And the 2015 Readers’ Choice winners are…

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Bossier Press-Tribune Publisher Randy Brown (center) celebrates Apollo Elementary’s win as “Favorite School” in the BPT’s 2015 Readers’ Choice with Principal Julie Dupree (left) and Asst. Principal Laura Lee Leflett (right).

Ballots were marked, votes were tallied, and the results are in!

Once again, readers have picked their favorites in the Bossier Press-Tribune’s annual Readers’ Choice special section. Voting was open during the months of December 2014 and January 2015 (?) via ballots printed in the newspaper and published online.

Categories range from favorite places to eat, shop and experience Bossier. After the ballots were tallied, the top 3 vote getters are listed for the 93 categories they represent.

Headed up by the BPT advertising department, winners in each category are presented with certificates to display in their place of business. Here are a few reactions from the people and businesses you have chosen as your favorite.

First Baptist Bossier – Favorite Church

First Baptist Bossier is committed to leading people on a life changing journey to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Senior Pastor Brad Jurkovich was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the First Bossier family.

“It is very humbling that readers have been so receptive to the ministry of First Bossier,” Jurkovich said. “We are excited about all God is doing in and through our congregation and we look forward to blessing our community as much as possible.”

Jurkovich continued, “As a pastor I am greatly encouraged about the many stories of lives being changed by the power of the gospel message.”

Bossier Arts Council – Favorite Art Gallery

​The Bossier Arts Council was created in 1980 through a joint effort by a local arts organization and the City of Bossier.

Over the years BAC has grown, focusing on expanding arts opportunities in community theatre, visual arts, festivals and exhibits, arts education for children and adults, public arts, and grant opportunities.

Robin Jones, Executive Director of the Bossier Arts Council, said they are honored to have been chosen Favorite Art Gallery.

“The entire staff takes great pride in helping our artists feel comfortable in our space by giving them an outlet to display their work and to further their creative ambitions.”

The Bossier Arts Council continues to partner with the city in providing excellence in the arts for citizens and visitors.

Willis Knighton Bossier

Willis Knighton Bossier took home several awards this year. One of those was favorite healthcare provider.

“WK Bossier Health Center is again honored to be chosen as the best healthcare provider by the readers of the Bossier Press-Tribune,” Cliff Broussard, administrator at WK Bossier Health Center, said. “Willis-Knighton’s goal has always been to assure the highest quality care for residents of Bossier City, Bossier Parish and the surrounding communities and this is a validation that we are delivering the care and services residents want.”

Broussard continued, “We appreciate the recognition not only for our hospital but for our wellness center, a medical fitness center with a variety of excellent services and classes, and for our orthopedic practices that are part of the Willis-Knighton Physician Network. We are pleased that readers name Bossier Orthopedics,  Dr. Richard Harrell, Dr. Diego Miranda and Dr. John Mays, as the best orthopedic surgical practice, and that Dr. Andrew Moritz of The Bone & Joint Clinic was a finalist in that category.  Thank you, Bossier Press readers!”

Sheriff Julian Whittington – Favorite Elected Official

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington has been selected favorite elected official.

Whittington said, “It’s an honor to be chosen as the favorite elected official. I’m happy to see that the readers approve of our continued efforts to keep Bossier such a good, safe place to live, work, play, worship and raise a family. Public safety has always been our top priority, because the safety and security of our residents are essential to the high quality of life we enjoy here. With God’s help, we’ll continue to strive for excellence in the performance of our duties, always vowing to live up to our motto, to be ‘courteous, professional and responsive.’ We appreciate the continued support of the good people of Bossier.”

Bittersweet Flowers and Gifts

Taking home two awards for Favorite Florist and Favorite Gift Shop is Bittersweet Flowers & Gifts. Owners Julie McGahan and Brenda Burnett were stunned to find out that the readers voted for their shop in not just one category, but two.

“We were thrilled and encouraged at the news that we had been voted First Place Florist and First Place Gift Shop. We love our “buds”, we are honored to serve, and we are blessed to be on this journey. Life is good! God is great!” Brenda and Julie said.

Brenda and Julie have known each other for quite some time, but decided to open their Bossier City flower shop just four and a half years ago. They opened Bittersweet Flowers and Gifts with a vision of ministering to the people, who are so fittingly called “buds,” they serve.

Since opening, they have developed quite a friendship and business through their love of flowers and faith. Bittersweet Flowers & Gifts is located at 4100 Barksdale Boulevard, Suite 114 in Bossier City.