The wait is finally over. 2017’s Best of SB Award winners are a here and we’re proud to announce a diverse mix of local entities in the Shreveport and Bossier City area. And the awards go to…
Best Animal Hospital
Benton Animal Hospital
When it comes to your furry (or scaly) friends, their health is just as important as yours. This animal hospital is a full service clinic including grooming.
Best Apartment Complex
The Boulders on Fern
Welcome home to Shreveport’s premier luxury apartments. Each residence offers granite countertops, integrated/attached garages and stainless steel appliances, plus shared pool with a cabana and more.
Best Architecture Firm
Prevot Design Services
A downtown Shreveport entity dedicated to providing exceptional design services to clients over a large geographic area, the firm’s focus is on building integrity, character and relationships.
Best Automotive Dealership
Available in both Shreveport and Bossier City, this locally owned and operated automotive dealership understands the needs of the community, carrying new and used vehicles at affordable prices.
Red River Bank
Louisiana offers something different for every person, every day — and so does Red River. Their goal is to work together with the community to ensure Louisiana’s future.
Best Car Wash
Zips Car Wash (formerly known as Snappy Scrubs)
Want your car washed in a snap? Get the highest quality car wash in less than four minutes all while staying in the comfort of your car.
Best Child Care Service
Broadmoor Methodist Church
Whether you’re searching for early learning, day school or Mother’s Day Out for your child, Broadmoor Methodist has a curriculum for children up to four-years-old.
Best Chiropractic Care
Bates Chiropractic & Sports Therapy
Personal service is a priority at this chiropractic clinic. Here you’ll receive the same treatments as professional athletes. Bates offers traditional chiropractic, nutrition, kensio tape and rehab.
Best Country Club
East Ridge Country Club
Founded in 1955, the Shreveport club features golf and tennis facilities, private pool and a host of social activities. Don’t forget to check out its pro shop.
Best Computer/IT Service
Shreveport IT Solutions
When you’re looking for experience and knowledge, Shreveport IT Solutions is on the cutting edge of technology. This business offers superior customer service and a professional environment.
Best Credit Union
Barksdale Federal Credit Union
The mission of Barksdale Federal Credit Union is to enhance the financial well being of its members and become the preferred partner for members and potential members.
Best Dance Studio
Vicki’s School of Dance
Learning to dance is fun, challenging and exciting for any age. The Bossier City studio has been a part of the area for 47 years under Vicki Fulghum.
Best Day Spa
Spa Concepts Salon & Spa
Spa Concepts is a full service AVEDA Salon and Day Spa catering to men and women. With two convenient Shreveport locations, there’s always time to treat yourself.
Best Dry Cleaning
Porter’s Fine Dry Cleaning
For over 40 years, Porter’s Dry Cleaning has created a means by which people can look their best daily. They offer free pick up and delivery service.
Best Employment Service
Jean Simpson Personnel Services
Need to find work that fits you? Let the experts help. Jean Simpson Personnel Services provides qualified and experienced personnel on a temporary and temp-to-hire job basis.
Best Eyelash Salon
The Crown Lash & Beauty Bar
Want to feel like a queen? Eyelash extensions take center stage at this Pierremont Common shop where trained professionals can make you look and feel your best.
Best Fitness Club
Rock the barre like a star. This boutique group exercise studio provides many different classes where clients can slim down and tone up, all while having fun.
Best Funeral Home
Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Homes, Crematorium & Cemeteries
Since 1932, this family-owned company has been serving northwest Louisiana families and is dedicated to providing the comfort and compassionate care needed when a loved one dies.
Best Garden Nursery
Generations of Shreveporters have put their trust in Akin’s to help turn their yards into oases. They offer a variety of plants, shrubs, flowers, fountains and statuary.
Best Hair Salon
Chemistry Hair Salon
As both a Redken Elite Salon and a Pureology Platinum Salon, Chemistry hosts quarterly education to remain on the cutting edge of the latest fashion trends and technological advances.
Best Heating & Air
Thomas Heating & Air
Owned and operated by David Thomas, this heating and air company has been providing 25 years of maintenance, sales and service for residential and light commercial needs.
Terry M. Elston, Builder
Terry Elston strives to make your vision a reality. The design firm specializes in innovative design with the highest quality products — from Marvin Windows to Phantom Screens.
