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					  2         FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012                                                  BEST OF OXFORD                                                     

           The Best of Oxford gets even better
  The power of the pen and — more                                                                                                         publishers. You can read more about
importantly — the click of the mouse has
never been greater. And voter apathy has                      And the winners are ...                                                     this year’s grand champion in Senior
                                                                                                                                          Staff Writer Lucy Schultze’s article about
never been more apathetic.                                                                                                                Square Books on Page 14. We couldn’t
                                                  As we’ve done in year’s past, we like to reward those who take the time to sub-
  That’s certainly one way to interpret         mit a ballot in our annual Best of Oxford contest. We randomly pick the name of one       agree more with Tom Franklin, voted
the results of this year’s Best of Oxford       person who submitted a ballot via the Internet and another who submitted a paper          Oxford’s Best Local Writer for 2012,
election. With a record number of ballots       ballot. Each one gets a $50 gift certificate to one of the winning businesses. This       when he describes the store as “the soul
being cast in the 2012 Best of Oxford           year’s winners are Ed Croom (Internet voter) and Lynn Conerly (paper-ballot voter).       of Oxford.”
contest, it would seem that Oxonians are        Congratulations!                                                                             As always, to be included among the
keen on telling their friends and neighbors                                                                                               listing of those who also received votes in
what they like about their community.                                                                                                     any contest category, a minimum of five
  From the time voting began in February      a little more work for our tabulators, it     honored as the Best Nursery and Garden        votes for that person, place or thing had
to when the polls closed near the end of      shows that a growing number of residents      Store. It was also voted as Oxford’s Best     to be submitted. And these other finish-
March, thousands of ballots were submit-      are interested in supporting their favorite   Kept Secret.                                  ers are listed alphabetically, not in order
ted, either online or on paper.               people, places and things in the com-            The community’s favorite bookstore,        of how many votes they received.
    This year, in our eighth consecutive      munity.                                       Square Books, not only took home the             We offer our congratulations to all the
year of conducting this popularity con-         Even though more votes were submit-         award for Best Bookstore for the eighth       winners and those who nearly won, as
test, online voters came out in droves        ted this year, some traditional favorites     year in a row, EAGLE readers right-           well as our appreciation to all the voters
once again. The number of total votes         continued to win their contested cat-         fully proclaimed it the Best of the Best      who took the time to share their opinions
jumped by more than 16 percent this year.     egories. At the same time, some newbies       in 2012.                                      in this year’s contest.
In all, more than 2,000 ballots were sent     made an appearance on the list of win-           This successful independent bookstore         Now, let the campaign begin for the
to The EAGLE.                                 ners.                                         is not only one of Oxford’s most endear-      2013 Best of Oxford contest!
  While the increase in ballots meant           For instance, The Barn, which hasn’t        ing and enduring icons, it has gained a                                 — Jonathan Scott
                                              even been open for 18 months, was             national reputation among writers and

Highlights Best Bakery – BottletreeMcEwen’s......................................... Page 7
           Best New Restaurant –
                                             ....................................... Page 8
                                                                                                        Best Electronics/Appliances – Sears Hometown Store...... Page 25
                                                                                                        Best Massage – Halon’s Day Spa ........................................ Page 31
Inside     Best Live Music Lineup – Proud Larry’s ............................ Page 11
           Best of the Best – Square Books........................................ Page 14
                                                                                                        Best New Addition – The Green Door Company ............ Page 35
                                                                                                        Best Kept Secret – The Barn Trading Company ................ Page 40

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                                              EATING AND DRINKING
                                 ASIAN                                                                             BAKERY
                             Kabuki                                                              Bottletree Bakery
Bangkok Thai, Chow King, China Royal, H2O, Maharaja Indian Cuisine, New          Lusa Pastry Cafe', Larson's Big Star, Emileigh's Bakery, Honey Bee Bakery, Kroger,
     Hunan, Noodle Bowl Asian Bistro, Toyo, Two Stick, Rice & Spice                                         Shipley's Donuts, Sugar Buzz

                                    BAR                                                                         BREAKFAST
        The Library Sports Bar                                                                  Big Bad Breakfast
Ajax Diner, The Blind Pig Pub, Boure',The Burgundy Room, Lenora's, Chili's
Grill & Bar, City Grocery, The Corner, Frank & Marlee's, Funky's, Irie on the   The Beacon Restaurant, Honey Bee Bakery, Bottletree Bakery, Chick-fil-A, Handy
Square, The Levee, The Lyric, McCarthy's Irish Pub, McEwen's, Parrish Baker       Andy Grocery, Huddle House, The Inn at Ole Miss, Lindsey's Chevron, Lusa
Pub, Proud Larry's, The Locker Room, The Rib Cage, Rooster's Blues House,                                                      ,
                                                                                            Pastry Cafe', The Round Table, IHOP Shipley's Donuts
    Soulshine Pizza, The Round Table, Snack Bar, Taylor's Pub, Two Stick

                             BARBECUE                                                                              BUFFET

          Handy Andy Grocery                                                                               Chow King
                                                                                   Larson's Big Star, China Royal, The Inn at Ole Miss, Emileigh's Bakery, New
  Ajax Diner, B's BBQ, Betty Davis, The Rib Cage, The Shak, Tacky Shack                  Hunan, Lenora's, Mama Jo's, Oxford University Club, Pizza Hut

                                                                                         Thanks to all who voted McEwen’s
                                                                                         as Oxford’s Best New Restaurant!
                                                                                     For online reservations, please visit our
                                                                                      website at
                                                                                    1100 Van Buren • 662-234-7003
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                           CASUAL DINING                                                                             CHICKEN
                          Ajax Diner                                                                              Abner’s
  Applebee's, The Beacon Restaurant, The Blind Pig Pub, Boure', Chili's Grill       Ajax Diner, The Beacon Restaurant, Big Bad Breakfast, Larson's Big Star, Boure',
 & Bar, City Grocery, Emileigh's Bakery, Frank & Marlee's, Irie on the Square,          Chick-fil-A, Coop DeVille, Irie on the Square, KFC, Lenora's Restaurant,
   Kabuki, Lenora's Restaurant, Maharaja Indian Cuisine, McAlister's Deli,          Lindsey's Chevron, Mama Jo's, Oby's Cajun Dining, Taylor Grocery & Restaurant,
McEwen's, Newk's Express Cafe', Oby's Cajun Dining, Old Venice Pizza Company,                  Popeyes, Rooster's Blue House, The Round Table, Zaxby's
 Pizza Den, Proud Larry's, The Rib Cage, The Round Table, Sizzler, Soulshine
  Pizza, South Depot Taco Shop, Taylor Grocery & Restaurant, Volta Taverna
                                                                                                                COFFEE HOUSE
                                 CATERING                                                           High Point Coffee
                Emileigh’s Bakery                                                   Starbucks Coffee, The Beacon Restaurant, Bottletree Bakery, Honey Bee Bakery,
                                                                                    Huddle House, Lusa Pastry Cafe', McDonald's, Mink's on the Park, Square Books
Abner's, Chick-fil-A, LB's Meat Market, McAlister's Deli, My Michelle's/Nation’s
Best Catering, Nancy Nations/Nation's Best Catering, Newk's Express Cafe, Oby's
 Cajun Dining, Ole Miss Catering, Taylor Grocery & Restaurant, Olivia's Food                                             DELI
 Emporium, Oxford Catering/Panini, Party Waitin' to Happen, Provisions, Volta
                                   Taverna                                                      Newk’s Express Café
                                 CATFISH                                                Larson's Big Star, The Blind Pig Pub, Bottletree Bakery, Emileigh's Bakery,
                                                                                       Firehouse Subs, Jimmy Johns, Kroger, LB's Meat Market, Lenny's Sub Shop,

 Taylor Grocery & Restaurant                                                             McAlister's Deli, Mink's on the Park, Oby's Cajun Dining, Olivia's Food
                                                                                                                Emporium, Panini, Subway

The Beacon Restaurant, Irie on the Square, St. John's/Knights of Columbus, Laws
 Hill Fish House, Oby's Cajun Dining, Phillip's Grocery, Proud Larry's, Rooster's
                              Blues House, Sizzler

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                                       DESSERTS                                                                      FINE DINING
                   Emileigh’s Bakery                                                                          City Grocery
208 South Lamar, Ajax Diner, Applebee's, The Beacon Restaurant, Bop's Frozen            208 South Lamar, Ajax Diner, Boure', Irie on the Square, Lenora's Restaurant,
Custard, Bottletree Bakery, Boure', Chili's Bar & Grill, City Grocery, Holli's Sweet   McEwen's, Old Venice Pizza Company, Oxford University Club, Ravine, Snackbar
Tooth, Honey Bee Bakery, Kroger, Lusa Pastry Cafe', Lenora's Restaurant, Newk's
Express Cafe', Oby's Cajun Dining, Phillips Grocery, Rocky Mountain Chocolate
       Factory, Snackbar, Sonic Drive-In, Twister's, Ya Ya's Frozen Yogurt                                         FRENCH FRIES
                                      FAST FOOD                                                                McDonald’s
                               Chick-Fil-A                                                  208 South Lamar, Abner's, Ajax Diner, Back Yard Burgers, The Beacon
                                                                                         Restaurant, Boure', Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Checker's, Christy's Hamburgers,
                                                                                           Coop DeVille, Frank & Marlee's, Snack Bar, Handy Andy Grocery, Irie on
  Abner's, Back Yard Burgers, Burger King, Checker's, Christy's Hamburgers,               the Square, Proud Larry's, The Levee, Oby's Cajun Dining, Old Venice Pizza
Domino's Pizza, Firehouse Subs, Handy Andy Grocery, Jimmy John's, Lenny's Sub           Company, Phillips Grocery, Rooster's Blues House, Sonic Drive-In, Tacky Shack,
 Shop, McDonald's, Newk's Express Cafe', Oby's Cajun Dining, Popeyes, Sonic                                     Volta Taverna, Wendy's, Zaxby's
                 Drive-In, Subway, Taco Bell, Wendy's, Zaxby's

