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It’s all about QUALITY. Quality is a virtue. In life, in relationships and in business. We recently asked our readers to vote for their favorites in 54 categories – The HARBOR’S HOTTEST. And with their votes tabulated, you can see quality rise to the top. In these next 24 pages, you will meet some of the winners. People just like you. People who appreciate quality in everything they do. Many of these businesses have been perfecting their craft for years, generations even. Some are brand new. They are all winners. Welcome to our HARBOR’S HOTTEST Winners’ Section! I

Harbor's Hottest

It’s all about quality. Quality is a virtue. In life, in relationships and in business.<br /> <br /> It’s all about QUALITY.<br /> <br /> Quality is a virtue. In life, in relationships and in business.<br /> <br /> We recently asked our readers to vote for their favorites in 54 categories – The HARBOR’S HOTTEST. And with their votes tabulated, you can see quality rise to the top.<br /> <br /> In these next 24 pages, you will meet some of the winners. People just like you. People who appreciate quality in everything they do.<br /> <br /> Many of these businesses have been perfecting their craft for years, generations even. Some are brand new.They are all winners.<br /> <br /> Thank you for again voting us Best Bank in Harbor Style magazine’s HARBOR’S HOTTEST contest.<br /> <br /> More than 27 years ago we charted a course to provide area residents and businesses with up-to-date banking products and services with a hometown touch.<br /> <br /> Today, we offer a full range of personal banking, residential lending, business banking, commercial real estate lending, investor services* and trust and investment management.* <br /> <br /> We are humbled by our community voting us again as best bank. Thank you for the confidence you have placed in us. We pledge to maintain our course.<br /> <br /> A NEW BEGINNING HAIR SALON<br /> 1ST PLACE – BEST HAIR SALON<br /> <br /> To our clients, first and foremost we want to thank you for voting us #1! We are honored to serve you. We love what we do and offer complete hair care, waxing and retail. See you on the back porch for A New Beginning!<br /> <br /> 308 Sullivan Street, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 639-7773<br /> <br /> ACME BICYCLE SHOPS<br /> 1ST PLACE – BEST BICYCLE SHOP<br /> <br /> Visit and see why so many HARBOR STYLE readers like us. We want to be your bicycle shop – and we try harder. Tell your friends about the friendly place to shop.<br /> <br /> 615 Cross Street, #1116, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 639-2263<br /> 6 West Oak Street, Arcadia<br /> (863) 884-2333<br /> www.acmebicycleshop.com<br /> <br /> ALL ABOUT YOU SALON & SPA<br /> FINALIST – BEST SPA<br /> <br /> We are excited to be finalists in the Best Spa category!Thank you for your votes! All About You is Englewood’s most contemporary day spa, offering full services for hair, skin, natural nails and massage. Plus mud wraps, salt glows, aqua detox and ear candling.<br /> <br /> 168 West Dearborn Street, Englewood<br /> (941) 475-5252<br /> www.allaboutyouenglewood.biz<br /> <br /> AMIMOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT<br /> 1ST PLACE – BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT<br /> <br /> Established in 1999, Amimoto’s professionals create authentic Japanese cuisine in a cozy, unassuming environment. Treat yourself to a truly unique experience in this genuine, top of the line Japanese restaurant.<br /> <br /> Towles Plaza<br /> 2705 Tamiami Trail, Ste. 115, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 505-1515<br /> <br /> ANIMAL MEDICAL CLINIC<br /> OF PUNTA GORDA<br /> 1ST PLACE – BEST VETERINARIAN<br /> <br /> We are honored to be voted as the Harbor’s Hottest! We promise to provide the best medical, surgical and dental care to your beloved pets and understand that each pet is an integral part of your family.