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Voted the Best by our Readers Charlotte: Here are your choices for the best-of-the-best in the Charlotte Shopping Guide coverage area, from a variety of categories. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

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Photographer Amanda Lipsey at Amanda Marie Photography Print News Source LSJ Writer Kathleen Lavey at LSJ Policeman Bob King at Charlotte PD RadioStation WFMK, 99.1 Realtor Deb Voss at Real Estate One PERSONALITIES Receptionist Mary Kelly DJ Personality Monica Harris at Business Preferred CPA at WFMK Tailor Sue Fashion Tailoring Bank Teller Cathy Rann Travel AgentRoxanna at at ECECU Suitcases and Sandels Travel Barber Kara Mardraf Car SalesPerson Dan Dipple at Capelli Salon at Candy Ford Mercury Chiropractor Dr. Craft Vet Dr. Miller at Craft Chiro at Charlotte Vet Clinic Dentist Dr. Maier Server Jeannie Bernheisel at Contemporary Dentists at Eaton Place Doctor Dr. Scot Randall at HGB Eye Doctor Dr. Lui at FOOD Michigan Eye Care Specialists Breakfast The Gavel Fireman Kevin Fullerton at Charlotte Fire Department Brunch Clara's Lunch Applebee's Floral Designer Julie Dinner The Gavel at Serendipity Mexican Don Tequilas Hair Stylist Hilliary Vedder Italian Carrabas at What's Your Forte? Mediterranean Woody's Oasis Investment Broker Family Restaurant Eaton Place Kenneth Cool at Sports Bar Mike's Sports Page Lawyer Sarah Chandler Bar Eaton Pub and Grill at Sarah Chandler Coffee Shop Biggby Massage Therapist Harmony at Business Touch of Harmony Burger Mike's Sports Page Pizza Cottage Inn Mechanic Mike Crowner Ribs The Gavel at Eaton Auto Body Steak Outback Steakhouse Nurse Kryn Sisco at CMHA Wings Jet's Pastor Father Francis Subs Subway at St. Mary Church Bakery Breadsmith PetGroomer Kim Simons Deli Meijer at Paws and Claws Place to Buy Meat Kroger Pharmacist Joe Wildren Place to Buy Ice Cream at CVS

Dairy Queen Farm MarketHorrocks Candy Shop The Peanut Shop Art Framing & Matting Saper Galleries Bank PNC Bank

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Rachel Greco

| rgreco@lsj.com

“I’m a designer by nature. I’m the kind of person who, if I look at an object I think, what can this be?”

When Richard Turbin bought the building at 125 S. Cochran Ave. in 1993 half of the massive 17,000-square-foot space was boarded up. “Nobody wanted it,” he said, of the property. “I had to gut the whole building.” The work included removing 300,000 pounds of plaster to expose the brick underneath so Turbin could restore the building, built in 1858. Today Windwalkers Antiques and Fine Arts Gallery offers a mix of the unique and artistic — with paintings covering the walls and many things to look at and buy. Readers of the Charlotte Shopping Guide have voted the business it’s People’s Choice award winner for “Favorite Antiques” spot this year. But Turbin said the operation will become a much more active art gallery over the next three months. Antiques will still be a part of the gallery, but its owner said showing and selling art will be a primary focus. “I love art and all of its different forms,” said Turbin.

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Owner/Operator of Windwalker Antiques

“I’m a designer by nature. I’m the kind of person who, if I look at an object I think, what can this be?” Turbin is an active member of the Charlotte-based Experience Art group. The organization organized its firstever “Art Walk,” during this month’s Celebrate Charlotte Festival. The walk showcased area art at various downtown businesses. Turbin said he hopes that his gallery can be an “art hub” in the near future. He believes the Charlotte community supports the idea. “I think the interest is there,” he explained. “There’s a lot of creative and artistic people in the area. They just don’t have a venue.”

