From retailers to restaurateurs: Ovation Awards highlight the region’s best of the best

UPPER CUMBERLAND – For Upper Cumberland residents looking for the area’s best restaurants, retail stores, service providers and more, look no further. That list? The Upper Cumberland Business Journal’s version of the best-of-the-best: the Ovation Awards.

The seventh annual Ovation Awards feature 33 winners, 18 that are first-time recipients, in categories designed to honor individuals and others in tourism, retail, professional service, restaurant and manufacturing-related sectors.

“Ovation Awards are my favorite time of year,” said UCBJ Editor Liz Engel Clark. “The Upper Cumberland has a lot of nooks and crannies, and these awards give us a chance to cover a lot of ground and highlight both well- and lesser-known companies and individuals. Our categories are so unique, which means our winners are, too. We appreciate all the readers who took time to nominate their favorites this year. It’s a great list.”

The 2014 list spans seven unranked categories specifically:

Favorite Retail Establishment

Excellence in Professional Services

Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Excellence in Manufacturing

Favorite Restaurant

Excellence in Tourism Promotion

Best Individual Citizen/Excellence in Leadership

Ovation Awards were founded in 2008. Winners are nominated by readers and selected by the UCBJ editorial staff.

For more information about the Ovation Awards, or to nominate a business or business leader for the 2015 list, call (931) 528-8852 or email Past winners can be found by searching “Ovation” at

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