AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING

Gold: Four Seasons Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration 

Silver: One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating 

Bronze: Climate Makers of NWFL, Inc. 

 

BATH REMODELING

Gold: Hometown Contractors, Inc. 

Silver: Randy Wise Homes, Inc. 

Bronze: Kitchen and Bath Center 

 

BLINDS/DRAPES/SHUTTERS

Gold: Carol Stearns, Decorating Den Interiors 

Silver: The Blind Man 

Bronze: About Face Blinds 

 

ELECTRICIAN

Gold: Gulf Coast Electric

Proudly serving our local community since 1980, Gulf Coast Electric's professional team members provide SAFE & exemplary service to meet all of your electrical needs; whether it's commercial properties or residential homes, we do it all! "Plug in to Superior Service" with Gulf Coast Electric!

Silver: Four Seasons Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration 

Bronze: Casey Electric 

 

FLOORING/CARPETING/TILE

Gold: Hyder's Carpets & Flooring Center 

Serving the Emerald Coast since 1983, Hyder's Carpets is one of the area's most experienced and professional floor covering businesses. We offer a complete line of carpet, hardwood, tile, laminate, vinyl and more. Hyder's Carpets is dedicated to personal and friendly service as we provide "BEAUTIFUL FLOORS FOR BEAUTIFUL HOMES".

Silver: Destin Flooring 

Bronze: Carpet City 

 

FURNITURE

Gold: Furniture Outlet

Furniture Outlet has provided the latest fashions to Emerald Coast homes and resorts since 1985. Whether you are decorating for coastal interior design or just need a comfortable couch at a good price, Furniture Outlet is worth a visit. If you are looking for something outside the big box, we offer thousands of custom fabric choices to create your perfect decor.

Silver: Retail Therapy 

Bronze: Hanks 

 

GLASS REPAIR

Gold: City Glass of Fort Walton Beach 

Silver: Fort Walton Beach Glass 

Bronze: Glass Doctor of Northwest Florida 

 

GUTTERS

Gold: Architectural Gutter Systems, LLC 

Silver: Florida Rain Gutters 

Bronze: Coastal Gutter Systems 

 

HOME IMPROVEMENT

Gold: Hometown Contractors, Inc. 

Silver: Randy Wise Homes, Inc. 

Bronze: A Splash of Color 

 

HOME SAFETY

Gold: A to Z Lock & Safe 

Silver: B & C Fire Safety 

Bronze: Emerald Coast Alarm 

 

INTERIOR DESIGN

Gold: Carol Stearns — Decorating Den Interiors 

Silver: Lily Pads of Bluewater Bay 

Bronze: Sugar Beach Interiors

 

KITCHEN REMODELING

Gold: Randy Wise Homes, Inc. 

Randy Wise Homes, Inc. is a locally owned general contracting company located in Niceville. Since 1977, they have provided building and remodeling services across Northwest Florida, including Niceville, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Freeport, South Walton, Crestview and Baker. Excellence, honesty, dependability and value continue to be the building blocks to their success.

Silver: The Kitchen and Bath Center 

Bronze: A Splash of Color 

 

AFTERMARKET SERVICES

Gold: Restylers 

Fort Walton Beach’s premier supplier of accessories from suspension lifts to mobile electronics. Since 2004, we have been providing our customers with the best in upgrade accessories and professional services. Restylers has been ranked as a Top 35 Rhino Linings Dealer in the U.S. for 4 years straight. If you’re in the market to upgrade your car or truck with high quality aftermarket accessories, Restylers is the place!

Silver: Auer Marine 

Bronze: Playground Auto 

 

AUTO BODY SHOP

Gold: Emerald Coast Collision Repair 

Silver: Miracle Strip Paint & Body 

Bronze: Preston Hood Chevrolet 

 

AUTO DEALERSHIP — NEW

Gold: Preston Hood Chevrolet 

Your premier source for Chevrolet vehicles and service in Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach. A business is nothing without their customers, that is why our customers always come first and our Reviews support that. Our Fort Walton Beach dealership has been serving the area with new/used vehicles for 40-plus years! Our rich history in sales/service has granted us with the experience necessary to provide guidance on your next purchase.

Silver: Lee Automotive Group 

Bronze: ZT Motors of Fort Walton Beach 

 

AUTO DEALERSHIP — USED

Gold: Preston Hood Chevrolet 

Your premier source for Chevrolet vehicles and service in Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach. A business is nothing without their customers, that is why our customers always come first and our Reviews support that. Our Fort Walton Beach dealership has been serving the area with new/used vehicles for 40-plus years! Our rich history in sales/service has granted us with the experience necessary to provide guidance on your next purchase.

Silver: Lee Automotive Group 

Bronze: Sam Taylor Buick GMC 

 

AUTO REPAIR/SERVICE/PARTS

Gold: Shaw's Auto Repair 

Shaw's is a family environment and an honest, locally owned auto repair facility. We will honestly tell you if the repair needs to happen right away or if you have time before the problem causes damage. We will let you know what is best for the life of your vehicle and educate you about your car, parts and when they need to be replaced. We are here to service your automobile's needs.

Silver: Al's Auto FWB

Bronze: Preston Hood Chevrolet 

 

AUTO TUNE-UP/OIL CHANGE

Gold: Time Saver — Mary Esther Cut-Off 

Silver: Express Oil Change 

Bronze: Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center 

 

AUTO WASH/DETAILING

Gold: Rich's Car Wash 

Silver: Executive Car Wash — Destin 

Bronze: Wash Me Now Car Wash 

 

BOAT SALES/SERVICE

Legendary Marine Gold

Auer Marine Silver

Adventure Marine Bronze

 

ELECTRIC, GOLF & UTILITY VEHICLES

Gold: Electric Cart Company 

Silver: Dixie electric carts 

Bronze: Scooter Brothers 

 

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

Gold: Coastal Powersports 

Coastal Powersports has been located in Fort Walton Beach since 2007. If you're looking for high quality and personal service, you've come to the right place. We'll give you the attention and personal service you'll come to expect and enjoy. We offer per-owner motorcycle sales, parts and accessories, service and dyno tuning. We offer the best in pre-owned motorcycle sales, parts, accessories. Our rates are competitive, with no hidden fees.