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Windwalkers Antiques and Fine Arts Gallery showcases art and unique antiques at its location in downtown Charlotte. RACHEL S. GRECO/LCN

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Dipple is community’s ‘favorite car salesman’ Rachel Greco

and think that I’m here to sell cars but when I can CHARLOTTE — When answer any question they Dan Dipple started workask about the vehicles it ing at Candy Ford, Inc. builds trust,” said Dipple. nine years ago he wasn’t on “They want to know all the floor selling cars. He about the vehicle and what was washing them in the it can do.” back. He said at the tight-knit But today the Charlotte dealership customers often High School graduate is come back to buy more not only front and center than one car from him. selling for the dealership “I’m definitely not the — he’s the 2011 Charlotte salesperson that sells the Shopping Guide People’s car and forgets about Choice award winner for people,” said Dipple, who “Favorite Car Salesperprefers to stay in contact son.” with his customers. “I just Dipple said being a try and do the job right the “people person” and know- first time.” ing a lot about the vehicles Dipple said he believes for sale have helped him to in working with customers build a stable local career. to find a car that fits into “People will look at me their budget. And what | rgreco@lsj.com

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does Dipple like about the job? Working in his hometown is at the top of the list, he said. “I couldn’t ask for a better place,” he explained, of Charlotte. “There’s a lot of good people in this town and it’s a great place to raise a family.” That’s exactly what he’s done with wife Miranda, an Olivet High School graduate. They are raising sons Dylan, 9, and Dayton, 3 here and actively involved in the community. “I don’t wake up in the morning and think, ‘Ugh, I have to go to work.’ I look forward to going Dan Dipple, with his wife Miranda and children Dylan, 9, and Dayton, 3, pose at to work in the morning.” Candy Ford, where he works. RACHEL S. GRECO/LCN

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Readers of the Charlotte Shopping Guide voted Biggby, at 504 Lansing St., their People’s Choice award winner for “Favorite Coffee shop.” The local business offers a variety of iced and hot coffees, along with treats like bear claws, scones and cookies. RACHEL S. GRECO/LCN

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Mossholder is community’s ‘Favorite Pastor’ Rachel Greco

lic Church two years ago. The parish serves 700 CHARLOTTE — Rev. local families and boasts Francis Mossholder began a growing Catholic grade his work at St. Mary Catho- school among its attributes. | rgreco@lsj.com

But Mossholder said the people who worship there make his job worthwhile. “It’s a good place,” said Mossholder, of Charlotte.

“And an excellent community.” The feeling is mutual. Readers of the Charlotte Shopping Guide have named Mossholder their People’s Choice award winner for “Favorite Pastor” for 2011. Mossholder said the most challenging part of his job is keeping in contact with the Catholic parishes’ sick

and home bound members. “I’m their pastor so I should know them,” he explains, and he does his part by visiting all of them at least once a month. Mossholder has been a member of the priesthood for 23 years and spent 10 of them as a missionary in Japan. “If I could go back

I’d do that in a heartbeat,” he said, of the work abroad. But here in Charlotte what he values the most is the relationships with people. “I strive to teach the Gospel without compromise,” said Mossholder. “I just love my ministry and I think interacting with the people.”

Thank you Charlotte

for voting me Favorite Photographer and Favorite Photo Studio. My fans rock!

St. Mary Catholic Church’s Rev. Francis Mossholder is the 2011 Charlotte Shopping Guide’s People’s Choice award winner for “Favorite Pastor.” RACHEL S. GRECO/LCN

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Char-Lanes a popular past time in Charlotte Rachel Greco

| rgreco@lsj.com

CHARLOTTE — Char-Lanes has been

a family-run business since 1982, when co-owner David Jackson’s parents bought the bowling alley. Built in 1961, the business at 1780 Lansing Road now has 24 lanes, serves meals and snacks and is a meeting place for recreational bowler and high school athletes alike. In fact, the rise in high school bowling has had a major impact on the Charlotte bowling alley. Charlotte High School teams compete and practice at the facility — along with Potterville and Eaton Rapids teams. “Literally, there’s 40 to 50 people that will show up just to watch the meets,” explained Jackson. “And it’s going to keep growing.” Charlanes popularity hasn’t stopped growing either. Readers of the Charlotte Shopping Guide have named the bowling alley their People’s Choice award winner for “Favorite Bowling Alley” this year. “In today’s world we have less money

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Readers of the the Charlotte Shopping Guide voted What’s Your Forte? salon, located at 135 S. Cochran Ave., their People’s Choice award winner for “Favorite Hair Salon” this year. FILE PHOTO/LCN

With a new location in downtown Charlotte at 301 S. Cochran Ave., CVS Pharmacy offers convenient service close by. Readers of the Charlotte Shopping Guide voted it their People’s Choice for “Favorite Pharmacy” this year. RACHEL S. GRECO/LCN

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Candy Ford would like to thank our loyal customers for voting us Charlotte’s Favorite Car Dealership!

