Watauga County Best of the Best 2022

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Watauga Democrat presents

Best of the Best 2022

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BEST OF THE BEST

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Watauga’s best in 2022 BY MOSS BRENNAN

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he last year saw businesses began to return to a more normal operation after more than two years of COVID-19. While COVID-19 is still with us and has still caused challenges, the business community in Watauga County has put their best foot forward to continue doing what they do best — serving the community. The Watauga Democrat Best of the Best awards are in the 12th year of being presented, and second year of being awarded in an irregular way. Before COVID-19, the award winners were honored at a grand event hosted by the Mountain Times Publications staff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, winners were contacted by Mountain Times Publications staff to be congratulated individually for a second straight year. Sponsors for the 2022 awards are Blue Ridge Energy, Peabodys Wine & Beer Merchants, The Pedalin’ Pig and Ross Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Community members got to vote for their favorite businesses with more than 150 categories to choose from. The efforts of local businesses didn’t go unnoticed by the community, as demonstrated by the enthusiasm of voters to show support for the Best of the Best of Watauga business. The Watauga Democrat applauds each of the winners as they are recognized, and remains thankful for the tireless work each of them continue to give to the area. Businesses are featured in this special section, and on the Watauga Democrat website at www. wataugademocrat.com.

PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Women’s Boutique are, from left, Leigh Ann Pless, Hilary Pless and Madison Pless of Boone Belles.


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2022 Best of the Best Winners Acupuncture Clinic: Blue Ridge Acupuncture Animal Clinic: Animal Hospital of Boone Antique Store: The Marketplace at Curiosity Appliance Repair: R&C Appliance Repair Appliance Store: Badcock Home Furniture Art Gallery: Carlton Gallery Assisted Living: Deerfield Ridge Attorney: Jim Deal/Deal, Mosley & Smith LLC Attraction: Mystery Hill Auto Parts: NAPA/Flowers Auto Parts Auto Sales Person: Brett Silver Ross Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Bakery: Stick Boy Bank: Wells Fargo Barbecue Restaurant: The Pedalin’ Pig Bartender: Amanda/River St. Ale House Beauty Salon: Mane Habit Salon Bed and Breakfast: Taylor House Inn SEE BEST ON PAGE 12

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY BILLY HOILMAN JR.

Accepting the award for Best Hospice is Andy Benoit, Devon Brown, Gerald Thomas, Alethia Griffin, Molly Farrish, Anna Spencer, Miranda Jordan, Michael Triplett, Jennifer Norris, Lindsey Madrigal, Amanda Pulley, Holly Hollars, Chelsey Norwood, Jody Griffin, Danielle Shook, Kylie Sherwood, Sarah Solberg, Amanda Shore and Emma Beason of Medi Home Health and Hospice.

Thank you for voting us

Best Winery and Best Locally Produced Wine!

COMMITTED TO OUR COMMUNITY Thank you for voting us Best Spa!

Thank you for voting us Best of the Best. Our highest aim is to provide a safe community and ensure justice.

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Live Music & Food Truck on the weekends 2022 2022

Phone: 828-268-6900 | Emergency: 911 1500 Blowing Rock Road Boone, NC 28607

225 Vineyard Lane Banner Elk, NC 28604 Email: Info@GrandfatherVineyards.com HOURS: Mon-Sat: 12pm to 6 pm • Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm


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PHOTO BY AUSTIN FOWLER

Accepting the award for Best Spa are from left, Angela Heavner and Brad Heavner of 180 Float Spa.

PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Flooring Store is R.L. Sudderth of Abbey Carpet and Floor.

PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Yoga Teacher is Briana Kidd of High Country Yoga.

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US

BEST CAR REPAIR

Main Store: 2464 Hwy 421 South, Suite 100,

(828) 264-4883

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Downtown Boone: 1246 West King St,

(828) 264-4886

Email us at: localsgarage421office@gmail.com or localsgaragewest@gmail.com

Thank You For Voting Us... -Best Fast Food -Best Burger -Best French Fries -Best Chicken Tenders -Best Hot Dog


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Call us! 828-264-9476 Or text us at 828-386-7128 for any orders or inquiries! 1104 Highway 105 South, Boone, NC 28607 kevin@peabodyswineandbeer.com Store Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 9:00pm: Friday - Saturday 9:00am - 10:00pm: Sunday 10:00am - 9:00pm

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PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Barbecue Restaurant is Ethan Anderson, owner of The Pedalin’ Pig.

