Nancy LaNasa opened Abhaya Yoga Center in 2006 after practicing in New York City for 20 years. Her center’s been a Best of the Coast favorite ever since. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, Abhaya offers a variety of classes for all levels, seven days a week. Choose from Kundalini Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Power Flow, Prenatal, and more. Check out abhayayogacenter.com for a full class schedule.
Winner: Best 24-Hour Gym
Top 3 Finish: Best Gym Overall
It’s sometimes hard to find time to work out, but convenience is key at Anytime Fitness. The franchise offers new, top-notch gym equipment that’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so whether you’re an early bird or night owl, any time can be work-out time. The gym also offers affordable training sessions if you need a little guidance with your fitness routine.
BECK PROPERTY CO.
Winner: Best Commercial Real Estate Agency
For the second year in a row, Pensacola-based Beck Property Co. has nabbed the top spot in the Commercial Real Estate Agency category. Established in 1981, the company has built its reputation on developing honest, results-based relationships with clients at the local, regional and national levels and has established a position as one of Northwest Florida’s premier commercial real estate brokerages.
CALDWELL & ASSOCIATES
Winner: Best Architecture Firm
For three decades, Caldwell & Associates has provided architecture, planning, interior design, and design-build services to a diverse clientele in healthcare, education, government, mixed-use, commercial and residential spheres. Their clients include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Naval Facilities, the State of Florida, Escambia County, Santa Rosa County, the University of West Florida, Sacred Heart Health System, and the City of Pensacola, among others. Their team of 20-plus members includes creative and skilled senior architects, intern architects, interior designers, purchasing agents and support staff.
Winner: Best Hair Salon
Top 3 Finish: Best Wedding Hair Stylist (Heather Livingston), Best Hair Stylist (Heather Livingston)
The parking lot of Chastain’s Salon on Twelfth Avenue is always full, and it looks like there’s a good reason. The salon, which has over 20 independent stylists, offers a variety of hair services such as styling and coloring, as well as additional spa services such as waxing and facials. The salon’s product lines include PureOlogoy, MoroccanOil, Redken, John Amico, Sebastian, and a variety of gifts and accessories.
Winner: Best Photography
Top 3 Finish: Best Wedding Photography
Jeremy and Hara Cook are inspired by the relationships they build with their clients—whether they’re shooting weddings, newborns, mothers-to-be, or family photos. They consider every client a potential friend and approach every shoot from a fun, part-of-the-gang perspective. Their images tell their clients’ stories not from a “fly on the wall” point of view, but from a “friend at the party” point of view. The emotion they capture is in real time—not forced, coaxed or re-enacted. With their intense knowledge of lighting—both natural and artificial—along with the tenacity it takes to create jaw-dropping images, Cook Images has caught the eye of brides, editors and photographers both locally and nationally. Their work has been featured in Brides Florida, The Knot, Southern Weddings Magazine, and others.
DR. STEVE ZIEMAN
Winner: Best Dentist
Dr. Steve Zieman and his dental practice—Renfroe and Zieman—have become Gulf Breeze institutions. For nearly 40 years, Dr. Zieman and his staff have developed a dental philosophy and practice centered on excellence in patient care, the best of medical training and techniques and lifelong service to the community.
ESCAPE WELLNESS SPA
Winner: Best Massage
Top 3 Finishes: Best Day Spa, Best Nail Salon, Best Salon for Waxing, Best Skin Care Overall, Best Facial, Best Pedicure
Escape Wellness Spa, a 2010 Best of the Coast newcomer, offers an extensive menu of traditional massage and skin care services, as well as spa body treatments. Escape staff strives to improve their clients’ bodies, minds and spirits, and to help alleviate problems caused from muscle tension, chronic pain, fatigue, irritability, upset stomach, high blood pressure, overeating, skin disorders, acne, loss of sleep and more. Massages include Escape Signature Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Couples Instructional Massage, Prenatal Escape and Sports Escape. Skin care services include facials, waxing, peels, sunless spray tanning, and make-up application. It looks like the spa’s well-rounded, holistic approach to wellness has won our readers over. Online booking and instant gift certificates are also available at escapeandfeelbetter.com.
FIXED ON FITNESS BOOT CAMP
Winner: Best Non-Gym Workout
Three years ago, Josh and Kenzie Presnell wanted to bend the traditional workout routine and create a system that could excite those who were tired of the gym. What they came up with was a six-week, outdoor boot camp that involves a variety of exercises and a personalized approach, where campers are side-by-side four days a week and can help motivate one other to work harder to reach fitness goals. It looks like IN readers have felt the burn.
FRAMING BY DESIGN
Winner: Best Framery
Framing by Design has offered custom framing services to the greater Pensacola area for more than a decade. With a certified picture framer on staff, Framing by Design can expertly take care of your conservation framing, shadowboxes, specialty mats, needlework, watercolors, photos, prints and more. Call 432-5519 for details.
Winner: Best Art Gallery
Gallery 11, which opened its doors earlier this year, is owned and operated by Evan Levin, a local entrepreneur and 2010 BOC Best Local Artist. The gallery is used to show Levin’s work, as well as work by other local and regional artists. Gallery 11 provides a unique forum for more progressive work, but that also embraces more traditional art forms such as landscapes, still life, abstract and sculpture. The gallery also hosts multiple shows each year.
