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Best of Metro 2012

Best of Metro

The Tampa Bay area is truly a paradise with its great climate, activities and beaches. In the annual edition, Metro has found the best in arts & entertainment, dining, shopping and health & beauty to include in the Best of Metro 2012. Here's our guide to local favorites. We've found 87 great reasons to call the Bay area home.

Arts & Entertainment

Patel Conservatory
Best Place to Find Fame

Discover the performing arts by taking a class from world-class artists in theater, music and dance. Students regardless of age or experience level will unleash creative potential. Call 813.222.1002 or visit www.patelconservatory.org.

Tampa Theatre
Best Classic Date Night

Romance flourishes in this 1926 movie palace with its outside courtyard feel of gargoyles, flowers, statuary and nighttime painted ceiling with twinkling stars. During the summer, the theatre shows a variety of contemporary and classics including Shaft, Edward Scissorhands, Gentleman Prefer Blondes and Gone with the Wind. Call 813.274.8981 or visit online at www.tampatheatre.org.

The Florida Aquarium
Best Wildlife Encounter

On view are plenty of underwater creatures including sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and otters and more. Kids can enjoy fun water play in Explore A Shore while adults can relax in the shade of the Cantina bar and grill. Call 813.273.4000 or visit www.flaquarium.org.

The John and Mabel Ringling Art Museum
Best Cultural Complex

Head to Sarasota to visit the Ringling compound containing the world-class collection of art of circus maverick John and Mabel Ringling, their home Ca' d'Zan, Original Asolo Theater, gardens and circus museums. Call 941.358.3180 or visit www.ringling.org.

Baisden Gallery
Best Local Art Gallery

Located in South Tampa in Grand Central Place across from UT, this urban gallery features rotating exhibitions for emerging contemporary glass artists, painters and photographers including Derek Gores and Albert Murillo as well as national and international artists. Call 813.250.1511 or visit online at www.baisdengallery.com.

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
Best Animals and Attractions

Perfect for kids of all ages with an up-close view of more than 1,500 animals including zebras, elephants, white rhinos, koalas, manatees, leopards and more. Kids can go wild in the Wallaroo Station area or ride the Gator Falls Flume or the Tasmanian Tiger Family Coaster. On a hot day, let the kids splash around in one of two water play areas. Call 813.935.8552 or visit www.lowryparkzoo.com.

Postcard Inn
Best Surfer Chic Hotel

Fun and sun are the name of the game at this retro St. Petersburg beachfront hotel. Each room is uniquely accented to represent the look and feel of vintage beach towns and hip surfers. From breakfast to BBQ, there are two dining options to satisfy hunger and thirsty guests. Call 727.367.2711 or visit www.postcardinn.com.

Museum of Fine Arts
Best Comprehensive Collection

View highlights from the collection from Monet, Cezanne, Renoir and Georgia O'Keefe. For an extra treat, plan lunch in the MFA Café or try family yoga the first Saturday each month. Call 727.896.2667 or visit www.fine-arts.org.

The Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College
Best Summer Jazz

The historic Palladium offers the best in jazz, blues, classical, Celtic, dance, acoustic and the Side Door Summer series runs through early September, showcasing different artists each weekend. Call 727.822.3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org.

Salvador Dalí Museum
Best Surreal Museum

The award-winning architecture houses the largest collection of works by artist Salvador Dalí along the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg. From yoga to writing workshops and films it is a great place to discover all things Dalí. Call 727.823.3767 or visit www.thedali.org.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Best Play and Stay

The newly expanded casino has over 4,100 gaming machines, 90 table games and 50 live high stake poker tables. With seven dining options to satisfy any taste you desire and luxurious rock star accommodations, there's never any reason to leave. Call 1.866.502.PLAY or visit www.seminolehardrocktampa.com.

