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illustration by Richard Humphreys/Dog on Fire Maybe you’re still wondering what to do in November’s election, but when it comes to voting for your favorite restaurant, bar or retail shop (and many more), you didn’t hesitate. Best of the Coast began in 2000 as a way to celebrate the people, places and things that make Pensacola a fun and unique place to live. Initially we had about 300 readers mail in ballots. This year, we had over 5,000 votes cast online. Long-time local favorites were rightly celebrated again and new businesses and faces made their way to the winner’s list too. Read on to see the 2012 Best of the Coast winners. Those winners who became a part of the issue by advertising have write-ups. The runner-ups will be featured next week in our Rest if the Best Issue. {in} October 04, 2012



Apple Market-Winner: Best Independent Market, Best Deli

Aragon Wine Market-Winner: Best Wine Shop, Best Wine Tastings



Winner: Best Independent Market, Best Deli Runner Up: Best Gourmet/Specialty Food, Best Caterer, Best Place to Buy Produce Apple Market, “the biggest little store in town,” provides fresh meats, fantastic deli selections, outstanding produce, perishables and friendly, efficient service. Apple Market not only carries items you’d find at a typical grocer, but also those you’d find in many specialty-item stores. In addition to having one of the best delis and produce aisles in town, the store also offers many imported cheeses, wine and bread and will order specialty items that customers can’t find elsewhere. Catering and delivery services are also offered. The store’s success has stemmed from providing everything the customer wants with

the convenience of being right around the corner, and it looks like IN readers have taken notice.


Winner: Best Wine Shop, Best Wine Tastings Charlotte Gordon, proprietor of Aragon Wine Market, is obviously a lover of wine, but not an expert. “I'm happy to admit that I learn something new about wine each day,” Gordon said. “I think that the never-ending learning of wine is what makes it so great.” What makes Aragon Wine Market different from wine shops is the customer service. “We take the time to get to know our customers and their needs. I like meeting people, talking with regular customers and get satisfaction when I help someone find a wine that they love.”

Winner: Best Antiques Andrea Wessel and her husband opened Blue Moon Antiques—named after the blue moon they were married under, over 10 years ago. Wessel has a love and an eye for antiques, which she got from her mother and notes that antiques are “the oldest form of recycling.” She describes the store as “big and absolutely full” of items new and old with mid-century modern furniture being the most abundant inventory. “It’s like 80 different stores in one,” Wessel said.


Winner: Best Music Gear Blues Angel Music is a one-stop shop for instruments and even has four full-time repair technicians. “From band instruments to rock and roll, we can

also fix all things electronic,” said owner Jim DeStafney. The store also buys, sells, trades and consigns musical gear. “We love used gear. We can usually fix broken items,” DeStafney said. And more importantly, Blues Angel Music is owned and run by music lovers. “We’re lucky to work in an area that we love.”


Winner: Best New Retail Shop Runner Up: Best Gourmet/Specialty Food With marinated olives, fresh pasta, a dizzying array of infused olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and gourmet salts, this gorgeous boutique is worth exploring. When Tristan de Luna came to Pensacola over 450 years ago, he brought several olive trees to plant. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. The Bodacious Olive has a selection that would make de Luna proud.

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Winner: Best Place to Buy an Engagement Ring Runner Up: Best Jeweler Overall This fourth-generation jewelry store has survived the Great Depression and the more recent economic recession since opening its doors in 1919. The store owes its loyal customers to its knowledgeable and helpful staff. IN readers look forward to its Annual Diamond Dash, a one-day treasure hunt, which leaves the winner with an $11,000 Simon G diamond ring.



Winner: Best Consignment Store Women of all ages have been consigning their gently worn items at Elite Repeats & Boutique for over 20 years. “From juniors, misses, womens, designer clothing and accessories, formal and select housewares,” said Lisa Compton, owner since 2005. The boutique offers styles from trendy to classic to serve its broad clientele. Compton and employees love seeing what gets brought in. “The inventory is constantly changing.”


Winner: Best Boutique Runner Up: Best Women’s Accessories, Best Women’s Apparel What sets Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique apart from other stores is client relationships. “Knowing our customer's style, aligning that style with current fashion trends and establishing a relationship with our customer's through personalized attention are very important aspects of our boutique,” said co-owner Katie Rozier. The boutique carries brands such as M.M. Couture, Joes Jeans, Lilla P. and B.B. Dakota. “We strive to provide great service to our customers and keep them in mind by providing quality products at a reasonable price point,” Rozier said.

Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique-Winner: Best Boutique coastal Outfitters is your destination for premium footwear, apparel and accessories. If you’re hiking, backpacking, kayaking or sailing, they’ve got great products from Keen, Merrell, Chaco, Vibram 5-Fingers, The North Face, Royal Robbins, Patagonia and more. Operations Manager Wes Dannreuther has the expertise to outfit you perfectly.


Winner: Best Jeweler Overall Runner Up: Best Place to Buy an Engagement Ring, Best Unique Jewelry For more than 50 years, the Davis family has owned and operated Jewelers Trade Shop in historic downtown Pensacola. Owners Corbett Davis Jr. and Corbett Davis III are devoted to craftsmanship, quality jewelry and

their customers’ needs. Whether it’s an engagement ring, custom-designed jewelry or a diamond watch, Jewelers Trade Shop has it.

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Winner: Best Hardware Store Pensacola Hardware is a locally owned, full-service hardware store. The key words are “locally owned” and “full-service.” The Coe family and their knowledge staff handle not only contractor and industrial supplies but also provide a variety of housewares and gifts for the kitchen, home and garden, such as cutlery, game-day gear, grills, gourmet foods, linens, bath and body products, barware, seasonal items and more. No matter what you need, Pensacola Hardware seems to always have it.


Winner: Best Outdoor Apparel & Accessories Runner Up: Best Athletic Store Whether you’re traveling abroad or enjoying the local outdoors, IntraOctober 04, 2012

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Retail community non-profits and organizations. IN readers are sold, Sandy.


Susan Campbell Jewelry-Winner: Best Unique Jewelry


Winner: Best Gift Shop, Best Place to Buy Children’s Gifts/Toys Runner Up: Best Place to Buy a Wedding Gift Pizzaz has been a perennial Best of the Coast winner, thanks to the hard work of the mother-daughter team of Viki and Courtney Weir. It is the perfect spot to find a gift for a co-worker or that special loved one. Pizzaz and its Sugarbabies offer a variety of gifts for men, women and children, and everything in the store can be personalized.


Winner: Best Athletic Store Runner Up: Best Outdoor Apparel & Accessories, Best Running Club The Running Wild staff understands the runner because they are runners. Not only does Running Wild offer high-

quality performance shoes, apparel and athletic accessories, its employees also guide greater Pensacola-area runners and athletes in their workout regimens, whether they’re training for their first 5K or their fifth marathon.


Winner: Best New Car Dealership Runner Up: Best Used Car Dealership “Sandy Sansing Can!” You know his name. You know his face. And you probably know his dealerships’ reputation for great customer service if you’ve shopped for a new car in the Pensacola area. For decades, the Sansing name has been tops in vehicle sales and service, and Sansing himself has become a local icon with his TV ads showing him perched atop an elephant, kissing a chimpanzee, or publicizing various

Winner: Best Unique Jewelry Runner Up: Best Women’s Accessories What sets Susan Campbell Jewelry apart from many local jewelry stores is not just great customer service, but the ability to provide a product that no one else in the area has. This Palafox shop features pieces that are more like wearable art than just a statement necklace or charm bracelet. That’s because owner Susan Campbell Hatler was a portrait sculptor before she began making jewelry. The shop is filled with handcrafted pieces at a variety of price points for IN readers.

The Spotted Dog Pet Boutique And BakeryWinner: Best Pet Store


Winner: Best Pet Store The Spotted Dog Pet Boutique and Bakery carries healthy dog food brands, unique leashes and collars and freshly baked dog treats. “We only choose the best of the best, high quality food and offer them at a reasonable price,” said co-owner Ashley Dickerson. Dickerson studied animal science at Auburn University, making The Spotted Dog the perfect place to seek advice on your animal’s dietary needs.

The store also holds fun and pet friendly events such as Yappy Hour.


Winner: Best Surf/Skate Shop A skate and surf shop has to be cool to be successful. Waterboyz is cool. This surf skate shop, which also has a skate park on site, serves up the latest surf, skate, skimboard and paddleboard gear as well as the newest styles in clothing and accessories from the top brands in the industry. They know their products because they use them.




Best Restaurant–North Pensacola/ Nine Mile/UWF & Best Hibachi Runner Up Best Japanese Cuisine Kids Eat Free On Wednesday Dinner!


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Artel Gallery-Winner: Best Art Gallery


Winner: Best Yoga Nancy LaNasa opened Abhaya Yoga Center six years after practicing in New York City for 20 years. Her center has been a Best of the Coast favorite ever since. Yoga classes for all levels, whether for beginner or pro, are offered along with special sessions for those seeking to become yoga teachers. Nancy also offers weekend seminars on mediation, diet and healthier lifestyle.


Winner: Best 24-Hour Gym Runner Up: Best Gym Overall Owner Chris Herr describes his keys to success being “convenient location downtown, cleanliness and a welcoming professional staff.” All of the trainers have exercise science degrees and are available to give that added encouragement. They recently renovated the entire gym. Plus, its membership is a who’s who of Pensacola movers and shakers, or, at least those who want to stay fit.

for voting Gulf Winds the “Best of the Coast” again! We are proud to be a part of the Pensacola community, and we strive everyday to serve our members as not only our business partners but also as our friends and neighbors.

We are pleased to announce that we will be opening a new branch in Downtown Pensacola conveniently located at the corner of West Garden and North Reus Street, formerly Coastal Bank and Trust. Our members will soon enjoy the convenience of downtown banking with plenty of parking and extra drive-thru teller lanes.

Aqua Pool & Patio-Winner: Best Pool & Spa Company / pictured: Shawna and Vince Fisher, Owners of Aqua Pool & Patio and Aqua Decor & Design October 04, 2012


Services and current trends; incentives negotiations; and build-to-suit analysis and planning. Beck helps both landlords and tenants create win-win solutions, which is what IN readers love.


Clever Ogre-Winner: Best Local Ad Agency


Winner: Best Pool & Spa Company Aqua Pool & Patio has grown from a small chemical and bleach company founded in 1949 to a full-service pool and patio business with over 60 employees and two locations. Aqua Pool & Patio maintains or provides chemicals to 90 percent of all commercial pools in the Pensacola/Ft. Walton Beach area and services over 550 residential pools. It has added a designer to their staff to help with patio design and also launched a new in-ground pool construction division. This is the second consecutive year Aqua Pool & Patio has won this category.


Winner: Best Art Gallery Artel Gallery is the only non-profit, all-volunteer experimental art gallery in the region. It is an "art for art's sake" gallery, exhibiting original edgy art


without concern for commercial marketability. Artel hosts several themed exhibitions throughout the year to challenge and inspire artists to create work that is innovative and provocative in technique, media and/or content. Located on the first floor of the historic Escambia County Courthouse, it’s a must-stop on Gallery Nights in downtown Pensacola.


Winner: Best Commercial Real Estate Agency Beck Property Company has established its position as Northwest Florida's premier commercial real estate firm with its emphasis on providing solutions not just services. Its brokerage and agency services handle industrial, office, retail and medical facilities and include acquisition and disposition; lease and sale negotiations based on market knowledge

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Winner: Best Caterer Runner Up: Best Wedding Caterer Classic City Catering, who serves clients throughout the panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast, offers gourmet, full-service catering and does everything from “BBQ to Black Tie.” Exquisite cuisine and exceptional service have been the hallmarks of owner David Penniman and his crew. From tents, rentals and lighting to cakes, music and flowers, Classic City has you covered. Regardless of the size or type of event, they have an uncanny ability to anticipate customers’ needs and exceed expectations.

budget. They work within anyone’s price range.


Winner: Best Commercial Real Estate Agency Runner Up: Best Place to Work, Best Residential Real Estate Agency Coldwell Banker is the nation's largest real estate company. In 2007, the company acquired Coldwell Banker JME Realty, which operated 20 residential and two commercial offices in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Denis McKinnon Jr. is the President/ COO for the Gulf Coast Region.


