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Cover Feature DELI / SANDWICHES Winner: Dino’s Subs

2221 S. Collins St. • (817) 274-1140

rlington area residents like the deli sandwich – that’s a given. But, if our annual poll is any indication, what they LOVE is a deli sandwich from Dino’s Subs. This is the second straight year Dino’s has reigned as the readers’ choice. And why not? Dino’s has been an Arlington institution since 1980, serving fresh, delicious sandwiches that one customer recently called “not only the best in town – the best I’ve ever eaten.” Owner Jade Dino, who began operating the restaurant after the passing of its founder, her father Larry Dino, says she simply carries on his tradition. “He said there’s one key to success in the restaurant business: ‘never, ever, go down on quality,” Jade recalls.    As our readers have noted, Jade is a good listener.


2017 Readers’ Choice

All Stars

Honorable mention: The Tin Cup 1025 W. Abram St. • (817) 303-5518


Winner: Café Sicilia

7221 Matlock Road • (817) 419-2800 •

EARLIER THIS SUMMER, our readers went to to cast ballots for their choices in more than 100 categories. Here are the selections, your 2017 Arlington Area All Stars ... Photos courtesy of the featured companies/practices

or the second time in as many years, Café Sicilia finds itself standing in the winner’s circle following our readers’ choice poll – this time as the best place for lunch.    Owners Joe Seyedmorteza and Fernando Nogueira actually operate two popular restaurants, Café Sicilia and Pancho’s Mexican Buffet. Their combined experience, teamed with excellent food and a stellar staff that is devoted to providing outstanding service, has quickly made Café Sicilia one of the area’s more popular eateries.    “Café Sicilia is exactly what we set out to accomplish,” says Nogueira. “It’s a place where you can enjoy a well-prepared, homemade Italian meal. That’s what it is all about – around the table with friends and family – our goal precisely.”


Honorable mention: Piccolo Mondo

829 Lamar Boulevard East • (817) 265-9174 •


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Eats / Drinks / Merriment PIZZA

Winner: Mama’s Pizza 1200 N. Fielder Road (817) 795-8700 Honorable mention: Trio Pizza Pasta 1301 E. Debbie Lane, Mansfield (817) 473-1115


Winner: Flying Fish 300 E. Abram St. (817) 303-3335 Honorable mention: Pantego Bay 2233 W. Park Row Drive (817) 303-4853



Honorable mention: Jambo’s Barbequeshack 2502 Little Road (682) 213-2780 1724 W. Division (817) 275-7881

Honorable mention: Piranha Killer Sushi 859 N.E. Green Oaks Blvd. (817) 261-1636 309 Curtis Mathes Way, #149 (817) 465-6455



Winner: David’s Barbecue 2224 W. Park Row Drive, Suite H, Pantego (817) 261-9998

Winner: Orchid City Fusion Cafe 2135 Southeast Pkwy, Suite 101 (817) 468-3777 Honorable mention: P.F. Chang’s 215 E. I-20 Hwy. (817) 375-8690 9829-arlington-tx


Winner: Blue Mesa Southwest Grill 550 Lincoln Square (682) 323-3050 Honorable mention: Mac’s Bar & Grill 6077 W. I-20 (817) 572-0541

Winner: SushiYAA 1827 SW Green Oaks Blvd., #101 (817) 472-8800

Winner: Division Brewing 506 Main St. (682) 276-1276 Honorable mention: Legal Draft 500 E. Division St. (817) 962-2210


Winner: Total Wine & More 981 Interstate 20 W. (817) 472-9727 Honorable mention: Spec’s 3909 S. Cooper St. (682) 375-5982


Winner: Piccolo Mondo

829 Lamar Boulevard East • (817) 265-9174 •

bviously, owner Antonio Capaccioli is doing something right. In the four years Arlington Today magazine has conducted its All Star Readers’ Choice awards, Piccolo Mondo has garnered a top spot in at least one category all four times.    Capaccioli says the popular eatery actually does several things right – most notably the delicious Italian cuisine. “We’re more traditional in style,” he says. “I traveled a lot when I was younger, and when I found something I like to eat, I took note. When we opened here, we offered things I liked to eat myself.”    Add alluring ambience, a popular piano bar and a banquet room that is ideal for big groups, and you wind up with ... well ... an All Star restaurant that customers love.


Honorable mention: Cafe Sicilia

7221 Matlock Road • (817) 419-2800 •


Winner: Mac’s Bar & Grill

6077 W. I-20 • (817) 572-0541 •

his year, Mac’s Bar & Grill owner Mike McMahan and his team are celebrating 30 years of providing great experiences for Arlington area diners. “We’re passionate about each aspect of Mac’s,” he says. “In an easy atmosphere where the food is excellent and the service is warm, our guests find a lively reprieve and are eager to come back. Mac’s will accommodate your every need, whether it is a quick lunch, a casual dinner, special occasion or a gathering with old friends.”    As a locally owned, one-of-a-kind restaurant, Mac’s has also been a consistent community partner, participating in charitable events and working with local suppliers. This month, that community is repaying the commitment – and saying “Happy Anniversary” – with an All Star award.


Honorable mention: Texas Roadhouse

940 N. Hwy 287, Mansfield • (682) 518-6725 • • August 2017 • ARLINGTON TODAY


Eats / Drinks / Merriment SPORTS BAR

Winner: J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill

400 E. Abram St. • (817) 274–8561 •

Gilligan’s recently celebrated its 38th year as one of Arlington’s culinary treasures. Appropriately, our readers have joined in the celebration by tabbing the popular restaurant as this year’s winner in the Sports Bar category.      While it is a “go to” place for watching sports of all sorts – there’s always a game or several on the televisions scattered about the place – J. Gilligan’s is also party headquarters for renions, birthdays, charity functions, political events, holiday parties, youth sports clubs, wedding events, business lunches and meetings and ... well, pretty much any kind of gathering that calls for a friendly place with good food and service. Oh, and did we mention? It’s a great sports bar.


Honorable mention: BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar 522 Lincoln Square • 4000 Arlington Highlands (817) 275-5400 •


Winner: El Arroyo

5024 S. Cooper St. • (817) 468-2557 •

l Arroyo has spent the past decade and a half satisfying Arlington-area patrons – and the past two earning a top spot in our readers’ choice poll.    That’s no surprise, however. The eatery is a great place to spend time with friends and enjoy unique, delicious Mexican cuisine. Plus, it has a superb patio where customers can beat the hot Texas summers in the “cool zone,” complete with misting fans.    Also, diners and party-goers can enjoy live music from March through October on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and on Sunday afternoons. And they’ll always get a chuckle from the restaurant’s Reader Board, which has been known to say, “Eat here or we’ll both starve.”


Honorable mention: Rio Mambo 6407 S. Cooper St. • (817) 465-3122

2150 E. Lamar Blvd., #120 • (817) 795-4555 •


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Winner: Rio Mambo 6407 S. Cooper St. (817) 465-3122 2150 E. Lamar Blvd., #120 (817) 795-4555


Winner: Twisted Root Burger Co. 310 E. Abram St., Suite 100 (817) 201-9669

Honorable mention: BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar 522 Lincoln Square 4000 Arlington Highland (817) 275-5400


Winner: Sugar Bee Sweets 201 N. East St. (817) 903-8661

Honorable mention: The Grease Monkey

Honorable mention: Cooper Street Bakery 2832 S. Cooper St. (817) 472-9656

he Grease Monkey Burger Shop and Social Club were created by a group that has numerous ties to the city of Arlington. The owners, investors and operators have all lived in Arlington, gone to high school in Arlington, or attended UTA. That’s why they brought their business to Arlington – and, boy, are our readers glad they did.    Members of the management team have extensive experience in restaurant management and construction, the service industry, sales and marketing, music, brand management, and goodold-fashioned hard labor. That collective expertise has helped them craft a great restaurant.    And, as our readers have discovered, it has helped to produce some great burgers, as well.

