2023 Readers Choice Awards

Throughout the month of May, readers of were given the opportunity to cast a vote in our inaugural Readers Choice Awards. We’re proud to present the winners, listed below in alphabetical order in four main categories (Food + Drink; Business; Places; People). A slideshow gallery picturing most of the winners is included at the bottom of the list. To navigate the slideshow, simply click the arrows on either side of the gallery.

And the winners are (insert drum roll here):

Food + Drink

Best Appetizers
1st: Fish Net
2nd: Hamburger Barn

Best Cheese Dip & Salsa
1st: Los Agaves
2nd: El Parian

Best Breakfast
1st: Andy’s
2nd: Cracker Barrel

Best Coffee Shop
1st: JavaPrimo
2nd: Samantha’s Bakery

Best Donuts
1st: Donut Palace
2nd: Dunkin’

Best Lunch
1st: Ouachita Valley Meats
2nd: Fat Boys

Best Deli
1st: Brookshire’s
2nd: Ouachita Valley Meats

Best Salad
1st: (Tie) Fat Boys and Java Primo

Best Food Truck
1st: El Buen Sazón
2nd: Vidal’s

Best Caterer
1st: Fish Net
2nd: Fat Boys

Best Desserts
1st: Ludwig’s Bakery
2nd: Fish Net

Best Cupcakes
1st: Samantha’s Bakery
2nd: Ludwigs

Best Frozen Treat
1st: Dairy Queen
2nd: (Tie) Cajun Snow and Sonic Drive-In

Best Sweet Tea
1st: Chicken Express
2nd: Fish Net

Best Asian Cuisine
1st: The Golden Wok
2nd: Tasty Hibachi

Best Sushi
1st: Tasty Hibachi
2nd: Tasteful Hibachi
(Yes, we realize both are under the same proprietorship)

Best Italian
Guti’s Mex-Italy

Best Pizza
1st: Domino’s
2nd: Guti’s Mex-Italy

Best Mexican Restaurant
1st: Los Agaves
2nd: El Parian

Best Tacos
1st: Walk & Taco
2nd: Los Agaves

Best Bakery
1st: Ludwig’s Bakery
2nd: Samantha’s Bakery

Best Barbecue
1st: Allen’s BBQ
2nd: Fat Boys

Best Steak
1st: Fat Boys
2nd: Fish Net

Best Hamburger:
1st: Fat Boys
2nd: Hamburger Barn

Best Seafood
1st: Fish Net
2nd: The Flying Burger

Best Bar & Grill
1st: Slim & Shorty’s
2nd: 67 Grill

Best Cocktails
1st: Slim & Shorty’s
2nd: 67 Grill

Best Place for Live Music
1st Place: 67 Grill
2nd: Place: Betty’s Big Country Dance Hall

Best Customer Service
1st: Fish Net
2nd: Slim & Shorty’s

Best Take-out/Drive-Thru
1st: Wendy’s
2nd: Sonic Drive-In

Best Family-owned Restaurant
1st: Fish Net
2nd: Fat Boys


Best Accounting Firm
1st: Turner, Rodgers, Manning & Plyler
2nd: Echols, Thompson & Kneebone

Best Appliance Repair
1st: Orr’s Appliance Service
2nd: Daniell Heating & Electric

Best Auto Dealer
Southwest Auto Collection

Best Auto Repair
1st: Cannon Auto
2nd: Garner’s Tire & Auto

Best Auto Body Repair
1st: Arkadelphia Collision Repair Center
2nd: Southwest Auto Collection

Best Bank
1st: Southern Bancorp
2nd: Bank OZK

Best Barber Shop
1st: Unique Barber Service
2nd: (Tie) Robert Nelson Barber Shop and OK Barber

Best Cabinets
1st: Wade’s Cabinet Shop
2nd: Holt’s Custom Cabinets

Best Carpet/Flooring
1st: Hardman Interiors
2nd: Homemaker’s Carpet and Flooring

Best Car Wash
1st: Country Car Wash
2nd: Splash Car Wash

Best Child Care Center
1st: Fun Time Learning Center
2nd: Bright Beginnings Learning Center

