Best of Arkansas 2012 readers' poll 

Best place to get a milkshake? Check. To gamble? Check.



Fabulous Finds

Runners-up: Blue Suede Shoes, Twin City Antique Mall, Mid-Towne Antique Mall

Apartment complex


Runners-up: The Links, The Enclave, The Park at Riverdale

Art gallery

Gallery 26

Runners-up: M2 Gallery, Cantrell Gallery, Stephano's Fine Art Gallery

Auto dealer


Runners-up: Parker Auto Group, Bale, Landers Toyota

Auto service

Jett's Service Station

Runners-up: Landers Toyota, Austin Brothers Tire Service, Bale Kia

Auto stereo

Best Buy

Local winner: Auto Audio

Runners-up: Arkansas Car Stereo, Bryant Car Stereo, Audio Express


Metropolitan National Bank

Runners-up: NBA, Centennial Bank, Bank of the Ozarks



Runners-up: Sport Clips, Great Clips, Salon Karizma

Bicycle Shop


Runners-up: Spokes, Community Bicyclist, Arkansas Cycling & Fitness


Barnes & Noble

Local winner: WordsWorth Books & Co.

Runners-up: Books-A-Million, Dickson Street Bookshop, River Market Books & Gifts



Runners-up: Best, Suds, Boomerang

Children's clothing

The Toggery in the Heights

Runners-up: Gymboree, The Children's Place, Target


Beverly Foster

Runners-up: Steve Fender, Brady DeClerk, Richard Riley



Runners-up: Comet, Moose, Schickel's


Larry West (Interiors West)

Runners-up: Tobi Fairley Interior Design, Heather Owens (George James Creative), Jason Edwards


Best Buy

Local winner: Carnes Audio Visual

Runners-up: Apple Store, Radio Shack, Sam's Club


Burrow's & Mr. Frank's

Runners-up: LensCrafters, Kavanaugh Eye Care, James Eyecare & Optics Gallery

Fresh vegetables

The Fresh Market

Runners-up: Argenta Market, Kroger, LR Farmers' Market


Tipton Hurst

Runners-up: About Vase, Frances Flower Shop, The Empty Vase

Funeral home


Runners-up: Roller-Chenal, Ashby, North Little Rock Funeral Home


Hank's Fine Furniture

Runners-up: Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Bryant, I.O. Metro, Cleo's West

Garden store/nursery

The Good Earth in Little Rock

Runners-up: Cantrell Gardens, Hocott's Garden Center, Lowe's

Gift shop

Box Turtle

Runners-up: The Crown Shop, The Green Corner Store, The Full Moon

Grocery store


Local winner: Edwards Food Giant

Runners-up: Fresh Market, Whole Foods Market, Argenta Market

Gun shop

Ft. Thompson's

Runners-up: Don's Weaponry, Bullseye Guns & Ammo Inc., Gander Mtn.



Runners-up: Fuller & Son downtown, Lowe's, Jacksonville Home Depot

Hip clothing

Box Turtle

Runners-up: Scarlet, Forever 21, E.Leigh's, Evolve


Capital Hotel

Runners-up: Embassy Suites, Peabody Little Rock, Hampton Inn & Suites

Internet service provider


Local winner: Conway Corporation

Runners-up: Comcast, Aristotle, Verizon


Stanley Jewelers

Runners-up: Sissy's Log Cabin, Jones & Son, Roberson's


Barbara Graves

Runners-up: Victoria's Secret, Cupids, Dillard's


Denver Mattress

Runners-up: Mattress Firm, Mattress King, Ashley Furniture Home Store

Men's clothing

Baumans Fine Men's Clothing

Runners-up: Dillard's, Greenhaw's Fine Men's Wear, Evolve

Mobile phone

AT&T Wireless

Runners-up: Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile

Music equipment

Guitar Center

Local winner: Jacksonville Guitar Center

Runners-up: Bryant Music Center, Best Buy, Saied Music Co.

Outdoor store

Ozark Outdoor Supply

Runners-up: Academy Sports, Gander Mtn., Gene Lockwood's

Pawn shop

Braswell & Son

Runners-up: Pawnderosa, Bob's, Big Daddy's



Local winner: USA Drug

Runners-up: Smith-Caldwell, Tanglewood, The Drug Store


Ray Lusk

Runners-up: Don M. Houff, Advantage Service Co., Russell and LeMay

Private school

Pulaski Academy

Runners-up: Episcopal Collegiate, Catholic High School, Little Rock Christian Academy

Public school

LR Central High School

Runners-up: Forest Park Elementary, Bryant School District, Conway School District


Janet Jones Realty

Runners-up: Charlotte John, Crye-Leike, McKimmey Associates

Retirement community

Fox Ridge

Runners-up: Parkway Village, Woodland Heights, Hot Springs Village


Fringe Benefits

Runners-up: Joel's Downtown, Caracalla, Salon Karizma



Runners-up: DSW, Warren's, Shoe Connection

Shopping center

Promenade at Chenal

Runners-up: Pleasant Ridge, Park Plaza, Midtowne



Runners-up: Rejuvenation Spa, Ava Bella, Indulgences by Body Bronze

Sporting goods


Local winner: Gene Lockwood's

Runners-up: Ozark Outdoor Supply, Dick's, Sports Authority

Tattoo studio

Electric Heart Tattoos

Runners-up: 7th Street Tattoos, The Parlor, Golden Lotus Tattoo Studio


Toys R Us

Local winner: Heights Toy Store

Runners-up: Learning Express, Cheeky Marshmallows, Walmart

Travel agency


Runners-up: Sue Smith/Vacation Valet, Dillard's, AARP Travel Center

Used auto

Landers Toyota

Runners-up: Bill Fitts, North Point Toyota, America's Car-Mart


Hillcrest Animal Hospital

Runners-up: Allpets, Bellevue, Cantrell Animal Clinic

Vintage clothing


Runners-up: Vintage Socialite, Goodwill Industries, Paddy Wacks

Women's cLothing


Local winner: Scarlet

Runners-up: Barbara/Jean, Beyond Cotton, Kohl's

Yoga studio


Runners-up: Floating Lotus, Argenta Healing Arts, Little Rock Athletic Club

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