Winner: Best Local Ad Agency Clever Ogre isn’t a suit and tie advertising agency. A lot of the time they’re not even a shoes and socks kind of agency. Clever Ogre makes its clients’ business or product look good by taking the steps to ensure all of the details have been addressed. The size of the impact does not have to be dictated by the size of the

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Dalrymple Sallis Architecture-Winner: Best Architecture Firm / pictured: 1003 E Blount St., an AIA Honor Award Winner

Fitness Onboard-Winner: Best Fitness Classes



Winner: Best Photography Runner Up: Best Wedding Photography Jeremy Cook and his team tell their bride and groom’s story not from a “fly on the wall” point of view, but from a “friend at the party” point of view. The emotion they capture is in real time— not forced, coaxed or re-enacted. With their intense knowledge of lighting—both natural and artificial—along with the tenacity it takes to create jaw-dropping images, Cook Images has caught the eye of brides, editors, photographers and IN readers both locally and nationally.


Winner: Best Architecture Firm Dalrymple Sallis Architecture specializes in custom residences and commercial buildings. Principals Scott Sallis and Dean Dalrymple each have more than 20 years experience in architecture, interior design, and master planning. "We believe our firm is unique, in part, because we are driving and teaching our staff the latest and greatest software that allow us to create all our work in visually realistic three dimensions,” said Scott Sallis. “We are a true, hands on, collaborative design studio."


Winner: Best Fitness Classes Runner Up: Best Outdoor Boot Camp, 616 1

Best Yoga, Best Pilates Fitness Onboard has come up with creative ways for IN readers to stay fit, and they are constantly adding devotees to their unique paddleboard fitness classes, which include yoga, pilates and boot camp.


Winner: Best Outdoor Boot Camp, Best Non-Gym Workout Runner Up: Best Fitness Classes Josh and Kenzie Presnell have created a workout system that excites those who were tired of the gym. Their six-week, outdoor boot camp involves a variety of exercises and a personalized approach, where campers are sideby-side four days a week and can help motivate each other to work harder to reach fitness goals. It looks like IN readers have felt the burn.

Winner: Best Credit Union Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, formerly Chemstrand Employees Credit Union and Monsanto Employees Credit Union, is a full-service financial institution with a vision, mission, and commitment to member service. Its community charter allows persons who live, work, or worship in Escambia or Santa Rosa Counties, Florida, and Escambia County, Alabama, to join. Their attention to their members—who are more than merely customers and more like family—has garnered Gulf Winds this award.


Winner: Best Hotel-Pensacola Beach, Best Brunch-H20 Cajun Asian Grill Runner Up: Best Place to Get Married, Best Hotel Bar, Best Cajun CuisineH20 Cajun Asian Grill Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front is directly on Pensacola Beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Its deluxe accommodations, friendly service and relaxed atmosphere have won the respect and admiration of IN readers. Its H20 Cajun Asian Grill has the Best Brunch not only on Pensacola Beach, but also anywhere in the area. The food and the spectacular view of the Gulf are the perfect combination.


Winner: Best Frame Shop Framing by Design has offered award-winning custom framing services to the greater Pensacola area for more than a decade from its pink building on W Street. With a certified picture framer on staff, Framing by Design can expertly take care of your conservation framing, shadowboxes, specialty mats, needlework, watercolors, photos, prints and more. It’s their attention to detail and collaborative approach to meeting their customers’ needs that set them apart.

Fixed On Fitness-Winner: Best Outdoor Boot Camp, Best Non-Gym Workout


Winner: Best Tattoo Studio Runner Up: Best Piercing Studio Good tattoos aren’t cheap, and cheap tattoos aren’t good. It’s that simple. “Famous Gabe” Smith set out to reinvent the tattoo parlor in Pensacola and has earned a national reputation for his work. His tattoos are works of art, which is why IN readers have chosen Hula Moon Tattoo the Best Tattoo Studio year after year. Find out why Gabe is “famous.”

fabrics, Dee McDavid strives to create classic designs with a modern sensibility. The Pensacola native opened her own interior decorating firm—Dee McDavid Interiors, located in East Hill—in 1996. When she was young, her mother allowed her to design rooms in the house. “She gave me a lot of freedom,” McDavid recalled. These days, the designer attempts to work with each client to create a space that reflects their individuality and makes


Winner: Best Chiropractor Dr. Lindsey Jeudevine has built his practice catering to local business professionals, restaurant staff, festivalgoers and local residents. Located in the heart of historic downtown Pensacola, Olde Seville Chiropractic is convenient for IN readers. Stop in for thorough, prompt, affordable care.


Dee McDavid-Winner: Best Interior Design / photo Winner: Best Law Firm by Jef Bond Runner Up: Best AttorneyFred Levin them smile—“it’s always interesting to Levin Papantonio has received know their style reflects their individumore than 75 jury verdicts in the amount of $1 million or more, including al personality.” 12 jury verdicts in excess of $10 million, and two in excess of $450 million. The MCMAHON HADDER INfirm's total settlements have exceeded SURANCE $1 billion. The New York Times, Forbes, Winner: Best Insurance Agency Time Magazine, George Magazine, This personal, commercial and emNewsweek, ABC News, CNN, The ployee benefit insurance provider has American Lawyer, Lawyer Weekly and always prided itself on being “proacthe National Law Journal have profiled tive” in its services and has built a high the firm’s attorneys. Additionally, four level of trust with local and regional of the attorneys are listed in Best Lawcompanies. McMahon Hadder has yers in America. been successful in developing partnership between its clients, staff, and the insurance companies that it represents DEE MCDAVID and in providing solid coverage at a fair Winner: Best Interior Design price—something IN readers love. Inspired by travel, books and October 04, 2012

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Sacred Heart Hospital-Winner: Best Hospital


Winner: Best Real Estate Agent Having lived more than 20 years on Pensacola Beach, O’Donovan is considered an expert on the local waterfront market. With RE/MAX on the Coast, this realtor produces millions of dollars in sales each year for her clients—she’s also racked up a good cache of professional awards.



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Winner: Best Pilates Pilates Core Training offers an eclectic mix of pilates, Gyrotonics, yoga, spinning, massage and myofascial release. The atmosphere is one of caring for each individual as a whole in a supportive environment no matter where they are starting from, what their goals are, and where they are at that moment. Their certified trainers are very experienced and well educated with degrees in exercise science, dance, massage therapy and physical therapy.


Winner: Best Bank Regions has more than $137 billion in assets as of 2010, making it the 10th largest U.S.-based bank. J.D. Power & Associates gave Regions in April 2011 the highest marks for retail banks in Florida. The bank had the top score

with 789 points and earned five stars for customer satisfaction. IN readers agree. The bank’s slogan is “Make Life Better.” Regions has in Pensacola.

SACRED HEART HOSPITAL Winner: Best Hospital Runner Up: Best Place to Work More than 600 primary and specialty physicians practice at Sacred Heart, a not-for-profit health care organization. Its main services include Sacred Heart Medical Group, a network of primary-care physicians, a 24-hour Emergency Trauma Center, a Pediatric Trauma Referral Center and centers of excellence specializing in women’s health, cardiac care, orthopedics, cancer care and the care of children.


Winner: Best Boutique or Independent Hotel or Inn Runner Up: Best Hotel-not Pensacola Beach Sole Inn & Suites has won this category for three years with its 45 renovated rooms and suites designed and decorated with an Art Deco flare. Located in the heart of downtown within walking distance to live entertainment, dining and shopping, Sole also features a free continental breakfast every morning, free hi-speed Internet and Wi-Fi, free happy hour

Winner: Best Day Spa, Best Facial Runner Up: Best Massage, Best Nail Salon, Best Pedicure, Best Salon for Waxing, Best Skin Care Overall Still Waters has wowed IN readers for six consecutive years with its serene atmosphere, professional staff and indulgent spa services. In addition to traditional spa treatments including massages, facials, body treatments and wraps, make-up consultation and application, spray tanning, manicures and pedicures, Still Waters also offers a full spectrum of anti-aging and appearance-enhancement options using the latest laser technology and state-of-the-art medical procedures.


Winner: Best Skin Care Overall Runner Up: Best Facial, Best Beauty Products Dr. Kevin Welch and his Skin Care Center have once again been voted by our readers as the Best Skin Care Overall on the Gulf Coast. Dr. Welch and his staff provide the latest in facial rejuvenation treatments such as Botox, Dysport, Thermage, IPL, Restylane, Juvederm, acid peels, microdermabrasion and more. The office also offers an array of top-quality skin care products to address dermatological issues ranging from sunspots to scarring to wrinkles. Dr. Welch is a member of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology & Aesthetic Surgery as well as one of only 200 Platinum Plus Injectors of Botox in the United States.


Winner: Best Attorney As a partner in Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, Justin Witkin represents clients in wrongful death and personal injury cases. He has handled claims for injury due to the use of the diet drug Fen Phen, the cold remedy ingredient phenylpropanolamine and the anti-cholesterol drug Baycol.

Weddings For the third consecutive year, 5eleven Palafox has won this category confirming its reputation as the premier location for wedding receptions and special events. Housed in a historic building on South Palafox, 5eleven can host groups of up to 600 using its spacious inside, outside patio/ garden area and its beautiful lawn under tents. 5eleven has an exclusive roster of Preferred Caterers that book events in this facility and that make every event special.


Aislinn Kate Photography-Winner: Best Wedding Photography


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Special Event Space Runner Up: Best Place to Get Married

Winner: Best Wedding Photography Aislinn Kate Rehwinkel has always loved photography, but it wasn’t until 2007 that she thought it could be a career. “My sweet husband asked me if I had ever considered doing photography ‘for real,’” she said. “It was like a light bulb went off over my head.”

Because a photographer is spending an entire day with the happy couple, Rehwinkel and her team work together to go above and beyond photographer duties. “We have helped make emergency bouquets after a floral disaster, removed stains from gowns, and even taken the trash out—a happy client always results in better photos.”


Winner: Best Wedding DJ Runner Up: Best Club DJ-Anyday DJ, Ramsey Coates Anyday DJ is the only DJ on the Gulf Coast that can offer live musicians as well as a DJ act. The seamless mix of your specially picked songs, and an extensive library of music make a wedding reception—or any party for that matter— a true party. Anyday DJs exude fun and professionalism to help make your event memorable and have over 30 years of combined experience.


Weddings planning to consulting. No detail is left behind, making your special day stress free. Megan K. Events can also help with floral design, being the only event group in the local area with a floral designer on staff, as well as creating that perfect “thank you” gift. Kennedy and staff can also plan private and corporate events.


Anyday DJ-Winner: Best Wedding DJ / photo by David & Jess Wedding Photography

CULINARY PRODUCTIONS Winner: Best Wedding Caterer Runner Up: Best Caterer, Culinary Productions-Gourmet Dinner Night Owner Mike DeSorbo offers fullservice catering that leaves a great impression on your guests and IN readers. Culinary Productions, Inc. executes to perfection events including large and small, intimate wedding receptions, corporate lunches, gourmet buffets, banquets, and more. Their Gourmet Dinner Nights have been big hits with IN readers.

category for two consecutive years. Pallin worked in California and New York before bringing her cutting edge style to the Southern Region. Fiore and staff work closely with Pensacola vendors, acting as a “one stop resource shop.” Fiore is full of unique fresh floral arrangements, beautiful silk flowers and other decorations—ever changing for whatever time of year the wedding is celebrated.



Winner: Best Wedding Florist Runner Up: Best Florist Owner Shannon Pallin opened Fiore in 2008 and quickly established herself as a rising star, winning this

Winner: Best Wedding Planner Owner Megan Kennedy, along with staff, can create the wedding of your dreams with packages that range from full


Winner: Best Wedding Hair Salon, Best Hair Stylist-Cortney Campus Runner Up: Best Hair Salon, Best Tanning Salon, Best Hair Stylist-Sarah Tucker Style Downtown offers a variety of services including hair care, waxing, pedicures, manicures, make-up application and airbrush tanning. Their hair stylists are some of the most popular in Pensacola, with Cortney Campus winning Best Hair Stylist twice and Sarah Tucker finishing in the top three the last two years.

Megan K. Events-Winner: Best Wedding Planner


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Winner: Best Place to Buy Wedding Invitations Saranne Soule Morrow loved buying school supplies as a little girl. “That passion translated to personalized papers as I grew up,” she said. Sassafras Stationery & Gifts works with over 200 vendors to help customers find the perfect paper, ink, design and accessories for every occasion. Unlike making

your own invites, Sassafras works to make paper that is specially designed for you. “It is fun and a creative process to help customers find the perfect paper that reflects their individuality.”

