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by WACOAN Readers Introduction by Kathleen Seaman

Photographs by Sarah Hess, www.fleetingmomentsphotography.com / Styling by Abbey McNeill / Makeup by Angela Karr, www.angelakarr.com / Hair by Cathie Tarango of La Bella Visage Salon & Day Spa / Model: Amy Bridges / Special Thanks: Buzzard Billy’s, Cen-Tex Roof Systems, Lake Air Pool Supply, Muddle, Ocean Quest Pools, Outdoor Waco and Ridgewood Country Club

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Where’s Waco’s Best Golf Course? Page 139

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he Wacoan is proud to announce the winners of our 12th annual Best of Waco contest. After

two months of online polling, votes were hand-tabulated in 212 categories. Voters were required to answer at least half of the questions for their votes to be counted, and special care was taken to guard against duplicate voting. Twelve-time winners were crowned in six categories: FullService Car Wash, Chicken-Fried Steak, Dry Cleaner, Furniture Store, Orthodontist and Realtor. For the seventh time, we’ve noted the highestranking local winner in categories where a franchise landed the top spot. From successful family businesses to popular chains, Waco is a fascinating mix. Join us in congratulating these establishments and professionals for their achievements.

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Best Children’s Photographer , Marlo Collins Photographic Artist Soulful Snapshots Photography by Aurora Artistic Images by The Mayfields Right: Sarah Catherine Brophy, photographed by Marlo Collins.

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EVENT PLANNER Paulette Pendley Kindred Event Studio Bricker Bruner

ACCOUNTING FIRM Pattillo, Brown & Hill Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd & Therrell Whitaker, Spinks & Koslovsky

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HAIRSTYLIST Candice Frosch Nancy Weber Erin Plemons

FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER Marlo Collins Photographic Artist Joe Griffin Photography Artistic Images by The Mayfields

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HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Marlo Collins Photographic Artist Image Photography Joe Griffin Photography INTERIOR DECORATOR Joanna Gaines Glenda Stanley Cheryl Holy INTERIOR DESIGNER Christi Proctor, ASID Palmer Davis Design Catherine Dolen, ASID, IIDA LAW FIRM Pakis, Giotes, Page & Burleson Dunnam & Dunnam Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee

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Best Veterinarian Tracy S. Kelly, DVM Charles “Doc” Anderson, DVM Layne Gregory, DVM ,

REALTOR Camille Johnson, ABR, GRI Kadette Cooper Trish Griffin, ABR OPTOMETRIST Robert Salganik, OD Stacie Layne Virden, OD, FAAO Clay Widmann, OD

ALLERGIST N.J. Amar, MD, CPI Pramila Daftary, MD Russell Perry, MD

DERMATOLOGIST Joseph E. Knipper, MD James Mason, MD Ranhy Bang, PhD, MD

ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON Jon M. Goodnight, MD Jon Ellis, MD David E. Haynes, MD

BARIATRIC SURGEON Gayland Sims, MD, FACS Sherrie Parker, MD Ted Smith, MD, FACS

FAMILY DENTIST Dale L. Williams, DDS Martin A. Starr, DDS Steven A. Childress, DDS

OTOLARYNGOLOGIST (ENT) Mace L. Brindley, MD Bradford W. Holland, MD, FACS James R. Tandy, MD

CARDIOLOGIST M. Wayne Falcone, MD, FACC Donald S. Cross, MD, FACC Charles A. Shoultz Jr., MD

PEDIATRIC DENTIST Amanda R. Trotter, DDS Gerald Cox, DDS Aaron Blackwelder, DDS

PEDIATRICIAN William Nesmith, MD Kelly Janish, MD Karen Kemper, MD

ORTHODONTIST Bryan Taylor, DDS Michael Collins, DDS Lisa Kerns, DDS, MS

ORAL SURGEON Larry J. Pritchard, DDS Scot Collins, DDS Scott Warren, DDS, MD

PLASTIC SURGEON Eric F. O’Neill, MD Andy A. Hand, MD Valerie Wright, MD

MASSAGE THERAPIST C. J. Harper, RMT TIE – Dixie Helm, LMT TIE – Susan Ryals, LMT Brooke Mohan, LMT, LMI

