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‘Best of the Cape’ winners honored at luncheon

By Staff | Jun 26, 2015

CHUCK?BALLARO Breeze readers and store customers selected Publix as the Best of the Cape Grocery Store winner. All 10 stores received a plaque at the awards luncheon Thursday. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com under Latest Galleries in the Best Of Celebrations folder.

Businesses deemed the best in their respective categories by customers and readers of the Cape Coral Breeze were feted at the Cape Coral Yacht Club Thursday at the annual Best of Cape Coral awards luncheon, sponsored by The Breeze Newspapers and catered by Bubba’s Roadhouse & Saloon.

“These businesses work very hard to earn this award every year. They cater to their customers and that’s how they get here,” Breeze Publisher Scott Blonde said. “This is a very prestigious award and it points to their commitment to the community and customers.”

More than 120 awards were handed out and they ran the gamut from best restaurant in various categories to retail stores to specialities such as best gelato.

While there were a few first timers, others have been named the best for years. Dr. Mel Youngs has been named best chiropractor 14 times including this year, where she also added best massage therapy.

“We’re fortunate that Cape Coral voted for us. We have excellence in health care and everything is patient driven,” Youngs said. “We treat them the way we want to be treated and we accept this honor proudly and continue to strive to earn their business.”

There were a few who took some several awards such as NASTAR roofing, which took home three awards in roofing, soffits and gutters and air conditioning.

“We worked very hard for the award and I don’t think we would be where we are without our friends and family,” said Savannah Skaggs, who represented the company. “We can do anything if we put our minds to it.”

A big winner was The Dek Bar, which won six awards for best bar, wings, live music venue, Happy Hour, steak and appetizers.

Betty Davis, Dek owner, said she won thanks to a huge, loyal local customer base downtown.

“We’ve been around for 11 years and people are finally starting to notice who we are,” Davis said. “It shows we’re awesome. We try to do good customer service and that’s what we base things on.”

Other multiple winners included the Slate’s Restaurant, Merrick Seafood and the Fish Tale Grill, which each won three awards, and Cabinet Genies, The French Press, Kindness Animal Hospital and Century 21 Birchwood, which each won a pair.

Dan Puleio, owner of Cape Cleaners, which won for best dry cleaner, said it was an honor to be selected and deflected the reason to his employees.

“It’s best to be best. You can’t get any better. It feels great. It’s because of the customers and my two workers (Jen Caron and Mayalin Corso),” Puleio said.

The winners are:

Health & Wellness

ChiropractorDr. Mel Youngs

Dental OfficeFamily Dental Care

DermatologistDr. Andrea Cambio, M.D.

Dermatology CenterCambio Dermatology

Family PractitionerDr. Gary Wright, M.D.