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Kara was voted Favorite Barber in Charlotte.

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The Eaton Theatre, located in downtown Charlotte, offers newly released feature films at affordable prices. Readers of The Charlotte Shopping Guide voted the business their People’s Choice for “Favorite theater” again this year. RACHEL S. GRECO/LCN

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Voted the Best by our Readers Eaton Rapids: Here are your choices for the best-of-the-best in the Eaton Rapids Community News coverage area, from a variety of categories. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

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Photographer Kelly Lehto at Island City Photo Print News Source Eaton Rapids Policeman Paul Malewski Community News at Eaton Rapids WriterRachel Greco at Eaton Realtor Sandy Bristol Rapids Community News at Preview Proprties Radio Station 97.5 Receptionist Marla PERSONALITIES at Jackie & co. CarSalesPerson Brian Buege DJ Personality Tim Barron at Glenn Buege at 97.5 Vet Jamie Snow Bank Teller Susan at Snow Animal Health Care at Independent Bank Server Robinat Robin’s nest Barber Carrie at Carrie’s Barber Shop FOOD Cashier Sara at Z’s Breakfast Robin’s Nest Chiropractor Dianne at Atlas Brunch Robin’s Nest Dentist Sorosi at Sorosi Lunch Darb’s Family Dentistry Doctor Dr Gupta at Eaton Rapids Dinner Darb’s Mexican Don Tequila EyeDoctor Dr. Wrubel Italian Olive Garden at Eaton Rapids Optometry Family Restaurant A&W Fireman Jeff Deiter SportsBar Abies at Eaton Rapids Fire Dept FloralDesigner Barbat Hastays Bar Darb’s Patio HairStylist Marla at Jackie & Co. CoffeeShop Evelyn Bay Burger Darb’s InvestmentBroker Pizza Hungry Howies Lorri Doolittleat Ameriprise Ribs Finley’s Lawyer Lawrence Nolan at Steak Lone Star Nolan. Thomsen and Villas Wings BW3 Massage Therapist Bonnie Subs Subway at Cloud 9 Bakery Quality Dairy Mechanic Mark at Glen Buege Deli Westside Nurse Rene Doty at ERMC PlacetoBuyMeat Pastor Steve Klink at Merindorf Meats Community Christian PlacetoBuyIceCream PetGroomer Laurie Griffith Quality Dairy, Coldstone at All Creatures Great & Small Farm Market Flower Garden Pharmacist Diane Candy Shop Kean’s at Rottenbuchers

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Snow voted top vet mjwhite@lsj.com

EATON RAPIDS — Maybe it’s the fact that Dr. Jamie Snow loves animals so much that she already knew in second grade that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Or it could be the friendly office atmosphere at Snow’s Animal Health Care on Michigan Street, including the two happy pooches who greet you on every visit — black lab Omar and Boston terrier Ike. Then again, it could be Snow’s great strength as a “people person,” who is willing to spend the time and energy it takes to talk to customers about any pet problem or concern. All of the above have garnered Jamie Snow the 2011 People’s Choice Award for the area’s

Favorite veterinarian Dr. Jamie Snow of Snow Animal Health Care with her two canine office buddies: black lab Omar and Boston terrier Ike. MARY JO WHITE/LCN “Favorite Vet.” Snow, a 1999 graduate of MSU’s vet school, is obviously exactly where her talents call her to be. “I like science, problem solving and working with people’” is how she puts it. In standard Snow fashion, however, she’s quick to extend accolades to her staff, two full-time and two

part-time employees. “We work as a team,” Snow said. “(And) we try hard to provide good service.” Snow’s business carries prescription pet food, grooming brushes and other supplies, but those aren’t her main focus. She’s really into educating pet owners so they understand the reasons why she recommends a certain course of treatment, answering all their questions in the process. Eaton Rapids Police Chief Paul Malewski was in recently to check on a prescription food for his diabetic cat. Does he mind paying extra for it or injecting the pet twice a day? No way. ““The cat’s a member of the family,” he said. Dr. Jamie Snow understands completely.

