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100 Woodland Dr. | Statesboro, GA 30458
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Welcome to the Annual 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards — As our county continues to grow, businesses and services grow right along with it – making for endless options. But as exciting as variety can be, it can also be overwhelming, which is why Connect Statesboro Magazine has gathered the votes of your fellow friends and neighbors to give you the dish on where to dine, play, service your car, care for your health and so much more! Look for the distinctive 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards logo on the door of local businesses and know they’ve been singled out as the BEST in our area. As Bulloch County’s leader in media for local arts, entertainment, and lifestyle news, we’re fully committed to moving forward with you. We’re equally committed to reaching out and engaging with the community, identifying the information you want to receive and the platforms through which you want to receive it. Slowing down is a far cry from where we are going. In fact, since the rebirth of Connect from newsprint, to now publishing as a monthly full color - gloss publication, our circulation has doubled; and continues to grow at a pace that keeps us smiling and full of gratitude. If it were not for our readers and advertisers, Connect Statesboro Magazine would not be where it is today. And for this, we thank you endlessly. Throughout the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards magazine, you’ll find many of the people and businesses that have and are still, paving the pathway forward for our beloved community and what many of us like to call home to “Eagle Nation.” We congratulate each of you on being recognized as THE BEST in our community. I would like to extend a very special thanks to Hunter McCumber, Creative Director, for Connect Statesboro Magazine as well as the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards publication. Hunter’s diligence and endless amount of creativity are attributes not only plausible but also deserving of an award. With this said, I would like to formally present Hunter with the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Creative Director and Colleague. Thank you, Hunter, for being my right arm. Warmest Regards, STEPHANIE CHILDS, PUBLISHER | JUNE, 2017 Readers Choice 2017 • 3
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KEEP YOUR FAMILY
NO MATTER THE SEASON!
THANK YOU STATESBORO! VOTED BEST HVAC SALES & SERVICE
Licensed & Insured JDHEATINGAIR.NET
Images by: MARK WILLIAMS STUDIO
THANK YOU FOR VOTING US BEST BRIDAL STORE 4 â€¢ CONNECT
We’re honored to be your choice for 2017 BEST GOLF COURSE in one of America’s Best Communities.
Thank You Statesboro! 1031 Golf Club Road Statesboro, GA 30458
912-GSU-GOLF (478-4653) GeorgiaSouthern.edu/golf
The Sir Shop AWARDS
BEST MEN’S FORMAL WEAR STORE BEST GIFT STORE FOR “HIM” BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE BEST MEN’S SHOE STORE
912-764-6924 | STATESBOROSIRSHOP.COM | STATESBORO MALL | 325 NORTHSIDE DRIVE, EAST Readers Choice 2017 • 5
BEST JAPANESE FOOD
Escape From The Fast Food Merry-Go-Round And Step Into The World Of Japanese Cuisine DINE-IN · TAKE-OUT
Also Find Us On:
Online Ordering www.seasonsofjapan.com Open 7 Days A Week 715 Northside Dr E # 8, Statesboro, GA 30458
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1301 Statesboro Place Cir • 912-871-6474 • www.millhousesteakhouse.com
THANK YOU STATESBORO! We appreciate everyone in the Boro voting for us in the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards for the following:
Best Steak • Best American Food • Best Italian Food • Best Appetizers Best Gluten Free Menu • Best Outdoor Dining • Friendliest Bar Best Bartender - Jessica ‘J5’ • Best Happy Hour • Best Wine Selection
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Awards The Votes are In. You Picked the Winners. HERE THEY ARE.
years of pain
Best in Bulloch County Optim Healthcare knows where you go for orthopedic care is a choice and we are proud to have been selected by you for the Connect Readers’ Choice Awards.
PATIENT FOCUSED • PHYSICIAN OWNED
Call for an appointment today 912.681.2500 16915 US Hwy 67, South • Statesboro, GA 30458 • OptimHealth.com Optim Healthcare is a collaboration between Optim Orthopedics and the physician-owned Optim Medical Center.