GymPlanet Fitness

Hearing AidsBeltone Hearing of Cape Coral

Massage TherapyDr. Mel Youngs

Optical CenterEyeglass Gallery

Pediatric Care CenterPhysicians’ Primary Care

PediatricianDr. David Mackoul

Physical TherapyApex Physical Therapy / Concepts in Rehab

SpaEsterra Spa & Salon

Home Improvement & Services

Appliance StoreBill Smith Appliance

CabinetryCabinet Genies

CountertopsTrebing Tile and Carpet

CountertopsCabinet Genies

Drywall/RestorationRDS Drywall & Restoration

ElectricianAcra Electric

Flooring (Carpet & Tile Co.)Trebing Tile and Carpet

Hardware StoreGavin’s ACE Hardware

Heating & Air Conditioning DealerNastar Air Conditioning

Heating & Air Conditioning ServiceWarnky Heating & Cooling

HousecleaningMerry Maids

Interior DesignSteven Todd Home Furnishings

LandscapingDanny Yates Landscaping

Lighting & Lamp StoreSteven Todd Home Furnishings

Marble & Granite DealerAffordable Marble & Granite

Pest ControlAdvanced Pest Control

Plumbing CompanyBergau Plumbing

Pool Cage/Lanai ScreeningFabri-Tech

Pool CompanyTropical Pools Construction

Pool Service CompanyPool Doctor

“Roofing, Soffits & Gutters

“Nastar Roofing

Upholstery & DraperyCape Coral Custom Upholstery

Window TreatmentBlind and Shutter Gallery

Restaurant, Food & Entertainment

Bagel ShopStuff A Bagel


BarThe Dek

BarbecueRib City


Casual Fine DiningSlate’s

Chinese RestaurantEmpire Buffet

Coffee ShopThe French Press

Cuban RestaurantEl Mambo

DeliJason’s Deli

DinerMel’s Diner

Italian RestaurantAriani

Mexican RestaurantMonarca’s

New Restaurant Fathoms

Pizza (local)Sal’s Pizza


Seafood MarketMerrick Seafood

Seafood RestaurantFish Tale Grill

Sunday BrunchSlate’s

Waterfront RestaurantThe Boathouse

AppetizersThe Dek

Coney DogsJim’s Coney Island

DessertsDairy Queen

Fish and ChipsAnthony’s on the Boulevard

GelatoThe French Press

HamburgerFord’s Garage

Ice CreamIce Sssscreamin

Soup & SaladsRalph’s Place

SteakThe Dek

WingsThe Dek

Dog Friendly RestaurantStarlight Diner

Happy HourThe Dek

Live Music VenueThe Dek

Golf CoursePalmetto-Pine Country Club

Live Performance TheatreCultural Park Theatre

NightclubDixie Roadhouse

Sports BarBack Streets Sports Bar

CateringMerrick Seafood

Grocery StorePublix

Meat MarketPaesano’s Italian Market

Specialty MarketPaesano’s Italian Market


Antique StoreThe Red Barn

Art & Gift BoutiqueKarma & Coconuts

Bait & TackleSnook Hut Bait & Tackle

Bicycle ShopParadise Bicycles

Boat Dealer & RepairThe Boat House

Children’s ApparelTadpole Apparel

Computer StorePC-Tech

Consignment ShopIt’s All Good Consignment Boutique

FloristCape Coral Floral Designs

Frame Shop & Art GalleryFrame Gallery & Gifts

Furniture StoreFOS Furniture

Guns & AmmoCape Guns

Jewelry StoreZak’s Jewelry

Mattress RetailerFOS Furniture

Pawn ShopLarry’s Pawn

Thrift StoreGoodwill Industries of SW Florida


Auto Body ShopMaster Touch Auto Body

Auto Service & Repair ShopKen’s Auto Repair

Boat RentalCaloosa River Boat Rental

Car WashDowntowner Car Wash

Daycare & PreschoolGrace Community School

Barber ShopSkyline Barber Shop

Hair & Nail SalonVogue Hair Studio

Doggie Daycare & Pet SittingBest Pets

Pet BoardingKindness Animal Hospital

Pet Grooming SalonA Touch of Class

Pet ShopDiscount Pets & Supplies

Veterinarian ClinicKindness Animal Hospital

Builder – CommercialCompass Construction, Inc.

Builder – HomeAdams Homes

Real Estate BrokerageCentury 21 Birchwood

Real Estate Rental Management TeamCentury 21 Birchwood

Seasonal Rental Management TeamWonderland Realty

Computer Repair & ServiceSJC Technology, Inc.

Craft & Art ClassesKarma & Coconuts

Crating and Cargo DeliveryCraters & Freighters

DrycleanerCape Cleaners

Estate SalesIt’s All Good Consignment Boutique

Funeral HomeFuller Metz Cremation & Funeral Services

Hotel/MotelHampton Inn & Suites

Service OrganizationCape Coral Chamber of Commerce

Social ClubGerman American Social Club

Vocational SchoolSouthwestern Vocational Training

Vocational SchoolLee County High Technical Center – North