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2016 Best of the Islands winners feted at luncheon

By Staff | Sep 20, 2016

Among the multi-category winners was Geppetto's Beach Foodies and Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream. Geppetto's won Best of the Islands honors for best Beach Food to Go and best Croissant Bakery; Pinocchino's won for best Frozen Yogurt, best Gelato and best Ice Cream.

Sanibel and Captiva’s “Best” businesses were honored Tuesday at the 2016 Best of the Islands luncheon held at the Sundial Beach Resort and Spa.

Each year, islanders vote for their favorite businesses and organizations through the recognition program sponsored the Sanibel Captiva Islander and the Island Reporter.

Votes are cast on ballots found in paper and counted by an outside, third-party contractor.

This year, island businessman and Sanibel City Council member Chauncey Goss was the recipient of the Humanitarian Award. Other awards ranged from best burgers to best wedding venue.

Visit our Facebook page for a look at photos of all the winners. Full event coverage will appear in next week’s Islander.

Among the multi-category winners was Bailey's General Store. Bailey's earned Best of the Islands awards for best Bakery, best Coffee Bar, best General Store, best Grocery Store and best Wine Selection.

2016 Best of the Islands winners:

Accountant/CPA: Thomas Rizzo

Advertising Campaign: Hillgate Marketing Services

Air Conditioning: Sanibel Air & Electric

Art Gallery: Tower Gallery

Auto Service: Sanibel Service Center

Bakery: Bailey’s General Store

Bank: Bank of the Island’s

Bar: The Jacaranda

Association Management: SanCap Management, LLC

Bartender: Chris Cook/Casa Ybel

Beach Food To-Go: Geppetto’s Beach Foodies

Beer Selection: Great White Grill

Burgers: Cheeburger Cheeburger

Bicycle Rental: Billy’s Rentals

Book Store: MacIntosh Books & Paper

Breakfast: Over Easy Caf

Attorney: Jason Maughan

Chef: Patrick Fitz/Blue Coyote Supper Club

Children’s Store: Nanny’s Children’s Shoppe

Chiropractic Office: Sanibel Chiropractic

Chiropractor: Linda Stevens/Stevens Family

Coffee Bar: Bailey’s General Store

Company Mascot: Lily & Company

Concierge Tour Service: Captain Bubby’s Island Tours

Convenience Store: Huxter’s Market & Deli

Chocolate Shop: Sanibel Sweet Shoppe

Boutique: B-Unique Boutique

Builder: Decorte Four Custom Home Builders

Cottage Rentals: Island Vacations of Sanibel Captiva

Craft Shop: Three Crafty Ladies

Deli: Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory

Dentist: Sanibel Island Dental

Diner: The Island Cow

Croissant Bakery: Geppetto’s Beach Foodies

Sightseeing Cruises: Captiva Cruises

Elder Care Management: Sunshine Aging Care Solutions

Event Facility: Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Financial Services: Bank of the Islands

Fireman: Tim Carroll

Family Dining: The Island Cow

Fine Dining: Il Cielo

Fishing Charter: Capt. Whitney Jones

Fishing Equipment: Whitney’s Bait & Tackle

Fishing Guide: Capt. Whitney Jones

Florist: Floral Artistry

Fresh Doughnuts: Bennett’s Fresh Roast

Frozen Yogurt: Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream

Full Service Resort: Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Furniture: Norris Home Furnishings

General Store: Bailey’s General Store

Glass and Mirror Co.: Sanibel Glass & Mirror

Golf Course: The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club

Grocery Store: Bailey’s General Store

Hair Salon/Barber: Sanibel Day Spa

Garden Center: RS Walsh Landscaping

Gelato: Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream

Gift Shop: Suncatcher’s Dream

Health Club: Sanibel Recreation Center

Home Improvement: Dan Hahn Custom Builders

Humanitarian: Chauncey Goss

Island Event: Taste of the Island/CROW

Happy Hour: Sanibel Fish House

Health & Fitness Coach: Bryan Giordano/Organic Fitness Solutions

Home Interior Design: Decorating Den

Island Gear Rental: Island Rental Services

Jewelry: Lily & Company

Landscape Contractor: RS Walsh Landscaping

Law Firm: Jason Maughan

Local Entertainer: Danny Morgan

Hotel/Inn: Island Inn

Ice Cream: Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream

Lunch: Cip’s Place

Marina: Sanibel Marina

Martini: Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market

Mortgage Broker: Bank of the Islands

Museum: Bailey Matthews National Shell Museum

Insurance Agent: Holli Martin

Insurance Agency: Heidrick & Company

Medical Center/Urgent Care: Dunavant Medical Group

New Restaurant: Shima

Optometrist: Dr. Pham/Sanibel Eyecare

Personal Trainer: Bryan Giordano/Organic Fitness Solutions

Pet Store: Island Paws

Pharmacy: Island Pharmacy

Marketing Agency: Hillgate Marketing Services

Massage Therapy: Island Therapy Center

Place For Dancing: The Jacaranda

Place for Entertainment: The Jacaranda

Place For Family Fun: Billy’s Rentals

Place To Watch The Game: The Sanibel Grill

Printer: Bob’s Island Graphics

Property Vacation Management: Island Vacations of Sanibel Captiva

Nail Salon: Tips & Toez

Salon: Sanibel Day Spa

Painting Company: Barefoot Charley’s Painting

Pizza: Island Pizza

Police Officer: Rick Kennedy

Service Org./Club: Zonta Club of Sanibel & Captiva

Shoe Store: Footloose H20 Outfitters

Shopping: Periwinkle Place

Plumber: Sanibel Plumbing Company

Pool Service: Banner Pool Service

Pool Store: Banner Pool Service

Primary Care Physician: Dr. Edward Lamotta

Spa: Sanibel Day Spa

Steak: Blue Coyote Supper Club

Surf Shop: Beach Stuff

Real Estate Agency: VIP Realty

Real Estate Agent: Lynda Traverso/VIP Realty

Real Estate Team: The Bell Team/VIP Realty

Remodeling Contractor: Kirchner Contracting

Swimwear: Aqua Beachwear

Tennis Courts: Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Seafood: Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market

Server: Marissa Gavin/Lazy Flamingo

Sushi: Shima

Shell Shop: She Sells Sea Shells

Taxi Limo Service: Sanibel Taxi

Tiki Bar: Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Title Company: Barrier Title

Trust Company: Sanibel Captiva Trust Company

Vacation Rental Agency: Island Vacations of Sanibel Captiva

Veterinarian: Coral Veterinary Clinic

Water Sports: YOLO Watersports

Wedding Venue: Casa Ybel Resort

Wine Selection: Bailey’s General Store

Women’s Clothing: Chico’s

Manicure/Pedicure: Tips & Toez

Electrical Company: SanCap Electrical Company