2016 WINNERS AND THEIR AWARDS ARE BROUGHT TO YOU BY OUR FRIENDS
Best Restaurant You Wish You knew about Sooner
Nestled off the corner of South Main and 9th sits a tiny shop slinging some of the best tacos around. Rumor has it some famous chefs from Nashville will occasionally trek down for a bite. The small dining space (4 seats) pairs well with the big flavor Gabriel Alvarez's tacos, mulitas, carne asada and more.
Best place to have an unplugged Date Night
Your trek out to Bigbyville will be rewarded by delicious fare from their chef's seasonal and local-focused menu. The perfect combination of prompt waiter service, BYOB drinks and waining cell-phone reception will keep you and your dinner guests entertained longer than a typical night out. Consider Angie Gail's your new favorite spot in town.
Best Retail Revival
Kim Jameson had a lot of stuff to sort through once she decided to buy Steely's Corner at auction a couple of years ago. She could have razed it to make way for another business venture, but instead chose to keep one of Columbia's beloved treasure hunting grounds alive. After carefully curating, tossing and sorting all that was left, Jameson has truly made it into an junk store experience you have to see to believe.
Best Haunted HIstory Lesson
Rose Hill Cemetery Tour and Downtown Ghost Tours
This year marked one of the most successful year's for Adam Southern's Columbia Ghost Tours. Patrons not only enjoyed learning about all the ghosts that haunt our town they took home a new appreciation for the people and history that built this amazing city.
Sweetest Addition to The Farmer's Market
Sweet Bakes Doughnuts and Cakes
God Bless Shell Snyder and her delicious doughnuts. It feels wrong to want to come to the veggie-filled Farmer's Market in the summer for her delicious fried dough, but it's just so darn good! Who says you can't buy a bag and offset it with some local tomatoes and free-range chicken eggs?
Best NEw City Scene
When the Arts Commission and City Officials got together to rezone the southern tip of downtown as the Arts District they didn't' expect change in the city to happen so soon. Within months, Windmill Bakery, Building Blocks, Columbia School for Performing Arts, Columbia Arts Building (theCAB) and more opened up shop with eager anticipation for what could be Columbia's greatest thing since Mule Day. We're certainly excited to see what's next for the Arts in this city and beyond.
Best Place to Discover your inner viking
Asgard Brewing Company
Did we mention how excited we are that Columbia has a craft brewer in town? On behalf of the entire city and a few Norse gods, may we say we're glad you're here and we're excited to see what's next for you!
Best Place to Put on the Ritz
Lace & Company
For several years Dawn Gray and Co. has adorned Columbia's best at some of Columbia's finest events, galas, balls, pageants, weddings and more with elegant dresses, tuxes and accessories. Above all, their super service and charity events like the Prom Peekaboo Fashion Show (Benefitting CHS Best Buddies) places them as a gold standard in Columbia's growing retail industry.
Best Place to Experience the big city without leaving city limits
(Tie) Gallery 205
Columbia Arts Building
Columbia is growing into an amazing town! We’ve developed a good habit of bringing in some fantastically creative big-city folk to help us spruce the place up—a little bit of that Nashville (and beyond) flair. We gotta hand it to the folks at Gallery 205 and the Columbia Arts Building for bringing their culture from Nashville and Portland (respectively) to Columbia through the arts, opening the gates for more influencers to join the movement.