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What we chose

What we chose

By Scene Staff

Best Graphic Designer:s

Jackson Design

Buddy Jackson started his one-man shop in 1983. Now he produces some of the most distinctive album packages ever to come out of Nashville. From the splashy lounge-lizard graphics of the Mavericks’ Music for All Occasions to the weathered, elegiac look of Joe Ely’s Letter to Laredo, Jackson Design tailors the artwork to the music. The firm’s work can be seen on records by Pam Tillis, Trisha Yearwood, Shania Twain and the Not Fade Away tribute. Jackson Design won a Grammy for Asleep at the Wheel’s A Tribute to Bob Wills. (JR)

Best National Product Made Locally:

Goo-Goo Clusters

There’s no contest: Goo-Goos win hands-down. The chocolaty lump of chewy, nutty, marshmallow-y goodness has been around since 1912. As they say on the Grand Ole Opry, “Generations of Southerners have grown up on them.” Now that they’re being sold nationally, generations of Americans can grow up on them too. Is it any wonder that most babies’ first words are “Goo Goo?” (GG)

Best Wedding Gift Store:

Target

When it came time to choose our china pattern at a local department store, the future Mr. Wonderful sat slack-jawed, his eyes glazed over, his shoulders slumping. “It’ll be over soon,” the bride-to-be promised. “We’ll go to Target, where you can register for a tent, a camp stove and some power tools.” An hour or so later, as they aimed a high-tech scanner at a tent, a double sleeping bag, bath towels and a game of pick-up sticks, Mr. Groom-To-Be was feeling almost bouncy. So many affordable options to ponder. So many aisles in which a grown man can get lost. (GG)

Best Delivery of Something Other Than Food:

Mosko’s

Baptist delivers babies, H.H. Gregg delivers appliances, and newspapers deliver food for thought. Mosko’s, however, delivers everything—except beer, says Don Pettry, a supervisor at the store. “You could be at work one day, realize you forgot somebody’s birthday and call us and say, ‘Bring my lunch and pick up a card,’ and we’ll do it.” You can order some cigars, The New York Times, a coffee mug or even some of the more risqué items from the back of the store. In less than an hour, you could have a whoopee cushion on your desk. (GG)

Best Utterly Worthless Sales Staff:

Tower Records

Thank God, Tower Records has that machine that helps you find what you’re looking for. Otherwise, you’d be reduced to wandering aimlessly through the aisles, searching desperately for that song you only heard once. At Tower, all you’d get from a clerk is directions to the other side of the store. In fact, why not replace the entire sales staff with the machines? At least the computers don’t seem to mind when you buy stuff. (GG)

Best Museum Off the Beaten Track:

Nashville Toy Museum

In the honky-tonk strip across from the Opryland Hotel, a pseudo-Old West building houses the private collection of owner/operator Ted Lannom. This is the kind of place where Winnie the Pooh keeps company with a $35,000 boat made for Cecilie, Crown Princess of Prussia. The train layout at the rear was handcrafted by Lannom himself on a scale unimaginable in the family basement. If the Downtown Art Center folks are looking for some stuff to fill the post office, this is the place. (CK)

Best Mechanic Who Won’t Screw You Over:

Jim Walker, Jus’ Maintainin’ Hondas & Toyotas, Hendersonville

Doug Stewart, Crawford’s Z Car Service

Larry and Pat Claybaker, The Workshop

Anybody at Precision Tune

At Jus’ Maintainin’ Jim Walker has earned a solid rep for dependable car care, detailed service records, first-rate engine work, reasonable rates, and even a free vacuuming afterward. At Crawford’s Z Car Service, Doug Stewart is known for his integrity, competitive rates and expertise. The husband-and-wife team of Larry and Pat Claybaker runs The Workshop on Fourth Avenue South; they’re reliable, knowledgeable and honest—sometimes painfully so. And you’ll keep going back to Precision Tune on Nolensville Road, mainly because Nancy Campbell, the woman at the front desk, is the nicest and most pleasant person you’d ever want to see when your car is acting wacky. (JR)

