About Panhandle Hometown Guru

Welcome the Panhandle Hometown Guru, a companion site to Best of the Best, The Journal's readers choice awards contest.


Each year in Best of the Best, we ask the public to nominate, and then vote for, their favorite businesses, businesspeople, events and attractions in West Virginia's Panhandle and surrounding areas.

On PanhandleHometown Guru, you’ll find the winners, finalists and top-five vote-getters from the contest, so when you’re looking for the best burger, the right dentist for you, a good plumber and more, you’ve got solid recommendations from folks in the know. Pretty much all of the Panhandle's favorites are right here!

How do I know where a business placed in Best of the Best?

When you’re viewing a business, note the gold, grey and white tags above its name that show where it finished in Best of the Best—winner, finalist or top 5—and in which year. If a business that won in prior years has since closed, there will be a red “closed” tag above it. We’ve retained those businesses to honor their victories.

See something wrong with a business's information?

We do our best to stay on top of changes as businesses move and expand, but as most humans do, we sometimes miss things. Want to suggest a correction or an edit to a business' information? Simply click in the business name, then click Suggest An Edit on the top right above its name, where you can fill out and submit a form with your feedback.

Have a general question or feedback not related to a specific business?

Contact us at panhandle.hometownguru.com/contact.

Panhandle Hometown Guru is published by Ogden Newspapers of West Virginia / dba The Journal, 207 W. King St., Martinsburg, West Virginia 25402. Phone: (304) 263-8931

Best of the Best

Legend’s Barbershop

9405 Williamsport Pike
Falling Waters, WV 25419

Shepherd University

164 University Dr
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Apple Valley Waste

771 James Burr Blvd
Kearneysville, WV 25430

Top Gun Sealcoating

1910 Specks Run Rd
Bunker Hill, WV 25413