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Friday May 9, 2014

Best of MHC 2014

In January 2014, Virginia Living magazine announced the third 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 32,000 people across the state's five regions voted for businesses in 91 categories. Within each region (Central, Eastern, Northern, Southwestern and Shenandoah Valley) there are four sections: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Living & Recreation, Shopping & Services and Food & Drink. 

Forty-nine Martinsville-Henry County area businesses won a total of 56 awards in the 2014 contest. The May "Best Of" issue lists a portion of the winners in various categories and additional prize winners will be listed on the publication's website.

According to Jennifer Doss, Director of Tourism for Martinsville-Henry County, "This is an incredible honor for our community to have so many winners. It just goes to show that while we live and work in a small community, the services and quality-of-life offerings found here are comparative to those offered in many larger metropolitan areas."

Binding Time Café has won the award for Best Locally-owned Coffee Shop three years in a row and achieved first place honors this year. Owner John Hale said, "To think that more people took time out of their busy lives for the promotion of our business is humbling. We cannot thank our customers, and those who supported all of Martinsville's winners, enough. Community pride is alive and well here."

Several new voting categories were added contest this year such as Best Fishing Facilities. According to Craig Rockwell, Operations Project Manager, "To have Philpott Lake chosen as the Best Fishing Facility in Southwestern Virginia is a great tribute to the teamwork of people who manage Philpott Lake, the whole Corps of Engineers, and especially to all the local people, volunteers and partners who have helped in many ways to assure that the entire fishing experience is rewarding at Philpott Lake. We are all grateful for this wonderful recognition."

Virginia Living magazine sent each award winning business a Best of Virginia 2014 award certificate to display at their business, and a Best of Virginia 2014 award seal to display on their website, social media and print collateral. According to the magazine's editor, Erin Parkhurst, "The thing I love about this issue is that these are your [the public's] favorite places--tips from boots on the ground for the best restaurants and resorts, art and music events, clothing and home décor shops, brunch and coffee spots, pediatricians, wildlife trails and more in your communities. This is great neighbor-to-neighbor advice, so I hope you will turn to Best of Virginia 2014 all year long whenever you need a tip about where to eat, shop or play anywhere in the state."

Rives Coleman, of Rives Brown Realtors stated "We are very excited to be recognized as one of the top Real Estate Firms in Martinsville-Henry County and Southwestern Virginia. We have a long history of serving the community in listing and selling homes for more than 86 years. We are proud of this recognition and excited about the future of our wonderful community!"

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

Local winners featured in the Southwest region are:


Fenderz- Best Burger Joint - 1st Place
Checkered Pig- Best Barbecue Restaurant - 1st Place
Dipper's Ice Cream- Best Local Ice Cream - 1st Place
Captain Tom's - Best Seafood Restaurant - 1st Place
Third Bay Café- Best Place for Lunch - 1st Place
Wild Magnolia- Best Overall Bar - 1st Place
Binding Time Café- Best Locally Owned Coffee Shop - 1st Place
Rising Sun Breads -Best Bakery - 2nd Place
Quality Catering- Best Caterer - 2nd Place
Clarence's- Best Breakfast Restaurant - 2nd Place
Chatmoss Country Club- Best Outdoor Dining - 2nd Place
Chatmoss Country Club- Best Overall Bar - 2nd Place
Elizabeth's Pizza- Best Pizzeria - 2nd Place
Hugo's- Best Sports Bar - 3rd Place
Susan Critz- Best Caterer - 3rd Place

Recreation & Attractions

Rives Theatre- Best Music Venue - 1st Place
Philpott Lake- Best Fishing Facility - 1st Place
Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival- Best Annual Charity Event - 1st Place
Chatmoss Country Club- Best Golf Course - 1st Place
Chatmoss Country Club- Best Tennis Club - 1st Place
TheatreWorks Community Players- Best Performing Arts Company - 2nd Place
Virginia Museum of Natural History- Best Historic Museum - 2nd Place
Virginia Museum of Natural History- Best Overall Museum - 2nd Place
Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum(MHC Courthouse)- Best Historic Museum - 3rd Place
Martinsville Speedway- Best "Do Not Miss" Tourist Attraction - 3rd Place
Charity League Bargain Fair- Best Annual Charity Event - 3rd Place
Chatmoss County Club- Best Special Event Venue - 3rd Place


Therapy Direct- Best Physical Therapy Group - 1st Place
Martinsville Smiles- Best Dental Practice - 1st Place
Dr. David C. Jones- Best Orthodontic Practice - 1st Place
Snyder Orthodontics- Best Orthodontic Practice - 2nd Place
Martinsville Pediatrics- Best Pediatric Practice - 2nd Place
Dr. Judith Szuleki- Best Dermatologist - 2nd Place

Professional Services

Carlisle School- Best Independent School - 1st Place
King's Grant- Best Retirement Community - 1st Place
Rives Brown- Best Real Estate Firm - 1st Place
Gym 24- Best Gym- 1st Place
Frith Construction- Best Contractor- 1st Place
Pro Automotive- Best Automotive Repair Shop - 1st Place
Reflections Day Spa- Best Hair Salon - 1st Place
King's Mountain Animal Clinic- Best Veterinary Hospital - 1st Place
The Village Spa- Best Day Spa - 2nd Place
Prillaman Landscaping Dimensions- Best Landscaping Company - 2nd Place
Lou Harris Inc.- Best Interior Design Firm - 2nd Place
Gardner, Barrow, Sharpe & Pearson, P.C.- Best Law Firm - 2nd Place
Martinizing Cleaners- Best Local Dry Cleaner - 2nd Place
Dollarhite's Barber Shop- Best Men's Haircut - 2nd Place
Berry-Elliott Realtors- Best Real Estate Firm - 3rd Place
Reflections Day Spa- Best Day Spa - 3rd Place


Piece's Boutique- Best Women's Clothing Boutique - 1st Place
Simply the Best- Best Florist - 1st Place
Janice Cain Stationery- Best Gift Shop -1st Place
Green Living Resale- Best Antiques - 2nd Place
Green Living Resale- Best Independent Home Décor - 2nd Place
Nelson Automotive- Best Car Dealership - 2nd Place
Draper & Ferrell Clothiers- Best Men's Clothing Store - 2nd Place

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