BEST FLORIST

 

Bloom Shakalaka

640 E Main St, Lakeland (Inside The Joinery)

(863) 417-3007

FB: @bloom.shakalaka1

IG @bloom.shakalaka

bloomshakalaka.com

 

“Funky Fresh Blooms” brought to you by Bloom Shakalaka! Ashton Event’s Laura Helm started this cute little flower shop and gift boutique. They offer flower wraps and arrangements, wearables, full-service event florals, subscriptions, and a pick-your-stems flower bar. “At Bloom Shakalaka, we want to be known as the funky, fresh flower shop whose mission is to spread joy. We believe that every single bloom is a miracle of both strength and hope - and we love getting to offer that to others.”

 

2nd: Flower Cart Florist

3rd: Flowers By Edith

 

 

BEST WEDDING VENUE

 

Haus 820

820 N Massachusetts Ave, Lakeland

(888) 428-7820

FB: Haus 820

IG @haus820

haus820.com

 

Renovated historic warehouse turned oh-so-cool event venue, Haus 820, is an industrial chic wedding haven. The 1924 building was first an A&P grocery store, then a furniture warehouse before it was brought back to its roots and restored, including original wall-to-wall white brick, 17-foot exposed rafters, and charcoal-stained and sealed cement floors. In addition to the main open area (a blank canvas to make the event all your own), Haus 820 features a permanent 16-foot bar, catering finishing kitchen, restrooms, and a bridal suite in the building next door with private bathrooms. The private courtyard was created from the original loading docks and is perfect for a sunny afternoon ceremony or vows under the stars.

 

2nd: Hollis Garden

3rd: The Terrace Hotel Lakeland,

Tapestry Collection by Hilton

 

 

BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

 

Paris Scott Photography

(863) 307-1868

FB: Paris Scott Photography

IG @parisscottphotography

parisscottphotography.com

 

There’s a bit of magic in Paris Scott’s pictures. Her style is romantic and cool, bringing out the love and personalities of the couples she photographs. “My approach to taking photos is an exchange in energy. Creating a calm space where you can genuinely feel like yourself is what it’s all about,” says Scott. Paris Scott specializes in Elopements, Lifestyle, and Adventure photoshoots that her clients adore. One bride wrote, “Paris is amazing! Her photos are so dreamy, and it just made me feel like a princess in a fairytale. She’s super sweet and made the entire experience wonderful. I can’t wait to work with Paris in the future!”

 

2nd: Emily Plank Photography

3rd: Garry & Stacy Photography Co.

 

 

BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT

 

Dreams Come True Entertainment

214 Traders Alley, Lakeland

(863) 944-1264

FB @DreamsComeTrueEntertainment

IG @dctemagicalmemories

dreamscometrueentertainment.com

 

Your next party needs a princess! Dreams Come True Entertainment provides character entertainment for all ages. They can make an appearance at your private party, host your private event at their Enchanted Fairytale Hollow in Lakeland, or you can join them for weekly and monthly events! Award-winning custom-made costumes and experienced actors bring an unmatched level of authenticity (and magic) to each fairytale and superhero character. Owner Amy Sharpe says, “Dreams Come True Entertainment is all about creating magic for all ages. It has always been my dream to make children happy and make a difference in their lives, and with my new company, now I can do that while doing something I love and bring magic and hope into hearts young and old. I strive my hardest to be the most memorable, authentic and fun entertainer you ever meet!”

 

2nd: Graingertainment

3rd: Triviosity Live Events

 

 

BEST DRY CLEANER

 

Garment Care Pros at Southside Cleaners

901 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(Second location in Plant City)

(863) 688-4747

FB @SouthsideCleaners

garmentcarepros.com

 

Perhaps best known for their snappy signs, Garment Care Pros at Southside Cleaners continues to be a Best Of LKLD voter favorite choice for dry cleaning. Since 1954, Southside Cleaners has provided Lakeland with the highest quality of care for its garments. They are one of the only eight companies worldwide to have multiple employees pass the rigorous training to become a Certified Garment Care Professional (CGCP). This team of literal garment care pros offers traditional dry cleaning and laundry services, weekly home/ office service plans, and historic garment and wedding gown restoration. One long-time customer wrote, “Southside has been a staple in the Lakeland community for decades. Excellent work and service with weekly delivery and pick up. Thank you for always going above and beyond!”

