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A special thank you to our community for voting for the Best in the State of Missouri. If your business is listed in our 2018 Missouri's Best Magazine you have been voted the BEST in Missouri. Congratulations! The 2018 Missouri's Best is produced by Missouri Magazine. For the second year, MissouriMagazines.com Missouri's Best competition gave the community an opportunity to vote for their favorites in more than 300 categories from the best resort, things to do, to the states favorite restaurants. We're thrilled at the states participation in our second competition for Missouri's Best 2017. We had over 130,000 votes.

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Before we reveal all the winners we want to take a look into the State of Missouri and why we LOVE Celebrating Missouri.

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The people and businesses in our community make me feel grateful to call Missouri home. We take pride in representing our state and want to thank each and every one of you. If you're looking for a business to do business with or provide you a service look no further than the winners of MISSOURI'S BEST. Let them know you heard about their business through Missouri's Best and they have been recommended the best in Missouri.

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Ch ildr en's Lear n in g Cen t er pr om ot in g ch ild developm en t t h r ou gh f r ien dsh ips an d f am ily Children?s Learning Center supports the philosophy of inclusive programming. Supported by research, inclusion fosters the belief that children with special abilities do better in general settings with typically developing peers. CLC believes that inclusion is more than just the physical placement of a child in a classroom. Inclusion holds that children of broadly differing abilities can succeed with appropriate support. The mission of Children?s Learning Center of Camden County is to promote child development through friendships and family. Children?s Learning Center is a nonprofit organization that provides inclusive programing and comprehensive

services to all Camden County children with and without disabilities or developmental delays, guiding them toward a successful future by meeting and enhancing their intellectual, social, and physical needs in a supportive, developmentally appropriate manner. Provide activities that promote child and family growth and enhance the capacity of families to meet the needs of their child Encourage child development through meaningful family and community experiences in order to maximize the child?s social ability and independence. Deliver family centered early intervention services to children with developmental delays or disabilities and their families in the Lake of the Ozarks area.

Self ie Even t s is n ot you r aver age ph ot o boot h Let t h e Celebr at ion begin ! If you are looking for the one thing that can bring fun to your wedding, open-air photo booths from Selfie Events will be a winner! They help you host a memorable wedding that your guests will rave about. Friends and Family are able to gather together, let loose, and rejoice in your new beginning. Their photo booths will create endless fun for all ages and will make your wedding a night that they will never forget! Everyone gets a favor that they can text, print, or share to social media. Selfie Events offer a green screen backdrop that allows up to six different backgrounds of your choice. They even include a personalized border of the happy couple?s name, wedding date, and

embellished with their wedding colors. Selfie Events offers all-inclusive wedding package also includes fun and zany props to commemorate your special event. It's all about you! No need to worry about setting up, operating the booth, or cleaning up. They take care of everything! Photo booths from Selfie Events transform your wedding reception into a joyous celebration of love. With photo booth hire, you can go above and beyond by creating an experience so special that your guests?treasured moments can be shared among friends across social media, as well as being revisited in the future as they reminisce on their experience. Hiring a photo booth for your wedding is about more than just taking pictures and selfies, it is about capturing the best day of your life.


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Bou levar d Br ew in g Com pan y locat ed in Kan sas Cit y is Her e f or t h e Beer Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. Their mission is simple: to produce fresh, flavorful beers using the finest ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. Boulevard beers are built with four principal ingredients, but every drop of Boulevard also shares a fifth ?passion. Our people are bound together by devotion to detail, and are dedicated to providing our customers with the freshest, best tasting beer on the planet.

City, the popularity of our beers has grown rapidly throughout the Midwest and beyond. Throughout it?s selling territory, Boulevard beers have become favorites, known for their full flavor, distinctive characteristics, and unsurpassed quality.

Boulevard Brewing Company is the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest, dedicated to the craft of producing fresh, flavorful beers using traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. For more information, visit boulevard.com

While much of Boulevard?s sales come from within a 50-mile radius of Kansas

Big Cedar Lodge, Am er ica's Pr em ier Wildn ess Resor t Embrace the rustic elegance of a by-gone era at Big Cedar Lodge, a remote haven of natural beauty and contemporary luxury in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Missouri. Steeped in history, the area has provided shelter to native American Indian tribes, solace to wealthy business tycoons, and pleasure to outdoor adventure seekers. Today, rustic log cabins nestle among the trees and offer the ultimate in privacy and comfort, while grand lodges perch high atop the hillsides offering magnificent views of beautiful Table Rock Lake below. The luxury resort? complete with Top of the Rock and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park? has a full service marina, horseback riding, world class fishing, golf, and trails suited for walking, biking, and hiking. Located 10 miles south of Branson, MO, guests are treated to scenic vistas, refreshing mountain air, and Ozark hospitality? at no extra charge. Visit Big Cedar Lodge, where families have been coming for generations to find tranquility and a little piece of heaven on earth.


