Local Favorites: Plenty of winners recognized at 11th annual Sizzle Awards ceremony

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Franklin City Manager Eric Stuckey

Franklin City Manager Eric Stuckey accepts the First Place Sizzle Award for Best Public Park - Pinkerton Park and for Best Tourist Attraction - Downtown Franklin & Public Square.

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Minus the long-winded speeches, Monday night’s Sizzle Awards banquet had the feel of an Oscars ceremony as business owners, nonprofit leaders and government officials celebrated in Liberty Hall at the Factory at Franklin.

The 11th annual Sizzle Awards — hosted by the Williamson Herald, Southern Exposure Magazine and FranklinIs.com — gave voters the opportunity to select their favorites among six different major groups, and the top three vote-getters from each category were recognized. Each first-place winner received a golden Sizzle Award trophy.

“It was a great night of excitement,” Herald Publisher Derby Jones said. “The Sizzle Awards are all about community and supporting local businesses, and this is our way of thanking local businesses for what they do in our community.”

Almost 500 people attended the ceremony as Tom Lawrence of WAKM-AM radio served as emcee in naming the winners. 

Several were first-time winners, including the following first-place winners: 

DC Dance Factory in Youth Dance Instruction category, Franklin Noon Rodeo for Charity Event/Fundraiser, Sperry’s for Steak; Amerigo Italian Restaurant for Italian, Red Pony Restaurant for Waitstaff/Service (a new category), First Watch for Healthy Menu, Berry Farms Dental for Pediatric Dental, John Maher Builders for Builder/Developer, Anytime Fitness for Health Club/Fitness Center, and All Things Family Law for Law Firm.


Auto Dealer

1st: Darrell Waltrip Automotive

2nd: Toyota of Cool Springs

3rd: Walker Chevrolet 

Auto Repair

1st: Moody’s Tire & Auto Service

2nd: Gateway Tire & Auto Service 3rd: Crutcher’s Auto Repair

Local Bank

1st: Franklin Synergy Bank 

2nd: Pinnacle Financial Partners 

3rd: First Farmers & Merchants Bank 

Regional/National Bank

1st: Regions

2nd: First Tennessee 3rd: Bank of America 

Car Wash/Auto Detail

1st: Miles Auto Spa

2nd: Franklin Car Wash & Detail

3rd: Pop’s Car Wash

Financial Services

1st: Franklin Synergy 

Wealth Management

2nd: Montgomery & Associates 

3rd: Aspen Grove Asset 



1st: Always in Bloom

2nd: Garden Delights Fine 


3rd: Hody’s Florist 

House Cleaning

1st: Molly Maid 

2nd: Gina & Robin’s Cleaning 

3rd: Brentwood Clean 


1st: Full Service Insurance

2nd: Montgomery & Associates

3rd: Bruce Smith/State Farm 


1st: My Second Home Pet Resort

2nd: The Farm at Natchez Trace 3rd: Franklin Kennels


1st: Green Scene Landscaping & Irrigation 

2nd: Mike Hayes & Associates 

3rd: Four Seasons Lawn Care

Law Firm

1st: All Things Family Law

2nd: Puryear, Newman & Morton 

3rd: Hartzog & Silva

Real Estate Agency

1st: Parks Realty

2nd: Keller Williams 3rd: Pilkerton Realtors

Real Estate Agent

1st:  Sarah Kilgore, Pilkerton 


2nd: Lisa Culp Taylor, Parks Realty 

3rd: Danny Anderson, Parks Realty 

Travel Agency

1st: Franklin Travel Services

2nd: AAA of Cool Springs 

3rd: Caldwell Travel Inc.  

Dry Cleaners

1st: Jimmy’s Cleaners 

2nd: Franklin Cleaners 

3rd: Fashion Cleaners


1st: Hiller Plumbing, Heating,

Cooling & Electric

2nd: Lee Company 

3rd: Sewell Electric Company 


1st: Hiller Plumbing, Heating,

Cooling & Electric 

2nd: Lee Company 

3rd: Joslin Plumbing & Heating

Heating & Air

1st: Hiller Plumbing, Heating, 

Cooling & Electric 

2nd: Lee Company 

3rd: Joslin Plumbing & Heating


1st: John Maher Builders 

2nd: Legend Homes 

3rd: DeAngelis Diamond


1st: Five Points Roofing

2nd: Don Kennedy Roofing 

3rd: Ford RoofingPhotography

1st:  Boulay Photography

2nd: Evin Photography 

3rd: Adam SannerFlooring 

1st: Carpet Den Interiors

2nd: R & S Flooring

3rd: Home Depot 

Day Care/preschool

1st: The Goddard School 

2nd: Smith Preschool 

3rd: The Academy

Senior Living

1st: Brookdale of Franklin 

2nd: NHC Place

3rd: Morningside of Franklin   


1st:  Drury Plaza Hotel

2nd: Franklin Marriott

of Cool Springs 

3rd: Embassy Suites

of Cool Springs 

Interior Design 

1st: Kelly Spalding Designs

2nd: ReFresh Homes 

3rd: Eric Ross Interiors  

Wedding/Event Planner

1st: Southern Events Party Rental 

2nd: Homestead Manor 

3rd: Mint Springs Farm 


1st: Sign First of Franklin 

2nd: Franklin Sign Co. 

