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Best Brick & Stone Masonry Company

Howell’s Masonry

Ken Howell is a Southern Pines native and has been a mason for 40 years. Ken’s hard work, attention to detail, and artistry of his craft, combined with his talented crew of seasoned masons has positioned Howell’s Masonry as an industry leader. 10327 NC-211, Aberdeen • (910) 944-0878 •

2. Patrick Kujawski
3. MGL Custom HardScapes



Best Gardening Store

Gulley’s Garden Center

While Gulley’s is primarily a garden store, they’re also happy to come out and take a look at your yard and suggest what you need for that bare spot beside that front window. And if need, they’ll bring that camellia or rhododendron out and plant it for you. 445 SE Broad St, Southern Pines • (910) 692-3223 •

2. Lowe’s Home Improvement
3. Ace Hardware



Best Roofing Company

Elite Roofing

Are those shingles curling upward like a tree limb? It might be time for a new roof. The Elite crews have been putting roofs over our heads for more than 25 years, and they do it in a day.  (910) 783-6500 •

2. Creed & Garner
3. Statewide Roofing



Best Yard Maintenance Company

Heffner Landscaping

Once upon a time, we thought it’d be fun to take care of the yard. Then it turned into work. Sure, Heffner will mow the yard, but they offer so much more, from patio design and installation to water features and more.  120B E Maple St, Vass • (910) 692-2565 •

2. Blue’s Landscaping
3. Cheek Ground Management



Best Travel Agency

AAA Carolinas

In the old days, dad would plot that cross-country trip by visiting the nearby AAA office and getting an armful of maps. The folks at AAA Carolinas do so much more if you’re making that trip today. But you still have to close your own suitcase. 171 Beverly Ln, Southern Pines • (910) 693-0335

2. Be Our Guest Travel Agency
3. Cruise Planners/American Express Travel



Best Landscaping Company

Gulley’s Garden Center

Gulley’s is an old fashioned family-owned business that focuses on service. It’s a perfect place for exploring and daydreaming about how a garden should look with curved walkways, antiques, colorful pots, and lots of flowers, shrubs, and trees. And much of the staff has been through the Sandhills Horticulture Program at Sandhills Community College and have a level of expertise. 445 SE Broad St, Southern Pines • (910) 692-3223 •

2. Blue’s Landscaping
3. Heffner’s Landscaping



Best Place to Buy a New Car

Pinehurst Toyota

So it’s finally time to trade in that old car, the one you raised your kids in. The one that also smells like you raised the dead, or merely a bunch of dead chicken nuggets. Yeh, you’ve been spotted driving down U.S. 15-501 past Pinehurst Toyota eyeing some of the new models on the lot. And it’s real close to Chick Fil A, so if you miss those ketchup stains from your old car… 10760 Hwy 15-501, Southern Pines • (910) 684-8610 •

2. Crossroads Ford
3. Clark Chevrolet



Best Handyman

Wayne Rooks

2. Chris Lawson
3. Brock Home Improvement



Best Custom Home Builder

Dabbs Brothers

At Dabbs Brothers LLC, every home they build is a reflection of their reputation so the greatest compliment is a client’s referral. The company will build your home whether it’s in Pinehurst and Southern Pines or on the sands of Wrightsville Beach. (910) 690-0852 •

2. Pinehurst Homes
3. Bowness Custom Homes



Best Carwash

Par 3

For most people, auto maintenance and detailing is not fun or convenient. At Par 3, the crews make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible for you. You sit and watch while they do the work, getting off that road dirt, the brine of winter or just an extra special shine for that big Saturday night date. It’s a place where first-time customers become long-term customers. 11085 N Us Highway 15 501 · (910) 695-1256 •

2. Champion Car Wash
3. J’s Mobile Detail



Best Place to Take Care of your Fur Babies

Five Points Pet Resort

Voters preferred Five Points for their pampering and well-appointed accommodations. You can even go top of the line with the Pawsidential Suite, complete with a full-size sofa, large area rug, bedding and pillows, color television and 3 large windows low enough to the ground that even the smallest dog can catch all the action. No, they won’t board husbands. 1495 Montrose Rd, Raeford • (910) 904-5787 •

2. Yadkin Park Animal Hospital
3. Carthage Animal Hospital



Best Financial Planner

Betty King, Wells Fargo Advisers

Betty was the hands-down favorite for voters in this category. She is well versed in a number of areas, including education funding, estate planning, insurance and retirement strategies. 110 Turnberry Way , Pinehurst  • (910) 692-3000

