Voting is one of the most important ways the people of Arkansas make their voices heard. It is a months-long process spent sorting through nominees, watching concerted campaigns try to rack up support and biting nails as the votes are tallied. For each category, the work all culminates in one certified, tried-and-true, the-numbers-have-it winner.

 

The process can be as exhausting as it is exhilarating, which makes the taste of victory that much sweeter for those taking a coveted position in the winner’s circle. No matter who ends up on top, however, the real champions are the countless voters themselves, who put time, effort and energy into supporting their favorite candidates.

 

No, this is not about a certain day coming up in November. The time has come once again to put a bow on one of the state’s most prestigious annual awards, AY About You’s “Best of 2024.”

 

As one of the largest and most comprehensive reader’s polls in Arkansas, AY’s “Best of 2024” represents the cream of the crop across nearly 200 categories. From dog grooming to dermatology, wine bars to window tinting and architects to Asian-fusion cuisine — each of the honorees is a Natural State fan favorite, as evidenced by countless nominations and thousands upon thousands of votes.

 

Since January, business owners around the state have mobilized loyal customers and made their case to new patrons, all with the goal of landing not just in the top five or even the top three, but going all the way to the AY About You’s “Best Of” hall of fame. It is an honor to be among the finalists in our May issue, of course, but most know where the real prize is found, and it ain’t second place.

 

We would be remiss not to take a moment and thank you, discerning readers, for making your preferences loud and clear. None of these winners would be what they are without you showing up and voting with your wallets, as well as your ballots. By telling us where you love to shop, who you call to fix a flat tire and where you get your hair done, you are not only heaping praise on your faves, but making sure that visitors and newly minted Arkansas residents have the locals’ recommendations all in one convenient place. Talk about Southern hospitality!

 

With only a little further ado, the following pages contain the undisputed best of what Arkansas has to offer in living, dining, work, play and everything in between. Since AY About You is all about highlighting what makes the great state of Arkansas just that, you will most likely see these champs in future issues and special sections yet to come. In the meantime, here they are for a victory lap.

 

Congratulations to AY’s “Best of 2024.”

 

We would like to express a special thank you to this year’s sponsors:

 

HEALTH & BEAUTY

 

