Canada and New England). SECOND PLACE: Hashi Food Truck, Virginia Beach

Instagram.com/HashiTruck, 757-961-5700 THIRD PLACE: Karnage Asada Food Truck, Norfolk

KarnageAsada.com, 757-828-7559

BEST GOURMET GROCERY STORE Fresh Market

744 HILLTOP NORTH SHOPPING CENTER, VIRGINIA BEACH

TheFreshMarket.com, 757-491-0904

Before heading to the Fresh Market, make sure to check out the store’s website, where shoppers can find weekly seasonal specials, including Irish soda bread, corned beef brisket and green cabbage the week of St. Patrick’s Day. In addition to the Virginia Beach location, there are Fresh Markets in Norfolk and Williamsburg. SECOND PLACE: Whole Foods Market, Virginia Beach

WholeFoodsMarket.com/VirginiaBeach, 757-422-0444 THIRD PLACE: Denson’s Grocery Store, Colonial Beach

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ABiteOfMaine.com, 757-352-0268

STAND UP! A new kind of boot camp for veterans. “It was intimidating. I was super scared.” Isaura Ramirez, 32, isn’t describing a scene from her 15 years in the Army (which included a 15-month combat stint in Iraq). Instead, she’s describing her first time trying out a 5-minute stand-up comedy set—it didn’t go well. Ramirez is a graduate of the Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) Comedy Bootcamp, a stand-up comedy class for military veterans. ASAP founder Sam Pressler, 23, was still a student at the College of William and Mary when he began working with classmate Ryan Goss to organize creative writing and stand-up comedy classes for veterans in 2013. The organization (in partnership with W&M) now offers stand-up, creative writing, visual arts, music, and improv classes taught by professional standup comedians to vets in Hampton Roads and the Washington, D.C., areas. For Pressler, the point is to connect vets with the larger community, and help break down barriers that might leave them feeling isolated. Ramirez enjoyed the program and improved so much that she now volunteers as a teacher’s assistant for ASAP and has even begun booking shows as a stand up comic at places like the Gotham Comedy Club in New York and Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. “After retiring I felt a kind of void,” she says. “If I’m not a soldier, then who am I? The class gave me a sense of being part of something bigger than myself.” ASAPASAP.org

DensonsGrocery.com, 804-224-4121

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Food & Drink BEST LOCAL ICE CREAM SHOP

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

BEST PLACE FOR BRUNCH

469 N. MAIN ST., KILMARNOCK

68 CHURCH ST., MATHEWS

2265 W. GREAT NECK ROAD, VIRGINIA BEACH

Stevie’s soft serve ice cream—made fresh every hour—is delicious on its own, but why not try it in one of the stand’s most famous creations? The Bay Blast (ice cream combined with candy bars, cookies and other desserts) and 22 flavors of milkshakes are among fans’ top picks.

The White Dog Bistro has three outdoor dining options: the front porch, with more formal furnishings; the back, with a semi-closed courtyard offering a chance to dine under the stars; and the outside patio in front of the Wine Down Bar, where guests can watch the traffic go by while eating.

Citrus’ high-protein, low-calorie options mean you can have both flavor and fitness. Even the names are gym-friendly: try the Crossfit (turkey, avocado, beets, spinach and hummus between marinated Portobello caps) and the Workout (scrambled egg whites, avocado, tomato, Swiss, cucumber and hummus on rye).

757-695-3868

SECOND PLACE: Merroir, Topping

SECOND PLACE: Willaby’s Cafe and Catering, White Stone

THIRD PLACE: Chitterchats Ice Cream Parlor, Reedville

RROysters.com, 804-758-2871

Willabys.com, 804-435-3669

ChitterchatsIceCream.com, 804-435-3335

THIRD PLACE: Willaby’s Cafe and Catering, White Stone

THIRD PLACE: Car Wash Cafe and Catering, Kilmarnock

Willabys.com, 804-435-3669

CarWashCafe.com, 804-435-0405

BEST PIZZERIA

BEST RESTAURANT

44 CHURCH ST., MATHEWS

117 WASHINGTON AVE., COLONIAL BEACH

Pizza might be Italian in origin, but Southwind draws inspiration for its pies from across the Ionian Sea. Find Greek influences in dishes like the Grecian Scallop dinner (feta, garlic and oregano sautéed in olive oil, served over grilled spinach) and Oyster Greekafeller (oysters, feta, spinach, caramelized onions and dill).

Denson’s is expanding to include a fenced, outdoor patio with five tables and 20 additional seats that should open this summer. The new space will be the perfect place to enjoy some of the restaurant’s most popular sandwiches—the Cooper’s Store (their take on a classic Reuben) and the Flamingo (an Italian-style sub).

Stevie’s Ice Cream

Facebook.com/SteviesIceCream, 804-435-2252

SECOND PLACE: Brown Dog Ice Cream, Cape Charles

BEST LOCAL SANDWICH SHOP The Cheese Shop

410 W. DUKE OF GLOUCESTER ST., WILLIAMSBURG

CheeseShopWilliamsburg.com, 757-220-0298

The White Dog Bistro

TheWhiteDogBistro.com, 804-725-7680

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Citrus

CitrusVB.com, 757-227-3333

Denson’s Grocery Store R&B Oyster Bar DensonsGrocery.com, 804-224-4121

SizzlingSteak.com, 757-213-0747

TasteUnlimited.com, 757-422-3399

THIRD PLACE: Sal’s Italian Pizza, Kilmarnock

THIRD PLACE: Sandpiper Restaurant, White Stone

THIRD PLACE: The Local, Irvington

SalsPizzaKilmarnock.com, 804-435-6770

Sandpiper-Restaurant.com, 804-435-6176

SECOND PLACE: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Virginia Beach

CogansPizza.com, 757-627-6428

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SECOND PLACE: Cogan’s Pizza, Norfolk

SECOND PLACE: Taste Unlimited, Virginia Beach

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Ask any Cheese Shop regular what their favorite menu item is and time and time again they’ll tell you—chewy bread ends ready to dip into the shop’s famous house dressing. The deceptively simple, slightly tangy, mayonnaise-based sauce is such a hit, it can even be ordered online. Or, pick the dish up in person (along with a Virginia Ham or prosciutto on focaccia sandwich) and make a picnic of it in Colonial Williamsburg.

SouthwindPizza.com, 804-725-2766

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TheLocalBlend.com, 804-438-9356

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4337 IRVINGTON ROAD, IRVINGTON

TheLocalBlend.com, 804-438-9356

The Local’s close proximity to many of Irvington’s popular resorts and attractions makes the shop a popular hangout for guests and locals alike. Along with baked-fresh-every-day muffins and locally sourced organic coffee from Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters, customers love the house iced tea—a blend of black tea, thistle, flower petals and citrus peel. SECOND PLACE: Aromas World, Williamsburg

AromasWorld.com, 757-221-6676 THIRD PLACE: Cafe Stella, Norfolk

CafeStellaRoasters.com, 757-625-0461

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Juan’s Mexican Cafe and Cantina 2310 GEORGE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL HWY., HAYES

JuansCafeAndCantina.com, 804-642-5401

Some of the most popular options at Juan’s include seafood, its oyster and fish tacos (caught fresh daily) among them. The Molcajete plate, another fan favorite, comprises grilled hanger steak, chorizo sausage, grilled chicken and jumbo shrimp in a salsa rojo, topped with cheese, onions, avocado and cilantro. SECOND PLACE: Los Portales Mexican Restaurant, Tappahannock

LosPortalesTapp.com, 804-443-0132 THIRD PLACE: Jessy’s Tienda y Taqueria, Norfolk

Miss Virginia USA 2016 Desiree Williams is a Newport News native and Hampton University graduate. The Riverside Health System physical therapist will go on to compete in the Miss USA Pageant June 5 in Las Vegas. The 2017 Miss Virginia USA and Miss Virginia Teen USA pageants will take place Nov. 19-20 in Blacksburg at the Moss Arts Center. For more information, go to MissVirginiaUSA.com

Facebook.com/JessysOV, 757-531-0033

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Food & Drink BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

BEST WINE SHOP

MOST CREATIVE COCKTAIL MENU

68 CHURCH ST., MATHEWS

52 S. MAIN ST., KILMARNOCK

68 CHURCH ST., MATHEWS

When life gives the Chesapeake Bay a new invasive species—the blue Rappahannock catfish— the White Dog bistro makes a delicious new dish out of it. The Chesapeake Blue Cat adds a light panko potato crust to the catfish filet, with malt vinegar and cave-aged cheddar sauce, Virginia country ham, cider-braised seasonal greens and creamy whipped Yukon gold potatoes.

Specials Wine Seller’s motto is a simple one: “Life’s too short to wait in line or drink bad wine.” See the folks at Specials practice what they preach every Friday when the 6-yearold shop hosts wine and cheese tastings. The 4,000-square-foot store also carries snacks like truffles and salami along with more than 1,000 wines, both domestic and international.

The cocktail menu at the White Dog Bistro doesn’t just change like the seasons—it changes with them. Four times per year, the restaurant creates 7-10 new drinks, which join the menu with a few permanent house favorites. Among those favorites is the Double Cross martini, which comes with olives stuffed with black truffle-infused bleu cheese.

SECOND PLACE: Merroir, Topping

SECOND PLACE: Total Wine & More, Virginia Beach

SECOND PLACE: Nate’s Trick Dog Café, Irvington

RROysters.com, 804-758-2871

TotalWine.com, 757-428-6998

TrickDogCafe.com, 804-438-6363

THIRD PLACE: Sandpiper Restaurant, White Stone

THIRD PLACE: Total Wine & More, Norfolk

THIRD PLACE: Terrapin, Virginia Beach

Sandpiper-Restaurant.com, 804-435-6176

TotalWine.com, 757-623-6108

TerrapinVB.com, 757-321-6688

BEST STEAKHOUSE

BEST WINERY

205 CENTRAL PARK AVE., VIRGINIA BEACH

5800 WESSEX HUNDRED, WILLIAMSBURG

New York Strips in 12 and 19 ounces, ribeyes in 12-ounce and 16-ounce options and the 40-ounce, bone-in Tomahawk Ribeye: It’s impossible to leave Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse anything short of pleasantly stuffed. Though the dessert options are enticing—white chocolate bread pudding, anyone?—something tells us you’ll have to get yours to go.

The crown jewel in the Williamsburg Winery crown is its 2010 Adagio, a Bordeauxstyle red blend that was a gold medalist in the Virginia Governor’s Cup in 2014. Try Adagio, and the winery’s other offerings, at its two restaurants: Gabriel Archer Tavern, a casual, farm-to-table lunch eatery, and the more refined Café Provençal.

SECOND PLACE: Opus 9 Steakhouse, Williamsburg

SECOND PLACE: Good Luck Cellars, Kilmarnock

Opus9Steakhouse.com, 757-645-4779

GoodLuckCellars.com, 804-435-1416

THIRD PLACE: Byrd & Baldwin Bros. Steak House, Norfolk

THIRD PLACE: Mermaid Winery, Norfolk

ByrdBaldwin.com, 757-222-9191

MermaidWinery.com, 757-233-4155

The White Dog Bistro

TheWhiteDogBistro.com, 804-725-7680

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse SizzlingSteak.com, 757-213-0747

Specials Wine Seller Facebook.com/SpecialsWineSeller, 804-436-9463

The White Dog Bistro

TheWhiteDogBistro.com, 804-725-7680

Williamsburg Winery WilliamsburgWinery.com, 757-229-0999

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A VIRGINIA CLASSIC Shag is the heartbeat of the beach.

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Battlefield Boogie Club, Locust Grove BattlefieldBoogieClub.com Boogie on the Bay, Portsmouth BoogieOnTheBay.com Colonial Shag Club, Newport News ColonialShagClub.com Danville Shag Club, Danville DanvilleShagClub.com Franklin Shag Club, Franklin 757-641-8628 Lynchburg Area Shag Club, Lynchburg LynchburgAreaShagClub.com Northern Virginia Shag Club, Merrifield NVShag.org Richmond Shag Club, Richmond RichmondShag.Homestead.com Roanoke Valley Shag Club, Roanoke RoanokeValleyShagClub.smugmug.com Virginia Beach Shag Club, Virginia Beach VBShagClub.com

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We are proud of ALL of our businesses and a special congratulations to GUERNSEYTINGLE and OPUS 9 for being winners of Virginia Living’s Best of Virginia 2016! R E TA I L

Ann Taylor Loft Authentic Guitars Barnes & Noble Bath & Body Works The Beadtender BlueGreenAqua Botique CandyLand Confections Charming Charlie Chico’s Comic Cubicle Conte’s Bike Shop

Havana Connections Icing by Claire Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts Justice for Girls Kay Jewelers Laney’s Jewelry Life is Good The Mole Hole Nautical Dog Parlett’s Paper Expressions Victoria Secret Walls Alive

Our 365-acre community is conveniently located just two miles from Colonial Williamsburg and five miles from the Premium Outlets. Enjoy our free and ample parking or hop on the Williamsburg Trolley for fun and inexpensive transportation throughout New Town and the Williamsburg Area.

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Shopping & Services BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM

BEST AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOP

BEST BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

309 STEAMBOAT ROAD, IRVINGTON

36 AMERICAN DRIVE, KILMARNOCK

185 HERMAN MELVILLE AVE., NEWPORT NEWS

The team at Dehnert, Clarke & Co. is adept at providing specialized services for retirees who have relocated to the waterfront of Irvington. The firm’s CPAs will make house calls for clients who are unable to reach its office, and help businesses with computer or tax software questions. The company specializes in tax planning and preparation.

Bay Automotive’s approach? “Treat the customer like we’d want our family to be treated,” says owner Jimmy Robertson. This means empowering customers with their car care after informing them of issues, and not pushing for unnecessary repairs or purchases. The shop, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, has operated with six service bays since 1991.

Since opening 12 years ago, Blush Bridal Boutique has specialized in catering to styleconscious brides on a budget, matching them with consigned gowns by big-name designers like Pronovias and Maggie Sottero. More recently, the salon has started selling made-toorder new gowns.

SECOND PLACE: Malvin, Riggins and Company P.C., Newport News

SECOND PLACE: Haskins Bayside SuperServiceCenter, Port Haywood

MayaCouture.com, 757-461-1690

MalvinRiggins.com, 757-881-9600

HaskinsBaysideAutoRepair.com, 804-725-7490

THIRD PLACE: Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Norfolk

THIRD PLACE: Kilmarnock Auto Clinic, White Stone

DHGLLP.com, 757-624-5100

KilmarnockAutoClinic.net, 804-435-3542

BEST AIR CHARTER SERVICE

BEST BOOK STORE Prince Books

1800 GREENBRIER PARKWAY, CHESAPEAKE

2649 GREYS POINT ROAD, TOPPING

109 E. MAIN ST., NORFOLK

Michael Kuhnert, owner of Bay Aviation, doesn’t view his job as just booking flights; instead, he says he’s “selling magic.” Bay Aviation’s flight school (open for aspiring pilots ages 16 and up), has helped nearly 50 students receive their pilot certification, and its scenic tours have taken more than 2,000 people to the skies in a WWII-era Fairchild PT-19.

After you pick up a copy of the latest bestseller at Prince Books, you’ve got plenty of places to read. The store is a stone’s throw from Town Point Park, the National Maritime Center and the Elizabeth River. If you’d rather stay inside, the cozy Lizard Café serves soups and sandwiches to enjoy while you get lost in your book.

New additions to the 19-year-old Priority Auto Group family include Honda and Toyota dealerships in Hampton, Nissan dealerships in Newport News and Williamsburg, and Nissan and Mazda dealerships near the nation’s capital. Through the Priorities for Life program, owners of used and new vehicles purchased at Priority are guaranteed oil and filter changes, towing, and installed parts for life.

SECOND PLACE: The Book Nook, Kilmarnock

SECOND PLACE: Martinair, Inc. at Landmark Aviation, Norfolk

804-435-3355

SECOND PLACE: Northern Neck Chevrolet, Montross

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THIRD PLACE: Bridal Boutique of Gloucester, Hayes

BridalBoutiqueOfGloucester.com, 804-642-5157

BEST CAR DEALER Priority Auto Group

PriorityAuto.com, 757-366-5000

NNChevrolet.com, 804-493-8901 THIRD PLACE: Beach Ford, Virginia Beach

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THIRD PLACE: Barnes & Noble, Virginia Beach

SECOND PLACE: Maya Couture, Norfolk

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Kilmarnock Antiques Gallery furnishes items for serious and first-time collectors alike, says Steve Bonner, who opened the store with his wife in 1997. The store’s selection of tall case clocks, oriental rugs and furniture makes it a destination for antique hunters from around the state, who will find it open 361 days a year.

Virginia has become a popular location for Hollywood producers. Lincoln, The New World, Killing Kennedy and Argo are just some of the A-list movies made recently in the state. The total economic impact of the film industry here in 2013 was $382.5 million, according to the Virginia Film Office. Film.Virginia.org

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SECOND PLACE: Roane’s Antiques at the Cottage, Mathews

RoanesAntiques.com, 804-815-9044 THIRD PLACE: Comer & Co. Antiques, Kilmarnock

ComerAndCo.com, 804-435-2100

BEST ARCHITECTURE FIRM

Randall Kipp Architecture Inc. 81 KING CARTER DRIVE, IRVINGTON

KippArchitecture.com, 804-438-6287

Randall Kipp’s designs blend a modern Bauhaus-inspired style with a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of Virginia’s tidewater region. Kipp, who opened his Irvington practice in 1996, integrates buildings into the surrounding landscape using features like glass walls and floors to create panoramic views, and balcony overhangs calculated to provide sun during the winter and shade in the summer. SECOND PLACE: Arive Architecture + Interiors, Virginia Beach

Arive-AI.com, 757-333-7533 THIRD PLACE: GuernseyTingle, Williamsburg

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BIG DRAMA AT THE LITTLE THEATRE

Carousel Children’s Boutique

420 W. DUKE OF GLOUCESTER ST., WILLIAMSBURG

CarouselChildrens.com, 757-229-1710

Carousel’s collection for children, from premature babies and infants to size 16, covers play time and posh time, including cotillion garments, christening gowns and a broad selection of holiday attire. Brands at the 25-year-old Merchant Square mainstay include Ella Moss, Lucky Brand and Under Armour. SECOND PLACE: Sprout Children’s Boutique, Virginia Beach

SproutChildrensBoutique.com, 757-422-0644 THIRD PLACE: The White Rabbit, Norfolk

757-627-4169

BEST COSMETIC SURGERY PRACTICE

Virginia Facial Surgery, Dr. David Mueller 1157 FIRST COLONIAL ROAD, SUITE 101, VIRGINIA BEACH

VAFacialSurgery.com, 757-496-8066

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PSCHR.com, 757-873-3500

BEST CYCLE SHOP Conte’s Bike Shop

1805 LASKIN ROAD, VIRGINIA BEACH

SECOND PLACE: East Coast Bicycle Shop, Norfolk

EastCoastBicycles.com, 757-622-0446

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1244 EXECUTIVE BLVD., SUITE A-101, CHESAPEAKE

Midgette Family Dentistry MidgetteFamilyDentistry.com, 757-483-4700

Treating sleep apnea is one of Midgette Family Dentistry’s specialties. Partnering with Virginia Neurology & Sleep Centers, the practice helps diagnose and treat the disorder, which can put sufferers at an increased risk for problems like diabetes and high blood pressure. Midgette provides surgeries, oral appliances or other treatments to help control the problem.

BEST DAY SPA The Tides Inn

480 KING CARTER DRIVE, IRVINGTON

TidesInn.com, 804-438-5000

The Journey Spa at the Tides Inn offers body treatments like the “Tide and Thyme” (which includes body polishing, a scalp massage and a mini facial massage) and the “Ginger Zest,” which includes a clay wrap, facials, and a host of massage options, including its popular ginger essence hot stone massage. Many of the services can even be performed right in your room. SECOND PLACE: LaSource Spa, Kilmarnock

MyLaSource.com, 804-436-2985 THIRD PLACE: Changes City Spa, Norfolk

Signature-Event.com, 757-810-8371

804-435-1220

Before you can plan a wedding, you need to get engaged—enter A Signature Event’s Perfect Proposal package. The service secures vendors and locations and comes up with memorable concepts to ensure an unforgettable proposal. The company also plans private parties, non-profit fundraisers and corporate events. And clients can feel confident that they’re in good hands— founder Veronica Thompson has nearly 20 years of experience in hospitality and planning.

THIRD PLACE: Dr. Ben Lennon, Mathews

SECOND PLACE: Shay Lynne Weddings, Newport News

SECOND PLACE: Dr. David Newman, Kilmarnock

DrBenLennon.com, 804-725-9485

ShayLynneWeddings.com, 757-262-7820 THIRD PLACE: Festevents, Norfolk

THIRD PLACE: Fat Frogs Bike and Fitness, Virginia Beach

FatFrogsBikes.com, 757-427-9488

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Conte’s Bike Shop hosts regular free classes and workshops for cyclists of every level, plus morning rides led by staffers on the weekend. The 59-year-old shop also sells everything form beach cruisers and kid’s bikes to road bikes for more advanced riders, and can service professional bicycles as well.

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THIRD PLACE: Associates in Plastic Surgery, Virginia Beach

BEST DERMATOLOGY PRACTICE Pariser Dermatology

11842 ROCK LANDING DRIVE, SUITE 120, NEWPORT NEWS

Festevents.org, 757-441-2345

BEST EYE CARE PROVIDER

PariserDermatology.com, 757-595-8816

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Pariser Dermatology, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, has 20 doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners working at six locations throughout Hampton Roads (four on the peninsula and two on the southside). The practice offers both medical and cosmetic procedures, including psoriasis and rosacea treatments, microdermabrasion and chemical peels.

1201 FIRST COLONIAL ROAD, VIRGINIA BEACH

SECOND PLACE: Virginia Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, Norfolk

VirginiaMohs.com, 757-455-5009 THIRD PLACE: Atlantic Dermatology Associates, Virginia Beach

AtlanticDermatologyVB.com, 757-481-1666

BeachEyeCare.com, 757-425-5550

Beach Eye Care has been seeing to the region’s optical health for a quarter century. The practice’s eight providers, consisting of both optometrists and ophthalmologists, perform procedures like laser vision and KAMRA Inlay on-site. As added convenience, the practice’s three locations offer limited weekend hours. SECOND PLACE: Dr. William Ryan, Tappahannock

804-443-3901 THIRD PLACE: Cullom Eye and Laser Center, Williamsburg

CullomEyeCenter.com, 757-345-3001

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BEST FLORIST

BEST HAIR SALON

2901 S. LYNNHAVEN ROAD, SUITE 230, VIRGINIA BEACH

18 N. MAIN ST., KILMARNOCK

80 N. MAIN ST., KILMARNOCK

Virginia Asset Group knows that financial planning can be daunting, so the firm walks clients through the ins and outs of investments, stocks and bonds, while also offering handson advising in a diverse number of investment vehicles. Combined, the team offers more than 175 years of experience.

Owner Cindy Naylor, a UK native who has been in the U.S. for 25 years and opened the Wild Bunch 12 years ago, provided floral design for 40 weddings last year, for brides from as far away as London. Designs have included boutonnieres of succulent rose and hypericum and table arrangements crafted with carrots and cabbage.

SECOND PLACE: Wells Fargo Advisors, Kilmarnock

SECOND PLACE: Jeff’s Flowers of Course, Inc., Newport News

The Shreveport, Louisiana, of Steel Magnolias had Truvy; Kilmarnock has Georgie Fary and Kelly Oliver, co-owners of Heads Up Hair Works. Since opening 20 years ago, the salon has offered cuts, color and styling services to generations of families, along with manicures, pedicures and massages. The staff of eight prides itself on its services for bridal parties.

WellsFargo.com, 800-289-9040

JeffsFlowers.com, 757-827-5333

SECOND PLACE: Sara Brown Salon, Kilmarnock

THIRD PLACE: Davenport & Co., White Stone

THIRD PLACE: Flowers From The Heart, Mathews

SaraBrownSalon.com, 804-435-0373

InvestDavenport.com, 804-435-7705

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THIRD PLACE: Rittenhouse Salon, Kilmarnock

Virginia Asset Group

VirginiaAssetGroup.com, 757-747-2556

The Wild Bunch TheWildBunchFlower.com, 804-435-1044

Heads Up Hair Works Inc. 804-435-7507

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BEST FINE JEWELRY STORE

BEST GIFT SHOP

86 S. MAIN ST., KILMARNOCK

5757 RICHMOND ROAD, WARSAW

Some things never change—at Burkes Fine Jewelers, that’s a good thing. The store has been at the same location since 1969, selling “coastal easy-living, easy-wear jewelry.” The store has a particular affinity for custom designed pieces, such as Bay Bangles, a collection of interchangeable sea-themed bracelet toppers like sailboats, anchors and mermaids.

Colonial Collectibles is a family affair. Current owners Hannah Sisson and her aunt Julia took over the business in 2015—24 years after Hannah’s grandmother opened it. This year, the store, which specializes in everything from scarves and jewelry to home décor (with a decidedly southern flair), is adding a new boutique section, which will sell bath and body products.

SECOND PLACE: Ross’s Rings and Things, Kilmarnock

SECOND PLACE: River Birch Gift Shop, Locust Hill

RossRingsandThings.com, 804-435-3529

Facebook.com/RiverBirchGifts, 804-758-8814

SECOND PLACE: Connemara Corp., White Stone

THIRD PLACE: Long Jewelers, Virginia Beach

THIRD PLACE: Papeterie, Kilmarnock

804-435-1551

LongJewelers.net, 757-498-1186

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THIRD PLACE: Charles Ross Homes, Williamsburg

Burkes Fine Jewelers

BurkesJewelers.com, 804-435-1302

Colonial Collectibles ColonialCollectibles.net, 804-333-0581

BEST HOME BUILDER Morse Enterprises, Inc. 330 MAIN ST., MATHEWS

HomesByMorse.com, 804-725-1941 eastern

You could say that for Ian Morse, owner of Morse Enterprises, contracting is in his blood: his uncle and cousins, as well as his grandfather, all work or worked in construction. The 15-yearold business offers services in design, new construction, additions and renovation. Check the website where Morse offers helpful hints for navigating the construction process.

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ON STAGE: THE VIRGINIA ARTS FESTIVAL

Sentara Princess Anne Hospital 2025 GLENN MITCHELL DRIVE, VIRGINIA BEACH

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The Virginia Arts Festival wraps up its 20th season in May with more than 35 artists in opera, classical music, dance and theater from around the world taking the stage at venues throughout Hampton Roads. See what’s on deck for the 2017 festival at VaFest.org

BEST HOSPITAL

The 160-bed Sentara Princess Anne hospital treats patients in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Eastern North Carolina, and counts cardiac care, orthopedics, and gynecology among its areas of specialty. It is also home to a Comprehensive Breast Center that is fully accredited in mammography, biopsies and cancer detection. SECOND PLACE: Sentara Norfolk General, Norfolk

Sentara.com, 757-388-3000 THIRD PLACE: Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital, Kilmarnock

GoodHelpForALifetime.com, 804-435-8000

BEST INDEPENDENT HOME DÉCOR STORE Decorum Furniture

301 W. 21ST ST., NORFOLK

DecorumFurniture.com, 757-623-3100

Though it began by specializing in Scandinavian furniture and textiles when it opened 41 years ago, Decorum has expanded to take a truly global focus on the goods it stocks. The store’s 30,000-square-foot showroom is full of everything from rugs and lamps to bedroom sets and sofas, mostly in a contemporary style. SECOND PLACE: Bay & River Home Décor, Kilmarnock

804-436-1900 THIRD PLACE: The Pedestal, Kilmarnock

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BEST KITCHEN DESIGN FIRM

BEST MED SPA

7446 GRANBY ST., NORFOLK

44 WHISK DRIVE, WHITE STONE

5630 LOWREY ROAD, NORFOLK

When Norfolk Collegiate (then Carolton Oak School) opened in 1948, facilities consisted of a single house; today, the school offers lower, middle and upper school education for more than 600 students, with facilities including the 26,000-square-foot Meredith Center for the Arts and a $2.6 million turf field.

In business for 27 years, Jim’s Cabinet Creations offers everything from semi- to fully-custom designed cabinets, as well as countertops in materials like granite and quartz. The team at Jim’s—who have more than 150 years of experience between them—also provides delivery and installation services.

SECOND PLACE: Chesapeake Academy, Irvington

SECOND PLACE: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery, Newport News

Under the supervision of a dermatologist at Virginia Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, clients can choose from services such as Botox, Juvederm, CoolSculpting (a fat reduction procedure) and MiraDry, a service for reducing underarm odor and sweat. The practice’s staff includes dermatologists and three licensed master aestheticians.

Norfolk Collegiate School

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ChesapeakeAcademy.org, 804-438-5575 THIRD PLACE: Hampton Roads Academy, Newport News

HRA.org, 757-884-9100

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM Pillar & Peacock

4353 IRVINGTON ROAD, IRVINGTON

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Ferguson.com, 757-509-6850 THIRD PLACE: Dee, David & Co. LLC, Lottsburg

DeeDavidAndCo.com, 804-724-0829

BEST LANDSCAPING COMPANY

River Birch Landscaping, Brian Major

Though designers Brandeis Short and Adrianne Bugg have done commercial work, they have a particular fondness for residential projects. Says Adrianne, “We’re passionate about creating something that’s true to the client.” This year, Pillar & Peacock plans to open a new shop in Florence, Alabama, and is developing its own retail line.

River Birch Landscaping owner Brian Major began working on yards on the weekends at the age of 15. Today, with 30 years of experience, Major heads his own full-service landscaping company. River Birch addresses clients’ specific needs along with the expertise of “knowing what things work best in the area,” says Major.

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SECOND PLACE: Skin A Medical Spa, Norfolk

SkinAMedicalSpa.com, 757-228-5100 THIRD PLACE: 344 Beauty Bar, Virginia Beach

344BeautyBar.com, 757-321-1914

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE R Bryant Ltd.

429 DUKE OF GLOUCESTER ST., WILLIAMSBURG

RBryantLTD.com, 757-253-0055

804-435-1783

RansoneLandscape.com, 804-435-3788

SECOND PLACE: Jimmy & Sook, Irvington

THIRD PLACE: Feather Your Nest, Warsaw

THIRD PLACE: Appleseed Nurseries and Landscape, Eastville

JimmyAndSook.com, 804-438-6010

WePlantHappy.com, 757-678-5600

THIRD PLACE: Weekends Fashions, Kilmarnock

SECOND PLACE: The Pedestal, Kilmarnock

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SECOND PLACE: Ransone’s Nursery and Maintenance, Weems

Staying stylish is a full-time job, a fact that R Bryant is aware of, and more than willing to accommodate. The 34-year-old business is open every day of the year except Christmas. The store specializes in classic and traditional looks from brands such as Peter Millar and Vineyard Vines, and describes itself as “the last remaining true haberdashery in Williamsburg.”

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WeekendFashions.com, 804-577-4041

BEST LAW FIRM

James M. Sease PC 10458 BUCKLEY HALL ROAD, MATHEWS

222 W. 21ST ST., SUITE E, NORFOLK

JakesPlaceGhent.com, 757-627-5253

SECOND PLACE: Hubbard, Terry & Britt, Irvington

The Jake’s experience includes a cut and a shave, as well as a scalp treatment and even a MAN-icure. Other indulgences include gray blending, a pedicure, and even handshake maintenance (comprising a nail trim, cuticle treatment, warm moisturizing and a hand massage).

Irvington-Law.com, 804-438-5522

SECOND PLACE: Lester’s Barbershop, Kilmarnock

THIRD PLACE: The Decker Law Firm, Norfolk

804-296-4210

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Attorney James M. Sease says he and his wife moved to Mathews to “raise their triplets on the water.” Twenty-two years later, Sease is still drafting wills and assisting clients with bankruptcy and real estate issues (along with general practice). The firm also has a Richmond office.

