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Cindy’s School of Dance Established in 1980

Ballet • Tap • Jazz • Hip Hop Contemporary • Pomdance • Drill Team

Thank you Allen for voting us the Best Dance Studio 4 years in a row!

SEE WHO OUR READERS CHOSE AS THEIR FAVORITE BUSINESSES! t’s finally here – our special section announcing the Star Local Media Readers’ Choice Winners for 2013! After more than 197,000 votes were cast via our online ballot on starlocalmedia.com, we now have the exciting opportunity to share with your our Readers’ Choice for the outstanding businesses in North Texas in 2013. We changed the program slightly this year and incorporated a nomination process to enhance voters’ participation and ease of voting overall. During the month of November, we asked readers to nominate their favorite business in a variety of categories. After the nomination

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www.cindysschoolofdance.com

972-727-1722 107 N Greenville Ave • Allen, TX 75002 Northwest corner of Greenville (Hwy 5) & McDermott

Family Owned • Open Lunch and Dinner Tue-Sun Closed on Mondays • BYOB

Thank you Allen for Voting us Best Mexican Food!

And the winners are...

Highest rated Mexican restaurant on Urbanspoon.com & Tripadvisor.com

Winners by category Automotive page 3

Miscellaneous

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Real Estate page 11

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Recreation page 9

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Services page 14

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Education Financial

Food & Drink

Health & Beauty Home & Garden page 14

Medical page 11

107 North Butler Drive, Allen

972-908-3555

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process ended Nov. 30, we opened up the voting, which lasted during the month of December. After over 197,000 votes were cast via our online ballot on starlocalmedia.com, we now have the exciting opportunity to share with you our Readers’ Choice for the outstanding businesses in North Texas in 2013. We had a few close calls, as well as some new businesses to add to the Choice family this year. Overall we feel this is a great list of local businesses whose common theme in their success is focusing on you, their customer.

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Shopping


Thursday, January 30, 2014 — Star Local Media — Page TRUCK DEALERSHIP

automotive

Bob Tomes Ford

financial

Readers’ Choice Winners 2013

AUTO REPAIR SHOP

Solutions Automotive AUTO SERVICE SHOP

Readers’ Choice Winners 2013

education Readers’ Choice Winners 2013

Kwik Kar

BANK

Chase CREDIT UNION

Texans Credit Union

CAR WASH

FINANCIAL PLANNER

Trademark DOMESTIC AUTO DEALERSHIP

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Honda Cars of McKinney

Goddard School in Allen

IMPORT AUTO DEALERSHIP

PRIVATE SCHOOL

Honda Cars of McKinney

Lucas Christian Academy

TIRE STORE

TUTORING PROGRAM

Discount Tire - Alma Road

Sylvan Learning

Shirley White-Stevens FINANCIAL SERVICES

Henry Lessner

misc.

Readers’ Choice Winners 2013

COMMUNITY SUPPORTING BUSINESS

Rodenbaugh’s PLACE OF WORSHIP

First United Methodist Allen

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food&drink Readers’ Choice Winners 2013

AMERICAN FOOD

Cotton Patch

DINER

Madras Pavilion

PATIO BAR

Allen Cafe

ITALIAN FOOD

Village Burger Bar

GREEK FOOD

Italian Villa

PIZZA

Zoe’s

LIQUOR STORE/BEER & WINE STORE

Palio’s

HAPPY HOUR

Total Wine

POPCORN/CANDY SHOP

Village Burger Bar

MEAT MARKET/BUTCHER

Uptown Popcorn

ICE CREAM/YOGURT

Hirsch’s Specialty Meats

SEAFOOD

Yogurtville

MEXICAN FOOD

Rockfish Seafood Grill

INDIAN FOOD

La Finca Chiquita

SOUTHEAST ASIAN FOOD

Silver Thai

BAKERY

SPORTS BAR

Max’s Donuts

Dodie’s Place

BAR/BREW PUB

STEAKHOUSE

Kelly’s at the Village

Rick’s Chophouse

BBQ

SUPER MARKET

Rudy’s

Market Street

BRUNCH

SUSHI

Mimi’s Cafe

Blue Fish

CATERING

THAI FOOD

Braza Dancante

Silver Thai

Congratulations to all the businesses that won

Readers’ Choice at Eldorado Plaza BEST JEWELRY STORE

BEST HAPPY HOUR

BEST SEAFOOD

BEST SUSHI

GRIFFIN JEWELRY

CRISTINA’S FINE MEXICAN FOOD

ROCKFISH SEAFOOD

OKADA STEAK & SUSHI

Some of the best dining and shopping is at Eldordao Plaza Located at the Northwest Corner of Eldorado Parkway and US 75 (North Central Expwy) in McKinney, Texas


