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New businesses hold their own By Marda Johnson Times Sentinel Writer

While the 2017 Z’List list of finalists is chock-full of wellestablished businesses, numerous new businesses were also given some love during the nomination process. Several of those new Zionsville and nearby businesses made it into the final three of their category (four in the event of a tie for one of the top three positions), and went on to garner an admirable percentage of the vote in their category. New businesses in Zions-

ville making the list are Noble Order, Books & Brews, Rush on Main, Dr. Nicholas Moore of Restore Life, Blooms by Dragonfly, Three Dog Bakery and PetValu. Nearby new businesses that were nominated for the Z’List include Dunkin Donuts, The Stratford, and Growing Image. The Best Place for a Beer included four finalists, three of which opened their doors in the past year. While the longstanding business The Friendly Tavern (47.6 percent) dominated the categor y, newcomers Rush on

Main, Books & Brews and Noble Order all were named finalists, with Rush on Main garnering more than 30 percent of the vote. In fact, Rush on Main was a finalist for Best Place for a Beer, Best Place for a Hamburger, Best Place for a Cocktail, Best Bar, Best Place for Family Entertainment, and Best Place to Watch the Game. With six nominations, it tied with The Friendly Tavern for the most nominations for a business this year. Johnny Vargo, who owns

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BOOKS AND BREWS, located in Boone Village, was one of several new businesses to garner nominations for this year’s Z’List.

ON THE COVER LIONS PARK: The 22-acre Lions Park, located at the corner of Sycamore and Elm streets, was voted Best Public Park and Best Playground by Times Sentinel readers. The park is owned and maintained by the Zionsville Lions Club International, which was named Best Not-For- Prof t. Zionsville Lions Club was chartered May 16, 1930, and has a clubhouse next to the park, at 115 S. Elm St. The club sponsors an Alpha Leos Club – with a focus on leadership, experience and opportunity – for youths ages 12-18. Zionsville Lions also host events at the park, including the annual Easter Eggstravaganza, Fall Festival, 4th of July, summer concerts, and Pumpkins and Hayrides. The park is also available to rent for other events such as the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.


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Congratulations to this year’s Z’List winners!


elcome to the 2017 issue of Z’List, highlighting all the people, places and events that Times Sentinel readers love about Zionsville. Readers began by nominating their favorites in 94 categories featured on a ballot that ran in the Times Sentinel on Dec. 21, Dec. 28 and Jan. 4. The top three nominees – where there were at least three nominated – advanced to a final round. closed on Jan. 23. Finalists were listed Take a look at the final online at, where voting results to see how your community favorites opened on Jan. 11 and

5. Best tire store Firestone Big O Eagle Automotive

stacked up – and perhaps pick out some other people’s favorites to try.

Bill Estes Gene Lewis Pearson Ford

60.6% 14.4% 26.5%

4. Best Place for an Oil Change 24.1% 52.4% 24.5%

10. Best Place for Pizza

Ganache Inga's Sweet Things

42.8% 42.0% 16.7%

Amore Pizzeria Greek’s Pizzeria Hot Box Zionsville Pizzeria


11. Best Place for a Steak

17.4% 45.6%

8. Best Coffee Shop

3. Best Car Dealer

Connan's Body Shop Eagle Automotive Langford Collision

6. Best Candy/Chocolate Shop

Jacquie's Rick's Cooking School Rick Whiteman Sweet and Savory

Eagle Automotive Big O Tires Firestone Zionsville Auto - Trowbridge

2. Best Body Shop

Cold Stone Creamery Dairy Queen The Scoop

14.6% 25.5% 63.8%

40.6% 39.7% 10.8% 13.5%

7. Best Caterer

1. Best Auto Repair Service 33.9% 14.3% 18.2% 33.6%

9. Best Ice Cream Shop 34.8% 38.7% 26.5%

Eagle Automotive Bill Estes Big O Zionsville Auto - Trowbridge

33.9% 18.3% 15.4% 33.8%

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Dunkin Donuts Rosie's Place Starbucks Bites

