Best Of Mason & Deerfield 2019

Mason & Deerfield Lifestyle is proud to present the winners of the second annual Best Of Mason & Deerfield Readers’ Choice Awards. From delicious food and drinks to helpful services and health providers, we have a thriving and vibrant place to live. All votes came from our readers and the community. Congratulations winners! 

Local Artists Share Their Inspiration

 Joe Chunko  Photographer Joe Chunko’s career didn’t begin in art school, but in the U.S. Navy where he served until 1966. From there he began a 40-year career in the packaging and printing industry.  “I think I have a good eye, and that eye was developed in the printing business,” Joe reflects. 

A New Act

Fifteen years ago, a group of parents whose children participated in local theater productions noticed a pressing need. The interest in youth theater was outpacing the available parts in local productions in Mason. They wanted to expand opportunities for youth to act, sing and dance, so they started their own non-profit community theater group, Acting Up.

Positivity and Perseverance

High School is a time of intensive learning and personal growth. Students often have to balance an active schedule of academics and extracurricular activities while also exploring the endless possibilities for their futures.  

Building Lifelong Dancers

In 1995, Mason Dance Center (MDC) owner, Bobbi Wyatt, had two young daughters, Emily and Amanda, who loved to dance. However, they didn’t have good options for formal ballet training in the Mason area. 

Health In Our Community

 Jennifer Pierson, Senior Director Marketing and Outreach  Lindner Center of HOPE  4075 Old Western Row Rd, Mason

A Mission to Spread Hope

A furry, white dog held tightly onto Nolan as they raced to home plate. It had been a hot day on the sandlot, but Nolan’s determined stride hadn’t faltered with his service dog, Nerys, right by his side. Nolan’s mom, Laura, shared their story about how Nolan and Nerys’ special bond was made possible with the support of Mason nonprofit…

Gift Giving Guide: Kids

Learning Express Toys of Mason is a locally owned franchise, led by a mom of eight, Kelley Stevens. The store in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, was her first job after her kids were in school. It was there that she fell in love with the franchise, became a manager and eventually the owner.

Heart of the Matter

For most, opening a restaurant requires a giant leap of faith. The location, the concept, the service, the food—it’s a recipe requiring the kind of preternatural timing and instinct even the most seasoned restauranteurs can get wrong—and often do. But for Tony Ricci and his wife, Debra, theirs wasn’t just a leap of faith; it was an act of one.

Make-Your-Own Holiday Wreaths

Believe it or not, you may have almost everything you need to create a fabulous holiday wreath right in your own backyard. Owner of That Girl’s Flowers, Nellie Ashmore, loves to encourage people to look around their lawns for fresh options rather than faux.