Nominations are now open for Creative Loafing's 2022 Best of the Bay awards

Nominations close on June 30 at 11:59 p.m.

click to enlarge The crew from Curv Exchange St. Pete, winners of Best Consignment Shop at Creative Loafing Tampa Bay's Best of the Bay 2021. - JAMES OSTRAND
James Ostrand
The crew from Curv Exchange St. Pete, winners of Best Consignment Shop at Creative Loafing Tampa Bay's Best of the Bay 2021.
The nominating period for Creative Loafing Tampa Bay's 2022 Best of the Bay Readers Choice Awards is now open.

That means readers can visit and nominate their favorite people, places, businesses and events in these nine different categories:
  • Arts
  • Beauty & Wellness
  • Drink
  • Entertainment
  • Food
  • Goods
  • People
  • Places
  • Services
Nearly 400 different Readers Choice Best of the Bay awards are up for grabs this year, but only the top 10 nomination getters will move into the voting round, so tell your friends, family, mailman and customers to nominate you before the nomination period ends on Thursday, June 30 at 11:59 p.m.

Voting will start in August, and winners will be announced the night before the Best of the Bay issue lands during a Best of the Bay party on Thursday, Sept. 29 inside the Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa.

Please only nominate locals (we know you love McDonald's breakfast, OK?).

Readers are also only allowed to nominate one person/place/business/event per category per email address.

As our contest referee told us that if they suspect that a nominee obtained nominations or votes unfairly or via ballot stuffing (aka via a third party or by voting for yourself repeatedly using fake accounts), they will be disqualified.

More information is at

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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