<br /> <br /> 324 Cross Street, Ste. 111, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 639-9600<br /> puntagordavet.vetstreet.com<br /> <br /> BICYCLE CENTER OF PORT CHARLOTTE<br /> FINALIST – BEST BIKE SHOP<br /> <br /> Bicycle Center offers casual cyclists and racing enthusiasts alike everything a bike and its rider desires. With the largest selection around, their showroom features bikes by Trek, Cannondale and more. Shop online 24/7 with free freight. Their certified staff technicians service all makes and models.<br /> <br /> 3795 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte<br /> (941) 627-6600<br /> www.bicyclecentercc.com<br /> <br /> BLOOM ACADEMY (formerly SPROUT)<br /> FINALIST – BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL<br /> <br /> Our little sprout has bloomed! Thank you to our community for helping us grow!<br /> Our second location is now open, and we are excited to share our eco-child care experience with new families. Please welcome our new location and our new, fitting name, Bloom Academy!<br /> <br /> 425 West Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 655-8150<br /> www.bloompuntagorda.com<br /> 1291 Capricorn Boulevard, Port Charlotte<br /> (941) 624-6400<br /> www.bloomdeepcreek.com<br /> <br /> DEAN’S SOUTH OF THE BORDER<br /> FINALIST – BEST BURGER<br /> FINALIST – BEST CATERER<br /> FINALIST – BEST PLACE FOR LIVE MUSIC<br /> <br /> Thank you for this honor! Dean’s offers fresh Tex-Mex and American classics. Enjoy a margarita in the open air cantina or dine inside. We offer breakfast, daily specials and a late night menu. There’s a party going on with entertainment seven days a week!<br /> <br /> 130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 575-6100<br /> www.deanssouthoftheborder.net<br /> <br /> ENGLEWOOD YMCA<br /> 1ST PLACE – BEST PLACE TO WORKOUT<br /> <br /> The Englewood YMCA is proud to be our community’s best place for healthy living! The Y offers classes and programs for every fitness level, from beginner yoga to advanced conditioning programs, plus aquatics classes, personal training and the latest fitness equipment.<br /> <br /> 701 Medical Boulevard, Englewood<br /> (941) 475-1234<br /> www.EngYMCA.org<br /> <br /> FARLOW’S ON THE WATER<br /> FINALIST – BEST OUTDOOR DINING<br /> <br /> Located on the beautiful Ainger Creek, the unique flavors of the islands appear alongside splendid southern cuisine at Farlow’s on the Water. From an impressive selection of fresh fish and seafood that changes daily to their Thrill from the Grill menu featuring hand-cut, mouth-watering steaks, ribs and more, and southern delights like the Kentucky Hot Brown, you are sure to find something that pleases every palate. And don’t forget to try one of their many delicious tropical cocktails or sample one of their small-batch bourbons.<br /> <br /> 2080 South McCall Road, Englewood<br /> (941) 474-5343<br /> www.farlowsonthewater.com<br /> <br /> FRED LANG FOUNDATION’S SUMMER BALL<br /> FINALIST – BEST FUNDRAISING GALA<br /> <br /> Join us for an elegant Summer Night in Venice on July 26 as the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center is transformed into Venezia, Italia! Take a stroll along the Grand Canal. Relax in a graceful gondola. Enjoy dinner and dancing, live entertainment by The BoogieMen and an incredible silent auction all while benefitting Charlotte Behavioral Health Care. The Summer Ball helps fund children and family programs and services at CBHC, including group therapy for children and parents and an Art & Soul Summer Camp.<br /> <br /> (941) 347-6407<br /> www.cbhcfl.org<br /> <br /> GIFTED GATOR BOUTIQUE<br /> FINALIST – BEST GIFT SHOP<br /> <br /> The Gifted Gator Boutique proudly features the work of a variety of local artists. As a nonprofit organization, our fundraisers help us support the PGICA financially, and we happily donate art and gift certificates to local organizations raising money for those in need.