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Presenting the Winners

2018 Reader’s Choice Awards


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Reader’s Choice 2018


Every year since we began our Reader’s Choice awards in 2010, it’s gotten bigger and better, and this year proved
no different. With more than 25,000 submissions, our readers voted for their favorite plumbers, doctors, nurses
and of course, where to get the best barbecue. We thank our readers for their continued support of this annual
publication and look forward to seeing it grow even more next year.

Health .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Beauty & Fashion ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 4
Arts & Entertainment ....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Home & Garden ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 6
People & Places .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 9
Shopping .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................10
Food & Drink ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................28
Business & Financial ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................30
Automotive.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................30

Thank you,
Calhoun County for voting
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HEALTH Eye Care Professional Pharmacist


1st — Robert Ellis 1st — Paul Graham (Downey Drug Alexandria)
Assisted Living Stephen Downey Johnnie Ellis (Downey Drug)
Darlene Harris Chris Martin (Martin’s Pharmacy)
1st — Autumn Cove
Dottie Thornton (Downey Drug)
NHC Place Gary Murrell
April McNeal (RMC)
Legacy Village Dawn Wilczek
Jacksonville Assisted Living Weight Loss Service
McClellan Assisted Living Fitness / Health Club 1st — Oxford Primary Care & Weight Loss Center
1st — Club One Fitness Anniston Weight Control
Independent Living YMCA (Oxford) Model City Crossfit
1st — Autumn Cove Yellow Bird Yoga Medi Trim
NHC Place Back in Balance Yoga Heflin Weight Loss
Casey Estates Model City Crossfit
Physical Therapist
Nursing Home 1st — Ryan Huff (Champion Sports Medicine)
Home Health Agency
1st — NHC Healthcare Doug Strautman (CORE Sports)
1st — ALACARE
Jacksonville Health & Rehab Rashad Pearson
Downey Medical Katherine Davidson
Piedmont Health Care Heavenly Host of Angels Brittain Benton
Golden Living
Intrepid

Chiropractor
Signature In Home Care BEAUTY & FASHION
1st — Tony Bolton Day Spa
Massage Therapist
Kellie Edwards 1st — Golden Springs Nails
1st — Amy Leahey (LMT)
Chris Law Prestige Medical Spa
Susan Castleberry (Creations Salon)
Paul Ryan Sugar Moon Studio
Debbie Babcock (Bolton Chiropractic)
Patrick Harrison A Touch of Grace Day Spa
Shaye Wingo Spa Bleu
Dentist Lori Frechette
1st — John Flannagan Barber Shop
Donald Norby Medical Laboratory Service 1st — The Roffler Shop
Barry Benton 1st — Labcorp (Anniston) Ford’s Barber Shop
Bruce Cunningham Northeast Regional Medical Center Jack’s Barber Shop (Weaver)
Southern Lab Partners Pooh’s Barber Shop
David Cummings
JEM

Doctor / Physician Pediatrician


Beauty Shop
1st — Edwin Keel 1st — Lewis Doggett (Anniston Pediatrics)
1st — Envy Salon
David Chalk Chase Thomas (Pediatric Plus) The Loft
Lucy Morris Natalie Lindell (Oxford Family Practice) All About You
Elizabeth Patrenos Jose Caballero Studio Elite
Braden Richmond Elizabeth Patrenos (Pediatrics Plus) JEM

Emergency Care Facility Paramedic / EMT ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT


1st — Keel & Associates 1st — Jeremy Brown (Oxford)
C.A.R.E.S (Anniston) Tattoo Shop
Nathan Harper (White Plains)
Stringfellow Memorial Hospital 1st — Tat2Tyme
Brad Stone (Oxford)
Physician’s Care Artistic Addictions
Christy Dulaney (Anniston) Skin Deep
Northeast Regional Medical Center
Michelle Grippin (Anniston EMS) Wicked Game
Model City Ink
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Local Artist Furniture Store