Best Clothing Store
1st: Violet Fields Boutique
2nd: Adorn Boutique

Best Consignment Store
Young Forever Consignment

Best Credit Union
1st: Patterson Federal Credit Union
2nd: Two Rivers Federal Credit Union

Best Customer Service
1st: Fish Net
2nd: Taylor King Law

Best Electrical Service
1st: JW Rogers Electric
2nd: Daniell Electric & Refrigeration

Best Eye Clinic
1st: Family Eye Clinic
2nd: Byers Eye Care

Best Feed & Ranch
1st: Atwoods
2nd: Clark County Livestock & Feed

Best Fitness Center
1st: A-Town Fitness
2nd: Foundation Fitness

Best Florist
1st: Mary & Martha’s Florist & Gifts
2nd: Pam’s Posies

Best Funeral Home
1st: Welch Funeral Home
2nd: Williams Funeral Home

Best Furniture Store
1st: Laster’s Furniture Co.
2nd: Ivan Smith Furniture

Best Garden Supply
1st: Atwoods
2nd: Love Creek Nursery (Okolona)

Best Gun Store

Best Hair Salon
1st: Rebel Child
2nd: Hollywood Hair Salon

Best Heating & Air
1st: Daniell Electric & Refrigeration
2nd: Goza Heating & Air

Best Home Accessories
1st: Hardman Interiors
2nd: Ivan Smith Furniture

Best Home Health Care
1st: Baptist Health Home Health Network
2nd: Area Agency on Aging

Best Hotel
1st: Fairfield Inn & Suites
2nd: Holiday Inn

Best Insurance Company
1st: State Farm-Austin Wingfield
2nd: Farm Bureau

Best Internet Service Provider
1st: South Central Connect
2nd: Optimum

Best Jeweler

Best Large Company to Work For
1st: Taylor King Law
2nd: Southern Bancorp

Best Lawn Care Service
1st: Wade’s Lawn Care
2nd: Sparks Lawn Care

Best Liquor Store
1st: Celebrations 
2nd: Lucky Liquor

Best Mortgage Company
1st: Southern Bancorp
2nd: Supreme Lending

Best Nail Salon
1st: Tony’s Nails
2nd: LTC Nail Spa

Best Nursing Home
1st: Twin Rivers Health and Rehabilitation
2nd: Nightingale Nursing & Rehab Center

Best Oil Change
1st: Harris 10-Minit Lube
2nd: Garner’s Tire & Auto

Best Outdoor Gear

Best Pawn Shop
1st: Quality Pawn
2nd: BJ’s Rent-to-Own & Pawn

Best Pest Control
1st: Legacy Termite & Pest Control
2nd: City Termite & Pest Control

Best Pet Grooming
1st: Nellie’s Pet Grooming
2nd: Bow Wow Pampered Pooches

Best Pet Supply
1st: Atwoods
2nd: South Arkansas Veterinary Hospital

Best Pharmacy
1st: Heartland Pharmacy
2nd: Walmart

Best Photo & Video

Best Physical Therapy
Tie: Baptist Health and Arkadelphia Physical Therapy

Best Plumbing Company
1st: Taylor Plumbing
2nd: (Tie) Bob Clark Plumbing and Bonner Plumbing Co.

Best Real Estate Firm
1st: Bluebird Real Estate
2nd: Crye-Leike Pro-Elite Realty

Best Retirement Facility
The Plaza at Twin Rivers

Best Roofing Company
1st: Palmer Roofing
2nd: Brian Bridges Roofing

Best Small Business
1st: Fish Net
2nd: (Tie) Print Mania and Shuffield Music Company

Best Tattoo Shop
Old Rose Tattoo

Best Tire Service
1st: Garner Tire & Auto
2nd: (Tie) Arkadelphia Tire & Outfitters and White Used Tires

Best Title Company
1st: First National Title Co.
2nd: Jackson Title Co.