 

2nd: Regal $2.95 Cleaners

3rd: Touch of Class Dry Cleaners

 

 

BEST AUTO REPAIR

 

Webb’s BP Services Center

2820 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(863) 686-5498

webbs-servicecenter.business.site

 

Is your car making that weird noise again? Check engine light ominously glowing at you from the dash? Webb’s is where you should go! This family-owned and operated auto repair shop has served Lakeland since 1957, with all work guaranteed. Their Master ASE certified mechanics offer AC service, tires, batteries, check engine light, power locks and windows, tire repairs, CV axles, oil changes, transmission flush, brake service, tune-ups, and more. One review reads in part, “Since my first dealings with them over a year ago, they have been exceptional, considerate, and gone out of their way, even when busy, to make sure my vehicle was running properly, and I knew it was in good hands and safe on the road.”

 

2nd: Levy’s Imperial Tire

3rd: Joyce Automotive

 

 

BEST AUTO DEALER

 

Regal Honda

2615 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland

863-400-5298

FB @RegalHonda

www.regalhonda.com

 

Has searching for a new car been more difficult than it should be? Regal to the rescue! Regal Honda is a family-owned and operated Honda dealership and home of the Lifetime Warranty. Regal Honda makes it easy with a tailored car buying experience with professional associates available to assist you in choosing the right new or pre-owned model from their expansive selection. From credit assistance with your car loan to service performed by factory-trained technicians, Regal keeps your car experience stress-free. One Regal customer wrote in part, “My wife and I are new to the area and were welcomed by a very friendly staff. Our salesperson Douglas Maynard guided us through the process of trading in our old vehicle and coming to terms on a new vehicle way easier and in less time than we thought was possible. His low pressure approach along with his experience and knowledge was a breath of fresh air!”

 

2nd: Fields Motorcars

3rd: Cannon Automotive Group

 

 

BEST BOAT DEALER

 

Outcast Watersports

4020 Bartow Rd, Lakeland

(863) 816-6081

FB @outcastboats

IG @outcastws

outcastwatersports.com

 

“From boat sales to service, Outcast has set the standard for consistent quality and family-oriented customer service. Partnering only with brands in the top of their fields, we strive to give our customers the best products and service available.” This bay area boat dealer has been serving Tampa Bay’s boat sales and service needs since 1996. They expanded to Polk County in 2016 and brought with them decades of experience and technical knowledge with mechanics on staff required to attend Yamaha school yearly for their continued education. Expect top brands, quality customer service, and a family feel at Outcast.

 

2nd: Old Salt Marine

3rd: Action Water Sports of Central Florida

 

 

BEST OIL CHANGE

 

Take 5 Oil Change

(Multiple locations)

FB @Take5OilChange

IG @take5oilchange

take5oilchange.com

 

Take 5 Oil Change, home of “the quickest oil change in Lakeland,” offers a drive-thru 10-minute oil change service with no appointment necessary. Just pick your oil from the technicians’ options, sit back, and relax while expert technicians change your oil and filter, replenish under-hood fluids, and check your air filter and wiper blades. One customer’s five-star review from the Take 5 Oil Change at 5250 Florida Ave S, Lakeland, reads in part, “This is my favorite place to get my oil changed. They are so friendly and communicative. They are always fast and efficient.”

 

2nd: Levy’s Imperial Tire & Auto Service

3rd: TIE – Jiffy Lube

Pep Boys

 

 

BEST CPA

 

Diane Herrington, CPA, P.A.

202 Lake Miriam Dr # E8, Lakeland

(863) 644-7125

FB: Diane R. Herrington, CPA, P. A.

dianeherringtoncpa.com

 

Polk County native Diane R. Herrington has worked in the accounting field since 1970 and became a licensed CPA in Florida in 1980. She founded her accounting firm in 1983, providing personalized tax preparation, tax planning, and business consulting services for individuals, businesses, estates, and trusts. According to Herrington, “Every client is important to us, and we want to help take the burden of bookkeeping, tax, and financial problems off your shoulders.” Backed by decades of experience and detailed customer service, Diane Herrington’s customers often rave about her professionalism, quality, responsiveness, and the value of her services.