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Readers give Evelyn Bay support with award By Carla Bumstead

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and neighbors? You can get all this, plus a great cup of coffee, at Eaton Rapids’ “Favorite Coffee Shop” — Evelyn Bay. The Evelyn Bay Coffee Company in Eaton Rapids was the top pick in the 2011 People’s Choice Awards. And owner/ operator Suzanne Peters said she was very pleased to learn of the community’s support. “I love the community aspect of running the coffee shop,” Peters said. “It’s great to get to know people on a personal basis, and to be in a spot where you know everything that is going on in town.” Suzanne, along with her husband Ron, have owned and operated the Evelyn Bay coffee shop in downtown Eaton Rapids for the past seven years. The shop offers over 50 different varieties of bulk, specialty roast coffee along with a large menu of traditional coffee shop favorites. They also offer food — including bakery items, soups, salads and sandwiches. The shop itself features an inviting, casual atmosphere. Evelyn Bay is the spot in Eaton Rapids to find people you know and like, relaxing and enjoying their many offerings. City

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staff, local business people and those active in Eaton Rapids’ goings-on stop in on a regular basis. “I love the feeling of community, and we have always been actively involved,” Peters said. “We participate in and contribute to local events and other endeavors.” The coffee shop features a full-line of coffee beverages and teas. Luncheon items are available from 11 a.m. to close. They also have a variety of gift items for

purchase, including products from Burt’s Bees and Republic of Tea. Bulk coffee is available for both direct purchase and by order. Evelyn Bay is open Monday through Saturday. Summer hours are as follows: Mondays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.am. The shop is located in the heart of downtown Eaton Rapids, at 203 S. Main. The business phone is (517) 663-5022.

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EATON RAPIDS — “He’s a jolly guy,” said Eaton Rapids Fire Chief Roger McNutt, in reference to Eaton Rapids’ favorite firefighter, Jeff Dieter. Dieter, a 19-year veteran of the City of Eaton Rapids’ Fire Department was the top pick of Eaton Rapids Community News for People’s Choice for “Favorite Firefighter” in this year’s awards. “It’s really great to know people thought I was doing a good job,” said Dieter. Dieter, age 51, has lived in Eaton Rapids for the past 26 years. He and his wife Pam have three sons, ranging in age from 21 to 30. He has been a firefighter and Medical First Responder (MFR) since 1992, the same year he went to work for the city fire department. He said he got interested in pursuing a career as a firefighter after hearing “lots of interesting stories” from a friend who worked with the department. He said he continues to enjoy the work. “I really like the camaraderie,” Dieter said. “It’s a family-type atmosphere (in the department) and everyone gets along.” His boss, Fire Chief McNutt, said

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EATON RAPIDS — Living and working in a small town has many rewards. But when you operate a funeral home, and “everyone knows you and you know everyone,” being selected as the community’s “Favorite Funeral Home” is extra special. Jennifer Mills, one of the owners and operators of the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, said being named as a 2011 People’s Choice winner was very gratifying. “It’s really an honor,” Mills said. “It means a lot when people choose our funeral home to help them during one of the most difficult times in their lives.” Jennifer Mills and her husband Mike joined Jordan and Kathy Odell at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in 2009. They moved from Bath and have been actively involved in the community ever since. Both are active members at St. Peter

Church, volunteer for Meals On Wheels and volunteer at the Eaton Rapids Public Schools. Mike is a member of the Eaton Rapids Lions Club and the St. Peter Knights of Columbus. Jennifer is a member of the Eaton Rapids Medical Center’s Auxiliary, Eaton Rapids Rotary Club and the Business and Professional Women’s Club. The couple has four children, ranging in ages from 27 to 15. The two youngest attend the Eaton Rapids Public Schools. “We love small-town living,” Mills said. “There is a strong sense of community, and it’s like a family.” Mills, originally from Mt. Pleasant, said she grew up in the funeral home business. Her father and two brothers worked together to run a family business. Her husband Mike got into the business 16 years ago and, prior to moving to Eaton Rapids, worked for funeral homes in Carson City and Lansing.

