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Reader's Choice Awards

The Votes Are In...

We are excited to announce our first-ever Reader's Choice winners! From healthcare to dining out, each winner was chosen by YOU-- our incredible readers! Not only is it an honor to present this remarkable round-up of local businesses, but it is inspiring to see our community come together to support their own. Let's celebrate this outstanding collection of Reader's Choice winners. 

Congratulations to all, and cheers to the Best of 2022!

Best Hospital

Lexington Medical Center

Lexmed.com

803.791.2000

Lexington Medical Center is a medical complex in Lexington, SC. Lexington Medical Center is owned by Lexington County Health Service District, Inc, a private company. The network includes six community medical centers, an occupational health facility, the largest nursing home in the Carolinas, an Alzheimer's disease care center and seventy physician practices in a variety of services. Lexington Medical Center's main campus is located on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia.

Best Pest Control

Modern Exterminating Company

Pestfreesc.com

803.765.2315

Modern Exterminating is the longest-standing, family-owned, local, independent pest control company serving Columbia, Lexington, Aiken, and beyond. We service a 50 mile radius from downtown and have over 11,000 customers in the greater Columbia area. We’re also available for same-day service, because we understand the importance of taking care of pest problems ASAP.

Best Car Care

Christian Brothers Automotive

Cbac.com

803.753.7855

Best Restaurant

Di Vino Rosso

Divinorossosc.com

803.550.9699

We are honored to have served the community for 10 years and counting -- whether you are a local regular or a new friend, it is our pleasure to host you. We look forward to welcoming you to Di Vino Rosso!

Best Real Estate Firm

The Downing Group

Thedowninggroup.com

803.381.8950

Best Luxury Hotel

The Willcox

Thewillcox.com

803.648.1898

Built in the last years of the nineteenth century, The Willcox has been welcoming guests for well over a hundred years.

