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READERS’ CHOICE 2020 | Personal Services

Assisted Living

Winner: Cornerstone Retirement Community

Cornerstone Retirement Community allows its residents to enjoy their lives while handling the heavy lifting including cooking, cleaning, laundry and assisting with the activities of daily life like dressing and bathing when assistance is needed. Cornerstone provides safety and security for seniors as well as a community of friends in a setting that allows seniors to thrive in their golden years.

Runner Up: The Oaks


Bail Bonds

Winner: Terry Larey

Terry Larey Bail Bonds offers friendly professional service to those in need of a bail bond. One five-star Google review described the service as helpful and professional. “I went there to help a friend. They were very helpful and answered all of my questions. They even updated me on the situation of my friend,” the review stated.

Runner Up: J&E Bail Bonds



Winner: Farmers Bank & Trust

Founded in 1906, Farmers Bank & Trust is an independent community bank with over 20 locations in Southwest Arkansas and Northeast Texas. Farmers Bank & Trust offers personal and commercial accounts, various loans, credit cards, investments and more. Focused on community banking, FB&T enjoys a reputation of conservative soundness, strong integrity and honesty that has enabled the bank to gain increased market share in the local banking market.

Runner Up: Commercial National Bank


Barber Shop

Winner: Nash Barber Shop

As its customers know, Nash Barber Shop is staffed exclusively by people who provide fashionable haircuts for men and boys. Located on North Kings Highway, this barber shop hangs its reputation on solid service. As one customer says, “Kay makes me look better than I am.” Another said, “I’ve had my hair cut here about 6 times by different ladies. They are very nice and do a good job.”

Runner Up: Sports Clips


Cell Phone Provider

Winner: AT&T Wireless

With several locations from which to choose, AT&T Wireless provides options in communications, media, entertainment and technology. In addition to offering devices including cellphones and tablets, they also provide wireless plans, accessories, DIRECTV services, fiber-optic-based U-verse TV service and high-speed home internet and AT&T Fiber.

Runner Up: Verizon


Child /Daycare

Winner: Williams School, Williams Memorial United Methodist Church

Williams School is a Christian Preschool and Mother’s Day Out Program for children 8 months to 5 years old. Since 1968, the school has worked to glorify God through nurturing and teaching children in a Christian environment so that each child will achieve his or her greatest potential academically, socially and spiritually.

Runner Up: Learning Station



Winner: Woosley Chiropractic Clinic

Since 1921, Woosley Chiropractic Clinic has eliminated the aches and pains of Texarkana residents. The clinic provides easy and uncomplicated access along with the highest level of service possible. They also work to provide the safest and most effective means available today to alleviate conditions and injuries and increase the overall quality of life for anyone entering their door.

Runner Up: Stacey Warner


Clothing Alteration

Winner: Silver Needle Tailor Shop

Silver Needle Tailor Shop is known for alterations that are professionally and efficiently done and completed on time. As one satisfied customer said on Facebook, “Wow! This tailor is good!” Another online reviewer said, “I’ve been fortunate to have been using the services at Silver Needle Tailor for quite some time and they’ve been extremely professional with excellent tailoring.”

Runner Up: Bea’s Alterations


Computer Repair/IT Services

Winner: Geek Squad/Best Buy

If your computer or tablet is broken or won’t start, no worries, just make a reservation at the Best Buy store. The Geek Squad repair experts there diagnose what’s wrong and make all necessary repairs. If you think your important computer files and photos are just gone, check in with the Geek Squad. They know how you’re feeling and are there to help. Make a reservation at the Best Buy store and they’ll get to work recovering your data. These are just some of the services available at Best Buy in Texarkana.

Runner Up: Computer Doctors


Red River Credit Union

Credit Union

Winner: Red River Federal Credit Union

Red River Federal Credit Union has served the area’s financial needs for more than 75 years. RRCU was initially established for Red River Army Depot employees, but it has grown and expanded, now boasting more than 100,000 members. Red River Credit Union has 27 branches, primarily in Arkansas and Texas, but with some in Louisiana and Mississippi. It remains focused on serving its members and helping them get the most out of life.

Runner Up: TEXAR Federal Credit Union


Time In A Bottle

Day Spa

Winner : Time in a Bottle Day Spa

Time in a Bottle Day Spa boasts a relaxed environment with friendly and knowledgeable staff to help their clients look and feel their best. The spa offers a wide variety of services and products. As one Facebook reviewer said, “Amazing! Professional, clean, and peaceful. I had the Signature Facial and the Heated Stone Massage. Loved them both! Staff members were very kind and thoughtful.

