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Cape Coral businesses feted at ‘Best of’ luncheon

June 26, 2014
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

More than 100 businesses were recognized Thursday at the "Best of Cape Coral" awards luncheon hosted by the Cape Coral Breeze.

The awards program held at the Italian- American Club recognized businesses in more than 130 categories - from nightclubs and restaurants, to hamburgers and wings, to dry cleaners and heating and air conditioning services - based on ballots printed in The Breeze and submitted by readers.

"You show a commitment to your customers and the community. Thank you for your support of The Breeze," Publisher Scott Blonde said to those in attendance.

Among this year's big winners was Anthony's on the Boulevard, which took home five awards, including best restaurant.

"It's fantastic. I attribute it to my employees and the community. I try to give them what they want and I listen to them," said owner Anthony Serrago. "To be surrounded by all these people who work hard and put their best foot forward is what it's all about."

Karma and Coconuts, which came into business six months ago, captured three awards, including one for best boutique, which thrilled owner Denise Ahlstrom.

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Winners List:

ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLES NIGHTCLUB - Tubby's City Hangout

BAGEL SHOP - Stuff A Bagel

BAR - The Dek Bar

BARBEC UE - Rib City

BREAKFAST - Annie's Restaurant

CASUAL FINE DINING - Slate's

CATERING - Anthony's On The Boulevard

CHINESE RESTAURANT - Empire Buffet

COFFEE SHOP - Dunkin' Donuts

CUBAN RESTAURANT - El Mambo

DELI - Jason's Deli

DOG FRIENDLY RESTAURANT - The Dog Bar & Grille

GAMING ESTABLISHMENT - Game Stop

GOLF COURSE - Palmetto-Pine Country Club

HAMBURGER - Foster's Grille

HAPPY HOUR - Anthony's On The Boulevard

ICE CREAM - Cold Stone Creamery

ITALIAN RESTAURANT - Ariani Ristorante Italiano

MEXICAN RESTAURANT - Iguana Mia

NEW RESTAURANT - Slate's

NIGHT CLUB - Dixie Roadhouse

PIZZA (LOCAL) - Sal's Pizza

RESTAURANT - Anthony's On The Boulevard

RESTAURANT WITH ENTERTAINMENT - Anthony's On The Boulevard

SANDWICH - Parkway Subs & Salads

SEAFOOD RESTAURANT - Fish Tale Grill By Merrick Seafood

SOCIAL CLUB - German American Social Club

SPORTS BAR & RESTAURANT - Stevie Tomato's Sports Page

STEAK - Outback Steakhouse

SUNDAY BRUNCH - Anthony's On The Boulevard

LIVE THEATRE - Cultural Park Theatre

WINGS - Hooter's

ANTIQUE STORE - Parkway Antiques and Home Furnishings

APPLIANCE STORE - Bill Smith Appliances & Electronics

ART & GIFT BOUTIQUE - Karma and Coconuts

BAIT & TACKLE SHOP - Cape Tool & Tackle

BAKER - Artisan Bread

BIKE SHOP - Paradise Bicycles

BOAT DEALER - Everest Marine

BOUTIQUE - Karma and Coconuts

CAR DEALER - Fuccillio Kia

CAR WASH - Downtowner Car Wash

CHILDREN'S APPAREL - Tadpole Apparel

COMPUTER STORE - PC-Tech

CONSIGNMENT SHOP - It's All Good Consignment Boutique

FLORIST - Cape Coral Floral Designs

FRAME SHOP - Frame Gallery & Gifts/Lorne's Gallery

FURNITURE STORE FOS - Furniture

GIFT SHOP - Karma and Coconuts

GOLD BUYER - Cape Jewelry & Pawn

GROCERY STORE - Publix

GUNS/AMMO - Cape Guns

HARDWARE STORE - Vision Ace Hardware

HEATING/AIR CONDITIONING DEALER - Nastar Air Conditioning

HOME ELECTRONICS STORE - Bill Smith Appliances & Electronics

JEWELRY STORE - Zak's Jewelry

LANDSCAPING - Danny Yates Landscape Nursery

LIGHTING/LAMP STORE - Stephen Todd Furniture, Accent & Design

LIQUOR STORE - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits

MEAT MARKET - Paesano's Fresh Italian Market

PAWN SHOP - Larry's Pawn

SEAFOOD MARKET - Merrick Seafood

SHOE REPAIR/SHOE STORE - Payless Shoesource

SPECIALTY MARKET - Paesano's Fresh Italian Market

SPORTING GOODS - Sports Authority

THRIFT STORE - Kiwanis

TIRE DEALER - Tire Kingdom

ALUMINUM STORE - U-Build It Aluminum Center,Inc.

ART GALLERY/FRAME SHOP - Frame Gallery & Gifts/Lorne's Gallery

AUCTIONS & ESTATE SALES - It's All Good Consignment Boutique

AUCTIONS & ESTATE SALES - The Red Barn

AUTO BODY SHOP - Master's Touch Auto Body, Inc.

