Best of Columbia 2015

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Inside Columbia has been presenting its annual readers’ choice awards for nine years, and for nine years our readers have impressed us with their pride and passion for this city. Somehow, though, you surpassed our high expectations with your response in this year’s Best of Columbia voting.

We introduced a brand new ballot for the 2015 contest that gave voters the opportunity to vote daily and to add their own nominees to the ballot. The voting began on Nov. 1, 2014 and ended on Jan. 31. When the election frenzy ended, 13,644 individuals had registered and collectively cast 321,156 votes across the 70 Best of Columbia categories.

We’re pleased to present this year’s top vote-getters. Thanks to you, Columbia, this year’s Best of Columbia is the best ever!

 

BEST OF COLUMBIA: PEOPLE

Best Athlete
GOLD: Carl Edwards, NASCAR, www.carledwards.com
SILVER: J’den Cox, Mizzou Wrestling, @SuperstarW14T
BRONZE: Sophie Cunningham, Rock Bridge High School Girls Basketball, @sophaller

Best Author
GOLD: Lorry Myers, “Story Time” column, Columbia Daily Tribune
SILVER: Julie Barnett, Sarsaparilla Sue and the Sassmouth, www.juliebarnettauthor.com
BRONZE: William Trumbower, contributed to Stop the Thyroid Madness II

Best Band
Formed in a basement in early 2000, the Flood Brothers, a.k.a. Gabe Meyer and Jacob Best, continue to bring the boogie to shows around Missouri today. We dare you not to dance along to their blues-meets-rock sound. www.reverbnation.com/thefloodbrothers
SILVER: Norm Ruebling Band, www.normrueblingband.com
BRONZE: Chump Change, www.chumpchangebluesband.com

Best Bartenders Georgia Lee & Ernie KendallBest Bartender
The recipe for a good bartender includes one part flexibility, two parts personality and a splash of attentiveness. Just ask our tied-for-gold Best Bartenders, Georgia Lee of Woody’s Pub & Grub in Ashland and Ernie Kendall from Flat Branch Pub & Brewing. With nearly 15 years combined experience, these two beloved bartenders will make sure you feel like family by night’s end — and ensure your glass never runs dry. Woody’s: 605 Douglas Drive, 573-657-4004, www.woodyspubngrubashland.com; Flat Branch: 115 S. Fifth St., 573-499-0400, www.flatbranch.com
BRONZE: Jason Dixon, The Vault, 23 S. Eighth St.

Best Chef
Before becoming an executive chef, Mark Sulltrop learned about food by working various restaurant jobs, attending local cooking classes and watching Food Network shows. Today, his gastropub 44 Stone Public House offers contemporary, U.K.-inspired fare for a reasonable price. Don’t miss the restaurant’s most popular dishes: the 44 Stone burger and the classic fish and chips. 3910 Peachtree Drive, 573-443-2726, www.44stonepub.com
SILVER: Brook Harlan, Columbia Area Career Center, 4203 S. Providence Road, 573-214-3800, www.career-center.org
BRONZE: Mike Odette, Sycamore, 800 E. Broadway, 573-874-8090, www.sycamorerestaurant.com

Best College Coach
In his 14th season as Mizzou football head coach, Gary Pinkel led the Tigers to a second consecutive SEC East division championship and a Citrus Bowl win. Three cheers for the SEC Coach of the Year!www.garypinkel.com
SILVER: Brian Smith, Mizzou Wrestling, www.mutigers.com
BRONZE: Kim Anderson, Mizzou Men’s Basketball, www.mutigers.com

Best Elected Official
GOLD: Chris Kelly, @repckelly
SILVER: Caleb Rowden, www.calebrowden44.com, @calebrowden44
BRONZE: Stephen Webber, www.votewebber.com, @s_webber

Best Entrepreneur & Best Youth Sports Coach Kelly Eagle of Eagle Elite CheerleadingBest Entrepreneur
After coaching cheerleaders for more than a decade, Kelly Eagle decided opening her own gym was the next logical step. She and her husband, Joe Eagle, opened Eagle Elite Cheerleading in the summer of 2014, and have since offered both competitive and recreational cheerleading and tumbling programs. With so much positivity, passion and persistence, the Eagles’ business is sure to grow by leaps and bounds. 3605 S. Providence Road, Suite 7, 573-397-6114, www.eagleelitecheer.com
SILVER: Michael Urban, Harold’s Doughnuts, 114 S. Ninth St., 573-397-6322, www.haroldsdoughnuts.com
BRONZE: Jessica and Kyle Schlosser, Lizzi & Rocco’s Natural Pet Market, 1610 I-70 Drive S.W., 573-445-8249; 503 E. Nifong Blvd., Suite J, 573-875-2288; www.lizziandroccos.com