1st — Riley Green 1st — Midtown Outlet
Larry Martin Furniture Outlet
Keitha Williams Timeless Treasures Antique Mall
Keith Wahl Room By Room
Randy Young Classic Home Furnishing
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Local Musician / Group Nursery
1st — Riley Green 1st — B&B Produce
Lindsey Hinkle Oxford Lumber
Robby Jordan Bloomin’ Miracles We are honored to serve this community!
Back Road South Garrett Greenhouse
Guardian of Troy J&M Plants

Local Radio / TV Personality Home Rental Agency


1st — Steve Stevens (K98) 1st — Harris - McKay Realty
Julie Daniels (K98) J Brittain Associates
Jock Burgess (K98) King property management
Johnathan Moses (Alabama 100.7) Home Realty
Grady Sapp (Thunder 92.7) Freedom Realty

Place for Live Music Heating / Air Conditioning


1st — Oxford Performing Arts Center 1st — Mizzell Heating and Cooling
Cheaha Brewing Company Valley Heating and Cooling
Peerless Saloon
Dunn’s Heating and Cooling
Rack and Roll Billiards
Mr. Refrigeration
Darkhorse Saloon
Climate Flow

Radio Station
Pest Control
1st — K98
1st — Oxford Pest Control
Thunder 92.7
Norris Pest Control
WHMA 95.5
Monday’s Pest Control
Alabama 100.7
Reid’s Pest Control
WDNG 95.1
Roland’s Pest Control
HOME & GARDEN Plumbing Service
2018
Building Supply 1st — Perez Plumbing 1950
Mr. Dan’s Plumbing
1st — Oxford Lumber
Alexandria Hardware TR Maintenance
Remodeler’s Outlet Barrett Plumbing
Webb Concrete Big O Plumbing
Jacksonville Building Supply
Mattress Dealer
1st — Mattress Max

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Carpet / Flooring Dealer
1st — Floors to Go Furniture Outlet
Abbey Carpet Farmer’s Furniture
Jacksonville Carpet and Flooring Mattress Direct
Kemp Flooring Parnell’s Rely on your aodfcu.com
Foote Bros.
256-237-9494
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2018

Alabama Barbeque Hall of Fame

Thank You Calhoun County!


1
Voted # Best
Lunch & 1
# Best
Hamburger
100 Years of combined service
Debi Wright, Amy Schultz, Nikki Rosser,
and Stacy Buchanan

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Real Estate Company Child Care Community Event


1st — Century 21 Harris - McKay Realty 1st — Mary’s Little Lamb 1st — Oxfordfest
Keller Williams New Adventures Learning Center (Oxford) Noble Street Festival
ERA King Cornerstone Christian Academy Barbecue and Bluegrass
Amy Angel Team The Children’s Place (Anniston) Knox Concert Series
Freedom Realty Woodstock 5K
Belles and Beaus
Realtor Neighborhood
Insurance Agency
1st — Keith Kelley (Century 21) 1st — Golden Springs
1st — Parnell Insurance
Annette Maddox (Keller Williams) Edgefield Farms
Joey Crews (Keller Williams) Model City Insurance
Buckhorn (Weaver)
Nicole Kelly (Keller Williams) Farmers Insurance
Sherwood Forest (Oxford)
Bret Reaves (ERA King) Reaves Insurance Agency
Tyler Park (Anniston)
Dorman and Reynolds
Home Rental Agency
1st — Harris - McKay Realty Waiter / Waitress Public School
J. Brittain Associates 1st — Oxford
1st — Christian Rogers (Mellow Mushroom)
King Property Management Alexandria
Hayden Moore (Noble Street Deli)
Freedom Realty White Plains
Hunter Cain (Peerless Saloon and Grille) Jacksonville
Home Realty Company Abby Donnolly (Logan’s) Weaver
Tegan Singleton (Effina’s)
PEOPLE & PLACES
Private School
Attorney Public Official 1st — Faith Christian
1st — Justin Wilson 1st — Steve Hurst Donoho
Tim Mitchell Wayne Willis Sacred Heart
Boice Turner KL Brown
Charlie Rice Jacksonville Christian
Barbara Boyd
Freeman Fite Trinity Christian
Johnny Smith

