BEST RECORD OR MUSIC STORE
Deep Search Records
While the influx of file-sharing and available online downloads has put a dent in the independent record store industry, Riverside’s Deep Search Records is a testament to the personal flavor provided only by a neighborhood record joint. Specializing in new and used vinyl, this 5 Points favorite offers stacks of wax, with genres ranging from noise and reggae to free jazz and indie rock. A friendly and highly knowledgeable staff ensures that you can fulfill Cousin Bubba’s birthday wish for those Sun Ra and Sufjan Stevens platters he’s been crowing about.
FINALISTS: George’s Music, Young, Loud & Snotty
BEST TATTOO STUDIO
Inksmith & Rogers
Now in its 30th year, Inksmith & Rogers has been beautifying the hides of locals and visitors with the best in tattoo work that combines history, creative talent and, just as important, surgical-quality hygiene standards. Locals have the choice of five locations to visit and more than a dozen top-notch artists to choose from, each of whom has the wherewithal and imagination to turn your pale, flabby epidermis into a veritable work of art! Free Folio Weekly tattoo suggestion? Adorn your back with a giant wide-mouthed bass bearing the inscription “Twerkin’ On It!” C’mon! Live a little!
FINALISTS: Black Hive Tattoo, 8th Day Tattoo
BEST LIQUOR STORE
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
There are two main things you look for in a liquor store: selection and simplicity. You want to get in, find what you’re looking for, and get out and get to it. ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, with locations throughout Northeast Florida, has you covered and then some — the “and then some” being knowledgeable, friendly service — which has made ABC the reigning Best Liquor champion for 12 years running.
FINALISTS: Total Wine & More, Riverside Liquors & Village Wine Shop
BEST WINE STORE
Total Wine & More
You can, quite literally, get lost in the seemingly endless maze that is Total Wine & More’s wine selection. (We have.) Over here, the Spanish wines, over there the Argentinians. Oh, hey, there’s a French red, and, look, a Napa chardonnay. And on (and on) it goes; no matter what style of wine you’re after, or where it came from, there’s a good chance that Total Wine has it. And if you’re not sure, they’ll be happy to help you find one to suit any occasion, or just to experiment. (We do.)
FINALISTS: Riverside Liquors & Village Wine Shop, W90+
BEST FARMERS MARKET
Riverside Arts Market
Saturdays under the bridge are made for loading up on fresh produce, homemade beef jerky, honey, cheese curds, kettle corn and locally made ice cream while listening to live music, walking your dog, and chowing down on Filipino pancit and lumpia at this Riverside destination beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge. With myriad arrays of jewelry, clothing, crafts and specialty food items from which to choose, RAM is truly a family affair.
FINALISTS: Jacksonville Farmers Market (Beaver Street), Freshfields Farm
BEST HAIR SALON
When owners Jim Stracke and Lea Laskowitz started Hawthorn Salon in 5 Points, their vision was to offer high-quality services in a relaxed and fun environment. Clearly, they’ve succeeded. Open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, Hawthorn has become the essential place to get your coif cut and mane moussed. And they give you a cold beer while you get your hair cut.
FINALISTS: Cortello Salon, Theresa and Co. Hair Salon
Brooke Travis (Theresa and Co. Hair Salon)
A hairstylist with more than eight years’ experience, Brooke Travis at Theresa and Co. Hair Salon in Argyle is a popular go-to for most anything hair-related. The salon, a relative newcomer to the local beauty industry, offers everything from wash and styles to manicures and pedicures to massages. “I enjoy making people feel better about themselves by giving them a great cut, color and extra confidence,” Travis says. “I also love always being a listening ear!”
FINALISTS: Carolina Sherman (Cut-N-Edge Salon), Ron Nepa (Ron’s at Arcadia Place)
John M. Phillips
This year marks the fourth in a row that John Phillips has been your choice for Best Lawyer. Maybe it’s because he effusively campaigns for your vote on Facebook and Twitter; maybe it’s because of his work on behalf of Jordan Davis’ family and in other high-profile cases; or maybe it’s because Phillips is a smart and principled champion of righteous causes — and for a lawyer, he’s kind of a cool guy, too.
FINALISTS: Nick James, Bill Sheppard
Dr. Loren Z. Clayman (Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center)
Board-certified in otolaryngology (that’s a big word for ear, nose and throat docs), head and neck surgery, and plastic surgery, Dr. Loren Z. Clayman specializes in breast enhancement, facelifts, tummy tucks and a laundry list of other surgical procedures. He’s the founder of Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center, next to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Riverside, as well as past president of the Jacksonville Society of Plastic Surgeons. Clayman completed his undergrad work at Harvard and earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. Now that’s an impressive résumé.
