GLOUCESTER – Virginia Living magazine’s list of “Best of Eastern Virginia Businesses” in 2022 includes more than 30 Gloucester businesses.
“The businesses here are really supported by its residents,” said Sherry Spring, the county’s economic development director. “There are a lot of people that definitely show a lot of support for an array of businesses.”
The winners were determined by a reader survey, and covered the area from Kilmarnock to Virginia Beach. Last year, Gloucester had just more than 20 winners.
“Every year, this thing grows,” Spring said, adding she and her department were struck by the variety among the winning businesses. “Gloucester really got a lot of love in all of the areas.”
None more so than “Best Hair Salon or Barber Shop,” taking first (Bridgewaters Salon & Spa), second (Split Enz), and third (Blown Away).
County businesses also placed first and second in “Best Spa” and “Best Bank/Credit Union;” first and third in “Best Mexican Restaurant;” and second and third in “Best Veterinarian Hospital;” Bridgewaters Salon & Spa, and Blown Away won two awards each; and restaurants owned by Gary and Karen Ward – Scoots BBQ and Olivia’s in the Village – made the list but in different categories.
The list of winners:
“Best Asian Restaurant” was awarded to Bangkok Noi Thai Cuisine.
“Best Barbecue Restaurant” was awarded to Scoots BBQ.
“Best Ice Cream Shop” was awarded to Short Lane Ice Cream Company.
“Best Italian Restaurant” was awarded to Tony & Milena’s Pizzeria.
“Best Mexican Restaurant” was awarded to Los Portales Mexican Restaurant.
“Best Seafood Restaurant” was awarded to Bubba’s Shrimp Shack.
“Best Brewery” was awarded to Gloucester Brewing Company.
“Best Entertainment & Events” was awarded to WXGM AM 1420.
“Best Dog Groomer” was awarded to Blue Collar Dog Services.
“Best Dog Training Company” was awarded to Belroi Agility and Obedience Center.
“Best Alternative Medicine” was awarded to Gate of Life Acupuncture.
“Best Counseling or Therapy Practice” was awarded to Chesapeake Counseling Associates, PC.
“Best Hair Salon or Barber Shop” was awarded to Bridgewaters Salon & Spa.
“Best Spa” was awarded to Bridgewaters Salon & Spa.
“Best Architecture Firm” was awarded to Stroud Architects + Associates.
“Best Greenhouse and Nursery” was awarded to Brent & Becky’s Bulbs.
“Best Bank/Credit Union” was awarded to Chesapeake Bank.
“Best Florist Shop” was awarded to Smith’s Florist & Gift Shoppe.
In “Best Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant” was Olivia’s in the Village.
In “Best Food Truck” was Coastal Thirst.
In “Best Outdoor Dining” was York River Oyster Company Coastal Bar & Grill.
In “Best Festival” was the Daffodil Festival.
In “Best Music Venue” was Flat Iron Crossroads.
In “Best Veterinary Hospital” was Gloucester Veterinary Hospital.
In “Best Gym” was Body By D.
In “Best Pediatric Practice” was Courthouse Pediatrics.
In “Best Dermatology Practice” was Dermatology Consultants of Gloucester.
In “Best Hair Salon or Barber Shop” was Split Enz.
In “Best Spa” was Blown Away.
In “Best Bank/Credit Union” was Atlantic Union Bank.
In “Best Car Dealer” was Bill Hudgins GMC.
In “Best Mexican Restaurant” was Juan’s Mexican Café & Cantina.
In “Best Wine Shop” was Kelsick Specialty Market.
In “Best LOVE Sign” was LOVEwork at Whitley’s Peanuts in Gloucester.
In “Best Performing Arts Company” was The Courthouse Players.
In “Best Veterinary Hospital” was Animal Care of Gloucester.
In “Best Hospital” was Riverside Walter Reed Hospital.
In “Best Hair Salon or Barber Shop” was Blown Away.