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Golf Course Funeral Home Veterinarian


1st — Cider Ridge 1st — Miller Funeral Home 1st — Tracy Whitaker
Silver Lakes KL Brown Memory Chapel (Golden Springs) Wayne Long
Pine Hill Gray Brown Funeral Home Barry Nicholls
Anniston Country Club Chapel Hill Bill Berry
Cane Creek Anniston Memorial Bill Brom

Park
Gift Shop Consignment / Thrift Shop
1st — Choccolocco Park
1st — Rosa Lee Boutique 1st — Center of Hope
Oxford Lake
Germania Springs Couch’s Jewelers Abundance Consignment
Weaver Park The Rustic Farmhouse Sonya’s Secondhand Shop
Hamilton Park Frey Boutique Kolectic Treasures Antique Market
Kolectic Treasures Antique Market Rivers of the Living Water
Local Tourist Attraction
1st — Cheaha Mountain Pawn Shop Gun Shop
Anniston Museum of Natural History 1st — B&B Pawn 1st — Exile Armory
Terrapin Creek Oxford Jewelry & Pawn Shotgun Sports
Escape Zone (Oxford) AAA Pawn Shop B&B Pawn Shop
Coldwater Mountain Quintard Pawn Oxford Pawn
Wildcat Pawn Kolectic Treasures Antique Market
Commercial Printing
1st — Moore Printing
Pet / Pet Grooming Store Children’s Clothing
NuArt
Crawford’s 1st — Scruffy to Fluffy 1st — Martin’s Family Clothing
GY6 Custom Printing Lylia’s Poodle Boutique Growing Trends
New Leaf Marketing Head to Tail Children’s Place
Groomingdales Pink Rubies Boutique
SHOPPING Dog Days Salon Kreations by Katie

Department Store Photographer Jewelry Store


1st — Martin’s Family Clothing 1st — Kylee Wilson Photography 1st — Couch’s Jewelers
Rosa Lee Boutique Natalie Wippler Rosa Lee Boutique
Alexander’s Bob Crisp Photography Jewelry Express
Frey Boutique
Stefanie McGuffey Sister’s Treasures
Wakefield’s
Jerrod Brown Studios Kolectic Treasures Antique Market
Dry Cleaner
1st — Oxford Cleaners Sporting Goods Store Women’s Clothing
Smith Cleaners 1st — Exile Armory 1st — Martin’s Family Clothing
Mike’s Romac Cleaners Shotgun Sports Frey Boutique
Mallory Cleaners Tackle Box Rosa Lee Boutique
Nu-Kleen TG’s One Stop Swank Boutique
Fun Wheels Alexander’s on Noble
Florist
1st — Miller Florist Travel Agency Men’s Clothing Store
Valley Florist 1st — R&R Travel 1st — Martin’s Family Clothing
Evan’s Flower Shop Ships Trips & More Kolectic Treasures Antique Market
Alexander’s Shana Reed’s Magical Wishes Travel On Time Fashions
Lloyd’s Florist
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Brown’s Rib Shack awarded ‘Best Ribs’


