Best Of 2017

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. —David Warner

Goods & Services: Local business is good business.

Misty Thomas of Health Mutt.

Local business is good business.

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

Best Acupuncturist

  • Runner Up: Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture
  • Runner Up: A Touch of Wellness
Best Antique Shop

  • 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

  • Runner Up: Dimmitt Automotive Group
  • Runner Up: Brandon Ford
Best Auto Repair Shop

  • 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.

  • Runner Up: Bank of America
  • Runner Up: Chase
Best Barber Shop

  • Runner Up: Sapia's Barber Shop
  • Runner Up: Billy's Corner Barber Shop