2017 Best of the Pine Belt Winners

BUSINESS

Best Auto Dealership
Petro Nissan

RUNNERS UP: Ryan Chevrolet • Toyota of Hattiesburg • Vardaman Honda

 

Best Women's Clothing
Eve Marie's

RUNNERS UP: Fly Boutique • Material Girls • The Abbey

 

Best Men's Clothing
Randy Price & Co.

RUNNERS UP: John White, Ltd. • Go Young Fashion (Downtown) • Go Young Fashion (40th Ave)

 

Best Kids Clothing
Banana Peel

RUNNERS UP: Giggles • Playpen • Little Lane

 

Best Computer Store
Computer Karma

RUNNERS UP: Best Buy • Computer Max • Jensen Computer Technologies

 

Best Drugstore
Freedom Pharmacy

RUNNERS UP: Oak Grove Pharmacy • Rodgers Family Pharmacy • Owl Drug

 

Best Bookstore
Tbones Records & Café

RUNNERS UP: Books a Million • Main Street Books • Book Rack

 

Best Wine/Liquor Store
Carl's Wine and Spirits

RUNNERS UP: 27th Avenue Package Store • Lincoln Road Package Store • Twin Forks

 

Best Hardware Store
Economy Supply

RUNNERS UP: Lowe's • Petal Ace Hardware • McElhaney Plumbing

 

Best Shoe Store
Sole Sisters

RUNNERS UP: Fetiche • Funky Shoes • Boot Country

 

Best Jewelry Store
Carter's Jewelry

RUNNERS UP: Jewelmasters • Light's Jewelers • Parris Jewelers

 

Best Gift Shop
Accents

RUNNERS UP: Art*Cetera • Blooms • Walnut Square Gifts

 

Best Furniture Store
Strickland's

RUNNERS UP: Anderson's Design Center • J. Allan's • Simmons

 

Best Vintage/Antiques
The Lucky Rabbit

RUNNERS UP: Calico Mall • Simply Vintage • Southern Market

 

Best Gift Registry
Accents

RUNNERS UP: Blooms • Walnut Square Gifts • Tish Gammell Home

 

Best Unique Find
The Lucky Rabbit

RUNNERS UP: Pepper's Parties, Too! • Accents • Art*Cetera

 

Best Automotive Repair Shop
98 Tire and Service

RUNNERS UP: Anything Automotive • Phillips Car Care • University Tire

 

Best Hair Salon
House of Style

RUNNERS UP: Downtown Tonsorial Parlor • Blush • Chandler's Studio

 

Best Dry Cleaner
Town & Country

RUNNERS UP: Bucko's Cleaners • Heritage Cleaners • Westgate Cleaners

 

Best Garden Center
Heritage Garden Center

RUNNERS UP: Barrett's Garden Center • Brackman's Stepping Stone • Vesley's

 

Best Screenprinter
JMH Graphics

RUNNERS UP: American Graphics • A-1 Graphics • Magnolia Graphics

 

Best Hotel/Bed & Breakfast
Bay Bed & Breakfast

RUNNERS UP: Hampton Inn • Hilton Garden Inn • Courtyard by Marriott

 

Best Hospital/Medical Center
Forrest General Hospital

RUNNERS UP: Merit Health Wesley • Hattiesburg Clinic

 

Best Mani/Pedi
Serenity Nails & Spa

RUNNERS UP: House of Style • Luxe Nail Salon • The Lotus Downtown

 

Best Pet Groomer
PooDoodles

RUNNERS UP:Aunt Linda's • David Scott @ Petco • Nancy's Groom Room

 

Best Spa
The Lotus Downtown

RUNNERS UP: Healing Touch • House of Style • Massage Envy

 

Best Tattoo Artist
Robbie Wilson @ Lady Luck Tattoo

RUNNERS UP: Anthony Washington @ The Ink Co. • Brian Jordan @ Hattiesburg Tattoo • Craig Smith @ Clan of the Red Claw

 

Best Senior Living Center
The Claiborne

RUNNERS UP: Alden Pointe • Covington Ridge • Wesley Manor

 

Best Attorney
Bill Jones

RUNNERS UP: Michael Reed • Carey Varnardo • Elizabeth Porter

 

Best Florist
Blooms

RUNNERS UP: Bellevue Florist • University Florist • Flowers by Mariam

 

