Best of Business Gold Winners

July 2021



When Ingram’s Readers Speak…

Remember the vintage television commercials about the business executives discussing investments during an airline flight, or at a restaurant, and one of them says, “Well, my broker is E.F. Hutton, and E.F. Hutton says …” and everybody in the surrounding areas turns to listen in?

There’s a lesson in that bit of nostalgic advertising.  A couple of them, actually.

One: The power of reputation will take your company a long way in business. E.F. Hutton had it going on back in the early Pleistocene era. 

Two: A prehistoric reputation for excellence means precisely bupkis in 2021. The big asteroid that wiped out almost all life on Wall Street in October 1987 was the final nail in the Hutton brokerage coffin.

Three: If you want to vouchsafe a reputation for being the best, the work is never done.

For proof of that, look no further than the companies most frequently recognized by Ingram’s readers as the Best of Business Kansas City during its 35 years. They’ve been doing things right for decades. And almost every one of them is still at it, still insisting on almost impossibly high standards, and still delivering the goods.

From art museums to jewelers, car dealerships to hospitals, banks to liquor stores and even nightclub acts, they’re still racking up Gold medals as the best of what Kansas City has to offer.

So please join us in congratulating all of those who, over the years, have assumed their place in this Hall of Fame of business excellence. 

 

CATEGORY LEADER                                  GOLDS

Capital Grille

60

Bristol Seafood Grill

39

Plaza III-The Steakhouse*

38

Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue

37

Stroud’s

29

Nelson-Atkins

28

Halls Kansas City 

26

First Watch

26

The American Restaurant*

24

J.E. Dunn

21

Garozzo’s Ristorante

20

Weston

20

Starlight Theatre

19

The Classic Cup

19

Jazzoo

18

Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions

18

Burns & McDonnell

18

Intercontental Kansas City at The Plaza

17

Saint Luke’s Hospital

16

Nordstrom

16

JJ’s

15

Ameristar

15

Tivol

15

Aristocrat Motors

14

Overland Park Convention Center

14

McCormick & Schmick’s

13

HNTB

13

Overland Chauffeured Services

13

Trozzolo Communications Group

12

bijin

12

Peppercorn Duck Club*

11

Bernstein Rein

11

Ida McBeth

11

Country Club Plaza

11

AMC Theaters

11

VML/YR

11

KC Zoo

11

Hallmark

10

UMB

10

Gomer’s

9

Grand Street Café

8

24-Hour Fitness

8

Arrowhead Stadium

7

J.D. Reece/ReeceNichols

7

John Knox Village

7

Commerce Bank

7