Announcing the 2023 Readers' Choice Awards Winners

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Announcing the 2023 Readers' Choice Awards Winners

Overall Restaurant    

501 Steakhouse

FINALISTS: JTown’s Grill, Omar’s Uptown

American Food Restaurant

JTown’s Grill

FINALISTS: Fat City Steak & Grill House, 501 Steakhouse



FINALISTS: The Honey Baked Ham Company, Newk’s Eatery

Italian Restaurant    

Pastaria 49

FINALISTS: Lazzari Italian Oven, Olive Garden

Chinese Restaurant    

Oriental Express

FINALISTS: Hong Kong Restaurant, Tokyo House

Japanese Restaurant

Sumo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

FINALISTS: Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, Rice Box

Mexican Restaurant    

Los Arcos Mexican Cuisine

FINALISTS: Papitos, Casa Blanca Mexican Grill

Ethnic Restaurant    

Mai Pai Thai Cuisine

FINALISTS: Curry Leaf Indian Cuisine, Pella Café Greek and Mediterranean Cuisine

Barbecue Restaurant    

Que 49 Smokehouse

FINALISTS: Demo’s BBQ & Smokehouse, Blue Ember Smokehouse

Family Friendly Restaurant

Fat City Steak & Grill House

FINALISTS: The Social, JTown’s Grill


Romantic Restaurant    

Omar’s Uptown

FINALISTS: 501 Steakhouse, Lazzari Italian Oven

New Restaurant (opened in 2022 or later)    

Blue Ember Smokehouse

FINALISTS: Uncle Taco, Casa Blanca Mexican Grill

Coffee House    

Shadrachs Coffee

FINALISTS: IV Kings Coffee, Story Coffee House


Fat City Steak & Grill House

FINALISTS: The Parsonage, Eggcellent Cafe   


The Parsonage

FINALISTS: Jtown’s Grill, The Social

Business Lunch    

Sue’s Kitchen Express

FINALISTS: The Parsonage, Newk’s Eatery

Plate Lunch

Sue’s Kitchen Express

FINALISTS: Gina’s Place, Gee Street Kitchen


Chef’s In

FINALISTS: Ron’s Catfish, Golden Corral

Fast Food/Quick Service Restaurant

FINALISTS: Newk’s Eatery, Slim Chickens

Food Truck    

Partovi’s Gyros & Falafel

FINALISTS: Trauma Hogs BBQ, Auntie Anne’s


Southern Confections

FINALISTS: Abby Cakes, Gigi’s Cupcakes


JTown’s Grill

FINALISTS: TJ’s Burgers, BA Burrito

French Fries    

JTown’s Grill

FINALISTS: Five Guys, TJ’s Burgers


Wings to Go

FINALISTS: JTown’s Grill, Wing Stop

Chicken / Chicken Strips

Slim Chickens

FINALISTS: Guthrie’s Chicken, Chick-fil-A

BBQ Sandwich    

Que 49 Smokehouse

FINALISTS: Demo’s BBQ & Smokehouse, Blue Ember Smokehouse

BBQ Ribs    

Que 49 Smokehouse

FINALISTS: Demo’s BBQ & Smokehouse, Blue Ember Smokehouse


501 Steakhouse

FINALISTS: Omar’s Uptown, Texas Roadhouse


Pier 88

FINALISTS: Red Lobster, 501 Steakhouse


Lost Pizza Co.

FINALISTS: Pizza Chef, 1812 Pizza


Newk’s Eatery

FINALISTS: Salad Station, Upper Crust Pizza Company


Southern Confections

FINALISTS: Nothing Bundt Cakes, Gigi’s Cupcakes

Frozen Dessert
Andy’s Frozen Custard

FINALISTS: Local Culture, Lolly Gourmet Pops


Sumo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

FINALISTS: Hiro Japanese Cuisine, Rice Box


All Events Catering/Bistro on the Ridge

FINALISTS: JTown’s Grill, Trauma Hogs BBQ


Omar Barry (Omar’s Uptown)

FINALISTS: John Myers (The Parsonage), Dana Lamel (Pastaria 49)