Silver: Electric Cart Company 

Bronze: Scooter Brothers 

 

TIRE DEALERSHIP

Gold: Keller's Tire Center 

Silver: Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center 

Bronze: OK Tires

LANDSCAPING

Gold: Bayou Lawn & Landscape Services 

Silver: Father and Son Landscaping 

Bronze: Bay's Landscaping 

 

LOCKSMITH

Gold: A to Z Lock & Safe 

Silver: Destin Locksmithing and alarms 

Bronze: Ben Marshall Lock and Safe 

 

PLUMBING

Gold: Willingham Plumbing 

Silver: Benjamin Franklin Plumbing 

Bronze: AAA 1 Paul's Plumbing 

 

POOL BUILDING & SERVICE

Gold: Aqua Pool & Patio Co.

As the Emerald Coast's leading full-service swimming pool company, Aqua Pool & Patio has been building and keeping pools clean and operating properly for over 60 years. We provide chemicals to over 80 of the commercial pools from Perdido Key to Panama City. Our knowledgeable staff will take care of all your swimming pool needs. 

Silver: Cox Pools 

Bronze: Gulf Pool Service 

 

SUNROOMS

Gold: Hometown Contractors, Inc. 

Silver: Titan Sunrooms 

Bronze: Tri State Industries 

 

VACUUM CLEANER SALES/SERVICE

Gold: Vacuum Center — Ft. Walton Beach

We are a full-service floor care store specializing in carpet, tile and hardwood floor care. We stock a full line of upright and canister vacuums including the No. 1-rated MIELE and SIMPLICITY, floor steamers and floor scrubbers. We service and repair all makes and models. We aren’t a franchise or associated with any other floor care store.

Silver: A TO Z Sewing & Vacuum — Niceville

Bronze: Vacuum Center — Destin

BARBER SHOP

Gold: Sport Clips FWB-Destin 

"The Championship" Hair Cut Experience for Men and Boys! Visit our two locations in Fort Walton Beach and Destin, and join us for the 21st Century Barber Shop with a Guy-Smart licensed Stylist. Thank you for voting our team as the Finest! We appreciate every client. No appointment is needed and we’re always ready to offer you "The Signature MVP Experience." Look for our new location in Crestview soon!

Silver: P Nuts Barber Shop 

Bronze: Barbery Coast — Main Street, Destin

 

BODY WAXING

Gold: Kelsey Robar — Making Waves Salon and Spa 

Silver: A Day Away Massage & Spa 

Bronze: Spa La La

 

COSMETIC DENISTRY

Gold: Smileology 

Silver: Bright Smiles Dentistry 

Bronze: Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry 

 

DERMATOLOGY & SKIN CARE

Gold: Coastal Skin Surgery & Dermatology 

Silver: Dermatology Specialists of Florida 

Bronze: White-Wilson Medical Center — Dr. Norman R. Friedman 

 

HAIR SALON

Gold: Chatterbox Salon

11 years ago I found this little salon named Cinco Beauty Salon and bought it! After several renovations, Chatterbox Salon is an upbeat, full-service hair salon! It’s a place where several hairstylists work together in a friendly atmosphere! We continually educate to offer today's fashionable hairstyles with today's top products. Website: www.chatterboxsalonfwb.com.

Silver: As You like it Salon 

Bronze: Avant Garde 

 

HAIR STYLIST

Gold: Destiny Weston — Chatterbox 

Thank you to all who voted me, Destiny Weston, 2017 Finest on the Emerald Coast top stylist. I work at Chatterbox Salon in Fort Walton Beach. This year marks my 10th year in the industry. I am a third generation hairstylist with a true passion for hair and people! I am an artist first and a hairstylist second. Come see me, and let's see what we can create. 

Silver: Eden Crockett — Doria Grace Salon 

Bronze: Connie Naomi Moulton

 

MASSAGE

Gold: Bodyworks by Bull Therapeutic Massage

Bodyworks by Bull Therapeutic Massage in Fort Walton Beach is to improve your health and quality of life through the use of our 30-plus years of experience, our knowledge and our hands. We always strive at learning the latest chronic soft tissue pain relief techniques. We integrate — ART (Active Release Techniques) Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, Orthopedic Massage, Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, Deep Tissue Massage, ETPS, and Sports Rehab Massage techniques to help you achieve a pain-free life.

Silver: A Day Away Massage & Spa 

Bronze: Mobile Therapies 

 

MED-SPA

Gold: Med-Spa Of Destin & Sandestin 

Silver: Float Brothers Spa 

Bronze: Adiva Day Spa — Crestview 

 

NAIL SALON

Gold: Diva Nails & Spa 

Silver: LA Nails 

Bronze: Nails by Jessica Webb at T'hairapy 

 

PLASTIC/COSMETIC SURGERY

Gold: Destin Plastic Surgery Center 

Silver: Med-Spa of Destin & Sandestin 

Bronze: Dermatology Specialists of Florida

 

SPA SERVICE

Gold: Float Brothers 

Silver: Spa La La

Bronze: MedSpa of Destin & Sandestin 

 

TANNING SALON

Gold: Palm Beach Tan 

Silver: Sun Hut Tanning 

Bronze: Tan Destin 

 

TATTOO ARTIST

Gold: Sacred-X-Pressions Tattoo Studio — Artist Lauren Bonifacius 

Sacred-X-Pressions Tattoo Studio would like to convey a heartfelt THANK YOU! to all of our awesome supporters who voted to recognize our Amazing Tattoo Artist, Lauren Bonifacius, as the Finest Tattoo Artist on the Emerald Coast for 2017! Congratulations, Lauren! Visit Sacred-X-Pressions Tattoo Studio to create your own Sacred-X-Pression!