12.2% 40.7% 25.5% 25.8%

Cobblestone Grill Carolina Grill Noah Grant’s Raw House & Oyster Bar The Friendly

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26.7% 9.5% 31.8% 35.5%


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12. Best Place for a Beer Noble Order The Friendly Tavern Books & Brews Rush on Main

9.8% 47.6% 16.1% 30.9%

13. Best Place for a Hamburger Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream The Friendly Tavern Rush on Main

47.0% 36.3% 18.7%

14. Best Place for a Cocktail Cobblestone Grill Rush on Main Salty Cowboy

25.5% 22.9% 54.6%

15. Best Place for a Pork Tenderloin Carolina Grill The Friendly Tavern Dairy Queen

17.5% 81.8% 2.2%

16. Best Place for a Romantic Dinner Cobblestone Grill Noah Grant’s Raw House & Oyster Bar Stone Creek Dining Company

20. Best French Fries 19.8% 48.3% 34.0%

17. Best Place for Breakfast Brunchies Flap Jack's Cracker Barrel Rosie's Place

10.9% 24.2% 14.7% 54.0%

18. Best Place for Dessert Bites by Confectioneiress Dairy Queen My Sugar Pie

34.8% 19.2% 48.6%

19. Best Family Dining Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream El Rodeo Rice Cooker

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48.6% 41.3% 12.9%

27. Best Local Event

Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream Buffalo Wild Wings McDonald's

56.9% 9.5% 35.3%

Christmas in the Village Fall Festival Lincoln Park Concert Series Street Dance

26.7% 51.2% 8.8% 17.0%

21. Best Place for Italian Food Amore Pizzeria Ciao by Villagio Olive Garden

36.0% 44.7% 21.4%

28. Best Place for Family Entertainment

86.4% 14.4%

29. Best date night

22. Best Place for Seafood Noah Grant's Raw House & Oyster Bar The Friendly

23. Best Place for a Kid's Meal Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream Carolina Grill MdDonald's Chick-fil-A

38.4% 7.1% 19.6% 38.6%

24. Best Place for Outside Dining Salty Cowboy Cobblestone Grill

45.1% 56.7%

12.1% 38.9% 51.9%

Noah Grant's Carolina Gril Books & Brews Salty Cowboy

45.4% 13.2% 12.2% 37.8%

30. Best Place for Live Entertainment Lions Park 34.4% Lincoln Park 28.0% Zionsville Performing Arts Center 40.5%

31. Best Place to Watch the Game

25. Best Bar Rush on Main Buffalo Wild Wings The Friendly Tavern

38.5% 11.7% 52.2%

Lions Park Buffalo Wild Wings Rush on Main

19.3% 44.6% 39.0%

32. Best Public Park

26. Best Golf Course Golf Course of Indiana Ulen Country Club Zionsville Golf Course

Rush on Main Fall Festival Lions Park

42.5% 15.6% 43.9%

Lions Park Lincoln Park Mulberry Fields Starkey Elm Street Green

60.6% 6.9% 12.1% 15.7% 4.7%

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33. Best Playground Lions Park Pleasant View Elementary Mulberry Fields

38. Best Nurse 60.2% 23.4% 16.3%

Ariel Princell, Witham Kelly Gibbs, WItham Leslie White, IU Pediatrics

34. Best Chiropractor

39. Best Optometrist

Dr. Gerald Whalen, Zionsville Holistic Chiropractic & Wellness Center 24.3% Dr. Nicholas Moore, Restore Life 34.6% Dr. Rachel Walden, Zionsville Family Chiropractic 41.2%

Jim Haines, Zionsville Eye Care Nicolas Garn, Zionsville Eye Care Ami Fraiser, Zionsville Eyecare

31.7% 53.5% 14.8%

36. Best Family Practitioner Dr. Balos, IU Dr. Michelle McCarthy, Witham Dr. Susan Jacob, American Health Network

43. Best Retirement Community 29.7% 33.7% 36.7%

Dr. Amanda Stevens-Udeze, Witham Johanna Coughlin, Witham ER Elaine Morrison Zionsville Physical Therapy

