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The Arlies continue today with a two new categories, but first, the results of last week’s voting.

Your favorite preschool/daycare is Trinity School of Early Learning on Columbia Pike, followed by Overlee Preschool on Military Road and Maria Teresa’s Babies Early Enrichment Center on 23rd Street S.

Now, let’s vote on this week’s categories.

Is there a real estate agent you’d recommend to sellers or a favorite real estate agent you’ve worked with when selling? Do you have a favorite home renovation company that turned your unfinished basement into a movie theater?

Let us know below or by clicking this link. Voting is open until next Tuesday, when we announce the winners and vote on a new category.

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If you thought “favorite dentist” was a boring Arlies category, you apparently thought wrong.

We received more votes this past week than for any other individual Arlies category so far. It turns out there are a lot of dentists in Arlington — and also a lot of people who like their dentist enough to vote for them.

Well, without further ado, your favorite dentist (for adults) is Dr. Richard Gruntz in Crystal City, followed by Dr. Tamara Garrett of Arlington Dental Solutions in Virginia Square and Roca Dental in Clarendon.

Now, let’s vote on this week’s category. Do you have a favorite preschool or daycare you take your children to? Let us know below or by clicking this link.

Voting is open until next Tuesday, when we announce the winners and vote on a new category.

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Before we get to the latest Arlies category this week, let’s cut right to the results for last week’s voting.

Arlington’s favorite hair salon is Casal’s De Spa & Salon in Clarendon, followed by Smitten and Urban Halo.

Your favorite barbershop is Bearded Goat Barber in Ballston, followed by Willy & Babib’s Barber Shop and Westover Barber Shop.

Now, let’s sink our teeth into this week’s category. Do you have a favorite dentist — for adults — that makes you look forward to routine cleanings? Let us know below or by clicking this link.

Voting is open until next Tuesday, when we announce the winners and vote on a new category.

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A new week of the summer Arlies with two categories to vote on! Before we reveal the new categories, the results of last week’s voting.

Your favorite ice cream shop is Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream in Westover, followed by Nicecream in Clarendon and Carvel in the Virginia Square area.

Now, let’s vote on this week’s categories. Do you have a favorite hair salon that knows how to cut and color your hair just right? A go-to barbershop? Let us know below or by clicking this link.

Voting is open until next Tuesday, when we announce the winners and vote on a new category.

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The Arlies continue with a sweet category, but first, the results of last week’s voting.

Your favorite dog park is the Shirlington Dog Park, followed by Ethan Allen Dog Park at the Madison Community Center and the new Gateway Park dog park in Rosslyn. See the county’s list of Arlington dog parks here.

Arlington’s favorite veterinarian is Clarendon Animal Care, followed by Cherrydale Veterinary Clinic and Caring Hands Animal Hospital.

Now, let’s vote on this week’s category. Is there a favorite ice cream shop you like to treat yourself to, especially on a hot day like today? A go-to spot with the best flavors and toppings? Let us know below or by clicking this link.

Voting is open until next Tuesday, when we announce the winners and vote on a new category.

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Another week and another round of voting for the newest categories in the summer Arlies. First, the results of last week’s voting.

Your favorite Arlington food truck is Tacos El Chilango, followed by La Tingeria and Tacos Los Primos.

Now, let’s vote on this week’s categories. Do you have a favorite dog park where you meet for pet playdates? Is there a special veterinarian who keeps your pup healthy and happy? Let us know below or by clicking this link.

Voting is open until next Tuesday, when we announce the winners and vote on a new category.

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This week the Arlies are back with a new category to vote on. First, the results of last week’s voting.

Arlington’s favorite outdoor dining spot is McNamara’s Pub and Restaurant in Crystal City, followed by Ruthie’s All Day in Arlington Heights and SER in Ballston.

Now, let’s vote on this week’s category. Do you have a favorite Arlington food truck that you visit for lunch or dinner, or just when you’re craving something special? Let us know below or by clicking this link.

Voting is open until next Tuesday, when we announce the winners and vote on a new category.

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The Arlies continue today in our new weekly voting format. First, the results of last week’s voting.

Your favorite summer camp is Get Out of the House Camp by Social Grace, followed by Congressional Camp and KidRealm.

Arlington’s favorite HVAC company (heating and air conditioning) is Chandler’s Plumbing and Heating Co., followed by Arlington Heating & Air Conditioning.

Now, let’s vote on this week’s category. Do you have a favorite restaurant to go to when you want to dine al fresco? A go-to outdoor dining spot? Let us know below or by clicking this link.

Voting is open until next Tuesday, when we announce the winners and vote on a new category.

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Yesterday was the unofficial start of summer and today is the official start of the Summer 2021 Arlies awards.

