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k n a h Tyou for Voting Us “Best” in The State!

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Best Urgent Care

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Thanks for voting us The State's Best Florist

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The State’s Best Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

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

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

The State’s Best Entertainment BEST ANNUAL COMMUNITY EVENT THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE FAIR 1200 Rosewood Drive; 803-799-3387; www.scstatefair.org

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

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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: 67.

WOW! factor: Works by Sandro Botticelli, Claude Monet, and Dale Chihuly under one roof!

BEST CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT RIVERBANKS ZOO & GARDEN 500 Wildlife Parkway; 803-779-8717; www.riverbanks.org

BEST DJ/KARAOKE BIG TIME ENTERTAINMENT 116 Old Chapin Road, Lexington; 803-429-6001; www.wearebigtime.com

BEST GOLF COURSE COBBLESTONE PARK GOLF CLUB 1298 University Parkway; 803-714-2620; www. cobblestoneparkgolfclub. com

Claim to fame: The 27hole P.B. Dye-designed golf course is the home of the Gamecock golf teams. Years in business: 22. WOW! factor: Beautiful, elevation changes, top condition, open to public.

BEST GUIDED TOUR SPIRIT OF LAKE MURRAY 3340 U.S. 378, Leesville;

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2001 Devine St. • Columbia

(803) 799-3730 www.blossomshopcolumbiasc.com

On the cover Illustration by Louie Lanford. .............................................

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com


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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND BUSINESS

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BEST LAW FIRM

BEST ATTORNEY

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700 Huger Street, Ste. 102 • Columbia, SC 29201• 803-400-8600 • blaircato.com

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803-730-3044; http://lakemurraycruises. com

803-732-1900 www.plexhiwire.com

Claim to fame: Spirit of Lake Murray is Lake Murray’s only dinner cruise yacht. Years in business: 8. WOW! factor: Rehearsal dinners, corporate parties, public cruises, sightseeing lunch tours.

Claim to fame: Best place to host a children’s birthday party. Years in business: 14. WOW! factor: Keeping families moving in cross-generation FUN is our goal!

BEST LIVE MUSIC MUSIC FARM COLUMBIA

THANK YOU FOR VOTING FOR US, COLUMBIA! BEST OUTDOOR DINING BEST WATERFRONT DINING

1022 Senate St.; 803-252-9392; www. musicfarm.com/venues/music-farm -columbia

BEST MUSEUM SOUTH CAROLINA STATE MUSEUM 301 Gervais St.; 803-898-4953; scmuseum.org

Claim to fame: Storytellers of South Carolina. Years in business: 29. WOW! factor: Planetarium, observatory, 4-D theater, exhibits and more!

BEST MUSICIAN/BAND THE ROOT DOCTORS 160 Garden Springs Road; 803-960-1014; www.therootdoctors.com

48 BEERS ON TAP CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF® BRAND STEAKS & BURGERS

HAPPY HOUR DA I LY 4 P M - 6 P M LAKE MURRAY 1602 MARINA RD, SUITE D IRMO, SC 29063 803-667-9715 LIBERTYTAPROOM.COM

Claim to fame: One of South Carolina’s best bands. Years in business: 31. WOW! factor: Making behinds shake for 31 years and still going strong!

BEST PERFORMING ARTS COLUMBIA CITY BALLET 1545 Main St.; 803-799-7605; www.columbiacityballet.com

Claim to fame: Columbia’s premier dance company. Years in business: 57.

BEST PLACE FOR A CHILD’S BIRTHDAY PARTY PLEX HIWIRE FAMILY FUN & SPORTS CENTER 741 Fashion Drive; 803-360-7300 1019 Broad Stone Road, Irmo;

BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS RIVERBANKS ZOO & GARDEN 500 Wildlife Parkway; 803-779-8717; www.riverbanks.org

BEST STAGE THEATER TRUSTUS THEATRE 520 Lady St; 803-254-9732; www.trustus.org

Claim to fame: Contemporary professional theater for adults. Years in business: 33. WOW! factor: Amazing performances, modern shows, beer, wine, popcorn.

The State’s Best Food & Drink BEST ALL-AROUND RESTAURANT MOTOR SUPPLY COMPANY BISTRO 920 Gervais St.; 803-256-6687; www.motorsupplycobistro.com

BEST BAKERY ALLY AND ELOISE BAKESHOP 5209 Forest Drive Coming soon: 1626 Main St. (803)708-2982; www.allyandeloise.com

Claim to fame: On top of our custom wedding and specialty dessert orders, we provide a selection of fresh baked goods in store daily of every variety: cakes, cookies, cheesecakes, macarons, and “baby cakes”. Years in business: 51⁄2. WOW! factor: Gourmet sweets for every occasion!


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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: 39. WOW! factor: Breakfast, lunch or supper, from our family to yours, y’all come!

South Carolina. Years in business: 31⁄2. WOW! factor: Featured on Food Network for our Biscuit of Champions!

BEST BARBECUE SHEALY’S BAR-B-QUE 340 E. Columbia Ave., Leesville; 803-532-8135; www.shealysbbq.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: 48. WOW! factor: Economic stimulus Mondays – adult buffet, $8.75 all day!

BEST BAR BOURBON

BEST BARTENDER BRANDON JOHNSTON, POLLIWOGS

1214 Main St.; 803-403-1404; www.bourboncolumbia.com

1025 Woodley Way; 803-736-5775; polliwogsc.com

Claim to fame: Largest whiskey list in

BEST BEER LIST CRAFT AND DRAFT 2706 Devine St.; www.craftanddraftbeer.com

Claim to fame: Columbia’s first craft beer store. Years in business: 3. WOW! factor: Come see us and discover why we’re awesome!

BEST BISCUIT CHICK-FIL-A LEXINGTON 5560 Sunset Blvd., Lexington; 803-808-6317; www.cfarestaurant.com/lexington

BEST BREAKFAST EGGS UP GRILL Three locations to serve you; www.eggsupgrill.com

THANK YOU FOR VOTING ME AS THE STATE’S BEST

REAL ESTATE AGENT.

TWO-TIME AWARD WINNING BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

BUYING, SELLING OR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, CALL THE LOCAL EXPERT!

803-467-6440 • JeffRileyTeam.com


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Thank You For Voting Us BEST OUTDOOR FURNITURE!

HWY 1 @ I-26 (EXIT 111A) 2816 AUGUSTA ROAD ◦ WEST COLUMBIA, SC 29170 MON-SAT: 10AM-8PM ◦ SUNDAY: 1:30PM-6PM (803) 936-1447

www.carolinapo.ery.com

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Claim to fame: BEST Breakfast. Years in business: 3.

BEST BREWERY RIVER RAT BREWERY 1231 Shop Road; 803-724-5712; www.riverratbrewery.com

BEST BRUNCH CAFE STRUDEL 300 State St., West Columbia; ; www.cafestrudel.com

Claim to fame: Hangover hashbrowns and a kickin’ Sunday brunch. Years in business: 21. WOW! factor: Fresh, made-to-order, local ingredients, passion and fun!

BEST BURGER PAWLEYS FRONT PORCH 827 Harden Street; 803-771-8001; www.pawleysfrontporch.com

Claim to fame: In-house ground

burgers. WOW! factor: Famous burgers, cold beer, good times.

BEST BURRITO REAL MEXICO REATAURANT 2421 Bush River Road; 803-750-8990

Claim to fame: Real Mexico restaurant. Years in business: 10. WOW! factor: Great Mexican food – fresh, simple, real.

BEST BUSINESS LUNCH CALIFORNIA DREAMING 401 S. Main St.; 803-254-6767; californiadreaming.rest

BEST CANDY SHOP CROMER’S 1700 Huger Street, Columbia, SC 29201; 803-779-2290; www.cromers.com ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

TUITION FREE ONLINE

PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL 95% of student families surveyed said that they would recommend Odyssey Online Learning.

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Thank you to our clients and friends for voting us the

BEST FINANCIAL SERVICES FIRM! We are very grateful and look forward to the future. It is our honor to be part of this great community!

GIVING STUDENTS THE

FREEDOM TO SOAR. 803.735.9110 | OdysseyOnline.com | 200 Arbor Lake Drive, Suite 301, Columbia, SC 29223

LOCATIONS WEST COLUMBIA

ROCK HILL

3101 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, SC 29171 (803) 794-3712 • (800) 896-9790

128 East Main Street, Suite 201, Rock Hill, SC 29730 (803) 980-3232 • (888) 560-5344

http://burkettfs.com


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Years in business: 68. WOW! factor: Huge dipped ice cream cone towering over us!

Claim to fame: Guaranteed worst in town for 82 years. Years in business: 82. WOW! factor: Cromer’s: popcorn artisans, boiled peanut pioneers, and confectionery connoisseurs.

