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The State’s Best 2016

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The State’s Best Entertainment

Best Guided Tour The Spirit of Lake Murray

Best Stage Theater Koger Center for the Arts

3340 U.S. 378, Leesville; (803) 730-3044; SpiritofLakeMurray.com

1051 Greene St.; (803) 777-5112; www.kogercenterforthearts.com

Best Annual Community Event S.C. State Fair

Claim to fame: Only dinner cruise yacht on Lake Murray. Years in business: 7. Wow! factor: First-class dinner cruises available year-round.

The State’s Best Food & Drink

Sunday, October 23, 2016

1200 Rosewood Drive; 803-799-3387; www.statefair.org

SARA JOHNSON BORTON President and Publisher BERNIE HELLER Vice President of Advertising KATHY ALLEN Director of Marketing REBEKAH LEWIS HALL Special Projects Coordinator .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

About this section A The

State’s Best is an unscientific sampling based on the subjective polling of The State’s readers. The results appear in this special section. A The

information contained in the listings was obtained from winners and other sources. A Every

effort was made to print information as it was provided. However, some entries have been edited for space and content. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

On the cover Cover design by Louie Lanford. ..................................................

Wow! factor: The South Carolina State Fair is a self-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to educating South Carolina’s young adults, with more than $300,000 in scholarships awarded annually.

Best Art Gallery Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main St.; (803) 799-2810; www.columbiamuseum.org Claim to fame: Engage your mind and enrich your spirit at the Columbia Museum of Art, which ranks among the leading art institutions in the country. Find innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs, plus breathtaking art from around the world. Years in business: 66. Wow! factor: Works by Sandro Botticelli, Claude Monet, and Dale Chihuly under one roof!

Best Children’s Entertainment EdVenture Children’s Museum 211 Gervais St.; (803) 779-3100; www.edventure.org Claim to fame: EdVenture is home to EDDIE, the world’s largest child. Years in business: 12. Wow! factor: The South’s largest children’s museum.

Best Golf Course Country Club of Lexington 1066 Barr Road, Lexington; (803) 359-2515; www.ccoflexington.com

Best Live Music Colonial Life Arena 801 Lincoln St.; (803) 576-9200; ColonialLifeArena.com Years in business: 14. Wow! factor: Making memories for more than 830,000 patrons this past year!

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Best-All-Around Restaurant Blue Marlin 1200 Lincoln St.; (803) 799-3838; bluemarlincolumbia.com Claim to fame: Shrimp and grits. Years in business: 21.

Best Museum South Carolina State Museum

Best Bakery Tiffany’s Bakery & Eatery

301 Gervais St.; (803) 898-4921; www.museum.state.sc.us

8502 Two Notch Road, Columbia; (803) 736-2253; www.tiffanysofcolumbia.com

Claim to fame: Since its opening in October 1988, the S.C. State Museum has awed, delighted and enlightened millions of visitors with the more than 70,000 artifacts in its collection. The State Museum has been voted one of the top three museums in the Southeast by readers of Southern Living magazine, along with the High Museum in Atlanta and the Smithsonian Institute. Years in business: 28.

Best Place for a Child’s Birthday Party Riverbanks Zoo 500 Wildlife Parkway; (803) 779-8717; www.riverbanks.org

Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners Riverbanks Zoo

Best Bang for the Buck Lizard’s Thicket lizardsthicket.com Claim to fame: Lizard’s Thicket has been owned and operated by three generations of the Williams family. When you sit around our tables, we take pride in serving your family delicious, traditional Southern food. It doesn’t matter which of our 15 Thickets is your favorite; you can always trust that we’ll treat you like one of our own at breakfast, lunch and supper. Years in business: 38. Wow! factor: Breakfast, lunch or supper, from our family to yours, y’all come!

Best Bar Liberty Tap Room and Grill 828 Gervais St.; (803) 461-4677; www.libertytaproom.com

500 Wildlife Parkway; (803) 779-8717; www.riverbanks.org

Best Barbecue Shealy’s BBQ


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340 E. Columbia Ave., Leesville; (803) 532-8135; www.shealysbbq.com

Claim to fame: Great food, great service! Years in business: More than 31.

Claim to fame: Famous barbecue pork, fried chicken and home-cooked vegetables. The place where people “meet to eat and eat to meet.” Years in business: 47. Wow! factor: Economic stimulus Mondays – adult buffet, $8.75 all day!

Best Business Lunch California Dreaming 401 Main St.; (803) 254-6767; californiadreaming.rest

Best Bartender Joshua Streetman, Motor Supply

Best Candy Shop The Peanut Man Candy and Nut Co.

920 Gervais St.; (803) 256-6687; www.motorsupplycobistro.com

1215 Lincoln St.; (803) 799-9988; www.thepeanutman.com

Best Beer List Old Mill Brewpub Best Caterer Shealy’s BBQ

711 E. Main St., Lexington; (803) 785-2337; www.oldmillbrewpub.net

340 E. Columbia Ave., Leesville; (803) 532-8135; www.shealysbbq.com

Best Biscuit Biscuit House 10401 Broad River Road, Irmo; (803) 749-9369 ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Best Breakfast Eggs Up Grill

and a kickin’ Sunday brunch. Years in business: 20. Wow! factor: Fresh, made-to-order, local ingredients, passion and fun!

2930 Devine St.; (803) 661-9174; www.eggsupgrill.com

Best Burger Pawley’s Front Porch

Best Brewery River Rat Brewery

827 Harden St.; (803) 771-8001; www.pawleysfrontporch.com

1231 Shop Road; (803) 724-5712; www.riverratbrewery.com

Claim to fame: Burgers. Years in business: 8.

Best Burrito San Jose Best Brunch Cafe Strudel 300 State St., West Columbia; www.cafestrudel.com Claim to fame: Hangover hashbrowns

115 Northpoint Drive, Lexington; (803) 957-9443 4710 Augusta Road, Lexington; (803) 957-5171 1475 Old Orangeburg Road, Lexington; (803) 808-0767

121 Dreher Road, West Columbia; (803) 661-9969 4525 Hard Scrabble Road, Columbia; (803) 865-0717 498 Piney Grove Road, Columbia; (803) 750-3611 801 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia; (803) 419-8862 6118 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia; (803) 783-6650 10618 Broad River Road, Irmo; (803) 667-9107 1034 Chestnut St., Orangeburg; (803) 535-4200 2041 Wilson Road, Newberry; (803) 276-0166 1310 White Pond Road, Elgin; (803) 408-2757 808 U.S. 1 South, Lugoff; (803) 438-2133 110 Creech Road, Blythewood; (803) 735-9787 410 E. Columbia Ave., Batesburg-Leesville; (803) 332-0001 www.sanjosemex.com

Claim to fame: Famous barbecue pork, fried chicken and home-cooked vegetables. The place where people “meet to eat and eat to meet.” Years in business: 47. Wow! factor: Economic stimulus Mondays – adult buffet, $8.75 all day!

Best Cheesesteak The Kingsman Restaurant 936 Axtell Drive, Cayce; (803) 796-8622; thekingsmanrestaurant.net Claim to fame: Dry-aged, fresh-cut ribeye steaks – and we serve just as many Palmetto burgers (rib-eye burgers with pimento cheese). Years in business: 45. Wow! factor: Friends, family and food – serving you since ’72.

Best Chicken Zesto of West Columbia 504 12th St., West Columbia; zestowestcolumbia.com


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Sports Performance Personal Training Return to Play CrossFit (Irmo Only) Jiu-Jitsu

Thank you for voting Jason Brunson as The State's Best Personal Trainer

803-750-9036 jason@athletesarena.com

1019 Broad Stone Rd. Irmo

2829 Millwood Ave. Columbia

One on One, Individualized Care Doctors of Physical Therapy ABPTS Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialists NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists Post Operative Rehabilitation Specialists Titleist Performance Institute Golf Performance Specialists Pose Method of Running Technique Specialists No Referral Required • Dry Needling • Myofascial Cupping 2829 Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205 803.851.3506 • www.VertexPT.com • info@vertexpt.com

Thank you for voting us Best Physical Therapy Practice! Tell your physician that you want to come to Vertex!

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Claim to fame: Best chicken in Columbia! A favorite for tailgating or a quick family meal! Years in business: 67. Wow! factor: Huge cone towering over us!

Best Chinese Food Miyo’s 3250 Forest Drive, Suite B, Columbia; (803) 743-9996 715 Fashion Drive, Suite 1, Columbia; (803) 788-8878 1220 Bower Parkway, Suite E2, Columbia; (803) 781-7788 5594 Sunset Blvd., Suites D & E; Lexington; (803) 957-9888 miyos.com Claim to fame: M Gourmet Group offers fresh, healthy food; fast, friendly service; love and care to customers, staff, and community; and reasonable prices. Years in business: 20. Wow! factor: Eat fresh, eat healthy.

Best Coffee The Wired Goat 709 Gervais St.; (803) 851-0990 908 Chapin Road, Chapin; (803) 201-5348 wiredgoat.cafe Claim to fame: From our in-house roasted coffee and scratch-made syrups, to high-quality custom bakery items and unique food offerings, we’re aiming to change the modern definition of a coffee shop. We pair legendary service with knowledge and passion to redefine the coffee industry. We do it all with local ingredients, mad science, and love! Years in business: 3. Wow! factor: Most local menu in Columbia!

