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S E R V I C E • S E L E C T I O N • S AT I S FA C T I O N

The Best of Kittitas County is an annual tradition brought to you by the Daily Record. Whether you’re a native to Central Washington or only frequent the area when your college student needs help unpacking in the dorms, there are inevitably times you pause and wonder where to stop for a tasty burger, where to pick up a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend, or what venue offers the best entertainment on a Friday night. The Best of Kittitas County is a helpful recommendation guide, and is reassessed each year. More than 350 community members voted in this year’s balloting. If you agree or disagree with the results, have your say when voting opens next year.    We’re sure you’ll be impressed with how many “bests” our community has to offer!

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Best Art Gallery

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Thematic “Inn At Goose Creek” is a return winner in the Best Bed and Breakfast category. Best Bed & Breakfast Inn at Goose Creek

This returning favorite offers visitors a true escape. With thematic rooms such as Ellensburg Rodeo, Victorian/ Honeymoon, and Timber Creek Lodge, each stay is different and memorable. Amenities include continental breakfast, in room coffee, goose down comforters, Jacuzzi tub and shower, and high speed Internet. Visit to take a virtual tour before booking your room at 1720 Canyon Road. 2. Iron Horse Inn 3. Wren’s Nest

The honor goes to Gallery One once again. The reason this nonprofit organization is proven “best” might have something to do with its rotating exhibits, quarterly classes of many kinds and summer camps for aspiring artists. Gallery One has made a name for itself through popular events such as Paint Ellensburg. Stop by during regular hours, or during Jazz in the Valley and the regular First Friday Art Walks. 408 N. Pearl St. 2. The Clymer 3. Western Art Association

Best Place to Take a Date Grand Meridian Theatre

Since the Grand Meridian has at least nine theaters, it won’t be difficult to find a movie that both you and your date will like. It’s also hard to go wrong with the Grand Meridian’s comfortable seating, state-of-the art sound and assorted refreshments. Grab some popcorn and some Junior Mints and prepare to be entertained. 2. Ellensburg Pasta Company 3. The Valley Cafe

Anytime Fitness

Whether you want to log time on the treadmill, cross train on an elliptical, or use free weights, Anytime Fitness has everything to help you meet your fitness goals. Members have 24/7, 365 day-ayear access to the gym, plus the ability to visit thousands of other Anytime Fitness centers when away from Ellensburg. Anytime Fitness allows you to customize your workout to fit your needs, whether you decide to exercise solo or with the assistance of one of their expert personal trainers. 2. The Gym 3. Jazzercise

Best Place to Take Kids Children’s Activity Museum

No matter the season, the Children’s Activity Museum is an ideal site that allows children to play freely and explore their imaginations. The handson exhibits allow parents and child care providers to breathe easier since nothing is breakable. Whether young ones take to the stage for an impromptu performance, serve a pretend meal at CAM Diner or

practice their veterinarian skills on one of the stuffed animals, they will walk away with a positive experience every time. 2. Ellensburg Memorial Pool 3. Kittitas County Parks

Best Place to Take Visitors Ellensburg Rodeo

There’s no greater draw to our town than Labor Day weekend and the Ellensburg Rodeo. Since 1923, the grandstands have filled with those anxious to see the riders, ropers, cowboys and cowgirls compete in what many consider the best rodeo arena in the nation. If you have yet to attend or want a sneak peek of this year’s lineup, please visit You’ll discover why our rodeo is ranked as one of America’s top 10 professional rodeos. 2. Wild Horse Wind Farm 3. Farmers Market

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Best Hotel Best Western Lincoln Inn & Suites

Extended-stay suites, mini suites, and standard guest rooms make Best Western a returning favorite. A home away from home, Best Western offers microwaves, refrigerators, cable TV, HBO, and wireless Internet. Guests are provided with a deluxe continental breakfast in addition to a 24 hour fitness center and indoor pool. Located just off I-90 at 211 W. Umptanum Rd. 2. Hampton Inn tied with Holiday Inn Express

Best Place to Get A Burger Campus U-Tote ’Em

Campus U-Tote ’Em’s selection is vast: you can sink your teeth in a Wildcat Burger (includes bacon, cheese, and onion rings), a Deluxe Burger (mayo, mustard, relish, mustard, and more), or a Dagwood Burger (double patty, cheese, deluxe) amongst other selections. With barbecue season in the air, Campus U Totem more than hits the spot. 810 University Way 2. Red Horse Drive In 3. The Tav

