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It seems as though multiple winners was the theme for this year’s contest, and that is quite evident with the Randy Bocook Real Estate Team. Randy himself won for Local Personality and Philanthropist, while his Realtor business won for Commercial Real Estate Company, Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Brokerage and Property Management. Now, to call Randy Bocook a personality and a philanthropist is a bit of an understatement. It’s like saying Henry Ford had a hand in building Richmond Hill. His family moved to the area when he was 7 years old after his father was stationed at Fort Stewart. He was working as a stock broker in Savannah when he decided to chase his dream of selling real estate. That was 18 years ago and he hasn’t looked back since. “You know that feeling Sunday night about dreading work? I haven’t felt that in 17 years,” he told Bryan County News in a 2015 interview. “I remember how bad that feeling is when you dread Monday. It is like a pit in your stomach. I cannot wait to go to work every day. I have such passion for what I do, I don’t even keep track of the days of the week.”

He said it is because he puts his focus on the “why” of working in real estate. “It’s not about trying to sell the most homes,” Bocook said. “It is about taking care of each person and making sure they’ve had the best experience with the process. We’ve worked really hard on breaking it down. Let’s take care of the ones we already know and give them great service. We want to create raving fans, and sell houses too.” Here is just a glimpse of what Bocook was involved in last year. He was one of three donors who gave Richmond Hill Middle School $1,400 each to buy new microscope imaging stations for its wildly popular field studies program. He also was the main sponsor of the Richmond Hill Fire Department’s summer event at J.F. Gregory Park that raised thousands of dollars for the department’s “Operation Presents Under the Tree.” The program ensures that as many low-income children as possible have a gift to open on Christmas morning. He also sponsored the Kids Crabbing Tournament at Fort McAllister Marina and donated to the Richmond Hill Pregnancy Care Center. And you may have spotted him as a judge at the chili cook-off at J.F. Gregory the night before the Richmond Hill Christmas Parade. And speaking of Christmas, let’s not forget “Edsel the Elf.” Edsel is a seasonal employee of Randy’s real estate office, named for the street where the office is located and part of the popular “Elf on a Shelf” franchise. He shows up at various locations during the holiday season, and if you spot him and post a photo on Facebook, you win a prize. Bocook also awards a monthly prize to “Richmond Hill’s Greatest,” whereby a person who is nominated for their positive impacts receive a $100 stipend as a way to thank them for what they do.

Year after year, Bocook’s real estate office continues to draw praise. They have a 4.9 rating out of five stars on Zillow based on nearly 200 reviews. Here’s a sampling of praise from customers” “Randy and Ashley were a pleasure to work with and made the process of selling our home a breeze! They met us early on a Saturday to view the home, and immediately felt like part of our family! Ashley handled everything for us and made sure that our home made it on the market. Within 2 days of listing, we had an offer! We did not have to worry about anything throughout the entire process. Randy and his team are the best!” “I’ve known Elizabeth for 18 years, and we lost contact with each other. We reconnected after losing contact after 12 years. When we were ready to sell our home and begin the process of building a new home, Elizabeth was extremely helpful through the stressful process of selling as well as building a new home. I highly recommend her as a listing or new home finding agent as she is very receptive and understands ones needs to list or buy.” “Jennifer was awesome! She was very knowledgeable about the area and was great to work with. We’re new to the area and this was our first PCS so we were a little unsure on the whole process and obviously nervous, but she made it easy and fun! She found us a great neighborhood in our price range with great schools, which was very important to us. She was always available to answer any questions we had even late at night, which is generally a quality that’s hard to find in a realtor. Thank you Jennifer for being so patient with us and we love our new place!” Randy’s “team,” by the way, includes Ashley Buchanan, James Zarycki, Mike Renouf, Elizabeth Crapse and Jennifer Puhak. Congrats to all!


