By ASHLEY BERKERY, CRAIG KLEIMEYER & MADOLINE MARKHAM
The Homewood Star would like to thank everyone who voted in our first Best of Homewood competition. Congratulations to all our winners.
Best Coffee Shop
O’Henry’s helps us start the day off right with fresh muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls and of course a hot cup of coffee. Their coffee beans are delivered fresh to the store every week, and you can choose from up to 45 coffees by the pound. It’s the perfect study spot and also great for catching up with a friend. 2831 18th Street South, 870-1198. 569 Brookwood Village, Ste. 101, 870-1148.
Runner Up: Hart and Soul
Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Best Hamburger
With a variety of hamburgers and hot dogs plus Cajun-style fries cooked in pure, no cholesterol, peanut oil, this place is hard to beat. Also, you can choose as many free toppings as you want for your burgers or dog. And to top it off, they offer the delicious complimentary roasted peanuts. 585 Brookwood Village, 414-8459
Runner Up: Hamburger Heaven
Saw’s Sauce is so good you can now find it at grocery stores all over the country, but all those other places don’t get to eat red or white sauce atop Saw’s tender pulled pork, smoked chicken and ribs like we do here in Edgewood. The barbecue institution also offers all the barbecue fixings we love as well as stuffed taters. 1008 Oxmoor Road, 879-1937
Runner Up: Jim N Nick’s Bar-B-Q Continue reading
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By ANNA CATE LITTLE
Hunter Payne and sons Winston and Collier run Hunter’s Cleaners. Photo by Dan Starnes.
When it comes to his 11-year-old business, Hunter’s Cleaners, owner Hunter Payne might rank his accomplishments in this order: working alongside his two sons, operating an environmentally sound facility and meeting customers’ expectations. Ensuring that each garment received is cleaned, preserved and returned in a timely manner seems like a pretty simple concept for a dry-cleaner. But there’s nothing simple about Payne’s business, or even Payne himself.
A Mountain Brook native, Payne has made Homewood home since 1993, where he raised two sons, Collier and Winston, who now help run the store.
“There are not many father and son businesses out there,” said Payne. “So I consider that an accomplishment, that we can work together. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but our adversity has made us stronger and more successful. We all bring something different to the table, and at the end of the day, we have a great business.” Continue reading