PLACE FOR LIVE MUSIC Winner: El Arroyo 5024 S. Cooper St. (817) 468-2557

Honorable mention: Levitt Pavilion 100 W. Abram St. (817) 543-4301

PLACE FOR A KID PARTY Winner: Chuck E. Cheese’s 2216 S. Fielder Road (817) 861-1561

Honorable mention: Flight Deck Trampoline Park 1600 W. Interstate 20 (817) 377-0000

200 N. Mesquite St. (817) 665-5454


Health / Fitness / Recreation COSMETIC SURGEON

Winner: Dr. Mark Bishara

1101 Matlock Road, Mansfield • (817) 473-2120 •

here have been a few constants since we introduced the All Stars four years ago. One is that Dr. Mark Bishara has captured our readers’ fancy as a plastic surgeon – this is the fourth time he has been named their favorite cosmetic surgeon.    Dr. Bishara’s reputation extends beyond our region’s borders, however. He completed a five-year residency in general surgery at Morristown Memorial hospital, which is affiliated with the prestigious Mount Sinai Medical School in Manhattan, N.Y. During this time he founded the American Plastic and Reconstructive Research Association an industrial think-tank for novel concepts and respective clinical applications in plastic surgery.    He then completed a fellowship appointment in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the world-renowned Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School



Winner: Dr. Joan Bergstrom

1001 N. Waldrop, Suite 505 • (817) 277-9415

5005 S. Cooper St., Suite 275 • (817) 704-1936

r. Joan Bergstrom is a four-time readers’ choice winner in

D the category of Obstetrics and Gynecology, so it’s obvious

that Arlington area patients routinely rely on her and her fellow physicians at her practice, Women’s Health Services.    The WHS team includes Dr. Dawnette Peppler, Dr. Kiran Nangrani, Dr. Sheri Puffer, Dr. Joy Carter and Dr. LaTasha Jarrett. All WHS physicians are Board Certified and skilled in managing all aspects of women’s health care, including normal and high risk pregnancy, gynecologic surgery, incontinence treatment, annual exams, and contraceptive and hormone therapy needs.    They are dedicated to taking care of female patients from adolescence through menopause. Their collective goal is to provide quality care with high patient satisfaction.    To that end, Dr. Bergstrom has crafted two offices that put patient needs and concerns at the forefront of every visit. “Our doctors understand the busy lifestyle of women today,


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affiliate, in Boston, Massachusetts. From his Mansfield office, The Paragon Plastic Surgery & Med Spa, Dr. Bishara provides a wide range of cosmetic procedures to help patients look and feel their best.    “These procedures are designed to improve the appearance of the face and body through minimally invasive techniques that provide highly effective results,” he says. “Many of these procedures can be combined in order to achieve a desired appearance. All of the procedures are performed at Paragon Plastic Surgery Center in the Mansfield office, using the most advanced, state-of-the-art equipment.”    Dr. Bishara and his dedicated staff specialize in breast augmentation, facial cosmetic surgery, body countouring and breast enhancement surgery. He also offers a wide range of hair restoration procedures that are often highly effective. “The best treatment option for each patient depends on the location and extent of hair loss,” he says. “We will take the time to evaluate each patient, discuss his/her individual goals and together develop a personalized treatment plan using one of our many successful hair loss treatment options.”

Honorable mention: Dr. Y. Anthony Nakamura 3030 S. Cooper St. • (817) 417-7200 •

so they have implemented an on-line scheduling system for patients,” Bergstrom says.    This convenient system allows patients to select an appointment date and time and book it online. Women’s Health Services also has a secure patient portal, which allows patients the ability to review and retrieve test results, e-mail questions or request information from the practice.    “We all know that time is precious, and spending hours waiting in a reception room, or on hold on the phone, is wasted,” Dr. Bergstrom says. “Our online scheduling and patient portal provide efficient systems that women can access at all hours of the day or night.”    This kind of forward thinking typifies the devotion the WHS team has for its patients. “Our philosophy is that, as women, we not only have gone through the life experiences, but we also have the enhanced education to help all our patients deal with their physical, situational and emotional problems.”   Honorable mention: Dr. John A. Whitfield

1250 8th Ave., #540, Fort Worth • (817) 927-2229 •

Health / Fitness / Recreation VEIN DOCTOR

Winner: Atlas Vein Care

2701 Matlock Road, Suite 103 • (817) 795-8346 •

ne of the key factors that sets Atlas Vein Care apart from other health care providers who deal with vein issues as part of their practice is the fact that founder Dr. Thomas E. Eidson and his team are dedicated solely to addressing and healing vein problems.    Our readers obviously were impressed, as they gave the practice the nod in this category, the first time Atlas Vein Care has been an Arlington area All Star.    “We are not dabblers,” says Dr. Eidson. “Our passion and dedication is to the evaluation and treatment of all things related to vein problems in the legs from the purely cosmetic to the medically significant. We also take the time to educate our patients and fellow medical professionals on the negative effects vein problems can have on your quality of life if left untreated.”    Dr. Eidson notes that vein problems can cause a wide range of symptoms and that they are much more than just varicose and spider veins. As a double board-certified physician holding cer-


tifications in Family Medicine and as a Venous Disease Specialist (Phlebologist), Dr. Eidson is both educated about and experienced in correcting vein issues. He is certified through the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians, successfully completing rigorous training and comprehensive testing in each medical specialty. He has performed thousands of successful procedures over the course of his career.    “Our goal is to help improve your quality of life,” he says. “Most patients are surprised to find that treatments are easier than they initially thought. Treatment options now are virtually painless, performed in-office, and typically take between 30-60 minutes. There is little to no down time after treatment, and patients are up and walking immediately after.”    Dr. Eidson says his team offers a promise to each patient who is affected by vein issues: You will always be evaluated and treated by a doctor certified to treat vein disease. Our readers like that.

Honorable mention: Dr. Jon Senkowsky

1001 N. Waldrop Drive, Suite 612 • (817) 861-3000 •



4927 S Collins St., Suite 105, • (817) 532-3110 •

5405 S. Cooper St. • (817) 465-4928 •

Winner: Active Family Wellness Center

nother All Star team has been selected, and – no surprise – Dr. Kenyon Godwin (pictured) and his practice, Active Family Wellness Center, is a member.    This is Godwin’s fourth straight year to earn the voters’ nod at a practice that combines education, training and people-focused service to help families live longer, stronger, healthier lives. The center offers an array of holistic services, including chiropractic care, rehabilitation, spinal decompression, sports medicine, weight loss and treatment of back pain.    “Our catalyzing statement is a holistic and healthy family inside of every home,” Dr. Godwin says. “Arlington is a place where families enjoy professional sports teams, theme parks, rereational sports, traveling and outdoor events. We help the family step up to those physical demands. We help people in the American Dream City live their dream by having the health to do so.”



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Winner: CareNow

Honorable mention: Mansfield Urgent Care & Family Medicine

1811 Hwy. 287 N., #150 • (817) 473-3979 •

first-time All Star, Mansfield Urgent Care & Family Medicine is there to care for patients who need to see a doctor immediately. With a full team of healthcare professionals directed by Dr. Jeffrey James Fisher, Mansfield Urgent Care & Family Medicine can diagnose and treat nearly any condition, including fractures, cuts, cold, ear infections, strep throat, and the flu.    The family medicine team at the practice is focused on and devoted to disease prevention through immunizations, annual physicals, biometric screenings and more. These professionals have dedicated their careers to improving your health and wellness and stopping diseases before they dramatically impact your life.


Health / Fitness / Recreation AUDIOLOGIST

Winner: Audiology Experts

1261 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Suite 105 • (817) 451-4818

r. Dr. Kristin Robbins and Lisa B. Fell (pictured, left to right) are celebrating the success of Audiology Experts this month. In August 2008, these two clinical audiologists opened their own audiology practice.    Their mission was simple: provide the kind of hearing healthcare that is needed for success with hearing instruments, but do it while being the best mothers and wives they could be to their respective families.    “We wanted to balance career and motherhood. It was a leap of faith, but we have never looked back,” says Dr. Robbins.    Hearing loss is difficult for anyone to experience. Dr. Fell says, “we are committed to the people and families we serve because hearing loss has such negative consequences when it is unmanaged.”    Their dedication to helping others hear better has struck a chord with the readers of Arlington Today. This is the second consecutive year Audiology Experts has been an All Star.



Winner: Medical City Arlington

3301 Matlock Road • (817) 465-3241 •

ven as it reigned as the 2016 readers’ choice for best emergency room in the area, Medical City Arlington recently completed construction on its emergency department, part of a $100 million facility expansion and renovation investment. The recent project includes several initiatives to increase efficiency and care within the ER.    “Medical City Arlington is committed to being the healthcare leader in the Arlington community and surrounding area,” says Keith Zimmerman, the hosptial’s CEO. “This expansion provides for needed capacity and leading-edge technology as we move toward a Level II trauma designation.”    The addition of an onsite computerized tomography (CT) scanner allows radiologists to conduct exams within the department and provide physicians with faster, quality imaging results.    Additionally, the hospital has enhanced services by adding a separate suite for pediatric emergency care, which includes a



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   A grateful Dr. Fell says one of the things about which she and Dr. Robbins are most proud is the fact that their patients have noted that they will go the extra mile to help their patients address hearing issues.    “We use specialized equipment and procedures to accurately test for hearing loss,” she says. “We can advise patients if hearing aids are recommended and provide the necessary hearing aid fitting services. It is important to remember that hearing aids alone are seldom the answer to hearing problems. They are just a part of the treatment process, which should also include fitting verification, individual counseling, instruction and detailed follow-up.”    She says optimum results and healthier living with hearing aids takes time and the expertise of qualified clinical audiologists, such as she and Dr. Robbins, who are eager to help others.    To that, our readers say, “Hear! Hear!”