BEST CHINESE MIYO’S 3250 Forest Drive, Suite B; 803-743-9996 715 Fashion Drive, Suite 1; 803-788-8878 1220 Bower Parkway, Suite E2; 803-781-7788 5594 Sunset Blvd., Suites D & E, Lexington; 803-957-9888 miyos.com

BEST CATERER THE SOUTHERN WAY 100 E. Exchange Place; 803-783-1061; thesouthernway.com

BEST CHEESESTEAK THE KINGSMAN 936 Axtell Drive, Cayce; 803-796-8622; thekingsmanrestaurant.net ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Claim to fame: Dry-aged, fresh-cut rib-eye steaks – and we serve just as many Palmetto burgers (rib-eye burgers with pimento cheese). Years in business: 46. WOW! factor: Friends, family and food

– serving you since ’72.

BEST CHICKEN ZESTO OF WEST COLUMBIA 504 12th St., West Columbia;

803-794-4652; zestowestcolumbia.com

Claim to fame: Best chicken in Columbia! A favorite for tailgating or a quick family meal!

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: 21. WOW! factor: Eat fresh, eat healthy.

BEST COFFEE DRIP 729 Saluda Ave., 803-661-9545 1441 Main St., 803-799-0067; http://dripcolumbia.com

Thanks Columbia!

Best Lunch 342 Pickens Street | 803-779-0606 | Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 10-4 | Brunch Sat-Sun 10-2


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since 1941.

BEST CRAFT BEER CRAFT AND DRAFT

BEST DESSERT NONNAH’S

2706 Devine St.; www.craftanddraftbeer.com

930 Gervais St.; 803-779-9599; www.nonnahs.com

Claim to fame: Columbia’s first craft beer store. Years in business: 3. WOW! factor: Come see us and discover why we’re awesome!

Claim to fame: More than 25 desserts to choose from, including cakes, pies, tarts, cheesecakes and flaming desserts. Years in business: 15. WOW! factor: Nonnah’s is “Shannon” spelled backwards.

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

BEST DISTILLERY COPPER HORSE DISTILLING 929 Huger St.; 803-779-2993; www.copperhorsedistilling.com ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

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: 76. WOW! factor: The Midlands’ destination for fast, fresh and original food

Claim to fame: Small-batch, handcrafted, artisan spirits in the heart of South Carolina. Years in business: 5. WOW! factor: Mashing, fermentation, distillation, bottling, labeling and

EXPERT LEVEL CARE TO GET YOU BETTER FASTER

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1 on 1 Personalized Care D octors of Physical Therapy Board Certified Orthopedic Specialists Certified D ry Needling Running Technique Specialists Golf Performance Specialists Strength & Conditioning Specialists Functional Movement Specialists 2829 Millwood Avenue | Columbia, SC 29205 Phone: 803.851.3506 | Fax: 803.619.9551 info@vertexpt.com


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packaging all in-house.

TASTE we’re made of!

BEST DRAFT BEER RIVER RAT BREWERY

BEST FINE DINING AL’S UPSTAIRS ITALIAN RESTAURANT

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

300 Meeting St., West Columbia; 803-794-7404; www.alsupstairsitalian.com

BEST FAMILY DINING WITH KIDS FLIGHT DECK RESTAURANT

BEST FIRST DATE RESTAURANT AL’S UPSTAIRS ITALIAN RESTAURANT

109-A Old Chapin Road, Lexington; 803-957-5990; www.flightdeckrestaurant.net

300 Meeting St., West Columbia; 803-794-7404; www.alsupstairsitalian.com

BEST FAST FOOD RUSH’S FABULOUS FOOD...FAST! rushs.com/locatioins; rushs.com

BEST FOOD TRUCK 2 FAT 2 FLY

Claim to fame: Hometown favorite fast food restaurant. Years in business: 77. WOW! factor: You’ll love the

905 Bluff Road, Suite A; 803-638-4411; 2fat2flywings.com ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

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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: 7. WOW! factor: Product, personality, and creativity.

BEST FRENCH CREPES ET CROISSANTS 1465 Sumter St.; 803-462-4779; crepesetcroissants.com

Claim to fame: Savory and sweet crepes and fresh pastries. Years in business: 6. WOW! factor: Showcasing French cuisine and culture to the people of Columbia.

BEST GREEK GRECIAN GARDENS 2312 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia; 803-794-7552; www.greciangardenssc.com

Thank YOU for voting us STATE’S

BEST BUILDER NOW BUILDING NEAR YOU!

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Claim to fame: Best chicken in Columbia! A favorite for tailgating or a quick family meal! Years in business: 68. WOW! factor: Huge dipped ice cream cone towering over us!

BEST HAPPY HOUR THIRSTY FELLOW PIZZERIA AND PUB 621 Gadsden St.; 803-799-1311; thirstyfellow@att.net

BEST INDIAN 2 GINGERS

Claim to fame: Best pizza in town. Years in business: 7. WOW! factor: Location, location, location.

245 Bush River Road; 803-772-5121; 2-Gingers.com

BEST HOT DOG SANDY’S FAMOUS HOT DOGS

Years in business: 21⁄2. WOW! factor: Authentic Indian curries and dosas!

825 Main St.; 803-254-6914; www.sandyshotdogs.com

BEST ITALIAN ALODIA’S CUCINA ITALIANA 2736 N. Lake Drive; 803-781-9814; alodias.com

BEST ICE CREAM ZESTO OF WEST COLUMBIA

BEST JAPANESE INAKAYA WATANABE

504 12th St., West Columbia; 803-794-4652; zestowestcolumbia.com ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

655 St. Andrews Road; 803-731-2538; inakayawatanabe.com

Thank you for choosing us as The State’s Best! Audiologists trusted with your hearing health care for over 20 years!

Let us help you discover how much better life can be with today’s hearing solutions. Call today to schedule a COMPLIMENTARY hearing consultation with one of our Audiologists!

MIDLAND Hearing Associates Michele B. Frazier, M.Ed., Kenneth H. Johns, Au.D., Licensed and Certified Audiologist

Doctor of Audiology

© 2017 Starkey. All Rights Reserved. 181140138-10/17

A Division of Hear Again America

www.HearAgainAmerica.com

IRMO One Wellness Blvd. Suite 108

COLUMBIA 3 Richland Medical Park Suite 130

(803) 765-1919


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BEST KOREAN BLUE CACTUS 2002 Greene St.; www.facebook.com/ BlueCactusCafeSC

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Lexington, Irmo, Blythewood, Elgin, Batesburg-Leesville, Newberry, Lugoff; http://sanjosemex.com

Claim to fame: Great food, great service!

BEST LUNCH DIPRATO’S 342 Pickens St.; 803-779-0606; www.dipratos.com

Years in business: 13. WOW! factor: Pimento cheese and pita chips!

BEST MARTINI MOTOR SUPPLY COMPANY BISTRO 920 Gervais St.; 803-256-6687; www.motorsupplycobistro.com

BEST MEXICAN SAN JOSE Locations in Columbia, West Columbia,

BEST NEW RESTAURANT THE DEVINE CINNAMON ROLL DELI 2617 Devine Street; 8034654947; thecinnamonrolldeli.com

Claim to fame: Gourmet cinnamon rolls. Years in business: 1. WOW! factor: Big food, small price, Southern hospitality.

BEST OUTDOOR DINING LIBERTY ON THE LAKE 1602 Marina Road, Suite D; 803-667-9715; libertytaproom.com

Claim to fame: Outdoor dining with amazing lake views! Years in business: 4. WOW! factor: Upscale casual dining with a killer view in a fun, modern atmosphere.

BEST PIZZA LABRASCA’S PIZZA 4365 Fort Jackson Blvd.; 803-782-1098;

Years in business: 52. 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

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BEST SALAD CALIFORNIA DREAMING 401 S. Main St.; 803-254-6767; californiadreaming.rest

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 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


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Claim to fame: Trademark subs and salads served with Groucho’s famous 45 sauces since 1941. Years in business: 76. WOW! factor: The Midlands’ destination for fast, fresh and original food since 1941.

you can always trust that we’ll treat you like one of our own at breakfast, lunch and supper. Years in business: 39. WOW! factor: Breakfast, lunch or supper, from our family to yours, y’all come!

BEST SEAFOOD BLUE MARLIN

BEST SPORTS BAR THE BRITISH BULLDOG PUB

1200 Lincoln St.; 803-799-3838; bluemarlincolumbia.com

1220 Bower Parkway; 803-227-8918; www.thebritishbulldogpub.com

Claim to fame: Shrimp and grits. Years in business: 22.

