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We published ballots in two issues of the Times and the results here represent readers’ choices (less some entries disallowed because they were photocopied or the result of a vote-stuffing operation).
As always, we’ve chosen some winners for special attention, along with some honorable mentions. And you’ll find our annual Editors’ Choices list of our bests in the coverage as well.
Since our circulation is heavily concentrated in Central Arkansas, it follows that most of the winners are from the same area. We haven’t yet figured out an efficient way to encourage votes from around the state, as we have been able to do on the shorter ballot we use in our annual restaurant contest.
All that said, here are the winners, in Little Rock unless otherwise noted:
Goods and Services
Runners-up: Midtowne Little Rock, Pleasant Ridge Town Center, McCain Mall.
Runners-up: Hestand’s in the Heights, Wal-Mart, Wild Oats.
Morris Antiques of Keo
Runners-up: Fabulous Finds, Blackwell Antiques, Crystal Hill Antique Mall.
Runners-up: Mertinsdyke Home, Ashley Furniture, Norwalk.
Runners-up: Keith James, Cortney Singleton, Brenda Hogan.
MUSIC (CDS) STORE
Runners-up: Barnes and Noble, Circuit City.
Sigler Music Center
Runners-up: Guitar Center, Jack’s Music of Conway.
Runners-up: Parisian, Shoe Connection, Payless Shoesource.
Runners-up: Premier Video, RAO Video, Movie Gallery.
Barnes and Noble
Runners-up: Wordsworth, Books-a-Million.
Runners-up: Barbara Jean, Kohl’s, Parisian.
Runners-up: Bauman’s, Greenhaw’s, Dillard’s.
Runners-up: Box Turtle, Abercrombie, RK Collections.
Poor Little Rich Girl
Runners-up: Paddywacks, Savers, Goodwill.
Runners-up: Charlie, Savers, Target.
Runners-up: Cupid’s, Understatement, Victoria’s Secret.
Runners-up: Circuit City, Comp USA, Radio Shack.
Runners-up: Gene Lockwood’s, Ozark Outdoor Supply, Sportstop.
Toys R Us
Runners-up: Heights Toy Center, Target.
Tipton and Hurst
Runners-up: About Vase, Friday’s, Floral Express.
Ray Lusk Plumbing
Runners-up: Arrow Plumbing, Russell and LeMay, McGinty Plumbing.
Runners-up: Bear-Hill Interiors, Crown Shop-Hallmark, Pottery Barn.
Runners-up: Staples, Pettus Office Products, Settle Office Products.
Hillcrest Animal Clinic
Runners-up: Allpets, North Hills Animal Clinic, Bellevue Animal Clinic.
Runners-up: Comet, Levinson’s, Schickel’s.
Metropolitan National Bank
Runners-up: Delta Bank and Trust, Regions, Twin City Bank.
Runners-up: Sport Clips, Lakehill Barber Shop, Kristi-Kuts.
Runners-up: Fringe Benefits, Caracalla, Salon Avatar.
Runners-up: Quy’s Salon and Spa, Rejuvenation Clinic and Day Spa, Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs.
Runners-up: Sissy’s Log Cabin, Stanley Jewelers, Jones and Son.
Runners-up: Kroger, Walgreens, Rhea’s.
Runners-up: Dillard’s, Haverty’s, America’s Mattresses.
Runners-up: Landers Toyota, Parker Lexus, Russell dealerships.
Austin Brothers Tire and Auto
Runners-up: Bale Honda, Helmich Auto Service, Parker Lexus.
Runners-up: Best Buy, Altamere.
Runners-up: AAA Travel Agency, Goodwin Travel, Sue Smith Vacations.
Runners-up: Courtyard by Marriott River Market, Embassy Suites, Holiday Inn West.
Mount St. Mary Academy
Runners-up: Pulaski Academy, Episcopal Collegiate School, Central Arkansas Christian.
Central High School
Runners-up: Forest Park, Parkview Magnet High School, North Little Rock High School.
The Park at Riverdale
Runners-up: Riverwalk, Rivercliff, Forest Place.
Runners-up: Cantrell Gardens, Hocott’s, Botanica.
Fuller and Son
Runners-up: Kraftco, Home Depot, Lowe’s.
Runners-up: Burrow’s-Mr. Frank’s Optical, Wal-Mart.
River Market Farmers Market
Runners-up: Terry’s Finer Foods, Hestand’s in the Heights, Wild Oats.
Ozark Outdoor Supply
Runners-up: Gander Mountain, Gene Lockwood’s, Pack Rat.Outdoor Center of Fayetteville.
Fort Thompson of North Little Rock
Runners-up: Gander Mountain, Don’s Weaponry, Bullseye Guns and Ammo.
Runners-up: J&P Bike Shop of Sherwood, Outskirts of Bryant.
COMMERCIAL ART GALLERY
Runners-up: Heights Gallery, Blue Moon Art Gallery of Hot Springs, River Market Artspace.
Runners-up: Alltel, Verizon.
Runners-up: Aristotle, AT&T.
Runners-up: Crye-Leike, RPM.