Silver: Working Man Tattoo 

Bronze: Defiance Tattoo Co.

APPETIZER

Gold: McGuire's Irish Pub

Silver: Twisted Grape Café & Wine Bar 

Bronze: BoneFish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp 

 

BAKERY

Gold: Sugar Mill Sweets Cafe 

Sugar Mill Sweets has been in the area since 1981 and is a family owned and operated lunch café and bakery that has been a local favorite for years. They offer lunch, baked goodies and confections. Your favorite soups, salads, quiche, sandwiches are all available, as well as a wide variety of sweet endings.

Silver: The Donut Hole Destin 

Bronze: Cakemaster's II Bakery 

 

BAR/LOUNGE

Gold: Twisted Grape Café & Wine Bar 

Twisted Grape in Shalimar is an eclectic restaurant with a varied menu of tapas-style plates, flatbreads, Panini, (a tasty ZinGouda burger and Lasagna at dinnertime) and unique desserts. Our wine list includes wines from around the world. We host fundraising events and are available for any special occasion.

Silver: Craft Bar 

Bronze: AJ's on the Bayou 

 

BBQ

Gold: Jim 'N Nick's

Silver: Bucks Smokehouse 

Bronze: The Parson's Son BBQ 

 

BEER SELECTION

Gold: World of Beer 

Silver: Shalimar Cheers 

Bronze: Craft Bar

 

BLOODY MARY

Gold: McGuire's Irish Pub 

Silver: Asiago Skillet 

Bronze: Another Broken Egg 

 

BREWERY

Gold: McGuire's Irish Pub

Silver: Grayton Beer Company 

Bronze: Prop's Craft Brewery 

 

BUFFET

Gold: Golden Corral — FWB 

Silver: Desi's 

Bronze: Modelle's at Air Force Enlisted Village 

 

CASUAL DINING

Gold: Twisted Grape Café & Wine Bar

Twisted Grape in Shalimar is an eclectic restaurant with a varied menu of tapas-style plates, flatbreads, Panini, (a tasty ZinGouda burger and Lasagna at dinnertime) and unique desserts. Our wine list includes wines from around the world. We host fundraising events and are available for any special occasion.

Silver: McGuires Irish Pub

Bronze: Dewey Destin 

 

CATERING

Gold: Sandwich Express 

Sandwich Express is a food truck that sells hot sandwiches, craft burgers, homemade soups and other gourmet items in Northwest Florida. Veteran owned, Sandwich Express serves the men and women of Duke Field and the 7th Special Forces Group daily, and is available for catering or special events year-round.

Silver: Twisted Grape Café & Wine Bar 

Bronze: Big Red Truck 

 

CHEF

Gold: Chef Rob Bird — Sandwich Express 

Sandwich Express is a food truck that sells hot sandwiches, craft burgers, homemade soups and other gourmet items in Northwest Florida. Veteran owned, Sandwich Express serves the men and women of Duke Field and the 7th Special Forces Group daily, and is available for catering or special events year-round.

Silver: Chef Dan Pettis — One20 a Modern Bistro, Chef Dan's Fuel at Northlight 

Bronze: Chef Ernie Dejean at Dockside Cafe 

 

CHINESE RESTAURANT

Gold: Fusion Bistro 

Silver: PF Changs 

Bronze: Jin Jin 

 

CUBAN RESTAURANT

Gold: Cafe Rico

Silver: Havana Harrys East Gate Cafe/Truck

Bronze: Spork a Local Eatery 

 

DESSERT

Gold: Sugar Mill Sweets Cafe 

Silver: Twisted Grape Café & Wine Bar 

Bronze: Donut Hole — Destin

 

FINE DINING RESTAURANT

Gold: Louisiana Lagniappe 

Silver: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse-Destin 

Bronze: One20 a Modern Bistro 

 

GREEK RESTAURANT

Gold: Aegean Restaurant 

Opa! Live longer, eat like the Greeks. Open daily with lunch specials and fresh homemade recipes. Aegean Restaurant offers gluten-free vegetarian dishes, full bar, wine and beer. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visit their locations in Shalimar and Miramar Beach. Come and enjoy a taste of the Greek Isles.

Silver: Crackers 

Bronze: Fresh Greece 

 

GUMBO

Gold: Ernie's Dockside Cafe & Oyster Bar 

Silver: Stewby's 

Bronze: French Quarter Grill 

 

HAMBURGER

Gold: Sandwich Express 

Sandwich Express is a food truck that sells hot sandwiches, craft burgers, homemade soups and other gourmet items in Northwest Florida. Veteran owned, Sandwich Express serves the men and women of Duke Field and the 7th Special Forces Group daily, and is available for catering or special events year-round.

Silver: Tops Hamburgers 

Bronze: McGuire's Irish Pub 

 

HAPPY HOUR

Gold: Twisted Grape Café & Wine Bar 

Twisted Grape in Shalimar is an eclectic restaurant with a varied menu of tapas-style plates, flatbreads, Panini, (a tasty ZinGouda burger and Lasagna at dinnertime) and unique desserts. Our wine list includes wines from around the world. We host fundraising events and are available for any special occasion.

Silver: Crab Island Cantina 

Bronze: Craft Bar 

 

HEALTH FOODS

Gold: Megan's Sunshine Cafe 

Megan's Sunshine Café opened in October 2015 with the single goal of providing good vibes and delicious eats to downtown Crestview. Serving vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and just plain good food, Megan's Sunshine Café is the only restaurant in Crestview that can cater to specific food sensitivities and needs.

Silver: Clean Eatz of Shalimar 

Bronze: The Golden Almond 

 

HIBACHI/JAPANESE

Gold: Bamboo Sushi — Hibachi Express 

At Bamboo we strive to provide excellent food and service in a pretentious free atmosphere. We specialize in Hibachi, Ramen and Sushi, as well as traditional and non-traditional dishes. Our sake is imported directly from Japan. Our beer selection is craft inspired (local and regional). Try something different, Try Bamboo!

