Best of Arkansas 2012 readers' poll 

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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



Amasa Hines

Runners-up: Tragikly White, Boom Kinetic, The Rockets


Ugly Ed Johnson

Runners-up: DJ King Akeem, Mike Poe (Poebot), DJ Deja Blu

Gay bar


Runners-up: Trinity, Sidetracks, Sway

Late night spot

Midtown Billiards

Runners-up: Discovery, Electric Cowboy, Waffle House

Live music festival


Runners-up: Wakarusa, King Biscuit, Edgefest

Movie theater


Local winner: Market Street

Runners-up: Breckenridge, Chenal 9, Riverdale


Arkansas Arts Center

Runners-up: Museum of Discovery, Crystal Bridges, Clinton Library

Performing arts group

The Rep

Runners-up: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Red Octopus, River City Men's Chorus

Place for live music


Runners-up: White Water Tavern, Revolution, Juanita's

Place to dance


Runners-up: Electric Cowboy, Cajun's Wharf, Sway

Place to gamble


Runners-up: Southland, Grand Strike, Harrah's in Tunica

Place to see someone famous

Capital Hotel

Runners-up: Clinton Library, River Market, Oaklawn

Sports bar

West End

Runners-up: Buffalo Wild Wings, The Tavern, Fox and Hound




Runners-up: Barry Thomas, Lisa Krannichfeld, Kevin Kresse


Tyler Wilson

Runners-up: Cliff Lee, Darren McFadden, Derek Fisher


Heifer International

Runners-up: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Easter Seals, Susan G. Komen


Mike Huckabee

Runners-up: Tim Griffin, Bill Vickery, Mark Darr


Kathy Webb

Runners-up: Max Brantley, Mike Beebe, Warwick Sabin

Misuse of taxpayer funds

River Rail Trolley

Runners-up: Mark Martin, Bobby Petrino, Little Rock Technology Park


Brian Chilson

Runners-up: Nelson Chenault, Nancy Nolan, Lance Johnston


Mike Beebe

Runners-up: Kathy Webb, Joyce Elliott, Warwick Sabin

Worst Arkansan

Mike Huckabee

Runners-up: Tim Griffin, Bobby Petrino, Bill Clinton



Arkansas Blog

Runners-up: Forbidden Hillcrest, Arkansas Foodies, Eat Arkansas

Newspaper writer

Max Brantley

Runners-up: John Brummett, David Koon, Wally Hall

Radio personality

Heather & DC

Runners-up: Tommy Smith, Bob Robbins, Corey and Jay

Radio station

KUAR 89.1

Runners-up: Alice 107.7, 103.7 The Buzz, The Point 94.1

TV news person

Craig O'Neill

Runners-up: Donna Terrell, Beth Hunt, Dawn Scott

TV sports person

Steve Sullivan

Runners-up: Aaron Peters, Wess Moore, Kerri O'Hara

TV station


Runners-up: KARK, KTHV, KLRT

TV weatherman

Ed Buckner

Runners-up: Ned Perme, Todd Yakoubian, Barry Brandt

Twitter feed

Hot Dog Mike

Runners-up: Arkansas Blog, Forbidden Hillcrest, Son of Conway


Arkansas Times

Runners-up: Forbidden Hillcrest, Arkansas Foodies, Encyclopedia of Arkansas


Athletic club

Little Rock Athletic Club

Runners-up: Jim Dailey Fitness & Aquatic Center, Little Rock Racquet Club, 10 Fitness

Cheap date

Arkansas Travelers

Runners-up: Big Dam Bridge, Movies in the Park, River Market

Golf course

Rebsamen Golf Course

Runners-up: Pleasant Valley Country Club, The Alotian Club, Country Club of Little Rock



Runners-up: Petit Jean State Park, Two Rivers Park, Allsopp Park

Charity event

Race for the Cure

Runners-up: CARE's Paws on the Runway, CARTI Ragin' Cajun Bash, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families' Soup Sunday


Heber Springs Marina

Runners-up: Brady Mountain Marina and Resort, Eden Isle Marina, Jolly Roger's Marina


Burns Park

Runners-up: Allsopp Park, Murray Park, Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Tennis courts

Little Rock Athletic Club

Runners-up: Racquet Club, Burns Park, Otter Creek Racquet Club

Place to mountain bike

Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Runners-up: Burns Park, Camp Robinson, Allsopp Park

Place to swim

Greers Ferry

Runners-up: Lake Ouachita, Little Rock Athletic Club, Little Rock Racquet Club


Red Apple Inn

Runners-up: Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa, Gaston's White River Resort, DeGray Lake Resort State Park

Weekend getaway

Hot Springs

Runners-up: Eureka Springs, Petit Jean State Park, Buffalo River




Runners-up: Rosalia's, Old Mill, Panera



Runners-up: Loca Luna, B-Side, The Root

Business lunch

Capital Bar and Grill

Runners-up: Copper Grill, Trio's, Brave New Restaurant


Catering to You

Runners-up: Simply the Best, Dinner's Ready, Trio's

Cheese Dip

Mexico Chiquito

Runners-up: Loca Luna, Dizzy's, El Porton, Senor Tequila (four-way tie)


Capital Bar and Grill

Runners-up: Ciao Baci, Ferneau, Bar Louie

Food festival

Greek Food Festival

Runners-up: World Cheese Dip Championship, Main Street Food Truck Festival, Jewish Food Festival

French fries


Local winner: Big Orange

Runners-up: The Root, The House, Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Liquor store

Colonial Wines & Spirits

Runners-up: Sullivant's Liquor Store, Lake Liquor, Heights Fine Wines & Spirits


Purple Cow

Runners-up: Big Orange, Cheeburger Cheeburger, Shake's

Onion rings


Local winner: Arkansas Burger Co.

Runners-up: Cheeburger Cheeburger, Dugan's, Hunka Pie

Outdoor dining

U.S. Pizza in Hillcrest

Runners-up: Brave New Restaurant, Cajun's Wharf, The Root


Whole Hog

Runners-up: Sims, Corky's, McClard's



Runners-up: U.S. Pizza, The Root, Jason's Deli


Sushi Cafe

Runners-up: Sky Modern Japanese Restaurant, Tokyo House, Mt. Fuji


The Root

Runners-up: ZaZa, Bossa Nova, Whole Foods

Wine list


Runners-up: By the Glass, Zin Wine Bar, So

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