Best Of The Emerald Coast 2020

The ballots have been counted, the results are in.

As diverse as the winners in our 2020 Best of the Emerald Coast reader’s poll are, they have important qualities in common.

Each has conducted itself in ways that have earned the respect and admiration of its customers, and we intend that a Best of the EC award serve them as validation for those efforts. All may properly regard themselves as businesses that are reliable, highly professional and integral elements in the economy of the Emerald Coast.

Too, our winners are uniformly small businesses, which collectively are often referred to as the “backbone of the nation’s economy.” Indeed. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses account for 44 percent of economic activity in the country and fully three quarters of the new jobs being created.

The COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting economic downturn and changes in consumer habits have tested the resolve, resilience and creativity of businesses including our winners. We encourage you, our readers, to patronize, encourage and congratulate them.


In lieu of purchasing a Best of the Emerald Coast ticket, we encourage all of our winners and would-be attendees to donate to the Child Clothing Project by the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. This project allows the Junior League to help over 400 children in our local community to get a new wardrobe, school supplies and more. Please visit 850tix.com/organizations/1127/donate to learn more and donate or text BOECGIVES to 76278. Stay tuned for an interactive way to experience this year’s winning businesses.


 

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New categories for 2020

 


Food & Beverage

Appetizer

Bonefish Grill
Freshness is their signature. Begin your dining experience with the guest favorite, Bang Bang Shrimp; it’s a must.
Destin
(850) 650-3161
BonefishGrill.com

Asian Fusion

Basmati’s Asian Cuisine
A casual, yet sophisticated dining experience; indulge in exotic Asian flavors fused with fresh, local ingredients.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 267-3028
BasmatisThirtyA.com

Atmosphere

The Gulf Fort Walton Beach
A dreamy bayside haven created with trademark design elements including salvaged and repurposed building materials set against a backdrop of surf and sand.
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 387-1300
TheGulf.com

Bakery

Black Bear Bread Co.
Scrumptious sourdoughs, buttery baguettes, and melt-in-your-mouth bear claws.
Grayton Beach
(850) 213-4528
BlackBearBreadCo.com

Bar/Tavern

The Craft Bar
Belly up to a bar crafted from 100-year-old cypress to enjoy rare brews and artisanal pub fare.
Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Miramar Beach, Panama City Beach
(850) 460-7907* (*Destin Location)
TheCraftBarFL.com

BBQ

98 Bar-B-Que
Bodacious barbeque seasoned with attention to detail; family-friendly and dedicated to diners.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 622-0679
98bbq.com

Beer Selection/Craft Beer

The Craft Bar
Belly up to a bar crafted from 100-year-old cypress to enjoy rare brews and artisanal pub fare.
Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Miramar Beach, Panama City Beach
(850) 460-7907* (*Destin Location)
TheCraftBarFL.com

Bloody Mary

The Red Bar
A cocktail dubbed the “the house salad,” given its array of delectable garnishes, spices and flavor.
Grayton Beach
(850) 231-1008
TheRedBar.com

Breakfast

Donut Hole Bakery Cafe
A diner and bakery rolled into one with hearty omelets, eggs benedict and heavenly donuts.
Destin*, Inlet Beach, Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 837-8824

Brewery

Grayton Beer Company
Fine ingredients blended with the character of the Gulf Coast “from grain to glass.”
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 231-4786
GraytonBeer.com

Brunch

McGuire’s Irish Pub
Bottomless mimosas, complimentary Irish coffee and beignets, and hefty portions.
Destin, Pensacola
(850) 650-0000* (*Destin location)
McGuiresIrishPub.com

Cajun/Creole

The Louisiana Lagniappe
Over 30 years of dishes delicieux, such as seafood gumbo, Grouper Pontchartrain and jambalaya.
Destin
(850) 837-0881
TheLouisianaLagniappe.com

Chef

Chef Jack McGucken at Bijoux
An architect of Creole masterpieces; fresh, local fare with a simple touch.
Miramar Beach
(850) 622-0760
BijouxDestin.com

Chinese

P.F. Chang’s
A signature sauce trio and family-style portions; here, 2,000-year-old Asian cooking traditions live on.
|Sandestin
(850) 269-1806
PFChangs.com

Crab Cakes

Louis Louis
Chock full of crab, lightly breaded and topped with a fresh citrus sauce.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 267-1500
LouisLouis.net

Crawfish

Stinky’s Fish Camp
The Crawfish Pie, a creamy etouffee baked in a flaky handmade crust, can’t be beat.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 267-3053
StinkysFishCamp.com

Dessert

Bon Appétit French Bakery & Cafe
Heavenly European delights right in Fort Walton Beach.
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 244-2848
Facebook.com/
bonappetitfrenchbakeryandcafe

Distillery

98 Distillery
Purely crafted small batches made from local wild ingredients.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 919-2400
Distillery98.com

