Most Friendly Service

5658 Grove Boulevard
205-989-1701 //
1609 Montgomery Highway
205-979-9990 //
3020 John Hawkins Parkway

Finalists: Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe, Tortugas Pizza, Customs Café, Eli’s Jerusalem Grill

Most Kid Friendly Dining

Moss Rock Tacos & Tequila
616 Preserve Parkway

Finalists: Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, Baha Burger, Newk’s Eatery, The Boot at The Grove

Best Ethnic/Regional Cuisine

Taziki’s Mediterranean Café
4745 Chace Circle
205-682-6999 //
601 Doug Baker Boulevard #108

Finalists: The Fish Market Restaurant, Eli’s Jerusalem Grill, Jake’s Soul Food Café, Zoës Kitchen

Best Date Night

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
191 Main St.

Finalists: Bellinis Ristorante & Bar, Bonefish Grill, Amore Ristorante Italiano, Cajun Steamer

Best Coffee

1584 Montgomery Highway
205-822-3848 //
3032 John Hawkins Parkway
205-985-0622 //
5180 Medford Drive
205-504-4196 //
5561 Grove Boulevard
205-747-1654 //
3000 Riverchase Galleria
205-987-4867 //
4616 U.S. 280
205-408-7687 //
4710 U.S. 280

Finalists: The Neighborhood Brew, Wild Roast Café, Panera Bread, Shipley Do-Nuts

Best Bakery

Edgar’s Bakery
180 Main St.
205-444-1220 //
6801 Cahaba Valley Road

Finalists: CakEffect, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Shipley Do-Nuts, Pastry Art


Best Milkshake

5658 Grove Boulevard
205-989-1701 //
1609 Montgomery Highway
205-979-9990 //
3020 John Hawkins Parkway

Finalists: Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe, Green Valley Drug, The Whole Scoop Ice Cream Shop, Steak ‘n Shake

Best Pizza

Tortugas Pizza
2801 John Hawkins Parkway

Finalists: Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, Salvatore’s, Mellow Mushroom

Best Barbecue

Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q
1810 Montgomery Highway
205-733-1300 //
2831 Greystone Commercial Boulevard

Finalists: Full Moon Bar-B-Que, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Dreamland BBQ, Golden Rule Barbeque

Best Drinks/Cocktails

Superior Grill
4701 U.S. 280
(205) 991-5112

Finalists: Moss Rock Tacos & Tequila, J. Alexander’s, Little Donkey, Bonefish Grill


Best Neighborhood

Bluff Park
Situated atop the summit of Shades Mountain, Bluff Park retains a distinctive feel of community with thriving businesses, schools, churches and a healthy housing market.

Finalists: Ross Bridge, The Preserve, Riverchase, Green Valley

Best Community Event

Bluff Park Art Show
More than 100 artists and more than 10,000 people flock to the Bluff Park Community Center for this art show, presented by the Bluff Park Art Association on the first Saturday of October each year.

Finalists: Moss Rock Festival, Celebrate Hoover Day

Best Place to Worship

Prince of Peace Catholic Church
4600 Preserve Parkway
(205) 822-9125

Finalists: Church of the Highlands, Hunter Street Baptist Church, Riverchase United Methodist Church, Bluff Park United Methodist Church

Best Local Cause

Hope for Autumn Foundation
This organization provides financial assistance for families of Alabama battling childhood cancer, supports innovative childhood cancer research through the Developmental Therapeutics Program at Children’s of Alabama, research and treatment program for children with incurable cancers, and increases community awareness of childhood cancer through the #givehope program in schools and businesses.

Finalists: Hoover Helps, Laura Crandall Brown Foundation

Best Outdoor Spot

Moss Rock Preserve
A perfect balance of nature and community, this beautiful, 349-acre nature preserve is abundant with forest systems, large rock outcroppings, streams, waterfalls, wildlife and other natural features.

Finalists: Aldridge Gardens, Veterans Park, Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Star Lake

Best Local Personality

James Spann
When severe weather threatens Alabama, this man rolls up his sleeves and gets to work. He is the chief meteorologist for ABC 33/40.

Finalists: Craig Casiday, Brenda Ladun, Nicole Allshouse

Best Public/Private School

Prince of Peace Catholic School
4650 Preserve Parkway
(205) 824-7886

Finalists: Bluff Park Elementary, Hoover High School, Spain Park High School, Briarwood Christian School


Best Pediatric Practice

Greenvale Pediatrics
5295 Preserve Parkway

Finalists: Southlake Pediatrics

Best Dental Practice

Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry
1015 Brocks Gap Parkway
(205) 982-0112

Finalists: Hoover Family Dentistry, Inverness Family Dentistry, Dr. Annamarie DiChiara Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Diamond Smiles Dentistry

Best Orthodontics Practice

Samuelson Orthodontics
5336 Stadium Trace Parkway
(205) 988-9678

Finalists: Backus Orthodontics, Birmingham Orthodontics – Hoover, PT Orthodontics, Great Smiles

