Best Of 2016

Best UPS store (& center of the DTSP universe)

Every town seems to have one: a central spot where everyone goes at one time or another, to take care of business, trade the latest gossip, or just stay connected with what’s going on. Once upon a time that might have been the post office, but in downtown St. Pete it’s the UPS Store run by Joe Pugliano and partner (in life and business) Don Sheets. Joe is a strong supporter of LGBT organizations — Equality Florida, Metro Wellness, TIGLFF — and his involvement in civic organizations like the St. Pete Downtown Neighborhood Association means that he knows just about everybody in town, while attending to their shipping needs with care and discretion. With the Kahwa branch next door the preferred spot for politicos, artists and businesspeople to meet over coffee, the corner of 2nd & 2nd is a virtual information clearinghouse, St. Pete's town square. 200 2nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 727-826-6075. —David Warner

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