Fine Dining

Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood
An intimate and indulgent dining experience with seafood specialties; aged, prime steaks and an award-winning wine list.
Miramar Beach
(850) 622-1500
Seagars.com

Food Truck/Airstream

BIG Red Truck
Rolling your way with tasty tacos, hand-shaped burgers and fresh seafood bite
Destin
(850) 737-1185
BigRedDestin.com

French

Bijoux
A fine dining experience bringing you coastal, French cuisine with a dash of New Orleans panache.
Miramar Beach
(850) 622-0760
BijouxDestin.com

Frozen Treat (Ice Cream, Yogurt, Gelato, Snow Cones)

Blue Mountain Beach Creamery
A family owned and operated establishment providing the tastiest ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet treats at the beach.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 278-6849
BlueMountainBeachCreamery.com

Gluten-Free-Friendly

Keto Kreations
Low-carb, keto-approved baked delights to satisfy any dieting sweet tooth.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 517-6379
ketokreations.com

Gourmet/Food Shop/Specialty Food Store

Modica Market
Seaside’s gourmet grocer offering a diverse mix of culinary essentials and libations.
Seaside
(850) 231-1214
ModicaMarket.com

Grouper Sandwich

Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House
A sandwich that’s a work of art grilled, fried or blackened.
Destin
(850) 424-7406
Boshamps.com

Gumbo

Stinky’s Fish Camp
Nothing foul about the Fowl gumbo, stewed with tender chicken, andouille and duck confit.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 267-3053
StinkysFishCamp.com

Hamburger

McGuire’s Irish Pub
Bottomless mimosas, complimentary Irish coffee and beignets, and hefty portions.
Destin, Pensacola
(850) 650-0000* (*Destin location)
McGuiresIrishPub.com

Happy Hour

Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store
It’s island time everyday with tropical mai-tai’s, pineapple paradisio martinis and satisfying small plates.
Sandestin
(850) 654-1743
TommyBahama.com

Healthy Menu Option

Everkrisp
Seeded, sown and plated with fresh, whole ingredients.
Destin, Miramar Beach
(850) 842-4504* (*Miramar Beach location)
Everkrisp.com

Hibachi

Osaka Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
Dinner and a show with locally sourced seafood and veggies.
Destin, Panama City Beach
(850) 650-4688* (*Destin location)
OsakaHibachiAndSushi.com

Italian

Mimmo’s Ristorante Italiano
Authentic, elegant Italian with a variant list of vino.
Destin
(850) 460-7353
EatMimmos.com

Margarita

Cantina Laredo
Freshly squeezed lime completes a citrusy blend of Agave Blanco tequila and Cointreau Orange Liqueur.
Miramar Beach,
(850) 654-5649
CantinaLaredo.com

Martini

Cafe Thirty-A
Shaken or stirred with quality ingredients and all the olives you can handle.
Seagrove Beach
(850) 231-2166
CafeThirtyA.com

Mediterranean

Aegean Restaurant
A traditional Greek, family-style atmosphere with all the souvlaki, gyro and tzatziki you can eat.
Miramar Beach*, Shalimar
*(850) 460-2728
AegeanFL.com

Mexican/Latin American

Cantina Laredo
Tableside guac, authentic specialties and a margarita on the rocks make for a meal muy bueno.
Miramar Beach
(850) 654-5649
CantinaLaredo.com

Mojito

Great Southern Cafe
Over 12 choices of fruity flavors with a refreshing, mint twist.
Seaside
(850) 231-7327
TheGreatSouthernCafe.com

Nachos

Burrito del Sol
A mountain of crispy corn tortilla chips, grilled protein, queso and spicy salsa.
Fort Walton Beach*, Destin
(850) 226-8016* (*Fort Walton Beach location)
BurritodelSol.com

New Restaurant (6-12 months)

Blue Mabel
Brunch the Southern way with 24-hour smoked brisket sandwiches, shrimp and grits and fried chicken salad.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 744-0040
BlueMabel.com

On-site Catering

Grayton Beach Catering & Events
Lavishing your events with local brews, shrimp boils and Cajun cookin’.
Grayton Beach
(850) 231-1090
GraytonBeachCatering.com

Outdoor Bar

The Bay
Fine dining and imbibing al fresco with sweeping views of the Choctawhatchee.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 622-2291
BaySouthWalton.com

Outdoor Dining

The Bay
Fine dining and imbibing al fresco with sweeping views of the Choctawhatchee.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 622-2291
BaySouthWalton.com

Oysters

Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar
Freshly plucked and shucked from the Gulf with homemade cocktail sauce, horseradish and a squeeze of lemon.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 622-2733
ShunkGulley.com

Pizza

Pizza by the Sea
Supremely rich pies with fresh veggies, high-quality meats and savory sauces for endless customization.
Gulf Place, Sandestin, Seacrest Beach, WaterColor
PizzaByTheSea.com

