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Best of Arkansas 2013 readers' poll

Our annual survey reaches adulthood.


Goods and services

Shopping Center

Promenade at Chenal

Runners-up: Park Plaza Mall, Pleasant Ridge Town Center, Midtowne

Grocery Store


Local winner: Edwards Food Giant

Runners-up: The Fresh Market, Whole Foods Market, Argenta Market

Women's Clothing


Local winner: E. Leigh's

Runners-up: Box Turtle, Cato, Ember

Men's Clothing


Local winner: Mr. Wicks

Runners-up: The Independent, Baumans, Greenhaw's

Hip Clothing

Box Turtle

Runners-up: Scarlet, E. Leigh's, Rue21

Children's Clothing

The Toggery

Runners-up: The Children's Place, Dillard's, Gap

Vintage Clothing


Runners-up: Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, Blue Suede Shoes Antique Mall, Mid-Towne Antique Mall


Fabulous Finds

Runners-up: Mid-Towne Antique Mall, Blue Suede Shoes Antique Mall, Clement/Sweet Home Antiques


I.O. Metro

Runners-up: Hank's Fine Furniture, Havertys, Ashley Furniture HomeStores

Garden Store or Nursery

The Good Earth

Runners-up: Hocott's Garden Center, Cantrell Gardens, Botanica Gardens

Hardware/Home Improvement


Local winner: Kraftco Hardware and Building Supply

Runners-up: Home Depot, Fuller and Son, Cantrell Ace Hardware


Burrow's and Mr. Frank's Optical

Runners-up: Kavanaugh Eye Care, LensCrafters, Walmart

Fresh vegetables

Little Rock Farmer's Market

Runners-up: Argenta Farmers Market, Hillcrest Farmers Market, The Fresh Market

Outdoor store

Ozark Outdoor Supply

Runners-up: Gene Lockwood's, Gander Mtn., Academy Sports + Outdoors

Bicycle Shop


Runners-up: Spokes, The Community Bicyclist, Arkansas Cycling and Fitness

Gun Store

Fort Thompson Sporting Goods

Runners-up: Don's Weaponry, Bullseye Guns and Ammo, Arkansas Armory

Commercial Art Gallery

Gallery 26

Runners-up: Stephano's Fine Art Gallery, Cantrell Gallery, Boswell Mourot Fine Art

Mobile Phone


Runners-up: Verizon, Cricket

Internet Service Provider


Runners-up: AT&T, Windstream, Suddenlink


The Janet Jones Co.

Runners-up: The Charlotte John Co., Pulaski Heights Realty, Crye-Leike

Auto Service

Jett's Gas and Services

Runners-up: Austin Brothers Tire and Service, Christian Brothers Automotive, Discount Tire and Brake Inc.

Auto Stereo

Arkansas Car Stereo

Runners-up: Arch Street Audio, Best Buy, Auto Audio and Video

Travel Agency

Poe Travel

Runners-up: Sue Smith Vacations, West Rock Travel, Little Rock Tours and Travel


Capital Hotel

Runners-up: Embassy Suites, DoubleTree, Courtyard Marriott

Private School

Pulaski Academy

Runners-up: Mount Saint Mary Academy, Catholic High School for Boys, Episcopal Collegiate School

Public School

Central High School

Runners-up: Jefferson Elementary School, eStem Public Charter School, Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School

Apartment Complex


Runners-up: The Park at Riverdale, Foothills Apartments, Lanai Apartments


Metropolitan National Bank

Runners-up: First Security Bank, Arvest, Region's

Barber shop

Jerry's Barber Shop

Runners-up: Sport Clips, Great Clips, The Local Hair Shop


Fringe Benefits

Runners-up: Caracalla, Joels, Salon and Spa at Studio 2121



Runners-up: Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa, The Floating Lotus Day Spa, Ava Bella Day Spa


Sissy's Log Cabin

Runners-up: Stanley Jewelers, Cecil's Fine Jewelry, Kay's Jewelers



Local winner: Rhea Drug

Runners-up: Kroger, Walmart, Tanglewood


Denver Mattress Co.