43.4% 30.8% 25.9%

21.3% 25.8% 52.9%

41. Best Orthopedic Physician 18.6% 42.3% 39.1%

Dr. John Garber Witham Kos Kayes, OrthoIndy

53.5% 46.5%

42. Best Pediatrician 37. Best Hospital St. Vincent Hospital Witham Health Services IU

42.8% 25.6% 31.6%

Dr. Jane Buroker, Witham Dr. Mary Brunner, IU Pediatrics Dr. Karen Wheeler, IU Pediatrics Jim Megremis, St. Vincent

The Stratford Hoosier Village Zionsville Meadows

13.5% 55.7% 30.8%

44. Best Coach

40. Best Specialty Physician

35. Best Dentist Dr. Darrin Combs & Glenda McCabe Dr. Jay Leone, Zionsville Dentistry Dr. Chris Romas, Romas Dental

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31.5% 20.5% 23.1% 24.9%

Andy Mc Guire - ZCHS Tom Landrum ZCHS Jay Baker, Zionsville Little League Terry Rowe, ZMS Jered Moore ZCHS Scott Kubly, ZCHS

29.1% 22.2% 18.4% 8.2% 9.4% 12.6%

45. Best Firefighter James Van Gorder Jason Potts

46. Best Police Officer

54.7% 45.3% Fire Chief James VanGorder

Rob Knox Cody Martin Bob Musgrave Blake Sterling See MORE | C6

39.2% 23.0% 24.0% 13.8% Chief Robert Knox


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47. Best Public Servant Lance Lantz Tim Haak Ed Mitro

52. Best Bank/Credit Union 30.5% 49.8% 19.8%

48. Best Teacher Tom Landrum, ZCHS Diane Frechin Mrs Voege, ZMS


MAYOR TIM HAAK was voted Best Public Servant on the 2017 Z’List.

Chase Huntington Old National Bank

45.4% 27.3% 27.3%

53. Best Barbershop 46.5% 31.3% 22.2%

49. Best Waiter/Waitress Deana Neal, Stookey's Liz, Friendly Sue, Carolina Grill

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Eclipse Boone Village Barber Great Clips

Lions Club ZWIN Psi Iota Xi

61. Best Fitness Facility

80.4% 8.5% 11.1%

62. Best Hair Salon

56.1% 20.1% 23.7%

63. Best Hair Stylist

50. Best Accountant

55. Best carpet cleaner

Dale Kennedy 23.7% Kimberly Storen, Storen Financial36.9% Angela Wulber, Wulber CPA 39.4%

Sani Bright Gary Bolden Roberts

51. Best Attorney

56. Best Day Care/Preschool

Doug Byrum, Byrum Law Roger Burrus, Burrus & Seas Jay Stapp, Stapp Legal

23.0% 44.4% 32.6%

Eagle Church Gingerbread House Preschool Universal Preschool ZCS

56.5% 32.4% 11.1%

57. Best Day Spa NJS Woodhouse Day Spa Witham Medical Spa

39.2% 42.6% 18.2%

58. Best Dog Boarding/Day Care Animal Den Zionsville Country Kennel For the Dogs

20.7% 53.4% 25.9%

59. Best Electrician Kouns Electric Jim Smith Jeff Edwards

Edward Jones Hanson Financial Storen Financial

21.3% 64.7% 14.0%

54. Best Not for Profit 15.7% 67.5% 16.7%

60. Best Financial Planning Company

44.5% 27.0% 28.5%

Anytime Fitness Dance Fit LA Fitness

Eclipse NJS Studio 58

40.5% 27.3% 32.2%

35.2% 32.4% 32.4%

40.2% 33.5% 26.3%

Christopher Michael, Studio 58 Michelle Crane, Eclipse Natalie Shine, Studio 58

28.0% 55.7% 16.4%

64. Best Heating and Air Control Tech Jim Russell Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling

65.2% 24.1% 10.7%

65. Best Home Builder Nazareth Vickery Tom Simmons, Inc.

19.8% 16.3% 63.9%

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36.3% 50.9% 12.8%


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67. Best Landscape Company

71. Best Personal Trainer

Altum's Growing Image Second Nature

Jackie Wilhite, TPC fitness class Lindsay Bevilaqua, Gym 41 Mark Moreland, Body Outfitters Cosmo Robinson Anytime Fitness

