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THIRD QUARTER 2016

8th annual READERS’ CHOICE WINNERS ANNOUNCED DINING MEDICAL SERVICE SHOPPING


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From the Publisher I’m pleased to share with you our eighth annual Readers’ Choice Awards. This year’s edition is special because it also includes an expanded edition of our Quarterly Magazine. By the approximately 70,000 votes cast by readers, you have expressed who you feel is the best of the best in Owensboro businesses. From dining to shopping, health care and everything in between, you will find all the things that make Owensboro great in this unique 70-page publication. Acknowledging your favorite places to shop and dine is not only interesting, but it encourages support for our local businesses. When you spend money locally, those dollars stay in our community —  they create jobs, provide more funds for local causes and go directly into improving our community.

Locally-owned businesses also buy supplies and services from other local businesses and farms, multiplying the dollars you’ve spent and creating an even

larger impact. Local businesses define Owensboro and Daviess County’s character, creating a pleasing place to call home and increasing property values. Also, because local business owners also live in our community, they tend to have a vested interest and will support investments in our future. The votes have been counted, and we’re proud to announce this year’s winners. As you browse through the magazine, take note that each section is color-coded for your convenience. We hope you utilize this publication as a tool to learn about the businesses in Owensboro. We thank you for your continued support, and we hope you enjoy the Readers’ Choice Awards and our expanded Quarterly Magazine.                       Sincerely,                              Bob Morris, Publisher

Don Moore Automotive Group Automotive (New Cars) • Platinum Choice | Automotive (Used Cars) • Platinum Choice Automotive (Trucks) • Platinum Choice | Automotive (SUVs/Crossovers) • Platinum Choice Automotive Dealer Staff • Platinum Choice | Auto Service • Platinum Choice Automotive (Exotic) • Gold Choice | Oil Change • Gold Choice

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Don P. Moore, III, Owner 4216 Frederica St.  (270) 926-2500 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Saturday Year founded: 1919

Main Products or Services: New and used vehicle sales and service.

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The Don Moore Automotive Group has been serving the tri-state with great customer service for more than 95 years. Our goal remains to be an exemplary corporate citizen and to make your experience with us fast, fun and easy! 

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Readers’ Choice Dining Winners After Work Gathering Spot

Platinum: Gambrinus Libation Emporium Gold: Smothers Park Silver: Boiler Room

Place for Coffee

Platinum: Starbucks Gold: La Crème Coffee House Silver: McDonalds

All-Around Fast Food

Platinum: Big Dipper Gold: Chick-fil-a Silver: McDonald’s

All-Around Restaurant

Platinum: Cheddar’s Casual Cafe Gold: Colby’s Fine Food & Spirits Silver: Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn

Asian Cuisine

Platinum: Wasabi Express Gold: New China Buffet Silver: Pan Asian Chinese & Japanese Restaurant

Bakery

Platinum: Rolling Pin Pastry Shop Gold: Diane’s Bakery Silver: Koehler’s Bakery

Barbecue

Platinum: Old Hickory Bar-B-Que Gold: Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn Silver: Ole South Barbeque

Breakfast

Platinum: Cracker Barrel Gold: Grandy’s Silver: Jay Dee’s Silver: Ole South Barbeque

Burger

Platinum: Big Dipper Gold: 5 Guys Burger & Fries Silver: Wonder Whip

Place for Dessert

Platinum: Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn Gold: Cold Stone Creamery Gold: Dairy Queen Silver: Colby’s Fine Food & Spirits

Drive Thru Service

Platinum: Big Dipper Gold: Chil-Fil-A Silver: McDonald’s

Family Outing

Platinum: Smother’s Park Gold: Fetta’s Specilaity Pizza and Spirits — Downtown

Silver: Friday After 5

French Fries

Platinum: McDonalds Platinum: Rally’s Gold: Ritzy’s Silver: Big Dipper

Frozen Treat

Platinum: Dairy Queen Gold: Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Silver: Cold Stone Creamery

Italian Restaurant

Burgoo

Platinum: Olive Garden Gold: Niko’s Italian Cuisine Silver: Fazoli’s

Chicken

Platinum: Cracker Barrel Gold: Grandy’s Restaurant Silver: Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn

Platinum: Old Hickory Bar-B-Que Gold: Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn Silver: Ole South Barbeque Platinum: Old Hickory Bar-B-Que Gold: Chick-fil-a Silver: Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken

Place for a Cocktail

Platinum: Gambrinus Libation Emporium Gold: The Miller House Gold: Colby’s Fine Food & Spirits Silver: J’s Liquor

Community Event/Attraction

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Deli

Platinum: Colby’s Deli & Cafe Gold: Great Harvest Bread Company Silver: Kroger

Homestyle Dinner

Late-Night Restaurant

Platinum: Denny’s Gold: Taco Bell Silver: Applebees

Liquor Store

Platinum: J’s Liquors Gold: Val-U Liquors Silver: White Lightning

Sandwich Shop

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Silver: Colby’s Deli

Mexican Restaurant

Platinum: Real Hacienda Gold: Papa Grande Mexican Restaurant Silver: Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina

New Locally Owned Restaurant — 2015

Platinum: Fetta Speciaility Pizza and Spirits — Hwy 54

Gold: Chef’s Kitchen Silver: Henry’s Boogalou BBQ

Pizza

Platinum: Fetta Speciality Pizza and Spirits — Downtown

Gold: Pizza Hut Silver: PizzaAroma

Place for a Steak

Platinum: Texas Roadhouse Gold: Briarpatch Restaurant Silver: Niko’s Italian Cuisine

Place for Sushi

Platinum: Wasabi Express Gold: Shogun of Owensboro Silver: Lure Seafood and Grille

Place for Take-Out Food

Platinum: Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn Gold: Big Dipper Silver: Wasabi Express

Have a Child’s Birthday party

Platinum: U-Bounce Party House Gold: Edge Ice Center Silver: Owensboro Gymnast

Have Lunch

Platinum: Moonlight Bar-B-Q Inn Gold: Fetta Speciality Pizza and Spirits — Downtown

Silver: Great Harvest Bread Company

Watch a Sporting Event

Platinum: Buffalo Wild Wings Gold: Beef O’Bradys Silver: Maloney’s Pizza and Wings

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Platinum: Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn Gold: Fetta Speciality Pizza and Spirits — Downtown

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Lee’s Famous Recipe offers fast-food chicken and homestyle meals for dine in, drive thru, carry out or catering. Since we started uirer our Owensboro Inq er- S’ CHOICE A g franchises in 1979, n R we have strived to give our customers the best possible products and service. We really appreciate SILVER WINNER your patronage over the last 36 years. Thank you, Owensboro, and each and every one of you who voted Lee’s as your silver choice for chicken.

