Welcome to our biggest issue of the year.
For 51 weeks, our editorial staff decides what the paper is going to cover, but for this one big issue of the year, we leave it all up to you, dear readers.
And this year, you showed up to the tune of 151,354 votes cast by some 34,716 voters. That's quite a few more votes cast than last year. Unlike other polls you might see, we don't provide multiple choice options, allowing the readers' poll to be solely decided by the votes cast. This year, we even left our (occasionally goofy) editorial picks out, since some people seemed to be confused as to what winners were picked by Style. None of them are: This is all on you, readers. A big thanks goes to those who participated.
You named your favorites across a host of categories including goods and services, people and places, arts and culture, nightlife, and dining. Some categories feature a Hall of Fame icon which denotes a winner who has won at least four years straight.
As far as we can tell, some people campaign for votes out there, others don't. But as always, if you really want this readers' poll to be helpful, we need you to show up. And feel free to let us know what categories you'd like to see added next year.
Without further adieu, here are your Best of Richmond 2019 winners.
Survey Methodology: The 2019 Style Weekly Readers' Poll was open to anyone with access to the internet, and promoted through Style, word of mouth and various outlets. Entries were restricted to voters who registered online, meaning that participants could vote in categories only once per account. Thousands of ballots were cast anonymously between Feb. 1 and March 15. Style reserved the right to discard votes for winners in inappropriate categories. Style advertising staff had no access to survey results until they were tabulated and finalized by editorial staff. Profiles of the winners were written entirely by editorial staff and not seen by advertising staff until publication.