67.9% 13.3% 18.7%

17.2% 25.4% 36.0% 21.4%

68. Best Mortgage Lender BMO Harris Ruoff Old National Chase Stonegate Mortgage

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75. Best Plumbing Company

79. Best Residential Cleaning

Paul Henderson Plumbing Jerry Jones Jim Russell

Added Touch, Jan Reed Sani-Bright

40.2% 22.1% 37.7%

80. Best Veterinarian Dennis & Bonnie Barrow, Keller Williams 65.4% Donna Baker, Remax 5.0% Mary Jane O’Brien, F.C. Tucker 19.8% Kathy Wood, Century 21 9.8%

Dr. Loren Noblitt, Zionsville Animal Hospital Shari Lyons, Zionsville Country Veterinary Clinic Carey Wasem, Zionsville Veterinary Hospital

77. Best Real Estate Agency

81. Best Women's Fitness Facility

76. Best Real Estate Agent 14.0% 22.5% 18.1% 26.9% 18.4%

72. Best Pharmacy CVS - Oak St Marsh Boone Village Costco Walgreen's

69. Best Mortuary/Funeral Home

73. Best Pest Control

ARN Funeral Home Flanner and Buchanan Simplicity

Eagle Pest Company Zionsville By By Bugs

20.5% 58.2% 21.3%

70. Best Nail Salon Technician

74. Best Photographer

Kim Colgrove, NJS Laura Thurman, NJS Amy, Pinkey’s Nadine Anderson, NJS

Cripe JJ Kaplan 721 Photography

11.7% 21.6% 47.5% 19.2%

39.3% 17.8% 12.7% 30.3%

73.6% 16.8% 9.6%

Century 21 F.C. Tucker Keller Williams

12.8% 24.7% 62.5%

78. Best Remodeling Company 47.9% 20.3% 31.8%

41.8% 58.2%

Maxson Nazareth Tom Simmons, Inc.

20.4% 20.6% 58.9%

Dance Fit LA Fitness Anytime Fitness TPC Fitness

17.3% 60.5% 22.2%

32.8% 21.5% 22.3% 23.4%

82. Best Clothing Store Delaney's Lesley Jane Siro's

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83. Best Flower Shop Marsh Supermarket Zionsville Flower Co. Blooms by Dragonfly

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BRIAN DAVIES, of Zionsville Flower Company, took f rst place for Best Flower Shop this year.

88. Best Shoe Store 21.6% 43.8% 34.6%

Endurance House Kern Bros.

12.2% 87.8%

89. Best Specialty/Gift Shop 84. Best Grocery Store Marsh Supermarket Meijer Moody's

36.3% 44.2% 19.5%

Siro's Boutique Inga's Zionsville Travel

16.0% 61.6% 22.4%

90. Best Toy Store 85. Best Hardware Store Akard True Value Hardware Home Depot Lowe's

73.3% 6.8% 19.9%

Earth Explorers 4Kids Books Meijer


63.1% 26.4% 10.5%

91. Best Local Website 86. Best Jewelry Store Goodman Jeweler's Jewel Box Siro's Boutique

53.8% 38.0% 8.2%

37.1% 43.0% 19.9%

92. Best Place to Take a Walk 87. Best Pet Shop Three Dog Bakery PetValu Petco

46.5% 29.0% 24.5%

Lions Park Rail Trail The Village

18.9% 55.7% 25.4%

93. Best Place to Work Keller Williams NJS Storen Financial

59.7% 24.4% 15.9%

94. Best Reason to Live in Zionsville The people Schools Awesome downtown

31.2% 38.8% 30.0%


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Thoughtfulness sets Best Waitress winner apart By Marda Johnson Times Sentinel Writer

