Best of Goods & Services 

click to enlarge Now nearly a decade old, Cooper-Young's Black Lodge Video isn't just a video store; it's an institution. It's where local filmmakers like Craig Brewer and Mike McCarthy go for inspiration and where serious cinephiles go to scope out classics and obscurities from film history or just hang out and talk movies. You can find new releases at Black Lodge, but you can also find Asian action, film noir, intriguing documentaries, and perhaps the most thorough horror collection you'll ever see. You name it, they probably have it. - ALEX HARRISON
  • Alex Harrison
  • Now nearly a decade old, Cooper-Young's Black Lodge Video isn't just a video store; it's an institution. It's where local filmmakers like Craig Brewer and Mike McCarthy go for inspiration and where serious cinephiles go to scope out classics and obscurities from film history or just hang out and talk movies. You can find new releases at Black Lodge, but you can also find Asian action, film noir, intriguing documentaries, and perhaps the most thorough horror collection you'll ever see. You name it, they probably have it.

The top vote-getters in this category were, in order: Buster's, Burke's, Davis-Kidd, Outdoors Inc., and Macy's. Make of that what you will.

Best Grocery Store

1. Fresh Market

2. Kroger

3. Whole Foods

The name Fresh Market says it all: an incredible selection of the tastiest and freshest food in town. The store's seafood, meat, veggies, and cheese are almost mind-boggling, and the aroma from the gourmet coffee aisle is downright intoxicating. Every time we shop here, we bring home new things that we haven't tried before.

click to enlarge Buster's Liquors & Wine, 1st place: "Best Liquor Store" - JUSTIN FOX BURKS

Best Liquor Store

1. Buster's Liquors & Wine

2. Joe's Liquor Store

3. Kirby Wine & Liquors

If you can't find something to wet your whistle here, maybe you'd better stick to soft drinks. Overflowing with bottles and boxes of all sizes, Buster's offers the city's best selection of wine, liquor, champagne, and more.

Best Department Store

1. Macy's

2. Target

3. Dillard's

Awesome sales and great brands make Macy's the best department store in Memphis. Its collection of clothes, shoes, and housewares is amazing.

Best Shopping Mall

1. Oak Court

2. Wolfchase Galleria

3. The Avenue Carriage Crossing

Who knew that one of our city's smallest malls — tucked onto the site of a former women's college — would consistently win the most votes as our city's best. Larger malls have come and gone, newer places have opened in the 'burbs, but the elegant setting and diverse selection of shops (plus a decent food court) make Oak Court number one.

Best Gift Shop

1. Babcock Gifts

2. Maggie's Pharm

3. Pier One

Whether it's a gift for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion or a spur-of-the-moment purchase, our readers say Babcock is their favorite shopping destination. The store has a great selection of china, silverware, glassware, and other high-end gifts, but there's plenty of other items for sale, including a fine selection of handmade pottery from local artisans.

Best Bookstore (new)

1. Davis-Kidd Booksellers

2. Barnes & Noble

3. Borders Books Music & More

Once again, our readers have chosen this large independent bookseller as their favorite place to crack open a new book (and, of course, grab a copy of Flyer). As an added bonus, there's Brontë a Novel Bistro, where you can get a mighty tasty meal.

Best Bookstore (used)

1. Burke's Book Store

2. Tiger Bookstore

3. Xanadu Music & Books

The selection of new, used, and rare books offered at Burke's befits this rare gem of a bookstore, winning an award it is probably accustomed to winning by now.

Best Bank

1. First Tennessee Bank

2. Regions

3. Bank of America

Is it state loyalty? Do they have the cleanest dollar bills in town? (Their ads certainly seem to feature the biggest.) Whatever the reason, this repeat winner has done it again.

Best Local Place for Women's Clothing

1. Crazy Beautiful

2. Indigo

3. Oak Hall

Offering a mix of casual and formal wear, Crazy Beautiful is a fashion staple in the University of Memphis area and has earned a loyal fan base. Plus, it's an independent boutique, owned and operataed by a young, local woman. What's not to like?

Best Local Place for Men's Clothing

1. Oak Hall

2. James Davis

3. Jos. A. Bank

From classic suits, blazers, and beautiful ties to Brioni and Ermenegildo Zegna, tailored suits, and impeccable service, Oak Hall is yet again a Memphis favorite for men's clothes.