“Mike has the perfect personality for this type of work,” Jennifer said. “He is knowledgeable and compassionate. People can truly ‘lean on him.’” The Shelly-Odell Funeral Home offers a full line of services — including funerals, cremations, pre-planning, video tributes for full-service families, online condolences, grief-support referrals and more. The funeral home itself has a lot of room and can accommodate up to 400 people. The rooms can also be subdivided for smaller gatherings. Jennifer Mills expressed her thanks to the Eaton Rapids community for selecting ShellyOdell as its favorite funeral home. “Working in this type of business has many rewards,” Mills said. “We are there to listen, and I have heard so many heartwarming stories over the years.”

Shelly-Odell is Eaton Rapids’ favorite funeral home. CARLA BUMSTEAD/LCN She added that she and her husband are both pleased to know at least one of their sons has expressed an interest in going into the family business. “It’s a wonderful thing to be there for the people in your community at a time when

support and compassion is so often needed,” she said. Shelly-Odell Funeral Home has a full Web site at shellyodell.com. The business phone is 663-5331 and the address is 518 S. Main St.

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Voted the Best by our Readers Holt: Here are your choices for the best-of-the-best in the Holt Community News coverage area, from a variety of categories. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

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WMFK 99.1 BankTeller Faith & Tessa at Vandecar at Dart Bank Barber John Forte at What’s Your Forte? Cashier Brinttnee Beebe at Tim Hortons Chiropractor Dr. Kylene Volz at Volz Family Chiropractic Dentist Michael Novello at Dr Novello’s Office Doctor Steven Owens at Owens Family Practice EyeDoctor Dr. Amy Cousineau at Holt Eye Care Fireman Pat Brown at Dept Delhi Fire Dept FloralDesigner Rick Anthony at Rick Anthony Florist HairStylist Saul & Lisa Buxton at Steven L. Marvin Day Spa InvestmentBroker John Bush at Edward Jones Lawyer JR McGraw at McGraw Law MassageTherapist Greg Root at Chiro-Technology Mechanic Jason Fountain at Randall Automotive Nurse Renee Dunivon at Sparrow

Pastor Tom at First Congregational Church PetGroomer Linda at Caring Animal Hospital Pharmacist Barbara Sovey at Sparrow Photographer Tammy Hamel at Tammy Hamel Photography Policeman Brad Delaney at Delhi Police Realtor Suzanne Mishler at Coldwell Banker Hubbell Receptionist Cody Makries at Business Chiro-Technology Tailor Nu at Nu the Tailor TravelAgent Angie Lapp at Agency R & R Travel CarSalesPerson Dan Pahl Sundance Chevrolet Vet Dr. Steele at Caring Animal Hospital

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HOLT - Bargain Books may not be a flashy name and if you haven’t seen many advertisements about the store you aren’t the only one. And in a world with national bookstore chains offering in-store coffee shops, it is Bargain Books in the Kroger plaza that has won the 2011 People’s Choice award for best bookstore. Manager Laura Spanburg said the key is word of mouth. “As the word got out we were able to stay in business and now are happy to be here in Holt,” Spanburg said. Bargain Books has been in Holt for seven and a half years. Although they do offer a used book exchange, the business sells new books always at discount prices. Spanburg said how they do it is they purchase overstock from other companies and sell it in store. “We get about four skids a day full of books,” she said. “We always are getting new books. Last week we got eight skids”

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With 1,000 per skid that’s alot of books that must be sold, which means a great deal for customers. “We’ve been real fortunate,” Spanburg said. “We try to offer something new on a regular basis, like a special sale on a certain genre.” She said it is nice to be able to compete with the larger chains that years ago closed down many “mom and pop” type bookstores. “The table turned in a way once the economy changed,” she said. “And now the challenge is the internet sales.”

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HOLT – Fat Boys Pizza is an institution. Despite an onslaught of competition, Holt’s pizza place remains a steady business that hasn’t changed much because whatever it is doing is working. “I believe in consistency,” Manager Dave Dec said. “I know it seems simplistic, but that is the philosophy. You can call it old school if you want.” Fat Boys has consistently won the People’s Choice award for best pizza in Holt ever since the award began. “Take care of what’s in the box,” Dec said. “Product, service, everything.”

