Platinum Winner – Lure Seafood and Grille
Last year’s winner for Best Brunch and Best Patio Dining, Lure takes home the crown this year for Best Restaurant. Lure Seafood & Grille offers a made-from-scratch lunch and dinner menu complemented by the freshest ingredients, and a comfortable ambiance suitable for any event.
Gold Winner – Colby’s Fine Foods & Spirits
A downtown Owensboro staple for more than 30 years, Colby’s is a great spot for lunch with friends or dinner with a date. With a dining atmosphere that is both pleasantly casual and intimate, Colby’s Fine Food & Spirits has provided the highest quality seasonal dishes using aged meats and fresh produce with a first-class wine selection.
Platinum Winner – J’s Good Grub
In 2022, our readers named J’s Good Grub the Best Food Truck in town. This year, their chicken and waffle sandwich, along with their spicy chicken sandwich, are hands-down Owensboro’s favorites.
Gold Winner – Great Harvest
A perennial favorite in this category, Great Harvest Bread Co. offers sandwiches on their made-from-scratch bread in two Owensboro locations: 3211 Frederica, and 4431 Spring Hill Drive in Lake Forest Town Center on 54.
Platinum Winner – Lure Seafood and Grille
If you’re in the mood for a weekend brunch, you can’t go wrong at Lure. You’ll find favorites like chicken & grits and steak & eggs, or even go outside the box with fresh oysters. And don’t forget a Bloody Mary or Mimosa!
Gold Winner – Famous Bistro
Take a stroll downtown on Saturday morning, and pop into the Bistro for brunch from 10am-1pm. House specialties include Bistro Eggs Benedict, served with asparagus and rosemary potatoes, and The Sunrise, a biscuit with shaved ribeye, onion, fried eggs, and American cheese.
Platinum Winner – Peezo’s Pizza
For the second year in a row, our readers voted Peezo’s as Owensboro’s best pizza. Last year, they were the new pizza place in town. Now they’ve cemented their spot at the top with their phenomenal pies.
Gold Winner – Fetta Specialty Pizza & Spirits
Located on the Riverfront, Fetta has become a downtown mainstay. You can’t go wrong with the Smothers Park Meat Special, or try the Mashed Potato, Bacon & Scallion pizza if you’re feeling adventurous.
Platinum Winner – J’s Good Grub
Not to be outdone by their chicken sandwiches, J’s also serves up Owensboro Living’s Best Burger. Try one with their Cajun fries for a meal that will have you searching out the famous food truck.
Gold Winner – Big Dipper
You can never go wrong with a burger from The Big Dipper. Their menu and friendly service keep local customers coming back, and it’s always a favorite stop for out-of-town visitors.
Best Veggie Burger
Platinum Winner – Gene’s Health Food
Gene’s takes the award for Best Veggie Burger once again, and once you taste it, you’ll know why. Gene’s has been family owned and operated in Owensboro for 41 years. Proudly and thoughtfully bringing you the best in supplements, organic food and healthy lifestyle information.
Gold Winner – J’s Good Grub
You may not expect it from a place with awards for best sandwich, burger, and wings, but J’s Good Grub is also the Gold Winner for their delicious veggie burger. They truly have something for everyone.
Platinum Winner – Rolling Pin Pastry Shop
Since the inception of Owensboro Living’s “Best Of,” Rolling Pin has held on to the top spot for the city’s best donuts. Try their delicious long johns, or more than 30 other kinds of donuts and pastries, made fresh for you daily.
Gold Winner – Gramp’s Coffee & Donuts
Their name says it all. In addition to their platinum-winning coffee, Gramps wins gold for their donuts. Each one has a unique topping paired with a light, crisp texture on the outside and a flaky, layered bite on the inside.
Platinum Winner – Real Hacienda
The Ortiz family serves up favorite family recipes carried on through generations in two Owensboro locations: Frederica & Southtown, and Highland Pointe on 54. Chimichangas, Armando’s pizza, and arroz con pollo are just a few of their tasty dishes.
Gold Winner – Papa Grande
With two locations in Owensboro, Papa Grande delights customers with their abundant menu of flavorful Mexican offerings. And their house-made guacamole, prepared at your table, is definitely a favorite.
Platinum Winner – Beef O’Brady’s
Serving Owensboro great burgers, wings, sandwiches & more, along with the best TVs & friendly service for 17 years! Locally owned & operated by Barry & Stacy Bratcher since 2006.
Gold Winner – J’s Good Grub
With their Gold award for Best Wings, this marks the food truck’s third award in this year’s contest. Their famous wing flavors include buffalo, honey BBQ, mango habanero and Jamaican jerk.
Best Food Truck
Platinum Winner – J’s Good Grub
Rounding out their five selections this year is J’s Good Grub’s Platinum award as Owensboro’s best food truck. Our readers clearly know good food when they taste it, and J’s may need a new truck just to haul around all of their trophies. Follow their Facebook page for the daily location of their craveable dishes.
Gold Winner – Lure Smoke Shack
Most people know Lure for their fresh seafood on the Riverfront. But Lure’s Smoke Shack delivers the same commitment to quality and service on the go. From mouthwatering pork butts to burnt ends, just follow your nose (or their Facebook page) to track down the truck.
