Best of the Parkland 2022

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THE VOTES ARE IN! INSIDE: Over 120 Category Winners in Our Annual Readers’ Survey

Pettus Automotive voted Best Auto Dealer-New, Best Oil Change Service and Best Auto RepairMechanical

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CATEGORIES

AUTOMOTIVE

ATV Dealer . . . . . . . . . . . . Auto Dealer - New . . . . . . Auto Dealer Preowned . . Auto Parts Store . . . . . . . . Auto Repair - Mechanical . Auto Repair Collision . . . . Battery Store . . . . . . . . . . . Car Wash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oil Change Service . . . . . RV Dealer . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tire Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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BEAUTY AND SELF

Day Spa/Med Spa . . . . . . 13 Hair Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Nail Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Tanning Salon . . . . . . . . . . 13 Fitness Club/Gym/Personal Trainer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Dance Studio . . . . . . . . . . 13

BRIDAL AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS

Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dress Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . Florist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photograher . . . . . . . . . . . Venue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DJ Service / Entertainment . . . . . . .

DINING AND RESTAURANTS

Asian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bar Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bar-B-Que . . . . . . . . . . . . . Burger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fast Food Drive Thru . . . . Family Dining . . . . . . . . . . Fine Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . Food Truck . . . . . . . . . . . . Ice Cream/Custard . . . . . .

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Margarita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Salad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Sandwich Shop . . . . . . . . . 26 Steak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Wait Staff/Service . . . . . . . 26

ENTERTAINMENT

Bowling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Family Entertainment . . . . 26 Festival/Fair/Event . . . . . . 26 Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Local Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Radio Station . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Tourist Attraction . . . . . . . 32

FASHION

Children’s Clothing . . . . . . 32 Jewelry Store . . . . . . . . . . 32 Mens Clothing . . . . . . . . . . 32 Women’s Clothing . . . . . . 32

FINANCE, INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Bank Services . . . . . . . . . . 32 Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Employer/Workplace . . . . 32 Financial Planning Services . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Insurance Agent . . . . . . . . 33 Insurance Company . . . . . 33 Loan Services . . . . . . . . . . 33 Philanthropic Business . . 33 Real Estate Agent . . . . . . . 33 Real Estate Company . . . 42

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Chiropractor . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Dentist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Eye Care Provider . . . . . . 42 Hearing Specialist . . . . . . 42 Local Pharmacy . . . . . . . . 42 Med Spa / Day Spa . . . . . 42 Medical Cannabis Dispensary . . . . . . . . . . 42 Physical Therapy . . . . . . . 42

Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Orthodontist . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Message Therapy . . . . . . 44

HOME AND FARM

Air Conditioning/Heating Installation (HVAC) . . . 44 Appliance Store . . . . . . . . 44 B&B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Farm and Lawn Equipment . . . . . . . . . . 44 Farm Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Flooring Store . . . . . . . . . . 47 Furniture Store . . . . . . . . . 47 Home Builder Residential . . . . . . . . 47 Home Improvement Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Home Security . . . . . . . . . 47 Lawn Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Mattress Store . . . . . . . . . . 47 Roofing Company . . . . . . . 47 Home Inspections . . . . . . 50

SENIORS

Assisted Living Community . . . . . . . . . . 50 Home Care Services . . . . 50 Hospice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Rehabilitation Center . . . . 50 Senior Independent Living Community . . . . . . . . . . 50

SERVICES

Auction Company . . . . . . . 50 CBD Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Cleaning Service . . . . . . . . . - Commercial . . . . . . . . 51 Cleaning Service – Residential . . . . . . . . . . 51 Restoration Company . . . 51 Funeral Services . . . . . . . . 51 Monument Company . . . . 51 Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Pet Boarding . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Pet Groomer . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Plumber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Print Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Propane/Natural Gas Company . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Trucking Company . . . . . . 53 Tree Removal . . . . . . . . . . 53 Vape Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Veterinarian . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Legal Services . . . . . . . . . . 53

SHOPPING

Antique Store . . . . . . . . . . 53 Beer & Liquor Selection . 54 Brewery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Butcher/Meat Department . . . . . . . . . 54 Convenience Store . . . . . 54 Fabric / Sewing / Craft Store . . . . . . . . . . 54 Firearms/Hunting/Sporting Goods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Grocery Store . . . . . . . . . . 54 Produce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Specialty Shop (Arcadia Valley Region) . . . . . . . 54 Specialty Shop (Bonne Terre) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Specialty Shop (Desloge) . . 55 Specialty Shop (Farmington) . . . . . . . . . 55 Specialty Shop (Fredericktown) . . . . . . 55 Specialty Shop (Washington County) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Specialty Shop (Ste . Genevieve) . . . . . . . . . . 55 Specialty Shop -Park Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Thrift Store/Consignment Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55


PRESIDENT’S NOTE

Readers Select Parkland Area Favorites

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elcome to the 2022 edition of the Best of the Parkland. We are pleased to present the results of our 6th annual Best of the Parkland survey. In this year’s magazine you will find the winners and finalists in over 120 categories chosen by you. And by you, I mean a lot of you. Over the past six years, Best of the Parkland has grown from thousands of votes to hundreds of thousand votes. This year we feature Joe and Shawna Pettus and their sons Bohdi and Asher on our cover, winners of multiple categories including Auto Dealer –New. I think you will enjoy learning more about this dynamic team and their approach to helping so many Parkland area residents find and maintain the perfect vehicle. We also profile more than 20 other local businesses that are category winners and share their stories of success. Thank you again to our readers for voting for your favorites in our 2022 survey. We want to express appreciation to the hundreds of local business owners who make this region so special. Locally owned businesses are the lifeline of a healthy and growing region. Being voted Best of the Parkland is a celebration of everything going right in our community. We congratulate all of the businesses mentioned as winners and finalists in these publication. Please take time to visit and shop them with all of them. Best regards,

CONTENTS 6,7 Pettus Automotive 16 O’Dell’s Dance Studio 17 Midwest Real Estate 20 Pizza 101 21 Midwest Sports Center 22 Hearing Care Partners 25 Koppeis Heating and Cooling 27 Schlosser Orthdontics 29 Busenbark Flooring and Granite 31 Sweet Things Sweet Shop 34 Parkland Monuments 36 Shed Vapes 37 Serenity HospiceCare 39 Iron County Farm Bureau Insurance 45 Crystal & Rich’s Produce 46 Peace of Mind 48 K C Photography 49 Old Village Mercantile 52 Parkland Pest 56 Plummer’s Ace Hardware 57 Bloc Dispensary 58 Big River Home Inspections

Mike Distelhorst President, Daily Journal Advertising Staff: Michelle Menley Dustin Holland Travis Smith Bryan Ramsey Rob Barnes

Editorial Staff: Teresa Ressel Kevin Jenkins Sarah Haas Bobby Radford Mark Marberry Alan Kopitsky Victoria Kemper Dwight Stricklin Matt King Danielle Thurman

Circulation Staff: Kevin Saylor Terrie Devoto Jayne Derby

ON THE COVER: Pettus Automotive owners Joe and Shawna Pettus and sons Asher and Bodhi . Photo taken at Pettus Chrysler in Desoto, MO by Casey Hartley of KC Photography winner of Best Photographer .

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Pettus Automotive

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ettus Automotive, located at 970 Woodlawn Dr. in Farmington, has earned multiple awards in this year’s Best of the Parkland Contest: Best Auto Dealer (New), Best Automotive Repair (Mechanical), and Best Oil Change. It was also a finalist in the Employer/ Place to Work category and being nominated for Philanthropic Business. This is their sixth year in a row to win the Best Auto Dealer award. There are six Pettus Automotive dealerships, with locations in Farmington, Festus, Ste. Genevieve, Fredericktown and two locations in De Soto. The automakers represented are Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. Joe Pettus is the owner of the dealerships. He purchased his first in De Soto from Talbert Ford about 10 years ago. “Our customers allowed us to grow and we’ve had multiple opportunities where we could buy other dealerships,” he said, “and we’ve really expanded in this area, which is our core area.” Pettus is from Bonne Terre and is 6 | Best of the Parkland | April 2022

a 1998 graduate of North County High School. As a student, he pursued the UniTec Career Center program for small engine repair. He’s always had a passion for cars and trucks. Working his way up through the automotive industry, Pettus earned praise and awards as a St. Louis car salesman, then became a general manager, and eventually took the opportunity to move home and open his own dealership. Pettus has worked for more than 20 years in the automotive industry. As an automotive dealer, his hard work, determination and perseverance have paid off. In addition to his six dealerships, he owns the nationally-recognized customs division, APG Customs. Clearly, working with cars has been and continues to be Pettus’ passion. He’s earned multiple awards for his dealerships. “We know the customer has a lot of choices and platforms to search for a vehicle,” he said. “We know that competitive pricing, exceptional customer care, and service after the sale are what our

The Sales Staff at Pettus Automotive in Farmington strives to offer every customer a unique and enjoyable car buying experience Pictured from left to right are Chad Browers, Walt Mills, John Tallo, John Robinson- New Car Sales Manager, Mike Mills – Used Car Sales Manager, Jimmy Mann, Stephen Huitt, Jessica Tarrant, and Mike Mahurin.

customers want and deserve. “A vehicle purchase is the second-largest purchase next to buying a home,” he said. “It’s important to trust our process, as we trust our consumers are educated and supported through this important decision.” Pettus Automotive’s vast inventory and extended warranties are what set them apart, combined with exceptional service, top-trained and factory-certified technicians, and dedicated sales team and office staff. They also have the largest preowned inventory in the area, by far. All of it makes it easy for customers to return for multiple vehicle purchases from Pettus Automotive. ‘We have assembled the greatest automotive team in all departments,” Pettus said, “and that reflects in our customers’ experiences.” He said their dealerships are always looking to the future, finding ways to improve, and gaining the trust and friendship of their clients. “We strive to perfect our customer service,” said Pettus. “From the top


down, everyone knows our customers come first, with our service and sales.” The Pettus Automotive dealerships have always tried to give customers competitive pricing, which has helped the business grow to its present stature. They also hire the “right people with great attitudes.” Combined, the dealerships employ nearly 175 people. Pettus Automotive not only sells plenty of vehicles, they service them. They offer extremely reasonable oil changes in the area and don’t require appointments. Their APG Customs business in De Soto offers a variety of items including wheels, tires, lift kits and plenty of accessories. “We’ve always tried to give our customers plenty of competitively-priced choices which has helped us to grow to where we are today,” he said. “We have great customer service and great employees. We’re always looking to grow our Pettus Automotive family.” Pettus said the dealerships never want to give a customer a reason to go anywhere else. “We do everything in our power so people want to do business with us,” he said. “It’s a tough job, but we always try to do our best to turn a negative into a positive. We do our very best to take care of our customers.” John Robinson, New Car Sales Manager, said the Pettus sales staff is what makes all the difference at the dealership. “Our sales staff are all very friendly, have helpful attitudes and really concentrate on making the vehicle-buying experience a pleasant one,” said Robinson. “Our sales team members all reside in our area as well, and all of them find positive ways to contribute to our community. “That is important to the culture of our company and is important to us.” Used Car Sales Manager Mike Mills said Pettus genuinely cares about their customers and the people who work for him. “Not only do we spend an immense amount of time together during the week, he also sponsors many events that we all also attend together outside of work,” said Mills. “He is just one of the guys!” Jeff Elliott is Service Director for all of the Pettus Automotive locations. When asked what a customer should

The Service Technicians at Pettus Automotive are highly trained and are certified by the car manufacturers to ensure your vehicle receives the highest standard of quality.

consider when deciding on a repair facility, he said there are a number of things. “First and foremost is the reputation of the facility. At Pettus Automotive, we strive to surpass expectations on every repair we perform, big or small. Our service technicians are glad to work on any problems your vehicle is experiencing… whether it’s something minor like a squeak or rattle, or a major engine repair, we strive to make every customer very happy with their vehicle’s performance,” he said. Another consideration is whether the work is covered under warranty. Elliott said, “If so, then you’ll want to go to a dealership franchise. At Pettus Automotive, all of our service technicians are highly trained and educated on every make and model and they are all ASE Certified.” Pettus’ priority is taking care of his customers and employees as well as his family, including wife Shawna, sons Bodhi and Asher, and college-aged daughter Gianna. He strongly believes in giving back. In fact, Pettus Automotive gives back a large portion of their earnings to the community through sponsorships, events and fundraisers. “This gives our employees an opportunity to serve and allows them to be proud of where they work and what we are about,” said Pettus. He said, “Our hearts are for service and that doesn’t end at the dealership. It extends into our schools, local fundraising efforts, and to our passionate charitable organizations throughout the area. If you don’t see us at the dealership, you

will feel our positive community impact in some way.” Pettus said giving back to the community has always been a huge part of his business. When his business first began, Pettus said it started small. “You build people, then people build the business,” he said. “I have such an amazing group of people standing with me in an ever-evolving business.” Over the last decade, Pettus has enjoyed giving opportunities to employees who are passionate about the automotive industry. It’s a fantastic place to lay roots and grow in their careers as automotive professionals through continued education, personal development and training. “Our hope and mission are to stay proactive and aware of the future challenges and opportunities in the automotive field, and to grow and adapt to these changes,” he said. After all of this information about Pettus and his amazing staff, their contributions to the community, and their dedication to sales and service, there really is only one question: Who is ready to purchase a vehicle at a hard-working dealership who makes customer service its top priority? Now is the time to imagine that new or new-to-you vehicle parked in your driveway … from Pettus Automotive of course!

