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Best of the Best The Watauga Democrat Presents

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Best of the Best 2014

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Best OF THE Best

Appalachian Mountain Brewery makes a strong showing on Thursday evening at the Watauga Democrat’s Best of the Best event. Pictured from left, top row, are Danny Wilcox, Stephanie Spiegeleman, Sean Spiegeleman, Charlotte Beckner, Chris Ziebl, Nathan Kelschiek, Zach Siefts and Garrett Miller. Bottom row, from left, Mike Schriber, Jessica Collins and Tommy Lee.

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usiness success is measured in many ways, but the measure that matters most is the one that comes from the way a business is viewed by its customers. On April 10, that measure was on full display during the Watauga Democrat’s Best of the Best 2014. On that day, hundreds of business owners and their employees received the red carpet treatment in an event sponsored by Skyline/SkyBest and Peabody’s Wine & Beer, and centered on the business success of Watauga County. Given the challenges of today’s financial climate, that success is not easily obtained. This was the message of event presenters, including John Cooper, owner and chairman of Mast General Store.

But equally on target was the message about how that success is earned — through excellent customer service. Awards were presented April 10 to the best of the best businesses, as chosen by their customers, at Boone United Methodist Church in a dinner event that featured a true red carpet. Mountain Times Publications publisher Gene Fowler Jr. and advertising director Charlie Price presented the awards. A complete list of those wards, in addition to dozens of pictures from the event, are found in the following pages. Subscribers to Skyline/SkyBest cable TV can view a replay of the event at 9:30 p.m. on April 20. For more presentation photos, and a story about the awards ceremony, visit www.wataugademocrat.com.

Earth Fare employees pose by the Best of the Best banner during Thursday’s event. Pictured are, from left to right, top row, Susan Murphy, Tara Stollenmaier, Jamie Hodges and Dawn Shumate. Bottom row, from left, Mary Scherger and Kellee Morgado.

Best of the Best photos by Mark Mitchell


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Thank you for voting us

Best Sports Bar

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in Watauga County!

Dr. Lee Warren shows off a pair of awards garnered on Thursday during the Best of the Best festivities. Warren captured Best Dentist and Best Public Servant.

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Winners and Finalists BARBECUE RESTAURANT

FAST FOOD RESTAURANT

Woodlands Barbecue & Pickin’ Parlor ................................Winner Bandana’s Bar-B-Q & Grill .......Finalist (2nd) Big Mo’s BBQ .............................Finalist (3rd)

Chick-fil-A ...........................................Winner Wendy’s.....................................Finalist (2nd) The Come Back Shack ...............Finalist (3rd)

BEST SERVICE The Peddler Steakhouse .....................Winner Chick-fil-A .................................Finalist (2nd) Joy Bistro ...................................Finalist (3rd)

CHINESE RESTAURANT Hunan .................................................Winner Taste Grill .................................Finalist (2nd) China Buffet ...............................Finalist (3rd)

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FINE DINING The Peddler Steakhouse .....................Winner Joy Bistro ..................................Finalist (2nd) Gamekeeper ...............................Finalist (3rd)

FRENCH FRIES McDonald’s .........................................Winner Bojangles...................................Finalist (2nd) Five Guys ...................................Finalist (3rd)

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HAMBURGER

Higher Grounds ..................................Winner Espresso News ..........................Finalist (2nd)

Five Guys ............................................Winner Wendy’s.....................................Finalist (2nd) The Come Back Shack ...............Finalist (3rd)

DELI/SUB

HOME COOKING

Subway ................................................Winner Jimmy John’s............................Finalist (2nd) Jersey Mike’s .............................Finalist (3rd)

Mountain House Restaurant ..............Winner Cracker Barrel ...........................Finalist (2nd) Proper ........................................Finalist (3rd)

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HOT DOG Trolly Stop ..........................................Winner Hardee’s ....................................Finalist (2nd) Hill Top Drive-in .......................Finalist (3rd)

ICE CREAM/YOGURT Sweet Frog ..........................................Winner Kilwin’s .....................................Finalist (2nd) Marble Slab Creamery (closed) Finalist (3rd)

ITALIAN RESTAURANT Casa Rustica Restaurant.....................Winner Primo’s ......................................Finalist (2nd) Bella’s Italian Restaurant ..........Finalist (3rd)

JAPANESE RESTAURANT Makoto’s Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar ....................................Winner Hokkaido Japanese Seafood and Steakhouse .......................Finalist (2nd) CoBo Sushi Bistro and Bar ........Finalist (3rd)

