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BAYOU BUZZ AWARDS

PUBLISHER’S NOTE For the last five years, BayouLife Magazine has published our Bayou Buzz Awards, or “Buzzys” as we like to call them. This was the second year to open our nominations to the public, and collect submission for the voting process. We acknowledge that there are so many amazing businesses in our area, but our Bayou Buzz awards focus on those businesses that are locally owned and operated. We know that this list is not all encompassing, and we hope to continue to grow this special publication in the coming years. The Bayou Buzz awards is our way of celebrating those business owners who took risks and were successful at developing businesses that have made an impact in our community. Our nominees were voted on by the public, and from that list, our readers and friends were asked to vote for their favorites. In the following pages, you will find the top 3 finalists in each category with the winner listed at the top. We hope that our readers will use this insert as a resource for finding some of the most endeared businesses in our region. We also want to ask you to make sure to buy local. Right now, more than ever, our local businesses need your help to continue to make it through the pandemic recovery. Thank you to all those that participated in this year’s Bayou Buzz awards and congratulations to our finalists and winners.

CASSIE LIVINGSTON Publisher, BayouLife Magazine

INDEX BODY BEAUTY AND BRAWN... 3 BAYOU BUNGALOW... 6 FAVORITE FARE... 9 LOCAL STORES AND SHOPS... 15 LOCAL LIVING... 17 LAGNIAPPE... 22

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BODY, BEAUTY AND BRAWN Whether you are looking for a personal trainer to help reach your fitness goals or a stylist to fix your “do,” we’ve got the best of the best listed below. This group of finalists encompass our readers’ choices for body, beauty and brawn.

BEST DAY SPA: WINNER: SPA NOUVELLE FINALISTS: SPA BELLA, RAIN THE SALON + DAY SPA

BEST MEDI SPA: WINNER: THE WOMAN’S CLINIC FINALISTS: HOPKINS DERMATOLOGY/MD MINERALS NEW BEGINNINGS WELLNESS CENTER & SPA


BODY, BEAUTY AND BRAWN BEST HAIR SALON: WINNER: RUMO’S BARBER SHOP FINALISTS: RAIN THE SALON + DAY SPA, MERAKI STUDIO

BEST HAIR STYLIST/COLORIST: WINNER: RAMI GAUBERT-VERUCCHI, RAIN THE SALON + DAY SPA FINALISTS: ASHLEY ALES BAILES, MERAKI STUDIO LESLEY BOYD, THE PARLOR HOUSE

BEST NAIL SALON: WINNER: V.I.P. NAIL BAR FINALISTS: DYNASTY NAILS, SPA BELLA

BEST WAXING: WINNER: BRITTANY DYE, BEAUTY & SKIN STUDIO FINALISTS: SPA NOUVELLE; KALLIE BIBLE, SPA BELLA

BEST FACIAL: WINNER: WENDY NEWSOM, SPA NOUVELLE FINALISTS: BRITTANY SULLIVAN, BEAUTY & SKIN STUDIO KALLIE BIBLE, SPA BELLA

BEST SUNLESS TANNING: WINNER: GLEAUX GIRL FINALISTS: SPA BELLA; BRITTANY SULLIVAN, BEAUTY & SKIN STUDIO

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BEST EYEBROW SERVICES: WINNER: BRITTANY DYE, BEAUTY & SKIN STUDIO FINALISTS: SPA BELLA; TERRA COLVIN, TERRA KNOWS BROWS

BEST EYELASH SERVICES: WINNER: KALLIE BIBLE, SPA BELLA FINALISTS: TIFFANY WILKS, DEFINE LASH CO. SHENA MOLINA, MERAKI STUDIO

BEST MASSAGE THERAPIST: WINNER: ANA HALE, SPA NOUVELLE FINALISTS: MARY BETH DICKERSON, SPA NOUVELLE KYLIE FLOWERS, SPA BELLA

BEST FITNESS TRAINER: WINNER: TAYLOR JOPLING, TRIBE31 TRAINING FINALISTS: ASJA JORDAN; BONNIE HAY, ANYTIME FITNESS

BEST YOGA STUDIO: WINNER: BLUE SKY YOGA FINALISTS: TRIBE31 TRAINING, THE WELLNESS CENTER

BEST ATHLETIC CENTER/GYM: WINNER: MONROE ATHLETIC CENTER FINALISTS: THE WELLNESS CENTER, TRIBE31 TRAINING


BODY, BEAUTY AND BRAWN BEST PILATES STUDIO: WINNER: MONROE ATHLETIC CENTER FINALISTS: THE PILATES ROOM, BON TEMPS PILATES

BAYOU BUNGALOW Home is where the heart is and the finalists in these categories definitely have our love. From the very best in furniture options, to the guys with the green thumb, our Bayou Bungalow winners celebrate the best in home décor and more.