Best Venue for a Special Event Kittitas County Fairgrounds

When the fair and rodeo are over, the Kittitas County Fairgrounds is available for special events. The Teanaway and Umptanum Conference Centers are larger than 7,000 square feet and have full kitchen and restroom facilities. Those who don’t need quite that much space may reserve the Manastash Room/ Heritage Center, which boasts an excellent sound system or the Western Village, which has a dance hall, bar and meeting room. 512 N. Poplar St. (509) 962-7639 2. Raw Space 3. Springwood Ranch Party Barn

Best Family Activity Kittitas County Fair

This “good old-fashion’ county fair” entertains the entire family, no matter how young or old, each Labor Day Weekend. Whether cheering on young ones in the Kids’ Tractor Pull, taking a hop on a thrilling ride, or perusing the blue ribbon winners, there’s something at the fair that will put a smile on everyone’s face. This year’s theme is the

The quilts on display at the Kittitas County Fair are a sample of the reason why the fair was voted Best Family Activity.

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aptly named “Home Town Fun Under the Harvest Sun.”  2. Ellensburg Rodeo 3. Kittitas County Farmers Market

Best Community Event Ellensburg Rodeo

You won’t want to leave town when Labor Day weekend rolls around, Sept. 2-5, 2011. Our traditional rodeo is so loved that its spirit extends beyond


the stands. The Rodeo Parade which winds through the historic downtown is an event within itself and will inspire even non-cowboys to don western gear. Tradition abounds and competition is fierce during the saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, team roping, tie down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding. And don’t forget the wild cow milking. 2. Jazz in the Valley 3. Kittitas County Farmers Market

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Campus U-Tote ’Em, a returning favorite in the Best Fast Food category is located at 810 E. University Way.

Best Butcher Shop Counter Super 1

Super 1 owns this title because it has gained customers’ trust for more than 25 years with a varied selection and reasonable prices. The butcher shop counter sells only USDA choice grade beef, ensuring customers get the best. Super 1’s impressive selection includes Draper Valley Farms fresh northwest grown chickens and Painted Hills All Natural Choice Beef. 200 E. Mountain View Ave. 2. Owens Meat 3. Fred Meyer

Best Milkshake

Best Fast Food

Best Lunch Spot

Campus U-Tote ’Em

Campus U-Tote ’Em’s burgers, sandwiches, shakes, and fries always are fresh and delicious. They’ve been in the business for more than 50 years now and know what keeps their hungry customers happy: the secret seasoning in their hamburgers, homemade tartar sauce, delicious shakes, and fast and friendly service. 810 E. University Way 2. Wendy’s 3. Taco Bell

This family owned business has perfected three things over the years: great espresso, homemade ice cream of many kinds and incredible milkshakes. Customers can satisfy their sweet tooth through numerous milkshake options, selecting a peanut butter, chocolate, and caramel concoction or a fruit-flavored indulgence. Locations found at 608 N. Main St. and 1013 E. University Way 2. Campus U-Tote-Em 3. Dairy Queen

The Tav is a returning favorite for best lunch in town. Not only does it offer an impressive menu of burgers, sandwiches and salads, but the setting is a great meeting place during the lunch hour since it’s in the heart of downtown Ellensburg. 117 W. Fourth Ave. 2. Dakota Cafe 3. The Soup Bowl

Best Family Restaurant Wing Central’s Roadhouse Grill

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Perkins Family Restaurant & Bakery

Perkins is a notch above its competitors not only because breakfast is served all day, but because the menu provides something for everyone. Have your pick from awesome omelets, griddle greats, fresh-cracked classics, over-the-top benedicts and unbeatable scramblers. It might also interest you to know that Perkins’ pancakes are made from scratch and so is their tasty syrup. 1504 Highway 97 2. The Palace 3. Yellow Church Cafe

Roadhouse Bar & Grill is still the best family restaurant one can find in Kittitas County. With their familyfriendly environment and plentiful menu (fries come in five different varieties, and there are soups, salads, wraps, steaks and more), the Roadhouse Grill is sure to satisfy the taste buds of each member of your family. 101 W. Umptanum Road 2. The Palace 3. Perkins


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Best Place to Get Sandwiches The Dakota Cafe

There’s a reason The Dakota Cafe isn’t easily surpassed in this category. The restaurant’s varied selection makes customers more than satisfied. First, there’s bread to choose from: whole wheat, white, sourdough, foccacia or rye. Then there’s everything from the traditional turkey delight to a sundried tomato sandwich. And if you’re open to trying something different, there are options such as the Peter Rabbit, made with herbed cream cheese, cucumber, tomato, sprouts, lettuce, avocado, and pepperjack cheese. 417 N. Pearl St. 2. Subway 3. The Soup Bowl

