2013 Best of Tallahassee
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Accounting Services: James D. A. Holley & Co.
Leave the tough number crunching to the professionals. With specializations that include auditing services, tax and accounting services, strategic tax planning and financial planning, James D. A. Holley & Co., founded in 1946, is sure to leave you feeling relaxed and reassured that the job is being done right.
Honorable mention: Carroll & Company
Air Conditioning/Heating: Benson’s Heating & Air Conditioning
Summers in Tallahassee can be brutally hot and humid. That’s why you need a dependable heating and air conditioning company to help you keep your cool. Benson’s is proud to have provided North Florida and Southern Georgia with 24/7 service for more than 30 years. It’s a safe bet they can take the heat.
Honorable mention: Keith Lawson Company
Alterations: Helga’s Tailoring and Alterations
Get your clothes fitting like a glove. Helga’s does professional alterations, giving clients the satisfaction of a custom fit on all of their clothing. Additionally, clients can ask for re-cut tailoring to repurpose old clothing, or custom tailoring to help your clothes keep up with changes in your body.
Honorable mention: Nancy’s Alterations
Assisted Living Facility: St. Augustine Plantation
For compassionate care from a supportive, specially trained staff, Tallahassee has chosen St. Augustine Plantation as its best assisted living facility. The community provides a unique, friendly environment for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Honorable mention: Westminster Oaks
Automobile Dealer: Proctor Auto Group/Honda
Once again, the selection of makes and models, combined with a dynamic sales staff and impeccable service have earned top honors for the Proctor dealerships, the name in local car sales for more than 100 years. Proctor is the No. 1 Honda dealership in Florida and also sells Acura and Subaru vehicles.
Honorable mention: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dealerships
Auto Repair: Auto & Tire Super Service Center
Keeping your vehicle well maintained is critical to safe driving. Whether you need tires, repair or regular maintenance, Auto Super Service Center has five convenient locations in Tallahassee ready to keep you on the road and happy.
Honorable mention: Perdue’s Automotive Center
Banquet Facility: Hotel Duval
With four beautifully designed ballrooms and boardrooms, Hotel Duval offers the best in banquet facilities. Whether your function is small and intimate, or on a much bigger scale, guests will dine and socialize in luxury.
Honorable mention: Goodwood Museum & Gardens
Carpet Cleaner: Stanley Steemer
With its unmistakable big yellow vans, Stanley Steemer has for many years served households and businesses in Tallahassee. The company offers cleaning for whatever’s underfoot, including hardwood, tile and carpet floors. And if your ventilation system is dirty, Stanley Steemer will clean that, too.
Honorable mention: Miller’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
Child Care Provider: The Growing Room
The Growing Room promises to provide personalized, quality childcare to your little tots. Growing Room has made a tangible difference throughout the Southeast, touching countless lives and families. Decisions are made locally, giving parents the peace of mind that comes with close-knit, personalized care.
Honorable mention: Annsworth Academy
Chiropractor: Gene Jenkins, D.C.
Enjoy a healthier back and a better life. The voters agree; Jenkins will help you do just that, combining plenty of experience with great care. With a properly aligned back, patients can enjoy life without limitations.
Honorable mention: Ryan Fenn, D.C.
Civic Club: Rotary Club
“Service Above Self.” That is the goal, and the ideal, of Rotary Club International. Members strive to help at-risk kids as well as stamp out illiteracy, poverty, hunger and develop other worthwhile projects. They support educational programs, international exchanges and career development.
Honorable mention: Children’s Home Society
Computer Repair/Services: Tri-C
Computer troubles can be some of the most vexing of all. When it’s time to call in a professional, opt for experience. With over 80 years of combined experience, Tri-C Systems, now partnered with Electrical & Computer Resources, serves more than 200 regional businesses in more than 20 industry markets. They specialize in solutions for consumers, commercial businesses, education and government institutions.
Honorable mention: On Call Computer Solutions
Dance Studio: Sharon Davis
Sharon Davis’s dance studio, established in 1977, has once again been named Tallahassee’s best. The studio has grown tremendously since its beginning, when it had only two instructors. The studio now teaches children ballet, en pointe, tap, hip-hop and lyrical dance.
Honorable mention: Tallahassee Dance Academy
Day Spa: So Pure Salon and Spa
Need a little good, old-fashioned R&R? So Pure is ready to get you feeling like new again, with a wide variety of services, including facials, body scrubs and massage therapy, in addition to salon services. Let go of all of the stress, hustle and bustle for a little while and emerge rejuvenated.
