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Haven Best of 2023 - Pro Services



BEST FLORIST

LASATER FLOWERS

254 W Central Ave Ste A, Winter Haven

(863) 294-3213

FB @lasaterflowers

IG @lasaterflowers

Lasater, if you were a flower, we’d pick you! “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, “Lasater Flowers has yet again exceeded my expectations. I know I can always count on them to create the most beautiful arrangements. I know I can always put my full trust in letting them create a one-of-a-kind arrangement and this last one is no exception. I will always order from them and will always recommend anyone else too.”

2nd: Golden Petal Designs

3rd: Pretty Odd Flower Cart


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, 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, “I had my wedding here in March 2023. It was truly the best day ever. The staff at Venue 650 were always very responsive to emails and questions, friendly on the tour, and did wonders on the day of! I provided a floor plan and they had set up the room exactly how I envisioned. They even left us a gift in the bridal suite!”

2nd: Adams Estate

3rd: Bok Tower Gardens


BEST PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

MIKE POTTHAST POTTHAST STUDIOS

234 W Central Ave, Winter Haven

(863) 294-4920

FB: Potthast Studios

IG @potthaststudios

Mike Potthast and his team offer professional photography services, including portraits, commercial photography, video production, photo restorations, digitizing services, passport photos, and photography classes in his spacious Central Avenue studio. According to Potthast Studios, “Putting together a great photo shoot is about much more than just lights, camera, action. We understand it takes coordination, communication, talented design, and styling before the shoot, and talent behind the camera, to make it all come together.” One five-star review confirms their commitment to exceptional photography: “Mike is an awesome, talented photographer. He has taken my last 4 professional headshots, and all have been great. I highly recommend Mike for all your photography needs.”

2nd: Gonzalez Lugo Photography, LLC

3rd: April Spaulding 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 reading, “We had our daughters quince this past Saturday. Melvin helped us so much in keeping order and structure with ceremonies and his introductions were very special. Melvin took time to make sure that all my requests were discussed and secured before the party. He helped to move through any schedule issues we had and fix them. Thank you Next Level Entertainment for making our girl’s special day spectacular!”

2nd: Triviosity Live Events

3rd: Dream Chaser Events


FUNERAL SERVICES

OAK RIDGE FUNERAL CARE

2425 Havendale Blvd NW, Winter Haven

(863) 216-2669

1001 E Grace Ave, Haines City

(863) 215-6929

FB: Oak Ridge Funeral Care

Oak Ridge Funeral Care has served the Haines City and Winter Haven communities since 1933. Ninety years later, they continue to provide professional and compassionate care to families. Services include life celebrations, burial services, cremation, veteran services, shipping, and pre-planning. Oak Ridge Funeral Care offers tailored services to accommodate your preference. “A meaningful and beautiful service is a powerful experience that celebrates your loved one’s life while serving as an important step in the grieving process. When it comes to planning, you can trust us to respect your wishes and design a service that feels special.”

2nd: Marion Nelson Funeral Home & Crematory

3rd: Kersey Funeral Home


BEST DRY CLEANER

TOP HAT CLEANERS LAUNDRY CENTER

150 2nd St NW Winter Haven

(863) 293-2627

A tip of the hat to Top Hat Cleaners for another year atop the Best Dry Cleaner category! This top tier dry cleaner owned and operated by Michelle Womble offers over 20 years of clean laundry backing up their good reputation. With convenient locations and eco-friendly GreenEarth technology, what’s not to love? According to Top Hat Cleaners, “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

Phantom squeak in your car? Check engine light haunting you? Who you gonna call? Stewart Auto! 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 warranty. Stewart even invests in the latest auto repair tools and diagnostic software specifically tailored to your vehicle’s software. One customer wrote, “They got me in same day on short notice, figured out my problem, fixed it, and had me out in no time! They kept me updated with what was going on as well. All the staff are super nice! Also another plus, they have a play area with toys for kids! Was a huge help with my little one, she played the whole time! Highly recommend!!”

