Best of Lawrence 2012: Local Businesses

Best-Kept Secret

Terrebonne Po' Boys and Desserts

Tucked inside a tiny lean-to abutting Great Harvest Bread Co., this restaurant is easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for. But if you make it inside and find a seat (there are only 14), you’re in for a treat. What kind of treats? Well, keep on reading.

Best Place for Romance:


White tablecloths, roses in vases, accordion music and spaghetti aren’t the only route to romance. A little more raucousness can be romantic, too. Add adventurous food and sexy cocktails, and you’ve got a place that’s downright sultry. Why should you take your special someone? Read on.

Best Place for Auto Repairs

Westside 66


Kent Broadfoot, mechanic at Westside 66 & Carwash, drains oil and checks the wheels of a vehicle in for repair Tuesday, March 1, 2011. The business was named best place for auto repairs in the 2012 Best of Lawrence competition.

2815 W. Sixth St.,

Runners up

Lawrence Automotive Diagnostics, 2858 Four Wheel Drive

Slimmer Automotive Service, 2030 E. 23rd St.

Best Car Dealership

Crown Automotive

3400 Iowa,

Runners up

Laird Noller Automotive, 935 W. 23rd St.

Dale Willey Automotive, 2840 Iowa

Best Hair Cut

Moxie Hair Studio

1540 Wakarusa Drive,

Runners up

Downtown Barber Shop, 824 Mass.

Green Room Salon, 924 ½ Mass.

Best Grocery Store



An Dillons employee gets things set for the grand opening of the new store at 1740 Mass.

1740 Mass.

4701 W. Sixth St.

3000 W. Sixth St.

1015 W. 23rd St.

Runners up

HyVee, 4000 W. Sixth St. and 3504 Clinton Parkway

The Merc, 901 Iowa

Best Bookstore


8 E. Seventh St.,

Runners up

Dusty Bookshelf, 708 Mass.

Hastings Books Music Video, 1900 W. 23rd

Best Bank

KU Credit Union

3400 W. Sixth St.

2221 W. 31st St.

1300 W. 23rd St.

Runners up

Capitol Federal, 1025 Iowa and 1046 Vt.

Commerce Bank, 955 Iowa, 1500 Wakarusa Drive; 3000 W. Sixth St.; 1301 Jayhawk Blvd.; 1015 W. 23rd St.

Best Apparel Store

(Tie) Weaver’s

901 Mass.,

(Tie) Kohl’s

3240 Iowa,

Runners up

Fortuity, 809 Mass.

Gap, 643 Mass.

Best Shoe Store

Brown’s Shoe Fit Co.

829 Mass.,

Runners up

Shark’s Surf Shop, 813 Mass.

Foxtrot, 823 Mass.

Best Video Game Store

Game Nut Entertainment

844 Mass.

2540 Iowa

Runners up

Game Stop, 3140 Iowa

Game Guy Video Games, 7 E. Seventh St.

Best Electronics Store

Best Buy

2020 W. 31st St.,

Runners up

Kief’s Audio/Video Inc., 2429 Iowa

Radio Shack, 601 Kasold Drive; 711 W. 23rd St.; 3221 Iowa

Best Jewelry Store

Marks Jewelers

817 Mass.,

Runners up

Goldmakers Fine Jewelry, 723 Mass.

Kizer-Cummings Jewelers, 833 Mass.

Best Flower Shop

Owens Flower Shop

846 Ind.,

Runners up

Englewood Florist, 1101 Mass.

Dillons, multiple locations

Best Apartment Complex

Meadowbrook Apartments and Townhomes

2601 Dover Square,

Runners up

Tuckaway Apartments, 2600 W. Sixth St.

Highpointe, 2001 W. Sixth St.

Best Retail Store


3201 Iowa,

Runners up

Weaver’s, 901 Mass.

hobbs, 700 Mass.

Best WiFi

Lawrence Public Library

707 Vt.,

Runners up

Starbucks, multiple locations

La Prima Tazza, 638 Mass.

Best Gym & Fitness Center

Body Boutique

2330 Yale Road,

Runners up

KU Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center, 1740 Watkins Center Drive

the underground lab, 919 E. 29th St.


Alex Keiffer 5 years, 7 months ago

If Borders was still in town, it probably would be one of the runners-up for best bookstore. Perhaps Old Navy would have been a runner-up for best apparel stores if it remained in Lawrence...

cremesoula 5 years, 7 months ago

I thought the category was best LOCAL business. que pasa 'olmes????

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