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WE TALLY. YOU DECIDE. The Billings Gazette Tells the World. 2015 Readers’ Choice categories .................................................... pages 3

Sample of last year’s winners*

People, Places and Fun ............... pages 4-6 Business & Shopping .................pages 7-12 Food, Drink & Entertainment .... pages 13-16

It’s time to nominate your favorite local businesses, people and activities for the 2015 Billings Gazette Readers’ Choice Awards. Go to now through Saturday, July 25 to nominate your favorites. Registered users may nominate in each category once per day.

Readers’ Choice Launch is a special advertising section of The Billings Gazette.

Gener al Manager Dave Worstell

Special Sections Coordinator Linsay Foley

Content Editors Brittany Cremer Brenda Maas Allyn Hulteng

Section Designer Christine Cleveland *Not all 2014 winners are featured in this publication.


The Billings Gazette will tally the results, and the top nominees in each category move on to the official Readers’ Choice ballot. Voting will be open Monday, August 3 through Sunday, August 16 on Registered users may vote in each category once per day. The 2015 Readers’ Choice winners will be announced in a special publication on Saturday, October 24 in The Billings Gazette.

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Accountant Auto Mechanic Chiropractor Coach Hair Stylist Insurance Agent Interior Decorator Massage Therapist Pedicurist Photographer Portrait Photographer Real Estate Agent

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Auto Parts Store Automotive Service Billiards Store Boat Dealer Bottled Water Supplier Bridal Store Car Dealer - New Car Dealer - Preowned Carpet Cleaner Caterer Children’s Consignment Store Children’s Photo Studio Clothing Boutique Clothing Store - Men’s Clothing Store Women’s Computer Repair Shop Consignment/Used Clothing Store Convenience Store Cowboy/Cowgirl boots Craft Store Custom Framing Store Day Spa Service Dental Practice Department Store Drugstore Dry Cleaners Electrical Contractor

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People Insur ance Agent

Roger Daniel, Roger L. Daniel Insurance Agency, Inc. 2047 Broadwater Ave. Roger Daniel believes in commitment—to his family, his clients and his community. In addition to offering quality products with stellar service, he continues to invest in his hometown to ensure a continued quality of life here in Billings. “Family and community are at the heart of everything we do,” Daniel noted. With more than 300 different products, including annuities, investments, insurance for home, auto, business, life and disability, the agency provides solutions for their clients. For example, Daniel offers a full suite of options and supplements to Medicare insurance. Daniel also promotes being an active, positive element of his community through numerous non-profit affiliations and youth programs in Yellowstone County.

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Roger Daniel of Roger L. Daniel Insurance Agency, Inc. was the 2014 Readers’ Choice winner for best insurance agent.


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Theresa Hopkins, The Massage Company 511 N. 30th St.

Nurturing is in Theresa Hopkin’s blood. Although she originally planned to be a nurse, Hopkins turned to massage therapy because she could help people improve how they feel more quickly. “With massage therapy, you can see results so much faster,” she said, “plus it works so well as a preventative strategy. It’s more an active instead of reactive treatment.” Hopkins has honed her skills for the past eight years, working in conjunction with a local chiropractor for nearly three years. In her downtown location at The Massage Company, Hopkins sees downtown workers but notes that the central location is easily accessible to all who live in or visit Billings. She specializes in therapeutic massage including deep-tissue, hot stone, restorative, Swedish, sports and maternity techniques. Hopkins’ goal is simple: for her client to leave her practice feeling vastly better than upon arrival. Voters agree that is true.

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PLACES & FUN Bowling Center Sunset Bowl 1625 Central Ave.

Strike! It’s easy to see why customers flock to Sunset Bowl to celebrate one of America’s favorite pastimes—bowling. A friendly, clean atmosphere with comfortable amenities, Sunset Bowl offers 24 full-service lanes (and bumpers for the kids) snack bar, lounge, arcade games and pinball. Sunset distinguishes itself from the competition by “paying attention to customers’ needs” said manager Jeanne Moses. Open for business since 1955, Moses said bowling is as popular as it’s ever been—partly due to the ageless quality of the lifelong hobby. “We get seniors, kids, families league players and everyone in between,” she said. League play for juniors, men and women is also offered. Moses said she’d like to thank Sunset Bowl’s following of loyal customers and league players. “We’re a fun center,” she said. “Come and enjoy!”

