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2008 Best of Chatham County

By Gene Galin
Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2008

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Chatham County, NC - Congratulations to this year's winners and honorable mentions. And thank you to everyone for taking the time to vote.More than 540 people took the time to fill out Chatham Journal’s 2008 Best of Chatham ballot.

Best local antique store

Beggars & Choosers Antiques
38 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro
Phone: (919) 542-5884

Honorable mentions
French Connection

Best bed and breakfast

Rosemary House
76 West St, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: (919) 542-5515

Honorable mentions
Laurel Ridge
Celebrity Dairy

Best local thrift shop

PTA Thrift Shop
11500 US Highway 15 501 N #103
Phone: (919) 969-9457

Honorable mentions
Habitat Home Store
Second Bloom

Best day spa

Antonella’s Salon
49 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 542-6661

Honorable mentions
Aria Spa
Salon Blue

Best hair stylist/salon for women

Antonella's Salon
49 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 542-6661

Honorable mentions
Salon Blue
Kelly’s Salon

Best hair stylist/barber for men

Barker's Barber Shop
Downtown Pittsboro

Honorable mention
Salon Blue

Best local hardware store

Lowe’s Hardware
121 Lowe's Drive Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 642-4030

Honorable mentions

Pope’s Hardware
Siler City Ace Hardware
J Henry Paint & Hardware

Best place to hear music

Pittsboro General Store Cafe
39 West St, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: (919) 542-2432

Honorable mentions
Bynum General Store
Shakori Hills in Silk Hope
Carolina Brewery, City Tap Room

Best place to see local art

ChathamArts Gallery
115 Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Honorable mentions
Siler City Arts Incubator
Pittsboro General Store Café
Side Street Gallery in Pittsboro

Best pottery studio/store

Mark Hewitt
424 Johnny Burke Road, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 542-2371

Honorable mentions
Janet Resnick
Lynn Morrow, Stone Crow
Fusions, Raleigh Street Gallery

Best yoga instructor

Cathy Holt
Phone: (919) 542-4103

Honorable mentions
Helen Kern

Best handyman

Freedom Handyman
(919) 619-0520

Honorable mentions
Jimmy Nitsch

Best plumber

Murray’s Plumbing
653 Hope Hills Drive Siler City, NC
Phone: (919) 663-4041

Honorable mentions
Pittsboro Plumbing
Liles Plumbing in Siler City

Best heating and air conditioning specialist

A-1 Heating and Air
Phone: (336) 697-2804

Honorable mentions
Chatham Heating and Air
Miller Heating and Air

Best window washer

Dwain Ritchie
Phone: (919) 636-0069

Honorable mentions
Window Wizard

Best landscaper

First Choice Landcare
Phone: (919) 609-2320

Honorable mentions
Ginny Gregory
Myrle Smith
KHS, Specialized Landscaping

Best grading service

Collins Mountain
Phone: (919)929-3324

Honorable mentions
MTC Grading & Clearing
Jeff Scott Grading
Earl Thomas, Ricky Beal

Best local doctor

Dr. William Garlick
200 E Salisbury St, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: (919) 545-0580

Honorable mentions
Dr. John Corey
Dr. James Kurz

Best local dentist

Dr. Rouse Wilson DDS
767 West St, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 542-3502

Honorable mentions
Dr. Michael Peele DDS
Dr. Noah Wilson DDS
Dr. Paul Mitchum DDS
Dr. Paul Powell DDS

Best local chiropractor

Dr. Mindy Bradshaw
11312 US Hwy 15-501 North, Suite 104
Phone: (919) 969-0931

Honorable mentions
Dr. Elizabeth Freedman
Dr. Roxanne Hollander

Best local pharmacy

Pittsboro Discount Drugs
628 East St, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 542-7283

Honorable mentions
CVS Chatham Crossing
Siler City Pharmacy
Pittsboro Kerr Drug

Best local veterinarian

Hill Creek Veterinary Hospital
23 Rectory St, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 542-1141

Honorable mentions
Hope Crossing Veterinary
Pittsboro Animal Clinic
Jordan Lake Animal Hospital
Cole Park Veterinary

Best local place to board your pet

Pittsboro Animal Hospital
1065 East Street (Hwy 64), Pittsboro
Phone: (919) 542-5712

Honorable mentions
K9 Kindercare

Best new car dealer

Pittsboro Ford
1245 Thompson Street, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 542-3131

Honorable mentions
Welford Harris in Siler City
Pittsboro Chevrolet

Best used car dealer

Smart Cars by Weiland
471 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro, NC.
Phone: 919-542-1599

Honorable mentions
Signature Auto Solutions
Welford Harris in Siler City

Best auto mechanic

Doug's Auto & Tire
863 Sanford Rd, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 542-5996

Honorable mentions
Performance Automotive
Pittsboro Auto Care
Siler City Automotive
Diaz Automotive

Best auto parts store

Advance Auto in Pittsboro
462 East St, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: (919) 542-2899

Honorable mentions
NAPA in Pittsboro
CarQuest in Siler City

Best local place to bank

State Employees Credit Union

Honorable mentions
First Citizen’s, Capital Bank, BB&T

Best local bank teller

Tonya at SECU
630 East St # 13, Pittsboro
Phone: (919) 542-0444

Honorable mentions
Maria at First Citizen’s in Pittsboro
Sue at the Capital Bank in Pittsboro

Best waiter/waitress

Carolyn at Virlie’s

Honorable mentions
Angela at the Carolina Brewery
TJ at S&T’s Soda Shoppe

Best local politician

Randy Voller

Honorable mentions
George Lucier
Mike Cross

Best local attorney

Greg Stafford
53 1/2 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 545-0041