Best Place for Vintage Clothing

1. Flashback

2. Goodwill

3. Salvation Army

Flashback is an all-out vintage experience, where the décor plays as big a role as the items for sale. And with their ultra-hip mannequins going to the pool, hosting barbecues, and dressing up for Halloween, you're guaranteed to feel like a square if you don't stop by.

Best Local Men's Shoe Store

1. Oak Hall

2. James Davis

3. R.sole

Everyone knows that Memphians do not take their shoe choices lightly — blue suede or otherwise. Oak Hall is the top choice again this year for their selection of fashionable men's footwear, from Alden to Sebago.

Best Local Women's Shoe Store

1. Joseph

2. Shoe-Nami

3. Cook & Love Shoes

Situated in the Laurelwood Shopping Center, Joseph is the first choice for shoe fashionistas and well-heeled women. Check out their collection of Louboutin shoes and Chloe boots to kick off the fall season.

Best Home Furnishings

1. Pottery Barn

2. Ashley Furniture Homestore

3. Samuels Furniture & Interiors

Pottery Barn's blend of comfort, style, and quality makes it the number-one choice for home furnishings — from patio lights to bedroom sets. And with their East Memphis outlet store on Spottswood, you can fill your home with functional design without emptying your bank account.

Best Pet Store

1. Petco

2. Hollywood Pet Star

3. PetSmart

Petco prides itself on being the store "where the pets go." Scaled, furred, or feathered friends enjoy grooming, vaccinations, pet photography, and an unbelievable assortment of merchandise. Oh, and don't worry. People are welcome, too.

Best Hair Salon

1. Gould's Styling Salon

2. Dabbles

3. Hi Gorgeous

It's a home run with the bases loaded for Gould's in this and the following categories.

Since 1932, family-owned Gould's has provided Memphis with upscale hair salons and fashion-forward stylists. For exceptional cuts, coifs, colors, and customer service, Memphians still look to Gould's after all these years. And that's not all: Gould's also has built up a loyal clientele for its day spa, facials, manicures and pedicures, and waxing. Customers rave about their aromatherapy wrap, deep pore-cleansing facials, hot stone massages, private pedicure rooms, and skilled aestheticians. Gould's is officially Memphis' number-one place for preening, pampering, and peace and quiet.

Best Day Spa

BOM 1. Gould's

2. Germantown Day Spa

3. Serenity Day Spa

Best Place To Get a Facial

BOM 1. Gould's

2. Mona Spa & Laser Center

3. Germantown Day Spa

Best Place To Get a Manicure/Pedicure

1. Gould's

2. Nail Bar

3. Rose's Nails

Best Place To Get Waxed

1. Gould's

2. Hi Gorgeous

3. Serenity Day Spa

French Riviera 1st place: "Best Health Club" - JUSTIN FOX BURKS

Best Health Club

1. French Riviera

2. YMCA Downtown

3. 24 Hour Fitness

With six locations in the city, French Riviera has made getting fit within reach for everybody. The gym at Poplar and Highland features a cardio theater room where you can watch movies on the big screen while working out. The gym also offers a variety of aerobic classes such as spinning, yoga, Zumba, and kickboxing.

Best Yoga Studio

1. Midtown Yoga

2. Bikram Yoga

3. Evergreen Yoga Center

Midtown Yoga has won "Best Yoga Studio" again. Is it any wonder? They've got a great variety of classes — Kundalini, Vinyasa, and prenatal, among them.

Best Local Fine Jewelry Store

1. Mednikow Jewelers

2. Las Savell Jewelry

3. Jack Yacoubian Jewelers

Mednikow has been around for more than a century producing and selling fine jewelry. You can buy the best of the Mednikow collection or choose from a variety of other designers including Cartier.

Best Tattoo Parlor

1. Underground Art

2. No Regrets Tattoo Emporium

3. Trilogy

Move over Kat Von Dee. Underground Art owner Angela Russell is much nicer than the tattoo shop owner on TLC's L.A. Ink. And we'd put money on the Underground artists over Dee's drama-loving bunch any day. This Midtown shop has been voted number one in the Best Of poll for years, and one look at their quality work will tell you why.