Silver: SoiBistro 

Bronze: Okinawa Japanese Steak & Seafood House 

 

HOT DOG

Gold: Dave's Dogs at Harry T's Lighthouse 

Silver: Tops

Bronze: The Hot Dog Shoppe 

 

ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Gold: Tradewinds Restaurant

Silver: Clemenza's 

Bronze: La Familigia 

 

MARGARITA

Gold: Cantina Laredo 

Silver: Pepper’s Mexican Grill & Cantina 

Bronze: Pepitos 

 

MARTINI

Gold: Bonefish Grill — Destin 

Bonefish Grill is known for simply good food and drinks. We specialize in hand-crafted martinis and the original "Bang Bang"™ Shrimp!

Silver: McGuire's Irish Pub 

Bronze: The Black Pearl 

 

MEXICAN/LATIN AMERICAN

Gold: Pepper’s Mexican Grill and Cantina 

Pepper’s Mexican Grill & Cantina is a family owned restaurant from the small town of Degollado, Jalisco. Degollado is a small town located in the valley of the mountainous region in the state of Jalisco. Pepper’s opened its doors in 2005 with the first location in Port St. Joe, Florida. We serve only the finest Mexican food made fresh every day, and continue to be committed to sharing the same vision with our employees: Understand your responsibilities, be accountable to your guest, each other, and our community. This vision has made Pepper’s successful all these years. Now you can enjoy Peppers in Tallahassee, Panama City, Shalimar, Gainesville and Fernandina Beach.

Silver: Pepito's Mexican Restaurant 

Bronze: Crab Island Catina

 

OUTDOOR BAR

Gold: The Gulf on Okaloosa Island

Silver: KC's Sandbar & Grille 

Bronze: AJ's on the Bayou 

 

OYSTER BAR

Gold: Doc's Oyster Bar 

Silver: Hightide Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar 

Bronze: Boathouse Oyster Bar

 

PIZZA

Gold: Helen Back 

Silver: Mellow Mushroom 

Bronze: Fokker's Sports Pub 

 

SANDWICH/DELI SHOP

Gold: Sandwich Express 

Sandwich Express is a food truck that sells hot sandwiches, craft burgers, homemade soups and other gourmet items in Northwest Florida. Veteran owned, Sandwich Express serves the men and women of Duke Field and the 7th Special Forces Group daily, and is available for catering or special events year-round.

Silver: Lenny's 

Bronze: Corner Cafe

 

SEAFOOD MARKET

Gold: Destin Seafood Market 

Silver: Willingham's Seafood 

Bronze: Sexton's Seafood 

 

SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Gold: Dewey Destin Seafood 

Silver: Stewby's 

Bronze: Old Bay Steamer 

 

SPECIALTY HEALTH FOODS

Gold: The Golden Almond

We have been serving the Emerald Coast for over 31 years, offering a huge selection of nutritional supplements, healthy foods and anti-aging skincare, as well as an in-store cafe with a 100 percent organic menu. Visit our exceptionally knowledgeable staff at 339 Racetrack Road in Fort Walton Beach or contact us at 850-863-5811. Find us online at www.goldenalmond.com.

Silver: Clean Eatz 

Bronze: Everkrisp

 

SPORTS BAR & GRILL

Gold: Buffalo Reef

Fort Walton Beach's favorite wings since 1990! An experiment in 1964 led to the creation of Buffalo Wings. Several regulars at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, were getting hungry. Dominic Bellissimo was behind the bar while his mother, Theresa, was in the kitchen improvising. She deep fried some wings, basted them in hot sauce, and served them with celery sticks and bleu cheese. "Mama's" snack had everyone talking about the chicken wing lady and soon it became the most popular item there. It eventually spread to other restaurants in the area and eventually to Fort Walton Beach.

Silver: Buffalo Wild Wings 

Bronze: Fokker's Sports Pub 

 

STEAKHOUSE

Gold: McGuire's Irish Pub 

Silver: Ruth Chris Steak House 

Bronze: Flemings Steakhouse 

 

SUSHI

Gold: Bamboo Sushi — Hibachi Express 

At Bamboo we strive to provide excellent food and service in a pretentious free atmosphere. We specialize in Hibachi, Ramen and Sushi, as well as traditional and non-traditional dishes. Our sake is imported directly from Japan. Our beer selection is craft inspired (local and regional). Try something different, Try Bamboo!

Silver: SoiBistro 

Bronze: Harbor Dock's 

 

THAI RESTAURANT

Gold: Thai House 

Authentic food and friendly service makes the Thai House a special place for your dining pleasure. Thank you for voting Thai Restaurant the Finest on the Emerald Coast.

Silver: Thai Hut

Bronze: Jasmine Thai 

 

WATERFRONT DINING

Gold: Dewey Destin's 

Silver: The Gulf 

Bronze: Boshamp's 

 

WINE LIST

Gold: Twisted Grape Café & Wine Bar 

Twisted Grape in Shalimar is an eclectic restaurant with a varied menu of tapas-style plates, flatbreads, Panini, (a tasty ZinGouda burger and Lasagna at dinnertime) and unique desserts. Our wine list includes wines from around the world. We host fundraising events and are available for any special occasion.

Silver: Chan's Wine World Destin

Bronze: Taste 

 

WINGS

Gold: Buffalo Reef 

Fort Walton Beach's favorite wings since 1990! An experiment in 1964 led to the creation of Buffalo Wings. Several regulars at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, were getting hungry. Dominic Bellissimo was behind the bar while his mother, Theresa, was in the kitchen improvising. She deep fried some wings, basted them in hot sauce, and served them with celery sticks and bleu cheese. "Mama's" snack had everyone talking about the chicken wing lady and soon it became the most popular item there. It eventually spread to other restaurants in the area and eventually to Fort Walton Beach.