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AUTOMOTIVE ■ ATV Dealer

Finalist 830 Valley Creek Drive, Farmington MO 63640 (573) 747-4120 www .auffenbergfarmington .com

■ Auto Dealer Preowned

Leadbelt PowerSports

Finalist 1400 Woodlawn Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 431-3690 www .leadbeltpowersports .com

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Finalist 3967 Bray Rd ., Farmington, MO 63460 (573) 747-1107 www .ruralking .com/ farmington-mo

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Bening Motor Company of Leadington WINNER 100 Chat Road, Leadington, MO 63601 (573) 327-8590 www .bmcleadington .com

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Finalist 5127 Flat River Rd, Farmington, MO 63640 573-454-1608 www .leadbeltautosales .com

WINNER All Area Locations (573) 431-7800 www .pettusauto .com

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Finalist 5019 Flat River Road, Farmington, MO 63640 (888) 547-5687 www .samscismford .net

WINNER All Area Locations (573)431-7800 www .pettusauto .com

Finalist 228 E Harrison St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 664-1302 www .wadesautoservice .net

Sam’s Service Center Finalist 355 S . Main St . Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 546-2724

■ Auto Repair Collision

Finalist 1122 Madison 512, Fredericktown MO 63640 (573) 366-6807 https://baldwin-auto-sales-usedcar-dealer .business .site

O’Reilly Auto Parts WINNER All Area Locations (573) 701-0564 www .oreillyauto .com

AutoZone Auto Parts Finalist All Area Locations (573) 431-7004 www .autozone .com

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Finalist All Area Locations 573-518-5611 www .advanceautoparts .com

Brad Wooten Auto Body WINNER 401 N Main St ., Ironton, Mo 63650 (573) 546-BUMP www .bradwootenautobody .com

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Finalist 403 Union St, Leadington, MO 63601 573-210-0356 www .nichols-autobody .business .site

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Finalist 6764 North Highway 67, Fredericktown MO 63645 (573) 783-7963 www .ellisbattery .com

Wade’s Auto Service

Finalist 228 E Harrison St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 664-1302 www .wadesautoservice .net

■ Car Wash Club Car Wash

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Finalist 205 W . Karsch Blvd ., Farmington, MO 63040 (866) 678-WASH www .autospaspeedywash .com

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Pettus Automotive WINNER All Area Locations (573) 431-7800 www .pettusauto .com

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Finalist 100 8th St ., Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 431-9343 www .chadstireandauto .com

Sam’s Service Center Finalist 355 S . Main St . Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 546-2724


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WINNER 10 E Woodlawn, Leadington, MO 63601 (573) 431-2728 www .parklandrvcenter .com

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Finalist 1743 West Hwy 72, Fredericktown, MO 63645 (573) 783-6500 www .72westmotorsandrvs .com

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Finalist 7072 Raider Rd, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 500-0798 https://www .legacyrvstl .com/

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Finalist 423 W Karsch Blvd, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-1327 https://theboulevardspa .com

Lincoln Street Healing and Massage Finalist 216 North Lincoln Street Desloge, MO (573) 218-8765 Facebook

■ Hair Salon FayeLynn Beautique

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WINNER 502 E Woodlawn Dr ., Leadington, MO 63601 (573) 327-9948 www .facebook .com/ FayeLynnBeautique/

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WINNER 100 8th St ., Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 431-9343 www .chadstireandauto .com

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Finalist 1001 E Karsch Blvd, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-5722 www .facebook .com/ Ronstirecenter

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Finalist All Area Locations 573-334-5036 www .plazatireservice .com

BEAUTY AND SELF ■ Day Spa/ Med Spa FayeLynn Beautique

WINNER 502 E Woodlawn Dr ., Leadington, MO 63601 (573) 327-9948 www .facebook .com/ FayeLynnBeautique/

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Xtremes Salon

Finalist 1400 S St . Joe Dr ., Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 518-0150 Facebook

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Finalist 423 W Karsch Blvd ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-1327 www .theboulevardspa .com

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Finalist 1138 N Desloge Dr ., Desloge, MO 63601 (573) 431-1130 https://www .facebook .com/ Ultimate-Tans-116176593114539/

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Essential Fitness

Finalist 4315 US-67, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 664-1091 Facebook

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O’Dell’s Dance Center

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’Dell’s Dance Center did it again. They won Best Dance Studio in the Best of the Parkland awards. The studio, owned by Mandi Herzog, has won the award for several years. O’Dell’s Dance Center has been open since 1959 when Jerry O’Dell started the studio in Flat River because there were no studios in town and she wanted her daughter Geri to learn dance. The studio moved to Desloge in 1964. Geri took over the studio when she was 19, and then it was sold to Dee Wampler Courtois, whom Herzog began taking lessons from when she was 5. In 1987, Bev Holst bought the studio. Herzog became a teaching assistant at age 16 under Holst’s guidance and became a full-time teacher at age 19. In 2011, Holst sold the studio to Herzog, who opened O’Dell’s with 75 students and the motto “where every student is a star.” As the fifth owner of the studio, Herzog expanded to a larger location in Desloge with more teachers and

assistants. Nearly 200 students are enrolled in various classes including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, gymnastics, acrobatics, tumbling and music theatre. Students learn skills and perform in an annual recital Mandi Herzog is assisted by Mackenzie Risenhoover with helping students learn dance skills and performance in May while some students also participate in dance competitions. to get to make a career out of something Herzog is assisted by Mackenzie I love to do.” Risenhoover who has worked with Herzog is married to her husband Herzog since she first purchased Eric. The couple have three children the studio. Luci, Bucklei and Harris. “I’m truly blessed to live this life and pass my love of dance on to my students O’Dell’s Dance Center 521 N . State Street, Desloge in the community where I grew up and Phone: 573-431-2722 am the proud owner of my childhood Website: OdellsDance .com studio,” said Herzog. “I am so fortunate

ODELLS DANCE

521 N. State St. Desloge, MO 63601 • (573) 431-2722 16 | Best of the Parkland | April 2022


Midwest Real Estate

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hey’re a dynamic duo. The motherand-son team of Eric and Delena Kofron have won Best Real Estate Company for Best of the Parkland for the fourth time in a row. But that’s not all. Eric won the Best Real Estate Agent award for the second time. Midwest Real Estate opened in 2014 and is owned and operated by Delena. Eric and Michael Shanks manage the business. “Every year since the day we opened, we have achieved more success, greater sales numbers, and a larger outreach to the community with events, donations and sponsorships,” said Eric. All of Midwest Real Estate’s agents work to provide exceptional customer service and professionalism. “We pride ourselves on always being educated in the constantly changing world of real estate,” said Eric. As for why the business continues to win the top real estate award for Best of the Parkland, Eric said he believes it’s because the community trusts them. “It’s important to build that trust with our clients,” he said. “We have a family vibe and we look out for each other.” Eric said they make their clients their top priority. “Sometimes deals go smooth, and sometimes they don’t. Either way it goes, we handle it in a way that is always in the best interest of our customers.” The family-owned-and-operated business tries to transfer those family values into everything they do, from the relationships the agents have with one another to the ones they have with their clients. “We have genuinely appreciated the support of the amazing people in the Mineral Area,” said Eric. “It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind, but

Eric Kofron wants the community to know that at Midwest Real Estate, there is an emphasis on teamwork and goodwill.

we always try to make it a point to pay it forward to the people that have made us so successful.” At Midwest Real Estate, there is also an emphasis on teamwork and goodwill. “I want everyone to be successful together at our office,” said Eric. “It makes for a better working environment.” The business’ success can also be attributed to the hands-off way the staff deals with their clients and hands-on way of handling contracts, deals and negotiations. Midwest Real Estate enjoys working with people, negotiating deals and getting to closings, but they’re more focused on making connections and getting customers the best possible deals. When Eric joined the real estate industry, everything changed for him. He saw the potential in the profession, so he went from working part-time to full-time. Delena said the goal is for her agents to “be like a knowledgeable friend coming along on house tours, a friend that’s going to provide insights but also give honest concerns if they present themselves.” She said, “ It’s really easy to get someone to write contracts they really

don’t like if you want them to, but we don’t roll that way.” She said whether a customer is purchasing a $75,000 house or a $500,000 home, they will be treated the same. “We work just as hard for you,” she said. “That’s where I pride myself. We just work very hard to do a good job and treat people right.” When customers find the right house, commercial building or property, agents at Midwest Real Estate help their customers to get the best deal and do everything to make it a smooth process. “This is a job I get gratification from, it’s not thankless work,” he said. “When you do an awesome job for somebody, especially a first-time buyer, and you get to closing, they’re so excited, their hands are shaking. “You get to hand them their keys and a little closing gift, you get to take that picture with them. They’re stoked, and it’s hard not to get that way, too.”

Midwest Real Estate

202 W . Karsch Blvd ., Farmington Hours of operation: Monday through Sunday, open 24 hours Phone: 573-915-5090 Website: Facebook – Midwest Real Estate April 2022 | Best of the Parkland | 17


■ Dress Shop His & Hers Formal Wear

WINNER 128 E High St ., Potosi, MO 63664 (573) 438-3875 www .facebook .com/ HisHersFormalWear/

Keenly Bridal & Prom

Finalist 210 E Woodlawn Dr ., Leadington, MO 63601 (573) 431-0342 www .keenlybridal .com

Bella DeMarie

Finalist 2424 N Hwy 67, Florissant, MO 63033 (314) 348-3907 https://bellamarieagency .com/

■ Florist Butterfields Florist & Gifts

Lyndsey Paige Photography

Finalist (573) 210-6226 lyndseypaigephoto .com

Kelby Wampler Photographer

Finalist 312 E First Street, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 915-3790 http://www .kelbywamplerphotography .pixieset .com/

■ Venue The Barn at Lone Eagle Landing

WINNER 12719 State Route F, Ste . Genevieve, MO 63670 (573) 315-3233 www .barnatloneeaglelanding . com

■ DJ Service / Entertainment Totally Sound Entertainment

WINNER 201 W 1st St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 631-8361 https://totallysoundentertainment .com/

Gold Star DJ

Finalist 106 Edwards Lane, Park Hills MO 63601 (314) 221-5643 www .bookgoldstardj .com

Tim Edwards Platinum Entertainment DJ Services Finalist (573) 430-5861 https:// .facebook .com/Platinum EntertainmentDJServices

WINNER 302 W Columbia St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-6696 www .butterfieldsflorist .com

DINING AND RESTAURANTS

Copper Fox Contrived

■ Asian

Finalist 361 W Main St, Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 218-8511 www .copperfoxcontrived .com

The Country Bouquet

Finalist 109 N Main St, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 546-5056 www .facebook .com/The-CountryBouquet-1681372752106917

Pad Thai Kitchen Valley Mist Events

Finalist 770 Co Rd 109, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 366-1446 http://www .valleymistevents .com/

Crown Valley Winery

WINNER (573) 366-1792 www .kcphotographykc .com

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Ho-Wah

Finalist 754 Market St ., Farmington MO 63640 (573) 756-9288 http://www .howah .com/

Canton Garden

■ Photograher

KC Photography

WINNER 809 E Karsch Blvd, Farmington, MO 63640

Finalist 23589 State Rte WW, Ste . Genevieve, MO 63670 (573) 756-9463 http://crownvalleywinery .com/

Finalist 1111 E Main Street, Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 431-2736 https://www .facebook .com/ Canton-Garden-Restaurant-

■ Bar Food Hubs Pub and Grill

WINNER 220 West High Street, Potosi, MO 63664 (573) 436-4827 10 North Dover Street, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 358-9098 www .hubspubandgrill .com/home

The Iron Mule

Finalist 1308 MO-21, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 546-1234 https://theironmule .com/

The Bullpen

Finalist 1500 E Main St, Leadington, MO 63601 (573) 327-9368 http://www .bullpengrill .com/ home

■ Bar-B-Que Baylee Jo’s Barbecue WINNER 1315 N . Hwy 21, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 546-2100 www .bayleejosbbq .com

Sugarfire Smoke House

Finalist 670 Walton Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 713-9099 www .sugarfiresmokehouse .com