Honorable mention: Kos/Danchak

101 W. Randol Mill Road • (817) 277-7039 •

separate entrance, waiting area and six private pediatric rooms – designed to be family-friendly and limit exposure to adult patients in the ER.    Currently the only Level III Trauma Center in Arlington, Medical City Arlington is in pursuit of Level II designation, a prestigious and limited qualification with the ability to provide comprehensive emergency care of all essential specialties, personnel and equipment 24 hours a day.    Last year, our readers took special note of the fact that Medical City Arlington – then Medical Center Arlington – placed such a priority on its emergency care that it updated the average ER wait time several times a day on the hospital website, giving prospective patients a virtual up-to-the-hour idea about what they might experience.    Now, with the expansion and renovation complete, Medical City Arlington has taken emergency care to an even higher level. And our readers are obviously grateful for that.

Honorable mention: Texas Health Arlington Memorial 800 W. Randol Mill Road • (817) 960-6100

Health / Fitness / Recreation FAMILY PHYSICIAN


2415 Matlock Road • (817) 277-6444 •

400 W. Arbrook Blvd., Suite 201

Winner: Arlington Family Practice, PA

newcomer to the All Star team, Arlington Family Practice provides comprehensive and preventative health care services to patients of all ages. The practice offers annual physicals, immunizations, x-rays, EKG, pulmonary function tests, DEXA scans and more. Its doctors also treat minor injuries and have family planning services.    The practice was established in 1977 by Dean Peyton, DO, and now has four doctors who continue to carry out his dream of providing quality care in a fun and loving environment.    You receive the best care when you consistently see one doctor who is able to gain a detailed understanding of you and your family’s medical needs. Dr. Sherley Aramath and Dr. Tien Truong specialize in treating new patients.


Honorable mention: Dr. Thomas Barker

811 W. Interstate 20, Suite 120 • (817) 468-3393 •


Winner: Dr. Desiree Harris 3131 S. Center St. (817) 375-1413 Honorable mention: Dr. Earl Hampton 4927 S. Collins St., Suite 107 (817) 467-1300


Winner: Dr. John Martin 811 W. Interstate 20, Suite 120 (817) 468-3393 Honorable mention: Dr. Thomas Barker 811 W. Interstate 20, Suite 120 (817) 468-3393



Winner: Dr. Keith Meister 3533 Matlock Road (817) 419-0303 Honorable mention: Dr. James W. Burnett 800 Orthopedic Way (817) 375-5200


Winner: Dr. Neil Singhania 5421 Matlock Road (817) 460-7447 Honorable mention: Dr. David Hunter 811 W. Interstate 20, Suite 120 (817) 468-3393

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Winner: Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers 1001 Matlock Road, Suite 103, Mansfield • (817) 467-1990

s a testament to the great healing work going on at Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers, the team of Dr. John Landry, Dr. Joe T. Southerland, Dr. R. David Warren, Dr. Linnie V. Rabjohn, and Dr. Ryan Lawrence was the readers’ choice in this category for 2017.    Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers doctors have been committed to providing patients with the most advanced podiatric care in a compassionate and caring environment since 1983. The doctors and staff understand that visiting the doctor can be stressful and make it their goal to make absolutely sure that patients are comfortable, satisfied, and well-informed about their healthcare.    Our readers noticed.



600 W. Mayfield Road • (817) 701-1290 •

his is the first time IVFMD has been named an Arlington area All Star, but that’s probably because this is the first year we’ve had this category. Our readers clearly appreciate the work conducted at the center – and showed their support via their votes.    The IVFMD center in Arlington is a fully equipped IVF center that can provide fertility care from the basic to the most advanced. The clinical office provides consultations, sonogram monitoring and other diagnostic testings such as office hysteroscopy, sonohysterogram, and hysterosalpingogram (HSG).    The new state-of-the-art IVF laboratory brings the Arlington area technologies such as IVF, ICSI, laser hatching, embryo biopsy for PGS/PGS, and egg freezing.


Honorable mention: Dr. Robert Kaufmann

1800 Mistletoe Blvd., Fort Worth • (817) 348-8145 • fwivf.comcom

Health / Fitness / Recreation HOSPITAL

Winner: Texas Health Arlington Memorial

800 W. Randol Mill Road • (817) 960-6100 •

or the third straight year, our readers have deemed Texas Health Arlington Memorial their choice as the best hospital in the area.    Texas Health Arlington Memorial serves the communities of Arlington, Kennedale, Pantego, Mansfield and Grand Prairie with advanced medical treatments and an experienced staff that provides compassionate care.    With a mission of improving the health of the people in the communities they serve, the hospital administration and the physicians on the medical staff are committed to each patient’s well-being and the health and wellness of every patient’s family.    Texas Health Arlington Memorial offers an impressive array of healthcare services, including: behavioral health; cancer care; cardiac rehabilitation; diabetes care; digestive health; emergency department; ear, nose and throat care; fitness center; heart and vascular care; hospice care; imaging; neurosciences; nutrition; orthopedics; rehabilitation; respiratory therapy; sports therapy; and women



Honorable mention: Methodist Mansfield Medical Center 2700 E. Broad St., Mansfield • (682) 242-2000

ethodist Mansfield Medical Center is 10 years old! While the 254-bed acute care hospital is celebrating its service in Mansfield and the surrounding areas, it’s looking forward to offering neighbors even more.    Construction of the 82,000-squarefoot Professional Office Building II is nearly complete, making room for more physicians.    A third cardiac catheterization lab is under construction. It will enable specialists to care for more patients undergoing heart procedures.    Patients now have access to 3-D mammography and other advanced imaging, and the first high-field open MRI in the community is available in the new Methodist Center for Diagnostic Imaging. The new portal, Epic MyChart, allows patients easy access to their health information from a personal computer, smartphone, or tablet.



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and infants care. The comprehensive nature of available services, plus the quality of doctors, nurses and support staff, have elevated Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital to a level of distinction that routinely garners the medical center national acclaim.    Texas Health Arlington Memorial is ranked among the best hospitals in Dallas-Fort Worth by U.S. News & World Report, and the hospital has received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Fragility Fracture Certification, the first health care facility in the country to receive Joint Commission certification for a fragility fracture program.    It is also designated as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, an honor that recognizes hospitals for excellence in nursing, and was the first facility in Arlington to earn the designation.    Texas Health Arlington Memorial is 369-bed, acute-care hospital conveniently located at the corner of Randol Mill Road and Cooper Street in North Arlington.

   But new equipment and technology are only half the story. Methodist Mansfield is part of Mayo Clinic Care Network, which gives patients access to world-class care close to home.    “Our priority is providing exceptional patient care,” says John Phillips, FACHE, president, Methodist Mansfield. “We are proud to be recognized with outstanding safety scores, and we consistently outperform other hospitals in key quality measures. Our neighbors deserve a hospital that is committed to their health and quality of life, and we strive to be that hospital.”    Methodist Mansfield has also received the highest rating possible by Leapfrog, the independent hospital watchdog. The hospital safety score is the gold standard rating for patient care.    And recently, the hospital achieved the Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), given to health care organizations that create work environments in which nurses can flourish and substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses working at the facility.    An economic engine for the area, Methodist Mansfield generated $123M to the local economy in 2016 and created 2,384 jobs in Tarrant County.

Health / Fitness / Recreation ONCOLOGIST

Winner: Dr. Alfred DiStefano

906 W. Randol Mill Road • (817) 261-4906 •

hen Dr. Alfred DiStefano founded Arlington Cancer Center 37 years ago, his vision was to craft a medical facility that would be all-inclusive for patients undergoing cancer treatment – the diagnostic and therapeutic modalities would all take place under one roof. It was a revolutionary idea in 1980, and it not only became the norm for the center, but a model for effective cancer treatment.    In the process, Dr. DiStefano became a hero and friend to his patients over the years, many of whom have said thank you the past two years by saluting Dr. DiStefano with a readers’ choice All Star honor.    Dr. DiStefano says he is proud of the direction Arlington Cancer Center took then – and takes today. “Over the years, we have stayed true to that principle,” he says. “Our dedication to providing the broadest range of services, in combination with compassionate patient-oriented care, allows us to give our patients the best chance of assessing the best care available while remaining



Winner: Kleiman I Evangelista

350 E. Interstate 20 • (817) 784-0222 •

hen choosing whom to trust with your vision correction, surgical experience is one of the most important factors in your decision making process. The team at Kleiman | Evangelista Eye Center is among the most experienced in the DFW metroplex, having performed thousands of procedures for satisfied patients around the country.    Founded by Dr. David Kleiman and Dr. Anthony Evangelista, the practice has assembled a friendly, professional staff and expert surgical team that offer exceptional patient care and outstanding surgical results – so much so that our readers who were treated at Kleiman | Evangelista voted them to our 2017 All Star team.    LASIK (or Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is an extremely popular laser vision correction procedure. LASIK corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. When you have one of these common vision problems, it means that the light coming into your eye cannot be properly reflected onto the retina. The only way to permanently correct



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outpatient and close to home. My 1980 dream of all patient care in one facility is closer to reality today than ever.”    Dr. DiStefano is joined at the center by seven other cancer specialists: Dr. John Adams, Dr. Chad Amosson, Dr. Karel Dicke, Dr. Barry Firstenberg, Dr. Anwar Khurshid, Dr. Neelu Ghandi and Dr. Mandar Joshi. Together, they offer more than 150 years of combined research, teaching and practical experience in treating solid tumors, blood cancers and blood disorders at some of the premier national and international cancer centers and medical schools.    They understand that patients want an innovative partner to help them make the most informed decisions about their care and future. That’s why Arlington Cancer offers a comprehensive outpatient environment and why the doctors take pride in providing diagnosis, treatment, education and support services to adult cancer patients from around the world. “Our goal is to lessen the stress of treatment so you can focus on your recovery,” Dr. DiStefano says. “We make it easier by offering all of our services under one roof.”    Just as he dreamed they would, nearly four decades ago.