Restaurant in Bay County

Firefly
Deluxe sushi, gourmet entrees and romance beneath an illuminated oak tree.
Panama City Beach
(850) 249-3359
FireflyPCB.com

Restaurant in Escambia County

The Fish House
Daily selections of fish, signature grits a ya ya and live music harborside.
Pensacola
(850) 470-0003
FishHousePensacola.com

Restaurant in Okaloosa County

Clemenza’s at Uptown Station
Wood-fired pizza, signature pasta dishes and a family-style atmosphere with an Old World feel.
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 243-0707
ClemenzasAtUptown.com

Restaurant in Walton County

Louis Louis
Art-packed walls, Panne chicken and crab cakes to die for.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 267-1500
LouisLouis.net

Romantic/Special Occasion Restaurant

Restaurant Paradis
Country-chic cuisine, loveseats in the lounge and a dimly lighted ambiance for a special affair.
Rosemary Beach
(850) 534-0400
RestaurantParadis.com

Salad

Everkrisp
Seeded, sown and plated with fresh, whole ingredients.
Destin, Miramar Beach
(850) 842-4504* (*Miramar Beach location)
Everkrisp.com

Seafood Market

Destin Ice House
Seafood straight from the docks, ready-to-cook crawfish pies and stuffed ravioli.
Destin
(850) 837-8333
DestinIce.com

Seafood Restaurant

Dewey Destin’s Harborside
Seafood served with tradition, daily “catch of the day” specials and signature hot crab dip.
Destin*, Navarre
*(850) 837-7525 (Harborside location)
DestinSeafood.com

Seafood Steamer

Old Bay Steamer
Maine lobster tails, king and snow crab, shrimp and shellfish steamed to tasty perfection.
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 664-2795
OldBaySteamerFWB.com

Shrimp Salad

JC’s Gourmet
A chilled mix of fresh shrimp, lime zest and vinegar-soaked cucumber, red onion and sweet pepper, this is shrimp ceviche-style.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 687-2810
JCsGourmet.com

Sports Bar

Shades Bar and Grill
A family-friendly bar providing all the game day necessities: hot wings, handhelds and your favorite brews.
Inlet Beach
(850) 231-9410
Shades30a.com

Steakhouse

Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood
An intimate and indulgent dining experience with seafood specialties; aged, prime steaks and an award-winning wine list.
Miramar Beach
(850) 622-1500
Seagars.com

Sushi

Sushimoto
Locally sourced catches and crisp veggies, all rolled up and bursting with flavor.
Destin
(850) 424-5977
DestinSushi.com

Tacos

Burrito del Sol
A mountain of crispy corn tortilla chips, grilled protein, queso and spicy salsa.
Fort Walton Beach*, Destin
(850) 226-8016* (*Fort Walton Beach location)
BurritodelSol.com

Thai

Thai Elephant Authentic Thai Cuisine
Authentic Thai lunch specials, stir-fried noodles and custom chef creations as spicy as you like.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 660-6711
ThaiElephantSRB.com

Tuna Dip

Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar
Smokey yellowfin tuna marries gourmet sweet peppers for the ultimate flatbread spread.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 622-2733
ShunkGulley.com

Waterfront Restaurant

Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House
Gulf-to-table dining with a majestic view of the Destin harbor.
Destin
(850) 424-7406
Boshamps.com

Wedding Caterer

SunQuest Beach Weddings, LLC
Gracing guests with a taste of local fare through personalized, quality service.
Miramar Beach
(850) 830-9359
SunquestBeachWeddings.com

Wine List/Wine Bar

Vintij Food & Wine
A bistro meets wine boutique; take home your favorites from their extensive collection.
Miramar Beach
(850) 650-9820
Vintij.com

Wings

Buffalo’s Reef
Thirteen flavors of cooked-to-order wings, perfect with a basket of hot curly fries and your go-to brew.
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 243-9464
BuffalosReef.com


 

Check out the Best of the Emerald Coast Hall of Fame

New categories for 2020

 


Service Providers

Acupuncture Clinic

Tortoise Clinic of Chinese Medicine
Pinpoint the source of chronic pain, anxiety and digestive issues for a holistic healing approach.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 267-5611
TheTortoiseClinic.com

Aesthetician

Melissa St. John – Destin Plastic Surgery
Impassioned and professional, applying expertise and precision to your skincare needs.
Destin
(850) 654-1194
ThePlasticDoc.com

Audio/Visual Provider

Five-Star Audio Visual, Inc.
Superior event execution, technical expertise and five-star, integrated solutions.
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 275-4242
Five-StarAV.com

Automobile Dealership

Step One Automotive
New and certified pre-owned vehicles, part customization and exceptional service.
Mary Esther
(850) 244-7611
StepOneAutomotive.com

Auto Repair/Body Shop

All Pro Dent Repair
Doing damage control through no-paint dent repair, be it from door dings, hail damage or collisions.
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 315-1065
AllProDentRear.net