Wedding Registry    

The Everyday Chef

FINALISTS: Target, Dillard’s

Wedding Cake

Abby Cakes

FINALISTS: Southern Confections, Gigi’s Cupcakes

Wedding Venue    


FINALISTS: The Silos, The Glass Factory

Wedding Dress Store    

Jessica’s Bridal and Formal

FINALISTS: Emma & Kait’s Bridal and Formal Boutique, David’s Bridal

Tuxedo Shop    

Men N’ Black Tuxedos

FINALISTS: Men’s Wearhouse, David’s Bridal

Wedding Rings    

Sissy’s Log Cabin

FINALISTS: Pagan’s Jewelry, Georgeous Custom Jewelry Designs

Wedding Photographer    

James Bickham

FINALISTS: Melissa Donner, Ryanne O’Donnell

Wedding Videographer    

James Bickham

FINALISTS: Knight Productions, Abby Baker

Wedding Planner    

Samantha McFadden

FINALISTS: Betsy Smith, Bridgette Arnold

Pet Boarding    

Hounds Hideaway

FINALISTS: Magnolia Dog Ranch, Bonesboro Dog Daycare & Boarding

Pet Grooming    

Pet Quarters

FINALISTS: Hounds’ Hideaway, Boss Dog Grooming & Boarding

Pet Food & Supply

Hollywood Feed

FINALISTS: Petsmart, Petco

Doggy Daycare    

Hounds Hideaway

FINALISTS: Magnolia Dog Ranch, Bonesboro Dog Daycare & Boarding

Dr. Mark Lawrence (Woodsprings Animal Clinic)

FINALISTS: Dr. Archie Ryan (Southwest Drive Animal Clinic), Dr. Sarah Owens (Cato Pet Hospital)

Agricultural Equipment Supplier

Greenway Equipment

FINALISTS: Cox Implement, Tractor Supply Company

Agricultural Lender    

Farm Credit MidAmerica

FINALISTS: First National Bank, Rabo AgriFinance

Dr. Andy Snider (Snider Performance + Spine)

FINALISTS: Dr. Jason Sherrod (Sherrod Chiropractic), Dr. Chris Curtis (Curtis Chiropractic and Wellness)

General Dentistry

Dr. Kristy Rowe (Rowe & Rowe Smile Studio)

FINALISTS: Dr. Heather Southard (Southard Family Dentistry), Dr. Emily Gairhan (Gairhan Dental Care)

Cosmetic Dentistry
Dr. John Rowe (Rowe & Rowe Smile Studio)

FINALISTS: Dr. Shane Smith (Shane Smith Family Dental Care), Dr. Ethan Leonard (Woodruff Family Dental)


Dr. Kelly-Gwynne Fergus (Fergus Orthodontics)

FINALISTS: Dr. Kolin Weaver (Weaver Orthodontics), Dr. Andrea Baumann (Westrock Orthodontics)

Pediatric Dentist  

Dr. Summer Tyson
(Jonesboro Pediatric Dental Group)

FINALISTS: Dr. Missee Harris-Kemp (Children’s Dental Clinic of Jonesboro), Dr. Ken Wood (Children’s Dentistry)


Dr. Adam Sills
(Sills Dermatology)

FINALISTS: Dr. Mallory Hurst (St. Bernards Healthcare), Dr. Colton Nielson (St. Bernards Healthcare)

Eye Care  

Dr. Cade Wilson
(Elite Eye Care and Optical)

FINALISTS: Dr. Courtney Hoffman (Visionary Eye Care), Dr. Michael Killough (Vision Care Consultants)

Eye Surgery Center

Southern Eye Associates

FINALISTS: Vision Care Center, Elite Eye Care & Optical

Mental Health/Counseling Services    

Renew Mental Health
& Wellness

FINALISTS: Families Inc., Alleviant Health Care Centers

Occupational Therapist
Melanie Clark (Miracle Kids Success Academy)

FINALISTS: Savannah Agee (St. Bernards Rehabilitation Services), Terry Dodd (St. Bernards Rehabilitation Services)

Physical Therapist
Carly Tennison (St. Bernards Sports Medicine)

FINALISTS: Andy Shatley (St. Bernards Sports Medicine), Tracy Jones (Tracy Jones Physical Therapy)

Speech Therapist  

Brooke Gaston (Hands on Learning Therapy Services)

FINALISTS: Lori Malone (Sensational Kids), Courtney Wheeler (CME Inc.)


