Trader Joe's Takes Home Best New Business in 2012 ABBIE Awards

Liberty Tavern, Northside Social among winners in 16 other categories.

Winners of the 2012 People's Choice ABBIE Awards were announced Tuesday at the Arlington County Board's recessed meeting for November.

Arlington Economic Development received more than 1,100 nominations for businesses in 17 "best of" categories, spokeswoman Cara O'Donnell told the board. More than 5,000 people cast ballots.

Many of the categories were hotly contested, O'Donnell said.

One big winner was the partnership that owns the trio of Clarendon eateries that includes Northside Social, Liberty Tavern and Lyon Hall. Mark Fedorchak, on the partnership's behalf, accepted two awards for Liberty Tavern and the coveted Best Coffee award for Northside Social.

"They got that Facebook thing down, eh?" board member Jay Fisette said, referring to the way businesses were encouraged to promote the contest themselves online.

One other notable winner was Trader Joe's, a newcomer to the Clarendon neighborhood that won the Best New Business award.

"That's so true," Fisette said. "Now we don't have to hear from all of our constituents: When are we going to get a Trader Joe's?"

Arlington County Board Chairwoman Mary Hynes thanked all the winners for helping make Arlington a better place.

The winners of the 2012 People's Choice ABBIE Awards:

Best Place for Arts & Culture:

Signature Theatre


Best Bargain Restaurant:

Lost Dog Café


Best Boutique:

Artisan Confections


Best Brunch:

The Liberty Tavern


Best Business Lunch:

The Liberty Tavern


Best Coffee:

Northside Social


Best Community NonProfit:

Animal Welfare League of Arlington


Best Customer Service:

Arlington Public Library


Best Dessert:

Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe


Best Family-Friendly Spot:

Arlington Public Library


Best Happy Hour:

Westover Beer Garden & Haus


Best New Business:

Trader Joe's


Best Online/Social Media Presence:



Best Place to Pamper Yourself:

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa


Best Pizza:



Best Place to take a Date:

Arlington Cinema & Draft House


Best Place to Work Out:

Thomas Jefferson Community Center


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