Best Home Health Care
Trinity Home Health Care
The staff at this home health care agency genuinely cares about the community and it shows in their day-to-day interactions with the people and families they serve.
Best Home Improvement Contractor
Handle It Construction, Inc.
There’s no job too big or too small for Handle It Construction. This business specializes in kitchens, baths and interior/exterior construction. Customer satisfaction is their middle name.
Best Investment Firm
Do you have enough money saved for retirement? The offices of Edward Jones are fully staffed with financial advisors who invest in you and your family’s futures.
Best Janitorial Service
Coopers Powerwashing and Maintenance
Coopers is a maintenance management company that delivers excellent workmanship at a fair and competitive price and in an environmentally safe manner. Who could ask for more?
Best Lawn & Landscape Service
Louisiana Landscape Concepts
Louisiana Landscape Concepts’ mission is to provide topnotch quality customer service in the region. Using professional experts, LLC tailors their designs to fit their clients’ lifestyle.
Best Local College
Bossier Parish Community College opened in 1967 and is a two-year public college with degrees ranging from accounting to theater. There’s a place for everyone at BPCC.
Best Local Beverage Distributor
Eagle Distributing of Shreveport
This beverage distributor has served northwest Louisiana for over 30 years. The Anheuser-Busch distributor also provides everything from wine and spirits to craft beer and non-alcoholic products.
Best Local Hotel/Motel
Remington Suite Hotel & Spa
Shreveport’s only premier boutique hotel provides luxurious accommodations in spacious suites. Enjoy your home away from home at the Remington or book them for a rooftop party.
Best Local Private School
Providence Classical Academy
Providence Classical Academy in Bossier City’s mission is to educate children from K-5 through the twelfth grade in a setting that encourages intellectual, moral and spiritual growth.
Whether you need the locks changed on your home or business, your car door unlocked or a replacement set of keys, Pop-A-Lock has you covered 24 hours-a-day.
Best Monogramming Services
Creativity is bursting at the seams at Poppy’s Monograms, and no matter what the product, they’ll help you find the right style to fit your monograming needs.
Central-Herrin Storage & Transfer
Whether you’re relocating in the same city or taking up residence overseas, this moving company offers innovative services and advanced technology to enable a stress-free, affordable experience.
Best Nail Salon
Spa Concepts Salon & Spa
Take of your shoes and relax your feet with manicure and pedicure services from one of Spa Concepts’ talented nail technicians.
Best Oil Change
Valvoline (formerly known as Time-It Lube)
With 12 convenient locations in the area, Valvoline offers a variety of premium services. From oil changes to tire rotations, your car’s maintenance is their priority.
Best Pet Boarding/Grooming
Lucky’s Yellow Rubber Ducky
Give your pets the royal treatment at Lucky’s where they offer full service grooming and baths, self service baths, overnight boarding, doggie daycare and a luxury boutique.
Robert Brown Plumbing
At Robert Brown Plumbing they unclog your problems, one pipe at a time. This family-owned business has experience in existing residential and commercial plumbing, plus new construction.
Best Public School
Fairfield Elementary Magnet
Let your children make the best of their elementary years at a school where students achieve academic excellence and acquire social and leadership skills through extracurricular activities.
Best Retirement Community
The Oaks of Louisiana
Do you want a more relaxed lifestyle? At The Oaks you’ll find an active adult lifestyle in a residential setting designed to address seniors’ needs and interests.
Best Tanning Salon
Sun Tan City
More than just a tanning salon, you’ll find great equipment, the best skin care products and well-trained tanning consultants to help you achieve the results you want.
Best Tire Store
Gateway Tire & Service Center
Find yourself with a flat? Don’t fret. Gateway provides fast and professional tire services (and maintenance) to get you back on the road for your next vacation.
Best Roofing Company
Whether you’re looking to have a new roof installed or have a repair, Southern Roofing prides their business on employing roofers who are honest, accurate and respectful.
Best Vehicle Repair
There’s no place like Holmes. Serving the Shreveport-Bossier City area since 1970, Holmes provides friendly and efficient services in order to reduce the stress of vehicle maintenance.