Platinum Winner – Lure
From high-quality ocean fish to shellfish classics, you’ll find it at Lure. Try the Lobster Béarnaise, which tops grilled cold-water lobster tails with béarnaise sauce, a traditional French sauce similar to hollandaise, but with layers of sweet tarragon flavor.
Gold Winner – Red Lobster
Located at 3410 Frederica, Owensboro’s Red Lobster has been serving seafood favorites to the city for years. Their American seafood standards, paired with their famous Cheddar Bay Biscuits, keep loyal customers coming back.
Platinum Winner – Old Hickory Bar-B-Que
Six generations of quality bar-b-que. Local people are what’s most important to Old Hickory. Quality and service are what drive them every day, and they strive to be the best. For those returning home and tourists alike, no stop to Owensboro is complete without a trip to Old Hickory.
Gold Winner – Moonlite Bar-B-Q
Since 1963, they cook in the old- fashioned Kentucky tradition. They place meats personally selected for quality in their custom-built hickory fired pits and cook them slow and long, giving them that distinctive hickory flavor.
Platinum Winner – Becca Bakes
Becca Bakes is a local custom bakery with a wide variety of baked goods, including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies and more! Visit BeccaBakes4u.com to see their latest creations and find out how they can make your next celebration extra sweet.
Gold Winner – Molly’s Mixins
Molly’s Mixins offers half-pound gourmet cookies in many different varieties/flavors, and is here to offer you a safe space to indulge your sweet tooth! She believes the world is her mixing bowl, and is on a mission to leave it a little bit sweeter than she found it.
Best Patio Dining
Platinum Winner – Lure Seafood and Grille
In the local restaurant world, there may be no better view of the Ohio River and downtown Owensboro than the view from Lure’s patio. Paired with live music, cold drinks and delicious seafood, the Lure patio is a terrific spot for lunch or dinner outdoors.
Gold Winner – The Famous Bistro
The Skiadis family has clearly perfected the art of outdoor dining. Like Lure, Famous Bistro is known as a fantastic spot to grab a delicious lunch or dinner on the sidewalk, with plenty of seating on Allen Street and Second Street.
Platinum Winner – Gramp’s Coffee & Donuts
Gramps is once again the Platinum winner for Best Coffee. They’ve only been on the corner of 4th and Frederica for two years, but they’ve quickly become a downtown staple. By creating uniquely crafted coffee drinks, this local shop looks to bring joy to each person who enters the doors for years to come.
Gold Winner – The Creme Coffee House
At the Creme Coffee House, you’ll find a great cup of java, a friendly smile and a quaint spot to hang out downtown. Try their baked goods, too.
Platinum Winner – Dee’s Diner
If you’re looking for a hearty, southern breakfast, look no further than Dee’s Diner. But be sure to bring your appetite – their pancakes and omelets are the biggest in town.
Gold Winner – Ole South Bar-B-Q
Their breakfast buffet will never leave you wanting, but you’ll definitely want to come back for more. With a huge selection of eggs, bacon, potatoes, fruit, and even barbeque, customers always leave full and happy.
Best Urgent Care
Platinum Winner – Gateway Urgent Care
Gateway Urgent Care has served the Owensboro community for over 10 years. They thank their patients for continuing to choose Gateway Urgent Care as a top choice for care in Owensboro. They hope to diligently serve you and your families for many more years to come. Visit them anytime Monday-Saturday, 7am-7pm or visit mercyurgentcare.com.
Gold Winner – Springs Urgent Care
Springs Urgent Care is your hometown medical team. They take the time to get to know their patients while also being expeditious. They offer an on-site lab and x-ray capabilities, as well as complete wound care.
Platinum Winner – Bluegrass Apothecary
Formerly Nation’s Medicines on KY 54, Bluegrass Apothecary, and owners Carl and Kim Lewis, have been committed to the health and wellbeing of this great community for 20 years. Their services include free delivery, vaccinations, drug compounding, CBD products, and med sync to help patients fill all their medications at the same time each month. They are proud to be your number one hometown pharmacy.
Gold Winner – Poole’s Pharmacy Care
Poole’s Pharmacy Care has built their reputation on genuine customer service for 32 years. They would like to be everyone’s pharmacy of choice by continuing to offer the superior prescription and clinical services their current patients enjoy.
Best Aesthetics Practice
Platinum Winner – Advanced Aesthetics
Advanced Aesthetics, Owensboro Dermatology’s medical spa, provides advanced procedures and products for beautifully smooth, healthy skin. Board Certified Dermatologists, Drs. Crowe and Truett, along with their team of skincare professionals, believe that beauty is more than skin-deep.
Gold Winner – Premier Aesthetics
Premier Aesthetics is a medical spa where the beauty of your skin is taken care of by licensed medical professionals. Some of their services include administering Botox and Juvederm; microneedling; chemical peels; Dermaplaning; and facials.
Platinum Winner – Dr. Cassey Vessels
Dr. Cassey Vessels founded Dermatology Center of Owensboro in 2015 with the purpose of providing superior medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatologic care to Owensboro and the surrounding communities. Dr. Vessels’ practice strives to provide a patient-centered experience in a family-friendly manner.
Gold Winner – Dr. Artis P. Truett
Dr. Artis P. Truett, III, board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology, proudly serves patients at Owensboro Dermatology. Dr. Truett has served Owensboro since 1996 and is committed to learning from hands-on training sessions with new tools and treatment techniques, completion of continuing education courses, and participation in clinical trials.
