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Best of Arkansas 2014 readers' poll

The people have their say.


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, Terry's Finer Foods, Whole Foods Market

Women's Clothing


Local winner: E. Leigh's

Runners-up: Scarlet, Tulips, Box Turtle

Men's Clothing


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

Hip Clothing

E. Leigh's

Runners-up: Ember, Fringe, Indigo

Children's Clothing

The Toggery

Runners-up: The Children's Place, Whippersnappers, Carter's

Vintage Clothing


Runners-up: Goodwill, Paddywack's, Mid-Towne Antique Mall


Mid-Towne Antique Mall

Runners-up: Sweet Home/Clement, Fabulous Finds, Blue Suede Shoes


I.O. Metro

Runners-up: Ashley Furniture, Haverty's Furniture, Hank's Fine Furniture

Garden Store or Nursery

The Good Earth Garden Center

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

Hardware/Home Improvement

Home Depot

Local winner: Kraftco Hardware and Building Supply

Runners-up: Fuller and Son, Lowe's Home Improvement, Cantrell Hardware


James Eye Care

Runners-up: Kavanaugh Eye Care, Burrow's and Mr. Frank's Optical, Deer Penick Eye Clinic

Fresh vegetables

Little Rock Farmers' Market

Runners-up: Argenta Farmers Market, Hillcrest Farmers Market, Bernice Garden Farmer's Market

Outdoor store

Ozark Outdoor Supply

Runners-up: Bass Pro Shops, Academy Sports, Gene Lockwood's

Bicycle Shop


Runners-up: Spokes, The Community Bicyclist, Phat Tire Bike Shop (Bentonville)

Gun Store

Fort Thompson Sporting Goods

Runners-up: Arkansas Armory, Bass Pro Shops, Don's Weaponry Inc.

Commercial Art Gallery

Gallery 26

Runners-up: Cantrell Gallery, Greg Thompson Fine Art, Stephano's Fine Art Gallery

Mobile Phone


Runners-up: Verizon, Cricket Wireless

Internet Service Provider


Runners-up: Comcast, Suddenlink, Cox Communications

Real Estate Agency

The Janet Jones Co.

Runners-up: The Charlotte John Co., Crye-Leike, Keller Williams Realty

Auto Service

Austin Brothers Tire and Service

Runners-up: Jett's Gas and Service, Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., Discount Tire & Brake Inc.

Auto Stereo

Auto Audio

Runners-up: Arkansas Car Stereo, Best Buy, Carnes Audio Visual

Travel Agency

Poe Travel

Runners-up: Sue Smith Vacations, Avoya Travel, West Rock Travel


Capital Hotel

Runners-up: Little Rock Marriott, 21c Museum Hotel (Bentonville) , DoubleTree Hotel

Private School

Pulaski Academy

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

Public School

Central High School

Runners-up: eStem Public Charter Schools, Forest Park Elementary, North Little Rock High School

Apartment Complex

The Pointe Brodie Creek

Runners-up: Brightwaters Apartments, Pleasant Woods, The Park at Riverdale


Simmons Bank

Runners-up: Arvest Bank, First Security Bank, Bank of the Ozarks


Fringe Benefits

Runners-up: Caracalla Salon and Body Spa, That French Salon, The Local Hair Shop


Caracalla Salon and Body Spa

Runners-up: Rejuvenation Day Spa, Ava Bella Day Spa, Floating Lotus Yoga Studio and Day Spa

Barber shop

Jerry's Barber Shop

Runners-up: Sport Clips, The Art of Men's Cuts, The Local Hair Shop


Sissy's Log Cabin

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



Local winner: Cornerstone Pharmacy

Runners-up: Walgreens, Rhea Drug Store, Don's Pharmacy

Auto Dealer

Landers Toyota

Runners-up: Bale Honda, Adventure Subaru (Fayetteville), Russell Chevrolet


Victoria's Secret

Local winner: Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions

Runners-up: Dillard's, Lavender Lingerie, Seductions

Home entertainment store

Best Buy

Local winner: Carnes Audio Visual

Runners-up: Apple Store

Sporting Goods

Academy Sports

Local winner: Ozark Outdoor Supply

Runners-up: Gene Lockwood's, Bass Pro Shops, Mack's Prairie Wings


Toys 'R' Us

Local winner: Learning Express

Runners-up: The Toggery, Cheeky Marshmallows, Target


Tipton & Hurst

Runners-up: About Vase, Frances Flower Shop, Floral Express (Fayetteville)


Ray Lusk Plumbing

Runners-up: Advantage Service Co., Bert Black Service Co., Dwayne Boggan

Gift Shop

Box Turtle

Runners-up: The Crown Shop, The Freckled Frog, The Full Moon


Hillcrest Animal Hospital

Runners-up: Green Mountain Animal Hospital, Pinnacle Valley Animal Hospital, Shackleford Road Veterinary Clinic


Hangers Cleaners

Runners-up: Comet Cleaners, Moose Cleaners, Oak Forest Cleaners, Schickel's


Larry West

Runners-up: Garry Mertins, Tobi Fairley, Tom Chandler



Local winner: Shoe Connection

Runners-up: DSW, Shoe Carnival


WordsWorth Books & Co.

