In any career or business, it can be hard to separate yourself from the competition – that is, unless you’re considered the best at what you do by the overwhelming majority of AY About You’s discerning readers.

 

It’s been a long road for our champions: in January, readers from all over the state sent in thousands of nominations across nearly 200 categories in retail, beauty, services, dining, media, health care and education. From there, the field was narrowed down to the top five in each category. In March, we kicked off the second phase of the competition, where readers cast more than 100,000 votes to make sure their favorites were one of the top three finalists.

 

We honored those finalists in our special 35th anniversary issue this May, providing a well-vetted list of must-shop businesses, must-eat restaurants and other standouts in their fields. But in the end, there’s no place like first place, so the time has finally come to announce the number one, bonafide, capital “W” winners.

 

Whether it’s clinics or salons, brunch spots or hotels, home builders or beloved weather personalities, place and thing in between – the 2023 class of AY’s Best Of is just that: the cream of the crop. The pick of the litter. The cool side of the pillow. The smooth surface of a fresh jar of peanut butter.

 

Earlier this year, we called upon the wisdom of our readers to make this list the best one yet, and you all have more than delivered. Each of these winners is, literally, second to none, according to the good word of their peers, customers and anyone else who has had the pleasure of doing business with them. No second fiddles here: they’re trendsetters, industry experts and, most of all, they’ve developed a relationship with their community that has catapulted them into the top flight.

 

Since AY About You is all about highlighting what makes the great state of Arkansas just that, you’ll certainly be seeing more of these champs in future issues and special sections yet to come. But here and now, take a moment to see them all gathered together in the winner’s circle. while you’re at it, pat yourself on the back for helping get your favorites to the top spot.

 

We know you’re on the edge of your seat, so here it goes: congratulations to AY’s Best of 2023!

 

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Allergy Clinic

Arkansas Asthma & Allergy

Assisted Living Facility

Presbyterian Village

Audiology

Arkansas Otolaryngology

Cardiology Clinic

Arkansas Heart Hospital Clinic Arkansas

Chiropractor

Pain Care Associates

Cosmetic Dentist

Smile Dailey General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Surgeon

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

Dentist

Rock Family Dental

Dermatology Clinic

Pinnacle Dermatology

Dr. Owned Hospital / Facility

Arkansas Urology

Esthetician

Maegan Whitehead, LE, Wright Plastic Surgery

Family Dentist

Montgomery “Monty” Heathman, DDS,

Heathman Family Dental

Family Physician Clinic

Little Rock Family Practice

Foot & Ankle Surgeon

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

Gastroenterology Clinic

Conway Regional Gastroenterology Center

Hair Salon

The Fix Salon

Hand Surgeon

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

Health Coach

Meg Green, RD, Meg Green RD, PLLC

Hormone Therapy

Sei Bella Med Spa

Hospice

Arkansas Hospice

Hospital

Conway Regional Health System

In-Home Care

Elder Independence Home Care

Long-Term Care Facility

Superior Health & Rehab

Medical Spa / Nonsurgical  Cosmetic Clinic

Wright Plastic Surgery

Memory Care Facility

Superior Senior Care-Conway Office

Mental Health Facility

Renew Mental Health and Wellness

Neurologist

Robert L. Archer, M.D. UAMS

Neurosurgeon

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

Nurse Injector

Paige Kelly, RN, BSN, Wright Plastic Surgery

Nurse Practitioner

Danielle Lynch, Renew Mental Health and Wellness

Nursing Home

Greenbrier Nursing & Rehab Center

OB/GYN Clinic

Conway Regional Renaissance Women’s Center

Oncologist

Neelakanta Dadi, M.D., Conway Regional Health System

Ophthalmologist

Edward Penick, III, M.D., Central Arkansas Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Clinic

