2014 Best of Tallahassee

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Service Providers

Air Conditioning/Heating: Benson’s Heating & Air conditioning
Benson Green started his company as a one-man operation in 1981 and, over the decades, it has grown to a successful company employing 90 people. Benson’s has loyal customers who appreciate the firm’s prompt, 24-hour service and knowledgeable technicians who take the time and care to do a first-class job.
Honorable Mention — Keith Lawson Company

Alterations: Helga’s Tailoring and Alterations
Behind every sharp-dressed man — or woman — are the skills of talented tailor who makes sure his clothing fits to perfection. Our readers trust Helga’s for everything from adjusting hems and sleeves to custom tailoring an entire outfit.
Honorable Mention — Alterations Etc.

Matt Burke

Benson’s Heating & Air conditioning | Best Air Conditioning/Heating

Assisted Living Facility: Westminster Oaks
Life is what you make of it, and at Westminster Oaks you can make it pretty good inside this quiet, wooded setting. Residents make new friends, take lifelong learning courses and enjoy a host of amenities on this beautiful campus. You’ll feel right at home. 
Honorable Mention — HarborChase of Tallahassee Assisted Living and Memory Care

Auto Repair: Jeff’s Automotive Service Center
Be prepared to be treated like family here. Jeff stays busy at his full-service repair shop, thanks to clients who view him as honest, reliable, trustworthy and friendly.
Honorable Mention — P3 Automotive

Automobile Dealer: The Proctor Dealerships
While they’ve been selling cars in Tallahassee for more than 100 years, the folks at Proctor’s car dealerships say they’re really in “the people business” by meeting customers’ needs and exceeding their expectations. Proctor Dealerships sell all of Honda, Subaru and Acura’s new makes and models and also offer a wide selection of quality used cars.
Honorable Mention — Legacy Toyota

Banquet Facility: Goodwood Museum & Gardens
If you’ve been to a local wedding or fundraiser, chances are very good that you’ve enjoyed the hospitality of Goodwood. The Midtown gem offers the beautiful backdrop of a historic home, mature trees and antique-plant gardens combined with a rustic gathering hall that features all the modern conveniences that make an event enjoyable for guests.
Honorable Mention — University Center Club

Scott Holstein

The Proctor Dealerships | Best Automobile Dealer

Bank: Capital City Bank
There is a difference between having a bank, and knowing your banker — a commitment to the individual that only valued relationships can provide. During its 119-year history, providing a friendly, personal touch remains the core mission of this neighborhood bank. Selected as the best financial institution for another year, Capital City Bank has 70 offices in three states.
Honorable Mention — BB&T

Carpet Cleaner: Stanley Steemer
Look at the mess on the carpet! Better get Stanley Steemer on the phone. Their gentle hot-water extraction methods can take care of that soiled area in no time. But they do more: Stanley Steemer can take care of your hardwood floors, tile and even the air-conditioning ducts. They can also get rid of the dust bunnies on your furniture and clean up any water damage. 
Honorable Mention — Bowden’s Carpet Cleaning

Child Care Provider: Growing Room Child Development Centers
Children simply flourish at the Growing Room Child Development Centers. Embracing an innovative and fun approach to learning, this locally owned business was founded by a registered nurse and is dedicated to the health and welfare of their clients’ children. With multiple locations throughout the county, the Growing Room provides nurturing care for children, from infancy to 10 years.
Honorable Mention — Annsworth Academy Child Development Center

Scott Holstein

Goodwood Museum & Gardens | Best Banquet Facility

Chiropractor: Dr. Gene Jenkins
We all need to be straightened out every now and then. A healthy, pain-free back makes for a healthy and happy quality of life. Dr. Jenkins can provide that for you through great care and plenty of exercise. Live your life without limitations.
Honorable Mention — Dr. Christopher Lowery/Lowery Chiropractic Center

Credit Union: First Commerce Credit Union
Not just the best in Tallahassee, the League of Southeastern Credit Unions named First Commerce as their Credit Union of the Year. Loyal members praise the many locations throughout town, the helpful staff and a wide array of financial services to fit any financial need. Not to mention convenience of an array of Eservices, including mobile deposits.
Honorable Mention — Envision Credit Union

Civic Club: The Rotary Clubs of Tallahassee
The six Rotary Clubs in town meet morning, noon and night to fulfill their volunteer missions — to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace and eradicate polio. Local members of Rotary Clubs and around the U.S. and the world subscribe to the motto “Service Above Self.”
Honorable Mention — The Junior League of Tallahassee

Computer Repair/Services: On Call Computer Solutions, LLC
Confused by the Cloud? Aggravated by the spinning beach ball? Or, worst of all, facing your computer’s Blue Screen of Death? On Call is, well, on call to troubleshoot your problems and create IT solutions. And, to prove their value, the company offers a free two-hour introductory service call or consultation.
Honorable Mention — Aegis

Scott Holstein

Sharon Davis School of Dance | Best Dance Studio

Commercial Real Estate Agent/Agency: NAI TALCOR
Tallahassee-based NAI TALCOR is a major mover in the world of commercial real estate for North Florida. From making prestigious, highly publicized deals (like the 2013 sale of Hotel Duval) to staying abreast of local happenings in the retail, agricultural, multi-family, industrial and investment markets —NAI TALCOR tackles them all.
Honorable Mention — Structure Commercial Real Estate & Property Management 

Dance Studio: Sharon Davis School of Dance
The Sharon Davis School of Dance has been a pioneering dance institution in the city of Tallahassee for 37 years. The studio offers classes for children and teens in the genres of ballet, en pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. 
Honorable Mention — The Tallahassee Ballet School

Day Spa: Millennium Nail and Day Spa
A full-service salon and spa, Millennium pampers away the stress in your life with top-notch services, ranging from massages to manicures. Custom-designed spa packages make great gifts to yourself or that special someone. Check out what their body spa experts can do for you.
Honorable Mention — So Pure Salon and Spa

Matt Burke

Millennium Nail and Day Spa | Best Day Spa

Dentist Practice: Russell B. Rainey, DMD
If you’re not happy with your teeth, smiling isn’t something you’re fond of. But Dr. Rainey understands how bad teeth can affect quality of life, and you can trust him to craft a beautiful smile that will light up the world around you.
Honorable Mention — Drs. Glenn and Marci Beck

Dermatology Practice: Dermatology Associates of Tallahassee
Too much fun in the sun? Dry skin got you down? Adult acne rearing its obnoxious head again? Whatever the culprit, your dermal layer will thank you after a trip to Dermatology Associates of Tallahassee. Their highly trained team of dermatologists are second to none and are skilled at detecting potential problems before they surface.
Honorable Mention — Southeastern Dermatology

Dry Cleaner: Blue Ribbon
It might cost a bit more than other dry cleaners in town, but the family-owned Blue Ribbon cleaners prides itself on quality services, well-trained employees extra attention to detail and customer satisfaction at its three Tallahassee locations.
Honorable Mention — O’Brien’s Shamrock Cleaners

Electrical Company: Lawson and Lawson Electrical Services
Family-owned, professional and multi-talented, Lawson & Lawson has the perfect blend of experience and service you’re looking for. If you have a home, business, apartment, shopping center or any other industrial, commercial or residential building, the electricians in this company will work quickly to satisfy your demands in a timely and efficient manner. 
Honorable Mention — Mathers Electric Co. Inc.

Family Physician/Practice: Tallahassee Primary Care Associates
Owned and operated by physicians, TPCA began in 1997 and today has more than 40 physicians, 250 staff and 80,000 patients. The practice offers a wide range of specialties, including aviation medicine, women’s health, endocrinology, sports medicine, geriatrics and even diving and hyperbaric medicine.
Honorable Mention — Patients First

Financial Advisor: Six Pillars Financial Advisors
Caring for your financial health is the goal of Six Pillars, whether you’re looking for financial planning services, portfolio management and asset allocation, retirement tax, trust and estate planning, or life insurance and long-term care planning. Team members are committed to offering services keyed to an individual or business’ goals and backed by rock-solid research.
Honorable Mention — North Florida Financial Corporation

Financial Institution: First Commerce Credit Union
After 70 years, First Commerce has evolved into an award-winning credit union offering a full array of financial services to 40,000 members from several state-of-the-art service centers and 24/7 online. First Commerce also offers free money management seminars and generously gives back to the community, including sponsoring the Discovery playspace at Cascades Park.
Honorable Mention — Capital City Bank

Fitness Instructor/Center: Premier Health & Fitness Center
Conveniently located in the Market Square District, Premier is the epicenter for physical fitness in Tallahassee. From their innovative fitness classes to their relaxing sauna, membership at Premier promises personal attention and a custom approach to fitness with the luxury of big-gym accommodations. 
Honorable Mention — Sweat Therapy Fitness

Flooring: Brian Barnard’s Flooring America
Whether you like the comfort of cushy carpet between your toes, the cool clean look of tile or the elegance of timeless hardwood floors, Brian Barnard’s expansive warehouse and showroom are well equipped to address all your underfoot needs.
Honorable Mention — ABC Flooring Center

Scott Holstein

Blossoms on Monroe | Best Florist

Florist: Blossoms On Monroe

They’ve moved a little bit further south and across the street, but Blossoms is still on Monroe Street and still offering some of the most creative floral designs for any special occasion or “just because.” They also have specials like Good Neighbor Tuesday, when you can send a dozen premium roses to a friend for half the price! 
Honorable Mention — Designs by Darin

Gym/Health Club: Premier Health & Fitness Center
Thinking about getting fit? Premier is truly a one-stop-shop to an active, healthful life. With an emphasis on next-level fitness, their 55,000-square-foot facility provides the latest in state-of-the art equipment, exclusive amenities and expert knowledge. And did we mention there’s a pool?
Honorable Mention — Gold’s Gym

Hair Salon/Studio: So Pure Salon and Spa
In recent years, So Pure Salon & Spa has won oh-so-many Best of victories. Teeming with talented stylists, the So Pure hair studio is renowned for coifing creative dos with their environmentally responsible line of Aveda products. Cut, color, highlights or body wave — So Pure does it all and so much more.
Honorable Mention — Millennium Nail & Day Spa

Matt Burke

So Pure Salon and Spa | Best Hair Salon/Studio

Hotel: Hotel Duval
Classy, chic, artsy, elegant and modern, Hotel Duval has an upscale attitude in a downtown location. A great place to host and impress your out-of-town visitors, and Shula’s 347 Grill means you don’t have to go far to find a great steakhouse.
Honorable Mention — Aloft Tallahassee Downtown

Insurance Agency: Demont Insurance Agency & Financial Services
An eight-time winner of the Best of award, this family-owned-and-operated insurance agency has been providing Florida residents with insurance for almost 50 years. Demont provides life insurance, as well as coverage on automobiles, homes, boats and other recreational vehicles.
Honorable Mention — State Farm

Interior Design Firm: Laura Bryant Interior Design
Perfecting an interior space can be tricky. Sometimes an expert’s touch is just the thing to pull it all together. From sleek and contemporary to rustic and traditional, Laura of Laura Bryant Interior Design is all about blending an eclectic and beautiful design with the reality and needs of her clients’ everyday lives.
Honorable Mention — Mary E. Solomon Interiors

Landscaping/Lawn Services: Capital City Lawn Care & Landscaping
Longevity, quality, professionalism and a commitment to continuing education are the hallmarks of this company, established by Ben Gunter in 1977. A wide range of services keeps the grounds of your home and business looking sharp and inviting. They have the solutions you need for the landscape challenges you have.
Honorable Mention — Esposito Lawn & Garden Center

Law Firm/Attorney Practice: Thompson, Crawford & Smiley
The folks over at Thompson, Crawford & Smiley really know their stuff. From commercial law and litigation to automobile accident claims, from family law to real estate, this Tallahassee-based firm represents their clients’ needs wherever they are. And with a motto of “tough effective representation,” you’ll be glad to have them on your side. 
Honorable Mention — Barrett, Fasig & Brooks

Limo Service: Mike’s Limousine
Let’s get the party started. A Tallahassee favorite, Mike’s can get you there with style and panache with a fancy fleet of buses and custom limos designed to make a statement. With Mike’s, the party begins once you take a seat, and it doesn’t end until after the last guest is dropped off at home. 
Honorable Mention — Classic Limo and Sedan Service

Maid Service/House Cleaning: The Maids of Tallahassee
Gone are the days when wasted weekends were spent scrubbing and dusting. Thanks to The Maids of Tallahassee, today a clean home is only a phone call away. Utilizing their custom “22-Step Healthy Touch” deep cleaning system, The Maids are able to clean away even the dirtiest of grime. 
Honorable Mention — Molly Maid of Leon County

Scott Holstein

M&M Monogramming | Best Monogramming/Embroidery Services

Monogramming/Embroidery Services: M&M Monogramming 
Hats and scarves, totes and necklaces, backpacks and bows, phone cases and wine glasses … you name it, and M&M will make it your own with a monogram. M&M has two Tallahassee locations, or order online.
Honorable Mention — Full Press Apparel

Moving Company: AMWAT Moving
It’s imperative to find a moving company you can trust — after all, it’s your life they’re loading up into that truck. And that’s why readers chose AMWAT as their top pick in the moving company category. In addition, operators Dean and Gloria Pugh are active in local business organizations and generously donate to many charitable causes.
Honorable Mention — Mike’s Moving Tallahassee

Nail Salon: Millennium Nail and Day Spa
Nothing gives you a “polished” look like a good manicure, and Tallahassee lassies flock to Tammy Nguyen’s Millennium to put a shine on their fingers and toes in a relaxed, luxurious spa environment. You’ll find even more mani-pedi options at Nguyen’s other locations, Millennium at Midtown and The Nail Bar. 
Honorable Mention — Royal Nail

Obstetric/Gynecological Practice: North Florida Women’s Care
Women’s health is the top priority at North Florida Women’s Care, and the practice is geared toward making the experience as easy and pleasant as possible, whether you’re seeking well woman care, treatment for a medical issue or having a baby. The group, which includes 11 physicians, encourages communication with an online Patient Portal where patients can ask questions via email, pay bills or make appointments. 
Honorable Mention — Drs. Hall and Morales

Optometry/Ophthalmology Practice: Eye Associates of Tallahassee
So often we take good vision for granted. We don’t know what we have until it’s gone, or seriously impaired. Eye Associates can help keep your eyes in the game. They can treat serious vision problems like cataracts and glaucoma, set you up with contacts or glasses, and even perform the groundbreaking iLasik procedure.
Honorable Mention — The Hour Glass

Painter: Marlin Coating Inc.
A fresh coat of paint can make all the difference when revamping your space. When it comes to commercial jobs, the Picassos at Marlin Coatings, Inc. are well equipped for all jobs both big and small. Locally owned and operated since 2006, this Tallahassee-based company averages 200 happy customers each year. 
Honorable Mention — Superior Painting

Pediatric Practice: Tallahassee Pediatrics (TPCA)
As part of Tallahassee Primary Care Associates, physicians aligned with Tallahassee Pediatrics have a wealth of resources and collective knowledge at their fingertips. Their pediatric staff has received training in areas that relate to child growth and development and aim to provide total medical care in a relaxing and comfortable environment.
Honorable Mention — North Florida Pediatrics

Pest Control Service: Capelouto Termite & Pest Control
Got pests? Don’t just reach for the Raid. Get the job done right the first time with Capelouto. This family-owned company has been a mainstay of pest protection in Tallahassee for 50 years and is your front-line soldier in the war against termite damage and other problems caused by destructive household pests.
Honorable Mention — Paul’s Termite & Pest Control

Kay Meyer

Keith McNeill Plumbing | Best Plumbing Service

Phone Service Provider: Verizon Wireless 
Hello? Are you hearing this? Verizon Wireless has nabbed the Best of spot with their crystal-clear service. With an abundance of cellular devices to choose from and an up-and-coming residential business, this 4G service provider is keeping clients happy and heard.
Honorable Mention — Century Link

Photographer: Kira Derryberry Photography
If you want fabulous photos of your kids, family or perhaps something glamorous to share with your significant other, Kira Derryberry has the vision to capture the essence of your life and its keepsake moments.
Honorable Mention — Long’s Photography

Plumbing Service: Keith McNeill Plumbing Contractors Inc.
This company is all about plumbing, and their dedication to creating a perfect experience shows — from 24/7 service to the continuing education they offer to the staff, all the way down to the booties their technicians wear to keep their clients’ houses clean while they’re working.
Honorable Mention — White’s Plumbing Inc.

Pool Repair/Service Company: Barksdale Custom Pools Inc.
When the weather is hot, nothing’s better than a dip in the pool. But if your pool needs a little TLC, or you want to build a new one, Barksdale has you covered. Barksdale has 15 years of experience building and renovating pools in the Tallahassee area. Top quality products and the latest techniques ensure the best possible result for customers looking to stay cool. 
Honorable Mention — Terry’s Pool Service

Printing/Copying Services: Karmanos Printing & Graphics
Full-service printing, graphic design and personal, one-on-one customer service are hallmarks of this family business, which has been around for more than 25 years. While other printing shops might see a client’s request as a complex project, the folks at Karmanos see it as a challenge, and will commit their high-tech methods and professionalism to making sure the end product is dazzling and amazing. 
Honorable Mention — Target Copy

Residential Real Estate Agency/Agent: Hill Spooner & Elliott Inc.
The residential real estate masterminds at Hill Spooner & Elliot Inc. have been trusted members of the Tallahassee community for decades. With an eye toward the future, an acute awareness of the regional market and listing inventory, these folks have the reputation of being some of the top producers in town.
Honorable Mention — Coldwell Banker

Roofing Repair/Services: Rowe Roofing
Tallahassee summers are famous for their monsoon-like thunderstorms, and your roof bears the full brunt of nature’s fury. But your roof is only as strong as its weakest seam, and leaks are bound to occur. Rowe Roofing is your Johnny-on-the-spot repair and replacement resource when the dripping starts. Don’t wait! 
Honorable Mention — Stubbs Roofing Company

Security System: SafeTouch Security of Tallahassee
Life isn’t getting any easier for the comedic thief in the SafeTouch commercials. He hates SafeTouch with good reason — the company features a 45-second guaranteed response time, smash-and-grab protection and two-way voice communication activated when the alarm is triggered. 
Honorable Mention — Redwire LLC

Sign Company: Fastsigns of Tallahassee
Signs aren’t just letters on a billboard or poster. Signs drive business and commerce, and the folks at FASTSIGNS know all too well how important it is for your brand to be seen. From a humble yard sign to flags, banners, 3D signs, sophisticated “monument” signs, vehicle decals and much, much more, FASTSIGNS delivers consistent value.
Honorable Mention — Apogee Signs

Sports/Physical Therapy: Tallahassee Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy
Employees are the athletes of any organization. Any kind of muscle pain or injury can lead to lost productivity. So when you need to get the problem healed up quickly, the therapists at TOSPT can show you how to relieve the pain and prevent further injury. You’ll be back in the swing of things in no time. 
Honorable Mention — Centre Point Health & Rehabilitation

Surgical Practice: Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic
Walk in to the Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic and you’d think you were in the lobby of an upscale day spa. Whether you’re there to have a skin tag snipped off or have some sun damage repaired, you’ll be put at ease by the kindness of the staff and the steady hands of the physicians.
Honorable Mention — Southeastern Plastic Surgery P.A.

Scott Holstein

North Florida Animal Hospital | Best Veterinary Clinic

Tree Service: Miller’s Tree Service
Trees are nice and shady, but older trees can be ticking time bombs waiting to collapse on your property. That’s why you have to have them checked periodically, and Miller’s Tree Service can get the job done. Miller’s can help you take proactive action, or they can clean up the mess after the fact.
Honorable Mention — AAA Tree Experts

Veterinary Clinic: North Florida Animal Hospital
Your pets deserve all the special care, treatment and pampering due any other member of your family, and North Florida Animal Hospital offers many services geared toward the health and happiness of your furry friends — including dental care, boarding, grooming, illness prevention, vaccinations and hydrotherapy.
Honorable Mention — Paws & Claws Veterinary Hospital

Web Design: Cuneo Creative Consultants
In today’s technology-driven marketplace, a quality website is a must. The masterminds at Cueno Creative Consultants know the logistics of building a show-stopping site and have the creative foresight to bring the whole thing together — and, they’ve got a portfolio full of local businesses and an impressive resume to prove it.
Honorable Mention — Brick Launcher LLC

Wedding Venue: Goodwood Museum & Gardens
There are many gardened and splendorous settings to hold your dream wedding in Tallahassee, but the historic Goodwood — with its gracious charm and atmosphere, along with a Carriage House that’s perfect for receptions — remains a popular, romantic and iconic venue.
Honorable Mention — Honey Lake Plantation

Weight Loss/Control Program: FIT Weight Loss & More Inc.
When your jeans don’t fit, it might be time to visit FIT, where they will create a medically supervised weight loss program tailor made for you. The “and more” includes other services and treatments — such as supplements, bio-identical hormone replacement, and spa and beauty services — so you’ll look good and feel good as well. 
Honorable Mention — Healthy Solutions Medical Weight Loss

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