Dexter BBQ

Finalist 763 Maple Valley Drive, Farmington MO 63640 (573) 756-1100 https://www .dexterbbq .com/

■ Burger Hunt’s Dairy Bar

WINNER 1300 E Main St ., Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 431-4011 Facebook

Hubs Pub and Grill

Finalist 220 West High Street, Potosi, MO 63664 (573) 436-4827 10 North Dover Street, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 358-9098 www .hubspubandgrill .com/home

The Bullpen

Finalist 1500 E Main St, Leadington, MO 63601 (573) 327-9368 http://www .bullpengrill .com/ home


■ Coffee RaeCole’s Coffee Bar

WINNER 322 W Main St ., Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 430-4343 www .facebook .com/ raecolescoffeebar/

ColJac Artisan Cafe

Finalist 9 N Jefferson St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-4555 www .coljacartisan .com

Wise Grounds Coffee Shop

Finalist 515 W Karsch Blvd, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 760-9000 www .belgradestatebank .com/ about-us/wise-grounds-coffeeshop .html

■ Diner Carla’s Cafe

WINNER 818 E Main St ., Bismarck, MO 63624 (573) 734-6650 www .facebook .com/carlascafe1/

The Factory Diner

Finalist 200 W First St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 760-0208 814 Market St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 747-1006 239 W Main St ., Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 518-0161 www .factorydiner .com

Rally’s

Punkins Twisted B&B

General Custard’s Re-Treat

Dairy Queen

■ Food Truck

■ Margarita

The Rollin Dumplin Pot

El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

Finalist 605 N Washington St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 701-0150 https://locations .rallys .com/mo/ farmington/605-n-washington Finalist All Area Locations

■ Family Dining Catfish Kettle Restaurant WINNER 775 Weber Rd ., Farmington MO 63640 (573) 756-7305 www .catfishkettle .com

Carla’s Cafe

Finalist 818 E Main St, Bismarck, MO 63624 (573) 734-6650 https://m .facebook .com/ carlascafe1/

Homestead Restaurant

Finalist 1024 Hwy K, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 358-7277 www .homestead-restaurant .com

■ Fast Food Drive Thru Sonic

WINNER All Area Locations

WINNER Potosi, Farmington, Bonne Terre, Fredericktown, Park Hills, Desloge, Ste . Genevieve County therollingdumplinpot@gmail .com

Grandma’s Sugar Shack Finalist (573) 366-5262 www .faceb ok .com/ grandmassugarshack/

The Lunch Lady Food Truck and Catering Finalist www .facebook .com/ llcthelunchlady

■ Ice Cream/ Custard

Finalist 3221 Blake Road, Park Hills MO 63601 (573) 631-2159 Facebook

WINNER All Area Locations (573) 756-7577 www .eltapatiomex .com

Checo’s Mexican Restaurant

Finalist 106 W Russell St, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 432-2232

Si Senor Mex-Mex Bar and Grill

Finalist 612 Wal-Mart Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 747-3030 www .sisenormexmexgrill .com

■ Pizza

■ Fine Dining 12 West Bar & Grill

WINNER 12 West Columbia Street, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 760-1135 www .12westbarandgrill .com

Pizza 101 South Old Village Mercantile

WINNER 219 S State Hwy 21, Caledonia, MO 63631 (573) 779-3907 www .oldvillagemercantile .com

The Depot Cafe

Finalist 406 Villar Street, Fredericktown, MO 63645 (573) 561-1333 www .facebook .com/ thedepotcafemo

Finalist 156 S Main St, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 432-2301 https://www .punkinsbb .com

Lix Frozen Custard Pasta House

Finalist 931 Valley Creek Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 760-0026 www .pastahouse .com

Finalist 929 N Washington, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-5717 1123 N Desloge Dr, Desloge, MO 63601 (573) 327-9110 Facebook

WINNER 101 S Division St, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 358-9183 www .pizza101south .com

Redemption Pizza

Finalist 9 N Jefferson St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-4555 www .facebook .com/ redemptionpizza/

Mario’s Italia

Finalist 200 W 1st St suite 170, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-7999 http://www .mariositalia .com/

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Pizza 101 South

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izza 101 South is the winner of two Best of the Parkland awards: Best Pizza and Finalist for Salad. This is the business’s third consecutive year for winning Best Pizza. The business is located in world-famous Bonne Terre. It is housed in a building that is more than 130 years old and was formerly occupied by Polites Tavern and Rugs Bar and Grill. After the building was remodeled, Pizza 101 South opened in December 2019 by Dustin Gerstenschlager. Paige Prasuhn and Cody Helm manage the restaurant. Customers enjoy pizza, pasta, salads and more at Pizza 101 South. The brand-new options are espressos and cappuccinos. As for pizza, they can order specialty pies or build-their-own tasty creations. “Absolutely hands down, we have the best pizza around,” said Gerstenschlager. “Our food sells itself.” Currently, the top-selling items at Pizza 101 South include the world-famous garlic cheese bread; the Total Package, a supreme pizza; and the Carnivore, a meat lover’s pizza. Gerstenschlager said the quality of the restaurant’s food is the most important thing. Their dough, sauces and toppings are prepared fresh daily and made in-house with their own recipes. “No ingredient comes through the door without me personally tasting it,” he said. He added that their wood-fired oven, combined with fresh ingredients and an outstanding staff with excellent customer service, are what sets them apart from their competition. “You can build your own pizza, pasta, wings and salads,” he said. “If you can dream it up from any combination of our list of toppings and sauces, we can make it for you.”

Pizza 101 South

101 S . Division Street, Bonne Terre Hours of operation: Monday through Wednesday 11 a .m . to 9 p .m ., Tuesday through Saturday 11 a .m . to 10 p .m ., Sunday 11 a .m . to 8 p .m . Phone: 573-358-9183 Website: Pizza101South .com

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Pizza 101 South’s wood-fired oven, combined with fresh ingredients and an outstanding staff with excellent customer service, are what sets them apart from their competition


Midwest Sports Center makes their customers the focus of their business and always strives to put their needs first.

Midwest Sports Center

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idwest Sports Center, located at 124 Walker Drive in Farmington, is the winner of the Best of the Parkland award for Best ATV Dealer. The business, owned by Janet Phegley and Josh Harris, opened in 1996. The two became partners in 2008. What started as a sporting goods store with fishing and hunting gear has evolved into a large powersports dealer over time. Midwest Sports Center has been located in the same shop for 26 years. When customers are searching for a new ATV, they can choose from new inventory or pre-owned items and utilize secure financing with competitive

interest rates with additional accessories included in the total package if desired. Top-selling ATVs include Polaris Ranger RZR and Can-Am Defender Kawasaki MULE. “Our main priority is customer service,” said Andrew Blunt, of the sales department. “We want our customers to be happy so they come back and also tell their friends about their experience at our stores.” Blunt said it doesn’t matter if a customer is purchasing a $40,000 side-by-side or a $10 part because the staff truly cares about the customers and their experience, regardless of their budget. Besides purchasing power sports,

customers can schedule service appointments online or by phone and order accessories by filling out an online parts request form. Midwest Sports Center makes their customers the focus of their business and always strives to put their needs first. The three Midwest Sports Center locations in Farmington, Festus and Popular Bluff are locally owned and operated.

Midwest Sports

124 Walker Drive, Farmington Monday through Friday, 9 a .m . to 6 p .m ., Saturday 9 a .m . to 5 p .m . Phone: 573-756-7975 Website: MidwestSportsCenter .com April 2022 | Best of the Parkland | 21


Hearing Care Partners Community-Focused Hearing Solutions

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veryone experiences hearing loss differently, and at Hearing Care Partners, we understand the unique challenges you face. Studies have shown that hearing loss can lead to cognitive decline, depression, decrease in physical health, loss of income, and a lack of connection to friends and loved ones. Fortunately, most types of hearing loss are treatable. We are happy to help our patients hear better, whether that’s by diagnosing and treating their hearing loss, helping relieve tinnitus, or providing hearing protection. We are proud to customize our treatment plans to the individual needs of each patient, and if that means providing amplification, we work with the top manufacturers to recommend the very best hearing technology available on the market.

How Do I Know if I’m Having Hearing Difficulty? • The most important step to take is recognizing the potential signs and symptoms of hearing loss: • The perception that everyone seems to be mumbling • Trouble understanding speech in noisy environments • Frequent need to turn up the TV or turn on closed captioning • Repeatedly asking for words to be repeated • Tinnitus — a buzzing, ringing, clicking, or humming in the ears • Difficulty conversing on the phone or understanding women’s and children’s voices If any of the above sound familiar, please contact us to schedule a hearing consultation. Many people think these experiences simply come with the territory of growing older, but the truth is that advancements in audiology and 22 | Best of the Parkland | April 2022

hearing technology can ensure we continue to hear clearly throughout our lifetimes! Your journey to better hearing begins with your very first appointment, where we will assess the extent of your hearing loss and any associated conditions before creating a detailed treatment plan just for you.

Advantages of Seeing a Local Expert We are proud to serve the Farmington community and have deep roots here providing hearing care. One of the best parts of our job is hearing patients talk about the difference their hearing treatment has made in their lives — whether it’s reconnecting them to their loved ones or helping them hear the birds again. We strive to provide the very best solutions. Helping patients hear well throughout their lives includes testing for and treating their hearing loss, helping them upgrade to new hearing devices or repairing the devices they have,

evaluating and treating their tinnitus symptoms, and protecting their hearing with custom-fit solutions. As a local audiology practice, our only focus is how we can help more people hear every day. Our goal is to provide the most caring, comprehensive hearing services while treating every patient like they are family. We work towards that goal every day by meeting every patient where they’re at with comprehensive hearing solutions, by educating the community on hearing issues, and by continuing to develop our team members with training opportunities. We believe our patients say it best, so we recommend checking out our reviews on Google and Facebook to hear more about why they choose us. At Hearing Care Partners, we listen so you can hear. Our dedicated team is committed to providing patients with thorough and compassionate hearing care services. Call now to schedule a consultation — we can’t wait to meet you!


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Owners Chuck and Chris Koppeis and their team work together to provide the best possible sales and service experience.

Koppeis Heating and Cooling

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his place deserves nothing less than five stars. HONEST company. They have a lifetime

customer here.” “I couldn’t be happier with the service and quality of the work they did for us. I would highly recommend them to anyone.” “The service we received was great! Speedy diagnosis and resolution.” “Very personable service.” These reviews from satisfied customers of Koppeis Heating and Cooling are obvious reasons why the company won the Best of the Parkland award for Best Air Conditioning and Heating Installation. Clearly, customer service is a priority for this company. They’ve been proudly serving customers for nearly 20 years. Koppeis Heating and Cooling, LLC was founded in 2004 by Chuck Koppeis Sr. He had worked in the HVAC industry for 30 years before he and wife Chris opened their own business. Sons Chuck Jr., Eric and Brian joined

the business a few years later. This family-owned-and-operated company has worked hard to build its trustworthy reputation. “We work together to provide the best possible sales and service experience,” said Chuck Sr. “We stand behind our work because we’re committed to being here for our customers for generations to come.” Koppeis Heating and Cooling is a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer. They provide both residential and commercial HVAC services, including new system installation, equipment replacement, equipment repair, preventive maintenance, emergency service, sheet metal fabrication, and much more. Their staff consists of factory-trained technicians and installers who can help customers with customizing solutions in heating, cooling and indoor air quality. Chuck Jr said, “We’re very customer-focused and strive to go above and beyond to assist our customers. Our staff wants to continue the high-quality work that was first established by our parents,

with great service from the beginning to the end of the project.” Koppeis Heating and Cooling is dedicated to providing the best possible service for their community. After all, they’ve been doing it for nearly two decades. With that experience, the staff has earned a solid reputation for doing the job right the first time. “This is what separates us from other businesses because we do whatever it takes to help our customers,” said Chuck Jr. “You can count on us to provide you with a system and solution which fit your unique needs.” One customer’s positive review says it all: “I can’t say enough about how pleased I am with our new system and the promptness and professionalism of the Koppeis team.”

