Alabama’s Top Rated Local® Real Estate Broker Award Winner: RE/MAX Premiere Group

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that RE/MAX Premiere Group is a 2019 award winner!

A 96.19 Rating Score™, a 4.72 average rating score, and dozens of terrific online reviews make RE/MAX Premiere Group one of the top 10 real estate brokers in Alabama for 2019! Here’s just one of the rave reviews they’ve received:

“[I] had a great experience working with RE/MAX and their great agents in the recent purchase of our home. They are very knowledgeable and provide great guidance throughout the whole process! [I] definitely will use them again in the future if the opportunity arises.” -Zach W.

Not Your Average Real Estate Company

Kelly, the office manager of RE/MAX Premiere Group, took some time to speak with us about the business’ remarkable online reputation.

We first asked Kelly what it is that sets RE/MAX Premiere Group apart from other real estate companies in the area. She told us, “Our brand and our name is recognized internationally, it’s the number one recognized brand in the nation. Every single agent that works for RE/MAX works to uphold that standard. It’s also the broker’s personal philosophy of excellence with each agent he works with to ensure their success.”

Kelly and the rest of the RE/MAX Premiere Group team have dedicated themselves to building a better real estate experience for all involved. “We’re all about helping agents reach individual goals by providing consumers with seamless professional real estate experience,” she said. “Quality agents create quality experiences for buyers and sellers. Our broker focuses on quality through training. We have several agents with 20 years of experience which they share with the newer agents.”

Building Success With an Incredible Team

The RE/MAX Premiere Group secret to success can be chalked up to their phenomenal team. In Kelly’s words, “We’re very selective about the realtors we ask to join us. We have many top producers who have proven success rates and the broker is the best in the industry in our area because his main goal is the success of his agents. Everybody works together as a team. A great team to work with.”


Congratulations to the team at RE/MAX Premiere Group for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Kelly, for taking the time to speak with us!

Alabama’s Top Rated Local® Dentists Award Winner: Coln Dental Care

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Coln Dental Care is a 2019 award winner!

As one of the top 10 dentists in the entire state of Alabama, Coln Dental Care had earned a 99.00 Rating Score™, a 5.00 average star rating, and more than 100 phenomenal online reviews. Here’s one example:

“This is the place to go if you are looking for friendly, comfortable, knowledgable, caring and professional dental services, all bundled up together — with a smile!! My opinion of Dr. Coln and her entire staff is that they are wonderful individuals and a wonderful team! Go see them!!” -Christopher M.

Not Your Average Dental Clinic

Dr. Evelyn Coln, the owner of Coln Dental Care, took some time to chat with us about her business’ exemplary online reputation.

First things first, we asked Dr. Coln what she believes sets Coln Dental Care so far above their competition. She told us, “We try to make our patients feel like family. We offer the highest level of care for their teeth and them as a whole. We try to take extra time with everyone.”

Dr. Coln and her team take immense pride in giving back to their community. “We work hard to give back to the community any way we can, inside and outside the office,” she told us. “Most people don’t enjoy going to the dentist but our patients look forward to seeing us!”

Building Success Through Service

Dr. Coln pointed to her excellent team when asked about her secret to success, telling us, “We have a great team. Also, our core value is putting others first.”

Being an award-winning business owner, Dr. Coln knows what it takes to help a business succeed online. That’s why we couldn’t let her go without finding out what advice she has for other businesses that are trying to build, improve, or maintain their online reputation. Here’s what she said:

“The biggest thing is treating your customer as a person, not just a dental patient.”


Congratulations to the team at Coln Dental Care for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Dr. Coln, for taking the time to speak with us!

Alabama’s Top Rated Local® Private Investigators Award Winner: Bill Robison Investigations

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Bill Robison Investigations is an award winner for private investigators in 2019.

If you are looking for a thorough and dedicated private investigator, look no further than this award-winning company!

Bill Robison Investigations has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 90.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three private investigators in Alabama!

Not Your Average Private Investigator

We were excited to learn all about how Bill Robison Investigations has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the owner, Bill Robinson. The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Bill Robison Investigations stand apart from their local competitors. Bill says that they have seen a wide variety of cases, so they really have seen it all. It is the experience that makes Bill Robison Investigations stand out from the crowd.

Through hard work and dedication, Bill Robinson Investigators is committed to solving every case and bringing forward all possible evidence. Bill says:

“We say what we do and do what we say. We get the evidence that our clients seek.”

