We had amazing reader participation these past two weeks for our 2013 Choice Awards contest.  For each category, we have tallied the results and determined the top five finalists with the most nominations. (Some categories have six due to a tie.) Congratulations to the businesses listed below!  If you are a finalist, watch for an email from us with further details.

The finalist voting round begins today, but before you vote we encourage you to click on the link for any businesses which you may be unfamiliar.  One of our favorite parts of this contest is building awareness of all the fabulous resources available to moms right here in the Triad! So take some time to surf around the websites linked below and learn more about these favorite businesses.

This finalist voting round will continue through February 28th, so feel free to share the link with friends and fans!!  (Link found at the end of today’s blog.) Visit the Choice Awards page here at any time for reminders, details, and our timeline.

And the finalists are …

1. Favorite Birthday Party Venue/Service/Entertainment

Airbound Trampoline Park – (now Rockin’ Jump) North Point Blvd. in Winston-Salem
Bounce U Greensboro –  Dolley Madison Rd in Greensboro
Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem – 390 S Liberty St in Winston-Salem
Monkey Hooper – serving all the Triad
Sprouts – Eastchester Dr. in High Point

2. Favorite Local Children’s Clothing Store/Boutique

BenPhill’s Childrens Clothier – Stratford Rd in Winston-Salem
Lime Lollies – Clemmons Rd, Clemmons
The Lollipop Shop – Battleground Rd in Greensboro
Polliwogs Children’s Boutique – Lawndale Dr in Greensboro
Rolly’s – Thruway Center, Winston-Salem

3. Favorite Local Women’s Clothing Store/Boutique

Mainstream Boutique – Oakwood Dr in Winston-Salem
Monkee’s – Irving Park in Greensboro & Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem
Rebecca & Co  – Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem & Huntington Road in Greensboro
Simply Meg’s – Friendly Center in Greensboro
Splurges Boutique – New Garden Rd in Greensboro

4. Favorite Seasonal Children’s 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
WeeRuns – South Centennial St. in High Point

5. Favorite Consignment Store (clothing and/or furniture)

Bubble’s Kids – Battleground Ave in Greensboro
etc. Consignment Shoppe – Jonestown Rd in Winston-Salem
Red Collection – S Holden Rd in Greensboro
The Snob Shop – West End Blvd in Winston-Salem
Vintage Thrift and Antiques – Main St in High Point

6. Favorite Salon and/or Spa

Balance Day Spa – Four locations in Burlington, High Point, Greensboro and Kernersville
Bliss and Co. Salon and Day Spa – Elm St in Greensboro & Tinsley Dr in High Point
European Touch – Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem
Hand & Stone – Friendly Ave in Greensboro & Thruway Center in Winston-Salem
Utopia Salon & Day Spa – Town Center Dr in Clemmons

7. Favorite Triad Family Event

Dixie Classic Fair – takes place in October at the fairgrounds in Winston-Salem
Festival of Lights – every November & December at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons
Fun Fourth Festival – Independence Day Celebration in downtown Greensboro
High Point Holiday Parade – takes place before Thanksgiving in downtown High Point
Honeybee Festival – takes place in August at 4th of July Park in Kernersville

8. Favorite Restaurant for a Ladies Lunch

Cherries Cafe – off I-40 in Clemmons
Green Valley Grill – Green Valley Rd in Greensboro
Lucky 32 – Wendover Terrace in Greensboro
Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro– W Fourth St in Winston-Salem
Southern Roots – East Main St in Jamestown

9. Favorite Restaurant for a Date Night

The Melting Pot – Battleground Ave in Greensboro
Milner’s American Southern Cuisine & Cocktails – Stratford Rd in Winston-Salem
Noble’s Grille – Knollwood St in Winston-Salem
Steak Street – Sedge Brook St in Greensboro/High Point
Village Tavern – Three locations in Greensboro & Winston-Salem

10. Favorite Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Barberitos – Greensboro & High Point locations
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza – locations in Greensboro & Winston-Salem
Chick-fil-A – numerous locations in the Triad
Jason’s Deli – locations in Greensboro & Winston-Salem
The Loop Pizza Grill – Winston-Salem & Kernersville Locations

11. Favorite 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

12. Favorite Local Gift Shop

a.l.o.e. – Shallowford Rd in Lewisville
HangUps – Samet Dr in High Point
Hip Chics Boutique – Lewisville-Clemmons Rd in Clemmons
Me & E – Pembroke Rd in Greensboro
Note Worthy – Thruway Center in Winston-Salem

13. Favorite Local Blog or Website (besides Triad Moms on Main!)

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

14. Favorite Local Mompreneur (A mom who has started her own business)

Elaine Hardacker and Kelly Suggs – a.l.o.e. (a little of everything)
Julia Chandler – Julia’s Take Away Gourmet
Lisa Jenkins & Nicole Henry – Salem Sitters
Monica Casey – Monkey Hooper
Susie Blackwell – Splurges Boutique

15. Favorite Local Photographer

Claudia Page – The Portrait Gallery
Emily Elrod – Emily Elrod Photography
Heather McGinnis – Heather McGinnis Photography
Sally Gupton – Sally Gupton Photography
Tiff & Missy – Wild at Heart Inceptions

