We are excited to announce the winners of our 3rd Annual Henderson Family Favorites contest, where you, our loyal and trustworthy readers, have the opportunity to make your voices heard. Hundreds of you cast your votes for your favorite local spots — from pediatrician to preschools, and sweet treats to boutiques. Take a look at all of the 2022 Family Favorites and see if your choices made the cut.
Platinum Winner – Roast coffee bar
Roast Coffee Bar is the perfect place to grab your morning brew, offering a variety of delicious coffee and latte flavors. Not a coffee drinker? Grab a refreshing iced tea instead and satisfy your sweet tooth with fresh made muffins, scones, or parfaits to go along with your favorite Roast beverage.
Gold Winner – Starbucks
Favorite Food Truck
Platinum Winner – Trappin Chick’n
You can find Trappin Chick’n parked in different locations throughout Henderson. They offer wings, sliders, quesadillas loaded red potatoes, fries, nachos and more. Check out their Facebook page to find there they are headed to serve the community next.
Gold Winner – Tacoholics
Favorite Sandwich Shop
Platinum Winner – Sidewalk Café
Sidewalk Cafe is a family-owned business serving the Henderson community. Offering a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, sides and desserts, you will enjoy this family-friendly restaurant making you feel right at home.
Gold Winner – Homer’s Barbecue
Favorite Burger Joint
Platinum Winner – Metzger’s Tavern
Metzger’s is more than a local neighborhood bar. Known for their delicious burgers, bean soup, house-made chili and old-fashioned dipped dogs, you’ll never leave the tavern hungry.
Gold Winner – Mr. D’s
Platinum Winner – Homer’s barbecue
Homer’s Barbeque is a local barbeque joint located in downtown Henderson offering smoked meats, craft sides and more.
Gold Winner – Thomason’s Barbecue
Favorite Mexican Food
Platinum Winner – Tacoholics
Tacoholics is known for their affordable prices, friendly service and unforgettable flavors. Not only do they offer traditional Mexican dishes, but they also offer catering services, live music, and a taco truck to spice up any public or private event.
Gold Winner – Agaves Mexican Grill
Platinum Winner – Rockhouse On The River
Rockhouse opened in 1996 in Robards, KY as a small, carryout and drive-thru only business. Best known for their strombolis and delicious pizza, Rockhouse soon expanded to wings, salads, and sandwiches. They have been at their riverfront location since 2018, offering a family-friendly atmosphere, great service and exceptional food.
Gold Winner – Mr. B’s
Favorite Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Platinum Winner – Tacoholics
Tacoholics offers the perfect kid-friendly atmosphere for those fun, family outings, and kids eat free on Saturday.
Gold winner – Mr. B’s
Platinum Winner – Eastgate Family Restaurant
Eastgate Family Restaurant has been serving the community of Henderson for over 35 years. Known for all day breakfast, southern cooking, and homemade desserts, Eastgate Family loves being a place where friends and family gather around the table.
Gold winner – Cracker Barrel
Favorite Sweet Treat
Platinum winner – Second Street Treats
Second Street Treats offers something for everyone. They offer self-serve frozen yogurt, gelato and a variety of flavored ice cream.
Gold winner – The Dairiette
Platinum winner – Golden Glaze bakery
Golden Glaze Bakery is a family-owned bakery serving the Henderson area for over 60 years. Their donuts are made in-house daily. They not only specialize in delicious donuts but homemade cookies and cakes, with chopped cinnamon bread made every Friday.
Gold winner – Donut Bank
Favorite Retirement/Assisted Living Facility
Platinum winner – Homeplace of Henderson
Homeplace of Henderson is a senior care facility offering trained staff, state of the art technology, a home-life atmosphere and more. Their residents have a range of socialization and activity opportunities, while also offering both personal and memory care services.
Gold winner – Colonial Assisted Living & Independent Living
Platinum winner – Dr. Sarah O’nan
Dr. Sarah O’Nan serves the community of Henderson at Deaconess Henderson Women’s Services. Currently accepting new patients, she is board certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider, CPR and First Responder, Neonatal Resuscitation, NCC Credential Fetal Monitoring and Basic Disaster Life Support.
Gold Winner – Dr. Eric Griffin
Platinum winner – Dr. Rachel Farmer
Dr. Farmer is a pediatrician with Deaconess Clinic Henderson Pediatrics. She is board certified in the American Board of Pediatrics, and her goal is to “equip families and caregivers to provide the best care for their child.”
