AlbemarleFamily Favorite Awards 2009

We asked and you answered! More than 1200 of our readers shared their favorite places to eat, shop and play in the first annual AlbemarleFamily Favorite Awards. Discover the top vote-getters here!

Family Fun

Art Studio

1. McGuffey Art Center

2. The Glass Palette

3. Artworks

Local Attraction

1. Charlottesville Ice Park

2. Putt-Putt Golf

3. AMF Kegler's Bowling Lanes

Regional Attraction

1. Luray Caverns

2. Virginia Safari Park

3. Monticello

County Fair

1. Albemarle County Fair

2. Greene County Fair

3. Orange County Fair

Family Day Trip - Out of Town

1. Washington, D.C.

2. Amazement Square

3. Virginia Beach

Hike

1. Humpback Rocks

2. Ivy Creek Natural Area

3. Saunders-Monticello Trail

Local Historic Site

1. Monticello

2. Montpelier

3. University of Virginia

Regional Historic Site

1. Monticello

2. Montpelier

3. Colonial Williamsburg

Kids' Museum

1. Virginia Discovery Museum

2. Amazement Square

3. Children's Museum of Richmond

Festival

1. Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival

2. Dogwood Festival

3. Graves Mountain Apple Festival

Local Resort

1. Wintergreen Resort

2. Boar's Head Inn

3. Massanutten Resort

Movie Theatre

1. Regal Cinemas

2. Carmike Theatre

3. Vinegar Hill Theatre

Music Venue

1. Charlottesville Pavilion

2. John Paul Jones Arena

3. Paramount Theater

Park/Playground

1. Pen Park

2. Greenleaf Park

3. McIntire Park

Pick-Your-Own Farm

1. Carter Mountain Orchard

2. Chiles Peach Orchard

3. Berry Patch (tie)

3. Critzer Family Farm

Private Pool

1. ACAC

2. Fry's Spring Beach Club

3. Boar's Head Sports Club

Public Pool

1. Onesty Family Aquatic Center

2. Washington Park Pool

3. Crozet Park Pool

Rainy Day Outing

1.Virginia Discovery Museum

2. AMF Kegler's Bowling Lanes

3. Charlottesville Fashion Square

Swimmin' Hole

1. Sugar Hollow/Blue Hole

2. Chris Greene Lake Park

3. Mint Springs Valley Park

Theatre Group

1. Live Arts

2. Four County Players

3. Old Michie Theatre

Theme Park

1. Busch Gardens

2. Kings Dominion

Travel Agency

1. Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters

2. AAA

3. Covington International Travel

UVA Sports Team

1. Soccer

2. Football

3. Baseball

Zoo

1. National Zoo

2. Metro Richmond Zoo

3. Virginia Safari Park


Parties

Party Location

1. ACAC

2. Explorations Play Studio (tie)

2. The Little Gym

3. AMF Kegler's Bowling Lanes

Party Entertainer

1. Wes Iseli, Magician

2. Pixie Perfect Creations

3. Freckles N' Friends Entertainment Company

Party Theme

1. Pirates

2. Hawaiian Luau

3. Princess

Cake Bakery

1. Chandler's

2. Albemarle Baking Company

3. Cappellino's Crazy Cakes (tie)

3. HotCakes

Photographer

1. KMS Photography

2. Gitchell's Studio

3. Jen Fariello Photography


Local Retail

Baby Boutique

1. Petit Bebe

2. Whimsies

3. Boutique Boutique

Children's Clothing

1. Whimsies

2. Petit Bebe

3. Boutique Boutique

Bookstore for Kids' Titles

1. Shenanigans

2. New Dominion Bookshop

Hobby Shop

1. Hobbytown (tie)

1. The Place

2. University Dive & Hobby Center

3. Cavalier Cards

Jewelry Boutique

1. Penelope

2. Angelo Jewelry

3. Lynne Goldman Studio

Kitchen Gear & Supplies

1. The Happy Cook

2. The Seasonal Cook

3. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, Lighting

Music Store

1. Plan 9

2. Stacy's Music Shop

3. Music and Arts Center

Resale/Consignment for Kids

1. Lollipop Shop

2. Here Wee Grow Again

3. Sugar Snap Consignment

Resale/Consignment for Women

1. Divine Consign

2. Natalie Dressed

3. Glad Rags Consignment Boutique

Sporting Goods

1. Downtown Athletic Store

2. Ragged Mountain Running Shop

3. Blue Ridge Mountain Sports

Toy Shop

1. Shenanigans

2. Alakazam Toys and Gifts

3. The Place

Women's Clothing Boutique

1. Eloise

2. Levy's

3. Judy B Clothing Salon

Pet Supplies

1. Pet Food Discounters

2. Pete's Pet Forum

3. Sammy Snacks

Best Place to Buy Green

1. Blue Ridge Eco Shop

2. Sustain

3. Rebecca's Natural Food


National Retail

Baby Gear

1. Babies "R" Us

2. Target

3. Baby Gap

Children's Clothing

1. Old Navy

2. Target

3. Gap Kids

Bookstore for Kids' Titles

1. Barnes & Noble Booksellers

2. Waldenbooks

Maternity Clothing

1. Motherhood Maternity

2. Old Navy

3. Target

Sporting Goods

1. Dick's Sporting Goods

2. Downtown Athletic Store

3. Play It Again Sports

Toy Shop

1. Toys "R" Us

2. Target

Women's Clothing Boutique

1. Ann Taylor Loft

2. Anthropologie

3. Talbots

Pet Supplies

1. PetSmart

2. Pet Supplies "Plus"

3. Target


Family Health

Alternative Care Provider

1. Downtown Family Health Care

2. ChinaMed Charlottesville

3. Connections Chiropractic Center

Counseling Service

1. Charlottesville League of Therapists

2. Virginia Center for Family Relations

3. Poehailos, Dupont, & Associates (tie)

3. Charlottesville Psychological Associates

Dentist

1. Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry (tie)