Dec has been asked to franchise Fat Boys elsewhere in the Lansing area. The answer so far has been no. “Maybe some day when the time and situation is right,” he said. “It’s fun to have one great store. I’ve learned my lessons.” Dec is a hands on manager and is often seen working behind the counter. He said Fat Boys has grown into the community and vice versa. “For many people, having Fat Boys is essential when you come back to Holt,” he said. “It’s home.” About that $5 deal that is so popular right now, Dec said he tried it years ago at a national chain in Ft. Wayne. “Our numbers were down and I thought about trying to work the math for

a $5 large pizza,” he said. “It was a success, but at the time corporate didn’t like it. Another store was struggling and the manager tried it as well because he figured if he was going to get shut down he might as well go down swinging and it helped sales, but corporate didn’t like it so the guy went to work for Little Ceasers and the rest is history.” Dec said he has no qualms about the $5 deal, he just wonders what is going to happen once the economy rebounds and people are going to look for more quality. “Where can they go from there?” he said. As for Fat Boys, people have been going there for over 20 years in Holt. A truly consistant model of success.

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Sweet Sensations owner Kari DeRosa once again served up the “Best Place to buy Ice Cream” for the 2011 People’s Choice Award. WILL KANGAS | LCN

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“We keep everything in house and the customers like that.”

of Dart Bank won three People’s Choice Awards this year, and Manager Kim Harless couldn’t be happier. “This is a very welcome reward,” Har- KIM HARLESS less said. “Because we have worked very Bank manager hard recently to improve our services, especially in the home mortgage sector.” The Holt/South Lansing Branch of ship.” Dart won for “Favorite Bank,” “Favorite The branch has been a mainstay in Mortgage Company” and “Favorite Bank Holt for years, and Harless has donated Teller” in new employee Tessa Vandecar. her time in the community by serving on Tessa said a friendly greeting really several committees and organizations. In goes far with customers. turn, it has kept the branch and Dart Bank “I just try to be friendly and always in the forefront as a community bank and greet customers with a smile,” Vandecar not a national bank. said. “If someone is having a bad day I try Harless said she was really pleased to brighten it.” with the “Mortgage Company” award Harless agreed. because of the competition. “Tessa tries really hard to make sure “People like that we don’t take weeks to greet customers and develop a friendly to process something because we don’t relationship with them,” she said. “I think have to send it all over the country for the customers respond to that friendliapproval,” she said. “We keep everything ness and it creates a trusting relationin house and the customers like that.”

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I have been meaning to write the Holt community a thank you note for quite a while for warmly welcoming my family and I into your amazing community for the last 6 years. A great big thank you as well for voting me Holt’s favorite Chiropractor!! I am truly honored and humbled, and as many of you know, emotional about the award. I am extremely passionate about Chiropractic, love what I do, and could not imagine doing anything else in life. I feel blessed that Chiropractic chose me and like I always say, “I have the greatest patients in the world who make it incredibly easy to come into the office each day.” You make me the Chiropractor that I am so thank you, thank you, thank you!! I would not be the person I am without a few other people in my life so let me take this opportunity to thank them as well. First and foremost, my amazing partner in life, my husband, Ryan, who is the Registered Dietitian in our office, as well as, the greatest father to our 3 wonderful children, Jake (3 yo), Jordan (1 yo) and Hayden (10 days old). I could not imagine a moment of my life without you in it. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, as awesome as being a mom and a Chiropractor and balancing them both so easily. That is a big reason why I chose to become a Chiropractor in the first place. My children are the most pure form of love on earth and I am so thankful they chose me to be their mommy!! They inspire me each and every day to give, to love, and to serve in abundance. My family is often times at the office hanging out when I am there and that is what a family practice is all about ~ your family & my family getting healthy and having fun together. Also, our practice would not be what it is without the unwavering support of my best friend, and fellow Chiropractor in the office, Dr. Rachel Herman. Thank you for always being as equally committed to our practice and patients. You are an amazing woman, Chiropractor, and mother! Also, thank you to our hard working and supportive staff members. You are the greatest team members one could ask for!! It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t include my unbelievably supportive parents who encourage me everyday to work hard and be happy. You truly inspire me to be a better person. Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, thank you to our incredible patients who make EVERY SINGLE DAY a wonderful day to come to the office and adjust you. You make all of us smile, laugh, and in return we hope to do the same, as well as, provide you and your families with the best Chiropractic care each and every time we see you to optimize your health and improve your quality of life!!

