AWARD WINNERS

The winners and finalists for the 2018 Best of Parenting Awards were voted on by our readers — thank you for participating! Many thanks to all the businesses and services who support parents and Nashville Parent!

 

The winners are listed in RED for each category.
Finalists are listed in BLACK under the winners.

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NASHVILLE

BEST EATS


Best Burger

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor

Farm Burger Nashville • Rotier’s

Best Family Restaurant

Loveless Café

Angelo’s Picnic Pizza • The Grilled Cheeserie Melt Shop

Best Food Truck

The Grilled Cheeserie

Cousin’s Maine Lobster • Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

Best Ice Cream/FroYo

Bobby’s Dairy Dip

The Comfy Cow • Las Paletas

Best Kids Eat Free

Tower Market and Deli

Chuck E. Cheese’s • O’Charley’s Restaurant

Best Pizza

Five Points Pizza

DeSano Pizza • PizzaPerfect


BEST PARTIES


Best Away from Home Party

Strike and Spare Family Fun Centers

Adventure Science Center • The Escape Game Nashville

Best Party Entertainment

Real Cartoons

Fairy Taled Event Princess Party • Nashville Kids Parties


BEST OF OUR CITY


Best Family Fair/Festival

A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland

Oktoberfest • Wilson County Fair

Best Live Performance Venue

Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)

Ryman Auditorium • Schemerhorn Symphony Center

Best Live Performing Arts Group

Nashville Children’s Theatre

The Nashville Symphony • Theatre Bug

Best Local Celebrity

Carrie Underwood

Amy Grant • Reese Witherspoon

Best Local Day Camp

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Adventure Science Center • Nashville Zoo

Best Local Mom Blogger

Whoa Susanna

Housewiversinthecity/nashville • Landyn Hutchinson

Best Local Professional Sports

Nashville Predators

Nashville Sounds • Tennessee Titans

Best Museum

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Adventure Science Center • Frist Art Museum

Best Tourist Attraction

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens • Nashville Zoo at Grassmere


BEST DESTINATIONS


Best Beach Destination

Destin/Ft. Walton/Okaloosa Island FL

Gulf Shores AL • Mrytle Beach SC

Best Family Weekend Getaway

The Great Smoky Mountains

Ashville NC • Chattanooga TN

Best Date Night

Virago

Firefly Grille • Margot Café and Bar

Best Rainy Day Outing

Adventure Science Center

Above All Extreme Air Sports • Nashville Public Library

Best Sleep Away Camp

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Deer Run Camps and Retreat • Horton Haven


BEST SHOPPING


Best Baby Clothing Store

Plaid Rabbit

Little Cottage Children’s Shoppe • Magpies Children’s Shoppe

Best Children’s Clothing Store

Magpies Girl

Helen’s Children’s Shop • Plaid Rabbit

Best Family Auto Dealer

Wholesale Inc.