BEST STEAK THE KINGSMAN

BEST SERVER ROBIN, EGGS UP GRILL LEXINGTON

936 Axtell Drive, Cayce; 803-796-8622; thekingsmanrestaurant.net

205 Columbia Ave., Lexington; 803-490-2028; www.eggsupgrill.com

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

lizardsthicket.com

BEST SOUTHERN LIZARD’S THICKET

Claim to fame: Lizard’s Thicket has been owned and operated by three gen-

erations 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;

Claim to fame: Dry-aged, fresh-cut rib-eye steaks – and we serve just as many Palmetto burgers (rib-eye burgers with pimento cheese). Years in business: 46. WOW! factor: Friends, family and food

Thank you for voting us

State's Best Pet Groomers! Thank you for voting us State’s Best Painter! Dog grooming available at our Lexington location! 134 Innkeeper Drive, Lexington, SC

803-356-4995 www.lazycreekpets.com

The Finishing Touch Team is a full-service residential and commercial painting contractor with over 55 years of experience.

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– serving you since ’72.

BEST SUSHI INAKAYA WATANABE 655 St. Andrews Road; 803-731-2538; inakayawatanabe.com

WOW! factor: We are ROOTED in gratitude! We LOVE our city and The State!

920 Axtell Drive, Cayce; 803-791-4486; www.dswings.com

BEST WATERFRONT LIBERTY ON THE LAKE

Claim to fame: D’s Wings first opened in 1988, and although we’ve grown, we still maintain that proverbial local hangout atmosphere that makes our guests feel like family. Years in business: 29. WOW! factor: Local food; laid-back atmosphere.

1602 Marina Road, Suite D; 803-667-9715; libertytaproom.com

BEST TACO 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: 4. 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: Outdoor dining with amazing lake views! Years in business: 4. WOW! factor: Upscale casual dining with a killer view in a fun, modern atmosphere.

BEST WINE LIST GERVAIS&VINE 620 Gervais St; 803-799-8463; gervais@gervaisandvine THINKSTOCK Getty Images

BEST VEGETARIAN GOOD LIFE CAFE

Claim to fame: Integrity. Years in business: 19. WOW! factor: Delicious food, delicious wine, awesome ambiance, free parking.

1614 Main St.; 803-726-2310; goodlifecafe.net

BEST WINGS D’S WINGS

Burkett Burkett Burkett

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Certified Public Accountants, P.A. An Independent Member of BDO Alliance USA

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Celebrating over 40 Years of Securing Your Financial Future Thank you to our clients and friends for voting us the BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM! We are very grateful and look forward to the future. It is our honor to be a part of this great community!

LOCATIONS WEST COLUMBIA 3101 SUNSET BLVD. WEST COLUMBIA, SC 29169 • (803) 794-3712

ROCK HILL 128 EAST MAIN STREET ROCK HILL, SC 29730 • (803) 325-1660

www.burkettcpas.com

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The State’s Best Health & Wellness BEST ACUPUNCTURIST ANEW ACUPUNCTURE & WELLNESS LLC 1830 N. Lake Drive, Lexington 711 E. Main St., Suite L2, Lexington 803-310-6034; www.anewcommunity.com

Claim to fame: Treating my clients with the utmost respect and doing everything in my power to help them achieve better


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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: 46. WOW! factor: Lexington Medical Center delivers more babies each year than any other hospital in the Midlands.

health. Years in business: 2. WOW! factor: Patients leave feeling refreshed and renewed.

BEST ASSISTED LIVING STILL HOPES EPISCOPAL RETIREMENT COMMUNITY One Still Hopes Drive, West Columbia; 803-796-6490; stillhopes.org

BEST CHIROPRACTOR DR. JONATHAN GARDNER, CHIROPRACTIC LIFESTYLES

BEST BEST PLACE TO HAVE A BABY LEXINGTON MEDICAL CENTER VALUA VITALY iStockphoto via Getty Images

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

2230 Airport Blvd., West Columbia; 803-796-3750; www.facebook.com/ Chiropracticlifestyles

BEST DAY SPA URBAN NIRVANA 4840 Forest Drive, Suite 15D; 803-727-1010; www.urbannirvana.com

Claim to fame: Welcome to Urban Nirvana! Whether you are here to look good or feel good, our caring and talented staff will ensure the best possible experience. Years in business: 15. WOW! factor: Look good, feel good at Urban Nirvana!

BEST DENTIST VISTA SMILES OF COLUMBIA 515 Richland St.; 803-779-9666; www.vistasmilesofcolumbia.com

Claim to fame: General, cosmetic and sedative dentistry.

How Sweet It Is... for voting Alodia’s State’s Best

2736 N. Lake Drive • Columbia, SC • 29212• www.alodias.com • (803) 781-9814


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Years in business: 25. WOW! factor: Patients feel comfortable and relaxed at our office!

Claim to fame: With a strong community of women, BURN is the premier way to get and stay fit! Years in business: 1.

BEST DERMATOLOGIST CAROLINAS DERMATOLOGY GROUP

BEST HEALTH & VITAMIN 14 CARROT WHOLE FOODS

1706 Saint Julian Place; 803-771-7506; carolinasdermatology.com

5300 Sunset Blvd., Lexington; 803-359-2920; www.14carrot.net

BEST DOCTOR MICKEY F. PLYMALE, MD, PALMETTO HEALTH USC MEDICAL GROUP

Claim to fame: Lexington’s premier local source for allnatural and organic goods, including groceries, health and beauty care, supplements, bulk goods, and local produce. Years in business: 27.

104 Saluda Point Drive, Lexington 100 Palmetto Health Parkway, Suite 320 101 Business Park Blvd., 2nd Floor 803-29-ORTHO; PHUSCOrthoCenter.org

Claim to fame: Dr. Mickey F. Plymale is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who received his fellowship training in sports medicine at the Dr. James Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center and the American Sports Medicine Institute. In addition to being a skilled surgeon, he enjoys relating to his patients and providing them with peace of mind because he’s experienced what they’re going through. As a college baseball player, he sustained and recovered from an injury. Years in business: 5. WOW! factor: Dr. Plymale is a team physician for seven Columbia-area high schools and South Carolina State University.

BEST DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT HAWTHORNE PHARMACY AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT 1520 Taylor St.; 803-227-4450; 803-227-4451 2854 Sunset Blvd., West

BEST HEARING CENTER MIDLAND HEARING ASSOCIATES Three Medical Park Road; 803-765-1919; www.midlandhearing.com

BEST HOSPICE ABBEY ROAD HOSPICE 5429 Bush River Road; 803-551-5552; www.abbeyroadhospice.com 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 EYE CLINIC COLUMBIA EYE CLINIC 1920 Pickens St.; 803-779-3070 100 Summit Centre Drive; 803-252-8566 U.S. 378 at Palmetto Park Boulevard, Lexington; 803-806-0080 www.columbiaeyeclinic.com

Claim to fame: With 14 boardcertified physicians and more than 100 expert staff members, we are the largest medicalsurgical 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: 94. WOW! factor: Offering the most advanced ophthalmic surgical laser technology in the Midlands.

BEST FITNESS CENTER BURN BOOT CAMP 4507 Forest Drive; 803-298-8830; burnbootcamp.com/columbia-sc

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

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Medicine. Years in business: 46. WOW! factor: Lexington Medical Center operates the busiest emergency department in South Carolina, treating more than 100,000 patients each year.

BEST HOSPITAL FOR HEART HEALTH PALMETTO HEALTH HEART HOSPITAL 6 Richland Medical Park Drive; 803-434-7808; PalmettoHealth. org/HeartHospital

Claim to fame: Palmetto Health Heart Hospital’s team of 38 cardiologists provides medical and interventional cardiac care with special expertise in electrophysiology, advanced heart failure care, and minimally invasive aortic valve replacement. Electrophysiology treatment options include Watchman (TM), an implant to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, and Micra (TM), the world’s smallest pacemaker. Offering a unique healing environment as South Carolina’s only dedicated heart hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital has the region’s first accredited chest pain emergency room. The Advanced Heart Health Center at Palmetto Health Heart Hospital is a leadingedge center for treating heart failure and valvular heart disease, offering the latest technologies including CardioMEMS (TM) – an implantable remote monitoring device for managing heart failure. The Advanced Heart Health Center is the state’s leading CardioMEMS (TM) program and one of the leading programs in the nation. Our cardiovascular surgeons and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologists lead our ventricular assist device (VAD) program, offering lifesaving mechanical circulatory support for patients with severe heart failure. Our car-


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diovascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists offer valvular heart disease treatments, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement, an alternative to open heart surgery. Years in business: 11. WOW! factor: Palmetto Health Heart Hospital cares for more cardiac patients than any other hospital in the Midlands.