Bank

Eglin Federal Credit Union
Managing all your personal finances with premier customer service, invaluable resources and security.
Destin, Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther, Niceville, Navarre, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field
(850) 862-0111
EglinFCU.org

Builder/Contractor

Chi-Mar Construction LLC
A one-stop construction service whose bedrock is customer care, communication and concise organization.
30A, Destin*, Navarre
(850) 837-8016* (*Destin location)
ChiMarConstruction.com

Cabinets And Countertops

Kitchen Designs of the Emerald Coast
Renovation made simple with custom cabinetry, countertops and a dream team of designers.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 974-3185
KitchenDesignsGroup.com

Cardiologist

White-Wilson Medical Center, Dr. Rodney Powell
Bringing over  30 years of board-certified cardiology experience, care and dedication to Fort Walton Beach patients.
Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Navarre, Niceville
(850) 863-8100
White-Wilson.com

Car/Limo/Shuttle Service

654Limo
Retro-chic chauffer services, luxurious limos and high-end transportation to your most anticipated events.
Destin
(850) 654-LIMO (5466)
654limo.com

Charity/Nonprofit

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation
Fifteen years of enhancing the lives of Northwest Florida children via world-class wine and culinary celebrations.
Miramar Beach
(850) 650-3732
DCWAF.org

Charter Boat Service (fishing, diving, etc.)

SunVenture Cruises
Dolphin sightings, firework shows and dazzling sunsets fuel romantic excursions through the Destin Harbor and Crab Island.
Destin, Okaloosa Island
(850) 424-6465
SunventureCruises.com

Cheerleading/Gymnastics Facility

U.S. Gold Gymnastics & Cheerleading Academy
Training the next Simone Biles through expert coaching and a state-of-the-art facility.
Destin*, Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 654-3124* (*Destin location)
USGoldGymnastics.com

Chiropractic Practice

Emerald Coast Chiropractic
An expert staff diagnosing, treating and healing the Emerald Coast since 2000.
Destin, Miramar Beach
(850) 654-1850 (for both)
DestinChiropractor.com

Commercial Real Estate Group

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty
Local agents with community expertise make buying or selling a home a streamlined, rewarding experience.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 650-7293
PenFedRealty.com

Computer Services/Tech Support

CRC Data Technologies
Trusted data technologies providing responsive, reliable and flexible solutions and security measures.
Destin
(850) 654-7262
CRCDataTech.com

Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery Practice

Destin Plastic Surgery – William R. Burden, M.D.
Helping you reach your full potential through trusted, innovative procedures, augmentations and maintenance treatments.
Destin
(850) 654-1194
ThePlasticDoc.com

Credit Union

Eglin Federal Credit Union
Managing all your personal finances with premier customer service, invaluable resources and security.
Destin, Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther, Niceville, Navarre, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field
(850) 862-0111
EglinFCU.org

Customer Service

Sundance Rental Management Inc.
A savvy and friendly team of professional property managers are at your beck and call.
Fort Walton Beach, Destin
(850) 863-3292
Sundance-Rentals.com

Dance Studio/Ballet Company

Alfonso Academy
Three large dance studios honor the elegance and artistry of classical ballet and modern and interpretive movement.
Miramar Beach
(850) 460-3264
AlfonsoAcademy.com

Best Dental Practice

Smileology
Superior oral health consultations, cosmetic procedures and cleanings make smiles shine brighter.
Niceville, Miramar Beach*, Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 424-7887 (*Miramar Beach location)
Smileology.com

Dermatology Practice

Coastal Skin Surgery & Dermatology
Quality care and a vast catalog of surgical, medical and dermatological services and products.
Miramar Beach*, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville and Panama City Beach
(850) 654-3376 (*Miramar Beach location)
CoastalSkinSurgery.com

Electric Cart/Golf Cart Dealership

Dixielectricar
Showcasing the hottest golf carts on the market; cruise the fairways in style with custom cart enhancements and storage solutions.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 269-0011
Dixielectricar.com

Event Planning Firm

Proffitt PR
A self-proclaimed army of high-heeled soldiers, these ladies will go to battle to place your business in the public eye.
Miramar Beach
(850) 460-7777
ProffittPR.com

Event Venue

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
An award-winning spa, leading fitness facilities, sumptuous dining and access to the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Miramar Beach
(850) 267-9500
HiltonSandestinBeach.com

Eye Doctor Practice

Wells Vision and Laser Eye Center
Comprehensive exams, designer frames and cutting-edge laser correction.
Destin
(850) 424-6677
WellsVisionCenter.com

Eye Surgeon Practice

The Eye Center of North Florida
Home to the first laser cataract surgery in Florida; more than 70,000 quality procedures have been performed in its 20 years of service.
Panama City*, Chipley, Port St. Joe
(850) 784-3937 (*Panama City location)
EyeCareNow.com

