Best of C-VILLE

Best contractor 2013: Advantage Handyman

Advantage Handyman 817-7222 Runner-up: Jeff Easter 295-9911 During World War II, Vesta Stoudt, a mother of three naval officers, invented duct tape when she noticed the paper tab used to rip open a box of rifle cartridges was inefficient. It’s this kind of attention to detail and creativity that’s expected when it comes […]

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Best bookstore 2013: Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Barracks Road Shopping Center 984-0461 Runner-up: Daedalus Bookshop 121 Fourth St. NE 293-7595 The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., contains 28 million books and has 532 miles of shelving. If you’re looking to build your own collection, readers say there’s no better place to start than Barnes & Noble, where […]

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Best nursery 2013: Ivy Nursery

Ivy Nursery 570 Broomley Rd. 295-1183 Runner-up: Fifth Season Gardening Co. 900 Preston Ave. 293-2332 During the 1600s, tulips were so valuable in Holland that their bulbs were worth more than gold. The craze was called tulip mania, or tulipomania. You can find the valuable flowers (and more!) at Ivy Nursery, where readers […]