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A supplement to The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle - Nov. 25, 2015

Best Business



Page 2 — 2015 Best Of Food.......................................4 Shopping................................7 Health & Beauty.....................9 Services...............................10

Home, Farm & Auto..............12 Entertainment & Outdoors....14 Community............................17 Fun........................................20


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Brewster Marketplace’s grocery store and Subway each won in The Chronicle’s Best Of. Angus Beef in the Meat Department, an in-store Subway, full service Bakery and Deli offering freshly made pizzas, Take & Bake or hot from the oven. The service department offers movie rentals, United Parcel Service shipping, floral products, dry cleaning, money orders and Western Union. “Don't forget to check out our food aisles. Stop in, visit, and see our smiles!” HONORABLE MENTIONS: Rawson’s, Okanogan; Sun Mountain, Winthrop; Washington Tractor, Okanogan.

Brewster Marketplace Brewster

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Waitress Crystal Sparks shows off one of The Corner Bistro’s Mushroom Swiss burger.

Corner Bistro Omak

The popular farm-to-table eatery serves up freshly cooked meals with some of the best local ingredients from local fields and ranches. The restaurant also won the award for Best Hamburger - North and had an Honorable Mention for Best Customer Service - North. Online reviews range from “We've

ALWAYS enjoyed this intimate café in our quaint, little town and their new decor is so inviting and warm” to “Delicious, unique and healthy! I enjoyed breakfast and Lunch while visiting family near Omak. They have great service and delicious food.” After your meal, the restaurant also offers up some amazing desserts to finish up the visit. HONORABLE MENTION: Choice Auto Group, Omak.

A family owned and operated business, Brewster Marketplace has served Brewster residents (and surrounding communities) since 1985. “We pride ourselves on presenting the cleanest store and providing the BEST, one-on-one, customer service in the area,” the company’s website reads. “Produce is received 6 days a week, so it is guaranteed to be the freshest around.” The store features USDA Premium

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Best Customer Service



Rawson’s Okanogan

Whether you are looking for a great pair of shoes, the perfect outfit for the rodeo or need to pick out a hat, Rawson’s has you covered for clothes and shoes (coincidently the company also won for Best Clothes/Shoes - South). The Okanogan landmark also had an honorable showing in the race for Best Business - South. The company also offers several lines

of sporting goods. “Rawson's has everything you need to gear up for the season. Let us help you find what your looking for,” the company’s website reads. “Whether you're looking to gear up for your first camping trip, or preparing for a long hunt trip, we've got you covered. Rawson's carries the products you need, from knives to coolers, and tents to water toys” HONORABLE MENTION: Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop.

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The south Omak auto dealer ranked at the top for voters considering customer service. “At Choice Auto Group Omak, we are proud of the quality used cars we sell and our dedication to serve the needs of our customers. This is reflected in the amount of repeat business we receive,” reads the company’s website..”You can count on our dedicated sales staff to

make it the best buying experience possible.” The company also had a strong showing in the Best Business voting and received an Honorable Mention nod. The company offers financing options and if you can’t find the exact car you are looking for, Choice Auto Group will go the extra mile in search of the wheels you desire.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: The Corner Bistro, Omak; Omak Pharmacy, Omak.

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Best of 2015... Food and Drinks

Bar/Tavern - North Sit ‘n’ Bull

Burgers - South Melody Cafe


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The saloon features a full bar along with family dining. The establishment, accompanied by friendly employees, is a favorite destination for locals and tourists. In the morning scrumptious breakfast entries can be found, with burgers and chicken strips during the afternoon. Culminating to the evening where local folks come out to dance to local music on Friday and Saturdays. HONORABLE MENTION: Republic Brewing Company, Republic.

Great burgers and other home-cooked, fresh foods are offered, along with a sweeping view of Grand Coulee Dam. Tacos, fish, daily specials, desserts and beverages round out the menu. “Great food always! Never disappointed!” wrote one customer on Facebook. “Would recommend this to everyone who hasn’t tried it.” The Melody also won in the Best Restaurant category. HONORABLE MENTIONS: The Club Tavern, Okanogan.

Bar/Tavern - South The Club Okanogan A favorite downtown lunch spot in Okanogan and a great place to meet friends and take in a game. The fare includes burgers, tacos, steaks and Friday prime rib, plus plenty of beer and daily drink specials to wash it down. The walls feature photos and jerseys from local sports teams and personalities. The Club also won in the Best Pub Grub category and took honorable mention in the Best Restaurant category.

Burgers - North The Corner Bistro

Espresso/Coffee N Grandma’s Attic Omak “We serve Bluestar Coffee from Twisp; who won the America’s Best Espresso Awar at Seattle’s Coffee Fest 2012,” owners of Grandma’s Attic said. “When you enter our shop you will be delighted with all kinds of lovelies you can’t live without.” The store has been a top pick by Chronicle readers for several years in the past, too. It was voted best business in 2009, best gift shop in 2011, best gift shop/jewelry and best furniture in 2012 and best antiques in 2013. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Made to Inspire, Republic.