BEST OUTDOOR FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES: WINNER: SONNY PANZICO’S GARDEN MART FINALISTS: THE PATIO PLACE, SLEEPY HOLLOW OUTDOOR

BEST HOME ACCESSORIES: WINNER: THE RUSTIQUE GATOR FINALISTS: PAUL MICHAEL COMPANY, THE MUFFIN TIN

BEST HARDWARE & DESIGN MATERIAL: WINNER: T.P. OUTDOORS FINALISTS: RUSSELL-MOORE LUMBER, P&M HARDWARE

BEST GARDEN SHOP: WINNER: SONNY PANZICO’S GARDEN MART FINALISTS: SAMMY’S PLANT WORLD, O’NEAL’S FARM AND GARDEN

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BEST HVAC/HEATING AND AIR: WINNER: GILLEY’S HEATING AND COOLING FINALISTS: AIR SERVICE PROFESSIONALS, ALBRITTON SERVICE CO.

BEST ELECTRICIAN: WINNER: COPELAND ELECTRIC CO. FINALISTS: TWIN CITY ELECTRIC, FOX FAMILY ELECTRIC, LLC

BEST FURNITURE STORE: WINNER: IVAN SMITH FURNITURE FINALISTS: SLEEPY HOLLOW, WALSWORTH & COMPANY

BEST PLUMBER: WINNER: KELLY PLUMBING FINALISTS: MARK JOHNSON PLUMBING, ALL PLUMBING

BEST COUNTERTOPS: WINNER: TWIN CITY GRANITE FINALISTS: FLOORWORKS, OTWELL FLOORING CO.

BEST CUSTOM CABINETS: WINNER: MAYO CUSTOM CABINETS FINALISTS: WEST OUACHITA CABINETS, KEY MILLWORK AND SUPPLY


BAYOU BUNGALOW BEST PEST CONTROL: WINNER: REDD PEST CONTROL FINALISTS: BAYOU MOSQUITO AND PEST MANAGEMENT ANDERSON PEST CONTROL

BEST TREE REMOVAL SERVICE: WINNER: CAJUN TREE CUTTERS FINALISTS: KIRKLAND KUTTERS, MUNHOLLAND TREE SERVICE

BEST PAINTER: WINNER: TODD MCGUFFEE FINALISTS: DONNIE SELLERS, BROWN’S PAINTING

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN AND DECORATORS: WINNER: LAUREN ROEBUCK DESIGNS FINALISTS: TAYLOR BENNETT; JAN STRICKLAND, STRICKLAND INTERIORS

BEST FLOORING: WINNER: JE DUPUY/LINCOLN FLOORING FINALISTS: KIM’S FLOOR DECOR, OTWELL FLOORING CO.

BEST HOME CLEANING: WINNER: KELSEY KLEAN FINALISTS: DELTA DEEP CLEAN PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICES OF NELA

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BEST HOME BUILDER: WINNER: HOLYFIELD CONSTRUCTION FINALISTS: 318 CONSTRUCTION, RAFAEL LARA CONSTRUCTION

BEST YARD CARE: WINNER: JAKE LILLY’S LAWNCARE AND LANDSCAPING FINALISTS: NORTHPRO LANDSCAPING AND LAWNCARE MYM LAWN SERVICE

FAVORITE FARE Louisiana is known for delicious food, and our Favorite Fare category recognizes the best in the industry. From your favorite mixologist to the best burger in town – we’ve got you covered when it comes to these nom, nom, nominees.

