The awards, presented by Arlington Economic Development, are in the following categories:
- Best Bargain Restaurant
- Best Boutique
- Best Brunch Spot
- Best Coffee Shop
- Best Cultural Group or Venue
- Best Customer Service
- Best Dessert Spot
- Best Family Friendly Business
- Best Fine Dining
- Best Gym/Fitness Center
- Best Happy Hour
- Best New Business
- Best Outdoor Dining
- Best Pet Friendly Business
- Best Pizza Place
- Best Salon/Spa
Those interesting in nominating a business — any business in Arlington is eligible — can do so at the ShopArlington website. Nominations will be accepted from now until Oct. 4. All nominations and voting are tracked via IP address; only one vote per IP address will be counted, according to AED.
Any submissions for businesses with more than one Arlington location must specify which location the submission represents in order to be valid. To receive an ABBIE Award, each business or organization must be in compliance with all Arlington County laws, ordinances and code requirements.
Once finalists are selected based on the nominations, final voting will take place Oct. 18 to Nov. 1, and the winner will be announced at the Nov. 19 County Board meeting.
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