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Welcome to the 2018 issue of

Bryan’s Faves! O

n these pages are the people, businesses, places and public servants chosen by the people who know Bryan County the best — you. You know a good thing when you see it. From a slice of pizza to getting your oil changed to financial planners, this special section is full of your best advice to your neighbors. It’s a handy guides to services, events and people, all in one place, of what makes Bryan County the special place it is to live, work, worship and recreate. You picked your favorites by going to the Bryan County News website and registering to vote. Despite some technical snags on our end, we appreciate your persistence. Our Facebook page was filled with questions, comments and suggestions about the process, all of which we’ll take into account for next year’s contest. The takeaway here is pretty important. It provides bragging rights for the winners — and rightly so — but it is also a promotional tool for those winners, as you’ll see in the advertisements throughout this publication and the certificates hung behind the counters or in offices of your favorites. If so many people think such and such is their favorite so and so, there must be a reason. It is an incentive for you to take your business to them and an incentive for them to prove they are worthy of votes by providing a better customer experience. Many of the winners also do more than just the activity they won for. They are involved in the community in a number of ways, from philanthropic activities to supporting you recreation to serving on municipal bodies. It’s all geared toward helping the community that allows them to pursue their dreams and make a living. Without further ado, here are your favorites.

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Arts & Entertainment Art Gallery

Leahy Art Gallery Second Place: Art’s on the Coast

Entertainment Venue Fia Rua Irish Pub

Second Place: Jukebox Bar & Grill

Family Entertainment CJs Inflatables

Festival

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival Second Place: Pembroke Christmas Parade

Fundraising Event

Business and Brews

House/Cover Band LIQUID GINGER

Second Place: Guns For Hire

Live Music Venue Flashback

Second Place: Fish Tales

Your choice for Favorite All Around Restuarant Best Food Truck Happy Hour Outdoor Patio Seafood Locally Owned Restuarant Place to Take Out of Town Guest Chef (Amy Williams) Restuarant Server (Lacey Barrett) Bartender (Morgan Carter) New Bar

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Local Band

LIQUID GINGER Second Place: Moss city groove

Local Event

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival

Museum

Richmond Hill History Museum

Outdoor Event

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival

Place for a Kid’s Birthday Party

Midnight Star Pottery Second Place: The Ice Cream Stop

Tourist Spot

Fort McAllister State Park Second Place: Fish Tales


Eating & Drinking 24-Hour Restaurant Waffle House

Second Place: Jukebox Bar & Grill

All-Around Restaurant Fish Tales

Second Place: Charlie Graingers Coastal Georgia is known for a lot of things — scenery, history and of course food. So it is no surprise that Fish Tales was a repeat winner in multiple categories. With its laid back vibe and casual atmosphere right on the Ogeechee River, it represents something special about coastal living. It walked away with awards for All Around Restaurant, Happy Hour, Outdoor Patio, Seafood, Locally Owned Restaurant, Place to Take Out of Town Guests, Chef (Amy Williams), Server (Lacey Barrett) and Bartender (Morgan Carter). After adding Fort McAllister Marina to their portfolio, it is obvious owners Butch and Sherri Broome have made Fish Tales a special place. It’s a place you can take the kids for a fun weekend lunch or relax with a cocktail after a day of fishing. The establishment also supports several local causes, including Ogeechee Riverkeeper and the Bryan County Bark Park, and hosts the Kids Crabbing Tournament. The passion the Broomes and Fish Tales has for the community hasn’t been lost on you. Aside from all these votes, people flocked to the restaurant after it was badly damaged by Hurricane Irma last fall.

Asian Cuisine

Asia Asian Cuisine Second Place: Shogun Japanese

Bakery

Nasso Donuts

Second Place: Way Station Coffee Co. Open less than six months, Richmond Hill’s newest donut shop is also your favorite. Nasso Donut won best Donut for its assortment of specialty donuts and flavorful coffees. In fact, it is not uncommon for them to post on their Facebook page by mid-morning that they are sold out for the day. Some of their specialties include red velvet cake donuts, pumpkin donuts (during Halloween) and of course sprinkles galore. They also serve croissants and sausage breakfast rolls for those looking for something different.

Barbecue Restaurant Smokin Pig

Second Place: Charlie Graingers

Bartender

Morgan Carter Fish Tales Second Place: Stephanie, Fia Rua Irish Pub

Beer Selection

Fia Rua Irish Pub Second Place: Fish Tales

Breakfast

Omelette Cafe Second Place: Higgin’s Place

Buffet

Papa’s Pizza To Go Second Place: Southern Image Restaurant & Catering

Business Lunch

Bubba’s Bistro, GA Coast

Second Place: Uptown Deli Looking for something a little more laid back? Then check out Bubba’s Bistro and Magnolia Grill, triple winners for Business Lunch, Catering and Sunday Brunch. Popular for business lunches 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and a Sunday buffet 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bubba’s blends “big-city presentation” with “southern heritage cuisine,” offering everything from burgers and salads to the ever-popular shrimp & grits. Magnolia Grill can provide office catering with a taco bar or BBQ plate, or high-end service for weddings and corporate retreats.