Best Insurance Agent
Todd Garris (Garris Agency)

RUNNERS UP: Whitney Southwell (Insurance Asociates) • Patrick James (Nationwide) • Jason Wesley (State Farm)

 

Best Car Salesperson
Allen Pollitz @ Toyota Hattiesburg

RUNNERS UP: Rex St. John @ Courtesy Ford • Jack Bailey @ Ryan Motors • Jason Sinclair @ McMullen Motors

 

Best Financial Advisor
Kevin McCormick (LPL Financial)

RUNNERS UP: Aaron Ladner (Edward Jones) • Chris Inman (Inman Wealth Management) • Robert Simmons (Wells Fargo)

 

Best Veterinarian Clinic
Davis Veterinarian Clinic

RUNNERS UP: Advanced Pet Care • Animal Medical Center • All-Animal Clinic

 

Best Local Realtor
Victoria King (Realty Executives)

RUNNERS UP: Anita George (Century 21) • Chamberlan Carothers (SVN | Southgate Realty, LLC) • Chip Grenn (Coldwell Banker)

 

Best Chiropractor
Brian Page (Page Chiropractic)

RUNNERS UP:Chris Puckett (Connect Chiropractor)• Denton Spiers (Spiers Chiropractic) • Gary Lett (Lett Chiropractic)

 

Best Business We Wish Were Still Open
Beverly Drive-In

RUNNERS UP: Big Buck Sports • Tal's Music Emporium • The Curiosity Shoppe

 

OUTDOORS/RECREATION

Best Annual Event
HubFest

RUNNERS UP: The Bill Shafer "Big T" Golf Tournament • Downtown Crawfish Jam • Live @ 5

 

Best Place to Exercise
Versus Strength & Conditioning

RUNNERS UP: 4th Street Crossfit • Avara Yoga • Planet Fitness

 

Best Place to Play Golf
Canebrake

RUNNERS UP: Hattiesburg Country Club • Shadow Ridge • Timberton

 

Best Family Outing
Hattiesburg Zoo

RUNNERS UP: Live @ Five • Paul B. Johnson State Park • Updown Trampoline Park

 

Best Water-Based Attraction
Little Black Creek

RUNNERS UP: Paul B. Johnson State Park • Pep's Point • Okatoma

 

PERSONALITY

Best Volunteer
Amber Wadsworth

RUNNERS UP: Staci Cox • Jan Lacy • Samantha McCain

 

Best Local Comedian
Brittany Purvis

RUNNERS UP: Ben Compton• Jamie Arrington • Deveron "D" Dennis

 

Most-Effective Elected Official
State Rep. Toby Barker

RUNNERS UP: State Rep. Brad Touchstone • State Sen. Joey Fillingane • Councilwoman Mary Dryden

 

Best Local Pastor
Tommy Conway of St. Fabian Catholic Church

RUNNERS UP: Joel Gatlin of Hope Church • Michael Dixon of Ekklesia Church • Jeff Clark of Venture Church

 

Best Local TV Personality
Patrick Bigbie

RUNNERS UP: Nick Lilja • Randy Swan • Ryan Moore

 

Best Local Instagrammer
Keenon Walker (@thektwalker)

RUNNERS UP: Joseph Hosey (@freestateforager) • Smellin Keller Moreno (@smellin_keller) • Tyner Sullivan (@mr_todd_tomorrow)

 

Best Burlesque Performer
Brittany Purvis

RUNNERS UP: Whitney Miracle  • Rebecca Chandler • Catherine Bass

 

SPECIFIC FOOD

Best Appetizer
Crabmeat Wontons-Crescent City

RUNNERS UP: Cheese Rolls - Glory Bound • Fried Green Tomatoes - Cotton Blues • Chicken Salad Wonton Tacos - Southern Oaks

 

Best Hamburger
Mugshots

RUNNERS UP: Ed's Burger Joint • Topher's • Keg and Barrel

 

Best Steak
Ribeye - Sully's Tavern

RUNNERS UP: Blackened Prime Rib - Cotton Blues • Filet Mignon - Purple Parrot • Ribeye - Patio 44

 

Best Pizza
Mercury Pizza

RUNNERS UP: Bianchi's • Fox's Pizza • Tabella

 