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OWNER: ‘YOU GET EXACTLY WHAT YOU PAY FOR’

PrimeGrade Quality Cuts

hired Hirsch as the butcher. hen you talk to Gary Hirsch about the After a number of stints working secret to his 20-plus years of sucin the meat departments of famcess, he’ll tell you it boils down to one ily-owned grocery stores, Hirsch thing: quality. decided during a visit to Texas that “The whole thing I based my he would make the Lone Star State business model on was providing a his new home. quality product. When it comes to “My folks were already down meat there is no such thing as a good here … In the fall, we packed deal. You get exactly what you pay for,” up and came here,” Hirsch said. Hirsch said. Upon arrival, Hirsch decided to At Hirsch’s Specialty Meats, cusexplore the Texas meat market and tomers can expect to find top-of-thewhat types of products interline selection that comprises AT learn ested customers before starting choice- and prime-grade meats BEST MET & his own business. He began in contrast to the lower-grade MARKE ER working for the “Original Tom select meat that is available H C T U B Thumb” where he met his menat most of the larger chain tor, not-to-mention Heather grocery stores. Additionally, Locklear’s uncle, Austin LockHirsch works with suppliers lear. nationwide in order to ensure “He was the most amazing he is getting the best quality meat man that I had ever met and out there. I became his assistant, “ Hirsch said. “There is a segment of Hirsch worked for Tom Thumb for 13 the population who appreciates it. years and then decided to branch out on his own They will pay more, but it’s better quality.” and opened Hirsch’s Specialty Meats. He has Hirsch said. been running a successful business ever since. Hirsch began his career in the meat business He attributes his continued staying power and when his friend and neighbor in Michigan demultiple Readers’ Choice awards to customer cided to buy a family-owned grocery store and

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Winner!

focus and a willingness to keep up with changes in the industry. “I had a lady call me and mention that she had bought ground beef and mentioned that we should transition from freezer paper to plastic bags so they wouldn’t leak. I went to my guys and asked them why we weren’t doing this. From

MORE INFO FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 972-633-5593 OR VISIT HIRSCHSMEATS.COM.

then on, we started putting ground beef in plastic bags.” Hirsch’s Specialty Meats is located at 1301 Parker Road, Ste. 100, in Plano. They offer a wide variety of top-grade meats such as primegrade rib roast in addition to sausage made inhouse and Logan Farms Honey Glazed hams.


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Thank You For Your Continued Support and Votes!

New Orleans Style Cajun Food Crawfish Time is Just Around the Corner! 190 E. Stacy Road, #1320 Allen, Texas 75002

Your Bar-B-Q team at Rudy’s would like to send a huge

THANK YOU to ALLEN! We are proud and honored to be chosen for “Best Bar-B-Q”...

AGAIN!

1790 Central Expy N • Allen, TX

(214) 383-5353

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Congratulations!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS OF THE 2013 STAR LOCAL MEDIA READERS’ CHOICE!

shopping Readers’ Choice Winners 2013

BOUTIQUE

Buffalo Creek Cowgirls CONSIGNMENT OR RESALE STORE

ACO HOME INTERIORS

Elegant Door JEWELRY STORE

Allen Jewelers SPECIALTY CLOTHING STORE

White House Black Market


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health&beauty Readers’ Choice Winners 2013

NAIL SALON

MARTIAL ARTS

Envy

USA Martial Arts

PLASTIC/COSMETIC SURGERY

MOTORCYCLE DEALER

North Texas Plastic & Reconstructive

Harley Davidson

SALON

recreation Readers’ Choice Winners 2013

Salon at Eaton Court

PERFORMANCE VENUE

Allen Event Center SUMMER CAMP

Goddard School in Allen

SKIN CARE/AESTHETIC CENTER BICYCLE SHOP

SWIM LESSONS

SPA

Bicycles Plus

The City of Allen

Salon at Eaton Court

COUNTRY CLUB

YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAM

Pure Movement Allen

Heritage Ranch

Allen Sports Association

COSMETIC DENTIST

DANCE STUDIO

Hello Gorgeous AEROBICS/YOGA FACILITY

Watters Creek Dental

Cindy’s School Of Dance

FITNESS

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

Fitness Connection

Top Golf

HEALTH FOOD STORE

GOLF COURSE

Market Street

Heritage Ranch

MASSAGE THERAPY

GYMNASTICS

Massage Envy

Eagle’s Wings

Thank you Allen for Voting

Pickle Roofing Solutions Best Roofing Company Two Years in a Row!