Best High School Coach
Although he played as a Hickman Kewpie in high school and worked as the defensive coordinator for the Rock Bridge Bruins for nine years, Battle High School football coach Justin Conyers has made a home with the Spartans. In his second year as a head coach and Battle’s second year in existence, Conyers led the team to its first state championship. www.battlespartans.com
SILVER: Chad Masters, Fr. Tolton Catholic High School football, www.toltonathletics.com
BRONZE: Amy Gundy, Fr. Tolton Catholic High School girls soccer, www.toltonathletics.com

Best Personal Trainer
GOLD: Ericka Hill, Wilson’s Fitness, 2902 Forum Blvd., 573-446-3232, www.wilsonsfitness.com
SILVER: Lindsey Stinson, 573-424-6734, www.lindseystinsonpersonaltraining.com
BRONZE: Mandy Schick, Schick Training, 573-268-8062, www.brickschickhouse.com,schicktraining@gmail.com

Best Radio Personality
GOLD: Scotty Cox, KCLR-FM Clear 99.3, www.clear99.com
SILVER: Janice Downes, KBBM-FM NashFM 100.1, www.nashfm100.com
BRONZE: Tom Bradley, KSSZ-FM The Eagle 93.9, www.theeagle939.com

Best Radio Team
Waking up to Scotty & Cara’s “Clear Country Morning Show” makes mornings just a little bit easier. To sing along to your favorite country songs and catch up on the latest country music news, tune in to Scotty Cox and Cara Denis on KCLR-FM 99.3 during your morning commute. www.clear99.com
SILVER: Cosmo & Whitney, KTXY-FM Y107 106.9, www.y107.com
BRONZE: Woody Adkins & Joy Rushing, “The Real Deal Country Show,” KOPN-FM 89.5, www.kopn.org

Best Restaurant Server Cooper Livingston with Best Volunteer Wally PfefferBest Restaurant Server
If you swing by Broadway Diner between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., you’re sure to find Cooper Livingston serving up hash browns and milkshakes. The self-described “occupational conversationalist who carries food” has been working the late-night shift at Broadway Diner for five years, winning over regulars and newbies alike. Be sure to try “the Coop” while you’re there: The barbecue brisket, macaroni and cheese and horseradish mayo sandwich is named after Livingston. 22 S. Fourth St., 573-875-1173
SILVER: Jody Whitney, Angelo’s Pizza and Steaks, 4107 S. Providence Road, 573-443-6100, www.angelospizzaandsteak.com
BRONZE: Nathan Fuchs, Ernie’s Café & Steakhouse, 1005 E. Walnut St., 573-874-7804, www.erniescolumbia.com

Best School Principal
Our Lady of Lourdes principal Elaine Hassemer has no problem handing out her cellphone number to parents. After all, it makes her accessible: a quality important in any leader. Now in her second year as the Catholic school’s principal, Hassemer continues to lead and interact with her students just as she did at Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary School, where she worked as principal for 12 years prior to joining the Our Lady of Lourdes team. 903 Bernadette Drive, 573-445-7915, www.ollisk8.org
SILVER: Jennifer Wingert, Grant Elementary School, 10 E. Broadway, 573-214-3520, www.cpsk12.org/gre; JWingert@columbia.k12.mo.us
BRONZE: Kristie Wolfe, Fr. Tolton Catholic High School, 3351 E. Gans Road, 573-445-7700, www.toltoncatholic.org; kwolfe@toltoncatholic.org

Best Solo Instrumentalist
GOLD: David Dearnley, www.reverbnation.com/davedynoandtheroadkillorchestra
SILVER: Tom Andes, jazz pianist of the Tom Andes Trio
BRONZE: Clay Cumbie, www.reverbnation.com/claycumbie

Best Solo Vocalist
The director of the music program at Columbia College, Nollie Moore came to Columbia in 1986 on a music scholarship and never left. When he’s not teaching, you can find Moore stealing the show at Missouri Symphony Orchestra and Odyssey Chamber Music Series performances. This year, he’ll even be making his solo debut in A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass at Carnegie Hall in New York City! 573-875-7473, ngmoore@ccis.edu
SILVER: Jazz Rucker, director of vocal arts at Battle High School
BRONZE: Gabe Meyer of The Flood Brothers, www.reverbnation.com/thefloodbrothers

Best TV News Anchor
GOLD: Angie Bailey, KOMU-TV 8, @komuAngie
SILVER: Jim Riek, KOMU-TV 8, @komuJim
BRONZE: Kristie Reeter, KMIZ-TV 17, @KristieABC17

