Here are the winners of SFGN's Best of Broward's Businesses for 2020.

Best Guesthouse & Best Spa - Cabanas Guesthouse and Spa 

2209 NE 26TH Street 

Fort Lauderdale 

TheCabanasGuesthouse.com

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More now than ever, there’s a need for us to have a sanctuary — a place to find relaxation and just disconnect from the stresses of everyday life. Cabanas Guesthouse is a place for both tourists and locals in the area.

The vibe at Cabanas is relaxed and laid back. The team is welcoming and friendly. The cool atmosphere around the pool and hot tub are what really appeal to guests.  The clean and well-maintained rooms are also a big draw.

The location doesn’t hurt either. Cabanas is conveniently located near the beach, Wilton Drive, and shopping in Fort Lauderdale.

Cabanas has won this category every year since 2015.

“The Cabanas Guesthouse is overjoyed and grateful for the outpouring of support we receive year after year,” co-owner John Dorry said. “What an honor. Our many improvements and friendly staff keep our guests coming back time after time. Stop by for a tour and meet our friendly staff and see the amazing grounds.”

Runner-Up: Grand Resort for Best Guesthouse and Best Spa.

– DR

Best Hair Salon - Buck & Beard 

815 NE 13th St. 

Fort Lauderdale 

BucknBeard.me

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There are hundreds of hair salons in South Florida, and no shortage of gay-friendly spots as well.

It makes the winner in this category all the more impressive when you consider the high-level competition.

Buck & Beard on Fort Lauderdale’s bustling 13th Street corridor came in tops for 2020.

“We know there are many places our LGBT community can go and that’s why we do our best to offer not just a haircut, but an experience,” Jose Lima, who has been with the businesses since 2016, said.

Navigating COVID-19 has been no small task for barbers and hairstylists as well, Lima said.

“We have learned to keep our heads up high … to appreciate each other and always make time to connect with our employees, customers, family and friends,” he said.

Runner-Up: Shout out to the venerable Dick’s Service Station in Oakland Park – a very close runner-up.

– DS

Best Pet Groomer - Wilton's Manor Doggie Daycare, Resort & Spa 

2155 N Dixie Hwy.  

Wilton Manors 

WiltonsManor.com

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Photo via Facebook.

Wilton's Manor Doggie Daycare, Resort & Spa has a reputation for treating your dog like it was their own.

It is the only company to win this category since its inception. It’s the consistent customer service that keeps both humans and dogs coming back. The words most people use to describe Wilton’s Manors Doggie Daycare are caring, kind, and attentive.

“We are honored to have won Best Pet Groomer for the 7th year in a row by the readers of SFGN,” owners Josh Meneses and Alan Aghazadian said. “We are truly humbled by the recognition by our loyal pet parents over the years, however the honor and recognition all belong to our amazing groomer of many years, Jodie Arrington.”

With more than 20 years of grooming experience combined with a certification in Reiki, Arrington’s calming demeanor is why so many dogs feel comfortable and safe with her.

“It's her love of animals that make the whole grooming experience as comfortable for each pup that makes the difference,” according to Meneses and Aghazadian.

Runner-Up: Bitches & Studs & Spa

– DR

Best Cleaning Company - Butlers In The Manor 

ButlersInTheManor.com

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In this reader’s choice category of Best Cleaning Company, Butlers in the Manor takes home the top prize. They won last year as well.

“I could not be more proud of the team we have assembled,” said Owner  Andrew Durning. “Quality is our number one priority. Trustworthy, professional and reliable, that’s us!”

Launched in 2011, Butlers In The Manor strives to provide professional residential cleanings, using a detailed checklist to ensure homes are thoroughly cleaned. Durning has been in the cleaning business for 29 years.

“My cleaning techs are trained with the number one training system in the country. We take our job very seriously,” he said. “We follow all CDC regulations to protect our clientele, as well as the employee. For me our cleaning techs are the most important client. The better employees are taken care of, the happier they are, and are more proud of what they do.”

Durning also believes in giving back. He offers free cleanings to cancer patients and their caregivers.

“I lost my husband of 20 years to cancer,” Durning said in 2019. “I know firsthand what the struggle is to keep everything under control.”

The company serves in Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, Victoria Park and Poinsettia Heights.

– KS

Best Bar, Bar for Bears, Bar Staff & Best Business Owner - Hunter’s Nightclub 

2232 Wilton Drive 

Wilton Manors 

HuntersFTLauderdale.com

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Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors is a perennial winner of SFGN’s Best Of. This year, Hunter’s won in several categories including Best Bar (for the sixth year in a row), Best Bar for Bears and Best Bar Staff. In addition, SFGN readers chose Hunter’s owner Mark Hunter the Best Business Owner. Meanwhile Hunter’s Posse won Best Virtual Group.

Hunters aims to provide “the ultimate quality and service. It is our goal to assure each and every patron of a thoroughly enjoyable entertainment experience. Our primary objective has always been ‘to get your spirits elevated.’”  

COVID-19 put a damper on Hunter’s success, as the club was forced to close for a couple of months. But Hunter’s survived the pandemic and returned to its former glory. 

At first the club was limited by the state’s insistence that it serves food, which led it to provide its patrons with a curated menu of dishes from nearby Wilton Manors eateries.  

As Mark Hunter told the Sun Sentinel’s Rod Stafford Hagwood, “when the restrictions meant you had to serve food in order to open, we went into that pool that we had already established and said to ourselves, ‘What is the best way to support the community and at the same time getting us open?"  

A month later Hunter’s was allowed to open as a straight (if you pardon the expression) nightclub though there are still restrictions. Patrons must wear a face mask, practice social distancing, and sit at a table to be served. 

Hunter’s patrons don’t seem to mind.  

In fact, they eagerly returned to their old watering hole. They came for such events as Fur Fridays, a magnet for the bear crowd. They came to enjoy the services of Hunters staff, which Hunter called “the heart of our establishment and are as passionate and responsible for your satisfaction as the owner.”  

And they came for the Mark Hunter, who never forgot a business owner’s obligation to the community that he serves. 

Runners-Up: The Pub takes runner-up for Best Bar; while he Eagle in Wilton Manors takes it for Best Bar for Bears. Claudia Castillo takes runner-up for Best Business Owner.

- JM


To view more winners, visit SFGN's Best of 2020 Winners page.


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