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Readers’ Choice Best of 2012
July 29, 2012 ABOUT THIS SECTION
The Readers’ Choice Best Of 2012 is an unscientific sampling based on the subjective responses of the readers of The State. The results of their voting appear in this special section. The information contained in the listings was obtained from the winners and other sources. Every effort was made to keep listings as complete as possible and to print information as it was provided. However, some entries have been edited for space and content.

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Best Art GAllery
Columbia Museum of Art Claim to Fame: CMA celebrates outstanding artistic  creativity through its collection, exhibitions and programs, interacting in  ways that engage the mind and  enrich the spirit. Check it out for yourself: 1515 Main St., Columbia, SC 29205,  803.799.2810 On the Web: www.columbiamuseum.org Years in business: 62 years WOW!: CMA shines as a downtown  catalyst for creative community  engagement

ing conditions, top notch course  maintenance and friendly staff. When  quality counts Golden Hills has it all:  Great golf, tennis, pool, professional  staff and instruction available.  Banquet facilities. Convenient location. Check it out for yourself: 100 Scotland Drive, Lexington, SC,  29072 803.957.3355 On the Web: www.goldenhillsgolf.com Years in business: 24 years WOW!: Simply The Best - 4 Years in  a Row!

WOW!: Making life a blur since  8/11.

29072, 803.808.5637 On the Web: www.monkeyjoes.com Years in business: 3 years WOW!: Huge inflatables, fun games,  clean environment and super staff! 

Best movie theAter
Regal Columbiana Grande Check it out for yourself: 1250 Bower Parkway, Columbia, SC  29212 On the Web: www.regmovies.com WOW!: “Best” place in town for a  great movie experience.

Best BAr
Carolina Ale House Claim to Fame: We are a sports-themed family restaurant with over 50 HDTVs, 40 beers  on tap. Check it out for yourself: 708 Lady Street, Columbia, SC  29201, 803.227.7150 277 Columbiana Drive, Columbia, SC  29212, 803.407.6996 On the Web: CarolinaAlehouse.com Years in business: 12 years WOW!: Best rooftop bar in  Columbia; coldest beer in town.

Best stAGe theAter
Trustus Theatre Claim to Fame: Trustus is the only professional theatre in the Midlands. Producing the  newest shows from Broadway and  beyond, patrons can expect Trustus  to provide the most provocative and  engaging live theatre in Columbia! Check it out for yourself: 520 Lady Street, 803.254.9732 On the Web: www.trustus.org Years in business: 27 years WOW!: Great stories, great talent,  comfortable seats, cash bar and free  popcorn!

Best live musiC
Tin Roof - A Live Music Joint Claim to Fame: The world famous Tin Roof. Live  music, great food and good times. Check it out for yourself: 1022 Senate St. Columbia, SC 29201 On the Web: www.tinroofbars.com Years in business: 2 years

Best Children’s entertAinment
EdVenture Children’s Museum Claim to Fame: EdVenture is home to EDDIE ®, the  world’s largest child. Check it out for yourself: 211 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC  29201, 803.779.3100 On the Web: www.edventure.org Years in business: 9 years WOW!: The South’s Largest  Children’s Museum

Best Chinese restAurAnt
Miyo’s Claim to Fame: Quality, healthy Asian foods; friendly  efficient service and warm hospitality,  comfortable and tasteful ambiance Check it out for yourself: 7 locations - Vista, Main Street,  Sumter Street, Forest Acres,  Lexington, Sandhills, and Harbison On the Web: www.miyos.com Years in business: 16 years

Best Golf Course
Golden Hills Golf and Country Club Claim to Fame: Providing excellent play6 BEST OF 2012 • Sunday, July 29, 2012

Best PlACe for Children’s BirthdAy
Monkey Joe’s Claim to Fame: Greatest indoor play center of  Columbia! Check it out for yourself: 109 Park Place Court, Lexington, SC 

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lava, it’s to die for. WOW!: The whole experience, a restaurant for longevity and pleasure. Check it out for yourself: 6169 St Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29212, 803.772.4617 Years in business: 33 years On the Web: www.myzorbasgreek. com WOW!: Once a month, belly dancers and musicians entertain diners on Greek night.

yet entertaining atmosphere. Check it out for yourself: 442 Columbiana Drive Columbia, SC 29212 803.407.1264 Years in business: 13 years (New Location: 2 years) WOW!: Breathtaking interior design

Bay Biscuits. Check it out for yourself: 10136 Two Notch Rd, Unit 106 Columbia, SC 803.462.1755 On the Web: www.redlobster.com Years in business: 44 years WOW!: Freshly grilled seafood, steaks and chicken by certified Grill Masters.

Best Deli/ sanDwich shop
Groucho’s Deli Claim to Fame: 48 sauces Check it out for yourself: 611 Harden St., Columbia, SC, 803.799.5708 On the Web: www.grouchos.com Years in business: 71 years WOW!: Helping hangovers since 1941!

