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19TH ANNUAL EMPORIA GAZETTE READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS The votes have been tabulated and the results are in. The winners of The Emporia Gazette’s 19th Annual Readers’ Choice awards have been selected according to what Gazette readers have chosen as their favorite businesses, services, restaurants, doctors, day trips and more! The Readers’ Choice Awards are meaningful because they are chosen by the community. The results are based solely on the opinions of customers, and the survey reflects service they have received or experienced with the specific people or businesses right here in our community. Readers voted for what they viewed as the “best” in four areas: Goods and Services, Shopping, Food and Drink and Best in the Business. The votes were collected via online ballots from Gazette readers in Lyon County

as well as from Chase, Morris, Greenwood, Osage and Coffey counties. The winners for each listing receive a certificate of recognition and can advertise themselves throughout the year as “Emporia Gazette Readers’ Choice Winners” in their specific category. The survey creates competition and incentives for businesses and residents to go beyond their expectations and become favorites in the hearts of many residents. It is used to get the community and surrounding areas involved in recognizing businesses, organizations, events and people who make this area a better place to live, work and play. It may also introduce you to a “best” that you never tried before. The Gazette congratulates all the winners in this year’s edition of The Readers’ Choice Awards.

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BEST CARPET AND FLOOR STORE

Clark Carpet & Tile, Inc 3302 W. 6th Ave. clarkcarpetandtile.com

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without them or our loyal customers that continue to allow us to serve them. Thanks Emporia! B E S T C H I L D ’ S B I R T H D AY PA RT Y

Rollers LLC OWNER(S): Pat and Lori Clark SECRET TO SUCCESS: We stay up to 701 Graham St. date on all the current trends, keep all 620-342-3322 samples up to date and do everything www.ksrollers.com in our power to make the customer Facebook: Rollers Skating Rink happy by treating them as we’d like to be treated, as friends as well as valued OWNER(S): Kelly & Kala Maxfield customers. SECRET TO SUCCESS: Rollers strives to not only see that having a birthday party for your child is easy and little BEST PIZZA PLACE to no work on the parents’ part but to ensure that the birthday kiddos have a Gambino’s Pizza great time! “You bring the kids and the 1003 Industrial Road cake, we take care of the rest!” 620-341-0691 Gambinospizza.com OWNER(S): Brad and Amy Richardson SECRET TO SUCCESS: Great products served by a very dedicated hardworking crew! We couldn’t do it

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Congratulations

Mary Little, BSN RN for being voted the BEST OF THE

FLINT HILLS!

Hand In Hand Hospice is proud to work with such a knowledgeable group of experienced professionals who demonstrate care and compassion each and every day. It is an honor to provide exceptional care and support to individuals in the Emporia and surrounding communities. Please visit our website at hihHospice.org to see our caring team!


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BEST NEW CAR DEALERSHIP

Longbine Auto Plaza Inc 3012 W Highway 50 www.longbineauto.com Facebook: longbineautoplaza OWNER: Jeff Longbine SECRET TO SUCCESS: We are honored to win this award again. It is a testament to our customers and dedicated e m p l oye e s . We work everyday to make sure that we are delivering the best service possible to all of our customers.

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B E S T S T O R E F R O N T/ B E S T B A K E RY

The Sweet Granada 803 Commercial St. (620) 342-9600 www.sweetgranada.com @sweetgranada OWNER: Kim Redeker SECRET TO SUCCESS: We appreciate the support of our family, friends, customers and staff that have been especially supportive the last couple of years. It is a pivotal point for many small businesses as we grapple with the overwhelming changes in the labor market, supply shortages and rising costs. The last year has been as challenging and stressful as our start up over eighteen years ago. So, we are sending out a BIG thank you to everyone for your continued support of local small businesses! Each of you are sincerely the secret to every small business success story.

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B E S T P E T S U P P LY S T O R E

L & L Pets OWNER(S): Jason and Jessica Crumb SECRET TO SUCCESS: We go the extra mile for our customers. If we don’t have what they are looking for we try to bring it in for them at no extra cost!

BEST TIRE STORE

MEL’S TIRE LLC 915 Graham St. 620-342-8473 SECRET TO SUCCESS: We like to treat our customers like family. Transparency, fairness and getting you back on the road as quickly as possible is what we strive for everyday.