2nd: Johnny’s Auto

3rd: Tuffy Tires


BEST AUTO DEALER

LOW PAYMENT KINGS

Locations in Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Davenport

FB: Low Payment Kings

IG: lowpaymentking

The Low Payment Kings reign supreme in this year’s Best Auto Dealer category! Since 1966, their mission has been to exceed expectations with excellent customer service, the best products and services, and to save customers money on all their automotive needs. The Low Payment Kings help drivers find the vehicle of their dreams across their seven convenient locations. One Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of Winter Haven customer writes in part, “Absolutely great service every time I lease or purchase a car there. From my salesman, management and finance start to finish was fantastic! I’m on my third car from there and I don’t plan on leaving. [...]”

2nd: Huston Cadillac Buick GMC

3rd: Hill Nissan


BEST CAR WASH

MISTER CAR WASH

Multiple Locations

FB: Mister Car Wash

IG @mistercarwashhq

Mister Car Wash – “Inspiring people to shine!” Since opening their first Houston, Texas location in 1969, Mister Car Wash has become a premier car wash company, committed to offering customers a clean, dry, shiny car every time using their patented Unity Chemistry system. Whether you’re looking for a single wash or to become a member of the Ultimate Wash Club, Mister Car Wash’s team members are committed to a quality experience. One Mister Car Wash Cypress Gardens location customer wrote, “Great car wash, staff are friendly and they pay attention to detail. They even have free vacuums.”

2nd: Pat’s Car Wash

3rd: Radiant Express Car Wash


BEST RV DEALER

CAMPING WORLD

7400 E State Rd 60, Bartow

(866) 906-9517

FB: Camping World

IG @campingworld

Camping World is the nation’s largest retailer of RVs, RV accessories, and RV-related services, with over 185 Camping World SuperCenters nationwide. Not only do they offer a full-service call center, but their comprehensive website also features thousands of quality products for RVs, camping, towing, and outdoor living. One Bartow Camping World customer raved, “Super experience in all respects! Staff is friendly, knowledgeable & ready to serve your needs. I purchased a new premium camper & the selection process was facilitated by Rhonda, a great sales associate. Took delivery today and am looking forward to my first expedition!”

2nd: Ridge Quality Motors

3rd: Winter Haven RV


BEST RV PARK

CAMP MARGARITAVILLE AUBURNDALE

361 Denton Ave, Auburndale

(863) 455-7335

FB: Camp Margaritaville Auburndale

IG @campmargaritavilleauburndale

Chill at Camp Margaritaville! This Auburndale luxury RV resort offers 326 RV sites, including 11 Super Premium RV Sites, along with 75 Cabana Cabins. Guests can enjoy a tiki bar, fire pits, resort pool, entertainment stage, playground, dog parks, and putting course, or plan a day with the crew hiking, biking, or sightseeing. One happy camper noted, “First time stay and will definitely come back! The resort is very clean and organized. The staff is friendly, helpful and FUN! There are plenty of activities all day long for kids and adults! Our boys loved Gaga ball! Our adult group loved the License to Chill bar and Name That Tune! Our dogs loved the dog park!! Thank you for a great ending to our summer!!”

2nd: Southern Pines Resort

3rd: Cypress Campground & RV Park


BEST POWERSPORTS DEALER

MCKIBBEN POWERSPORTS LAKE WALES

20769 US Hwy 27, Lake Wales

(863) 676-2245

FB: McKibben Powersports of Lake Wales

IG @mckibben_ps_lw

Pssst. Want a jetski? I know a guy. This Lake Wales powersports dealer offers a diverse range of powersports vehicles, including ATVs, personal watercraft, scooters, UTVs, and more. Their authorized dealer status for many top brands means McKibben customers can be confident in the product quality they offer. “For over 30 years, we’ve been the trusted source for powersports enthusiasts in Central Florida, and we’re proud of the reputation we’ve built,” notes McKibben Powersports. Stop by their sprawling showroom to check out a selection of powersports vehicles, OEM parts, and accessories. Plus, McKibben’s service department is staffed by certified technicians who are trained to handle all aspects of vehicle maintenance and repair.