Best Dermatology Office
Platinum Winner – Owensboro Dermatology
Owensboro Dermatology is a world-class dermatology practice that continues to grow its expertise, team, and locations to offer comprehensive dermatology services in a neighborhood near you, which now includes Henderson, Kentucky and Newburgh, Indiana.
Gold Winner – Dermatology Center of Owensboro
Dermatology Center of Owensboro offers medical dermatology, cosmetics and laser services, and clinical research. They are proud to guarantee that every visit will be with a board-certified Dermatologist.
Best Dental Office
Platinum Winner – Bluegrass Dental
Dr. Joshua K. Stamper is your friendly neighborhood dentist in Owensboro. At Bluegrass Dental, they are excited to provide advanced dental care that will brighten your smile, improve your health, and boost your self-confidence.
Gold Winner – Dental Designs
Dental Designs believes that family dentistry is about more than fixing teeth. They are committed to treating each individual client as a member of their own family, while maintaining the highest standards for comprehensive dental care.
Platinum Winner – Dr. Elizabeth Martin
Dr. Martin says joining RiverPark EyeCare over 10 years ago was one of the best decisions she’s ever made, as it has connected her with a great work family, who together strive each day to meet the eye care needs of our community.
Gold Winner – Dr. Steven Shake
Dr. Shake has practiced in Owensboro for over 30 years, treating generations of patients with high-quality care. His specialty interests include contact lenses and sports vision, and co-managing LASIK and other refractive surgeries along with cataract surgery.
Best Optometry Office
Platinum Winner – RiverPark EyeCare
Established in 1949, RiverPark EyeCare has a rich tradition as one of the premier vision care leaders in our community. Visit their state-of-the-art office at 2905 New Hartford Road, where they will provide thorough, quality service using optometry’s latest technology.
Gold Winner – Owensboro Family Eye Care
If you are in need of an eye exam, glasses, or contact lenses, you can trust your vision to the team of doctors and staff at Owensboro Family Eye Care. Schedule an appointment today at (270) 683-2101 or online at ofecc.com.
Best Allergy Practice
Platinum Winner – Allergy & Asthma Specialists
For over 20 years, Allergy & Asthma Specialists have been treating residents of Owensboro and the surrounding region for all manner of allergic diseases, asthma, and immunologic disorders. From their family to yours, they thank you for allowing them to care for you and your loved ones. They look forward to continuing their current patient relationships and to starting many new ones in the years ahead.
Gold Winner – Bluegrass Family Allergy
Dr. Kelly Brauer has been treating allergy and asthma patients in the Owensboro area since 2008 and started Bluegrass Family Allergy in 2015. They provide personalized world-class care to their patients, and feel blessed to be recognized for doing a job they love.
Platinum Winner – Kishor Vora, MD
Interventional cardiologist Kishor Vora, MD, FACC, FSCAI, CCDS, has been practicing in Owensboro since 1992. Passionate about technological advancements in healthcare, Dr. Vora is a pioneer in bringing and offering several cardiovascular interventional procedures to Owensboro, at the hospital as well as his local practice. What once started as a cardiovascular practice today encapsulates over 14 clinics in Daviess County, McLean County, Muhlenberg County, Henderson and Madisonville.
Gold Winner – Dr. David Johnson
Dr. Johnson has served Owensboro at Bluegrass Internal Medicine since 2002. During that time, Dr. Johnson has diligently treated patients with a high level of care and expertise. Board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Johnson employs the latest techniques and technology to achieve optimal results for his patients.
Platinum Winner – Tinius Chiropractic Center
Tinius Chiropractic Center, through two generations, has been taking care of patients in Owensboro for more than 40 years. Dr. Brian Tinius and Dr. Larry Tinius provide comprehensive care to families and individuals of all ages.
Gold Winner – Stallings Chiropractic Center
The chiropractors and all the staff at Stallings Chiropractic strive to help people eliminate pain and improve their overall health in a welcoming atmosphere.
Best Medical Practice
Platinum Winner – Bluegrass Internal Medicine
Bluegrass Internal Medicine is a physician-owned practice, dedicated to delivering quality, comprehensive medical care to adult patients in the Greater Owensboro area. Their primary care clinic is well-equipped with a state-of-the-art laboratory, x-ray and ultrasound suites.
Gold Winner – Owensboro Medical Practice
Owensboro Medical Practice is dedicated to improving and maintaining the health of the communities it serves. They achieve this through individualized, multi-specialty medical services, paired with innovative research to provide optimal, evidence-based treatment modalities.
Best Nurse Practitioner/Physicians Assistant
Platinum Winner – Sylvia Sweatt, APRN
Since 2012, Sylvia Sweatt has provided excellent healthcare to our community. She looks forward to continue to partner with her patients to make this year the best ever. If you are looking for a change in your life and looking for a primary care provider, please call today for your consultation.
Gold Winner – Linda Boarman FNP PLLC
Local and accessible, Linda Boarman, FNP PLLC provides comprehensive and high-quality primary care. They help you manage your health following evidence-based practice to personalize patient care.
Best Retirement Facility/Assisted Living
Platinum Winner – Carmel Home
As a leading nursing home care provider for families throughout the greater Owensboro region, Carmel Home is proud to be able to make a difference. They provide exceptional and reliable care services to their residents.
