2016 Winners

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Best American

Sweet Meadow 111 N Main St., Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 637-8715
Mon. Closed; Tues., Wed. 11 AM-3 PM; Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 11 AM-3 PM, 5-9 PM; Sun. 10:30 AM-3 PM

Runner-Up: DJ’s Restaurant & Skylounge
Second Runner-Up: East Coast Wings

Best Chinese

Ting Hao Westland Shopping Center, 519 Jake Alexander Blvd W # G, Salisbury, NC 28147; (704) 633-3942
Mon.-Sat. 11 AM-9 PM; Sunday Closed

Runner-Up: Wong’s
Second Runner-Up: Spring Garden

Best Italian

Pinocchio’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Store 518 S Salisbury Ave, Spencer, NC 28159; 704-636-8891
Mon.-Thurs. 5-9 PM; Fri. & Sat. 5-10 PM; Sun. Closed

Runner-Up: Romano’s Italian Cuisine
Second Runner-Up: Chef Santos

Best Mexican

Go Burrito 115 W Fisher St, Salisbury, NC 28144 ; (704) 754-4755
Mon.-Sun. 11 AM-11 PM

Runner-Up: Pancho Villas
Second Runner-Up: El Patron

Best Thai

Sabaidee Thai & Sushi Restaurant 2204 S Main St, Salisbury, NC 28147;704-467-2176
Mon.-Thurs. 11 AM-3 PM, 4:30-9 PM; Fri. 11 AM-3 PM, 4:30-9:30 PM; Sat. 11 AM-9:30 PM; Sun. 12-3 PM, 4:30-8 PM

Runner-Up: Bangkok Downtown
Second Runner-Up: Mala’s

Best BBQ

College BBQ 117 Statesville Blvd, Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 633-9953
Mon. 7 AM-2 PM; Tues.-Fri. 7 AM-8 PM; Sat. 7 AM-3 PM; Sun. 7 AM-8 PM

Runner-Up: Gary’s BBQ
Second Runner-Up: Hendrix BBQ

Best Appetizers

Mambo Grill & Tapas 122 E. Fisher St., Salisbury, NC 28144; 704-637-0192
Tues-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri. 11am-10pm, Sat. Noon-10pm, Sun. noon-4pm

Runner-Up: DJ’s Restaurant & Skylounge
Second Runner-Up: Applebee’s

Best Bakery

Abigail’s – A Cake Affair 113 N. Main St., Salisbury; (704) 637-8715
Mon. Closed; Tues-Fri 10am-6pm., Sat. 11am-4pm potentially open til 8 on Fridays starting in October.

Runner-Up: LA Murphs
Second Runner-Up: Better Loafing

Best Breakfast

Breakfasttime 1602 Jake Alexander Blvd. S, Salisbury, NC 28146; 704-603-8032
Mon.-Sun. 6 AM-3 PM

Runner-Up: The Palms
Second Runner-Up: Hendrix BBQ, W. Innes St

Best Brunch

Sweet Meadow 111 N Main St., Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 637-8715
Mon. Closed; Tues., Wed. 11 AM-3 PM; Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 11 AM-3 PM, 5-9 PM; Sun. 10:30 AM-3 PM

Runner-Up: Breakfast Time
Second Runner-Up: Emma’s of Salisbury

Best Caterer

Debbie Suggs Catering Salisbury; 704-637-2016

Runner-Up: LA Murph’s
Second Runner-Up: Chef Santos

Best Deli

Sidewalk Deli 120 S. Main St., Salisbury; 704-637-DELI or 704-637-3354
Mon-Sat 11am-3:30pm

Runner-Up: Harris Teeter
Second Runner-Up: Jersey Mike’s

Best Food Truck

Kabobs Mobile Food Service Salisbury and surrounding areas; 704-213-6053

Best Gluten Free

Pinocchio’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Store 518 S Salisbury Ave, Spencer, NC 28159; 704-636-8891 Mon.-Thurs. 5-9 PM; Fri. & Sat. 5-10 PM; Sun. Closed

Runner-Up: Sweet Meadow
Second Runner-Up: Palm’s Cafe

Best Late Night

Go Burrito  115 W Fisher St, Salisbury, NC 28144 ; (704) 754-4755
Mon.-Sun. 11 AM-11 PM. www.goburrito.com

Runner-Up: DJ’s Restaurant & Skylounge
Second Runner-Up: Waffle House

Best Patio

Go Burrito 115 W Fisher St, Salisbury, NC 28144 ; (704) 754-4755
Mon.-Sun. 11 AM-11 PM. www.goburrito.com

