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2019 Reader's Choice Awards

Best Physician: OrthoCarolina Team

OrthoCarolina is one of the nation’s leading orthopedic practices and your destination for comprehensive orthopedic care. They bring expertise in the areas of foot and ankle, hand, hip and knee, shoulder and elbow, spine, sports medicine and pediatrics to offer a continuum of care unmatched in our region — and throughout the country. For excellence in orthopedic care, physical and hand therapy and MRI look no further than the offices and specialty centers of OrthoCarolina. Their Charlotte locations include SouthPark, Blakeney, Ballantyne, Mathews and more. 


5935 Carnegie Boulevard, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28209


Best Plastic Surgeon: Charlotte Plastic Surgery

For almost seven decades, Charlotte Plastic Surgery’s expertly trained surgeons have earned the respect of their peers and the trust of our satisfied clients. Their five physicians are internationally and nationally ranked, and even travel the country training other physicians on cutting-edge treatments and techniques. They’re backed by the most qualified licensed estheticians, registered nurse injectors and non-surgical device specialists in the area. A message from the Charlotte Plastic Surgery team: "Thank you to our loyal clients who trust in our proven results and dedicated patient care, and thank you for choosing us as the South Charlotte Lifestyle Reader’s Choice Winner for two consecutive years!"


2215 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28207



11220 Elm Lane, Suite 106, Charlotte, NC 28277


Best Dentist: Charlotte Dentistry 

As the area’s premier family dental practice since 1977 and Charlotte's largest top one percent Invisalign provider, Charlotte Dentistry offers comprehensive care for the entire family. The practice's mission is to make every patient feel like an honored guest. Their standard of care starts with applying the scripture Matthew 7:12, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” With sixteen doctors, they offer services ranging from routine cleanings to cosmetics and Invisalign® orthodontics for adults and teens.

201 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28702


Best Dermatologist: Piedmont Plastic Surgery and Dermatology

Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology offers an unparalleled level of comprehensive skincare to their patients by assembling a team of board-certified plastic surgeons and dermatologists to provide excellent patient care. PPSD offers a variety of services including skin cancer care, dermatological treatments and cosmetic skin treatments. They have two offices in the Charlotte area, in the Blakeney and Cotswold areas. The other office locations include Cornelius, Denver, Gastonia, Hickory and Shelby, NC.


5815 Blakeney Park Drive, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28277



309 S. Sharon Amity Road, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28211


Best Orthodontist: Webb Orthodontics

Webb Orthodontics was established in 1981 and has maintained an excellent reputation as the top orthodontic practice in the Charlotte area by pairing impeccable customer service with incredible results. Their entire team takes great pride in treating patients like family and providing a patient experience second to none. Every piece of equipment at the practice’s beautiful, convenient office in SouthPark is on the leading edge of orthodontic technology, which translates to the most effective, efficient and comfortable treatment. The practice offers a full array of orthodontic services and is a Top 1% Invisalign Provider (in the world!).

2915 Coltsgate Road #102, Charlotte, NC 28211


Best Veterinarian: Long Animal Hospital 

Serving Charlotte since 1948, Long Animal Hospital is a trusted source for veterinary expertise and high-quality veterinary medical care for dogs and cats in Charlotte and the surrounding communities. They are dedicated to helping you foster a truly meaningful relationship with your animal companion and offer complete veterinary care services at our modern facility right in the heart of Charlotte.

2523 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203


Best Home Furnishings: Good's Home Furnishings

Good’s Home Furnishings brings something really unique and inspiring to the Charlotte and Pineville areas. Randy Good and Scott Lever, the visionaries and owners behind Charlotte’s high-end furniture showroom, are passionate about quality furniture and the customers they serve.

Since opening their first showroom in Hickory, NC, years ago they have built a solid reputation, one client at a time. “We are changing the way Charlotte shops for home furnishings. We make it fun, stylish and affordable," said Randy and Scott. 

Randy and Scott make the same distinction when defining their brand and store experience to shoppers. “We Get It!” seems to resonate with the stylish selection, value pricing and most of all with the down-to-earth and knowledgeable staff – a talented team of designers who are focused on solving problems with space, functionality and making each home reflect the personalities of its owners.

11735 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville, NC 28134


Best Kitchen/Bath Remodeler: Fireplace & Granite Distributors

For over 30 years, Fireplace & Granite Distributors has been installing all types of fireplaces in the Charlotte area – not just for homeowners, but for new Charlotte and Columbia, SC home builders. Over the years, installing fireplaces led to installing granite fireplace surrounds, which then naturally led to fabricating and installing granite countertops. They have a long history with many Charlotte home builders and continues to serve Charlotte and Columbia home builders today. They are family-owned and operated, offer a one-stop home improvement shop, a showroom, highly-trained designer services and more.

1146 Biscayne Drive, Concord, NC 28027


Best Home Builder/Home Remodeler: Simonini Homes

The Simonini Homes Team continues to be a highly sought after home building and renovation company, building on their legacy as the only builder in our region to have won the coveted “Triple Crown” of builder awards including National Builder of the Year, America’s Best Builder and winner of the National Housing Quality Award. The Simonini Team has found a way to master keeping up with trends while producing a timeless style.  

