As much as things change is as much as they stay the same. Despite the hold the pandemic has put on our lives, 3,400 of you took action and cast 18,000 votes in this year’s Best Of contest. Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us which restaurants, shops, professionals, services, and activities you believe are the best. We are proud to celebrate them on the following pages so don’t delay. Dig in and discover (or rediscover) the treasures in the towns you – and we – love most!
BEST food and beverages
BEST ALL-AROUND RESTAURANT
BEST BUSINESS LUNCH
BEST CASUAL AND FAMILY RESTAURANT
BEST OUTDOOR SEATING
Eugene’s Sausage and Fries
15111 Washington St. #113, Haymarket
BEST ASIAN FOOD
5541 Merchants View Sq., Haymarket
Cupcake Heaven and Cafe
6630 Jefferson St., Haymarket
Smokin Shawn’s BBQ
8538 Terminal Road, Lorton
BEST BREAKFAST PLACE
8058 Crescent Drive, Gainesville
The Farm Brewery at Broad Run
16015 John Marshall Highway, Haymarket
Located on a gorgeous, 52-acre farm, this popular, family-friendly craft brewery also offers wine, wine slushies, hard seltzer, and cider, plus there’s plenty of space inside and out for social distancing. Join them for Happy Hour on Wednesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Online ordering and drive-thru pickup available.
8045 Stonewall Shops Sq., Gainesville
FB: The Bone
BEST GIRLS NIGHT OUT SPOT
The Winery at La Grange
4970 Antioch Rd, Haymarket
BEST PLACE FOR A COCKTAIL
Trummer’s Coffee & Wine Bar
14013 Promenade Commons Street, Gainesville
BEST ICE CREAM
Cookies & Cream
14650 Washington Street, Haymarket
BEST MEXICAN AND LATIN FOOD
El Tio Tex-Mex
7527 Linton Hall Road, Gainesville
El Tio Tex Mex is a family-oriented restaurant serving fresh, authentic dishes in a unique dining atmosphere. Whether it’s a celebration with friends and family or a simple dinner out, El Tio is the perfect place to liven up your day and enjoy tasty Tex-Mex.
Tony’s NY Pizza
5361 Merchants View Square, Haymarket
BEST SATURDAY NIGHT DATE SPOT
14630 Lee Hwy., Gainesville
P: (703) 753-2177
Blue Ridge Seafood
15704 Lee Highway, Gainesville
BEST entertainment & recreation
BEST ANNUAL EVENT
BEST DANCE STUDIO
Gainesville Dance Center
13575 Wellington Center Cir., Suite #105, Gainesville
Classes for children ages 3-graduation and for all ability levels. Dance instruction takes place in a safe, supportive, and fun environment where kindness is valued above all else.
BEST COACH/TRAINER, BEST CHILDREN’S CAMP AND SUMMER PROGRAM,
BEST CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT
Please tell us about Kwon’s Champion School.
We are a martial arts school that not only provides the highest quality of instruction for both children and adults, but implements character building throughout our lessons as well. From combination martial arts instruction and intensive kickboxing lessons, both in-person and virtual, to year-long programs, we strive to ensure that students of all ages become their best selves. In addition, we have created a summer camp and a new after-school program. Called the Kwon’s Distance Learning (KDL) Program, it ensures our students continue their lessons virtually, and eases some of the stressors faced by parents.
Were you surprised by your Best Of win?
Yes and no. We have won the previous two years with the support of our amazing students and families! But with COVID-19, our industry was hit hard – including our school. We have had a very difficult time since the pandemic started and have had to reinvent our school from the ground up. Currently, we are working very hard to sustain our school and are developing new and exciting things along the way. This award is truly a blessing and has given us a boost of motivation to continue hustling during this time.
Why do you enjoy doing business in the Haymarket and Gainesville areas, and how long has Kwon’s Champion School been located here?
We are the first martial arts school to open in the Gainesville/Haymarket area and this year we have been open for 21 years! The individuals within this community are not only wholehearted families but are friendly and genuine individuals that we have gotten the privilege to meet over the years. You just can’t go wrong in this area.
Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about Kwon’s, any future plans, or activities you’re hosting right now?
With the health and safety of our students and staff as our first priority, we not only ensure a clean and safe environment but a virtual option for a majority of our programs as well. For families unsure of virtual training, we provide a Virtual Martial Arts Trial to all newcomers, consisting of two free classes! We want to make sure each of our students feel valued and cared for from the very beginning. On top of caring for our students, we strive to help the community in any way we can. Our new Kwon’s Distance Learning Program is designed to support as many families as possible during these difficult times. Above all, our goal is to continue enhancing our students’ social and emotional skills, along with greater confidence and discipline.
