Lifestyle

2015 Winners

BEST Antique Store

THE SLEEPY POET

The Sleepy Poet offers 55,000 square feet of Shopping FUN! With over 250 booths selling everything from Antique Furniture and Vintage Clothing, to Mid-Century Modern and Classic Home Decor.

4450 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28217 | 704.529.6369

BEST Art Supplies

CHEAP JOE'S ART STUFF

A small, family owned art supply company who goes the extra mile to offer the BEST value in the United States. They carry only what the serious artist wants and needs.

1848 Galleria Blvd., Ste D
Charlotte | 28270 | 704.845.2527‎

BEST Auto Body Repair

WILBURN AUTO BODY SHOP

Wilburn Auto Body Shop offers full service collision repair services and works on vehicles of all makes and models.

Multiple Locations

Each room of this cozy cottage, nestled in the historic Dilworth neighborhood, is filled with treats for the senses. Offering linens, home furnishings, gifts and accessories, stuff for baby and just for you! Come see, smell and experience everything for yourself.

1232 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.375.1888

BEST Beer Brewing Supplies

ALTERNATIVE BEVERAGE

This place has everything you would ever want or need when it comes to home brewing. A warehouse feel & the people are very friendly and knowledgeable. They offer an amazing selection of beers, wine, ciders, and distilling, with great prices to boot and customer service that you can trust.

4450 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.527.2337

WF School of Business has been ranked among the nation's best business schools. With a full range of programs, the School of Business offers many options to pursue your graduate business degree.

200 N. College St., Ste 150
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.365.1717

BEST Cigar Store

CHARLOTTE CIGAR CLUB

Good cigars, good people, good atmosphere. CCC boasts a great selection from everyday favorites to new features and boutique brands. Even live music!
A great environment to enjoy a cigar anytime.

105 E. Morehead St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.371.4000

BEST Computer Repair

PC DOCTOR'S COMPUTER REPAIR

A family owned business with over 8yrs of experience they handle any PC need from removing viruses to hardware repairs.

3309 Eastover Ridge Dr., Apt 136
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.953.5645

BEST Cooking School

JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY

Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit NEASC-accredited institution, with a unique education model designed to inspire professional success and lifelong intellectual growth. JWU students are ready to do what it takes to be the best in their career field, and they’re ready to start now.

801 W. Trade St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 980.598.1000

Lowe’s mission is to provide impactful support to local communities through offering customer and community service as well as great products at great prices for all your DIY projects.

Multiple Locations

BEST Dog Supplies

CANINE CAFÈ

In addition to being one of the first all-natural, healthy, hypo-allergenic dog treat bakeries, Canine Café also offers everything else you can think of to support your dog’s healthy, active lifestyle such as: supplements, treats & chews, grooming tools, all-natural shampoos, holistic flea & tick remedies, toys, beds and much more!

125 Remount Rd., UA
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.588.3647

BEST Electrician

ANDREW ROBY ELECTRIC

Proudly serving Charlotte, Lake Norman, Greensboro and Columbia, you can depend on Roby Electric for great service and professionalism. Whether you need a light bulb changed or a complete panel upgrade, at Roby Electric our customer base is anyone that needs electrical services.

2401 W. Morehead St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.334.6447

BEST Exotic Florist

ELIZABETH HOUSE

For the perfect flower arrangements, look no further than Elizabeth House Flowers. Their expert florists beautifully arrange flowers and gift baskets and provide outstanding customer service. At Elizabeth House Flowers, they offer flower delivery to Charlotte and surrounding areas.

1431 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.342.3920

BEST Exterminator

BLACK PEST PREVENTION

Insects play an important role in the earth’s eco-system, but when insects invade your world and become pests...It’s time for action. Black Pest gives you powerful and long lasting pest protection; all while treating your family, home and the environment with respect.

605 Springbrook Rd.
Charlotte | 28217 | 704.522.9222

BEST Fabric Store

MODERN FABRICS

Modern Fabrics seeks to provide the public with the best designer fabrics rescued from the cutting room floor! Their customers are eco-conscious consumers who are also savvy consumers seeking a great value on beautiful fabrics available at discounted prices.

1504 Camden Rd., Ste 300
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.740.9675

BEST Furniture Store

INTERIOR MOTIVES

Interior Motives by Will Smith, LLC, opened in Charlotte February 2000 and has become a staple in Charlotte’s Interior Design scene. Interior Motives provides functional design solutions, real estate staging services, and décor for formal gatherings, parties, showers and social events.

2425 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.523.0935

BEST Gallery To Purchase Art

CHARLOTTE ART LEAGUE

Charlotte Art League (CAL) is a non-profit visual arts organization that offers a unique mix of open working studios, classes, and community outreach programs along with a public gallery. For over 40 years, CAL has served as an accessible gateway to the arts experience for art lovers of all ages and backgrounds.