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The Greenwell Family — Donna Wedding, Diane Roberts, Rita Adams and Roch and Dan Greenwell, owners 2710 KY 144 270-684-1108 5 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 5 a.m.- Noon Sunday Founded in 2005

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Cheddar’s Casual Cafe Best All-Around Restaurant • Platinum Choice flair for hospitality is nothing new to Cheddar’s. In 2009 and 2012, Consumer Reports readers selected Cheddar’s as their top choice when it For the third year in a row, Cheddar’s, located came to casual dining. at 3040 Highland Pointe Drive, Owensboro, In a 2012 full service restaurant survey by has been tabbed as the Readers’ Zagat, Cheddar’s was the No. Choice platinum award winner for 1 selection for top full service uirer Inq CHOICE “Best All-Around Restaurant” by American cuisine, top rated food, r e ’ A ng RS readers of the Messenger-Inquirer. top rated décor and the top overall Cheddar’s is an upscale casual restaurant. dining restaurant that is open In 2014, Cheddar’s was named for lunch and dinner, with nearly the No. 1 restaurant in the country all food made from scratch on a with a check average under menu that offers a wide variety $40 by the National Restaurant PLATINUM WINNER of items for every taste from ribs News Consumer’s Picks, and and steaks to chicken, salads and Technomic Consumer’s Choice No. pastas at a great price. 1 restaurant for “Intent to Recommend.” Cheddar’s in Owensboro is owned and The Owensboro location of Cheddar’s is operated by Greer Companies, a family-owned one of 43 Greer-owned Cheddar’s in Kentucky, business, hospitality and commercial real Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia estate development company headquartered and North Carolina and it’s currently working on in Lexington. In addition to Cheddar’s, the opening a 44th location. company owns and operates several Marriott To learn more about Cheddar’s, please visit and Hilton branded hotels. www.GreerCompanies.com and www.Cheddars. Being recognized for serving fine food with a com Me

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Old Hickory Bar-B-Q A Fine Tradition for Six Generations

“Where local Folks Bring Visitors for Owensboro’s Best Bar-B-Q” Mutton • Chicken • Pork Ribs • Beef • Ham

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Barbecue • Platinum Choice Burgoo • Platinum Choice Chicken • Platinum Choice

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Ritzy’s French Fries • Gold Choice Mike Courtney, owner 4925 Frederica St. and 4527 KY 54 270-691-9151, 270-852-8887 Open; 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday 10:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday

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Open: 10:30 am - 10 pm Sunday - Thursday 10:30 am - 11 pm Friday & Saturday

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Fetta Speciality Pizza and Spirits and Fetta 54 would like to thank the Owensboro voters for choosing Fetta Downtown as platinum winner for Pizza and Gold awards for family outing, a place to have lunch, and restaurant service staff. Fetta 54 is the proud platinum winner for new locally-owned restaurant in 2015. It has been a pleasure serving you. Fetta, founded by Tim Turner and Mike Baker, has changed the world of pizza by introducing mashed potato, BLT and buffalo pork pizza, to name a few. Soon after opening, Fetta expanded to showcase outside dining and eventually upstairs seating. The next step came in 2015 with the first Fetta Franchise, operated by managing partner Jeff Jones, who came to Fetta with over 30 years of restaurant experience, all in the greater Owensboro area. The 54 location, in Lake Forrest Town Center, has the same great menu, outdoor

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Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn Burgoo • Gold Choice Business That Gives Back • Gold Choice Locally-owned business • Gold Choice Best all-around restaurant • Silver Choice Homestyle Dinner • Silver Choice

Best Dessert • Platinum Choice Take-out Food • Platinum Choice Best place to have lunch • Platinum Choice Restaurant Staff • Platinum Choice Barbecue • Gold Choice Owners: The Bosley Family (Ken Bosley, Chris Bosley, Patrick Bosley and Jeanie Heath) 2840 W. Parrish Ave. • 270-684-8143 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

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Thank you, Owensboro! Owned and operated by the Bosley family for more than 53 years, Moonlite has been voted Kentucky’s r e r i u Inq CHOICE best barbecue by Kentucky Monthly r e ’ A ng RS and Kentucky Living magazines, as well as, a Messenger-Inquirer Platinum Readers’ Choice winner eight years in a row. Owensboro Visitor’s Bureau lists Moonlite as a signature attraction, and we will PLATINUM continue to work hard to represent WINNER our community.

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Rolling Pin Pastry Shop Bakery • Platinum Choice Owners: Kathy and Roger Farmer 1129 East 18th St. • 270-683-8363 4 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 4 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday; 5 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sunday

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Roger and Kathy and the Donut Crew thank you for voting Rolling Pin your platinum choice for bakery for the eighth consecutive uirer Inq er- S’ CHOICE A g year. We’ve been n R honored to serve the Owensboro community for 69 years. We’ve seen many PLATINUM changes, but our WINNER commitment to exceptional quality and customer service remains the same. We still make those delicious chocolate long johns, oldfashioned brownies and your family’s special birthday cakes. From one to 100 dozen or more, we’ll fill your order with our freshly made products and a friendly smile. THANK YOU!

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Real Hacienda Mexican Restaurant Mexican Restaurant • Platinum Choice Armando Ortiz, owner 4820 Frederica St • 270-685-5950 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday;  11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sunday, 3023 Highland Pointe Drive 270-684-5595 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday;  11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday;  11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sunday

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Founded in 1996, Real Hacienda Mexican Restaurant has been providing great customer service in offering the best r e r qui -In ’ CHOICE Mexican food. Thank you to r e A ng RS everyone who voted for us. The Real Hacienda team will continue to work hard and provide you with the best service, atmosphere, prices and taste of real Mexican food. New this PLATINUM WINNER year is our Real Hacienda food truck that will make its debut this summer. We appreciate your support and will always do our best to continue living up to your expectations.

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Photo by Greg Eans, Messenger-Inquirer/geans@messenger-inquirer.comÂ

Seth Woodward stands outside the Wonder Whip, one of Owensboro’s first drive-in restaurants, which he purchased after the business closed last summer.

ALL-AMERICAN FOOD Burgers and ice cream still popular to Owensboro residents

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Parrish Avenue or Wonder Whip out on Kentucky 144. Both places are always busy, especially during lunch. Traffic is often congested in these areas, and people are lined up at the order window. Unlike the busy fast-food chains, both hamburger joints offer no indoor seating, just picnic tables outside their establishment. For the best dessert in Owensboro,

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voters ranked Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn at the top of the list. With decadent desserts like cheesecake, cherry cobbler, chocolate pie, pecan pie, peanut butter pie, coconut pie, lemon ice box pie and the ever-so-popular banana pudding, they sell many every day. Coldstone Creamery took honors in the best place to get dessert and best frozen treat categories.

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O R O l B a S N c lo UND OWE

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PIZZAROMA

GENE’S HEALTH FOOD

PizzAroma opened in 1963 and is still thriving today. From hot pizza and sandwiches to pasta and breadsticks, there is something for everyone at the local pizza joint. PizzAroma has two locations — Emory Drive and East 4th Street.

Gene’s Health Food, Inc. offers its customers an experienced and knowledgeable staff and a vast array of products ranging from frozen foods, gluten-free and allergen-free products, alternative sweeteners, supplements, a food truck with fresh meals every day and more.

NIKO’S ITALIAN CUISINE

THE CREME COFFEE HOUSE

Niko’s Italian Cuisine at 2200 E. Parrish Ave., is a family-owned Italian and Greek restaurant. With dishes ranging from steaks, pasta, pizza and more, there is something for everyone. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Friday; 4 - 9 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

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The Creme Coffee House is on 2nd Street, in the freshly-revitalized downtown district of Owensboro. Hot coffee and speciality drinks are sold all day at the quaint shop, known for it’s laid-back vibe and local music acts.

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Photo by Greg Eans, Messenger-Inquirer/geans@messenger-inquirer.com

Fans line the overlook at Smothers Park and watch as pilot Matt Younkin performs a maneuver in his Beech 18 aerobatic performance plane in September during the fourth annual Owensboro Air Show.