1. Kathryn Cook DDS (tie)

2. Clarke & Farmer, DDS

3. Drs. Viglione, Haines, Bagheri and Hagert

Family Doctor

1. Forest Lakes Family Medicine

2. Dr. Bruce Campbell

3. Downtown Family Health Care

Hospital for Children's Health

1. UVA Health System

2. Martha Jefferson Hospital

3. Augusta Medical Center

Hospital for Maternity Care

1. Martha Jefferson Hospital

2. UVA Health System

Ob-Gyn

1. Jefferson Obstetrics & Gynecology

2. Ed Wolanski, MD & Donna Vinal, CNM

3. UVA Health System

Optometrist

1. Primary Eyecare

2. Crozet Eye Care, Optometrists

3. Drs. Record, Record & Adam Optometrist, PC

Orthodontist

1. Drs. Soderquist & Weis Orthodontics

2. Dr. Suzanne M. Dennis Orthodontist

3. Hamer & Hamer Orthodontics

Pediatrician

1. Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville

2. Piedmont Pediatrics

3. UVA's Pediatrics at Northridge

Chiropractor

1. Cox Chiropractic Clinic

2. Chiropractic Family Wellness Center

3. Connections Chiropractic Center (tie)

3. Spinal Health & Wellness

Veterinarian

1. Georgetown Veterinary Hospital

2. Charlottesville Veterinary Hospital

3. Earlysville Animal Hospital


Education

Daycare

1. Foundations Child Development Center

2. Bright Beginnings Preschool

3. Nature's Bloom

Preschool

1. Foundations Child Development

2. Bright Beginnings Preschool

3. First Baptist Early Childhood

Private School - Small

1. Charlottesville Day School

2. Renaissance School

3. Peabody School

Private School - Large

1. The Covenant School

2. St. Anne's-Belfield School

3. Tandem Friends School

Tutoring Program

1. Huntington Learning Center (tie)

1. Sylvan Learning Center

2. Champion Tutoring

3. Tutoring for Excellence

Library

1. Northside Library

2. Crozet Library

3. Gordon Avenue Library

Speech-Language Program

1. UVA Speech, Language & Hearing

2. Evans Family Speech & Hearing (tie)

2. Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center

3. Albemarle Therapy Center (tie)

3. Speak! Language Center

Educational Consultant

1. Spark Dynamics

2. Life's Work


Dining In & Out

Breakfast Spot

1. Tip Top Restaurant

2. Bodo's Bagels

3. Bluegrass Grill & Bakery

Coffee

1. Starbucks

2. Mudhouse

3. Shenandoah Joe Coffee Roasters & Espresso Bar

Date Night Restaurant

1. Mas

2. The Melting Pot

3. Bonefish Grill

Dessert

1. Splendora's Gelato

2. Arch's Frozen Yogurt (tie)

2. HotCakes

3. Albemarle Baking Company

Family Restaurant - Chain

1. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

2. Applebee's

3. Chili's Grill & Bar

Family Restaurant - Non-chain

1. Tip Top Restaurant

2. Timberwood Grill

3. Bodo's Bagels

Farmer's Market

1. Charlottesville City Market

2. Forest Lakes Farmers Market

3. Farmers in the Park

Fast Food Restaurant

1. Chick-fil-A

2. McDonald's

3. Wendy's

Hamburger Restaurant

1. Five Guys Burgers and Fries

2. Riverside Lunch

