By Bill Spinks

The first round of Best of Ellis County 2020 is complete and the nominations are in. Congratulations are in order for the Top 3 finalists in each of the 172 categories included in this year’s contest.

"There are thousands of Ellis County businesses, and to be honored as one of the Top 3 in any category is a great achievement," said Colten Crist, Waxahachie Media Group director of operations and advertising. "These businesses represent the very best in the region as voted on by our neighbors."

The final round of voting for Best of Ellis County 2020 will be multiple choice and will allow readers to choose first place from among the top three nominees in each category. This final round will run from Sept. 27 to Oct. 11. All votes in this round will be cast online at and

The winners in each category will be announced at a time to be determined.

Tens of thousands of nominations were submitted, and a third-party review committee has made all attempts to ensure that business names appear correctly on the Top 3 list. However, if your business name contains any errors, please let us know by emailing us at

The Top 3 winners are listed below.

Allergist — Dr. Scot Laurie, Allergy & Asthma Center; Dr. Basem M. Jassin, MD

Audiologist — Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie; Audiological services of Ellis County; Paul Stephenson, Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid Center

Barber Shop — The Man Cave Hair Parlor; Lucky's Barber Shop; Cut 'N' Up Barber Shop

Chiropractor — Bethany Barnes, Body in Balance Chiropractic; Dr. Krystle Moreland, Pace Progressive Pace Chiropractic; Taryn Lowery, Peace of Life Chiropractic

Counseling — Tree of Life Counseling Center; Paws For Reflection Ranch; Restoring Minds Counseling Services

Dentist — Dr. Stephanie Singleton, Buffalo Creek Dental; Dr. Mark D. Morgan, DDS; Dr. Scott Clinton, Waxahachie Family Dentistry

Dermatologist — Dr. Andrew Word, Word Dermatology; Dr. Kent Aftergut; Katie Heimer, U.S. Dermatology Group

Emergency Room — Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie; Altus Emergency Center Waxahachie; Ennis Regional Medical Center

Eye Care Provider — Dr. Alex J. Robinson, Vision Source; Family Eye Clinic; Dr. Jerry Northcutt OD

Eyeglass Provider — America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses; Family Eye Clinic; Vision Source Waxahachie

Family Physician — Dr. Jesus Trejo, Baylor Scott and White; Jareka Anderson, VIP Healthcare; Dr. John A. Bousquet III, MD Baylor Scott & White Family Medical Center

Full Service Salon — Salon Meraki; Salon Gatsby; Eye Candy Salon

Gym — Snap Fitness; Gold's Gym; Swink Athletics

Hairdresser — Sarah Steele, Salon Meraki; Kellie Castillo, Salon Gatsby; Eye Candy Salon

Hearing Aid Provider — Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid Center; Livingston Hearing Aid Center; Beltone

Home Health Care — Hygia Healthcare; Vineyard Home Health; Kindred At Home

Hospital — Baylor Scott & White Family Medical Center; Ennis Regional Medical Center; Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Mani / Pedi Company — T Nails & Spa; Artisan Nails & Spa; Downtown Digits

Massage — SPA Face + Body; Soyokaze Massage Therapy; Vogue Salon and Spa

Medical Clinic — Baylor Scott & White Family Medical Center – Waxahachie; Baylor Scott & White Family Medical Center – Midlothian; Methodist Family Health Center – Waxahachie

Nursing Home — Midlothian Healthcare Center; Trinity Nursing & Rehabilitation of Italy; Legend Oaks Healthcare and Rehab Waxahachie

OB/GYN — Jason P. Brown, MD PLLC; Dr David Morehead – Women’s Health Specialist of North Texas; Dr. Kristin Williams MD

Optometrist — Dr. Alex J. Robinson, Vision Source; R Galen Kemp MD; Dr. Marvin Brown - Vital Vision

Orthodontist — Dr. Stanley Parker, Parker & Moore Orthodontics; Dr. Claude Stephens - Family First Orthodontics; Dr. Laura Morgan, Morgan Orthodontics

