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Neighbor fetes Best of North Fort Myers

June 20, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The North Fort Myers Neighbor presented its annual Best of North Fort Myers awards last Tuesday, recognizing the businesses, big and small, new and old, chosen by the paper's readers as the community's best.

More than 10,000 ballots were distributed for people to vote for the best on everything from their choice of best restaurant to the more unusual, like best shell store and honey farm, which tend to be reserved the area's institutions, said Beth Zedeck, account executive for the Neighbor.

She also said people get to know about the new, up-and-coming businesses coming into town for whatever needs they have.

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The Best of North Fort Myers winners get together for a photo during their awards luncheon at the Nauti Parrot last Tuesday. The readers choice awards are a program of the North Fort Myers Neighbor.

"What's nice is that you can see the newer businesses recognized as they enter the market," Zedeck said. "For example, Dina's Restaurant opened the week the ballots came out, and it was amazing that they won for best restaurant. They got a great reputation very quickly."

For the Nauti Parrot at Marinatown, which hosted this year's awards luncheon and won for best waterfront restaurant, it was an opportunity to showcase its menu.

"This event is special. It gives other local businesses an opportunity to shine and show they're the best in whatever category they strive to be," said co-owner Tyler Geib, who last year opened a new location in Fort Myers Beach and has won this award every year since the North Fort Myers location opened three years ago. "It's great to be honored. We have a staff we're proud of and they're putting out good stuff from the kitchen."

Publix and The Shell Factory led the way with three awards each, while Bayshore Guns & Gold earned two.

Kimberly Asher, head merchandiser of the Shell Factory, said winning a "best of" never gets old.

"It's fantastic. We do well every year. We have a new outlook on the restaurant, we're changing things every day, as does the shell store," Asher said. "The area has been fantastic through the hard times, always supporting us in every way."

For some, such as podiatrists Dr. Joseph F. Campbell and Dr. Bradley A. Habuda and optometrist Dr. Terry Tucker, winning has become an annual thing, each having won for 18 straight years.

"We are thrilled to have our hard work recognized year after year by being voted the best. We truly appreciate our patients, their loyalty and the effort it takes to vote for us," Habuda and Campbell said.

For Brower Boarding and Grooming, which has won the award four times, it is reinforcement of a job well done and the importance of the local media.

"I love it. I think it's great. I love the newspaper and a lot of people read it. It's important for the area. Everybody relies on it," said Sandra Saussy, manager and groomer.

Best Arcade: Vegas Queens Arcade

Best Breakfast: Jax Diner

Best Bar: Rj's Bar & Grill

Best Bar-B-Q: Smoke'n Pit Bar-B-Q

Best Chinese Restaurant: China One

Best Deli: Publix

Best Hamburger: Butch's Famous Burgers, Chili and Dogs

Best Ice Cream: Daddy Dee's Ice Cream Parlor

Best Italian Restaurant: Bianca's Ristorante

Best Japanese Restaurant: Ichiban 2

Best New Restaurant: Dina's at Sabal Springs

Best Pizza: Domino's

Best Restaurant: Capt. Fishbone

Best Mexican Restaurant: Habaneros

Best Seafood: 3 Fisherman Seafood Restaurant

Best Sports Bar: Jersey's Sports Cafe

Best Steak: Che Tito's Steakhouse

Best Submarine Sandwich: Beef Depot

Best Waterfront Restaurant: Nauti Parrot Tiki Hut

Best Wings: Hogbody's Bar & Grill

Best Bait & Tackle: The Bait Station

Best Bakery: Publix

Best Boat Dealer & Service: Scotties Canvas and Marine

Best Consignment Store: Hope Chest

Best Florist: Bloomers' Flowers

Best Furniture Store: Crazy Deals Home Superstore

Best Gift Shop: Shell Factory & Nature Park

Best Golf Cart Store: A Custom Carts

Best Grocery Store: Publix

Best Gun Dealer: Bayshore Guns & Gold, Inc.

Best Health Food Store: Mother Earth Natural Foods

Best Honey Farm: Walker Farms

Best Jewelry Store: Bayshore Guns & Gold, Inc.

Best Liquor Store: AAA Discount Liquors

Best Mobile Home Supply Store: Mobile Home Depot

Best Pawn Shop: Larry's Pawn Shop

Best Pet Supply Store: Pet Supermarket

Best Seafood: Cowboy Crab & Seafood

Best Shell Store: Shell Factory & Nature Park

Best Thrift Store: Goodwill

Best Used Car Dealer: Honest Ziggy's Car Deals

Best A/C & Heating Dealer: Ellsworth Heating & Cooling

Best A/C & Heating Service: Warnky Heating & Cooling

Best Auto Body Shop: Classic Auto Restorations Specialist

Best Auto Repair: Bayshore Truck & Auto Repair

Best Bank: Suncoast Credit

Best Barber: Jiffer's Clippers

Best Boat Builder: Nor-Tec High Performance Boats

Best Car Wash: North Fort Myers Car Wash

Best Charter School: Northern Palms Charter High School

Best Chiropractor: Pine Island Chiropractic

Best Daycare: All Superstars Preschool

Best Dentist: Riverdale Dental

Best Electrician: Florida Sky Electric

Best Exterminator/Pest Control: Fort Myers Pest Control

Best Family Practitioner: Physician's Primary Care

Best Flooring (carpet & tile): Florida Floors

Best Funeral/Cremation Service: Affordable Cremations by Baldwin Brothers

Best Golf Course: Magnolia Landing Golf & Country Club

Best Hair Salon: Hair Connection

Best Hearing Center: Leonardi Hearing Center Inc.

Best Home & Auto Insurance Agency: Lee County Insurance Agency

Best Hotel/Motel: Best Western Fort Myers Waterfront

Best Laundromat/Drycleaner: Bright & Clean Laundromat - Terry's Laundry Service

Best Lawn Service Company: Randy's Lawn Service

Best Marina: Prosperity Point Marina

Best Manufactured Home Park: Pine Lakes Country Club

Best Massage Therapist: Darlene's Hair Hut

Best Massage Therapist: All Star Massage

Best Mobile Home Park: Del Tura Country Club

Best Nail Salon: Nail 2001

Best Nursery & Landscaping Company: Bayshore Garden Center

Best Optometrist: Dr. Terry L. Tucker, OD

Best Painting Contractors: Florida Painters of Lee County

Best Pet Grooming: Brower Boarding and Grooming

Best Pharmacy: Walgreens

Best Plumbing Company: Perry Plumbing

Best Podiatrist: Dr. Joseph F. Campbell & Dr. Bradley A. Habuda

Best Pool Service: Pool Doctor

Best Pre-School: Mis Mary's Daycare

Best Printer & Sign Company: Sign & Design Depot

Best Real Estate Agency: Magnolia Landing Realty

Best Realtor/Broker: Al Giacalone

Best Roofing Company: Nastar Roofing, Inc.

Best RV Park: Raintree RV Resort

Best Self Storage Facility: Del Prado Storage

Best Senior Care: Direct Access Home Care

Best Transmission Service: Kustom Transmission

Best Veterinarian: Bayshore Animal Hospital



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