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY GRACE WARD

Accepting the award for Best Furniture Store are, Briggs Shealy, Henry Stout, Merle Adams and Grace Ward of Appalachian Furniture. Not Pictured: Garrett, Logan and Riley.

Honest, Dependable and Affordable

Thanks for your trust in voting us

Thanks for voting us Best Antique Store, Home Decor, and Gift Shop!

The Best in Computer Repair!

2022

(828) 264-0959

2022

www.dougnetconsulting.com 186 Southgate Drive Boone, NC 28607

Visit our website for news about our new Boone location.

Boone Location: 3100 US HWY 105 Boone, NC 28607

Banner Elk Location: 3990 NC Highway 105 S, Suite 5 Tynecastle, Banner Elk, NC

336-684-0999 • www.curiositync.com

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On-site service available Custom computer sales Virus removal System tune up


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Banner Elk Location: 4235 Hwy 105 South Banner Elk, NC 28604 828.898.7500

Our New Blowing Rock Location: The Pedalin’ Pig at Woodlands 8304 Valley Blvd. Blowing Rock, NC 28605 828.295.3651

Boone Location: 2968-1 Hwy 105 Boone, NC 28607 828.898.7500


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PHOTO BY AUSTIN FOWLER

Accepting the award for Best Acupuncture Clinic are from left Lisa Gorla, Dr. Torrey Gorla, Tabitha Greene, and Dr. Karen Williams of Blue Ridge Acupuncture & Integrative Health.

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PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Fuel Oil Company are from left, Shawn Aldridge and Jeremy Moretz of Blue Ridge Energy.

PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Insurance Agency are Agency Manager Toby Oliver and his team at NC Farm Bureau Insurance, Crystal Puett, Alex Brown, Sarah Bryan, Chandler Brown, Bradley Myers, Joey Lucas, Cameron Smith, Johnny Carson, Eddie Alejandro, Jason Cornett, Mary Bowman, Bonnie Strader and Tabitha Elliott.


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PHOTO BY AUSTIN FOWLER

Accepting the award for Best Golf Course is Art Adams of Boone Golf Club.

PHOTO BY AUSTIN FOWLER

Accepting the award for Best Home Security is Lane Robinson of Creekside Electronics.

Thank you for voting us B Best Paving Company!

2022

PHOTO BY JOHN GOHEEN

Accepting the award for Best Massage Therapist is, Jennifer Pillow of Restoration Massage and Bodywork.

Thanks to all of our customers for voting us 2022

Best of the Best Car Repair

124 Moretz Hollow Road, Zionville, NC 28698

828-297-5048 www.moretzpavinginc.com • moretzpavinginc@gmail.com

828-265-4742 | 124 Realty Row | Boone, NC Monday-Friday 8am-5pm


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Accepting the award for Best Deli/Sub are from left Alex Dalton, Laura Howard, and Jacob Comer of Jersey Mikes.

Accepting the award for Best Gift Shop, Antique Store, and Home Decor are, from left, Dave Gindlesperger, Jessica Reese, Linda Caldwell, Irena Sedivy, and Michael Workman of The Marketplace at Curiosity.

Dr. Rebecca Fair along with her family and her wonderful staff at Watauga Veterinary Hospital thank you for your love and support! 2531 US HWY 421 N

We are excited to announce Dr. Kelsey Hayes-Anderson

Serving the High Country for over 60 years

joining our Team this June! • Wellness & Sick Pet Exams • Dentistry & Advanced Surgery • And now serving Exotic Pets!

Schedule your appointment today: Dr. Rebecca Fair and Family

828-297-3300

Dr. Kelsey Hayes-Anderson

2022

Following God’s call to serve the people and pets of the High Country!

130 Hardin St. • Boone, NC 28607 • (828) 264-8657


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PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Cosmetologist and Best Beauty Salon is Jezabel LeBatard, owner Mane Habit Salon.

PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Japanese Restaurant is Gwen Dhing of Makotos Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar.

PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Pharmacist is Rebecca Weaver of Boone Drug.

Thank you for voting us

Best Deli/Sub in 2022!

2022

Thank you for voting us Best Jacuzzi Spa Dealer! SUPERIOR SPAS

“YOUR BACKYARD SPECIALIST”

4090 HWY 105 South Boone, NC 28607 828-963-6624 boonesuperiorspas.@gmail.com

2022

119 New Market Centre Boone, NC 28607

(828) 264-4447

www.jerseymikes.com/3112/boone-nc


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PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Veterinarian is Dr. Rebecca Fair of Watauga Veterinary Hospital and staff with the Fair family dogs. Front row from left Lindsey Askew (and Lily), Ali Sullivan (and Annabelle), Emily Ward (and Pepper), Carter Jacobs (and Deacon) and back row from left, Ed Fair (and Jason), Michael Fair (and Zeva), Grace Martin, Faith Tuckey, Kristen Trivette, Dr. Rebecca Fair and Ray Fair.

BEST CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 Beer Brewery: Booneshine Bicycle Store: Boone Bike & Touring Biscuit: Bojangles Body Shop: Hampton’s Body Shop Book Store: Foggy Pine Breakfast Restaurant: Sunrise Grill Burrito: Los Arcoiris Cable Company: Skyline/SkyBest Car Dealer new: Ross Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Car Dealer used: Ross Chrysler Dodge

Jeep Ram Car Repair: Local’s Garage Car Wash: Bubbles Carpet Cleaning: Dolbier Disaster Restoration Caterer: Reid’s Café & Catering Cell Phone Service: Verizon Chicken Tenders: Come Back Shack Childrens Store: Bluebird Exchange Chinese Restaurant: Taste Grill Chiropractor: Dr. Brett Henson/Foundation Chiropractic Christmas Tree Farm: Circle C Tree Farms Church: Alliance Bible Fellowship

Civic Club: Rotary Boone Sunrise Coach: Ryan Habich-WHS Coffee Roaster: Bald Guy Coffee Shop: Higher Grounds Computer Repair: Dougnet Cosmetologist: Jezebel Lebatard CPA: Emily Reynolds/Combs-Carpenter Tennant Craft: Hobby Lobby Credit Union: SECU Dance Studio: Sole Impact Studios Deli/Sub: Jersey Mikes Dentist: Julia Tyson Snyder, DDS PA Disc Golf Course: Chetola Resort Donut: Local Lion

Drug Store: Boone Drug Dry Cleaner: A Cleaner World Electrical Contractor: Jared Munday Electric Gym/Fitness Center: Broyhill Wellness Center Eyewear Store: Blue Ridge Vision Family Doctor: Dr. Leslie Smith Farm Supply Store: David G. Miller Farm Supply Fast Food Restaurant: Come Back Shack Fencing Company: VPC Builders Fine Dining: Joy Bistro SEE BEST ON PAGE 19


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PHOTO BY AUSTIN FOWLER

Accepting the award for Best New and Used Car Dealer are from left, Sean Parks, Steve Silver, Brett Silver, Josh Ward, and Mike Hall of Ross Auto.

Thanks for voting us Best Insurance Agency again in 2022*

Watauga County Farm Bureau 135 State Farm Road Boone, NC 28607 www.ncfbins.com/boone

828.264.5270 An Authorized Agency for

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Auto • Home • Life • Health • Bank *Annual votes compiled by Mountain Times Publications * North Carolina Farm Bureau® Mutual Insurance Co. * Farm Bureau® Insurance of North Carolina, Inc. * Southern Farm Bureau® Life Insurance Co., Jackson, MS * An independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Real service. Real people.

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Accepting the award for Best Motorcycle/ATV Shop is Frank Peele, owner of Action Cycles.

Thank you for voting us Best Animal Clinic in Watauga County for 2022!

ANIMAL HOSPITAL OF BOONE Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 6:00pm Saturday: 8:00am - 12:00pm Sunday: Closed

Thank You to the Community for Voting us 2022

Best of the Best

Orthodontists!

