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Congrats to 90-plus people, places and things that we love right now. More than 2,100 ballots were cast and counted to compile this year’s compendium of best bets in Jacksonville. We asked our readers to vote in eight categories ranging from arts and culture to nightlife and bars. We salute those who garnered a “Best of Jacksonville” honor. For those who didn’t make the cut this year, there’s always next.

Arts & Culture

Planet Pottery Painting Studio (1108 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 543-1112) is the area’s Best Place to Get Crafty, where guests are encouraged to unleash their inner artist on unfinished pottery pieces. Each painted piece is glazed and fired to create a food-safe work of art that you take with you. Artists and art lovers […]

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Bars & Nightlife

Pull up a bar stool at the Best Happy Hour in town at European Street Cafe (four Jax locations), where two-for-one drink specials are offered from 2 to 7 PM every day. Enjoy the discount all weekend long at the Jacksonville Beach restaurant, and cheer on the Jags with happy hour prices from 10 AM […]

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Things to Do

Cosmic bowlers and experienced kingpins with league teams all frequent Beach Bowl (818 Beach Blvd., 249-9849). A full-service bar offers beer and liquor to lessen the pain of a gutter ball or to toast a Turkey, making it the Best Bowling and Beer spot in the city. And they throw in use of the cool shoes […]

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Beauty & Health

Colorful couture in the form of eyeshadows, lipsticks and eye-liners pack the shelves at MAC (Regency Square Mall, 805-8958; St. Johns Town Center, 564-4224; Avenues Mall, 538-0677). The area’s Best Makeup Seller has the expertise and all the products to bring every set of eyes, cheekbones and lips to life. Solé Spa (1112 Third St. S., […]

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Prom, weddings, black-tie dinners or whatever the occasion, the Best Affordable Party Dresses can be found at Dillard’s (various locations). Ahhh, remember the prom? Vintage-style bandeau tops, fun polka dots and classic solid-color board shorts are often found in the swimsuit sections of Target (various locations), whose shelves boast the Best Bathing Suits for Jacksonville’s (seemingly) […]

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Birthday, baby shower, wedding, anniversary—whatever the gift occasion, Things Very Special Stationers (5816 St. Augustine Rd., 733-4820) in Lakewood provides the Best Gift Wrapping. Wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbons and bows stand ready to adorn any package with a personal touch. Looking for stronger tires or a new chain or crank for your bike? Ride on […]

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Kid Stuff

It’s a proven fact that kids can survive on three basic food items—chicken fingers, French fries and cheese pizza. Apparently, when kids get a hankering for cheesy gooey goodness, they ask their parents to take them to Al’s Pizza (several First Coast locations), home to the Best Cheese Pizza. Functional strollers, stylish diaper bags, maternity […]

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Food & Dining

According to Jax Mag readers, Five Guys Burgers and Fries (several locations) serves up the Best Burgers. The quick-serve franchise keeps it simple—burgers, hot dogs, fries and drinks. Take a seat and listen for your number. You want cheese on that? Yes, please. Cinotti’s Bakery (1523 Penman Rd., 246-1728) is a Beaches institution that offers […]

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