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FOOD-N-DRINK

 

BEST BAKERY

Publix Super Market at Haines City Mall

617 US-17, Haines City

(863) 419-0331

www.publix.com

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Is there any better smell than browsing the treats at a Publix bakery? Publix offers an assortment of fresh-baked bread (sometimes still steaming from the oven), cakes, pies, pastries, tarts, cookies, and more. Have an upcoming birthday, wedding, or baby shower? You won’t be disappointed in a decadent, beautifully decorated cake made especially for you by Publix’s skilled cake decorators.

2nd:Cake & Bake

3rd:The Proper Pie Company

 

BEST BAR

Fireside Lounge and Billiards

43356 US-27, Davenport

(863) 420-0100

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Cold drinks, live music, a game or two of pool. Need I say more? Fireside Lounge and Billiards is a Davenport favorite hangout spot! This tantalizing tavern knows how to keep the party rolling with frequent live music acts, pool events, and other parties you can find posted on their Facebook. Fireside offers a sizeable selection of draft, bottle, and can beers for you to choose from.

2nd:Ovation Bistro & Bar

3rd:Gary’s Oyster Bar & Seafood House

 

BEST BBQ

Sonny’s BBQ

35620 US-27, Haines City

(863) 422-1117

www.sonnysbbq.com

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The pitmasters at Sonny’s are serving up the best BBQ around! Be prepared for sticky fingers and full stomachs with their menu selection of BBQ classics. You can’t go wrong with fall off the bone ribs, smoky chicken, pork, and brisket or a side of mac and cheese and cornbread. The only tough choice you’ll have to make is what flavor of sauce you want on it!

2nd:The Smokin’ OX Premium BBQ

3rd:Blackburn’s

 

BEST BEER LIST

Gary’s Oyster Bar & Seafood House

660 E Alfred St, Lake Alfred

(863) 956-5055

www.garysoysterbar.com

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The best kept secret in Lake Alfred, Gary’s Oyster Bar is casual Florida dining at its finest. As the name suggests, the charming establishment has a bar at which guests can sit and watch their oysters be shucked. What better to wash it down than a bottle or pitcher of cold domestic beer from their beer list? Don’t forget to ask them about imports!

2nd:Davenport’s Ale House

3rd:Ovation Bistro & Bar

 

BEST BREAKFAST

Nikko’s Egg City

35510 US-27, Haines City

(863) 353-2698

Nikkoseggcity.com

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A traditional 50s themed diner serving up breakfast food that Haines City is egg-cited about! Throwing it back to a time of poodle skirts, sock hops, Marilyn, and Elvis, Egg City Diner gives all the retro feels. Home to their famous four-egg omelette, this full-service breakfast and lunch joint cooks up morning staples from breakfast sandwiches to biscuits and gravy and everything in between! No detail is overlooked (or overcooked) at Egg City – their bread is supplied by Rotella Bakery, coffee is fresh ground and brewed from 100% Columbian coffee, they only use Idaho potatoes, deli items come from Metro Deli, and they keep things natural, not adding water or preservatives.

2nd:Lake Alfred Diner

3rd:Cracker Barrel

 

BEST BURGER

Culver’s of Haines City

37061 N, US-27, Haines City

(863) 422-2002

www.culvers.com

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This chain eatery has origins from a single family-owned restaurant in a rural town in Wisconsin. Culver’s tasty fresh frozen custard and Wisconsin cheese curds are the stuff dreams are made of. The real star of the show however, is Culver’s Butterburgers. Every burger is made with fresh, never frozen beef and seared to order. Nestled on a lightly buttered, toasted bun, you can have this mouthwatering burger as a single, double, or triple.

2nd:Cornerstone Grill

3rd:Big Tony’s Pizza

 

BEST CATERING COMPANY

Cam’s Catering

117 Bates Ave SW, Winter Haven

(863) 298-8062

www.camscatering.com

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Catering done correctly – Cam’s Catering offers a customer service focussed approach to making your next celebration, one to remember. For over 25 years, Cam’s has been preparing meals to perfection for Central Florida businesses and individuals. Their clients don’t have to worry about a thing – from food preparation, setup, and cleanup of the buffet/ service area. With Cam’s you are in charge, giving you the freedom to choose from a varied menu of appetizers, salads, side dishes, main courses, and desserts which are all customizable to your needs.

2nd:The Smokin’ OX Premium BBQ

3rd:Cracker Barrel

 

BEST CHINESE

Zen Asian Grill

4812 Grandview Pkwy, Davenport

(863) 420-9958

Davenportzenasiangrill.com

Uncomplicated, delicious Asian fare that Davenport can’t get enough of. Their sizeable menu vaunts familiar Chinese appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and more. Zen Asian Grill’s Honey Seared Chicken or Hong Kong Xo made with shrimp, scallops, chicken, carrots, broccoli, and green or red pepper sauteed in seafood xo sauce are sure to please!

2nd:First Wok Chinese Restaurant

3rd:Li Garden

 

BEST COFFEE HOUSE

Joe Muggs Coffee

5600 Grandview Pkwy, Davenport

(863) 420-0011

www.booksamillion.com/joemuggs

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The official coffee bar of Books-A-Million, patrons can browse the books and grab a pick-me-up. Along with their traditional brews, Joe Muggs offers seasonal and specialty drinks. It’s almost Fall y’all and all things pumpkin spice are upon us. Stop in and try a taste of Autumn at your local Joe Muggs!

2nd:Starbucks

3rd:Dunkin’ Donuts

 

BEST CUBAN SANDWICH

Publix Super Market at Haines City Mall

617 US-17, Haines City

(863) 419-0331

www.publix.com

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The Pub Sub, Florida’s official sandwich (not a fact, but should be). Not only does Publix offer a superior shopping experience, the sandwiches that are made fresh from their deli are pretty awesome too. The Publix Cuban Sub is made fresh with sweet ham, roast pork, and your choice of cheese.