Runner Up: Tranquility Day Spa & Salon


Eagle Dental

Dental Office

Winner: Eagle Dental Center

The Eagle Dental Center team is dedicated to providing patients with comfort and well-being, ensuring their visits and experiences are pleasant. Eagle offers all cosmetic and general dental procedures including teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, bridges, root canals, fillings, implant placement and restoration, surgical extractions, Invisalign, dentures, partials, anti-snoring devices, night-guards and reconstruction

Runner Up: Thane Dental


Dry Cleaners

Winner: Holiday Cleaners

Holiday Cleaners has several locations in Texarkana, Texas and Arkansas. They offer fast, professional service for all your dry cleaning and laundry needs.

Runner Up: Fashion Cleaners


Texarkana Emergency Center

Emergency Care and Urgent Care

Winner: Texarkana Emergency Center

Texarkana Emergency Center is a locally-owned, 24-7, free-standing emergency center. Its mission is to provide compassionate, concierge-level emergency care to the community. It’s state-of-the-art facility offers comprehensive medical care for minor and major injuries in a comfortable environment for patients and their families.

Runner Up for Emergency Care and Urgent Care: HealthCARE Express


Funeral Home

Winner: Texarkana Funeral Home

Serving families since 1939, Texarkana Funeral Home has many years of experience providing funeral arrangements, experience that speaks to the very best, most comfortable care they can offer, ranging from cemetery services to caskets and planning to cremation. This family-owned business does so with compassion as their guide. They’ve long been rooted in Texarkana’s community and now have several locations to provide area families with the attention they need during a time of loss and bereavement.

Runner Up: East Funeral Home


Legends Gym & Health Club


Winner: Legends Gym & Health Club

Legends Gym & Health Club is locally owned and well established, and specializes in total fitness. They work with families as well as individual clients and offer features such as 24/7 access for all members, co-ed and women’s only areas. They offer personal training, nutritional counseling, saunas in both men’s and women’s locker rooms, group fitness classes and more.

Runner Up: Anytime Fitness


Fringe Salon & Beauty Bar

Hair Salon

Winner: Fringe Salon & Beauty Bar

Fringe Salon & Beauty Bar has a warm and welcoming vibe where women can relax and get away from their hectic schedules. Established in 2015, a historic home was transformed as a place for stylists and clients to have fun. With a full stable of self-proclaimed Fringe Fillies to care for your beauty needs, they urge their clients to not be a lady, but be a legend.

Runner Up: Shear Country


Hearing Aid Center

Winner: The ENT Group

Prevent potential or further hearing damage by consulting with a certified hearing specialist at The ENT Group in Texarkana. On-site hearing instrument specialists will administer hearing tests to determine if you’re suffering hearing loss or damage, analyzing the results quickly in order to give you the best restorative solution. If you need to be seen by the doctor (otolaryngologist), that can be done in the same appointment.

Runner Up: Gilliam Hearing Center


Home Health

Winner: Home Heritage & Hospice

Heritage Home Health & Hospice offers excellent home health care and end-of-life care. The agency has received rave reviews on Facebook. “I’m so very thankful for Heritage Hospice. They listen to my concerns and always answer in a timely matter. It’s a comfort to me knowing they are an extra eye on mom,” said one reviewer who lives several hundred miles away from her mother.

Runner Up: Encompass Health Care


Hospice Care

Winner: Hospice of Texarkana

Hospice of Texarkana was established in 1985 by the community and for the community. The Junior League of Texarkana gave $50,000 to establish a nonprofit hospice in Texarkana — this was also the first hospice in the region. On June 1, 2016, it opened the area’s only freestanding Hospice Inpatient Care Center. Hospice of Texarkana’s purpose is to significantly enhance the end-of-life experience by ensuring access to quality hospice care.

Runner Up: Heritage Home Health & Hospice



Winner: CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System has provided more than 100 years of superior health care to people in this region. The hospital’s mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by providing quality, compassionate care to all who need it. St. Michael offers a full scope of expansive health care services including women’s health, emergency services, senior health, cancer care, heart care, surgery, imaging, rehabilitation and more.

Runner Up: Wadley Regional Medical Center


Insurance Agent

Winner: Kelli Ashbrook

Kelli Ashbrook has provided for local insurance needs as a multiple award-winning State Farm agent since 2003. A year ago, this Texarkana Chamber of Commerce member opened a second office in Atlanta, Texas. Products include insurance for automobiles, homes, renters, life and business or commercial use with resident relocations as a particular specialty. Free car insurance and home insurance quotes are available, as are financial services.

Runner Up: Greg Cockerell


Micah’s Jewelers

Jewelry Repair

Winner: Micah’s Jewelers

Micah’s Jewelers has built a stellar reputation by offering superior service, ensuring customers who walk through the business’ doors are completely satisfied. Micah’s staff is committed to personal attention to best serve its customers in a relaxed environment. The business is based on Christian principles and values, proudly displaying scripture. With locations in Texarkana, Gilmer and Marshall, Micah’s business philosophy is to honor God by impacting the lives of the business’ employees, customers and communities.

