Readers have chosen their favorites
They are starting to show up. Reader’s Choice window decals in restaurants and retail establishments. When you spot one, you’ll know that this business or business professional has garnered the votes of our readers. They’ve taken the time to go to our website and first nominate a favorite and then return to vote for them.
We’ve recently tallied your Reader’s Choice 2014 Summer choices.
Planning a wedding?
Kimberla’s Bridal Boutique and David’s Bridal earned top honors as those places to help make your special day memories as did Good Earth Flowers and Randy’s Flowers. It’s a known scientific fact that having flowers around whether at your bedside or as visual centerpieces are an immediate picker-upper. It just makes you feel good to have them them in your presence. Culpeper’s floral shop choices have owners passionate about their craft and ability to provide artistic ambiance with flowers.
Culpeper County Club and the State Theatre provide great spaces for receptions or private parties while Culpeper Presbyterian Church and Precious Blood Catholic Church were chosen no doubt for their special sense of sanctuary.
When it comes to medical care, Culpeper has several good options. Culpeper Eye Association and Total Eyes were reader’s top choices for seeing things clearly. Contact lenses have come a long way from those hard ones that had a way of slipping down the drain to multi-focal disposable lenses. Trust me, no reading glasses necessary.
CMA Family Physicians and Culpeper Family Practice and their staffs have a growing clientele of satisfied patients who trust their services. Perhaps there are only a few doctors who make house calls anymore but having ones with good bedside manner and a sincere, caring smile are important when it comes to your family’s health.
Culpeper Pharmacy and Rite Aid were top choices as places to purchase meds and remedies for what ails you.
Doc Synder’s Verdun Adventure Bound was picked as the top recreation spot. Perhaps you’ve been or know someone who has taken up one of their challenge courses or summer camps or gone to the amphitheatre for a summer performance. It’s all good.
Mountain Run Lake and Yowell Meadow Park were also high on the list as favorite parks and places to play. If you’ve got relatives coming to town, the Best Western and Holiday Inn Express were chosen as top places to stay.
I recently came back from a trip to Savannah, Georgia. I was surprised, but it seems to be a tradition, that folks will start drinking mid morning in Savannah. And, it’s legal to walk down the street carrying a beer or smoothie on steriods or peach sangria. Everyone is in a festive mood and all the alcohol strolling the streets seems to have an air of civility about it rather than recipe for revelry.
Well, let’s not try that on Davis Street but capturing top honors for a place to have a drink and perhaps a bit of cheese is Jeffery Mitchell’s Culpeper Cheese Company. Just up the street or down, depending on which way you are walking, John Yanall’s Copper Fish also made the list. Both good places, good owners and I doubt they’d let you leave carrying your drink.
No question when it comes to bakery of choice. Knakal’s Bakery took that honor. You can’t be in Culpeper long before hearing about their donuts and sweet treats. You’ll always find something tempting in the front windows.
Thai Culpeper and Baby Jim’s Snack Bar are local favorites in the ‘take-out’ food category. Imagine beating out all the fast food chains. Pretty impressive â?? so is their food.
Wait, I didn’t double copy it. Culpeper Cheese Company came up again as a reader’s choice when it comes to a place to eat. Jeff has tasty sandwiches and soups. Frank Maragos Foti’s remains a Davis Street go-to place. Frank and Suzanne brought their Inn at Little Washington expertise to Culpeper several years ago. Not only luring folks from Northern Virginia, Foti’s has added to their customer base over the years from Culpeper and surrounding counties in the Piedmont. Always fresh, always prepared with flair and always presented with a smile, a lunch or dinner at Foti’s is a foodie experience not to be missed.
Winewise, Barrel Oak in Delaplane shared honors with the Kearney’s Old House Vineyards.
More and more, wineries are all about ambiance while sipping wine. Both of these establishments have that and more…flexibility and fun when having your flights.
Pizza from Luigi’s and Ciro’s. No problem with either. People and their pizza is a curious phenomenon. Thick, pan-tossed, thin, circular, square, gluten-free but all with yummy sauce, cheese and delicious toppings. And, the owners make a difference as well. Adds to the taste.
Full Circle Thrift and Goodwill remain the area’s first choices when it comes to bargains other than local dollar stores. Both of these places offer more than low cost items. Proceeds help the community.
Culpeper Times Reader’s Choice Top Summer 2014 Winners
Kimberla’s Bridal Boutique
Good Earth Flowers
Local Event Venue
Culpeper Country Club
Culpeper Presbyterian Church
Precious Blood Catholic Church
Culpeper Eye Association
CMA Family Physicians
Culpeper Family Practice
SUMMER TRAVEL/DAY TRIPS
Verdun Adventure Bound
Mountain Run Lake
Mountain Run Lake
Holiday Inn Express
Culpeper Cheese Company
Baby Jim’s Snack Bar
Culpeper Cheese Company
Old House Vineyards
Culpeper Farmer’s Market
Culpeper County Fair
Mountain Run Lake
Yowell Meadow Park
Culpeper Rec Club
Culpeper Animal Hospital
Blue Ridge Animal Hospital
Mountain Run Kennels
Wash n Wag
Minute Man Mini Mall
Full Circle Thrift
Reader’s Choice 2014 Fall Categories
Nominations will begin in late August with voting in September and October. Click Reader’s Choice logo on our website at www.culpepertimes.com
Local Nursery/Garden Center
Local Furniture Store
Heating & Air
Recreation for Seniors
Hair Salon for Seniors
Assisted Care Center for Seniors
Activity for Seniors
Senior Living Center
Place to Play Bingo
Discount for Seniors
High School Team
High School Coach
Local High School AD
Fall Family Event
Fall Day Trip
Local Corn Maze