Fayetteville Observer’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2021: See the winners

The Fayetteville Observer honored the best restaurants, businesses, organizations and other professionals in more than 150 categories at the 27th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards on Friday night.

After the 2020 awards were held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, guests returned to the Crown Expo for the awards gala. Miss North Carolina 2021 Carli Batson will be attending the event.

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Below is a list of the 2021 winners, chosen from over 113,000 votes. The full list of winners will also be featured in a special publication in Sunday’s Fayetteville Observer.


Barbershop: Pinky’s Chop Shop

chiropractor: Nelson & Nelson Chiropractor

Cosmetic/plastic surgeon: Cape Fear Aesthetics – Edward Dickerson

Dentist: Lewis family dentistry

Doula Services: Doris Ann McMurray

Optician: Risk Optometric Associates

Eye care/glasses center: Risk Optometric Associates

Fitness center/gym: (TIE) Fit 4 life and Planet Fitness

Barber: Hair studio blown away

Hearing Aid Center: Advanced hearing care

Hospital: Cape Fear Valley Medical Center

Nail Salon: Nails by Sonja

Nurse/nurse: Rainbow Pediatrics: Follrod Cinthia, NP

OB/GYN: Meeks, Earl, MD-Womens Wellness

Orthodontist: Olsen Orthodontics

Pediatrician: Rainbow Pediatrics

Pharmacy/Drug Store: Cape Fear Discount Drug

primary care physician: Rainbow Pediatrics

Spa/wellness center: Renaissance European Day Spa

Tanning bed: Sunshine beauty and bliss

Emergency aid: NextCare Emergency Care

Weight Loss Center: Fit 4 life

Yoga studio: Shanti Wellness- Fayetteville Wellness Center

To dine

Local Asian: Samurai Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

Local Bakery: Superior Bakery

Local BBQ: Mission BBQ

Local breakfast: Zorba’s Gyros

Local buffet: Grandsons Buffet

Local burger: R Burger

Local caterer: Kinlaw’s welcome grill

Local chicken wings: 301 Wingz

Local coffee shop: The coffee scene

Local country cuisine: Grandsons Buffet

Local craft brewery: Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom

Local dessert: Superior Bakery

Local Donuts: Superior Bakery

Local fine dining: Luigi’s Italian Chophouse and Bar

Local food truck: R Burger

Local fried chicken: Kinlaw’s welcome grill

Local Gyroscope: Zorba’s Gyros

Local healthiest menu: Bowls On A Roll 2 Go Meal Prep Store

Local hot dog: Hot diggidy dog

Local ice cream/frozen yogurt: Gillis Hill Farm

Local international cuisine: Pharaoh’s Legacy

Local Italian food: Antonella’s Italian restaurant

Local kid friendly 🙁TIE) Mellow Mushroom Fayetteville and Segra Stadium

Local lunch: The Fried Turkey Sandwich Shop

Local Mexican food: My house

Local new restaurant – opened less than 12 months: Maple Street Biscuit Company – Fayetteville

Local outdoor dining: Antonella’s Italian restaurant

Local pizza: Elizabeth’s

Local ribs: Mission BBQ

Local sandwich shop: The Fried Turkey Sandwich Shop

Local Seafood: 316 Oyster bar

Local spaghetti: Italian restaurant Sammio

Local sports bar: Mac’s Speed ​​Shop

Local Steak: Chris’s Steak & Seafood House

Local sushi: Nona Sushi

Local tea: Winter bloom tea

Local Vegetarian or Vegan: Blue Moon Cafe

Entertainment and leisure

Dance Studio or School: Alpha and Omega Dance Academy

Date Night Activity: Fayetteville Woodpeckers

DJ (special events): Five Star Entertainment

Event or Festival: Dirtbag Ales Farmers Market

Event location: Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Family Entertainment: Fayetteville Woodpeckers