Elisabeth “Lis” Mayer, a waitress at The Friendly Tavern, was surprised when she learned someone nominated her for the Z’List, and even more shocked when she heard she was in the top three nominees. When told she’d received hundreds of votes, she blushed as she searched for the words to respond. And – at that point – what she still didn’t know was that she was the top vote-getter and the Z’List Best Waitress. Her kind, friendly, thoughtful and humble attitude are traits that earned her the honor, her customers and coworkers agree. The Friendly Tavern owner Scott Barnes has high praise for Lis. “I’ve been doing this a lot of years (more than 40, he figured) and she is – without a doubt – one of the best people I have ever worked with,” he said. Barnes said her greatest strength is her kindness. “That’s enough right there,” he said. “Everybody loves her.” Lis is also a hard worker. She works 33 to 36 hours during a six-day work week at The Friendly after a full day of work in the insurance business. She said that sometimes when a co-worker asks her a

“It just warms my heart that they think enough of me to do that. I just want them to know that I am appreciative. ... I am blessed; we as a restaurant are blessed to have so many wonderful people come in.” Lis Mayer question about how something is done or where something might be she jokingly tells them, “How would I know? I only work here part time.” And she›s been waitressing there “part time” for more than 27 years. Throughout those years, she›s developed great relationships with The Friendly›s customers, and she knows them not only by their names, but also by their favorite foods and drinks. The Friendly regular Jeanine Arthur greeted Lis with a hug before being seated last Thursday, and she beamed with excitement when she heard that Lis was being recognized for her work at the restaurant. Both Jeanine and her husband, Jim, said Lis is very

personable and makes sure her customers get great service. One of Jeanine›s Friendly favorites is the vegetable soup, although she doesn›t care much for the celery in the soup. Since Lis learned that bit of information, Jeanine›s soup always arrives virtually celeryfree. “I don›t know if she goes back and dips it herself, or how she does it,” Jeanine said with a laugh. And the amazing service doesn›t stop at the table. When Jeanine was at home recovering from a knee surgery recently, she discovered a special delivery on her doorstep – vegetable soup sans celery. Seated near the Arthurs Thursday were Don and Carolyn Brason. They too, are regular customers at The Friendly who enjoy the fact that Lis knows their names and what they want and, true to form, Lis drops off their drinks the first time she greets them. Lis says she just takes care of customers the way she likes to be treated when she›s out, and she enjoys the friendships she›s forged with the restaurant›s clientele. “We have a saying here, ‹You›re only a stranger here but once,›” she said. Besides great customers who have been generous with their praise and tips, Lis said she enjoys working at The Friendly because the staff

works as a team. Waitressing in the evenings also provides her with plenty of exercise and keeps her mind sharp, she noted. Bringing the topic back to the number of people who voted for her as the community›s best waitress, Lis› face again goes pink, but she said she really wants to thank those who voted – and all of her customers – for their loyalty. “It just warms my heart that they think enough of me to do that,” she said. “I just want them to know that I am appreciative. ... I am blessed; we as a restaurant are blessed to have so many wonderful people come in.”

LIS MAYOR DROPS OFF DRINKS as she says hello to Don and Carolyn Brason. The Brasons have been dining at The Friendly Tavern nearly every Thursday for years, and they appreciate the service they receive there, they said.



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If pets could vote … By Andrea McCann Times Sentinel Managing Editor

the Best Veterinarian category, garnering a whopping 60.5 percent of the vote. Dr. Casey Wasem and Dr. Lauren Noblitt, both of Zionsville Animal Hospital, came in second and third, respectively. “I’m delighted,” Lyons said when she learned she topped the category. “There are a lot of great veterinarians in Zionsville. There really are.” Best Dog Boarding/Day Care honors went to Zionsville Country Kennel with a huge 53.4 percent of the vote over For the Dogs and Animal Den. The owner did not comment.