Playful PARK

Smothers Park popular with residents, visitors the Ohio River from one of the swinging metal benches. Concession stands and restrooms make this mothers Park is located along the perfect place to spend a day or the Ohio River in downtown evening. Owensboro. The park contains Smothers Park has won many three signature fountains and a national awards, such as the 2014 cascading waterfall at the base Kentucky Recreation and Park of Frederica Street. The Charles Society Outstanding Facility Award, Shelton Memorial, a monument to and the Lazy Dayz Children’s POWs and MIAs from all wars is Playground in Smothers Park located at the east end of the park. was named the No. 1 playground Lazy Dayz Children’s Playground is in the world by an international completely handicap-accessible. Walk website that specializes in landscape through the park and enjoy watching architecture. Veterans Boulevard Owensboro, KY 42301

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Readers’ Choice Medical Winners Chiropractor

Platinum: Stallings Chiropractice Center Gold: Martin Chiropractic Center Silver: Tinius Chiropractic Center

Dermatology & Cosmetic Services

Platinum: Owensboro Dermatology Associates Gold: Advanced Dermatology Associates Silver: Dr. Gerald Edds - Edds Cosmetic Surgery

Dentist

Platinum: Misty Brey-Sanford, Holly Pickrell Gold: Mark Fort Silver: Matt Johnson Silver: Terry Norris

Gym/Athletic Club/Fitness Center

Platinum: Planet Fitness Gold: Owensboro Family YMCA Silver: Owensboro Health Healthpark

Health Food Store

Platinum: Gene’s Health Food Gold: Clark’s Health & Nutrition Center Silver: GNC

Home Medical Supply

Platinum: King Drug and Home Care Gold: Danhauer Drug Store Silver: CheriCare Inc.

Hearing Aid Center

Platinum: V. Suzanne Smith - Smith Hearing Healthcare Gold: The Hearing Center Silver: Miracle Ear

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Medical Office

Platinum: Bluegrass Internal Medicine Gold: The Women’s Pavillion Silver: Advanced Dermatology Associates

Nursing Home

Platinum: Carmel Home Gold: Signature Healthcare at Hillcrest Gold: Wellington Parc of Owensboro Silver: Heritage Place

Optometrist

Platinum: RiverPark EyeCare Gold: Owensboro Family Eye Care Silver: Advantage Eye

Pharmacy/Pharmacist

Platinum: Nation’s Medicine Gold: CVS Silver: Kroger

Physical Therapy/Rehab

Platinum: OSMO Gold: KORT Physical Therapy Silver: Owensboro Health Healthpark

Retirement/Assisted Living

Platinum: Fern Terra of Owensboro LLC Gold: Carmel Home Silver: One Park Place

Skin Care/Massage/Day Spa

Platinum: Advanced Dermatology Associates Gold: Lisa Cole - American Massage Therapy Association Silver: Vision Salon and Spa

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Dentist • Platinum Choice Holly M. Pickrell, DMD Misty Brey-Sanford, DMD 3062 W. Parrish Ave. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Thursday 270-684-2463

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Heritage Place Retirement/Assisted Living • Gold Choice Genesis HealthCare, owners 3362 Buckland Square 270-689-0930 24 Hours/Day

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We want to thank the Owensboro community for its trust and support in allowing us to be a part of its irer u family. Giving to those who love their q In er’ CHOICE A independence and security to stay in ng RS the community is what we strive for every day. Heritage Place is a one-level, 68-unit senior living community certified by the state of Kentucky. We provide assistance GOLD WINNER with ADLs, full dining, housekeeping, activities and laundry services. Genesis offers a variety of services in more than 500 centers across 34 states. In addition to our short-stay and long-term care services, we offer specialized Alzheimer’s care, orthopedic rehabilitation, ventilator care, dialysis care and assisted/senior living services in a variety of centers near you.

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As the nation’s largest provider of specialists in living and rehabilitation, it’s our focus to make sure every day is one of dignity and vitality. From fresh, modern spaces to health specialists for every need, life can be lived as it should - to the fullest, free of guilt, knowing you’re doing all you can. To find a Genesis center near you: 866-745-2273 | genesishcc.com Owensboro, KY Silver Reader’s Choice 2016 Location: 3362 Buckland Square | Owensboro, KY 42301

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KORT Physical Therapy Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation • Gold Choice

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KORT (Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team) is a leading provider of physical therapy and occupational therapy services in the Owensboro area. It’s located on Frederica Street, across from Red Lobster. It’s highly skilled therapists specialize in the treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including neck and back pain and headaches, in addition to hip, knee, shoulder and ankle pain. r quire -In ’ CHOICE r Jennifer Murphy Byrne, PT, DPT is e A ng RS the clinic director and has been with KORT since 2011. Jennifer has more than 17 years of experience in the field of physical therapy. Chelsea Taylor Rice, PTA has also been with KORT since 2011. Chelsea has more than eight years of GOLD WINNER experience. Aaron Flaherty, PT, DPT has been with KORT in Louisville since 2010, but joined the KORT Owensboro team in 2014. Carey Broughton, OT, is one of the few certified hand therapists in this area and works at KORT. As a certified hand therapist, Carey has specialized training and advanced clinical skills in the treatment of the hand and upper extremity. If you’re in pain, call KORT today to see if physical therapy or occupational therapy is right for you. 270-684-7856

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RiverPark EyeCare Since 1949

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Hearing Aid Center • Platinum Choice Owner: V. Suzanne Smith, Au.D. Doctor of Audiology Business Address: 3400 New Hartford Road, Suite C, Owensboro, KY 42303 • Business Phone: (270) 683-1600 Days/Hours of Operation: Monday thru Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m. • Year Founded: 2012 Main Products or Services: Specializing in adult hearing evaluation and consultation, Hearing Aid fittings and Hearing Aid service and repair for uirer Inq most manufacturers — including Widex, er- S’ CHOICE A g n R Phonak, Oticon, Starkey and Siemens. Smith Hearing Healthcare is honored that the readers of the MessengerInquirer have voted us as the Platinum Choice for Hearing Healthcare for 2016. We are grateful to our patients, staff and PLATINUM WINNER the Owensboro community for their loyalty and support. Dr. V. Suzanne Smith is licensed as an Audiologist and Hearing Instrument Specialist; she has her Doctorate in Audiology and has been practicing in Owensboro for the last 19 years. We strive to continue to meet and exceed your expectations for hearing healthcare for many years to come. Thank you for your trust. We are “hear” to help! Me

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Gene’s Health Food, Inc. Health Food Store • Platinum Choice

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Andrew Keller and Karissa Costello, owners 1738 Sweeney St. 270-684-5052 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Year founded: 1980

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VOTED PLATINUM CHOICE Health Food Store 8 Years!

Gene’s Health Food, Inc. 1738 Sweeney Street • 270-684-5052

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The Women’s Pavilion, PSC Medical Office • Gold Choice Drs. Andrea Moore and Angela Dawson 2200 E Parrish Ave. Ste, 201B, 270-926-3700 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday Year founded: 1997

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in-office ultrasound, gynecologic procedures including advanced robotic surgeries, as well as in-office hysteroscopic sterilization and endometrial ablations. We are excited to now offer a new Main products or services: Obstetrics, state of the art MonaLisa Touch® laser gynecology and women’s health family treatment for women with painful medicine. intercourse and vaginal dryness. When The Women’s estrogen levels decline after Pavilion, PSC is honored menopause, many changes irer u q In er’ CHOICE A to be the recipient of occur. Millions of women ng RS the Readers’ Choice experience changes in their gold choice for medical gynecologic health that offices. The practice interfere with their personal was established in lives. As a consequence, 1949 by Dr. Jack many women suffer silently, Blackstone, Sr. and and with his new in-office GOLD WINNER became The Women’s laser treatment they no Pavilion, PSC in longer need to suffer. The 1997. We are proud to offer full providers at The Women’s Pavilion, PSC service obstetrics, gynecology are the first in the tri-state area to offer and women’s health family medicine this new procedure. to the women of this community. Thanks to the community of We strive to provide excellent patient Owensboro and the tri-state area for centered women’s health care choosing The Women’s Pavilion as their including full service obstetrics with healthcare providers.