- Best GSU Alumni Rest/Bar - Best Karaoke Entertainment - Best Place for Dancing/Live Music - Best Fries in Statesboro - Best Trivia Entertainment - Best Lunch in Statesboro - Best Sandwiches in Statesboro - Best Wait Staff in Statesboro - Best Uniquely Statesboro Restaurant - Best College Rest/Bar
Monday: Happy Hour all day! AWARDS
Tuesday: Trivia W/Jake Hallman and a chance to win Gift certificates! 7.99 For the best Shrimp and Grits in the Southeast!! And 7.99 Pastas!! Wednesday: Wings And Beer! $.50 cent wings, PBR Pitchers, $9.25 Domestic buckets, $3Fireball/ Rumple and $3.75 dbl wells all night! Donâ€™t miss Karaoke/DJ @9:00!! Thursday: $3.75 well dbls, $2 Domestic Bottles $2.75 Crafts and Imports
Fri and Sat: Live Music with some of the hottest Bands in the Boro! $10 Well Liquor Pitchers and $10 Domestic Buckets AWARDS
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912-489-8291 | gnatslandingstatesboro.com | 470 South Main St | Statesboro
Come See Every Touchdown Scored! Happy Hour all day with our amazing drink and food specials!
Book Your Photo Session
Best Family/Lifestyle Photographer in Bulloch County Family • Newborn • Maternity Engagement • Wedding Stylized Shoot
Blake Mitchell Horace Mann Insurance Co Exclusive Agent 912-764-9276 Blake.Mitchell@horacemann.com Insurance License #2848191
Best Insurance Company: • Best Insurance Company: Educator’s Educator’s Insurance Insurance & • Best Insurance Company: Homeowners Homeowners Insurance Insurance
Best Non-Profiit Family Services
Fostering Bulloch exists to share the Love of Christ with children in crisis situations, in real and tactile ways.
Great Foster Parents save lives. They avert disaster and give the abandoned among us HOPE! For more information on fostering in our community call 877-210-KIDS FOSTERINGBULLOCH@AOL.COM | WWW.FOSTERINGBULLOCH.COM Readers Choice 2017 • 11
Redesigned With you In Mind
2017 CONNECT READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS AWARDS
Over 30 Years Experience No job too big or too small!
912-682 3532 or 912-541-2809
For more information on advertising opportunities, contact
Best Auto Dealer: Used Inventory Best Auto Dealer: All-Around
Stephanie Childs at 912.531.0786 2016
2330 Northside Dr. W. • Statesboro, GA 30458 www.jarrardpreowned.com Readers Choice 2017 • 13
for your donations
It is because of your support that our nearly 400 student-athletes succeed on the field, in the classroom and in life.
GSEagles.com/Foundation 1 (800) GSU-WINS AthleticFoundation@GeorgiaSouthern.edu 14 â€¢ CONNECT
CAKE Bakery: Best Birthday Cupcakes in Bulloch County CAKE Bakery: Best Cupcakes Overall in Bulloch County Cool Beanz Expresso: Best Tasting Coffee in Bulloch County
58 E Main St | Statesboro, Georgia | @cakeandcoolbeanz
READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS: BEST APARTMENT POOL
111 SOUTH | 111 RUCKER LN | STATESBORO, GA 30458 | 912.225.0381 | ONE11SOUTH.COM
We’re Social! Get Connected with us! facebook.com/ConnectMagazineBoro twitter.com/connectboro instagram.com/connectstatesboro
THE HEALTHY TOUCH DAY SPA Best Spa Best Massage Therapist: Vanessa Posey Best Skin Care Specialist: Kalie Callaway
221 S. Zetterower ave. Statesboro, GA 30458 Readers Choice 2017 • 15
BEST SUSHI IN THE BORO AWARDS
JAPANESE HIBACHI GRILL, STEAK HOUSE & SUSHI BAR 609 BRANNEN STREET #5 912-489-1688 16 â€¢ CONNECT
Thank you for voting us Best Glass & Mirror Store!
Thank you for voting us Best Auto Glass Services!
