MetroBravo

Metro
August 2012

Best of the Best — Part 2


by Dan Reeves and Carlie Sorosiak


FASHION/ WHERE TO SHOP

MALL
Standing Ovation
Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
The Streets at Southpoint, Durham
Honorable Mention
Cary Towne Center, Cary
Triangle Town Center & Commons, Raleigh

SHOPPING CENTER
Standing Ovation
The Commons at North Hills, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Cameron Village, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Lafayette Village, Raleigh
Brier Creek Commons, Raleigh

DEPARTMENT STORE
Standing Ovation
Belk, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo
Nordstrom, Durham and Charlotte
Saks Fifth Avenue, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Macy’s, Triangle-wide
H&M, Raleigh and Winston-Salem

GIFT STORE
Standing Ovation
Charlotte’s, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
A Southern Season, Chapel Hill
Honorable Mention
Quintessentials, Raleigh
NOFO @ the Pig, Raleigh

MEN’S CLOTHING STORE
Standing Ovation
Nowell’s Clothing, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Varsity Men’s Wear, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Liles Clothing Studio, Raleigh
McKenzie Tribe, Raleigh

MEN’S SUITS
Standing Ovation
Brooks Brothers, Triangle-wide
Nowell’s Clothing, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Varsity Men’s Wear, Raleigh
Saks Fifth Avenue, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
JoS. A. Bank, Triangle-wide

TIES
Standing Ovation
Saks Fifth Avenue, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Nowell’s Clothing, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Brooks Brothers, Triangle-wide
Liles Clothing Studio, Raleigh

MEN’S SHOES
Standing Ovation
Nordstrom, Durham and Charlotte
MetroBravo 
Belk, Triangle-wide
Honorable Mention
Johnston & Murphy, Triangle-wide
SRI Shoe Warehouse, Raleigh

WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE
Standing Ovation
Vermillion, Raleigh
Scout & Molly’s, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo 
Cameron Clothing Company, Raleigh
Gena Chandler, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Fleur Boutique, Raleigh

EVENING/ COCKTAIL WEAR
Standing Ovation
Vermillion, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Fine Feathers, Chapel Hill
Saks Fifth Avenue, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Nordstrom, Durham and Charlotte

FUR COAT
Standing Ovation
Hertzberg Furs, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Serotta’s at North Hills, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Belk, Triangle-wide
Saks Fifth Avenue, Raleigh

WEDDING DRESS
Standing Ovation
Traditions by Anna, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Enchanting Moments, Fuquay-Varina
Honorable Mention
Victorian Rose Bridal, Raleigh
David’s Bridal, Raleigh and Durham

WOMEN’S CASUAL CLOTHING
Standing Ovation
Scout & Molly’s, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo
Cameron Clothing, Raleigh
Vermillion, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Anthropologie, Triangle-wide

DESIGNER JEANS
Standing Ovation
Uniquities, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Gena Chandler, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Saks Fifth Avenue, Raleigh
Raleigh Denim, Raleigh

WOMEN’S SHOES
Standing Ovation
Main & Taylor, Raleigh and Greensboro
MetroBravo
Saks Fifth Avenue, Raleigh
Kristen’s Shoe Boutique, Cary
Honorable Mention
Nordstrom, Durham and Charlotte

HANDBAG
Standing Ovation
Saks Fifth Avenue, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Main & Taylor, Raleigh and Greensboro
Honorable Mention
Hudson Belk, Triangle-wide
Vermillion, Raleigh

LINGERIE
Standing Ovation
Victoria’s Secret, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo
Nordstrom, Durham and Charlotte
Honorable Mention
Belk, Triangle-wide
Saks Fifth Avenue, Raleigh

MATERNITY CLOTHING
Standing Ovation
Love in Bloom, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Lamb’s Ear, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Target, Triangle-wide

BATHING SUIT
Standing Ovation
Belk, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo
H&M, Raleigh and Winston-Salem
Honorable Mention
Gena Chandler, Raleigh

