READERS’ CHOICE 2020 | House and Home


Air Conditioning and Heating

Winner: Big Mike’s Heating and Cooling LLC

Founded in 1995, Big Mike’s Heating and Cooling services all residential and commercial heating and air conditioning units. The firm also conducts heating and cooling equipment installations, including air duct installations. It performs both simple and detailed repairs. With more than 25 years experience, the firm now services and maintains heating and cooling units for more then 40 commercial establishments. Estimates are free.

Runner Up: Central Heat and Air



Winner: Bella Vista Independent Senior Living

Bella Vista Independent Senior Living offers an all-inclusive lifestyle for seniors 55 and up. The Clubhouse at Bella Vista bustles with activity. It’s the heart of the community. A hearty lunch and light dinner are served daily in the Clubhouse. Residents have the option for delivery when ill. There’s even a fitness center and activity room.

Runner Up: Arista Apartment Homes


Appliance Store

Winner: Lafferty’s Home Center

Since its creation in 1972, Lafferty’s Home Center has become a leading provider of appliances and electronics in the Texarkana region. In 2008, they took it to the next level when they opened the 24,000-square-foot Lafferty’s Home Center facing Interstate 30. This facility showcases some of the best appliances the industry has to offer.

Runner Up: Lowe’s


Carpet Cleaning

Winner: Stanley Steemer

Stanley Steemer has been cleaning carpet since 1947 when its founder, Jack A. Bates, invested $2,300 into a home-based carpet cleaning company. Today, Stanley Steemer remains a family-owned business based in Dublin, Ohio, led by the third generation. The company has moved beyond carpet and become synonymous with clean, healthy homes and businesses. Professional deep cleaning services include carpet, furniture cleaning, tile and grout, hardwood, air ducts and 24-hour emergency water restoration.

Runner Up: Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning


Sound Towne

Custom Home Audio/Visual Service

Winner: Sound Towne

Serving the Ark-La-Tex since 1969, Sound Towne offers home audio/video entertainment and services, including DIRECTV, DISH, and Exede High Speed rural internet. They also offer professional audio/video for churches, schools and large venues. Offering the latest products at competitive pricing, Sound Towne’s sales and installation staff has more than 100 years experience. They are ready to help you realize all your entertainment needs.

Runner Up for Custom Home Audio/ Visual Service: Soundz Good


ARTEX Electric


Winner: Artex Electric

Artex Electric is a locally-owned business, located nearby and available 24/7 for emergency service. They are committed to providing the best value for their services. All their work is covered by a two-year workmanship guarantee and a two-year labor and parts guarantee. They use industry-leading products to make sure they provide the best possible results. They offer military and senior discounts.

Runner Up: Dennis Bayless



Winner: Richardson Fence & Patio

Since 1953, Richardson Fence & Patio has been family owned and operated and serving the Texarkana metropolitan area. They are committed to working with customers to create long-lasting, beautiful fences in a timely manner at a reasonable price with workmanship and customer service second to none. Options include chain link, wood privacy, split rail, vinyl-coated chain link, ornamental custom iron, pre-fabricated iron and vinyl PVC fencing, as well as patio covers and pergolas.

Runner Up: Texarkana Fence & Access Control


Ashley HomeStore


Winner: Ashley HomeStore

Ashley HomeStore is committed to being your trusted partner and style leader for the home. This commitment has made Ashley HomeStore a top furniture retailer in North America with more than 1,000 locations worldwide. No matter which Ashley HomeStore location you visit, you’ll find stylish, quality furniture that’s just right for any room in your home. That includes many of the top mattress brands—including Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Simmons, Serta, Stearns & Foster—as well as their very own Ashley Sleep mattresses, which offer superior comfort without the premium price tag.

Runner Up: Four States Furniture


Home Builder

Winner: Mike Rogers

At Rogers Equipment & Construction, they approach each project with organization and order. They offer start-to-finish solutions and believe in conducting business in a way that will add to their reputation of trust and integrity. Their services include framing, drywall, concrete, metal buildings, ceiling tiles, plumbing, door and window installation, roofing, painting, carpet, tile and complete remodel services. Their construction services are all guaranteed to meet industry standards. Family owned and operated, they guarantee high-quality construction for each and every project.