Best Mexican RestauRant
Eric’s San Jose Claim to Fame: Good food, great service and a family friendly atmosphere. Check it out for yourself: 6118 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC, 803.783.6650 On the Web: www.san-jose.com Years in business: 22 years

Best italian RestauRant
Olive Garden Claim to Fame: Delicious Italian food served in a comfortable, home-like setting where everybody is welcomed as a member of our family. Check it out for yourself: 10136-112 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 803.788.3131 274 Harbison Blvd., Columbia, SC 803.732.0471 On the Web: www.olivegarden.com Years in business: Company has been in business for 30 years WOW!: Fresh, Italian meals and award-winning wines served with genuine Hospitaliano!

Best FaMily DininG to eat with kiDs
Ryan’s Buffet Grill & Bakery Claim to Fame: Huge selection of salads, entrees and desserts. Check it out for yourself: 1304 Bower Parkway (Columbia) 803.732.3603 10052 Two Notch Road (Columbia) 803.462.0247 1707 Charleston Hwy. (West Columbia) 803.796.2728 5579 Sunset Blvd. (Lexington) 803.996.1442 On the Web: www.ryans.com Years in business: 35 years

Best Fast FooD RestauRant
Rush’s Fabulous Food…Fast! Claim to Fame: Burgers, shakes and service Check it out for yourself: Nine locations in the Midlands On the Web: www.Rushs.net Years in business: 72 years WOW!: Voted top five in the nation for customer satisfaction!

WOW!: Authentic Mexican cuisine and all natural fruit margaritas.

WOW!: Everyone gets what they want without the wait.

Best GReek RestauRant
Zorba’s Claim to Fame: Scrumptious Greek salads and pizzas. Zorba’s is a family-owned restaurant known for their homemade bak8

Best Japanese RestauRant
Miyabi Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Claim to Fame: We pride ourselves in having great food and excellent service in a classy,

Best seaFooD RestauRant
Red Lobster Claim to Fame: Providing guests with a refreshing seaside dining experience, a variety of choices and signature Cheddar

Best Biscuit
Bojangles Restaurants, Inc. Claim to Fame: Made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits, world famous chicken and leg-

endary iced tea Check it out for yourself: 31 Columbia area locations On the Web: www.bojangles.com Years in business: 36 years WOW!: Thanks for voting us Best  Biscuit in Columbia!

Best hot doG
Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs Claim to Fame: Proudly serving secret recipe chili,  home made slaw, freshly cut white  onions, special mustard and 32 flavors rich premium ice cream. Great  sundaes and banana splits. Check it out for yourself: Main and College St. at USC, Hwy  378 at Hope Ferry Center, Ashland  Park Center on St. Andrew’s Road  and Broad River Road near Dutch  Square Mall. Years in business: 33 years WOW!: Sandy’s “Custom Made”  franks are made with “Black Angus  Beef ”!

Best BrunCh
Di Prato’s DELICATESSEN Claim to Fame: Di Prato’s Pimento cheese and Sat/ Sun brunch Check it out for yourself: 342 Pickens Street, Columbia,  SC 29205  On the Web: dipratos.com Years in business: 8+ WOW!: Di Prato’s Pimento  cheese is now available online  at www.dipratos.com 

Years in business: 16 years WOW!: Freshly made desserts; 24  different desserts on daily menu plus  three to four weekend special desserts and five flaming desserts prepared tableside.

Best BurGer
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Claim to Fame: Handmade patties, made to order.  Hand-cut Idaho potatoes, cooked to  order in peanut oil. Hand-made  bread, great customer service Check it out for yourself: 5 Columbia locations On the Web: www.fiveguys.com Years in business: 7 in Columbia WOW!: Fresh meat, fresh potatoes,  fresh bread, fresh toppings, YUM!

Best ChiCken
Zesto of West Columbia Claim to Fame: Been serving the best burgers, ice  cream and chicken since 1949. Check it out for yourself: 504 12th Street, West Columbia, SC,  803.794.4652 On the Web: www.zestowest-columbia.com Years in business: 63 years WOW!: Huge ice cream cone on top  of building!

Best iCe CreAm
Marble Slab Creamery Claim to Fame: Leading purveyor of super-premium,  hand-mixed ice cream and the innovator of the frozen slab technique.  Check it out for yourself: Now serving at 7 locations throughout Columbia. On the Web: www.marbleslab.com Years in business: 12 years in  Columbia WOW!: The freshest ice cream on  earth™

Best BArBeCue
Hudson’s Smokehouse and Hudson’s Classic Catering Claim to Fame: BBQ, ribs, chicken, catfish, brisket,  shrimp, all the fixings and much,  much more! You can order off the  menu, get the buffet, or even grab a  cold beer. We have also been in the  catering business for over 16 years.  We cater your most casual backyard  BBQs or your classic black tie affairs Check it out for yourself: 235 Two Notch Rd Lexington, SC  29073 (Catering Headquarters) 4952 Sunset Blvd. Lexington, SC  29072

Best Business lunCh
Harpers Restaurant Claim to Fame: The perfect place to enjoy casual dining and the best of American - style  cuisine in Columbia.

