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Elevat e En t er t ain m en t is m or e t h an a DJ com pan y. It 's a m ovem en t . It 's a lif est yle. Missouri?s Best Red Carpet official event host Broc Barton and the team at Elevate Entertainment voted 2019 Missouri?s Best DJby Missouri Magazine?s readers. ?Broc did an incredible job. We highly recommend Elevate Entertainment for your event. Thank you again Broc for an amazing job,? said Owner/Publisher Cheri Cranford. So much more than your average DJservice, Elevate Entertainment is a full-service entertainment company that is serious about creating incredible event experiences. Led by award-winning DJand Emcee, Broc Barton, their team of DJs is passionate about making your event uniquely engaging and unbelievably memorable for you and your guests. They are known for being high-energy, world-class professionals that lead the way in creative engagement strategies for all types of events, including weddings and corporate events. They also specifically tailor their services to each client?s needs, creating incredible memories that you and your guests will cherish for a lifetime. From cool and classy to high energy and electric, they bring your vision of the experience to life. Visit their website at ElevateEntertainment.com to learn more about Missouri?s Best DJ.

Th e h ear t beh in d Lak e TV William Holt z Lak e TV vot ed M issou r i's Best Spor t s An ch or an d Local Per son alit y Holtz started at Lake TV in the fall of 2013 as a part-time employee doing commentary for Lake TV?s first season of high school football. Since that time, his role has grown into sports director in 2014, general manager in 2016, and eventually purchasing the company in June of 2018. Holtz has an Associates degree in Journalism from State Fair Community College in Sedalia and graduated from Morgan County R-2 in Versailles where he serves as the Alumni Association President. Holtz has been part of many exciting projects since joining the Lake TV team in 2013 including serving as the Director of Extras Casting for Season 1 of Jason Bateman?s Netflix series, ?Ozark.? In 2018, Holtz was named the best local personality, best local TV anchor, and best local sports TV anchor according to Missouri Magazine. Holtz LOVES the Lake of the Ozarks, Sports, and his three fur-babies (Rizzo Bacon Holtz, Santo Burger Holtz, & Stevie Iris Holtz) and resides in Sunrise Beach with his girlfriend Unique and their 3 dogs.

An gela's Lake Cat er in g vot ed M issou r i's Best cat er er Angela Tuley is a self-made chef from Lake of the Ozarks, MO. Every meal is prepared with a truly unique blend of sleek style and bold flavor. "We live in one of the most romantic destination wedding locations the Midwest has to offer." Angela's Lake Catering has become a pillar in the local industry serving over 500 events across 200 different venues and homes throughout the region. Most importantly, Angela's Lake Catering is focused on working with the finest Lake area venues to provide premium event services. They have seen a ton of great venue options pop up around the Lake in the last few years, and their mission is to work hard to help those venues produce an event that guests will remember for years to come. They do that by collaborating with the venue coordinators, event planners, decorators, and (of course) the customer to ensure that each aspect of their service (from food prep to delivery to clean up) is carefully considered throughout the day of the event. The end result is a delightful presentation, satisfied guests, and a very happy customer - every time. Guaranteed.

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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 2019 Missouri's Best Magazine you have been voted the BEST in Missouri. Congratulations!

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The 2019 Missouri's Best is produced by Missouri Magazine, CDM Media Group. For the third 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 third competition for Missouri's Best 2019. We had a 93% voting increase.

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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. 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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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.

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!

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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.

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.

Sassy Ju n k Bou t iqu e M issou r i's Best Bou t iqu e Erica Barclay a single mom and owner of Sassy Junk Boutique voted Missouri's Best Boutique. Sassy Junk VIP shopping started with 200 members in 2016. Fast forward to 2019 they have a combined following of 50,000+. The heart behind Sassy Junk Boutique Erica Barclay, shares a little about her journey. With their growth came massive trials and tribulations. They went from shipping 10 packages a week to 200 most days. "This entire last 8 + Years of being a business owner have been a journey. . . Not always a easy journey. My parents ( God Bless Them) have always been supportive of my crazy ideas and have always helped me along the way. ?Sit down and Write Out A Business Plan? are my Dads famous words. My saint of a mother worked for Free for a entire year at my Lake of The Ozarks Location before I hired someone." Located Inside Market 116 on the Square in Buffalo, Missouri.

