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Best place for antiques 2013: Circa

Circa 1700 Allied St. 295-5760 circainc.com Runner-up: Consignment House 121 W. Main St. 977-5527 consignmenthouse.net In 2011, a man from Tulsa, Oklahoma, came to PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” with five Chinese carved cups made from rhinoceros horn and found out that they were worth more than $1 million. He didn’t find them at Circa (though we […]

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Best pilates teacher 2013: Kate Nesbitt

Kate Nesbitt Runner-up: Robin Truxel A lover of movement in many forms, Kate Nesbitt got her start in Pilates in 1980 as a treatment for a dance injury (she studied ballet and modern). She opened Pilates Virginia in 2000, making it one of the oldest Pilates studios in town. Robin Truxel takes the runner-up spot. […]

Best architect 2013: VMDO

VMDO 200 E. Market St. 296-5684 vmdo.com Runner-up: Wolf Ackerman 110B Second St. NE #201 296-4848 wolfackerman.com There are 403 steps from the foundation to the top floor of the torch in the Statue of Liberty. That’s the kind of information that’s pertinent to someone interested in architecture. For the average person, what’s more important […]

Best caterer 2013: Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon 946 Grady Ave., Suite 11 296-9091 hmcatering.com Runner-up: C&O 515 E. Water St. 971-7044 candorestaurant.com In a town where so much emphasis is put on food (we have more than 400 places to eat!), readers demand a lot from a catering service. Good thing there’s Harvest Moon, with its 16 years of experience […]

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Best restaurant 2013: MAS

MAS 501 Monticello Rd. 979-0990 mastapas.com Runner-up: The Local 824 Hinton Ave. 984-9749 thelocal-cville.com Hashtag nosurprisehere. Tapas spot MAS wins again, just ahead of its Hinton Avenue neighbor, The Local. Both Belmont eateries serve up delectable menus—the former with Spanish-style small plates and a sizable drink menu; the latter with comfort food and, according to […]

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Best cocktail 2013: Bang!

Bang! 213 Second St. SW 984-2264 bangrestaurant.net Runner-up: Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar 422 E. Main St. 202-7728 commonwealthskybar.com More than 30 cocktails comprise the menu at Bang!, with options like the Secret Garden (Absolut Wild Tea, organic green tea, and fresh rosemary), the Esquire (Makers Mark, Firefly sweet tea vodka, Cointreau, and white cranberry juice), […]