Runner Up: Jason Eppinette


Best Buy

Home Electronics

Winner: Best Buy

Best Buy is your source for the latest home electronics including computers, laptops and tablets; televisions and home theater; video games; smart home security and WiFi; home furniture/office and other offerings. They know electronics inside and out and have been focused on electronics since establishing the business more than 50 years ago. They carry all the big brands like Sony, Samsung, LG, Apple, HP, Microsoft, Canon and many others.

Runner Up for Home Electronics: Sound Towne



Home Improvement and Insulation

Winner: Lowe’s

Located in Texarkana, Texas, your local Lowe’s has everything you need for your next job or home improvement project. Lowe’s offers a wide variety of healthy plants and flowers, DIY workshops and a specialized ProService desk just for pro customers. Whether you’re looking for the best deals on major appliances, tools, paint or patio furniture, you’ll find them and more at the Texarkana Lowe’s.

Runner Up for Home Improvement: Red River Lumber

Runner Up for Insulation: Cook Drywall and Accoustical Supply


Home Remodeling

Winner: Jason Eppinette Construction

Jason Eppinette Construction remodels homes for their family clients. Remodeling services range from simple bathroom remodeling to full kitchen remodeling or home additions. They can complete remodeling renovations in stages as to not interrupt daily life. Once home remodels, renovation, or build is complete they work with local interior designers to put the finishing touches on the home’s transformation.

Runner Up: Mike Rogers


Home Security

Winner: Steelcrest Security

Established in 1992, Steelcrest Security is a licensed, bonded and insured home security company that offers free estimates to assess the security needs of homes and businesses. The firm walks its customers through the specific operations of its installed security high tech systems. The company can equip buildings with both quality camera and alarm systems that can be set up all at once and made easily accessible via the customer’s smartphone. Both camera and alarm systems go beyond basic security and both can accommodate interactive mobile-oriented controlled access.

Runner Up: Acey Burglar Alarm Systems


Internet Provider

Winner: Sparklight

Sparklight offers internet access at various speed and price levels. They meet ever-changing needs with ever-faster connections, offering a renewed commitment to the communities they serve. With many possibilities, you can connect your way with no-contract packages for fast internet, phone and digital TV.

Runner Up: Windstream


Landscaping and Lawn Sprinkler

Winner: Freeman Landscape

Since 1925, Freeman Landscape has been one of the leading landscaping businesses in the region, with more than 90 years of horticultural experience. The company’s staff includes a landscape architect, a licensed irrigator and a licensed pesticide applicator. The family business makes customer service its top goal and offers modern services such as 3D digital design.

Runner Up for Landscaping: H&N Landscaping and Nursery

Runner Up for Lawn Sprinkler: Taylor Lawn



Winner: Pop-A-Lock

Pop-A-Lock’s reputation is built on rapidly and professionally solving customers’ problems and their dedication to customer satisfaction and service. Whatever your locksmithing needs are, Pop-A-Lock can fulfill them. Their reliable team of locksmiths quickly and efficiently solve your automotive, commercial and residential lockout predicaments.

Runner Up: Security Locksmith


Mobile Home

Winner: Hobbs Manufactured Homes

Hobbs Manufactured Homes offers homes that accommodate customers’ different preferences and budgets. Hobbs Manufactured Homes is committed to providing potential customers with friendly, professional assistance for a stress-free home buying experience, meet the customers needs and exceed their expectations. With the guidance of friendly and dependable sales consultants, Hobbs will make a home buying process easy and enjoyable. Hobbs sells homes from several major manufactures.

Runner Up: Clayton Homes


Mortgage Company

Winner: Red River Federal Credit Union

Since 1943, Red River Federal Credit Union has grown from a small group of Red River Army Depot employees to more the 100,000 members. Throughout the years, the credit union remains focused on serving the unique communities in this area — particularly with home mortgage loans. Mortgage loans can be applied for anytime and this can be done online as well as by mobile application. The mortgage loan options are simple and straightforward to help accommodate and fit a personal finance budget.

Runner Up: Farmers Bank & Trust



Winner: Bill’s Movers

Bill’s Movers provides a full moving service with professionals and more than 40 years experience. Bill’s Movers has crews and trucks capable of moving any job, no matter how big or small. They do individual and commercial moving with a full line of packing materials. For moving one item or a full household, Bill’s Movers can do the job.