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Omak Juicy, beef patties cook to perfection at The Corner Bistro, which was named by Chronicle readers the best place to get a burger in northern Okanogan Country. Local, friendly staff also graces the atmosphere of the restaurant. The eatery was also named the best business. HONORABLE MENTION: The Knotty Pine, Republic.

Grand Coulee Great coffee, served with a smile and great service. Seasonal specials offered, including eggnog and pumpkin flavorings and treats for fall. Staunch supporter of the Seahawks and all 12’s. HONORABLE MENTION: Free Bird Espresso, Okanogan.



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Melody Cafe was named Best Burgers and Best Restaurant in the south by Best Of voters.

Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union sends a big THANK YOU to everyone who voted us Best Financial Institution 2015. We appreciate your support and want you to know that we consider it a great privilege to serve our community! Coulee Dam Branch South Okanogan Country Omak Branch North Okanogan Country

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Best of 2015... Food and Drinks (continued)

Fast Food - North Arby’s Omak Timely, consistency and quality is what you’ll find at Arby’s in Omak. Slow roasted roast beef, turkey and premium Angus beef sandwiches, sliced fresh every day, are just a few of the items that top the menu. With a speedy drive-thru and comfortable interior seating, it’s no wonder why Chronicle readers voted Omak’s Arby’s best fast food of the north. HONORABLE MENTIONS: KFC/Taco Bell, Omak.

Fast Food - South Subway Brewster Located in the heart of apple country within the Brewster Marketplace grocery store, Subway offers a variety of tasty sandwiches on the customer’s choice of bread. Load on the veggies and condiments to go with hot or cold sandwiches, with fillings from basic cold cuts to tasty meatballs.

Grocery - North Gene’s Harvest Foods Omak Downtown Omak’s only full-line grocery store features local produce when in season, an award winning meat department and a great snack deli. Gene’s Harvest Food is a small family owned business that has been serving the Omak and surrounding areas since 1963. In addition to grocery items, the store also features Western Union money order and money transfers, state Lottery and Mega Millions, an ATM, and friendly staff.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Andersons, Republic; Safeway, Omak.

Grocery - South Harvest Foods Coulee Dam A friendly store with fresh meat and produce, deli and bakery with espresso, groceries, a variety department and video rentals. Customers tout the store’s crisp, fresh vegetables, meat market with a meat cutter on hand and great selection of ice cream. HONORABLE MENTION: Caso’s Country Foods, Okanogan

Pizza - North Papa Murphy’s Omak The freshest thing to a homemade pizza is likely that of Papa Murphy’s in north Omak. Their pizzas starts with dough made in store daily and is topped with 100 percent real mozzarella, hand sliced vegetables, and butcher-quality meats, all compiled before your eyes. HONORABLE MENTION: Republic Pizza Company, Republic.

Pizza - South Hometown Pizza

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Papa Murphy’s Take-and-Bake pies were named Best Pizza - North by Best Of voters.


Grand Coulee A good, old-fashioned, family owned pizza parlor with great food, large portions, fair prices and friendly service. “My son loves having his birthday parties there,” says one Facebook commenter. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Sweet River Bakery, Pateros

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Best of 2015... Food and Drinks (continued)

Pub Grub - North Freckles’ Gourmet BBQ Republic A favorite lunchtime spot in Republic is Freckle’s Gourmet BBQ. Serving traditional barbecue fare, including ribs and brisket, along with normal dinner options in a comfortable atmosphere is one of the many perks to the eatery. Catering is also offered. HONORABLE MENTIONS: North Country Pub, Omak.

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The eatery also received the best business award. HONORABLE MENTIONS: The Breadline Cafe, Omak; Esther’s Restaurant, Republic.

Restaurant - South Melody Cafe Coulee Dam The Melody also won in the Best Burgers category. HONORABLE MENTIONS: The Club Tavern, Okanogan.

Winery/Brewery - N Rockwall Cellars Omak Rockwall Cellars, a family owned and operated vineyard and winery, offers a premium line of quality red, white, pink and port style wine on the Omak Flats. Summer evenings bring outdoors wine tastings and live music, while winters evenings bring a cozy indoors atmosphere. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Republic Brewing Co., Republic.

The Club Tavern Okanogan It was a repeat of the Bar/Tavern category with the club taking the top prize and leaving the competition in the dust.

Restaurant - North The Corner Bistro Omak Quality food and friendly service can be found at the Corner Bistro, which was named the best restaurant in northern Okanogan Country by Chronicle readers.

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Republic’s Freckles’ Gourmet BBQ was named Best Pub Grub - North by Best Of voters.

Winery/Brewery - S Methow Brewing Co. Twisp Although it’s one of the smallest commercial breweries in the world, the beers are big on flavor. A dozen taps at the bar offer a variety of lagers and ales fresh from the brewery in the next room. The brewery’s restaurant, the Twisp River Pub, offers hand-crafted house beers and soda pop, plus guest beers, wine and other beverages, plus a full range of food from burgers to pasta. Sampler trays of beer are offered, along with bottles, half-gallon growlers and kegs.

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Best of 2015... Shopping

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home decor pieces. It’s a great place for unusual gifts and home items, with an adorable interior. Family owned and operated. The store also won in the Gift Shops category.