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SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Mike’s Inland Seafood ........................Winner Knight’s on Main (closed) ........Finalist (2nd) CoBo Sushi Bistro and Bar ........Finalist (3rd)

SPORTS BAR The Rock Sports Bar and Grill............Winner The Town Tavern ......................Finalist (2nd) Café Portofino ............................Finalist (3rd)

STEAKHOUSE The Peddler Steakhouse .....................Winner Outback Steakhouse .................Finalist (2nd) Sagebrush ..................................Finalist (3rd)

SUSHI CoBo Sushi Bistro and Bar .................Winner Makoto’s Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar ..........................Finalist (2nd) Harris Teeter..............................Finalist (3rd)

ANTIQUE STORE Antiques On Howard ..........................Winner Boone Antique Mall ..................Finalist (2nd) Vintage Vilas ..............................Finalist (3rd)

MEXICAN RESTAURANT

ART STORE

Dos Amigos .........................................Winner Los Arcoiris ...............................Finalist (2nd) Mi Carreta ..................................Finalist (3rd)

Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff ..........................Winner Alta Vista Gallery ......................Finalist (2nd) ArtWalk ......................................Finalist (3rd)

PIZZA RESTAURANT

AUDIO STORE

Mellow Mushroom .............................Winner Pizza Hut ...................................Finalist (2nd) Papa Johns.................................Finalist (3rd)

Audio Grooves ....................................Winner Radio Shack ..............................Finalist (2nd)

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Libbi Hendley, left, and Bryn Golob of Gladiola Girls have a little fun as they make their appearance at the Watauga Democrat celebration on Thursday.

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Thanks to our loyal customers for your votes of confidence!

Daniel Minton 324-10 Hwy 105 Ext., Boone 828.264.3991 www.highcountry-insurance.com idminton@hotmail.com


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AUTO PARTS Charlie’s NAPA Auto Parts .................Winner Critcher’s Auto Parts ................Finalist (2nd) Advance Auto Parts ...................Finalist (3rd)

AUTO REPAIR SHOP AJ’s Tire and Auto ..............................Winner Alray Tire and Auto ..................Finalist (2nd) Hampton’s Auto Body Shop ......Finalist (3rd)

BAKERY Stick Boy Bread Company ..................Winner Panera Bread ............................Finalist (2nd) Valle Crucis Bakery & Café ........Finalist (3rd)

BANK BB&T ...................................................Winner Wells Fargo ...............................Finalist (2nd)

BED AND BREAKFAST The Mast Farm Inn .............................Winner Taylor House Inn ......................Finalist (2nd) Inn at the Ragged Gardens ........Finalist (3rd)

BEER BREWERY Appalachian Mountain Brewery ........Winner The Blowing Rock Ale House ...Finalist (2nd)

BODY SHOP Hampton’s Auto Body Shop ...............Winner Mack Brown Chevrolet .............Finalist (2nd) Johnny Sanders .........................Finalist (3rd)

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BOOK STORE Black Bear Books ................................Winner Cornerstone Bookstore .............Finalist (2nd) Appalachian Bookstore..............Finalist (3rd)

BICYCLE STORE Boone Bike & Touring ........................Winner Magic Cycles .............................Finalist (2nd)

CABLE COMPANY Charter Communications ...................Winner Skyline Membership Corp. .......Finalist (2nd) AT&T ..........................................Finalist (3rd)

CAR DEALER (NEW) Friendship Honda of Boone ...............Winner Mack Brown ..............................Finalist (2nd) Boone Ford ................................Finalist (3rd)

CAR DEALER (USED) Friendship Honda of Boone ...............Winner University Nissan .....................Finalist (2nd) Rollins ........................................Finalist (3rd)

CARPET CLEANER Bush Carpet Cleaning .........................Winner Dolbier Floor Care & Restoration, LLC .....................Finalist (2nd) Elite Auto detailing ....................Finalist (3rd)

CARPET STORE Carpet Store ......................................Winner Blowing Rock Floors & Interiors ...............................Finalist (2nd) The Carpet House of Boone.......Finalist (3rd)

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Crystal Turbyfill of Serendipity Hair Studio flashes a bright smile during Thursday’s festivities.


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Best Night Spot in Watauga County

970 Rivers Street, Boone, NC 828-264-7772 • www.CafePortofino.net

Andrea Anderson, left, and Kathy Hardin of Lucy Brock Child Development at ASU ham it up as they enter the Best of the Best celebration on Boone United Methodist Church.

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THANK YOU BOONE! FOR VOTING US “THE BEST BURGER” IN TOWN, TWO YEARS STRAIGHT NOW!