2022

(828)-264-7113 2773 NC-105, Boone, NC 28607 www.animalhospitalboone.com

Drs. Mayhew, Scheffler & Whiteley

Drs. Copley, Powell & Current

373 Boone Heights Drive • Boone, NC 28607 1922 West Park Drive • North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

828.264.0110 • www.opsmiles.com


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PHOTO BY AUSTIN FOWLER

Accepting the award for Best Government Agency are from back left, Sgt. Petey Hausley, Det. Dennis O’neal, Capt. Bobby Creed, Lt. Lance Willis, Officer Callie Tirallio, Officer Bre Whitman, Sgt. Scott Mackler, Major Shane Robbins, Lt. Jon Houck, Sgt. William Von Lenten, Officer John Sanders, Chief Andy LeBeau, Downtown Officer Ferrin Page, Community Resource Officer Kat Eller, and Officer Aaron Karr of Boone Police Department.

C O M PA S S I O N A T E C A R E Dr. Leslie A. Smith, and the entire Compassionate Care team would like to express both their pride and gratitude for the honor of being voted Best Family Doctor in Watauga County again for 2022. While awards and public recognition are validating, the fact that the winner of this award was determined by a community vote makes this one extra special. Dr. Smith’s commitment to her community (both locally and globally) is reflected in Compassionate Care’s “Healthy Mission” statement. “Our mission is to provide exceptional quality and compassionate healthcare. We offer academic quality healthcare in a hometown, intimate medical office.” Thanks to our patients and our community for voting us Best Family Doctor again in 2022 2022. We will continue to strive to be “the Best” in our treatment and support of our patients and our community.

400 Shadowline Dr. Suite 201B, Boone, NC 28607

(828) 832-8300

HOURS: Monday - Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5 PM • Friday: 8:30 AM - Noon


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PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Student Housing are, from left, Anna Trivette, Tiffany Leonard and Amanda Webb of the Winkler Organization.

PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Pharmacy Technician is Rosie Arita of Boone Drug.

Visit our showroom at 7881 highway 105 South

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in the Twin Rivers Shopping Center

Thank you for your continued support and loyalty!

VOTED BEST HOME SECURITY 2016 Boone Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year

828-262-3431

BURGLAR & FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS

www.winklerorganization.c m

AUDIO/VIDEO SYSTEMS STRUCTURED CABLING SECURITY CAMERAS

Thank you for entrusting us to be your “Home Away from Home” and for voting us Best of Student Housing in 2022

HOME THEATERS

2022

HOME AUTOMATION

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Thank you for voting us Best Fuel Oil Dealer in Watauga County!

The Showroom for Propane and Fuels Whether you’re shopping for gas logs, fireplaces, water heaters or grills, Blue Ridge Energy is here to meet your propane and fuel needs. We provide exceptional delivery service for propane, fuel oil and kerosene. Our worry-free autofill delivery service will ensure you always have the fuel you need. You can even manage your account from your mobile device with the Blue Ridge Energy propane and fuels app. Contact us today and see why we’re the best propane and fuels dealer in Watauga County!

Visit our showroom or shop online at BlueRidgeEnergy.com. You can also make an appointment at BlueRidgeEnergy.com/Schedule.

2491 US Hwy 421 South Boone, NC 28607 828-264-3521

2022


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PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Nurse Practitioner are, front row from left, Amanda Kincaid and Natalie Bovino and back row from left, Dawn Houck, Becky Guinn, Lacey Propst, Kendra Dain, Carla Estep, Angie Taylor, Libby Craig and Rocky Brooks of Blowing Rock Medical Park.

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Accepting the award for Best Ophthalmologist is Dr. Daniel Krontz of Western Carolina Eye Associates.

PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Retirement Community are from left, Executive Director Vanessa Hensley, Amanda Miller, Jerry Garland, Gregg Floyd, Steven Hackney, Ursula Michael and Nancy Dennett.


