Best Of 2013

Best way to tie one on
Leslie Joy Ickowitz

The Fashion Movement has the angle on local accessories, and its “Bow Ties & Clutches” event (coming up this year on December 1) puts style front and center with a side of substance. An evening designed for ladies and gents to dress up and enjoy each other’s company, Bow Ties & Clutches helps support the Friends of Joshua House, which provides a safe haven for abused, neglected and abandoned children in Tampa Bay. Can you guess the dress code? Bow Ties & Clutches, Sat. Dec. 1. thefashionmovement.com, friendsofjoshuahouse.org.

Goods & Services

Goods & Services
Best Apartment Complex

Runners Up: Post Apartments, Lamdmark at Grand Palms

Best Apple repairman especially if you’re like Mitch and knock a bottle of water  into your computer

Who among us hasn’t knocked their coffee/water/wine onto their computer’s keypad and freaked out? Good news… there is a saint in our community, a savior of information who keeps us from slashing our wrists at the realization that we’ve been too lazy to back up our info for three months and that the project we’ve been slaving over is toast unless he works his miracles on our behalf. Steve Bush, at Screwbox, is the man for Macs. He epitomizes competence. Bless him. 3117 W. Columbus Drive, Tampa, 813-784-4178. thescrewbox.com.

Runner Up: Andrew Winchell of Mark Dalton, Inc.

Best Auto Repair Shop

Runners Up: Marpena Auto, Bill's Family Garage

Best baby momma health center

Whether you’re looking to get a bun in the oven, already baking, or looking for post-bun delivery advice, Thank You Mama has you covered, from fertility and pre-natal acupuncture to massage, tinctures, teas and all that’s in between. There’s even a boutique of earth momma-friendly supplies. And the ladies that operate this network are incredibly connected goddesses, hip to the earthiest information on how to rear and raise in harmony with nature. 1511 4th St. N., St Petersburg, 727-289-7250. thankyou-mama.com.

Runners Up: Chase, Regions

Best Barber Shop

Runners Up: H20, Gandy Barber Shop

Best big box
Larry Biddle

It’s where you’ll find the best little box, best medium box, and best you-didn’t-know-you-needed-it-till-you-saw-it-in-The-Container-Store box — itself a big shiny white box whose ambience is so bright and playful, its employees so genuinely cheerful, that it may make you rethink your anti-big-box-store bias. But the best part is the merch, a dazzling range of items in a variety of price ranges to meet all kinds of storage needs, like the find we made on a recent visit: an ingenious drop-down spice rack that solves once and for all the problem of shuffling through all those little jars from Savory Spice Shop. 4720 W. Spruce St. (corner of Spruce and Westshore across from International Plaza), Tampa, 813-774-4060. containerstore.com.

Best Bike Shop

Runners Up: Velo Champ, Chainwheel Drive