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THIRD PLACE: Bridgewater’s Salon & Spa, Hayes

BridgewatersSalonAndSpa.VPWeb.com, 804-693-6272

A SYLPHIC SUMMER The Midsummer Fantasy Festival. Norfolk’s Midsummer Fantasy Festival makes a compelling case for the title of most unexpected Shakespeare redux—replacing ruffs and groundlings with face paint and light installations. The free three-day festival, held at Town Point Park, brings the Bard to the waterfront through art installations and performance art, and encourages guests to dress up and participate in the interactive pieces or simply bring a blanket and take in the color of it all. July 29-31. FestEvents.org

BEST MASSAGE THERAPY GROUP

Advanced Fuller School of Massage Therapy 195 S. ROSEMONT ROAD, SUITE 105, VIRGINIA BEACH

AdvancedFullerSchool.com, 757-340-7132

“Our motto is that bodywork is a part of our personal development, and is an evolutionary life process,” says Natalie Bender, director and owner of Advanced Fuller School of Massage Therapy. Opened in 1983, the group is both a business and a school, offering competitive prices for standard sessions based on the therapist’s education level. SECOND PLACE: LaSource Spa Best Massage Therapy Group, Kilmarnock

MyLaSource.com, 804-436-2985 THIRD PLACE: DeStress Express Massage and Spa, Newport News

DeStressExpress.com, 757-873-8968

BEST ORTHODONTIC PRACTICE Faber Orthodontics

1790 BALL ST., TAPPAHANNOCK

BracesByDrBeth.com, 804-445-2045

Dr. Beth Faber opened her orthodontic practice in Tappahannock 30 years ago. Six years later, she opened a second outpost in Kilmarnock. Today, she treats children and adults using the latest technology, including Invisalign and SureSmile lingual braces (in which the wires and brackets are installed behind the teeth, keeping them out of view). SECOND PLACE: Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser, Virginia Beach

DrSavageSabolVisser.com, 757-428-1110 THIRD PLACE: Parks Orthodontics, Yorktown

ParksOrthodontics.com, 757-874-6655

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Heads Up Hairworks has been in business on the Northern Neck for 21 years. Our eight certified Redken© specialists have studied under artists from all over the world. We are constantly focusing on continuous education for all of our stylists. When it comes to hair or nails, artificial is not what we do! We are a fully-equipt salon offering bridal services and consultations, as well as corrective work.

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BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY GROUP

BEST SHOE STORE

1972 POWER PLANT PARKWAY, HAMPTON

500 IRVINGTON ROAD, KILMARNOCK

501 PRINCE GEORGE ST., WILLIAMSBURG

At 105,000 square feet, one could think of Bass Pro Shop as the great indoors—even if it is preparing customers to enjoy the outdoor life. Along with selling goods as big as ATVs and boats, and as small as fish fryers and camping lanterns, the store has a 19,000-gallon fresh water aquarium, archery range and 40-foot climbing wall.

Carousel may seem like an unusual name for a physical therapy group, but for the founder, the connection was organic—the term connotes wellness and happiness. The practice specializes in treating chronic pain, particularly within areas like neurology, orthopedics, and endocrinology that haven’t responded to treatment.

Pumps with heels in the shape of a teapot and cup adorned with playing cards and tiny silverware, and unicorn wedges sparkling with sequins and iridescent snakeskin—such is the fancy footwear of Irregular Choice, one of the many brands carried by the Shoe Attic. The shop also carries more conservative styles from brands like Dolce Vita and Seychelles.

Bass Pro Shop

BassPro.com, 757-262-5200

SECOND PLACE: Green Life Adventure Sports, Norfolk

Carousel Physical Therapy

CarouselPT.com, 804-435-3435

SECOND PLACE: Tidewater Physical Therapy, Gloucester Courthouse

GreenLifeAdventureSport.com, 757-228-1953

TPTI.com, 804-694-8111

THIRD PLACE: Wild River Outfitters, Virginia Beach

THIRD PLACE: Belfield Physical Therapy, Warsaw

BEST PEDIATRIC PRACTICE

BEST REAL ESTATE FIRM

601 CHILDREN’S LANE, NORFOLK

61 CROSS ST., URBANNA

As a freestanding children’s hospital, the CHKD medical group works exclusively with the smallest of patients. Between the system’s 35 locations throughout eastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, CHKD offers intensive care, sports medicine, urgent care and regular check-ups, among other services. It also provides parenting classes on a range of topics.

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the firm, where the founder’s grandson, Nelson Horsley Jr., now serves as principal broker. Specializing in condominiums, commercial and residential properties (including waterfront cottages and estates), agents see buyers through every step of the process.

CHKD Medical Group CHKD.org, 757-668-7179

SECOND PLACE: Riverside Fishing Bay Family Practice, Deltaville

ChildrensClinicOnline.net, 757-595-0358

BEST PET BOARDING

SECOND PLACE: Virginia Country Real Estate Inc., Hayes

VirginiaCountryRealEstate.com, 804-642-6126 THIRD PLACE: Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Bay Properties, Kilmarnock

ChesapeakeBayConnection.com, 804-436-9145

THIRD PLACE: DSW, Chesapeake

DSW.com, 757-361-5807

BEST SHOPPING AREA/MALL MacArthur Center

300 MONTICELLO AVE., NORFOLK

ShopMacArthur.com, 757-627-6000

In addition to browsing the 140 stores at MacArthur Center, shoppers can attend book readings at Barnes & Noble, cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma or makeup lessons at Sephora. Keep track of special events like these as well as current deals and discounts via the shopping center’s website. SECOND PLACE: Lynnhaven Mall, Virginia Beach

LynnhavenMall.com, 757-340-9340 THIRD PLACE: Williamsburg Premium Outlets

PremiumOutlets.com, 757-565-0702

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THIRD PLACE: Children’s Clinic, Newport News

HorsleyRealEstate.com, 804-758-2430

804-435-3020

RiversideOnline.com, 804-776-8000

Isabell K. Horsley Real Estate Ltd.

SECOND PLACE: The Shoe Store, Kilmarnock

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Sandy Creek Pet Resort At Sandy Creek Pet Resort dogs are walked seven times a day and given plenty of play. The kennels can accommodate up to 50 pets, including reptiles, pigs and more. Additionally, Sandy Creek will pick up, deliver, and shuttle pets to vet appointments, even make house calls to tend to horses, llamas or small animals.

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9689 BURKES POND ROAD, GLOUCESTER

SECOND PLACE: Muddy Paws, Norfolk

MuddyPawsNorfolk.com, 757-965-9702 THIRD PLACE: Bayside Pet Emporium, White Stone

804-435-3548

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Yours Truly Photography 408 N. MAIN ST., KILMARNOCK

YoursTrulyPhotography.com, 804-436-0200

Along with wedding photography, the 9-yearold company’s specialty, Yours Truly shoots family portraits and events. It also offers photo restoration, video transfer, film processing and will create wedding albums, even for couples who may have used a different photographer on their big day. SECOND PLACE: Ashley Peterson Photography, Gloucester

AshleyPetersonPhotography.com, 804-577-7123 THIRD PLACE: Tara Lins Photography, Warsaw

TaraLinsPhotography.com, 804-580-1108

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BEST WEDDING VENUE

4621 COLUMBUS ST., SUITE 100, VIRGINIA BEACH

68 CHURCH ST., MATHEWS

Dick’s doesn’t just supply helmets and hockey sticks; it also gives little leaguers and rec players of all kinds the chance to get into the game in the first place. Through its Community Program, Dick’s Sporting Goods offers sponsorships and donations to local teams, and can design uniforms and help leagues set up websites.

The White Dog Bistro is currently renovating a 7,000-square-foot pavilion on a 7-acre property in Mathews, one and a half miles from the Bistro, for the “shabby chic barn wedding,” says owner Mac Casale. The restaurant hopes to have the space, which will hold 400 guests, available for the fall 2016 wedding season.

SECOND PLACE: Sports Centre, Kilmarnock

SECOND PLACE: The Tides Inn, Irvington

SportsCentreOnTheBay.com, 804-435-1211

TidesInn.com, 804-438-5000

THIRD PLACE: Bass Pro Shop, Hampton

THIRD PLACE: Belle Grove Plantation

BassPro.com, 757-262-5200

BelleGrovePlantation.com, 540-621-7340

BEST VETERINARY HOSPITAL

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE

200 LEE ROAD, KILMARNOCK

4372 IRVINGTON ROAD, IRVINGTON

Kilmarnock Animal Hospital’s two veterinarians handle everything from surgeries to routine check-ups, x-rays and spaying and neutering. The practice primarily sticks to cats and dogs (sorry, no birds), though it has treated snakes and rats, and the occasional cow (on their home turf). The practice also has offices in Warsaw and Heathville.

When the Dandelion opened 40 years ago, the focus was on children’s clothes; today, though the store still carries a small selection, the inventory is decidedly more grown up. The Dandelion stocks women’s clothes, with an emphasis on classic and contemporary fashions by labels like Eileen Fisher and Michael Stars, plus accessories and gifts.

SECOND PLACE: Anderson’s Corner Animal Hospital, Toano

SECOND PLACE: The Shoe Attic, Williamsburg

ACAH.com, 757-566-2224

Shoe-Attic.com, 757-220-0757

THIRD PLACE: Crossroads Pet Clinic, White Stone

THIRD PLACE: Foxy in Kilmarnock, Kilmarnock

CrossroadsPetClinic.com, 804-435-1844

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The Faded Glory: The Hope & Glory Inn 70 RAPPAHANNOCK ROAD, IRVINGTON

HopeAndGlory.com, 804-438-6053

TheDandelion.com, 804-438-5194

Imagine your face warmed by the summer sun and a chilled wine glass in hand as you cruise down beautiful Carter’s Creek. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? Take a ride on the Faded Glory, the Hope & Glory Inn’s 42-foot Chesapeake Bay dead rise workboat, and the experience can be yours. The boat takes parties of 25 or fewer on river cruises from mid-May through October. The cruise, which leaves port at 5 p.m. each Saturday, includes beer, wine and refreshments.

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Many of the 13 members of blacklight dance and performance group Fighting Gravity returned to Virginia Tech to complete their degrees after the group placed third on America’s Got Talent in 2010. The group continues to perform across the country. Rayvon Owen of Richmond finished fourth in the 14th season of American Idol last year. In February, he released the single “Can’t Fight It.” After his stint on season 9 of The Voice last year, 20-year-old Richmond native and singer-songwriter Evan McKeel released his new single “Always.” Kendra Todd, winner of The Apprentice in 2005 and a Virginia Beach native, formed real estate company the Kendra Todd Group in 2009 after a move to Seattle. In 2006, Travis Wall, who is from Virginia Beach, appeared on the second season of So You Think You Can Dance. He placed second, and has since remained with the show as its choreographer. American Idol contestant, R&B and pop artist Elliott Yamin, who grew up in Richmond, will tour North America beginning this month following the release of his album As Time Goes By in Japan last November.

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troupe has explored dance through a variety of innovative mediums—from live video and skateboarding to a massive kinetic sculpture. At Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, audiences are treated to performances from around the world by artists who are not afraid to push the envelope—from of-the-moment acts like New Zealand’s Flight of the Conchords to the timeless and always sophisticated Tony Bennett. On the cutting edge of comedy are the Capitol Steps, whose satire of D.C.’s politicos has had us laughing since 1981. Northern Virginia also offers ample opportunities to see the world on a big screen, bringing blockbusters and art films, documentaries and cult classics to venues like the Angelika Film Center in Fairfax.

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Arts, Culture & Entertainment BEST ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT ILH Ladies Board Rummage Sale 44045 RIVERSIDE PARKWAY, LEESBURG

LadiesBoard.org, 703-771-2985

The annual Ladies Board Rummage sale has been going strong for nearly 80 years, raising funds for Inova Loudoun Hospital and the organization’s nursing scholarship fund. This year’s event, Oct. 15 and 16, offers an early bird special on the first day: for $12 ($15 at the door) shoppers can get an hour head start. Admission to the main event is free. SECOND PLACE: CASA Evening Under the Stars, Manassas

CASACIS.org, 703-330-8145 THIRD PLACE: Stepsisters Ribbon Run, Brambleton

StepSistersRibbonRun.com, 703-217-8182

BEST ART EVENT

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival 11900 MARKET ST., RESTON

NorthernVirginiaFineArtsFestival.org, 703-471-9242 northern

“Having the opportunity to interact with more than 200 artists with their own fine works is gratifying on many levels,” says Carol Meyers, a spokesperson for the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. The event, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, brings out crowds of 30,000 to 50,000 art lovers over two days.

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SECOND PLACE: Art on the Avenue, Alexandria

ArtOnTheAvenue.org, 703-683-2570

French Film Festival The largest of its kind in the U.S., the festival takes place in Richmond in the Spring, and has screened hundreds of French and francophone films since its inception 24 years ago by professors at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. March & April 2017. FrenchFilmFestival.us Other Film Festivals Around the State: GI Film Festival Fairfax and D.C., May. GIFilmFestival.com Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival Fairfax, April. NovaFilmFest.com Progeny Film Festival Blacksburg, May. PerformingArts.VT.edu Skyline Indie Film Fest Winchester, September. SkylineIndieFilmFest.org

The Virginia Film Office offers an extended list of film festivals around the state, and information about the business of filmmaking in the Old Dominion. Film.Virginia.org

44045 RIVERSIDE PARKWAY, LEESBURG

LadiesBoard.org, 703-771-2985

The mission of the Ladies Board is to support patient services, special projects and nursing scholarships for Inova Loudoun Hospital. Along with its annual rummage sale, the 104-year-old board’s charities include its own thrift shop, called Twice is Nice; the gift shop at Inova Loudoun Hospital; the Lights of Love Remembrance program; and the Polly Clemens Nursery Funds.

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Middleburg Film Festival New to Virginia’s film festival scene is the Middleburg Film Festival. Sheila C. Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television and CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, started the festival in 2013, a few years after her friend, actor and Sundance founder Robert Redford, told her that Middleburg looked like a good place for a celebration of film—she’d been thinking the same thing. The 2015 festival featured Oscar-winning films Spotlight and Brooklyn. Oct. 20-23, 2016. MiddleburgFilm.org

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THIRD PLACE: Historic Manassas Gallery Walk

ManassasGalleryWalk.com, 703-361-6599

Director Meg Ryan on stage at the 2015 Virginia Film Festival’s screening of her film Ithaca at the Paramount Theatre in Charlottesville.

SECOND PLACE: Northern Virginia Family Service SERVE, Manassas

NVFS.org/serve, 571-748-2600 THIRD PLACE: Cornerstones, Reston

CornerstonesVa.org, 571-323-9555

BEST FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Harris Pavilion

9201 CENTER ST., MANASSAS

HarrisPavilion.com, 703-361-9800

Harris Pavilion hosts everything from military band concerts and fall festivals to a summertime concert series—this summer, see acts like Latin-Irish fusion band La Unica and harmonica player Bruce Ewan. Make a date night or family outing of it with 14 restaurants within walking distance. SECOND PLACE: Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas

HyltonCenter.org, 703-993-7550 THIRD PLACE: Top Golf, Ashburn

TopGolf.com, 703-763-2020 P H OTO BY A M A N DA M AG L I O N E

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Hosted by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Taste of Reston brings together restaurants and community vendors for one weekend in June. This year’s event will be held June 17-18 and feature live entertainment, alcoholic beverages for the 21 and over set, and family fun; last year included a hula hoop dance off, magic show and live bands and DJs.

This summer at Wolf Trap, the nation’s only national park dedicated to the performing arts, music lovers can take a tour through the ages: Cyndi Lauper and Boy George play the venue June 1; Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo with Melissa Etheridge grace the stage July 7; and Tony Bennett will croon the standards at the end of July.

Since its founding in 1989, Signature Theatre has hosted a variety of performers from Chita River to John Kander and Fred Ebb. In 2009, the company received the Regional Theatre Tony Award, and has won nearly 100 Helen Hayes awards, recognizing professional theater in the D.C. metro area. This summer, look for La Cage Aux Folles and a cabaret series.

SECOND PLACE: Taste of Arlington

Birchmere.com, 703-549-7500

SECOND PLACE: Manassas Ballet Theatre

BallstonBid.com/taste, 703-519-1600

THIRD PLACE: Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow

ManassasBallet.org, 703-257-1811

THIRD PLACE: Chocolate Lovers Festival, Fairfax

TheJiffyLubeLive.com, 703-754-6400

THIRD PLACE: Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas

Taste of Reston

RestonChamber.org, 703-707-9045

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts WolfTrap.org, 703-255-1900

SECOND PLACE: The Birchmere, Alexandria

ChocolateFestival.net, 703-385-7949

BEST MOVIE THEATER

Angelika Film Center Mosaic 2911 DISTRICT AVE., FAIRFAX

Signature Theatre

SigTheatre.org, 703-820-9771

HyltonCenter.org, 888-945-2468

BEST MUSEUM

National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center

BEST SPECIAL EVENT VENUE The Winery at Bull Run

WineryAtBullRun.com, 703-815-2233

The Mosaic fuses big-budget luxury with art house cred, screening indie films and blockbusters alike in a movie house that features plush velour stadium seating. On the weekends, Flashback Family Films invites parents to share their ’80s and ’90s favorites with their kids. Movie-goers over 17 can enjoy the Angelika After Hours series of late night screenings.

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, opened in 2003, has some of the most famous air- and spacecraft in history on display, including the space shuttle Discovery. During daily tours and lectures, aspiring astronauts (and their parents) can even meet those who have traveled to outer space.

The Winery at Bull Run hosts live music year-round on weekends, as well as classes like Sipping and Painting, and Stretch and Sip (wine with painting and yoga, respectively). This summer, events include the Summer Winemaker’s Dinner, Bluegrass and BBQ, and Civil War Day (complete with a full-scale re-enactment).

SECOND PLACE: Manassas Museum

SECOND PLACE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Ashburn

ManassasMuseum.org, 703-368-1873

SECOND PLACE: Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna

Drafthouse.com, 571-293-6808

THIRD PLACE: Airlie, Warrenton

Airlie.com, 540-347-1300

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AMCTheatres.com, 703-243-4950

USMCMuseum.org, 877-635-1775

WolfTrap.org, 703-255-1900

THIRD PLACE: AMC Courthouse Plaza 8, Arlington

THIRD PLACE: National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle

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15950 LEE HIGHWAY, CENTREVILLE

AirAndSpace.SI.edu, 703-572-4118

AngelikaFilmCenter.com/Mosaic, 571-512-3301

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14390 AIR & SPACE MUSEUM PARKWAY, CHANTILLY

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COMEDY CENTRAL Political satire at its best from the Capitol Steps.

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“This is certainly a great time to be a political comedian,” says co-founder of D.C.-based comedy troupe the Capitol Steps, Elaina Newport. “It’s almost like the politicians are giving us material on purpose!” Founded in 1981 by former political staffers— Newport, with Jim Aidala and the late Bill Strauss—the roughly 30-member cast of the Capitol Steps delivers no holds barred bipartisan barbs. There are no sacred cows here. “We love Hillary because we get to bring back Bill,” says Newport. “What will he be, like, the First Dude, the First Man?” And they miss former presidential contender Jeb Bush “because he gave us a chance to say he is part of the Bush family No Child Left Behind thing.” Shows have featured a dancing shirtless Vladimir Putin, and songs like “Ukraine Parts Keep Falling to the Reds” and “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea?” If it makes headlines, it makes the show. “We did a song called ‘Shut Up and Vote for Me’ about Donald Trump, and the Hair Farce 1 jokes,” laughs Newport, adding, “and no, he hasn’t called. You don’t want to hear from Donald Trump.” CapSteps.com

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Living & Recreation BEST BED AND BREAKFAST

BEST EQUESTRIAN EVENT

BEST FISHING OUTFITTER

9311 PRESCOTT AVE., MANASSAS

90 MAIN ST., WARRENTON

8365 -A LEESBURG PIKE, VIENNA

Consider this B&B a home away from home. Guests enjoy home-cooking and homemade jams and jellies, and the company of a resident hound dog. The B&B is located within walking distance of town and is adjacent to historic train tracks, so guests can enjoy the sound of a train whistle and see engines while they dine.

The Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase has run almost every year since it began in 1922. Today, the event draws more than 50,000 spectators each May, who come out for tailgating, hat contests (take a trip to the milliner beforehand—the bigger, the better), terrier races and of course, the horses themselves, who race eight times throughout the day.

Orvis has everything you need for your fishing expedition, and even some items you might not have thought of, like water filtration cups and stream thermometers. Along with rods and reels, Orvis also sells fishing attire like garments that help control your body temperature made with drirelease fabrics to speed up drying.

Goodstone.com, 540-687-3333

SECOND PLACE: Upperville Colt & Horse Show

LLBean.com, 888-552-9876

THIRD PLACE: Poplar Springs Inn & Spa, Warrenton

Upperville.com, 540-687-5740

THIRD PLACE: Gander Mountain, Woodbridge

PoplarSpringsInn.com, 540-788-4600

THIRD PLACE: Twilight Polo, The Plains

GanderMountain.com, 571-409-5364

Manassas Junction Bed and Breakfast ManassasJunction.com, 703-216-7803

SECOND PLACE: Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, Middleburg

Virginia Gold Cup Association VAGoldCup.com, 540-347-2612

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Orvis.com, 703-556-8634

SECOND PLACE: L.L. Bean, McLean

GreatMeadow.org, 540-253-5000

BEST “DO NOT MISS” TOURIST ATTRACTION

BEST FISHING GUIDE COMPANY

3200 MOUNT VERNON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY, MOUNT VERNON

8365-A LEESBURG PIKE, VIENNA

CycleLuv.com, 703-431-0347

The team at Mount Vernon is committed to maintaining historical accuracy. Each of the 21 rooms in the mansion replicates the way it looked in 1799, and the gardens are based on designs from the first president himself. The estate is also home to many of the same breeds of animals that were here when Washington was alive, including 20 lambs born in March.

Not quite confident in your casting technique? Orvis offers fly-fishing courses for beginners as well as for those who have completed the first course and are ready to hit the stream. And if you can’t make it to a class, check out the website for Orvis’ online fly-fishing learning center, complete with quizzes and video lessons.

If it’s your first time at CycleLuv, there’s no need to be intimidated; all of the studio’s instructors are previous customers, so they’ve cycled miles in your sneakers. The studio uses Keiser M3+ bikes and heart rate monitors to track your workout. Plus, they mix it up by hosting sessions themed around say, the 1980s, or the Super Bowl.

SECOND PLACE: Fish and Explore, Falls Church

SECOND PLACE: OrangeTheory Fitness, Ashburn

SECOND PLACE: The Winery at Bull Run, Centreville

FishAndExplore.com, 703-609-8083

Ashburn.OrangeTheoryFitness.com, 703-881-9110

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BEST FITNESS PROGRAM

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

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CycleLuv

13 FAIRFAX ST., LEESBURG

Orvis.com, 703-556-8634

WineryAtBullRun.com, 703-815-2233

THIRD PLACE: Body Conscience Personal Training, Manassas

THIRD PLACE: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington

Body-Conscience.com, 703-361-7205

ArlingtonCemetery.mil, 877-907-8585

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BEST GOLF COURSE

The Golf Club at Lansdowne Resort 44050 WOODRIDGE PARKWAY, LEESBURG

LansdowneResort.com, 703-729-4071

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Golfers at Lansdowne can choose from three top-notch courses: the Norman Course, perfect for the more competitive player looking for a championship challenge; the Robert Trent Jones Jr. course, which is more than 7,000 yards long; and the Sharkbite Course, a short course ideal for beginners. SECOND PLACE: Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Gainesville

RTJGC.com, 703-754-4050 THIRD PLACE: Stonewall Golf Club, Gainesville

StonewallGolfClub.com, 703-753-5101

BEST GYM

BREAKAWAY Fitness 8405 GREENSBORO DRIVE SUITE P-110, MCLEAN

BreakawayCompanies.com, 703-226-1425

The Arlington-based Jane Franklin Dance company’s shows combine dance with innovative mediums, including kinetic sculpture. JaneFranklin.com

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Though weights can be intimidating, the team at Breakaway Fitness aims to make strength conditioning accessible and welcoming to everyone. The gym offers personal training, group exercise classes (like Muffin-Top Bootcamp, which incorporates kettle bells, weights and body weight exercises), nutritional guidance and even corporate fitness classes. SECOND PLACE: Old Town Athletic Club, Warrenton

OTACFitness.com, 540-349-2791 THIRD PLACE: Lifetime Fitness, Reston

LifetimeFitness.com, 571-512-3500

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Living & Recreation BEST HISTORIC SITE

BEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

3200 MOUNT VERNON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY, MOUNT VERNON

9200 OLD DOMINION DRIVE, GREAT FALLS

7410 SPRING VILLAGE DRIVE, SPRINGFIELD

Open from 7 a.m. to dark every day of the year except Christmas, Great Falls National Park offers many water oriented adventures, including whitewater boating, fishing and hikes to the falls on the River Trail. For those looking to stay dry, the park also offers hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding and biking.

Greenspring is home to more than 200 resident clubs, from the Greenspring Players theater group to its outdoorsy nature and gardening clubs. In 2015, the community was awarded the Hobart Jackson Cultural Diversity Award from non-profit association LeadingAge, recognizing its commitment to celebrating residents’ unique backgrounds.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon MountVernon.org, 703-780-2000

Guided tours at Mount Vernon include “Through My Eyes,” which explores the life of figures such as Washington’s granddaughter or his farm manager; “All the President’s Pups,” about the canine experience at the historic estate; a seasonal sightseeing cruise from the Potomac; and even a behind-the-scenes look at the places where the blockbuster National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets was filmed. SECOND PLACE: Manassas National Battlefield Park

NPS.gov/Mana, 703-361-1339 THIRD PLACE: The Winery at Bull Run, Centreville

WineryAtBullRun.com, 703-815-2233

BEST HOTEL

The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner RitzCarlton.com, 703-506-4300

LansdowneResort.com, 703-729-8400 Airlie.com, 540-347-1300

SECOND PLACE: Ashby Ponds, Ashburn

THIRD PLACE: Sky Meadow State Park, Delaplane

EricksonLiving.com, 703-722-6763

VirginiaStateParks.gov, 540-592-3556

THIRD PLACE: Sommerset Retirement Community, Sterling

SommersetRetirement.com, 703-450-6411

BEST RESORT

Lansdowne Resort 44050 WOODRIDGE PARKWAY, LEESBURG

LansdowneResort.com, 703-729-8400

BEST SUMMER CAMP

The Congressional Camp 3229 SLEEPY HOLLOW ROAD, FALLS CHURCH

In January, Lansdowne announced the renovation and total redesign of its 296 guestrooms (including the presidential suite and signature suites) commemorating the 4-diamond resort’s 25th anniversary. Situated on 476 acres, the redesign takes inspiration from the resort’s wine country location. Now complete, the renovated rooms are available for reservations.

CongoCamp.org, 703-533-9711

SECOND PLACE: Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg

SECOND PLACE: Camp Lansdowne, Leesburg

Founded in 1940 as a summer program for the Congressional School, Congressional Camp now hosts more than 2,000 happy campers each summer on its 40-acre campus. Activities include wall climbing, zip lining and archery. Congressional offers day and sleep away options for pre-K through teens.

SalamanderResort.com, 540-687-3600

LansdowneResort.com, 703-729-8400

THIRD PLACE: Airlie Center, Warrenton

THIRD PLACE: Acting for Young People, Fairfax

Airlie.com, 540-347-1300

AFYP.org, 703-554-4931

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THIRD PLACE: Airlie Center, Warrenton

HarpersFerryAdventureCenter.com, 540-668-9007

SECOND PLACE: Lansdowne Resort , Leesburg

SECOND PLACE: Harper’s Ferry Adventure Center, Purcellville

EricksonLiving.com, 703-436-4515

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, located just outside the nation’s capital. The hotel provides luxury accommodations for nearly 400 in its rooms and suites, as well as a day spa, a wine bar and lounge with more than 60 vintages available by the glass, and a tavern serving traditional American cuisine.

NPS.gov/GRFA, 703-285-2965

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CONCERT VENUES THAT ROCK

BEST HUNTING OUTFITTER 8365-A LEESBURG PIKE, VIENNA

Orvis.com, 703-556-8634

Large game, small game, waterfowl—if it involves hunting, Orvis can outfit you. Along with shotguns, knives, and the appropriate accoutrements for their care, the retailer also offers attire (for men and women), protective gear, binoculars and scopes, and accessories like locator bells and multipurpose belts.

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SECOND PLACE: Gander Mountain, Woodbridge

GanderMountain.com, 571-409-5365 THIRD PLACE: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dulles

DicksSportingGoods.com, 571-434-0046

BEST HUNTING PRESERVE

Shady Grove Kennel & Hunting Preserve 11986 LUCKY HILL ROAD, REMINGTON

Shady-Grove.com, 540-439-2683

From April through September, Shady Grove Kennel & Hunting Preserve offers pheasant, quail, duck and chukar hunts (both guided and unguided) on its 900 acres, as well as training for retrievers and pointing dogs. The preserve also offers sporting clays.

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Food & Drink A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS AT WOLF TRAP

BEST BREAKFAST RESTAURANT Ashton Family Restaurant

9920 COCKRELL ROAD, MANASSAS

AshtonFamilyRestaurant.com, 703-330-5151

Many of Ashton Family Restaurant’s breakfast options have a Tex-Mex bent, like huevos rancheros, Guatemalan tipico and a dish called the Central American, comprising two any-style eggs with beans, fried plantains, queso and sour cream on either toast or a tortilla. But the restaurant goes All-American too with to-die-for eggs Benedict.

From musical humorists Flight of the Conchords to Tony Bennett, Wolf Trap National Park offers a sizzling summer line-up. WolfTrap.org

SECOND PLACE: Frost Diner, Warrenton

540-347-3047 THIRD PLACE: Virginia Kitchen, Herndon

VAKitchen.com, 703-471-0808

BEST BURGER JOINT

Melt Gourmet Cheeseburgers 525 E. MARKET ST., LEESBURG

MeltGourmetCheeseburgers.com, 703-443-2105 northern

When the restaurant opened four years ago, the aim was to serve a fusion of fine dining with burgers, fries and shakes. The result is a traditional menu with a little bit of luxury, like the February burger-of-the-month—a patty made out of grilled shrimp, basil pesto and four-cheese macaroni, finished with a red velvet chocolate shake.

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SECOND PLACE: Foster’s Grille, Manassas

FostersGrille.com, 703-257-7272

BEST BAR

9403 EAST ST., MANASSAS

14250 SWEETWATER LANE, CENTREVILLE

GreatAmericanRestaurants.com, 703-449-1100

Claire’s at the Depot

When picking out a pad thai or contemplating a curry, diners at Siam Classic can also choose their level of spice, on a scale of 1-10. House specials include tangy tilapia, with bell peppers and onions, and paradise duck, with pineapple, asparagus, bell peppers, cucumber and honey, stir-fried in a sweet red sauce.

A perfectly-drawn likeness of Darth Vader for the High Desert imperial stout and a whimsical mermaid for the Naked River pale lager on Sweetwater’s chalkboard menu bring its beers on tap to life. Combined with its heated patio and Southwest-inspired décor, the bar is an appealing place to kick back for an after work (or after anything) brew.

