Best Of 2022

Goods & Services

Goods & Services
St. Pete Beach’s Betty Shop is named for owner Liz Calver’s grandmother Betty, a beach lover and outdoor adventurer. The waterside shop is filled with beachy, comfortable Florida-living clothes and gear. Calver dedicates a portion of all sales to marine conservation and education. She’s out with a bucket every few weeks cleaning up the beach and getting others to do the same. Clean Coast Initiative, her nonprofit, was recently created to do educational-based beach cleanups, workshops, talks, and community projects. Betty Shop is on a mission to protect paradise.
Breathing Through Life’s Alyssa Bedard is a doula, birth educator, lactation consultant, all-around baby guru and nonstop advocate for birthing. A mother herself, Bedard’s knowledge knows no bounds as she works to help birthing people before, during, and after pregnancy. Our community is lucky to have someone with her wealth of experience—especially when it comes to the ever important pre-labor hip-openers!
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More than 30 million Americans don’t have health insurance right now. Florida has one of the highest uninsured rates in the U.S., at almost a million people and counting. That’s because of the “coverage gap,” people who earn too much for Medicaid and too little for marketplace tax credits. Despite being able to cover those folks (saving the state money), Florida’s leadership continues to reject Medicaid expansion. For those in a lurch, there’s Dr. Levine, aka Dr. Lev. He wanted his practice to cut out the middleman between insurance companies, doctors, and medical billing. His patients pay a flat monthly fee, and then individual costs are negotiated by Levine with whatever medical vendor is needed. It ends up saying a lot of money. Plus, Dr. Lev is on call and does home visits if required. That level of care is rarely seen in most practices where insurance is in the mix.
It all started in 1947 when Wilcox Brothers Tropical Acres and Groves opened on Indian Rocks Road (it was Route 1 back then). Next, it became Wilcox Brothers Nursery and Groves. Today, Wilcox Nursery & Landscape is one of Pinellas County’s oldest business landmarks and remains standing in a place where most things don’t last. The business—a hidden gem in Largo and essential resource for all Florida plant lovers—specializes in Florida native plants and landscaping, with a selection that’s unrivaled locally.
Twice a week—with longtime nurse and lactation consultant Jocelyn Pridemore as host—moms gather with their babies and talk about feeding, nursing, sleep, or lack thereof. There are snacks, plenty of places to sit for mom and baby, and the environment is all support. New moms need a place to connect, and Pridemore’s Monday Mommas group does just that. Crying baby? No problem. Need an extra set of hands so you can run to the bathroom? Done. And babes under six months get to make their first baby friends in a cozy, small group setting. Community care at its finest.
Taylor Wright is a badass who inspires anyone attending one of his classes to let their freak flag fly. You begin the class with juicy yoga poses, then work up a good sweat by dancing your ass off, and end things with a final stretch and savasana. Taylor’s playlist is always on point and anytime you feel awkward dancing in front of strangers in daylight while 100% sober, he will remind you that he’s the weirdest one in the room so don’t worry, girl, do yo thang—ain’t nobody lookin’!
Suncoast Pediatrics has operated out of its Largo office for decades. Recently, the beloved local practice was brought under the Pediatric Associates umbrella, which has locations across the state. Two of the original founding medical staff, Dr. Fran Sterling and Dr. Carlos Cano, still work daily. Newcomers Dr. Jaurel Harley and Dr. Mary Sorci keep Suncoast’s tradition of personalized pediatric care strong.
The worst part about car trouble is it usually leaves ya stranded. Tow trucks aren’t cheap, and the looming mechanic won’t be either. Meet Ecanix Garage Mobile Auto Repair. It's a mobile mechanic with years of experience under the hood. No tow truck required, chances are they can fix your car without it moving an inch. Ecanix services all of Pinellas County, old and new vehicles, even some classic car repair and maintenance. @ecanixgarage on Facebook
Sarasota decided to cut the shit (literally) and move towards rebranding its public bus line, from the Sarasota County Area Transit to “Breeze.” Turns out “SCAT” was a pretty embarrassing name for a public transit system. This year, county leaders decided they could do better than accept an acronym that, as CL’s Justin Garcia put it, makes us question whether our collective minds are actually just in the toilet.