Runners-up: Barnes & Noble, River Market Books and Gifts, Dickson Street Bookshop (Fayetteville)

Pawn Shop

Braswell and Sons Pawnbrokers

Runners-up: USA Loans, A-1 Gun and Pawn Inc., National Pawn Shop

Funeral Home

Ruebel Funeral Home

Runners-up: Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, Olmstead Funeral Home, North Little Rock Funeral Home

Retirement Community

Woodland Heights

Runners-up: Parkway Village, Butterfield Trail Village, Hot Springs Village

Place to take a yoga class

Barefoot Studio

Runners-up: Blue Yoga Nyla, Floating Lotus Yoga Studio and Day Spa, Zenspin Studio


Brady DeClerk

Runners-up: Beverly Foster, John Vincent at Chenal Chiropractic, Elite Chiropractic

Tattoo Artist

Matt O'Baugh (Black Cobra)

Runners-up: Caleb Pritchett (Supernova Tattoo Studio, Fayetteville), Katie McGowan (Black Cobra), Jud Ferguson (7th Street Tattoo & Piercing)

Investment Advisor

Kelly Ross Journey (Edward Jones)

Runners-up: Kirk Bradshaw, Barry Burch, Heath Harper

Company to work for

Central Arkansas Library System

Runners-up: Arkansas Children's Hospital, Aristotle Inc., Heifer International


Place to swim

Little Rock Racquet Club

Runners-up: Magic Springs, Greers Ferry Lake, Lake Ouachita


Burns Park

Runners-up: Two Rivers Park, Pinnacle State Park, Murray Park

Cheap Date

Movies in the Park

Runners-up: Central Arkansas Library System, Big Dam Bridge, Two Rivers Park Trail

Weekend Getaway

Hot Springs

Runners-up: Eureka Springs, Mount Magazine, Bentonville


Mountain Harbor

Runners-up: Red Apple Inn, The Lodge at Mount Magazine, Gaston's White River Resort

Golf Course

Rebsamen Park Golf Course

Runners-up: Pleasant Valley Country Club, Chenal Country Club, War Memorial Golf Course

Athletic Club

Little Rock Athletic Club

Runners-up: Little Rock Racquet Club, LA Fitness, 10 Fitness

Hiking trail

Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Runners-up: Allsopp Park, Petit Jean Mountain, Two Rivers Park


Mountain Harbor

Runners-up: Heber Springs Marina, Brady Mountain Marina, Crystal Springs Resort

Local charity event

Eggshibition (Youth Home)

Runners-up: Paws on the Runway (CARE for Animals), Rock the Runway (UAMS Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Center), Serving up Solutions (Hunger Relief Alliance)



Tragikly White

Runners-up: Adam Faucett, Amasa Hines, Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers



Runners-up: Seth Baldy, Wolf-E-Wolf, Sleepy Genius

Place for live music

White Water Tavern

Runners-up: Stickyz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack, Revolution Music Room, Cajun's Wharf

Place to dance


Runners-up: Cajun's Wharf, Deep Ultra Lounge, Club Level

Live music festival


Runners-up: Wakarusa, Legends of Arkansas, Arkansas Sounds

Neighborhood festival

Hillcrest Harvestfest

Runners-up: Cornbread Festival, Chili Fights in the Heights, Block Street Block Party (Fayetteville)

Late night spot

Midtown Billiards

Runners-up: Discovery, Ciao Baci, Ernie Biggs

Gay bar


Runners-up: 610 Center, Sway Nightclub, TraX

Sports bar

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar

Runners-up: The Tavern Sports Grill, West End Smokehouse and Tavern, Dugan's Pub

Movie theater

Rave Cinemas

Runners-up: Dickinson Chenal, Market Street Cinema, Ron Robinson Theater


Museum of Discovery

Runners-up: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Clinton Presidential Center

Performing arts group

Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Runners-up: ReCreation Studios, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Arkansas