CATERER Bandana’s Bar-B-Q & Grill .......................................... Winner Big Mo’s BBQ ..................................................... Finalist (2nd) Woodlands Barbecue & Pickin’ Parlor ..............Finalist (3rd)

CELL PHONE SERVICE Verizon Wireless .......................................................... Winner Carolina West Wireless ..................................... Finalist (2nd) T-Mobile .............................................................Finalist (3rd)

CHILDREN’S CLOTHIERS Blue Bird Exchange ..................................................... Winner Old Navy ............................................................ Finalist (2nd) Belk .....................................................................Finalist (3rd)

COMPUTER REPAIR Dougnet ....................................................................... Winner Geeks at Work.................................................... Finalist (2nd) Nordic PC ............................................................Finalist (3rd)

COMPUTER STORE 2014

Staples .......................................................................... Winner Walmart ............................................................. Finalist (2nd)

COSMETOLOGIST Crystal Turbyfill ........................................................... Winner Amber Moretz .................................................... Finalist (2nd) Karen Idol ...........................................................Finalist (3rd)

DANCE STUDIO High Country Dance .................................................... Winner Studio K ............................................................. Finalist (2nd) Appalachian Rhythm ..........................................Finalist (3rd)

DAY CARE CENTER Appalachian Child Development Center..................... Winner Greenway Baptist Church.................................. Finalist (2nd) First Learning Center .........................................Finalist (3rd)

DEPARTMENT STORE Belk .............................................................................. Winner JC Penney .......................................................... Finalist (2nd) Walmart ..............................................................Finalist (3rd)

DRUG STORE Boone Drug .................................................................. Winner Walmart ............................................................. Finalist (2nd) Walgreens ...........................................................Finalist (3rd)

DRY CLEANER A Cleaner World .......................................................... Winner Invershield ......................................................... Finalist (2nd)

EXERCISE GYM Broyhill Wellness Center ............................................. Winner Anytime Fitness ................................................. Finalist (2nd) Deer Valley Sports & Fitness ..............................Finalist (3rd)

EYEWEAR STORE Blue Ridge Vision ........................................................ Winner Graystone Eye .................................................... Finalist (2nd) Walmart ..............................................................Finalist (3rd)

FARM SUPPLY STORE Miller’s Supply, Inc. ..................................................... Winner Watauga Building Supply .................................. Finalist (2nd) Boone Stockyards ...............................................Finalist (3rd)

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FIREPLACE SHOP

Freeman Gas ................................................................ Winner

FLOORING STORE Blowing Rock Floors & Interiors ................................. Winner Lowe’s Home Improvement .............................. Finalist (2nd) Carpet One ..........................................................Finalist (3rd)

FLORIST/FLOWER SHOP Log House Florist ........................................................ Winner Bouquet Florist .................................................. Finalist (2nd) Artscapes.............................................................Finalist (3rd)

FUEL OIL DEALER Thompson Gas/ Mountain Oil, Inc. ............................ Winner Appalachian Energies ........................................ Finalist (2nd) Blossman Gas .....................................................Finalist (3rd)

FURNITURE STORE Appalachian Furniture ................................................ Winner Badcock Furniture ............................................. Finalist (2nd) Big Lots ...............................................................Finalist (3rd)

GENERAL STORE Mast General Store ...................................................... Winner Stone Mountain ................................................. Finalist (2nd) Cove Creek ..........................................................Finalist (3rd)

GIFT SHOP

Rivercross .................................................................. Winner Watauga Medical ............................................... Finalist (2nd) Hallmark .............................................................Finalist (3rd)

Daniel and Vanessa Minton share a kiss during Thursday’s Best of the Best gala at Boone United Methodist Church.

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U O Y K N A H T AGAIN for voting us

2014

Best Pizza in Watauga County

Best Draft Beer Selection Over 30 Taps! 805 W. King St. • Boone, NC • 828-865-1515 • www.mellowmushroom.com

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YOUR VOTE OF CONFIDENCE BUILDS OUR FUTURE AND YOUR DREAMS Hardware Store Lumber Store Appliance Store Window/Door Store

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Megan Goheen of The Peddler displays a trio of awards The Peddler captured during the Best of the Best on Thursday.

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GLASS REPLACEMENT Appalachian Auto Glass .....................Winner Action Auto Glass .....................Finalist (2nd) Miller Industries ........................Finalist (3rd)

(828) 262-0773 • 1855 Blowing Rock Rd.

GOLF COURSE Boone Golf Club ..................................Winner Willow Valley Resort ................Finalist (2nd) Blowing Rock .............................Finalist (3rd)

We count it a privilege to care for your surgical needs.

