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Best of the Coast 2017—Services Featured Winners

Aiken Picture Frames South
15 East Brent Lane, Suite 7, aikenpictureframes.com

What inspired you to get started?
Starting out in 1979, we needed a job that would transfer to different duty stations. We began selling many different products but wanted to be creative and provide a service to our customers and community. So in the late 1980s we decided to do custom picture framing.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
The joy on our customers’ faces when they see their treasures completed is priceless. We have grown along with many of our customers and are excited to see the second and third generations coming in for framing.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
If we can, we like to frame someone’s picture while they wait. Customer service is a priority and we care about each person whether they are a child, adult, novice artist or a long-time professional.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
We would like reach more people in our community and spread the word about what we do. We have expanded into sublimation printing and can create many gift items showcasing a customer’s artwork.
Answers by:
Arlene Aiken, Secretary/Partner

Andrews Institute Rehabilitation
1040 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Suite 101, andrewsinstitute.com/rehabilitation

What inspired you to get started?
Andrews Institute Rehabilitation is owned and operated by Baptist Health Care, Inc. Baptist Health Care is a leader in the health care industry. We are proud to provide several convenient locations for Andrews Institute Rehabilitation across Northwest Florida.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Our staff is dedicated to providing successful outcomes at each of our locations utilizing innovative treatment protocols. Therapy is customized in order to get you back to your daily activities.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
Andrews Institute provides numerous multi-specialty clinical departments, including Andrews Institute Rehabilitation, to compliment the services of its 30 affiliated physicians to provide an all-inclusive continuum of care.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
Our goal is to continue to provide patients with a progressive, specialized approach to injury treatment that combines patient education, individualized exercise, manual therapy, aquatic therapy and a full range of modalities within physical therapy.
Answers by:
Sean Sullivan, Marketing Manager

Artel Gallery
223 S. Palafox, artelgallery.org

What inspired you to get started?
The kick start to Artel was Art on the Tracks, a free-spirited group of experimental artists. They created a space for their art because it was considered “too outrageous” for traditional galleries. A few of those members decided to incorporate and Artel was born. Who wouldn’t be inspired by that?
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Volunteers, patrons, visitors, but most importantly the art is what drives Artel. Our region has a vast population of talented artists that adorn Artel with some amazing works. Visitors from all over often praise the work and comment that it looks like art you would see in major cities.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
Our gallery is an all-volunteer not-for-profit contemporary art gallery with revolving themed exhibitions that showcase about 300 individual artworks a year. Never boring, sometimes controversial, and always educational. And Artel has been doing that for 24 years, thank you very much.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
We will be celebrating our 25th anniversary next year. We are narrowing down a project that will exemplify Artel’s mission to push boundaries. Stay tuned.
Answers by:
Suzanne Robbert, President

Bobby Likis Car Clinic / PreRepair®
5675 N. Davis Highway, carclinicservice.com

What inspired you to get started?
A passion for cars and for the people who drive them.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Passing the “man-in-the-mirror” test. I ask myself, “How can I do more / better / differently?” Every day.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
Best-of-class automotive service delivered by best-of-class automotive professionals. Our team’s not-so-secrets to success: commitment to customer care, engagement and communication; service innovations (like our on-line GLOveBOx) and focus on leading-edge automotive technologies and on-going technician training and certifications.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
Continuing the journey and enjoying the drive.
Answers by:
Bobby Likis, Chief Cheerleader

Brazilian Sexy Wax Boutique
4400 Bayou Blvd., Suite 26A, braziliansexywaxsalonandspa.com

What inspired you to get started?
I was inspired to open a Brazilian wax salon from clients who came to me to feel sexy. They were looking for an expert in the field of waxing who is professional, caring and clean. I’ve heard from clients that getting a Brazilian wax boosts their confidence.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
We take pride in being the “waxperts” in our area. Knowing there are wax techs who are unprofessional and even traumatizing clients, keeps us motivated to provide an outstanding experience at Brazilian Sexy Wax. We are proud to offer you the least painful Brazilian wax in our area.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
We provide professional hair removal, using wax to remove unwanted hair from your brows to your toes and everything in between. We specialize in Brazilian waxing where all of the hair is removed from your most intimate areas.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
I have grown my business from one person waxing to now employing five wax techs. We have also added massage therapy and facials. I’d like to see more growth in that area. I want to be the place clients come to wax and relax.
Answers by:
Sandy Orlich, Owner

Dr. Chris Campus
Sorrento Dental Care, 12385 Sorrento Road, mysorrentodental.com; Aggie Dental Center, 2350 Highway, 29 S., aggiedentalcenter.com; Bright Downtown Dental, 850 S. Palafox, brightdowntown.com