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Restaurants & Food

The Fish House/Atlas Oyster House/The Deck-Winner: Best Restaurant-Downtown Pensacola

Dharma Blue-Winner: Best Place for a First Date, Runner Up: Best Lunch Spot


This organic, vegan café with its full coffee bar, catering services and vegan cooking classes has won the hearts and appetites of IN readers. Stop in on Thursday nights for a vegan organic dinner or on Sundays for a vegan organic brunch, which features a new menu every week. On the last Monday of the month, make reservations for the raw organic vegan dinner.

Winner: Best Cajun Cuisine Runner Up: Best Po’ Boy Brothers Carl and Cory Broussard have created one of the few truly Cajun food destinations in the area, and you can take your pick from among the whole deboned stuffed chickens, heat-and-eat entrees, sausages, side dishes, appetizers, gumbo, and crawfish and shrimp dishes. “In the restaurant, the Sloppy Broussard seems to be the favorite,” said brother Carl, explaining that the business is based on a foundation of family recipes. “—third generation recipes.”

Dolce! is quickly becoming legendary for its range in flavors from pink grapefruit sorbetto to salted caramel gelato. Owner Marie Mayeur makes each batch of gelato and sorbetto in house and changes up the flavors “as often as possible.” Check out their Facebook page for new flavors.


Winner: Best Vegetarian/Vegan Cuisine, Best Place to Count Calories Runner Up: Best Vegetarian/Vegan Dish-Enchiladas


Winner: Best Place for a First Date Runner Up: Best Restaurant-Downtown Pensacola, Best Romantic Dining, Best Lunch Spot, Best Sushi, Best Vegetarian/Vegan Dish-Vegetarian Paella Dharma Blue offers vibrant coastal atmosphere indoor and outdoor seating overlooking Seville Square in downtown Pensacola. For first dates, the restaurant is perfect with its wide selection of fresh seafood entrees as well as steaks, pastas and game and its casual, but romantic ambiance. There are always lunch specials and its nightly full sushi bar is one of Florida’s finest.


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Pensacola, Best Seafood Cuisine, Best Looking Wait Staff, Best Gumbo, Best Happy Hour, Best Ladies Night, Best Uniquely Pensacola Dish-Grits a Ya Ya Runner Up: Best Restaurant Overall, Best Brunch, Best Place for a Business Lunch, Best Place for a Birthday Dinner, Best Place To Eavesdrop, Best Bar With A View, Best Bar To People Watch, Best View, Best College Hangout-Deck Bar, Best Bar For Live MusicDeck Bar, Best Regular Gig-Lucas Crutchfield, Best Fish Sandwich-Fried Fish, Best Original Menu Item-Grits a Ya Ya, Best Salad-MoMa Salad, Best Outdoor Dining-Atlas With its relaxed environment and spectacular view of Pensacola Bay—not to mention mouth-watering menu—it’s pretty easy to see why The Fish House has repeatedly been recognized by IN readers as one of the best restaurants and nightspots in Northwest Florida. Grits a Ya Ya, fresh sushi rolls and a jaw-dropping wait staff are just a few things you’ll find when you dine at this exquisite restaurant in the historic district. The Deck provides live entertainment almost every night of the week, and the bartenders make some of the best drinks in town. On Wednesdays, you don’t want to miss their Ladies Night. Whether you’re out with a date, friends or just someone you’d like to impress, you can’t go wrong with this area favorite.


Winner: Best Restaurant Overall, Best Original Menu, Best Place for a Birthday Dinner, Best Original Menu Item-Baconwrapped Lobster Tail, Best Chef-Frank Taylor, Best Waiter-Jarrod McLendon Runner Up: Best Place for a Birthday Dinner, Best Restaurant-Downtown Pensacola, Best Appetizers, Best Looking Wait Staff, Best Wait Staff, Best Place to Splurge, Best Romantic Dining, Best Place for a First Date, Best Steak, Best Martini, Best Selection Of Wine By The Bottle, Best Salad-Heirloom Tomato Salad, Best SoupLobster Bisque, Best Waitress-Libby Castellani, Best Waiter-Sam Sumlin, Best Waitress-Samantha Flood The Global Grill has long been known as one of Pensacola’s premier dining establishments, and this The Global Grill-Winner: Best Restaurant Overall year it won the coveted Best Restaurant Overall title. Jane and Chef Frank Taylor go out of their way soothing live music. That’s not to mention the impeccable tapas, seafood and to make your dining experience memorable. Frank is always creating new dishes wine selection that make it a one-ofthat take advantage of local seafood and a-kind dining experience. The menu is unique with Chef Taylor adding specials. produce. The Taylors surround themselves with a well-trained and hospitable One item you don’t want to miss: the Bacon-wrapped Lobster Tail. You won’t staff and an eclectic dining room that features dim lighting, local art pieces and want to share it.

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Restaurants & Food moved to Pensacola to study marine biology, but developed a different love for fish—by cooking with it. “Fish is my favorite to cook, each fish has its own way to be prepared,” Taylor said. Taylor also likes to put together unlikely pairs, like fried okras in a high-end dish. The Global Grill goes through gallons of his signature Worcestershire sauce.


Winner: Best RestaurantPensacola Beach, Best Salad-Blue Cheese Wedge Runner Up: Best Restaurant Overall, Best Outdoor Dining, Best View, Best Place for a First Date, Best Seafood Cuisine, Best Brunch, Best Desserts, Best Gumbo, Best Daiquiri, Best Bar With A View, Best Bar Ambiance, Best Original Drink Menu, Best Uniquely Pensacola Jackson’s Steakhouse-Winner: Best Steakhouse, Dish-Blue Angel Chips, Best Best Place to Splurge, Best Place for a Business Waitress-Kaya Hard Lunch, Best Steak, Best Wait Staff The Grand Marlin has taken Pensacola Beach by storm, winning the Best RestaurantFRANK TAYLOR, Pensacola Beach category for the second THE GLOBAL GRILL consecutive year. Its great atmosphere, Winner: Best Chef spectacular view of Santa Rosa Sound Frank Taylor did not go to culiand the unique and delicious cuisine have nary school, “just the school of hard made The Grand Marlin one of our area’s knocks,” he said, but that doesn’t most popular dining and nightlife spots. make him any less of a chef. Growing Check out the upper right-hand corner of up in a military family, Taylor cooked the menu to find the daily specials. in the mess halls and cafeterias. He


Winner: Best Steakhouse, Best Place to Splurge, Best Place for a Business Lunch, Best Steak, Best Wait Staff Runner Up: Best Restaurant Overall, Best Restaurant–Downtown Pensacola, Best Original Menu, Best Appetizers, Best Romantic Dining, Best Place for a Birthday Dinner, Best Restaurant You Haven’t Been to in Ages, Best Chef-Irv Miller, Best Waiter-Scottie Miller, Best Desserts, Best Martini, Best Selection Of Wine By The Glass, Best Selection Of Wine By The Bottle, Best Original Drink Menu, Best Soup-Roasted Vidalia Onion, Best Vegetarian/Vegan DishVegan Plate The mission of Jackson’s since it opened in 1998 has been to provide “great service and great food.” Yes, Pensacola is a seafood town, but locals love good steaks, especially those at Jackson’s, which is part of The Leisure Club-Winner: Best Coffee Shop, Best the Great Southern Restaurant Cup of Coffee Group that also owns The Fish House and Atlas Oyster House. Great towns have great steakhouses. PenJaco’s Bayfront Bar and Grille has sacola has Jackson’s. a huge advantage. It overlooks Pensacola Bay at the end of Palafox Street and its seating is also designed to JACO’S BAYFRONT BAR & allow visibility from anywhere. Locals GRILLE flock to view the sunsets while enjoyWinner: Best Appetizers, Best Outdoor ing their favorite libations, flatbread Dining pizzas, salads and small plates. Chef Runner Up: Best View, Best Up-andTricia Horton is getting rave reviews Coming Chef-Tricia Horton, Best Bar for her creations. With A View

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Restaurants & Food ster said. “I have always loved how food brings people and cultures together.” Bolster hasn’t stopped learning yet. “I'm still very new to this world and have so much to learn and taste and try,” she said. “This is only the beginning.”


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Winner: Best Coffee Shop, Best Cup of Coffee Runner Up: Best Looking Wait Staff, Best Lunch Spot, Best Specialty/Iced Coffee The Leisure Club has a unique vibe that goes behind a good cup of Intelligentsia Coffee. Open seven days a week, TLC is the downtown place to hang out while enjoying not only coffee and tea, but also fine wines, craft beers and gourmet food. Check them out on Facebook for daily specials. IN readers do regularly.


Winner: Best Neighborhood Bar Runner Up: Best Kept Local Secret, Best Bar Menu, Best Selection Of Wine By The Glass, Best New Bar Escambia County, Best New Restaurant-Escambia County, Best Restaurant-East Pensacola/Scenic Highway, Best Way to Get “Cheese-y”Pimiento Cheese Sandwich, Best SoupWhite Bean Chicken Chili, Best Sandwich-Hummingbird, Best Original Menu Item-Pimiento Cheese Sandwich The Magnolia owners, Kiley Bolster and Bill Manning, traveled extensively before opening a bar/restaurant in their hometown. One step inside and the dim lights, clean atmosphere and great music will make you feel like hanging out all day. “It's just comfortable. The way a neighborhood bar should be,” Bolster said. The friendly staff loves to get to know regulars and are open to comments and suggestions. The building itself is just as much a part of the local October 04, 2012

community. Manning built the actual bar out of locally sourced Florida White Oak from Milton. “It's a community bar as much as it is a neighborhood bar.”


Winner: Best Up-and-Coming Chef Kiley Bolster began cooking at a young age. “I have a clear memory of baking scones and cinnamon rolls from scratch when I was about eight-yearsold,” she said. As an avid traveler, she enjoys learning about different foods. “I tried to really seek out local flavors everywhere I went,” she said of her travels. Now, with The Magnolia, she is able to share all that she had picked up from various places. “It's always been a dream of mine to own my own restaurant,” Bol-

Winner: Best Restaurant-East Pensacola/Scenic Highway, Best Lunch Spot Runner Up: Best Deli, Best Desserts, Best Subs This small, cozy cafe in East Pensacola is a little slice of the Big Apple with a heaping helping of southern hospitality. The New Yorker Deli & Pizzeria has a diverse menu that never fails to surprise with its creamy homemade soups, pasta, salads and unbelievable sandwiches. Be forewarned, however, it’s tough to make it out of the place without ordering a slice of pie from the glass case near the door.


Winner: Best Place to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Runner Up: Best Bakery, Best Cake Shop, Best Place to Blow Your Diet And you thought a cupcake was just a cupcake. This bakery offers gourmet cupcakes, custom cakes, wedding quality cakes and cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and gluten-free, sugarless and vegan cupcakes. Oh Snap! has the perfect “Thank you” for co-workers, loved ones or clients. They even do birthday parties. Not that you particularly need a reason to indulge.

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Restaurants & Food This relaxed family restaurant has been a BOC winner since 2000. Starting from humble beginnings 20 years ago, Peg Leg Pete’s originally only had oysters, shrimp and a few sandwiches on the menu, but has grown into a Pensacola Beach institution loved by locals and tourists.


Peg Leg Pete’s-Winner: Best Po’ Boy, Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant, Best Place to Eat Like a Tourist


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Runner-up: Best Restaurant-Pensacola Beach, Best Seafood Cuisine, Best Looking Wait Staff, Best Fried Foods, Best Gumbo, Best Fish Sandwich-Big Grouper

Winner: Best Chinese Cuisine Runner Up: Best Restaurant-Cordova Area In an area with dozens of Asian restaurants, Shark Fin stands out. This restaurant is the place to be for casual fine dining in a swanky atmosphere. Shark Fin offers a la carte, upscale Chinese-Japanese fusion cuisine accompanied by a full bar with beers, wines and sakes from around the world.


Winner: Best Chicken Fingers, Best Wings Runner Up: Best Restaurant for Sports Fanatics, Best Sports Bar Sidelines got the attention of IN readers because it has all the ingredients for a great sports bar: televisions, wings, burgers and cold drinks. Sidelines is famous for its wings, served up at varying degrees of heat. They've got a mild version for the faint of heart, but go for the spice! Keep an ice-cold pitcher of beer at your side, cause water's not gonna put out the fire.


Winner: Best Vegetarian/Vegan DishSweet Thai Chili Bowl Runner Up: Best Place to Count Calories, Best Vegetarian/Vegan Cuisine, Best Restaurant-Downtown Pensacola Sluggo’s is a triple-threat serving delicious vegan and vegetarian cuisine, slinging drinks and is also a music venue.