2nd: Sky Powersports

3rd: Cyclemycle’s Motorcycle Shop


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 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 reads in part, “The perfect oil change from the comfort of your car. I really enjoyed the experience and the efficiency and professionalism of a clearly well-tuned process.”

2nd: Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center

3rd: Johnny’s Automotive


FINANCIAL ADVISOR

AUSTIN THARP AVENTAIL WEALTH MANAGEMENT

353 Ave C SW, Winter Haven

(863) 333-1927

FB: Aventail Wealth Management, LLC

Making money moves? Austin Tharp is your guy. Tharp is Vice President & Investment Adviser Representative for Aventail Wealth Management. He joined the firm in 2016 and prides himself “in always giving his clients the highest level of service in a very personal way.” Tharp is heavily involved in his community, serving on nonprofit boards, including Main Street Winter Haven and The Historic Ritz Theatre. One client wrote of Tharp, “Austin is an absolute pleasure to deal with, very responsive and is always happy to discuss questions or concerns.”

2nd: Michael Maddox | Primerica

3rd: Ryan Conley | Edward Jones


BEST CPA

CONNER & ASSOCIATES LLC

20 3rd St SW Suite 306, Winter Haven

(863) 268-4374

FB: Conner & Associates LLC

IG @connerandassociatesllc

Serving Winter Haven and the surrounding areas, Conner & Associates LLC offers personable tax, accounting, payroll, and business consulting services. The accounting firm’s mission is “to ease the burden of entrepreneurship on small business owners.” Conner & Associates are committed to providing timely, reliable tax and accounting services for their client’s personal and business needs. One client wrote, “Prompt, professional service. Positive experience from my initial inquiry phone call to the office. Windy was informative and efficient and Josh eased our concerns regarding a stressful tax situation. Highly recommend Connor & Associates!”

2nd: Wiggins, Smit, Burby, Reineke & CO P.A.

3rd: Campbell & Associates


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 in part, “Outstanding team, results-oriented professionals, proactive communication, highly intelligent, nonstop attention and strategic decisions to best represent our case. [...]”

2nd: The Law Offices of Carter J. Adams

3rd: Mark Turner | 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 from personal and business banking to loans, mortgages, and investing. It began in 1954 as Polk County Teachers Credit Union and now has nearly 65 branches as Central Florida’s community credit union. MIDFLORIDA places importance on personal attention and competitive rates. “At MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, we strive to provide our members with the tools and resources they need to make informed financial decisions and achieve their financial goals. We are dedicated to helping our members build a secure financial future and to creating a more financially stable community.”

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

Serving the Winter Haven community for almost 20 years, Erik Sealy is an independent insurance agent representing over 30 home companies, 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. One client wrote, “Erik Sealy is so knowledgeable when it comes to any and everything insurance related. He is very well experienced with this industry and will help with all your insurance needs, even if just for advice. He is your go to!”

2nd: Zinsmeister Insurance

3rd: Barfield Insurance & Financial Services


BEST PRINT OR SIGN SHOP

ASAP PRINTS

1606 Havendale Blvd NW, Winter Haven

(863) 291-6807

FB: ASAP Prints

IG @asapprints

When you need a print job done right and ASAP, choose ASAP Prints! “Our passion is coming up with unique printing solutions for each individual client. We utilize creative design, innovative solutions and custom fabrication every time.” Services include paper printing, wall art and signs, and specialty products, including sunglasses, mugs, promo flags, and more. An excerpt from one client testimonial reads, “ASAP has been a trusted printing partner for Safety Products Inc since they opened their doors. We receive personal attention, immediate response, expert advice and quality finished products. Everyone at ASAP goes above and beyond what is expected and over time we have formed a trusted relationship that cannot be broken. [...]”

2nd: RayGraphics

3rd: Stacy’s Printing


BEST DAYCARE

PARKLAND PRESCHOOL

1800 8th St SE, Winter Haven

863-293-1207

FB: Parkland Baptist Church

Who do you trust your tots with? Best Of Haven voters rave about Parkland Preschool at Parkland Baptist Church. Parkland serves ages twelve months to four years old. They also offer an after-school program for K-4th grade serving Brigham Academy, Garden Grove Elementary, Chain of Lakes Elementary, and Jewett School of the Arts. Parkland notes, “The school teaches biblical truths and spiritual values. The purpose of our program is to extend the ministry of Parkland Baptist Church providing the best possible care and education for children.”