Clothing/Shoes - North The Outfitters Republic

Grandma’s Attic Omak One-of-a-kind items and knickknacks can be found at Grandma’s Attic in downtown Omak. The store offers special novelty gifts- perfect for the special someone in your life. The business was also named best espresso/coffee for their instore espressos.

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There’s no need to make a trip out of town to buy quality clothing if you live in Republic. The Outfitters offers a full variety of clothing apparel for youngsters and adults. Carhartt, Levi’s, Lee, Big Bill are just a few brands the store carries. HONORABLE MENTION: JCPenney, Omak.

Clothing/Shoes - South Rawson’s Okanogan Family owned since 1960, Rawson’s offers clothing for hard-working ranchers and cowboys, as well as fashion clothing, shoes, sports accessories, jewelry and more. The family and store are an integral part of downtown Okanogan, with a long history of involvement in community activities and causes.

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Republic’s The Outfitters was named Best Clothing/Shoes - North by Best Of voters.

Convenience - North Pine Grove Junction Republic

The Farm Shed Okanogan The store offers an eclectic mix of antique and contemporary items, gifts and

A long-time favorite of area residents, Pine Grove Junction, serves premium breakfasts, daily lunch and dinner specials along plate-sized pancakes. Gas, convenient store items and homemade snack items grace the shelves daily.



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Best of 2015... Shopping (continued)

Convenience - South H&H Grocery

Gift Shop - South The Farm Shed

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The store, on Banks Lake near Steamboat Rock, offers steaks, produce, an ATM machine, lottery tickets, cold beer, soft drinks and juices, frozen food, fishing tackle, camping supplies, video and DVD rentals, deli sandwiches, snacks and other goodies. There’s a large parking area for RVs and boats, and a shaded picnic area. Deliveries are available.

The store also won in the Antiques/Second Hand category.

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Pot Store - North The Sage Shop Omak The Sage Shop marijuana retail store strives to carry as much locally gown product as possible while supporting the local economy. The store doubles as a gallery for local artists. The store is dedicated to providing the highest quality marijuana products at the best price.

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Omak’s The Sage Shop was named Best Pot Store - North by Best Of voters.

Made to Inspire Republic Made to Inspire recently added seating to give the coffee and gift shop a place for patrons to enjoy their drink while browsing items. The shop recently started offering scones, cookies and cinnamon rolls from Baker’s Stone Bakery in Republic. HONORABLE MENTION: Grandma’s Attic, Omak.

Caribou Corner Cannabis Okanogan The store, open since July 2014, was the first state-licensed retail marijuana store in Okanogan County. It’s locally owned and operated, and offers a full range of marijuana products, glassware and edibles. Many products are from local growers.

Thank you for voting Heather’s Dog Grooming #1 in Pet Grooming for South County 2015! Gift Certificates Available Come see us in downtown Okanogan! 115 2nd Ave. S., Okanogan 509-826-5541

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Best of 2015... Health & Beauty

Beauty Salon - North A Cut Above Omak Whether you’re in need of a haircut or a bouquet of flowers, you can find it at A Cut Above in Omak. Online reviews of the business boast accommodating, friendly service with a down home atmosphere. HONORABLE MENTION:Hairstream, Republic .

Beauty Salon - South County Seat Okanogan The shop, successor to the longtime Frank’s Barber Shop, offers cuts for men and women, boys and girls in a friendly, informal atmosphere. HONORABLE MENTION: Main Street Salon, Grand Coulee .

Dentist - North Grillo and Robeck Omak When you set foot in the dentist office of Grillo and Robeck, the focus is on you. The patient’s comfort, desires and priorities are their focus. In business since 1965, the facility is still a small town friendly business with big city services, training and technology.

Dentist - South Dr. Robert Nau, DDS Okanogan and Tonasket Dr. Nau has been in business for 29 years, offering dentistry services in Okanogan and Tonasket. He specializes in cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontics and whitening systems, and explains options to patients to they can

choose their preferred dentistry options.

Medical Facility - North Confluence Health Omak Along with a variety of specialists at the clinic, specialists from the Wenatchee branch travel to the clinic on a regular basis as well. Walk-in’s and appointments are welcome. HONORABLE MENTION: Family Health Centers, Omak.

Medical Facility - South Coulee Medical Center Grand Coulee Coulee Medical Center is a 25-bed, trauma level IV critical access hospital that offers a wide range of on-site health care services and a full roster of physicians, visiting specialists and other medical care providers. The state-of-the-art, 66,000square-foot facility serves parts of five counties surrounding Grand Coulee, plus the Colville Indian Reservation.

Okanogan’s County Seat was named Best Beauty Salon - South by Best Of voters. The Gillespie centers offer the most advanced medical optometry care available in a friendly setting. “Life is brilliant; see it clearly,” is a company motto. Services include medical, comprehensive and children’s eye exams; contact lenses and glasses; cataract and Lasik surgery comanagement; treatment and management of eye diseases, and treatment of eye injuries and emergencies.

Pharmacy - North Omak Pharmacy Omak When you’re sick the last thing you probably want to do is go out in public. That’s why a convenient drive-thru window,

friendly staff and short wait times have Chronicle readers lauding the Omak Pharmacy. HONORABLE MENTION: Republic Drug Store, Republic.