Best New Restaurant

Chophouse of Chapin

ChophouseofChapin.com

803.723.2351

Best Urgent Care

Veritas Health Group

VeritasUrgentCare.com

803.399.8793

Best Boutique Hotel

Hotel Trundle

HotelTrundle.com

803.722.5000

Best Luxury Automobile Dealership

McDaniels Auto Group

McDanielsautogroup.com

803.786.6400

Best Automobile Dealership

McDaniels Auto Group

McDanielsautogroup.com

803.786.6400

Best Flooring Company

Floor Boys

FloorBoys.com

803.359.0507

Best Pediatric Dentist

Wild Smiles

Wildsmiles.net

803.356.1606

Best Weight Loss Consultant

Profile by Sanford

ProfilePlan.com

803.756.3403

Best Italian Restaurant

Alodia's Cucina

Alodias.com

803.520.4493

Best Optician

Columbia Eye Clinic

Columbiaeyeclinic.com

803.779.3070

Best Tutor

Mathnasium of Lexington

Mathnasium.com

803.356.6103

Best Fine Jeweler

Dems Fine Jewelers

Demsjewelers.com

803.407.5290

Best Bank

Security Federal Bank

Security FederalBank.com

803.808.8180

Best Mattress and Furniture Store

Michaelis Mattress

Michaelismattress.com

803.356.2337

Best Casual Restaurant

O'Hara’s Public House

Oharas-public-house.com

803.785.4025

Best Bar

O'Hara’s Public House

Oharas-public-house.com

803.785.4025

Best Dermatologist

Columbia Skin Clinic

Columbiaskinclinic.com

803.779.7316

Best Orthopaedic Doctor

Lexington Orthopaedics – Dr. Guillaume Dumont

Lexmed.com/ortho

803.314.9640

Best Specialty Doctor

Lexington Urology – Dr. David Lamb

Lexingtonurology.com

803.739.3660

Best Mortgage Company

Thrive Mortgage –  Mandie Anderson

Needapre.com

803.960.9343

Best Insurance Agency

CFP Insurance – Todd Smith

Cfpins.com

803.561.9003

Best Financial Advisor

The Sturkie Wealth Management Group

Sturkiewealthmanagement.com

803.386.0307

Best Real Estate Attorney

Lawyer Lisa

Lawyerlisa.com

803.563.5163

Best Female Run Financial Group

Edward Jones - Lindsay Cox

EdwardJones.com

803.808.5993

Best Landscape Nursery

Wingard's Market & Garden

Wingardsmarket.com

803.359.9091

Best Kitchen and Bath Contractor

Capital Kitchen & Bath

Capitalkb.com

803.345.5888

Best New Retirement Community

Lakeview Retirement Community

Rlccommunities.com

803.369.6210

Best Architect

Catalyst Architects

Catalyst Architects.com

803.358.6565

Best Home Care

McLeod Home Care

McLeodCare.com

803.233.3343

Everyone ages. It’s an inherent property of life. As our bodies and minds develop over time, we adapt to these changes by modifying our decisions and actions. The later years of life can be especially challenging, but McLeod Home Care is here to help. We listen closely to our residents in order to understand their needs and limitations, then discuss and determine potential solutions. We work with you to customize options that will make the life you want for yourself and your loved ones a reality.

Best Realtor

Lake Homes Realty – Cat Thornton

LakeHomes.com

803.446.4761

Best Garage Door Company

Pro Lift Garage – Lexington

Proliftdoors.com

803.723.2499

Best Custom Closet Designer

Closet Factory - Columbia

ClosetFactory.com

800.838.7995

Best Chiropractor

Carolina West – Bigbie

CarolinaWestClinic.com

BigbieChiropractic.com

803.356.9315

Best Orthodontist

The Braces Place

TheBracesPlace.com

803.359.4480

Best Philanthropic Company

CMS Roofing

CMSRoofingsc.com

803.732.5558

We are licensed and insured and have served the entire state of South Carolina, mostly focusing our efforts on the Columbia and Charleston areas for more than 20 years. We believe in using that expertise to give you and your family peace-of-mind – it’s what CMS Roofing is all about.

Best Marketing/Ad Agency

Splash Omnimedia

Splashomninedia.com

803.785.5656

Best Private School

Northside Christian Academy

Northsidechristianacademy.org

803.520.5656

Best Boat Dealer

Marine 360

Marine360sc.com

803.749.2360

Marine 360 has been a mainstay on Lake Murray since 2007. Owners Brandon Crutchfield and Scott Muckenfuss share one common goal - to provide the highest quality sales and service in the Midlands area. Marine 360 has far exceeded these goals - named the Second Highest Volume dealer by Crest Marine. Brandon and Scott have surrounded themselves with the best in the industry to get you where you want to be - on the water!

Best Outdoor Advertising

Grace Outdoor

GraceOutdoor.com

803.252.7084

Grace Outdoor is a locally-owned, family business based in Columbia, SC. We operate both traditional and digital billboards in Columbia, Greenville, Florence, Fort Mill, Spartanburg and Charleston, SC and Charlotte, NC. 

Best Staffing Firm

Roper Staffing

Roperstaffing.com

803.798.8500

Best On Air Radio Personality

Summer James

B106.7

106fm.com

Best Concierge Doctor

Dr. Dee Carter

Living Well Family Medicine

803.951.2750

Best Custom Doors

Southern Custom Doors and Hardware

SCDOORS.COM

803.851.5801

Best ENT Medical Group

Centa Medical Group

Centamedical.com

803.256.2483

Best Tool Company

Mann Tool & Supply

Manntools.com

803.252.7777

Specializing in power tool and accessory sales, Mann Tool offers a full line from many major name-brand power tool and woodworking equipment manufacturers. To complement our tool and equipment selection, Mann offers woodworking and construction supplies, lumber and other wood products, plus classes and demos in woodworking and wood turning.

Best Roofing Company

Premiere Roofing

Premiereroofingcolumbia.com

803.244.9428

Best Coffee Shop

Loveland Coffee

Lovelandcofee.com

Beach Loveland has had a long-time love of coffee and in building a community around coffee. He has been working in the specialty coffee industry for over 15 years and the service industry for over 20 years. Beach, along with his wife, Jessica, have had a vision of bringing the community together through their love of coffee and guidance of the Lord.  