65 S. THIRD ST., WARRENTON

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Sweetwater Tavern

FaangRestaurant.com, 540-341-8800

SECOND PLACE: Malone’s of Manassas

THIRD PLACE: Peter Chang, Arlington

MalonesOfManassas.com, 571-208-1246

PeterChangArlington.com, 703-538-6688

THIRD PLACE: MacDowell Brew Kitchen, Leesburg

SECOND PLACE: Purple Onion Catering Company, Vienna

MacDowellBrewKitchen.com, 703-777-2739

BEST BAKERY

Red Truck Bakery 8368 W. MAIN ST., MARSHALL

RedTruckBakery.com, 540-364-2253

PurpleOnionCatering.com, 703-631-0050 THIRD PLACE: Amphora Catering, Herndon

BEST BARBECUE RESTAURANT The Bone

9420 BATTLE ST., MANASSAS

AmphoraCatering.com, 703-938-3800

BEST CHOCOLATIER

Last January, after Red Truck Bakery owner Brian Noyes sent President Obama a letter about starting a bakery during the recession, POTUS not only shared Noyes’ letter, and his response, on his official Facebook page on “Pi Day” (March 14, or 3.14)—he also shared a snap of himself eating a piece of the bakery’s pecan pie, praising Noyes’ hard work, optimism, and, of course his “darn good pie.”

TheBoneBBQ.com, 703-330-3820

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All sides, salad dressings and sauces at The Bone are made in-house—as are, of course, the main dishes, including sandwiches of pulled pork, beef brisket, turkey and chicken. The NoVa-native chain, formerly known as Bad to the Bone Smokehouse, also has outposts in Gainesville (their first, opened in 2011), and right outside of the Verizon Center in D.C.

120 CHURCH ST. NE, SUITE 100, VIENNA

SECOND PLACE: Heidelberg Pastry Shop, Arlington

SECOND PLACE: Willard’s BBQ, Chantilly

SECOND PLACE: Artisan Confections, Arlington

HeidelbergBakery.com, 703-527-8394

DCBBQ.com, 703-488-9970

ArtisanConfections.com, 703-524-0007

THIRD PLACE: Edibles Incredible Desserts, Reston

THIRD PLACE: Dixie Bones, Woodbridge

THIRD PLACE: Edibles Incredible Desserts, Reston

EdiblesIncredible.com, 703-709-8200

DixieBones.com, 703-492-7885

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ClairesRestaurant.com, 540-351-1616

When it comes to catering, Claire’s at the Depot specializes in intimate affairs, such as birthday parties, smaller weddings and memorial celebrations. Fan favorite catering options include appetizers like the mini crab cakes or sweet potato biscuits with country ham, or entrées like beef tenderloin or honey glazed salmon.

SECOND PLACE: Faang Thai Restaurant, Warrenton

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TheCounterBurger.com, 703-796-1008

BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT Siam Classic

THIRD PLACE: The Counter, Reston

CocoaVienna.com, 703-865-8881

Cocoa Vienna has more than 1,500 molds ready to create scene-stealing pieces crafted from chocolate, in the shape of everything from footballs to high heel shoes. The shop also sells gift boxes in 4-48-piece sizes—perfect to mix and match their tasty goods.

EdiblesIncredible.com, 703-709-8200

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Food & Drink BEST DESSERT MENU

BEST FARMERS’ MARKET

BEST FOOD TRUCK

7966 FORT HUNT ROAD, ALEXANDRIA

9431 WEST ST., MANASSAS

70 MAIN ST., SUITE 22, WARRENTON

Another day, another dollop—of vanilla ice cream, that is, melting on top of one of River Bend Bistro’s apple cobblers. Other dessert menu items reflect owner Caroline Ross’ extensive background working at French and Italian restaurants, including mascarpone cheesecake with berry coulis, a pinenut tarte with caramel sauce and a chocolate cherry chess pie.

At the 20-year-old City of Manassas Farmers’ Market, shoppers find organic produce, local meats and baked goods, and more than a few perks—among them, live musical entertainment and tips from master gardeners. During peak season, the market is held on Thursdays (producers only) and Saturdays; in the winter, Saturdays only.

“I’d be lying if I said the movie Chef didn’t influence me to do it,” says Adam Lynch, coowner of Hidden Julles Café, about his decision to launch the Rambler, the café’s food truck, last year. Serving locally-sourced, predominantly organic sandwiches, soups and salads, recent dishes have included a smoked salmon wrap and Not Your Mama’s Grilled Cheese.

SECOND PLACE: Claire’s at the Depot, Warrenton

SECOND PLACE: Falls Church Farmers’ Market

SECOND PLACE: Pittsburgh Rick’s, Leesburg

ClairesRestaurant.com, 540-351-1616

FallsChurchVa.gov/FarmersMarket, 703-248-5027

PittsburghRicks.com, 703-737-3700

THIRD PLACE: Edibles Incredible Desserts, Reston

THIRD PLACE: Leesburg Saturday Farmers’ Market

THIRD PLACE: The Bone, Gainesville

EdiblesIncredible.com, 703-709-8200

LoudounFarmersMarket.org, 540-454-8089

TheBoneBBQ.com, 703-753-5551

River Bend Bistro & Wine Bar RiverBendBistro.com, 703-347-7545

City of Manassas Farmers’ Market VisitManassas.org, 703-361-6599

Hidden Julles Café (The Rambler) HiddenJullesCafe.com, 540-216-3121

BEST GOURMET GROCERY STORE The Whole Ox

8357 W. MAIN ST., MARSHALL

TheWholeOx.com, 540-724-1650 northern

The Whole Ox opened in September 2011, when co-owners Derek and Amanda Luhowiak saw a need for a local butcher. Today, they have expanded to sell sustainable goods in addition to meats from local farms and small distributors around the U.S. Soon, they hope to install a 14seat bar and serve more prepared foods.

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SECOND PLACE: Balducci’s, McLean

Balduccis.com, 703-448-3828 THIRD PLACE: Wegman’s, Gainesville

Wegmans.com, 571-222-2300

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14115 ST. GERMAIN DRIVE, CENTREVILLE

From a production of NEVERWHERE at Robinson Secondary.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, CAPPIES! The Tony Awards of Virginia high school theater. On June 12, Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center will host some of the nation’s most accomplished high school theater students at the Cappies, a Tony’s-style awards program that honors student thespians, stage technicians and theater critics—all selected by their peers. The Cappies were started among D.C.-area schools in 1999 by Bill Strauss, co-founder of comedy troupe the Capitol Steps, and Fairfax County schools administrator Judy Bowns. Now, the national capital area chapter (with 56 participating schools) is just one of 17 across the U.S. and Canada. Throughout the school year, student critics review performances, and then vote on awards in 44 categories like Best Musical or Best Supporting Actress in a Play, which are presented at the annual gala. Jess Scarano, 17, is the costume crew chief at McLean High School, and helped present a scene from her school’s production of Big Fish at last year’s gala—the production also won Best Play and Best Costuming awards. This year, Scarano hopes to be back at the Kennedy Center with Cinderella. “It was amazing to be in that professional atmosphere,” she says. “We’d done so much work, and in that moment, everything we’d done paid off.” Cappies.com

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Ciao-Osteria.com, 703-543-8955

What to order at Ciao Osteria? The pizza is “out of control,” says Ryan Haas, a manager at the restaurant, who adds that the osso buco is a must-try, too. Just make sure to save room for dessert: last April, on the same day the restaurant celebrated its second anniversary, it opened Ciao Gelato right next door. SECOND PLACE: Cafe Torino and Bakery, Warrenton

CafeTorinoAndBakery.com, 540-347-2713 THIRD PLACE: Carmello’s, Manassas

Carmellos.com, 703-368-5522

BEST LOCAL CRAFT BREWERY

Old Bust Head Brewing Company 7134 LINEWEAVER ROAD, WARRENTON

OldBustHead.com, 540-347-4777

Housed in a World War II-era warehouse, Old Bust Head Brewery features counter tops crafted from recycled beer bottles and Germanstyle beer hall tables sourced from reclaimed wood. There are 20 beers on tap, including Sonic Charm Double IPA and Cinquapin Chestnut Porter, homemade root beer, and floats made with Remington-based MooThru ice cream. SECOND PLACE: Port City Brewing Company, Alexandria

PortCityBrewing.com, 703-797-2739 THIRD PLACE: Lost Rhino Brewing Company, Ashburn

LostRhino.com, 571-291-2083

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Food & Drink BEST LOCAL ICE CREAM SHOP

BEST PIZZERIA

BEST PLACE FOR LUNCH

346 WATERLOO ST., WARRENTON

9108 MATHIS AVE., MANASSAS

132 CHURCH ST. NW, VIENNA

The shop’s 20 flavors of soft serve can be topped with goodies both traditional (sprinkles, peanuts or Hershey syrup) and unexpected (oatmeal cream pie bites or chocolate covered pretzels). The parlor also offers Hawaiian ice, Italian ice and gelati, and classic banana splits.

Tony’s may be the ne plus ultra in pizza: New York-style pie prepared by a native Italian, a Neapolitan, to be precise. Tony D’Augustino opened his restaurant in 1989; today, he has three locations throughout NoVa (there is “a family member in every store,” he says). Along with its famous pizza, Tony’s serves traditional Neapolitan dishes, like the restaurant’s signature seafood linguine with red clam sauce.

Popular sandwiches include the belly banh mi, a combination of Virginia ham and braised pork belly topped with banh mi, daikon and carrots, jalapeño oil and cilantro; and the steak and cheese. The shop also offers a CSA program— customers can pick up boxes every four weeks, in large or small sizes, featuring meat and eggs from the shop’s favorite farmers and producers.

TheDairyGodmother.com, 703-683-7767

SECOND PLACE: Fireworks Pizza, Leesburg

EarlsInArlington.com, 703-248-0150

FireworksPizza.com, 703-779-8400

THIRD PLACE: The Italian Store, Arlington

BEST LOCALLY-OWNED COFFEE SHOP

THIRD PLACE: Pupatella, Arlington

ItalianStore.com, 703-528-6266

107 CHURCH ST. NE, VIENNA

BEST PLACE FOR BRUNCH

Carousel Frozen Treats

CarouselFrozenTreats.com, 540-351-0004

SECOND PLACE: Nathan’s Dairy Bar, Manassas

NathansDairyBar.com, 703-335-9051 THIRD PLACE: The Dairy Godmother, Alexandria

Tony’s New York Pizza TonysNewYorkPizza.com, 703-330-8109

SECOND PLACE: Earl’s Sandwiches, Arlington

Claire’s at the Depot

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Ford’s Fish Shack

44260 ICE RINK PLAZA, SUITE 101, ASHBURN

GroundsCentralStation.com, 571-379-7285

Here’s a tip: Claire’s is so popular for brunch that it’s best to reserve your table well in advance, which you can do via its website, a handy tool for fans of their Eggs Chesapeake (poached eggs and Virginia ham on an English muffin with hollandaise and smoked Gouda grits) and Anna’s Fabulous Quiche of the Day.

Wicked Pissah—you don’t see that often on a menu. But the cheekily-named bivalve with a mildy sweet finish is Ford’s signature oyster. Tagged exclusively for the restaurant, the little Pissahs are farm raised on the Eastern Shore, and delivered to the restaurant within 24 hours of harvesting. You can also find them at both the Ashburn and South Riding locations.

THIRD PLACE: Northside Social, Arlington

SECOND PLACE: Malone’s of Manassas

SECOND PLACE: Blue Ridge Seafood, Gainesville

MalonesOfManassas.com, 571-208-1246

BlueRidgeSeafood.com, 703-754-9852

THIRD PLACE: River Bend Bistro & Wine Bar, Alexandria

THIRD PLACE: C.J. Finz, Manassas

RiverBendBistro.com, 703-347-7545

CJFinz.com, 571-292-1742

SECOND PLACE: Ground Central Station, Manassas

NorthsideSocialArlington.com, 703-465-0145

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FordsFishShack.com, 571-918-4092

ClairesRestaurant.com, 540-351-1616

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After reading an online article about home coffee roasting, Michael Amouri quit his job of more than 20 years in television production to get into the business. The bold move paid off, as Caffè Amouri enters its sixth year. The shop still roasts its own beans and is noted for its Walk to School Wednesdays, when any parent walking a child to school gets a free cup o’ Joe.

ChaseTheSubmarine.com, 703-865-7829

Pupatella.com, 571-312-7230

Caffè Amouri

CaffeAmouri.com, 703-938-1623

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ClairesRestaurant.com, 540-351-1616

SECOND PLACE: Monza, Manassas

EatMonza.com, 703-368-5522 THIRD PLACE: Okra’s, Manassas

Okras.com, 703-330-2729

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Academy Award-winning actress, dancer and new age author Shirley MacLaine was born in Richmond, and with brother Warren Beatty, grew up in Arlington. After graduating from Washington-Lee High School, she made her Broadway debut in The Pajama Game in 1954.

Starting late spring and going through early autumn, Claire’s at the Depot (located in a renovated train station) hosts live music on its patio each Thursday evening. Featured dishes include risotto with roasted fennel, sautéed kale and artichoke hearts in the winter, and fresh asparagus and fava beans in the spring.

BEST RESTAURANT

Claire’s at the Depot 65 S. THIRD ST., WARRENTON

ClairesRestaurant.com, 540-351-1616

Claire’s at the Depot offers two dining rooms: “The Tavern,” with copper top tables and a more modern aesthetic, and “The Garden Room,” with linen tablecloths and an upmarket feel, which opens up to Claire’s open-air patio. Both are ideal for enjoying dishes like blackened sea scallops with Andouille sausage and crab cream sauce or beet and goat cheese salad, both popular items on the menu. SECOND PLACE: River Bend Bistro & Wine Bar, Alexandria

RiverBendBistro.com, 703-347-7545 THIRD PLACE: L’Auberge Chez François, Great Falls

LAubergeChezFrancois.com, 703-759-3800

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Michael Nash

Custom New Homes • Additions • Extensions • Kitchens • Baths Outdoor Living Spaces & Custom Porches • Custom Wine Cellars Basements • Custom Closets

www.michael-nash.com • 8630-A Lee Highway, Fairfax VA 22031 Serving Northern Virginia Only

703-641-9800

By Appointment Only A Michael Nash Company

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Food & Drink BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

BEST STEAKHOUSE

BEST WINERY

7527 LINTON HALL ROAD, GAINESVILLE

2300 WILSON BLVD., ARLINGTON

15950 LEE HIGHWAY, CENTREVILLE

Leafy plants in bright vases, colorful walls and lots of wooden accents put diners in the mood for Mexican cuisine. But if the ambiance—or the restaurant’s heaping plates of tacos, fajitas, or enchiladas—doesn’t do it, the supersized frozen margaritas certainly will. 540-351-0011

The name isn’t just a (very clever) pun: Ray’s the Steaks takes a “go big or go home” attitude with its entrées. Take the New York strip—aged for 45 days before hitting the table—topped with blue cheese, roasted bone marrow, or a seared foie gras with truffled porcini mushrooms, or the filet mignon, with sauce options that include brandy mushroom cream and aged Roquefort.

Nestled on 225 acres, the Winery at Bull Run is the largest remaining working farm in Fairfax County, and is the closest winery to the nation’s capital. In 2014, they planted 42 acres of grapevines at Rock Mill Vineyard, their 115-acre property in Rappahannock County, and an additional six at the Winery at Bull Run—the largest all-at-once planting in Virginia history.

THIRD PLACE: El Cactus, Manassas

SECOND PLACE: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Fairfax

SECOND PLACE: Barrel Oak Winery, Delaplane

RuthsChris.com, 703-266-1004

BarrelOak.com, 540-364-6402

THIRD PLACE: Capital Grille, McLean

THIRD PLACE: Paradise Springs Winery, Clifton

TheCapitalGrille.com, 703-448-3900

ParadiseSpringsWinery.com, 703-830-9463

BEST WINE SHOP

MOST CREATIVE COCKTAIL MENU

4508 LEE HIGHWAY, ARLINGTON

7134 MAIN ST., CLIFTON

In the 30 years since Arrowine & Cheese first opened, they’ve evolved from selling wine exclusively to carrying a full selection of wine, beer, cheeses and charcuterie. Wine and beer tastings are hosted every Friday and Saturday. Keep an eye on your email: on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the shop blasts out specials, including discounted wine.

Walk in to Trummer’s on Main this weekend and you’ll likely find a crowd of guests sipping on the restaurant’s signature cocktail, the Titanic, which includes vodka, green grapes and champagne sorbet. Other popular libations at the 7-year-old establishment include the Main Street, comprising bourbon, honey, cinnamon and lime, and the Sage, which is crafted with gin, elderflower and its namesake herb.

El Tio

ElTioGrill.com, 703-753-0826

SECOND PLACE: El Agave, Warrenton

Facebook.com/ElCactusManassas, 571-379-7495

Ray’s the Steaks

The Winery at Bull Run

RaysTheSteaks.com, 703-841-7297

WineryAtBullRun.com, 703-815-2233

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Trummer’s on Main

Arrowine.com, 703-525-0990

BarPX.com, 703-299-8385

Leesburg-Vintner.com, 703-777-3322

THIRD PLACE: Malone’s of Manassas

SECOND PLACE: PX, Alexandria

THIRD PLACE: Leesburg Vintner

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SECOND PLACE: Oakton Wine Shop

TrummersOnMain.com, 703-266-1623

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MalonesOfManassas.com, 571-208-1246

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STEP RIGHT UP! Sowing the seeds for the Greatest Show on Earth. Believe it or not, tiny Bailey’s Crossroads in Fairfax County played a role in the development of “The Greatest Show on Earth.” In 1837 Hachaliah Bailey, of Somers, New York, who was famed for his traveling menagerie of exotic animals and for being co-owner of the first elephant in America, Old Bet, purchased 526 acres of land surrounding the junction of the present-day Columbia and Leesburg Pikes. He later gave his name to the small town of Bailey’s Crossroads. His son Lewis Bailey, who would settle the family in Virginia in 1840, is credited with the first use of the iconic “big top” canvas circus tent, and his nephew James Anthony Bailey partnered with P.T. Barnum to found the famous circus that in 1919 merged with the Ringling Brothers. There never was a circus in Bailey’s Crossroads, “but there there was a circus family,” says Naomi Zeavin, a Fairfax County history commissioner. Today, only a blue and white historical marker shows the town’s link to the rise of the American circus. But if you close your eyes, and listen hard, you may still be able to hear the trumpeting of distant pachyderms. FairfaxHistoricalSociety.org

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Shopping & Services BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM

BEST AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOP

BEST BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

4437 BROOKFIELD CORPORATE DRIVE, SUITE 205, CHANTILLY

9278 PRINCE WILLIAM ST., MANASSAS

15125 WASHINGTON ST., SUITE 212, HAYMARKET

With its “Peace of Mind” warranty, Olde Town Auto Repair guarantees its services and repairs for one year or 12,000 miles. Customers can check out the MyCar section of the website to keep tabs on the services they’ve had done and note when they’re due for their next appointment.

The team at Blush Bridal knows that the perfect dress is equal parts fit and style, which is why they take the time to find out not only your desired silhouette, but how you envision yourself on your big day—be it princess, starlet, or something in between. Designers include Casablanca, Justin Alexander and Eve of Milady.

Campbell, Veltri & Clark PLC CVCCPA.com, 703-631-4094

Campbell, Veltri & Clark, PLC provides businesses services, including litigation support, business valuation and QuickBooks, plus a range of tax services and financial and estate planning. Check out the monthly newsletter for articles on topics like last minute tax filing tips and 10 facts about capital gains and losses.

Olde Towne Auto Repair

OTAR.MechanicNet.com, 703-368-0477

Blush Bridal Boutique

BlushBridalBoutique.com, 703-753-8303

SECOND PLACE: Piedmont Tire & Auto, Haymarket

SECOND PLACE: Amy’s Bridal Boutique, Manassas

SECOND PLACE: MillerMusmar, Reston

PiedmontTireandAuto.com, 571-445-3380

AmysBridalBoutique.com, 703-490-2697

MillerMusmar.com, 703-437-8877

THIRD PLACE: Joe’s Service Center, Warrenton

THIRD PLACE: Labella Bridal, Occoquan

THIRD PLACE: Scheulen, Patchett & Edwards, P.C., Warrenton

540-347-7796

LaBellaBridalBoutique.com, 703-494-2929

BEST BOOK STORE

BEST CAR DEALER

8345 SUDLEY ROAD, MANASSAS

13909 LEE JACKSON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY, CHANTILLY

Looking for that hard-to-find out of print novel? McKay’s Used Books is a good place to start. The shop accepts items for trade or cash every day. In addition to books in every genre, including comic books and graphic novels, the shop accepts DVDs and BlueRays, and audio books on CD or cassette.

The Pohanka Automotive Group has been around for just short of a century—for the last 24 years, Pohanka Lexus of Chantilly has been selling and leasing new and certified preowned models of the luxury vehicle, including sought-after models like the LS, RX and IS. The Pohanka network also owns dealerships for Mercedes-Benz and Honda, among others.

ScheulenPatchett.com, 540-347-5144

BEST AIR CHARTER SERVICE Chantilly Air

10761 JAMES PAYNE COURT, MANASSAS

ChantillyAir.com, 703-361-8253

FlyMartinAir.com, 703-419-5400

SECOND PLACE: Prospero’s Books, Manassas

PohankaLexusChantilly.com, 703-968-9100

ProsperosBooksVa.com, 703-257-7895

SECOND PLACE: Miller Toyota, Manassas

THIRD PLACE: Reston’s Used Book Shop

MillerToyota.com, 866-868-3160

RestonsUsedBookShop.com, 703-435-9772

THIRD PLACE: Country Chevrolet, Warrenton

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SECOND PLACE: MartinAir, Dulles

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Chantilly Air started with a single jet corporate flight operation 25 years ago; today, the company has grown its fleet to six aircraft (including five Learjets) that are housed in a 70,000-square-foot hangar at Manassas Regional Airport. An FAA Part 145 Repair Station, Chantilly’s technicians also maintain and service privately-owned aircraft.

Richard McKay Used Books, Inc.

CountryChevroletVa.com, 540-347-9000

THIRD PLACE: MetropolitanJets, Manassas

BEST ANTIQUES

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Baileywyck Antiques 21197 SAINT LOUIS ROAD, MIDDLEBURG

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Located in a 4,000-square-foot converted barn, Baileywyck Antiques carries antiques ranging from artwork and light fixtures to textiles and equestrian items. Owner Lisa Vella travels around the country gathering items, which she sells here and at Baileywyck’s pop-up gallery in Bethesda, Maryland. SECOND PLACE: Iron Horse Antiques, Manassas

703-335-6676 THIRD PLACE: Old Lucketts Store, Leesburg

LuckettStore.com, 703-779-0268

BEST ARCHITECTURE Clites Architects PC

109 W. MARSHALL ST., MIDDLEBURG

ClitesArchitects.com, 540-687-7019

Clites Architects, a four-person firm celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, focuses primarily on single-family residential architecture. “We deeply care about client engagement for the entire process,” says principal Timothy Clites, “from design through construction to move in.” Other projects have public and private libraries, stables and barns. SECOND PLACE: Hinckley, Shepherd & Norden Architects, Warrenton

HSNAIA.com, 540-347-4232

The Alexandria-born actress Casey Wilson (pictured here in IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!) recently signed on for a new ABC comedy pilot, Hail Mary. She previously appeared on ABC's Happy Endings for three seasons. Twitter.com/CaseyRoseWilson

THIRD PLACE: Loveless & Porter, Manassas

LovelessPorterArchitects.com, 703-368-1600 P H O T O B Y C H R I S R A G A Z Z O/ I F C

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Shopping & Services BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE

MUSIC MEN: INDIE RECORD LABELS

Small Change

1629 WASHINGTON PLAZA, RESTON

SmallChangesConsignment.com, 703-437-7730

Who knows the needs of a young child better than a mother? Such was the ethos behind Small Change, which was founded by a trio of young mothers—Susann Gerstein, Kathy Paolini and Margaret Johnson—in 1981. The store carries clothes on consignment for babies up to teens. More than 1,000 families consign with the store.

Virginia's top indie music makers include Spacebomb (partners pictured here) and Forcefield Records of Richmond, and Dischord and Lovitt Records of Arlington. SpacebombRecords.com, ForcefieldRecords.org, Dischord.com, Lovitt.com

SECOND PLACE: Bellies & Babies, Alexandria

BelliesBabies.com, 703-518-8909 THIRD PLACE: Little Lords and Ladies, Chantilly

LLALNoVa.com, 703-488-9948

BEST COSMETIC SURGERY PRACTICE

Austin-Weston Center for Plastic Surgery 1825 SAMUEL MORSE DRIVE, RESTON

Austin-Weston.com, 703-893-6168

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Combined, the surgeons at the Austin-Weston Center have more than 60 years of experience. They focus on cosmetic surgery almost exclusively, including breast augmentations, liposuction and neck lifts. A new overnight suite for patients is currently under construction, and should be open by the end of the year.

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SECOND PLACE: Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, Ashburn

LoudounCenterForPlasticSurgery.com, 703-726-1175 THIRD PLACE: Center for Plastic Surgery, Annandale

Bikenetic

201 W. JEFFERSON ST., FALLS CHURCH

Bikenetic.com, 703-534-7433

PO BOX 2144, LEESBURG

Dr. Dan Kelliher at Metropolitan Dental Care specializes in cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry. He has a particular affinity for full dental makeovers, tackling not only the aesthetics of the teeth (like whitening or veneers), but also chewing and phonetics, coming together to reconstruct or rehabilitate the entire mouth.

Formerly known as Events in the City, Grit & Grace rebranded in January 2016, taking inspiration from a quote from co-owner Laura Ritchie’s mother’s diary—“I’d like to live my life with grit and grace.” The 8-year-old firm consists of a team of four, specializing in event planning, mentoring small businesses, and consulting and styling for photoshoots.

FairfaxVirginiaCosmeticDentist.com, 703-503-5031

SECOND PLACE: Optimal Dental Center, Fairfax

SpokesEtc.com, 703-281-2004

BEST DAY SPA

Spa Minerale at Lansdowne Resort 44050 WOODRIDGE PARKWAY, LEESBURG

LansdowneResort.com, 703-729-8400

Spa Minerale offers services for the whole family. The young spa-goers menu (ages 13-17) includes mini-manis and facials, and the gentlemen’s menu includes grooming services like mustache and beard trims. The spa’s many massage options include hot stone, aromatherapy and even one for mothers-to-be. Mineral wraps and skincare treatments, including a professional peel, are also available. SECOND PLACE: Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, Fairfax

GritAndGraceInc.com, 703-887-2457

OptimalDentalCenter.com, 703-226-2222

SECOND PLACE: Simplicity Events by Johanna, Warrenton

THIRD PLACE: Sentz, Griffin & Tudor, Warrenton

SimplicityEventsOnline.com, 703-398-7617

SentzGriffinTudor.com, 540-347-4154

THIRD PLACE: Middleburg Events

MiddleburgEventsStudio.com, 540-687-5282

GreenLizardCycling.com, 703-707-2453 THIRD PLACE: Spokes, Etc., Vienna

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10509B BRADDOCK ROAD, FAIRFAX

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After more than a decade of working in the bike biz, Bikenetic owner Jan Feuchtner opened his own store in 2011, a move that proved to be a wise one. The shop has grown so much that last year, it moved to its current 4,000-square-foot space on the city’s east side. The store carries bicycles for both recreation and competition.

BEST EVENT PLANNING COMPANY

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CPSDocs.com, 703-560-2850

BEST DERMATOLOGY PRACTICE Cosmetic Dermatology Center

8405 GREENSBORO DRIVE, SUITE 110, MCLEAN

Cosmetic-Dermatology-Center.com, 703-827-8600

“My philosophy is that I only offer procedures which I feel are safe and effective enough that I would have them done too,” says Dr. Nicole Hayre, who founded Cosmetic Dermatology Center in 2003. The boutique practice offers general dermatology treatment, but primarily focuses on cosmetic dermatology, including microdermabrasion, fillers and chemical peels. SECOND PLACE: Loudoun Dermatology Associates, Leesburg

BEST EYE CARE PROVIDER

The Eyewear Gallery at Reston Town Center 11900 MARKET ST., RESTON

Eyeware-Gallery.com, 703-709-5400

Dr. Dawn Devaney Gammon founded the Eyewear Gallery in 2008, with the aim of bringing together her 10 years-plus of experience practicing optometry and her passion for fashion. The practice’s mantra is “like a fine work of art, every face deserves a fabulous frame!” Services include eye exams and fittings for and evaluations of contact lenses.

LoudounDerm.com, 703-723-7171

SECOND PLACE: Ashburn Eye Care

THIRD PLACE: Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center

AshburnEyeCare.com, 703-726-0005

WarrentonDermatology.com, 540-341-1900

THIRD PLACE: Dr. Robert Bass, Manassas

Cus2C.com, 703-361-4161

RedDoorSpas.com, 703-968-2922 THIRD PLACE: Poplar Springs Inn & Spa, Warrenton

PoplarSpringsInn.com, 540-252-5791 P H OTO BY P H E N B OW M A N

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Shopping & Services BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING FIRM United Capital Financial Advisers

Flower Gallery of Manassas

BEST FLORIST

BEST HAIR SALON

746 WALKER ROAD, SUITE 26, GREAT FALLS

10816 SUDLEY MANOR DRIVE

147 ALEXANDRIA PIKE, SUITE #102, WARRENTON

FlowerGalleryManassas.com, 703-361-5186

540-216-7900

“We help our clients make better financial decisions by bringing understanding to the emotional and financial issues they are dealing with throughout their lives,” says United Capital Financial Advisers’ managing director Stan Corey. His book The Divorce Dance, breaks down everything you need to know about the financial intricacies of ending a marriage and is among Amazon’s top selling family law books.

Last March marked the 40th anniversary for Flower Gallery of Manassas, where its team of florists takes a hands-on approach, working with clients to pinpoint their vision for floral design. Along with floral arrangements for weddings, holidays, banquets and more, the shop offers a wide variety of gifts and a selection of Hallmark products.

First opened in July 2015, Salon Lou’s four stylists provide cuts for men and women, foils, color retouches, Brazilian blowouts and a full complement of nail services. The salon’s vibe is lively with upbeat music in the background and a rustic décor. Retail offerings include products from Label M, ColorProof and Moroccanoil.

SECOND PLACE: Karin’s Florist, Vienna

MaudeHair.com, 703-464-5880

SECOND PLACE: Edelman Financial, Fairfax

KarinsFlorist.com, 703-281-4141

RicEdelman.com, 703-818-0800

THIRD PLACE: Salon Emage Day Spa, Warrenton

THIRD PLACE: Mayflowers, Reston

SalonEmage.com, 540-341-4052

THIRD PLACE: Edward Jones, Reston

MayflowersReston.com, 703-709-1200

UnitedCP.com, 703-759-7007

EdwardJones.com, 703-860-4538

BEST FINE JEWELRY STORE Ketterman’s Jewelers

38-C CATOCTIN CIRCLE SE, LEESBURG

BEST HOME BUILDER

BEST GIFT SHOP

Charles R. Wood Builders

The Things I Love

8615 QUARRY ROAD, MANASSAS

9084 CENTER ST., MANASSAS

CharlesWoodBuilders.com, 703-368-5260

This year, the shop will add a men’s section to its collection of jewelry, women’s accessories and home goods. The nearly 20-year-old store sees the arrival of new and eclectic merchandise daily, ranging from ironing water and teapots to throw pillows and candleholders.

Along with commercial and residential work— both construction and renovation—Charles R. Wood Builders also does the delicate work of conducting repairs for insurance claims. Other services include building decks, renovating garages and basements, sheet rock installation, and remodeling. The company was founded in 1978 by Charles Wood, a Korean War veteran.

TheThingsILoveManassas.com, 703-335-7711

SECOND PLACE: Allyssa Bryn, Manassas

AllyssBryn.com, 703-365-0714

SECOND PLACE: B&L Builders, Warrenton

BAndLBuildersInc.com, 540-428-7062

AshbyJewelers.com, 703-368-4653

THIRD PLACE: Gift Shop at INOVA Loudoun Hospital, Leesburg

THIRD PLACE: Aspen Jewelry Designs, Herndon

Facebook.com/TheLadiesBoard, 703-858-6663

TollBrothers.com, 703-753-4842

SECOND PLACE: Ashby Jeweler, Manassas

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Ketterman’s in-house design studio helps customers repurpose heirloom jewelry into more current pieces and provides repair and restoration services. The store also offers gemstone matching and replacement, professional cleaning, and custom-designed pieces. Lines carried include Pandora, Brighton and Ivanka Trump.