Tampa Bay Times Forum
Best Multi-Purpose Venue

From Storm and Lightning games to the 2012 RNC, the Tampa Bay Times Forum hosts a wide range of concerts, sporting events and functions. With over 150 different events held annually including wedding receptions, the newly updated Forum, with the lightning bolt and pipe organ during Lightning games, it is definitely a multi-use venue. Call 813.301.6500 or visit www.tampabaytimesforum.com.

The Glazer Children's Museum
Best Place to Let the Kids Play

The activities at the 170 fun, interactive areas within 12 themed areas will keep the kids entertained. But with all the fun, they may not want to go home. Call 813.443.3861 or visit www.glazermuseum.org.

Tampa Museum of Art
Best Public Art Museum

A cornerstone for downtown Tampa's art culture, the museum is currently showing A Hundred Years - A Hundred Chairs through September. Also, view the permanent collection that includes an extensive collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities, paintings and photography. Stop at the Sono Cafe for a glass of wine, a sweet gelato or pressed panini. Call 813.274.8130 or visit www.tampamuseum.org.

Loews Don CeSar Hotel
Best Historic Hotel on the Beach

Built in 1928 and widely known as the Pink Palace, the Mediterranean-style hotel is the ideal hotel for beachfront relaxation. Enjoy gourmet dining or a pampering spa treatment at Spa Oceana. Call 727.360-1881 or visit www.loewshotels.com/Don-CeSar-Hotel.

Tampa Bay Rays
Best Baseball Experience

No need to worry about the typical summer showers in St. Petersburg where there is nothing better than watching the boys of summer inside at the air-conditioned Trop. Wear your favorite Rays jersey and enjoy the summer concert series. Call 888.FAN.RAYS or visit www.raysbaseball.com.

Sandpearl Resort
Best Hotel for Family Escape

On sugar white sands of Clearwater Beach, the Sandpearl Resort provides comfort and relaxation for the entire the family. Roast marshmallows over an open flame with the sounds of waves crashing in the background or lounge at the pool with views of the Gulf. Call 1.877.726.3111 or visit www.sandpearl.com.

Florida Holocaust Museum
Best Museum to Honor and Educate

To raise awareness and prevent future genocides, the museum dedicates itself to teaching the importance of human life while honoring the millions of innocent people who died in the Holocaust. Call 727.820.0100 or visit www.flholocaustmuseum.org.

American Stage
Best Local Theatre Company

Local theatre lovers enjoy American Stage's new 182 seat theatre located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg. The company presents three plays this next 2012-13 season (9 total) along with the widely popular American Stage in the Park in its 27th year.
Call 727.823-7529 or visit online at www.americanstage.org.

Hotel Indigo
Best Mix of Hotel & Art

Supporting local artist with an artist in-residence program, Hotel Indigo showcases to guests the local creative talents. The 72-room, pet-friendly, boutique hotel in downtown St. Petersburg offers plenty with both convenience and style. Call 727.822.4814 or www.stpeteflhotel.com.

Duncan McClellan Gallery
Best Artistic Event Space

Colorful and sculptural glass artist Duncan McClellan opens up his unique gallery to host unique events for up to 1,000 people. Call 813.760.6600 or visit www.dmglass.com.

David A. Straz, Jr. Center for Performing Arts
Best Theater Experience

Enjoy the Best of Broadway, Opera Tampa, concerts and shows in five unique theaters. Be sure to enjoy dinner at one of three Maestro's Restaurants prior to a show. Call 813.229.7827 or visit online at www.strazcenter.org.

Painting with a Twist
Best Place to Be An Artist

Bring out the inner artist with a fun, interactive session with friends where paint, canvas and brushes are provided. All classes are taught by a talented artist with each guest leaving with their created masterpiece. In St. Petersburg call 727.327.4488 or Tampa 813.839-2409 or visit www.paintingwithatwist.com.


Boca Hyde Park
Best Rustic Farm Charm

Specializing in using fresh, local ingredients Boca has a rustic, chic interior that is a great place to enjoy cocktails or an evening meal with friends. Call 813.254.7070 or visit www.bocatampa.com.

