Best Of 2017

The undisputed greatest orange-skinned president did give us something positive during the 2016 presidential election — an inescapable catchphrase. And if Tampa Bay television watchers needed any more proof of its infiltration, then all they had to do was wait for a Kia dealership commercial in which Billy Fuccillo says it over and over and over again while pitching Sorentos, Sedonas and Souls to anyone too lazy to change the channel. The crazy part? The loudmouthed salesman was doing it with much success way before Drumpf. Just watch vintage commercials from Fuccillo’s days in Cape Coral and New York and believe (or read about his having to pay $1.6 million to settle a lawsuit with 5,320 car buyers in Upstate NY to hate him even more). — Ray Roa
fuccillo.com

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
facebook.com/pg/bronzeagebuttons

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