Family Physician/Practice

Coastal Family Practice & Acute Care Center, LLC
A full-service, family practice supplying as-needed or preventive care personalized for you and yours.
Seacrest
(850) 231-9286
CoastalFamilyPractice.net

Financial Planning/Investment Firm

McGovern, O’Dell & Associates Merrill Lynch
A highly organized, attentive and experienced team of advisors helping you manage your financial resources.
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 864-6114
fa.ml.com/florida/fort-walton-beach/moa

Flooring

Destin Flooring America
Hardwood, carpet, laminate or vinyl, they’ll see to it that your home is paved with quality.
Destin*, Crestview
(850) 650-8511 (*Destin location)
DestinFlooring.us

Florist

1920 & Co.
One-of-a-kind wedding bouquets, verdant dish gardens and vibrant blooms to brighten the room.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 502-0725
1920co.com

Full Service Spa

Serenity by the sea Spa
Professional salon treatments, rejuvenating spa packages and fitness amenities for the ultimate retreat.
Miramar Beach
(850) 622-9595
SerenitybytheseaSpa.com

Gym/Health Club/Fitness Center/Studio

Grand Fitness
An elite fitness facility for the newcomer and gym rat, featuring personal trainers, group classes, state-of-the-art equipment and childcare amenities.
Miramar Beach
(850) 424-4301
GrandFitnessFL.com

Hair Salon

Avantgarde Salon Spa
Contemporary cuts and color, lash and brow treatments and quality Aveda products to keep your hair happy and healthy.
*Shoppes of Destin, Destin
(850) 654-5057* (*Shoppes of Destin location)
AvantgardeAveda.com

Health and Wellness Center

Bluewater Fitness
Group fitness, high-intensity routines and personalized training promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.
Niceville
(850) 279-6767
BluewaterFitness.net

Heating and Air Service

Gulfshore Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.
Whole home comfort with reliable heating and cooling systems, speedy repair and superior air quality.
Niceville
(850) 897-6540
GulfshoreAir.com

Homeowner’s Association

Sandestin Owners Association Inc.
Public works projects, maintenance and security to keep Sandestin a welcoming, wonderful community.
Miramar Beach
(850) 424-5950
SandestinOwners.com

Hotel

The Henderson
Classic coastal architecture, fine dining and 170 rooms in which to experience luxury by the sea.
Destin
(855) 741-2777
HendersonBeachResort.com

Insurance Agency

Harris Insurance
A matchless brokerage that has been protecting Florida homes, automobiles, watercraft and lives since 1965.
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 244-2111
HarrisInsurance.com

Interior Design Firm

Lovelace Interiors
Contemporary coastal furnishings, complimentary consultations and a team of published designers.
Miramar Beach
(850) 837-5563
LovelaceInteriors.com

Landscaping/Lawn Service

Amazing Lawns & More
Cutting-edge landscape, head-turning lawn treatment and upstanding customer service.
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 543-7997
Facebook.com/AmazingLawnsAndMoreLLC

Law Firm

Bracken Law, P.A.
Highly respected representation addressing your real estate, business and civil litigation needs.
Miramar Beach/Destin, Santa Rosa Beach*
(850) 792-2677 (*Santa Rosa Beach location)
BrackenLawPA.com

Lighting Store

Beautiful Lights
Dazzling chandeliers, designer lamps and sconces that make a statement.
Destin
(850) 650-9417
BeautifulLights.com

Locksmith

A to Z Lock & Safe
Around-the-clock lockout services, high security door hardware, safes and guaranteed protection.
Mary Esther*, Destin
(850) 664-7557 (*Mary Esther location)
AtoZLockAndSafe.com

Martial Arts/Karate

Resolute Martial Arts
Karate for kids and kickboxing for adults; strengthen your character no matter your age.
Destin
(850) 797-4434
ResoluteMartialArts.com

Marine Sales and Service

Legendary Marine
Your full-service marina complete with committed sales and service teams and offering the sharpest crafts on the water.
Destin*, Panama City Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Pensacola, Gulf Shores, Ala.
(850) 337-8300 (*Destin location)
LegendaryMarine.com

Massage Therapist

Emerald Coast Chiropractic

An expert staff diagnosing, treating and healing the Emerald Coast since 2000.
Destin, Miramar Beach
(850) 654-1850 (for both)
DestinChiropractor.com

Media Provider (Cable, Internet, Phone)

Cox Communications
Keeping our community connected with a dependable broadband delivery network and exceptional customer service.
Destin*, Fort Walton Beach, Miramar Beach, Niceville
(850) 226-6872 (*Destin location)
Cox.com

Medical Center/Hospital

Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast
A compassionate health care provider committed to the wellbeing of individuals and communities.
Miramar Beach
(850) 278-3000
Healthcare.Ascension.org

Medical Practice

White-Wilson Medical Center
A multi-physician care unit; more than 20 medical specialties and clinics across the county.
Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Navarre, Niceville
(850) 863-8100
White-Wilson.com

