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READERS’ CHOICE FAIRBANKS, ALASKA

Featuring the best of Fairbanks

SATURDAY, JULY 29, 2017


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Asian fusion

Korean food

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Fushimi Japanese Fusion Lin’s Asian Bistro Beijing Hot Pot and Asian Cuisine

Seoul Gate Jung Korean Aha Oriental Kitchen

Big Daddy’s Bad 2 da Bone Ivory Jack’s

Thai food

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Lemongrass Thai Cuisine Thai House Bahn Thai

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Congratulations, winners of the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards

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housands of readers have spoken out about what they like best about Fairbanks’ restaurants, businesses, activities, entertainment, shopping, sporting events and service and medical personnel, and here are the results. A few of the categories have repeat winners, but there are some surprises scattered in, as well. What it shows, is how diverse and thriving Interior

Alaska’s businesses and activities truly are. It’s wonderful to scan the lists and seen an old favorite or find out about a new business. We try to make the choices in each business as comprehensive as possible, but if we left anyone out, please let us know so we can include it next year. Let us know if there are other categories you’d like to see next year, as well. Email digital@newsminer.com

We love what we do and appreciate the support of our community.

These Readers’ Choice Awards aren’t possible without you, the readers. Thank you for participating and we hope to see you again in 2018. Look for the 2017 Readers Choice certificates on the walls of your favorite businesses in just a few weeks. Julie Stricker Online Content Director Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

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Brunch

Cup of coffee

Desserts

Fast food

The Pump House Pike’s Landing Cookie Jar Restaurant

Bucko’s Coffee Sunrise Bagel & Espresso Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.

Wolf Run Jo’s Oven Hot Licks

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HooDoo brews for you: Brewery remains Fairbanks’ favorite HooDoo Brewing Company started as a college kid’s dream. Since then, the local microbrewery has served Fairbanks with five years of high quality beer and was once again voted our readers favorite brewery in 2017. Born and raised in Fairbanks, HooDoo owner Bobby Wilken, first had the idea to open a brewery while he was attending college in Montana. “That’s when I started drinking beer and brewing beer and visiting breweries, really developing a taste for it,” Wilken said. “I

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always thought it would be so cool to have a brewery here.” After college, Wilken attended brewing school in Chicago and Munich, Germany. Wilken then spent five years working in Juneau at Alaskan Brewing Company to learn the trade before returning to Fairbanks to open his business. “When I moved back, I got on this mission to maybe do it some day,” Wilken said. “I thought it would be really good for Fairbanks. Fairbanks just really needed a great brewery so we ended up buying this building and turning it into a brewery.”

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HooDoo Brewing remains the favorite in Fairbanks’ growing microbrewery/ distillery scene.


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Fine dining

Food truck

Lavelle’s Bistro The Turtle Club 229 Parks

Spice It Up Frostbite Foods Between the Buns

Hamburgers

Healthy dining

Brewsters Frostbite Foods Monderosa

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HOODOO Continued from 5 HooDoo Brewing Co. opened on Halloween of 2012. The brewery opens at 3 p.m. each week day, hosting throngs of eager beer drinkers every afternoon. For Wilken, this is half the fun. “It’s been great so far,” Wilken said. “It’s not easy to run a small brewery but it’s a lot of fun and we have a great cus-

tomer base. Hundreds of regulars that we love to see everyday and it’s just been awesome.” While HooDoo boasts several large brewing tanks, viewable from the tap room, Wilken still approaches each batch from a home brew point of view. “We really just brew for the tap room and a few places around town,” Wilken said. “We only distribute here in Fairbanks, and we’re really not trying to go any farther that. It’s really just for Fair-

banks.” While the beer will remain the same, reliably excellent, the brewery itself is undergoing some changes. A collection of solar panels was recently installed on the roof of the brewery, which will produce about 1/3 of the brewery’s power. The popular beer garden, a summer favorite, is currently under construction as well. “We’re building a nice patio, deck system out there with planters and great

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places to sit,” Wilken said. “It’s going to be this beautiful beer garden. There will be a small covered space as well.” As a family run business, Wilken said there isn’t an interest in growing the brewery, just on improving it. “Fairbanks has just provided such a great base for us,” Wilken said. “Now we’re just trying continue to make the brewery better.” Contact staff writer Erin Granger at 459-7544. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMPolitics.