Honorable mention: Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders 515 W. Mayfield Road, Suite 102 • (817) 759-7000 •

these vision problems is to reshape the eye, allowing light to be properly focused. That is where LASIK surgery comes in.    When your cornea (the surface of your eye) is not focusing light appropriately onto your retina, you have blurred vision.    The practice’s LASIK surgeons, Drs. Kleiman, Evangelista, Kelly Frasier and Loan Ramsey, use the latest, most advanced laser technology – including the WaveLight EX500 and ViSX CustomVue Star S4 lasers – to correct the focal point of your cornea by reshaping the corneal surface.    Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center has enjoyed phenomenal success since it opened its doors more than 30 years ago. Its reputation as a leader in the world of ophthalmology – specifically LASIK vision correction – is second to none. And this summer, the practice is offering a KE Be Free to See Summer LASIK Package, with LASIK for as low as $3 a day, plus passes to a water park, zoo, laser tag, trampoline park and more. For more, contact the center at the number above.

Honorable mention: Key Whitman

910 N. Davis • (855) 600-7296 •

Health / Fitness / Recreation ORTHODONTIST

Winner: Dr. Moody Alexander

840 W. Mitchell St. • (817) 275-3233 •

rs. Alexander Orthodontics – first with founder Wick Alexander at the forefront and more recently with his son Moody leading the practice – has been a veritable Arlington institution since 1964.    Thousands of patients, then the offspring of many of those patients, have turned to the Alexanders to help them acquire a better smile. Many of both groups are saying thanks this year by helping the practice earn its fourth All Star award.    Moody has definitely made his mark to follow that of his father. He and his team specialize in orthodontics for children, teens, and adults, making them uniquely able to care for patients of all ages. But there’s more to this office than just the matter of straightening crooked teeth.    “Our practice offers a relaxed, friendly, open environment where patients and their parents are encouraged to get involved in their treatment,” Moody says.    The team at Drs. Alexander Orthodontics also will get to know each patient personally to help make visits more comfortable.



Winner: Dr. Stuart N. Thomas

409 Central Park Drive • (817) 261-9191 •

r. Stuart N. Thomas, a first-time All Star, is part of a six-person physician team at Central Park ENT & Surgery Center, which addresses health issues dealing with ears and hearing, nose and sinus, and throat and neck. Dr. Thomas and his fellow physicians also provide allergy and CT services to patients.    Dr. Thomas attended the University of Texas at Austin on a National Merit Scholarship, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1985 before attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas. He completed his MD there in 1989 and then completed a General Surgical Internship and then a residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1994.


Honorable mention: Cross Timbers ENT

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“We understand the anxiety that patients may feel before their treatment,” Moody says. “And we make it our top priority to ensure the patient’s comfort before starting any procedure.”    But there’s another facet to this practice that makes it special: its yearning to give back, not just to the community but to the world. Moody takes regular mission trips to impoverished areas such as Ethiopia to provide dental care to the locals. He also developed the wooden nickel program, giving wooden nickels to reward good patients, who save them to earn fun prizes then donate the cash value of their earned nickels to help others in need around the world.    “We realize the incredible blessings that we have in our lives and try to live by the passage from Luke that says ‘to whom much is given, much is required,’” Moody says.    His patients – our readers – clearly appreciate the gesture.

Honorable mention: Dr. John V. Shroyer

2712 Matlock Road • (817) 468-5400 •



Honorable mention: Dr. Mary Z. Adams 801 Road to Six Flags W. (817) 265-1356

Honorable mention: Dr. Edwin Murr 1334 E. Pioneer Pkwy. (817) 461-4453

Winner: Metroplex Dermatology 300 W. Arbrook Blvd., Suite D 707 N. Fielder Road, Suite B (817) 704-4777

BARIATRIC SURGEON Winner: Dr. Todd McCarty 9219 Garland Ave., #2107, Dallas (214) 989-6633 Honorable mention: Dr. Clayton A. Frenzel 1000 N. Davis, Suite B (214) 989-6633

Winner: Dr. Allison Price 827 E. Lamar Blvd. (817) 275-0655 dr-allison-price


Winner: Arlington Family Dentistry 3100 Matlock Road, Suite 103 (817) 468-3590 Honorable mention: Dr. Mark S. Moore 5501 Matlock Road (817) 468-3322

Health / Fitness / Recreation WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM Winner: Train Caine

2009 Elmurst Drive • (817) 683-7541 •

rain Caine is a premier personal fitness studio gym operated by Caine Cambron, certified fitness trainer. In the center’s cozy confines clients find all they need to get and stay slim, from old school classics such as kettle bells, dumbbells, squat racks and free weights to new school favorites TRX cables, BOSU balls, plyo boxes, aerobic steps, slide boards, tires, sleds, and sledgehammers.    “Our clients also enjoy personal training sessions and weekly group training classes,” says Caine, who offers exciting challenges and special events to keep his clients motivated. As one client says, “Caine is a guy people enjoy being around, and all his clients receive the most of his time, attention and expertise, both in and out of the gym.”


Honorable mention: TexasFitt

1535 S. Bowen Road • (817) 459-3488 •


Winner: Brookdale

3821 Wilson Blvd. • (844) 542-2989 •

he management team and staff at Brookdale Arlington has one goal: to assist each family during their search for senior living — no matter what stage of the process they are in. That team has been so on-the-mark in the quest that our readers voted the assisted living center to our 2017 All Star team.    Life at Brookdale is full of friendships, activities and a way of life created to enrich the lives of others. Residents are welcomed and encouraged to be a part of social activities and live the luxurious life they deserve, without the obligation to keep up with chores or burdensome household tasks.    The center offers a number of unique amenities, including its Optimum Life program that enhances physical, emotional, purposeful, social, spiritual, and intellectual development.


Honorable mention: Heartis

3424 W. I-20 Hwy. • (817) 375-5977 •


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Honorable mention: Dr. John B. Witte 3035 Matlock Road (817) 668-6304

Honorable mention: Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA 2200 S. Davis Drive (817) 274-9622 7120 S. Cooper St. (817) 419-9629 1005 Skyline Drive (817) 548-9622

Winner: Dr. Jennifer P. Ketchel 7410 S. Cooper St. (817) 465-0044


Winner: Dr. Salvador Capuli 2223 W. Park Row, Suite C (817) 460-1131 Honorable mention: Dr. Paul Meyer 5520 S. Cooper St., #111 (817) 468-7246


Winner: Heartis 3424 W. I-20 Hwy. (817) 375-5977 arlington/ Honorable mention: The Waterford at Pantego 2650 W. Park Row Drive (877) 931-3581 thewaterfordatpantego/


Winner: Renew Home Health 1021 Washington Ave., Fort Worth (817) 921-6400 Honorable mention: AccentCare 17855 North Dallas Pkwy., Dallas (800) 834-3059

Winner: 24 Hour Fitness 1131 W. Arbrook Blvd. (817) 465-2600

HEALTH FOOD STORE Winner: Sprouts Farmers Market 5711 W. Interstate 20 Hwy. (682) 587-0086 Honorable mention: Whole Foods Market 801 East Lamar Blvd. (817) 461-9362


Winner: Waugh Jiu-Jitsu 524 Fielder North Plaza (817) 861-2806 Honorable mention: Arlington School of Self Defense 2225-F W. Park Row Drive (817) 795-5353


Winner: ASI Gymnastics 5531 S. Cooper St. (817) 417-9998 Honorable mention: Empire Gymnastics 2001 Reliance Pkwy, Bedford (817) 355-0000

Personal Pleasures LOCAL GOLF COURSE Winner: Shady Valley Country Club

4001 W. Park Row Drive • (817) 275-3092

Honorable mention: Tierra Verde Golf Club 7005 Golf Club Drive • (817) 548-5050

t’s hard to describe Tierra Verde Golf Club without working the word “beautiful” in to the mix – yet that might not even be its finest quality.    Tierra Verde is the first golf course in Texas and the first municipal course in the world to be certified as an Audubon Signature Sanctuary.    When you walk onto the first tee you enter an environment where golf and nature come together in harmony.    Opened in 1998, and carved from 250 acres of secluded terrain, the course features a breathtaking layout that encompasses a variety of natural settings and offers an outstanding playing experience on every hole.