PODIATRIST Karina Loya, DPM, FACFAS Scott J. Littrell, DPM Nealand O. Willingham II, DPM, FACFAS

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MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

CHIROPRACTOR Brad McKenzie, DC David M. Kast, DC Ronald Linderman, DC

PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN Keith D. Horner, MD Tim Martindale, MD James Graham, MD

OBSTETRICIAN Mark Rister, MD Kenneth Koeritz, MD W. Richard Haskett Jr., MD

RADIOLOGIST David Risinger, MD Adam Borowski, MD James E. Olmsted, MD

OPHTHALMOLOGIST John F. Liu, MD Herman J. Quinius III, MD Russell Swann, MD

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BRUNCH Café Cappuccino The Elite The Olive Branch

ATMOSPHERE George’s Diamond Back’s One Thirty Five Prime

BURGER Dubl-R Kitok George’s

BAKERY Simply Delicious Bakery H-E-B Collin Street Bakery

FRENCH FRIES LOCAL : George’s CHAIN : Wing Stop Smashburger Kitok

CHEAP EATS LOCAL : George’s CHAIN : Cheddar’s Baris World Cup Café

BIRTHDAY CAKE LOCAL : Simply Delicious Bakery CHAIN : H-E-B Baskin-Robbins Sweetness

ONION RINGS George’s Cheddar’s Outback Steakhouse

DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT Ninfa’s Diamond Back’s Jake’s Texas Tea House

BARBECUE Uncle Dan’s Vitek’s Rudy’s

BUSINESS LUNCH Ninfa’s George’s BJ’s

ICE CREAM LOCAL : Katie’s Frozen Custard CHAIN : Baskin-Robbins Dairy Queen Sonic

COFFEEHOUSE Common Grounds Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits Café Cappuccino

DATE NIGHT One Thirty Five Prime Diamond Back’s 1424 Bistro

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APPETIZERS George’s Diamond Back’s BJ’s

Best Seafood LOCAL : Buzzard Billy’s CHAIN : Red Lobster

Sergio’s Sam’s Southern Eatery

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, Left: Sunshine yellow dress by Hot & Delicious, available at Amelia’s Fashion Exchange, $42; blue woven print scarf by Art Box Jewel, available at Roots Boutique, $22; beaded sandals by Z & L, available at Courtney’s, $29; leather pocket satchel by Big Buddha, available at Amelia’s Fashion Exchange, $38; aqua and sterling silver earrings, available at Design House, $118; diamond bracelet, available at Jay Jewelers, price upon request; 4-carat diamond bracelet, available at Kindler’s Gem Jewelers, price upon request; white watch with Tahitian diamonds by Michele, available at Boozer’s, price upon request; turquoise ring, available at Kindler’s Gem Jewelers, price upon request.

CATERING George’s Waco’s Bestyett Catering Blanek’s Custom Catering

FRIED CHICKEN Bush’s Chicken George’s Church’s Chicken

CHICKEN-FRIED STEAK George’s Heitmiller Steakhouse Cotton Patch Cafe

FROZEN YOGURT 3 Spoons U-Swirl Oso’s

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FOOD DESSERT LOCAL : Diamond Back’s CHAIN : BJ’s

Olive Garden Cheddar’s SHAVED ICE LOCAL : Coco’s Shaved Ice CHAIN : Bahama Buck’s Mr. Snow Penguin Pete’s HEALTHY EATING LOCAL : Terry & Jo’s Food For Thought CHAIN : Jason’s Deli McAlister’s Deli Newk’s IMPRESS A VISITOR Diamond Back’s One Thirty Five Prime George’s

