Pensacola, Florida
Thursday June 21st 2018


Best of the Coast 2011—Services

Winner: Best Reception Venue
Runner Up: Best Special Event Space
For the second year in a row, 5 Eleven Palafox has won this category, which validates its reputation as the premier location for wedding receptions and special events. On South Palafox, the building, which once housed Trader Jon’s and Big Sexy Food, offers an elegant indoor setting with a private courtyard that hosts an array of events—including Halloween and Christmas parties and gourmet mixers.

Winner: Best Yoga
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.

Winner: Best 24-Hour Gym
Runner Up: Best Gym Overall
Convenience is key at Anytime Fitness. Its top-notch gym equipment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so whether you’re an early bird or night owl, any time can be workout time.

Winner: Best Local Ad Agency
This full-service advertising, marketing and public relations firm has built its reputation on getting results by putting its experience and creativity to work for its clients. Established in 1959, the Appleyard Agency’s mission is to provide more creativity, higher productivity and better service than you can find anywhere else. Today it does over $9 million in gross annual billings and is recognized as a regional leader.


Winner: Best Pool & Spa Company
Aqua Pool & Patio has grown from a small chemical and bleach company founded in 1949 to a full-service pool and patio business with over 60 employees and two locations. Today, Aqua Pool & Patio maintains or provides chemicals to 90 percent of all commercial pools in the Pensacola/Ft. Walton Beach area and services over 550 residential pools. This year, Aqua Pool & Patio added a designer to their staff to help with patio design and also launched a new in-ground pool construction division. In addition, customers can visit their retail showroom full of outdoor furniture and accessories.

Winner: Best Place to Work
Runner Up: Best Hospital
Pensacola loves its award-winning health care system and so do the employees at Baptist Health Care. Employee satisfaction is a major tenet of Baptist’s service excellence philosophy, which maintains that it takes happy employees to have happy patients. Baptist has not only consistently won the attention of IN readers, but also Fortune magazine, which has repeatedly named it to its “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.

Winner: Best Law Firm
Established in 1913, Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon is one of the oldest law firms in Pensacola. Its nearly 100 attorneys, paralegals and staff have made the firm one of Northwest Florida’s pre-eminent law firms recognized with Martindale-Hubbell’s most prestigious AV rating. This full-service firm provides services to individuals and institutions alike with legal matters ranging from commercial litigation, real estate transactions and litigation, and estate planning to personal injury, employment, social security and worker’s compensation law.

Winner: Best Massage, Best Salon for Waxing
Runner Up: Best Day Spa, Best Facial, Best Nail Salon, Best Pedicure, Best Skin Care Overall
Escape Wellness Spa offers an extensive menu of traditional massage and skin care services, as well as spa body treatments. Massages include the Escape Signature Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Couples Instructional Massage, Prenatal Escape and Sports Escape.

Winner: Best Wedding Florist
Runner Up: Best Florist
Owner Shannon M. Pallin opened Fiore in 2008 and quickly established herself as a rising star. Fiore is full of unique fresh florals, beautiful silk flowers, candles and much more—ever changing for whatever time of year the wedding is celebrated. Her wedding florals are stunning works of art, and many probably upstage the brides she designs for.

Winner: Best Fitness Classes, Best Non-Gym Workout
Runner Up: Best Pilates, Best Yoga, Best Outdoor Boot Camp
Fitness Onboard has come up with creative ways for IN readers to stay fit, and they are constantly adding devotees to their unique paddleboard fitness classes, which include yoga, pilates and boot camp.

Winner: Best Outdoor Boot Camp
Runner Up: Best Fitness Classes, 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. Their six-week, outdoor boot camp involves a variety of exercises and a personalized approach, where campers are side-by-side four days a week and can help motivate each other to work harder to reach fitness goals. It looks like IN readers have felt the burn.

Winner: Best Hotel-Pensacola Beach
Runner Up: Best Hotel Bar, Best Brunch-H20 Cajun Asian Grill, Best Place to Splurge-H20 Cajun Asian Grill, Best Chef-Dan Dunn
Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front is directly on Pensacola Beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Its deluxe accommodations, friendly service and relaxed atmosphere have won the respect and admiration of IN readers. This is where King Juan Carlos of Spain stayed in 2009 and where concert-goers will roost during Deluna Fest.

Winner: Best Piercing Studio, Best Tattoo Studio
Gabe Smith set out to reinvent the tattoo parlor in Pensacola. IN readers choose Hula Moon year after year because its tattoos are works of art. Find out why Gabe is “famous”.

Winner: Best Real Estate Agent
This native Pensacolian is number one in the greater Pensacola area with over $50 million in closed sales in 2009 and 2010. Mark became the managing broker for Levin-Rinke Resort Realty in April 2007. Resort Realty is the leading real estate company and developer in Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Gulf Breeze. He has put together a team that is committed to customer satisfaction and providing the best level of knowledge of the Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Gulf Breeze and Pensacola real estate market.

