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Saturday May 18, 2019


In January 2019, Virginia Living magazine announced the eighth 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 107 categories. Martinsville-Henry County falls into the Southwest Virginia region of the contest.

The May 2019 “Best of Virginia” issue lists the first, second and third place winners in each category. Eighty-Seven Martinsville-Henry County area businesses were awarded "Best of Virginia" honors in the 2019 contest. 32 of the awards won were first place.

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

Below we have listed our Tourism related winners.

Local Winners:

Arts, Culture & Entertainment

Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County Bargain Fair | Best Annual Charity Event | 2nd

Rooster Walk | Best Annual Charity Event | 3rd

Piedmont Arts | Best Art Gallery | 1st

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

Best Family Entertainment | Uptown Pinball | 1st

Martinsville Oktoberfest | Best Food Festival | 3rd

Movie Town | Best Movie Theatre | 3rd

Virginia Museum of Natural History | Best Museum | 1st

Rives Theatre | Best Music Venue | 2nd

TheatreWorks Community Players | Best Performing Arts Company | 3rd


Food & Drink

Sweet Cakes Bakery-Café | Best Bakery | 1st

Rising Sun Breads | Best Bakery | 2nd

Hugo's Restaurant and Sports Bar | Best Bar | 1st

Checkered Pig Barbecue | Best Barbecue Restaurant | 2nd

The Sirloin House | Best Breakfast Restaurant | 2nd

Clarence's Steak & Seafood House | Best Breakfast Restaurant | 3rd

Fenderz Drive-In | Best Burger Joint | 1st

Hugo's Restaurant and Sports Bar | Best Burger Joint | 3rd

Cocoa Trail Chocolates | Best Chocolatier | 2nd

Mountain Valley Brewing | Best Craft Brewery | 2nd

Dipper's Ice Cream | Best Dessert Menu | 3rd

Rania's Restaurant, Bar, and Grill | Best Italian Restaurant | 1st

Dipper's Ice Cream | Best Local Ice Cream Shop | 1st

Sweet Cakes Bakery-Café | Best Local Sandwich Shop | 1st

Hugo's Restaurant and Sports Bar | Best Local Sandwich Shop | 2nd

Daily Grind | Best Locally Owned Coffee Shop | 2nd

El Parral | Best Mexican Restaurant | 1st

Mi Ranchito | Best Mexican Restaurant | 3rd

Papa's Pizzeria Italian Restaurant | Best Pizzeria | 1st

Jerry's Pizza & Pasta Grill | Best Pizzeria | 3rd

Hugo's Restaurant and Sports Bar | Best Restaurant | 2nd

Captain Tom Seafood | Best Seafood Restaurant | 1st

The Pacific Bay Steak & Seafood Restaurant | Best Seafood Restaurant | 3rd

Hamlet Vineyards | Best Winery | 1st


Living & Recreation

Smith River Outfitters | Best Fishing Guide Company |  3rd

Chatmoss Country Club | Best Golf Course | 1st

Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA | Best Gym or Fitness Studio | 2nd

Sandy River Equestrian Center | Best Horseback Riding Lessons | 1st

Philpott Marina | Best Marina | 1st

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

Martinsville-Henry County SPCA Critter Camp | Best Summer Camp | 2nd


Shopping & Services

Shindig Catering + Events | Best Caterer | 3rd

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

Carlisle School | Best Independent School | 3rd

Just Breathe Yoga & Bodywork | Best Massage Therapy Group | 2nd

Village Spa | Best Massage Therapy Group | 3rd

Grooming Tails Daycare Lodging and Spa, LLC | Best Pet Boarding | 1st

Village Spa | Best Spa | 2nd

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

Books and Crannies | Best Book Store | 1st

Simply the Best Flowers | Best Florist | 1st

Janice Cain Stationery | Best Gifts | 3rd

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


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