Best TV Sportscaster
GOLD: Chris Gervino, KOMU-TV 8, @KOMUChrisG
SILVER: Austin Kim, KMIZ-TV 17, @AustinKKim
BRONZE: Rod Smith, KRCG-TV 13, @RodKRCG13

Best TV Weathercaster
GOLD: Sharon Ray, KMIZ-TV 17, @SharonABC17
SILVER: Rosie Newberry, formerly of KOMU-TV 8, @RosieNewberry
BRONZE: Eric Aldrich, KOMU-TV 8, @komuEric

Best Visual Artist Lisa BartlettBest Visual Artist
GOLD: Lisa Bartlett, ARTLandish Gallery, 1019 E. Walnut St., 573-442-2999, www.artlandishgallery.com
SILVER: Brittany Williamson, Outside the Lines, 573-999-5037, britt.j.w.art@gmail.com, www.outsidethelinesstudio.weebly.com
BRONZE: Stephanie Hall, The Canvas on Broadway, 706 E. Broadway, 573-443-2222, www.thecanvasonbroadway.com

Best Volunteer
As a young 20-something, Wally Pfeffer started volunteering because he had time — and he knew others could use it. Today, Pfeffer continues to spend 10 to 20 hours of his time each week volunteering with the Mizzou Alumni Association and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and taking photos at various community events. @mizzouwally
SILVER: Sharon Paulsell, Central Missouri Honor Flight, 573-256-1930, www.centralmissourihonorflight.com
BRONZE: Melody Whitworth, Dogs Deserve Better, 239-213-9174, www.dogsdeservebettermissouri.com

Best Youth Sports Coach
GOLD: Kelly Eagle, Eagle Elite Cheerleading, 3605 S. Providence Road, Suite 7, 573-397-6114, www.eagleelitecheer.com
SILVER: Samantha Baker, Academy of Fine Arts Dance Studio, 3210 S. Providence Road, 573-875-7188, www.academydancers.com
BRONZE: Camren Cross, Blue Thunder Track Club, www.bluethundertc.shutterfly.com


BEST OF COLUMBIA: FOOD & DRINK

Best “Hole-in-the-Wall” Place
If it ain’t broke, why fix it? After generations of serving up legendary burgers on sheets of wax paper,Booches Billiard Hall takes the gold as that little gem of a restaurant with the most devoted clientele. 110 S. Ninth St., 573-874-9519
SILVER: Murry’s Restaurant, 3107 Green Meadows Way, 573-442-4969, www.murrysrestaurant.net
BRONZE: Broadway Diner, 22 S. Fourth St., 573-875-1173

Best Barbecue Restaurant
GOLD: Buckingham Smokehouse BBQ, 3804 Buttonwood Drive, 573-499-1490, www.buckinghamsmokehouse.com
SILVER: Lutz’s BBQ, 200 E. Nifong Blvd., 573-443-4227, www.lutzbbq.com
BRONZE: Como Smoke and Fire, 4600 Paris Road, #102, www.comosmokeandfire.com

Best Place For Burgers
GOLD: Booches, 110 S. Ninth St., 573-874-9519
SILVER: Billiards on Broadway, 514 E. Broadway, 573-449-0116, www.billiardsonbroadway.com
BRONZE: Flat Branch Pub & Brewing, 115 S. Fifth St., 573-499-0400, www.flatbranch.com

Best Solo Vocalist Nollie Moore at the Best Place to Buy Doughnuts and Best New Restaurant in 2014 Harold's DoughnutsBest Place To Buy A Doughnut
After months of anticipation (and doughnut deliveries!), Harold’s Doughnuts opened its downtown doors in January. Customers can opt for one of the 12 regularly offered flavors during the day or a customized treat from the nighttime doughnut bar, open Thursday through Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Can’t decide which doughnut to devour? Try maple bacon, the most popular flavor at Harold’s. 114 S. Ninth St., 573-397-6322, www.haroldsdoughnuts.com
SILVER: Broadway Diner, 22 S. Fourth St., 573-875-1173
BRONZE: Hy-Vee, 3100 W. Broadway, 573-447-0133; 405 E. Nifong Blvd., 573-442-8595; 25 Conley Road, 573-442-7703; www.hy-vee.com

