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SPECIAL EDITION

... and the winners are ...

Look inside for the favorites in Huntsville/ Walker County! Thousands of ballots cast and thousands of entries recorded

BEST OF HUNTSVILLE/ WALKER COUNTY 2019

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Thank you for voting us your 2019 BEST Emergency Room/Urgent Care!

Texpress Urgent Care is a walk-in clinic that can treat your hay fever, headaches, minor eye injury or infection, earaches, sinusitis, sore throat, fever, flu, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, urinary tract infection, STD’s, yeast infection, bites, stings, poison ivy, minor burns, scrapes, lacerations, abscesses, ingrown toenails, sprains/strains, broken bones and much more. We offer on-site and send out labs, onsite x-ray, splinting, sutures, TB skin tests, TDCJ chest x-rays, regular and DOT drug tests, sports physicals and DOT physicals. Our goal at Texpress is to get you in and out quickly with visits typically being under an hour from start to finish. We believe that you shouldn’t have to wait for hours on end for your healthcare needs. Our providers, Kimberly and Connor, each have 13 years of emergency room experience. Kimberly, Connor and Rebecca have also served the county as paramedics with Huntsville/Walker County EMS. Texpress Urgent Care is an active part of our local community. We are proudly partnered with SHSU, HISD, New Waverly Athletics, Walker County and Rufus Refuge. We offer First Responder discounts, Law Enforcement Officer and Military friendly environment, and donate to local scholarships and charities. Texpress is a privately-owned local business with one location to serve you and your family. Let US get YOU back to your busy life!

193 Hwy 45 S • Huntsville, TX • 936-570-2626

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office@texpressurgentcare.com www.TexpressUrgentCare.com

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*best overall restaurant *best pie *best catering *best chicken fried steak *best desserts Huntsville we greatly appreciate you! It is a pleasure to be part of the community Our philosophy is to take care of the customer like you were invited to someone’s house for lunch or dinner. We want you to look forward to coming here and take every effort in making sure that you enjoy everything that you order. From the broccoli cornbread and rolls, to the blue plate special of the day, to the daily made homemade pies and cakes to top off your experience. And don’t forget the sweet tea!!! Huntsville Location (936) 435-1450 1004 14th St • Huntsville, Texas 77340 BEST OF HUNTSVILLE/ WALKER COUNTY 2019

Farmhouse on the Lake Location (936) 646-2200 15152 US-190 W • Onalaska, Texas 77360 3


Thank you for voting Cowboy Contractors Best Remodeling/Reconstruction Company, Painting Company and CLINT WILSON as THE BEST HANDYMAN. We appreciate you!

“Often Out Promised, Seldom Out Performed”

936-355-4637

cwilc69@gmail.com • cowboycontractors.org PO Box 334 Dodge, TX 77334 4

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JUST THE FACTS See all of this year’s winners in one convenient place.

FOOD AND DRINK, OUT AND ABOUT, GOODS AND SERVICES, PET CARE, AUTO SERVICES, HOME AND LIVING, MEDICAL AND WELLNESS & PERSONAL/ PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

IT’S AN HONOR TO LIST YOUR FAVORITES W hen you think of what makes Huntsville and Walker County special, you probably think of strolling through downtown, gazing at the Sam Houston statue or the beauty that surrounds us in the Sam Houston National Forest. Maybe you think of your friends or local traditions like the annual Fair on

the Square. But you might also call to mind the people and businesses that make living in Southeast Texas different from anywhere else. It might be a favorite coffee shop that knows your order or a handyman who you can trust. The publication you hold in your hand is devoted to such Walker County favorites. This year’s Readers’ Choice awards went to old friends and some newer favorites. We received thousands of votes and thousands of nominations, all from busy readers who cared to share their experiences. It’s not scientific and it would be wrong to say that all of these entities are necessarily the “best” at what they do. These are simply local institutions that have earned the respect of devoted patrons. It’s an honor to put together our Readers’ Choice. We know how much hard work goes into each of these businesses and services. We chose just a few to highlight, but we could have featured anything on the list. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all who voted.

— Joseph Brown, Editor of The Huntsville Item

Thank you Huntsville!!

Thank you Huntsville! Best Lunch, Sandwich Shop and Deli 2019

Now Open Saturdays!

Like us on Facebook Midway Plaza • 1329 University Ave. Ste l (936)439-9400 Like us on Facebook Midway Plaza Mon-Fri 10:30am 6:00pm 1329 University Ave. Ste I Mon-Fri 10:30am - 6:00pm • Sat 11:00am - 3:00pm Sat 11:00am - 3:00pm

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(936) 439-9400

Thank you for allowing us to provide you with all your glass needs! •ShowerS •MirrorS •windShieldS •Building MaterialS

936-295-5784

1300 Ave. Q Huntsville TX 77340 5


It is our pleasure Huntsville! Thank you for allowing us to be your best New Auto Dealership! Thank You for choosing us

Best Elementary and Best Middle/Junior High School

Bill & Amy Fick

Now taking applications for 2019-2020!