501 E. Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 


Best Landscaper/Hardscaper: SouthPark Landscape

SouthPark Landscape is a full-service landscape design firm. They create vibrant and enjoyable exterior settings for premier businesses and residences. They have a strong reputation for creating outstanding outdoor spaces. Their services include residential landscaping, commercial landscaping, custom masonry, hardscapes, water fountain installation, site furnishings and much more. 


Best Realtor: Allen Tate Realtors - South Park 

Located at Phillips Place, the Allen Tate - SouthPark office is convenient to in-town and South Charlotte residential neighborhoods. They have two office managers that are fully dedicated to helping train and support more than 100 Allen Tate agents build and grow successful real estate careers. 

6700 Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC 28210


Best Home Services: Acosta Heating & Cooling 

Acosta Heating & Cooling is your one-stop-shop for all of your indoor comfort needs. They’ve been serving the Charlotte area for over 45 years, offering a wide variety of heating, cooling and electrical services and accumulating hundreds of positive reviews. From air conditioner and heat pump installation to electrical repair and generator services, Acosta Heating & Cooling can help with just about any home service you need.

3915 Stuart Andrew Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28217


Best Maid Service: Merry Maids of Charlotte

Merry Maids is a local, family-owned business, supported by national franchise standards. The Litzelman family started Merry Maids of Charlotte in 1995 with a goal to create a better life for their clients, their employees and their family. Since then, the Merry Maids of Charlotte family has grown to include their long term office staff Karolina and Diana, and a team of 35 team members. They offer the security of bonded and insured employees, who are trained to customize services to their clients’ specific needs. With eco-friendly products, they offer long-term, sustainable practices and their customer service is what truly sets them apart from our competitors. They give their clients the gift of time and "one less thing to worry about." 

2300 Sardis Road N., Suite Q, Charlotte, NC 28227


Best Dry Cleaning/Laundry Services: Martinizing Dry Cleaners of Charlotte

Martinizing Dry Cleaners of Charlotte provides premier dry cleaning and laundry services to Charlotte and the surrounding areas of South Charlotte, Uptown, Waxhaw, Matthews, Weddington, Fort Mill and Pineville. At their store in Dilworth, they also offer free pickup & delivery services, as well as repairs, leather cleaning, wedding dress cleaning and preservation, commercial laundry services and household item cleaning services for items such as sheets, tablecloths, comforters and blankets

1408 E. Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203


Best Financial Advisor/Service: J.P. Morgan Private Bank

J.P Morgan Private Bank has been helping families like yours identify, manage and meet their financial goals for generations. They offer highly personalized banking, wealth planning, investment services, lending services and more. And surrounding it all, advice tailored to your unique needs—to create the life and legacy you envision.

4350 Congress Street, Suite 150, Charlotte, NC 28209


Best Luxury Automotive Dealer: Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte 

Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte was founded on the belief that if customers are treated with respect, integrity and honesty, then the customers will reward the dealership with their business. The entire team of highly trained, dedicated professionals is committed to meeting the luxury automotive needs of their valued customers, and they're always focused on providing the utmost in customer satisfaction. Whether you’re purchasing a Mercedes-Benz or require expert care and maintenance, they’re here to serve you. 

950 N. Polk Street, Pineville, NC 28134


Best Jeweler: Ballantyne Jewelers

For over 50 years, Ballantyne Jewellers has had the pleasure of being part of so many special life occasions. It is a well-established, family-owned and operated store that has grown with its community. Their team's years of experience and service has built a legacy of integrity and trust with their customers, and they realize that individual taste, style and design are extremely important to each person when purchasing jewelry. Their team is also committed to making every customer "feel at home" with their personalized services and globally-sourced designs that range from classic to modern. Overall, Ballantyne Jewelers' aim is to provide quality services and products with the highest degree of customer satisfaction.

12335 N. Community House Road, Charlotte, NC 28277


Best Personal Services: The Spa at Ballantyne 

A relaxing escape is within minutes at The Spa at Ballantyne. With a menu inspired by nature, spa treatments are designed to nurture the mind and body through the use of ritualistic methods and healthy products in a calming environment. Choose from a selection of spa services, including massage, facial and body treatments, manicures, pedicures and hair salon services. Explore indigenous treatments like the Carolina Lavender Spa Collection, day spa packages, overnight spa packages and fitness experiences. Enjoy spa dining, pools, eucalyptus steam room, saunas, whirlpools and lounges to complete your spa destination experience.

10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28277


Best Travel Agency: Mann Travels

Mann Travels, serving the Carolinas since 1979, has 9 area offices. They credit their longevity and success to a strong team of professionals committed to obtaining the best value for clients. Mann Travels’ advisors, with an average tenure of 15 years, are experts in sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience. In addition, long-standing relationships with the world’s leading travel companies enable them to negotiate the best deals available.

