Local companies rise to the top in 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards
At long last, the results are in! Each year, West Chester and Liberty residents tell us what their favorites are and we share the winners with you in our beloved Readers’ Choice showcase. 4,160 of your friends and neighbors voted this year, giving us a great glimpse into the businesses and organizations that make our community tick. They’ve earned your trust through consistent service, great communication and high-quality results in their respective fields, and this month, we celebrate them. Read on to learn more and find a few new favorite businesses to try this year.
Page 2 – Recreation
Best Entertainment & Recreation – Date Night
Liberty Center is the perfect place to live, work and enjoy the benefits of a brilliantly vibrant and centered local life. Liberty Center is a multi-use center with an ever-expanding collection of dining options, exciting events and entertainment venues, residential living, integrated office and small business space. Liberty Center was designed with a mindful approach to building enduring relationships between local businesses, people and place.
Best Entertainment and Recreation – Family
Kings Island, located in Mason, features more than 100 rides, shows and attractions with 15 roller coasters, including the world’s longest wooden (The Beast) and steel inverted (Banshee) roller coasters. New for 2020 is Orion, the park’s tallest, fastest and longest steel coaster featuring a 300 ft. first drop. For kids, there’s the award-winning Planet Snoopy. Admission includes the 33-acre Soak City water park.
Best Kid’s Activity
Jump & Jack’s
With a large multi-level indoor playground, Jump & Jack’s provides a safe and engaging atmosphere where the imaginations of kids from toddlers to age 11 are ignited and nurtured. They offer a one-stop play area with both public open spaces and reservable spaces for parties and events.
Best Kid’s Arts Program
West Chester Academy
West Chester Academy (WCA) is home to a staff of 60 professional and nurturing instructors who provide lessons in music, dance, gymnastics, aerial silks and acting. At WCA, students learn technique, develop life skills and gain self-confidence in a fun and wholesome environment. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to come in for a risk-free trial class.
Page 3 – Food and Beverage
Best Fine Dining Restaurant
Jag’s Steak and Seafood
Jag’s Steak and Seafood is one of Cincinnati’s premier fine dining restaurants, offering an extensive list of seafood and exclusive beef and steak. Diners experience memorable fine dining through impeccable service in one of their many elegant dining rooms, Piano Bar or on the enchanting outdoor patio.
Best Casual Dining Restaurant
At Northstar, every detail matters. Food is prepared from scratch, responsibly sourced and delicious. The service is casual, exceptionally friendly and totally genuine. Customers especially enjoy their fresh juices, generous portions and welcoming atmosphere.
Rivertown Brewery & Barrelhouse
From their processes to their people, Rivertown Brewery and Barrelhouse embraces a tenacious culture of purpose and excellence which results in a consistent, remarkable and memorable “exBeerience.” Their Barrelhouse, located in Monroe, features a 30-tap bar, 24-tap patio bar and also boasts a full kitchen that specializes in mouth-watering barbecue.
Cheesecake Factory – Strawberry Cheesecake
Known around the globe for its extensive and creative menu, generous portions, distinctive décor and legendary desserts, The Cheesecake Factory has more than 250 menu selections—all handmade, in-house with fresh ingredients. With more than 50 signature cheesecakes and desserts, there is truly “something for everyone” at The Cheesecake Factory.
Best Specialty Shop
The Spicy Olive
The Spicy Olive is a retail store specializing in fresh and healthy olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars and wines. The store is a tasting emporium where customers are invited to come in and taste delicious olive oils and balsamic vinegars before purchasing. They also offer weekly wine tastings, a monthly Wine Experience as well as cooking classes on healthy eating and uses for their products.
Page 4 – Home
Best Interior Design or Furnishing
Watson’s, which was founded in Cincinnati in 1968, carries everything for the home: indoor and outdoor furnishings, pools, spas, games and recreation and more. Inside their all-new 100,000 square foot showroom in Evendale, they now offer more than 40,000 square feet of indoor furniture, from living room to dining room and beyond. The interior designers on staff offer free consultations, in-store or in-home, and can even help customers design custom furniture with no fees.
Best Home Service Provider (Other)
Overhead Door Company of Greater Cincinnati
Overhead Door Company of Greater Cincinnati provides garage doors and garage door service throughout the Cincinnati area. Their products are praised for their high quality and their technicians and installers embody professionalism and excellent service. They are proud to serve their neighbors in West Chester and Liberty.