Winner: Shelton’s Salon & Spa

2122 W. Park Row Drive • (817) 277-6339 •

s an Arlington staple, Shelton’s has been making area residents look and feel better for more than five decades. Now, the folks there can feel pretty good themselves, as their company has claimed back-to-back All Star wins.    The staff of more than a dozen stylists at Shelton’s is chosen for their desire to work as a team in a professional atmosphere and to develop their skills. A stable, long-term staff and continuing education opportunities also contribute to the salon’s run of success.    At Shelton’s, clients have nearly 40 cutting, curling, styling, conditioning and coloring options, from basic cuts to complete transformations. Meanwhile, Shelton’s has another All Star plaque.


Honorable mention: Daired’s

2400 W. I-20 • (817) 465-9797 •



703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd. • (817) 860-6752 •

100 W. Abram St., • (817) 543-4301 •

Winner: River Legacy

Winner: Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts


t is pretty much a given that when the All Stars are named each August, River Legacy Park will be on the roster. This is the fourth time the majestic city treasure has been deemed our readers’ favorite natural retreat.    And who could argue against something that offers the beauty of the wilderness with open spaces for your favorite pastime – pretty much whatever that might be? From botany to bicycling or rollerblading to strolls through the woods, this 1,300-acre public park has something for everyone.    The park’s ecological diversity of bottomland forest, wetlands and prairie provides abundant habitat for countless wildlife and native plants. And then there are amenities, such as trails, picnic areas, river overlooks, canoe launches and more.

rom the moment the idea people conceptualized a summer full of free music under the stars, the Levitt Pavilion earned a spot among Arlington’s best ideas.   Ever.    So it should come as little shock, then, that the city’s crown jewel music venue is earning ink as a 2017 All Star.    From new musicians on the rise to established headliners who are known worldwide, the performers on the Levitt stage have consistently done what concert lovers crave most: deliver compelling music while providing memorable entertainment. Therefore, it’s only appropriate that the management team and staff at the Levitt get to do something they usually see others do: take a bow.

Honorable mention: Bicentennial Park

Honorable mention: Art on the Greene

3206 Smith Barry Road, Pantego •


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Richard Greene Linear Park •

Personal pleasures SKIN CARE

Winner: Great Skin Spa & Facial Club

3851 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd. • (817) 478-2114 •

renda Cureton Smith, owner of Great Skin Spa & Facial Club, began her career in the skin care and beauty business 12 years ago as the first U.S. franchisee of Canadianbased Faces cosmetics. Taking that experience, she founded Great Skin Spa & Facial Club seven years ago in Arlington, where the company has continued to grow and gain notoriety as an exceptional day spa and skin care provider.    Our readers have certainly taken note – this is the fourth straight year the company has earned All Star distinction.    “I’ve always loved going to spas for professional spa treatments and was intrigued with how one could keep their skin looking more youthful, beautiful and relax in bliss while getting some ‘me time,’ at the same time,” says Cureton Smith (pictured). “As I continued to live with the intrigue and love of skin and makeup, and wanting to keep my own skin looking youthful, and then owning and operating a cosmetic store, and working with thousands of clients looking to increase their beauty and age gracefully, I



Winner: Dr. Mark Bishara 1101 Matlock Road (817) 473-2120 Honorable mention: Accent On You 3030 S. Cooper St. (817) 417-7200


Winner: Flawless Skin Care 110 W. Randol Mill, Suite 240 (682) 200-9292 Honorable mention: Great Skin Spa & Facial Club 3851 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd. (817) 478-2114



Winner: Queen’s Nail Salon 2504 W. Park Row Drive, Suite A2 (817) 548-9771 Honorable mention: Skyline Nails & Spa 5001 S. Cooper St., #121 (817) 466-1555


Winner: Relax BodyWorks 110 W, Randol Mill Road, #240 (817) 223-4784 Honorable mention: The Sanford Spa & Salon 501 N. Center St. (817) 277-0115

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quickly learned that makeup was a temporary fix, and the real foundation to looking and feeling beautiful was to take great care of your skin and manage the signs of aging.”    Cureton Smith developed the concept of Great Skin based on the goals of the thousands of clients – men and women – wanting to have more beautiful skin and manage the signs of aging skin through treatments, knowledge and skin care.    Great Skin is known for highly respecting each client’s goals and working with them to achieve those goals by fully understanding and matching their needs to the perfect skin care treatment plan and home care system. A brief needs assessment is done with each client prior to developing a treatment plan that is fitted to their exact needs. Often, a Great Skin esthetician will ask clients to take a picture of their skin and/or body prior to the treatment and throughout the treatment plan so they can ultimately celebrate the success of achieving their goals.    “It’s about partnership at Great Skin,” Cureton Smith says. “Great Skin’s slogan is “Relax, Rewind, Renew!”

Honorable mention: Flawless Skin Care

110 W. Randol Mill, Suite 240 • (682) 200-9292 •


Winner: Arlington/Mansfield Area YMCA

1148 W. Pioneer Pkwy., Suite H • (817) 299-9629 •

ur readers gave a lot of “lovin’” to the local YMCA organization, and with good reason. Through its three Arlington branches, the “Y” has the presence and partnerships not just to promise, but to deliver positive, personal and social change.   Opportunities are available to coach young people to help them develop self confidence, learn teamwork, participate in games and thoroughly enjoy playing sports. Other volunteer options include working at a YMCA welcome center, being a “KidZone” volunteer helping youngsters in a variety of endeavors, teaching dance and music classes, working at one of the “Y” swimming pools, working with senior citizens and working in the central YMCA office.


Honorable mention: The Salvation Army

712 W. Abram St. • (817) 860-1836 •

Personal pleasures / Store front WEDDING/EVENT VENUE

Winner: The Sanford House

506 N. Center St. • (817) 861-2129 •

s local couples engage in wedding planning, it is almost a certainty that one venue will make their short list. It’s the same venue that now has a long list of All Star wins as the area’s premier site for a wedding or significant event.    Valerie Landry, general manager of The Sanford House, says she receives calls on a regular basis inquiring about available dates and times, either for the wedding proper or for reception festivities following the event.    “It’s an elegant choice for an outdoor wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner or social gathering for up to 200 people,” Landry says. “The spacious stone courtyard is surrounded by lush gardens, mature trees, a raised wedding pavilion, and an octagonal gazebo.”    And that’s just the facilities. Landry and her team of experts on everything from the way the event looks to the way the food tastes once everyone is seated are poised to make the event special. “The leadership team and staff of The Sanford House Inn and Spa and restaurant506 are committed to providing


unparalleled customer service and an excellent experience for all our guests,” Landry says.    As she noted, The Sanford House has a lot going for it. The scenery is sure to add to the romance and ambience of the event. But The Sanford House also can take care of practically every detail brides have on the checklist under the heading “My Perfect Wedding.”    The Sanford Spa has a variety of treatment packages that will have the bride, her court, and even the groom and his groomsmen looking and feeling their best on the big day. restaurant506 can accommodate pre- and post-wedding gatherings – with chef-prepared cuisine.    Then there’s the luxurious boutique hotel. It features 12 elegant accommodations, including four one-bedroom cottage suites; two two-bedroom, two-bathroom villas; and six spacious manor house rooms, all ideal for honeymoons and wedding nights.

Honorable mention: Howell Farms 4016 W. Division St. •



1000 Ballpark Way, Suite 212 • (817) 461-9919

4720 S. Cooper St. • (817) 649-1112

Winner: Baseball Diamonds

aseball Diamonds is making its debut as an All Star, even if the jeweler is more than casually acquainted with all stars.    You see, this family-owned and operated jewelry store is located at Globe Life Park, with a great view of gameday action from its perch on the second floor in the offices in center field of the Rangers’ ballpark.    Speaking of great views, there are plenty of those inside the old-fashioned custom jewelry and repair shop. Owner David A’quin can show you anything in the way of diamonds, gemstones and pearls, as well as religious jewelry and mounts.    Baseball Diamonds also can take care of your watch when you need a battery changed.    Or, it can help you add some sparkle to a fancy watch.



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Honorable mention: Dixie’s

ou know the saying about the third time being a charm? In the case of Dixie’s, that’s literally the truth, as this is the third consecutive year the local jewelry store has been an All Star thanks to our readers’ votes.    Obviously, one of the reasons it’s so popular is the quality of the jewelry. But owner Kandy King says customers also appreciate the way she and her staff take care of them when they pay a visit.    “Our goal at Dixie’s has always been making your shopping experience with us a great one,” she says. “We strive to provide the best quality at reasonable prices. However, service is our No. 1 priority.”    That philosophy obviously works – Dixie’s celebrated its 36th anniversary this year.


