Readers’ Choice 2021 winners announced

Published 1:26 pm Wednesday, September 29, 2021

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The Andalusia Star-News is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Readers’ Choice contest.

The contest began in June with a new digital format that greatly increased public involvement. The first phase of the contest provided readers to nominate their favorites in a variety of categories. The top nominees were then entered into a digital ballot where the public voted between the nominees to determine winners in each category. The voting phase began August 2 and concluded on August 21.

The new digital format led to 2,042 nominations and a total of 36,590 votes, which are huge increases from the previous print version of the contest.

“All of us at the Star-News are excited about the level of participation in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards. The digital format opened the door to greater involvement and input from the community. There was a learning curve for our staff as we worked through the process and we already have ideas to improve next year’s contest. We want to thank everyone who participated and congratulate this year’s winners,” said Star-News Publisher Robert Blankenship

This year’s winners are:


All Around Restaurant

Winner: Golden Rule BBQ & Grill

Runner-Up: Big Mike’s Steakhouse



Winner: Cakes by Butta

Runner-Up: Dean’s Cake House



Winner: Golden Rule BBQ & Grill

Runner-Up: Crow’s Nest



Winner: Hardee’s

Runner-Up: Hart’s Country Store



Winner: Huddle House

Runner-Up: Hall’s Country Store



Winner: Tabby D’s

Runner-Up: Happy Kitchen



Winner: Golden Rule BBQ & Grill

Runner-Up: Big Mike’s Steakhouse


Carry Out/Take Out

Winner: Golden Rule BBQ & Grill

Runner-Up: Firehouse Subs



Winner: Golden Rule BBQ & Grill

Runner-Up: Wing Queen Palace


Chicken Wings

Winner: Wing Queen Palace

Runner-Up: Golden Rule BBQ & Grill



Winner: Bluebird Coffee Co.

Runner-Up: Java Time


Country Cooking

Winner: Tabby D’s

Runner-Up: Golden Rule BBQ & Grill



Winner: Golden Rule BBQ & Grill

Runner-Up: Tabby D’s


Ethnic Dining

Winner: Samurai Japanese Steakhouse

Runner-Up: Ophelia’s Italian Restaurant


Ice Cream

Winner: Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

Runner-Up: Sonic Drive-In


Iced Tea

Winner: David’s Catfish (tie)

Winner: Golden Rule BBQ & Grill (tie)