Best Home Service Provider (Other)
McSwain Carpets and Floors
McSwain Carpets and Floors provides high-quality carpeting, hardwood flooring and other flooring materials. Their business also offers expert installation of their products, with an eye to detail and the longevity of the flooring. They are a customer-service-oriented business, aiming to find the specific flooring choice that will match each customer’s specific needs. McSwain builds their reputation on trustworthiness and honesty.
Best Heating & Cooling
Hauser Heating & Air Conditioning
Locally, family-owned Hauser Heating & Air Conditioning is dedicated to providing superior quality HVAC solutions for homes and businesses. They’ve earned a reputation for doing the job right the first time at a fair price, offering heating and cooling system solutions that fit their customers’ unique needs. With a team of fully trained, licensed and certified technicians, Hauser offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Berns Landscaping provides eye-catching and professional landscape design and installations in Southwest Ohio. In just over a quarter-century, they have blossomed from one designer to a team of professionals. Their dedicated crew and fleet of equipment are capable to manage any project, big or small, including residential and commercial services.
Tiffany Allen-Zeuch, Sibcy Cline Realtors
As Executive Sales Vice President at Sibcy Cline Realtors, Tiffany Allen-Zeuch represents buyers and sellers in their real estate transactions. Licensed since 2002 and relocation certified since 2004, Tiffany has been the number one agent in the West Chester office since 2012. A strong believer in giving honest advice and looking out for clients’ best interests, most of her business is based on referrals.
Best Roofing Company
Bone Dry Roofing
Bone Dry Roofing has been serving Cincinnati and its surrounding communities since 2006. Family-owned and operated, this company provides roof replacement and repair, gutters and gutter systems, masonry services, insulation and more. As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Bone Dry’s certified and trained technicians ensure each customer’s project is completed to satisfaction.
Best Home Builder
Family-owned and operated for almost 90 years, Drees Homes takes great pride in perfecting a collection of award-winning home designs encouraging individuality, yet sure to appeal to a variety of lifestyles. Drees offers ample choices and the flexibility to create each customer’s unique idea of home at the Drees Design Center. Customers say that DreeSmart Energy Savings and Home Comfort Innovations provide a smarter, more comfortable dream home.
Best Home Remodeler
Clarke Contractors, Inc.
Clarke Contractors is a nationally ranked, full-service remodel and restoration company. For almost 25 years they have been building dream spaces in homes and businesses across Cincinnati, Dayton, Northern Kentucky and surrounding areas. They pride themselves on putting their customers first and exceeding expectations.
Page 7 – Services
Best Bank or Credit Union
Fifth Third Bank
Fifth Third Bancorp, established in 1858, is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati. As of September 30, 2019, the Company had $171 billion in assets and retail banking centers in 10 states. Fifth Third is dedicated to making a long-lasting, positive impact in the communities it serves, especially in low- and moderate-income communities, and it has made a five-year, $32-billion Community Commitment to further that goal.
Best Philanthropic Organization
Reach Out Lakota
Reach Out Lakota’s mission is to give a helping hand up to those living in West Chester/Liberty Township by putting help and hope into the hands of our community. They provide food and clothing to those in need as well as school supplies to students going back to school, holiday toys, meals and free refurbished computers.
Best Insurance Agent
Brent Arter—State Farm
The Brent Arter State Farm Insurance agency has provided insurance and financial needs in the community since 1974. Arter is a second-generation agent, now in his 26th year. He is a 1982 Lakota High School and Bowling Green State University graduate. He is active in various community organizations, including Reach Out Lakota, The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, National Federation of Independent Businesses, The Union Centre Boulevard Merchant Association and sponsors multiple local youth sporting teams.
Best Law Firm
Lyons & Lyons
Lyons & Lyons Law is a West Chester based full-service law firm serving Southwest Ohio. Rob Lyons, founder of Lyons & Lyons, opened the law office in West Chester in 1983, and it has remained a staple in the West Chester and Liberty community for more than 35 years. They are proud to be homegrown in West Chester, and their attorneys are happy to assist neighbors with virtually all of their legal needs.
Page 8 – Medical
Best Medical Specialist
Dr. Kristin Titko–Podiatrist
Dr. Kristin Titko specializes in the medical and surgical care of the foot and ankle, including sports medicine, injuries, diabetic concerns, arthritis, joint pain and aesthetic medicine. The Center for Foot Care offers the most up-to-date technology to address heel pain, loss of padding, deformed toenails, tendinitis and many other conditions to maximize results in the least amount of time. She utilizes laser, platelet and cell technologies to get patients back on their feet.