SOUP LOCAL : The Olive Branch CHAIN : McAlister’s Deli

Jason’s Deli Olive Garden SERVICE George’s One Thirty Five Prime Diamond Back’s STEAK LOCAL : One Thirty Five Prime CHAIN : Texas Roadhouse Outback Steakhouse Diamond Back’s SWEET TEA Bush’s Chicken McAlister’s Deli George’s WACO DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET VENDOR Co-Town Crêpes Homestead Heritage TIE – Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits TIE – Texas Cheese House

MEXICAN CHILE CON QUESO La Fiesta Chuy’s On the Border CHIPS AND SALSA LOCAL : La Fiesta CHAIN : Chuy’s Ninfa’s On The Border ENCHILADAS Ninfa’s El Conquistador La Fiesta FAJITAS Ninfa’s La Fiesta Chuy’s MARGARITAS Ninfa’s La Fiesta George’s

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KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT LOCAL : Poppa Rollo’s CHAIN : Chick-fil-A Peter Piper Pizza Chuck E. Cheese’s NEW RESTAURANT Smashburger Mama Fu’s Sam’s Southern Eatery OUTDOOR DINING George’s Don Carlos 1424 Bistro PASTA LOCAL : Baris CHAIN : Olive Garden Carino’s Portofino’s PIZZA Poppa Rollo’s Rosati’s Baris SALAD LOCAL : The Olive Branch CHAIN : Jason’s Deli McAlister’s Deli Newk’s SANDWICH Schmaltz’s McAlister’s Deli Jason’s Deli

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Best Japanese n Fuji Pei Wei Teriyaki Park

QUESADILLAS Ninfa’s La Fiesta On the Border

CHINESE Cathay House Summer Palace Pei Wei

TACOS LOCAL : El Conquistador CHAIN : Rosa’s Café Ninfa’s La Fiesta

THAI Bangkok Royal Pei Wei Mama Fu’s

TAMALES Ninfa’s La Fiesta El Conquistador


Best New Bar Muddle Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits Cinema , Right: Coral maxi dress by THML, available at Twisted Simplicity inside Spice Village, $89; brown leather wedges with gold studs by My Delicious Shoes, available at Compass, $26; yellow and white stripes handbag by La Terre Fashion, available at Butterflies inside Spice Village, $48; vintage stone necklace, available at Kindler’s Gem Jewelers, price upon request; diamond drop earrings, available at Boozer’s, price upon request; turquoise studded bracelet by Vahan, available at Jay Jewelers, price upon request; pearl ring with surrounding diamonds, available at Kindler’s Gem Jewelers, price upon request.

CHARITY EVENT Barkin’ Ball – Fuzzy Friends Rescue Cattle Baron’s Ball – American Cancer Society Relay for Life – American Cancer Society ART GALLERY The Croft Art Gallery Art Center Waco Studio Gallery ARTS VENUE Art Center Waco The Croft Art Gallery Indian Spring Park MUSEUM Mayborn Museum Dr Pepper Museum Texas Ranger Museum PARK Cameron Park Poage Park Hewitt Park PLACE TO TAKE VISITORS Cameron Park Zoo Cameron Park Dr Pepper Museum

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FOR KIDS CHEER PROGRAM Texas Dynasty Cheer & Gymnastics Heart of Texas Cheer & Dance Flips Gymnastics CHILDREN’S BIRTHDAY Jump-N-Place Peter Piper Pizza Chuck E. Cheese’s CHILDREN’S PARK Cameron Park Lions Park Poage Park

DANCE PROGRAM Joy’s School of Dance Jenni Holley Dance Studio Ignite Dance Company

COCKTAIL BAR Muddle Diamond Back’s Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits

LIVE MUSIC VENUE Common Grounds Muddle Cantina Texas

PLAY GROUP Jump-N-Place Cameron Park Zoo Cameron Park

WINE BAR The Grape Klassy Glass Wine Bar Uncorked

WATCH THE BIG GAME George’s Buffalo Wild Wings Salty Dog

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HAPPY HOUR George’s Diamond Back’s Chuy’s