Honorable mention: Millennium Nail and Day Spa
Dentist Office: Russell B. Rainey, DMD
From simple cleanings to more involved dental procedures, Dr. Rainey’s office and staff will certainly give you something to smile about — and improve and protect your smile while they’re at it.
Honorable mention: Robert S. Murrell, DMD
Dermatology Practice: Dermatology Associates of Tallahassee
Keep your skin clear, bright and youthful with this top team of dermatologists. With treatments for skin issues ranging from acne to shingles, in addition to a skin cancer management team, Dermatology Associates has the solution for any problem that ails your skin.
Honorable mention: Dr. Pamela Kennedy
Dry Cleaner: O’Brien’s Shamrock Cleaners
Shamrock will get your clothing as clean as when you bought it. The professional and pleasant staff, combined with the carefully cleaned finished product, will keep you coming back time and time again.
Honorable mention: Blue Ribbon Dry Cleaning
Electrical Company: Lawson & Lawson Electrical Services, Inc.
The good folks at Lawson & Lawson have more than 200 years combined experience in the electrical trade (that’s a lot of wiring). When they arrive on site you can be sure they won’t leave until the job is not only just done, but done right, and in a cost-effective manner, too.
Honorable mention: Talquin Electric
Family Physician/Practice: Patients First Medical Center
“When you need a doctor, not an appointment.” When you need treatment as quickly as possible (without high emergency room costs), or are looking for a primary care doctor with convenient hours, Patients First is a perfect fit. Top-notch care meets convenience and efficiency, getting you the help you need when and where you need it.
Honorable mention: Tallahassee Primary Care Associates
Financial Advisor: Six Pillars Financial Advisors
With comprehensive services ranging from financial planning to employee benefit plans, Six Pillars has the resources to help out with both personal and professional financial advising needs. Enjoy a relationship built on trust, with competent professional advice, continual communication and prompt personal service.
Honorable mention: Merrill Lynch
Financial Institution: Capital City Bank
Selected as the best financial institution for another year, Capital City Bank has 70 offices spanning Florida, Georgia and Alabama. This institution’s bankers provide personal service to every customer, and the company is an active and generous member of the Tallahassee community.
Honorable mention: First Commerce Credit Union
Fitness Instructor: Sweat Therapy Fitness
Sometimes, to train hard it takes a good fitness instructor willing to kick your rear end into shape. Whatever your goals or fitness level, the pros at Sweat Therapy will help you get where you want to be via an assortment of fun classes and programs.
Honorable mention: Premier Fitness
Flooring: ABC Abbey Carpet and Floor
The professionals at ABC know that selecting a floor for your home can be an overwhelming decision, so they’re on the spot to make the job easier. With one of the largest floor covering showrooms in the area, the store features a large selection of hardwood, ceramic, laminate, carpet, vinyl and area rugs for your commercial, residential and new construction needs.
Honorable mention: Brian Barnard’s Flooring America
Florist: Designs by Darin
Make your wedding and special occasion blossoms pop. Designs by Darin’s attention to detail and expertise in the art of styling ensures your flowers will make an impression that lasts a lifetime.
Honorable mention: Blossoms Flowers
Gym/Health Club/Fitness Facility: Premier Health and Fitness Center
This gym is more than just weights, treadmills and stationary bikes. Along with their childcare and fitness services, Premier offers a variety of group classes and indoor amenities — including three racquetball courts, two heated pools, a jogging track, and an NBA-sized basketball court. As an added bonus, they have saunas, steam rooms and a Tropical Smoothie Café to help you wind down after workouts.
Honorable mention: Gold’s Gym
Hair Salon/Studio: So Pure Salon & Spa
Tame your mane with the best hair salon in Tallahassee. Their services range from simple haircuts to conditioning treatments to color. Whether your stylist is “New Talent” or at the “Director” level, you will surely be pleased with the way they transform your locks.
Honorable mention: Dream State Salon
Hotel: Hotel Duval
Next time you host visitors in town, make sure they stay at the best place possible: Hotel Duval. The modern, elegant atmosphere and central location will let them experience the best this city has to offer — and did we mention that the hotel also houses the popular steakhouse, Shula’s 347 Grill?