Building Success Through Community

In addition to building a stellar online reputation, Bill Robison Investigators has also marketed their business on the radio, on TV commercials, and on billboards across the state. Bill told us that it is also important for him to stay involved in his local community. He does this by sponsoring local golf clubs, school events, and the Children’s Hospital. He says

“If you want to have a happy heart, you go to Miracle Field and watch them play.”

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Bill Robison Investigations has managed to. We asked if Bill could share any expert advice to these companies. Here’s what they had to say:

“Be honest. Be fair. Work hard. If you fall, get back up and go back at it again.”


Congratulations to Bill Robison Investigations for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Bill for taking the time to speak with us!

Alabama’s Top Rated Local® Therapists & Psychiatrists Award Winner: Joel Melvin, Ph.D.

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Joel Melvin, Ph.D. is an award winner for therapists & psychiatrists in 2019.

Hoover, Alabama is home to a compassionate, ethical, and highly recommended therapist. If you are in need of someone to talk to, look no further than this award-winning company!

Joel Melvin, Ph.D. has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.84 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 96.44 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as the number one therapist & psychiatrist in Alabama!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Dr. Melvin has been my therapist for over 13 years. When other people gave up on me, he taught me how to overcome the difficulties of my diagnosis struggle. Dr. Melvin’s therapeutic approaches have helped me to embrace change and become a more stable person. I have referred many people to his office and will continue to do so.” – Barbara J.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Joel Melvin, Ph.D. is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Therapist

We were excited to learn all about how Joel Melvin, Ph.D. has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with Dr. Joel Melvin. The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Joel Melvin, Ph.D. stand apart from their local competitors. He says:

“I don’t take notes when I’m talking to people, I don’t just say, ‘Mh hm, how does that make you feel?’ I evaluate their body language and try to give them feedback and be there with them in the moment with whatever they are going through.”

This helps Dr. Melvin to work towards his company mission, which he describes as:

“My mission is what I’m doing in the moment, who I’m with, giving them that moment in time. To just do a good job and be there when they need me.”

Building Success with Heart

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Joel Melvin, Ph.D. has managed to. We asked if Dr. Melvin could share any expert advice for these companies. Here’s what they had to say:

“Be yourself. Don’t try to be something you’re not, just be yourself and let people see that. Be human, and let people see that, don’t try to be something up on a pedestal that you’re not.”

Dr. Joel Melvin ended our chat with this heartfelt advice:

“Everybody can benefit from therapy. There is no shame in seeing a therapist. Good therapy is helping people change and grow, not focusing on what’s wrong with you. You tell us what’s wrong with and we’ll tell you what’s right with you.”


Congratulations to Joel Melvin, Ph.D. for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Dr. Melvin for taking the time to speak with us!

Alabama’s Top Rated Local® Real Estate Brokers Award Winner: Avast Realty

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Avast Realty is a 2019 award winner for real estate brokers in Alabama!

Whether you’re buying or selling property, it’s important to have the right real estate team on your side, and in Alabama, there’s no better team to work with than Avast Realty.

Avast Realty has received dozens of reviews on two verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 94.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 real estate brokers in all of Alabama!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Ekaterina Elkourie and her team are wonderful to work with. [They are] very knowledgeable about the industry and communicate with you throughout the process. They take ownership of your goals to ensure that you are happy with the experience.” – John B.

Not Your Average Real Estate Company

We took a few minutes to talk with Chris Creel, Marketing Manager of Avast Realty, to learn a little more about the business and how they managed to build such an incredible online reputation.

We first wanted to know what sets Avast Realty apart from the many other real estate companies people could work with in Alabama. Here’s what Chris had to say:

“Being engaged with our clients more really sets us apart. We’re interacting on social media all the time. We also train our agents very well and keep a family atmosphere around here.”

We also asked Chris what their mission is at Avast Realty and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s his response:

“We just want to make sure that the dream of home ownership can be obtained by everyone!”

Building Success by Asking for Feedback

Chris credits Avast Realty’s impressive online reputation to their commitment to asking for feedback from their clients.

“We always try to get folks to leave a review at the closing. We also reach out to recent clients to ask as well.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Avast Realty has grown through their strong social media presence — they post a variety of things to keep people engaged — and they also do some things on the radio; though, they only recently started doing so.

There are so many business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Avast Realty’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Social media is key these days. Don’t make it all about yourself! Content is king, but the content has got to be just as varied as your clientele. Share fun things, creative things and informative things. Try to make yourself more human!”


Congratulations to the team at Avast Realty for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Chris, for taking the time to speak with us!

