Best Of 2020

Star Booty Salon

As the dumbest people we know took to the dumbest social media platform on earth to yell about their Constitutional right to get a haircut, some salons were working their asses off to ensure their places of business were not going to be sources of community spread upon reopening, Star Booty Salon just north of downtown St. Petersburg was chief among these. With a strict distancing and sanitation protocol a hospital would envy, co-owner Cassandra Bradshaw (no relation to this writer) reopened the salon in early June, sporting an N-95 mask behind a surgical mask and an OCD sufferer’s dream of a cleaning-products arsenal while carrying out the work she’s so good at for a dedicated clientele. starbootysalon.com —Kate Bradshaw

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Best of the Bay 2020 Goods & Services: Our critics and readers pick the best goods and services in Tampa Bay.

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Goods & Services Critics' Picks

Best Baby On Board

Best Badass Lady Tattooer Shop

Best Bus Tour You Should Go On

Best Church Tithe

Best Clean Ass Sticker Tattoos

Best Clean Freaks

Best Dentist

Best Easy Meal Hack/Way To Impress Your New Boyfriend Or Girlfriend

Best Excuse For Chugging A Beer Before 8 a.m. (Pre-COVID)

Best Go-To Tattoo Artist

Best Gym (If Diversity Matters To You)

Best Indie A/V Shop

Best Kid’s Dentist

Best Laundry Service

Best Local Kids Brain Builders

Best Locally Produced Etsy Product

Best Local Veterinarian Office That Gives A Damn And Won’t Rip You Off

Best Mask But Make It Fashion

Best New Bookstore (St. Pete)

Best New Vegan Grocery Store

Best Next Best Thing To Actually Talking To A Record Store Employee

Best New Thing That’s Old To Happen In Ybor

Best Nonprofit That Actually Puts Its Money To Its Mission

Best Nonprofit That Shouldn’t Have To Exist

Best Place To Play With Baby Goats

Best Plant Therapy To Make Staying At Home More Pleasant

Best Reason For A Big-Box Music Fan To Fall In Love With An Indie

Best Rowing Studio

Best Unintentional Pandemic ‘Stimulus’

Best Way To Get Help

Best Way To Teach Your Kids About Equality

Best Yoga Studio For Beginners


Goods & Services Readers' Picks

Best Acupuncturist

Best Antique Shop

Best Art Supply Store

Best Attorney

Best Auto Repair Shop

Best Bank

Best Barre Studio

Best Black-Owned Business

Best Bookstore

Best Bridal Boutique

Best CBD Shop

Best Clothing Boutique (Men)

Best Clothing Boutique (Women)

Best Consignment Shop

Best Customer Service

Best Doctor for a Nip and Tuck

Best Dog Training

Best Dry Cleaner

Best Farmers Market

Best Fashion Designer

Best Fashion Event

Best Financial Advisor

Best Fitness Studio

Best Free Clinic

Best Graphic Designer

Best Gym

Best Hair Salon

Best Hairstylist

Best Handcrafted Jewelry

Best Handmade Crafts Gallery

Best Head Shop

Best Home Decor

Best Hospital

Best Hotel

Best Interior Designer

Best Landscape Design Company

Best LGBT-Owned Business

Best Locally-Owned Business You Wish Hadn't Gone Out of Business (in the last 12 months)

Best Makers Festival

Best Mani/Pedi

Best Marketing Agency

Best Martial Arts Studio

Best Massage Therapist

Best Nanny Service

Best New Business

Best Personal Trainer

Best Pet Boutique

Best Pet Sitting

Best Photo Booth

Best Physical Therapist

Best Place for a Wedding

Best Place to Shop Green

Best Public Library Branch

Best Realtor

Best Sex Shop

Best Skate Shop

Best Skincare Specialist

Best Spa

Best Startup

Best Store Staff

Best Supermarket

Best Surf Shop

Best T-Shirt Company

Best Tattoo Studio

Best Thrift Shop

Best Vape Shop

Best Veterinarian

Best Videographer

Best Vintage Clothing Store

Best Wedding Planning Company

Best Wellness Center

Best Woman-Owned Business

Best Yoga Studio

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Winner: Carrie Graves - The Wellness Tree thewellnesstree.org

Second Place: Emily Armstrong - Art of Acupuncture artofacu-stpete.com

Runner Up: Dr. Liem Quang Le moffitt.org

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Winner: Vintage Marche vintagemarche727.com 

Second Place: Lis's Pieces visitflorida.com

Runner Up: Buster's Antiques bustersantiques.com

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Winner: Blick Art Materials dickblick.com

Second Place: Vista Galleries vistagalleries.com

Runner Up: Creative Thrift creativeclay.org

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Winner: Kathryn Lee linkedin.com

Second Place: Ryan Cappy cappylaw.com

Runner Up: The Fran Haasch Law Group lawfran.com

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Winner: Master Mechanic's Inc. mymastermechanic.net

Second Place: Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair St. Pete icecoldair.com

Runner Up: HiTech Automotive hitechautomotiveofbrandon.com

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Freedom Boat Club

Over Fourth of July weekend, a Clearwater woman gave birth three weeks early while her family was out on a boat rented from Freedom Boat Club. So what did the boat club do? Rename the vessel “Aiden’s Arrival” after the kid, Aiden Easterday. And if you’re wondering what the hell is the cleaning charge was for giving birth to a baby on board? Turns out, it was $0. freedomboatclub.com —Ray Roa

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13 Arrows Tattoo

Pepper Raefin opened 13 Arrows Tattoo in 2015 with a dream of it one day being an all-female-operated tattoo studio; these days, the shop has grown to include two incredibly talented female artists, Pinky Rae and Jocelynn Ivy, and all of them put beautiful work into the world and onto our skin. @13arrowstattoo on Instagram —SK West

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Winner: Suncoast Credit Union suncoastcreditunion.com

Second Place: Achieva Credit Union achievacu.com

Runner Up: Grow Financial Federal Credit Union - Carrollwood Store growfinancial.org

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Winner: Studio 3 studio3dunedin.com.

Second Place: Pure Barre St. Pete purebarre.com/location/st-petersburg-fl

Runner Up: Barre Central barrecentral.com

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