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Owensboro Dermatology Associates

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and skin tightening); Thermage; Halo; Beautiful, healthy skin is the very advanced skin care products and makeup; foundation of Owensboro Dermatology facials; Juvederm; makeup consultations; Associates. microdermabrasion, chemical peels; and more. Dr. Michael J. Crowe, Dr. Artis P. Truett, III Dr. Crowe, a board-certified dermatologist, and Dr. Elizabeth Naylor, along with physician graduated from the University of Southern assistants Dana Jennings and Angela Mills, California School of Medicine in Los Angeles and nurse practitioner Sandra Cox, have after completing his residency the advanced training and in dermatology from the irer experience to detect and treat u q In er’ CHOICE A University of Arkansas for virtually any skin problem, ng RS Medical Sciences. including skin cancer, moles, “As a dermatologist, I have psoriasis, eczema, acne, studied for years to acquire rosacea, varicose veins, warts the knowledge necessary to and other complex and care for your skin and keep common skin conditions. it healthy. I make a point of Their state of the art medical PLATINUM WINNER keeping up on the latest spa, Advanced Aesthetics, developments in my field, opened in 2002 to offer the because I want my patients to have the latest and most effective procedures to help newest and most effective treatment methods rejuvenate and beautify the skin and address available.” skin conditions that affect people’s quality of Dr. Truett, a board-certified dermatologist, life, emotionally and socially. graduated from Duke University School of Their licensed and medical aestheticians Medicine in Durham, N.C., after completing and clinicians offer laser treatments for residency in dermatology from Vanderbilt rosacea, blemished skin, blood vessels and University in Nashville. age spots; hair removal (laser and waxing); “Education and experience are the Laser resurfacing; Botox, Exilis (FDA approved, foundation of every dermatologist’s practice. nonsurgical treatment for fat reduction

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Kishor Vora

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Open 7 days a week! Extended hours! Minor injuries and illnesses, On-site X-ray, Ultrasound, CT & Full Lab

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or every ache, pain and health problem, there is a doctor in Owensboro ready to help. From optometrists to podiatrists, people across the county voted Owensboro’s best. This roundup of healthcare professionals is just a small sample of the facilities and people who serve Owensboro and keep its residents healthy.

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Serving the community since 1949, RiverPark EyeCare has been a leader in Owensboro eye care for decades. With three doctors in-house, RiverPark EyeCare sees patients six days a week and cares for everyone from children to adults. RiverPark EyeCare offers products and services such as lenses and frames, contact lenses and vision corrections, and treatment for eye conditions and diseases, vision problems and more. To show off new products and promote events at the office, RiverPark EyeCare utilizes Instagram to connect with the Owensoro community. Dr. Elizabeth Mauzy-Martin said the doctors and staff 24

would like to thank everyone who voted for RiverPark EyeCare as the best optometrist office in Owensboro. “We would not be able to do what we do without the continuous support of our patients,” she said. “It’s an honor to serve you all every day.” She said all of the optometrists strive to provide their patients with thorough eye exams to deliver the best experience and visual outcome. “We feel like our patients are part of the RiverPark EyeCare family and are grateful they trust us with their eye care needs,” Martin said. “We bring compassion, experience and the most up-to-date technology to our patients.” She said local practices are important to Owensboro because they not only provide jobs, but also consistent customer service to patients. “We don’t simply work and go home, but strive to immerse ourselves in the community to continue to make Owensboro a better place to live.” Gold winner: Owensboro Family EyeCare Silver winner: Advantage Eye Care

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“My goal is that my patients leave knowing that I am committed to providing them with an unsurpassed level of care and service and that they feel educated and comfortable in their decision in purchasing hearing aids, if needed or in managing their hearing healthcare.” — V. Suzanne Smith, Au.D. Smith Hearing Healthcare, located at 3400 New Hartford Road, was voted as the best hearing aid center in Owensboro in the Messenger-Inquirer’s Readers’ Choice awards. Headed by V. Suzanne Smith, Au.D., Smith Hearing Healthcare offers services such as audiometric tests, otoscopy, wax management, ear molds, hearing aid repairs and battery sales and more. Smith said she would like to think her business offers a place where people can learn more about their hearing healthcare needs in a caring, trusting and friendly environment. Smith Hearing Healthcare serves all types of patients, including children. “My goal is that my patients leave knowing that I am committed to providing them with an unsurpassed level of care and service and that they feel educated and comfortable in their decision in purchasing hearing aids, if needed, or in managing their hearing healthcare,” Smith said. Smith said the staff at Smith Hearing is humbled to be chosen as Owensboro’s favorite hearing aid center. “We are honored with your trust in us,” she said. “We are pleased to be a part of this awesome community.” Gold winner: The Hearing Center Silver winner: Miracle Ear

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surrounding areas. From simple sprains to complex fractures, the physicians at OSMO diagnose problems throughout the body and recommend the best treatment plan. Travis Clapp, director of patient services at OSMO, said OSMO works with patients from a few months old to people in their 90s. “We treat a wide spectrum of patients, and we pretty much treat all neurological disorders, joint replacements, non-surgical musculosketal injuries and conditions. “Our motto is we treat our patients like family,” Clapp said. “We try to create a fun and relaxing atmosphere where they can come in and have a good time and forget about having to go through physical therapy. We take what we do very seriously, but we still like to have a fun environment.” He said there are patients who have been gone from OSMO for several years who come back just to visit. Clapp said OSMO strives to have the best one-on-one patient care in the region. To schedule an appointment with a physical therapist, call 270-926-2131 or 270-240-4682. “We appreciate our patients,” Clapp said. “We know we wouldn’t be in business without them. They are our number one priority in this clinic.” Gold winner: KORT Physical Therapy Silver winner: Owensboro Health Healthpark

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For the third year in a row, Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Owensboro (OSMO) won platinum choice in the physical therapy/rehabilitation category in the Messenger-Inquirer’s Readers’ Choice awards. The local business, which has two locations and 26 physical therapists, prides itself on serving Owensboro and the

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DIRECTIONS Wash and cube 2-3 sweet potatoes. Grate ginger and set aside. Measure 1 tablespoon garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, mix together and set aside. Add 2 teaspoons coconut oil to a warm pan then add in cubed sweet potatoes, ginger and seasonings. Cook until potatoes pierce easily with a fork. For an added kick, add in freshly diced jalapeños. Recipe from health food store platinum winner, Gene’s Health Foods.

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Readers’ Choice Service Winners Accountant/Investment Broker

Platinum: Alexander & Company CPAs Gold: Edward Jones Gold: Riney & Hancock CPAs PSC Owensboro Silver: Hilliard Lyons

Auction Company/Auctioneer

Platinum: Kurtz Auction Company Gold: Alliance/Silas Deane Silver: Soloh Auction

Auto Service

Platinum: Don Moore Automotive Group Gold: Mattingly’s Automotive Repair Inc. Silver: Harley’s Auto Service Inc.