Medical Spa

GLOW Med Spa of 30A
Corrective cosmetic treatments executed with privacy, professionalism and care.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 764-2340
Glow30a.com

Mental Health Services

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
Comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, personalized treatment plans and optimal patient care.
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 862-1111
fwbmc.com

Mortgage Lender

Inlanta Mortgage
Offering first-time homebuyer programs and the loans that best suit you.
SoutheastLender.com

Nail Salon

Lee’s Spa & Nails
Deluxe manicures, soak n’ scrub pedicures and expert lacqueristas.
Miramar Beach
(850) 650-3590

Oral Health Care Specialty Practice

Smileology
Superior oral health consultations, cosmetic procedures and cleanings make smiles shine brighter.
Niceville, Miramar Beach*, Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 424-7887 (*Miramar Beach location)
Smileology.com

Orthodontist Practice

Stubbs Orthodontics
Traditional and Invisalign braces, precise digital screening and superior family care.
Niceville and South Walton
(850) 678-8338
StubbsOrtho.com

Orthopedic Surgical Practice

Orthopaedic Associates
Targeted casting and care plans, joint replacement and therapy services for a stronger, more active you.
Destin, Fort Walton Beach*, Niceville
(850) 863-2153 (* Fort Walton Beach location)
OrthoAssociates.net

Outdoor Service Provider

Adept Pressure Washing
Rust and mildew eradication and impenetrable paver sealing to make your home’s exterior features as good as new.
Serving Rosemary Beach to Destin, located in SRB (850) 855-7209 AdeptPressureWashing.com

Pediatric Practice

Coastal Pediatric Group
A compassionate team who will make your child feel at home during sick visits, immunizations and physical wellness checks.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 659-6611
CoastalPediatricGroup.com

Pharmacy

Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy
Thyroid hormone replacements and custom prescriptions for you and your pet to combat any ailment.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 622-5800
ECCpharmacy.com

Photo Booth Company

Epic Photo Co.
Themed booths with fun filters and outrageous accessories for a commemorative souvenir.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 213-4434
EpicPhoto.co

Physical Therapy Practice

PT Solutions
A privately owned practice healing with expertise in sports medicine, dry needling and manual and aquatic physical therapy.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 622-0842
PTSolutions.com

Plumbing Fixtures/Service

Emerald Bay Plumbing
Residential and commercial installation, expedient repair and natural gas piping.
Destin
(850) 837-1979
EmeraldBayPlumbing.com

Pool Building/Service Company

Cox Pools
A go-to swimming source since 1958, expert knowledge on commercial and residential pools, deck installation and water features.
Serving the Emerald Coast and surrounding communities
(850) 235-7957 (*Panama City Beach location)
CoxPools.com

PR/Advertising Agency

Proffitt PR
A self-proclaimed army of high-heeled soldiers, these ladies will go to battle to place your business in the public eye.
Miramar Beach
(850) 460-7777
ProffittPR.com

Printing/Copying Services

Copy Systems Business Center, Inc.
Expert document finishing, custom printing and copying services and graphic advertisements for your business.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 267-4552
CopySystemsOnline.com

Products made on the Emerald Coast

Grayton Beer Company
Fine ingredients blended with the character of the Gulf Coast “from grain to glass.”
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 231-4786
GraytonBeer.com

Property Inspector

Norris Property Inspections LLC
Property inspections with a local perspective; offering professional advice, safety evaluations and confidence in real estate investments.
Northwest Florida
(850) 974-6600
SantaRosaBeachHomeInspections.com

Residential Real Estate Group

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty
Local agents with community expertise make buying or selling a home a streamlined, rewarding experience.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 650-7293
PenFedRealty.com

Roofing

Specialty Roofers Inc
Sheltering you with superior roofing systems from certified manufacturers.
Northwest Florida
(850) 974-ROOF
SpecialtyRoofers.com

Screen Enclosure

E & E Sunrooms
Creating your new favorite room in the house with weather-repellant sunrooms, pool enclosures carports and pergolas.
Pensacola
(850) 417-4112
EandEsunrooms.com

Security/Alarm System

Coastal Protection Inc.
Smart, safe security for your home or business utilizing video surveillance, 24-hour alarm monitoring and more.
Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach*
(850) 622-1667 (*Santa Rosa Beach location)
CoastalProtect.com

Sign Company

Eloquent Signs
Quality signage through creative craftsmanship, premier printing materials and professional installation.
Miramar Beach
(850) 460-2425
EloquentSigns.com

Specialty Fitness (Pilates, yoga, etc.)