2nd: Dreamers Bilingual Academy

3rd: Winter Haven Montessori


BEST SPA

SPA HAVEN

634 1st St S, Winter Haven

(863) 514-0667

FB: SPA HAVEN

IG @spahaven634

Spa Haven is the respite you need to “Rejuvenate. Revitalize. Restore.” Owner, Esthetician, Nail Technician, and Lash Artist Megan Gillis notes, “We strive to make every experience the best it can be and want you to walk out of here feeling confident.” This Winter Haven oasis offers facials, manicures, lash extensions, waxing, and tint and lash lift services. One beautified client writes in part, “I must say, Spa Haven should be named Spa Heaven. Because that is where my tech took me too! I was so comfortable and relaxed. I Highly Recommend coming here!! This was my first facial ever! And I will be returning. [...]”

2nd: Massage and Spinal Therapy of Winter Haven, Inc.

3rd: SPAscape


BEST MEDICAL SPA

ETERNAL YOUTH AESTHETICS

400 Ave K SE Suite 1, Winter Haven

(239) 383-7625

FB: Eternal Youth Aesthetics, LLC

IG @eternalyouthaestheticsllc

eternalyouthaesthetic.com Superior service, superior results. Eternal Youth Aesthetics Owner Jodi DeVries, Certified Cosmetic Injector, MS, APRN, CRNA, says, “I want you to look and feel younger, refreshed, and more confident. I want everyone to notice, but no one to know!” This med spa offers cosmetic injections, iS Clinical Skincare, and facial and body treatments, with clients raving things like, “Love this place! Get all your needs taken care of at one location. The staff is absolutely wonderful, and I can’t say enough about their customer service and response to any questions you might have via text, email, or a phone call.”

2nd: Massage and Spinal Therapy of Winter Haven, Inc.

3rd: Salt Room Winter Haven


BEST HAIR SALON

SPECTRUM STUDIO

219 3rd St SW, Winter Haven

(863) 307-7500

IG @spectrumstudio

In business for 20 years, Spectrum Studio is an iconic Winter Haven salon next to the “Lady on the Wall” mural. The studio offers an array of services, including hair design, nail and facial services, massage, and brow waxing. All services are by appointment only. Spectrum recently partnered with 7 Anchors, a modern boutique offering men’s and women’s casual wear and surf-style apparel. Fused with the white studio walls, a special art collection is permanently displayed by world-renowned artist Kenneth Treister from Miami. “Rainbow in the Clouds,” a large installation made up of 19 painted panels that blend the entire spectrum, greets guests immediately upon entry, starting a visit to the studio with an uplifting, positive and feel-good energy.

2nd: The U Salon

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

“Where the latest styles meet tradition. Our Barbers utilize techniques that have stood the test of time to create the Best Cuts around.” The team at Best Cuts Barber Shop offers services for men, women, and kids, including haircuts, beard trims, washes, hot towel shaves, and massages. One client writes, “Definitely recommend Best Cuts Barber Shop. Been going for several years now and have never been disappointed. Always friendly with great conversations. Great quality and great prices. You should check them out the next time you need a haircut.”

2nd: The Barber Bros. Hairstyling

3rd: The B Shop


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

Are you thinking of doing a powder pink or maybe a glitzy gold? Go to Oasis – they’ll nail it! 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. You belong here, you belong in luxury, you deserve pampering and excellence.” While you’re there, check out their facial, waxing, and eyelash extension services!

2nd: Spa Haven

3rd: Lucky Nails and Spa


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 of clean, cool, creative tattoos – and numerous five-star ratings to back it up. The following excerpt is only one of hundreds of glowing reviews for the shop. “Absolutely love Aces Ink! All the artists’ work is phenomenal and they are all very friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere in the shop is comfortable as well. [...]”

2nd: Skinfinity Tattoo Company

3rd: Angry Elephant

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