Runners-up: Diarock Ltd., Big Daddy’s, Partners Jewelry and Loan of North Little Rock.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Runners-up: Allsopp Park, Murray Park, Burns Park of North Little Rock.
Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center
Runners-up: Greers Ferry Lake, Little Rock Racquet Club, Lake Ouachita.
Runners-up: Eureka Springs, Memphis, Tunica.
Red Apple Inn at Eden Isle
Runners-up: Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, Mountain Harbor Resort near Hot Springs, Grand Hotel at Tunica.
Runners-up: Jolly Roger’s, Heber Springs Marina, Spillway Marina of Hot Springs.
Rebsamen Golf Course
Runners-up: Alotian (in your dreams), Pleasant Valley Country Club, Greystone of Cabot.
Little Rock Athletic Club
Runners-up: War Memorial Fitness Center, Downtown Athletic Club, Little Rock Racquet Club.
Little Rock Racquet Club
Runners-up: Burns Park Tennis Center, Little Rock Athletic Club, RebsamenTennis Center.
Runners-up: John Miller Band, Munks, Chris Denny.
PLACE TO DANCE
Runners-up: Afterthought, Electric Cowboy, Revolution Room.
Runners-up: Juanita’s, Cajun’s, Vino’s.
Runners-up: Cajun’s, Ciao Baci, Deep.
Runners-up: Discovery, Factory.
West End Smokehouse and Tavern
Runners-up: Embassy Suites, Fox and Hound of North Little Rock, Zack’s Place.
Runners-up: Cajun’s, Paper Moon, Easy Street.
Fox and Hound of North Little Rock
Runners-up: Midtown Billiards, West End Smokehouse and Tavern.
Runners-up: Market Street Cinema, Regal Breckenridge 12, Riverdale 10.
Arkansas Arts Center
Runners-up: Clinton Library, Museum of Discovery, Old State House.
PERFORMING ARTS GROUP
Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Runners-up: Murry’s Dinner Theater, River City Men’s Chorus, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
PLACE TO GAMBLE
Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs
Runners-up: Tunica (generally) and Grand and Horseshoe, specifically.
People, Places And Things
Runners-up: Barry Thomas, Jim Johnson, Lisa Claas.
Runners-up: Sarah Bussey, Dero Sanford.
Gov. Mike Beebe
Runners-up: Bill Clinton, U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder, Sen. Mark Pryor.
Runners-up: Jermain Taylor, Jamal Anderson, Derek Fisher.
Runners-up: Heights, Downtown, Pleasant Valley.
Jennings Osborne’s house
Runners-up: Horse droppings in the River Market (your police at work); University Mall, the old VA hospital.
U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder
Runners-up: Pat Lynch, Skip Rutherford, Rita Sklar.
Race for the Cure
Runners-up: Arkansas Sheriffs Youth Ranch, Easter Seals, Arkansas AIDS Foundation.
Runners-up: KUAR, The Buzz 103.7, KSSN.
KATV, Channel 7
Runners-up: KARK, Channel 4; Fox 16; Today’s THV.
Heather and DC
Runners-up: Tommy Smith, Bob Robbins, Tre Day.
Runners-up: Ned Perme, Ed Buckner, Mike Francis.
Runners-up: Anne Jansen, Dawn Scott, Jancey Sheats.
Runners-up: Craig O’Neill.
Runners-up: Wally Hall, Paul Greenberg, David Koon.
Arkansas Times’ Arkansas Blog
Runners-up: Hogwired, Outontherock, Arkansas Times’ Eat Arkansas.
Runners-up: Buffalo Grill, Chili’s, Sonic.
Runners-up: Cotham’s, The Hop, Purple Cow.
Runners-up: El Porton, Chili’s, Senor Tequila.
Whole Hog Cafe
Runners-up: Sims, Corky’s, McClard’s of Hot Springs.
Runners-up: Pizza Cafe, Sports Page, Vino’s.
Runners-up: Ferneau, Vermillion Water Grille, Vieux Carre.
Runners-up: Colonial Wine and Spirits, Heights Fine Wine and Spirits, Popatop.
Runners-up: Afterthought, Ciao Baci, So.
Runners-up: Vermillion Water Grille, Faded Rose, Homer’s.
Runners-up: Cheeburger Cheeburger, Hop, Shake’s Frozen Custard.
Runners-up: Delicious Temptations, Bossa Nova, Star of India.
Boulevard Bread Co.
Runners-up: Community Bakery, Old Mill, Silvek’s.
Catering to You
Runners-up: Palette Catering, Trio’s, Diane’s.
Brave New Restaurant
Runners-up: Loca Luna, Pizza Cafe, Trio’s.
GOURMET TO GO
Runners-up: Boulevard Bread Co., Catering to You, Trio’s.
Runners-up: Cafe 42, Bossa Nova, Satellite Coffee Co.
Runners-up: Cafe 1217 of Hot Springs, Trio’s, Jason’s Deli.
Runners-up: Community Bakery, Krispy Kreme.
Runners-up: Kroger in the Heights, Mount Fuji, Hannaroo.
The ballot of Trisha Holmes of North Little Rock was selected to win our annual $100 drawing among entries.