- PUTTING ON THE DOG: Sonya Lavergne and client at Best Vet winner Hillcrest Animal Hospital.
Call it a mid-summer's Dream Team — Arkansas Times' readers' choices for the Best of Arkansas in dozens of categories from retail to restaurants.
We've been at this voting for a decade now, but this is the first time we've conducted voting on-line, in addition to paper ballots printed in two successive issues of the Times in May.
On-line balloting (the survey tool prevented multiple votes from the same computer) was a big success with more than 1,500 votes.
We note some changes among perennial winners in a number of categories. Whether this is just a sign of changing times or some difference between electronic and paper readers, only the readers know for sure.
Following are the winners (accompanied by features on some of them). They are in Little Rock unless otherwise noted:
Goods and Services
Midtowne Little Rock
Runners-up: Park Plaza, Pleasant Ridge Town Center, McCain Mall, Conway Commons.
Kroger in the Heights
Runners-up: Fresh Market, Wal-Mart Super Center, Wild Oats.
Morris Antiques of Keo
Runners-up: Fabulous Finds, Blackwell's, Blue Suede Shoes Antique Mall of Bryant.
Runners-up: I.O. Metro, Hank's Fine Furniture, Haverty's.
Runners-up: Garry Mertins, Tobi Fairley, Tom Chandler.
MUSIC (CDS) STORE
Runners-up: Barnes and Noble, Hastings, Been Around Records.
Runners-up: Jack's of Conway.
Runners-up: Warren's, Solemates, Shoe Carnival.
Runners-up: Movie Gallery, Best Buy, RAO Video.
Barnes and Noble
Runners-up: Wordsworth, Books-a-Million.
Runners-up: Chico's, Beyond Cotton, Belk's.
Runners-up: Dillard's, Greenhaw's,
Runners-up: Forever XXI, E.M. Jeans
of Conway, Minx Boutique.
Poor Little Rich Girl
Runners-up: Savers, Paddywack's, Goodwill, Cheap Thrills.
Runners-up: Cupcakes and Caterpillars, the Children's Place, Dillard's.
Runners-up: Barbara Graves, Cupid's, Understatement.
Runners-up: Circuit City, Radio Shack, Custom Audio.
Runners-up: Sports Authority, Gene Lockwood's, Gander Mountain.
Toys R Us
Runners-up: Heights Toy Center, Toy Up, Wal-Mart.
Tipton and Hurst
Runners-up: About Vase, Friday's, Empty Vase.
Runners-up: Russell and LeMay,
Roto-Rooter, Associated Plumbers.
The Crown Shop
Runners-up: Full Moon, Vesta's,
Runners-up: Staples, Pettus, Office Max.
Hillcrest Animal Hospital
Runners-up: Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic, Allpets, Dr. Laura Mehaffy.
Runners-up: Schickel's, Cuffs, Moose.
Metropolitan National Bank
Runners-up: Regions, Bank of America, Arvest, Twin City Bank.
Runners-up: Sports Clips, Morrison's, Hood's.
Runners-up: Fringe Benefits, Caracalla, That French Salon.
Runners-up: Caracalla, Quy's Salon and Spa, Andrea Rose Day Spa of Hot Springs.
Runners-up: Roberson's, Sissy's Log Cabin, Stanley's
Runners-up: Kroger, USA Drug, Cornerstone Pharmacy, Tanglewood Pharmacy.
Runners-up: Splash, Suds, Razorback Car Wash of Bryant.
Runners-up: Bedding Mart, Dillard's.
Runners-up: Bale Honda, Landers Toyota, Parker.
Runners-up: Landers Automotive, Landers Toyota, Parker, Helmich Auto Service, Austin Brothers.
Runners-up: Auto Audio, Music Mart.
Runners-up: Goodwin Travel, Dillard's, Sue Smith Vacations.
Runners-up: The Peabody, Embassy Suite of Rogers, Doubletree Hotel.
Runners-up: Mount St. Mary Academy, Catholic High School for Boys, Episcopal Collegiate School.
Little Rock Central High School
Runners-up: M.L. King Elementary, Fulbright Elementary, Forest Park Elementary.
The Park at Riverdale
Runners-up: Riverwalk, Chenal Lakes Apartments, The Links of Sherwood.
Runners-up: Hocott's, Cantrell Gardens, Lowe's.
Runners-up: Fuller and Sons, Home Depot, Lowe's
Runners-up: Wal-Mart, Burrow's-Mr. Frank Optical, Success Vision Express.
Runners-up: Fresh Market, Kroger, North Little Rock Farmers Market.
Runners-up: Academy, Lewis and Clark, Gander Mountain.
Runners-up: Lewis and Clark Outfitters, Competitive Cyclist, Arkansas Cycling and Fitness.
Runners-up: Don's Weaponry, Gander Mountain, Wal-Mart.
COMMERCIAL ART GALLERY
Runners-up: Heights Gallery,
Stephano's, Gallery 26.
CELL PHONE CARRIER
Runners-up: Alltel, Sprint, Cricket.
INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER
Runners-up: AT&T, Aristotle,
REAL ESTATE COMPANY
Runners-up: Crye-Leike; Adkins, McNeil, Smith; Pulaski Heights Realty.
Runners-up: Pawnderosa, Braswell and Son, Big Daddy's.
PLACE TO SWIM
Little Rock Racquet Club
Runners-up: Little Rock Athletic Club, Wild River Country, Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center.