Pharmacy - South Okanogan Valley Pharmacy Okanogan The locally owned pharmacy offers prescription medications, flu clinics and health products. The staff strives to greet customers by name, and its pharmacists take time to counsel customers and answer questions. The store offers hard-to-find specialty products and medical devices, and free delivery in Omak and Okanogan.

Optometrist - North Eye & Ear Clinic Omak Are you having trouble seeing or hearing? The friendly staff at Eye and Ear Clinic is here to help. They offer a vast array of clinical and surgical services. Stylish eyewear, contact lenses, audiology services and hearing aids aer just a few of the services offered at the south Omak business.

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Best of 2015... Services

Financial Institution - N Coulee Dam Federal CU Omak and Republic The credit union offers a full line of banking services, from online banking and bill pay, to mobile banking, ATM and debit cards, telephone banking, protection and insurance produces, escrow services and loans. It’s also an Internet service provider. The company, founded in 1941 to serve those working on the Grand Coulee Dam project, serves those who live, work, worship or attend school in the area and other entities located within a 50-mile radius of the Coulee Dam post office. Branches or ATMs are located in Almira, Brewster, Bridgeport, Coulee Dam, Creston, Grand Coulee, Omak and Republic. HONORABLE MENTION: Washington Federal, Omak.

Financial Institution - S Coulee Dam Federal CU Brewster, Bridgeport, Coulee Dam HONORABLE MENTIONS: North Cascades National Bank, Brewster,

Grand Coulee, Okanogan, Twisp.

Floral Shop - North A Cut Above Omak A Cut Above in Omak has been named the best floral shop in Northern Okanogan County by Chronicle readers. Online reviews of the business boast accommodating, friendly service with a down home atmosphere. The shop was also named best beauty salon. HONORABLE MENTION: Juniper Berry, Republic.

Floral Shop - South Derina’s Flower Basket Okanogan The shop offers beautiful flower arrangements for all occasions. “A real person answered the phone, was extremely helpful and worked within my budget to design a cheery bouquet,” a reviewer wrote. “Thank goodness the old-fashioned way still works.”

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Joey’s Bark & Bath was named Best Grooming/Sitting - North for the seventh straight year.

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When you leave for vacation it’s nice to know there is a caring place you can groom and board Fido. For nearly 17 years Joey Wilson has been grooming, clipping and bathing furry, four-legged creatures from across the valley. This year Wilson received her seventh straight award from Chronicle readers.

Pooches will find pampering at Heather’s, with services ranging from bathing and brushing to toenail trims and full haircuts. “My boys (dogs) love to go see Heather,” wrote a reviewer on Facebook. “They are always so excited to get to go and be pampered!”

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Best of 2015... Services

The firm earned an overall client rating of 4.8 out of 5 at, with perfect marks for communication ability, quality of service and value for money.

Veterinarian - North Alpine Veterinary Omak

Photography - North BluElephant Photography Omak Be it a family portrait or baby’s first picture, BluElephant photography in Omak is here to serve. Owner Nicole Allen said she enjoys location photography and epically doing newborn images. HONORABLE MENTION: J. Foster Fanning, Curlew.

Just like people, animals get sick and need check ups, too. That’s why Chronicle readers have named Alpine Veterinary Clinic the best veterinary service in northern Okanogan Country. D.V.M.’s Denise Krytenberg, and Rachel Ross take pride in keeping your four-legged critters healthy. HONORABLE MENTION: Tonasket Veterinary Service, Tonasket.

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Photography - South Tim Patrick Okanogan The photo studio, open since 1988, offers senior, children’s family and wedding portraits, plus sports, dance and passport shots. “Love, love, love his pics,” wrote one Facebook reviewer.

Real Estate - North ReMax Welcome Home Omak

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Remax Welcome Home was named Best Real Estate - North by Best Of voters.

Law Practice - North Dale Crandall

trusts, estates, and probate. HONORABLE MENTION: Steve Graham, Republic.

Tonasket and Oroville Fourth generation Okanogan County resident, Dale L. Crandall, was named best law practice for northern Okanogan Country by Chronicle readers. Crandall’s practice areas include planning, transactions, administration and litigation in the fields of real estate, business and commercial law, LLCs and corporations,

Law Practice - South Smith & Derting Okanogan Smith and Derting – Heidi E. Smith and Bess Derting – offer legal services from offices in Okanogan and Winthrop.

Whether you’re selling or looking to buy a home, Remax Omak is there to help you along the way. With friendly service and experienced staff, they make the housing market easier to understand and welcome you to your new home. HONORABLE MENTION: Windermere, Republic.

Okanogan The clinic’s goal is provide quality, compassionate care for its four-legged patients with strong consideration for the needs and wishes of its two-legged clients. “We truly treat every pet as if it were our own,” the clinic said. The clinic offers a modern, wellequipped hospital to provide comprehensive medical treatment, general and orthopedic surgery including many advanced procedures, high-level dentistry, emergency care and boarding. It features an in-clinic laboratory, digital X-rays, surgery and dental suites, anesthesia and monitoring equipment.