737 I-45 South, Huntsville billfickford.com • 936-295-3784 6

A classical, Christ-centered school Pre-K through 12th grade

3891 Hwy 30 W. • Huntsville

936-438-8833

alphaomegaacademy.org BEST OF HUNTSVILLE/ WALKER COUNTY 2019


PRESENTING THE

2019 FAVORITES FOOD AND DINING Asian Dining Atmosphere Bakery BBQ Beer Selection Breakfast Burger Butcher/Meat Market Cakes Catering Chicken Fried Steak Chicken Tenders Coffee Shop Cookies Deli Desserts Donuts Fast Food Restaurant Fastest Service Fine Dining Food Delivery/Take-out Food Truck Ice Cream Iced Tea Italian Restaurant Locally Owned Lunch Margarita Mexican Restaurant Overall Restaurant Pie Pizza Place for a Date/Evening Out Salad Sandwich Shop Seafood Steak Sushi Wine by the Glass Wings BEST OF HUNTSVILLE/ WALKER COUNTY 2019

GOODS AND SERVICES Yummy, Yummy City Hall Cafe & Pie Bar Best Box Bakery McKenzie’s BBQ The Big E-Z Crawfish & Oyster Bar Cafe Texan Mr. Hamburger HEB Baking Sweet Memories Farmhouse Café Farmhouse Café Raising Cane’s Honey’s Coffee Bar Insomnia Cookies Schlotzsky’s/ Five Loaves Deli Farmhouse Café Fresh Donuts Whataburger Jimmy Johns 1836 Steakhouse Potato Shack Arnaud’s Cajun Kitchen 3 Spoons McAlister’s Luigi’s The Patio Five Loaves 7 Leguas Los Pericos Farmhouse Café Farmhouse Café Double Dave’s 1836 Steakhouse McAlisters Deli Schlotzskys/ Five Loaves Deli The Big E-Z Crawfish & Oyster Bar 1836 Steak House Yummy, Yummy 1836 Steakhouse Buffalo Wild Wings

Alterations Bail Bonds Bank/ Credit Union Barber Shop Child/Day Care Church Civics Club CrossFit Day Spa Dry Cleaning Elementary School Equipment Rental Event Planner/Wedding Coordinator Excavating Company Fence Contractor Finance & Loan Company Fitness Center Funeral Home & Services Golf Course Hair Salon High School Hotel/Motel Insurance Agency Middle/Junior High School Nail Salon Place to Work Printing Specialty Company Radio Station Special Event Venue Storage Facility Tanning Tattoo Shop T-Shirt Printing Towing/Wrecker

Ou’s Alterations O K Bail Bonds First National Bank Huntsville G & O Barber The Children’s House University Heights Baptist Church Boys & Girls Club of Walker County CrossFit Huntsville The Facemaker Town and Country Cleaners Alpha Omega Academy Huntsville Rental Center Magnolia Lakes Grisham Construction All Star Fence Company First Financial Bank IronWorks Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home Raven’s Nest The Facemaker Huntsville High School Holiday Inn Express and Suites Chris Batten Agency Alpha Omega Academy Tango Nails Sam Houston State University Eagle Graphics KSAM Magnolia Lakes Ace Self Storage Unique Tan & Boutique FN Classy Tattoo Body Piercing Ink Slingers Pete Johnson Towing

Pet Boarding Pet Grooming Veterinary Clinic Veterinarian

Magnolia Kennel Pampered Pets Moore Veternary Clinic Dr. Mickey Moore

PET CARE

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Thank You FOR VOTING US

BEST APARTMENT COMMUNITY! LEASE TODAY

and

EXPERIENCE THE BEST!

Amenities 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom Shuttle service to SHSU dog park 4 Pools & Hot Tub Next to H-E-B & 7 Leguas

ConnectionatHuntsville.com 2537 Pine Shadows Drive | Huntsville, TX 77320

936.262.5007

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AUTO SERVICES

Auto Dealership - Used Auto Dealership - New Auto Glass Auto Repair Car Wash Custom Auto Painting Custom Detailing & Accessories Diesel Repair Shop Farm & Lawn Equipment Retailer Motorcycle Dealership Oil Change UTV/ ATV Dealer

Charlie’s Used Cars Bill Fick Ford Able Glass Steve’s Tune Up Plus White Water Express Danny Browns Wish Wash Dealer Solutions Automotive Walker County Ace Hardware Big D Marine & Powersports Take 5 Oil Change Big D Marine & Powersports

ENTERTAINMENT AND LIFESTYLE

Bar Birthday Parties Community Festival or Event Cheer/ Dance Studio Family Entertainment Instruments/ Music Store Tourist Attraction

