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Our Recommendations for Creative Loafing Awards

Posted By LocalShops1 Girl, Saturday, August 4, 2012
Updated: Sunday, August 5, 2012

LocalShops1 is happy to announce this year's choices for Creative Loafing's Best Of Tampa Bay Awards!

We know how we excited we were when we won our first "Loafie" -- for Best Voice for Small Businesses! -- a couple years back. So when you vote again this year, we hope you consider LocalShops1 and our amazing members!  Voting runs through Sept. 4.



Best Local Politician
St. Petersburg City Councilman Karl Nurse

Best Historic Building
Beach Drive Inn B&B
Sea Breeze B&B

Best People-Watching Spot
St Pete Pride

Best Party District
Shopapalooza, St. Pete!

Best Local TV Newsperson
Noah Pransky
Chuck Henson

Best Local Columnist
Ivan Penn, Times

Best Local Character
LocalShops1 Girl

Best Local Power Couple
LocalShops1 Girl & Mo Venouziou

Best CLTampa.com Contributor
Velva Heraty

Best Local Blogger
Ester Venouziou, Life After the Layoff

Best Local Personality to Follow on Twitter
ShoutOUT Tampa Bay

Best Local Website
LocalShops1.com

Best Local Facebook Page
LocalShops1

Best LGBT Organization
St. Pete Pride

Best Environmental Org.
Chart 411
Tampa Bay Living Green      

Code Green Community  

Best Place to Volunteer
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay  
Daystar Life Center                   
Majical Miniatures    

Best Local College or Univ.
USF St. Petersburg

Best Professor (include school)
Daniel James Scott, USF St. Petersburg
Mo Venouziou, St. Petersburg College

Best College Hangout
Felicitous Coffee & Tea, Tampa
Cafe Kili, Tampa

Best Local Radio Station
Life Improvement Radio
Rhino on Air
WMNF

Best Singles Hangout
Ferg’s, St. Pete

Best Place for a First Date
Pia’s, Gulfport

Best Spot to Watch Sunset
St. Pete Pier

Best Place to Take the Kids
Painting with a Twist
Elmira’s Wildlife Sanctuary
The Pier (to visit Pelican Pete)

Best New Idea for Tampa Bay
Sunset Appliance Service -- fix, don't toss, your appliances!

Best Clothing Boutique (Women)
Uniquely Yours, St. Pete
Bijou’s, St. Pete
Pheeney’s, Madeira Beach

Best Independent Retailer
All the LocalShops1 shops!

Best Store Staff
All the LocalShops1 members

Best Local Fashion Designer
Joey Goodrich, The House of Renee Originals

Best Local Fashion Blogger
Lux Magazine

Best Vintage Clothing Store
ARTPool, St. Pete

Best Consignment Shop
It’s a Small World

Best Thrift Shop
Everything Under $99 Furniture Store

Best Handcrafted Jewelry
Mark Noll
Doug D’Souza
Graphi-ko
Mary Joyner
Linda Evans

Best Eyewear
Bright Eyes Tampa

Best Home Furnishings
Domain, Gulfport
Being, St. Pete
Iron Pelican, S. Pete
Tampa Bay Discount Mattress, Tampa
Main House Antiques, St. Pete
Grand Kitchen & Bath, St. Pete
Rick’s Home Theater, St. Pete

Best Handmade Crafts Gallery
ARTPool, Gulfport
Uniquely Original Arts, St. Pete

Best Garden Store/Nursery
Backyard Getaway
Historic Shed

Best Farmers’ Market
Gulfport Tuesday Market
Saturday Morning Market, St. Pete

Best Florist
Karen’s Florist, Gulfport
Apple Blossom, Tampa
Thai Orchids, Gulfport
Absolutely Beautiful, St. Pete

Best Hair Salon
Nmber 9 Salon, St. Pete
Secret Expressions, St. Pete

Best Hairstylist
Tiffany Anderson-Taylor, Live Curly Life Free
Pat Cooper, Image Hair Studios
Christine Reed, Bay Breeze Beauty Salon

Best Mani/Pedi
Perfect 10 Salon for Nails, Gulfport
Nail Calls, Mobile Day Spa

Best Spa
Spa Olimpia, St. Pete
The Longhouse, Gulfport
Mobile Day Spa

Best Massage Therapist
Peaceful Warrior, St. Pete
2031 Massage, St. Pete
Tampa Pro Massage, Tampa
TampaBay Massage Therapy, Seminole