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 St., Sumter 803-296-CARE (2273); PalmettoHealth.org

Claim to fame: Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the South Carolina Midlands region and one of the

state’s largest employers, comprises more than 15,000 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 acute care 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 South Carolina 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 Group, the region’s largest multispecialty group, which serves as the entry point to the health care system with more than 600 providers serving patients in more than 80 practices and over 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. For more information, visit PalmettoHealth.org or call 803-296-CARE (2273). Years in business: Richland, 125; Baptist, 103; Baptist Parkridge, 3; Children’s Hospital, 34; Tuomey, 103. 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 LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY STILL HOPES EPISCOPAL RETIREMENT COMMUNITY One Still Hopes Drive, West Columbia; 803-796-6490; stillhopes.org

BEST MASSAGE BLISS MASSAGE THERAPY 1315 Gadsden St.; 803-422-0935;

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www.BlissintheVista.com

Claim to fame: Proud to give the most compassionate, skilled, and effective custom massage in the area and provide relief from pain, headaches, and tension. Years in business: 4. WOW! factor: Deep pressure and skilled massage given with care and knowledge

BEST NATIONAL FITNESS CENTER MUV FITNESS Locations in Columbia, West Columbia, Lexington and Irmo; muvsc.com

BEST OBSTETRICIAN ALLYSON I. JONES, MD, FACOG, CAROLINA WOMEN’S PHYSICIANS 146 N. Hospital Drive, Suite 240, West Columbia 7045 St. Andrews Road 803-936-7590; Carolina WomensPhysicians.com

Claim to fame: Irmo native who provides exceptional care for women of all ages. Years in business: 10. WOW! factor: Carolina Women’s Physicians delivered more than 640 babies in 2016.

BEST PEDIATRIC PRACTICE PALMETTO PEDIATRIC AND ADOLESCENT CLINIC 140 Park Central; 803-779-4001 7448 Broad River Road, Irmo; 803-732-0140 1970 Augusta Highway, Lexington; 803-358-2370 601 Clemson Road; 803-788-4886 300 Rice Meadow Way Suite B; 803-788-6360

www.palmettopediatric.com

BEST PEDIATRICIAN DR. C. GUY CASTLES III, PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES 14 Medical Park, Suite 410; 803-799-9044

Claim to fame: A secondgeneration 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: 26 years in practice. Combined with his father, a Castles has practiced pediatrics in Columbia for more than 62 years. WOW! factor: Dedicated, caring pediatrician.

BEST PERSONAL TRAINER WESLEY NEWSOM - BURN BOOTCAMP 4507 Forest Drive; 803-603-7273; www.burn bootcamp.com/Columbia -SC

Claim to fame: I’ve worked hard to make sure that Burn Boot Camp Columbia is more than a gym but more a community that provides an atmosphere that makes working out challenging

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yet fun and comfortable for all fitness levels! Years in business: 1. WOW! factor: In the last year, I have trained over 2,100 camps!

diverse community of practitioners. Years in business: 14 years. WOW! factor: Yoga … BE THE CHANGE!

BEST PHARMACIST ABBIE WILLIAMS BROWN, WALGREENS PHARMACY

The State’s Best Service BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM BURKETT, BURKETT & BURKETT, CPAS, PA AND BURKETT FINANCIAL SERVICES, LLC

Multiple Midlands locations; www.walgreens.com

3101 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia; www.burkettcpas.com

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPIST VERTEX PT SPECIALISTS

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: 42. WOW! factor: Forty-two years of excellent client service and still going strong.

1825 Laurel St.; 803-851-3506; www.vertexpt.com

Claim to fame: Our physical therapists are experts in movement and manual therapy who treat patients of all ages with health-related conditions to reduce pain and improve or restore mobility. As doctors of physical therapy, we implement the most up-to-date treatment methods to not only get back to pre-injury levels, but to come back better than before. Backed by the latest available evidence and years of experience, our goal is to partner with you to deliver one-on-one, professional, worldclass care. Years in business: 2. WOW! factor: We see one patient, per physical therapist, per hour. Guaranteed.

BEST APARTMENT COMMUNITY THE GRANDVIEW AT LAKE MURRAY LUXURY APARTMENT HOMES 2170 N. Lake Drive; 803-749-7956; thegrandviewatlakemurray.com

Claim to fame: Gorgeous luxury, lakeview apartment homes. Years in business: 7. WOW! factor: Lake-view apartment homes with screened porches.

BEST PLASTIC SURGEON DR. DONEN DAVIS, DONEN DAVIS PLASTIC SURGERY 1850 Laurel St., Suite B; 803-929-1901; www.donendavisplasticsurgery.com

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 the medical community in a variety of leadership positions. Dr. Davis grew up in a medical family in Columbia, and his father, Dr. Dan Davis, was a pre-eminent surgeon in Columbia for 48 years. Years in business: 15. WOW! factor: Meticulous care in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, ranging from Botox and breast

BEST APPLIANCE REPAIR SLOAN APPLIANCE SERVICE ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

635 Frink St., Cayce; 803-796-6130; www.sloanappliance.com

enhancement to tummy tucks.

BEST PODIATRIST DR. JAMES SUBER, COLUMBIA FOOT CLINIC

BEST WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM MUV IT & LOSE IT CHALLENGE Locations in Columbia, West Columbia, Lexington and Irmo; muvsc.com

Claim to fame: Our goal is to make a complete repair on the first visit. Years in business: 59.

BEST YOGA STUDIO CITY YOGA

BEST ATTORNEY REX CASTERLINE, BLAIR CATO PICKREN CASTERLINE, LLC

2121 College St.; 804-799-5400; www.cityyogasc.com

700 Huger St., Suite 102; 803.400.8600; www.blaircato.com

Claim to fame: Columbia’s oldest and most highly regarded yoga studio offering alignment-based flow classes to a

Claim to fame: Convinced Renae (Ingle) Casterline to marry me 23-plus years ago.

1900 Hampton St.; 803-779-5005;

BEST URGENT CARE CENTER LEXINGTON MEDICAL CENTER URGENT CARE lexmed.com


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Years in business: 23. WOW! factor: Dedicated to giving back to community and real estate industry

TIE – BEST BARBERSHOP BLOCKHEAD BARBERSHOP 4344 Augusta Road, Lexington; 803-996-5786

BEST AUTO GLASS REPAIR ACE GLASS

BEST AUTO REPAIR JIM HUDSON BUICK GMC 4035 Kaiser Hill Road; 803-462-4475; www.jimhudsongm.com

BEST BANK FIRST COMMUNITY BANK 5455 Sunset Blvd., Lexington; 803-951-0507; www.firstcommunitysc.com

Claim to fame: We believe that

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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: 22. WOW! factor: Passionately focused on the customer experience for over 20 years!

Thank you for voting D’s Wings as State’s Best Wings!

BEST BATH AND KITCHEN REMODELER CAPITAL KITCHEN AND BATH 1801-B Gervais St.; 803-345-5888; www.capitalkb.com

Years in business: 2. WOW! factor: I just want to stay committed to all customers that visit and serve Lexington and the surrounding areas.

4661 Augusta Road, Lexington; 803-356-3505 7538 Woodrow St., Irmo; 803-732-1384 5506 Two Notch Road; 803-754-2911 www.aceglasssc.com

TIE – BEST BARBERSHOP FRANK’S GENTLEMEN’S SALON 717 Lady St., Suite A; 803-667-9198; frankssalon.com

Claim to fame: It’s not just a haircut; it’s an experience. Years in business: 3. WOW! factor: Relaxing man cave, facials, massage, straight razor shave, shoe shine.

Claim to fame: To design, furnish and install cabinets, countertops, tile, lighting and flooring at an aggressive price with the highest level of quality control and service. To be on time, reliable, dependable, and fair; to develop excellent clients relationships; to communicate, to be honest and to become the leading construction partner in our market. Years in business: 13. WOW! factor: Simply beautiful results.

BEST BOAT REPAIR COVE2COAST MARINE 1821 Lake Murray Blvd.; 803-814-1514; cove2coastmarine.com

Claim to fame: Honesty and integrity

Thank you BEST TAX SERVICE! SERVING THE COLUMBIA AREA FOR OVER 50 YEARS. 820 Pavillion Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205

920 Axtell Drive, Cayce, SC • 791-4486

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Years in business: 2. WOW! factor: Pontoon superstore and sea-pro. Unbelievable two years!

BEST BUILDER GREAT SOUTHERN HOMES 90 North Royal Tower Drive, Irmo; 803-699-4734; greatsouthernhomes.com

Claim to fame: Great Southern Homes is one of the Southeast’s fastest-growing home builders and a nationally ranked Top 100 builder. Having constructed more than 5,000 new-construction homes, we lead the building industry on the foundation of exceptional quality, making us the third-fastest growing private builder in America. We have grown to more than 70 communities in South Carolina and Augusta,

Georgia. Years in business: 24. WOW! factor: Surprisingly affordable. Energy-efficient and green smart homes!

BEST CLEANING SERVICE PALMETTO COMMERCIAL SERVICES 701 Gervais St., Suite 150; 803-479-0812; www.palmetto commercialservices.com

BEST CAR WASH FRANK’S CAR WASH Locations in Columbia, Lexington and Irmo; www.frankscarwash.com

BEST COMPUTER SERVICES PALMETTO PC SOLUTIONS

Claim to fame: More than 9 million cars washed. Years in business: 44. WOW! factor: Winner of “Best Car Wash” since 1992.