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B E S T D E N T I S T/ B E S T D E N TA L H YG I E N I S T

Kohlmeier Dental 1104 E. 12th Ave. 620-342-9555 EmporiaSmiles.com Facebook: Kohlmeier Dental LLC

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SECRET TO SUCCESS: Showing respect and kindness to patients, listening to their needs, and trying to help however we can. BEST PHARMACY

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continually strive to meet those needs in any way we can. We understand the rapidly changing world we live in and are not hesitant to change our business operations and practices to better serve our patients and community.

Haag Pharmacy

BEST CAR WASH

1400 W 12 th Avenue (620) 342-1242 www.haagpharmacy.com

Mr. G’s Car Wash

OWNER: Ryan Kohlmeier SECRET TO SUCCESS: My team and I try to provide an experience that consistently exceeds the expectations of our patients. We are thankful for OWNER(S): Amber and Cory Haag the GREAT family of patients that we SECRETS TO YOUR SUCCESS: Our caring, experienced, and well trained have been blessed with! staff continually strive to exceed our patient’s expectations. Not only in healthcare and pharmacy B E S T E Y E C A R E P R O V I D E R related services but in outstanding customer service. We place a very high value on the relationships we Toso Family Eye Care have with our patients and within the 827 Commercial St. communities we serve and appreciate 620-342-6282 the opportunity to help so many https://www.tosofamilyeyecare.com/ wonderful people. We listen to what our patients and community need and OWNER: Dr. Caitlin Toso, OD

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OWNER: Dan Geifer SECRET TO SUCCESS: We strive to provide good customer service to keep our customers happy. We have continued to update our facilities and equipment to keep up with the technological advances in the car wash industry. We are a familyowned and operated business run by myself, my wife, two children and five grandchildren. We have been in the car wash business for over 40 years and have lived in Emporia for more than 50 years.


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BEST CLOTHING STORE

Maurices 1688 Industrial Road 620-343-3206 Facebook: Style Experts of Emporia

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SECRET TO SUCCESS: We strive to provide personalized accounting solutions to assist people and businesses in achieving financial success. BEST POOL /HOT TUB STORE

OWNER(S): OpCapita Jack’s Lawn & Pool SECRET TO SUCCESS: When you walk through our doors, you are our friend. 829 Commercial St. Likely, you’ll be greeted by your name. 620-208-7660 Our mission is to give you unmatched Jackslawnandpool.com service and have you leaving our store facebook- jackslawnandpool with confidence and a fabulous deal on the latest trends. OWNER(S): Allen and Ronda Henery SECRET TO SUCCESS: Our customers B E S T A C C O U N TA N T/ are the secret to our success as well ACCOUNTING FIRM as our employees. We couldn’t do it without any of them!!

Pool & Associate, Chartered. 528 Commercial St. 620-208-1040 poolcpa.com

BEST NON PROFIT GROUP

Emporia Main St.

OWNER(S): The Emporia Community OWNER(S): Jon Pool, CPA and Alicia and Our Investing Businesses, Redeker, CPA Organizations, and Individuals!

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SECRET TO SUCCESS: We believe that a thriving community is built from within. A strong community begins with a strong downtown – the place where people, capital, and ideas come together in ways that build opportunity for all. Emporia Main St. works hard with our partners to get measurable things done for the good of the region. When businesses talked about needing the ability to produce products locally, we worked to develop the fabrication lab. Entrepreneurs communicated their need to create a solid foundation prior to settling in a permanent home, so we established the incubator space. The community talked about housing needs, so we worked to establish investment groups and new incentives to enable new upper story development. Business startups and potential expansions communicated their need for additional resources and training, and we are working with partners to deliver both.Emporia Main St. is a unique blend of entrepreneurs, business and property owners, community leaders, residents, and volunteers, with a shared vision to

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build a community where families thrive, a place where memories are made, and a place that feels like home. BEST DOG GROOMER

Raise Your Paws 312 Commercial St. (620)506-2525 raiseyourpaws2021@gmail.com www.raiseyourpaws.com Facebook: raiseyourpaws OWNER: Melanie Smith SECRET TO SUCCESS: I would say there is no “secret” to success. It’s the learning through making mistakes and never giving up that leads to success. I have all kinds of dogs on my table and all of them have different needs and temperaments. I have very high standards for myself (my mom always used to say I’m my own harshest critic) but in the end it’s patience with the dog, and listening to what the owner wants.


