2023 Diamond Awards

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Best Hair Salon

Gold: Bebe Ellis Salon

Silver: Von Kekel Aveda Lifestyle Salon Spa

Bronze: J&F Gemelli

Best Mani-Pedi

Gold: Pacific Nails Spa

Silver: Tre Nail Spa

Bronze: Grand Venetian Nail Spa

Best Spa Experience

Gold: The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Silver: Cary Massage

Bronze: Avail Aesthetics

Best Place to Get a Massage

Gold: Cary Massage

Silver: The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Bronze: Massage Envy

Best Med Spa

Gold: Avail Aesthetics

Silver: Chrysalis Med Centre

Bronze: Azura Skin Care Center

Best Place for Sunless Tanning

Gold: Jill’s Beach

Silver: Sun Tan City

Bronze: Natural Esthetics Skincare Boutique

Best Dentist

Gold: Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry

Silver: Lane & Associates Family Dentistry

Bronze: Preston Dental Loft

Best Orthodontist

Gold: Bovenizer & Baker Orthodontics

Silver: North Carolina Oral Surgery + Orthodontics

Bronze: Ritter Brogden Orthodontics

Best Family Doctor

Gold: Generations Family Practice

Silver: Avance Care Cary

Bronze: Dr. Charlie Foster/Waverly Primary Care


Gold: Triangle Physicians for Women

Silver: Cary OB/GYN

Bronze: TIE – Arbor ObGyn | Capital Area OB/GYN

Best Psychologist or Psychiatrist

Gold: Erin Bircher, Foundations4Change

Silver: Dr. Toby DeWitt

Bronze: TIE – Wynns Family Psychology | Peak City Psychology

Best Chiropractor

Gold: Outten Chiropractic

Silver: North State Sport & Spine

Bronze: Staker Chiropractic Center

Best Physical Therapist

Gold: Par4Success

Silver: Miller Concierge Physical Therapy

Bronze: The Running PTs




Best Fitness Club and Gym

Gold: Par4Success

Silver: Life Time

Bronze: Planet Fitness

Best Wellness Coach or Personal Trainer

Gold: Erin Bircher, Foundations4Change

Silver: TIE – Will Barlock, Par4Success | Kamini Wood, Certified Life Coach

Bronze: Daniel Ellis, F45 Training

Best Yoga or Pilates Studio

Gold: Pura Vida Studio

Silver: Club Pilates

Bronze: Cary Yoga Collective

Best Youth Sports Club or Program

Gold: Pura Vida Studio

Silver: Par4Success

Bronze: i9 Sports

Best Dance Studio

Gold: Millpond Dance Studio

Silver: The School of Carolina Ballet

Bronze: TIE – Academy of Performing Arts | Stage Door Dance Productions

Best Cycling Gear and Repair

Gold: TIE – The Bicycle Chain | TREK Bicycle Store

Silver: All-Star Bike Shops

Bronze: TLC for Bikes

Best Sporting Goods + Gear Provider

Gold: Dick’s Sporting Goods

Silver: Academy Sports

Bronze: REI




Best Local Radio Personality

Gold: Ross Hayes, 106.1 FM Talk

Silver: Erica DeLong, iHeart Radio/G105

Bronze: KC O’Dea, 106.1 FM Talk

Best Local News Anchor

Gold: David Crabtree, WRAL

Silver: Debra Morgan, WRAL

Bronze – TIE: Gerald Owens, WRAL | Renee Chou, WRAL

Best Meteorologist

Gold: Don Schwenneker, WTVD

Silver: Elizabeth Gardner, WRAL

Bronze: Mike Maze, WRAL

Best Local Movie Theater

Gold: CMX CinéBistro

Silver: Paragon Theaters at Fenton

Bronze: Regal Beaver Creek

Best Live Music Venue

Gold: Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Silver: PNC Arena

Bronze: Red Hat Amphitheater

Best Live Theater Venue

Gold: Durham Performing Arts Center

Silver: Koka Booth Amphitheater

Bronze: Cary Performing Arts Center

Best Special Event Venue

Gold: Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Silver: PNC Arena

Bronze: TIE – Chandelier Wedding & Event Venue | The Mayton

Best Independent Bookstore

Gold: Quail Ridge Books

Silver: Mr. Mike’s Used Books

Bronze: Dog-Eared Books

Best Place for Games + Amusements

Gold: Frankie’s

Silver: Adventure Landing

Bronze: Dave & Buster’s

Best Museum

Gold: North Carolina Museum of Art

Silver: Marbles Kids Museum

Bronze: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Best Place for Outdoor Recreation