Winner: Best Insurance Agency
IN readers appreciate small, independent businesses that emerge as leaders in the community. This 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.

Winner: Best Wedding Planner
Runner Up: Best Place to Buy Wedding Invitations
Talent, creativity and the drive to “make it happen” set Megan Kennedy and her staff at Megan K. Events apart. Megan and her team take all of the worry out of weddings by handling all the details.

Winner: Best Special Event Space
Runner Up: Best Reception Venue, Best Wedding Caterer; Best Hotel Bar-600 South Italian Eatery & Wine Bar, Best Martini-600 South Italian Eatery & Wine Bar, Best Italian Cuisine-600 South Italian Eatery & Wine Bar, Best Up-and-Coming Chef-Nick Farkas, Best Boutique or Independent Hotel/Inn-New World Inn, Best Hotel-Not Pensacola Beach-New World Inn
Whether it’s an extremely large dinner banquet or just a small business meeting, New World Landing is Pensacola’s choice for special events. Their event specialists can create the perfect space for any event. New and improved 600 South Italian Eatery & Wine Bar is getting rave reviews for Chef Nick Farkas’ menu, and its New World Inn is a cozy boutique hotel with uniquely decorated rooms and a quiet atmosphere.

Winner: Best Chiropractor
Dr. Lindsey Jeudevine has built his practice catering to local business professionals, restaurant staff, festival goers and local residents. Located in the heart of historic downtown Pensacola, Olde Seville Chiropractic is convenient for IN readers. Stop in for thorough, prompt, affordable care.

Winner: Best Attorney
During the BP oil crisis, no one spent more time on national television defending this community and pointing out the misstatements and missteps by the oil giant than Mike Papantonio of the law firm Levin, Papantonio , Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor. He is the premier mass torts attorney in the country and has had a lead role in some of the biggest environmental cases in the past decade.

Winner: Best Wedding Photography, Best Photography
A picture may speak a thousand words, but so does a Best of the Coast award. Patsy Brown Photography approaches wedding and engagement photos with elegance and an ability to capture the mood.

Winner: Best Credit Union
Runner Up: Best Place to Work, Best Rising Leader-David Tuyo II, Best Local Boss-Ron Fields
Chartered in 1936, Pen Air Federal Credit Union initially served civil service and military employees and their immediate families but has since expanded to cover other employer groups. Pen Air FCU is the best choice for its members, regardless of where they live, through worldwide service with a hometown feel. IN readers agree.

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.

Winner: Best Tanning Salon
Runner Up: Best Day Spa
Planet Beach Contempo Spa 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.

Winner: Best Bank
Regions Bank has more than $137 billion in assets as of 2010, making it the 10th largest U.S.-based bank. J.D. Power & Associates gave Regions Bank in April 2011 the highest marks for retail banks in Florida. The bank had the top score with 789 points and earned five stars for customer satisfaction. IN readers agree. The bank’s slogan is “Make Life Better”. Regions has in Pensacola.

Winner: Best Hospital
Runner Up: Best Place to Work
More than 600 primary and specialty physicians practice at Sacred Heart, a not-for-profit health-care organization. Its main services include Sacred Heart Medical Group, a network of primary-care physicians, a 24-hour Emergency Trauma Center, a Pediatric Trauma Referral Center and centers of excellence specializing in women’s health, cardiac care, orthopedics, cancer care and the care of children.

Winner: Best Boutique or Independent Hotel/Inn
Runner Up: Best Hotel-not Pensacola Beach
Sole Inn & Suites has won this category for two years with 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 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.

Winner: Best Architecture Firm
This local firm provides professional services in architecture, planning, urban design, sustainable design and construction. Their expertise lies in a variety of project types including commercial office, hospitality, retail, mixed use, land planning, and single and multi-family residential projects. Spencer Maxwell Partington has played a big role in the rejuvenation of downtown Pensacola.

Winner: Best Day Spa, Best Facial
Runner Up: Best Massage, Best Nail Salon, Best Pedicure, Best Salon for Waxing, Best Skin Care Overall
Still Waters has wowed IN readers for six consecutive years 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.

Winner: Best Hair Salon, Best Wedding Hair Salon
Runner Up: Best Salon for Waxing, Best Tanning Salon, Best Hair Stylist-Cortney Campus & Sarah Tucker, Best Wedding Hair Stylist-Cortney Campus & Sarah Tucker
Style Downtown offers a variety of services including hair care, waxing, pedicures, manicures, make-up application and airbrush tanning. As a Goldwell Alliance Salon, Style stylists are updated with the latest Goldwell color news, trends, products and education.

Winner: Best Skin Care Overall
Runner Up: Best Facial, Best Beauty Products
Dr. Kevin Welch and his skin care center have 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 skin care 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 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 medical training and techniques, and lifelong service to the community.