                                                             Handy Andy Grocery
   208 South Lamar, Ajax Diner, Back Yard Burgers, Big Bad Breakfast, Burger King, The Blind Pig Pub, Boure', Chili's Bar & Grill, Frank & Marlee's, Christy's
Hamburgers, Irie on the Square, Proud Larry's, LB's, Lindsey's Chevron, McDonald's, Phillips Grocery, Rooster's Blues House, The Round Table, Sonic Drive-In, The
                                                                         Levee, Wendy's

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Bottletree Bakery meets Oxford’s kneads
                                   — including bakers, who start      said. “It was a learning curve at
       BY JEFF EUBANKS             work at 1 or 2 in the morning      first, teaching the community
      Assistant News Editor        and the crew that opens the        what some of these products
                                   store at 6:30.                     are and also with the specialty
  With just one step inside           “We wouldn’t have the           coffee side as well.”
Bottletree Bakery, it’s easy to    Bottletree without the whole          Gerlach brings in the coffee
see why it has risen to the top    group that helps put it together   from Portland each week, and
and beat its competition.          every day,” Gerlach said. “It’s    is obviously very passionate
  A glass case in the front of     truly like a family operation.”    about her brew.
the store holds freshly baked         Gerlach, originally from           “It’s a craft-roasted blend that
goods made from scratch each       Portland, Ore., received her       I invented that won Cup of the
day, ranging from croissants to    master’s degree in Southern        Year for three years in Portland
tarts to focaccia, while a shelf   Studies from Ole Miss and          several years ago,” Gerlach said.
behind the cash register holds     served as the assistant director   “It’s an excellent product. It’s                                                               JEFF EUBANKS
breads, muffins and cinnamon       for the Oxford Tourism Council     an air-roasted bean, whereas            Fresh pastries sit on a glass case at Bottletree Bakery.
rolls. Also up front, and right-   for nine months before open-       most coffee is gas-roasted.”
fully so, is the amazing cof-      ing the bakery located on Van         The bakery also offers an            Seventeen years after open-
fee, which has gotten several      Buren Avenue in 1995.              array of sandwiches and soups         ing, Gerlach, and the rest of       goal. It’s nice that Oxford rec-
Oxonians and EAGLE workers            On trips home during her        for lunch. Daily breakfast and        Oxford, no longer has to go         ognizes and appreciates the
off to the right start each day.   time at UM, she would stock        lunch specials are posted on the      out of town, or across country,     Bottletree.”
  All this, plus the outstanding   up on loaves of fresh bread and    store’s Facebook and Twitter          to get a specialty cup of coffee       Just don’t try going on a
service of the staff, culminat-    bags of coffee, knowing it would   pages, while a website for the        or fresh baked goods thanks to      Monday, as the bakery is open
ed in Bottletree Bakery being      be a while before she returned     bakery is in the works.               Bottletree.                         Tuesday through Sunday until
named Best Bakery in The           to the Northwest where she            If customers are unable to           “When I opened the bakery,        2 or 2:30 each afternoon.
Oxford EAGLE’s 2012 Best of        could easily purchase these        make to the store by closing          I wanted to create a commu-            “Closed on Monday like a
Oxford survey.                     items. The need for a bakery in    time, or even with the current        nity-house type environment,”       fine museum,” Gerlach said
  Owner Cynthia Gerlach was        Oxford such as Bottletree was      road construction happening on        Gerlach said. “Something for        with a smile.
honored to accept the award,       evident.                           Van Buren right now, Bottletree       college people, tourists, profes-      Bottetree — one of Oxford’s
while also thanking her staff         “You couldn’t buy a croissant   goods are available for purchase      sors and retirees; that, I do       finest pieces.
that averages 22 employees         or anything like that,” Gerlach    at Larson’s Big Star.                 know, I have achieved that               —

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                                                                      BRUCE NEWMAN

        McEwen’s was voted Best New Restaurant in the Best of Oxford sur-
      vey this year.

McEwen’s — Oxford’s best new restaurant
Famed Memphis                               the opportunity opened up to purchase
                                            Waltz, McEwen’s offered me a chance to
eatery opens new                            open up down here.”
                                               Both branches of McEwen’s showcase
location on Square                          an eclectic menu that’s hard to classify.
                                            Although many dishes on the Memphis
           BY SHANNA FLASCHKA               menu exist as well on Oxford’s, there
            EAGLE Contributor               are a few additions and subtractions
                                            between the menus to distinguish the
  Like so many other of Oxford’s so-        two locales.
called “cursed” locations, 1110 Van            Dishes represent a modern global cui-
Buren Ave. seemed unable to maintain        sine that seems to represent a melting
any permanent tenant once Off Square        pot of cultures. For example, appetizers
                                            include items such as BBQ Duck Confit
Books moved down the block.
                                            Enchiladas with pepperjack cream sauce,
  After fancying up the place, Mexican
                                            Saffron Lobster Risotto and Buttermilk
restaurant Madre seemed ready to settle
                                            Fried Oysters with a spicy mustard plum
in, but it was not meant to be, and it      sauce.
closed nearly as quickly as it opened.         Likewise, entrées range from as dis-
Waltz held the spot for a few years, but    tinctly southern as Sweet Potato Crusted
after several chefs came and went, it too   Catfish with macaroni and cheese and
closed its doors.                           collard greens, to a more French style in
  But those doors have not stayed shut      a Pan-Seared Ribeye with brandy cream
for long.                                   and lyonnaise potatoes. Then there’s a
  On July 25, 2011, a well-loved Memphis    dish that’s cloyingly called the “Trust
eatery named McEwen’s opened a second       Me Vegetarian Plate,” which lists no
location here, taking up where Waltz left   specifics other than that the ingredients
off, and, according to Best of Oxford       will be the “freshest available” and “cre-
voters this year, has earned the honor      atively prepared.”
of being known as Oxford’s Best New            However one classifies the restaurant,
Restaurant.                                 what is clear is that it hits a chord with
  Lee Cauthen is in charge of the Oxford    Oxonians. Cauthen says that based on
branch, though there are four partners      that, he hopes to “just continue on,
in all. Cauthen has been in the restau-     doing what we’re doing. We’ve had a
rant business for quite some time, and      great response here.”
had most recently worked at Downtown           He also notes his appreciation for
Grill.                                      that response: “We’re very honored to
  “My wife and I had been going up to       be chosen, and we thank everyone who
Memphis and eating, and we used to go       voted for us.”
to McEwen’s up there,” he says. “When                        —                                                      BEST OF OXFORD                                                 FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012         9

                             HAPPY HOUR                                            Grocery, Pizza Den, Proud Larry's, Rice & Spice, Rooster's Blues House, Soulshine
                                                                                    Pizza, South Depot Taco Shop, The Round Table, Tacky Shack, Tequila's, Two

                       City Grocery                                                                              Stick, Volta Taverna

   Ajax Diner, The Blind Pig Pub, The Burgundy Room, Chili's Bar & Grill,
 Downtown Grill, Frank & Marlee's, Funky's, Irie on the Square, Proud Larry's,
                                                                                                              MEXICAN FOOD
The Levee, The Library Sports Bar, McCarthy's Irish Pub, Parrish Baker Pub, The
 Rib Cage, Rooster's Blues House, The Round Table, Snackbar, Sonic Drive-In,
     Taylor's Pub, Tequila's Mexican Bar & Grill, Two Stick, Volta Taverna
                                                                                   Tequila’s Mexican Bar & Grill
                                                                                   Casa Mexicana, El Sombrero, Taquiera El Milagro, Papitos Mexican Grill, South
                           LIQUOR STORE                                                               Depot Taco Shop, Taco Bell, Taco Shop

              Star Package Store                                                            NEW RESTAURANT (OPEN SINCE 2011)
  B & B Liquors, C & M Package Store, Chuy's Place Wine & Liquor Store,
Colonel's Wine & Liquor, West Jackson Wine & Spirits, Kiamie's Package Store,
                 PJ's Wine & Liquor, Rebel Wine & Liquor
                                                                                   6-‘n’-Tubbs, Checker’s, Firehouse Subs, IHOP Jimmy John's, Petra, Rice & Spice,
                                  LUNCH                                                    Soulshine Pizza, South Depot Taco Shop, Tacky Shack, The Shak

                         Ajax Diner                                                                                   PIZZA
 Abner's, The Beacon Restaurant, Larson's Big Star, The Blind Pig Pub, Boure',
Chili's Bar & Grill, City Grocery, Deli News, Emileigh's Bakery, Firehouse Subs,
                                                                                                      Soulshine Pizza
  Handy Andy Grocery, Honey Bee Bakery, Irie on the Square, Jimmy John's,           6-‘n’-Tubbs, Domino's Pizza, Funky's, Little Caesars, Newk's Express Cafe', Old
 Kabuki, LB's Meat Market, Lenny's Sub Shop, Lindsey's Chevron, Lusa Pastry         Venice Pizza Company, Papa John's, Pizza Den, Pizza Hut, Proud Larry's, Round
   Cafe', Mama Jo's, McAlister's Deli, McEwen's, Minks on the Park, Newk's                                Table, Square Pizza, Volta Taverna
   Express Cafe', Noodle Bowl Asian Bistro, Oby's Cajun Dining, Old Venice
Pizza Company, Olivia's Food Emporium, Panini, Papito's Mexican Grill, Phillips
 10       FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012                                           BEST OF OXFORD                                                     