Best Breakfast

Café Strudel- Lexington

Cafestrudel.com

803.794.6634

Best Event Venue

Corley Mill House & Gardens

Corleymillhouse.com

803.957.1818

The Corley Mill House is an Edwardian-era home built in 1908. The house was purchased and developed into an event venue in 1997. With the addition of a banquet space and gardens in 2001, the property has evolved into a multi-faceted venue for indoor and outdoor events of all types and sizes.

Best Caterer

Southern Way Catering

Thesouthernway.com

803.783.1061

In 1982, our founder Jimmy Stevenson began a small company with deep Southern roots and a philosophy that demanded the best. This philosophy continues today and is undoubtedly why Southern Way is now one of the largest, most successful, and most sought-after catering companies in this area. We specialize in off-site catering anywhere in the Southeast with a fully-equipped mobile catering kitchen. 

Best Med Spa

Blue Lavender Spa

Bluelavenderspa.com

803.575.8404

Blue Lavender Spa believes in bringing your Natural Beauty to Life!

We use botanical-based skincare that harnesses the healing power of plant-based extracts to produce clinical results. Medical Aesthetic services enhance results, providing solutions for more problematic and aging skin. The pairing of Science and Nature creates a more beautiful, youthful, and healthy YOU!

Best Furniture Store

Chapin Furniture

Chapinfurniture.com

803.932.4052

We believe that some of the most profound wisdom comes to us in familiar sayings such as, “Treat others as you yourself would like to be treated.”  We place a high value on family relationships and believe our employees and customers are extended families. We are a part of our community and call it our home!

Best Home Builder

Mungo Homes

Mungo.com

803.749.9000

Best Landscape Company

Midlands Landscape and Lawns

Midlandslandscape.com

803.356.8080

Best Pool Builder

Griffin Pools

Griffinpoolsandspas.com

803.957.2121

Best Boutique 

831MINHLE

831minhle.com

803.520.0158

Best Custom Clothing

Granger Owings

Grangerowings.com

803.252.6714

Best Public Golf Course

Cobblestone Park

Cobblestoneparkgolfclub.com

803.714.2620

Best Pet Boarding

Lexington Pet Lodge

Lexingtonpetlodge.com

803.957.7297

Best Carpet/Rug Store

Rug Gallery

LexingtonRugGallery.com

803.834.5330

Best Women's Health Doctor

Kraemer Women’s Care

Kraemerwomenscare.com

803.753.7524

At Kraemer Women’s Care, we provide individualized and comprehensive gynecological, obstetrical and prenatal care for women across the midlands.

Best Pediatrician

Ballentine Pediatrics

Ballentinepeds.com

803.732.0920

Best Commercial Cleaning

Palmetto Commercial Services

Palmettocommercialservices.com

803.479.0812

Best Pet Supply Store

Lazy Creek

Lazycreekpets.com

803.356.4995

Best Lawyer

Billy Walker

WalkerLaw.org

800.922.8411

Best CBD

Indigo Ridge Hemp

Indigoridgehemp.com

803.359.9545

Best Upholstery Shop

Nordan & Foster

Nordanfostercustomupholstery.com

803.759.8990

Best Special Event/Planner

Rugged Luxe

Ruggedluxe.com

803.339.3114

Best Funeral Home

Caughman-Harman

Dignitymemorial.com

803.359.6118

Best Charcuterie

Abundant Graze

Abundantgraze.com

Best Glass Company

Shepherds Glass

Shepherdsglass.com

803.945.4999

You’re in business for 50 years because you’re doing things right. Call us today!

Best Law Group

Mike Kelly Law Group

Mklawgroup.com

803.726.0123

Best Collectible/Specialty Shop

Gilbert Coin & Collectible Exchange

Gilbertcoins.com

803.892.4307

Best Men's Clothier

BP Skinner Clothiers

Bpskinnerclothiers.com

803.661.7665

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