Store front / Home life GIFT SHOP

Winner: Gracie Lane

4720 S. Cooper St. • (817) 468-5263 •

racie Lane and All Star have become synonymous terms since we introduced our readers’ choice awards in 2014, just a year after the popular gift shop first opened its doors.    Indeed, as our readers have indicated year after year, Gracie Lane is the “go to” shopping destination for clothing, jewelry, home decor, gifts and more. Throw in great value, along with a rotating stream of products, and you’ve got a one-of-akind shopping experience customers love.    Manager Mary Macken says the real key, though, is the relationships she and the team build: “I believe our philosophy of treating every person that walks through our doors as a family member really resonates with our customers.”


Honorable mention: Anything Goes

2504 W. Park Row, Suite A • (817) 542-0862 •



Honorable mention: Lige Green 5312 Park Springs Blvd., #100 (817) 277-8166

Honorable mention: Antiques at Park Row 1525 S. Bowen Road (817) 275-3552

Winner: Vella Nest 4720 S. Cooper St. (469) 744-1936


Winner: The Man’s Shop by Wally Hardin 100 S. West Street (817) 265-1116 Honorable mention: Jos. A. Bank 4000 Arlington Highlands Blvd., Suite 157 (817) 375-0570


Winner: Jazzy Jems

2218 S. Bowen • (817) 548-5955 •

Honorable mention: Anything Goes

2504 W. Park Row, Suite A • (817) 542-0862 •

here’s a good reason Anything Goes was named as it was. Established in 2010, Anything Goes is an eclectic boutique gift shop that has something for just about everyone – even that hard-to-shop-for person we all know and love.    “Our goal is to provide you with a one-stop unique gift shop with selection opportunities for a wide variety of occasions,” says owner Mary Davis. “Don’t forget to browse through our vast selection of greeting cards, which are sure to put a smile on someone’s face.”    So, for that matter, do most of the items, which range from specialty gifts to school-themed items, with plenty of sports memorabilia thrown in for good measure.    The sum? Well, an All Star award pretty much tells the tale.



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Winner: Mountain Sports 2025 W. Pioneer Pkwy. (817) 461-4503 Honorable mention: Academy 1101 W. Arbrook Blvd (817) 375-3210


Winner: Nu2u Resale - Arlington Urban Ministries 701 Dugan St. (817) 861-8585 Honorable mention: Kid to Kid 3500 S. Cooper St., Suite 110 (817) 468-1995

Winner: Cooper Street Antique Mall 4905 S. Cooper St. (817) 557-6215


Winner: Tom’s Mechanical 735 109th St. (972) 885-2618 Honorable mention: Hightower Service Inc. 606 W. Main St. (817) 274-1854

PLUMBING/ELECTRICAL Winner: James Rowe Plumbing 4717 Turner Warnell Road (817) 422-0788

Honorable mention: KMP 1451 Heritage Pkwy., Mansfield (817) 453-8028


Winner: Bader’s Lawn Care 2501 High Oak Drive (817) 461-1322 Honorable mention: Circle B Lawns (682) 553-5168 Email:

Home life FLOORING


7201 S. Cooper St., Suite 121• (817) 856-2247 •

2800 W. Division St. • (817) 461-5189 •

Winner: All-Pro Floors

Honorable mention: Hilton’s Flooring

first-time All Star, All-Pro Floors is family owned and operated, offering years of product knowledge and experience with quality installation.    Customer satisfaction is the top priority of the All-Pro sales staff, as well as of the company’s expert installation crews. All-Pro Floors services homeowners, realtors, contractors, designers, and builders.    What sets All-Pro Floors apart?    In an effort to continue improving its service, the company sent more than 400 surveys to its customers, and they answered: 1. Professional service. 2. Quality installation. 3. Product knowledge, and 4. Competitive pricing.    That’s what you receive at All-Pro Floors, which endeavors to exceed your expectations, because the team knows that the best outcome is always a satisfied customer.

s the premier floor covering showplace in Arlington, Hilton’s Flooring Abby Carpet & Floor is the ideal onestop showroom for practically any floor-covering need.    Hilton’s, which was voted to the Arlington-area All Star team for the second straight year, is devoted to providing the best and largest selection of carpet, hardwood, laminate vinyl and tile in a friendly, comfortable and helpful atmosphere. “We offer the largest selection of floor covering in the Tarrant County area,” says Kateri Dodson, vice president of sales at Hilton’s Flooring. “We also have design professionals on premise, complimentary in-home design consultation, free in-home measuring and estimates, and installation.”    Hiltons features and installs brand name flooring, including Alexander Smith, American Showcase, Legendary Beauty, Softique®, Infinity Nylon Carpet Fiber®, and others.



Seven area locations •

1122 N. Fielder Road • (817) 274-8729 •


Winner (tie): Comet Cleaners

omet Cleaners has locations both hither and yon – including a yon in another country – but it’s the hither that is the real story behind this consistent All Star.    Indeed, Comet Cleaners got its start in Arlington in 1924. The original business began after R.L. “Jack” Godfrey left home in 1920 to go work in a tailor’s shop and then decided to open his own dry cleaning company four years later.    Now, nine-decades-plus later, Comet Cleaners operates more than 185 locations internationally, including seven Arlington area facilities, all of which continue to live up to the legacy of service and quality Godfrey established during the company’s genesis.


  Honorable mention: Bond Cleaners

1644 W. Randol Mill Road • (817) 277-1049 •


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Winner (tie): Oaks Cleaners

he second winner is this category is also a multiple-time All Star, but its story is vastly different, except for the part about being rooted in Arlington.    Owner Phil Sellars is an Arlington native who has devoted nearly five decades to helping make the community better. One way he does that is through offering quality work and friendly service to all of Oaks Cleaners’ customers. “It is about being your neighbor and friend,” he says. “It’s about being a place where they know your name. It is friends dropping by to catch up or talk about their beloved Rangers. You may be dropping off or picking up your dry cleaning, but this is something more. We are not just another business. We are part of the community.”    On the business side, Oaks Cleaners offers a variety of dry cleaning and laundry services, as well as home and office delivery. The smile is free.




1848 Lone Star Road, #308, Mansfield • (682) 518-1158

1925 W. Pioneer Pkwy. • (817) 756-8327 •

Winner: Mansfield Custom Homes

Winner (tie): Joe Hall Roofing

ansfield Custom Homes builds dreams from the ground up. Apparently, a lot of those dreams are coming true for readers – they selected the construction company as an All Star for the second year in a row.    “Mansfield Custom Homes is truly a custom builder,” says Julie Short, the real estate specialist at the company. “Start with your dream, and the MCH team will make it your address.”    Short says she and her team led by owner Stony Short will work with each customer during every step of the process. The design team helps you choose stylish finishes, the real estate team helps find the ideal location, and the construction team does the rest.

he Hall name has been associated with roofing in North Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth area for nearly 30 years. It also has been associated with Arlington Today readers’ choice awards each of the past two.    Joe Hall, the family and business patriarch, started Joe Hall Roofing in 1989. He eventually sold the company to son Brett, who has continued a tradition of honesty and integrity – and of crafting quality roofs throughout the area.    “Our name and the quality of our work are backed by five generations of Hall family members, all of whom have been builders and contractors,” Brett says. “Our longevity in this industry and continuous growth is the product of our commitment to our customers and our passion for the business.”

Honorable mention: Aspenwood Homes

Winner (tie): RJ Construction


4302 Hidden Creek Drive • (214) 616-7796


Winner: RJ Construction

2912 W. Park Row Drive, Suite A • (817) 412-9899 •

n honorable mention this time last year, RJ Construction has found the winner’s circle in 2017. The company was founded in Pantego by Robert Jordan in 2007, and over the next decade Jordan grew his business from the back of his truck to a North Texas construction empire that can roof and reroof, build and rebuild just about any project.    “Our goal is to provide a wide array of roofing and construction services to meet any need that may arise, and to become your contractor of choice for all of your homeowner needs,” Jordan says. “Our clients become like family, and we work together to create a masterpiece in your home. Our salespeople and crew are all guaranteed to meet RJ’s high standards for quality and efficiency. We attend numerous training seminars and continuing education classes to maintain the most up-to-date knowledge of products on the market.”    Following the recent very-wet spring, which included a number of violent storms, Jordan and the RJ team has been



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2912 W. Park Row Drive, Suite A • (817) 412-9899 •

very busy. He said in an Arlington Today cover story in May that during one particularly threatening evening, he answered 11 calls seeking some form of roof or exterior remodeling due to storm damage. “In any given month this summer, we’ll be working on 75 to 150 jobs,” he says. “It’s been a crazy year.”    While he has invested more on marketing efforts this year than in any previous – you’ve likely seen a billboard or television commercial featuring Clifford the dog – his primary means of connecting remains word of mouth.    While RJ Construction jobs span just beyond the borders of Fort Worth and Dallas and include all the communities in between, it is Arlington that holds the special place in his heart. He went to school here and started his career here – and now he’s watching his business grow by the day. From what began as one employee in a truck, the company now has more than 40 full-time crew members.    And an All Star plaque. Let’s not forget that.