Best Craft Beer Craft and Draft 2706 Devine St.; www.craftanddraftbeer.com Claim to fame: Columbia’s first craft beer store. Years in business: 2.

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Wow! factor: Come see us and discover why we’re awesome!

Best Deli Groucho’s Deli 611 Harden St.; (803) 799-5708 4717 Forest Drive; (803) 790-0801 111 Sparkleberry Crossing, Suite 8; (803) 419-6767 1171⁄2 E. Main St., Lexington; (803) 356-8800 2265 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia; (803) 796-7826 730 University Village Drive, Blythewood; (803) 754-4509 800 Lake Murray Blvd., Suite 2, Irmo; (803) 749-4515 138 Amick’s Ferry Road, Suite B, Chapin; (803) 945-2001 www.grouchos.com Claim to fame: Trademark subs and

salads served with Groucho’s famous 45 sauces since 1941. Years in business: 75. Wow! factor: The Midlands’ destination for fast, fresh and original food since 1941.

Best Dessert Nonnah’s 930 Gervais St.; (803) 779-9599; www.nonnahs.com Claim to fame: More than 25 desserts to choose from, including cakes, pies, tarts, cheesecakes and flaming desserts. Years in business: 14. Wow! factor: Nonnah’s is “Shannon” spelled backwards.

Best Distillery Copper Horse Distilling

929 Huger St.; (803) 779-2993; www.copperhorsedistilling.com Claim to fame: Small-batch, hand-crafted, artisan spirits in the heart of South Carolina. Years in business: 4. Wow! factor: Mashing, fermentation, distillation, bottling, labeling and packaging all in-house.

Best Draft Beer Craft and Draft 2706 Devine St.; www.craftanddraftbeer.com Claim to fame: Columbia’s first craft beer store. Years in business: 2. Wow! factor: Come see us and discover


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Thank You For Helping One in Four That’s more than 250,000 children in our state who go to bed hungry. With your help, we provided over 23.4 million meals last year. But, there’s more work to be done. Your donations matter. Help us eleminate hunger.

www.harvesthope.org

Voted Best Seafood and Best All-Around Restaurant

803-799-3838 1200 Lincoln Street bluemarlincolumbia.com

for Voting Dr. Jaime Brown Price “Best Obstetrician” in The State! LEXINGTON: 811 West Main Street, Suite 210 WEST COLUMBIA: 2728 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 201 IRMO: 1 Wellness Boulevard, Suite 203

LexingtonWomensCare.com • (803) 936-8100

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Wow! factor: Product, personality, and creativity.

Best French Restaurant Crepes et Croissants 1465 Sumter St.; (803) 462-4779; crepesetcroissants.com Claim to fame: Savory and sweet crepes and fresh pastries. Years in business: 5. Wow! factor: Showcasing French cuisine and culture to the people of Columbia.

Best Greek Restaurant Zorba’s 6169 St. Andrews Road; (803) 772-4617

Best Happy Hour Old Mill Brewpub 711 E. Main St., Lexington; (803) 785-2337; www.oldmillbrewpub.net

Best Hot Dog Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs 825 Main St.; (803) 254-6914; www.sandyshotdogs.com ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

why we’re awesome!

Best Restaurant for Family Dining with Kids Flight Deck Restaurant 109-A Old Chapin Road, Lexington; (803) 957-5990; www.flightdeckrestaurant.net

Best Fast Food Restaurant Rush’s Locations in Columbia, Lexington and

Camden; rushs.net Claim to fame: Hometown favorite fastfood restaurant. Years in business: 71. Wow! factor: One of the top five local restaurant chains in the U.S. for customer satisfaction.

Best Fine Dining Restaurant Ristorante Divino 803 Gervais St.; (803) 799-4550; www.ristorantedivino.com

Best First Date Restaurant Best Ice Cream Zesto of Al’s Upstairs West Columbia 300 Meeting St., West Columbia; (803) 794-7404; www.alsupstairsitalian.com

Best Food Truck 2 Fat 2 Fly 2fat2flywings.com Claim to fame: Bone-in stuffed chicken wings, a segment on Cooking Channel’s “Eat Street,” and a reality series titled “Wingmen.” Years in business: 6.

504 12th St., West Columbia; zestowestcolumbia.com Claim to fame: Best chicken in Columbia! A favorite for tailgating or a quick family meal! Years in business: 67. Wow! factor: Huge cone towering over us!

Best Indian Restaurant 2 Gingers


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245 Bush River Road; (803) 772-5121; 2-Gingers.com Years in business: 11⁄2 Wow! factor: Authentic Indian curries and dosas!

Best Italian Restaurant Alodia’s Cucina Italiana 2736 N. Lake Drive; (803) 781-9814; alodias.com

Best Japanese Restaurant Miyabi Japanese Steak & Seafood House 442 Columbiana Drive; (803) 407-1264; www.facebook.com/miyabicolumbia

Best Korean Restaurant Blue Cactus Cafe 2002 Greene St.; www.facebook.com/BlueCactusCafeSC

Best Lunch DiPrato’s 342 Pickens St.; (803) 779-0606; www.dipratos.com ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Years in business: 12. Wow! factor: Pimento cheese and pita chips!!!

Best Margarita Cantina 76 1301 Main St.; (803) 764-1769 2901 Devine St., Suite A; (803) 708-6004 www.cantina76.com Claim to fame: We are a locally owned and operated restaurant featuring a taqueria-based menu in a lively cantina atmosphere. We only use the freshest ingredients, and everything on the menu is made from scratch in-house daily. Our

Cantina also offers some of the finest beers, wines and tequilas to complement your meal. Years in business: 3. Wow! factor: Cantina 76 wants to provide a quality, great-tasting meal at an affordable price in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Best Martini Terra 100 State St., West Columbia; www.terrasc.com

Best Mexican Restaurant

San Jose 115 Northpoint Drive, Lexington; (803) 957-9443 4710 Augusta Road, Lexington; (803) 957-5171 1475 Old Orangeburg Road, Lexington; (803) 808-0767 121 Dreher Road, West Columbia; (803) 661-9969 4525 Hard Scrabble Road, Columbia; (803) 865-0717 498 Piney Grove Road, Columbia; (803) 750-3611 801 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia; (803) 419-8862

6118 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia; (803) 783-6650 10618 Broad River Road, Irmo; (803) 667-9107 1034 Chestnut St., Orangeburg; (803) 535-4200 2041 Wilson Road, Newberry; (803) 276-0166 1310 White Pond Road, Elgin; (803) 408-2757 808 U.S. 1 South, Lugoff; (803) 438-2133 110 Creech Road, Blythewood; (803) 735-9787 410 E. Columbia Ave., Batesburg-Leesville; (803) 332-0001 www.sanjosemex.com


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OutspokinBicycles.com

For trusting us with your appliances and voting us the Best.

Thank you for voting us Columbia’s Best Bicycle Shop • Sales and full-service bicycle shop • Bikes for the entire family • Locally owned and operated for 30 years

Columbia: Irmo:

Sloan Appliance Service

254-9797

ThankYouForVotingUs2YearsinaRow!

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Still HopeS, Columbia’S firSt life plan Community, is expanding with a new independent living residence called WellPointe. This wellness-inspired independent living residence will feature luxury amenities at the existing Still Hopes community. Welcome to a new plan for living well – WellPointe. Visit us online to learn more at stillhopes.org or schedule a private preview today by calling 803.739.5040.

WellPointe.org Columbia’s First Life Plan Community


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A landmark restaurant known for its All-You-Can-Eat Buffet, Barbecue, Fried Chicken and Home-Cooked Vegetables. Shealy’s is known nationwide as South Carolina’s Premiere Bar-B-Que Restaurant.

Voted Best Barbeque & Best Caterer! 340 East Columbia Ave., Batesburg - Leesville, SC 29070

(803) 532-8135 • www.shealysbbq.com


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Claim to fame: Great food, great service! Years in business: More than 31.

Best New Restaurant J Peters Grill and Bar 2005 N. Beltline Blvd., Suite 5; (803) 738-3760 502 Lexington Ave., Chapin; (803) 816-4114 Coming soon: 111 Sparkleberry Crossing Road, Suite 11 jpetersgrill.com Claim to fame: Comfortable, casual, full-service American grill, featuring prime rib, burgers, salads, sandwiches, seafood, ribs, steaks and chicken. Years in business: 7. Wow! factor: Big food. Good friends. Great times. Something for everyone.

Best Outdoor Dining Liberty on the Lake 1602 Marina Road, Irmo; (803) 667-9715; www.irmo.libertytaproom.com

Best Pizza LaBrasca’s Pizza 4365 Fort Jackson Blvd.; (803) 782-1098 Years in business: 51. Wow! factor: A Columbia staple serving up delicious Italian treats.

Best Ribs Hudson’s Smokehouse 4952 Sunset Blvd., Lexington; (803) 356-1070 931 Old Two Notch Road, Lexington; (803) 356-1070 Classic Catering Headquarters: 235 Two Notch Road, Lexington; (803) 356-1070 www.hudsonssmokehouse.com

Best Salad Copper River Grill 1230 Bower Parkway, Suite B8; (803)

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749-4647; copperrivergrill.com

Best Sandwich Shop Groucho’s Deli 611 Harden St.; (803) 799-5708 4717 Forest Drive; (803) 790-0801 111 Sparkleberry Crossing, Suite 8; (803) 419-6767 117 1⁄2 E. Main St., Lexington; (803) 356-8800 2265 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia; (803)

796-7826 730 University Village Drive, Blythewood; (803) 754-4509 800 Lake Murray Blvd., Suite 2, Irmo; (803) 749-4515 138 Amick’s Ferry Road, Suite B, Chapin; (803) 945-2001 www.grouchos.com Claim to fame: Trademark subs and salads served with Groucho’s famous 45 sauces since 1941. Years in business: 75. Wow! factor: The Midlands’ destination

for fast, fresh and original food since 1941.

