Best Of 2017

BEST SOCCER MOM
Soccer Shop

Rest in peace...to Soccer Shop’s “specialty” retail operation, which all but certainly fell victim to online storefronts and footwear companies’ tendencies (*cough* Nike) to release bazillions of colorways throughout the year while charging ridiculous prices that even South Tampa’s finest can’t always afford. Now Soccer Shop does mostly screen printing and embroidering, but there’s no more storefront, or sweet Lisa (who’s headed back to real estate). She gave you customer service with a smile-and-a-half, and you can’t get that on amazon.com. soccershoptampa.com — Ray Roa
(813) 839-0560 [email protected]

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