                                  SALADS                                                                            SWEET TEA
            Newk’s Express Café                                                                         MCALISTER’S DELI
208 South Lamar, Ajax Diner, Applebee's, The Beacon Restaurant, The Blind Pig       Ajax Diner, Abner's, Backyard Burgers, The Beacon Restaurant, Chick-fil-A,
 Pub, Boure', Chili's, City Grocery, Handy Andy, Honey Bee Bakery, Irie on the     Emileigh's Bakery, Irie on the Square, McDonald's, Newk's Express Cafe', Oby's
 Square, Lenora's Restaurant, McAlister's Deli, McEwen's, Oby's Cajun Dining,     Cajun Dining, Phillips Grocery, The Rib Cage, Sonic Drive-In, Taylor Grocery &
  Old Venice Pizza Company, Proud Larry's, Snack Bar, Soulshine Pizza, Tacky                              Restaurant, Volta Taverna, Zaxby's
                      Shack, Volta Taverna, Wendy's, Zaxby's
                                                                                                      TREAT SHOP/CANDY STORE
                                 SMOOTHIE                                                        Holli’s Sweet Tooth
                    Smoothie King                                                   Bop's Frozen Custard, Chaney's Pharmacy, Lusa Pastry Cafe', Rocky Mountain
                                                                                       Chocolate Factory, Sno Biz, Sugar Buzz, Twister's, Ya Ya's Frozen Yogurt
Chaney's Pharmacy, High Point Coffee, Holli's Sweet Tooth, McDonald's, Sno Biz,
                    Sonic Drive-In, Ya Ya's Frozen Yogurt
                                                                                                              BEST RESTAURANT
                                  STEAKS                                                                              Bouré
                         The Sizzler                                                 208 South Lamar, Ajax Diner, Applebee's, Big Bad Breakfast, The Beacon
                                                                                    Restaurant, Chili's Bar & Grill, Chow King, City Grocery, Frank & Marlee's,
   208 South Lamar, Ajax Diner, Applebee's, Boure', Chili's Bar & Grill, City        Honey Bee, Irie on the Square, Kabuki, Lenora's Restaurant, Maharajah,
 Grocery, Irie on the Square, Lenora's Restaurant, LB's Meat Market, McEwen's,    McEwen's, Newk's Express Cafe', Oby's Cajun Dining, Old Venice Pizza Company,
   Olivia's Food Emporium, Oxford University Club, Phillips Grocery, Ravine,      Oxford University Club, Phillips Grocery, Proud Larry's, Ravine, Rice and Spice,
    Rooster's Blues House, The Round Table, Snack Bar, Taylor Grocery &             Rooster's Blues House, The Round Table, Snack Bar, Soulshine Pizza, Tacky
                                   Restaurant                                      Shack, Taylor Grocery & Restaurant, Tequila's, Toyo, Two Stick, Volta Taverna

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                                                                                       We thank you for your support and trust.
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Larry’s livens up Oxford’s music scene
                                      was honored to receive the award,       The thanks to the Larry’s crew
        BY JEFF EUBANKS               especially with all the other com-   extends beyond the walls of the
       Assistant News Editor          peting venues in town.               venue though, as Caradine’s
                                         So much goes into making the      family has had to deal with the
   The writing is on the wall for     shows a success, he said, from       chaotic schedule that comes with
Proud Larry’s musical heritage,       the artists and his crew, par-       owning the business.
or, at least, hanging on the walls.   ticularly Larry’s longtime sound        “My wife Lisa and my two
   Since 1993, Proud Larry’s has      man Leigh Taylor, who’s “great       kids put up with a lot phone
been a prominent spot for live        at making the room sound good        calls, emails and work stuff dur-
music in Oxford. Larry’s has          and making the stage sound good      ing non-normal work hours,”
played host to national acts,         for the artists.”                    Caradine said. “I have relied on
such as Elvis Costello, Warren           But another key ingredient to     Lisa’s sense and music taste for
Zevon and Wilco, to local favor-      the venue’s many years of host-      the 15 years I have done this job
ites, such as Kudzu Kings and,        ing popular live music shows is      myself. Lisa is a big part of the
                                                                                                                                                                         BRUCE NEWMAN
of course, Blue Mountain. The         the fans, the people who pack        music at Larry’s.”
restaurant-bar-concert venue has      into the intimate setting that          As much as fans flock through      Cary Hudson (left) and Laurie Stirratt of the band Blue
the handbills to prove it, too, as    holds about 300 people.              the doors to see national and        Mountain perform at Proud Larry’s.
posters from previous shows line         “Most importantly is the          regional acts, only so many dates      Caradine has watched as            tently pack the place and tear the
the upstairs part of the build-       audience,” Caradine said. “The       are available for them to perform.   local bands used that formula to     roof off, just play great shows.
ing located on South Lamar            Oxford fan base of people that       The open dates allow local bands     expand their fan base and repu-        “I really love seeing a young
Boulevard.                            want to come out and see live        to get their shot on the stage.      tation so it reaches far beyond      band start small, build an audi-
   With so many talented acts         music, and for people that come         “They make it go,” Caradine       the region. One band that has        ence, build a fan base and end
taking the stage week after week,     out and pay a cover all the time     said of the local bands. “A lot of   done this particularly well is the   up selling a bunch of tickets at
it’s easy to see why voters cast      to see shows and that appreciate     bands locally play for less money    North Mississippi Allstars, who      The Lyric or another big venue
Proud Larry’s as the Best Live        music.                               than they deserve because they       Caradine said played some of his     around here.”
Music Lineup in The Oxford               “That’s a big issue, as much as   want the exposure and it’s good      favorite shows at Larry’s.             Thanks to Caradine and
EAGLE’s 2012 Best of Oxford           thanking my own crew, I’d like to    for them to get the exposure, and      “We kind of watched those          Larry’s, those young bands have
survey — just one more piece of       thank the local people of Oxford     it helps them build an audience,     guys grow up here at Proud           a place to start, and fans have a
memorabilia to put up.                who come out and support live        build a market and practice their    Larry’s at one point,” Caradine      place to take it all in.
   Larry’s owner Scott Caradine       music.”                              game.”                               said. “Those guys would consis-            —

                                                                “A Humble Thank You to those
                                                              who voted me best Nurse Practitioner
                                                                      3 years in a row!”
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‘The soul of Oxford’                                                                                              Quick facts about
                                                                                                                   Square Books
Square Books voted                           Community center                                                        Founders: Richard and Lisa Howorth
                                                From the down-front tables of new
Best of the Best                             releases, to the café and balcony that
                                                                                                                         Opening date: Sept. 14, 1979
                                                                                                          Spin-offs: Off Square Books (1993), Square Books Jr. (2003)
                                             invite you to linger upstairs, Square
           BY LUCY SCHULTZE                  Books is the kind of place that can easily
             Senior Staff Writer             become a habit.                                ters to meet world-class children’s            put the field of publishing on her radar
                                                Local author Tom Franklin, an assis-        authors at signing and reading events          as a possible career path. But it wasn’t
   For all the literary pilgrims who fol-    tant professor of fiction writing, describes   month after month.                             until she entered the publishing indus-
low Faulkner’s ghost to the hills of         the bookstore “the soul of Oxford.”              “My children always leave the store          try that she saw how respected Square
Mississippi, stepping into Square Books         “I’m in there several times a week          inspired to read — and to read on a            Books had become among independent
is like treading on holy ground.             — looking at books, meeting people,            deeper level, with a sense of awareness        bookstores across the country.
   But for those of us who call Oxford       getting coffee, talking to the staff,” he      about how stories are crafted,” Hardy             “My non-southern writers started ask-
home, the relationship is somehow deep-      said. “It’s such an amazing place that we      said.                                          ing me about the store and could I
er, closer, warmer. The corner building      have, here, and that we can visit every                                                       send them there,” Connell said. “That
we’re more apt to simply call “the book-     day.”                                                                                         was when I realized that Square Books
store” is our meeting place, our browsing       For Sarah Frances Hardy, an author,         National player
                                                                                               Those kinds of experiences helped           wasn’t just a local deal; that it was a
place and our de facto welcome center.       illustrator and mother, the bookstore                                                         national deal.
   It’s where our small-town circles         and its children’s branch, Square Books        shape a career for Oxford native Stella
                                                                                            Connell, who today promotes writers               “The New York publishing world is
intersect with the lofty paths of the        Jr., play an integral role in her family’s                                                    very aware of Square Books, and when
creative elite. Yet at the end of the day,   life.                                          and books as owner of The Connell
                                                                                            Agency, a public relations and market-         I receive my recommendations from the
when their tours take them on to bigger         “I was in high school before I met an                                                      sales departments at the ‘big six’ pub-
places, Square Books belongs to us.          author in person,” Hardy said. “Living         ing agency.
                                                                                               Years before it opened a dedicated          lishing houses, Square Books is inevita-
   Which makes you think: When a             here in Oxford, a few blocks from Square                                                      bly listed.”
business succeeds in making everyone in      Books Jr., I’m thrilled that my three          children’s location, Square Books was a
town feel like they own a part of it, it’s   daughters are being raised in the midst        place Connell visited as a child growing       Behind it all
achieved something pretty special.           of such a wonderful literary culture.”         up in a family of readers. Attending her         Square Books was founded in 1979 by
                                                The proximity has allowed her daugh-        first author’s reading as a college student    Richard and Lisa Howorth.