KID’S CLOTHING
Standing Ovation
Lamb’s Ear, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Polka Dots, Raleigh 
Honorable Mention
Nordstrom, Durham and Charlotte

TWEEN’S CLOTHING
Standing Ovation
Belk, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo 
Gap, Triangle-wide
Honorable Mention
Nordstrom, Durham and Charlotte

OUTDOOR CLOTHING
Standing Ovation
REI, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo 
Great Outdoor Provision Co., 
Triangle-wide
Honorable Mention
Dick’s Sporting Goods, Triangle-wide

CONSIGNMENT SHOP
Standing Ovation
Dress, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Revolver Consignment Shop, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Plato’s Closet, Triangle-wide

MAKE-UP SELECTION
Standing Ovation
Sephora, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Belk, Raleigh
Saks Fifth Avenue, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Nordstrom, Durham and Charlotte


For many couples, August is wedding season. And last summer’s Royal Wedding Fever taught that women love gorgeous gowns, sparkling diamonds and elegant ceremonies. (But didn’t we know that already?) Below Metro presents the Bravo winners in every woman’s blissful wedding dreams.

Every wedding starts with a ring – it tells the world that you’re in love. Metro readers say custom designed wedding rings are in vogue: your love is one of a kind, so why not your ring? Both Bailey’s Fine Jewelry and J.M. Edwards Jewelry offer custom jewelry, from three-stone settings to classic princess cut diamonds. Try a yellow, canary diamond if you really want to stand out!

What’s a wedding without the perfect dress? Showcasing traditional couture, and even eco-friendly designers, Traditions by Anna offers a vast selection of stunning gowns. Their personable bridal consultants work to ensure that you and your gown live happily-ever-after. Along with Traditions, Enchanting Moments in Fuquay-Varina offers custom-fit couture gowns sure to fulfill all your wedding desires. Still want to shop around? Victorian Rose Bridals and David’s Bridal strive to make all brides feel radiant on their special day.

The cake is the glue of a wedding – guests enjoy it, the fondant looks pretty, and the bride and groom get to stuff it in each other’s faces. Edible Art, Sugarland, and Sweet Memories all showcase delicious, scratch-made cakes that look almost too good to eat. For example, Edible Art adds faux seashells to cakes for beach weddings. With expert creative food designers, your wedding cake can be as colorful, vibrant and unique as your relationship!



DESIGNER JEWELRY
Standing Ovation
Elaine Miller Collection, Raleigh
Ora Jewelers, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, Raleigh and Rocky Mount
Honorable Mention
Hamilton Hill, Durham

ESTATE JEWELRY
Standing Ovation
Elaine Miller Collection, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Joint Venture Estate Jewelers, Cary
Honorable Mention
Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, Triangle-wide

WEDDING RINGS
Standing Ovation
Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo
J.M. Edwards Jewelry, Cary
Honorable Mention
Reliable Loan, Raleigh

PEARLS
Standing Ovation
Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo
Elaine Miller Collection, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
J.M. Edwards Jewelry, Cary

WATCHES
Standing Ovation
J.M. Edwards Jewelry, Cary
MetroBravo 
Johnson’s Jeweler’s, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, Triangle-wide

SUNGLASSES
Standing Ovation
Sunglass Hut, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo 
The Spectacle, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
20/20 Eyeworks, Triangle-wide

PERFUME
Standing Ovation
Saks Fifth Avenue, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Belk, Triangle-wide
Honorable Mention
Sephora, Raleigh

BEST PLACE TO BUY…

CLOTHES FOR YOUR DAUGHTER
Standing Ovation
Vermillion, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Fleur Boutique, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Gena Chandler, Raleigh
Palm Avenue, Raleigh

CLOTHES FOR YOUR MOTHER
Standing Ovation
Cameron Clothing Co., Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Saks Fifth Avenue, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Fine Feathers, Chapel Hill

