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  • Tara Crutchfield

Haven Best of 2022 - Professional Services



BEST FLORIST

LASATER FLOWERS

254 W Central Ave Ste A, Winter Haven

(863) 294-3213

FB @lasaterflowers

IG @lasaterflowers

“Want to make a great impression? We can arrange that!” This flower power boutique floral design studio, established in 1958, offers arrangements for every occasion with a freshness guarantee. Lasater Flowers also extends gift sets, seasonal blooms, and subscriptions with personalized plans to fit your style, budget, and delivery frequency. A Lasater Flowers customer raved, “I subscribed to the bi-weekly delivery service, and each bouquet I get is nicer than the last! The flowers are gorgeous, and they last quite a while.”

2nd: Golden Petal Designs

3rd: Angelic Flowers


BEST WEDDING VENUE

VENUE 650

650 6th St SW, Winter Haven

(863) 287-3814

FB @venue650

IG @venue650

Industrial and elegant, Venue 650 is Winter Haven’s premier wedding venue and a Best Of Haven voter favorite. Its lofty ceilings, sprawling windows, and adjoining open-sky courtyard visually lend even more space to the building’s 10,500 square feet. The versatile event venue, complete with exposed brick walls and concrete floor, can see any event vision realized and comfortably accommodate up to 400 guests. Additional Venue 650 features include high-speed internet, ample well-lit parking, a catering kitchen, and dressing suites. One Venue 650 testimonial reads in part, “We are so thankful that Venue 650 was our choice for our wedding day. It was the perfect place for our friends and family to celebrate together!”

2nd: Adams Estate

3rd: Blue View Barn


BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

GONZALEZ LUGO PHOTOGRAPHY

5603 Struthers Ct, Winter Haven

(863) 589-8438

FB: Gonzalez Lugo Photography, LLC

IG @gonzalezlugophoto

Maryel and Alfredo, the couple behind the lens of Gonzalez Lugo Photography, met and fell in love by capturing it for others. Their portfolio is filled with magical, timeless moments, from a sweet hug from a tiny ring bearer to a sunset kiss shared between a bride and groom. “From the first inquiry with us, you will shortly realize that you are not only gaining your wedding photographers but also your go-to friends when you need advice; your timeline creator because we want you to relax and enjoy every single moment of your wedding day, and relax knowing that you’re going to have the most beautiful and timeless imagery of your wedding day.”

2nd: Mikey Beasley | Caloosa Media

3rd: Mindy Mier Photography


BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT

NEXT LEVEL ENTERTAINMENT LLC

770 Ave B SW, Winter Haven

(727) 614-3652

FB @nextlevelent1djs

This DJ service will have everybody on the dance floor at your upcoming wedding, birthday, or corporate party. They can take your party to the next level with a photo booth, lighting, and special effects. DJ Melvin’s clients continually sing his praises, like this five-star review which reads in part, “DJ Melvin is absolutely amazing!! He is outgoing and funny. Takes good care of his clients and always goes above and beyond. He is super talented and definitely knows what he is doing. He works countless hours making sure each and every wedding is just perfect, and he is very transparent and tells you exactly what to expect on your big day. Not only is he an awesome DJ, but he is a great host and a great coordinator as well.”

2nd: DJ Bush Entertainment

3rd: Triviosity Live Events


BEST DRY CLEANER

TOP HAT CLEANERS

150 2nd St. NW, Winter Haven

(863) 293-2627

212 N Main St, Auburndale

(863) 967-2287

FB @TopHatDryCleaners2013

A tip of the hat to Top Hat Cleaners for another year atop the Best Dry Cleaner category! This toptier dry cleaner owned and operated by Michelle Womble offers over 20 years of clean laundry backing up their good reputation. With four convenient locations and eco-friendly GreenEarth technology, what’s not to love? Top Hat Cleaners says, “Our friendly staff takes particular care with each and every order and proudly provides customers with professional workmanship.”