BAR George’s Salty Dog Muddle

PRODUCTS & SERV IC E S Best Golf Course Ridgewood Country Club Cottonwood Creek Golf Course Twin Rivers Golf Club , AUTO ATVS Barger’s Allsports Waco Motorsports Waco Yamaha and Marineland Boating Center AUTO GLASS Freddy’s Glass Affiliated Auto Glass TIE – Glass Doctor TIE – Waco Auto Glass Center AUTO REPAIR Freddie Kish’s Complete Car Care Center Dunn’s Brake & Tire Advanced Automotive BODY SHOP Service King Richard Karr Collision Center Maaco

Left: Red floral one-shoulder top by Sugarlips, available at Amelia’s Fashion Exchange, $10; white shorts by Old Navy, available at Amelia’s Fashion Exchange, $7; gold wedges by Beauty Heel, available at Mélange Boutique, $21; pearl seed necklace, available at Design House, $48; vintage Spanish coin necklace, available at Design House, price upon request; gold chain watch by Michele, available at Boozer’s, $845; yellow gold and diamond earrings, available at Jay Jewelers, price upon request; gold bracelets by Atash by Lala, available at San Jose Jewelers, $70; garnet and diamond ring, available at Kindler’s Gem Jewelers, price upon request.

CAR DETAIL Genie Carwash & Fast Lube Reggy-O Detail Valley Mills Express Car Wash

PRE-OWNED CAR DEALERSHIP Allen Samuels Richard Karr Motors Toby’s Autos

LOFT APARTMENTS LL Sams Historic Lofts Austin Avenue Flats Behrens Lofts

EXPRESS CAR WASH Baird Brothers Express Car Wash Genie Express Car Wash Finish Line Car Wash

OIL CHANGE Kwik Kar Lube & Tune Regal Car Wash & Kwik Lube Genie Carwash & Fast Lube

LIVE MUSIC VENUE Common Grounds Muddle Cantina Texas

TOWING SERVICE Tow King Big Boys’ Wrecker Service Woody’s Wrecker Service

PLACE TO STUDY Common Grounds Starbucks Barnes & Noble

FULL SERVICE CAR WASH Genie Carwash & Fast Lube Valley Mills Express Car Wash Cen-Tex Mobile Wash DOMESTIC CAR DEALERSHIP Allen Samuels Richard Karr Motors Bird-Kultgen Ford FOREIGN CAR DEALERSHIP Jeff Hunter Toyota Greg May Honda Mercedes-Benz of Waco

COLLEGE APARTMENT PROPERTY – COLLEGE The Residence at Central Texas Marketplace Saddle Brook The Retreat at Central Texas Marketplace M A Y

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PROFESSOR Bonnie Luft Vince Clark, JD Blair Browning, PhD RESTAURANT NEAR CAMPUS George’s Ninfa’s Vitek’s

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PRODUCTS & SERV I C E S FA M I LY APARTMENT PROPERTY The Residence at Central Texas Marketplace Saddle Brook The Retreat at Central Texas Marketplace ASSISTED LIVING St. Elizabeth Place of Providence Park Ridgecrest Retirement & Health Care Stoney Brook of Hewitt

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PHARMACY LOCAL : Lynn’s Pharmacy CHAIN : H-E-B Walgreens CVS

H E A LT H & B E AU T Y DAY SPA The Spa at Canyon Oaks La Bella Visage Salon & Day Spa Pura Vida Day Spa & Salon FACIAL Facelogic and Spa The Spa at Canyon Oaks La Bella Visage Salon & Day Spa

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URGENT CARE Central Texas Urgent Care Providence Express Care Clinic Concentra

HOME AIR CONDITIONING Lochridge-Priest Capstone Mechanical Mike Staas Services

BUILDER The Alford Company JoCo Builders Sorrells & Gunn

Best Pool Builder

BANK Extraco Banks The First National Bank of Central Texas Community Bank & Trust FITNESS CENTER Gold’s Gym YMCA of Central Texas Planet Fitness

MOTHER’S DAY OUT FBC Woodway’s Mother’s Day Out FUMC’s Kids’ Kastle CABC’s Parent’s Day Out