HOME AND LIVING

Apartment Community Electrical - Commercial Electrical - Residential Flooring Retailer Foundation Repair Furniture Retailer Home Decor Homebuilder Housekeeping Services HVAC Service Landscape/Lawn Care Mortgage Company Moving & Storage Painting Company Pest Control Plumbing Service Property Management Real Estate Agent Real Estate Company Remodeling/Restoration Company Roofing Contractor Window Coverings

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The Patio Hometown Moonwalks Fair on the Square MC Dance Cinestar of Huntsville One Music Square Sam Houston Memorial Museum

The Connection McCaffety Electric Co Inc McCaffety Electric Co Inc TCS Flooring & Design Ace Foundation Ward Furniture & Flooring Classy Country Corner Davis Construction Management Cleaning Solutions All Temp Heating & Air Rockin’ D Services Inc First National Bank of Huntsville Huntsville Moving Inc Cowboy Contractors Precision Pest Control Affordable Plumbing Homeland Properties, Inc Adam Olson Markham Realty Cowboy Contractors Utopia Roofing Budget Blinds of Huntsville

THANK YOU

HUNTSVILLE

YOU’RE AWESOME! Voted best seafood and beer selection for 2019!

Home of the

$9.99

All You Can Eat Catfish & Fries!

2707 Sam Houston Ave | Huntsville, TX 77340 936-295-2003 9


MEDICAL AND WELLNESS

Assisted Living Community Chiropractor Counselor Dentist Doctor Obstetrics/Gynecology Ear, Nose, Throat/Allergy Care Emergency Room Eye Care/Optician Service Family Medicine Practice Hearing Aids Hospice Care Massage Medical Practice Orthodontist Pediatric Practice Personal Trainer Pharmacist Physical Therapist Senior Care Services (Non-Medical) Skilled Nursing & Rehab

Creekside Retirement Dr. Jeffrey Pruski Christine Hoover, LPC Paul Kooi, DDS Dr. David Prier, MD Dr. Timothy Deahl Texas ENT & Allergy Texpress Urgent Care Dr. Stephen H Means Huntsville Pediatric & Adult Medicine Family Hearing & Sensory Home Health Care of Huntsville The Facemaker Huntsville Pediatric & Adult Medicine Bryan Orthodontics Huntsville Pediatric & Adult Medicine Madison Ward Danny McNease Dallas Williams Home Health Care of Huntsville Creekside Retirement

PERSONAL/ PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Accountant Attorney Automotive Salesperson Banker Barber Bookkeeper Correctional Officer Elected Official Financial Planner Firefighter Hair Stylist Handyman Insurance Agent Law Enforcement Officer Learning Center Loan Officer Mortician Nurse Pastor/Clergy Photographer Public Employee School Principal Server/Waitress/Waiter Teacher

Lloyd Wells Sam Moak John Pate Kirby Cason Merle Tennant Webb & Wells Shelby Uribe Danny Pierce Brian Smith John Hobbs Kaci Wells Clint Wilson Chris Batten Wade Roberts Learning RX Lori Lehman Larry Graves Amanda Wheeler Reagan Cooksey Jessica Davis Gene Bartee Beth Burt Juanito Mandujano at Los Pericos Jennifer Smock

936.295.9193

Is happy to receive the honor of Best Bookkeeping Services and Best Accountant. Lloyd E. Wells, CPA lloydewells@webbwellspc.com 10

www.WebbWellSPC.com

1223 Financial Plaza Huntsville, TX 77340 BEST OF HUNTSVILLE/ WALKER COUNTY 2019


#1 #1

#1 Massage

Day Spa

HAIR SALON FOR THE 29TH YEAR

Thank You Huntsville and Walker County

McNease Drugs Prescription and OTC Drugs

Local pharmacists ready to serve you!

BEST Pharmacist 2019 Huntsville Texas is the best place ever to call home! We strive to get better and better for you, our clients! If you haven’t already, PLEASE come by and see our renovations. We would love to earn your trust! God is good! Bert Lyle Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00pm

936.295.3800

Fast Friendly Service

Medicaid • Most Insurance Accepted Free Delivery in Huntsville Open: Mon, - Fri. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. • Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 936-293-8333 • 103-B Medical Park Lane • Huntsville

Thanks from the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce staff, Board of Directors and Fair on the Square sponsors and committee!

In the Beer Garden, Gates open at 8:00 Concert 9:00-Midnight 936-295-8113 * www.faironthesquare.com

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RETAIL Antique Store Appliance Store Cellular Phone Repair Children’s Clothing Embroidery Shop Farm & Ranch Supply Gift Shop Grocery Store Home Improvement Store Jewelry Store Lawn & Garden Liquor Store Lumber Supply Mattress Retailer Men’s Wear New Business Office Supply Paint Store Pawn Shop Promotional Items Shoe Store Trailer Parts & Accessories Western Wear Women’s Clothing Vape / Smoke Shop

Sam Houston Antique Mall Sears Appliance Huntsville Techs Hey Baby Boutique Too Darn Cute Huntsville Farm Supply Heartfiled Florist H-E-B Walker County Ace Hardware Ernst Jewler Kims Home and Garden Center Lone Star Liquor McCoys Building Supply Adam’s Furniture Cavender’s Boot City Board and Brush HBI Office Solutions Walker County Ace Hardware EZ Pawn - Sam Houston Advantage Specialties Boot Barn Husky Trailer & Parts Company Cavenders Giddy up Glamour Alpha Vapes

Thank you Huntsville for making us the best Deli and Sandwich Shop for 2019!