For all of your real estate needs in Alabama, we highly recommend working with the team at Avast Realty. Visit their website today.

Alabama’s Top Rated Local® Lawn Care Companies Award Winner: Mow Hawk Lawn Care

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Mow Hawk Lawn Care is a 2019 award winner for lawn care companies in Alabama!

From mowing grass to mulching and hedge trimming, the team at Mow Hawk Lawn Care in Huntsville has what it takes to meet all of your lawn care needs.

Mow Hawk Lawn Care has received dozens of reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 98.00 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards — one for ranking among the top 100 businesses in Alabama and one for ranking among the top 10 lawn care companies in Alabama!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“The staff is very courteous, timely and professional. The owner (Chris) is very responsive and will give you a quote within 24 hours. From my experience of living in the Huntsville area for 20+ years, I would say that Mow Hawk is the best and most dependable lawn care provider in the area. Highly recommended!” – Stephen R.

Not Your Average Lawn Care Company

To learn a little more about the business and how they managed to build such an enviable online reputation, we took a few minutes to talk with Chris Grissim, owner of Mow Hawk Lawn Care.

The first question we had for Chris was what sets Mow Hawk Lawn Care apart from the many other lawn care companies in Alabama. Here’s his response:

“We are responsive to our customers. We can take on any kind of work; we can take on anything big, small — everything. We operate a little differently than most companies. I contract work out. My company doesn’t really do much of the work ourselves, so we’re not having to turn down work; we can take everything that comes our way. We’re a little bit like HomeAdvisor, not nationwide but locally; we handle the lawn care industry or service. We also do pressure washing and window cleaning.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Mow Hawk Lawn Care and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Chris had to say:

“[Our mission is to] take care of our customers the best we can and make sure they are always pleased. We try to follow up every time we refer work to someone else. We always follow up and try to make sure everything is good. We want to give quality companies to these customers when they call. We want to make sure they are doing good, because if they don’t or if they aren’t responsive on the phone, like we expect them to be, we quit using them. That’s our way of making sure everyone is doing what they are supposed to do.”

Building Success Through Top-Notch Customer Service

Chris credits Mow Hawk Lawn Care’s strong online reputation to their commitment to making sure customer service is top-notch and answering all calls and calling people back.

When asked how he has grown Mow Hawk Lawn Care outside of their powerful online reputation, Chris has this to say:

“That’s it — online, that’s all that we do. I handle all the online stuff. I learned how to do this myself. I started out as a lawn mowing service. The guy I had doing my website got out, so I had to learn how to do all that. I create other websites as well. What I do is try to eliminate my competition online. In the lawn care category, I have about three different websites going that push my competition down. They all call me — all the customers. There’s no need for me to do any paid advertisement. We are in a high-tech city, and a lot of people are moving here; there will probably be 40,000 people moving here in the next two years. I’ve got more work than all these companies I’m dealing with can handle. I’m constantly looking for new people to do work.”

There are so many business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Chris’ expert advice for those business owners:

“Don’t do anything but spend money. You either spend money or learn how to do it yourself. Everyone goes online to look for people now to do any kind of service. A lot of these companies don’t understand the value of marketing.”


Congratulations to the team at Mow Hawk Lawn Care for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Chris, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Mow Hawk Lawn Care for all of your lawn care needs in Huntsville. Visit their website today.

Alabama’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Gracie Barra Alabama

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Gracie Barra Alabama is a 2019 award winner for martial arts in Alabama!

If you’re interested in learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, there’s no better martial arts school to turn to in Pelham than Gracie Barra Alabama.

Gracie Barra Alabama has received more than 100 reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an incredible Rating Score™ of 96.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 martial arts schools in all of Alabama!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I can’t begin to say enough good things about this school! I was visiting from out of town and drove an hour and a half to come check out this school. My first impression was that the school was immaculate and well taken care of. The mats were clean; it was spacious; the bathrooms and changing rooms were clean, and the instruction, like all the instruction I’ve received at any Gracie Barra school, was phenomenal. The black belt [who was] teaching took time out to roll with me…and to ensure I had a proper grasp of all the movements we were doing! This is an amazing place, and the only problem that I have with it is that I live so far away from it! If you live near this school and haven’t checked it out, you are doing yourself a disservice!” – Nathaniel M.