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Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant & Bar-Winner: Best Vegetarian/Vegan DishSweet Thai Chili Bowl / pictured: Potstickers & Sweet Thai Chili Bowl Among the musical acts that have played at Sluggo’s, the restaurant hosts poetry and movie nights. It’s not just the sweet Thai chili bowl that brings customers back to Sluggo’s. Innovative creations such as vegan sushi and freshly baked desserts add to the broad menu. And with frequent specials, you can have your hummus and a PBR—or two.


Winner: Best New Restaurant-Escambia County, Best Cheeseburger Runner Up: Best Late Night Eats, Best Original Menu Item-Blue Balls Burger With a build-your-own burger menu concept, this Palafox eatery offers customers a chance to get

creative. Want an egg on your burger? How about peanut butter? Wash down your masterpiece burger and fresh-cut bacon-infused potato chips with some beer or a spiked (or regular) milkshake.


Winner: Best Restaurant-North Pensacola/Nine Mile/UWF, Best Hibachi Runner Up: Best Japanese Cuisine This Nine Mile Road restaurant is almost as old as the IN. Its focus on quality food and customer satisfaction has made it a favorite of IN readers, winning these categories for the second consecutive year. How do you say “yummy” in Japanese?

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Bars, Drinks & Nightlife of Gulf Breeze has a spectacular view of Pensacola’s waterfront. Scott and Nick Wheatley have created the preferred watering hole for Gulf Breeze locals who enjoy watching sunsets with a cold drink alone or with friends. Bartender John Muzzy will greet you with a smile and remember your favorite drink. On weekends enjoy live music on their deck.


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Winner: Best Original Drink Menu, Best Bar To Drink Alone, Best Martini, Best Bar Ambiance Runner Up: Best Place To Eavesdrop, Best Margarita, Best Dark Corner For PDA, Best Selection Of Wine By The Glass, Best Bartender-Patrick Bolster After enjoying a show at Vinyl, step through the door in the rear of the hall and into one of the swankiest joints in town. This quiet little bar connected to Pensacola’s hottest music venue scored big, once again topping several Best of the Coast categories. With its own entrance on Garden Street, the intimate 5 1/2 prides itself on mixology know-how. Say hey to Patrick and curl up with a Moscow Mule.


Winner: Best Daiquiri, Best Day-Drinking Runner Up: Best Bushwacker, Best Place To Shake Your Stuff Bamboo Willie’s is the Portofino Boardwalk’s spot for drinking, dancing and letting the sun, salt and sand seep into your brain. With so many daiquiri varieties behind the bar, making a drink selection could prove a tough choice. Probably best to start off with a Bushwacker before any such big decisions are made.


Winner: Best Place To Eavesdrop Runner Up: Best Drink Specials

At the back of World of Beer with a street entrance on Intendencia Street is Blend Lounge with a full liquor bar and beautiful bartenders. Blend is where the power brokers go to down a few before they head home or to the next county commission or city council meeting. The party crowd loves Blend for its nightly drink specials and promotions.


Winner: Best Bar-Gulf Breeze/Navarre, Best Bar With A View Runner Up: Best Bar To Drink Alone, Best Bar Where It Pays To Be A Regular, Best Bar For Trivia, Best Bartender-John Muzzy This intimate bar at the foot of the Pensacola Bay Bridge at the entrance

Winner: Best Bar-Cordova Area Runner Up: Best Bar For Bingo Established in 2004, Coyotes Sports Bar is located on the parameter of Cordova Mall, neighboring Monterrey’s Mexican on Bayou Boulevard. Sports, live music, karaoke and daily specials won the hearts of IN readers for the second year. The daytime happy hour—with $1 off all drinks—didn’t hurt either.


Winner: Best Late Night Eats, Best Dark Corner for PDA, Best Jukebox Runner Up: Best Bar Menu, Best Bar to Drink Alone, Best Place for Bar Games, Best Kept Local Secret The true test of any local is whether they have been to The Elbow Room. Don’t let the drab, brick exterior fool you. Walk in and you will find a bar so unique that you will quickly become a regular. It’s dark with only red lighting and a fake fireplace that’s always lit. There’s a dartboard, pinball, Pac Mac, arcade bowling and the best jukebox in Pensacola. They also have a treasure trove of board games to play while you drink cold beer and munch on delicious pizza and sandwiches.

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Winner: Best Bar Overall, Best Drink Specials, Best Cover Charge Worth Paying, Best Bar Where It Pays To Be A Regular, Best Heavy Pour, Best Place You Can’t Take Your Parents, Best Bartender-Christopher Peterson Runner Up: Best Night Club, Best Bar Downtown Pensacola, Best Bar To People Watch, Best Margarita, Best Bar For Getting Flat-Out Drunk, Best Bar To Hook Up, Best Dark Corner For PDA, Best Original Drink Menu, Best Place To Shake Your Stuff Saddle up to the bar, Dorothy, and have a drink at Pensacola’s premier gay club. The drink specials, music and entertainment have made Emerald City a favorite of IN readers, placing this nightspot at or near the top of every bar category. Follow the yellow brick road and peek behind the curtain for a glimpse of the best DJs and drag shows in the area.

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Winner: Best Bartender Christopher Peterson believes that what makes a bartender great is genuine relationships and a sense of humor, as well as remembering drink orders and being speedy. “I can identify with pretty much anyone no matter what walk of life they come from,” Peterson said. “My attention to making sure they have the best time possible helps too.” Peterson’s favorite drink to make is home-made pepper infused vodka for Bloody Marys and the Pensacola Beach Lemonade. “It’s dang tasty.”

also placed well this year for its intimate atmosphere and drink specials. Click your heels three times and all the sudden you’re in an upscale martini bar with flatscreen TVs and a pool table.


Winner: Best Bar Downtown Pensacola, Best French Fries, Best Selection of Beer on Tap, Best Bar Menu, Best Bar For Getting Flat-Out Drunk. Best College Hangout Runner Up: Best Late Night Eats, Best Pizza, Best Bar Overall, Best Drink Specials, Best Bar Where It Pays To Be A Regular, Christopher Peterson, Emerald City-Winner: Best Best Local Person/Business To THE OTHERSIDE Bartender Follow On Twitter, Best Place to Winner: Best Place to Meet Friends Mooch Free Wi-Fi, Best Place To After Work Meet Friends After Work, Best Happy Runner Up: Best Happy Hour, Best Bar The Other Side, located next door Hour, Best Karaoke DJ-KJ Wildo Ambiance, Best Bar For Bingo to its companion bar, Emerald City,

Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom-Winner: Best Bar Downtown Pensacola Hopjacks delivers one of the more unique atmospheres in Pensacola and won the much-sought-after Best Bar Downtown Pensacola title. Stocked with more than 200 beers—111 on tap—in a bar that spans much of the establishment, you’ll never get thirsty—or bored. While the bar selection is top-notch, so is the pizza and their world-famous fries. The best part of all is they serve food ‘til the wee hours of the morning, just when those post-drinking munchies set in.


Winner: Best Bar-North Pensacola/ Nine Mile Road/UWF Runner Up: Best New Bar-Escambia County, Best Restaurant-North Pensacola/Nine Mile Road/UWF Now that it’s there, it’s difficult to imagine a world without the Nine Mile Road Hopjacks. Building on the success of his downtown location, owner Joe Abston decided to expand his business to the other side of town. Now University of West Florida students don’t have to drive to downtown to enjoy the beer, pizza and duck fries.

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Albert Lao-Winner: Best Club DJ


Winner: Best Club DJ Originally from Los Angeles, Albert Lao went from djing college parties and Hollywood clubs to working for Sony Music in New York. He credits Mark Ronson, Funkmaster Flex and DJ AM as influences. “Some of my favorite songs to mix are ‘Hypnotize,’ ‘Livin' on a Prayer,’ ‘Under Pressure,’ ‘Poison,’ and ‘Push It’ – 60 percent of the time,

Winner: Best Sports Bar, Best Restaurant for Sports Fanatics Runner Up: Best Wings, Best Sports Team Club Headquarters All the games— that is what set Nick’s apart. Palafox’s top sports bar has flatscreen TVs everywhere you turn—offering games and sports that nobody else carries, including lacrosse. There is not a better place in town to catch college football or March Madness. The wings and sauces are made in-house and the Stoney sauce is heaven on anything it touches. If you become a regular, Nick might even smile at you and let you change the channel to your favorite show, but it better not be Lifetime Television or some Reality show.

Best Bar-Pensacola Beach, Best Bar Personality-Seamas Hunt Paddy O’Leary’s fame is derived from its Irish Car Bomb shot—it’s good enough to send Margaret Thatcher herself into a raucous round of “Danny Boy.” The bar also features poker nights, lots of NFL football and a reputation for being “a real Irish pub.” “One thing that makes an Irish pub is a proper pint of Guinness,” said County Wicklow, Ireland-native Seamas Hunt, co-owner and runner up in this year’s Best Bar Personality category. “There’s no one else in Pensacola that takes the time to do that.”


Winner: Best Place For Bar Games, Best Karaoke Night, Best Signature DrinkKing Koopa

Runner Up: Best Bar Downtown Pensacola, Best Happy Hour, Best Bar For Trivia, Best Pet-Friendly Bar, Best Jukebox, Best Shot-Dragon’s Breath With rotating microbrews, a combination of vintage and new arcade games, pool tables and skee-ball machines, Play is Pensacola’s favorite neighborhood bar with a side of fun. You can drink or you can play, but it’s a lot more fun if you do both. No matter what the score, you win.


Winner: Best Bushwacker, Best BarPensacola Beach Runner Up: Best Bar To People Watch, Best Day Drinking, Best Bar For Poker, Best Bar For Trivia, Best Music Venue, Best Signature Drink-Bushwacker, Best Shot-Dirty Girl Scout

PADDY O’LEARY’S IRISH PUB Winner: Best Shot-Irish Car Bomb, Best Bar for Poker Runner Up: Best Pizza By The Slice,

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Winner: Best Salad Bar, Best Night Club, Best Bar To People Watch, Best Sports Team Club Headquarters, Best Bar For Bingo, Best Place To Shake Your Stuff, Best Bar To Hook Up, Best Bar Personality, Buck Thomas Runner Up: Best Cigar Shop, Best Wine Tastings, Best Reception Venue, Best Chicken Fingers, Best Bar Overall, Best Cover Charge Worth Paying, Best Jazz Bar, Best College Hangout, Best Place For Bar Games, Best Bar For Poker,

Best Bar Menu, Best Music Venue, Best Karaoke Night, Best Bar For Live Music, Best Ladies Night, Best Running Club, Best Regular Gig-Dueling Pianos, Best Special Event Space-Heritage Hall, Best Bartender-Michelle Klemm, Best Regular Gig-Mr. Lao Since opening in 1967, Seville Quarter has been a staple of Pensacola nightlife. Originally owned by Bob Snow, the entertainment complex is now under the guidance of the Mitchell family. Seville Quarter is a jack-of-all-trades establishment, offering food, drinks and a variety of entertainment options. From the dance club vibe of Phineas Phogg’s to the Dueling Pianos of Rosie O’ Grady’s, this Pensacola institution serves up every flavor of conceivable nightlife nightly. They regularly bring in national and regional acts and host dozens of weekend festivals and events throughout the year.

Seville Quarter-Winner: Best Salad Bar, Best Night Club, Best Bar To People Watch, Best Sports Team Club Headquarters, Best Bar For Bingo, Best Place To Shake Your Stuff, Best Bar To Hook Up, Best Bar Personality, Buck Thomas

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World of Beer-Winner: Best New Bar-Escambia County, Best Selection of Bottled Beer

BUCK THOMAS, SEVILLE QUARTER Winner: Best Bar Personality

Buck Thomas has been working with Seville “for a long time,” as he put it. Thomas feels that his job is to help everyone celebrating at Seville to have

Winner: Best Selection Of Wine By The Bottle, Best Selection Of Wine By The Glass, Best Way to Get “Cheese-y”— Cheese Plates Runner Up: Best Place for a First Date, Best Place To Meet Friends After Work, Best Place To Eavesdrop, Best Selection of Bottled Beer, Best Bar Ambiance, Best Up-and-Coming Chef—Daniel Watts It hasn't been open too long, but it's hard to imagine the downtown Palafox scene without The Wine Bar. This hotspot is a regular stop for IN readers for everything from lunch to happy hour to romantic first dates. The Wine Bar

features over 350 different wines available by the bottle, 40 wines by the glass, a gourmet cheese shop and a menu consisting of sandwiches and small plates.