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Fitness Center

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Granite Health & Fitness 3838 Avenue B 1323 Main St.

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“Your life, your gym.” That is the mantra for the talented team of fitness professionals at Granite Health and Fitness. “People lead busy lives, and we pride ourselves on offering a variety of programs, classes and equipment to fit their needs,” said owner and general manager, Shara Ford. “We also stay current on all the science that backs up fitness.” This science includes certifications in proper exercise form, technique and nutrition— an approach that Ford says helps keep clients safe and sustains long-term success. Jen Thompson, program director for Granite, said she and her staff are passionate about helping clients reach their goals. “Everyone is in a different phase on their fitness journey,” Thompson said. “It’s so rewarding to be a part of that and to help clients see results and reach their goals.” Known for their high-intensity group classes like Les Mills Body Pump, CX works, body combat and the GRIT program, Granite also features more low-impact options like yoga, Pilates and aquatics. “We’re a family gym,” Ford said, emphasizing that at Granite, there’s truly an activity for everyone. Granite also has on-site daycare for the little ones and a preschool at their West End location. Flexibility, paired with a state-of-the-art approach to health and fitness has distinguished Granite from its peers. With locations in the Billings’ Heights and West End, Granite continues to offer high-quality service and convenience to its customers. “We want to thank both our talented, dedicated staff and fantastic customers,” Ford said. “We’re here to serve you.”

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Besides its beautiful architecture and great location, there is just something very special about the Billings Depot. When guests walk inside, they immediately feel a part of the amazing history. “When our brides and grooms begin their happily ever after here, their story becomes part of our story. We love that,” said Depot Executive Director, Jennifer Mercer. With its vaulted ceiling, Roman columns and signature arched window, the grand “Passenger Station” has an elegant feel that envelops guests. The “Baggage Room” is the larger, reception-style room. This high-ceilinged space is the perfect “blank slate” that can be transformed into something unique and special for every bride’s wedding day, as well as other community celebrations. No two weddings look alike, which is part of the charm of this space. Able to accommodate up to 300 guests, the Depot even offers brides a free in-depth wedding budget consultation, giving brides a great start in the overall planning of their special day. Call now to schedule a free bridal consultation and learn how the Billings Depot is the perfect place to create memories and “Reserve Your Space in History.”

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BalanceDiet 1025 Shiloh Crossing Blvd. Ste. 2 Toni Kramer is passionate about women’s health. As owner of BalanceDiet, Kramer helps women map out their weight loss success by using an integrated approach. “Working out is important, yes, but we sometimes forget that we need to care for our bodies with proper rest and nutrition the other 23 hours in the day.” That’s where BalanceDiet comes in. Kramer’s staff of professionals evaluates each client individually and sets up a customized fitness and nutrition plan—allowing for real-life eating situations using restaurant and grocery store food. “We teach the ladies not only how to lose weight, but how to maintain it,” she said. Kramer said she suspects that they’ve had so much success with their approach because the environment at BalanceDiet is incredibly supportive and non-judgmental. Additionally, clients will be pleased to know they won’t have to travel to two separate venues for workouts and nutrition consultations. “It’s here, all under one roof,” Kramer said. “I have met the most amazing women and feel honored to have been a part of their fitness journey,” Kramer said. “Their strength empowers me, and I couldn’t have done any of this without them and the support of my talented and dedicated staff.”


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BUSINESS & SHOPPING Air/Heating Contr actor Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning 9934 Interstate 90 Frontage Rd.