3. Martin's Grill

International Food - Chinese

1. Dragon Lady Restaurant

2. Flaming Wok & Teppan Yaki

3. Shang Hai

International Food - Indian

1. Milan Indian Cuisine

2. Maharaja Fine Indian Cuisine

3. Royal Indian Restaurant

International Food - Italian/Mediterranean

1. Vivace

2. Basil Mediterranean Bistro

3. Aromas Cafe

International Food - South of the Border

1. Guadalajara

2. Baja Bean

3. Aqui Es Mexico

International Food - Thai

1. Thai 99

2. Lime Leaf

3. Tara Thai

International Food - Other

1. Sakura Sushi & Noodle

2. Mas

3. The Shebeen

Kids' Menu

1. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

2. Outback Steakhouse

3. Arch's Frozen Yogurt (tie)

3. Eppie's

Grocery Store - Chain

1. Harris Teeter

2. Kroger

3. Whole Foods

Grocery Store - Local

1. Foods of All Nations

2. Simply Fresh Produce

3. Crozet Great Valu

Ice Cream/Special Treats

1. Splendora's Gelato

2. Dips & Sips

3. Ben & Jerry's

Pizza

1. Christian's Pizza

2. Papa John's

3. Mellow Mushroom

Salad Bar

1. Ruby Tuesday

2. Brick Oven

3. Whole Foods

Sandwich

1. Bellair Market

2. Carving Board Cafe

3. Bodo's Bagels


Kids' Activities

Baby/Toddler Program

1. The Little Gym

2. Explorations Play Studio

3. Charlottesville Parks & Recreation

Dance School

1. Balletschool

2. The Dance Barn

3. Wilson School of Dance

Golf Program

1. First Tee

2. Old Trail Golf

3. Birdwood Golf Course at The Boar's Head (tie)

3. Highlands Golf

Gymnastics Program

1. Classics Gymnastics

2. The Little Gym

3. Friendship Gymnastics

Horseback Riding Lessons

1. Carriage Hill Farm

2. Camp Friendship

3. The Pony Academy

Martial Arts

1. ATA Leadership Martial Arts

2. Ssal Shin Jo Judo

3. Laughing Dragon Kung Fu

Music Teacher/School

1. Charlottesville Day School (tie)

1. Music Education Center

2. Blue Ridge Music Together

3. Kindermusik with Pam

Summer Camp - Day

1. Triple C Camp

2. ACAC

3. Charlottesville Day School

Summer Camp - Residential

1. Camp Friendship

2. Living Earth School

3. Nature Camp

Team Sports Program

1. SOCA

2. Piedmont Family YMCA

3. Jefferson Swim League

Tennis Lessons

1. Boar's Head Sports Club

2. ACAC

3. Albemarle County (QuickStart Tennis)

Theatre Program

1. Live Arts (tie)

1. Old Michie Theatre (tie)

2. Black Box Players

3. Four County Players

Swim Program

1. ACAC

2. Charlottesville City Swordfish

3. Crozet Gators (tie)

3. Fairview Swim Team (tie)


Fitness & Beauty

Exercise Class - Mommy & Me

1. StrollerFit

2. ACAC

3. The Little Gym

Exercise Class - Women

1. ACAC

2. Jazzercise

3. Gold's Gym

Family Health Club/Gym

1. ACAC

2. Gold's Gym

3. Boar's Head Sports Club

Kids' Hair Cuts

1. Hair Cuttery

2. Staples Barber Shop

3. Bubbles Salon

Manicure/Pedicure

1. Happy Nails

2. Boar's Head Spa (tie)

2. Oasis

2. Salon De Nails

3. K Nails

Mind/Body Classes