Honorable mention: Aloft
Insurance Agency: Demont Insurance
This family owned and operated insurance agency has been providing Florida residents with insurance for almost 50 years. Demont Insurance provides life insurance, coverage on automobiles, homes, boats and other recreational vehicles.
Honorable mention: State Farm
Interior Design Firm: Design & More
Their slogan reads, “From ceiling to floor, wall to wall, we can provide it all.” And Tallahassee’s voters agree. Design & More is a full-service interior design firm and a retail showroom with everything needed to get your home looking freshly fabulous.
Honorable mention: TIE Jackie Jackie McHaffie and TuTu Divine
Landscaping/ Lawn Services: Esposito Lawn and Garden Center
Since 1969 Esposito has served North Florida and South Georgia’s lawn maintenance, landscape design and floral needs. With expert nursery specialists and more than 40 years experience, Esposito has you covered from the ground up!
Honorable mention: Tallahassee Nurseries
Limo Service: Mike’s Limousine
Mike’s makes going to a party a party unto itself. North Florida and South Georgia’s primo limo provider carries clients in sumptuous splendor to stylish events throughout the region. Mike’s offers a complete fleet of party buses, charter buses and custom limos perfect for every party and occasion.
Honorable mention: Top Hat Limo and Sedan Service of Tallahassee
Moving Company: Mike’s Moving
Moving is stressful enough: the packing, the planning … leave the loading and transportation to Mike’s, which has been taking care of the region’s moving needs for more than 20 years. In addition to residential and commercial moving services, Mike’s also offers Go Mini Portable Storage containers.
Honorable mention: AMWAT
Nail Salon: So Pure Salon & Spa
Need to unwind? So Pure’s manicures and pedicures will put you in complete bliss. All services come with a salt scrub massage that’s sure to reduce tension and stress. Specialty services like the Caribbean Therapy and Stress-Fix use soothing milk baths, exfoliating sugar scrubs and mineral-rich salt scrubs to leave your skin soft and smooth.
Honorable mention: Royal Nails
Obstetric/Gynecological Practice: North Florida’s Women’s Care
Voted again as Tallahassee’s best, North Florida Women’s Care strives to provide a pleasant and comfortable visit for women of all ages. Services include gynecology, infertility, obstetrics and ultrasounds. Their team of physicians and nurse practitioners are always ready to assist you.
Honorable mention: Gynecology & Obstetrics Associates
Optometry/Ophthalmology Practice: Eye Associates
From iLasik to cataract and glaucoma treatment, Eye Associates will have you seeing straight in no time. Aptly located at number 2020 on Fleischmann Road, this practice does it all — from serious vision issues to vision correction services, with a full-service optical center and same-day contact lenses.
Honorable mention: The Hour Glass
Painter: Superior Painting
“Expect the best” from Superior Painting. Their professional craftsmen do immaculate work, including paint, repair, staining and removal. This is their sixth year holding the title of Tallahassee’s best painter.
Honorable mention: K & C Painting Services
Pediatric Physician/Practice: TPCA Pediatric Practice
The physicians at TPCA are dedicated to providing the Tallahassee area with the best medical care possible for children. Their practice includes family doctors, specialists and trained pediatric staff, all focusing on the growth and development of young patients.
Honorable mention: North Florida Pediatrics
Pest Control Service: Paul’s Pest Control
If your home is under attack by indoor or outdoor pests, it may be time to call Paul. Paul’s Pest Control is a family-owned business and has been “getting ’em all” in the Tallahassee area since 1971. Offering a top-notch and eco-friendly treatment plan, their services include pest and termite control, wildlife removal, fire ants, elimination of bed bugs, lawn service and WDO real estate inspections.
Honorable mention: Massey Services Inc.
Phone Service Provider: Verizon
Can you hear me now? Well apparently, we still can. Verizon continues to rise to the top of the phone service providers in Tallahassee, maintaining outstanding network coverage and service for all your phone needs.
Honorable mention: CenturyLink
Photographer: Kira Derryberry
When Derryberry takes photos, she captures more than a moment; she is celebrating the natural beauty and personality in each of her subjects. Whether she’s taking senior portraits, engagement photos or headshots, her photos dazzle and impress.
Honorable mention: Dina Ivory
Plumbing Service: Keith McNeill Plumbing
Who you going to call when the wrong fixture gets clogged at the most inconvenient time? Likewise, who are you going to reach out to if you want to completely remodel your bathroom? Doesn’t matter if your plumbing problem is big or small, Keith McNeill gets the job done right the first time.
