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Best of Cape Coral; Businesses feted at luncheon

June 29, 2017
By Melissa Schneider ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Businesses by the score gathered at Overtime Pizza Wednesday for the annual Best of Cape Coral awards luncheon, presented by the Cape Coral Breeze.

The best of the best businesses, owners and staff celebrated being voted No. 1 by readers, enjoying a delicious spread by the hosting restaurant, along with sumptuous cupcakes by Lady Cakes, and several prize packages that were raffled off, all donated by local companies.

Dr. Mel Youngs, D.C, P.A., is a frequent winner of the reader's-choice awards, along with her very successful Chiropractic Physicians and Wellness Spa practice, awarded three plaques this year for Best Chiropractor, Best Massage Therapy and Best Spa.

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Slate's restaurant won the most awards this year at the annual Best of Cape Coral ceremony and luncheon, with a grand total of seven: Best Casual Fine Dining, Best Jazz Club, Best Restaurant, Best Sunday Brunch, Best Appetizers, Best Dessert, and Best Steak.

"It's so exciting and so cool - I love my job and all of my patients," Youngs said. "I'm so proud to be a part of this community. I grew up here; my dad's business, Yum's Ice Cream, was originally in the building my practice is in now, with him regularly winning Best Of awards, as well. I have a wonderful team of 33 people who all love what they do, and we're just so happy that we can help make the city of Cape Coral the best. Thanks so much for these awards - it's truly an honor."

Another regular Best Of award recipient, the staff of Merrick Seafood and Fish Tale Grill, were in attendance, this year receiving plaques for Best Oysters, Best Seafood Market, Best Catering and Best Seafood Restaurant.

As consultant and previous owner of the seafood market Joan Santorico said, "We've been awarded Best Of plaques since The Breeze first started these ceremonies, and so thankful for the community for always voting us the best."

Fact Box


* Health & Wellness

Assisted Living Facility: Windsor Assisted Living

Chiropractor: Dr. Mel Youngs DC, PA Chiropractic Physicians and Wellness Spa

Dental Office: Town Care Dental Of Cape Coral

Dermatologist: Dr. Anais Aurora Badia, DO

Dermatology Center: Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

Family Practitioner: Dr. William A. Hayes, D.O. Millennium Physician Group

Gym: Planet Fitness

Hearing Aids: Beltone Hearing Care Center

Massage Therapy: Dr. Mel Youngs DC, PA Chiropractic Physicians and Wellness Spa

Optical Center: Full Spectrum Family Vision Care

Family Practice: Physicians' Primary Care Of Southwest Florida

Pediatric Care Center: Physicians' Primary Care Of Southwest Florida

Pediatrician: Physicians' Primary Care Of Southwest Florida

Physical Therapy: Apex Physical Therapy

Spa: Dr. Mel Youngs DC, PA Chiropractic Physicians and Wellness Spa

Urology Group: Urology Experts

_____________________________________* Home Improvement & Services

Appliance Store: Sears Hometown Store

Cabinetry: Cabinet Genies

Carpet: PCC Tile

Countertops: Cabinet Genies

Electrician: Conch Electric

Fence and Gates: All Fence

Tile Flooring: Trebing Tile & Carpet

Hardware Store: Vision Ace Hardware

Heating & A/C Dealer: Costa Mechanical & Air Conditioning

Heating & A/C Service: Costa Mechanical & Air Conditioning

Housecleaning: Merry Maids

Interior Design: Lori Manning Designs

Landscaping: Danny Yates Landscape Nursery

Lighting & Lamp Store: TJ's Lamps & Shades, LLC

Hand & Power Tools: Family Hardware

Lawn & Garden Tools: Vision Ace Hardware

Marble/Granite Dealer: Affordable Marble & Granite

Pest Control: Mosquito Joe of Cape Coral

Plumbing Company: Bergau Plumbing

Pool Cage/Lanai Screening: Tropical Pools Construction

Pool Contractor: Tropical Pools Construction

Pool Service Company: Pool Doctor

Drywall/Restoration: RDS Drywall & Restoration

Roofing Contractor: Nastar Roofing Inc.

Soffits & Gutters: Nastar Roofing Inc.

Upholstery & Drapery: All About Shade & Decor, Inc.

Window Treatment: Blinds Plus

Wood/Laminate Flooring: PCC Tile


* Restaurant, Food & Entertainment

Brewery: Big Blue Brewery

Casual Fine Dining: Slate's

Chinese Restaurant: Asia Buffet

Cigar Bar: World Famous Cigar

Coffee Roaster: Scooter's

Coffee Shop: Perk & Brew

Country Club: Palmetto-Pine Country Club

Country Music Venue: Dixie Roadhouse

Cuban Restaurant: El Mambo Cuban Restaurant

Deli: Paesano's Italian Market

Diner: Mel's Diner

Farmer's Market: Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Farmer's Market

German Bakery: BAM German Bakery & More

Golf Course: Palmetto-Pine Country Club

Homemade Ice Cream: Cape Creamery

Italian Restaurant: Maria's Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant

Jazz Club: Slate's

Japanese Restaurant: IchiYummy

Margarita: Two Amigos Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant: Mexico Lindo