1. ACAC

2. Gold's Gym

3. Studio 206

Spa

1. Boar's Head Spa

2. Oasis Day Spa & Body Shop

3. ACAC

Place for a Massage

1. Boar's Head Spa

2. ACAC

3. Oasis Day Spa & Body Shop

Beauty Salon

1. Bristles Hair Design & Day Spa

2. Bubbles Salon (tie)

2. Moxie Hair Lounge

3. Salon Cielo


Home Services

Builder/Remodeler

1. Craig Builders

2. Gaffney Homes

3. Teal Construction

Decorator

1. Gibson Design Group

2. And George

3. Moyanne

Electrician

1. Robertson Electric

2. Beck Cohen (tie)

2. Fitch Services

Furniture Store

1. Grand Home Furnishings

2. The Artful Lodger

3. Under the Roof

Garden Center

1. Snow's Garden & Landscape Center

2. Ivy Nursery

3. The Garden Spot

Handyman

1. Charlottesville Handyman Services

2. Cavalier Home Pros

3. Dean's Home Improvements

Heating and Cooling

1. Albemarle Heating & Air

2. Robertson Electric

3. Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning

Home Accessory Shop

1. And George

2. The Habitat Store

3. The Artful Lodger (tie)

3. Sustain

Home Electronics

1. Best Buy

2. Crutchfield

House Cleaning Service

1. Busy Brooms

2. Merry Maids

3. Molly Maid

Landscape Services

1. Meriweather Mowing (tie)

1. Snow's Garden & Landscape Center

2. Waynesboro Nurseries

3. D & D Lawn Care

Pest Control

1. Intrastate Pest Control

2. Holistic Pest Solutions

3. Dodson Pest Control

Plumbing

1. George A. Dansey, Inc.

2. Hamilton Plumbing

3. Robertson Electric

Roofing

1. Roof Top Services

2. Martin Roofing & Sheet Metal

3. Blue Ridge Roofing

Window Cleaning

1. Cavalier Window Cleaning

2. Albemarle Window Cleaning Services

Auto Dealership

1. Brown Automotive Group

2. Volvo of Charlottesville

3. Jim Price Automotive

Bank/Credit Union

1. UVA Community Credit Union

2. Bank of America

3. Wachovia

Car Repair Shop

1. Airport Road Auto Center

2. Brown Automotive Group

3. Edgecomb's Imported Auto (tie)

3. Settle Tire Company

Financial Consultant Service

1. The Capitol Group of Virginia

2. State Farm Insurance

3. Davenport & Company

Insurance Company

1. State Farm Insurance

2. Allstate (tie)

2. Nationwide

3. Lee Insurance Services (tie)

3. Short Insurance Associates

Insurance Agent

1. Gary Albert, State Farm Insurance

2. Clark Jackson, State Farm Insurance

3. Kevin Mann, State Farm Insurance

Mortgage Brokerage

1. SunTrust Mortgage

2. Greenwood Lending (tie)

2. Mahone Mortgage

3. Compass Home Loans

Mortgage Broker (Individual)

1. Doug Adamson, SunTrust Mortgage

2. Sandy Madison, SunTrust Mortgage

3. Greenwood Lending

Place to Buy Gas

1. Sam's Club

2. Kroger

3. Sheetz

Real Estate Company

1. Roy Wheeler Realty Co.

2. Real Estate III

3. Nest Realty Group

Realtor

1. Denise Ramey, Roy Wheeler Realty Co.

2. Bob Hughes, Summit Realty Company

3. Jim Duncan, Nest Realty Group

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