BEST BAR FOR BEER: WINNER: FLYING TIGER BREWERY FINALISTS: ENOCH’S IRISH PUB AND CAFE, 2DUDES BREW & QUE

BEST PLACE FOR A CRAFT COCKTAIL: WINNER: PARISH RESTAURANT FINALISTS: 2DUDES BREW & QUE, PLANTER’S GASTROPUB

BEST WINE SELECTION: WINNER: LANDRY VINEYARDS FINALISTS: GENUSA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT, TONORE’S WINE CELLAR


FAVORITE FARE BEST BARTENDER: WINNER: TIED JOSH COLSON, ENOCH’S IRISH PUB AND CAFE AND SYDNEY RHINEHART, PLANTER’S GASTROPUB FINALISTS: CHLOE ISHEE, THE HUB BRAD SHOWS, ENOCH’S IRISH PUB AND CAFE

BEST BAR TO WATCH A GAME: WINNER: 2DUDES BREW & QUE FINALISTS: FIELDHOUSE BAR & GRILL, PORTICO RESTAURANT AND BAR

BEST STEAK: WINNER: DOE’S EAT PLACE FINALISTS: WAREHOUSE NO. 1, BEAU VINES

BEST CRAWFISH: WINNER: CRAWFISH CITY FINALISTS: CORMIER’S RESTAURANT, RIVERSIDE CONEY ISLAND

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BEST GUMBO: WINNER: TRAPP’S FINALISTS: MOHAWK TAVERN, WAREHOUSE NO. 1

BEST POBOY: WINNER: MAGIC GRILL FINALISTS: RAY’S PEGE, TRAPP’S

BEST PIZZA WINNER: JOHNNY’S PIZZA HOUSE FINALISTS: REVIVAL PIZZA CO., UTILITY BREWING CO.

BEST TACO JOINT: WINNER: IRON CACTUS FINALISTS: TACO BANDIDO, AVOCADO’S

BEST MARGARITA: WINNER: IRON CACTUS FINALISTS: EL PASO MEXICAN GRILL, AVOCADO’S

BEST FRENCH FRIES: WINNER: MAGIC GRILL FINALISTS: DAQ’S WINGS & GRILL, CATAHOULA’S


FAVORITE FARE BEST FRIED CHICKEN: WINNER: BIG MOMMA’S FINE FOODS FINALISTS: MAGIC GRILL, MEL’S CAJUN FRIED CHICKEN & CATFISH

BEST ASIAN: WINNER: RAW RESTAURANT FINALISTS: BASIL THAI & SUSHI BAR, JADE GARDEN

BEST BURGER: WINNER: THE BURGER GRIND FINALISTS: ENOCH’S IRISH PUB AND CAFE, THE CREAMERY MONROE

BEST BREAKFAST: WINNER: LEA’S OF LECOMPTE FINALISTS: ALEX LATIN FOOD, BELLE’S OLE SOUTH DINER

BEST BBQ JOINT: WINNER: 2DUDES BREW & QUE FINALISTS: JAC’S CRAFT SMOKEHOUSE, DANKEN TRAIL BAR-B-QUE

BEST COFFEE: WINNER: ALEX LATIN FOOD FINALISTS: STANDARD COFFEE CO., CC’S COFFEE

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BEST ITALIAN: WINNER: GENUSA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT FINALISTS: MILANO’S ITALIAN GRILL, LUNA PIENA ITALIAN BISTRO

BEST BRUNCH: WINNER: RESTAURANT COTTON FINALISTS: TRIO’S DINING, LEA’S OF LECOMPTE

BEST SEAFOOD: WINNER: WAREHOUSE NO. 1 FINALISTS: CATFISH CHARLIE’S, TRAPP’S

BEST SANDWICHES: WINNER: CHICKEN SALAD CHICK FINALISTS: NEWK’S, DAILY PRESS

BEST SWEET TREATS: WINNER: SMALLCAKES FINALISTS: BUTTER BAKERY, UPTOWN DOWNTOWN

BEST VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY: WINNER: NEWK’S FINALISTS: FOR HIS TEMPLE FAMILY FOODS, BUTTER BAKERY


FAVORITE FARE BEST HEALTHY FOOD: WINNER: FOR HIS TEMPLE FAMILY FOODS FINALISTS: NEWK’S, FIESTA NUTRITION CENTER

BEST GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS: WINNER: BUTTER BAKERY FINALISTS: FOR HIS TEMPLE FAMILY FOODS, CHICKEN SALAD CHICK

BEST FOOD TRUCK: WINNER: CASTER AND CHICORY FINALISTS: BAD WOLF BBQ, FAY’S FAT BURGER & GRILL

BEST DONUTS: WINNER: BESTZ DONUTS FINALISTS: DONUT PALACE, HASKELL DONUTS

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BEST LOCALLY OWNED CHAIN RESTAURANT: WINNER: CHICK-FIL-A FINALISTS: CHICKEN SALAD CHICK, NEWK’S EATERY

LOCAL STORES & SHOPS Our local retailers are top notch, offering Northeast Louisiana residents the best shopping around. Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion trends or something outdoors, these local stores and shops have it all.