2nd:Chef Neil’s Bistro

3rd:Dundee Bakery

 

BEST DOG-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

Ovation Bistro & Bar

42605 US-27, Davenport

(863) 354-6967

www.ovationbistro.com

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How about a standing ovation for bringing your dog to dinner? Enjoy the home smoked barbecue, steaks, seafood and more at this Davenport dining destination. This family-owned restaurant is ready to serve your family – including Fluffy. Voters in Davenport, Haines City, and Lake Alfred say Ovation is the place to bring your bark buddy and indulge in mouthwatering smokehouse fare.

2nd:Lake Alfred Diner’s patio

3rd:True Blue Winery

 

BEST FINE DINING

David’s Club Sports Bar & Grill

Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate

1500 Masters Blvd, Championsgate

(407) 390-6565

www.omnihotels.com

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Warm, rich colors and stylish decor in the opulent Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate, David’s Club feels like a secret club all its own. Renowned for their decadent steaks,  David’s signature cut steaks are 30 day wet-aged prime angus beef, served with brandy peppercorn sauce. Additions to the steak include choice of truffle, garlic, or blue cheese butter. Other fine fare on the menu include appetizers like David’s Crab Puffs made with key lime emulsion, ancho-jalapeño syrup and pickled shallots, or their sensational Lobster Roll.

2nd:Cornerstone Grill

3rd:Luigi’s Restaurant

 

BEST FLORIDA WINE

True Blue Winery

604 Pink Apartment Rd, Davenport

(863) 419-4400

Truebluewinery.com

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If there’s a blueprint to making good wine, True Blue Winery in Davenport has found it! This winery serves up a variety of tasty homemade blueberry and fruit wines, made from their own orchard available by the bottle or crate. Stop for a bite of brick oven pizza at their Bistro or join them for seasonal blueberry picking.

2nd:Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards

3rd:Keel and Curley Winery

 

BEST FLORIDA BEER

The Florida Brewery

202 Gandy Rd, Auburndale

(863) 965-1825

www.floridabrewery.com

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The 2nd oldest brewery still in operation in Florida, The Florida Brewing Company, originally known as Duncan Brewing Company, was built in 1973. With a focus on Lager beer, this brewery brews and packages Gator Lager, The Florida Brewery Amber Lager, and Polar Pilsen along with a selection of Malta brands. Their spacious venue boasts a 12-tap Public House and Tasting Room with a Beer Garden Round Back. Cheers, Auburndale!

2nd:Grove Roots Brewing Company

3rd:Cigar City Brewing Company

 

BEST ICE CREAM

Sh-Booms Ice Cream & Treats

42649 US-27, Davenport

(863) 547-9066

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Step back in time to this 1950s and 60s themed ice cream parlor. With oldies humming from a retro Jukebox and over 40 flavors of sweet, creamy ice cream – what’s not to love? “Everyone was super friendly. They have a large selection of wonderfully tasting and inviting ice-cream. They have sherbets and dairy free options as well.  It was hard to pick just a few scoops,” wrote one satisfied ice-cream lover.

2nd:Webb’s Candy

3rd:Dairy Queen

 

BEST ITALIAN

Luigi’s Restaurant

228 S Lake Shore Way, Lake Alfred

(863) 956-9100

www.luigifl.com

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Delicious, from scratch meals in a stylishly comfortable dining space. Luigi’s serves up New York style Italian fare with plenty of indulgent dishes to choose from. Enjoy your Eggplant Parmigiana on their attractive outdoor patio or throw a party with up to 50 of your closest friends and family in Luigi’s private dining room.

2nd:D’oro Palazzo

3rd:R-Place Eatery

 

BEST MEXICAN

La Fiesta Mexicana

94 Maxcy Plaza Cir, Haines City

(863) 422-2200

www.lafiestamexicana863.com

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The food at La Fiesta Mexicana is a fiesta of flavor! The eatery offers authentic Mexican cuisine in a fun, casual environment. From the decor to the fajitas and the margaritas, La Fiesta pays homage to tradition with fresh flavors. A portion of one review on the restaurant read, “I wish I would have come sooner! The service was excellent and always with a smile. Food presentation and flavor was the best Mexican I have had outside of Mexico.”

2nd: El Zocalo Supermarket

3rd: Taco Bell

 

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Culver’s of Haines City

37061 N, US-27, Haines City

(863) 422-2002

www.culvers.com

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This chain eatery has origins from a single family-owned restaurant in a rural town in Wisconsin. Culver’s tasty fresh frozen custard and Wisconsin cheese curds are the stuff dreams are made of. The real star of the show however, is Culver’s Butterburgers. Every burger is made with fresh, never frozen beef and seared to order. Nestled on a lightly buttered, toasted bun, you can have this mouthwatering burger as a single, double, or triple.

2nd:Balmoral Bar & Grill

3rd:Huey Magoo’s

 

BEST PIZZA

Big Tony’s Pizza

201 E Hinson Ave, Haines City

(863) 419-8669

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Freshmade pizza just for you! Big Tony’s is a Haines City staple if you’re looking for a stellar pizza pie. Choose from their menu of inventive pizza combos like BBQ Chicken, Tony’s Supreme Seven, and Philly Steak. This pizza joint also serves a variety of other dishes including pasta, subs, burgers, and fried foods.

2nd:D’oro Palazzo

3rd:Dundee Downtown Pizza

 

BEST PUBLIX

Publix Super Market at Haines City Mall

617 US-17, Haines City

(863) 419-0331

www.publix.com

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Setting the standard for grocery stores across the Southeast, Publix is known for excellent customer service, clean stores, enjoyable shopping experience and, of course, the Pub Sub. The people have spoken and Publix at Haines City Mall does it best! A skim of the reviews for this location reveal they hit the mark for the Publix standard with one happy shopper commenting, “Always clean and organized no matter what time I go. All cashiers and employees are so nice.”

