The winners and finalists for the 2019 Best of Parenting Awards were voted on by our readers — thank you for participating!  And many thanks to all the businesses and services who support parents and Nashville Parent, Rutherford Parent, Sumner Parent and Williamson Parent!

The winners are shown in BOLD and the honorable mentions are listed after them in alphabetical order.


NASHVILLE WINNERS

BEST EATS

Best Local Restaurant

TIE - The Loveless Cafe, The Pharmacy Burger Parlor

Five Points Pizza East

Best Kids Eat Free

O’Charley’s

Gino’s East, Logan’s Roadhouse

Best Burger

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor

Burger UP, Hugh-Baby’s

Best Pizza

Slim & Husky’s Pizza

BoomBozz Craft Pizza, Five Points Pizza East

Best Ice Cream

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Baskin-Robbins, Bobbie’s Dairy Dip

Best Mexican Restaurant

Chuy’s

Cinco de Mayo Mexican Restaurant, Las Palmas

Best Local Bakery

Five Daughters Bakery 12thSouth

The Cupcake Collection, Sweet & Sassy Bakery

BEST PARTIES

Best Party Entertainer

Party Princess Productions

Mr. Bond Science Guy, Sean the Balloon Guy

Best Away-From-Home Party

TopGolf

Adventure Science Center, Ford Ice Center

BEST DESTINATIONS

Best Rainy Day Outing

Adventure Science Center

Frist Art Museum, Nashville Public Library

Best Family Weekend Getaway

Great Smoky Mountains

Chattanooga TN, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Hotel

Best Beach Destination

Destin/Ft. Walton/Okaloosa Island FL

Gulf Shores AL, Panama City Beach FL

Best Sleep-Away Camp

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Deer Run Camps and Retreats, Space Camp

BEST OF OUR CITY

Best Local Day Camp

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Whippoorwill Camp, YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Best Museum

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens

Adventure Science Center, Frist Art Museum

Best Live Theater Venue

Nashville Children’s Theatre

Ryman Auditorium, TPAC

Best Tourist Attraction

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville Zoo

Best Local Park

Centennial Park

Percy Warner Park, Radnor Lake State Park

BEST SHOPPING

Best Shopping Center/Mall

The Mall at Green Hills

CoolSprings Galleria, Opry Mills

Best Local Children’s Clothing Store

The Children’s Place Outlet

Arcade Kids, Plaid Rabbit

Best Family Auto Dealer

Beaman Toyota

Crest Honda, Freeland Chevrolet

BEST APPEARANCE

Best Day Spa

Escape Day Spa and Salon

A Moment’s Peace Salon and Day Spa, Woodhouse Day Spa

Best Hair Salon

Bishop’s Salon

A Moment’s Peace Salon and Day Spa, Experience this Hair

Best Family Photographer

Sarah Sidwell Photography

Ashley Seagroves Photography, Mandy Johnson Photography

BEST PARENTING RESOURCES

Best Financial Institution

First Tennessee Bank

Pinnacle Financial Partners, Regions Bank

Best Realtor

Ashley Lamb, Keller Williams

Chad King - Team Wilson Realty, Gary Ashton - Re/Max

Best Child Care Center

The Gardner School

The Academy Child Development Center, West End Community Church Child Care

BEST ENRICHMENT

Best Tutoring/Learning Service

Learning RX

Learning Lab, Mathnasium

Best Dance Studio

Dance in Bloom

The Bellevue Dance Center, School of Nashville Ballet

Best Gymnastics

Let it Shine Gymnastics

Boost Gymnastics, Nashville Gymnastic Training

Best Martial Arts

David Deaton Karate Studios

Artista Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, West Side Taekwondo

Best Music Instruction

Mobile Music Academy

Lane Music, Vanderbilt-Blair School of Music

BEST HEALTH & FITNESS

Best Pediatrician

Old Harding Pediatrics

Green Hills Pediatrics, Tennessee Pediatrics

Best Pediatric Dentist

Swauger Pediatric Dentistry

Brentwood Pediatric Dentistry, Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dentistry

Best Orthodontist 

Braces by Dr. Ruth

Gluck Orthodontics, Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dentistry

Best Emergency Room

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital

The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial, Saint Thomas Midtown

Best Hospital

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital

The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial, Saint Thomas Midtown

Best Place to Have a Baby

Saint Thomas Midtown

TriStar Centennial Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Best OB/GYN

Dr. Bernadette Meadors, Heritage Medical

Dr. John Link, Dr. Sue McGuire - TriStar Physicians

Best Doula Midwife

Baby + Co.

