Best Of 2017

Heidi Kurpiela

Dawn Murphy is a knot whisperer. Muscles turn to putty in her highly capable hands. The Clearwater-based massage therapist is so good at what she does overworked bodies simply relax in her presence. Gnarled rhomboids loosen up. Necks unstiffen and hip flexors lengthen. Even persistent sciatic nerve pain diminishes after a session with Murphy, who works on accident victims in a chiropractor’s office by day and makes house calls for regular clients on her days off. Armed with a portable massage table and enough coconut oil to rub the wrinkles out of an elephant, Murphy provides a laundry list of healing therapies, including cupping, hot stone massage, Reiki and her signature deep-tissue work –– all in the comforts of your living room. As a bonus, she gives her clients’ dogs a little rubdown because hey, pooches carry stress in their shoulders too. —Heidi Kurpiela

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