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LANSING — Texas Roadhouse is the best place to eat a steak. According to readers in Holt, Texas Roadhouse is deserving of winning the 2011 People’s Choice Award because it is simply good on a consistent basis. Managing Partner Scott Anglebrandt said there isn’t a “secret recipe,” but it comes down to how it is prepared. “We use fresh meat, not frozen like some places,” Anglebrandt said. “We have a person who cuts our meat on a daily basis as well.” This meat market/ restaurant approach has a positive influence on the end result, he said. “This is the way we do it nationwide,” he said. The result is growth by Texas

Roadhouse in the country. Despite a line to be seated on a constant basis, Anglebrandt said the south Lansing roadhouse is not one of the top in terms of sales in the country. “However, we are doing well in terms of the state of Michigan,” he said. The place makes it clear as you walk in, with large fresh cuts of steak in a display much like a market — daring you to order it. Anglebrandt said the meat is tenderized everyday as well, which makes it easier to eat. The seasoning is a simple garlic and salt combination. “Nothing fancy,” he said. The restaurant is also involved in the Holt community though visits to elementary schools by Andy the Armadillo and sponsorship of community

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programs. The Texas Roadhouse also host a yearly fundraiser for the Holt/S. Lansing Rotary that features many local “celebrities” acting as servers for fundraising dollars.

A lineup of fresh steak reminds customers of what awaits them as they get escorted to their seats at the Texas Roadhouse. WILL KANGAS | LCN

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Voted the Best by our Readers Mason: Here are your choices for the best-of-the-best in the Ingham County Community News coverage area, from a variety of categories. Congratulations to this year’s winners! Pharmacist Steve Ware at Ware Pharmacy PrintNews Source LSJ Photographer Ron Edwards at WriterJohn Schneider at LSJ Edwards Photograhpy RadioStationWITL Policeman Lt. Vern Elliot at Ingham County Sheriff Dept PERSONALITIES Realtor LuAnn Dancer at Vision DJPersonality Banana Don at Real Estate WITL Receptionist Karen Deweerd BankTeller Megan Kolberg at at Salon 130 Vandecar at Mason State Bank Tailor Sue at S & Sue’s Barber Ken at Ken’s Barber Shop TravelAgent Angie Lapp at Cashier Mallorie Hughes at Agency R & R Travel Target CarSalesPerson Samantha Chiropractor Dr. Jon Woolston Drake at Countryside Motors at Woolston Chiro Vet Dr. Jim Main at Mason Vet Dentist Dan Gulick at Gulick Clinic & Gulick Doctor Dr George Server Kathy Forsythe at Cross Smith at Mason Family Roads Bar & Grill Practice Breakfast Depot Diner EyeDoctor Dr. Glenn Linsley at Linsley Optometry FOOD Fireman Dennis Howe at Mason Brunch Golden Harvest Fire Dept LunchCross Roads Bar & Grill FloralDesigner Keith Lamphere Dinner Cross Roads Bar & Grill at Wild Strawberry Florist Mexican Los Tres Amigo’s HairStylist Nikki LaBelle at Italian Olive Garden Salon 130 Mediterranean Woody’s Oasis InvestmentBroker Bill Archer at FamilyRestaurant Cross Roads Edward Jones Bar & Grill Lawyer WilliamArcheratMasonLaw SportsBar City Limits MassageTherapist Tammy Bar Cross Roads Bar & Grill Kinney at Salon 130 CoffeeShop Biggby Mechanic Scott Davis at Davis Burger Cross Roads Bar & Grill Automotive Pizza Westside Deli Nurse Tammi Lyon-Ingam at Ribs Westside Deli Sparrow Hospital Steak Texas Roadhouse Pastor Jeff Hall at Community Wings BWW Faith Church Subs Subway PetGroomer Sue at Sue Bakery Great Harvest Groomers Deli The Vault

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MASON — If you placed historic photographs of Mason State Bank sideto-side, you’d see horses tied to wagons, Model T’s, 1940s-era automobiles and modern cars. That’s because the bank has been in business for 125 years, and is to celebrate that mark on June 28 with a ribboncutting ceremony and a rededication of the building at 322 S. Jefferson St. Mason State Bank also is this year’s People’s Choice winner for favorite bank. “From the modes of transportation, you can trace the history of the bank,” said Timothy Gaylord, Mason State Bank president and CEO, on the old-time photographs.