Nashville Doula Services, NOVA Birth Services

Best Chiropractor

Summit Family Chiropractic

Berry Hill Chiropractic, Nashville Brain and Body

Best Eye Care

Vanderbilt Eye Institute

Cornea Consultants, Nashville Eye Center

Best Family Fitness Center

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Blooma Nashville Yoga, Planet Fitness


WILLIAMSON WINNERS

BEST EATS

Best Local Restaurant

Burger Up Franklin

Pork Belly Farmhouse, Sal’s Family Pizza

Best Kids Eat Free

Ground

BoomBozz Craft Pizza, Red Robin

Best Burger

Burger UP

Burger Republic, Ground

Best Pizza

Mellow Mushroom

Amico’s New York Pizza, BoomBozz Craft Pizza

Best Ice Cream

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Kilwin’s Franklin, Whit’s Frozen Custard

Best Mexican Restaurant

Tito’s

Chuy’s, Garcia’s

Best Local Bakery

Puffy Muffin

Mama’s Java, Spring Hill Bakery

BEST PARTIES

Best Party Entertainer

Party Princess Productions

Mr. Bond Science Guy, Sean the Balloon Guy

Best Away-From-Home Party

Brentwood Skate Center

The Monkey’s Treehouse, My Gym Brentwood

BEST DESTINATIONS

Best Rainy Day Outing

Adventure Science Center

Above All Extreme Air, Frist Art Museum

Best Family Weekend Getaway

Great Smoky Mountains

Chattanooga TN, Deer Run Family Retreat

Best Beach Destination

Destin/Ft. Walton/Okaloosa Island FL

Hilton Head Island SC, Panama City Beach FL

Best Sleep-Away Camp

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Deer Run Camps and Retreats, Girl Scouts of Middle TN/Camp Holloway

BEST OF OUR CITY

Best Local Day Camp

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Deer Run Camps and Retreats, YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Best Museum

Adventure Science Center

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Frist Art Museum

Best Live Theater Venue

TPAC

Franklin Theatre, Ryman Auditorium

Best Tourist Attraction

Nashville Zoo

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Hotel

Best Local Park

Pinkerton Park

Crockett Park, Percy Warner Park

BEST SHOPPING

Best Shopping Center/Mall

CoolSprings Galleria

The Mall at Green Hills, Opry Mills

Best Local Children’s Clothing Store

Kid to Kid

The Little Cottage Children’s Shoppe, Small Town Charms

Best Family Auto Dealer

Darrell Waltrip Volvo

Toyota of Cool Springs, Walker Chevrolet

BEST APPEARANCE

Best Day Spa

A Moment’s Peace Salon and Day Spa

The Woodhouse Day Spa

Best Hair Salon

A Moment’s Peace Salon and Day Spa

Scout’s Barbershop, Spitfire Salon

Best Family Photographer

Evin Photography

Mandy Johnson Photography, Meagn Little Photography

BEST PARENTING RESOURCES

Best Financial Institution

TIE – First Tennessee Bank, Regions Bank

Pinnacle Financial Partners

Best Realtor

Julianne Richard, Compass Real Estate

Alice Charron, Keller Williams, Luke Krehbiel, Agent 615

Best Child Care Center

The Academy Child Development Center

Creek Wood Academy, Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool

BEST ENRICHMENT

Best Tutoring/Learning Service

Learning Lab

Code Ninjas, Mathnasium of Franklin

Best Dance Studio

Franklin School of Performing Arts

Grassland Dance Academy, Music City All Stars

Best Gymnastics

Let it Shine Gymnastics

Harpeth School of Gymnastics, Premier Cheerleading and Tumbling

Best Martial Arts

RMA Jiu Jitsu Nolensville

Elite Martial Arts, Family First Martial Arts

Best Music Instruction

Mobile Music Academy

James Music Studio, Jan Williams School of Music

BEST HEALTH & FITNESS

Best Pediatrician

Pediatric Associates of Franklin

Brentwood Children’s Clinic, Harpeth Pediatrics

Best Pediatric Dentist

Brentwood Pediatric Dentistry

Brentwood Dental Specialists, Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dentistry

Best Orthodontist

Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dentistry

Braces by Dr. Ruth, Hillsboro Orthodontics

Best Emergency Room

Vanderbilt Children’s ER at Williamson Medical

Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital, Williamson Medical Center

Best Hospital

Williamson Medical Center

Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital, Saint Thomas Midtown

Best Place to Have a Baby

Saint Thomas Midtown

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Williamson Medical Center

Best OB/GYN

Women’s Group of Franklin

Vanderbilt Franklin Women’s Center, Women Obstetrics & Gynecology

Best Doula Midwife 

Baby + Co.

