2015 Nappie Award Winners

Nearly one million votes were cast in the 2015 Nappie Awards, revealing Lagniappe reader favorites in Mobile-area business, services, arts, cuisine, nightlife and more! Find the full list of award recipients and selected profiles inside!

2015 Nappie Award Winners

Complete List – 2015 Nappie Award Winners

Nearly one million votes were cast in the 2015 Nappie Awards, revealing Lagniappe reader favorites in Mobile-area businesses, services, arts, cuisine, nightlife and more! A full list of award recipients and selected profiles (highlighted) are below. THANKS TO ALL WHO VOTED! NIGHTLIFE Best All Around Bar • Callaghan’s Best Bartender • Stoney Boatman at The Garage Best Bartenderess • Avril McRae at Firehouse Wine Bar Hottest Bartender • Ricky Havens at Pour Baby Hottest Bartenderess • Haley Williams at Veet’s Best New Bar • Pour Baby Best Dive Bar • Blues Tavern Best E-Sho Bar • Plow-Fairhope Best WeMo...

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Global arts star Bruce Larsen adds Nappie Award to resume

If you live in the Mobile Bay area, you’re in the midst of Bruce Larsen’s world, whether you know it or not. If you don’t, then you’d best wake up to the fact. The sculptor has built a global reputation for his wildly innovative found-art pieces owned by the likes of Bill Clinton, Robert Kennedy Jr., Nicolas Cage, Robert Plant, Sting, Chelsea Clinton, Nall, Rick Bragg, Mark Ruffalo, Phillippe Cousteau, the Prince of Jordan, the Prince of Malaysia and the Crown Prince of Bahrain. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, to an Auburn University forestry and wildlife professor, he indulged his...

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Emphasis on employees marks ‘Best Local Company to Work For’

Established 36 years ago in Mobile, a group of locals created Computer Programs and Systems Inc., better known today by its stock-ticker acronym CPSI. The goal of the founders was to fill a void in technology for hospitals in rural communities throughout the country. At the time, these facilities couldn’t deliver health care services in many such areas on par with larger centers in bigger cities. CPSI developed a software solution that automated medical data to assist with just that. The company helped smaller hospitals manage information flow on a level previously found only in massively staffed urban centers....

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Police chief chooses outcome over output

When this year’s Hardest Working City Official in Mobile, Police Chief James Barber, has time to watch television, he tries to avoid police dramas, like “Law and Order.” “I do not watch cop shows because I do get irritated that they get so much wrong and get so dramatic,” he said. “Oftentimes, it’s a distorted view of what’s going on.” Barber himself has been visible on the streets and on TV this year, with Mayor Sandy Stimpson, walking door to door to hear from residents about the problems in various communities. Their walks are part of a larger effort...

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Mobile’s best pediatrician is a native son

The 2015 Nappie Award for “Best Pediatrician” goes to Dr. Alfred L. Shearer at Pediatric Associates of Mobile. Born and raised in Mobile, Shearer developed an interest in science and mathematics while attending UMS-Wright Preparatory School. It wasn’t until he graduated from Birmingham-Southern College and attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine that he realized his passion for pediatrics. “When I was in medical school, I did pediatric rotation and just fell in love with it. Kids were just so much fun to take care of,” Shearer said. After finishing medical school in 1987 and his residency at...

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Best bartenderess is both cool and calculating

On Alabama’s Gulf Coast there are no shortages of men and women qualified to serve cold drinks in the summer heat, but tucked away on Mobile’s St. Francis Street, one bartenderess stands out not only to a slew of regulars, but also to the readers of Lagniappe. Whether you’re looking for a bulky petite sirah, an obscure riesling or a standard merlot, Avril McRae at the Firehouse Wine Bar has you covered. Though she admittedly falls short of the depth of knowledge befitting a sommelier, McRae knows well the extensive variety of labels Firehouse offers, and is quick to...

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Infant Richard and the Delta Stones, artistic revolutionaries

The Nappie Awards serve a twofold purpose with regard to local music. First, they allow local fans to prove their love and loyalty to the Azalea City’s musicians. Second, the nominations can introduce Lagniappe readers to some of the freshest musical acts the area has to offer. The Nappie Award for “Best New Local Band” is designated for an emerging musical act that has made a positive impression on local music lovers in the months leading up to the Nappies. Lagniappe readers chose Infant Richard and the Delta Stones as Mobile’s hottest up-and-coming band. Symone French (vocals), Andrew Johns...

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Spanish Fort Mayor Mike McMillan doesn’t mind the overtime

Spanish Fort Mayor Mike McMillan was selected as the 2015 Nappie award winner for Hardest Working Elected Official on the Eastern Shore. McMillan has been mayor of one of Baldwin County’s fastest-growing cities since 2012, when he ran for the position unopposed. A Mobile native who moved to Spanish Fort in the 1980s, McMillan is a member of the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board, the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance board and an ex-officio member of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. Before becoming mayor, McMillan served on the Spanish Fort City Council for eight years,...

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