* Online Ordering * Download the App * Catering STAY CONNECTED

Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery

118 IH45 South | Huntsville, TX 77340 (936) 293-1900 12

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THANK YOU WAYNE WILSON AND JESSE JAMES FOR MAKING CAFE TEXAN BEST BREAKFAST While Wayne is preparing those great breakfast meals, Jesse is hard at work preparing those delicious lunch specials.

A BIG THANK YOU TO HUNTSVILLE AND ALL OUR CUSTOMERS!! 1120 Sam Houston Ave • 936-295-2381 Thank You for Making Us a Reader’s Choice BEST OF Recipient! VOTED BEST EAR, NOSE & THROAT AND BEST ALLERGY CARE IN HUNTSVILLE

Our Specialties Include: • Allergy Testing & Immunotherapy

It has been a pleasure serving the community for more than 16 years. We look forward to continuing to provide you with the very best in ENT and allergy care.

• Balloon Sinuplasty • Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy • Thyroid Evaluation & Treatment • Head & Neck Cancer Treatment • Hearing Screenings & Testing • Hearing Device Dispensing, Fitting & Programming • Vestibular Testing & Treatment

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A L L E R G Y

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Ronald Kuppersmith MD

Lorin Catalena M.S., PA-C

Rema Lara HIS

Call us today to schedule your appointment. 979-693-6000 www.texasentandallergy.com 122 Medical Park Ln., Suite A, Huntsville, TX 77340 13


Thanks for voting us the best Window Coverings in Huntsville!

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936.647.0667 BudgetBlinds.com

Š2019 Budget Blinds, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Budget Blinds is a trademark of Budget Blinds, LLC and a Home Franchise Concepts Brand. Each franchise independently owned and operated.

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How’s This For A Bank Statement: Thanks Huntsville. All of us at First Financial Bank are so proud and honored to be named “Best Finance and Loan Company” in Walker County. We can’t begin to thank you enough for this recognition – it means so much. And rest assured – we will continue to strive to earn your business and respect by delivering the highest levels of personal, professional service in every aspect of our bank. After all, you say it’s what we do best! Thank you again, from each of us at First Financial Bank for honoring us with the following awards:

Best Finance and Loan Company Best Banker - Kirby Cason Stop in and see for yourself what First Financial Bank can do for you.

YOU FIRST | FFIN.com | 936-295-2224

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Community-owned and communitycentered BEST BANK/ CREDIT UNION BEST MORTGAGE COMPANY First National Bank BEST OF HUNTSVILLE/ WALKER COUNTY 2019

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ne bank is synonymous with Huntsville. For nearly 13 decades, First National Bank of Huntsville has been a part of the community, providing everything from home and personal loans to business services. Established on January 14, 1890 as Gibbs National Bank on the corner of 11th Street and Sam Houston Avenue, FNB has grown and evolved exponentially since the early days. An innovator in the banking industry, First National Bank had the first underground drive-thru system, and also was the first bank to provide customers with an ATM in 1981. The Huntsville-based bank has expanded outside of Walker County with branches in Crockett, Madisonville, Franklin and Bryan/

College Station. “We are a locally-centered and locally-owned bank,” FNB president James Coleman said. “Our ownership has invested in this community, because how our customers do reflects to how well we do, and how well the community does.” Readers have voted First National Bank as the best mortgage company and the best bank in Huntsville and Walker County. “We really are a community bank,” FNB Vice President Jennifer Davis said. “We really do know our customers, because they are our neighbors and our fellow church members.” First National Bank is headquartered on 11th Street in Huntsville, with its west branch on Col. Etheridge Boulevard.

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“Thank you, Huntsville, for voting The General Performance Training, formerly known as CrossFit Hville, the best CrossFit Gym in Huntsville. Come join us for a fitness journey you’ve never experienced and let us guide you to the success you’ve been looking for!”

929 University Avenue, Huntsville, Texas. 77320

936-439-6190 thegeneralpt@gmail.com thegeneralpt.com

Thank you Huntsville

for voting us BEST WRECKER SERVICE and allowing us to be there for you when you need us!

nson h o J

Pete

Wrecker Service

Thank You Huntsville •Over 52 years of Service •24-Hour Emergency Service •Texas Towing & Storage Association •Certified Heavy Duty and Light Duty Operator •Heavy Equipment Hauling •Container Sales and Rental •We Unlock Cars •Fork Lift Service •State Licensed

BEST HOMEBUILDER!!

