Inweekly Oct. 3 2019 Issue ~ Best of the Coast

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Independent News | October 3, 2019 | Volume 20 | Number 39 | Models: Monica Heart and Lauren Mitchell | Photographer: Natalie Allgyer

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It's a tradition to publish an all-winners version of this column in the Best of the Coast issue, or, at least, that's what the Winners & Losers division of the Inweekly media empire told us as they headed to the Sandshaker.

TED KIRCHHARR Mayor Grover Robin-

son has selected Kirchharr to be his human resources director, responsible for managing the city's human resources programs, including training and development, performance management, staffing and more. Kirchharr joins the city from Studer Group, where he most recently served as a senior director from 2017-2019. He will clean up the mess left by his predecessor, Chief Human Resource Officer Edward "The Box" Sisson.

IRISH POLITICIANS CLUB McGuire

Thanks for voting us BEST! BEST BOSS John Clark RUNNER-UP Best Non-Profit

Martin and his family, members of the Irish Politicians Club and PSC student scholarship recipients last week celebrated the most recent gift of $35,000 from IPC members to the Molly McGuire Culinary Arts Endowed Scholarship fund, plus the gift of $25,000 from McGuire Martin and his family, bringing the total in her honor to $300,000 since the inception of the endowment.

BEAR FAMILY FOUNDATION The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce last week celebrated the ribbon-cutting of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida Bear Family Foundation Center for Hope. The unveiling of the facility's name was in celebration of the foundation's generous $500,000 matching gift. The Bear family has been part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida family for 30 years.

MICHAEL MYHRE The Florida SBDC Network, the state's principal provider of business assistance, recently announced that Myhre, its

chief executive officer, has been named among the state's most influential business leaders by Florida Trend for the second consecutive year.

NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD'S MWR The Morale Welfare and Recreation

Department was named Gold Award finalist. It was the only stateside military installation and the only Navy installation to be nominated as a Gold Award finalist. The National Recreation Park Association's Gold Medal Awards program honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation.

CLOVER PICK A BOWL FILL A BOWL

The event raised more than $40,000 for Manna thanks to the generosity of several local sponsors, artists, restaurants, donors and event attendees. The money raised will provide more than 24,000 meals for neighbors in need in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The event was made possible by the faculty, students and friends of the Pensacola State College Visual Arts Department, First City Arts Center and sponsors.

SANDY SANSING NISSAN Representa-

tives from Nissan recently presented the Sandy Sansing Nissan staff with two of their top awards—the 2019 Nissan Award of Excellence for outstanding performance in sales, customer satisfaction and owner loyalty and the Nissan Global Award. The Nissan prestigious Global Award is special recognition of an elite group of Nissan dealers around the world that have achieved the Award of Excellence and ranked in the top 50 in sales.

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outtakes

By Rick Outzen

BOC CELEBRATION Our Best of the Coast issue is a celebration of the best our community has to offer. This summer, I visited with Spring Hericks, who created the first Best of the Coast survey in July 2000. Hericks lives with her family in Colorado and is the section manager for communications and public affairs at National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In the summer of 2000, she had seen what reader surveys had done for other alt-weeklies and sold us on bringing the idea to Pensacola. The issue was published Aug. 31, 2000, with 136 categories spread out over 40 pages. We bragged that more than 500 ballots were cast. The 2019 version is more than twice that size, and we had over 25,000 ballots completed this year. Reviewing the 2000 BOC issue is a walk through our area's past. Our rock 'n' roll congressman, Joe Scarborough, won best politician, with Democratic State Rep. DeeDee Ritchie in second place. Joe is the host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe,” and DeeDee heads the winner for Best Commercial Realtor, NAI Pensacola. Joe's political views are more aligned with DeeDee's today than 20 years ago. The Best Local Scandal was Escambia School Board Member Vanette Webb. In 1999, Webb was convicted of withholding public records. Governor Jeb Bush suspended her. Janice Gilley, then a legislative aide to Jerry Maygarden and currently the county administrator, was appointed as her replacement.

Webb's conviction was later thrown out, and Bush reinstated her. She ran for reelection and was eliminated in the 2000 primary election, receiving only 17% of votes cast. Our BOC survey turned out to be a good predictor of Webb's political future. Several 2000 winners are no longer in operation. The winner of Best Art Gallery was Soho Gallery, an early supporter of Gallery Night. The Best Golf Course winner was The Moors, home to the Senior PGA Tour's Emerald Coast Classic. Renaming the event the "Blue Angel Classic” didn't save it or the golf course. However, its logo remains on the ECUA water tower seen from Interstate 110. We've also dropped several categories over the past 19 years. We no longer track Best Video Rental Store (Blockbuster in 2000) or Best Phone/Pager Service (Cellular One) or Best Travel Agent/Planner (Gulf Breeze Travel). Under the leadership of our editor, Joani Delezen, we expanded the categories and created the Weddings section, which has become one of our most competitive areas. Our Best of the Coast issues have become snapshots of our area's progress. Its success is due to our readers' love of the local spots that make Pensacola special, the care Joani has put into protecting the voting process and the creativity she uses in presenting the winners. I hope you enjoy the 2019 edition of Best of the Coast. {in} rick@inweekly.net

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TWO BUILDINGS, ONE SCHOOL A review of four years of audited financial statements of the Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy, a charter school founded by former ECUA board member Celestine Lewis, revealed the school paid $11,000 rent per month for the Agnes McReynolds School property, even though the school relocated in 2017 to a facility it purchased on Highway 29. According to the 2018 audit of New Road to Learning, Inc. D/B/A Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy conducted by James Moore & Company, "The School has a building lease expiring October 2023. The Principal of the School (Celestine Lewis) owned the building at the inception of the lease. Total rent expense for the building amounted to $132,000 during the year ended June 30, 2018." As a charter school, Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy is funded with taxpayers' dollars through the Escambia County School District. The audit stated the school was obligated to pay a total of $660,000 through 2023, even though the building had been sold by Lewis in 2014. The current 10-year lease was signed by the school less than a year before the building was sold. The 2014 audit reports states, "In June 2013, the School entered into a lease agreement for the use of the building with Creative Projects, LLC, a limited liability company of which the Principal of the School (Celestine Lewis) is a managing member. Lease payments were $11,000 per month for 10 years. During the year ended June 30, 2014, this building was purchased by an outside party. However, the Principal financed the sale, and per the building contract, the seller (the Principal) personally guaranteed the school will continue to make rent payments of $11,000 monthly for four years." If Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy had not continued to pay rent for the McReynolds building after she relocated the school,

Lewis would have had to personally make the $11,000/month payments out of the profit she and her husband, Creative's other managing member, made from the sale of the building.

STUDER BUYS SNAPPERS Quint Studer,

co-owner of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, is now the owner of the Beloit Snappers, who will be the tenant of a new downtown 5,000-seat stadium. The Snappers are a Minor League Baseball team of the Midwest League and the Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Baseball Digest reported that its sources pegged the final price at $9 million—"but much of that will be funneled back into the new-ballpark effort by the current Snappers Board of Directors as overseen by a new entity, the Riverbend Stadium Authority." The buyer was identified as Studer Entertainment and Retail. If the sale is approved by the Midwest League and Minor League Baseball, and the city agrees to a new ballpark, construction is set to start as early as Spring 2020.

FLEXIBILITY ON CERVANTES WALL The Florida Department of Transportation may be able to compromise on current plans to place a barrier wall down the middle of West Cervantes in an effort to improve pedestrian and vehicular safety on the perilous corridor near downtown Pensacola. Jared Perdue, director of transportation for FDOT District 3, discussed the issue with the Pensacola City Council Sept. 26, following a meeting with Mayor Grover Robinson, who has been trying to get the state to reconsider the wall. "You've heard it referred to as the barrier, the wall. We like to refer to it as decorative railing," Perdue said. "It sounds positive, but it is what it is; it's a separation." In addition to the wall, FDOT's safety improvements slated for West Cervantes include crosswalks, traffic signals and a narrowing of

lanes. But the wall aspect has received the most attention, with residents and businesses along the route, as well as local governments, coming out in opposition to a concept they contend will cut off the street grid's flow and impede both pedestrians and drivers trying to cross the street. "We welcome that opposition. We welcome that feedback," Perdue told city council. "We really do truly have a purpose to get as many members of the community involved as we can." Up until last Thursday, Mayor Robinson had not sounded too optimistic about getting FDOT to change course. City administration has met with the agency before, but on Thursday, those discussions appear to have turned a corner. "We actually today had a really good discussion with FDOT," the mayor noted, explaining that the agency was "willing to work with us" on the wall. Perdue agreed, describing the city as "very gracious" and "very collaborative," with "a lot of excellent ideas." He said that FDOT had "flexibility" where the wall was concerned, and that the state would be getting back to the city with alternative concepts, such as using landscaping and a median to prevent crossing at undesignated crosswalks. "We have a lot of flexibility with that," Perdue said. "There's other ways of channeling pedestrians, other ways that are more aesthetically pleasing." Councilman P.C. Wu pointed Perdue toward Fletcher Avenue in Tampa, where he said FDOT accomplished its safety goals sans barrier. That route, he said, employed numerous crosswalks with flashing yellow crossing signals. "They do not have a wall, but it has dramatically cut down on fatalities," Wu said. "I think that would work very well here." And Councilwoman Ann Hill wondered if FDOT might consider expanding the scope

of the safety project to include the stretch of West Cervantes going through the North Hill area toward Palafox Street. She said that if funding were an issue, perhaps the city could tap some of the landscaping specific money stemming from FDOT's bay bridge project. "The main thing is that we would like it all tackled at the same time," Hill said. "I would hope that you won't just say, 'We don't have the money.'" "It's certainly something that we can consider," Perdue told her. "We never want to say no the first time you ask a question." Councilman Jared Moore was interested in FDOT's reasons for not leaving the street grid intact in the initial plans, allowing pedestrians and drivers to cross over at any given intersection—"What's the rationale behind that?" Perdue said that FDOT's primary objective is making the West Cervantes stretch safer. That means reducing traffic speeds and also reducing the "points of conflict" for pedestrians and drivers. The barrier, he said, is intended to reduce them by limiting crossing points. "That's the primary strategy for making it safer," Perdue said of the conflict-point reduction. "If you don't reduce them, the corridor does not get safer."

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Ascension

Sacred Heart will provide free heart-health screenings 9-11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Greater Bethlehem AME Church, 5299 Richburg St., Milton. Escambia County's State Legislative Delegation will hold a public hearing 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the PSC Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio, 1000 College Blvd. Planning Board will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Hagler-Mason Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Pensacola City Hall. DIB Finance Committee will meet 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Bowden Building, Room #2, 120 Church St. {in}

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Every summer you vote. And we count. And, in some extremely close categories, we recount. And then before you know it, it's the first week of October and it's finally time to reveal the Best of the Coast. This time around, over 25,000 votes were cast. 25,000—that's a whole lot of love and appreciation for the locally-owned spots that make Pensacola special. We are seriously impressed by some of your winners this time around—you guys really know this town. If you're reading this issue IRL, you've probably noticed it's about four times the size of a regular Inweekly. Of course, we're only able to host the

voting and afford the print bill on such a big issue because of ad dollars. So to each and every business that said "yes" to advertising, thank you. You've also probably already noticed that this issue features some very special models. We are beyond honored to have not one but four amazing drag queens help us announce this year's winners—Monica Heart, Lauren Mitchell, Madame Hex and Terrah Card. And these drag queens aren't just any drag queens. They are the fierce four who placed in our first-ever Best Drag Queen category. We have no idea why it took us this long to add that category

to the ballot—because everyone loves drag queens, especially us. But we're making up for being late to the party by going all out with the biggest photo spread we've ever done. We partnered with the ultratalented Natalie Allgyer for the project, and we think her photos here more than prove why she's a Best of the Coast 2019 winner too. But even this super big, super special, issue isn't enough. There's more next week. So make sure you tune in for Rest of the Best—where we celebrate the runners up. We'll also help you get to know our fantastic models a little more with a special editorial feature.

Models—Terrah Card, Lauren Mitchell, Madame Hex and Monica Heart Photographer—Natalie Allgyer Creative/Art Director—Joani Delezen

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COMMUNITY, MEDIA & CULTURE BEST NONPROFIT Winner: Friends of the Escambia County Animal Shelter Council on Aging of West Florida Gulf Coast Kid's House onbikes Pensacola

BEST FOOD EVENT Winner: Pensacola Seafood Festival Pensacola Greek Festival Pensacola Hot Wheels Food Truck Festival Pensacola VegFest

BEST CHARITY EVENT Winner: Winter Wonder Ride (onbikes Pensacola) The BIG Gala (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida) Chocolate Fest (Gulf Coast Kid's House) Jaws On The Water (Dixon School of Arts & Sciences)

BEST PARADE Winner: Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade Grand Fiesta Parade Krewe of Wrecks Parade Pensacola Christmas Parade

BEST PLACE TO WORK Winner: Navy Federal Credit Union Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund Studer Family of Companies University of West Florida

BEST BOSS Winner: John Clark (Council on Aging of West Florida) Stacey Kostevicki (Gulf Coast Kid's House) Debbie Ritchie (Studer Group, a Huron Solution) Paula Shell (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida) BEST COMMUNITY LEADER Winner: Quint Studer Collier Merrill Lawrence Powell Walker Wilson BEST RISING LEADER Winner: Eddie Murray Jessica Andrade Drew Buchanan Alex Gartner BEST POLITICIAN Winner: Grover Robinson Alex Andrade Ann Hill Lumon May BEST PERSON TO HAVE ON YOUR SIDE Winner: Lewis Bear, Jr. Fred Levin Mike Papantonio Quint Studer

BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS Winner: Pensacola Beach Downtown Gallery Night National Naval Aviation Museum BEST DAY TRIP Winner: 30A/Seaside Blackwater River State Park Fairhope Fort Pickens BEST ANNUAL EVENT Winner: Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival Blue Angels Pensacola Beach Air Show Ciclovia – Pensacola Open Streets Pensacola Mardi Gras

BEST PUB CRAWL Winner: O'Riley's Santa Pub Crawl Go Irish on the Island Sailor Jerry Pub Crawl Twisted Disney Bar Crawl

BEST REGULAR/ REOCCURRING EVENT Winner: Gallery Night Bands on the Beach Hot Glass Cold Brew Palafox Market BEST FREE THING TO DO Winner: National Naval Aviation Museum Bands on the Beach Ciclovia – Pensacola Open Streets Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival BEST NEIGHBORHOOD Winner: East Hill Downtown North Hill Scenic Heights

BEST PENSACOLA LANDMARK Winner: Graffiti Bridge Fort Pickens Pensacola Beach Water Tower Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum BEST PUBLIC PARK Winner: Bayview Park Hitzman-Optimist Park Seville Square Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park BEST PET-FRIENDLY PARK Winner: Bayview Park Pensacola Beach Dog Park River Road Park 1 Shoreline Bark Park

BEST PLAYGROUND Winner: Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park Benny Russell Park Hitzman-Optimist Park Perdido Kids Park BEST OUTDOOR MARKET Winner: Palafox Market Gulf Breeze Farmers Market Santa Rosa Farmers Market T & W Flea Market BEST PALAFOX MARKET VENDOR Winner: Annie's Naked Cookies Big Jerk Soda Co. The Hummus Lady Mrs. Jones Cold Brew BEST MAKERS/CRAFT MARKETS Winner: Bare Hand Collective Punk Rock Flea Market Shirley's Café & Bakery Wild Lemon

BEST REASON TO ATTEND A BLUE WAHOOS GAME Winner: "Uptown Eddie" Fireworks

Thank you for voting Le Dough WINNER of BEST DONUTS AND BEST KING CAKE! We can’t calm down! Runner up: Best Food Truck, Best Place to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth, Best Food Delivery, Best Pastries, Best Weekly Special (Donuts in the Park), Best Vegetarian/Vegan Dish (Biscuits and Gravy)

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COMMUNITY, MEDIA & CULTURE The food The view

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BEST REASON TO ATTEND AN ICE FLYERS GAME Winner: Fights Post-game ice skating Theme nights Weiner dog races

BEST TV/VIDEO PERSONALITY Winner: Sue Straughn (WEAR) Jeff Weeks (WSRE) Jared Willets (WEAR) Kaitlin Wright (WEAR)

BEST WEBSITE/BLOG Winner: Visit Pensacola (visitpensacola.com) Cat Country 98.7 (catcountry987.com) North Escambia (northescambia.com) Pensacola Vibes (pensacolavibes.com)

BEST RADIO STATION Winner: Cat Country 98.7 Jet 100.7 Magic 106 WUWF 88.1

BEST PERSON OR BUSINESS TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM Winner: Natalie Allgyer (@nallgyer) Big Jerk Soda Co. (@bigjerksoda) Pensacola Vibes (@pensacolavibes) Poppy Garcia (@thepoppygarcia)

BEST YOUTH SPORTS/ REC PROGRAM Winner: Cheer Omega Gulf Breeze Sports Association Southern Youth Sports Association YMCA of Northwest Florida BEST AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITY Winner: Pensacola Children's Chorus Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast Chain Reaction First City Art Center BEST SUMMER CAMP Winner: Pensacola State College Kids College Camp o' the Pines First City Art Center UWF's Explore Summer Camps BEST PLACE FOR A BIRTHDAY PARTY Winner: Pensacola Children's Museum Pensacola MESS Hall Sam's Fun City Sky Zone Trampoline Park BEST TV STATION Winner: WEAR BlabTV

BEST RADIO PERSONALITY Winner: Britt Rose (Jet 100.7) Candy Cullerton (Cat Country 98.7) Brent Lane (Cat Country 98.7) Andrew McKay (NewsRadio1620) BEST MORNING RADIO SHOW Winner: The Cat Pack Morning Show (Cat Country 98.7) Hill In The Morning (WRNE 980) NPR Morning Edition (WUWF 88.1) Pensacola Morning News with Andrew McKay (NewsRadio1620) BEST PODCAST Winner: It's All Gone Terribly Wrong IHMC's STEM-Talk Tea Time With Tyler WUWF's RadioLive BEST REASON TO PICK UP INWEEKLY Winner: Winners and Losers Calendar of Events

BEST BUSINESS TO "LIKE" ON FACEBOOK Winner: Cat Country 98.7 Friends of the Escambia County Animal Shelter Pensacola Police Department Pensacola Vibes

BEST WAY TO GET CULTURED Winner: Pensacola Museum of Art Foo Foo Festival Pensacola Little Theatre Pensacola Opera BEST ART GALLERY/MUSEUM Winner: Pensacola Museum of Art Artel Gallery Gallery 1060 at First City Art Center Quayside Art Gallery BEST ARTIST Winner: Cindy Mathis Natalie Allgyer Poppy Garcia Lindsey Gray

BEST MUSIC VENUE Winner: Vinyl Music Hall chizuko Saenger Theatre Seville Quarter

BEST BAND Winner: DEAdBUGGS Ben Loftin & the Family Faux/Fox Panzacola BEST CONCERT Winner: Matt and Kim at Vinyl Music Hall Christmas on the Coast Spring Jam WUWF's RadioLive BEST PLACE TO HEAR FREE MUSIC

Winner: Bands on the Beach

Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay Five Sisters Blues Café Gallery Night BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION

Winner: Sister Act (Pensacola Little Theatre)

Evil Dead: The Musical (Improbable Cause Mystery Theatre at Vinyl Music Hall) Florencia in the Amazon (Pensacola Opera) The Nutcracker (Ballet Pensacola) BEST COMEDIAN

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COMMUNITY, MEDIA & CULTURE ADX COMMUNICATIONS

7251 Plantation Road, catcountry987.com, newsradio923.com What does being the "best" mean to you? "Best" means service to our communities, a commitment to be a solid and dependable neighbor, in good times and in challenging times. Everyone here understands the depth of this commitment, and the result is our collective "best." If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Success through service with commitment to community. What do you think makes you and your business unique? 100% locally-owned and family-operated, by a team who all live here, shop here and worship here. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We really do love all local business. It makes good company. Answers by: Kevin King, Operations Manager

BARE HAND COLLECTIVE

2370 N. Palafox, Bldg. 1, barehandcollective.com What does being the "best" mean to you? For me, being the best means being humble, hardworking, passionate, wellorganized, kind, appreciative and inclusive, while always having a philanthropic motive. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? "Let's do better; let's make better."