Best Place to Go For Dessert Utopia

This self-serve frozen yogurt bar offers as many as 35 different toppings, including nuts and candy and fresh fruit. Healthier than ice cream, Utopia’s frozen yogurt is a savory dessert option that your entire family will enjoy. 706 E. University Way 2. Winegars 3. Dairy Queen

Best Place to Go For Happy Hour Wing Central’s Roadhouse Grill

Happy hour really shines at the Roadhouse with menu favorites such as Pomegranate Lemon Drop, Lava Flow and Huckleberry Cosmo. The appetizer list isn’t too shabby either: you can select from southwestern egg rolls, crab cakes, garlic parmesan fries and more. 101 W. Umptanum Road 2. The Starlight Lounge 3. The Tav

Wing Central’s Roadhouse Grill was the winner in 3 categories: Best Family Restaurant, Best place to go for Happy Hour, Best Restaurant Service.

Best Place to Get Pizza Papa Murphy’s

Papa Murphy’s is still the leader in this category, and it might have something to do with the following: they offer take n’ bake pizzas that can be heated at your convenience, their ingredients are fresh, and their pizzas are handmade. The franchise, as a whole, is now celebrating its 30th year in business, and there are 1,200 stores in 37 states to show for it. 205 W. Tacoma Ave. 2. Pizza Rita 3. Pizza Hut

Best Cocktail Selection The Starlight Lounge

The Starlight has a firm hold in this category since its cocktail selection includes the traditional and not-so traditional. Want a White Russian? Why not try the Dr. Zhivago? Feel like something ultra sweet? The Gummi Bear ought to do it. The Starlight is know for its martinis, and customers have the advantage of satisfying their thirst with everything from sweet and fruity to tart and sour. 2. Wing Central’s Roadhouse Grill 3. The Palace

Best Wine Selection The Valley Cafe

The Valley Cafe diversifies its wine selection, keeping patrons’ palates satisfied. The restaurant features different Washington wineries each month and has winemakers come in to pour samples and answer questions. For instance, Gamache Vitners from Prosser had the honor of pouring its wines the month of June. 105 W. Third Ave. 2. Brix 3. Ellensburg Wineworks tied with Gifts of the Vine

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Voted the Best Place to Get Coffee. D&M Coffee has 4 convenient locations. This store is located on the corner of 4th and Pine.

Best Beer Selection

Best Place to Get Coffee

Iron Horse Brewery/Happy’s Market (tie) Happy’s Market, last year’s winner in this category, is still on the top because of its impressive imported and domestic beer selection at 207 W. University Way. The only difference this year is that they now share the title with Iron Horse Brewery, which makes some of the best local craft beer in the Pacific Northwest. 1000 Prospect St. and 416 N. Main (micropub). It’s hard to go wrong with either of these winners. 2. The Tav

D&M Coffee

D&M is the heavyweight in this category because its coffee is made from raw Arabica coffee beans imported from around the world. What’s more, D&M baristas are trained to adjust the air flow, temperature, and roasting time so the coffee they place in their customers’ hands is brewed to perfection. Since 1990, D&M has operated with the belief that “coffee is an art,” and that clearly shows. 2. Winegars 3. Starbucks

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Best Asian Food

Best Dining

Panda Garden

It might not be a surprise that Panda Garden has held this honor since 2000. The restaurant’s Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechuan fare exceeds customers’ expectations and keeps them coming back. And if you’re not a meat eater, that’s no deal breaker. Panda Garden has more than 20 vegetarian dishes on their menu. If you’re pressed for time, take out is always an option! 207 N. Main St. 2. Sugar Thai 3. China Inn

Best Mexican Food El Caporal

El Caporal is a repeat favorite because it offers an extensive menu (tacos, enchiladas, tamales, burritos, and more) and an authentic atmosphere for families to enjoy in two Kittitas County locations: 107 W. First St. in Cle Elum and 201 W. University Way in Ellensburg. If you’re unable to dine, but don’t want to miss out on a tasty meal, call the restaurant at (509) 674-4284 (Cle Elum) or (509) 962-5228 to order. 2. Fiesta En Jalisco 3. Los Cabos

Ellensburg Pasta Company

Ellensburg Pasta Company maintains its blue ribbon status in this category, and it’s not hard to see why. Owners Bruce and Joann Harris have more than 30 years combined culinary experience, and they’ve put those skills to use in creating the perfect blend of atmosphere and menu offerings. Patrons have the advantage of ordering a traditional white or red sauce entree, or they may select from such items as filet mignon or Alaskan halibut. And then there’s the dessert menu. 600 N. Main 2. Wing Central’s Roadhouse Grill 3. The Palace