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                                                                                                                          Kroger Shopping Center-Next to Tequila’s
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   The bookstore has since expanded to three loca-
tions on the Oxford Square, while also spawning
such events as the annual Oxford Conference for
the Book and the weekly Thacker Mountain Radio
   Over the years, Square Books has employed as
booksellers hundreds of university and high-school
students, who have gone on to become engineers,
lawyers, writers, doctors, artists, politicians, minis-
ters, teachers — and bookstore owners.
   Richard Howorth returned to focus on the book-
store in 2009 after eight years as the Oxford mayor.
Key staff members today include Lyn Roberts, gener-
al manager; Cody Morrison, buyer; and Slade Lewis,
who manages the main store and customer service.
   At the main location, Amanda Malloy is senior
bookseller. Sally McLellan manages bookkeeping
and the Speed Reader email newsletter.
   At Square Books Jr., staff members include
buyer Jill Moore and longtime booksellers Ramona
Wanlass, Leita Patton and Paul Fyke. Off Square
Books staff includes senior bookseller Adam Brady
and bookseller Deg Ronilo.
   The distinction of most popular Square Books
“employee” of all time, however, goes to Off Square
Books’ feline mascot, Mamacita. After 12 years
of lounging on book stacks — and enduring more
packed-house readings, live-music events and cud-                                                                                                    BRUCE NEWMAN
dling from strangers than perhaps any cat ever has        Square Books, an Oxford staple since 1979 that is owned and operated by Richard and Lisa Howorth, was
— she recently retired to a rest home.                  named Best of the Best in the 2012 Best of Oxford survey.

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                                                                    CHARITY EVENT
                                                            Taste of Oxford
 Art for Heart, Barktoberfest, Sigma Nu Charity Bowl, Double Decker Run, Empty Bowls, Jean Jones Walk/Run, KD Shamrock, Literacy Council Mardi Gras Bash,
LOFT, More than a Meal, Out of the Darkness, Paws for Art, Pike Powder Puff, Pink Dress Run, Relay for Life, Run 4 Hope, Square Toast, St. John Drawdown, Strut
                                                         Your Mutt, Yappy Hour, Young Life Banquet

                                                FAMILY ATTRACTION & ENTERTAINMENT
                                           Double Decker Arts Festival
4th of July activities, Avent Park, Baseball, Christmas Parade, Cloud 9, Oxford Film Festival, Gertrude C. Ford Center, The Grove, Lamar Park, Malco Studio Cinema,
 OHS Theater, Ole Miss Baseball, Ole Miss Athletics, Ole Miss Football, Oxford Film Fest, Thacker Mountain Radio, The Square, Sunset Series, University Museum,
                                                                   Yocona International Folk Festival

                                                                 LIVE MUSIC LINEUP
                                                              Proud Larry’s
 Double Decker Arts Festival, The Library Bar and Grill, The Lyric, Music in the Hall, Oxford Music Festival, Rooster's Blues House, Thacker Mountain Radio, The




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                    LOCAL BAND
         One Mile South
  AM Band, Bass Drum of Death, Blue Mountain, Cadillac
Funk, The Cooters, Charlie Mars, George McConnell and The
Nonchalants, Jacob and the Old Guys, Jimbo Mathus, Mayhem
 String Band, Kudzu Kings, The Mustache, North Mississippi
 Allstars, Jimmy Phillips, Rocket 88, Silas Reed and Da Books,
             Young Buffalo, Yalobushwackers, Zoogma

                  RADIO STATION
90.3-KLUV, 92.1-Rebel Radio, 93.3-WSYE, 95.5-WXLQ, 105.5-
              WTMN, MPR, Reb Sports Radio

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                                                                   The Double Decker Arts Festival was voted as the Best Family Attraction & Entertainment
                                                                 event in The Oxford EAGLE’s 2012 Best of Oxford survey.

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                                                                                                                           We are honored
                                                                                                                        to be named Oxford’s
                                                                                                                          Best Jewelry Store
                                                                                                                         for 3 years in a row!

                                                                                      North Lamar Plaza • 1126 North Lamar • Oxford, MS
                                                                                        (662) 234-2777 •
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                                                               APARTMENT OR RENTAL
                                                                     The Links
Cambridge Station, Campus Creek, Campus Walk, The Connection, Fallsgrove, High Pointe Condos, Lafayette Place, Lexington Pointe, The Mark, Old Miss Rentals,
                                                   Rental Central, Summit, Turnberry Codominiums

                                                    ASSISTED LIVING/ RETIREMENT HOME
                                                               Azalea Gardens
                                                      Hermitage Gardens, Graceland Care Center, VA Hospital

                                                               ART GALLERY/ MUSEUM
                                                           Southside Gallery
                          Gallery 130 Meek Hall, Mary Buie Museum, The Powerhouse, Rowan Oak, S & J Art Gallery, UM Blues Archive

                                                                 BED AND BREAKFAST
                                                               512 Van Buren
                                                         Castle Hill Resort, Oak Hill Stables, Ravine, The Z

                                 Our Valued Customers For Choosing Us
                                                                                                                      Betsy Aloway is CEO     WINNERS OF
      Come see                                     To show our appreciation,                                          and was chosen
                                                                                                                      as one of the 50
                                                                                                                                              OUR MAY SALE
                                                                                                                                              Jimmy Brown
                                                           we are drastically                                         leading Business

    Ashley’s New                                       reducing our prices on
                                                                                                                      women in MS. At
                                                                                                                      Furniture World, she
                                                                                                                      guarantees the best
                                                                                                                                              Lane Recliner $600
                                                                                                                                              B.R. King
                                                                                                                                              Best Chair Co. Glider $500
   Package Deals
                                                                                                     prices you will find in this area.
                                                     furniture throughout the                        Our sales force has over ��������� of    Arthur Hume
                                                                                                     experience in the furniture business,    Queen Set Serta Bedding $600
      on Living                                        store...Includes Sofas,                       specializing in decorating condos,
                                                                                                     homes, and apartments. We have
                                                                                                     catalogues, fabric, and the #1
                                                                                                                                              Pam Roy
                                                                                                                                              2 Style Craft Lamps $300
                                                   Love Seats, Dining Rooms,
  Room Furniture
                                                                                                     Brands, Broyhill, Basset, Action Lane,   Chrisabel Ingram
                                                                                                     Serta, Clayton Marcus & many more.
                                                                                                     Come see us. You’ll be glad you did!     2 Ashley Lamps $300
                                                   Bedrooms, and also Home                                                                    Teresa Bass
  starting at $799.                                   Office and Accessories.
                                                                                                                                              5 Piece Accessary Package $200
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                                                          DAYCARE/ CHILDCARE CENTER

                          First Baptist Church Weekday Education
                  ABC Learning Center, Mother Goose, North Oxford Baptist Church, Oxford University United Methodist Discovery, Willie Price

               LOCATION TO HOST AN EVENT                                                                   HOTEL/ MOTEL

                 The Powerhouse                                                              The Inn at Ole Miss
Cedar Oaks, Castle Hill Resort, The Depot, Gertrude C. Ford Center, The Grove,    Downtown Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Ole Miss Motel, Super 8
 The Inn at Ole Miss, The Lyric, Oxford Conference Center, Oxford University
                            Club, Southside Gallery
                                                                                                    PLACE TO SHOOT POOL
                           GOLF COURSE
                                                                                               The Blind Pig Pub
           Ole Miss Golf Course                                                    Frank & Marlee's, McCarthy's Irish Pub, The Locker Room, Rooster's Blues
                                                                                                        House, Parrish's, Taylor's Pub
                      Country Club of Oxford, The Links

                Thank you for voting for us Best Computer Repair 5 Years in a row!

                                                                                                                     Up-Front Pricing
                                                                     FREE                                             iPhone Repairs
                                                                   Diagnosis                             Laptop Power Cords In Stock!!
                                                                                                                 We Make Housecalls!
                                                                                                                 All Work Guaranteed
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                                          SHOPPING AND SERVICES
                       ACCOUNTING FIRM                                                             ATV/ HUNTING STORE
                                 BKD                                                           Hunter’s Hollow
Eddie Aune, Barfield and Associates, Devoe Carr, Grantham Poole, Kerry King,                  Hibbett Sports, Hole in the Hide, Kinnucan’s,
   Kinney and Associates, Bryan White, Ronnie Windham, Denise Woods                               University Sporting Goods, Walmart

                                ANTIQUES                                                            AUTO DEALER- NEW
              The Mustard Seed                                                                 Chandler Nissan
  Bea’s Antiques, Crème de la Crème, Dovetail, Old Taylor Antiques, Sugar               Belk Ford, Cannon Motors, Chandler Dodge, Oxford Toyota
  Magnolia, The Depot, The Green Door Company, Tin Pan Alley, Tommy’s

                                                                                                   AUTO DEALER- USED
                          ARTS & CRAFTS                                                                Belk Ford
                      Paint & Pen                                                Cannon Motors, Chandler Motor Company, Moore Brothers, Sherman Auto
Clay Canvas, Double Decker Arts Festival, Knit 1 Oxford, Powerhouse, Studio
     Whimzy, Sugar Magnolia, The Depot, The Mustard Seed, Walmart

       Owned and Operated by Rebel Fans,
               for Rebel Fans!