Dr. Devi Nair (St. Bernards Heart & Vascular)

FINALISTS: Dr. Michael Isaacson (NEA Baptist), Dr. Barry Tedder (St. Bernards Heart & Vascular)


Dr. Drew Dunham (St. Bernards OB-GYN Associates)

FINALISTS: Dr. Norbert Delacey (NEA Baptist), Dr. Michael Ketcham (NEA Baptist)

Orthopedic Physician  

Dr. Jeremy Swymm (JOSM)

FINALISTS: Dr. Jason Brandt (NEA Baptist), Dr. Brian Dickson (JOSM)

Family Practice Physician   

Dr. Scott Hoke (NEA Baptist)

FINALISTS: Dr. Darrell Ragland (St. Bernards First Care), Dr. Craig McDaniel (Family Physicians of Jonesboro)

Plastic Surgeon  

Dr. W. Tomasz Majewski (Majewski Plastic Surgery and Spa)

FINALISTS: Dr. Nolan Jaegar (St. Bernards Healthcare), Dr. Scott Epperson (Paragould Plastic Surgery)


Dr. Kris Nwokeji (KION Pediatrics)

FINALISTS: Dr. Jane Sneed (The Children’s Clinic), Dr. Lowery Beck (Apache Drive Children’s Clinic)


Garner Family Pharmacy

FINALISTS: The Medicine Shoppe, Woodsprings Pharmacy & Home Medical

Home Health Agency    

St. Bernards Home Health

FINALISTS: Elite Home Health, First Choice Home Care Inc.

Home Health Supply Store

Southern Home Healthcare

FINALISTS: Delta Medical Supply, Affordable Medical

Hospice Agency

St. Bernards Hospice

FINALISTS: Dierksen Hospice, Elite Hospice

Physical Rehabilitative Services    

Encompass Health Rehabilitation

FINALISTS: St. Bernards Sports Medicine, NEA Rehabilitation Services

Weight Loss Center    

McClurkan Clinic

FINALISTS: NEA Medical Weight Loss, Downtown Medicine and Spa

Health/Fitness Club    

The Trim Gym

FINALISTS: St. Bernards Health & Wellness, Workout Anytime

Ambulance Service    

Emerson Ambulance Service

FINALIST: Medic One Ambulance

New Car Dealership    

Central Dealerships

FINALISTS: Cavenaugh Auto Group, Honda of Jonesboro

Used Car Dealership    

Car Choice

FINALISTS: Car Mart, Nebo Auto Center

Auto Body Repair    

Stadium Auto Body

FINALISTS: Steve’s Auto Body, Collision Repair

Auto Tire Service    

Gateway Tire and Service Center

FINALISTS: Local Tire & Wheels, Plaza Tire Services

Auto Maintenance & Care    

Gateway Tire and Service Center

FINALISTS: Joe’s Tire and Auto Service, Express Mobile Lube

Car Wash    

Tommy’s Express

FINALISTS: Rhino Car Wash, Take 5

Auto & Home Glass Repair/Replacement    

Union Glass Co.

FINALISTS: S&S Glass, Safelite Auto Glass

Oil Change    

Gateway Tire & Service Center

FINALISTS: Express Mobile Lube, Take 5

Truck Accessories    

Russell’s Truck Accessories

FINALISTS: NEA Performance Plus, DNW

Window Tinting    


FINALISTS: The Tint Shop, Eclipse Window Tinting


Lance Owens

FINALISTS: Jared Woodard, Chad Oldham


Law Firm

OMG Law Firm

FINALISTS: Stanley + Woodard Law Firm, Waddell, Cole & Jones


First Community Bank

FINALISTS: Centennial Bank, First Security Bank

Brokerage Firm    

Benjamin F. Edwards

FINALISTS: Merrill Lynch, Edward Jones

Financial Planner  

Tim Fitzgerald (Benjamin F. Edwards)

FINALISTS: Brian McCormick (Edward Jones), Aimee Shouse (Benjamin F. Edwards)