SECOND PLACE: Maude Salon, Herndon

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Kettermans.com, 703-777-0033

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THIRD PLACE: Toll Brothers, Haymarket

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Inova Fairfax Hospital 300 GALLOWS ROAD, FALLS CHURCH

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VirginiaHospitalCenter.com, 703-558-5000 THIRD PLACE: Inova Loudoun Hospital, Leesburg

Inova.org, 703-858-6000

BEST INDEPENDENT HOME DÉCOR STORE The Things I Love

9084 CENTER ST., MANASSAS

TheThingsILoveManassas.com, 703-335-7711

Maestro Jeffrey Sean Dokken of Alexandria's Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia has performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Also an acclaimed tenor, he has sung with Andrea Boccelli and others. SoNoVaMusic.com

“I display merchandise like it is in a home and not a store,” says owner Joanne Wunderly. “People always come in for decorating ideas, and want to know the paint colors and wall paper patterns.” The store sells hand restored furniture and a wide array of home accessories, and offers shoppers a tearoom for post- or midshopping refreshment. SECOND PLACE: Warrenton Décor

WarrentonDecor.com, 540-347-1020 THIRD PLACE: The Nest Egg, Fairfax

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597 BROADVIEW AVE., WARRENTON

PARK GARDEN LANE, RESTON

21785 FILIGREE COURT, ASHBURN

A Highland School education is rooted in what it calls the “Five Cs”: critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration and leadership, and character, which guide every aspect of the curriculum. More than 80 percent of the upper school population takes at least one advanced placement course each year, and more than three-quarters of upper school students participate in at least one varsity sport.

Anna Gibson brings a decade’s worth of experience in residential design and certification from the National Kitchen and Bath Association to her design firm. Along with cabinetry, services include material selections, space planning, electrical and lighting planning, 3-D renderings, color concepting and countertop design.

Founded by Dr. Grace Keenan in 2005, the Medical Spa at NOVA comprises three massage rooms, a scrub room, a laser treatment room and a community acupuncture room, with saunas in the locker rooms. Services include facials, peels, body wraps, Botox and fillers. The spa also sells skincare lines such as Obagi and SkinCeuticals.

SECOND PLACE: Dominion Kitchens, Fairfax

SECOND PLACE: MedSpa 360, Warrenton

DominionKitchens.com, 703-665-1200

FinkelDerm.com/MedSpa-360, 540-347-7546

SECOND PLACE: Wakefield School, The Plains

THIRD PLACE: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes, Fairfax

THIRD PLACE: Radiance Med Spa, Fairfax

Michael-Nash.com, 703-641-9800

RadianceFairfax.com, 703-222-0173

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105 DOUGLAS CT., STERLING

11904 MARKET ST., RESTON

Taking into account everything from the ages of your children to your favorite (and least favorite) plants, and the ambiance you want to create, the team at Kane will render your dream landscape and bring it to life by installing plants, structures and even water features. They also provide year-round maintenance services.

This summer, Davelle is relocating to an expansive space in Reston Tower Center. The new shop will include a designer shoe department, personal custom design studio, refreshment area and more room for the store’s mix of exclusive designs from Ermengildo Zegna, Canali, Zanella and more.

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HighlandSchool.org, 540-878-2700

WakefieldSchool.org, 540-253-7500

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AKGDesignStudio.com, 571-446-1108

The Medical Spa at NOVA NovaMedSpa.com, 703-554-1130

THIRD PLACE: Seton School, Manassas

Seton-School.org, 703-368-3220

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM

J&L Interiors Best Interior Design Firm 38-A CATOCTIN CIRCLE, SE, LEESBURG

DavelleClothiers.com, 703-904-0011

SECOND PLACE: Merrifield Garden Center, Falls Church

SECOND PLACE: Nordstrom, Tysons Corner Center, McLean

SECOND PLACE: Lotus Interior Design, Leesburg

MerrifieldGardenCenter.com, 703-560-6222

Shop.Nordstrom.com, 703-761-1121

LotusInteriorDesign.com, 703-472-3730

THIRD PLACE: Meadows Farms, Chantilly

THIRD PLACE: Brooks Brothers, McLean

THIRD PLACE: Sterling Design Group, Warrenton

MeadowsFarms.com, 703-542-2300

BrooksBrothers.com, 703-556-6566

BEST LAW FIRM

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211 CHURCH ST. SE, LEESBURG

1308 MOUNT VERNON AVE., ALEXANDRIA

Founded in 2001 by two former Army officers, the firm focuses on business law, but other areas of expertise include patent litigation, government contracts and entertainment law, both domestic and abroad. The firm’s approach begins with the client’s business goals, working backward from there to identify the best legal strategy to meet their needs.

“A lot of people enjoy barbers for the experience, the conversation and the old time respectable barber feel,” says John Hall, who opened the Ultimate Barber in 2010. Hall knows his way around a modern cut—check out his YouTube channel to catch him crafting fades and undercuts. The shop also offers men’s shaves, scalp treatments and coloring services.

SECOND PLACE: McGeehan Pascale, PLLC, Fairfax

SECOND PLACE: (Old Towne) Man Cave, Manassas

McGeehanLaw.com, 703-273-5303

OldTowneManCave.com, 571-379-4312

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Twin sisters Julie Hoffman and Lori DuVal founded their interior design business nearly 20 years ago in their basement. Today, they offer their services in a well-appointed showroom, and focus on creating timeless looks for commercial and residential projects alike.

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“The whole point is to encourage people to explore opera, not to confirm their fears,” says Robert Wood, founder in 2009 and conductor of Arlingtonbased indie opera company UrbanArias. If those fears include length and language—say, five hours of Wagner, in German—UrbanArias has found a way to eliminate both. Performances are 90 minutes or less, sung in English, and contemporary—all have been written within the last 40 years. Whet your appetite for this new fast casual style of opera this summer when UrbanArias presents two cabaret shows of operatic shorts and improv. UrbanArias.org

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THIRD PLACE: Walker Jones, PC, Warrenton

THIRD PLACE: Andy’s Barber Shop, Vienna

WalkerJonesLaw.com, 540-347-9223

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BEST ORTHODONTIC PRACTICE

457 CARLISLE DRIVE, SUITE 205, HERNDON

14012 SULLYFIELD CIRCLE, SUITE E, CHANTILLY

When she opened Ch’I Bodywork in 2014, Jennifer Robinson had a vision: To offer healthfocused treatments in a healing environment through well-trained, professional therapists. Treatment packages include aromatherapy and a massage from a selection of nine styles—including Swedish, shiatsu, reflexology and sports massage—at light, medium or deep pressure.

Stressed about braces? Orthodontics by Crutchfield aims to make the experience a little less nerve-wracking—the office is decorated in a calming beach theme with a giant seascape painted on the waiting room wall and has iPads for patients to play with while they wait. Dr. Crutchfield opened his practice, which includes surgical orthodontics, 28 years ago.

SECOND PLACE: Alexandria Massage Therapy, Alexandria

SECOND PLACE: Miller Orthodontics, Warrenton

AlexandriaMassageTherapy.com, 703-548-0310

Miller-Ortho.com, 540-349-1331

THIRD PLACE: Massage Envy, Falls Church

THIRD PLACE: Tisseront Orthodontics, Reston

MassageEnvy.com, 703-226-8999

TisserontOrthodontics.com, 703-773-1200

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TheVirginia Living Magazine listing of the“Best ofVirginia 2016”is based on votes from readers. Nominations were received and votes were cast from January 2 through January 22, 2016 to determine the top 3 winners in each category. Edelman Financial Services was among the top three in the“Best Financial Planning Firm in NorthernVirginia”category. Investor experience/returns were not considered as part of this ranking. WealthManagement.com’s“Top 100 RIAs of 2015”ranking was assembled using data from Meridian-IQ. Advisory firms are ranked by total assets under management.To land on the list, firms had to have a focus on financial and retirement planning for individual and high-net-worth clients. And institutional clients do not make up a substantial portion of their businesses. Finally, none of these firms are owned by a bank, broker/dealer or investment company. Edelman Financial Services Ranked 3rd.” 3 As of December 31, 2015 4 According to Barron’s,“The formula [used] to rank advisors has three major components: assets managed, revenue produced and quality of the advisor’s practice. Investment returns are not a component of the rankings because an advisor’s returns are dictated largely by each client’s risk tolerance.The quality-of-practice component includes an evaluation of each advisor’s regulatory record.”The rankings are based on the universe of applications submitted to Barron’s.The selection process begins with a nomination and application provided to Barron’s. Principals of Edelman Financial Services LLC self-nominated the firm and submitted quantitative and qualitative information to Barron’s as requested. Barron’s reviewed and considered this information which resulted in the rankings on Aug. 27, 2012/Aug. 28, 2010/Aug. 31, 2009. 5 Throughout the firm’s 30 year history, EFS and Ric Edelman have been presented with more than 100 business, advisory, communication and community service awards. A complete list of awards won can be requested by contacting the firm at (888)-PLAN-RIC. Ric Edelman, Chairman and CEO of Edelman Financial Services LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor, is an Investment Advisor Representative who offers advisory services through EFS and is a Registered Representative and Registered Principal of, and offers securities through, Sanders Morris Harris LLC, an affiliated broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC. 1 2

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BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY GROUP

BEST SHOE STORE

11950 GRAND COMMONS AVE., FAIRFAX

40 N. HILL DRIVE, WARRENTON

8075 TYSONS CORNER CENTER, MCLEAN

REI specializes in “human-powered” recreation, like hiking, camping, and biking, last year becoming the only authorized American retailer of Ghost, a brand of high-powered Germanengineered bicycles. Stores in the Northern Virginia region offer classes and trips, including cycling, climbing and kayaking, and have even taken groups as far afield as Norway and Peru.

Last April, Blaser Physical Therapy celebrated its 20th anniversary. Services provided include orthopedic rehabilitation (including post-surgical rehab), sports medicine physical therapy, strength training and coaching consultations, and neurological and spinal rehabilitation.

SECOND PLACE: L.L. Bean, McLean

LLBean.com, 888-552-9876

THIRD PLACE: Advantage Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation LLC, Gainesville

Nordstrom’s large and varied footwear selection keeps every member of the family on-trend. This season, popular looks include sleek high heel sandals by designers like Stuart Weitzman and Manolo Blahnik, streamlined running shoes by Nike, casual canvas sneakers by Converse and wing tips by Cole Haan. Other designers include Tory Burch, Jimmy Choo, Timberland and Adidas.

THIRD PLACE: Casual Adventure Outfitters, Arlington

APTROnline.com, 703-753-1005

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REI.com, 571-522-6568

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BlaserPhysicalTherapy.com, 540-341-1922

SECOND PLACE: Blue Ridge Orthopedics, Warrenton

BROAVa.com, 540-347-9220

CasualAdventure.com, 703-527-0600

BEST PEDIATRIC PRACTICE Piedmont Pediatrics

20 ROCK POINTE LANE, WARRENTON

PiedmontPediatrics.com, 540-347-9900

Shop.Nordstrom.com, 703-761-1121

SECOND PLACE: DSW, Gainesville

DSW.com, 571-248-6405 THIRD PLACE: Aerosoles, Fairfax

BEST REAL ESTATE FIRM

Jody Donaldson, Century 21 Millenium 4315 WALNEY ROAD, SUITE B, CHANTILLY

TheDonaldsonTeam.com, 703-818-0111

BEST SHOPPING AREA/MALL Tysons Corner Center

1961 CHAIN BRIDGE ROAD, MCLEAN

TysonsCornerCenter.com, 703-893-9400

SECOND PLACE: Long & Foster, Gainesville

LongAndFoster.com, 571-261-1400

NorthernVirginiaPediatrics.com, 703-532-4446

SECOND PLACE: Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax

THIRD PLACE: Allen Real Estate, Warrenton

ShopFairOaksMall.com, 703-359-8300

THIRD PLACE: Manassas Pediatrics, Manassas

AllenRealEstate.com, 540-347-3838

THIRD PLACE: Tysons Corner Galleria, McLean

ManassasPediatrics.com, 703-369-2999

Affectionate Pet Care

TysonsGalleria.com, 703-827-7730

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SECOND PLACE: Northern Virginia Pediatric Associates, Falls Church

In the last year, retailer Nyx Cosmetics and Drybar Salon have joined the Tysons Corner family. Just under 2 million square feet, the shopping center might be more appropriately described as a shopping universe. Home to more than 300 stores and restaurants, it welcomes more than 25 million visitors each year.

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“We are a relationship-oriented team and not a transaction-based business,” says realtor Jody Donaldson. “Our clients become a part of our family and that is important to us.” Donaldson and his wife, Sheila, have been licensed realtors since 2004. Their firm was recognized as a top producer by the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors for 2015.

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Piedmont Pediatrics sees its patients from birth all the way to age 21, monitoring every milestone along the way. Check out the “Is Your Child Sick?” feature on the website for tips about symptoms of everything from bug bites to strep throat—and advice for when you should see a doctor or go straight to the ER.

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British-born Joanna Cameron (known as the "Trance Lady") is a comedic hypnotist, author and YouTube sensation. Find out where you can get caught up in her thrall at JoannaCameron.com

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After spending several years in the veterinary business, Amy Lewett decided to pursue a different path, opening Affectionate Pet Care in 1998. The business offers doggy daycare and boarding (best for young and energetic pups) and pet sitting for a variety of animals (best for older dogs), as well as dog walking, grooming and bathing, and training services.

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SECOND PLACE: Pender Pet Retreat, Chantilly

PenderVet.com/pet-retreat, 703-631-9590 THIRD PLACE: Seneca Hill Pet Resort, Great Falls

SenecaHillVet.com, 703-450-6760

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CandiceAdelle.com, 540-850-7333

The daughter of an amateur photographer, Candice Adelle got her first camera from her father. She was introduced to wedding photography after a friend asked her to be second camera at a wedding he was shooting. Today, weddings and portraits are her specialties. SECOND PLACE: Edward Payne Photography, Warrenton

EdwardPaynePhoto.com, 540-316-0006 THIRD PLACE: Potok’s World Photography, Arlington

PotoksWorldPhotos.com, 202-549-5828

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SECOND PLACE: Airlie Center, Warrenton

REI.com, 571-522-6567

Airlie.com, 540-347-1300

THIRD PLACE: Gander Mountain, Woodbridge

THIRD PLACE: Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg

GanderMountain.com, 571-409-5363

LansdowneResort.com, 703-729-8400

A Manassas mainstay since opening in 2000, Allyssa Bryn considers itself “just a jewel in the treasure box” that is the shop’s hometown, says co-owner Bren Compton. Along with the accessories and jewelry (from brands like Alex and Ani and Pandora) that it’s famous for, Allyssa Bryn offers bright, fun clothing from labels like Gretchen Scott, Mud Pie and Escapada.

SECOND PLACE: Pender Veterinary Centre, Fairfax

SECOND PLACE: Peebles, Manassas

PenderVet.com, 703-591-3304

Peebles.com, 703-368-3154

THIRD PLACE: Leesburg Veterinary Hospital

THIRD PLACE: Duchessa, Middleburg

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10370 PORTSMOUTH ROAD, MANASSAS

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At Suzzie’s Quilt Shop, batik fabric is the specialty, but the shop also sells a host of other fabrics, and tools like pattern books and sewing machines. Brands sold include Janome and Brother. After you’ve picked up your fabric and supplies, make sure to show the staff your handiwork—they’ll likely post a pic of your masterpiece on the shop’s Facebook page.

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You might not be able to teach old dogs new tricks, but at Ballston Animal Hospital, you can alleviate the age-related problems they may be experiencing. The hospital offers acupuncture therapy for pets, which helps treat arthritis, spinal trouble, neurological conditions and other ailments. Surgery, dental care and microchipping are among the hospital’s other services.

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Arts, Culture & Entertainment BEST ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT Thanksgiving Drumstick Dash DOWNTOWN ROANOKE

DrumstickDash.net, 540-343-7227

Now in its 10th year, more than 13,000 participants from across the region come to the morning Thanksgiving Day 5K run and Family Walk to raise funds providing more than 300,000 meals for individuals and families at the Rescue Mission. SECOND PLACE: Rooster Walk, Axton

RoosterWalk.com, 276-690-9255 THIRD PLACE: Relay For Life of Wythe County, Wytheville

RelayForLife.org, 276-739-7780

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Virginia Highlands Festival DOWNTOWN ABINGDON

VaHighlandsFestival.org, 276-623-5266

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In 1948 Robert Porterfield held the first Virginia Highlands Festival on the front porch of the Martha Washington Inn, in a bid to preserve the cultural heritage of the Abingdon area. Since that first show, the weeklong festival has expanded significantly featuring 550 artists from throughout the region and the U.S last year. SECOND PLACE: Art on the Lawn, Pearisburg

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GilesArtsCouncil.org, 540-921-1221 THIRD PLACE: Steppin’ Out, Blacksburg

BlacksburgSteppinOut.com, 540-951-0454

RescueMission.net, 540-343-7227

Founded in 1948, Roanoke Rescue Mission sees itself as the Southwest region’s safety net, providing a wide range of crisis intervention services for men, women and children. Among its services for homeless adults and families are programs providing thrift store credit, adult education and even free haircuts.

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“It’s a Southern murder mystery with a psychological bent,” says Nick Piper, director of Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays & Playwrights of this year’s production, An Impossible Combination. “It’s Stephen King meets Mark Twain.” The play, by University of South Carolina at Beaufort assistant professor of drama and theater George S. Pate, will be performed Aug. 23-28 at Barter’s Stage II, capping off the eight-day festival that has been developing new works about the Appalachian experience and by Appalachian writers since 2001. Pate’s play takes place in a small northeastern Georgia town and centers on a woman named Abetta Asbury who possesses the otherworldly power of being able to telepathically penetrate the minds of others. She can “cut out the parts that keep them from being happy,” explains Piper. But, the process comes with a generationsold warning not to perform it on family members. Abetta is pressured to Shake, Rattle do it for her brother, which starts a chain of events that lead to murder. and Roll: A “It has this gothic-y feel to it,” says Piper, who is also Barter’s associRockin Tribute ate artistic director, “it’s not just a typical murder mystery, it’s subtle, to the King. it’s about happiness and what it means to us. Is making everyone happy always the best thing?” The festival comprises a series of readings of seven new works that are performed by members of Barter’s resident acting company in front of a public audience of 100150 who turn out for the free readings. Afterward, they’re invited to ask the playwright questions and share their reactions to the work along with a panel of local and regional theater pros who offer criticism meant to help develop it for production. Says Piper, “It’s rare you get to hear feedback from an audience of people who will actually be buying tickets to the theater.” Plays must either be set in the Appalachian region, or be written by an Appalachian playwright. From the seven or eight chosen to be read over the course of the festival, one is selected to go to the next stage of development and be performed by Barter actors the following year. “We get lots of plays celebrating iconically Appalachian experiences, coal mining and things like that,” says Piper, “but we also get plays that challenge and investigate what it means to be Appalachian today.” Aug. 18-28. BarterTheatre.com

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NEW VOICES

SECOND PLACE: Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County, Martinsville

CharityLeague.org, 276-734-0603 THIRD PLACE: Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County, Martinsville

GraceNetworkMHC.org, 276-638-8500

BEST FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Barter Theatre

127 W. MAIN ST., ABINGDON

BarterTheatre.com, 276-628-3991

Established in 1933, Barter maintains its traditions—you can still see a show for a dollar during the theater’s Pay What You Can performances several times a year. The company continues to trailblaze in the 2016 season with the first professional production of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. SECOND PLACE: Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille, Blacksburg

Blacksburg.CineBowlAndGrille.com, 540-750-4588 THIRD PLACE: Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org/Festival, 423-573-1927

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BEST MUSIC VENUE

BEST PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY

ELMWOOD PARK, DOWNTOWN ROANOKE

450 FRANKLIN ST., ROCKY MOUNT

127 W. MAIN ST., ABINGDON

The Community School’s Strawberry Festival has been around so long that parents who participated in the festival 36 years ago as kids now watch as their own children volunteer. It’s tradition with a sweet twist—strawberry shortcakes, sundaes, slushies and chocolate-dipped strawberries are all on the menu. All proceeds from strawberry sales go to benefit the school.

Music lives at the Harvester, say the venue’s employees. Featuring diverse acts from country music to comedy, the 2-year-old venue has a state-of-the-art sound system and flexible performance spaces for almost any genre that will have you thinking the same way.

Seeing the next Gregory Peck before his big break is one reason to go to Barter Theatre, but so too are its top-notch shows like this season’s Mamma Mia!, the first regional non-commercial premiere of the classic musical, and the annual Appalachian Festival of Plays & Playwrights.

SECOND PLACE: Rives Theater, Martinsville

SECOND PLACE: Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke

RivesTheater.com, 276-403-0872

MillMountain.org, 540-342-5730

SECOND PLACE: Roanoke Greek Festival

THIRD PLACE: Elmwood Park Amphitheater, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Art in Motion Dance Center Senior Company, Roanoke

Community School Strawberry Festival StrawberryFestivalRoanoke.org, 540-563-5036

RoanokeGreekFestival.com, 540-362-3601

Harvester Performance Center Harvester-Music.com, 540-484-8277

DowntownRoanoke.org/Go/Elmwood-Park, 540-853-2000

THIRD PLACE: Smoke on the Mountain, Galax

SmokeOnTheMountainVa.com, 276-236-2184

BEST MOVIE THEATER The Grandin Theatre

1310 GRANDIN ROAD, ROANOKE

GrandinTheatre.com, 540-345-6177

Cinemall.com, 276-623-2121 THIRD PLACE: Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille, Blacksburg

BEST SPECIAL EVENT VENUE Bolling Wilson Hotel

BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org, 276-645-0111

170 E. MAIN ST., WYTHEVILLE

On Bristol’s State Street in 1927, the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and other country artists made recordings for the Victor Talking Machine Company. Those recordings became known as the “Bristol Sessions” and are today recognized as the basis for much of modern country music. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum celebrates that contribution with the Radio Bristol station and exhibits featuring the famous sessions.

The Bolling Wilson Hotel commemorates its namesake, former first lady Edith Bolling Wilson, with references to her childhood and her favorite flowers—orchids—in almost every room. With touches like live canaries in the lobby, and with rooftop and private accommodations such as Graze on Main’s Vault dining room, an event hosted at the hotel is certain to have some flair.

SECOND PLACE: The Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2333

SECOND PLACE: Elmwood Park Amphitheater, Roanoke

TaubmanMuseum.org, 540-342-5760

DowntownRoanoke.org/Go/Elmwood-Park, 540-853-2000

THIRD PLACE: Virginia Museum of Natural History, Martinsville

THIRD PLACE: Chatmoss Golf and Country Club, Martinsville

VMNH.net, 276-634-4141

ChatmossCC.org, 276-638-2484

Blacksburg.CineBowlAndGrille.com, 540-750-4588

520 BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC WAY, BRISTOL

ArtInMotion-DanceCenter.com, 540-761-8999

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SECOND PLACE: 21st Century Cinema (Abingdon Cinemall), Abingdon

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum

BarterTheatre.com, 276-628-3991

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If the Grandin Theatre is one of the jewels in Roanoke’s crown, then the Grandin Theatre Foundation is determined to “keep it shiny”: Renovations to the historic building this year, including to the theater’s façade, guarantee that. The theater screens independent films, box office favorites and cult classics.

BEST MUSEUM

Barter Theatre

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CAUGHT IN THEIR WEB YouTube sensations the Gregory Brothers.

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“As a person in the world, you can go viral, and that’s how people discover things—on the Internet,” says Evan Gregory of musical group the Gregory Brothers, creators of the popular re-mixed theme song for hit Netflix series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The band—consisting of Radford natives Evan, Andrew, Michael, and Evan’s wife Sarah (from San Antonio, Texas)—owes much of its own fame to YouTube. Though the group began as a conventional band, touring and even releasing an EP, things began to take off in 2009 when they started making songs and videos from people speaking— re-arranging the voice of, say, Charlie Sheen or a prospective presidential candidate, setting it to music and adding a hefty dose of autotune. The videos grew into a YouTube series that didn’t take long to go viral. One of their hits, “Bed Intruder,” has been viewed more than 131 million times. Their Internet popularity caught the attention of series producer and star Tina Fey, who, with cocreator Robert Carlock, asked the Gregory Brothers to remix the show’s theme song (written by Fey’s husband Jeff Richmond). The series premiered in 2015. “We sort of thought of ourselves as a band,” says Evan, “but now the world is telling us video is our thing.” TheGregoryBrothers.com

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Living & Recreation BEST BED AND BREAKFAST

BEST EQUESTRIAN EVENT

BEST FISHING OUTFITTER

125 RIVER RIDGE DRIVE, PEARISBURG

1001 ROANOKE BLVD., SALEM

201 CASCADE DRIVE, PEMBROKE

If stunning views of the New River Valley, activities ranging from hiking to horseback riding and a multi-course gourmet breakfast weren’t enough to catch your attention, then the Inn at Riverbend’s proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway and music festivals such as FloydFest and historic vineyards should turn your head.

One of the few all-breed shows left in the country, the event benefits the Roanoke Valley through the donation of profits to health and human service organizations throughout the region. In previous years, proceeds have been donated to the Bradley Free Clinic and to equine research at Virginia Tech.

In addition to offering guide services and canoe, kayak and tube rentals and reservations, Tangent Outfitters carries all the fishing gear you need, including St. Croix rods and Columbia sportswear. And if you’re hungry after a day of shopping, stop by the shop’s Cascade Café for a sandwich or salad.

SECOND PLACE: Trinkle Mansion Bed and Breakfast, Wytheville

SECOND PLACE: American Saddlebred Horse Association of Virginia Horse Show, Roanoke

SECOND PLACE: Orvis, Roanoke

The Inn at Riverbend

InnAtRiverBend.com, 540-921-5211

TrinkleMansion.com, 276-625-0625 THIRD PLACE: The Early Inn at the Grove, Rocky Mount

EarlyInn.com, 844-327-5946

PlayRoanoke.com/Star, 540-342-6025

Roanoke is a star—or at least, it’s got one. The Roanoke Star was first illuminated in 1949 and is now the largest freestanding illuminated man-made star in the world. Catch it on the Fourth of July or Veteran’s Day to see it shine red, white and blue, or check it out via the live StarCam on the Roanoke city website. SECOND PLACE: Barter Theatre, Abingdon

BarterTheatre.com, 276-628-3991 THIRD PLACE: The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol

BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org, 276-645-0111

Tangent Outfitters

TangentOutfitters.com, 540-626-4567

Orvis.com/Roanoke, 540-345-3635 THIRD PLACE: Cabela’s, Bristol

BEST FISHING GUIDE COMPANY Tangent Outfitters

2000 JB FISHBURN PARKWAY

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THIRD PLACE: Intermont Equestrian Fall Dressage Show, Bristol

BEST “DO NOT MISS” TOURIST ATTRACTION

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Roanoke Valley Horse Show

Cabelas.com, 276-285-5700

BEST FITNESS PROGRAM CrossFit Blacksburg

112 COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE, BLACKSBURG

201 CASCADE DRIVE, PEMBROKE

TangentOutfitters.com, 540-626-4567

In 1992, owner Shawn Hash started a business outfitting hikers adjacent to the New River and its scenic trails. As Hash learned the river, the business expanded, and is now a full-service guide company and outfitter. If fishing or hiking do not appeal, Tangent can set you up for an array of river sports, including stand-up paddle boarding and more. SECOND PLACE: New River Outdoor Company, Pembroke

ICanoeTheNew.com, 540-626-7438

CrossFitBlacksburg.com, 540-552-0625

CrossFit has been having a big moment in the fitness world, and it’s no wonder, with its all-inclusive, modifiable and intense workouts that include scalable weight training exercises, squats and pull ups. Opened in 2008, CrossFit Blacksburg was among the first fitness programs of its kind in the Southwest region. SECOND PLACE: Body by Lee, Abingdon

BodyByLee.com, 276-739-0188 THIRD PLACE: Pure Barre, Roanoke

PureBarre.com/Va-Roanoke, 540-904-7446

THIRD PLACE: Smith River Outfitters, Martinsville

SmithRiverOutfitter.com, 276-618-1457

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BEST GOLF COURSE

Chatmoss Golf and Country Club 550 MT. OLIVET ROAD, MARTINSVILLE

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See the Wailers Wed., June 1 at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount. Go to Harvester-Music.com for tickets.

ChatmossCC.org, 276-638-2484

Playing to 6,871 yards at par 72, Chatmoss’ golf course is home to tournaments, including the Chatmoss Invitational, which has hosted top PGA tour golfers like Mike Goodes and Joe Daley. Even if you’re not training for an invitational or open, Chatmoss provides ample practice greens, a pro shop and an opportunity for dinner after the game. SECOND PLACE: The Virginian, Bristol

TheVirginian.com, 276-645-6950 THIRD PLACE: Ballyhack Golf Club, Roanoke

BallyhackGolfClub.com, 540-427-1395

BEST GYM

YMCA of Roanoke Valley 520 CHURCH AVE., ROANOKE

YMCARoanoke.org, 540-342-9622

The YMCA of Roanoke Valley exists to strengthen the community, and with incomebased memberships and an array of both youth and family programs and group fitness classes, they take “strengthen” literally. The organization also offers a diabetes prevention program, as well as swim and water safety classes. SECOND PLACE: Gym 24, Martinsville

Gym24Fitness.com, 276-638-2170 THIRD PLACE: Carilion Wellness, Roanoke

CarilionWellness.com, 540-989-5758

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Living & Recreation BEST HISTORIC SITE

BEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

1000 SMITHFIELD PLANTATION ROAD, BLACKSBURG

201 PECAN ST., ABINGDON

The home and grounds of Revolutionary War hero William Preston pay tribute to the Preston family’s rich legacy of leadership in Virginia. The 18th century house displays portraits of almost all five generations of the Preston family. Enjoy a guided tour with a costumed interpreter or a scenic stroll through the garden or orchard.

A former railway spanning 33.4 miles from Abingdon to Whitetop, the Virginia Creeper Trail is a scenic downhill ride, run or walk for Virginia adventure seekers. If biking, horseback riding or hiking aren’t quite the adventure you’re looking for, the trail offers chances to camp or fly fish in the many trout streams in and around Damacus.

Historic Smithfield Plantation SmithfieldPlantation.org, 540-231-3947

Virginia Creeper Trail

VaCreeperTrail.com, 276-676-2552

BEST SUMMER CAMP

Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center Junior 4-H Camp 25236 HILLMAN HIGHWAY, ABINGDON

SWVA4HCenter.org, 276-676-6180

TheMartha.com, 276-628-3161

SECOND PLACE: The Cascades, Pembroke

Kids ages 9-13 who attend Junior 4-H Summer Camp take what they learn and apply it all year round. The weeklong residential camp focuses on building kids’ character through shooting sports, swimming, animal care and ropes courses. This summer, the camp will collaborate with the Crooked Road and Barter Theatre and offer a weeklong musical theater camp.

THIRD PLACE: Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum, Wytheville

GilesCounty.org/Cascades.HTML, 540-552-4641

EdithBollingWilson.org, 276-223-3484

SECOND PLACE: Camp Woodmen, Thaxton

THIRD PLACE: Smith River Outfitters, Martinsville

Woodmen.org/Camps, 434-917-0668

SmithRiverOutfitter.com, 276-618-1457

THIRD PLACE: Camp Roanoke

SECOND PLACE: The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, Abingdon

BEST HOTEL

Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center 110 SHENANDOAH AVE.