M issou r i St at e Fair vot ed t h e Best in M issou r i Since the first Fair in 1901, thousands of Missouri families have made the annual ?pilgrimage? to Sedalia. Despite numerous differences, the Fair exhibitors of 1901 and today share an important common element. That common denominator is competition ? the desire to put your efforts against your neighbor ?s best. Since the first State Fair, the reward has been ribbons, premium money and recognition. But the long-term effect of this healthy competition has been a steady improvement in Missouri?s agriculture, agribusiness, domestic arts and, today, even fine arts. From 1901 to today, the Missouri State Fair has been a barometer of the state?s economic health and a documentary of the history of Missouri agriculture. The Missouri State Fair plays an essential role in keeping agriculture one of Missouri?s top industries. In addition to the activities of the eleven-day Missouri State Fair, the fairgrounds are utilized on a year-round basis to capture an even broader audience. On average, the Missouri State Fairgrounds are used for more than 350 days a year. Off-season usage accounts for approximately half the fairgrounds?annual attendance, drawing over 300,000 visitors to various events, including camper rallies, livestock shows, organized athletic leagues and tournaments, craft shows and youth rallies.

Sh aw n ee Blu f f Win er y & Vin eyar d is M issou r i's m ost beau t if u l w in er y The Winery at Shawnee Bluff is the perfect spot for celebrating the every day. We offer a tapas menu, brick oven pizza, and wine tastings by the glass or bottle. Enjoy any of our offerings in our indoor tasting room and bistro, or on our outdoor patio and decks with amazing views of the Lake of the Ozarks. For small weddings, parties, or events, our intimate Tasting Room at the Winery can accommodate up to 30 guests (15-20 seated). We can also accommodate a large wedding under the tent on Studio Hill overlooking the lake with a 14 mile panoramic view and have on-site guest rooms with beautiful lakefront views and access to the pool. Rates start at $119, visit our accommodations page to learn more. Just seven miles down the road, the Vineyard at Shawnee Bluff is the perfect location for larger events. Our newly renovated 5,000 square foot reception venue offers everything you need for an incredible day: space for up to 300 guests* , separate bride?s and groom?s changing areas, restrooms, kitchen, and a wine tasting bar. The outdoor wedding ceremony location offers a breathtaking view of our vineyards ? an ideal backdrop for photos. The Vineyard is located on over 40 acres with sweeping views along the growing grapevines. More varietals are to be planted in 2016 to continue our efforts of providing Missouri estate grown wine. We also have a wine-bottling facility on-site. Both of our Shawnee Bluff locations offer live music and other great events year-round. Check out the events section of the website for more details ? or better yet, come visit us and see for yourself why Shawnee Bluff is Missouri?s most beautiful winery.


ExploreOurState "Celebrating why we Love Missouri" by JAZM IN DECKER

Branson: Branson, Missouri, also known as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, is located in Taney and Stone county nestled down in the Ozark Mountains. The community was named after Reuben Branson, the operator of the local general store back in the 1800?s. Branson is a popular vacation destination for both in state and out of state travelers. Besides the numerous entertainment theaters located around Branson, the city also contains many other entertainment options including the Hollywood Wax Museum of Branson, Silver Dollar City, White Water, Mount Pleasant Winery, Stone Hill Winery, Ride the Ducks, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, ziplining, cave tours, go-karts, mini golf, and much more. If you?re searching for some fun with the family, try visiting the Ripley?s Odditorium or the Titanic Museum. The Odditorium is a multi-roomed fun house created to look like it has been cracked open by an earthquake and offers interesting and odd facts around every corner. The Titanic Museum is a half-scaled replica of the famous ship that struck an iceberg offers an interesting insight into the mysteries and horrors of that dreaded night on April 14th, 1912. Branson, Missouri receives an estimated amount of around eight million travelers per year. With over 200 restaurants, 185 lodging facilities, 50 theaters, and 10 championship golf courses all located within the city limits of Branson, you won?t want to miss out on the fun and entertainment this city has to offer.