Koppeis Heating and Cooling

1585 Farmington Court, Farmington Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a .m . to 4 p .m . Phone: 573-756-1224 Website: Koppeisheatingandcooling .com April 2022 | Best of the Parkland | 25


■ Salad

■ Steak Colton’s Steak House & Grill

WINNER 1300 Maple St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-9500 www .coltonssteakhouse .com

12 West Bar & Grill The Pasta House Co.

WINNER 931 Valley Creek Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 760-0026 www .pastahouse .com/

Finalist 12 West Columbia Street, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 760-1135 www .12westbarandgrill .com

Punkins Twisted B&B Finalist 156 S Main St, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 432-2301 https://www .punkinsbb .com/

■ Wait Staff/ Service Pizza 101 South

Finalist 101 S Division St, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 358-9183 www .pizza101south .com

Redemption Pizza

Finalist 9 N Jefferson St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-4555 www .redemptionpizza .com

■ Sandwich Shop Ole Tyme Pantry

WINNER 5200 Hwy D, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 747-1761 www .oletymepantry .net

BOGO Sandwiches

Finalist 18 S Jackson St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 454-2646 www .facebook .com/ BOGOSandwiches/

Coljac Artisan Café

Finalist 9 N Jefferson St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-4555 www .coljacartisan .com

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12 West Bar and Grill

WINNER 12 W Columbia St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 760-1135 http://www .12westbarandgrill . com/

Carla’s Cafe

Finalist 818 E Main St ., Bismarck, MO 63624 (573) 734-6650 www .facebook .com/carlascafe1

Hubs Pub and Grill

Finalist 220 West High Street, Potosi, MO 63664 (573) 436-4827 10 North Dover Street, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 358-9098 www .hubspubandgrill .com/home

ENTERTAINMENT ■ Bowling Bonne Terre Family Fun Center

WINNER 111 Old Orchard Rd, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 358-5007

Farmington Family Fun Center

Finalist 765 Weber Rd, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-6161 www .farmingtonfamilyfuncenter . com

P.B.A. Lanes & Pro Shop Finalist 901 N Missouri St, Potosi, MO 63664 (573) 436-8003 www .facebook . com/p .b .abowlinglanes/

■ Family Entertainment

Blues, Brews & BBQ

Finalist Discover Farmington Downtown Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-1701 www .facebook .com/people/ Discover-Farmingtons-BluesBrews-BBQ

■ Golf Course Arcadia Valley Country Club

WINNER MO-72, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 546-9508 www .golfmissouri .com/golfcourses/coursedetail .cfm?recordid=841

Starlite Drive In

WINNER 15605 MO-21, Cadet, MO 63630 (573) 438-4974 www .starlitedrivein .com

Bonne Terre Family Fun Center

Finalist 111 Old Orchard Rd, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 358-5007 bonneterrefamilyfuncenter .com

St Francois County Raceway

Finalist 4763 E Woodlawn Dr, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-9248 https://sfcraceway .com/

■ Festival/ Fair/Event

Crown Pointe

Finalist 4215 Hunt Rd, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-6660 www .crownpointegolfclub .com

Fourche Valley Golf Club

Finalist 10160 Old 8 C, Potosi, MO 63664 (573) 438-7888 https://www .fourchevalley .org/

■ Local Band Sweet Water Holler

WINNER (573) 518-6979 www .sweetwaterholler .com

Caledonia Pumpkin Fest

Shannon Cox & Eric Thompson

Country Days

Top Gunz

WINNER Caledonia, MO 63631 www .caledoniamo .org

Finalist Farmington Regional Chamber of Commerce Downtown Farmington MO 63640 (573) 756-3615 www .facebook .com/ farmingtoncountrydays/

Finalist theblackdiamondband@yahoo . com www .facebook .com/Cox73 Finalist topgunztribute@gmail .com www .topgunzband .com


Schlosser Orthodontics

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chlosser Orthodontics aims to provide a more modern orthodontic office experience utilizing the latest technologies and philosophies within a warm and upbeat environment and staff. That is likely one reason Schlosser Orthodontics earned the Best Orthodontist award for Best of the Parkland. Dr. Collin Schlosser decided to return home to the Parkland with his wife and family after an almost 10-year journey that culminated in a specialty certificate in orthodontics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Following four months of renovating a local building at the corner of Maple and Potosi Streets in Farmington, Schlosser Orthodontics opened in April 2021. Support from the community was better than Schlosser could have anticipated throughout his first year. In fact, his practice went into hyperdrive with the acquisition of Dr. Rodney Rhodes’ orthodontic office in December.

Dr. Schlosser and his staff prioritizes treating each patient with the individualized care they deserve and strive to offer technologies and treatment modalities which suit their case the best.

“There were, of course, some growing pains with the transition,” he said, “but I have been truly fortunate to have found some incredibly talented team members to continue serving the community with.” As an orthodontic specialist, Schlosser’s focus is to utilize traditional braces or modern techniques such as Invisalign to create healthy, esthetic smiles and provide a comfortable, functional bite. “Misaligned teeth can create difficulties in regard to cleaning the teeth and can cause abnormal wear to the tooth enamel over time,” he said.

He said his staff prioritizes treating each patient with the individualized care they deserve and strive to offer technologies and treatment modalities which suit their case the best. They offer a modern orthodontic practice experience with newer technologies while still providing a warm, friendly environment that makes the small-town businesses the best. He said, “It’s never too late to create a more healthy, functional bite and beautiful smile no matter your age.”

Schlosser Orthodontics

603 Maple St ., Farmington Hours of operation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a .m . to noon, 1 to 5 p .m . Phone: 573-482-1061 Website: SchlosserOrthodontics .com

For A Beautiful Healthy Smile SCHLOSSER

Offering braces and Invisalign utilizing the iTero Element Scanner

Winner Best Orthodontist Thank you for Voting!

Free Consultations • Interest-Free In-House Financing Available 603 Maple Street, Farmington, MO • (573) 482-1061 • SchlosserOrthodontics.com

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COMPLETE VISION and lined trifocal, impact-resistant lenses – a $310 value.

That’s $110 in savings.

Progressive (aka no-line bifocal or no-line trifocal) Lens Package – only $250 - includes select frames and digital progressive, impact-resistant lenses - $480 value.

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Busenbark Flooring and Granite

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usenbark Flooring and Granite has once again earned the top award for Best Flooring Store in the Best of the Parkland. The family flooring business started in 1939 under the guidance of Les Busenbark. At the time, the business was known as Busenbark Carpet. The main focus was hardwood flooring with an emphasis on sanding and refinishing. Three generations later, the one-time local Flat River hardwood business location has grown into a complete flooring store with two locations in Farmington and Columbia. Now referred to as Busenbark Flooring and Granite, the company installs daily in both residential and commercial properties throughout the central and southern areas of the state. Busenbark Flooring and Granite now focuses on flooring of every type: hardwood, tile, carpet, vinyl and concrete refinishing. More than 1 million square feet of flooring inventory is in stock and available for delivery or

installation. The business also offers an extensive line of in-stock granite, quartz and marble for kitchen and bathroom countertops. All countertops are fabricated and designed to fit in their state-of-the-art production facility. Custom showers and glass enclosures are also available. Over the past 83 years, the family-owned business has been built on product, performance, value and service. The business’ installation service is second to none because their service and materials are both guaranteed and warrantied. Busenbark Flooring and Granite is also a place where patrons feel welcomed and informed. They take care of their customers from the planning phase to completion of their projects.

The team at Busenbark strive on making their business a place where patrons feel welcomed and informed.

Busenbark Flooring and Granite

151 Busenbark Drive, Farmington Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a .m . to 6 p .m ., Saturday 8 a .m . to 5 p .m . Phone: 573-431-4100 Website: Busenbarkflooring .com

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Monday - Friday 8am-7pm Saturday 8am-5pm

Quantity and styles are limited. Pictures don’t always represent actual colors. All materials available at time of print.

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VALLEY MIST

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Valley Mist Events! Make Your Dreams a Reality Valley Mist Events, tucked awayARCADIA in a charming country SOAP setting, offers a stunning location to exchange wedding vows and celebrate significant moments. An extraordinary setting at a great value for your money, we’ve been helping to make weddings and other monumental occasions as special as possible since 2016. We offer a picturesque ceremony area as well as a magical reception space.

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Sweet Things Sweet Shop

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rom 3-year-old candy-loving kids to fourth-time grandparents looking for a special birthday gift, customers at Sweet Things Sweet Shop have a variety of options from which to choose. The Ste. Genevieve shop carries well-made toys, books, a vast selection of candy and more. The beloved store recently won Best Specialty Shop in Ste. Genevieve for the Best of the Parkland awards for 2022. In fact, the shop has won the award multiple times. Originally the business opened in the 1980s as Les Sweets by sisters Thelma Maynard and Shirley Giesler. Joy and Nichole French are the current and fourth owners of the business. French is manager of the shop. The store has always been some form of candy store, but it wasn’t until the Frenches took ownership in 2013 that it became a candy, toy and book store. Sweet Things Sweet Shop offers a wide variety of new and retro candies and handmade specialty chocolates.

customers return for French to help them select the perfect gift for their friend or family member “We’ve gained quite a following for our broad variety of children’s books,” she said, “and each year we keep expanding the selection and selling more and more.” French said, “We alSweet Things Owner, Nichole French offers a wide variety of ways have something that new and retro candies and handmade specialty chocolates along is unique and not found with toys and children’s books. anywhere else in town. Top-selling sweets include milk chocThere’s nowhere else in olate double-dipped peanuts, sea salt Ste. Genevieve where customers are caramels and turtles. going to find this variety of toys, books In addition to candy, there are many and candy under one roof.” toy options for kids, ages birth to 12 Sweet Things Sweet Shop years old, plus 500- and 1,000-piece 242 Market St ., Ste . Genevieve puzzles and games for adults. Hours of operation: Tuesday through Books are also available for all ages, Thursday, noon to 4 p .m ., Friday 10 a .m . to 5 from birth to older adults. p .m ., and Saturday 10 a .m . to 6 p .m . The store has become a great place Phone: 573-883-7990 for locals to shop for birthday and holiWebsite: stegencandy .net day gifts. This is evident because repeat STAY UP-TO-DATE

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■ Radio Station J98 The Boot

Little Ones Children’s Boutique

WINNER 1401 KREI Blvd . Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-6476 www .mymoinfo .com

Finalist 315 W E Main St, Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 482-0833 www .little-ones-childrens-boutique .myshopify .com

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Lou Lou’s

Finalist MKS Broadcasting PO Box 36, Park Hills, MO 63601 573-431-1000 www .b104fm .com

Froggy 96

Finalist 900 E Karsch Blvd ., Farmington, MO 63640 573-701-9590 www .froggy96online .com

■ Tourist Attraction Elephant Rocks

WINNER 7406 MO-21, Belleview, MO 63623 (573) 546-3454 www .mostateparks .com/park/ elephant-rocks-state-park

Critter Lane Petting Zoo

Finalist 9100 Critter Ln, Valles Mines, MO 63087 (573) 358-8995 critterlanepettingzoo .com

Bonne Terre Mine/ Dive Shop

Finalist 185 Park Ave, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (314) 209-7200 www .bonneterremine .com

Finalist 212 E High Street, Potosi MO 63664 (573) 210-8732 www .shopwithloulous .com

■ Jewelry Store

Krekeler Jewelers

WINNER 216 E Columbia St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-3625 www .krekelerjewelers .com

Diamonds & More Jewelers

Finalist 419 W Karsch Blvd ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 747-0088 www .diamondsandmorejewelers . com

JC Penney

Finalist 734 Market St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-8125 www .jcpenney .com

JCPenney

Finalist 734 Market St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-8125 www .stores .jcpenney .com

■ Women’s Clothing Queen Anne’s Lace

WINNER 1421 E Main St, Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 430-4050 www .shopqal .com

Simply Chic Boutique

Finalist 24 E Columbia St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 282-4912 asimplychicboutique .com

The Lovely Lily

Finalist 200 W 1st St 3rd Floor Unit 300, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 605-4400 https://thelovelylily .com/

FINANCE, INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE ■ Bank Services

Belgrade State Bank

Finalist All Area Locations (573) 760-9000 www .belgradestatebank .com

Ozarks Federal Savings and Loan

Finalist 2 E Columbia St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-6622 https://ozarksfederal .com/

■ Credit Union Leadco Community Credit Union

WINNER 820 E Main St, Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 431-1882 www .leadco .org

Southeast Mo Community Credit Union

Finalist 312 W Main St, Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 431-3573 www .southeastcreditunion .com

■ Employer/ Workplace

■ Mens Clothing Rural King

FASHION ■ Children’s Clothing Apple Blossom Children’s Boutique

WINNER 110 N Lincoln St, Desloge, MO 63601 (573) 327-9711 www .facebook .com/ appleblossomchildrensboutique/

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WINNER 3967 Bray Rd, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 747-1107 www .ruralking .com

Glik’s

Finalist 746 Market St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-7505 www .gliks .com

First State Community Bank WINNER All Area Locations (573) 756-4547 www .fscb .com

First State Community Bank WINNER All Area Locations (573) 756-4547 www .fscb .com


■ Insurance Agent

■ Loan Services

Rebecca McClanahan

First State Community Bank

Belgrade State Bank

Finalist All Area Locations (573) 760-9000 www .belgradestatebank .com

Pettus Automotive Finalist All Area Locations (573) 431-7800 www .pettusauto .com