Not Your Average Martial Arts School

We took a few minutes to talk with Kaliffa Oliveira, owner and main instructor at Gracie Barra Alabama, to learn a little more about the business and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know was what sets Gracie Barra Alabama apart from the many other martial arts schools in Alabama. Here’s what Kaliffa had to say:

“We don’t have a team; I consider my students as family members. We become very close friends. We compete together; we hang out on the weekends. Most importantly, I lead by example. I compete, and I try to be honest.”

We also asked Kaliffa what their mission is at Gracie Barra Alabama and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s his response:

“Our mission is to change your life. I think we are the best because of how many people’s lives we’ve changed. At the end of the day, my main goal is to be a better person tomorrow than I am today. Jiu-Jitsu not only helps me on the mat; it helps me in my everyday life. That’s what I preach every day. And, my wife and kids train here, so they never let me lie about that.”

Kaliffa added:

“Jiu-Jitsu is like having car insurance. You need to have it. Hopefully, you never need it.”

Building Success Through Fairness and Honesty

When asked what their secret is to such a strong online reputation at Gracie Barra Alabama, Kaliffa had this to share:

“I try my best to please everybody, to treat people fair and to be honest with everybody. I don’t hide anything. I don’t do crazy contracts. If they like it, good. If they don’t, here’s the money back. I try to stay away from politics, too. I don’t mind if my students try other gyms. I tell them that if the instructors doesn’t practice with their students, there’s something wrong with the instructor…If we’re not inspiring anybody in our lives, we’re doing something wrong.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Gracie Barra Alabama has grown through word of mouth, by working with a company called CyberMark and through social media — they had 52 students sign up the first day through social media!

There are many business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Kaliffa’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Be honest. Be respectful. Be very open-minded. I learn from my students and clients every day.”


Congratulations to the team at Gracie Barra Alabama for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Kaliffa, for taking the time to speak with us!

If you’re interested in learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we highly recommend taking a class at Gracie Barra Alabama. Visit their website today.

Alabama’s Top Rated Local® Beauty Salon Award Winner: Terrame Day Spa & Salon

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Terramé Salon and Spa is not only the number one salmon and spa in the whole state of Alabama, but one of the top 15 businesses in the state overall!

“I always have an amazing experience at Terramé. The owners are honest and caring. The employees are amazing. The customer service is exceptional. You will certainly be well cared for. They offer everything from head to toe. Hair, facials, massage, pedicures, spray tan, make-up etc. I highly recommend this place.” -Meghan C.

That’s just one of the more than 2,000 fabulous reviews Terramé Salon and Spa has received on verified review sites, giving them a perfect 100.00 Rating Score™, a 4.98 average star rating, and a 2019 Top Rated Local award!

Not Your Average Terramé Salon and Spa

Charles Johnson, the co-owner and manager of Terramé Salon and Spa, took a moment to chat with our team about his business’ outstanding online reputation.

As an award-winning business, Terramé Salon and Spa is certainly doing quite a few things right. When asked what it really is that sets them apart, Charles responded, “We are always up to date on new techniques. We spend hundreds if not thousands of hours on training. Knowing what we’re doing and how we deliver on that is very, very important to us to get the person the most out of whatever service they are getting.”

Charles and the rest of the Terramé Salon and Spa take immense pride in their work, in large part because they get to help people take a break from their busy lives. “We really create an environment to help people relax for a little bit,” he said. “We think by having people unwind and get off their electronics and all of those things to kinda help people relax and think about their life in general instead of being in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, that’s a piece of it. We also do hair and makeup and those kinds of things also, so they then help people feel good about themselves to hopefully create a friendlier atmosphere to the people that they are around.”

Building Success Through Community Involvement

In Charles’ eyes, the Terramé Salon and Spa secret to success has a lot to do with their community involvement. When we asked, he said it’s “The strong connection we have with the community. We really take part in a variety of ways, kinda connecting us to different organizations through charitable work and donations. We work with Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville Museum of Art, and Huntsville Symphony. There are a lot of others, but those are the main ones we work with.”

This is Charles’ advice to other businesses that are working on their online reputation:

“Have a strong online presence; we’ve been doing this a long time, so I think what matters is that you are always doing what is right. As long as you are doing what is right over the longevity of your business, people will come and use your services. You have to build a trust relationship, so they know who you are and what you do and know that you are a reasonable business. You have to have a strong financial background to know where your money is all the time, and all that is very important to grow and maintain longevity you’re going to need that trust in the community.”


Congratulations to the team at Terramé Salon and Spa for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Charles, for taking the time to speak with us!