Runner-Up: DJ’s Restaurant & Skylounge
Second Runner-Up: Salty Caper

Best Place for a Romantic Dinner

La Cava Restaurant 329 S. Church St., Salisbury; 704-637-7174
5:30-9pm Mon-Thurs (winter) 5:30-10pm Mon-Thurs (summer) & 5:30-10pm Fri & Sat (winter & summer)

Runner-Up: Chef Santos
Second Runner-Up: Ivan’s

Best Customer Service

Abigail’s – A Cake Affair 113 N. Main St., Salisbury; (704) 637-8715
Mon. Closed; Tues., Wed. 11 AM-3 PM; Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 11 AM-3 PM, 5-9 PM; Sun. 10:30 AM-3 PM

Runner-Up: Pancho Villas
Second Runner-Up: Chick-fil-A

Best Take-out Food

Tokyo Express 404 East Innes St., Salisbury; (704) 633-7333
Monday-Sunday 11am-9pm

Runner-Up: Chick-fil-A
Second Runner-Up: DJs

Best Vegetarian

Sweet Meadow 111 N Main St., Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 637-8715
Mon. Closed; Tues., Wed. 11 AM-3 PM; Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 11 AM-3 PM, 5-9 PM; Sun. 10:30 AM-3 PM.

Runner-Up: The Palms
Second Runner-Up: Emma’s

Best Bar

Go Burrito 115 W Fisher St, Salisbury, NC 28144 ; (704) 754-4755
Mon.-Sun. 11 AM-11 PM. www.goburrito.com

Runner-Up: New Sarum
Second Runner-Up: Mambo Grill

Best Beer Selection at a Restaurant

Salty Caper Wood Fired Pizza 115 S Lee St, Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 633-1101
Mon.-Wed. 5-10PM; Frid. & Sat. 5PM-12AM; Sunday Closed

Runner-Up: Mambo Grill and Tapas
Second Runner-Up: DJ’s Restaurant & Skylounge

Best Coffee Shop

Koco-Java Coffee 329 N Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144; 704-754-3461
Mon.-Fri. 7AM–6PM; Sat. 8AM–4PM, Sunday Closed

Runner-Up: Mean Mug Cafe
Second Runner-Up: Starbucks, Salisbury

Best Sports Bar

DJ’s Restaurant & SkyLounge 1502 w Inness St., Salisbury NC 28144; (704) 638-9647
Mon – Thursday 11am till midnight; Fri-sat 11am till 2 am; Sunday 11am 10pm

Runner-Up: East Coast Wings
Second Runner-Up: Applebee’s

Best Wine Selection

Salisbury Wine Shop 106 S. Main Street, Salisbury; 704-636-5151 Mon: Closed; Tues – Thurs: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Fri: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m

Runner-Up: Pinocchio’s
Second Runner-Up: La Cava

Best Burger

Hap’s Grill 116 1/2 North Main St., Salisbury; (704) 633-5872
10am-3pm Monday-Saturday, Closed Sunday

Runner-Up: Sweet Meadow Cafe
Second Runner-Up: Cook Out

Best Burrito

Go Burrito 115 W Fisher St, Salisbury, NC 28144 ; (704) 754-4755
Mon.-Sun. 11 AM-11 PM. www.goburrito.com

Runner-Up: Pancho Villas
Second Runner-Up: El Patron

Best Frozen Yogurt

Sweet Frog 912 East Innes St., Salisbury; 704-633-0090
Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm, Fri. & Sat. 11am-10pm, Sun. 12-9pm

Runner-Up: Spanky’s
Second Runner-Up: Schwann’s

Best Hot Dog

Hap’s Grill 116 1/2 North Main St., Salisbury; (704) 633-5872
10am-3pm Monday-Saturday, Closed Sunday

Runner-Up: College BBQ
Second Runner-Up: Hot Dog Shack

Best Ice Cream

Abigail’s – A Cake Affair 113 N. Main St., Salisbury; (704) 637-8715
Mon. Closed; Tues., Wed. 11 AM-3 PM; Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 11 AM-3 PM,

Runner-Up: Spanky’s
Second Runner-Up: Dairy Queen

Best Pizza

Salty Caper Wood Fired Pizza 115 S Lee St, Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 633-1101
www.saltycaper.com

Runner-Up: Village Inn
Second Runner-Up: DJ’s Restaurant & Skylounge

Best Salad

Village Inn Pizza Parlor 2138 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury; 704-633-4561
Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun. Noon-9pm

