These are the winners of SFGN's Best of Broward's Shopping.
Best Clothing & Best Adult Store - Pride Factory
850 NE 13th St,
Photo via Facebook.
Pride Factory is this year’s Best Clothing Store for the third time in a row, and has also won Best Adult Store (seven times).
According to Lori Deak, Vice President of the store, Pride Factory seeks out quality goods and “offers a wide variety in every department” such as adult toys, lube, non-leather harnesses and lots of sexy underwear. The store also offers beach and dancewear that come in shorts, tee-shirts, and tank tops, and even more underwear.
Like most businesses the shutdowns impacted Pride Factory.
“We were forced to close for two months,” she said. Deak made sure to use that time to do some remodeling.
“During those two months our landlord installed impact windows in the store,” she said. “We also changed a few things in the interior to freshen the space and updated our website,” she said. “Once we opened, we followed the guidelines for masks and social distancing. We still are using those to keep our customers and staff as safe as possible.”
Deak said the most popular clothing brand is their exclusive Addicted, which consists of fashion, gym, swim and underwear. But St33le is a very close second with their stretch shorts in a variety of colors and coordinating tanks.
“Our huge cock ring section is definitely the most popular area of the adult section,” she noted.
Runner-Up: Macy’s for Best Clothing Store. LeatherWerks for Best Adult Store.
Best Consignment - Decades Design Group
1500 NE 4th Ave.
2661 N Federal Hwy.
Photo via Facebook.
Decades Design Group has been in business for two decades — that’s partly why it’s so popular among SFGN readers. Another reason — it’s reasonable prices and a wide selection of furniture, lighting, and home décor.
The store layouts are easy to navigate and the prices are reasonable too. Most of the clientele who consign furniture are private homeowners and decorators.
While the pandemic forced many businesses to slow down, Decades was able to persevere.
“We’ve been lucky,” said co-owner Chaffi Schiaffino. “Because of the virus, people are focused on their homes.”
Being in the area for 20 years doesn’t hurt either.
“What keeps us going is longevity,” co-owner Jerry Marino said.
The N. Federal Hwy store really has something for everyone. The NE 4TH Avenue location has more of a mid-century vibe with mid-century modern and pre-owned newer modern furniture.
You can follow them on Instagram at @decadesfurniture.
Runner-Up: OddBalls Nifty Thrift
Best Art Gallery - Claudia Castillo Art Studio
2215 Wilton Dr.
Photo courtesy of Claudia Castillo.
Claudia Castillo has won the Best Gallery for the second year in a row.
In the summer of 2017, Castillo opened her Art studio at 2215 Wilton Drive.
The boutique gallery space, located in the heart of Wilton Manors, right on Wilton Drive across the street from Alibi’s, welcomes all and is brimming with handmade jewelry, metalwork, sculpture, artwork, and gifts.
Her studio and gallery space is always welcoming and open late into the evening. Her goal is to create an art incubator space where emerging artists can exhibit their work and grow their networks and gain visibility in the community. She invites new artists to display their work every month.
Runner-Up: Art Frenzie for Best Gallery. Co-owners, Bernadette Zizzo and Debbi Burke are always greeting customers and the curious folks that happen to stroll into the gallery and framing store with a giant smile.
Best Gift Store - To The Moon
2205 Wilton Drive
Photo via Facebook.
The owner of To The Moon, Antonio Dumas, is the Willy Wonka of Wilton Manors. This is the sixth year in the row winning Best Gift Store.
To The Moon boasts a dizzying array of nostalgic candies from one’s youth and kitschy, classical toys, robots and collectibles, all precariously placed on shelves.
This novelty store has a diverse collection of exotic international and domestic candies consisting of almost 100 types of chocolate covered items.
But the most popular item according to Dumas is the store’s homemade peanut butter cups.
“These are the creamiest cups you will ever taste,” he said, boasting. “We have customers from all over the globe stop by for them.”
Dumas also wanted people to know his candy kitchen, where much of the magic happens, is located in Pompano Beach.
Dumas’ personal favorite? Those would be the Triple dipped malted milk balls.
“Nothing compares,” he said.
Candy is clearly the focus of the shop, but they also have everything from unique Christmas ornaments to tin lunch boxes, X-rated cards – more than 15,000 eclectic items placed haphazardly throughout the store.
Dumas noted the most unique items include “our glass collection of ornaments from all over the world, covering the entire ceiling – all year long.”
If you’re feeling adventurous, grab a carbonated bacon-flavored drink. Or maybe you’re looking for cat butt magnets for your best friend?
To The Moon is a treasure trove of hard-to-find items like Dutch Wafers, British Crisps and Maltesers.
Runner-Up: Claudia Castillo’s Art Studio. Castillo’s has original pieces of artwork from local artists including metal sculptures, and handmade jewelry.
Best Thrift Store - Out of the Closet
2097 Wilton Drive
1785 East Sunrise Blvd.
Photo via Facebook.
Out of the Closet thrift stores are the Best Thrift Stores for the sixth year in a row.
How did COVID-19 affect their business?
According to José Vazquez, manager of the Wilton Manors store, “we closed our doors as soon as we were notified of the lockdown. AHF never laid off any staff and kept everyone on the payroll.”
Out of the Closet stores have since reopened.
“I have the confidence that by the end of the year we will have recovered from this lockdown,” Vazquez said.
Out of the Closet stores are now 30 years old. The goal, then and now, is to help fund the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
“When you shop [here] you’re directly helping people living with HIV. Ninety-six cents of every dollar collected goes directly to fund AHF’s HIV/AIDS programs and the new housing services, as well as on site pharmacies and free HIV testing,” he said. “This is where our various clients and customers get their medication, shop, donate, and get tested all in one place. They would be lost without us.”
To view the other winners, visit SFGN's Best of 2020 Winners page.