BEST YOGA STUDIO
BEST FITNESS CENTER
Transform Power Yoga
Please tell us a bit about Transform Power Yoga.
We are a yoga studio that primarily teaches Power Vinyasa yoga. We also offer other practice disciplines: Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Kids’ Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga. The Vinyasa Yoga classes are heated to 95 degrees (however not now while in COVID-19 prevention). We offer 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, and also host yoga workshops.
Were you surprised by your Best Of win?
Although we have been named best yoga studio for the past two years, we were very surprised to win this year. No matter how many times you win an award, you can’t assume that you will win again. We are always humbled by this acknowledgement and always work to earn our members favor and respect. Also, every year other gyms, yoga studios and physical fitness businesses open in our area, so we are also grateful for having won in the category of best fitness center, which normally goes to the bigger gyms. Our family believes in a verse that states, “…do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” Although this is in reference to charitable work, we believe it is a standard to live by. For three years we have not actively campaigned to our members for their vote, although we did mention that it was occurring and encouraged them to vote for their favorite local businesses. We want our acknowledgement to be organic. We don’t want to ask for support for just our business. This is why winning is truly a humbling experience for us.
Why do you think readers love Transform Power Yoga enough to keep voting it Best Of?
We opened our doors six years ago committed to being a place of non-judgement for anyone who walked through our door. We also want people to feel that they are part of a larger family when they walk into our studio. We remain diligent to these commitments. Transform Power Yoga was established to be a place of acceptance and peace. Our lobby, in pre-pandemic days, was a gathering place for discussions over coffee or tea, and friendships were formed. Now the challenge is to keep that community atmosphere through our online classes, in-studio classes, and workshops. I believe that those commitments are the reason we have been chosen three years in a row. Our instructors are incredible. We are in awe of their dedication to offering challenging, thoughtful, high quality classes. In addition, they all continue their yoga education in order to bring even greater value to the classroom (and virtual classroom).
Why do you enjoy doing business in the Gainesville and Haymarket area?
Haymarket is a unique, friendly town. Every business located here is special and contributes to the energy and vitality that keeps a small town feel to our thriving community. This area is also unique because of our proximity to D.C. The fast paced nature of our area creates a need for businesses that lower stress levels. Our delicious restaurants, unique shops, social gathering spots like wineries, breweries, coffee houses and cupcake shops, as well as our strong health and wellness businesses make this an exciting place to work and to raise our families.
Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about Transform Power Yoga, any future plans, or activities you’re supporting in the community?
We believe in the future of our town so much that we have purchased property in Haymarket. Currently, we are in the planning phase of the new building and future home of Transform Power Yoga. We will be a center for yoga education, with two yoga practice rooms, and will offer an even greater variety of yoga disciplines to meet the needs of a wider range of people. Our goal is to provide an even better yoga and wellness experience for our members and the community at-large. We also have a few surprise offerings coming to the new space!
BEST LOCAL ARTIST
Kerry Molina, Yellow Brick Road Studio and Enrichment Workshops
BEST LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER
Tara Sutherland Photography
BEST LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT/BAND
Front Porch Rockers
BEST GIFT SHOP/SPECIALTY STORE
Dangela Décor, Haymarket
Need a last minute gift? Dangela Decor has a variety of drinkware and textile options that can be tailored to your theme! Christmas, Teacher Gifts, Weddings, Birthdays, Graduations, Anniversary Parties, Vacations, Bridal Showers, Baby Showers – Dangela Decor brings your ideas to life!
BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHES
Details for the Home
6590 Jefferson St, Haymarket
P: 703- 754-0000
BEST AUTO PARTS
BEST AUTO REPAIR
Piedmont Tire & Auto – Haymarket
Tell us a bit about Piedmont Tire and Auto.
Piedmont Tire and Auto is a full service automotive repair facility that does complete repairs to both foreign and domestic vehicles. We are also the premier tire dealer in our area.
You’ve won Best Of several years in a row now. Were you surprised by this year’s win?
We are always surprised by any accolades we receive. Our motto is that we are here to serve. Being recognized for it is a blessing.
Why do you think readers love Piedmont Tire and Auto enough to keep voting it Best Of?
I believe we are successful and popular in our area because we have a very large community outreach program. We help single mothers, we help the homeless, we help our front line healthcare workers and we help our first responders. We help our local teachers and our local churches. We help people in need whenever it’s possible. We also offer the best repair service in the area with very reasonable prices.