Gold: Fred G. Bond Metro Park

Silver: William B. Umstead State Park

Bronze: Dorothea Dix Park

Best Boutique Hotel or Bed + Breakfast

Gold: The Mayton

Silver: The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Bronze: The Fearrington House Inn




Best Business Lunch

Gold: Salvio’s Pizzeria

Silver: Peck & Plume

Bronze: Tazza Kitchen

Best Outdoor Dining

Gold: Crosstown Pub & Grill

Silver: TIE – Di Fara Pizza Tavern | Academy Street Bistro

Bronze: Tazza Kitchen

Best Place for a Romantic Dinner

Gold: Rey’s

Silver: Herons

Bronze: Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern

Best Breakfast or Brunch

Gold: First Watch

Silver: Brigs Restaurants

Bronze: La Farm Bakery

Best Barbecue

Gold: City Barbeque

Silver: Big Mikes BBQ

Bronze: Danny’s Bar-B-Que

Best Burger

Gold: Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

Silver: BurgerFi

Bronze: TIE – Crosstown Pub & Grill | Abbey Road Tavern and Grill

Best Pizza

Gold: Di Fara Pizza Tavern

Silver: Salvio’s Pizzeria

Bronze: Ruckus Pizza, Pasta and Spirits

Best Steakhouse

Gold: Rey’s

Silver: Angus Barn

Bronze: Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Best Healthy Eats

Gold: Sassool

Silver: CAVA

Bronze: Clean Eatz

Best Italian Food

Gold: Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering

Silver: Enrigo Italian Bistro

Bronze: Salvio’s Pizzeria

Best Seafood

Gold: Bonefish Grill

Silver: Cape Fear Seafood Company

Bronze: 42nd Street Oyster Bar

Best Mediterranean Food

Gold: Sassool

Silver: Taziki’s Mediterranean Café

Bronze: Neomonde

Best Indian Food

Gold: Cilantro Indian Cafe

Silver: Kababish Café

Bronze: Himalayan Grill & Bar

Best Mexican Food

Gold: Mi Cancun

Silver: Los Tres Magueyes

Bronze: Torero’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Best Asian Food