Customer service, great employees and the best products have resulted in Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning’s sixth consecutive Readers’ Choice award. This secondgeneration, family-owned business is in its 31st year serving Billings and the surrounding areas. “We treat our customers like family,” said owners Jeff and Tony Scherr, who also believe that their greatest asset is their employees. “We truly have the best crew. From the installers, service technicians and office staff to the managers. Without these great people and their skills, our customers would not get the level of service that we provide.” Their service includes installation of complete heating and cooling systems, repair and maintenance of existing systems and also replacement of older, inefficient units to higher efficiency products. They offer Rheem and Armstrong heating and cooling products. In addition, Comfort Heating is an exclusive Mitsubishi Diamond dealer, offering the very best in ductless heating and cooling systems. These non-traditional systems are popular due to their efficiency and versatility, capable of heating or cooling just one room or an entire house. In terms of accessories, Comfort Heating uses their extensive training to offer customers humidifiers, electronic air cleaners and thermostats (including wireless thermostats that allow for Internet connectivity.) You can control the temperature in your home from anywhere in the world. But no matter the products they sell or how well they repair and maintain equipment, the number-one priority is their customers. “Customers make a business,” notes Jeff Scherr, “Without them, being in business is pointless.”

Antique Store

Yesteryears Antique Mall 102 N. 29th St. Colleen Hunsaker knows all about antiques and collectables. The owner/operator of Yesteryears Antique Mall grew up helping her grandparents run a general store for 60 years. “The value of everyday items just got in my blood,” she says. Although the mall has been open since 2005, it has expanded seven times and now features 65 dealer spaces and more than 100 consigners along with a new coffee kiosk. “Our inventory changes every single day,”Hunsaker notes. “We do everything from the turn-of-the-century to the 1960s and tons of collectables.” Hunsaker also has an expansive selection of furniture, household furnishings, glassware, pottery, home décor, jewelry, baseball cards, cowboy paraphernalia, advertising signage and the list goes on. “If someone collects something, we have it,” she said.

Bottled/Specialty Water American Water Technologies 134 Regal St.

Crisp. Cool. Refreshing. American Water Technologies is in the business of making these words a tangible reality. Specializing in home and office delivery of bottled water in addition to other water treatment options, American Water Technologies has been a Billings staple since 1961. “Our main goal is to give customers options when it comes to water treatment solutions,” said Chad Hilario, office manager at American Water Technologies. “All it takes is a consultation to figure out the best water system to fit your needs.” American Water Technologies bottles around 1,000 five-gallon bottles per day at