Winners in two Z’List categories said they wished pets could vote. But, actually, pets kind of did vote – they influenced their parents’ Z’List voting in at least three categories this year. Three Dog Bakery – in business less than a year – bested PetValu and Petco in the Best Pet Shop category with an admirable 46.5 percent of the vote. “I was ver y ner vous, because the category was ‘pet store,’ and we’re a ‘dog store,’” said Christy Zeller, who owns the shop with her Best Pet Shop husband, Brett Zeller. The Zellers just opened Dr. Shari Lyons, of Zions- Three Dog Bakery in July ville Country Veterinary Clin- 2016 at 120 S. Main St. in the ic, was the top vote-getter in Village. They carry specialty

products that cater to canines. Christy said more pet owners are becoming aware of what their pets should be eating and like providing all-natural and grain-free food and treats for their dogs. “The fact that our products are all natural really makes a difference,” she said. The couple said they pay attention to what they bring into the store for their customers. “We try to keep quality items,” Brett said. “Things our customers like and things that have worked for us.” The Zellers are, coincidentally, a blended three-dog family. They are parents to 10-year-old Bailey and 7-yearold Simon, both boxers; and 6-year-old Trudy, a lemon beagle. On any given day,


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customers who stop in the store may be able to meet one of the four-legged Zellers while they’re lending a hand on guard duty or taste-testing. “I’ve always loved animals, especially dogs, and always wanted to do something with animals,” Christy said, adding that she worked in the medical field prior to opening Three Dog Bakery. Opening the shop allowed her to incorporate dogs into her everyday life, she said. Brett said there are a lot of dog lovers in Zionsville. “I feel like, when people come in here, they know how much we love their dogs,” he said. That personal experience they provide is part of what Christy believes sets them apart from the “big box” stores and led to their Z’List nominations and win. “We get to know them and their dogs and their needs,” she said. Along with a personal experience and the products they order for their shelves, treats the Zellers bake fresh for the bakery cases at least every other day also differentiates them from other pet stores, Christy said. “They’re not going to get fresh-baked treats anywhere else,” she said. Brett added: “Some days we bake; other days it’s deco-


DR. SHARI LYONS, of Zionsville Country Veterinary Clinic, may be clowning around in her clinic’s brandnew, low-stress dog kennel, but she’s all business when it comes to providing the best, most comfortable care for her clients. rating, so every day there’s something baking-related going on.” And their canine customers don’t forget where their owners purchase their tasty treats. Brett said one dog will take a

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right outside the door, and then make four more right turns until he’s circled the block and arrived back in front of their door, owner in tow.

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“We’re very grateful for all the customers we have,” Christy said. “They seem to love the store.” And, added Brett, who grew up in Zionsville and will soon go back to work as an accountant, they’re grateful for the votes of confidence. “We feel like we’ve been incredibly welcomed,” Brett said. To be nominated for Z’List and win their category was a shock and an honor, the Zellers said, since they’ve been in business just six months. “This is my dream come true, so seeing people love the store is more than I could ask for,” Christy said.

Best Veterinarian Dr. Shari Lyons also is living her dream. “I just think I’m so incredibly blessed to be able to do what I love,” she said. “Not everybody can say that.” Lyons loves animals and strives to do everything she can for her patients and their parents. Even with cases that might not have a happy ending, she said, she wants her clients to know she’s done everything possible for their pets. “I want to honor the trust they put in me,” she said when pondering her Z’List win. “Maybe that’s why. “I’m like a dog with a bone. I don’t let go until I figure it out. “I think if you’re an animal lover, they know it.”