2nd: Dry Clean America

3rd: Executive Dry Cleaners


BEST AUTO REPAIR

STEWART AUTO REPAIR

1990 42nd St NW, Winter Haven

(863) 965-2526

FB @stewartautorepair

IG @stewartautorepair

Is your AC on the fritz? Transmission giving you trouble? Best Of Haven voters trust their auto repairs to Stewart! Since 1998, Stewart Auto Repair has been servicing a wide range of makes and models for their Central Florida customers. Their skilled service technicians use quality parts to repair collision and auto body damage and back up their work with a warranty. Stewart even invests in the latest auto repair tools and diagnostic software specifically tailored to your vehicle’s software. One customer wrote, “This was my first visit to Stewart Auto Repair, and I have to say I was impressed. I have 40 plus years in automotive service, from master ASE technician to service manager for 3 new car dealers. I have dealt with many independent shops and have to say my first visit to Stewart was excellent.”

2nd: Tires Unlimited

3rd: Auto Dynamics


BEST AUTO DEALER

JARRETT-GORDON FORD WINTER HAVEN

3015 Lake Alfred Rd, Winter Haven

(863) 294-8539

FB @JarrettGordonFordLincoln

IG @jarrettgordonfordwh

From test drive to tune-up, Jarrett-Gordon Ford Winter Haven keeps their customers riding in style. Part of the Jarrett Ford Automotive Group, founded in 1978 by William Richard Jarrett in Dade City, Jarrett-Gordon Ford Winter Haven offers a wide selection of new Ford and Lincoln cars, trucks, and SUVs, as well as pre-owned inventory. Their knowledgeable staff will work to find you the car you’re looking for and help to secure used vehicle financing or assist you in taking out a new auto loan. An excerpt of one rave review reads, “We love Jarrett-Gordon Ford and have purchased 4 vehicles from them in the 6 years we’ve been in Florida, two of them were previously owned and have been wonderful and reliable vehicles! The service department has always taken good care of us.”

2nd: Hill Nissan

3rd: Chevrolet Center


BEST BOAT DEALER

MARINE SUPPLY

717 6th St SW, Winter Haven

(863) 293-1156

FB @marinesupplyboats

IG @marinesupplytheboatingcenter

Marine Supply the Boating Center is sure to float your boat! Along with their new and used boat inventory and financing, Marine Supply offers services, including battery replacement, oil change, tune-up, electrical repair and installation, storage, and more! Don’t have a boat? Rent one here! At Marine Supply, “The fun begins on the Chain of Lakes.” A customer wrote of this familyowned boat dealer, “I have used Marine Supply for most of my adult life to repair all of my boats over the years. They have always been consistent in their quality of work and fair on their repairs. I wouldn’t consider using anyone else. I have never had an issue with any work they have done for me and am confident in the event of an issue they would respond appropriately.”

2nd: Hillman Motors

3rd: Hoppy’s Marine


BEST OIL CHANGE

TAKE 5 OIL CHANGE

1530 1st St S, Winter Haven

(863) 658-6075

FB @Take5OilChange

IG @take5oilchange

Take 5 Oil Change, home of “the quickest oil change in Winter Haven,” offers a drivethru 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 reads in part, “I just discovered this place. They were pretty quick. I stayed in my own car for the full service. No uncomfortable waiting room chairs. They were super respectful, polite, and transparent. They don’t charge extra for inspecting parts they could service. They top off all fluids with your oil change.”