Honorable mention: Keith Lawson Company
Pool Repair/Service Company: Barksdale Custom Pools
With over 15 years experience in the Tallahassee area, Barksdale is the go-to company for all your swimming pool needs. They specialize in custom shaped pools, swim-outs, tanning shelves, salt sanitation systems, renovations and repairs, and equipment installations. Their use of top-quality products and the newest techniques guarantee customers will have the best pool possible.
Honorable mention: Terry’s Pool Service
Real Estate Agency/Agent: The Naumann Group Real Estate, Inc.
There are some fine homes in Tallahassee, and if fine living is your goal, Jason Naumann and his associates are well versed in the local real estate market and can certainly help you make your connection. Their skill and expertise will make you feel right at home.
Honorable mention: Coldwell Banker
Roofing Repair/Services: Rowe Roofing
There was a lot of rain this summer in Tallahassee, and the last thing you need is for your ceiling to drip, drip, drip. But don’t worry. Rowe Roofing offers 24/7 leak repair, and the people are fantastic. They ought to be, they’ve been in the roofing business for 40 years.
Honorable mention: Tadlock Roofing & Solar
Security System: ADT
America’s No. 1 home security company is one of the oldest, most trusted and well-known names in the business. Six million clients use ADT, making it the largest alarm company in the United States and Canada. So when you’re ready to build a solid foundation for home security, give them a call.
Honorable mention: SafeTouch
Sign Company: Apogee Signs
North Florida’s premier sign shop, Apogee prides itself on meeting the highest standards with every project and focuses on providing customers with high quality, effective signage. Specializing in signage, engraving, repair services and much more, the team will ensure your sign projects are handled efficiently, from start to finish.
Honorable mention: Signs Now
Spa: So Pure Salon and Spa
For a full day of pampering, Tallahassee’s choice is So Pure Salon and Spa. Their wide variety of treatments and services make it a clear choice for anyone who needs to recharge and take a break and rejuvenate.
Honorable mention: Millennium Nail and Day Spa
Sports/Physical Therapy: Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic
With physicians whose experience spans everything from sports injuries to orthopedic trauma, the Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic is ready to get you shipshape. They provide comprehensive musculoskeletal care to patients in North Florida and South Georgia, seeking to provide the highest quality services to patients of every age and skill level, helping them regain and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
Honorable mention: Tallahassee Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy
Surgical Practice: Southeastern Plastic Surgery
Specializing in cosmetic surgical procedures, the physicians at Southeastern Plastic Surgery have the special touch to make anyone feel confident with their appearance. The credentialed staff strives to make patients comfortable with whichever procedure they’re undergoing by answering questions and providing a relaxing and reassuring environment. Honorable mention: Tallahassee Surgical Associates
Tree Service: Miller’s Tree Service
Trees around your house need checking on a regular basis to make sure they’re not going to wind up in your living room. That’s where Miller’s Tree Service comes in. Miller’s can prune or remove a tree before there’s a problem, or clean up the debris afterward.
Honorable mention: AAA Tree Service
Veterinary Clinic: North Florida Animal Hospital
Keep your beloved pets in top shape with the wide range of services provided at North Florida Animal Hospital. NFAH offers wellness programs that will help prevent illness through vaccinations, physical exams and blood tests for your furry friends. Dental care, boarding, grooming and hydrotherapy are also available.
Honorable mention: Westwood Animal Hospital
Wedding Planner: John Gandy Events
Every couple wants a perfect wedding, but executing the perfect celebration can be difficult, stressful and time consuming — unless you’ve hired a good planner. Leave the details to Tallahassee’s top pro and get the wedding of your dreams, within your budget, without spending all of your time.
Honorable mention: Sarah Ennis, Klassic Katering
Wedding Venue: Goodwood Museum & Gardens
A dream wedding needs a fantastic, dream-like setting. Luckily, Tallahassee runs the gamut from gorgeous lakeside churches to historic plantations. This year, Goodwood won our readers’ recognition as the best, most romantic locale to tie the knot.
Honorable mention: Honey Lake Plantation
Weight Loss/Control Program: Fit: Weight Loss and More
Take control of your body and your life with confidence. Help and support from Fit will help you get there with a customized program unique to your needs, leaving you healthier and happier. Honorable mention: Weight Watchers