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BEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTION Whatcom Educational Credit Union
It’s no wonder voters agree WECU is the Best Financial Institution: WECU members enjoy low account fees and free financial counseling services as part of the county’s largest credit union. WECU is also known for its generous community investments, including eight college scholarships and more than $60,000 in corporate and employee United Way contributions. Locations throughout Whatcom County. Honorable mention: Peoples Bank, Industrial Credit Union.
BEST LAWYER Gregory Greenan
Unsure who to go to for legal guidance? Our readers say to check first with Gregory Greenan. He practices commercial litigation, land use, real estate and business law as an attorney with the firm Zender Thurston, P.S. Greenan has 12 years’ experience as a deputy prosecuting attorney and more than that in private practice making him quite qualified on both sides of the courtroom. 1700 D St., Bellingham, 360.647.1500. Honorable mention: Thomas Lester, Eric Weight.
BEST FAMILY-FIRST BUSINESS Hannegan Farm & Home
Hannegan Farm & Home just opened this spring, but it already garnered top spot with our voters as the Best Family-First Business. The owners believe “community is our most important commodity,” and that extends into how they support their staff “family” as well as how they serve their customers – all are a large, happy, extended family. Discover this warm, friendly customer service for yourself whenever you’re seeking home, garden and livestock supplies. 6931 Hannegan Rd., Lynden, 360.389.5268. Honorable mention: Lakeway Subway, Hardware Sales.
BEST FINANCIAL ADVISOR Shannon Larson
Shannon Larson loves her work and loves working with clients to make their financial goals a reality. Working with both local businesses and individuals, Larson considers herself her clients’ personal CFO, taking the stress out of managing their finances. As a member of Wells Fargo Advisors, she also has a top-notch team working with her. 23 Bellwether Way, Ste. 200, Bellingham, 360.527.2137. Honorable mention: Russ Whidbee, Rick Steele.
BEST HOUSE CLEANER Merry Maids
No time to clean? No problem. Merry Maids is here to save the day! The Merry Maids can keep your home spic n’ span on a regular basis or for those occasions when you need just a little more help. 895 Texas St., Bellingham, 360.733.5344. Honorable mention: Just in Time, By the Bay Cleaning.
BEST TAILOR Tommy the Tailor
For quick, effective and inexpensive tailoring, Tommy the Tailor has been serving Bellingham residents from its downtown shop for years. This small, local business performs high quality alterations and mends that combine good service with reliable work. 1307 Railroad Ave., Bellingham. 360.650.9168. Honorable mention: Sew & Sew, Amy’s Alterations.
BEST MECHANIC Zender’s
Car troubles? We all have them at some point, and when they come up it’s important that your automobile get high-quality service. This year, Zender’s has been voted the place to go for auto issues. Steady and dependable service has earned Zender’s the nod as this year’s go-to mechanic. 3709 Bennett Drive, Bellingham. 360.734.1373. Honorable mention: Bellingham Automotive, Harmony Motorworks.
BEST PLACE TO WORK Kaur Lounge
Not only can you look your best after a trip to the Kaur Lounge, you can feel great knowing that the salon was recognized for its employee environment. Employees say they love the supportive, family-like atmosphere and the encouragement from Kaur’s owner, Caryn Poole, to continually expand their knowledge within their fields. 1303 Astor St., Bellingham, 360.306.5317. Honorable mention: Wilson Motors, The Unity Group. October/November 2012
The October/November Issue of NSlife / Bellingham Alive lifestyle magazine