Best Of 2016

Best new grocery mini-chain
Ray Roa
click to enlarge Best new grocery mini-chain
Jessica Moore

There was a whole lot of hootin’ and hollerin’ from Mayor Bob Buckhorn and his gang last year when the news came out that a Publix would be opening downtown. Forgotten in the fray of “yays!”? Duckweed Urban Grocery was starting construction that same day on its second location just across from Channelside’s Washington Street dog park. No worries, though, as residents started flocking to the Duck as soon as it opened last March. 111 N. 12th St #1102, Tampa, 8 to the joint to get their essentials duckweekurbangrocery.com. —Ray Roa

Goods & Services: Tampa Bay businesses that did it right.

Goods & Services

Tampa Bay businesses that did it right.

BEST ACUPUNCTURIST

RUNNERS-UP: Dr. Carrie Graves, Dr. Sandi Carter

BEST ANTIQUE SHOP

RUNNERS-UP: Antiques & Uniques, Blue Moon

BEST APARTMENT COMPLEX
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RUNNERS-UP: AER Apartments, Post SoHo Square Apartments

BEST ART SUPPLY STORE

RUNNERS-UP: Hobby Lobby, Central Art Supply

Best artist who can also make great countertops

Wood wizard Jon Stine is known for crafting beautiful longboards, beer taps and very-high-end custom furniture, but countertops — who knew? When my boyfriend and I went searching for wood countertops that didn’t look like 1985-married ScanDesign, we ran into Stine working in the back room of Anderson Lumber and learned, shockingly, that we could afford him. He added artistic touches — tying together the tones of wood between the high-top and the work surface, carving out space for a mermaid compass rose, and using his power tools to add creative weathering to the cypress — all without calling attention to itself as “art.” Facebook: Stine Custom Woodworks, LLC. —Cathy Salustri

BEST AUTO DEALERSHIP

RUNNERS-UP: Sun Toyota, Reeves Import Motorcars

BEST AUTO REPAIR SHOP

RUNNERS-UP: Autoworks of Tampa, Big John’s Brake & Alignment Service

BEST BANK

RUNNERS-UP: Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Suncoast Federal Credit Union