Tryst Gastro Lounge
Best New Food & Drink Rendezvous

The chic and fashionable crowd gather to enjoy a small plate or a delicious bowl of the signature chowder, or partake in one of the 27 draft beers and 180 bottles or handcrafted cocktails. Call 727.821.4567 or visit www.trystgastrolounge.com.

Carmel Café & Wine Bar
Best Mod Med Cuisine

The creative concept of pairing small tapas plates and wines from around the world has expanded with locations in Clearwater, Carrollwood, Sarasota and coming soon to South Tampa. Guests use the iPad technology to order and view the menu. Visit

Best Spanish Experience

Since 1905, also the name of their signature salad, guests can visit any of the eight locations, but the original is right around the corner in historic Ybor City. Enjoy award-winning Spanish cuisine, talented Flamenco dancers and an on-site gift shop. Call 813.248.4961 or visit www.columbiarestaurant.com.

Caretta On The Gulf
Best Dining with Sunset View

Magnificent sunsets are on the menu every night at Carretta located inside the stunning Sandpearl Resort. Try the Sunday brunch for an extra special treat or the selection of fresh seafood at the raw bar. Call 727.441.2425 or visit www.carettaonthegulf.com.

Best New Fast Food Chicken

The menu of chicken tenders, sandwiches, fresh cut fries, are tasty, quality foods served fast with locations in Tampa and Wesley Chapel and expanding into Carrollwood and St. Petersburg soon. Visit www.eatpdq.com.

Cigar City Brewing
Best Local Beer Brand

Offering tours five days a week, this local brewery and tasting room has been around since 2009 and is all about producing quality craft brew with quality ingredients. Visit www.cigarcitybrewing.com.

The Capital Grille
Best Dry-Aged Steak

Wine and dine in an elegant setting while enjoying nationally renowned dry-aged steaks. Make a selection from the more than 5,000 bottle wine list for the perfect pairing and toast to a great dining experience. Call 813.830.9433 or visit www.thecapitalgrille.com.

Dunedin Brewery
Best Local Microbrewery

Brewing since 1996, the Dunedin Brewery has a passion for beer and it shows in their tasty products. Visit www.dunedinbrewery.com.

Mise en Place
Best Modern American Cuisine

A staple in the Tampa Bay area for 26 years, Proprietors Maryann Ferenc and Chef Marty Blitz keep delighting patrons with innovative choices for lunch and dinner. Try the new wine bar, First Flight, at the Tampa International Airport offering wine flights paired with charcuterie and artisanal cheese. Call 813.254.5373 or visit www.miseonline.com.

Square 1
Best Burger Mix

Offering savory burgers with Angus beef, lamb, turkey, buffalo and chicken and more than 25 different topping options, this burger joint has everything needed for an all American meal. Call 813.414.0101 or visit www.square1burgers.com.

Skipper's Smokehouse
Best Eclectic Music Venue and Eatery

Recently featured by Adam Rich on the travel channel, Skipper's offers a taste of the Caribbean and Louisiana with its gator chili, fried gator tail, or smoked salmon. After dinner, step into the backyard concert area, the Skipperdome, to enjoy performers from around the globe in genres that range from blues to reggae. Call 813.971.0666 or visit www.skipperssmokehouse.com.

The Refinery
Best Revolving Menu

Using only the freshest available ingredients, each week the eclectic menu changes to suit food that is fresh from local farmers and in season. Chef Greg Baker, for the second year in a row, was a semifinalist in the prestigious James Beard Foundation culinary awards. Call 813.237.2000 or visit www.thetamparefinery.com.

Bern's Steak House
Best Classic Dining

A legend since 1956, experience the art in steak as the culinary team prepares a steak exactly the way you like it, or choose a bottle of wine from the more than 6,500 label wine collection. Save room for a sweet dessert in the Harry Waugh Dessert Room where private booths and an after-dinner atmosphere will tantalize taste buds. Call 813.251.2421 or visit www.bernssteakhouse.com.