Honorable mention: Medford Remodeling

1281 W. Green Oaks Blvd, #111 • (817) 446-0368 •



1201 W. Green Oaks Blvd. • (817) 654-3737

P.O. Box 13587 • (817) 543-0000 •

Winner: Ebby Halliday

1600 Hwy. 287N, Suite 100, Mansfield • (682) 422-0333 •

or more than seven decades, Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® has been selling homes in North Texas and is, today, a household name.    It’s also the winner of our readers’ choice poll in the Real Estate Company category for the second consecutive year.    The Ebby Halliday inventory in 1945 consisted of some 52 houses built on the old Walnut Hill Golf Course in North Dallas. The successful marketing of these hard-to-sell homes provided the springboard for the steady growth of Ebby Halliday as we know it today – one of the more successful privately owned residential real estate firms in the country.    One reason for that is the fact that Ebby agents are knowledgeable on the current market, which enables them to inform the consumer wisely and efficiently – every time.


POOL SERVICE Winner: D&L Pools (817) 917-0729

Honorable mention: Christal Clear Pools 2220 W. Park Row, Suite A (817) 899-3302


Winner: MP Auto Repair 1238 W. Arkansas Lane (817) 548-0680 Honorable mention: McGaw’s Automotive Inc. 2113 Roosevelt Drive (817) 277-8145



Winner: The Oakridge School 5900 W. Pioneer Pkwy. (817) 451-4994 Honorable mention: Pantego Christian Academy 2201 W. Park Row (817) 460-3315


Winner: Sylvan Learning 6501 S. Cooper St., Suite 141 (817) 557-6333 Honorable mention: Kumon 2745 N. Collins St. (972) 345-1904 3851 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd. (817) 454-4000

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Honorable mention: CearnalCo Real Estate


irst-time All Star CearnalCo Real Estate was founded by Spencer and Amy Cearnal in January 2014 to help agents maximize their professional potential and to help clients foster wealth creation through property ownership.    “We’re about improving lives,” Amy says. “Where you live is such a big part of our clients’ lives that really impacts life in general. We want to make sure that transition from home to home is a life improvement. Our team is passionate, trained and ready to work.”    CearnalCo focuses on the local residential market through existing home sales and new construction. Most clients are making in-town moves to accommodate their lifestyle. “We love Arlington and are committed to keeping it great,” Amy says. “Our friends and clients come to us for referrals, information and any local issue that they’re having, since we just might know of someone who could help.”


Winner: Primrose Schools

1900 N.E. Green Oaks Blvd. • (817) 543-2626

4621 W. Sublett Road • (817) 478-6160 •

newcomer to the Arlington area All Stars, Primrose Schools® is a national system of accredited private preschools that provides a premier early education and child care experience for children and families.    There are two Primrose Schools in Arlington, both of which partner with parents to help build the right foundation for future learning and in life. The schools implement a balanced learning approach to preschool education that teams purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers. The schools’ focus is on what will best serve the needs of children and families with an eye on innovation and advocacy for quality early education for all children.


Honorable mention: Children’s University

4621 Park Springs Blvd. • (817) 784-6655 •



1201 W. Green Oaks Blvd. • (972) 980-6600

1201 W. Green Oaks Blvd. • (972) 980-6600

Winner: Linda Magazzine

Honorable mention: Michael Cunningham

ack-to-back All Star award recipient Linda Magazzine is a broker associate with Ebby Halliday REALTORS®. She has been a real estate professional for 38 years, the past 16 of which have been associated with Ebby Halliday.    The Magazzine Cunningham Group specializes in luxury living. This new enterprise with fellow Ebby pro Michael Cunningham is the latest bullet point on a resume that shows Magazzine as Ebby Halliday’s Top Individual or Group Producer for the Arlington office since 2002. She also ranked in the top five nationwide from 1989 to 2003.    Magazzine is well known for her aggressive marketing techniques and impressive negotiation skills. “My professional philosophy is this: To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity,” she says.

ike his partner at the Magazzine Cunningham Group, Linda Magazzine, Michael Cunningham has been named a readers’ choice All Star for the past two years. In fact, Cunningham has been so honored three years in a row.       He has more than 20 years experience with Ebby Halliday, using a two-pronged approach to success: know the customer and know the market.    “As a top producer with Ebby Halliday REALTORS®, I have consistently delivered results and achieved client goals while successfully creating, coordinating and implementing strategic marketing and sales programs,” Cunningham says. “My first priority is to ensure the success of your investment. As your real estate partner, I bring experience and keen insight into a transaction to help ensure that you meet your needs and goals.”



500 E. Broad St., Suite 150, Mansfield • (817) 226-9988

7817 S. Cooper St. • (817) 467-2511 •


Winner: Texas Insurance Co.

epeating its 2016 win in the Insurance Agent category, Texas Insurance Agency is known throughout the region for providing quality homeowners, auto, life and commercial insurance. It represents some of the best-known carriers, including Allstate, Hartford, Progressive, Safeco and Travelers.    Owner John Parker says his company operates on a simple principle: providing great service and doing what is best for the client. “These principles have been emphasized from day one and continue to be our focus on a daily basis,” he says. “We truly care about our clients and about their businesses. They see this and really come to trust our services.”


Honorable mention: Classic Family Agency 1001 N.E. Green Oaks Blvd., Suite 171 • (817) 468-3066


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Winner: Country Acres Kennels

or the past 45 years, Country Acres Kennels has been considered among the the premier dog boarding and training facilities in the country.    For the past, two, it has been a readers’ choice All Star, so, obviously, area pet lovers appreciate a place where their animals aren’t only cared for, but pampered.    Country Acres has everything on-site to ensure that pets will feel loved – space, activities, large indoor and outdoor runs for dogs, and private rooms for cats. Country Acres also boards birds and exotic pets, and it is unique in the pet care world in that it provides limousine service to animal lovers who board their pets and need a ride to the airport.


Honorable mention: The Pet Resort in the Gardens

2890-A W. Pioneer Pkwy. • (817) 635-5513 •


Winner: Don Davis Auto Group

1901 N. Collins (Dodge, Chryler, Jeep, Ram) • (877) 377-6801 633 N. Hwy. 360 (Ford, Lincoln) • (877) 424-2942 1320 E. I-20 (Nissan) • (877) 379-3670

or the the third year in a row, Don Davis Auto Group has been named the readers’ choice All Star winner in the Auto Dealership category.    There are many reasons for the company’s popularity, not the least of which is the fact that Don Davis Auto Group has been in Arlington for more than 35 years, offering quality cars of many makes and models, including Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, Ford, Lincoln and Nissan.    The dealership has long been recognized for its commitment to excellent customer service – regardless of the vehicle that buyers drive out of the lot. In addition to selling new cars, Don Davis Auto Group offers an incredible selection of pre-owned vehicles at each location.    To whet the appetite of local would-be car buyers, Don Davis Auto Group holds an annual “Garage Sale” – and has held it each and every year for 28 years in a row. It is the company’s biggest promotional event of the year.


   Additionally, the dealership is active in the community as a long-time supporter of WFAA’s Santa’s Helpers Toy Drive. It holds an annual “Drive-through” each year, which has contributed thousands of toys distributed through Mission Arlington.    To give you another idea why Don Davis Auto Group is the readers’ choice, consider this recent review:    “My sales guy was not only extremely helpful, but he truly seemed to be as excited about my Jeep as I was. Whenever a question came up that he couldn’t answer, there was no shortage of help from any one of the other guys in the showroom. The experience then extended to the parts and service department where they beat the prices for products and service elsewhere, and covered the parts under my Mopar warranty.”

Honorable mention: McAndrews Motors

2880 W. Pioneer Pkwy. • (817) 794-5672 •



700 Highlander Blvd., Suite 635 • (817) 419-6001 •

50 E. Broad St., Mansfield • (817) 226-6100 •

Winner: Derrick Kinney & Associates

Winner: Parker & Richardson

ow that Derrick Kinney is hoisting the winner’s plaque for the third year in a row, it’s safe to assume that our readers trust his expertise regarding financial matters.    Kinney and his team have a proven track record of helping clients understand the complexities of growing and preserving wealth, and developing strategies that can help them thrive.    The key, though, isn’t in the “what” but in the “who,” Kinney says: “The Derrick Kinney & Associates Team cares about people and families and what is important to them – personally and financially. Everything we do is about helping clients reach their unique goals. They’ve worked hard to earn it. We’re here to walk alongside them through all of life’s key moments and help them avoid the financial blind spots that can knock them off track. Our team works hard to provide a great client experience. And yes, we are accepting new clients!”

arker & Richardson is celebrating its third straight All Star win in the Certified Public Accountant category. Founder John Parker (pictured) says the key to that success is his team’s dedication to serving clients.    “Over the years, Parker & Richardson has evolved into a boutique pratice that specializes in catering to the distinct needs of our buiness owners,” he says. “We truly care about our clients and their businesses. They see this and really come to appreciate our services.”    The CPA firm provides tax planning and tax preparation, as well as accounting and consulting. “We have several clients that have us handle all facets of their accounting needs,” says Parker.