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are at as I help guide them on their BEST BARBER SHOP journey. I treat each patient as I would Sunflower Care Homes LLC       Mark II Lumber+Building want my own family members treated. Hair Krafters We often laugh and cry together, and 1600 W 15th & 424 Market 1027 Commercial St. Materials I always remember that even the sunflowercarehomesllc.com, 620-342-6172 smallest acts can make the greatest 825 E 6th Ave. impact. Bonus: I also work with the www.mark2lumber.com OWNER(S): Clint & Charisse Arndt best team members in the area!- Mary OWNER: Mark Kraft https://www.facebook.com/ SECRET TO SUCCESS: Our success SECRET TO SUCCESS: Our success is built Little, BSN RN mark2lumber comes from the amazing staff that we on good customer service and building have and the support from the families relationships with our clients. SECRET TO SUCCESS: We owe our B E S T R E A L E S TAT E F I R M of Emporia!! success to our clients, we are grateful BEST PHOTOGRAPHER for them for choosing to shop small.

B E S T A D U LT C A R E FAC I L I T Y

B E S T L U M B E R S U P P LY S T O R E

Ek Real Estate

BEST BREAKFAST

BEST NURSE

Hand in Hand Hospice

1201 W 6th Ave. Ekhomes.com

OWNER(S): Jeff Kitselman, Jeff Williams, Aaron Sewell, Jan Utech 1201 W 12th Ave. 614 Commercial St. SECRET TO SUCCESS: We are blessed 620-340-6177 620-343-9866 to serve a community we love and call Hihospice.org home ourselves. It is always an honor Facebook: Hand In Hand Hospice OWNER(S): Dave and Janet Laird to help our customers through the SECRET TO SUCCESS: Plain and simple, SECRET TO SUCCESS: My job brings me selling or buying process whether it is hungry people and loyal customers! into people’s lives during one of their a home, new business location, or land most difficult seasons in life. Being contract. compassionate, empathetic and having a calming demeanor helps me to meet my patients and families where they

Commercial St. Diner

Kandace Griffin Photography kandacegriffinphotography.com OWNER: Kandace Wakeman SECRET TO SUCCESS: All of my clients are like family! They impact my life each and every day and I hope the photos I capture for them do the same. Photography is all about bringing your community of loved ones together and celebrating life’s biggest moments. I strive to provide a tailor-made process that helps them mark these memorable milestones.


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BEST PEST CONTROL SERVICE

Flint Hills Termite & Pest Control, Inc 703 Prairie St. 620-342-3320 flinthillspest.com OWNER: Darren Biggs SECRET TO SUCCESS: We attribute our success to our dedicated employees who aim to please every customer. Our technicians and office staff work very hard to ensure each customer’s satisfaction.

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Deb Huth 415 Commercial St. 620-342-1277 athertonhuthemporia.com OWNER(S): Stephen J. Atherton and Deborah A. Huth SECRET TO SUCCESS: Realizing that people who are in need of legal services are often in crisis and doing our best to meet their needs in a professional and understanding manner. We also have great staff who do their best to help clients from the first phone call to the final document. Steve and I both appreciate the recognition given by the readers to our efforts to provide quality legal services promptly and efficiently.

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B E S T A U T O D E TA I L , BEST OIL CHANGE, BEST AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE , BEST CAR SALESMEN

BEST ANTIQUE STORE

Clint Bowyer Autoplex

301 Commercial St. 620-341-9092 poehlerantiquemall.square.site

2815 west highway 50 www.clintbowyerauto.com www.facebook.com/ClintBowyerAuto SECRET TO SUCCESS: Treat customers how I would like to be treated. Provide a fun buying experience, while remaining professional. I also use all the tools I have available including social media and leaning on my great management and ownership team. Curtis Nelson We strive to take care of each and every customer, provide great service work, and listen to the customers needs. We go the extra mile to make sure the customer is satisfied with the work performed before leaving as well as have factory trained technicians to perform the work. - Service Department

Poehler Mercantile Antique Mall

OWNER(S): Ron and Rocky Slaymaker SECRET TO SUCCESS: The Slaymaker family has collected, picked, restored, and sold antiques for generations. The family trait of having an eye for great discovery continues today. In addition, we have a strong relationship with our dealers, many of whom have been with Poehler since 2003. Our goal is to provide a positive shopping experience with great customer service. We appreciate every person who walks through our door!


