“There’s no place in your ‘Best Of’ to identify the top three local villains. It serves no purpose and doesn’t serve our community in any way.”
“To have a negative ‘Best Local Villain’ category is in direct contrast to that greater, positive intention and leaves readers with no meaningful explanation and the ‘winner’ with no means to defend him/herself.”
“I know from personal experience that she strives to create positive, inclusive and quality education for all Asheville City Schools students.”
The festivities — honoring the winners of this year’s Best Of survey and the Xpress readers who voted for said victors — will take place in the Meadow at Highland Brewing Co. on Thursday, Aug. 16.
When it comes to hair, Asheville is “anything goes,” says Jami Redlinger, Best of WNC Hall of Famer for Hairstylist and co-owner of The Middy. But beneath that diversity, she explains, is a unifying theme: self-expression. “I feel like there’s a lot of really creative people here, so people want to get really creative with their hair, too.”
“If we were to vote on our favorite color, you would announce which color is ‘best.'”
Now is the time to vote for your favorites, from hip-hop group and chamber music outfit to woodworker and outdoor installation artisan.
“But really, why not just an award for the best coffee shop or the best slice of pizza? In short, keep it short and sweet.”
“Many music lovers love this sort of venue (listeners as well as performers), and there seem to be quite a few in the greater Asheville area.”
“Although I don’t personally participate, as a repeat Best Villain winner, I thought I’d reinforce my credentials. Some of your readers are cheaters.”
In part 1, we revisited purple wigs, long-suffering pets, long-lost eateries and the 2004 demand for more adult entertainment. But we’ll try to keep things wholesome for this next look back at Best Of’s past.
Your Best of WNC votes actually create a historic narrative of our region — albeit an often humorous one.
Walking down Haywood Road (or Biltmore) (or Lexington), you stop by your usual hangout. Nearly everyone there greets you by name, and the tourists in the corner booth ask about your latest jaunt up the Blue Ridge Parkway. Your waitress asks, “The usual?” as she sets your favorite Asheville-brewed IPA down on your table. This […]
While I appreciate the community value of the Best Of WNC and the shout-out from the Xpress readers in my school community, I am writing to relinquish the title of Best Teacher, because I know who the real Best Teacher is. I teach at a public charter school. While my school grapples with the low […]
On Saturday, Nov. 17, join Mountain Xpress, the Grey Eagle and a superlative crew of local luminaries to celebrate the Best of WNC. (Pictured: No. 1 hip-hoppers Crazy Horse & Colston, with MC Wampus.) Photo by Bill Rhodes
The final, second volume of the Best of WNC is out now! We’ve got two issues full of your favorites, as voted by thousands of WNC residents. Local legends await! (photo by Max Cooper)
It’s true. We had to call to make sure. The Battery Park Indian street-food café will give a free chai to anyone who votes in Mountain Xpress’ Best of WNC poll, which closes Wednesday, Aug. 22. We swear we didn’t put them up to it.
Did you have trouble with the Best of WNC poll this past weekend? Are you trying to log in to your saved poll, but encounter error messages? Xpress used a new survey program this year, and we’ve got the glitches cleaned up. Read on if you experienced problems. If you’re voting for the first time, it should be calm waters from here on out.
It’s Best of Western North Carolina 2012: Local Legends. Voting began July 27, and runs through Aug. 22. Go to bestofwnc.com to vote for your favorite Local Legends.
The polls open for the Best of WNC during Bele Chere weekend, July 27. We’re looking for your suggestions. Are there categories that we should include this year? Are there categories that we can do without? Let us know.
Couldn’t make it out to this year’s Best of WNC Bash at the Orange Peel? Here’s a glimpse of what you missed.