Real Estate - South Foisey and Kennedy Grand Coulee Foisy and Kennedy Insurance/Foisy and Kennedy Realty Inc. was started in 1954 by M.G. “French” Foisy. The company is committed to providing quality customer service. HONORABLE MENTION: Century 21, Pateros.

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Best of 2015... Home, Farm & Auto

Automotive Services - N Car Dealerships - S Central Service Jess Ford Republic


Dubbed the go to shop for “friendly and efficient service,” Central Service strives to offer great pricing and terrific customer service when it come to all of your automotive repair needs. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Republic, the store frequently offers specials on Facebook. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Les Schwab, Omak .

The company offers new and pre-owned Ford vehicles, along with service, parts, repair, detailing and financing.

Automotive Services - S Les Schwab Grand Coulee The Les Schwab tire center, part of the regional company, offers tires and other vehicle services. In addition, its employees give back to the community by sponsoring youth programs, helping families in need and raising funds for good causes. Among the causes it supports are Grand Coulee Dam, Almira/Coulee-Hartline, Wilbur and Creston school activities and athletics, several local rodeos, fairs, junior livestock auctions, FFA and 4-H, Washington Interscholastic Activities Association and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Car Dealerships - N Sunrise Chevrolet Omak Chronicle readers claim Sunrise Chevrolet in Omak to be one of the best in the business. Compassionate staff with a variety of both new and used trucks, cars, vans and SUVs make Sunrise a popular spot to shop. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Choice Auto, Omak; Damskov Auto Sales, Omak

Electronics/ISPs - North NCI Datacom Omak NCI Datacom has been voted the best electronics/ISP provider for the north end of Okanogan Country. The company provides both wireless and fiber optic broadband Internet services. The company is dubbed North Central Washington’s premier Swift Stream high-speed Internet provider.

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Republic’s Central Service was named Best Automotive Services - North by voters.

Electronics/ISPs - South Coulee Internet Services Grand Coulee “We specialize in offering quality Internet connections to areas other providers just can’t reach,” the company says of its high-speed, fiber optic Internet service to the greater Grand Coulee Dam area. HONORABLE MENTIONS: CommunityNet, Okanogan.

Farm - North Omak Feed & Supply Omak Everything from indoor pet food to livestock feed can be found at the Omak Feed and Supply store, which was named the best farm store for northern Okanogan Country by Chronicle readers. Stock up and save with friendly staff and quality products. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Wild West Farm and Garden, Republic.

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Sunrise Chevrolet was named Best Automotive Services - North by Best Of voters.

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Best of 2015... Home, Farm & Auto (continued)

Farm - South Washington Tractor Okanogan Washington Tractor was established in 2010 when three family owned and operated dealers joined to become one. Hamilton Farm Equipment, in operation for decades in Okanogan, merged with Washington Tractor in 2013. Besides Okanogan, the company, now the largest power equipment dealer in the state, offers locations in Quincy, Ellensburg, Lynden, Sumner, Olympia, Chehalis, Aberdeen, Poulsbo, Mount Vernon, Snohomish and Yakima. Despite its statewide reach, each location has a single identity and works to preserve strong customer relationships. The company offers tractors, combines, hay equipment, farm equipment and riding mowers; locally, there’s a line of snowmobiles, irrigation equipment, hardware and rental equipment. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Okanogan Truck & Tractor, Okanogan.

throughout eastern Washington and northern Idaho. There’s also a virtual store online. Its staff is made up of knowledgeable sales professionals who will take the time to get to know customers and their visions for their homes. HONORABLE MENTION: Webster Furniture, Brewster.

Hardware/Lumber - N Omak Ace Hardware Omak Whether you’re fixing a leak under the sink or planting a garden, all your hardware needs can be found in one location. That’s why Omak Ace Hardware has been named the best hardware/lumber store for northern Okanogan Country. Tools, building supplies, fixtures and more can all be found in the Omak store. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Harding’s Hardware, Republic.

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Cramer’s Home Furnishing

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Omak Be it a bed set, couch or new recliner for the big game day, it can be found at Cramer’s Furniture in downtown Omak. Friendly sales people work hard to make you feel comfortable and save big bucks on quality furniture.

Furniture - South Loepp Furniture Grand Coulee The Grand Coulee-based, family owned store offers furniture, mattresses, appliances, electronics, home accents flooring. The company hass locations

For more than 25 years, Coulee Hardware has provided outstanding quality and service for professionals and do-ityourselfers. It’s locally owned and operated, and is part of the Do It Best Co-op. The store offers automotive, building materials, cleaning supplies, doors and windows, electrical, farm and ranch, hand tool, hardware, heating and cooling, holiday, home accent, home brew, housewares, kitchen and bath, lawn and garden, lighting, office, recreation, paint, pet, tools, storage, wall covering and work clothing products. HONORABLE MENTION: Valley Lumber, Okanogan.

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Cramer’s Home Furnishing was named Best Furniture - North by Best Of voters.

Remodeling/Const - N Remodeling/Const - S Mike Ray Construction Coulee Construction Riverside

Grand Coulee

The company does home remodeling, additions and repairs, along with full scale construction projects. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Cascade Mechanical, Omak; Don Kruse Electric, Omak.

