To view the entire list of The Island Packet 2012 Readers' Choice Award Winners, click on the Readers' Choice special section.
For The Beaufort Gazette winners, click here.

IP - Best Funeral Home

Island Funeral Home

From the first steps in funeral planning to the graveside and beyond, Island Funeral Home will be there to lighten your family’s burden during this difficult time.
4 Cardinal Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

IP - Best Gift Shop

Heaven Sent

Heaven Sent is so much more than a Christian Bookstore. It is a unique gift shop that offers something for every occasion and every person on your list.
1200 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, SC 29910

IP - Best Golf Instructor/Pro

Derek Gall, Old South Golf Club

Golf is one of the biggest attractions in the Lowcountry and it can be an extremely peaceful five hours when playing. But, if you're swing is jacked up, it's anything but peaceful. If you've ever considered lessons, Derek Gall at Old South Golf Links is apparently the "best" at fixing your frustration.
50 Buckingham Plantation Drive, Bluffton, SC 29910

IP - Best Grocery Store


It’s comforting to know you can find all your family’s favorites and everything for your weekly menu right at your fingertips. If you have a question, there are friendly salespeople who are dedicated to customer service. Publix better make room on their mantle because their stores have won even more Readers’ Choice awards. I guess shopping at Publix really is a pleasure.
80 Baylor Drive, Bluffton, SC 29910
101 Buckwalter Place Blvd, Bluffton, SC 29910
11 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
45 Pembroke Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

IP - Best Hair Salon

Salon 5200

Wondering where to go to get the latest hairstyle trends? Put a little fashion in your style and visit Salon 5200. The staff of talented stylists has created an environment where clients can experience something fun and functional without the attitude.
1521 Main St., Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

IP - Best Hair Stylist

Mindi Cadman

Searching for someone who is a good listener, easy to talk to and makes you feel better about yourself? Then Mindi Cadman at Salon Artistry is the right fit for your hair stylist needs. Mindi’s talent and great customer service has allowed her to build a large clientele who trust her with their tresses.
4101 Main St., Suite B, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

IP - Best Hardware Store

True Value Hardware

Can’t find the thingamadoodle to hook into the whatchamacallit? Don’t be intimidated to ask the knowledgeable and friendly staff at True Value Hardware. They can help you find what tools you’re really looking for and give you advice on how to successfully finish that home improvement project.
2 Coligny Plaza, Unit 205, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

IP - Best Heating and Air Service

Howell-Chase Heating and Air Conditioning

Howell-Chase Heating & Air works hard to find the ideal air conditioning and heating solutions for their customers while they sharpen their pencils to get the best possible price in the process. As one customer shares, “Howell-Chase keeps me cool in the summer and warm in the winter. That’s all I could ask for.”
52 Persimmon St., Suite B, Bluffton, SC 29910

IP - Best Hospital

Hilton Head Hospital

It’s medicine with a heart. Hilton Head Hospital’s mission is to deliver safe, cost-effective care to the community with a warm, friendly feeling as soon as you walk through the doors.
25 Hospital Center Blvd., Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

IP - Best Ice Cream/Yogurt Shop

Pino Gelato

What goes better with summer than handmade, whipped gelato? Find out for yourself because tasting is believing. This hand-decorated treat keeps the consistency of the old-world style.
1000 William Hilton Parkway, Suite G-1, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928