■ Financial Planning Services

O’Neal Tax Services

WINNER 9362 Berry Rd, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 358-7414 www .onealtaxservice .com

WINNER 131 N Main St, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 546-2318 https://agents .mofbinsurance .com/ mo-ironton-rebecca-mcclanahan

Amanda Shipman

Chris Morrison

Finalist 316 W Columbia Street, Farmington MO 63640 (573) 756-1900 www .chrismorrisonagency .com

■ Insurance Company State Farm

WINNER All Area Locations 1 (800) 782-8332 www .statefarm .com

Edward Jones

Finalist All Area Locations www .edwardjones .com

Belgrade State Bank

Finalist All Area Locations (573) 760-9000 www .belgradestatebank .com

Ozarks Federal Savings & Loan

Finalist 2 E Columbia St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-6622 https://ozarksfederal .com/

■ Philanthropic Business

Finalist All Area Locations 1 (800) 692-6326 www .amfam .com

Finalist All Area Locations (573) 760-9000 www .belgradestatebank .com

Finalist All Locations www .mofbinsurance .com (800)-922-4632

Eric Kofron (Midwest Real Estate)

WINNER 202 W Karsch Blvd, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 915-5090 www .midwestrehomes .com

Vicky Crocker (Vicky Crocker Realty)

Finalist 1136 N Desloge Dr, Desloge, MO 63601 (573) 747-8099 www .vickycrocker .com

First State Community Bank Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance

Finalist 6326 Hillsboro Road, Bonne Terre MO 63628 (314) 471-5453 www .facebook .com/theshedvapes

■ Real Estate Agent

Finalist 1100 N Desloge Dr, Desloge, MO 63601 (573) 518-1100 https://www .sfagent .us/

American Family Insurance

Belgrade State Bank

WINNER All Area Locations (573) 756-4547 www .fscb .com

The Shed Vapes

WINNER All Area Locations (573) 756-4547 www .fscb .com

Mineral Area Elks Lodge #2583

Kim Hutson (Kim Hutson Realtor)

Finalist 32 E Liberty St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573)756-5711 www .facebook .com/ kimhutsonhomes/

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Parkland Monument Co., Inc.

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arkland Monument, located at 5425 Highway 32 in Farmington, won the Best of the Parkland award for Best Monument Company for the second year in a row. Jeff Owens and his family purchased Parkview Monument in 1997, which was located on Weber Road at the time. The business had been a functioning monument company since 1927. In 2003, the family purchased their second – and current – location where they eventually moved all production. According to Owens, he believes that Parkland Monument Co. is the only monument company that engraves, etches and produces their own monuments in-house. “I do all the designing right here for the customer,” he said. “We install the monuments ourselves and take on the project from start to finish.” He said the business provides personalized service and knowledge which has been acquired through experience over the years.

“The fact that we have the ability to do everything ourselves provides the customer with complete flexibility of how we can design and produce their memorial,” he said. Owens said any salesperson can sell a monument out of a catalog, but he can fully design and customize a memorial stone at Parkland Monument Co., Inc. “Part of my job is to suggest things and inform our customers of what their options are,” he said. “I am a good informationalist because I present the information so customers can make educated decisions, that also factor in their budget, etc.” According to Owens, memorialization is Parkland Monument Co.’s primary business. Products also include yard stones, granite benches, memorial pavers and more. In fact, the business has completed several paver projects throughout the area. “Our attention to detail, knowledge and experience we provide our customers is superb,” said Owens. “The fact that we can control every aspect of the

Jeff Owens with Parkland Monument provides personalized service and knowledge which has been acquired through experience over the years.

services we provide is an advantage for our customers that no one else in the area can replicate.” Owens said, “Not to be cliché, but we truly only get one chance to do our job correctly and provide a lasting tribute to the person we are memorializing that tells a story about their lives.”

Parkland Monument Co., Inc.

5425 Highway 32, Farmington Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a .m . to 4:30 p .m ., Saturday by appointment Phone: 573-756-7773 Website: ParklandMonument .com and Facebook – Parkland Monument Co .

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The Shed Vapes

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he Shed Vapes is a repeat winner. For the 2022 Best of the Parkland, they won Best Vape Shop, and were a Finalist for Best Philanthropic Business and a Finalist for Best Specialty Shop in Bonne Terre. The business, located at 6326 Hillsboro Road in Bonne Terre, was chosen Best CBD/Vape Shop in 2021. The Shed Vapes is a wholesale vapor shop that started in owner Stan Janis’ kitchen in 2018 before moving to a small building on his property. Janis and co-owner Jordan Wood now operate the business out of a 12-foot-by-34-foot shed, which is where the business’ name comes from. The pair sell vapor products to help people quit smoking. Since the shop opened, the staff have helped more than 5,000 people kick their smoking habits. “Our mission is to help people quit smoking and chewing tobacco at an affordable price,” said Janis. “We are wholesale to the public, which is about half the cost of a retail vape shop, and we only sell quality products.” The Shed Vapes sells their products for little to no profit, which allows people to have an inexpensive option to help them quit smoking. Any profit the store receives is used to help area law enforcement agencies, fire departments, military charities and other “We are fair with people on cost,” said Janis, “and we teach new customers how to use equipment and will help them with an alternative to smoking, eventually working with customers to quit vaping as well.” Janis said the staff prioritizes their customer service by teaching and supporting their customers through their journey to a safer alternative to tobacco products. “We know our customers, most on a first-name basis, and we work with them to take them on a path to using a safer alternative to tobacco products,” he said. Since the shop opened, they have grown to carry more than 200 brands and flavors of e-juice and the latest in vaping equipment. While the vapor shop is smaller than most area shops, Janis said they carry more products and varieties than others.

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Co-Owners Jordan Wood and Stan Janis have helped more than 5,000 people kick their smoking habits.

“We’re not trying to put anybody’s shop out of business,” said Janis. “If we don’t have what they need, we send them to other shops in the area.” The Shed Vapes’ goal is not to pull traffic in but rather to help the people who may not have the money to spend on more expensive retail tobacco alternatives. “Thank you for the votes and for the confidence and support of The Shed Vapes,” said Janis. “It means a lot to us

and is very much appreciated. It also helps a lot of people. We are here for the community, and we hope that we help them in their journey with a safer alternative to tobacco products.”

The Shed Vapes

6326 Hillsboro Rd, Bonne Terre Hours of operation: Monday through Sunday, noon to 8 p .m . Phone: 314-471-5453 Website: Facebook - The Shed Vapes


Serenity HospiceCare

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his organization started because of a group of people who saw a need for hospice in the Parkland and wanted to serve that need with compassion and dignity. Serenity HospiceCare is this year’s Best of the Parkland award recipient for Best Hospice Company. The business, located at 5272 Flat River Road in Park Hills, is an independent, non-for-profit faith-based organization overseen by a local board. It was established in 1989 and is the area’s oldest hospice. The organization began providing quality endof-life care three decades ago when hospice wasn’t as common or as widely accepted as it is today. “End-of-life care is about living your best life with the time you have left, whether someone has two weeks, six months or longer to live,” said Executive Director Gayla Sisk. “Choosing hospice sooner means more comfort and support during life’s toughest time.” Serenity HospiceCare’s comprehensive team of medical, spiritual and emotional support staff provides all

the necessary care for their patients to remain at home in the presence of their family and friends. They offer two nursing and three CNA weekly visits, regular chaplain and social worker visits, and music therapy. They provide services to anyone regardless of their ability to pay. Pictured is the caring staff of Serenity HospiceCare in Park Hills. Sisk said Serenity HospiceCare’s innovative approach truly illustrates is what the staff does, and their patients their team’s dedication and commitment truly become family. to providing peace of mind when it Serenity HospiceCare matters most. 5272 Flat River Road “The decisions for your loved one Park Hills, MO are made right here by our team of Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8 end-of-life specialists,” said Sisk. “Our a .m . to 5 p .m . care is the absolute best because our Staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a patients are our No. 1 priority.” week . Serenity HospiceCare’s motto is, Phone: 573-431-0162 “Whatever is best for the patient.” That Website: www .serenityhc .org

Thank you for voTing us 5 years in a row

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216 East Columbia Street Farmington, MO KREKLER JEWELERS (573) 756-3625 Monday: Tuesday - Friday: Saturday: Sunday:

Closed 10:00am - 6:00pm 10:00am - 3:00pm Closed

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FREDERICKTOWN FAMILY DENTAL

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Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance of Iron County

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issouri Farm Bureau Insurance in Iron County has been serving clients for almost 75 years. Rebecca McClanahan has been the agent of this location since 2017. Rebecca is being recognized as Best Insurance Agent in the 2022 Best of the Parkland awards. Her office is being recognized as the runner-up for Best Insurance Company in the 2022 Best of the Parkland awards. McClanahan and her team sell automobile, property, commercial, farm, health and life insurance. They’re also knowledgeable, helpful and always quick to respond. “We strive to be trustworthy and honest,” she said. In addition to selling insurance, McClanahan and her staff love to educate and protect their clients. Her staff have worked hard to create

way of life, and all Missourians.” “Our honesty sets us apart from our competition,” said McClanahan. “If we are not the best ‘deal’ in town, we will let our clients know and still educate them on what they are buying.” McClanahan has worked for Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance for nine years. During her first five years with the company, she was an auto claims adjuster. She later transferred to agent and is now agency sales manager in Iron County. She and her husband have three daughters and own a small cattle farm. Rebecca and her staff have worked hard to create a great reputation and relationship with their clients. They follow the company’s motto, “Advocating for farmers, the rural way of life, and all Missourians.

a great reputation and relationship with their clients. They follow the company’s motto, “Advocating for farmers, the rural

Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance of Iron County 131 N. Main, Ironton Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: 573-546-2318 Website: mofbinsurance.com

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• LIFE INSURANCE • AUTO INSURANCE • HOME INSURANCE • FARM OR RANCH INSURANCE

• BUSINESS INSURANCE • BOAT INSURANCE • UMBRELLA LIABILITY INSURANCE

Thank you for supporting and voting for Rebecca McClanahan and Farm Bureau!

(573) 327-8590 bmcleadington.com

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■ Real Estate Company

Midwest Real Estate

WINNER 202 W Karsch Blvd, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 915-5090 www .midwestrehomes .com

Coldwell Banker Hulsey Real Estate

Complete Care Chiropractic

Finalist 60 Nesbit Drive Suite D, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 534-7070 www .facebook .com/ DrLaurenCompleteCareChiro

■ Dentist WINNER 109 S Franklin St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-6415 www .strangefamilydental .com

HEALTH & WELLNESS ■ Chiropractor Desloge Chiropractic Health Center WINNER 311 N State St, Desloge, MO 63601 (573) 431-1550

Huck Chiropractic Life Center – Dr Jeff Huck

Finalist 1110 N Desloge Dr ., Desloge, MO 63601 (573) 518-0608 www .facebook .com/huckchiro/

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■ Hearing Specialist

Flawless Esthetics Med Spa

Hearing Care Partners

WINNER 620 Walton Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (866) 757-4327 www .hearingcarepartners .com

Finalist 423 W Karsch Blvd, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-1327 www .theboulevardspa .com

Finalist 1 S Franklin St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 561-6009 www .flawlessestheticsmedspa .com

■ Medical Cannabis Dispensary

ENT & Allergy of Southeast Missouri Fredericktown Family Dental

Finalist 1136 N Desloge Dr, Desloge, MO 63601 (573) 747-8099 www .vickycrocker .com

The Boulevard

Finalist 110 E Harrison St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-5665 www .fvcmo .com

Strange Family Dental

Finalist 32 E Liberty St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-5711 www .coldwellbanker .com

Vicky Crocker Realty

Farmington Vision Care

Finalist 731 W Main Street, Fredericktown MO 63645 (573) 783-4100 www .fredericktownfamilydental . com

Show Me Dental

Finalist 812 Valley Creek Dr, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 747-4870 https://www .showmedental .com

■ Eye Care Provider

Complete Vision Care

WINNER 200 E Woodlawn Dr, Leadington, MO 63601 (573) 431-1301 www .completevisioncaremo .com

Precision Eye Care

Finalist 140 Westmount Dr, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-2020 https://myprecisioneyecare .com/

Finalist 501 W Pine St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-8888 www .soundhealthservices .com

Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid Center Finalist 938 Valley Creek Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 615-0869 www .miracle-ear .com

■ Local Pharmacy Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy

WINNER 806 Valley Creek Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 747-1191 www .parklandrx .com

Pharmax Pharmacy Finalist All Area Locations (573) 431-5040 www .pharmax-rx .com

■ Med Spa/Day Spa Fayelynn Beautique

WINNER 502 E Woodlawn Dr ., Leadington, MO 63601 (573) 327-9948 www .facebook .com/ FayeLynnBeautique/