By Laci Braswell

Cooter Brown’s Rib Shack received famous ribs, but grilled chicken,
the Best Ribs award. smoked wings, burgers and much
The restaurant is family owned and more.
operated by Tim and Barbara Johnson. “I also want to thank our staff,”
The Johnsons have owned the Johnson said. “We have 25 employees
business since April 2000. right now, and couldn’t do it without
“I just want to thank our loyal them.”
customers and the readers the voted for Cooter Brown’s will also cater for
us,” owner Tim Johnson said. “We really special occasions and events.
appreciate it. The award means a lot to The restaurant has a full bar as well as
all of us.” daily specials.
Cooter Brown’s is no stranger to Cooter Brown’s is at 8464 Alabama
receiving accolades. Highway 204 in Jacksonville.
Its ribs have been listed as one of the Hours of operation are Monday,
“100 dishes to eat in Alabama before Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 9
you die,” by the Alabama Board of p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9
Tourism. The beloved business has also p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 11
won the “Taste of Calhoun County” a.m. until 10 p.m.
competition multiple times.
The restaurant takes pride in focusing For more information, call 256-435-
on the food. 1514 or visit www.cootersribs.com. Cooter Brown’s is popular with locals as well as out-of-town visitors.
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Building on the Dorsey legacy


By Sherry Kughn

Gerry D’Alessandro bought Dorsey’s Super Dorsey’s received a second-place finish in


Market in Oxford in 2015 after hearing from the Best Meats category, and the produce
the longtime grocery namesake, Sherrell department received third place in Best
Dorsey, wanted to retire. Produce.
He is happy to have made the decision, Jordan worked at the Leeds store for four-
and he appreciates the outstanding and-a-half years, rising to assistant manager.
customer support, the manager Robin It was then that D’Alessandro offered her
Jordan, and the entire staff. the management position at Dorsey’s only a
D’Alessandro is a longtime grocery man, little more than three months ago.
having worked as a teenager with his father “I love this place,” she said. “It is small and
and uncle at Fourth Avenue Supermarket in personal. I get to talk to the customers, and
Bessemer, a store he once co-owned until he this is a family-friendly place. The staff is
bought out his family members. Since then, awesome, and we are nothing without the
he has also acquired Fresh Value stores in people who work here.”
Pell City and Bessemer, and Trussville. Both agreed that the award reflects on
“I am humbled and honored to receive customer loyalty.
the People’s Choice award,” D’Alessandro “We put our customers first,” D’Alessandro
said. “Robin and the team are here day-to- said.
day executing and focusing on customer The store is at 601 Main Street in Oxford.
service.”
He said the Dorsey team strives to keep Dorsey’s 831-5510 Jerry D’alessandro,
prices low while also selling great fresh owner. Robin Jordan manager 205-577-8832 Dorsey’s owner, Gerry D’Alessandro, and store manager,
meats and produce. In addition to the Robin Jordan appreciate the hard work their employees do
first-place award, the meat department of each day. They placed in three categories of People’s Choice
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Best Doctor, Edwin Keel: Best Emergency


Care facility, Keel and Associates
Dr. Edwin Keel’s office, Keel and Associates, He also thanked his wife, Connie, who
won first place in Best Emergency Care Facility manages the office. She is a registered nurse,
and first place in the Best Doctor category. but now takes care of all aspects of the
“It’s an honor that the patients expressed business.
their thoughts,” he said. “It’s a big honor.” The couple has two children, Mya, 16, and
Dr. Keel is a Tennessee native who grew up Sean, 13. Mya is considering becoming a
in Ephesus, Ga., which is only about an hour veterinarian, and Sean hasn’t begun thinking
from Oxford. He graduated in 1986 from the about a career.
Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. After “We have been in Oxford since 1993 and
practicing as a Board-Certified Emergency thoroughly enjoy living here,” he said. “It is
Room physician in the Birmingham area, he very convenient and a great location in this
relocated to Annsiton in 1993 to work in the ER state. We were here before the hotels and the
at RMC. After 5 years, Dr. Keel decided to open Exchange and have seen a lot of progress.”
a practice in Oxford. Keel and Associates is a Office hours for Keel and Associates are from
family practice and urgent care office located 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and
at 1612 Highway 78 East. accepting new patients. 
He appreciates his office staff, and his nurse
practitioners, Janie McBurnett and Shelby
Spurling. “They are all doing a great job,” he
Dr. Keel moved to Oxford in 1993 and loves said.
the location in the state.