Runner-Up: O’Charley’s
Second Runner-Up: The Palms

Best Seafood

Blue Bay Seafood
1007 East Innes St., Salisbury & 2050 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury; (704) 633-9585 (704) 639-9500
Innes St. 11:30am-9pm daily; Statesville Blvd. Mon.-Thurs. 4-9pm, Fri. 11am-9:30 pm, Sat. 3-9:30 pm & Sun. 11:30am-9:30pm

Runner-Up: Chef Santos
Second Runner-Up: Johnny’s BBQ

Best Steak

Ivan’s Restaurant 2024 Old Mocksville Rd., Salisbury; 704-637-2000
Tues-Sat 5-9pm

Runner-Up: Longhorn Steakhouse
Second Runner-Up: Outback Steakhouse

Best Sushi

Katana Japanese Fusion Sushi

475 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., Salisbury; (704) 636-0200
11am-9pm Sun.-Thurs., 11am-9:30pm Fri. & Sat.

Runner-Up: Bangkok Downtown
Second Runner-Up: Sabaidee Thai & Sushi

Best Wings

East Coast Wings & Grill Innes Street Market, 211 Faith Rd, Salisbury; (704) 633-2464
Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9:30 pm, Fri. & Sat. 11am-10pm & Sun.11:30am-9pm

Runner-Up: Christo’s Family Restaurant
Second Runner-Up: DJ’s Restaurant & Skylounge

Best Place to Entertain Kids

Dan Nicholas Park 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd; 704-216-7803
www.dannicholas.net

Runner-Up: Bounce City
Second Runner-Up: Chick-fil-A

Best Place to Hear Live Music

Nashville Nights 1127 E Innes St, Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 762-9989
Mon-Sat 9:30AM to 2AM, Sun 12PM-2AM

Runner-Up: DJ’s Restaurant & Skylounge
Second Runner-Up: Lee Street Theatre

Best Theater Performance

Piedmont Players 213 S. Main St., Salisbury, NC 28144; 704-633-5471
www.piedmontplayers.com

Runner-Up: Lee Street Theater

Best Activist/Community Champion

Sue McHugh

Moved to Granite Quarry in 1998 – moved to downtown Salisbury North Main Historic District in 2006

I’m always trying to think of something to improve our quality of life in Salisbury, whether it is a neighborhood beautification project, a downtown event, volunteerism, or philanthropy. I appreciate what so many do for the betterment of the community, and I enjoy being a part of that wave.

Runner-Up: Beautiful Dentistry
Second Runner-Up: Tamara Sheffield

Best Dentist

Fortner Dental Group 1834 Jake Alexander Boulevard West, Suite 504, Salisbury; 704-636-1848
Mon.-Thurs. 8 AM-5 PM; Fri. by appt. only

Runner-Up: Dr. James K Jolly
Second Runner-Up: Anderson Dental

Best Handyman

Handyman of Rowan, LLC Serving Rowan County and Surrounding areas; 704-210-2342
Monday-Friday 8-5

Runner-Up: CJ Peters Top Hat
Second Runner-Up: Brian Pfaff

Best Law Firm

Doran Shelby Pethel & Hudson 122 N. Lee St., Salisbury; (704)633-1947
8 am-5:30 pm

Runner-Up: Davis and Davis
Second Runner-Up: Wallace & Graham

Best Local Employer

Food Lion www.foodlion.com; 704-633-8250

Runner-Up: F&M Bank
Second Runner-Up: Salisbury Salon & Spa

Best Mortgage Lender

F&M Bank Salisbury; 704-279-7291
Mon-Thur 9am-5pm, Fri. 9am-6pm

Year opened: 1909 | Current owners: Shareholders

Runner-Up: State Employees Credit Union
Second Runner-Up: Wells Fargo

Best Non-Profit Organization

Meals on Wheels 1307 S. Salisbury Ave, Spencer; 704-633-0352
M-Th, 8:30-2:30 & Fri. 8:30-1

Runner-Up: Rowan Helping Ministries
Second Runner-Up: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center

Best Plumber/Plumbing Company

Spencer Plumbing PO Box 415, Spencer, NC 28159; 704-637-2090
Mon.-Thurs., 8am-5pm & Fri. 8am-12pm

Runner-Up: CAC Plumbing
Second Runner-Up: Master Plumbing

Best Real Estate Company/Office

Wallace Realty 301 North Main St. Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 636-2021
Our office is open 8:30am-5pm Agents available 24/7.

