This holiday season, we would like our readers to give the gift of advice.
That’s why we’ve launched our Best Of Holiday Shopping poll.
In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, we want to know things such as: What are your favorite local shops, and what’s the best local holiday event? Where do you go to find the perfect gift for that person who has everything? And in the hustle and bustle of the season, where do you turn to for a massage or hairdo?
From today through Sept. 30, visit www.roanoke.com/bestof to write in your nominations.
Here’s a quick Q&A on how it works:
Q: Who is eligible?
To win, businesses must have a physical store located in Southwest Virginia — anywhere from the Hot Springs and Lexington area to Lynchburg, from Smith Mountain Lake to Wytheville, and of course the Roanoke and New River valleys.
The “hitting the road” category is an exception to this rule.
Q: How many businesses can I vote for?
We encourage you to check out all the categories and vote for your favorites in as many of them as possible.
However, we know that you may not have a business to nominate for each category, so all that’s required for your vote to count is submitting at least two votes per category out of the eight total categories (see list below).
Q: How are winners selected?
It’s all about readers’ choice. In each category, the top nominees are calculated based solely on votes submitted by readers. We will name a gold, silver and bronze winner in each category.
There also may be honorable mentions.
Q: When will winners be announced?
We will publish the results in a special section inserted into The Roanoke Times on Sunday, Nov. 11, just in time to help you plan your holiday shopping and activities.
Q: Have another question or suggestion?
We want to hear from you. Email us at email@example.com.
SHARE AWAY: Once you’ve submitted your brilliant shopping suggestions, please share our poll with all your Facebook friends and Twitter (#bestofswva) and Pinterest followers. The more nominations we get, the better the guide will be.
PRIZES FOR VOTING: Each week during the submission period, we will offer a special prize to a voter who also leaves us his/her email address. The prizes are different each week, and the winners will be drawn randomly from the email addresses we’ve collected.
The prizes for this first week of voting are two season passes to Broadway in Roanoke shows at Roanoke Civic Center.
The five shows in the season are “Shrek The Musical,” “A Chorus Line,” “Elvis Lives,” “Dreamgirls” and “West Side Story.”
And if you own a business or know someone who does, make sure they know about Best Of Holiday Shopping — they could be nominated! Find promotional materials and more here.