Winner: Best New Bar-Escambia County, Best Selection of Bottled Beer Runner Up: Best Bar Overall, Best BarDowntown Pensacola, Best Place To Meet Friends After Work, Best Selection of Beer on Tap In 2007, two Gulf Breeze High graduates, Scott Zepp and Matt LaFon, opened the doors of World of Beer in the Westchase area of Tampa. The concept took and became one of the hottest franchises in the country. This summer, the pair moved back to Pensacola and opened a World of Beer on Palafox Street attracting both beer aficionados and casual beer fans with its educated, knowledgeable staff, an energetic atmosphere and live musical acts.

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Cat Country’s yellow tent and street marketing team are fixtures at every event. Popular Cat Country host Brent Lane received the nod from IN readers for Best Radio DJ and was a runner-up in the category Best Person To Friend On Facebook.


Winner: Best Music Venue, Best Bar For Live Music Runner Up: Best Special Event Winner: Best Radio DJ Space, Best Night Club, Best Runner Up: Best Person Cover Charge Worth Paying, Best To Friend on Facebook Place To Shake Your Stuff This country station Music fans in Pensacola have has won this category wanted a mid-sized venue forever. for six consecutive Vinyl Music Hall has finally made years, thanks, in part, to that dream a reality, and IN readits tremendous outCat Country 98.7-Winner: Best Radio Station, Brent ers have picked it a winner for the reach in the community. Lane-Winner: Best Radio DJ second consecutive year. The venue Whitney Fike-Winner: Best Local Person To has added Follow On Twitter vibrancy to downtown would answer my tweet faster than Pensacola that has I could get customer service in the been missing for airport and they did,” she said. The decades. president of the Pensacola chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association continues to tweet about a wide WHITNEY range in topics. And strives to be relFIKE Winner: Best Local evant. “I try to keep my tweets timely. No need to tweet about something Person To Follow that happened a couple days ago,” On Twitter she said. “You'll see me tweet from Whitney Fike concerts, during award shows, about made a Twitter country music, public relations/maraccount so she keting articles, current events and local could vent about news. I'll also link articles from my blog her Delta flight. “I Vinyl Music Hall-Winner: Best Music Venue, Best Bar For Live Music / pictured: Robert Randolph and The Family Band, photo by Al Graham -” knew that Delta


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Confetti Couture Events-Winner: Best Birthday Party

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Winner: Best Birthday Party Owner Megan Starnes Helms began Confetti Couture Events in November 2011. She has a love for party planning and happy kids. “The absolute best part about my job is hearing ‘This was the best day ever’ from the birthday child and their guests,” she said. “Making memories—that’s what it's all about, and I am so happy to have contributed to that.” Confetti Couture Events is a full-service event hosting, gift buying and party-planning venue, but it also hosts events on location throughout Northwest Florida.


Winner: Best After School Activity This isn’t your ordinary children’s choir. Over 300 children ranging from third grade to high school seniors make up the six choirs of the Pensacola Chil-

dren’s Chorus. Their “Christmas on the Coast” and “Showtime” performances are a mix of gospel, Broadway and popular musical numbers. In the summer, the choirs travel worldwide, including performances at The White House and the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Pensacola Children’s Chorus-Winner: Best After School Activity


Community active. The 2012 Quality of Life Survey shows that nine out of 10 Pensacola voters believe he has the city going in the right direction. IN readers appreciate the mayor and have voted him “Best Local Politician” for the second consecutive year.


Ashton Hayward-Winner: Best Local Politician


Winner: Best Local Politician Runner Up: Best Community Leader

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Pensacola’s first strong mayor has changed the culture of city government from passive and reactive to pro-

Winner: Best Behind The Scenes Volunteer Serving the community without any fanfare, Belle Bear is a “lifelong community volunteer and philanthropist” as the IMPACT 100 website said. “During college, my sorority required all freshmen to do a certain number of hours of volunteer work,” Bear said. “I found great pleasure in helping others.” Whether she’s serving on a board, hosting a charity event or recruiting volunteers, Bear is hands on in her good work. Bear humbly works in the background, which is how she

prefers it. “As often as possible I prefer to be an invisible worker, because it is about the needy and the work, not about the person.”


Winner: Best Rising Leader Brian Hooper was recently named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine. Now IN readers have thrown another “Rising” title his way. The Harvard Law grad is an attorney with Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon. He’s also an active voice in community issues. Currently, Hooper is helping to shape a vision for the future of downtown Pensacola as head of the Mayor’s Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee.


Winner: Best Community Leader Runner Up: Best Person to Have on Your Side

Collier Merrill is the community leader to whom everyone looks for leadership and guidance. Everybody likes and respects Collier. His energy and unselfish devotion to the city, its university and a host of charities has helped him win a broad base of respect, trust and support.

service and military employees and their immediate families but has since expanded to cover other employer groups. Pen Air FCU is the best choice for its members, regardless of where they live, through worldwide service with a hometown feel. Its employees love working there.



Winner: Best Charity Event Over the past 17 years, the Cordova Mall Ball has raised more than $2 million in proceeds on behalf of sick and injured children at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Over the years, the event has contributed to the purchase of a security system and the rooftop healing garden. Each year, ticket holders put on their best Mardi Gras evening wear and enjoy live music, local cuisine from over 25 restaurants and Mardi Gras activities inside the three wings of the Cordova Mall. “The impact this event has on Children’s Hospital is immense,” said Cathy Laird, annual giving coordinator. The party is hosted by the Krewe of Les Petits Enfants, which fittingly translates to the Order of Small Children.


Winner: Best Volunteer His Panhandle Charitable Open has raised over $250,000 since he launched it six years ago. This year John received the Edward Jones Trust Co.'s Community Service Impact Award that recognizes Edward Jones' financial advisers whose "vision, dedication and acts of volunteerism make a difference in the lives of others for the long term." His latest initiative is to work with city, county and school officials for offices and meeting rooms for local non-profit organizations.


Winner: Best Person to Have on Your Side During the BP oil crisis, no one spent more time on national television defending this community and the Gulf Coast than Mike Papantonio of the law firm Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor. He is the premier mass torts attorney in the country and has had a lead role in some of the biggest environmental cases in the past decade. If you have a fight on your hands, you want Pap on your side.

PEN AIR FEDERAL CREDIT UNION Winner: Best Place to Work Runner Up: Best Credit Union Chartered in 1936, Pen Air Federal Credit Union initially served civil

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Winner: Best Local Tourist Attraction It’s tough to beat Pensacola Beach. It was good when it had the water slide and bumper boats, and it’s good now with the new observation wheel. Visitors to the beach can tour Fort Pickens (also a runner up in this category) at the western tip of the island, or gawk at the space ship house as they head east.


Winner: Best Parade This family-oriented Mardi Gras parade in historic downtown Pensacola has grown to be the largest parade in the area, thanks to Danny Zimmern, Amy Newman and their volunteers. It’s truly the people’s parade with floats from segments of the community throwing beads, doubloons and moon pies galore. This is how Pensacola celebrates Mardi Gras.

Thank You Pensacola! Best New Bar Escambia County Best Selection of Bottled Beer & Runner Up Best Bar Overall Best Bar Downtown Pensacola Best Place To Meet Friends After Work Best Selection of Beer on Tap

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Winner: Best Sports/Rec Program This local grass roots nonprofit organization offers sports programs and activities that focus on the development of responsibility, cooperation and acceptance. Pro athletes Trent Richardson and Doug Baldwin are products of the SYSA programs. This year over a thousand children are playing on SYSA basketball, cheerleading, baseball and football teams and are enrolled in its tutoring program.

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Winner: Best Local Boss Quint understands happy employees provide the best service. The founder of Studer Group led the turnaround of Baptist Hospital in the 1990s as its president. Baptist Health Care won the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award three years after he left to form his own healthcare consulting firm, which won the same award in 2010. This year, he focused on his Double A baseball team, Blue Wahoos. Fans and visitors raved about the customer service at the stadium. Quint hit it out of the park again with his staff winning this category yet again.

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Pizzaz And Sugarbabies-Winner: Best Gift Shop, Best Place To Buy Children’s Gifts/Toys


BEST ANTIQUES Winner: Blue Moon Antique Mall Alyssa’s Antique Depot Poor Richards Antiques Oooodles of Everything BEST ATHLETIC STORE Winner: Running Wild Academy Sports + Outdoors Intracoastal Outfitters Weatherford’s BEST BEAUTY PRODUCTS Winner: Skin Beauty Boutique Belle Ame’ Escape Wellness Spa The Skin Care Center BEST BICYCLE SHOP Winner: Truly Spokin’

Bikes Plus CycleSports Bicycles Sports Authority BEST BOUTIQUE Winner: Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique Gibson Girl Lee Tracy Shoes & Apparel Scout BEST CIGAR SHOP Winner: Cordova Cigars Grand Reserve Cigar & Smoke Shop Seville Quarter Tinder Box BEST CONSIGNMENT STORE Winner: Elite Repeats & Boutique Lads & Lassies Plato’s Closet

BEST GONE-BUT-NOT-FORGOTTEN STORE Winner: Sarah’s Gayfers Ordon’s Page & Palette BEST GOURMET/SPECIALTY FOOD Winner: Nancy’s Haute Affairs Apple Market The Bodacious Olive Four Winds International Fine Food BEST “GREEN” BUSINESS Winner: Ever’man Natural Foods Lamar Advertising Company Navy Federal Credit Union Rodney Rich & Company BEST HARDWARE STORE Winner: Pensacola Hardware Ace Hardware Gulf Breeze Hall’s Hardware Reynolds Hardware BEST HOME DÉCOR

Winner: Urban Objects Mezza De Luna Consignment Shop duh McAlpin Interiors BEST INDEPENDENT MARKET Winner: Apple Market City Grocery Ever’man Natural Foods Shoreline Food Store and International Deli BEST JEWELER OVERALL Winner: Jewelers Trade Shop Beré Jewelers Elebash’s Rock Hard Designs BEST LIQUOR STORE Winner: Richey’s East Aloha Wine & Liquor Fusion Publix Super Market BEST MOTORCYCLE SHOP Winner: Harley-Davidson of Pensacola D&D Cycles Pensacola Motorsports Stokes Victory Polaris BEST MUSIC GEAR Winner: Blues Angel Music Dollarhide’s Music Center Schmidt’s Music Tringas Music BEST NEW CAR DEALERSHIP Winner: Sandy Sansing Dealerships Centennial Imports Pete Moore Chevrolet Vince Whibbs


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Winners List BEST NEW RETAIL SHOP Winner: The Bodacious Olive Mezza De Luna Consignment Shop Francesca’s Collections Your Dog’s Business

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BEST NURSERY Winner: Floral Tree Gardens Garden Gate Perdue Lawn & Maintenance Woerner Landscape

BEST THRIFT STORE Winner: Waterfront Rescue Mission Goodwill Habitat for Humanity ReStore Loaves & Fishes

BEST OUTDOOR APPAREL & ACCESSORIES Winner: Intracoastal Outfitters Academy Sports + Outdoors Running Wild Weatherford’s

BEST UNIQUE JEWELRY Winner: Susan Campbell Jewelry Beré Jewelers Jewelers Trade Shop Rock Hard Designs

BEST PET STORE Winner: The Spotted Dog Pet Boutique and Bakery PetSmart Pet Supermarket Petland BEST PLACE TO BUY AN ENGAGEMENT RING Winner: Elebash’s Beré Jewelers Jewelers Trade Shop

BEST SURF/SKATE SHOP Winner: Waterboyz Innerlight One Love! Surf Collective Coastal Paddle Company

BEST USED CAR DEALERSHIP Winner: Frontier Motors Mr. C’s Pete Moore Chevrolet Sandy Sansing Dealerships BEST WINE SHOP Winner: Aragon Wine Market Anna’s Wine Shop City Grocery Wine World Outlet BEST WINE TASTINGS

Winner: Aragon Wine Market City Grocery Distinctive Kitchens Seville Quarter

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Eddie Fancher, Studio 7 Salon Rebecca Taylor, Eimaj Spa and Salon Sarah Tucker, Style Downtown BEST MASSAGE Winner: Escape Wellness Spa Eimaj Spa and Salon Massage Envy Spa Still Waters Day & Medical Spa BEST PEDICURE Winner: Nail Lounge Escape Wellness Spa Lisa’s Nails Still Waters Day & Medical Spa