Alabama’s Top Rated Local® Funeral Home Award Winner: Johns-Ridout’s Funeral Parlors

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Johns-Ridout’s Funeral Parlors is a 2019 award winner!

As one of the top three funeral homes in the entire state of Alabama, Johns-Ridouts Funeral Parlors has earned a 94.00 Rating Score™, a perfect five-star average rating, and more than 100 reviews on verified sites. Here’s just one of the rave reviews they’ve received:

“Thanks to the staff at Johns-Ridout’s for helping my family last year at a difficult time. We were very impressed with all of the great options that was given to us to make a personalized memorial service. You will be our choice in the future.” -Andy H.

Not Your Average Funeral Home

Heath Bowen, the location manager at Johns-Ridout’s Funeral Parlors, took some time to speak with us about the business’ positive online reputation.

Of course, we were particularly interested in finding out how the Johns-Ridout’s team differentiates themselves from other funeral homes and services in the area. When we asked Heath, he said, “We celebrate people’s lives more than any other aspect of the funeral process; not the casket or the flowers, we really focus on that person’s life more than anything else.”

Building Success Through

The Johns-Ridout’s secret to success can be found in their dedication to providing the families they serve with compassionate care, but also in asking for reviews. “We ask every one of our families to go online and leave a review, good or bad,” Heath said. “We are always wanting to improve services. We make it easy for people by giving them sheets with QR codes that link to our Google reviews.”

Here’s Heath’s advice to other businesses that are looking to build up, maintain, or even improve their online reputation:

“Do not be afraid to ask the customer what they want, never assume you know what they want. If they don’t know what they want, show them everything you offer — the worst thing they can say is ‘no’.”


Congratulations to the team at John-Ridout’s Funeral Parlors for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Heath, for taking the time to speak with us!

Alabama’s Top Rated Local® Beauty Salons & Spas Award Winner: Bliss Salon & Day Spa

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Bliss Salon & Day Spa is a 2019 award winner for beauty salons and spas in Alabama!

Look and feel your best in Mobile by scheduling an appointment with the professionals at Bliss Salon & Day Spa.

Bliss Salon & Day Spa has received more than 100 reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 4.72 stars, earning them a spectacular Rating Score™ of 96.24 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 beauty salons and spas in Alabama!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I LOVE Bliss Salon! I have gotten spray tans from there, and they look so natural and so brown. Tera does them by hand, so there is no streaking and no orange spots. The environment is very relaxing, and it is a great way to pamper yourself. Men, take note, THIS is what your wife wants for her birthday and Mother’s Day and anniversaries!” – Lisa W.

Not Your Average Beauty Salon and Spa

We took a few minutes to talk with Tera Shade, the owner of Bliss Salon & Day Spa, to learn a little bit more about the business and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know was what sets Bliss Salon & Day Spa apart from the many beauty salons in Alabama. Here’s what Tera had to say:

“It’s our friendliness [that sets us apart]; we treat our customers as friends — we know their first names and what has been going on in their lives. We make sure that our customers walk out feeling better than when they came in. We’re in a great, secluded area that is serene, relaxing and peaceful. It all contributes to the feeling our customers get and the experience they have with us.”

Tera added that at Bliss Salon & Day Spa, they offer a variety of services that aren’t typically on the menu at other salons and spas, including couple’s massages, scar removal, Ultrasonic Cavi Lipo and tattoo removal.

We also asked Tera what their mission is at Bliss Salon & Day Spa and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s her response:

“This is a great month where all of our requests for donations and contributions start to come in. We support local issues around here, especially if it pertains to women’s issues, children or animals. We have fundraisers that go towards victims of hurricanes and floods, and towards local women’s shelters. For the women’s shelters, we give free hair services to increase their confidence to get out in the world again and feel better about themselves.”

Building Success by Putting the Customer First and Having the Right People

Tera credits Bliss Salon & Day Spa’s strong online reputation to the fact that they put their customers first and that they have a team of good people who are passionate about what they do. At Bliss, they offer an experience, not just a service.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Bliss Salon & Day Spa has grown through their website, which was developed by Tera’s son in Australia, as well as their presence on Yelp, Google and Facebook.

There are so many other business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Tera’s expert advice for those business owners:

“You do what it takes! You stay after hours; you come in early; you treat them like family and put them first in every way possible…”


Congratulations to the team at Bliss Salon & Day Spa for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Tera, for taking the time to speak with us!

When you want to look and feel like a million bucks, there’s no better beauty salon and spa to turn to in Mobile than Bliss Salon & Day Spa. Visit their website today!