RETAIL

DRY CLEANER
Standing Ovation
Brothers Cleaners, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Medlin-Davis Cleaners, Triangle-wide
Honorable Mention
Hilker’s Cleaners, Raleigh
Pope’s Dry Cleaners, Raleigh

TAILOR
Standing Ovation
Lee’s Tailor Shop, Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Kim’s Tailor, Raleigh and Wake Forest
Honorable Mention
Duke’s Tailor, Raleigh and Cary
Shanghai Tailors, Raleigh

DRUG STORE
Standing Ovation
Walgreens, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo
Rite Aid, Triangle-wide
Honorable Mention
Kerr Drug, Triangle-wide
Target, Triangle-wide


Phydeaux
Organic and all-natural foods aren’t just for humans. Now your pet can enjoy a happy, healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle! From freeze-dried sweet potato snacks to kibbles with real smoked salmon, Phydeaux has the finest assortment of reasonably-priced, gourmet food for your dog, cat, bird or small animal. This unique pet shop also features everything your pet could possibly need, including beds, toys, leashes, and even vitamin supplements and life vests. So treat your pets to the good life and take a road trip to Phydeaux! Although this shop does not sell animals, Phydeaux welcomes pets to come browse the store!


PET BOUTIQUE
Standing Ovation
Phydeaux, Raleigh and Chapel Hill
MetroBravo
Gourmutt’s Bakery, Triangle-wide
Honorable Mention
Unleashed, Raleigh and Wilmington

BOOK STORE
Standing Ovation
Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Barnes & Noble, Triangle-wide
Honorable Mention
Reader’s Corner, Raleigh

WINE RETAILER
Standing Ovation
Total Wine & More, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo
A Southern Season, Chapel Hill
Honorable Mention
Seaboard Wine Warehouse, Raleigh

WEDDING CAKES
Standing Ovation
Edible Art, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Sugarland, Chapel Hill, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Sweet Memories Bakery, Apex

WEDDING REGISTRY
Standing Ovation
Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo 
Belk, Triangle-wide
Honorable Mention
Quintessentials, Raleigh


Bikes
As Raleigh, Durham and Chapel continue to grow, bicycle enthusiasts are everywhere, from the downtown hipster on his rusty Schwinn 10-speed to hard core trail riders. Being green, getting healthy and avoiding high gas prices are crucial to all of us these days, and riding your bike as a mode of transportation is en vogue. Frank’s Cyclery, a “true mechanics bike shop”, received the highest number of votes. Founded in 2003, Frank’s long-standing goal is to share a passion for biking with customers while offering quality mid to high level customized bikes and expert repair service for the cycling community. Performance Bikes tied with Frank’s for best bike shop from voters looking for competitive pricing on bicycles, helmets, clothing and gear for riders of any experience level or age. Locally owned and operated for over 60 years, Flythe Cyclery is a Raleigh staple and automatic go-to for those in the community whose first “real” bike came from there. Metro readers vote for Flythe’s year after year for their hometown feel and long lasting reputation for quality.


BICYCLE SHOP
Standing Ovation
Frank’s Cyclery, Raleigh
Performance Bikes, Raleigh and Cary
MetroBravo
Trek Bicycles, Triangle-wide
Honorable Mention
All-Star Bikes, Raleigh and Cary
Flythe Cyclery, Raleigh

HANDBAG & SHOE REPAIR
Standing Ovation
H&H, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Man Mur, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Santana Creative, Raleigh

LINENS
Standing Ovation
Lavender and Lace, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Belk, Triangle-wide
Honorable Mention
Bed Bath & Beyond, Triangle-wide
Macy’s, Triangle-wide

GOLF EQUIPMENT
Standing Ovation
Falls of the Neuse Golf, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Golfsmith, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Dick’s Sporting Goods, Triangle-wide

PICTURE FRAMING
Standing Ovation
Frameworks, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Flink’s, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Jerry’s Arterama, Raleigh
Michaels, Triangle-wide