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lives. We endeavor to keep our costs low and choose solutions that are suitable for each individual’s needs. Poehler Mercantile Flint Hills Towing Thank you for choosing us as the 423 Graham St. Antique Mall Best Investment Company in The 620-343-2326 Emporia Gazette’s Readers’ Choice 301 Commercial St. flinthillstowing.net Awards. We are honored to serve 620-341-9092 the Emporia Community. The 2022 poehlerantiquemall.square.site OWNER(S): Jason and Richelle Birk Readers’ Choice Award is presented SECRET TO SUCCESS: We are successful OWNER(S): Ron and Rocky Slaymaker because of all of our loyal customers by The Emporia Gazette a newspaper SECRET TO SUCCESS: The Slaymaker throughout the year and our amazing servicing Emporia, Kansas. Recipients of the award are selected by Gazette family is committed to providing clean staff. readers through online voting. Thirdstorage space at a fair and reasonable price. A loading dock, freight elevator, and freight dollies make the moving B E S T I N V E S T M E N T C O M PA N Y experience easier. Short-term storage space is also available. In addition, ESB Insurance & Financial we take great pride in having a strong Services relationship with our tenants. Our goal is to provide a positive storage 801 Merchant St. experience with great customer 620-340-9925 service. www.esbfinancial.com BEST STORAGE FACILITY

BEST TOWING PROVIDER

OWNER(S): ESB Financial SECRET TO SUCCESS: ESB Insurance and Financial Services strives to meet with each of our clients to ensure we are matching their investment portfolio with their ever-changing

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party recognitions are no guarantee of investment success and do not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance or results. This recognition should not be construed as an endorsement of the financial representative by any client nor are they representative of any one client’s evaluation. Securities offered through SagePoint Financial, Inc. member FINRA/SIPC. SagePoint Financial, Inc. is separately owned and other


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Hagan Benne, Tori Berard, Michael Black, Kim Botkin, Ross Bugbee, Jessica Carr, Jared Carroll, Amanda Chaffin, Kailey Corr, Josh Dale, Brian DeWitt, Brett Engle, Anita Ford, Brogy Giesen, Jesica Gonzalez, Brenda Gordon, Dena Hale, Fred Harder, Sarah Harris, Kayna Hastings, Angi Hidecker, Ron Hunter, Emily Johnson,Dylan Kelsheimer, Emily Kirby, Jonathan Lewis, Whitney Lewis, Kim LoPorto, David Maldonado, Sara Manderscheid, Kylee Margritz, Jon Moffitt, Tessa Ohnemiller, Rachel BEST BANK Owens, Kim Parks, Eric Porter, Lori Richard, Marilyn Renteria, Brittany ESB Financial Sandstrom, Gavin Schmidt, Jackie Banking, Investments, Trust, Schmidt, Leslie Seeley, Morgan Mortgage Spinden, Mel Stewart, Lindsay Storrer, 801 Merchant St. | 1111 Industrial St. Grant Swanson, Judy Thurston, 620-340-3454 Kandace Wakeman, Jordan Waltz, www.esbfinancial.com 242 E Poyntz, Manhattan, KS 66502 Meredith Wagner, Chelsea Webb, Jennifer Wells, Ashley Williams, Ryan 785-539-3553 Williams, Karly Witte and Monica Wullschleger. ESB Financial Board OWNER(S): The Wayman Family SECRET TO SUCCESS: Team ESB: Lori of Directors: Jim Wayman, Karen Andrews, Steven Bell , Craig Bender, Sommers, Howard Gunkel, Kent

entities and/or marketing names, products or services referenced here are independent of SagePoint Financial, Inc. Insurance offered through ESB Insurance & Financial Services. ESB Financial and ESB Insurance & Financial Services are not affiliated with SagePoint Financial. Registered Branch 620-342-3454. 801 Merchant St. Securities are not FDIC insured, not guaranteed by ESB Financial, and may lose value.

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Heermann, Michael Black, Jeremy Rusco, Rebecca Robinson, Lyle Butler, Kent Glasscock ESB Financial Holding Company Directors: Karen Sommers, Jim Wayman, Chris Sommers, Trey Sommers, Andrew Wayman, Matthew Wayman, Howard Gunkel. BEST OVERALL CUSTOMER SERVICE

ESB Financial Banking, Investments, Trust, Mortgage 801 Merchant St. | 1111 Industrial St. 620-340-3454 www.esbfinancial.com 242 E Poyntz, Manhattan, KS 66502 785-539-3553 OWNER(S): The Wayman Family SECRET TO SUCCESS: Team ESB: Lori Andrews, Steven Bell , Craig Bender, Hagan Benne, Tori Berard, Michael Black, Kim Botkin, Ross Bugbee, Jessica Carr, Jared Carroll, Amanda