<br /> <br /> 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda<br /> (located inside the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association)<br /> (941) 637-1655<br /> <br /> HURRICANE CHARLEY’S RAW BAR & GRILL<br /> 1ST PLACE – BEST NEW RESTAURANT<br /> <br /> Thank you for voting us Best New Restaurant! We offer an eclectic menu ranging from fresh seafood to steaks, sandwiches, salads and delicious desserts.Our full bar on the scenic deck offers the best sunsets in Charlotte Harbor.Entertainment seven nights a week!<br /> <br /> 300 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 639-9695<br /> <br /> ICE HOUSE PUB<br /> 1ST PLACE – BEST BURGER<br /> 1ST PLACE – BEST PLACE FOR BEER<br /> <br /> Your local authentic English pub with a vast selection of craft and domestic beers – over 180, with 34 on tap! Our menu is filled with British and American favorites. We offer darts and snooker. Come enjoy a meal on our newly completed open air patio!<br /> <br /> 408 Tamiami Trail, Unit 111, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 575-0866<br /> www.theicehousepub.com<br /> <br /> JACK’S ON MARION<br /> FINALIST – BEST PLACE FOR LUNCH<br /> <br /> Life is too short for average food. Bill and Janet Minerich personally invite you to their hot spot on the corner. Contemporary American cuisine and the freshest seafood around. Great steaks, chops, salads and desserts. Dine inside or out, live music on weekends.<br /> <br /> 201 West Marion Avenue, Ste. 111, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 637-8800<br /> www.jacksonmarion.com<br /> <br /> JD’S BISTRO AND GRILLE<br /> FINALIST – BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC<br /> <br /> From our culinary art created by our talented chefs to our extensive wine list and world-class jazz artists, JD’s strives to present the most complete dining experience possible. Sight, taste, touch, smell and sound...come to JD’s, sit back and unleash your senses.<br /> <br /> 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte<br /> (941) 255-0994<br /> www.jdsbistroandgrille.com<br /> <br /> MCCRORY LAW FIRM<br /> FINALIST – BEST LAW FIRM<br /> <br /> The McCrory Law Firm practices in wills, trusts, estate planning, probate, real estate, zoning, land use, taxation, business, marital, family, mediation and civil litigation. We are honored to be a part of Harbor’s Hottest. Thank you for voting for us!<br /> <br /> Laishley Crab House Centre – upstairs<br /> 150 Laishley Court, Ste. 122, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 205-1122<br /> www.mccrorylaw.com<br /> <br /> LEXINGTON MANOR<br /> FINALIST – BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY<br /> <br /> Lexington Manor thanks Charlotte County for voting us Harbor's Hottest! We're known for providing exceptional care to our residents and believe that longevity of staff and management plays a big part in our success. Our services include a tailored care plan designed to meet your particular needs. We have the largest luxury senior apartments in Charlotte County. Our rates are all-inclusive: three restaurant-style meals a day, activities and outings, and weekly laundry and housekeeping. Stop in today and see why we were voted Harbor's Hottest!<br /> <br /> 20480 Veterans Boulevard, Port Charlotte<br /> (941) 766-7991<br /> www.lexingtonmanorportcharlotte.com<br /> <br /> MONTY'S RESTAURANT<br /> 1ST PLACE - BEST PIZZA<br /> FINALIST - BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT<br /> <br /> "Grazie mille!" Please come by this summer and enjoy our own brand of classic Italian cuisine. Our beautiful new restaurant is spacious, beautifully appointed and includes alfresco dining. There's a full bar filled with fun happy hour cheer. Call for entertainment schedule.<br /> <br /> 2515 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 637-0008<br /> <br /> NOLAN FAMILY INSURANCE<br /> FINALIST - BEST INSURANCE AGENCY<br /> <br /> Since 1975, our family has been dedicated to helping local families with their insurance needs. We would like to thank our thousands of customers and the readers of Harbor Style for your continued support and your vote of confidence.