Best of Loudoun: Tips from Locals Small Business Survey Winners

January 15th, 2014 | by admin | 0 comments | Uncategorized

Thank you so much to the 1,273 Loudoun locals who voted for their favorite small businesses in the “Tips from Locals” survey! Thanks to you, we learned a thing or two ourselves about new places to go, people to meet and products to try in Loudoun County, VA! Please help spread the word about your favorite businesses and continue to choose local first!


Tips from Locals Survey Winners & Favorites: 

1. Best Customer Service: Eyetopia in Leesburg

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Ketterman’s Jewelers, Shamrock Music Shoppe, Breaux Vineyards. Market Table Bistro and Woofies!

2: Best Restaurant: Market Table Bistro in Lovettsville

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Magnolia’s at the Mill, Patowmack Farm Restaurant, Blue Ridge Grill, Ford’s Fish Shack, Mokomandy, Ford’s Fish Shack, Tuscarora Mill and Lightfoot!

3. Best Barbeque: Carolina Brothers Pit Barbecue in Ashburn

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Monks, Q Company, Big Mike’s, Smoked Hog, Boodacades, Randy Radish and Urban Barbecue!

4. Best Pizza: Fireworks Pizza in Leesburg

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Pizzeria Moto, Vappiano’s, Giovanni’s, Vocelli’s, Rubino’s, The Don’s, Emilio’s, White Palace, Sals and 900 Degrees!

5. Best Burger: Market Burger in Purcellville

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Melt, Vintage 50, Leesburg Brewing Company, Blue Ridge Grill, Ashburn Pub, 1757 Golf Club, South Riding Inn, Kraze, Magnolia’s, and Clydes!

6. Best locally sourced food: Patowmack Farm Restaurant in Lovettsville

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Wine’ing Butcher, Hunter’s Head Tavern, Grandale Farm, Market Table Bistro, Savoir Fare, Tuscarora Mill, The Roving Italian, South St. Under, Fields of Athenry and the Wine Kitchen!

7. Best Chef: Jason Lage of Market Table Bistro

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Chef Joan Wolford at Savoir Fair, Chef Matthew Slutz of Vintage 50, Chef Becky Jordan at Lost Rhino, Chef Chris Edwards of Patowmack Farm, Chef Daniel Stevens of Mokomandy, Chef Author at Grandale, Chef Mark Morocco of Magnolia’s at the Mill, Chef Todd Gray of Market Salamander and Chef Patrick Dinh at Tuskies!

8. Best Winery: Fabbioli Cellars

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Breaux, Bluemont, Tarara, Boxwood, Sunset Hills, Notaviva, Corcoran, 8 Chains North, Doukenie, Casanel, Northgate and Chrysalis!

9: Favorite Wine: Fabbioli Raspberry Merlot

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Breaux Cabernet Franc, Willowcroft Chardonnay, Sunset Hills Chardonnay, Bluemont “the Cow”, Northgate Apple and Bluemont’s Vidal Blanc!

10. Best women’s clothing boutique: Lou Lou in Leesburg

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Madisonbelle, Misguided Angels, Twigs, The Jean Whisperer, Duchessa, Betsey, Styleride Boutique, Buddha Cat and Re-Love It Consignment!

11. Best brewery: Lost Rhino in Ashburn

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Vintage 50, Corcoran, Leesburg Brewing Company, MacDowell Brew Kitchen and Mud Hound Brewing Co., Mad Horse Brewpub, Crooked Run Brewery, Sweetwater and Adroit Theory!

12: Best locally brewed beer: Lost Rhino New River Pale Ale

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Mad Horse IPA, Crooked Run Summer Night, Lost Rhino Holy Brew Brown, Corcoran’s Pale Ale, Corcoran Paeonian Porter, Lost Rhino Face Plant, Mud Hound’s Loco Breakfast Stout and Slainte by Corcoran!

13. Best cocktails: Magnolia’s at the Mill

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Ashburn Pub, Clydes, Lightfoot, Tuskies, Vintage 50, Chimole, Catoctin Creek Distillery, The Cajun Experience, Ford’s Fish Shack, The V, Palio of Leesburg, Lightfoot and Parallel Wine Bistro!

14. Best home decor store: Everyday Elegance in Purcellville

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Lila Home, Creme de la Creme, Swoon, J & L Interiors, Home Specialty Store, Old Lucketts Store, The Cottage, The Guest Room, Twigs, Shenandoah Furniture Gallery, Savannah’s and Chick’s Picks by Hillary!

15. Best interior designer: Barbara Quast

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Lauren Clement, Meredith Ehler, Karen Peterson, Paula Grace Designs, Kim Kendall, Vydia Interiors, Debi Jo Wheatley, Beth Goldsmith, Andrea Schwartz Designz and J & L Interior Design.

