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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.
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