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their Regal Street location, but they handle more than just bottling. American provides water for local dialysis equipment and offers brine reclamation Moms 2-B and Precious Seconds systems for both residential and commercial water softening systems, among many other services within a 60-mile radius of Billings. 1005 24th St. W. #5 The team at American Water can assist with installing whole-home filtration systems, reverse osmosis systems and water softeners. It’s a fact of life. Plus, it’s also the motto of the 2014 winner of the Readers’ Choice Some systems can even be rented at affordable rates. children’s consignment store: Kids grow… their clothes don’t. Hilario credits the dedicated team and loyal customer base for the business’ success. That is the motto owner Dawn Ness came up with when she opened Moms 2-B then “We want to extend a big thanks to our customers for nominating us. We greatly Precious Seconds 22 years ago. appreciate your support.” “It’s smart to shop consignment stores, especially for growing children,” Ness said. “Our customers love bringing in their barely-used, outgrown items and trading up.” Moms 2-B and Precious Seconds gives KIDS KASH (in-store credit) or cash for quality outgrown maternity clothes, children’s fashions, baby equipment and more. They are still doing monthly drawings for $20, $50 and $100 in KIDS KASH. Hertz Used Car Sales Ness would like to take this opportunity to thank her loyal following of customers 2851 King Ave. W. and their families. “It’s our customers who have given us longevity in the community,” she said. “We It’s not a coincidence. thank you and look forward to watching another generation grow at Moms 2-B and PreIt’s a testament to how much Hertz Car Sales cares about its customers. cious Seconds.” Winning a Billings Gazette Readers’ Choice Award 10 years in a row evidences the company’s commitment to integrity and superior customer service. “It’s simple, really,” said general manager Keith McNally. “We are honest and take care of people, operating by the Golden Rule.” Apricot Lane Boutique Driven by three core principles—honesty, integrity and trust—Hertz is known for its low-stress, no-pressure sales approach. Hertz urges customers to make the right pick 1603 Grand Ave. Ste. 100 and not a hasty one. Friendly and trained staff is at-the-ready to answer any questions you might have, and customers can always expect a fair deal. In era of big box stores and bargain bin shopping, one thing gets lost in the experiHertz carries a variety of vehicle makes, models and types but can also pull inventory from five different stores. McNally opened the Billings store in 2003 and since then ence—a personalized touch and customer care. “At Apricot Lane, it’s less about the clothes and more about the shopping experihas experienced very little staff turnover—in fact, he often buys lunch for his employence,” said owner Michelle Dowler. “We personally get to know each of our customers ees and points out what they are doing right. In addition, he attempts to meet each and style them so they leave feeling even better about themselves.” and every customer at some point during the sales process. Dowler credits her talented, personable staff with the boutique’s continued success. Those simple details create a dignified, trusting relationship that works. “I have a great core group of people working here,” Dowler said. “We’re less like a staff and more like a big family.” Several of the same employees have been at Apricot Lane since its opening four years ago, and the team strives to accentuate the best features of each customer. “Our favorite feedback from customers is when we hear ‘I would have never tried that on by myself, but I love it,’” Dowler said. Dispelling the notion that only women in their 20s or 30s can shop at Apricot Lane, Family, Cosmetic, Implants, Sedation Orthodontics Dowler said she carries inventory for all ages, sizes and budgets. “We carry shirts that are $19 to dresses that are $250,” she said. “We’ve definitely Billings Gazette Readers’ Choice Award Nomination Runs June 28th - July 25th got something for everyone.”

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Clothing Store—Men’s Jasons Clothing for Men 2564 King Ave. W.

Since 1936, four generations of the Alweis family has been making Billings gents just a little more dapper by providing personally selected and high-quality merchandise. Owner Sheldon Alweis enjoys working one-on-one with clients. “We present them options and style to achieve personalized looks, emphasizing fit and feel,”Alweis said. Offering a wide range of inventory—suits, sport coats, blazers, slacks, sweaters, soft knits, denims, shoes and more—Alweis encourages newcomers to come by Jasons to discover the newest items. Alweis said that his favorite part about owning a clothing store is “helping a customer find the perfect outfit and seeing them smile as they leave Jasons.” Knowing they will enjoy wearing their newly-purchased items is the icing on the cake.

“It’s about the needs of the shopper,” Johnson said. “I want to help them and if it means sending them to a competitor, I’m glad to do it.” Johnson and her team work to create an unforgettable shopping experience and want their customers to leave feeling better than when they arrived. More than any-

thing, she and her staff strive to ensure that every visit to Neecee’s is an enjoyable one, whether you leave with one of their shopping bags or not. Johnson credits her kind, passionate staff and trendsetting mindset to the store’s continued success.

Clothing Store—Women’s Neecee’s 2821 2nd Ave. N. 1027 Shiloh Crossing Blvd.

The clothing store responsible for making the term “outfitting” a verb is now twice as good with two locations. Neecee’s flagship store is located in downtown Billings and their newest location is nestled in the Shops at Shiloh Crossing on Billing’s West End. Neecee’s owner, Denice Johnson, and her staff absolutely love helping customers discover their perfect look. Neecee’s will always have you covered with great apparel from Spain to terrific footwear from England. They work hard to find the global trends you will love without having to leave Billings. Neecee’s has become known for their unique jewelry and has devoted extra space at the Shiloh location to have more variety for your enjoyment. They continue to carry fun extras like handbags, socks, scarves and more. Be sure to check out their new gift and home décor items as well as Neecee’s custom body care line. Delightful fragrances infused into amazing shea butter lotions and sugar scrubs. Neecee’s employees know there’s a multitude of choices when it comes to women’s fashion. And if Neecee’s doesn’t carry what you’re looking for, they’ll help you find it elsewhere.