Pané Rustica Bakery & Cafe
Best Artisan Eatery

From an early morning pastry to the delicious wood-fired pizza or sandwich at lunch to a savory dinner, this casual cafe delivers morning, noon and night. The intimate ambiance provides a tasty experience and the bar is the ideal neighborhood gathering spot to relax with friends. Call 813.902.8828 or visit www.panerusticabakery.com.

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
Best Chicken Wings

Most folks come for the pizza, but one order of the chicken wings topped with caramelized onions and you'll be hooked at any of the four Tampa Bay area locations. Visit online at

Cru Cellars
Best Boutique Wine Bar

Choose one of 20 wines by the glass and try the tasty new menu items designed for sharing and pairing including artisanal cheeses and cured meats at the Wine Bar. Personal attention and great service are a given in this wine shop where you can discover a new favorite bottle to give or receive. Call 813.831.1117 or visit www.crucellarstampa.com.

Sail Pavilion
Best Downtown Tampa Oasis

Come by land or sea to refresh and revive along Tampa's downtown Riverwalk with great food, music and views. This urban oasis is pet-friendly even offering complimentary dog bones, water dishes, clean up stations and doggie menu. Boat docking is available. Call 813.373.1193 or visit www.sailpavilion.com.

Marchand's Bar & Grill
Best Special Occasion Dining

No need to travel outside the Bay area for this dining gem located inside the Renaissance Vinoy Resort. The elegant decor provides a sophisticated atmosphere and dining experience for any special occasion. Call 727.824.8072 or visit online at www.marchandsbarandgrill.com.

717 South
Best South Tampa Place to be Seen

A recently unveiled dinner menu that includes new pastas, steaks and flat breads takes this restaurant up the culinary chart. Owner Michael Stewart and chef Robert Masson continue to stay on the edge of culinary delight. With Thursday Ladies Night and Friday Little Black Dress night and Monthly Celebrity Bartending, 717 provides plenty of opportunity to be seen. Call 813.250.1661 or visit www.717south.com.

Ella's Folk Art Cafe
Best Sunday Afternoon Escape

Relax and kick back at Soul food Sundays at the cafe. Try Ella's take of a gator burger to the funky monkey waffle - waffle topped with Nutella, banana and toasted peanuts or even Kansas City Style BBQ while listening to live music. Call 813.234.1000 or visit online at

The Wine Exchange Bistro & Wine Bar
Best Wine and Dine

Escape with the feel of a european-style cafe located right in Hyde Park Village with both inside and patio seating. Offering over 40 wines by the glass, full bar and an inspired cuisine of pizzas, salads and pastas. Call 813.254.9463 or visit online at

Best Tapas in Town

The Bay area locations in Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater makes it easy to dine at the spanish-inspired Ceviche with over 100 different hot and cold tapas on the menu. Be sure to try the delicious red or white sangria, always a house favorite. Call 813.250.0203 for the Tampa location or visit www.ceviche.com.

Estela's Mexican Restaurants
Best Authentic Neighborhood Mexican South of the Border

Estela's brings out the authentic culture and flavors of a true Mexican restaurant. Start with the zesty Guacamole dip then delve into one of 25 combination plates. Located in Tampa, Brandon, St. Petersburg and New Port Richey. Visit www.estelas.com.

Best Lunch Menu

Ever evolving, Datz mixes up the menu to provide delicious comfort food and events for local foodies day and night. From classic mouth-watering sandwiches including Cue the Brisket and Birds of a Feather - a delicious chicken salad to the great winebar and craft beers on tap upstairs. Call 813.831.7000 or visit

Parkshore Grill
Best Sidewalk Cafe

With outdoor patio seating or cool air inside, Chef Tyson Grant really knows how to prepare a delicious lunch, dinner or dessert entree and uses only the freshest ingredients. The perfect spot for people watching along Beach Drive in St. Petersburg. Call 727.896.9463 or visit www.parkshoregrill.com.