16. Best coffee shop: Mug “n” Muffin in South Riding/Stone Ridge

Tips from Locals- local favorites: King Street Coffee, Loco Joe (previously Hypno), Shoe’s Cup and Cork, Dolce Coffee, Market Street Coffee

17. Best consignment shop: Re-Love it in Purcellville

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Frilly Frocks, Consignment Boutique, Luckett’s Store, Treasure Hound, Hope’s Treasures, Plato’s Closet, 3 Lil Monkeys, Twice is Nice, Blue Ridge Thrift, Ashburn Thrift Shop, Blossom & Bloom, Rose Thrift, Wear it Again Kid and The Resourceful Woman Thrift Shop!

18. Best bakery or baker: Chantel’s Bakery

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Simply Cakes by Allison, Lola’s, Sweetz Bakery, Butterfly Gourmet, Joy’s Dream Bakery, Mom’s Apple Pie, Sweetz Bakery and Cornerstone Bakery

19. Best toy store: Go Bananas Toys

Tips from Locals- other local favorites: The Fun Shop, Leesburg Hobbies & Collectibles, Loudoun Learning and Curiosity Zone!

20: Best cupcakes: Shugar Shugar

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Brothers Olde Fashioned bakery, Joy’s Dream Bakery, Butterfly Gourmet, Kind Cupcakes, Kate’s Cupcakes, Sweet Batter Bakeshop, Cupcakes by Moo and Lola’s!

21. Best fitness facilty: CycleLuv in Leesburg

Tips from Locals- local favorites: other local favorites: Inner Power Yoga, Blackbench Fit, Mommy Bootcamp, Xtreme Fitness and Health, Inform Fitness, Flow Yoga,  and Super Slow Zone in Sterling!

22. Best live music venue: Tally Ho Theatre

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Notaviva Vineyard, Acoustic on the Green, MacDowell’s Brew Kitchen, Sunset Hills Vineyard, Mad Horse Brew Pub, The Cajun Experience, The Wine Kitchen, Bluemont Vineyard, Quattro Goomba’s and Parallel Wine Bistro!

23. Best summer event or festival: Acoustic on the Green

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Purcellville Wine & Food Festival, Leesburg Flower & Garden Show, Great Country Farms BBQ & Blackberry Festival, First Friday, Luckett’s Fair, Loudoun County Fair and Nova Brew Fest!

24. Best Etsy shop: Barn Owl Primitives

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Buddha Cat, Missing Heirloom, Crafty Natalie, Hope 48, You Hung the Moon, BR Designs, Chick’s Picks, Grey Kitty Boutique, Pink Lotus and The Painted Branch!

25. Best real estate agent: Gina Tufano

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Vicky Chrisner, Roxanna Urban, Leslie Wilson, Chuck Rifae, Kristine Condie, Annette Brennan, Heather Elias, Ron Resnick, Julie Hertel, Michael Wilson and Sherry Wilson!

26. Best services company: Woofies

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Ashburn Tire & Auto, Confenergy, Eyetopia, Modern Mechanical, Walker & Clarke Builders, Uno Communications, Wicked Design and Builder’s Fence!

27. Best doctor: Dr. Chris Connolly of Nova Medical Group

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Dr. Deanne DeRusso, Dr. Annette Hudler, Dr. Resa Davis, Dr. Jeff Cohn, Dr. Phillip Chang and Dr. Rachel Bonner!

28. Best dentist or orthodontist: Dr. Kelly Morgan

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Dr. Zachary Casagrande, Dr. Mayo, Dr. Hebda, Dr. Gary Ashton, Dr. Kirk Norbo, Dr. Brian Cochran, Dr. Robert Fuller and Dr. Valerie Woo!

29. Best place for family fun: Sport Bounce of Loudoun

Tips from Locals- local favorites: KingPinz, Great Country Farms, Rebounderz, Rust Nature center, Oatlands, Fields of Athenry Farm, Woody’s Mini Golf, Pump it Up, Ticonderoga Farms, Dulles Sportsplex, Panther Laser Tag, Franklin Park and Blue Ridge Environmental Center!

30. Best photographer: Kelly Nelson Photography in Ashburn

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Sarah Huntington, Christy Jenkins, Aliyah Dastour, Teri Moy, Patty Schuchman, Ellen Zangla, The Hip Studio, Photoworks, Naturally Pure, Amie Otto, Bob Merhaut and Bev Hollis, Val Cavaleri, Jeanette Burkle, Kathy Kupka, Blair Ring, Bev Hollia, Joylyn Hannahs, Savor Loudoun, Dan Stiles, Andrew Sample, Dave Levinson and Joey’s Smiles!