BORO TAKE-OUT EXPRESS AWARDS
2017 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS BEST FOOD/GROCERY DELIVERY IN BULLOCH COUNTY
Baldino’s Giant Jersey Subs Big Boy Cookies BiLo Grocery Store Bites Casual Dining Bourbon Grill Boyd’s BBQ and Country Buffet Coconut Thai Cuisine Daily Grind D’s Friendly Diner El Jalapeno Mexican Restaurant Fordham’s Farmhouse Restaurant Gee Da’s Table Jersey Mike’s Subs
Little Italy Pizza McAlister’s Deli Moe’s Southwest Grill Ocean Galley Seafood Papa Murphy’s Primos Italian Pizza Kitchen Shogun Habachi Grill & Sushi Son’s Doner Kebab Southern Billiards and Burgers Spikes Sports Grill Sugar Magnolia Bakery Wing Maxx Your Pie
ORDER ONLINE: WWW.BOROTAKEOUT.COM | 912.225.1000
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Top 10 reasons to advertise frequently
KEY Stephanie Childs Marketing/Sales Manager 912-531-0786
1. People may not need your product or service today, but they may need it tomorrow. 2. Frequency builds trust. 3. Frequent advertising adds credibility to your message. 4. When an ad is seen frequently, it gets the consumer yearning for your service and they will take action to buy it. 5. Advertising frequently helps put your name out in front of the competition’s. 6. Frequency is the best way to get lower advertising rates. 7. Advertising frequently is a lot like repeatedly inviting a friend to come see you. One day, they are bound to visit! 8. Frequent advertising helps you build a steady source of incoming sales. 9. Out of sight, out of mind. 10. You make more money when you do! It’s plain and simple.
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Thank you Statesboro for voting u Best Bank - All Around Best Bank - Customer Service Best Bank - To Show True Blue Pride
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Best Bank - Mortgage Lending Best Bank - Student Banking Best Bank - Financial Counseling
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Thank you, Statesboro!
BEST AUTO REPAIR
BEST OIL CHANGE 811 SOUTH MAIN ST. (ACROSS FROM GSU)
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Southern Cakes Bakery AWARDS
READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS BEST DESSERT BAKERY
(912) 871-5677 | 3018 NORTHSIDE DRIVE | STATESBORO, GEORGIA FACEBOOK.COM/SOUTHERNCAKESBAKERY
Best Child Care Facility - Overall 367 Savannah Ave. Statesboro, GA 30458 • 912-764-4298 Readers Choice 2017 • 23
Auto ● Home ● Farm ● Crop ● Motorcycle ● Business ● Life Auto ● Home ● Farm ● Crop ● Motorcycle ● Business ● Life AWARDS
Best Best Insurance Insurance Agency: Agency: ALL ALL AROUND AROUND Best Best Insurance Insurance Agent: Agent: KELLY KELLY IVEY IVEY LANE LANE Best Best Agency Agency for for Renters Renters Insurance Insurance
102 Langston Chapel Road, Statesboro, GA. 30458 102 Langston Chapel Road, Statesboro, GA. 30458 912-681-4619 ● email@example.com 912-681-4619 ● firstname.lastname@example.org
The people have spoken, in between sips.
Weâ€™d like to thank our employees for their loyal and ceaseless hand-dipping. More than that, weâ€™d like to thank the extraordinarily clearheaded and perceptive people of Statesboro, for recognizing the best Milk Shake in town when they taste it.
In Statesboro Crossing
Click, call, or tour today! 912.225.0098 livestatesboro.com
Walk to class and Paulson Stadium
Resort style pool with hot tub
Full sized laundry room and appliances
24-hour fitness center
High speed internet
Multimedia and gaming lounge
Fully equipped kitchen
Picnic areas with grills and hammocks
Sand volleyball court
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133 Lanier Drive Statesboro, GA 30458
THANK YOU FOR VOTING
BEST WEBSITE DESIGN COMPANY! STATESBORO’S LEADER IN SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING & WEBSITE DESIGN PROVIDING: SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTING SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY PLANNING SOCIAL ADVERTISING CONSULTING & MANAGEMENT WEBSITE DESIGN
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Best FAMILY RECREATION VENUe County
Mandy Edwards, Owner www.memarketingservices.com 912.481.1683
5/22/17 1:00 PM
GEORGIA DERMATOLOGY Richard James, MD
General & Surgical Dermatology for the whole family!