Aesthetic Nurse

Paige Kelly, R.N., BSN — Wright Plastic Surgery

Allergy Clinic

Little Rock Allergy & Asthma Clinic

Assisted Living Facility

Fox Ridge Luxury Senior Living

Audiology Clinic

Pinnacle Hearing

Cardiology Clinic

Conway Regional Cardiovascular Clinic

Chiropractor

Pain Care Associates

Cosmetic Dentist

Smile Dailey General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Surgeon

Suzanne Yee, M.D. — Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Center

Dental Practice

Arkansas Family Dental

Dentist

Heathman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Dermatology Clinic

Pinnacle Dermatology

Dr. Owned Hospital / Facility

Arkansas Surgical Hospital

Esthetician

Maegan Whitehead, LE — Wright Plastic Surgery & Med Spa

Family Dentist

Bryan Austin, DDS — Austin Family Dentistry

Family Practice

Little Rock Family Practice Clinic

Foot & Ankle Surgeon

James Head, M.D. — Conway Regional Health System

Gastroenterology Clinic

GastroArkansas

Hair Salon

Salon Jádore

Hand Surgeon

Bryan Head, M.D. — Conway Regional Health System

Health Coach

Hunter Little — Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center

Hormone Therapy

Pamela Volner, APRN, FNP-C — Painted Rock Health and Wellness

Hospice

Hospice Home Care

Hospital

Conway Regional Health System

In-Home Care

Superior Senior Care

Long-Term Care Facility

Greenbrier Nursing & Rehabilitation

Massage Therapist

Rooted in Wellness

Medical Spa/Nonsurgical Cosmetic Clinic

Sei Bella Med Spa

Memory Care Facility

Baptist Health — Parkway Village

Mental Health Facility

Renew Mental Health and Wellness

Neurologist

Keith Schluterman, M.D. — Conway Regional Health System

Neurosurgeon

Regan Gallaher, M.D. — Conway Regional Neuroscience Center

Nurse Injector

Paige Kelly, RN, BSN — Wright Plastic Surgery & Med Spa

Nurse Practitioner

Danielle Lynch — Renew Mental Health and Wellness

Nursing Home

Good Shepherd Community

OB/GYN Clinic

Conway Regional Renaissance Women’s Center

Oncologist

Rhonda Gentry, M.D. — Baptist Health

Ophthalmologist

Christian Hester, M.D. — Baptist Health, Little Rock Eye Clinic

Ophthalmology Clinic

McFarland Eye Care

Optometrist

Russell “Rusty” Simmons, O.D. — Simmons Eye Care

Orthdontist

Vondran Orthodontics

Orthodontic Clinic

Dr. Carmella Knoernschild Orthodontic Clinic

Orthopedic Group

Conway Regional Health System/

Conway Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center

Orthopedist

William F. Hefley, Jr., M.D. FAAOS — Bowen Hefley Orthopedics

Pain Center

Conway Regional Advanced Pain Management Center

Pain Specialist

Mikio Ranahan, M.D. — Conway Regional

Advanced Pain Management

Pediatric Clinic

Little Rock Pediatric Clinic

Pediatric Dentist Clinic

Leap Kids Dental

Permanent Cosmetics

Painted Rock Health and Wellness

Physical Therapy Clinic

Peak Physical Therapy

Physician Assistant

Eva Barlogie, P.A. — Arkansas Children’s

Place to Have a Baby

Conway Regional Health System

Plastic Surgeon

Eric Wright, M.D. — Wright Plastic Surgery

Podiatrist

Jesse Burks, DPM — Arkansas Surgical Hospital

Prosthetics Clinic

New Hope Prosthetics & Orthotics

Radiology Clinic

Conway Regional Imaging Center

Rehabilitation Hospital

Conway Regional Rehabilitation Hospital

Retirement Community

Hot Springs Village

Spa

THE SPA’AH

Specialty Hospital

Arkansas Heart Hospital

Sports Medicine Clinic

Conway Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center

Surgeon

Logan Lynch, M.D. — St. Bernards Healthcare

Surgeon (Lower Extremity)

James Head, M.D. — Conway Regional Health System

Surgeon (Upper Extremity)

Lewis Porter, M.D. — Saline Memorial Hospital

Tattoo Parlor

7th Street Tattoos & Piercing

Therapist

Maureen Skinner, LPEI — Catalyst Counseling

Urology Clinic

Arkansas Urology

 

Clothing

Children’s Clothing

Clara Jane & Jax Children’s Boutique

Local Men’s Clothing

Mr. Wicks

Local Women’s Clothing

Willow & Grace

 

Dining

Asian Fusion

Three Fold Noodles + Dumpling Co.

Bakery

The Croissanterie

BBQ

McClard’s Bar-B-Q

Breakfast

The Croissanterie

Brunch

The Croissanterie

Burger

Big Orange

Caterer

DownHome Catering

Catfish

Eat My Catfish

Cheese Dip

Heights Taco & Tamale Co.

CHEF

Jill McDonald — The Croissanterie

Cocktails

Sauced Bar & Oven

Coffee Shop

Petit Jean Coffeehouse & Mercantile

Creole/Cajun

The Faded Rose

Dessert

Charlotte’s Eats and Sweets

Dining for Kids

Purple Cow

Fine Dining

Cache Restaurant

Food Truck

Crissy’s Pub Style

Italian

Bruno’s Little Italy

Mexican

Baja Grill

Pizza

Deluca’s Pizza

Restaurant (General)

Cypress Social

Restaurant (NEWLY OPENED)

DONS Southern Social

Salad

ZAZA Fine Salad + Wood-Oven Pizza Co.

Seafood

The Oyster Bar

Special Occasion

RŌBER :: Cocktails + Culinary

Steak

Doe’s Eat Place

Sushi

Rock N Roll Sushi

Wine Bar

Ciao Baci

 

Entertainment & Leisure

Art Gallery

Red Door Gallery

Bike Shop

Spokes Giant Little Rock

Casino

Oaklawn Hot Springs

Cigar Lounge

The Humidor

Concert Venue

Simmons Bank Arena

Event Venue

Rusty Tractor Vineyards

Family Attraction

Little Rock Zoo

Festival/Fair/Event

The World’s Shortest

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Happening/Entertainment

Restaurant

Revival :: restaurant + beer garden

Hotel

Oaklawn Hot Springs

Live Theater

Argenta Contemporary Theatre

Local Musicians

Bad Habit

Local Tourist Attraction

Garvan Woodland Gardens

Museum

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Out of State Travel

Big Cedar Lodge

Resort

Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa

Seasonal Attraction

GloWild at the Little Rock Zoo​

Whiskey Bar

Rock Town Distillery

Home, Home Services & Finance

Accounting Firm

Bell & Co.

Bank

First Security Bank

Cabinetry

Smedley Cabinets

Countertops

Countertop World, LLC

Credit Union

Arkansas Federal Credit Union

Design Build Team

Sandy Sutton and Justin White

Development/Neighborhood

Chenal Valley – Little Rock

Electrical Company

Browning Electric

Fabrics, Draperies & Window

Treatments

Made in the Shade

Fireplace and Patio

Congo Fireplace & Patio

Furniture Upholstery

Robby Chism Upholstery and

Furniture Repair

Gutters

LeafGuard of Arkansas

Home Accessories

Debi Davis Interior Design

Home Automation

OmniTech

Home Builder

Schrader Homes

Home Contractor

Household Solutions

Home Glass

Pella Windows

Home Security

Triple-S Alarm

Insurance Firm

Charlotte Potts, State Farm

Interior Designer

Sandy Sutton’s Design Center

Investment Firm

Cassandra Rector — Edward Jones

Kitchen Store/Supply

The Kitchen Store & More

Lawn Care

Dave’s Turf Management

Mortgage Lender

Arvest Bank

Real Estate Agent

Kassi Bell, Back Porch Realty

Real Estate Company

The Charlotte John Company

Repair/ Remodeling

Hartness Construction Co.