Springfield: Springfield, Missouri is the third-largest city in the state of Missouri and is known as the ?Birthplace of Route 66?. Springfield is home to several universities including Missouri State University, Drury University, Ozarks Technical Community College and Evangel University housing a population total of around 159, 498 people living in the city. Although Springfield may not be a big entertainment city like Branson, the city definitely has its sights and landmarks to visit as well. If you enjoy visiting specialty museums, try visiting either the Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks, the Route 66 Car Museum, the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum or the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Outside of


the Museums are famous sights and landmarks located all around Springfield including Fantastic Caverns to explore, the Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield National Cemetery, the World?s Largest Fork, and the Pythian Castle. The Springfield-Branson National Airport serves the city with direct flights to 13 cities around the United States including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, Ft. Myers, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix and Tampa. Either by train, airplane, or simply by car, don?t be afraid to stop by Springfield, Missouri and visit one of the famous landmarks, museums, or college sporting events.

St.L ouis: St. Louis, Missouri, famously known as the ?Gateway to the West?, is an independent city built along the western bank of the Mississippi River and has an estimated population of around 311, 404. St. Louis is the 19th largest city in the United States and is commonly identified with the 630-foot tall Gateway Arch located in Downtown St. Louis. Famous entertainment attractions to visit while in St. Louis besides the notorious Gateway Arch is the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Science Center, Union Station, the Old Courthouse, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the St. Louis Art Museum. If you?re looking for somewhere to take your family on a hot summer day, try taking them to either the City Museum or

the Anheuser-Busch historical landmark. The City Museum is a play house museum, consisting of repurposed architectural and industrial objects and can be found in the former International Shoe Wearhouse in the Washington Avenue Loft District. It?s an amazing museum for children and adults of any age to discover and explore on the multi-floored fun house. The Anheuser-Busch building is an amazingly beautiful landmark to visit as well as it offers tours of the Budweiser Museum fun for the adults and displays their incredible Clydesdale horses for your children to view and visit. This city, operating with more than 100 centerpiece parks located all around St. Louis, is a beautiful city to visit and has access to multiple historic buildings and attractions fun for the whole family. Whether you?re looking for a trip to the Gateway Arch or simply visiting Forest Park, make sure to drop in and dabble in all the beauty this city has to offer.

K ansasCity: Kansas City, Missouri is the largest city in Missouri and is the sixth largest city in the Midwest. With an estimated population of 481,420, Kansas City has many attractions to offer and is well known for its exquisite cuisine and its craft breweries. One of the most well-known and visited buildings in Kansas City is the Crown Center. Crown Center is the headquarters of Hallmark Cards and is a major


downtown shopping and entertainment complex. The Country Club Plaza, also just known as ?The Plaza?, is an upscale, outdoor shopping center surrounded by multiple condominiums and high-rise buildings and was the first built shopping district in the U.S. Alongside the shopping centers are many entertainment opportunities as well. The Kauffman Center for the Preforming Arts is an architecturally stunning building known for its beauty and the symphony that preforms there. Kansas City is well-known for its local jazz notables and is the home of the ?Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival? as well as the American Jazz Museum.

pools, and 5 museums and attractions, there?s plenty to check out and explore around Kansas City.

Whether you enjoy the blues and jazz of the city or you would rather visit a Kansas City Chiefs or a Kansas City Royals game, there?s plenty of places for everyone to check out. With 152 ball diamonds, 10 community centers, 105 tennis courts, 5 golf courses, 30

The cultural institutions of the city include the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Museum of Art and Archaeology, and the annual True/False Film Festival. The University of Missouri's Museum of Art and Archaeology displays 14,000 works of art and archaeological

Columbia: Founded in 1821, Columbia, Missouri is home to the University of Missouri and is the fourth most-populous city in Missouri with an estimated population of 120,612 people. The city is well-known for its powerful journalism, politics, art, and its education. The Missouri Tigers, Missouri?s only major college athletic program, play football at Faurot Field and basketball at Mizzou Arena as members of the SEC.


objects in five galleries for no charge to the public. The 9th Street Summerfest closes part of Central Missouri?s streets several nights each summer to hold outdoor performances and has featured famous artists such as Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Weird Al Yankovic and many others. Other top sights to travel to while visiting Columbia are the Mizzou Botanical Garden, Rock Quarry Park, the Devil?s Icebox Trail, Francis Quadrangle Historical District, and the Albert Oakland Park. Albert Oakland Park is great for children as it offers a seasonal aquatic center, lighted athletic fields, a disc golf course, and a fitness trail. Located in Boone County, Columbia is built upon the hills and plains of Mid-Missouri and is home to many breathtaking caves and springs. The city has been called the ?Athens of Missouri? for its many years of classic beauty and educational importance.