 

2nd: David R. Ramos, CPA

3rd: Virginia “Ginny” Harris, CPA, MBA

Harris & Hahn, P.A.

 

 

BEST FINANCIAL ADVISOR

 

Conley Thornhill

Thornhill Wealth Management - UBS Financial Services Inc.

295 1st St S, Winter Haven

(863) 298-3600

advisors.ubs.com/thornhillgroup

 

Senior Vice President of Wealth Management and Financial Advisor Conley Thornhill has provided clients comprehensive and customized wealth management solutions for over 40 years. Thornhill has received the Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisor Florida distinction in 2020, 2021, and 2022 and is one of the few advisors to earn and maintain both the Certified Financial Planner™ and Certified Investment Management Analyst® designations. “Conley has taken on every type of market environment, giving him the clarity to navigate whatever financial questions you may have. He is passionate about helping clients organize and simplify their financial lives, no matter how complex.”

 

2nd: Chuck Foss | CORE Wealth Advisors

3rd:Matt Bishop | Edward Jones

 

 

BEST ATTORNEY

 

Lauriane Ciccarelli | Miller Troiano, P.A.

2323 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(863) 688-7038

FB: Miller Troiano, P.A.

millerlawfl.com

 

Since graduating from Stetson University College of Law in 1996, attorney Lauriane Ciccarelli has been involved in thousands of eminent domain cases. Now with Miller Troiano, P.A., she also practices in the areas of real estate, estate planning, and general civil litigation. Ciccarelli is a former member of Business Network International, Business in Motion Chapter, where she served as President in 2014. She currently sits on the Board of Campfire USA, is a member of the American Business Women’s Association, Lakeland Downtown Chapter, and served as Vice President in 2014.

 

2nd: Daniel F. Pilka

Pilka, Adams, & Reed, P.A.

3rd: Timothy F. Campbell

Clark, Campbell, Lancaster, Workman & Airth, P.A.

 

 

BEST BANK

 

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

Multiple Locations

FB @MIDFLORIDA

IG @midflorida_creditunion

midflorida.com

 

MIDFLORIDA, a repeat Best Of Haven winner for Best Bank, is not-for-profit and member-owned, offering banking products and services including personal and business banking, loans, mortgages, and investing. It began in 1954 as Polk County Teachers Credit Union and now has more than 60 branches as Central Florida’s community credit union. MIDFLORIDA emphasizes personal attention and competitive rates, “Because your money isn’t just a string of numbers on an account statement. It’s personal—and we think the way you bank should reflect that.”

 

2nd: Citizens Bank & Trust

3rd: Truist

 

 

BEST INSURANCE AGENT

 

Joy Morse | State Farm

5727 US Hwy 98 S, Lakeland

(863) 647-2915

FB @JoyMorseInsurance

joymorse.com

 

Serving Lakeland and the surrounding areas, Joy Morse and her team have over 80 years of combined State Farm experience. Their agency has qualified for multiple State Farm Awards over the years, including Ambassador Travel, State Farm Crystal Honor, and State Farm Chairman’s Circle. Morse can help you with Auto, Homeowners, Life, and Health Insurance and assist small business owners with their Commercial Insurance. “My team of licensed insurance professionals and I are here to help make insurance & financial services easy to understand. We are here to protect you from everyday risks and make sure that your insurance program doesn’t have gaps or caps that you are unaware of.”

 

2nd: Karen Bryan | State Farm

3rd: Mark Spann | Mulling Insurance

 

 

BEST SPA

 

DayDreams Day & Med Spa

1463 Town Center Dr. E, Lakeland

(863) 686-5859

FB @DayDreamsDaySpaLakeland

IG @daydreams.dayspa

daydreamsdayspa.com

 

Treat yourself to a full body massage or facial (or both) at DayDreams Day & Med Spa. Each massage begins with an opening scent and an optional head and scalp massage. DayDreams offers massages to relax and rejuvenate you, from Swedish and Bamboo Fusion to Deep Therapy. They even have spa packages for the complete royal treatment like the Renewal Suite, which includes an 80-minute Swedish massage, targeted corrective facial, classic manicure, and signature pedicure. Book an appointment at their med spa with APRN Alicia “Tonja” Arkell, who specializes in BOTOX and fillers.