What do you think makes you and your business unique? The motive behind our market is pure. We care. We genuinely want our fellow makers to succeed. We want our local community to thrive. We want to be able to give back. We want to make Pensacola better. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Charlotte Mason Print Co., Mrs. Jones Cold Brew, Losobe Woodworking, Big Jerk Soda, End of the Line Cafe, Hula Moon, Wild Lemon, Jade Tree Succulents, Tire Trust, Inc., Makers Merch Co., Odd Colony, Gary's Brewery, George Bistro, Quayside Art Gallery, Le Dough, Greg Bond, Blue Levee Band and Asher & Bee Apothecary and Tea Room. Answers by: Rachel Eidson, Market Manager

CHEER OMEGA

380 Lurton St., cheeromega.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best to us means offering the Gulf Coast the highest level of cheerleading and tumbling training. Along with offering the top level of cheer training, we also train each athlete to be well-rounded individuals and to be their personal best in all areas of their lives. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Training athletes from Alpha to Omega. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We are the only program in Pensacola and surrounding areas to

offer competitive cheer teams and classes for all skill levels, 1-6. We have classes and teams for 3 years old through college. We are the only program in Pensacola to have Level 6 teams attend the Cheerleading World Championships. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We love to support any local business that started small like us and, through hard work, have grown to offer amazing things for our community. Answers by: Kelly Fitzpatrick, Owner

CINDY MATHIS MURALS AND FINE ART

cindymathisart.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being part of a collective that is recognized as being the "best" in the community that I live in is an honor that I am excited to be a part of. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? "Murals and fine art, Pensacola, New Orleans, Paris. Have brush, will travel." What do you think makes you and your business unique? Experience and being fluent in many creative mediums allows me to offer my clients a vast array of possibilities. With every project, it's my goal to go above and beyond to turn creative energy and ideas into something beautiful that resonates with others. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? The vision, passion

and devotion to excellence behind so many of our fine establishments is awe-inspiring. There is not enough room to list all of my favorites, but a few that come to mind are Fiore, Susan Campbell Jewelry, Urban Objects, Carmen's Lunch Bar, Restaurant IRON, Global Grill and Jackson's Steakhouse. Answers by: Cindy Mathis, Artist

CITY OF PENSACOLA PARKS AND RECREATION

222 W. Main St., playpensacola.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being named in the Best of the Coast is an honor because it means that the community values the parks and services we provide. Our team is committed to a healthy, happy community through people, parks and programs. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Building a healthy community where everyone has access to fun, safe and affordable services to meet their recreation and leisure needs. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Being a city department, we face unique challenges in providing services that meet a variety of community recreation needs that most private businesses do not face. Our staff is committed every day to providing meaningful, innovative and affordable parks, programs and services. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We don't like to pick favorites. We love all of the lo-

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875 Royce St., coawfla.org What does being the "best" mean to you? Being voted the best is flattering, but it is also humbling because being the "best" simply means that I am working with a group of hardworking, dedicated staff and volunteers. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A nonprofit service provider agency helping Escambia and Santa Rosa elders live in the least restrictive environment possible. What do you think makes you and your business unique? The key word in our business definition is "service." We are about the business of serving elders. Our entire agency should therefore be about servant leadership. I try to demonstrate that myself, and I encourage all of our staff and volunteers to do so as well. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? One of my greatest joys in life has been meeting with and talking to our many wonderful, dedicated volunteers and donors. That and grabbing lunch with a friend at Blue Dot or Scenic 90 Cafe or dinner at The Grand Marlin. Answers by: John Clark, President/CEO

FRIENDS OF THE ESCAMBIA COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER

ecasfriends.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the "best" means that our "Friends" (followers on social media) recognize all the love and hard work we put in for the animals of our community. Our "Friends" are the best, too. We cannot do what we do without them. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We are a dedicated group of volunteer animal advocates working to better the lives of the animals in our community. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We are just one part of a great rescue community. The FOTECAS team celebrates our wins and learns from our losses, and we aren't afraid to tell the ugly truth when it needs to be told. We always look for ways to improve, and we really love what we do. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? The staff and volunteers at the Escambia County Animal Shelter, of course. We also love our veterinarians—Ferry Pass, Spanish Trail, AHOP and Coastal Sunrise. Our absolute favorites are our volunteers, fabulous fosters and the kind and super generous "Friends" that support us every day. Answers by: Kim Schraishuhn Rainer, President

GALLERY NIGHT PENSACOLA

13 S. Palafox, gallerynightpensacola.org What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the "best" means providing an experience that appeals to people of all October 3, 2019

ages, lifestyles and cultures to represent the utmost quality that Pensacola has to offer. It means striving to improve, grow and always ask for feedback from the community. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Gallery Night Pensacola is a nonprofit organization with the goal of inspiring art and culture in the Downtown Pensacola area. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Our monthly Gallery Night events are unlike anything else in Northwest Florida. Gallery Night is put on by a volunteer board of directors made up of business owners and community creators who work hard each month to provide unique themes and events surrounding a wide range of art and culture. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Gallery Night is a big fan of our friendly art community nonprofits like First City Arts Center, Barehand Collective, the Visual Arts Association and Artel Gallery. We love supporting our downtown merchants, including O'Rileys Irish Pub, Bluejay's Bakery, Blue Morning Gallery, Hopjacks, World of Beer, Cigar Bar, Casks and Flights and more. Answers by: Sydney Robinson, Director

GREAT GULFCOAST ARTS FESTIVAL, INC.

ggaf.org What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best festival in Pensacola means that the community enjoys the variety of fine art and performing art venues GGAF offers every November in Seville Square, Bartram Park and Fountain Park. According to Majority Opinion Research survey, the festival had a $17 million impact on our economy in 2018. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? GGAF is an annual festival of fine and performing arts, art education and appreciation of the arts for the community. What do you think makes you and your business unique? GGAF is free to all. In our 47th year, we are an all-volunteer committee. We have a variety of fine and performing arts, heritage arts, an international artist, free handson arts activities for children, musicians, food, champagne and other beverages. The outdoor event is held annually in November. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? RadioLive, UWF Historic Trust events, JazzFest and Bands on the Beach. Answers by: Eileen Perrigo, President

NATIONAL NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM

1750 Radford Blvd., Ste. C, navalaviationmuseum.org What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best means that when our patrons leave the museum after a visit, they walk away with a greater appreciation for those who defend our nation and the feeling that they have had an exemplary experience.

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ONBIKES PENSACOLA

onbikespensacola.org What does being the "best" mean to you? It means fulfilling our mission to provide every at-risk and foster child with a brand-new bike, helmet and lock to call their own. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We want kids to get to be kids, and that's being able to hop on their own bike and be outside. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Having an all-volunteer board with a mission to put bikes in the hands of deserving children. Other than your business, what are

some of your local favorites? Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, Southern Youth Sports Association and Guardian Ad Litem. Answers by: Walker Wilson, President and Founder

PENSACOLA CHILDREN'S CHORUS

46 E. Chase St., pensacolasings.org What does being the "best" mean to you? Being best is not about trying to be better than others. Being best is about striving to be the best version of yourself. We strive to be the best Pensacola Children's Chorus we can possibly be for our singers, our families, our audiences and our community. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We use music not simply to train talented performers but to mold compassionate, empathetic and energetic leaders. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We are a true professional arts organization. While we are comprised of children and youth, we set incredibly high expectations. We enable our singers to excel beyond their perceived capabilities. We do this through rigorous instruction, an emphasis on personal growth and leadership development and meaningful community partnerships. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We love our partners—Arc Gateway, Studer Fam-

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PENSACOLA MARDI GRAS, INC.

124-B E. Wright St., pensacolamardigras.com What does being the "best" mean to you? So many adjectives come to mind when thinking of what "best" means referring to parades. We may be the biggest, and we are well run, but most important to us is the diversity of both participants and observers. To us, "best" means everyone enjoys the parade—both participants and observers. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A group of energetic volunteers working hard to bring a fantastic day with fantastic people to downtown and our community. What do you think makes you and your business unique? It's the people, including the Krewes, along with all of the wonderful volunteers that work hard to ensure the community and Krewes with their parade participants have a safe and wonderful day that make us special and unique. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Here at

Pensacola Mardi Gras, we love Bluejay's Bakery king cake during Mardi Gras; we love cold Bud Light while having fun; we love Pepsi products cold and plentiful; and we love reading Inweekly with local stories and annual special editions. Answers by: Danny Zimmern, President

PSC KIDS COLLEGE

1000 College Blvd., pensacolastate.edu/ce What does being the "best" mean to you? It means we gave our all to ensure KC kids had the best opportunity to make the most of their summer while learning something new. It's not always easy, but it's worth making a positive difference in a child's life, even if only for a few weeks. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? No tests, no grades, no stress. Kids College makes learning something new fun. What do you think makes you and your business unique? PSC Kids College was established in 1990, and 2020 will be our 30th year. The majority of our KC staff is current or former teachers, and our admin staff is some of the best people. Our No. 1 priority is the kids and their summer. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Kids for Camp and UWF Explore Camps. Answers by: Deven Walther-Thead, Coordinator, Continuing Education-Recreation & Leisure and Kids College

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1 Via De Luna Drive, visitpensacolabeach.com What does being the "best" mean to you? We strive to be the best by hosting many family-friendly events and keeping our beaches looking beautiful. Visitors keep coming back year after year because of the great atmosphere and the amount of activities there are here on Pensacola Beach. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We are the local governing agency for Pensacola Beach. What do you think makes you and your business unique? The Santa Rosa Island Authority is one-of-a-kind. We are a family-friendly beach and hold events for people of all ages. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Pensacola Beach is home to many great businesses and attractions. It's hard to choose a favorite. Answers by: Kara Gauntt, HR/Events Coordinator

UWF HISTORIC TRUST

120 Church St., historicpensacola.org What does being the "best" mean to you? To us, being the best means providing the highest quality educational experiences, special events and community programming in our city.

If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Our mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and share the history of Northwest Florida. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We own and operate 32 museums, sites and properties throughout downtown Pensacola and also in Milton. This gives us a unique view into the history of our area and what makes our town so special. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? South Market, Perfect Plain, Pensacola Bay Brewery, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Opera and Pensacola Little Theatre. Answers by: Claire Stewart, Director of Communications & Special Projects, UWF Advancement

zation, we promote what everyone loves about Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. The site allows for us to share experiences and create memories. We are growing tourism as an economic engine for our community through leadership, collaboration and communication, and we have fun doing it. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? The hustle and

bustle of downtown to the miles and miles of sugar-white beaches; our museums, outdoor activities, festivals and the culinary scene that is exploding throughout Pensacola. Pensacola's community is friendly, and this city is an experience unlike any other. We are fortunate to call it home. Answers by: Nicole Stacey, Director Marketing and Communications

VISIT PENSACOLA, INC.

1401 E. Gregory St., visitpensacola.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Visit Pensacola strives to be a central voice for all things to do and see in our community. We want our site to be user-friendly, visually appealing and something someone wants to look at time and time again. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We promote and share Pensacola experiences with guests from all over the world. What do you think makes you and your business unique? As the destination organi-

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BEST PERSONAL TRAINER Winner: Derek Pratten (Burn Boot Camp) Candace Rorrer (Essentially Fit with Candace Rorrer) Jaid Slaughter (Coastal Fitness Training) Giorgio Trane (Bear Levin Studer Family YMCA)

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BEST HOSPITAL Winner: Sacred Heart Health System Baptist Hospital Gulf Breeze Hospital West Florida Hospital BEST GENERAL CARE PHYSICIAN Winner: Dr. Maureen Padden (Sacred Heart Medical Group) Dr. Hillary Hultstrand (Woodlands Medical Specialists) Dr. Steven Lenga (Medical Center Clinic) Dr. Lanway Ling (Ling Family Medicine) BEST CHIROPRACTOR Winner: Dr. Gabriel Waterman (Dynamic Life Chiropractic) Dr. David Edge (Edge Family Chiropractic) Dr. Craig Henry (Henry Chiropractic) Dr. Johnathan Newlin (Newlin Chiropractic) BEST DENTIST Winner: Dr. Andrew Taylor (Taylor Dental) Dr. Kaitlin Forshee (Advanced Dental Concepts) Dr. Philip Gibson (Gibson, Renfroe, & Zieman) Dr. James McCreary (McCreary Dentistry) BEST ORTHODONTIST Winner: Dr. Greg Woodfin (Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics) Dr. Ben Fishbein (Fishbein Orthodontics) Dr. Ed Shehee, Jr. (Shehee & Callahan Family Orthodontics) Dr. Clay Sims (Sims Orthodontics) BEST PEDIATRICIAN Winner: Dr. Amy Foland (Pensacola Pediatrics) Dr. Brandy Boutin (Sacred Heart Medical Group) Dr. Heather Lenga (Pensacola Pediatrics) Dr. Randall Reese (Pensacola Pediatrics)

BEST PSYCHIATRIST/THERAPIST Winner: Dr. Yira Van Der Linde (East Hill Clinic) Kristen Hartford, LMHC (Compass Counseling) Dr. James Igleburger (The Anchor Clinic) Frankie Sanchez, LCSW (Intricate Minds) BEST OB/GYN Winner: Dr. Brian Sontag (Sacred Heart Medical Group) Dr. Allessa Allison (Advanced Women's Care) Dr. Jeanne Eckert (The Women's Group) Dr. Erika Schneider (Baptist Medical Group) BEST OPTOMETRIST Winner: Dr. Jennifer Werrell (Medical Center Clinic) Dr. Cheryl Barton (Woodbine Eye Care) Dr. Lindsay Durtschi (Midtown Dental + Vision) Dr. Gene Terrezza (Terrezza Optical) BEST DERMATOLOGIST Winner: Dr. Kevin Welch (Welch SkinCare Center) Dr. Scott McMartin (Dermatology and Laser Center at Medical Center Clinic) Kelly Stubblefield, FNP-C (Henghold Skin Health & Surgery Group) Dr. Amy Pote Watson (Pensacola Dermatology) BEST PLASTIC SURGEON Winner: Dr. Peter Butler (Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery) Dr. Ben Brown (Ben Brown, MD Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery) Dr. James Frost (Frost Plastic Surgery) Dr. Nathan Patterson (Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery)

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6057 Gulf Breeze Parkway, coastalfitnesstraining.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the "best" to us means that we have served our clients (or sisters, as we say) to our best possible ability, that we have helped changed their life in such a way that when they think the "best," they think of us and decided to vote. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Women supporting women in fitness, nutrition and healthy lifestyle changes through relationships, support and guidance. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Our love for our sisters, the fitness world and our love for Christ that we hope is felt as soon as you walk through our doors. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Kista Haas Photography for local photography; City Bowls South has become an instant favorite with healthy snacks; Aloha Grill is amazing; Casino Beach Bar and Grill is a favorite hangout; and we absolutely love Bethany Wilson with Court of De Luna. Answers by: Jaid Slaughter and Paula Laurendine, Owners/Operators

EVERWELL SPECIALTY PHARMACY

6506 N. Davis Highway, everwellrx.com What does being the "best" mean to you?

Here at Everwell, being the best means providing the best service to our patients as possible. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Innovative solutions for challenging medical conditions. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We work with healthcare providers to find creative solutions when other courses of treatment have failed. Patients and providers trust Everwell to pioneer successful therapies for chronic and severe infections. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? There are so many great locally-owned businesses in Pensacola that we couldn't even begin to name them all. We feel very privileged and are proud to be recognized among so many fantastic businesses in this area. Answers by: Benjamin Rush, Marketing Director

GULF COAST PLASTIC SURGERY

543 Fontaine St., mygcps.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Drs. Peter Butler, Jocelyn Leveque and Nathan Patterson, along with the entire Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery team, strive to provide their patients with the best in surgical technique and patient care throughout their journey. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery is Northwest Florida's largest plastic surgery

practice, with three award-winning, boardcertified plastic surgeons. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Drs. Peter Butler, Jocelyn Leveque and Nathan Patterson offer more than 50 years of combined surgical expertise. Together with our award-winning skincare center, Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery offers largest number of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic and reconstructive procedures in the area. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Some of the staff favorites include Gray Boutique for the latest in fashion, The Grand Marlin for cocktails with a view, The District's upstairs bar for a glass of wine and music by John Ripley and Angelena's for fantastic wood-fired pizza. Answers by: Cathy Butler, Director of Marketing

IDEAL WEIGHT LOSS

913 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Ste. 36, and 1550 Creighton Road, Ste. 7, idealweightloss-gb.com What does being the "best" mean to you? We believe our success is a direct result of our clients' success. Our clients believe in us as much as we believe in them, and we know our program works. Our goal is to help clients achieve long-term wellness through education, support and guidance. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Our philosophy is, "You will never medicate yourself out of a situation that you behaved yourself into."

What do you think makes you and your business unique? We are accommodating and flexible, with 24/7 guidance when needed. We offer personalized care targeting each individual's needs and goals to achieve success. We use state-of-the-art comprehensive body composition analysis. Each of our staff members have enjoyed their own great results from following our program. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We love supporting our local small business owners. Global Grill, Gibson Girl, Vinyl Music Hall, Shan Kishi, Pizzaz and Elite Repeats are among our favorites. Answers by: Kristi Renfroe, Owner

PROHEALTH MEDICAL CLINIC

1100 Airport Blvd., Ste. B, prohealthfl.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best means we are able to change lives with our work. Our vision has always been to be a place where people could walk in with questions or concerns about their health and walk out with the solutions they needed. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Healthcare, the way it should be. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Started as a grassroots company, operating from one room in the Krumel home and then moving into the garage, where more space meant caring for more patients. A one-office operation with one full-time employee is now a brand with

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REGYMEN FITNESS

5007 N. Davis Highway, Ste. 14, regymenfitness.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the "best" means we've elevated ourselves above a place where you sweat and burn calories. Our mission is to deliver a consistent, unforgettable, member-centered experience and community. Everything we do is focused on inspiring our members to be the best version of themselves in and out of the studio. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We craft an engaging fitness experience that changes how people think about exercise, advancing health and happiness of our members. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We live and breathe for the success and happiness of our members. When they stumble, we get them back on their feet. Their success is our success. We focus on our members' needs and goals in every way possible from the moment they enter to the moment they leave. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? City Bowls South, Disko Lemonade, URU Yoga, De NOVO Salon, IQ Eatery, Pensacola Credit Union, IMS ExpertServices, Everwell Pharmacy, Grizzly Axes, Fishbein Orthodontics, Play, Bailey's and Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery. Answers by: Leah M. Seacrest, Co-Owner

WELCH SKINCARE

8333 N. Davis Highway, kevinwelchmd.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best is a validation of our continually striving to be professional, responsive and on the cutting edge of the aesthetic space. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We sincerely attempt to provide ethical, affordable cosmetic services and tailor them to individual needs. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We provide a very wide range of cosmetic services, administered and overseen by a board-certified dermatologist. All the injections are done by Dr. Welch. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Sake Café, Jackson's Steakhouse, Angelena's, Miller's Ale House, New Yorker Deli, Intermission and Badlands. Answers by: Kevin Welch, MD

WILD LEMON

3000 N. 12th Ave., beawildlemon.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being named "best" motivates us to be better than the year before. We want to evolve with our clients, to continue to take risks and try new things and fail a lot on the road toward becoming better. Best isn't a destination—it's a journey. October 3, 2019

If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A group fitness studio dedicated to promoting community and self-care through functional movement and social events. What do you think makes you and your business unique? The welcoming, supportive environment we work hard to maintain and our varied class offerings—Pilates, Yoga, Barre, TRX, Low(er) Intensity Interval Training, HIIT and more. We love curating special events and markets so we can be a space for the entire community to enjoy. All bodies welcome. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Too many to list here. Y'all know who you are. Answers by: Kiley Bolster Manning, Owner

WOODFIN CABASSA ORTHODONTICS

4857 N. Ninth Ave., gulfcoastbraces.com What does being the "best" mean to you? First, I'm honored that people "voted" us best. It's humbling. We have always tried to do the best we can over the last 30 years, and since our reputation is the only thing that we can control, it's always important to treat people the right way. I hope we have. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Providing the highest quality of orthodontic care that we know how and to always try to exceed patient's expectations. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Hard to say since all we know is what we do. Patients say they appreciate our honest and upfront approach and good communication with doctors and staff during their orthodontic journey. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Too many to list but we love local food icons like Apple Market, Jerry's and Nancy's Haute Affairs, which are near our home. YMCA, Ride Society and Pensacola Hardware get high marks too. I feel lucky to live in a very special time in Pensacola. Answers by: Dr. Greg Woodfin, Owner

YMCA OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA

165 E. Intendencia St., ymcanwfl.org What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best means listening—really listening to understand what brings members to our Y and how we can support them in achieving their goals. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We are for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Everyone belongs at the Y. Our strength is in our diversity. Regardless of your financial situation, you can be a member because we offer reduced rates to anyone for whom membership rates may be out of reach. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Our team's favorites include downtown friends such as the Bodacious Shops, Palafox Pier, Hub Stacey's, Nom Sushi Izakaya and Fosko Coffee Bar, plus a couple of beach hangouts like Peg Leg Pete's and Paradise Inn. Answers by: Andrea Rosenbaum, Director of Advancement 25


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BEST PEDICURE Winner: DESHI Bellagio Day Spa Herbal Nails & Spa Stay The Spa BEST MANICURE Winner: DESHI Lisa's Nails Nails by Jade at Maria Clara Hair Polished Nail Bar Pensacola BEST WAXING Winner: Stay The Spa Brazilian Wax of Pensacola Escape Wellness Spa Serene Orchid Wellness Spa BEST FACIAL Winner: Escape Wellness Spa Serene Orchid Wellness Spa Stay The Spa Still Waters Day & Medical Spa

BEST ESTHETICIAN Winner: Laura Rosbrugh (Escape Wellness Spa) Tia Henry (Serene Orchid Wellness Spa) Kathleen Miller (Miller Skincare) Sonya Scarbrough (East Hill Massage and Aesthetics)

BEST RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE AGENCY Winner: Levin Rinke Realty Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Conna O'Donovan Real Estate The Harmon Murphy Group at Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

BEST SKIN CARE OVERALL Winner: Still Waters Day & Medical Spa Escape Wellness Spa Serene Orchid Wellness Spa Stay The Spa

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Navy Boulevard Animal Hospital Safe Harbor Animal Hospital BEST DOG GROOMER Winner: Vanity Fur Beulah Dog Grooming Cain's Dog House Everything's Irie Doggie Salon BEST DOGGIE DAY CARE/BOARDING Winner: Navy Boulevard Animal Hospital Cain's Dog House Pensacola Pet Resort Spanish Trail Veterinary Hospital BEST DOG TRAINING Winner: Five Flags Dog Training Club Bruce Teare's What A Good Dog Concerned Canines Mike the Dog Trainer BEST CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Winner: Omega Construction & Design, Inc. aDoor Properties Bear General Contractors FlynnBuilt BEST LANDSCAPING Winner: Eye Candy Lawns Bryan's Lawn Maintenance, Inc. Outerspaces Landscapes The Wallace Company BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER Winner: Lacy Phillips Designs Dee McDavid Interiors Linenwood Home McAlpin Interiors BEST AD AGENCY Winner: Appleyard Agency

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SERVICES AIKEN PICTURE FRAMES SOUTH INC.