Orthopedic Group — Marc A. Roux, MD Waxahachie Orthopedics and Sports Medicine; Baylor Scott & White Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Institute Waxahachie; Arlington Orthopedics – Midlothian

Pediatric Dentist — Shelly Clark, Dentistry for Children; Dr. Armin Aliefendic at Just for Kids; Jon Ousley, DDS, MSD Just for Kids

Pediatrician — Dr. Travis Henry, Baylor Scott & White; Dr. Mary J. Strength, MD, Pediatric Healthcare Associates; Deborah Chan Fung, MD, Baylor Family Medical Center

Pharmacy — H-E-B Pharmacy; All Care Pharmacy; CVS

Physical Therapy — Ennis Regional Medical Center; Marcy Maines, PT; Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation Waxahachie

Place to Have a Baby — Born 2 B A Blessing Birth Center; Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie; Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Spa — SPA Face + Body; True Reflection - Skin Professionals; Vogue Salon & Spa

Weight Loss Center — Diet Solution Centers – Waxahachie; Camp Gladiator; Waxahachie Family YMCA

Yoga Studio — Big Yoga Co.; YogaFire Midlothian; Crescent Yoga Studio & Eco-Boutique

All-Around Food — Super Sliders; Cotton Patch Café; Cancun's Ameri-Mex Restaurants

Asian Food — Hibachio; Ohana; Osuba

Bakery — Creations Baking Company; Ollie Cakes Bakery; Bittersweet Bakery

Bar & Grill — College Street Pub; Big Al's Down The Hatch; Chili's

Barbeque — The Vault Smokehouse; Bluebonnet BBQ; Hissy Fits BBQ

Breakfast — Cancun's Ameri-Mex Restaurant; Butter & Grace; Two Amigos Taqueria

Brewery & Winery — Railport Brewing Company; Cork House Winery; Sugar Ridge Winery

Caterer — Hissy Fits BBQ; My Sister’s Affair; Bluebonnet BBQ

Chicken — Chick-fil-A; Chicken Express; Kika's Grilled Chicken

Chips 'N Salsa — El Fenix; El Mexicano Grille; Campuzano's Fine Mexican Food

Cup of Coffee — Three Rivers Coffee Co.; White Rhino Coffee; Fresh Market Coffee

Dessert — The Dessert Spot; The Doves Nest; Farm Luck Soda Fountain & Dry Goods

Enchilada — El Fenix; Campuzano's Fine Mexican Food; Two Amigos Taqueria

Hamburger — Branded Burger; Pop's Burger Stand; Super Sliders

Happy Hour — Big Al’s Down The Hatch; Sonic Drive-In; Chili's

Hot Wings — Jimmy's Wings and Burgers; Wingstop; Buffalo Wild Wings

Italian Restaurant — Tuscan Slice; Olive Garden; Panza's Tapping Italy

Lunch — Super Sliders; Farm Luck Soda Fountain & Dry Goods; Doves Nest

Margarita — Campuzano's Fine Mexican Food; El Mexicano Grille; Chili’s

Mexican Restaurant — El Mexicano Grille; Campuzano's Fine Mexican Food; El Fenix

Pasta — Olive Garden Italian Restaurant; Tuscan Slice; Tomatoes Mexican & Italian

Sandwich — Farm Luck Soda Fountain & Dry Goods; McAlister's Deli; Jimmy Johns

Smoothie — Smoothie King; Ovilla Nutrition; Smoothie Factory

Steak — Rockett Café; Logan's Roadhouse; Bistro 115

Taco — Tacos 4 Life; Taco Casa; Two Amigos Taqueria

Take Out/Drive-Thru — Chick-fil-A; Three Rivers Coffee Co.; Whataburger; Super Sliders

Waitstaff — Chick-fil-A; Three Rivers Coffee Co.; Hissy Fits BBQ

Charity Event — Brilliance; Civic Center Christmas Event; Share The Love, CASA of Ellis County

Event Venue — Hidden Waters Wedding and Events Venue; Old Bison Ranch Forreston; Firefly Gardens

Family Attraction — The Arcade; Mosaic Madness; Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park