McFarland Eye Care

Optometrist

Rusty Simmons, O.D., Simmons Family Eye Care

Orthodontic Clinic

Daniel & Jones Orthodontics

Orthopedic Group

Bowen Hefley Orthopedics

Orthopedist

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

Pain Specialist

Mikio Ranahan, M.D.,

Conway Regional Advanced Pain Management

Pediatric Clinic

All For Kids Pediatric Clinic

Pediatric Dentist Clinic

Leap Kids Dental

Permanent Cosmetics

Lucinda Posvar, RN, Aesthetic Ink

Physical Therapy Clinic

Caleb Marsh, Conway Regional Home Health

Physician Assistant

Megan Santiago, PA-C

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 and Bowen & Hefley

Prosthetics Clinic

Snell Prosthetics & Orthotics

Radiology Clinic

RAPA

Rehabilitation Hospital

Conway Regional Rehabilitation Hospital

Retirement Community

Parkway Village, A Baptist Health Community

Spa

THE SPA’AH

Specialty Hospital

Arkansas Surgical Hospital

Sports Medicine Clinic

Conway Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center (COSMC)

Surgeon

Logan Lynch, M.D., St. Bernard, Jonesboro

Surgeon (Lower Extremity)

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

Surgeon (Upper Extremity)

Jay Howell, M.D., Conway Regional Health System

Tattoo Parlor

7th Street Tattoos & Piercing

Therapist

Mindy Moore Psychotherapy

Urology Clinic

Arkansas Urology

 

CLOTHING

Children’s Clothing

The Toggery

Local Men’s Clothing

Mr. Wicks Men’s Clothing

Local Women’s Clothing

E.Leigh’s Contemporary Boutique

 

DINING

Asian Fusion

Three Fold Noodles + Dumpling Co.

Bakery

The Croissanterie

BBQ

Whole Hog NLR

Breakfast

Big Bad Breakfast – Little Rock

Brunch

Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom

Burger

Deluca’s Pizzeria

Caterer

DownHome Catering

Catfish

Eat My Catfish

Cheese Dip

Baja Grill

Cocktails

RŌBER :: Cocktails + Culinary

Coffee Shop

Petit Jean Coffeehouse

Creole/Cajun

The Faded Rose Restaurant

Dessert

The Croissanterie

Dining for Kids

Purple Cow

Fine Dining

Petit & Keet

Food Truck

Tacos Godoy

Italian

Pasta Grill

Mexican

Baja Grill

Pizza

Old Mill Pizza

Restaurant (General)

Cypress Social

Restaurant (NEWLY OPENED)

The Croissanterie

Salad

ZAZA Fine Salad + Wood-Oven Pizza Co.

Seafood

Oyster Bar

Special Occasion

Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse

Steak

Doe’s Eat Place

Sushi

Kemuri Japanese Restaurant

ENTERTAINMENT & LEISURE

Art Gallery

M2 Gallery

Casino

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort

Cigar Lounge

The 1836 Club

Concert Venue

Simmons Bank Arena

Event Venue

Rusty Tractor Vineyards

Family Attraction

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Festival / Fair

Wild Wines at Little Rock Zoo

Happening / Entertainment Restaurant

Valhalla :: Kitchen + Bar

Hotel

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort

Live Theater

Arkansas Reperatory Theatre

Local Tourist Attraction

Little Rock Zoo

Museum

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Resort

Big Cedar Lodge

Seasonal Attraction

GloWild, Little Rock Zoo

Whiskey Bar

Rock Town Distillery

 

HOME, HOME SERVICES & FINANCE

Accounting Firm

Todd & Associates

Bank

Simmons Bank

Credit Union

Arkansas Federal Credit Union

Electrical Company

Gary Houston Electric Company

Fabrics, Draperies & Window Treatments

Made in The Shade

Home Accessories

Debi Davis Interior Design

Home Builder

Parkinson Building Group

Home Contractor

Top Notch Home Services

Home Security

Triple S Alarm

Insurance Firm

Crum Insurance, Ben Crum

Interior Designer

Hunt Design Group

Investment Firm

April N. Pollard, CFP, Edward Jones

Kitchen Store / Supply

Eggshells Kitchen Co.