Best Medical Specialist
Dr. Juan Reina, MD, FACOG
Dr. Juan Reina, MD, of Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology, studied medicine in his home country of Colombia and did his OBGYN specialty residency in New Orleans, Louisiana before making the Cincinnati area his home. In 2008, he joined Hilltop as part of a team of talented physicians and caring professionals who hold high standards for patient service and care. Dr. Reina, his wife and their twin daughters live in Liberty Township.
Best Health & Wellness Specialist
Stretch Physical Therapy and Total Wellness
Unlike traditional physical therapy that concentrates on exercise, post-surgery and a short-term fix, Stretch Physical Therapy takes a holistic approach to healing by providing results-driven, hands-on physio-therapy that focuses on finding the root cause of an issue and matching it with proven programs to help patients gain full mobility. Their approach has helped more than 1,000 people return to full function and better understand how to avoid pain and pain medications, injections and surgery. Stretch Physical Therapy is on a mission to help everyone find their “Better You.”
Beckett Dental Care
At Beckett Dental Care, their dedicated team is committed to providing families with exceptional care. They believe developing a relationship with each patient allows them to deliver personalized care for a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. Their state of the art technology, Partnership in Care Program, Kid’s Days, Wee Care for Infants, commitment to continuing education, highly skilled doctors and passionate team have made Beckett Dental Care a leader in dentistry since 1985.
Best Primary Care Physician
TCHMA Wetherington Family Medicine
TCHMA Wetherington helps current and new patients find the resources they need, making their healing experience seamless. Their providers are board-certified in family medicine with more than 25 years of experience. Together they specialize in health and wellness, from same-day sick visits to management of chronic health conditions, to preventative care and beyond.
Best Chiropractic Practice
West Chester Pointe Chiropractic
Dr. Katherine Schneider is passionate about chiropractic and believes in a “whole-person” approach to health care for people of all ages. Patients at West Chester Pointe Chiropractic leave feeling empowered in making educated choices regarding their health and wellness. Dr. Schneider’s vision is to restore function to patients so they can live full and active lives.
Cassinelli, Shanker, and Baker Orthodontics
At the orthodontic office of Drs. Cassinelli, Shanker and Baker, their goal is to provide patients with the highest quality, state-of-the-art orthodontic care, in an environment that is comfortable and welcoming. Cassinelli & Shanker Orthodontics’ board-certified orthodontists have years of hands-on training and experience in the newest orthodontic treatments with traditional braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign. Each treatment plan is specifically designed for the unique goals and needs of each patient.
Best Optometry Practice
Liberty Eyecare is a family owned and operated optometry office and optical shop in West Chester. In October 2019, they moved to 7580 Cox Lane to better serve their patients. Their experienced doctors offer comprehensive eye examinations and same-day urgent eye care appointments and are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of eye diseases, conditions and problems.
Best Veterinary Practice
Animal Hospital of West Chester
As their name illustrates, the Animal Hospital of West Chester puts the “Animal” first. The expert team strives to create a trusting partnership with families to keep their pets in optimal health through all stages of life. In their brand new, expanded practice, each pet is treated for its unique individual health and family and lifestyle needs. They work hard to keep the healthy pet healthy.
Page 11 – Health + Beauty
Yelton Fine Jewelers
Yelton’s stellar customer service is part of their goal to be a “personal family jeweler,” providing long-term assistance and excellent direction to find the perfect jewelry. With everything from wedding bands and engagement rings to timepieces and fashion jewelry, Yelton Fine Jewelers has the beautiful, high-quality pieces locals want for themselves and the ones they love.
Best Day Spa
Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa
Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa has been locally owned and operated by Deborah Mitchell Schmidt since 1983. Mitchell’s has been an industry leader for more than 36 years, always subscribing to the highest standards of both skill and artistic talent. Mitchell’s provides full salon and spa services to bring a world of beauty to their customers.
Boutique or Specialty Store
Rose & Remington
Rose & Remington is a women’s chic and affordable lifestyle store full of contemporary clothing, jewelry, accessories, home decor and gifts. They offer a unique space where a mother and daughter can shop together.
Best Fitness Center
Orangetheory Fitness is a one-hour total-body workout designed for all fitness levels. They pair the science of the Orange Zone with their OTbeat heart rate monitoring technology to maximize your workout. Each class is led by a professional coach who will tailor the workout to meet your fitness goals. The workout changes daily to help you continue to challenge your body while also having fun.