Best Weight Loss Clinic
Weight Know More
This medical weight loss clinic is dedicated to helping clients develop improved, healthier lifestyles. There is no magic potion or pill. The magic is believing in yourself.
Best Charitable Event
Best in Sheaux
Each year, 16 local dogs compete for the title of Best in Sheaux, the only live runway dog show in northwest Louisiana. The event benefits Robinson’s Rescue.
Bricks 4 Kidz
Love LEGOs? Bricks 4 Kidz after-school classes build on the universal popularity of LEGO bricks to deliver high quality, educational play. They also offer summer camps, too.
Best Event Venue
Take a trip back in time with 601. This elegant and spacious downtown Shreveport venue is available to rent for weddings, receptions and other special occasion events.
Best Golf Course
Querbes Park Golf Course
Querbes Park Golf Course offers a place for seasoned golfers and their families to enjoy their pastime with quality, wholesome programs and activities. Don’t forget their clubhouse.
Best Local Annual Event
Red River Revel
This is where art comes to life. An annual family-friendly festival, this event aims to provide northwest Louisiana with the finest possible visual and performing arts experiences.
With over 200 different brews, nightly drink specials, live music and craft beer-tasting events, Strange Brew is the place to be every single day of the week.
Lee Slack at Stray Cat
Find yourself needing an after work pick me up? No worries. Lee Slack is the bartender who can mix up just about anything at this downtown locale.
Riverview Restaurant & Brew House at Margaritaville
This Bossier City bar offers a variety of craft beer, food items, classic and modern bar games in a private room, and a complete infusion of fun.
Best Casino Pool
DARE Ultra Pool at Horseshoe Casino & Hotel
Cool off in Horseshoe Casino & Hotel’s pool at DARE Dayclub where the music is upbeat, drinks are stiff and live entertainment is always on the menu.
Think you have what it takes? Test your vocal chords at Strange Brew where karaoke fans can try out over 200 unique beer offerings in between tunes.
Whiskey Roadhouse at Horseshoe Casino & Hotel
This 3,300-square-foot establishment is known for their karaoke, but did you know they have great cocktails, too? Stop by and enjoy free performances weekly with your friends.
Best Place to Dance
Celebrity Lounge at Eldorado Resort Casino
Want to feel like a celebrity? This bar and entertainment venue brings guests live music, big screen televisions and a wide array of cocktails and signature drinks.
Chicago may be in downtown Shreveport, but you’ll feel like you’re anywhere but here. The multi-level and multi-room establishment has become a staple for dance nights.
Best Place to Gamble
Horseshoe Bossier City
Located in the heart of downtown Bossier City, this casino resort has plenty of slots, but don’t skip their 14-table poker room and table games such as blackjack.
Best Place for Live Music
Whiskey Roadhouse at Horseshoe Casino & Hotel
Have an itch for some entertainment that’s sure to be a great time? Whiskey Roadhouse’s calendar is full of cool acts sure to get the crowd going.
Best Sports Bar
Walk On’s Bistreaux & Bar
Watch the big game at Walk-On’s where the energetic staff works hard to ensure each customer has a winning experience with great food, beverages, service and atmosphere.
Best Wine Bar
Wine Country Bistro
Wine Country Bistro prides itself on serving fine wines in a fine environment. Anyone is sure to find the right wine to suit his or her preference.
Best American Restaurant
Strawn’s Eat Shop
This eatery may be known for its strawberry pie, but with three locations and 73 years of experience, they’ve perfected the art of breakfast and lunch, too.
Best Asian Restaurant
This popular Chinese restaurant features a bar with large-screen TVs perfect for tuning into your favorite sports. And have you tried their house soup with wontons? Delicious.
Julie Anne’s Bakery & Café
It’s almost impossible to drive past Julie Anne’s in the morning without stopping for their fresh cakes, pies, pastries, cookies and breads. And don’t forget about king cakes.
Silver Star Smokehouse
A superb steakhouse and barbecue joint featuring high quality, authentic food, Silver Star Smokehouse is located at the intersection of Highway 80 and I-220 in Bossier City.
Best Brunch Spot
Another Broken Egg
This is where brunch takes center stage. Enjoy Another Broken Egg’s unique dishes ranging from twists on classic eggs benedict and gourmet omelets to unbelievable biscuit beignets.