Toad Hall Antiques (Dana Whitehead pictured), 1st place: "Best Antique Store" - JUSTIN FOX BURKS
  • Justin Fox Burks
  • Toad Hall Antiques (Dana Whitehead pictured), 1st place: "Best Antique Store"

Best Antique Store

1. Toad Hall Antiques

2. Flashback

3. Bojo's Antique Mall

The building started life in the early 1900s as a ma-and-pa grocery store, with the Andrews family living on the second floor. We wonder what they would think if they came back and saw their former home and business today, filled floor to ceiling with an assortment of antiques. Old books, beautiful furniture, vintage china, and all sorts of fascinating knickknacks can be found in the bright-yellow building that anchors the entrance to Cooper-Young.

Best Smoke Shop

1. Tobacco Corner

2. Wizard's

3. Whatever

Tobacco Corner has a wide variety of smokes, fair prices, and a knowledgeable staff. Be sure to check out the selection of cigars and smoking accessories.

Best Dry Cleaner

1. Bensinger's Fine Cleaners

2. Dryve Cleaners

3. Happy Day Laundry and Cleaners

Cleaning Memphians' dirtiest stains since 1954, Bensinger's Fine Cleaners offers quick, dependable service and convenient locations and hours. There's almost nothing the cleaners can't handle, from brightening white down comforters to hemming pants.

Best Florist

1. Pugh's Flowers

2. Holliday Flowers

3. Garden District

Nothing "skunky" about this vote. Pugh's Flowers has been voted number one again.

Best Garden Center

1. Dan West Garden Center

2. Stringers Garden Center

3. Midtown Nursery

Dan West Garden Center has everything you need to start a garden or keep one going. Plus, the people at the Dan West are available every day to share their expertise.

Best Local Athletic Store

1. Outdoors Inc.

2. Breakaway Athletics

3. Dowdle Sports

Outdoors Inc. offers a variety of equipment for outdoor activities, including kayaking, hiking, mountain climbing, biking, and snow sports. They also have kayaks and canoes for rent.

Best Bicycle Shop

1. Midtown Bicycle

2. The Peddler

3. Outdoors Inc.

The name is deceiving, since Midtown Bicycle is now located downtown on South Main. The store carries an array of bikes and accessories, and the staff is knowledgeable. They even sell the retro-stylish Electra brand bike out of California. And they have bikes for every budget, including used models.

Best Record Store (new)

1. Spin Street

2. Best Buy

3. Shangri-La Records — tie

Goner Records

You don't have to be a geek to love Spin Street. Is there anyplace else in town where you can buy the new Big Star boxed set, a werewolf statuette, the original Star Trek series on DVD, some magic tricks, and every cool thing you ever wanted to buy out of the back of a comic book in 1974? We don't think so.

Best Record store (used)

1. Shangri-La Records

2. Spin Street

3. Goner Records

If you've got a vinyl fetish, Shangri-La lives up to its name. It's a music lover's paradise where you can find vintage cuts by the best-known Memphis artists crated up next to the most obscure treasures. And when the staff says, "We appreciate ya," they really mean it.

Best Music Equipment Store

1. Amro Music Stores

2. Guitar Center

3. Memphis Drum Shop

They say you can't tune a fish but don't believe it until you ask the experts at Amro who can sell you anything from a sousaphone to a kazoo. They can teach you how to play a pretty mean piano too.

click to enlarge Roadshow BMW/Mini, 1st place: "Best Place To Buy a New Car" - JUSTIN FOX BURKS

Best Place To Buy a New Car

1. Roadshow BMW/Mini

2. Dobbs Honda

3. Wolfchase Honda — tie


Why is Roadshow BMW so cruel? How can anyone choose between the precision, service, and comfort synonymous with Bavarian Motor Works and the efficiency, adorableness, and Euro-cool of a Mini Cooper? It's not fair. It's not right. And having a friendly, knowledgeable staff makes it that much worse.

Best Place To Buy a Used Car

1. Carmax

2. City Auto Sales

3. Gossett

Whether you want a Hummer, Honda, Pontiac, or Porsche, the folks at Carmax are ready to wheel, deal, and set you up with a steal.

Best Place to Buy a Motorcycle

BOM 1. Bumpus Harley-Davidson

2. Al's Honda

3. Kawasaki of Memphis

Christmas is right around the corner and no gift says "I love you" like a Harley-Davidson CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide in amber and burnt citrus with a flame graphic.

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