Best Place To Enjoy A Glass Of Wine
Maybe you’re sipping your glass of vino over a fancy dinner at Blufftop Bistro or a casual picnic at the A-Frame, or maybe you’re sampling a selection at the Tasting Room. Regardless of how you choose to enjoy your glass, Les Bourgeois provides a beautiful backdrop (hello, Missouri River!) and a variety of locally produced wines. Tasting Room: 12847 W. Highway BB, 573-698-2716; Blufftop Bistro: 14020 W. Highway BB, 573-698-2300; A-Frame: 573-698-3401; www.missouriwine.com
SILVER: Top Ten Wines, 111 S. Ninth St., Suite 160, 573-442-2207, www.toptenwines.net
BRONZE: Wine Cellar & Bistro, 505 Cherry St., 573-442-7281, www.winecellarbistro.com

Best Place To Enjoy A Good Beer
You can’t beat a good, local craft beer, and at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing, you’ll find 12 or 13, all brewed in-house, on tap every night. Looking to shake things up? Flat Branch introduces new beers to the tap every two weeks or so. 115 S. Fifth St., 573-499-0400, www.flatbranch.com
SILVER: Logboat Brewing Co., 504 Fay St., 573-397-6786, www.logboatbrewing.com
BRONZE: 44 Stone Public House, 3910 Peachtree Drive, 573-443-2726, www.44stonepub.com

Best Place To Get Cheap Eats
When G&D Steakhouse first opened its doors in 1970, its menu boasted four steaks and one drink size available for purchase. Although the Aslanidis family has greatly expanded the restaurant’s menu since then, you’ll still find the same popular combo of great food at a great price. From gyros to steaks, there’s something for everyone. 2001 W. Worley St., 573-445-3504, www.gndsteakhouse.com
SILVER: Broadway Diner, 22 S. Fourth St., 573-875-1173
BRONZE: El Rancho, 1014 E. Broadway, 573-875-2121, www.columbiamomexicanfood.com

Best Place To Get Wings
GOLD: CJ’s in Tiger Country, 704 E. Broadway, 573-442-7777, www.cjsintigercountry.com
SILVER: D. Rowe’s Restaurant & Bar, 1005 Club Village Drive, 573-443-8004, www.drowesrestaurant.com
BRONZE: Buffalo Wild Wings, 505 E. Nifong Blvd., 573-441-2244, www.buffalowildwings.com

Best Breakfast Place
The waiters, bartenders and cooks at Cafe Berlin treat each other like family — and they’ll make you feel like you’re part of that family, too. The homey café serves up American breakfast favorites with a Southern twist from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day. And if you love the quirky breakfast, you’ll also love seeing the café transform into a nighttime hangout after 5 p.m., live music and adult beverages included. 220 N. 10th St., 573-441-0400, www.cafeberlincomo.com
SILVER: Broadway Diner, 22 S. Fourth St., 573-875-1173
BRONZE: Ernie’s Cafe, 1005 E. Walnut St., 573-874-7804, www.erniescolumbia.com

Best Chinese Restaurant
GOLD: Peking Restaurant, 212 E. Green Meadows Road, Suite 4, 573-256-6060
SILVER: ABC Chinese Cuisine, 3510 I-70 Drive SE, 573-443-3535, www.abcchinesecuisine.com
BRONZE: Hy-Vee, 3100 W. Broadway, 573-447-0133; 405 E. Nifong Blvd., 573-442-8595; 25 Conley Road, 573-442-7703; www.hy-vee.com

Best Principal Elaine Hassemer at Best Coffee House Lakota Coffee Company and RoastersBest Coffee House
With its homey atmosphere, excellent customer service and wide selection of coffees, all of which are roasted in house, Lakota Coffee Company and Roasters has been keeping Columbia caffeinated since 1992. Try the coffee shake, a customer favorite, next time you’re in need of a pick-me-up. 24 S. Ninth St., 573-874-2852, www.lakotacoffee.com
SILVER: Kaldi’s Coffee, 29 S. Ninth St., Suite 1, 573-874-2566, www.kaldiscoffee.com
BRONZE: Coffee Zone, 11 N. Ninth St., 573-449-8215, www.facebook.com/ColumbiaCoffeeZone

Best Food Truck
GOLD: Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co., 573-999-9323, www.ozarkmountainbiscuits.com
SILVER: Pepe’s Taco Truck, 573-268-4503, www.pepesofcolumbia.com
BRONZE: Chim’s Thai Kitchen at Cooper’s Landing, 509-295-3810, www.cooperslanding.net/food.php

Best Ice Cream/Custard/Frozen Yogurt
GOLD: Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream, 21 S. Ninth St., 573-443-7400
SILVER: Andy’s Frozen Custard, 610 Cooper Drive N., 573-442-8866
BRONZE: Orange Leaf, 2101 W. Broadway, Suite 101, 573-445-7722; 503 E. Nifong Blvd., Suite C, 573-256-7723; www.orangeleafyogurt.com

