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Readers pick the Best of Arkansas.

WHAT'S HIP? Scarlet is.
  • WHAT'S HIP? Scarlet is.

Here we go again.

Readers, thousands of them, have spoken in our annual voting on the Best of Arkansas in 100 or so categories of commerce, entertainment and other interests.

We published paper ballots in our print edition in May. But balloting was also open during the month on-line.

Some old, some new faces appear.

(Talk about old. David Bazzel has been tabbed the best-looking guy by readers since we started this contest back in the 20th century. His staying power seemed to merit a return cover shot, this year with his his companion winner,  KATV's Beth Hunt.)

The results, with winners in the Little Rock area unless noted:

 

Goods & Services

 

Shopping Center

Park Plaza

RUNNERS-UP: Pleasant Ridge, Midtowne Little Rock

 

Grocery Store

Kroger

RUNNERS-UP: Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Hestand's.

 

ANTIQUES

Morris Antiques of Keo

RUNNERS-UP: Fabulous Finds, Midtowne Antique Mall.

 

Furniture

Hank's

RUNNERS-UP: Ashley's, IO Metro.

 

Interior Designer

Tobi Fairley

RUNNERS-UP: Laurie McFarland, Larry West.

 

MUSIC (CDs) STORE

Best Buy

RUNNERS-UP:  Barnes and Noble, Hastings.

 

Music Equipment

Guitar Center

RUNNERS-UP: Best Buy, Jack's of Conway, Jacksonville Guitar..

 

SHOES

Dillard's

RUNNERS-UP: Solemates, Warren's.

Video Store

Blockbuster

RUNNERS-UP: Best Buy, Movie Gallery, Hastings

 

BOOKSTORE

Barnes and Noble

RUNNERS-UP: Wordsworth, Books-a-Million.

 

WOMEN'S WEAR

Dillard's

RUNNERS-UP: Kohl's, Belk, Chico's.

 

MEN'S WEAR

Dillard's

RUNNERS-UP: Bauman's, Evolve, Mr. Wick's.

 

HIP CLOTHING

Scarlet

RUNNERS-UP: Evolve, Forever 21.

 

VINTAGE CLOTHING

Poor Little Rock Girl

RUNNERS-UP: Savers, Goodwill

 

KIDS CLOTHING

The Toggery

RUNNERS-UP: Children's Place, Cupcakes and Caterpillars.

 

LINGERIE

Victoria's Secret

RUNNERS-UP: Barbara Graves, Cupid's.

 

ELECTRONICS

Best Buy

RUNNERS-UP: Custom Audio, Wal-Mart

 

SPORTING GOODS

Academy

RUNNERS-UP: Sports Authority, Gene Lockwood's, Ozark Outdoors.

 

TOYS

Toys R Us

RUNNERS-UP: Toy Up, Heights Toy Store.

 

FLORISTS

Tipton and Hurst

RUNNERS-UP: About Vase, Friday's, Empty Vase.

 

PLUMBER

Russell and LeMay

RUNNERS-UP: Ray Lusk, Associated Plumbers.

 

GIFT SHOP

Kirkland's

RUNNERS-UP:  Crown Shop, Full Moon.

 

OFFICE SUPPLIES

Office Depot

RUNNERS-UP: Staples, Pettus.

 

VETERINARIAN

Hillcrest Animal Hospital

RUNNERS-UP: Allpets, Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic.

 

CLEANERS

Comet

RUNNERS-UP: Shickel, Moose.

 

Bank

Metropolitan

RUNNERS-UP:  Arvest, Bank of America.

 

Barber

Jerry's

RUNNERS-UP:  Sports Clips, Morrison's.

 

Salon

Fringe Benefits

RUNNERS-UP: Joel's, Caracalla.

 

SPA

Rejuvenation Clinic

RUNNERS-UP: Caracalla, Quy's Salon and Span.

 

JEWELRY

Roberson's

RUNNERS-UP: Mary Healey's, Sissy's Log Cabin.

 

PHARMACY

Kroger

RUNNERS-UP: Walgreens, USA Drug, Cornerstone Pharmacy

 

CAR WASH

Splash

RUNNERS-UP: Best, Razorback Car Wash of Bryant.

 

MATTRESS

Denver Mattress

 

AUTO DEALER

Landers

RUNNERS-UP: Bale, North Point.

 

AUTO SERVICE

Bale Honda

RUNNERS-UP: Landers, Donnie's Foreign Car Service.

