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Best bike shop 2013: Blue Ridge Cyclery

Blue Ridge Cyclery 1043 Millmont St. 995-2453 blueridgecyclery.com Runner-up: Blue Wheel Bikes 941 Second St. NE 977-1870 bluewheel.com Before getting into the bike business, Blue Ridge Cyclery owner Shawn Tevendale was a paramedic. Once he fell in love with cycling, he was hooked, and has been a sponsored athlete for eight years, with experience in […]

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Best place for music gear 2013: Stacy’s Music

Stacy’s Music Rio Hill Shopping Center 974-1555 stacysmusic.com Runner-up: Heinz Musitronics 2171 Ivy Rd. 977-2797 heinzmusitronics.com What readers know about Stacy’s Music shop is that it’s the best in town. What they might not know is that the shop has been around since 1945, when Carl “Stacy” Monk, the member of a dance orchestra band […]

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Best boutique clothing store 2013: Bittersweet

Bittersweet 106 E. Main St. 977-5977 shopbittersweet.com Runner-up: Eloise 505 W. Main St. 295-3905 shopeloise.com Mary Quant, in the late 1960s, became a British fashion icon with her invention of the mini skirt. It’s not difficult to be a fashion icon in Charlottesville. All you have to do is head to Bittersweet, where you can […]