Best Towing
1st: Beene’s Towing & Recovery
2nd: Phil’s Automotive

Best Used Car Dealer
1st: Southwest Auto Collection
2nd: Shepherd’s Auto Sales

Best Veterinary Clinic
1st: Providence Veterinary Care
2nd: South Arkansas Veterinary Hospital

Best Wedding Venue
1st: Blakelytown Venue
2nd: The Barn at Richwoods

Places & Events

Best Charity Gala
1st: Group Living Inc. Gala
2nd: Denim & Diamonds

Best College
1st: Ouachita Baptist University
2nd: Henderson State University

Best Local Attraction
1st: DeGray Lake
2nd: Arkadelphia Aquatic Park

Best Marina
1st: Iron Mountain Marina
2nd: DeGray Lake State Park Marina

Best Museum
1st: Clark County Historical Museum
2nd: Hoo-Hoo International and Forestry Museum

Best Nonprofit Organization
1st: Group Living Inc.
2nd: Percy and Donna Malone Child Safety Center

Best Place to Take Kids
1st: Arkadelphia Aquatic Park
2nd: Caddo Valley Park/Playground

Best Place to Worship
1st: Third Street Baptist Church
2nd: Trinity Temple Assembly of God

Best School District
1st: Arkadelphia Public Schools
2nd: Ouachita Public School District


Best Accountant
(Tie) Andrew Kneebone and Mark Manning

Best Aesthetician
1st: Angie Karagozian
2nd: Madyson Calhoun

Best Attorney
1st: Taylor King
2nd: Gina White

Best Banker
1st: Bill Wright
2nd: Stacey Marlar

Best Barber
1st: Matthew Pittman
2nd: Bobby Cobb

Best Coach
1st: Todd Knight
2nd: (Tie) Jenny Coon and Trey Schucker

Best Chiropractor
1st: Dr. Patrick Clary
2nd: Dr. John Bomar

Best Dentist
1st: Dr. Derrick Ross
2nd: Dr. Scott Byrd

Best Elected Official
1st: District 2 JP Michael Ankton
2nd: Sheriff Jason Watson

Best Financial Advisor
1st: Blake Bell
2nd: David Sims

Best Firefighter
1st: (Tie) Jason Hunt and Andy Neel
2nd: Beau Bishop

Best Hair Dresser
1st: Christy Buck
2nd: Makayla Robinson

Best Home Builder
1st: Ryan Shuffield
2nd: (Tie) Paul White and Rusty Rogers

Best Insurance Agent
1st: (Tie) Justin Rogers and Austin Wingfield

Best Law Enforcement Officer
1st: Sheriff Jason Watson
2nd: Jason “Shorty” Jackson

Best Massage Therapist
1st: Lisa Francis
2nd: Pam Wilson

Best Nurse
1st: Beth Hasley
2nd: Jessica Roper

Best Paramedic
1st: Melina Jenkins
2nd: Jay Smithpeters

Best Pediatrician
1st: Dr. Gari Rucker
2nd: Dr. Wesley Kluck

Best Performer
1st: Jody Evans
2nd: Paul Shuffield

Best Personal Trainer
1st: Jason McCready
2nd: Carlton Bragg

Best Pharmacist
1st: Brian McGalliard
2nd: Lacey Griffin

Best Photographer
(Tie) Steve Fellers and Caroline Cissell

Best Physical Therapist
1st: Kevin Boyles
2nd: Todd George

Best Physician
1st: Dr. Bryan McDonnell
2nd: Dr. Nolen Hagood

Best Principal
1st: Callie Hunley (AHS)
2nd: Mary Snowden (Peake)

Best Real Estate Agent
1st: Haley Griffin
2nd: (Tie) Kim and Scott Tatman

Best Teacher
1st: Beverly Slavens
2nd: Arnesha Talley

Best Veterinarian
1st: Dr. Rob Rucker
2nd: Drs. Stephanie and Jonathan Bradshaw

Clark County Man of the Year
Jason Watson
Runner-up: Taylor King

Clark County Woman of the Year
Jane Lucas
Runner-up: Nikki Thomas

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