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


Map11067 Carolina Place Pkwy.
Pineville, NC 28134
  • Shopping


Kayaking and rock climbing and biking, oh my. If camping trips (rather than mall trips) are your cup of tea, go to REI for your gear. This outdoor lovers' lair is packed with bikes and paddles to make your weekend plans to pitch a tent, train for a triathlon, or rappel off a nasty rock face a reality. And with everything from waterproof luggage to eco- friendly footwear, there's still something for those “indoorsy” shoppers to get excited about. Anxious for new adventure? The shop offers a range of classes, including one on navigation and family hiking, to give you even more reasons to gear up and get outside.


Best Outdoor Gear - 2011 and 2015

Additional Information:

Year Won: 2011
Pick: Editor's Pick
Voters' Pick
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