Pensacola, Florida
Sunday May 20th 2018


BOC ’12: Retail

Winner: Best Independent Market, Best Deli
Runner Up: Best Gourmet/Specialty Food, Best Caterer, Best Place to Buy Produce
Apple Market, “the biggest little store in town,” provides fresh meats, fantastic deli selections, outstanding produce, perishables and friendly, efficient service. Apple Market not only carries items you’d find at a typical grocer, but also those you’d find in many specialty-item stores. In addition to having one of the best delis and produce aisles in town, the store also offers many imported cheeses, wine and bread and will order specialty items that customers can’t find elsewhere. Catering and delivery services are also offered. The store’s success has stemmed from providing everything the customer wants with the convenience of being right around the corner, and it looks like IN readers have taken notice.

Winner: Best Wine Shop, Best Wine Tastings
Charlotte Gordon, proprietor of Aragon Wine Market, is obviously a lover of wine, but not an expert. “I’m happy to admit that I learn something new about wine each day,” Gordon said. “I think that the never-ending learning of wine is what makes it so great.” What makes Aragon Wine Market different from wine shops is the customer service. “We take the time to get to know our customers and their needs. I like meeting people, talking with regular customers and get satisfaction when I help someone find a wine that they love.”

Winner: Best Antiques
Andrea Wessel and her husband opened Blue Moon Antiques—named after the blue moon they were married under, over 10 years ago. Wessel has a love and an eye for antiques, which she got from her mother and notes that antiques are “the oldest form of recycling.” She describes the store as “big and absolutely full” of items new and old with mid-century modern furniture being the most abundant inventory. “It’s like 80 different stores in one,” Wessel said.

Winner: Best Music Gear
Blues Angel Music is a one-stop shop for instruments and even has four full-time repair technicians. “From band instruments to rock and roll, we can also fix all things electronic,” said owner Jim DeStafney. The store also buys, sells, trades and consigns musical gear. “We love used gear. We can usually fix broken items,” DeStafney said. And more importantly, Blues Angel Music is owned and run by music lovers. “We’re lucky to work in an area that we love.”

Winner: Best New Retail Shop
Runner Up: Best Gourmet/Specialty Food
With marinated olives, fresh pasta, a dizzying array of infused olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and gourmet salts, this gorgeous boutique is worth exploring. When Tristan de Luna came to Pensacola over 450 years ago, he brought several olive trees to plant. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. The Bodacious Olive has a selection that would make de Luna proud.

Winner: Best Place to Buy an 
Engagement Ring
Runner Up: Best Jeweler Overall
This fourth-generation jewelry store has survived the Great Depression and the more recent economic recession since opening its doors in 1919. The store owes its loyal customers to its knowledgeable and helpful staff. IN readers look forward to its Annual Diamond Dash, a one-day treasure hunt, which leaves the winner with an $11,000 Simon G diamond ring.

Winner: Best Consignment Store
Women of all ages have been consigning their gently worn items at Elite Repeats & Boutique for over 20 years. “From juniors, misses, womens, designer clothing and accessories, formal and select housewares,” said Lisa Compton, owner since 2005. The boutique offers styles from trendy to classic to serve its broad clientele. Compton and employees love seeing what gets brought in. “The inventory is constantly changing.”

Winner: Best Boutique, Best Women’s Apparel
Runner Up: Best Women’s Accessories
What sets Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique apart from other stores is client relationships. “Knowing our customer’s style, aligning that style with current fashion trends and establishing a relationship with our customer’s through personalized attention are very important aspects of our boutique,” said co-owner Katie Rozier. The boutique carries brands such as M.M. Couture, Joes Jeans, Lilla P. and B.B. Dakota. “We strive to provide great service to our customers and keep them in mind by providing quality products at a reasonable price point,” Rozier said.

Winner: Best Outdoor Apparel & Accessories
Runner Up: Best Athletic Store
Whether you’re traveling abroad or enjoying the local outdoors, Intracoastal Outfitters is your destination for premium footwear, apparel and accessories. If you’re hiking, backpacking, kayaking or sailing, they’ve got great products from Keen, Merrell, Chaco, Vibram 5-Fingers, The North Face, Royal Robbins, Patagonia and more. Operations Manager Wes Dannreuther has the expertise to outfit you perfectly.

Winner: Best Jeweler Overall
Runner Up: Best Place to Buy an Engagement Ring, Best Unique Jewelry
For more than 50 years, the Davis family has owned and operated Jewelers Trade Shop in historic downtown Pensacola. Owners Corbett Davis Jr. and Corbett Davis III are devoted to craftsmanship, quality jewelry and their customers’ needs. Whether it’s an engagement ring, custom-designed jewelry or a diamond watch, Jewelers Trade Shop has it.

Winner: Best Hardware Store
Pensacola Hardware is a locally owned, full-service hardware store. The key words are “locally owned” and “full-service.” The Coe family and their knowledge staff handle not only contractor and industrial supplies but also provide a variety of housewares and gifts for the kitchen, home and garden, such as cutlery, game-day gear, grills, gourmet foods, linens, bath and body products, barware, seasonal items and more. No matter what you need, Pensacola Hardware seems to always have it.

Winner: Best Gift Shop, Best Place to Buy Children’s Gifts/Toys
Runner Up: Best Place to Buy a Wedding Gift
Pizzaz has been a perennial Best of the Coast winner, thanks to the hard work of the mother-daughter team of Viki and Courtney Weir.  It is the perfect spot to find a gift for a co-worker or that special loved one. Pizzaz and its Sugarbabies offer a variety of gifts for men, women and children, and everything in the store can be personalized.

Winner: Best Athletic Store
Runner Up: Best Outdoor Apparel & Accessories, Best Running Club
The Running Wild staff understands the runner because they are runners. Not only does Running Wild offer high-quality performance shoes, apparel and athletic accessories, its employees also guide greater Pensacola-area runners and athletes in their workout regimens, whether they’re training for their first 5K or their fifth marathon.

Winner: Best New Car Dealership
Runner Up: Best Used Car Dealership
“Sandy Sansing Can!” You know his name. You know his face. And you probably know his dealerships’ reputation for great customer service if you’ve shopped for a new car in the Pensacola area. For decades, the Sansing name has been tops in vehicle sales and service, and Sansing himself has become a local icon with his TV ads showing him perched atop an elephant, kissing a chimpanzee, or publicizing various community non-profits and organizations. IN readers are sold, Sandy.

Winner: Best Unique Jewelry
Runner Up: Best Women’s Accessories
What sets Susan Campbell Jewelry apart from many local jewelry stores is not just great customer service, but the ability to provide a product that no one else in the area has. This Palafox shop features pieces that are more like wearable art than just a statement necklace or charm bracelet. That’s because owner Susan Campbell Hatler was a portrait sculptor before she began making jewelry. The shop is filled with handcrafted pieces at a variety of price points for IN readers.

Winner: Best Pet Store
The Spotted Dog Pet Boutique and Bakery carries healthy dog food brands, unique leashes and collars and freshly baked dog treats. “We only choose the best of the best, high quality food and offer them at a reasonable price,” said co-owner Ashley Dickerson.  Dickerson studied animal science at Auburn University, making The Spotted Dog the perfect place to seek advice on your animal’s dietary needs. The store also holds fun and pet friendly events such as Yappy Hour.

Winner: Best Surf/Skate Shop
A skate and surf shop has to be cool to be successful. Waterboyz is cool. This surf skate shop, which also has a skate park on site, serves up the latest surf, skate, skimboard and paddleboard gear as well as the newest styles in clothing and accessories from the top brands in the industry. They know their products because they use them.

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