15 E. Brent Lane, aikenpictureframes.com What does being the "best" mean to you? We take pride in all our work. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We care. What do you think makes you and your business unique? On-the-spot framing and people with an imagination to frame one-of-a-kind items. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Publix, TC's Diner and all the artists and art galleries in town. Answers by: Arlene Aiken, CEO/Treasurer

ATLAS FINANCIAL STRATEGIES, LLC

125 W. Romana St., Ste.720, atlasfinancialstrategies.com What does being the "best" mean to you? I appreciate that people think enough about us and the work that we do to vote for us. I believe being the "best" means that we are having a meaningful impact on people. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Our goal is to give people confidence in how to reach their financial-planning or business-planning goals. What do you think makes you and your business unique? The experienced team that we have in place allows us to do the

type of high-level, in-depth planning that I know I couldn't effectively do as a single person. Sometimes people come to us with very unique, complex problems, and we're able to provide them with answers. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? I'm a big foodie, and I love all of the great restaurants and experiences that Pensacola is able to offer. Answers by: Andrew Martin, Founder and President

CONNA O'DONOVAN REAL ESTATE

913 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Ste. #38, pensacolahomelistings.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best means to provide exceptional service to my clients with professional and honest advice. As a realtor, experience within the community is key to being the best. Giving 100% in everything you do with a positive outlook. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A real estate agent with 29 years' experience providing quality customer service and fairness to everyone she meets. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We maintain welltrained agents who are experts determined to be top of their field and on the cutting edge of real estate technology. At Conna O'Donovan Real Estate, we are committed

to clarity, honesty and fairness to everyone, and we form strong bonds and enjoy celebrating our clients. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? The Great Gulf Coast Arts festival has always been one of my favorite events. Pensacola Symphony Orchestra is another one of my local favorites. Lastly, enjoying a bike ride down to Fort Pickens followed by fresh seafood from Joe Patti's. Answers by: Conna O'Donovan, Owner/Realtor

CRAWFORD LAW

15 W. La Rua St., crawfordlaw.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best means that I have helped my clients in such a way that they would give me the honor of voting us the best. In the end, it is about my clients' appreciation. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? I am the lawyer you see on TV shows. I fight every day in a real court with real people. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Everything we do is with the understanding that the client comes first. If that means late nights and long weekends, so be it. I never want to compromise on quality, because every client is worth it to me. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? I cannot be more

proud of Pensacola than I am right now. The quality of everything from restaurants, bars, coffee shops and gyms has risen. It is awesome that younger people are stepping up to the plate and doing great things. Answers by: Chris Crawford

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5 W. Main St., deshibeauty.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Connecting with our customers, building relationships and over-delivering on our products and services. Being the best for us is continuously improving in our craft and always listening to the needs of our customers. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We like our products like we like our people—nontoxic. We believe in healthy, uplifting relationships and healthy, nourishing products. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We are a modern nail and skincare salon. Our polishes are nontoxic without the chemicals of traditional salons, and we will never comprise the integrity of our customers' nails. Our skincare delivers medical-grade results without the harsh toxins. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Bodacious, Carmen's, Wine Bar, Sammy Barker's, George Bistro, Craft Bakery, Volume ONE, Fiore, Calavera's, The Grand Marlin, Tuscan Oven, Tacos Mexicanos, Cactus

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ESCAPE WELLNESS SPA

4400 Bayou Blvd., Ste. 24, escapeandfeelbetter.com What does being the "best" mean to you? We set our standards of excellence high, and we continue to raise them every year. We are constantly researching the latest information to improve our knowledge to better serve each person we touch. We hold our clients in the highest regard to ensure they feel how much we care. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Escape is a warm, friendly, caring wellness spa that offers highly-skilled therapeutic massage and advanced skincare services. What do you think makes you and your business unique? From the moment you walk in the door until the time you leave, we offer a memorable experience. We make a personal connection with each client and understand their needs are unique. We combine highly therapeutic treatments with the most soothing, relaxing experience. We want you to truly "escape." Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? I love Carmen's Lunch Bar, Ride Society, Fosko, Style Downtown, Casino Beach Bar, Susan Campbell Jewelry, Fortis Institute, Dolce and Gelato, Old Hickory Whiskey Bar, Fiore, Vibe Hair Salon, Global Grill, Pensacola Sports, Sabai Thai, Saigon, Garden & Grain, Pure Barre, Indigeaux and Pot Roast & Pinot. Answers by: Stephanie E. Knight, Owner

EYE CANDY LAWNS

eyecandylawns.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best is such an honor for us. We are thrilled to know our customers are happy with our service and took the time to vote for us. We will always make quality work and exceptional customer service as our priority and strive to never disappoint. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We are a local, family-owned company, sweetening the Gulf Coast one yard at a time. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We take pride in our work and truly care about our neighbors and customers who quickly become our friends. We think that's super sweet, and we are thankful for each one. Our passion for an Eye Candy Lawn shows in each job we complete. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? aDoor Construction, Data Revolution, Children's Home Society, Gulf Coast Kid's House and The Grand Marlin. We also work some October 3, 2019

fabulous realtors with including those at aDoor Properties, Realty Masters, Exit Realty and Halford Pensacola. Answers by: Cathy Duncan, Partner

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106 E. Wright St., fiveflagsdogs.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Our club members are devoted to working with dogs, whether it is for excelling in competitions, teaching others' pets to be great family members and canine good citizens or entertaining groups with amazing dog tricks. We strive to be great at everything we do. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We offer public dog-training classes taught by experienced members who have trained their own dogs to championship levels. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We are a club. We are all volunteers, and we have been in operation since the mid-'70s. Our members have diverse interests from competing in agility and obedience, teaching classes for the public and members, visiting health care facilities with their dogs and serving as airport ambassadors. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Pet Supermarket for local dog supplies, Newk's is good for small committee meetings and Escambia County Equestrian Center for dog agility competitions. Answers by: Connie Marse, Secretary

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1627 W. Garden St., hairandco.salon What does being the "best" mean to you? In a community brimming with creative entrepreneurs, it is an honor to be named among them. We endeavor to strive for excellence in the quality of services we provide and the friendly, professional, clean environment our clientele enjoy. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A company of creatives, each expertly skilled in their craft, ready to welcome you into the best salon experience you've encountered. What do you think makes you and your business unique? The overall peaceful, fresh space that has not previously existed in Pensacola, our forward-thinking stylists and leadership that genuinely cares about the stylists, our clients and our community. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? There are so many. George Bistro & Bar has to be at the top of our list. Then we need to add in Perfect Plain, Garden & Grain, Nom, Constant Coffee & Tea and Polonza. Lastly, we also need to give a shout out to Ever'man—we eat there every day. Answers by: Jodie Chevillet, Owner, and Brittany Chevillet, Salon Manager

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SERVICES To continually challenge ourselves, to keep our priorities straight, stay humble and be grateful for the guests who continue to choose us out of all the incredible local salons. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We are a boutique hair salon that provides a unique and exceptional guest experience with every single reservation. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We have a team of 11 stylists whose collaborative goal is to maintain a professional environment while simultaneously allowing for extreme creativity in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We are a "teaching salon" and challenge each stylist to better their best every single day. Our culture—it's the difference. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Shout out to our girl Vanessa Sturms for winning Best Colorist for the second consecutive year. We also love Bon Beans Coffee (lavender latte), La Di Da (for quick gifts), Drift Boutique (just our style for clothing) and Kathy Short for all of our real estate needs (Hi, mom!). Answers by: Kymber Palmer, Owner

HULA MOON

473 N. Pace Blvd., instagram.com/ hulamoontattoo What does being the "best" mean to you? There are truly so many shops and artist around town with unique styles that are redefining the definition of quality tat-

tooing daily. To be included in these ranks and to have clients that believe in us makes the job worthwhile. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Buck nutty, y'all. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Jar Jar Binks, for starters. Plus we're weird, wild and wonderful. And we make good art and have fun doing it. Then there's Darren's accent, Sailor Jerry shenanigans, rolling pennies and, last but not least, avocados. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Absolutely hands down the Elbow Room. LLAP. Answers by: Famous Gabe, one of the tattoo artists in town

business unique? Innisfree Hotels is a triple bottom line company, meaning that we focus our efforts on people and the planet before profits. This business philosophy permeates every layer of our company culture, fostering a work environment where people can truly be themselves while at work. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We're lucky to work alongside some incredible businesses, but we have a special place in our hearts for Lazy Days Beach Service. Ashley's team continues to provide unparalleled service to all of our guests every year. We couldn't do what we do without them. Answers by: Jillian Glenn, Director of Marketing

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113 Bay Bridge Drive, innisfreehotels.com What does being the "best" mean to you? In the hospitality industry, we're always focused on the guest experience. For us, being the best means that our guests are enjoying their time at our hotels and restaurants. That inspires us to keep creating fun and memorable experiences. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Innisfree Hotels is a hotel management, development and marketing company that specializes in creating fun and memorable experiences. What do you think makes you and your

316 S. Baylen St., Ste. 600, levinlaw.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best means doing everything we can for our clients to ensure that they obtain a just result in their case. It means working around the clock to fully prepare, litigate and advocate for our clients' legal rights. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A powerful law firm that goes all out to take care of its clients. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We are the one law firm

that has been in Pensacola since 1955, and we really care about our clients and work to achieve the best possible outcome for them on each and every case. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Pain Consultants of West Florida, Mo' Money Associates, Dlux Printing and Levin Rinke Realty. Answers by: Mark Proctor, President

LEVIN RINKE REALTY

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NAI PENSACOLA

24 W. Chase St., naipensacola.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Founded in 1983, most of the professionals at NAI Pensacola have been with the firm for over 10 years. We work within our talented team of collaborators offering continued best practices and exceptional results for our clients. Being the "best" means we are continually exceeding our clients' expectations. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? NAI Pensacola professionals incorporate proven, professional best practices specializing in the marketing, listing and selling of commercial real estate. What do you think makes you and your business unique? NAI Pensacola Commercial Real Estate has a core of experts who are results-focused and client-oriented. Our professionals have a deep knowledge of the local market, and as a member of NAI Global, the largest managed commercial real estate network, they have extraordinary resources and capabilities at their disposal.

Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Anything at Wahoo Stadium—it's just beautifully done. The revitalization of the downtown core has spurred so much positive growth. There are a ton of fantastic restaurants and shops—Angelena's, Adonna's, Cypress, The Wine Bar, Don Alans, Blue Morning Gallery, Jewelers Trade Shop, Fiore, Pensacola Hardware and Celebrations. Answers by: Teresa Gilroy, Marketing Director

NAVY BOULEVARD ANIMAL HOSPITAL

3835 W. Navy Blvd., navyblvd.com What does being the "best" mean to you? We constantly strive to be at our best and look for ways to be better for the community. Our dedicated staff truly cares about the pets and pet parents of Pensacola, and we hope it shows. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We are a family of individuals who are passionate about Pensacola's pets. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Excitement. We truly enjoy what we do. We want to provide the absolute best experience for our clients. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We are proud supporters of our local Humane Society, Pensacola Police Department and

Northeast Sertoma. We love our burgeoning downtown and the many awesome restaurants and activities there—Carmen's, Pot Roast and Pinot, Play, Blue Wahoos, Joe Patti's and the list goes on. Answers by: Dustin Russell, DVM, Owner/Veterinarian

OMEGA CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN

705 W. Romana St., omegaconstructionanddesign.com What does being the "best" mean to you? To us, being the "best" means that we are fortunate enough to have amazing clients that trust us to perform and execute at a level that matches the highest of expectations. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We are in the business of making our clients' passions our own. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Our business requires us to be able to handle a wide spectrum of obstacles and challenges, so we answer the call with excitement and tackle the types of projects that most will not or cannot do. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Too many to list with 50 words or less, and that number grows on a monthly basis. Pensacola is a wonderful place to call home. Answers by: Pat Bolster, Problem Solver

PENSACOLA HOUSE OF BARBERS

2011 E. Olive Road, pensacolahouseofbarbers.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Providing a consistent and professional service for our clients every time they step through the door. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Dedicated to making the client feel at home. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We are set up to give every client a one-on-one experience so they can unwind from a long day and either talk about whatever is going on in their life or just sit in silence. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Old Hickory Whiskey Bar, The Magnolia and Calvert's in the Heights. Answers by: Colton Walden, Owner

SOLÉ INN AND SUITES

200 N. Palafox, soleinnandsuites.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best means we are doing a great job in accommodating guests and visitors to Pensacola with a comfortable, affordable, clean hotel and place to stay. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A unique boutique hotel in the heart of thriving historic downtown Pensacola.

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What do you think makes you and your business unique? We are a '50s-style boutique hotel unlike any other in Pensacola— also the best location in town. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? All the local festivals, Gallery Nights and great downtown restaurants and Palafox Market. Answers by: Mark Bodiford, General Manager

SPANISH TRAIL VETERINARY HOSPITAL

6801 Spanish Trail, spanishtrailvethospital.com What does being the "best" mean to you? It means making sure that we are providing Pensacola with the best veterinary care possible with a staff that is always going above and beyond for our clients. It also means making sure we are giving back to the community and making a difference. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Spanish Trail is focused on high-quality care, excellent customer service, caring staff and community service. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Our customer service and the quality of medicine practiced. We make sure that we provide compassionate and excellent care in a timely manner throughout the entire visit. Our staff truly loves what we do. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? My husband and I love to eat at Jackson's, Wine Bar, Global Grill, Casino Beach Bar and New Yorker Deli, just to name a few. We are huge fans of Sprague Construction, Apple Market, Jewelers Trade Shop, HAIR + CO, Aislinn Kate Photography, Beggs and Lane and Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund. Answers by: Dr. Liz Tringas, Owner

STAY THE SPA

240 S. Jefferson St., staythespa.com What does being the "best" mean to you? It means staying current, staying interested, staying friendly, staying affordable, staying focused on the customer and giving them what they want and need. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We are a full-service, organic day spa that is focused on providing the best possible services and experiences. What do you think makes you and your business unique? You can build a relationship with your service provider because in a high turnover industry, our people have been with us for years. They all provide such great services and are the best at what they do. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? My Favorite Things, Indigeaux and all the awesome local downtown restaurants. Answers by: Jennifer Walden, Owner

SUN VALLEY PERFORMANCE

5406 Sun Valley Drive What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the "best" in the automotive repair industry really comes down to one thing—honesty. Whether you need an oil change or a performance upgrade, at Sun October 3, 2019

Valley Performance, you can expect an honest price and superior work. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We have a passion for performance, and it shows in our work. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We have a great team, honest prices and unmatched expertise. We excel in engine swaps and builds, performance upgrades, injector cleaning and flow testing. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Pensacola Bay Brewery and Bonelli's. Answers by: Christopher Jones, COO

VOLUME ONE SALON

7 W. Main St., volumeonesalon.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best means offering an elevated service or product that is unmatched. It also means fostering a community of competition and encouragement to other likeminded individuals or collectives. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A versatile collective of raw talent cultivated and driven by education. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Our business is rooted in our culture. We strive to create and maintain a space that invokes a feeling to not only our clients but also our staff of luxury, innovation and creativity. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? It's difficult to choose because there are so many great local businesses. We love Union Public House for a bite, Scout and Gray for threads and Ride Society for a sweat. Answers by: Mary Patterson, Marketing Coordinator

WILFRIDS BARBER & FINE GOODS

5 S. Palafox, wilfridspensacola.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the "best" means to constantly look forward and be ever-evolving, continuously building a service experience that can be memorable to the great people we have walk through our door. If someone leaves with a smile on their face, we've done our job. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Wilfrids is a laid-back barbershop offering haircut and shave services in the heart of downtown Pensacola. What do you think makes you and your business unique? The things that make Wilfrids unique is our attention to detail, our welcoming atmosphere, our constant push for continuing education and our amazing service providers who are dedicated to their craft and community. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Hula Moon, Perfect Plain, Losobe Woodworks, Gary's Brewery, Two Birds, Volume ONE, Urban Swinery, Constant Coffee, Graffiti Pizza, Old City Market, Fiore, Badlands, Express Mobile Techs—too many to name. Answers by: Evan Butts 37


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Nixon's Randall's Formal Wear Simply Elegant Couture Bridal and Prom BEST BRIDAL MAKE-UP ARTIST Winner: Hayley Gurney Jillian Jensen Holt Kendra Korn DeSheri McClure BEST WEDDING HAIR SALON Winner: Arrow Salon & Spa Blue Magnolia Salon Moonflower Salon The Powder Room BEST WEDDING HAIR STYLIST Winner: Alison Sardiña (Blue Magnolia Salon) Kendall Eggert (The Powder Room) Colleen Williams McHenry Tonya Penrose (The Powder Room) BEST WEDDING PLANNER/ COORDINATOR Winner: Mēgan K. Events Lindsay Cooey Weddings PS Weddings Supposey BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY Winner: Aislinn Kate Photography Lother Co. Patsy Brown Photography Phocus Photography BEST PHOTOBOOTH Winner: The Posey Bus Good Vibrations DJ Services

Pensacola Photo Booth Phocus Photography BEST WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY Winner: Lother Co. Katie Cannon StoryLive Productions Written in Film BEST WEDDING BAND Winner: Nobius Adam Holt Band Ben Loftin & the Family Mr. Big and The Rhythm Sisters BEST WEDDING DJ Winner: AnyDayDJ Good Vibrations DJ Services Powell Entertainment South Coast DJ Service BEST WEDDING CATERER Winner: Culinary Productions Inc. Classic City Catering Great Southern Catering & Events Nancy's Catering & Events BEST WEDDING CAKE Winner: Betty Weber Cakes Bluejay's Bakery Emerald Coast Custom Cakes Whisk BEST WEDDING FLORIST Winner: Supposey Celebrations Chrissy Helvenston Floral Design Fiore

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205 Cevallos St., aislinnkatephotography.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the "best" is really about being better than we were yesterday, last week and last year. We are so grateful to have been voted Best Wedding Photography for the past eight years, and we work every day to improve our work and the experience we give our clients. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? 100% client satisfaction—no matter what. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We are a team. Most creative fields naturally lend themselves to artists working alone, but we are a pretty fun group of eight. This serves our clients because someone is always available to help, and we collaborate both creatively and professionally to create an even better product and experience. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Pensacola is so lucky to have such a vibrant wedding community. We enjoy working with just about everyone and are tickled to have world-class venues, stylists, designers and planners right here in our small city. Answers by: Aislinn Kate Rehwinkel, Owner

ANYDAYDJ

13 S. Palafox, anydaydj.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being recognized as the best is the best. I'm highly competitive and love win-

ning. But ultimately, it's about the team. Without our excellent team of DJ associates and the team behind the scene that crosses the T's and dots the I's, we would not be here. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Music is our passion, and we are so lucky we get to share our passion for music with our clients. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Our passion for professionalism and perfection. We want to deliver the ultimate experience of choosing and working with a DJ from the time a client first contacts us all the way to the last song that is played at their reception. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? I love Pensacola and love being a part of the thriving small business community, which means I have a lot of friends who have awesome businesses. That means I have a lot of faves. But I love working with Salt & Light Visuals and Keyside Visuals the best. Answers by: Ramsey Coates, Owner/CEO/DJ

BETTY WEBER CAKES

facebook.com/bettywebercakes What does being the "best" mean to you? It means so much to have the support of the community. I'm blessed. I've met some amazing people along my cake journey. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? "Love, eat cake, pray." Plus quality ingredients and attention to detail.

What do you think makes you and your business unique? I care so much about my work, and working with a bride is so exciting. They are excited and so am I— especially when we design their dream cake together on paper and then it becomes reality on that special day. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? I enjoy what Pensacola has to offer, from fine dining to places where ambiance is lacking, LOL. I love being downtown. It's where it's at. I love all the festivals, and you may find me most often at Bon Beans coffee shop or a charity event. Answers by: Betty Weber, Owner

THE BRIDAL LOFT

4400 Bayou Blvd., Ste. 48, pensacolabridalloft.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Making sure all of our brides and customers leave our store happy and have their best day ever. When they send us photos and thank you cards, we feel so happy to be a part of their most special day. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We are an exclusive bridal boutique dressing the bride and her bridal party, including mothers, bridesmaids and flower girls. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We build relationships with our brides and customers. We truly enjoy getting to know them and their stories.