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A feline wing keeps cats and dogs separated to avoid those awkward feline-canine encounters. Each wing even has a separate entrance, as does an isolation room for those animals that have a contagious condition. Plenty of windows, including some high up in nooks where the smaller upstairs creates a taller wall, allow natural light to flow inside. Easy-grip flooring keeps dogs from sliding, and exam rooms offer dimmable lighting and fold-up tables for adapting to whatever makes each individual dog most comfortable. Kennels have been modified for more privacy to help keep pets calm. They feature solid walls to muffle sound and so they’re not nose-to-nose with ANDREA MCCANN | TIMES SENTINEL their neighbors, glass fronts BRETT AND CHRISTY ZELLER pose near their bakery case with their assistants, and “whisper” locks to also cut Bailey, a boxer, and Trudy, a lemon beagle, at Three Dog Bakery in the Village. The down on noise. Heated kennew shop, which features fresh-baked dog treats, won the Z’List Best Pet Shop nels are used for patients in recovery following surgery. category. The entire building was And animal lover she is. ting their permission,” Lyons rooms with no windows and a designed with soothing Lyons has her patients’ well- said, explaining that pets are quieter ambiance, and patio curves, corners and colors in a being at the forefront to the similar to people in the ways rooms for outdoor exams. Frank Lloyd Wright-esque extent she’s just invested in a they react to the stress of brand-new facility built to spec- going to the doctor, and watchifications that help put pets at ing their behavior can tell vetease as much as possible. erinary staff how to approach Zionsville Country Veterinary and handle them. “Just Clinic began practicing com- because animals don’t underpassionate animal handling stand words doesn’t mean we and treatment techniques sev- can’t communicate.” In addition, the atmosphere eral years, Lyons said, but the new clinic takes that a step of the veterinary clinic can play a part in easing animals’ further. The “fear-free” concept fears, so the new building involves carefully evaluating incorporates several features each pet’s anxiety level and to “create calm.” There are a determining what low-stress variety of exam rooms from handling techniques would which to choose, depending on the pet’s preference: sun work best. “It’s all about them and get- rooms with windows, private

style. Lyons said she went to Fishers architect April Hensley with her ideas, and Hensley made her vision come to life. “She’s really created a lot of texture,” Lyons said. She said the goal of Zionsville Country Veterinary Clinic staff is to provide peace of mind, and the “fear-free” concept is part of that. Along with Dr. Shari Lyons, who is a general practitioner and behavioral specialist, her husband, Dr. Rick Lyons, also works at the clinic, providing surgery and advanced procedures. Dr. Melissa Pearson also practices at the clinic in surgery, ultrasound and internal medical diagnosis. Dr. Alice Johns rounds out the veterinary staff as the feline specialist – only one of two in Indiana – with a special interest in geriatric cats. Lyons said she loves working in Zionsville, where people hold their pets in the same regard she and her staff do, and is grateful to them for their Z’List votes.


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DR. NICHOLAS MOORE, shown with his wife and off ce manager Amber Moore, began providing chiropractic services in Zionsville at Restore Life Chiropractic in Zionsville last March. His was one among several new businesses to earn Z'List nominations this year.


Rush on Main with Jeff Sepiol, said they appreciate ever yone who voted for them. “And more importantly, thanks to ever yone who shops, eats and enjoys the amenities in Zionsville,” Vargo said. He and Sepiol are Zionsville residents who enjoyed the community and the historic charm of the Village, and they felt Rush on Main – with its Chicago-styled fare and feel – would be a good fit. “We thought there was a niche for this type of food,” Vargo said. They also believed that people in and around Zionsville would welcome a place in the community where they could stay and watch games in the family-friendly environment. Although Rush on Main has only been open about six months, Vargo said the restau-


RUSH ON MAIN, in business for less than a year, grabbed nominations in six categories. rant already has been named a Top Three Place to watch Cubs games, and he is looking forward to a full year of sports – including March Madness, college basketball and the start of a new Major League Baseball season – in 2017.

As for garnering community recognition even before Rush on Main’s first anniversary, he said, “It is great to have all that support.” Another new business, Three Dog Bakery, not only earned a nomination, it won

the category in which it was nominated, Best Pet Shop, with nearly 47 percent of the vote. Brett Zeller, who owns Three Dog Bakery in the Village with his wife, Christy, said: “We were very honored,

because we know there’s a nomination process. We were taken aback and honored since we’re new and people nominated us.” The Zellers just opened the business, located at 120 S.

Main St., in July. Brett Zeller said their goal is to make sure their customers – people and pups – are happy, so being named Best Pet Shop reinforced for them that they’re on track.

Z'list for 2017  

See the people's choice for the best in more than 80 categories in the 2017 Z'List presented by the Zionsville Times Sentinel.

Z'list for 2017  

See the people's choice for the best in more than 80 categories in the 2017 Z'List presented by the Zionsville Times Sentinel.