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T h a n k y o u f o r ch o o s i ng F i r s t U n i t e d M e t h o d i s t C h u r ch o f A l l e n a s t h e B e s t P l a c e o f Wo r s h i p

S U N D AY S

Daybreak Worship 8:15 am Traditional Worship 9:30 am Contemporary Worship 11:00 am The Way 11:00 am

601 S Greenville Ave Allen TX • 972.727.8261 • www.fumcallen.org

Allen Veterinary Hospital would like to thank all our wonderful patients who “woofed’ and “meowed” for us to be voted the Best Veterinary Clinic in Allen for the 4th straight year! Have your person contact us for a visit and let us show you how we can care for you! Look for Ace Pet Resort Coming this Summer! 803 E. Main St. Allen, TX 75002

972-727-8383 www.allenvethosp.com

Alan Coffman, DVM

J. Brian Shiplov, DVM

Chelsea McAnally, DVM

Michael Overton, DVM


Thursday, January 30, 2014 — Star Local Media — Page PHYSICAL THERAPY

Allen Physical Therapy PHYSICIAN/GENERAL PRACTITIONER

Linda Parker, M.D.

medical Readers’ Choice Winners 2013

URGENT CARE CLINIC

CareNow

Thank you Allen for Voting us

VISION CENTER

Best Flooring, Appliance and Community Supporting Business!

Allen Eye Associates WOMEN’S HEALTH PHYSICIAN

Craig Ranch OB-GYN ALLERGIST

Richard D. Thrasher M.D. CHIROPRACTOR

Dr. Lee Ligon Ligon Chiropractic DENTIST

Allen Dental, D.D.S. EMERGENCY ROOM

Texas Health Presbyterian Allen EYE DOCTOR

Greg Coronado, O.D. HEALTH SPECIALIST

Kevin Joyner, M.D. HEARING SERVICES

Allen Hearing Clinic HOSPITAL

Texas Health Presbyterian Allen ORTHODONTIST

Jay Ghosh, D.D.S. PEDIATRIC DENTIST

Tammy Gough, D.D.S. PEDIATRICIAN

Raintree Pediatrics

realestate Readers’ Choice Winners 2013

ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITY

Heritage Ranch APARTMENT COMMUNITY

Benton Pointe ASSISTED LIVING

Mustang Creek Estates MORTGAGE LENDER

GenEquity Mortgage NEW HOME BUILDER

Highland Homes REAL ESTATE AGENT

Kim McCarty REAL ESTATE COMPANY

Team Wilson, Keller Williams, Allen TITLE COMPANY

Hexter-Fair First American Title

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home&garden Readers’ Choice Winners 2013

HOME REMODELING SERVICES

INSURANCE AGENT

Kangaroo Contractors HOME SERVICES

Jenny Weidner State Farm Insurance

HandyMan Matters

PET SERVICES

INTERIOR DESIGN

Melody Jurick Designs LANDSCAPING

services Readers’ Choice Winners 2013

Hawkins Landscape & Lawn Maintenance

PHOTOGRAPHER

Sue Linke VETERINARIAN

Alan Coffman, DMV, Allen Veterinary Hospital

ELECTRICIAN

NURSERY/GARDEN CENTER

Sawyers Electric

Puckett’s

ATTORNEY

FENCE AND DECK COMPANY

OUTDOOR LIVING

John Meazell

Duck Fence

FLORIST

FLOORING

Hawkins Landscape & Lawn Maintenance

Rodenbaugh’s

OUTDOOR SERVICES

Allen Flower Shop

HARDWARE OR APPLIANCE STORE

Pickle Roofing Solutions

FUNERAL HOME

Rodenbaugh’s

PLUMBER

HEATING AND AIR COMPANY

Baker Brothers

Bill Joplin’s Air Conditioning & Heating

RESIDENTIAL PAINTING

TurrentineJacksonMorrow

Southern Painting

Bark n Purr


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Thank you Allen residents for voting us

BEST VISION CENTER! Personalized eye care for the whole family in Allen and the Greater Dallas Area Eye Exams | Glasses and Contacts | Medical Eye Care | LASIK Consultations

1511 W. McDermott, #100 • Allen, TX

972-727-6262 W W W. A L L E N E Y E . C O M


Allen American