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Offering a variety of home décor, accessories, furniture, lamps, pillows, furnishings and of course, frames, Frame Hut & Gallery is your one-stop-shop for your home and office walls. Store owner Helen Tolliver is proud to offer custom framing, artwork and a suite of other home décor options to her customers. “Our mantra is ‘bring it, frame it, love it,’” she said. “We love bringing people smiles and having a hand in helping customers showcase something they treasure.” It is Frame Hut’s customer-centric approach to sales

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Flooring Store Carpet One 505 S. 24th St. W.

When Randy Mostad started at Carpet One, teal green carpet was en vogue. Twenty years later, the business owner said that as time has ebbed on and styles continue to evolve, one thing remains consistent at Carpet One. “It’s our commitment to our clients,” Mostad said. “Our mantra is ‘any job worth doing is worth doing well,’” he said. This encompasses the smallest of bathroom projects to whole-home floor-scapes. “Whatever job we are focused on is the most important job that day, and we want our customers to feel that,” Mostad said. Featuring a wide range of flooring options from hardwood to tile, carpet and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT), Carpet One has broadened its merchandise scope in response to customer needs and wants. “Twenty years ago, flooring sales was mostly carpeting with some hardwood and some tile,” Mostad said. “Now, sales have shifted to about 60 percent hard surface (hardwood, LVT, tile) and 40 percent carpet.” Variety isn’t the only selling point for customers browsing at Carpet One.

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“We’re perfectionists when it comes to the installation process,” Mostad said. When technicians remove old carpet or flooring, they meticulously clean floors with a HEPA-vac. Next, the floor is sprayed and sealed with an antimicrobial layer that repels dust, pollen and eliminates pet odor. “When the flooring is down, you have a brand new room,” Mostad said. Mostad wants to extend thanks to his talented staff, who he said exemplifies the highest levels of integrity. Additionally, Mostad wants to graciously thank his customers and those who voted for Carpet One. “I don’t know how to quite put into words the amount of appreciation we feel,” he said. “Thank you, so much, for trusting us and believing in us.”

Health Food Store Good Earth Market 3024 2nd Ave. N.

Good Earth Market (GEM) Co-op is a major supporter of the Billings community. Opened in 1994, this landmark cooperative strives to provide healthy grocery, household and personal goods, as well as a wide selection of local meats, produce and a full service deli. Most recently, the community requested that they carry more locally-grown and made goods that are sustainable. GEM responded by bringing in hundreds of goods from more than 130 local producers. In fact, 25 percent of what GEM carries comes from Montana and northern Wyoming. It is due to this awesome customer loyalty that helped earn GEM the Readers’ Choice Award for the last four years. The co-op also offers free workshops about healthy lifestyle choices, as well as a discount to co-op members, although customers don’t need to be a member to shop at GEM. Everyone is welcome!

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Home Furnishing Store Ashley Furniture Homestore 2914 Millennium Circle

With several newcomers to the home furnishing market the past few years, Ashley Furniture has not waivered as the Readers’ Choice pick for best Home Furnishing Store—an accolade general manager Travis Brownell is proud of. Since 1999, Ashley Furniture has been offering high-quality furniture and home décor with service to match. Stylistically, Brownell said customers are still very interested in purchasing sectionals but are also more likely to purchase pops of accent furniture like a unique coffee table or accent chair. Ashley emphasizes taking care of the customer before and after the sale, Brownell said, which is perhaps why the business has so many repeat customers. Brownell credits the store’s knowledgeable and experienced staff with much of the business’s success. Nationally, Ashley Furniture is the largest manufacturer and retailer of home furniture. Locally, Brownell and his team are able to provide personal one-on-one service while passing along selection and savings to the customer.

Optical Store

Barnett Opticians 2203 Broadwater Ave. Large, multi-colored and cat-eyed optical frames are making a comeback. Yet, the right eyewear at the right time makes a world of difference. Syl Schied, owner of Barnett Opticians, knows this is true. In Billings since 1952, Schied and the expert staff at Barnett Opticians offer the latest technology and the best choices from prescription sunglasses, safety glasses to sports goggles. Ultra-thin, non-glare, high-definition digital lenses give vision a “wow” factor.