Catering

Bubba’s Bistro, GA Coast Second Place: Magnolia Grill Catering

Chef

Andy Williams at Fish Tales Second Place: Ron Lash, Melody’s Coastal Cafe

Chicken Wings Flashback

Second Place: Snazzy’s Hot Wings & Sassy Things

Coffee Fix

Way Station Coffee Co. Second Place: Starbucks

Deli/Sandwich/Sub Shop Charlie Graingers

Second Place: Uptown Deli

Desserts

All Things Chocolate & More Charlie Graingers - Richmond Hill, GA

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Dive Bar

The Jukebox Bar and Grill Second Place: Melody’s Coastal Cafe

Donuts

Nasso Donuts Second Place: Dunkin’ Donuts

Family Restaurant Papa’s Pizza To Go

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Fast-Food

Charlie Graingers Second Place: Zaxby’s Chicken Fingers & Buffalo Wings

Food Truck Fish Tales

Second Place: JJ Select LLC

French Fries McDonald’s

Second Place: Fia Rua Irish Pub

Fried Chicken

Publix Super Market at Richmond Hill Plantation Second Place: Southern Image Restaurant & Catering

Hamburger

Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub & Grill

Second Place: Melody’s Coastal Cafe Speaking of food, let’s not forget Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub, your favorite Burger, Microbrew Pub and Pub Food. Every Monday features $5 burgers, with trivia on Wednesday nights, Ladies Night on Thursdays and Local Georgia Beer Pint Night the first Saturday of each month. Throw in a few dart boards and more bottles of Single Malt Scotch Whisky than you can shake a stick at and there you have it. Need a food truck or catering? They have that covered, too.

Happy Hour Fish Tales

Second Place: Flashback

Hot Dog

Charlie Graingers Second Place: Fia Rua Irish Pub

Irish Bar

Fia Rua Irish Pub

Italian Restaurant

That’s Italian Pizza & Pasta Second Place: Bocci’s italian bistro

Kid-Friendly Restaurant Charlie Graingers

Second Place: Fish Tales

Local Winery

Butterducks Winery

Margarita

La Nopalera Mexican Restaurant Second Place: Fish Tales

Mexican Restaurant

La Nopalera Mexican Restaurant Second Place: Jalapenos Mexican Grill

Micro Brew Pub

Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub & Grill - Richmond Hill Second Place: Fish Tales

Most Romantic Restaurant Marker 107

Second Place: Fish Tales

New Bar

Fishtales Second Place: Fia Rua Irish Pub

New Restaurant

Charlie Graingers

Second Place: Higgins Place Looking through the votes for Bryan’s Faves this year, it became apparent that our voters like food. You really, really like food. Take Charlie Graingers for example. Owners Crystal and Jason Cheek opened the eatery — which specializes in hot dogs, brisket and BBQ — in May 2017 and obviously made a big impression. It won this year for Deli/Sandwich/Sub Shop, Fast Food, Kid-Friendly Restaurant, New Restaurant, Take-Out and, obviously Hot Dog. “We pride ourselves on serving the best food in town, having the cleanest restaurant around, and providing you with superior customer service,” the Cheeks said when the establishment opened on Ford Avenue. Customers seem to agree, based on this one from an online rating: “Wow! The pictures do not do this place justice and the pictures made my mouth water. Very warm and inviting welcome, friendly and helpful staff and very clean! The food was all around amazing. I ordered the trails end without chili and side of cucumber salad. All of it was delicious! The friend I went with couldn’t decide so they let us sample the brisket, BBQ, and baked beans. I’ll definitely be ordering the baked beans next time because they were delicious! Highly recommend!”


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Outdoor Patio

Sports Bar

Fish Tales

Flashback

Second Place: Charlie Graingers

Pizza

Papa’s Pizza To Go

Second Place: Stoner’s Pizza Joint Looking for a good slice? Voting results show you look to Papa’s Pizza to Go, which won for Buffet, Family Restaurant and, of course, Pizza. The Richmond Hill location offers subs, salads, bread sticks, wings and fries in addition to pizza, for dine-in, carry out or delivery.