Ph: 936-291-6868 • 101 Hidden Valley Circle 18

•Auto Storage Facility #000016 •First State Regulated Wrecker Service in Walker County •Light and Heavy Car Carriers •Heavy Duty Under-Reach •Flat Bed Carriers •Radio Dispatch •Jump Starts •Airbag Recovery •Motorcycle Towing

(936) 291-1119 631 Ryans Ferry Road Huntsville, TX 77320

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Thank you for voting us best tanning salon 7 years in a row!

(936) 294-9955

Tanning, Spray Tanning, & Boutique www.uniqueandboutique.com Thank you Huntsville for voting Brian Smith, CFP® Best Financial Planner

Partners

Would like to thank Huntsville for voting for us!! We appreciate your commitment.

Brian B. Smith, CFP® Linda Smith Bryan M. Masten, CFP®

Paula Armstrong Riley W. Smith Ally Grounds

1211 Financial Plaza • Huntsville

(936) 294-0201

www.financialpartner.net

Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a broker-dealer, member, FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a registered investment advisor. Cambridge and Global Financial Partners are not affiliated. Cambridge does not provide tax advice. The Reader’s Choice Award is based on a general reader poll and does not reflect investment performance or client experience.

Tango Nails Mickey Moore, DVM John David Nicholson, DVM

Thank You For Voting Us Best Veterinary Office! 1039 SH 75 N. Huntsville, TX 77320 936-291-2145 BEST OF HUNTSVILLE/ WALKER COUNTY 2019

Complete & Professional Nail Care We appreciate our customers. Thank you for your support! •Sculptured Nails • Solar Nails • Fill-ins •Manicures & Pedicures •French Manicures •Facials •Waxing •Nail Designs Mon-Sat: 10AM-7PM 2038 San Houston Ave, Suite D Huntsville, TX 77340 936-293-8899 Appt or Walk-Ins Welcome 19


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student living

BEST APARTMENT COMMUNITY The Connection

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iving alone for the first time can be a daunting task, but one apartment complex has formed a lasting ‘Connection’ with college students. For Sam Houston State University students searching for their home away from home, look no further than The Connection Apartments, leading the way in luxurious student living since 2008. With over 30 years of experience in the student housing industry, manager Angela Kizzee and staff work to ensure each student feels safe, and is supported in their education. “We take pride in having an open-door policy with our residents,” Kizzee said. “Our community takes this feedback and puts together an action plan to make the living experience here even better than before.” The all-inclusive apartment complex offers 792 total beds, with one, two, three and four

bedroom units. The complex features fully furnished units, private bedrooms and bathrooms and full size washers and dryers in every apartment. Residents also have access to luxury amenities including a dog park, four pools and hot tubs, two sand volleyball courts, a 24hour computer lab, two shuttles to campus, a 24-hour fitness center and study rooms. As the complex seeks to feel like a community, regular resident events are hosted to focus on connecting residents and creating a living experience like no other in Huntsville. “At The Connection, we care not only about our residents, but the Huntsville community as well,” Kizzee added. “Many of our residents decide to stay in town after their undergrad to continue their education or to join the local workforce. That’s what it’s all about ... building a community.” BEST OF HUNTSVILLE/ WALKER COUNTY 2019


Flooring and Design TO ALL OF OUR CUSTOMERS FOR VOTING US BEST HEATING AND COOLING SERVICE

“Keeping you comfortable through the seasons!”

Thank you to all our loyal customers for your business and votes. Being voted as Best Flooring & Carpet Store is a real honor for us. We have been in business for 19 years, serving Huntsville and surrounding areas. “We Will Strive To Always Do Our Best!” Owners: Weldon & Amanda Wallace

936.291.7836

www.AllTempCo.com 3000 Old Houston Road Licensed • Insured

Carpet • Tile • Vinyl • Hardwood Laminate • Rugs • Hunter Douglas Blinds • Solid Surface Countertops

2801 Sam Houston Ave.

(936) 291-9930

#1 Florist for 2019

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The top name in emergency services BEST EMERGENCY ROOM Texpress Urgent Care

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express Urgent Care is a local medical leader on a mission to serve its community’s healthcare needs. The only urgent care option in Walker County, Texpress was created with the goal of combating a rural medical crisis that has impacted much of East Texas. Given its proximity to hospitals in cities such as Houston and College Station, Huntsville was the natural choice for the company’s only location. “If you’re down in Brazos Valley or Montgomery County or down south, anywhere you go you can find an urgent care,” Texpress marketing director Rebecca Tullar said. “Up here and over, we’re kind of going the opposite direction. ... That’s where we popped in.”

