Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday November 24th 2015


Best of the Coast 2011—Retail

Winner: Best Wine Shop, Best Wine Tastings
For the third 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.

Winner: Best Antiques
Runner Up: Best Vintage Store
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.

Winner: Best Music Gear
Opened in August 1997, Blue Angel Music has grown from a 1,000-foot, one-man guitar store into a 6,500 square foot, full-line, world-class music store offering a great selection of new, used and vintage guitars and other instruments. They even rent band instruments.

Winner: Best Bridal Store
The bridal business is often based upon referrals. That’s why Bridal Loft owner Brenda Carraway is meticulous with details, making sure she understands her customers and everything they need for their weddings. This is the third year Bridal Loft has been voted Best Bridal Store by IN readers, a testimony to its great service and elegant selection of bridal and bridesmaids dresses.

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 five-year reign as the area’s best cigar shop. In addition, you can find a variety of tobacco accessories, including premium lighters, cigar cutters, pipes, pipe tobacco and accessories. 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.

Winner: Best New Retail Shop
Envie inspires IN readers’ love for fashion by appealing to their desire to bring an individualized statement to every wardrobe. This Pensacola Beach shop considers every detail, from the quality of the fabric to the designer’s innovation and price.
Don’t be envious, be Envie.

Winner: Best Boutique
Runner Up: Best New Retail Shop, Best Women’s Accessories, Best Women’s Apparel
Owned and operated by mother-daughter team Kelly and Katie Rozier, Indigeaux has been a welcome addition to downtown Pensacola. The boutique offers premium denim brands made by Paige Denim and Miss Me, as well as an organic cotton and silk blend line made by Trinity, Judith March dresses, and LA Made basics. This is Indigeaux’s first Best of the Coast win, which is remarkable since the shop hasn’t been open a full year. We expect many more awards for them.

Winner: Best Outdoor Apparel & Accessories
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. Earlier this year, Mike and Lee McLaughlin moved Lee Tracy Shoes & Apparel from Pensacola Beach to cohabit with Intracoastal Outfitters, which they also own, at 701 E. Gregory St., which has been great for both businesses.

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 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.

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.

Winner: Best Gift Shop, Best Place to Buy Children’s Gifts/Toys (Sugarbabies by Pizzaz)
Runner Up: Best Women’s Accessories, Best Place to Buy a Wedding Gift
Pizzaz has been a perennial Best of the Coast winner. Their loyal customer base has propelled them to the top spot in the Best Gift Shop category for the second straight year. Their new addition, Sugarbabies by Pizzaz, is a favorite for parents and grandparents.

Winner: Best Athletic Store, 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
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.

Winner: Best Bicycle Shop
Best of the Coast two-time winner 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.

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.