<br /> <br /> 301 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 639-1122<br /> www.nolanagency.com<br /> <br /> OPUS<br /> 1ST PLACE – BEST PLACE FOR LUNCH<br /> 1ST PLACE – BEST PLACE FOR<br /> CREATIVE COCKTAILS<br /> FINALIST – BEST PLACE FOR DINNER<br /> FINALIST – BEST PLACE FOR WINE<br /> <br /> Executive Chef Jason Van Marter and the entire staff at Opus would like to thank you for this fantastic honor. Chef Van Marter brings a repertoire of varied cuisine, flavors and styles that draw inspiration from West to East. His menus are sure to tease your taste buds and make you ask for more. Our full bar features a premium liquor selection and specialty drinks not found anywhere else along with an award-winning wine list.So stop waiting...come by and see for yourself!<br /> <br /> 201 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 575-2352<br /> www.opuspg.com<br /> <br /> PRESSELLERS RESTAURANT<br /> FINALIST – BEST SANDWICH<br /> <br /> Located in the heart of downtown Punta Gorda, Pressellers Restaurant offers a blend of the finest American, Italian and genuine New Orleans inspired cuisine. Dine in our enchanting garden with live entertainment or in our beautifully redecorated dining room. Thank you for your vote!<br /> <br /> 209 West Olympia Avenue, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 639-2091<br /> www.pressellers.com<br /> <br /> PUNTA GORDA<br /> WINE & JAZZ FESTIVAL<br /> 1ST PLACE – BEST FESTIVAL/SPECIAL EVENT<br /> <br /> We are proud to offer one of the most exciting music festivals in Southwest Florida. Our 10th annual event is February 21, 2015, and Dave Koz, Nick Colionne and Mindi Abair are confirmed to perform.We hope to see you next year – don’t miss out!<br /> <br /> (941) 639-3720<br /> www.puntagordachamber.com<br /> <br /> SALON BLUE<br /> FINALIST – BEST HAIR SALON<br /> <br /> Maranda Hoffman and Amy Mueller discuss with clients a variable of considerations to help find the right balance for their looks. They each offer facial waxing, haircutting and styling, coloring, perms, makeup and special occasion services. Appointments by phone or online.<br /> <br /> 1080 Taylor Street, Unit 111, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 575-8598, Maranda<br /> (941) 258-4325, Amy<br /> www.SalonBlue-PuntaGorda.com<br /> <br /> SEA GRAPE GALLERY<br /> 1ST PLACE – BEST ART GALLERY<br /> <br /> Experience Sea Grape Gallery’s variety of original artwork –from painting, weaving, photography, wood, glass and baskets to beaded sculpture, jewelry and more. Meet the owner artists at our friendly, unstuffy and unique haven. Your fine art gallery since 1988.<br /> <br /> 113 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 575-1718<br /> www.seagrapegallery.com<br /> <br /> SIMPLY SWEET<br /> 1ST PLACE – BEST PLACE FOR DESSERT<br /> <br /> Gourmet chocolate shop with a tremendous variety of selections. Fresh, homemade fudge, creamy pralines, jumbo cupcakes and cookie bars, Nancy’s gourmet truffles and fine chocolates with regular and sugar-free options. Plus Norman Love Confections’ ultra gourmet premium chocolates and gelato. Light lunch. Catering available.<br /> <br /> Fishermen’s Village<br /> 1200 West Retta Esplanade, #50, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 347-7322<br /> Like us on Facebook<br /> <br /> SPA ONE DAY SPA<br /> FINALIST – BEST SPA<br /> <br /> Thank you for your vote! Debbie Fantin and her aesthetics team specialize in all areas of skincare, including spa facials, advanced skincare treatments, permanent makeup, manual lymphatic drainage and EXILIS skin tightening and body sculpting. Reader’s Choice Winner for “Best Day Spa” and “Best Aesthetician.”<br /> <br /> 115 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 505-6111 spaone.org<br /> <br /> ST CHARLES BORROMEO CATHOLIC SCHOOL<br /> 1ST PLACE – BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL<br /> <br /> St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School…an education of excellence for tomorrow’s leaders! Our school has a rich history and enjoys an excellent reputation in the community by providing students with a foundation of excellence in academics, leadership, service, morality and faith. We look forward to welcoming you to our school family! Grades VPK through 8. Make a difference in your child’s life…call today for a tour of our beautiful campus. Est. 1960.