Air conditioning & Heating

Platinum: Schwartz Heating and Cooling Gold: Acme Plumbing & Heating, Inc. Silver: Scott Baird Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

Car Wash

Platinum: Cheetah Clean Car Wash Gold: Sparkle Brite Car Wash Silver: Shammy’s Auto Wash

Carpet Cleaning

Platinum: Stanley Steamer Carpet Cleaner Gold: Steamway in Owensboro Silver: Extreme Carpet Cleaning

Cellular Store

Platinum: AT & T Gold: Verizon Silver: Sprint

Charitable Non-Profit

Platinum: Goodwill Gold: Girls Inc. Silver: St. Vincent DePaul

Child Care

Platinum: St. Pius X Parish Gold: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Silver: Wee People Day Care

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Platinum: Concord Custom Cleaners Gold: Harold’s Economy Cleaners Silver: Swan Cleaners

Electrician

Platinum: IBEW 1701 Gold: Westerfield Electric, LLC Silver: Mark Stallings, Owensboro Tri State Electric

Gold: Foreman, Watson & Holtrey, LLP Silver: Kamuf, Pace & Kamuf

Oil Change Platinum: Valvoline Gold: Don Moore Silver: Auto Truck & Trailer Silver: Walmart

Overhead Doors Fencing

Platinum: Diggers Gold: Fence Doctor

Financial Institution

Platinum: Independence Bank Gold: U.S. Bank Silver: BB&T

Florist

Platinum: Welborn’s Floral Company Gold: Gary’s Fleur de Lis Silver: The Ivy Trellis Floral and Gift LLC

Funeral Home/Crematory

Platinum: Glenn’s Funeral Home &

Crematory Gold: James H. Davis Funeral Home Inc. Silver: Haley-McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory

Hotel/Motel

Platinum: Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront

Gold: Hampton Inn & Suites by HIlton Owensboro Downtown

Silver: Fairfield Inn Owensboro

Insurance Company

Platinum: State Farm Gold: Kentucky Farm Bureau Silver: All State

Lawn Care/Service

Platinum: Weed Man Owensboro Gold: Evergreen Lawn Care Silver: Perfection Lawn Care Inc.

Attorney

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Platinum: Reeds Gold: Owensboro Overhead Doors Silver: Howard’s Overhead Doors

Painting Contractor Platinum: Ben Pearl Painting Gold: Benjamin Moore Paint Headquarters Gold: King Painting

Real Estate Agent Platinum: Steve Castlen Gold: Tim Merkley Gold: Tony Clark Silver: Ryan Rutman

Remodeler Platinum: Frantz Building Services Inc. Gold: JMJ Construction Silver: Brian Payne Custom Homes

Window Sales & Installation Platinum: Sun Windows Gold: Pella Windows and Doors Silver: Lowes

Travey Agency Platinum: AAA Gold: Travel Authority

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Readers’ Choice Service Winners Photographer

Platinum: Captured Moments Gold: Dream Copy Photo Silver: AP Imagery

Place to Work

Platinum: Rhoads & Rhoads, PSC Gold: Independence Bank Silver: Owensboro Health Regional Hospital

Plumbers

Platinum: Henry’s Plumbing Heating & AC Gold: Scott Baird Plumbing & Heating Silver: Hagerman’s Plumbing & Heating

Pool Store or Installer

Platinum: Maurice Pools Gold: Home Pool & Building Company Inc. Silver: Quality Chemical Co.

Post-Secondary Education

Platinum: OCTC Gold: Brescia University

Silver: Kentucky Wesleyan College

Printer

Platinum: Greenwell-Chisholm Printing Co. Gold: Oberst Printing Silver: Office Depot

Real Estate Agency

Platinum: Re/Max Gold: Tony Clark Realtors Silver: Castlen Realty

Gold: Eve Nails and Spa Silver: Changes Salon & Spa

Salon Tanning

Platinum: Oasis Gold: Sun Tan City Silver: Beach Bunnies Tanning Salon

Tattoo Parlor

Platinum: Lady Luck Tattoo and Body Piercing

Salon Hair

Platinum: House of Hair Gold: All About You Salon & Spa Gold: Shelly & Friends Gold: Southern Styles LLC Silver: Changes Salon & Spa Silver: Red Door Salon

Salon Manicure

Platinum: Pro Nails

Gold: Tattoo FX Silver: Palmer’s Skin Deep Tattoos

Golf Course

Platinum: Ben Hawes Golf Course Gold: The Pearl Club at The Summit Silver: Hillcrest Golf Course

Home Builders

Platinum: JMJ Construction Gold: Jagoe Homes, Inc. Silver: Thompson Homes, Inc.

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clients to make wise investments in real estate. We remain committed to our clients and our Owensboro community. It is truly an honor to serve you, neighbors and friends! Sincerely, Tony & Carolyn Clark Ask your neighbor who SOLD their home, chances are Tony Clark did! Serving Owensboro since 1976.

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Raben Tire Place to buy tires • Platinum Choice Raben Tire and Auto Service has been keeping its tri-state customers rolling for over 60 years. Raben Tire opened the doors of its first Owensboro location in 1979. The current general manager, Aaron Anderson, has been leading there since the early 1980s. Raben’s Auto Tire and Service Center is located on Frederica Street, and the Farm and Truck Service Center is located on Alsop Lane. If it rolls, you’ll find it at Raben Tire! Raben Tire carries tires for cars, trucks, farm equipment, heavy trucks, coal mining and OTR, trailer, ATV, lawn and many other tire applications. Raben also performs all auto services by certified technicians. Founded by Butch Raben, Raben Tire grew from one modest location in downtown Evansville to one of the largest tire and service companies in the Midwest. There are 30 Raben Tire locations in six states, but the heart of the Raben organization is here in the tri-state. The principle Butch Raben instilled in 1952 still holds true today. Raben’s secret is simple — the customer comes first. This principle is never more evident than the service from the experienced, friendly staff at the Raben locations in Owensboro. Many have worked there for many years. Aaron Anderson adds, “On behalf of all our employees, we truly want to thank all of you for voting for us your #1 choice for tires and service. We strive to be the best and give you the best in service. Thank you for your patronage. We look forward to serving you in the future.” Auto Tire And Service Center: 824 Frederica St. 270-683-7301 Farm And Truck Service Center: 1230 Alsop Lane 270-686-6242

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Your Community. Your College.

70,299 individual lives touched since 1986 These students earned their high school diploma and an Associate degree at the same time! You can too!

Congratulations!

Jessi Glover, Bo Powers, from Hancock Co. High School, Gabrielle Marie Epperson, from Owensboro High School, and Lacey Brooke Parham, home schooled (not featured in this photo) all graduated from high school in 2016 and earned Associate Degrees simultaneously.

High school students taking a full-time schedule at OCTC may be eligible for federal grant funding. To learn more, visit the Financial Aid Office on our Main Campus. To make an appointment call 270.686.4521.