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Chaffin, Kailey Corr, Josh Dale, Brian DeWitt, Brett Engle, Anita Ford, Brogy Giesen, Jesica Gonzalez, Brenda Gordon, Dena Hale, Fred Harder, Sarah Harris, Kayna Hastings, Angi Hidecker, Ron Hunter, Emily Johnson,Dylan Kelsheimer, Emily Kirby, Jonathan Lewis, Whitney Lewis, Kim LoPorto, David Maldonado, Sara Manderscheid, Kylee Margritz, Jon Moffitt, Tessa Ohnemiller, Rachel Owens, Kim Parks, Eric Porter, Lori Richard, Marilyn Renteria, Brittany Sandstrom, Gavin Schmidt, Jackie Schmidt, Leslie Seeley, Morgan Spinden, Mel Stewart, Lindsay Storrer, Grant Swanson, Judy Thurston, Kandace Wakeman, Jordan Waltz, Meredith Wagner, Chelsea Webb, Jennifer Wells, Ashley Williams, Ryan Williams, Karly Witte and Monica Wullschleger. ESB Financial Board of Directors: Jim Wayman, Karen Sommers, Howard Gunkel, Kent Heermann, Michael Black, Jeremy Rusco, Rebecca Robinson, Lyle Butler, Kent Glasscock ESB Financial Holding Company

Freedom is a beautiful thing. Thank you for 53 years in business.

Thank You For Voting Us Best Auto Body Shop!

Floyd's Inc. KEEPING EMPORIA ON THE ROAD SINCE 1968 AUTOBODY • MUFFLERS • BRAKES MECHANICAL REPAIRS 1221 Industrial Rd, Emporia, KS • 620-342-7713 • 800-289-5652 • floydsinc.com FREE ESTIMATES ON ALL BODY REPAIRS

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Directors: Karen Sommers, Jim Wayman, Chris Sommers, Trey Sommers, Andrew Wayman, Matthew Wayman, Howard Gunkel. B E S T D AY T R I P

ESB Financial Banking, Investments, Trust, Mortgage 801 Merchant St. | 1111 Industrial St. 620-340-3454 www.esbfinancial.com 242 E Poyntz, Manhattan, KS 66502 785-539-3553 OWNER(S): The Wayman Family SECRET TO SUCCESS: Our Spirited 50day trips are designed for our clients 50 years and older. We strive to offer unique experiences and group prices that people can’t book on their own. Our Arrow Stage Lines motor coaches are clean and top of the line. We search for the latest and greatest sightseeing and include a meal at fabulous restaurants. We make each and every trip a celebration!

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BEST INSURANCE C O M PA N Y

BEST PLACE FOR HOME AND AUTO INSURANCE

Euler Insurance Company

Euler Insurance Company

State Farm Insurance 920 Commercial St.

State Farm Insurance 920 Commercial St.

OWNER: Everett “Pete” Euler, Agent SECRET TO SUCCESS: We began with State Farm in 1981. We grew up having lived “Like a Good Neighbor”. We have a great team of people that work hard, get to know policyholders, what they want, how they want it and when they want it. In English or Spanish. Talking less and listening more. Those relationships have led to long term relationships with policyholders, our schools and our community. Not just in the office, but where we live, what we do, and what we value.

OWNER: Everett “Pete” Euler, Agent SECRET TO SUCCESS: Celebrating its 100th Anniversary, State Farm Insurance is the largest auto and home insurance company in the country. State Farm has a mission to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams.They do that with a quality team of select agents, supported by industry leading claims and underwriting. State Farm Insurance is proud of its role in the growth and legacy to the Emporia Area. Not only in providing quality insurance products. But through its support of many worthwhile community organizations through its State Farm Companies Foundation.

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BEST LANDLORD

Haag Management, Inc Haag Management, Inc. 1102 Commercial Suite A 620-343-6633 haag@emporiarentals.com www.emporiarentals.com OWNER(S): Cory and Harry Haag PRODUCTS/SERVICE OFFERED: Property Management/Development. Apartments, Condos, Townhomes & Lofts in the Emporia Area. SECRET TO SUCCESS: Treat people the way we would want to be treated. Provide a secure, clean and well-maintained environment, a place people are proud to call home. Our employees work hard every day to service our customers. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT RECEIVING THIS AWARD FROM THE GAZETTE READERS? We are very grateful to be recognized by the Gazette readers as the “Best of the Flint Hills.” We will continue to work hard to offer area residents the highest levels of rentals and service. Emporia and the surrounding area is a great place to live and work. We greatly enjoy being part of the community and providing quality rentals in the Emporia Area.