Best International Cuisine
If Thai is your international cuisine of choice, Bangkok Gardens is a must. Whether you indulge in the classic Phat Thai or branch out and try something new, you’ll enjoy the contemporary atmosphere and authentic Thai flavors. Fun fact: any meal at Bangkok Gardens makes fantastic takeout. 811 Cherry St., 573-874-3284, www.bangkokgardens.com
SILVER: Kampai Sushi Bar & Restaurant, 907 Alley A, 573-442-2239, www.kampaialley.com
BRONZE: Osaka Japanese Restaurant, 120 E. Nifong Blvd., 573-875-8588, www.osakacomo.com

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant
GOLD: 63 Diner, 5801 N. Highway 63, 573-443-2331, www.facebook.com/63Diner
SILVER: Broadway Diner, 22 S. Fourth St., 573-875-1173
BRONZE: G&D Steakhouse, 2001 W. Worley St., 573-445-3504, www.gndsteakhouse.com

Best Late-Night Dining Spot
Not much is better than breakfast for dinner — or breakfast for a late-night snack. Broadway Diner, a Columbia classic, serves pancakes, hash browns, omelets and more, continuously from 5 a.m. Wednesday to 3 p.m. Sunday. The über-friendly staff and retro decor make the diner the best place to feed that late-night craving. 22 S. Fourth St., 573-875-1173
SILVER: Murry’s Restaurant, 3107 Green Meadows Way, 573-442-4969, www.murrysrestaurant.com
BRONZE: El Rancho, 1014 E. Broadway, 573-875-2121, www.columbiamomexicanfood.com

Best Mexican Restaurant
Come for the nachos, fajitas and chicken-cheese-and-rice Franzia dinner, and stay for the famous special: two-time Best Mexican Restaurant winner Las Margaritas Bar & Grill serves up lime margaritas and mojitos for only $1 on Thursdays. If you’re more of a strawberry or peach type, have no fear: During the special, flavored margaritas cost only $2. 10 E. Southampton Drive, 573-442-7500, www.lasmargaritascolumbia.com
SILVER: Agave Mexican Restaurant, 901 Safari Drive, 573-256-5611, www.eatagave.com
BRONZE: El Maguey, 901 E. Nifong Blvd., 573-874-3812

Best New Restaurant Opened In 2014
GOLD: Harold’s Doughnuts, 114 S. Ninth St., 573-397-6322, www.haroldsdoughnuts.com
SILVER: Como Smoke and Fire, 4600 Paris Road, #102, www.comosmokeandfire.com
BRONZE: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 1412 Forum Blvd., 573-303-3167, www.dickeys.com

Best Outdoor Dining
GOLD: Flat Branch Pub & Brewing, 115 S. Fifth St., 573-499-0400, www.flatbranch.com
SILVER: The Roof (The Broadway Hotel), 1111 E. Broadway, 573-875-7000, www.thebroadwaycolumbia.com
BRONZE: Kampai Sushi Bar & Restaurant, 907 Alley A, 573-442-2239, www.kampaialley.com

Best Overall Restaurant
Always a Columbia favorite, Flat Branch Pub & Brewing takes the gold for the fifth year in a row in the Best Overall Restaurant category. Housed in what was an Oldsmobile dealership in the 1920s, the restaurant has tall ceilings and plenty of character to go around. And don’t even get us started on the brewed-in-house beers and the menu of delicious pub grub. 115 S. Fifth St., 573-499-0400, www.flatbranch.com
SILVER: Murry’s Restaurant, 3107 Green Meadows Way, 573-442-4969, www.murrysrestaurant.com
BRONZE: CC’s City Broiler, 1401 Forum Blvd., 573-875-2282, www.ccscitybroiler.com

Best Pizza Restaurant
A hit with Columbia’s college kids since it opened in 1973, Shakespeare’s Pizza continues to please students, alumni, townies and visitors with its renowned pies and pints. This is the pizza joint’s eighth Best Pizza win. 225 S. Ninth St., 573-449-2454; 3304 Broadway Business Park Court, 573-447-1202; 3911 Peachtree Drive, 573-447-7435; www.shakespeares.com
SILVER: Pizza Tree, 909 Cherry St., 573-874-9925, www.pizzatreepizza.com
BRONZE: G&D Pizzaria, 2010 W. Broadway, 573-445-8336, www.gdpizzasteak.com