2nd: Tires Unlimited

3rd: Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center


BEST FINANCIAL ADVISOR

AUSTIN THARP

AVENTAIL WEALTH MANAGEMENT

353 Ave C SW, Winter Haven

(863) 333-1927

FB @aventailwm100

Austin Tharp joined Aventail Wealth Management in 2016 as an Investment Adviser Representative and became the firm’s co-owner and vice president in 2019. In addition to assisting his clients, Tharp has stayed engaged with his community by serving on the Eagle Scout board of review for the Lake Region District and Endeavor Winter Haven, the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce’s young professionals networking group. “Austin prides himself in always giving his clients the highest level of service in a very personal way,” according to Aventail Wealth Management. Tharp’s clients agree, with one writing in part, “Austin is an absolute pleasure to deal with, very responsive and is always happy to discuss questions or concerns.”

2nd: Doug Rathbun | Thornhill Wealth Management UBS Financial Services

3rd: Brittney Oakes | Edward Jones


BEST CPA

WIGGINS, SMIT, BURBY, REINEKE & CO P.A.

30 4th St SW, Winter Haven

42729 US-27, Davenport

(863) 299-8084

FB @WSBR33880

IG @wsbr_cpa

Wiggins, Smit, Burby, Reineke & Co., P.A. specializes in accounting services for small businesses and tax services for individuals and business owners, including accounting and auditing, professional business consulting, and Quickbooks services. They’ve assisted customers since 1989, forging long-lasting relationships through their commitment to excellence and customer service. “We are committed to providing close, personal attention to our clients. We take pride in giving you the assurance that the personal assistance you receive comes from years of advanced training, technical experience, and financial acumen.”

2nd: Conner & Associates LLC

3rd: Adamson & Co, P.A.


BEST ATTORNEY

SOUTHERN ATLANTIC LAW GROUP, PLLC

520 6th St NW, Winter Haven

(863) 656-6672

FB @WinterHavenbusinesslaw

IG @southernatlanlawgroup

The Southern Atlantic Law Group is a statewide civil litigation and appellate firm whose attorneys have extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts. This Winter Haven-based law firm prides itself on providing client-focused representation and positive results. Their practice areas include appellate law, business litigations, class action, contract disputes, corporate/general counsel, hurricane damage, insurance claims, and personal injury. One five-star review reads, “Southern Atlantic Law Group is the most efficient and professional law firm I have had experience with in the Central Florida area. Would highly recommend them to anyone looking for an attorney that will genuinely care and help!”

2nd: The Law Offices of Carter J. Adams

3rd: Straughn & Turner, P.A.


BEST BANK

MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION

Multiple Locations

FB @MIDFLORIDA

IG @midflorida_creditunion

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: SouthState Bank


BEST INSURANCE AGENT

ERIK SEALY | SEALY INSURANCE

3395 Cypress Gardens Rd, Winter Haven

(863) 324-3100

FB: Sealy Insurance

What kind of service can you expect from Erik Sealy? According to an excerpt from one five-star review, “Hands down the easiest homeowners insurance experience ever! Erik was very personable, professional and kind!” Sealy is an independent insurance agent representing over 30 home companies and 13 auto carriers, as well as commercial and financial markets, to serve his clients. Whether you need home, life, auto, or business coverage, Best Of Haven voters agree you should seal the deal with Erik Sealy.

2nd: Karen Bryan | State Farm Insurance

3rd: TIE – Barfield Insurance & Financial Services Zinsmeister Insurance


BEST SPA

MASSAGE AND SPINAL THERAPY OF WINTER HAVEN

546 Avenue A NE, Winter Haven

(863) 294-2000

FB @MassageandSpinalTherapyofWinterHavenInc

Rest, relax, and revitalize at Massage and Spinal Therapy of Winter Haven. Established in 1990, Massage and Spinal Therapy offer a full menu of spa treatments and care, including spinal decompression, on-site seated massage, Swedish massage, hot stone massage, and more! Give your skin a little love with a body wrap, scrub, facial, or microdermabrasion. One client raved, “Very relaxing atmosphere and super friendly employees! Easy to make appointments. Add the cupping! It will change your life! Love going here with my sister for relaxation time!”