GROCERY STORE Harris Teeter.......................................Winner Food Lion ..................................Finalist (2nd) Ingles..........................................Finalist (3rd)

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HARDWARE STORE Lowe’s Home Improvement ...............Winner Miller’s Supply, Inc. ..................Finalist (2nd) New River Building ...................Finalist (3rd)

HEATING AND AIR Mountaineer Heating and Cooling.....Winner Edmisten Heating and Cooling .............................Finalist (2nd) Boone .........................................Finalist (3rd) Harold Frazier, Jr., MD, FACS

Paul Dagher, MD, FACS

Lionel van der Westhuizen MD

Tim Edmisten, MD, FACS

Anne-Corinne Beaver, MD, FACS

Emily Moore, PA-C

Watauga Surgical Group, P.A. 50 years of service to the High Country 965 State Farm Road | Boone, NC 28607 | 828-264-2340 www.wataugasurgical.com

INTERNET PROVIDER

Charter Communications ...................Winner Skyline Membership Corp. .......Finalist (2nd) AT&T ..........................................Finalist (3rd)

INVESTMENT COMPANY Edward Jones Investments ................Winner Allen Wealth Management .......Finalist (2nd)

JEWERY STORE The Stone Jewelers .............................Winner Saslow’s Jewelers......................Finalist (2nd) Old World Galleries ...................Finalist (3rd)

LANDSCAPE COMPANY Maple Ridge Landscaping ..................Winner Estate Maintenance ..................Finalist (2nd) Mustard Seed .............................Finalist (3rd)

LUMBER STORE Lowe’s Home Improvement ..............Winner New River Building Supply ......Finalist (2nd) Watauga Building Supply ..........Finalist (3rd)

MAGAZINE All About Women ...............................Winner Carolina Mountain Life ............Finalist (2nd) HC Health ..................................Finalist (3rd)

HOBBY SHOP

MENS CLOTHIER

Michaels ..............................................Winner Plan 9 Comics ...........................Finalist (2nd) Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff .................Finalist (3rd)

Belk .....................................................Winner Old Navy ..................................Finalist (2nd) Mast General Store ....................Finalist (3rd)

HOME DÉCOR

MOTORCYCLE/ATV

T.J. Maxx ............................................Winner ArtWalk .....................................Finalist (2nd) Savory Thymes...........................Finalist (3rd)

Harley Davidson .................................Winner

MUSIC STORE

Creekside Electronics, Inc. .................Winner

Kudzu Music .......................................Winner Appalachian Music ...................Finalist (2nd) 641 ..............................................Finalist (3rd)

HOTEL

NATURAL FOOD STORE

Courtyard by Marriott ........................Winner Holiday Inn Express .................Finalist (2nd) Best Western ..............................Finalist (3rd)

Earth Fare ...........................................Winner Bare Essentials..........................Finalist (2nd)

HOME SECURITY

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APPLIANCE STORE Lowe’s Home Improvement ...............Winner Sears ..........................................Finalist (2nd)

NAIL SALON

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PRINTING SHOP Precision Printing, Inc. .......................Winner Creative Printing and Internet Services .................................... Staples ........................................Finalist (3rd)

PROPANE COMPANY

Natural Nails Spa................................Winner City Nails...................................Finalist (2nd) Crystal Creek..............................Finalist (3rd)

Blue Ridge Energies............................Winner Wallace Propane-Welding Supply .....................................Finalist (2nd) Blossman....................................Finalist (3rd)

NIGHT SPOT

SECONDHAND STORE

Café Portofino .....................................Winner The Town Tavern ......................Finalist (2nd) CoBo ..........................................Finalist (3rd)

Goodwill Industries ............................Winner Hebron Colony Ministries ........Finalist (2nd) Wee Cycle ...................................Finalist (3rd)

OFFICE SUPPLY STORE

SKI SHOP

Staples .................................................Winner WJ Office Supply ......................Finalist (2nd)

Alpine Ski Shop ..................................Winner Farmers Backside .....................Finalist (2nd)

OIL CHANGE

SPA

The Oil Exchange ................................Winner Alray Tire and Auto ..................Finalist (2nd) Boone Tire Center ......................Finalist (3rd)

Heavenly Touch Spa ...........................Winner Westglow Resort & Spa ............Finalist (2nd) Chetola Resort ...........................Finalist (3rd)

PEST CONTROL

SPORTING GOODS STORE

Quality Control Termite and Pest ......Winner A-1 Termite and Pest Control ...Finalist (2nd) Terminix ....................................Finalist (3rd)