3rd: Image 360 Signs & Graphics   



Barber/Men’s Haircut

1st: Dion’s South 

2nd: Uncle’s Classic Barber Shop 3rd: Great ClipsChild’s Haircut

1st: Great Clips 

2nd: Dion’s South 3rd: Uncle’s Classic Barber Shop

Hair Salon

1st: Dion’s South 

2nd: A Moment’s Peace Salon & Day Spa 

3rd: Artistry Salon 

Health Club/Fitness Center 

1st: Anytime Fitness 

2nd: Williamson County Parks & Rec.

3rd: YMCA  

Specialty Fitness

1st: Williamson County Parks & Rec

2nd: Pure Barre- Brentwood 3rd: Orangetheory Fitness – Franklin Day Spa

1st: A Moment’s Peace Salon & Day Spa 

2nd: Woodhouse Day Spa

3rd: Aveda Institute 


1st: A Moment’s Peace

2nd: Woodhouse Day Spa 

3rd: Mason Chiropractic Health & Wellness 

Salon & Day Spa Manicure/Pedicure

1st: A Moment’s Peace 

Salon & Day Spa

2nd: Franklin Nails

3rd: Sahara Nails 

Skin & Body Care 

1st: A Moment’s Peace 

Salon &Day Spa

2nd: The Look Aesthetic Boutique

3rd: Latour Skincare Center 


1st: Williamson County 

Parks & Rec 

2nd: Abundant Yoga 3rd: Hot Yoga Plus

Health &Wellness 

Family Dentist/Practice

1st: Dr. Ryan Jones/N

ashville Restorative 


2nd: Aspen Grove Dental Associates

3rd: Berry Farms Dental

Pediatric Dental

1st: Berry Farms Dental

2nd: Brentwood Pediatric Dentistry

3rd: Snodgrass & King


1st: Kemp Orthodontics 

2nd: Lucas Orthodontics

3rd: Snodgrass & King  

Eye Care

1st:  Cool Springs Eye Care 

2nd: Berry Farms Eye Care 3rd: Vanderbilt Eye 


Family Physician

1st: Vanderbilt Medical Group

2nd: Heritage Medical 

Assoc. 3rd: Williamson Medical Group


1st: Pediatric Associates

of Franklin

2nd: Brentwood Children’s Clinic 

3rd: Grace Pediatrics 

Physical Therapy

1st: STAR Physical Therapy 

2nd: Results Physiotherapy 3rd: Elite Physical Therapy 

Sports Medicine/Orthopaedics

1st:  Vanderbilt Bone & Joint 

2nd: Elite Sports Medicine 

& Orthopedics

3rd: Franklin Orthopaedics


1st: Cool Springs 


2nd: Mason Chiropractic Health & Wellness

3rd: Schroder Chiropractic Audiologist 

1st: Franklin Hearing 


2nd: Johnson Audiology 

3rd: Vanderbilt Bill 

Wilkerson Center 


1st:  Williamson County Animal Hospital

TIED 2nd: Battleground Hospital for Animals TIED 2nd: Animalia Health & Wellness 3rd: Animal Health Center of Franklin  