Texpress offers a variety of services, ranging from treating the flu and sinus colds to broken bones and infections. They have six rooms equipped with Netflix and DirectTV, which includes a pediatric room geared toward parents that have their kids with them. The urgent care facility also has a lab and on-site x-ray machine. The physicians at Texpress come from various emergency room backgrounds, providing patients with a unique and all-encompassing experience. “Everyone brings the various pieces,” Tullar said. “You’re getting a doctor’s office, you’re getting ER and you’re getting field care, and we mesh it all together for a really nice experience. I think that’s what makes us different from most urgent cares.”

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The City of Huntsville is proud of our employees! Readers Choice 2019 Patrol Sergeant Wade Roberts

Readers Choice 2019 Firefighter of the Year Asst. Chief John Hobbs

Practicing in East Texas Since 1972

Reader’s Choice Winner 2019 Thank You Walker County For Voting!

Readers Choice 2019 Runner Up Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Senior Officer John French

Readers Choice 2019 Runner Up Captain, and Fire Inspector Darren Parker

ATTORNEYS AT LAW

SAM A. MOAK

City

of

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to our residents.

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WILLS & PROBATE ESTATE PLANNING REAL ESTATE ELDER LAW BUSINESS ENTITY FORMATION www.moakandmoak.com

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A one-stop-shop for all your banking needs BEST FINANCE AND LOAN First Financial Bank 24

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here do you turn when you need a loan to start your small business? The folks at First Financial Bank in Huntsville have been voted as one of the favorites, providing all the amenities of a large bank while still having that small town charm. Located at the intersection of Hwy. 75 and 10th Street, First Financial Bank has a steep history in Texas with 129 years in the banking service. The bank, which is headquartered in Abilene, focuses on providing banking services to small communities on the outskirts of the major metropolitan cities. “With the bigger national banks, you can’t get personal with your customers,” said

Kirby Cason, president for First Financial Bank Huntsville. “Yes, we are a larger bank, but we still provide that personal customer service that you just can’t get at many banks. We want to be sure we give every customer every ounce of service they need.” First Financial Bank is a publicly traded company, providing customers in Huntsville with everything from large commercial loans to personal checking and savings accounts. They can also provide mortgages or help establish a Trust Fund. First Financial Bank is a true one-stop shop for all your banking needs.

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For the past 40 years, we’ve had the privilege of being Walker County’s choice Audiologist. Thank you for your continued loyalty and voting us

Best Hearing Aids in Walker County.

CHRIS BATTEN AGENCY 936-291-8313

1305 11th STREET STE. D HUNTSVILLE, TX 77340

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‘Simple, easy and affordable’ BEST ASIAN DINING, BEST SUSHI Yummy, Yummy

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or those seeking a ‘simple, easy and affordable’ meal in Huntsville, look no further than Yummy Yummy Mongolian Grill and Sushi. Yummy Yummy, located at 3006 State Highway 30, is known for its combination of low prices and wide variety of options. As a result, they have been voted this year’s Best Asian Dining option. “It’s really affordable, and there’s tons of options,” general manager Angela Rowland said. “There’s always going to be something that somebody is going to like. We’re a pretty relaxed atmosphere and we like to have fun. … Simple, easy and affordable.” Customizable mongolian grill bowls are at the forefront of the menu, giving customers

the opportunity to take full control of their dining experience. Asian options are plentiful, obviously, but they also serve up items such as alfredo, fajita and cajun style bowls. “There’s not a lot of options where you can go customizable, but with the Mongolian grill, you can customize almost everything how you like it,” Rowland added. “There’s not a lot of restaurants like that.” Yummy Yummy also serves up affordable sushi and appetizers, to go along with a full bar and happy hour prices.

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WINNER DALLAS WILLIAMS - BEST PHYSICAL THERAPIST In the Huntsville Item’s Reader’s Choice Awards

Thank you!

Thank you for choosing us Best Teacher

Jennifer Smock, Estella Stewart Elementary

Best School Principal

Physical therapy keeps you

moving.

Beth Burt, Huntsville Intermediate

and Best

High School

Huntsville High School

www.ptaclinic.com 936.294.0283

Dallas Williams, PT ~ Owner 127 Medical Park Lane • Huntsville

1020 Riverwood Ct. • Suite 120 • Conroe

Thank You Huntsville and Walker County for voting me

Best Dentist Serving Families since 1983. Thanks also to my wonderful staff who helped make this possible.

Paul Kooi DDS 2800 Aberdeen Dr. Huntsville, TX

936-295-7401 BEST OF HUNTSVILLE/ WALKER COUNTY 2019

www.huntsville-isd.org

936-435-6300

Thank you Huntsville for all the support you have shown us. We are very humbled by your generosity and look forward to serving you in the coming years! 148 S I-H 45 Huntsville, Texas 77340

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We are very grateful to the voters/community for recognizing the Boys & Girls Club of Walker County as the BEST Civics Club in Huntsville/Walker County area. This recognition encourages us to continue to inspire and enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

VOTED BEST BARBER SHOP IN HUNTSVILLE!! Thank you for your support and also voting for me as BEST BARBER. -Merle Tennant and G&O Barber

Thank you Walker County for voting us the Best Special Event Venue and Event Planner/Wedding Coordinator

2001 Hwy 30 East • Huntsville, TX

magnolia-lake.com

info@magnolia-lake.com

936.294.0991

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Thank You! For making us the BEST Antique store! 1210 Sam Houston Ave Huntsville, TX 77340 936-295-7716

Huntsville! Thank you for voting John Pate the best automotive salesperson!

