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Voting underway for Chamber’s ‘Good ‘Burger’ awards

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Residents have until August 21 to vote for their favorite businesses, leaders, hangouts and restaurants. The 2015 Good ‘Burger awards are currently underway.

Categories this year include Arts and Culture, Eats and Treats, Hot Spots and Hangouts, Community Conscious, Cool companies – small, medium and large – and the “Most Valuable ‘Burger.’”

Among those nominated for the Chamber-hosted contest’s top honor are St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, entrepreneur Bill Edwards and Chief of Police Anthony Holloway. Studio@620’s Bob Devin Jones, Eckerd College President Donald Eastman, Chief’s Creole Café owner Elihu Brayboy, Working Women of Tampa Bay’s Jessica Rivelli, St. Pete arts guru John Collins, St. Pete Marketing supervisor Kim Tyre, Keep St. Pete Local’s Olga Bof and restaurateur Steve Westphal were also nominated for Most Valuable Burger.

Last year’s MVB went to All Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Jonathan M. Ellen. The year before that for the inaugural Good ‘Burger awards, HSN CEO Mindy Grossman took the top honor.

Some local “eats and treats” nominated include:

  • Bella Brava
  • Central Avenue Oyster Bay
  • Chief’s Creole Café
  • Harold Seltzers Steakhouse
  • La V – Vietnamese Fusion
  • Lucky Dill
  • Noble Crust
  • Ricky P’s Orleans Bistro
  • Sylvia’s
  • The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge
  • theAvenue

Hot Spots and Hangouts” nominees are:

  • 3 Daughters Brewing
  • Al Lang Field – Tampa Bay Rowdies
  • First Night
  • Green Bench Brewing Co.
  • Jannus Live
  • Mandarin Hide
  • Shuffleboard Club
  • Sundial
  • The Ale & the Witch
  • The Canopy
  • Tradewinds Island Resort

Arts and Culture hopefuls are:

  • American Stage Theater Company
  • Duncan McClellan Gallery
  • Florida CraftArt
  • Florida Holocaust Museum
  • freeFall Theater Company
  • Great Explorations Children’s Museum
  • Morean Arts Center
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • St. Petersburg Museum of History
  • Studio@620

Community Conscious nominees include:

  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg
  • Edible Peace Patch
  • Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County
  • Metro Wellness Community Center
  • NE Exchange Club
  • Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg
  • St. Pete Free Clinic
  • St. Pete Preservation
  • St. Pete Pride
  • Suncoast Center
  • The James B. Sanderlin Center
  • USF St. Petersburg

Cool Companies: Small (fewer than 10 employees)

  • ActionCOACH Tampa Bay
  • Banana’s Music
  • Bayprint
  • Cerulean Blu
  • Furnish Me Vintage
  • Gush Juice
  • I Love the ‘Burg
  • LED ProServices
  • St. PetersBARK!
  • The ElectricMarina Inc.
  • The Iron Yard
  • The Shave Cave
  • Wannemacher Jensen Architects

Cool Companies: Medium (11-50 employees)

  • Dermazone Solutions
  • Eagle Datagistics
  • Hollander Hotel
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Kahwa Coffee
  • Lumastream
  • Paradigm Learning
  • Pinellas County Urban League
  • Pure Natural Nail Salon
  • Symphoni
  • Tampa Bay Club Sport
  • The Palladium
  • The Poynter Institute

Cool Companies: Large (more than 51 employees)

  • ASI
  • Bankers Financial
  • Bright House Networks Business Solutions
  • C1 Bank
  • Fidelity Information Services
  • Genius Central Systems
  • Great Bay Distributors
  • HSN
  • Jabil
  • Kobie Marketing
  • Raymond James
  • SRI International
  • Anthony’s Hospital
  • USAmeribank
  • Valpak

The nominees were chosen by a committee of volunteers with the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. They chose 97 total nominees selected out of suggestions from the more than 1,000 chamber members.

“We’d like to think of our nominations as a ‘love note’ from the Chamber on behalf of citizens of St. Pete,” the contest’s web page reads.

Winners will be announced September 3 at Jannus Live from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $10 if bought online before August 21. After that they’re $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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