The Island Packet Readers’ Choice 2016 winners

For the 12th year, we counted on the community to identify the best of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, and the results were swift and decisive. Voting volumes were tremendous in The Island Packet’s Readers’ Choice Awards — a survey of the best people and businesses in southern Beaufort County.

This year just over 104,000 votes were totaled. We encouraged people to pre-nominate individuals and companies that they felt best deserved the recognition, and we then created a database of nominees. Almost 6,000 businesses and individuals were nominated. Voting took place online, with participants selecting their favorites from “drop down” boxes.

Find our printed Readers’ Choice 2016 special section in June 24 newspapers

Many businesses used Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites to encourage their fans to participate in the Readers Choice contest and support them in the ballot box. There was no end to the creative ways people worked to drum up support and build awareness — kudos to the creativity displayed.

Inside this special section, you’ll find a list of all the categories and winners for southern Beaufort County. Northern Beaufort County had its own Readers Choice contest, and those results are published today in The Beaufort Gazette.

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Voting ballots were available at and The 150-plus categories included everything from best Realtor to best grocery store to best pizza.

All voting was conducted online, and people could vote once per day during the 10-day voting window in May. After we tabulated the results, we contacted the winners, and some of them decided to celebrate their success in this section. Many winning businesses are thanking their clients in this section by offering special promotions, so check out their messages.

All of our winners will receive an official Readers’ Choice Award that they can display in their business for all their patrons to see. Watch for next year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, and be sure to cast your ballot for your local favorites.

The Winners

Tip: Press “Ctrl-F” (or “Apple/Command-F” on a Mac) and enter a search term to find categories or businesses quickly in this list