Hilton Gulf Front Pensacola Beach-Winner: Best Hotel–Pensacola Beach

BEST WOMEN’S ACCESSORIES Winner: Scout Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique Lee Tracy Shoes & Apparel Susan Campbell Jewelry BEST WOMEN’S APPAREL Winner: Indigeaux



BEST HAIR SALON Winner: Eimaj Spa and Salon Izzo Cutter & Company Studio 7 Salon Style Downtown BEST HAIR STYLIST Winner: Cortney Campus, Style Downtown

BEST NAIL SALON Winner: Nail Lounge Escape Wellness Spa Natural Nails & Spa Still Waters Day & Medical Spa BEST FACIAL Winner: Still Waters Day & Medical Spa Escape Wellness Spa Renú Dr. Kevin Welch/The Welch Skin Care Center

BEST SKIN CARE OVERALL Winner: Dr. Kevin Welch/The Welch Skin Care Center Escape Wellness Spa Renú Still Waters Day & Medical Spa BEST DAY SPA Winner: Still Waters Day & Medical Spa Eimaj Spa and Salon Escape Wellness Spa Fusion Spa Salon Aveda BEST SALON FOR WAXING Winner: Escape Wellness Spa Natural Nails & Spa Eimaj Spa and Salon Still Waters Day & Medical Spa BEST TANNING SALON Winner: Club Sun Tanning Style Downtown Tropical Touch Tanning Sun Shack BEST 24-HOUR GYM Winner: Anytime Fitness Chips 24 Hour Gym Powerhouse Gym World Gym

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4 Shore Fit Fitness Onboard YMCA Downtown BEST HOSPITAL Winner: Sacred Heart Hospital Baptist Hospital Gulf Breeze Hospital West Florida Hospital BEST BANK Winner: Regions Bank Of America Hancock Bank Wells Fargo BEST CREDIT UNION Winner: Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union Members First Credit Union Navy Federal Credit Union Pen Air Federal Credit Union BEST RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE AGENCY Winner: Coldwell Banker United Connell & Manzieck Realty Main Street Properties RE/MAX On The Coast BEST COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AGENCY Winner: Beck Property Company Coldwell Banker Commercial United Realtors NAI Halford Trademark Properties BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT Winner: Conna O’Donovan, RE/MAX On The Coast Mark Lee, Resort Realty Fred Gunther, Gunther Properties Randy Bricker, Sellstate Gulf Coast Realty

BEST BOUTIQUE OR INDEPENDENT HOTEL OR INN Winner: Solé Inn and Suites Lee House Bed & Breakfast New World Landing, The Inn Paradise Inn BEST HOTEL–PENSACOLA BEACH Winner: Hilton Gulf Front Pensacola Beach Hampton Inn Holiday Inn Resort Margaritaville Beach Hotel BEST HOTEL–NOT PENSACOLA BEACH Winner: Crowne Plaza Hilton Garden Inn, Airport Blvd Marriott Courtyard, Downtown Solé Inn & Suites

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Winners List BEST LAW FIRM Winner: Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon Michles & Booth

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BEST INSURANCE AGENCY Winner: McMahon & Hadder Insurance Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance Hiles-McLeod Insurance McGraw Insurance

BEST DENTIST Winner: Dr. Stephen Zieman Dr. Scott Booker Dr. Edward Noland Dr. Michael Shay Tilley

BEST ATTORNEY Winner: Justin Witkin Bryan Aylstock Fred Levin

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BEST ART GALLERYWinner: Artel Gallery Blue Morning Gallery Pensacola Museum of Art Quayside Art Gallery

BEST CHIROPRACTOR Winner: Lindsey Jeudevine, Olde Seville Chiropractic Baybridge Chiropractic Gulfcoast Spinal Center Newlin Chiropractic

BEST LOCAL INTERIOR DESIGNER Winner: Dee McDavid Chance F. Jobe Lacy Phillips Tip McAlpin

BEST FRAME SHOP Winner: Framing By Design Aiken Picture Frames Framery and Gallery Just Plain Putter

Hula Moon Tattoo-Winner: Best Tattoo Studio BEST LOCAL AD AGENCY Winner: Clever Ogre

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BEST TATTOO STUDIO Winner: Hula Moon Tattoo Black Sparrow Tattoo Studio Pensacola Tattoos Skech1 Tattoo Studio

BEST PIERCING STUDIO Winner: The Psychedelic Shack Head 2 Toe Tattoo & Body Piercing Hula Moon Tattoo Kaoz Tattoo and Piercing Studio BEST SPECIAL EVENT SPACE Winner: 5eleven Palafox Heritage Hall, Seville Quarter Paul’s On The Bay Vinyl Music Hall BEST BAKERY Winner: J’s Pastry Shop Milton Quality Bakery Oh Snap! Cupcakes Publix Super Market

Winners List BEST CAKE SHOP Winner: Betty Weber Cakes J’s Pastry Shop Oh Snap! Cupcakes The Cake Shop BEST CATERER Winner: Classic City Catering Apple Market Culinary Productions Nancy’s Haute Affairs BEST FLORIST Winner: Celebrations Fiore Blooms A Million Flowerama

Cook Images Photography-Winner: Best Photography

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Lindsey Friar Photography Matthew Coughlin Hara Cook, Documented Photography BEST BOWLING ALLEY Winner: Oops Alley Cordova Lanes Liberty Lanes DeLuna Lanes BEST MOVIE THEATRE Winner: Gulf Breeze Cinema 4 Rave Motion Pictures Breeze Cinema 8 Ridge Cinema 8



Winner: Palafox Wharf Waterfront 5eleven Palafox Hilton Gulf Front Pensacola Beach Old Christ Church BEST RECEPTION VENUE Winner: 5eleven Palafox Paul’s On The Bay Pensacola Country Club Seville Quarter BEST BRIDAL STORE Winner: Bridal Loft Bridal Suite David’s Bridal Renee’s Bridal

BEST PLACE TO RENT A TUX Winner: Gent’s Formal Wear Men’s Wearhouse Randall’s Formal Wear Rein’s Formal Wear BEST BRIDAL MAKEUP ARTIST Winner: Eliza George Creagh Proctor, Skin Beauty Boutique Tiffanie Park Sheryl Schwartz BEST WEDDING HAIR SALON Winner: Style Downtown Fusion Spa Salon Aveda Salon Allure Shears Unlimited


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Winners List BEST WEDDING HAIR STYLIST Winner: Kelly Michelle Brooke Miller, 10th Avenue Hair Designs Heidi Taylor, Salon Allure Rebecca Taylor, Eimaj Spa and Salon

BEST WEDDING BAND Winner: Mr. Big The Astronauts Clark and Company Reunion Band BEST WEDDING DJ Winner: Anyday DJ Boogie Inc. Marty Stanovich Roger Martinez

BEST WEDDING PLANNER Winner: Megan K. Events Sara Gillianne Weddings and Events Legacy Event Design Samantha Jackson Weddings BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY Winner: Aislinn Kate Photography Cook Images Photography Jessi Field Photography Pasty Brown Photography

Sassafras Stationery & Gifts-Winner: Best Place to Buy Wedding Invitations BEST WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY Winner: Mike Wood Productions

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BEST WEDDING CATERER Winner: Culinary Productions Apple Market Catering Classic City Catering Nancy’s Haute Affairs BEST WEDDING CAKE Winner: Betty Weber Cakes Adonna’s Bakery J’s Pastry Shop The Cake Shop

BEST WEDDING FLORIST Winner: Fiore Blooms A Million Celebrations Southern Floral Traditions BEST PLACE TO BUY A WEDDING GIFT Winner: Artesana Imports Distinctive Kitchens Pizazz Target BEST PLACE TO BUY WEDDING INVITATIONS Winner: Sassafras Stationery & Gifts Nancy’s Haute Affairs Artesana Imports Invitations By Karina








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BEST RESTAURANT– EAST PENSACOLA/ SCENIC HIGHWAY Winner: New Yorker Deli & Pizzeria Jerry’s Drive In Scenic 90 Cafe The Magnolia BEST RESTAURANT– GULF BREEZE Winner: Aegean Breeze Niki’s Restaurant Shan Kishi Mariachi’s Mexican Grill

Fiore-Winner: Best Wedding Florist / photo by Oeil Photography

BEST HONEYMOON DESTINATION Winner: New Orleans Hawaii The Bahamas Destin


BEST RESTAURANT– DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA Winner: The Fish House Dharma Blue Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant & Bar Jackson’s Steakhouse October 04, 2012

BEST RESTAURANT– CORDOVA AREA Winner: O’Brien’s Bistro Bonefish Grill Shark Fin The Tuscan Oven Pizzeria BEST RESTAURANT– NORTH PENSACOLA/ NINE MILE/UWF Winner: Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse Cock of the Walk Hopjacks Nine Mile Jasmine Fusion BEST RESTAURANT– WEST PENSACOLA/ PERDIDO KEY Winner: Cactus Flower Cafe Becky’s Eatery Fisherman’s Corner The Oar House

BEST NEW RESTAURANT– ESCAMBIA COUNTY The Tin Cow The Magnolia Nick’s Boathouse Polonza Bistro BEST NEW RESTAURANT– SANTA ROSA COUNTY Winner: Stinky’s Fish Camp Mandarin Moon Rotolo’s Pizzeria Thai 54

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BEST TRAVEL AGENCY Winner: Elite Travel Agency Around The Globe Travel Gulf Breeze Travel Agency Springdale Travel

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Winners List BEST GREEK CUISINE Winner: Founaris Bros. Aegean Breeze Jordan Valley Restaurant Niki’s Restaurant BEST MEXICAN CUISINE Winner: Cactus Flower Cafe La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant Nacho Daddies Vallartas Mexican Grill

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BEST ITALIAN CUISINE Winner: Franco’s Italian Restaurant Bonelli’s Cafe Italia Petrella’s Italian Cafe The Tuscan Oven Pizzeria

Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant & Bar BEST SEAFOOD CUISINE Winner: The Fish House Chet’s Seafood The Grand Marlin Peg Leg Pete’s BEST SEAFOOD MARKET Winner: Joe Patti’s Seafood Market Maria’s Fresh Seafood Market L & T Seafood Market Smokey J’s Seafood Market, Milton

BEST CHEF Winner: Frank Taylor, The Global Grill Blake Rushing, Lee House Bed & Breakfast Irv Miller, Jackson’s Steakhouse Thierry Reverse, Hilton Garden Inn BEST UP-AND-COMING CHEF Winner: Kiley Bolster, The Magnolia Tricia Horton, Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille Alex McPhail, Iron at Marcus Pointe

BEST CHINESE CUISINE Winner: Shark Fin Chow Tyme Panda Express Yum’s Chinese Restaurant

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BEST WAITRESS Winner: Miranda Coley, Crabs We Got ‘Em Libby Castellani, The Global Grill Samantha (Flood) Ford, The Global Grill Kaya Hard, The Grand Marlin BEST COFFEE SHOP Winner: The Leisure Club The Drowsy Poet Coffee Company Maximilian Coffee Polonza Bistro BEST OUTDOOR DINING Winner: Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille The Fish House/Atlas Oyster House The Grand Marlin The Oar House

BEST JAPANESE CUISINE Winner: Horizen Restaurant Ichiban Japanese Restaurant Sake Café Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse BEST HIBACHI Winner: Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse Nobusei Shan Kishi Yamato Oriental Cuisine

Scottie Miller, Jackson’s Steakhouse Sam Sumlin, The Global Grill Johnny Wilding, Nick’s Boathouse

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BEST THAI CUISINE Winner: Bangkok Garden Jasmine Fusion Siam Thai Thai 54

BEST STEAKHOUSE Winner: Jackson’s Steakhouse Angus Steak House Coach-N-Four Steakhouse McGuire’s Irish Pub

BEST CAJUN CUISINE Winner: Cajun Specialty Meats Fisherman’s Corner H2O, Hilton on the Beach Five Sisters Blues Café

BEST ORIGINAL MENU Winner: The Global Grill Jackson’s Steakhouse Lee House Dinners with Chef Blake Rushing Polonza Bistro

BEST VEGETARIAN/ VEGAN CUISINE Winner: End of the Line Cafe Ever’man Natural Foods Sabor Tamales

BEST APPETIZERS Winner: Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille The Global Grill Jackson’s Steakhouse Polanzo Bistro

Daniel Watts, The Wine Bar on Palafox BEST LOOKING WAIT STAFF Winner: The Fish House The Global Grill Peg Leg Pete’s The Leisure Club BEST WAIT STAFF Winner: Jackson’s Steakhouse The Global Grill Nick’s Boathouse Polonza Bistro BEST WAITER Winner: Jarrod McLendon, The Global Grill