 

2nd: TIE – TrueMedSpa 

Bella Viságe Medical & Aesthetic Rejuvenation

3rd: Pura Vie Holistic Studio

 

 

BEST HAIR SALON

 

Belle La Vie Salon & Spa

4525 Florida Ave S Suite #16, Lakeland

(863) 617-5408

FB @bellelaviesalonlakeland

IG @bellelaviesalonandspalakeland

bellelaviesalonandspa.com

 

Time to touch up that Balayage, babe – and other salons just don’t cut it. Clients rave about the atmosphere, stylists, and overall doting experience at Belle La Vie Salon & Spa. Owner Charline Fulbright and her team have more than 27 combined years of experience in the beauty, health, and wellness industries. This premier salon offers cuts and styles, formal styles for special occasions, premier color design, hair extensions, textures, and straighteners. “With services ranging from the newest hairstyles to customized facials. There is surely something to tickle everyone’s fancy. Experience the difference at Belle La Vie Salon and Spa, where nurturing inner and outer beauty is what matters most!”

 

2nd: Studio 323

3rd: Glam Color Bar

 

 

BEST BARBER

 

Skully’s Barber Salon

434 W Pipkin Rd, Lakeland

(863) 224-3507

FB: Skullys Barber Salon

IG @skullysbarbersalon

skullysbarbersalon.com

 

From “a tank of gas and a dream” to an award-winning mobile and brick-and-mortar salon. Congratulations on another Best Barber win, Skully! This master barber and Best Of LKLD voter favorite founded his hair biz doing house calls in 2015 and opened his mobile barbershop out of a 32-foot RV in 2017. Skully’s Barber Salon now has a physical location on W. Pipkin Road in Lakeland. Skully can hook you with a haircut, skin fade, beard trim, or shave (he does women’s hair too)! One client testimonial reads, “Always a pleasure. Good conversation, good prices, and very very comfortable. Not to mention, great cuts every time. Definitely the guy to go to for all your barbershop needs!”

 

2nd: Kirkland’s Barber Shop

3rd: TIE – Lakeland Barber Company

Gents Classic Cuts

 

 

BEST NAIL SALON

 

PAINT Nail Bar

1486 Town Center Drive, Lakeland

(863) 777-2947

FB @paintnailbarlakeland

IG @paintlakeland

paintnailbar.com/lakeland-fl

 

PAINT Nail Bar – not your average nail experience. “Whether it is cleanliness, color selection, client service, nail art, environment, attention to detail, or the wonderful energy at PAINT…you name it, we’ve thought of it, developed it, and fine-tuned it based on staff and client feedback.” PAINT Nail Bar features only vegan and formaldehyde-free lacquers and exclusively uses LED lamps for curing their water-based gel polishes. They also opt for ceramic pedicure basins over whirlpool jets (which often harbor bacteria). With nail artists trained in technique, sanitation, and modern trends – what’s not to love?

 

2nd: Lee Spa Nails

3rd: Noire the Nail Bar

 

 

BEST TATTOO STUDIO

 

Black Swan Tattoo

2947 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(863) 937-9777

FB @blackswantattoo

IG @blackswantattoo

blackswantattoo.com

 

Established in 2007, Black Swan Tattoo provides a relaxed atmosphere, clean environment, and tattoos worth talking about. Their six artists have over 70 years of combined experience and are versed in all styles of tattooing. One Black Swan client wrote in part, “Hands down the best tattooing experience that you can have in Lakeland. I’ve had the pleasure of being tattooed by both Cory Craft and Phil Snyder several times, and there’s no one else that I trust more to bring alive the tattoos I [envision].”

 

2nd: Gaslight Tattoo Company

3rd: Holy Grail Tattoo

 

 

BEST PIERCING

 

Black Swan Tattoo

2947 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(863) 937-9777

FB @blackswantattoo

IG @blackswantattoo

blackswantattoo.com

 

Best Of LKLD voters applaud Black Swan Tattoo for a prime piercing experience. Black Swan pierced patrons note the shop’s commitment to detail and cleanliness with the tools, chair, and room sanitized between clients. Although it appears they no longer offer piercing as a service, over the last year, they did it best! 

 

2nd: Holy Grail Tattoo

3rd:Atomic Tattoos Lakeland

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