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Since 1997, Charlotte magazine has dedicated its May issue to the BEST OF THE BEST. We call it The BOBS, and we recognize the city's finest in food and drink, nightlife, entertainment, shopping, mind and body, and more- hundreds of winners in all. And then we throw a huge party! The event offers all of Charlotte a chance to sample the best food and drink as well as mingle with all of the BOB winners. It has become one of the most anticipated parties in the city. Check back here for more information on the 2014 BOB Awards! Voting will begin in January.


The 2013 BOB Award winners have been announced! See the winners here.  Congrats to all the winners! For a complete guide of BOB winners from 2011-2013, check out our BOB Winners' Guide by clicking here.


The 2013 BOB Award party was held at Label Charlotte Thursday, May 23. BOB Award-winning restaurants including Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, e2 emeril's eatery, Sushi Guru, Queen City Q, TCBY, Pickleville, Bean Vegan Cuisine, Duckworth's Grill and Taphouse, and Cantina 1511 served their delicious food. Live entertainment including dancers, performances by Caroline Calouche, Hannibal, Miss Mena and Caricatures by Joel. The event was hosted by 107.9 the Link's Kelly McKay and Ramona Holloway and 107.9 the Link's Anthony Michaels Show was live. Thank you to all who attended!


Video by: Vittorio Video Productions


Red carpet photos by: Catch Light Studios. CLICK FOR RED CARPET PICTURES.


Photos below by: poprock photography.

Pure Vida

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Essential Information

3202 N Davidson St
Charlotte, NC 28205


We love a place that takes us off the streets of Charlotte and into another country -- or in Pura Vida's case, several countries. This Central Avenue shop continues to wow us with its wide array of cross-cultural collectibles. You'll step into the aroma of incense burning, through Vietnamese hand-painted bamboo curtains, and by Buddhist prayer deities before you even hit the register. Stocking everything from goat's milk soaps made in N.C.'s very own Blue Ridge Mountains to Bolivian blouses, Mayan sling wraps, Afghan wedding hats, and Hmong tribal skirts, Pura Vida is our melting pot market Mecca.

Additional Information

Year Won: 2010

Pick: Editor's Pick

Website: http://puravidaart.com/

Award: Best Worldly Goods

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