Beaman Toyota • Crest Honda

Best Shopping Center

The Mall at Green Hills

Cool Springs Galleria • Opry Mills


BEST PERSONAL SERVICES


Best Day Spa

Escape Day Spa

A Moments Peace • Relache Spa at Gaylord Opryland

Best Family Haircuts

Green Pea Salon West

Family Edge Mt Juliet • Sports Clips

Best Family Photographer

Jennifer Dunaway Photography

Ashley Segroves Photography • Page Harper Photography


BEST PARENTING RESOURCE


Best Bank

Wilson Bank and Trust

First Tennessee • Sun Trust

Best Parenting Resource

Nashville Parent magazine

Best Real Estate

Bob Parks

Ashton Real Estate Group • Berkshire Hathaway


BEST ENRICHMENT


Best Child Care Center

The Gardner School

The Academy Child Development Center and Preschool • West End Community Church

Best Dance Studio

Bellevue Dance Center

Dance in Bloom • School of Nashville Ballet

Best Gymnastics

Boost Gymnastics

Harpeth School of Gymnastics • Nashville Gymnastics

Best Horseback Riding

Peachtree Farms

Creekside Riding Academy • Trish Franks Riding School

Best Martial Arts

David Deaton Karate Studio

Elite Martial Arts • West Side Taekwondo

Best Music Instruction

Mobile Music Academy

Nashville School of Rock • Vanderbilt/Blair School of Music

Best Theater Instruction

Nashville Children’s Theater

Franklin Brentwood Arts Academy • School of Nashville Ballet

Best Tutoring/Learning Service

Learning RX

C2 Education of Green Hills • Learning Lab

Best Visual Art Instruction

Frist Art Museum

Nashville School of the Arts • Watkins College of Art


BEST HEALTH AND FITNESS


Best Chiropractor

Nashville Brain and Body

Active Life Chiropractic • Batson Chiropractic

Best Eye Care

Heritage Medial Opthamology

Nashville Eye Group • Nolensville Family Eye Care

Best Pediatric Dentist

Swauger Pediatric Dentistry

Brentwood Pediatric Dentistry • Snodgrass-King Dental Associates

Best Orthodontist

Braces by Dr. Ruth

Gluck Orthodontics • Lucas Orthodontics

Best Pediatrician

Old Harding Pediatrics

Green Hills Pediatrics • Tennessee Pediatrics

Best Family Doctor

Heritage Medical Associates

The Frist Clinic • The Town Doctor

Best Emergency Room

Monroe Carrol Jr. Children’s Hospital

The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial • St. Thomas Midtown

Best Hospital

Monroe Carrol Jr. Children’s Hospital

The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial • St Thomas Midtown

Best Place to Have a Baby

St. Thomas Midtown

Centennial Women’s Hospital • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Best Family Fitness Center

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Blooma Nashville • Nashville Athletic Club


RUTHERFORD

BEST EATS


Best Burger

Burger Republic

Five Guys Burgers and Fries • Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant

Best Family Restaurant

Demos’ Steak and Spaghetti House

The Alley on Main • Toot’s

Best Food Truck

Cousin’s Maine Lobster

Chicken Shack • The Grilled Cheeserie

Best Ice Cream/FroYo

Hattie Jane’s Creamery

Karin’s Kustard and Hamburgers • Sweet CeCe’s

Best Kids Eat Free

Toot’s

Firehouse Subs • Pie Five

Best Pizza

Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom

Mellow Mushroom • Sir Pizza


BEST PARTIES


Best Away from Home Party

Bounce U

Board and Brush Creatives Studio • Lanes Trains and Automobiles

Best Party Entertainment

Music City Princesses

Fantasy Face Design • Nashville Kids Parties


BEST OF OUR CITY


Best Family Fair/Festival

Lucky Ladd Farms

Tennessee Renaissance Festival • Uncle Dave Macon Days

Best Live Performance Venue

Bridgestone Arena

Ascend Amphitheater • Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Best Live Performing Arts Group

Murfreesboro Little Theater

Center for the Arts • Perform Murfreesboro

Best Local Celebrity

Carrie Underwood

Amy Grant • Colton Dixon

Best Local Day Camp

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Barfield School of Dance • Bounce U

Best Local Mom Blogger

Cole Williams

Best Local Professional Sports

Nashville Predators

Nashville Sounds • Tennessee Titans

Best Museum

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

Adventure Science Center • Earth Experience - Middle TN Museum of Natural History

Best Tourist Attraction

Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum

Jack Daniel’s Distillery • Lucky Ladd Farms


BEST DESTINATIONS


Best Beach Destination

Gulf Shores AL

Destin/Ft. Walton/ Okaloosha Island FL • Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola FL

Best Family Weekend Getaway

The Great Smokey Mountains

Chattanooga TN • Deer Run Camps & Retreat

Best Date Night

Locked Murfreesboro Escape Game

The Chop House • Demos’ Restaurant

Best Rainy Day Outing

Discovery Center at Murfree Springs

Bounce U • Malco Roxy Cinema

Best Sleep Away Camp

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Deer Run Camps and Retreat • Space and Rocket Center