We love our customers, and we love seeing them return with their family and friends. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We love Downtown Pensacola and Pensacola Beach. We enjoy visiting our friends at Seville, Aragon Cafe, The Hilton, Casino Beach, Grand Marlin, Hemingways, Margaritaville, Cactus Cantina, Polonza Bistro and Hot Spot BBQ. Answers by: Brenda Carraway, Owner

CULINARY PRODUCTIONS INC.

700 W. Main St., culinaryproductions.net What does being the "best" mean to you? I think being the "best" is all about your effort and hard work for sure. We try to go above and beyond for each and every client, so it's pretty cool to see that extra effort and hard work rewarded. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Whatever you need, we cater to you. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We can help out with all aspects of an event, so offering a kind of one-stop shop for clients helps us stand out—and of course, our staff. They are true professionals in every way. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We love some Global Grill or The Grand Marlin, Shoreline Foods, Blue Dot, Blue Wahoos Stadium and for sure Joe Patti's. Answers by: Mike DeSorbo, Owner

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instagram.com/gulfcoast_glamhouse What does being the "best" mean to you? For me, being labeled as the best means I can't go below the standard I have set and to also continue growing in my craft. I hope, on a larger scope, it inspires others to chase their dreams. Not all that long ago, I had a simple goal to just start. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Gulf Coast Glam House is a place where you can come as you are, but you will leave a glamazon. What do you think makes you and your business unique? When I was a child, I

was always creating, drawing or entertaining people around me. I grew up in a salon and learned a lot about women and how feeling beautiful is beyond special. Having a heart for people and a love for the arts is what makes GCGH unique. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? I love our area, and I love sharing some incredible businesses with my friends. My list includes Tonya Penrose for hair, Kayla Baptista Photography, Supposey, Lindsay Cooey Weddings/ Events, The Powder Room, 20/20 Homes, Lindsey Friar Photography, Salvation Fitness, Pensacola Little Theatre, Peg Leg Pete's and Pensacola Children's Museum. Answers by: Hayley Gurney, Owner and Makeup Artist

THE LEE HOUSE

400 Bayfront Parkway, leehousepensacola.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Happy vacationers and local stay-cationers. Happy business travelers and corporate wine dinner guest. Happy anniversary celebrators, birthday partiers and Valentine's Day-ers. And happy brides, grooms and wedding guests. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A hotel and events venue that embodies Pensacola's historic charm. What do you think makes you and your business unique? The intimacy with which we engage each person that walks through our door. Whatever has brought someone

to our unique bayfront and park-front hotel, our local team prides itself on knowing them and making sure they feel at home at the Lee House and in our wonderful city. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Local festivals like Fiesta of Five Flags and the ones in Seville Square right outside our front door—Pensacola Seafood Festival, Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival and JazzFest. Answers by: Collier, Burney and Will Merrill and Tosh Belsinger, Owners

LOTHER CO.

4233 Croydon Road,lotherco.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best means being confident our couples' weddings will be better with us than without us. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We finally found a way to make lifelong friends and get paid doing it. What do you think makes you and your business unique? "My weaknesses are actually strengths."—Michael Scott, but also Matt and Erin. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Perfect Plain, Garden & Grain, Two Birds, Polonza Bistro, IRON, George Bistro, Supposey, Coldwater Gardens, Kayla Baptista Photography, Lucy Steiner Photography, Gulf Coast Glam House and Powell Entertainment, just to list a few. Answers by: Matt and Erin Lother, Owners

MAGNOLIA BRIDE

2878 Gulf Breeze Parkway, instagram.com/magnolia.bride What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best is a continuous pursuit of growth and pushing to achieve goals, loving and believing in your craft and giving 100% to exceed clients' expectations each and every time. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Romantic, dreamy, elegant and glam bridal hair and makeup artistry. What do you think makes you and your business unique? I absolutely love bringing my client's vision to life—creating pretty hairstyles that are visually appealing is the foundation, but to take it even further, I want the hairstyle to evoke a feeling of romance. That's the goal. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? I love working with Phocus Photography. Their energy is amazing. StoryLive Productions' work is incredible every time. One of my favorite things to do is spend a Saturday downtown with the family at Palafox Market. Dharma Blue is my and my husband's favorite chill date spot. There are so many more, too. Answers by: Alison Sardina, Bridal Hair Specialist, Owner

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1427 Sound Retreat Drive, pensacolabeachweddings.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the "best" means that people have noticed our efforts and have let us know that we have their respect. We have been told again and again that we provide exceptional service at a reasonable cost. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A family business with a genuine sensitivity to couples and their family's feelings regarding their wedding and vow renewal celebrations. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We have four generations using our combined talents to provide beautiful wedding and vow renewals for couples from our local area, across the country and from as far away as the Czech Republic while being generous with our resources to make the entire lovely process an easy one. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? There are really so many, but The Grand Marlin, Atelier Alcaniz and Nick Farkas Catering (Pork & Spoon Restaurant). Answers by: Chuck Randle, Owner

respect with our clients. This award is an earned achievement we wear proudly as a locals-approved wedding business. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We eliminate stress by offering three vendor categories under one roof—flowers, rentals and planning. It's wedding planning made simple. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Offering all of the key

aesthetic and design services together streamlines the wedding planning process for our brides. Our rental inventory is extensive— offering the best wedding rentals available from chairs and tables to tents, dance floors, getaway cars and photo booths. Our flowers are expertly sourced and created custom. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Too many to list. Answers by: Chloe Sexton, Owner

SUPPOSEY

101 S. F St., ilovesupposey.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the "best" means we've succeeded in our goals and achieved a level of

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2515 N. 12th Ave., megankevents.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Our team defines "best" as being the most suited and experienced team to deliver and exceed our clients' expectations. We don't see "best" as a finish line. Providing successful events and happy clients is our goal; however, we constantly reassess how each event could have been even better. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? The Mēgan K. team creates/plans events to allow clients to enjoy joy and making memories to treasure for a lifetime. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Creating and planning events is unique because it is so task- and detail-focused, yet success is measured by clients' feelings. We are unique in that we go to great lengths to contribute to happiness while also staying on top of hundreds of details. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? It's exciting to see how many entrepreneurs and fantastic businesses we have in our area. Our local favorites include the eclectic options for restaurants in East Hill, including East Hill Market and the one and only Tacos Mexicanos food truck along with the health and wellness options along 12th Avenue. Answers by: Mēgan Kennedy, Event Planner and Visionnaire

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BEST USED CAR DEALERSHIP Winner: Frontier Motors Adcox Imports Eddie Mercer Automotive Ted Ciano's BEST MOTORCYCLE SHOP Winner: Harley-Davidson of Pensacola D&D Cycles Inc. OEM Otwell's Extreme Motorsports Pensacola Motorsports

BEST VINTAGE SHOP/SELLER Winner: Saturn Collection Vintage Nearly Dead Threads & Oddities Parcel The Vintage Goat and Garden

BEST BICYCLE SHOP Winner: Trek Bicycle Store CycleSports Bicycles Ride MORE Bicycles Truly Spokin Bicycle Co.

BEST PLACE TO BUY GREETING CARDS/STATIONERY Winner: Charlotte Mason Printing Company Artesana duh for garden and home Rusted Arrow Mercantile

BEST BOUTIQUE Winner: SoBo Boutique Duke and Stella Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique Rusted Arrow Mercantile BEST MEN'S APPAREL Winner: Don Alans Innerlight Surf & Skate Intracoastal Outfitters Waterboyz BEST WOMEN'S APPAREL Winner: SoBo Boutique GRAY Boutique Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique Scout BEST CHILDREN'S APPAREL & GIFTS Winner: Properly Posh Baby Pizzaz Sparkle Tots, Teens and in be-Tweens BEST ACCESSORIES Winner: Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique La Di Da Boutique SoBo Boutique Toad Hall Antiques & Gifts BEST CONSIGNMENT STORE Winner: Elite Repeats & Boutique Lullabies and Mudpies Rococo Tots, Teens and in be-Tweens BEST THRIFT STORE Winner: Waterfront Thrift Store Goodwill (Pace location) Marcus Pointe Thrift Store Teen Challenge Super Thrift BEST ATHLETIC/OUTDOOR STORE Winner: Running Wild disko lemonade Waterboyz Wild Lemon

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BEST ANTIQUES Winner: Miles Antique Mall All About Antiques Alyssa's Blue Moon Antique Mall

BEST FURNITURE STORE Winner: Alyssa's Etc. Aqua Decor & Design duh for garden and home Rusted Arrow Mercantile BEST HOME DÉCOR & ACCESSORIES Winner: duh for garden and home Alyssa's Rusted Arrow Mercantile Toad Hall Antiques & Gifts

BEST GIFT SHOP Winner: Alyssa's Artesana Rusted Arrow Mercantile Southern Gardens Florist and Gifts

BEST COMIC BOOK STORE Winner: Pensacola Pop Comics Miles Antique Mall Price Busters Games TBS Comics BEST NEW STORE Winner: Old City Market Inc. disko lemonade Duke and Stella The Vintage Goat and Garden BEST JEWELER Winner: Jewelers Trade Shop Beré Jewelers Elebash's Jewelers Susan Campbell Jewelry BEST UNIQUE JEWELRY Winner: Susan Campbell Jewelry Keep Away From Cats Jewelry Rock Hard Designs SoBo Boutique BEST SURF/SKATE SHOP Winner: Waterboyz Innerlight Surf & Skate Maverick Board Riding Company Southbound Apparel BEST ONLINE SHOP/SELLER Winner: SoBo Boutique Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique Saturn Collection Vintage Waterboyz

Schmidt's Music Tringas Music BEST RECORD STORE Winner: Revolver Records Miles Antique Mall Music Box Pensacola Remember Wynn BEST CIGAR SHOP Winner: Cigar Factory Pensacola Cordova Cigars Gulf Coast Brewery Hot Spot Cigars & Coffee BEST LIQUOR STORE Winner: Richey's East ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Bambooze Fine Wine & Liquor Fusion Fine Wine & Spirits BEST WINE SHOP Winner: Aragon Wine Market Bambooze Fine Wine & Liquor The Bottle Shop Costello's Butcher Shop BEST WINE TASTINGS Winner: Aragon Wine Market The Bottle Shop Casks And Flights Wine Tasting Room So Gourmet BEST COOKING CLASSES Winner: So Gourmet End of The Line Cafe Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe Jackson's Steakhouse BEST GROCERY STORE Winner: Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe Apple Market Saigon Oriental Market & Deli Shoreline Food Store and International Deli BEST INTERNATIONAL FOOD MARKET Winner: Saigon Oriental Market & Deli Bien Dong Oriental Market Four Winds International Food Market Shoreline Food Store and International Deli BEST GOURMET/SPECIALTY FOOD SHOP Winner: Four Winds International Food Market Bodacious Olive Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe Joe Patti's Seafood

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4562 Chumuckla Highway, shopalyssas.com What does being the "best" mean to you? At Alyssa's, being the "best" means exceeding the customer's expectations in service, quality and variety. Doing this while providing clean, organized, comfortable stores and a Christcentered, family-friendly atmosphere is a choice we joyfully make each day. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Alyssa's is the place where you can go to find everything you need to make your house feel like home. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Alyssa's has over 200 local vendors who can customize and handcraft everything from furniture to jewelry. Our new furniture, lighting and gifts are unique and sure to please recipients of all ages. We truly want your time with us to be comfortable, unrushed and memorable. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Copper 'Possum, Apple Market, Szotski's Cheesecake, Tropical Touch Tanning & Salon, B&C Nursery, The Cutting Board, Tara Cook Photography, Champion Fitness, Mrs. Jones Cold Brew, Matrix One Source and FlynnBuilt, Foam Seal Insulation. Answers by: Alyssa Schepper, Owner

ARAGON WINE MARKET

27 S. Ninth Ave., aragonwinemarket.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being voted "best" to us at the wine store means that our efforts to help our customers are appreciated. We try hard to help each customer find the perfect wine for them.

If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Unique and affordable. What do you think makes you and your business unique? AWM is unique in that each team member brings different aspects to the wine store. We all have a passion for wine, but we each display that passion differently. I think our customers recognize this and appreciate our efforts. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? I am a huge supporter of all the local businesses in Pensacola, specifically those found downtown. Answers by: Charlotte Gordon, Owner

CHARLOTTE MASON PRINTING COMPANY

2370 N. Palafox, Bldg. 1, charlottemasonprintco.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Letterpress has a history we have to be respectful of, so we work hard to represent the craft and be true to ourselves. We try and approach everything we do with equal enthusiasm, care, quality and kindness—that's how we show love for what we do. That's the best. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Putting ink on paper the old-time way. What do you think makes you and your business unique? I never approach any project and think, "How can I make a ton of money with this?" I care about the process and the materials and making people happy. Our machines and equipment are about 100 years old, so that does help us stand out a bit, too. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Bare Hand Collective

has done a lot for me, and it's been neat to see it grow. Pensacola Museum of Art is such an important cultural hub. I'd eat O'Zone Pizza every night and be perfectly content. Voyage Real Estate, The Elbow Room, Hula Moon, Losobe Woodwork—they're family. Answers by: Caitlyn Cooney, Owner/Printmaker

EVER'MAN COOPERATIVE GROCERY & CAFE

315 W. Garden St., everman.org What does being the "best" mean to you? At Ever'man, our best is providing the community with healthy, natural foods and products while being a resource for education about health, nutrition and environmental issues. We strive for growth while serving our members and supporting responsible agriculture and businesses. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Eat well. Feel good. Live better. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Our cooperative traditions and commitment to natural and organic products have earned us the trust and loyalty of our community since 1973. The upcoming expansion to Nine Mile Road is a great example of how we have harnessed the growth of the co-op to better serve more of our community. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We are lucky to work with many local vendors, such as East Hill Honey, Big Jerk Soda, The Hummus Lady and Mrs. Jones Cold Brew. Annual outdoor events like Barktoberfest, Pensacola VegFest and Earth Day are also team favorites. Answers by: William Rolfs, General Manager

JEWELERS TRADE SHOP

26 S. Palafox, jewelerstradeshop.com What does being the "best" mean to you? To be voted the "best" is an extreme honor. We put our blood, sweat and tears into providing the absolute best experience for every customer. In a world where it's becoming much harder to cut through the "noise," it's great to know we're still at the top of the list. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Providing superior customer service through custom designs, professional jewelry repair and the most desirable brands in the world. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We know we are successful when our customers leave our store looking forward to their next experience with us. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Our local favorites are anything that is located in downtown Pensacola. We may be biased, but downtown is an absolutely amazing place to be right now. Every new business that opens just adds to the amazing overall atmosphere and sense of community that visitors seem to really be enjoying. Answers by: Sarah Davis, GIA Graduate Gemologist

OLD CITY MARKET INC.

140 S. Jefferson St., oldcitymarketinc.com What does being the "best" mean to you? It means we are fulfilling our purpose in opening our shop, which is to make sure every customer walks in and immediately feels relaxed, welcome and like family. We hope to bring convenience and nostalgia to the downtown Pensacola district with a touch of our own personal flair.

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REVOLVER RECORDS Maybe the best records. Definitely the best customers.

Voted Best Record Store 6 Years In A Row! New Location: 2050 N 12th Ave. | www.facebook.com/RevolverFL 050 5

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If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A place you can easily run in for convenience or sit back and relax over a milkshake and great conversation. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We are the only oldfashioned soda fountain in town, not forgetting the incredible shops that lined Palafox years ago. We also brought the concept of a small, friendly bodega to Pensacola— something special from our past. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? One of our regular "spots" is Jerry's Drive-In. Nothing beats the local vibe. As downtowners, we regularly see our friends at The Wine Bar and always enjoy taking part in all of the festivals in the parks. If we're in town, you'll find us at El Asador. Answers by: Lauren and Cristi Sceca, Owners

PALAFOX COMPUTERS

111 N. Palafox, palafoxcomputers.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being "best" means that our past customers have taken the time after we have completed our service or sale to speak up for us. They are that happy with us to speak for us. That is "best" to me. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We adapt and overcome any and all obstacles to make sure our customer has the best experience. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We are very consistent with time and dependability. We will go to

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any length for our customers, and I believe that is what sets us apart. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Dog House Deli is a go-to for our office. Waterboyz is a Christmas favorite. Big Top Brewery lunch specials are one of a kind. Answers by: Kyle Crawford, President

PENSACOLA POP COMICS

909 N. 12th Ave., pensacolapopcomics.com What does being the "best" mean to you? It's validation for lots of hard work. If you can catch someone's attention (and get them to vote) in today's crowded market, you must be doing something right. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Comics for everyone. What do you think makes you and your business unique? There is no nationwide megalithic chain with comic retail—nearly each one is independently-owned and curated to a degree by the owner. I love comics and sequential storytelling, and I hope it's reflected in the selection and setting that I offer. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Perfect Plain, Saigon Market, Kingfisher, End of the Line Cafe, chizuko, O'Zone and Kitty Get A Job. Answers by: Harley Orr, Owner

REVOLVER RECORDS

2050 N. 12th Ave., instagram.com/revolver_records What does being the "best" mean to you? Trying your hardest every day to give the people what they want.

If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Dedicated and local. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We're a locally-owned business that has a dazzling—dare we say mind-boggling—selection of music at the absolute best prices around. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Two Birds Street Food, Odd Colony Brewery, Badlands, The Elbow Room, and O'Zone. Answers by: Eric Jones, CEO/Janitor

SOBO BOUTIQUE

518 N. Ninth Ave., thesoboboutique.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best at what you do while always striving for growth is what being the best means to us. Taking the passion you have and sharing it with everyone who comes into your business is key to maintaining your business' longevity and being "the best." If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Southern bohemian fashion for women both young and young at heart. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Our attention to detail when it comes to customer service. We get to know everyone who comes in the door, making future visits feel more personal. Knowing what our customers like before they ask for it is definitely one of our biggest attributes. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? There are so many businesses we love—Sarah Cagle

Photography, Chelsey Domschke at Hair + Co, Le Dough, The Magnolia, Wild Lemon, Toad Hall, Lucy Steiner Photography, Lother Co., Perla Martinez Photography, Perfect Plain, Waterboyz/Cafe Single Fin, Ride Society, The Leisure Club and so many more. Answers by: Alicia Taylor-Printz, Owner, and Ashley Woods, Assistant Manager

WATERBOYZ & CAFE SINGLE FIN

380 N. Ninth Ave., waterboyz.com What does being the "best" mean to you? At Waterboyz & Cafe Single Fin, our "best" is to continuously provide guests excellent customer service, whether equipping you with the correct surfboard, teaching your child how to kickflip or serving you some delicious food inside our café. We want everyone stoked and coming back for more. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? "Eat, shop, shred."—Sean Mullins What do you think makes you and your business unique? What makes us unique is in every aspect of our business, we have the flexibility to cater to everyone. In the café, our menu can feed various diets. In terms of surfing, we can manufacture any surfboard you want. We can even screen print T-shirts for whatever you need. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Big Top Brewery, Pensacola Bay Brewery, East Hill Barbershop, V. Paul's, Nomadic Eats, Volume ONE and Hula Moon. Answers by: Antonio Berrocal, Marketing Manager

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Voted Best Sports Bar (that's not really a sports bar, only a bar that shows sports)

Again!

+ Runner Up Best Shots Best Late-Night Specials Downtown! Home of the

Specialty Drinks Food Friendly

D.D.D.

Broadcasting Live on RFP Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.