Ocean Prime
Best Piano Bar & Outdoor Scene

Whether inside with the piano bar or outside on the patio, there is no better way to enjoy an elegant night out on the town than to start with the hand-crafted Cucumber Gimlet and Ahi Tuna Tartar appetizer. Choose a prime steak or seafood, but be sure to save room for the delicious peanut butter pie. Call 813.490.5288 or visit www.oceanprimetampa.com.

Byblos Cafe
Best Mediterranean Cuisine

For tasty hummus, falafel, dolma or delicious kabob or gyro, take a trip into Lebanese culture by enjoying authentic cuisine and lively belly dancing every Friday and Saturday night. Open for lunch and dinner. Call 813.805.7977 or visit www.bybloscafe.com.

Z Grille
Best Creative Cuisine

New flavors are constantly introduced at this hip and trendy restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg serving up creative food for brunch, lunch and dinner. Try the Snickers waffle for brunch or classic Dr. Pepper BBQ ribs for dinner. Call 727.822.9600 or visit online at www.zgrille.net.

Seasons 52
Best Fresh Menu

Each season brings inspired and healthy menu changes. The award winning international wine list and flavorful dishes will keep the palate tantalized throughout the year. Call 813-286-1152 or visit www.seasons52.com.

Pelagia Trattoria
Best Modern Italian

Tucked inside the Renaissance International Plaza Hotel, this hidden treasure of culinary delights offers great salads and sandwiches for lunch and homemade pastas, stone-oven pizzas for dinner. The menu changes each season, but the Italian and French influences never go away. Call 813.313.3253 or visit www.pelagiatrattoria.com.

Fly Bar & Restaurant
Best Scenic Rooftop Deck

Ideal for happy hour or late night lounging located in the North Franklin Historic District, this restaurant surrounds its interiors with local music and art. The small plates are ideal for sharing with friends. Call 813.275.5000 or visit www.flybarandrestaurant.com.

Salt Rock Grill
Best Seafood Dining

Located in Indian Shores, this restaurant
partners with local fisherman to provide fresh seafood that's caught daily. Land lovers can enjoy steak cooked over the natural oak and citrus wood pit fire. Call 727.593.7625 or visit www.saltrockgrill.com.

Best Wings On The Beach

Celebrating 22 years on the beach, Undertow is the place to chow down on beach bar grub and teriyaki wings under the sun deck, then sink your feet into the St. Pete beach sand and enjoy the gorgeous sunset. Call 727.368.9000 or visit www.undertowbeachbar.com.

Red Mesa
Best Mexican Combination

The Red Mesa redefines Mexican food with a combination of influences, from Southwestern spices and Cuban flavors to Caribbean and Asian combinations. The ceviche changes daily and be sure to try the grilled chicken quesadilla. Call 727.527.8728 or visit

Cassis American Brasserie
Best French Feel Dining

A cross between a romantic Parisian cafe and a bustling bistro of South Beach, the restaurant on Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg serves up American classics with a French twist for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. Call 727.827.2927 or visit www.cassisab.com.

Hula Bay Club
Best Laid-Back Eatery

Island-inspired cuisine, abundant waterfront and cool pool make Hula Bay the perfect getaway for lunch, dinner and drinks. Between live music and DJ's, this Hawaiian atmosphere provides a feel of the islands. Call 813.837.4852 or visit online at www.hulabayclub.com.

Best New World Cuisine

A blend of fusion continues to make SideBern's a delightful option for dinner. Executive Chef Chad Johnson creates a tantalizing blend of flavors using duck, veal, seafood and beef. Or try the tasting menu and surrender yourself to the chef's creations. Call 813.258.2233 or visit www.sideberns.com.