J effersonCity: Jefferson City, Missouri is the fifteenth largest city in the state and is the capital of the state of Missouri. With a population of around 43,079 people, most of the city?s primary employers fall within the service and manufacturing companies. Jefferson City, named after the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, currently holds the title of ?America?s Most Beautiful Small Town? per Rand McNally. If you enjoy exploring historic sites or museums, then Jefferson City is a perfect city to visit. Located in the heart of the city lies the Missouri State Museum, the Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, the Lewis and Clark Monument, the Fountain of the Centaurs, and the Jefferson City Museum of Modern Art. To add a little excitement and mystery, consider visiting the Missouri State Penitentiary, the prison of Missouri that operated from 1836 to 2004. Serving as the state?s primary maximum security institution, the architecturally beautiful prison serves as a wonderful and famous piece of history. Lincoln University, located in Jefferson City,

is a public, historically black university with open enrollment, certificate, associate, bachelor, and graduate programs. Columbia College, William Woods University, Metro Business College, and Merrell University also have campuses in the city with varying degree levels and options. Alongside the Universities lies multiple public schools and private schools providing education to many different students from around the state.

L akeOzark: Lake Ozark, Missouri is a small city in Camden and Miller county located near the Lake of the Ozarks. Estimating a population of around 1,586 people, Lake Ozark has multiple water related activities and plenty of fun for everyone. Between the boat tours, parasailing, paragliding, water sports, and boat rentals, there are plenty of lake related activities to enjoy at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you?re someone who would rather spend a little bit of time inside rather than outside, checking out the Shawnee Bluff Vineyards, spas, bars and clubs, or room escape games are the way to go. Multiple activities located in Lake Ozark, Missouri is based around the Lake of the Ozarks, but with a ginormous, beautiful lake like this one it provides a perfect opportunity to enjoy a day out at the lake with the family. Lake Ozark has a humid climate with hot summers and multiple thunderstorms. Winters are generally cold with mild periods, but the temperature of the lake can alter the climate with heavy fog and milder weather. With the heated summers constantly ablaze, summers on the lake are the best way to pass time in Lake Ozark, Missouri.

St.Charles: With a population of 65,794, St. Charles, Missouri is the ninth largest city in Missouri and lies on the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri. The city is the third oldest city in the state and played a significant role in the United States? westward expansion. St. Charles was considered the last civilized stop by the Lewis


and Clark Expedition as they traveled through the western territory back in 1804. If you?re looking for a cool insight into history, try visiting the Lewis and Clark Boat House. This exhibit includes full-scale replicas of the boats used by Lewis and Clark and it also walks you through their 1804 expedition. For some adult fun with either your friends or your spouse, there are multiple places to visit such as the Hollywood Casino St. Louis, Kokomo Joe?s Entertainment & Escape Rooms, the Escape on Main, and Cracked. For a more relaxing and laid-back day, try checking out the Fraser Lenoard Art Gallery, the Frenchtown Heritage Museum, or the St. Charles Borromeo Log Church. No matter what you decide to do either with friends, family, or your spouse, there?s plenty of entertainment for everyone. The Riverfront and Main Street area in the St. Charles Historic District is a central gathering place and is the ultimate focal point for the community. The main features of the riverfront and Historic Main Street are residences and businesses with features such as shops, restaurants, and offices frequented daily by visitors and locals. St. Charles is a town full of history and beauty that you won?t want to miss out on.

L ee?sSummit: Lee's Summit, Missouri is located within the counties of Jackson and Cass county and has a population of about 91,364

people, making it the sixth-largest city in both the state of Missouri and in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. In 2006, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Lee's Summit 44th on its list of the "100 Best Cities to Live in the United States? which was then improved to 27th on the 2010 list. Lee?s Summit is full of recreational

activities for the whole family. Lake Jacomo and Longview Lake are both freshwater reservoirs that are perfect areas to bring the family on a hot summer day and provides full access to the public. If you would like to find out more about the history of the town and what lies within it, I recommend visiting Missouri Town 1855, the Harry S. Truman Farm Home, or the Rice-Tremonti Farm Home. For a little action and adventure, try out the Exit Room and see if you have what it takes to escape. Longview Community College, which is part of the Metropolitan Community College, is located on the extreme western edge of Lee's


Summit. It also is home to the Summit Technology Center, which is a branch campus of the University of Central Missouri, and is home to a branch of Baker University as well.