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Owensboro Community & Technical College pass rates on national licensing exams, earn higher grade-point averages at universities (OCTC) is humbled and honored to be the recipient of the Platinum Readers’ Choice award after transferring, and meet the demands of local employers. For example, OCTC’s for the second year in a row. As we embark on Radiography program has achieved 100 our 30th anniversary year, it is a perfect time percent pass rate for nine consecutive years. to pause and reflect on our commitment to The 2015 NCLEX-RN pass rate for nursing the communities we serve. Our mission is one graduates is 96 percent as we sentence, but it encompasses all r actively seek accreditation with that we aspire to do. e r i u Inq National League of Nursing To cultivate lifelong er- S’ CHOICE A g n R Accreditation Commission learning through career degree for Nursing Education (NLN programs, workforce and CNEA) to accompany our long community development and standing Kentucky Board of transfer-to-baccalaureate degree Nursing accreditation. The programs. Surgical Technology program Offering more than 20 PLATINUM WINNER has had a 100 percent pass degree programs, we take rate for the past three years. our responsibility to provide a Students in our manufacturing and skilled quality education very seriously. We strive to trade programs score above the national continually improve our programs to enhance average on the National Occupational Career the economic development and quality of life and Technical Institute (NOCTI) exams taken at of the region. To date, we have touched the lives of (educated or trained) more than 70,299 the end of their program. Since 2000, OCTC has added thousands individuals in the greater Owensboro area. of highly skilled technical field associate OCTC has three campuses in Owensboro, degree graduates to the region’s workforce, two locations in Hancock County and adult education centers in Daviess, Ohio and McLean as illustrated in a sample of programs listed in the table. Many of these programs, including counties. OCTC has 188 full-time employees automotive, diesel, welding, radiography, who contribute many volunteer hours in the surgical technology, fire science, paramedic and region, on our campuses and in community business, have obtained national accreditation organizations. Over ninety percent of our as well. During that same time frame, OCTC students live and work in this region. had more than 3,000 transfer Associate degree We measure our success by the success of graduates. our students. Our graduates exceed average

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This year we had four students earn associate degrees and high school credentials simultaneously through our nationally recognized Discover College program. OCTC was one of 49 colleges in the nation named as a U.S. Department of Education Experimental Site. This program will allow qualified families the opportunity to access Pell grant funds while their student is still in high school to facilitate more students earning a high school diploma and an associate degree at the same time. OCTC provides an affordable and successful path for students wanting to earn a bachelor degree. By using the 2/2 approach — completing the first two years at OCTC followed by two years at Brescia University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Western Kentucky University — Owensboro, or other state universities — students save more than $10,000 in tuition. Moreover, research at a major public four-year university shows that OCTC students outperform native students at the institution. Transfer students will have less college debt, thus improving their quality of life upon graduating. OCTC is currently constructing the new Industry Innovation Center thanks to generous community-wide support through the BuildSmart campaign. The building will allow us to move and expand the welding and HVAC programs, in addition to adding new training labs for robotic welding and building automated systems training, the opening should take place in the fall of 2017.

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Thompson Homes Inc. Home Builders • Silver Choice neighborhoods, talk to our homeowners and walk through our models. Allow us to show you why we are the builder you want taking care of one of your largest long-term investments, your home. Thompson Homes subscribes to a You will soon discover why so many of our very simple philosophy. “It’s all about customers have built two, three and even value,” said Nick Thompson, four homes with us. president at Thompson We are proud of our longr quire -In ’ CHOICE Homes. “We always strive term relationships and our r e A ng RS to provide the very best family-oriented philosophy value and service at a price that translates into a our customers can afford.” rewarding home buying Everyone involved with experience. We’ve learned our Thompson Homes’ building heritage too well to do it any SILVER WINNER process works together other way! See more at: www. to achieve these goals for thompsonhomesinc.com. each and every homebuyer. Our quality For three generations, Thompson Homes control and customer service processes are has built more than just homes — we’ve unprecedented when compared to those of built communities. Part of what makes us our competitors.” different is our unwavering commitment We encourage you to drive around our to building. Not just building homes, but Me

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Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory Funeral Home/Crematory • Platinum Choice Owners: Glenn Taylor Sr. 900 Old Hartford Road • 270-683-1505 Days/Hours of Operation: Always available Year Founded: Representing five generations of family service since 1903.

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Rhoads & Rhoads, PSC Attorney • Platinum Choice Place to work • Platinum Choice Business that gives back • Platinum Choice Owners: Bradley and Christopher Rhoads 115 E. 2nd St. 270-683-4600 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. Monday — Friday Year Founded: 1974

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products liability, Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation. Our mission at Rhoads & Rhoads is to vigorously represent our clients to ensure that not only their cases are handled with the highest level of representation and professionalism, but also to show people the kindnesss of God through Jesus and to care for all of our clients. We seek to provide a family atmosphere and to develop meaningful relationships with our clients to enable us to achieve the best result possible. Our attorneys and staff are dedicated to the community, and it’s our honor to be acknowledged by our clients and this community as the platinum choice law firm. We would also like to give special thanks to our staff, who is largely responsible for us receiving this recognition.

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Independence Bank Financial Institution • Platinum Choice Place to work • Gold Choice Business that gives back • Gold Choice

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AT INDEPENDENCE BANK, CUSTOMERS AND COMMUNITY COME FIRST. THANK YOU FOR RETURNING THE FAVOR. 2016 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

Platinum Choice Financial Institution – Eight years in a row Gold Choice Business That Gives Back Gold Choice Place to Work

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Convention Center and the RiverPark Center. Thanks to your loyalty and patronage, it’s been a busy first year for us. We were extremely honored to be recognized with the IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2015 New Development Design Award, which is given to hotels that are considered the best in class providing exemplary brand design, quality of construction and attention to detail.

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she saved gold dollars with the dream of buying her own shop. “Essentially, I bought the shop in gold coins,” she said. “Ever y night when I did the payroll, I would trade my own dollars for gold coins, then I threw them in a jar until I had enough to buy a shop. All by myself.” Now, Smith is at the point where she is reaping the benefits of years of hard work. “To get it off the ground you don’t have a second of free time,” Smith said. “It consumes your life. Some days I would get angr y and want to throw my equipment out on 4th Street. But overall, it’s probably the best job ever.” Day after day, she said there is always something new and different. “No two days are ever the same.” she said. “I think the best part of my day is interacting with people. Ever ybody is different, and ever ybody wants something different when they come in here.” Smith said one of her favorite parts of the job comes after the customer leaves her shop. “Being out at Walmart or Holiday World and having someone come up to me and say their tattoo still looks as good as the day they got it in the shop is really cool,” she said. Many of her customers learn about the shop from friends and previous clients, but Smith also updates a Facebook page frequently with pictures of the latest ink and piercings. She said glowing reviews from customers are a great way to promote her businesss, but she said she also thinks the tattoos are just as good promotion as any. “A lot of people like to talk about tattoos,” Smith said. “I tell them that getting a tattoo is not just about getting a tattoo, but it’s also about getting the experience. You have to make it a good experience for them. We want to have good customer ser vice.” Smith said she loves working with

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stickers and jewels. Though Cowsert started working o some, pets are like family. To the there three years ago on the sales floor, staff at the Owensboro PetSmart, pets she has now migrated into the salon and are their family, friends and job. grooming area. Sarah Cowsert, salon manager at “I love my job,” she said. PetSmart, said she likes coming into The Owensboro PetSmart does not work every day because she loves currently offer grooming services for working with animals and truly enjoys cats, but Cowsert said they are working her work. on expanding their services. “You have to love pets to work here,” They also offer a service called she said. “There is not one person in this deodorized dog, which help eliminate building who does not love pets, whether unpleasant orders, including skunk for a they are scaly or furry, we love them all.” cleaner dog. After being voted best groomer in All pets must be in good health prior to Owensboro in the Messenger-Inquirer receiving any grooming services. Readers’ Choice awards, Cowsert goes The amount of time it takes for pet into details about some of the services grooming varies by breed and service, offered. but you can usually plan on it taking up to “Baths, nail trimming, teeth brushing, four hours. ear cleaning, we basically do it all,” she “We would love to say thank you to said. “A lot of hair, a little hair, no hair, we Owensboro for thinking of us for the deal with all types of breeds.” Readers’ Choice awards,” Cowsert said. They also have pet expressions “That is the one thing I love about this services that include chalking, stenciling, grooming salon, is we try to create a feathering and fur extensions nail polish, bond between us and the pets we work