BEST EYEWEAR BOUTIQUE AND OPTICAL: WINNER: HAIK HUMBLE EYE CENTER FINALISTS: DILLINGHAM OPTICAL, FAMILY EYE CARE

BEST ANTIQUE STORE: WINNER: COTTON PORT ANTIQUE MALL FINALISTS: TRADITIONS ON TRENTON, FROG’S FLEA MARKET

BEST GIFT SHOP: WINNER: THE RUSTIQUE GATOR FINALISTS: THE MUFFIN TIN, JUST PEACHY

BEST JEWELRY STORE: WINNER: HOLLIS & CO. FINALISTS: RANDY SMITH JEWELERS, MARTY AND MARK’S JEWELRY


LOCAL STORES & SHOPS BEST ATHLETIC WEAR: WINNER: FLEET FEET MONROE FINALISTS: BLUE LINE BOUTIQUE, H. MICKEL SPORTS

BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING BOUTIQUE: WINNER: THE CHILDREN’S SHOPPE FINALISTS: FIRST GLIMPSE, LITTLE BLUE KID’S BOUTIQUE

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE: WINNER: RIVER OUTFITTERS FINALISTS: SIMMON’S SPORTING GOODS, HONEY HOLE TACKLE SHOP

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING: WINNER: BLUE LINE BOUTIQUE

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FINALISTS: CARA’S BOUTIQUE, HERRINGSTONE’S


BEST SHOE SELECTION: WINNER: CARA’S BOUTIQUE FINALISTS: BLUE LINE BOUTIQUE, FLEET FEET MONROE

BEST SPORTING GOODS: WINNER: SIMMON’S SPORTING GOODS FINALISTS: T.P. OUTDOOR, HONEY HOLE TACKLE SHOP

LOCAL LIVING Our Local Living nominees offer the best services in Northeast Louisiana. Whether you’re looking for a realtor or need a caterer for your next big party, these businesses are the cream of the crop.

BEST DAYCARE/CHILDCARE: WINNER: CLAIBORNE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL FINALISTS: FIRST WEST, THE PLAYHOWSE LEARNING CENTER

BEST GYMNASTICS/TUMBLING: WINNER: BAYOU GYMNASTICS FINALISTS: TOTALLY TUMBLING, POWERHOUSE TUMBLE AND CHEER

BEST FLORAL SHOP: WINNER: VEE’S FLOWERS FINALISTS: PETALS AND PEARLS, ALL OCCASIONS


LOCAL LIVING

BEST TAILOR/ALTERATIONS: WINNER: SHIRLEY’S ALTERATIONS FINALISTS: CAROLYN’S SEWING, JOSE’S TAILOR SHOP

BEST CAR WASH: WINNER: ROCKETFAST CAR WASH FINALISTS: CAR WASH WEST, DREAM WASH EXPRESS

BEST CATERER: WINNER: THURMAN’S FOOD FACTORY FINALISTS: 2DUDES BREW & QUE, GATOR GIRLS CATERING AND EATERY

BEST PET GROOMER: WINNER: DKS MOBILE GROOMING FINALISTS: HAPPY TAILS, DOGGIE STYLE GROOMING

BEST PET BOARDER: WINNER: HAPPY TAILS FINALISTS: COOPER VETERINARY HOSPITAL, MORRIS VETERINARY HOSPITAL

BEST VET CLINIC: WINNER: COOPER VETERINARY HOSPITAL FINALISTS: MORRIS VETERINARY HOSPITAL ANIMAL HOSPITAL OF WEST MONROE

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BEST DRY CLEANER: WINNER: D&D DRY CLEANERS FINALISTS: THURMANIZE CLEANERS, THE CLEANERS OF RUSTON