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“Truly, you can see the difference. There’s nothing in eye care that we cannot do,” Schied said. But, the best part is matching clients to the right combination of eyewear for their lifestyle and vision, he added. As a nine-time Readers’ Choice winner, there’s no doubt that Barnett Opticians knows eyewear.

sales professionals make sure you leave satisfied with your selection. Skip King and Bob Hansen are honored to have been voted Readers’ Choice for Best Paint Store 2014. “I want to thank our customers for voting for us, and also our valued sales associates – we couldn’t do it without them,” said King.

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Ace Hardware King’s Ace Hardware: 1551 Zimmerman Trail 2264 Central Ave. 4170 State Ave. Heights Ace Hardware: 1547 Main St. Laurel Ace Hardware: 415 SE 4th St. Most know Ace as the helpful place. But there’s no doubt it is also the “answer place.” With four familyowned Ace Hardware stores in Billings plus one in Laurel, chances are there’s one in your neighborhood. “People come to us for three reasons,” said owner Skip King, “We’re convenient, we have a very knowledgeable staff and we carry quality products.” Ace carries three brands of high-quality paint including Benjamin Moore, Valspar and Royal – Ace’s private label. They also have all the sundries related to any painting project. Plus, they have unbelievable expertise. Their color-matching is second-to-none, and veteran

Ace has the answer. They are the go-to guys for your power tool needs—lawnmowers and trimmers, chainsaws and snow blowers. From regular service and repair, they even offer a pick-up and delivery service in the city limits. Ace has the advantage of being small enough to be customer-oriented, but is innovative enough to offer topof-the-line merchandise at fair prices—with expertise to match. Skip King, an Ace owner since 1987 added, “We have all the hard-to-find items and services—all with convenience, genuinely friendly service and knowledgeable help. That’s what we do.”

Ace Hardware King’s Ace Hardware: 1551 Zimmerman Trail 2264 Central Ave. 4170 State Ave. Heights Ace Hardware: 1547 Main St. Laurel Ace Hardware: 415 SE 4th St.

Vacuum Store

Stuart’s House of Vacuums 1804 Grand Ave.

It’s that time of year again. Fall is approaching and winter is right around the corner. After last year this may be the time to finally purchase a new snow blower. “We have a huge selection of snow blowers and all types of power equipment,” noted owner Skip King. “Plus we carry quality brands like Honda, Toro and Craftsman.” For those who need to have their power equipment serviced, the experts at Ace can get you taken care of. “All of our repair and service techs are factorycertified, and we can have your power equipment in top condition in time for winter,” noted King.

Sandy Berkshire, owner of Stuart’s House of Vacuums, has the tidiest showroom floor in town—and she rarely has to clean it herself. Customers come in to try out Stuart’s wide variety of vacuums—the largest selection in Billings and the surrounding area—and choose from premiere lines like Riccar, Miele, Lindhaus and Sebo. After more than 40 years in business, Stuart’s has cornered the market as Billings’ specialty vacuum sales and service shop. All repairs to items are done on-site, and Berkshire’s staff is speciallytrained to ensure that you’re getting a machine that will do exactly what they promise it will do. Berkshire want ers for shopping in her store and invites anyone looking to purchase a quality product to stop in for a visit.


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Frozen Yogurt Shop Spinners 3031 Grand Ave. #200

It’s a frozen treat that can’t be beat! And, for the second year in a row, Readers’ Choice voters agree. Imagine more than 50 types of toppings for your 24 different flavors of frozen yogurt, sorbet and always vanilla and chocolate ice cream available. The “Spinner cup” allows you create your own blended flavors in a flurry of flavor. Cones, waffle cones and waffle bowls, are also available. Spinners even has three-compartment cup dividers for those who like a variety of flavors in one cup—the possibilities are truly endless! “You can be as creative as you want,” said business co-owner Dave Diehl. From gummy bears to Oreo crumbles to fresh fruit, cut daily, to chopped nuts, Spinners has enough topping options that you head really will spin. Yum! Co-owner Julie Diehl, who is often on-site, remarked that families, kids, sports teams and grandparents all love the clean, fun atmosphere of Spinners and notes that gift cards make the perfect reward.

