All year long, Charlotte magazine's staff of editors and writers scour the city for the best of the best—from dining to nightlife to culture to shopping, from pampering to pets to parks. We also ask you to vote for your favorites—which you do by the tens of thousands. Then, each May, we present the BOB Awards, recognizing Charlotte's Best of the Best. Every winner since 2011—Editor's Picks and Voters' Choice—is listed in this database, which is easily searchable. Consider this your ultimate guide to Charlotte's Best of the Best.

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BOB Awards Winner's Guide

Beads Inc.

Map339 Circle Ave.
Charlotte, NC
  • Shopping


Big windows flood two floors with light, and strings of beads sparkle within gilt frames on gray-green walls. Here, sisters Christine White and Anne Todd teach weekly classes on jewelry-making. For no charge you can learn simple skills, such as how to make a bracelet and earrings, or advanced techniques, such as silk knotting or assembling Czech glass into flowers. The sisters are patient and never pushy; on a recent visit, two children were making necklaces for a father/daughter dance. Free drinks are in the cooler behind the stairs.


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Year Won: 2015
Pick: Editor's Pick
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