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Ice cream/milkshakes

Mexican food

Restaurant (overall)

Hot Licks Cold Stone Creamery C&J’s Drive-In

Gallo’s Mexican Miguel’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine Taco Azteca/Mayan Palace

Lavelle’s Bistro Pagoda Restaurant The Turtle Club

Italian food

Salad bar

Pizza

Geraldo’s Italian Gambardella’s The Vallata

Margarita Gallo’s Mexican Miguel’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine Mayan Palace

College Town Pizzeria The Hungry Robot Geraldo’s Italian

Turtle Club Cafe at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Fred Meyer

Prime Rib (not steaks)

Sandwiches

The Turtle Club Lavelle’s Bistro The Pump House

Great Harvest Bread Co. The Chowder House Friar Tuck’s

Restaurant service

Seafood

Pagoda Restaurant Lavelle’s Bistro The Turtle Club

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Steaks (not prime rib) Lavelle’s Bistro Silver Gulch Brewing Brewster’s

Microbrewery/ distillery HooDoo Brewing Company 49th State Brewing Company Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co.  

Bartender Larry Lowry, Lavelle’s Bistro Kimberly Gray Croan, Two Rivers Lodge Monica Laakso, Oasis

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Thank you again to the best Pet Owners in the Interior! Dr. Kuhn: Reader’s Choice 2nd best veternarian in Fairbanks Dr. Flamme: Reader’s Choice 3rd best veternarian in Fairbanks

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Mt. McKinley’s animal care tops with readers seriously. “It’s a reflection of our doctors and staff,” said Jennifer Addington, who manages the facility. Mt. McKinley employs about 30 Fairbanksans whose jobs range from kennel help to front desk and receptionist

duties to veterinarians, assistants and vet techs. It opened its doors in 1971 and moved from its previous home on College Road to its location at 425 Harold Bently Ave. in March 2011. Of the employees, MCKINLEY »11

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The staff at Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital credits one thing to the veterinary center’s pick as top animal hospital in Fairbanks: the quality of care afforded the patients.

Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital landed in the No. 1 spot for Interior Alaska animal hospitals in the 2017 Readers’ Choice awards, followed by Aurora Animal Clinic in second place and North Pole Animal Hospital in third. It’s an honor the hospital is taking

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MCKINLEY Continued from 9 eight are doctors of veterinary medicine. The facility became accredited with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) in 1976. “We are here seven days a week. We see scheduled appointments, we do emergency care, and we offer a wide variety of services,” Addington said. Mt. McKinley sees all your standard pets — cats, dogs, fish, bunnies, for example — as well as more exotic pets such as snakes and lizards, chinchillas, amphibians, birds, gerbils and hamsters, and other small pets. T he facility does not examine larger animals, like horses, livestock, llamas or alpacas. The most unusual pets Mt. McKinley staff have worked on include a taran-

tula and a centipede. “They can actually get mites,” Addington said. Addington also credits the rapport between staff and clients as helping facilitate the center’s positive reception with the public. “Every day is different, and we see a wide variety of clients,” she said. “We have some very longterm clients who have been coming here for years.” Those clients, the ones who have been coming since the hospital opened, have almost a family-like vibe as hospital staff has been working with them for so long. “We work on developing close relations with our clients,” Addington said. Fo r m o r e a b o u t M t . McKinley Animal Hospital, including services they offer, see the center’s website, www.mmahak.com.