The company specializes in kitchen and bath remodeling, floor coverings, window replacement, decks and fences, additions and carpentry. HONORABLE MENTION: DWK Fowler Construction, Grand Coulee

32 years of service to the Grand Coulee Dam Area. Thank you for your votes.

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Best of 2015... Entertainment & Outdoors

Accomodations - North ATV/Snowmobile - S Northern Inn Mountain Trails Grooming Republic

Methow Valley

Be it a family vacation or romantic getaway for two, the Northern Inn nestled in the heart of Republic offers guest rooms, suites for affordable rates. Wireless Internet, color television, refrigerators and microwaves are just a few perks to this hidden Ferry Country treasure. HONORABLE MENTION: Best Western Peppertree, Omak .

Located between Twisp and Okanogan north of Highway 20 at Loup Loup Pass. The area is within the OkanoganWenatchee National Forest. HONORABLE MENTION: Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Between Twisp and Okanogan.

Biking/Hiking - North Ferry County Rail Trail

Accomodations - South Columbia River Inn

Republic to Danville The Ferry County Rail Trail, built on an abandoned railroad right of way was named by Chronicle readers as the best place to go biking and hiking. A portion of the trail also crosses the Curlew Lake north of Republic. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Kettle Crest; Tiger Trail, Republic.

Coulee Dam The two-diamond AAA-rated establishment, located in the heart of Grand Coulee, offers a pool, free wired and wireless high-speed Internet, a fitness center, sauna and hot tub for relaxation after a hard day of work or play. It’s a nonsmoking facility. Guests can take advantage of private, view decks, a laundry, conference room and copy/fax services. Rooms include refrigerators and microwaves, in-room beverages, irons and ironing boards, hair dryers, cable TV, voice mail and wake-up calls. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop; Twisp River Suites, Twisp.

Biking/Hiking - South Sun Mountain Bike Trails Republic You can rent a front suspension bike from the activities center at the lodge, located near Winthrop, or bring your own. The knowledgeable staff has maps and trail riding suggestions for bikers of all abilities on more than 40 miles of trails with great views of the Methow Valley and North Cascades. A nearly level scenic loop is offered for beginners, along with twisting, turning trails geared toward expert riders.

ATV/Snowmobile - N Bonaparte Lake Resort Bonaparte Lake

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As the snow begins to fall, local residents and tourists will begin flocking to the Bonaparte Lake Resort. The resort offers a full-scale restaurant, cabins and camping sites. The resort is also home to the annual Snowmobile drag races each February.

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Ferry County Rail Trail was named Best Biking/Hiking - North by Best Of voters. to make the Conconully State Park a favorite destination for families looking for a weekend summer getaway. Day camps, along with tents and travel trailers are

welcome in the park where deer are often found frolicking around. HONORABLE MENTION: Swan Lake, Republic.

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Camping location - S Steamboat Rock State Park Electric City Steamboat Rock State Park, located in the Grand Coulee near Electric City, offers hiking, fishing water sports, scuba diving and boating, and is open all year. There are 34 miles of hiking and equestrian trails, camping, ancient waterfalls and the 700-foot basalt cliff that is Steamboat Rock. Visitors can venture into nearby Northrup Canyon to see waterfalls and bald eagles. HONORABLE MENTION: Coulee Playland, Electric City.

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Omak Stampede Arena Omak The name says Omak Stampede, but the arena’s main event is more than just a rodeo. Each August rodeo fans from across the northwest flock to the area to take in professional rodeo action – from bronc riding, to bulls, barrels and more – all culminating to the World Famous Suicide Race. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Stonerose Interpretive Center, Republic; Republic Brewing Company, Republic.

September. HONORABLE MENTION: Conconully State Park, Conconully.

Fishing - South Banks Lake Grand Coulee Dam Banks Lake, an impoundment for irrigation water in the Columbia Basin Project, is managed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The 27mile-long lake offers fishing and 23 islands, including basalt and granite outcroppings, shrub steppe and wetlands. The Department of Fish and Wildlife maintains public fishing parking areas with outhouses at the southwest corner of the lake and north of Million Dollar Mile, where Highway 155 goes through and over the basalt cliffs. There is a parking area, without an outhouse, on Highway 155 at the south side of Million Dollar Mile. At Osborne Bay, a few miles north of Steamboat Rock state Park, the department maintains a primitive road that provides access and parking around part of Osborne Bay east of the highway. HONORABLE MENTION: Coulee Playground, Electric City.

Golf Course - North Oroville Golf Club Oroville

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Grand Coulee Rodeo Grand Coulee The rodeo grounds are home to the annual Colorama Rodeo and Ridge Riders Junior Rodeo.

Fishing - North Curlew Lake Republic

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Omak Stampede Arena was named the Best Entertainment Venue - North.

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Though often thought to be in Curlew by its name, Curlew Lake, north of Republic, is a favorite destination for anglers to drop their line. The lake is also home to the coveted tiger musky. Several events happen throughout the summer on the shores of the lake, including the annual Bass, Blues, Barbecue and Brew event held each

Electric City The 18-hole course offers a pro shop, cart storage, a driving range, bar and banquet room. Annual membership or individual play options are available. HONORABLE MENTION: Gamble Sands, Brewster.