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Floors to Go best flooring company


By Sherry Kughn

Owner Ted Gregerson is honored to his wife Tammy for 28 years, said he
that Floors to Go was voted Best appreciates his staff at Floors to Go,
Carpet/ Flooring Dealer in the flooring which operates under the management
category. of Ben Lasslett.
“We must be doing something right,” “We have long-term employees
he said. “It seems like our referral who treat the business like it is their
business is good because we feel that own,” Gregerson said. “They exceed
we treat customers the way we want to expectations, and I am proud of their
be treated. We always take care of them team spirit.”
if they have a problem. In the long run, Another reason for success is that
that pays off.” the company carries a wide variety of
Gregerson started working for a flooring coverings, such as hardwood,
carpet store after graduating from tile, laminate, carpet, and vinyl. They
Southside High School in Gadsden. He also install tiled showers and tubs and
worked for six years installing flooring install countertops made from natural
and then moved up the ladder at a and other materials.
local store until he became manager. He added, “We always try to stay
Then, about 12 years later, he decided up-to-date on the latest in the flooring
to open his own flooring business. market and hope to continue to build Manager of Floors to Go, Ben Lasslett, second from left, enjoys the family
“This is all I have ever done,” our customer base by providing an atmosphere of his fellow employees. Several of them are, from left,
Gregerson said, “and, for me, it has awesome customer experience.” Gracie Jancsek, Steve Camp, Chip Jancsek, and Dawn Edwards.
turned out well.”
Gregerson, who has been married
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Murphy thanks staff, customers


By Sherry Kughn

Dara Murphy had two epiphanies related to in making her own jewelry until 1999 when she
her career: Once, when a package of beads she had that first epiphany after a lapse of time not
had ordered arrived in the mail, her heart started making jewelry. Later, she opened Dara’s in the
racing. She knew then that she should resume her back of Alexander’s at Noble shops. The new
love of making jewelry. boutique is now at the former Think Toys building
Also, years later, after she had achieved success at 909 Noble St.
as a jewelry maker, she met a homeless woman Murphy credits her staff with honoring her
named Rosa Lee. Murphy engaged with a customers the way she was taught when she
particular woman that the rest of the world had worked for the late Frances Couch of Couch’s
overlooked. She knew then she would build her Jewelers.
jewelry-making business around helping both “I still use her ideology every single day,” Murphy
her customers and those in need. said. “A five-dollar customer is equal to a five-
Rosa Lee Botique has now been on Anniston’s thousand-dollar customer.”
Noble Street since October, 2017. It sales both Murphy is growing thanks to through her
jewelry and women’s trendiest clothes. customers service, good prices, and her Thursday
Murphy was thrilled recently when she learned evening Facebook show. She and co-worker
that her customers voted her Best Boutique and Ashlyn Giles display their merchandise, engage
also voted her jewelry business second in the Best with viewers, and raise money for charity by
Jewelry category. giving portions of the sales on a rotating basis to a
“It is an honor to be acknowledged by the variety of organizations.
entire community,” Murphy said. “The award “We raised almost ten thousand dollars when Dara Murphy appears on her own Facebook video show on
gives me more incentive to keep going and the Jacksonville tornado came along,” she said. “I
Thursday evenings. Her boutique, Rosa Lee, is located on
growing.” Murphy worked for a local jewelry- wanted to help students who had no home.”
making business in 1991, Katrina’s. She dabbled Visit Dara Murphy on Facebook. Noble Street in Anniston.