Leah Espinosa holds Kawi, a frisky 3-month-old border mix pup, while waiting for an appointment at Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital. Kawi is short for Kawasaki. GARY BLACK/NEWSMINER

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Waiter/waitress

Local sports team

Place for dancing

Sharif Nero, Lavelle’s Kimberly Gray Croan, Two Rivers Lodge Fawn, Cookie Jar Restaurant

Fairbanks Ice Dogs UAF Hockey Alaska Goldpanners

Kodiak Jack’s Howling Dog Blue Loon

Place to bring tourists

Barber shop

Riverboat Discovery China Hot Springs Resort University of Alaska Museum of the North

Alaska Barber Shop JD Styles Suki’s

Live production/show of 2016-17 North Star Ballet: The Nutcracker FLOT Jr.: Alice in Wonderland Fairbanks Drama Association: A Christmas Story

Local sporting event Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Ice Dogs playoffs Governor’s Cup: UAF Hockey

Tanning salon

Hair salon/stylist

Theater/performance company of 2016

Elements Team Cutters Charlotte Rouge

North Star Ballet Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre Fairbanks Drama Association

Nail salon

Personal trainer Tina Derringer, F&H Fitness Michael Flannigan, 40 Below Fitness Christian Hood, Anytime Fitness   Sun Fix Tanning Salon Turbo Tans Touch of Sun  

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Blue Door is the place to go for Fairbanks antiques Robin Wood RWOOD@NEWSMINER.COM

When all is said and done, Beguhl said an antique stores’ success relies on inventory — which Blue Door has covered. Three floors packed with items manages to feel uncluttered, easy to look through and potentially full of hidden treasure, all with a friendly face to greet you.  

stairs, and eagerly points out craft vendors that repurpose items. Beguhl credits the success of her antique shop with the 20-plus dealers who rent booth space from her. Customers can find just about anything: Alaskana, jewelry, books, records, toys, tools, furniture, housewares, clothes and artwork, just to name a

few. Product selections are rounded out with local crafts and repurposed items. “I just took on a new girl who does dead mosquito art. I figured it might appeal to tourists,” Beguhl said. While the business relies heavily on tourist support, it’s vital for Beguhl to establish a good rapport with “hard-core regulars.” She does that the

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a decade of selling as a vendor in various Fairbanks antique shops, it came time for Beguhl to take the reins. She bought the house on Illinois Street, did some remodeling and opened for business. Selling antiques is just a part of Beguhl’s appreciation for repurposing — she used part of the old wooden-shingle roof for her personal display down-

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In the two years since Blue Door Antiques’ blue doors opened to customers, the business quickly took the top spot of Readers’ Choice for best antique shop. L ocated in the historic Mapleton-Sexton House at 315 Illinois St., Blue Door Antiques is the culmination of a lifelong antiquing passion for owner Drew Beguhl. The shop is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12-4 p.m. on Sundays. “Ever since I was 6-yearsold, I drug my mom to antique stores in California,” Beguhl said while wrapping $800 worth of tea cups for a customer’s wedding. After nearly

antique way, treating customers right and knowing them personally. The shop also does customer engagement throughout the year to keep people coming through the blue door. A few times each summer the large parking lot is turned into a flea market. In the winter, classes are held on a variety of topics, such as painting, scrapbooking and knitting. But when all is said and done, Beguhl said an antique stores’ success relies on inventory — which Blue Door has covered. Three floors packed with items manages to feel uncluttered, easy to look through and potentially full of hidden treasure, all with a friendly face to greet you.