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BEST CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Fireplace store: Wallace Propane Flooring Store: Abbey Carpet Florist/Flower Shop: Log House Florist Fly Fishing Guide: Tolliver’s Guide Service French Fries: Comeback Shack Fuel Oil Dealer: Blue Ridge Energy Funeral Home: Austin and Barnes Funeral Home Furniture Store: Appalachian Furniture General Store: Mast General Store Gift Shop: The Marketplace at Curiosity Glass Replacement: Miller Industries Gluten Free Restaurant: Coyote Kitchen Golf Course: Boone Golf Course Government Agency: Boone Police Department Greek Restaurant: High Country Greek Gym/Fitness Center: Watauga Community Recreation Center Gynecologist: Dr. Heidi Robertson/Davant Medical Clinic Hamburger: Come Back Shack Hardware Store: New River Building Supply Hearing Aid Service: All American Hearing Center Heating and Air Conditioning: Edmisten Heating and Cooling Home Builder: Jeff Pell/ Sky House Home Cooking Restaurant: Dan’l Boone Inn Home Decor: Marketplace at Curiosity Home Security: Creekside Electronics Hospice: Medi Home Health & Hospice Hot Dog: Comeback Shack Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Ice Cream/Yogurt Restaurant: Blue Deer Indian Restaurant: Mint Insurance Agency: Watauga County Farm Bureau Insurance Agent: Joey Lucas/Farm Bureau Internet Provider: SkyLine/SkyBest Investment Company: Allen Wealth Management Italian Restaurant: Bella’s Italian Restaurant Japanese Restaurant: Makoto’s Japanese Steakhouse Jewelry Store: Village Jewelers Jacuzzi Dealer: Superior Spas Landscaping Company: Boone Lawns Local Produced Beer: Booneshine Local Produced Wine: Grandfather Vineyard Lumber Store: New River Building Supply Mailing/Shipping: Boone Mailing Center Martial Arts Instruction: Spencer Reeves/Boone Docks MMA Massage Therapist: Jennifer Pillow Mattress Company: Blackberry Creek Mens Clothier: Mo’s Boots Mexican Restaurant: Los Arcoiris SEE BEST ON PAGE 24

PHOTO BY AUSTIN FOWLER

Accepting the award for Best Winery and Local Produced Wine is Nicole Tatum of Grandfather Vineyard & Winery.

Thank You for Voting Us BEST Mexican Restaurant and

Mexican Grill and Cantina

Burrito in Watauga W County!

2022

Since ‘91!

Boone 168 Boone Heights Dr.

(828) 264-7770

Full ABC Permits ID Required

Pineola 300 Jonas Ridge HWY 181

(828) 733-4341


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PHOTO BY AUSTIN FOWLER

Accepting the award for Best Paving Company are from left, James Moretz, Jim Moretz, Rebecca Moretz, Connie Norris, and Heather Issacs of Moretz Paving Inc.

Thank you Watauga County for voting Oil Exchange the Best Change in the High Country. We appreciate your support and will continue striving to be The Best.

No appointment necessary, just call or come by today and see for yourself why we're the Best of the Best.

Oil Exchange 1474 NC-105, Boone, NC 28607

828-262-5823

You’ve tried the rest and you voted for the best! Thank You!

Best Italian a Restaurant

2022

MAKE SURE YOUR NEXT OIL CHANGE IS A FULLSERVICE OIL CHANGE WHICH IS WHAT YOU'LL ALWAYS GET AT OIL EXCHANGE.

PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Teacher is Patti Hensley of Cove Creek Elementary School.

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PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Bakery are, from left, Braxton Maya, Abby Willis, Becca Wood and Deanna Lizotte of Stick Boy Bakery.


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BEST OF THE BEST

PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Pest Control are Branch Manager Kevin Webb and the whole Terminix “Crew.”

Thank you for voting us the Best Home Builder in Watauga County!

2022

THANK YOU for voting us Best Mailing and Shipping in 2022!

Thanks for voting us Best Chiropractic Office! Dr. Brett Henson 2022

2874 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604

(828) 898-3717 w w w.skyhousecompany.com

Oak Summit Park 895 State Farm Road Suite 401 Boone, NC 28607

Phone: 828-865-6500

Email: contact@foundationboone.com

Offering Speedy, Affordable, and Friend dly Packing and Shipping 24/7 Private P Maillboxes - Notary S Services - and a More!

2022


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PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the awards for Best Hardware Store and Best Lumber Store are front row from left, Angie Townsend, Tiffany Hopper, Hannah Benfield and back row from left, Alan Phillips, Eddie Williams and Daniel Edmisten of New River Building Supply.

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US BEST STEAKHOUSE!

2022

Thank you for voting Us Best Hotel in Watauga County!

