C-VILLE Writers

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Best Bloody Mary 2013: Beer Run

Beer Run 156 Carlton Rd. #203 984-2337 beerrun.com Runner-up: Fellini’s #9 200 Market St. 979-4279 fellinis9.com Here’s a good excuse to indulge in a Bloody Mary (as if you needed one): Drinking the red cocktail might have positive health effects, given that the drink contains lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes that allegedly reduces the […]

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Best fried chicken 2013: Wayside Fried Chicken

Wayside Fried Chicken 2203 Jefferson Park Ave. 977-5000 waysidechicken.com Runner-up: Michie Tavern 683 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy. 977-1234 michietavern.com When it was first eaten, fried chicken was a sign of wealth. If that’s true, we should consider Charlottesville pretty wealthy, since it has so many fried chicken spots. Wayside lands at the top of the pile […]

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Best bookstore 2013: Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Barracks Road Shopping Center 984-0461 barnesandnoble.com 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 ivynursery.com Runner-up: Fifth Season Gardening Co. 900 Preston Ave. 293-2332 fifthseasongardening.com 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 […]

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Best dentist 2013: David and Rebecca Swett

David and Rebecca Swett 900 Rio Rd. E, Suite B 979-3940 swettdentistry.com Runner-up: David Dalley 901 Preston Ave. #200 296-8034 The longest tooth ever pulled, belonging to Singapore resident Loo Hui Jing, measured in at 1.26″. There’s never been quite as big an extraction at the Swetts’ practice (Mr. Jing continues to the world record), […]

Best contractor 2013: Advantage Handyman

Advantage Handyman 817-7222 advantagehandy.com Runner-up: Jeff Easter 295-9911 jeffeasterremodeling.com 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 […]

Best taxicab service 2013: Wahooptie

Wahooptie 466-9463 wahooptie.com Runner-up: Yellow Cab 295-4131 cvilletaxi.com According to Urban Dictionary, a “hooptie,” is any vehicle for which the driver must enter through the passenger side; that has three different brand and size tires; that only gets one AM station on the radio… The list goes on. And maybe Wahoopties start out that way, […]

Best pediatrician 2013: Piedmont Pediatrics

Piedmont Pediatrics 900 Rio E. Ct. 975-7777 piedmontpediatrics.net Runner-up: Paige Perriello 1011 E. Jefferson St. 296-9161 charlottesvillepeds.com It takes 11 years to become a pediatrician, which means that, all together, this year’s winners (five doctors at Piedmont Pediatrics) and runner-up have 66 years of medical experience between them. That’s a lot of expertise looking after […]

Best plumber 2013: Robertson Electric

Robertson Electric 973-4348 robertsonelectric.com Runner-up: Hodges Myers 973-2670 If it’s true that more than 70 percent of the earth’s total population doesn’t use toilet paper, then how in the world are there so many plumbing problems? That’s a question better left unanswered, as far as this category is concerned. Robertson Electric, which began as a […]

Best cleaning service 2013: Merry Maids

Merry Maids 296-6603 merrymaids.com Runner-up: Charlottesville’s Earthly Cleaning 202-0455 cvillesearthlycleaning.com Unless you’re talking about dust bunnies, sometimes bigger really is better: Merry Maids operates 1,351 franchises and was voted No. 1 Residential Cleaning Service in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500. The company cleans apartments, too! With less than a year in business, owner Lucille Weakley takes second […]

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Best power lunch spot 2013: Bodo’s Bagels

Bodo’s Bagels 505 Preston Ave. 293-5224 1609 University Ave. 293-6021 1418 Emmet St. N 977-9598 bodosbagels.com Runner-up: Hamiltons’ at First & Main 101 W. Main St. 295-6649 hamiltonsrestaurant.com The thing about people in power is that they’re often in a hurry—off to a meeting or to get their shoes shined (we’re guessing). It makes sense, […]