Hibbett Sports ....................................Winner Sage Sports ...............................Finalist (2nd) Walmart .....................................Finalist (3rd)

PET STORE

STORAGE FACILITY

The Pet Place ......................................Winner Pet Supplies Plus ......................Finalist (2nd) Mountain Dog and Friends .......Finalist (3rd)

Boone Self Storage ..............................Winner Blue Skies Storage ....................Finalist (2nd) The Webb Company ..................Finalist (3rd)

PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO

TELEPHONE COMPANY

Elias Photography...............................Winner AC Tanner .................................Finalist (2nd) Mark Branch ..............................Finalist (3rd)

Skyline Membership Corporation ......Winner Charter Communications .........Finalist (2nd) AT&T ..........................................Finalist (3rd)

POWER EQUIPMENT

TIRE STORE

Farmers Rental and Power Equipment ......................Winner Boone Rent-All .........................Finalist (2nd) Lowe’s Home Improvement ......Finalist (3rd)

Boone Tire Center ...............................Winner Clark Tire ..................................Finalist (2nd) Alray Tire and Auto ...................Finalist (3rd)

The Stone Jewelers are all smiles as they pose with their award for Best Jewelry Store. Pictured are, from left, Karma Wilson, Ronnie Wilson, Kimberly Everhart and Jennifer Gorecki.

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Douglas and Deanna Franklin captured first place for Best Computer Repair on Thursday at Boone United Methodist Church.


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Marshall C. Murrey, MD and Sue Sweeting, FNP and Greenway Medical Associates Thank you to our loyal patients.

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We look forward to serving your healthcare needs in 2014.

950 State Farm Road, Suite 300 Boone, NC 28607 828-264-0550

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx addresses the audience gathered for the Watauga Democrat’s Best of the Best on Thursday evening.

Our Most Sincere

It has been my honor to serve the students, parents and staff of Watauga County Schools for the past 16 years.

“Thanks” For Your Vote Of Confidence

Thank you for the vote of confidence.

Your Votes!

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Laura and Dr. Tim Edmisten make their entrance to the Best of the Best on Thursday night.

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Matt Vincent and Casey Hayes pose as Vincent displays the VPC Builders LLC award for Best Home Builder.

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Best Fast Food Restaurant in Watauga County!

Appalachian New River Veterinarian employees enter Thursday’s Best of the Best gala. Pictured are, from left, Deena Kent, Randall McAdams, Miles Moody and Cathy Kreis. 2014

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R. Lee Warren, DDS, MAGD R. Lee Warren, DDS, PA GENERAL DENTISTRY 142 DOCTORS DRIVE BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA 28607

Farm Bureau Insurance displays their Best Insurance Office award. Pictured are, from left, Bradley Myers, Eddie Alejandro and Cameron Smith.

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Dr. Susan Mast and Sammy Sambroia prepare for an evening of fun at Boone United Methodist Church on Thursday.


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Check out our new Catering Menu Featuring appetizers such as salads, garlic bread, & antipasto platters. Also featuring lasagna & pasta options with vegetables, chicken, shrimp & sausage. For details visit us at casarustica1981.com

Cove Creek Elementary School’s Tiffany Reece, displays her award for Teacher of the Year during Thursday’s gala.

BEST OF THE BEST

ASSISTED LIVING

Cruise One ..........................................Winner Templeton .................................Finalist (2nd)

Appalachian Brian Estates .................Winner Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living ........................Finalist (2nd) Glenbridge Health & Rehabilitation .......................Finalist (3rd)

WINDOW OR DOOR

AUTO SALESPERSON

Lowe’s Home Improvement ..............Winner Miller Industries .......................Finalist (2nd) Watauga Building Supply ..........Finalist (3rd)

Dick Brookshire ..................................Winner Alfred Glover.............................Finalist (2nd) Walt Hollingsworth ...................Finalist (3rd)

WINE STORE

BEAUTY SALON

Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants ..........................Winner Wine to Water ...........................Finalist (2nd)

Serendipity Massage ...........................Winner Haircraft ...................................Finalist (2nd) Christy and Co. ..........................Finalist (3rd)

WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE

CHIROPRACTOR

Gladiola Girls ......................................Winner Lucky Penny..............................Finalist (2nd) Monkees .....................................Finalist (3rd)

Gregory A. Hawthorne, DC ................Winner Dr. John P. Fidler, DC ..............Finalist (2nd) Dr. Brad Batchelor .....................Finalist (3rd)

ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC

CHURCH

Blue Ridge Acupuncture .....................Winner Wellspring Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center.........Finalist (2nd) Boone Healing Arts Center ........Finalist (3rd)