2022

2021 Hampton Strong Award Winner Top 1% rank in the Brand

PEDDLER STEAKHOUSE OF BOONE

1252 US Highway 421 South, Boone, NC 28607 • (828) 386-6464


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PHOTO BY CHARLIE RITTER

Accepting the award for Best Beer Brewery and Best Local Produced Beer is Collin Robinson, Chelsea Hurley, Finn Hubbs, Nick Rowe, Colby Britt, Ray Edmonds, Jacob Armstrong of Booneshine Brewing Company.

BEST CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 Motorcycle/ ATV Shop: Action Cycles Music Store: Kudzu Music Nail Salon: City Nails Natural Food: Be Natural Market Night Spot: The Local Non-profit: Samaritan’s Purse

Nurse: Rebecca Dilley Nurse Practitioner: Natalie Bovino/BR Medical Group Office Outfitters: WJ Office Oil Change: Oil Exchange Oncologist: Dr. Anna Sobel Optometrist/Ophthamologist: Dr. Daniel Krontz/WCEA Orthodontist: OP Smiles, Schleffer, Mayhew, Conn

Orthopedist: Dr. Steven Anderson/App Ortho Paving Company: Moretz Paving Pest Control: Terminex Pet Boarding: Woof Pack Pet Store: The Pet Place Pediatrician: Dr. John Lonas/Blue Ridge Pediatric Pharmacist: Rebecca Weaver/Boone Drug Pharmacy Technician: Rosie Arita/Boone

Drug Photographer: Kim Greene Scott Photography Studio: Timeless Treazures Physical Rehab: The Wellness Center Pickelball Courts: Watauga Community Recreation Center Pizza Restaurant: Capones Plumbing Contractor: Brooks Plumbing SEE BEST ON PAGE 32


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Accepting the award for Best Insurance Agent is Joey Lucas of NC Farm Bureau Insurance.

Accepting the award for Best Wine and Beer store is Jeff Collins, owner Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants.

We’re

SMILING! Thanks for voting us

BEST of the BEST DENTIST 2022

450 New Market Blvd, Ste. 2 // / Boone, NC 28607

828-265-1112 // MountaineerDental.com

Dr. Lindsey Lazarchick // Dr. Julia Snyder // Dr. Kelly Whiteley


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PHOTO BY AUSTIN FOWLER

Accepting the award for Best Cell Phone Service are from left Montana Mills, Rahn Null, Josh Trottier, Jeremy Poe and Malik Wadley of Verizon.

Carlton Gallery CELEBRATING 40 YEARS

THANK YOU PET PLACE CUSTOMERS!

We are honored that you have once again voted us as your # 1 pet store. We look forward to another great year of serving you and your pets!

THANKS FOR VOTING!

Best Heating and AC Company

2022

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US BEST OF THE BEST 2022

ART GALLERY

10360 Hwy. 105 S. • Grandfather Mt. Community Banner Elk, NC 28604 • www.carltongallery.com

2022

828.268.1510 Shops at Shadowline I 240 Shadowline Dr. Boone, NC 28607 originalpetplace.com

492 Corbett McNeil Rd | Boone, NC 28607 828.264.0130 | www.edmistenhvac.com


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BEST OF THE BEST

PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Sushi is Joseph Miller, owner Cobo Sushi Bistro and Bar.

PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Orthopedist is Matt Howard of OrthoCarolina Boone.

Thank you for voting

Taqueria El Paso as

Best Taco in 2022!

for voting

MATT HOWARD 2021

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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

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“Best Orthopedist 2022” Call 828.264.1100 today to make an appointment. OrthoCarolina – Boone Orthopedics 950 State Farm Rd. Suite 200 Boone, NC 28607

2693 NC-105, Boone, NC 28607 (828) 264-6755

OrthoCarolina – Boone Physical Therapy 895 State Farm Rd. Suite 303 Boone, NC 28607


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PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the awards for Best Door and Window Store and Best Glass Replacement are from left, back row, Brian Wilson, Joey Phillips, Silas Phillips, Sawyer Phillips and Will Price and front row from left, Kathy Smith and Debra Phillips of Miller Industries.