Margaritaville Resort Casino
No passport required for this buffet. The World Tour Buffet, located inside Margaritaville Casino in Bossier City, gives your taste buds a true trip around the world.
Shane’s Seafood & BarBQ
Find your Cajun roots at Shane’s Seafood where you can indulge in all your home-style favorites just like mama makes them — from fried catfish to boiled crawfish.
Healthy and delicious, Jason’s on Line Avenue is a family-owned and community-focused deli that uses wholesome ingredients in their dishes. Go for the broccoli and cheese soup.
Best Fine Dining
2 Johns Steak & Seafood
Enjoy white tablecloth fine dining, a grand piano setting the mood, and a luxurious bar stocked with all your favorite spirits at 2 Johns in Bossier City.
Best Italian Restaurant
There’s just something about that red sauce. Serving great Italian food in an inviting atmosphere is their mission and continuing to improve customer service is their goal.
Best Mexican Restaurant
Don Juanz Baja Beach Tacos
This Baja beach taco joint uses only wholesome ingredients without MSG, lard or artificial flavoring. If you’re looking for a true escape, Don Juanz has two locations.
El Cabo Verde
A casual Mexican restaurant with organic, locally sourced, authentic Mexican cuisine, El Cabo Verde in south Shreveport has become known for its signature line of organic salsas.
Best Seafood Restaurant
Jimmy’s Seafood & Steak
This is sophisticated dining at its best. Jimmy’s features prime steak and seafood entrees straight from the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t forget their handpicked selection of wines.
From Dallas to Shreveport, and now Bossier City, Twisted Root has taken over the gourmet burger game by serving ½ pound burgers in a laid back atmosphere.
Best Chicken Wings
Customers can’t get enough of the wings at Wing Stop. They’re known for their signature, zesty flavors such as Parmesan garlic, mango habanero and hickory smoked BBQ.
Want to have your cake and eat it, too? There’s no guilt at Prep Cakes. This delicatessen offers sugar free goodies with high protein and lower carbs.
Southern Maid Donuts
The historic Shreveport establishment serves up hot donuts and nostalgia at 4 p.m. daily. Fun fact: the dog on their box was in their very first advertisement.
Best Frozen Yogurt
You won’t find a better fro-yo than the famous Humphrey at Counter Culture. With seven locations in town, they offer sandwiches, soups, salads and other lunchtime treats.
Best Grocery Store
The business principles that made the first Kroger store successful in 1883 continue to guide the company’s operations today. Check out the recently opened Marketplace on Ellerbe.
Best Iced Tea
People of the South love a refreshing iced tea. According to our readers, Notini’s has the best. Open since 1981, this Italian eatery is a Bossier City tradition.
Best King Cakes
Julie Anne’s Bakery & Cafe
When Mardi Gras season rolls around, there’s no place better than Julie Anne’s Bakery to get a king cake that will be the favorite of any party.
Don Juanz Baja Beach Tacos
Margaritas hit the spot and go well with the Baja beach tacos and atmosphere at Don Juanz. Take a sip and you’ll fall in love — they’re delicious!
Johnny’s Pizza House
Whether it’s a Sweep the Kitchen or any other made-to-order item, Johnny’s is the place to satisfy your pizza cravings. Don’t forget about their lunchtime buffet, too.
It doesn’t matter if you choose to dine-in, pick-up or have your meal delivered; Po-Boy Express po-boys on Line Avenue are the biggest and best in town.
Best Prepped Meals
Prepared Nutrition creates custom, fitness-oriented meal plans that are fresh, flavorful and portioned for an active and healthy lifestyle. Their protein packed menu items rotate each week.
2 John’s Steak & Seafood
When you find yourself needing a hearty steak to fill your belly, you won’t find anything better than the steaks at 2 John’s — just ask any local.
This Japanese restaurant offers creative rolls such as the red dragon and monkey brain. Go during lunchtime for some of the most affordable sushi in the area.
Best Antique Store
Antique Shoppes at 1100 Barksdale
Antique Shoppes at 1100 Barksdale is a multi-vendor antique mall featuring antiques, vintage, shabby chic, upcycled and reclaimed furniture, collectibles and a large collection of vintage signs.