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If Only ... A Fine Store owners Rebecca Morse, left and Georjean Seeliger pose with their store icon, Martha, in 2013, along Cushman Street. The unique curios store features hand-crafted items and local artists and is the 2017 winner for favorite gift store. SAM HARREL/NEWS-MINER

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20 years of bringing fine things to Fairbanks Robin Wood RWOOD@NEWSMINER.COM

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Antique shop

Florist

Safeway floral department College Floral Santina’s Flowers & Gifts  

Blue Door Antiques Roxy’s Secondhand Airport Road Antiques

Art Gallery

Furniture Store

Expressions in Glass 2 Street Gallery Alaska House Art Gallery

Sadler’s Furniture Bailey’s Furniture Roxy’s Secondhand

Barnes & Noble Gulliver’s Books Good News Bible & Book Store

Cashier/clerk

Pet supplies store

Gold Rush Fine Jewelers Taylor’s Gold-N-Stones Bishops Jewelry

Cold Spot Feeds Alaska Feed Co. Petco

Ladies boutique and vintage clothing

Sporting goods store REI Beaver Sports Sportman’s Warehouse

Fireweed Boutique In My Element Value Village

Book store

Jewelry store

Gift shop

Tools/hardware store

Liquor store

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NO. 1 FAIRBANKS PRODUCTION

North Star Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” is a perennial community favorite that celebrated its 30th annual production in 2016. It’s no wonder, since the cast includes about 80 children and more than 100 volunteers, in addition to the adult roles in the production. Because of the large cast and large pool of volunteers, artist director Courtland Weaver said “The Nutcracker” touches a significant part of the local population. “What it does is it allows them to be part of a very professional production,” he said. “The stage is beautiful. The costumes are beautiful. Not a lot of kids get that opportunity. Any kid that wants to be in ‘The Nutcracker,’ we will find a place for them to be in it.” NEW-MINER FILE PHOTO

Continued from 15 very functional but also very beautiful,” Seeliger said, adding each owner brought their own flavor to the store. The primary key to success, according to Morse, is to treat customers as if they were guests in your home. “It’s really having a relationship and a conversation with people that’s meaningful to them. Visitors, I know, also really appreciate that.” Once a personal relationship is established with customers, bringing in specific items that might appeal to individuals becomes possible. Not to say you have to be an established customer to find something of interest at If Only, as the store strives to have products catering to any price range or gender. Perhaps the most familiar aspect of

If Only is Martha, the fanciful female caricature on the sidewalk outside the storefront, visible to passing motorists. Martha has been around as long as the shop, with her outfit and accessories occasionally changed to reflect seasons or store’s selections. For Seeliger, Martha is an example of how they treat their shop, “We work really hard on presentation, display is a really big thing to us.” And locating those displays in downtown Fairbanks was always the plan, “We wanted to be downtown, put energy into that space and add into the energy and vibrancy of Fairbanks,” Morse said. One walk by the storefront in summertime, with colorful flowers filling dozens of planters, is proof of the owners’ dedication to downtown Fairbanks and fine goods. Contact staff writer Robin Wood at 459-7510.

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New car company Kendall Auto Seekins Ford Lincoln Chevrolet Buick GMC of Fairbanks

Law offices

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Downes & Tallerico Law Firm Merges Law Office Gazewood & Weiner

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union Mt. McKinley Bank MAC Federal Credit Union

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Amy Tallerico Bill Satterberg Ward Merdes

Splash N Dash East Splash N Dash West University Laser Car Wash

Automotive service and repairs

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Used car company Affordable Used Cars Kendall Auto Seekins Ford Lincoln

Service Master/Merry Maids SparkClean Janitorial K-Janitorial

Cleaning service - residential OCD Cleaning Services Service Master/Merry Maids Maid Marvelous

Financial planner Bobby Weaver, Keyes & Associates Jose Luis Martinez II, Edward Jones Christopher Knott, Edward Jones

Heating fuel delivery Sourdough Fuel Alaska Petroleum Alaska Fuels Distributors

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Bank customer service

Big Street Construction Straight Ahead Construction TS Construction

Great Northwest Lakbrenz Landscaping Down to Earth Landscaping

(tie) Denali State Bank/Mt. McKinley Bank Alaska USA FCU

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Mobile service provider

Nonprofit organization

State Farm Insurance Allstate Insurance USAA

Fairbanks Community Food Bank Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund Love INC