Best Personal Trainer
Sarah’s Boot Camp, Clearwater

Best Group Fitness Training
Sarah’s Boot Camp, Clearwater

Best Yoga Studio
Yoga Blu, St. Pete

Best Bookstore
Wilson’s Book World

Best Pet Boutique
Jayne’s Dog Treat Pantry
Best Pet Sitting
Calling All Dogs, St. Pete

Best Auto Repair Shop
Grandma’s Auto Repair, St. Pete
J-Cee’s Tire Express, St. Pete
Sunshine Automotive, St. Pete

Best Hotel
Beach Drive B&B, St. Pete
SeaBreeze B&B, Gulfport

Best Real Estate Agent
Mike Baggs, Sail Away, Gulfport
Brandi -Christine Team @ Smith & Associates, St. Pete

Best Chef
Domenica Macchia, Three Birds Tavern, St. Pete

Best All-Around Restaurant
All LocalShops1 members

Best New Restaurant
Mama Micieli’s, Pinellas Park

Best Bargain Restaurant
Hot Dogs on Main, Dunedin

Best Splurge Restaurant
Wimauma, Tampa

Best Food Truck
Lettuce Eat Healthy

Best Food Blogger
Billie Jo Grassinger-Bell, Tampa Bay Afternoon Delight

Best Pizza
Fazio’s Pizza. Gulfport

Best Wings
Ferg’s, St. Pete

Best Burger
The Spot, St. Pete

Best Cuban Sandwich
Tangelo’s, Gulfport
Pipo’s, St. Pete

Best Seafood Restaurant
Island Flavors And Tings, Gulfport
Bowled Restaurant, St. Petersburg

Best Waterfront Dining
Neptune, Gulfport

Best Southern Cooking
Wimauma, Tampa

Best Vegetarian Restaurant
Lettuce Eat Healthy

Best Barbecue Restaurant
Cuenelli’s, Tampa

Best Chinese Restaurant
Chifa Gino’s, Tampa

Best Cuban Restaurant
Pipo’s, St. Pete

Best Greek Restaurant
Neptune, Gulfport

Best Italian Restaurant
Pia’s, Gulfport

Best Late-Night Restaurant
Three Birds Tavern, St. Pete

Best Sandwich Shop/Deli
Purple Onion Deli, Seminole

Best Coffee Shop
No Name Java, St. Pete
Felicitous, Tampa
Cafe Kili, St. Pete

Best Tea Shop
Felicitous, Tampa
T & Me, Gulfport

Best Breakfast
Stella’s, Gulfport
T & Me, Gulfport

Best Bakery
Kookie Krums, Dunedin
Tropical Treats, Tampa
Gateau OChocolat, St. Pete
Tukie’s Cakery, Tampa

Best Bagel Shop
St. Pete Bagel

Best Ice Cream/Gelato Shop
Yummy’s, Gulfport
Rudolph’s, St. Pete

Best Neighborhood Bar, Pinellas
The Spot, St. Pete

Best Sports Bar
Ferg’s, St Pete

Best Draft Selection
The Ale & the Witch, St. Pete

Best Happy Hour
Three Birds Tavern, St. Pete
Ferg’s, St. Pete
The Ale & the Witch, St. Pete

Best Bar Food
Three Birds Tavern, St. Pete
Ferg’s, St. Pete
Neptune, Gulfport
The Spot, St. Pete

Best Wine Bar
Semeraro’s, St. Pete

Best Local Jam Band
Crossroads Eric Clapton Tribute

Best Local Cover Band
Crossroads Eric Clapton Tribute

Best Theater Company
American Stage

Best Local Theater Production
Rocky Horror in the Park

Best Local Filmmaker
Ziad Ahmed

Best Film Festival
Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Best Museum
Florida Museum of Photography Arts

Best Art Gallery (non-museum)
Graphi-ko
Canvas Zoo
Uniquely Original Arts

Best Visual Art Exhibit
Sitting Pretty on the Pier, Velva Heraty
Industrial Arts Center demonstrations

Best Local Visual Artist
Robert Holmes
Dottie Hook (Melley)
Ryan Mitchell
Elizabeth Neily  
Owen Pach      
Karan Porter  
Silvia-Tamira Powell      
Sheree Rensel
Laura Spencer  
Catherine Weaver      

Best Local Photographer
Shanna Gillette  
Rob Moorman
Sherry Williamson
Velva Lee Heraty
Hollowtree Images
Olena Photography
My Good Memories

Best Open Mic Night
Ale and the Witch

Best Drag Performer
Kori Stephens
Hadda Lettuce

Best Place to Play Pool
Three Birds Tavern, St. Pete
Ferg’s, St. Pete

Best Jukebox
Three Birds Tavern, St. Pete
Ferg’s, St. Pete

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