2nd: The Salt Room

3rd: Oasis Spa & Nails


BEST HAIR SALON

U SALON

2200 Havendale Blvd NW, Winter Haven

(863) 287-9231

FB @TheUSalonLLC

Looking to touch up your roots or go drastic with a brand new do? A scroll through U Salon’s social media is a vibrant myriad of beautiful hair colors, styles, and cuts. One client wrote, “Kelly did an amazing job on my hair. I love that this salon has private booths, so you’re not sitting directly next to another client. It allows for privacy for each stylist and chill vibes for clients.” While booking an appointment for the Brazilian blowout of your dreams, consider their other services, including eyelash extensions, micro-blading, facials, and mani/ pedi.

2nd: Split Ends

3rd: Posh Salon and Day Spa


BEST BARBER

BEST CUTS BARBER SHOP

213 Ave O SW, Winter Haven

(863) 293-9433

FB @BestCutsWinterHaven

IG @bestcutswinterhaven

The Best Cuts Barber Shop team in Winter Haven offers services at rates they stand behind for men, women, and kids! The shop opened in 2004 and has continued to build a loyal customer base one cut at a time, offering haircuts, beard trims, washes, hot towel shaves, and massage. One client raves, “We are new to the area and have been looking for a real barbershop. My husband took my boys there today, and they had a great experience. Cool atmosphere, the prices are good, and they received quality haircuts! My boys loved the entire experience and the end results! Highly recommend!”

2nd: TIE – Custom Kutz The Barber Bros. Hairstyling

3rd: Diosa Hair Studio


BEST NAIL SALON

OASIS SPA AND NAILS

5535 Cypress Gardens Blvd #140, Winter Haven

(863) 875-8869

FB: Oasis Spa & Nails

IG @oasis.spa.nails

Oasis Spa and Nails, you really nailed it this year! This is the stuff mani/pedi dreams are made of. Services include a full menu of manicures (including gel), pedicures, acrylic, and even kid services so you can have a spa day with your mini-me! According to Oasis, “Our priority is to make our clients feel pampered and relaxed while getting beautified here at our salon. We will maintain our progressiveness and edginess by creating the latest trends and offering an unforgettable experience throughout your stay with us.”

2nd: HN Nails and Spa II (Tips and Toes)

3rd: Venue Nail Bar


BEST TATTOO STUDIO

ACES INK

838 6th St NW, Winter Haven

(863) 875-3798

FB @acesinktattoo

IG @acesinktattoo

This repeat Best Of Haven tattoo studio winner must have a few aces up their sleeve! The shop’s mission is “to provide you with quality tattoos/ piercings in an amazing and sterile environment.” Aces Ink has a portfolio full of clean, cool, creative tattoos – and a solid five-star rating to back it up. The following excerpt is only one of the hundreds of glowing reviews for the shop. “This place is amazing. First off, the shop is bright, airy and so clean. Everyone there is super nice and easy to talk to. Jessi was my artist, and wow, she blew my expectations out of the water. The drawing she did was gorgeous, and the tattoo turned out to be more than I could have imagined.”

2nd: Skinfinity Tattoo Company

3rd: True to the Game Tattoos


BEST PIERCING

ACES INK

838 6th St NW, Winter Haven

(863) 875-3798

FB @acesinktattoo

IG @acesinktattoo

And another win for Aces Ink! Clients rave about all aspects of the shop, including the atmosphere, customer service, professionalism, pricing, and quality of work. Professional Body Piercer Dakota LaRue constantly appears in reviews praising how comfortable she makes her clients and the beautiful job she does in all manner of piercings. “I love everything about this shop. The music is great, the vibe is great, the artists are great. The prices are reasonable. Everything looks very clean and sanitary. They offer you complimentary drinks while you wait. My piercer Dakota was also very nice and professional. She went over everything I needed to know and answered all of my questions with a great attitude. So glad I chose this shop over the other ones.”

2nd: True to the Game Tattoos

3rd: Skinfinity Tattoo Company


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