Community is defined by the people and businesses that call it home and Shreveport-Bossier City is no different. From talented chefs to stunning event venues and places to shop, we share common goals of growth, improvement and a sense of pride in our corner of the state. The following businesses and professionals are leading the way and this year you voted them the Best of SB 2018. Congratulations to all the winners.
FOOD & DINING
Good food has always been on the menu for Jason Brady, owner of Wine Country. What started as a bottle shop has grown into a household name, and wine is the cherry on top. Try their fried green tomatoes — they’re divine.
Opened in 1997, Chef Kuan Lim at Lucky Palace is nationally known for his food and wine selection. While you’re there, make sure to try the duck and scallion pancake.
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.
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).
The Spread — Horseshoe Casino
Sometimes you just need to try it all. Featuring a seafood extravaganza and Saturday and Sunday brunch, The Spread offers a gourmet meal in a legendary setting — Horseshoe Casino & Hotel.
From Dallas to Shreveport, and now Bossier City, Twisted Root has taken over the gourmet burger game by serving half-pound burgers in a laid-back atmosphere.
Frank’s Louisiana Kitchen
If you can’t escape to New Orleans for the weekend, Frank’s Louisiana Kitchen is the next best thing. From crawfish to French bread, everything is from Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t miss their Live Jazz Brunch on Sundays.
With two locations in Shreveport (uptown on Southfield Road and downtown on Texas Street), you can grab a cup of joe any time of day. Make sure to try their signature Iced Lightning — good all year round.
Daq’s Wings & Grill
Known as the “best wings in the galaxy,” it’s no surprise Daq’s Wings & Grill takes home Best Chicken Wings. Add some gravy fries to the mix and you’ll have one unforgettable meal.
Peel the tail, suck the head — it’s what crawfish season is all about. Crawdaddy’s Kitchen on Mansfield Road is known for some of the best seasoned mudbugs in town.
Healthy and delicious, Jason’s on Line Avenue is a family-owned and community-focused deli that uses wholesome ingredients in its dishes. Go for the broccoli and cheese soup.
Whisk Dessert Bar
Have you ever heard of a Whiskuit? Part biscuit, part tasty filling, Chef Blake Jackson has concocted a morning meal everyone’s raving about. They’re known for their desserts, but you never know what they might whisk up.
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 TV advertisement.
From bottle shop to bistro, Jason Brady’s vision has always been to deliver to an upscale audience. Their location on Line Avenue offers space for private events, whether intimate or large.
The business principles that made the first Kroger store successful in 1883 continues to guide the company’s operations today.
A family owned and operated business since 1984, L’Italiano has become a mainstay in Bossier City’s food culture. Go for the chicken parmesan, stay for the wine (on Monday nights you can enjoy $10 bottles).
Since 2006, Lilah’s Bakery has been in the king cake business. With 20 plus flavors and growing, there is always a new one to try — such as their maple bacon. Don’t forget they have gluten free options, too.
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.
No Regrets Meal Prep
Your body is a temple and when it comes to nutrition, sometimes you need to call in the professionals. No Regrets Meal Prep is a husband/wife team whose number one goal is to help you eat cleaner and healthier.
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, one in Shreveport and one in Bossier City.
Flying Heart Brewing & Pub
A lot has changed in this last year for Flying Heart — they’ve expanded and become a true neighborhood restaurant and pub. With pizza on the menu, everyone’s at Flying Heart.
Flying Heart Brewing & Pub
Speaking of pizza, Flying Heart is a double winner. All pizzas at the establishment can be turned into calzones, and if you’ve never had one, you’re missing out. The Mediterranean and Meat Jeffro are superb.
What was once an old gas station has become a restaurant staple for Shreveport. Marilynn’s Place has always been known for their ample sized po’ boys — and they’re always served on Gambino’s French bread.
A sandwich shop known for seafood? True patrons know this Line Avenue bistro has more than meets the eye on their menu. Favorites include the Tilapia Amandine and Poisson Acadiana.
Best American? Check. Best Fine Dining? Check. It’s a no brainer they win “Best Steak” category. Their 16-ounce grilled ribeye is mouthwatering and served with jalapeno mac and cheese, honey glazed carrots and red wine mushroom sauce.
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.
A true test at any restaurant in the South is its sweet tea. Grab a cup while you’re chowing down on your favorite pizza or take a gallon to go. Available at both Rotolo’s Craft & Crust in Shreveport and Rotolo’s Bossier City.
Pinch the tail, suck the head. It’s really that simple. If you’ve lived in Shreveport-Bossier City long enough, chances are you’ve eaten your weight in crawfish at the annual Mudbug Madness event. This year they celebrated 34 years.