Family Entertainment — The Arcade; Mosaic Madness; ShowBiz Cinema

Hotel/Resort — Hampton Inn & Suites Waxahachie; Courtyard by Marriott, Midlothian; Best Western Plus Waxahachie Inn & Suites

Local Band/DJ — DJ Alexx; DJ Wild Thang; Jason Herrin

Park — Getzendaner Park; Lions Park; Bluebonnet Park

Place to have a birthday party — The Arcade; Urban Air Air Trampoline and Adventure Park; Mosaic Madness

Place to host a work event — Mosaic Madness; Waxahachie Civic Center; The Arcade

Seasonal Attraction — Scarborough Renaissance Festival; Bethlehem Revisited; Shadow Creek Pumpkin Farm

A/C & Heating Company — Hardin Heating & Air; O'Daniel Air; Wrzesinski Refrigeration Heat & Air

Carpet/Flooring Sales Company — Jerry's J&W Carpet and Flooring; Lone Star Floor Covering; Glenn's Warehouse Carpets

Contractor — Red Hammer Construction; Texas Iron Concepts; JM Renovations

Electrician — Brad Tyner, Tyner Electric; Brian DeBorde, DeBorde Electric Inc.; Jason Shafer & Shafer Electrical Contracting

Garage Door Company — Kopec Overhead Doors; Midlothian Garage Door; Southern Door & Opener

Insurance Agent — Adam Rope - State Farm Insurance; Andrea Walton - State Farm Insurance Agent; Casey McCabe, Texas Farm Bureau

Lawn / Landscaping Company — Mow Pros; Ricky D's Lawncare; EarthTones Greenery

Pest Control Company — Ellis County Pest Services; Pestek Pest Control Solutions; Cross Country Pest Control

Plumber — Bahama Plumbing, LLC; DAZ Plumbing & Locating; Djm Plumbing

Roofing Company — Centennial Roofing; Red Hammer Construction; Synergy Roofing & Remodeling Solutions, LLC

Swimming Pool Designer — Splash Pools Inc; A-Oasis Pools and Outdoor Living; Bright Pools

Swimming Pool Service — Relax & Swim; A+ Reliable Pool Service; Bright Pools

Tree Service Company — Mow Pros; T's Trees and More; Liberty Tree Service

Child Care — Promise Child Development Center; Firehouse Kids; Condor Child Care

Learning Center — Mathnasium; Emerald Cities Therapies; Children's Montessori Center

Local College — Navarro College; Southwestern Assemblies of God University; Navarro College At Waxahachie

Martial Arts Studio — Ellis County Martial Arts; Poteet Martial Arts; Wise Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Private School — St. Joseph Catholic School; Ovilla Christian School; Waxahachie Preparatory Academy

Attorney — Law Offices of Dan Gus; Connie McGuire, McGuire Law Office; Jason Willet

Coach, Team Name — Sam Harrell, Ennis Lions; Ryan Wise, Wise Brazillian Jiu Jitsu; Justin Blackwell, Heritage Baseball

Elected Official — Krystal Valdez, Ellis County Clerk; Todd Little, Ellis County Judge; Paul Perry, Precinct 3 Commissioner

Firefighter — Captain Jon Wilson; Brent Fuller, Waxahachie; AJ Jakubik, Red Oak Fire Department

Health Care Hero — Terri Allen, Ennis Regional Medical Center; Dr. John Bousquet, Baylor Scott & White Family Medical Center Waxahachie; Ennis Regional Medical Center

Police Officer — Scott Brown, Midlothian PD; Austin Starkey, Waxahachie PD; Abe Partington

Teacher — Whitney Starkey, Finley Jr. High; Eric Janszen, Principal, Maypearl High School; Heather Stevenson, Ennis ISD

Accounting Firm — A Plus Bookkeeping & Tax; Carl E. Wessels, CPA; Grant & Weedon PC

Accounting/Tax Prep — A Plus Bookkeeping & Tax; Carl E. Wessels, CPA; Taxes by Lorri

Apartments — Park Place Apartments; Oxford at Crossroads Centre; Heritage Square Townhomes

Bank — Citizens National Bank of Texas; First Financial Bank; Community National Bank & Trust of Texas