Mortgage Lender
Jelena Veteto (First Community Bank)

FINALISTS: Mary Tucker (First Financial Mortgage), Jason Cowgill (Nations Lending)


Brent Cassady (Brent G. Cassady, CPA)

FINALISTS: Joe Wheeler (Garland & Greenwood), Jeff Wicker (Thomas, Speight and Noble)

Insurance Agency    

Farm Bureau Insurance

FINALISTS: State Farm, Selby Insurance

Insurance Agent    

Catherine Dillon (State Farm)

FINALISTS: Tony Selby (Selby Insurance), Blake Rogers (Shelter Insurance)


Bearded Bouquet

FINALISTS: Posey Peddler, Cooksey’s Flower Shop

Dry Cleaners    

West’s Dry Cleaners

FINALIST: Magic Touch

Funeral Home

Emerson Funeral Home

FINALISTS: Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home, Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home

Travel Agency    

Jonesboro Travel, Cruise & Tour

FINALISTS: The Bettis Adventures, Anywhere But Here

Day Care
Discovery Island Learning Center

FINALISTS: St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School, Kids Kingdom Child Care Center

Barber Shop
Black Rose Barber Co.

FINALISTS: Sports Clips, Caribbean Cuts

Hair Salon
Gratitude Hair and Nail Salon

FINALISTS: VANSTONE Salon & Med Spa, Friends & Company

Nail Salon    

Amy Nails

FINALISTS: Ivy Nails Lounge, Valentine Nails

Tanning Salon    

Palm Beach Tan

FINALISTS: Club Tan, The Basic Bee Spa


Body Indulgence Spa & Boutique
FINALISTS: Downtown Medicine and Spa, Eden Medical Spa & Boutique

Megan Lamb (Esthetique)

FINALISTS: Melissa Alonso (The Basic Bee Spa), Karen Griffin (Body Indulgence)

Massage Therapist
Stacha Imhoff (Mohsta Lyf Massage and Wellness)

FINALISTS: Staci Dickson (Downtown Medicine and Spa), Sherri Merriman (Body Indulgence)

Personal Trainer

Callie Talley
(Griffin Training Center)

FINALISTS: Kara Fowler (St. Bernards Health & Wellness), Price Harell (The Trim Gym)

Tattoo Artist

Freddie Bowers

(Black Arrow Tattoo)

FINALISTS: Luke Combs (Wild Rose Tattoo), Shannon Caples (Wild Rose Tattoo)


Embassy Suites by Hilton Red Wolf Convection Center
FINALISTS: Intersect 311, Hilton Garden Inn

Pawn Shop    

United Pawnbrokers

FINALISTS: Express Pawn Inc., Jim’s Pawn Shop

Apartment Community    

The Reserve at Sage Meadows

FINALISTS: Willow Creek, The Landing at Greensborough Village

Retirement Community    

St. Bernards Village

FINALISTS: The Bungalows at Jonesboro, SouthWind Heights

Golf Course    

Sage Meadows Country Club

FINALISTS: Jonesboro Country Club, RidgePointe Country Club

Lawn Care & Landscaping    

Tosh Lawn Care

FINALISTS: Clayton Outdoor Services, All Scapes Irrigation Lawncare & Nursery

Commercial/Residential Cleaning Service    

Sol’s Enterprises

FINALISTS: Swept Away, C&C Cleaning Services

Nursery and Garden Center    

Mid-South Nursery and Greenhouses

FINALISTS: Bennett’s Landscape and Design Company, Hughey’s Nursery & Landscaping

Pest Control

Adams Pest Control

FINALISTS: All-American Pest Control, Terminix

Roofing Company    

Roof Raiders

FINALISTS: Jonesboro Roofing Company, Southern Roofing and Restoration

Home Improvement Store    

Lowe’s Home Improvement

FINALISTS: Home Depot, Ditta ACE Hardware

Fence Company    

Dacus Fence Company

FINALISTS: Red Beard Fence, Round TUIT Fencing

Carpet Cleaning Service    

Washed New

FINALISTS: Jim Heath’s Floor Care, Elam Enterprises

Flooring Store    

Law’s Flooring & Rugs

FINALISTS: Barton’s of Jonesboro, Bob’s Carpet

Air Conditioning and Heating Services

AirToday Heating & Air Conditioning

FINALISTS: Holladay Air Conditioning, ACE Heating & Cooling Inc.