BEST AUTO DEALER: WINNER: JIM TAYLOR AUTO GROUP FINALISTS: RYAN AUTO GROUP, CAR TOWN

BEST BANK: WINNER: ORIGIN BANK FINALISTS: CROSS KEYS BANK, PROGRESSIVE BANK

BEST CREDIT UNION: WINNER: OUACHITA VALLEY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION FINALISTS: CENTRIC FEDERAL CREDIT UNION MONROE TELCO FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

BEST PHARMACY: WINNER: ARON’S PHARMACY FINALISTS: COMMUNITY PHARMACY, MR. DISCOUNT DRUGS

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNER: WINNER: DARREN OGLESBY FINALISTS: KEN FLETCHER, NIC TRAPPEY


LOCAL LIVING BEST ACCOUNTANT/CPA: WINNER: DAVID COLE FINALISTS: TASHIA HINES, DEBBIE TAKEWELL

BEST TITLE COMPANY: WINNER: NORTH DELTA TITLE COMPANY FINALISTS: BAYOU DESIARD TITLE COMPANY, DURRETT LAW AND TITLE

BEST DENTAL OFFICE: WINNER: NELA DENTAL FINALISTS: MATTHEW TURPIN FAMILY DENTISTRY, DISTRICT DENTAL

BEST ORTHODONTIST: WINNER: CAPLES & ROBINSON ORTHODONTICS FINALISTS: TURPIN ORTHODONTICS, HUMMEL ORTHODONTICS

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BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT: WINNER: HARRISON LILLY, THLT REALTY FINALISTS: HEATHER GUILLOT, VANGUARD REALTY ANNA EARL ROMERO, CYPRESS STATE REALTY

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY: WINNER: MELANIE MASSEY PHYSICAL THERAPY FINALISTS: GLORY THERAPY NORTH LOUISIANA ORTHOPAEDIC & SPORTS MEDICINE CLINIC

BEST MECHANIC: WINNER: WALPOLE TIRE AND SERVICE FINALISTS: FRANK NETTLES AUTOMOTIVE, ISAAC NEWTON

BEST DANCE STUDIO: WINNER: LINDA LAVENDER SCHOOL OF DANCE FINALISTS: MISSY CRAIN SCHOOL OF DANCE DBK DANCE AND PERFORMING ARTS

BEST YOUTH SUMMER CAMP/PROGRAM: WINNER: CAMP CHI-YO-CA FINALISTS: MEDCAMPS, SEEKER SPRINGS

BEST LAW OFFICE: WINNER: CUMMINS & FITTS FINALISTS: CREED AND CREED, DURRETT LAW


BEST INSURANCE AGENT: WINNER: BLAKE WHEELIS, STATE FARM FINALISTS: LAURA WOOD, STATE FARM; PEGGY SULLIVAN, STATE FARM

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER: WINNER: ANGELA SHOEMAKER, UNVEILED RADIANCE FINALISTS: DESIRAE GOODING, KELLY MOORE

BEST CHIROPRACTOR: WINNER: GG GRANT, SHELL CHIROPRACTIC FINALISTS: THE JOINT, TRAXLER CHIROPRACTIC

LAGNIAPPE These categories represent some of the best products and people in the area. We love following our finalists on Instagram and always look forward to visiting our local art galleries.

BEST INSTAGRAMMER: WINNER: SADIE ROBERTSON HUFF @legitsadierob FINALISTS: MONROE-WEST MONROE CONVENTION AND VISITOR’S BUREAU @discovermonroewestmonroe BRECK + VALE CLOTHING @bvclothingco

BEST ART GALLERY: WINNER: BIEDENHARN MUSEUM FINALISTS: MASUR MUSEUM, THREE THREADS

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BEST PUBLIC OFFICIAL: WINNER: FRIDAY ELLIS FINALISTS: JULIA LETLOW, STACI ALBRITTON MITCHELL

BEST LOCAL ORIGINAL BAND: WINNER: MIKE MCKENZIE BAND FINALISTS: JORDAN SHEPPARD AND THE CYPRESS KNEES JOSH MADDEN

BEST PLACE TO TAKE THE KIDDOS: WINNER: SURGE ENTERTAINMENT CENTER FINALISTS: KIROLI PARK, LOUISIANA PURCHASE GARDENS AND ZOO

BEST LOCAL PRODUCT: WINNER: MR. P’S TEES FINALISTS: FLYING TIGER BEER, TWO WARRIORS MEADERY


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