         Thanks for Once Again
                                                                                    Thank You Oxford
       Voting Rebel Rags Oxford’s
                                                                                    for Once Again Voting Us
       Best Place to Buy Ole Miss                                                       BEST FLORIST &
             Merchandise!                                                               BEST GIFT SHOP!
             2302 West Jackson Avenue                                              We are thrilled to be your choice, and we value
                 Oxford, MS 38655                                                  your trust and support. Thanks for continuing
                   (877) 281-7327                                                     to give us the opportunity to serve you.
     Monday - Saturday 9am - 7pm • Sunday 10am - 6pm
                                                                                  1103 Jefferson Ave. • Oxford, Mississippi • 234-2515                                                       BEST OF OXFORD                                                 FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012      21

                   AUTO REPAIR & SERVICE                                                                              BOOKSTORE
           Brannan Auto Repair                                                                                 Square Books
 Belk Ford, Caine’s Auto Body, Cannon Motors, Chandler Nissan, Deal’s Auto
                                                                                       Campus Bookmart, Off Square Books, Ole Miss Bookstore, Paint & Pen, Rebel
Repair, Doc’s Bimmer Shop, Gateway Tire, Graves Import Service, Kenny Warren
                                                                                                             Bookstore, Square Books, Jr.
Auto Repair, Oxford Muffler, Oxford Tire, Ray Brothers Auto Repair, Southland
                     Auto Body and Paint, University Tire
                                                                                                            CARPET/ RUGS/FLOORING
                      BANK/CREDIT UNION
First National Bank of Oxford                                                                                 Stout’s Carpet
                                                                                      Discount Building Supply, Home Depot, J&L Carpet, Oliphant Flooring, Quality
Abbeville Bank, BancorpSouth, Bank of Commerce, Bank of Oxford, Community
                                                                                                                Flooring, Sherwin Williams
    Trust Bank, Mechanics Bank, Merchants and Farmers Bank, Mississippi
 Federal Credit Union, Oxford University Bank, Regions Bank, Renasant Bank,
                               SOUTHBank                                                                       CHILDREN’S CLOTHING
                           BARBER SHOP                                                                       Peas & Carrots
    Don & Dale’s Barber Shop                                                               Belk Department Store, Belles & Beaus, J.C. Penney, Neilson’s, Walmart
 Alice & Co., Avenue West, Bethany’s Salon, Café Salon, Goolsby’s, Hair Port,
 Headquarters Hair Salon, King’s Den, La Mystique, La Rousse, Larry’s Barber
                             Shop, The Parlor



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                        COMPUTER REPAIR                                                                       DRY CLEANERS
       Express Computer Service                                                                    Rainbow Cleaners
                                                                                                       Starbrite Cleaners, University Cleaners
    Cambino Tech, Campbell Solutions, Graham Green, Office Depot, Rockit
                            Computer Solutions
                                                                                    Mize Electric and Plumbing
               Lindsey’s Chevron                                                   Eagle Fire and Electric, Fondren & Sons, Handyman Express, Jackson & Sons,
                                                                                    Parker Electric, Plumbline, Reid Electric Service, Rick Henry, Todd Miskelly,
3 Way Grocery, 4 Corners Chevron, Double Quick, Hill Top Chevron, James Food                                       Walker Electric
Center, Kroger, Littlejohn’s, Marquis Chevron, Oxford Spot, Rockettes, Sky Mart,
                The Brittany Store, The Store, Ward’s Short Stop
                                                                                                     ELECTRONICS/ APPLIANCE
                                                                                            Sears Hometown Store
                                    Zoe                                                   Home Depot, Office Depot, Radio Shack, Rebel Appliance, Walmart
Amy Head Cosmetics, Belk Department Store, Chaney’s Pharmacy, MW Squared,
         Mary Kay, Merle Norman, Neilson’s, Walgreen’s, Walmart                                           EYE CARE PROVIDER
                       DEPARTMENT STORE                                                             Mayo Eye Center
  Neilson’s Department Store                                                       A Look Ahead, Oxford Eye Clinic, Oxford Family Vision, Rayner Eye Clinic,
                                                                                                 Steve DePriest, West Oxford Vision Center
  Belk Department Store, Hinton & Hinton, J.C. Penney, Kinnucan's, Walmart

       Thank you for voting us Oxford’s Best Real Estate Agency!
                  Bringing Rebels Home Since 1996.

                     Oxford Office:                                                                 Water Valley Office:
               2091 Old Taylor Rd. Ste 201                                                             610 Main St.
                  office: 662.234.5555                                                                 P.O. Box 889
                   fax: 662.236.6319                                                               office: 662.473.0535

                                                            BEST OF OXFORD                                 FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012   23

        Thank you for voting us


   “And whoever welcomes a little child like this in
       My name welcomes Me.” Matthew 18:5

             800 Van Buren • Oxford, MS

 24       FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012                                           BEST OF OXFORD                                          

                          FLORIST                                                LINDSEY’S WINS AGAIN
               Oxford Floral
 Bette’s Flowers, Kroger, Mimosa, Twisted Twig, University Florist

                     FINE JEWELRY
        Lammons Jewelry
Belk Department Store, Brooks Collection, Cicada, DeShea’s, Jim’s
 Jewelry, Lulu’s, Neilson’s, Oooh La La, Private Gallery, Turkoyz,

                  FUNERAL SERVICE
   Waller Funeral Home
   Coleman Funeral Home, Hodges & Freeman Funeral Home

                 FURNITURE STORE
           Funiture World                                                                                                                           BRUCE NEWMAN

                                                                       Lindsey’s Chevron topped a large field in balloting for Best Convenience Store/Gas
Johnson’s Furniture, Something Southern, Stash, Sugar Magnolia,      Station in this year’s Best of Oxford competition. Lindsey’s has won the category all eight
                                                                     years The Oxford EAGLE has had voting.
 The Green Door Company, The Mustard Seed, Warehouse 605

 WOW! When I learned that Brannan Auto Repair was voted “Best of
 Oxford” for auto repair this year I was simply humbled. We thank all
 of our friends and family and the entire Oxford community for those
  who voted for us. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the
 community in this way. We know that we have the BEST customers in
           Oxford! You all are wonderful, and we thank you!

     I also feel compelled to take this opportunity to pubicly thank                               ��������������
   everyone for your thoughts and prayers along with the wonderful
   cards and food we received during my recent illness. Oxford is the
       very best place to live and work, and we feel very blessed.

                                 Thank you all!

                          Bub and Brenda Brannan                                                 ��������������������                                                         BEST OF OXFORD                                                    FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012       25

         Sears — consistently among the best
Business honored for                                                                                                   son and the truck unloader and whatever else needs
8th year as Best Electronics,                                                                                            The store is located at 707 North Lamar Blvd., and
                                                                                                                       Hunter said he plans to stay there.
Appliance Store
                                                                                                                       No need to move
               BY MELANIE ADDINGTON                                                                                       “We have been here for so long that most of our cus-
                       Staff Writer                                                                                    tomers prefer we stay where we are since we are easy
                                                                                                                       to get to and have plenty of parking and are so close to
   Sears has been a part of Oxford for more than three                                                                 the Square.” Hunter said.
decades. This year, for the eighth consecutive year,                                                                      “We sell appliances, electronics, lawn and garden,
the store received the honor of being named the Best                                                                   tools, grills and on and on. We can order almost any-
Electronics or Appliance Store.                                                                                        thing you can get at a full line Sears store and we offer
   “We are so honored and humbled by this award,”                                                                      delivery, installation, hook up and haul off and we also
John Hunter, store manager, said. “I wish I could say it                                           MELANIE ADDINGTON
                                                                                                                       have numerous credit plans available for our custom-
was something I did, but I can’t. It just comes from the     John Hunter has owned and operated Sears                  ers.”
hard work and efforts of all of my associates and from     Hometown Store since 1999. The store is located at             For Hunter, the reason Sears is the best year after
all of the years of experience that we have accumulated    707 North Lamar Blvd., in the Mid-Town Shopping
here at the store which is well over 30 years now. I                                                                   year is because the customers.
think Oxford recognizes this and appreciates it also. It                                                                  “Our customers are the only reason we are here,”
is very rewarding as a small business in this community                                                                Hunter said.
                                                           Doing it all                                                   “I tell my new associates all the time that when a
to be given this award and we will work hard to repeat        “I had always wanted to own my own business and I
again.”                                                                                                                customer comes in the store, they are to stop whatever
                                                           felt if I worked as hard for myself as I did for someone
   The catalog store was converted into a dealer store                                                                 it is they are doing and take care of the customer first.
                                                           else, I could be successful and, so far, so good,” Hunter
in 1993. Hunter bought the store in 1999 and he has        said.                                                       Without them there would be no job for them to do or
owned and operated it ever since. Before that, Hunter         “I am the owner here and the manager and salesper-       no paycheck to take home at the end of the week.”
managed the Kroger in Oxford before retiring.                                                                                                        —

    Thank you Oxford for voting us “Best of Oxford” six years in a row.