BEST SHOPPING


Best Baby Clothing Store

Children’s Orchard

The Children’s Place • Gymboree

Best Children’s Clothing Store

Once Upon A Child

Children’s Orchard • The Children’s Place

Best Family Auto Dealer

Honda of Murfreesboro

City Auto - murfreesboro • Kia of Murfreesboro

Best Shopping Center

The Avenue Murfreesboro

Fountains at Gateway • Stones River Mall


BEST PERSONAL SERVICES


Best Day Spa

The Rain Tree Salon

Massage Envy • Nurture nook Day Spa

Best Family Haircuts

L Grider Salon

Salon Envy • Sport Clips Haircuts Smyrna

Best Family Photographer

Little Tots Photography

Frogs and Fairies Photography • Loveless Fine Photography


BEST PARENTING RESOURCES


Best Bank

First Tennessee

Ascend Federal Credit Union • Redstone Federal Credit Union

Best Parenting Resource

Rutherford Parent Magazine

The Academy Child Development Center and Preschool

Best Real Estate

Keller Williams

ReMax Elite • Weigert


BEST ENRICHMENT


Best Child Care Center

The Academy Child Development Center and Preschool

Imagination Child Care • Tot’s Landing

Best Dance Studio

Barfield School of Dance

Dancer’s School • Spotlite Dance Studio

Best Gymnastics

ETC Gymnastics

Elite Energy Gymnastics and Cheer • Premier Cheerleading

Best Horseback Riding

Harris Riding Academy

Creekside Riding Academy and Stables • HH Horse Camp

Best Martial Arts

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School

American Martial Arts Academy • Stevens Family Taekwondo

Best Music Instruction

The Music Stop

Jonathan Fletcher Music • Mobile Music Academy

Best Theater Instruction

Murfreesboro Little Theater

Best Tutoring/Learning Service

Sylvan Learning of Murfreesboro

The Academy of Gateway • Mathnasium of Murfreesboro

Best Visual Art Instruction

Music & Arts


BEST HEALTH AND FITNESS


Best Chiropractor

Stanlick Chiropractic

Tennessee Chiropractic Alliance • Stones River Chiropractic

Best Eye Care

Price Eyecare and Optical

Coley & Coley Family Eye Care • Drake Eye Care and Eyewear

Best Pediatric Dentist

Wild About Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics of Murfreesboro • Snodgrass-King Dental Associates

Best Orthodontist

Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics of Murfreesboro

Smile Orthodontics • Snodgrass-King Dental Associates

Best Pediatrician

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic - Pediatrics

Tennessee Medicine and Pediatrics • Tennessee Pediatrics - Murfreesboro

Best Family Doctor

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic

StoneCrest Family Physicians • TriStar Family Care Murfreesboro

Best Emergency Room

St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital • TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center

Best Hospital

St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Best Place to Have a Baby

St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital

Summit Medical Center • TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center

Best Family Fitness Center

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Gold’s Gym • Planet Fitness


SUMNER

BEST EATS


Best Burger

Swaney Swift’s on the Square

Jumbo and Delicious • Top Hog BBQ

Best Family Restaurant

Casa Vieja Mexican

Swaney Swift’s on the Square • Top Hog BBQ

Best Food Truck

Cousin’s Maine Lobster Truck

Don Miguel Juicery + Rustic Kitchen • Riptide Shaved Ice

Best Ice Cream/Fro Yo

La Michoacana Delicious

Culver’s • Maggie Moo’s

Best Kids Eat Free

Painturo’s

Firehouse Subs • Tazza Café

Best Pizza

Prince Street Pizza and Pub

Painturo’s • Sanders Ferry Pizza and Pub


BEST PARTIES


Best Away from Home Party

Strike and Spare Family Fun Center

Holder Family Fun Center • Master’s School of Gymnastics

Best Party Entertainment

Character Visits 4 U

Nashville Kids Parties • Super Science


BEST OF OUR CITY


Best Family Fair/Festival

Taste of Hendersonville

Freedom Festival • Goodlettsville Independence Day

Best Live Performance Venue

Ryman Auditorium

Bridgestone Arena • Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)

Best Live Performing Arts Group

Actor’s Point Theatre Company

Best Local Celebrity

Carrie Underwood

Amy Grant • Ricky Skaggs

Best Local Day Camp

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Wave Day Camp • Boy Scouts/Boxwell Reservation

Best Local Mom Blogger

In A Mom’s Shoes

Nashville Moms

Best Local Professional Sports

Nashville Predators

Nashville Sounds • Tennessee Titans

Best Museum

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Frist Art Museum • Tennessee State Museum

Best Tourist Attraction

Gaylord Opryland Resort

The Hermitage • Historic Rock Castle


BEST DESTINATIONS


Best Beach Destination

Gulf Shores/Orange Beach AL

Destin/Ft.Walton/Okaloosa Island FL • Panama City Beach FL

Best Family Weekend Getaway

The Great Smoky Mountains

Chattanooga TN • Graceland/Memphis TN

Best Date Night

Moby Dicky’s

Awedaddy’s Bar and Grill • The Chop House

Best Rainy Day Outing

NCG Cinema

Holder Family Fun Center • Opry Mills Shopping Center

Best Sleep Away Camp

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Horton Haven Christian Camp • Riverview Camp for Girls