Bob Warnke, assistant vice president of branch administration and marketing, attributes the bank’s longevity to at least one fact: Mason being a local agricultural center. In 1886, John M. Dresser organized the Farmers Bank of Mason, acting as its first cashier — then a principal executive officer of a bank — until 1893. In 1962, the Board of Directors decided the bank’s name, “Farmers Bank,” should be changed to Mason State Bank to reflect all its business. However, Warnke said, “I think farmers are an independent lot, and I think that independence shows.” Still, a bank doesn’t stay in business for 125 years without keeping its customers happy. Plus, there’s the local

aspect. Gaylord said, “We make loans to our neighbors, and we have to do it right because we see them face to face.” The bank, he said, also understands traditional values and focuses on how “we’d want to be treated on the other side.” The bulk of bank business, Gaylord said, comes from single-family home mortgages, and then commercial real estate. “It’s a partnership,” Warnke said of the commercial market. Even though Gaylord acknowledged a lot hasn’t changed in banking, it can’t be denied that the business has evolved — to Internet banking, direct deposits, debit cards and ATM machines. Gaylord stressed the bank still has people on hand who understand

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Mason State Bank President and CEO Timothy Gaylord stands by an old vault located in the bank lobby. CHRSITIE BLECK/LCN banking to put together deals Mason State Bank also has grown. It has a drive-through

branch by Biggby Coffee on Cedar Street and branches in Leslie and East Lansing. The bank also has culti-

vated relationships with its customers. As Gaylord said, “Hopefully, we’re fair to them, and they’re fair to us.”

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MASON — Being a good hair stylist involves more than being adept with a curling iron. It means connecting with clients too. That friendly attitude helped propel Niki LaBelle of Salon 130 to being named the People’s Choice winner for favorite hair stylist. LaBelle has been at Salon 130, located at 130 W. Ash St., for about a year. “My boss is amazing,” LaBelle said of Jena Killer. “Right when I met her, I thought I definitely could deal with this.” LaBelle said she performs many coloring services for her clients, but her skill set is varied. “I enjoy all the different things because it never

feather extensions. “It seems like every year there’s some new fad that comes out,” she said. Now the natural look is more “in,” she said, as opposed to when she first started out in the field about 10 years ago when the “blonde

bombshell” look was favored. Whatever is in vogue at the moment, LaBelle enjoys being a hair stylist. “You never really feel you’re at work,” LaBelle said. LaBelle can be reached at (517) 676-6130 ext. 706.

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MASON — It helps to know and hone your niche in the business world. That’s probably one of the reasons the Ace Hardware at 340 S. Cedar St. was named People’s Choice winner for favorite hardware store. “We’re really into repair,” said Manager Chris Iott, who’s been with the store for 12 years. “We’re not into home improvement like a lot of the big box stores.” (It also helps that customers can park right in front of the store, Iott noted.) Iott said customers who patronize Ace Hardware perform their own plumbing and repairs. “I do a pretty good business with

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paint,” Iott said. “Paint’s probably our No. 1 department.” Ace also has items for the gardener, including bedding plants, lawn mowers and wheelbarrows — all of which are lined up in front of the store — and provides mower repair. Iott agreed with the idea that hardware stores are recession-proof in difficult economies because people tend to fix things themselves. “There’s a pretty consistent flow of traffic,” he said. Twenty employees work in the 10,000-square-foot store, Iott said. Ace Hardware is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

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8:30 am ribbon cutting, noon to 2:00p.m. lobby reception, refreshments served.

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Thank you Mason for voting Mason State Bank as Mason’s favorite bank the second year in a row! A special congratulation goes out to Megan Kolberg who was voted Mason’s favorite teller. All this celebrating is just icing on our 125th birthday cake as we are celebrating 125 years of dedicated service to our community. In June 1886, Mason resident John M. Dresser recognized that Mason needed a bank that served the needs of the entire community. The history of the city and the bank are intertwined and we thank our loyal customers who have formed a rewarding relationship with us that have thrived for 125 years.

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