2nd: Publix Super Market St. Charles Plaza

3rd:Publix Super Market Champions Gate Village

 

BEST ROMANTIC DINING

Trevi’s Restaurant

Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate

1500 Masters Blvd, Championsgate

(407) 390-6664

www.omnihotels.com

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This fine dining establishment vaunts a flavor of Italy that’s perfect for two. The cuisine at Trevi’s is a celebration of the pleasure of stunning food and wine. Treat your date to a glass of Pinot Noir and a Filetto di Manzo – an 8 oz Prime center cut filet mignon, accompanied by a carrot puree, truffle and wild mushroom risotto, and chianti wine sauce. Enjoy each other’s company in the modern, cozy ambiance of the dining space or take it under the stars on Trevi’s Terrazza.

2nd:Cornerstone Grill

3rd:Zen Asian Grill

 

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BEST SEAFOOD

Gary’s Oyster Bar & Seafood House

660 E Alfred St, Lake Alfred

(863) 956-5055

www.garysoysterbar.com

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The best kept secret in Lake Alfred, Gary’s Oyster Bar is casual Florida dining at its finest. As the name suggests, the charming establishment has a bar at which guests can sit and watch their oysters being shucked. Dress them how you like on the half shell or indulge in an order of Todd’s Char-Grilled Parmesan or Jalapeno Oysters. Kick your cravings into high-gear with Gary’s Stuffed Shrimp made with homemade crabmeat stuffing or indulge in a succulent order of Alaskan King Crab Legs.

2nd:Cherry Pocket

3rd:Manny’s Original Chophouse

 

BEST TACO

La Fiesta Mexicana

94 Maxcy Plaza Cir, Haines City

(863) 422-2200

www.lafiestamexicana863.com

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Taco ‘bout fantastic, authentic Mexican food! La Fiesta won again, but this time it’s for their tantalizing tacos. Fresh ingredients and impeccable seasoning is just part of the magic that makes their tacos the best around. Guests can enjoy these tempting treats along with other traditional Mexican fare in a fun, casual environment with pleasant customer service.

2nd:El Zocalo Supermarket

3rd:Taqueria Don Gonzalo

 

BEST VEGAN

Cornerstone Grill

175 E Haines Blvd, Lake Alfred

(863) 875-8913

www.cornerstonegrill.org

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A quaint farm to table establishment with a heavy focus on locally sustainable ingredients in the heart of Lake Alfred, Cornerstone Grill has the stellar reputation it does because of Executive Chef Matthew Arbuthnot and his wife, Lisa. “Make less, more often.” That’s the motto they live by at Cornerstone and surely at least partially why voters say he prepares the most tasty, fresh vegan dishes around. The eatery is not exclusively vegan, but the menu does offer tasty options like Grilled Vegetable Polenta Cakes and a stuffed tomato dish.

2nd:Zen Asian Grill

3rd:Victor & Mika’s Bakery

 

BEST WINE MENU

D’oro Palazzo

2200 Posner Blvd, Davenport

(863) 424-1100

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An Italian eatery known for its casual, friendly dining atmosphere and impeccable food in Davenport is D’oro Palazzo. In addition to their extensive menu featuring traditional, un-fussy fare like Tomato and Mozzarella Caprese and Spaghetti Carbonara, the bistro is recognized for its selection of Italian wines. Treat yourself to a glass of Chianti or a Pinot Grigio the next time you’re there!

2nd:Cornerstone Grill

3rd:Ovation Bistro & Bar

 

BEST ORANGE GROVE

Ridge Island Groves

6000 Old Polk City Rd, Haines City

(863) 422-0333

www.ridgeislandgroves.com

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Oh the sweet smell of an orange blossom! It’s almost as sweet as a glass of fresh squeezed OJ. Offering these sweet scents and tastes in the heart of Central Florida is Ridge Island Groves. Providing the “Freshest Florida Citrus” to states around the country, their hand-picked citrus is a must-try! For us lucky locals they provide their signature fresh citrus, produce, marmalades, honey, jelly, oh yeah… and that fresh squeezed orange juice we mentioned earlier. You can choose between their regular orange juice, tangerine juice, and grapefruit juice (or all three)!

2nd:Lang Sun Country Groves

3rd:Showcase of Citrus

 

BEST U-PICK FARM

Ridge Island Groves

6000 Old Polk City Rd, Haines City

(863) 422-0333

www.ridgeislandgroves.com

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You mean it’s Florida fresh AND we can pick our own right from the tree? That’s right, Ridge Island Groves offers u-pick grove tours at their Haines City location for just $8 per person. Have a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice while you’re visiting!

2nd:Whitehead’s Blueberry Farm

3rd:Crown Jewel Farms

 

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REAL ESTATE/ HOME

 

BEST AC REPAIR

Polar Air Services, Inc.

431 SR-17 S, Lake Hamilton

(863) 439-5322

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Family business that started in 1985 and is still run by family to this day.  They’ve been keeping our homes and local businesses cool all these years!  It gets so hot in Florida, we have to make sure our AC is working efficiently.  Polar Air HVAC technicians are highly trained, honest with reasonable prices.  They can work on any make and model of AC so if you’re sweating it right now, give them a call.  You’ll be chilling out in no time.

2nd:Michael I Newbern  Air Conditioning Contractor, Inc.

3rd:Watts Air Conditioning, Inc.

 

BEST APARTMENT COMMUNITY/ COMPLEX

Lake House Apartments

200 Village Pl, Davenport

(863) 279-4520

Lifeatlakehouse.com

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Welcome to your new luxury apartment home!  These beautiful homes include sleek hardwood flooring, plush carpeting, and modern lighting.  Cook for a dinner party in the gourmet kitchen featuring granite countertops, designer cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances.  This is gorgeous luxury at its finest!  Unwind at the clubhouse with your friends, keep in shape at the fitness center or tennis court, and take a swim in the shimmering pool.  Relax!

