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June 19, 2015


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• THE HERALD-SUN READER's CHOICE AWARDS

WELCOME . . .

JUNE 19, 2015 to The Herald-Sun and The Chapel Hill Herald 2015 Reader's Choice Awards

We provided our readers the opportunity to share their opinions via the U.S. Postal Service. In response, they cast thousands of votes for their favorite places to get a bite to eat, to take care of themselves, to buy goods and services, to take their children to play, in more than 70 separate categories. For your convenience, we have divided the categories into sections: Food & Drink, Look Good/Feel Good, Shopping, Nightlife, Recreation and Services. Here’s your chance to see if your opinions are the same as your neighbors’ when it comes to picking the top businesses in our area. Congratulations to all our first place, runners-up and finalists.

advertiser index Always Home................................................................................26 Bano Boutique.............................................................................27 Bartlett Reserve...........................................................................15 BB&T.............................................................................................17 Blue Point Yoga............................................................................26 Bullock’s Bar-B-Que.....................................................................20 Bulter Shoe repair.......................................................................26 C&H Cafeteria...............................................................................11 Carolina Air Conditioning.............................................................22 Coldwell-Banker/Paula Walls..........................................................5 Dominick Huckabee Noblin & Trent...........................................12 Durham Cleaners..........................................................................21 Devine’s.........................................................................................21 Fargo Hanna.................................................................................18 Fishmonger’s.................................................................................12 Hillandale Golf Course.................................................................10 Hope Valley Diner.........................................................................20 Hutchings & Hutchings................................................................11

Ingold Tire......................................................................................3 Italian Pizzeria.............................................................................12 John Elkins Photography.............................................................25 King’s Red & White Food Stores...................................................6 Kurama Japanese Steakhouse & Seafood....................................17 Kimbrell’s Furniture........................................................................9 Lee’s Tailor Shop............................................................................8 Linda Dickerson Interiors............................................................16 Mayflower Seafood........................................................................15 Miracle Ear Center.........................................................................2 Neo-China.....................................................................................18 Once & Again Consignment Galleries..........................................23 Original Mattress Factory............................................................28 Pomodoro Italian Kitchen............................................................18 Pulcinella’s Italian Restaurant.....................................................22 Randy’s Pizza................................................................................25 Riverview Galleries.......................................................................19 Rockwood Ready To Finish Furniture.........................................12

Ross and Co. Jewelers..................................................................19 Sara’s Too Boutique.....................................................................17 Sew Fine II...................................................................................18 Spartacus Restaurants....................................................................2 Stone Bros. & Byrd......................................................................10 Sun Tan City.................................................................................14 The Durham Ritz..........................................................................16 The Maids of Durham & Chapel Hill............................................7 TROSA..............................................................................................6 The Guy’s Place............................................................................13 The Rock Shop.............................................................................20 Torero’s Mexican Restaurant........................................................25 Travel Leaders..............................................................................20 Upchurch Drug Co.........................................................................4 Upchurch Optical..........................................................................24 Window Designs...........................................................................23 Wentworth and Sloan Jewelers...................................................25 Whitehall Antiques.......................................................................13

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The Gift Certificate Winner is . . .

The winner of the 2015 HeraldSun Reader’s choice drawing is Harriet Cates of Durham. She was randomly selected from this year’s voters and received a $100.00 gift certificate.


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• THE HERALD-SUN READER's CHOICE AWARDS

The Readers Choice Winners

JUNE 19, 2015

Division 1

Food & Drink BBQ

Best Kept Secret

Best Breakfast Place

Best Buffet

First Place

First Place

First Place

First Place

Bullock’s Bar-B-Que

Brigs Restaurants

Brigs Restaurants

C&H Cafeteria

Runner Up Hog Heaven

Runner Up Bennett Pointe Grill

Runner Up Elmo’s Diner

Runner Up China Buffet

Finalist The Original Q-Shack

Finalist Dame’s Chicken & Waffles

Finalist Guglhupf Artisan Bakery

Finalist Jade Buffet


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Division 1

Food & Drink

Best Butcher

Best Chinese Restaurant

First Place

First Place

Runner Up Rose’s Meat Market & Sweet Shop

Runner Up China Buffet

Finalist Harris Teeter

Finalist Happy China

King’s Red & White

Neo-China


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• THE HERALD-SUN READER's CHOICE AWARDS

Division 1

Food & Drink

Best Italian Restaurant

First Place

JUNE 19, 2015 Best Desserts

First Place

Best Greek Restaurant

First Place

Best Indian Restaurant

First Place

Favor Desserts

Spartacus Restaurant

Sitar Indian Cuisine

Runner Up Ninth Street Bakery

Runner Up Kipos Greek Taverna

Runner Up Raaga Indian Restaurant

Finalist Mad Hatter Bakeshop & Cafe

Finalist Parizade

Finalist Mint Indian Cuisine

Best Japanesse Restaurant

Best Mexican Restaurant

Best Mom & Pop Restaurant

Pulcinella’s Italian Restaurant

Kurama Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse

First Place

First Place El Rodeo

Brigs Restaurants

First Place

Runner Up Pomodoro Italian Kitchen

Runner Up Kanki Japanese House of Steaks and Sushi

Runner Up Torero’s

Runner Up Bennett Pointe Grill

Finalist Italian Pizzeria

Finalist Mount Fuji Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar

Finalist Dos Perros

Finalist Hope Valley Diner


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• THE HERALD-SUN READER's CHOICE AWARDS