Nova Birth Services, Tennessee Family Doulas

Best Chiropractor

Mission Health Center

Cool Springs Chiropractic, Exodus Chiropractic Center

Best Eye Care

Cool Springs Eye Care

Family Vision of Cool Springs, Primary Eye Care

Best Family Fitness Center

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Burn Boot Camp, Life Time Athletic


RUTHERFORD WINNERS

BEST EATS

Best Local Restaurant

Demos’ Restaurant

Kleer-Vu Lunchroom, Toot’s

Best Kids Eat Free

Toot’s

Red Robin, Texas Roadhouse

Best Burger

Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger

Burger Bar, Burger Republic

Best Pizza

TIE – BoomBozz Craft Pizza, Mellow Mushroom

Old Chicago Pizza

Best Ice Cream

La Michoacana

Andy’s Frozen Custard, Hattie Jane’s Creamery

Best Mexican Restaurant

Camino Real

Carmen’s Taqueria, Fiesta Margarita

Best Local Bakery

Donut Country

Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, The Donut Palace

BEST PARTIES

Best Party Entertainer

Princess Party Productions

Music City Princesses, Sean the Balloon Guy

Best Away-From-Home Party

Bounce U of Murfreesboro

Locked: Escape Game, Murfreesboro Strike and Spare

BEST DESTINATIONS

Best Rainy Day Outing

Discovery Center at Murfee Spring

Adventure Science Center, Jumpstreet

Best Family Weekend Getaway

Great Smoky Mountains

Chattanooga TN, Deer Run Family Retreat

Best Beach Destination

Destin/Ft. Walton/Okaloosa Island FL

Gulf Shores AL, Panama City Beach FL

Best Sleep-Away Camp

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Deer Run Camps and Retreats, Girl Scouts of Middle TN/Camp Holloway

BEAT OF OUR CITY

Best Local Day Camp

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Winshape Camp Murfreesboro, YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Best Museum

Discovery Center at Murfee Spring

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Best Live Theater Venue

TPAC

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Children’s Theatre

Best Tourist Attraction

TIE – Gaylord Opryland Resort & Hotel, Ryman Auditorium

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Best Local Park

Kids’ Castle at Old Fort Park

Stones River National Battlefield

BEST SHOPPING

Best Shopping Center/Mall

The Avenue of Murfreesboro

CoolSprings Galleria, Stones River Mall

Best Local Children’s Clothing Store

Once Upon a Child

Children’s Orchard, Mimi’s Boutique

Best Family Auto Dealer

Honda of Murfreesboro

Toyota of Murfreesboro

BEST APPEARANCE

Best Day Spa

The Nurture Nook Day Spa

The Rain Tree Salon

Best Hair Salon

Calla Lily Day Spa & Salon

Epic Salon and Spa, L. Grider Salon

Best Family Photographer

Little Tots Photography

Frogs and Fairies Photography, Shelby Fannin Photography

BEST PARENTING RESOURCES

Best Financial Institution

Ascend Federal Credit Union

Bank of America, First Tennessee Bank

Best Realtor

Chanda Fowler, Cornerstone Realty

Ann Hoke and Associates, Chad King - Team Wilson Realty

Best Child Care Center

The Academy Child Development Center

Lancaster Christian Academy, LaunchPad Early Education

BEST ENRICHMENT

Best Tutoring/Learning Service

Sylvan Learning Center

Mathnasium, Premier Test Preparation

Best Dance Studio

Barfield School of Dance

The Dance Academy, Spotlight Dance Studio

Best Gymnastics

TIE – ETC Gymnastics, Elite Energy Gymnastics

Premier Athletics

Best Martial Arts

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

American Martial Arts, Stevens Family Taekwondo

Best Music Instruction

Mobile Music Academy

The Music Shop

BEST HEALTH & FITNESS

Best Pediatrician

Tennesee Pediatrics

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic Pediatrics, Tennessee Medicine and Pediatrics

Best Pediatric Dentist

Wild About Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics of Murfreesboro, Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dentistry

Best Orthodontist 

Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics of Murfreesboro

Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dentistry, Wild About Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

Best Emergency Room

Saint Thomas Rutherford

Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital, TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center

Best Hospital

Saint Thomas Rutherford

Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital, TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center

Best Place to Have a Baby

Saint Thomas Rutherford

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Best OB/GYN

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic Women’s Services

Tennessee Women’s Care, Women’s Health Specialists

Best Doula Midwife 

Baby + Co.

