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. Owner David Apple believes 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 agree with him.
ARAGON WINE MARKET
Winner: Best Wine Shop, Best Wine Tastings
Owner Charlotte Gordon’s dream of creating a store that fits the customer’s needs has certainly been realized. For the second straight year, Aragon has been voted the best wine shop. Offering a variety of specialty and exotic wines (including organic), catering to individual orders and suggestions, and offering wines at all price points has made the wine shop one of the area’s most loved local businesses. If you’d like to know more about certain wines or are just curious about the store, check out the store’s free wine tastings every Thursday from 5-7 p.m.
BLUE MOON ANTIQUE MALL
Winner: Best Antiques
One of the oldest and largest antique galleries in the area, Blue Moon features a large, air-conditioned facility housing a variety of rescued, recycled and refinished furniture and goods of all kinds. Items include home décor, dishes, furniture, artwork and more. IN readers cite the well-organized floor and helpful staff as reasons for Blue Moon’s win this year.
Winner: Best Cigar Shop
Cordova Cigars offers a selection of over 700 fine cigars and features three different smoking lounges and a backyard patio—without a doubt contributing to the store’s four-year reign as the area’s best cigar shop. In addition, you can find a variety of tobacco accessories, including premium lighters and cigar cutters; pipes, pipe tobacco and accessories; and a gift selection that includes Lampe Berger fragrance lampes and SureFire tactical products. And if you can’t find the cigar you’re looking for, just ask. Cordova Cigars will make specialty orders to suit the needs of its customers.
DR. KEVIN WELCH
Winner: Best Skin Care Overall
Top 3 Finish: Best Beauty Products
Dr. Kevin Welch of The Skin Care Center has once again been voted by our readers as the best skin care provider on the Gulf Coast. Dr. Welch and his staff offer the latest in facial rejuvenation treatments such as Botox, Dysport, Thermage, IPL, Restylane, Juvederm, acid peels, microdermabrasion, and more. The office also offers an array of top-quality skincare products to address dermatological issues ranging from sunspots to scarring to wrinkles, including Obagi, Kinerase, Jane Iredale and Tilley Hats, among others. Dr. Welch is a member of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology & Aesthetic Surgery as well as one of only 200 Platinum Plus Injectors of Botox in the United States.
Winner: Best Consignment Store
Elite Repeats offers a 3,500 square foot store with a wide range of products to suit a variety of budgets and tastes. The store accepts gently used housewares such as dishes, wall art, and decorations; high-end apparel and accessories, and more. Check out eliterepeatsandboutique.com for additional details about consigning or shopping at Elite Repeats.
INSIDE OUT FURNITURE
Winner: Best Furniture Store
Furniture. Design. Inspirations. It’s the motto for 2010 Best of the Coast winner Inside Out Furniture, which has built a reputation for providing Northwest Florida “high fashion home furnishings” that fit any room setting. The showroom on the corner of Sorrento Road features not only home furnishings but also fine linens, rugs, patio furniture, accessories and more. Inside Out also has a design studio that lets you mix and match special orders with the help of store experts—who are ready to make your design dreams come true, whether you’re decorating your bedroom, living room, home office, dining room, or outdoor space.
JEWELERS TRADE SHOP
Winner: Best Jeweler Overall, Best Place to Buy an Engagement Ring
Top 3 Finish: Best Unique Jewelry
For more than 50 years, the Davis family has owned and operated Jewelers Trade in historic downtown Pensacola. Owners Corbett Davis Jr. and Corbett Davis III are devoted not only to craftsmanship and quality jewelry, but to their customers’ needs. Whether it’s an engagement ring, custom designed jewelry or a diamond watch, Jewelers Trade Shop can help you find just what you’re looking for. Their selection of bridal jewelry includes Hearts on Fire, Tacori, Ritani, JB Star, Scott Kay, Gottlieb and Sons, and A. Jaffe. The store also showcases men’s and women’s watches from Tag Heuer, Tissot and Seiko, and an extensive selection of pieces from David Yurman, Roberto Coin, John Hardy and others.
LEE TRACY SHOES & APPAREL
Winner: Best Women’s Accessories
Top 3 Finishes: Best Boutique, Best Women’s Apparel
Lee Tracy Shoes & Apparel on the Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach is a favorite of tourists and locals alike. Since 1978, the retailer has provided chic apparel and accessories for all ages from Hobo International, Pandora, Karlie and more. It’s a one-stop shop for everything from handbags to apparel to shoes to accessories to gift items.
Winner: Best Hardware Store
Pensacola Hardware is a locally owned, full service hardware store specializing in contractor and industrial supplies. However, the store also offers a variety of housewares and giftwares 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. Join Pensacola Hardware for their 2010 Holiday Open House from Nov. 8-12 from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
ROCK HARD DESIGNS
Winner: Best Unique Jewelry
Top 3 Finish: Best Jeweler Overall
Since 1974, Rocky Hard and his staff at Rock Hard Designs has been committed to quality manufacturing of gemstones and metalsmithing, including sourcing precious stones such as diamonds and emeralds directly from countries of origin, then cutting and polishing in their own facility. Rock Hard has created and manufactured designs for jewelers across the United States, as well as the largest retailers in the Caribbean. The store also offers jewelry appraisals graded by an in-house GIA graduate gemologist, expert jewelry repairs, diamond and gem cutting, custom designs in yellow, white, rose and green gold as well as silver and platinum, and more. Visit both of Rock Hard Designs’ locations in downtown Pensacola and in Grayton Beach, Fla.
Winner: Best Athletic Store
Top 3 Finish: Best Running Club
Running Wild owner Paul Epstein and the rest of the Running Wild staff understand the runner because they are runners. Not only does Running Wild offer high-quality performance shoes, apparel, and athletic accessories, the store and its employees also guide greater Pensacola-area runners and athletes (and wanna-be athletes) in their workout regimes, fitness goals, and more—whether they’re training for their first 5K or their fifth marathon.
Winner: Best New 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.
SUSAN CAMPBELL JEWELRY
Winner: Best Boutique
Top 3 Finishes: Best Unique Jewelry, 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. The boutique offers unique, handpicked pieces by Me&Ro, Saundra Messinger, Heather Moore, Catherine Weitzman, Melissa Joy Manning, Tiffany Peay, Nancy Norton, Magally, Sarah Graham, Denise Betesh, Priya Himatsingka, Studio Waterfall, and others. In February, Susan Campbell Jewelry moved to a new, larger location on Palafox Place, which has enabled them to expand their product line.
Winner: Best Bicycle Shop
Best of the Coast newcomer Truly Spokin’ carries the top brands to make it easy for you to choose the best new bicycle or accessories—whether you’re wanting to ride competitively or around the block. With names like Giant, Bianchi and Assos cycling apparel, Truly Spokin’ is a hub for the beginner and the advanced cyclist. Visit both Truly Spokin’ locations in Milton and Pensacola.