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BEST RADIO PERSONALITY

B E S T R A D I O S TAT I O N

Ron Thomas

KVOE 96.9 FM 1400 AM

KVOE 96.9 FM, 14 Hundred AM, Country 101.7 1420 C of E Drive 620-342-1400 kvoe.com Facebook @kvoenews OWNER(S): Sauder Family LLC SECRET TO SUCCESS: Supporting, promoting, and being involved in our community is very important. I am very fortunate to work with a great morning show team--News Director Chuck Samples and Operations Manager/ Sports Director Greg Rahe. These two are talented broadcast veterans who work hard and are dedicated.. Our goal is to inform, entertain, and serve the community in a “Live and Local” way. Thanks to our great listeners and advertisers.

1420 C of E Drive 620-342-1400 kvoe.com Facebook: kvoe news OWNER(S): Sauder Family LLC SECRET TO SUCCESS: Being “Live and Local!” Great support from ownership and a talented, hard-working staff that is focused on the station’s mission to serve our community. Our goal is to promote and be involved in local activities, inform, entertain and get results for our advertisers in a “Live and Local” way. KVOE’s local information is available on the air, 1400 AM/96.9 FM, the web KVOE. com, and on our mobile apps. We are proud to serve Emporia and surrounding communities. Thanks to our great listeners and advertisers.

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SECRET TO SUCCESS: Treat people the way we would want to be treated. Provide a secure, clean and wellPreston Lofts maintained environment, a place Haag Management, Inc. people are proud to call home. Our 1102 Commercial Suite A employees work hard every day to 620-343-6633 service our customers. haag@emporiarentals.com HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT RECEIVING www.emporiarentals.com THIS AWARD FROM THE GAZETTE READERS? We are very grateful to be OWNER(S): Cory and Harry Haag recognized by the Gazette readers PRODUCTS/SERVICE OFFERED: as the “Best of the Flint Hills.” We Property Management/Development. will continue to work hard to offer Apartments, Condos, Townhomes & area residents the highest levels of Lofts in the Emporia Area. B E S T A PA RT M E N T C O M P L E X


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rentals and service. Emporia and the surrounding area is a great place to live and work. We greatly enjoy being part of the community and providing quality rentals in the Emporia Area. BEST AUTO MECHANIC

Jesse Shaver, Cliff’s Super Service 115 E 5th Ave. 620-342-0525 www.cliffssuperservice.com

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BEST FLORIST

Emporia Floral Company Inc. 1127 West St. www.emporiafloral.net Facebook: Emporia Floral OWNERS: Richard Hall and Allison Hall SECRET TO SUCCESS: Providing great customer service, community networking and simply putting in the hours to be available to our customers! BEST BUFFET

OWNER: Jesse Shaver Pizza Ranch SECRET TO SUCCESS: High degree of integrity. We take pride in our quality 3000 W 18th Ave. of service. We keep safety in mind as 620-343-8646 well as your pocketbook. We have a family tradition in super service. I owe my success to my loyal customers, who OWNER’S: Nick and Dan Nichols trust us, my family and my outstanding SECRET TO SUCCESS: Is our great team employee, Michael Milner. and their commitment to legendary service and products. Also our guests and the continued support and loyalty.

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BEST NAIL TECH

Nina Le Crystal Nail & Spa 1604 Industrial Rd Facebook {Crystal Nail & Spa} OWNER: Sandy Nguyen SECRET TO SUCCESS: I always adhere to “treat the customer as if you’re that customer!” For the past more than 20 years working here as a nail technician, I earned not only a solid customer base, but a lot of true friends. Many of my customers treated me like their own family and I treasure every one of their friendships and support. Undoubtedly, my secret to success is my very supportive customers. Without my BEST customers, I wouldn’t have a chance to be their best nail technician. ~Truly Appreciate~ Nina Le

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BEST FRIED CHICKEN AND C AT E R I N G

Olpe Chicken House 8 East Highway 99 Olpe 620-475-3386 Facebook- Olpe Chicken House

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BEST USED CAR DEALERSHIP

Sommer’s Auto Plaza 2026 W 6th Ave. www.SommersAutoPlaza.com

OWNER(S): Trey and Jessica Sommers SECRET TO SUCCESS: Our Sommers OWNERS: Larry and Charlotte Coble Auto Plaza team! Everyone plays a SECRET TO SUCCESS: We have been vital role in making our customers’ honored to serve our customers all these years. The secret to a successful business is to always have management available, fresh product and great service. We want to extend a big “thank you” to our loyal customers and staff. Without you, we couldn’t open our doors. Thank you for voting us “best fried chicken” once again.