1st: Franklin Dermatology Group

2nd: Vanderbilt 


3rd: Heritage Medical 



1st: Vanderbilt Bone & Joint2nd: University Foot

& Ankle

3rd: Harpeth Foot & Ankle 

Women’s Health

1st: Vanderbilt Franklin Women’s

2nd: Women’s Group of Franklin

3rd: Heritage Women’s


Medical Facility

1st: Williamson Medical Center

2nd: Vanderbilt Health Walk-In

3rd: Heritage Medical Group 

Allergy Specialist

1st: Vanderbilt Asthma, Sinus & Allergy 

2nd: Cool Springs Allergy3rd: Heritage Medical



1st: Beverly McManus Counseling LLC 

2nd: Brandon Antoskow Counseling 

3rd: Mercy Health Services 



1st: Merridee’s Breadbasket

2nd: Five Daughter’s Bakery 3rd: Spring Hill Bakery 


1st: Burger Up2nd: Five Guys 

3rd: Puckett’s Groc. & Restaurant


1st: First Watch

2nd: Puckett’s Groc. & Restaurant

3rd: Merridee’s Breadbasket 


1st: Catering & Events by Suzette

2nd: Daily Dish 3rd: South Fork Catering 

Catering Restaurant

1st: Pueblo Real/Tito’s 

Mexican Restaurants

2nd: Puckett’s Groc. & Restaurant

3rd: Bishop’s Meat & Three

Coffee House

1st: Frothy Monkey

2nd: Honest Coffee Roasters3rd: Merridee’s Breadbasket 

Deli/Sandwich Shop

1st: Franklin Mercantile 

& Deli 

2nd: Merridee’s Breadbasket

3rd: McAlister’s Deli

Fine Dining

1st: Sperry’s

2nd: J. Alexander’s

3rd: Cork & CowMeat & 3

1st: Bishop’s Meat & 3

2nd: Puckett’s Groc. & Restaurant

3rd: Cool Café


1st: Pueblo Real/Tito’s 

Mexican Restaurant

2nd: Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant

3rd: Sopapilla’s


1st: Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint 

2nd: Jim ‘N Nick’s 


3rd: Moe’s Original 

Bar B Que 


1st: Sperry’s

2nd: Stoney River

3rd: Cork & Cow 


1st: Amerigo Italian 


2nd: Carrabba’s Italian Grill3rd: Mafiaoza’s


1st: Nothing Bundt Cakes

2nd: J. Alexander’s 3rd: Merridee’s Breadbasket 


1st: Mellow Mushroom

2nd: Mafiaoza’s3rd: Nashville Pizza Co.Seafood

1st: Bonefish Grill 

2nd: Puckett’s Boat House 3rd: Wild Ginger 


1st: Wild Ginger Restaurant2nd:Koi Sushi &Thai3rd:Fulin’s Asian Cuisine


1st: Wild Ginger Restaurant2nd: Koi Sushi &Thai3rd: Peter’s Sushi &Thai 

Business Lunch

1st: J. Alexander’s 

2nd: BrickTop’s

3rd: Franklin Chop House

Family-Friendly Restaurant

1st: Chick-fil-A

2nd: Bishop’s Meat & 3 

3rd: Cool Café 

Country Market/Deli

1st: Half Way Market 2nd: Huff’s Market3rd: Nolensville Feed Mill 


1st: Red Pony Restaurant 2nd: BrickTop’s3rd: Sperry’s Restaurant 

Date Night Restaurant

1st: Sperry’s Restaurant 

TIED 2nd: Red PonyTIED 2nd: J. Alexanders 

3rd: Gray’s on Main 


1st: 55 South2nd: First Watch3rd: Granite City Food & BrewerySports Bar

1st: Jonathan’s Grill

2nd: Drake’s 3rd: Corner Pub

Healthy Menu

1st: First Watch

2nd: Whole Foods 3rd: Zoes Kitchen 

Local Farmer

1st: Gentry Farm2nd: Hatcher Family Dairy 3rd: Bear Creek Farm 

Juice Bar

1st: Franklin Juice Co. 2nd: Juice Bar Franklin3rd: Jamba Juice 

Hot Chicken

1st: Big Shake’s

2nd: Bishop’s Meat & 3 

3rd: 55 South 


1st: Taziki’s 

Mediterranean Café

2nd: Greek Café

3rd: Kalamata’s 

Local Spirit

1st: Arrington Vineyards 

2nd: Leiper’s Fork Distillery 3rd: Cool Springs Brewery Bar

1st: 55 South2nd: Gray’s on Main 3rd: Tin Roof 2 

Charity Event/Fundraiser

1st: Franklin Noon Rodeo 

2nd: Wine Down Main Street

3rd: Main Street Brewfest

Community Event (FREE)

