- WALLY HALL: Best columnist.
It’s time for the results of our annual Best of Arkansas contest.
Readers voted, using ballots printed in two issues of the Times. We received hundreds of ballots. We counted them. Now’s where you come in. Read and second-guess. But blame only yourself if you didn’t vote.
As usual, we have a number
of repeat winners, some new faces and, sigh, regrettable efforts to stuff the ballot box. (We know who you are.)
Also as usual, we’ve picked out a few categories for feature treatment. This year, we’ve reached beyond the winners to the runners-up for some stories on several bridesmaids.
Drum roll, please, for the 2006 edition of the Best of Arkansas.
Goods and Services
Runners-up: McCain Mall, Lakewood Village, Wal-Mart/Sam’s on Bowman Road.
Runners-up: Hestand’s, Wal-Mart Super Center, Wild Oats.
David Claibourne Ltd.
Runners-up: Fabulous Finds, I-40 Antique Center, Morris Antiques of Keo.
Runners-up: Haverty’s, IO Metro, Norwalk.
Runners-up: Bear-Hill Interiors, Brenda Hogan, Mertinsdyke.
MUSIC (CDS) STORE
Runners-up: Anthro-Pop, Arkansas Record and CD Exchange, Barnes and Noble.
Sigler Music Center
Runners-up: Guitar Center, Jack’s Music of Conway, Saied Music.
Runners-up: Journeys, Payless Shoesource, Shoe Connection.
Runners-up: Movie Gallery, Premier Video, RAO Video.
Barnes and Noble
Runners-up: Books-a-Million, Waldenbooks, Wordsworth.
Runners-up: Barbara Jean, Beyond Cotton, Chico’s.
Runners-up: Dillard’s, Greenhaw’s, Mr. Wick’s.
Runners-up: American Eagle, RK Collections, Tulips.
Poor Little Rich Girl
Runners-up: As Good As New, Paddywacks, Private Collections.
Runners-up: Charlie, Gap, Gymboree.
Runners-up: Circuit City, Radio Shack.
Runners-up: Cupid’s, Barbara Graves, Understatement.
Runners-up: Gander Mountain, Gene Lockwood’s, Sports Authority.
Toys R Us
Runners-up: Heights Toy Center, Target, Wal-Mart.
Tipton and Hurst
Runners-up: About Vase, Frances Florist, Friday’s Florist.
Runners-up: Cobblestone and Vine, Fifth Season, Steinmart.
Runners-up: Pettus Office Products, Settle Office Products, Staples.
Hillcrest Animal Clinic
Runners-up: Allpets, Laura Mehaffy, Park Hill Pet Clinic.
Runners-up: Comet, Moose, Schickel’s.
Runners-up: Delta Trust and Bank, Pulaski Bank, Regions.
Runners-up: Morrison’s, Supercuts, Sullivan’s Barber Service.
Runners-up: Caracalla, High Maintenance, Salon Nouveau.
Runners-up: Cecil’s, Sissy’s Log Cabin, Stanley Jewelers.
Runners-up: Kroger, USA Drug, Wal-Mart.
Runners-up: America’s Mattress, Haverty’s, Nichols Furniture.
Runners-up: Bale dealerships, Parker dealerships, Russell dealerships.
Runners-up: Austin Brothers, Jett’s Gas and Service, Parker dealerships.
Runners-up: Auto Audio, Wal-Mart.
Runners-up: Goodwin Travel American Express, Sue Smith Vacations.
Runners-up: Capital Hotel (closed for renovation), Courtyard by Marriott, Embassy Suites.
Runners-up: Central Arkansas Christian, Episcopal Collegiate School, Little Rock Christian.
Central High School
Runners-up: Jefferson, Pulaski Heights Middle School, Parkview Magnet.
Park at Riverdale
Runners-up: Arbors of Pleasant Valley, Forest Place, Turtlecreek.
Runners-up: Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, Rejuvenation Clinic and Day Spa, Quy’s Salon and Spa.
Runners-up: Green Tree, Hocott’s, Lakewood Gardens.
Fuller and Sons
Runners-up: Home Depot, Kraftco, Lowe’s.
Runners-up: Circuit City, CompUSA, Office Depot.
Runners-up: Burrow’s-Mr. Frank’s Optical, Pearle Vision, Wal-Mart.
River Market farmers market
Runners-up: Hardin’s, Terry’s, Wild Oats.
Ozark Outdoor Supply
Runners-up: Academy Sports, Gander Mountain, Gene Lockwood’s.
Runners-up: Arkansas Cycling and Fitness, Bikeseller.com (now Competitive Cyclist).
Runners-up: Don’s Weaponry, Gander Mountain, Southern Trading and Loan.
COMMERCIAL ART GALLERY
Runners-up: Cantrell Gallery, Red Door Gallery, River Market ArtSpace.
CELL PHONE PROVIDER
Runners-up: Cingular, Verizon.
INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER
Runners-up: AOL, Aristotle, Comcast.
Runners-up: Crye-Leike, Charlotte John, RPM.
Southern Trading and Loan
Runners-up: A-1 Gun and Pawn, USA Loans.
Runners-up: Murray Park, Petit Jean State Park, Pinnacle Mountain State Park.
War Memorial pool
Runners-up: Little Rock Athletic Club, Maumelle Aquatic Center, Westside YMCA.
Runners-up: Eureka Springs, Branson, Memphis.
Runners-up: Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, Lake DeGray Lodge, Red Apple Inn at Eden Isle.
Runners-up: Heber Springs Marina, Jolly Roger’s Marina.
Runners-up: Chenal Valley Country Club, Diamante at Hot Springs Village, Pleasant Valley Country Club.
Little Rock Athletic Club
Runners-up: Bowman Fitness, Curves, War Memorial Fitness Center.
Little Rock Athletic Club
Runners-up: Burns Park, Little Rock Racquet Club, Rebsamen Tennis Center.
Runners-up: Brenda and Ellis, Ferris Wheel Junkies, Salty Dogs.
PLACE TO DANCE
Runners-up: Afterthought, Cajun’s, Discovery.
Runners-up: Afterthought, Cajun’s, Juanita’s.
Runners-up: Ciao Baci, Electric Cowboy, Flying Saucer.
Runners-up: Backstreet, Easy Street, Factory.
West End Smokehouse and Tavern
Runners-up: Embassy Suites, Hooters, Legends.
Runners-up: Cajun’s, Pizza D’Action, Waffle House.
West End Smokehouse and Tavern
Runners-up: Arena Billiards, Fox and Hound, Midtown Billiards.
Runners-up: Market Street Cinema, Regal Breckenridge 12, Riverdale 10.
Arkansas Arts Center
Runners-up: Clinton Library, Historic Arkansas Museum, Museum of Discovery.
PERFORMING ARTS GROUP
Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Runners-up: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Weekend Theater.
PLACE TO GAMBLE
Runners-up: Grand, Horseshoe, Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs.
PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS
Runners-up: Jane Hankins, Jim Johnson, Kevin Kresse.
Runners-up: Cunningham Photography, Dixie Knight, Ben Moody.
Runners-up: Bill Clark, Rollie Remmel, Doyle Rogers, Skip Rutherford.
U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder
Runners-up: Bill Clinton, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Sen. Mark Pryor.
Runners-up: Ronnie Brewer, Matt Jones, Mitch Mustain.
Runners-up: Chenal Valley, Heights, River Market.
U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder
Runners-up: Dean Kumpuris, Pat Lynch, Rita Sklar.
Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller
Runners-up: Asa Hutchinson, Gov. Mike Huckabee, U.S. Rep. Mike Ross.
Miss Arkansas 2005
Runners-up: David Bazzel, Becky Ditchfield, Jason Harper, Jancey Sheats.
Komen Foundation Race for the Cure
Runners-up: Arkansas Sheriffs Youth Ranch, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Humane Society of Pulaski County.
Runners-up: KLAL (Alice 107.7); KSSN; KABZ (The Buzz).
Runners-up: AETN, KTHV, Fox 16.
Heather and DC
Runners-up: Corey and Jay, Bob Robbins, Tommy Smith.
Runners-up: Barry Brandt, Tom Brannon, Ned Perme.
Runners-up: Scott Inman, Andy Pearson, Jancey Sheats.
Runners-up: Paul Eells, Steve Sullivan.
Runners-up: John Brummett, Bob Lancaster, Helaine Williams.
Runners-up: Buffalo Grill, Burger King, Sonic.
Runners-up: Cotham’s in the City, Outback, Shorty Small’s.
Runners-up: Chili’s, El Porton, Senor Tequila.
Runners-up: Corky’s, Rib Crib, Whole Hog.
Runners-up: Boscos, Pizza Cafe, Vino’s.
Runners-up: Acadia, Capers, Nu.
Colonial Wine and Spirits
Runners-up: Grapevine, Heights Fine Wine and Spirits, Popatop.
Runners-up: Afterthought, Mallards, Vermillion Water Grille.
Runners-up: Best Impressions, Homer’s, Vermillion Water Grille.
Runners-up: Hop, Shakey’s Frozen Custard, Sonic.
Runners-up: Bossa Nova, Boulevard Bread Co., Cafe 1217 in Hot Springs.
Boulevard Bread Co.
Runners-up: Community Bakery, Old Mill, Silvek’s.
Catering to You
Runners-up: Corky’s, Simply the Best, Trio’s.
Runners-up: Brave New Restaurant, Cajun’s, Scallions.
GOURMET TO GO
Runners-up: Boulevard Bread Co., Capers, Catering to You.
Runners-up: Loca Luna, Mimi’s, Trio’s.
Runners-up: Faded Rose, Franke’s, Trio’s.
Runners-up: Community Bakery, Krispy Kreme, Mark’s.
Runners-up: Benihana, Kobe, Mount Fuji.
Dawn Cloud’s entry was chosen for our $100 prize drawing.