Pure Barre
Purely amazing fitness routines with varying intensity, movement and targeted muscle-strengthening.
Destin*, 30A
(850) 837-1090 (*Destin location)
PureBarre.com

Specialty Pet Services/Products

3 Dogs & a Chick
Local adoption fairs, dog training classes and dog treats made daily and worth barking about.
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 243-7297
3DogsAndaChick.com

Storage Facility

Southern Self Storage
Self-storage made easy with affordable units, climate-controlled environments and large vehicle accommodations.
Santa Rosa Beach
(877) 957-8673
SouthernSelfStorage.com

Title Company

McGill Escrow & Title
Helping you close the deal on your home by insuring title validity and efficiently completing your transaction.
Destin
(850) 837-1386 or (850) 654-6997
McgillEscrowAndTitle.com

Tutoring/Learning Center

The Tutoring Center, Sandestin
Boosting child confidence with one-on-one instruction, academic programs and after-school tutoring.
Miramar Beach
(850) 424-7935
Sandestin.TutoringCenter.com

Veterinary Practice

Airport Veterinary Clinic
A full-service clinic, surgical and preventive care procedures and compassionate treatment for your fur baby.
Destin
(850) 837-3227
AirportVetDestin.com

Wedding Hair/Makeup Artist

Kendra K Beauty
Giving brides blowouts and braided up-dos, a glowing complexion and dazzling confidence on their special day.
Destin
(850) 603-4133
KendraKBeauty.com

Wedding Planner Company

Kiss the Bride Weddings
Over 10 years of award-winning experience, stress-free planning and a commitment to your vision.
30A/Destin
(850) 376-8272
KissTheBrideWeddings.com

Weight Loss Facility

Metabolic Research Center
The first step to a better you with vetted weight loss programs, a supportive staff and health management resources.
Destin*, Fort Walton Beach, Panama City
(850) 654-8778 (*Destin location)
EMetabolic.com

Videography

Land Air Sea Productions
Precise creative direction, logistical planning and the finest productions.
Emerald Coast
LandAirSeaProductions.com

Wedding/Reception Venue

SunQuest Cruises, Inc.
An open-air deck atop a 125-foot yacht, and an emerald green, Gulf backdrop makes for a ceremony to remember.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
(850) 830-9359
SunquestCruises.com BurritodelSol.com


 

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Shopping

Antiques Shop

Smith’s Antiques Mall & Interiors Market
Southern antiques, rare collectibles and contemporary treasures scattered among a 25,000 square foot showroom.
Miramar Beach
(850) 654-1484
SmithsAntiquesMall.com

Beachwear Retailer

Innerlight Surf Shop
Designer swimwear, wave-ready wetsuits and beach accessories and apparel for men and women.
Destin, Gulf Breeze*, Pensacola, Pensacola Beach
(850) 932-5134 (*Gulf Breeze location)
InnerlightSurf.com

Children’s Clothing Retailer

Pink N Blue Avenue
Matching “Mommy and me” sets, adorable onesies and tiny shoes for dressing your tot to the nines.
Destin
(850) 424-5707
PinknBlueAvenue.net

Consignment/Resale Shop

Ava’s Attic
A fashionably curated collection of custom furniture, local art and designer consignments.
Miramar Beach
(850) 424-6767
AvasAtticInDestin.com

Eyewear Store

Optikk 30A
Luxury optics from 141, Zero G, Maui Jim and more.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 608-3135
Optikk30a.com

Furniture Retailer

Stock & Trade Design Co.
Custom upholstery, sparkling light fixtures and locally crafted furnishings in an array of affordable and chic designs.
Miramar Beach*, Birmingham, Atlanta, Nashville, Spanish Fort, Alabama
(850) 460-8990 (*Miramar Beach location)
StockAndTrade.com

Gift Shop

Frill Seekers Gifts
Deluxe gift baskets for any occasion, and your monogram on stylish stationery, jewelry and entertaining essentials.
Destin
(850) 460-2700
FrillSeekersGifts.com

Jewelry Store

McCaskill & Company
Reputable and revered local jewelry showcasing designer bridal and everyday accessories, vibrant gemstones and tasteful timepieces.
Destin
(850) 650-2262
McCaskillAndCompany.com

Locally Owned Retailer

McCaskill & Company
Reputable and revered local jewelry showcasing designer bridal and everyday accessories, vibrant gemstones and tasteful timepieces.
Destin
(850) 650-2262
McCaskillAndCompany.com

Men’s Accessories and Men’s Apparel

Dennis & Company
Designer dress clothes, quality sportswear and formal accessories for the discerning gentleman.
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 226-4380
DennisAndCompanyClothing.com

Men’s Shoes

Sunset Shoes and Lifestyles
Trendy Birkenstock, Reef Sandals and Olukai shoe designs are a staple for any beach closet.
Miramar Beach*, Destin, Panama City Beach
(850) 837-5466 (*Miramar Beach location)
SunsetShoesOnline.com

Outdoor Furniture Retailer

Bay Breeze Patio
Colorful, contemporary patio furnishings: wood, wicker, aluminum, Adirondack.
Miramar Beach
(850) 269-4666
BayBreezePatio.com