Best dessert
Nonnah’s Claim to Fame: Best desserts. Check it out for yourself: 930 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC,  803.779.9599 On the Web: www.nonnahs.com

Check it out for yourself: 700 Harden St., Columbia, SC 29205,  803.252.2222 931 Old Two Notch Rd. Lexington,  SC 29073 On the Web: www.harpersgroup.com On the Web: Years in business: 22 years WOW!: In the heart of Five Points www.hudsonssmokehouse.com WOW!: “Pig In or Pig Out!”

Best PizzA
Pizza Hut Claim to Fame: Originator of the stuffed crust pizza Check it out for yourself: 9702 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC  29223
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2725 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia,  SC 29169 7385 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia,  SC 29209 4711-26 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC  29206 2721A Emmanuel Church Road, West  Columbia, SC 29170 1467 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC  29201 2420 Marion Avenue, Columbia, SC  29207 621 Saint Andrews Road, Columbia,  SC 29210 4611 Hardscrabble Road, Columbia,  SC 29229 6432 Two Notch Road Suite S,  Columbia, SC 29223 1320 Bush River Road Unit 400,  Columbia, SC 29210 On the Web: www.pizzahut.com

Years in business: 29 years WOW!: Serving $1.95 house brand  liquor and $3.95 late night bar bites  daily.

Best Wings
Carolina Wings & Rib House Claim to Fame: Winning The State Newspaper’s  Readers Choice for 10 years for best  wings. Born locally in Columbia with  12 locations in South Carolina. Check it out for yourself: 7 local Midlands locations On the Web: www.carolinawings.com Years in business: 16 years WOW!: 10 Year Winner Reader’s  Choice “BEST” Wings!

803.407.7813 10204 Two Notch Road, Columbia,  803.462.0624. On the Web: www.michaels.com WOW!: Ideas, inspiration and education.

Best steak
LongHorn Steakhouse Claim to Fame: LongHorn offers boldly seasoned,  expertly grilled, fresh, never frozen  steaks. Check it out for yourself: 902 A Gervais Street / 803-254-5100 2760 Decker Blvd / 803-736-7464  171 Harbison Blvd / 803-732-2482 On the Web: www.longhornsteakhouse.com Years in business: 31 years WOW!: Distinctive dishes like the  popular, bone-in Outlaw Rib eye.

Best Bicycle shop
Outspokin’ Check it out for yourself: 3223 Devine St  Columbia, Sc 29205 803-254-9797 Store hours: M-F 10-6, Sat 10-5 On the Web: www.outspokinbicycles.com

Best appliance store
Lowe’s Claim to Fame: World’s second largest home  improvement retailer. Lowe’s has  more than 1,600 home improvement  stores in all 50 states. Ranked 48th  on the Fortune 500. Check it out for yourself:  8 locations in the Midlands. On the Web: www.lowes.com WOW!: We offer hundreds of thousands more products by special  order.

Best Bookstore
Barnes & Noble Check it out for yourself: 2 Locations: Richland Fashion Mall 3400 Forest Drive Columbia, SC 29204 803-787-5600

Best sushi
Tsunami

Years in business: Pizza Hut has been in business for 54  Claim to Fame: years. A new approach to hip, sophisticated  Japanese cuisine that is sure to  WOW!: Master of pizza innovation. please your palate.

Best salad
California Dreaming Claim to Fame: Salads, BBQ and ribs. Check it out for yourself: 401 South Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201  On the Web: http://californiadreaming.co/

Check it out for yourself: Vista: 700 Gervais St., Columbia, SC  29201, 803.312.9911 Harbison: 1290 Bower Pkwy.,  Columbia, SC 803.407.3873 On the Web: www.tsunamicompany.com Years in business: 5.5 years WOW!: Fresh food, fun dining and  awesome daily specials.