HotelRoanoke.com, 540-985-5900

CampRoanoke.com, 540-387-6114

BEST RESORT

Primland Resort 2000 BUSTED ROCK ROAD, MEADOWS OF DAN

BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

King’s Grant Retirement Community

The Hotel Roanoke was first built in 1882, when the then-small town was still known as Big Lick. After a multi-million dollar renovation in 1993, it has been restored to reflect the city’s history. Look up in the Palm Court and you’ll see constellations painted to appear as they would have in 1852, when the first Norfolk and Western train passed through.

Primland.com, 866-960-7746

SECOND PLACE: The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, Abingdon

SECOND PLACE: Mountain Lake Lodge, Pembroke

Situated on 120 acres comprising walking trails and two lakes, residents of King’s Grant Retirement Community (a Sunnyside community) take part in numerous activities, whether at the pool and fitness center or at the soon-tobe-open clubhouse, which will include a theater, café and entertainment center.

TheMartha.com, 276-628-3161

MtnLakeLodge.com, 540-626-7121

SECOND PLACE: Warm Hearth Village, Blacksburg

THIRD PLACE: Bolling Wilson Hotel, Wytheville

THIRD PLACE: The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, Abingdon

Retire.org, 540-552-9176

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2333

TheMartha.com, 276-628-3161

THIRD PLACE: Friendship Retirement Community, Roanoke

350 KING’S WAY ROAD, MARTINSVILLE

KingsGrant.cc, 800-462-4649

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There are activities for every kind of outdoorsman at 12,000-acre luxury resort Primland, whether you’re a hunter, hiker or even astronomer (it has an observatory on-site). After a day exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, plunge into a hot tub or return to your luxury treetop suite above the Dan River.

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Friendship.us, 540-265-2100

Cabela’s

361 CABELA DRIVE, BRISTOL

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The first Cabela’s in Virginia, the 85,000-square-foot Bristol store is home to an indoor archery test range and a full complement of hunting gear from traps to treestands, as well as museum-quality wildlife displays. The store has been so successful that Cabela’s opened its second Old Dominion location in Richmond in April.

Abingdon native Scott Cooper (second from right), director of last year’s hit film Black Mass about mobster Whitey Bulger, with its stars, Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson and Joel Edgerton.

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BEST HUNTING OUTFITTER

SECOND PLACE: Mahoney’s, Abingdon

MahoneySports.com, 276-628-6249 THIRD PLACE: Tangent Outfitters, Pembroke

TangentOutfitters.com, 540-626-4567

BEST HUNTING PRESERVE Primland

2000 BUSTED ROCK ROAD, MEADOWS OF DAN

Primland.com, 866-960-7746

For the avid quail, chukar or pheasant hunter, Primland’s Wingshooting Club membership ($9,000 annually) offers reduced rate shooting privileges, access to member events, including tournaments, and member concierge service. Members receive six complimentary nights of lodging at the resort and a 10 percent discount on all retail, spa services and food. SECOND PLACE: Boxwood Hunt Club, Axton

BoxwoodHuntClub.com THIRD PLACE: Turkeycock Mountain, Martinsville

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Food & Drink BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT

BEST BAR

BEST BREAKFAST RESTAURANT

361 COMMONWEALTH BLVD., MARTINSVILLE

170 E. MAIN ST., WYTHEVILLE

2522 COLONIAL AVE. SW, ROANOKE

Approaching the end of its first year in business, Chopstix aims to be part of the “next generation” of Asian fusion cuisine. Can’t choose between hibachi steak or sushi? Try the steak as a side to enjoy with your Downtown Roll— shrimp, smoked salmon, avocado and cream cheese topped with eel sauce and spicy mayo.

More than 40 different kinds of bourbon line the shelves at Graze on Main, including the always elegant Jefferson’s Reserve and Blanton’s Single Barrel. The restaurant, which is located inside the Bolling Wilson Hotel, also offers an extensive wine list, and cocktails made to order.

The Roanoker Restaurant celebrates 75 years in business in July thanks to a solid Southern menu that includes its signature biscuits covered in sausage and gravy, strawberry pancakes with whipped cream, and eggs country scrambled with your choice of meat and cheddar, and served, of course, with hot biscuits.

SECOND PLACE: Cafe Asia, Roanoke

EatAtLucky.com, 540-982-1249

SECOND PLACE: Gillie’s, Blacksburg

CafeAsiaRoanoke.com, 540-206-2298

THIRD PLACE: Wild Magnolia, Martinsville

GilliesRestaurant.net, 540-961-2703

THIRD PLACE: Osaka Japanese Steakhouse, Bristol

Facebook.com/EatWildMagnolia, 276-666-6666

THIRD PLACE: Chick-N-Little, Abingdon

Chopstix

ChopstixAsianRestaurant.com, 276-632-8898

Graze on Main BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2333

SECOND PLACE: Lucky, Roanoke

276-669-8788

BEST BARBECUE RESTAURANT Bone Fire Smokehouse

Blackbird Bakery

260 W. MAIN ST., ABINGDON

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BEST BURGER JOINT Burger Bar

56 PIEDMONT AVE., BRISTOL

276-623-0037

TheOriginalBurgerBar.com, 276-466-6200

Blackbird Bakery, open 24 hours a day, six days a week, has expanded twice since it opened in 2008. Serving popular items like pink almond cake and glazed donuts, its brownie tower—stacked brownies layered with whipped cream and garnished with berries and chocolate ganache—is also worth a bite, or two.

Located in a renovated hardware store, Bone Fire Smokehouse was relocated to the town from Kingsport, Tennessee by owner Doug Beatty on the heels of winning “Best Ribs in America” at the Great American Grill-Off in 2012. In addition to traditional from-scratch menu items like cornbread fritters and pulled pork, the restaurant cures its own bacon, loin ham and pastrami.

ODBB.com, 540-953-2815

SECOND PLACE: Checkered Pig BBQ & Ribs, Martinsville

JackBrownsJoint.com, 540-342-0328

THIRD PLACE: Bread Craft, Roanoke

CheckeredPig.com, 276-632-1161

THIRD PLACE: Fenderz Drive-In, Collinsville

BreadCraftBakery.com, 540-562-4112

THIRD PLACE: Mission BBQ, Roanoke

276-647-4555

BlackbirdBakeryBristol.com, 276-645-5754

SECOND PLACE: Our Daily Bread Bakery & Bistro, Blacksburg

TheRoanokerRestaurant.com, 540-344-7746

276-628-6690

BEST BAKERY

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The Roanoker Restaurant

8 PIEDMONT AVE., BRISTOL

Legend has it that country music star Hank Williams was last seen alive at the Burger Bar, a Bristol staple that once served as the waiting area for the Greyhound station next door. Even if it’s just a tall tale, the chili cheeseburger made from a decades-old chili recipe will have you “Howlin’ at the Moon.” SECOND PLACE: Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint, Roanoke

Mission-BBQ.com, 540-613-5513

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ALL IN THE FAMILY

BEST CATERER

Blue Ridge Catering 522 SALEM AVE., ROANOKE

Born in Maces Springs, Virginia, into what many consider the first family of country music, the daughter of “Mother” Maybelle Carter, June Carter Cash, began performing at age 10. The singer married Johnny Cash in 1968. Their Grammy-winning duets include “If I Were a Carpenter” and “Jackson.”

BlueRidgeCatering.net, 540-982-7700

Formerly known as “BBQ & Beyond,” Blue Ridge Catering has expanded more into the “beyond” in recent years, catering corporate events, weddings and parties. Although the company frequently features contemporary Southern cuisine like mini chicken and waffle cones, Blue Ridge will custom design a menu to your liking. SECOND PLACE: Center Stage Catering Inc., Rocky Mount

CenterStageFood.com, 540-489-7827 THIRD PLACE: Quality Catering & 37 East, Martinsville

QualityCateringAndTheGallery.com, 276-632-1041

BEST CHOCOLATIER chocolatepaper

308 MARKET ST. SE, SUITE 3, ROANOKE

ChocolatePaperRoanoke.com, 540-342-6061

Chocolate and greeting cards are a sweet combination, especially for a last minute gift. Pick from an assortment of individual chocolates, or a tasty gift basket filled with truffles, cookies and other goodies. Or, host an event at chocolatepaper’s new in-house tasting room, opened as a part of the store’s expansion last year. SECOND PLACE: The Chocolate Spike, Blacksburg

Facebook.com/TheChocolateSpike, 540-552-4646 THIRD PLACE: Baylee’s Best Chocolates, Roanoke

BayleesBest.com, 540-776-0032

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Food & Drink BEST DESSERT MENU

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

BEST LOCAL CRAFT BREWERY

284 W. MAIN ST., ABINGDON

3301 BRAMBLETON AVE., ROANOKE

350 PARK ST. SE, ABINGDON

Anthony’s Desserts serves hand-roasted coffee, housemade ice cream and more than 30 flavors of individually-sized cheesecakes. You may be overwhelmed at first by the choice of flavors, but don’t be a slowpoke on trying the turtle cheesecake, a vanilla cream and chocolate ganache cake topped with caramel, pecans and extra ganache, a favorite of customers (and the owner too).

The first Italian restaurant in Roanoke, Luigi’s focuses on serving authentic Italian dishes, many based on recipes the original owner received from Mamma Leone’s restaurant in New York City in 1945 during a chance encounter with the owner. The restaurant is particularly known for its Veal Bella Boca.

Apart from making small batch craft brews like Chocolate Milk Porter and Resurrection Session IPA, Wolf Hills Brewing Company hosts events like the Howling Craft Beer and Music Festival in May, featuring bands from across the country, live art and overnight camping.

SECOND PLACE: Sal’s, Blacksburg

StudioBrew.beer, 423-360-3258

540-953-4040

SECOND PLACE: Graze on Main, Wytheville

THIRD PLACE: Bristol Brewery

THIRD PLACE: Olive Garden, Roanoke

BristolBrew.com, 276-608-1220

Anthony’s Desserts

AnthonysDesserts.com, 276-623-1500

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2333

Luigi’s

LuigisVa.com, 540-989-6277

Wolf Hills Brewing Company

WolfHillsBrewing.com, 276-451-5470

SECOND PLACE: Studio Brew, Bristol

OliveGarden.com, 540-362-0417

THIRD PLACE: Blackbird Bakery, Bristol

BlackbirdBakeryBristol.com, 276-645-5754

BEST FARMERS’ MARKET Abingdon Farmers’ Market

Opera Roanoke's production of Sweeney Todd.

REMSBURG DRIVE & CUMMINGS STREET, ABINGDON southwest

AbingdonFarmersMarket.com, 276-698-1434

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The Abingdon Farmers’ Market makes a good case for shopping local, with producers and artisans from across Washington County bringing their products directly to patrons—no middle man, and often organic. Forget to bring cash? You can swipe your card and purchase tokens that can be spent with any vendor. SECOND PLACE: Blacksburg Farmers’ Market

BlacksburgFarmersMarket.com, 540-239-8290

THIRD PLACE: Historic Roanoke City Market

DowntownRoanoke.org/City-Market, 540-342-2028

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BEST FOOD TRUCK

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Toni’s Hawaiian Tacos, Abingdon

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808-298-6882

Tacos and burritos come with a tropical twist at Toni’s Hawaiian Tacos, where tortillas filled with mahi mahi, kalua pig and spicy Korean beef are among the more popular offerings. Find Toni’s parked at local health food store Lum and Sue’s during the summer, or at Wolf Hills Brewery during the rest of the year. SECOND PLACE: Backdraft BBQ, Gate City

423-765-6159

OPERA AMERICANA

THIRD PLACE: Thai This, Christiansburg

Roanoke Opera presents its first All-American season.

ThaiThisFoodTruck.com, 540-200-9266

BEST GOURMET GROCERY STORE The Fresh Market

2207 COLONIAL AVE. SW, ROANOKE

TheFreshMarket.com, 540-344-5490

Browsing the Fresh Market can be meditative—specialty and international items, hardto-find spices and self-serve bulk ingredients line the store’s aisles while classical music plays in the background. If you’re looking for a quick dinner, stop by the prepared foods department to pick up a white wine roasted chicken, or for a crowd, a mozzarella caprese party platter. SECOND PLACE: Tinnell’s Finer Foods, Inc., Roanoke

Tinnells.com, 540-345-7334 THIRD PLACE: Glade Green Grocer, Glade Spring

The 41st season of Opera Roanoke will offer a twist to the classic art form this fall when it presents its first ever All-American season. Kicking off Oct. 7 with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1949 musical South Pacific, the season also includes a production of Susannah, composer Carlisle Floyd’s 1955 opera loosely adapted from the apocryphal story of Susanna and the elders from the Book of Daniel. Floyd’s award-winning libretto makes the biblical tale contemporary by setting it in mid-20th century Appalachian Tennessee, notably, in a fictional town called New Hope Valley (possibly inspired by Virginia’s New River Valley nearby). The score is also inspired by the opera’s setting in Appalachia, utilizing a mix of traditional folk melodies from the region, Protestant hymns and other Southern American influences. “It’s the classic American opera,” says artistic director Scott Williamson. The show will star soprano Amy Cofield Williamson, who appeared in the opera’s production of La Traviata last season as the titular character, with bass Zachary James as the lecherous Reverend Olin Blitch, who causes Susannah’s downfall. For more information, go to OperaRoanoke.org

GladeGreenGrocer.com, 276-429-1022

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Food & Drink BEST LOCAL ICE CREAM SHOP

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

BEST PIZZERIA

1916 MEMORIAL AVE., ROANOKE

127 CAMPBELL AVE, ROANOKE

872 E. MAIN ST., ABINGDON

In 2006, owners Brandon Davis and Anna Robertson felt there was something missing in Roanoke: a traditional ’50s-style soda fountain. So, they opened Pop’s, which offers treats such as the Black & White mixed to order with housemade chocolate syrup, whipped cream, soda water and Homestead Creamery vanilla ice cream.

At Alejandro’s, you don’t have to wait for your server to bring chips and salsa. The restaurant features a self-serve salsa bar with a variety of fresh-made salsas, guacamole, and other dips paired with unlimited chips. Try one, or try them all, but be sure to save room for apple pork fajitas and a California-style burrito.

SECOND PLACE: Dippers Ice Cream, Ridgeway

SECOND PLACE: Abuelo’s, Roanoke

Bella’s Pizza and Subs has been serving Western New York style pizza and subs since 1980. Using tried and true recipes, the pizzeria offers $7 lunch specials consisting of a small sub with chips and a drink, or an 8-inch personal pizza and a drink, as well as specialty pizzas like the steak and cheese and broccoli, ricotta and tomato.

DippersHomemadeIceCream.com, 276-956-6600

Abuelos.com, 540-265-3555

SECOND PLACE: New York Pizza, Vinton

THIRD PLACE: The Ice Cream Stop, Abingdon

THIRD PLACE: El Patio Mexico Grill, Bristol

NewYorkPizzaInc.Tripod.com, 540-342-2933

276-676-0447

276-466-8831

THIRD PLACE: Elizabeth’s Pizza, Martinsville

Pop’s Ice Cream & Soda Bar

Facebook.com/PopsIceCream, 540-345-2129

Alejandro’s Mexican Grill

AlejandrosMexicanGrill.com, 540-400-7053

Bella’s Pizza and Subs BellasAbingdon.com, 276-628-8101

ElizabethsPizzaVirginia.Blogspot.com, 276-632-1366

BEST LOCALLY-OWNED COFFEE SHOP

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

380 E. MAIN ST., ABINGDON

170 E. MAIN ST., WYTHEVILLE

Zazzy’Z took up residence in a local bookstore and slowly grew into the casual dining spot and coffee shop it is today. Although the bookstore closed, you can still find books from local authors on display in the shop while you sip on in-house roasted coffee or enjoy a slice of the lasagna-of-the-day from its Bistro Cafe.

One can enjoy sweeping mountain views from the patio at Graze on Main, and also from the Perch, the hotel’s rooftop bar. The Perch’s fire pits and heaters make it a year-round destination for enjoying hors d’oeuvres from the bar menu and cocktails en plein air.

SECOND PLACE: Serendipity Coffee House and Bistro, Martinsville

AbingdonTavern.com, 276-628-1118

Brunch at Graze on Main is an à la carte affair every Sunday until two o’clock, featuring the popular panko-crusted and sausagewrapped Scottish Egg served with homemade hollandaise and tomato jam, and Graze Eggs Benedict, two eggs sunny side up with country ham on grilled challah.

THIRD PLACE: Third Bay, Martinsville

SECOND PLACE: River & Rail, Roanoke

Zazzy’Z

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ZazzyZ.com, 276-698-3333

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2333

SerendipityMartinsville.com, 276-403-4015 THIRD PLACE: Sweet Donkey Coffee House, Roanoke

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Graze on Main

SECOND PLACE: The Tavern, Abingdon

Facebook.com/ThirdBayCafe, 276-666-8414

BEST PLACE FOR BRUNCH Graze on Main

170 E. MAIN ST., WYTHEVILLE

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2333

RiverAndRailRestaurant.com, 540-400-6830 THIRD PLACE: The Palisades, Eggleston

SweetDonkeyCoffee.com, 540-491-0004

ThePalisadesRestaurant.com, 540-626-2828

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BEST PLACE FOR LUNCH

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Serendipity Coffee House & Bistro 10 E. CHURCH ST., MARTINSVILLE

SerendipityMartinsville.com, 276-403-4015

A recent addition to Martinsville’s lunch circuit, Serendipity Coffee House & Bistro has quickly established itself with classic sandwiches like the grilled pimento cheese made with Serendipity’s homemade pimento, three slices of bacon, and tomato served between two slices of Texas toast, and the turkey bacon and brie sandwich with herbed aioli on focaccia. SECOND PLACE: Dunk & Deli, Abingdon

Facebook.com/DunkAndDeli, 276-628-5150 THIRD PLACE: Flourz, Wytheville

FlourzWytheville.com, 276-227-0959

BEST RESTAURANT Graze on Main

170 E. MAIN ST., WYTHEVILLE

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2333

In 1927, the Victor Talking Machine Company arrived in Bristol to record musicians from the area. The session produced the first recordings of country music legends Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family and became known as the Big Bang of Country Music. BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org

Named for the sheep that former first lady Edith Bolling Wilson set to graze on the White House lawn to conserve manpower during World War I, Graze on Main tributes its namesake with its new-style Southern cooking. The restaurant now opens for lunch, offering gourmet sandwiches like the fried green tomato BLT. SECOND PLACE: The Palisades, Eggleston

ThePalisadesRestaurant.com, 540-626-2828 THIRD PLACE: The Tavern, Abingdon

AbingdonTavern.com, 276-628-1118

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Food & Drink BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

BEST STEAKHOUSE

BEST WINERY

170 E. MAIN ST., WYTHEVILLE

104 S. JEFFERSON ST., ROANOKE

287 WINERY ROAD SW, FLOYD

Graze on Main’s shrimp and grits is popular enough that it is one of the few items that has remained on the menu since the restaurant’s opening in 2014. Other offerings from the sea include Graze’s signature crab cakes, served with lemon dill aioli and roasted fingerling potatoes and pecan crusted trout topped with peach chutney.

Frankie Rowland’s Steakhouse offers classic steakhouse options, like its 30-ounce porterhouse, but also more of the offbeat variety, like broiled 22-ounce Australian lamb chops, each seasoned and finished with salt, pepper and clarified butter. Plus, the restaurant offers a martini menu with cocktails to suit most, including the oh-so-rich chocolate cake martini.

One of the largest wineries in the state, Chateau Morrisette sits at an elevation of 3,500 feet on the crest of the Blue Ridge. Enjoy its sweeping views during the winery’s Adventure Weekends, which include a 5K run, horseback ride or kayak trip on the Little River, or during its Black Dog Music Festivals. Dogs are, of course, most welcome.

SECOND PLACE: Red Lobster, Roanoke

SECOND PLACE: Graze on Main, Wytheville

SECOND PLACE: Abingdon Vineyard & Winery

RedLobster.com, 540-343-1549

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2333

AbingdonWinery.com, 276-623-1255

THIRD PLACE: Captain Tom’s, Martinsville

THIRD PLACE: Texas Roadhouse, Christiansburg

THIRD PLACE: West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery, Max Meadows

CaptainTomsSeafood.com, 276-666-0326

TexasRoadhouse.com, 540-381-2900

WestWindWine.com, 276-699-2020

BEST WINE SHOP

MOST CREATIVE COCKTAIL MENU

230 E. MAIN ST., ABINGDON

18 KIRK AVE. SW, ROANOKE

With wines from across the world, more than 140 craft beers, fresh-brewed coffee and locally made pastries, plan to spend a day browsing Katbird’s Wine & Gourmet offerings. Katbird’s also offers a wine of the month club, featuring two specially chosen wines every month, each for $30 or less.

Owners Hunter Johnson and J.P. Powell decided to start the kind of bar where they would want to hang out. Lucky’s success speaks to that vision with its cool atmosphere, gourmet food and a rotating cocktail menu featuring drinks like Los Pantelones Obscuros, a gin-based watermelon-mint creation.

SECOND PLACE: Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg

SECOND PLACE: Graze on Main, Wytheville

VintageCellar.com, 540-953-2675

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2333

THIRD PLACE: Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Rain, Abingdon

MrBillsWineCellar.com, 540-400-7771

276-739-2331

Graze on Main

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2333

Frankie Rowland’s Steakhouse

Chateau Morrisette

FrankieRowlandsSteakhouse.com, 540-527-2333

TheDogs.com, 540-593-2865

Katbird’s Wine & Gourmet

Lucky

KatbirdsWine.com, 276-623-0001

EatAtLucky.com, 540-982-1249 southwest region

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Virginia’s 2016 Grammy Award winners. Virginia artists and performers won big at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last February, including Richmond-born R&B artist D’Angelo, whose long-awaited release Black Messiah won Best R&B Album. Here are Virginia’s other nominees and winners: Chris Brown, born in Tappahannock, was nominated for Best Rap Collaboration, for his contribution to Nicki Minaj’s “Only,” also featuring Drake and Lil Wayne. D’Angelo and the Vanguard was nominated for Record of the Year and Best R&B Song for “Really Love,” winning the latter award. Artists-in-residence at University of Richmond, Eighth Blackbird won for Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance. Richmond-based metal band Lamb of God (left) was nominated for Best Metal Performance. Nominated for Best Music Video, Virginia Beach-born Pharrell Williams won Best Rap Song for “Alright,” performed by Kendrick Lamar. McClure native Ralph Stanley’s Man of Constant Sorrow was nominated for Best Bluegrass Album. Go to VirginiaLiving.com for audio and video clips from the winners.

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Shopping & Services BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM

BEST AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOP

BEST BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

319 MCCLANAHAN ST. SW, ROANOKE

1741 SPRUCE ST., MARTINSVILLE

922 UNIVERSITY CITY BLVD., BLACKSBURG

Brown Edwards distinguishes itself from the majority of accounting firms with its focus on the Appalachian region. Offices are spaced two hours apart across the area to assure coordination of firm resources for clients. The firm services diverse industries including local government, manufacturing and higher education institutions.

Pro Automotive owner Jeff Barrow was working at a local dealership when he began fixing cars on the side. Soon after, he had more customers there than in the dealership, so in 1988 he decided to start his own repair shop. The shop works on both domestic and imported vehicles.

Marla Kemsey started Chantilly Lace when her daughter, Brenna, was only a year old. Twenty-six years later, they run the business together, providing formalwear and in-house alterations for the entire bridal party. Along with regular appointments, customers can schedule private bridal shopping sessions that include champagne and refreshments.

SECOND PLACE: Sells, Hogg & Associates, CPAs, Martinsville

276-628-6869

SECOND PLACE: David’s Bridal, Roanoke

SHACPAs.com, 276-638-3904

THIRD PLACE: Wayne’s Import Automotive, Roanoke

DavidsBridal.com, 540-563-5800

THIRD PLACE: Foti, Flynn, Lowen and Co., Roanoke

WaynesImports.com, 540-342-2481

THIRD PLACE: A Bridal Path, Bristol

Brown Edwards

BECPAs.com, 540-345-0936

Pro Automotive, Inc.

ProAutomotiveVa.net, 276-666-2167

SECOND PLACE: Don’s Garage, Abingdon

FFLC.com, 540-344-9246

BEST AIR CHARTER SERVICE Signature Flight Support

BEST BOOK STORE Barnes & Noble

4802 VALLEY VIEW BLVD. NW, ROANOKE

SignatureFlight.com, 540-563-4401

Along with a wide selection of books and magazines, Barnes & Noble Roanoke organizes events like story time for kids and author readings, as well as special events and giveaways like April’s tabletop gaming night. The Roanoke location also features a significant collection of vinyl in its music section.

SECOND PLACE: Shelor Motor Mile, Christiansburg

Shelor.com, 540-381-8417

ChaptersBookshop.com, 276-236-9703

THIRD PLACE: First Team Auto Mall, Roanoke

FirstTeamAutoMall.com, 540-362-4800

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KEEPERS OF THE FLAME Abingdon’s Heartwood bills itself as the gateway to Southwest Virginia craft, music, food and local culture. It is home to the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail and ‘Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan network. For a schedule of performances, exhibits and events, go to MySWVA.org

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THIRD PLACE: Zephyr Antiques, Abingdon

In the 40 or so years it has been in business, Nelson Automotive Group has grown from a tiny lot called Holiday Motors into seven locations representing 11 brands, including Ford, Honda, Cadillac and Mazda. The dealership also possesses nearly 500 pre-owned vehicles—even pre-owned motorcycles for the adventurous.

RoanokeAntiques.com, 540-344-0264

AutosByNelson.com, 877-275-6357

THIRD PLACE: Chapters Bookshop, Galax

BlackDogSalvage.com, 540-343-6200

SECOND PLACE: Roanoke Antique Mall, Roanoke

201 COMMONWEALTH BLVD., MARTINSVILLE

TooManyBooksRoanoke.com, 540-985-6469

902 13TH ST. SW, ROANOKE

Black Dog Salvage owners Mike Whiteside and Robert Kulp believe in “environmental capitalism,” which means taking trash out of the waste stream, reclaiming it as treasure and making a buck or two while they’re at it. The store specializes in architectural salvage and refurbishment, using everything from antique lumber to reclaimed apple crate swings.

Nelson Automotive Group

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Black Dog Salvage

SECOND PLACE: Too Many Books, Roanoke

BEST CAR DEALER

southwest

BarnesAndNoble.com, 540-563-5683

BEST ANTIQUES

ChantillyLaceBridals.com, 540-951-5361

276-466-6300

22 WAYPOINT DRIVE NW, ROANOKE

Formerly Landmark Aviation, the air charter flight and aviation company has been integrated as part of Signature Flight Support—as a result its operation has nearly doubled in size. The company’s network has swelled to 195 locations worldwide, allowing increased travel flexibility for customers.

Chantilly Lace

276-628-6115

BEST ARCHITECTURE FIRM

Mid Atlantic Architects Group 5221 VALLEYPOINTE PARKWAY, SUITE 1B, ROANOKE

MAArchitectsGroup.com, 540-685-2722

Mid Atlantic Architects Group has only just begun building its record, opening earlier this year. Although the group is a newcomer to the industry, it’s hitting the ground running, servicing all of Virginia and working on projects from traditional residential properties to contemporary commercial buildings. They specialize in additions and renovations. SECOND PLACE: Peyton Boyd Architect PC, Abingdon

PeytonBoyd.com, 276-628-2713 THIRD PLACE: Thompson & Litton, Wise

T-L.com, 276-328-2161

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Shopping & Services BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE

BEST CYCLE SHOP

BEST DENTAL PRACTICE

123 CHARWOOD DRIVE, ABINGDON

28 FAYETTE ST., MARTINSVILLE

407 STARLING AVE., MARTINSVILLE

It’s tough buying clothes for fast-growing kids, but fortunately, Sprout Consignment has frequent sales and clearances, often selling clothes for as little as $1—perfect for a child in the middle of a growth spurt. The store provides options for newborns to children size 14, as well as maternity clothes and toys.

Chain of Fools celebrated its one-year anniversary in March, and owner Matt Huckfeldt says he is as determined as ever to get Martinsville biking. The thing that surprises him most? Just how many people want to ride, from “75-year-old grandmas to college students,” he says. The shop specializes in repair, but it also sells KHS Bicycles and a variety of other brands.

From veneers to orthodontics to oral cancer screenings, Martinsville Smiles helps its patients stay healthy and look their very best. The practice’s most recent achievement was in 2015, when Dr. Mark Crabtree was honored with the Virginia Dental Association’s most prestigious honor, the Emmanuel Michaels Distinguished Dentist Award.

OnceUponAChildChristiansburg.com, 540-382-5045

SECOND PLACE: East Coasters Bike Shop, Blacksburg

SECOND PLACE: Brown Dental Associates, P.C., Abingdon

THIRD PLACE: Belk, Martinsville

EastCoasters.com, 540-951-2369

BrownDentalAssociates.com, 276-628-9507

Belk.com, 276-638-2471

THIRD PLACE: Highlands Ski and Outdoor Center, Abingdon

THIRD PLACE: Coots, Cross, Lavinder & Quinn Family Dentistry, Roanoke

Sprout Consignment

Chain of Fools Bicycle Repair

Facebook.com/SproutConsignment, 276-206-8941

ChainOfFoolsBicycles.com, 276-336-8529

SECOND PLACE: Once Upon A Child, Christiansburg

HighlandsOutdoor.com, 276-628-1329

BEST COSMETIC SURGERY PRACTICE

BEST DAY SPA

Alouf Aesthetics

Martha Washington Inn and Spa

1616 APPERSON DRIVE, SALEM

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AloufAesthetics.com, 540-375-0095

150 W. MAIN ST., ABINGDON

Drs. Stephen and Gregory Alouf jointly operate Alouf Aesthetics, a full service cosmetic surgery practice divided into two sections: On Dr. Gregory’s side, cosmetic surgery and aesthetics, and on Dr. Stephen’s, cosmetic dentistry. Along with non-surgical treatments like laser resurfacing, Dr. Gregory’s office offers liposuction and facial lifts and implants.

TheMartha.com, 276-628-3161

SECOND PLACE: The Center for Plastic Surgery at Ridgewood Hill, Salem

SECOND PLACE: Reflections Salon & Day Spa, Martinsville

CarolWrayMD.com, 540-444-4343 THIRD PLACE: Phillip Grubbs M.D., Blacksburg

PhilipGrubbs.com, 540-951-8885

Chief among the Martha Washington Inn’s spa amenities is its saltwater heated pool. After a dip, one can further indulge with a sea-salt scrub pedicure, or a Botanical Hand or Skin Resurfacing treatment, reducing fine lines and pores by smoothing the skin with the warming properties of the gemstone tourmaline. 276-632-2222 THIRD PLACE: Village Spa, Collinsville

VillageSpa.net, 276-647-1680

Martinsville Smiles

MartinsvilleSmiles.com, 276-632-9266

CWCFD.com, 540-989-1170

BEST DERMATOLOGY PRACTICE Dr. Judith Szulecki

209 CLEVELAND AVE., MARTINSVILLE

276-632-6496

Treating conditions from rosacea to skin cancer, Dr. Judith Szulecki will keep your skin healthy and blemish-free. Be careful scheduling appointments in October and April, however— the doctor leaves for Central America on charity missions for the Friends of Barnabas Foundation, providing impoverished individuals and families with primary medical care. SECOND PLACE: New River Dermatology, Blacksburg

NewRiverDermatology.com, 540-953-2210 THIRD PLACE: River Ridge Dermatology, Blacksburg

RiverRidgeDerm.com, 540-951-3376

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BEST EVENT PLANNING COMPANY Simplicity

391 JAMESTOWN ROAD, ROCKY MOUNT

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EventsBySimplicity.com, 540-915-1089

Simplicity is true to its name—the company understands how important it is to keep events worry-free for clients, and it has extensive connections with vendors across Roanoke Valley. With years of experience in hospitality and catering services, owner Vicki Itson and her team will coordinate every detail of any event. SECOND PLACE: Pear Tree Affairs, Wytheville

276-617-1027 THIRD PLACE: Events by Sherri, Christiansburg

EventsBySherri.com, 540-818-1770

BEST EYE CARE PROVIDER Vistar Eye Center

707 S. JEFFERSON ST., ROANOKE

VistarEye.com, 540-855-5100

“Mother” Maybelle Carter was born in Nickelsville in 1909 and is best known for performing with the original Carter Family, formed in 1927 by her brother-in-law A.P. Carter, and later as Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. The unique “scratch” style of guitar-playing she developed has had a lasting impact on country music. CarterFamilyFold.org

With nine main offices and 15 satellite offices, Vistar Eye Center treats almost every eye condition, providing Lasik, cataract eye surgery and general ophthalmological care. The center also provides specialized services such as oculofacial surgery to correct or reconstruct the eyelid and surrounding structures of the eye. SECOND PLACE: Wythe Eye Associates, Wytheville

WytheEyeAssociates.com, 276-223-0033 THIRD PLACE: Pearisburg Eye Associates, Pearisburg

PearisburgEyes.com, 540-921-3921

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Shopping & Services BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING FIRM

BEST HAIR SALON

BEST HOSPITAL

1866 VIRGINIA AVE., MARTINSVILLE

730 E. CHURCH ST., SUITE 5, MARTINSVILLE

1906 BELLEVIEW AVE. SE, ROANOKE

Edward Jones has more than 11,500 locations throughout the U.S., providing comprehensive financial services and advice. In Southwest Virginia, advisor Mike Gourley, who has been onehalf of a two-person operation open since 2010, specializes in the needs of individuals from retirees to college students new to investing.

