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WRAL Voters' Choice Awards return in September

Posted July 27, 2020 8:00 a.m. EDT

WRAL Voters’ Choice Awards

— The sixth-annual WRAL Voters’ Choice Awards return in September, and you’ll have the opportunity to help WRAL celebrate the Triangle’s best local businesses by nominating and voting for the best.

Each year, your nominations and votes help WRAL recognize local favorites. Now more than ever, local businesses need community support, so we encourage you to participate in the online ballot starting Sept. 14 by making nominations.

There are over 130 categories, and you can submit one nomination per category per day through Oct. 11 on WRAL.com/vcas. New 2020 categories include automotive dealer, small business, chef, takeout, landscaping and social influencer.

At the end of nominations, the top five businesses, people or places in each category will move on to the voting ballot. Voting on the finalists runs Oct. 19 to Nov. 22.

In 2019, over 20,000 nominations were made and nearly 160,000 votes were cast on the online ballot. The winners were announced at an event in January at Union Station in downtown Raleigh.

Some of our repeat winners included La Farm Bakery for Best Baked Goods, Red Hat Amphitheater for Best Live Music, Gonza Tacos Y Tequila for Best Tacos, and Redneck BBQ Lab for Best BBQ.

Some of the many first-time winners included Wendell Family Dentistry for Best Dentistry/Cosmetic Dentistry, Duck Donuts for Best Donuts, and White Dahlia Massage and Wellness for Best Day Spa. See the complete list of 2019 winners.

The winners of the sixth-annual WRAL Voters’ Choice Awards will be announced in January. A complete list of the 2020 categories are below.

2020 WRAL Voters’ Choice Awards Categories

BUSINESS

  • Animal Hospital
  • Antiques & Thrift Shop
  • Automotive Dealer
  • Barbershop/Hair Salon
  • Birthday Party Venue
  • Best Small Business
  • Bowling
  • Children's Clothing Store
  • Dance Studio
  • Day Spa
  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Florist
  • Gifts
  • Gymnastics School
  • Indoor Activity Center
  • Jewelry
  • Martial Arts Instruction
  • Massage
  • Most Innovative Local Corporation
  • Most Innovative Local Startup
  • Pet Boarding/Daycare
  • Pet Supplies
  • Pet Training Service
  • Shopping Center
  • Sporting Goods
  • Toy Store

FOOD & DRINK

  • Baked Goods
  • BBQ
  • Biscuits
  • Bottle Shop
  • Brewery
  • Brunch
  • Burgers
  • Caterer
  • Chef
  • Cocktails
  • Deli
  • Distillery
  • Donuts
  • Family Dining
  • Fine Dining
  • Food Truck
  • Fries
  • Grocery Store
  • Health Food
  • Hot Dogs
  • International
  • Local Artisan Food
  • Local Chocolate
  • Local Coffee
  • Local Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt
  • Local Produce
  • Neighborhood Bar
  • Nightclub
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Pizza
  • Seafood
  • Southern Food
  • Sports Bar
  • Steak
  • Sushi
  • Sweet Tea
  • Tacos
  • Takeout
  • Wine Selection
  • Wings

COMMUNITY

  • Camp
  • Event Venue
  • Hotel/Vacation Rental
  • Live Music Venue
  • Local Sports Team
  • Movie Theater
  • Museum & Gallery
  • Nonprofit Organization
  • Park
  • Performing Arts Venue
  • Place to Volunteer
  • Pool Hall & Arcade
  • Tourist Attraction
  • Weekend Getaway
  • Youth Sports League/Organization

EDUCATION

  • Adult Education
  • College/University
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School
  • Private School
  • School Administrator
  • School Teacher
  • Tutoring Center

HOME & FINANCE

  • Accounting Firm
  • Air & Heating Service
  • Bank
  • Cleaning Service (Residential)
  • Financial Advisor
  • Furniture
  • Interior Design
  • Landscaping
  • Moving Company
  • Nursery/Garden Center
  • Real Estate Agent/Company

MEDICAL

  • Children's Dentist
  • Chiropractor
  • Cosmetic Surgeon
  • Dentistry/Cosmetic Dentistry Dermatologist
  • Ear, Nose & Throat
  • Family Practice
  • Hospital
  • Laser/Skin Care
  • Lasik Surgery
  • Medical Center
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Optometrist
  • Orthodontist
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Therapist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Urgent Care

PROFESSIONAL & ENTERTAINMENT

  • Athlete
  • DJ
  • Event Planner
  • Law Firm/Attorney
  • Local Band
  • Local Music Artist
  • Local Philanthropist
  • Most Innovative Business Leader
  • North Carolina Author
  • Photographer
  • Podcaster
  • Social Influencer
  • Veterinarian
  • Woman of the Year
  • WRAL-TV Personality
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