2nd:Legacy Union Square Apartments

3rd:Portofino at ChampionsGate

 

BEST CONSTRUCTION

Bobby T. Construction

4700 Crump Rd Suite A, Winter Haven

(863) 422-8355

Bobbytconstruction.com

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A General Construction Company that began back in 1984.  For Bobby T. Construction, honesty is the only policy.  They strive to complete all projects with integrity using the best of technology and tools.   Equally important, they ensure that all jobs are done quickly with attention to details making sure everything is done correctly and efficiently.  From residential to commercial, big projects to small ones, their dedication to quality will turn you into a repeat customer.  

2nd:Lennar

3rd:Mckittrick Construction, Inc.

 

BEST HANDYMAN

CNC Home Services

202 Julliard Blvd., Davenport

(407) 459-6144

FB @cncvillas

A home remodeling and renovation company serving and remodeling all Central Florida.  They will work alongside realtors to get those inspection lists finished in time for closing. They are dedicated to providing great service and quality work at a fair price.  Let them help you with minor plumbing and minor electrical, flooring/tile, pool/window screens, pavers, landscaping, painting and even keeping your pool clean!  

2nd:Pro Touch Handyman Service

3rd:Four Corners Handyman Service

 

BEST HOME INSPECTOR

Ryan Bataille of White Inspection Services, LLC

3214 Oak Tree Lane Winter Haven

(863) 412-4012 or (863) 944-3639

Whiteinspection.com

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Ryan works on the team of home inspectors from White Inspection Services, LLC.  Based in Polk County, each inspection report is taken very seriously. Every inspection is a complete and thorough analysis of all the major systems and components in the home.  Before you buy or list your home, give Ryan a call!

2nd:AmeriSpec

3rd:Alfa & Omega Inspection

 

BEST HOTEL

Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate

1500 Masters Boulevard, ChampionsGate

(407) 390-6664

Omnihotels.com

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Four-diamond luxury resort surrounded by 36 holes of championship golf, Leadbetter Golf Academy and 15 acres of pools and recreation including a lazy river and private cabanas.  Featuring 768 guest rooms and villas, the luxurious Mokara Spa, and seven restaurants and lounges. Winner of Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award for #1 Resort in Orlando.  This is the ultimate in staycations for those of us in Polk County.  Treat yourself to a weekend away, you deserve it!

2nd:WoodSpring Suites

3rd:Legoland Florida Resort Hotel

 

BEST LAWN COMPANY

Irrigation Tech

1105 Polk City Rd., Haines City

(863) 421-5271

FB @irrigationtechinHainescity

How’s your yard looking?  Sometimes we just don’t have time to take care of it, that’s when you need to call Irrigation Tech.  They install commercial and residential irrigation and landscaping. Sprinkler broken?  They can repair our irrigation systems.  Whether it’s lawn care for commercial and residential, they will get the job done and make your landscape beautiful before you know it.  

2nd:DDLC Lawn Care

3rd:O.G Lawn Pro’s

 

BEST MORTGAGE BROKER

Amber Rodriguez with The Mortgage Firm

25 5th Street NW, Winter Haven

(863) 937-8024

themortgagefirm.com/amberrodriguez

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Buying a house can be very overwhelming.  Let Amber walk you through the process of finding the right loan for you.  With her experience, you can be assured that the process will be smooth and simple.  She’s available to answer any questions you have, helping you become a homeowner.  Her clients are her first priority handling each transaction with integrity and honesty.  

2nd:Hope Callihan

3rd:Jim Locascio

 

BEST PAINTING COMPANY

Whisler’s Floor And Paint Center

706 Ingraham Ave., Haines City

(863) 422-3211

Is your house in need of a fresh coat of paint?  Maybe the bathroom needs a facelift?  Next time you need to buy a can of paint, try Whisler’s.  They’re locally-owned and operated and able to answer any questions you might have about painting.  Whether you need advice for a first time job or your an old pro, Whisler’s should be your store of choice.  

2nd:Fresh Paint FL

3rd:Spectrum Plus

 

BEST POOL CLEANING

Doctor Pool Care Makeover Solutions, LLC

8297 Champions Gate Blvd #430 Davenport

(863) 419-7929

Doctorpoolcare.com

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An independant, family-owned business.  Fully licensed and insured, they deliver a first class job every time.  Expect honesty, timeliness, respect and a cost effective rate.  Get your pool sparkling in time for your next house guests.  Want to swim year-round?  They can make sure your heater is working properly and efficiently.  It’s Florida, it’s hot, get out there and relax in the crisp and shimmering pool!

2nd:Pool Works Pools and Spas

3rd:Chip’s Pool Care Inc.  

 

BEST REALTOR

Hope Callihan of Stacey Towns Realty

27 N 10th St., Haines City

(863)287-5112

Ahometownrealty.com

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A native of Haines City, Hope has been doing real estate since 2000.  Living here her entire life has given her the clear advantage of knowing the area better than most real estate agents. When looking to buy or sell call your local “HomeTown” expert that knows the market better than most.  She is honest, trustworthy and keeps you involved in every step of the way.  Let her expertise help you in finding your dream home.  

2nd:Cole Bataille

3rd:Nicki Watts

 

BEST REALTY COMPANY

Stacey Towns Realty  

27 N 10th St, Haines City

(863) 422-1585

Staceytowns.com

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Winning for a second year in a row!  Whether you’re buying or selling, Stacey Towns has the knowledge, resources and network of clients to help.  Ranking in the top 1%, she is one of the top producing realtors in the area.  Her clients and their needs are constantly running through her mind, because their satisfaction is her top priority.  Stacey and her team will work the long hours to get you your dream house.  They work tirelessly to keep you on track, and understanding every detail that goes into buying or selling a house.  You can sleep easy knowing they’ve got your back.

