Best of the Emerald Coast 2012



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SHOPPING

Best Antique Shop
Smith’s Antiques Mall & Interiors Market

Receiving rave reviews since it opened its doors in 1993, Smith’s Antiques’ 25,000-square-foot showroom is full of antiques and interior wares from 90 different dealers located throughout the country, and continues to be an antique lover’s favorite spot. Miramar Beach

Best Children’s Clothing Retailer
Hugs and Hissyfits

A nine-time Best of winner and brainchild of owner Lisa McKee, Hugs and Hissyfits offers the best in children’s boutique clothing by designers that include Little Mass, Miss Me, Mimi and Maggie and Bailey Boys, among others. Hugs’ motto is, “If we don’t love it, we don’t buy it.” Destin and Fort Walton Beach

Best Consignment Shop
Ava’s Attic

The second time’s a charm at Ava’s Attic. This cheery boutique is two shops in one. One side features an extensive selection of designer fashions, shoes and accessories for women and children, while the other side features beautiful furniture, home décor and bedding — all at great prices. Miramar Beach

Best Eyewear Store
The Eye Gallery

The Eye Gallery offers the latest in sunglass and prescription eyewear. Its distinctive collection of eyewear ranges from preserving the timeless to inspiring the creative and flattering the beautiful. The Eye Gallery strives to offer the utmost in customer service and has a proven track record of loyal customers since 1991. Destin

Best Furniture Retailer
Sugar Beach Interiors

Referred to as “A Design and Art Gallery,” Sugar Beach Interiors has grown into a team of professional licensed designers. Their steadfast success is attributed to their reputation for business integrity and their commitment to interior design excellence, which begins with their customer service and extends through every department of the firm. Destin

Best Gift Shop
P.S. Gifts

Need help finding the perfect gift for any occasion? The staff at P.S. Gifts helps customers find that special something that’s just right — and also offers free gift-wrapping — and will deliver your gift with a smile. Fort Walton Beach

Best Jewelry Store
McCaskill & Company

Owners Bill and Elizabeth Campbell and their staff offer expert guidance, suggestions and advice as they strive to make each visit to McCaskill & Company a special occasion. Some of the world’s most exclusive jewelry and watch designers, including David Yurman, Tag Heuer and Paul Morelli, mean you get the best fine jewelry selection in the Emerald Coast. Miramar Beach

Best Locally Owned Retailer
Sporty Lady of Destin

Women all over the Emerald Coast are sporting swimwear and sportswear from this family owned retailer. The shop strives to give its customers a vast selection of styles and a wide variety of sizes in its 4,800-square-foot store at the Shoppes at Paradise Key. Destin

Best Beachwear Retailer
Sporty Lady of Destin

A beach-lover’s dream, Sporty Lady of Destin offers expert sizing advice, as well as the perfect suit (or two or three) for all sizes and shapes among its 10,000 swimsuits in inventory, and has been winning customers over for more than 30 years. Destin

Best Men’s apparel
Destin Threads

Retailer Marsha Chouinard has been dressing the Emerald Coast for more than 20 years. Her boutique shop, located in The Shops of Destiny, carries quality men’s apparel brands like Vineyard Vines, Southern Tides, Robert Graham and more. Ladies, don’t worry. Destin Threads carries a nice selection of women’s apparel, too! Destin

Best Outdoor Furniture Retailer
Bay Breeze Patio

Celebrating eight years on the Emerald Coast, Bay Breeze Patio owners Wayne Paul and Susan Kiley are passionate about outdoor living. From grills and fire pits to furniture and accessories, the store features everything that goes into creating the most comfortable outdoor living spaces. Miramar Beach

Best Sporting Goods Retailer
Bass Pro Shops

For the outdoors man, woman or child who loves fishing, hunting, camping and boating, the 50,000-square-foot sports center features an exhaustive selection of gear and gadgets to suit every outdoor lover. Destin

Best Toy Store
Learning Express

For the best selection of unique, educational and age-appropriate toys, Learning Express offers it all. The self-proclaimed “neighborhood toy store” is a hub of activity, a meeting spot for kids and families and a one-stop destination for toys that help raise smart, healthy kids. Miramar Beach

Best Wedding Shop
Simply Elegant Bridal

Celebrating every bride’s special day, Simply Elegant wins again for offering the largest selection of bridal and bridesmaid gowns. This wedding boutique also offers the best selection of tuxedoes for the groom and his groomsmen. Fort Walton Beach

Best Women’s Accessories
Private Gallery

The friendly staff makes each guest feel as if they are in their own private gallery, hence the name. Serving a niche market with an eclectic mix of jewelry, handbags, shoes and clothing, the boutique features top names, as well as up-and-coming designers. Destin

Best Women’s Apparel
Today’s Boutique

Celebrating 31 years in business and its 12th Best of win, Today’s offers exceptional service and a large selection of the latest trends in the Shoppes of Paradise Key. Check out the store’s website for the latest trend report, or just stop in for expert advice from the staff. Destin

Best Women’s Shoes
Sunset Shoes

Inspired by the beautiful beaches and relaxed atmosphere of Northwest Florida, comfort and easygoing style are the hallmark of Sunset Shoes’ footwear collections. With four locations between Destin and Panama City Beach, Sunset Shoes has become the Euro-comfort headquarters on the Emerald Coast. Destin, Miramar Beach and Panama City Beach.