In 2008, when Wingard Creative first opened for business, our goal was to work with the best clients in Jacksonville. We had no idea that only eight years later, our client list would be filled with our favorite restaurants, cultural institutions, business leaders, and insurers.

Last week, Jacksonville Magazine published its “Best in Jax” issue, and we were once again reminded how lucky we are to work with such high-caliber clients. The magazine pages were lined with past and present clients and friends – 23 in total. Some of our work for these companies has included one-off branding and design, while for others we have provided long-term web development, marketing, PR, and social media management services.

Regardless of what we’ve done for each client, we are so proud to have contributed in some small way to their becoming the “Best in Jax.” Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Best in Jax:

Best New Restaurant: Sbraga & Company

Best Local Craft Brew: Intuition Ale Works

Best BBQ: Mojo BBQ

Best Gourmet Burger: M Shack

Best Brunch: Orsay

Best Lunch: French Pantry

Best Shrimp & Grits: Black Sheep

Best Coffee Shop: Bold Bean Coffee Roasters

Best Wine List: Ovinté

Best Salon: Hawthorn

Best Kids Menu: Mellow Mushroom

Best Museum: The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Best Park for a Picnic: Memorial Park

Best in Jax — Beaches:

Best Happy Hour: Mellow Mushroom

Best in Jax — San Marco:

Best Date Night: Bistro Aix

Best Happy Hour: Matthew’s

Best Outdoor Dining: Taverna

Best Kids Activity: MOSH

Best in Jax — Downtown:

Best Happy Hour: Uptown Kitchen + Bar

Best Outdoor Dining: The Candy Apple Café

Best in Jax — Riverside/Avondale/Brooklyn

Best Coffee Shop: Bold Bean Coffee Roasters

Best Date Night: HOBNOB

Best Happy Hour: Burrito Gallery

Best Outdoor Dining: Black Sheep

Best Kids Activity: Memorial Park

Best in Jax — Southside:

Best Date Night: Ovinté

Best Outdoor Dining: Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails

Best Takeout: Mellow Mushroom

Best Pet Boarding: Pet Paradise