Silver: Buffalo Wild Wings 

Bronze: Crab Island Cantina

ART GALLERY

Gold: Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College host a broad spectrum of quality exhibitions of works by established and emerging artists from across the nation as well as juried regional exhibitions. Free of charge. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 90 minutes prior to events in Mainstage Theater. Schedule at: www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org. Phone: 850-729-6044.

Silver: G&Co 

Bronze: The Zoo Gallery 

 

BALLROOM DANCING

Gold: Fred Astaire Dance Studio — Fort Walton Beach

Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Fort Walton Beach has been locally owned and operated for over 30 years! We bring a level of commitment, quality and excellence that is unmatched in this area. Thank you for voting Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Fort Walton Beach the FINEST in the Emerald Coast!

Silver: Luna Ballroom

Bronze: Fred Astaire Dance Studio — Crestview 

 

BOATING CLUB

Gold: Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club

Silver: Legacy Boating Club 

Bronze: North Light Yacht Club

 

BOWLING ALLEY

Gold: White Sands Bowling Center

Whether you are a member of the Fort Walton Beach or Destin communities, or just visiting, there is no better place to go than White Sands Bowling Center when you are looking for fun things to do. Our facility has 32 immaculately groomed lanes. Located in the heart of FWB, it is a favorite among bowlers all along the Emerald Coast.

Silver: Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl 

Bronze: Hurricane Lanes 

 

CASINO/CASINO TRIPS

Gold: Good Time Tours 

Silver: Tammys Journeys 

 

CHARTER/PARTY BOAT/FISHING

Gold: Sweet Jody Fishing 

Sweet Jody Fishing is family owned and operated deep sea fishing fun with Captain Cliff Cos, 7-time Capt. of the Year, and Deckhands of the Year. We offer half-day and full-day fishing trips and discounts for locals, vets, military, police/fire, educators, seniors and kids. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see our catches and schedules. Phone: 850-650-2500

Silver: Capt. Trey Windes — Charter Boat OUTTA LINE 

Bronze: The Swoop 

 

DANCE LESSONS

Gold: Fred Astaire Dance Studio — Fort Walton Beach

Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Fort Walton Beach has been locally owned and operated for over 30 years. We bring a level of commitment, quality and excellence that is unmatched in this area. Thank you for voting Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Fort Walton Beach the FINEST in the Emerald Coast!

Silver: Studio FuZion Dance and Fitness Studio

Bronze: Katharine's Studio One Dance Center

 

GOLF COURSE

Gold: Shalimar Pointe Golf Club

Silver: Fort Walton Beach Golf Club 

Bronze: Blackstone Golf Course 

 

HOTEL

Gold: Holiday Inn Resort — Okaloosa Island 

Silver: Henderson Park Inn 

Bronze: Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village 

 

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Gold: Goofy Golf

Families and friends have enjoyed the atmosphere of our miniature golf course since 1958. We have two courses that have 17 holes each, sharing the 18th known as "Snakes Mouth." Our famous T-Rex, "Hammy," has been with us since the beginning and stands 23 feet tall! Bring the family and experience Goofy Golf once again.

Silver: Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Bronze: Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park 

 

RECREATIONAL RENTALS

Gold: Boogies Watersports 

Silver: Double Fun Watersports 

Bronze: La Dolce Vita Beach Services 

 

TENNIS CLUB

Gold: TOPS'L Beach and Racquet Resort 

Silver: Bluewater Bay Tennis Center

Bronze: Fort Walton Beach Tennis Center 

 

TRAVEL

Gold: Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport 

Silver: Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine 

Bronze: ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals 

 

VACATION RENTALS

Gold: ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals 

Silver: Brooks and Shorey Resorts, Inc. 

Bronze: Emerald Grande 

 

VIEW

Gold: HarborWalk Village

Silver: Crab Island Cantina 

Bronze: Emerald Grande

APARTMENT/CONDO COMPLEX

Gold: Air Force Enlisted Village 

Silver: Emerald Grande 

Bronze: Beach Resort Condos/Islander 

 

CHILD CARE CENTER

Gold: Boys and Girls Club

Silver: Child Care Network 

Bronze: Crosspoint United Methodist Church of Niceville 

 

COMMUNITY PARTNER

Gold: Sandwich Express 

Silver: Twisted Grape Café & Wine Bar 

Bronze: Children In Crisis

 

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Gold: Sandwich Express 

Silver: Sundance Rental Management 

Bronze: Twisted Grape Café & Wine Bar 

 

GAS STATION/CONVENIENCE STORE

Gold: Tom Thumb 

Silver: Dodge's 

Bronze: Cefco in Niceville on corner of 85 & College Blvd. 

 

LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESS

Gold: Sandwich Express 

Silver: Twisted Grape Café & Wine Bar 

Bronze: Sundance Rental Management 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Gold: Sandwich Express 

Silver: Twisted Grape Wine Bar & Cafe' 

Bronze: Pounders Hawaiian Grill 

 

NON-PROFIT

Gold: Junior League of the Emerald Coast 

Silver: Alaqua Animal Refuge 

Bronze: Children in Crisis  

 

PLACE TO WORK

Gold: Sundance Rental Management 

Silver: Eglin Federal Credit Union

Bronze: ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals

ASSISTED LIVING

Gold: Air Force Enlisted Village 

The Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose core mission is to provide a home for surviving spouses of retired enlisted U.S. Air Force personnel. AFEV operates Bob Hope Village, an active, independent living community, and Hawthorn House, an assisted living and memory support residence, located in Shalimar. Learn more at www.afev.us.

Silver: The Meridian at Westwood 

Bronze: Superior Residences of Niceville 

 

CHIROPRACTOR

Gold: Dr. Amanda Gottschalk

Silver: Dr. Frisbee and Kracht Center for Healthy Living 

Bronze: Emerald Coast Chiropractic 

 

DENTAL PRACTICE

Gold: Bright Smiles Dentistry

Bright Smiles is an affordable, full-service dental practice located just off Eglin Parkway, near Uptown Station. At Bright Smiles you will find a caring, experienced staff utilizing the latest in dental technology and techniques. Bright Smiles has early morning, lunchtime and evening hours, and provides insurance assistance and interest-free financing.