Board Certified Dermatologist & Mohs Surgeon
Toni Lynn Herring, PA-C Brandon Rowland, PA-C
Best CHILDREN’S Ue PARTY VEN ch County
BEST AREA ATTR ACTION
in Bulloch County
1161 Sarahlyn Ln. STATESBORO (across from Mill Creek entrance)
BEST placeykidds ay on a rain ch County to take
Routine Skin Exams - Mole Removal Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery Acne - Psoriasis - Eczema - Warts - SkinCeuticals New patients, patients referrals & most insurance plans accepted.
912-871-1000 ClubhouseStatesboro.com Readers Choice 2017 • 27
Thank you for voting The Painted Chef was founded with one thing in mind: giving good food to great people. My dishes are meant to make an impression on people. I strive to share my love of cooking with each bite. -Travis Phillips
(912) 531-0782 www.thepaintedchef.com - email@example.com
DATE 6/8 6/10 6/15 6/17 6/24 6/27 6/30 7/3 7/8 7/15 7/22-23
TIME TEAM/LOCATION 8 p.m. vs. Nashville 8 p.m. vs. Nashville 7 p.m. at Myrtle Beach 7 p.m. at SC United 8 p.m. vs. Tri Cities 7 p.m. at SC United 7 p.m. at Tri Cities 7:30 p.m. at Peachtree City 7:30 p.m. at Peachtree City 8 p.m. vs. Tri Cities nce Eastern Confere Semifinals/Championship
Best Sports Team/Program to Watch Best Sports Play of the Year 1st Goal of the Season
FOR INFORMATION ON SPONSORSHIP AND TICKETS, CALL (912) 871-1000 EXT. 208 | TORMENTAFC.COM 28 â€¢ CONNECT
Thank You For Voting Us Best Library in the Boro Summertime is here. Come join the reading fun at the library June 1 – July 27. Checkout our website http://strl.info or facebook page https://www.facebook.com/statesborolibrary/?ref=bookmarks for further details.
124 South Main Street Statesboro, GA 30458 912-764- 1341 Facebook.com/StatesboroFriends Ad space provided for by Friends of the Library
Official outfitters of the Eagle Nation!
Thank you for voting us
Best GSU Apparel in Bulloch County and
Best GSU Merchandise in Bulloch County!
91 GEORGIA AVE. STATESBORO, GA | (912) 478-5181
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Readers’ Choice Awards
Best All Around for Auto Tires & Wheels
2900 Northside Drive West Statesboro, GA 30458
(912) 764-3322 http://www.neviltire.com 30 • CONNECT
Best Wine and Beer Store In The Boro
912-681-9780 • 8 College Plaza • Stateboro, Ga 30458 Readers Choice 2017 • 31
Thank You for Voting Ricky Lane, DDS, MAGD
912-764-5625 Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 1066 Bermuda Run Road Statesboro, GA 30458 32 â€¢ CONNECT
Best sports Bar – all around Best Burger Best estaBlishment to Watch the eagles play
912. 681.2002 | LOCOSGRILL.COM | 91 BRIARWOOD LN | STATESBORO, GA 30458 Readers Choice 2017 • 33
Thank you, Statesboro!
Best Bankruptcy Law Firm Best Business Law Firm Best Full Service Law Firm Statesboro: 5 Oak St. (912) 764- 6757 Springfield: 2036 Hwy 21 S. (912) 754-7078
PROFESSIONAL EYE CARE You’re Giving Back AKnow MEMBER OF
We’re Social! Get Connected with us!
Know You’re Giving Back Our office will be donating $2.00 per pair of glasses sold in support of the “Our Children’s Vision” campaign by Optometry Giving Sight along with our regular donation. Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraiser that targets the prevention of blindness and vision impairment impacting over 600 million people in the world due to the lack of amenities.