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The Oroville Golf Club is a scenic ninehole dual tee layout perched above the Similkameen River, just minutes from downtown Oroville. The friendly clubhouse management and staff provide all amenities a golfer could ever imagine, including a pro shop, snack bar, putting green and large outdoor deck for pre and post refreshments. HONORABLE MENTION: Okanogan Valley Golf Club, Omak.

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Gun/Pawn Shop - N Dave’s Gun & Pawn

Scenic Views - North Molson



Don’t let the size of Riverside confuse you. The small town is home to one of the region’s premiere new and used gun shop. Pawns are gladly accepted and friendly service is always available. HONORABLE MENTION: Republic Sports Shop, Republic.

Nestled amongst the Okanogan Highlands is the small-unincorporated community of Molson. A historic ghost town, schoolhouse museum and Sidley Lake encompass the community making it a destination for anglers, photographers and family day trips. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Sherman Pass.

Gun/Pawn Shop - S Buchanan Armory Electric City The veteran-owned business offers transfers, firearms, ammunition and gunsmithing. HONORABLE MENTION: Okanogan Arms, Okanogan.

Recreational Vehicle - N CJ Cycle Tonasket The shop south of Tonasket also specializes in motorcycle and recreational vehicle repairs, too. Parts, helmets and a wide variety of accessories can also be found at the shop.

Recreational Vehicle - S Xtreme Powersports Okanogan The shop, on Elmway in Okanogan, offers ATVs, snowmobiles, scooters, and lawn and garden equipment, plus an online store and accessories. The service department works on all brands and most major vehicle types, and offers regular maintenance, engine rebuilding and sled modifications, and specializes in aftermarket performance work.


Scenic Views - South Crown Point Vista Grand Coulee Crown Point was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1940s and is managed and maintained by Washington State Parks. It’s a couple miles west of Grand Coulee off Highway 174. The site features an open air shelter that is a large sun dial, with the sun shining through a hole in the roof to let a beam of light fall on one of the 12 roof support columns representing the hours on the face of a clock. It offers a great view of Grand Coulee Dam and, if you go early enough, a stellar vantage point to the annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the dam.

Skiing/Snowboard - N Sitzmark Havillah Located just 20 minutes northeast of Tonasket sits a ski area that offers dry powder snow, lots of sunshine and great views. The ski lodge features a lunch counter, patrol room, large dining area, large fireplace on one end and a warming

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Xtreme Powersports was named Best Recreational Vehicles - South by Best Of voters. stove on the other end of the room. Chronicle readers have named Sitzmark the best biking area for the northern region.

Skiing/Snowboard - S Loup Loup Ski Bowl Between Twisp and Okanogan The ski area, off Highway 20 between Okanogan and Twisp, is operated by the non-profit Loup Loup Ski Education Foundation on U.S. Forest Service land. The

area sits on 300 acres of diverse terrain and has plenty to offer both beginner and advanced skiers and snowboarders. There are 10 cut runs on Little Buck Mountain with a 1,240-foot vertical drop. Along with a quad chair, Poma lift and beginner rope tow, the area offers a terrain park, tubing hill, certified ski school, equipment rental shop, day lodge with rock fireplace and food concessions. Once the snow flies, the hill is open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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Civic Organization - N Festival/Event - South Okanogan-Omak Rotary Okanogan Days Okanogan and Omak The Okanogan-Omak Rotary club is a group of about 48 community members that raises funds for community projects and area school scholarships. The group’s premiere events include the Omak Stampede beer garden and an annual wine and cheese tasting benefit and auction. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Forget Me Not Animal Shelter, Republic; Omak Kiwanis, Omak.

Civic Organization - S Brewster American Legion Brewster Legion Post No. 97 offers support and social activities for veterans, along with a variety of community projects. There’s also a really neat airplane on permanent display outside the post building. HONORABLE MENTION: Okanogan Eagles, Okanogan .

Festival/Event - North Tonasket Founders Days Tonasket The annual Tonasket Founder’s Day celebration brings together tourists and community members for a variety of events. A parade, street vendors, rodeo, fun run and street dance are just a few of the many activities the town hosts. HONORABLE MENTION: Omak Stampede and World Famous Suicide Race, Omak.

Okanogan The event, the first weekend in June, features a downtown parade, street fair, music, food, book sale and other activities. It’s organized by the Okanogan Chamber of Commerce. HONORABLE MENTION: Colorama, Grand Coulee.

Fire Crew/Department All crews in Okanogan and Ferry counties With recent wildfires touching nearly every community in Okanogan and Ferry counties in 2015, we saw it as only fitting that all of the firefighters that kept many of our homes, businesses and communities safe should get a “well done” for their countless hours on the fire lines.

Fireworks Display - N Curlew Lake Republic After taking a year in hiatus, the communities of Republic and Curlew brought back the annual Fourth of July fireworks display over Curlew Lake. A community group vigorously raises money throughout the year to host the annual event. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Omak, Lake Osoyoos.

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Tonasket Founders Days was named Best Festival/Event - North by Best Of voters.

Best Pub Grub North Country Thanks for your patronage and support.