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Best toy store 2013: Shenanigans

Shenanigans 601 W. Main St. 295-4797 shenaniganstoys.net Runner-up: Alakazam 100 E. Main St. 971-1717 alakazamtoys.com It takes 63′ of wire to make a slinky. There are no hard and fast facts about how long it takes a child to get it all unraveled and tangled up, but we’re guessing it’s not long. Kids are tricky […]

Best tailor 2013: Heidi’s Perfect Fit

Heidi’s Perfect Fit 1311 Wertland St. 295-8777 hpfinc.com Runner-up: E Tailor 112 W. Main St. #7 923-8500 In a season 2 episode of “Friends,” Joey sends Chandler to his family tailor, who takes a few inappropriate liberties with his measuring methods. Hilarity ensues, of course, but that’s not quite what you want from a tailor. […]

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Best bartender 2013: Nick Crutchfield

Nick Crutchfield at Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar Runner-up: Amanda Wood at Zocalo Tom Arnold, Sandra Bullock, Bill Cosby, Chevy Chase, and Bruce Willis were all bartenders before they got famous. We can’t be sure of Nick or Amanda’s acting prowess, but one thing’s certain: When it comes to pouring a tall one in this town, […]

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Best steak 2013: Downtown Grille

Downtown Grille 201 W. Main St. 817-7080 downtowngrille.com Runner-up: Aberdeen Barn 2018 Holiday Dr. 296-4630 aberdeenbarn.com Necessity is the mother of invention. For Henry Ford, inventor of the gas-powered vehicle, that necessity was finding a way to turn a profit on the wood scraps used in the production of his Model A. With some help […]

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Best family-friendly restaurant 2013: Tip Top

Tip Top 1420 Richmond Rd. 244-3424 tiptoprestaurant.com Runner-up: Eppie’s 412 E. Main St. 963-9900 eatateppies.com Real talk. There are some places kids just really shouldn’t be: airplanes, museums, and, depending on how good of a job you’re doing as a parent, some restaurants. Luckily, Tip Top and Eppie’s provide solid options where little ones can […]

Best art gallery 2013: McGuffey Art Center

McGuffey Art Center 201 Second St. NW 295-7973 mcguffeyartcenter.com Runner-up: Second Street Gallery 115 Second St. SE 977-7284 secondstreetgallery.com Three galleries comprise the McGuffey Art Center, the largest display space in the city. It’s there, in the 1916 school building, that visual artists, sculptors, photographers, and more converge for a veritable zoo of artistic talent. […]

Best preschool or daycare 2013: Bright Beginnings

Bright Beginnings 1221 Stoney Ridge Rd. 979-8585 3401 Worth Crossing 973-8414 brightbeginningsva.com Runner-up: ACAC Preschool 200 Four Seasons Dr. 978-7529 acac.com/youth/after-school “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” That’s a quote from Frederick Douglass who, as an escaped slave and revered orator, knew a little something about strong men. Bright […]

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Best local hardware store 2013: Martin Hardware

Martin Hardware 941 Preston Ave. 293-8171 martinhardwareinc.com Runner-up: Crozet Hardware 5783 The Square (Crozet) 823-4381 facebook.com/crozethardware If it’s true that the average wood frame house uses between 20,000 and 30,000 nails of varying types and sizes, then Martin Hardware, readers say, is the place to go for supplies. For folks outside of the city, Crozet […]

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Best optometrist 2013: Primary Eyecare

Primary Eyecare Barracks Road Shopping Center 977-2020 Hollymead Town Center 975-2020 cvilleeyecare.com Runner-up: Drs. Record & Record Optometrists 1450 Sachem Pl., Suite 202 978-4090 600 Peter Jefferson Pkwy., Suite 390 975-2420 recordeyecare.com The human eye can distinguish 500 shades of gray and blinks over 10,000,000 times a year. Those two facts are unrelated, but serve […]