Open seven days a week, Central Station is northwest Louisiana’s premiere LGBTQ+ bar and club. Whether you just need to sing a little Cher or you want to play bingo with friends, Central Station has something for everyone.
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.
DARE Ultra Pool at Horseshoe Casino & Hotel
Cool off in Horseshoe Casino & Hotel’s pool at DARE Day Club where the music is upbeat, drinks are stiff and live entertainment is always on the menu.
Come curious, leave inspired. Shreveport Aquarium recently opened and has become a destination for kids and parents alike to explore the underwater. Visit their Dome on the Bayou for a look at plant life and fish.
While artspace may be dedicated to the arts, it’s not a museum or a gallery. It’s a place where the public can come together and connect. artspace hosts everything from holiday parties to fashion shows.
Querbes Park Golf Course
A SPAR park, Querbes Park Golf Course is the oldest and most active golf course in the area. This is where the greats, such as Hal Sutton and David Toms, got their start. If you’re planning to tee off with friends, save some space for lunch — their on-site dining is always a hit.
Mike Brown at Strange Brew
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 (or during).
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.
Dance, dance, dance! If you feel like shaking it on the floor until the wee hours of the morning, you can do so at Central Station in downtown Shreveport. With multi-level areas, there’s always a place for you.
Place to Gamble
Located in the heart of downtown Bossier City, this casino resort has plenty of slots, but don’t skip the 14-table poker room and table games such as blackjack.
Place for Live Music
If you’re a millennial, you’ve probably been to Bear’s at least once in your life. An older crowd? You might remember it for the oysters. While the seafood is long gone, one thing has remained the same — a devoted love of music. Bear’s has live music nearly every night.
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.
We Olive & Wine Bar
While it may have started with just olive oil, it’s become a true experience. We Olive & Wine bar combines education with a splash of wine, offering a unique destination for area foodies. Their wines are always changing, and the food is always fresh. Date night? Let’s go.
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
A one-stop showroom and design center, Barrett Appliance & Home Products serves builders, contractors and homeowners in a 90,000 square-mile region covering North Louisiana and East Texas.
Azarue’s Bridal & Formal
If you’re ready to “say yes to the dress,” let the team at Azarue’s take care of you. From the moment you walk in you are treated like family. Shop the styles of Calla Blanche, Allure Couture, Kenneth Winston and more.
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.
Balentine & Co Jewelers
Since 1996, Lee Balentine has made it his mission to give Shreveport and Bossier City a family jeweler. With price points for everyone, Balentine’s is a destination for gifts of any occasion.
Lisa’s Flowers & Gifts
“When ya gotta have flowers,” Lisa’s in Bossier City is the place to go. Open since 1993, this family owned and operated floral shop is located on Benton Road. Their mission: to give you the best service in town.
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.
For over 75 years, Lewis Gifts has been a part of Shreveport’s community. The Youree Drive locale has provided sundries and gifts to generations of customers.
Ivy & Stone
Now with two locations, Ivy & Stone was started by Brandi Sharkey as a means to bring rich, beautiful décor to southern homes around the area. Make sure to swing by their annual Christmas party — there’s lots of fun and super savings before the holiday season.
Henson’s Lighting & Hardware
Sometimes the only thing you need to update your space is a bit of light. With complimentary walkthroughs of homes, Henson’s Lighting & Hardware offers customers a five star experience with plenty of options.
John Pickens Clothiers
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.
Even Cinderella could find the perfect shoe at Imelda’s. This shop is an upscale/contemporary shoe boutique offering designer clothing brands, too.
Want the boutique experience without the costly prices? Simply Chic offers a variety of styles and sizes all while staying up to date on area trends (and they won’t break the bank!). Check out both their locations in Shreveport and Bossier City.
SERVICES & PEOPLE
University Veterinary Hospital
At University Veterinary Hospital, you can rest assured your pet will be in good hands. With 10 veterinarians on staff they are capable of nearly anything you throw their way. Everyone’s family at UVH.
Coates Bluff at Wright Island Apartments
No matter which apartment design you decide on, Coates Bluff is the perfect choice. You’ll find spacious living areas with nine-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchens with granite and a washer and dryer in each unit. During the summer, you might even see a mermaid in the pool.
They’ve become known for their slide in the office, but this architecture firm is more than just fun and games. Their primary focus is client satisfaction, providing tailor made solutions on a daily basis. Unfamiliar with their work? Rhino Coffee uptown and Red River Brewing are two of their projects.
Lauren Ross is a Louisiana born artist and Shreveport resident. You may know her for her stage work or possibly her part in Sweet Tee Shreveport. Either way, she’s made a name for herself with her pop art pieces.