31: Best hair salon: Modern Concepts in Ashburn

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Salon Vie, Eclips, Radiance, Jenny’s Salon, Bristle’s and Shears, Hairloom, G5 Salon, Kissimet, Salon Ten, Cloud 9, Artisan Hair Salon, Lindsay’s Hair Salon, Divine Hair Salon, Lindsay’s Salon and Reflections!

32: Best spa: Rouge Spa

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Salon Vie, Cloud 9, Organic Plum Studio, Avie Med Spa, Amenity Day Spa and Mind, Body and Soul!

33. Best nutritionist: Jaime Coffey Martinez

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Lauri Bosserman, Karen Mowry, Staci LaRue, Hilary Stowers, Millie Betts, Ali Sonak, Jessi Toye, Amy Johnson, Beth Webster, Kendra Wrisley and Lolin Hilgartner!

34. Favorite local grocery or health food store: Healthy by Nature in Leesburg

Tips from Locals- local favorites: For Goodness Sake, Wine’ing Butcher, Natural Mercantile, Lovettsville Coop, Home Farm Store, Healthway Natural Foods and Stoneybrook Farm Market!

35. Favorite farm: Great Country Farms

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Chicama Run, Quarter Branch Farms, Temple Hall, Wegmeyer Farms, Crooked Run, Endless Summer Harvest, Patowmack Farm, Ayshire Farm, Moutoux Orchard, Ticonderoga, Temple Hall, Ballentine Farm and Fields of Athenry!

36: Favorite vendor at a Loudoun farmer’s market: Lothars Sausages and Chef Eloy’s Kickin’ Salsa

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Chicama Run, Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, North Gate Vineyard, Catoctin Coffee, Randy Radish, George’s Mill Artisan Cheese, Potomac Vegetable Farms, Brother’s Olde Fashioned Bakery, Betty’s Chips, Endless Summer Harvest, Simply Nut Free Chocolates, Layered Cake Patisserie and Cornerstone Bakery!

 37. Favorite non-profits: All of them!

Here is our current list.

38. Best fitness instructor: Ursula Cox of Inner Power Yoga

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Iris Kotmel, Trish Drennan, Tiffany Coombs, Nicole Gustavson, Marcia Hoffheins, Joe Jervey, Pam Sullivan, Kelly Jacob, Mindy Piland, Lisa Allen, Chris Lutz and Mike Varron!

39. Best yoga studio: Inner Power Yoga in Sterling

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Flow Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Happy Soul Yoga, Yogatime, Yoga4Life and Embrace Fitness!

40. Best pilates studio: LaRue Wellness in Leesburg

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Ashburn Pilates, Embrace Fitness, WellSpring Movement Studio, Glowing Oasis Pilates, The Studio MBS and The Pilates Center Leesburg!

41. Best business marketing company: Stilson Greene Studio in Leesburg

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Alpha Graphics, Sales Lounge, Social Media Terri, CCS Innovations, Wicked Design, Splash Communications, KME Internet Marketing, Mojowriting, Synavista, Black Bear Marketing, Conveyance Marketing, Conversion Pipeline and Bendure Communications!

42. Favorite technology company: Ashburn Consulting

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Voodoo Lunchbox, Conversion Pipeline, Halo Information Systems, Telos, AOL, Avitecture and KME Internet Marketing!

43. Best blog: Viva Loudoun

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Nutrition CPR, Home Fashion Beauty, Nice Shoes No Drama, Real Loudoun, Happynstance, Bishop’s Gate, Dulles Moms and Find it in Ashburn!

44. Best artist: Stilson Greene

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Deborah Morbeto, Jill Perla, Chris Cooley, Dana Thompson, Steve Loya, Maggie Siner, Jill Evans, Amy Walton, Amy Manson, Kathy Frank, Jonathan Linton, Barbara Quast and Kevin Bednarz!

45. Best art gallery: Arts in the Village in Leesburg

Tips from Locals- local favorites: ArtSquare, Medlin, Cooley Gallery, Gateway Gallery and Round Hill Art Gallery!

46. Best Musician or Band: Gary Smallwood

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Todd Wright, Prescott Engle, Don Chapman, Jake Kinsey, Short Hill Mountain Boys, Acoustic Burgoo, Miguel Aubertine, Jason Masi, Stilson Greene, Andrew McKnight, Whiskey Darlings, Midnight Sunrise, Jam Box, Josh Burgess Band and Lenny Burridge!

47. Best place to work: AOL

Tips from Locals- local favorites: Nova Medical Group, Neustar, Stagecoach Theatre Company, Breaux Vineyards, LCPS and Telos!


Thank you to all who participated in this survey! To all of the business owners and companies listed above, please feel free to contact us anytime at if you’d like us to e-mail you a Loudoun Local logo or badge for your marketing purposes.

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