2nd:American Integrity Real Estate

3rd:La Rosa

 

BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

Savannah Court of Haines City

301 Peninsular Dr, Haines City

(863) 968-7851

(863) 422-5204

FB @SavannahCourtofHainesCity

Situated next to Lake Elsie, Savannah Court offers you a relaxing and beautiful way of life.  Residents can enjoy activities, festivals, parades, and annual events in town, it’s the perfect place to start the next chapter of life.  The caring and well-trained staff are accessible 24 hours a day.  Rooms include spacious bathrooms and kitchenettes.  Common areas and suites have beautiful views and manicured landscaping for your enjoyment.  This is a truly special place to live.  

2nd:Blue Heron Bay

3rd:Del Webb

 

BEST ROOFER

R.I.G. Construction & Roofing

2001 Havendale Blvd NW Ste 1 

Winter Haven

(863) 294-4477

Rigroofing.com

FB @RIGConstructionandRoofing

IG @rigroofing

Does your roof leak?  Maybe you need to replace the entire thing?  Worry no more!  R.I.G. is here, and they handle every installation with the highest standards to make sure you get the full integrity and life of the materials used.  From simple projects to the most difficult, they will work with the utmost integrity, treating every client with respect and honesty.  So relax, you can sleep easy knowing you called R.I.G.

2nd:Dees Roofing, LLC

3rd:Davenport Roofing and Handyman

 

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RETAIL

 

BEST ANTIQUE STORE

The Barn Antiques

167 Co Rd 557A, Lake Alfred

(863) 956-1362

Barnantiques.biz

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Celebrating their 50th season this year, The Barn should be on your list of things you definitely must do!  Open for the season on the first Saturday of October, they are a family business specializing in unique and beautiful European and American antiques.  While you’re there, visit the other shops, The Stable Gifts & Crafts, The Back Porch Tearoom, and The Back Yard Garden Shop, they remain open year-round.

2nd:Biggar Antiques

3:rd:Marqueen’s Vintage Mall

 

BEST AUTO DEALER

Posner Park Chrysler Dodge Jeep 

RAM FIAT

42650 Highway 27, Davenport

(888) 491-9086

posnerparkchrysler.com

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They make shopping for your next new car fun, easy and hassle-free. They treat every customer like a member of their own family.   The showroom is a space where you can feel comfortable to browse without fear of being pressured into a sale.  Choose from over 1,000 new and over 200 used and certified pre-owned vehicles.  The dealership is also a CDJR factory-certified service center. Their team of experts can handle anything your vehicle might need.  If it’s time for a change, visit Posner Park Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM FIAT.

2nd: Jarrett-Gordon Ford

3rd:Miracle Toyota

 

BEST AUTO REPAIR

Firestone Complete Auto Care

590 Avenue A SW, Winter Haven

(863) 968-7807

Local.firestonecompleteautocare.com

Is that strange little light flashing on your dashboard again?  You can’t remember the last time you changed the oil?  Have a wonky tire?  Firestone can help!  They have trained technicians and the Triple Promise Guarantee.  That means that your car will be “Fixed Right, Priced Right, and Done Right On Time.”  No need to worry about the next time your car is acting funny, just take it to Firestone!

2nd:Goodyear Auto Service

3rd:Johnny’s Automotive

 

BEST BARBER

Ozzie’s Barber & Beauty Service

603 US Highway 17 92 W Ste B

Haines City

(863) 422-2021

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Cutting hair since 1967!   Generations of families come back time after time.  From “first day of school” cuts to curls, you can get it all done here.  The employees are personable and make you feel like an old friend when you walk in.  They are prepared to style the entire family from the toddler to Grandpa!  Affordable prices, friendly staff and a charming shop!

2nd:Lake Alfred City Barber Shop

3rd:Skully’s Mobile Barber Salon

 

BEST CAR WASH

Wash Me Carwash and Lube

7710 State Road 544, Winter Haven

(863) 422-8833

Oh those pesky Love Bugs!  Dirt and sand in the car is a real bummer!  What are you going to do?   You need to get the car washed but where should you go? Take it to Wash Me Carwash & Lube and they can take care of everything!  A full service detailing and car wash with lube center where you can have your oil changed, too.  (When your check engine light comes on, ugh!) You’ll leave with a sparkly car and a smooth running engine!    

2nd:Champions Gate Car Wash

3rd:Webb’s Car Wash

 

BEST CLOTHING BOUTIQUE

Ross Dress for Less

1400 Posner Blvd, Davenport

(863) 420-0966

Rossstores.com

FB @RossDressforLess

IG @rossdressforless

It’s true, Ross was voted as the Best Clothing Boutique!  Technically it’s not a boutique but we see where you’re coming from!  It’s an excellent place to buy new clothes at extremely affordable prices.  Whatever you’re looking for from babies to adults, they’ve got it.  And it doesn’t stop there.  Finish your look with new shoes, jewelry, makeup and even a new handbag for the evening.  Whether you’re sporty, casual or need something for work, man or woman, they’ve got it.  School pictures?  They’ve got something super cool for your kids to wear!  Go back often, inventory is always changing!

2nd:Bealls

3rd:Target

 

BEST DANCE STUDIO

Amanda’s Academy of Dance

1 Park Place, Haines City

(863) 866-9965

FB @aadfineartsfoundation

Learning to dance will promote confidence, physical strength and smiles!  At Amanda’s Academy, they are all about strengthening the community through developing strong and confident kids.  They understand that it’s not just about having talent, it’s about having fun.  They offer classes that you can’t find just anywhere!  Their extremely talented group of instructors teach everything from Circus Arts to Ballet.  After School Care available for additional cost.  

