It must be summer. That’s when we hibernate to plow through the hundreds of ballots submitted by readers in our Best of Arkansas contest.
It’s a familiar exercise by now. We publish the ballot in two consecutive issues. We give a couple of weeks to mail them in. We discard photocopies and obvious Florida-style election manipulation schemes.
And now, we give you the winners.
You’ll find many familiar places and faces. But you’ll note some changes. And we noted, in the counting, the profound impact that the Internet has had on our lives. We focus on Arkansas for our winners, but in many categories, readers had clear preferences in the electronic ether. Maybe that’s another contest altogether.
Without further preliminaries, here are the winners, all from Little Rock unless noted, with runners-up listed alphabetically:
GOODS AND SERVICES
RUNNERS-UP: Lakewood Village and McCain Mall, North Little Rock; Wal-Mart shopping center on Bowman Road.
RUNNERS-UP: Hestand’s, Terry’s Finer Foods, Wal-Mart Supercenter, Wild Oats Market.
David Claibourne Ltd.
RUNNERS-UP: Fabulous Finds, Morris Antiques of Keo, I-40 Antique Center.
Hank’s Fine Furniture
RUNNERS-UP: Haverty’s, Mertinsdyke, Norwalk.
RUNNERS-UP: Kaki Hockersmith, Gary Mertins, Cortney Singleton.
MUSIC (CDS) STORE
RUNNERS-UP: Barnes and Noble, CD Warehouse, Wal-Mart.
Sigler Music Center
RUNNERS-UP: Pickin’ Porch of Pickles Gap, Saied Music Company of North Little Rock.
RUNNERS-UP: Foot Locker, Shoe Carnival, Shoe Connection.
RUNNERS-UP: Hollywood Video, Movie Gallery.
Barnes and Noble
RUNNERS-UP: Books-a-Million, Lorenzen and Co., Wordsworth.
RUNNERS-UP: Barbara Jean, Beyond Cotton, Elle.
RUNNERS-UP: Greenhaw’s, Greg’s, Mr. Wicks.
RUNNERS-UP: Abercrombie and Fitch, Gap, Tulips.
VINTAGE AND RESALE CLOTHING
Poor Little Rich Girl
RUNNERS-UP: Paddywacks, Private Collections, Savers.
RUNNERS-UP: Gap Kids, Gymboree, Old Navy.
RUNNERS-UP: Circuit City, Radio Shack, Sharper Image.
RUNNERS-UP: Barbara Graves, Cupid’s, J.C. Penney’s.
RUNNERS-UP: Gene Lockwood, Sports Authority, Wal-Mart.
Toys R Us
RUNNERS-UP: Heights Toy Center, Wal-Mart.
Tipton and Hurst
RUNNERS-UP: About Vase, Friday’s, Millefleur.
RUNNERS-UP: Design Center, Full Moon, Kirkland’s.
RUNNERS-UP: Pettus Office Products, Staples.
Dr. Tim Paladino
RUNNERS-UP: Hartford Hamilton, Hillcrest Animal Clinic, Maumelle Animal Clinic.
RUNNERS-UP: Cuffs, Moose, Schickel’s.
Metropolitan National Bank
RUNNERS-UP: Arvest, Pulaski Bank, Regions.
RUNNERS-UP: Jerry’s, Sport Clips, Sullivan’s.
RUNNERS-UP: By Design Salon, Joel’s, Serenity Salon.
RUNNERS-UP: Cecil’s, Kay Jewelers, Sissy’s Log Cabin.
RUNNERS-UP: Kroger, Tanglewood Pharmacy, USA Drugs.
RUNNERS-UP: Best, Gyst Detail.
RUNNERS-UP: Bedding Mart, Sears, Wal-Mart.
RUNNERS-UP: Bale Honda, Parker Lexus, Riverside Acura.
RUNNERS-UP: Bale Honda, Firestone Tire and Service Centers, Moore-Robinson.
