By Rachel Hoeing

Thank you for all of your nominations over the past few weeks for the 2012 Choice Awards contest.  For each category, we tallied the results and have determined the top finalists in each category.  (A few categories have more than others due to ties.)  Congratulations to the businesses listed below!  If you are a finalist, watch for an email from us with further details.

Prior to voting, please click on the link for any businesses which you may be unfamiliar.  One of our main goals with this contest is to showcase hidden gems in the area!  So please learn more about them!

Then vote for your favorites in each category.  (Voting has now ended.) Voting will continue through February 29, 2012 so feel free to share the link!

And the finalists are …

Best Birthday Party Venue/Service

Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem -S Liberty St in Winston-Salem
Monkey Hooper – serving all the Triad
Pump it Up – Sunshine Way in Greensboro
Parties 2 Dye 4 – Battleground Ave in Greensboro
Salem Gymnastics Sports Center – Country Club Rd in Winston-Salem

Favorite Local Children’s Clothing Store/Boutique

BenPhill’s Childrens Clothier – Stratford Rd in Winston-Salem
Gazoodles Children’s Clothing Boutique – Stratford Rd. in Winston-Salem
The Lollipop Shop – Battleground Rd in Greensboro
Peaches ‘n Cream – University Drive in Burlington
Polliwogs Children’s Boutique – Lawndale Dr in Greensboro

Favorite Local Women’s Clothing Store/Boutique

Bevello – Thruway Center in Winston-Salem
Monkee’s – Irving Park in Greensboro & Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem
Paparazzi – Battleground Rd in Greensboro
Rebecca & Co  – Huntington Road in Greensboro & Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem
Simply Meg’s – Friendly Center in Greensboro

Best Seasonal Consignment Sale

Children’s Boutique Resale – Charlois Boulevard in Winston Salem
First Kids Consignment Sale at FPC – First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro
St. Paul’s Kids Consignment Sale – Horsepen Creek Rd in Greensboro
St. Paul’s Preschool Clothing Exchange – Summit Street in Winston-Salem
Twin City Mothers of Multiples Sale – Silas Creek Pkwy in Winston-Salem
WeeRuns – South Centennial St. in High Point

Favorite Consignment Store

Bubble’s Kids – Battleground Ave in Greensboro
Dream – Battleground Ave in Greensboro
etc. Consignment Shoppe – Jonestown Rd in Winston-Salem
Once Upon a Child – Dolley Madison Road in Greensboro & Hanes Mall Blvd in Winston-Salem
The Snob Shop – West End Blvd in Winston-Salem

Favorite Salon

Bliss and Co. Salon and Day Spa – Elm St in Greensboro & Tinsley Dr in High Point
Ego Hour Hair Designers – three locations in Winston-Salem
Grassroots Salon – Robinhood Rd in Winston-Salem
Jade Aveda – W Friendly Ave in Greensboro
Progressive Image Salon & Day Spa – Vest Mill Rd in Winston-Salem

Best Spa

Balance Day Spa – Four locations in Burlington, High Point, Greensboro and Kernersville
European Touch – Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem
The Spa at Grandover – Club Rd in Greensboro
Hand & Stone – Friendly Ave in Greensboro & Thruway Center in Winston-Salem
Utopia Salon & Day Spa – Town Center Dr in Clemmons

Best Place for a Kid’s Haircut

Great Clips – numerous locations throughout the Triad
Leon’s Style Salons – seven locations in Greensboro
Mt. Tabor Barber Shop – Polo Rd in Winston-Salem
Snip-Its – Harper Hill Shopping Center in Winston-Salem
Sport Clips – Four locations in Burlington, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem

Best Restaurant for a Ladies Lunch

Blue Zucchini & Company – N Main St in High Point
Cherries Cafe – off I-40 in Clemmons
Green Valley Grill – Green Valley Rd in Greensboro
Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro– W Fourth St in Winston-Salem
Southern Lights Bistro – Lawndale Dr in Greensboro

Best Restaurant for a Date Night

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill – Creekshire Way in Winston-Salem
Josephine’s Bistro – Spring Garden St in Greensboro
The Melting Pot – Battleground Ave in Greensboro
Milner’s American Southern Cuisine & Cocktails – Stratford Rd in Winston-Salem
Southern Roots Restaurant & Catering – E Main St in Jamestown
Village Tavern Three locations in Greensboro & Winston-Salem

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Chick-fil-A – numerous locations in the Triad
Jason’s Deli – Friendly Center in Greensboro, Stratford Rd in Winston-Salem
La Carretta – Robinhood Rd and Jonestown Rd in Winston-Salem
The Loop Pizza Grill – Thruway Center in Winston-Salem
Red Robin – Waltham Blvd in Burlington & Highwoods Blvd in Greensboro

Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt Shop

Blue Ridge Ice Creams – Stratford Rd in Winston-Salem
Brynn’s Frozen Yogurt – Stratford Rd in Winston-Salem
Feeney’s Frozen Yogurt Bar – locations in High Point, Greensboro and Kernersville
Frogurt – Hanes Mall Blvd in Winston-Salem & coming soon to Walkertown
Yoforia – three locations in Greensboro and Winston-Salem

Favorite Local Gift Shop

All Thru the House – Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem
HangUps – Samset Dr in High Point
Hip Chics Boutique – Lewisville-Clemmons Rd in Clemmons
Just Be – S Elm St in Greensboro
Note Worthy – Thruway Center in Winston-Salem
Splurges Boutique – New Garden Rd in Greensboro & N Main St in Kernersville

Best Local Blog or Website (besides TMoM!)

