Restaurants, shops greeted at dinner

Each year, The Courier Journal invites its readers to choose the best companies in Louisville, in search of the best the city has to offer.

Hundreds of people attended a dinner at downtown Galt House on Thursday night for the Courier Journal’s “2022 Best of the Best – Official Community’s Choice Awards.” The event showcased the city’s best businesses and venues, with categories that included beauty and health, shopping, dining and sports. An air of appreciation was felt among all participants, whether they were nominated or winners.

Scott Waldman, general manager of R&B Roofing and Remodeling, won the “Best Boss in Louisville” award. And he got to walk across the stage three times as Miss Kentucky Hannah Edelen read her company’s name twice and her own for the ‘best boss’ award.

“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you do for yourself,” said Waldman, who wore one of his three Super Bowl rings as a former New England Patriot. . “That’s what you can do for people who can’t afford it.”

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A full list of rewards will be posted online on Sunday, and there will also be a special section in the newspaper that day.

Some of the evening’s winners included:

  • Best All-Round Restaurant: Texas Roadhouse
  • Best Coffee: Heine Brothers Coffee
  • Best Art Gallery: Speed ​​Art Museum
  • Best Live Theater: Actors Theater of Louisville
  • Best Museum: Louisville Science Center
  • Best Public School: DuPont Manual High School
  • Best Derby hat store: Dee’s
  • Best Photographer: Misty Enright Photography
  • Pet Grooming: Dogs Pawsitively
  • Best preschool: Heuser Hearing Language Academy

Amanda Shafer, the owner of Pawsitively Dogs, said she didn’t expect to win at all.

“It’s a huge accomplishment,” she said. “I’ve been doing this for about 15 years.”

She said she has tried to go “beyond that” to help those who cannot bring their pets to the grooming service by driving to pick up dogs on her route.

Brett Bachmann, CEO of the Heuser Hearing Institute, saw his organization win both “Best Hearing Clinic” and “Best Preschool.” His school takes care of hearing-impaired children.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “It’s nice to be recognized by the community of our peers, parents, students and patients.”

He said his doctors and professors do “all the hard work” to prepare patients and children for success outside of the institute.

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“We all know in today’s society that communication is key,” he said. “And if you can’t hear, you can’t communicate.”

Sam Wheeler, who won the ‘Best Insurance Agent’ award, said helping people in his field “makes a big difference”.

“I’m grateful for my office, my staff,” he said. “Because they do a lot of work.”

Scott Waldman of R&B Roofing posed for a cellphone photo with Miss Kentucky Hannah Edelen during the Courier Journal's

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