Division 1

Food & Drink Division 2

Look Good/ Feel Good

JUNE 19, 2015

Best Pizza Restaurant

Best Seafood Restaurant

First Place

First Place Mayflower XVI

Texas Roadhouse

Runner Up Mellow Mushroom

Runner Up Fishmonger’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Runner Up Outback Steakhouse

Finalist Pizza Hut

Finalist Saltbox Seafood Joint

Finalist Metro 8 Steakhouse

Best Cosmetics

Best Day Spa

Best Gym

First Place

First Place

First Place

Runner Up Ulta Salon & Cosmetics

Runner Up Skin Sense

Runner Up Planet Fitness

Finalist Belk

Finalist Sheer Bliss

Finalist Curves

Randy’s Pizza

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio

Massage Envy

Best Steakhouse

First Place

YMCA


JUNE 19, 2015

THE HERALD-SUN READERS' CHOICE AWARDs •

Division 2

Look Good/ Feel Good

Best Nail Spa

First Place

First Place

Runner Up Sport Clips

Runner Up Golden Nails

Finalist The Guy’s Place

Finalist Rose Nails

Hair Razor

Best Tanning Salon

Best Yoga

First Place

First Place

Runner Up Planet Beach

Runner Up Triangle Yoga

Sun Tan City

Best Hair Salon

Blue Point Yoga

Finalist My Yoga

La Vie Nail Spa

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JUNE 19, 2015

Division 3

Shopping

Best Collectibles

First Place

Once & Again Consignment Galleries Runner Up Morgan Imports Finalist Everything But Grannie’s Panties

Best Antiques

Best Boutique

First Place

First Place

Runner Up Once & Again Consignment Galleries

Runner Up Sara’s Too Boutique

Finalist James Kennedy Galleries

Finalist Smitten

Whitehall Antiques

Best Consignment/Clothes Best Consignment/Furniture

First Place

First Place

Clothes Mentor

Always Home

Runner Up My Secret Closet

Runner Up Classic Treasures

Finalist Kangaroo Pouch

Finalist Once & Again Consignment Galleries

Bano Boutique

Best Florist

First Place Ruth Hall Florist Runner Up Sanders Florist Finalist Flowers by Gary


JUNE 19, 2015

THE HERALD-SUN READERS' CHOICE AWARDs •

Division 3

Shopping

Best Furniture

First Place

Riverview Galleries Runner Up Kimbrell’s Furniture Finalist Sew Fine II

Best Gift Shop

Best Home Decor

First Place

First Place

A Great Little Gift Shoppe at Upchurch Drugs

Sew Fine II

Runner Up Morgan Imports Finalist Parker & Otis

Runner Up Minta Bell Finalist Morgan Imports

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JUNE 19, 2015

Division 3

Shopping

Best Mattress

First Place

Best Jewelry

Best Lamps

First Place

First Place

Runner Up Jewelsmith

Runner Up Sew Fine II

Finalist Hamilton Hill Jewelry

Finalist Riverview Galleries

Best Flooring

Best Oriental Rugs

First Place

First Place

Ross & Co. Jewelers

Best Nursery/Plant Store

First Place

Original Mattress Factory

Stone Bros. & Byrd

Accent Hardwood Flooring

Runner Up America’s Mattress

Runner Up Durham Garden Center

Runner Up Frazee Carpet

Finalist Mattress Firm

Finalist Family Garden

Finalist Sew Fine II

Lamps Ltd

Fargo Hanna Oriental Rug Gallery Runner Up The Persian Carpet Finalist Riverview Galleries


JUNE 19, 2015

THE HERALD-SUN READERS' CHOICE AWARDs •

Division 3

Shopping

BestThrift Store

First Place TROSA

Runner Up PTA Thrift Shops Finalist Durham Rescue Mission Thrift Store BestTile/Stone

Best Tires

First Place

First Place

Best Tile

Ingold Tire

Runner Up Capital Tile

Runner Up Firestone Complete Auto Care

Finalist The Rock Shop

Finalist Discount Tire

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Division 3

Shopping

Best Unfinished Furniture

Best Wallpaper Source

First Place

First Place

Rockwood Ready to Finish Furniture Runner Up Durham Bookcases

Sew Fine II Runner Up Lowes

Finalist Sherwin-Williams

Division 4

Nightlife

After-Work Scene

First Place Top of the Hill

Runner Up Fullsteam Brewery Finalist Motorco Music Hall


JUNE 19, 2015 Division 4

Nightlife

THE HERALD-SUN READERS' CHOICE AWARDs • Bar W/Best Beer

Best Live Entertainment

First Place

First Place

Tyler’s Taproom Runner Up Carolina Brewery

Durham Performing Arts Center Runner Up Motorco Music Hall

Finalist Top of the Hill

Finalist Carolina Theatre

Best Outdoor Venue

Best Sports Bar

First Place

First Place

Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Devine’s

Runner Up Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Runner Up Tobacco Road