Dinner Done
Best Home Cooking

Make dinner easy with a trip to Dinner Done where you pick the entrees, they provide the recipes and everything needed and in two hours take home a cooler full of delicious meals for the month. Call 813.264.7700 (Carrollwood), 813.684.6900 (Brandon) or visit online at www.dinnerdone.com.

Cantina Laredo
Best Upscale Mexican Dining

Authentic style Mexican food prepared fresh in the Wesley Chapel location combines taste and sophistication. Each enchilada is hand rolled and margaritas hand-crafted. Save room for the signature dish of Mexican Apple Pie for dessert. Call 813.907.3068 or visit


Deborah Kent's
Best Wardrobe Builder
For over 25 years, Deborah Kent's has dressed the most fashionable women in town. From shoes to accessories, the shop carries unique designers that will help create the perfect look for any wardrobe whether dressy or casual. Call 813.259.1150 or visit www.deborahkents.com.

JC's Boutique & Alterations
Best Affordable Fashions

From accessories to t-shirts, jeans and colorful dresses, discover the latest chic trends without spending a fortune in a friendly, fashionable atmosphere. Get those pants hemmed or dress shortened with alterations available too. Call 813.205.1841 or visit online at www.jcsboutique.com.

Meredith Haws
Best Local Jewelry Designer

With a passion for creating inspiring and fashionable necklaces, bracelets and earrings, Meredith Haws jewelry is unique and hand-crafted using colorful and exotic stones and rare found items. Available at Deborah Kent's in Tampa or online. Call 813.992.5395 or visit www.meredithhawsjewelry.com.

Paradise Island
Best Couture Boutique

Personal service awaits at this contemporary boutique carrying designs by Helmut Lang, Alice + Olivia, Elizabeth and James and Trina Turk. The shop is very pet friendly. Call 813.805.2060 or visit online at www.paradiseislandboutique.com.

Best Place for Vintage Fashions

Seeking the perfect piece of clothing, jewelry or accessory can be lots of fun when searching through vintage and consignment pieces. It can be addicting and the secret to the find is to check back often. Call 813.283.0301 or visit online at www.checkoutrehab.com.

Penelope T
Best On Trend Shop

A fashionable women's boutique that recently moved from SoHo to Bay to Bay in Tampa offers modern, stylish dresses, jeans and
accessories for those seeking the latest trends. Call 813.254.5740 or visit www.penelopetboutique.com.

Urban Body
Best Contemporary Boutique

Great club wear, t-shirts and a selection of jeans, shorts and beach wear are carefully selected by owner, Scott Moore, to style some of Tampa's most stylish men including many Buccaneer and Lightning players. Located on Howard Avenue in Tampa. Call 813.251.5522.

The Pink Palm
Best Shop For All Things Lilly

Nothing is better than the cool, chic, colorful designs of Lilly Pulitzer at The Pink Palm for a hot Tampa summer. Call 877.242.9718 or visit www.pinkpalmflorida.com.

Reeves Import Motorcars
Best Place To Pick Up Your Dream Ride

Whether you are dreaming of a new Porsche, Audi or BMW, the family owned and operated dealership provides exceptional sales and service for the most desired luxury brands in the market. Automotive lines include Maserati, Porsche, Subaru, Audi, BMW, Land Rover and Volkswagen. Call 813.933.2811 or visit www.reevesimportmotorcars.com.

Love That!
Best Famous Accessories

Glitz and glam are abound with jewelry designs from Otazu jewelry collection and exclusive Virgin Saints and Angels designs and Gypsy. These are statement pieces and are sure to get you noticed. The perfect shop to find a casual dress and the trendiest of accessories. Call 813.902.0500 or visit www.lovethatonline.com.

Seaside Home Accents & Gifts
Best Shop for Beach Charm

Soothing colors and wispy scents remind one of the carefree days at the beach or lake. Find the perfect home accessory from pillows, to rugs and furniture inside this charming cottage on MacDill Avenue. Call 813.839.4544 or visit www.seasideinteriors.com.