FINALISTS: Arpitha Ketty (Baptist Ponte Vedra Beach), Bonnie White (Ponte Vedra Medical Center)
BEST PLASTIC SURGEON
Dr. Mark A. Clayman (Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center)
Now that Joan Rivers has passed on, there’s plenty of plastic surgery to go around. So if you’re in the market for a nose job, boob job or any other job, Dr. Mark A. Clayman is pretty handy with the knife. Dr. Clayman earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, graduated from Jefferson Medical College and completed his surgical and plastic surgery training at the University of Florida. Today, Dr. Clayman’s part of Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center, where he also specializes in breast reduction, nasal reconstruction and facial trauma.
FINALISTS: Dr. Hollie J. Hickman (Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery), Dr. Lewis J. Obi (Jacksonville Plastic Surgery & Medspa)
BEST NURSE OR PHYSICIAN’S ASSISTANT
Brianne Pla Pitts, ARNP
Brianne Pla Pitts knows a thing or two about the circulatory system. As a board-certified nurse practitioner at Ellison Vein Institute, located at Baptist Hospital Downtown, Pitts works one-on-one with her patients in the treatment of varicose veins and venous disorders. Pitts received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida State University and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Florida, and has extensive experience in sclerotherapy, endovenous procedures, ambulatory phlebectomy, sonography and management of venous disorders.
FINALISTS: Jennifer Solano (Clayman & Associates), Tina Campla (Clayman & Associates)
When our readers are seeking the best in medical attention and overall healthcare, they look no further than Baptist Health. With six main locations in Northeast Florida, including the heart center and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and more than a dozen outpatient centers, Baptist offers local residents state-of-the-art medical care delivered by a highly trained and reputable staff. Whether you need emergency or primary care, health screenings, surgery or (like the entire staff of this esteemed publication) extensive mental health care, this area landmark is the place to go for the best in all-around medical knowhow.
FINALISTS: St. Vincent’s, Mayo Clinic
BEST DAY SPA
Dr. Clayman’s Miracle Spa
Located in Riverside, Dr. Clayman’s Miracle Spa offers a total hodgepodge of spa services. Sure, there are the standards — facials, massages, manicures and pedicures — but staff members pride themselves on staying up-to-date on cutting-edge treatments such as chemical peels, endermologie (cell stimulation) and something called the Hyperbaric 02 Chamber. Check out one of the many spa packages, too, including the Fabulous Escape, Pamper Me Monthly and Make Over Magic.
FINALISTS: Ponte Vedra Inn, One Ocean
Saint Francis Animal Hospital
Founded in 2003 by Susan Shelton, DVM, Saint Francis Animal Hospital offers emergency care, surgery, dentistry, vaccinations and routine check-ups for Northeast Florida’s beloved pets. The not-for-profit animal hospital was named for Saint Francis of Assisi, an Italian Catholic friar known as the patron saint of animals, and provides affordable veterinary care seven days a week. Check out the office’s “Healthy Pet Happy Hour,” reasonably priced vaccination packages for cats and dogs, and its annual fundraising events like the Chariots of Fur.
FINALISTS: Will Daniels (Beaches Animal Hospital), Greg Bennett (San Juan Animal Hospital)
BEST PLACE TO BUY A CAR
Tom Bush Family
Maybe the radiator blew in your 1997 cherry-red Geo Tracker, or your grandmother’s Chrysler LeBaron convertible hand-me-down finally bit the dust. Either way, the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships on Atlantic Boulevard is Jacksonville’s go-to when trading in the jalopy for a sweet new set of wheels. From BMW and Volkswagen to Mazda and MINI, the Bush Family has been wheelin’ and dealin’ since 1970. Not in the market for a new car? That’s cool. Tom Bush also offers a certified collision center and online parts store so you can fix up your current ride.
FINALISTS: Carmax, Autoline Mayport
BEST JEWELRY STORE
With more than eight decades serving Northeast Florida’s fine jewelry needs, it’s no surprise that Underwood’s has once again been chosen as the favorite place to score some bling (Seriously. Underwood’s has taken this prize every one of the 15 years Folio Weekly readers have voted on it.) Founded in 1928 by Herbert F. Underwood, Underwood’s started as a diamond and watch store in Palatka. Today, with locations in San Marco, Ponte Vedra Beach, Avondale and The Avenues Mall, Underwood’s hawks everything from Raymond Weil watches to the Ritani Collection of diamond rings. In the market for a classic 18-karat white gold semi-mount with a brilliant cushion-shaped diamond halo? Underwood’s has got you covered.
FINALISTS: Beard’s Jewelry, Faith Jewelers