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     dedicated to serving you and your fitness                    exercise classes                    • Kid fitness                            dietary counseling
      goals. Our facility has ample equipment
       and an excellent team of professionals.                 • Spacious fitness area                • Fitness testing and                 • Spa treatments -
            We offer fitness, health classes and                • Wellness education                    personal exercise                     massages,
      outpatient rehabilitation in a convenient                • Child care                            programs                              facials, wraps
           location and a full scope of services
          to meet the needs of individuals and                                                                                       (662) 232-8788
        the community. Our services include:                                                                     
 26        FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012                                          BEST OF OXFORD                                              

                                  GIFT SHOP                                                          HEALTH & FITNESS CLUB
                       Oxford Floral                                                            Baptist Healthplex
 Amelia’s, Amit’s Hallmark, Belk Department Store, Bette’s Flowers, Chaney’s      Anytime Fitness, Orion, Snap Fitness, Southern Star Yoga, Turner Center, UDC
  Pharmacy, Crème de la Crème, DeShaea’s, Lammons Fine Jewelry, Mimosa,                                                 Fit
 Mississippi Madness, Neilson’s, Olive Juice, Rebel Rags, Something Southern,
Sugar Magnolia, The Barn Trading Company, The Lily Pad, Turkoyz, University
                                                                                                            HEATING & AIR
                                   GROCERY                                                          Walker Electric
                                  Kroger                                            Comer Heating and Air, Fondren & Sons, Franklin's Heating and Air, Lovett
                                                                                     Heating and Cooling, McKibben Heating and Cooling, Ray’s Heating and
      Larson’s Big Star, LB’s Meat Market, Midtown Farmer’s Market, Walmart                                  Cooling, Ricky Hudson

                                  HAIR SALON
                                                                                                  HOME DECOR/ACCESSORIES
           LaRousse Salon & Spa                                                              Something Southern
Alice & Co., All About You Salon, Amara Salon, Avenue West, Bethany’s Salon
 & Spa, Café Salon, Casa Bella, Chaney's, Continental Hairstyles, Dolce Vita,        Belk Department Store, Crème de la Crème, Discount Building Materials,
Hair Port, Head Quarters, It’s Haute, Kevin Crawford Salon, La Mystique, Super     Dovetail, Home Depot, Neilson’s, Oxford Floral, Stash, Sugar Magnolia, The
        Kuts, Tammy’s Hair Gallery, The Parlor, Vogue, Walmart, YaYa’s            Barn Trading Company, The Green Door Company, The Mustard Seed, Tuesday
                                                                                             Morning, Unique Furnishings, Walmart, Warehouse 605

                                                                                          Thanks for making it
                                                                                          Eight in a Row!
                                                                                          Come see what’s new for 2012!
                                                                                       We have a great
                                                                                    selection of handguns,
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                                                                                       rifles, shotguns,
                                                                                                                    Father’s Day June 17th
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                           HOME BUILDER                                                            INTERIOR DECORATING FIRM
  Marty Daniels Construction                                                                   Something Southern
Andy Fornea, Bruce Massey, Chase Montgomery, Chris Carter, Gary Coleman,                       Curtis Knight, Dovetail, Julie Montgomery, Sara Lovelace
 Grantham Construction, Jim Cassidy Construction, Ken Ash Construction,
Mickey Babb Construction, Paul Baddour, Richard Smith Construction, Ronnie
                           Leggitt Construction                                                           INTERNET PROVIDER
    HOME IMPROVEMENT/ BUILDING SUPPLIES                                                                      MetroCast
         Sneed's Ace Hardware                                                              AT&T, Dixie-Net Communications, Hughes Net, Verizon Wireless

   Discount Building Materials, Elliott Lumber, Home Depot, Smith Building
                                    Supplies                                                                INVESTMENT FIRM

                       INSURANCE AGENCY
                                                                                                        Edward Jones
     Oxford Insurance Agency
                                                                                     BancorpSouth, Barfield and Associates, Raymond James, Strategic Financial
                                                                                                               Planners, Wells Fargo

Alfa Insurance, American National Insurance, Brown Insurance, Bryan Hayden,
 Farm Bureau Insurance, Hollis and Krouse, Marchbanks Insurance, Mechanics                                  LADIES CLOTHING
   Insurance, Merchants and Farmers Insurance, Morgan White, Nationwide
Insurance, Phil Bailey and Associates, Sharp Insurance, Shelter Insurance, State
                                Farm Insurance                                              Belk Department Store
                                                                                   Cato, Cicada, Indigo’s, J.C. Penney, Kaleidiscope, Lacey Lauren’s, Material Girls,
                                                                                    Maurice’s, Miss Behavin, MW Squared, Neilson’s, Nella, Oooh La La, Pink &
                                                                                               Proper, Private Gallery, Therapy, Village Tailor, Walmart

                      F.D. “Buddy” East
                     Voted Best of Oxford
                   Law Enforcement Official
                  2006 • 2007 • 2009 • 2012
       The Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officer’s Association is proud of you.
  The citizens of the L-O-U Community and all Law Enforcement consider it an honor to select you as Oxford’s Best Law En-
  forcement Official. You have dedicated your life’s work to this community and continue to do so everyday. You truly enjoy
  serving the people of Lafayette County. We would all like to congratulate you on being such a great leader and role model.

  Phillip Zampella
  LCLEOA Board President
28   FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012                                                                BEST OF OXFORD                                                                         

                              thank you,
             for voting us Oxford’s Best Dentist!

                                                                                                We appreciate your
                                                                                                continued support.
                                                                                        It is a privilege to have
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                       LANDSCAPE DESIGN                                                                          MASSAGE
           Matthews Landscape                                                                     Halon’s Day Spa
BMA Landscapes, Garden Center, Garner Landscaping, Good Earth Landscape,          Baptist Healthplex, Bethany’s Day Spa, Healing Hands, Jennifer Neal, King’s
 Hill Country Landscaping, Kurt’s Lawn Care, Oxford Landscape, Smith Lawn         Touch, Nancy Miller, Relaxation Response, Sandy Tremor, Therapeutic Bliss
                 Management, The Barn Trading Company
                                                                                                           MEDICAL CLINIC
                              LAW FIRM
          Tannehill, Carmean &                                                    Urgent Care Clinic of Oxford
                                                                                  Allcare Mississippi, Children’s Clinic of Oxford, Internal Medicine Associates,
                                                                                 Medical Clinic, Dr. Thomas Fowlkes, North Mississippi Family Medicine Group,
                                                                                 North Mississippi, Medical Clinic at Walmart, Oxford Clinic for Women, Oxford
                                                                                  Family Clinic, Oxford Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates, Oxford Pediatric
    Butler Snow, Charles Walker, Daniel Coker Horton and Bell, Dwight Ball,                Group, Oxford Urgent Care, White Oak Family Medicine
 Freeland Shull, Garrett Friday and Garner, Hickman, Goza and Spraggins, Hill
and Minyard, Holcomb Dunbar, Hughes and Brown, James B. Justice, Kevin Frye,
Little Law, Mayo Mallette, Mitchell McNutt and Sams, Sloan Chain and Moore,                               MEN’S CLOTHING
                                                                                                  Hinton & Hinton
               Swayze Alford, Tollison Law Firm, William Rogers

                       LIMO SERVICE/TAXI
         Rock Star Taxi & Limo
                                                                                  Belk Department Store, Cicada for Men, J.C. Penney, Jos. A. Bank, Landry’s,
                                                                                                        National Menswear, Neilson’s

 Angel Taxi, Carbo Limo Services, Hotty Toddy Taxi, Oxford Taxi, Rebel Ride,
                                 Rebel Taxi

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30      FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012                                          BEST OF OXFORD                                        

       MORTGAGE / FINANCING INSTITUTION                                                           OFFICE SUPPLY STORE
               Mechanics Bank                                                             Pitner Office Supply
Abbeville Bank, BancorpSouth, Bank of Oxford, Community Trust Bank, First                               Office Depot, Walmart
 National Bank, Gumtree Mortgage, Merchants and Farmers Bank, Oxford,
       University Bank, Regions Bank, Renasant Bank, SOUTHBank
                                                                                                         PAINT STORE
                  MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS                                                  Oxford Paint and Supply
           Ron's Music Center                                                  Home Depot, Paint & Pen, Sherwin-Williams, Sneed's Ace Hardware, Walmart

                       Austin's Music, Rebel Music
                                                                                                         PAWN SHOP
                           NAIL SALON                                                              Oxford Pawn
                Paris Nail Salon                                                                       Dash for Cash Pawn Shop

Alice & Co., Avenue West, Bethany’s, Café Salon, Chaney’s Pharmacy, Davi
Nails, Halon’s Day Spa, La Mystique, LaRousse, Nail Shop, Nailthology, New                             PEST CONTROL
                                                                                         Pickens Pest Control
                York Nails, Pro Nails, Spa Nails, The Parlor

                NURSERY/ GARDEN STORE
                                                                                          Drewery Pest Control, Guardian Pest Control, Orkin,

 The Barn Trading Company                                                                             Pass Pest Control, Terminix