HAIR SALON The Salon at Ridgewood Village La Bella Visage Salon & Day Spa The Mane Event

DRY CLEANER Comet Cleaners Patrick’s Dry Clean Super Center NuTone Cleaners

KID’S HAIRCUT Kids Kuts Sports Clips Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids

FUNERAL HOME Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey OakCrest Funeral Home Grace Gardens Funeral Home & Crematorium

MANICURE Nails of America Escape Nails Nail Seasons

HOTEL Hotel Indigo Hilton Waco Hampton Inn & Suites – Waco South

PEDICURE Nails of America Escape Nails Nail Seasons

PET BOARDING Dogtopia South Bosque Veterinary Clinic Happy Hounds Aquatic and Daycare Center

MEDICAL SPA NuGenesis Medical Spa Waco Medical Laser & Skin Care Sanger Avenue Aesthetics

PET GROOMING Dogtopia Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Happy Hounds Aquatic and Daycare Center

TANNING SALON Tanfastic Tanning Salon Palm Beach Tan HOT Tropical Tans

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HOSPICE Providence Hospice Bluebonnet Health Services Scott & White Hospice

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HOME HEALTH CARE Bluebonnet Health Services Providence Home Care Visiting Angels

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Best Pool Service Lake Air Pool Supply Aquanauts Custom Pool & Spa TIE – Crystal Clear Pools and Spas TIE – Bellmead Pools & Supply


Below: Coral embroidered cover-up by Z & L, available at Courtney’s, $39; striped triangle bikini separates by InGear, available at Compass, $11 each; wide brim hat with bow by Scala, available at Tee’s Golf, $24; black sunglasses by Sunscape, available at Roots Boutique, $18; black Pima sandals by Joie, available at Prefontaine, $186; turquoise tote by Big Buddha, available at Amelia’s Fashion Exchange, $95; 14-karat white stalactite and blue druzy earrings, available at Boozer’s, $589; white and stainless steel watch by Michele, available at Boozer’s, $745; three-jewel ring, available at San Jose Jewelers, $280.


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PRODUCTS & SERVICES HOME REMODELING Magnolia Homes JoCo Builders Rock Solid Homes

CARPET CLEANING LOCAL : Rainbow International CHAIN : Stanley Steemer Heart of Texas Chem-Dry Enviro-Serv Restoration & Cleaning

CARPET/FLOORING Design Superstore Waco Carpet Co. Advanced Carpet & Interiors

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LANDSCAPING Fitzgerald’s Westview Nursery & Landscape H&M Landscape & Sprinkler

PLUMBING Mike Staas Services The Original Staas Plumbing Mr. Rooter POOL BUILDER Ocean Quest Pools by Lew Akins Swimco Pools Aquanauts Custom Pool & Spa

ELECTRICIAN LOCAL : Bowen Electric CHAIN : Mr. Electric Nemmer Electric Hensel Electric

RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL GLASS Freddy’s Glass Rocket Glass Anderson Glass

FENCE Ace Fence & Supply Brem’s Fence & Repair Pinnacle Fence & Supply

SELF-STORAGE Aaron’s Self Storage HGS Self Storage Ideal Self Storage

GRANITE Italian Granite MTTS Granite & Marble Design Superstore

SPRINKLER SERVICE H&M Landscape & Sprinkler Cen-Tex Irrigation Systems Pacific Irrigation

HOME/OFFICE SECURITY A-1 Fire & Security ADT Vivint

Best Roofing Cen-Tex Roof Systems Parsons Roofing Johnson Roofing , Left: Jeweled gold cocktail dress by Sherri Hill, available at Georgio’s Bridal & Prom, $510; Paris heels in gold by Your Party Shoes, available at Georgio’s Bridal & Prom, $73; champagne clutch by Dyeables, available at Georgio’s Bridal & Prom, $36; leaf-drop earrings with diamond embellishment, available at Design House, $798; petite gold chain bracelet, available at Mastercraft Jewelry, price upon request; 14-karat gold bracelet, available at Kindler’s Gem Jewelers, price upon request; yellow topaz ring, available at San Jose Jewelers, $989.