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Pickette’s: Best Produce Market


By Sherry Kughn

Jim Pickette said selling produce is “in years. In 1973, he also began working
his blood.” He was pleased that his two for Franklin Box and Crate in the Oxana
produce markets were chosen best in the area of Oxford. After 1976, he worked
category by the People’s Choice polls. for Bill Love’s IGA in Oxford for 18 years,
“We cut up and carry on with our “doing whatever needed to be done.”
customers,” he said. “We like to greet Eventually, he rose to the position of
them, and we like hearing that they like store manager.
our produce.” He co-owned the former Lea and
Pickette has two feed and pet stores Mike’s grocery store before he starting
in addition to his two markets. In 2017, his own grocery store in Munford. Then
when longtime market owner Steve he opened two feed-and-pet businesses
Burney sold B&B Produce, Pickette called Pickette’s, one in Anniston
bought it and reopened it in April. Now and one in Oxford. In 2003, he added
he has businesses at 3200 McClellan a produce stand on the side of the
Blvd., 1822 Highway 78, and on South Anniston location.
Quintard. Pickette drives early each morning
During the interview, Pickette to Birmingham to get the best produce
displayed a photograph of himself as he can find. Upon return, he rests a bit
a teen-ager working at what was once and then checks on his stores until late
Langley’s Market on Alabama 21. After afternoon, putting in 15-18 hours a day.
graduating from Jacksonville High “I will have plants this fall at the Jim Pickette has made friends with farmers throughout the state
School, he went into military service markets,” Pickette said, “and I am
who grow the vegetables and fruits he displays in his two markets.
with the Alabama National Guard for six adding a line of cast aluminum figures.”
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Parnell Insurance wins ‘Best Insurance


Company’ award
By Laci Braswell

Allen Parnell Jr. and his staff at kind of insurance, except for health
Parnell Insurance have won the “Best insurance.”
Insurance Company,” award. Parnell also wanted to thank his staff
“I would like to thank everyone for their dedication.
that voted for us,” President of Parnell “Right now, we have 12 employees
Insurance Allen Parnell Jr. said. “We specializing in all areas of the
really appreciate it. It’s an honor to insurance business,” Parnell said. “We
win. We have a very experienced staff,” couldn’t do what we do without their
he said. Several members of our staff hard work.
have been with us for almost 20 years. We also make sure to always return
We take pride in getting to know our phone calls.”
customers, and how we can best serve In 2005, the company opened a
them.” second location in Tallapoosa, Ga.
The company was established in The local Parnell Insurance is at 400
1990, in Athens, Ga. Snow Street in Oxford.
In 1993, Allen moved the agency to Hours of operation are Monday
Oxford to be closer to his loved ones. through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
“We represent several ‘A’ rated For more information, call 256-831- Allen Parnell is on the left and his son, Ty Parnell, is on the right. They
insurance companies,” Parnell 8887. are proud the company was first in Best Insurance Agency.
said. “We handle just about every

Best
Fine Dining
Best Catering
Best Buffet
Best Romantic
Dinner

1024 Noble Street


Anniston, Alabama 36201
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The Rocket awarded Best Lunch and Best Burger


By Laci Braswell

The Rocket, a beloved restaurant in more.


Jacksonville received multiple honors in “I’ve worked here since I was a kid,”
this year’s “People’s Choice Awards.” Marbut said. “I have several family
This year, it received the “Best Lunch,” members in the food business. It’s just
and “Best Burger,” awards. something I grew up around.”
“We wouldn’t be here without he Marbut said the restaurant has a
continued support from the community,” dedicated customer base across the
owner of The Rocket Gary Marbut Calhoun County area.
said. “We have a staff of 16, and several “Our customers are very loyal and have
employees have been with us for over 20 been great to us,” Marbut said. “Some
years.” of them dine with us multiple times a
The Rocket has been in business since week. We are proud to support our local
1958. The Marbuts have owned the community.”
business for several decades. The Rocket is at 1508 Pelham Road
Gary, along with his wife Patsy and son South in Jacksonville
Justin manage the restaurant. The Rocket is open Monday through
“Everything is fresh and cooked to Thursday from 10 a.m., to 9 p.m.; Friday
order,” Marbut said. “We come in each and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.;
morning and start prepping the restaurant and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.
and preparing the meat.” For more information, call 256-435-
Menu items include a variety of 6516. Son, Justin Marbut, left, and his mother, Patsy Marbut, manage The
comfort food items including burgers, Rocket. Gary, right, works alongside his family members to run the
barbecue,  salads, sandwiches -- and
business for the past several decades.
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Bolton Chiropractic Center five-time winner