AUTO SERVICE & REPAIR SHOP - Ken's Auto Repair, Inc.

BANK - Bank Of America

BARBER SHOP - Skyline Barber Shop

BOAT RENTAL - Caloosa River Boat Rentals

BOAT REPAIR - Brad's Marine Repair

BUILDER - Paul Homes

CABINETRY - Cabinet Genies

CHIROPRACTOR - Dr. Mel Youngs Chiropractic & Wellness Spa

COMPUTER REPAIR & SERVICE - PC-Tech

DANCE STUDIO - Robin Dawn Academy Of Performing Arts

DAY CARE - Grace Community School

DENTIST - Gary Shierling Family Dentistry

DERMATOLOGIST - Florida Skin Center

DOCK BUILDER/REPAIR - Dock Doctor Of South West Florida

DOGGIE DAY CARE - Dog Days Delight

DRY CLEANER - Cape Cleaners

DRY CLEANER - Carriage Class Cleaners

DRYWALL/RESTORATIONSRDS - Drywall & Restoration

ELECTRICIANS - Acra Electric, Inc.

EXTERMINATOR/PEST CONTROL - Advanced Pest Control

FAMILY PRACTITIONER - Physicians Primary Care Of South West Florida

FLOORING (CARPET & TILE) COMPANY - Trebing Tile & Carpet

FUNERAL HOME - Fuller Metz Cremation & Funeral Services

GYM - Golds' Gym

HAIR SALON - Salon Santina's

HEALTH & RACQUET CLUB - The Wellness Center

HEARING AIDS - Beltone

HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING - Warnky Heating & Cooling

HOTEL/MOTEL - Holiday Inn Express

HOUSE CLEANING - Merry Maids

HOUSE SITTING - J&M Cleaning Services

INTERIOR DESIGNERS - Fez Interior, LLC

LANDSCAPING COMPANY - Horseman Landscape & Lawncare

LIMO/AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION - Ron's Airport Transportation Of Cape Coral

MARINE SUPPLY - West Marine

MASSAGE THERAPIST - Dr. Mel Youngs Chiropractic & Wellness Spa

MORTGAGE AGENT/BROKER - Busey Bank

NAIL SALON - Profiles

NURSERY - Danny Yates Landscape Nursery

OPTOMETRIST - Opti Express

PEDIATRICIAN - Island Coast Pediatrics

PEDIATRICIAN - Physicians Primary Care Of South West Florida

PET GROOMING SHOP - Dog Days Delight

PET SHOP - Discount Pets & Supplies

PHARMACY - Walgreens

PHYSICAL THERAPY - Apex Physical Therapy Concepts In Rehab

PLUMBING COMPANY - Bergau Plumbing

POOL CAGES, LANAIS, SCREENING - Fabri-Tech

POOL COMPANY - Tropical Pools Construction, LLC

POOL SERVICE COMPANY - Pool Doctor

PRESCHOOL - Grace Community School

REAL ESTATE AGENT - Vladimir Quintan

REAL ESTATE OFFICE - Pay It Forward Realty

REAL ESTATE TEAM - The Jim Fisher Team

RENTAL MANAGEMENT TEAM - Century 21 Birchwood

RENTAL MANAGEMENT TEAM - Century 21 Sunbelt

RETIREMENT/ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY - Gulf Coast Village

ROOFING COMPANY - Nastar Roofing

SERVICE ORGANIZATION - Cape Coral Chamber Of Commerce

TANNING SALON - Zoom Tan

TV & SATELLITE SERVICE - Comcast

UPHOLSTERY & DRAPERY - Cape Coral Custom Upholstery

VERTICAL/WINDOW TREATMENT STORE - Fez Interior, LLC

VETERINARIAN - Viscaya Prado Veterinary Hospital

"I'm amazed. We're a giftshop boutique that has 45 local artists from Cape Coral and Fort Myers, and everything is handmade," Ahlstrom said. "I'm surrounded by great people."

Also pleased was multi-category winner Merrick Seafood (Best Seafood Market) and Fish Tale Grill by Merrick Seafood (Best Seafood Restaurant.)

"I am so happy to work for them. We have the best and freshest seafood," said Coral Pratillo of Merrick Seafood and Fish Tale Grill. "Since we expanded, we're open for lunch and dinner, and it's turned out fabulous.

During the ceremony, longtime Cape Coral businessman Bennett Agranove, of Carriage Class Cleaners, took the microphone and spoke to the winners.

"You are the showcase for Lee County and Cape Coral," he said.

"It's wonderful that we have this opportunity to thank The Breeze for making this a success. You represent the majority of businesses in Cape Coral. You represent the best," Agranove said.

Carriage Class Cleaners was a winner in the Best Dry Cleaner Category, along with Cape Cleaners.

 
 
 

 

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