Power Hour 9pm-10pm Happy Hours 11am-6pm M-F

(Downtown Day Drinkers)

Now Showing: Official Florida Lottery Retailer

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BARS, DRINKS & NIGHTLIFE BEST BAR OVERALL Winner: Old Hickory Whiskey Bar chizuko Perfect Plain Brewing Co. Play

BEST HAPPY HOUR Winner: The Cabaret The Fish House Deck Bar Old Hickory Whiskey Bar The Wine Bar on Palafox

BEST BLOODY MARY Winner: Ruby Slipper Cafe Five Sisters Blues Café George Bistro + Bar Union Public House

BEST NIGHT CLUB Winner: Seville Quarter Blend Lounge The Cabaret chizuko

BEST DRINK SPECIALS Winner: Play Blend Lounge chizuko The Fish House Deck Bar

BEST BAR–DOWNTOWN Winner: Play The Fish House Deck Bar Perfect Plain Brewing Co. World of Beer

BEST LADIES' NIGHT Winner: The Fish House Deck Bar Casks And Flights Wine Tasting Room McGuire's Irish Pub V. Paul's Italian Ristorante

BEST BAR–CORDOVA AREA Winner: Coyotes Sports Bar George Bistro + Bar Shooters Sports Bar Wisteria Tavern

BEST COVER CHARGE WORTH PAYING Winner: Seville Quarter The Cabaret chizuko Vinyl Music Hall

BEST MIMOSAS Winner: The Fish House George Bistro + Bar Pot Roast & Pinot Ruby Slipper Cafe BEST MARTINI Winner: Jackson's Steakhouse The District: Seville Steak & Seafood Global Grill Restaurant IRON BEST MARGARITA Winner: Taco Agave Cactus Cantina Cactus Flower Cafe Island Culture Tiki Bar

BEST BAR–NORTH PENSACOLA/ NINE MILE ROAD/UWF Winner: Goat Lips Chew and Brew House A Little Madness Brewing Company Sammy Barker's The Ticket Sports Bar BEST BAR–WEST PENSACOLA/ PERDIDO KEY Winner: The Elbow Room Flora-Bama Lounge and Package Gary's Brewery & Biergarten Hub Stacey's at The Point BEST BAR–PENSACOLA BEACH Winner: Paradise Bar & Grill Casino Beach Bar & Grille Island Culture Tiki Bar Sandshaker BEST BAR–MILTON/PACE Winner: Beardless Brewhaus Brew Angels Brewery Ollie's Neighborhood Grill Oops Alley BEST NEW BAR Winner: Island Culture Tiki Bar Beardless Brewhaus Big Top Brewing Company Kingfisher Sandwiches

BEST DAY DRINKING Winner: Perfect Plain Brewing Co. Casino Beach Bar & Grille Graffiti Pizza Paradise Bar & Grill BEST DRINK MENU Winner: Old Hickory Whiskey Bar George Bistro + Bar Restaurant IRON Union Public House BEST SPECIALTY COCKTAIL Winner: Smoked Old Fashioned (Restaurant IRON) The Earl (George Bistro + Bar) The Old Hickory (Old Hickory Whiskey Bar) The Roosevelt (Union Public House) BEST DAIQUIRIS/ FROZEN DRINKS Winner: Bamboo Willie's Beachside Bar The Dock Flounder's Chowder House Island Culture Tiki Bar BEST BUSHWACKER Winner: Sandshaker Bamboo Willie's Beachside Bar Casino Beach Bar & Grille Paradise Bar & Grill

BEST SHOTS Winner: Play Azalea Cocktail Lounge Badlands Roadside Bar Blend Lounge BEST SIGNATURE DRINK Winner: The Old Hickory (Old Hickory Whiskey Bar) Bramble (Union Public House) IRON Goddess (Restaurant IRON) King Koopa (Play) BEST SELECTION OF BEER ON TAP Winner: World of Beer chizuko Pensacola Bay Brewery Perfect Plain Brewing Co. BEST SELECTION OF BOTTLED/ CANNED BEER Winner: World of Beer chizuko Sammy Barker's Urban Swinery BEST BREWERY Winner: Perfect Plain Brewing Co. Beardless Brewhaus Gulf Coast Brewery Pensacola Bay Brewery BEST LOCAL BEER Winner: Perfect Plain Brewing Co.'s Holy Spin IPA

Voted Pensacola's

Best DJ

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Big Top Brewing Company's Pensacola Bushwhacker Pensacola Bay Brewery's Lil Napoleon Spahr Brewing Company's Hefeweizen BEST BARTENDER Winner: Matt Nichols (George Bistro + Bar) Shaun Dixon (Blend Lounge/ Taco Agave) Dalton Kenley (Old Hickory Whiskey Bar) Billy Looney (Perfect Plain Brewing Co.) BEST DJ Winner: DJ Tiger DJ Hoodie Cat dr0ne Mr. Lao BEST DRAG QUEEN Winner: Monica Heart Lauren Mitchell Madame Hex Terrah Card BEST SELECTION OF WINE BY THE GLASS Winner: The Wine Bar on Palafox Carmen's Lunch Bar Casks And Flights Wine Tasting Room Jackson's Steakhouse BEST SELECTION OF WINE BY THE BOTTLE Winner: The Wine Bar on Palafox The District: Seville Steak & Seafood Global Grill Jackson's Steakhouse BEST SPORTS BAR Winner: Badlands Roadside Bar O'Riley's Irish Pub Downtown The Ticket Sports Bar World of Beer BEST SPORTS TEAM CLUB HEADQUARTERS Winner: Play Blend Lounge O'Riley's Irish Pub Downtown Seville Quarter BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR Winner: The Magnolia Azalea Cocktail Lounge chizuko Wisteria Tavern

BEST PET-FRIENDLY BAR Winner: Perfect Plain Brewing Co. Beardless Brewhaus chizuko The Magnolia BEST HOTEL BAR Winner: Cavu Club (at Pensacola Grand Hotel) Paradise Bar & Grill (at Paradise Inn) Riptides Sports Grill and Tiki Bar (at Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach) Tiki Bar (at Margaritaville Beach Hotel) BEST BAR WITH A VIEW Winner: The Bridge Bar & Sunset Lounge Casino Beach Bar & Grille The Fish House Deck Bar Paradise Bar & Grill BEST BAR AMBIANCE Winner: chizuko The Elbow Room Kingfisher Sandwiches Old Hickory Whiskey Bar BEST BAR FOR GAMES Winner: Play The Elbow Room O'Riley's Irish Pub Downtown Perfect Plain Brewing Co. BEST TRIVIA NIGHT Winner: Perfect Plain Brewing Co. Blend Lounge The Cabaret Goat Lips Chew and Brew House BEST KARAOKE NIGHT Winner: Play Sandshaker Seville Quarter Sir Richards BEST BAR FOR LIVE MUSIC Winner: chizuko The Fish House Deck Bar Paradise Bar & Grill Vinyl Music Hall BEST BAR FOOD Winner: chizuko Hub Stacey's O'Riley's Irish Pub Downtown World of Beer

—New Location— Same Best of the Coast #1 Thai Cuisine

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17TH AT 5:30 P.M. WE ARE FIRING IT UP OUT ON THE FISH HOUSE DECK WHERE GRILLED AND SMOKED MEATS ALONG WITH BARREL-AGED BOURBON WHISKEYS TAKE THE SPOTLIGHT FOR THIS EVENT! join us as Chef Chad demonstrates grilling techniques for steaks, burgers, and chicken that you can use at your next big tailgating event. Participants will take home a bottle of Chef Chad’s Texas-style dry rub with recipes as well as a grilling guide.

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BADLANDS ROADSIDE BAR

23 S. Palafox, nynbadlands.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Getting votes in several categories is great, but getting voted on top is awesome. Thanks to our customers. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A downtown watering hole that makes everyone comfortable with awesome décor. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Great music, display of unique memorabilia, one of the downtown "go-to" places to be. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Intermission and just about all the local restaurants. Answers by: Nick Zangari, Owner

BAMBOO WILLIE'S

400 Quietwater Beach Road, bamboowillies.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Enjoying what we do in the hospitality business, while being recognized by your fans and peers. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Community-minded. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Our open-air bar concept on the beach for 21 years allows our guest to relax and listen to great live music with a friendly staff while enjoying life. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Hemingway's Island Grill, Holiday Inn Resort, George Bistro, Global Grill, Native Café, Peg Leg Pete's, Perfect Plain, Grand Marlin, Fish Heads and BJ's Brewhouse. Answers by: Robert Gleim, Managing Partner

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CHIZUKO

506 W. Belmont St., @chizukopensacola What does being the "best" mean to you? Always striving to improve. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? chizuko is a place where you can be yourself and enjoy good vibes and great people. What do you think makes you and your business unique? The community involvement. We work with so many talented people, and the results show in our events, each different from the last. Our bar is not is not just ours, it's everyone's. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Eat and drink at— The Elbow Room, Khon's, Kingfisher, Saigon Market, End of the Line, Polonza, Le Dough, Craft Bakery, Nom, George Bistro, Pretty Baked and Union Public House. Treat yo self at—Cobalt Studio, Dela Beauty Bar, DESHI, MODE, Maiden of Iron Massage, Sweet Betsy Tattoos and Coldwater Gardens. Answers by: Jess and Daisy, H.B.I.C

DJ TIGER

nwfdjservices.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being a premiere DJ that delivers a stellar performance. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Versatile music for any crowd or occasion. What do you think makes you and your business unique? The passion for music. I became a DJ because of my love for music and seeing people dance. There's no better feeling than when the crowd "woos" in excitement because of the music selection.

Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Seville Quarter, Blend, Play and Palafox Wharf. Answers by: DJ Tiger

THE ELBOW ROOM

2213 W. Cervantes St., facebook.comelbowroompensacola What does being the "best" mean to you? Jim Flynn made it so, and we strive every day to keep it that way. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A nostalgic speakeasy—if you don't know yet, come find out. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Ambiance. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? chizuko, Magnolia, Badlands, End of the Line Café and Hip Pocket. Pensacola has so many great places. Answers by: Lesa Touchette, Owner/Operator

ISLAND CULTURE TIKI BAR

17 Via De Luna Drive, islandculturetikibar.com What does being the "best" mean to you? The "best" for me means that our team continuously comes together to create incredible experiences for our guests. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A beachfront hidden gem that offers an authentic tiki experience to locals and guests from around the world. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We believe company culture is so important that we included it in our name—Island Culture Tiki Bar. We embrace our staff and guests as our tiki

family and put them at the top of everything we do. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Good question. We like The Grand Marlin, Peg Leg Pete's, The Frisky Dolphin, Paradise Bar and Grill, Casino Beach Bar, Old Hickory Whiskey Bar, Angelena's, McGuire's, The District and Taco Agave. Answers by: Jennifer Jackson-Keating, CoOwner/Tiki-Queen

OLD HICKORY WHISKEY BAR

123 S. Palafox, oldhickorywhiskeybar.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Giving our guests the best possible experience in our space. It's all about making sure people leave happier than when they arrived, may it be the whiskey or their company. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We serve guests, not drinks. Drinks just make the visit extra special. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Our whiskey collection has reached over 700 different labels, making it one of the largest in the country. We also have our own barrel picks from distilleries around the country. Don't like whiskey? That's absolutely all right. We have a full bar and can craft zeroproof cocktails upon request. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Perfect Plain for a local brew. Restaurant IRON for a delectable meal. Jaco's for a fabulous lunch. Bodacious Brew for an afternoon pick-me-up. And The Grand Marlin for the best fresh seafood. Answers by: Katie Garrett, Owner/Founder

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Winner Best New Bar

Runner Up Best Bar–Pensacola Beach, Best Margarita & Best Daiquiris/Frozen Drinks

17 Via de Luna Drive (inside the Pensacola Beach RV Resort) www.islandculturetikibar.com FB/Instagram: Island Culture Tiki Bar • #sneakytiki

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PERFECT PLAIN BREWING CO.

50 E. Garden St., perfectplain.com What does being the "best" mean to you? The best honor of all is calling Pensacola our home. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Our mission is to create incredible experiences that make our beer, our brewery and our hometown, Pensacola, unforgettable. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Our love for our community, commitment to our craft, dedication to making Perfect Plain an incredible place to work and vision to bring new and unique experiences to Downtown Pensacola. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We love everyone. But we're constantly inspired by the folks at Union Public House, Restaurant IRON, chizuko, Ever'man, Flora Bama Farms, 200 South, Vinyl, the Wis and more. Answers by: Bryant Liggett, Director of Marketing and Events

PLAY BAR & VINTAGE ARCADE

16 S. Palafox, 2nd floor iplaypensacola.com What does being the "best" mean to you? After almost a decade in business, being voted Best Bar Downtown, again, means we are still delivering a truly unique experience to Pensacola. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Downtown neighborhood dive bar and vintage arcade. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Bars are all relatively

similar. But we humans are by nature social animals. We create an environment that supports that truth through shared experiences and friendly competition. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We all love the quirky Badlands, the Pensacola cornerstone Seville Quarter and the local watering hole Intermission. Answers by: The collective

SEVILLE QUARTER

130 E. Government St., sevillequarter.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the "best" is what all businesses work hard every day to be. Being the "best" is what keeps customers coming back year after year. We define "best" as the one everyone else looks up to for leadership and the one everyone is always talking about. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Seville Quarter is the Gulf Coast's No. 1 Entertainment and Dining destination since 1967. What do you think makes you and your business unique? For over 50 years, Seville Quarter has been Pensacola's premier entertainment and dining complex. Home of Rosie O'Grady's Dueling Piano Show and Phineas Phogg's, Pensacola's hottest dance club, Seville Quarter is devoted to providing the highest level of customer service and top-quality live entertainment. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We love all of our Downtown neighbors and all the great businesses that have helped to make Pensacola a great place to live and have a fun time.

Answers by: Buck Mitchell, Seville Quarter Marketing and Entertainment Director

TACO AGAVE

200 S. Palafox,200southpalafox.com What does being the "best" mean to you? At Taco Agave, "best" means exceeding our customers' expectations. It also means providing Pensacola with the "best" and widest selection of tequila in town. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A knowledgeable staff serving you over 50 different tequilas, carefully crafted and always-fresh cocktails and plenty of delicious food options. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We have the widest selection of tequilas in Downtown Pensacola and an extensively-trained staff to be able to point you in the perfect direction for your palate. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We are partial to Fosko for sure. That place single-handedly keeps our employees firing on all cylinders. There is at least one Fosko run every day. Answers by: Natalie Ales, Marketing and Events Coordinator

VINYL MUSIC HALL

2 S. Palafox, vinylmusichall.com What does being the "best" mean to you? For nine years now, Vinyl Music Hall has continued to bring the best in live music, in all genres, from all over the world to downtown Pensacola. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would

it be? The best live music and event space on the Gulf Coast. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We strive to bring music, comedy, unique-themed events and more to the heart of downtown Pensacola. Supporting local artists as well as bringing the best club level talent from all over the world to the Gulf Coast. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We support all downtown and local businesses. Answers by: Chris Wilkes, Talent Buyer

WORLD OF BEER

200 S. Palafox,200southpalafox.com What does being the "best" mean to you? To us, "best" means providing the Pensacola community with the service and experience they not only expect, but also deserve. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? "Good people drink good beer."— Hunter S. Thompson What do you think makes you and your business unique? Unique is the perfect word to describe World of Beer. We provide a unique experience for every customer by allowing them to try something new and different each time they visit us. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We love all of our neighbors on Palafox. We feel so lucky to be a part of this flourishing community. Everyone down here adds something new and exciting to the area, and we love watching our community grow. Answers by: Natalie Ales, Marketing and Events Coordinator

VOTED BEST HAPPY HOUR

Voted

Best Take Out/To Go

Come see why! 7 days a week 3-8pm 101 S. Jefferson St. 060 6

+ Runner Up Best Cajun Cuisine, Best BBQ & Best Restaurant–North Pensacola/Nine Mile/UWF

1741 E Nine Mile Rd.

(in the Target/Publix Shopping Center)

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Winner Best Bar Overall

Best Drink Menu Best Signature Drink: The Old Hickory + Runner Up Best Happy Hour Best Bar Ambiance Best Bartender: Dalton Kenley Best Specialty Cocktail: The Old Hickory

Featuring Over 700 Whiskeys www.oldhickorywhiskeybar.com

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RESTAURANTS & FOOD RESTAURANTS BEST RESTAURANT OVERALL Winner: Restaurant IRON Cactus Flower Cafe George Bistro + Bar Global Grill BEST RESTAURANT–DOWNTOWN Winner: Global Grill Carmen's Lunch Bar Khon's on Palafox Union Public House BEST RESTAURANT– CORDOVA AREA Winner: George Bistro + Bar The Leisure Club Coffee Bar & Restaurant O'Brien's Bistro Sake Cafe BEST RESTAURANT–EAST HILL Winner: Cactus Flower Cafe O'Zone Pizza Pub Tacos Mexicanos The Vineyard at 12th Avenue BEST RESTAURANT–NORTH PENSACOLA/NINE MILE/UWF Winner: Sammy Barker's Lost Pizza Co. Pensacola Petrella's Italian Cafe VooDoo BBQ & Grill BEST RESTAURANT–WEST PENSACOLA/PERDIDO KEY Winner: Kingfisher Sandwiches Cactus Flower Cafe Fisherman's Corner Hub Stacey's at The Point BEST RESTAURANT–EAST PENSACOLA HEIGHTS Winner: The Magnolia Calvert's in the Heights Jerry's Drive In New Yorker Deli & Pizzeria BEST RESTAURANT– GULF BREEZE Winner: Aegean Breeze Shan Kishi Japanese Hibachi Taste of Thai Thai 98 Cafe BEST RESTAURANT– PENSACOLA BEACH Winner: The Grand Marlin Casino Beach Bar & Grille Flounder's Chowder House Peg Leg Pete's BEST RESTAURANT– PACE/MILTON Winner: Cactus Flower Cafe Blackwater Bistro David's Catfish House South Market BEST NEW RESTAURANT Winner: Cypress The District: Seville Steak & Seafood Kingfisher Sandwiches Urban Swinery BEST BAKERY Winner: Craft Bakery Bluejay's Bakery J's Bakery and Cafe Milton Quality Bakery

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BEST BREAKFAST Winner: Another Broken Egg Cafe Bodacious Brew Coffee Cup Restaurant Ruby Slipper Cafe

BEST VEGETARIAN/ VEGAN CUISINE Winner: End of The Line Cafe chizuko Live! Juice Bar Skopelos at New World

BEST BRUNCH Winner: George Bistro + Bar The Fish House The Grand Marlin Ruby Slipper Cafe

BEST SUSHI Winner: Khon's on Palafox Ichiban Nom Sushi Izakaya Sake Cafe

BEST LUNCH Winner: Carmen's Lunch Bar George Bistro + Bar Hub Stacey's Kingfisher Sandwiches

BEST GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS Winner: Carmen's Lunch Bar End of The Line Cafe Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe South Market BEST HIBACHI Winner: Sake Cafe Shan Kishi Japanese Hibachi Sushi Masa Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse

BEST FOOD TRUCK Winner: Nomadic Eats 3-D Eats & Tea Food Truck Le Dough Two Birds Street Food BEST GREEK CUISINE Winner: Founaris Bros. Greek Restaurant Aegean Breeze Jordan Valley Cafe Skopelos at New World BEST MEXICAN CUISINE Winner: Cactus Flower Cafe Cactus Cantina Tacos Mexicanos Taqueria El Asador BEST ITALIAN CUISINE Winner: Bonelli's Café Italia Franco's Italian Restaurant Petrella's Italian Cafe V. Paul's Italian Ristorante BEST CHINESE CUISINE Winner: Shang Hai II China Wok House of Chong Yums Chinese BEST JAPANESE CUISINE Winner: Nom Sushi Izakaya Ichiban Sake Cafe Sushi Masa BEST THAI CUISINE Winner: SaBai on Jefferson Siam Thai Taste of Thai Thai 54 Cuisine BEST INDIAN CUISINE Winner: Taste of India Dinner India Restaurant & Grill Indian Grill Spice and Spirits BEST CAJUN CUISINE Winner: Broussard's Bayou Grill & Cajun Market Cosse's on the Beach Jerry's Bistreaux VooDoo BBQ & Grill BEST VIETNAMESE CUISINE Winner: Saigon Oriental Market & Deli Pho Golden Palace Quickly Tu-Do

BEST SEAFOOD Winner: The Grand Marlin The Fish House Joe Patti's Seafood Peg Leg Pete's BEST STEAKHOUSE Winner: Jackson's Steakhouse Coach-N-Four Steakhouse The District: Seville Steak & Seafood McGuire's Irish Pub BEST BBQ Winner: Hot Spot Barbecue Blue Dot Barbeque Brother's BBQ VooDoo BBQ & Grill BEST SOUL FOOD Winner: Five Sisters Blues Café The Dwarf (Legendary "Chicken Stand") Englewood All In One Restaurant Four Seasons Catering and Eatery BEST ORIGINAL MENU Winner: Restaurant IRON Carmen's Lunch Bar George Bistro + Bar Union Public House BEST CHEF Winner: Alex McPhail (Restaurant IRON) Dot Chap (Khon's on Palafox) George Lazi (George Bistro + Bar) Blake Rushing (Union Public House) BEST UP-AND-COMING CHEF Winner: Chad Gorey (The Fish House) Jordan Hewes (Craft Bakery) Kyle Kennedy (The District: Seville Steak & Seafood) Desmond Phillips (Union Public House) BEST WAIT STAFF Winner: Union Public House Cactus Flower Cafe The District: Seville Steak & Seafood Restaurant IRON BEST WAITER Winner: Trinity Moore (The District: Seville Steak & Seafood) Nick Markovitz (Restaurant IRON) Frank Perez (Union Public House)

Marcus Thomas (Cactus Flower Cafe) BEST WAITRESS Winner: Jessica Wolford (Hot Spot Barbecue) Amber Laster (Restaurant IRON) Jade Rawson (The District: Seville Steak & Seafood) Taylor Wolfe (Restaurant IRON) BEST COFFEE SHOP Winner: Bodacious Brew Constant Coffee & Tea Fosko Coffee Barre Polonza Bistro BEST BARISTA Winner: Mikayla Maracle (Bodacious Brew) Christian Catalanotto (Craft Bakery) Bliss Goodman (Fosko) Mahlia Hensel (Polonza Bistro) BEST OUTDOOR DINING Winner: Jaco's Bayfront Bar & Grille Casino Beach Bar & Grille The Fish House Red Fish Blue Fish BEST PLACE TO SPLURGE Winner: Global Grill The District: Seville Steak & Seafood Jackson's Steakhouse Restaurant IRON BEST PLACE TO EAT HEALTHY Winner: End of The Line Cafe Carmen's Lunch Bar Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe Live! Juice Bar BEST PLACE TO SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH Winner: Bluejay's Bakery Bubba's Sweet Spot Craft Bakery Le Dough BEST ROMANTIC DINING Winner: Restaurant IRON The District: Seville Steak & Seafood Global Grill Jackson's Steakhouse BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE Winner: Union Public House George Bistro + Bar Jaco's Bayfront Bar & Grille The Magnolia BEST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Winner: Red Fish Blue Fish Cafe Single Fin Flounder's Chowder House Peg Leg Pete's BEST PET-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Winner: Lucy's in the Square Graffiti Pizza Hub Stacey's The Magnolia BEST SALAD BAR Winner: Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe Seville Quarter So Chopped Skopelos at New World