Solar Power

Seal Solar

Swimming Pools

Luxury Pool & Spa

Title Company

Commerce Title

 

Kids & Educuation

Community College

Arkansas State University-Beebe

Private College

Ouachita Baptist University

Private School

Little Rock Montessori School

Public School

Conway Public Schools

Public Univeristy

University of Central Arkansas

Special Education School

Access Academy

 

Media

Advertising Agency

Stone Ward

Columnist or Reporter

Dwain Hebda of Ya!Mule Wordsmiths

Marketing Consultant

Turnbow & Winning Local

Marketing Firm

SixtyOne Celsius

Radio Personality

Justin Moore

Social Media Specialist

Synergetic Social

TV Personality

Fox 16 – Kevin Kelly

Weather Person

Todd Yakoubian

 

People & Places

Chamber of Commerce

Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce

CVB (Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Visit Bentonville

Fundraiser

Conway Regional Health Foundation – Arkansas Duck Derby

Person of the Year

Butch Rice – Stallion Transportation Group

Place to Worship

Calvary Baptist Church

Wedding Venue

Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa

 

Services

Architect

Bram Keahey — Taggart Architects

Auction

Wilson Auctioneers

Customer Service

David’s Burgers

Dog Groomer

Dat Pooch

Doggy Day Care

Hounds Lounge Pet Resort and Spa

Dry Cleaner

Hangers Cleaners

Financial Advisor

Red Dog Investment Group

Funeral Home

Roller Funeral Home

Heating & A/C Service

Middleton Heat & Air

Housekeeping

Molly Maid of Greater Little Rock

Jewelry Designer

Cecil’s Fine Jewelry

Law Firm

Taylor King Law

Non Profit

Renewal Ranch

Party Planning/Products/Rentals

Tipton & Hurst

Pest Control

The Bug Man

Photographer

Lori Sparkman

Plumber

Victory Plumbing

Promotional Services

Trivia Marketing

Seasonal Designer

Silks A Bloom

Siding/Windows/Roofing

Wilson’s Home Improvement

Special Events Planner

Roseberry Farms Pumpkin Patch, Wedding Venue and Event Rental

Travel Agency

Small World Big Fun

Veterinarian

Lake Hamilton & Hot Springs Animal Hospitals

Video Production

Dave Creek Media

Web Design

Rock City Digital

 

Shopping

Arkansas Handmade Products

Aromatique

Boutique

Sage Boutique

Bridal Store

Low’s Bridal

CBD Store

Healing Hemp of Arkansas

Consignment Store

Yours Truly Consignment

Eyewear

McFarland Eye Care

Flooring

Akel’s Carpet One Floor & Home

Florist

Tipton & Hurst

Furniture

White Furniture Co.

Garden Center

The Good Earth Garden Center

Gift Store

The Crown Shop

Grocery Store

Trader Joe’s

Home Improvement Store

Lumber 1 Home Center

Jewelry Store

Sissy’s Log Cabin

Shopping Center

The Promenade At Chenal

 

Spirits

Brewpub

Lost Forty Brewing

Happy Hour

Petit & Keet

Liquor Store

Legacy Wine and Spirits

 

Sports

Fitness Center/Gym

Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center

Golf Course

Pleasant Valley Country Club

Personal Trainer

Jean Paul Francoeur — JP Fitness

Sporting Goods Store

Fort Thompson

 

Top Employers

Boss

Ryan Flynn — Network Services Group

Chief Executive Officer

Matt Troup — Conway Regional Health System

Chief Financial Officer

Bill Pack — Conway Regional Health System

Overall Company

Conway Regional Health System

Philanthropy Company

Stallion Transportation Group

Place to Work

Conway Regional Health System

 

Vehicle Dealers & Services

Auto Dealership Service Department

BMW of Little Rock

Auto Glass Repair

Capitol Glass Co.

Boat / Marine Dealership

Lacey’s Narrows Marina and Boating Center

Car Salesperson

Shawn McAnulty — Smith Ford

Car Wash

Splash Car Wash & 10-Minute Oil Change

New Car Dealership

Russell Chevrolet

Pre-Owned Car Dealership

Puckett Auto Group

RV Dealership

Moix RV Supercenter

Tire Center

Vaughan Tire Co.

Window Tint

D&D Sun Control

 

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