Place With The Best Happy Hour
If half-price domestic beer and wings with homemade sauce (raspberry habanero, anyone?) sound right up your alley, head over to Trumans Bar & Grill for not one, but two, daily happy hours. The regular daily happy hours occur between 4 and 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and midnight, but on Tuesdays it’s happy hour all day long. 3304 W. Broadway Business Park Court, 573-445-1669, www.trumansbar.com
SILVER: Houlihan’s, 2541 Broadway Bluffs Drive, 573-815-7210
BRONZE: The Heidelberg, 410 S. Ninth St., 573-449-6927, www.theheidelberg.com

Best Sandwich Shop
GOLD: Sub Shop, 209 S. Eighth St.; 601 Business Loop 70, Suite 203; 212 E. Green Meadows Road; 2015 W. Worley St.; 573-449-1919, www.subshopinc.com
SILVER: Pickleman’s Gourmet Café, 1106 E. Broadway, 573-875-2400; 2513 Old 63 S., 573-886-2300; 3103 W. Broadway, Suite 105; 573-875-0400, www.picklemans.com
BRONZE: Jimmy John’s, 912 Rainforest Parkway, 573-256-7600; 5580 Bull Run Drive, 573-777-5566; 212 Corporate Lake Drive, 573-499-4442; 4008 W. Broadway, 573-256-1661; 1019 E. Broadway, 573-815-0043, www.jimmyjohns.com

Best Sports Bar
GOLD: Truman’s Bar & Grill, 3304 W. Broadway Business Park Court, 573-445-1669, www.trumansbar.com
SILVER: D. Rowe’s Restaurant & Bar, 1005 Club Village Drive, 573-443-8004, www.drowesrestaurant.com
BRONZE: Shiloh Bar & Grill, 402 E. Broadway, 573-875-1800, www.shilohbar.com

Best Sushi Restaurant
Tucked away in downtown Columbia’s Alley A, Kampai Sushi Bar & Restaurant serves up beautifully presented Japanese cuisine that’s sure to please sushi lovers, and convert sushi skeptics into avid fans. Bonus: The restaurant’s two patios and full bar provide for all-around enjoyable dining experience. 907 Alley A, 573-442-2239, www.kampaialley.com
SILVER: Osaka Japanese Restaurant, 120 E. Nifong Blvd., 573-875-8588, www.osakacomo.com
BRONZE: Jina Yoo’s, 2200 Forum Blvd., 573-446-5462, www.jinayoos.com


BEST OF COLUMBIA: SHOPPING & SERVICES

Best Place To Accessorize A Little Black Dress
GOLD:
Charming Charlie, 2300 Bernadette Drive (Columbia Mall), 573-445-2418, www.charmingcharlie.com
SILVER: Elly’s Couture, 914 E. Broadway, 573-499-4401, www.ellyscouture.com
BRONZE: Buchroeders, 1021 E. Broadway, 573-443-1457, www.brdiamonds.com

Best Place To Buy A Gift For A Guy
GOLD:
Bass Pro Shops, 3100 Bass Pro Drive, 573-881-7100, www.basspro.com
SILVER: Alpine Shop, 1102 E. Broadway, 573-816-2955, www.alpineshop.com
BRONZE: Woody’s Gentlemen’s Clothiers, 111 S. Ninth St., Suite 140, 573-886-0265, www.woodysclothiers.com

Best Place To Buy A Gift For A Woman
Men in search of their beloveds’ favor (or forgiveness) have been finding that just-right gift atBuchroeders jewelry store since 1896. This downtown store prides itself on exceptional customer service and an uncanny knack for suggesting the perfect piece of jewelry that will put a sparkle in her eye. 1021 E. Broadway, 573-443-1457, www.brdiamonds.com
SILVER: Poppy, 920 E. Broadway, 866-92-POPPY (6779), www.poppyarts.com
BRONZE: Betz Jewelers, 601 E. Broadway, Suite 303, 573-449-1070, www.betzjewelers.com

Best High School Coach Justin Conyers at Best Place To Buy A Gift For Your Pet Lizzi & Rocco'sBest Place To Buy A Gift For Your Pet
Now with two locations in Columbia, Lizzi & Rocco’s Natural Pet Market makes it twice as easy to indulge your little darling with tasty treats, fun toys, or nutritious and delicious food. 503 E. Nifong Blvd., Suite J, 573-875-2288; 1610 I-70 Drive S.W., 573-445-8249; www.lizziandroccos.com
SILVER: PetSmart, 229 N. Stadium Blvd., 573-447-0145, www.petsmart.com
BRONZE: Treats Unleashed, 1400 Forum Blvd., 573-234-2275, www.treats-unleashed.com