Best Facial:

Apropos

At Apropos, each client gets a private room with a tranquil color scheme, soft lighting and soothing music. There you lie, swathed in comfortable blankets, forgetting about the traffic on Harding Road and the work that’s piling up at your desk, while your face is cleaned, steamed, treated and moisturized. Meanwhile, your hands receive a little therapy of their own, beginning with a gentle massage and ending with a stint in heated mitts that leave them softened. All in all, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon. (MJ)

Best Clothing Sales:

Banana Republic

Finally, there are two BRs in Nashville (Bellevue Center and the Mall at Green Hills), and there should be much rejoicing. The real action, the innate charm of BR, lies not among the shelves and racks of the latest casually elegant clothes, but in the back of the store. There are times when paying full price is necessary, but there is no greater thrill than scoring a major bargain. This is the place to stock up on wardrobe essentials such as white shirts and blouses, jeans and khakis. It’s also the place to find treasures in velvet and suede or values in linen or wool—before the end of the season. “Clearance” just isn’t the right word for this section; something like “heaven” is more appropriate. (MJ)

Best Internet Provider:

Tie: Edge Internet Services/Telalink

Weighing every local Internet provider is a lot like weighing an elephant on a 50-pound scale: You can do it, but only one piece at a time. That’s why, when they’re judged piece by piece, two Nashville outfits float to the top. Telalink has spent the past year building up the Nashville market. On the other hand, the Edge has been pulling its cables to Internet-starved outposts such as Columbia, Tenn. Both companies boast experienced technical support staffs. Their prices are similar. Their offices are similar. Their setups are similar. For God’s sake, even their salespeople have similar names! You’ll be similarly happy at either place. (JMoses)

At Jus’ Maintainin’ Jim Walker has earned a solid rep for dependable car care, detailed service records, first-rate engine work, reasonable rates, and even a free vacuuming afterward. At Crawford’s Z Car Service, Doug Stewart is known for his integrity, competitive rates and expertise. The husband-and-wife team of Larry and Pat Claybaker runs The Workshop on Fourth Avenue South; they’re reliable, knowledgeable and honest—sometimes painfully so. And you’ll keep going back to Precision Tune on Nolensville Road, mainly because Nancy Campbell, the woman at the front desk, is the nicest and most pleasant person you’d ever want to see when your car is acting wacky. (JR)

Best Facial:

Apropos

At Apropos, each client gets a private room with a tranquil color scheme, soft lighting and soothing music. There you lie, swathed in comfortable blankets, forgetting about the traffic on Harding Road and the work that’s piling up at your desk, while your face is cleaned, steamed, treated and moisturized. Meanwhile, your hands receive a little therapy of their own, beginning with a gentle massage and ending with a stint in heated mitts that leave them softened. All in all, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon. (MJ)

Best Clothing Sales:

Banana Republic

Finally, there are two BRs in Nashville (Bellevue Center and the Mall at Green Hills), and there should be much rejoicing. The real action, the innate charm of BR, lies not among the shelves and racks of the latest casually elegant clothes, but in the back of the store. There are times when paying full price is necessary, but there is no greater thrill than scoring a major bargain. This is the place to stock up on wardrobe essentials such as white shirts and blouses, jeans and khakis. It’s also the place to find treasures in velvet and suede or values in linen or wool—before the end of the season. “Clearance” just isn’t the right word for this section; something like “heaven” is more appropriate. (MJ)

Best Internet Provider:

Tie: Edge Internet Services/Telalink

Weighing every local Internet provider is a lot like weighing an elephant on a 50-pound scale: You can do it, but only one piece at a time. That’s why, when they’re judged piece by piece, two Nashville outfits float to the top. Telalink has spent the past year building up the Nashville market. On the other hand, the Edge has been pulling its cables to Internet-starved outposts such as Columbia, Tenn. Both companies boast experienced technical support staffs. Their prices are similar. Their offices are similar. Their setups are similar. For God’s sake, even their salespeople have similar names! You’ll be similarly happy at either place. (JMoses)

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