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:
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
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