GULF COAST COMMUNITY BANK
Winner: Best Bank
What separates Gulf Coast Community Bank with many area banks is where it makes its home—here in town. President Buzz Ritchie prides his bank on being able to talk face-to-face with a customer and not be relayed to a corporate branch. And with five branches in Escambia and Santa Rosa County, you’re never too far away from “home.” Today the bank has more than $280 million in assets and is continuing to grow throughout the area.
Winner: Best Law Firm
Over the past 25 years, Levin Papantonio has received more than seventy-five jury verdicts in the amount of one million dollars or more, including twelve jury verdicts in excess of ten million dollars, and two in excess of $450 million. Additionally, the firm’s total settlements have exceeded one billion dollars. In its July, 2002 edition, the National Law Journal recognized Levin Papantonio as the fourth most successful law firm in America based on total jury verdicts.
Levin Papantonio is well-positioned to handle any large-scale litigation on behalf of “the people,” including work involving personal injury, mass torts, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical liability, commercial litigation, worker’s compensation, criminal law and environmental litigation. The firm is also equipped to litigate cases in nursing home and prisoner abuse.
MCMAHON & HADDER
Winner: Best Insurance Agency
We at the IN know what it’s like to have a small staff. It’s probably why we appreciate small, independent businesses that emerge as leaders in the community. The personal, commercial, and employee benefit insurance provider has always prided itself on being “proactive” in its services and has built a high level of trust with local and regional companies. Formed in 1999 with the merger of two of Pensacola’s prominent independent insurance agencies, the full-service, multi-line agency meets the insurance needs of over 5,000 businesses, individuals and families in Northwest Florida.
PILATES CORE TRAINING
Winner: Best Pilates
Pilates Core Training is a complete Pilates studio offering all levels of training. They use state-of the-art equipment for personal training as well as group reformer, group tower and group mat sessions for anyone interested in achieving or maintaining a toned, lean, flexible body. Visit pilatescoretraining.com for a complete class schedule and pricing.
Winner: Best Gift Shop
Top 3 Finish: Best Place to Buys Children’s Gifts
Pizzaz has been a Best of Coast regular for the last two years. However, their move to the Gulf Breeze Publix shopping center, expanded product lines, a retail space that’s more than quadrupled since their opening, and a loyal customer base have propelled them to the top spot in the Best Gift Shop category this year. The boutique has an eclectic selection of jewelry, books, fine dishes, home décor, game day gear, clothing and accessories at all price points, for anyone on your gift list.
PLANET BEACH CONTEMPO SPA
Winner: Best Tanning Salon
If you’re looking for a tanning salon to warm your skin up this fall and winter, check out Planet Beach Contempo Spa, which is designed specifically for customers juggling family, work and social obligations, who also desire a convenient and affordable escape to relaxation. Planet Beach is a franchise twist on a traditional day spa—members have unlimited access to automated day spa services in private rooms and treatments for a modest monthly membership fee, allowing them to get regular massages, facials, spray tans, UV therapy and spa visits for one monthly price. Planet Beach Contempo Spa currently has 340 franchises open around the globe and has helped millions of customers find relaxation and rejuvenation since its founding in 1994.
Winner: Best Piercing Studio
Top 3 Finish: Best Tattoo Studio
For nearly 20 years, The Psychedelic Shack of Pensacola has been known as the premiere spot for alternative lifestyle needs. And almost as long, the “Pysch” Shack has been offering quality, safe piercing and tattoos from trained professionals. The new 1,500 square-foot location on North Ninth Avenue has allowed the business to expand its line of body jewelry and incense products.
SOLE INN & SUITES
Winner: Best Boutique or Independent Hotel or Inn
Top 3 Finish: Best Hotel-not Pensacola Beach
Sole Inn & Suites received a major facelift in 2009, and now shows off its 45 renovated rooms and suites designed and decorated with an Art Deco flare. Located in the heart of downtown within walking distance to live entertainment, dining and shopping, Sole also features a water feature courtyard with old Florida landscaping, free continental breakfast every morning, free hi-speed Internet and Wi-Fi, free happy hour meet-and-greet for guests, upscale amenities, and affordable rates.
STILL WATERS DAY & MEDICAL SPA
Winner: Best Day Spa, Best Facial
Top 3 Finishes: Best Massage, Best Nail Salon, Best Pedicure, Best Salon for Waxing, Best Skin Care Overall, Best Beauty Products
Still Waters, a BOC regular now for five years running, continually wows clients with its serene atmosphere, professional staff, and indulgent spa services. In addition to traditional spa treatments including massages, facials, body treatments and wraps, make-up consultation and application, spray tanning, manicures and pedicures, Still Waters also offers a full spectrum of anti-aging and appearance enhancement options using the latest laser technology and state-of-the-art medical procedures. Medical spa treatments include VelaSmooth Cellulite Treatment, IPL, laser hair removal, and more. Spa owner Jeff Aanestad notes that the success of the business has come from the attention to details from its employees and the ability to listen to their clients. IN readers agree.
Winner: Best Hair Stylist (Cortney Campus), Best Wedding Hair Stylist (Cortney Campus)
Top 3 Finishes: Best Hair Salon, Best Tanning Salon, Best Wedding Hair Salon
Style Downtown, located in a beautifully renovated 100-year-old space in downtown Pensacola, offers a variety of services including hair care, waxing, pedicures, manicures, make-up application and airbrush tanning. The salon carries environmentally-friendly products from manufacturers such as PureOlogy and KMS California. In addition, as a Goldwell Alliance Salon, Style stylists are updated with the latest Goldwell color news, trends, products and education.