<br /> <br /> 21505 Augusta Avenue, Port Charlotte<br /> (941) 625-5533<br /> stcbs.org<br /> <br /> SUNCOAST HUMANE SOCIETY TENNIS BALL & TOURNAMENT<br /> FINALIST – BEST FUNDRAISING GALA<br /> <br /> Thank you for your support of our annual Tennis Ball and Tournament! This FUNdraiser features a gourmet dinner, exclusive silent auction, delectable drinks and delightful music at the Boca Grande Club. The 7th Annual Tennis Ball will take place January 21, 2015, with a seven-week Tennis Tournament to follow. We are your humane society, providing pet adoptions, a preventive health care clinic, community outreach, thrift stores and volunteer opportunities. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, our continued programs and services depend solely on community support.<br /> <br /> 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood<br /> (941) 474-7884<br /> www.humane.org<br /> <br /> STRANG, OLSEN & LYNCH, CPAs<br /> 1ST PLACE - BEST CPA<br /> <br /> For over 26 years, we’ve been honored to be your local CPA resource for complete tax and accounting services. We take pride in the high level of personal service we provide our clients and are extremely honored to be named as the “Harbor’s Hottest.”<br /> <br /> 334 West Olympia Avenue, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 639-0888<br /> www.sol-cpas.com<br /> <br /> TORTUGA’S SEAFOOD<br /> RESTAURANT & MARKET<br /> FINALIST – BEST PLACE FOR<br /> FRESHEST SEAFOOD<br /> <br /> We are Charlotte County’s premier seafood destination! From our market to the table, we deliver the best seafood, prepared by our talented team and served by a cheerful staff in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Daily happy hour, nightly specials and weekend brunch!<br /> <br /> Towles Plaza<br /> 2705 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 833-3474<br /> <br /> TT’S (THE TIKI) BAR<br /> FINALIST – BEST PLACE FOR BEER<br /> FINALIST – BEST PLACE FOR<br /> CREATIVE COCKTAILS<br /> <br /> Kick back and relax with your toes in the sand and a cocktail in hand while you enjoy some of the best waterfront views in Punta Gorda and breathtaking Florida sunsets. We offer happy hour daily, a full menu, live entertainment and beach volleyball.<br /> <br /> FOUR POINTS by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside<br /> 33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 637-6770<br /> <br /> VICTORIA LAVOIE INTERIORS<br /> FINALIST – BEST INTERIOR DECORATOR<br /> <br /> Thank you for voting for Victoria Lavoie Interiors three years in a row!Your home is a reflection of your lifestyle. Classic or contemporary, let us create the perfect environment to welcome you each and every time you open your door.<br /> <br /> (941) 625-3030<br /> www.VictoriaLavoieInteriors.com<br /> <br /> VISUAL ARTS CENTER<br /> FINALIST – BEST ART GALLERY<br /> <br /> Established in 1961, the Visual Arts Center is celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year. We couldn’t have continued with our exceptional year-round exhibits and classes without your outstanding support. Thank you Charlotte County! We strive to be the HeART of the community.<br /> <br /> 210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 639-8810<br /> www.visualartcenter.org<br /> <br /> WOTITZKY, WOTITZKY, ROSS &<br /> MCKINLEY, ATTORNEYS AT LAW<br /> FINALIST – BEST LAW FIRM<br /> <br /> Thank you for voting us one of Charlotte County’s Best Law Firms. Since 1940, we have been privileged to serve the people and businesses of Charlotte County. We look forward to many more years of dedicated service to this community.<br /> <br /> 223 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda<br /> (941) 639-2171, ph<br /> (941) 639-8617, fax<br /> www.wotitzkylaw.com

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