Best art supply/ craft store
Michaels Claim to Fame: Largest specialty retailers of arts,  crafts, framing, floral, wall décor and  seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home décor.  Check it out for yourself: 244 Harbison Blvd., Columbia, 

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Store Hours Sun 11:00AM-8:00PM | Mon-Thu  9:00AM-9:00PM | Fri-Sat  9:00AM-10:00PM Harbison Court 278-A Harbison Blvd. Columbia, SC 29212 803-749-9009 Store Hours Sun 10:00AM-9:00PM | Mon-Thu  9:00AM-10:00PM | Fri-Sat  9:00AM-11:00PM On the Web: www.barnesandnoble.com

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Best ConsiGnment store
Roundabouts Consignments Claim to Fame: One-stop shopping! We carry gently  used furniture, decorative accessories, artwork, jewelry, antiques and  clothing for the entire family! Check it out for yourself: 70 Polo Road, Columbia, SC 29223,  803.736.5446 On the Web: www.myroundabouts.com Years in business: 10 years

Years in business: 124 years-  founded May 29, 1888, by William  Henry Belk. WOW!: Latest fashions, quality merchandise, friendly service, fair prices  and satisfaction guaranteed!

the customer. We are Carolina  Owned and Operated! Living rooms,  bedrooms, mattresses, dining rooms  home offices, youth bedrooms and  entertainment centers. Check it out for yourself: 108 Harbison Blvd. Columbia, Sc 29212 803.451.8888 On the Web: www.ashleyfurniturehomestore.com Years in business: 4 years in  Columbia WOW!: WE are the Number 1 Name  in Furniture!

Best Children’s ClothinG store
The Children’s Place Claim to Fame: We sell the best high-quality, valuepriced children’s merchandise for  ages newborn to 10 years old. Check it out for yourself: Village at Sandhills, Columbia 803.736.1540 On the Web:: www.childrens-place.com WOW!: What’s most important to us  is keeping customers happy.

Best GArdeninG Center
Woodley’s Claim to Fame: Woodley’s offers unique houseplants,  shrubs, trees, flowers, annuals and  perennials that you won’t find anywhere else. With their exclusive “We  Plan, You Plant” program, Woodley’s  will help you design the perfect outdoor living space. They will help you  choose the plants and advise you on  where to place them. They also offer  exquisite pottery, fountains, and container plants, as well as the inspiration you need to get started.  Check it out for yourself: 10015 Two Notch Road, Columbia,  SC 29223, 803.788.1487  2840 Dreher Shoals Road- Hwy 6  Irmo/Ballentine 803.407.0601 On the Web: www.WoodleyGardenCenter.com Years in business: 31 WOW!: Friendly staff providing  information and inspiration to make  gardens beautiful. 
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WOW!: 36,000 sq. feet of resale  heaven!

Best dePArtment store
Belk Claim to Fame: Belk, Inc. is the nation’s largest privately owned mainline department  store company with more than 300  fashion department stores in 16  southern states, totaling sales of $3.5  billion in its past fiscal year. Check it out for yourself: Belk Columbiana (Harbison)  803.781.4100 Belk Village at Sandhills  803.419.7878 Belk Midtown (Forest Drive)  803.782.2600 Belk Dutch Square 803.772.8430

Best florist
Rosewood Florist Claim to Fame: Serving Columbia for more than 30  years.  Check it out for yourself: 2917 Rosewood Drive Columbia, SC 29205 803.256.8351 On the Web: www.RosewoodFlorist.com Years in business: 34 Years WOW!: Your first choice for flowers  and more!

Best ComPuter store
Best Buy Claim to Fame: Intersection of electronics and life. Check it out for yourself: 5 Midlands locations  On the Web: www.bestbuy.com Years in business: 11 years WOW!: Thousands of possibilities. 

Best furniture store
Ashley Furniture Home Store Claim to Fame: We design and build our own furniture and pass the savings along to 

On the Web: www.belk.com

Best GroCery store
Publix Claim to Fame: The supermarket customer service  leader. Our mission is to be the premier quality food retailer in the  world. Check it out for yourself: 10 Midlands locations On the Web: www.publix.com Years in business: 81 years WOW!: The largest and fastest growing employee owned supermarket  chain in the U.S.

Best Jewelry store
Jewelry Warehouse Claim to Fame: Official jeweler for Miss South  Carolina for over 26 years! Offering  quality merchandise fit for a queen;  at prices the whole kingdom can  afford. Check it out for yourself: 5140 Sunset Blvd. 803.996.0485 1270 Bower Parkway 803.772.1470 2909 Platt Springs Road 803.749.0303 10136 Two Notch Road   803.788.0189 On the Web: www.jewelrywarehouse.com Years in business: 35 years WOW!: More than just another jewelry store- price, service and selection are our specialties!

WOW!:  Winner Best selection and  prices for lighting your home!

Customer satisfaction is our top priority — period. Check it out for yourself: Lexus 328 Killian Road, Columbia 803.754.9500 Hyundai 310 Greystone Blvd., Columbia 803.799.1234 Toyota 970 Columbiana Drive Irmo 803.407.5678 Buick/Sabb 7201 Sumter Highway, Columbia 803.783.0110 On the Web: www.jimhudson.com Years in business: 31 years WOW!: Experience it once, you’ll  never forget it. This is the Jim  Hudson promise.