Honorable mentions
Jennifer Andrews
Cindy Perry, Lunday Riggsbee

Best county department

Health Department

Honorable mentions
GIS & Information Technology
Clerk of Court

Best city employee

David Monroe,

Pittsboro city planner

Best law enforcement officer

Chief David Collins of Pittsboro

Honorable mentions
Sheriff Richard Webster
Percy Crutchfield
Herbie Stubbs

Best firefighter

Darryl Griffin of Pittsboro

Honorable mentions
John Strowd

Best grocery store

Harris Teeter

Honorable mentions
Chatham Marketplace
Lowes Foods
Piggly Wiggly, Food Lion

Best local farmer’s market

Pittsboro farmer’s market

Honorable mentions
Fearrington farmer’s market
Siler City farmer’s market

Best Ag agents

Al Cooke

Honorable mentions
Debbie Roos
Sam Grose

Best real estate agent

Cindy Davis at Remax/Southern

Honorable mentions
Elizabeth Anderson
Eric Andrews, Newt Heilman, Joni Williams

Best real estate agency

Heartwood Realty
184 US 64 East. Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: (919) 542-6555

Honorable mentions
ReMax Southern Advantage
Realty World Carolina Properties
Weaver Street Realty
Straight Up Realty

Best insurance agent

Sara Donaldson at State Farm
547 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: (919) 542-4001

Honorable mentions
Randy Holt at Pittsboro AllState
NC Farm Bureau
Jenny Zuppan at Nationwide

Best accountant/bookkeeper

Charles Johnson of Confidential Tax Services
161 Loves Creek Church Road, Siler City
Phone: (919) 742-2717

Honorable mentions
Heather Johnson
Krombach and Dunn
Koonce Wooten & Haywood
Marilyn Beele, Ronny Collins

Best local fast food

Al’s Diner
535 West St, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 542-7151

Honorable mentions
Andy’s Cheesesteak
Siler City McDonald’s

Best local burger

Johnson's Restaurant
1520 E 11th Street, Siler City, NC 27344

Honorable mentions
Carolina Brewery
Al’s Diner, Virlie’s

Best local fries


Honorable mentions
Al’s Diner
Siler City McDonald’s
Virlie’s, Carolina Brewery

Best local pizza


Honorable mentions
Our Neighborhood School Pizzeria
Pizza Hut
Ciao Bella, Village Pizza

Best local biscuit

Al’s Diner
535 West St, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 542-7151

Honorable mentions

Best local coffee

Pittsboro General Store Cafe
39 West St, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 542-2432

Honorable mentions
Chatham Marketplace
Local Latte

Best local restaurant

Pittsboro General Store Café
39 West St, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 542-2432

Honorable mentions
Carolina Brewery
Al’s Diner, S&T Soda Shoppe

Best ethnic restaurant

San Felipe

Honorable mentions
Compadres of Siler City
Los Dos Amigos, Torreros

Best place to have a beer

Carolina Brewery
120 Lowes Dr, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: (919) 545-2330

Honorable mentions
The City Tap
General Store Cafe
Chatham Marketplace

Best local shopping experience

New Horizons Trading Co
52 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: (919) 542-7366

Honorable mentions
Beggars and Choosers
Downtown Pittsboro

Best running spot

Central Carolina Community College trail

Honorable mentions
Northwood Cross Country Trail

Best local golf course

Chapel Ridge
1010 Chapel Ridge Dr, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 545-2242

Honorable mentions
Twin Lakes
Siler City Country Club
The Preserve

Best high school sport


Honorable mentions

Best school principal

Angie Brady-Andrew
Siler City Elementary

Honorable mentions
Mattie Smith, Beverly Browne

Best Sunday morning sermon

New Salem Baptist Church
5030 Old Graham Rd, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 542-4832

Honorable mentions
Brown's Chapel Methodist Church
Pittsboro Baptist

Best place to watch people

Downtown Pittsboro

Honorable mentions
Pittsboro General Store Café
Siler City WalMart
Shakori Hills

Best place to go on a first date

S & T Soda Shoppe
85 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 545-0007

Honorable mentions
Pittsboro General Store Cafe
Jordan Lake

Best festival/fair

Pittsboro Street Fair

Honorable mentions
Silk Hope Old-Fashioned
Farmer’s Days
Shakori Hills Music Festival

Best childcare provider

Robyn’s Nest
69 Robins Nest Ln, Pittsboro
Phone: (919) 542-9977

Honorable mentions
Kids First Learning Center

Best florist

260 West St, Pittsboro
Phone: (919) 545-2837

Honorable mentions
Friendly Florist in Siler City
Bartee’s of Bennett
Floral Expressions

Best dry cleaner

Wayne’s in Pittsboro
350 East St, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: (919) 542-6032

Honorable mentions
Cole Park Cleaners
ProKleen in Siler City

Best plant nursery

Flynthill Farm
2411 US Highway 64 W. Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 542-5308

Honorable mentions
Miche Gardens at Jordan Lake
Oakmont Nursery

Best gas station

Anna's Quik Shop
516 West St, Pittsboro, NC
Phone: (919) 542-5957

Honorable mentions
Eagles at Cole Park Plaza
Cooper Brothers in Pittsboro

Best local exterminator

Sawyer Termite & Pest Control
8021 US Highway 15 501 N Pittsboro
Phone: (919) 542-5011

Honorable mentions

Best local computer maintenance or repair

Computer Therapy
Phone: (919) 932-4357

Honorable mentions
Blackbox Data Solutions
Jane Dunlap, John Roach

Best wireless cell service


Honorable mentions

Best local web site

Honorable mentions

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