M issou r i's Best Roof in g Com pan y is Vet er an Ow n ed Black & Wh it e Roof in g Black & White Roofing is a residential and commercial roofing company based in Lake Ozark. We offer a variety of quality roofing services in Jefferson City, Missouri and the surrounding areas such as roof patching, leaky roof repair, roof replacement, re-roofing, and roof maintenance of all types of roofing systems. Their business has a long line of relationship with the military as currently the company has several veterans on their sales team including the owner himself, who is a former AH-64D Apache Attack Helicopter Pilot/Gunner in the Missouri Army National Guard. Many veterans were previously deployed overseas to serve our country. All veterans together have a combined over 80 years of military service in the United States Army, Airforce and Navy, and several members are currently still serving. They are proud to say they are a veteran owned and operated business and are certainly proud to hire veterans.

Sh aker 's Bar t en din g Ser vice an d Ju st On e M or e is M issou r i's BEST Weddin g Bar Ser vice an d Bar t en der s Starting a bartending service isn't exactly easy but with a dream of serving people more than just drinks Shakers was born. The idea started with just a couple of beautiful venues, some short drink menus, and a goal to become the best mobile bartending service not only in the 417 but in the state. Before we knew it we were in more than a dozen venues and hundreds of events. Rather your a bride, groom, business owner, or party planner we feel that providing professional drink services responsibly is a priority at any event. We are the premier choice for Missouri Bartending services.

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.

Missouri?s Best competition gave the community an opportunity to vote for their favorites in more than 335 categories ? from the best things to do, best marina, to the city?s favorite cuisine and cocktails. Please join us in congratulating the winners of Best of Missouri 2019. You can find previous Best of Missouri winners at missourimagazines.com

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A t in y place w it h big f lavor M ickey 's 76 Dr ive in w in s M issou r i's Best Hot Dog Next time you?re cruising through Branson West on your way to the lake, keep your eyes peeled for Hot Dog Man. Thanks to his bright blue sneakers and squirt bottles of ketchup and mustard, this larger-than-life hot dog statue is quite the sight. He?s also the indicator that you?ve reached Mickey?s 76 Drive In. Philly Cheesesteak, Gyro, Italian Beef, Fresh Pressed Chargrilled Burgers, Chili, Chicago Style Hotdogs, Italian Sausage, Tamales, Hand dipped Shakes & Malts, Dine In, Call In, Carry out, Cater. Located at 10861 State Highway 76 Branson West, Missouri

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Professional Floor Covering is a family owned and operated business. 35 + years serving the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding areas. Professional Floor Covering staff offers years of product knowledge and experience with quality installation. Mitch has been in the flooring industry since 1980 and they specialize in carpet, vinyl, laminate, hard wood, tile and custom showers. They also do residential and commercial floor covering as well.

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

M issou r i's Best Th r if t Sh op Fr esh St ar t An im al Ou t r each is m ak in g a dif f er en ce Fresh Start Animal Outreach is a 501(c)(3) non-profit created to help the animals in our community. They offer assistance with spay & neutering costs, emergency vetting and animal food, and temporary fostering and transport of animals from neglected, abandoned, or relinquished situations to their partners operating no-kill animal rescues. All items in the thrift shop have been donated and they are 100% volunteer operated. All monies raised are used for their programs. Fresh Start Animal Outreach goal is to "Change The World One Animal At A Time".

Located at 1816 S. Business 54 Eldon, Missouri. Open Wednesday - Saturday 10 am 5 pm.

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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.