BEST SHOPPING


Best Baby Clothing Store

Once Upon a Time by Amy

Carter’s • Old Navy

Best Children’s Clothing Store

Once Upon a Time by Amy

Carter’s • The Children’s Place

Best Family Auto Dealer

Newton Nissan

Miracle Chrysler Dodge Jeep • Ron Hibbard Toyota

Best Shopping Center

The Streets of Indian Lake

Opry Mills • Rivergate Mall


BEST PERSONAL SERVICES


Best Day Spa

Bellezza Beauty Salon and Med Spa

Hendersonville Nails and Spa • Ms. Sue’s Med Spa

Best Family Haircuts

Giggles and Glam

Great Clips • Sports Clips

Best Family Photographer

Snap Bean Photography

Curtis Wright • Reflections By Tanya


BEST PARENTING RESOURCE


Best Bank

Regions

Bank of America • Pinnacle Financial Partners

Best Parenting Resource

Sumner Parent magazine

Best Real Estate

ReMax Choice Elite

Century 21 • Chamberlain Realty


BEST ENRICHMENT


Best Child Care Center

The Goddard School

The Academy Child Development Center and Preschool • Goodpasture Christian School Great Beginnings

Best Dance Studio

Smartt Steps

American Academy of Dance • CenterStage Performing Arts

Best Gymnastics

CheerVille Athletics

Gymini Athletics • The Master’s School of Gymnastics

Best Horseback Riding

Fox Creek Farms

Camp Sycamore Hills • Castalian Equestrian Center

Best Martial Arts

David Deaton Karate Studios

Ernie Reyes’ World Martial Arts • Hendersonville Martial Arts

Best Music Instruction

Mobile Music Academy

Hendersonville Music Academy • Ovation Music Studio

Best Theater Instruction

CenterStage Performing Arts Academy

Actor’s Point Theater • Drama Kids International

Best Tutoring/Learning Service

Huntington Learning Center

Best Visual Art Instruction

Watkins College of Art, Design and Film


BEST HEALTH AND FITNESS


Best Chiropractor

Stewart Chiropractic Center

Absolute Wellness • Brown Chiropractic Clinic

Best Eye Care

VisionSource of Hendersonville

Green Eye Clinic • Loden Vision

Best Orthodontist

Morris Orthodontics

Koen Orthodonitics • Smile Construction

Best Pediatric Dentist

Swauger Pediatric Dentistry

Kid City Smiles • Sumner Pediatric Dentistry

Best Pediatrician

Tennessee Pediatrics

Goodlettsville Pediatrics • Hendersonville Children’s Clinic VIP

Best Family Doctor

Sumner Medical Group

Leavitt Family Care • Tennessee Family Medicine

Best Emergency Room

Sumner Regional Medical Center

Hendersonville Medical Center-TriStar • Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital

Best Hospital

Sumner Regional Medical Center

Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital • Hendersonville Medical Center-TriStar

Best Place to Have a Baby

Sumner Regional Medical Center

St. Thomas Midtown • TriStar Centennial Women’s Hospital

Best Family Fitness Center

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Planet Fitness • UFC Gym

 


WILLIAMSON

BEST EATS


Best Burger

Burger Up Cool Springs

Burger Republic • Burger Shack-Nolensville

Best Family Restaurant

Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant

Outlanders Southern Chicken • Tito’s Mexican Restaurant

Best Food Truck

The Grilled Cheeserie

Cousin’s Maine Lobster • Ellie’s Donuts

Best Ice Cream/Fro Yo

Andy’s Frozen Custard

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream • Whit’s Frozen Custard

Best Kids Eat Free

Southern Hospitality Restaurant

Boombozz Craft Pizza • Ground

Best Pizza

Sal’s Family Pizza

Amica’s New York Pizza • Old Chicago Pizza


BEST PARTIES


Best Away from Home Party

Above All: Extreme Air Sports

Brentwood Skate Center • Pump It Up

Best Party Entertainment

Dreams Come True Princess Parties

Super Science • White Rabbit Escapades


BEST OF OUR CITY


Best Family Fair/Festival

Williamson County Fair

Main Street Festival • Pumpkinfest

Best Live Performance Venue

Ryman Auditorium

Franklin Theatre • Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)