Gold Winner – Dr. Liles
Favorite Primary Care Physician
Platinum winner – Dr. Rebecca Hopper
Dr. Rebecca Hopper is part of Deaconess Clinic Henderson. She believes, “A physician should communicate with their patients in order to understand the needs of the patient. If there is a close relationship between patient and physician, the best care can be provided.”
Gold Winner – Dr. Garah Wright
Platinum Winner – Baker Family Chiropractic
Baker Family Chiropractic is focused on holistic, natural healing. Some of their services include sports related and work injuries, pediatrics, pregnancy care and women’s health issues, in addition to, school physicals, performance training, and more.
Gold Winner – Nunez Chiropractic
Favorite Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant
Platinum Winner – Sharon Shields, ARNP
Sharon Shields is part of Deaconess Clinic Pediatrics and is currently accepting new patients.
Gold Winner – Jama Patterson, ARNP, FNP-C, MSN
Platinum Winner – Dr. Sally Fife
Dr. Fife is an Optometry Specialist. With over 41 years of experience, she is eager to help you with all your vision needs.
Gold Winner – Dr. Robert L. Cottingham
Favorite Dental Office
Platinum Winner – Audubon Dental
Audubon Dental offers a variety of services to the Henderson community including crowns, dentures, bridges, relines and more. They are committed to providing you with all your dental needs.
Gold Winner – Dr. Brad Fulkerson’s Children’s Dentistry
Platinum Winner – Butler’s Apothecary
Butler’s Apothecary is a hometown family-owned pharmacy located in downtown Henderson. They offer low prices on prescriptions, compounding, free pill packaging, free delivery, curbside service, immunizations, strep/flu/covid testing and a 24/7 pharmacist on call.
Gold Winner – Dunaway’s Imperial Pharmacy
Favorite Urgent Care
Platinum Winner – Deaconess Clinic Urgent Care
Deaconess Clinic Urgent Care is located off Highway 41. Open from 8am – 8pm seven days a week for your convenience, patients may schedule an appointment online or walk-in.
Gold Winner – Owensboro Health
Favorite Mortgage Company
Platinum Winner – Liberty Federal Credit Union
Liberty Federal Credit Union, formerly Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union, offers purchase, build or refinance program options. You may call today for your free consultation.
Gold Winner – Field and Main
Favorite Credit Union
Platinum Winner – Liberty Federal Credit Union
Liberty Federal Credit Union, formerly Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union, serves community members from all walks of life, and they are ready to help you with all of your credit union needs.
Gold Winner – Heritage Federal Credit Union
Platinum Winner – Field and Main
Headquartered in Henderson, Field and Main Bank is a Kentucky-chartered community bank with Modern Craft Banking being their brand promise by offering a more personalized banking experience. From checking and mortgage to loans and business services, they are ready to assist you with all of your banking needs.
Gold Winner – Independence Bank
Favorite Financial Advisory Group
Platinum Winner – Edward Jones
Edward Jones is celebrating 100 years. They continue to serve their clients and the Henderson community through building relationships to help with all of their client’s financial investment and planning needs.
Gold Winner – GuideWise Financial Group
Favorite Real Estate Agent
Platinum Winner – Melinda Luntsford
Melinda Luntsford is an agent with ERA First Advantage Reality and has earned many local and national awards. Providing exceptional customer service, she is always just a call away from buying or selling your home or business.
Gold Winner – Christy Collier
Favorite Real Estate Company
Platinum Winner – ERA First Advantage Realty
ERA First Advantage Realty provides quality customer service, making every real estate transaction as easy as can be.
Gold Winner – ReMax Professional Realty Group
Favorite Accounting Firm
Platinum Winner – Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC
ATA is a full-service accounting firm. Their professionals provide a wide array of accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting services for their clients ranging from small family-owned businesses to publicly traded companies, and international corporations.
Gold Winner – Kemper CPA Group LLP
Favorite Law Firm
Platinum Winner – King, Deep and Branaman
King, Deep and Branaman have been serving the Henderson community since 1927. With seven attorneys and eight support staff, King, Deep and Branaman is able to provide legal representation across a wide variety of practice areas and is committed to betterment of the Henderson community and to providing professional and quality legal services to their friends and neighbors.
Gold Winner – Curt Hamilton Injury Law
Favorite Funeral Home
Platinum Winner – Tomblinson Funeral Homes
Tomblinson Funeral Homes offers a variety of funeral and cremation services to meet your family’s needs. Their directors will assist you and your family through every step from choosing the type of service and monument to offering life tribute videos in memory of your loved one.