What inspired you to get started?
Cannot pinpoint why initially I entered dentistry I just knew I wanted to be a dentist. I’ve certainly enjoyed the hands on approach I have with my patients. Seeing the confidence that a smile or basic dentistry can provide has been my reward.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Dentistry has so many facets to it and the current growth and innovation behind new dental techniques and procedures drives me to want to learn them and provide these to my patients.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
Most everyone understands what services dentists provide however in all of our offices, we use a system called Cerac that provides same-day crowns and the patient can be in and out of our office in one visit.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
We’ll see. We recently opened our downtown office and are enjoying the growth of it right now.
Answers by:
Dr. Chris Campus, Dentist

Classic City Catering
214 W. Intendencia St., classiccitycatering.com

What inspired you to get started?
I saw a need 28 years ago for a full service catering company in Pensacola. I love the challenge of off-site catering and the opportunity to be a part of the community’s special events.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
The food more than ever. We cook all of our menus onsite, which allows us to provide high-quality food at any location. The relationships that we have built with our customers and employees over the 28 years in business, are great motivators and a great source of satisfaction.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
Exquisite cuisine and exceptional service are the hallmarks of Classic City Catering. Our “on-site facility” has the ability to meet any of your location requirements by transforming any space into a suitable dining facility. As a full-service caterer our mission has always been to ensure your event is memorable.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
We would like to continue to have fun and create more memories for our clients.
Answers by:
David Penniman, Owner/Chef

Conna O’Donovan Real Estate
913 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Suite 38, pensacolahomelistings.com
What inspired you to get started?
I felt that the ability to practice real estate according to my own ideals and priorities would better serve my clientele, create a more positive environment and generate more revenue than maintaining the status quo.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Seeing our agents grow personally and professionally and knowing that by doing something that I love I’m helping members of my own community in a tangible way.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
Competent, professional assistance to accomplish your real estate goals and to reduce the anxiety associated with real estate transactions by providing the sense of satisfaction and security that comes from knowing that your affairs are being handled with the utmost care.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
To set Conna O’Donovan Real Estate apart from the competition by increasing community involvement and expanding out from the areas that we most commonly serve. In doing so, we hope to better understand and meet the needs of the people of the Gulf Coast.
Answers by:
Conna O’Donovan, Team Leader/Owner/Real Estate Associate

Dalrymple | Sallis Architecture
503 E. Government St., dalsal.com

What inspired you to get started?
Sharing a desire with my business partner to be outstanding employers so we could in turn radically effect change in architecture across the Gulf Coast.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Our clients trust in our team.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
A collaborative design studio that truly strives to offer the most economical and creative architectural solutions than any firm on the Gulf Coast.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
What an exciting time for our community. There are many wonderful large scale projects happening in our downtown core. We’ve been fortunate to work on many of the small projects. We look forward to a client trusting our team with a larger project.
Answers by:
J. Scott Sallis, AIA, Principal Architect

Escape Wellness Spa
4400 Bayou Blvd., Suite #24, escapeandfeelbetter.com

What inspired you to get started?
I had to have physical therapy after shoulder surgery when I was 15. I learned from an early age the benefits of having a caring, knowledgeable professional care for me. It inspired me to become a massage therapist 16 years ago. I’ve also always intuitively known the power of touch.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
I truly love what I do. Serving others is my passion. We get to see our clients transform from being in pain and stressed into happy, relaxed human beings every hour. There’s no better feeling.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
Escape Wellness Spa offers caring, professional massage, skin care, beauty and wellness services. From the moment you walk in until the time you leave, you feel cared for unlike any other experience. Our mission is to provide empathy, stress-relief, compassion, awareness and education to our clients, community and co-workers.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
Everyone has been loving our Lash Bar and microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) services. We are looking to continue to expand our beauty and wellness services.
Answers by:
Stephanie E. Knight, LMT/Owner

Everything’s Irie Doggie Salon
105 S. DeVilliers St., facebook.com/everythingsiriedoggiesalon

What inspired you to get started?
My love of animals inspired me. I wanted to work in some capacity with dogs and was intrigued by the dog grooming business. I went to dog grooming school locally to learn the business side and also the basics of dog grooming.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
I love all of our dogs and have grown to be part of their lives. It is like taking care of someone’s children. When they are happy with their grooming experience it motivates my staff and I to keep working hard for them.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
My grooming salon is unique. It’s comparative to a “human” salon (but of course for dogs). We have a thorough consultation with each customer concerning their dog’s needs. We provide a very loving and safe environment.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
I can’t say that I am quite ready to expand my building for more work space but that is probably on the horizon. I am pleased with the outcome of my business in just 17 months and thankful to have developed an experienced, caring staff. We love what we do,
Answers by:
Irie Vance, Owner/Operator

