Best Of 2017

BEST NEW USE FOR OLD BOOKS
David Warner

Lauren Dykes comes naturally to the art of working with words; her father’s the renowned Poynter Institute writing guru Roy Peter Clark. Like a good editor, her art form depends on the artful removal of words — or, to be exact, the careful reshaping of pages, which she slices and folds so that when the book containing them is opened or stood on end, it delivers a message or depicts a shape (a heart, a globe, a flock of butterflies) that turns the book into a personal, one-of-a-kind work of art. This is only a good idea for books that are about to be abandoned, of course — like the Ken Follett novel she re-used and re-cycled as a vehicle to send me a birthday message, commissioned by my husband, that spoke to my own book-loving life. Even the cover was transformed -- with a nod to another of my fascinations, a reproduction of an antique map. To book one of her unique designs for yourself, find her business, Dilly Dally’s, at markets and craft bazaars, or contact her via Facebook. facebook.com/dillydallyscustoms. —David Warner

Goods & Services: Local business is good business.

Misty Thomas of Health Mutt.

Local business is good business.

BEST ACCESSORY RESURGENCE
Sean O'Brien

Who would’ve known that we’d spend our mid-30s (and beyond) collecting buttons and pins for our lapels and guitar straps? Thanks to the comic book-inspired selection at Tampa’s Bronze Age Buttons and veteran local comics artist/musician Josh Sullivan’s wide variety of enamel pins both cute and snide, getting older (and throwing around our disposable income) never felt — or looked — so cool. —Ray Roa/Scott Harrell
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Best Acupuncturist
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  • Runner Up: Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture
  • Runner Up: A Touch of Wellness
Best Antique Shop
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  • Runner Up: Knot on Main Street
  • Runner Up: Dysfunctional Grace


  • Runner Up: Beacon 430 (St. Petersburg)
  • Runner Up: West Park Village (Westchase)


  • Runner Up: Dick Blick/Blick Art Materials
  • Runner Up: Hobby Lobby
Best Auto Dealership
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  • Runner Up: Dimmitt Automotive Group
  • Runner Up: Brandon Ford
Best Auto Repair Shop
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  • Runner Up: Murray Motive (Oldsmar)
  • Runner Up: Tires Plus (Multiple Locations)
Best Bank

Suncoast Credit Union Website. Convenient local branches, access to thousands of ATMs, exclusive member seminars and sponsored events throughout the community. www.suncoastcreditunion.com

  • Runner Up: Bank of America
  • Runner Up: Chase
Best Barber Shop
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  • Runner Up: Sapia's Barber Shop
  • Runner Up: Billy's Corner Barber Shop