 

AUTO STEREO

Best Buy

RUNNERS-UP: Auto Audio.

 

TRAVEL AGENT

Poe Travel

RUNNERS-UP: Sue Smith Vacations, Goodwin Travel.

 

HOTEL

Peabody

RUNNERS-UP: Capital Hotel, Embassy Suites.

 

PRIVATE SCHOOL

Lutheran High School

RUNNERS-UP: Pulaski Academy, Episcopal Collegiate School.

 

PUBLIC SCHOOL

Central High School

RUNNERS-UP: Joe T. Robinson High School, Fulbright Elementary, Forest Park Elementary.

 

APARTMENTS

The Links of Sherwood

RUNNERS-UP: Rivercliff, Westside Creek.

 

NURSERY

The Good Earth

RUNNERS-UP: Hocott's, Cantrell Gardens.

 

HARDWARE

Fuller and Sons

RUNNERS-UP: Kraftco, Home Depot.

 

EYEWEAR

Lenscrafters

RUNNERS-UP: Wal-Mart, Success Vision.

 

FRESH

VEGETABLES

River Market

RUNNERS-UP: Fresh Market, Argenta Farmers Market, Kroger.

 

OUTDOOR GEAR

Ozark Outdoors

RUNNERS-UP: Academy Sports, Gene Lockwood's

 

BICYCLES

Chainwheel

RUNNERS-UP: Arkansas Cycling and Fitness, Orbea.

 

GUNS

Fort Thompson

RUNNERS-UP: Don's, Gander Mountain.

 

ART GALLERY

M2

RUNNERS-UP: Heights Gallery, Gallery 26.

 

MOBILE PHONE

AT&T

RUNNERS-UP: Alltel (Verizon), Sprint

 

INTERNET SERVICE

AT&T

RUNNERS-UP: Aristotle, Comcast.

 

REAL ESTATE COMPANY

Janet Jones

RUNNERS-UP: Crye-Leike, Charlotte John.

 

PAWN SHOP

Easy Cash Pawn and Jewelry

RUNNERS-UP: Big Daddy's, Pawnderosa.

 

 

RECREATION

 

SWIMMING

Wild River Country

RUNNERS-UP: Little Rock Athletic Club, Racquet Club.

 

PARK

Burns Park, North Little Rock

RUNNERS-UP: Murray Park, Allsopp Park, Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

 

CHEAP DATE

Travs game

RUNNERS-UP: Movies in the Park, Big Dam Bridge.

 

WEEKEND GETAWAY

Hot Springs

RUNNERS-UP: Eureka Springs, Mount Magazine.

 

RESORT

Mountain Harbor

RUNNERS-UP: Red Apple Inn at Eden Isle, Gaston's on the White River.

 

MARINA

Mountain Harbor

RUNNERS-UP: Jolly Roger, Brady Mountain Marina.

 

GOLF COURSE

Chenal Country Club

RUNNERS-UP: Rebsamen Park, Pleasant Valley Country Club.

 

GYM

Little Rock Athletic Club

RUNNERS-UP: 10 Dollar Fitness, Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center.

 

TENNIS

Little Rock Athletic Club

RUNNERS-UP: Little Rock Racquet Club, Burns Park of North Little Rock.

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

BAND

The Rockets

RUNNERS-UP: Tragikly White, the Gettys

 

PLACE TO DANCE

Discovery

RUNNERS-UP: Cajun's Wharf, Electric Cowboy.

 

LIVE MUSIC

Revolution

RUNNERS-UP: Sticky Fingerz, Juanita's.

 

PICKUP BAR

Cajun's

RUNNERS-UP: Electric Cowboy, Ciao Baci.

 

GAY BAR

Discovery

RUNNERS-UP: Star Bar, Backstreet.

 

SPORTS BAR

West End Smokehouse and Tavern

RUNNERS-UP: Big Whiskey, Fox and Hound.

 

LATE NIGHT

Midtown Billiards

RUNNERS-UP: Salut, Cajun's.

 

PLAY POOL

Midtown Billiards

RUNNERS-UP: West End, Fox and Hound.

 

MOVIE THEATER

Rave

RUNNERS-UP: Chenal 10, Breckenridge, Market Street Cinema.

 

MUSEUM

Arkansas Arts Center

RUNNERS-UP: Musem of Discovery, Clinton Library.