Mambo, a Montana-born company, uses Montana-made pasta for the ultimate in flavor and freshness. “We don’t even have a microwave in this kitchen,” Schlenker said. “Everything we make happens on the gas range or in the brick oven.” And who knew that eating out could be so amusing? Pull up a stool at the kitchen-side countertop for some “reality entertainment,” Billings-style. Schlenker barks out orders to his expert staff and, in-between tossing pizza pies, they banter back. It must be seen to be believed. This past January, Ciao Mambo celebrated its fifth year in Billings. With space for 150 guests, there are always seats available.



Italian Food

Ciao Mambo 2301 Montana Ave. Hungry for Italian? Head on down to Ciao Mambo on Montana Avenue for some scratch-made, authentic dishes. Jeff Schlenker, general manager, is proud to note that he and his hard-working staff never use food out of a package, nor do they use pre-made items. In fact, Ciao Billings Gazette Readers’ Choice Launch 2015


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Asian Sea Grill & Sushi Bar 1911 King Ave West, Suites 3 & 4 There’s a very good reason why Asian cuisine lovers flock to Asian Sea Grill & Sushi Bar. Famous for their appetizers, sushi, special rolls and signature combinations, the restaurant expanded to offer Teppanyakistyle Japanese cooking. Dinner guests can watch as skilled chefs grill and serve signature Japanese dishes. For sushi fans, the restaurant features a sushi bar with a wide variety of items always made with top-of-the-line fish and other fresh ingredients. If traditional Japanese fare is more to your liking, the diverse menu ensures guests have a wide variety of delicious options to satisfy their hunger. There are also daily specials and happy hour prices. The staff of Asian Sea Grill & Sushi Bar invites you to come in and enjoy delicious Japanese food served by friendly people. Don’t forget they offer take-out, too.


Fancy Sushi Asian Fusion 1313 Grand Ave. # 3 Featuring dozens of savory sauces and unique pairings, Billings’ Fancy Sushi Asian Fusion has been reinventing the traditional take on sushi. Owner Jimmy Li ensures freshness in all his fare, shipping in fresh fish daily from Hawaii and Seattle. One of Fancy Sushi’s most popular menu items continues to be the spicy roll, Li said, adding that customers are constantly experimenting with exciting and savory pairings. “I have to thank our regular customer base,” Li said. “I have some customers who come in two and three times a week.” Li also wants to remind customers that the restaurant serves much more than just sushi. The expansive menu features Chinese, Thai and Japanese influences— hence the “fusion” portion in the businesses’ moniker. A delectable hybrid—guests can enjoy pad Thai, curried chicken and various teriyaki dishes in addition to a wide range of sushi rolls. Looking toward the future, Li hopes his guests will continue their great wordof-mouth advertising and send in their friends. “We treat our guests like family,” he said.






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The curtain calls, and we answer, on the edge of our seats with smiles and electric anticipation. For a few hours, a few moments, we forget our troubles, our worries and are simply entertained. Offering performances ranging from touring Broadway musicals to world renowned ballet and everything in between, Alberta Bair Theater schedules its calendar with can’t-miss, unique events. And what’s more, the sheer variety of the bookings ensures that there’s something for everyone, exactly the mission of ABT director of marketing, Jody Grant. In addition to ABT’s entertainment lineup, the Theater has a strong educational outreach mission, oohing and aweing 22,000 schoolchildren a year—on the stage with its Student Matinee Series and off the stage, taking programs into our schools and community. Grant extends her thanks to the community for embracing ABT and for filling the seats. “We are nothing without an audience,” she said. She credits the theater’s dedicated staff and volunteers with their continued success. “They are the ones working tirelessly behind the scenes, quietly creating the magic of every performance,” Grant said.


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