Dig Triad
Four Hens and a Rooster
Moola Saving Mom
Smitty’s Notes
Southern Fried Children
Triad Mommies

Favorite Local Mompreneur

Claire Calvin – Dinners on the Porch
Elaine Hardacker and Kelly Suggs – a.l.o.e. (a little of everything)
Emmylou Dooly – The Pitter Pat Boutique
Jenny Fulton and Ashlee Fur – Miss Jenny’s Pickles
Maythi Calvert and Robin Speas – Spooneez

Favorite Local Photographer

Claudia Page – The Portrait Gallery
Evie Curley – Evie Curley Photography
Heather McGinnis – Heather McGinnis Photography
Julie Wagoner – Uppercase Photography
Sally Gupton – Sally Gupton Photography

Best Interior Designer

June DeLugas Interiors – Old Glory Road in Clemmons
Kacey Myers Interior Design – Greensboro
Marybeth Barrett, Addressing Spaces – Winston-Salem
Meg Brown Home Furnishings – Highway 158, Advance
Trisha Ferguson, Idea Garden Interiors – Clemmons

Best Real Estate Agency

Allen Tate
Coldwell Banker
Leonard Ryden Burr
Prudential Carolinas Realty/Prudential Yost & Little Realty

Best Local Realtor/Agent

Amanda Shore – Allen Tate
Katy Fisher/Julie Oates – Prudential Carolinas Realty
Leigh Cortesis – Prudential Carolinas Realty
Melodie Grimes – Prudential Carolinas Realty
Patti McCormick – Prudential Carolinas Realty

Best OB/Gyn Doctor

Dr. Andrea Fernandez – Wake Forest OB/Gyn
Dr. Harold Pollard – Lyndhurst Gynecologic Associates
Dr. Lewis Lipscomb – Womancare Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Richard Taavon – Wendover OB/Gyn & Infertility, Inc.
Dr. Richard Kaplan – Green Valley OB/Gyn & Infertility

Best Family Dentist/Orthodontist

Dr. Gina Spangler, Spangler & Rohlfing Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Kate Pierce, The Greensboro Center for Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Mark Kaley, Kaley Orthodontics
Dr. Michael Ignelzi, Lake Jeannette Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Paul Rudnicke, Orthodontics for Children & Adults
Dr. Tina S. Merhoff, Merhoff & Associates Pediatric Dentistry

Best Pediatrician

Dr. David Anderson, Robinhood Pediatrics
Dr. James Anderson, Cornerstone Pediatrics at Premier
Dr. Susan Hunsinger, Advance Pediatrics
Dr. Bill Satterwhite, Twin City Pediatrics
Dr. Louise Twiselton, Greensboro Pediatricians

Favorite Local Magazine/Print Publication

Forsyth Family/Forsyth Woman Magazines
Piedmont Parent
Rhinoceros Times
Winston-Salem Monthly

Best Private School

Canterbury School – Old Lake Jeannette Rd in Greensboro
Forsyth Country Day School in Winston-Salem
Greensboro Day School – Lawndale Dr in Greensboro
Summit School – Reynolda Rd in Winston-Salem
Wesleyan Christian Academy – North Centennial St in High Point

Best Preschool

Child Enrichment at FUMC – North Main St in High Point
Clemmons United Methodist – Hwy 158 in Clemmons
Maple Springs – Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem
Messiah Moravian – Peace Haven Rd in Winston-Salem
Starmount Presbyterian Church – West Market St in Greensboro

Best Daycare Facility

Childcare Network – Styers Ferry Rd in Lewisville
Creative World – Muirs Chapel Rd in Greensboro
Foundations at 4 1/2 Street Centenary Child Care Center in Winston-Salem
Village Kids – Industrial Village Rd in Greensboro
Wesleyan Child Care – North Centennial St in High Point

Best Summer Camp

Camp Oonie Koonie Cha – Winston-Salem
Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem
Greensboro Day School
Natural Science Center of Greensboro
YMCA Camp Hanes – King

Best Arts Facility

ArtQuest – N Davie St in Greensboro
The Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem – Coliseum Dr in Winston-Salem
Dancers Edge Hopkins Rd in Kernersville & Country Club Rd in Winston-Salem
Greensboro Ballet – N Davie St in Greensboro
Sawtooth School for Visual Art – N Spruce St in Winston-Salem

Best Kids Sports Program

KinderKixx – Otteray Ave in High Point (partners with locations Triad wide)
GSO United Soccer
Proehlific Park – Jessup Grove Rd in Greensboro
Twin City Soccer – Clemmons
YMCA – locations Triad wide

Best Rainy Day Destination for Kids

Bounce U – Dolley Madison Rd in Greensboro and Styers Ferry Rd in Winston-Salem
Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem – S Liberty St in Winston-Salem
Greensboro Children’s Museum – N Church St in Greensboro
Sciworks – W Hanes Mill Rd in Winston-Salem
Safari Nation – W Market St in Greensboro

Congrats to the finalists!