Gold Winner – Rudy Rowland Funeral Home
Favorite Insurance Agent
Platinum Winner – James Runion
James Runion is your local Kentucky Farm Bureau agent and ready to help get you the correct level of coverage.
Gold Winner – Anne Thrasher Boyd
Favorite Insurance Agency
Platinum Winner – Kentucky Farm Bureau
Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company has been serving its members of Kentucky Farm Bureau since 1943 and is now the #1 property and casualty insurance provider in the state. Offering two offices in Henderson County, it makes it easy for members of this community to access all the membership benefits.
Gold Winner – State Farm
Platinum Winner – Speed E Kleen
Treat your vehicle to Speed E Kleen’s detailing service. From the car wash to an interior cleaning from the Speed E Kleen experts, your vehicle is sure to leave the lot looking brand new.
Gold Winner – Clay G’s Detailing
Favorite Automotive Repair
Platinum Winner – Hargis Collision
Hargis Collision is an automotive body and repair shop offering great customer service and quality, detailed work.
Gold Winner – Kenny’s Auto Service & Tire
Favorite Auto Dealership
Platinum Winner – Henderson Chevrolet Buick GMC
Henderson Chevrolet Buick GMC has been serving the Henderson community for over 20 years. From purchasing a new vehicle to offering maintenance service, their dealership professionals will provide you with quality customer service every step of the way.
Gold Winner – Audubon Chrysler
Favorite Radio Station
Platinum Winner – WSON
WSON radio brings everyone’s favorite tunes, sports and news to the Henderson community.
Gold Winner – WKDQ
Favorite Place for Rainy Day Fun
Platinum Winner – Showplace Cinemas
Showplace Cinemas 8 offers movies for the entire family with popcorn, snacks and ice cold drinks to enjoy during the show. Make sure to ask about their rewards club the next time you are in to earn points for free rewards.
Gold Winner – Diamond Lanes Echo
Platinum Winner – Beachbum Farms Designs and Company
Beachbum is a family-owned business located in downtown Henderson. Find your favorite styles and hand-designed tees and/or sweatshirts for every season.
Gold Winner – The Olive Leaf
Favorite Consignment Shop
Platinum Winner – The Elm Consignments
The Elm Consignments is located in downtown Henderson. They specialize in antiques and vintage collectibles and have garnered a good reputation for their knowledge in the field.
Gold Winner – Just Plus Just Chic
Favorite Kids Clothing Store
Platinum Winner – Falcon Creek Boutique
Falcon Creek Boutique offers fashionable infant and children’s clothing, gifts, embroidery services and more.
Gold Winner – Olive+Mae
Favorite Shoe Store
Platinum Winner – Simon’s shoes
Simon’s Shoes is a local full-service shoe store offering a variety of products from footwear to accessories. They carry a large selection of sizes for both men and women, offering help with special orders and shipping anywhere in the United States.
Gold Winner – Wilkerson’s Shoes
Favorite Gift Shop
Platinum Winner – Beachbum Farms Designs and Company
Beachbum is a family-owned business located in downtown Henderson. They offer a wide variety of home decor, baby and wedding gifts, floral arrangements and more.
Gold Winner – J’Petals Floral & Gifts
Platinum Winner – J’Petals floral & gifts
J’Petals has been serving the Henderson community for over 14 years. From florals and gift registries to wedding and interior design services, they are ready to serve you.
Gold Winner – Shaw’s Flowers Inc.
Favorite Date Night Spot
Platinum Winner – Hometown Roots
Hometown Roots is locally-owned and located downtown Henderson offering delicious, southern comfort food. With weekly specials, a welcoming atmosphere and friendly customer service, you’ll be ready to plan your next visit before walking out the door.
Gold Winner – Farmer and Frenchman
Platinum Winner – John James Audubon State Park
For over 75 years, John James Audubon State Park has been serving the Henderson community. Open year-round, this park is a hidden treasure that is a favorite for children’s programming, local art exhibits, weddings, family reunions, school field trips, and more.
Gold Winner – Central Park
Favorite Place to take a Family Hike
Platinum Winner – John James Audubon State Park
For over 75 years, John James Audubon State Park has been serving the Henderson community. Visitors can experience the beauty of the outdoors on their own hiking adventure, or they may hit the trails on a hiking event hosted by Audubon Park.