Burns Park of North Little Rock
Runners-up: Allsopp Park, Murray Park, Pinnacle Mountain State Park.
Movies in the Park
Runners-up: Big Dam Bridge walk, Arkansas Travelers game, Senor Tequila.
Runners-up: Eureka Springs, Mount Magazine Lodge, Branson.
Runners-up: Red Apple Inn at Eden Isle, Hot Springs, Gaston's on the White River.
Runners-up: Jolly Roger's, Brady Mountain Marina, Heber Springs Marina.
Chenal Country Club
Runners-up: Pleasant Valley Country Club, Rebsamen Park, Alotian.
Little Rock Athletic Club
Runners-up: Little Rock Racquet Club, 10 Dollar Fitness, North Little Rock Athletic Club.
Little Rock Athletic Club
Runners-up: Little Rock Racquet Club, Burns Park in North Little Rock, Walker Tennis Center.
Runners-up: The Rockets, Ferris Wheel Junkies, Big John Miller.
PLACE TO DANCE
Runners-up: Electric Cowboy,
Cajun's Wharf, Sticky Fingerz.
Runners-up: Juanita's, Revolution,
Runners-up: Ciao Baci, Ernie Biggs,
Runners-up: Backstreet, Easy Street, Sidetracks.
West End Smokehouse and Tavern
Runners-up: Gusano's, Fox and Hound of North Little Rock, Zack's.
Runners-up: Discovery, West End Smokehouse and Tavern, Ciao Baci.
West End Smokehouse and Tavern
Runners-up: Fox and Hound of North Little Rock, Midtown Billiards, the Fountain.
Runners-up: Regal Breckenridge 12, Riverdale 10, Market Street Cinema.
Arkansas Arts Center
Runners-up: Museum of Discovery, Clinton Library, Historic Arkansas Museum.
PERFORMING ARTS GROUP
Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Runners-up: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Red Octopus, Wildwood Center for the Performing Arts.
Runners-up: Gold Strike, the Grand, Horseshoe, all in Tunica, Miss.
PLACE TO SEE SOMEONE FAMOUS
Runners-up: River Market, the Peabody, Doe's.
People, Places and Things
Runners-up: Barry Thomas, Stephano Sutherlin, Jason Gammell.
Runners-up: Nancy Nolan, Bob Ocken, Amy Carper.
Runners-up: Mike Huckabee, U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder, Bill Clinton.
Runners-up: Jermain Taylor, Joe Johnson, Felix Jones.
Runners-up: The Heights, Chenal Valley, Pleasant Valley.
Runners-up: Jennings Osborne's family compound, University Mall (now demolished), “Six Flags Over Jesus” or the church on I-430.
U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder
Runners-up: Gov. Mike Beebe, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, state Rep. Kathy Webb.
Runners-up: Bill Vickery, Rex Nelson, the late Winthrop Paul Rockefeller.
Runners-up: Jason Harper, Joan Early, Whitney Mosley.
Susan G. Komen Foundation
Runners-up: Easter Seals, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Heifer Project, Sheriff's Youth Ranch.
Runners-up: The Buzz, 103.7; KUAR Public Radio; Tom 106.7.
KATV, Channel 7
Runners-up: Today's THV, KARK, Channel 4; Fox 16.
Heather, DC and Poolboy
Runners-up: Tommy Smith and David Bazzel; Bob Robbins.
Runners-up: Ned Perme, Barry Brandt, Mike Francis.
Runners-up: Dawn Scott, Christina Munoz, Scott Inman.
Runners-up: Steve Sullivan, Aaron Peters, Aaron Nolan.
Runners-up: Max Brantley, John Brummett, Kyle Brazzel.
Runners-up: Blake Rutherford's Think Tank, Tie Dye Travels, Out on the Rock.
Runners-up: Buffalo Grill, Cheeburger Cheeburger, Cheers in the Heights.
Runners-up: Cheeburger Cheeburger, Cotham's in the City, the Hop.
Runners-up: Mexico Chiquito, El Porton, Blue Coast Burrito.
Runners-up: Corky's, Sims, Chili's.
Runners-up: Crush, Acadia, Capers.
Colonial Wine and Spirits
Runners-up: Popatop, Lake Liquor, Grapevine.
Runners-up: Ferneau, Cajun's Wharf, Bonefish Grill.
Runners-up: Brave New Restaurant, Vermillion Water Grille, Copper Grill.
Runners-up: Cheeburger Cheeburger, the Hop, Sonic.
PLACE TO EAT VEGETARIAN
Lilly's Dim Sum Then Some
Runners-up: Cafe Bossa Nova, Wild Oats, Boulevard Bread Co.
Boulevard Bread Co.
Runners-up: Old Mill, Community Bakery, Silvek's.
Catering to You
Runners-up: Simply the Best, Blue Coast Burrito, Palette Catering.
Brave New Restaurant
Runners-up: Acadia, Capers, Cheers in the Heights.
GOURMET TO GO
Boulevard Bread Co.
Runners-up: Catering to You, Diane's, Fresh Market.
Satellite Coffee Co.
Runners-up: Loca Luna, Mimi's, Mickey's Bluefish Grill in Conway.
U.S. Pizza Co.
Runners-up: Trio's, Jason's Deli, Olive Garden.
Runners-up: Krispy Kreme, Community Bakery, Daylight Donuts.
Runners-up: Igibon, Sekisui, Mount Fuji.
Drawing winner: Antje Harris of Little Rock.