Runner-Up: Century 21 Towne & Country
Second Runner-Up: Mary Arey Realty

Best Realtor

Keith Knight  301 N. Main St., Salisbury NC 28144; 704-636-2021/704-363-0096

Runner-Up: Jayne Helms
Second Runner-Up: Greg Rapp

Best Teacher

Mrs. Missy Weaver Teacher at: Koontz Elementary – Kindergarten

Runner-Up: Kori Cairrikier
Second Runner-Up: Pam Rutherford

Best Chiropractic Office

Dr. Jeter 1001 N. Main St., Salisbury; 704-633-5156
Mon.-Wed. 8 AM-12 PM, 2:00-5:30 PM; Thurs.-Fri. 8 AM-12 PM;

Runner-Up: Collins Chiropractic
Second Runner-Up: The Way to Wellness, Jessica Jennings

Best Doctor

Dr. Benjamin Ott 650 Julian Road, Salisbury, NC  28147 ; 704-637-3373
M-Th 7am-6pm, F 7am-5pm, Sat 8am-11am, Sun 1pm-4pm

Runner-Up: Dr Ronnie Barrier
Second Runner-Up: Dr. Chet Amin

Best Eye Care Facility

Salisbury Eyecare and Eyewear  205 E Council Street Suite B., Salisbury; 704-310-5002
8:30a-5p M, W, and Thursday. 10-7 on Tuesdays, and 8:30-1pm on fridays

Runner-Up: Eye Care Center
Second Runner-Up: Dr. Mark Brittain

BEST Hearing Aid Center

Beltone Hearing Aid Centers 1921 W. Innes St., Salisbury & 213 N. Main St., China Grove; 704-636-6037 & 704-857-4200; Mon, Tues, Thur. 9am-5pm & Wed. & Fri. 9am-12pm

Runner-Up: Hearing Solutions
Second Runner-Up: Salisbury Audiology

Best Karate/Martial Arts Studio

Sidekick Karate of Salisbury 119 W Innes St, Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 202-6454
Mon.-Thurs. 5-8; Fri. 5-6; Sat. 3-5

Runner-Up: Iron Dragon
Second Runner-Up: Kim Soo Karate

Best Medical Facility

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center 612 Mocksville Avenue, Salisbury, NC 28144; 704-210-5000
novanthealth.org

Runner-Up: Rowan Diagnostic
Second Runner-Up: Rowan Family Physicians

Best Pilates/Yoga Studio

YMCA of Rowan County 704-216-9622; www.rowanymca.com

Runner-Up: The Forum
Second Runner-Up: Accelerate Health and Fitness

Best Place to Work Out

Hurley YMCA 828 Jake Alexander Blvd W, Salisbury, NC 28147; (704) 636-0111
www.rowanymca.com

Runner-Up: The Forum
Second Runner-Up: Planet Fitness

Best Pet Boarding Service

Lazy 5 Veterinary Hospital  2916 S Main St, Salisbury, NC 28147; (704) 636-1100
Mon-Fri 7:30AM-6:30PM, Sat 7:30AM-12:30 PM, Closed Sun. lazy5vets.com

Runner-Up: Doggie Holiday
Second Runner-Up: Salisbury Animal Hospital

Best Pet Grooming Service

Uptown Dogs and Cats 2125 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC; 704-636-7260
Tuesday 7-5, Wednesday 7-4, Thursday & Friday 7-5, Saturday, 7-3

Runner-Up: Lazy 5 Ranch Veterinary Services
Second Runner-Up: Roxanne Scissorhands

Best Pet Sitting Service

Roxanne Scissorhands Pet Groomer & Pet Sitter Landis, NC; 704-925-2577
Tues-Fri 9am-5pm, Every other Saturday 9am-12pm

Runner-Up: Travis Powell the Pet Sitter
Second Runner-Up: Animal House

Best Veterinary Clinic

Lazy 5 Veterinary Hospital 2916 S Main St, Salisbury, NC 28147; (704) 636-1100
www.lazy5vets.com

Runner-Up: Salisbury Animal Hospital
Second Runner-Up: Rowan Animal Clinic

Best Barber Shop

Made Man Barber and Shave 108 W Innes St, Salisbury, NC 28144; 704-754-9961
Tues – Friday 9-6; Sat 9-2

Runner-Up: College Barber Shop
Second Runner-Up: South End Barber Shop

Best Hair Salon

Salisbury Salon & Spa 210 East Innes St., Salisbury; 704-310-5941
CLOSED Monday & Tuesday, 10am-7pm Wed.-Fri., 9am-6pm Sat., 11am-5pm Sun.

