* Best Local Celebrity
"Jon Wilson of Wilson's World, WCCB. He's got his finger on the pulse of Charlotte and always brings the fun — whether it's with sports, charitable organizations, the arts, kids events. He covers it all with a joie de vivre and very crazy early in the a.m., but it's worth it. He's a Charlotte gem."
* Best Local Comedian
"Julie Scoggins. I've known Julie for over 10 years. We met in an acting class years ago and I am so happy we're still in touch. It's been nothing but a pleasure to see her on the national rise — she was recently featured on Last Comic Standing. She tours quite often but if you want to laugh catch her here when she's back when you can. It's a fun and funny evening."
* Best Place for a First Date
"Food Truck Friday in South End. Take the light rail to the Bland stop and you'll be so close. Decide together from all the varied food truck choices or maybe share a few things. If it's the 1st Friday of the month, that's a bonus. You can also take in the South End Gallery Crawl. If all is going well and you are really having fun and the timing works out you might be able to extend your date and take in some late night theatre event at the Charlotte Art League."
* Best Restaurant Patio
"The Summit Room on East. Meet for drinks, small plates or full-out dinner. This place never disappoints and the ambience of seats on the coveted patioonly adds to this delightful experience. The craft cocktails are delicious, there's a fabulous wine selection and the food is creative and yet familiar at the same time. It's sure to impress."
* Best Gift Shop
"The Boulevard in South End. They have great gifts including a fantastic section of items made by local Charlotte artisans. There's jewelry, purses, wall art and tons of other fun options. It's also a great place to bring out-of-towners to browse."