1-45 North exit 116 | 936-295-2277 | www.teamhuntsville.com

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We want to thank the community for voting us the best Italian restaurant! Need catering options? Contact us at 936-439-6758

Call ahead to reserve a table

1502 Sam Houston Ave. • Huntsville, Tx 77340

We want to say a huge thank you to our community, and we are so proud to serve as your favorite overall grocery store and your favorite Butcher and meat market!

1702 11th St Huntsville, TX 77340

936-291-6994

Thank you Walker County for naming us BEST

RENTAL STORE in town.

362 S.H. 75 N. Huntsville

936-295-6417 936-295-0366

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Thank you Huntsville for voting us Best Fitness Center!! -Chuck and Susan Miller

Best Elected Official

936-291-7886 “Call us when you need us!” BEST OF HUNTSVILLE/ WALKER COUNTY 2019

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Building dream homes across the area BEST REMODELING/ RESTORATION & BEST PAINTING COMPANY Cowboy Contractors 30

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or nearly two decades, Walker County residents have called the cowboys when remodeling their home. Cowboy Contractors — who were once again voted as the best contractors in Huntsville/ Walker County — began in 2000 when owner Clint Wilson wanted to provide quality construction and craftsmanship options to the community. The business seeks to maintain the highest levels of professionalism, integrity and honesty in its relationships with suppliers and subcontractors and employment of motivated and focused teams. “Our motto is ‘often out-promised, seldom out-performed,’ and we always want to provide our best performance,” Wilson said. “We will do whatever it takes to make the

customer happy and we cherish the business we receive.” Cowboy Contractors has worked on a variety of projects, including historical restoration, commercial and residential remodels, new construction and simple repairs — with no job too big or too small. The company has maintained its roots in the community by shopping, working and dealing locally, while also ensuring complete customer satisfaction “This business is bigger than just me,” Wilson added. “To be the best, you must be surrounded by the best and our staff is definitely the best.”

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Down home country cooking BEST CATERING, CHICKEN FRIED STEAK, DESSERTS, PIE & OVERALL RESTAURANT Farmhouse Cafe BEST OF HUNTSVILLE/ WALKER COUNTY 2019

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f you want a taste of home, Farmhouse Cafe has you covered. Owner Brian Koerselman has been serving up homemade country cooking for 15 years at his establishment, located at 1004 14th Street. During this time, Farmhouse Cafe has evolved into one of the most beloved restaurants in Huntsville — evidenced by them winning this year’s Best Catering, Chicken Fried Steak, Pie Desserts and Overall Restaurant Awards. Patrons have the luxury of choosing from a wide variety of options, from hearty entrees to made-from-scratch desserts. Among the customer favorites are chicken fried steak, fried green tomatoes and chicken fried chicken, as well as the pies and daily blue-plate specials. “You’re going to find foods that you probably used to eat at your grandmother’s house,” Koerselman said. “Whether it’s the residential people in town, or it’s the college kids

that moved up here, they have a chance to eat like they went home for the weekend. ... We’re just good ol’ southern food, prepared with love and great ingredients.” Farmhouse Cafe has grown considerably since opening its doors in 2004. The original concept was to have a small staff and “basically be open for lunch,” with the restaurant seating 80 people during its early days. Now, Farmhouse Cafe seats roughly 125 customers, while expanding its capacity to upwards of 200 for events such as graduation. In addition to the growth of the restaurant, Farmhouse Cafe’s catering company has blossomed over the years, and serves customers all over the area. “This has grown beyond what I thought we were going to do,” Koerselman said. “Like anything in life, it’s evolved, and we try to adapt. We continually try to make things better.” 33


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Best Liquor Store

975 Hwy. 90 East 293-1144

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Best Eye Care & Optician Service!

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Dr. Stephen H. Means & Associates Therapeutic Optometrists

Dr. Stephen Means

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Contacts • Glasses - Large Frame Selection On-Site Lab

Best Commercial & Residential Electrical Service

Dr. Owned & Operated

Call us for all your wiring needs • No job too large or too small

936-291-8282 109 Medical Park Lane • (Behind Hospital) • Huntsville

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Dr. Lindsey Mills

(936) 295-2831 mccaffetyelectric.com

Licensed • Bonded • Insured

1711 Sycamore • Huntsville • TECL-19206

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Olsen quickly becoming the top realtor in Texas BEST REALTOR Adam Olsen BEST OF HUNTSVILLE/ WALKER COUNTY 2019