BEST TAKE OUT/TO GO Winner: VooDoo BBQ & Grill Graffiti Pizza Nancy's Gourmet To Go Sky's Pizza Pie BEST FOOD DELIVERY Winner: CitySpree Le Dough Primal Nosh Sky's Pizza Pie BEST RESTAURANT FOR A BIRTHDAY DINNER Winner: The District: Seville Steak & Seafood George Bistro + Bar Global Grill Restaurant IRON BEST RESTAURANT FOR SPORTS FANS Winner: Sidelines Sports Bar and Restaurant Calvert's in the Heights Miller's Ale House World of Beer BEST LATE NIGHT EATS Winner: Restaurant IRON chizuko The Elbow Room Graffiti Pizza BEST RESTAURANT TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS Winner: McGuire's Irish Pub The Fish House George Bistro + Bar Global Grill BEST GONE-BUT-NOTFORGOTTEN RESTAURANT Winner: Hopkins House Shark Fin Sluggo's Tre Fratelli

FOOD BEST UNIQUELY PENSACOLA DISH Winner: Grits à Ya Ya (The Fish House) Blue Angel Chips (The Grand Marlin) Pensaconey (Sammy Barker's) Mullet Platter (Kingfisher Sandwiches ) BEST BAGELS Winner: Bagelheads Bodacious Brew The Leisure Club Coffee Bar & Restaurant My Favorite Things BEST CUP OF COFFEE Winner: Constant Coffee & Tea Bodacious Brew The Drowsy Poet Coffee Company Fosko Coffee Barre BEST ICED COFFEE Winner: Mrs. Jones Cold Brew Constant Coffee & Tea The Leisure Club Coffee Bar & Restaurant Polonza Bistro

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RESTAURANTS & FOOD BEST LATTE Winner: Bodacious Brew Constant Coffee & Tea Craft Bakery Polonza Bistro

BEST BREAD Winner: Craft Bakery Bluejay's Bakery Carmen's Lunch Bar Joe Patti's Seafood

BEST GRITS Winner: The Fish House Another Broken Egg Cafe Coffee Cup Restaurant Dog House Deli

BEST ICED TEA Winner: Nomadic Eats Carmen's Lunch Bar Constant Coffee & Tea Five Sisters Blues Café

BEST SANDWICH Winner: The Alcaniz (Hub Stacey's) Fried Green Tomato (Kingfisher Sandwiches ) Go Pig or Go Home (Urban Swinery) Spanish Lump Crab Melt – Open Face (Carmen's Lunch Bar)

BEST DONUTS Winner: Le Dough In and Out Bakery Maynard's Donut Co. Milton Quality Bakery BEST FRENCH FRIES Winner: Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom George Bistro + Bar Sammy Barker's Urban Swinery

BEST JUICES/SMOOTHIES Winner: Live! Juice Bar Cafe Single Fin Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe Ripe BEST PIZZA Winner: Sky's Pizza Pie Graffiti Pizza O'Zone Pizza Pub The Tuscan Oven Pizzeria BEST STEAK Winner: McGuire's Irish Pub The District: Seville Steak & Seafood Jackson's Steakhouse Restaurant IRON BEST BURRITO Winner: Cactus Flower Cafe Cactus Cantina Tacos Mexicanos Taco Rock BEST TACO Winner: Tacos Mexicanos Nomadic Eats Taco Agave Taqueria El Asador BEST NACHOS Winner: Cactus Flower Cafe Flounder's Chowder House McGuire's Irish Pub Sidelines Sports Bar and Restaurant BEST SOUP Winner: Carmen's Lunch Bar Cactus Flower Cafe New Yorker Deli & Pizzeria McGuire's Irish Pub BEST DELI Winner: New Yorker Deli & Pizzeria Apple Market Costello's Butcher Shop Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe

BEST CHICKEN SALAD Winner: Carmen's Lunch Bar Jo's As Always New Yorker Deli & Pizzeria So Chopped BEST CHEESEBURGER Winner: Jerry's Drive In The Burger Factory McGuire's Irish Pub Sammy Barker's BEST HOT DOG Winner: Dog House Deli The Elbow Room Sammy Barker's The Wacked Out Weiner BEST CHEESE PLATE Winner: The Wine Bar on Palafox The Magnolia Union Public House Urban Swinery BEST APPETIZERS Winner: Global Grill Restaurant IRON Union Public House The Wine Bar on Palafox BEST MAC-N-CHEESE Winner: The Magnolia Five Sisters Blues Café Pot Roast & Pinot Union Public House BEST PASTRIES Winner: Craft Bakery Bluejay's Bakery J's Bakery and Cafe Le Dough BEST OMELETTE Winner: Another Broken Egg Cafe Coffee Cup Restaurant George Bistro + Bar Ruby Slipper Cafe

BEST FRIED CHICKEN Winner: Five Sisters Blues Café The Dwarf (Legendary "Chicken Stand") McGuire's Irish Pub Union Public House BEST WINGS Winner: Sidelines Sports Bar and Restaurant Hub Stacey's Sammy Barker's World of Beer

BEST AVOCADO DISH Winner: Avocado Toast (Constant Coffee & Tea) Avocado Sandwich (East Hill Market) Avocado Toast (Bluejay's Bakery) Guacamole (Cactus Flower Cafe) BEST INTERNATIONAL DISH Winner: Saigon Pho (Saigon Oriental Market & Deli) Fish/Shrimp Moilee (Taste of India) Ramen Pad Thai (Khon's on Palafox) Tonkotsu Ramen (Nom Sushi Izakaya) BEST SALADS Winner: Carmen's Lunch Bar George Bistro + Bar So Chopped Union Public House BEST PLACE TO BUY LOCAL PRODUCE Winner: Bailey's Produce & Nursery Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe Flora Bama Farms Palafox Market

BEST PASTA DISH Winner: Vodka Sauce (Bonelli's Café Italia) Alfredo Pappardelle (George Bistro + Bar) Lobster Mac & Cheese (Pot Roast & Pinot) Pasta Rustica (McGuire's Irish Pub) BEST SEAFOOD DISH Winner: Grouper Piccata (The Grand Marlin) Brown Butter Gulf Catch of the Day (Restaurant IRON) Grits à Ya Ya (The Fish House) Hamachi Kama (Khon's on Palafox)

BEST MILKSHAKES Winner: Old City Market Inc. Jerry's Drive In TASTEbuds The Tin Cow BEST ORIGINAL MENU ITEM Winner: Foie Gras "PB&J" (Restaurant IRON) Kimchi Tater Salad (chizuko) Scotch Egg (Union Public House) Spanish Lump Crab Melt – Open Face (Carmen's Lunch Bar) BEST LUNCH SPECIAL Winner: Sky's Pizza Pie Carmen's Lunch Bar Nomadic Eats Union Public House

BEST VEGETARIAN/ VEGAN DISH Winner: Jackfruit Pulled Pork Sammy (End of The Line Cafe) Bangin' Buffalo Chicken Sandwich (chizuko) Biscuits and Gravy (Le Dough) Vegan Miso Ramen (Nom Sushi Izakaya)

BEST SUSHI ROLL Winner: Graffiti Bridge (Nom Sushi Izakaya) Five Flags (Dharma Blue) Halloween (Sake Cafe) Volcano (Ichiban) BEST OYSTERS Winner: Peg Leg Pete's Atlas Oyster House The Grand Marlin Marina Oyster Barn

Craft Bakery Maynard's Donut Co.

BEST WEEKLY SPECIAL Winner: Sunday Curry (chizuko) Burgers and Bordeaux (Union Public House) Donuts in the Park (Le Dough) Hopkins Fried Chicken Wednesdays (McGuire's Irish Pub)

BEST DESSERTS Winner: Chrisoula's Cheesecake Shoppe Bluejay's Bakery Craft Bakery Szotski's Cheesecake BEST ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT Winner: Wild Honey Frozen Yogurt Craft Bakery Dolce & Gelato Old City Market Inc. BEST CAKES/CUPCAKES Winner: Bluejay's Bakery Craft Bakery J's Bakery and Cafe Oh Snap! Cupcakes BEST KING CAKE Winner: Le Dough Bluejay's Bakery

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BEST OF THE COAST 2019 WINNER Best Restaurant ~ Cordova Area Best Brunch • Best Bartender ~ Matt Nichols

RUNNER UP

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Best Restaurant Overall • Best Chef ~ George Lazi • Best Original Menu Best Lunch • Best Bar ~ Cordova Area • Best Drink Menu Best Place for a First Date • Best Restaurant for a Birthday Dinner Best Restaurant to Take Out-of-Town Guests • Best French Fries Best Omelette • Best Salads • Best Pasta Dish ~ Alfredo Pappardelle Best Specialty Cocktail ~ The Earl • Best Bloody Mary • Best Mimosas

You choose the music! OCTOBER 12, 2019 | 6:00 PM | SKOPELOS PENSACOLAOPERA.COM 850.433.6737 @PENSACOLAOPERA

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RESTAURANTS & FOOD ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE OF PENSACOLA

721 E. Gregory St., anotherbrokenegg.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best infers comparison to others. In this case, we would more consider it popularity with customers. We would hope to have absolutely the highest standards in taste, quality, freshness, cleanliness, customer respect and hospitality. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? The absolute finest brunch restaurant that we can make considering quality of food, service and facility. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Unquestionably the fact that the staff cares about all aspects of the dining experience. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? New Yorker Deli, Fisherman's Corner and VooDoo BBQ & Grill. Answers by: Linda and Homer Biggers, Owners

BLUEJAY'S BAKERY

11 S. Palafox, Ste. E, bluejaysbakery.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best to us means providing exceptional products and customer service in everything we do. No project is ever too small or too big. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We are a boutique bakery specializing in custom products and specialty diet options for every occasion.

What do you think makes you and your business unique? Bluejay's stands out from other bakeries by offering a wide selection of options for breakfast and dessert and also creating custom cakes and dessert displays. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? The staff and I love Nomadic Eats for a great lunch and Union Public House for dinner. Answers by: Justine Gudmundson-McCain, Chef/Owner

CACTUS FLOWER CAFÉ

3425 N. 12th Ave., facebook.com/ californiafreshmex What does being the "best" mean to you? It means my customers are happy. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Spreading joy through our community with great food, friendly faces and giving hearts. We love this community. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We love what we do and we love making people happy with great food and great service. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Global Grill, Coffee Cup, Sake Cafe, Carmen's Lunch Bar and Franco's. Answers by: Lee Kafeety, Owner/Founder and Joni Derome, Owner

CARMEN'S LUNCH BAR & TAPAS

407 S. Palafox, carmenslunchbar.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best means consistently putting

our heart, passion and energy into everything we do. It means continuing to learn and grow because we can always do even better. At Carmen's, we take pride in the consistency and delicious flavor of our food and the warmth of our customer service. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Carmen's is a bustling lunch bar by day and an atmospheric wine and tapas bar by night. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We have an eclectic blend of international and Southern cuisine. Our menu is all over the map, so to speak. We believe our focus on fresh ingredients, vibrant flavors and creative recipes make Carmen's a unique destination. The cozy European style bar and friendly service also draw our regulars back. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? My go-to dining spots are George Bistro, Cypress, The Grand Marlin, IRON, The District and Dharma Blue. I shop at Ever'man almost every day. I like to pamper myself with a massage from Escape. Shopping upstairs at So Gourmet is always dangerous. My favorite "Sunday Funday" location is, and always has been, Paradise Bar & Grill. Answers by: MariCarmen Josephs, Chef/Owner

CHRISOULA'S CHEESECAKE SHOPPE & CAFE

236 W. Garden St., #2A, chrisoulascheesecakeshoppe.com What does being the "best" mean to

you? We are honored to receive our fifth in a row Best of the Coast Award. We promise to serve the freshest and finest cheesecake in Pensacola. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We bake our cheesecakes daily with the freshest and finest ingredients. Always fresh, never frozen. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Tony and I are at the shoppe every day. We pride ourselves in providing quality lunch, cheesecake and service to our customers. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Some of our local favorites are The Tuscan Oven, Joe Patti's Seafood, Apple Market, Shoreline Foods, Aegean Breeze and Renfroe Pecans, just to name a few. Answers by: Chrisoula and Tony Hulion, Owners/Operators

CONSTANT COFFEE AND TEA

615 Scenic Highway, constantcoffeeandtea.com What does being the "best" mean to you? First prize! If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? I made this for you. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We are not afrad to get somthing wrong. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? I own a business. I don't get out much. Answers by: Jason Switzer, Owner

Best Place For A Rehearsal Dinner

Best Seafood Dish Grouper Piccata

Best Seafood

Best Restaurant on Pensacola Beach

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RESTAURANTS & FOOD CRAFT GOURMET BAKERY

5555 N. Davis Highway, Ste. H, craftgourmetbakery.com What does being the "best" mean to you? We have a saying that hangs in the kitchen at the bakery that reads "chefs live in a world where you only get back what you put in." Being voted the "best" validates our daily drive to show up and put our best effort into everything we produce. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Our name says it all—"craft." What do you think makes you and your business unique? My approach to desserts and food in general. I really wanted to bring a European bakery feel to Pensacola—unique balance and flavors bursting from each and every item, in such a way that it takes you somewhere else. Everything you eat here should feel like an experience. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? chizuko, The Ticket Sports Bar, Nomadic Eats, Three Fates Tattoo and Island Culture Tiki Bar. Answers by: Jordan Hewes, Chef/Owner

CYPRESS PENSACOLA

1124 W. Garden St., cypresspensacola.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Providing an excellent experience for our guests in both service and with the food and drinks we serve. Our goal is to stand out with a unique and seasonal menu, while consistently delivering above and beyond expectations. If you had to define your business with just

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one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A locally-owned restaurant serving coastalinspired Southern cuisine with international influences utilizing ingredients from local and regional farmers and fishermen. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We have four owners with individual and unique backgrounds, but we all have New Orleans hospitality and service at our core. With both international and Southern roots, we focus on partnering with regional farms and using quality products to execute our vision. And our staff—our staff is just outstanding. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We love eating out and around Pensacola—from fine dining to the neighborhood joints. One common thing with all our favorites is that they are locally-owned. A few standouts are Carmen's, Union Public House, IRON and Dharma Blue. Answers by: McKenzie Lovelace, Co-owner

END OF THE LINE CAFE

610 E. Wright St., eotlcafe.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being proud of an accomplishment you've worked hard for. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A healthy, creative, vegan scratch kitchen. What do you think makes you and your business unique? After 17 years in business making vegan food for Pensacola, it's still about the food. Not compromising on clean, honest food. Sourcing ingredients from companies I can be proud of. House-

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made products, old-school mentality with recipes of my own created with love. And our lovely customers. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Revolver Records, chizuko, Hula Moon, Restaurant IRON, Big Jerk Soda Co., The Hummus Lady, Cactus Flower and The Magnolia. Answers by: Jen Knight, Owner

THE FISH HOUSE

FIVE SISTERS BLUES CAFÉ

600 S. Barracks St., fishhousepensacola.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best is holding ourselves up to the quality standards of service and food each and every day for the enjoyment of all that walk through our doors. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Downtown Pensacola—on the water. Serving up good food, good times and good grits for over two decades. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We are a locallyowned-and-operated family business with deep ties to our community. We are proud to be a long-time contributing business to the landscape of Pensacola. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Wow. So many. We are also fortunate to have such a strong cultural community who contribute to the fabric of Pensacola—Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola Opera, Pensacola Little Theatre, UWF Historic Trust, Navy Museum and Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, just to name a few. Answers by: Maria V. Goldberg, Director

421 W. Belmont St., fivesistersbluescafe.com What does being the "best" mean to you? For Five Sisters, being the best is staying true to the recipes of the Five Sisters, honoring our history and heritage and being an integral part of the revitalization of the historic Belmont-DeVilliers neighborhood. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Southern cuisine with Creole and Caribbean kicks, serving brunch, lunch and dinner, daily blackboard specials and live blues music. What do you think makes you and your business unique? History. Belmont and DeVilliers has a rich musical history spanning numerous decades. Five Sisters is housed in the former Gussie's Record Shop with our private dining space, the Record Room, housed in the former WBOP radio station, both of which were integral to the Pensacola Blues scene. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We are so thankful for all of the businesses within our neighborhood, all helping to elevate the landscape including Blue Dot, Dwarf Chicken, chizuko, the former Gathering Bookstore, Truth for Youth, Eddie Todd Architects, Benboe, Voyage Real Estate, Robert Robino Productions and so many more. Answers by: Maria V. Goldberg, Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Events with Great Southern Restaurants

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Best Restaurant–Downtown - Best Original Menu Best Place to Eat Healthy - Best Selection of Wine by the Glass - Best Sandwich (Spanish Crab Melt) Best Original Menu Item (Spanish Crab Melt) Best Lunch Special - Best Iced Tea - Best Bread 407-B South Palafox Street Ph: 850-542-4334 | Mon.-Sat. 11am - 8pm

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GEORGE BISTRO + BAR

6205 N. Ninth Ave., georgebistroandbar.com What does being the "best" mean to you? When people think of good times, vibes and food, they think of George. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? An unforgettable experience. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We have the best team. We are all obsessed with making awesome food and drinks and creating special memories. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Jordan and her team at Craft Bakery. Answers by: George and Luba Lazi, Owners

THE GRAND MARLIN OF PENSACOLA BEACH

400 Pensacola Beach Blvd., thegrandmarlin.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Providing the freshest local seafood featured on menus that are printed daily to take advantage of the local bounty. Our goal is to provide our guests with a wonderful dining experience and excellent service along with incredible waterfront views. Also, supporting and being active within our local community. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Fresh Gulf seafood daily, freshlyshucked local oysters, perfectly grilled steaks, cool island cocktails, relaxed atmosphere and beautiful views. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Our fish is filleted on-site in our temperature-controlled fish house, and we have a shucked-to-order, well-stocked oyster bar, a full bar and an intriguing 80-plus bottle wine list, along with menus printed twice daily. The Grand Marlin offers all this in a tranquil, relaxed Caribbean vibe atmosphere. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? There are so many great establishments in our local area, it's hard to narrow our favorites down to just a few. Answers by: Julie Housley, Marketing Manager

HOT SPOT BARBECUE

901 E. La Rua St., hotspotbarbecue.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being voted "best" means a lot to us at Hot Spot. We strive every day to live up to our guests' high expectations for great Southern barbecue. It is very heartwarming when those same people take their time to vote for us. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Great Southern barbecue cooked to perfection over a real-wood fire, served up by friendly people. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We simply go to work every day, do our best and let God handle the details. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? When we go out to eat, we like to relax and have a server take our order at The Vineyard located in the old Sacred Heart hospital building on 12th Avenue. We also like Calvert's in the Heights and The Magnolia on East Cervantes and Sammy Barker's on Nine Mile Road. Answers by: Cheri Hlubek, Hot Spot Barbecue Catering Manager October 3, 2019

JACKSON'S STEAKHOUSE

400 S. Palafox, jacksonsrestaurant.com What does being the "best" mean to you? For us, being the best means that we continually strive every day to provide the full "Jackson's experience" for every guest that chooses to dine with us—any day, any night, any time. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Downtown dining at its best with superb steaks and local seafood in the heart of historic Downtown Pensacola. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We have been a cornerstone of Pensacola dining for over two decades, continuing the tradition since 1998. As a locally-owned restaurant, we are proud of our history as well as our continued focus on fresh, local ingredients. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We love all of our local purveyors with whom we do business—they provide such a quality product which allows us to do what we do. To name a few—Joe Patti's, Maria's Seafood, Renfroe Pecans, Tomato Joe, Bill-E's Bacon, C&D Mills, East Hill Honey Co. and Pensacola Bay Oysters. Answers by: Maria V. Goldberg, Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Events with Great Southern Restaurants

KINGFISHER SANDWICHES

1500 Barrancas Ave., kingfishersandwiches.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Kingfisher is committed to sourcing the best local ingredients and cooking (and baking) them from scratch. This is what we love to do, and we hope that you will love it, too. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Kingfisher is a casual restaurant and bar in an established downtown Pensacola location serving made-from-scratch sandwiches, salads, seafood and more. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Culinary Institute of America-trained chefs choosing to offer finedining quality in a fun, casual environment for an affordable price and exceptional value. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Saigon Market, Khon's on Palafox, Union Public House, Restaurant IRON, Sake Cafe, Cub's Crawfish, chizuko, Nom Sushi, Garden & Grain, Cypress, Dharma Blue, Taste of Thai, Nomadic Eats, Hub Stacey's, Craft Bakery and Bluejay's Bakery. Answers by: Brian Kaderavek, Chef/Co-Owner

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WINNER: BEST WAIT STAFF BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE RUNNER UP: •BEST RESTAURANT–DOWNTOWN •BEST ORIGINAL MENU •BEST CHEESE PLATE •BEST APPETIZERS •BEST MAC-N-CHEESE •BEST FRIED CHICKEN •BEST SALADS

•BEST LUNCH SPECIAL •BEST DRINK MENU •BEST BLOODY MARY •BEST CHEF: BLAKE RUSHING •BEST SIGNATURE DRINK: BRAMBLE •BEST WEEKLY SPECIAL: BURGERS AND BORDEAUX

•BEST UP-AND-COMING CHEF: DESMOND PHILLIPS •BEST WAITER: FRANK PEREZ •BEST ORIGINAL MENU ITEM: SCOTCH EGG •BEST SPECIALTY COCKTAIL: •THE ROOSEVELT

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LE DOUGH

helloledough.com What does being the "best" mean to you? "Best" equals putting in 113% every day, setting myself apart, being innovative, providing high-quality products and service and being true to myself and my brand. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A friendly donut truck spreading happiness one vegan donut at a time. What do you think makes you and your business unique? A donut truck is something you don't see often. Every item that comes out of our truck is thoughtfully handmade by the owners. We focus on keeping our menu unique and inventing new plant-based delightful treats that taste special. Every item is made with quality ingredients and lots of love. 71


Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? There are so many, but some of my favorite food spots include The Magnolia, chizuko, Tacos Mexicanos, Two Birds, George, Alcaniz Kitchen & Tap and Café Single Fin. For pastries on my off days, I love Craft Bakery. Answers by: Sam Eckiss, Owner/ Creator of Treats

THE MAGNOLIA

2907 E. Cervantes St., themagnoliaeph.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the "best" means gratitude for us. We are very thankful for every person that chose to keep their vote local and forever grateful to all the Maggies that like to spend their free time with us. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We are an "all welcome all ways" establishment that only requires kindness and respectful behavior. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We would like to think it's not just us, but being a part of people's lives and stories in their pursuit of happiness is our main goal. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? They already know who they are. Keep on keepin' on, my lovies. Answers by: Bill Manning, Kiley's Husband

MRS. JONES COLD BREW

mrsjonescoldbrew.com What does being the "best" mean to you? It means the world to me. I imagine our customers—or fan-friends, as we call them—could get their coffee fix anywhere.

