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A celebration of local small businesses.

Carteret Curated is an Instagram account dedicated to shining a light on local small businesses! Every year we host the People's Choice Awards, inviting our community to vote for their favorite businesses. The result? A comprehensive guide celebrating each of the nominated local small businesses that make our area so special.

Timeline for 2023:


Voting Phase

April 10th through April 24th, 2023

Favorites Announced

April 27th, 2023

People's Choice Celebration for Top Three Businesses/Individuals in Each Category

May 2023 (DATE TBD!)

Digital Guide Available

May 26th, 2022

Printed Guide Available & Awards Delivered

Before Memorial Day!

Best practices

for voting:

  • Double check that the business operates in or serves Carteret County.

  • Spell the business name correctly and include the entire name.

  • Please only vote one time per email address.

  • Vote in as many categories as you'd like (you're more than welcome to leave some blank!)

  • Follow @carteret.curated on Instagram to stay up-to-date!

  • Reach out to your favorite local small businesses to let them know you voted for them!

First thing's first.

Let's get started!





As a reminder, we will not be tallying votes for the Give category – rather, we will be compiling a comprehensive list of individuals to shine a light on all the good they do, as well as a list of local nonprofits as a resource for those who want to give back locally. 

Voting has closed! Favorites will be announced on the @carteret.curated Instagram page on April 27th.

Thank you for voting in the 3rd Annual Carteret Curated People's Choice Awards! Voting will be open until April 29th, so tell your friends to visit this page and fill us in on their faves, too!

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