Silver: Sonny Davis, DMD 

Bronze: Stubbs Orthodontist 

 

DENTURES

Gold: Smileology

Silver: Bright Smiles 

Bronze: Denture and Dental Services 

 

EYEWEAR SHOP

Gold: Eyewear Unlimited 

Silver: Mollega Eye Care

Bronze: Shalimar Eye Care, P.A. 

 

GYM/HEALTH CLUB

Gold: Militia Fitness

Militia Fitness is truly one of a kind and our members' success and welcoming community is a reflection of that! Our value is based on four main things: Amazing facilities, a supportive ego-free community, four different proven fitness programs and a customized nutrition program. Let us help you reach your fitness goals and have fun! 

Silver: Fitness U.S. of Niceville 

Bronze: Planet Fitness 

 

HEARING AIDS

Gold: Beltone Hearing Care Center 

Silver: Miracle Ear — Fort Walton Beach 

Bronze: White-Wilson Medical Center, P.A. 

 

HOSPITAL

Gold: Sacred Heart Hospital 

Silver: Twin Cities Hospital 

Bronze: Fort Walton Beach Medical Center 

 

INDEPENDENT LIVING

Gold: Air Force Enlisted Village 

The Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose core mission is to provide a home for surviving spouses of retired enlisted U.S. Air Force personnel. AFEV operates Bob Hope Village, an active, independent living community, and Hawthorn House, an assisted living and memory support residence, located in Shalimar. Learn more at www.afev.us.

Silver: Superior Residences at Bluewater Bay 

Bronze: The Meridian at Westwood

 

MEDICAL CENTER

Gold: Fort Walton Beach Medical Center 

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is a full-service hospital with the most highly respected and qualified physicians in the area. It is the only hospital with a comprehensive cardiology program, Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center and Level II NICU. FWBMC also just became an ACS-verified Level II Trauma Center.

Silver: White-Wilson Medical Center, P.A. 

Bronze: Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast

 

MEDICAL PRACTICE

Gold: White-Wilson Medical Center, P.A. 

White-Wilson Medical Center is home to your community's largest team of physicians collaborating in 20-plus specialists of medicine. From primary care to specialty care, White-Wilson has been the community's choice for 70-plus years. With convenient locations in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Navarre and Niceville, White-Wilson is here when you need a doctor.

Silver: Orthopedic Associates 

Bronze: Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast

 

MEDICAL SPECIALIST

Gold: White-Wilson Medical Center, P.A.

White-Wilson Medical Center is home to your community's largest team of physicians collaborating in 20-plus specialists of medicine. From primary care to specialty care, White-Wilson has been the community's choice for 70-plus years. With convenient locations in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Navarre and Niceville, White-Wilson is here when you need a doctor.

Silver: Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast 

Bronze: Family Therapies 

 

OPTOMETRIST

Gold: Dr. Rhonda Hendrix 

Silver: Dr. Rafael O. Mollega, Jr. 

Bronze: Dr. Nathaniel Ruttig, Eye MD of Niceville 

 

PHARMACY

Gold: The Prescription Place 

Shane Abbott, RPh and Cari Cole, PharmD opened The Prescription Place Pharmacy in DeFuniak Springs in 2006, and in 2015 they expanded to their second location in Niceville. Pharmacist Kristen Whiddon, Terry Gordon and our entire staff are honored to serve our customers. We are "your hometown pharmacy, providing fast and friendly service to the community."

Silver: Eglin AFB Hospital Pharmacy 

Bronze: Sandestin Executive Health & Wellness Center 

 

PHYSICIAN

Gold: Dr. Christopher Hansen, MD 

Dr. Christopher Hansen is a highly-skilled physician at White-Wilson Medical Center's Family Medicine Clinic in Fort Walton Beach. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and specializes in preventive care, physicals, wellness exams and urgent illnesses. Dr. Hansen is currently accepting new patients.

Silver: Dr. Robin Zarate 

Bronze: Dr. Jason Boole 

 

SPECIALTY FITNESS

Gold: Fitness U.S. of Niceville 

Our 45-minute, heart-rate monitored group training class is designed to give you a full-body workout. We have created a group training program unlike any other that combines strength and cardiovascular training to tone and sculpt your body. From beginners to athletes, our program is designed to deliver results at any fitness level.

Silver: Militia Fitness 

Bronze: Yoga Junkies 

 

URGENT CARE

Gold: White-Wilson Medical Center, P.A. 

When you need to see a doctor right away, White-Wilson is here. White-Wilson's Immediate Care Clinic is staffed by a team of board certified specialists capable of treating a variety of urgent and acute medical conditions. White-Wilson Immediate Care Clinics are available in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Navarre and Niceville.

Silver: Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast

Bronze: Niceville Urgent Care 

 

VEIN CENTER

Gold: White-Wilson Medical Center, P.A. 

Dr. John Dali is a surgeon at White-Wilson Medical Center in Fort Walton Beach, who specializes in minimally-invasive, state-of-the-art vein procedures. Dr. Dali provides outpatient treatment options for patients with Venous Reflux. Dr. Dali and the White-Wilson Medical Center team is honored to be the Finest Vein Center on the Emerald Coast.

Silver: Okaloosa Heart & Vascular 

Bronze: Coastal Vein Institute 

 

WEIGHT LOSS CENTER

Gold: Med-Spa of Destin & Sandestin 

Silver: Metabolic Research Center 

Bronze: Dr. Bawa & Associates

BUILDER/CONTRACTOR

Gold: Randy Wise Homes, Inc. 

Randy Wise Homes, Inc. is a locally owned general contracting company located in Niceville. Since 1977, they have provided building and remodeling services across Northwest Florida, including Niceville, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Freeport, South Walton, Crestview and Baker. Excellence, honesty, dependability and value continue to be the building blocks to their success.

