Welcome to the Best of Asheville for 2021

Asheville is hands down one of the coolest small cities in the Carolinas. It has a relaxed bohemian vibe and adventurous spirit with a unique mix of hipster coffee shops, award-winning restaurants, outdoor activities, and more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the US.

Asheville was rated the #1 US travel destination by Lonely Planet for a reason. It could be for its art scene, the medical community, or the many places to eat and drink. We could not be more proud of the place we call home.

This marks our first year to explore and discover individuals and businesses that are the best at what they do in 218 categories. To accomplish this, we asked folks from throughout our part of the Blue Ridge Mountains to nominate who they wanted our audience to consider. Between March 8 and March 19, we received over 3,670 nominations from 2,190 business owners and their fans.

Voting was open from April 4 through 23. We are thrilled to be presenting 436 Gold and Silver awards to 374 individuals and businesses. Some businesses are receiving awards in more than one category.

The top ten categories represented 30% of the votes. In ranking order, they were: Hair Salon, Bail Bonds, Pizza, Real Estate Team, Bakery, All-Around Restaurant, Photographer, Heat & Air Company, Apartment Complex, and Nonprofit Organization.

Asheville is fast becoming a mobile-engaged market. Of the votes cast, 74% were from a smartphone, 23% from a desktop, and 3% from a tablet. Reaching our digital mobile market has never been more important and through Best of Asheville and the Asheville Media Group, we delivered!

We know that this has been a challenging year and we also recognize that some of our business friends and contemporaries made the tough decision to close. Others have reimagined how business will be accomplished, and several have opened for the first time. The pandemic has forever shaped how we all approach business.

Producing a contest this size takes a dedicated local team and committed businesses. We are humbled and honored that Asheville Holistic Dentist became our presenting sponsor for 2021. They, along with all our advertisers made this possible.

We could not be prouder to salute and pay tribute to the great businesses that were voted the best in their individual categories. Thank you to all the folks who took the time to vote. We encourage you to explore BestofAVL.com and engage with our winners. Some may be familiar, and some may be new to you. All will welcome your business. Please make sure to congratulate them for being voted Best of Asheville.

All the Best!


David Lewis
General Manager


 

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