Best Consignment/ Second Hand Store Goodwill

Our Ellensburg Goodwill keeps this title because there’s no other place that offers as many valuable finds in this county. Whether you’re looking for cookware, children’s clothes, or a slightly used entertainment center, the Goodwill is the place to go first. 400 W. Washington Ave. 2. Pink with Envy 3. Hand Me Down

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Wing Central’s Roadhouse Grill

The Roadhouse Grill owns this title again because of top-notch customer service and delicious food. Since this restaurant caters to families, the servers are prepared to handle the needs of all different ages and personalities. It doesn’t hurt that each person’s dining experience is 100-percent satisfaction guaranteed and kids are treated like royalty. Guests can sign up for free appetizers and birthday meals. 2. Perkins 3. Ellensburg Pasta tied with The Palace

Best Senior/ Rehabilitation Facility Kittitas Valley Health & Rehab Center

A trusted name, having served this region since 1970, Kittitas Valley Health & Rehab Center has more than 70 beds available for patients and is Medicare and Medicaid certified. Kittitas Valley Health & Rehab is known as a “leading provider of long-term skilled nursing care and short term rehabilitation solutions.” Located at 1050 E. Mountain View Ave. Please call (509) 925-4171 to schedule a tour.

New View Window Works

New View Window Works is voted “best” again for the following: it offers free in-home consultations, free perfect-fit measuring and custom window coverings for any budget. Whatever your window covering needs, New Window has the solution. The business offers blinds, drapes, shutters and shades from top name manufacturers. 2211 W. Dolarway Road, Suite 5. 2. Fitterer’s Furniture 3. Jim’s Glass

Best Janitorial Cleaning Service Central Washington Janitorial

Known for their excellent carpet and expert upholstery cleaning, Central Washington Janitorial is the frontrunner in this category. Owned and operated since 1983 by the Clarks, Central Washington Janitorial is a trusted name that offers customers free estimates, residential services and steam cleaning in addition to other services. 1021 S. Thorp Highway. 2. Ajax 3. Loki

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Planned Parenthood located at 613 N. Pine was voted Best New Building. Best Computer Store Windy City Computers

Windy City Computers not only knows how to solve most of your technological challenges, they aspire to do so at a reasonable cost. Offering both on-site and in-home services to their customers, Windy City only charges flat-rates for their on-site work, which helps the customer rest easier as their PC undergoes troubleshooting, virus protection, upgrades or other services. 304 S. Water St. Ste. 102 & 103. 2. Symplified Technologies 3. K. Valley Computers

Best New Building Planned Parenthood

After offering reproductive health care to Kittitas County for more than 20 years, Planned Parenthood made the move to a more spacious site at 613 N. Pine St. this past year. The purchase and remodel of the new location has received a positive reception from their clients throughout the area. 2. Spark 3. CWU Welcome Center

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Best Sign

Best Mortgage Lender

Raw Space

The eye-catching sign in front of the “all-ages performing arts venue” points the way to concerts and events downtown. Once patrons catch a glimpse of Raw Space, they not only inquire after diverse performances from visiting and local artists, but also have the chance to rent the venue for community and private events. 119 E. Fourth Ave. 2. Sign Dog 3. D & M

Best Contractor Merle Inc.

Merle Inc. is interested in forming “a building relationship” with clients by prioritizing the individual’s design and budget. By visiting their website at http://, potential clients are treated to a glimpse of their handiwork, including projects at Suncadia and Timber Lodge. Merle Inc. specializes in environmentally friendly materials and draws from more than 30 years experience in project management. 2. Belsaas & Smith 3. Town & Country – Matt Willard

US Bank

Whether you’re a first time homeowner or an investor, the experts at US Bank help clients navigate the mortgage process with ease. There’s a reason the bank says, “look to us to help you make the right move.” 400 E. University Way, Ste. 7450. 2. Cashmere Valley Bank 3. Yakima Federal Bank

Best Place to Buy A Car Ellensburg Chevrolet

This returning favorite is a business committed to “service, selection, and satisfaction.” With their Central Washington location, Ellensburg Chevrolet is a convenient stop for those across the state looking for the perfect vehicle, especially those coming from Yakima and Cle Elum. Friendly sales consultants are on hand to answer every question about new and used vehicles; they also review financing options and offer quick quotes. 1008 S. Canyon Road. 2. Kelleher Ford Motor Company 3. University Auto Center

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Best Salon/Spa

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Alenté stylists and professionals offer a range of stress-relieving and beautifying services including haircuts and color, massage, facials, nail treatments and waxing procedures. The downtown salon is a quiet, restful place for a day of beauty and features a full selection of Aveda productions. Visit http://alentespa. com/ to learn more about your pampering options. 310 N. Pine St. 2. Mango’s 3. Hair Cellar