Barrett Appliance & Home Products
Barrett Appliance & Home Products, a one-stop showroom and design center, serves builders, contractors and homeowners in a 90,000 square-mile region covering north Louisiana and East Texas.
Best Bed/Mattress Store
Bring home a comfy mattress to get your beauty rest on each night from Johnson’s Furniture, a family-owned furniture and mattress store since 1963 based in Shreveport.
Best Bridal Boutique
Happily Ever After
Say ‘yes’ to the perfect dress at Happily Ever After where the staff strives to provide customers with the personal service and styling found in high-end boutiques.
Best Cabinet Store
Custom-Bilt Cabinet & Supply
Find an array of building materials for professional building contractors, institutional accounts and retail sales where the staff is friendly and knowledgeable at Custom-Bilt Cabinet & Supply.
Best Children’s Shop
Britches and Bows
This Bossier City shop offers boutique brands of clothing, hair accessories, shoes and more to make your baby, child and teen the most stylish of the bunch.
Best Fine Jeweler
When you go to Sid Potts, expect the four C’s: client-focused, casual atmosphere, creative process and cost savings. This local company offers a one-of-a-kind buying experience.
Consider the Lilies
Whether you just started planning your dream wedding or want to say ‘thank you’ with a bouquet, Consider the Lilies in Bossier City delivers local and worldwide.
Best Furniture Store
They don’t mark it up just to mark it down. The staff’s commitment to their customers and the community makes Johnson’s Furniture the best in the area.
Best Gift Shop
For over 75 years, the Lewis Gifts has been a part of Shreveport’s community. The Youree Drive locale has provided sundries and gifts to generations of customers.
Rosewood Home Market
In search of antique pieces for your home? Rosewood offers home décor for all styles. If you need help styling, just ask one of their interior decorators.
Best Lighting Store
Barrett Appliance & Home Products
What would a home be without light? Pretty dark, obviously. Let Barrett Appliance & Home Products light up your home with its beautiful fixtures and much more.
Best Manufactured Housing
Greg Tilley’s Bossier Mobile Homes
You design it, they built it. Buying from Greg Tilley’s is easy, affordable and stress-free due to the hands-on knowledge and experience gained from operating since 1977.
Best Men’s Clothing Store
In a time when finding men’s fashion in local shops is hard to do, John Pickens Clothiers brings your guy from drab to fab in no time.
Best Shoe Store
Even Cinderella could find the perfect shoe at Imelda’s. This shop is an upscale/contemporary shoe boutique offering designer brands and quality shoes to women of all ages.
Best Shopping Center
Shoppes at Bellemead
At this unique lifestyle center in Shreveport, shoppers can browse top retailers amidst a sophisticated, casual setting of beautifully appointed shop facades and park-like surroundings.
Best Sporting Goods Store
Dick’s Sporting Goods is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of quality products from weights and training equipment to bicycles and sneakers.
Best Women’s Boutique
The Frilly Magnolia
Simple southern with a dash of sass, The Frilly Magnolia in Benton offers trendy looks with great customer service. They also offer a variety of gift items.
Looking for that perfect cut of meat? Maxwell’s Market provides a superior shopping experience by offering convenient and personal customer service as well as delicious homemade meals.
Chef Blake Jackson at Drake Catering is always willing to go the extra mile to make his customers happy with unique dishes sure to hit the spot.
Panderina Soumas with Soumas Heritage Creole Creations
Chef Panderina Soumas, of Soumas Heritage Creole Creations, is known for her creativity and keen sense of detail and presentation. You’ll love her red beans and rice.
Best Financial Advisor
King Poljak Group
The financial advisors at King Poljak Group can help you meet your goals by delivering resources most appropriate for your investments and what you want to achieve.
Best Hair Stylist
Meredith Miller with Salon 90210
Meredith Miller has never seen a bad hair day she can’t fix. She’s been a stylist for 12 years and loves to help clients look their best.
Best Insurance Agent
Ben Tullos with State Farm
State Farm agent Ben Tullos in Shreveport has one mission: to help you manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize your dreams.
Janet Meier of Janet Meier Designs
Since 1988, Janet Meier has been using her eye to style. Her full-service interior design business specializes in décor, furnishings and window coverings for residential/commercial properties.