Finalist American Tobacco Campus

Finalist Baileys Bar & Grill

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JUNE 19, 2015

Best Family Fun

First Place

Durham Bulls Athletic Park Runner Up Wheels Family Fun Center Finalist Festival for the Eno Best Golf Course

First Place

Hillandale Golf Course Runner Up Croasdaile Country Club

Division 5

Recreation

Finalist The Crossings


JUNE 19, 2015

THE HERALD-SUN READERS' CHOICE AWARDs •

Division 6

Services

Best Accounting Firm/Tax

Best Alterations

First Place

First Place

Hutchings & Hutchings, CPAs

Lee’s Tailor Shop

Runner Up Nelson & Company, PA

Runner Up Bano Boutique

Finalist Curl & Associates

Finalist Thu’s Tailor

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Division 6

Services

JUNE 19, 2015 Best Auto Dealer/New

Best Auto Dealer/Used

First Place

First Place

University Ford

Elkins Auto Sales, LLC

Runner Up Mark Jacobson Toyota

Runner Up University Ford

Finalist Sport Durst

Finalist Lockamy Auto Sales

Best Auto Repair

Best Bank

First Place

First Place

Runner Up Wasp Automotive

Runner Up Wells Fargo

Finalist Massengill’s Auto Services

Finalist Fidelity Bank

Ingold Tire

BB&T


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THE HERALD-SUN READERS' CHOICE AWARDs •

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Division 6

Services

Best Car Wash

First Place

The Durham Ritz Carwash & Detail Center Runner Up TC’s of Durham Finalist AutoBell

Best Chiropractor

First Place

Chiropractic Partners Dr. Presas Runner Up Davis Chiropractic Finalist Chiropractic Health & Wellness, Dr. Mateus


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Division 6

Services

Best Dance Studio

Best Dry Cleaner

First Place

First Place

Ninth Street Dance

Durham Cleaners

Runner Up Barriskill Dance Studio

Runner Up Regency Cleaners

Finalist Nina’s School of Dance

Finalist Sunshine Cleaners


JUNE 19, 2015 Division 6

Services

THE HERALD-SUN READERS' CHOICE AWARDs • Best Hearing Aid Provider

Best Heating/A/C

First Place

First Place

Hatfield Berrang/Select Hearing

Carolina Air Conditioning Company

Runner Up Miracle Ear

Runner Up Air Innovations Heating & Cooling, LLC

Finalist Better Hearing Rehabilitation Center

Finalist CWJ Heating & Air Conditioning

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Division 6

Services

JUNE 19, 2015 Best House Cleaning

Best Insurance Agency

First Place

First Place

Runner Up Molly Maids

Runner Up Dominick Huckabee Noblin & Trent

The Maids of Durham & Chapel Hill

State Farm

Finalist Farm Bureau Best Interior Design

Best Jewelry Repair

First Place

First Place

Window Designs

Ross & Co. Jewelers

Runner Up Sew Fine II

Runner Up Jewelsmith

Finalist Linda Dickerson Interiors

Finalist Wentworth & Sloan


JUNE 19, 2015

THE HERALD-SUN READERS' CHOICE AWARDs •

Best Lawn/Garden Service

Best Moving Company

First Place

First Place

Runner Up TruGreen

Runner Up Two Men & A Truck

Finalist Insideout Landscaping

Finalist All My Sons

TROSA

TROSA

Best Optometrist/Optician

First Place

Upchurch Optical Runner Up Eye Institute of NC Finalist NC Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat

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Division 6

Services

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Division 6

Services

JUNE 19, 2015 Best Pharmacy

Best Photographer

First Place

First Place

Upchurch Drugs

John Elkins Photography

Runner Up Gurley’s Pharmacy

Runner UP Art by Ash

Finalist CVS

Finalist Jessica Arden

Best Real Estate Agency

Best Retirement Community

First Place

First Place

Paula Walls

Bartlett Reserve

Runner Up Weichert Realtors - Mark Thomas Properties

Runner Up Seasons at Southpoint

Finalist Berkshire Hathaway

Finalist Croasdaile Village


JUNE 19, 2015

THE HERALD-SUN READERS' CHOICE AWARDs •

Best Shoe Repair

Best Travel Agency

First Place

First Place

Runner Up Hakky Instant Shoe Repair

Runner Up AAA Vacations

Finalist Butler Shoe Repair and Alterations

Finalist Viking Travel

1-2 Shoe Renew

Travel Leaders

Congratulations to the 2015 Reader’s Choice winners from

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Division 6

Services

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