PIANO
Standing Ovation
Hopper Piano, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Maus Piano & Organ Co., Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Ruggero Piano, Raleigh

STATIONERY
Standing Ovation
Taylor’s of Raleigh, Raleigh
MetroBravo
PaperBuzz, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Salutations Fine Stationery and Gifts, Chapel Hill

CHILDREN’S TOYS
Standing Ovation
Learning Express, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo
Target, Triangle-wide
Honorable Mention
Toys R Us, Triangle-wide

BOAT
Standing Ovation
Chatlee Boat & Marine, Sanford
MetroBravo
West Marine, Triangle-wide
Honorable Mention
Marine Max, Wrightsville Beach and Southport
Morehead Marine, Morehead City

HOMELIFE

FLORIST
Standing Ovation
Kelly Odom Flowers, Raleigh
North Raleigh Florist, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Fallon’s Creative Flowers, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Carlton’s Flowers, Raleigh

GARDEN CENTER/ NURSERY
Standing Ovation
Logan’s Trading Company, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Homewood Nursery & Garden Center, Raleigh
Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Garden Supply Company, Cary
 
HOME MEDIA SYSTEM
Standing Ovation
Audio Advice, Raleigh and Charlotte
MetroBravo 
Carolina Sound, Burlington
Honorable Mention
Look & Listen, Raleigh

PLACE TO OWN A SECOND HOME
Standing Ovation
Bald Head Island
MetroBravo 
Wrightsville Beach
Honorable Mention
Blowing Rock

COASTAL DEVELOPMENT
Standing Ovation
Figure Eight Island
MetroBravo
Landfall, Wilmington
Honorable Mention
Bald Head Island

CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE
Standing Ovation
Nowell’s Contemporary and Scandinavian Furniture, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Ecko Home Furnishings, Raleigh 
Honorable Mention
Ambiente Modern Furniture, Raleigh

TRADITIONAL FURNITURE
Standing Ovation
Green Front Furniture, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Ethan Allen, Triangle-wide
Haverty’s, Fayetteville and Wilmington
Honorable Mention
Whitley Furniture Galleries, Zebulon

BEACH HOUSE FURNITURE
Standing Ovation
The Wicker Gallery, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Kirk Import’s, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
McQueen’s Interiors, Morehead City

BEDS
Standing Ovation
Fred’s Beds, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Green Front Furniture, Raleigh 
Honorable Mention
Haverty’s, Triangle-wide

KITCHEN APPLIANCES
Standing Ovation
Kitchen & Bath Galleries, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo
Ferguson Enterprises, Triangle-wide
Honorable Mention
Lowe’s Home Improvement, 
Triangle-wide

LAMPS
Standing Ovation
Thompson-Lynch Co., Raleigh
MetroBravo 
The Shade Tree, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Pottery Barn, Triangle-wide

ANTIQUES
Standing Ovation
Acquisitions, Ltd., Raleigh
MetroBravo
Hunt & Gather, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Posh, Raleigh

ART GALLERY
Standing Ovation
ArtSource Fine Art Gallery and Framing, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Flander’s Gallery, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
The Mahler Gallery, Raleigh

CARPET
Standing Ovation
Eatmans Carpets & Interiors, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Terry’s Floor Fashion, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Brentwood Carpets & Flooring, Cary and Raleigh

ORIENTAL RUG
Standing Ovation
Capel Rug Outlet, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Green Front Interiors & Rugs, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Caravan Rugs, Raleigh
Persian Carpet Inc., Durham

HOME SECURITY SYSTEM
Standing Ovation
ADT Security Services
MetroBravo 
CPI Security
Honorable Mention
Carolina Sound and Security

HEALTHCARE/WELLNESS/BEAUTY

HOSPITAL
Standing Ovation
Rex Hospital, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Duke University Medical Center, Durham
WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill

EMERGENCY ROOM
Standing Ovation
WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Rex Hospital, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Duke University Medical Center, Durham

BIRTHING CENTER
Standing Ovation
Rex Hospital, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill

CARDIAC CENTER
Standing Ovation
Rex Hospital, Raleigh
MetroBravo
WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Duke University Medical Center, Durham


Duke Cancer Center
The newest addition to the Duke medical complex opened its doors in February of this year. The new Cancer Center now provides doctors, patients and researchers the ability to work together in the fight against cancer. Integrated medical attention backed by teams of oncologists and researchers, enhances Duke’s reputation as one of the best medical centers in the world.