Runner Up: Crocker’s Jewelers


Potter Law Firm

Law Firm

Winner: Potter Law Firm

The Potter Law Firm offers comprehensive legal solutions and personalized care to clients in civil, domestic and criminal matters. The firm handles personal injury, criminal defense, bankruptcy, family law and wills and estates. The Potter Law Firm is family owned, with roots going back to 1965. They offer legal solutions and personalized care to their clients in the greater Texarkana area. Consultations are free.

Runner Up: Langdon Davis Law Firm


Medical Clinic

Winner: Family Medical Group

Family Medical Group offers a vast array of services. They include primary care such as wellness exams and immunizations, pre-employment physicals and drug testing. Other services include preventive care, including health risk assessments and routine lab work. Transitional care, including home care coordination and monitoring, is also available. Virtual visits can be scheduled for acute, non-emergent care.

Runner Up: Collom & Carney Clinic


Medical Equipment and Supplies

Winner: Total Medical Supply

Total Medical Supply strives to be your top provider of medical supplies in several areas: continuous glucose monitors and diabetes testing, incontinence, nutrition, thickeners, catheters and urological supplies, plus ostomy supplies. Total Medical Supply is capable of serving patients from across the country with three simple steps: calling to confirm your order details, handling paperwork with the physician and delivering supplies to your doorstep.

Runner Up: Oxygen Rich


Tiffany at Tranquility Day Spa & Salon

Massage Therapist

Winner: Tiffany at Tranquility Day Spa & Salon

Tranquility Day Spa & Salon is the perfect place to find peace and relaxation. It offers a wide variety of massage and spa services along with many salon services such as hair care services, manicures and pedicures, eye lash extensions, waxing and much more. It is a one-stop shop for your beauty needs. As one Facebook reviewer said, “My first time in today for the sweet treat special, and it was just that! Tiffany did an amazing job and was very kind. I can’t wait to be a repeat customer!”

Runner Up: LeeAnn Gordman


Monument Company

Winner: Allen Monuments

Allen Monuments provides both head stones and monuments in varieties of shapes and sizes — along with granite benches. The firm employs five people at its Texarkana, Texas, location. “This company is wonderful,” according to a Google review. “They were very kind and compassionate to my family during this terrible time and worked with them. We can’t tell you how grateful we are for the way they handled everything. They offered us blessings as we left.”

Runner Up: Ken Stewart Memorial Arts


Angel Nail & Spa

Nail Salon

Winner: Angel Nails & Spa

Angel Nail & Spa has won rave reviews from customers for the quality of the care they provide. Said one reviewer on Google, “I have gotten my nails done for years and Angel’s blows the competition away! I stumbled upon them by wanting a particular ‘newer’ style that none of the others could do when I saw someone’s nails had exactly what I was looking for.” Another customer expressed a similar sentiment, saying they “nail it” every time when she asks for nail art and special designs: “Everyone is so kind and the place is clean.”

Runner Up: Kelly Nail & Spa


Optical Shop

Winner: The Eye Guys

The Eye Guys is a full-service eye and vision care provider, which stocks many assorted types of glasses, frames and contact lenses. Customers having emergency needs, as well as walk-in customers, are also welcomed. Eye examinations are performed in addition to glaucoma testing, dry eye treatment and other optometry services.

Runner Up: Fowler Eye Care



Winner: Dr. Jeffrey S. Phillips

Dr. Jeffrey S. Phillips is a Texarkana, Texas-based optometrist who grew up in Claremore, Oklahoma, and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a biology degree in 1993. He then went on to the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago where he graduated with a doctoral degree in 1997. He now has 22 years experience, mostly in optometry.

Runner Up: Littleton Fowler


Anderson Orthodontics


Winner: Anderson Orthodontics

Anderson Orthodontics is committed to friendly and warm customer service, leading-edge treatments and a doctor and team who support, encourage and educate. Dr. Anderson is a board-certified orthodontist. In addition to braces for all ages, Anderson Orthodontics offers early orthodontic treatment and surgical orthodontics.

Runner Up: Shamburger Orthodontics


Pet Boarding and Pet Grooming

Winner: Paw Paw Patch

Paw Paw Patch customers have a lot of good things to say about the service they get on Facebook: “They give my babies the best grooming they ever got before I went to them. Will not take them anywhere else,” one customer said. Another added, “Tavo is amazing! I take my little Yorkie Tudie there and he always makes her beautiful. I am about to start taking my other baby Yorkie Tobi there. I only trust Tavo with my babies.”