H ermann: Hermann, Missouri, a city created in 1842 and located in Gasconade County, has a population of around 2,431 people and is the commercial center of the Hermann American Viticultural Area. The city?s seven wineries produce about one-third of the state's overall inventory of wine. Hermann holds a Maifest during the third weekend in May and an Oktoberfest the first four weekends in October calling itself the sausage-making capital of Missouri. Although Hermann may be a smaller city, there are still plenty of historical sites and museums in the area to visit. Stop on by the Deutschheim State Historic Site, the Historic Hermann Museum, or the Gasconade County Courthouse for a history lesson on the traditions and history of the city of Hermann. If you would rather have a night on the town and a couple of drinks with some friends, then try either the OakGlenn Vineyards & Winery or the Hermannhof Vineyards. No matter what you decide to participate in, Hermann county is a beautiful little city and you can?t go wrong with the choice of visiting it, especially during the weekends of the Oktoberfest. Make sure to stop on by and grab some wine or a sausage and relax with some friends or family.

TableR ockL ake: Table Rock Lake is an artificial lake in The Ozarks of southwestern Missouri and northwestern Arkansas. The lake was constructed between 1954-1958

on the White River by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake is one of the popular draws for the nearby town of Branson, Missouri. There are several marinas along the lake while Table Rock State Park is located on the east side, both north and south of Table Rock Dam. The Missouri Department of Conservation operates a fish hatchery, which is used to stock trout in Lake Taneycomo through Table Rock Lake as well. The cold water let out from the dam creates the perfect trout fishing environment in Lake Taneycomo. Table Rock State Park provides public access to the lake with facilities that include a boat launch and full-service marina, a cafe, a boat rental and scuba dive shop, a campground with full RV hookups and a yurt, fishing access, swimming access, picnic areas, an amphitheater, hiking and mountain bike trails, and beautiful views.


EYE DO STL M issou r i's f in est on st it e m ak eu p an d h air t eam Eye Do STL is a Missouri based, on-location business that caters to their clients every want and needs. Not only does their team understand beauty, we live it. Eye Do STL takes great pleasure in showcasing their talent and skills. They are dedicated to providing TOP NOTCH services that are STRESS FREE + FUN! Thank you for considering us to be a part of your big day! Check us out: www.eyedostl.com, facebook.com/eyedostl, instagram.com/eyedostl Want to know more? Contact their Event Coordinator, Kim Stahlheber, at scheduling@eyedostl.com or (636) 541- 4618.

Ran ge St . Lou is West vot ed BEST sh oot in g r an ge in M issou r i The Range opened in November of 2015. This was the dream of John Henderson, our managing partner, to have a quality range, retail store and training facility under one roof and located in West County. John spent almost two years searching for a municipality that would allow such a business. Ballwin caught his vision and helped guide him in the process and location of this facility. Together with financial partners The Range St. Louis West was a dream come true. The Range St. Louis West has a total of three bays with 20 lanes, two general purpose and one tactical bay. Our two general purpose bays have seven lanes each for target practice. The six-lane tactical bay is fully equipped with the latest and greatest targets including facing/silhouette, strobe light and many more. Our full facility has about 5000 square feet of retail space and two expandable meeting/ training rooms. We also have a separate space for our state-of-the-art simulator. With 20 lanes (six of them state of the art tactical), 5000 square feet of beautiful retail space, a simulator housed in its own private room to allow for training and fun and exciting team events, and expandable training rooms and on-site seasoned trainers to allow everything from getting your concealed carry (CCW) to advanced tactical to meet basic and advanced needs of our members. Daily, monthly and annual memberships are available, and our members can sign up to reserve lanes in advance and take advantage of discounts on range ammo and accessories.


