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Cape ‘Best of’ winners recognized at luncheon

June 21, 2013
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Nearly 130 businesses were recognized Thursday as "The Best of Cape Coral 2013" in a readers' poll.

Hosted by the Cape Coral Breeze, the annual contest gives the public the chance to cast a ballot for their favorite retail, service, and restaurant and entertainment entities in the Cape in several categories. The winners were honored this year at an awards luncheon at the Cape Coral Italian American Club.

"As strong supporters of the local business community, it gives us great pleasure to sponsor the 'Best of Cape Coral' recognitions each year," Breeze Publisher Scott Blonde said. "Not only does it allow us the opportunity to invite the public to recognize those businesses that are very good at what they do, it gives us an opportunity to say thank you to both longtime and new establishments that have earned a reputation for excellence."

"We thank the community for its input, and we congratulate those who have culled this year's 'Best of' awards," he said. "Cape Coral is well served by the businesses that call it home."

About 160 people attended the ceremony, with 128 awards handed out.

"The amount of ballots that we received this year was the most we have received in the past several years," Jim Konig, the Breeze advertising director, said.

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The Best of Cape Coral 2013 winners list


Antique Store

Cape Antique


Bill Smith

Bait & Tackle Shop

Cape Tool & Tackle


Maria's Pasticceria

Bike Shop


Boat Dealer



Razzle Dazzle

Car Dealer

Kia Fucillo

Car Wash

Downtowner Car Wash

Computer Store

PC Suport


It's All Good Consignments


Cape Coral Floral Design

Furniture Store


Frame Shop

Corporate Art

Gift Shop


Gold Buyer

Cape Jewelry & Pawn

Grocery Store



Cape Guns

Hair Systems

HPH Int'l Support

Hardware Store

Ace Hardware


Air Conditioning Dealer

Warnky Heating & Cooling

Home Electronics Store

Bill Smith

Jewelry Store

Zaks Jewelry

Landscaping Retail

Danny Yates

Lighting/Lamp Store

Stephen Todd

Liquor Store

Cut Rate

Meat Market


Pawn Shops

Cape Jewelry & Pawn

Seafood Market

Merrick Seafood

Shoe Repair/Shoe Store

Connections Shoe Repair

Specialty Market

Back to Nature

Sporting Goods

J.P. Sports Collectables

Thrift Store

Kiwanis Thrift Store

Tire Dealer

Tire Kingdom


Aluminum Store

Sun Control

Art Gallery/

Frame Shop Services

Corp. Art

Auctions & Estate Sales

Harrisons Auctions

Auto Body Shop

Master Touch

Auto Service & Repair Shop

Ken's Auto Repair



Boat Repair


Boat Rentals

Cape Coral Charter Boats


Paul Holmes


Cabinet Genies


Dr. Mel Young

Computer Repair & Service

PC Tech

Dance Studio

Robin Dawn





Dry Cleaning

Carriage Cleaners

Drywall Restoration

RDS Drywall


Acra Electric, INC.


Pest Control

Truly Nolan

Family Practitioner

Physician's Primary Care of Southwest Florida

Flooring (Carpet/Tile)



Funeral Home

Fuller-Metz Cremation & Funeral Services


L.A. Fitness

Hair Salon/Barber

Salon Santina

Health & Raquet Club

Mid Cape

Hearing Aids


Heating & Air Conditioning Services

Warnky Heating & Cooling


Hampton Inn

House Cleaning

Merry Maids

House sitting

Cape House Sitters

Interior Design

Stephen Todd

Landscaping Company

Horseman's Landscape and Lawn


Ron's Airport Transportation

Marine Supply

Everest Marine

Massage Therapist

Dr.Mel Young

Mortgage Agent/Broker

Century 21 Birchwood

Nail Salon



Danny Yates


Dr. Heather Trapheagen


Dr. Ritrosky


Walgreen's Pharmacy

Physical Therapy

Advanced Physical Therapy

Pet Grooming

Dog Days Delight

Pet Shop

Discount Pets

Plumbing Company

Aztec Plumbing

Pool Cages

Fabri Tech

Pool Company

Tropical Pools

Pool Service Company

Pool Doctor


All Superstar Preschool

Property Management

AAA SWFl Rentals


Gator Printing

Real Estate Agent

Barbara Watt

Real Estate Team

The Jim Fischer Team

Real Estate Office


Rental Management Team

Century 21 Birchwood


Assisted Living Facility

Gulfcoast village

Roofing Company

Nastar Roofing

Service Organization

Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce

TV Satellite Services


Tanning Salon

Zoom Tan



Cape Coral Custom Upholstery

Vertical Windows Treatment

Custom Workshop


Viscaya-Prado Vet Hospital

Veterinarian Clinic


Animal Hospital

Restaurants &?Entertainment

Alternative Lifestyles/Night Club


Bagel Shop

N.Y. Bagel


Anthony's on the Blvd.