Runner-Up: Cut Up & Dye
Second Runner-Up: Greystone Salon and Spa

Best Mani/Pedi Salon

Salisbury Salon & Spa 210 East Innes St., Salisbury; 704-310-5941

Runner-Up: Greystone Salon and Spa
Second Runner-Up: Oasis Salon and Spa

Best Skincare Facility

Greystone Salon 1321 Klumac Road Salisbury NC; 704-637-2007
Mon 10am-6 pm; Tues & Wed 10am-7pm; Thursday 10am-8pm; Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 9am-5pm

Runner-Up: Salisbury Salon & Spa
Second Runner-Up: Merle Norman

Best Spa

Salisbury Salon & Spa 210 East Innes St., Salisbury; 704-310-5941;

Runner-Up: Greystone Salon and Spa
Second Runner-Up: Oasis Salon & Spa

Best Tanning Salon

Savage Tans 722 Jake Alexander Blvd W, Salisbury, NC 28147; (704) 645-8800
Closed Sun; Mon-Fri. 10 AM-8 PM; Sat. 10 AM-4 PM

Runner-Up: Oasis Salon & Spa
Second Runner-Up: Reflections

Best Tattoo Parlor

Inksane Skinnovations Inc 1329 S Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144; 704-633-7546
Sun. & Mon. 12-8 PM; Tues.-Sat. 11 AM-8 PM

Runner-Up: Tattoo inferno
Second Runner-Up: Inkee, Granite Quarry

Best Customer Service

Powles Staton Funeral Home 913 W. Main St., Rockwell; 704-279-7241
On Call 24 Hrs

Runner-Up: James K. Jolly
Second Runner-Up: Vogue Cleaners & Laundry Service

Best Dance/Gymnastics Studio

Triple Threat Dance Studio 110 Mt Moriah Church Rd. China Grove; 704-707-9341
Monday-Thursday 4:00pm-8:00pm

Runner-Up: Center Stage
Second Runner-Up: Advantage Gymnastics

Best Day/Summer Camp

Dan Nicholas Park 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd; www.dannicholas.net

Runner-Up: Partners in Learning
Second Runner-Up: YMCA

Best Dry Cleaner

Vogue Cleaners 106 N. Long St., Salisbury; 704-633-5411
7am-5:30 Mon-Fri 8am-noon Sat.

Runner-Up: M&S Cleaners
Second Runner-Up: Bell Dry Cleaners

Best Financial Institution

F&M Bank Salisbury; 704-279-7291
www.fmbnc.com

Runner-Up: State Employees Credit Union
Second Runner-Up: Wells Fargo

Best Funeral Service Provider

Powles Staton Funeral Home 913 W. Main St., Rockwell; 704-279-7241

Runner-Up: Summersett Funeral Home
Second Runner-Up: Lyerly Funeral Home

Best New Business

Arts Cube LLC (704) 754-5621

Runner-Up: Salisbury Eyecare and Eyewear
Second Runner-Up: Better Loafing Artisan Bread Company

Best Park

Dan Nicholas Park 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd; www.dannicholas.net

Runner-Up: Hurley Park
Second Runner-Up: Salisbury Community Park

Best Tourist Attraction

NC Transportation Museum 1 Samuel Spencer Dr., Spencer, NC 28159; 704-636-2889
Tues-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun  noon-5pm

Runner-Up: Dan Nicholas Park
Second Runner-Up: Lazy 5 Ranch

Best Place for Worship

St. John’s Lutheran Church  200 W. Innes St., Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 636-3431
8:30 am Chapel Worship, 9:27 am Contemporary Worship, 11 am Sanctuary Worship

Runner-Up: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Second Runner-Up: First Baptist Salisbury

Best Retirement/Assisted Living

Trinity Oaks Retirement Community 728 Klumac Rd, Salisbury, NC 28144;(704) 633-1002
Assisted Living is 24/7, Office hours Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Runner-Up: Carillon Assisted Living
Second Runner-Up: Oak Park

Best College

Catawba College 2300 West Innes St., Salisbury, NC 28144; 704-637-4111
8am-5pm office hours

Runner-Up: RCCC
Second Runner-Up: Livingstone College

Best Private School

Salisbury Academy 2210 Jake Alexander Blvd., North, Salisbury, NC 28147; 704-636-3002
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

Runner-Up: North Hills Christian School
Second Runner-Up: Sacred Heart Catholic School