Second Place: Jukebox Bar & Grill

Steak

the Local on 17 Steaks & Seafood

Sunday Brunch

Bubba’s Bistro, GA Coast

Sushi

Asia Asian Cuisine Second Place: Fuji Japanese Restaurant

Take Out

Pub Food

Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub & Grill Second Place: Fia Rua Irish Pub

Restaurant Server

Charlie Graingers Second Place: That’s Italian Pizza & Pasta

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Lacey Barrett, Fish Tales Second Place: Hallie Burbage, Upper crust

Seafood

Fish Tales Second Place: Marker 107

Soul Food

Southern Image Restaurant & Catering

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Health & Fitness Assisted Living Facility

Station Exchange Senior Care

Second Place: Magnolia Manor On the Coast As Baby Boomers age and more people move to the area to retire, the right type of facility is important. Station Exchange Senior Care is your choice for Assisted Living. It features personalized services such as round-the-clock staff, housekeeping and laundry, a vibrant activity schedule and home-cooked meals. Executive Director Rich DeLong also writes a helpful column every other week for Bryan County News titled “Senior Moments” that can help you learn to better deal with a variety of situations involving elderly relatives.

Chiropractor Dr. Paul Maia

Second Place: Palmer Chiropractic

Clinic

Advent Therapy Second Place: Richmond Hill Medical Home

Day Spa

Lavender Hill SpaSalon Second Place: Joberson’s Day Spa

Dentist

Kid’s Dentistree Second Place: Courtney Camp at Highsmith DMD

Eye Clinic

Low Country Eye Care Second Place: Georgia Eye Institute

Fitness Training Center/Facility

Studio Fit Richmond Hill Second Place: Richmond Hill YMCA

Massage

Lavender Hill SpaSalon Second Place: Joberson’s Day Spa

Massage Therapist

Jenell Russell, Lavender Hill SpaSalon Second Place: Joberson’s Day Spa

Medical Group

SouthCoast Health Pediatrics

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Nurse

Emily Corish, RN Runners-Up: Paige Leibfried & Rogers Alice

Optometrist

Low Country Eye Care Second Place: Dr. Rinku Patel

Orthodontist

Vaught Orthodontics, Dr. Robert A. Vaught LLC

Orthopedics

Chatham Orthopaedic Associates

Pediatrician

Keith M. Seibert, MD Second Place: Dr. William Webb

Personal Trainer

Brandon Ansara Milbaugh Second Place: Sean Marcolus, No Limit Fitness

Pharmacy

Richmond Hill Pharmacy

Second Place: Kroger The motto of Richmond Hill Pharmacy is “It’s like having a pharmacist in the family.” And that must be true because you picked them yet again as your favorite Pharma-

cy. The quaint shop, which also features Hallmark cards and gifts, has been in business more than 30 years and was the 2014 Chamber Business of the Year.

Physical Therapist Advent Therapy

Second Place: Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy As a retirement destination that also offers a broad variety of recreational activities for all age groups, local residents are apt to experience some injuries or discomfort along the way. That’s where Advent Therapy comes in. In business less than two years, it’s already your favorite Physical Therapist, Clinic and Rehab Center. Located on Frances Meeks Way, Advent offers physical, occupational and speech therapy from pediatrics to geriatrics. They offer a range of services, including sports injuries, work-related mishaps and even migraine management. It must be working, as this review can testify: “I had the pleasure of having Ms. Jackie as my physical therapist. Absolutely wonderful. Professional yet compassionate at the same time dealing with your pain and physical therapy within your limitations. Very knowledgeable and open-minded to home activities for physical therapy. Definitely surpassed my expectations based on previous experiences. Would definitely recommend.”


Physician

Dr. Russell W. Lake, MD

Second Place: Dr Kristina Johnson Given the large military presence in Bryan County thanks to Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, it comes as no surprise that a military doctor, Dr. Russell Lake, is your favorite Physician. Lake practices at the Richmond Hill Medical Home, part of Fort Stewart’s Winn Army Community Hospital. Lake is a family medicine practitioner who received his training at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Rehab Center

Advent Therapy Second Place: Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy

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Local Boss

Dr. Eileen Emerson Second Place: Audrey Singleton

Church

Richmond Hill United Methodist Church

Second Place: New Life Church Faith is very important to Bryan County residents, as evidenced by the large number of churches in the area and the role they play in people’s lives. Glenn Martin, senior pastor at Richmond Hill United Methodist Church, are you favorite pastor and church, respectively. RHUMC is in the midst of an expansion that will add a 14,000-square-foot ministry center. The congregation is involved with several ministry outreach programs, and Martin oversees a staff of 11 that handles everything from music ministry to pre-K classes.

