Readers’ Choice


It wouldn’t be an Arkansas Life “Best of” without the, erm, best part: YOU. Each year, you tell us who’s slinging the best cocktails, building the best houses, selling the best stilettos, hosting the best galas—basically, you’re our trusty sources, our eyes and ears across the state. Here’s the scoop on what’s superlative this year, according to those who know best (that’s you!)


Best Art Gallery
M2 Gallery

Best Bed and Breakfast
Hilltop Manor Bed & Breakfast, Hot Springs

Best Charity Gala
The Hope Ball

Best Country Club
The Country Club of Little Rock

Best Family Attraction (tie)
Scott Family Amazeum
Little Rock Zoo

Best Farmers Market
River Market Farmers’ Market

Best Festival

Best Golf Course
Chenal Country Club

Best Hotel
Capital Hotel

Best Hunting Supply Store
Mack’s Prairie Wings

Best Live Music Venue
Walmart AMP (Arkansas Music Pavilion)

Best Marine Boat Dealer
Bradford Marine & ATV

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 9.28.03 AMBest Museum
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Best Outdoor Gear
Ozark Outdoor Supply

Best Park
Burns Park

Best Pet Supply Store
Hollywood Feed

Best Place for Date Night (tie)
South on Main
Dickey-Stephens Park

Best Resort
Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa

Best Theater
Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Best Weekend Getaway
Hot Springs


Best Asian
Fantastic China

Best Bakery
Boulevard Bread Co.

Best Bar
Capital Bar and Grill

Best Barbecue
Whole Hog Café

Best Breakfast/Brunch
YaYa’s Euro Bistro

Best Brewery
Lost Forty Brewing

Best Cheese Dip
Mexico Chiquito

Best Chef
Donnie Ferneau

Best Cocktails
Capital Bar and Grill

Best Coffee
Boulevard Bread Co.

Best Dessert
Trio’s Restaurant

Best Food Truck
The Southern Gourmasian

Best Gourmet Grocery
Terry’s Finer Foods

Best Greek
Taziki’s Mediterranean Café

Best Happy Hour (tie)
The Pantry
Zin Urban Wine & Beer Bar

Best Italian
Vesuvio Bistro

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 9.28.45 AMBest Juice Bar
I Love Juice Bar

Best Liquor Store
Legacy Wine and Spirits

Best Mexican
El Porton Mexican Restaurant

Best Neighborhood Restaurant
Cheers in the Heights

Best New Restaurant
LuLu’s Latin Rotisserie & Grill

Best Patio Dining
U.S. Pizza Co.

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 9.28.56 AMBest Pizza
U.S. Pizza Co.

Best Place to Take the Kids
The Purple Cow

Best Seafood
Ocean’s at Arthur’s

Best Special Occasion Restaurant
Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse

Best Steakhouse
Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse

Best Sushi
Sushi Café

Best Wine Selection
Legacy Wine and Spirits


Best Bike Shop

Best ChiropractoR (tie)
Dr. Darren Beavers
Dr. Christopher Cathey
Dr. Richard Riley

Best Dance Studio
Kaleidoscope Dance Academy

Best Dentist
Dr. DJ Dailey

Best Dermatologist (tie)
Dr. Cheryl Hull
Dr. Hayden Franks

Best Fitness Center
Little Rock Athletic Club

Best Health Food Store
Ozark Natural Foods

Best Hospital
UAMS Medical Center

Best Personal Trainer
Jim Eckhart

Best Physician
Dr. Robert Stephen Tucker

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 9.30.40 AMBest Place to Bike/Hike
Arkansas River Trail

Best Place to Buy Fitness Gear
Fleet Feet Sports Easy Runner

Best Place to Get a Massage
Massage Envy

Best Running Trail
Arkansas River Trail

Best Weight Loss Center
Weight Watchers

Best Yoga Studio
Barefoot Studio


Best Antique Store
Fabulous Finds Antiques & Decorative Mall

Best Appliance Store
Metro Appliances & More

Best Custom Upholstery
Brockington Upholstery

Best Fabrics/Drapery
Cynthia East Fabrics

Best Flooring Store
Akel’s Carpet One Floor & Home

Best Florist
Tipton & Hurst

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 9.58.13 AMBest Gardening/Landscaping
The Good Earth Garden Center

Best Home Accessories Store
Paul Michael Company

Best Home Builder
Richard Harp Homes

Best Home Furnishings
Bear-Hill Interiors

Best Interior Design
Bear-Hill Interiors

Best Lighting Fixtures
TEC Electric

Best Neighborhood
The Heights

Best Outdoor Furniture
Ken Rash’s of Arkansas

Best Place to Buy a Pool Table
Jones Brothers Pool Tables

Best Pools and Spas
Townley Pool & Spa


Best Accountant
Mark S. Pearson, Pearson Accounting

Best Accounting Firm
Frazier Rickels & Bailey

Best Attorney
Mike Rainwater, Rainwater, Holt & Sexton

Best Auto Dealership
Everett Buick GMC

Best Bank
Simmons Bank

Best Catering
Catering to You

Best Cleaning Service
Molly Maid of Greater Little Rock

Best Insurance Agent
Blake James, State Farm

Best Law Firm
Rainwater, Holt & Sexton

Best Moving Service
Blue Truck Moving and Delivery Company of Arkansas

Best Party Planner
Rachel Haynes Events

Best Portrait Photographer
Katie Cole Photography

Best Real Estate Agent
Janet Jones, The Janet Jones Company

Best Real Estate Company
The Janet Jones Company

Best Veterinary Clinic
Hillcrest Animal Hospital

Best Wedding Photographer
Katie Childs Photo

Best Wedding Venue (tie)
Capital Hotel
The Villa Marre


Best Accessories
Bella Boutique

Best Boutique

Best Bridal Gown Selection
Proposals Boutique

Best Children’s Apparel
The Toggery

Best Contemporary Clothing Store, Men

Best Contemporary Clothing Store, Women

Best Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. DJ Dailey

Best Cosmetic Surgeon
Dr. Suzanne Yee

Best Day Spa
Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa

Best Denim Selection, Men

Best Denim Selection, Women

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 9.59.01 AMBest Designer Clothing (tie)

Best Gift Shop
The Crown Shop

Best Hair Salon

Best Jewelry Store
Sissy’s Log Cabin

Best Makeup and Skin Care Store (tie)
Belle & Blush

Best Makeup Artist
Tasha Warrior

Best Mani/Pedi
Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa

Best Men’s Attire

Best Men’s Formal Wear

Best Shopping Neighborhood
The Promenade at Chenal

Best Stylist
Taylor Harris