Bloc Dispensary – Farmington

WINNER 730 Market St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 234-6344 https://www .blocdispensary .com/

The Valley

Finalist 800 Valley Creek Dr, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 760-0200 https://www .thevalleymo .com/

Heya Dispensary

Finalist 100 Strauss Dr, Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 315-3189 www .heyawellness .com

■ Physical Therapy Farmington Sports and Rehabilitation Center

WINNER 602 Maple Valley Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-2999 www .farmingtonsportsandrehab . com

Axes Physical Therapy

Finalist 1155 Hazel Ln, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-2937 www .axespt .com


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Southbrook Skilled Nursing

Menards

HOME AND FARM

Finalist 1108 W Liberty Street, Farmington MO 63640 (573) 561-5992 www .americareusa .net

■ Hospital Parkland Health Center

WINNER 1101 W Liberty Street, Farmington MO 63640 (573) 756-6451 www .parklandhealthcenter .org

Fredericktown Family Dental

Finalist 731 W Main Street, Fredericktown MO 63645 (573) 783-4100 www .fredericktownfamilydental . com

Dr. Kevin Walsh

Finalist 7 S Franklin St Farmington MO 63640 (573) 756-5756

Iron County Medical Center Finalist 301 MO-21, Pilot Knob, MO 63663 (573) 546-1260 www .icmedcenter .org

Ste Genevieve County Memorial Hospital

Finalist 800 Ste Genevieve Dr, Ste . Genevieve, MO 63670 (573) 883-2751 www .stegenevievehospital .org

■ Orthodontist

Schlosser Orthodontics

WINNER 603 Maple St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 482-1061 www .schlosserorthodontics .com

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■ Message Therapy FayeLynn Beautique

WINNER 502 E Woodlawn Dr ., Leadington, MO 63601 (573) 327-9948 www .facebook .com/ FayeLynnBeautique/

Out of Body Massage

Finalist 3 N Main St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 218-8048 www .outofbodymassage .net

Healing Touch Massages Finalist 1 South Franklin Street, Farmington MO 63640 (573) 210-2037 www .flawlessestheticsmedspa .com

■ Air Conditioning/ Heating Installation (HVAC)

Koppeis Heating & Cooling

WINNER 1585 Farmington Ct, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-1224 www .koppeisheatingandcooling . com

Adams Heating & Cooling

Finalist 113 S . Main St . R, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 546-3915

Crystal Heating & Cooling

Finalist 141 Busenbark Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 431-5200 www .crystalheatingandcooling . com

■ Appliance Store Fisher Furniture

WINNER 1400 N MO-21, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 546-6111 www .fisherfurniture .net

Lowe’s Home Improvement

Finalist 625 W Karsch Blvd ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 701-8200 www .lowes .com

Finalist 1280 Maple St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-0032 www .menards .com

■ B&B Thee Abbey Kitchen/ Arcadia Academy

WINNER 211 S College St, Arcadia, MO 63621 (573) 546-4249 www .arcadiaacademy .com

Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast

Finalist 116 S, MO-21, Caledonia, MO 63631 (573) 779-1300 www .oldcaledonian .com

Turkey Holler Bed & Breakfast

Finalist 8046 Raintree Dr, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 518-4752 www .turkeyholler .com

■ Farm and Lawn Equipment Rural King

WINNER 3967 Bray Rd, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 747-1107 www .ruralking .com

Precision Equipment

Finalist 1475 Weber Rd, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 760-0777 www .pefarmington .com

Flieg’s Equipment Inc.

Finalist 13 Chat Rd, Leadington, MO 63601 (573) 431-2820 www .fliegsequipmentinc .business .site


Crystal and Rich’s Produce

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rystal & Rich’s Produce, located at 525 Potosi Street in Farmington, is the recipient of the Best of the Parkland award for Best Produce. Rich and Crystal Figge first worked at Rich’s parents’ produce business in Festus before starting their own business. Crystal & Rich’s Produce started in 2013 with two fold-up tents and two fold-up tables set up next to Casey’s near their current location. They were seasonal, only open from March until October, for their first eight years in business. Now the couple has expanded to a year-round business that specializes in fresh, homegrown produce. Rich said their line of products has drastically increased from when they were first in business. They now offer fruits and vegetables, seasonal items, specialty items like chocolate-covered strawberries, seasonal plants and flowers, Christmas trees, grave blankets, and more.

Some popular items are the freshly cut fruit and veggie platters and dips. Most recently, the business has started offering fresh seafood, including shrimp, crab legs and crawfish. “I think our customers have grown to love our overall availability of items, including fresh produce and our specialty items,” said Rich. “They also appreciate our attentive, personal service by our staff members.” Crystal & Rich’s hard-working staff includes Manager Dave Kennedy, Candy, Tracy, Danielle, Macey, Roger, Andy, Timmy, Kaden, Tanner, Connor, Sam and Emily.

Crystal & Rich’s Produce

525 Potosi Street, Farmington Hours of operation: Monday through Sunday, 8 a .m . to 8 p .m . Phone: 573-218-9200 Website: Facebook – Crystal and Rich’s Produce

Crystal & Rich’s Produce is a yearround business that specializes in fresh, homegrown produce.

Crystal & Rich’s Produce Open 7 Days a Week 525 Potosi St. Farmington MO

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Peace of Mind

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eace of Mind, located at 104 West Main in Park Hills, won Best of the Parkland’s award for Best CBD Shop. The first Peace of Mind business opened in Sullivan in 2015 by Scott Micke, followed by the shop in Park Hills in 2017. The specialty boutique is family-owned and offers a wide variety of items: clothing, jewelry, home décor, posters, medical smoking devices, medical cards for cannabis smokers, and much more. The store is divided into three sections. The front room has clothing, posters, home décor and jewelry. The middle room, called the glass room, has medical devices, CBD and more. The third room, or grow room, has supplies that a farmer or even a hobby gardener would need such as soil, nutrients, lights, flower pots, netting and more. “We opened these shops to bring back the vibes of the 1960s and 1970s,” said Neecy, manager of the Park Hills location, “and we have a little bit of

everything for everybody.” She said she feels Peace of Mind was voted as the Best CBD Shop because they always put their customers first. Scharee Hoylman-Livingston and Neecy always try to strive for their “Our customer customers’ wants and needs. service, quality of products, patience over profit are our top priorities,” said medical certification. Neecy. “We want everything in our “We always try to strive for our store and everything we stand for to be customers’ wants and needs,” she said. affordable and available to everyone.” “It’s not always about having the latest She said Peace of Mind now product or what the competition is offers one of the lowest-priced doctor selling. It’s what our customers ask for certifications, which they have been and what they need.” striving to do for anyone who needs Peace of Mind medical cannabis. 104 W . Main, Park Hills Another goal for the staff at Peace of Hours of operation: Monday through Mind is to educate people on the use of Saturday, 10 a .m . to 8 p .m ., Sunday 11 a .m . to medical cannabis. 5 p .m . She said the business’s top-selling Phone: 573-327-4101 items are their medical smokWebsite: MyPeaceofMindonline .com ing devices, grow supplies and

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■ Farm Store Rural King

WINNER 3967 Bray Rd, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 747-1107 www .ruralking .com

■ Furniture Store ■ Home Improvement Fisher Furniture WINNER Store 1400 N MO-21, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 546-6111 www .fisherfurniture .net

The Feed Store

Patsy’s Furniture Inc.

Plummer’s Ace Hardware

Ward’s Farm Center

Willette Home Furnishings

Gifford Lumber Company

Finalist 305 MO-21, Pilot Knob, MO 63663 (573) 546-1607 http://www .stihldealer .net/default-dealer-_4ucuda .aspx Finalist 1499 Madison 202, Fredericktown MO 63645 (573) 783-3100 www .facebook .com/ wardsfarmcenterllc/

■ Flooring Store

Finalist 1115 N St Joe Dr ., Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 518-1900 www .patsysfurniture .com

Finalist 450 Berry Rd, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 358-2000 www .shopwillettehomefurnishings .com

■ Home Builder Residential

Carpet One Floor & Home

Finalist 755 Market St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-1999 https://www .carpet1farmington .com/

Hoods Discount Home Center

Finalist 4162 Overall Rd, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-4718 www .hoodshomecenters .com

Finalist 510 Potosi St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-5762 www .giffordlumbermo .com

Menards

Finalist 1280 Maple Street, Farmington MO 63640 (573) 756-0032 www .menards .com

■ Home Security

Busenbark Flooring and Granite

WINNER 151 Busenbark Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 431-4100 www .busenbarkflooring .com

WINNER 101 E Liberty St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-6001 www .acehardware .com

Alarm Security John’s Properties / Steve Johns

WINNER Farmington, MO (573) 518-2041 www .johns-properties .com/ custom-homes/

Nichols Construction LLC

Finalist 529 Hillsboro Rd, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 747-5938 Facebook

Eli Morgan Construction Finalist Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (314) 724-1880 Facebook

WINNER 720 W . Karsch Blvd ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-9191 www .alarmsecurityllc .com

Reggie Williams Alarms

Finalist 1150 Pendleton Rd ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 760-9630 www .facebook .com/ williamsalarmllc/

■ Lawn Care J-Lo’s Lawncare

WINNER 824 Mulberry St . Bismarck, MO 63624 (573) 701-3410

Lix Lawn Care

Finalist 313 Hickory St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-8201

■ Mattress Store Fisher Furniture

WINNER 1400 N MO-21, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 546-6111 www .fisherfurniture .net

Patsy’s Furniture

Finalist 1115 N St Joe Dr ., Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 518-1900 www .patsysfurniture .com

Hefner Furniture and Appliance

Finalist 4850 US-67, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 431-9080 www .hefnerfurniture .com

■ Roofing Company Rosener Roofing & Guttering

WINNER 63 Swan Ln, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 431-1833

ProBuilding Solutions

Finalist 1707 Doubet Road, Farmington MO 63640 573-915-0984 www .Probuildingsolutionsllc .com

Junior Construction

Finalist 1500 E Main, Park Hills Mo 63601 (573) 760-0266 http://steelroofsonhomes .com/

Heberlie’s Lawn Care and Landscaping

Finalist 1475 Weber Road, Farmington MO 63640 (573) www .heberlies .com

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KC Photography

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ne thing that makes Casey Hartley smile is when someone sees a photograph of hers and instantly realizes it’s her work. Hartley started KC Photography 12 years ago out of necessity when a friend needed someone to shoot her wedding. Then other friends asked her to do the same for them. “My late mother fancied herself a photographer so I decided to dive more into it,” said Hartley. “Turns out God was simply handing me a big gift!” Hartley specializes in weddings, seniors and headshots. Most recently, she earned Best Photographer in the Best of the Parkland awards, a title she has won multiple years. “Hands down, I’ve been blessed by getting hired by the most wonderfully

KC Photography is the place to go for memorable senior photos.

beautiful and gracious clients,” she said. As a photographer, Hartley said it’s important to be a good listener. She expects more from herself than what her clients expect. She also surrounds herself with other people who are great and make a difference. Although it’s difficult for her to choose a favorite event which she’s photographed, Hartley thoroughly

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enjoyed photographing a local couple last year at Yosemite. “Being gifted with a successful business has taken me all over and I’m loving it,” she said. Hartley has a second shooter, Sarah, who assists her with wedding day photography. Hartley and daughter Rumer – along with their four dogs Karma, Ike, Tazer and Ollie – live in Farmington. When she’s not found behind her camera, Hartley enjoys great conversation, a good debate, occasional naps, quality time with friends, driving too fast, music, teaching high schoolers Algebra at Valley R-6, Jesus and Twizzlers.

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Old Village Mercantile

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aledonia’s old-fashioned general store serves up 600 varieties of candy, Amish fudge, handcrafted ice cream, coffee and antiques. The Old Village Mercantile is the winner of three Best of the Parkland awards: Best Ice Cream, Best Antique Store and Specialty Shop in Washington County. Owners Nina and Steve Gilliam have owned the mercantile for 20 years. It is an authentic 1909 general store and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “The general stores in the past were always at the center of their community,” said Nina. “We have really made that our mission, to be integrated within our community.” After two decades, the couple are now starting to see generations of smiles at the mercantile. “We now have generations of customers coming in,” said Nina. “They came as babies and now they’re bringing their own babies. It’s been amazing to see all of our wonderful and loyal customers over the years.” Customers visit the Old Village Mercantile from local and far-away places. So far, customers from all 50 states and 29 different countries have visited the mercantile in a tiny town with only 130 residents. Whether they’re new or returning customers, they all enjoy their unique experience at the mercantile, from admiring the beautifully restored historic building to the wide variety of antiques and sweet treats. But perhaps the biggest attraction is the premium handmade artisan ice cream, made fresh onsite by retired teacher Randy Huff. He often uses homemade baked goods and candy from the store to create his unique flavors. Gilliam’s husband is the antique curator for the store. Antiques fill the second floor of the building while sweet treats and gift items will the lower floor. “Customers are welcomed into our store by our amazing staff,” said Nina. “We have excellent customer service, and we offer a variety of delicious and unique products and antiques. Visiting the Old Village Mercantile is more than a shopping trip. It’s an experience.”

