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 20th.
  • If authenticity of a ballot cannot be verified, it will be thrown out.

Best Chiropractor Hughes Comprehensive Chiropractic Clinic

Best Chiropractor Hughes Comprehensive Chiropractic Clinic

A chiropractor in Jackson for 37 years, Dr. Michael Hughes has provided pain relief from accidents, sports injuries and muscle strains to four generations of families. At 67, the former Army Airborne soldier and Vietnam veteran is described by patients and staff as a doctor, counselor and teacher.

What’s important to Dr. Hughes is that patients look forward to their visits, get relief from pain, learn how to better care for themselves, and laugh a little to release their body’s feel-good chemicals.

One of 15 brothers and sisters, Dr. Hughes graduated from the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa.

Congratulations to Dr. Hughes and the staff of Hughes Comprehensive Chiropractic Clinic!

Best Diner Roxy Café

Best Diner Roxy Café

In 1976, a then 21-year-old Jim Sarata purchased Roxy Café from previous owners. He had never cooked breakfast before, so the owners took time to show him the ropes. Now, 40 years later, Jim’s daughter, Sabrina Sarata, is running the business.

Upon her father’s death in 2014, Sabrina took over operations of Roxy Café with the help of two of her sisters. She says the menu has remained the same since the passing of her dad, and the customer base he built remains loyal.

Roxy Café features daily breakfast and lunch specials. Customers have said they love the look of the menu, as it is filled with jokes, something that Jim did decades ago. Omelets are a customer favorite, and Sabrina said the café offers more than 20 varieties.

Congratulations to Roxy Cafe!

Best High School Mascot Lumen Christi Titans

Best High School Mascot Lumen Christi Titans

When St. John and St. Mary schools merged in the late 1960s, students from the two schools voted on the mascot for Lumen Christi High School. The students chose the Titan for its portrayal of strength.

The Lumen Christi Titan can be seen at many sporting events hanging around the student section to get the students fired up. The mascot also has a profound effect on many future Titans, as he travels to Queen of the Miraculous Medal, St. John, and St. Mary Elementary schools to pay a visit to enthusiastic young students. According to Lumen Christi principal Christopher Smith, students of all ages love the Titan.

Congratulations to the Lumen Christi Titans!

Best Media Personality Scott Clow Jackson Radio Works

Best Media Personality Scott Clow Jackson Radio Works

Throughout the work week, on-air personality Scott Clow has listeners covered. Scott entertains during the morning commute on Hot Country 101.5 FM. He later takes to the airwaves on K-105.3 FM, where he is the host of the Midday Cafe from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both radio stations are part of Jackson Radio Works.

Scott rejoined Jackson Radio Works in 2014 after a 10-year absence; he left in 2004 following the birth of his son. During that time, his career involved positions in sales, marketing and management.

On-air time is just part of the job; Scott says he spends time each evening catching up on the daily news.

He has had many memorable moments in his career, and you can read about one - involving Scott and a thong - in the March issue of Jackson Magazine.

Congratulations Scott!

Best Place to Buy Unique Gifts Anna’s Gifts & Home Decor

Best Place to Buy Unique Gifts Anna’s Gifts & Home Decor

Anna’s Gifts & Home Decor has been attracting customers for 31 years. Owner Anna Kusterer credits its longevity to offering merchandise that keeps up with the times and appeals to customers of all ages. Each January, she travels to the Las Vegas Market Trade Show to stock up on unusual items.

Customers can find anything from greeting cards, candles, clocks and candy to designer jewelry, furniture and decorative items for any room.

Anna bought the current building in 1985, converting it from an auto repair shop to a gift shop. She added on four times, including the Porch Café.

Anna’s has grown into a family business that spans three generations. Her husband, son, daughter and granddaughter work at the shop.

Congratulations to Anna’s!

Best Place to Watch a Sporting Event Klavon’s Pizzeria and Pub

Best Place to Watch a Sporting Event Klavon’s Pizzeria and Pub

Klavon’s Pizzeria & Pub in Vandercook Lake is the company’s second location. It opened two years ago and is 8,000 square feet, nearly twice as big as the original Klavon’s in Blackman Township.

It features 90-inch and 70-inch TVs, more than 20 60-inch televisions and even a television chandelier with 12 flat-screen televisions of various sizes that hangs in the main dining area.

Klavon’s is both a destination restaurant for people from out of town and also a local favorite. Known for its deep dish, Chicago-style pizza, it also offers burgers, sandwiches, salads and appetizers.

Congratulations to Klavon’s!

2015 Best of Jackson Award Winners

Best Veterinarian Clinic:
Crossroads Animal Hospital

Best Boat Dealer:
Thayer Marine

Best Brewer:
Grand River Brewery

Best Car Wash (Full Service):
Oasis Car Wash

Best Carpet Cleaner:
Christoff and Sons

Best Coffee:
The Daily Grind

Best Kid's Menu:
Bone Island Grille

Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners:
The Cascades

Best Pre-School:
ABC Academy

Best Steak Hoagie:
Steaks Eatery


CP Federal Credit Union

Michigan International Speedway

Bond and Company