Best Dermatology Practice

Pure Dermatology and Aesthetics
5346 Stadium Trace Parkway
(205) 682-8022

Finalists: Inverness Dermatology, Cahaba Dermatology, Greystone Dermatology

Best Eye Care Practice

Schaeffer Eye Center
1686 Montgomery Highway

Finalists: EyeCare Associates, Alabama Family Eye Care, Inverness Eye Care, Hoover Vision Center

Best Chiropractic Care Practice

LakeCrest Chiropractic & Wellness
2341 John Hawkins Parkway
(205) 988-9898

Finalists: My Chiropractor Hoover, ProHealth Chiropractic, Birmingham Health

Best Pharmacy

1801 Montgomery Highway
205-988-9118 //
2505 John Hawkins Parkway
205-982-9696 //
5271 Ross Bridge Parkway

Finalists: Publix, CVS, Mills Pharmacy, Green Valley Drug, Hoover Hometown Pharmacy

Best Hair Salon

Stone Salon
616 Preserve Parkway

Finalists: Great Clips, Salon 150, Pure Style Salon and Spa, Aveda Institute

Best Nail Salon

Sapphire Nail Spa
5569 Grove Boulevard

Finalists: Riviera Nails & Spa, The Spa at Ross Bridge, Foxy Nails & Spa, K&K Nails

Best Spa

The Spa at Ross Bridge
4000 Grand Ave.

Finalists: Spa One Nineteen, Santa Fe Day Spa, Massage Envy, Aveda Institute

Best Fitness Center

Hoover YMCA
2250 Alabama 150

Finalists: Hoover Recreation Center, St. Vincent’s One Nineteen, Planet Fitness, Greystone YMCA


Best New Business

Itty Bitty Bakers
Owner: Jessica Hamby

Finalists: CakEffect, Wild Roast Café, Dear Prudence

Best Customer Service

5658 Grove Boulevard
205-989-1701 //
1609 Montgomery Highway
205-979-9990 //
3020 John Hawkins Parkway

Finalists: Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe, Publix, Von Maur

Best Boutique/Clothing

Von Maur
2400 Riverchase Galleria

Finalists: Wrapsody, The Pink Tulip, Lou Lou’s, Alabama Outdoors

Best Store for Gifts

161 Main St.

Finalists: Home Goods, Lou Lou’s, Annabelle’s Southern Boutique

Best Store for Home Furnishings/Décor

At Home
5501 Grove Boulevard
(205) 721-6060

Finalists: Urban Home Market, Scandinavian Design & Leather Gallery, Hammer & Stain DIY Workshop, Brass Bear Antiques

Best Florist/Nursery

Hoover Florist
1905 Hoover Court
(205) 823-5273

Finalists: Andy’s Market and Nursery, Hanna’s Garden Shop, Bloom and Petal, Fig and Fern Flowers

Best Hardware Store

Bluff Park Hardware
597 Shades Crest Road
Facebook: Bluff Park Hardware

Finalists: The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Rocky Ridge Hardware

Best Childcare

Odyssey Early School
104 Heatherbrooke Park Drive
(205) 991-0039 //
401 Emery Drive
(205) 988-8829

Finalists: Hunter Street Weekday, Pioneer Day School, Covenant Classical – Trace Crossings, La Petite Academy

Best Animal Clinic

Valleydale Animal Clinic
4680 Valleydale Road
(205) 991-5416

Finalists: Lake Crest Animal Clinic, Patton Chapel Animal Clinic, Caldwell Mill Animal Clinic, Bluff Park Animal Clinic


Best Real Estate Agent

Stephanie Millard
Lake Homes Realty
(205) 306-6753

Finalists: Renee Hamilton, Jennifer Harris, Gwen Vinzant, Amy Wingo

Best Insurance Agent

Ryan Goolsby
State Farm Insurance Agent
1960 Braddock Drive Suite 104
(205) 879-5674

Finalists: Logan Deen, Casey Halsey, Rick Rodgers

Best Bank

Regions Bank
1849 Montgomery Highway
800-734-4667 //
2531 John Hawkins Parkway
800-734-4667 //
1592 Montgomery Highway

Finalists: Wells Fargo Bank, BBVA Compass, First Commercial Bank, PNC Bank

Best New/Used Car Dealer

Hoover Toyota
2686 John Hawkins Parkway

Finalists: Tameron Honda, Hendrick Hoover Automall, CarMax, King Acura

Best Auto Service

Express Oil Change
1554 Montgomery Highway
205-823-3932 //
2325 John Hawkins Parkway
205-987-7750 //
3635 Lorna Road

Finalists: Estes Warehouse Tires, Christian Brothers Automotive, Pep Boys, Firestone

Best Car Wash

Anthony’s Car Wash
3037 Alabama 150

Finalists: MaxxClean Car Wash, Marc-1 Car Wash, Riverchase Car Wash, Auto Oasis Express Wash