Best Seafood Blue Marlin 1200 Lincoln St.; (803) 799-3838; bluemarlincolumbia.com Claim to fame: Shrimp and grits. Years in business: 21.

Best Server Hope Hartley, Private Property


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220 W. Main St., Lexington; (803) 399-8085; privatepropertysc.com

2fat2flywings.com Claim to fame: Bone-in stuffed chicken wings, a segment on Cooking Channel’s “Eat Street,” and a reality series titled “Wingmen.” Years in business: 6. Wow! factor: Product, personality, and creativity.

Best Southern Restaurant Lizard’s Thicket lizardsthicket.com

The State’s Best Services

Claim to fame: Lizard’s Thicket has been owned and operated by three generations of the Williams family. When you sit around our tables, we take pride in serving your family delicious, traditional Southern food. It doesn’t matter which of our 15 Thickets is your favorite; you can always trust that we’ll treat you like one of our own at breakfast, lunch and supper. Years in business: 38. Wow! factor: Breakfast, lunch or supper, from our family to yours, y’all come!

Best Accounting Firm Burkett Burkett & Burkett 3101 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia; www.burkettcpas.com

Best Sports Bar The British Bulldog Pub

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

and The State!

1220 Bower Parkway, Columbia; (803) 227-8918; www.thebritishbulldogpub.com

Best Steak The Kingsman Restaurant 936 Axtell Drive, Cayce; (803) 796-8622; thekingsmanrestaurant.net

Best Sushi Inakaya Watanabe 655 St. Andrews Road; (803) 731-2538; inakayawatanabe.com

Best Taco Cantina 76 Best Tapas Gervais & Best Waterfront Vine Restaurant Liberty 1301 Main St.; (803) 764-1769 on the Lake 2901 Devine St., Suite A; (803) 708-6004 www.cantina76.com

620 Gervais St., Suite A; (803) 799-VINE; www.gervine.com

Claim to fame: We are a locally owned and operated restaurant featuring a taqueria-based menu in a lively cantina atmosphere. We only use the freshest ingredients, and everything on the menu is made from scratch in-house daily. Our Cantina also offers some of the finest beers, wines and tequilas to complement your meal. Years in business: 3. Wow! factor: Cantina 76 wants to provide a quality, great-tasting meal at an affordable price in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Claim to fame: Located in the beautiful Congaree Vista, Gervais & Vine is a Spanish-style tapas bar with culinary influences from across the Mediterranean.

Best Vegetarian Food Good Life Cafe

1602 Marina Road, Irmo; (803) 667-9715; www.irmo.libertytaproom.com

Best Wine List Ristorante Divino 803 Gervais St.; (803) 799-4550; www.ristorantedivino.com

1614 Main St., Columbia; (803) 726-2310; goodlifecafe.net Wow! factor: We are ROOTED in gratitude! We LOVE our city

Best Wings 2 Fat 2 Fly

Claim to fame: We started as a family business and have expanded that sense of family to include those whom we serve and those who serve with us. Years in business: 41. Wow! factor: Forty-one years of excellent client service and still going strong.

Best Acupuncturist Dr. Angela Soto, Blue Root Acupuncture 2730 Devine St.; (803) 404-7575; www.blueroothealth.com Claim to fame: Blue Root Acupuncture offers a variety of traditional Chinese healing techniques to treat pain, allergies, gastrointestinal issues, sleep disorders, fatigue, stress, depres-


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sion, women’s disorders and much more. Years in business: 6. Wow! factor: State-of-the-art clinic and technology combined with nutrition coaching and mind and body healing. Stop in today!

Best Apartment Complex 42 Magnolia 5150 Forest Drive; (803) 790-HOME; www.42magnoliaapartments.com; facebook.com/42Magnolia Claim to fame: Award-winning property and management! Just steps away from elite shopping and dining. Just minutes to downtown and the Vista! Years in business: 22. Wow! factor: Beautifully landscaped, well located, a perfect place to call home!

Best Appliance Repair Sloan Appliance Services 635 Frink St., Cayce; (803) 796-6130; www.sloanappliance.com Years in business: 58. Wow! factor: Our goal is to make a complete repair on the first visit.

Best Assisted Living Facility Laurel Crest 100 Joseph Walker Drive, West Columbia; (803) 796-0370; www.laurel-crest.com Years in business: 22. Wow! factor: Exceptional service, genuine care and concern, on the Saluda River.

Best Attorney John Moylan, Wyche, P.A. 801 Gervais St., Suite B; (803) 254-6542; www.wyche.com/jmoylan Claim to fame: John Moylan represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court. He has a diverse litigation practice, handling matters related to the False Claims Act, health care, gov-

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

ernmental disputes, and personal injury. John has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek Magazine, and People Magazine. He has also appeared on national television shows including Larry King Live, MSNBC, Fox News, Anderson Cooper 360, and Good Morning America. John is recognized as a leading lawyer by the nation’s most prestigious ranking publications, including Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. He is a graduate of Presbyterian College and Harvard Law School. Years in business: 29. Wow! factor: Graduated Harvard Law, but more importantly, grew up in Walterboro.

Best Auto Glass Repair ACE Glass 4661 Augusta Road, Lexington; (803)

356-3505 7538 Woodrow St., Irmo; (803) 732-1384 5506 Two Notch Road; (803) 754-2911 www.aceglasssc.com

Best Auto Repair Frank’s Discount Tire

Best Bank First Community Bank 5455 Sunset Blvd., Lexington; (803) 951-0507; www.firstcommunitysc.com

4430 Hard Scrabble Road; (803) 865-8440 1233 Bluff Road; (803) 834-5518 1609 Fairlane Drive, West Columbia; (803) 451-8473 910 E. Main St., Lexington; (803) 356-8473 www.frankstires.com

Claim to fame: We believe that everyone matters. That, when it comes to growth, a strong work ethic is as valuable as a shrewd financial eye. That honesty and integrity are the cornerstones of smart business. That excellence is a standard to be achieved, not a goal to be aspired toward. And that a spirit of service is essential to all we do. Years in business: 21. Wow! factor: Passionately focused on the customer experience for over 20 years!

Claim to fame: World-class singer and rhyme-maker. Just kidding. Years in business: 30. Wow! factor: If it’s round, rubber, and rolls, Frank’s got it!

Best Barbershop Studio O2


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THANK YOU for making us NUMBER ONE again for 2 years in a row!

-Adam & Betsy Huneau, owners WE CAN’T THANK OUR PATIENTS AND SUPPORTERS ENOUGH FOR VOTING US

BEST DENTIST! Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric dental specialists!

Bowtie Gratinata

WildSmiles.net Lexington | 803.619.0047 • White Knoll | 803.875.0858

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801 Gervais St.; (803) 667-9606; so2spa.com

www.cogdills.com

Claim to fame: Professional colorists, Best Carpet Cleaning modern hair design, balayage, hair extenStanley Steemer sions, Brazilian blowouts, keratin, bridal packages, skin care, makeup, oxygen 710-B Buckner Road; (803) 754-2219; treatments, massage therapy, specialty men’s services, nail design, oxygen bar www.stanleysteemer.com and airbrush tanning. Years in business: 2. Wow! factor: Columbia’s urban oasis salon and oxygen spa, where beauty and Best Children’s Camp wellness collide.

Best Boat Repair Cove 2 Coast Marine 1821 Lake Murray Blvd.; (803) 814-1514; www.cove2coastmarine.com

Best Builder Mungo Homes 441 Western Lane, Irmo; (803) 749-9000; www.mungo.com

Best Car Wash Frank’s Car Wash 601 Bush River Road; (803) 772-7390 4741 Forest Drive; (803) 787-8383 120 Clemson Road; (803) 736-1079 9852 Farrow Road 4530 Augusta Highway, Lexington 516 Columbia Ave., Lexington; (803) 359-7437 4758 Sunset Blvd., Lexington 1113 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo; (803) 749-1733 www.frankscarwash.com

Program YMCA of Columbia

1612 Marion St., Suite 100; (803) 748-9622; columbiaymca.org Claim to fame: The YMCA of Columbia includes six branches in the Midlands and the Palmetto Center for Women, and it operates two water parks and six afterschool sites. The Y is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and does not turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. Years in business: 162. Wow! factor: The Y raises nearly $1 million each year through grants and donations to run life-changing programs.

Best Chiropractor Bigbie Chiropractic 943 Old Cherokee Road, Lexington; (803) 356-9315; www.bigbiechiropractic.com

Best Cleaning Service Deserved Comfort Housekeeping, LLC

Claim to fame: More than 9 million cars (803) 739-9700; washed. www.deservedcomfort.com Years in business: 43. Wow! factor: Winner of “Best Car Wash” Claim to fame: The only locally owned since 1992. cleaning service serving the greater Columbia area for over 30 years! Best Carpet and Flooring Years in business: 30. Wow! factor: Internationally acclaimed Flooring by Cogdill Professional Cleaner of the Year works here!