Girls’ night out: Wine, Paint & Create

Golf course: Gates Four Golf & Country Club

Nightlife: Garbage bag Ales

Place to feel like a kid again: DEFY Fayetteville

Place to take out-of-town guests: Garbage bag Ales

Home, Home Services & Finance

accountant: Heather Harris McManus-Harris Accounting and Taxation

Apartment block: The Reserve at Grande Oaks

Carpet Cleaning Company: 911 restoration

Electrician: Blanton’s Air, Plumbing and Electricity

Flooring Company: Webb Carpet Company

Heating and air conditioning service company: Ryan Air

House builder: Jonah Blankenship, Blankenship Construction

Home repair and remodeling company: Paul Blankenship Vinyl Siding and Windows

Home Security Company: Holmes Security Systems

Insurance agent/agency: Kurt Riehl . State Farm

Lawn care/Landscape business: NC Design Concepts

Mortgage lender: Jennifer Rivers – Carolina Home Mortgage

Moving company: Two men and a truck

Painter: The painting of the ark

Pest control company: J&J Pest Control

Plumber: Blanton’s Air, Plumbing and Electricity

High-pressure cleaner / gutter company: NC window cleaning

Real estate broker: The TK Real Estate Group

Roofing company: Gremillion Roofing

Senior housing facility: Heritage Place Seniors living

Sideways Company: Paul Blankenship Vinyl Siding and Windows

Pools/Swimming Pool Equipment Company: Crystal clear pools and spas

Windows company: Paul Blankenship Vinyl Siding and Windows

Children and education

Club Youth Sports Organisation: Fayetteville Guard Youth Sports

College or University: Campbell University

Gymnastics studio: Fayetteville’s small gym

Learning Center/Teacher: Fayetteville Christian School

Martial Arts: Tiger Team Karate

Place to have a birthday party: Round-A-Bout Skating Center

Pre-school/Childcare: Trinity Christian School

Private school: Fayetteville Christian School

Public school: E.E. Miller Elementary School

People and places

Attorney: Drew Dempster- Smith, Dickey, Dempster

Barber: Elyssa Sax Foundations

Church youth leader: Josh Long, Northwood Temple

emergency aid (Police, Fire, EMT): Aaron Hagen-Fayetteville Fire Department

Hair stylist: Lauren Bunce Salon 31

Prayer room: Manna Church:

Place to work: Riverside Christian Academy

Estate agent: Chasity Poole

School principal: Gerald Hernandez-EE Miller Elementary

School teacher: dr. Polly Lusk-Howard Hall Elementary

Small business: The hemp farm

Sports team: Fayetteville Woodpeckers

Veteran or Military Husband Company: Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom


Bailiff Company: A1 Bail Bonds

Business with the best customer service: Bullard Furniture

Mobile Phone/Computer Repair Company: iFixandRepair – Fayetteville Skibo Road

Shred Document: Patterson Record Storage and Shredding Center

Dog daycare: Bed & Cookies

Dryer: Smitty’s Cleaners

Employment agency: Maxim Staffing Solutions – Kelly Maxwell

Financial planner: Debbie Best – Edward Jones

Foster care services: Boys & Girls Home

Funeral Home: Rogers and Breece

Non-profit: Partnership for children

Pet Boarding: Bed and cookies

Animal Care Company: Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Fayetteville

Watch out for animals: Bed & Cookies

Tattoo/piercing studio: New Addiction Tattoos

Veterinarian: Southern Oaks Animal Hospital – Kently Dean


Local antique shop: The Pickin Coop Antique Mall

Local boutique: Off the shelves boutique

Local consignment shop: High Cotton Shipment

Local florist: The market in the city center

Local Formal Wear/Bridal: An affair to remember: gala, pageant and formal wear

Local fresh meat: Kinlaw’s Supermarket

Local fresh products: Gillis Hill Road Products

Local furniture company: Bullard furniture and mattresses

Local garden center/nursery: Bell’s Seed Store

Local gift shop: A little bit of Carolina

Local supermarket: The market in the city center

Local jeweler: Rhudy’s Jewelry Showroom

Local Lawn Equipment Company: Hope Mills saw and mower

Local mattress store: Bullard Furniture

Local menswear: Stevies on Hay

Local Pawn Shop: Rhudy’s Pawn Shop

Local Pet Supplies Company: Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming

Local shoe store: Off the shelves boutique

Local thrift store: The Salvation Army family shop

Local Women’s Clothing: Off the shelves boutique

Vehicles, Dealers and Services

bodywork/collision: Cape Fear Collision

Auto Glass Repair: Hope Mills Glass Company

Car service: Ernie and sons automotive

Car sound: Rhudy’s

Car dealer: I-95 Muscle

car wash: 5 stars

Motorcycle/ATV dealer: Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson

Oil change: Black’s Tire and Car Service

Tire center: Black’s Tire

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