Community Activist Tiffany Walraven

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Second Place: Alex Floyd

Local Athlete Pamela Howe

Second Place: Eleanor Skinkle

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Local Cause

Backpack Buddies Second Place: SD Gunner Fund

Local Hero

Mark Hummeldorf Second Place: Dylan Moore

Local Legislator Jack Kingston

Local Personality Randy Bocook

Pastor/reverend /Minister Glenn Martin

Second Place: Ryan Ogden

Philanthropist Randy Bocook

Philanthropist Dana Lewis Second Place

Second Place: John Usher

Place to Get Married

Local Sports Team

Second Place: Ford Plantation

Richmond Hill High School Wildcats

Locally Owned Restaurant Fish tales

Second Place: Marker 107

Neighborhood Buckhead

Second Place: Second Place

Newspaper Columnist Jeff Whitten

Bellhaven

Place to Take Out of Town Guest Fish Tales

Second Place: Marker 107

Place to Work

Richmond Hill Montessori Second Place: Fish tales

Preschool

Richmond Hill Montessori preschool Second Place: Richmond Hill United Methodist Church Day School


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Private School

Richmond Hill Montessori reschool Second Place: Richmond Hill United Methodist Day School

Public School

TIe: Lanier Primary School & Richmond Hill Montessori

It’s obvious when you talk to any parent in Bryan County that they highly value education. A high percentage of them will probably tell you that they moved here “because of the schools.” That is evident from the number of awards Richmond Hill Montessori School won. They include Public School, Place to Work, Preschool, Private School, Child Care and Customer Service. It was named the 2016 Richmond Hill-Bryan County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year and is “Quality Rated” by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. The school was started by Audrey Singleton in 1994 and offers preschool, pre-K and before and after school childcare. The parent reviews are nothing short of glowing: “My son is attending their lottery pre-K program and my expectations thus far have been totally surpassed! The school is clean (both inside and out) and very well maintained. Security is great, with the doors into the actual school locked with a code. The teachers are very patient, and kind, and my son always tells me how much he loves his teachers, and experience after I pick him up. Overall, I couldn’t be happier with their pre-K program and I’d highly recommend it to any friends with small children.” “As a military family, finding child care can be tough. We have been truly blessed to have our daughters attend this day care. Our move to the area within the last year with a 24-month-old was beyond rough to adjust to. The teachers were more than patient in helping our daughter assimilate to a new school with new friends. At now almost 3, she is excited to go to “school” and play with her friends.”

Radio Station

Low Country Radio Second Place: 97.3 WAEV

Scenic Spot

Fort McAllister Marina Second Place: Fort McAllister State Park

Teacher/Instructor Varina Moser

Second Place: Taylor Bocook -MES

Youth Organization

Richmond Hill Swim Club Second Place: FRIENDS of Coastal Ga

Services Accounting Firm

Jarrell Tax & Business Consultants Second Place: Mcgee Collins PC

Auto Body / Collision Repair

Personal Touch Collision Second Place: Southeast Collision

Auto Dealership Salesperson

Stephen Strickland

Auto Service / Repair

PERSONAL TOUCH AUTO BODY PAINT AND REPAIR Second Place: H & L Tire Co & Auto Repair

Bank

South State Bank Second Place: Ameris Bank

Barber

Blockers Barber Shop

Bookkeeping / Tax Service Tracey Tuten Tax Services

Cable or Satellite / Internet Provider Xfinity

Second Place: CenturyLink

Car Wash

DRS Auto Detailing Second Place: Royal Oak Car Wash

Cell Phone Provider Verizon

Child Care Facility

Richmond Hill Montessori Preschool Second Place: Ford Academy

Cleaning Service

Majestic Residential Services

Commercial Bank Ameris Bank

Commercial Real Estate Company

The Randy Bocook Real Estate Team Second Place: Teresa Cowart - RE/MAX Accent

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Contractor

Knight’s Painting and Pressure Washing Second Place: Billy Norwood

Customer Service

Richmond Hill Montessori Preschool Runners Up: Second Place: Jeff’s Beverage & KTM’s Sew Much Baggage

Financial Institution/Loan Company Ameris Bank

Second Place: South State Bank

Financial Planning

First Command Financial Planning

Hair Salon

A Posey Place Hair Salon

Second Place: Lox Hair Studio, LLC Celebrating its first decade in Richmond Hill, A Posey Place on Harris Trail is your favorite hair salon. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, it is a full-service hair salon that also offers facial waxing. They also give back to the community, offering free backto-school shampoos and cuts to families in need at no charge. And it only makes sense that your favorite Hair Stylist would work at your favorite salon. She is Michelle Millek.