If you’re looking for pampering, Reflections Day Spa has services to accommodate, from facials, airbrush tanning and manicures to body scrubs and wraps. When you’re done with your mani-pedi and Thai massage, pick up Jane Ardale brand makeup (or get a makeover with an artist) and browse the boutique.

SECOND PLACE: Cary Street Partners, Abingdon

SECOND PLACE: Corporate Image Barber Shop, Roanoke

Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in the state, and includes the Southwest region’s only Level 1 trauma center. The 703-bed hospital is also one of the few academic medical centers in the region, hosting multiple residencies and fellowships sponsored by Virginia Tech, as well as non-graduate medical programs like pharmacy practice.

CaryStreetPartners.com, 276-628-2814

CorporateImageBarberShop.com, 540-342-0222

SECOND PLACE: Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon

THIRD PLACE: WoodmenLife, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Meredith’s Salon, Christiansburg

MountainStatesHealth.com, 276-258-1000

Woodmen.org, 540-562-0824

MeredithsSalon.com, 540-381-3050

Edward Jones

EdwardJones.com, 276-632-0825

Reflections Salon & Day Spa 276-632-2222

Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital CarilionClinic.org, 800-422-8482

THIRD PLACE: LewisGale Medical Center, Salem

LewisGale.com, 540-776-4000

BEST FINE JEWELRY STORE

BEST HOME BUILDER

108 E. MAIN ST., ABINGDON

5219 PETERS CREEK ROAD, ROANOKE

A bride chooses every detail of her wedding, so why not customize the ring as well? Custom made jewelry comprises nearly half of Goodman Jewelers’ business, from anniversary and wedding rings to diamonds and colored gemstone jewelry, though they specialize in bridal jewelry. Look for the store in its new location on Abingdon’s Main Street near the Barter Theatre.

Dollman Construction has renovated everything from kitchens and baths in Blacksburg to a Barnes & Noble café in Roanoke. The firm has received recognition for its attentive service from websites like Angie’s List, and continues to work closely with its clients on projects from additions and renovations to custom design and building.

EasterlyColeman.net, 276-889-1244

SECOND PLACE: Fink’s Jewelers, Roanoke

SECOND PLACE: Hill-Thomas Builders, Blacksburg

SECOND PLACE: Cranberry Lane, Bristol

Finks.com, 540-342-2991

Hill-Thomas.com, 540-921-0002

CranberryLaneHome.com, 276-669-9899

THIRD PLACE: Capones Jewelry, Blacksburg

THIRD PLACE: Lucas Home Builders, Newport

THIRD PLACE: Magnolia, Roanoke

CaponesJewelry.com, 540-953-1000

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Goodman Jewelers

GoodmanJewelers.biz, 276-676-3110

Easterly Coleman Furniture 882 E. MAIN ST., LEBANON

Co-owner and designer Susan Easterly Coleman’s family legacy is furniture. Since her grandfather founded Lebanon Furniture Company in 1935, the business of home decorating has been passed down through her family. Today, the shop features lines like Theodore Alexander and Braddington Leather.

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Dollman Construction, Inc.

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105 BROAD ST., MARTINSVILLE

SimplyTheBestFlowers.com, 276-666-2378

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It’s safe to say a Simply the Best bouquet will be well received on Valentine’s Day. The gift shop and florist offers fresh arrangements made in-house, as well as chocolate and gourmet gift baskets created by experienced designers (including Cupid, one of the florist’s aptly named artists).

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SECOND PLACE: George’s, Roanoke

GeorgesFlowers.com, 540-318-7559 THIRD PLACE: Petals of Wytheville

PetalsOfWytheville.com, 276-227-0031

BEST GIFT SHOP

Provisions Gift Shoppe 170 E. MAIN ST., WYTHEVILLE

BollingWilsonHotel.com, 276-223-2333

Provisions Gift Shoppe provides souvenirs from your stay in Wytheville at the historic Bolling Wilson Hotel, including mugs and wine glasses stamped with the hotel’s iconic logo. The store also carries goods like handcrafted woodwork and jewelry, as well as handmade soaps and lotions from nearby Beagle Ridge Farms. SECOND PLACE: Janice Cain Stationery, Martinsville

JaniceCainStationery.com, 276-638-3282 THIRD PLACE: chocolatepaper, Roanoke

The 81st annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention takes place Aug. 8-13, 2016 in Galax. OldFiddlersConvention.com

ChocolatePaperRoanoke.com, 540-342-6061

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Design Services Susan Easterly Coleman, A.S.I.D. Gilliam Residence, Guest House – Bristol, Virginia

Space Planning • Kitchen and Bath Design Window Treatments Fabric and Paint Selection • Lighting Selection

Distinctively Different. You dream it, We design it. Call for a consultation.

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Shopping & Services BEST INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

BEST KITCHEN DESIGN FIRM

BEST MED SPA

300 CARLISLE ROAD, AXTON

882 E. MAIN ST., LEBANON

3101 LEE HIGHWAY, BRISTOL

Leadership, intellect and character are the foundational values that form Carlisle School’s approach to education, from preschool through high school. These values carry graduates far—since 1974 the school has had a 100 percent college acceptance rate, and its students’ SAT scores surpass the national average by at least 50 points.

Alongside its selection of high-end furniture, wallpaper and décor, Easterly Coleman frequently collaborates with Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry and other kitchen and cabinet suppliers. Kitchens can be tailored to almost any specifications, whether your home is a rustic cabin or a contemporary apartment.

Along with medical spa treatments such as fillers, Botox and Kybella injections, MedTrim Spa Vanity offers a full range of massage and salon services. Cap off your appointment with a deep tissue massage or a salon appointment for top-to-toe rejuvenation. The spa also offers cosmetic services like eyelash extensions.

SECOND PLACE: Dollman Construction, Inc., Roanoke

SECOND PLACE: Les Cheveaux Salon & Day Spa, Roanoke

SECOND PLACE: Community School, Roanoke

DollmanConstruction.com, 540-765-9700

LesCheveuxSalonInc.com, 540-343-7211

CommunitySchool.net, 540-563-5036

THIRD PLACE: Circle Design Studio, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Reflections Salon & Day Spa, Martinsville

THIRD PLACE: Sullins Academy, Bristol

CircleDesignStudio.com, 540-245-0269

276-632-2222

BEST LANDSCAPING COMPANY

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE

825 LORETTO DRIVE, WYTHEVILLE

412 S. JEFFERSON ST., ROANOKE

A graduate of Virginia Tech, Brad Litton started mowing lawns and shoveling snow in 1994, when he was in the fourth grade. In 2001 he founded Litton Landscapes, LLC, and while the business certainly still mows lawns, it has expanded to include landscape design and installation, and hardscaping.

Styles in menswear have changed in the century-plus that Davidsons has been in business, but even in our fast-fashion world, proper fit and personal touches are still relevant. Carrying hard-to-find and premium brands like Southwick and Oxxford, the store specializes in custom fitting and alteration, for garments purchased in-store, or elsewhere.

Carlisle School

CarlisleSchool.org, 276-632-7288

Easterly Coleman

EasterlyColeman.net, 276-889-1244

MedTrim Spa Vanity MedTrimSpaVanity.com, 276-466-5100

SullinsAcademy.org, 276-669-4101

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM Easterly Coleman

882 E. MAIN ST., LEBANON

SECOND PLACE: Circle Design Studio, Roanoke

CircleDesignStudio.com, 540-245-0269

SECOND PLACE: Hendricks Lawncare & Landscape, Martinsville

SECOND PLACE: Draper & Ferrell, Martinsville

THIRD PLACE: Varsity Landscaping & Grounds, Roanoke

DFClothiers.com, 276-638-3985

VarsityLandscaping.com, 540-774-8289

THIRD PLACE: Kegley & Co., Abingdon

276-628-1108

231 E. CHURCH ST., MARTINSVILLE

GGBSLawFirm.com, 276-638-2455

Tea Dances at Hotel Roanoke. Harking back to grand old days, the Hotel Roanoke hosts a tea dance six times year. Held in the Regency Room, a crowd of 100-160 swings and cha-chas as a DJ plays music from the big band era to modern times. Providing assistance are dance instructors, including Roanoke’s “Dancing Duo,” Dave and Donna Spangler, who helped start the event. Now in their fifth year, the dances run from 3 to 9 p.m. and include an elegant dinner. The next tea dance takes place June 19. Tickets $30. HotelRoanoke.com

Corporate Image Barber Shop 10 CHURCH AVE. SE, ROANOKE

CorporateImageBarberShop.com, 540-342-0222

Whether you’re looking for an old-fashioned straight razor shave with hot towel or a touch up on your fade, Corporate Image Barber Shop’s barbers will have you covered. Soon to be added to the shop is a new in-house product line, aptly named the Mustachery, which will include chemical-free men’s hair care products and aftershave.

LacyCampbell.com, 276-228-6677

SECOND PLACE: Jack’s, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: PennStuart, Abingdon

JacksBarberShop.net, 540-344-5225

PennStuart.com, 276-628-5151

THIRD PLACE: Reflections Salon & Day Spa, Martinsville

276-632-2222

BEST MASSAGE THERAPY GROUP Magic of Massage Spa

719 COMMONWEALTH AVE., SUITE 2, BRISTOL

276-466-4044

BEST ORTHODONTIC PRACTICE Roanoke Valley Orthodontics

6220 PETERS CREEK ROAD, ROANOKE

There’s nothing mystical about the benefits of massage, but Magic of Massage Spa may have you feeling that way by the end of your appointment. The spa offers hot stone and full body massages with plenty of add-ons, such as a cold stone facial, or a chakra-balancing aromatherapy treatment.

RoanokeValleyOrtho.com, 540-563-1640

SECOND PLACE: Eucalyptus Massage Therapy, Blacksburg

SECOND PLACE: Dr. Paul C. Kaiser, Roanoke

MassageBlacksburg.com, 540-552-2256

KaiserOrthodontics.com, 540-362-1097

A visit to Roanoke Valley Orthodontics will give you and your child cause to smile, and not just because of newly straightened teeth. Patients can win prizes by joining the practice’s membership program and earning points through contests and other activities.

THIRD PLACE: Allure Spa and Skin Health Boutique, Pearisburg

THIRD PLACE: Snyder Orthodontics, Martinsville

AllureSpaSkinHealth.com, 540-921-2300

DoctorSnyder.com, 276-632-4144

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Founded in 1975 by brothers Ben and Philip Gardner, the firm has since expanded to include four attorneys and 10 support staff members. The firm specializes in civil litigation (such as personal injury cases) and criminal defense at both the state and federal levels. The attorneys also have experience with real estate law and development, as well as family law.

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THIRD PLACE: Lou Harris Inc., Martinsville

LouHarrisInteriors.com, 276-632-1881

DavidsonsClothing.com, 540-343-3734

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Located in Lebanon Furniture’s former storage warehouse (now a chic showroom), Easterly Coleman offers design services for even the most eclectic of tastes. Designer Susan Easterly Coleman and associate designer David Earp will go as far as to draft hand-drawn plans for your space, consulting you on every detail from fabric and fixtures to paint.

LittonLandscapes.com, 276-620-3976

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Shopping & Services BEST OUTDOOR OUTFITTER

BEST PET BOARDING

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY GROUP

1021 COMMONWEALTH AVE., BRISTOL

35 E. CHURCH ST., MARTINSVILLE

154 KINTER WAY, SUITE A, PEARISBURG

The Cheers family spends as much time as it can outdoors. In 2006 original owners Alice and Bob Cheers Sr. retired from managing Mountain Sports Ltd. to explore the outdoors full-time. Today, their sons Bob and Steve run the business and continue their parents’ tradition, teaching classes on fly-tying and organizing weekly bike meetups to ride the trails.

Grooming Tails Doggie Boarding & Daycare provides full-service care from grooming to day care, and boarding for both cats and dogs. Your pet won’t be bored when staying here— Grooming Tails provides a climate-controlled play area, individualized playtime and three walks a day for your puppy pal, with options for an extra nature walk and some Greenies treats.

Rather than restricting itself to just one specialty, University Physical Therapy offers services for nearly all ages and ailments, including pediatric, geriatric and sports medicine. Whether you’re determined to improve your athletic performance or are just getting back on your feet after a fall, the group will develop an individualized plan to fit your goals.

SECOND PLACE: Cabela’s, Bristol

SECOND PLACE: Doe Creek Kennels, Pembroke

SECOND PLACE: Lucas Therapies, Roanoke

Cabelas.com, 276-285-5700

DoeCreekKennels.com, 540-293-4521

LucasTherapies.com, 540-772-8022

THIRD PLACE: Walkabout Outfitter, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: VCA Highlands Animal Hospital, Abingdon

THIRD PLACE: Lebanon Physical Therapy & Rehabilitative Services

WalkaboutOutfitter.com, 540-777-2727

VCAHighlandsVa.com, 276-628-4115

LebanonPT.com, 276-889-4090

BEST PEDIATRIC PRACTICE

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

BEST REAL ESTATE FIRM

21 HIGHLAND AVE., ROANOKE

365 E. FULTON ST., WYTHEVILLE

324 E. CHURCH ST., MARTINSVILLE

With a dozen doctors on staff and locations in Roanoke and Smith Mountain Lake, Physicians to Children is staffed and ready to help your kids weather the typical illnesses of childhood. The practice also has lactation consultants on staff to provide guidance and support for breast-feeding mothers.

Before she shot her first wedding in 1985 (and before she decided to make photography a career in 1998), Susi Lawson was a portrait artist. That point of view is reflected in her work today. Whether she’s shooting a wedding or taking a careful portrait, Lawson believes her photos should reveal the essence of her subjects.

Located in the “Grey Lady,” the first home in Martinsville to be designated as a historical landmark, Rives S. Brown is just as much an institution as the building it’s in. The real estate firm has been operating for 88 years, specializing in scenic residential properties in Martinsville and Henry Country.

SECOND PLACE: Children’s Medical Center, Martinsville

SECOND PLACE: Terry Aldhizer Photography, Roanoke

SECOND PLACE: RE/MAX Valley Realtors, Roanoke

CMCPeds.com, 276-632-9714

TerryAldhizer.com

ReMax.com, 540-989-3000

THIRD PLACE: Carilion Children’s Pediatric Medicine, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Kevin Hurley Photography, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Berry-Elliott Realtors, Martinsville

CarilionClinic.org, 540-772-4453

KevinHurleyPhotography.com, 540-345-3055

BerryElliott.com, 276-656-1111

Mountain Sports Ltd.

MountainSportsLtd.com, 276-466-8988

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Grooming Tails Doggie Boarding & Daycare GroomingTailsVa.com, 276-632-0212

Susi Lawson Photography SusiLawson.ZenFolio.com, 276-613-2033

University Physical Therapy

UniversityPTOnline.com, 540-921-5200

Rives S. Brown

RivesSBrown.com, 276-632-3463

BEST SHOE STORE Shoozies

527 STATE ST., BRISTOL

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Opened in September 2010 , Shoozies stocks a variety of stylish and comfortable brands like UGG Australia, Birkenstock, Dansko and Aerosoles. You’re sure to leave Shoozies with a spring in your step, but take a look past its shoes—the store also stocks a full line of Brighton handbags and accessories.

Grundy native and Radford University grad Jayma Mays may be best known for her role as Emma Pillsbury on Fox favorite Glee, but she has also appeared in CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, HBO’s Six Feet Under and feature films like Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

SECOND PLACE: The Cobbler’s Wife, Roanoke

CobblersWife.com, 540-400-6589 THIRD PLACE: Bush-Flora Shoes, Roanoke

540-344-7398

BEST SHOPPING AREA/MALL Valley View Mall

4802 VALLEY VIEW BLVD. NW, ROANOKE

ValleyViewMall.com, 540-563-4440

After a long day of shopping at stores like Plow & Hearth, Sephora (inside JC Penney), Christopher & Banks and Altar’d State, why not catch a movie? Along with numerous dining options, the Valley View Mall is home to a Regal Cinemas theater. SECOND PLACE: New River Valley Mall, Christiansburg

ShopNewRiverValleyMall.com, 540-381-0004 THIRD PLACE: Towers Shopping Center, Roanoke

TowersShoppingCenter.com, 540-982-6791

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BEST WEDDING VENUE

240 COMMONWEALTH BLVD., MARTINSVILLE

170 E. MAIN ST., WYTHEVILLE

Started in the Midwest as a bait and tackle store, Dunham’s Sports now stocks brands like Puma and Under Armour, as well as a full complement of sports equipment. If you’re part of a team, sportsmen’s club or company, the store offers discount programs to cover your organization’s equipment.

The Bolling Wilson has hosted many weddings since it first opened as the George Wythe Hotel in 1927, and today it is still a popular site for a reception or ceremony. With its historic terrazzo tile, grand lobby and outdoor patio and rooftop locations, it’s certain that a wedding held here will have a room with (many) views.

SECOND PLACE: Cabela’s, Bristol

SECOND PLACE: Chatmoss Golf and Country Club, Martinsville

Cabelas.com, 276-285-5700

ChatmossCC.org, 276-638-2484

THIRD PLACE: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Roanoke

THIRD PLACE: Martha Washington Inn, Abingdon

DicksSportingGoods.com, 540-265-0861

TheMartha.com, 276-628-3161

BEST VETERINARY HOSPITAL

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE

5086 KING’S MOUNTAIN ROAD, COLLINSVILLE

705 STATE ST., BRISTOL

Not only does King’s Mountain Animal Clinic provide a full complement of services for a new puppy or kitten (and older pets too), the clinic even has veterinarians qualified to treat pets as exotic as your bearded dragon or boa constrictor. VCAHighlandsVa.com, 276-628-4115

Owner Sarah Jane Hull’s personal mission is to spread “contagious confidence, one outfit at a time,” so it’s no wonder that it’s catching on all over Bristol. The boutique and its sister stores— including Be. Ella, which is dedicated to women sizes 10-24—all feature carefully curated lines in timeless styles.

THIRD PLACE: Vinton Veterinary Hospital, Vinton

SECOND PLACE: La De Da, Inc., Roanoke

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Take your Maserati or your Harley (or even just your old Buick) out for a joyride on the Back of the Dragon, a 32-mile stretch of road spanning three mountain ranges. Its beautiful views and twists and turns have made it a popular cruising destination. “It’s as close to a roller coaster ride you can get on a motorcycle,” says Larry Davidson, owner of Drag-A-Knee, a Tazewell public relations firm established to encourage visitors to the area.

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Everyone loves a comeback story. And boy, does Mill Mountain Theatre deliver a good one. In January 2009, the professional regional theater company established in 1964 canceled the remainder of its season and ceased all operations: Its debt had become insurmountable. The full-time staff of 23 was cut to just six, and many wondered if it would ever recover. But over the next four years, as a new strategic plan was created, MMT reinvented itself. “We’re a better, stronger organization now, we’re leaner, smarter and more entrepreneurial” says producing artistic director since 2009 Ginger Poole. When MMT reopened in 2013 (after a multimillion dollar renovation of its home stage at Center in the Square), it had shed the idea that some sure-thing productions would fund the riskier sort, instead budgeting each show to stand alone. (“We’re not robbing Peter to pay Paul anymore,” says Poole.) Production staff now works on contract, and the company produces four fully-staged shows per year versus the 12 or so they were doing prior to 2009. They also host a threeconcert music series and two New Works Festivals in partnership with Hollins University. See MMT in action this summer when it stages Into the Woods, Jr., a 75-minute condensed version of the musical by Stephen Sondheim featuring actors from age six to 18 and produced by MMTs professional staff. July 27 through Aug. 7. MillMountain.org

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that delight, from ’50s-style drive-in theaters like Hull’s in Lexington, to the Garth Newel Music Center in Warm Springs, a 114-acre music retreat that will take you out of the everyday and into a place where music and mountain are equally majestic. Travel back to the 16th century at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, the world’s only re-creation of the Bard’s indoor theater, or to the Historic Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, recently renovated and returned to its 1920s-era glory. Uncover clues and unravel a mystery in Massanutten at its Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, but know that some things must be left to the imagination—burlesque shows across the state know when (and what) to reveal. And for organizations like Avalon LARP (Live Action Roleplay), imagination drives the whole adventure. Whatever diversions you choose, the Valley is sure to have something up its sleeve. illustr ation

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Arts, Culture & Entertainment BEST ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT Deck the Halls, Project Horizon

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ProjectHorizon.org, 540-463-7861

Held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Deck the Halls gala dinner has raised nearly $500,000 since it began in 2000 to support Project Horizon’s mission to reduce domestic violence. The event features dinner and a live auction (notable past items have included signed prints from photographer Sally Mann). SECOND PLACE: Woodstock Turkey Trot, Woodstock

Regulus-Group.com/events, 540-459-2142 THIRD PLACE: Night at the Museum, Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg

IExploreMore.com, 540-442-8900

BEST ART EVENT Art in the Park

20 S. NEW ST., STAUNTON

SAArtCenter.org, 540-885-2028 shenandoah

Art in the Park celebrates its 50th birthday this year with a two-day arts and crafts festival in Staunton’s Gypsy Hill park. Visitors can speak directly with the exhibiting artists, listen to live music and sample local fare. Aspiring artists will also have a chance to show off their talents in a children’s art activity area.

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SECOND PLACE: Virginia Fall Foliage Art Festival, Waynesboro

SVACArt.com, 540-949-7662 THIRD PLACE: First Fridays Downtown, Harrisonburg

ValleyArts.org, 540-801-8779

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The Warrior of Burlesque, Deanna Danger.

Project Horizon

120 VARNER LANE, LEXINGTON

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Project Horizon is committed to reducing domestic and sexual violence in the Shenandoah Valley. The organization’s ongoing Raising Hope Campaign raises funds for building and program expansion, including plans for a new Child Advocacy Center and an efficiency apartment to shelter survivors of domestic or sexual assault.

Burlesque performances around the state.

THIRD PLACE: Cat’s Cradle, Harrisonburg

CatsCradleVa.org, 540-433-1135

BEST FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Frontier Culture Museum

1290 RICHMOND ROAD, STAUNTON

FrontierMuseum.org, 540-332-7850

On Saturdays, the museum presents a special program for toddlers and pre-schoolers, including story time, crafts and the chance to pet farm animals (“Your kids will love our kids!” says the museum of its baby goats). Family annual passes are available for year-round admission and discounts on events like Historic Games Day and the Children’s Holiday Workshop. SECOND PLACE: Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg

IExploreMore.com, 540-442-8900 THIRD PLACE: Hull’s Drive-In, Lexington

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ValleyMission.net, 540-886-4673

Classic burlesque began making a comeback in the 1990s, but it has really taken off in the last eight or nine years says Richmond-based performer Deanna Danger, founder of Boom Boom Basics Burlesque and Performing Arts Studio. This is not the bump and grind of a traditional strip show, but rather a return to slow and sexy storytelling that invites audiences to use their, er, imaginations. Ready to check out a show?

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Straight Outta Burlesque: An Ode to Hip Hop, May 6 Black Cat, Washington, D.C. A mash-up of burlesque dance and hip hop music from the ’80s on. BlackCatDC.com Richmond Burlesque Revue, June 26 Gallery5, Richmond A gathering of Richmond-area performers. Gallery5Arts.org Ellie Quinn Presents: Some Enchanted G-String, July 17 and Oct. 2 The Venue at 35th, Norfolk Burlesque with a fairy-tale theme. Venue-35.com Burlesque is Coming, Aug. 13 Dominion Arts Center, Richmond A George R.R. Martin-approved Game of Thrones burlesque. RichmondCenterStage.com The Haunting of Poe, Oct. 20-21 Gallery5, Richmond A re-telling of Poe’s life, produced by Deanna Danger. Gallery5Arts.org Brews and Burlesque, Second Friday of every month Strangeways Brewing, Richmond A monthly show of local vaudeville-style performances. StrangeWaysBrewing.com

HullsDriveIn.com, 540-463-2621

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There is so much to love about Kendal at Lexington. From panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the timeless charm of historic downtown Lexington to the cheerful enthusiasm of life in a college town—it’s hard to pick a favorite! Why not come and see for yourself? Experience the beauty and history of our enchanting location.

Let your senses be your guide. Schedule your visit and learn more about our continuum of care by contacting us today!

Kendal.org/KALEX 160 Kendal Drive Lexington, VA 24450

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111 E. MARKET ST., SUITE B, HARRISONBURG

181 N. MAIN ST., HARRISONBURG

10 S. MARKET ST., STAUNTON

Started in 1997 to celebrate diversity and the role of immigrants in the community, the festival offers a wide range of cuisines, plus Aztec and Kurdish dancers, an Eritrean band, and a Chinese lion performance. The festival also produces a cookbook so that you can make your favorite foods at home.

Downstairs at the Golden Pony, you can see Virginia’s buzziest indie bands (ever heard of Big Weird or Judy Chops?) and popular touring acts Thursday through Sunday nights on its professional soundstage. Out back on the patio, you’ll often find daytime performances in warmer weather.

SECOND PLACE: Rocktown Beer & Music Festival, Harrisonburg

SECOND PLACE: Lime Kiln Theater, Lexington

If all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players, then the internationallyrecognized Blackfriars playhouse can be considered its VIP seats. Performances take place in the world’s only re-creation of the Bard’s original indoor playhouse. The center hosts a biennial Blackfriars conference dedicated to the modern study and production of Shakespeares works.

RocktownFestival.com, 540-432-8922

LimeKilnTheater.org, 540-463-7088

SECOND PLACE: Rockbridge Ballet, Lexington

THIRD PLACE: Maple Festival, Monterey

THIRD PLACE: Clementine Café, Harrisonburg

RockbridgeBallet.org, 540-463-3436

HighlandCounty.org, 540-468-2250

ClementineCafe.com, 540-801-8881

THIRD PLACE: ShenanArts, Staunton

Harrisonburg International Festival Harrisonburg-International-Festival.org, 540-434-0059

The Golden Pony

American Shakespeare Center

GoldenPonyVa.com, 540-901-2628

AmericanStakespeareCenter.com, 540-851-1733

ShenanArts.org, 540-712-0001

BEST MOVIE THEATER

BEST MUSEUM

120 OSAGE LANE, WAYNESBORO

1290 RICHMOND ROAD, STAUNTON

With eight screens and leather high back rocking chairs, Zeus has been showing first-run Hollywood flicks since its opening in 2010. The locally-owned theater also offers a party room for children and adults’ functions, as well as private screenings of any of its shows.

How did early settlers build their life in the unforgiving wilderness of the New World? Find out at the Frontier Culture Museum, where you can explore working farms from the 17th- and 18th centuries staffed by historic interpreters. The museum also hosts weekly American roots music concerts in the summer.

804-339-3434

VisualiteCinemas.com, 540-885-9959

SECOND PLACE: Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg

SECOND PLACE: Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton

THIRD PLACE: Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg

IExploreMore.com, 540-442-8900

FrontierMuseum.org, 540-332-7850

ValleyArts.org/cst-about, 540-433-9189

THIRD PLACE: Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton

THIRD PLACE: Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center, Staunton

WoodrowWilson.org, 540-885-0897

StonewallJacksonHotel.com, 540-245-8210

Zeus Digital Theaters

ZeusTheaters.com, 540-416-0536

Merry Go Round Farm

FrontierMuseum.org, 540-332-7850

3730 LLAMA DRIVE, COVINGTON

A 250-year-old farmhouse converted into an event venue, Merry Go Round Farm provides mountain vistas of the surrounding Blue Ridge and manicured formal gardens. Lodging is available at the Jacob Persinger house, the oldest of Alleghany County’s pioneer dwellings.

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SECOND PLACE: Visualite, Staunton

BEST SPECIAL EVENT VENUE

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The smell of popcorn, the creak of car seat leather, stars on the big screen and in the sky overhead: Drive-in movie theaters are a uniquely American way to experience film. In their heyday in the 1950s, there were more than 4,000 outdoor movie screens in the U.S.—today there are fewer than 400. In Virginia, we still have six stalwarts where you can cruise on over and catch a flick.

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Central Drive-In 5113 Kent Junction Road, Norton 276-697-3761, CentralDriveIn.com Family Drive-In Valley Pike, U.S. 11, Stephens City 540-665-6982, TheFamilyDriveInTheatre.com Goochland Drive-In 4344 Old Fredericksburg Road, Hadensville GoochlandDriveInTheater.com Hull’s Drive-In 2367 N. Lee Highway, Lexington 540-463-2621, HullsDriveIn.com Park Place Drive-In 301 Park Blvd, Marion 276-781-2222, ParkPlaceDriveIn.com Starlite Drive-In Theater 275 Starlite Drive, Christiansburg 540-382-2202, StarliteDriveIn.info

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Living & Recreation BEST BED AND BREAKFAST

BEST EQUESTRIAN EVENT

BEST FISHING OUTFITTER

412 S. MAIN ST., HARRISONBURG

487 MAURY RIVER ROAD, LEXINGTON

1790-92 E. MARKET ST., HARRISONBURG

For breakfast at the inn, one can expect a rotating menu of crab cake eggs Benedict with sriracha hollandaise, crème brûlée French toast and other treats. And when you arrive, expect a personalized letter in your room, along with a complimentary pastry courtesy of the restaurant and inn’s in-house pastry chef.

This year marks the Bonnie Blue National Horse Show’s 30th anniversary, a U.S. Equestrian Federation rated show featuring American Saddlebred, Hackney and Friesian classes. The show’s three days of walk/trot and pleasure driving competitions include a Friday Exhibitor Party with live music, dinner and drinks.

An Orvis-endorsed outfitter, Mossy Creek Fly Fishing is both the largest independent fly-fishing store in the state and the largest fly-fishing school, offering classes seven days a week. Stocking popular brands like Patagonia and Simms, the shop also has an online store and an extensive selection of flies and fly-tying supplies.

