The red carpet gala April 23 was very much about our business community, but it was more about our community as a whole.

On that evening, the Watauga Democrat hosted the ninth annual Best of the Best awards during a ceremony designed to spotlight the top businesses in the High Country.

The event may have been for winners only — and more than 300 of those were in attendance — yet it is truly a community event because the real winners are those of us who not only patronize those businesses on a regular basis, but think so highly of their products and services that we took time to cast a vote for our favorites during the preceding contest weeks.

And while it is those winning characteristics that make these businesses and service easy to spot, the plaques — from multiple years in many cases — you’ll see hanging in their entrances are a sure indicator that you’ve entered a superior community provider.

No one works harder at being the best than those who own, operate or are employed in our local business community. The evening of April 23 was all about them because they work every day to ensure the rest of the year is all about us. We at the Watauga Democrat offer our congratulations to all of those who rightly found a place on our red carpet.

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