1st: Main St. Festival

2nd: Dickens of A 


3rd: Franklin Farmer’s 


Event Venue

TIED 1st: Franklin Theatre TIED 1st: Arrington 


2nd: The Factory at 


3rd: Homestead Manor 

Happy Hour

1st: Jonathan’s Grille 

2nd: 55 South

3rd: Sonic Drive-In Golf Course

1st: Vanderbilt Legend’s Club 

2nd: Westhaven Golf Club 3rd: The Governor’s Club

Dive Bar

1st: The Bunganut Pig2nd: Corner Pub 

3rd: Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor 

Live Entertainment

1st: Franklin Theatre

2nd: Puckett’s Groc. & Restaurant

3rd: Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor

Public Park

1st: Pinkerton Park

2nd: Crockett Park 

3rd: The Park at 

Harlinsdale Farm 

Art Gallery

1st: Leiper’s Creek Gallery 2nd: Gallery 2023rd: David Arms Gallery 

Local Theater Company 

1st: Studio Tenn2nd: Pull-Tight Players 3rd: Act Too Players 

Tourist Attraction

1st: Downtown Franklin & Square 

2nd: Arrington Vineyards 3rd: Carnton

Field Trip

1st: Gentry Farm

2nd: Carnton

3rd: Williamson County Fair 

Summer Camp

1st: Deer Run Retreat

2nd: Battle Ground

Academy Summer Camps

3rd: Williamson County Parks & Rec 

Youth Music Instruction

1st: Shuff’s Music 

2nd: School of Rock  

3rd: Roots Academy 

Youth Dance Instruction

1st: DC Dance Factory

2nd: Ann Carroll School of Dance

3rd: Roots Academy

Youth Gymnastics

1st: Let it Shine

2nd: Harpeth Gymnastics 3rd: Premier Athletics 

Youth Martial Arts

1st: Franklin Family 


2nd:Family First Martial Arts

3rd: Elite Martial Arts 

Youth Non Musical Program

1st: Act Too Players2nd: Star Bright Players 

3rd: Bravo Creative Arts 

Youth Sports Program

1st: Williamson County Parks & Rec 

2nd: Williamson County Soccer Assoc. 

3rd: YMCA 

Family Activity Place

1st: Kings Bowl

2nd: Above All Extreme 

Air Sports

3rd: Franklin Family 

Entertainment Center


Fashion Accessories

1st: Jondie Boutique

2nd: Imago Dei3rd: Vintage 615Antiques 

1st: Franklin Antique Mall

2nd: Antiques at the Factory 3rd: Vintage 615

Baby & Children’s Boutique

1st: The Little Cottage

2nd: It’s Vintage Baby 3rd: Once Upon A Child

Women’s Boutique

1st: Jondie Boutique2nd: Imago Dei 

3rd: Vintage 614

Local Pet Products

1st: Nashville Pet Products2nd: Three Dog Bakery 

3rd: Animalia Health

& Wellness

Local Sporting Goods

1st: Bink’s Outfitters

2nd: Friedman’s 

of Franklin

3rd: Fleet Feet Sports 

Wine & Spirits

1st: Cool Springs Wine & Spirits

2nd: Berry Farms 

Wine & Spirits 

3rd: Del Rio Wine & Spirits   

Garden Center

1st: Harpeth True Value

2nd: Riverbend Nurseries

3rd: Hewitt Garden

& Design Center 

Thrift Store

1st: Our Thrift Store

2nd: GraceWorks Ministries 3rd: Goodwill 

Local Merchant – Franklin

1st: Jondie Boutique 

2nd: The Shoppes on Main3rd: Imago Dei  

Local Merchant – Brentwood

1st: The Puffy Muffin

2nd: Hot Pink

3rd: Fleet Feet 

Local Merchant – Leiper’s Fork

1st: Puckett’s of

Leiper’s Fork 

2nd: Country Boy


3rd: David Arms Gallery 

Local Merchant – Thompson’s Station

1st: Homestead Manor

2nd: Huff’s Grocery & Deli 3rd: Circa Grill 

Local Merchant – Grassland

1st: Barbara’s Home Cookin’

2nd: The Good Cup 

3rd: Nashville Pizza


Local Merchant – Cool Springs

1st: Lizard Thicket

2nd: Herban Market (new)3rd: Papa C Pies 

Local Merchant – Spring Hill

1st: Vintage 615 

2nd: Jack of Hearts BBQ

3rd: Priss& Pearls Boutique 

Local Merchant – Nolensville

1st: Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

2nd: Nolensville Farmer’s Market 

3rd: Three French Hens 

Local Merchant – Fairview

1st: Fairview Farmer’s Co-Op

2nd: First District Coffee 3rd: Bourbon & Rye 

Men’s Clothing

1st: Bink’s Outfitters 2nd: Belk 3rd: Our Thrift Store 


1st: Plato’s Closet 2nd: Once Upon A Child 3rd: Kid to Kid

Wedding Gifts/Registry 

1st: The Registry2nd: Bed Bath & Beyond 

3rd: Pottery Barn 

Fine Jewelry

1st: Walton’s Antique & 

Estate Jewelry

2nd: Crown Jewelry & Gifts 3rd: Brentwood Jewelers 

Home Décor

1st: The Iron Gate

2nd: Head Springs Depot 3rd: Kelly Spalding Designs 

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