Hancock Chamber President Cathy Wilson announced today that four businesses have been elected by the membership from a field of 15 nominees as 2017 Businesses of the Year: Cuz’s Old Town Oyster Bar & Grill, Bay St. Louis; Beacon Theatres, Waveland; Memorial Physician Clinics & Diagnostic Center, Diamondhead; and, INFINITY Science Center, Hancock County/Kiln.
Businesses of the Year and Outstanding Citizens will be recognized for their contributions to improving quality of life and the business environment in Hancock County during the Chamber’s Annual Salute to Business & Industry Awards Gala on Thursday, August 24th from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Hollywood Casino – Gulf Coast in Bay St. Louis.
“Small business is the backbone of the nation’s economy building the tax base, creating jobs and making our county a better place to live,” said Wilson. “Congratulations to all the nominees.”
Other businesses nominated are:
Bay St. Louis: Coastal Therapy Services / Hollywood Casino – Gulf Coast/ Purple Banana / Smith & Lens Gallery / The Shoofly Magazine
Waveland: Infinity – Architectural Products / Rum Kitchen
Diamondhead: Diaz Brothers Printing / NVision Solutions, Inc.
Hancock County/Kiln: American Medical Response / Farm Bureau Insurance
Cuz’s Old Town Oyster Bar & Grill Elected by the Hancock Chamber Membership as Bay St. Louis Business of the Year
Cuz and Christy Barnes have a well-earned reputation for serving fresh fried and boiled local seafood along with appetizers, homemade gumbo and seafood bisque. They’re also serving grilled food as well as pasta and other dishes new to their menu.
Making the most of the new location on the bottom floor of the French Settlement building, the family has expanded its offerings to serve frozen drinks and gourmet Pop Brothers popsicles. In addition to the dining room tables and booths, seating is available in the shaded courtyard. (228) 467-3707
Beacon Theatres Elected by the Hancock Chamber Membership as Waveland Business of the Year
Beacon Theatres brought movies back to the community in December 2015 when owner Charles Watzke debuted his revamped theater at 310 U.S. 90. Fans can now enjoy first-run movies shown daily in two all-digital theaters while enjoying popcorn, nachos, hot dogs and other treats served in their full concession stand. Within a short time now, The Beacon is opening a third theater furnished with tables and chairs where you can enjoy a movie and a meal from Beacon’s Wacky Wings N’ Things restaurant directly across the street from the theatre.
The Beacon also hosts corporate events, school field trips, birthday parties as well as several premiers for movies created by local playwrights, film makers, directors and talent. www.beacontheatres.net
Memorial Physician Clinics & Diagnostic Center Elected by the Hancock Chamber Membership as Diamondhead Business of the Year
The Memorial Diagnostic Center, Family Medicine & Walk-In Clinic, located at 4300 Leisure Time Drive in Diamondhead, has been serving patients in the community since it opened in October 2012. The clinic offers a wide range of services including family medicine and a walk in clinic that is open Monday through Saturday. In addition there are several specialty clinics including cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general surgery, medical oncology, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, sports medicine, urology, and vascular surgery.Also, the Diagnostic Center offers laboratory services; diagnostic imaging, including CT, digital mammography, bone density, ultrasound, and X-ray; cardiovascular diagnostic imaging including EKG, and vascular ultrasound as well as EEG, EMG and nerve conduction studies. www.gulfportmemorial.com
INFINITY Science Center Elected by the Hancock Chamber Membership as Hancock County Business of the Year
INFINITY Science Center welcomes 60,000 visitors a year for an informative and unforgettable journey to space and beneath the ocean surface.INFINITY is the official NASA visitor center for nearby Stennis Space Center, the nation’s largest rocket engine test facility and one of just a few NASA centers in the U.S. A guided bus tour of Stennis is included in the admission.
With 72,000 square feet of exhibit space, INFINITY houses several galleries highlighting science, space and the Earth through simulators and artifacts, an Immersion Theater and a life-sized replica of the International Space Station module.
Outdoor exhibits showcase an F-1 rocket engine, a weather buoy and a Navy SEAL riverine training boat. The center, located in an integrated natural resources area, showcases the area’s scenic beauty along with Hancock County’s prominent place in U.S. space exploration. www.visitinfinity.com