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Buffat N autifishR umBar

Pr ivat e Sch ool

Bed & Br eak f ast

ColumbiaI ndependent School

OldCaledonianBed& Breakfast

Pu blic Sch ool

H ermitageR -I V

Beer Select ion

BoulevardBrewingCompany Su m m er Cam p

H opeChurch

Br eak f ast

J ollyR ogersGrubnGrog Tech n ical College

StateFairCommunityCollege

Bu sin ess Lu n ch

FultonCafe, Un iver sit y

M issouri StateUniversity Bagels

St.L ouisBreadCompany

Cak e & Desser t s

R ockyM ountainChocolate Factory Cat er in g

Bak er y

ChangesN TimeCafe

TwoSistersCatering Ch ef

Bar becu e Rest au r an t

H ickman'ssmokehouse

A ndyat TheTrophyR oom


WINNERS Ch ick en Win gs

P izzaH aus Ch in ese Rest au r an t

Wok-N -R oll,L akeOzark

Fam ily Rest au r an t

BigR y'sP izzeria Food Tr u ck

Fat BoyzBarbecueR estaurant & FoodTrucks

Cock t ails

N autifishR umBar

Fr en ch Fr ies

FiveGuys Cof f eeh ou se

OldVillageM ercantile Deli

Fr ied Ch ick en

N orthShoreR estaurant & L ounge

OldBrickH ouseDeli Ham bu r ger Desser t s

R ockyM ountainChocolate Factory

FultonCafe,L L C Ir ish Bar

P addyM alone'sP ub Dist iller y

OzarkDistillery

It alian Rest au r an t

BigR y'sP izzeria Don u t s

OldTownDonuts

Local Win er y

ShawneeBluffWinery


WINNERS Locally Ow n ed Rest au r an t

P izzaH ausWardsville M ar gar it a

Sergio'sTaqueria M ar gar it a

TapandGrill L akesideBrew H aus

Pizza

P izzaH aus Pu b Food

P addyM alone'sP ub Rest au r an t Ser ver

Brandyat BigR y'sP izzeria Salad

M exican Rest au r an t

SunriseCantinaBar&Grill

FultonCafe,L L C Seaf ood Rest au r an t

M ost Rom an t ic Rest au r an t

TheTrophyR oomat Old K inderhook

J B H ooks Sou l Food

SonJ a'sSoulFood New Rest au r an t

K ilt &CloverI rishR estaurant &P ub Ou t door Pat io

ShawneeBluffWinery

Spor t s Bar

M attingly's St eak h ou se

Domenico'sI talian R estaurant


WINNERS Su b/ San dw ich

Ch ir opr act or

FultonCafe,L L C

A bsoluteWellnessCenter,I nc, ChristyH ancock

Su n day Br u n ch

J ollyR ogersGrubnGrog

Clin ic

L akeR egionalClinic

Su sh i

L oveSushi

Day Spa

SpaShiki

Tak e Ou t

FultonCafe,L L C

Den t ist

L akeDentalClinic

Th ai / Viet n am ese

Wok-N -R oll

Der m at ologist

L akeDermatology&M edSpa

Win e Bar

ShawneeBluffWinery

Doct or

Dr.CarmenFord,M D

Win e Select ion

ShawneeBluffWinery

Eye Clin ic

SunshineEyeClinic

Assist ed Livin g Facilit y

CarnegieVillageSeniorL iving Community

Gast r oen t er ology

L akeR egionalGastroenterology


WINNERS Healt h & Fit n ess Clu b

L ifestyleFusionFamilyWellness Coaching

Ph ar m acy

GerbesP harmacy Ph ysician

Hospit al

SSM H ealthSt.M ary's H ospital- J effersonCity M assage

M istyClarkM essageTherapy

DrA mandaShippM D Weigh t Loss Clin ic / Cou n selin g

L ifestyleFusionFamilyWellness Coaching Com m u n it y Act ivist

M assage Th er apist

M istyClarkM essageTherapy

ElissaGarr Local Act or

Or t h odon t ist

CentralM issouri Orthodontics

BenSchatzel Local An ch or

Pediat r ician

P ediatricandA dolescent Specialty Clinic

L isaR ose,K Y3 Local Au t h or

GillianFlynn Per son al Tr ain er

ShawnEmbrey

Local Cau se

BackStoppers


Big O Tir es St or y f r om h u m ble begin n in gs, an in du st r y leader is bor n The Big O Tires story begins back in 1962, just as America's new love affair with the automobile was hitting high gear. The market for replacement tires was exploding, and independent tire dealers found themselves struggling to compete in the face of low prices offered by major tire manufacturers' own company stores. Big O's founding fathers were a handful of progressive independent tire dealers who decided to band together to form a tire-buying cooperative so that they could secure volume pricing and keep their customers happy. Their concept worked. In the years that followed, the Big O Tires co-op evolved into a full-fledged franchise as it continued to find innovative ways to harness the power of the collective to benefit independent dealerships and their customers. Over a half-century later, Big O Tires has become one of North America's largest retail tire franchisors, with nearly 400 independently-owned and operated locations in 19 states, providing customers with a broad range of automotive services in addition to quality tires, wheels and accessories. Big O has become an industry role model admired for its innovative approach to franchising and unmatched customer loyalty ratings. In 1996, Big O Tires joined forces with one of the largest and most respected tire marketers in the nation when it became part of the TBC Corporation, one of North America?s largest marketers of automotive replacement tires with more than 3,200 franchised and company-operated tire and automotive service centers. Through worldwide operations spanning wholesale, retail, and franchise, TBC provides customers best-in-class brands and automotive maintenance and repair services with the underlying mission to exceed customer expectations. As Big O Tires continues to thrive and adapt to an ever-changing marketplace, it remains rooted in its humble beginnings as a proud collective of independent dealers committed to putting its customers first. Big O Tires ? The Team You Trust


WINNERS Local Clot h in g Design er

K ayOss

Real Est at e Agen t

TheSutherlandGroup- K eller WilliamsL akeoftheOzarksR ealty

Local Coach

ShawnEmbrey

Sch ool Boar d M em ber

StacyTrustyM acksCreek

Local Legislat or

DianeFranklinStateR ep.