Gold: MC Cuisine

Silver: TIE – Osha Thai Kitchen and Sushi | Sushi-Thai Cary

Bronze: Taipei 101

Best Chef

Gold: Tony Ambrosecchia

Silver: Ashley Christensen

Bronze: John Ford

Best Bakery or Confectioner

Gold: La Farm Bakery

Silver: Once In A Blue Moon Bakery & Cafe

Bronze: Baker’s Dozen Donuts

Best Ice Cream

Gold: FRESH. Local Ice Cream

Silver: Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream

Bronze: Honeysuckle Gelato

Best Food Truck

Gold: Tasty Tasty Truck

Silver: Buoy Bowls

Bronze: Cousins Maine Lobster

Best Catering

Gold: Donovan’s Dish

Silver: Salvio’s Pizzeria

Bronze: TIE – Cannon Catering | Catering by Design

Best Specialty Grocery Store

Gold: Trader Joe’s

Silver: The Fresh Market

Bronze: CapriFlavors Gourmet Italian Market and Wine Shop




Best Brewery

Gold: Bond Brothers Beer Company

Silver: Fortnight Brewing Company

Bronze: Cotton House Craft Brewers

Best Wine Bar

Gold: Peak of the Vine

Silver: Chatham Hill Winery

Bronze: Barcelona Wine Bar

Best Cocktail Bar

Gold: SideBar

Silver: Tazza Kitchen

Bronze: Peak of the Vine

Best Neighborhood Bar

Gold: Crosstown Pub & Grill

Silver: Di Fara Pizza Tavern

Bronze: Woody’s Sports Tavern & Grill

Best Local Coffeehouse

Gold: Esteamed Coffee

Silver: Ugly Mug Bean & Brew

Bronze: Common Grounds Coffee House & Desserts




Best Florist

Gold: Preston Flowers & Gifts

Silver: Fallon’s Flowers

Bronze: The Flower Cupboard

Best Shopping Center

Gold: Fenton

Silver: Park West Village

Bronze: Crossroads Plaza

Best Furniture + Home Décor Store or Firm

Gold: Arhaus

Silver: The Perfect Piece

Bronze: Streets of London Antiques

Best Garden Center

Gold: Garden Supply Company

Silver: Fairview Garden Center

Bronze: Atlantic Gardening

Best Pet Store

Gold: Phydeaux

Silver: Unleashed

Bronze: Hollywood Feed

Best Jewelry Store

Gold: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry

Silver: Johnson’s Jewelers of Cary

Bronze: Holland’s Jewelers

Best Women’s Clothing Boutique

Gold: Swagger Boutique

Silver: Bless Your Heart Boutique

Bronze: TIE – Possibilities | Rose & Lee Collective

Best Men’s Clothing Store

Gold: Gentlemen’s Corner

Silver: Alexander Eton

Bronze: Liles Clothing Studio

Best Resale + Consignment Clothing

Gold: Dorcas Ministries

Silver: J’Adore Boutique

Bronze: Petersons’ Consigning Design

Best Designer Shoe Store

Gold: DSW

Silver: Main & Taylor

Bronze: Mobley’s Shoes




Best Real Estate Team

Gold: Navigate Realty

Silver: Caul Group Residential

Bronze: The Ragan Realty Team

Best Real Estate Agent

Gold: Kristin Zwahr, Navigate Realty

Silver: Nancy Grace, Keller Williams Legacy

Bronze: Rocio Rojas, Fathom Realty

Best Residential Apartment Community

Gold: The Allison at Fenton

Silver: Bradford Luxury Apartments & Townhomes

Bronze: Crescent Arbors Apartment Homes

Best 55+ Retirement Living Community

Gold: Glenaire

Silver: Carolina Preserves at Amberly

Bronze: Cambridge Village of Apex

Best Builders

Gold: Rufty Homes

Silver: Loyd Builders

Bronze: Bost Custom Homes

Best Interior Designer

Gold: Cavendish Lane Interior Design

Silver: Joseph William Interiors

Bronze: Max Hugo Interior Design

Best Landscaper

Gold: Genesis Lawn & Garden

Silver: Garden Supply Company

Bronze: Triple R Landscaping

Best House Cleaning Service

Gold: Best Clean Ever

Silver: Dust and Mop

Bronze: Go 2 Girls




Best Financial Advisor

Gold: Chase Breeden/Edward Jones

Silver: James Richardson/Ameriprise Financial

Bronze: TIE – Bonnie Fischer/Edward Jones | Brian Mathis/Edward Jones

Best Law Firm

Gold: Cary Estate Planning

Silver: Mann, McGibney & Jordan

Bronze: TIE – Daniels Hand Law | McCrystal Law

Best Local Travel Agent or Agency

Gold: MousePros

Silver: TMC Travel

Bronze: Tina Woolbright/Maupin Travel

Best Auto Dealership

Gold: Leith Autopark Honda

Silver: Crossroads Ford

Bronze: Leith Volkswagen of Cary

Best Automotive Repair Company

Gold: Frantz Automotive Center

Silver: TIE – Chapel Hill Tire of Cary | Atlantic Tire & Service

Bronze: Modern Service

Best Private School

Gold: Grace Christian School

Silver: Resurrection Lutheran School

Bronze: Cary Christian School

Best Veterinarian

Gold: Town and Country Veterinary Hospital

Silver: Harmony Animal Hospital

Bronze: Swift Creek Animal Hospital

Best Pet Pampering Business

Gold: Peak City Puppy & Dog Walkers

Silver: Pupsi

Bronze: Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming

Best Doggie Day Care

Gold: Pupsi

Silver: K9 Resorts Luxury Pet Hotel

Bronze: Tie – Camp Bow Wow Pet Palace | Town and Country Animal Care Center




Gold: Read and Feed

* Beginning with our 2022 Diamond Awards, Cary Living began honoring a local nonprofit.

This year, we are recognizing Read and Feed, an after-school literacy program that provides meals,

tutoring and books to qualifying Wake County kids.

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