Boone United Methodist Church .......Winner Timbered Ridge Baptist Church ........................Finalist (2nd) First Baptist Church of Boone ...Finalist (3rd)

ANIMAL CLINIC

CPA

Appalachian New River Veterinary ....Winner Animal Hospital of Boone ........Finalist (2nd) Animal Medical..........................Finalist (3rd)

Donald P. Thrasher.............................Winner Bryce Holder .............................Finalist (2nd) Ralph Leonard ...........................Finalist (3rd)

ATTORNEY

DENTIST

Tom Speed ..........................................Winner Eggers, Eggers, Eggers and Eggers...............................Finalist (2nd) Dustin Stacy ...............................Finalist (3rd)

R. Lee Warren .....................................Winner Michael Taylor ..........................Finalist (2nd) Todd Moore ...............................Finalist (3rd)

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Heavenly Touch Day Spa shows up in force for Thursday’s celebration. Pictured are, from left, Lori Candler, Lindsey Beasley, Justine Neely, Shelly Chadwick, Celena Patella and Kelli Mercer.


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Lisa and Torrey Gorla of Blue Ridge Acupuncture, two-time winner of Best Acupuncture Clinic, smile for the camera during Thursday’s festivities.

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Lisa Cooper, left, and Olivia King of Rivercross display their award for Best Gift Shop on Thursday evening.

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ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Gary Trivette Electric Inc. ............................................ Winner Blalock Electric Company .................................. Finalist (2nd) Glen Davis Electric .............................................. Finalist (3rd)

FAMILY DOCTOR Dr. Marshall C. Murrey ................................................ Winner Dr. Charlie L. Sykes ............................................ Finalist (2nd) Dr. Peter J. Haibach ............................................ Finalist (3rd)

HOME BUILDER VPC Builders LLC ......................................................... Winner Matt Vincent ....................................................... Finalist (2nd) Mark G. Ford Construction ................................. Finalist (3rd)

INSURANCE AGENT Daniel Minton ............................................................... Winner Andy Harkins ...................................................... Finalist (2nd) Eddie Alejandro ................................................... Finalist (3rd)

INSURANCE OFFICE

FUNERAL HOME

Farm Bureau Insurance................................................ Winner High Country Insurance ..................................... Finalist (2nd) State Farm Insurance .......................................... Finalist (3rd)

Hampton Funeral Service ............................................ Winner Austin-Barnes ..................................................... Finalist (2nd)

NEWS REPORTER

GYNECOLOGIST

Sherrie Norris ............................................................... Winner Jeff Eason ........................................................... Finalist (2nd) Steve Frank .......................................................... Finalist (3rd)

Dr. Cecilia F. Grasinger, MD ........................................ Winner April J. Greene, CNM ......................................... Finalist (2nd) Carrington Pertallion........................................... Finalist (3rd)

HEARING AID SERVICE Beltone .......................................................................... Winner Blue Ridge Ear, Nose, and Throat ...................... Finalist (2nd)

NURSE Laura Greene .............................................................. Winner Evelyn Shelton .................................................... Finalist (2nd) Kathy Gustaveson ................................................ Finalist (3rd)

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Thank you for voting us

Best Chinese Restaurant in Watauga County 4th Year in a Row!

HUNAN CHINESE RESTAURANT 828-262-0555 Southgate Shopping Center (Beside Walmart) 1750 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC (For GPS Users)

Serendipity Hair Studio & Boutique associates proudly show their award for Best Beauty salon. Pictured are, top row, from left, Jackie Aldridge, Ceirra Greene Murphy, Anna Isaacs and Cyrstal Turbyfill. Front row, from left, Amber Moretz, owner Debbie Isaacs. owner Carlene Greene and Debbie Warren.

Lane Robinson, left, and Ian Robinson of Creekside Electronics, Inc. show off their award for Best Home Security in Watauga County.

Come dine with Ben, Cindy, Rocky & Family Serving the High Country Since 1990

Thank You for Voting

AJ’s Tire and Auto

Best Auto Repair in Watauga County 2 014

359 East King Street | Boone, NC 28607 | 828-265-1150 Mon-Fri 8am-5:30pm | Sat 8am-2pm | Sun closed


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Allic Woods, left, and Richie Absher of Five Guys Burgers and Fries show off their Best of the Best award for Best Hamburger in Watauga County.

Karen Powell and Angus Lamond of Skyline Communications hold their Best Telephone Company award certificate for 2014.

Four years in a row!!

