We asked our readers to tell us who they think are the best of the best in Guilford County in over 150 categories covering everything from the best dessert to the best personal trainer. We received more than 57,000 votes, and these are the winners.


Best After-School Program

Songbird Studios

ACES (Guilford County Schools)

Best Antique Store

Carriage House Antiques and Home Decor

Red Collection

Best Bike Shop

Cycles de Oro

Higgins Cycle Shop

Best Bookstore


Barnes & Noble

Best College/University

Duke University

University of North Carolina

Best College/University Team

Duke Blue Devils

UNC Tarheels

Best Consignment Shop

Songbirds Consignment & Bridal

Style Encore

Best Cosmetics Retailer

Merle Norman


Best Culinary Program


Weaver Academy

Best Eyeglasses Store

Oscar Oglethorpe

Tie: Costco and The View on Elm

Best Farmers Market

Piedmont Triad Farmers Market

Greensboro Farmers Curb Market

Best Florist

Clemmons Florist

ABBA (Arranged Beautifully by Anderson)

Best Furniture Store

Furnitureland South


Best Garden Center/Nursery

New Garden Nursery

A.B. Seed Garden Center

Best Gift Shop

Fleet Plummer

Art and Soul

Best Graduate Program


Western Carolina University

Best Independent Grocery

Bestway Grocery

Earth Fare

Best Jewelry Store

State Street Jewelers

Schiffman’s Jewelers

Best Locally Owned Men’s Clothing Store

The Hub, Ltd.

Gordon’s Menswear

Best Locally Owned Women’s Clothing Store

Songbirds Consignment & Bridal

Style Encore

Best Mattress Store

Mattress Firm

Al Sedgefield’s Discount World of Sleep

Best Nursing Program



Best Pawn Shop

Coins & Stuff

Carolina Silver & Gold

Best Pet Supplies

All Pets Considered

The Natural Dog Pet Food Market

Best Preschool

Childhood Enrichment Center Christ United Methodist Church

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church

Best Private School

Wesleyan Christian academy

Greensboro Day School

Best Shoe Store

The Shoe Market

Arthur’s Fine Shoes

Best Shopping Center

The Shops at Friendly

Historic Lawndale Shopping Center

Best Sporting Goods Store

Omega Sports

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Best Tire Store

Battleground Tire

Taylor’s Discount Tire

Best Tutor/Test Prep

Noble Academy

Davis Collins

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