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lives easy and stress free. There isn’t a secret; it’s living by the golden rule and having integrity. We want everyone that steps foot on our lot to leave with a smile, feeling accomplished and a part of our Sommers Family.


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BEST BURGER

J’s Carry-Out 27 Commercial St.

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more from steaks, salads, wraps and wings. Focus on quality food, exceptional service at a fair price. Thank you!

OWNER: Justin Pearson BEST HARDWARE STORE SECRET TO SUCCESS: Amazing customers from Emporia and Bluestem Farm and surrounding areas is a huge part of our business. We also have a great staff Ranch Supply Inc. that puts their focus on making great 2611 W Hwy 50 food and offering the best customer 620-342-5502 service possible. Most importantly, I www.bluestemfarmandranch.com am thankful to have such supportive Facebook @bluestemfarmandranch family and friends. Thank you to everyone who comes out and supports OWNER(S): Ann and Kenny Bruner us here at J’s Carryout. SECRET TO SUCCESS: Our goal is to provide excellent customer service. We have some of the most dedicated BEST BARBEQUE and hard working employees around. Bobby D’s Merchant St., We appreciate all the loyalty our customers have shown us through the BBQ years. 607 Merchant St. Bobbydsbbq.com OWNER: Bob & Debbie Doudican SECRET TO SUCCESS: Great employees, local customers, barbeque and much

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BEST FUNERAL HOME

BEST GIFT SHOP

Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home

Trox Gallery and Gifts

605 State St. 620-342-2134 www.robertsblue.com

715 Commercial St. 620-208-8769 troxgallery.com

OWNER Kaila Mock SECRET TO SUCCESS: The secret to Trox OWNER: William G.Pike Gallery and Gifts’ success is being SECRET TO SUCCESS: We remain a local located in an area that appreciates and family-owned small business with a supports the Arts! caring staff who will listen and adapt, while continuing to offer personalized B E S T TAT TO O A RT I S T and compassionate service to the families who entrust us in their time of need. Thank you to our community members for allowing us to be here for Maud’s Tattoo Company you. 720 Commercial St. B E ST D RY C L E A N E R

Spic n Span Cleaners 317 W 6th Ave. 620-342-7484 OWNERS: Julia and Dennis Buckridge SECRET TO SUCCESS: Constant hard work and good customer relations.

https://www.facebook.com/ maudstattoo

OWNER(S): John & April Armstrong SECRET TO SUCCESS: Our Clients! <3

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B E ST VA P E STO R E

B E ST P L U M B I N G C O M PA N Y

Cigarette Outlet

Plumbing by Spellman, Inc.

1711 W. 6th Ave. 620-343-2810

821 Commercial St. 620-342-2122 plumbingbyspellmanks.com

OWNER: FRED FAYYAZI SECRET TO SUCCESS: This store has OWNER(S): Lenny and Jason Spellman a GREAT crew!!!! They care about SECRET TO SUCCESS: Our wonderful each and every customer that comes customers!! in!!! The employee’s is what makes a company successful!!!! BEST HAIR STYLIST BEST FURNITURE STORE

Guion’s Showcase 2023 W 6th Ave www.guionsshowcase.com https:// www.facebook.com/guionsshowcase/ OWNER(S): Mike and Marie Guion SECRET TO SUCCESS: People! We are surrounded by good, kind and patient people! From staff, to customers, to the Community! When everyone works together great things happen!

Radiance Salon Erin Reber 1114 Commercial St., Suite A 620-794-2939 SECRET TO SUCCESS: I love my job! I have learned so many new things through the years! My clients and co-workers definitely help make each day different and enjoyable. Thanks Emporia!

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Jones Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. 702 Prairie St. 620-342-8343 https://www.facebook.com/ JonesHVACEmporia https://www. jonesheatingandairconditioning.com/ OWNER(S): Jim and Lenise Satterfield SECRET TO SUCCESS: Our goal is to provide our customers with quality service and installation and to ensure maximum efficiency. Jones Heating and Air strives to build relationships with our customers on trust. That is OUR way of doing business.

The faces behind the name. Russ and Myra Jones began Jones Heating and Air Conditioning in 1969! They built this business on the same trust, honesty and dependability that we still run on today.