Runners-up: Mattress King, Mattress Firm

Auto Dealer

Landers Toyota

Runners-up: Russell Honda, Bale Honda, North Point Toyota

Used Auto Dealer

Landers Toyota

Runners-up: Bill Fitts Auto Sales, North Point Toyota, Parker Lexus


Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions

Runners-up: Victoria's Secret, Cupid's Lingerie, Adam and Eve


Best Buy

Local winner: Audio Dimensions

Runners-up: Apple Store, Custom Audio and Video, Target

Sporting Goods

Academy Sports + Outdoors

Local winner: Ozark Outdoor Supply

Runners-up: Gene Lockwood's, Gander Mtn, Dick's Sporting Goods


Toys "R" Us

Local winner: Knowledge Tree

Runners-up: Cheeky Marshmallows, Learning Express, The Toggery


Tipton & Hurst

Runners-up: About Vase, Frances Flower Shop, The Empty Vase


Ray Lusk Plumbing

Runners-up: Arrow Plumbing, B&R Plumbing, Sanders Plumbing

Gift Shop

The Crown Shop

Runner-up: Box Turtle, Full Moon, Clinton Museum Store

Car Wash


Runners-up: Best Car Wash, Boomerang Carwash


Hillcrest Animal Hospital

Runners-up: Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital, Treasure Hill Pet Hospital, All Pets Animal Hospital


Moose Cleaners

Runners-up: Schickel's Cleaners, Hangers Cleaners, Comet Cleaners


Larry West

Runners-up: Kaki Hockersmith, Marshall Clements, Tom Chandler

Music Equipment

Guitar Center

Runners-up: Best Buy, Saied Music Co., Jacksonville Guitar Center



Local winner: Shoe Connection

Runners-up: DSW, Shoe Carnival, Warren's Shoes


Barnes & Noble

Local winner: WordsWorth Books & Co.

Runners-up: Books-A-Million, Dickson Street Bookshop, River Market Books & Gifts

Pawn Shop

Arch Street Pawn

Local winner: Braswell & Son, USA Loans, Pawnderosa Pawn Shop

Funeral Home

Roller Funeral Home

Runners-up: Reubel Funeral Home, North Little Rock Smith Family Funeral Homes, Dwight Family Funeral Service

Retirement Community

Fox Ridge

Runners-up: Good Shepherd Ecumenical Retirement Center, Woodland Heights, Parkway Village

Place to take a yoga class

Barefoot Studio

Runners-up: The Floating Lotus Yoga Studio and Day Spa, 10 Fitness, Blue Yoga Nyla


Dr. John Vincent (Chenal Chiropractic Clinic)

Runners-up: Brady DeClerk (Central Arkansas Chiropractic), Little Rock Chiropractic, Hurley Chiropractic and Wellness


7th Street Tattoo

Runners-up: Electric Heart Tattoos, Anchor Tattoo, Scott Diffee (The Parlor)

Insurance Agency

State Farm

Local winner: Allen Kerr Insurance Agency

Runners-up: Farm Bureau, Shelter Insurance, AAA Insurance

Investment Advisor

Metropolitan Capital Management

Runners-up: Crews & Associates, Morgan Stanley, Delta Trust Investments

Company to work for

Metropolitan National Bank

Runners-up: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Acxiom, University of Arkansas at Little Rock


Place to swim

Wild River Country

Runners-up: Little Rock Athletic Club, Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center, Greers Ferry Lake


Burns Park

Runners-up: Allsopp Park, Murray Park, Two Rivers Park

Cheap Date

Movies in the Park

Runners-up: Travelers Baseball, Big Dam Bridge, The Joint

Weekend Getaway

Hot Springs

Runners-up: Eureka Springs, Heber Springs, Buffalo River


Mountain Harbor Resort

Runners-up: Mount Magazine, Red Apple Inn, Arlington Hotel

Golf Course

Rebsamen Golf Course

Runners-up: Chenal Country Club, Country Club of Little Rock, Pleasant Valley Country Club

Athletic Club

Little Rock Athletic Club

Runners-up: 10Fitness, Little Rock Racquet Club, Wellness Revolution Crossfit

Place for tennis

Little Rock Racquet Club

Runners-up: Little Rock Athletic Club, Rebsamen Tennis Center, War Memorial Park Tennis Courts

Hiking trail

Pinnacle Mountain

Runners-up: Petit Jean, Two Rivers Park, Ouachita Trail

Place to mountain bike

Pinnacle Mountain

Runners-up: Burns Park, Sylamore Creek Trail, Allsopp Park


Heber Springs Marina

Runners-up: Jolly Roger's, Mountain Harbor Resort, Brady Mountain Resort and Marina

Local charity event

Tabriz (Arkansas Arts Center)

Runners-up: Eggshibition (Youth Home), Race for the Cure (Susan Komen Foundation), Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl-a-thon



War Chief

Runners-up: Good Time Ramblers, Amasa Hines, Don't Stop Please



Runners-up: DJ Max, Doug Kramer, Deja Blu

Place for live music

White Water Tavern

Runners-up: Revolution, Juanita's, Cajun's Wharf

Place to dance


Runners-up: Cajun's Wharf, Electric Cowboy, Revolution

Live music festival


Runners-up: Wakarusa, King Biscuit, Thunder on the Mountain

Late night spot

Midtown Billiards

Runners-up: Salut Bistro, Discovery, Ernie Biggs

Gay bar

Discovery Night Club

Runners-up: Miss Kitty's Saloon, Trax, Triniti

Sports bar

West End Smokehouse and Tavern

Runners-up: Buffalo Wild Wings, Bar Louie, The Tavern Sports Grill

Movie theater

Rave Cinema

Local winner: Market Street Cinema

Runners-up: Dickinson Chenal 9, Regal McCain Mall Stadium 12 & RPX, UA Breckenridge Village


Arkansas Arts Center

Runners-up: Museum of Discovery, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Clinton Library

Performing arts group

Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Runners-up: Weekend Theater, Ballet Arkansas, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Place to gamble


Runners-up: Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Tunica (Miss.), Choctaw Casino Pocola (Okla.)