You’re already familiar with The Arlies, our community awards which highlight Arlington’s favorite local places, people and organizations — as chosen by you. Now let us introduce you to our new format: weekly voting.

Rather than vote for whole bunch of categories once every three months, or once a year, now we’re making it even easier, with just 1-2 categories per week.

To vote, write in your local favorites in the ballot below (or click here). Voting is open until next Tuesday, when we announce the winners and vote on a new category.

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For Andy Shin, exercise is more than just about looking good or being fit. It’s a means for getting healthier, stronger and gaining the confidence to tackle anything. For Shin, his business is his passion.

A one-man show, Shin is at once a personal trainer, life coach, cheerleader and secretary. Even after his in-person or virtual training sessions, Shin can be found on his computer, often late into the evening — planning for the week ahead, answering questions via email and devising new tactics to keep his clients engaged.

It’s been 10 years since Shin started Andy Shin Fitness, and earlier this year ARLnow readers voted him Arlington’s best personal trainer. He’s worked with more than 1,000 clients across the D.C. metro area.

We caught up with Shin to learn more.

How does it feel being voted Arlington’s top personal trainer in the winter Arlies?

It’s an honor. Arlington is one of the fittest communities in the country, which means personal trainers are a dime in a dozen. It can be dizzying how many options there are. But I strive every day to be the best for my clients, and it makes me incredibly happy to be recognized as one of the top trainers here.

What’s your philosophy as a personal trainer?

I tell all my clients exercise is the best medicine. Sure, it can’t fix everything, but it’s a surefire way to improve your life. The more you exercise, the stronger you become and the more energy you have to keep up with the things you love. It’s an opportunity for you to de-stress and get in “me” time, which only gets more difficult to carve out over time.

How would you describe yourself as a trainer in three words?

Charismatic, motivational, funny.

I’m not your typical trainer. I’m going to be there for you and keep you accountable from start to finish. Plus we’ll have a blast doing it.

What are your classes like?

I offer virtual private training and fitness classes. My classes involve a lot of functional movements to help focus on your instabilities. You just need minimal equipment — a set of dumbbells, resistance bands and sliders — and leave the workout and playlist to me. I also still offer in-person training.

What about the nutrition piece?

Diet is the hardest part — even for me. At my heaviest, I was 290 pounds. I usually recommend a carb-cycling diet, which means alternating carb intake on a periodic basis. Have carbs on the days you exercise so your body can utilize that energy. On the days you don’t exercise, limit your carb intake. I also tell my clients to have one cheat meal on Friday or Sunday. If you consistently work hard, it’s okay to treat yourself without feeling guilty.

Can you share a standout success story?

One of my clients is the executive head chef for the Washington Wizards. He started at 230 pounds and is now 180 pounds. That’s 50 pounds in five months. That takes a lot of determination. I am very proud of him.

Tips for someone who’s having a tough time getting motivated?

Start moving, even for a little bit at a time. That’s the beginning. You don’t have to hire a trainer or spend a lot of money. Start jogging, take your dog on walks, take the longer route from point A to point B. Then, you can incrementally add weight-training. That’s the key.

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The votes have been tallied and the results are in!

Below are the winners of the spring 2021 Arlies, as voted on by the readers. We’ve highlighted the top vote-getter, but have included up to two others that were close behind in the voting as additional winners.

Congratulations to all the winners and a huge thank you to all who voted! And a thank you to our sponsor, George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government.

The Arlies will return, featuring a new format and of course new categories in a couple of months.

FAVORITE DATE NIGHT SPOT

  • Lyon Hall
  • Other winners: Ruthie’s All-Day, Screwtop Wine Bar

FAVORITE POOL

FAVORITE BRUNCH SPOT

  • Ambar
  • Other winners: Ruthie’s All-Day, Liberty Tavern

FAVORITE LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT

FAVORITE FARMERS MARKET

FAVORITE ARLINGTON NEIGHBORHOOD

  • Ballston
  • Other winners: Clarendon, Westover

FAVORITE NOTABLE ARLINGTON RESIDENT (PAST OR PRESENT)

FAVORITE LOCAL SHOP

  • Covet
  • Other winners: Gallery Underground, Urban Farmhouse

FAVORITE PARK

FAVORITE LOCAL NONPROFIT

FAVORITE CLEANING SERVICE

FAVORITE AUTO REPAIR SHOP

FAVORITE ROSSLYN-BALLSTON CORRIDOR REAL ESTATE AGENT

FAVORITE APARTMENT BUILDING

FAVORITE OPTOMETRY SHOP

FAVORITE DERMATOLOGIST

FAVORITE MOVING COMPANY

FAVORITE PEST CONTROL COMPANY

  • Pest Now
  • Other winners: All American Pest Control, Suburban Pest Services

The announcement of the winners can be seen in the video below.

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