Place to gamble

Oaklawn Park

Runners-up: Southland Greyhound Park, Choctaw Casino, Cherokee Casino

Place to see someone famous

Capital Hotel

Runners-up: Clinton Presidential Center, South on Main, Doe's Eat Place


Food and festival

Greek Food Festival

Runners-up: Jewish Food Festival, Main Street Food Truck Festival, Cornbread Festival

French fries

Big Orange

Runners-up: McDonald's, Buffalo Grill, Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Onion rings


Local winner: Cotham's

Runners-up: Arkansas Burger Co., Dugan's Pub, Town Pump

Cheese Dip

Mexico Chiquito

Runners-up: Local Lime, Stoby's Restaurant, Senor Tequila


Whole Hog Cafe

Runners-up: Sims Bar-B-Que, Corky's Ribs and BBQ, McClard's Bar-B-Q

Wine list

Crush Wine Bar

Runners-up: Ciao Baci, So Restaurant Bar, Zin Urban Wine and Beer Bar

Arkansas-brewed beer

Diamond Bear

Runners-up: Stone's Throw, Core, Vino's

Liquor store

Colonial Wines and Spirits

Runners-up: Sullivant's Liquor Store, Springhill Wine and Spirits, O'Looney's Wine and Liquor


Sushi Cafe

Runners-up: Oceans at Arthur's, Osaka Japanese Steakhouse (Hot Springs), Sky Modern Japanese


ZAZA Fine Salad and Wood-Oven Pizza Co.

Runners-up: U.S. Pizza Co., Jason's Deli, The Root Cafe

Business lunch

Capital Bar & Grill

Runners-up: Cache, South on Main, Loca Luna


The Root Cafe

Runners-up: B-Side, YaYa's Euro Bistro, Red Door


Capital Bar & Grill

Runners-up: Big Orange, Local Lime, South on Main


Big Orange

Runners-up: Purple Cow, Loblolly Creamery, Sonic


The Root Cafe

Runners-up: Big Orange, Greenhouse Grille, The Veg


Boulevard Bread Co.

Runners-up: Arkansas Fresh, Old Mill Bread and Flour Co., Community Bakery


Simply the Best

Runners-up: Catering to You, Dinner's Ready, Trio's Restaurant

Outdoor dining

U.S. Pizza Hillcrest

Runners-up: Acadia Restaurant, Cajun's Wharf, Pizza Cafe



John Kushmaul

Runners-up: Erin Lorenzen, Matt McCleod, Stephen Cefalo

Artisan crafter

James Hayes

Runners-up: Judd Mann, David Clemons, Stacey Bowers (Bang-up Betty)


Mary Steenburgen

Runners-up: Bill Clinton, Judge Reinhold, Justin Moore


Tim Ernst

Runners-up: Meredith Melody Hubbell, Nancy Nolan, Rett Peek


Mike Beebe

Runners-up: Mike Ross, Mark Pryor, Warwick Sabin


Alex Collins

Runners-up: Derek Fisher, Joe Johnson, Cliff Lee


Warwick Sabin

Runner-up: Kathy Webb, Joyce Elliott, Max Brantley


Davy Carter

Runners-up: Bill Vickery, Mike Ross

Worst Arkansan

Jason Rapert

Runners-up: Tom Cotton, Mike Huckabee, Mike Maggio


Heifer International

Runners-up: Our House, The Van, Arkansas Hunger Alliance

Misuse of taxpayer funds

Jason Rapert

Runners-up: Mark Darr, Central Arkansas trolley, appealing ruling overturning same-sex marriage


Radio Station

Alice 107.7

Runners-up: 88.3 KABF, 89.1 KUAR, 103.7 The Buzz

Radio Personality

Heather Brown

Runners-up: Poolboy, Tommy Smith, Bob Robbins

TV Station


Runners-up: KARK, Fox 16, KTHV

TV News Person

Craig O'Neill

Runners-up: Beth Hunt, Donna Terrell, Scott Inman

TV Weatherman

Todd Yakoubian

Runners-up: Ned Perme, Ed Buckner, Greg Dee

TV Sports

Steve Sullivan

Runners-up: Aaron Peters, Wess Moore

Newspaper writer

Max Brantley

Runners-up: John Brummett, David Koon, Michael Wickline


Forbidden Hillcrest

Runners-up: Arkansas Blog, Blue Hog Report, The Mighty Rib


Arkansas Times

Runners-up: Forbidden Hillcrest, Rock City Times, Encyclopedia of Arkansas

Twitter feed

Forbidden Hillcrest

Runners-up: Arkansas Blog, Rock City Times, @KATV_Weather

Author of books

Mara Leveritt

Runners-up: Charles Portis, Trenton Lee Stewart, Kat Robinson

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