Gold Winner – Cedarhurst
At Cedarhurst of Owensboro, they believe in providing more than just all-inclusive, maintenance-free living. At Cedarhurst, life is all about experiences, friendship, and independence.
Platinum Winner – Wills Animal Hospital
Wills Animal Hospital provides quality, small animal veterinary care through education and innovation. Their doctors and staff are animal lovers just like you, and will treat your pet with the kindness and respect they deserve.
Gold Winner -Kentuckiana Animal Clinic
Established in 1958, Kentuckiana Animal Clinic is a full-service, small animal veterinary hospital serving pet owners and pets in the greater Daviess County area. It is their daily privilege to provide quality veterinary care to their patients and excellent customer service to their clientele.
Best Pet Groomer
Platinum Winner – The Pet Manny
The Pet Manny LLC is dedicated to bringing the highest quality service and care to your pups. Find them at 4028A Frederica St. for your pups grooming, and to spoil them with toys and treats.
Gold Winner – Taxi Groomer
At Taxi Groomer, they pick up your dog, take them back to their in-home grooming salon, groom them, and return them to you feeling fresh and clean.
Best Pet Daycare/Boarding
Platinum Winner – Paws Town
Owensboro’s premier safe and fun place for your pet to stay and play. They offer turfed outdoor play, and temperature-controlled indoor play, all monitored by their wonderful trained staff.
Gold Winner – Pet Manny
In addition to grooming, you can leave your pup with the Pet Manny while you’re out of town, or even just running errands for the day. Either way, you can trust that the Pet Manny will take great care of your furry friend.
Platinum Winner – Independence Bank
Independence Bank considers it an honor and huge compliment to be chosen as Owensboro’s Best Bank. They appreciate this award, and the people who voted to make it possible. They are allowed to support the community where they live, because it supports them. They realize they could not continue to grow, give back, and be here for good if it was not for those who have relentlessly supported the Revolution.
Gold Winner – German American Bank
German American Bank, which was founded in 1910 in the heart of the Ohio Valley Region, is dedicated to helping individuals, families and businesses achieve greater prosperity and quality of life. Their commitment is customer service excellence from a team of local financial professionals who believe in helping Owensboro thrive so its people can prosper.
Best IT Company
Platinum Winner – Fastek Services
Fastek provides enterprise-level IT support and consulting services to businesses of all sizes. Their team of experts will keep your technology protected and running smoothly so you can focus on your business.
Gold Winner – BlueGrass Technology
BlueGrass Technology is a Veteran-owned and operated IT consulting and technology services company. As experts in cyber-security, customer service, telephone systems, cloud technology and backup solutions for any budget, they keep your information secure and your business thriving. They welcome the opportunity to become a part of your team.
Best Accounting Firm
Platinum Winner – ATA
Their experts, Partner Kris Kemp, CPA, CVA and Principal Vernon Wathen, CPA, provide advice to Owensboro’s businesses and have the answers to solve clients’ needs. ATA will guide you through their full-stack business solutions so you can thrive. Recognized as an IPA Top 150 regional accounting firm, it provides a wide array of accounting, auditing, tax and advisory services for clients ranging from small family-owned businesses to publicly traded companies and international corporations.
Gold Winner – Riney Hancock CPAs
Since 1973, Riney Hancock CPAs PSC has successfully served the accounting and business consulting needs of individuals and businesses in western Kentucky and southern Indiana with one goal: to be their clients’ most trusted and valued financial advisors.
Best Credit Union
Platinum Winner – Liberty Federal Credit Union
Liberty FCU offers personalized banking with services, such as checking and savings accounts, auto loans and online banking. They have two locations in Owensboro to meet all their customers’ banking needs.
Gold Winner – Daviess County Teachers Federal Credit Union
DCTFCU offers competitive rates, free checking, and a convenient, remote, hassle-free banking experience. Take ownership in your local financial institution and join them today. Let them show you the difference.
Best Insurance Agency
Platinum Winner – Kentucky Farm Bureau
Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company has been serving its members of Kentucky Farm Bureau since 1943. Having four offices spread out in Owensboro and Daviess County makes it easy for the members of this community to access all the membership benefits, Insurance being the most prominent. Kentucky Farm Bureau is “Big on Commitment.”
Gold Winner – State Farm
State Farm is the largest provider of auto and home insurance in the United States. For 100 years, the mission of State Farm has been, and continues to be, to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. Its more than 19,400 agents and approximately 53,400 employees serve over 87 million policies and accounts – which includes auto, fire, life, health, commercial policies and financial services accounts.
Best Insurance Agent
Platinum Winner – Gavin Roberts
Gavin Roberts has been an agent with Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company for 22 years, and is a Master Agent, the highest honor bestowed on the agency force. Gavin and his team strive to meet the needs of their members by bringing security, value and peace of mind with quality insurance products and claims service backed by the number one insurance carrier in Kentucky.
Gold Winner – Drew Cunningham
Whether it’s auto, home or life insurance, Drew Cunningham can take care of your insurance needs. Everyone at Drew Cunningham State Farm is incredibly thankful for their customers and the people of this community entrusting their agency. They are excited and grateful to serve this community for many more years to come.
Best Law Firm
Platinum Winner – Rhoads & Rhoads Injury Lawyers
For over 45 years, Rhoads and Rhoads attorneys have been fighting for injury and disability victims in Owensboro and western Kentucky. They handle serious injury, wrongful death, and Social Security Disability claims throughout the state. Their attorneys and team have a strong commitment to their clients and a unique passion for the work they do.
