The South Lake Tablet, an online community news publication, recently received the Best of South Lake Award in the category of Digital /Print Publication. (see Best of South Lake Winners)

The South Lake Tablet is a family-owned business. The owners, Bill and Michelle, are long-time residents of south Lake County. They moved from NYC in 1973, Bill, a Local 3 Union Electrician and Michelle, an American Airlines employee. The couple wanted to raise their children in a small, family-oriented community.  In 1973, Clermont was a small town with a population of approximately 4,000.

They opened a small business in Clermont, Two Sons Cleaners. The name changed when they had their 3rd son.  Bill, eventually went into the publishing business with his sons Stephen, Michael and Patrick. Michelle worked for Lake County Schools and later, as a Walt Disney World Cast Member until retirement.

Since their move to Clermont, the Delaneys have been small business owners and understand the challenges of small businesses.

Michelle Delaney says that the “BEST OF” award was received at the perfect time! The recognition is invaluable. She is hoping to use the TABLET and the recognition as a vehicle to promote as many local businesses as possible.

Michelle explained, “COVID-19 virus lockdown is leaving our community confused and anxious. I want to make the community aware of the status of our local businesses and their efforts to keep their businesses open,  their employees working, and their customers’ needs met”.

Best of South Lake Winners Are:

Best Digital or Print Publication: South Lake Tablet
Best Local Printer: South Lake Quick Print
Best Local Signs & Graphics: Affordable Signs of Clermont, LLC
Best Promotional Products: Kyle Promotions
Best Web Design: Splash Social Marketing
Best Local Attraction: Citrus Tower
Best Local Entertainment: Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
Best Local Special Event to Attend: City of Clermont – Light Up Clermont
Best Major Theme Park: Walt Disney World Resort
Best Automotive Sales: Headquarter Honda
Best Automotive Services: Clermont Automotive & Tire Center
Best Architect: Powell Studio Architecture
Best Cleaning Services: Mighty Clean Cans
Best Photographer: Mango Tree Arts, LLC
Best Computer/IT Services & Repair: South Lake Computers
Best Air Conditioning & Heating: Kalos Services Inc.
Best Builder or Contractor: Schmid Construction, Inc.
Best Home Improvement Services: Mark’s Floors
Best Home Inspector: TLC Home Inspections
Best Education Services: Sylvan Learning Center of Clermont
Best Special Event Venue: Lake Catherine Farms
Best Event Rental Service: Bourbon & Bubbles, Inc
Best Assisted Living Community or Nursing Home: Crane’s View Lodge Assisted Living & Memory Care
Best Accountant or CPA: Denise Calderon Certified Public Accountant
Best Local Bank of Credit Union: Mainstreet Community Bank of Florida
Best Local Insurance Agency: State Farm Insurance – Heather Thies
Best Employee Benefits Provider: Florida Blue – Clermont
Best Local Mortgage Company: The Kristin Jamieson Team – Powered by Success Mortgage
Best Local Chiropractor: South Lake Wellness and Injury Center
Best Dentist or Orthodontist: Clermont Pediatric Dentistry
Best Local Gym: National Training Center
Best Health & Wellness Services: Quick Response Cryo
Best Local Spa: Clermont Herb Shoppe & Day Spa
Best Local Eye: Doctor Toppino Eye Care
Best Local Hotel or Resort: Home2 Suites
Best Local Hair Salon or Salon Service: Mark Douglas Hairdressing
Best Local Veterinary Services: All Care Animal Hospital
Best Local Pet Services: Pat the Dog Pet Boarding & Grooming
Best Residental Community: Trilogy by Shea Homes
Best Commercial Real Estate Agent/Agency: Keller Williams Elite Partners III Realty
Best Local Title Company: Metes & Bounds Title Company
Best Residential Realtor: Wheatley Realty Group
Best Local Breakfast Spot: Keke’s Breakfast Cafe
Best Place for Lunch on the Go: Chick-fil-A Clermont
Best Place for a Sit Down Lunch: Clermont Brewing Company
Best Place for Dinner: Root & Branch Bistro & Bar
Best Local Pizza: Calabria Ristorante & NY Style Pizza
Best Local Caterer: Cheeser’s Palace Cafe and Catering
Best Place for a Sweet Treat: Ritter’s Frozen Custard
Best Place for Drinks: Suncreek Brewery
Best Local Jeweler: The Village Goldsmith
Best Local Golf Course: Bella Collina Country Club
Best Specialty Sport Retail: DASH Sports
Best Place for a Burger: Five Guys
Best Place for Wings: Lake Minneola Inn & Tiki Bar
Best Place for BBQ: Uncle Kenny’s BBQ & Catering
Best Yoga Studio: YogaSix
Best Vacation Rental Homes: Swiss Vacation Houses
Best Local Engineer: Germana Engineering and Associates
Best Local Retail: Gray Collective Bridal

Congratulations to the winners!

“This is a difficult and uncertain time for the small business owner. They are flexible, courageous and determined to stay active and be of service to the South Lake Community”.  Her advice, “Shop Small Businesses when possible. Help those who serve you. Order out, and eat home”.

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Somewhere Out There, People Are watching a new day dawning, just like you. We are not alone.

Good Morning South Lake – April 2, 2020

Good Morning South Lake – Somewhere out there, people all over the world are viewing the amazing dawning of a new day. We are not alone…

Posted by South Lake Tablet on Thursday, April 2, 2020



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