MarketPlace Interiors
Best Design Center

For one stop home design shopping, check out MarketPlace Interiors on Willow Avenue in Tampa, where owners Heidi Jinks and Laurie Elliott have assembled a group of fabulous shops for all things home design. Call 813.251.3555 or visit www.shopmarketplaceinteriors.com.

The Silver Queen
Best Place Setting

The ideal shop for a wide selection of silver, china, and crystal. Whether it is a wedding, baby shower or birthday, find the perfect gift for any occasion. Call 800.262.3134 or visit www.silverqueen.com.

The Blue Moon Trading Company
Best Unique Vintage Furniture Finds

Owner Katie Gagnon searches the world over to stock her store with one-of-a-kind pieces from chairs, to tables, and all things interior. Stop in to discover distinctive furniture, lighting and accessories to make a house a home. Call 813.839.2056 or visit online at

Georgette's Boutique & Shoe Salon
Best Dress Selection

The perfect dress for any special occasion in the latest styles is available at Georgette's. There is a register to keep track of the dresses so they won't sell the same gown to girls going to prom or homecoming from the same school. Call 813.254.1141 or visit online at www.georgettesfashions.com.

Casa Nova Design Group
Best Unique Home Fashions

Choose distinctive and one-of-a-kind home products available exclusively at Casa Nova. Design services are available to help personalize a home with eclectic furnishings, artwork, lighting and furniture. Call 813.837.8282 or visit www.casanovadesigngroup.com.

Health & Beauty

Salon Jack
Best Celebrity Cut

Owner Chad Malm has cut and styled his share celebrity clients and he has a staff that is trained to treat every client like a celeb. Stylists put passion into each client's desired look and complete each cut with a model perfect blow dry. Call 813.831.8955 or visit www.salonjack.com.

Fitlife Foods
Best Healthy Food-to-Go

Tacos, BBQ mac 'n cheese and Turkey meatloaf are just a few of the tasty and nutritiously balanced menu items at Fitlife Foods, where it is easy to lose weight and get healthy. Visit any of the three locations in South Tampa, North Tampa and Clearwater and a St. Petersburg location soon on the way. Visit online at www.eatfitlifefoods.com.

Pia Esthetics Day Spa & Body Shop
Best Wax In Town

For pampering and to get summer ready, schedule a wax from one of three Pia's locations in South Tampa, St. Petersburg or Westchase. Feel smooth and flawless for weeks. Try out a relaxing massage or the perfect mani/pedi while visiting. Call 813.831.2418 or visit www.bypia.com.

White Orchid Yoga
Best Place to Reduce Stress

Offering the traditional style of Ashtanga yoga in Clearwater and Tampa, the practice will help revive the spirit and nourish the soul. Call 727.474.3771 (Clearwater), 813.443.4578 (Tampa) or visit www.whiteorchidyoga.com.

Best Natural Nail Spa

Over-sized comfy chairs and only the finest ingredients and toxin free products are used at this eco-friendly spa. Appointments are accepted but not necessary for a drop in affordable mani/pedi combo. Call 813.837.2600 or visit www.cravespa.com.

Spa Jardin
Best Escape Spa

Upon opening the door, the pure essence of tranquility and a heavenly scent will transport you into another place and time. Feel the stress melt away in a private outdoor oasis or enjoy an indoor treatment with a signature massage, facial or pedicure. Call 813.835.9549 or visit www.spajardin.com.

Spa Moritz Salon & Med Spa
Best European Nail Salon

The weekly mani/pedis are a thing of the past with the new OPI Gel or Shellac polishes lasting 14-days available at Spa Moritz. To get those toes sandal-ready schedule the Chocolate Martini Pedicure or Caviar Pedicure for beautiful feet! Call 813.971.4772 or visit online at www.spamoritz.com. M

– Compiled by By Ronda M. Parag

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