RUNNERS-UP: Altamere, Auto Audio, Wal-Mart.
RUNNERS-UP: Dillard’s, Goodwin Travel, Sue Smith.
RUNNERS-UP: Capital Hotel, Embassy Suites, Holiday Inn Select.
RUNNERS-UP: Central Arkansas Christian, Catholic High School, Episcopal Collegiate School.
Central High School
RUNNERS-UP:Dunbar Middle, Jefferson Primary, Parkview Arts and Science Magnet.
Park at Riverdale
RUNNERS-UP: Arbors of Pleasant Valley, Forest Place, Highland Pointe in Maumelle.
RUNNERS-UP: Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, Quy’s Day Spa, Rejuvenation Clinic and Day Spa.
RUNNERS-UP: Hocott’s, Horticare, Lowe’s.
Fuller and Son
RUNNERS-UP: Home Depot, Kraftco, Lowe’s.
RUNNERS-UP: Comp USA, Gateway.
RUNNERS-UP: Burrow-Mr. Frank’s, Success Vision Express, Wal-Mart.
River Market Farmers Market
RUNNERS-UP:Jerry’s Produce, Terry’s Finer Foods, Wild Oats.
Ozark Outdoor Supply
RUNNERS-UP:Academy, Gene Lockwood’s, Take a Hike.
RUNNERS-UP: Arkansas Cycling and Fitness, J&P Bike Shop in Sherwood.
RUNNERS-UP: Easy Cash Pawn, Gunhill Gunsmithing, Southern Trading and Loan.
COMMERCIAL ART GALLERY
RUNNERS-UP: Cantrell Gallery, Oval Gallery, Red Door Gallery.
CELL PHONE PROVIDER
RUNNERS-UP: Alltel, Cricket, Sprint.
INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER
SBC Internet Services
RUNNERS-UP: AOL, Aristotle, Comcast.
RUNNERS-UP: Crye-Leike, McKay and Company, Rector Phillips Morse.
Southern Trading and Loan
RUNNERS-UP: Easy Cash, Pawnderosa, USA Loans.
Burns Park, North Little Rock
RUNNERS-UP: Allsopp Park, Pinnacle State Park, Riverfront Park.
War Memorial Pool
RUNNERS-UP: Little Rock Athletic Club, Maumelle Aquatic Center, Wild River Country in North Little Rock.
RUNNERS-UP: Eureka Springs, Memphis, Red Apple Inn.
Red Apple Inn, Eden Isle
RUNNERS-UP:Gaston’s on the White River, Hot Springs, Mountain Harbor on Lake Ouachita.
Mountain Harbor on Lake Ouachita
RUNNERS-UP: Brady Mountain Resort on Lake Ouachita, Jolly Roger.
Rebsamen Golf Course (public)
Chenal Country Club (private)
RUNNERS-UP: Country Club of Arkansas in Maumelle, Diamante in Hot Springs Village, First Tee.
Little Rock Athletic Club
RUNNERS-UP: JP Fitness, Powerhouse Gym, War Memorial Fitness Center.
RUNNERS-UP: Little Rock Athletic Club, Racquet Club, Walker Tennis Center.
RUNNERS-UP: Afrodesia, Big John Miller Band, Ferris Wheel Junkies.
PLACE TO DANCE
RUNNERS-UP: Discovery, Electric Cowboy, Sticky Fingerz.
RUNNERS-UP: Cajun’s Wharf, Riverfest Amphitheatre, Sticky Fingerz.
RUNNERS-UP: Bobbisox, Electric Cowboy, Grumpy’s.
RUNNERS-UP: Back Street, Factory.
RUNNERS-UP: Grumpy’s, West End Smokehouse and Tavern, Zack’s.
LATE NIGHT HANGOUT
RUNNERS-UP: Discovery, Legends, Willy D’s.
West End Smokehouse and Tavern
RUNNERS-UP: Fox and Hound in North Little Rock, Midtown Billiards, Zack’s.