Scuba Dive Shop

Emerald Coast Scuba
Gearing you up for a deep dive with quality regulators, compasses, masks, fins and more.
Destin
(850) 837-0955
DiveDestin.net

Specialty Retailer

Run With It
Technical running and walking shoes, modern fitness accessories and trendy trail apparel.
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 243-1007
RunWithItFL.com

Sporting Gear/Paddleboard Retailer

YOLO Board + Bike
Official YOLO apparel, sporting gear and durable bikes and SUP boards to keep you active onshore and offshore
Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 424-6852
YoloBoard.com

Wedding Shop

Margaret Ellen Bridal
Say “yes” to the dress with over eight of the most sought-after wedding gown and jewelry designers from across the country.
Inlet Beach
(850) 641-0266
MargaretEllenBridal.com

Women’s Accessories

Emerald Lady Jewelry
Coastal-inspired accessories, fine jewelry and dreamy bridal and engagement bands.
Destin
(850) 517-1039
EmeraldLadyJewelry.com

Women’s Boutique

Today’s Boutique
Seasonal trunk shows, designer sales and a curated collection of upscale apparel.
Destin
(850) 837-5565
TodaysBoutique.com

Women’s Shoes

Sunset Shoes and Lifestyles
Trendy Birkenstock, Reef Sandals and Olukai shoe designs are a staple for any beach closet.
Miramar Beach*, Destin, Panama City Beach
(850) 837-5466 (*Miramar Beach location)
SunsetShoesOnline.com


 

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Entertainment

Artist/Art Gallery

Justin Gaffrey Gallery
Textured seascapes, striking sculptures and abstract still-life paintings that make for conversation pieces.
Santa Rosa Beach
(850) 267-2022
JustinGaffrey.com

Attraction

The Village of Baytowne Wharf
The “heart and soul of Sandestin” offering monthly festivals, bayside dining and boutiques.
Miramar Beach
(850) 267-8180

BaytowneWharf.com

Business’ Social Media Account to Follow

Fun 4 Emerald Coast Kids
Engaging videos, informative notices and hilarious, relatable posts for parents up and down the coast.
Okaloosa, Walton, Bay County (online)
(904) 200-1609
Fun4EmeraldCoastKids.com

DJ

DJ30A
Professional and talented service, contagious energy and a set list that keeps guests groovin’.
The Entire Gulf Coast
(850) 225-1149
DJ30a.com

Event

30A Songwriters Festival
A cross-venue concert crawl featuring both accomplished and up-and-coming songwriters and their stories.
South Walton
30aSongwritersFestival.com

Golf Course

Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club
Eighteen picturesque holes nestled among the Choctawhatchee pines.
Destin
(850) 337-8080
RegattaBay.com

Musician/Vocalist/Band

Forrest Williams Band
A Destinite with soulful pipes honoring his Arkansas roots through classic acoustic country music.
Destin and surrounding areas
(850) 502-6448
Facebook.com/theforrestwilliamsband

Place for a Date

Marina Cafe
Lavish sushi and surf ‘n’ turf entrees, candlelit tables and a soft, sensual ambiance.
Destin
(850) 837-7960
MarinaCafe.com

Place for Kids Birthday Party

Emerald Coast Science Center
STEAM-centric exhibits, exotic animal encounters and hands-on labs take the cake.
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 664-1261
ECscience.org

Place to Discover a New Unique Experience

HarborWalk Village
Seasonal concerts and parades, pirate ship excursions and iconic eateries.
Destin
(800) 676-0091
EmeraldGrande.com

Place to Go Dancing

AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar
Guaranteed live music every evening, the Bimini stage and dance floor are where locals come to play.
Destin
(850) 837-1913
AJsGulfCoast.com

Place to Take the Kids

Baytowne Adventure Zone
Exhilarating ziplines, dynamic rope courses, Euro-bungy and rock-climbing adventures await.
Miramar Beach
(850) 428-2736
BaytowneAdventureZone.com

Place to Watch a Sunset

Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant
A seaside haven for Southern coastal cuisine, there’s nothing quite like watching the sunset from the rooftop bar.
Seaside
(850) 231-5900
BudAndAlleys.com

Radio Personality

GILLIGAN, Z96.5
Fort Walton Beach native says he is honored to entertain listeners “… at home, in their cars, in the shower, at the breakfast table and in bed.”
Cumulus Broadcasting, Fort Walton Beach
z96.com

Resort

The Henderson
Classic coastal architecture, fine dining and 170 rooms in which to experience luxury by the sea.
Destin
(855) 741-2777
HendersonBeachResort.com

Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Ronda Pridgen, Niceville High School
A technology teacher who values all that she learns from her students.
Niceville
(850) 833-4114
NicevilleHighSchool.org

Tennis Facility

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Private lessons and 15 HydroGrid clay and hard courts; pro shop sets up matches for players.
Miramar Beach
(877) 783-3312
Sandestin.com

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