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BEST COFFEE

Granada Coffee Company 809 Commercial Street Emporia, KS 620.342.4001 granadacoffeeco.com OWNERS: Rocky Slaymaker SECRET TO SUCCESS: The secret to our success is consistency, high quality products, well trained staff, and a friendly welcoming clean environment. We love what we do! Our barista’s love what they do! And words cannot even begin to describe how much we appreciate our customers. Many of them have been with us since 2002.

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BEST COMMUNITY EVENT

Garmin UNBOUND Gravel p/b Craft Sportswear 11 W 8th Ave

Secret to Success The UNBOUND Gravel team believes in the experience we provide to all the athletes, vendors, volunteers, and families that come to Emporia to celebrate Gravel Cycling. You’ll find us out and about enjoying the gravel roads all year round, and appreciate all this community is.”


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BEST PHYSICIAN

Dr. Amanda Ruxton Current practice - Flint Hills Family Medicine, 1301 West 12th Ave, Suite 101, 620-343-2500 Starting November 1st, 2022 will be practicing through Strive Wellness Group, 2522 West 15th Avenue OWNER(S): Currently co-owner of FHFM and owner of upcoming new practice location at Strive Wellness Group SECRET TO SUCCESS: I am incredibly blessed to be working in a career I love and have the support of some amazing nurses who feel the same way. I truly enjoy collaborating with patients to help them find their best well-being and educating them in understanding their own wellness options. Our team believes in putting people first and the option for quality healthcare that uses multiple modalities to create whole body health. Having the trust and vote of our patients means everything! Thank you!!

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ASIAN CUISINE

TA K E - O U T F O O D

CONVENIENCE STORE

Shanghai

Shanghai

Casey’s West

DELI/SANDWICH SHOP

AUCTION SERVICE

L AWN MAINTENANCE

Amanda’s Bakery

J & D Auction Service

Scott’s Lawn & Landscape

FRESHEST PRODUCE

BEAUTY SALON

N U R S E R Y/ G R E E N H O U S E

Aldi

Envi Salon

Fowler’s Flowers

I C E C R E A M / YO G U RT/ F RO Z E N T R E AT

CARPET CLEANING

PA I N T I N G P RO V I D E R

C O M PA N Y

Lawson Painting

Emporia Carpet Cleaning

PAV I N G P RO V I D E R

CHILD CARE FACILITY

Brady Parks

Emporia Child Care Center

PRESCHOOL

CHURCH

Lords Lambs

Messiah Lutheran

S TA F F I N G AG E N C Y

C O N ST R U C T I O N C O M PA N Y

Kansas Works

DQ KIDS MEAL

Mc Donald’s L AT I N O C U I S I N E

Casa Ramos SALAD

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TA N N I N G FAC I L I T Y

CHIROPRACTOR

Midas Touch

Brittain Chiropractic

T R A I L E R PA R K

Belmont T R U C K I N G C O M PA N Y

Redline J E W E L RY STO R E

FITNESS CENTER

Emporia Rec Center HEARING AID PROVIDER

Hearing Group

Kari’s Diamonds

PERSONAL TRAINER (LOCATION)

RESALE SHOPS

Alex Benjamin - Good Muscle

Goodwill

BA RT E N D E R

SHOE STORE

Rick Becker (Mulready’s)

Browns

BRIDAL SHOP

BAR/NIGHT CLUB

Kari’s Bridal

Mulready’s Pub COMMUNITY EVENT OR FESTIVAL

Unbound DISC GOLF COURSE

Jones Youth Recreation Park GOLF COURSE

Emporia Municipal Golf Course

OVERNIGHT AC C O M M O DAT I O N S

Gufler Mansion VETERINARIAN

Eric Hess - East Emporia Vet WAITER / WAITRESS

Tacy at Bruff’s

L O C AT I O N F O R F I R S T DAT E

W R I T E R /CO L U M N I ST

Radius

Ashley Walker

PA R K

BEST STEAK

Peter Pan Park

Wagon Wheel

P L AC E TO TA K E O U T- O F TOWN GUESTS

BEST LIQUOR STORE:

Emporia Zoo

Old Rum’s Liquor

P L AC E TO TA K E O U T- O F TOWN GUESTS

BEST WINGS:

Radius

Do B’s

WAT E R R E C R E AT I O N

B E ST C E L L U L A R P H O N E S E RV I C E

Emporia Aquatic Center

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I am incredibly blessed to be working in a career I love and have the support of some amazing nurses who feel the same way.

- Dr. Amanda Ruxton Current practice Flint Hills Family Medicine 1301 West 12th Ave, Suite 101 620-343-2500 As of November 1st, 2022 Strive Wellness Group 2522 West 15th Avenue


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