Thanks To Our Customers For Making Us the Best

THANK YOU

2022

Thanks to our loyal customers for voting us

Best Golf Course

for eight years running!

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Downtown Boone across from the Post Office www.VillageJewelersLtd.com | 828-264-6559

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433 Fairway Drive | Boone, NC 28607 828.264.8760 www.BooneGolfClub.com

FOR VOTING US BEST OFFICE OUTFITTER IN 2022! We are celebrating another anniversary!

2022

WJ Office has been delivering innovative results for over 45 years, to help your business succeed! 118 S Big Valley St, Boone, NC 28607

(828) 264-3283


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PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Attorney is Jim Deal of Deal, Mosley & Smith LLP.

Sold in 2022 $6.3+ Million

Thank you for your continued vote of confidence in handling all of your real estates needs. Sold in 2021 $7.2 Million

828-295-0700 | bhhsvp.com


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PHOTO BY HENRY VOLK

Accepting the award for Best Homebuilder is Josh Pell of Sky House.

Voted Best of the Best

4 Years in a Row Thanks Watauga County, We Appreciate Your Support!

2019

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Miller Industries

1134 W King St | Boone, NC 28607 828.264.8824

PHOTO BY AUSTIN FOWLER

Accepting the award for Best Taco are from left, Guadalupe Ruiz and Jose Garcia of Taqueria El Paso.


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BEST OF THE BEST

PHOTO BY AUSTIN FOWLER

Accepting the award for Best Art Gallery is Toni Carlton of Carlton Gallery.

PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Home Cooking Restaurant is Jeff Shellman, General Manager at Dan’l Boone Inn.


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BY MOSS BRENNAN/MOSS.BRENNAN@WATAUGADEMOCRAT.COM

Accepting the award for Best of the Best-Fast Food Restaurant, Best Hamburger, Best Hot Dog, Best Chicken Tenders and Best French Fries are from left, Lukus Bilkington, Christian Sloan, Elliott Coatney, Kelly Whitley, Ricky Cecil, Patrick Boozer and Stephanie Boozer of Come Back Shack.

BEST CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24 Power Equipment: Boone Rent All Pre-Arrangement Agent: Bob Barnes/ Austin & Barnes Pre-School Child Care: ASU Child Development

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Accepting the award for Best Heat and Air Conditioning Company are, from left, General Manager David Shore and Service Manager Brandon Carlton of Edmisten Heating and Cooling.

Thank you for your votes and support 2 years in a row!

Thanks for voting us Best of the Best for 2022, and for placing your confidence in us!

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Propane and Welding Supply

2022

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Accepting the award for Best Computer Repair are Deanna and Doug Franklin of Dougnet Computer Consulting.

Voted Best Car Wash

2022

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Accepting the award for Best Martial Arts Instruction is Spencer Reeves of Boone Docks MMA.

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Thank You!

We Sincerely Appreciate Your Business! Carrying on our Daddy’s tradition for over 58 years.

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Accepting the award for Best Eyewear Store are from left Montana Smith, Tristan Hodges, Ginny Lilly, Bre Dzuria, Leanne Salt, Haily Byland, Debbie Heaton, Brandon Black, Dr. Daniel Sullivan, Hannah Whittington, Emily Clark, Desiree Apricio, Holly Williams, Caitlin Sullivan, and Brandy Chester of Blue Ridge Vision.


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Accepting the award for Best Electrical Contractor are from left, Colby Whichel, Eric Norris, Justin Wingler, Tom Winebarger, Sam Roark, Casey Miller, Jared Munday, Lloyd Pugh, Mike Muehleisen, and Isabella Cutillo of Jared Munday Electric.

BEST CONTINUED FROM PAGE 32 Student Housing: Winkler Organization Surgeon: Dr. Paul Dagher/Watauga Sur-

gical Sushi: Cobo Taco: Taqueria El Paso Teacher: Patti Hensley/Cove Creek Tire Store: Alray Tire

Travel Agency: Magic Bound Travel Vegetarian Restaurant: Coyote Kitchen Veterinarian: Dr. Rebecca Fair-Watauga Vet. Hospital Vietnamese Restaurant: Sabeing Boone

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Accepting the award for Best Attraction is Matt Underwood, Bobby, Carlos, Amanda, RD, Terry, Rebecca, Davey, Joy, Jacob, Cada, Roarke, Brock, Wes, Brittany, Angie, Isaac and Darby of Mystery Hill.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND VOTING US THE

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Accepting the award for Best Fencing Company is Nick London, general manager and Jake Smith, head of operations.