Place to see someone famous

Capital Bar and Grill

Runners-up: Clinton Library, Doe's Eat Place, Little Rock Film Festival


Food festival

Greek Food Festival

Runners-up: World Cheese Dip Festival, Main Street Food Truck Festival, Jewish Food Festival

French fries

Big Orange

Runners-up: McDonald's, The Root, White Water Tavern

Onion rings


Local winner: Arkansas Burger Co.

Runners-up: Burger King, Cheddar's, The Box

Cheese Dip

Mexico Chiquito

Runners-up: Stoby's, El Porton, Dizzy's Gypsy Bistro


Whole Hog Cafe

Runners-up: Sims Bar-B-Que, Corky's Ribs and BBQ, Famous Dave's

Wine list

By the Glass

Runners-up: Ashley's, So Restaurant-Bar, Zin Urban Wine Bar

Liquor store

Colonial Wines & Spirits

Runners-up: Lake Liquor, PopATop Fine Wine and Spirits, Sullivant's Liquor Store


Sushi Cafe

Runners-up: Igibon Japanese Food House, Hanaroo Sushi Bar, Tokyo House


ZaZa Fine Salad and Wood Oven Pizza Co.

Runners-up: U.S. Pizza Co., Taziki's Cafe, Boulevard Bread Co.

Business lunch

Capital Bar and Grill

Runners-up: Copper Grill, Trio's Restaurant, Brave New Restaurant


Red Door

Runners-up: Loca Luna, The Root, The House


Capital Bar and Grill

Runners-up: Ciao Baci, SO Restaurant-Bar, Local Lime


Purple Cow

Runners-up: Big Orange, Sonic, Chick-Fil-A


The Root Cafe

Runners-up: ZaZa, Lilly's, Boulevard



Runners-up: Panera, Old Mill, Community Bakery


Catering to You

Runners-up: Simply the Best, Trio's, Boulevard

Outdoor dining


Runners-up: Brave New Restaurant, Pizza Cafe, Cajun's



Stephen Cefalo

Runners-up: Kevin Kresse, Stephano Sutherlin, James Hayes


Brian Chilson

Runners-up: Leigh D. Photography, Nelson Chenault, Jason Masters


Mike Beebe

Runners-up: Warwick Sabin, Joyce Elliott, Tim Griffin


Darren McFadden

Runners-up: Joe Johnson, Tyler Wilson, Cliff Lee


Warwick Sabin

Runners-up: Bill Halter, Mike Beebe, Max Brantley


Davy Carter

Runners-up: John Thurston, Bill Vickery, Mike Huckabee

Worst Arkansan

Jason Rapert

Runners-up: Nate Bell, Tim Griffin, Martha Shoffner


Our House

Runners-up: Humane Society, Arkansas Rice Depot, Heifer International

Misuse of Taxpayer Funds

Martha Shoffner

Runners-up: 12 week abortion ban, Mark Martin, proposed Broadway Bridge lights


Radio Station

KUAR 89.1

Runners-up: 103.7 The Buzz, KSSN 96, The Point 94.1

Radio Personality

Tommy Smith

Runners-up: Heather/DC/Poolboy, Bob Robbins, Lisa Fischer

TV Station


Runners-up: KARK, KTHV, Fox

TV Personality

Jessica Dean

Runners-up: Dawn Scott, Beth Hunt, Craig O'Neill

TV Weatherman

Ed Buckner

Runners-up: Todd Yakoubian, Ned Perme, Greg Dee

TV Sports

Steve Sullivan

Runners-up: Craig O'Neill, Wess Moore, Mark Edwards

Newspaper writer

Max Brantley

Runners-up: John Brummett, Ernie Dumas, John Lynch


Arkansas Blog

Runners-up: Forbidden Hillcrest, Blue Hog Report, Eat Arkansas


Runners-up: Talk Business, Forbidden Hillcrest, The Fayetteville Flyer

Twitter feed


Runners-up: @ArkansasFoodies, @robybrock, @jefflongUA

Author of books

Charles Portis

Runners-up: Charlaine Harris, Trenton Lee Stewart, Kevin Brockmeier

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