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Businesses recognized during Best of the Islands

September 27, 2017
ASHLEY GOODMAN ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Over 50 businesses attended the Best of the Islands award luncheon which was held Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. The annual luncheon is presented by the Sanibel Captiva Islander and Reporter.

Each year, the Sanibel Captiva Islander and Reporter sends out ballots allowing the public to vote on their favorite businesses, services and organizations. New categories for this year included Best Pickleball Courts, Best T-Shirt Shop, Best Tapas, Best Sailing School, Best Landscape Equipment, Best Dumpster Service, Best Italian Dining and Best Historic Site.

Mark Martens, senior advertising account executive at the Sanibel Captiva Islander and Reporter, said the luncheon was a huge success again this year.

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Over 50 businesses attended the Best of the Islands award luncheon which was held Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa.

"Sundial Beach Resort did a tremendous job once again on the lunch and Bailey's General Store provided an outstanding dessert. This is always one of my favorite events of the year as it is our chance to recognize those outstanding businesses that are voted Best of the Islands by our readers. My thanks to Sundial and Bailey's and congratulations to all of the winners," Martens said.

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa took home nine wins this year which included: Best Full Service Resort, Best Tennis, Best Pickleball Courts, Best Tiki Bar, Best Bartender, Best Sushi, Best Steak, Best Chef and Best Server.

"Winning nine awards this year was a record for us. It was an honor for our outstanding Sundial team to be acknowledged by our community as the best in so many categories. We're especially thrilled that three from our Sundial family won individual awards for Best Chef, Best Bartender and Best Server. Hosting the awards luncheon for the second year made the awards even more special," said Phillip Starling, general manager of Sundial Resort & Spa.

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Winners list:

Police Officer - Anthony Neri

Boutique - B Unique Boutique

Museum - Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

Beer Selection - Bailey's General Store

Coffee Bar - Bailey's General Store

General Store - Bailey's General Store

Grocery Store - Bailey's General Store

Wine Selection - Bailey's General Store

Bank - Bank of the Islands

Financial Services - Bank of the Islands

Mortgage Broker - Bank of the Islands

Pool Service - Banner Pools

Pool Store - Banner Pools

Painting Company - Barefoot Charly's

Surf Shop - Beach Stuff

Bicycle Rental - Billy's Rentals

Place For Family Fun - Billy's Rentals

Printer - Bob's Island Graphics

Dumpster Service - C.L. Noonan

Concierge Tour Service - Captain Bubby's

Sightingseeing Cruises - Captiva Cruises

Wedding Venue - Casa Ybel Resort

Humanitarian - Chauncey Goss

Burgers - Cheeburger Cheeburger

Chef - Chef Sammy/Shima

Women's Clothing - Chico's

Veterinarian - Coral Veterinary/Dr. Nichols

Service Organization/Club - CROW

Health and Fitness Coach - Dalia Jakubaka

Personal Trainer - Dalia Jakubaka

Builder - Dan Hahn Custom Builders

Local Entertainer - Danny Morgan

Home Interior Design - Decorating Den

Home Improvement - Decorte Four

Bar - Doc Ford's

Chiropractor - Dr. Walsh

Medical Center/Urgent Care - Dunavant Medical

Server - Ed Beaubrun/Shima

Swimwear - Everything But Water

Florist - Floral Artistry

Place for Entertainment George & Wendy's Seafood Grille

Beach Food To Go - Gepetto's Beach Foodies

Croissant Bakery - Gepetto's Beach Foodies

Insurance Agency - Heidrick & Company

Insurance Agent -Holli Martin

Convenience Store - Huxter's

Fine Ding -Il Cielo

Landscape Equipment - Island Condo Maintenance

Pool Contractor - Island Condo Maintenance

Diner - Island Cow

Family Dining - Island Cow

Dentist - Island Dental/Dr. Davis

Hotel/Inn - Island Inn

Association Management - Island Management

Pet Store - Island Paws

Pharmacy - Island Pharmacy

Pizza - Island Pizza

Island Gear Rental - Island Rental Services

Massage Therapy - Island Therapy

Cottage Rentals - Island Vacations

Property Vacation Management - Island Vacations

Vacation Rental Agency - Island Vacations

Place for Dancing - Jacaranda

Attorney - Jason Maughan

Bartender - Jason McAuliffe/Sundial

Marina - Jensen's Marina

Fresh Doughnuts - Jerry's

Real Estate Agent - Karen Bell

Remodeling Contractor - Kirchner Contracting

Roofing - Kirchner Contracting

Company Mascot - Lily & Company

Jewelry - Lily & Company

Book Store - Macintosh

Italian Dining - Matzaluna

Law Firm - Maughan Law Group

Children's Clothing - Nanny's

Children's Store - Nanny's

Furniture - Norris Home Furnishings

Sailing School - Offshore Sailing School

T-Shirt Shop - On Island

Breakfast - Over Easy Cafe

Lunch - Over Easy Cafe

Shopping - Periwinkle Place

Frozen Yogurt - Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream

Gelato - Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream

Ice Cream - Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream

Garden Center RS Walsh

Landscape Contractor - RS Walsh

Shoe Store - Rinaldi's Fashion Shoes

Electrical Company - San Cap Electric

Trust Company - Sanibel Captiva Trust Company

Air Conditioning - Sanibel Air & Electric

Heating and A/C - Sanibel Air & Electric

Event Facility - Sanibel Community House

Hair Salon/Barber - Sanibel Day Spa

Manicure/Pedicure - Sanibel Day Spa

Nail Salon - Sanibel Day Spa

Salon - Sanibel Day Spa

Spa - Sanibel Day Spa

Deli - Sanibel Deli

Optometrist - Sanibel Eye Care/ Dr. Pham

Happy Hour - Sanibel Fish House

Glass and Mirror Company - Sanibel Glass & Mirror

Place To Watch The Game - Sanibel Grill

Health Club - Sanibel Health Club

Historic Site - Sanibel Historical Museum & Village

Plumber - Sanibel Plumbing

Auto Service - Sanibel Service Center

Chocolate Shop - Sanibel Sweet Shoppe

Taxi Limo Service - Sanibel Taxi

Primary Care Physician - Scott Dunavant

Shell Shop - She Sells Sea Shells

Steak - Shima

Sushi - Shima

Gift Shop - Suncatchers Dream

Full Service Resort - Sundial Resort & Spa

Pickleball Courts - Sundial Resort & Spa

Tennis Courts - Sundial Resort & Spa

Tiki Bar - Sundial Resort & Spa/Turtle's Bar

Title Company - Superior Title

Real Estate Team - The Bell Team

Golf Course - The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club

Accountant/CPA - Thomas Rizzo

Craft Shop - Three Craft Ladies

Fireman - Tim (Boomer) Carroll

Seafood - Timber's

New Restaurant - Totally Baked

Bakery - Totally Baked

Art Gallery - Tower Gallery

Martini - Traditions on the Beach

Tapas - Traditions on the Beach

Real Estate Agency - VIP Realty

Fishing Charter - Whitney's Bait & Tackle

Fishing Equipment - Whitney's Bait & Tackle

Fishing Guide - Whitney's Bait & Tackle

Water Sports - Yolo Watersports

Sanibel Day Spa, which was another big winner, received Best Hair Salon/Barber, Best Manicure/Pedicure, Best Nail Salon, Best Salon and Best Spa.

"We are beyond grateful and humbled by the reader's choice in voting us the "Best of" in five categories. I am so thankful to have such a wonderfully talented staff and our clients are like family. Doesn't get better than that," said Pam Attuso, owner of Sanibel Day Spa.

Longtime winner, Donna Puma, owner of Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream and Gepetto's Beach Foodies, has won Best Ice Cream since 2004. Pinocchio's also won Best Gelato and Best Frozen Yogurt. Gepetto's won Best Beach Food To Go and Best Croissant Bakery.

"Our family and staff always appreciate the recognitions we receive from awards and accolades throughout the year. However, the Best of the Islands awards have a special meaning to our family, our staff and our brands. Winning "Best of the Islands" for our crafts are a testament of our efforts and the personal connections we cultivated with our loyal Customers who vote for us each year as island businesses. For that, we are truly grateful," Puma said.

Bailey's General Store, another longtime winner, took home five awards.

"We're honored and pleased to be voted Best Of The Islands' Wine, Beer, Grocery, General Store, and Coffee Bar. Thank you Sanibel and Captiva and we look forward to continuing our tradition of quality service," said Calli Johnson, project manager at Bailey's General Store.

First time winner, Ginny Wagner of Totally Baked, said winning Best Bakery and Best New Restaurant felt amazing.

"I attribute it to all the support we're received. Our hopes and dreams have come true. It makes me strive for success for the upcoming years," Wagner said.



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