Best Rowan County High School

Salisbury High 500 Lincolnton Rd., Salisbury; 704-636-1221

Runner-Up: West Rowan
Second Runner-Up: East Rowan

Best Vocational School

Rowan Cabarrus Community College 1333 Jake Alexander Blvd S, Salisbury, NC 28146; (704) 216-7222

Runner-Up: Rowan Vocational Opportunities
Second Runner-Up: The Academy of Reflective Wellness

Best AC/Heating Service

Stout Heating & Air  4243 South Main St., Salisbury; 704-633-8095

Runner-Up: Beaver Brothers
Second Runner-Up: Medley Electric

Best Carpet Cleaning Service

Tom’s Carpet Care 1419 S. Main Street; 704-633-7030

Runner-Up: Salisbury Rug and Carpet Cleaning
Second Runner-Up: Ritchie’s

Best Hardwood Flooring

Grimes Flooring Services  PO Box 2006, Salisbury, NC 28145; 704-791-0283
7:30-5, Mon.-Fri. & 8-12 Saturday

Runner-Up: Grove Supply
Second Runner-Up: Lumber Liquidators

Best Painting Service

Richard’s Painting Co., LLC 112 E. Council Street, Salisbury; 704-856-8101
Mon-Fri 8am-4pm

Runner-Up: Woodie’s Painting
Second Runner-Up: Colors Unlimited

Best Place To Buy Antiques

The Salisbury Emporium 230 E. Kerr St., Salisbury; 704-642-0039
Tues-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 1-5pm

Runner-Up: Anthony’s Antiques
Second Runner-Up: 1839 

Best Place To Buy Appliances

Lowe’s Home Improvement 207 Faith Rd., Salisbury; 704-638-0808
Mon-Sat 6am-10pm, Sun 8am-8pm

Runner-Up: Queen City
Second Runner-Up: Kitchen Store

Best Art Gallery

Waterworks Visual Art Center 123 E. Liberty St., Salisbury NC 28144; 704-636-1882
Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-2pm

Runner-Up: Railwalk Gallery
Second Runner-Up: Fine Frame Gallery

Best Place To Buy Bedding/Mattresses

R & J Furniture Xpress 1015 North Salisbury Ave Spencer NC 28159; 704-633-4677
8:00-6:00 Mon –Fri, 8:00-4:00 Sat; Closed Sun.

Runner-Up: Mattress Firm;
Second Runner-Up: Belk

Best Place To Buy Floor Covering

Grove Supply 1600 N. Main St., China Grove, NC 2802; 704-857-2415
8:30-5 weekdays & 8:30-1 Saturday

Runner-Up: Home Depot
Second Runner-Up: Lowes

Best Place To Buy Furniture

R & J Furniture Xpress 1015 North Salisbury Ave Spencer NC 28159; 704-633-4677
8:00-6:00 Mon –Fri, 8:00-4:00 Sat; Closed Sun.

Runner-Up: Bare Furniture
Second Runner-Up: Badcock

Best Place To Buy Groceries

Food Lion Surrounding Areas. www.foodlion.com

Runner-Up: Harris Teeter
Second Runner-Up: Aldi

Best Garden Center

Godley’s Garden Center & Nursery  2281 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury; 704-638-0082
Mon-Sat 8am-5:30pm

Runner-Up: Rufty’s Garden Center
Second Runner-Up: The Garden Greenhouse

Best Place To Buy Hardware

Lowe’s Home Improvement 207 Faith Rd., Salisbury; 704-638-0808

Runner-Up: True Value 

Best Place To Buy Health/Organic Food

Simply Good Natural Foods  128 East Innes Street, Salisbury, NC; (704) 636-0889
Mon-Sat 9AM-6PM, Sun Closed

Runner-Up: GNC

Best Place To Buy Home Decor

Kirklands 125 Tingle Drive, Salisbury, NC 28146; (704) 630-4909
Mon-Sat 9AM-9PM, Sun 12PM-6PM

Runner-Up: Hobby Lobby
Second Runner-Up: Marshalls

Best Place To Buy Home Improvement Supplies

Lowe’s Home Improvement 207 Faith Rd., Salisbury; 704-638-0808;

Runner-Up: Desco
Second Runner-Up: Home Depot

Best Place To Buy Lighting

Home Lighting & Supply Inc 3212 South Main Street Salisbury NC 28147; 704-636-3883
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Runner-Up: Lowes
Second Runner-Up: Desco

Best Place To Buy Paint/Wallcovering

Sherwin Williams 800 W Innes St, Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 636-3231
Sun 10am-6pm, Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat. 8am-6pm