2nd:Tammy’s Dance Studio

3rd:Studio C School of Dance

 

BEST DOGGY DAYCARE

Paw Haven

3691 Lake Alfred Rd, Winter Haven

(863) 293-1428

Pawhavenvet.com

FB @PawHaven

IG @pawhavenvet

When we’re at work, we worry about our pets being home alone all day.  At Paw Haven, you can trust that they’re being taken care of by trained, experienced kennel staff and qualified Veterinarians.  Paw Haven provides a safe and caring environment for your fur baby so you can focus on work.  If you leave for vacation, you can relax and have fun knowing your pup will be happy.  Paw Haven is a privately-owned animal hospital that has been a part of the community since the 70s.  Clients feel like they’re leaving their pet with family.  

2nd:Heart of Florida Animal Hospital & Pet Resort

3rd:Wag Watchers Davenport

 

BEST DOG GROOMING

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming ChampionsGate

8254 ChampionsGate Blvd., ChampionsGate

(321) 401-4027

FB @WGBChampionsGate

IG @wgbchampionsgate

Woof Gang is the ultimate in luxurious pet care!  Let them pamper your pooch with state-of-the-art grooming equipment and premium products.  They provide exceptional care in a safe and friendly environment. Any breed and any size dog is welcome.  They also offer a self-serve wash station so you can avoid the mess at home!  Stop by the bakery and pick up a special treat for your pup on the way out!

2nd:A-1 Grooming

3rd:Reunion Pet Grooming Services

 

BEST DRY CLEANER

Haines City Quality Cleaners

7 C St, Haines City

(863) 422-1735

So, you went out to eat and dripped vinaigrette on your top.  Dropped a cheeseburger on your lap?  Maybe you spilled red wine on your dress?  For all of those stains that normal laundry can’t remove, take it to Haines City Quality Cleaners.  Expect honesty and integrity from the friendly staff!  If you’re too busy to even get your laundry done, they do that too.  Take it and get everything cleaned quickly and efficiently.

2nd:Long’s Dry Cleaners

3rd:Superior Dry Cleaning

 

BEST FLORIST

Lindvall Florist

29 N 10th St, Haines City

(863) 422-2541

Family-owned and operated florist.  Using high quality flowers, they deliver arrangements to your loved ones.  Let them say with flowers what you can’t say with words.   Brighten someone’s day and show them you care!  Big or small, they can arrange it all!  Everything’s coming up roses in Haines City, and you can find it at Lindvall!

2nd:Rogarry’s Floral and Events

3rd:The Flower Corner

 

BEST FURNITURE STORE

Badcock Home Furniture &more

35495 US-27, Haines City

(863) 422-3144

www.badcock.com

FB @badcockfurniture

IG @badcockfurniture

Founded in 1904 in Mulberry, there are now over 350 stores in eight states!  You can literally furnish every room in your house from Badcock.  From classic designs to modern, there is something for every budget and style.  While you’re there, shop the home decor to give your room a finishing touch, or freshen it up seasonally.  Have family coming in for the holidays?  Shop Badcock to make your house beautiful!  Financing is available.  

2nd:Design 2 Live

3rd:Ashley Homestore

 

BEST GIFT BOUTIQUE

The Barn Antiques

167 Co Rd 557A, Lake Alfred, FL 33850

(863) 956-1362

Barnantiques.biz

FB @Barnantiques.biz

IG @thebarnantiques

Celebrating their 50th season this year, The Barn should be on your list of things you definitely must do!  Open for the season on the first Saturday of October, they are a family business specializing in unique and beautiful European and American antiques.  While you’re there, visit the other shops, The Stable Gifts & Crafts, The Back Porch Tearoom, and The Back Yard Garden Shop, they remain open year-round.

2nd:Ross Dress for Less

3rd:Webb’s Candy

 

BEST GOLF COURSE

Southern Dunes

2888 Southern Dunes Blvd, Haines City

(863) 421-4653

Southerndunes.com

FB @SouthernDunesGCC

One of the most unique courses in Central Florida.  Designed by Steve Smyer, it offers a dramatic hillside layout stretching over 7,200 yards and features 100 ft. of elevation change.  It is a challenging course that offers a true golfing experience.  Offering 18 holes of some of the best golf out there for the beginner and the experienced.   This is in your backyard, Polk County!  Go out there & play a round!

2nd:Country Club of Winter Haven

3rd:Cypresswood Golf & Country Club

 

BEST GYM

CrossFit  Auburndale

202 N Park St, Auburndale

(863) 455-4115

FB @CrossfitAuburndale

IG@ crossfitauburndale

CrossFit is innovative fitness designed to optimize your fitness journey.  With highly trained instructors, you will be guided through the steps to achieve strength and health.  It sounds a little intimidating, yes.  But don’t be nervous.  Try a free consultation and find out what the best path forward would be.   Let CrossFit Auburndale help you with nutrition, exercise and staying accountable.  They say that the hardest part about working out is going to the gym for the first time, but you can do it!  

 

2nd:Haines City Recreation Department

3rd:Anytime Fitness

 

BEST JEWELRY STORE

Mehaffey’s Jewelry

1095 Polk City Rd Ste 1, Haines City

(863) 422-1477

FB @Mehaffeysjewelry

Mehaffey’s has been helping their clients create special memories for over 72 years.  Allow them to help you create the perfect piece of jewelry for someone you love.  From custom looks to timeless classics, Mehaffey’s has got it.  Expect honesty, integrity and passion for what they do.  This is the 2nd year they’ve won for Best Jewelry Store, Congratulations!  Visit and you will see why this is a beloved part of the community.  