Why do you enjoy doing business in the Gainesville and Haymarket area and how long has Piedmont Tire and Auto been located here?
We have been in the Gainesville and Haymarket area since 1984. We love the area and all the people. It’s been a privilege to grow here. We are a small, family-owned business and we shop with you and send our children to school with your children. We love how the area has grown and we look forward to being able to continue to serve the community with a servant’s heart.
Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about Piedmont Tire and Auto, any future plans, activities you’re supporting in the community, etc.?
We have all been affected by the virus, and we are working diligently to serve the community. We are offering concierge services to our local senior living homes to help them through this crisis.
BEST DAYCARE CENTER AND PRESCHOOL
Haymarket Baptist Preschool
14800 Washington Street, Haymarket
Looking for a school for your child? Consider Haymarket Baptist Preschool, once again voted best in the Daycare Center and Preschool category. The fully accredited school focuses on the Abeka curriculum and offers small classrooms, personalized teaching methods, and Christian-based instruction.
BEST CAMP AND SUMMER PROGRAM
BEST CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT
Kwon’s Champion School
7605 Linton Hall Rd., Gainesville
Kwon’s provides the highest quality of martial arts instruction for children and adults. In addition to martial arts, the school strives to educate its students in life and with that we have created a summer camp program and an afterschool program. Due to the pandemic the school is also offering a new program called Kwon’s Distance Learning (KDL) which replaces the in class structure from afar.
FINANCIAL AND LEGAL
BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM
Sharon L. Zavalanski, CPA
7532 Gardner Park Drive, Gainesville
Business and individual tax preparation, accountant, QuickBooks consulting, and business consulting. “Sharon is amazing. I recommend her service to all my family, friends and coworkers.” Facebook 5-Star Review.
BEST BANK AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTION
The Fauquier Bank – Haymarket
15240 Washington Street
The Fauquier Bank offers a full range of financial services for retail and commercial customers including internet banking, insurance, wealth management and financial planning through its banking offices located in Fauquier and Prince William Counties in Virginia.
BEST FINANCIAL AND INVESTMENT FIRM
Edward Jones – Deborah Trnka
5300 Merchants View Sq., Ste. 100, Haymarket
Deborah Trnka of Edward Jones is passionate about empowering people to take control of their financial lives and plan for their futures so they can achieve their dreams and leave legacies for their families. If you need assistance with retirement planning, saving for college, or investing, Deborah has the professional expertise to advise you.
BEST LAW FIRM
The Clay Law Firm, PLLC
7430 Heritage Village Plaza, Suite 202, Gainesville
The Clay Law Firm, PLLC serves clients in the counties of Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Prince William. It offers a variety of legal services in the areas of bankruptcy, criminal defense, traffic offenses, and criminal offenses, and has been named Best Law Firm seven times by the readers of this magazine.
BEST MORTGAGE COMPANY
The Jarvis Mortgage Team, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.
7001 Heritage Village Plaza, Suites 250, Gainesville
For a simple, rewarding home loan experience, look no further than Fairway. “Dawn Jarvis is the absolute best! This is the second time we worked with her and we recommend her to all our friends. She makes everything feel stress-free and easy.” Facebook 5-Star Review
HAIR, NAILS, AND SPA
BEST BARBER SHOP
The Famous American Barber Shop III
7325 Atlas Walk Way, Gainesville
BEST HAIR SALON
BEST MASSAGE, NAIL, AND SPA SERVICES
Three Ways Beautiful Salon & Spa
7917 Heritage Village Plaza, Gainesville
P: (571) 284-5986
Three Ways Beautiful Salon & Spa offers a full range of hair options, from keratin treatments to extensions, ombre to full color. Three Ways Beautiful also offers a variety of massages: Swedish, deep tissue/ sports massage, and prenatal/postpartum massage. In addition, the salon offers a variety of facials, organic airbrush tanning, lash extensions, microblading, and makeup services.
Haymarket Chiropractic & Rehabilitation
14535 John Marshall Hwy #104, Gainesville
7150 Heritage Village Plaza Unit 201, Gainesville
Clarity Eating Disorder Recovery and Counseling Center is an outpatient treatment center committed to providing quality treatment to individuals, families and groups. Clarity specializes in providing comprehensive and evidenced-based treatment for eating disorder recovery and is dedicated to working with each client toward a life of balance, hope, and a full recovery.
Awesome Smiles Dental Center
6468 Trading Square Haymarket
Awesome Smiles offers general dentistry, from preventive care and routine cleanings, to reconstruction of the mouth due to drug addiction, reflux or Crohn’s disease, or secondary cancer effects. In addition, the practice also offers Cosmetic dentistry, such as teeth whitening, veneers, ClearCorrect aligners, and Six Month Smiles ®.