But being voted the best means they prefer our coffee to provide their daily fuel. There is no better feeling than knowing that our coffee is their favorite. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Mrs. Jones Cold Brew coffee concentrate allows you to be your own barista, making fantastic coffee your way, every time. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We provide instant coffee gratification for people with busy lives and a taste for local, hand-crafted, high-quality coffee. We brew and bottle a concentrated coldbrewed coffee in small batches. Just add water, milk or your favorite nondairy milk. Who else can make your coffee perfectly—except you? Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We love date nights at Restaurant IRON, power lunches at Nomadic Eats, hanging out with our friends from Big Jerk Soda and sitting at the window at Graffiti Pizza. Our boys love getting treats at Palafox Market and hanging out with all the other vendors. Answers by: Stephanie Jones, Owner, a.k.a. the Mrs. Jones

THE NEW YORKER DELI AND PIZZERIA

3001 E. Cervantes St., newyorkerdeliandpizzeria.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best means always working hard to be better than you were the day before. It means always challenging yourself to come up with new ideas and working as a team to ensure that all aspects, from food to service, are exceptional. If you had to define your business with just

one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We are one-of-a-kind. We offer a huge array of items, and everything is prepared fresh daily. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Variety. We have something for everyone. We prepare over 20 different types of salads (ranging from chicken salads, egg salads, strawberry salads to pasta salads), we serve at least eight homemade soups daily, we offer unlimited deli sandwiches, pizzas, calzones, strombolis, lasagnas and much more. Don't forget the desserts. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? We love all of our fellow Pensacola businesses. Some of our favorites would include Another Broken Egg, Global Grill, The Apple Market, Peg Leg Pete's, Hula Moon, East Hill Barbershop and Carmen's Lunch Bar. Answers by: Renee and Wayne Nix, Owners

NOM SUSHI IZAKAYA

410 S. Palafox, nomsushi.com What does being the "best" mean to you? To us, being the best is about work ethic, commitment and challenging yourself daily. Pushing yourself to learn and grow sets you apart. Our motto is if you're not learning something new every day, then you're not paying attention. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We focus on the highest quality ingredients for our sushi, ramen and small plates, with an extensive premium sake list. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Nom is unique because we start everything from scratch. We have fresh, whole, local fish delivered daily for the sushi bar. The ramen, gyoza, noodles,

steamed buns, everything is made from scratch. It's definitely a commitment, but that attention to detail sets us apart. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? When we get a day off, we like to ride bikes downtown and check out all of the new businesses or one of the many awesome festivals Pensacola has to offer. Or you can find us at the beach kicking back in the sun. Answers by: Brad and Elizabeth Jones, Owners, Executive Chef and General Manager

NOMADIC EATS

9 E. Gregory St., nomadiceats.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Seeing the same friendly faces every day that enjoy our service and food. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Fast food done right, inspired by travels and culinary exploration throughout the world. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Nomadic Eats isn't about getting rich or building an empire. It's my craft and passion. Inspiration and creativity come from actual experiences and travels around the world. The business is a lifestyle, and the lifestyle feeds the business. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Restaurant IRON, Union Public House and Two Birds Street Food. Answers by: Randy Russell, Chef/Owner

RESTAURANT IRON

22 N. Palafox St., restaurantiron.com What does being the "best" mean to you? We firmly believe in never resting on past accomplishments. Being the best to us means

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RESTAURANTS & FOOD being better than you were the day before and never settling for a comfortable situation. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? We like to describe ourselves as a refined Southern kitchen. What do you think makes you and your business unique? We feel like we're unique in the way that we bend the definition of "fine dining." No white table cloths, things like chicken skin cracklings and a social media presence that makes light of literally everything we're about. All of that combined creates something we're really proud of. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Two Birds, Perfect Plain and Nomadic Eats. Answers by: Brett Reid, Marketing Coordinator

SABAI ON JEFFERSON

130 S. Jefferson St., facebook.com/sabaithai.soj What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best means that you have reached your goals, whether that's your personal goals or professional goals. It's that feeling when you realize you have accomplished that one big task in your life, that one big "thing" you've been working so hard for. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Downtown Thai, open Monday through Saturday. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Being the only Thai restaurant in downtown Pensacola makes us unique

in itself. After being open for the first few weeks, people are just so grateful for us being here, and in return, we are very grateful to be a part of this growing community. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Our local favorite has always been Restaurant IRON to eat and enjoy our favorite cocktails at the end of the work week. I also like the convenience and vibe of Old City Market—the awesome bodega right next door to us. Answers by: Pam VanNess, Owner

SAMMY BARKER'S AMERICAN STREET FOOD

875 E. Nine Mile Road, sammybarkers.com What does being the "best" mean to you? Being the best means we are delivering a product, service and environment that our customers are excited about and appreciate. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A local restaurant and craft beer bar serving modern scratch-made versions of classic American street food. What do you think makes you and your business unique? That most everything we make is homemade, and the quality of ingredients we use is unprecedented in the local fast casual dining scene. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Union Public House, Voodoo BBQ, Sky's Pizza Pie, Mrs. Jones Cold Brew, Big Jerk Soda and Hot Spot. Answers by: Joel Jacobs, Owner

SKY'S PIZZA PIE

5559 N. Davis Highway, skyspizzapie.com What does being the "best" mean to you? The "best" to me means taking pride in what you do and always strive to be better. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Authentic New York-style pizza, calzones, pizza brunch on Sundays and vegan options. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Large New York-style pizza by the slice, the biggest pizza in Pensacola (24-inch), great daily specials and service that makes you feel at home. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? For Thai, Lao Ocean, and Rock N Roll Sushi. I love the '80s atmosphere and the fun sushi. Answers by: Sarah Noble, Owner

UNION PUBLIC HOUSE

309 S. Reus St., unionpensacola.com What does being the "best" mean to you? It is just great to know that the UPH family bring smiles and good eats to our awesome community. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? A fun and creative pub where the community comes together to eat, drink and have a good time. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Both the craft cocktail and food menus are put together by some very inventive folks that change their palettes with the seasons. We play off a lot of

the classics but always have our own little UPH twist on each cocktail and dish. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? Cypress, The Magnolia, Kingfisher, Restaurant IRON, Two Birds Street Food, Nomadic Eats, Kohn's, Nom, Grand Marlin, Dog House Deli and Island Culture Tiki Bar. Answers by: Blake Rushing, Chef/Owner

WILD HONEY FROZEN YOGURT

7175 N. Davis Highway, facebook.com/wildhoneyfroyo What does being the "best" mean to you? We believe our guests voted Wild Honey the Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt shop because we love our guests, and they know it. We throw an ice cream party for them with all the toppings every day. We are grateful that they chose Wild Honey as Best of the Coast. If you had to define your business with just one sentence or phrase, what would it be? Wild Honey, more than just ice cream, it's an experience. What do you think makes you and your business unique? Wild Honey is a magical dessert experience you won't ever forget—frozen yogurt, gelato, custard, sorbet, Italian ice and over 100 toppings to boot. Come find out what everyone is talking about. Come taste Wild Honey. Other than your business, what are some of your local favorites? La Hacienda and Drowsy Poet. Answers by: Theresa Ward, Owner/ Operator {in}

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Room for a Show By Savannah Evanoff

"It's very clear that my abilities and even my style is very much encoded in that DNA," Stringfellow said. "There are things he does that he and I would have no idea about each other up until 2016. I've also seen that play out with my daughter (Aden). She plays a lot like me." Or—he seems surer of this hypothesis—he just didn't screw things up. "I've had a lot of moments of, 'Oh, my God, if my 14-year-old self could see me now playing with John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin,' and then I didn't fuck it up," Stringfellow said. "In situations where I had one shot to play with somebody I admired, like R.E.M.—I spent 10 years working with them—I didn't fuck it up."

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fering. This album is a serious album that does talk about grief and loss." As part of the venue's 25th anniversary this year, The Mercury Lounge hosted Stringfellow for a commemorative performance of the emotional night 18 years and one day earlier. Stringfellow decided to follow up that concert with a U.S. tour of 27 shows in 28 days, re-playing "Touched" on electric guitar—and a piano if one happens to be around. He currently lives in France with his wife Dominique. Despite his history, it's not a rock show, so Stringfellow isn't performing in rock venues— more like living rooms and intimate spaces with the one-on-one vibe he digs. "I want to make it special," Stringfellow said. "I want to make it in a cool place, not a crummy bar where there's a lot of distractions from drunk people that don't care about the show. Whether there's five people, 60 or 100 is immaterial to me. I just want everyone to have the experience they deserve."

Stringfellow will never forget the day his solo album, "Touched," came out. And how could he? It was Sept. 11 of 2001. "Up until that day, it was a day I was really looking forward to and was preparing to celebrate and launch an album I really believed in and put a lot of work into," Stringfellow said. "But I woke up that day and somebody called me and said, 'Turn on the television. I can't really explain; just turn on the television.' It was a really powerfully "Touched" has always stayed close to disturbing image that didn't look real." him. The songs were about an uncertain He played the record Sept. 20 at The time in his life after the breakup of his relaMercury Lounge in New York City—the tionship and his band The Posies. venue's first night open after the tragedy. "This record is the sound of me climbMany musicians (Stringfellow cites Nick ing out of that and trying to figure out the Cave as an example) canceled their tours, next chapter of my life after some big losses," but he had a different perspective. Stringfellow said. "I can't say it was a fun pe"Music was something that was always riod in my life, but the songs that came out of there for me in hard times—if I was feeling it have such powerful emotions, they're kind of sad, lonely or confused," Stringfellow said. hard to let go of. There are few moments in my "Records I loved were comforting things to life that have ever been that intense. It's powturn to. Music is not inappropriate, given erful to go back there into those songs. Things the right spirit. Not all music is unwelcome that happened to us that were traumatic, I at this time. I thought, 'Maybe music is think they're never fully gone. It might be that useful.' I don't have a lot to give. I'm not you have to empty that tank regularly now and a first responder, a nurse or a doctor, a then." {in} psychologist or someone that's going to give professional help to someone." Music was his small way to help. WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 "I felt like the album's WHERE: Address will be emailed to ticket holders 24 themes were not inapproprihours before the show ate," Stringfellow said. "I was COST: $20-$75 not laughing or enjoying myself DETAILS: kenstringfellow.com while people were sad and suf-

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Ken Stringfellow wrote his first and only fan letter at age 14, to R.E.M. He can't be sure, but he surmises his teenage penmanship set in motion a series of events that would someday land him on stage with the legendary rock band. "It was a lot of bad poetry," Stringfellow said. "I tried to make it really clever and arty and serious. I don't really know what I was expecting writing this cryptic poetry. I thought maybe they would find me a kindred spirit. They don't remember some letter they got in the '80s from a fan, but somehow, they did recognize that kindred spirit without even realizing it." Stringfellow, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, started in The Posies and played with R.E.M. on tours and albums, as well as the re-formed Big Star. He has also played on stage or in studio with artists such

as Neil Young, the Afghan Whigs, Mercury Rev, Thom Yorke, Patti Smith, Robyn Hitchcock, Ringo Starr, Damien Jurado, Nada Surf, Brendan Benson, Mudhoney and the Long Winters—appearing on more than 250 albums and performing in 94 countries. He sometimes wonders, "Why me?" Maybe he has some hidden talent to convey emotion that is invisible to him, he speculates. Or it could just be genetics. Stringfellow was happily raised by his non-musician adoptive parents, obsessively listening to records and taking piano lessons as a child. The 50-year-old musician met his birth parents just a few years ago—once two L.A. teenagers in the 1960s not ready for parenthood. He discovered his biological father is a musician, too.

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p.m. Every Thursday. Three miles north of Deaton Bridge Road. meetup.com/ftawesterngate YOGA WITHIN REACH 9-10 a.m. Free. Community Health Northwest Florida, 2315 W. Jackson St., Room A. healthcarewithinreach.org LA LECHE LEAGUE 10 a.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org CLAWS AND PAWS 5 p.m. Drink specials for humans and house-made treats for dogs. Union Public House, 309 S. Reus St. facebook.com/unionpensacola YAPPY HOUR 5-10 p.m. Through Feb. 27. 5% of proceeds benefit Escambia County Animal Shelter. Red Fish Blue Fish, 5B Via De Luna Drive. redfishbluefishpensacolabeach.com AWM WINE TASTING 5-7 p.m. Free. Aragon Wine Market, 27 S. Ninth Ave. facebook. com/aragonwine ATLAS BEVERAGE CLASS 5 and 7 p.m. $20 per person. Atlas Oyster House, 600 S. Barracks St. greatsouthernrestaurants.com WUWF'S RADIOLIVE 6 p.m. $10. Grant Peeples, Roman Street, Amy Speace and Kipyn Martin. Museum of Commerce, 201 Zaragoza St. radiolive.org PENSACOLA BEACH SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL

Through Oct. 6. Various locations. pensacolabeachsongwritersfestival.com MEDITATION AND ENERGY HEALING 6 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org END OF THE LINE THURSDAY DINNER 6-9 p.m. End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. Sign up for the newsletter for menu. eotlcafe.com ZUMBA WITH SHANNON AND FRIENDS 6-7 p.m. $4. Homestead Community Center, 7830 Pine Forest Road. WSRE'S STUDIOAMPED: HASH CABBAGE 7 p.m. Free. Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio, 1000 College Blvd. wsre.org ADRON CHAMBERS YOGA 6:30 p.m. Donation-based yoga with Adron Chambers every Tuesday and Thursday. Asher & Bee Apothecary and Tea House, 7 E. Gregory St. facebook.com/asherandbee NEW YEARS DAY 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. vinylmusichall.com

FRIDAY 10.4

ONE-ON-ONE TECH HELP 10 a.m. Pensacola Library, 239 N. Spring St. mywfpl.com

EVER'MAN COOKS: COOKING WITH HONEY WITH BECCA FRITSCHLE 11 a.m. Ever'man Edu-

cational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org LUNCH AND LEARN: BRULE AND FLAMBE

Noon. $25. So Gourmet, 407-D S. Palafox. sogourmetpensacola.com

Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend Giveaway

UWF ALUMNI WELCOME HOME BLOCK PARTY 5-8 p.m. Historic Pensacola, 120 Church

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HAPPY HOUR COOKOUT 5 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. sevillequarter.com NOTES N' BOATS: A SUNSET OPERA CRUISE

5:30-7 p.m. Pensacola Bay Cruises Downtown, 750 Commendencia St. pensacolaopera.com SPOOKEASY MYSTERY THEATRE 5:30 p.m. $75. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. pensacolalittletheatre.com ACOUSTIC SONGWRITERS NIGHT 6 p.m. Every Friday through March 27. Frazier's Country Wines, 3130 Barrancas Ave. BLESSTHEFALL, ESCAPE THE FATE 6 p.m. $20-$25. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. vinylmusichall.com OKTOBERFEST 7-9 p.m. $35 per person. Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, 12 Via De Luna Drive, facebook.com/hiltonpensacolabeach WSRE'S STUDIOAMPED: FRANK BROWN INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL WITH JOE ALLEN, ROGER COOK AND JIM PASQUALE

7 p.m. Free. Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio, 1000 College Blvd. wsre.org GODSMACK 7 p.m. $51.50-$83. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. pensacolabaycenter.com DRACULA: A REAL PAIN IN THE NECK 7:30 p.m. $14-$20. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. pensacolalittletheatre.com GLOW BOWL 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Every Friday and Saturday. $12 per person. Strikerz Entertainment Center, 3200 N. Palafox St.

SATURDAY 10.5

ZARZAR LAW P.A. SANTA ROSA ISLAND TRIATHLON 5:15 a.m. Casino Beach Pavilion.

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PENSACOLA LIONFISH CLASSIC LIONFISH TOURNAMENT Sunrise to sunset. Tourna-

ment weigh-in is 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Oct. 6. The Oar House, 1000 S. Pace Blvd. oarhousepensacola.com PARKRUN/WALK MEETUP 7:30 a.m. University of West Florida, Rec Plex North Field, 11000 University Parkway. parkrun.us/recplexnorth

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-Four tasting ticket booklets for Saturday's Oyster Cook-Off (60 tasting tickets total) Go to inweekly.net to enter the contest. For more details on the Oyster Cook-off and Craft Beer Weekend, visit hangoutcookoff.com. *The contest ends Friday, Oct. 11. The winner will be announced the following week. OCEAN HOUR CLEAN-UPS 9-10 a.m. Naval Live Oaks at 1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway and south end of Bob Sikes Bridge on Pensacola Beach, Grand Marlin parking lot. oceanhourfl.com 30TH ANNUAL PEANUT FESTIVAL 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. Gabbert Farm, 3604 Pine Level Church Road, Jay. ADOPT-A-PET DAY AT ALYSSA'S 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Alyssa's Antiques, 4586 Chumuckla Highway. shopalyssas.com GIRLS IN AVIATION DAY 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $30 open to students in 3rd to 12th grade. Register online. National Aviation Museum, 878 S. Blue Angel Parkway. nationalflightacademy.com DEBBY'S KITCHEN 10-11:30 a.m. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. 115 St. John St. campuschurch.com

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WALKING CEMETERY TOURS 5:30 p.m. $12

plus tax. St. John's Historic Cemetery, 301 N. G St. goretro.us THE BUSINESS ROUND TABLE 6-7:30 p.m. Henny Penny's Patisserie, 4412 W. Jackson. facebook.com/hennypennyspatisserie 10TH RIBBONS OF HOPE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS CHARITY BALL 6:30-10:30 p.m.

$50-$320. Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St. pensacolabreastcancerassociation.com TOM PETTY TRIBUTE: THE WILDFLOWERS 7 p.m. $15-$25. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. vinylmusichall.com PENSACOLA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: OPENING NIGHT 7:30 p.m. $23 and up. Saenger

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DRACULA: A REAL PAIN IN THE NECK 7:30

p.m. $14-$20. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. pensacolalittletheatre.com SATURDAY SWING OUTS 8 p.m. $5. Saturdays. Breathe Yoga Studio, 505 S. Adams St. GLOW BOWL 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Every Friday and Saturday. $12 per person. Strikerz Entertainment Center, 3200 N. Palafox St. IMPROVABLE CAUSE 10:30 p.m. $11. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. pensacolalittletheatre.com

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30TH ANNUAL PEANUT FESTIVAL 9 a.m.-6

STRONG STREET STUDIO ANNUAL PUMPKIN PARTY Noon-6 p.m. Strong Street Studio, 109

N. A St. facebook.com/strongstreetstudio NATURAL HEALING/CANCER STUDY 2-4 p.m. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W.

Garden St. everman.org

FIBER FREESTYLIN' AT STUDIO SOUTH 3-5 p.m.