Tina Townsend, left, and Sandy Yarchin of The Pet Place display their Best of the Best Pet Store award at Boone United Methodist Church.

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2014

NURSE PRACTITIONER Sue Sweeting ...................................... Winner Carrington Pertallion............... Finalist (2nd) Carol Scott ................................Finalist (3rd)

OPTOMETRIST Dr. Jack D. Lawrence, OD ................. Winner Dr. Daniel J. Sullivan............... Finalist (2nd) Dr. Jeffrey Sutton, OD ..............Finalist (3rd)

THANK YOU CUSTOMERS FOR YOUR LOYAL SUPPORT! 2550 HWY 421 NORTH, BOONE • 828-297-5055 WWW.APPALACHIANFURNITURESTORE.COM

ORTHODONTIST Dr. Michael Mayhew, DDS, MS, PA .. Winner Dr. Rolland Roberts “Kim” Reed............................. Finalist (2nd) DR. Nicole Scheffler, DDS, MS, PA ...........................Finalist (3rd)

PASTOR Derrick Wilson ................................... Winner David Ward .............................. Finalist (2nd) Roy Dobyns ...............................Finalist (3rd)

PHOTOGRAPHER April D. Greene Photography ............ Winner Ashley Tanner .......................... Finalist (2nd) Lynn Willis ................................Finalist (3rd)

PLUMBING CONTRACTOR Brooks Plumbing and Heating, Inc. .. Winner Triplett Plumbing and Heating............................ Finalist (2nd) Budget .......................................Finalist (3rd)

PUBLIC SERVANT R. Lee Warren .................................... Winner Len Hagaman .......................... Finalist (2nd) Garrett Norris ...........................Finalist (3rd)

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Mast General Store and Rivercross representatives make their way into the Best of the Best celebration on Thursday. Pictured are, from left, John Cooper, Lisa Cooper, Hunter Martin, Olivia King and Mory Wood.

Charlotte and George Baunchalk of Subway smile as they display their award for Best Deli/Sub.

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REAL ESTATE AGENT

TEACHER Tiffany Reece ..................................... Winner Hope Combs ............................ Finalist (2nd)

VETERINARIAN

Chad Vincent ..................................... Winner Jason Eldreth ........................... Finalist (2nd) Tim Hagaman ...........................Finalist (3rd)

Dr. Susan Mast, Mast Mobile ............ Winner Dr. Howard Johnson ............... Finalist (2nd) Boyd Newlin..............................Finalist (3rd)

REAL ESTATE OFFICE

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Vincent Properties, Inc. ..................... Winner A+ Realty ................................. Finalist (2nd) Weichart....................................Finalist (3rd)

Parkway Elementary.......................... Winner Hardin Park Elementary ......... Finalist (2nd) Bethel Elementary ....................Finalist (3rd)

SURGEON

MOTORCYCLE

Dr. Tim D. Edmisten, MD ................. Winner Dr. Paul S. Dagher, MD ........... Finalist (2nd)

Harley Davidson ................................ Winner Honda ...................................... Finalist (2nd)

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2014

THANK YOU!

For voting us the Best of the Best Wine Store! Be sure to come try our new Craft Draft Growlers.


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Terese Oliver and Joshua Riley of Chick-fil-A enter Thursday’s Best of the Best celebration.

THANK YOU for voting

Mast Mobile as the Best Veterinarian in Watauga County

2014

We look forward to serving our furry friends in the year to come!

Brenda and Michael Wagner of Boone Storage make their entrance on Thursday evening.

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PLACE TO HIDE FROM BOSS

Mast Mobile PET CARE & ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE, PLLC 828-963-2600 Susan Mast, D.V.M. drsamast@yahoo.com

Bathroom ........................................... Winner Parkway ................................... Finalist (2nd)

PLACE TO FIND A NEW FRIEND Church................................................ Winner Walmart ................................... Finalist (2nd) Boone Mall ................................Finalist (3rd)

PLACE TO WORK

Appalachian State University ............ Winner

SOFT DRINK Coca-Cola ........................................... Winner Dr Pepper ................................. Finalist (2nd)

TRUCK Chevrolet ............................................ Winner Toyota ...................................... Finalist (2nd) Ford ...........................................Finalist (3rd)


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Hundreds of Watauga County’s finest gathered on Thursday to attend the Watauga Democrat’s 2014 Best of the Best celebration at Boone United Methodist Church.

We want to thank the community and especially our clients for voting us

Best New Car Dealer AND

2014

Best Pre-owned Car Dealer

(828)264 6006 or (800)467 4581 1440 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone NC www.FriendshipHonda.com


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Thanking our community for and support for over 39 years.