AT&T GCI Verizon

Nursery/garden center

Insurance agent Chris Marok Dick Randolph, State Farm Insurance Dave Mongold, Allstate Insurance

Interior designer Joan Stepovich, White Palms Tamara Spaulding, Spaulding Interiors Rebekah Gray, Studio 3Twelve

Mortgage broker/ company

Holm Town Nursery Risse’s Nursery Plant Kingdom

Alaska USA Mortgage Mt. McKinley Bank Denali State Bank

Real estate company Somers & Associates Madden Real Estate Re/Max Associates of Fairbanks

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This story originally appeared in March 2016. When judges pick the Small Business Person of the Year in each U.S. state and territory, they look for businesses that are profitable, expanding and community-oriented. In 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration judges picked Connie Dubay as the statewide winner for Alaska. Her business Cold Spot Feeds has grown from a spare bedroom to a more than 22,000 square foot storefront that employs 28 people, a trajectory that’s followed the popularity of mushing in the Interior. It is also the top-ranked pet supply store in the 2017 Readers Choice

surveys. Dubay didn’t set out to start a mushing superstore when she and her then-husband, Stuart Morse, opened Cold Spot Feeds. The business started as a $10,000 investment in a truckload of prototype dog food from Wisconsin. It was 1986 and Dubay was pregnant with her fourth child. She wanted to start a business so she could work at home and be with her children. Musher Don Glassburn, a family friend, had good results feeding his Yukon Quest sled dogs with food made for mink and foxes. Dubay decided to approach the mink and fox company feed company about making food for canine athletes. The company, National Pet Foods, was willing to try to make a COLD SPOT » 23

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Taxi company

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home driveway off Farmers Loop. The dog food sold. After a few years, the business expanded to harnesses and other sled dog equipment. “It was like the market was ready for a store that had everything. That’s how the path got chosen. It’s just what worked,” she said. “Within the first week, it was clear they were going to sell so we just started rolling with it, and well, you see

what it’s done. It’s pretty crazy how fast it grew. Probably the first five to eight years we would quadruple pretty much every year.” The business benefited from a series of new Interior mushing ventures that all happened at about the same time, including harness company Taiga Alaska and Mushing Magazine, she said. Cold Spot Feeds’ current storefront opened in 2010. The business has

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Veterinary office

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Planet Fitness F&H Fitness Studio The Alaska Club, South

West Valley Vision Clinic Eye Clinic of Fairbanks Mountain View Medical Center

Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital Aurora Animal Clinic North Pole Animal Hospital

Fairbanks Hearing & Balance Center Northland Hearing

Dentist

Eye care professional

Veterinarian

Massage therapist

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Fred Meyer Safeway Professional Pharmacy

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Riverboat Discovery top attraction for visitors This story originally appeared in the 2017 Interior Alaska Visitors Guide. Staff Report

Passengers aboard the Riverboat Discovery watch as a float plane takes off during its afternoon tour of the Chena River in this News-Miner file photo. The riverboat was named the top destination for local residents to take visitors in the 2017 Readers’ Choice survey. ERIC ENGMAN/NEWS-MINER The trip begins at Steamboat Landing in west Fairbanks near Fairbanks International Airport. The landing is a replica gold rush-era river port with a dining hall where a hearty miner’s stew is served. The landing also includes a gift shop, museum and ice cream parlor. For those who want to experience a

taste of an Interior Alaska winter, you can participate in “Alaska at 40 Below,” a specially designed chamber that drops the mercury to the frigid depths of a mid-winter Fairbanks day. The tour costs $64.95 for adults, $39.95 for children age 3-12, and is free for those younger than age 3. Reservations are required and can be made by

calling 479-6673 or online at www.riverboatdiscovery.com. Tours run at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily from May 9 through Sept. 22. Lunch is an additional $11.95 for adults and $4.95 for children. The Alaska at 40 Below Experience is free, but you can have your picture taken for a $10 fee.

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