Best Of 2016

Best veterinarian for haughty cats and overly dramatic dachshunds

People say cats are passive-aggressive. Not true: I have two aggressive-aggressive cats who can also be haughty because, well, cats. Add to the mix a neurotic coonhound and a dachshund given to theatrics and you’ve got yourself a par-tay. What you don’t easily find? A vet who can treat and coddle them all. Nicole Tisdale at St. Pete Beach Veterinarian has healed Scuppers’ broken kitty toes, managed Calypso’s IVDD, and cured Banyan’s emotional tummy, and her partner, Dr. Rose, fixed Elmo after he lost his pride (and part of his cheek) in a catfight. I would cross three drawbridges to bring our pets there. 6605 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 727-367-0096, stpetebeachvetclinic.com. —Cathy Salustri

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