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ith just over five years in the real estate industry, Adam Olsen has quickly become one of the top realtors in Texas. The Huntsville-based agent has climbed the ladder in all facets of the industry selling everything from commercial and residential properties to farms and ranches. “We’ve sold everything from five-story apartment complexes to car dealerships to restaurants to multimillion-dollar properties,” Olsen said. Adam believes that digital marketing is what sets him apart, with Propertyspark. com ranking him as the top realtor in Texas and sixth in the U.S. and Canada for online real estate marketing. “We have excelled through social media. Research shows that nearly 90 percent of buyers will first find their home online, so

we are trying to reach out to potential customers rather than have them go through the everyday real estate portals,” Olsen said. Adam and his knowledgeable and dedicated team have sold properties all across the state of Texas, from Dallas to Laredo, and all parts in between. He has realtors in Huntsville, Spring, The Woodlands and Houston to help facilitate sales across Southeast Texas. Adam Olsen has created a name for himself, and his team, across the U.S. by speaking at various business seminars alongside entrepreneurship gurus such as Steve Wozniak (Co-Founder of Apple), Barney Waters (CEO of Adidas), Ndaba Mandela (Nelson Mandela’s grandson), Dr. Phil McGraw, as well as many others. The Adam Olsen Team office is located in Huntsville at 1015 11th Street. 35


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Foundation Repair & House Leveling Joe Soliz (936) 293-1448 Huntsville, TX Thank you for all your support!

*BEST HOSPICE CARE & *BEST SENIOR CARE SERVICES

Its been an Honor to serve you since 1983 HOME HEALTH CARE OF HUNTSVILLE 2505 Lake Rd. Ste.2 • Huntsville, TX 77340

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THANK YOU! * Farm and lawn equipment * Paint store * Home decor * Home improvement store Proud to be in business since 1927

1006 11th St. • Huntsville, Texas 77340 • 936-295-7751

We are honored to be voted the Best Mexican Restaurant for 2019! People talk about great Margaritas, Chips and Salsa, Tortilla Soup, Texmex and T authentic Mexican Plates!

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Good we are here to serve you! Come see our lunch specials, appetizers, specialties plates and desserts!

1548 11th St • Huntsville • TX 77340

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We would like to say thank you for the community’s continued support. We have been a part of the Walker County community for over 37 years and enjoy calling Huntsville home. Come by and visit us and see for yourself why we are the best in Huntsville. - Jack Townley BEST Place To Buy A Mattress We sell a good night sleep 30 State Hwy 75 North Huntsville, Texas 77320 • 936-295-1028 BEST OF HUNTSVILLE/ WALKER COUNTY 2019


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BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY Markham Realty

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hile plenty of businesses like to tout their ties to the community, there are few areas where that kind of intimate local knowledge pays off quite like real estate. Markham Realty founders Jeff and Pam Markham have been a part of the Huntsville community for nearly four decades, and have long believed that a deep understanding of a community is crucial to finding the right home for a client. “Real estate is our family business,” Pam Markham said. “We’ve been in Huntsville since 1981, so most of our friendships and relationships have come through the business. A lot of people view real estate as a transaction industry, but it’s bigger than that ... It’s about the relationships and the friendships that you gain.” Markham Realty opened for business in 1971 in nearby Porter, when Jeff Markham

started selling land tracts. He would move the business to Huntsville in 1981, followed by Pam joining the business to sell residential properties. “We are a true family business,” Pam added. “Both of our sons and daughter-in-laws work with us and all of the agents are extended family members. “Real estate is a true service industry, so if you don’t do a great job people will go find someone else.” Markham Realty provides nearly every level of service imaginable in real estate, from commercial sales and leasing to residential and land acquisitions. “We really do cover the entire spectrum of real estate in Walker County and the surrounding areas,” co-owner Kevin Markham said. “There really is nothing that we don’t have a little bit of experience in.” 37


S The perfect addition to your home

BEST WINDOW COVERINGS Budget Blinds

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ummer is just around the corner and Caney to service them as well as many surso is the heat and intense sun. One rounding communities.” local business knows how to keep us Budget Blinds brings the showroom to cool, while also keeping the UV rays the customer, allowing them to choose the at bay. best option for their space and uses precise David Morrissey, owner and operator of measurements to ensure each window cover Huntsville and New Caney Budget Blinds has the perfect fit. Every installer undergoes has worked for years to ensure the commu- comprehensive training and seeks to ensure nity can get the best window coverings at the customer satisfaction every time. best prices. “We serve to give you the best in window Although Budget Blinds is based in treatments, so you can rest easy knowing California, Morrissey’s business is a local, your space will be beautified and optimized veteran owned, independent franchise. with window treatments that fit your individ“We serve the greater residential and ual needs,” Morrissey added. “We care about commercial communities,” Morrissey said. you and the community and value the busi“If you have a window, you are a potential ness we receive and hope we will see even customer. We have a huge service area and more support in the future.” run our business out of Huntsville and New

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2641 11th Street

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