CANCER CARE CENTER
Standing Ovation
Duke University Medical Center, Durham
MetroBravo
University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill
Honorable Mention
Rex Hospital, Raleigh

EYECARE CENTER
Standing Ovation
Eye Care Associates, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo
Duke Eye Center, Durham and Cary
Honorable Mention
Raleigh Eye Center, Raleigh
Triangle Eye Institute, Triangle-wide

PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER
Standing Ovation
Davis Plastic Surgery, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Duke Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, Durham
Honorable Mention
Dr. William Lambeth, Raleigh
Dr. Cynthia Gregg, Cary

VEIN CENTER
Standing Ovation
Vein Clinics of America, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Raleigh Vein & Laser Center, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Duke Vein Clinic, Durham
Carolina Vein Center, Durham

VETERINARIAN
Standing Ovation
CareFirst Animal Hospital, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Bowman Animal Hospital, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Hayes Barton Animal Hospital, Raleigh

FACIAL
Standing Ovation
Skin Sense, A Day Spa, Raleigh and Cary
MetroBravo
Synergy Spa, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
The Museum Spa, Raleigh
The Umstead Hotel & Spa, Cary

PLACE FOR MANICURE/ PEDICURE
Standing Ovation
Skin Sense, A Day Spa, Raleigh and Cary
Synergy Spa, Raleigh
MetroBravo
The Umstead Spa, Cary
Honorable Mention
Lee Spa Nails, Triangle-wide

PHYSICAL THERAPY
Standing Ovation
Sports & More Physical Therapy, Cary and Raleigh
MetroBravo
Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, Inc., Triangle-wide
Honorable Mention
Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, 
Triangle-wide


Acupuncture
Exploring holistic treatments and herbal remedies for illness is now a reality in our culture. Our readers submitted the most votes for Triangle Acupuncture Clinic, a large scale healing center boast­ing six professional therapists each specialized in a particular ailment. Close behind in the balloting was Eastern Traditions, founded by doctor of Chinese medicine Dr. Lei Zheng. C. Daerr Reid, L.Ac., received Honorable Mention. Reid is also an active advocate for alternative medical treatments.


ACUPUNCTURIST
Standing Ovation
Triangle Acupuncture Clinic, LLC, Chapel Hill and Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Dr. Lei Zheng; Eastern Traditions, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
C. Daerr Reid, LAc. MSOM, Raleigh 

SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITIES
Standing Ovation
Magnolia Glen, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
The Cypress of Raleigh, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill
The Heritage of Raleigh, Raleigh

HEALTH CLUB
Standing Ovation
O2 Fitness, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo 
Rapid Fitness, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
YMCA, Triangle-wide

SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
Standing Ovation
Synergy Spa, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Skin Sense, A Day Spa, Raleigh and Cary
Honorable Mention
Luxe Apothecary, Raleigh

WELLNESS CENTER
Standing Ovation
Rex Wellness Center, Triangle-wide
MetroBravo 
UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont, Chapel Hill
Honorable Mention
The Center: Natural Health Specialists, Raleigh 

DAY SPA
Standing Ovation
Skin Sense, A Day Spa, Raleigh and Cary
MetroBravo
Synergy Spa, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
The Umstead Spa, Cary

HAIR SALON
Standing Ovation
Douglas Carroll Salon, Raleigh
Salon Blu, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Lux Salon, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Samuel Cole Salon, Raleigh