Teach er

L isaSmithBroddersen

Local M et eor ologist

Brigit M ahoney

Bou t iqu e

H arrisonH ouseM arket

Local Per son alit y

Will H oltz

Con sign m en t St or e

BearM arketConsignment Sales

Local Radio Per son alit y

StevenP arker

Depar t m en t St or e

R oss

Local Television Per son alit y

WilliamH oltzL akeTV

Gif t St or e

M issDoyle'sSoapery

Local TV Spor t s An ch or

WilliamH oltzL akeTV

Golf Sh op

OldK inderhook

Place t o Wor k

OzarksA mphitheater

Gr ocer y St or e

WoodsSupermarket-SunriseBeach


WINNERS Hom e Fu r n ish in g St or e

GraysonH ome Liqu or St or e

L akeL iquor&TobaccoI nc M all/ Sh oppin g Cen t er

OsageBeachOutletM arketplace

Local Par k

H aH aTonkaStateP ark Local Spor t s Team

St.L ouisCardinals Pool Hall

BrassR ail SportsBar, R esturant &P oolH all

M en's Clot h in g St or e

M odernSocietyA pparel

Sh oot in g Ran ge

TheR angeSt.L ouisWest Sh oe St or e

BellaBoutiqueM issouri

Spor t s Leagu es

SportsM onster Wom en's Clot h in g St or e

M odernSocietyA pparel

Sw im m in g Pool

Bow lin g Alley

EldonA quaticCenter

EagleL anes

Wat er par k

BigSurfWaterpark Dr ivin g Ran ge

OldK inderhookGolfCourse

Bar Ser vices

R oom38R estaurant &L ounge Golf Cou r se

OldK inderhook

Beau t y (Hair an d M ak e u p)

EyeDoSTL


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WINNERS Br idal Salon s

TheSpaat Old K indehrook-K ari J oBearden Cat er er s

R oom38R estaurant &L ounge Cer em on y Ven u e

OldK inderhook

Reh ear sal Din n er s, Br idal Sh ow er s, Par t ies

OldK inderhook Ren t als

L it M emories Tr an spor t at ion

CelebrationBuses&L imousines

DJs

L iveEventsM issouri DJ s Flor ist

N ephew&Co. In vit at ion s + Paper Goods

TheI nkCafeL L C M en sw ear

Savvi Formalwear Ph ot o Boot h

St.L ouisSelfieEvents Recept ion Ven u e

TheExchangeVenue

Tr avel Specialist s

CruiseP lanners- K elly& Curt Spickler Videogr aph er

WootenWeddingFilms Weddin g Ban ds

DuncanI I J ewelry Weddin g Cak es

J ustGrandma'sCakes Weddin g Jew elr y

K K J ewelers


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WINNERS Weddin g Ph ot ogr aph er

L ighterFocusP hotography

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Won der s of Wildlif e Nat ion al M u seu m an d Aqu ar iu m vot ed BEST M u seu m Johnny Morris?Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium consists of an 1.5-million-gallon aquarium adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles and birds, and immersive wildlife galleries that bring visitors eye-to-eye with the greatest collection of record-setting game animals ever assembled. Located adjacent to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, the 350,000-square-foot experience celebrates people who hunt, fish, and act as stewards of the land and water. Wonders of Wildlife is a gift to the sportsmen and women of America from noted conservationist, angler and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. Johnny endeavored to create a world-class not-for-profit conservation attraction located in his hometown, Springfield, Missouri, next to Bass Pro Shops?flagship headquarters store ? where half the nation?s population lives within a day?s drive. Featuring an immersive design with surprises around every corner and more than 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds, the $300 million not-for-profit Wonders of Wildlife is unlike any other aquarium on earth. Fans cite the aquarium?s over-the-top multisensory habitats, engaging interactive exhibits and strong conservation ethic as defining features that set Wonders of Wildlife apart. Larger than the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the not-for-profit attraction is the world?s grandest tribute to the conservation movement and the adventurers, explorers, outdoorsmen and conservationists who helped discover, develop and preserve the nation we love.