Sonny's BBQ




Anthony's on the Blvd.

Chinese Restaurant

Empire Buffet

Coffee Shop


Cuban Restaurant

El Mambo


So Sweet Cupcakes


Jason's Deli

Gaming Establishment

Mike Greenwell's

Golf Course

Palmetto-Pine Golf Course


Five Guys Burgers

Happy Hour

Anthony's on the Blvd.

Ice Cream

Coldstone Creamery

Italian Restaurant

Ariani Ristorante Italiano

Mexican Restaurant

Iguana Mia

New Restaurant

Richee B's Sports Restaurant

Night Club

Dixie Roadhouse







Anthony's on the Blvd.


Parkway Subs

Seafood Restaurant

Fish Tales by Merrick Seafood

Social Club

Italian American Club

Sports Bar & Restaurant

Backstreets Bar & Grill


Monkey Bar

Sunday Brunch

Anthony's on the Blvd.



He estimated that between 3,000 and 4,000 ballots were submitted, compared to 2,200 in 2012.

Among retail entities, It's All Good! Consignment Boutique won for "Consignment."

Owner Elsie Garcia-Kokal said it is the first time that the store has taken home a "Best of" award.

"I felt really proud and excited," she said. "We have a lot of really great customers."

Garcia-Kokal cited her selection of items as one possible reason for the win. It's All Good! Consignment Boutique features high-end and designer clothing, as well as surprising finds like home dcor and furniture. The store offers a mix of styles, from modern and vintage, to antiques.

"It kind of helps us cover all the customers' desires, so to speak," she said.

Garcia-Kokal's best possible guess, however, for the success - customer treatment.

"I think the major thing is, of course, our customer service," she said.

"Our customers were really thrilled that they could vote for us," Garcia-Kokal said. "It was amazing how many customers said they were actually going to look in the paper for the ballot."

"It was really exciting to see them rooting for us," she added.

Asked if she thought she would win, Garcia-Kokal pointed out all of the consignment stores.

"There's quite a few in Cape Coral for people to choose from," she said.

Ken's Auto Repair, owned by Ken Schuman, received its first "Best of" award in 2012. This year, it held onto the top spot, again the best "Auto Service and Repair Shop" among service businesses.

"We're just so happy," he said. "We like being a part of the community."

Schuman thanked all of his customers who voted.

"I'm glad that we're well thought of by our customers," he said. "They're the fun part of our business, and we would be nothing without them."

Ken's Auto Repair is celebrating 41 years in business.

"We keep trying harder," he said, when asked why his shop held onto the "Best of" title.

"We try not to sell the customers anything they don't need," Schuman said.

The shop also alerts customers to any possible future problems that are a safety concern.

"We make the extra effort to make them aware of and take care of the problem before it's a safety issues," he said.

Ken's Auto Repair offers free shuttle service and customers are known on a first name basis.

"We can't survive with customers coming only once," he said. "We try to treat them right when they come in the first time, and it seems to be working."

Schuman compared the "Best of" award to a review from his customers.

"We don't get a report card, so it's kind of our pat on the back that we're doing things right," he said. "We feel honored to win it."

From among all of the restaurants and entertainment entities in the Cape for people to vote on, the Italian American Club was honored to accept its first "Best of Cape Coral" award for "Social Club."

President Cathy Raso Sangiovanni explained that the organization was started 46 years ago by her parents and another couple. In November, she took office with the goal of breathing new life into it.

"For me, it's an unbelievable honor and privilege," Sangiovanni said of the win.

When she and her husband, the club's second vice president, took over, their idea was a rebirth.

"Our goal has been to have the best food, the best entertainment and to be the best social club," she said. "I think we're well on our way to that."

Over the last few months, the club has acquired an executive chef, expanded its entertainment scheduled and activities, and fostered interest in the community for renting out the venue.

Building membership has also been a priority.

"We're trying to get the next generation to start participating," Sangiovanni said.

She thanked The Breeze for helping to get the word out about the changes.

"We're been running ads in The Breeze," Sangiovanni said. "The Breeze has been a big help to us. They're been helping us market our business."

The Cape Coral Italian American Club is at 4725 Vincennes Blvd.

For more information, call (239) 542-6515.

Ken's Auto Repair is at 4533 Del Prado Blvd. S.

For more information, call (239) 542-0008.

It's All Good! Consignment Boutique is at 4635 Coronado Parkway.

For more information, call (239) 839-8632.



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