Here are SFGN's "Best of 2019" winners in the Business category in Broward County.
3528 NE 12th Ave.
What do you get when you combine a gas station and hair? A trendy and hip full service barber shop and hair salon, or more specifically Dick’s Service Station in Oakland Park.
Those two concepts at first might not seem to go well together, but Dick’s pulls it together and makes it work.
“We wanted a place that could be comfortable for guys to come into,” said co-owner Christian Santiago. “Salons, feel uncomfortable, maybe too feminine or too fancy.”
Dick’s has won Best Hair Salon every year since opening – this is their fourth award. In addition this year one of the barber’s Darren was voted in as Best Hair Stylist.
Santiago and his husband Eric McKnight started the business in 2016.
Their staff at the shop are a part of the “pit crew.” The designation is because the shop is modeled to look like an old fashioned 1950s vintage service station with antiques and artifacts from that era.
Services range from skin fades to coloring, waxing, body trimming, beard trimming and more. Much of the clientele is LGBT, a group the duo works to stay close with.
But for Santiago and McKnight it’s not just about hair. It’s also about community.
“We are extremely involved. We support a lot of different charities that are local and community based within Oakland Park and Wilton Manors,” Santiago said. “We just want to thank community for their support. And for the community standing behind us and helping us make this a very successful shop.”
2209 N.E. 26th Street
For the fifth year in a row, readers of SFGN awarded Best Spa to Cabanas Spa.
Located in Wilton Manors, Cabanas Spa offers a wide array of packages and treatments from massages and facials to manicures and pedicures.
Chaz, a spa employee said “Cabanas Spa is your own get away from this busy world, and is a destination for those who need a break.”
They offer packages that bundle most treatments, and all spa treatments include an hour pass for the steam room, pools and other amenities at Cabanas.
Carlos Rodriguez, the new owner of Cabanas Day Spa wanted to thank everyone recognizing the Spa as an important part of the community. He credits their success to having a staff that loves what they do. Cabanas Spa will continue to give the best service possible, and build relationships both near and far.
Next time you need a little you-time think of your local get away and make a reservation for the Cabanas Day Spa.
2209 N.E. 26th Street
For the fifth year in a row, the Cabanas has won Best Guesthouse.
John Dorry the owner of Cabanas credits his success to having the friendliest staff, being in the most amazing location, and the having best men’s amenities in Wilton Manors.
The guesthouse’s close proximity to Wilton Manors makes it an ideal spot for vacationers. It’s a tropical setting with heated saltwater pools, 10-man hot tub, aromatherapy steam room, and canal access for kayakers and paddle-boarders.
Guests can relax in an all-male, clothing optional environment. Locals can purchase day passes and make appointments for massages or pedicures at the spa.
Tripadvisor awarded Cabanas its Certificate of Excellence in 2015.
There are 18 rooms ranging from one and two bedroom suites to standard rooms with queen and king size beds. Guests enjoy a continental breakfast, DVD library, secured off-street parking and high-speed internet access.
On holidays Cabanas goes all out with a full barbecue and DJ. Cabanas will be having a festive New Years’ Eve celebration
Additionally the Cabanas Spa won for Best Spa.
2155 N Dixie Hwy,
If consistency is an accurate marker of success, then Alan Aghazadian and Josh Meneses have it in spades.
The owners of Wilton’s Manor Doggie Day Care have won “Best Pet Groomer” for six years running.
“It’s truly an honor that we never take for granted,” Aghazadian said.
Add humbleness to their recipe of success.
“We honestly wouldn’t be where we are today if not for our amazing groomer, Jodie Arrington. She has worked tirelessly for over six years [and] brings her extensive knowledge in different breeds and all their specific needs for a healthy and great looking groom,” he said.
The business opened in Wilton Manors in 2011.
“As for our countless customers and friends that have all taken the time out to vote for us, we couldn’t be more grateful. We strive to be better than we were last year. Woof!” Aghazadian said.
Place to Workout
Crunch wins again – 5 times now for Best Place to Work Out. Our readers clearly love the gym.
Crunch’s moral principal that motivates individuals to live a healthy lifestyle, being a judgment free zone, and exercise in a safe all-inclusive environment helped contribute to their success.
Crunch openly supports the LGBT community, and participates nationally in pride marches.
Locally they have a full gym, with instruction just minutes from Wilton Drive.
Memberships that cost as low at $10 per month also make going to the gym affordable to anyone who wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Slow Burn Theatre Co.’s 10-year rise has been exactly that—a slow, calculated burn.
The company’s founders, Patrick Fitzwater and Matthew Korinko, started small in a high school auditorium in West Boca Raton, tackling critically-acclaimed, but commercially unsuccessful musicals.
The awards started coming and with them, the exciting opportunity to move to the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale as a resident company four years ago. That was a risky decision for the plucky company, but it paid off.
Audiences are regularly treated to high quality, large cast Broadway musicals, but the spirit of that hopeful start-up in a modest school auditorium is never lost in the glitz and glamour of the performing arts center.
Last season, the company took top honors at the Carbonell Awards for a high energy production of “Memphis” and the 2019-20 10th anniversary season is already off to a big start with productions of “Shrek the Musical” and “A Christmas Story.”
201 SW 5th Ave,
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA) remains the cultural center of Fort Lauderdale. With a range of performances including Hamilton, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables to the Hip Hop Nutcracker, Trisha Yearwood, and much more, this is the place to see top entertainment in Broward County.
“The Broward Center does an amazing job of bringing incredible shows to our area,” says theatergoer Jessica Barnes. “From the sound system to the knowledgeable ushers, BCPA is my favorite destination for experiencing live performances.”
If you go, you should know that shows typically start on time and parking is convenient. There are plenty of places to dine in the area if you want to grab a bite before a show.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. The Parker Playhouse, located in Holiday Park at 707 N.E. Eighth Street in Fort Lauderdale, is an affiliated venue of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
For more information and a list of upcoming events and performances, visit .
To The Moon
2205 Wilton Dr,
To the Moon won in two categories: Best Gift Store and Best Business. When you first walk into the store, you notice that every square inch is filled with items. Most items measure less than three inches in height.
The large number of small items looks like a cleaning nightmare, but the owner, Antonio Dumas said, “It moves so fast that that it doesn’t really have time to get filthy. We turn merchandise very quickly.”
Dumas has an infectious enthusiasm for what he sells. He exclaimed, “There are so many wonderful products out there that I want to buy everything. I want people to see everything that I think is wonderful. My challenge is to make it fit to make it work keeping it all organized.” To The Moon caries over 20,000 different items in a 1,200 square foot space.
To The Moon has a very large and loyal customer base so its no wonder To The Moon also won Best Business. Plus you’d be hard pressed to find any store as special and unique as this tucked away gift shop.
About four months ago, someone burglarized the store. Dumas described the outpouring from the community as just amazing. The store had videos of the burglary. Their customers shared those videos. According to Dumas, they went viral. That’s another measure of community support.
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