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Monday May 23, 2016

In January 2016, Virginia Living magazine announced the fifth 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 100 categories. Martinsville-Henry County falls into the Southwest Virginia region of the contest.

The May 2016 “Best of Virginia” issue lists the first, second and third place winners in each category. Forty-five Martinsville-Henry County area businesses won a total of 49 awards in the 2016 contest. 18 of the awards won were first place.

First place winners included: Pro Automotive, Nelson Automotive Group, Chain of Fools Bicycle Repair, Martinsville Smiles, Dr. Judith Szulecki, Edward Jones, Simply the Best Flowers and Gifts, Reflections Day Spa, Carlisle School, Gardner Barrow & Sharpe P.C., Grooming Tails Doggie Boarding & Daycare, Rives S. Brown, Dunham’s Sports, King’s Mountain Animal Clinic, Chopstix, Serendipity Coffee House & Bistro, Chatmoss Golf and Country Club and King’s Grant Retirement Community. 

Several local businesses have had a consistent spot in the winner’s bracket. Martinsville Smiles has won best dental practice for Southwest Virginia five years in a row. This year they outranked dental practices in Abingdon and Roanoke.  According to Dr. Mark Crabtree of Martinsville Smiles, “We are honored to be recognized by this award.” Crabtree noted that the practice tracks referrals and has received new patients due to the Best of Virginia recognition, some even traveling from outside the area to receive dental care in Martinsville.

A newcomer to the contest was Chain of Fools Bicycle Repair in Uptown Martinsville, owned by Matthew Huckfeldt. The sales and repair shop has only been open since March 2015 but outranked cycle shops in Blacksburg and Abingdon in the contest. According to Huckfeldt, “Being such a new business, it’s exciting to know that customers are aware of Chain of Fools and are pleased with service enough to vote for me.” He noted that customers have a choice in where to take their bikes for service in the region and that he finds it “flattering for out of town guests to drive 30 minutes to come see me when there are other options out there.” Huckfeldt added that he hopes his enthusiasm for cycling is contagious.

In addition to participating in a local winner’s photoshoot, sixteen of the winners had the opportunity to tell about their businesses during a live broadcast on Periscope. A video of the broadcast can be viewed at www.Twitter.com/MHCTourism.

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:

Arts, Culture & Entertainment

Rooster Walk | Best Annual Charity Event | 2nd

Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County | Best Charity | 2nd

Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County | Best Charity | 3rd

Rives Theatre | Best Music Venue | 2nd

Virginia Museum of Natural History | Best Museum | 3rd

Chatmoss Golf and Country Club | Best Special Event Venue | 3rd

Living & Recreation

Smith River Outfitters | Best Fishing Guide Company | 3rd

Chatmoss Golf and Country Club | Best Golf Course | 1st

Gym 24 | Best Gym | 2nd

Boxwood Hunt Club | Best Hunting Preserve | 2nd

Turkeycock Mountain | Best Hunting Preserve | 3rd

Smith River Outfitters | Best Outdoor Adventure | 3rd

King's Grant Retirement Community | Best Retirement Community | 1st


Food & Drink

Chopstix | Best Asian Restaurant | 1st

Wild Magnolia | Best Bar | 3rd

Checkered Pig BBQ & Ribs | Best Barbecue Restaurant | 2nd

Fenderz Drive-In | Best Burger Joint | 3rd

Quality Catering & 37 East | Best Caterer | 3rd

Dippers Ice Cream | Best Local Ice Cream Shop | 2nd

Serendipity Coffee House & Bistro | Best Locally-Owned Coffee Shop | 2nd

3rd Bay | Best Outdoor Dining | 3rd

Elizabeth's Pizza | Best Pizza | 3rd

Serendipity Coffee House & Bistro | Best Place For Lunch | 1st

Captain Tom's | Best Seafood Restaurant | 3rd


Shopping & Services

Sells, Hogg & Associates, CPAs | Best Accounting Firm | 2nd

Pro Automotive | Best Automotive Shop | 1st

Nelson Automotive Group | Best Car Dealer | 1st

Belk-Martinsville | Best Children's Clothing Store | 3rd

Chain of Fools Bicycle Repair | Best Cycle Shop | 1st

Reflections Salon & Day Spa | Best Day Spa | 2nd

Village Spa | Best Day Spa | 3rd

Martinsville Smiles | Best Dental Practice | 1st

Dr. Judith Szulecki | Best Dermatology Practice | 1st

Edward Jones | Best Financial Planning Firm | 1st

Simply the Best, Flowers & Gifts | Best Florist | 1st

Janice Cain Stationery | Best Gift Shop | 2nd

Reflections Salon & Day Spa | Best Hair Salon | 1st

Carlisle School | Best Independent School | 1st

Lou Harris, Inc. | Best Interior Design Firm | 3rd

Hendrick's Lawncare & Landscape | Best Landscaping Company | 2nd

Gardner, Barrow & Sharpe, P.C. | Best Law Firm | 1st

Reflections Salon & Day Spa | Best Med Spa | 3rd

Draper & Ferrell | Best Men's Clothing Store | 2nd

Reflections Salon & Day Spa | Best Men's Haircut | 3rd

Snyder Orthodontics | Best Orthodontic Practice | 3rd

Children's Medical Center | Best Pediatric Practice | 2nd

Grooming Tails Doggie Boarding & Daycare | Best Pet Boarding | 1st

Rives S. Brown | Best Real Estate Firm | 1st

Berry-Elliott Realtors | Best Real Estate Firm | 3rd

Dunham's Sports | Best Sporting Goods Store | 1st

King's Mountain Animal Clinic | Best Veterinary Hospital | 1st

Chatmoss Golf and Country Club | Best Wedding Venue | 2nd



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