2009 BOB Awards: Service

Service

Bike Shop

TrekTrek Bicycle Store of Charlotte (pictured) is a veritable one-stop shop for serious and casual cyclists. Bike options run the gamut from BMX Mirraco stunt bikes to children’s bikes with training wheels, and staffers offer professional biomechanical bike-fitting services. Bonus: the family-friendly outpost regularly hosts free clinics on bike safety and efficient pedaling skills, so customers are fully prepared to hit the pavement.
10129 Perimeter Pkwy., 704-598-0057

Barbershop

Whether you rock a bowl cut, a fade, or a ‘fro, you’ll be in good hands at No Grease. The local chain is easy on the wallet, too — snag a basic haircut for $15. Looking for something fancier? The new Trade Street location boasts manicures, pedicures, facials, and shoeshine services along with haircuts and shaves.
1531 Central Ave., 704-537-7858; Gold Hill Pavillion 7925 N. Tryon St., Ste. 107, 704-548-1494
333 E. Trade St., 704-531-1700
   

Local Blog

Founded by UNCC students and whiz kids Justin Ruckman and Matthew Tyndall, CLT Blog has earned its spot on bookmark toolbars all over the Queen City. The twenty-two local writers and photographers who serve as CLT Blog staffers post near-daily blog and video entries, keeping Charlotte readers informed about uptown bar crawls, retail hot spots, and NoDa’s newest eateries. They also ride the new-media wave, posting rapid-fire tweets for those who need to be in the know right now.
cltblog.com

Cut, Color, and Style

Need a dash of glamour in your life? Varji & Varji offers a menu of rock-star-worthy styling services, such as Japanese straightening treatments and hair-extension applications. The décor is pure glitz, too. Framed black-and-white photos of Hollywood icons, sleek leather shampoo chairs, and ornately gilded mirrors are so chic that getting a haircut here feels like rubbing elbows with a celebrity. Just beware of the paparazzi on your way out.
720 Governor Morrison St., 704-926-9343

Cobbler

The unassuming Belk Shoe Repair stand, tucked away on the fourth floor of the SouthPark department store, offers some of the best prices in town. Get your worn-out Frye boots resoled and reheeled for $41.95. The same treatment for those Miu Miu sling backs starts at $27. And shoeshines are five bucks a pop.
SouthPark, 704-364-0220

Florist

At the South Boulevard florist Elizabeth House Flowers, customers can commission a bouquet of wildflowers that hail from a nearby Mount Ulla farm or request an arrangement of roses imported from Holland. For owners David Wynn and Cecil Shearin, versatility and flexibility are key business concepts. "Anybody can do the trendy stuff," says Wynn. "We’re more interested in pleasing our clients."
1431 South Blvd., 704-342-3919

Framing Shop

Look no further for a unique way to display sparkling jewels, unique china, vintage clothes, or, um, fishing poles. After almost six decades in the biz, Paul Thompson, owner of Coffey & Thompson, has found a way to frame almost anything. He’ll also restore and refinish damaged paintings, frames, and photos. Bonus: an art gallery is adjacent to the framing shop. Score wildlife watercolors or sepia photographs and have them framed on-site.
1423 E. Fourth St., 704-375-7232

Tailor

Shopaholic? We’re over it. Instead, keep what you’ve already got looking slick with a little help from staffers at the Dilworth tailor Anna’s Alterations. A raised hem or nipped waistline can instantly update a garment’s silhouette. Missing buttons can be reattached and linings can be sewn on. The best part? It’s inexpensive. Hemming services start at $8, and having a dress taken in starts at $14.
Tower Place Shopping Center, 2400 Park Rd., Ste. F 704-348-5488

Reader Picks

  • Health club: YMCA
  • Yoga/Pilates studio: Pilates with a Twist
  • Spa: The Spa at Ballantyne Resort
  • Barbershop: Emerson Joseph
  • Salon: Modern Salon
  • Dry cleaner: Long’s Dry Cleaning & Laundry
  • Florist: Elizabeth House Flowers
  • Caterer: Something Classic
  • Framer: Art Aspects
  • Concierge service: Ballantyne Resort
  • Local blog: Charlotte Smarty Pants