Plumbing Services    

Chris West Plumbing

FINALISTS: Adams & Cooper, Knuckles & Sons

Electrician Services    

Cossey Electric

FINALISTS: Springle Electric, Owens Electric

Garage Door Company    

Ditta Overhead Door

FINALISTS: Jonesboro Overhead Door, Quality Overhead Door

Interior Designer

Interior Designer MG Meyering (Interiors by Design)

FINALISTS: Brittany Sugg, Kim Biggs (The Vibe)

Moving Company    

Smith Moving Co.

FINALISTS: The Moving Company, Haring Enterprises

Commercial/Residential Painter     

Bethune Painting

FINALISTS: Hernandez Painting, Bibiano Painting

Home Furniture Store     

Gamble Home Furnishings

FINALISTS: Hank’s Fine Furniture, Harris Furniture

Commercial Furniture Store    

Allied Corporate Furniture

FINALISTS: Gamble Home Furnishings, Hank’s Fine Furniture

Office Equipment    

Forrest Office Machines

FINALISTS: Office Depot, Sam’s Club

Packing/Shipping Store    

Pak Mail


Print Shop    

Pak Mail

FINALISTS: Safe Ship, Art Advertising

Real Estate Firm    

Century 21 Portfolio

FINALISTS: Coldwell Banker Village Communities, ERA Doty Real Estate

Sonya Sanders (ERA Doty)

FINALISTS: Blair Cook (Coldwell Bankers Village Communities), Chrissie Wright (C21 Portfolio)

Tech Support/IT Services    

Kalmer Solutions

FINALISTS: Pinnacle IT, Allied IT

Internet Provider    

Right Fiber by Ritter Communications

FINALISTS: AT&T, Empower by Craighead Electric

Matt Silas (Matt Silas Architect)

FINALISTS: John Mixon (Cooper Mixon Architects), Tim Cooper (Cooper Mixon Architects)

Home Builder
Jim Abel (Jim Abel Homes)

FINALISTS: Mark Morris (Mark Morris Construction), Burt Sugg (Sugg Construction)

Commercial Builder
Construction Network Inc.

FINALISTS: Olympus Construction Inc., Ramsons Inc.

Pool/Spa Builder
Tallulah Pools, Inc.

FINALISTS: Aloha Pools & Spas, Pool Masters

Pool Supply/Maintenance
Tallulah Pools, Inc.