Best Live Performing Arts Group

Act Too Players

Nashville Children’s Theater • Studio Tenn

Best Local Celebrity

Dolly Parton

Carrie Underwood • Justin Timberlake

Best Local Day Camp

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Deer Run Camps and Retreat • Robotix Institute

Best Local Mom Blogger

Texting Yoga Pants

Crystal Paine Money Saving Mom • Nashville Wifestyles

Best Local Professional Sports

Nashville Predators

Nashville Sounds • Tennessee Titans

Best Museum

Adventure Science Center

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum • Frist Art Museum

Best Tourist Attraction

Historic Downtown Franklin

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum • Cheekwood Museum and Botanical Gardens


BEST DESTINATIONS


Best Beach Destination

Destin/Ft. Walton/Okaloosa Island FL

Orange Beach FL • Tybee Island GA

Best Family Weekend Getaway

The Great Smoky Mountains

Atlanta GA • Chattanooga TN

Best Date Night

Red Pony Restaurant

Cork & Cow • Homestead Manor

Best Rainy Day Outing

Adventure Science Center

Brentwood Skate Center • The Public Library

Best Sleep Away Camp

Deer Run Camps and Retreat

Horton Haven Christian Camp • YMCA Camp Widjiwagan


BEST SHOPPING


Best Baby Clothing Store

Little Cottage Children’s Shop

Little Star Kid’s Gear • Kid to Kid

Best Children’s Clothing Store

Kid to Kid

Little Cottage Children’s Shop • One Upon a Child

Best Family Auto Dealer

Darrell Waltrip Honda

Ford Lincoln of Franklin • Toyota of Cool Springs

Best Shopping Center

Cool Springs Galleria

The Mall At Green Hills • Opry Mills


BEST PERSONAL SERVICES


Best Day Spa

A Moment’s Peace

Elements Massage • The Woodhouse Day Spa

Best Family Haircuts

Cookie Cutters

My Mom and Me • Uncle Classic Barbershop

Best Family Photographer

Curtis Wright Photography

Erin Thacker Photography • New Day Photography


BEST PARENTING RESOURCE


Best Bank

Bank of America

First Tennessee • Pinnacle Financial Partners

Best Parenting Resource

Williamson Parent magazine

Best Real Estate

ReMax Elite

Bob Parks • Zeitlin & Company


BEST ENRICHMENT


Best Child Care Center

The Academy Child Development Center and Preschool

The Gardner School • Kiddie Academy

Best Dance Studio

Ann Carroll School of Dance

Elite Dance, Fitness and Music • ROOTS Dance Academy

Best Gymnastics

Elite Dace, Fitness and Music

Let it Shine Gymnastics • Premier Cheerleading

Best Horseback Riding

Creekside Riding Academy

Peachtree Farms • Saddle up

Best Martial Arts

David Deaton Karate Studios

Elite Martia Arts • Mpact Sports

Best Music Instruction

Mobile Music Academy

Franklin Brentwood Arts Academy • ROOTS Dance Academy

Best Theater Instruction

Act Too Players

Concordia Arts Academy • Franklin Brentwood Arts Academy

Best Tutoring/Learning Service

Learning Lab of Brentwood

Kumon • The Tutoring Center

Best Visual Art Instruction

Elite Dace, Fitness and Music

Paint + Canvas • Williamson County Parks and Recreation


BEST HEALTH AND FITNESS


Best Chiropractor

Mission Chiropractic

Exodus Chiropractic • Dr. Gil Center for Back, Neck & Pain Relief

Best Eye Care

Family Vision Care of Cool Springs

Cool Springs Eye Care • Modern Eye Care Center

Best Pediatric Dentist

Brentwood Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Buzz Alexander • Snodgrass-King Dental Associates

Best Orthodontist

Snodgrass-King Dental Associates

Kemp Orthodontics • Lucas Orthodontics

Best Pediatrician

Pediatric Associates of Franklin

Brentwood Children’s Clinic • Harpeth Pediatrics

Best Family Doctor

Cool Springs Internal Medicine

Vanderbilt Primary Care • Williamson Medical Group

Best Emergency Room

Williamson Medical Center

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Best Hospital

Williamson Medical Center

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Best Place to Have a Baby

Williamson Medical Center

TriStar Centennial Women’s Hospital • St. Thomas Midtown

Best Family Fitness Center

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Burn Boot Camp Spring Hill • Orangetheory Fitness