2526 Emanuel Church Road, Suite B, West Columbia; 803-661-1881; www.palmettopcsolutions.com

BEST CARPET CLEANING WHITEHALL CARPET CLEANERS 5609 Wescott Road; 803-732-3200; www.whitehallcarpetcleaners.com

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

BEST CHILDREN’S CAMP PROGRAM SUMMER @ HAMMOND

www.hammondschool.org/page/ summer-programs/welcome

BEST CONTRACTOR CRESCENT CONSTRUCTION 1416 Bluff Road; 803-781-1900; www.crescentcarolina.com

Thank you for Voting Dr. Allyson Innocenti Jones “Best Obstetrician” in The State! WEST COLUMBIA: 146 North Hospital Drive, Suite 240 IRMO: 7045 St. Andrews Road

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The journey of a lifetime starts here. At Hammond, our focus is on preparing every student to succeed -- and lead -- in a dynamic, connected, competitive world. We do that by surrounding each individual with exceptional facilities, renowned faculty, broad opportunities in athletics and the arts, and a supportive family atmosphere. Join us on a remarkable journey that lasts a lifetime.

HAMMOND. PRE-K THROUGH LIFE.

854 GALWAY LANE

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29209

TEL 803.776.0295

HAMMONDSCHOOL.ORG

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THANK YOU JIM HUDSON WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE CITIZENS OF COLUMBIA AND SURROUNDING AREAS FOR MAKING US

FOR THE 16TH YEAR IN A ROW

We would also like to thank you for √ Rallying and supporting our efforts to feed 5 million meals in our own backyard through Harvest Hope Food Bank √ Contributing and pushing our sales and service goals so we can assist in creating Toby’s Place a shelter for women & children √ Helping us raise funds to provide a much needed Red Cross Blood Mobile WE ARE TRULY THANKFUL TO HAVE SUCH A WONDERFUL AND SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY AND PARTNERSHIP TO ASSIST IN GIVING BACK TO THE BELOVED COMMUNITY THAT WE ALL LIVE IN. Audi Columbia A Jim Hudson Automotive Dealership

NEW CAR DEALER

USED CAR DEALER

AUTO REPAIR

6301 Two Notch Road • Columbia

310 Greystone Blvd. • Columbia

1201 West Main Street • Lexington

328 Killian Rd. • Columbia

I 77 North Exit 22 Killian RD. • Columbia

970 Columbia Dr. • Irmo

803-786-6601

803-799-1234

803-359-4114

803-754-9500

803-783-0110

803-407-5678

SALES ASSOCIATE

VOTED BEST NEW CAR DEALER 2017. VOTED BEST USED CAR DEALER 2017. VOTED BEST AUTO REPAIR 2017. VOTED BEST AUTOMOTIVE SALES ASSOCIATE 2017

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BEST DRY CLEANER TRIPP’S FINE CLEANERS

BEST CREDIT UNION PALMETTO CITIZENS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

13 Locations in The Midlands; 803-665-0004; www.trippsfinecleaners.com

13 Midlands Locations & over 40 ATMs; 803-732-5000; www.palmettocitizens.org

Claim to fame: A local, not-for-profit financial institution offering better rates and fewer fees on a full range of accounts and services since 1936. Years in business: 81. WOW! factor: Voted Best Credit Union 10 years in a row!

Claim to fame: Columbia’s only Sanitone-certified Master Drycleaner – celebrating 50 years of keeping Columbia clean! Years in business: 50. WOW! factor: We have cleaned over 20 million dress shirts in our 50-year history!

BEST DANCE STUDIO THE SOUTHERN STRUTT

BEST ELECTRICIAN GREGORY ELECTRIC

90 Ashbourne Road, Irmo; 803-781-3980; southernstruttdance.com

2124 College St.; 803-748-1122; www.gregoryelectric.com

BEST DAYCARE BIG BLUE MARBLE ACADEMY 406 Main St., Gilbert; 803-892-2074 4341 Augusta Highway, Gilbert; 803-892-3688

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

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 EMPLOYMENT AGENCY ROPER STAFFING

Low Country Inspired. Columbia Made.

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125 Outlet Pointe Blvd.; 803-798-8500 1223 Wilson Road, Newberry; 803-276-3034 101 S. Wise Drive, Sumter; 803-938-8100 1222 N. Harper St., Laurens; 864-983-2500 309-B Hunter St., Union; 864-762-4480 Charleston; 843-790-4499 www.RoperStaffing.com

www.burkettcpas.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: 35. WOW! factor: For the 22nd year, Roper Staffing has been voted Best Employment Agency!

BEST FOUNDATION REPAIR RAM JACK

BEST EVENT PLANNER ILLUMINATIONS 204 Aderley Oak Loop. Irmo; 803-702-0515; www.illuminationssc.com

Claim to fame: Serving clients in order to ensure our utmost priority is met,

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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: 42. WOW! factor: Forty-two years of excellent client service and still going strong.

2075 U.S. 21 South, Ridgeway; 803-398-5208; ramjack.com

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

which is providing outstanding lighting and draping services. Years in business: 4. WOW! factor: It’s been a pleasure serving South Carolina and surrounding states!

BEST FINANCIAL SERVICES BURKETT, BURKETT & BURKETT, CPAS, PA AND BURKETT FINANCIAL SERVICES, LLC 3101 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia;

BEST FRAMING THE FRAME SHOP 3100 Rosewood Drive; 803-256-1601; theframeshopsc.com

Claim to fame: Family-owned business for nearly 50 years; “quality and serv-

Thank you for voting us Best Pizza 3 years in a row.

Thank you for voting CELEBRATING 51 YEARS! 4365 Fort Jackson Blvd

(803)782-1098

Empire Gymnastics Training Center The State’s Best Gymnastics Studio. We are proud to serve our Community and Do Great Things For Kids!


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ice” is our motto. Years in business: 49. WOW! factor: Serving the local arts. All orders are custom framed to the customer’s satisfaction.

BEST HAIR SALON THE VELVET EDGE SALON

BEST FUNERAL HOME DUNBAR FUNERAL HOME

Claim to fame: The Velvet Edge Salon is a talented team of individuals with specialties in multiple genres of beauty. Talents can be showcased through a broad scope of skills, though a client coming in with a desire for balayage, hair painting or blonding, could expect unsurpassed results. Accompanying the services offered, dedication to nonprofit avenues through community service, pro bono, and fundraising are a large part of what The Velvet Edge Salon stands for. Years in business: 4. WOW! factor: Color and balayage specialists!

6030 St. Andrews Road, Suite C; 803-586-3879; TheVelvetEdgeSalon.com

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

BEST GUTTERS THE GUTTERMEN 3631 Delree St., West Columbia; 803-791-7147; theguttermen.com

Claim to fame: The largest gutter company in the state. Years in business: 40. WOW! factor: Fleet of blue trucks all over the Midlands.

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Claim to fame: Our customers are like family! Years in business: 3. WOW! factor: We do great things for kids!

BEST GYMNASTICS STUDIO EMPIRE GYMNASTICS 116 S. Lake Court; 803-359-2420; www.empiregymnasticssc.com

BEST HAIR STYLIST LAURA BROOKS, THE VELVET EDGE SALON 6030 St. Andrews Road, Suite C;

Thank You for Voting Us Best Daycare Again This Year!

406 Main St. (803) 892-2074

www.bbmacademy.com

LEESVILLE 119 Smith St. (803) 532-4671

GILBERT 4341 Augusta Hwy. (803) 892-3688

IRMO 101 N. Royal Tower Dr. (803) 661-9591

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Above amazing customer service and products.

803-586-3879; TheVelvetEdgeSalon.com

BEST HOME REMODELER THE WRIGHT GROUP

Claim to fame: My clientele. Years in business: 8. WOW! factor: Secondgeneration stylist, specializing in cut, color and weddings.

803-233-3373; http://twgsc.com

Years in business: 8. WOW! factor: You can’t go wrong with The Wright Group.

BEST HEATING & AIR COOL CARE HEATING & AIR

BEST INSURANCE AGENT BRAD GILES, GILES BROTHERS INSURANCE

3102 Bronx Road; 803-772-7715 Charleston; 843-972-7777 www.coolcarehvac.com

Claim to fame: We’re so much more than HVAC. We offer comfort, reliability, healthy home options, energy savings and peace of mind to our customers. We appreciate each and everyone of our clients. Without them, we wouldn’t be here. We are passionate about what we do and where we do it.

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Our services are offered from Newberry to Charleston and everywhere in between. We practice the concept of GIVING back to the communities of South Carolina through Community Partnerships and donations. Each year we give at least

one Bryant HVAC system to a South Carolina family in need. We serve to make South Carolina homes healthier and more energy efficient. Years in business: 17. WOW! factor: FAMOUSLY COOL. Doing the right thing!

