MEDIA: Best Local TV Anchor — Maureen O'Boyle, WBTV. "Not gonna lie — ran into her at Urban Outfitters and I got all giddy and starstruck. Not only was she wearing the best shoes, she was such a joy to chat with. Really great to have a nationally recognized TV personality lighting up the Queen City. Thanks for being so stellar, Maureen."
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Best Local Tattoo Artist — Tommy McCarter and the Entire ACE Tattoo Staff. "When I walked into Tommy's shop last fall asking for him to tattoo a smiley face (about the size of a penny) on my left foot, I thought he was gonna think I was crazy. Not the case. Whatever the size or design, he's the master at giving you "permanent" happiness."
FOOD & DRINK: Best Breakfast — Sunflower Baking Company. "I hide out at Sunflower all the time. If you haven't tried the morning glory breakfast muffin, then you haven't really lived, my friend. Support Charlotte, eat local."