Best mAttress store
Michaelis Mattress Company Claim to Fame: Buy It Today…Sleep On It Tonight. Check it out for yourself: Columbia Ave., 803.359.2238 1131 Sparkleberry Lane,  803.736.8684 4530 St. Andrews Road,  803.772.8694  On the Web: www.sleeponittonight.com Years in business: 26 WOW!: The most in stock bedding  in the Midlands! 350

Best men’s ClothinG store
Jos. A. Bank Claim to Fame: 3 Columbia Locations Check it out for yourself: Trenholm Plaza, 4840 Forest Drive  803-787-1405 201 Harbison Blvd. 803-749-4250 481-7 Town Center Place 803-462-1491 On the Web: www.josbank.com

Best loCAl hArdwAre
ACE Hardware Claim to Fame: We pledge to be Ace Helpful.  Helping you is the most important  thing we have to do today.  Check it out for yourself: 2930 Emmanuel Church Road, West  Columbia, SC 29170 On the Web: www.acethreefountains.com Years in business: 22 years WOW!: ACE maintains top 10 spot  in ‘Customer Service Champs’ list.

Best used CAr deAler
CarMax Check it out for yourself: 555 Jamil Road  Columbia, South Carolina 29210  (803) 750-0856 On the Web: http://www.carmax.com Years in business: 31 years

Best liGhtinG Center
The Lite House Claim to Fame: Finalist this year for Showroom of  the year from The Dallas Market  Center and Residential Lighting  Magazine. Check it out for yourself: 3521 Bush River Rd 803.798.5400 8401 Two Notch Rd 803.788.3213 On the Web: www.thelitehouse.com Years in business: 39 years in business. Opened in March 1973

Best outdoor furniture
Tropic Aire Claim to Fame: South Carolina’s largest selection of  patio, pool, porch and sunroom furnishings.

Best new CAr deAler
Jim Hudson Automotive Group Claim to Fame:

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Wow Factor
Dale Chihuly, Chandelier, 2010, hotworked and handblown glass Museum purchase with funds provided by The Contemporaries

Find Botticelli, Monet, and Chihuly all under one roof in the heart of downtown Columbia.

1515 Main Street in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC | 803.799.2810 | columbiamuseum.org

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Check it out for yourself: 1400 Charleston Hwy, (Knox Abbott)  in West Columbia - 796-3237 On the Web: www.tropicaire.com Years in business: 39 total years -  31 selling furniture WOW!: Started out as porch enclosure builders…now doing that again!

Check it out for yourself: 10015 Two Notch Road, Columbia,  SC 29223, 803.788.1487  2840 Dreher Shoals Road- Hwy 6  Irmo/Ballentine 803.407.0601 On the Web: www.WoodleyGarden-Center.com Years in business: 31 years WOW!: Friendly staff providing  information and inspiration to make  gardens beautiful. 

Check it out for yourself: 1110 Bower Parkway, Columbia 803.749.0756 On the Web: www.dickssportinggoods.com Years in business: 12 years WOW!: Friendly, available, customer-focused associates who are excited  about their job.

Best toy store
Toys R Us Claim to Fame: Everybody here is a kid. Check it out for yourself: 140 Columbiana Drive Columbia 803.781.1002 On the Web: www.toysrus.com Years in business: 19 years

Best Pet suPPly store
Pet Smart Claim to Fame: Customer service and care in handling pets. Check it out for yourself: 246 Harbison Blvd., Columbia, 803.781.6339 On the Web: www.petsmart.com Years in business: 26 (12 in Columbia) WOW!: A wide selection.

Best shoPPinG Center or mAll
Columbiana Centre Claim to Fame: Columbiana Centre is the first shopping center in the Midlands for  retailers such as Aeropostale, Banana  Republic, Bebe, Build-A-Bear, Coach,  Coldwater Creek, Hollister, Loft and  Williams-Sonoma. Check it out for yourself: 100 Columbiana Circle, Columbia,  SC 29212, 803.781.6255 On the Web: www.columbiana-centre.com Years in business: 22 years WOW!: First in Columbia: Bare  Escentuals and Francesca’s  Collection.

Best tire store
Tire Kingdom Claim to Fame: Lowest Prices Guaranteed! Check it out for yourself: Columbia -10180 Two Notch Road,  803.736.4788 Columbia- 7422 Garners Ferry Road,  803.776.1113 Lexington- 5450 Sunset Blvd.,  803.356.0777 Columbia- 183 Harbison Blvd.,  803.407.2223 Columbia Mall- Adjacent to JC Penny  803.736.5995 St. Andrews – 640 St. Andrews Road,  803.731.0050 On the Web: www.tirekingdom.com Years in business: 40 years WOW!: $200 price guarantee! See  store for details

WOW!: Biggest toy store ever.