214 Savannah Ave | Statesboro, GA 912.764.5609 | www.drdeal.net 34 • CONNECT
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The Ford Place Since 1912! 2017 Connect Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards! Best Auto Dealer: Service Department As one of America’s oldest family-owned Ford dealerships, we’re proud to be associated with a company that is driving into the future with an American spirit you can believe in. We’re also proud to be part of this wonderful community.
Convenient locations in Statesboro and Savannah! Readers Choice 2017 • 35
For more info, visit jclewisfordlincoln.com • Hwy. 301 South • 912.681.3800
For more information on advertising
The Place For All Your Prescription Needs!
Fast, Friendly Service
Full Service Pharmacy
Flu & Shingles Vaccines
Free Local Delivery
Rx Liquid Flavoring
Stephanie Childs at 912.531.0786
Mon.-Fri. 9am-6:30pm & Sat. 9am-1pm • 23630 A Hwy 80 East • Statesboro Thank you for placing an ad with Statesboro Magazine. Below is your proof. 912-764-2223 • mccookspharmacy.com Please check it closely and let us know right away if there are any changes needed. * A watermark will appear over the ad when printing. *
2551 Westover Drive | Statesboro www.bigboycookies.com Jonny@bigboycookies.com
Readers’ Choice Awards Best Cookies in Bulloch County
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NATIONWIDE SHIPPING | LOCAL DELIVERY | PICK-UP
Clark M edical G roup ,
The Physicians and staff would like to extend a grateful thank you to all those who voted our Medical Practice,
e Best Internal Medical Office 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards
BOARD CERTIFIED FAMILY PHYSICIANS
Aaron Taylor Clark MD Iris Kalin Clark MD Walk - Ins Welcome
1550 Brampton Ave - Suite B Statesboro, Georgia www.clarkmedicalgroup.com
Accepting New Patients Readers Choice 2017 • 37
Best Shoe Store for Women in Bulloch County Best Women’s Clothing Store in Bulloch County Most Uniquely Statesboro Store
Statesboro Mall 325 Northside Drive East, Suite 3A, Statesboro 912.871.4466 | goshopcheeky.com
C O M PA S S I O N AT E | S U P P O R T I V E | P R O F E S S I O N A L
Al Palmer, MD F.A.C.O.G.
Barbara Tucker Peacock FNP-BC
BEST OB-GYN PRACTICE IN BULLOCH COUNTY
1012 Bermuda Run | Statesboro, GA 30458 912-871-4800 | www.eastgawomenscenter.com
Readers’ Choice Awards
Medical - Best Pediatric Practice 14 497 Fair Rd, Suite 200, Statesboro, GA 30458 • 912-871-HUGS Best Apartment: Safest in Stateboro
2000 Stambuk Lane, Statesboro, GA 30458
912-681-7270 38 • CONNECT
BEST STOREFRONT BOUTIQUE SHOP OUR STYLES ONLINE WWW.JAXEANDGRACEBOUTIQUE.COM AWARDS
THANK YOU FOR VOTING US
BEST ORAL SURGERY CENTER
912-764-5435 | 478-419-2100 613 East Grady Street | Statesboro, GA 6 Medical Office Way | Swainsboro, GA www.eastgeorgiaoralsurgery.com
Readers’ Choice Awards
Best Cell Phone / Tablet Repair Georgia Southern University Tech Corner
98 Georgia Ave., Suite 2130, Statesboro, GA 30460
Readers’ Choice Awards Best Tutoring Services in Bulloch County
Buy 7 sessions, get the 8th Free
Private MATH tutoring for ALL ages! 843.214.0548 www.mathmadesimplesc.com
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VOTED BEST OF STATESBORO
VOTED BEST OF SAVANNAH 15 YEARS IN A ROW
Military Discounts & Student Discounts CHECK OUT OUR STATESBORO STORE (ACROSS FROM THE FAIR GROUNDS) 17067 HWY 67 STATESBORO • 912-681-7766 Mon - Wed: 10am-10pm • Thurs: 10am-12am • Fri - Sat: 10am-1am • Sun: 12pm-8pm 40 • CONNECT