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Accepting the award for Best Auto Salesperson is Brett Silver of Ross Auto.

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Accepting the award for Best Oil Change are from left, Jack Rupard, Michael Greer, Allison Ward and Jamie Canter of Oil Exchange.

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THANK YOU

to the High Country for Voting Us Best Brewery & Local Produced Beer

in 2022!

2022

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Accepting the award for Best Pet Store is Tina Townsend of Pet Place.

THANK YOU for voting us

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Accepting the award for Best Mailing/Shipping Store are from left John Travers and Stuart McClure of Boone Mailing Center.


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Accepting the award for Best Jacuzzi Spa Dealer is Karen McCaskill of Superior Spas.

PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Accepting the award for Best Family Doctor is Dr. Leslie Smith and her team at Compassionate Care. From left, Polly Miller, Ibrahim Zaitawi, Tracie Beechler, Dr. Smith, Lena Roland and John Atkinson.

Thank You

NINE TIME WINNER!

for voting Austin & Barnes

2022

Best Funeral Home and Bob Barnes Best Pre-Arrangement Agent

2022

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED LOYALTY AND VOTING US BEST BEAD & BREAKFAST

in Watauga County.

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Accepting the award for Best Bicycle Store are from left, Sam Hutchens and Kian Fonicello of Boone Bike and Touring.


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Accepting the award for Best Coach is Ryan Habich, Head Football Coach at Watauga High School.

PHOTO BY AUSTIN FOWLER

Accepting the award for Best Chiropractor are from left Tamara Bailey, Dr. Brett Henson, and Beth Critcher of Foundation Chiropractic Center.

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2022

Best Japanese Restaurant

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Accepting the award for Best Car Repair Business are from front left, Brooke Wolfe, Titus Wolfe, Terry Wolfe, Brad Wilson, Jeremy Bunting, Robbie Walker, Courtney Scholl, Jackson Wolfe, Greg Johnson, James Shelton, Leo Melissaris and Eric Scholl of Local’s Garage.

PHOTO BY AUSTIN FOWLER

Accepting the award for Best Car Repair Business are from left William Tester, Jesse Teague, and Austin Tester of Local’s Garage King Street location.

PHOTO BY HENRY VOLK

Accepting the award for Best Catering Tina Houson, Meris Gantt, Alen Behremovic and Susan Tate (not pictured) of Beacon/Reid’s Café & Catering.


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Wedding Venue: Templeton Meadows Whitewater Rafting: High Mountain Expeditions Window or Door Store: Miller Industries Windshield Repair: Magoo’s Auto Glass Wine and Beer: Peabodys Winery: Grandfather Winery Womens Boutique: Boone Belles Yoga Studio: High Country Yoga Yoga Teacher: Briana Kidd--HC Yoga Zipline Company: Hawksnest

Accepting the award for Best Office Outfitter is Neville Chaney, President, WJ Office.

THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN PEST CONTROL

BLOWING ROCK MEDICAL PARK

PLUS URGENT CARE a division of Caldwell Memorial Hospital

Thanks for voting us Best of the Best

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We’re deeply committed to providing our neighbors with the best solutions for a variety of services to protect your most valuable asset-your home. Accepting the award for Best Nurse Practitioner are, front row from left, Amanda Kincaid and Natalie Bovino and back row from left, Dawn Houck, Becky Guinn, Lacey Propst, Kendra Dain, Carla Estep, Angie Taylor, Libby Craig and Rocky Brooks of Blowing Rock Medical Park

Thank you Watauga County for voting Natalie Bovino as Best Nurse Practitioner!

Call our local number today

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I am grateful to be part of a legacy practice alongside my childhood physician Dr. Charles Davant and a d fellow native Amanda Kincaid NP. Our clinical staff is tried and true. Our UNC administration affords our clinic with gold standard leadership and resources. Blowing Rock Medical Park combines quality with Rockwellian charm and this reward reflects the work of our entire team.


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