SECOND PLACE: Frederick House, Staunton

SECOND PLACE: Middlebrook Horse Show

SECOND PLACE: South River Fly Shop, Waynesboro

FrederickHouse.com, 540-885-4220

MiddlebrookVa.com, 540-348-1414

SouthRiverFlyShop.com, 540-942-5566

THIRD PLACE: L’Auberge Provencale, Boyce

THIRD PLACE: Spring Premiere, Lexington

THIRD PLACE: Dominion Outdoor, Fishersville

LAubergeProvencale.com, 540-837-1375

HorseCenter.org, 540-464-2950

DominionOutdoors.com, 540-337-9218

BEST “DO NOT MISS” TOURIST ATTRACTION

BEST FISHING GUIDE COMPANY

BEST FITNESS PROGRAM

1290 RICHMOND ROAD, STAUNTON

1790-92 E. MARKET ST., HARRISONBURG

90 LEE JACKSON HIGHWAY, SUITE 113, STAUNTON

The museum did some pioneering of its own when it opened to examine and share the stories of frontier life beyond Jamestown. The outdoor museum features living history exhibits and life size replicas of early 16th century farms and settlements, showing the progression of Virginia culture from the first settlers to their American descendants.

Twin brothers Colby and Brian Trow, who have been fly-tying and fishing since their teens, opened Mossy Creek Fly Fishing in 2003 to share their enthusiasm for the sport. They, or their experienced guides, will take you through the Shenandoah’s public trout waters, or if you’re seeking solitude, the company’s private access creeks and trophy trout streams.

SECOND PLACE: Artful Gifts LLC, Staunton

SECOND PLACE: South River Fly Shop, Waynesboro

CrossFit is often advertised as a punishingly effective program, but its core component is its versatility. CrossFit Staunton speaks to that with its variety of classes and programs to suit individual needs, including corporate wellness, endurance and even kids’ programs. For those who want a little extra guidance—or extra motivation—CrossFit Staunton also offers private coaching.

ArtfulGifts.biz, 540-414-1812

SouthRiverFlyShop.com, 540-942-5566

SECOND PLACE: Breathe Pilates, Harrisonburg

THIRD PLACE: American Shakespeare Center, Staunton

THIRD PLACE: Murray’s Fly Shop, Edinburg

BreatheHarrisonburg.com, 540-583-6683

AmericanShakespeareCenter.com, 540-851-1733

MurraysFlyShop.com, 540-984-4212

THIRD PLACE: Ice House Studios: The Center Yoga, Harrisonburg

Joshua Wilton House

JoshuaWilton.com, 540-434-4464

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FrontierMuseum.org, 540-332-7850

Bonnie Blue National Horse Show HorseCenter.org, 540-464-2950

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing

MossyCreekFlyFishing.com, 540-434-2444

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing

MossyCreekFlyFishing.com, 540-434-2444

CrossFit Staunton

CrossFitStaunton.com, 540-435-6818

IceHouseLove.com, 540-987-6358

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Winchester-born and raised Patsy Cline was one of country music’s biggest crossover stars in the '50s and '60s. For information about visiting the Patsy Cline Historic House, go to CelebratingPatsyCline.org

Lakeview Golf Club

4101 SHEN LAKE DRIVE, HARRISONBURG

LakeviewGolf.net, 540-434-8937

A 27-hole course, Lakeview Golf Club comprises three nine-hole sections each measuring roughly 3,200 yards in length, all with views of the surrounding mountain landscape. If you’re looking for a retreat, the club offers stay-andplay packages for a mountain golfing getaway. SECOND PLACE: Heritage Oaks Gold Course, Harrisonburg

HeritageOaksGolf.com, 540-442-6502 THIRD PLACE: Lexington Golf and Country Club, Lexington

LexingtonGolfAndCountryClub.com, 540-463-4141

BEST GYM

Staunton-Augusta YMCA 708 N. COALTER ST., STAUNTON

SAYMCA.org, 540-885-8089

The Staunton-Augusta YMCA covers most fitness needs with an indoor pool and track, as well as racquet and basketball courts and a weight room, but it also features outdoor programs. A certified wilderness instructor will take your training from the treadmill to the trail through a guided hike up Mount Rogers, the highest natural peak in Virginia. SECOND PLACE: Lifetime Fitness Augusta Health, Fishersville

AugustaHealth.com, 540-332-5433 THIRD PLACE: Sentara RMH Wellness Center, Harrisonburg

RMHWellnessCenter.com, 540-564-5695

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Living & Recreation BEST HISTORIC SITE

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum 20 N. COALTER ST., STAUNTON

WoodrowWilson.org, 540-885-0897

Woodrow Wilson’s birthplace, a three-story Greek Revival manse, now houses six exhibits detailing the 28th U.S. president’s life and accomplishments, as well as the Woodrow Wilson Presidential library, a trove of archival collections, including personal letters and papers. On display is the president’s oft-used Pierce Arrow limousine, restored—and running.

BEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

3655 US HIGHWAY 211 E., LURAY

3935 SUNNYSIDE DRIVE, HARRISONBURG

More than 200,000 acres of activities await a visitor to Shenandoah National Park, whether you’re a hiker, biker or horseback rider. The park’s topmost peaks exceed more than 4,000 feet, providing unbeatable views of the Virginia landscape. If you’re looking to cool off along its challenging trails on a summer day, try its many swimming holes and waterfalls.

More than 100 acres comprise the campus of Sunnyside Retirement Community, which offers options for both independent and assisted living. Activities like the knitting club and events like movie nights keep residents busy, but Sunnyside also organizes day trips to Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia for sight-seeing and shopping.

Shenandoah National Park NPS.gov, 540-999-3500

Sunnyside Retirement Community Sunnyside.cc, 800-237-2257

SECOND PLACE: Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton

SECOND PLACE: Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg

SECOND PLACE: Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton

FrontierMuseum.org, 540-332-7850

VMRC.org, 540-564-3400

FrontierMuseum.org, 540-332-7850

THIRD PLACE: Virginia’s Natural Bridge Park & Historic Hotel, Natural Bridge

THIRD PLACE: Kendal at Lexington

THIRD PLACE: Virginia Museum of the Civil War, New Market

Kalex.Kendal.org, 540-463-1910

VMI.edu/VMCW

NaturalBridgeVa.com, 800-533-1410

BEST HOTEL

BEST RESORT

24 S. MARKET ST., STAUNTON

7696 SAM SNEAD HIGHWAY, HOT SPRINGS

CampHorizonsVa.com, 540-896-7600

After a day hiking the Blue Ridge, Stonewall Jackson Hotel’s restored mezzanine provides a nice view of the goings-on in the downstairs lobby’s cocktail lounge, and of the hotel’s restored 1924 Wurlitzer organ. Stay and enjoy a Blue Ridge Martini or a Stonewall Jackson, then retire to a plush-top bed.

In 1766, an 18-room lodge opened in the mountains and was named “the Homestead” in honor of the homesteaders who built the hotel. Now, 250 years later, the Omni Homestead still stands, having expanded in that time to 483 rooms, including a spa with an aqua thermal suite and activities from skiing to falconry.

An American Camp Association-accredited program, Camp Horizons provides activities for kids 6-17, including a performing arts program and a leadership program for aspiring counselors. Campers can ride horses provided by Camp Horizon, canoe or engage in a number of interest building activities like photography, forensics and yoga.

SECOND PLACE: The Georges, Lexington

SECOND PLACE: Massanutten Resort, McGaheysville

SECOND PLACE: Highland Retreat Summer Camp, Bergton

TheGeorges.com, 540-463-2500

MassResort.com, 540-289-9441

HighlandRetreat.org, 540-705-0554

THIRD PLACE: George Washington Hotel, Winchester

THIRD PLACE: Bryce Resort, Mount Jackson

THIRD PLACE: Nature Camp, Vesuvius

BryceResort.com, 540-856-2121

NatureCamp.net, 540-460-7897

Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center

3586 HORIZONS WAY, HARRISONBURG

TheHomestead.com, 540-839-1766

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WyndhamGeorgeWashington.com, 540-678-4700

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BEST HUNTING OUTFITTER Dominion Outdoors

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16 ANGELA COURT, FISHERSVILLE

DominionOutdoors.com, 540-337-9218

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Started in 1994 as a small store stocking outerwear and archery gear, Dominion Outdoors expanded to include firearms, fishing equipment and a range of hunting accessories. On the store’s full-time staff are a gunsmith and a bow tech to service your rifle or bow. SECOND PLACE: Rockingham Cooperative, Harrisonburg

RockinghamCoop.com, 540-434-3856 THIRD PLACE: High Country Outfitters, Lexington

HighCountryVa.com, 540-464-4868

BEST HUNTING PRESERVE

George Washington National Forest 5162 VALLEYPOINTE PARKWAY, ROANOKE

FS.USDA.gov/GWJ, 540-265-5100

The game is afoot at George Washington National Forest, both big and small—the forest is home to 200 species of birds and 60 species of mammals, including wild turkey, black bear and whitetail deer. More than a million acres of forest and wilderness stretch across Virginia, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Virginia Film Office director Andy Edmunds announces the winners of the 2015 Virginia Screenwriting Competition last November. Previous winners include Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. Film.Virginia.org

SECOND PLACE: Deep Hollow Hunting Preserve, Mount Jackson

DeepHollowHunts.com, 540-477-3806 THIRD PLACE: Green Valley Hunter’s Paradise, Millboro

GreenValleyHuntersParadise.com, 540-968-2980

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Food & Drink BEST BAKERY

BEST BREAKFAST RESTAURANT

BEST CATERER

960 W. BEVERLY ST., STAUNTON

705 GREENVILLE AVE., STAUNTON

P.O. BOX 1487, STONERIDGE LANE, LEXINGTON

The beloved bakery now offers a new dinner menu (including wine and beer) available Thursdays through Saturdays from 5-9 p.m. Dishes include leg of lamb gyro and wood-fired pizzas with toppings like feta, fennel sausage and kale, and dough prepared with the “labor intensive love” for which the bakery is known.

You’ll flip for Kathy’s gourmet pancakes. Imagine a plate filled with five ultra-light and tender buttermilk pancakes, topped with whipped butter. Flavors include blueberry, strawberry, chocolate chip, apple, buckwheat and even bacon. You can even pick up “Kathy’s Pancake Mix” to use at home.

SECOND PLACE: Bella Gelato & Pastries, Harrisonburg

SECOND PLACE: Little Grill Collective, Harrisonburg

Located at the Stoneridge Inn, CHEFS will bring the party to you, or host it on-site at the historic inn. The full-service, ABC-licensed caterer offers a wide range of options to meet any budget—from rehearsal dinners, receptions and dinner parties to pig pickings, boxed lunches and tailgates. Menus prepared by Chef John Stallard.

540-217-5657

LGC.coop, 540-434-3594

SECOND PLACE: Full Circle Catering, Lexington

THIRD PLACE: Heritage Bakery & Cafe, Harrisonburg

THIRD PLACE: Kind Roots Café, Lexington

FullCircleCatering.com, 540-463-1634

HeritageBakes.com, 540-564-1200

KindRootsCafe.com, 540-460-5697

THIRD PLACE: Mike Lund Food, Staunton

Newtown Baking NewtownBaking.com, 540-885-3799

Kathy’s Restaurant

Kathys-Restaurant.com, 540-885-4331

CHEFS Catering

StoneRidgeCatering.com, 540-462-7182

MikeLundFood.com, 540-649-4782

BEST BARBECUE RESTAURANT

BEST BURGER JOINT

477 LEE JACKSON HIGHWAY, STAUNTON

80 S. MAIN ST., HARRISONBURG

A welcoming front porch and a heavenly smell greet visitors to Peck’s, a rustic eatery on Route 11. Here, plates are piled with sliced or chopped North Carolina-style barbecue as well as flounder, grilled or fried chicken, hamburger steak, half chicken, ribs or oysters, and served with French fries, a choice of white or barbecue slaw, and rolls or hush puppies.

Harrisonburg is the original location of this popular hangout, which now has eight restaurants in Virginia, Alabama and Tennessee. Since 2008, customers have come here for the fun burgers (like The Greg Brady, topped with mac and cheese and Martin’s barbecue potato chips), and the more than 100 craft beer options.

SECOND PLACE: 1752 Barbecue, Woodstock

CubanBurger.com, 540-434-1769

How do I love thee? Let Cocoa Mill count the ways with its assortments of handmade candies. The Valentine Chocolate Hearts and Truffles (in an edible, heart-shaped chocolate box) “truly blew us away,” wrote the Wall Street Journal. But there are more treasures to find in this family-run shop, the go-to location for Easter bunnies, caramels, barks and other delights.

WoodstockBrewhouse.com, 540-233-0616

THIRD PLACE: Pure Eats, Lexington

SECOND PLACE: Warfel’s Sweet Shoppe, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Bean’s BBQ, Edinburg

Pure-Eats.com, 540-462-6000

Peck’s Barbecue

PecksBBQ.com, 540-886-4647

Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint JackBrownsJoint.com, 540-433-5225

123 W. NELSON ST., LEXINGTON

CocoaMill.com, 540-464-8400

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SECOND PLACE: Cuban Burger, Harrisonburg

BEST CHOCOLATIER

Warfels.biz, 540-879-9598 THIRD PLACE: Shenandoah Fine Chocolates, Winchester

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ShenandoahFineChocolates.com, 540-535-0010

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LocalChops.com, 540-801-0505

Pastry Chef Rachel Herr uses fresh fruits and ingredients from the Shenandoah Valley in her creations, and also churns her own ice cream. Seasonal offerings are constantly rotating, including this recent gem: a salted honey-pistachio sundae featuring buttermilk pistachio cake, orange caramel, salted local honey and chamomile ice cream with honeycomb candy. SECOND PLACE: Flotzie’s Soft Serve, Luray

Facebook.com/Flotzies, 540-742-2531 THIRD PLACE: Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza, Harrisonburg

BellaLunaWoodFired.com, 540-433-1366

BEST FARMERS’ MARKET

Harrisonburg Farmers’ Market 228 S. LIBERTY ST., HARRISONBURG

HarrisonburgFarmersMarket.com, 540-476-3377

Dominion Fireworks has put on light shows up and down the Eastern seaboard since its founding in 1984. See them in action during the summer when the Petersburg-based company lights two shows a week on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. DominionFireworks.com

This producers-only farmers’ market is open year-round. Items include freshly baked bread and yeasted sweet rolls from Staff of Life Baking Co., bath and body products from White Oak Lavender Farm, and baked, filled donuts—including raspberry, double delight and huckleberry—from Clover Blossom Farm. SECOND PLACE: Staunton Farmers’ Market

StauntonFarmersMarket.org, 540-448-1937 THIRD PLACE: Lexington Farmers’ Market

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Food & Drink BEST FOOD TRUCK

BEST GOURMET GROCERY STORE

1321 S. HIGH ST., HARRISONBURG

150 E. WOLFE ST., HARRISONBURG

FriendlyCity.coop, 540-801-8882

PaleFireBrewing.com, 540-217-5452

“Mania” may be the maiden name of coowner Kathleen Mania-Casey (aka “The Grilled Cheese Lady”), but it also captures her devotion to her food truck and family. Her siblings and others pop up in the names of the items, such as the BLT known as “The Larold”—as in Harold, with an L—the nickname of her bacon-loving nephew, Larry.

Everyone can shop at this co-op, and anyone can join. The focus is local, natural, organic foods and all profits are returned to the community. With an emphasis on sustainability, customers can bring in their own containers (weighed first by a cashier) for bulk items such as herbs, spices, flour, beans, grains, candies and other snacks.

Started in 2015, Pale Fire was named one of the 33 Best New Breweries by BeerAdvocate last year and its Salad Days American Saison won a bronze at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. The brewery hosts concerts and Books & Booze (book signings by local authors) in its cozy taproom.

SECOND PLACE: Mashita, Harrisonburg

SECOND PLACE: Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery, Staunton

DBBrewingCompany.com, 540-462-6200

EatMashita.com, 540-810-1875

GoCranberrys.com, 540-885-4755

THIRD PLACE: Brothers Craft Brewing, Harrisonburg

THIRD PLACE: Cravingz, Waynesboro

THIRD PLACE: Martin’s, Harrisonburg

BrothersCraftBrewing.com, 540-421-6599

Facebook.com/CravingzConcessions, 540-471-0464

MartinsFoods.com, 540-442-7576

Grilled Cheese Mania

Friendly City Food Co-op

GrilledCheeseMania.com, 540-746-7515

BEST LOCAL CRAFT BREWERY Pale Fire Brewing Co.

217 S. LIBERTY ST., SUITE 105, HARRISONBURG

SECOND PLACE: Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Lexington

BEST LOCAL ICE CREAM SHOP The Split Banana

7 W. BEVERLEY ST., STAUNTON

TheSplitBanana.com, 866-492-3668

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Step inside this downtown shop and you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store. Beneath glass-topped cases, tubs of thickly swirled gelato beckon. Will it be the tan and chocolate-drizzled Espresso Biscotti, or the bright-speckled M&M birthday cake? There’s even a sugar-free hazelnut among the 18 rotating flavors made on-site. SECOND PLACE: Kline’s Dairy Bar, Harrisonburg

KlinesDairyBar.com, 540-434-4014

THIRD PLACE: Sweet Things Ice Cream Shoppe, Lexington

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217 S. LIBERTY ST., SUITE 104B, HARRISONBURG

BlackSheepCoffeeHBurg.com, 540-217-5560

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Black Sheep is new to the scene (2015), but is quickly becoming a favorite space for locals to meet and gather. Customers can choose from a large selection of brewed coffees and pourovers—made with beans from Red Rooster Coffee Roasters, Mudhouse Coffee and Lexington Coffee Roasters—as well as teas, espressos, baked treats and other menu items.

The Garth Newel Music Center feeds the soul.

SECOND PLACE: By & By Café, Staunton

“When I came here, what I heard people talking about was that Garth Newel was somehow a fairy tale land disconnected from the ‘real’ world,” says Shawn Puller, executive director of the 114-acre Bath County music retreat and home to the Garth Newel Piano Quartet. “But I think that’s backward. When you come over the mountain, all of a sudden the background noise ceases, the world makes sense again and we remember who we truly are. Here, we have a chance to connect with each other.” Built in 1924 by American painter and chairman of the School of Fine Arts at Yale University William Kendall and his wife Christine, who named it for the Welsh phrase meaning “new home,” Garth Newel first became the site of a chamber music study program and concert venue in the 1970s. Today, it hosts more than 60 chamber concerts throughout the year, performed by its resident piano quartet and top visiting musicians from all over the world. In addition to classical, artists perform in genres including jazz, bluegrass, and for the first time this summer, opera, with the June 25th performance of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte by members of Charlottesville’s Ash Lawn Opera. “There is no other program we know of in the country like this that is devoted to chamber music year round,” says Puller. “I hope all of Virginia just realizes, wow, it’s here, it’s part of us.” GarthNewel.org

THIRD PLACE: Lexington Coffee Shop

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BEST OUTDOOR DINING Clementine Café

153 S. MAIN ST., HARRISONBURG

ClementineCafe.com, 540-801-8881

Grab a spot in the sun and watch the world go by from Clementine’s patio. Brunch, served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., offers the standard favorites with a twist—such as salmon Benedict or shrimp and poached eggs (with grits, lobster cream sauce, pico and potato straws). SECOND PLACE: Byers Street Bistro, Staunton

ByersStreetBistro.com, 540-887-6100 THIRD PLACE: Rocca, Lexington

RoccaRistorante.com, 540-461-8484

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Food & Drink BEST BAR

BEST PLACE FOR LUNCH

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

11 N. MAIN ST., LEXINGTON

26 & 28 E. BEVERLEY ST., STAUNTON

1570 E. MARKET ST., HARRISONBURG

The Georges, an elegant boutique inn located in two of Lexington’s oldest buildings, is home to TAPS, a lounge in the lobby. The name is a nod to Virginia Military Institute (as are creative cocktails like the General, the Marshall and the Keydet), for which owners Teddy and Ann Parker Gottwald have a great affinity (along with nearby Washington and Lee).

Pampered Palate opened in 1979 as a wine and gourmet shop with a few pre-packaged sandwiches. Food sales boomed, and today the shop and café offers a full-service continental breakfast and made-to-order lunch. The extensive sandwich and wrap menu includes the Historic Staunton, made with hot roast beef and brie on a buttered, multi-grain ciabatta.

Created by four brothers originally from Mexico, El Charro celebrated its 25th anniversary in December, and now operates two locations in Harrisonburg, and one each in Bridgewater and King George. Customers keep coming back for the sizzling fajitas, tacos de carne asada and the arroz con pollo, a local favorite.

SECOND PLACE: The Golden Pony, Harrisonburg

SECOND PLACE: Blue Sky Bakery, Lexington

BajaBean.com/Staunton, 540-885-9988

GoldenPonyVa.com, 540-901-2628

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THIRD PLACE: El Sol, Harrisonburg

THIRD PLACE: Yelping Dog Wine, Staunton

THIRD PLACE: Yelping Dog Wine, Staunton

Facebook.com/ElSolMexicanRestaurante, 540-442-8763

YelpingDogWine.com, 540-885-2275

YelpingDogWine.com, 540-885-2275

BEST RESTAURANT

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

56 W. GAY ST., HARRISONBURG

132 LEE JACKSON HIGHWAY, STAUNTON

LocalChops.com, 540-801-0505

As the name implies, Local Chop focuses on products supplied by Shenandoah Valley farmers and others in close proximity. See the website for photos of Chef Jakob Napotnik’s visits to local producers. Noted for its steaks, be sure to try your cut with one of the restaurant’s special sauces. All of the toppings are made from scratch, even the ketchup.

Generally low in fat and a good source of Omega-3s, seafood is a top choice for hearthealthy eaters. At Red Lobster, diners can also choose from the Lighthouse menu, which offers choices like he garlic-grilled shrimp or rock lobster tail, each with 600 calories or fewer.

The menu is simple and elegant, the directions straightforward. First, you select from one of 10 entrées—from filet mignon to tofu steak— then you choose a rub, a made-from-scratch steak sauce and two sides. Offered are three rubs (bleu cheese, house and garden), six sauces (in the categories of sweet and tart, savory and hot and spicy) and seven seasonal sides.

MillStreetGrill.com, 540-886-0656

SECOND PLACE: Texas Roadhouse, Harrisonburg

SECOND PLACE: Mill Street Grill, Staunton

THIRD PLACE: Finnigan’s Cove, Harrisonburg

TexasRoadHouse.com, 540-801-0324

FinnigansCove.com, 540-433-9874

THIRD PLACE: Outback Steakhouse, Waynesboro

TAPs-The Georges TheGeorges.com, 540-463-2500

Local Chop & Grill House LocalChops.com, 540-801-0505

Red Lobster

RedLobster.com, 540-887-7582

SECOND PLACE: Mill Street Grill, Staunton

EatElCharro.com, 540-564-0386

SECOND PLACE: Baja Bean Co., Staunton

BEST STEAKHOUSE

Local Chop & Grill House 56 W. GAY ST., HARRISONBURG

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ThePamperedPalateCafe.com, 540-886-9463

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Zynodoa.com, 540-885-7775

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BellaLunaWoodFired.com, 540-433-1366

If you like to watch your pizza prepared, come on over to Bella Luna, which features an enormous wood-fired oven front and center. For the daring, there’s the Ring of Fire pizza, which includes house-made hot sauce and fennel sausage, roasted mushrooms from nearby amFOG Farms, red onions and mozzarella. SECOND PLACE: Shenandoah Pizza and Tap House, Staunton

ShenPizza.com, 540-213-0008 THIRD PLACE: Franks Pizza, Lexington

FranksPizzaLexington.com, 540-463-7575

BEST PLACE FOR BRUNCH Mill Street Grill

1 MILL ST., STAUNTON

MillStreetGrill.com, 540-886-0656

The brunch menu offers a gluten-free section, French toast, huevos rancheros and an egg and cheese frittata with a rotating weekly topping. Hearty eaters can choose from several options for eggs Benedict—filet mignon, shrimp Florentine, crab cake, or shrimp and fried green tomatoes—all served with fresh fruit and home fries. SECOND PLACE: Food. Bar. Food, Harrisonburg

FoodBarFood.com, 540-433-3663 THIRD PLACE: Little Grill Collective, Harrisonburg

You might not know it, but you’re living in the world of Vyrose. At least that’s the world you can escape to by joining Avalon LARP (Live Action Roleplay), in which members dress, scheme and do battle as high-fantasy characters in locales like Murshank and Agrov Abyss (both near Manassas). Or, find a LARP near you. AvalonLARP.com, Larping.org

LGC.coop, 540-434-3594

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THE TEAM AT LOCAL CHOP & GRILL HOUSE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME THE MOST RECENT MEMBER TO OUR AWARD WINNING FAMILY

Our Victorian bed & breakfast and fine dining restaurant showcases a Shenandoah Valley sourced, farm to table menu from Tuesday through Saturday, and a casual brunch on Sundays. Located in the heart of historical downtown Harrisonburg.

Voted Best Inn in the Shenandoah Valley. Make your next travel destination the Joshua Wilton House.

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Food & Drink BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT

BEST WINE SHOP

MOST CREATIVE COCKTAIL MENU

919 S. HIGH ST., HARRISONBURG

9 E. BEVERLEY ST., STAUNTON

126 W. BRUCE ST., HARRISONBURG

Opened in 1999, Taste of Thai offers an array of favorite dishes, such as papaya salad, tom kha gai (coconut chicken breast) soup, spicy squid, and red curry, available with tofu, chicken or beef. Chinese and Thai beers are among the beverages, which, like the food, you can enjoy by dining in or taking out.

A wine shop and a cafe, Yelping Dog offers a laid-back atmosphere, with staffers eager to share their knowledge of wines. Customers can choose from more than 1,200 wines from around the world, including two Yelping Dog brands, sourced by Virginia’s Lovingston and Prince Michel vineyards, as well as beers, cheese and charcuterie.

Sippers and swizzlers delight—this cocktail haven offers an inspired menu with drinks such as Rosemary’s Bellini and Cider Margarita. Brunch offers seven types of Bloody Mary alone. Meanwhile, those hankering for a little nosh can choose from small plates such as black beans and goat cheese hummus, duck carnitas, and rustic country pate.

540-433-8424

SECOND PLACE: Downtown Wine & Gourmet, Harrisonburg

SECOND PLACE: Zynodoa, Staunton

THIRD PLACE: Silk Road, Waynesboro

DowntownWines.com, 540-432-9463

Zynodoa.com, 540-885-7775

SilkRoadCuisineVa.com, 540-949-9097

THIRD PLACE: Washington Street Purveyors, Lexington

THIRD PLACE: Taps, The Georges, Lexington

GopherWine.com, 540-464-9463

TheGeorges.com, 540-463-2500

Taste of Thai

Taste-of-Thai.com, 540-801-8878

SECOND PLACE: Thai Flavor Restaurant, Harrisonburg

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT Vito’s Italian Kitchen

1047 PORT REPUBLIC ROAD, HARRISONBURG

VitosItalianKitchen.com, 540-433-1113

Yelping Dog Wine

YelpingDogWine.com, 540-885-2275

Food. Bar. Food

FoodBarFood.com, 540-433-3663

BEST WINERY

Bluestone Vineyard 4828 SPRING CREEK ROAD, BRIDGEWATER

Whether you are sitting at the bar, a cozy booth or at a patio table under the stars, Vito’s will make you feel welcome. Specialty pizzas and pasta dishes are among the extensive menu offerings. Grab a friend and head to “Two for Tuesdays,” which offers two glasses of beer or wine, two side salads, one single-topping 16-inch pizza and a dessert to share, all for $24.

BluestoneVineyard.com, 540-828-0099

SECOND PLACE: Emilo’s Italian Restaurant, Staunton

SECOND PLACE: Barren Ridge Vineyards, Fishersville

EmiliosItalianRestaurant.com, 540-885-0102

BarrenRidgeVineyards.com, 540-248-3300

THIRD PLACE: Scotto’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, Waynesboro

THIRD PLACE: Rockbridge Vineyard, Raphine

Scottos.net, 540-942-8715

RockbridgeVineyard.com, 540-377-6204

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Although its first vintage was not until 2009, Bluestone is already receiving accolades for its wines. The vintner’s 2014 Estate Grown Chardonnay won a double gold medal in the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Competition, and also a gold from the 2016 Virginia Governor’s Cup along with inclusion in the Virginia Governor’s Case.

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After 16 years, an $11 million-plus renovation, and a deathbed promise, it’s finally time for the Historic Wayne Theatre to shine again. The venue, opened Jan. 18, 1926 as Waynesboro’s first vaudeville and silent movie theater, seemed destined to become a parking lot after years of financial difficulties and a devastating fire nearly closed the neo-classical venue featuring an Arthur Jordan Orchestra pipe organ. Then, in 2000, community leaders, including the late Lillian Morris, stepped in to save the theater. “She was a tough lady. She got it organized and incorporated as a 501(c)3,” recalls Clair Myers, director emeritus of the Wayne Theatre Alliance, the entity created by Morris. Later, diagnosed with a terminal illness, Morris made her successor, Bill Hausrath, “swear on her deathbed that he would get this done,” says Myers. Hausrath did, with the help of individuals like Myers, who became the first full-time paid staffer in 2006, and Tracy Straight, a former board member who is now the theater’s executive director. While the pipe organ is gone, historic features include a restored façade, lobby and original stained glass. There’s also a Historic Colored Entrance and stairwell to the once-segregated side of the balcony, intact from 1926. Now, current performances and the monthly Shenandoah Jamboree are bringing national artists to Waynesboro. WayneTheatre.org

Aaron Clay performs at the theater’s March 1 sneak peek. Above: Historic Wayne Theatre.

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Shopping & Services BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM

BEST AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOP

BEST BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

558 S. MAIN ST., HARRISONBURG

624 N. AUGUSTA ST., STAUNTON

2127 MAGNOLIA AVE., BUENA VISTA

Founded in 1963, PBMares offers accounting and consulting services to businesses primarily based in the Mid-Atlantic, with a few international clients as well. Service areas include tax planning and preparation, auditing and consulting for industries as varied as healthcare, hospitality, non-profit and construction and real estate.

A community mainstay for more than 50 years, Hershey Tire’s services range from the complex—such as diesel engine repairs or hose replacements—to preventive services, like oil changes and inspections. And of course, as the name suggests, it offers plenty of tires, by brands such as Bridgestone, Michelin and Goodyear.

After you find the dress of your dreams (from a selection of designers such as Mon Cheri, Maggie Sottero and Essense of Australia) at Becky’s Bridal, you don’t have to worry about finding a tailor to get the perfect fit—the salon performs alterations on-site. The store has remained under the same ownership since its founding by Rebecca Fairchild in 1982.

SECOND PLACE: Didawick and Company, Staunton

HJTires.com, 540-463-2178

SECOND PLACE: Bridal Impressions, Harrisonburg

Didawick.com, 540-855-0855

THIRD PLACE: Warehouse Auto Repair, Staunton

Bridal-Impressions.com, 540-564-9622

THIRD PLACE: Raetz & Hawkins, Lexington

WarehouseAutoRepair.com, 540-213-1300

THIRD PLACE: White Dress by Greta Kay, Waynesboro

PB Mares

PBMares.com, 540-434-5975

Hershey Tire

HersheyTire.com, 540-886-3438

SECOND PLACE: H & J Tires, Lexington

RaetzAndHawkins.com, 540-463-7121

BEST AIR CHARTER SERVICE Dynamic Aviation

1402 AIRPORT ROAD, BRIDGEWATER

DynamicAviation.com, 540-828-6070

EaglesNest.aero, 540-943-4447

50 LODGE LANE, SUITE 106, VERONA

FactoryAntiqueMall.com, 540-248-1110

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BlackSwanStaunton.com, 540-712-0123

A sister store to the Richmond institution of the same name, Black Swan set up shop in 2012. The shop serves as “a place to buy and sell books and records, hear readings and music, bump into friends and find things you never knew you needed,” says owner James Cooke. Well said indeed. SECOND PLACE: Books & Co., Toys, Too!, Lexington

McDonough Toyota

918 RICHMOND AVE., STAUNTON

MCDToyota.com, 540-886-6201

Opened in 1975, McDonough Toyota offers new and pre-owned options for popular models such as the Camry, Corolla and RAV-4, as well as pre-owned vehicles of a variety of other makes and models, including Ford and Chevrolet. The dealership, opened in 1975, also offers a lifetime warranty on engines.