Best Comfort Food
Chicken and Waffles - Keg and Barrel

RUNNERS UP: Shrimp and Grits - Cotton Blues • Chili - Ed's Burger Joint • Fried Chicken - Mack's West

 

Best Hot Dog
Chili Cheese Dog - Wards

RUNNERS UP: Banh Mi - The Thirsty Hippo • Hub City Dog - Ed's Burger Joint • Crawdog - Dis and Dem

 

Best Chips and Salsa
Del Sol

RUNNERS UP: Compadres • Papitos • Rio Grande

 

Best Soup
Corn and Crab Bisque - Crescent City Grill

RUNNERS UP: Mississippi Gumbo - Cotton Blues • Crawfish Pepperjack - Plaid Rhino • Tomato Basil - The Depot Coffeehouse & Bistro

 

Best Salad/Dressing
Sensation Salad - Crescent City Grill

RUNNERS UP: Southwest Salad - Cotton Blues • Newk's Favorite - Newk's • Veggie Salad - TBones

 

Best Bread
French Peasant - Breadsmith

RUNNERS UP: Focaccia – Tabella • Tomato Basil - Panera Bread • Cornbread - GrateFull Soul

 

Best Seafood Dish
Chargrilled Oyster - Crescent City Grill

RUNNERS UP: Crawfish - Strick's • Fried Oysters - Mack's West • Redfish Julie - Twisted Skillet

 

Best Sushi
Sake Cafe

RUNNERS UP: Edo Sushi • Sakura • Wasabi

 

Best Breakfast
Southbound Bagel

RUNNERS UP: Topher's • Lake Serene Grocery • Ward's

 

Best Sandwich
Knuckle Sandwich - South Mouth Deli

RUNNERS UP: Chicken Salad Sandwich – BOPS • Sloppy Roast Beef - Crescent City Grill • Sweet and Smokey - Keg and Barrel

 

Best Dessert
White Chocolate Bread Pudding - Crescent City

RUNNERS UP: Carmel Cheesecake - Cotton Blues • Skillet Apple Pie - Twisted Skillet • Strawberry Cake - Strick's BBQ

 

Best Ice Cream/Frozen Treat
Snappy Turtle - BOPS

RUNNERS UP: Crunchberry Shake - Ed's Burger Joint • Gelato – Dominicos • Double Dark Chocolate - Marble Slab

 

Best Coffee/Drink
White Chocolate Mocha - Java Moe's

RUNNERS UP: Hootie Hoo - Grin Coffee • Cold Brew – Tbones • Mocha Latte - The Depot Coffeehouse & Bistro

 

Best Cocktail
Lemon Basil Martini - Patio 44

RUNNERS UP: Mississippi Mule - Keg and Barrel • Nine Pound Hammer – Branch • Bluegrass Martini - Cotton Blues

 

Best Locally Brewed Beer
Suzy B - Southern Prohibition

RUNNERS UP: Into the Mystic - Slowboat Brewery • Diary of a Madman - Slowboat Brewery • Crowd Control - Southern Prohibition

 

DINING

Best Bar Ambience
Keg and Barrel

RUNNERS UP: Branch • Patio 44 • The Porter

 

Best Beer Selection
Keg and Barrel

RUNNERS UP: Mahogany Bar • The Porter • Pier 98

 

Best Late Night Menu
Keg and Barrel

RUNNERS UP: End Zone • Mahogany Bar • Cook Out

 

Best Service / Waitstaff
Crescent City Grill

RUNNERS UP: Cotton Blues • Sully's • Patio 44

 

Best Barista
Tayler Hensley at The Depot

RUNNERS UP: David Ellis at TBones • Caesar Podenza at JavaWerks

 

Best Brunch
Cotton Blues

RUNNERS UP: Keg and Barrel • Purple Parrot • TBones

 

Best Buffet
Movie Star

RUNNERS UP: The Front Porch • Mack's West • Super King

 

Best Barbecue
Leatha's

RUNNERS UP: Dickey's Barbecue Pit • Strick's BBQ • Stonewall's  Barbecue

 

Best Vegetarian
Tabella

RUNNERS UP: GrateFull Soul • Indian Delight • The Thirsty Hippo

 

Best Mexican
Del Sol

RUNNERS UP: Compadres • Mexican Kitchen • Rio Grande

 

Best Chinese
Best Wok

RUNNERS UP: Super King • A&B Grocery • Panda Chinese Restaurant

 

