Best of Jackson

Best of Jackson

Whether you are new to Jackson, a lifelong resident, or somewhere in between, there always seems to come a time when you find yourself asking someone you know “Where’s the best place in town to …”

Imagine being able to get the opinion of hundreds of people at once. About dozens of products … and services … and hot spots. You get the idea.

That is what our annual “Best of Jackson” readers’ choice awards are all about, getting the word out about the best this community has to offer.

Official Rules

Ballots can either be completed online at or the original ballot may be completed and mailed to:
Best of Jackson, Jackson Magazine, PO Box 1467, Jackson, MI 49204.
Limit one ballot per envelope.

  • NO Photo copies will be accepted.
  • All ballots must be completed online or postmarked by December 16th.
  • If authenticity of a ballot cannot be verified, it will be thrown out.

Best Bank - Flagstar Bank

Best Bank - Flagstar Bank

The Flagstar Centre has been a landmark in downtown Jackson since it was completed in 1985. The building was first occupied by Security Savings Bank, which opened in 1938 at Otsego and Francis streets. In 1994, Security Savings merged with First Security Savings and the combined banks were named Flagstar Bank in 1996.

Today, the Flagstar Centre is the regional headquarters for Troy-based Flagstar Bank. In Jackson County, Flagstar Bank operates eight branch offices, has 175 employees and is the market leader in deposits. The financial institution owns nine ATMs and provides free access to Allpoint ATMs at select CVS, 7-Eleven, Rite Aid, and Kroger stores.

“We’re small enough to build relationships with our customers but big enough to handle services needed by large commercial businesses,” said Beverly Carter, senior vice president and market manager.

Congratulations to Flagstar Bank!

Best Beer and Wine Merchant - Kibby Cobb Liquor and Deli

Best Beer and Wine Merchant - Kibby Cobb Liquor and Deli

Michigan residents have loved pouring Sanders Hot Fudge over ice cream for years. Now they can buy a craft beer with that flavor. Chocolate, blueberry, raspberry – the flavor list is seemingly endless in craft beers these days, and Kibby Cobb Liquor and Deli tries to carry them all.

“If we don’t happen to have a brand of beer, wine or liquor a customer wants, they tell us and we call our distributor and try to have it the next week,” said Nick Singh, a partner in the liquor store.

Kibby Cobb Market has been a Jackson mainstay for decades but has been known more for its deli. In 2012, that changed when new owners directed the focus to the growing popularity of beer, wine and liquor, and they have established their niche in the market.

“We have very good customers,” said Singh, who became a partner in December. “I like working with people; that and the number of beers, wine and liquors we carry.”

Congratulations to Kibby Cobb Liquor and Deli!

Best Eye Care Practice - TLC Eyecare & Laser Center

Best Eye Care Practice - TLC Eyecare & Laser Center

For Paul H. Ernest, M.D., TLC Eyecare & Laser Center’s expansion from the single location that he founded in the seventies to 10 branches across Michigan and northern Ohio with 23 doctors has meant a practice that is more personal. Dr. Ernest said the company’s physicians are nationally known leaders in the industry, performing thousands of procedures each year.

“My philosophy is: Do a lot of what you do well, rather than a little bit of everything,” Dr. Ernest says. “We’re not a university, but we behave as many universities do,” he says, referring to the specialization of TLC’s doctors. “We’re leading in technology. Our doctors have done the first in Michigan for a lot of procedures, and we pride ourselves on being affordable.”

The desire to be on the forefront of eye care motivated Dr. Ernest’s decision to merge his original practice with TLC in 1998. While Dr. Ernest specialized in medical eye care, TLC specialized in refractive surgery. Combining the two meant that he could provide more for patients, all in one place. TLC specializes in the treatment for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears and detachments, eye infections, and laser vision correction.

Congratulations to TLC Eyecare & Laser Center!

Best Jeweler - Petersen Jewelers

Best Jeweler - Petersen Jewelers

Roger Petersen’s jewelry fascination started while he was in college, working a summer in a jewelry store in Greenville, Mich. As the work captured his imagination, he became “enamored” with making and repairing jewelry.

Jewelry school (Pennsylvania’s Bowman Technical School) followed, and then hands-on work with a goldsmith, before Petersen opened a jewelry repair business in downtown Jackson in 1977. Petersen Jewelers moved to the Kibby Cobb Plaza in 1981, the same year that Petersen became a bridegroom, marrying Vonnie. Petersen Jewelers moved to their current location in 1998, specializing as a family friendly business devoted to outstanding local service.

“We want people to get what they want and we work to make them happy,” Petersen said. “Many times, we can size rings while the customer waits, or if necessary, by the next day. We’re family owned and do all our work right here. No one has to worry about jewelry being sent out or lost in the mail.”

Congratulations Petersen Jewelers!

Best Lawn Mowing Service - ABC Lawn Maintenance and Snow Plowing

Best Lawn Mowing Service - ABC Lawn Maintenance and Snow Plowing

ABC Lawn Maintenance and Snow Plowing was first opened in 2013 by Chad Miles at age 19. Being a third-generation lawn maintenance and snow plowing contractor, he has worked hard at gaining the experience and knowledge necessary for rising to the top.

Initially, Miles purchased his company’s first mower the day before Christmas with a truck and trailer soon to follow, putting into action his dreams of going into business. Starting with only three properties and ending his first season in business with 40 accounts, the company’s second season followed up by doubling that number. As ABC continues to grow they offer many services, such as lawn mowing, landscaping, snow plowing, fall/spring clean-ups, and many other outdoor services.

Miles said what sets ABC apart is the pride and care the company puts into its work. Working alongside his long-time companion, Autumn Burzynski, Miles and his employees give it their all every week to provide picture-perfect work for their customers. A routine ABC lawn maintenance includes a weekly smooth and striped, clean-cut lawn mowing, edging and trimming of entire premises, pulling weeds in flowerbeds, and blowing off all sidewalks, drives, and landscape(s).

Congratulations to ABC Lawn Maintenance and Snow Plowing!

Best Taco - Chilango’s

Best Taco - Chilango’s

At Chilango’s Mexican Grill, fresh, homemade ingredients make for irresistible tacos, said co-owners Carlos and Rachel Perez. This trademark characterizes all their food, including dishes served at the Grill’s replacement, Chilango’s Cantina Grill, 501 Longfellow, which is scheduled to open this month.

“Our goal has always been to serve homemade, authentic Mexican food – to bring the real Mexico to Jackson,” said Carlos Perez, who was born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico, and trained as a chef. Taco fillings include steak, chicken, pork, sausage, chicken tinga (spicy), and sautéed veggies, he said, adding that tacos remain among the more popular menu items.

A recent patron described Chilango’s tacos as “hearty” and “filling,” the kind of meal that “sticks to your ribs,” he said between bites. “And the flavor is, well . . . fresh is a word that comes to mind.”

That’s an appropriate description, said business manager Del Malloch, adding that meats and veggies are all prepared that day. “Eggs are fresh from local farmers; produce is from Keyes Produce; and much of the meat is from Prime Cuts,” Malloch said.

Congratulations to Chilango’s!

2016 Best of Jackson Award Winners

Best Chiropractor: Hughes Comprehensive Chiropractic Clinic

Best Diner: Roxy Cafe

Best High School Mascot: Lumen Christi Titans

Best Media Personality: Scott Clow Jackson Radio Works

Best Place to Buy Unique Gifts: Anna's Gifts & Home Decor

Best Place to Watch A Sporting Event: Klavon's Pizzeria and Pub


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