By Sherry Kughn

People’s Choice awards have “I got into chiropractic after seeing


recognized the Bolton Chiropractic my mother, Sybil, have severe migraines
Center as Best Chiropractor in 2012, that nothing seemed to help,” he said.
2013, 2014, 2017, and now 2018. “My dad finally told her to go to a
“This is very exciting,” owner Tony chiropractor, and that helped. That got
Bolton said. “This is about my entire my attention.”
staff. They genuinely care about our Bolton is the son of Coy Bolston, a
patients.” longtime Anniston businessman in the
His office manager has been with him heating and cooling business. He is
for 20 years, one assistant for 16 years, the husband of Kim Bolton, a teacher
and a third for six years. Chiropractor, at Oxford Elementary School. Their
Chris Law, joined the practice in 2012. daughters are Danielle and Anna, both
Bolton is a local man who is the team students at Auburn University.
chiropractor for Oxford High School “I have been blessed,” Bolton said.
athletics. He was raised in Oxford and “I have been here almost twenty-two
graduated from Jacksonville State years. I enjoy what I do and enjoy seeing
University in 1992. From there, he people get out of pain and live healthier.”
graduated in 1996 from Life College in He said returning to serve the people
Marietta, Ga., which is now a university. of Calhoun County was a natural fit for
He came back that same year to his him since he wanted to remain close to
hometown to start his practice, which family and friends.
is located at 1401 Hillyer Robinson Tony Bolton returned to his hometown, Oxford, to establish his
Parkway. chiropractic practice as soon as he graduated from Life College in
Marietta, Ga., in 1996.
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Local Boutique Barbecue Dessert


1st — Rosa Lee Boutique 1st — Dad’s BBQ 1st — Mad Hatter’s
Frey Boutique The Rocket Bonnie Ray’s
Willow Tree Smoke-N-Hot BBQ Classic on Noble
Alexander’s on Noble Noble Street Deli
Brad’s BBQ
Swank Boutique Cheaha Brewing Company
Betty’s BBQ
Fine Dining
Breakfast
FOOD & DRINK 1st — Chef T’s
1st — Classic on Noble
Effina’s
Peerless Saloon and Grille
Hubbard’s Off Main
Java Jolt
Grocery Store Garfrerick’s
Roma’s
1st — Dorsey’s Peerless Saloon and Grille
J&E’s Place
Christian Corner Meats
Food Outlet Fried Chicken
Buffet
Edwards Grocery 1st — Struts
1st — Classic on Noble
Ohatchee Discount Grocery Peerless Saloon and Grille
Western Sizzlin’
Betty’s BBQ
China Luck
Butcher / Meats Brad’s BBQ
M&J’s Home Cooking
1st — Christian Corner Meats The Annistonian
Hubbard’s Off Main
Dorsey’s
Edwards Grocery Hamburger
Catering
Ohatchee Discount Supermarket 1st — The Rocket
1st — Classic on Noble
Big B Cecil’s
Peerless Saloon and Grille
Struts
Smoke-N-Hot BBQ
Produce Cheaha Brewing Company
Alexander’s The Great Events
1st — Pickette’s Rack and Roll Billiards
Effina’s
The Produce Wagon
Dorsey’s Frozen Treat
Catfish
Edwards Grocery 1st — 32 Degrees
1st — Top O’ the River
Food Outlet Cecil’s
Peerless Saloon and Grille
Tasty Dip
Brad’s BBQ
Bakery Big Chief
The Rocket
1st — Artisanal Baked Goods Cheaha Brewing Company
Bonnie Ray’s Pizza
Lickin’ Good Doughnuts 1st — Mata’s
Chicken Wings
Mad Hatter’s Wise Guys
1st — Struts
Taste of Eden The Pizzeria
Coop deVille
First Class Pizza
Peerless Saloon and Grille
Bar / Lounge The Pizza Shack
Gridiron
1st — Peerless Saloon and Grille BTJ Wings
Rack and Roll Billiards Lunch
Heroes 1st — The Rocket
Coffee Shop
Darkhorse Saloon Peerless Saloon and Grille
1st — Southern Girl Coffee
Blu’s Bar Rosie’s Gourmet to Go
Java Jolt
Rack and Roll Billiards
Classic Too
Noble Street Deli
8READER’S CHOICE 2018 PAGE 29
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Ribs BUSINESS & FINANCIAL Body Shop