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Readers’ Choice Shopping Winners Antique Store

Platinum: Owensboro Antique Mall Gold: Peachtree Antiques Silver: Black Sheep Antiques Silver: Preservation Station

Appliance Store Platinum: Green River Appliance Gold: Murphy’s Appliance Co. Silver: Lowe’s Home Improvement

Automotive (NEW CARS) Platinum: Don Moore Automotive Group Gold: Champion Ford Lincoln Mazda Silver: Steve Jones Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep

Automotive (Used Cars) Platinum: Don Moore Automotive Group Gold: Champion Ford Lincoln Mazda Silver: Steve Jones Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep

Automotive (Trucks) Platinum: Don Moore Automotive Group Gold: Champion Ford Lincoln Mazda Silver: Steve Jones Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep

Automotive (SUV’s/Crossovers) Platinum: Don Moore Automotive Group Gold: Steve Jones Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Silver: Champion Ford Lincoln Mazda

Automotive (Exotic) Platinum: Tapp Motors Inc. Gold: Don Moore Automotive Group Silver: Champion Ford Lincoln Mazda

Automotive Dealer Staff Platinum: Don Moore Automotive Group Gold: Champion Ford Lincoln Mazda Silver: Steve Jones Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep

Best Farm Market Platinum: Reid’s Orchard Gold: Trunnell’s Farm Market Silver: The Owensboro Regional Farmers’ Market

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Platinum: Rhoads & Rhoads, PSC Gold: Independence Bank Gold: Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn Silver: Owensboro Health Regional Hospital

Carpet/Floorcovering Platinum: Carpets Unlimited Gold: Carpet One Floor & Home Silver: Lowe’s Home Improvement

Clothing Boutique Platinum: Peacocks & Pearls Gold: The Crowne Silver: Blossoms Apparel and Gifts

Consignment Store Platinum: Patti’s Resale Gold: Little Reruns Silver: Great Comebacks Resale Boutique

Convenience/Gas Station Platinum: Franey’s Food Mart Gold: Hucks Silver: Even Steven Neighborhood Market

Electronic Cigarette Store Platinum: Vapor 55 Gold: eCig Source

Farm Equipment Platinum: Wright Implement Gold: Rural King Silver: Ward Implement Co. Inc.

Formal Wear Platinum: Elizabeth’s Weddings & Formal

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Platinum: Lowe’s Home Improvement Gold: Gordons True Value Silver: Rural King

Jewelry Platinum: Nick T. Arnold Gold: Lance & Co. Jewelers

Locally-Owned Platinum: Carpet’s Unlimited Gold: Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn Silver: Nona’s Market

Mattress Store Platinum: Mark’s Mattress Outlet Gold: Mudd’s Furniture Showrooms Inc. Silver: Crandall’s Home Furnishings

NEW Locally-Owned 2015 Platinum: The Pink Poppy Gold: Bella Ragazza Boutqiue Gold: Embellish Silver: Low Cost Floors

DIY Supply Store Platinum: Lowe’s Home Improvement Gold: Menards Silver: Hobby Lobby

Place to Buy Tires Platinum: Raben Tire Gold: Bowen Tires

Wear Gold: Abbington’s Bridal House Silver: The Earle

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Platinum: Mudd’s Furniture Gold: Crandall’s Home Furnishings Silver: Ashley Furniture Home Store

Gift Shop Platinum: The Baker’s Rack Gold: Trison’s Silver: Rebecca’s Gift Gallery OWENSBORO

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The Bakers Rack is thankful and humbled by the continued honor of being named the Platinum selection of the 2016 Readers Choice awards. In many ways, the award is the result of our community’s, and especially our customers’, influence on our business. Our customers encourage us to introduce new products and to stock the best brands in the business. Lenox, Juliska, Wedgwood r quire and Waterford are available in Owensboro -In ’ CHOICE r e because of customers’ suggestions. A ng RS Service has always been our main priority and the reason for the longevity we have enjoyed. Complimentary gift wrapping, local delivery, bridal and baby registries, wish lists and expert advice when a customer needs it are all parts PLATINUM WINNER of the packages that leave our doors. All those services, touted as “new” and “premium” by electronic competition, have been available free for more than 40 years to the residents of Owensboro! Because of those customers in distant places, we have opened an online component where people can shop our store from anywhere at any time. www.thebakersrack.com is growing and improving every day, offering a glimpse of the products found in our traditional store. We offer free gift wrapping and delivery in Owensboro to online customers, and we can deliver products anywhere else via United Parcel Service. Our customers often become friends, and we continue to enjoy our long relationship with the Owensboro community. Thank you once again for supporting us, and we look forward to helping you find the perfect gift.

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The Pink Poppy New Locally Owned Business • Platinum Choice

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Black Sheep Antiques Antique Store • Silver Choice

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It all started with a love for peaches. In 1873, Allan Reid left a little village in Scotland. Upon arriving in America and settling in Kentucky, he fell in love with peaches and apples. From the beginning, the orchard was an enterprise. The farm was passed down to his son, Robert Reid Sr., when his sons Robert Jr. and John joined the business and the name changed to Robert Reid and Sons Orchard. In 1978, Robert Reid Jr. left the business uirer and John’s son, Billy, joined the Inq er- S’ CHOICE A g n R family business now known as Reid’s Orchard. Billy Reid, present owner and grower, continues the tradition of new technology. Today, Reid’s Orchard produces strawberries, apples, peaches, PLATINUM blackberries, pears, cherries, all types of WINNER vegetables and fall decorations for its farm market. In 1986 the family initiated a gathering for the community; the Apple Festival, which today hosts 25,000 people during the third weekend in October The Apple Festival has been named as one of the Top 10 festivals in Kentucky and one of the Top 20 festivals in the southwestern states in the month of October. The Reid family wants to continue to diversify, to grow and to serve the community, but most especially, to pass the traditions on to the sixth generation.

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The Crowne Boutique â&#x20AC;˘ Gold Choice Owners: Angie and Brad Ebelhaar 107 E 2nd St. 270-231-8132 Year Founded: 2014

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Across Owensboro you can find locally-grown produce at Farmer’s Markets and road-side stands. Local farmers are an important piece of the puzzle that makes up the Owensboro and Daviess County community.

TRUNNELL’S FARM MARKET Spring Season-April 1 - June 30 Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m. Summer Season-July Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m. Fall Season-August 1 - December 24 Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

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HARVEST MARKET From June through August, the market is also located at the Owensboro Health Regional Hospital from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoons.

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organizations,” Rhoads said. “We feel we share the same mission with Owensboro, and so it’s ver y easy to support them.” Rhoads said attorneys and staff in the Rhoads & Rhoads office are ver y community-minded and are ver y involved with different groups and organizations throughout the city. “This is where we live, these are the people we represent; there is nothing more fulfilling than given the opportunity to represent someone in your own community,” he said.