Best Ethnic Cuisine (Other)
Jutama's

RUNNERS UP: Indian Delight • Leo's Cuban Kitchen • Tabella

 

Best Full-Service Bakery
C'est la Vie

RUNNERS UP: Breadsmith • Home Bake and Candy Shoppe • Jody's Bakery

 

Best Grocery
Corner Market

RUNNERS UP: Ramey's • Winn Dixie

 

Best SnoCone Stand
Conni Cone

RUNNERS UP: The Sno Stop • Alpine Snow (The Green Hut) • Strick's Snowballs

 

Best Cheap Date
Glory Bound

RUNNERS UP: The Porter • Mugshots • Keg and Barrel

 

Best Intimate Dining
Purple Parrot

RUNNERS UP: Cotton Blues • Patio 44 • Half Shell Oyster House

 

Best Place to Cure a Hangover
Wards

RUNNERS UP: Ed's Burger Joint • Keg and Barrel • Mugshots

 

Best Place to Take a First Date
Crescent City Grill

RUNNERS UP: Cotton Blues • Half Shell Oyster House • Patio 44

 

Best Restaurant to Take Kids
Ed's Burger Joint

RUNNERS UP: Mack's West • Plaid Rhino • Cotton Blues

 

Best Restaurant to Take Parents
Cotton Blues

RUNNERS UP: Movie Star • Tabella • Sully's

 

Best Event Space
Barn at Bridlewood

RUNNERS UP: The Bottling Company • Southern Oaks • The Venue at The Bakery Building

 

Best New Restaurant
Mercury Pizza Co.

RUNNERS UP: Twisted Skillet • The Porter • Pier 98

 

Best Restaurant Overall
Crescent City Grill

RUNNERS UP: Cotton Blues• Sully's • Patio 44

 

Best Restaurant We Wish Were Still Open
Rocket City Diner

RUNNERS UP: Bakers Burgers • Conestoga • Vicki's on Walnut

 

FINE ARTS

Best Local Sculptor
Ben Watts

RUNNERS UP: Kyle Baughman • Chris Lee • Erik Eaves

 

Best Painter
Kym Garraway

RUNNERS UP: Tasha Messer • Lissa Ortego • Scottie Whigham

 

Best Local Photographer
Kate Dearman

RUNNERS UP: Brent Wallace • Lee Cave • Danny Rawls

 

Best Niche Artist
Jeremy Thomley

RUNNERS UP: Abigail Lenz Allen • Jennifer Stevens-Nicholson • Vixen Sullivan

 

Best Stage Production
Lion King Jr.

RUNNERS UP: Hattiesburlesque • Riding the Wind • Rock of Ages

 

Best Local Author
Dean Meador Smith

RUNNERS UP: Brandi Perry • Kim Jones • Vicki Baylis

 

MUSIC

Best Solo Artist
Cary Hudson

RUNNERS UP: Wes Lee • Wes Johnson • Thomas Jackson

 

Best Local Guitarist
Vasti Jackson

RUNNERS UP: Cary Hudson • Wes Lee • Tom McKay

 

Best Cover Band
Southbound Crescent

RUNNERS UP: Lanna Wakeland Band • The Prom Knights • The 6550's

 

Best Emerging Artist
Galen Martin

RUNNERS UP: Nossiens • Ryann Phillips

 

Song of the Year
"Eatonville" by Galen Martin

RUNNERS UP:
"Three Days Back" by Wes Johnson
"Wake Me Up" by Shawn Chambliss (The DLX)
"Chances" by Marshall McKellar

 

Best Live Music Venue
Brewsky's

RUNNERS UP: Dollar Box Showroom • Sidelines • The Thirsty Hippo

 

Best Local Radio Station
WUSM 88.5

RUNNERS UP: B95 • Rock 104.5 • Super Talk 97.3

 

Best Local Radio DJ
Mean Willie Green (WUSM)

RUNNERS UP: Tom Colt (Rock 104) • Doug Morris (Rock 104) • Big Daddy (Wild 106.3)

 

Best Place to Karaoke
Shenanigans

RUNNERS UP: Nick's Ice House • Pier 98 • Ropers

 

Best Local Music Event
Live @ 5

RUNNERS UP: Downtown Crawfish Jam • HubFest • Piney Woods Picnic

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