Financial Advisor/Consultant — Lee Straley-Miller, LPL Financial; Bradley Picha and The Fitzpatrick Group; Joseph Gibbons, Gibbons Solutions

Home Builder — John Houston Custom Homes; Elmwood Custom Homes; JAG Construction

Investment Firm — Lee Straley-Miller - LPL Financial; Edward Jones; LPL Financial

Mortgage Company — Trinity Oaks Mortgage; Lisa Burkes, SunWest Mortgage; Gateway

Real Estate Agent — Dawana Quintana, Keller Williams; Cody Creamer, Caldwell Banker; Paul Fritz, EXP Reality

Real Estate Company — Keller Williams; Meta Real Estate; Knob & Key Realty

Title Company — Fidelity National Title, The Baker Firm; Town Square Title; Ellis County Title Company

Assisted Living — Brookdale Waxahachie; Buffalo Creek Assisted Living; Brookdale Assisted Living

Bail Bonds — AAA-Aggie Bail Bonds; Ellis County Bail Bond; A-1 Bail Bonds

Car Wash — Waxahachie Express Car Wash; Wash Masters #12; The Wash on Brown

Carpet Cleaning Company — Compton's Carpet Cleaning & Restoration; Tower's Restoration and Cleaning; Gleam Clean Carpet Cleaning

Dance Studio — Sandi’s School of Dance; Tammy's Dance Center; Danceworks

Driving School — Waxahachie Driving School; Midlothian Driving School; Red Oak Driving School

Dry Cleaners — Dry Clean Super Center; Mighty Clean Laundry; Felcman's Ladies Shop & Gifts Dry Cleaners & Laundry

Embroidery/Screen Print — Chaney's Designs; Embroideme; Texas Sports Locker

Funeral Home — Green Funeral Home; Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home; J. E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.

Graphics / Signs — Quickway Signs; Ideal Imagez; AmeriGrafix

Home/Commercial Cleaning — Texas Clean Team, LLC; Simply Pure Commercial Cleaning Services; SouthernMaid Cleaning Co LLC

Industry — Action Fire Pros dba Action Automatic Sprinklers, Inc. and Action Fire Alarm LLC; Diamond M Containers; Cardinal IG Company

Kennels — Camp FurBaby Dog Boarding Hotel; Midlo Mutt Hut; The Balanced Canine DFW, LLC

Law Firm — KJ Law; The Hale Law Firm, P.C.; Gus & Gilbert Law Firm

Locksmith — A Quick Key; Pop-A-Lock DFW South; CeeDee's Locksmith

Pet Grooming Company — Pampered Pets Grooming; April's Pet Grooming; Bow Wow Barbers

Photography — Bailee Sterling, Bailee Sterling Photography; Sierra Matteson, Sierra Summer Photography and Film; Angela Peery, Angela Peery Photography

Propane Provider — Higginbotham Brothers Ace Hardware; Nelson Propane Gas Inc.; Pearman Oil & LP Gas Inc.

Recycling Company — HLH&R Scrap Metal; Waste Connections Of Texas – Waxahachie; Oak Cliff Metals

Retirement Community — Legacy Oaks of Midlothian; Arabella of Red Oak; Brookdale Waxahachie

Septic Service — Dulworth Septic Services; Septics Plus; B&J Wakefield

Storage Facility — Ables Mini & RV Storage; Istor Self Storage LLC

Tanning Salon — SPA Face + Body; Planet Beach; Beauty Lane Spa

Tattoo Parlor — Crafted Image; Inkmasters Waxahachie Tattoo Studio; Immortal Inc

Towing Service — Tow Pro Wrecker Service; DRP Auto Body & Towing; Harris Body Shop

Vet Clinic — Animal Hospital of Ovilla; Waxahachie Veterinary Clinic; 14th Street Veterinary Clinic

Wedding Venue — Hidden Waters Wedding and Events Venue; Old Bison Ranch; Willow Creek Wedding and Events Venue, LLC

Antique/Resale — Red Barn Flea Market; Tight Wallets Resale; Best Little Resale Shop in Hachie