Gold Winner – Foreman-Watson-Holtrey, LLP
Foreman Watson Holtrey is known as an excellent personal injury law firm. They have established a representation of taking an aggressive and thought-out approach in every single case. With roots here in Owensboro, they prioritize giving back to the community. They are not only award-winning attorneys, they are dedicated to their clients and committed to justice.
Platinum Winner – Chris Rhoads
Chris has been practicing law for over 25 years, providing representation in serious injury and wrongful death cases in Owensboro and throughout Kentucky. He and his team pride themselves on exceeding expectations and getting the very best results for their clients. Chris feels the hallmark of success is not only getting the best settlements or verdicts possible, but to do so while exercising the highest degree of integrity and commitment.
Gold Winner – Travis Holtrey
Since 1995, Travis Holtrey has assisted people across the state of Kentucky and throughout the United States who have been injured and need guidance because of a variety of unfortunate circumstances, including auto accidents, chemical exposures, and medical malpractice.
Best Funeral Home
Platinum Winner – Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory
Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve all area families with thoughtful and flexible prearrangement, along with a wide range of highly personalized traditional and contemporary funeral and cremation services. Their team is fully committed to providing exceptional care for you and your family.
Gold Winner – James H. Davis Funeral Home and Crematory
An Owensboro tradition since 1913, James H. Davis Funeral Home and Crematory is family and locally owned with a fulltime staff of trained licensed funeral directors. With a wide variety of service options and a professionally-trained staff, you can rest assured that the arrangements you make will be correct in every detail.
Platinum Winner – Tyler Shookman
Tyler Shookman has been honored as the Top Producing Agent at L. Steve Castlen, REALTORS® year after year, all while serving his community through his charity work. Tyler prides himself on his creative, innovative marketing techniques and the care and enthusiasm he puts into every transaction. Talk to Tyler!
Gold Winner – Ryan Rutman
Ryan Rutman has been serving Owensboro for nearly 15 years. Ryan has been voted as one of Owensboro’s Best Realtors for seven years. For him, it’s not about the houses. It’s about the relationships he builds.
Best Realty group
Platinum Winner – RE/MAX Professional Realty Group
RE/MAX Professional Realty Group has been serving Owensboro, Henderson, and the surrounding areas since 2007. They have 23 agents that pride themselves on service to their clients and our community.
Gold Winner – L. Steve Castlen Realtors
Providing high quality, innovative, and exceptional real estate service to Owensboro and surrounding areas for over 50 years! Call Castlen for residential, commercial, and relocations.
Best Financial Advisor
Platinum Winner – Drew Watson
Drew Watson, CFP®, Private Wealth Advisor, and CEO of Align Wealth Management, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC., has been serving the financial needs of Owensboro for more than 25 years. Watson and his team at Align Wealth Management focus intently on fostering lasting relationships with clients and offering unmatched client experience.
Gold Winner – Mitch Settle
Mitch Settle is a Managing Director at Baird. Mitch and his team focus on building strong, long-term relationships to carry over to future generations, while providing integrity, commitment and trust to every client experience.
Best Mortgage Company
Platinum Winner – Liberty FCU Mortgage
Whether you’re in the market to purchase, build, or refinance, Liberty FCU Mortgage has the mortgage program that is right for you. Find the right loan at a great rate by contacting them for a free consultation about home financing.
Gold Winner – Ruoff Mortgage
Ruoff Mortgage is located in Downtown Owensboro with 10 loan officers committed to giving everyone the possibility and potential in the homeownership experience. At Ruoff, they know the way home. They’ll walk there with you.
Best Garden Center
Platinum Winner – Integrity Nursery and Outdoor Living
Family owned & operated, Integrity has been growing along with Owensboro since 2002. They have become Owensboro’s premier outdoor living store, specializing in patio furniture, fountains, containers and urns, and home and garden décor, as well as trees and, shrubs, greenhouse plants and flowers, and bulk materials.
Gold Winner – Watkins Nursery
Visit Watkins Nursery at 1224 Goetz Drive for all of your landscaping needs. From potted plants and trees to perennials and annuals, they have everything you need to keep your yard looking great.
Platinum Winner – JMJ Custom Homes
JMJ Custom Homes is a family owned and operated business with more than 30 years of experience. This Western Kentucky Home Builder performs all levels of home building and renovation.
Gold Winner – Phillip’s Home Repair
Founded by Phillip McCarthy, Phillip’s Home Repair is proud to be family owned and operated. He has provided quality remodeling services to our community since 1994, and also offers full-service building.
Best Home Appliance Store
Platinum Winner – Murphy Appliance
Located in Owensboro, and proudly serving the state of Kentucky, Murphy’s showcases a large variety of appliances. They carry major brands such as Hotpoint, GE, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Speed Queen, Maytag, Danby, Haier and more.
Gold Winner – Green River Appliance
Serving Owensboro for decades, Green River Appliance offers quality appliances and much more, paired with friendly and knowledgeable local salespeople. Visit them at 1130 J.R. Miller Blvd. or online at go-greenriver.com.
Best Home Builder
Platinum Winner – JMJ Custom Homes
This full-service residential construction company is committed to designing a home that exceeds clients’ expectations, while ensuring each home is built with top contractors and quality materials. Founded by Rick Bivins, JMJ Custom Homes is a welcome change for many home buyers looking for a more personal experience in the custom home building process.
