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Welcome to the FINAL VOTING round of encore’s readers’ choice awards, Best Of 2019.


Final voting will remain open until April 3. DREAMS of Wilmington is the beneficiary of encore’s 2019 best of, which will be celebrated May 11 at Waterline Brewery for our first annual Bestival—arts, music, food, beer.

We are grateful for your insight into our wonderful community and ask you to follow a few rules while filling out the ballot:

1. One ballot per person
2. A valid email address is required for each ballot
3. Voters may not vote for the same business in more than three categories
4. You must fill in at least 25 categories
5. BUSINESSES: While campaigning for votes is allowed, please do not offer special gifts, discounts, or other incentives for votes. Businesses who break this rule will be disqualified at encore’s discretion. Let’s play fair!




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  1. Janice Miller

    January 24, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Go encore

  2. Janice Miller

    January 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm


  3. Michelle Pederson

    January 24, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    College Road Animal Hospital and Hillary Spanzio for grooming

  4. Cara

    January 27, 2019 at 8:31 pm


  5. Liesel

    January 30, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Bone & Bean best bar b que in Wilmington NC

  6. Eileen Prado

    January 31, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Carter Kayte for facials and waxing salon

  7. Carole Drewry

    February 1, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Chelsea King at Dermasweet

  8. Deb Fahlbusch

    February 2, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Best photographer Alexis Lopez

  9. Katherine Dodd

    February 3, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Chelsea is very professional. Love her work!

  10. Carl

    February 5, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Best ole tyme ear waxing with the least experience: 910 Noise collective

  11. LaMaine Williams

    February 21, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    LaMaine Williams Best Personal Trainer
    Train With LaMaine

  12. Terry Shepard

    February 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Great place for a great car wash.

  13. Vallarie Mitchell-Morgan

    February 26, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Excellent environment for children and adults. Master Yu is a wonderful role model and teacher!

  14. George

    February 26, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Best Dentist: Cape Fear Smiles General & Cosmetic Dentistry

  15. Liesel Ward

    March 8, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Bone and Bean best bar-b-que

  16. Maria Migliara

    March 8, 2019 at 2:26 pm


  17. Julie Beaulieu

    March 9, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Atlantic Roofing Company

  18. Linda

    March 9, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Good Luck !

  19. Shari

    March 11, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Basics best restaurant

  20. Carl E.

    March 12, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Best Acupuncturist & Best Alternative Medicine

    McKay Healing Arts has experienced people who know what they’re doing. No degrees from on-line courses!

  21. Judy

    March 12, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    McKay healing arts are the best !

  22. Matt

    March 12, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Good luck

  23. Trisa Russell

    March 12, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Von Barkees for best groomers!

  24. Rebecca

    March 21, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Dr Sam Smith @ Paws & Claws has been my trusted veterinarian for more than 25 yrs! I recommend Paws & Claws to everyone I meet who is new to our town! Thank you giving it your best everyday, it means so much to know you truly care for my furry family!

  25. Angel Croft

    March 26, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Dr Sam Smith has been my veterinarian for about 20 years now and wouldn’t see anyone else outside of Paws and Claws
    All of the staff are so sweet and caring. Dr Anderson and Dr Reinhart are also wonderful. I don’t know what I would without Brandon and Claudia. They always fit my animals in when needed for emergencies, never turning us away. Paws & Claws is the best in town!

  26. Susan Katz

    April 1, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Von Barkees for best groomer

    Needham Animal Hospital for best Vet

    Carter Kaye for best Waxing

  27. Christine

    April 3, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Kickstand Events – best wedding planner

  28. Wyatt

    May 8, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Craig Mason “Best of Service Industry”

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