1517 Camden Rd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.376.2787

BEST Garden Supplies

PIKE'S NURSERY

Known as “plant people” Pike’s provides the best selection of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, houseplants, seasonal color, sod and more. They can help with all your outdoor living needs including high-quality patio furniture, grills, pottery, fountains, bird houses, bird feeders and more.

12630 N. Community House Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.341.7453

BEST Hardware Store

BLACKHAWK HARDWARE

If a hardware store, a home goods store and a garden center had a baby, it would be Blackhawk. Blackhawk consists of a group of people of who enjoy what they are doing, and with whom they are doing it. That is reflected in how they treat customers. Their associates take ownership in Blackhawk and have pride in what has been accomplished.

4225 Park Rd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.525.2682

Morris-Jenkins is a family-owned and operated air conditioning and heating company established in Charlotte in 1958. And everything they do revolve around their customers.

1530 Center Park Dr.
Charlotte | 28217 | 704.731.5557

At Ashton you can enjoy spectacular views from the 11th floor Sky Lounge complete with pool and sun deck. Work out in the spa-inspired fitness club, and take advantage of the clubhouse, which features billiards, a screening room, and coffee bar with free Wi-Fi and so much more!

125 W. Tremont Ave.
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.939.7468

Located on the SouthPark Mall campus, these luxury apartments feature upscale amenities, including a rooftop saltwater pool, panoramic views and homes that feature 10’-22’ ceilings, oversized windows, open kitchens, spacious bedrooms, and beautiful bathrooms. Just minutes from uptown Charlotte via car, bus, or light rail, The Residence at South Park is also within walking distance of superb shopping, dining, and entertainment.

4300 Sharon Rd.
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.930.0949

The highest high-rise between New York and Miami is in Uptown Charlotte, so luxurious that there is a baby grand in the 50th floor SKY Lounge, a concierge in the lobby and spectacular amenities. Offering euphoric views of the city, the BB&T Ballpark, and Bank Of America Stadium.

215 N. Pine St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.374.0089

A central gift and design center that opened in 1996 with a vision to assemble 200 or so merchants and offer upscale gifts, furniture and accessories, along with a cadre of local interior designers and an enormous selection of products.

10635 Park Rd.
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.541.1148
9751 Sam Furr Rd.
Huntersville | 28078 | 704.895.9539

BEST Host/Hostess Gifts

THE BOULEVARD AT SOUTH END

Located in the Historic South End district of Charlotte, Boulevard offers a unique assortment of clothing, accessories, gifts and décor to the savvy Charlotte shoppers!

1440 S. Tryon St., Ste 100
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.219.7526

Park Road Books is Charlotte's oldest continuously operated independent bookstore. They have great side walk sales on sunny day, fun children's book area in the back, and nice sitting area to read and a friendly staff.

4139 Park Rd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.525.9239

Ruby’s Gift delivers Charlotte’s one-of-a-kind artist community, featuring creative gift options that can meet our transformed economy’s shopping needs.

3204 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.900.2389

BEST Knitting Classes

CHARLOTTE YARN

If you are crazy about knitting or crocheting or want to learn how, stop by and visit their warm and friendly yarn shop located in the heart of Dilworth. You certainly will be inspired and encouraged, regardless of where you are in your craft.

1235 East Blvd., Ste D
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.373.7442

BEST Lighting Store

LIGHTING & BULBS UNLIMITED

Lighting & Bulbs Unlimited caters towards selling the residential and commercial customers with indoor as well as outdoor lighting and ceiling fixtures and accessories.

1300 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.602.0150

BEST Local Blog

CHARLOTTEONTHECHEAP.COM

They feature deals and coupons for all things Queen City. They are a go-to site for info on what’s hip, hot & fun to do in and around Charlotte. Shopping, Sports, Entertainment, Attractions & Museums, there is something for everyone at this popular blog site.

Each of their ten locations are complete with any and all smoking and vaping necessities, they have everything from E-Cigs, to Vaporizers and Hookahs. Add in great customer service from their knowledgeable team, and you’ve got a winning combination!

Multiple Locations

With an Inventory that could make the most avid car lover drool, they feature Makes and Models from Chevys to Rolls Royce. MAG also offers financing and is one of Charlotte’s most trusted service repair shops of many European brands.

6010 Kenley Ln.
Charlotte | 28217 | 704.705.2570

BEST Park For Mans Best Friend

FRAZIER DOG PARK

This park has everything! Walking trails, two spacious areas for large and small dogs (separated) with plenty of room to run leash free. There is clean water in each pen with places for humans to sit. Owners are very friendly and attentive!

1201 W. 4th St. Ext
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.432.4280

Staff is always super friendly and Dr. Picot makes you feel super relaxed. Offering the latest technology & high end services in beautiful SouthEnd Charlotte.