Silver: Lord & Son Construction 

Bronze: Huff Brothers 

 

CREMATION SERVICES

Gold: Emerald Coast Funeral Homes 

Our staff is honored that we have won the Finest for Cremation Services. We have the only crematory in south Okaloosa County and your loved one never leaves our care. Our community and your loved ones are very important to us. It is our privilege serving the families of our community.

Silver: Davis Watkins 

Bronze: Whitehurst — Crestview 

 

FLORIST

Gold: Friendly Florist of Fort Walton Beach 

Friendly Florist of Fort Walton Beach, located at 210 Hollywood Blvd. SE, is a full-service florist providing quality floral arrangements, plants, gifts, gourmet baskets, weddings, local and worldwide delivery. We have built an excellent reputation on beautiful flowers with prompt service, serving the Emerald Coast for 60 years!

Silver: Connect with Flowers 

Bronze: Katie's House of Flowers 

 

FUNERAL HOME

Gold: Emerald Coast Funeral Home 

Our staff is honored that we have won the Finest for Funeral Home and Cremation Services. We have the only crematory in south Okaloosa County and your loved one never leaves our care. Our community and your loved ones are very important to us. It is our privilege serving the families of our community.

Silver: Davis-Watkins Funeral Homes & Crematory 

Bronze: McLaughlin Mortuary 

 

INSURANCE AGENCY

Gold: Acentria Insurance 

As the premier independent insurance agency in the Southeast, Acentria Insurance recognizes that everyone is unique in their insurance needs. Whether it be home, auto or business insurance, our team of professionals will customize a plan to fit your unique situation. With over 20 convenient locations, we are here to serve you as your dedicated resource for all things insurance. 

Silver: Harris Insurance 

Bronze: Simerly Ayers Insurance Group 

 

IT SERVICES

Gold: SJP Network Solutions 

SJP Network Solutions provides comprehensive Managed IT Support, cloud architecture and network management for businesses in Fort Walton Beach, Destin and the Gulf Coast. Let SJP handle all of your IT Support, network, computer technical support and remote management needs that won’t break the bank. Raise productivity, reduce downtime!

Silver: Bit-Wizards 

Bronze: Professional Computer and Training Services 

 

LAW FIRM

Gold: Lisa Jo Spencer, PA 

Lisa Jo Spencer, PA is a law firm dedicated to practice in the areas of probate administration, guardianships and estate planning. The firm’s focus is on guiding our clients through the legal process to minimize stress and maximize value for them.

Silver: Chesser & Barr, P.A. 

Bronze: Mead Law Firm 

 

LIMO SERVICE

Gold: Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine 

Silver: 654 Limo 

Bronze:D'Luxe  

 

MOVING/STORAGE COMPANY

Gold: Two Men and a Truck 

Silver: P.M.S. 

Bronze: A & A Transfer and Storage 

 

PET CARE

Gold: Dog Gone Cute Grooming & Bowtique 

Silver: Companion Veterinary Animal Hospital 

Bronze: Crossroads Animal Clinic 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Gold: Whitney Port Photography 

Silver: Out of the Blue Photography 

Bronze: Neda's Notions Photography 

 

PR/AD AGENCY

Gold: Beach to Bay Media 

We’re crystal-clear about who we want to be for the client and we make sure that we show up as those people, consistently. We are a full-service, traditional media planning and buying agency with 24 years in the industry, helping businesses grow.​ We place TV, radio, billboard, print and direct mail and have a staff that can handle all of your social media and digital marketing needs.

Silver: The Petermann Agency 

Bronze: Proffitt PR 

 

PRINTING AND COPYING SERVICES

Gold: Southern Star Printing, LLC 

We provide a variety of printing services to fit your needs. Whether it is personal or business, we focus on providing the best customer service and printing & promotional products. With years of experience we offer the latest concepts in printing and will look for ways to save you money. Call us at 850-226-6769 or visit us at 333-C Racetrack Road in Fort Walton Beach. Website: www.southernstarprinting.com.

Silver: Niceville Pack & Ship 

Bronze: Perfect Imprints 

 

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Gold: Sundance Rental Management, Inc. 

Silver: Brooks, Shorey & Associates 

Bronze: ResortQuest 

 

REAL ESTATE AGENT

Gold: Paul A. Domenech at ERA American Real Estate 

Silver: Michelle Martin at Keller Williams Realty 

Bronze: Joe Capalotti at Coast Realty Services 

 

REAL ESTATE GROUP

Gold: Sundance Rental Management 

Silver: ERA American Real Estate 

Bronze: ResortQuest Real Estate 

 

SHIPPING AND PACKING

Gold: Niceville Pack & Ship 

Niceville Pack & Ship specializes in business and shipping services. Whether you need notary services, business cards, professional packing and shipping services, #WeMakeSHIPHappen! Stop by to see our local vendor boutique. We’re always happy to be involved in our community and look forward to seeing your smiling faces each day.

Silver: Quik Pack and Ship 

Bronze: Pak Mail 

 

WEB DEVELOPER

Gold: SJP Network Solutions 

SJP Network Solutions provides comprehensive Managed IT Support, cloud architecture and network management for businesses in Fort Walton Beach, Destin and the Gulf Coast. Let SJP handle all of your IT Support, network, computer technical support and remote management needs that won’t break the bank. Raise productivity, reduce downtime!

Silver: BrandUSolutions 

Bronze: Bit-Wizards 

 

WEDDING/EVENT PLANNER

Gold: Forever I Do Weddings & Events 

Silver: Barefoot Weddings 

Bronze: Enchanted Parties, LLC

 

BOOKSTORE

Gold: Bayou Book Company 

Silver: Shalimar Library & Thrift Store 

Bronze: Socks Thrift Store 

 

BRIDAL/FORMALWEAR

Gold: Simply Elegant

For over 30 years, Simply Elegant Bridal has been providing a one-on-one boutique experience that makes our Brides feel just as special as they do on their wedding day. We are a full-service Bridal and Formal Boutique with the most beautiful selection of Bridal, Formals and Tuxedos on the Emerald Coast!