2014

Award winners, from left, Mary Keplar, Marion Miller and Betty Farthing of Appalachian Auto Glass show off their Best Glass Replacement certificate.

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Thank you! To the many loyal and supportive customers we are blessed to serve, we extend our sincere thanks along 2 014 with a commitment to do our very best to earn your continued support.

Appalachian New River Veterinary Associates wants to thank all of our wonderful clients for voting us

2014

Best Veterinarian in Watauga County!

2014

We are deeply grateful to all our loyal customers 4 years in a row!

Best of the Best

Come see us for your pet services including: Primary Pet Care Advanced Dental Care On-site Pharmacy Boarding • Grooming

Serving the High Country since 1985

Natural Nails Spa 218 Wilson Drive Boone, NC 28607 828.264.5621 • www.anrva.com

(828) 265-1515

www.naturalnailsboone.com


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Thank you to all of our loyal customers for voting Subway as the Best of the Best Sub Shop Customer Appreciation Day: May 1st from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. FREE regular 6-inch sub with purchase of a chip & 30 oz. drink*

2014

www.Subway.com *Boone locations only. Not valid with any other discounts, coupons, or offers.

1 1542-B Hwy 421 S Gateway Center 3 200 Watauga Village Dr Wal-Mart #2496

2 417 Blowing Rock Rd 4 1023 Blowing Rock Rd Exxon C-Store

Chad Vincent displays his award for Best Real Estate Agent as voted on by the readers of the Watauga Democrat.

Winner of the Best of the Best for Best Japanese Steak House!

Grace Ward of Appalachian Furnitiure poses for the camera with her Best Furniture Store award.


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Thank You for Naming Us Best Orthodontists! 2 014

373 BOONE HEIGHTS DR., BOONE, NC 120 WILKESBORO AVE, NORTH WILKESBORO, NC Premiere Preferred Provider

® ™

Michael Mayhew, DDS, MS Board Certified Amer. Board of Orthodontics & Amer. Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Nicole Scheffler, DDS, MS Board Certified Amer. Board of Orthodontics

Stacy A. Conn, DMD

Martha Hardaway, DMD, MS

Board Certified Amer. Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Board Certified Amer. Board of Pediatric Dentistry

LEARN MORE! • VISIT US AT WWW.OPSMILES.COM ORTHODONTISTS TOLL FREE PEDIATRIC DENTISTS 828 264 0110 1 800 478 6058 828 264 5450

Dan Hovancik of Goodwill Industries is all smiles as he holds his award for Best Secondhand Store.

Terri and Richard Miller of Kudzu Music show their happiness as they display their award for Best Music Store in Watauga County.


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Thank you for voting us

Best Landscape in

Watauga County from

Buddy, Johnny and Ronald Oakes Commercial and Residential •Landscaping •Handscaping •Maintenance •Snow Removal

(828) 297-7424

Jackie Fitzgibbon and Cody Holmes of CoBo Sushi Bistro and Bar captured first place for Best Sushi in Watauga County.

2014

WE SERVE THE BEST CUSTOMERS IN THE WORLD!

2014

Thank you for your votes!

thank you for voting us 2014

best pet store and allowing us to take care of your pet’s needs - The Pet Place Team

www.mountaineerheatcool.com

SHOPS AT SHADOWLINE Boone, NC • 828 268 1510 Petplaceboone.com

(828) 264-6625

FOLLOW US ON

220 Postal St • Boone, NC


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Honest, Dependable and Affordable

Thanks for your trust in voting us

The Best in Computer Repair!

2014

(828) 264-0959 www.dougnetconsulting.com 375 Hwy 105 Ext., Ste. 4 Boone, NC

• Networking • Hardware/Software • Laptop repair • Business/Residential

• On-site service available • Custom computer sales • Virus removal • System tune up Daniel and Vanessa Minton smile as Daniel shows his award for being voted Watauga County’s Best Insurance Agent.

Thank you for voting

Jack D. Lawrence, OD

2014

Best Optometrist in Watauga County I look forward to serving you in the year to come.

150 Market Hills Drive, Boone, NC (888) 626-2020 • graystone-eye.com

Dr. Jack D. Lawrence displays his award for Best Optometrist during Thursday’s festivities at Boone United Methodist Church.


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Gwen Dhing of Makoto’s Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar displays the her award for Best Japanese Restaurant on Thursday night.

Dan Halsey, left, and Jeff Hampton of Friendship Honda of Boone show off a pair of awards won on Thursday. Friendship Honda captured Best New and Used Car Dealer.

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