Appliance Store — Lowe's; C.A. Wilson Appliance, Electronics & Mattresses; Best Buy

Boutique — SMD Designs + Boutique; Vaquera's Boutique; Kimmy’s Boutique

Building Supply — Lowe's; Blackland Building Supply; Higginbotham Brothers Ace Hardware

Department Store — Belk; TJ Maxx; JCPenney

Electronics Store — Best Buy; Walmart; CA Wilson

Farm Equipment Dealer — Tractor Supply Co.; Atwoods; Landmark Equipment

Feed / Farm Supply — Boyce Feed & Grain; Tractor Supply Co.; Atwoods

Flea Market — Red Barn Flea Market; DL Treasures Indoor Flea Market; Tight Wallets Resale

Florist — Blooms & More Flowers & Gifts; Petals Plus Florist & Gifts; Eubank Florist & Gift

Furniture Store — Red Barn Flea Market; Happy's Home Furnishings; Furniture By Sleep Quarters

Grocery Store — H-E-B; Brookshire's; Kroger

Hardware Store — Higginbotham Brothers Ace Hardware; Lowe's; Home Depot

Health Food Store — Ann's Health Food Center & Market; 342 Nutrition; Wild Thyme Herb Shop

Jewelry Store — Sarah Briggs Jewelry; Caves Jewelry Inc.; Wiley's Diamonds & Fine Jewelry

Mattress Store — Mattress Firm Waxahachie Crossing; Sleep Experts; The Texas Mattress Factory

Nursery / Garden Supply — The Greenery; Roland's Nursery; EarthTones Greenery

Pawn Shop — Waxahachie Pawn; Ennis Pawn; Dallas Pawn and Jewelry

Shoe Store — Famous Footwear; Shoe Carnival; Belk

Thrift Store — Tight Wallets Resale; Red Barn Flea Market; FirstLook Boutique

Best Benefits Program — John Houston Family of Companies; HEB; Ennis Regional Medical Center

Best Boss — Matt Keever, Mow Pros; Michael Kuentz, Trinity Oaks Mortgage; Nelda Brown, Red Barn Flea Market

Best Training Program — Keller Williams Realty Ellis County; Hygia Healthcare; HEB

Employer — John Houston Family of Companies; Mow Pros; Ennis Regional Medical Center

Employment Agency — Top Notch Personnel; Personnel Services; Eclipse Professional Services

Most Innovative Workplace — John Houston Family of Companies; Sarah Briggs Jewelry; Hygia Healthcare

Auto Glass Repair Company — J & B Auto Glass Repair; Bigstick Motorsport; Mickey Clark Already Auto Glass

Auto Paint & Body Company — Kozlovsky's Collision Repair; Ellis County Auto Repair Collision Repair Specialist; James Body Shop

Auto Parts Store — AutoZone; O'Reilly Auto Parts; Vineyard's Parts Plus

Automotive Service — Bigstick Motorsports Auto and Performance Shop; Featherston Auto Repair; My Father's Shop

Brake Repair — Bigstick Motorsports Auto and Performance Shop; Luckie's Auto/Truck Repair; Featherston Auto Repair

Car Salesman — Trey McKesson, Silver Star Motors; Scott Smith, Waxahachie Autoplex; Thomas Bartee, Ennis Ford

Muffler Repair — Eric's Garage & Custom Muffler Shop; Elete Tire and Automotive; Bigstick Motorsports Auto and Performance Shop

New Car Dealer — Carlisle Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac; Ennis Ford, Inc.; Waxahachie Autoplex

Oil Change Service — Waxahachie Kwik Kar Lube & Auto Repair; Valvoline Express Care; Kwik Kar Lube & Auto Repair Ennis

Tire Shop — Sardis Tires & Wheels; Discount Tire; Branden McClain, McClain Total Car Care

Tractor Sales — Central Kubota, LLC; Landmark Equipment; Tractor Supply Co.

Transmission Repair — All Pro Transmission; Martinez Transmission Shop; Ennis Transmission Auto & Diesel Repair

Used Car Dealer — Silver Star Motors; Waxahachie Autoplex; Carlisle Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac