Best of Tallahassee 2022
24th annual event celebrated outstanding businesses
Video courtesy of Live in Tallahassee/Silver Productions
Top Shelf Band kept people hopping as hundreds of standout Tallahassee business owners and members of the community flooded into the Dunlap Champions Club for this year’s Best of Tallahassee awards event.
Event videographer and sponsor Live In Tallahassee captured all of the excitement and anticipation as attendees danced, enjoyed finger foods, sipped champagne and said “Cheese!” at photo booths provided by Smile in Style Events. As if the stunning bird’s eye view of the stadium at sunset were not beautiful enough, the view inside the Dunlap Champions Club dazzled thanks to the efforts of venue design sponsor John Gandy Events.
You are likely to see Best of Tallahassee awards and stickers at your favorite restaurant, dry cleaner or boutique. This year, more than 200 businesses received first or second place awards in categories ranging from Best Event/Wedding Planner to Best Barbecue.
Amid all of the excitement and fanfare, few could resist trying to sneak a peek at the carefully covered names on the awards table before Rowland Publishing associate publisher McKenzie Burleigh kicked off the Best of Tallahassee winners presentation.
Event sponsors including presenting sponsor Ox Bottom Animal Hospital, Florida Blue, the Dunlap Champions Club, John Gandy Events, Live in Tallahassee, FastSigns, Crafty Crab Seafood, Adams Radio Group and The Greg Tish Show were recognized. Just before the winners were announced, the Junior League of Tallahassee shared a special message, thanking Tallahassee Magazine and all in attendance for supporting their work through the event.
“We are so honored to be the beneficiary of the 2022 Best of Tallahassee event,” said Mac Little, representing the Junior League. “It’s businesses and people like you in this room that make the biggest impact on the Junior League of Tallahassee and continue our mission to improve the lives of women and children.”
Those in attendance had the opportunity to show their support for the nonprofit’s mission and take home a special prize by purchasing $25 treasure boxes. Thanks to donations from winning businesses, each treasure box contained a minimum of $10 worth of products and services, up to over $600 in one of the boxes.
Best of Tallahassee winners were announced beginning with the services category, followed by the food and beverage category and ending with shopping and entertainment. Some winners added an award to a growing collection while others emerged as breakout stars.
To check out the full list of winners, see the November/December edition of Tallahassee Magazine or view the list here.
Thank you to all the businesses who donated to this year’s treasure box fundraiser with 100% of the proceeds benefiting The Junior League of Tallahassee:
Riccardo’s Restaurant, All About Cats Pet Sitting, Haute Headz Salon, Chelsea Salon & Spa, Gypsy Rose Boutique, El Jalisco Mexican restaurant, Hobbit American Grill, Sweet Tea Event Company, Tally Fish House, The Gem Collection, Blue Ribbon Cleaners, Eye Associates of Tallahassee, Smith Family Chiropractic, Jeri’s Midtown Cafe, Midtown Print Company, Bowden’s Carpet Cleaning, Inc., The Naumann Group Real Estate, Tallahassee Diamond Center, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill Tallahassee, Tadlock Roofing, Inc., Peter Boulware Toyota, Narcissus, Proof Brewing Company, Drip Drop Fitness, Square One Aesthetics, Tallahassee Magazine, Boulos Corporation, Florida Mind Health Center, Hearth & Soul, Premier Gym, Millenium Nail and Day Spa, Nic’s Toggery, Ox Bottom Animal Hospital, Kiku Japenese Fusion, Shamrock Cleaners, Superior Painting, Florida Georgia Mobile RV, Hopkins Eatery, Addictive Beauty, Be the Solution and WCTV.
The theme, chosen by John Gandy Events, was The Gems of Tallahassee and everyone dressed their best! Did you take photos at the Smile in Style Events photo booths? Whether you took a pose or not, you can view and download the photos here.