TREE SERVICE Brian’s Tree Services A-1 Discount Tree Service Goss Tree Service

HOUSE CLEANING LOCAL : English Maids CHAIN : Merry Maids Green Cleaning MTOclean INSULATION Insulgreen TIE – Foam Waco TIE – Chaparral Insulation Scott Williams Drywall Co. Inc. & Insulation INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER Grande Communications Time Warner Cable AT&T

WATER/FIRE RESTORATION Specialty Restoration of Texas Target Restoration Services Servepro WINDOW CLEANING Belle Window Cleaning Shine Brite Window Cleaning Waco Window Cleaning

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LOCKSMITH Therrell Lock & Safe Pop-A-Lock Ambold’s Key Lock & Alarm

APPLIANCE STORE LOCAL : Discount Vacuum & Appliance CHAIN : Lowe’s Sears Best Buy

MORTGAGE COMPANY Oak Mortgage Group Extraco Mortgage Wallick & Volk

CLOTHING BOUTIQUE Spice Village Roots Boutique Courtney’s

MOVING SERVICE Janek Moving Services TNT Moving & Cleaning Services Guerra Brothers Moving Service

COCKTAIL DRESS Georgio’s Bridal & Prom Dillard’s David’s Bridal

PEST CONTROL 855bugs.com Orkin Pest Control GGA Pest Management Services

RESALE SHOP Amelia’s Fashion Exchange Another Season Consignments Smarty Pants

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES ELECTRONICS LOCAL : Padgitt’s CHAIN : Best Buy

RadioShack Altex FLORIST Reed’s Flowers Rosetree Floral Design Studio Hewitt Florist FURNITURE STORE DuBois Furniture Ashley Furniture HomeStore Furniture Row GARDEN CENTER Westview Nursery & Landscape Greenlife Nursery Barrera’s Nursery & Landscape

STATIONERY Noteworthy Scribbles Crop-Paper-Scissors

HOME ACCESSORIES LOCAL : Spice Village CHAIN : Kirkland’s Hobby Lobby Pier 1

TAILOR Tovar Tailors Lupe’s Tailor Shop Montoya’s Fashions

HUNTING & FISHING LOCAL : Keith Ace Hardware CHAIN : Cabela’s Academy The Bear Mountain

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JEWELRY STORE Boozer’s Kindler’s Gem Jewelers Waco Jewelers

GIFT BOUTIQUE Spice Village The Gift Horse Lane’s on Austin Avenue

LIMO SERVICE Luxury Limousine of Waco Frankie’s First Class Limousines Limited

GIFT FOR BABY Spice Village The Gift Horse Baby Wait

LIQUOR STORE Twin Liquors Spec’s Ward’s Liquor

GIFT FOR GRADUATE Spice Village Lane’s on Austin Avenue The Gift Horse

MONOGRAMMING Pics & Gifts Sew Cute Monogramming Its Personal

CEREMONY VENUE Carleen Bright Arboretum Phoenix Ballroom Earle-Harrison House & Pape Gardens

GIFT FOR HUSBAND OR BOYFRIEND LOCAL : The Bear Mountain CHAIN : Academy Cabela’s Dillard’s

MUSEUM GIFT SHOP Mayborn Museum Dr Pepper Museum Texas Ranger Museum

RECEPTION VENUE Phoenix Ballroom Carleen Bright Arboretum The Palladium

PARTY EQUIPMENT RENTAL Pendley Party Productions and Rentals Action Rental Center RSVP Event Equipment Rental

REHEARSAL DINNER VENUE Diamond Back’s TIE – George’s Too TIE – Ridgewood Country Club The Palladium