Silver: David's Bridal 

Bronze: Destin Bridal Affair 

 

CHILDREN'S CLOTHES

Gold: Pink N Blue Avenue

Pink N Blue Avenue is a boutique for children from 0 to 14 years old. Over 50 handpicked brands including DockATot, Kickee Pants, Saltwater Sandals, Beaufort Bonnets, Joyfolie, Jellyact and Freshly Picked. Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 4145 Legendary Dr., Destin, FL 32541. Website: pinknblueavenue.net.

Silver: Retail Therapy 

Bronze: Reruns 4 Weeones

 

CONSIGNMENT

Gold: De'France Indoor Flea Market Antiques & Collectibles 

Silver: Retail Therapy 

Bronze: Ava's Attic 

 

JEWELRY STORY

Gold: Emerald Lady Jewelry

We're your hometown jewelry store in Destin. We offer high quality, hand-selected diamond and gemstone jewelry for men and women since 1993. We have something for everyone! Emerald Lady Jewelry in Destin — Better Quality at a Better Price! Thank you for your support and trust!

Silver: McCaskil and Company 

Bronze: Aurum Jewelry Studio 

 

LIQUOR & WINE STORE

Gold: Chan's Wine World Destin 

Silver: Beach Liquor FWB 

Bronze: Cash's 

 

LOCALLY OWNED RETAILER

Gold: P.S. Gifts 

Silver: The Eagles Nest 

Bronze: Retail Therapy 

 

MATTRESS STORE

Gold: The Sleep Center

We are the area’s premier mattress store. We carry Murphy Bed Cabinets, Gel Memory Foam, Tempur-Pedic, Adjustable beds, Daybeds, Bunk beds, Futons, Futon covers, pillows, Bean Bags and a large selection of sheets. We have the area’s largest stock and we are most proud of our excellent customer service!

Silver: Mattress Firm 

Bronze: Mattress Warehouse 

 

MEN'S CLOTHING

Gold: Dennis & Company

Dennis & Company is honored to be voted "Finest Men's Clothing on the Emerald Coast." We provide the only full-service men's and women's specialty clothing store in Okaloosa County! Dennis & Company features the best clothing brands in the area for the fashion-conscious. We carry brands such as Jack Victor, Hart Schaffner & Marx, David Donahue, Donald J. Pliner, Peter Millar, Citizens of Humanity, AG Jeans, Dolce Vita shoes, Kendra Scott, Bailey 44 and many more. So if your look is important to you, come by Dennis & Company.  

Silver: The Men's Wearhouse 

Bronze: Retail therapy 

 

SPECIALTY GIFT SHOP

Gold: P.S. Gifts 

Silver: Retail Therapy Miramar Beach 

Bronze: Bayou Book Company 

 

SPORTING GOODS STORE

Gold: Run With It

Whether you are a walker looking for the best fit, a minimalist runner, a CrossFit champ, or an elite runner wanting to check out the latest technology, we have you covered! All of our customers are given the time necessary to be properly fitted or sized. We want everyone to be totally satisfied with what they are wearing. Our aim is to help you achieve your fitness goals, big or small.

Silver: Second Amendment Shooting & Sport 

Bronze: Half Hitch  

 

THRIFT STORE

Gold: Junk Yard Dog Gift and Thrift Shop 

Silver: Crosspoint United Methodist Church of Niceville Bargain Box 

Bronze: Waterfront Rescue Mission 

 

WOMEN'S ACCESSORIES

Gold: P.S. Gifts

Silver: All Dressed Up 

Bronze: Retail Therapy 

 

WOMEN'S CLOTHING

Gold: All Dressed Up Boutique and Gifts 

All Dressed Up is a trendy, affordable, adorable, upbeat ladies boutique. We have unique clothing, shoes and jewelry. We have something for all ladies: Our goal is to keep you looking your best from top to bottom. We Appreciate Your Support Of Our Local Business!!!

Silver: Retail Therapy 

Bronze: Dennis & Co. for Her

 

ACCOUNTING FIRM

Gold: Warren Averett 

With over 800 employees and 350 CPAs, Warren Averett is one of the region's largest accounting, tax and advisory firms. They provide services that span beyond audit and tax to include corporate advisory, technology and risk solutions, HR solutions, finance team support and personal services. To learn more, visit warrenaverett.com.

Silver: Coastal Accounting 

Bronze: Pam Bonadonna 

 

BANK

Gold: Eglin Federal Credit Union 

Eglin Federal Credit Union is a member-owned financial institution with nine local branches. There are now more ways than ever to qualify for membership. Members enjoy free Premium Checking, surcharge-free ATMs, free CardValet® app, and low-rate Mastercard® with travel, merchandise and cash-back rewards. Federally insured by NCUA.

Silver: Regions Bank 

Bronze: Coastal Bank & Trust 

 

CREDIT UNION

Gold: Eglin Federal Credit Union 

Eglin Federal Credit Union has served members since 1954. EFCU has a strong commitment to the communities they serve and has been recognized for its community support. Join online at eglinfcu.org/join. EFCU is the place Where Members Matter Most. Federally insured by NCUA.

Silver: Navy Federal Credit Union 

Bronze: Okaloosa County Teacher's Federal Credit Union 

 

FINANCIAL ADVISOR/INVESTMENT FIRM

Gold: Christopher S. Wilson, First Command Financial Services, Inc. 

Silver: Jeff Cherry — Cherry Wealth Advisors 

Bronze: Tom Hayes — Eglin Financial Services 

 

MORTGAGE COMPANY

Gold: Eglin Federal Credit Union 

Eglin Federal Credit Union offers a full range of products for purchasing or refinancing residential property. This includes low-rate construction and unimproved property loans; conventional and adjustable-rate mortgages; home equity loans and lines of credit with Mastercard access. Financing is available in seven Florida counties. Equal Housing Lender.

Silver: Mortgage One of the South, Inc. 

Bronze: Waterstone Mortgage Corporation