After the nomination process in June and the preliminary vote in July, we narrowed each category down to two finalists. More than 800 of our email subscribers voted over the past week on those finalists in each of the 18 categories, determining who our most regular readers have deemed the best of the best in 2017. And every vote counted — in the closest competition, only six votes separated the candidates.
Without further adieu, the results of the final voting for the awards. Both the winner and the runner-up in each category is listed, with the winner first and in bold.
- Best Apartment Building: The Avant at Reston Town Center (50.76 percent), BLVD | Reston Station (49.24 percent)
- Best Architect or Designer: Cindy Beyer Design (56.50 percent), AKG Design Studio (43.50 percent)
- Best Arts/Entertainment Venue: Lake Anne Plaza (57.88 percent), Reston Community Center (42.12 percent)
- Best Bar/Happy Hour: Lake Anne Brew House (58.87 percent), Jackson’s Mighty Fine Food & Lucky Lounge (41.13 percent)
- Best Builder, Remodeler or Contractor: My Kitchen & Bath (52.35 percent), HandyMensch Home Remodeling (47.65 percent)
- Best Child Care or Preschool: Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten (64.41 percent), Reston Children’s Center (35.59 percent)
- Best Dentist or Orthodontist: Reston Serenity Smiles (62.93 percent), Smilezone Family & Cosmetic Dentistry (37.07 percent)
- Best Fast-Casual Restaurant: Cafesano (75.80 percent), Chick-fil-A Village Commons (24.20 percent)
- Best Financial Business: Baird (65.42 percent), CST Group CPAs PC (34.58 percent)
- Best Fitness Business: Potomac River Running Store (65.18 percent), Fusion 360 Inc. (34.82 percent)
- Best Legal Practice: Berry & Berry LLC (74.58 percent), Khanna Law PLLC (25.42 percent)
- Best Local Shop: Reston’s Used Book Shop (59.23 percent); Chesapeake Chocolates, Wine, Gifts and More (40.77 percent)
- Best Medical Practice: Colleen Neumann Psychology LLC (55.58 percent), Generations Medical Aesthetics (46.42 percent)
- Best New Business: Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar (54.20 percent), Lake Anne Brew House (45.80 percent)
- Best Pet Care: Just Cats Clinic (52.94 percent), Villaridge Pet Sitters (47.06 percent)
- Best Private School: Reston Montessori School (78.32 percent), Berthold Academy (21.68 percent)
- Best Real Estate Agent: Eve Thompson (54.50 percent), Susannah Palik (45.50 percent)
- Best Sit-Down Restaurant: PassionFish (52.80 percent), Jackson’s Mighty Fine Food & Lucky Lounge (47.20 percent)
Again, congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!