Old Village Mercantile

Main Avenue, Caledonia Hours of operation: Monday through Sunday, 10 a .m . to 5 p .m . Phone: 573-779-3907 Website: OldVillageMercantile .com

Owners Nina and Steve Gilliam have owned the mercantile for 20 years.

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■ Home Inspections

■ Home Care Services

■ Rehabilitation Center

A1 HomeCare

WINNER 522 Benham Street Suite B, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 www .a1-homecare .com

Big River Home Inspections

WINNER 1007 A Sainte Genevieve Ave, Farmington, MO 63640 (636) 226-6829 https://farmingtonhomeinspector . com/

Heartland Building Inspections

Finalist 2800 Anchor Dr #2, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 431-7197 www .heartlandinspect .com

Kindred at Home

Finalist 4783 Flat River Rd Suite 100A, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 760-0751 www .kindredhealthcare .com

BJC Homecare

Finalist 757 Weber Road Farmington MO 63640 (573) 747-1075 www .bjchomecare .org

■ Hospice

Meadowbrook Residential Care

WINNER 806 W Mulberry St ., Pilot Knob, MO 63663 (866) 567-1335

Farmington Presbyterian Manor

Finalist 500 Cayce St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 747-4455 www .farmingtonpresbyterianmanor .org

Southbrook Skilled Nursing

Finalist 1108 W Liberty St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 260-4136 www .americareusa .net

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WINNER 500 Cayce St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 747-4455 www .farmingtonpresbyterianmanor .org

Southbrook Skilled Nursing

Finalist 1108 W Liberty St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 561-5992 www .americareusa .net/senior-living/mo/farmington/ southbrook/

Camelot Nursing & Rehab Center

SENIORS ■ Assisted Living Community

Farmington Presbyterian Manor

Serenity HospiceCare

WINNER 5272 Flat River Rd, Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 431-0162 www .serenityhc .org

Preferred Hospice of Missouri

Finalist 810 Progress Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-9800 www .preferredhospice .com

Heart & Soul Hospice

Finalist 412 Cayce St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-7066 www .heartandsoulhospice .org

Finalist 705 Grand Canyon Drive, Farmington MO 63640 (573) 756-8911 www .caring .com

■ Senior Independent Living Community

Farmington Presbyterian Manor

Ashbrook Senior Living Finalist 500 Ashbrook Dr, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 747-4186 www .americareusa .net/senior-living/mo/farmington/ ashbrook/

SERVICES ■ Auction Company Shy Auction Company

WINNER 910 N Missouri St, Potosi, MO 63664 (573) 430-9525 www .shyauctioncompany .com

Dees Auction Management

Finalist 1495 Highway Dd, Marquand, MO 63655 (573) 783-2002 www .deesauctionmanagement . com

Turner Auction Services

Finalist 14831 State Hwy C, Belgrade Mo 63622 (573) 760-3755 www .auctionzip .com

■ CBD Shop Peace of Mind

WINNER 500 Cayce St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 747-4455 www .farmingtonpresbyterianmanor .org

WINNER 104 W Main St, Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 327-4101 https://www .mypeaceofmindonline .com/

Southbrook Skilled Nursing

Sweet Leaf Emporium

Finalist 1108 W Liberty St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 561-5992 www .americareusa .net/senior-living/mo/farmington/ southbrook/

Finalist 100 Holly Tree Ln, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 218-9552 www .sweetleafemporium .com


C.B.’s Dispensary

Finalist 102 S Washington St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 200-6764 www .facebook .com/ CBs-Dispensary

■ Cleaning Service - Commercial Perfect 10 Cleaning

WINNER 401 Congress St ., Park Hills 63601 (573) 631-8137

Sherry’s Clean Sweep

Finalist 974 cr 31, Bismarck, MO 63624 (573) 518-4611 www .sherryscleansweep .com

Fit To Be Clean

Finalist Farmington MO 63640 (573) 330-5856 www .fittobecleanllc .co

■ Cleaning Service – Residential Perfect 10 Cleaning

WINNER 401 Congress St ., Park Hills 63601 (573) 631-8137

Sherry’s Clean Sweep

Finalist 974 cr 31, Bismarck, MO 63624 (573) 518-4611 www .sherryscleansweep .com

A&M Pro Cleaning Finalist Park Hills, MO (573) 330-3923

■ Restoration Company SERVPRO of Farmington WINNER 3916 Hwy 221, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-5191 www .servprofarmingtonmo .com

Bryant Restoration

Finalist 516 Benham St, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 366-6351 www .bryantrestorationco .com

Certified Restoration Specialists

Finalist Farmington, MO (573) 747-5135 www .certifiedrestorationspecialists .com

■ Funeral Services C Z Boyer & Son Funeral Homes WINNER All Area Locations (573) 431-2686 www .czboyer .com

Cozean Memorial Chapel & Crematory

Finalist 217 W Columbia St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-4541 www .cozeanfuneralhome .com

Cole Family Funeral Home, LLC

Finalist 210 E Reynolds St, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 546-0742 www .colefamilyfuneralhomes . com

■ Monument Company Parkland Monument Co., Inc.

WINNER 5425 MO-32, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-7773 www .parklandmonument .com

Mineral Area Monuments

Finalist 705 E Karsch Blvd, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-0871 www .mineralareamonument .com

■ Pet Groomer Ultimutt Cuts

WINNER 504 E Woodlawn Dr ., Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 518-0530 www .facebook .com/ultimuttcuts/

■ Pest Control

Parkland Pest

WINNER 1007 B Sainte Genevieve Ave, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 315-9557 https://parklandpestservices . com/

Kammermann’s Pest Control

Finalist 3451 Bray Rd ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-1438 www .kammermannspestcontrol . com

■ Pet Boarding Wag’n Tail Retreat

WINNER 110 Taum Sauk Ct, Leadington, MO 63601 (573) 431-9247 ext . 3 www .wagntailretreat .com

Veterinary Clinic of the Mineral Area

Finalist 4730 Flat River Rd ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-9400 www .mineralareavetclinic .net

Countryside Veterinary Center & Kennels

Finalist 225 N State Hwy 21, Caledonia MO 63636 (573) 779-3445

PawFection Pet Grooming Finalist 522 E Main St, Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 482-0163 www .pawfection-grooming .edan .io

Wag N Tails

Finalist 110 Taum Sauk Ct, Leadington, MO 63601 (573) 431-9247 www .wagntailretreat .com

■ Plumber Lord Plumbing

WINNER 1014 Pine Grove Ln ., Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 358-8707 www .lord .plumbingllc .com

Valley Plumbing Finalist Robert Campbell Ironton, MO 63650

Drain Busters LLC

Finalist 1141 Fredericktown Ave, Farmington MO 63640 (573) 756-2830 www .drainbusters-mo .com

Wampler Monument

Finalist 2414 County Rd 96, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 546-3636 www .wamplermonuments .net

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Parkland Pest

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hey take pride in helping their customers come up with a solution to conquer pests, and that’s one reason why Parkland Pest has won the Best of the Parkland award for Best Pest Control. The business was initially opened by Jeff Barnes in 2007. Current owners Mandy and Jason Denby acquired the business in 2019. The business, located at 1007 Ste. Genevieve Avenue in Farmington, offers various pest services including bed bug, mosquito, roaches, and other general pests such as spiders, ants and more. She said the company takes pride in offering solutions for customers’ home or business. “Pests are not a one-and-done treatment and there’s a science behind the treatments.,” she said. “They generally require a plan to control an infestation, but our goal is to get ahead of the game and treat before there’s a major problem.” Mandy said another priority for Parkland Pest is their excellent

customer service. “We truly listen to the concerns and needs of our customers and come up with a reasonable plan of action and ensure the customer is satisfied,” she said. Parkland Pest receives many calls from satisfied customers who are full of excitement and appreciation of the treatment they have received. “I took a call this morning from a bed bug treatment we did yesterday,” said Mandy. “The lady was singing our praises because she and her children actually slept last night without itching.” That’s just one example of how Parkland Pest genuinely cares about their customers and their pest-related situations.

Jason and Mandy Denby truly listen to the concerns and needs of customers and come up with a reasonable plan of action to ensure they are satisfied.

Parkland Pest 1007 Ste. Genevieve Ave., Farmington Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 573-315-9557 Website: ParklandPestServices.com

LET US GET THEM BEFORE THEY GET YOU! WINNER-BEST PEST CONTROL

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■ Print Shop Minuteman Press Printing & Copying

WINNER 121 E Columbia St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-4800 www .farmington .minutemanpress .com

Mineral Area Office Supply Finalist 331 W Main St, Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 431-4777 www .shop .maos .com

Boen’s Signs Lines and Designs

Finalist 701 S St Joe Dr, Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 518-1818

■ Propane/Natural Gas Company Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. WINNER All Area Locations 1 (888) 337-7355 www .ferrellgas .com

Chilton Oil Company Finalist 351 S Main St, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 546-0040

Bauman Oil Distributors Inc

Klug Transport

Finalist 5813 Hwy DD, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-9200 www .klugtransportinc .com/index . html

Dean Frink Transportation

Finalist 536 Berry Road, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 358-9423

■ Tree Removal Tall Timber Tree Service WINNER 322 N A Street, Farmington MO 63640 (573) 701-6790

IntegriTree

Finalist 502 s Desloge Drive, Desloge MO 63601 (573) 915-9433 Facebook

Grisham Professional Tree Service

Finalist 1562 Maples Rd, Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 431-7333 www .grisham-professional-tree-services-tree-service . business .site/

■ Vape Shop

Finalist 505 Veterans Dr . #8511, Mineral Point, MO 63660 (573) 438-2162 www .baumanoil .com

WINNER 3754 Hwy O, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 431-6906

Finalist All locations (573) 664-1919 www .ultimate-vapor .com

Dragon Vapor

SHOPPING ■ Antique Store

Finalist 108 E High St, Potosi, MO 63664 (573) 436-8273

■ Veterinarian Veterinary Clinic of the Mineral Area

WINNER 4730 Flat River Rd ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-9400 www .mineralareavetclinic .net

Animal Medical Center of Park Hills Finalist 107 Strauss Dr ., Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 431-9500 www .amcph .com

Old Village Mercantile

WINNER 219 S State Hwy 21, Caledonia, MO 63631 (573) 779-3907 www .oldvillagemercantile .com

Reed’s Relics

Finalist 107 E High St ., Potosi, MO 63664 (573) 436-1532 Facebook

Weber Road Veterinary Clinic

Finalist 1513 Weber Rd ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 760-1050 www .weberroadvetclinic .com

■ Legal Services Kathleen Aubuchon

WINNER 116 W Liberty, Farmington MO 63640 (573) 756-4600

Hartmann & Pegram

Antique Treasures

Finalist (573) 431-4866 930 E Woodlawn Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 www .facebook .com/ antiquetreasuresfarmington

Finalist 101 E Columbia St, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-8082 http://www .hartmannandpegram .com/

■ Trucking Company Matt Murray Trucking

Ultimate Vapor

The Shed Vapes

WINNER 6326 Hillsboro Rd, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (314) 471-5453 https://www .facebook .com/ theshedvapes

Eric Harris PC

Finalist 214 W Main St, Park Hills MO 63601 (573) 431-3866 www .harrispc-law .com

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■ Beer & Liquor Selection

■ Butcher/Meat Department

214 Liquor

Ruble’s Meat Market LLC

WINNER 110 West Liberty St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-4117 www .214liquor .com

Schnucks Farmington Finalist 942 Valley Creek Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 664-5204 www .schnucks .com

Arcadia Sporting Goods

Finalist MO-72 & MO-21, Arcadia, MO 63621 (573) 546-7616 www .arcadiasportinggoods .com

■ Brewery Slaughterhouse Craft Parlour

WINNER 343 W Main St, Park Hills, MO 63601 slauterhousecp2021@gmail .com

WINNER 15387 S . State Highway 21, Ironton, MO 63621 (573) 546-3459 www .facebook .com/ rublesmeatmarket

Charleville Vineyard & Winery Finalist 16937 Boyd Rd, Sainte Genevieve, MO 63670 (573) 756-4537 www .charlevillevineyard .com

Crystal and Rich’s Produce

WINNER 3519 Cedar Falls Road Suite A Bonne Terre MO 63628 (573) 756-0100 www .cedarfallstactical .com

WINNER 525 Potosi St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (636) 208-7602 www .facebook .com/ richsproduce/