Best Landscape Contractor
From concept to installation, Hoogland’s Landscape has provided landscaping for over 30 years. Their innovative suggestions help to work within your budget to deliver your desired results.
Best Local Teacher
Vanessa Ortiz at Arthur Circle
Arthur Circle favorite Vanessa Ortiz teaches art and has experience including graphic design, art education at Centenary College’s Meadows Museum, and teaching at Lakeshore Elementary. Go cougars!
Best Local Principal
Pam Graham at Fairfield Magnet School
Students and parents alike love Pam Graham, the principal at Fairfield Elementary Magnet School in Shreveport. She loves her students and faculty and is a one-of-a-kind principal.
You never know where Gabriel “Saxman” Johnson might pop up. You can follow the saxophone player on Facebook or check out his tunes on YouTube and ReverbNation.
Best Local TV Personality
Rick Rowe with KTBS 3
For 35 years, Rick Rowe has been storytelling with KTBS. When words aren’t spoken, Rick’s video tells the story. He sees beauty in things we sometimes overlook.
Best Local Radio Personality
Shreveport native and popular DJ on K94.5 (a position he’s held since 2007), Jay makes any commute more enjoyable. You can also find him on 710 KEEL.
Best Local News Anchor
Gerry May with KTBS 3
A graduate of University of Texas at Arlington, he has been a co-anchor at KTBS 3 News since 2001.Gerry May brings you up-to-date on what’s happening now.
Best Local News Station
KTBS Channel 3 is your local ABC affiliate with the most watched news and sports programming in the ArkLaTex. Since 1955, KTBS has been “on your side.”
Best Local Sports Reporter
The sports personality who hosts his own show on KWKH AM1130 from 6-9 a.m. on weekday mornings, Tim Fletcher has become a household name in northwest Louisiana.
Best Local Meteorologist
Joe Haynes with KTBS 3
From storm chasing to heat waves, Joe Haynes forecasts weather weeknights on KTBS. Fun fact: Joe is an avid rugby fan and has played for 17 years.
Best Make Up Artist
Find beauty guru Carol Hines at Dillard’s cosmetic counter in Shreveport and let her help you look and feel fabulous. She’s also SB Magazine’s November SB Artist.
Best Mardi Gras Krewe
Krewe of Highland
Established in 1994, the Krewe of Highland boasts the largest neighborhood parade in northwest Louisiana. Popular throws include Spam, spaghetti and meatballs, hot dogs and rubber chickens.
Best Massage Therapist
Clients swear by Susan Prest, so it’s no doubt she was chosen as Best Massage Therapist. She offers Swedish massages, deep tissue massages and hot stone massages.
Best Personal Trainer
Kaye Leslie Otis
As owner of Titanium Fitness Personal Training in Shreveport, Kaye Leslie Otis’s desire is to help others overcome obstacles and reach their personal health and fitness goals.
An artist and photographer with a passion for capturing magic in any environment, Shreveporter Kristi Chapman creates images with a mixture of fashion, fine art and photojournalism.
Taylor Calhoun of TC Digital in Shreveport specializes in videography and drone photography. He prides himself on being affordable and having a quick turn around.
Best Physical Therapist
Brewer Physical Therapy
At Brewer Physical Therapy in Shreveport, individualized treatment plans are designed to help you regain your strength, restore function and discover new levels of health and vitality.
Best Real Estate Agent
Whether it’s your first, second or third, Courtney Lowry at Ramsey-Hoffpauir Associates is sure to help clients find exactly what they’re looking for in a new home.
Dr. Catherine Foret with University Veterinary Hospital
For Catherine Foret, becoming a veterinarian was her true calling. When she can see or feel an animal realize she’s there to help, there’s nothing more rewarding.
Best Wedding Planner
Donna Brian with Love in Bloom
Her mission is for clients to enjoy their wedding day, rehearsal dinner, corporate gala or other special event – stress free. Donna Brian’s commitment to detail is key.
Shelly Marie Redmond
Known as the Queen of Healthy Cajun Cuisine, Shelly Redmond lives for the kitchen. She is an award-winning dietician, speaker and founder of her blog, Skinny Louisiana.