Gold Winner – Jagoe Homes
Since beginning in 1939, award-winning Jagoe Homes has built over 7,000 homes throughout Newburgh, Evansville and Huntingburg, Indiana and in Bowling Green, Henderson, Louisville, and Owensboro, Kentucky. The third-generation, Owensboro-based builder is co-owned by brothers Scott and Bill Jagoe. In 2010, Jagoe Homes surpassed more than 119,000 homebuilders nationwide when named National Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine.
Best Home Decor Store
Platinum Winner – Willow & Pine Market
Located on the corner of Second and St. Ann, Willow & Pine Market is passionate about making your gatherings with friends and family special. Every beautiful plate, bowl, and serving piece they offer has been hand-picked especially for you and for your table.
Gold Winner – Julep Home & Gift
Founded at the kitchen table in late 2020 by mother-daughter duo Sharon and Elizabeth Wilson, Julep Home and Gift, LLC, provides an extensive wedding registry program, as well as a curated selection of home décor, entertaining, and men’s and women’s gifts.
Best Heating & Air Company
Platinum Winner – Henry’s Plumbing Heating & Air
Look no further than Henry’s Plumbing Incorporated Heating and Air when you need commercial or residential plumbing & HVAC services. Established in 1979, their technicians and installers have been serving Daviess County and the surrounding areas for more than 40 years.
Gold Winner – Schwartz Heating & Cooling
Schwartz Heating & Cooling is a customer service-driven and owner-supervised company that delivers unparalleled quality in installing, servicing, and maintaining all types of heating and air conditioning comfort systems.
Platinum Winner – Scott Baird
Have trouble with clogged drains? Call the plumbing professionals at Scott Baird Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc. They cater to all plumbing projects, including new construction, preventative maintenance, plumbing repairs, and new installations.
Gold Winner – Henry’s Plumbing
For residential and commercial plumbing needs, call Henry’s Plumbing. When you need plumbing installation or repair services, rely on Henry’s Plumbing Incorporated Heating and Air.
Best Furniture Store
Platinum Winner – Mudd’s Furniture
A family-owned business for over seventy years, Mudd’s Furniture Inc. has been privileged to serve Owensboro and the surrounding area with living room, bedroom and bedding along with kitchen and other products.
Gold Winner – Ashley Furniture
Visit their showroom at 3250 Highland Pointe Drive to browse a large selection of furniture, mattresses, and home décor. They are committed to serving the tri-state and passionate about bringing you the best value in furniture and mattresses for your home.
Platinum Winner – Westerfield
Westerfield Electric offers commercial, residential and industrial electrical services to Owensboro and the surrounding areas. They also provide build-outs and construction of medical offices and hospitals, installation and maintenance of generators, security and monitoring, and voice and data services.
Gold Winner – Lark
Since 1963, Lark Electric has been setting the standard for electrical contracting. Due to Lark’s vast infrastructure, they can serve clients from small projects to large complex projects. Their experienced team is here to help when you need them.
Best Lawn Care
Platinum Winner – Weed Man
For more than 50 years, Weed Man Lawn Care has created outdoor yards and landscapes that their customers are proud to call home. From lawn fertilization to weed control, integrated pest management and everything in between, Weed Man has a lawn care program for every lawn.
Gold Winner – Cornerstone Lawn Care
At Cornerstone Lawn Care, their quality is their guarantee. Call or visit them online for a quote to get your yard in tip top shape.
Best Barber Shop
Platinum Winner – Klutch
Klutch would like to thank Owensboro for voting them Best Barbershop for the 7th straight year. They’re thriving more than ever in their new location at 3800 Frederica St, in front of the old Texas Gas building. Book your appointment using the Booksy app and come see why Klutch is the best.
Gold Winner – Headquarters
Visit their expanded location in Wesleyan Park Plaza for a laid-back, sports themed atmosphere. From fades to cuts and coloring, Headquarters has you covered.
Best Hair Salon
Platinum Winner – Swank Style & Boutique
Swank is a one-stop destination, with a boutique, in addition to taking care of all your hair care needs. They offer jewelry, purses and clothing for a night out on the town or staying around the house.
Gold Winner – Blitz
Blitz is dedicated to serving women of every shape, size, age and color. They offer boutique clothing, as well as hair and spa services.
Platinum Winner – Welborn Floral
Welborn Floral is a full-service florist and gift shop providing floral arrangements, delivery, and rentals for weddings and corporate events. They have been a family owned business providing service to Owensboro since 1958 and are honored to serve the Owensboro community for generations to come.
Gold Winner – Meadow House
Meadow House is a local Owensboro florist specializing in unique and creative flower arrangements. Visit their fresh flower bar in Old Town Shopping Center. They also offer flower delivery in Owensboro from Tuesday thru Saturday.
Best Shoe Store
Platinum Winner – Shoe Stop
Proudly serving Owensboro since 1999. They are very thankful for all of their customers putting their trust in their service over the last 24 years.
Gold Winner – Red Wing
Your Red Wing Ultimate Fit Specialist will help you build a fit system tailored to your specific needs to keep you supported, comfortable and safe—all day, every day.