Best Chiropractor

Stanlick Chiropractic

Aspiring Health Clinic, Stones River Chiropractic

Best Eye Care

Drake Eye Care

Martin Eye Care, Price Eye Care

Best Family Fitness Center

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Burn Boot Camp, Planet Fitness


SUMNER WINNERS

BEST EATS

Best Local Restaurant

Swaney Swift’s on the Square

The Chop House, Music City Diner

Best Kids Eat Free

Firehouse Subs

Captain D’s, Painturos

Best  Burger

Jumbo & Delicious

Swaney Swift’s on the Square, Top Hog BBQ

Best Pizza

Sanders Ferry Pizza

NY Pie, Prince Street Pizza and Pub

Best Ice Cream

La Michoacana Delicious

Baskin-Robbins, Maggie Moo’s

Best Mexican Restaurant

Casa Vieja

Dos Margaritas Bar and Grill, Rio Bravo

Best Local Bakery

Someone’s in the Kitchen

Nothing Bundt Cakes, Sweet & Sassy Bakery

BEST PARTIES

Best Party Entertainer

Party Princess Productions

Animal Tales Edzoocation, Sean the Balloon Guy

Best Away-From-Home Party

Strike & Spare Family Fun Center

Adventure Alley, Hoppity Hop Inflatables

BEST DESTINATIONS

Best Rainy Day Outing

Adventure Science Center

NCG Gallatin Cinema, Regal Cinemas-Streets of Indian Lake

Best Family Weekend Getaway

Great Smoky Mountains

Chattanooga TN, Memphis TN

Best Beach Destination

Destin/Ft. Walton/Okaloosa Island FL

Gulf Shores AL, Panama City Beach FL

Best Sleep-Away Camp

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Girl Scouts of Middle TN/Camp Holloway, Horton Haven Christian Camp

BEST OF OUR CITY

Best Local Day Camp

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Adventure Science Center, David Deaton Karate Studios

Best Museum

Adventure Science Center

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Frist Art Museum

Best Live Theater Venue

TPAC

Nashville Children’s Theatre, Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Best Tourist Attraction

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Hotel

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ryman Auditorium

Best Local Park

Mary’s Magical Place

Bledsoe Creek State Park, Drakes Creek Park

BEST SHOPPING

Best Shopping Center/Mall

The Streets of Indian Lake

Opry Mills, Rivergate Mall

Best Local Children’s Clothing Store

Secret Garden Consignment

Ginger Bean, Once Upon A Time by Amy

Best Family Auto Dealer

Newton Nissan

Miracle Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram, Rivergate Toyota

BEST APPEARANCE

Best Day Spa

Carmen’s Day Spa

Ms. Sue’s Med Spa, Reneaux Day Spa & Salon

Best Hair Salon

The Mattie Shea Salon

Hendersonville Barbers, Wildfire Beauty

Best Family Photographer

Kristen Weigel Photography

Reflections by Tanya, Shots by Cheyenne

BEST PARENTING RESOURCES

Best Financial Institution

Bank of America

First Tennessee Bank, Sumner Bank and Trust

Best Realtor

Ralph Lynn, Crye-Leike

Ann Buchanan - Re/Max, Chad King - Team Wilson Realty

Best Child Care Center

The Goddard School

The Academy Child Development Center, The Gardner School

BEST ENRICHMENT

Best Tutoring/Learning Service

Huntington Learning Center

Mathnasium, Teach a Child

Best Dance Studio

TIE – American Academy of Dance, Smartt Steps

Dance South

Best Gymnastics

Master’s School of Gymnastics

Premier Athletics, Smartt Steps 

Best Martial Arts

David Deaton Karate Studios

GMA Martial Arts Center, Hendersonville Martial Arts

Best Music Instruction

Mobile Music Academy

Hendersonville Music Academy, Ovation Music Studios

BEST HEALTH & FITNESS

Best Pediatrician

Tennessee Pediatrics

Goodlettsville Pediatrics, Hendersonville Children’s Clinic

Best Pediatric Dentist

Swauger Pediatric Dentistry

Kid City Smiles, Sumner Pediatric Dentistry

Best Orthodontist

Morris Orthodontics

Smile Construction Orthodontics

Best Emergency Room

Sumner Regional Medical Center

Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital, TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center

Best Hospital

Sumner Regional Medical Center

Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital, TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center

Best Place to Have a Baby

Sumner Regional Medical Center

TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center, Saint Thomas Midtown

Best OB/GYN

Sumner Women’s Associates

Bluegrass Womens OBGYN, The Womens Group

Best Doula Midwife 

Baby + Company

Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwives 

Best Chiropractor

Stewart Chiropractic Center

Absolute Wellness, Generation Chiropractic

Best Eye Care

Hendersonville Eye Health and Vision

Loden Vision Centers, Vision Source of Hendersonville

Best Family Fitness Center

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

FitRev, Planet Fitness