Runner-Up: Tabby D’s


Mexican Restaurant

Winner: Rancho Grande Grill

Runner-Up: Amor & Tacos



Winner: Little Caesars

Runner-Up: Pizza Hut



Winner: Golden Rule BBQ & Grill

Runner-Up: Crow’s Nest


Sandwich Shop

Winner: Steamboat

Runner-Up: Firehouse Subs



Winner: Hilltop

Runner-Up: David’s Catfish House



Winner: Big Mike’s Steakhouse

Runner-Up: Golden Rule BBQ & Grill


Health & Wellness


Winner: Beltone Hearing Care

Runner-Up: Miracle Ear


Barber Shop

Winner: Wiggins Barber Shop

Runner-Up: Utopia Salon & Boutique



Winner: Three Notch Chiropractic

Runner-Up: Covington Spine Center



Winner: Andalusia Dental Group

Runner-Up: Dr. Jon D. Ward


Esthetician Services

Winner: Oasis Fitness Spa & Salon

Runner-Up: Utopia Salon & Boutique


General/Family Physician

Winner: Dr. Jill Elmore

Runner-Up: Dr. J.F. Maddox


Hair Salon

Winner: Posh Salon Studio

Runner-Up: Utopia Salon & Boutique


Health Club/Gym

Winner: Andalusia Health & Fitness

Runner-Up: USA Gym


Health Food & Drink

Winner: The Nutrition Shack

Runner-Up: Tropical Smoothie Café


Hearing Aid Center

Winner: Miracle Ear

Runner-Up: Belton Hearing Care



Winner: Magnolia Jane Nails

Runner-Up: Mary’s Nails


Medical Supply

Winner: Darby’s Medical Center


Runner-Up: Bailey’s Pharmacy



Winner: Ensight Eyecare

Runner-Up: Tillman Family Eye Care



Winner: TW Orthodontics

Runner-Up: Three Notch Orthodontics


Orthopedic/Sports Medicine

Winner: Dr. Gil Holland

Runner-Up: Southern Bone & Joint



Pediatric Dentist

Winner: Dr. Parrish King

Runner-Up: Dr. Jon Ward



Winner: Dr. Bhagwan Bang

Runner-Up: Dr. Charles Eldridge



Winner: David Darby

Runner-Up: Jeff Bailey



Winner: Darby’s Village Pharmacy

Runner-Up: Bailey’s Pharmacy


Physical Therapy

Winner: Physical Therapy

of Andalusia

Runner-Up: Encore Rehabilitation



Winner: Oasis Fitness Spa & Salon

Runner-Up: Andalusia Massage

& Bodywork


Therapaeutic Massage

Winner: Andalusia Massage & Bodywork

Runner-Up: Oasis Fitness Spa


Walk-in Clinic

Winner: Andalusia Walk-In Clinic

Runner-Up: MainStreet Family Care


People, Places & Entertainment

Birthday Party Venue

Winner: Opp Skating Rink

Runner-Up: Cypress Landing RV Park



Winner: Bethany Baptist Church

Runner-Up: Andalusia Full Gospel Tabernacle


Family Activity

Winner: July Jamz

Runner-Up: Space Walk of Andalusia


Golf Course

Winner: Andalusia Country Club

Runner-Up: Evans Barnes Golf Course-LBW



Winner: Holiday Inn Express

Runner-Up: Best Western Andalusia


Local Event/Festival/Fair

Winner: Christmas in Candyland

Runner-Up: Kiwanis Covington

County Fair


Local Tourist Attraction

Winner: Christmas in Candyland

Runner-Up: Gantt Lake


Non Profit Organization

Winner: Full Tummy

Runner-Up: Meredith’s Miracles


Place to Work (over 200)

Winner: PowerSouth Energy Coop

Runner-Up: Andalusia Health


Place to Work (51-200)

Winner: Covington Electric Coop

Runner-Up: CCB Community Bank


Place to Work (2-50)

Winner: Outlaw Realty

Runner-Up: Comfort Care Hospice


Special Event Venue

Winner: Five Runs Farm

Runner-Up: Springdale


Wedding Venue

Winner: Springdale

Runner-Up: Spicer Farm


Kids & Education

After-School Program

Winner: Te Amo

Runner-Up: Apple


Dance School

Winner: Andalusia Dance & Tumbling

Runner-Up: Andalusia Ballet


Day Care

Winner: Guardian Angel

Runner-Up: Dimples Day Care


Elementary School

Winner: Andalusia Elementary

Runner-Up: Straughn Elementary


High School

Winner: Andalusia High

Runner-Up: Straughn High


Learning/Tutoring Services

Winner: Guardian Angel

Runner-Up: Shirley’s Kindercare


Middle School/Junior High

Winner: Andalusia Junior High

Runner-Up: Straughn Middle School



Winner: Guardian Angle

Runner-Up: Dimples Day Care


School Administrator

Winner: Dr. Daniel Shakespeare

Runner-Up: Matt Cobb



Winner: Anna Caldwell

Runner-Up: Kristan Etheridge


Local Shopping

Antique Store

Winner: Three Notch Emporium

Runner-Up: Picket Fence Antiques



Winner: Harold’s Home

Runner-Up: Appliance One


Backyard Furnishings

Winner: Walmart Supercenter

Runner-Up: Farmers Home Furnishings



Winner: Lena Ellen Boutique

Runner-Up: Town & Country Boutique


Bridal Store

Winner: Elan Formal Wear

Runner-Up: P&J Formal Country


Children’s Clothing

Winner: White Willow Boutique

Runner-Up: Blush Kids Clothing



Winner: Three Notch Emporium

Runner-Up: Picket Fence Antiques


Farm & Seed Store

Winner: Andalusia Farmers Co-op

Runner-Up: Stewart Bros. Farm Supply



Winner: Alan Cotton’s Florist

Runner-Up: Andalusia Flower & Gift



Winner: Harold’s Home

Runner-Up: Barrow Fine Furniture


Garden Center

Winner: Blue Goose Garden Shop

Runner-Up: Andalusia Farmers Co-op


Gift Store

Winner: Pink Peppers

Runner-Up: Lena Ellen Boutique



Winner: Piggly Wiggly

Runner-Up: Pic-N-Sav


Hardware Store

Winner: Andalusia Cash & Carry

Runner-Up: Marvin’s


Jewelry Store

Winner: Chrisopher’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry

Runner-Up: Sanders’ Fine Jewelry


Mattress Store

Winner: Mr. Mattress Bedding Outlet

Runner-Up: Badcock Home Furniture


Men’s Clothing & Accessories

Winner: Ward & Co.

Runner-Up: The IELK Beautique


Outdoor/Sporting Goods

Winner: Fletcher’s Outdoors

Runner-Up: Marvin’s


Pawn Shop

Winner: Three Notch Pawn & Gun

Runner-Up: Covington Pawn



Winner: Wingard’s Farm Market

Runner-Up: Sweet South Market


Shoe Store

Winner: Brooks Shoe Shop

Runner-Up: Ward & Co.