Best Men’s Clothing Store
Platinum Winner – JJ Foster
Shop a variety of men’s styles in store or online. From casual to formal wear and accessories, they carry brands such as Vineyard Vines, Dixie Reserve, Southern Marsh, Southern Tide and Ray-Ban.
Gold Winner – Byron & Barclay
Byron & Barclay is celebrating their 7th year in business. Along with their amazing brands of men’s clothing, they also offer suit rentals and women’s clothing. Stop in to see them in downtown Owensboro or shop byronandbarclay.com for free shipping or front porch delivery.
Best Consignment Shop
Platinum Winner – Robin’s ReSale & Boutique
Robin’s ReSale & Boutique offers consignment for the entire family, plus a trendy new boutique with clothes for women sizes small through 3X. You’ll find gently used clothing as well as formal wear, and they are now offering embroidery and graphic tees.
Gold Winner – EnVogue
EnVogue is a resale boutique which specializes in men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, along with a large selection of home furnishings. Locally owned since 2007.
Platinum Winner – Bella Ragazza
Bella Ragazza Boutique offers a fun, friendly shopping experience where you can find everyday style at affordable prices. You can find new arrivals daily in store and on their website BellaBabe.com, where can choose to pick up in store, curbside or shipped directly to you for free. Watch them Live on Instagram and Facebook for virtual shopping at home.
Gold Winner – Peacocks and Pearls
Peacocks and Pearls is your source for beautiful, timeless and affordable clothing and accessories for women of all ages.
Platinum Winner – Lance & Co.
Family owned and operated. Lance has been a Master Bench Jeweler for over 40 years, and loves every relationship he has with his customers. Lance & Co. offers many great In-Store Services such as: repairs, sizings, appraisals, and even custom design. Shop in-store at the Wesleyan Park Plaza or online any time at www.LanceCoJewelers.com.
Gold Winner – Nick T. Arnold
Nick T. Arnold Jewelers strives to provide personal service, along with a wide variety of fine jewelry from top brands like Pandora, LeVian, Fossil, Seiko, Bulova, and repairs for jewelry, watches and clocks. Visit them at 3630 Frederica Street or 2594 Calumet Trace in Gateway Commons and we are always open by text 270-686-8463 or online 24/7 www.shopnta.com.
Best Car Wash/Detailing
Platinum Winner – Ollie Wash
Ollie Wash provides a bright, cheerful environment by virtue of glass walls and a clear roof that fill the tunnel with natural light. It’s also spacious, with an extra-wide passageway beneath a soaring ceiling.
Gold Winner – Sparkle Brite Car Wash
Sparkle Brite Car Wash is an experienced car wash service that has been serving the Owensboro area since the 1960s. Their attention to detail is what keeps customers coming back for repeat business.
Best Car Lot
Platinum Winner – The Moore Automotive Team
The Moore Automotive Team opened their doors in 1919 and have grown to over 300 employees, offering 13 brands of vehicles from 3 locations in Owensboro and Hartford, KY.
Gold Winner – Champion Ford Lincoln Mazda
Serving Owensboro and the Tri-State for over 32 years, Champion is proud to be your trusted local Ford, Lincoln, and Mazda dealer, and to meet your service, and new or preowned vehicle sales needs.
Best Golf Course
Platinum Winner – The Pearl Club
The Pearl Club offers the area’s premier golfing experience at a reasonable price, and is open to the public. Come join them for a round of golf, dinner in the grill or a cocktail on the patio. Golf, Dine Relax at The Pearl Club.
Gold Winner – Owensboro – Country Club
Owensboro Country Club offers something for everyone. Each member is important to them, and their dedicated and friendly staff strives to give each member the individual attention they deserve. The Club provides an excellent place to host your business function or any special occasion.
Best Gym/Fitness Center
Platinum Winner. -Owensboro Athletic Club
Owensboro Athletic Club is Owensboro’s newest and largest 24-hour health club. With a massive 38,000 sq. ft. and fully-serviced facility, they offer amenities like childcare, hydro massage, tanning, infrared saunas, a cardio theater, HIIT area, rock climbing training wall, and top-of-line cardio and strength equipment.
Gold Winner – Owensboro Health Healthpark
Live healthier and stronger by taking advantage of Owensboro Health’s Healthpark — Kentucky’s only facility certified by the Medical Fitness Association. At their 115,000-square-foot center, you’ll find everything you need to achieve complete wellness for your mind and body.
Best Running Race
Platinum Winner – Wendell Foster Half Marathon
The Wendell Foster Half Marathon takes place annually each fall. The race starts and finishes on the Ohio riverfront by the beautiful Smothers Park. The race benefits Wendell Foster, a local non-profit that provides 65,000 services to people with developmental disabilities each year.
Gold Winner – Mentorkids Rugged Race
Challenge yourself or form a group to tackle this 5K run with 26 obstacles. Everyone from beginners to elites can come out for a great cause. One thing they can promise – you will get dirty. Check out Mentorkids KY on Facebook for details.
Best News Media
Platinum Winner – Owensboro Times
Owensboro Times is the fastest-growing news platform in Owensboro. They are committed to providing accessible, daily news to OBKY. You are invited to get with the times, too.
Gold Winner – 14 News
14 News is the Tri-State’s news and weather leader. WFIE covers Evansville, Owensboro, and 21 surrounding counties in Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois. Their studio in downtown Owensboro allows them to provide even more of the local news that our community has trusted for years.