Born in Shreveport, Sam Burns is a graduate of Calvary Baptist Academy and Louisiana State University. He currently plays golf professionally on the PGA Tour.
Red River Chevrolet
If you’re shopping for a new vehicle, trust the team at Red River Chevrolet in Bossier City. Located right at the foot of the entrance of Horseshoe Casino, they’re just down the street from the Louisiana Boardwalk.
Citizens National Bank
Since 1985, Citizens National Bank has provided the community with a personal banking experience unparalleled. The bank now boasts 12 locations in Caddo, Bossier, Desoto, Claiborne and Webster parishes.
Brandon Manning — The Remington Suite Hotel & Spa
If you’ve visited the Remington sometime in the past year, you’ve probably been greeted by their beverage manager, Brandon Manning. With top notch customer service, Brandon is friendly, helpful and can make a mean martini. Don’t take our word — try one today.
Roadrunner Oil Change and Auto Spa
Beep, beep! With service so fast, you know it’s Roadrunner. The car wash opened in 1969 and has continued to grow since then, offering a variety of car needs just inside their store.
Southern Fork Catering
Whether an intimate wedding, corporate party, or just a holiday get together, Southern Fork Catering provides complete catering services — from menu to tablescapes. A division of Jason Brady Restaurant Group, they promise a fine dining experience like no other.
From humble beginnings as a dishwasher to now becoming executive chef for the Shreveport Convention Center, Nick Simons has spent his entire adult life in the kitchen. He is a graduate of Northwestern State University of Louisiana and Bossier Parish Community College.
Child Care Service
For nearly 40 years, Young Years full-time education and childcare center offers the finest facilities available for children ages 30 months to 12 years.
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.
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.
JTO Computer Solutions
From pest control companies to psychologist practices, JTO Computer Solutions provides IT and project management all over the Ark-La-Tex. With over 40 years’ experience between brothers Joey and Clint Ourso, you can trust your technology is in good hands.
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.
Bossier Federal Credit Union
The mission of Bossier Federal Credit Union is to enhance the financial well-being of its members and become the preferred partner for members and potential members.
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 48 years under Vicki Fulghum.
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, plus their newly opened Bossier City location, there’s always time to treat yourself.
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.
WINKZ Custom Eyelash Extension
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder — literally. Eyelash extensions, eyebrows and more can be done at this Bossier City shop where professionals can make you look and feel your best.
Poljak Group at Morgan Stanley
If you’re looking for wealth management, try the financial advisors at Poljak Group. They are led by brothers Denis and Davor Poljak and their commitment to Shreveport-Bossier City exceeds the average.
Howe Bout Monogramming
Darlin’, you’re never fully dressed without a monogram. Whether a bag, bow, lunchbox or jacket, Howe Bout Monogramming is your full service monogramming shop located in Stonewall.
Pure Barre is more than just a workout; it’s a lifestyle. At this Line Avenue business, members share a sense of community, becoming inspired and empowered with their lifestyle and fitness goals.
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.
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.
If you’re looking for a transformation, Jamie Villareal is the hair stylist that can take your hair from drab to fab. She’s a level 1 stylist at Chemistry Hair Salon and is working her way up day by day. Next time you’re booking, check out her schedule.
Heating and Air
Air Ref. Inc.
This locally and family owned business was established in 1978 and has served the community ever since. Licensed in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, Air Ref. Inc. is equipped to handle all your heating and air 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.
Home Health Care
First Trinity Home Health
The staff as 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.
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.
Lisa Dilts — State Farm
Life is busy, but don’t you want to be in good hands? State Farm agent Lisa Dilts assures that’s her main priority. Together, her office has nearly 50 years of experience.
Brandy Canatella Thompson – Canatella Interiors
If you want something decorated right, go to Brandy Canatella Thompson. She’s got an eye like no other. Her full-service decorating business specializes in not only décor but furnishing, windows, and more for your home.
Poljak Group at Morgan Stanley
The financial advisors at Poljak Group can help you meet your goals by delivering resources most appropriate for your investments and what you want to achieve.
On the Spot Cleaning
If you need a weekly cleaning or every other month, On the Spot Cleaning is there for you. With three different packages to meet your every need, the team at On the Spot wants you to feel proud about your home or business.
Turf Masters Lawn Care
Locally owned and operated by Lorenzo Davenport, Turf Masters specializes in resident and commercial property maintenance throughout Shreveport-Bossier City.
Lawn & Landscape Service
Louisiana Lawn Service
Let your yard stand out from the crowd. At Louisiana Lawn Service, their team takes the guesswork out of yard work. They deal extensively with erosion and hydroseeding services.