 

PERFORMING ARTS

Arkansas Repertory Theatre

RUNNERS-UP: River City Men's Chorus, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

 

PLACE TO GAMBLE

Oaklawn Park

RUNNERS-UP: Gold Strike, Sam's Town (both in Mississippi).

 

FAMOUS PEOPLE WATCHING

River Market

RUNNERS-UP: Clinton Center, Doe's.

 

 

People, Places and Things

 

ARTIST

Lauren Meredith

RUNNERS-UP: Barry Thomas, Emily Galusha.

 

PHOTOGRAPHER

Sara Bussey

RUNNERS-UP: Tim Vahsholtz, Nancy Nolan.

 

BEST CITIZEN

Sheffield Nelson

RUNNERS-UP: Skip Rutherford, Gov. Mike Beebe.

 

POLITICIAN

Gov. Mike Beebe

 

BEST LOOKING

David Bazzel and Beth Hunt

 

ATHLETE

Jermain Taylor

RUNNERS-UP: Darren McFadden., Joe Johnson.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD

Hillcrest

RUNNERS-UP: Heights, Chenal Valley.

 

LIBERAL

U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder

RUNNERS-UP: Max Brantley, state Rep. Kathy Webb.

 

CONSERVATIVE

Mike Huckabee

RUNNERS-UP: Bill Vickery, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.

 

CHARITY

Easter Seals

RUNNERS-UP: Susan G. Komen Foundation, Heifer International, Big Brothers Big Sisters.

 

 

MEDIA

 

RADIO STATION

Alice 107.7

RUNNERS-UP: Tom 106.7, KUAR.

 

TV STATION

KATV-7

RUNNERS-UP: KTHV-11, KARK-4.

 

RADIO PERSONALITY

Heather (sorry, DC, though you got a lot of votes, too)

RUNNERS-UP: Tommy Smith, Jeff and Lisa in the Morning.

 

TV WEATHER

Ned Perme

RUNNERS-UP: Ed Buckner, Barry Brandt.

 

TV NEWS

Craig O'Neill

RUNNERS-UP: Scott Inman, Christina Munoz, Donna Terrell.

 

TV SPORTS

Steve Sullivan

RUNNERS-UP: Craig O'Neill, Wess Moore

 

NEWSPAPER WRITER

Philip Martin

RUNNERS-UP: Max Brantley, John Brummett, Wally Hall.

 

LOCAL BLOG

Arkansas Blog

RUNNERS-UP: Little Rock Paper Scissors, Blakes' Think Tank.

 

 

CUISINE

 

FRIES

McDonald's

RUNNERS-UP: Buffalo Grill, Cheeburger Cheeburger

 

ONION RINGS

Sonic

RUNNERS-UP: Cheeburger Cheeburger, Cotham's in the City

 

CHEESE DIP

Mexico Chiquito

RUNNERS-UP: El Porton, Senor Tequila.

 

RIBS

Whole Hog

RUNNERS-UP: Corky's, Sims

 

WINE LIST

Ferneau

RUNNERS-UP: Ashley's, Capers.

 

LIQUOR STORE

Colonial Wine and Spirits

RUNNERS-UP: Popatop, Lake Liquor

 

COCKTAIL

Ferneau

RUNNERS-UP: Ciao Baci, Cajun's Wharf.

 

BUSINESS LUNCH

Trio's

RUNNERS-UP: Ashley's at the Capital, Copper Grill.

 

MILKSHAKE

Purple Cow

RUNNERS-UP: Cheeburger Cheeburger, The Hop Diner.

 

VEGETARIAN

Whole Foods

RUNNERS-UP: Star of India, Lilly's Dim Sum Then Some.

 

BREAD

Boulevard Bread Co.

RUNNERS-UP: Panera, Old Mill.

 

CATERER

Catering to You

RUNNERS-UP: Palette, Simply the Best.

 

OUTDOOR DINING

Cajun's Wharf

RUNNERS-UP: Acadia, Capers, Brave New Restaurant.

 

GOURMET TO GO

Catering to You

RUNNERS-UP: Diane's, Boulevard Bread Co.

 

BRUNCH

Loca Luna

RUNNERS-UP: Mimi's, Satellite Coffee Co.

 

SALAD

U.S. Pizza

RUNNERS-UP: Za Za, Trio's

 

DOUGHNUT

Shipley's

Runers-up: Krispy Kreme, Daylite Donuts.

 

SUSHI

Sushi Cafe

RUNNERS-UP: Igibon, Mount Fuji.

 

 

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