3510 Bush River Road; 803-798-4600; www.gilesbrothers.com

Claim to fame: Family-owned for more than half a century. Years in business: 51.

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BEST LANDSCAPER 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: 37. WOW! factor: Year-round, we’ve got something exciting, unusual and blooming!

BEST LAW FIRM BLAIR CATO PICKREN CASTERLINE, LLC 700 Huger St., Suite 102; 803-400-8600; blaircato.com


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Claim to fame: Our lawyers are recognized as local, state and national leaders in the real estate industry. Years in business: 3. WOW! factor: Our experienced lawyers and our amazing staff.

BEST MANICURE/PEDICURE GLOW SALON AND SPA 606 Northwood Road; 803-356-4569; glowsalonsc.com

Years in business: 7. WOW! factor: Hair, nails, massage, facials, waxing, sugaring.

BEST MODELING/TALENT AGENCY DEABREU MODELING 921 Longtown Road, Suite D; 803-788-9051; www.deabreumodeling.com

Claim to fame: “Your talent is God’s gift to you; what you do with it is your gift back to him.” – Leo Buscaglia Years in business: 15. WOW! factor: We’ve been told we’re

the best kept secret in Columbia. All the right people walk through our doors with little advertising.

Rosewood Drive; (803) 787-0931; www.columbiaartsacademy.com

BEST MONOGRAM SHOP KATHY’S KREATIONS

Lexington School of Music: 226 Barr Road, Lexington; (803) 996-0623; www.lexingtonschoolofmusic.com

7591 St. Andrews Road, Irmo; 803-732-2157; shopkathyskreations.com

Claim to fame: South Carolina’s largest private music school. Years in business: 14. Wow! factor: Home of the Musical Ladder System now used by 80 schools around the world!

BEST MOVING COMPANY TWO MEN AND A TRUCK 1901 Dixiana Road, Cayce; 803-731-7775; www.twomenandatruckcolumbiasc.com

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING COMMUNITY SALUDA RIVER CLUB

Years in business: 24. WOW! factor: Our commitment is to continuously strive to exceed our customers’ expectations in value and high standard of satisfaction.

102 Glade Spring Drive, Lexington; 803-358-3969; www.saludariverclub.com

BEST MUSIC SCHOOL COLUMBIA ARTS ACADEMY AND LEXINGTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC Columbia Arts Academy: 3630

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Claim to fame: Saluda River Club is 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


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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: 9. WOW! factor: Voted America’s Best Community.

BEST NEW HOME COMMUNITY SALUDA RIVER CLUB 102 Glade Spring Drive, Lexington; 803-358-3969; www.saludariverclub.com

Claim to fame: Saluda River Club is 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: 9. WOW! factor: Voted America’s Best Community.

BEST PAINTER FINISHING TOUCH TEAM 1410 St. Andrews Road; 803-479-1701; www.finishingtouchteam.com

BEST PEST CONTROL CLARK’S TERMITE AND PEST CONTROL 405 Western Lane, Irmo; 803-781-4991

BEST PET BOARDING WESCOTT ACRES PET RESORT 6005 Wescott Road; 803-407-4708; wescottacres.com

BEST PET GROOMING LAZY CREEK DOGGY DAY SPA 134 Innkeeper Drive, Lexington;

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

803-356-4995; www.LazyCreekPets.com

Claim to fame: Locally owned, independent pet supplies retailer with two locations. Doggie Day Spa at the Lexington location. Friendly, expert advice and top-shelf products at affordable prices! Years in business: 20. WOW! factor: The absolute best customer service for you and your pets!

BEST PHILANTHROPIST MARCUS LATTIMORE marcuslattimore.com; marcuslattimorefoundation.com

BEST PHILANTHROPY/NONPROFIT HARVEST HOPE FOOD BANK

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER JOSHUA AARON PHOTOGRAPHY 701 Whaley St., Suite 104; 803-260-1989; joshuaaaronphotography.com

Claim to fame: Beautiful and unique images. Years in business: 8. WOW! factor: It takes love to capture love.

BEST PLUMBER MEETZE PLUMBING 10009 Broad River Road, Irmo; 803-732-3747; meetzeplumbing.com

BEST POOL COMPANY JACK OLIVER’S POOL, SPA AND PATIO

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Claim to fame: Hammond students immerse themselves in a different country and culture every year without leaving home. Years in business: 51. WOW! factor: Our scholars are our athletes, and our athletes are our artists!

BEST PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL ODYSSEY ONLINE LEARNING 200 Arbor Lake Road, Suite 301; 803-735-9110; odysseyonline.com

Claim to fame: Meeting individual students’ needs and allowing them to go at their own pace. Years in business: 9. WOW! factor: We exceed the national average for virtual school graduation rate.

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

303 Forest Drive; www.jackoliverpools.com

BEST PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT LEXINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT ONE

Claim to fame: Harvest Hope is South Carolina’s largest food bank, serving 20 counties and 38,000 people a week. Years in business: 31. WOW! factor: After the October 2015 floods, we distributed 2.3 million meals.

BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL HAMMOND SCHOOL

100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington; 803-821-1299; www.lexington1.net

854 Galway Lane; 803-776-0295; hammondschool.org

BEST QUICK OIL CHANGE FRANK’S DISCOUNT TIRE


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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

WOW! factor: Two-time winner of The State’s Best Real Estate Agent.

BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY HOME ADVANTAGE REALTY, LLC 2615 Devine Street Columbia, SC 29205; 803 771 2424; www.HomeAdvantageRealty.com

Claim to fame: World-class singer and rhyme-maker. Just kidding. Years in business: 31. WOW! factor: If it’s round, rubber, and rolls, Frank’s got it!

Claim to fame: Providing our clients with the highest level of real estate services in Columbia and beyond for nearly three decades! Years in business: 27. WOW! factor: Almost 30 years of locally owned, personalized, professional real estate service!

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT JEFF RILEY, KELLER WILLIAMS COLUMBIA 132 Harbison Blvd, Suite 301-B; 803-467-6440; www.JeffRileyTeam.com

Claim to fame: Voted “Best Real Estate Agent” for 2015 and 2017 by readers of The State and recipient of “Favorite Co-Broke Agent” award, Jeff Riley’s greatest sense of accomplishment is more than 80 percent of his transactions are repeat or referral clients. With more

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

than 2,500 real estate agents in the Midlands, Jeff consistently ranks in the top 1 percent of all agents in production. “Make it happen” is Jeff’s mission state-

ment, not a sales pitch. Buying, selling, or property management – Jeff Riley is the best real estate agent for you! Years in business: 16.

BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY WILDEWOOD DOWNS RETIREMENT 731 Polo Road; (888) 509-7094; www.wildewood-downs.com

THANK YOU SC FOR 44 GREAT YEARS! Thank You Patrons!

STATE’S BEST OUTDOOR GEAR AND SUPPLY!

VOTED BEST ANNUAL EVENT SCStateFair.org

1215 Wayne Street, Columbia, SC 29201 www.backpackerqualitygear.com


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BEST ROOFER BURGIN ROOFING operated by the same two founding 6375 St. Andrews Road; 803-798-0063; www.burginroofing.com

BEST SMART PHONE REPAIR CPR CELL PHONE REPAIR 506 Gervais St. 5551-A Sunset Blvd., Lexington 803-490-2287; www.cellphonerepair.com/lexington-sc

Claim to fame: We are the largest repair chain in the nation. We offer repairs on site, most within an hour, with a limited lifetime warranty on parts. Years in business: 11⁄2. WOW! factor: We save your mobile life!

BEST SPORTING GOODS TODD & MOORE 620 Huger St.; 803-765-0150; www.toddandmoore.com

Claim to fame: Locally owned and

families and conveniently located on the way to see the Gamecocks play. Years in business: 73. WOW! factor: Local “specialists in sports,” where customers feel right at home.

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 22 years in the tanning industry. We keep up with the latest equipment and products, giving our customers affordable luxury tanning. Years in business: 9. WOW! factor: Best tan, best price, guaranteed!

BEST TATTOO PARLOR PURPLE LOTUS TATTOO

Let us return the compliment.

Thank you for voting us “Best Bank” two years in a row. 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.

1028 Woodrow St.; 803-771-7762;

COMMERCIAL BANKING

FINANCIAL PLANNING

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purplelotustattoo.com

Claim to fame: Custom only and we truly care! Highest rated online! Clients are our family. We love making a difference. Years in business: 26. WOW! factor: This year’s not about us. Charity event: Drop off donations or gift cards for children with cancer. Please call for details.

BEST TAX SERVICE APRIL TAX 820 Pavillion Ave.; 803-799-8666; www.facebook. com/April-Tax-Inc -164004343628039

BEST TAXI SERVICE CAPITAL CITY CAB

803-999-2831; www.capitolcitycab.com

BEST WAXING SALON AHH SUGAR SUGAR BRAZILIAN WAXING

BEST TIRES FRANK’S DISCOUNT TIRE

414 Old Cherokee Road; 803-315-3469; Ahhsugarsugar.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: World-class singer and rhyme-maker. Just kidding. Years in business: 31. WOW! factor: If it’s round, rubber, and rolls, Frank’s got it!