Best unique Gift shoP
Tera’s Merle Norman Claim to Fame: Unique gift shop.  Check it out for yourself: 427 Columbia Ave Lexington, SC  29702, 803.359.7755 Years in business: 24 years WOW!: Enter as a customer and  leave as a friend! Makeup store and  unique gift shop.

Best PlAnt nursery
Woodley’s Claim to Fame: Woodley’s offers unique houseplants,  shrubs, trees, flowers, annuals and  perennials that you won’t find anywhere else. With their exclusive “We  Plan, You Plant” program, Woodley’s  will help you design the perfect outdoor living space. They will help you  choose the plants and advise you on  where to place them. They also offer  exquisite pottery, fountains, and container plants, as well as the inspiration you need to get started. 
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Best windows And sidinG
Champion Windows Check it out for yourself: 8 Fernandina Court Columbia, SC 29212 Phone: 803.753.8166  Toll Free Phone: 888.485.1742  Fax: 803.781.7880 

Best sPortinG Goods store
Dicks Sporting Goods Claim to Fame: Knowledgeable, well-trained associates who are always ready to assist  you.

On the Web: www.championwindow.com WOW!: “Premium Quality… Wholesale Value .”

On the Web: www.42magnolia.com Years in business: 19 years WOW!: Quality living at it’s finest  for 19 years.

On the Web: www.carpentersautorepairllc.com Years in business: 3.5 years WOW!: Our motto is “Don’t trust  your car with just anyone.”

Spring Valley Dentsville Lexington Medical (West Cola) On the Web: www.wellsfargo.com Years in business: 160

Best women’s ClothinG store
Kohl’s Check it out for yourself: 10136 Two Notch Road, Columbia,  SC 29229 120 Harbison Blvd Columbia, SC  29212 5440 Sunset Blvd Lexington, SC  29072 On the Web: www.kohls.com  Years in business: 50 years

Best Assisted livinG Center
Agape’ Senior Assisted Living Claim to Fame: Agape’ Senior is transforming healthcare for senior adults in South  Carolina. From our award winning  assisted living through our coordinated services that give you the assistance you need and the independence you want. Check it out for yourself: Agape’ Senior has communities  throughout South Carolina including  four locations in the midlands;  Columbia, Irmo, Lexington and  Columbia/Forest Acres.  1.800.411.2427 On the Web: www.agapesenior.com Years in business: 13 years WOW!: When care and convenience  matter…..choose Agape’ Senior.

Best BAnk
Wells Fargo Claim to Fame: Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:  WFC) is a nationwide, diversified,  community-based financial services  company. Founded in 1852, Wells  Fargo provides banking, insurance,  investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through  more than 9,000 stores, 12,000  ATMs, the Internet, and other distribution channels across North  America and internationally, including 145 stores and 293 ATMs in  South Carolina. Wells Fargo is headquartered in San Francisco, but we’re  decentralized so every local Wells  Fargo store is a headquarters for satisfying all our customers’ financial  needs and helping them succeed  financially. One in three households  in America does business with us  and we employ approximately  270,000 team members across more  than 80+ businesses. Check it out for yourself: 15 Midlands locations - 

WOW!: Our vision is to satisfy all  our customers’ financial needs and  help them succeed financially. 

Best Builder
Mungo Homes Claim to Fame: Local, family-owned new home  builder known for quality construction and excellent customer service. Check it out for yourself: 441 Western Lane Irmo, SC 29063,  803.749.9000 On the Web: www.mungo.com Years in business: 58, since 1954. WOW!: Named America’s best builder 2012 by Builder Magazine!

Best women’s shoe store
Kick’s Exceptional Shoes Check it out for yourself: 2921 Devine St. Columbia, SC 29205  803.254.3937 On the Web: www.shopatkicks.com Years in business: 14 years

Best CAr wAsh
Frank’s Car Wash Claim to Fame: Over 7 million cars washed. Check it out for yourself: Columbia 601 Bush River Road Columbia 4741 Forest Drive Columbia 120 Clemson Road

Best APArtment ComPlex
42 Magnolia Claim to Fame: Best of Apartment Check it out for yourself: 5150 Forest Dr. Columbia, SC 29206  803.790.4663

Best Auto rePAir
Carpenter’s Auto Repair Claim to Fame: Providing affordable auto repair service from a company you can trust. Check it out for yourself: 1905 Airport Blvd Cayce, SC 29033 803-794-4733

Assembly Street Columbia Main Columbia 5 Points Columbia Centre Richland Mall Dutch Square Hampton Hills Forest Acres Sumter Highway Seven Oaks Harbison Blvd Gateway

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Lexington 516 Columbia Ave. Lexington 4530 Augusta Hwy. Lexington 4578 Sunset Blvd. Irmo 1113 Lake Murray Blvd. Orangeburg 976 John C. Calhoun Sumter 1008 Broad St. Greenwood Calhoun Ave. On the Web: www.frankscarwash.com Years in business: 39 years- since  1973

Best dAnCe studio
Chosen Dance Academy Claim to Fame: At Chosen Dance  Academy we are proud to be offering  excellence in dance education by  promoting quality instruction in a  fun and memorable environment.  Our vision is to develop each individual child’s artistic and creative talents  and promote the idea that “Dance is  For Everyone.”