FINALISTS: Aloha Pools & Spas, Environments

Self Storage        

Dacus Mini Warehouses

FINALISTS: Halsey Self Storage, Bearcat Storage

Appliance Repair

Strong Arm Services

FINALISTS: Sergeants Repair Service, Appliance 911

Appliance Retail Store    

Metro Appliances & More

FINALISTS:  Tucker’s Appliances, Lowe’s Home Improvement


Kroger Marketplace

FINALISTS: Harps Food Stores, Aldi

Antiques Store    

49 South Antiques & Collectables

FINALISTS: The Fancy Attic, Double B Vintage Market

Thrift Store    

Abilities Unlimited

FINALISTS: Goodwill, Second Home Shoppe

Gift Shop    

Full Sun Gifts

FINALISTS: June’s Hallmark, Garner Family Pharmacy

Baby Registry


FINALISTS: Full Sun Gifts, Cutie Patootie

Music Supply    

Back Beat Music

FINALISTS: All-Star Music, Mr. Crisso’s Music Shop

Trophies & Awards

Mr. Trophy

FINALISTS: Crown Trophy, Brown’s Graduation


Sissy’s Log Cabin

FINALISTS: Georgeous Custom Jewelry Design, Pagan’s Jewelry

Battery Center

Interstate All Battery Center

FINALISTS: Battery Outfitters, Battery Warehouse

Eye Wear    

Elite Eye Care & Optical

FINALISTS: Visionary Eye Care, LensMasters

Home Decor    

Gamble Home Furnishings

FINALISTS: HomeGoods, Hobby Lobby

Mattress Store    

Gamble Home Furnishings

FINALISTS: Hank’s Fine Furniture, Mattress Firm

Fashion Accessories

The Refinery

FINALISTS: Dillard’s, Adara Boutique

Women's Clothing/Boutique    

Threads Boutique

FINALISTS: Dillard’s, The Refinery

Women's Shoes

FINALISTS: Gearhead Outfitters, Adara Boutique

Men's Clothing/Boutique


FINALISTS: Gearhead Outfitters, DNW Outdoors

Men's Shoes

FINALISTS: Gearhead Outfitters, DNW Outdoors

Children's Clothing/Boutique    

Cutie Patootie

FINALISTS: Kiddly Toes, Dillard’s

Children's Shoes    

Kiddly Toes

FINALISTS: Dillard’s, Cutie Patootie

Resale/Consignment Clothing Store

Style Encore

FINALISTS: Plato’s Closet, Once Upon A Child

Screen Printer/Shirt Designer    

Running Threads

FINALISTS: Arrow Screen Printing, Elite Graphics

Sporting Goods     

Academy Sports & Outdoors

FINALISTS: Play It Again Sports, Gearhead Outfitters

Outdoor/Hunting Store    

DNW Outdoors

FINALISTS: Academy Sports & Outdoors, Gearhead Outfitters

Motorcycle/ATV Store

Jonesboro Cycle and ATV

FINALISTS: Harley-Davidson of Jonesboro, Big Bore Bikes

Family Entertainment Venue


FINALISTS: The Social, Huntington Square

Children's Birthday Party Venue    


FINALISTS: Jonesboro Gymnastics Academy, The Social

Dance Studio    

Christie McNeill Dance Studio

FINALISTS: The Foundation of Arts, Erin’s Dance Academy

Sports Training Program for Kids    

Zoned In Sports Academy

FINALISTS: Ralvis Training Center, St. Bernards Sports Training

Tutoring Service    

Clark’s Tutoring

FINALISTS: TLC Tutoring, The Apple Group

Live Entertainment Venue    

Huntington Square

FINALISTS: JTown’s Grill, Brickhouse Grill

Art Gallery    

Sara Howell Art Gallery

FINALISTS: Perspective Gallery + Framing, Bradbury Art Museum


Sara Howell

FINALISTS: Beau Jones, Kyla Scercy


The Band Trippp

FINALISTS: Fallen Within, Cory Jackson

Radio Station

104.9 The Fox

FINALISTS: 107.9 KFIN, 100.5 The Eagle

Radio Personality    

Trey Stafford

FINALISTS: Brandon Baxter, Kelly Perry

Television Station    


Television Personality    

Ryan Vaughan

FINALISTS: Diana Davis, Aaron Castleberry


Melissa Donner

FINALISTS: James Bickham, Ryanne O’Donnell

Elected Official

Mayor Harold Copenhaver

FINALISTS: Craighead County Judge Marvin Day, Sen. Dan Sullivan

Private School    

Ridgefield Christian School

FINALISTS: Blessed Sacrament School, Crowley’s Ridge Academy

Public School District

Jonesboro Public Schools

FINALISTS: Brookland Public Schools, Valley View School District

School Administrator    

Dr. Kim Wilbanks (Jonesboro Public Schools)

FINALISTS: Sandy McCall (Brookland Public Schools), Erin Odom (Jonesboro Public Schools)


Karen LeClair (Jonesboro Public Schools)

FINALISTS: Tina Townsley (Jonesboro Public Schools), Paige Allen (Brookland Public Schools)


Wes Swift (Jonesboro Public Schools)

FINALISTS: Ron Teat (Valley View School District), Steven Hampton (Nettleton Public Schools)

Local Festival    

Downtown Jonesboro BBQ Festival

FINALISTS: Oasis Arts & Eats, Local Fest

Local Park    

Craighead Forest Park

FINALISTS: Joe Mack Campbell Park, Miracle League of Jonesboro

Nonprofit Organization    

NEA Humane Society

FINALISTS: Magnolia Mental Health, CityYouth

Fundraising Event

Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro Charity Ball

FINALISTS: Make-A-Wish Have-A-Heart Wish-A-Thon, St. Bernards Triple Swing



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