Mann Travels is also committed to their branch office communities; contributing to countless nonprofits and their events to help raise money for worthwhile causes. They’ve received many industry accolades including Carnival Corp.’s and Travel Impressions Travel Agency of the Year and consistently remain in the upper echelon of Southeast travel agencies.

Park Road

4400 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209

800.343.MANN (6266)

+ three more locations in Charlotte! 

Best Private School: Charlotte Country Day School

For more than 75 years, Charlotte Country Day School has continued to build on its long legacy of firsts among the Charlotte region's independent schools, introducing groundbreaking programs and progressive ideas. They offer students and their families an unsurpassed opportunity to prepare for the future—an opportunity grounded in the strength of tradition and shaped by generations of visionary leaders.

1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC 28226


Best Retirement Community: Windsor Run Senior Living Community

There’s nothing more valuable than knowing you’ve made a great decision for yourself,
your family and your finances. At Windsor Run in Mecklenburg County, you gain more
than an affordable senior lifestyle—you gain priceless peace of mind. Their 60-acre campus boasts a swimming pool, medical center, fitness center, multiple restaurants and more. They also streamline your day-to-day expenses into a single monthly bill that includes utilities, property taxes, standard maintenance and more. For more information, check out their website using the link below.

2030 Windsor Run Lane, Matthews, NC 28105


Best Country Club: Ballantyne Country Club 

Ballantyne Country Club was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina and features the finest in private club amenities, including golf, tennis, indoor and outdoor dining, a multigenerational social calendar of events, aquatics, fitness and multiple meeting spaces. Members can enjoy an 18-hole Rees Jones designed championship golf course, a magnificent golf practice facility that’s ranked in the top 50 in the country, seven lighted tennis courts, pickleball courts, a designated Family Activities Center, a state-of-the-art fitness center, exercise classes, access to personal trainers, the Cabana Bar & Grill and a resort-style pool facility that features four pools, including a slide pool and splash pad pool.

Ballantyne Country Club is also known for being a fun and friendly place where lifelong relationships and memories are made. Their members can enjoy being social at their many different events, such as Comedy Night, Dueling Pianos, Easter Brunch, Top Golf Glow Vibe, 4th of July Party, BCC Bashes – monthly complimentary member appreciation events, wine socials, a member holiday party and more.

11120 Ballantyne Crossing Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28277


Best Fitness Trainer/Facility: Life Time Athletic

Life Time Athletic strives to help people live healthy lives by providing the place, the people and programs to create a community of like-minded, health-focused people. From their fitness floor and pool to their studios and basketball courts, every space is designed to inspire and energize. Whether you need to de-stress or pump up, you’ll find the space and the equipment you need to do it right. Life Time Athletic also has a plethora of amenities, including a spa, physical therapy and chiropractic services, a child center and kids academy, nutrition coaching, group exercise classes, personal training, health assessments and more.


11220 Golf Links Drive, Charlotte, NC 28277


+ two more locations in Charlotte!

Best Dessert/Bakery: Amelie's French Bakery & Café

Amélie’s French Bakery & Café is committed to creating authentic French-inspired pastries, soups and savories. There are four locations in Charlotte, one in Rock Hill, SC, and one in Atlanta, GA. Decidedly not a chain, each bakery has its own personality and aura that is unlike any of its sister stores! At Amélie’s, they have no intention to just be a French bakery and café. Their mission is to foster a feast for the senses and create a unique experience for each person who walks through our doors. They aim to inspire, challenge, comfort and nourish while creating community and fellowship.  

Park Road Café

4321 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209


+ three more locations in Charlotte!

Best Casual Dining: Cafe Monte French Bakery and Bistro

Cafe Monte French Bakery and Bistro is known for offering affordable, high-quality French fare, exquisitely prepared to order. Classic French country favorites served all day include fresh pastries, salads, sandwiches, quiches and crepes as well as a full breakfast menu. In addition enjoy our bistro service featuring mussels, steak and pommes frites, rotisserie chicken, and other specialties served in a casual and comfortable European setting. Daily Chef Specials include fresh seafood and regional specialties from around the world. Cafe Monte French Bakery and Bistro is committed to using only the highest quality ingredients served fresh at an exceptional value for our customers. We make quality French food accessible to all.

6700 Fairview Road, Suite 180, Charlotte, NC 28210


Best Fine Dining: Fahrenheit

Fahrenheit is Charlotte’s first and only open-air rooftop restaurant and bar located on the 21st floor of the Skye Building in Uptown Charlotte. The high-energy rooftop restaurant owned and operated by Chef Rocco Whalen features a sleek, contemporary design and spectacular unobstructed views of the city skyline. The wrap-around rooftop patio is designed with linear fireplaces, and outdoor seating available for dining.

The Fahrenheit menu features “inventive, new American regional cuisine.” It is Chef Rocco’s dedication to using the finest and freshest, locally sourced seasonal ingredients along with Asian insinuations that make this fare uniquely his own. Imaginative and distinctive, the menu will ensure a unique and unforgettable experience.

222 S. Caldwell Street 21st Floor, Charlotte, NC 28202