Runner-Up: Lowes
Second Runner-Up: Glidden Professional

Best Place To Buy Art Supplies/Hobbies

Hobby Lobby 125 Tingle Dr. #400, Salisbury, NC 28146; 704-638-4112
Monday-Saturday, 9am-8pm   CLOSED Sunday

Runner-Up: Michael’s

Best Place To Buy Books

Lora Belle Baby 115 N Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 209-4206
Mon-Fri 10AM-5PM, Sat 10AM-4PM, Sun Closed

Runner-Up: South Main Books
Second Runner-Up: Rowan Public Library

Best Place To Buy Fabric/Sewing

Hobby Lobby 125 Tingle Dr. #400, Salisbury, NC; 704-638-4112

Runner-Up: Michael’s
Second Runner-Up: Walmart

Best Place To Buy Bicycles

Skinny Wheels Bike Shop 111 W Innes St, Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 762-9537
Tues-Sat 10AM-6PM, Closed Sun and Mon

Runner-Up: Kmart
Second Runner-Up: Walmart

Best Place To Buy Camping Supplies

Dick’s Sporting Goods 125 Tingle Drive, Suite 300, Salisbury; (704) 212-2482
Mon.-Sat. 9 AM-9:30 PM; Sun. 10 AM-7 PM

Runner-Up: Walmart
Second Runner-Up: Outdoor World Concord Mills

Best Place To Buy Fishing Supplies

Hill’s Minnow Farm 7940 Bringle Ferry Rd, Salisbury, NC 28146; (704) 633-7413
Sun-Sat 5:30AM-9PM

Runner-Up: Dick’s Sporting Goods
Second Runner-Up: Fleming Candy Company

Best Place To Buy Hunting Supplies

Hill’s Minnow Farm 7940 Bringle Ferry Rd, Salisbury, NC; (704) 633-7413

Runner-Up: Dick’s Sporting Goods
Second Runner-Up: Lead Chunkers

Best Place To Buy Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods 125 Tingle Drive, Suite 300, Salisbury; (704) 212-2482

Runner-Up: Academy
Second Runner-Up: Hibbetts

Best Place To Buy Cards/Stationery

Critter’s 125 S Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 636-5669
Mon-Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 1PM-5PM

Runner-Up: The Lettered Lilly
Second Runner-Up: Walmart

Best Consignment Store

Growing Pains Family Consignment Shop 122 S Main St Salisbury NC; 794-638-0870
Tues. 10 AM-4 PM; Wed-Fri. 10 AM-5:30 PM; Sat. 10 AM-4 PM; Closed Sun. & Mon.

Runner-Up: Encore
Second Runner-Up: Sweet Peas

Best Place To Buy Comic Books

The Comic Monstore 813 Jake Alexander Blvd S, Salisbury, NC 28147; (704) 636-0049
Mon.-Thurs. 11 AM-9 PM; Fri. & Sat. 11 AM-10 PM; Sun. 1-7 PM

Runner-Up: Collectivity 

Best Customer Service

Stitchin’ Post Gifts  104 S. Main St., Salisbury; 704-637-0708
Mon-Sat, 10am-5:30pm

Runner-Up: Winsome Hanger
Second Runner-Up: Chick-fil-A

Best Place To Buy Electronics

Wal-Mart 323 South Arlington St., Salisbury; (704) 639-9718
Open 24 hours

Runner-Up: Kmart
Second Runner-Up: N Tune

Best Place To Buy Gifts/Speciality Items

Stitchin’ Post Gifts 104 S. Main St., Salisbury; 704-637-0708

Runner-Up: Queen’s Gifts
Second Runner-Up: Critter’s Cards and Gifts

Best Locally Owned Store

Stitchin’ Post Gifts 104 S. Main St., Salisbury; www.spgifts.com

Runner-Up: Barnhardt Jewelers
Second Runner-Up: Critters

Best Place To Buy Musical Instruments

Griffin Guitars 121 S Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 798-5205
Mon-Fri 10AM-7PM, Sat 11AM-5PM, Sun Closed

Runner-Up: The Band Attic
Second Runner-Up: Coleman Music

Best Place To Buy Pet Items

PetSmart  345 Faith Rd., Salisbury 28146; Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun. 10am-7pm

Runner-Up: Main Stream Pets
Second Runner-Up: Hot Diggity Dog

Best Place for a Deal

Barnhardt Jewelers 314 S. Salisbury Avenue, Historic Spencer; 704-633-0618
M-F 9:30-5:30 Sat 9-1