         Garden Center, Home Depot, Oxford in Bloom, Walmart

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    Halon’s has the right touch for Oxford
Voted Best Massage,                                                                                                      the effects it can have on your body to help prevent
                                                                                                                         other illnesses. It’s preventative medicine.”
Best Spa Services                                                                                                          Other types of massages include a relaxing message
                                                                                                                         or a deep-tissue massage for either 30 minutes or an
                 BY ALYSSA SCHNUGG                                                                                       hour.
                                                                                                                           Halon’s was opened in 2004 by Halon Gossett, a nail
                       Staff Writer
                                                                                                                         technician by trade.
  Halon’s Day Spa massage therapist Teresa Shuffield                                                                     Experience leads to business
believes it’s not just having the skills to do your job                                                                     “My husband had gotten me a gift certificate to
that’s important, it’s loving what you do that makes                                                                     another spa that is now closed, and it was such a
the difference.                                                                                                          wonderful experience,” Gossett said. “I thought, that’s
  That belief apparently works as The Oxford EAGLE                                                                       something I need to do. It was so relaxing and I want
readers voted Halon’s Oxford’s Best Massage in the                                                                       everyone to leave my spa happy and relaxed.”
Best of Oxford contest for the second consecutive                                                                           Along with massages, Halon’s offers manicures and
year.                                                                                                   BRUCE NEWMAN     pedicures for women, men and for teens, a large vari-
  “I really care about my job and try really hard,” she       Halon’s Day Spa, owned by Halon Gossett, was               ety of facials, including microdermabrasion, the clas-
said. “I have a gift of healing hands. And I really enjoy   voted Best Massage and Best Spa Services in the              sic European facial and glycolic peel, and waxing and
what I do. You’re always better at something if you         Best of Oxford survey this year.                             eyebrow and eyelash tinting services.
enjoy doing it.”                                                                                                            While having a variety of spa services to offer her
  Shuffield, of Water Valley, has worked at Halon’s                                                                      customers is essential, having employees who make
Day Spa for six years. She received her massage thera-        Halon’s, located at 609 S. 16th St., was also picked       her customers feel welcome and comfortable is what
pist certification 15 years ago.                            as having Oxford’s Best Spa Services.                        Gossett said puts her salon ahead of the others.
  At first, she hadn’t heard anything as to whether she       While Halon’s offers a variety of massages, Shuffield         “We have an amazing group of women who work
won again this year and was a little disappointed.          said the 90-minute hot stone massage is the most             here and are very eager to please,” she said. “They go
  “But then I found out I had won again and I was           popular.                                                     above and beyond to make sure their customers are
really excited,” she said. “I’m so proud of myself and        “Stress is a major problem in people’s lives,” she said.   happy.”
Halon’s.”                                                   “Getting a massage helps cut down on your stress and                                       —
32   FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012   BEST OF OXFORD                                                  BEST OF OXFORD                                            FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012    33

                           PET SUPPLIES                                                PLACE TO BUY OLE MISS MERCHANDISE
                          PetSmart                                                                     Rebel Rags
                                                                               Campus Book Mart, Cat Daddy's, Ole Miss Bookstore, Oxford Printwear, Oxford
Animal Care Center, Crossroads Animal Hospital, Gone Fishin, Hollywood Feed,        T-Shirt Co., Rebel Bookstore, University Sporting Goods, Walmart
                         Walmart, Wildrose Kennels

                             PHARMACY                                                                        PLUMBING

            Chaney’s Pharmacy                                                                           Plumbline
                                                                                  Bert’s Plumbing, Bill’s Plumbing, Bishop Plumbing, Jackson and Sons, Kirby
Fred’s, G&M Pharmacy, Klepzig Family Pharmacy, Kroger, Super D, Walgreen’s,    Houston, Melvin Ingram, Mize Plumbing and Electric, Mooney Plumbing, Parkers
                                Walmart                                        Plumbing, Rick’s Plumbing and Electric, T&T Plumbing, The Emergency Plumber,
                                                                                                                  Tim Traylor

                         PHOTOGRAPHER                                                                        PRINTING
              Addy Photography                                                          Callahan’s Quick Print
 Anding Photography, Bella Vie, Brandal Atkinson, Bruce Newman, Captured         Copy Time, Documart, Office Depot, Oxford Printwear, Oxford T-Shirt Co.,
    Photography, Cathern Adams, Ceresa Caudill, Chad Mills, Jill Carter                       Pitner Office Supply, Univeristy Print Services
Photography, Joey Brent, Megan Marascalco Photography, Mike Stanton, Pablo
 Carona Photography, Scott Burton Photography, Sweet Water Images, Todd
                          Liddell, Toni Vick Ewing

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     Award for small daily newspapers in the Mississippi Press
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                                        IN COMMUNITY JOURNALISM .
 34         FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012                                           BEST OF OXFORD                                         

                        REAL ESTATE AGENCY
            Kessinger Real Estate
Cherie Matthews Real Estate, CSR Construction & Real Estate, ERA Advantage
 Real Estate, Guest Realty, Marchbanks Real Estate, Nix-Tann and Associates,
         Oxford Realty, ReMax, The Real Estate Firm, Walker Realty

                               SHOE STORE
                My Favorite Shoes
 Belk Department Store, Hinton & Hinton, Kinnucan’s, Lulu’s, Neilson’s, Rack
          Room Shoes, Shoe Dept., Therapy, Vincent Boot & Shoe

                              SPA SERVICES
                   Halon’s Day Spa                                                                            THRIFT STORE
                                                                                                                                                     BRUCE NEWMAN

      Alice & Co., Bethany’s Salon, Esthetiques, Healing Hands, La Mystique,
      LaRousse Salon & Spa, Reflections Med Spa, The Nail Shop, The Parlor,
                                 Therapeutic Bliss
                                                                                                     Carol's Thrift Store, The Salvation Army
                            TANNING SALON
                                                                                                                TIRE STORE
                  Oxford Super Tan                                                          Gateway Tire & Services
            Esthetiques, Magical Tans, Sunsations, The Parlor, Ultra Tan
                                                                                             Dees Discount Tire, Oxford Tire, University Tire, Walmart


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The Green Door Company voted best new addition
Furniture store adds to                                                                                             green antique door Will had bought at an old antique
                                                                                                                    store and hung from the ceiling in their den as an
Oxford’s one-of-a-kind charm                                                                                        accent piece.
                                                                                                                      “My husband loves telling that story to our custom-
                  BY ALYSSA SCHNUGG                                                                                 ers,” Missy said with a chuckle.
                                                                                                                      The Hopkinses sold their furniture at booths inside
                       Staff Writer
                                                                                                                    other local shops in Oxford until they opened their
                                                                                                                    new 12,000-square-foot showroom, which features
  Many new businesses are started in Oxford each                                                                    a mix of vintage furniture made into more modern
year. Some will stand the test of time while others will,                                                           pieces, in August 2011.
unfortunately, close their doors after a few months in                                                                “If we don’t have something in our current inventory
business.                                                                                                           that doesn’t fit a customer’s needs, we can get it,” she
  Keeping a new business alive for the first couple of                                                              said. “That level of customer service has set us apart
years takes the right combination of ingredients, such                                                              and become a real resource.”
as putting together a solid business plan, providing                                                                  Will makes a good bit of the furniture, but not all
top-notch customer service and offering a service that                                                              of it. The duo has a team in India they Skype with to
others don’t or perhaps don’t do as well as you do.                                                ALYSSA SCHNUGG   explain custom pieces.
  Will and Missy Hopkins, owners of The Green Door                                                                    They also carry sofas and accent pieces that are
Company located on the corner of Molly Barr Road              The Green Door Company, owned by Will and
                                                            Missy Hopkins, was voted as Best New Addition in        made in Ecru, and their reclaimed hardwood and tim-
and North Lamar Boulevard, seem to have mastered                                                                    ber come from several areas in Mississippi, including
                                                            the Best of Oxford survey this year.
that combination, as The Oxford EAGLE readers                                                                       Cleveland, Greenville, and some from Oxford.
voted the store as Best New Addition to Oxford.                                                                       Each piece sold at the store is unique and has no
                                                            iron and other re-purposed materials.
  When Missy Hopkins found out her store had won                                                                    duplicate anywhere in the world, Missy said.
                                                               “My husband designed and cultivated furniture and
the award, she was flattered and a little overwhelmed.                                                                “The reception by our customers here in Oxford has
                                                            he was getting more and more requests from custom-
  “We haven’t been in business a full year, yet,” she       ers who had older items they wanted to be made into     been very welcoming and consistently so,” Missy said.
said. “That’s a big accomplishment.”                        something new,” Missy said.                             “We are very grateful to Oxford and those who shop
  The store offers one-of-a-kind furniture pieces that         The idea to open the store was inspired by a teal    and vote locally.”
are largely made from reclaimed hardwood, timber,                                                                                                 —

                                                                                                Thank You, Oxford!!!
                                                                                                            For voting
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                                                             LOCAL PEOPLE
                              BARTENDER                                                                               DOCTOR
                        Chip Moore                                                                      Dr. David Coon
Ali Buchanan, Brian Dorris, Carter Wilkes, Chris Burgess, Drew Clowney, Glenn          Dr. Blake Smith, Dr. Bo Martin, Dr. Charles Hill, Dr. Cooper McIntosh, Dr.
Aquino, Jason Plunk, Jayce McConnell, Lisa Jenkins, Michael Marascalco, Paul           Cooper Terry, Dr. David Bridgers, Dr. Doug Sanford, Dr. Eric Dahl, Dr. Eric
      Radigan, Phil Landers, Ryne Hand, Tommy Turan, Walker J. Swaney               Richardson, Dr. Ford Dye, Dr. Glenn Hunt, Dr. Jean Gipsen, Dr. Jeff Dennis, Dr.
                                                                                    Joe Harris, Dr. Julie Harper, Dr. Kecia Kirk, Dr. Kurre Luber, Dr. Michael Dennis,
                                                                                     Dr. Michael King, Dr. Michael Lovelace, Dr. Molly Singletary, Dr. Mona Castle
                                    CHEF                                            Milton Hobbs, Dr. Robert Cooper, Dr. Shaun Helmhout, Dr. Todd Threadgill, Dr.
                                                                                     Tom Fowlkes, Dr. Tom Glasgow, Dr. William Dabbs, Dr. William Henderson, Dr.