Best Bank


Fitterer’s has exceeded customers’ home furnishing expectations for more than 115 years. Whether lending an eye to interior design, finding that special piece to tie a room together, or helping customers choose the right mattress, the staff at Fitterer’s gives their customers exceptional customer service and high quality products. It’s the reason this business is thriving in its fourth generation. Corner of 4th and Main Street. 2. Shaw’s 3. Cramer’s

Best Grocery Store

Yakima Federal Savings & Loan

Yakima Federal, now in business for more than 105 years, has 10 locations and offers excellent customer service at each and every branch. Despite the recession, Yakima’s Bank President Mike Gilmore said the bank is still confidently lending and adhering to its “original mission statement of promoting thrift and home ownership.” Ellensburg site: Fifth Avenue and Pine Street. 2. US Bank 3. Sterling Savings Bank

Super 1 Foods

Super 1 Foods knows how to set the standard by offering busy customers a one-stop option for their grocery shopping. The store offers consistent low prices no matter what you’re looking for: a birthday cake in the bakery, a meat and cheese tray in the deli or USDA Choice Grade beef at the meat counter. 200 E. Mountain View Ave. 2. Fred Meyer 3. Safeway

Best Law Enforcement Officer Gene Dana

Kittitas County Sheriff

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Best Place to Get An Auto Detail Sterling Auto Detail

Old Mill Country Store, with its convenient truck dock loading, was voted Best Farmer Friendly Supplier. Best Farmer Friendly Supplier Old Mill Country Store

With employees deeply knowledgeable in all things relating to farm, ranch and country living, Old Mill Country Store offers everything from bird feeders and fertilizers to Purina feeds. Visit http:// for specific information on brands found at Old Mill. Located at 500 W. Third Ave. 2. Ranch & Home 3. Midstate Coop

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Best New Business in the Last Year Pink With Envy

This “gently used clothing shop” is a rare gem, offering such brand favorites as Abercrombie, Guess and True Religion at prices anyone can afford. Pink With Envy is a welcome addition to the heart of downtown at 411 N. Pine St., and peeking inside their windowfront is almost as much fun as leaving with a coveted outfit. 2. JJ’s on Main 3. Real Deals

What could be more refreshing than getting behind the wheel of your car and finding that all the sticky spills, crumbs on the floor and handprints found on the interior windows are no longer there? At Sterling Auto Detail, you’ll come back to a vehicle you barely recognize; that’s how good a job employees do with their washing and waxing service. Located at 501 W. University Way. 2. Kelleher Motor Co. 3. University Auto Center

Best Nursery Central Nursery Inc.

This family owned and operated business, now in its third decade, is a leader in landscape design and quality nursery stock. Central Nursery is the place to look for expert landscaping in your personal garden, help building a retaining wall or a pond design at your commercial building. 2391 Vantage Highway 2. Bloomtime Gardens 3. Dusty’s Nursery

Best Place to Buy Tires Ellensburg Tire Center

Ellensburg Tire Center provides the exact “small-town, fast, friendly service” they advertise. Their Cooper tires are “designed and built with great care to provide thousands of miles of excellent service.” Ellensburg Tire also specializes in shocks, custom wheels, farm, truck and road service. 400 W. University Way. 2. Les Schwab Tires 3. Cooper Tires

Best Flooring Company Premier Paint & Floor Covering

Owner Rusty Osborn has perfected the art of “making less-than-perfect homes beautiful” along with his team of dedicated professionals. Installations available include carpet, vinyl, ceramic vinyl, hardwood floors, laminate countertops and floors, and granite countertops, among other options. Knowledge of design and top quality products are just two of the things that give Premier Paint its leading edge. 610 S. Main St. 2. Perma Color Interiors 3. Judy’s Floors and More 

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Best Farmer Friendly Store. We value each and every one of our loyal customers

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VOTED BEST GROCERY STORE & BEST BUTCHER Thank You Kittitas County for Making us the Best!