2nd:The Barn

3rd:Anderson’s Quality Jewels

 

BEST NAIL STUDIO

Mokara Spa

Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate

1500 Masters Blvd., Championsgate

(407) 390-6603

Omnihotels.com

FB @OmniOrlandoFL

Treat yourself to the most luxurious manicure or pedicure at the beautiful Mokara Spa.  Take a trip to the islands with their Paradise Mani/Pedi using silky coconut milk.  The Signature service is a 50-minute experience that will leave you totally relaxed.  Don’t have a ton of time?  Try the Organic Express and you’ll be looking beautiful and feeling refreshed in no time.  This is truly an incredible spa experience and you’re definitely worth treating yourself to it.

2nd:Family Nails

3rd:Spa Haven

 

BEST OIL CHANGE

S&S Automotive Machine

35648 US-27, Haines City

(863) 422-4611

ssautomachine.com

They have tires of all sizes, specializing in custom-sized tires and wheels, also offering tire rims by special order. They serve Polk County, Osceola County, Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Auburndale.  For the best in used tires, new tires, and general automotive services, visit S&S.  From wheel alignments to oil changes to brake services, their tire shop offers expert workmanship for foreign and domestic passenger cars, trucks, RVs, and trailers.

2nd:Jarrett-Gordon Ford

3rd:Firestone Complete Auto Care

 

BEST SALON

Salon CG

8294 Championsgate Blvd, Davenport

(863) 866-0330

salonchampionsgate.com

They’ve handpicked some of the best stylists in Central Florida to deliver the newest styles.  Using the highest quality products, they customize each appointment to the wants and needs of their clients. Is it time for a new style but not sure what to do?  Allow them to show you some options to update your look or give you an entirely new one.  All are welcome!  Children, men and women of all ages, will leave looking their absolute best.  

2nd:Mokara Spa Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate

3rd:Shearly Younique

 

BEST SPA

Mokara Spa

Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate

1500 Masters Blvd., Championsgate

(407) 390-6603

Omnihotels.com

FB @OmniOrlandoFL

Treat yourself to a luxurious experience at the most beautiful Mokara Spa.  Choose from a variety of luxurious, soothing spa treatments from massages, facials and body wrap treatments to manicures and pedicures.  This is truly an incredible spa experience and you’re definitely worth treating yourself to it.  Arrive with the stresses of the day and leave feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to take on what’s next.  

2nd:Elements Rejuvenating Med Spa

3rd:Spa Haven

 

BEST THRIFT STORE

The Way 2 Shoppe

20 N. 6th St.. Haines City

(863) 422-2309

thewaycenter.org

FB @WAY2Shoppe

This is an extension of The WAY Center allowing you to purchase gently used items at low prices to help assist families in need.  With a huge variety of items from clothing to home goods, you are sure to find what you’re looking for.  The Way Center is a faith based non-profit community agency providing help to women and children in crisis.  

2nd:Knick Knack Paddy Whack Shoppe

3rd:Hope Thrift Store

 

BEST WEDDING VENUE

Lake Eva Event Center

799 Johns Avenue, Haines City

(863) 419-3446

lakeevaeventcenter.com

You want your big day to be perfect, then look no further.  Located in the Heart of Central Florida, with a spectacular view of Lake Eva offering picturesque views for your special day.   The Lake Eva Center has three ballrooms and conference room that can accommodate a variety of events. To help your day run flawlessly, they offer a full-service catering kitchen, furnished lobby and various rental inventory for a complete and comprehensive rental experience.  Say “I do” in style at the gorgeous Lake Eva Event Center.  

2nd:Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve

3rd:Blue View Barn

 

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

 

BEST BANK

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

1006 Old Polk City Rd, Haines City

(866) 913-3733

www.midflorida.com

FB @MIDFLORIDA

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union’s commitment to customer service and providing convenient products at the lowest price are just a few of the reasons the community voted them best. With branches across the Central Florida, this credit union offers a full range of banking products and services to its members.

2nd:Citizens Bank & Trust

3rd:Wells Fargo Bank

 

BEST CPA

Jacob Burton

CPA - Tax Manager at Wiggins, Smit, Burby, Reineke, & Company P.A.

30 4th Street SW, Winter Haven

(863) 299-8084

Cpa-winterhaven.com

Burton studied Accounting/Business at Florida Southern College.  Currently with Wiggins, Smit, Burby, Reineke & Co. he works diligently to keep you feeling confident with your finances and tax needs. They specialize in accounting services for small businesses and tax services for both individuals and business owners.  Burton is an active member of the community helping whenever and wherever he can.  He truly is a guy that would give you the shirt off his back.   Rest easy at night knowing Burton is working on your side to keep your future bright.  

2nd:Karine Bauer

3rd:Polaris Tax and Accounting

 

BEST CHIROPRACTOR

Dr. David R. Thomsen, D.C.

Prime Care Chiropractic Centers, P.A.

1400 Havendale Blvd NW, Winter Haven

(863) 294-3109

www.primecarechiro.com

FB @PrimeCareChiropracticCenters

IG @primecarechiro863

At his clinic, Prime Care Chiropractic Centers, P.A., Dr. Thomsen treats auto and sports injuries of all kinds. Dr. Thomsen even created the ActiveFlex Protocol for the non-surgical treatment of spinal disorders. Twenty years in practice has garnered Dr. Thomsen and his practice a trusted reputation for chiropractic care in the community. One patient of the clinic wrote, “Dr. Thomsen and his staff are wonderful! He has the best bedside manner and I get instant relief every single time I leave his office!”

2nd:Next Generation Chiropractic & Wellness

3rd:Heart of Florida is now AdventHealth

 

BEST DENTIST

Shannon Orthodontics

2390 North Blvd W, Davenport

(863) 353-6867

Drshannonorthodontics.com

FB @DrShannonOrthodontics

IG @drshannonorthodontics

Say cheese – Shannon Orthodontics will capture your perfect smile! Dr. Chris Shannon and his team offer orthodontic care for children, teens, and adults. It’s time for your teeth to straighten up and get in line as Shannon offers Invisalign and Braces. Shannon patients can expect a free consultation, to see Dr. Shannon during every visit, staff who are knowledgeable and friendly, affordable treatment options with flexible payment plans, and much more. Tooth be told – Shannon Orthodontics is the best!