Thrift Store

Winner: Meredith’s Miracles

Runner-Up: Three Notch Emporium


Women’s Clothing & Accessories

Winner: Town & Country Boutique

Runner-Up: The IELK Beautique




Winner: Corey D. Bryan

Runner-Up: William Alverson


Customer Service

Winner: J.R.’s Lawnmower Shop

Runner-Up: Walker Business Machines


Funeral Home

Winner: Foreman-Brown Funeral Home

Runner-Up: Keahey Funeral Home


Pet Groomer

Winner: Andalusia Animal Clinic

Runner-Up: Mae’s Mutts



Winner: Sincerely Shawna Photography

Runner-Up: Vicki Popwell Fine Portraits


Self Storage Company

Winner: Bass Mini Storage

Runner-Up: O’Neal Agency Storage


Sign Company

Winner: Pirate Graphics

Runner-Up: SignMan


Stationary, Invitations & Engraving

Winner: DigiPrint

Runner-Up: Walker Business Machines



Winner: Covington Veterinary Care

Runner-Up: Andalusia Animal Clinic


Home Services & Finance



Winner: White & McClung

Runner-Up: Rabren, Odom, Pierce & Hayes


Assisted Living Facility

Winner: Savannah Terrace

Runner-Up: Florala Health & Rehab



Winner: CCB Community Bank

Runner-Up: Southern Independent


Carpet Cleaning

Winner: Steampro Carpet Cleaning

Runner-Up: S&J Carpet Cleaning


Credit Union

Winner: All In Credit Union

Runner-Up: Covington Schools

Federal Credit Union



Winner: Roger’s Refrigeration & Electrical

Runner-Up: Walker Electric


Floor Coverings

Winner: Bob Taylor’s Carpet One

Runner-Up: The Floor Store


Heating & Air Conditioning

Winner: Roger’s Refrigeration & Electrical

Runner-Up: Walker Electric



Winner: Abram Homes

Runner-Up: Jimmy Fowler


Home Healthcare

Winner: Comfort Care Hospice

Runner-Up: Kindred at Home


Home Improvement Supply

Winner: Marvin’s

Runner-Up: Breedlove Building Supply


Home Security

Winner: Harris Security Systems

Runner-Up: Homestead Security




Winner: Comfort Care Hospice

Runner-Up: Dayspring Hospice


Insurance Agency

Winner: Sharyn Smith-State Farm

Runner-Up: Alfa Insurance


Insurance Agent

Winner: Sharyn Smith-State Farm

Runner-Up: Lori Taylor-AllState


Interior Designer

Winner: Allen Walker

Runner-Up: South House Interiors


Investment Firm

Winner: Ed Jones-Ronnie Sansom

Runner-Up: Raymond James


Law Firm

Winner: Corey D. Bryan

Runner-Up: Alverson & Alverson


Lawn & Garden Power Tools

Winner: J.R.’s Lawnmower Shop

Runner-Up: Southern Equipment


Mortgage Lender

Winner: Southern Independent Bank

Runner-Up: First South Farm Credit


Moving Services

Winner: AAA Moving & Storage

Runner-Up: The Moving Doctor


Nursing Home

Winner: Andalusia Manor

Runner-Up: Florala Health & Rehab


Pest Control

Winner: Aggressive Termite & Pest

Runner-Up: Andalusia Termite


Plumbing Company

Winner: Jordan Electric & Plumbing

Runner-Up: C&I Plumbing & Electric


Residential Real Estate Agent

Winner: Maryalyce Outlaw

Runner-Up: Jill Prevett


Residential Real Estate Co.

Winner: Outlaw Realty

Runner-Up: Draftstone Properties & Real Estate



Winner: Parker Metal Construction

Runner-Up: Bedsole Roofing


Tree Service

Winner: Tolbert Tree Service

Runner-Up: Pettie Tree Experts


Vehicles, Dealers & Auto Services

Auto Body & Collision

Winner: Palmer & Sons Collision

Runner-Up: Andalusia Body Shop


Auto Detailing/After Market

Winner: TruckWorks

Runner-Up: River Falls Wash & Go


Auto Mechanic

Winner: Helms Automotive & Key

Runner-Up: Walt Massey Automotive


Auto Parts & Supplies

Winner: Advance Auto Parts

Runner-Up: AutoZone Auto Parts


Auto Repair Shop

Winner: Walt Massey Nissan

Runner-Up: Andalusia Ford


Auto Window Tinting

Winner: TruckWorks

Runner-Up: Complete Auto Window Tinting


Car Salesperson

Winner: Johnny Duggan

Runner-Up: Patrick Broder


Car Wash

Winner: Splash Hopper Express

Runner-Up: Ronny’s Car Wash


New Car Dealer

Winner: J.M. Jackson


Runner-Up: Walt Massey Nissan


Oil Change/Brake/Muffler

Winner: Performance Kwik Change

Runner-Up: J.M. Jackson Chevrolet


Tire Center

Winner: Andalusia Tire Company

Runner-Up: Moore & Moore Tires


Used Car Dealer

Winner: J.M. Jackson


Runner-Up: Walt Massey Automotive