16. Favorite Interior Designer

Emily Taft Interior Design – Winston-Salem
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

17. Favorite Local Realtor/Agent

Amanda Shore/Lisa Gifford – Allen Tate
Katy Fisher/Julie Oates – Prudential Carolinas Realty
Leigh Cortesis – Prudential Carolinas Realty
Patti McCormick – Prudential Carolinas Realty
Stacy Parent – Coldwell Banker

18. Favorite OB/Gyn Doctor

Dr. Andrea Fernandez – Wake Forest OB/Gyn
Dr. Harold Pollard – Lyndhurst Gynecologic Associates
Dr. Lewis Lipscomb – Triad Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Richard Taavon – Wendover OB/Gyn & Infertility, Inc.
Dr. Sandra A. Rivard – Central Carolina Obstetrics & Gynecology

19. Favorite Family Dentist

Dr. Gina Spangler & Dr. Gail Rohlfing, Spangler & Rohlfing Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Kate Pierce, The Greensboro Center for Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Michael Ignelzi, Lake Jeannette Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Tina S. Merhoff, Merhoff & Associates Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Stephanie P. Lindsay, High Point Pediatric Dentistry

20. Favorite Family Orthodontist

Dr. Chermak & Dr. Hanson, Chermak & Hanson Orthodontics
Dr. Gordon Handy & Dr. Thom Handy,  Handy & Handy Orthodontic Specialists
Dr. Kelly Mitchell & Dr. Brian Bartlett, Mitchell & Bartlett Orthodontics
Dr. Mark Kaley, Kaley Orthodontics
Dr. Michael Ignelzi, Lake Jeannette Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Paul Rudnicke, Orthodontics for Children & Adults

21. Favorite Pediatrician

Dr. Barbara Clifford, Robinhood Pediatrics
Dr. Brian Sumner, Carolina Pediatrics
Dr. Janet Dees,  Northwest Pediatrics, Inc
Dr. Tasha Dial, Cornerstone Pediatrics at Premier
Dr. Bill Satterwhite, Twin City Pediatrics
Dr. Louise Twiselton, Greensboro Pediatricians

22. Favorite Local Magazine/Print Publication

Forsyth Family/Forsyth Woman
O Henry
Our State
Piedmont Parent
Winston-Salem Monthly

23. Favorite Private School

Forsyth Country Day School in Winston-Salem
Greensboro Day School – Lawndale Dr in Greensboro
Our Lady of Grace – West Market Street in Greensboro
Summit School – Reynolda Rd in Winston-Salem
Wesleyan Christian Academy – North Centennial St in High Point

24. Favorite Preschool

Child Enrichment at FUMC – North Main St in High Point
Clemmons United Methodist – Hwy 158 in Clemmons
Knollwood Baptist Preschool– Knollwood St in Winston-Salem
Saint Paul’s Preschool – Summit St in Winston-Salem
Starmount Presbyterian Church – West Market St in Greensboro
Triad Baptist Church Preschool – S. Main St in Kernersville

25. Favorite Daycare Facility or Service

A Child’s World– Jamestown, Thomasville and High Point
Foundations at 4 1/2 Street Centenary Child Care Center in Winston-Salem
Our Children’s House – Magnolia St in Greensboro
Sprouts – Eastchester Dr. in High Point
Wesleyan Child Care – North Centennial St in High Point

26. Favorite Summer Camp

Camp Oonie Koonie Cha
Greensboro Day School
Natural Science Center of Greensboro
Summit Summer
YMCA Camp Hanes

27. Favorite Child Enrichment Program (dance, language, music, art, theatre, etc)

The Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem – Coliseum Dr in Winston-Salem
Daliana Dance – Wendy Ct in Greensboro
Greensboro Ballet – N Davie St in Greensboro
Kindermusik – Classes offered throughout the Triad
Sawtooth School for Visual Art – N Spruce St in Winston-Salem

28. Favorite Child Sports Program or Facility

KinderKixx – Otteray Ave in High Point (partners with locations Triad wide)
Proehlific Park – Jessup Grove Rd in Greensboro
Salem Gymnastics – Country Club Rd in Winston-Salem
Twin City Soccer – Clemmons
YMCA – locations Triad wide

29. Favorite Rainy Day Destination for Kids

Airbound Trampoline Park – (now Rockin’ Jump) North Point Blvd. in Winston-Salem
Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem – S Liberty St in Winston-Salem
Greensboro Children’s Museum – N Church St in Greensboro
Monkey Joe’s – Highwoods Blvd in Greensboro
Sciworks – W Hanes Mill Rd in Winston-Salem
Safari Nation – W Market St in Greensboro

30. Favorite Place to Board and/or Groom Your Pet

Carolina Air Canine -Clinard Farms Rd in High Point
Lucky’s Pet Resort & Day Spa – McCloud Rd in Greensboro
Mount Tabor Boarding & Grooming – Robinhood Rd in Winston-Salem
Ruff Housing – Two locations in Winston-Salem
Best Friends Bed & Biscuit – Spencer Dixon Rd in Greensboro


Congrats to the finalists!