Lawn Care

The Good Earth Garden Center

Mortgage Lender

Arvest Bank

Real Estate Agent

April Findlay, Executive Broker, The Charlotte John Company

Real Estate Company

The Charlotte John Company

Repair / Remodeling

Scott Lucas Construction & Custom Homes

Solar Power

Seal Solar

Swimming Pools

KellCo Pools & Spas

 

KIDS & EDUCATION

Community College

University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College

Private College

Harding University

Private School

Mount St. Mary Academy

Public School

Little Rock School District

Public University

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Special Education School

Access Academy

 

MEDIA

Advertising Agency / Marketing Firm

Stone Ward

Columnist or Reporter

Dwain Hebda of Ya!Mule Wordsmiths

Marketing Consultant

Jane Embry Selig, CJRW

Radio Personality

David Bazzel, 103.7 The Buzz

TV Personality

Craig O’Neill, THV11

Weather Person

Todd Yakoubian, KATV

 

PEOPLE & PLACES

Fundraiser

Chocolate Fantasy Ball,

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Person of the Year

Bobby Martin

Place to Worship

Calvary Baptist Church

Wedding Venue

Rusty Tractor Vineyards

 

SERVICES

Architect

Amber Banks, Cromwell Architects Engineers

Auctions

Blackmon Auctions

Customer Service

Arkansas Medical Staffing

Dog Groomer

The Doggie Spa

Doggy Day Care

The Barking Lot

Dry Cleaner

Oak Forest Cleaners & Laundry

Funeral Home

Roller Funeral Home

Heating & A/C Service

Freyaldenhoven Heating and Cooling

Housekeeping

Molly Maid

Jewelry Designer

Sissy’s Log Cabin

Law Firm

The Law Offices of Katherine E. Blackmon

Non Profit

Project Zero

Party Planning / Products / Rentals

Tipton & Hurst

Pest Control

Empire Pest Solutions

Photographer

Jason Masters

Plumber

Ray Lusk Plumbing

Promotional Services

Trivia Marketing

Seasonal Designer

Tipton & Hurst

Siding/Windows/Roofing

Diamond State Restoration

Special Events Planner

Ari Crum, Evergreen Designs

Travel Agency

Small World BIG FUN

Veterinarian

Lake Hamilton Animal Hospital

Video Production

Waymack & Crew

Web Design

Rock City Digital

 

SHOPPING

Arkansas Handmade Products

Coy’s Southern Eats

Boutique

Paisley Sister

Bridal Store

Low’s Bridal

CBD Store

Healing Hemp of Arkansas

Consignment Store

Yours Truly Consignment

Eyewear

Burrow’s & Mr. Frank’s Optical

Flooring

Akel’s Carpet One

Florist

Tipton & Hurst

Furniture

Brashears Furniture

Garden Center

The Good Earth Garden Center

Gift Store

Tipton & Hurst

Grocery Store

Edwards Food Giant

Home Improvement Store

Haynes ACE Hardware

Jewelry Store

Sissy’s Log Cabin

Outdoor Living

Congo Fireplace & Patio

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

The Athletic Clubs

Golf Course

Pleasant Valley Country Club

Personal Trainer

Christian Troxler, WorkHarder Gym

Sporting Goods Store

Fort Thompson Sporting Goods

 

TOP EMPLOYERS

Boss

Nicole Hurst Puckett, Superior Senior Care

Chief Executive Officer

Quincy Hurst, Superior Senior Care

Chief Financial Officer

Mindy West, Murphy USA

Overall Company

Superior Senior Care

Place to Work

Superior Senior Care

 

VEHICLE DEALERS & SERVICES

Auto Dealership Service Department

Russell Chevrolet

Auto Glass Repair

Capitol Glass Co.

Auto/Truck Accessories

Goodsell Truck Accessories

Boat / Marine Dealership

Lacey’s Narrows Marina

Car Salesman

John Coulter, Red River Ford – Cabot

New Car Dealership

Russell Chevrolet

RV Dealership

Moix RV

Tire Center

Vaughan Tire Co.

Used Car Dealership

Frank Fletcher Dodge Chrysler Jeep

Window Tint

Autobahn Window Tinting

 

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