Runner-Up: Curiosities Gifts
Second Runner-Up: Dollar Tree

Best Recycled Goods Store

Goodwill 836 West Jake Alexander Blvd; 704-637-6673
Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 1-6pm

Runner-Up: Habitat ReStore
Second Runner-Up: Nazareth Home Thrift Store

Best Place To Buy School/Office Supplies

Staples Innes Street Market, 355 Faith Rd, Salisbury, NC 28146; (704) 797-0134
Mon-Fri 9AM-9PM, Sat 10AM-7PM, Sun 11AM-6PM

Runner-Up: Office Depot
Second Runner-Up: Creative Teaching Aids

Store that Gives Back

Stitchin’ Post Gifts 104 S. Main St., Salisbury; www.spgifts.com

Runner-Up: Food Lion
Second Runner-Up: Habitat for Humanity

Best Place To Buy Toys/Video Games

Lora Belle Baby 115 N Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 209-4206
Mon-Fri 10AM-5PM, Sat 10AM-4PM, Sun Closed

Runner-Up: Game Stop
Second Runner-Up: Critters

Best Place To Buy Children’s Clothing

Lora Belle Baby 115 N Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 209-4206

Runner-Up: Marshall’s
Second Runner-Up: Sweet Peas

Best Place To Buy Handbags/Luggage

Belk 1455 Klumac Rd, Salisbury, NC; (704) 636-5241
Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 12-7PM

Runner-Up: Marshall’s
Second Runner-Up: Queens

Best Place To Buy Jewelry

Barnhardt Jewelers 314 S. Salisbury Avenue, Historic Spencer; 704-633-0618

Runner-Up: Windsor Gallery
Second Runner-Up: Stitchin Post Gifts

Best Place To Buy Makeup/Beauty

Ulta Beauty  1445 Klumac Rd, Salisbury; (704) 638-6068
10 AM-9 PM

Runner-Up: Merle Norman
Second Runner-Up: Belk

Best Place To Buy Men’s Clothing

Belk 1455 Klumac Rd, Salisbury, NC; www.belk.com

Runner-Up: Kohl’s
Second Runner-Up: Winsome Hanger

Best Place To Buy Prom/Bridal

A Perfect Dress 590 Corriher Gravel Road, China Grove, NC 28023; 704-855-2427
Mon-Fri 3-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm

Runner-Up: Maia’s Fashions
Second Runner-Up: Encore on Main

Best Place To Buy Shoes

Ralph Baker’s Shoes 428 N. Main St., Salisbury; 704-636-1850
Mon-Sat 9:30-5:30

Runner-Up: Shoe Dept
Second Runner-Up: Rack Room Shoes

Best Place To Buy Sports Apparel

Dick’s Sporting Goods 

Runner-Up: Ultimate Sports Apparel
Second Runner-Up: Kohls

Best Place To Buy Women’s Clothing

Belk 1455 Klumac Rd, Salisbury, NC; (704) 636-5241
www.belk.com

Runner-Up: Stitchin Post Gifts
Second Runner-Up: Winsome Hanger

Best Place To Buy ATV/Recreational

Motts Powersports 1325 North Main St. Salisbury; 704-636-9900
Tuesday-Wednesday 10-8, Thursday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 8-12

Runner-Up: Salisbury Cycle Center

Best Car Wash

Sam’s Car Wash  1022 West Innes St. and 800 East Innes St. Salisbury; 704-633-4256 704-633-8101
Mon-Sat 7:45 to 6:00

Runner-Up: Jimmy Clean’s

Best Oil Change/Auto Repair

Auto Works of Salisbury  429 South Main St., Salisbury; 704-310-5718
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Drop-Off at 7:30am

Runner-Up: Cloninger Ford and Toyota
Second Runner-Up: Gerry Wood Honda/Kia

Best New Car Dealer

Gerry Wood Auto Group 525 Jake Alexander Blvd. South, Salisbury, NC 28147; 704-637-9090
9am-8pm Mon-Fri. 9am-6pm Sat. Service: 7:30am-5:30pm Mon-Fri. 8am-4pm Sat.

Runner-Up: Team Chevrolet
Second Runner-Up: Cloninger Ford and Toyota

Best Pre-Owned Car Dealer

Salisbury Motor Compnay, Inc 700 W Innes St, Salisbury, NC 28144; (704) 636-1341
(Service 7:30-5:30 M-F)  (Sales 8:00 – 6:00P M-F And 9-3 On Saturdays)

Runner-Up: Gerry Wood Auto Group
Second Runner-Up: Team Chevrolet