Best Place To Buy A Unique Bottle Of Wine
Don’t let Macadoodles’ whimsical exterior fool you. This place takes wine very seriously. Whether you’re looking for an affordable bottle for tonight’s dinner table or an exceptional vintage to add to your collection, you can find it at Macadoodles. And if you can’t find it on your own, there are knowledgeable experts at hand to help you navigate the shop’s extensive inventory. 455 E. Green Meadows Road, 573-443-1825, columbia.macadoodles.com
SILVER: Top Ten Wines, 111 S. Ninth St., 573-442-2207, www.toptenwines.net
BRONZE: Lucky’s Market, 111 S. Providence Road, 573-442-2128, www.luckysmarket.com

Best Place To Buy An Item For Your Home
GOLD:
Hobby Lobby, 2001 W. Worley, Suite 150, 574-445-4443, www.hobbylobby.com
SILVER: Tallulahs, 812 E. Broadway, 573-442-9550, www.tallulahsstore.com
BRONZE: Bluestem Missouri Crafts, 13 S. Ninth St., 573-442-0211, www.bluestemmissouricrafts.com

Best Place To Buy Eyewear
The doctors at Columbia Eye Consultants Optometry know you want to look great in your glasses, but it’s even more important that you can see great in your glasses. It starts with a comprehensive eye exam that results in the precise corrective prescription for your eyes, then begins the fun of choosing your flattering new frames. 500 N. Keene St., Suite 103; 1601 Chapel Hill Road, Suite B, 573-874-2030, www.cecoptometry.com
SILVER: Vision Source – Jennings Eye Associates, 305 N. Keene St., Suite 205, 573-449-9949, www.visionsource-jenningseye.com
BRONZE: Andrew Stone Optometry, 2012 Cherry Hill Drive, Suite 201, 573-445-7750, www.andrewstoneoptometry.com

Best Place To Buy Jewelry
GOLD:
Buchroeders, 1021 E. Broadway, 573-443-1457, www.brdiamonds.com
SILVER: Betz Jewelers, 601 E. Broadway, Suite 303, 573-449-1070, www.betzjewelers.com
BRONZE: Poppy, 920 E. Broadway, 866-92-POPPY (927-6779), poppyarts.com

Best Place To Buy Something Handcrafted
An true artist incorporates pride in every creation and that pride comes with every purchase at Bluestem Missouri Crafts. The delightful downtown shop showcases the work of more than 300 artists whose one-of-a-kind pieces will add panache to your home, garden and wardrobe. 13 S. Ninth St., 573-442-0211, www.bluestemmissouricrafts.com
SILVER: Poppy, 920 E. Broadway, 866-92-POPPY (927-6779), www.poppyarts.com
BRONZE: Plume, 165 E. Hoe Down Drive, 573-823-9654, www.somethingplume.com

Best Place To Buy Something Old
There’s nothing like a fine antique to add instant character to a home, and McAdams’ Ltd. is the go-to store for Columbia’s antique lovers. The business didn’t miss a beat when it relocated last year; McAdams’ exquisite furnishings, estate pieces and devoted customers all made the move. 1501 Old 63 S., 573-442-3151, www.mcadamsltd.com
SILVER: Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall, 1781 Lindberg Drive, 573-474-2056, www.artichokeannies.com/artichoke
BRONZE: Midway Antique Mall, 6401 U.S. 40, 573-445-0042, www.midwayantiques.net

Best Place To Get Chiropractic Care
Focus On Health
truly lives up to its name. Dr. Curt Kippenberger and his team help patients get healthy and stay healthy through a variety of services that include chiropractic care, acupuncture, functional rehabilitation and soft tissue manipulation. 4200 Merchant St., Suite 105, 573-777-5900, www.focusonhealthchiro.com
SILVER: Tiger Family Chiropractic, 3600 I-70 Drive S.E., 573-443-1414, www.tigerfamilychiropractic.com
BRONZE: Dr. Sylvie Carpentier, 1511 Chapel Hill Road, 573-446-2242, www.columbiachiropractors.com

Best Place To Go For A Girls’ Night Out
GOLD:
The Canvas On Broadway, 706 E. Broadway, Suite 100, 573-443-2222, www.thecanvasonbroadway.com
SILVER: Paint The Town, 2703 E. Broadway, 573-777-7795, www.paintthetowncolumbia.com
BRONZE: Tropical Liqueurs, 515 E. Broadway, 573-442-8098; 3805 S. Providence Road, 573-256-7141; www.2trops.com