Hu let t Ch evr olet Bu ick GM C h on or ed t o h ave ser ve t h e lak e com m u n it y f or t h e last f if t y-t h r ee year s. When a customer comes into Hulett Chevrolet Buick GMC to find a new car, they will notice an important difference in service from other dealerships. Starting at the door, they?ll be greeted by Hulett sales staff, and whomever they meet is who will be helping them for the rest of the day. At Hulett Chevrolet Buick GMC, customers aren?t passed off to multiple people. Rather, they?re treated to a one-on-one experience for the duration of their visit. ?That sort of start-to-finish experience is rare in our business,? says Jason Hulett, dealer principal. We pride ourselves on a no pressure experience. Whether you come in for sales, service or repair, it?s a no-hassle, friendly experience,? says Ryan Hulett. The dealership was originally opened in 1965 by Hulett?s grandfather and father then Jason took over in 2004. He and his brother, Ryan, who serves as general manager and co-owner now handle the day-to-day operations. Today, they sell Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC alongside pre-owned cars of all makes and models. Hulett?s favorite part of the business is supporting his team of thirty-six employees and interacting with customers, whom he has a special message for. ?I?d like to say thank you to the people in the area. We are so honored to have served the lake community for the last fifty-three years. We love being involved in the community and serving community projects.? Each year, the dealership gives back through various charities and organizations in the area. Between their excellent customer service, decades of experience, and community support, Hulett Chevrolet Buick Chevrolet GMC is proud to be a part of the community.

Th e Pam per ed Pooch Day Spa, w h er e t h ey love you r dogs The Pampered POOCH Day Spa is an innovative new approach to caring for your furever best friend. They are the most important thing in their life. Let Pampered Pooch Day Sap show you how they are the most important thing in theirs. Their Guests are treated like Royalty as being a valued member of their family. Pawsitively without a doubt, WE LOVE YOUR DOG! Pampered Pooch Day Spas offers Doggie Day Care and Overnight Facilities for their clients. They continue to strive to provide the best services that their clients request. Book your appointment today by calling 417-438-3647


Goet ze Br os Car pet & Fu r n it u r e w in s M issou r i's Best t w o year s in a r ow Goetze Bros. Carpet & Furniture is a family owned business since 1969. Serving the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding areas. At Goetze Bros Carpet & Furniture they believe that it should be all about you. Their main goal is to do everything possible to make you satisfied. Goetze Bros Carpet & Furniture carries a complete line of products from the world's leading manufacturers. Offering a huge inventory, great selection, hundreds of colors and styles, reasonable prices and reliable service. Visit their website to find our more www.goetzebros.com

Old Kin der h ook w in s sever al cat egor ies in M issou r i's Best Old Kinderhook is a 700+ acre residential golf & lake community located on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. The Tom Weiskopf Signature Semi-Private Course is open to the public year round and is nestled in the Missouri Ozark hills. The course is renowned for its unsurpassed drama: valleys, waterfalls, hills, trees and water hazards. Homeowners & guests enjoy the benefits of two on-site restaurants, lodging facilities, marina with a private boat ramp, fitness & business center, swimming pool, two tennis courts, member 's clubhouse, a day spa and 24 hour gated security. Make Old Kinderhook Your Place at the Lake! 573-317-3500


It 's an exper ien ce f or t h e w h ole f am ily at Old Village M er can t ile The Old Village Mercantile takes you back to a simpler time. It's an experience for the whole family. The historic building was build in 1909. Also, well known for their antiques and homemade goodies. Caledonia is rich with Scottish history. Main street was built in the mid 1800s. The town today is unspoiled by time. Caledonia is a National Historic District with 33 homes and businesses on the national register. The town of the century, Caledonia, at one time had 4 general stores, an old hardware store, and stage coach inn used in the civil war as a hospital for the union army. Also, a cheese factory and black smith shop. Caledonia has the oldest continuous masonic lodge over 175 years old and the oldest Presbyterian Church west of the Mississippi. The historic society owns the church and has it open for tours and can be rented for special occasions. Today the Old Village Mercantile is the only business to survive time in tact with all originality. The rest of the historic district is preserved as homes, shops, and restaurants.


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Missouri's Best 2018  

Missouri’s Best competition gave the community an opportunity to vote for their favorites in more than 300 categories — from the best things...

Missouri's Best 2018  

Missouri’s Best competition gave the community an opportunity to vote for their favorites in more than 300 categories — from the best things...