2. Tom Velevis
3. First Bank Wealth Management



Best Daycare

Sandhills Children’s Center

Since 1970, the folks at Sandhills Children’s Center have been offering a caring, inclusive and nurturing environment for children of all abilities ages birth to five years old. Its goal is to be a recognized leader and preeminent provider of educational and therapeutic services to young children through continuous organizational growth and collaboration with community partners. 1280 Central Dr, Southern Pines • (910) 692-3323 •

2. FirstHealth Child Development Center
3. Drop Zone Kids



Best House Cleaning Service

Mack Maids

The staff at Mack Maids is prepared to do all levels of cleaning. Even if you’re a neat freak, things still get dirty, and if you don’t have the time or energy, you’re going to need some help. Mack Maids is skilled in meeting whatever level their clients need. 275 S Bennett St c, Southern Pines • (910) 690-2569 •

2. Magic House Cleaning
3. Christy’s Cleaning



Best Insurance Agency

Jim Leach Agency – State Farm

Jim has been a mainstay in the local insurance business for years in Moore County, helping folks with a variety of needs. 115 Westgate Dr, Pinehurst • (910) 215-8150 •

3. Mike Murphy – Nationwide



Best Plumber

Plumbing Knight

For more than a decade, the Plumbing Knight has been riding to the rescue of homeowners with their plumbing problems. They can get that iPhone out of the toilet that your toddler dropped in there, but don’t expect them to get the phone working again. 2066 Juniper Lake Rd • (910) 639-5555 •

2. John Cole’s Plumbing Professionals
3. Ray’s Plumbing



Best Heating/Air Conditioning Company

Four Seasons Heating and Air

It’s just a simple fact of life: the heating or air conditioning is never going to break on a 70-degree day. That’s why the crews at Four Seasons pull some long hours when you need to drop a new unit or fix up your existing system on one of those extreme-weather days. (910) 779-3131 •

2. Temp Control
3. Carolina Air



Best Non-Franchise Used Car Dealership

Bill Smith Preformance Pre-owned

Bill’s been in the car business in Moore County for more than 30 years, serving as southern Moore’s Ford and Lincoln dealer for most of that time. These days, he’s got his own place on Broad Street just on the other side of Morganton. There he offers a number of high-performance cars like BMWs coming off lease. 925 S Broad St, Southern Pines • (910) 684-8372 •

2. Tri-City Auto Sales
3. Zweibel’s Auto Sales



Best Place to Get Your Car Repaired

Jason’s Tire & Auto

The guys over at Jason’s usually can get you in and out quickly with your vehicle repaired. They were the clear favorite among voters in this category. 421 Johnson St, Aberdeen • (910) 944-3510 •

2. Doug’s Auto
3. Overton’s



Best Property Management Company

Village of Pinehurst Rentals

This company has more than 100 rentals to choose from, whether you need something for a week to suit some golfing buddies or a long-term place of your own.  19 Chinquapin Rd, Pinehurst • (910) 420-1045 •

2. Keller Williams
3. Elite Property Management



Best Interior Designer

Johnsye White

The reviews kind of say it all for Johnsie: “Johnsye helped us to accomplish so many things. She helped us choose color palettes and furnishings to bring our home in Pinehurst alive,” said one Pinehurst couple. “She listened to the different visions my husband and I had and developed an interior design that we both loved.” 25 Chinquapin Rd, Pinehurst • (910) 255-3005 •

2. Hollyfield Design
3. Francy Thompson



Best Limousine/Car Service

Kirk Tours

For more than 25 years in the Sandhills, Kirk Tours has been offering upscale transportation for all those special occasions, whether it’s the need for a stretch limo or a large shuttle van to get a wedding party to the church on time. 90 Cherokee Rd #2f, Pinehurst • (910) 295-2257 •

2. Sandhills Transportation
3. Pinehurst Taxi & Transport



Best Veterinary Clinic

Carthage Animal Hospital

Your pet is never going to clue you in on their preferred doctor. They’re likely to prefer no visit. The staff at Carthage Animal Hospital provides a full range of services in a courteous and efficient manner that matters to us. 5600 US-15, Carthage • (910) 947-5278 •