On the Web: www.urbannirvana.com Years in business: 11 years WOW!: Our skilled team of massage  therapists, skin care experts and stylists.

Best fitness Center
Gold’s Gym Claim to Fame: Largest co-ed gym chain in the  world. Check it out for yourself: 800 Columbiana Drive Irmo 619 N. Lake Drive Lexington 4114 Forest Drive 240 Forum Drive 450 Killian Road Columbia Phone: 45-GOLDS On the Web: www.goldsgym.com Years in business: 25 years in  Columbia –Since 1986 WOW!: Almost 200,000 square feet  of gym space in Columbia.

Best dentist

Christopher C. Newman DMD Check it out for yourself: 231 Cedar Crest Drive, Lexington, SC  Claim to Fame: 29072 803.356.7116 Excellence in family dentistry  On the Web: Check it out for yourself: www.chosendanceacademy.com 115 Professional Ave West Columbia, SC 29169 Years in business: 9 years 803.794.8371 WOW!: The highly anticipated  Years in “Dancing Nest” Pre-School Program  business: 4  Coming Fall 2012! years

Best Credit union
Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union Claim to Fame: Still offering fee-free checking with  no minimum balance that earns  reward points and monthly dividends. Also, great low rates and  extended terms on all vehicle model  years with no payments for the first  90 days. Check it out for yourself: 12 Midlands locations and over 35  ATMs; 803.732.5000 On the Web: www.palmettocitizens.org Years in business: 76 years WOW!: Not-for-profit financial institution offering better rates and fewer  fees.
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Best dAy sPA
Urban Nirvana Claim to Fame: At Urban Nirvana, we offer a resort  spa experience right in our own  neighborhood. We strive to offer the  perfect environment for our guests  to relax. Check it out for yourself: Urban Nirvana Spa 4840 Forest Drive 15D Columbia, SC 29206 803.727.1010 Urban Nirvana Hair 4840 Forest Drive 15C Columbia, SC 29206 803.787.3000 Urban Nirvana Spa 920 North Lake Drive Lexington, SC 29272 803.356.0119

WOW!: Come  check out our  amazing fish  tank!

Best dry CleAner
Tripp’s Fine Cleaners Claim to Fame: Best Dry Cleaner  Check it out for yourself: 13 Locations in Columbia!  On the Web: www.trippsfinecleaners.com Years in business: 46 years serving the Midlands! WOW!:  Only certified master dry  cleaner FREE home pick up/delivery.

Best hAir sAlon
Bliss Claim to Fame: At Bliss we love our clients! We do  our best to offer excellent customer  service, making sure each client  knows how special they are to us.  Our talented, experienced and educated stylists strive to achieve each  client’s expectations. We want each  client to feel beautiful & confident in  the services they received.  Check it out for yourself: 446 Old Cherokee Road, Ste A,  Lexington, SC 29072, 803.359.0288

Years in business: 5 years On the Web: blisssalonandspasc.com WOW!: Warm, inviting, relaxing,  clean atmosphere where stylists have  a passion for creating beautiful,  healthy hair.

Best heAtinG And Air ConditioninG serviCe
2nd Wind Heating & Air Claim to Fame: Professional heating & air conditioning specialists that respect your time  and property.  The leader in technical service and residential installation. A family owned business. Check it out for yourself: Serving all of Greater Columbia,  Lexington, and the Midlands, On the Web: www.2ndwindhvac.com Years in business: 28 years WOW!: Keeping you cool in  Famously Hot Columbia, SC!  Make  2nd Wind Your 1st Choice!

cialty include behavioral care, cardiology, obstetrics (including highrisk), oncology, orthopedics, neonatology, neurology, pediatrics,  surgery including robotically assisted, trauma and women’s care.  Palmetto Health has a large primary care and specialty physician network as well as a comprehensive  array of outpatient services in convenient locations. Check it out for yourself: Richland: 5 Richland Medical Park  (off Harden St. Extension) Baptist: Taylor at Marion Street Children’s Hospital: 7 Richland  Medical Park Heart Hospital: 6 Medical Park On the Web: www.PalmettoHealth.org Years in business: Palmetto Health:  14; (Richland: 120; Baptist:98) WOW!: Being remembered by each  patient as providing the care and  compassion we want for our families  and ourselves. WOW!: Lexington Medical Center  has received this honor 11 times. 

Years in business: Palmetto Health:  14; (Richland: 120; Baptist:98) WOW!: be remembered by each  patient as providing the care and  compassion we want for our families  and ourselves.