2nd:Boyett Family Dentistry

3rd:ibeliv Dental Studio

 

BEST FAMILY DOCTOR

Garrison Christian, M.D.

Gessler Clinic

635 1st St N, Winter Haven

(863) 294-0670

www.gesslerclinic.com

FB @GesslerClinic

IG @gesslerclinic

Dr. Garrison Christian earned his Medical Degree from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York and did his Residency in Family Practice at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, New York. Giving Dr. Christian 5 stars, one reviewer wrote, “My mother is a patient and when I go in with her he treats her like an actual human being, not a meal ticket. The staff is always friendly and I can’t express enough how wonderful it is to be in and out without incident. Thank you Dr. Christian. You’re amazing!”

2nd:Dr. Celestino Vega, M.D.

3rd:Dr. Michael Degnan, M.D.

 

BEST HOSPITAL

Heart of Florida is now AdventHealth

40100 US-27, Davenport

(863) 422-4971

Heart of Florida and Lake Wales Medical Center are now AdventHealth, the #1 hospital network in Florida. Offering emergency and urgent care and primary and specialty physicians for the whole family.

2nd:Winter Haven Hospital

3rd:Lake Wales Medical Center is now AdventHealth

 

BEST LAWYER

Ted A. Lasseigne, P.A.

Ted A Lasseigne Law Offices

105 McKay Dr #4000, Haines City

(863) 422-2216

www.lasseignelaw.com

FB: Ted A Lasseigne PA

Attorney Ted A. Lasseigne began private practice in Haines City in 1975. In 1992, Mr. Lasseigne moved to his current location and opened his law firm, Ted A. Lasseigne, P.A. The law firm is now multi-generational as the firm’s founding attorney is joined by his daughter, Leslie A. Lasseigne. Together the two have over 50 years of combined legal experience. Offering services in Marital & Family Law, Criminal Law, Wills & Probate, and Business Law, Ted A. Lasseigne, P.A. has garnered a reputation as one of Polk County’s most experienced and respected law firms.

2nd:Jason A. Reuter

3rd:Reilly International Law Firm, P.A.

 

BEST PEDIATRIC DOCTOR

Dr. Heather S. Whitworth, M.D.

Nemours Children’s Primary Care, Kinder Clinic | Winter Haven

400 Ave K SE suite 6, Winter Haven

(863) 299-4567

www.nemours.org

FB @nemourswinterhaven

Dr. Whitworth’s professionalism and sincere caring nature has made her the #1 choice for parents when searching for a pediatrician for their children. Interested in medicine from an early age, Dr. Whitworth took interest in primary care during medical school. She enjoys watching children grow from infancy to adolescence and develop relationships with their families. Dr. Whitworth notes, “I care about the whole child, including their growth and development, nutrition, education and extracurricular activities.”

2nd:Dr. Kahlon Harpreet, M.D.

 

BEST REHABILITATION SERVICES

Palm Garden of Winter Haven

1120 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven

(863) 293-3100

Palmgardenofwinterhaven.com

FB @PGofWinterHaven

A leader in skilled nursing and rehabilitation, Palm Garden of Winter Haven uses a unique team approach, utilizing their dedicated teams,  years of experience, and passion for making a difference. They offer short-term and long-term care solutions for patients with a goal of expedient recovery in a compassionate environment. Offering services in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology, the therapists at Palm Garden will partner with you and your caregivers, using their State-of-the-Art Health and Rehabilitation Center to create a comprehensive, individualized care plan.

2nd: Heart of Florida is now AdventHealth

3rd:Core Rehabilitation

 

BEST TEACHER

Amanda Bataille

Gifted Teacher at Bethune Academy

She may teach the Gifted Program at Bethune Academy, but you could say Mrs. Bataille is a gifted teacher herself – her students and their parents sure think so! Mrs. Bataille was Teacher of the Year at Bethune in 2014 and was a winner of Best Of Haven last year. Beyond the classroom, she represented Polk County by traveling around the U.S. to present at STEM and Engineering conferences. A graduate of the University of Florida, Mrs. Bataille is a proud member of Gator Nation.

2nd:Lauren Yearry  Bethune Academy

3rd:Michael Bastedo Daniel Jenkins Academy

 

BEST URGENT CARE

Gessler Clinic

635 1st St N, Winter Haven

(863) 294-0670

www.gesslerclinic.com

FB @GesslerClinic

IG @gesslerclinic

For over 60 years, Gessler Clinic has served Polk County as a multi-specialty medical group. Their Winter Haven-based walk-in clinic is available seven days a week to Gessler’s established patients and new patients. Gessler is the epitome of medical excellence with their patient-focused compassionate care. The clinic has over 40 physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners specializing in an array of areas ranging from Family Medicine, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery and more.

2nd:BayCare Urgent Care (Haines City)

3rd:Owl Now Urgent Care

 

BEST VETERINARIAN

Dr. Jerry Rayburn, D.V.M.

Paw Haven Animal Hospital

3691 Lake Alfred Rd, Winter Haven

(863) 293-1428

Pawhavenvet.com

FB @PawHaven

IG @pawhavenvet

Rest assured that your fluffy friend is in good hands at Paw Haven. Dr. Jerry Rayburn, who has been a part of the clinic for many years, has been an active member in many veterinary groups throughout the state. In 2011, Dr. Rayburn was voted Veterinarian of the Year and has been the past president of the Florida of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association in 2013. One reviewer raved, “I like this place! The people are very friendly and the vet is always helpful.”

2nd:Dr. David F. Wilkinson, D.V.M. Heart of Florida Animal Hospital and Pet Resort

3rd:Dr. Mary McDaniel, D.V.M. Lake Alfred Animal Hospital

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