“Michelle is the bomb dot com!” as on happy customer put it. Really, she does a fantastic job and is a wonderful colorist. I’ve never left without exactly what I asked for and the color looking great.”

Hair Stylist

Michelle Millek Second Place: Denise Worthington

Heating & Air Conditioning Company Gibson / Lovell HVAC

Second Place: Galbreath and Sons Heating & Air

Hotel

Western Plus Richmond Hill Inn

Insurance Agency

Barker & Associates Insurance

Second Place: State Farm Insurance, Jay Kight Looking for an insurance agent who might also pick up a guitar and jam while discussing coverage, look no further than Larry Barker, your favorite insurance guy in town. He and wife Linda have been in town some three decades, during which time he has released three CDs. The Barkers were also instrumental — pardon the pun — in getting the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival on the


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-map, by way of Gregg Allman. - In perhaps one of the greatest stories ever rtold to the Bryan County News, Barker reecounted the process this way to us last year after the rock icon and Richmond Hill resident passed away: “I had a secretary whose name was Melissa and she was young and cute and that really caught Gregg’s eye. “He introduced himself and she said, ‘hello, I’m Melissa,’ and he said ‘You certainly are,’” Barker recalled fondly. “She had no idea who he was.” The song “Melissa” was just one of many popular tunes on the 1972 album “Eat a Peach” by the Allman Brothers Band. After wrapping up the insurance policies Allman was looking for, the Barkers got the idea to invite him to play the GOSF. “Linda sent him four letters over the course of a few months and never heard back,” Barker said. “On the fourth one she wrote in capital letters ‘FOURTH REQUEST’ followed by a lot of exclamation points.” When Allman finally called, Barker remembers him telling Linda: “You’re the most pert sistent damn woman I ever met.” g Allman would play the GOSF in 2002, which , has allowed the festival to pursue nationally known talent every year. Other performers e over the years have included Charlie Daniels, Survivor, Collective Soul, Little River Band, Eddie Money and Blues Traveler. g “That really put us on the map,” Barker e said. “And he didn’t charge us a dime. We had to pay his band, of course, but not him. He did it gratis. He was very gracious and professional.”

Insurance Agent (individual)

Jay Kight - State Farm Insurance Agent Second Place: Wayne Kitchens - COUNTRY Financial representative

Landscape Company

Ghost Coast Landscape Second Place: Shoreline Landscape

Law Firm

Balbo & Gregg, Attorneys at Law, P.C. Second Place: Henderson Law Firm LLC

Lawyer (Individual) A. J. Balbo, Esq.

Second Place: Chet Gregg

Local Construction Company

Norwood Construction Second Place: Keller Enterprises

Mechanic

Walter Carr H&L Tire and Auto Second Place: Mark & Nick Harrison’s Auto

Mortgage / Home Loan Provider Plumber Brad Bixler Ameris Bank

Second Place: Jessica Ochoa, Fairway Independent Mortgage

Nail Salon

Lil’ Nail Shop Second Place: Glamour Nails II

New Home Builder

Norwood Construction Second Place: Grant Homes

Oil Change

H & L Auto

Second Place: Harrison’s Tire & Service Center Every vehicle needs maintenance, but not everyone has the time or interest in driving to Savannah or Hinesville to wait for service. That’s where H&L Tire and Auto comes in. It was you choice for Oil Change, Tire Shop and Mechanic (Walter Carr). H & L has been servicing all makes and models for the past six years.

Overall Utility Service (electric, gas, water) Georgia Power

Pest Control

Yates-Astro Termite & Pest Control Second Place: CND

Pet Boarding / Grooming / Daycare PawParazzi Pet Boutique

Second Place: Barks Another repeat winner in this year’s Bryan’s Faves is PawParazzi, which won for Pet Boarding, Pet Store and Pet Groomer. The boutique story for dog lovers offers everything from grooming and boarding to spa services and organic food. You can also find pet outfits, water and food bowls and toys there. “Absolutely the best! Jane and her crew lovingly care for all their extended fur babies as if they were their own.” Said one very happy customer.