Rave Col. Glenn
RUNNERS-UP: Regal Breckenridge Village, Market Street Cinema, Riverdale 10.
Museum of Discovery
RUNNERS-UP: Arkansas Arts Center, Clinton Library, Historic Arkansas Museum.
PERFORMING ARTS GROUP
Arkansas Repertory Theatre
RUNNERS-UP: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, River City Men’s Chorus, Weekend Theater.
PLACE TO GAMBLE
Oaklawn Park (overall)
Grand in Tunica (casino)
RUNNERS-UP: Gold Strike, Isle of Capri, Sam’s Town.
PLACE TO SPOT SOMEONE FAMOUS
RUNNERS-UP: Doe’s Eat Place, River Market neighborhood, Peabody lobby.
PEOPLE PLACES and THINGS
RUNNERS-UP: Jane Hankins, Jim Johnson, Ashley Saer.
RUNNERS-UP: Jim Cunningham, Nancy Nolan, Dero Sanford.
U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder
RUNNERS-UP: Sen. Jim Argue, former President Bill Clinton, Gov. Mike Huckabee.
RUNNERS-UP:Derek Fisher, Jermain Taylor.
RUNNERS-UP:Chenal Valley, Hillcrest, Maumelle.
RUNNERS-UP:David Bazzel, Jason Harper, Win Noble.
Susan Komen Race for the Cure
RUNNERS-UP: Arkansas Sheriffs Youth Ranch, Heifer International, Arkansas chapter of the Red Cross.
RUNNERS-UP: Alice 107.7 (KLAL), Power 92.3 (KIPR), The Buzz 103.7 (KABZ).
KATV, Channel 7
RUNNERS-UP: KARK, KTHV, Fox 16.
RUNNERS-UP: Broadway Joe, Heather and DC, Bob Robbins.
RUNNERS-UP: Scott Inman, Andy Pearson, Pamela Smith.
RUNNERS-UP:Barry Brandt, Tom Brannon, Ned Perme.
RUNNERS-UP: Paul Eells, Steve Sullivan.
RUNNERS-UP: Helaine Freeman, Wally Hall, Jim Harris.
RUNNERS-UP: Backyard Burgers, Cheers in the Heights, Rally’s.
RUNNERS-UP:Burger King, Cotham’s in the City, Outback Steakhouse.
RUNNERS-UP: Chili’s, Loca Luna, Mexico Chiquito.
RUNNERS-UP: Chili’s, Corky’s, Whole Hog.
RUNNERS-UP:Boscos, Pizza Cafe, Vino’s.
RUNNERS-UP: Ashley’s, Sonny Williams, Vermillion Water Grille.
Colonial Bottle Shop
RUNNERS-UP: Grapevine, Heights Wine and Spirits, Popatop.
Nu Cuisine and Lounge
RUNNERS-UP: Brave New Restaurant, Ciao Baci, Graffiti’s.
Vermillion Water Grille
RUNNERS-UP: Brave New Restaurant, Cheers on Broadway, Faded Rose.
RUNNERS-UP: Hop, McDonald’s, Sonic.
RUNNERS-UP: Dixie Cafe, Franke’s, Lilly’s Dim Sum Then Some.
Boulevard Bread Company
RUNNERS-UP: Community Bakery, Old Mill, Wild Oats.
Catering to You
RUNNERS-UP: RSVP, Simply the Best, Trio’s.
Cheers in the Heights
RUNNERS-UP: Brave New Restaurant, Pizza Cafe, US Pizza.
GOURMET TO GO
RUNNERS-UP: Bennett’s Market, Boule-vard Bread Company, Catering to You.
RUNNERS-UP: Boscos, Loca Luna, Peabody Hotel.
RUNNERS-UP:Jason’s Deli, McAlister’s, Trio’s.
RUNNERS-UP: Community Bakery, Daylight Doughnuts, Krispy Kreme.
RUNNERS-UP:Benihana, Igibon, Mount Fuji.
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