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY FOREST LAKE TRAVEL 4505 Forest Drive; 803-738-1520; www.forestlaketravel.com

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Claim to fame: Being located across the street from Trader Joe’s! Years in business: 39. WOW! factor: Our adviser’s knowledge of the travel industry.

Thank you for voting us The State’s Best!

BEST VETERINARY CLINIC DUTCH FORK ANIMAL HOSPITAL 1780 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo; 803-781-7483; dutchforkanimalhospital.com

Claim to fame: Pants down, best Brazilian wax. I use cool sugar paste – not hot wax! Don’t ever trust your lady bits to hot wax, strips or tweezers! After you’ve tried the rest, check out the best! Years in business: 9. WOW! factor: Best Brazilian wax you’ve ever had or it’s free!

BEST WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE 701 WHALEY 701 Whaley St.; 803-771-0101; www.701whaley.com

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US THE STATE’S BEST!

5429 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212 info@abbeyroadhospice.com | 803-551-5552

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Claim to fame: A historic venue anchoring Columbia’s Congaree Vista. Hosting weddings and special events of all kinds. Years in business: 12. WOW! factor: The history of the mill village, spectacular windows and versatile room sizes.

The State’s Best Shopping BEST ANTIQUE SHOP LITTLE MOUNTAIN UNLIMITED ANTIQUE MALL AND CAFE 1528 Main St., Little Mountain; 803-345-6440

Claim to fame: Best antique and vintage shopping plus amazing food! Years in business: 9.

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WOW! factor: Huge, bright, clean! Awesome customer service.

BEST ART SUPPLY STORE CITY ART 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 family-owned. Years in business: 47. WOW! factor: The most cool stuff for

artists and art lovers!

BEST AUDIO/VIDEO STORE UPSTAIRS AUDIO & VIDEO 746 Harden St; 803256-EARS (3277); www.upstairsaudio.com

Claim to fame: One of the truly best places in America for audio equipment if you really love music. Sales, service, installation, repair of home, commercial and professional audio and video. We make house calls and solve problems others cannot. We also tune systems and rooms for truly beautiful sound! Years in business: 45. WOW! factor: We make people happy! Come hear why!

BEST AUTOMOBILE SALESPERSON ZANTHONY RAMBERT, JIM HUDSON BUICK GMC CADILLAC 4035 Kaiser Hill Road; 803-462-4475; www.jimhudsongm.com

Thank you for voting Illuminations the State's Best Event Planner!

BEST BEAUTY SUPPLY STORE POUT 2738 Devine St.; 803-254-5051; shoppout.com

BEST BICYCLE STORE 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: 35.

BEST BOAT DEALERSHIP COVE2COAST MARINE 1821 Lake Murray Blvd.; 803-814-1514; cove2coastmarine.com

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Claim to fame: Honesty and integrity. Years in business: 2. WOW! factor: Pontoon superstore and sea-pro. Unbelievable two years!

BEST BRIDAL STORE EVELYN’S BRIDAL 28 Townlee Lane, Lugoff; 803-438-8141; evelynsbridalonline.com

Claim to fame: Exceptional customer service and selection of gowns for every bride. Years in business: 26. WOW! factor: Friendly, caring staff that strives to give a customers a great shopping experience.

BEST CARPET & FLOORING STORE CARPET ONE FLOOR & HOME

200 Candi Lane; 803-252-2202; www.carpetonefloornhome columbia.com

Years in business: 30. WOW! factor: Why go anywhere else?

BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHES STORE LITTLE LAMBS & IVY 2816 Devine St.; 803-343-7070; www.mylittlelambsandivy.com

Claim to fame: “There’s a time – all too brief, as it too soon becomes apparent to parents – to be little. Let the little be little” (Malcolm Forbes). At Little Lambs & Ivy, we help you enjoy your little ones’ time to be little! Years in business: 30. WOW! factor: We absolutely adore babies and children – and it shows!

BEST CONSIGNMENT STORE ROUNDABOUTS CONSIGNMENTS

BEST ELECTRONICS STORE CABLE AND CONNECTIONS

WOW! factor: Courteous service and freshest flowers, unique from all over the world.

70 Polo Road; www.myroundabouts.com

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

BEST FURNITURE STORE WHIT-ASH FURNISHINGS

Claim to fame: Friendly staff, great selections, variety, and awesome deals! Years in business: 16. WOW! factor: 36,000 square feet of wow!

BEST COUNTERTOPS STORE CAROLINA COUNTERTOP 1809 Lake Murray Blvd.; 803-407-0057; www.ctops4u.com

Claim to fame: One-stop countertops. Years in business: 23. WOW! factor: Custom counters to fit every style and budget.

Claim to fame: Lowest prices and amazing customer support. Years in business: 21. WOW! factor: Lowest-priced TV mounts, surveillance kits, HDMI cables and networking equipment.

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: 69.

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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. Years in business: 44. WOW! factor: The widest selection of furniture in Columbia – in stock and at discount prices.

BEST GAMECOCK STORE GARNET & BLACK TRADITIONS 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: The largest University of South Carolina retailer in the world

and the official retailer of the My Carolina Alumni Association. Years in business: 34. WOW! factor: Our Carolina is 85,000-strong, 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: 37. WOW! factor: Year-round, we’ve got something exciting, unusual and blooming!

BEST GIFT SHOP HANDPICKED 2822 Devine St.; 803-251-2946

CAPITAL KITCHEN & BATH Simply Beautiful Results

ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

Thank You for Voting Us State’s BEST! CELL PHONE REPAIR We Save Your Mobile LifeTM

WE FIX IT ALL! General Contracting Kitchen & Bath Design Cabinetry Countertops Tile Lighting Interior Design

Thank you for voting us The State’s Best Bath & Kitchen Remodeler!

CAPITALKB.COM 1720 Dutch Fork Road, Suite H, Irmo • 803.345.5888 • 1801-B Gervias Street

Comprehensive repair services for the electronic devices you can’t live without:

iPhones • iPads • Smart Phone • Computers • Game Consoles

506 Gervais St. • Columbia, SC • 803.779.5300 5551A Sunset Blvd. • Lexington, SC • 803.490.2287 www.cellphonerepair.com/columbia-vista-sc www.cellphonerepair.com/Lexington-sc


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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. WOW! factor: Providing unique jewelry and accessories that enhance your personal style.

BEST HOME IMPROVEMENT STORE ACE HARDWARE - CAYCE 815 State St., Cayce; 803-391-4223

BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER RUSTIC CHIC INTERIORS, LLC 207 W. Main St., Lexington; 803-673-9000; www.RusticChicInteriors.com

Claim to fame: Rustic Chic is Lexington’s only Couture Certified Paint Training Facility. Offering not only custom furniture and cabinetry handpainting and woodworking services, we offer weekly classes as well as carry a wide variety of authentic “picker” findings in our retail location. Rustic Chic also hosts a monthly open air market to support other local artists and craftsman located on the property of their retail location built in 1790. Years in business: 5. WOW! factor: Lexington business in 1790 farmhouse offering professional custom design services.

BEST JEWELRY STORE SATTERFIELD’S JEWELRY WAREHOUSE 228 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce; 803-457-7400 1270 Bower Parkway, Columbia; 803-772-1470 5134 Sunset Blvd., Lexington;

803-996-0485 www.jewelrywarehouse.com

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: 38. WOW! factor: More than just another

jewelry store – price, service, and selection are our specialties!

BEST LIQUOR STORE GREEN’S BEVERAGE STORE 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: 33. WOW! factor: Best selection, best prices, best staff, no modesty.

BEST MATTRESS STORE MICHAELIS MATTRESS COMPANY 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

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

Buy it Today…Sleep on it Tonight!

4 Convenient Locations MichaelisMattress.com

Thank you for voting us State’s Best Mattress Store!

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flowers and arrangements, ribbon, candles, lawn and garden decor, and the list goes on. One visit and you’ll see, there’s more in store at Carolina Pottery! Years in business: 34. WOW! factor: Fantastic decor at fabulous prices!

Claim to fame: Largest in-stock selection of mattresses in the Midlands. Years in business: 31. WOW! factor: Buy it today … sleep on it tonight!

BEST MEN’S FINE CLOTHING STORE GRANGER OWINGS

BEST OUTDOOR GEAR AND SUPPLY THE BACKPACKER QUALITY GEAR

1333 Main St.; 803-252-6714; www.grangerowings.com

Claim to fame: No. 1 all-inclusive clothier in the state! Years in business: 40. WOW! factor: Delivering personalized service specific to your lifestyle on your timeline!