Accounting FirmWade & Associates
AcupuncturistKwan Joong Kim, Kim's Yin & Yang Acupuncture Clinic
All-Around RestaurantMichael Anthony's Cucina Italiana
Annual Community EventHeritage Golf Tournament
Antique ShopLitter Box
Appliance StorePlay and Gourmet
Art GallerySmith Galleries
AttorneyRussell Keep III Law Office
Audio Video StoreCustom Audio Video
Auto Parts StoreAdvanced Auto Parts
Auto Repair ShopHilton Head Auto Techs
Automobile SalespersonChip Booth, Hilton Head Lexus
Automotive Dealership (New)Hilton Head Lexus
Automotive Dealership (Pre-Owned)Low Country Motors
BakeryThe French Bakery and Courtyard Cafe
BankBank of the Ozarks
Bar/TavernCaptain Woody's
BarbequeOne Hot Mama's
Barber ShopThe Barber Shop
BartenderElijah Walters, Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana
Bed & BreakfastInn at Palmetto Bluff
Bike Rental ShopThe Bike Doctor
Bike ShopThe Bike Doctor
Blind CompanyLiberty Wallcoverings and Window Blinds
Boat DealershipHilton Head Boathouse
Boat RepairMatthews Marine
Book StoreBarnes & Noble
Breakfast RestaurantSunrise Cafe
Buffet RestaurantSkull Creek Boathouse
BurritoJava Burrito
Cabinet CompanyCreative Cabinets
Camera/Photo StoreBuy
Candy ShopMunchies
Car WashIsland Car Wash
Carpet Cleaning ServicesMighty Mac
Carpet/FlooringRick Bent Flooring
Cellular Phone ProviderVerizon
Charter FishingOutcast Sport Fishing
Children's Clothing StoreIsland Child
Chiropractor Dr. Justin Zellweger
Cleaning ServicesC & C Resort Services
Clothing Consignment StoreChella D
CoffeehouseThe Corner Perk Cafe
Computer ServicesProgressive Technology\ Inc.
Contractor/Builder/RemodelerH2 Builders
Convenience StoreParker's
Cosmetic StorePURE Medical Spa
Credit UnionNavy Federal Credit Union
Dance StudioHilton Head Dance School
Day SpaPURE Medical Spa
Daycare FacilityProvidence Children's Center
Dentist/CompanyDr. Matthew Mastrorocco
DJ / KaraokeDJ Alan Palchak, Hilton Head Entertainment
Doctor (MD)Dr. Audrey Klenke
Dolphin Cruise/Kayak TripPalmetto Bay Watersports
Dry CleanersDoor 2 Door Drycleaners
Electrician/Electrical ContractorMay Electric
Employment AgencyCoastal Connections
Event Planner/CompanyTIE: Lisa Kenward Events AND Nancy Rosen, Nancy's Nuptials
Eye Care ProfessionalDr. Michael Campbell, Optical Solutions
Fabric StoreLiberty Wallcoverings and Window Blinds
Fast Food RestaurantChick-Fil-A
Fence CompanyGraybar
Financial ServicesTodd Rhine Planning
Fine Dining RestaurantMichael Anthony's Cucina Italiana
Fish and ChipsBritish Open Pub
Fishing OutfitterSouthern Drawl Outfitters
Fitness Center/Work Out PlaceBreakthrough Fitness Center
FloristFlowers By Sue
Food TruckDowntown Curbside Kitchen
French RestaurantCharlie's L'etoile Verte
Fried ChickenPublix
Funeral HomeSauls Funeral Home
Furniture Consignment StoreBargains & Treasures
Furniture StoreEasy 2 Own Furnishings
Gift ShopSmith Galleries - Gallery of Fine Craft
Golf Course/ClubLong Cove Club
Golf Instructor/ ProBen Blalock, Long Cove Club
Grocery StorePublix
Hair SalonSalon 5200 Main St. Village
Hair StylistAndrew Pietz, Blow The Hair Salon
Happy HourCharthouse
Hardware StoreGrayco
Health/Vitamin StoreGood Health Unlimited
Heating/Air ServicesHowell-Chase Heating and Air
Historic Tour CompanyCoastal Discovery Museum
HospitalHilton Head Hospital
Hot DogStreet Meet-The American Tavern
HotelThe Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
Housing Community/NeighborhoodHilton Head Plantation
Ice Cream/Yogurt ShopHilton Head Ice Cream Company
In-Home Healthcare ServicesBrightStar Care
Insurance AgencyKinghorn Insurance
Insurance AgentBill Fuge, Kinghorn Agency
Interior Design GroupJ Banks Design Group
Interior DesignerKim Iannazzo\ Liberty Wallcoverings and Window Blinds
International RestaurantOKKO
Italian RestaurantMichael Anthony's Cucina Italiana
Jewelry StoreHeritage Fine Jewelry
Kitchen Accessory StoreBed Bath & Beyond
Kitchen/Bath Fixture StoreFerguson
Landscaping ServicesIsland Environments
Lighting StoreHagemeyer
Liquor StoreRoller's Wine & Spirits
Live Entertainment VenueArts Center of Coastal Carolina
Local Musician/BandDeas Guyz
Lunch RestaurantMunchies
Manicure/PedicureFaces Day Spa
MargaritaSan Miguel's
MarinaWindmill Harbour Marina
MassageFaces Day Spa
Medical OfficePinnacle Plastic Surgery
Men's ShopTeague's
Mexican RestaurantSan Miguel's
Mortgage CompanyMortgage Network
Motorcycle Services/ShopRebel Dog Cycles Inc.
Movie TheaterNorthridge Cinema 10
Moving CompanyIannazzo Trucking
Non-Profit OrganizationHilton Head Humane Association
NurseryThe Greenery
Office Supply/EquipmentStaples
Oil ChangeLand Speed Automotive
Optical ServicesOptical Solutions
OrthodontistDr. Maginnis, Maginnis Orthodontics
Painter/Painting CompanyBayshore Painting Inc.
Party Supplies StoreThe Dollar Tree
Pediatric DentistDr. Shane Harpham, Sea Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
Personal Trainer/GymStacey Saritelli, Breakthrough Fitness Center
Pest Control CompanyIsland Pest Control
Pet BoardingEvergreen Pet Lodge
Pet GroomerGroomingdales
Pet Sitting ServicesHappy at Home Pet Sitting Services
Pet SupplyPetSmart
PharmacistDavid Burke, Burkes Pharmacy
PharmacyBurke's Main Street Pharmacy
PhotographerHilton Head Island Photography
Physical TherapyDrayer Physical Therapy
PizzaMellow Mushroom
Place for Draft BeerWorld of Beer
Place for WallpaperLiberty Wallcoverings and Window Blinds
Place to Buy TiresIsland Tire & Automotive Services
Plumbing CompanyButler's Plumbing Services
Pool Maintenance ServicesClearwater Pool Services
Print/Copy StoreStaples
Property Management CompanyBeach Properties of Hilton Head
Racquet ClubWexford Plantation
Real Estate Agent/RealtorThe Rupp Team
Real Estate CompanyCharter One Realty
Retirement/Assisted Living CenterTidePointe / Broad Creek Assisted Living
Romantic RestaurantOld Fort Pub
Savannah Entertainment VenueRiver Street
Seafood MarketBenny Hudson's Seafood
Seafood RestaurantSkull Creek Boathouse
Security CompanyCustom Security
Server/RestaurantSusan Booth, Munchies
Shoe StorePhillip's Shoes
Shopping Center/PlazaThe Village At Wexford
Sporting Goods StoreDick's Sporting Goods
Sports BarCasey's Sports Bar and Grille
StablesLawton Stables
Stationery/Paper StorePretty Papers
SteakCrane's Tavern
Stone Surfaces StoreDistinctive Granite and Marble
Storage FacilityPlantation Self Storage
Sub ShopStu's Surfside Subs
Surf ShopFuel
Tanning SalonFaces Lash Studio
Tapas RestaurantWiseGuys
Tax ServicesDavid Williams, CPA
Taxi ServicesDiamond Transportation
Tennis ProPatrick Mason, Wexford Plantation
Thrift StoreLitter Box
Travel AgencyValerie Wilson Travel
Travel AgentLois Dudley, Valerie Wilson Travel
Urgent Care CenterMain Street Medical
Vacation Rental CompanyBeach Properties of Hilton Head
VeterinarianDr. Ben Parker\ Coastal Veterinary Clinic
Veterinary ClinicCoastal Veterinary Clinic
Wedding/Reception LocationSonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
Weight Loss/Management CenterPURE Medical Spa
Wine BarMichael Anthony's Cucina Italiana
Wine StoreWine and Cheese, If You Please
WingsWild Wing Cafe
Women's Clothing StoreCoastal Bliss
Yoga StudioJiva Yoga Center