Runner Up for Pet Boarding: Pleasant Grove Animal Hospital

Runner Up for Pet Grooming: PetSmart


Red River Pharmacy


Winner: Red River Pharmacy

Locally owned and operated, Red River Pharmacy’s primary focus is to service its Texarkana regional customers and to provide not only competitive pricing but also exceptional service. The pharmacy aims to establish long-term partnerships with its patrons and believes its independent ownership can afford flexibility in tailoring its services to meet everyone’s needs. Red River Pharmacy has a 4.8 out of 5-star rating on Google reviews, with its latest review saying, “Employees are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. They always take the time to help you out and explain things to you.”

Runner Up: Walmart


Physical Therapy/Rehab

Winner: CHRISTUS St. Michael Rehabilitation Hospital

CHRISTUS St. Michael Rehabilitation Hospital helps patients improve their quality of life by helping them regain the ability to perform daily activities like dressing themselves, eating, walking or increasing wheelchair mobility. Regardless of the issue, whether from an illness and injury or a surgery, this rehab hospital can provide a full range of therapeutic treatment services to promote healing.

Runner Up: Encompass Health



Winner: Dr. Shawn A. Stussy

Dr. Shawn A. Stussy is a family medicine doctor in Texarkana, Texas. He has been in practice for more than 20 years. Stussy is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He is a member of the American Medical Association as well as the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is well-liked in the community and has a nearly five-star rating on WebMD for physicians.

Runner Up:Dr. Bryan Bowen


Self Storage

Winner: Texarkana National Storage

Texarkana National Storage has heated and cooled units, plenty of security lighting, more than 30 surveillance cameras and a computerized access gate. Storage spaces are available from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Its concrete driveways can handle vehicles as large as 18-wheelers. Its front office can provide a variety of packing and moving supplies and services. The property is enclosed and well tended. Its easy to find; just look for its distinctive red and white color scheme.

Runner Up: U-St0re-It


Tanning Salon

Winner: Cool Tanz & Spa

Cool Tanz &Spa aims to give customers attractive and healthy skin at its two Texarkana locations — one in Texas and the other in Arkansas — with the best beds and latest equipment, plus pioneering skincare products like lotions, bronzers and moisturizers. Cool Tanz offers its guests a variety of package options: Level 2 to Level 4 and beyond, including All Access VIP Exclusive with unlimited red light therapy and the special Hydration Station.

Runner Up: Planet Fitness


Tattoo Artist

Winner: Jason Standridge

One of Texarkana’s most respected and popular tattoo artists, Jason Standridge is a professional who works his craft. With his considerable talents and attention to detail, Standridge is versatile, whether it’s creating a gorgeous black and gray rose, a wolf in headdress, a colorful Bride of Frankenstein rockabilly pinup, an Edgar Allan Poe-themed piece, a koi, an anchor, mandalas or paisleys. He’s also a talented musician.

Runner Up: Matt Hendricks


Travel Agency

Winner: East Texas Travel Center

East Texas Travel Center has been making dream vacation destinations a reality for its clients since for more than 40 years. With a wealth of experience, they offer superior customer service and satisfaction. As a full-service travel agency, they find the best deals for their clients. To see the the United States or the rest of the world, your first stop for all travel arrangements should be East Texas Travel Center.

Runner Up: Rhonda’s Travel


Wisdom Animal Clinic

Vet Clinic

Winner: Wisdom Animal Clinic

Wisdom Animal Clinic cares for people by caring for their pets. Established in 1961, the clinic’s staff recognizes that pets often become people’s best friends and part of the family. Wisdom Animal Clinic provides compassionate, quality care and attention to dogs and cats. The wide range of services Wisdom Animal Clinic offers include wellness exams, vaccinations, dentistry care, diagnostics, X-rays and ultrasounds, surgeries (including laser surgery), spaying and neutering, emergency services and an in-house pharmacy.

Runner Up: State Line Animal Hospital


Wedding Venue

Winner: Garrison Gardens

Garrison Gardens’ outdoorsy wedding venue is owned and operated by husband and wife duo, Chuck and Karen Guilbert. They have been hosting weddings since 2010, and are passionate about giving each couple the most wonderful experience possible. If you envision a vintage, garden-style outdoor wedding with beautiful waterfalls and special lighting, look no further. Garrison Gardens can also assist with the setup, cleanup, lighting and sound services, as well as provide wireless Internet and some event rental items. The venue can accommodate weddings of up to 225 guests.

Runner Up: The Silvermoon on Broad



Winner: Texarkana Yoga

Jen Dierksen has trained and led yoga sessions for many years, long before she took ownership of Texarkana Yoga. Bringing a range of training, experience and insight to her practice in both yoga and general fitness, she more recently added FWD Fit to her offerings. Members can take advantage of special offers to access both facilities for a greater range of fitness options. Jen brings both knowledge and deep caring to her practices to help her clients achieve their fitness and wellness goals.

Runner Up: Hot Yoga

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