Yoga Studio
Yoga studios often offer a bland menu of the same thing, but not Moving Mantra. Like acupuncture, Yoga is a practice we borrowed from the East that fuses effective activity and stretching motions to yield beneficial results, including meditative and spiritual value. Voters awarded Moving Mantra Yoga where the staff teaches from the traditional eight- limbed system that integrates positive attitudes towards the self and others with physical practice including asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), understanding and controlling the chatter of the mind, developing concentration, cultivating relaxation and learning simple meditation techniques. Blue Lotus, winner of the Metro Bravo award, seeks to to create a community based on their desire to share. In Eastern traditions, the blue lotus represents the victory of the spirit over the senses and signifies the wisdom of knowledge. Gateway and Open Door tied for honorable mention.


YOGA STUDIO
Standing Ovation
Moving Mantra Yoga Studio, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
Blue Lotus, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Open Door Yoga, Raleigh

SALON FOR SPRAY TAN
Standing Ovation
Physios Salon, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Douglas Carroll Salon, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Sun Tan City, Triangle-wide

EDUCATION

PRE-SCHOOL
Standing Ovation
Trinity Academy, Raleigh
MetroBravo
White Memorial, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
The Goddard School, Raleigh

PRIVATE LOWER SCHOOL
Standing Ovation
Ravenscroft, Raleigh
MetroBravo 
St. David’s School, Raleigh 
Trinity Academy, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Cary Academy, Cary

PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL
Standing Ovation
Ravenscroft, Raleigh
Trinity Academy, Raleigh
MetroBravo
St. David’s School, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh
Cary Academy, Cary


William Peace University
Tied with Duke University for best private college, William Peace University – a picturesque campus in the heart of Raleigh – receives this year’s Standing Ovation from Metro readers. The 154-year-old Raleigh school recently expanded from offering a two-year degree as Peace College to a four-year liberal arts and sciences college. Peace will admit men to undergraduate programs starting in the fall.


PRIVATE COLLEGE
Standing Ovation
Duke University, Durham
William Peace University, Raleigh
MetroBravo
Meredith College, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Davidson College, Davidson

PUBLIC COLLEGE
Standing Ovation
North Carolina State University, Raleigh
MetroBravo
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill
Honorable Mention
East Carolina University, Greenville
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington

PARTY SCHOOL
Standing Ovation
East Carolina University, Greenville
MetroBravo
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill
Honorable Mention
North Carolina State University, Raleigh

AUTOMOTIVE

CAR DEALERSHIP
Standing Ovation
Johnson Lexus, Raleigh and Durham
MetroBravo
Leith Porsche, Cary
Leith Mercedes-Benz, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Fred Anderson Toyota, Raleigh

SPORTS UTILITY VEHICLE
Standing Ovation
Porsche Cayenne
BMW X5
MetroBravo
Acura MDX
Honorable Mention
Jeep Grand Cherokee

SPORTS CAR
Standing Ovation
Porsche Panamera
MetroBravo
Mercedes SLS AMG
Honorable Mention
BMW Z4
Audi R8

SEDAN
Standing Ovation
Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
MetroBravo
Lexus LS
Honorable Mention
Cadillac CTS Sport

LUXURY CAR
Standing Ovation
BMW 760Li
MetroBravo
Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
Honorable Mention
Jaguar XK

HYBRID CAR
Standing Ovation
Lexus LS
MetroBravo
Porsche Cayenne 
Honorable Mention
Infiniti M

DEALERSHIP FOR SERVICE
Standing Ovation
Johnson Lexus, Raleigh and Durham
MetroBravo
Leith Mercedes, Triangle-wide
Honorable Mention
Thompson Cadillac, Raleigh

SERVICE STATION
Standing Ovation
Glenwood Village Exxon, Raleigh
MetroBravo
North Hills Exxon, Raleigh
Honorable Mention
Mission Valley 66, Raleigh
White-Wall Auto Repair, Raleigh