Gold Winner – Sandy Lee Watkins Park
Favorite Place to Work
Platinum Winner – Henderson County Public Schools
The mission of the Henderson County Schools is to provide extraordinary educational opportunities for every student. The vision of Henderson County Schools is to excel as a national innovative leader in education.
Gold Winner – Deaconess
Favorite Home Builder
Platinum Winner – David Shelton Homes
Since 2004, David Shelton Homes’ mission is to give each homeowner an enjoyable and rewarding building experience. David ensures each build has quality construction by using quality materials and the best sub-contractors in the tri-state while building relationships with the homeowners and having honest communication throughout the process.
Gold Winner – Joe Mattingly Builders, Inc.
Platinum Winner – Paynes Home Maintenance
Paynes offers plumbing for both residential and commercial customers, whether it is for repair or a new build. Sewer and drain cleaning are also offered.
Gold Winner – Elite Plumbing LLC
Favorite Home Remodeler
Platinum Winner – Adams Construction
Adams Construction and Home Builders offers services to Henderson, Morganfield and Daviess Counties. They provide renovation, restoration and site management services.
Gold Winner – David Shelton Homes
Favorite Heating & Air Company
Platinum Winner – Woodard cooling & heating
Woodard Cooling and Heating is family-owned and operated with over 40 years of experience and knowledge. They specialize in both residential and commercial HVAC and commercial refrigeration, custom duct and metal fabrication.
Gold Winner – Hager and Son Heating & Cooling
Favorite Dance Studio
Platinum Winner – The Dance Factory
The Dance Factory opened in 1992. The studio offers dance instruction in a Christian environment for all ages from toddlers to adults. Classes include ballett, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip-hop along with several preschool class options.
Gold Winner – Fierce Dance Studio
Favorite Sports League
Platinum Winner – Henderson PCMA (Players, Coaches and Managers Association)
The Henderson PCMA is a non-profit, recreational baseball league for youth between the ages of 5-10.
Gold Winner – Henderson Girls Softball Association
Favorite Running Race
Platinum Winner – Trifest 5k
The Tri-Fest 5K is in conjunction with the Henderson Breakfast Lion’s annual Tri-Fest fundraiser for local nonprofits.
Gold Winner – Turkey Trot
Favorite Golf Course
Platinum Winner – Henderson Country Club
The Henderson Country Club is a private golf course and country club offering a beautiful 18 hole course. Their goal is to provide a positive social experience for families and individuals of all ages.
Gold Winner – The Bridges Golf Course of Henderson
Favorite Barber Shop
Platinum Winner – Lee’s Barber Shop
Lee’s Barber Shop is located in an old house from the 1930s that was renovated back to its original look. Specializing in men’s haircuts and shaves, men can come to a place where they can relax, sit in old school barber chairs and leave with a fresh, new look.
Gold Winner – Buster’s Barber Shop
Favorite Dog Groomer
Platinum Winner – Happy Hounds Pet Salon LLC + Boarding
Happy Hounds consists of 4 groomers with 41 years combined experience – making them one of the most experienced grooming shops in Henderson.
Gold Winner – Sleek & Savvy, llc
Favorite Hair Salon
Platinum Winner – Beauty Box Salon
Beauty Box Salon offers a variety of services such as hair color, cut, style and wash along with brow/lip waxing, brow tint and lash tint.
Gold Winner – Salon Calidora
Platinum Winner – B + B Photography
Brooke Hallmark and Brylee Cannon are two best friends just chasing their dream and telling your story with their cameras.
Gold Winner – HJRR Photography
Platinum Winner – Busy Bees Educare
Busy Bees started in 1983 as a Mother’s Day Out program and later evolved into a daycare. Welcoming infants to school age kids, the daycare’s foundation is based on Christian values that started from the church and continue to this day.
Gold Winner – Pidder Padder Preschool & Child Learning Center
Platinum Winner – Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center
Thelma B. is providing a high-quality education through exploration and learning in a nurturing environment. Every child. Every effort. Every day.
Gold Winner – Holy Name School
Favorite Annual Event
Platinum Winner – W.C. Handy Fest
This annual event is held every summer the week before Father’s Day in the beautiful Audubon Mill Park. The festival is held in honor of Henderson resident and “Father of the Blues,” William Christopher Handy.
Gold Winner – Trifest
Favorite Gym/Fitness Center
Platinum Winner – The YMCA
The YMCA has been serving Henderson County youth, adults and families since 1894 through programs, services and facilities that help build Christian spirit, mind and body for all.
Gold Winner – Planet Fitness
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