1700 Huger St.; (803) 779-5606;

Best Computer Services Mr PC 1804 Bull St.; (803) 218-9163 131 Harbison Blvd.; (803) 218-9163 163 Forum Drive; (803) 218-9163 www.callmrpc.com

Best Contractor Crescent Construction 1416 Bluff Road; (803) 781-1900; www.crescentcarolina.com

Best Credit Union Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union 12 Midlands locations and more than 40 ATMs; (803) 732-5000; www.palmettocitizens.org Claim to fame: Still offering truly free checking with no minimum balance or monthly fees. Also, lower rates on all loans and credit cards and no payments for 90 days on vehicle loans. Years in business: 80. Wow! factor: Fewer fees and better rates from a local, not-for-profit financial institution.

Dance Studio The Southern Strutt 90 Ashbourne Road, Irmo; (803) 781-3980; southernstruttdance.com

Best Day Spa Urban Nirvana 4840 Forest Drive, Suite 15D; (803) 727-1010 920 North Lake Drive, Lexington; (803) 356-0119 www.urbannirvana.com

Best Daycare Big Blue Marble Academy

406 Main St., Gilbert; (803) 892-2074 4341 Augusta Highway, Gilbert; (803) 892-3688 119 Smith St., Leesville; (803) 532-4671 101 N. Royal Tower Drive, Irmo; (803) 661-9591 3912 Leaphart Road, West Columbia; (803) 939-0125 www.bbmacademy.com

Best Dentist Wild Smiles Pediatric Dentistry 203 N. Lake Drive, Lexington; (803) 619-0047 1767 S. Lake Drive, Suite A, Lexington; (803) 875-0858 www.wildsmiles.net

Best Dermatologist Columbia Dermatology 2241 Bush River Road; (803) 731-9600; www.columbiadermsc.com

Best DJ/Karaoke Events by Snow (803) 553-5446; www.eventsbysnow.com Claim to fame: Providing the best entertainment for events in South Carolina! Years in business: 6. Wow! factor: DJs, entertainment, sound, lighting, photography and more! We bring the party!

Best Doctor Dr. David Fisher, Woodill Family Medicine 813 Leesburg Road; (803) 783-4433; FMCofSC.com Claim to fame: The family physician says, “(I give) each patient 110 percent of myself, or I’m not doing my job.” Years in business: 20. Wow! factor: “I know my patients and


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ThankYou

FOR VOTING US BEST CLEANING SERVICE! You deserve the comfort of a clean home!

We offer Routine Cleanings on an Ongoing Basis, Detailed and Vacant Cleanings, and One-Time or Occasional Cleanings for Home and Office.

Voting us State’s Best three years in a row!

Please visit our website or give us a call to learn more about us and to get a FREE QUOTE. www.DeservedComfort.com

803.739.9700 Celebrating 30 Years in Business!

Thanks for choosing Blue Root Acupuncture & Angela Soto for Best Acupuncturist. Your confidence is more than a compliment... Our mission is to provide the highest quality care in Traditional Chinese Medicine for the integration of body, mind and spirit. We strive to empower patients with education to promote their longevity and well-being.

2730 Devine Street, Columbia / 803-404-7575 www.blueroothealth.com

Thanks For Voting Us Best Charter School 2 Years in a Row! 3833 Leaphart Road, West Columbia, SC 29169 | 803-951-3321 www.graycollegiateacademy.org


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their families and will often call them at home to check on how they’re doing.�

Best Dry Cleaner Tripps Fine Cleaners 135 Blythewood Road, Blythewood; (803) 333-9191 1339 Broad River Road 2000 Clemson Road; (803) 788-4004 3301 Forest Drive; (803) 738-0400 2710 Gervais St.; (803) 255-0007 830 Harden St.; (803) 254-7373 800 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo; (803) 732-2051 2748 N. Lake Drive; (803) 749-0903 100-K Old Cherokee Road, Lexington; (803) 356-2000 655 St. Andrews Road; (803) 798-8498 6014 St. Andrews Road; (803) 772-3004 9003 Two Notch Road; (803) 736-0970 Irmo, Chapin and Lexington free pickup and delivery: (803) 261-5528 Columbia and Northeast Columbia free pickup and delivery: (803) 446-8747 Downtown Columbia, West Columbia and Cayce free pickup and delivery: (803) 740-9026

Best Durable Medical Equipment Supplier Hawthorne Pharmacy and Medical Equipment 1520 Taylor St.; (803) 227-4450; (803) 227-4451 2854 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia; (803) 794-7990 2761 Laurel St.; (803) 254-2761 2534 Broad St., Camden; (803) 425-8378 814 U.S. 1 South, Suite 4, Lugoff; (803) 408-9589 hawthornesc.com

Best Electrician Gregory Electric 2124 College St.; (803) 748-1122; www.gregoryelectric.com

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Best Employment Agency Roper Staffing 125 Outlet Pointe Blvd.; (803) 798-8500 1223 Wilson Road, Newberry; (803) 276-3034 101 S. Wise Drive, Sumter; (803) 938-8100 www.roperstaffing.com Claim to fame: Simply put, we are experts in the people business. We have the

largest and most experienced staff in the Midlands. At Roper, our solutions are more than temporary! Years in business: 34. Wow! factor: For the 21st year, Roper Staffing has been voted Best Employment Agency!

Claim to fame: We are known for exquisite event design, gorgeous flowers, and flawless implementation. Years in business: 16. Wow! factor: Our staff has been trusted with inaugural galas, visionary corporate celebrations and amazing weddings.

Best Event Planner Cricket Newman Designs

Best Eye Clinic Columbia Eye Clinic

2710-C Gervais St.; (803) 834-7992; cricketnewmandesigns.com

1920 Pickens St.; (803) 779-3070 100 Summit Centre Drive; (803) 252-8566


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THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTE! Located in the distinguished community of Forest Acres - minutes from downtown and walking distance to fine shopping

5150 Forest Drive 42magnoliapartments.com 803.828.5510

Learn More About Our Services Audit & Attestation • Consulting & Business Advisory Tax Services • Business Valuation Small Business Assistance • Forensic Accounting Services

ThankYou for Voting Us Best Tax Service!

803-799-0555 • www.hobbscpa.com 1704 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC 29202


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U.S. 378 at Palmetto Park Boulevard, Lexington; (803) 806-0080 www.columbiaeyeclinic.com Claim to fame: With 14 board-certified physicians and more than 100 expert staff members, we are the largest medical/surgical ophthalmology practice in the Midlands. From comprehensive eye exams to the most advanced laser cataract surgery, we are here for all your eye care needs. Years in business: 93. Wow! factor: Offering the most advanced ophthalmic surgical laser technology in the Midlands.

Best Financial Services Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union 12 Midlands locations and more than 40 ATMs; (803) 732-5000; www.palmettocitizens.org

Claim to fame: Still offering truly free checking with no minimum balance or monthly fees. Also, lower rates on all loans and credit cards and no payments for 90 days on vehicle loans. Years in business: 80. Wow! factor: Fewer fees and better rates from a local, not-for-profit financial institution.

Best Fitness Center Muv Fitness 2307 Augusta Road, West Columbia; (803) 888-1580 800 Columbiana Drive, Irmo; (803) 798-1000 619 N. Lake Drive, Lexington; (803) 359-6100 4114 Forest Drive; (803) 787-4950 226 Forum Drive; (803) 451-4496 450 Killian Road; (803) 569-4653 muvsc.com

Best Framing The Frame Shop 3100 Rosewood Drive; (803) 256-1601; theframeshopsc.com Claim to fame: Family-owned business for more than 40 years; “quality and service” is our motto. Years in business: 48. Wow! factor: Serving the local arts. All orders are custom framed to the customer’s satisfaction.

Best Hair Salon The Velvet Edge 6030 St. Andrews Road, Suite C; (803) 586-3879; www.thevelvetedgesalon.com

Best Hair Stylist Meagan Mathias, The Velvet Edge 6030 St. Andrews Road, Suite C; (803) 586-3879; www.thevelvetedgesalon.com

Best Funeral Home Dunbar Funeral Home 3926 Devine St.; (803) 771-7990 7600 Woodrow St., Irmo; (803) 732-2211 4219 Hard Scrabble Road; (803) 788-6310 www.dunbarfunerals.com

Best Hearing Center Affordable Hearing, LLC 1060 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo; (803) 749-6017; Affordable-Hearingllc.com Claim to fame: Robin Hutson and Jenn

Life’s more fun when you’re

It’s in our nature at Laurel Crest. Connection comes easy in our close-knit community ?lled with active, gracious people who share your interests and values.You’ll keep growing here. Close to all you love in Columbia, with a naturally splendid view.We’d love to connect with you. Join us for lunch and a tour by calling 1-866-435-1033. Proud to be voted The State’s Best Retirement Community, and Best Assisted Living provider. Laurel Crest provides a full continuum of on-site care, if you ever need it.

Life. Connected. 100 Joseph Walker Drive West Columbia, SC 29169

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Congratulating the State’s Best 2016 Winners!

Better Business Bureau® VISIT www.bbb.org

TOFINDBUSINESSES

YOUCANTRUST Affordable-HearingLLC.com FREE Unlimited office visits and programming with every purchase. THANK YOU FOR VOTING US STATE'S BEST HEARING CENTER!

FREE HEARING EXAM FREE AFTERCARE 30 DAYS RISK FREE Affordable Hearing, LLC Real Service. Real Commitment. ROBIN HUTSON, Hearing Aid Specialist National Board certified & over 25 years experience.

License #405

JENN CLARKE, Hearing Aid Specialist My 1st priority is Patient care.

License #0506

1060 Lake Murray Blvd. Irmo, SC 29063

(803) 749-6017 1180 Boulevard St., Ste. C Orangeburg, SC

(803) 531-6403

Make your appointment today. Nothing to lose, so much to gain. Call (803) 749-6017 Today! Financing available to those who qualify

www.Affordable-HearingLLC.com Blue Cross & Blue Shield FEP accepted. Upgrades or trade-ins possible. Come in and let us verify your insurance coverage for 2016.


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Thank you, Columbia

Audi Columbia A Jim Hudson Automotive Dealership

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For Voting Jim Hudson Lexus

For Voting Jim Hudson Buick, GMC, Cadillac

The Best New Car Dealership

The Best Used Car Dealership

And For Naming Us #1 In The Community For 15 Years!

And For Naming Us #1 In The Communit y For 15 Years!

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icated heart hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital has the region’s first accredited chest pain emergency room and first STEMI alert system, which quickly transmits patient information from ambulance to physicians during a ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. The Advanced Heart Health Center at Palmetto Health Heart Hospital is a leading-edge center for people with heart failure and valvular heart disease, including medical therapy and mechanical circulatory support. One treatment for valvular disorders is transcatheter aortic valve replacement, a minimally invasive, revolutionary procedure that enables patients who are not candidates for open-heart surgery to be successfully treated and enjoy immediate improvement in their condition. Years in business: 10. Wow! factor: Palmetto Health Heart Hospital cares for more cardiac patients than any other hospital in the Midlands.

Clarke. Years in business: 2. Wow! factor: We care about our customers.

Best Heating and Air Service Cool Care Heating and Air 3102 Bronx Road; (803) 772-7715; www.coolcarehvac.com Claim to fame: Serving our customers, our community and our environment by taking a “whole house” approach to heating and air. We are BPI Gold Star Certified, Healthy Air Specialists and NATE Certified, just to name a few. These qualifications help South Carolinians not only achieve their comfort goals but also improve indoor air quality and health issues, reduce energy consumption and costs, while protecting the environment for future generations. Years in business: 16. Wow! factor: Putting the “famous” in FAMOUSLY COOL.

Best Hospital System Palmetto Health Baptist: Taylor at Marion Street Baptist Parkridge: 400 Palmetto Health Parkway Children’s Hospital: Seven Richland Medical Park Drive Heart Hospital: Six Medical Park Drive Richland: Five Medical Park Tuomey: 129 N. Washington Street, Sumter PalmettoHealth.org

Best Hospice Agape Hospice 1624 Main St.; (803) 454-0365; www.agapehospice.com Years in business: 16.

Best Hospital Facility Lexington Medical Center 2720 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia; (803) 791-2000; lexmed.com Claim to fame: Lexington Medical Center is a 414-bed hospital in West Columbia and the anchor of a comprehensive modern medical network that includes six community medical centers, the largest nursing home in the Carolinas and 60 physician practices. The hospital’s cardiac and cancer programs are affiliated with Duke Medicine. Years in business: 45. Wow! factor: Lexington Medical Center operates the busiest emergency department in South Carolina, treating more than 100,000 patients each year.

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Best Hospital for Heart Health Palmetto Health Heart Hospital Six Richland Medical Park Drive; (803) 434-7808; PalmettoHealth.org/HeartHospital Claim to fame: Palmetto Health Heart

Hospital’s team of 35 cardiologists provides medical and interventional cardiac care with special expertise in electrophysiology, advanced heart failure care, and minimally invasive aortic valve replacement. Capable of handling the most complex cases, our team of four cardiovascular surgeons also leads the area’s only ventricular assist device implantation program. Offering a unique healing environment as South Carolina’s only ded-

Claim to fame: Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the Midlands and one of the state’s largest employers, comprises more than 14,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s Vision: to be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes six acutecare hospitals in the Midlands – Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey. In the Upstate region, Palmetto Health also co-owns Baptist Easley Hospital. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, the system also includes the Palmetto Health-USC Medical


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LOCATIONS: 6306 Garners Ferry Rd (803) 783-7644

Thank you

for voting us The State’s Best Quick Oil Change 2 Years in a Row!

5308 Sunset Blvd (803) 359-0660 267 Harbison Blvd (803) 781-6001 235 Forum Dr (803) 865-6888

Thank you to Columbia's BEST clients for allowing us to sell Columbia's BEST homes! 2615 Devine Street

803.771.2424 www.HomeAdvantageRealty.com

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Group, the region’s largest multispecialty group, which serves as the entry point to the health care system with more than 500 providers serving patients in more than 80 practices and nearly 100 locations. Palmetto Health also is supported by two 501 (c)(3) foundations and trains the next generation of physicians through its 24 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Years in business: Richland, 124; Baptist, 102; Baptist Parkridge, 2; Children’s Hospital, 33; Toumey, 102. Wow! factor: Our vision is to be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves.

Best Insurance Agent Giles Brothers Insurance 3510 Bush River Road; (803) 798 4600; www.gilesbrothers.com Claim to fame: Family-owned for over 50 years. Years in business: 50.

Best Interior Designer Ellen Taylor Interiors + Design 1012 Gervais St.; (803) 758-1007; ellentaylorinteriors.com Claim to fame: Our desire continues to be to embrace each design project individually – to understand, and in a professional sense, intimately define the design needs of each client, all-inclusive of function, personality and style, and indisputably accomplish an overall living atmosphere that purely expresses the special occupant, our client. Years in business: 11. Wow! factor: Life is too short to blend in; we specialize in custom!

Best Landscaper Woodley’s Garden Center 10015 Two Notch Road; (803) 788-1487 2840 Dreher Shoals Road; (803) 407-0601 woodleygardencenter.com

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Claim to fame: It’s not only our great selection – It’s the sheer beauty of our grounds, our staff’s expertise and love for gardening, and our customers’ loyalty. Years in business: 36. Wow! factor: Year-round, we’ve got something exciting, unusual and blooming!

success. With offices in Greenville and Columbia, Wyche is the South Carolina member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. Years in business: 95. Wow! factor: World-class lawyers; deep local roots.

Best Long-Term Care Best Law Firm Wyche Law Facility Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Firm Community 801 Gervais St., Suite B; (803) 254-6542; www.wyche.com Claim to fame: Wyche is a full-service law firm that has practiced law and served the community for 95 years. In that time, Wyche has participated in landmark litigation, served as counsel on cutting-edge transactions, and provided community leadership that has helped shape and drive our region’s growth and

One Still Hopes Drive, West Columbia; (803) 796-6490; stillhopes.org

Best Manicure/Pedicure Studio O2 801 Gervais St.; (803) 667-9606; so2spa.com

Claim to fame: Professional colorists, modern hair design, balayage, hair extensions, Brazilian blowouts, keratin, bridal packages, skin care, makeup, oxygen treatments, massage therapy, specialty men’s services, nail design, oxygen bar and airbrush tanning. Years in business: 2. Wow! factor: Columbia’s urban oasis salon and oxygen spa, where beauty and wellness collide.

Best Massage Urban Nirvana 4840 Forest Drive, Suite 15D; (803) 727-1010 920 North Lake Drive, Lexington; (803) 356-0119 www.urbannirvana.com

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nestled in nature along 1 mile of the Saluda River in Lexington, just minutes from downtown Columbia. With more than 85 acres of green space, paved walking trails, dog parks, playgrounds, two pools, a fitness center, two clubhouses, picnic areas, fire pits and three kayak launches, you’ll feel like you live at a resort! And don’t forget our Lexington One schools, including Meadow Glen Elementary, Meadow Glen Middle and River Bluff High. Years in business: 8. Wow! factor: Voted America’s Best Community.

Best New Home Community Barr Lake by Essex Homes 138 Westpark Blvd.; (803) 356.8301; www.essexhomes.net/neighborhoods/ lake-view-at-barr-lake

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Agency Millie Lewis 3612 Landmark Drive; (803) 782-7338; millielewiscolumbia.com

Best Moving Company Two Men and a Truck 1901 Dixiana Road, Cayce; (803) 731-7775; www.twomenandatruckcolumbiasc.com

Columbia Arts Academy: 3630 Rosewood Drive; (803) 787-0931; www.columbiaartsacademy.com Lexington School of Music: 226 Barr Road, Lexington; (803) 996-0623; www.lexingtonschoolofmusic.com Claim to fame: South Carolina’s largest private music school. Years in business: 13. Wow! factor: Home of the Musical Ladder System now used by 80 schools around the world!

Years in business: 23. Best Musician/Band Tokyo Wow! factor: Our commitment is to continuously strive to exceed our custom- Joe ers’ expectations in value and high stanP.O. Box 2126, West Columbia, SC dard of satisfaction.

Best Music School Columbia Arts Academy and Lexington School of Music

29169; tokyojoe.net; www.facebook.com/tokyojoeband

Claim to fame: Play an average of 200 shows a year. Have donated more than $100,000 to Nancy K. Perry Children’s

Shelter from annual “Rocketman” Elton John Tribute. Years in business: 20. Wow! factor: More than 15,000 copies sold of six independently released CDs.

Best National Fitness Center Planet Fitness 7531-B Garners Ferry Road; (803) 776-5820 421 Bush River Road; (803) 750-7515 9714 Two Notch Road; (803) 764-2703 www.planetfitness.com

Claim to fame: Beautiful, serene setting in one of the most desirable locations in Lexington County, offering several new home designs, amenities and the latest in smart-home automation. Years in business: 23. Wow! factor: Incredible location, amazing schools and award-winning construction!

Best Obstetrician Dr. Jaime Brown Price, Lexington Women’s Care 2728 Sunset Blvd #201, West Columbia; (803) 936-8100; www.lexingtonwomenscare.com

Best Painter Carolina Painting & Pressure Cleaning 114 Bluefield Road, Lexington; (803) 936-2595

Best Neighborhood Housing Community Saluda River Club

Best Pediatric Practice Sandhills Pediatrics

102 Glade Spring Drive, Lexington; (803) 358-3969; www.saludariverclub.com 1749 Marshall St.; (803) 252-1801 7941 Broad River Road, Irmo; (803) 407-0704 Claim to fame: Saluda River Club is


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Thanks for voting us BEST ANNUAL EVENT!

OCT 12-23

Thank You for Voting me

State’s U S A F

Best Pediatrician “Making a Difference in Children’s Lives”

Dr. Guy Castles, III Tickets and Ride Vouchers available at

SCStateFair.org +

(803) 799-9044 14 Richland Medical Park Suite 410 Columbia | SC 29203

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years with the best customer service, period!!! Years in business: 21. Wow! factor: Lowest prices! Multiple locations! Local!!!

Best Pharmacist Hawthorne Pharmacy and Medical Equipment 1520 Taylor St.; (803) 227-4450; (803) 227-4451 2854 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia; (803) 794-7990 2761 Laurel St.; (803) 254-2761 2534 Broad St., Camden; (803) 425-8378 814 U.S. 1 South, Suite 4, Lugoff; (803) 408-9589 hawthornesc.com

Best Philanthropist Marcus Lattimore marcuslattimore.com; marcuslattimorefoundation.com

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Claim to fame: Dedicated to the care of children and their families for 43 years. Years in business: 43. Wow! factor: Started with two physicians at one location – now have 18 physicians at five locations.

pediatrician, Dr. Guy Castles is the father of six children and married to Libby Lee Castles. He loves to work with sick children and still takes care of hospitalized children. At his old-fashioned office, phone calls are free. This board-certified baby doc’s hobbies begin and end with golf. He is a devout Christian, and his life centers around his children. Years in business: 25 years in practice. Combined with his father, a Castles has practiced pediatrics in Columbia for more than 61 years. Wow! factor: Dedicated, caring pediatrician.

Best Pediatrician Dr. C. Guy Castles III, Pediatric Associates

Best Personal Trainer Jason Brunson, Athlete’s Arena

110 Summit Centre Drive; (803) 744-9000 4568 Sunset Blvd., Lexington; (803) 520-5144 2318 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia; (803) 796-9200 www.sandhillspediatrics.com

14 Medical Park, Suite 410, Columbia; (803) 799-9044 Claim to fame: A second-generation

1019 Broad Stone Road, Irmo; (803) 750-9036; athletesarena.com

Best Pest Control Clark’s Termite & Pest Control

Best Philanthropy/Nonprofit Harvest Hope Food Bank

405 Western Lane, Irmo; (803) 781-4991

2220 Shop Road; (803) 254-4432; www.harvesthope.org

Best Pet Boarding Garners Ferry Animal Hospital

Claim to fame: Harvest Hope is South Carolina’s largest food bank, serving 20 counties and 38,000 people a week. We distributed over 27 million pounds of food to provide hunger relief in fiscal year 2014-2015. Years in business: 30. Wow! factor: After the October 2015 floods, we distributed 2.3 million meals.

7354 Garners Ferry Road; (803) 776-4554; www.garnersferryanimalhospital.com

Best Pet Grooming Mill Creek

Best Photographer Clark Berry Photography

2841 Millwood Ave.; (803) 771-PETS; www.millcreekpet.com

(803) 996-5982; www.clarkberry.com

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Thanks Columbia! Thank you for voting us Best Pizza 2 years in a row.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS! Best Lunch

4365 Fort Jackson Blvd

(803)782-1098 Thank you for naming us Best Furniture Store for over a decade.

FURNISHINGS

919 Gervais Street

803.779.5123

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Best Physical Therapist Jim Floyd and Brandon Vaughn, Vertex PT Specialists 2829 Millwood Ave.; (803) 851-3506; www.vertexpt.com

Best Place to Have a Baby Lexington Medical Center 2720 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia; (803) 791-2000; lexmed.com Claim to fame: Lexington Medical Center is a 414-bed hospital in West Columbia and the anchor of a comprehensive modern medical network. In addition to having an exemplary OB/GYN staff, the hospital has a state-of-the-art doula program. A doula is a birth coach who offers mothers comfort and reassurance during labor and delivery. Doulas are a free service for any woman having a baby at Lexington Medical Center. Years in business: 45. Wow! factor: Lexington Medical Center delivers more babies each year than any other hospital in the Midlands. ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Best Plastic Surgeon Donen Davis Plastic Surgery, LLC 1850 Laurel St., Suite B; (803) 929-1901; www.donendavisplasticsurgery.com

10009 Broad River Road, Irmo; (803) 732-3747; meetzeplumbing.com

Best Podiatrist Dr. Daniel Methuselah, Columbia Podiatry

Claim to fame: Patients often speak of Dr. Donen Davis’s unique focus and genuine concern for each patient’s individual needs. He is past chief of staff for Palmetto Health Baptist and serves One Wellness Boulevard, Suite 102, the medical community in a variety of leadership positions. Dr. Davis grew up in Irmo; (803) 781-3500; a medical family in Columbia, and his www.columbiapodiatrist.com father, Dr. Dan Davis, was a pre-eminent surgeon in Columbia for 48 years. Years in business: 14. Wow! factor: Meticulous care in cosmet- Best Pool Company Jack ic and reconstructive procedures, ranging Oliver Pools, Spa and Patio from Botox and breast enhancement to tummy tucks.

Best Plumber Meetze

www.graycollegiateacademy.org

Plumbing

303 Forest Drive; www.jackoliverpools.com

Best Private School Hammond School 854 Galway Lane; (803) 776-0295; hammondschool.org Claim to fame: Hammond students immerse themselves in a different country and culture every year without leaving home. Years in business: 50. Wow! factor: Our scholars are our athletes, and our athletes are our artists!

Best Public Charter School Gray Collegiate Academy 3833 Leaphart Road, West Columbia; (803) 951-3321;

Best Public School District Lexington District One 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington; (803) 821-1299; www.lexington1.net

Best Quick Oil Change Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers 6306 Garners Ferry Road; (803) 783-7644 5308 Sunset Blvd., Lexington; (803) 359-0660 267 Harbison Blvd.; (803) 781-6001 235 Forum Drive; (803) 865-6888


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Heathwood Hall and the Highlander Club

Congratulate Coach Marcus Lattimore on Being Named 2016 Best Philanthropist!

heathwood.org

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www.expressoil.com

agents/48259-Jill-Moylan

advantagerealty.com

Claim to fame: Our oil change customers receive a 10-minute oil change while waiting inside their cars. That is correct – stay in the comfort of your own car. We are a full-service, one-stop facility. Our services include brakes, tuneups, tires, alignments, air conditioning repair, etc. Years in business: 11. Wow! factor: Women love this place – stay in your car and no pressure sales!!

Claim to fame: Over 25 years ago, I established Home Advantage Realty, LLC to provide my clients with a higher level of personalized and professional service. I am proud to have been repeatedly selected as Columbia’s Best Real Estate Agent and The State’s Best Real Estate Agent. Years in business: 25. Wow! factor: Two kids, three dogs, one cat, one bunny, six chickens.

Claim to fame: For more than 25 years, we have been Columbia’s all-local real estate boutique with worldwide exposure! Our mission is to provide our clients with a higher level of personalized and professional service. We understand that buying or selling a home is more than a business transaction. It is a central part of your life, and we treat the experience of buying or selling a home with the care and attention you deserve. Years in business: 25. Wow! factor: Repeatedly selected as Columbia’s and The State’s Best!

Best Real Estate Agent Jill Moylan, Best Real Estate Home Advantage Company Home Advantage Realty, Realty LLC 2615 Devine St.; (803) 771-2424; jill.home advantagerealty.com/

2615 Devine St.; (803) 771-2424; www.home

Best Retirement

Community Laurel Crest 100 Joseph Walker Drive, West Columbia; (803) 796-0370; www.laurel-crest.com Years in business: 22. Wow! factor: Exceptional service, genuine care and concern, on the Saluda River.

Best Roofer Burgin Roofing 6375 St. Andrews Road; (803) 798-0063; www.burginroofing.com

Best Smartphone Repair Smartphone Medic 1801 Gervais St.; (803) 354-3275

Professional Color Modern Hair Design Hair Extensions Balyage Brazilian Blowouts Keratin Oxygen Treatments Airbrush Spray Tan Massage Therapy Skin Care Specialty Men’s Services Nail Art Bridal Packages Oxygen Bar

801 Ger vais St. • (803) 667-9606 • www.so2spa.com

Best Tanning Salon Carolina Tan Factory 9600 Two Notch Road; (803) 865-2085 7577 St. Andrews Road, Irmo; (803) 749-2334 www.carolinatanfactory. com Claim to fame: We are locally owned and operated with more than 21 years in the tanning industry. We keep up with the latest equipment and products, giving our customers affordable luxury tanning. Years in business: 8. Wow! factor: Best tan, best price, guaranteed!

Best Tattoo Parlor Purple Lotus 1028 Woodrow St.; (803) 771-7762; purplelotus bodyart.com Claim to fame: The only true custom tattoo studio in South Carolina. Years in business: 24 total; 10 in Columbia in the oldest running studio in the state. Wow! factor: Shavon learned the traditional art of tattooing in Japan, where she had a studio for 15 years.

Best Tax Service Hobbs Group Advisors 1704 Laurel St.; (803) 799-0555; www.hobbs groupadvisors.com

Care 1538 Main St.; (803) 726-6737 977 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce; (803) 794-0476 511 N. Beltline Blvd.; (803) 782-4051 4500 Forest Drive, Suite A; (803) 738-9522 2836 Augusta Road, West Columbia; (803) 939-0545 7653 Garners Ferry Road; (803) 783-2661 100 Jimmy Love Lane; (803) 772-5030 5224 Sunset Blvd., Lexington; (803) 796-4251 10040 Two Notch Road; (803) 788-1153 1847 South Lake Drive, Lexington; (803) 356-8998 1410 Wilson Road, Newberry; (803) 276-2186 2475 Broad St., Sumter; (803) 778-6555 doctorscare.com

Best Taxi Service Best Veterinary Capital City Cab Clinic Dutch Fork (803) 999-2831; Animal Hospital www.capitolcitycab.com Best Travel Agency Forest Lake Travel 4505 Forest Drive; (803) 738-1520; www.forestlaketravel.com Claim to fame: Being located across the street from Trader Joe’s! Years in business: 38. Wow! factor: Our adviser’s knowledge of the travel industry.

Best Urgent Care Center Doctors

1780 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo; (803) 781-7483; dutchforkanimalhospital. com

Best Waxing Salon Ahh Sugar Sugar Brazilian Salon 414 Old Cherokee Road, Lexington; (803) 315-3469; www.ahhsugarsugar.com Years in business: 8. Wow! factor: Pants down, Columbia’s Best Brazilian without hot wax.


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Let us return the compliment.

Thank you for voting us “Best Bank.” We know our success is the direct result of the relationships we’ve built with our customers, and we’re honored to serve this vibrant community.

Thank You for Voting Us COMMERCIAL BANKING

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Best Vegetarian Restaurant Three Years in a Row! We are ROOTED in gratitude! We love our city and The State (803) 726-2310 l 1614 Main Street l Columbia, SC


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The State's Best Real Estate Agent! www.HomeAdvantageRealty.com

Jill Moylan, Broker

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Best Wedding Reception Venue 701 Whaley 701 Whaley St.; (803) 771-0101; www.701whaley.com Claim to fame: A historic venue anchoring Columbia’s Congaree Vista. Hosting weddings and special events of all kinds. Years in business: 11. Wow! factor: The history of the mill village, spectacular windows and versatile room sizes.

Best Weight Loss Program Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss 5541 Sunset Blvd., Lexington; (803) 520-8644 952 Lake Murray Blvd., Suites A and B, Irmo; (803) 708-6700 beehealthyclinics.com

Best Yoga Studio Pink Lotus Yoga Center 711 E. Main St.; (803) 931-2074; www.pinklotusyogacenter.com Claim to fame: Providing a safe, welcoming space for students to explore yoga. Our studio is a laughter-filled, judgment-free zone. Years in business: 5. Wow! factor: Offering swing yoga, hot power, yin, vinaysa and more.

Best Antique Shop Old Mill Antique Mall 310 State St., West Columbia; (803) 796-4229; www.oldmillantiquemall.com Claim to fame: We have something for everyone – 75 dealers featuring a variety of antiques and collectibles, including furniture, glassware, pottery, jewelry, vintage clothing, books, lamps, chandeliers, kitchen items and more. Years in business: 32. Wow! factor: Where the bargains are!

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Variety, 75 dealers, new merchandise every day!

Wow! factor: The most cool stuff for artists and art lovers!

Best Art Supply Store City Best Audio/Video Store Art Papa Jazz 1223 Lincoln St.; (803) 252-3613; www.cityartonline.com Claim to fame: The oldest art supply store in South Carolina, we offer the best selection of art supplies, art classes, three separate art galleries featuring original art by award-winning regional artists, and custom framing in a historic Vista location. We are locally and familyowned. Years in business: 46.

2014 Greene St.; (803) 256-0095; www.papajazz.com

Best Automobile Salesperson Ron Best, Jim Hudson Lexus 328 Killian Road, Columbia; (888) 791-8218

Best Beauty Supply Store Claim to fame: In business since 1980. Buys and sells records and CDs. New and Pout used music. New releases and rare records. 30,000 vinyl records and 15,000 2738 Devine St.; (803) 254-5051; CDs. shoppout.com Years in business: 36. Wow! factor: Columbia’s oldest new and used record and CD store. Best Bicycle Store


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Thanks for voting us The State's Best Florist

2001 Devine St. • Columbia

(803) 799-3730 www.theblossomshopcolumbia.com

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Outspokin’ Bicycle 3223 Devine St., Columbia 7601 St. Andrews Road, Irmo outspokinbicycles.com Claim to fame: We offer the highest level of customer service anywhere. Years in business: 34. Wow! factor: We now have a second location in Irmo.

Best Boat Dealership Captain’s Choice Marine 3216 S.C. 378, Leesville; (803) 532-2270; www.ccmarine.com Claim to fame: The best boat brands AND the best service at the best prices. Years in business: 33. Wow! factor: Our 12,000-square-foot showroom on the shores of Lake Murray.

Best Bridal Store Jo Lin’s Bridal and Formal Wear 7565 St. Andrews Road, Irmo; (803) 781-9697; www.jolins.com ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Claim to fame: Making every bride’s dream day a reality. Years in business: 27. Wow! factor: We strive to make everyone feel like family.

Claim to fame: Friendly staff, great selections, variety, and awesome deals! Years in business: 15. Wow! factor: 36,000 square feet of wow!

Best Children’s Clothing Store Once Upon a Child

Best Electronics Store Cable and Connections

10136 Two Notch Road, Suite 107-A; (803) 788-4320 264 Harbison Blvd.; (803) 732-7887 www.onceuponachild.com

2500 Leaphart Road, West Columbia 8907 Two Notch Road 888-WIRE-682 cableandconnections.com

Best Consignment Store Roundabouts Consignments

Claim to fame: Lowest prices and amazing customer support. Years in business: 20. Wow! factor: Lowest-priced TV mounts, surveillance kits, HDMI cables and networking equipment.

70 Polo Road; www.myroundabouts.com

Best Florist Blossom Shop

2001 Devine St.; (803) 799-3730; www.blossomshopcolumbiasc.com Claim to fame: Creative design in flowers and unusual gifts. Years in business: 68. Wow! factor: Courteous service and freshest flowers, unique from all over the world.

Years in business: 43. Wow! factor: The widest selection of furniture in Columbia – in stock and at discount prices.

Best Gamecock Store Garnet & Black Traditions

919 Gervais St.; (803) 779-5123; whitash.com

1270 Bower Parkway; (803) 772-1470 5134 Sunset Blvd., Lexington; (803) 996-0485 10136 Two Notch Road, Sparkleberry Square; (803) 788-0189 228 Knox Abbot Drive, Cayce; (803) 457-7400 www.garnetandblacktraditions.com

Claim to fame: One city block of beautiful home furnishings at discount prices stretches from Gervais to Lady Street and has become Columbia’s favorite shopping designation.

Claim to fame: The largest University of South Carolina retailer in the world and the official retailer of the My Carolina Alumni Association. Years in business: 33.

Best Furniture Store Whit-Ash Furnishings


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THANK YOU

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Dunbar Funeral Home

FOR VOTING US STATE’S BEST BRUNCH!

It’s our dedicated family & staff that has allowed us to serve you for over 130 years!

Thank You for Voting Dunbar Funeral Home

The State’s Best Funeral Home!

300 State St.

Dunbar Funeral Home Devine 3926 Devine St, Columbia, SC 29205

803-794-6634 www.cafestrudel.com

Dunbar Funeral Home Dutch Fork 7600 Woodrow St, Irmo, SC 29063

Dunbar Funeral Home Northeast 4219 Hard Scrabble Rd, Columbia, SC 29223

THANK YOU MIDLANDS!

WINNER BEST LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Colonial Life Arena

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Wow! factor: Our Carolina is 85,000strong, rocking Williams-Brice to “Sandstorm”!

Best Gardening Center Woodley’s Garden Center 10015 Two Notch Road; (803) 788-1487 2840 Dreher Shoals Road; (803) 407-0601 woodleygardencenter.com Claim to fame: It’s not only our great selection – It’s the sheer beauty of our grounds, our staff’s expertise and love for gardening, and our customers’ loyalty. Years in business: 36. Wow! factor: Year-round, we’ve got something exciting, unusual and blooming!

Best Gift Shop HandPicked 2822 Devine St.; (803) 251-2946 150C Harbison Blvd.; (803) 749-6024 5135 Sunset Blvd., Suite O, Lexington; (803) 996-1266 481 Town Center Place, Suite 9; (803) 227-0835 handpicked.net Claim to fame: Unique sterling silver, sterling and stone, and monogram jewelry. Years in business: More than 30. Wow! factor: Providing unique jewelry and accessories that enhance your personal style.

Best Health/Vitamin Store 14 Carrot Whole Foods 5300 Sunset Blvd., Lexington; (803) 359-2920; www.14carrot.net

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Best Home Improvement Store ACE Hardware Cayce 815 State St., Cayce; (803) 391-4223

Best Jewelry Store Jewelry Warehouse

228 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce; (803) 457-7400 Claim to fame: Lexington’s premier local 1270 Bower Parkway, Columbia; (803) source for all-natural and organic goods, 772-1470 including groceries, health and beauty 5134 Sunset Blvd., Lexington; (803) care, supplements, bulk goods, and local 996-0485 produce. www.jewelrywarehouse.com Years in business: 26.

Claim to fame: The official jeweler for Miss South Carolina for more than 27 years offers quality merchandise fit for a queen at prices the whole kingdom can afford. Years in business: 37. Wow! factor: More than just another jewelry store - price, service, and selection are our specialties!

Best Lighting and Fans The Lite House 3521 Bush River Road; (803) 798-5400 8401 Two Notch Road; (803) 788-3213 www.thelitehouse.com Claim to fame: We have won The State’s

Best every year! Years in business: 43. Wow! factor: Our prices are better than internet prices!

Best Liquor Store Green’s 400 Assembly St.; (803) 799-9499 4012 Fernandina Road; (803) 744-0570 www.greensbeverages.com Claim to fame: Large selection of beer, wine and liquor at the lowest prices around. Years in business: 32. Wow! factor: Best selection, best prices, best staff, no modesty.

Best Mattress Store


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To all our wonderful customers,

Thank you very much for voting us

“Best Family Restaurant” in The State newspaper. In gratitude for your support, we offer this gift certificate towards your next meal.

There’s a reason… thanks for voting us the best.

Again!

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Michaelis Mattress Company

Hudson Lexus 328 Killian Road, Columbia; (803) 754-9500; www.hudsonlexus.com

3250 Forest Drive; (803) 782-2337 350 Columbia Ave., Lexington; (803) 359-2238 1131 Sparkleberry Lane Extension; (803) 736-8684 4530 St. Andrews Road; (803) 772-8694 www.michaelismattress.com

Claim to fame: Customer satisfaction is our No. 1 priority. Years in business: More than 36. Wow! factor: Experience world-class service and selection that you’ll never forget.

Claim to fame: Largest in-stock selection of mattresses in the Midlands. Years in business: 30. Wow! factor: Buy it today ... sleep on it tonight!

Best Outdoor Furniture Store Tropic Aire 1404 Charleston Highway, West Columbia; (803) 796-3237; www.tropicaire.com

Best Men’s Fine Clothing Brittons 2818 Devine St.; (803) 771-2700; www.brittonsofcolumbia.com Claim to fame: A family-owned business, providing clothing for men and women of South Carolina for more than 60 years. Exclusive dealers of Southern Tide and Vineyard Vines. Official clothier to “The Steve Spurrier Show, “ among others, and home of Lucky Levinson, the bowtie YouTube star. Tuxedo sales and rentals available. Years in business: 67. Wow! factor: We provide fabulous service, excellent value, and incredible clothing.

Best Men’s Weekendwear Store Brittons 2818 Devine St.; (803) 771-2700; www.brittonsofcolumbia.com Claim to fame: A family-owned business, providing clothing for men and women of South Carolina for more than 60 years. Exclusive dealers of Southern Tide and Vineyard Vines. Official clothier to “The Steve Spurrier Show, “ among others, and home of Lucky Levinson, the bowtie YouTube star. Tuxedo sales and rentals available. Years in business: 67. Wow! factor: We provide fabulous service, excellent value, and incredible clothing.

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

www.harley-haven.com

Best Monogram Shop HandPicked 2822 Devine St.; (803) 251-2946 150C Harbison Blvd.; (803) 749-6024 5135 Sunset Blvd., Suite O, Lexington; (803) 996-1266 481 Town Center Place, Suite 9; (803) 227-0835 handpicked.net Claim to fame: Unique sterling silver, sterling and stone, and monogram jewelry. Years in business: More than 30. Wow! factor: Providing unique jewelry and accessories that enhance your personal style.

Best Motorcycle Store Harley Haven 941 Western Lane, Irmo; (803) 781-1837;

Claim to fame: Columbia’s oldest authorized Harley-Davidson dealer, where you’re treated like family! Years in business: 26. Wow! factor: Seven-time Bar & Shield Award winner and No. 1 in customer service.

Best Musical Instrument Store Sims Music 1110 St. Andrews Road; (803) 772-1185; www.simsmusic.com Claim to fame: Your local music superstore since 1979! Years in business: 36. Wow! factor: More than 700 guitars, 40 drumsets, lighting, keyboards, and more!

Best New Car Dealer Jim

Claim to fame: South Carolina’s largest selection of patio, pool, porch, and sunroom furnishings. Years in business: 43 total, 35 selling furniture. Wow! factor: South Carolina’s largest selection of patio, pool, porch, and sunroom furniture. Seventy to 90 collections in stock at all times in our 20,000square-foot store. Family-owned and operated.

Best Outdoor Gear and Supply Store The Backpacker 1215 Wayne St., Columbia; (803) 799-7571; www.backpackerqualitygear.com

Best Pet Supply Store Pet Supplies Plus 1001 Harden St.; (803) 252-7021 2410 Augusta Road, West Columbia; (803) 794-9559 7467 St. Andrews Road, Irmo; (803) 749-5190 www.petsuppliesplus.com

Best Smoke Shop The


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Thank You for Voting

DR. DAVID FISHER The State’s Best Doctor!

Midtown Family Medicine 1910 Gregg Street 803-931-0100

Springwood Lake Family Practice 1721 Horseshoe Drive 803-788-7884

Lake Murray Family Medicine 7611 St Andrews Road 803-724-1100

Saluda Pointe Family Medicine 3630 Sunset Boulevard 803-239-1600

Woodhill Family Medicine 813 Leesburg Road 803-783-4433


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Maduro Room 5175 Sunset Blvd., Lexington; (803) 957-3547; www.maduroroom.com

Best Sporting Goods Store Todd & Moore 620 Huger St.; (803) 765-0150; www.toddandmoore.com Claim to fame: Locally owned and operated by the same two founding families and conveniently located on the way to see the Gamecocks play. Years in business: 72. Wow! factor: Local “specialists in sports,” where customers feel right at home.

Best Tire Store Frank’s Discount Tire 4430 Hard Scrabble Road; (803) 865-8440 1233 Bluff Road; (803) 834-5518 1609 Fairlane Drive, West Columbia; (803) 451-8473 910 E. Main St., Lexington; (803) 356-8473 www.frankstires.com Claim to fame: World-class singer and rhyme-maker. Just kidding. Years in business: 30. Wow! factor: If it’s round, rubber, and rolls, Frank’s got it!

Best Unique Gift Shop One Eared Cow 1001 Huger St.; (803) 254-2444; www.oneearedcow.com

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Best Vaping Store Elite Vapors LLC 109 Old Chapin Road, Suite P, Lexington; (866) 611-5806; www.elitevapors.com Claim to fame: Excellent customer service and product knowledge! Years in business: 7. Wow! factor: Very clean, professional environment.

438-8141; evelynsbridalonline.com

Clothing Store Pink Sorbet

Years in business: 25. Wow! factor: Celebrating 25 years of excellence service to brides across our state.

2726 Devine St.; (803) 251-2525; www.pinksorbetsc.com

Best Wine Store Green’s

Best Women’s Shoes Coplon’s

400 Assembly St.; (803) 799-9499 4012 Fernandina Road; (803) 744-0570 www.greensbeverages.com

Best Used Care Dealer Jim Hudson Best Wedding Attire Buick/GMC/Cadillac Evelyn’s Bridal and Formal 4035 Kaiser Hill Road; (803) 783-0110; Wear

Claim to fame: Large selection of beer, wine and liquor at the lowest prices around. Years in business: 32. Wow! factor: Best selection, best prices, best staff, no modesty.

www.jimhudsonsuperstore.com

Best Women’s Fine

28 Townlee Lane, Lugoff; (803)

4825 Forest Drive; (803) 790-0015; coplons.com

Best Women’s Weekendwear Pink Sorbet 2726 Devine St.; (803) 251-2525; www.pinksorbetsc.com


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Thank you for voting us Best Bakery!

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803-736-2253

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Thank you for voting us State’s Best Women’s Fine Clothing & Women’s Weekend Wear! A LILLY PULITZER* SIGNATURE STORE

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Thank You.

Our team members, physicians and volunteers come to work every day to make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families. And we’d like to take a moment to say thank you for allowing us to care for you and your family as if you were our own.

Best Hospital System

Best Hospital for Heart Health

We truly appreciate the readers of The State for recognizing us as the best in health care for seven years in a row.

To find a physician for you and your family, call 803-296-CARE (2273) or visit PalmettoHealth.org.

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