1st — Cooter Browns 1st — Skinner’s Body Shop
Dad’s BBQ Alabama Body Shop
Accountant
Smoke-N-Hot BBQ Hughes Paint & Body
1st — Phyllis Kelley
Brad’s BBQ Barrett Body Shop
Adam Morales
Local Joe’s Alexandria Body Shop
David Troup
Brett Key
Steaks Car Wash
Randy Lovvorn
1st — Cheaha Brewing Company 1st — Xtreme Auto Spa
Effina’s Anniston Super Wash
Garfrerick’s Brokerage / Investments Gamecock Auto Spa
Top O’ the River 1st — Stephen Lafollette Pilot’s
Rack and Roll Billiards Joe Bynum Neat and Clean
Nathan Turley
Sandwiches Ike Brown New Car Dealer
1st — Peerless Saloon and Grille Jeff Owens 1st — Benton Nissan
Mata’s Sunny King Toyota
Rosie’s Gourmet to Go Financial Institution Cooper Chevrolet
Noble Street Deli 1st — AOD Federal Credit Union Sunny King Honda
Cheaha Brewing Company Noble Bank & Trust Sunny King Ford
Cheaha Bank
Italian Restaurant Alabama Teacher’s Credit Union Oil Change
1st — Effina’s (Anniston) Southern States Bank 1st — Mike’s Tire and Auto
Mata’s Sunny King Toyota
Effina’s (Jacksonville) Home Mortgage Marc’s Auto Repair
Tre Ragazzi 1st — AOD Federal Credit Union Cooper Chevrolet
Roma’s (Jacksonville) Noble Bank & Trust Brannon Automotive
Jackson Mortage Company
Asian Restaurant Fairway Independent Mortgage Transmission Shop
1st — Fuji’s 1st — C&H Transmission
Caliber Home Loans
Yume David Vickers Automotive
Thai One On Langley Performance
China Luck
AUTOMOTIVE Cooper Chevrolet
House of Chen Minton Auto and Truck Center
Auto Service
1st — Brown Radiator
Mexican Restaurant Tire Store
Mike’s Tire and Auto
1st — Los Mexicanos 1st — Big Woody’s Tires
Baja California Grill Sunny King Toyota Mike’s Tire and Auto
Mexico Lindo David Vickers Automotive Treadmarks
Los Arcos University CDJR 431 Tire
El Agave Advantage Tire
Auto Salesperson
Place for a Romantic Dinner 1st — Carl Wilson (Sunny King Ford) Used Car Dealer
1st — Classic on Noble Vernon Thomas (Sunny King Toyota) 1st — Driver’s Choice
Effina’s Kevin Dunaway (Driver’s Choice) Costner Auto Sales
Hubbard’s Off Main Brady Donnelly (Cooper Chevrolet) Valley Motors
Garfrerick’s Rob Jones (Sunny King Toyota) Lipscomb Auto Sales
Cheaha Brewing Company Cooper Chevrolet
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