Runner Up: Powerhaul Movers


Ellis Home and Garden


Winner: Ellis Home and Garden

Ellis Home and Garden is third generation, family owned and operated with locations in Louisiana and East Texas. The business specializes in greenhouse plants, seasonal decor and everything for your home. Ellis has one of the most impressive greenhouse operations around, showing all types of product, from tropicals out of California to annuals and shrubs grown locally. Ellis also carries many seasonal items in the greenhouse from fresh cut pumpkins in the fall to beautiful red poinsettias during the Christmas season.

Runner Up: Freeman Landscape


Pest Control

Winner: Lawrence Termite & Pest Control

Lawrence Termite & Pest Control is ready to respond when things literally bug us around our homes and structures. Serving the Texarkana, Nashville, Ark., and surrounding areas, the company implements an environmentally friendly approach to ridding homes and structures of unwanted house guests. The bug stops with Lawrence Termite & Pest Control.

Runner Up: Pillow Termite & Pest Control



Winner: C&D Mechanical LLC

Striving for excellence, C&D Mechanical promises to do the best job with quality and experience when it comes to plumbing new builds, commercial work, remodels and HVAC services. The company also works after hours, weekends and emergencies to help those in need. C&D Mechanical has a perfect five-star rating on Facebook, with one of the latest reviews stating, “I loved the fact that they got us taken care of in such short notice. No more guessing on what’s going on! Thank you guys so much. We are so very grateful you helped us!”

Runner Up: Central Air and Plumbing


Pool / Hot Tub

Winner: Fun Pools & Spas

Fun Pools & Spas believes no dream is too small or too ambitious for your backyard. The company is focused on providing quality service and quality products with the highest levels of customer satisfaction. With more than 45 years experience, Fun Pools & Spas do everything they can to meet customers’ expectations. They offer a variety of products, accessories and chemicals.

Runner Up: Mother Earth Pools & Spas


Real Estate

Winner: RE/MAX Preferred

While the path to home ownership can be a long and winding road, real estate agents with RE/MAX Preferred have the market expertise to be a trusted source of information for home seekers making decisions. There are also many brokerages and agents to help home buyers get pre-qualified for a loan as well as provide insight on how much house a customer can afford. After determining a budget, the agent will help search for a home — based on the price and terms chosen by the home buyer.

Runner Up: Century 21 All Points Realty



Winner: Tracy Spradlin

Realtor Tracy Spradlin began her real estate career as a licensed sales agent in January 2001. In 2005, she became licensed as a real estate broker in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. She and her husband opened Impact Realty Group to incorporate their own ideas, marketing strategies and resources into a system uniquely designed to provide an advantageous edge to their clients.

Runner Up: Doris Morris



Winner: Bohon Roofing

Bohon Roofing has been in business for 43 years. They provide excellent craftsmanship for all your roofing needs, including construction, flat roofs, metal roofs, cedar shakes, siding, seamless gutters, patio covers and chimney flashing.

Runner Up: Perez Roofing




Founding it satellite service in 1994, DIRECTV is an established entertainment franchise. It has collected a large number of awards and accreditations. The company offers expertise and a variety of television package deals, along with technology and equipment furnishings.

Runner Up: DISH


Siding – Home Exterior

Winner: Henry’s Siding & Restoration

Founded in 1979, Henry’s Siding & Restoration is a locally owned and operated siding provider that also furnishes natural disaster and fire damage restoration service. The firm’s seasoned staff also offers general construction, window replacement and patio covering services.

Runner Up: Red River Lumber


Twin City Title

Title Company

Winner: Twin City Title Company

Twin City Title is locally owned and operated. The combination of innovative technology employed by skilled professionals makes them unique, as they provide precision and exceptional service through every aspect of the closing process. Twin City Title has been serving the Texarkana area since 1981. For most of those years, they operated from one location on Summerhill Road. In November 2007, Twin City Title moved into a new space in a magnificent new building, signaling to the community their intention to serve the area for many years to come.

Runner Up: Southwest Title



Winner: Texarkana Door & Window

Established in 1986 as Texarkana Door Systems Manufacturing Co., Texarkana Door & Window started with five employees in a 5,00- square-foot building. In 1992, the name was changed to Texarkana Door & Window, and the company has continued to grow to be a premier production center of quality doors and windows. Serving dealers across four states, its main focus is wholesale business. Texarkana Door & Window strives to exceed customers’ expectations by providing great customer service.

Runner Up: Red River Lumber

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