7512 Gardner Park Dr. Gainesville
BEST DOCTOR AND PHYSICIAN OFFICE
7474 Limestone Dr, Gainesville
Winner, Top Pediatrician Award – Northern Virginia Magazine 2018. New patients accepted. Most insurance policies accepted including Medicaid. Doctors on call 24/7. “Akshar Pediatrics is a pediatrician that actually cares about your child and understands what parents need.” Facebook 5-Star Review.
BEST EYE CARE PROVIDER
David Gore, OD, PC
6727 Lea Berry Way, Haymarket
BEST HOLISTIC SERVICE AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE PROVIDER
Gainesville Holistic Health Center
7528 Old Linton Hall Rd, Gainesville
P: 571- 248-0695
7001 Heritage Village Plaza, Suite 130, Gainesville
7963 Heritage Village Plaza, Gainesville
GainesvilleRx is a community pharmacy specializing in compounding medications for people and pets. It accepts all insurance and offers herbal and homeopathy products, medical equipment and supplies, delivery services.
BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE
Haymarket Physical Therapy
14535 John Marshall Hwy #203, Gainesville
Haymarket Physical Therapy is an outpatient clinic that provides award winning physical therapy, dry needling, personal training, and laser therapy to patients living in Northern Virginia.
BEST SENIOR CARE SERVICES
Caring Senior Service of Northern Virginia
14540 John Marshall Hwy Suite 208, Gainesville
Caring Senior Service offers services, education and safety care products that allow seniors and their families to make aging in place their first option.
BEST ANTIQUES AND FURNITURE
BEST INTERIOR DESIGN
The Spotted Leopard
Tell us a bit about The Spotted Leopard.
The Spotted Leopard is a family-run, women-led cabinet and furniture painting company. We offer a variety of custom finishes to ensure we meet every client’s expectations, including pinstriping, glazing, and distressing. We also offer color consultation services to help our customers pick the perfect color for their space or furniture piece. For those clients who need a larger renovation, such as a kitchen or bathroom overhaul, our professional interior design and general contracting partners are available to help.
Were you surprised by your Best Of win?
We were very surprised to hear that we won. This is our third year winning Best Of in Interior Design, and our second year winning both Best Of in Interior Design and Antiques and Furniture! We are so thankful for the community’s support. We truly never expected our business to receive the recognition it has in recent years.
Why do you think readers love The Spotted Leopard enough to keep voting it Best Of?
We love updating our followers on all the exciting new projects we work on every week through our social media platforms. It helps us feel connected to them and gives us an opportunity to interact with everyone! I think in doing so our followers feel the same way, as it gives them a chance to see the development and process of our work as if they’re part of the crew themselves! A lot of effort and attention to detail is involved in our work, and I think that really shines through in our social media.
Why do you enjoy doing business in the Gainesville and Haymarket area and how long has The Spotted Leopard been located here?
Our family has lived in this area for nearly 20 years now. This is where my husband and I raised our children, met lifelong friends, and experienced some of our most favorite memories. It was only fitting I start my dream job in the same location! Our business has been located here for an entire decade now.
Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about The Spotted Leopard, any future plans, activities you’re supporting in the community, etc.?
The Spotted Leopard wouldn’t be here today without the support of all our followers, so thank you! With the COVID pandemic affecting so many of us, we’re supporting those organizations in our community that are helping others who have been negatively affected by current events. Our business actively supports the Haymarket Food Pantry and its efforts to supply much-needed meals to those in need, as well as a local senior dog sanctuary called Gray Face Acres that is also here in Haymarket. In addition, we consistently provide a 10% discount to all emergency first responders and active military/veterans; we owe them our gratitude for granting us security and safety during these turbulent times.
BEST COMPUTER SERVICE AND SYSTEM REPAIRS
6432 Trading Square, Haymarket
Experimax offers certified pre-owned Apple computers, iPads® and iPhones, and every device they sell includes the Experisure warranty. They also repair Apple products, buy used Apple items, and offer trade-ins toward newer product purchases. They offer discounts and deals on Mac computers, phone and tablets.
BEST CONTRACTOR AND HANDYMAN
Royce Home Transformations, Nokesville
P: 571-437-5346 │E: email@example.com
Tell us a bit about Royce Home Transformations.