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Best Pharmacy

Best Place for Unique Gifts

Downtown Health Mart Pharmacy

With knowledgeable pharmacists Roger Glasser, David Cross and Clint Knight behind the counter, Downtown Pharmacy offers customers first-rate service and expert advice. The business provides home health supply sales and rentals, competitive prescriptions, and flu shots, among other services. With a hometown feel, the pharmacy offers everything available in a large pharmacy through its connection to Health Mart. 414 N. Pearl St. 2. Super 1 Pharmacy 3. Fred Meyer Pharmacy

Best Internet Provider Fairpoint Communications

Fairpoint once again takes top honors as the best Internet service provider in the area. Whether you need high-speed DSL, wireless, web hosting, or a domain registration, trained technicians are on hand to lend their support. 305 N. Ruby Street. 2. Charter 3. KValley

Wind River

Once you step inside Wind River, you’ll feel like you’re in the midst of a spacious Pacific Northwest lodge home. Visitors are invited to peruse two stories filled with gifts to match every personality and preference. No matter if your search is for gourmet foods, home decor, floral arrangements, or games and books for every age, you’ll find it at Wind River. You’ll also find a wine room filled with Washington and Oregon and a full espresso counter near the front of this impressive store. 1714 Canyon Road. 2. Pearl St. Books & Gifts 3. Gifts of the Vine

Best Childcare Provider Creative Kids Learning Center

Creative Kids Learning Center is not your status quo daycare facility; it is a learning environment that engages children ages 1 month to 10 years through various activities throughout the day. Owner/ Director Michelle Moran oversees her instructors’ curriculum, ensuring it is developmentally appropriate for each age/stage. There’s even a certified

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Best Realtor Larry Sharpe of Coldwell Banker

Larry Sharpe, voted Best Realtor, is a Broker at Coldwell Banker located 100 W 3rd.

A Kittitas County resident since 1964, Larry Sharpe describes himself as “a Central student who forgot to leave.” After he graduated, Sharpe had a successful career as a retailer. It was 12 years ago when he decided he’d leave that profession to help people find their perfect home. With Coldwell Banker for more than 10 years now, Larry says, “I love what I do. Thank you, Kittitas County for your support. I look forward to serving you through the rest of the year and in the future.” When he’s not busy assisting people with their home-buying needs, Larry is active in the community; he’s served on the City Council and was one of the founding members of Jazz in the Valley. 100 W. Third Ave. 2. Erich Cross 3. Sandy Walker

Best Storage Facility Rodeo City Self Storage

Rodeo City Self Storage began five years ago when Bill Smith and his son Shane Smith (owner) built the storage units from the ground up. Bill credits their win to the fact the business has the “best managers in town, a very clean facility, and quite a few repeat customers.” Because it is so close to the college, it is a great resource for local residents and students who need a place to leave their belongings. 1304 W. University Way. 2. Pannattoni Storage 3. Central Storage

Best Optometrist/Optician Dr. Scott Oltman of Valley Vision

Dr. Scott Oltman was a licensed optician prior to obtaining his Doctor of Optometry degree and is highly trained to provide routine vision exams and complete medical eye exams. A native of Ellensburg, Scott came home to join his father, Leo Oltman, in business and is now an owner of Valley Vision & Hearing Associates. 2201 W. Dolarway Rd., Suite 2 2. Dr. Bob Davis, Valley Vision 3. Dr. Sara Storrs, Family Eye

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Best Nail Tech Kristy Oversby of The Hair Cellar

Kristy Oversby is a veteran in giving her customers beautiful nails; after all, she began working in the field 16 years ago. For the past seven years, she’s worked at The Hair Cellar in the heart of downtown Ellensburg and credits Trista Patterson for inspiring her to pursue this line of work. Kristy thanks all her customers for voting for her and invites new patrons to visit her Mondays through Fridays at the Hair Cellar, where she works from 9-5.  425 N. Main St., Ste. 1 2. Oriel Kiel 3. Alisha Gordon, Bahama Bronze

Best Photographer Molly Morrow

Molly Morrow was voted the region’s best photographer – her third time receiving the honor. Morrow has built a reputation for excellence in family, high school senior and children’s portraiture, and corporate marketing and editorial images. Known for her vivid portrayals of Western lifestyles, the PRCA photographer’s

work is commonly featured in national publications including Western Horseman, Cowboys and Indians, Pro Rodeo Sports News and Automotive News. Reach Molly at (509) 929-7050 and mollymorrow. com. Studio location: 518 N. Pine St. in Ellensburg. 2. David Dick 3. Terry Firman

Best Kids’ Activity Children’s Activity Museum

Our local Children’s Activity Museum ranks as a “best” for kids because it gives children of all ages the chance to explore their many interests. In one large room, kids are able to stop at the Rainforest Reading Center, climb aboard the CAM 400 Train, unleash their inner thespian, peruse the Ellensburg market and pretend to put out forest fires by climbing the fort. What more could a parent ask for? If your child is restless now that school is out, the Children’s Activity Museum also offers weekly summer camps. Please visit http:// for more information. 118 E. Fourth Ave. 2. Kittitas County Fair 3. Kittitas Valley Memorial Pool