Best insurAnCe Provider
State Farm Claim to Fame: #1 insurer of autos and home in  South Carolina. Check it out for yourself: Visit your local agent or log onto  www.statefarm.com today. On the Web: www.statefarm.com Years in business: 90 years nationwide. WOW!: Providing insurance and  financial services. Discounts up to  40%.

Best PlACe to hAve A BABy
Palmetto Health Claim to Fame: Palmetto Health is the region’s largest, locally owned nonprofit healthcare system, with nearly 9,000  employees and more than 1,000  medical staff members. Hospitals  include Palmetto Health Richland,  Palmetto Health Baptist, Children’s  Hospital and the Heart Hospital. Our  newest hospital, Palmetto Health  Baptist Parkridge in the Irmo area, is  scheduled to open in December  2013. Palmetto Health’s areas of specialty include behavioral care, cardiology, obstetrics (including highrisk), oncology, orthopedics, neonatology, neurology, pediatrics, surgery  including robotically assisted, trauma  and women’s care. Palmetto Health  has a large primary care and specialty  physician network as well as a comprehensive array of outpatient services in convenient locations. Check it out for yourself: Richland: 5 Richland Medical Park  (off Harden St. Extension) Baptist: Taylor at Marion Street Children’s Hospital: 7 Richland  Medical Park Heart Hospital: 6 Medical Park On the Web: www.PalmettoHealth.org

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Lexington Medical Center Claim to Fame: Lexington Medical Center provides  quality health services that meet the  needs of our community including  comprehensive cardiovascular care,  cancer services and a lifetime of care  for women. Check it out for yourself: 2720 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia,  SC 29169 (803) 791-2000 On the Web: www.lexmed.com Years in business: 41 years

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Verve/Ford Boyd Interiors Claim to Fame: Verve has been featured in more than 10 national publications including Southern Accents,  Décor and Beautiful Southern  Homes. Check it out for yourself: 1127 Gregg Street Columbia, SC 29201 803.799.0045 On the Web: www.verveinteriors.com Years in business: Since 1993.
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Palmetto Health Claim to Fame: Palmetto Health is the region’s largest, locally owned nonprofit healthcare system, with nearly 9,000  employees and more than 1,000  medical staff members. Hospitals  include Palmetto Health Richland,  Palmetto Health Baptist, Children’s  Hospital and the Heart Hospital. Our  newest hospital, Palmetto Health  Baptist Parkridge in the Irmo area, is  scheduled to open in December  2013. Palmetto Health’s areas of spe-

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Clark’s Termite & Pest Control Claim to Fame: Satisfied customers is our specialty.”   Clark’s has never forgotten our original motto,  but we recognized early  on that a satisfied customer begins  with a satisfied employee. Then we  built our business helping the top  Midlands home builders build  Columbia by providing exterminating services for almost 50 years.  To  satisfy our customers we have  expanded our knowledge and expertise beyond exterminating services to  improve their home environment  through termite and pest control,  wildlife removal, moisture control to  retard mold issues, home repairs,  foundation repairs, weed control,  lawn fertilization and even lawn  maintenance. It’s basic and it’s simple, when we improve the home  environment, we create a satisfied  customer.   Check it out for yourself: 7321 St Andrews Rd, Irmo SC 29063,    803.781.4991 On the Web: www.ClarksPest.com Years in business: 49 years WOW!: The best service, the  best value, and the best employees!

professional photographers use  hand-held digital cameras allowing  them to move and interact with children and adults being photographed.  Add a professional lighting system  and the results are candid expressions, real smiles and portraits with  personality that don’t look posed or  staged.  After the portrait session,  you get to view and select your portraits, add special effects and even  design unique portrait gifts and  keepsakes using your images.  Your  portraits and cards print within the  studio in minutes allowing you to  take them home the same day.   Portrait gifts and keepsakes ship free  to your home. Check it out for yourself: 2 Columbia locations 201 Harbison Boulevard, Suite 130 Columbia, SC 29212 803.749.9580 471 Town Center Place, Suite 7 Columbia, SC 29229 803.419.7775 On the Web: PortraitInnovations.com Years in business: Since 2002. WOW!: Beautiful Portraits. Great  Prices. Same Day Printing.

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The Mather Company, Inc. Claim to Fame: One of the youngest and most successful real estate agents in  Columbia, SC. Check it out for yourself: 3722 Devine Street Columbia, SC  29205 803.622.9480 On the Web: TheMatherCompany.com Years in business: 7 years WOW!: Our hope is that God is glorified through this company.

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Russell & Jeffcoat Real Estate Claim to Fame: Largest real estate company in the  Midlands. Check it out for yourself: 1022 Calhoun Street Columbia, SC 29201 803.779.6000 On the Web: www.russellandjeffcoat.com Years in business: 47 years

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