Saturdays. Open to all knitters, crocheters, weavers and more. Studio South, 955 E. Nine Mile Road. studiosouthon9mileroad.com

p.m. Free admission. Gabbert Farm, 3604 Pine Level Church Road, Jay. THEMED BRUNCH AT PERFECT PLAIN 10 a.m. Perfect Plain Brewing Co., 50 E. Garden St. facebook.com/perfectplainbrewingco

TRANSMISSION MEDITATION WORLD SERVICE 10:30 a.m. Ever'man Educational

Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org BRUNCH WITH LIVE MUSIC 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Café Single Fin, 380 N. Ninth Ave. facebook.com/cafesinglefin VEGAN BRUNCH 11 a.m.-2 p.m. End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. Sign up for the newsletter for menu. eotlcafe.com SUNDAY BRUNCH AT H20 11 a.m. $28.95 for adults. Free valet parking and 15% off with local ID. H20 Hilton, 12 Via De Luna Drive. facebook.com/hiltonpensacolabeach FALLAPALOOZA 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is a donated to Manna Food Pantry. Hilton Garden Inn Pensacola Airport/Medical Center, 1144 Airport Blvd. STRONG STREET STUDIO ANNUAL PUMPKIN PARTY Noon-6 p.m. Strong Street Studio, 109

N. A St. facebook.com/strongstreetstudio GROVE & BROWN MARKET 1 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 17. Local vendors, artists and farmers. Henny Penny's Patisserie, 4412 W. Jackson. DRACULA: A REAL PAIN IN THE NECK 3 p.m. $14-$20. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. pensacolalittletheatre.com 6TH ANNUAL SKATE FOR A CURE 6-8 p.m. $10-$15. Proceeds benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Dreamland Skate Center, 2607 E. Olive Road. BACK PORCH COMEDY 8-11 p.m. chizuko, 506 W. Belmont St. facebook.com/chizukopensacola

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MONDAY 10.7

RESUME HELP 11 a.m. Molino Branch Library,

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WOW FACTOR 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ever'man Educa-

tional Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org OKTOBERFEST COOKING CLASS 6 p.m. $60. So Gourmet, 407-D S. Palafox. sogourmetpensacola.com SEVILLE QUARTER MILERS 6 p.m. Runners meet in front of Seville Quarter for a run around downtown Pensacola. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. sevillequarter.com JAZZ JAM 6:30 p.m. $10-$12, free for students and military in uniform. The Vineyard, 1010 N. 12th Ave. jazzpensacola.com

TUESDAY 10.8

JOHN APPLEYARD TALK 9 a.m. Pensacola

Visitor Information Center, 1401 E. Gregory St. visitpensacola.com YOGA WITHIN REACH 9-10 a.m. Free. Community Health Northwest Florida, 2315 W. Jackson St., Room A. healthcarewithinreach.org BLUE ANGELS PRACTICE 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum viewing area, 1878 S. Blue Angel Parkway. Use West Gate Entrance. GARDENING ON THE GULF COAST 1 p.m. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org TRYON FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT 4 p.m. Tryon Branch Library, 1200 Langley Ave. mywfpl.com COMPLIMENTARY WINE TASTING 4-6 p.m. Bodacious, 407-D S. Palafox. sogourmetpensacola.com

PILATES FUSION 4:30 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org FIBER FREESTYLIN' AT STUDIO SOUTH 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Open to all knitters, crocheters, weavers and more. Studio South, 955 E. Nine Mile Road. studiosouthon9mileroad.com VINO MAGNIFICO 5:30 p.m. $12 per person. V. Paul's Italian Ristorante, 29 S. Palafox. vpauls.com WALKING CEMETERY TOURS 5:30 p.m. $12 plus tax. St. John's Historic Cemetery, 301 N. G St. goretro.us BABY SHARK LIVE! 6 p.m. $29.50-$49.50. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. pensacolasaenger.com FUNKY YOGA 6 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org ZUMBA WITH SHANNON AND FRIENDS 6-7 p.m. $4. Homestead Community Center, 7830 Pine Forest Road. ADRON CHAMBERS YOGA 6:30 p.m. Donationbased yoga with Adron Chambers every Tuesday and Thursday. Asher & Bee Apothecary and Tea House, 7 E. Gregory St. facebook.com/ asherandbee COUNTRY TWO-STEP DANCING 6:30 p.m. $12. Whiskey Runners Saloon, 610 E. Nine Mile Road. dancecraftstudios.com BANDS ON THE BEACH 7-9 p.m. Free. Southern Breeze. Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. visitpensacolabeach.com

LIVING ORACLES: SACRED SPACE READINGS 12-7

p.m. Asher & Bee Apothecary and Tea House, 7 E. Gregory St. facbook.com/asherandbee ONE-ON-ONE TECH HELP 3 p.m. Pensacola Library, 239 N. Spring St. mywfpl.com

WAGGY WEDNESDAYS WITH PENSACOLA HUMANE SOCIETY 4-7 p.m. Pet-themed games

and prizes. Through Sept. 18. $1 from every Tito's Vodka sale benefits Pensacola Humane Society. Island Culture Tiki Bar, 17 Via De Luna Drive. pensacolahumane.org VEGAN AND VINO SUNDAYS 4-7 p.m. Skopelos at New World, 600 S. Palafox AFRICAN DANCE FITNESS 5:30 p.m. Every Wednesday through Dec. 18. Henny Penny's Patisserie, 4412 W. Jackson. facebook.com/ facebook.com/hennypennyspatisserie VINYASA YOGA 6-7 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org GULF COAST SCHOOL OF MUSIC ADULT MUSIC SHOW 6-9 p.m. Dolce and Gelato, 2050 N. 12th

Ave. facebook.com/dolcegelatopensacola TAILGATING: CHILI COOKING CLASS 6 p.m. $45. So Gourmet, 407-D S. Palafox. sogourmetpensacola.com GOOD NEIGHBOR: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY 6:30-8

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COLLEGE PORTFOLIO PREP WORKSHOP

4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. $100 for nonmembers, $90 for PMA members. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. pensacolamuseum.org YOGA IN THE GALLERIES 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. Free to PMA members, $7 (museum admission) for nonmembers. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. pensacolamuseum.org

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EXPOSURE On view through Oct. 4. Luna

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ART AMONG FRIENDS SECOND ANNUAL ART SHOW On view through Oct. 6. Wright

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"Mike Brodie: Relics from the Road" / On view at PMA

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On view through Oct. 18. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. pensacolamuseum.org RESISTANCE & CHANGE: TABLAS OF SARHUA, CONTEMPORARY PAINTINGS FROM THE PERUVIAN ANDES On view

through Oct. 27. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. pensacolamuseum.org

RADIO'S GOLDEN AGE: THEN AND NOW

On view through Oct. 31. WUWF, 11000 University Parkway, Bldg. 88. wuwf.org

COTTON FIELDS TO CONGRESS: THE LIFE AND CAREER OF EARL HUTTO On view at

the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, 330 S. Jefferson St. historicpensacola.org

GALLERY DAYS

Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. Featuring local artists. To be featured, contact Angel at 941-735-4586 or call the restaurant at 477-0035. TGI Fridays, 1240 Airport Blvd.

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PINS AND NEEDLES SEWING CLASS October 3, 2019

Six-week workshop begins 5:30 p.m. on Sep. 12. Learn basic sewing skills/make your own items. First City Arts Center, 1060 N. Guillemard St. facebook. com/pinsandneedlessewingdesign POTTERY ON THE WHEEL Six-week

workshops are held Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-noon, Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon at First City Art Center, 1060 N. Guillemard St. Cost is $157.25 for members and $185 for nonmembers. For more information, visit firstcityart.org. INTRODUCTION TO POTTERY ON THE WHEEL Every

Monday from 6-8:30 p.m. at First City Art Center. Classes are $40. For more information, visit firstcityart.org.

CLAY HAND BUILDING Six-week

workshops are held Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon at First City Art Center. Cost is $157.25 for members and $185 for nonmembers. For more information, visit firstcityart.org.

CLAY SCULPTURE

Six-week workshops held Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon at First City Art Center.

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GREAT GULFCOAST ARTS FESTIVAL LOOKING FOR EMERGING ARTISTS

Applications are open for the GGAF Emerging Artists program. This program, developed in partnership with Artel Gallery, gives new artists a chance to be a part of the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival and offers them guidance in what is involved in being in an arts festival. Applications are open to artists who have limited experience participating in arts festivals and are residents of Escambia or Santa Rosa Counties. Two artists will be chosen to participate in this year's festival. GGAF will waive fees for the two artists and will provide a booth and mentor to help guide them through the process. For more information and an application, visit ggaf.org. The GGAF is Nov. 1, 2 and 3, 2019, in Seville Square.

PENSACOLA MINI MAKER FAIRE The

Pensacola Mini Maker Faire wants

to encourage all makers to apply for the Faire. This event is Nov. 16 and supports the local community of creators and innovators, and we encourage you to create an engaging exhibit that demonstrates a craft, provides a how-to, showcases a performance or one that is an innovative new idea. Maker spaces for individual makers and students are free. Commercial maker booth fees are based on booth size and start at $125 if you are selling items. For more information, visit pensacola.makerfaire.com.

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p.m. Half-off house wine, bar drinks and domestic beer. V. Paul's Italian Ristorante, 29 S. Palafox. vpauls.com LADIES NIGHT 5 p.m. V. Paul's Italian Ristorante, 29 S. Palafox. vpauls.com BREW IQ TRIVIA NIGHT WITH JERRELL HENDRIX 7-9

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8 p.m. The Ticket 2, 2115 W. Nine Mile Road. ticketsportsbar.com COLLEGE NIGHT 10 p.m. Drink specials, beer pong tournament starts at 10 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. sevillequarter.com. Fridays HAPPY HOUR AT CAFÉ SINGLE FIN 4-7

p.m. Café Single Fin, 380 N. Ninth Ave. facebook.com/ cafesinglefin HAPPY HOUR 4:30-6 p.m. Half-off house wine, bar drinks and domestic beer. V. Paul's Italian Ristorante, 29 S. Palafox. vpauls.com WINE TASTING 5-7 p.m. Informative wine tasting in Se-

ville Quarter Wine and Gift Shop. No charge for the tasting. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. sevillequarter.com POOL TOURNAMENT

8 p.m. The Ticket 1, 7250 Plantation Road. ticketsportsbar.com Saturdays HAPPY HOUR AT CAFÉ SINGLE FIN 4-7

p.m. Café Single Fin, 380 N. Ninth Ave. facebook.com/ cafesinglefin

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p.m. Seville Quarter Membership Card Holder Appreciation Night at Phineas Phogg's. 130 E. Government St. sevillequarter.com Sundays BAR AND RESTAURANT EMPLOYEE (B.A.R.E. NIGHT)

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Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. sevillequarter.com Mondays PINT NIGHT 4-10 p.m. Purchase any 16 oz brew and take home a limited edition Perfect Plain glass. (limit two per customer). Perfect Plain Brewing Co., 50 E. Garden St. facebook.com/perfectplainbrewingco

DRAG-O-RAMA TALENT SHOW 9 a.m.-1

a.m. Pelican's Nest, 15 E. Intendencia St.

MONDAY NIGHT TRIVIA 9:30-10:30

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p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. sandshaker.com TRIVIA NIGHT 7-9 p.m. World of Beer, 200 S. Palafox. wobusa.com/locations/palafox B.A.R.E All day. Culverts, 3102 E. Cervantes. calvertsintheheights.com BAR BINGO 8 p.m. Apple Annie's at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.

11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Pelican's Nest, 15 E. Intendencia St. Tuesdays

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Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. sevillequarter.com TUESDAY TRIVIA 8 p.m. The Bridge Bar and Sunset Lounge, 33 Gulf Breeze Parkway. facebook. com/thebridgebargb BAR BINGO 8 p.m. Ticket Sports Bar, 7333 N. Davis Highway. Play to win up to $100 in gift cards. TICKET TEAM TRIVIA

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day. Jackson's Steakhouse, 226 S. Palafox. jacksonsrestaurant.com HAPPY HOUR 4:30-6 p.m. Half-off house wine, bar drinks and domestic beer. V. Paul's Italian Ristorante, 29 S. Palafox. vpauls.com LADIES NIGHT ON THE DECK 5 p.m. $2

drinks and music. The Deck Bar, 600 S. Barracks St. fishhousepensacola.com SEVILLE SHOWCASE

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9 p.m. Hopjacks. 10 S. Palafox. hopjacks.com Wednesdays

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free will astrology WEEK OF OCTOBER 3 ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): In 1956, the

U.S. federal government launched a program to build 40,000 miles of high-speed roads to connect all major American cities. It was completed 36 years later at a cost of $521 billion. In the coming months, I'd love to see you draw inspiration from that visionary scheme. According to my analysis, you will generate good fortune for yourself as you initiate a long-term plan to expand your world, create a more robust network and enhance your ability to fulfill your life's big goals.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Taurus-

born Youtube blogger Hey Fran Hey has some good advice for her fellow Bulls, and I think it'll be especially fresh and potent in the coming weeks. She says, "Replacing 'Why is this happening to me?' with 'What is this trying to tell me?' has been a game changer for me. The former creates a hamster wheel, where you'll replay the story over and over again. Victimized. Stuck. The latter holds space for a resolution to appear."

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): "The soul has illusions as the bird has wings—it is supported by them," so declared French author Victor Hugo. I don't share his view. In fact, I regard it as an insulting misapprehension. The truth is that the soul achieves flight through vivid fantasies and effervescent intuitions and uninhibited longings and non-rational hypotheses and wild hopes—and maybe also by a few illusions. I bring this to your attention because now is an excellent time to nurture your soul with vivid fantasies and effervescent intuitions and uninhibited longings and nonrational hypotheses and wild hopes. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): I know

people of all genders who periodically unleash macho brags about how little sleep they need. If you're normally like that, I urge you to rebel. The dilemmas and riddles you face right now are very solvable IF and only IF you get sufficient amounts of sleep and dreams. Do you need some nudges to do right by yourself? Neuroscientist Matthew Walker says that some of the greatest athletes understand that "sleep is the greatest legal enhancing performance

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drug." Top tennis player Roger Federer sleeps 12 hours a day. During his heyday, world-class sprinter Usain Bolt slept ten hours a night and napped during the day. Champion basketball player LeBron James devotes 12 hours a day to the rejuvenating sanctuary of sleep.

LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): Actor and dancer Fred Astaire was a pioneer in bringing dance into films as a serious art form. He made 31 musical films during the 76 years he worked, and was celebrated for his charisma, impeccable technique and innovative moves. At the height of his career, from 1933 to 1949, he teamed up with dancer Ginger Rogers in the creation of ten popular movies. In those old-fashioned days, virtually all partner dancing featured a male doing the lead part as the female followed. One witty critic noted that although Astaire was a bigger star than Rogers, she "did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and while wearing high heels." According to my reading of the astrological omens, you may soon be called on to carry out tasks that are metaphorically comparable to those performed by Rogers. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Your

number one therapy in the coming weeks? Watching animals. It would be the healthiest thing you could undertake—relax into a generously receptive mode as you simply observe creatures doing what they do. The best option would be to surrender to the pleasures of communing with both domesticated AND wild critters. If you need a logical reason to engage in this curative and rejuvenating activity, I'll give you one: It will soothe and strengthen your own animal intelligence, which would be a tonic gift for you to give yourself.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): Every time my

birthday season comes around, I set aside an entire day to engage in a life review. It lasts for many hours. I begin by visualizing the recent events I've experienced, then luxuriously scroll in reverse through my entire past, as if watching a movie starring me. It's not possible to remember every single scene and feeling, of course, so I allow my deep self to highlight the moments

it regards as significant. Here's another fun aspect of this ritual—I bestow a blessing on every memory that comes up, honoring it for what it taught me and how it helped me to become the person I am today. Dear Libra, now is an excellent time for you to experiment with a similar celebration.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): "Depression is when you think there's nothing to be done," writes author Siri Hustvedt. "Fortunately I always think there's something to be done." I offer this hopeful attitude to you, Scorpio, trusting that it will cheer you up. I suspect that the riddles and mysteries you're embedded in right now are so puzzling and complicated that you're tempted to think that there's nothing you can do to solve them or escape them. But I'm here to inform you that if that's how you feel, it's only temporary. Even more importantly, I'm here to inform you that there is indeed something you can do, and you are going to find out what that is sooner rather than later. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21):

"How inconvenient to be made of desire," writes Sagittarian author Larissa Pham. "Even now, want rises up in me like a hot oil. I want so much that it scares me." I understand what she means and I'm sure you do, too. There are indeed times when the inner fire that fuels you feels excessive and unwieldy and inopportune. But I'm happy to report that your mood in the coming weeks is unlikely to fit that description. I'm guessing that the radiant pulse of your yearning will excite you and empower you. It'll be brilliant and warm, not seething and distracting.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): I

envision the next twelve months as a time when you could initiate fundamental improvements in the way you live. Your daily rhythm twelve months from now could be as much as 20% more gratifying and meaningful. It's conceivable you will discover or generate innovations that permanently raise your long-term goals to a higher octave. At the risk of sounding grandiose, I predict you'll welcome a certain novelty that resembles the invention of the wheel or the compass or the calendar.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): Modern literary critic William Boyd declared that Aquarian author Anton Chekhov (1860–1904) was "the best short-story writer ever," and "the first truly modern writer of fiction—secular, refusing to pass judgment, cognizant of the absurdities of our muddled, bizarre lives and the complex tragi-comedy that is the human condition." Another contemporary critic, Harold Bloom, praised Chekhov's plays, saying that he was "one of the three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theatre." We might imagine, then, that in the course of his career, Chekhov was showered with accolades. We'd be wrong about that, though. "If I had listened to the critics," he testified, "I'd have died drunk in the gutter." I hope that what I just said will serve as a pep talk for you as you explore and develop your own original notions in the coming weeks. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Pisces-

born Dorothy Steel didn't begin her career as a film actress until she was 91 years old. She had appeared in a couple of TV shows when she was 89, then got a small role in an obscure movie. At age 92, she became a celebrity when she played the role of a tribal elder in "Black Panther," one of the highestgrossing films of all time. I propose that we make her one of your inspirational role models for both the coming weeks and the next 12 months. Why? Because I suspect you will be ripening fully into a role and a mission you were born to embody and express.

THIS WEEK'S HOMEWORK: "Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because it's not a problem for you." Comment at freewillastrology.com.

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news of the weird CREME DE LA WEIRD It started out innocently enough. A road-tripping couple stopped in Grosse Tete, Louisiana, on Sept. 18 to let their deaf pup relieve himself. As they stretched their legs, they wandered over to the Tiger Truck Stop petting zoo and an enclosure that's home to Caspar the Camel, and the man started throwing treats inside. But when their dog breached the fence to get at the treats, the woman, ignoring "No Trespassing" signs, followed. As she chased the dog, her husband shoved the camel and swatted him with his hat. That's when Caspar lost his cool, settling his 600-pound camel booty right on top of the woman; she told officers from the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office that she did the only thing she could do: "I bit his balls to get him off of me." Deputy Louis Hamilton Jr. cited the couple for leash law violations and criminal trespassing, siding with Caspar: "The camel did nothing wrong," Hamilton told The Advocate. "The camel has never been aggressive." A veterinarian treated the camel with antibiotics after the incident. WAIT, WHAT? Paramedics responded to a home in Detroit on the evening of Sept. 21 where a man was suffering from a heart attack. But as they worked on the victim, another man took a woman into a bedroom in the home and stabbed her. Then he ran out of the house and, according to Fox2, is still on the loose. The woman died at the scene, and the heart attack victim did not survive. Police are still trying to figure out the relationships between the three people. SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME The Tennessee Titans were all fired up for their NFL home opener on Sept. 15 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Accordingly, so was some of their pyrotechnic equipment—which caught fire during player introductions, spreading flames and thick, black smoke near one end zone. According to Bleacher Report, no one was hurt, and flames were extinguished quickly. But the NFL, taking its usual proactive stance, placed

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a ban on "all flame effects and pyrotechnics used on its playing fields" until an investigation can be completed. •Police arrived at the home of Vernelle Jackson, 83, in Norway, Maine, on Sept. 17, inquiring about the whereabouts of another unnamed woman in her 80s who had reportedly lived with Jackson. As police excavated the back yard and the story unfolded, Jackson admitted to authorities and WMTW News 8 that she was the one who buried the woman, about 18 months ago. "She begged me when she passed away that she didn't have enough insurance to bury her, and I don't have it. And she said, 'Will you promise me to bury me in your yard so I'll be close?' ... I finally agreed to do it to satisfy her," Jackson explained. "I put her in a tarp. I didn't carry her. I have COPD. I couldn't breathe that good." She was surprised to learn that she would have needed a permit to legally bury her friend in her yard, and she's still unclear whether she's in trouble with the law. The State Medical Examiner's office is working to ID the body and determine the cause of death. LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS Two football-crazed fans of Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes couldn't quite pull off a heist in Lawrence, Kansas, on Sept. 16. Pulling up to a McDonald's, the two ran inside, grabbed a life-size cardboard cutout of Mahomes and ran out, stuffing the promotional piece into their car. Lawrence Police spokesman Patrick Compton told the Lawrence Journal-World that as they received the call about the theft, they were working a car crash nearby—in which one of the vehicles just happened to have a Mahomes cutout in the back seat. Officers questioned the suspects and ordered them to appear for alleged theft. Flat Pat was returned to the McDonald's. {in}

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