Pet Groomer

PawParazzi Pet Boutique Runners Up: Hoof & Woof Toni’s Grooming Station

Pet Store

PawParazzi Pet Boutique Second Place: Coastal Aquarium

Photographer (Business)

Megan Myrick Photography Second Place: Finnegan Photography

Staffords plumbing

Property Management Company Randy Bocook Property Management Services

Tree Service/Removal A&R Tree Removal

Second Place: Coursey’s Tree Services

Used Car Dealership Express Auto Group

Property Management Company Need a vehicle, then your voting shows Second Place: Disciple Property Management many of you turn to Express Auto. It won for Car Dealership and Car Salesman (Stephen Strickland). The pre-owned dealer on Real Estate Agent U.S. 17 offers a wide array of inventory, from The Randy Bocook Real Estate something as fancy as a Hummer to someTeam thing as practical as a Buick Sentry. Second Place: Teresa Cowart RE/MAX Accent

Real Estate Brokerage The Randy Bocook Real Estate Team

Second Place: Teresa Cowart RE/MAX Accent

RV Sales and Service Dick Gores RV World

Tattoo Studio Jokerz ink

Tire Shop

H&L Tire and Auto Repair, Inc Second Place: Harrison’s Tire & Service Center

Venue

Richmond Hill City Center

Second Place: Ford Plantation Think of the last event you attended in Richmond Hill. Chances are it was at the Richmond Hill City Center, which you picked as your favorite venue. Civic groups like Rotary and the Exchange Club meet there weekly, several Chamber events are held there annually and its banquet hall can accommodate 450 guests for weddings, retirement parties or corporate events.

Veterinarian

Cedar Animal Hospital Second Place: Richmond Hill Animal Hospital


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Shopping Accessories Store Ella’s

Second Place: KTM’s Sew Much Baggage

Apparel/Clothing Store

KTM’s Sew Much Baggage Second Place: Apparel/Clothing Store

Bicycle Shop

Hill on Wheels Bike & Multisport

Boutique Store

KTM’s Sew Much Baggage Second Place: Ella’s

Children’s Clothing Store KTM’s Sew Much Baggage Second Place: Ella’s

Florist

Flowers By Rose Second Place: RICHMOND HILL FLORIST

Gift Store Ella’s

Second Place: Richmond Hill Pharmacy

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Grocery Store

Publix Super Market at Richmond Hill Plantation Second Place: Kroger

Health Food Store Kroger

Home Furnishing Store

Time and Again Vintage Market

Your favorite place for Home Furnishings is Time And Again Vintage Market, located on Ford Avenue near All Things Chocolate. Open six days a week, the store offers a mix of vintage and painted furniture, antiques and other home décor. 1803 Candles appear to be among their customers’ favorites, as are farmhouse-style cabinets and signs. “I absolutely love this store. Customer service is amazing and the pieces are beautiful!!!” says one online reviewer.

Bryan County CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners COUNTY NE N A WS Y R B

Home Improvement Store Owens Supply Company Second Place: Royal Ace

Liquor Store

Jeff’s Super Beverage Second Place: 280 Package Shop

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Sporting Goods Store

Georgia Game Changers Running Company

Second Place: Pinault’s Defensive Solutions The repeat winner as favorite Liquor Store is Jeff’s Beverage Depot. They recently broke ground on a new 12,100-squarefoot facility on U.S. 17 near I-95 that will feature a humidor for cigar lovers, custom coolers and office space. The new location, which the owners said should be open this summer, will replace their current store on U.S. 17. They also have a second location on Ford Avenue.

Tactical/Outdoor Supply Store Pinault’s Defensive Solutions

Thrift/Consignment Store Another Debut

Second Place: REFLECTIVE COLLECTIVE

Women’s Clothing Store KTM’s Sew Much Baggage

Runners Up: Charming Chics Boutique & Ella’s

Sports & Rec Boat Ramp/Marina

Fort Mc Allister Marina Second Place: Kilkenny Marina

Camping Spot

Fort McAllister State Park Second Place: Savannah South KOA Holiday

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Golf Course

Sterling Links Golf Club

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Second Place: 24 seven family fitness richmond hill

Local Park

J F Gregory City Park

Favorite Home Furnishing Store.


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Bryan County News' Favorites 2018  

Which are the most popular businesses and professionals in Bryan County?

Bryan County News' Favorites 2018  

Which are the most popular businesses and professionals in Bryan County?

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