2. VCA Whispering Pines Animal Hospital
3. Pinetree Animal Hospital



Best Buyer’s Agent

Patrick Phillips

A third-generation Realtor, Patrick is with Village Properties of Pinehurst. He’s following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father to help local residents find the perfect home. 19 Chinquapin Road, Pinehurst • (910) 295-6300  •

2. Jenn Ritchie
3. Angela Thompson



Best Listing Agent

Patrick Phillips

Patrick supplements his business with his own drone business, using the aerial devices to help map out and market homes for clients. The videos he creates from these fly-bys can give your home a whole new dimension and perspective for buyers. 19 Chinquapin Road, Pinehurst •  (910) 295-6300  •

2. Jenn Ritchie
3. Amanda Bullock



Best Home Remodeler

Pinehurst Homes

Sometimes it’s your house that needs to move — like, the walls and the cabinets and that old closet with all the jigsaw puzzles. When you need more space or an updating of your existing castle, Pinehurst Homes offers a full range of services to get the job done. 6895 NC-211, West End  • (910) 295-5400  •

2. Dabbs Brothers
3. Robbie Conley/Alex Bowness (tie)



Got Gutters? Who’s the Best at Cleaning Them Out?


It’s a fact of life: we live in pine-tree country. And even though pine trees are evergreens, they still lose their needles — and we then find them clogging our gutters. Allred’s will come out and install gutters and then keep them clean for you. 3221 Vass-Carthage Rd, Carthage • (910) 949-3805

2. JDY Jack of All Trades
3. Paul Jackson



Best Fencing Company

Long Life Fence Co.

Good fences make good neighbors, and Long Life Fencing will install a good fence for you. Hence, you’re bound to have good neighbors!  • 125 Pinehurst Ave • (910) 692-7725

2. Brad Charles
3. B&A Fencing



Best Flooring Store

JB Short Carpet One

You’ve got to be pretty confident in the flooring business. Your product is going to get walked all over. And while heads are turning and oooing and ahhing over a new space, they’re paying little attention to what’s beneath their feet. At JB Short Carpet One, they’re pretty secure about the range of quality products they offer and the install services. 5695 U.S. 1 North, Southern Pines • (910) 692-6411 •

2. Aberdeen Carpet
3. Moore Flooring



Best Pet Grooming

Five Points Pet Resort

If you go to Five Points’ web site, grooming isn’t even called “grooming.” It’s called “spa.” That’s the attitude the staff takes at Five Points. Pet pampering is not an extreme; it’s an everyday service.  1495 Montrose Rd, Raeford • (910) 904-5787 •

2. Petsmart and Miss Belle’s Pet Spa (tie)
3. One Paw at a Time



Best Place to Get Pet Supplies


Really, the pets aren’t going to know the difference, but if they called the store “PeopleSmart,” you’d think it was a MENSA clinic or something. At Petsmart, you’ll find not only what you need but every indulgence and splurge a pet owner routinely lavishes on their loved one. 11088 N US Hwy 15 501 Ste 600, Aberdeen • (910) 246-1587 •

2. Cared for Canine & Cat
3. Aberdeen Feed Store



Best Company to Clean Those Dirty Rugs/Carpets

Spot On Cleaning

Your carpets are beautiful, until the kids chase the muddy dog through the living room. That’s when it’s time to call Jeremy and his team at Spot On and have them wow you with the Rotovac 360i cleaning wand, pushed by the powerful Bluebaron 45 SE truck mount. 217 Northwood Dr, Southern Pines • (910) 992-4160 •

2. Stanley Steamers
3. Darry Deese



Best Architect/Home Design

Mark Parson

Sometimes architects say very little about themselves, choosing instead to let their work speak for their skill. You know The Sly Fox restaurant at the corner of Broad and Morganton in Southern Pines? Mark Parson redesigned that space from an old beat-up auto shop. And he’s also designed everything from Sandals Resorts to Harley Davidson dealerships.  161 E New Hampshire Ave, Southern Pines • (910) 692-8550 •

2. Daniel Adams Construction
3. Alan Staggard



Best Dry Cleaner

Valet Cleaners

Uncle Ernie got a little crazy at dinner and knocked over the gravy bowl on your new table cloth. That’s alright. At Valet Cleaners on South Bennett Street in Southern Pines, they’ll erase that stain. What you do with Uncle Ernie is your own problem. 600 S Bennett St, Southern Pines • (910) 692-8665

2. American Cleaners
3. Olmsted Cleaners