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Fireworks Display - S Festival of America

Museum - North Stonerose Interpretive

Grand Coulee Dam


Year after year, the fireworks display off the top of Grand Coulee Dam also is voted “Best of Show” for Washington state. The festival features, entertainment, food, vendors, the nightly Laser Light Show on the dam face and, on July 4, fireworks from the top of the dam. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Brewster Pig Out in the Park and Fireworks Display, Brewster.

Stonerose Interpretive Center offers a unique experience for youngsters and adults hoping to add fossil specimens to their collections. The fossil center also serves as a research center for visiting academics. The organisms found at Stonerose lived nearly 50 million years ago in a time known as the Eocene Epoch. HONORABLE MENTION: Oroville Depot, Oroville.

Museum - South Coulee Pioneer Museum

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Stonerose Interpretive Center was named Best Museum - North by Best Of voters.

Grand Coulee The museum, operated by a volunteer association, helps keep Grand Coulee Dam area history alive and available to the public. This year, it’s offering a historical calendar to support the association. The group’s Facebook page offers historical snippets from the past, along with photos.. HONORABLE MENTION: Okanogan County Historical Society, Okanogan.

Govt. Agency - North City of Omak Omak The city was officially incorporated in February of 1911 and has a current population of 4,835. “All four seasons are alive and thriving in our region,” Mayor Cindy Gagne said. “Home is where the heart is and Omak is the heart of the Okanogan.”

Park/Playground - S North Dam Park

Govt. Agency - South City of Okanogan

Grand Coulee North Dam Park, off Highway 155 on the way to Electric City, offers vast expanses of shaded lawn, a skate park and walking trail, ball fields, water access and a whirligig garden, and hosts the area farmers market, Colorama carnival and other community activities. The park also was named the Best Place to Canoodle in the south area. HONORABLE MENTION: Bridgeport Marina Park, Bridgeport.

Okanogan The city says its mission is to be friendly and to provide municipal facilities and services that residents, businesses and visitors need to sustain a safe and prosperous community. Okanogan, incorporated in 1907, offers a variety of parks, one with a Wi-Fi hot spot, utilities services and ongoing street

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The City of Omak was named Best Government Agency - North by Best Of voters.

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Park/Playground - N Eastside Park Omak The Eastside Park in Omak has been voted the best park/playground in northern Okanogan Country. The 76.6-acre park, which sits directly across the river from the central business district, features the

stampede arena, municipal swimming pool, seven baseball fields, four soccer fields, four tennis courts, two basketball courts, a variety of children’s playground equipment, skate park, restrooms, camping spaces and more. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Conconully State Park, Conconully; Lake Osoyoos, Oroville.

Politician - North Sen. Brian Dansel (R)

Politician - South Rep. Joel Kretz (R)



Chronicle readers have voted Brian R. Dansel, RRepublic, as the best politician for northern Okanogan Country. Dansel is a life long 7th Legislative District residents and state senator from Republic.

Kretz, elected in 2004, has served the 7th District in the state Legislature since his term began in January 2005. He and his family operate a ranch near Wauconda. He is involved with the Okanogan Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association, Coalition for Property Rights and Open Government Task Force.

School District - North Omak School District Omak The district consists of two elementary schools, a middle, high school and alternative high school. The superintendent is Erik Swanson. HONORABLE MENTION: Republic School District, Republic.

School District - South Okanogan School Dist. Okanogan

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Okanogan School District provides kindergarten through 12th grade classes, a variety of alternative education programs, educational services to the Okanogan County Juvenile Court, a full range of extracurricular sports, academic and club activities, music and drama opportunities for students, and other programs.

Omak’s Eastside Park was named Best Park/Playground - North by The Chronicle’s Best Of voters.

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Place to canoodle - N Conconully

HONORABLE MENTION: Okanogan Cemetary, Okanogan .


Public restroom - North Magoo’s Restaurant

Voters weren’t specific on location in Conconully, but we suspect you could give your special someone a kiss while on the lake, in one of their restaurants, while enjoying a cold one or just enjoying the outdoors. HONORABLE MENTION: The Mirage Theater, Omak.

Place to canoodle - S North Dam Park Grand Coulee Voters again weren’t specific in the canoodling category, but we suspect North Dam Park has the same appeal as most parks for most romantics finding a time to sweep a special someone off their feet in that parks are often quiet and serene. The runner-up also has the advantage of quiet and serene, but we suspect the weird factor of making out in a cemetary was just too much to stomach for most people.


The beautiful tile, clean sinks and porcelain thrones at Magoo’s Restaurant were voted the Best Public Restroom North by Best Of voters.

Voters were a bit confused by the category for public restrooms, since most public restrooms are not intended only for customers. Voters may have favored the bathroom at Magoo’s, but their food is tough to beat as well...including some unbelievable breakfast dishes served up all day.

Public restroom - South Pateros Super Stop Pateros Cleanliness in the final touches shows the mark of a well-kept establishment and Pateros Super Stop is no exception. The convenience store located on the south end of Pateros is a popular spot in that it is part of Howard’s on the River, which includes the Lakeshore Inn and Rivers Restaurant.

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Best of 2015  

Chronicle readers have spoken. This section highlights the "Best of" Okanogan Country, as voted by Omak-Okanogan Country Chronicle readers.

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