Honorable mention: Texas Trust Credit Union

Honorable mention: Mike Fee


Six Arlington branches •


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2401 Calender Road, #107, Mansfield • (817) 649-1272 •

Home life ATTORNEY

Winner (tie): Jim Ross Law, PC

2221 E. Lamar Blvd., Suite 800 • (817) 275-4100

im Ross Law Group, PC., now a back-to-back All Star in the Attorney category, was established by Jim Ross, a former Marine, Texas police officer and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) task force officer who had supervised local offices for some of the country’s most prestigious law firms before opening his own practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.    Ross’ professional experience led him to partner with famed environmental activist Erin Brockovich and prosecute various environmental cases throughout the country.    In 2007, he left the big firm life to pursue his own practice. With a focus on litigation, Ross decided not to limit his practice to a partiuclar area but to provide a firm that can handle a variety of his clients’ legal matters. Consequently, Ross’ clients have responded in-kind and have been the driving force behind the significant growth of the firm.    The Jim Ross Law Group is a general practice litigation firm that handles cases involving personal injury, family law, civil



Winner (tie): Harris Cook

709 E. Abram St. • 309 E. Broad St., Mansfield (817) 789-6842 •

arris Cook, LLP, has built a reputation for professionalism and effectiveness in a wide range of legal matters to give clients a wealth of expertise when they have legal issues.    The firm, which has been honored by our readers as an All Star in each of the past two years, has a variety of practice areas to offer clients. Consequently, the office can handle multiple legal issues for the same client.    Areas of concentration for principals David L. Cook and Kimberly Fitzpatrick include divorce and family law, criminal law, business litigation, wills and estates and administrative law.    “We strive to maintain a reputation with clients, attorneys and courts for professionalism and proficiency and seek to aggressively advocate for all of our clients to create individualized, fair and functional solutions,” Cook says.



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and business litigation, criminal defense and probate matters. The firm operates on the philosophy that all people deserve representation. “It’s the Texas way and part of the American spirit,” Ross says. “It’s often said that ‘no man is above the law.’ In America, that’s the truth. At our law firm, we represent people from many situations and walks of life.”    Ross says straight talk is the foundation of his practice. “Sometimes this isn’t easy to do, and the news isn’t always good,” he says. “However, we firmly believe that our clients deserve the truth and to have unyielding support from a tough legal team that delivers on its promises.”    Attorneys at Jim Ross Law know that each case is unique. “We also know that what is right for others may not be right for you,” Ross says. “We will tailor a legal strategy to your needs, combining the legal tools that are right for you. We’ll never force you to settle. That will always be your decision. But we will do everything possible to make settlement a real option — one that is favorable to you.”



Honorable mention: Momentum Dance Studio 6053 Interstate-20 W. (817) 483-9191

Honorable mention: Mansfield Bible Church 2351 Country Club Drive, Mansfield (817) 473-8980

Winner: Miss Persis Studio 222 W. Main St. (817) 261-7921


Honorable mention: Walnut Creek Animal Clinic 911 N. Walnut Creek Drive, Mansfield (817) 473-1168 Honorable mention: Richter Animal Hospital & Pet Resort 4601 W. Sublett Road (817) 478-8000

Winner: North Davis Church of Christ 1601 N. Davis Drive (817) 277-6347


Winner: Old Republic Title Insurance 1241 W. Green Oaks Blvd, #101 (817) 457-3930 Honorable mention: Independence Title 1205 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Suite A (682) 478-0001


Winner: Texas Trust Credit Union

700 W. Bardin Road • 1300 S. Bowen Road • 204 Hollandale Circle 4351 Little Road • 2501 E. Pioneer Pkwy. • 510 S. Center St.

ith offices spaced throughout the area, Texas Trust Credit Union represents a convenient, friendly financial institution that was created for one purpose: To help its customers build brighter futures.    The staff at Texas Trust knows its members as friends, neighbors, and business leaders – and has treated them as such for more than eight decades.    The sense of community that defines every dealing with Texas Trust has spawned many fans in the community. In fact, this is the second straight year the institution has earned an All Star award in our readers’ choice poll.    So, what sets Texas Trust apart?    Consider its focus on local education. In 2011, the credit union launched a program to give back to area students. A Spirit Debit Rewards card comes with any Texas Trust checking account, and with every swipe, Texas Trust donates to the school,


district, or organization depicted on the card. In December 2015, Texas Trust celebrated a milestone when it reached the $1,000,000 mark in donations to Texas schools. (And, yes, you can get a card with your favorite local high school on it).    Because brighter financial futures begin with a little incentive, Texas Trust management believes its members deserve to be rewarded, too. That’s the thinking behind the Checking20 account, initiated in 2015, which enables eligible members to receive up to $20 in bonuses each month by simply doing the things we all do: financing a vehicle, shopping with a credit card, and buying a home. As of March 2017, the credit union had given $924,777 back to its members, and now the countdown is on as Texas Trust gets ready to celebrate another $1,000,000 milestone.    Texas Trust has grown into a network of neighborhood branches with assets worth over one billion dollars. Despite its phenomenal growth, it still maintains the spirit of a member-owned, personal finance cooperative with the same smalltown, friendly service offered to members since the doors first opened in 1936.



120 S. East St. • 1881 Ballpark Way • 3801 Matlock Road

1201 W. Green Oaks Blvd. • 1600 Hwy. 287N, Suite 100, Mansfield

Winner: Frost Bank

Winner: Home Team Mortgage Co.

5500 W. Arkansas Lane •

(817) 654-8501 •


ollowing an honorable mention in last year’s poll, Frost Bank has registered a win as our readers’ choice for favorite bank of 2017.    Here are a couple of pertinent facts about the financial institution that likely explain why Frost continues to garner our readers’ attention:    • The bank was founded to serve Texans’ financial needs in 1838 (yes, that’s 179 years of serving local residents’ needs).    • Frost has four walk-in financial centers in Arlington and more than a dozen ATM machines spaced about the Arlington/Mansfield/Grand Prairie area (yes, that’s banking convenience defined in a practical manner).

ome Team Mortgage Company, a back-to-back All Star award winner, is affiliated with Ebby Halliday, Texas Premier Title and Home Team Insurance.    What that means is that you have the option of having your Realtor, mortgage, title and insurance handled under one roof.   Luke Wroten, residential mortgage loan originator, notes that Home Team has on-site locations in more than 30 Ebby offices located in the area.   “Our knowledgeable and experienced loan officers will guide you through the home buying process, making the entire experience as seamless as possible,” he says.

Honorable mention: Worthington National Bank

Honorable mention: Texas Trust Credit Union

200 W. Main St. • 401 E. Border St. •


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Six Arlington locations •


Winner: Designs by Lisa

(817) 235-7077 • facebook/DesignsbyLisa

esigns by Lisa offers real estate staging and interior design services to residential and commercial clients, realtors and home builders.    “I’m passionate about interior design and helping my clients achieve their custom design look,” says Lisa Fitzgerald, the company’s owner/designer.    Offering discounted prices on furniture, accessories, lighting, carpet, tile, wood granite, quartz and various other textiles, Designs by Lisa provides affordable services, which helps clients save money while maintaining their budget. “My style is transitional; however, when working with my clients, my goal is to meet their design style,” says Fitzgerald, who has a simple philosophy:    “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius.



Winner: Richter Animal Hospital & Pet Resort

4601 W. Sublett Road • (817) 478-8000 •

first-time All Star, Richter Animal Hospital & Pet Resort is a full-service animal hospital that provides friendly, informative, and supportive services for you and your pet, while maintaining a superior working environment for its employees.    The facility, founded by Dr. Lee M. Richter, offers wellness care, vaccines, spaying/neutering, emergency veterinary services, and medical, surgical, and dental veterinary care.    With an in-house pharmacy and diagnostic laboratory and access to specialists, the facility offers a one stop for your pet’s health and medical care. Additionally, there’s a doggie daycare program and professional grooming services.


Honorable mention: The Pet Resort in the Gardens

2890-A W. Pioneer Pkwy. • (817) 635-5513 •



Honorable mention: Classic Property Management 2415 Avenue J, Suite 100 (817) 640-2064

Honorable mention: Texas Trust Credit Union Six Arlington branches

Winner: Kautz Property Management P.O. Box 150107 (817) 419-0088

A little history ...

Arlington Today magazine introduced the Readers’ Choice All Star awards in the August issue of 2014. Some 30 local people, places and things took top honors that first year, paving the way for what would become our most popular annual feature.    This year – the fourth to honor area All Stars – the list of categories expanded to beyond 100, and several thousand votes were cast during balloting this past spring.    The management and staff of Arlington Today would like to say a big “Thank You!” to our readers for supporting the magazine – and the local entities we cover. You’re all the best!

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Winner: Derrick Kinney & Associates 700 Highlander Blvd., Suite 335 (817) 419-6001

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