PROM DRESS Georgio’s Bridal & Prom Dillard’s David’s Bridal

MAKEUP ARTIST Angela Karr Kimberly Cutler Dustin Barrack

GIFT FOR TEEN Spice Village The Gift Horse Compass

RENT A TUX LOCAL : Georgio’s Bridal & Prom CHAIN : Men’s Wearhouse Al’s Formalwear Squires Formalwear

PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL LOCAL : The Party Guys CHAIN : Lone Star Photo Booth Texas Photobooth A Swanky Photo Booth

GOLF OUTFITTER Tee’s Golf Ridgewood Country Club Golf Shop Academy

SPORTING GOODS LOCAL : The Bear Mountain CHAIN : Academy Cabela’s Sports Authority

WEDDING BAND Sloppy Joe Band The Morticians The Elephants

GIFT FOR WIFE OR GIRLFRIEND Spice Village The Gift Horse Lane’s on Austin Avenue GIFT FOR MOTHER’S DAY Spice Village The Gift Horse Lane’s on Austin Avenue

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WEDDING CAKE Simply Delicious Bakery Sweetness Waco’s Bestyett Catering WEDDING CONSULTANT Lois Ferguson Paulette Pendley Jordan Browning WEDDING DJ Diamond Productions TIE – Texas Variety Entertainment TIE – Advanced Audio Productions K & S Entertainment


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Outdoor Waco Bicycles Outback The Bear Mountain

WEDDING FLORIST Rosetree Floral Design Studio Wolfe Wholesale Florist Reed’s Flowers

WEDDING GOWN ALTERATIONS Georgio’s Bridal & Prom David’s Bridal Montoya’s Fashions

WEDDING GOWN Georgio’s Bridal & Prom David’s Bridal Pat’s Gowns

WEDDING INVITATIONS Noteworthy Scribbles Crop-Paper-Scissors

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER Marlo Collins Photographic Artist Fleeting Moments Studio Ashley Munn Photography

Above: Freeze Degree tank top by Columbia, available at Outdoor Waco, $49; Essential striped jacket by Lolë, available at Outdoor Waco, $99; black leggings by Adidas by Stella McCartney, available at Prefontaine, $75; diamond drop necklace, available at Boozer’s, price upon request; white sapphire stud earrings, available at San Jose Jewelers, $80; pink athletic watch by Callaway, available at Tee’s Golf, $115; gold ring with raw diamonds, available at Design House, $980; black and pink Envie Advanced road bike by Giant Bicycles, available at Outdoor Waco, price upon request.

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Q: What do you like to do for fun? A: Anytime on the lake is a great time — wake boarding, grilling and spending quality time with family and friends. I just love the summertime. I also enjoy working out, crafting and doing things for other people. Q: What was your favorite item to wear during the fashion shoot? A: I would be lying if I didn’t say the workout ensemble, but if I had to narrow it down to one item, I loved the ring with the turquoise center surrounded by blue pave stones.  Q: How would you describe your personal style? A: My personal style is quite simple. I’m a fan of ‘less is more.’ When I’m not in business or workout attire, I prefer jeans and a nice top with wedges or flats. Q: What was the best aspect of the photo shoot? A: Getting to be a part of something that represents Waco and its local businesses.  

Amy Bridges Interview

b y K a t h le e n Seam an Q: Did you grow up in Waco? A: Yes. I was born and raised in Waco. Q: What do you do for a living? A: I am the new car finance manager at Jeff Hunter Toyota.

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Q: What do you like about living in Waco? A: I love living in Waco because it’s home and where all of my family and friends are. It has the perfect blend of things, from downtown to the zoo, Baylor University, Cameron Park, Lake Waco, movie theaters, malls, museums, golf courses and numerous restaurants. It’s a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Q: What is your favorite local clothing boutique? A: Spice Village Q: Where is your favorite place to hear live music in Waco? A: Cinema and the Slippery Minnow. Q: Where is your favorite place to have drinks? A: George’s is usually my go-to. Q: What are some of your favorite restaurants in Waco? A: [One Thirty Five Prime], Texas Roadhouse and Clay Pot.

Best of Waco 2014  

As Decided by WACOAN Readers