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Design Print Delivered Waterford fine china plates and cups that are part of the bridal registry selection at the Baker’s Rack in Wesleyan Park Plaza. “We can be your Santa Claus,” he said. “A lot of times a woman will come in, tell what she likes, and we will record it in a wish list and her husband or boyfriend will call and have us wrap something from her list and have it delivered. Some of our best customers have never stepped foot into our store.” Gift wrapping in their signature polka dot paper is complimentary with every gift purchased and gift registries can also be viewed online. Staying true to its Kentucky roots, The Bakers Rack offers University of Kentucky serving trays, bottle openers, belts, coasters and more. Kentucky Mint Julep cups, derby-themed items and local cookbooks are also available. Along with a lot of types of gifts, there are lots of home decor and accessory items that can be self-gifts. Bryan Leazenby said there is something new almost every day at The Bakers Rack. “On any given day there are 25,000 items on our sales floor,” he said. “We don’t stock hundreds of any one item like Target and K-Mart and other big stores. Our selection is much wider

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than that. UPS or FedEx is at our door practically every day.” The Leazanbys want to express their appreciation to their customers. “We certainly appreciate our customers,” Bryan Leazanby said. “They are why we are here. It’s fun coming in and being able to serve them on a daily basis. A lot of customers have become our friends.” “Owensboro has created us for 43 years,” Anne Baker Leazanby said. “We don’t stay in business without a strong community support system. Owensboro has been excellent to us, and we hope to continue to be a service to the community.” Anne Baker Leazanby said she wants to keep serving the community as the top gift store in Owensboro. Gold Winner: Trisons Silver Winner: Rebecca’s Gift Gallery SEE PAGE 48 FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF SHOPPING WINNERS

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Football Y’all hat at owner, LaRae Travis’ boutique, The Pink Poppy, at 1020 Halifax Drive in Owensboro. group of girls who love people and fashion, just like her. She said one of the highlights of owning a boutique in Owensboro is getting to see the items she sells on people across the county. “It’s fun going to an event like Miss Daviess County or something downtown and seeing women wear clothing and jewelr y they bought from my store,” she said. The Pink Poppy mainly carries women’s sizes extra small to 3XL, but also has mommy and me outfits, jewelr y, hats and other accessories. Travis travels to Atlanta about four times a year to a fashion market to order the clothes and jewelr y she stocks her boutique with. “I tr y not to get items that are too terribly expensive,” she said. “I tend to stick with items that have a lower price range, but are still really cute. I also tr y to focus on all sizes. Most boutiques don’t carr y 3XL, so that’s a big selling point for me.” Even though Travis only goes to the market about four times a year,

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the items are randomly shipped, which means she gets new items almost ever y other day. “I just want to keep growing,” she said. “I would eventually like to grow where I could get more kids clothes, shoes and gift items.” One of her best sellers right now is friendship collars — a dog collar that comes with a matching bracelet for dog lovers. “I keep branching out with new things,” Travis said. “I want this space to become a gift shop and a boutique.” Travis also wants to thank all of her customers for the unwavering support over the last year and for the platinum vote of best new local business. “It’s been a great year,” she said. Travis promotes her business, special discounts and new items on The Pink Poppy Facebook page and on Instagram @thepinkpoppy.

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July 16 — Summer Yoga Series: Seva Downtown Riverfront, 9-10 a.m. Owensboro Downtown Riverfront June 25 — Family Movie Matinee, 2-4 p.m. Daviess County July 16-July 23 — Family Movie Matinee, 2-4 p.m. Public Library Daviess County Public Library June 25 — Dazzling Daylilies Festival — Balloons Over The July 16 — Owensboro Parent Kids Triathlon, 8 a.m. Garden, 5:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Western Kentucky Botanical Owensboro Family YMCA Gardens July 16 — Tea with Mary Poppins, 10:30 a.m. June 25 — Owensboro Ballroom Dance Club, RiverPark Center 7-10 p.m., Blessed Mother Church Parish Hall July 16 — Owensboro Ballroom Dance -Decades Dance, June 25 — Live on the Banks, 7 p.m. River Overlook Stage 7-10 p.m. KY National Guard Armory June 26 — Minions — Movies on the River, 8 p.m. July 16 — Live on the Banks, 7 p.m. River Overlook Stage RiverPark Center July 16 — Mary Poppins presented by BAM, June 26 — Owensboro Oilers vs Fulton Co Railroaders, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Cannon Hall — Riverpark Center 7 p.m. Chautauqua Park July 19 — Bluegrass on the Banks, 7-9 p.m. Riverfront Overlook Stage July 22 — Friday After 5, 6:30 -11:30 p.m. RiverPark July 1 — Friday After 5, 6:30 — 11:30 p.m. RiverPark Center thru Riverfront to Convention Center Center thru Riverfront to Convention Center July 23 — Family Movie Matinee, 2-4 p.m. Daviess County July 2-July 23 — Family Movie Matinee, 2-4 p.m. Daviess Public Library County Public Library July 23 — Suits, Sequins & Sneakers Benefit, 5:30 p.m. July 2 — Preservation Station Market Days, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Owensboro Convention Center Preservation Station July 23 — Live on the Banks, 7 p.m. River Overlook Stage July 2 — Sunset Cruisers Downtown Cruise-In, 4-9 p.m. July 27- 30 — Daviess County Lions Club Fair, Daviess Home Depot County Fairgrounds July 2 — All-American 4th of July Celebration, 5-10 p.m. July 29 — Friday After 5, 6:30 -11:30 p.m. RiverPark Center thru Riverfront to Convention Center Downtown Owensboro Riverfront July 30-July 23 — Family Movie Matinee, 2-4 p.m. July 2 — Live on the Banks, 7 p.m. River Overlook Stage Daviess County Public Library July 3 — Freedom Bash, 11a.m. Diamond Lake Resort July 3 — Family Freedom Fireworks Festival, 6 p.m. Panther July 30 — Live on the Banks, 7 p.m. River Overlook Stage Creek Park July 4 — Freedom Day 5K, 7:30 a.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College August 2 — Bluegrass on the Banks, 7-9 p.m. Riverfront July 5 — Bluegrass on the Banks, 7-9 p.m. Riverfront Overlook Stage Overlook Stage August 4 — Bluegrass Open Jam Session, 6-9 p.m. July 7 — Bluegrass Open Jam Session, 6-9 p.m. International Bluegrass Music Museum International Bluegrass Music Museum August 5 — Friday After 5, 6:30-11:30 p.m. RiverPark July 8 — Friday After 5, 6:30-1:30 p.m. RiverPark Center Center thru Riverfront to Convention Center thru Riverfront to Convention Center August 6-July 23 — Family Movie Matinee, 2-4 p.m. July 9-July 23 — Family Movie Matinee, 2-4 p.m. Daviess Daviess County Public Library County Public Library August 6 — Sunset Cruisers Downtown Cruise-In, 4-9 p.m. July 9 — Summer Yoga Series: Seva Downtown Riverfront, Downtown Owensboro 9-10 a.m. Owensboro Downtown Riverfront August 6 — Concert on the Lawn — Owensboro Symphony July 9 — Live on the Banks, 7 p.m. River Overlook Stage Orchestra, 5 p.m,. KWC Front Lawn July 12 — Walk & Talk “All The World’s A Garden, South August 6 — Live on the Banks, 7 p.m. River Overlook Stage Of The Border,” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Western Kentucky August 7 — Preservation Station Market Days, Botanical Gardens Noon-5 p.m. Preservation Station July 15 — Friday After 5, 6:30-11:30 p.m. RiverPark August 7 — Inside Out — Movies on the River, 7:30 p.m. RiverPark Center Center thru Riverfront to Convention Center

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