1215 Wayne St.; 803-799-7571; www.backpackerqualitygear.com

BEST PET SUPPLY PET SUPPLIES PLUS

BEST MEN’S WEEKENDWEAR STORE CRAIG REAGIN CLOTHIERS

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

103 E. Main St., Lexington; 803-785-7848; www.craigreaginclothiers.com ROB THOMPSON rthompson@thestate.com

BEST MOTORCYCLE DEALERSHIP HARLEY HAVEN 941 Western Lane, Irmo; 803-781-1837; www.harley-haven.com

Claim to fame: Columbia’s oldest authorized Harley-Davidson dealer, where you’re treated like family! Years in business: 27. WOW! factor: Seven-time Bar & Shield Award winner and No. 1 in customer service.

2816 Augusta Road, West Columbia; 803-936-1447; www.carolinapottery.com

Claim to fame: Carolina Pottery is a chain of home decor and seasonal stores, each with nearly 100,000 square feet of merchandise! Our stores feature the latest trends in home furnishings at everyday low prices. Whether you are looking to update your interior design

and decor or maximize your outdoor space with new outdoor wicker furniture and cushions, Carolina Pottery has what you are looking for! Our store transforms according to season, so depending on time of year you will also find a huge supply of Christmas decor, Fall and Halloween decor, Spring and Easter decor, and more. We also carry a yearround assortment of glassware, housewares, wine and local food products, silk

BEST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT SIMS MUSIC 1110 St. Andrews Road; 803-772-1185; www.simsmusic.com

BEST NEW CAR DEALER JIM HUDSON LEXUS 328 Killian Road; (888) 791-8218; www.hudsonlexus.com

BEST OUTDOOR FURNITURE CAROLINA POTTERY FILE PHOTO

BEST SMOKE SHOP THE TOBACCO MERCHANT 489 Piney Grove Road; 803-749-5499; www.facebook.com/TheTobaccoMerchant

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1001 Huger St.; 803-254-2444; www.oneearedcow.com

BEST USED CAR DEALER JIM HUDSON LEXUS 328 Killian Road; (888) 791-8218; www.hudsonlexus.com

BEST VAPING STORE PLANET VAPOR 300 huger St; 8511418; www.planet-vapor.com

Years in business: 4. WOW! factor: Thanks go to all our customers and staff.

BEST WEDDING ATTIRE JO-LIN’S BRIDAL AND FORMAL WEAR 7565 St. Andrews Road, Irmo; 803-781-9697; www.jolins.com VITALLIY iStockphoto via Getty Images

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.

Claim to fame: Making every bride’s dream day a reality. Years in business: 28. WOW! factor: We strive to make everyone feel like family.

BEST WINE STORE GREEN’S BEVERAGE STORE 400 Assembly St.; 803-799-9499 4012 Fernandina Road; 803-744-0570 www.greensbeverages.com

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

(803) 532-8135 • www.shealysbbq.com

Claim to fame: Large selection of beer, wine and liquor at the lowest prices around. Years in business: 33. WOW! factor: Best selec-

tion, best prices, best staff, no modesty.

BEST WOMEN’S FINE CLOTHING COPLON’S 4825 Forest Drive; 803-790-0015; coplons.com

BEST WOMEN’S SHOES SOLE BOUTIQUE 4517 Forest Drive, Columbia SC 29206; 803-569-6314; www.soleboutiquesc.com

Claim to fame: The only boutique in South Carolina who carries A.S. 98 boots! Throw in a few upscale consignments and funky apparel too! Years in business: 1. WOW! factor: We believe in supporting small businesses and girl power! Eclectic retail AND resale boutique offering unique brands.

BEST WOMEN’S WEEKENDWEAR PINK SORBET 2726 Devine St.; 803-251-2525; www.pinksorbetsc.com


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The path out of homelessness is unique for everyone. Join us on October 26th , for a very special evening that celebrates the journey, those who take it, and those who make it possible.

FOR VOTING US

https://my.bidr.co/events/home2017 for tickets, information, and the chance to preview and pre-buy homeless client art pieces and select auction items.

STATE'S BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY

October 26, 2017 • The Venue on Main • 6pm-9pm

2615 Devine Street | 803-771-2424 www.HomeAdvantageRealty.com

Small plate samplings from 8 local restaurants • wine and beer • live music by Time Pirates • Silent Auction • Live Auction with Mary King • Raffle • Art show and auction of art produced by homeless clients and graduates of Transitions 100% of funds raised at the event go directly to support the programs and services provided at Transitions.

Thank you to our sponsors: Transformation Sponsor:

PProgress SSponsors:

Thank you for voting us

BEST Manicure/Pedicure!

Perseverance Sponsors: Lexington Medical Center, Charlene Glidden, Colonial Life, Gary Cooper, Wellcare, Terry Davis, Laurie and Ken Walden, Mungo Homes, Rebecca and Mike Penland, Green’s Beverage Store, ESources, McAngus Goudelock & Courie, Inez and Samuel Tenenbaum, Mike Kelly Law Group, Gregory Electric Co. Inc., BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, United Way of the Midlands, Ann and Bob Leichtle, Maria and Col (R ) Craig Currey, Mary Denis and George Cauthen, NBSC a division of Synovus Bank, Turnipseed & Associates, Evelyn and Scott Middleton Resiliency Sponsors: TD Bank, International Paper Eastover Mill, Savannah River Site Watch, KeenanSuggs | HUB, The Folline King Group of Merrill Lynch, McDonnell and Associates PA, South State Bank, Elyse and Drew Theodore, McEntire Produce, Strobler Furnishing, Jewell and Bob Hill, Sheila and John Muha, Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Elaine and Stan Frick, Drs. Martha and Fenwick Nichols, Mr. Bob Mason Friends and Family Sponsors: Edie and Tim Arnold, Fit Columbia, Kathy and Rufus Rogers, Amy Armstrong, Betty Anne Richardson, JoAnn Turnquist and Ernie Csiszar, Joe Herbkersman Beverage Sponsors: Republic National Distributing Company, River Rat Brewery In-Kind Sponsors: The Middleton Family, S.R.Walker Designs Media Sponsors:

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Zanthony Rambert Voted The State’s Best Automotive Sales Person Dear valued customers, friends and family, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the recognition asThe State’s Best Automotive Sales Person, which each of you took your valuable time to vote for me. What an honor. Thank you! My goal many years ago was and still is to ensure your buying experience and ownership far exceeded your expectations.To be voted byYOU,our clients,as the best is very humbling and gratifying! I am committed to continuing to provide each of you with the BEST OF THE BEST service today and in the future. I’d also like to congratulate the other representatives who were recognized. Each of them are the best as well since they were nominated. Please know you can always count on me to provide you with the level of service that you expect and deserve.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASSIST YOU WITH YOUR AUTOMOTIVE NEEDS TODAY AND TOMORROW!

ZANTHONY RAMBERT

Sincerely, Zanthony

4035 Kaiser Hill Road Columbia, SC 29203 803-462-4475 • www.JimHudsonSuperstore.com

Thank You For Voting Us 3 Years in a Row!

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Entertainment Guide. Every Thursday.

Home Delivery. Popular Store Locations. Racks Around Town.


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Thank you

Thank you for voting Lexington County School District One “Best Public School District”! Lexington County School District One believes one of the best days of a child’s life is the day that child first becomes a Lexington District One student. That is the day our children take the first steps toward making their dreams possible.

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Living Here Read it online at thestate.com/living-here-guide

THE GUTTERMEN SEAMLESS ALUMINUM GUTTERS

Thank you for voting us the Best Gutter Company! SERVING THE MIDLANDS AND SOUTH CAROLINA SINCE 1978. Columbia: (803) 791-7147 Florence: (843) 662-6218

THEGUTTERMEN.COM ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL 10% DISCOUNT ON GUTTER CLEANING SERVICES THROUGH DEC 15th!

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Thank you for voting us

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Best Guided Tour, TWO YEARS in a row!

Free Child Care, Unlimited Camps, Personalized Nutrition Guidance & A Supportive Community!

Thank you History Tour & Sightseeing Lunch Cruise on Sunday, Nov. 12th 803-730-3044 • lakemurraycruises.com

for voting us Best Fitness Center and Wesley Newsom Best Personal Trainer! www.burnbootcamp.com/columbia-sc www.burnbootcamp.com/lexington-sc

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ü Scroll through local job listings for part-time, full-time &

freelance gigs

Nominate a rising star.

Do you know a young professional who belongs in The State’s 20 Under 40 class of 2018? Nominate him or her now at thestate.com/20under40.

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get hired fast! INSTANTLY START NOW! www.startmoonlighting.com/columbia

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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 eight years in a row.

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

The State's Best 2017  

The State’s Best polls the newspaper’s readers in a contest for the best entertainment, restaurants, health providers, services and shopping...

The State's Best 2017  

The State’s Best polls the newspaper’s readers in a contest for the best entertainment, restaurants, health providers, services and shopping...