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Friday May 8, 2015

In January 2015, Virginia Living magazine announced the fourth annual “Best of Virginia” contest to highlight businesses throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Readers of the magazine and the public were invited to participate in an online survey to submit write-in votes for their favorite businesses.

According to the publication, more than 40,000 people across the state’s five regions voted for businesses in 95 categories. Martinsville-Henry County falls into the Southwest Virginia region.

The May “Best Of” issue lists the winners in each category. Fifty-eight Martinsville-Henry County area businesses won a total of 65 awards in the 2015 contest. 28 of the awards won were first place.

According to Jennifer Doss, Director of Tourism for Martinsville-Henry County, “We’re incredibly proud of all our local winners. The honors earned by these businesses are a positive reflection on our entire community, showcasing the wonderful quality-of-life amenities that our community has to offer to prospective residents and businesses.”

The magazine is available on major newsstands and may also be ordered by calling 804.343.7539 or online at shop.VirginiaLiving.com

Local Winners Included:


Arts, Culture & Entertainment

Charity League Bargain Fair, 3rd Place Annual Charity Event

Historic Henry County Courthouse, 3rd Place Historic Site

Rives Theatre, 2nd Place Music Venue

Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival, 2nd Place Annual Charity Event

TheatreWorks Community Players, 3rd Place Performing Arts Company

Virginia Museum of Natural History, Best Historic Museum

Virginia Museum of Natural History, 2nd Place Museum

Wild Magnolia, 3rd Place Best Place to Dance


Sports & Recreation

Boxwood Hunt Club, 2nd Place Hunting Preserve

Chatmoss Country Club, Best Golf Course

Chatmoss Country Club, Best Tennis Club

Smith River, 3rd Place Best Place to Fish

Turkeycock Mountain, 3rd Place Hunting Preserve



Binding Time Café, 2nd Place Locally-Owned Coffee Shop

Captain Tom's Seafood and Steak Restaurant, Best Seafood Restaurant

Chatmoss Country Club, 2nd Place Bar

Checkered Pig (aka Pigs R Us), Best Barbeque Restaurant

Dippers Ice Cream, Best Local Ice Cream Shop

Elizabeth's Pizza, 2nd Place Pizzeria

Fenderz Drive-In, Best Burger Joint

Hugo's Restaurant and Sports Bar, 2nd Place Sports Bar

Quality Catering, Best Caterer

Rising Sun Breads, 3rd Place Bakery

Susan Critz Catering, 2nd Place Caterer

Third Bay Café, Best Place for Lunch

Wild Magnolia, Best Bar

Yamato, 2nd Place Sushi Restaurant


Professional Services

Carlisle School, Best Independent School

Charity League of Martinsville & Henry County, 3rd Place Charity

Charles Aaron Law Office, Martinsville, Best Law Firm

Children's Medical Center, 2nd Place Pediatric Practice

Dr. Judith M. Szulecki, 2nd Place Dermatology Practice

Frith Construction, 2nd Place Contractor 

Gardner, Barrow and Sharp, 2nd Place Law Firm

Gym 24, Best Gym

Hendricks Lawncare & Landscape, Best Landscaping Company

James K. Muehleck, DDS, Martinsville, 3rd Place Dental Practice

Jones & DeShon Orthodontics, Martinsville

King’s Grant Retirement Community, Best Retirement Community

Kings Mountain Animal Clinic, 2nd Place Veterinary Hospital

Lou Harris Inc., 2nd Place Interior Design Firm

Martinsville Pediatrics, 3rd Place Pediatric Practice

Martinsville Smiles, Best Dental Practice

Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County, 3rd Place Hospital

Nelson Automotive Group, Best Car Dealer

Pro Automotive, Best Automotive Repair Shop

Reflections Day Spa, 2nd Place Day Spa

Reflections Day Spa, Best Hair Salon

Rives S. Brown, Best Real Estate Firm

Sells Hogg and Associates, Best Accounting Firm

Snyder Orthodontics, 2nd Place Orthodontic Practice

Southern Virginia Properties, 3rd Place Real Estate Firm

SPCA, 2nd Place Charity

The Spencer Group Real Estate & Auctions, Inc., 2nd Place Real Estate Firm

Therapy Direct, Best Physical Therapy Group

Village Spa, 3rd Place Day Spa


Retail Businesses

Draper & Ferrell, 3rd Place Men's Clothing Store

Dunham's Sports, Best Sporting Goods Store

Green Living Resale, Best Antiques,

Green Living Resale, Best Independent Home Décor Store

Home & Wall Décor, 3rd Place Independent Home Décor Store

Janice Cain Stationery, 2nd Place Gift Shop

Pieces, 2nd Place Women's Clothing Store

Simply the Best, Best Florist

Sleep, Love, Play, Best Children's Clothing Store

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