Royce Home Transformations is a small local business owned by me, Dan Royce. I’m a licensed residential remodeling and repair contractor. The majority of our projects involve kitchen, bath, and basement remodels, however we also do trim and door installation and repair, flooring installation, drywall installation and repair, interior and exterior painting, and many other handyman tasks from hanging pictures to changing out hardware and fixtures. I also work regularly alongside local designers to help my clients bring their visions to reality if they need some extra help in the design department.
Were you surprised by your Best Of win?
This is my second year winning Best Contractor and Handyman. While I have more than fifteen years of experience in the field, Royce Home Transformations is a relatively new company, not yet four years old. When I started RHT, I wanted to be the contractor that over delivered so that my clients would return for future projects. Now, not only do I have many repeat clients, I also almost exclusively receive new clients from word-of-mouth recommendations. Seeing the pride my clients have in their completed projects and having them share their excitement with their friends and family has been very rewarding. So while it was very surprising to win again, I feel honored because it means my clients are happy, and to me that’s so very important.
Why do you think readers love Royce Home Transformations enough to keep voting it Best Of?
I think that in the process of working in someone’s house, especially now that so many people are working from home, clients really get to know me. They know that I am very honest and that I work hard to make sure they are happy. I think that my clients appreciate these traits and want to see my business do well.
Why do you enjoy doing business in the Haymarket and Gainesville areas?
I’ve lived in Northern Virginia my entire life and in the Haymarket/Gainesville area the past nine years. I love this area, it really has been the perfect place to raise a family, and I knew that when I started RHT that I wanted to primarily work in this area if possible. Luckily the people of Haymarket and Gainesville have enabled me to stay busy enough that I don’t have to do many projects outside of these communities.
Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about Royce Home Transformations?
As a small local remodeling business, I’m the one the client communicates with from the time they request a quote through project completion. I do a majority of the work myself, and manage any subcontractors that are necessary for the job. So when a client hires me, they are hiring me and my expertise for the entirety of the project. I think this sets me apart from many of the larger firms, and it’s what my clients say they appreciate about my company.
15111 Washington Street, Suite 101, Haymarket
BEST INSURANCE AGENT and FIRM
Cory Insures NoVA w/ Atkinson Insurance Agency
5615 Wellington Rd #115 Gainesville
“Atkinson Insurance Agency has been very helpful as I changed all my insurance needs last year. I moved to a new home, and needed new auto insurance as well. I recommend Atkinson, and specifically Cory Nicastro, to anyone looking for a new insurance company.” Facebook 5-Star Review.
BEST JUNK REMOVAL
6632 Electric Ave, Warrenton
P: 571-386-2824; 1-844-534-4305; 540-274-5994
Junkluggers of Gainesville offers junk removal as an eco friendly service to help customers clear homes, basements, garages, and offices of unwanted items and clutter. Everything the service picks up is evaluated for repair, recycle, donation, or upcycling opportunities before being deemed actual trash.
BEST NURSERY AND GARDENING
BEST LAWN CARE AND GROUNDS MAINTENANCE
Merrifield Garden Center
6895 Wellington Road, Gainesville
7679 Limestone Drive Unit 140, Gainesville
Gainesville Plumbing is a proud Native American Woman-owned business that operates on the Native proverb, “Treat the earth well: It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children.” Gainesville Plumbing offers both residential and commercial installations and repairs and is also heavily involved with the community.
BEST REAL ESTATE OFFICE
RE/MAX Real Estate Connections
15100 Washington St, Ste 101 Haymarket
BEST EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES
Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center
16198 Silver Lake Rd. Haymarket
BEST PET BOARDING AND SITTING
Meg’s Loving Pet Care, LLC
12997 Kyle Moor Pl, Bristow
Meg’s Loving Pet Care, LLC is a professional pet care company offering daily dog walks, cat care and vacation sits. Meg’s Loving Pet Care, LLC is licensed, bonded and insured.
BEST PET GROOMER
BEST PET TRAINING
A Dog’s Day Out
6680 Fayette St, Haymarket
A Dog’s Day out in Haymarket offers cage-free daycare with appropriate-size playmates, boarding and kenneling services, training, and a full menu of grooming services. A Dog’s Day out offers low rates as well as a safe and spacious facility serving all of Northern Virginia.
BEST VETERINARIAN OFFICE
Stonewall Veterinary Clinic
7627 Heritage Village Plaza, Gainesville
BEST CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION
Making Everything Good
5501 Merchants View Square #238 Haymarket
BEST DRY CLEANER
Heritage Village Cleaners
7913 Heritage Village Plaza, Gainesville
BEST SPORTING GOODS
The Running Store
7343 Atlas Walkway, Gainesville