Best Radio Station
Platinum Winner – WBKR
The Country Station, 92.5 WBKR serves their listeners and community through the radio, the WBKR mobile app, active social media sites and their website—WBKR.com. WBKR’s on-air personalities are committed to bringing you a daily dose of New Country, community, heart and fun.
Gold Winner – 102.7 The Game
Your local ESPN Radio affiliate, 102.7 The Game brings you favorites like Kentucky Sports Radio and local sports updates on interviews with shows like Live at 5.
Best Local College
Platinum Winner – OCTC
The mission of the college is to educate, lead, and serve all citizens who choose to enhance their lives and community as lifelong learners by pursuing a comprehensive curriculum fulfilling the first two years of a baccalaureate program; a certificate, diploma, and/or associate degree, and many other programs.
Gold Winner – Kentucky Wesleyan College
Kentucky Wesleyan College is proud to be a college for Owensboro. As a community member, they are proud to partner, support and have the support of numerous local individuals and organizations who believe in their faith-based mission and the importance of a well-rounded liberal arts education delivered right here in Owensboro. Kentucky Wesleyan has proudly called Owensboro home for 70 years.
Best Farmer/Food Producer
Platinum Winner – Hill View Farms
The Market at Hill View Farms, located on the west side of Owensboro, produces and sells locally raised meats, dairy products, baked goods, seasonings and many more options. Stop in and see how they can help you “Taste the Difference” in locally produced goods.
Gold Winner – Cecil Farms
Since 1981, the Cecil Family has specialized in growing a huge variety of fruits and vegetables on their farm, with their largest crop currently being sweet watermelon that lands on grocery shelves across the United States during the months of July – September. Gary, Imelda, Ryan, Suzanne and Katie pour their heart and soul into providing both the local regional community and national grocers with the safest and freshest healthy food year after year.
Best Annual Event
Platinum Winner – ROMP
Produced by the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, ROMP Festival brings people from all over the world (and all 50 states in the US) to Owensboro to experience four straight days of Bluegrass & roots music, good food, and great vibes. Join them June 21-24 at the beautiful Yellow Creek Park for onsite camping, arts & crafts, food trucks, and more. For tickets and more info, go to rompfest.com.
Gold Winner – Porch Fest
Live music from over three dozen singers and bands takes place on multiple porches along Griffith Avenue. Enjoy a summer day filled with great tunes, fellowship and plenty of food trucks.
Best Roadside Market
Platinum Winner – Reid’s Orchard
Reid’s is celebrating 150 years, and it’s a place where many Owensboroans have made fond memories. Enjoy their market days, with fresh produce, flowers, kids activities and vendors. Find out for yourself why they’re more than just apples.
Gold Winner – Trunnell’s Farm Market
At Trunnell’s, they are dedicated to providing your family with the absolute freshest grown Kentucky products and the best farm family fun. They invite you and your family to visit their market, and share the refreshing view of the country. It’s an experience you just can’t get in the city, and a taste you can’t find in a grocery store.
Best Place to Work
Platinum Winner – Owensboro Health
Owensboro Health team members are more than healthcare workers – they’re your neighbors, friends and family. Every individual, regardless of their role, pulls together to keep our community healthy. They applaud these healthcare heroes for all they do, and for making Owensboro Health a great place to work.
Gold Winner – Daviess County Public Schools
The Daviess County Public Schools district puts “Kids First” in everything they do. If you are looking for a rewarding career that makes a difference in the lives of kids, join their team. Visit www.dcps.org and click on “Employment” to apply.
Best Photography Studio
Platinum Winner – Reflections by Talea
Reflections By Talea Photography specializes in maternity, newborns, babies, children & families. With 15 years in business, she has curated a luxury experience for her clients from start to finish, including a full studio wardrobe to style the entire family for a truly unique portrait session.
Gold Winner – Dream Copy
From weddings to senior pictures, and everything in between, DreamCopy Photography is Owensboro’s trusted source for quality photography. Serving the community since 2004, they are located at 2103 Frederica Street.
Best Event Venue
Platinum Winner – Owensboro Convention Center
The Owensboro Convention Center is Western Kentucky’s premier event space. They offer a full-service facility overlooking the scenic Ohio River. The multi-purpose center boasts just under 102,000 sq. ft. of available space, including a 44,000+ sq. ft. exhibition hall, the 8,900+ sq. ft. Kentucky Legend® Pier outside and additional ballroom, meeting, and pre-function space.
Gold Winner – Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Located in downtown Owensboro with sweeping views of the Ohio River, The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum offers a unique venue for events large or small. With multiple spaces designed with your event in mind, and professional staff ready to transform your ideas into reality, they offer an incredible venue for a truly memorable event.
Best Charity Event
Platinum Winner -Owensboro Lip Sync Battle
The Lip Sync Battle benefits Puzzle Pieces, a nonprofit that serves those with intellectual disabilities. The 2023 event raised $208,000, shattering their record of $140,000 from the previous year. Eleven teams performed, and RWRA was voted as the Grand Champion.
Gold Winner – Dancing with Our Stars
Dancing with Our Stars Owensboro Style, presented by Old National Bank, benefits Boulware Mission, a faith-based organization that fosters positive change in the lives of displaced men by providing shelter, education, rehabilitation, and licensed substance abuse treatment. Boulware provides the tools men need to become self-sufficient and thriving members of the community.