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Best Dentist Dr. Michael Cole, DDS

Dr. Michael Cole of Pearl Care knows how to give patients a gleaming smile. An Ellensburg native and University of Washington alumnus, Dr. Cole and his dental team regularly update their practice with the latest dental technology. Dr. Cole is a member of the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics, and the Yakima Dental Society. Visit 2401 West Dolarway Road for a smile that will never look better. 2. Dr. David Wright 3. Dr. William Phillips

Best Veterinarian Dr. Thea McFadden

Dr. McFadden returns with the title Best Vet in Kittitas County. Drawing from more than 18 years experience, Dr. McFadden provides routine and urgent care for domestic animals at Critter Care Animal Center. She has practiced in the

Located in the heart of Downtown at 118 E. 4th Ave. The Children’s Activity Museum was voted Best Kid’s Activity region for 15 years and has run her own clinic for the past 10. No matter if she is performing orthopedic surgery or spaying/neutering your pets, you can be assured that your animals are in capable hands. 1708 W. University Way 2. Dr. Michael Fuller, Ellensburg Animal Hospital 3. Dr. Mark Hayden, Valley Vet

Best Audiologist Linda Lee Nelson, MSPA, CCC-A, FAAA

Linda Lee Nelson began helping the hearing impaired of Kittitas County more than 17 years ago. Since she became the owner and operator of Northwest Audiology and Hearing Aid Center in 1994, she has attempted to provide the highest quality of hearing health care and amplification to her patients. A graduate of the University of Washington, Linda is excited that her daughter has chosen to join her in the profession and in the nottoo-distant future will be able to continue assisting the citizens of Kittitas County for many years to come. 630 N. Main St., Suite 2 2. Dr. Tom Moorehouse

Best Mechanic Jason Mallick of CV Autoworks

Though it’s not the first time he’s earned this title, Jason Mallick often thinks back to how he began sweeping the floors at age 15 and had no idea how far he’d come in the trade. With close to 20 years experience under the hood of the car, 15 of those at CV Autoworks, Mallick has become a true veteran in the trade. “I like

that there’s something different to work on every day,” he said of his line of work. “Thanks for voting for me again.” This year marks his fifth of being the best. 108 North Kittitas 2. Chad Berger, Automasters 3. Justin Seth, Seth Motors

Best Firefighter Rich Smith

Rich Smith is a true public servant. When he’s not serving Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue, he is deeply invested in numerous outreach programs. He helped start and still organizes the pancake breakfast which benefits Life Support, volunteers for Veterans of Foreign Wars and takes part in Safe Kids programs, frequently talking to high school students about the danger of drinking and driving. “No isn’t in his vocabulary,” says Fire Chief John Sinclair, “whether it’s assisting with kids or helping the elderly, Rich volunteers for everything.” 2. Jim Hansen 3. John Fowler

Best Barber/Hairstylist Kelsey Schmidt

Kelsey Schmidt is the owner of C.W. Barbershop in Ellensburg, which specializes in men’s haircuts. Kelsey has seven years experience and has owned the shop since May 2, 2007. Accompanying Kelsey is Audrey Robertson, who has been cutting hair for two years. Audrey has worked at C.W. Barber shop since August 2010. Averaging over 300 haircuts per week, C.W. Barbershop has a wide variety of clientele; from baby’s first haircut, to old-timers, locals, and students. Kelsey and Audrey find that getting to know their customers is very rewarding – hearing stories of times gone by, current events and the joys and sorrows of life. “Barbers make great listeners; our customers are like family. We share in their lives,” Schmidt said. C.W. Barbershop thanks all of their loyal customers and invites folks to come get the “best $10 haircut in the county.” Open six days a week and walk-ins are always welcome. 808 E. University Way 2. Holly Stoleto and Amy Dohrman of Alente tied

Best Law Enforcement Officer Sheriff Gene Dana

Gene Dana ranks first in this category and with good reason. A public servant for more than 38 years and our county’s elected sheriff, his commitment to keeping Kittitas County safe is evident. Sheriff Dana is on the State Anti-Terrorism Task Force and the state Identity Theft Task Force. When he’s not in uniform, he also serves on a multitude of other public service committees. He is president of the Ellensburg Noon Rotary Club and an Ellensburg Rodeo board member. “I’m proud of these organizations,” Dana says, “They’re a fun way to be part of the community.” 2. Jeff St. John, CWU Campus Police 3. Rob Hoctor

Best Insurance Agent Scott Rollins of State Farm

With nearly 30 years of experience at State Farm, Scott Rollins is a veteran when it comes to his profession, and Kittitas County knows it. Not only does Rollins have an educational background in financial and estate planning, he knows how to draw upon that experience