                    John Currence                                                                                     William Spencer

  Jefferey Robinson, Joel Miller, John Burge, John Myrick, Levi Minyard, Sean
                     Adams, Vishwesh Bhatt, Wiley Morris

                                 DENTIST                                                                  Rex Hollowell
                   Dr. Preston Lee                                                    Allen Brown, Braden Theobald, Brett Thomas, Buster Hollowell, Cary Sallis,
                                                                                      Corey Williams, Eddie Mounce, Ethan Peterson, James Pritchard, Jody Black,
                                                                                     Joey Gardner, Mike Hill, Randy Bundren, Timmy Dickinson, Wade Smith, Wes
   Dr. Andrew Ross, Dr. Earl Stubblefield, Dr. Edwin Dawkins, Dr. Hal Haney,                                          Anderson
 Dr. Hayden Perkins, Dr. Jason Farese, Dr. Joey Rudder, Dr. John Collier, Dr. Lea
Farese, Dr. Michael Perry, Dr. Mike Huggins, Dr. Roy Selvidge, Dr. Steve Wooten,
                                Dr. Walker Swaney                                                          BEST OF OXFORD                                             FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012     37

                FIREFIGHTER-LAFAYETTE COUNTY                                                               LOCAL ARTIST (LIVING)
                          Fish Robinson                                                                          Jere Allen
   Brett Thomas, Douglas Sullivan Gonzales, Jeff Hood, Jeff Roy, Jerry Johnson,            Alice Hammel, Bill Beckwith, Carlyle Wolfe, Glennray Tutor, Hannah
                         Matt Hinkle, Wes Anderson                                      McCormick, Jason Bouldin, Jennifer Pace, Megan Kingery, Ron Dale, Samantha
                               Buddy East                                                                 LOCAL WRITER (LIVING)
  Chris Chase, Chris Robertson, Gaylan Michael, Hildon Sessums, James King,
Jason Butts, Jeff Edge, Jimmy Williams, Jody Mayfield, Joe Bishop, Joey East, John
                                                                                                            Tom Franklin
Hill, Jonathan Grantham, Mike Martin, Steve Lewis, Weaver Cain, Wes Hatcher             Ace Atkins, Beth Ann Fennelly, Curtis Wilkie, Jack Pendarvis, Jim Dees, John
                                                                                        Grisham, Julie Cantrell, Neil White, Sarah Francis Hardy, Wright Thompson

                                                                  MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR
                                                                              Al Bell
      Andrew Stephenson, Brian Dorris, Caleb Simmons, Frank Roecker, Jeremy Vaughn, Joey Vasilyev, Nicholas Brown, Pat Patterson, Randy Yates, Shaw Moore

         Best of Oxford 2012
           Thank you, residents of Oxford and Lafayette County,
           for selecting Edward Jones the Best Investment Firm
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           recognized as Oxford’s Best Investment Firm through
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                We appreciate your confidence in our firm.

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                                                                                                 TOP CHEF
              Marti Funke
 Allyson Duckworth, Courtney Cedotal, Emma Gaines, Lena
           Anderson, Linda Abbott, Liz Womack

      Michelle Littlefield
   Andrew Sharp, Ashley Griffith, Barbara Collier, Deanna
Mackie, Jason Melton, Jene Smith, Julia Drewery, Julie Harwell,
Katherine Elliott, Kimberly Van Every, Margaret Blake Embry,
Paula McClarty, Rachel Sledge, Rocky Holmes, Sharon Upton,
                      Stephanie Barrett

       Dr. William Mayo
 Dr. Doty Farmer, Dr. Jim Riffe, Dr. Michael Turner, Dr. Randy
  Richardson, Dr. Steve Depriest, Dr. Tom Tann, Dr. William                                                                                      BRUCE NEWMAN
                                                                   John Currence was voted the Best Chef in this year’s Best of Oxford survey.

                                                                  The Original

         Thank you for voting us Best Medical Clinic & Best Doctor – Dr. Coon!
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                             Monday - Friday 8:00 - 7:00, Saturday 9:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 12:00 - 5:00
 DAVID T. COON, M.D. • WILLIS N. DABBS, M.D. • ERIC P. DAHL, D.O. • JENE SMITH, A.C.N.P. • ROCKY HOLMES, F.N.P. • RACHEL SLEDGE, F.N.P.                                                     BEST OF OXFORD                                     FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012     39

                                                                                                ELITE QB
              TEACHER (PRE K-12)
       Mary Beth Moore
Beth Andrews, Cindy Fernandez, Connie McCluskey, Cynthia
Ferguson, Gin-Gin Carlton, Jenny Word, Jill Campos, Joanne
Bagley, Joe Sabatier, Keri Jo Finnie, Kristin Busby, Laurie Beth
Ellis, LeAnn Hester, Rhonda Hickman, Sally Freeny, Shannon
                      Robbins, Vicki Lokey

           Amy Anderson
Alan Gross, Colby Kullman, Jimmy Williams, Kate Kellum, Ken
                  Sufka, Todd Smitherman

    Dr. Whitney Rayner
 Dr. Earnest Harland, Dr. Harry Fyke, Dr. Jennifer Stobbe, Dr.
Katherine Kvam, Dr. Lauren Wilson, Dr. Robert Guy, Dr. Steve                                                                                 BRUCE NEWMAN
                 Redding, Dr. Ware Sullivan                         The Oxford EAGLE readers voted New York Giants Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli
                                                                   Manning as the Top Celebrity Sighting in this year’s Best of Oxford survey.

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The Barn — Oxford’s Best Kept Secret
New business also                   for many years and it all came
                                    together when the right loca-
                                                                           “We provide a knowledge-
the Best Nursery,                   tion became available,” Barnes      able and professional landscap-
                                    said. “We felt like there was a     ing team on staff,” Barnes said.
Garden Store                        need in Oxford for a business       “We have a great selection of
                                    like The Barn and we made           trees and shrubs for the profes-
    BY MELANIE ADDINGTON            the decision to make it happen      sional landscaper as well as the
           Staff Writer
                                    to fill that void. We want our      homeowner. In the spring, we
                                    customers to feel the nostalgia     offer baby chicks, ducks and
                                    of an old co-op that maybe they     bunnies and our holiday line
  Want to know Oxford’s Best        grew up going to in their home-     includes pumpkins, gourds,
Kept Secret? It’s over here in      town and, at the same time,         mums, corn stalks, Indian corn,
The Barn.                           creating memories for new gen-      live Christmas trees, wreaths
  That’s right.                     erations.”                          and garland.”                                                                              BRUCE NEWMAN

  The Barn is the Best Nursery         The Barn provides an array          The owners are thankful             The Barn Trading Company was voted Best Kept Secret
in town and the community’s         of garden and livestock feed        to Oxford for choosing The           and Best Nursery/Garden Store in this year’s Best of Oxford
Best Kept Secret, according to      supplies, vegetable plants and      Barn as the Best Nursery and         survey.
the voters in this year’s Best of   bulk seeds, glazed pottery and      Garden Store and the Best            dents and potential customers        “What will make us different
Oxford contest.                     yard art, bulk mulches and          Kept Secret.                         do not realize that we are here.   from other retail stores in the
  Located at 2657 W. Oxford         pine straw, plants, trees, peren-      “The Barn has only been           West Oxford Loop is a busy         Oxford area?” Arrington asked.
Loop, The Barn is owned by          nials, annuals, Broken Vessel       open for a year and a half,          thoroughfare and a developing      “We knew that having a knowl-
Turner Barnes and Brandon           Pottery, Shenandoah Melodies        so the word is still spreading,”     area for small businesses and we   edgeable and available staff
Arrington and the store was         Windchimes, Persimmon Creek         Arrington said. “We have cus-        look forward to what the future    would help our customers in
opened in December 2010.            Candles, Bridgewater Candles,       tomers come in every day and         will bring.”                       making their buying decisions.
  Arrington has been in the         Indianola Pecan House, other        say, ‘I didn’t realize you were        Part of the reason The Barn      Our idea was to have a retail
landscape and turf manage-          local food products, includ-        here, but I’m glad I found you.’     might be considered the best by    store that would be convenient
ment industry for 10 years,         ing Grit Girl Grits, Masa &            “We are located near the          Oxford is because the two own-     and offer quality products at an
while Barnes has been in retail     Polenta, Wind & Willow, Taste       end of West Oxford Loop off          ers focused on answering that      affordable price.”
for more than five years.           of Gourmet, and local honey         Jackson Avenue. The area is          very question before opening.           —
  “The Barn was a dream for us      from Mardis Honey Farm in           still developing so a lot of resi-

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                      CELEBRITY SIGHTING                                                          OXFORD’S BEST KEPT SECRET
                       Eli Manning                                                    The Barn Trading Company
Archie Manning, Elvis Costello, Joey Lauren Adams, Kal Penn, Morgan Freeman,       Bailey Woods, DeShea’s, Farmer’s Market, Honeybee Bakery, Knit 1 Oxford, LB’s
                         Shepard Smith, Snoop Dogg                                  Meat Market, Lusa Pastry Cafe, Minks on the Park, MPAK, Ole Miss Baseball,
                                                                                      Oxford in Bloom, Petra, Phillips Grocery, Pizza Den, Ravine, Rice & Spice,
                                                                                          Rowan Oak, The Inn at Ole Miss, Volta Taverna, Wildrose Kennels
    The Green Door Company                                                                          OXFORD-THEMED WEB SITE
   Belles and Beaus, Healing Hands, IHOP McEwen’s, New Boure, Oxford in
  Bloom, Partyology, RockIT Computer Services, Soulshine Pizza, South Depot
                                                                                                        Eating Oxford
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