Best Place To Go For A Guys’ Night Out
Sorry, Fido, but a good beer could be a man’s best friend. Guys can find terrific beer and welcoming surroundings at Logboat Brewing Co. When the weather cooperates, the good times spill out onto the lawn, where outdoor seating and a game of bocce ball awaits. 504 Fay St., 573-397-6786, www.logboatbrewing.com
SILVER: Trumans Bar & Grill, 3304 W. Broadway Business Park Court, 573-445-1669, www.trumansbar.com
BRONZE: Billiards on Broadway, 514 E. Broadway, 573-449-0116, www.billiardsonbroadway.com

Best Place To Go For Some Pampering
GOLD:
Riversong Spa & Salon, 1101 Club Village Drive, Suite 101, 573-447-1772, www.riversongspa.com
SILVER: Back Space Therapeutic Massage, 1905 Cherry Hill Drive, Suite 102, 573-397-7031, www.backspacemassage.com
BRONZE: The Clip Joint Salon & Spa, 1001 Cherry St., 573-443-8711; 1608 Chapel Hill Road, 573-445-3176; www.clipjointsalon.com

Best Place To Play A Round Of Golf
GOLD:
The Club At Old Hawthorne, 6221 E. Highway WW, 573-442-5280, www.oldhawthorne.com
SILVER: Columbia Country Club, 2210 Country Club Drive, 573-449-4115, www.columbiacc.net
BRONZE: Eagle Knoll Golf Course, 5757 E. Eagle Knoll Drive, Hartsburg, 573-761-4653, www.eagleknoll.com

Best Place To Take Your Pet For A Checkup
GOLD:
Horton Animal Hospitals, 1700 I-70 Drive S.W., 573-445-4466, www.hortoncentral.com; 2608 Paris Road, 573-474-9508, www.hortonne.com; 2200 Chapel Plaza Court, 573-446-3227, www.hortonforum.com
SILVER: Rolling Hills Veterinary Hospital, 3505 Buttonwood Drive, 573-449-7387; 210 Keene St., 573-449-3791; www.rollinghillsvethospital.com
BRONZE: Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital & Bird Clinic, 1003 N. Fairview Road, 573-445-1388, www.noahsarkanimalhospitalmo.com

Best Place To Work Out
GOLD:
Wilson’s Fitness, 2902 Forum Blvd., 573-446-3232; 2601 Range Line St., 573-443-4242; 111 Orr St., 573-777-6700; www.wilsonsfitness.com
SILVER: The ARC (Activity & Recreation Center), 1701 W. Ash St., 573-874-7700, www.gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec/ARC
BRONZE: Sumit’s Hot Yoga, 505 E. Nifong Blvd., Suite 103, 573-474-9642, www.sumitsyogacolumbia.com


BEST OF COLUMBIA: MISCELLANY

Best Columbia Neighborhood
GOLD:
The Highlands
SILVER: The Village of Cherry Hill, www.villageofcherryhill.com
BRONZE: Old Southwest

Best Local Charity
Visit Second Chance and you just might find a new family member. The no-kill shelter provides both temporary shelter for pets eligible for adoption, and a permanent home for those animals that, for whatever reason, cannot be adopted. This year, Second Chance celebrates its 30th anniversary. That’s 210 in dog years! 24687 Highway 179, Boonville, 660-882-5050, www.columbia2ndchance.org
SILVER: Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, 2101 Vandiver Drive, 573-474-1020, www.sharefoodbringhope.org
BRONZE: Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., 573-443-7387, www.cmhspets.org

Best Local Festival
GOLD:
Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, www.rootsnbluesnbbq.com
SILVER: True/False Film Fest, www.truefalse.org
BRONZE: Art In The Park, www.artintheparkcolumbia.org

Best Mid-Missouri Small Town
The picturesque village of Rocheport is home to comfortable B&Bs, charming shops, popular restaurants, and the rich, vivid history of a Missouri River town. Thousands of tourists flock to Rocheport each year, and although many arrive on four wheels, one of the best ways to visit is to bike to town via the Katy Trail. www.rocheport.com
SILVER: Ashland, www.ashlandmo.us
BRONZE: Arrow Rock, www.arrowrock.org

Best Place For A Family Activity
GOLD:
Stephens Lake Park, www.gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec/Parks/Stephens_Lake
SILVER: Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, www.mostateparks.com/park/rock-bridge-memorial-state-park
BRONZE: Mizzou Sports, www.mutigers.com

Best Place To Take A First-Time Visitor To Columbia
GOLD:
Shakespeare’s Pizza, 225 S. Ninth St., 573-449-2454; 3304 Broadway Business Park Court, 573-447-1202; 3911 Peachtree Drive, 573-447-7435; www.shakespeares.com
SILVER: University of Missouri Campus, www.missouri.edu
BRONZE: The District, www.discoverthedistrict.com

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