Since taking the reins of Tampa’s favorite indie book shop last year from Inkwood founders Carla Jimenez and Leslie Reiner, Stefani Beddingfield — a former customer with discerning tastes and a wealth of knowledge — has raised the bar, offering a bigger variety of events, refreshments on the store’s porch, and personalized staff picks. We salute her efficient and pleasant leadership. 216 S. Armenia Ave., Tampa, 813-253-2638, inkwoodbooks.com.
Paper Street Market D & D Antiques
Runners up: Figure 8 Art Supplies, AOE
A bait shop isn’t always the same thing as a tackle shop; if you’re going to load up on gear, this isn’t the place for you. But Alafia Bait & Tackle always seems to have a wide and inexpensive array of live bait — including multiple sizes of shrimp, and pinfish and chubs if you’re too lazy to catch ’em yourself — and doesn’t set gougerific prices for the tackle you always realize you forgot, like extra hooks, leaders, or a replacement for that dehooker you dropped overboard when you saw the size of that black drum. You can even grab a new spinning rig for one of the kids without breaking the bank, and if you are willing to spend a little extra, the shop usually has some high-quality handcrafted castnets on hand. Plus, it’s less than a minute from the Alafia River and its boat launch and fishing dock at Williams Park. 9851 US Highway 41 S., Gibsonton, 813-677-2575. facebook.com/alafiabaitandtackle
Runners up: The Heights Barber Shop, Billy's Corner Barber Shop
Conveniently located in the heart of North Redington Beach and often overshadowed by its highly popular neighbor The Frog Pond, Beachfront Fitness Center is a fantastic full-service exercise and fitness facility with certified personal trainers on site, no obligation to sign up for pricey memberships or annual contracts, and offering a cheap visitor rate for those in town for a short time. Owned and operated by Jake Gordon, it is equipped with the most advanced body sculpting and cardio equipment in the area and offers an array of classes from spin to yoga, zumba and Pilates. 73 170th Ave., N. Redington Beach, 727-498-7056, beachfrontfitnesscenter.com