BEST VIEW Winner: Nick’s Boathouse The Fish House The Grand Marlin Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille BEST PLACE TO SPLURGE Winner: Jackson’s Steakhouse The Global Grill McGuire’s Irish Pub The Melting Pot BEST PLACE TO BLOW YOUR DIET Winner: Krispy Kreme Donuts Five Sisters Blues Café Jerry’s Drive-in Oh Snap! Cupcakes BEST PLACE TO COUNT CALORIES Winner: End of the Line Cafe

{ We’re honored. } Ever’man Natural Foods Roly Poly Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant & Bar BEST PLACE TO SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH Winner: Oh Snap! Cupcakes 32 Degrees Yogurt Bar Dolce! J’s Pastry Shop

BEST LUNCH SPOT Winner: New Yorker Deli & Pizzeria Dharma Blue Polonza Bistro The Leisure Club BEST PLACE FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH Winner: Jackson’s Steakhouse The Fish House Polonza Bistro Portabello Market

BEST PLACE TO FEED THE WHOLE FAMILY Winner: McGuire’s Irish Pub Golden Corral Jerry’s Drive In Polonza Bistro

BEST TAKE OUT Winner: Nancy’s Haute Affairs East Hill Market Roly Poly Tu-Do Vietnamese Restaurant

BEST ROMANTIC DINING Winner: The Melting Pot Dharma Blue The Global Grill Jackson’s Steakhouse

BEST FAST BITE Winner: Hub Stacey’s Bagelheads Jerry’s Drive In Philly’s Cheesesteaks & Hoagies

BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE Winner: Dharma Blue The Global Grill The Grand Marlin The Wine Bar on Palafox BEST BREAKFAST Winner: Native Cafe Another Broken Egg Cafe Polonza Bistro Scenic 90 Cafe BEST BRUNCH Winner: H2O, Hilton on the Beach The Fish House Five Sister’s Blues Café The Grand Marlin BEST LUNCH DELIVERY Winner: Sunshine Garden Cafe Cottage Cafe Nancy’s Haute Affairs Portabello Market October 04, 2012

BEST DRIVE-THRU Winner: Tops Choice Hamburgers Bagelheads Chick-fil-a WhataBurger BEST PLACE FOR A BIRTHDAY DINNER Winner: The Global Grill The Fish House Jackson’s Steakhouse McGuire’s Irish Pub BEST RESTAURANT FOR SPORTS FANATICS Winner: New York Nick’s Buffalo Wild Wings Miller’s Ale House Sidelines Sports Bar and Restaurant BEST LATE NIGHT EATS Winner: The Elbow Room

Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom Nacho Daddies The Tin Cow BEST MOST MISSED LOCAL RESTAURANT Winner: Jerry’s Cajun Cafe Hopkins Boarding House Madison’s Skopelo’s On The Bay BEST RESTAURANT YOU HAVEN’T BEEN TO IN AGES Winner: Coach-N-Four Flounder’s Chowder House Jackson’s Steakhouse McGuire’s Irish Pub BEST PLACE TO EAT LIKE A TOURIST Winner: Peg Leg Pete’s Flounder’s Chowder House Landry’s Seafood McGuire’s Irish Pub


BEST BAGEL Winner: Bagelheads Bagels Del Sol Panera Bread Dunkin’ Donuts BEST BBQ Winner: The Happy Pig Café Arlene Williams BBQ Shane’s Rib Shack Sonny’s BBQ BEST BREAD Winner: Joe Patti’s Seafood Market Bagelheads Bread of Life Bake Shop Panera Bread BEST BURRITO Winner: Cactus Flower Cafe La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant Moe’s Southwest Grill Nacho Daddies

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Winners List Bar and Restaurant Guthrie’s Seville Quarter Zaxby’s

New Yorker Deli & Pizzeria Shoreline Food Store and International Deli

BEST SPECIALTY/ ICED COFFEE Winner: Starbucks Bagelheads The Drowsy Poet Coffee Company The Leisure Club

BEST DESSERTS Winner: Bread of Life Bake Shop The Grand Marlin Jackson’s Steakhouse New Yorker Deli & Pizzeria

Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom-Winner: Best French Fries

BEST CUP OF COFFEE Winner: The Leisure Club Bad Ass Coffee Bagelheads Starbucks

BEST DOUGHNUT Winner: Krispy Kreme Donuts Daylight Donuts Dunkin’ Donuts Milton Quality Bakery

BEST CHEESEBURGER Winner: The Tin Cow Blue Dot Barbecue

BEST DELI Winner: Apple Market City Grocery


Five Guys Burgers and Fries Jerry’s Drive In

BEST CHICKEN FINGERS Winner: Sidelines Sports

House—Forklift Peg Leg Pete’s—Big Grouper Jerry’s Drive In—Grouper The Fish House—Fried Fish BEST FRENCH FRIES Winner: Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom Five Guys Burgers and Fries Jerry’s Drive In Surf Burger BEST FRIED CHICKEN Winner: Five Sisters Blues Café Becky’s Eatery McGuire’s Irish Pub Scenic 90 Cafe 050 5

Winners List BEST FRIED FOODS Winner: Five Sisters Blues Café Jerry’s Drive In The Oar House Peg Leg Pete’s BEST FROZEN YOGURT Winner: 32 Degrees Yogurt Bar Berry Yogurt Sweet Frog TCBY BEST GUMBO Winner: The Fish House The Grand Marlin The Oar House Peg Leg Pete’s

BEST ICE CREAM/ GELATO Winner: Dolce! Baskin-Robbins Marble Slab Creamery TCBY BEST ORIGINAL MENU ITEM Winner: The Global Grill, Bacon-wrapped Lobster Tail The Fish House, Grits a Ya Ya The Magnolia, Pimiento Cheese Sandwich The Tin Cow, Blue Balls Burger BEST PIZZA Winner: The Tuscan Oven Pizzeria Georgio’s Pizza

Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom Ozone Pizza Pub BEST PIZZA BY THE SLICE Winner: Papa’s Pizza Georgio’s Pizza Paddy O’Leary’s Irish Pub Santino’s Pizza and Grinders BEST PLACE TO BUY PRODUCE Winner: Bailey’s Farmers Market Apple Market Ever’man Natural Foods Palafox Market BEST POBOY Winner: Peg Leg Pete’s Becky’s Eatery

Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille-Winner: Best Appetizers, Best Outdoor Dining Cajun Specialty Meats City Grocery BEST SALAD

Winner: The Grand Marlin, Blue Cheese Wedge The Fish House, MoMA Salad

The Global Grill, Heirloom Tomato Salad Sunshine Garden Cafe, Farmer’s Market Salad

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Winners List BEST SALAD BAR Winner: Seville Quarter Portabello Market Rodizio Grill Ruby Tuesday

Jersey Mike’s New Yorker Deli & Pizzeria Philly’s Cheesesteak & Hoagies

BEST UNIQUELY PENSACOLA DISH Winner: The Fish House, Grits a Ya Ya Dog House Deli, Bayou

Enchiladas Dharma Blue, Vegetarian Paella Jackson’s Steakhouse, Vegan Plate

BEST SANDWICH Winner: Hub Stacey’s, Hub Club City Grocery, Boss Hog The Magnolia, Hummingbird Polonza Bistro, Portobello Mushroom

BEST STEAK Winner: Jackson’s Steakhouse Angus Steak House The Global Grill McGuire’s Irish Pub BEST SUBS Winner: City Grocery

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BARS, DRINKS & NIGHTLIFE BEST BAR OVERALL Winner: Emerald City Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom Seville Quarter World of Beer BEST NIGHT CLUB Winner: Seville Quarter Emerald City Capt’n Fun Beach Club Vinyl Music Hall

BEST SOUL FOOD Winner: Five Sisters Blues Café Blue Dot Barbecue H&O Cafe Jerry’s Drive In BEST SOUP Winner: Cactus Flower Cafe, Tortilla The Global Grill, Lobster Bisque Jackson’s Steakhouse, Roasted Vidalia Onion The Magnolia, White Bean Chicken Chili

Buffalo Wild Wings Kooter Brown’s New York Nick’s

The Fish House, Grits a Ya Ya-Winner: Best Uniquely Pensacola Dish BEST SUSHI Winner: Sake Café Dharma Blue Horizen Restaurant Ichiban Japanese Restaurant BEST TACO Winner: Cactus Flower Cafe Nacho Daddies Sabor Tamales Taco Rock

Grits The Grand Marlin, Blue Angel Chips Nancy’s Haute Affairs, Scamp Cervantes BEST VEGETARIAN/ VEGAN DISH Winner: Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant & Bar, Sweet Thai Chili Bowl End of the Line Cafe,

BEST WAY TO GET “CHEESE-Y” Winner: The Wine Bar on Palafox, Cheese Plates Cactus Flower Cafe, Queso The Magnolia, Pimiento Cheese Sandwich The Melting PotCheese Fondue BEST WINGS Winner: Sidelines Sports Bar and Restaurant

BEST BAR DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA Winner: Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom Play Emerald City World of Beer BEST BAR-CORDOVA AREA Winner: Coyotes Sports Bar O’Riley’s Irish Pub Shooter’s Sports Bar Wisteria Tavern BEST BAR-NORTH PENSACOLA/ NINE MILE ROAD/ UWF

Winner: Hopjacks Nine Mile Chan’s Nightclub LiVE Mugs & Jugs BEST BAR-WEST PENSACOLA/ PERDIDO KEY Winner: The Jellyfish Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar The Oar House Tippy’s Tavern BEST BAR-GULF BREEZE/NAVARRE Winner: The Bridge Bar Juana’s Pagodas Third Base Pub & Eatery Helen Back BEST BAR-PENSACOLA BEACH Winner: Sandshaker Lounge Paradise Bar & Grill The Islander Paddy O’Leary’s BEST BAR-MILTON/ PACE Winner: Ollie’s Neighborhood Grill Hideaway Lounge & Package The Oval Office Pub & Grub Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

Winners List BEST NEW BAR ESCAMBIA COUNTY Winner: World of Beer Hopjacks Filling Station The Magnolia Hopjacks Nine Mile Road BEST PLACE TO MEET FRIENDS AFTER WORK Winner: The Otherside (at Emerald City) Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom The Wine Bar on Palafox World of Beer BEST HAPPY HOUR Winner: The Fish House The Otherside (at Emerald City)

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BEST DRINK SPECIALS Winner: Emerald City Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom Hub Stacey’s Blend Lounge

BEST PLACE TO EAVESDROP Winner: Blend Lounge 5 1/2 Bar The Fish House The Wine Bar on Palafox

BEST LADIES NIGHT Winner: The Fish House Hub Stacey’s McGuire’s Irish Pub Seville Quarter

BEST BAR TO PEOPLE WATCH Winner: Seville Quarter Emerald City The Fish House Sandshaker Lounge

BEST COVER CHARGE WORTH PAYING Winner: Emerald City Bedlam/Top of the Town

BEST BAR TO DRINK ALONE Winner: 5 1/2 Bar The Bridge Bar The Elbow Room

Wisteria Tavern BEST BAR WHERE IT PAYS TO BE A REGULAR Winner: Emerald City The Bridge Bar Intermission Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom BEST DAY DRINKING Winner: Bamboo Willie’s Beach Side Bar The Dock Paradise Bar & Grill Sandshaker Lounge BEST DAIQUIRI Winner: Bamboo Willie’s Beach Side Bar The Dock

Flounder’s Chowder House The Grand Marlin BEST BUSHWACKER Winner: Sandshaker Lounge Bamboo Willie’s Beach Side Bar Capt’n Fun Beach Club Flounder’s Chowder House

5 1/2 Bar Margaritaville Beach Hotel BEST SHOT Winner: Irish Car Bomb, Paddy O’Leary’s Irish Pub Sweet Jesus, Emerald City Dragon’s Breath, Play Dirty Girl Scout, Sandshaker Lounge

BEST MARTINI Winner: 5 1/2 Bar Bonefish Grill The Global Grill Jackson’s Steakhouse

BEST SIGNATURE DRINK Winner: King Koopa, Play Bushwhacker, Sandshaker Lounge Diesel Fuel, Flounder’s Chowder House Irish Wake, McGuire’s Irish Pub

BEST MARGARITA Winner: The Oar House Emerald City


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Best Bar-Pensacola Beach Best Bushwacker Runner Up:

Best Day Drinking Best Bar To People Watch Best Bar For Poker Best Bar For Trivia Best Music Venue Best Signature Drink—Bushwacker Best Shot—Dirty Girl Scout

BEST SELECTION OF BEER ON TAP Winner: Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom Mellow Mushroom Woodshed Grill & Brew Pub World of Beer BEST SELECTION OF BOTTLED BEER Winner: World of Beer Intermission The Wine Bar on Palafox Wisteria Tavern BEST BARTENDER Winner: Christopher Peterson, Emerald City Jon Muzzy, The Bridge Bar Michele Klemm, Seville Quarter Patrick Bolster, 5 1/2 Bar BEST BAR PERSONALITY Winner: Buck Thomas, Seville Quarter Lauren Mitchell, Emerald City Seamas Hunt, Paddy O’Leary’s Mike Ashby, Intermission BEST HEAVY POUR Winner: Emerald City Azalea Lounge Intermission The Roundup BEST BAR FOR GETTING FLAT-OUT DRUNK Winner: Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom Emerald City LiVE Sir Richard’s BEST PLACE TO SHAKE YOUR STUFF Winner: Seville Quarter Bamboo Willie’s Beach Side Bar Emerald City Vinyl Music Hall BEST BAR TO HOOK UP Winner: Seville Quarter Capt’n Fun Beach Club

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Emerald City Intermission BEST DARK CORNER FOR PDA Winner: The Elbow Room 5 1/2 Bar Azalea Lounge Emerald City

Sidelines Sports Bar and Restaurant The Ticket Sports Bar BEST SPORTS TEAM CLUB HEADQUARTERS Winner: Seville Quarter Beef ‘O’Brady’s Kooter Brown’s New York Nick’s

BEST BAR AMBIANCE Winner: 5 1/2 Bar The Grand Marlin The Otherside (at Emerald City) The Wine Bar on Palafox BEST COLLEGE HANGOUT Winner: Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom The Fish House/The Deck Bar O’Riley’s Irish Pub Seville Quarter BEST PLACE FOR BAR GAMES Winner: Play The Elbow Room Intermission Seville Quarter BEST BAR FOR POKER Winner: Paddy O’ Leary’s Seville Quarter Sandshaker Lounge The Ticket Sports Bar

New York Nick's-Winner: Best Sports Bar

BEST PLACE YOU CAN’T TAKE YOUR PARENTS Winner: Emerald City The Roundup Sammy’s Gentlemen’s Club The Handlebar BEST SELECTION OF WINE BY THE GLASS Winner: The Wine Bar on Palafox 5 1/2 Bar Jackson’s Steakhouse The Magnolia BEST SELECTION OF WINE BY THE BOTTLE Winner: The Wine Bar on Palafox The Global Grill Jackson’s Steakhouse McGuire’s Irish Pub BEST SPORTS BAR Winner: New York Nick’s Miller’s Ale House

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR Winner: The Magnolia Azalea Lounge Spanish Trail Pub & Eatery Wisteria Tavern BEST JAZZ BAR Winner: Five Sisters Blues Café RagTyme Grille Seville Quarter BEST HOTEL BAR Winner: Crowne Plaza Hilton Gulf Front Pensacola Beach Margaritaville Beach Hotel Paradise Bar & Grill BEST BAR WITH A VIEW Winner: The Bridge Bar Jaco’s Bayfront Bar and Grille The Fish House The Grand Marlin

BEST BAR FOR BINGO Winner: Seville Quarter The Otherside (at Emerald City) Coyotes Sports Bar BEST BAR FOR TRIVIA Winner: Mellow Mushroom The Bridge Bar Play Sandshaker Lounge BEST PET-FRIENDLY BAR Winner: Hub Stacey’s The Cabaret Play The Oar House BEST KARAOKE NIGHT Winner: Play The Cabaret The Roundup Seville Quarter BEST KARAOKE DJ Winner: Krazy George Jeremy Ward, The Cabaret

Winners List Shawn Rowe, A DJ Connection KJ Wildo, Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom BEST CLUB DJ Winner: Albert Lao Dewight Barkley Ramsey Coates Bunnie Hopson BEST BAR FOR LIVE MUSIC Winner: Vinyl Music Hall Paradise Bar & Grill Seville Quarter The Fish House/The Deck Bar BEST JUKEBOX Winner: The Elbow Room


Azalea Lounge Play Wisteria Tavern BEST BAR MENU Winner: Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom The Elbow Room The Magnolia Seville Quarter BEST ORIGINAL DRINK MENU Winner: 5 1/2 Bar Emerald City The Grand Marlin Jackson’s Steakhouse



BEST TV PERSONALITY Winner: Sue Straughn Mollye Barrows Vigodsky Lena DeFlores Allen Strum BEST TV ANCHOR Winner: Molly Barrows Vigodsky Bob Solarski Sue Straughn Jared Willets BEST RADIO STATION Winner: Cat Country 98.7 TK 101 WUWF 93 BLX

BEST TALK/NEWS HOST Winner: Don Parker Jim Sanborn Wendi Summers Branden Rathert BEST RADIO DJ Winner: Brent Lane Q-Tip (Glenn Johnson) Mark “The Shark” Scott Adams BEST MORNING SHOW Winner: Q-Tip and Blondie (WABB) Cat Pak Morning Show (Cat Country) Lex & Terry (TK101) Marty White & Lindsey Marie ( WXBM)

BEST REASON TO PICK UP AN IN Winner: Winners & Losers Local Music Coverage News Reporting News of the Weird BEST NEWS STORY OF 2012 Winner: Blue Wahoos’ Success A. A. Dixon Charter School Success IN Coverage of Racial Issues Maritime Park Completion BEST LOCAL YOUTUBE STAR Winner: Pixies Production Inc.

Blake Campbell Nathan Monk “Pensacola” by Manchester Orchestra BEST LOCAL PERSON/BUSINESS TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER Winner: Whitney Fike Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom Pensaloca Mayor Ashton (parody account) BEST LOCAL WEBSITE Winner:

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Winners List BEST PERSON TO FRIEND ON FACEBOOK Winner: Bradley B.J. “Beej” Davis Brent Lane Ashton Howard Shelley Yates

Winner: Timberhawk, The Islander rooftop Lucas Crutchfield, The Fish House Deck Duelling Pianos, Seville Quarter Mr. Lao (Albert Lao), Seville Quarter


BEST MUSIC VENUE Winner: Vinyl Music Hall The Handlebar Sandshaker Lounge Seville Quarter BEST LOCAL BAND Winner: Timberhawk Paloma Lektric Mullet Pioneers! O Pioneers BEST VOCALIST

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BEST AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY Winner: Pensacola Children’s Chorus Ballet Pensacola The Funplex of Gulf Breeze Downtown YMCA

Blue Wahoos-Winner: Best Local Sports Team Winner: Lucas Crutchfield Giovanni Lugo Kent Stanton

Jordan Richards BEST CONCERT OR LIVE SHOW IN 2011-12

Winner: DeLuna Fest Hangout Music Fest Blake Shelton at Pensacola Civic Center

Sleigh Bells and Diplo at Vinyl Music Hall BEST REGULAR GIG

BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY Winner: Confetti Couture Events

Winners List The Funplex of Gulf Breeze Jump-N-Party Sam’s Fun City BEST DAYCARE Winner: Episcopal Day School Blue Angel Early Learning Center Cokesbury Children’s Center St. Ann Discovery School BEST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Winner: Peg Leg Pete’s Chick-fil-a Flounder’s Chowder House Red Robin

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BEST KIDS’ NIGHT Winner: The Oar House Chick-fil-a Moe’s Southwest Grill Sonny’s BBQ BEST ACTIVITY THAT DOESN’T BORE MOM AND DAD Winner: Pensacola MESS Hall Catching a Blue Wahoos game Naval Aviation Museum Pensacola Museum of Art Free Tuesdays BEST PLACE TO BUY CHILDREN’S GIFTS/ TOYS Winner: Pizzaz Let’s Play Fefe & Frogs

Target BEST PLAYGROUND Winner: Bayview Park Perdido Kids Park Benny Russell Park (Pace) Shoreline Park (Gulf Breeze) BEST SPORTS/REC PROGRAM Winner: Southern Youth Sports Association First Tee, Osceola Municipal Golf Course SEASTARS Aquatics, Inc. YMCA


BEST ANNUAL EVENT Winner: DeLuna Fest Pensacola Seafood Fest

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival Mardi Gras BEST BEHIND THE SCENES VOLUNTEER Winner: Belle Bear Bradley B.J. “Beej” Davis Kristin Fairchild Rishy Studer BEST CHARITY EVENT Winner: Le Petits Enfants, Cordova Mall Ball Culinary Productions, Gourmet Dinner Night Panhandle Charitable Open Pensacola Little Theatre, Cabaret

BEST CITY PROGRAMS Winner: Family Movie Nights Curbside Recycling Gallery Nights Recreation Centers BEST COMMUNITY LEADER Winner: Collier Merrill Buzz Ritchie Lewis Bear, Jr. Quint Studer BEST DAY TRIP Winner: Destin, Fla. Mobile, Ala. New Orleans Seaside, Fla. BEST FOOD EVENT Winner: Pensacola

Seafood Festival Pensacola Greek Festival Pensacola Crawfish Festival Taste of the Beach BEST LETDOWN Winner: New City Logo Escambia County School District Loss of Evenings in Olde Seville No Maritime Museum BEST KEPT LOCAL SECRET Winner: Wisteria Tavern The Elbow Room Fort Barrancas The Magnolia


Winners List BEST LOCAL TOURIST ATTRACTION Winner: Pensacola Beach Fort Pickens Joe Patti’s Seafood Naval Aviation Museum

BEST LOCAL ARTIST Winner: Ashton Howard Margaret Biggs Nina Fritz Evan Levin BEST LOCAL BOSS Winner: Quint Studer Debbie Calder Denis McKinnon, Jr. Bill Wein

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD Winner: East Hill Cordova Park East Pensacola Heights Scenic Heights

BEST LOCAL POLITICIAN Winner: Ashton Hayward Jeff Miller David Morgan David Stafford BEST LOCAL SCANDAL Winner: Team Santa Rosa Demise Equestrian Center/Forest Gibbs

Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade-Winner: Best Parade Sam Hall v. Nathan Monk Public Defender’s Office


Ice Flyers UWF Baseball UWF Soccer

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD FOR YARD SALES Winner: East Hill Bayou Hills Cordova Park Stonebrook Village (Pace) BEST NONPROFIT Winner: ARC Gateway

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Winners List Gulf Coast Kids’ House Impact 100 Ronald McDonald House BEST OUTDOOR MARKET Winner: Palafox Market Bailey’s Farmers Market Port City Farmers Market T&W Flea Market BEST PARADE Winner: Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade Downtown Christmas Parade The Krewe Of Lafitte Illuminated Parade Pensacola Beach Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade BEST PERSON TO HAVE ON YOUR SIDE Winner: Mike Papantonio Fred Levin

Collier Merrill David Morgan BEST PET-FRIENDLY PARK Winner: Bayview Dog Park and Beach Shoreline Bark Park (Gulf Breeze) Scott Complex Dog Park Navarre Central Bark Dog Park BEST PLACE TO GET STUCK IN TRAFFIC Winner: Pensacola Bay Bridge Bob Sikes Bridge Davis Highway Scenic Highway BEST PLACE TO MOOCH FREE WI-FI Winner: Panera Bread

Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom Starbucks Whataburger BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS Winner: McGuire’s Irish Pub Maritime Park Naval Aviation Museum Pensacola Beach BEST PLACE TO WORK Winner: Pen Air Federal Credit Union Coldwell Banker United Navy Federal Credit Union Sacred Heart Hospital BEST PUBLIC PARK Winner: Bayview Park Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park

Seville Square Blue Angel Recreation Park BEST REASONS TO WATCH WAHOOS Winner: View Billy Hamilton Fireworks Thirsty Thursdays BEST REASONS TO WATCH ICE FLYERS Winner: Fights Cold Beer “Chuck The Puck” Maverick BEST RISING LEADER Winner: Brian Hooper Autumn Beck Victor Cross Andy Terhaar

BEST THING TO LOOK FORWARD TO Winner: DeLuna Fest Blue Angels Airshow Main Street Plant Redevelopment Downtown Revitalization BEST UP-AND-COMING NEIGHBORHOOD Winner: Downtown Pensacola Belmont-DeVilliers Nature Trail subdivision North Hill BEST VOLUNTEER Winner: John Peacock Angela Baroco Eddy Marianne Estess Teri Levin

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