2019 M issou r i M agazin e's Per son of t h e Aw ar d, St acey Em br y ?We are excited to announce a special award we will present every year at our Missouri?s Best annual Red-Carpet Event, Missouri Magazine?s Person of the Year Award. When our team at Missouri Magazine was deciding on who should be the first to receive this amazing award one person came to mind. She is one of a kind. A devoted wife, mother, friend, determined and cancer survivor. Her strength, courage, determination, faith and so much more has always stood out throughout her journey.? said Missouri Magazine Owner/Publisher Cheri Cranford Stacey has been the director of the Morgan County library for three years. Stacey was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in her kidneys and bladder. She has shared much of her journey through the Morgan County Library Blog the Book Worm in the Versailles Leaderstatesman newspaper and on the library?s Facebook page. If you haven?t had a chance to read her journey we encourage you to take time and read her blog. Her last chemo treatment was at the end of October. She was told she was in remission the first part of November. M ar vin Besch ein en ? Ow n er of Besch ein en Fam ily Fu r n it u r e, Ru n n in g Par t n er , f r ien d ?When Stacey does something, she gives it her all, her 110%. On some of the training runs we would do, I thought she was trying to kill me some days. Before I really knew Stacey well, I always noticed at the gym she was always on time and when she made a commitment, she stuck to it. Later as we began to train together, and things got tough she got tougher. I admired that and always felt fortunate to have her as a running partner.? Br en da St ef f en s- Pr esiden t of t h e M or gan Cou n t y Libr ar y Boar d ?When I think of Stacey Embry, Hebrews 12:1 come to mind, ?Let us run with determination, the race that lies before us.? When Stacey became director of the Morgan County Library, she looked at what the library needed to do and where it needed to go and took off running making great improvements and hasn?t stopped yet. When she was diagnosed with cancer, did she quit the race, No! She continued to run with that same determination and set an example for all of us. Thank you, Stacey, for running with determination and

providing the leadership and example for all of us!? M ich elle Ger lt - f r ien d ?Stacey has a way of looking at the world and the people in a way that most others can?t or won?t. Where some would only see flaws, she can find the beauty. She can find humor in places where others would only see anger or bitterness. She can see what is real underneath it all, and what really matters. She talks about being a people watcher, but I think that is what makes her notice the raw truths and vulnerabilities of what makes us human. Because of that, she is one of the most empathetic people I?ve ever met. I think if she was born hundreds of years ago, she would have

been one of those wise women that people came from miles and miles to see to get advice. I love listening to her talk and tell stories. She can hold a room captive with her wit, her smile, and her commanding presence. I?ve shared more laughs with her than I can count, and probably just as many tears, both happy and sad. She is a true and loyal friend, a devoted wife and mother, and a champion of her community. Most of all, she is just a one-of-a-kind, amazing human being.? It was our honor to present 2019 Missouri Magazine?s Person of the Year award to Stacey Embry. Photo Credit: Katie Crum Photography, LLC

Pear Tr ee Kit ch en & Bar w in s sever al cat egor ies in M issou r i's Best There are many stories of the way people meet, fall in love, and become a wonderful happy couple for many years. Such is a story of two restaurants, both successful in their own right, one the parent of the other. This story is about ?The Pear Tree of Bevier Missouri?. Known for its magical atmosphere and perfectly served food, The Pear Tree was destination for people from all over the world. Birthdays, anniversaries, club events, business dinners and parties for all occasions and for ?no occasion ? just because.? The Pear Tree of Bevier tragically ended in November of 2012 through the harsh reality of fire. Now the Pear Tree Restaurant is back as Pear Tree Kitchen & Bar. Proudly serving the best of the old Pear Tree along with the best of what you've come to love from AJ's Eat & Drink. The new blended menu provides a perfect balance to the taste buds for everybody. Offering the delectable Pear Tree Salad, amazing battered fried lobster, along with mouth-watering steaks, prime rib accompanied by their famous homemade golden onion rings served with perfection. Located in Macon, Missouri at 1407 N Missouri Street.

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St eve's Pest Con t r ol is a f am ily ow n ed an d oper at ed com pan y f ou n ded in 1988 Steve?s Pest Control, Inc. is a family owned and operated company that was founded by Steve and Anita Hotsenpiller in 1988. Since then, Steve?s has grown to become one of the largest independent pest control operations in central Missouri. "This achievement has been made by simply taking great care of our clients through honest, dependable service. Our clients are not just our customers, they?re our friends." Their goal is to continue to exceed the expectations of their clients and to earn the reputation of being the best pest control company to do business with. Steve has always felt that a service company is only as good as the service technician doing the actual work. This is where we at Steve?s feel we?re different than our competition. All of our service technicians have been personally selected by Steve, are State licensed, and have gone through rigorous training, which at Steve?s is an on-going process. All service technicians are required to become Certified Commercial Operators once they are qualified. They're truly committed to providing you the very best service experience possible!

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