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.
Find beauty guru Carol Hines at Dillard’s cosmetic counter in Shreveport and let her help you look and feel fabulous.
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.
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.
When you live in a state where the weather changes constantly, it’s good to have someone you can trust. Ron Young is the KSLA StormTracker 12 meteorologist for KSLA News 12 This Morning and KSLA News 12 at 9 a.m. and noon.
Two Guys Moving
Since 1979, Two Guys Moving has offered local and long distance moving services to those in the Shreveport-Bossier City area. Their trained professionals provide a worry-free move, done quickly, efficiently and safe.
Spa Concepts Salon & Spa
Kick off your shoes and relax your feet with manicure and pedicure services from one of Spa Concepts’s talented nail technicians.
Dan and Jacque Jovic — KTAL Channel 6
This is a duo you don’t want to miss. This husband and wife team are made up of Emmy-award winning journalists that are committed to bringing you latest news. The two are co-anchors for NBC 6 News at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
KTBS Channel 3 is your local ABC affiliate with the most watched news and sports programming in the Ark-La-Tex. Since 1955, KTBS has been “on your side.”
Generations of Shreveporters have put their trust in Akin’s to help turn their yards into oases. They offer not only a variety of plants, but shrubs, flowers, fountains and statuaries.
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.
Nate Edwards – Grind to Shine
Nate Edwards has over 10 years of training and has coached over 1000 clients. He is a former MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion. His goal — to help you live a stronger, leaner, pain free life.
Boarding, bathing, grooming and wellness — UVH Unleashed is a one stop shop.
Ivy B Photography
Specializing in portrait, wedding and commercial photography, Ivy B Photography is all about capturing intimate and creative moments.
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.
Robert Brown Plumbing
At Robert Brown Plumbing they unclog your problems, one pipe at a time. The family-owned business has experience in existing residential and commercial plumbing, plus new construction.
Pam Graham at Fairfield Elementary 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.
Loyola College Prep
Founded by the Jesuit order as an all-male institution, Loyola first opened its doors as St. John’s in 1902. Things have since changed, becoming coed in 1987. The school has a current enrollment of 462 and is the only four-year Catholic high school in a 100-mile radius.
The vision at Legacy is to nurture each child, provide a positive environment and develop confident learners to reach their full potential.
Carter Breeze — K94.5
A third of the K94.5 Morning Madhouse team, Carter Breeze is one of the most hilarious morning show hosts this area has heard in years. Born and raised in North Carolina, he started in radio as an intern and quickly worked his way up to on-air personality.
Real Estate Agent
With over 35 years in the real estate business, Lisa Hargrove knows homes. As a lifelong resident of Shreveport and one of the top producing agents for Coldwell Banker Gosslee, Lisa can and will find you your forever home.
Offering residences in Shreveport and Bossier City, Brookdale is a place that feels like home. Caring staff members work around the clock to ensure you or your loved ones are taken care of to the best degree.
Nail Tight Construction
Serving the area since 2017, the team at Nail Tight Construction has already established a reputation for reliable and professional service. Whether it’s a leak that needs repaired or a complete roof installation, they have you covered.
Tatum Everett — KTBS 3
Though she’s recently moved on to Nashville, she called the Ark-La-Tex home for almost six years where she went from being a sports reporter to sports director at KTBS. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University.
Ron Young — KSLA News 12
Ron Young is more than a meteorologist — he’s a friend to all. He turned his fear into his passion, studying storm patterns and more while attending the University of Arkansas and Mississippi State University. For over 20 years, he’s delivered us impactful and insightful news every morning.
Red Handed Tattoo Parlor
If you’re looking to be inked, Red Handed Tattoo Parlor is the place to go. We’d suggest booking owner Micah Harold, but you won’t be seeing him any time soon. His schedule is always packed, so plan ahead. This year the Shreveport tattoo shop celebrated six years in business.
Robert Gallant — Green Acres Middle School
Already in his second year of teaching at Green Acres Middle School, Robert Gallant has been in the school system since 2009 when he began as a substitute during college. He is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University. He currently teaches science and robotics.
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.
You don’t have to have a Toyota to see one of Yokem’s service specialists. While that may be their bread and butter, their well season automotive specialists can work on just about anything.
The Forets – University Veterinarian Health
You can’t have one without the other. Another husband and wife team to make “Best Of 2018” are Drs. Adam and Catherine Foret. They take the upmost pride in caring for your pets and their commitment to the area is unmatched.
May Marketing Group
Don’t settle for underwhelming ads. If you want a local business with a national feel, May Marketing Group can help you. From branding ads to social media, their team of professionals can turn a basic plan into a full proof strategy.
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.