Fiore of Pensacola
15 W. Main St., fioreofpensacola.com

What inspired you to get started?
The artistic freedom of working with flowers to create experiences for events in peoples lives.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Working with brides every day and every week making their visions come to life.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
True floral artistry with a commitment to customer service, quality and integrity in how to run a business.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
Ultimately to continue to grow in all areas that we specialize in. My motto every day is “How can we be better?”
Answers by:
Shannon Pallin, Owner/Creative Director

Fishbein Orthodontics
4900 Market Place Road, fishortho.com

What inspired you to get started?
We wanted to provide a beautiful smile at an affordable price to the Pensacola area.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Our patients’ smiles. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing our patients increase their confidence with a better smile.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
We provide braces and Invisalign to patients across the Gulf Coast. We have multiple payment plans available and accept most insurances.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business? We want to continue to provide beautiful smiles along the Gulf Coast.
Answers by:
Dr. Ben Fishbein, Orthodontist

Fixed on Fitness
707 E. Cervantes St., Suite B, fixedonfitness.com

What inspired you to get started?
When we started FOF in 2007, there was no structured outdoor fitness program anywhere in Pensacola. We love fitness and we love the outdoors, so we decided to create and deliver a program to our community that offered a great workout outside of a gym.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Our clients. We have the opportunity to get to know each and every person that is a part of FOF. We are not a franchise, so we sit down and create all of our own workouts. We love that part and we enjoy bringing those workouts to our clients.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
FOF is an outdoor fitness program that is appropriate for all fitness levels. So many people are intimidated by our program because they think it’s too hard or only for people who are already in shape. The atmosphere is incredibly encouraging and motivating and the community is pretty awesome too.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
We’d love to continue to change lives for the better and to reach more people. So many people are stuck in a rut or not moving at all. We would love to see those people step out and get involved in a program like FOF.
Answers by:
Kenzie Presnell, Owner/Certified Personal Trainer

The Hue
433 E. Romana St., thehouseofhue.com

What inspired you to get started?
We’re just like you. We love to play in the sun. The bad news is, one in five of us will get skin cancer due to sun exposure. Our inspiration for The Hue was to reduce the risk of skin cancer by educating our clientele about the benefits of self-tanning.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
We are thrilled to be able to give our clients the best airbrush tan they have ever had. In an industry with such stigma, we’re happy to educate as well as produce a flawless tan for our clientele, boosting their self confidence and making them feel beautiful inside and out.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
We specialize in custom airbrush tanning. Our sunless tanning solution produces an express, natural, long lasting spray tan and delivers a blend of vitamins and antioxidants to boost the skin’s “just off the beach” glow. Our natural formula works with the skin creating a customized shade of color every time.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
The “life span” of a sunless tan is about 7-10 days. We’re working to build our brand with our own line of tanning products in efforts to extend our clients custom glow. Pre and post spray-tanning products should be made available soon.
Answers by:
Ricky Robbins, Owner/Tanning Specialist

Famous Gabe’s Hula Moon Tattoo
473 N. Pace Blvd., hulamoontattoo.com

What inspired you to get started?
Tired of the tyranny of greedy shop owners we wanted to build a place that put the art first and have fun at the same time. We wanted to give not only a tattoo, but also an experience.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Pensacola. We love that our town is kicking ass. It is the small businesses that make Pensacola awesome. Unique places like The Elbow Room is what we aspire to be. We will miss our captain, Jim Flynn.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
Weird, wild and wonderful. Or a fun place with great tattooers. Come by and check it out. Make sure to ask about avocados.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
Hula Moon is proud to support the Bare Hand Collective which is a group of like minded artists under one roof working together for a common goal where the artist and the community work and support each other.
Answers by:
Famous Gabe, Artist at Large and Wizard for Hire

Kista Haas Photography
kistahaas.com

What inspired you to get started?
I started photography as a hobby, my release if you will, that turned into this amazing journey, which allows me to do what I love everyday.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
All of my clients, but I guess I should call them friends—because I love building lasting relationships with each and every one of them. Watching them grow behind my lens and to continue to capture real true moments that they can look back on for years to come.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
A lifestyle portrait and wedding photographer capturing real moments, the real connections, the real you. That’s the version of your story I want to tell.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
This was a huge complement—to win Best of the Coast—and for that, I thank my clients for allowing me to do what I love. My goal is to continue to evolve and grow and give my best to each and every client.
Answers by:
Kista Haas

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