Oberle Meats

Arcadia Sporting Goods

ALDI

Finalist MO 72 & MO 21, Arcadia MO 63621 (573) 546-7616 www .arcadiasportinggoods .com

Finalist 787 Maple Valley Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (855) 955-2534 www .aldi .us/stores

Rob’s Guns

Schnucks Farmington

Finalist 102 A St Francois Plaza, Leadington, MO 63601 (573) 327-8552 https://www .robsgunsusa .com/

Finalist 942 Valley Creek Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 664-5204 www .schnucks .com

■ Grocery Store

■ Specialty Shop (Arcadia Valley Region)

Finalist 12488 South State Hwy . 21 Potosi, MO 63664 (573) 436-0686 Facebook

Finalist 21529 Mo 32, Ste Genevieve, MO 63670 (573) 883-5656 www .oberlemeats .com

■ Convenience Store Roy’s Convenience Stores WINNER All Area Locations (573) 779-3859 Facebook

Arcadia Sporting Goods

Finalist MO-72 & MO-21, Arcadia, MO 63621 (573) 546-7616 www .arcadiasportinggoods .com

■ Fabric / Sewing / Craft Store Hobby Lobby

WINNER 3968 Bray Rd, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-7703 www .hobbylobby .com

Cutt-N-Sew Quilt Shop

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■ Firearms/Hunting/ Sporting Goods Cedar Falls Tactical

Finalist All Area Locations (573) 518-0605 www .phillips66gas .com

Finalist 13326 State Route F, Sainte Genevieve, MO 63670 (573) 756-9700 www .crownvalleybrewery .com

■ Produce

Finalist 37 W School Street, Bonne Terre MO) 63628 (573) 358-5265 www .thefancycrow .com

Mercille’s Meat Market

Convenience Barn

Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling

The Fancy Crow

ALDI

WINNER 787 Maple Valley Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (855) 955-2534 www .aldi .us/stores

Save A Lot

Finalist All Area Locations (573) 756-7272 www .savealot .com

Schnucks Farmington Finalist 942 Valley Creek Dr ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 664-5204 www .schnucks .com

Arcadia Valley Soap Co.

WINNER 119 S Main St, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 546-7627 https://arcadiavalleysoap .com

The Lovely Lily

Finalist Main Street, Ironton MO 63650 (573) 7605-4400 www .thelovelylily .com

Lost Cove on the Square Finalist 102 W Russell St, Ironton, MO 63650 (573) 366-7779


■ Specialty Shop (Bonne Terre)

MO 63640 (573) 756-7852 www .facebook .com/EarthMother HealthFoodsFarmingtonMO/

Evelyn J Boutique

WINNER 31 W School St, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 535-9764 https://www .facebook .com/ offroadnutritionjackson/

Sweetheart Chocolates

107 E High St, Potosi, MO 63664 (573) 436-1532

The Fancy Crow

Ally Sue Boutique

Off Road Nutrition

Finalist 37 W . School Street, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (573) 358-5265 www .thefancycrow .com

Finalist 19 S jackson Street, Farmington MO 63640 (573) 701-0279 www .sweetheartchocolates .biz

■ Specialty Shop (Desloge) The Giving Tree Boutique

WINNER 400 S Desloge Dr ., Desloge, MO 63601 (573) 327-8455 www .facebook .com/ thegivingtreeboutique

Urban Farmgirl Boutique Finalist 1136 N Desloge Drive, Desloge MO 63601 (573) 516-8086 www .shopufboutique .com

■ Specialty Shop (Farmington) Earth Mother Health Foods WINNER 220 E Harrison St, Farmington,

Dress 2 Impress Resale

WINNER 117 E Columbia St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 664-1711 www .facebook .com/JeDawn81/

Iron County Sheltered Workshop Finalist 201 Pine Street Arcadia, MO 63621 (573) 546-1010 ironcountysw .org

Mama’s Thrift Store

Brick & Mortar

Harold’s Famous Bee Co. + Honey Bar

■ Winery

Tis The Season

Laboure Exchange

WINNER 700 State Hwy OO, Fredericktown MO 63645 (573) 561-1327 Facebook

Finalist 112 South Main Street, Fredericktown, MO 63645 (573) 783-3602 https://bricknmortar .shop Finalist 128 S Mine Lamotte Ave ., Fredericktown, MO 63645 (573) 783-4438 Facebook

■ Specialty Shop (Washington County)

Sister’s Holistic

Finalist 218 N Lincoln Street, Desloge MO 63601 (573) 518-6474 Facebook

■ Specialty Shop (Ste. Genevieve)

■ Thrift Store/ Consignment Shop

Sweet Things Sweet Shop

Georgie Kay’s Boutique

6326 Hillsboro Rd, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 (314) 471-5453 https://www .facebook .com/ theshedvapes

Reed’s Relics

Finalist 19 E . Columbia St ., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 218-9886 www .shopallysue .com

■ Specialty Shop (Fredericktown)

The Shed Vapes

411 E High St, Potosi, MO 63664 (573) 438-3737

WINNER 242 Market St, Ste . Genevieve, MO 63670 (573) 883-7990 www .stegencandy .net

Finalist 234 Market St ., Ste . Genevieve, MO 63670 (800) 748-9810 www .haroldsfamous .com Finalist 751 Center Dr, Ste . Genevieve, MO 63670 (573) 883-7200 https://www .vmysemo .org/

■ Specialty Shop -Park Hills

WINNER 219 S State Hwy 21, Caledonia, MO 63631 (573) 779-3907 www .oldvillagemercantile .com

Twin Oaks Vineyard

WINNER 6470 Hwy F, Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-6500 www .twinoaksvineyard .com

Chaumette Vineyards & Winery Finalist 24345 State Rte WW, Ste . Genevieve, MO 63670 (573) 747-1000 www .chaumette .com

Queen Anne’s Lace

WINNER 1421 E Main St ., Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 430-4050 www .shopqal .com

Brush and Needle Art Gallery & Tattoo Parlor Old Village Mercantile

Finalist 43 Rivermines Drive, Park Hills MO 63601 (573) 431-4492 facebook

Finalist 102 Strauss Dr ., Park Hills MO 63601 (573) 327-9401 Facebook

Crown Valley Winery

Finalist 23589 State Rte WW, Ste . Genevieve, MO 63670 (573) 756-9463 http://crownvalleywinery .com/

The Magic Shop

Finalist 323 West Main Street in Park HIlls, MO 63601 (314) 500-1999 April 2022 | Best of the Parkland | 55


Pictured above is the staff of Plummers Ace Hardware in Farmington …The Helpful Place! From left to right is Toni Rawson, Charlene Grohmann, Jaxson Romine, Scott Plummer, Carson Hull, Tony Brinkley, Darin Hoos, and Larry Adams.

Plummer’s Ace Hardware

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he best place to buy everything. The staff is very knowledgeable, and if they don’t have what you want, they can usually get it.” This customer’s positive review of Plummer’s Ace Hardware is honest and accurate. It’s also evidence of why Plummer’s is the recipient of the Best of the Parkland award for Home Improvement Store. Plummer’s Ace Hardware has been open for 53 years. The business has been in the family since 1969. Son Scott took over ownership and operation of the business from his parents Jim and Delores Plummer in 1987. He currently manages the business with Larry Adams. Over the years, the store has served generations of local residents with its large inventory of quality products, excellent customer service and convenience of being open seven days a week. In 2016, the family business became an Ace Hardware Store and doubled

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“WE MIGHT NOT BE AS LARGE AS LOWE’S OR MENARDS, BUT BEING AN ACE STORE MEANS THAT WE DO STOCK THE MOST POPULAR ITEMS THAT MOST HOMES OR BUSINESSES NEED WHEN IT COMES TO REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE.” its inventory. “We might not be as large as Lowe’s or Menards, but being an Ace store means that we do stock the most popular items that most homes or businesses need when it comes to repair and maintenance,” said Scott. From plumbing and paint to furnace filters and cutting keys, Plummer’s offers a wide variety of products and services. They also sell water softener salt and gardening supplies. They sell fun items, too, like Weber and Traeger grills and Blackstone griddles. “We have a really good selection and a lot of items the big-box stores don’t have,” said Scott. “We have a lot of

competition here in Farmington, but I think one reason we can compete with the big guys is our employees.” Scott said the Ace Hardware Store’s motto is “the helpful place.” “That is our goal, to be as helpful as possible,” he said. “I am fortunate to have employees who feel as strongly about providing good customer service as I do.”

Plummer’s Ace Hardware

101 E . Liberty, Farmington Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 7 a .m . to 6 p .m ., Saturday 8 a .m . to 5 p .m ., Sunday 10 a .m . to 3 p .m . Phone: 573-756-6001 Website: AceHardware .com


The Staff at The Bloc Dispensary are ready to help people in the community with all their cannabis needs.

Bloc Dispensary

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loc Dispensary, which opened in October 2021, is the winner for Best Medical Cannabis Dispensary in the Best of the Parkland awards. The full-service vertical cannabis business is located at 730 Market Street in Farmington. They cultivate, manufacture and distribute high-quality cannabis products to a variety of customers and patients across the U.S. The Bloc concept was formed in 2019 by Justice Cannabis Co.’s pioneering and experienced team who saw an opportunity to bring more meaning to the existing dispensary landscape. Justice Cannabis Co. is one of the largest private and multi-state operators in the nation. Justice has been a steady force among the U.S. cannabis industry for more than seven years and has garnered the attention for all the right reasons because it was founded on the premise that feeling good is always the destination. The Justice team has a long-standing and impressive reputation for their quality products, unique dispensaries and a modern approach to service. Bloc was born from a love of cannabis, its ability to make people feel better,

and the appetite to build a community where people can feel supported to discover their best selves. “We are a collective of cannabis enthusiasts who take pride in helping and understanding each patients’ individual needs,” said Laureen Stowers, VP of Marketing. “We strive to help each patient feel better and have the best quality of life possible. We have an amazing team, we love our jobs and the patients can feel that.” At Bloc, there are many options which customers may choose. Topselling products include vaporizers, flower and pre-rolls. Stowers said customer care is paramount to everything they do. “We are committed to delivering superior cannabis products and dispensary experiences delivered on principles of ingenuity and integrity.” The staff say the community is the heartbeat of their business, so that’s why they feel strongly about providing genuine, heartfelt support and opportunities for real connections. One of their recent customers who visited a dispensary for the first time said it was a “phenomenal experience.”

“I was treated with much respect and every question I asked was answered perfectly so I could understand,” the customer said. “I wasn’t rushed and was even walked through everything they had. I definitely walked out of the store with something I loved and decided was best for me with the help of the workers there.” Another satisfied customer said they had a wonderful time and “the staff are so nice and so helpful at explaining things to me. They’re very understanding about whatever reason you’re there for… have highly recommended people to this place.” According to the staff, there is one thing most people don’t know about the business, and that is medical cannabis falls under HIPPA privacy law. Staff at Bloc are ready to help people in the community with all their cannabis needs.

Bloc Dispensary

730 Market St ., Farmington Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday 7AM to 9PM, Sunday 8AM-7PM . Phone: 573-234-6344 Website: www .blocdispensary .com April 2022 | Best of the Parkland | 57


Big River Home Inspections

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ig River Home Inspections LLC is the winner of the Best Home Inspections category for Best of the Parkland. Jason and Mandy Denby own the business, which opened in 2013. “We offer various types of inspections for your residential home or commercial building,” Mandy said. Big River Home Inspections is also the only known company in the surrounding counties that offers and performs the inspections themselves as opposed to hiring subcontractors to complete each inspection. The business offers building inspections; termite inspections; sewer lateral scopes; Radon testing; air quality mold testing; various lab testing for water, lead, asbestos and more; and well and septic inspections. Big River Home Inspections services an expansive area, from St. Charles to Cape Girardeau and west to Sullivan. Currently three staff members complete inspections for the company: Jason, Brandon Scherffius and

Tony Keathley. “And when you call our business, you will be greeted by the friendly Misty Castleberry,” said Mandy. She said, “Our inspectors take great pride in thoroughly inspecting your investment, whether you own it yet or not.” Big River Home Inspections is the only known company in the Jason and Mandy surrounding counties that offers and performs the inspections both feel customers themselves as opposed to hiring subcontractors to complete chose Big River each inspection. Home Inspections for this award based on their friendliness, “couldn’t ask for a better experience. thoroughness and efficiency. The inspector was very thorough and A recent customer said she would explained everything so I could underhighly recommend Big River Home stand it. They are the best. Would never Inspections because they were “prompt, use a different company.” courteous and thorough.” Big River Home Inspections LLC “The attention to detail and profes1007 A Ste . Genevieve, sionalism in answering our questions Phone: 636-226-6829 was above my expectations,” she added. Website: FarmingtonHomeInspector .com Another satisfied customer said they

Winner Best Home Inspection Service

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