Mimosa: Boat House Tiki Bar & Grill

Oysters: Merrick Seafood

Prime Rib: Ralph's

Polish Restaurant: Tasty Cultures

Restaurant: Slate's

Seafood Market: Merrick Seafood

Seafood Restaurant: Fish Tale By Merrick Seafood

Sub & Sandwich Shop: Lenny's

Sunday Brunch: Slate's

Waterfront Dining: Boat House Tiki Bar & Grill

German Restaurant: Tasty Cultures

Appetizers: Slate's

Dessert: Slate's

Fish and Chips: Point 57

Hamburger: Nevermind

Philly Cheesesteak: Overtime Cape Coral

Ribs: Rib City Grill

Salads: Overtime Cape Coral

Soups: Ralph's Place

Steak: Slate's

Sushi: Kumo

Wings: The Dek

Dog Friendly Restaurant: Big Blue Brewery

Happy Hour: Paradise Tiki Bar

Live Music Venue: BackStreets Sports Bar

Live Performance Theatre: Cultural Park Theatre

Nightclub: Dixie Roadhouse

Pizza: Chicago Pizza

Sports Bar: Overtime Cape Coral

Catering: Merrick Seafood

Grocery Store: Publix

Meat Market: Paesano's Italian Market

Specialty Market: Paesano's Italian Market


* Retail

Antique Store: Parkway Antiques and Home Furnishings

Art Gallery/Frame Shop: Karma & Coconuts

Gift Boutique: Karma & Coconuts

Bait & Tackle: Venture Out Bait and Tackle

Bicycle Shop: Paradise Bicycles

Boat Dealer: The Boat House of Cape Coral

Children's Apparel: Tadpole Apparel & Gifts

Computer Service: PC Tech

Consignment Shop: Flip Flops Consignment Shop

Florist: Cape Coral Floral Designs

Furniture Store: FOS Furniture

Guns & Ammo: Cape Guns

Hardware: Vision Ace Hardware

Intimate Apparel & Accessories Store: Tender Moments

Jewelry Store: Travis Jewelry

Mattress Store: FOS Furniture

Pawn Shop: Larry's Pawn Shop

Pottery and Bamboo Farm: Pottery Express & Bamboo Farm

Thrift Store: Kiwanis Club Thrift Store


Airport Shuttle: Surfside Airport Shuttle

Auto Body Shop: Master Touch Auto Body, Inc.

Auto Service & Repair Shop: Ken's Auto Repair Inc.

Barber Shop: Flawless Barbershop

Boat Service Shop: Everest Marina

Boat Repair: Boathouse of Cape Coral

Boat Rental: Caloosa River Boat Rental

Builder - Commercial: Compass Construction, Inc.

Builder - Home: Premier Cape Construction

Car Wash: Downtowner Car Wash

Computer Repair & Service: PC Tech

Computer Sales: PC Tech

Craft & Art Classes: Karma & Coconuts

Crating & Cargo Delivery: Craters & Freighters of SW Florida

Daycare: Grace Community School

Dock Piling Repair: Cape Coral Boatlift

Doggie Daycare: Best Pets

Drycleaners: Cape Cleaners

Estate Sales: It's All Good Consignment Boutique

Funeral Home: Fuller Metz Cremation & Funeral Services

Hair Salon: Vogue Hair Studio

Hotel/Motel: Dolphin Key Resort

Medical Insurance Agency: Wilcox Family Insurance

Nail Salon: Hair FX

Pet Boarding: Best Pets

Pet Grooming Salon: Touch of Class

Pet Food Store: Touch of Class

Pet Sitter: Best Pets

Pharmacy: Center Pharmacy

Real Estate Brokerage: Royal Palm Realty

Real Estate Agent: Kevin Cloutier

Real Estate Rental Management Team: Century 21 Birchwood Realty

PreSchool: Grace Community School

Service Organization: Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce

Social Club: German American Social Club

Tire Dealer: Tire Kingdom Service Centers

Vacation Rental Agency: Century 21 Birchwood Realty

Veterinary Clinic: Kindness Animal Hospital

Vocational School: Cape Coral Tech

"I've worked with the Merrick Seafood family for years now, and I love every minute of it," said Merrick employee Coral Pratillo.

The folks of Slate's were awarded the most plaques for a single business this year, with seven in tow: Best Casual Fine Dining, Best Jazz Club, Best Restaurant, Best Sunday Brunch, Best Appetizers, Best Dessert, and Best Steak.

A man of few words, it appeared Slate's owner and head chef Allan Cotter held back some tears of joy while stating, "We've been hard working at it hard working."

Judy Johnson, director of Cape Coral Technical College, was sure to attend the awards ceremony Wednesday, accepting the plaque for Best Vocational School.

"I'm so thrilled and excited," she said. "Anytime we can speak on the wonders of our school and be acknowledged for all it provides, we love it."

Breeze General Manager and Advertising Director Jim Konig offered congratulations to all of the 2017 Best of Cape Coral award recipients, and a thank you to the events hosts at Overtime Pizza.

For a full list of the winners, see the Best of Cape Coral 2017 book inside today's Breeze.

Visit the Cape Coral Breeze Facebook page for photos of all the winners in attendance, and feel free to share and tag.



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