540-464-8697

SECOND PLACE: Valley Honda, Staunton

THIRD PLACE: Barnes & Noble, Harrisonburg

MyValleyHonda.com, 540-213-9000

BarnesAndNoble.com, 540-432-3801

THIRD PLACE: Consumers Auto Warehouse, Staunton

CawCawCaw.com, 540-213-0202

THE PLAY’S THE THING The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, home to the Blackfriars Playhouse (the only re-creation of Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Theatre in the world) never needs an excuse to put on a production by the world's greatest playwright, but since this year marks the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, the resident company (pictured here in a recent staging of The Tempest) will pull out all the stops. Find out what’s in store at AmericanShakespeareCenter.com

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SECOND PLACE: Duke’s Antiques Center, Lexington

1 E. BEVERLEY ST., STAUNTON

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Rare board games, vintage gas pumps, antique cameras—whatever heirloom or artifact you seek, there is a good chance you’ll find it at one of the more than 200 vendors who rent booths at the Factory Antique Mall, the largest of its kind in the nation at more than 120,000 square feet.

Black Swan Books and Music

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BEST ANTIQUES

WhiteDressBridals.com, 540-447-4948

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SECOND PLACE: Eagle’s Nest Airport, Waynesboro

BeckysBridal.net, 540-261-3140

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Dynamic Aviation is a Virginia-based company with international reach, operating 18 locations in five countries on three continents (including Southeast Asia and the Middle East), providing air services for private companies and federal agencies. Its fleet of more than 140 aircraft includes a selection of Gulfstream and Cessna jets, and the Bombardier Dash-8 (among others), for passenger charter.

Becky’s Bridal

THIRD PLACE: Staunton Antique Center, Staunton

Facebook.com/StauntonAntiquesCenter, 540-324-2570

BEST ARCHITECTURE FIRM Frazier Associates

213 N. AUGUSTA ST., STAUNTON

FrazierAssociates.com, 540-886-6230

Though this year marks its 30th anniversary, the team at Frazier Associates has the combined experience of 70 years—experience it puts to good use in transforming industrial and commercial buildings into sleek lofts or revitalizing historic buildings, such as the Mimslyn Inn. Services include residential architecture, community design and historic preservation. SECOND PLACE: Blue Ridge Architects, Harrisonburg

BlueRidgeArchitects.com, 540-437-1228 THIRD PLACE: The Gaines Group, Harrisonburg

HarrisonburgArchitect.com, 540-437-0012

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In the Shenandoah Valley near Skyline Drive L’Auberge Provençale is the quintessential French Country Inn.

Innkeepers Celeste and Alain Borel have created a remarkable, authentic Provençale experience in a romantic Virginia bed and breakfast with gracious service, and elegant, cheerful Provençale suites and rooms. Savor our modern regional cuisine with a French flair at our nationally acclaimed Virginia restaurant, La Table Provençale, featuring herbs, vegetables, and fruits from our orchards and gardens along with the freshest and best of local ingredients. A dining experience at La Table Provençale will help set the tone for a romantic Virginia getaway.

We’re thrilled to announce the long awaited opening of our bar & lounge– “Le Bar” a new look, a new menu, and a new concept for La Table Provençale. Enjoy savory snacks, sophisticated cuisine and brasserie fare made from the freshest farm to table ingredients. Most of all we’re excited to introduce an assortment of trendy cocktails, herb infused drinks and craft beers on tap. Enjoy our sexy and chic Parisian atmosphere and seasonal fare from our new state of the art kitchen!

L’Auberge Provençale Bed and Breakfast - Chef Alain & Celeste Borel 13630 Lord Fairfax Hwy, White Post, VA 22620 | P.O. Box 190 White Post, VA 22663 Call for reservations: 1.540.837.1375 or Reserve A Table Online

www.laubergeprovencale.com/getaway | celebrate@laubergeprovencale.com

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Shopping & Services BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE

IN THE LIMELIGHT

Once Upon a Child

1790 E. MARKET ST., SUITE 96, HARRISONBURG

Located on land that had previously been a lime quarry and kiln (hence the name), the Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington has hosted offbeat musical acts and theater performances since its debut season in 1984. After a twoyear hiatus, the venue re-opened in 2014. Pictured here is a 2014 performance by newgrass band Walker's Run. LimeKilnTheater.org

OnceUponAChildHarrisonburg.com, 540-438-5607

A consignment shop specializing in children’s clothing, accessories, books and toys, the Harrisonburg franchise of Once Upon A Child opened in 2010. Along with selling items, the shop buys them, too—check its Facebook page for announcements. SECOND PLACE: Baby’s First Gifts, Lexington

BabysFirstGifts.com, 540-464-1522 THIRD PLACE: Kimberly’s, Winchester

Kimberlys.biz, 540-662-2195

BEST COSMETIC SURGERY PRACTICE Asfa Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

1502 BROOKHAVEN DRIVE, HARRISONBURG

AsfaPlasticSurgery.com, 540-432-0303

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Originally opened in Baltimore, Asfa Plastic Surgery & Medical Center moved to Harrisonburg in 2008, offering the region’s only facility overseen by a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Asfa performs a full range of procedures, including face lifts, tummy tucks and CoolSculpting, a noninvasive treatment that removes fat from specific areas.

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SECOND PLACE: Stephen D. Keefe, MD, ENT and Facial Cosmetic Surgery, Fishersville

DrKeefeENT.com, 540-245-7027 THIRD PLACE: Dr. James Whitney, Whitney Oral & Facial Surgery, Harrisonburg

WhitneySurgery.com, 540-437-1230

121 S. LEWIS ST., STAUNTON

BlackDogBikes.com, 540-887-8700

BEST EVENT PLANNING COMPANY

80 W. FOURTH ST., FRONT ROYAL

640 AIRPORT ROAD, WINCHESTER

Front Royal Dental Care

FrontRoyalDentalCare.com, 540-635-4567

Six Star Events

SixStarEventsLLC.com, 540-773-3306

SECOND PLACE: Shenandoah Bicycle Company, Harrisonburg

SECOND PLACE: Brown & Sutt PLLC, Harrisonburg

TheFadedPoppy.com, 540-448-0187

THIRD PLACE: Mole Hill Bikes, Dayton

MoleHillBikes.com, 540-879-2011

BEST DAY SPA

Breezy Hill Day Spa 1220 N. AUGUSTA ST., STAUNTON

BeezyHillDaySpa.com, 540-886-0887

540-434-2102 THIRD PLACE: Dental Health Associates, Verona

MyDentalHealthAssociates.com, 540-248-2500

BEST DERMATOLOGY PRACTICE Blue Ridge Dermatology 1151 13TH ST., WAYNESBORO

BlueRidgeDermatology.net, 540-949-6934

Housed in a Victorian-era home a stone’s throw from Staunton’s historic downtown, the 10-year-old Breezy Hill Day Spa specializes in massages (including therapeutic, deep tissue and reflexology), as well as hot and cold stone massages. Also on the menu are facials, chemical peels, nail services and spray tans.

Dr. Cynthia Dent, Dr. Keith Knoell and Dr. Ines Soukoulis make up the team at Blue Ridge Dermatology, whose specialties include geriatric dermatology, psoriasis, facial peels, nail and hair disorders, and pediatric dermatology. The main office is in Waynesboro, but a satellite office treats patients in Lexington.

SECOND PLACE: Beauty Spa, Harrisonburg

SECOND PLACE: Harrisonburg Dermatology

BeautySpaOnline.com, 540-564-1925 THIRD PLACE: Tres Bella Day Spa and Boutique, Front Royal

TresBellaSpa.com, 540-635-2255

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In many ways, Six Star Events is a one-stopshop. Along with providing planning services since 2009, owner Kim James has been catering and staffing events since 2002. The company plans weddings, cocktail parties, galas and corporate events, among others.

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When Black Dog Bike owner James Burris moved to Staunton and realized there wasn’t a cycle shop in town, he says he “knew we had to give it a go.” Now, a decade later, the shop is “still rolling strong.” Black Dog sells replacement parts, and aims to complete repairs in 24 hours or fewer. It also stocks bicycle brands like Specialized, Cannondale and Scott.

Drs. Daisy and Frederick Broadhead—the brother-sister duo of Front Royal Dental Care— were named among “America’s Best Young Dentists: 40 Under 40” by dental professional magazine Incisal Edge. The pair earned the nomination for their commitment to “respecting patients’ time.” Their practice focuses on general dentistry, including cleanings, dental implants and treating and diagnosing periodontal disease.

ShenandoahBicycle.com, 540-437-9000

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SECOND PLACE: Merry Go Round Farm, Covington

804-339-3434 THIRD PLACE: The Faded Poppy, Waynesboro

BEST EYE CARE PROVIDER

Rockingham Eye Physicians and Associates, P.C. 1921 MEDICAL AVE., HARRISONBURG

RockinghamEyePhysicians.com, 540-433-2485

The team of optometrists and ophthalmologists at Rockingham Eye Physicians and Associates will walk members of your entire family through the optical evaluation process, from exams and contact lens fittings to more complicated procedures, like laser refractive surgery and treating glaucoma or retinal disorders. The business opened in 1975. SECOND PLACE: Eye One, Staunton

EyeOneVa.com, 540-213-7720 THIRD PLACE: My Eye Doctor, Harrisonburg

MyEyeDr.com, 540-442-7742

THIRD PLACE: Savola Aesthetic Dermatology, Fishersville

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Shopping & Services BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING FIRM

BEST FLORIST

BEST HAIR SALON

625 GREENVILLE AVE., STAUNTON

2211 N. AUGUSTA ST., STAUNTON

353 NEFF AVE., HARRISONBURG

“I got into the business because my father was a CPA. He died at 55 and left a trust that my mom is still living off of 28 years later,” says financial advisor Sarah Fowler. “I had always been interested, and it showed me how you can protect your family even after you’re gone.” Fowler specializes in retirement planning, estate planning and saving for college.

“I wanted to start a strictly custom floral shop, where the customer’s story and visions for their events were realized by a one-off creation,” says Honey Bee Florist owner Melissa Swan. “I had had to follow picture books from wire services for so many years.” The shop creates one-of-a-kind arrangements for any occasion.

The Studio Hair Salon & Day Spa is a one-stop shop for high glamour, offering services for hair (including cuts, colors and texture services), nails and skin, as well as massages and makeup application. Bridal party makeup can be done on-site or at the salon. The salon's products include bareMinerals, Dermalogica and OPI.

SECOND PLACE: University Florist, Lexington

SECOND PLACE: Tease Hair Design, Staunton

SECOND PLACE: Edward Jones, Lexington

UniversityFloristLexVa.com, 540-463-6080

540-885-1550

EdwardJones.com, 540-463-1999

THIRD PLACE: Rask Florist, Staunton

THIRD PLACE: Encore Salon 215 Spa, Lexington

RaskFlorist.com, 540-886-3451

Salon215DaySpa.com, 540-464-4215

BEST GIFT SHOP

BEST HOME BUILDER

307 N. AUGUSTA ST., STAUNTON

824 JOHN MARSHALL HIGHWAY, SUITE 202, FRONT ROYAL

Clint Pierpont, owner of Sustainable Homes, Inc., describes his company’s mission as a simple one: provide comfort, quality and durability. The six-year-old operation specializes in constructing sustainable, energy efficient homes. Along with building from the ground up, Sustainable Homes offers remodeling and repair services.

HLLang.com, 540-885-1275

Southern, rustic and eclectic, LTD 7 has been selling new, vintage and repurposed wares for fans in Staunton since opening two years ago (it also has an online store for its far-flung fans). Here, you will find a decorative bird’s nest complete with speckled eggs; painted pass-it-along platters for dinner parties; and boho peasant dresses perfect for summer cookouts.

THIRD PLACE: Crown Jeweler’s, Staunton

SECOND PLACE: SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts, Elkton

WelshConstruction.com, 540-464-1008

CrownLTD.net, 540-885-0653

SoLaceInc.com, 540-298-5222

THIRD PLACE: Herr & Company, Harrisonburg

THIRD PLACE: Artful Gifts L.L.C., Staunton

HerrInc.com, 540-437-1683

Edward Jones, Sarah R. Fowler EdwardJones.com, 540-885-5630

BEST FINE JEWELRY STORE James McHone Jewelry

75 COURT SQUARE, HARRISONBURG

McHoneJewelry.com, 540-433-1833

SECOND PLACE: H. L Lang & Co. Jewelers, Staunton

HoneyBeesFlorist.com, 540-887-1221

LTD 7

LTD7Online.com, 540-294-0036

The Studio Hair Salon & Day Spa TheStudioHairSalon.com, 540-434-8188

Sustainable Homes Inc. SustainableHomesVa.com, 540-631-5001

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James McHone Jewelry is a diamond lover’s best friend. The store specializes in the glamorous stones, particularly of the estate and antique variety—think art deco brooches and Victorianera engagement rings. The 34-year-old shop buys and sells jewelry, provides repairs and appraisals, and also designs custom pieces.

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SECOND PLACE: Welsh Construction, Lexington

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BEST HOSPITAL

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Augusta Health

78 MEDICAL CENTER DRIVE, FISHERSVILLE

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SECOND PLACE: Sentara RMH Medical Center, Harrisonburg

RMHOnline.com, 540-689-1000 THIRD PLACE: Winchester Medical Center

ValleyHealthLink.com, 540-536-8000

BEST INDEPENDENT HOME DÉCOR STORE LTD 7

307 N. AUGUSTA ST., STAUNTON

LTD7Online.com, 540-294-0036

New PBS period drama Mercy Street (pictured here), set in Union-occupied Alexandria during the Civil War, looks to some of Virginia’s vintage clothing shops, including Halcyon in Richmond, to provide period-appropriate clothing for its cast. HalcyonVintageClothing.com

The last couple of years have been big for LTD 7. In June of 2015, the shop opened a second location on Rowe Road, also in Staunton, and in March of this year, purchased and re-opened Grandma’s Bait, a popular children’s boutique. Goods at the vibrant boutique include cheeky dishtowels with phrases like “Cupcakes are just flamboyant muffins,” and chic rustic lanterns. SECOND PLACE: Cherish Every Moment, Staunton

540-292-5365 THIRD PLACE: Southern Girls, Lexington

SouthernGirlsSVA.com, 540-464-3500 P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F A N T H O N Y P L AT T/ P B S

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Shopping & Services BEST INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

BEST KITCHEN DESIGN FIRM

BEST MED SPA

235 W. FREDERICK ST., STAUNTON

1930 DEYERLE AVE., HARRISONBURG

1502 BROOKHAVEN DRIVE, HARRISONBURG

Named after Flora Cooke Stuart, headmistress of the school from 1880 to 1899 and wife of J.E.B Stuart, Stuart Hall first opened its doors in 1844 as the Virginia Female Institute. Today, the co-ed school has more than 300 enrolled students in grades K-12, and offers 14 AP and advanced classes for students in grades 10-12.

Classic Kitchen is a one-stop shop for kitchen and bath remodels, taking projects from conception through installation and completion. Classic Kitchen’s product lines include River Run and Danver Stainless Steel for cabinetry, Wilsonart and Dupont Surfaces for countertops, and appliances from Maytag, KitchenAid and Whirlpool.

Along with licensed medical aesthetician Marnie Godfrey, Dr. Asfa provides the most in-demand noninvasive procedures, including Botox, Juvederm, Kybella and microdermabrasion and chemical peels. The practice also offers fat injections, liposuction, and personalized facials.

SECOND PLACE: Fishburne Military School, Waynesboro

SECOND PLACE: Absolute Kitchens, Woodstock

Fishburne.org, 800-946-7773

Absolute-Kitchens.com, 540-459-2250

SECOND PLACE: L’Idee Medical Spa & Primary Care Center, Harrisonburg

THIRD PLACE: Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg

THIRD PLACE: Fashion Floors & Cabinets, Lexington

EasternMennoniteSchool.org, 540-236-6000

FashionFloorsAndCabinets.com, 540-464-1422

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Classic Kitchen and Bath

StuartHallSchool.org, 540-885-0356

ClassicKitchens.com, 540-437-1990

Asfa Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa AsfaPlasticSurgery.com, 540-432-0303

LIdeeMedicalSpa.com, 540-437-1296 THIRD PLACE: Savola Aesthetic Dermatology Center, Fishersville

SavolaDermatology.com, 540-451-2833

BEST LANDSCAPING COMPANY

108 N. MAIN ST., WOODSTOCK

1126 N. MAIN ST., HARRISONBURG

Pat Koch, who, with Roxane Evans, co-owns PJ Designs, describes the spaces they design as “custom, classy and fabulous.” A full service residential and commercial design firm, PJ Designs works with clients across the country. Preferred furniture lines include Sherrill and the MT Company’s Miles Talbott Collection.

Chad Layman, owner of Fine Earth, LLC, grew up mowing lawns, and opened his landscaping business 20 years ago, right after graduating from college. He provides services both commercial (working with clients such as James Madison University and local hospitals) and residential, maintaining two full time crews each performing landscaping and maintenance.

PJ Designs

Fine Earth LLC

PJDesignsVa.com, 540-459-8307

FineEarthLLC.com, 540-432-7977

SECOND PLACE: Cherish Every Moment, Staunton

SECOND PLACE: Fort Valley Nursery, Woodstock

THIRD PLACE: Southern Girls, Lexington

FortValleyNursery.com, 540-459-5151

SouthernGirlsVa.com, 540-464-3500

THIRD PLACE: Staunton Plant Company, Staunton

StauntonPlant.com, 540-885-1292

Alvin-Dennis

102 W. WASHINGTON ST., LEXINGTON

AlvinDennis.com, 540-463-5383

This year, Simply Southern joined Alvin-Dennis’s family of preppy chic labels. Also on the racks are Sperry, Vineyard Vines, Peter-Blair and Barbour. In business for more than half a century, the shop also carries a large selection of merchandise for Washington and Lee and VMI, and formalwear. SECOND PLACE: Bell’s Clothing, Winchester

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BellsFineClothing.com, 540-667-1430 THIRD PLACE: Belk, Harrisonburg

Belk.com, 540-434-4477

BEST LAW FIRM

Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses, P.C. 25 N. CENTRAL AVE., SUITE 2, STAUNTON

TSTM.com, 540-885-1517

MVELaw.com, 540-463-7119

AND … ACTION! A movie lovers’ guide to some of our favorite films shot in Virginia. Coal Miner’s Daughter, 1980, Wise County Cold Mountain, 2003, Williamsburg & Richmond Dirty Dancing, 1987, Pembroke Giant, 1956, Keswick Lincoln, 2012, Richmond & Petersburg Marnie, 1964, Middleburg Mission Impossible III, 2006, Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel & Rosslyn Misty, 1961, Assateague & Chincoteague No Way Out, 1987, Arlington The Four Seasons, 1981, Pantops Silence of the Lambs, 1991, Quantico

THIRD PLACE: Wharton, Aldhizer and Weaver, PLC, Harrisonburg

WAWLaw.com, 540-434-0316

BEST MASSAGE THERAPY GROUP Healing Therapies Bodyworks 116 N. MAIN ST., LEXINGTON

540-464-4325

Healing Therapies Bodyworks specializes in orthopedic, clinical massages, focusing primarily on specific medical issues. The business, going into its sixth year in Lexington, helps clients manage existing conditions and prolong the need for surgery, and prevent new problems. SECOND PLACE: Cedar Stone Spa, Harrisonburg

CedarStoneSpa.com, 540-437-0411 THIRD PLACE: Breezy Hill Day Spa, Staunton

BreezyHillDaySpa.com, 540-886-0887

205 S. MAIN ST., LEXINGTON

540-463-7468

Co-owner Kodi Curner describes Buck’s as “an old school shop,” a fitting characterization for a place that’s been cutting hair for more than 60 years. The staff of three offers $13 haircuts for adults, $10 haircuts for 6- 12-year-olds, and $7 haircuts for kids under 5 years old. SECOND PLACE: Omar’s Hair Salon & Barber Shop, Harrisonburg

OmarsHairSalon.com, 540-282-2575 THIRD PLACE: N2Hair Barber and Styling Salon, Harrisonburg

N2HairBarberAndStylingSalon.com, 540-434-4844

BEST ORTHODONTIC PRACTICE Ashley Orthodontics

2542 JEFFERSON HIGHWAY, WAYNESBORO

AshleyOrtho.com, 540-883-0401

At Ashley Orthodontics, customer comfort is crucial. The practice makes a point of keeping wait times to a minimum, and skips the goopy process of taking impressions by doing them digitally. The practice, consisting of Dr. Chanda Ashley and her team of assistants and office staff, offers traditional metal braces as well as ceramic braces for children and adults, and Invisalign for adults and teens. SECOND PLACE: Dr. A. B. Hammond, PC, Lexington

CMYSmile.com, 540-463-7744 THIRD PLACE: Bluestone Orthodontics, Harrisonburg

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Shopping & Services BEST OUTDOOR OUTFITTER Walkabout Outfitter

90 N. MAIN ST., HARRISONBURG

WalkaboutOutfitter.com, 540-434-9900

Walkabout Outfitter doesn’t just equip outdoorsmen (though with gear by brands such as Osprey, Patagonia and Klean Kanteen, it’s something they do well). The shop also regularly hosts adventurers who speak about their experiences exploring distant locales. SECOND PLACE: Wilderness Adventure, Staunton

WildernessAdv.com, 540-885-3200 THIRD PLACE: Rockfish Gap Outfitters, Waynesboro

RockfishGapOutfitters.com, 540-943-1461

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY

Advantage Physical Therapy & Sports Performance

BEST SHOE STORE The Sole Source

237 E. MARKET ST., HARRISONBURG

313 NEFF AVE., SUITE C, HARRISONBURG

TheSoleSource.net, 540-564-2668

Part of the national Drayer Network, Advantage specializes in sports performance, including sports medicine, TMJ rehab, running injuries and concussion management. Among the draws to the 15-year-old clinic, says manager Michael Wilburn, is that “people get in quickly, and clients feel that they are treated well.”

As an avid hiker, owner Keith Trevett knows well the problems that come with ill-fitting shoes on the trail. Even if the only hike you’ll be taking is between the office and home, the Sole Source provides comfortable and versatile shoes from brands like Dansko, Birkenstock, Alegria and Darn Tough, for hiking the Appalachian Trail or just walking to the board room.

SECOND PLACE: Barren Ridge Physical Therapy, Fishersville

SECOND PLACE: Design At Nine, Staunton

AdvantagePTSP.com, 540-434-1200

BarrenRidgePT.com, 540-949-5383 THIRD PLACE: Synergy Rehab and Wellness, Verona

Facebook.com/DesignAtNine, 540-886-0060 THIRD PLACE: Wilkins’ ShoeCenter, Inc., Winchester

SynergyRehabAndWellness.com, 540-416-0530

WilkinsShoe.com, 540-667-5600

BEST REAL ESTATE FIRM

BEST SHOPPING AREA/MALL

Augusta Pediatrics knows that life with children is anything but predictable, which is why the practice welcomes walk-ins for minor ailments during regular hours and can provide evening hours on an as-needed basis. It also offers three waiting rooms: one for sick children, one for well children and one for babies. Among the practice’s specialties are pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine.

1962 EVELYN BYRD AVE., HARRISONBURG

1925 E. MARKET ST., HARRISONBURG

“Residential real estate sales have very little to do with ‘sales,’ and everything to do with service,” says principal broker Karl Waizecker. Buyers and sellers can find information online, “but they still need experienced professionals to guide them through the process.” The firm has four offices in the Shenandoah region.

Ulta Beauty opened in fall 2015, joining the mall’s more than 50 other stores, including Bath & Body Works, Old Navy and Yankee Candle (and notably a restaurant and pub called the Tilted Kilt). There is fun here for kids, too— Valley Mall features a four-horse carousel and rides for its youngest shoppers.

SECOND PLACE: Bluestone Pediatrics, Harrisonburg

SECOND PLACE: J.F. Brown Real Estate, Lexington

SECOND PLACE: Downtown Staunton

BEST PEDIATRIC PRACTICE Augusta Pediatrics

57 BEAM LANE, SUITE 202, FISHERSVILLE

UVAHealth.com, 540-932-0980

Kline May Realty

KlineMay.com, 540-437-3500

THIRD PLACE: Harrisonburg Pediatrics, Harrisonburg

THIRD PLACE: Funkhouser Real Estate Group, Harrisonburg

HarrisonburgPediatrics.com, 540-434-3004

FunkhouserGroup.com, 540-434-2400

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TheValleyMall.com, 540-433-1797

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BlueStonePediatrics.com, 540-437-4800

Valley Mall

StauntonDowntown.org, 540-332-3867 THIRD PLACE: Apple Blossom Mall, Winchester

Simon.com, 540-665-0201

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THE SHOWS OF SUMMER

BEST PET BOARDING

Rainbow Springs Kennels 1204 EIDSON CREEK ROAD, STAUNTON

RainbowSpringsKennel.com, 540-885-7846

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For 33 years, Shenandoah University in Winchester has hosted the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre, a professional summer stock company presenting four Broadway musicals every season. See My Fair Lady June 16-26. For the full schedule, go to SSMTVa.org

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Located on a 45-acre farm a stone’s throw from Staunton, Rainbow Springs Kennels aims to be your pet’s “home away from home,” says co-owner Peg Carty. The 20-year-old kennel has heated floors and central air to keep pets comfortable year-round, and a covered outdoor area so pets can go outside for their twice daily runs even in inclement weather. SECOND PLACE: Augusta Valley Animal Hospital, Staunton

AugustaValleyAnimal.com, 504-324-3830 THIRD PLACE: Cedarcrest Animal Clinic, Fishersville

CedarCrestVet.net, 540-943-7577

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

Monica Wilson Photography 36 ½ MIDDLEBROOK AVE., STAUNTON

MonicaWilsonPhotography.com, 540-430-1010

Monica Wilson focuses primarily on senior portraits, family portraits and wedding photography. One of her favorite parts of the job? “Bringing the best out of people,” and making them feel confident, she says. The studio’s location right by the Staunton Train Station (under the Sears Bridge) provides a great backdrop. SECOND PLACE: Sera Petras Photography, Staunton

SeraPetras.com, 917-576-3964 THIRD PLACE: Kevin Remington Photography, Lexington

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KevinRemington.com, 540-817-6699

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Shopping & Services BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE

BEST WEDDING VENUE

1925 E. MARKET ST., HARRISONBURG

3730 LLAMA DRIVE, COVINGTON

Dick’s Sporting Goods has a huge stock of sports equipment, apparel and gear with an array of brands that may be overwhelming to navigate in-store. Luckily, Harrisonburg’s location now permits you to choose your items online and pick them up within two hours, making the process that much simpler.

Merry Go Round Farm has been in Jacob Wright’s family for more than 250 years, but the idea to open it up as a wedding venue came in 2011. It would be hard to find a more scenic spot, with its 18th-century log cabin, a converted barn, gardens, mountain views and even peacocks roaming the landscape.

SECOND PLACE: Dominion Outdoors, Fishersville

SECOND PLACE: CrossKeys Vineyard, Mount Crawford

DominionOutdoors.com, 540-337-9218

CrossKeysVineyards.com, 540-234-0505

THIRD PLACE: Walkabout Outfitter, Lexington

THIRD PLACE: Khimaira Farm, Luray

WalkaboutOutfitter.com, 540-464-4453

EventsAtTheFarm.com, 540-743-4628

BEST VETERINARY HOSPITAL

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE

15 MISS PHILLIPS ROAD, STAUNTON

6 BYERS ST., STAUNTON

Westwood Animal Hospital is home to 11 veterinarians trained to treat animals from barn cats to cattle, offering farm calls for their more sizable clients. Earlier this year, original owner Dr. Don Cromer’s son, Dr. Mike Cromer, who has worked at Westwood alongside his father since 1990, purchased the hospital.

Most people know how to knit or maybe even crochet a little, but Lisa and Jim Jacenich prefer felting—the process of making fabric with wool, soap and hot water. The full-time fiber artists started Artful Gifts LLC in 2008, using wool from freshly-shorn sheep to create one-of-akind dresses, blouses, jackets and more.

SECOND PLACE: Augusta Valley Animal Hospital, Staunton

SECOND PLACE: Fashion Gallery, Verona

AugustaValleyAnimal.com, 540-324-3830

FashionGalleryVa.com, 540-248-4292

THIRD PLACE: Ashby Animal Clinic, Harrisonburg

THIRD PLACE: The Yellow Button, Harrisonburg

AshbyAnimalClinic.com, 540-433-9174

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Back Country Restaurant and Lounge 1594 S. MAIN ST., SUITE 180, HARRISONBURG

BackCountryLounge.com, 540-434-3575

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Make your next dinner out an adventure at the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at the Massanutten Conference Center, where audience members sort through clues and question suspects over dinner breaks. Currently showing: Last Man Standing, a comedic mystery set on a fictitious reality TV dating show. Wednesdays. $65. MassResort.com

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Other Dinner Theaters Around the State: Get a Clue Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Providence Square Grill, Virginia Beach. Tickets $36.95. MaverickMurderMystery.com Medieval Madness, Alexandria. Medieval banquet, costumes, witty repartee. $65. MedievalMadness.com Riverside Center Dinner Theater, Fredericksburg. Presenting musicals. $40-60. RiversideDT.com Star City Mystery Dinner Theatre, Holiday InnTanglewood, Roanoke. Interactive plays. $35. StarCityMystery.com Swift Creek Mill Theatre, Chesterfield. Housed in a circa 1663 watermill. $51.95. SwiftCreekMill.com Williamsburg Dinner Theatre, Quality Inn, Williamsburg. $39.95. WilliamsburgDinnerTheatre.com Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre, Wytheville. German-themed venue with restaurant and beer garden. $27-$44. WohlfahrtHaus.com

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Our entire operation is just for kids. Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is a full-service, free-standing children’s hospital. Every inch of our facility and every person who works in it is dedicated exclusively to making kids feel better. It’s no wonder families travel from all over Virginia, and all over the world, to have surgery at our hospital. In addition to general pediatric surgery, we offer care in five pediatric subspecialties including cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery and urology. Our team also includes more than 20 pediatric anesthesiologists and dozens of OR nurses.

CHKD’s state-of-the-art facilities include a new cardiac catheterization lab and cardiac operating suite at our main hospital in Norfolk and CHKD Health and Surgery Centers in Newport News and Virginia Beach for outpatient surgery. More than 20 pediatric surgeons. More than 13,000 surgeries last year. And more than 50 years of experience in pediatric surgical care. That’s what makes CHKD more than a hospital.

Our surgeons have pioneered non-invasive techniques for the correction of chest wall abnormalities at our world-renowned Nuss Center, and our craniofacial reconstruction program is proud to be the American home of the international charity Operation Smile.

Learn more at CHKD.org.

OUR SURGERY TEAM Cardiac Surgery Felix Tsai, MD

Neurosurgery

John Birknes, MD Joseph Dilustro, MD Gary Tye, MD

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Plastic Surgery

George Hoerr, MD Jesus (Gil B.) Inciong, MD

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The Valley has given Virginia something else to boast about.

Valley residents live in a special part of Virginia, full of natural beauty, worthy of boasting. But they are a down to earth people and aren’t given to bragging. All they need do is tell others to come and see for themselves. Yet, when asked, they will gladly share their favorite spots to catch a sunset, or the best place to have a meal. They have spoken once again. Award winning, Board Certified ENT, Facial Cosmetic Surgeon, Stephen D. Keefe, MD, has now been voted twice for Best Of Virginia. Not to mention Best Bedside Manner, 2015.* He, too, is down to earth, careful to listen, and will offer his expert opinion on how he can help recapture your own natural beauty with a “less is more” mini-face lift. Come to the Valley and see for yourself.

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