1520 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.335.8266

BEST Pet Grooming

THE DOG SALON

The Dog Salon is Charlotte’s leading, hip, edgy grooming salon located in the heart of Plaza Midwood. They have the top Groomers in Charlotte specializing in all breed, custom cuts and creative color!

1318 Central Ave., Ste E1
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.248.0991

The McDevitt Agency is Charlotte’s firm of top producing residential real estate brokers. The firm represents both buyers and sellers of existing and new construction properties as well as having a focus on luxury properties, developer services, and giving back to the community.

237 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.333.2475

FAVORITE Real Estate Agent (Female)

JULIE TACHE, HOMES WITH CACHET

With great experience as a Charlotte Realtor and servicing all areas in Mecklenburg County, Julie help’s both buyers and sellers meet their real estate objectives. She has extensive knowledge of each of the communities located in and around Charlotte, and she will work tirelessly on your behalf to make your next home buying or home selling experience a pleasant and successful one.

Charlotte | 28226 | 704.236.7536

All Doggie Concierge at Club Fetch have been carefully selected based on one important standard, the love of dogs. Each Doggie Concierge always has the safety and care of your furry family member in mind. They are passionate, professional and caring. Each Doggie Concierge are certified in Pet First Aid and CPR to ensure the safety and health of your furry friend.

1710 Camden Rd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.237.7778

The Buttercup is a nice gift shop with gifts for a wide range of budgets, which is atypical of most boutique gift shops. From wedding and baby gifts to beautiful glassware and dinnerware, The Buttercup Gifts and Stationery stocks items from only the finest designers, including Lilly Pulitzer, Little Giraffe, Vera Wang, and Big Buddha.

343 Providence Rd.
Charlotte | 28207 | 704.333.0544

For more than 30 years Mann Travels has been serving travelers throughout the Carolinas offering personalized service in combination with the best value for your travel dollar. You can be assured of dealing with experienced, qualified professionals every time you work with them.

4400 Park Rd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.556.8311

For more than 50 years, eyecarecenter has led North and South Carolina in quality eye care provision. Their expert optometrists are committed to delivering the very best vision care services to patients throughout the Carolinas, offering professional eye exams, eyeglasses, sunglasses, contact lens fittings, and much more.

Multiple Locations

BEST Traditional Home Stores

HIGH COTTON HOME COMPANY

Deconstructed luxury comes alive at High Cotton Home Company, the Queen City’s most eclectic and distinct furnishings boutique. High Cotton Home is a tightly-edited collection of highly customizable, American-made furnishings from designers such as Thom Filicia, Annie Selke and Michael Weiss.

2137 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.335.1220

A residential and commercial plumbing contractor in Charlotte you can trust. With over 30 years of experience in the plumbing industry, their experience qualifies them to perform any installations, maintenance, repairs or replacement that your plumbing systems may require. Recognized by the BBB with an A+ rating and Angie’s List with back-to-back Super Service Awards.

5362 Southhampton Rd.
Charlotte | 28217 | 704.544.1909

The Last Word is a book and media store that can take care of all that for you. They sell first-rate secondhand books and media that we buy from you. You can receive cash or trade credit to use to restock your own inventory.

230 E. WT Harris Blvd., Ste 11
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.966.9673

BEST Walk The Dog (Dog Walker)

LITTLE FRIENDS PET SITTING

Little Friends Pet Sitting is a professional pet care service provider that offers services ranging from dog walking and pet taxi service to pet sitting for your pet family when you can’t get home from your busy day at work, weekends away and those vacation get-a-ways!

1516 Kenilworth Ave.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.340.8102

BEST Wax Job (Car Wash)

AUTOBELL CAR WASH

Choose from an array of exterior, interior, and extra services to keep your vehicle in top shape. People Can Tell When You Autobell.

Multiple Locations

BEST Wedding Designer

J. MAJORS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

Located in the historic Dilworth neighborhood, minutes from Uptown, they are home to more than 15 top bridal designers, as well as collections for bridesmaids, flower girls, mothers, and special occasion.

2400 Park Rd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.372.0082

FAVORITE Wedding Planner

FARRAH PURSER, THE VINEYARD

The Vineyard is Gastonia's best wedding, reception and event facility. This beautiful venue sits a block off Main Street, near the Rotary Pavillion, the Convention Center and all downtown destinations!

160 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia | 28052 | 704.547.1555

The most popular venue in Fort Mill, the Dairy Barn was built in 1947 and has been renovated to provide a unique and beautiful venue for indoor/outdoor wedding ceremonies & receptions. In all seasons and weather, the Dairy Barn is a strikingly beautiful setting for any event.

288 Dairy Barn Ln.
Fort Mill | 29715 | 803.548.7252