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Mark McClain shares the honor this year for good reason. As a former senior deputy prosecutor for Kittitas County, he handled serious violent felony cases. He also was a Kittitas County Commissioner where he gained significant experience with land and water use issues. Call him about criminal, family law and civil legal issues. 2211 W. Dolarway Road, Suite 1. 2. Jim Dennison

Best Landscaper/Gardener Dusty Brunson from Dusty’s Nursery

to benefit others. Active in the local community, Rollins is a past president of the Ellensburg Noon Rotary Club, is a volunteer with the Western Art Association, and is on the national board of Rotaplast International. If you’d like to learn more about the insurance services offered by Rollins’ office, please visit his new website: 2. Darryl Haggerty 3. Jerry Leal

Best Attorneys Kenneth Beckley and Mark McClain (tie)

Ken Beckley brings more than 35 years experience to the table, which makes his a well deserved win once again. Beckley practiced in Seattle for seven years prior to his move to the center of the state. He is knowledgeable on everything from DUIs to misdemeanors and now is focusing primarily on criminal law. 701 N. Pine.

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Dusty Brunson takes this year’s blue ribbon. Aspiring gardeners only need to look so far as Dusty’s Nursery to begin learning the tools of the trade. Set on a scenic farm that’s more than 100 years old, Dusty’s showcases a full service nursery, the city’s only you-pick pumpkin patch and a free corn maze for families after Labor Day each year. If you’re curious about gardening, but don’t know where to begin, Dusty’s offers classes on everything from planting roses to installing water features. 1116 E. Mountain View Ave. 2. Dale Defoor, Central Nursery 3. Nancy Barnes, Bloomtime Gardens

Best Local Website The Daily Record

Whether you are interested in breaking news, really big deals, or need to see what employment opportunities are available in a down economy, the Daily Record’s site is the place to turn. The newsroom is committed to providing you the best local coverage with its print edition, website at www.dailyrecordnews. com and a new mobile app.

Best Farm Equipment Washington Tractor

Washington Tractor formed when three long-standing companies merged to bring their customers more than 154 years of experience. Located in seven cities throughout our state, Washington Tractor is a premier John Deere dealer, but also supplies related products. Experienced employees are on hand to answer questions or point you to the model suiting your needs. 1004 Canyon Road (509) 962-6801 2. Old Mill Country Store 3. Ranch and Home

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Best Winery/Brewery Iron Horse

The craft beer made at Iron Horse in Ellensburg has a spirit all its own. After making its way into local hearts, Iron Horse brews such as Quilter’s Irish Death, Light Rail Ale, and High Five Hefe have found its way into homes across the Pacific Northwest. Iron Horse beers are on tap in establishments throughout the area, but be sure to taste the latest offerings at the brewery on Prospect Street in Ellensburg or at the new micropub on Main Street downtown. 2. Brix 3. Roslyn Brewery

Best Title Company Amerititle

This full-service title company is the frontrunner in providing title and escrow for residential and commercial properties. Once again, Amerititle was named the best place in Kittitas County to handle the sale, refinance, or exchange of property. 101 W. Fifth Ave. 2. Stewart Title 3. Northwest Title

Best Home Improvement Store Woods Ace Hardware

The go-to location for all your lawn care, painting, decorating, plumbing/ electrical and organizational needs is once again Woods Ace Hardware. The business’ proven success is built on years of experience: the family-owned hardware store originated in 1944 as Woods Hardware Store and became the first Ace Hardware Store in the state in 1965. Wood Ace Hardware is your “helpful hardware place.” 310 N. Pearl St. 2. Knudson Lumber 3. Ranch & Home

The storefront of Woods Ace Hardware has the look and feel of a trusted hometown hardware store. Voted Best Home Improvement Store you will find them located at 310 N. Pearl

Best Pawn Store Kittitas County Trading Company

When you need to buy, sell or trade an item, Kittitas County Trading Company is the place to go. The business has served the community for more than 25 years, and offers a wide selection of goods including guns, hunting accessories, gold, diamonds and silver. 103 N. Main St. 2. Sure Shot Pawn Shop

Best HVAC Brad & Burke

Brad & Burke is a local favorite, having served Kittitas County for more than 60 years. Brad & Burke offers service on all makes and models, remodels, additions, new construction and indoor air quality products. The business also gives free estimates on installation, and has a large selection of retail supplies. Their trusted

technicians are on hand to adjust or fix the temperature in your home no matter what the weather might be outdoors. 604 W. University Way 2. Valley Heating and Cooling 3. One Hour Heating

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