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Best Of 2010 Chronicle readers’ picks for the best businesses, services, entertainment and recreation spots in Okanogan Country

All the best in the north country Best business — The Corner Bistro Best customer service — Ace Hardware, Omak Entertainment venue — Omak Stampede Arena Fishing/hunting — Conconully Camping — Conconully State Park ATV/snowmobile/hikin g/biking trails — Conconully Skiing/snowboarding — Sitzmark Playground/park — East Side Park, Omak Community festival — Omak Stampede Golf course — Oroville Golf Club Museum — Molson Museum Scenic view — Sherman Pass Fireworks display — Oroville/Lake Osoyoos Accommodations — Best Western Peppertree Inn Automotive — Fletcher’s Automotive Financial institution — Chase Bank Real estate — John L. Scott, Omak Photography — Jennifer

Tollefson Pet grooming/sitting — Joey’s Bark and Bath Beauty salon — Styles 32 Floral shop — A Cut Above Law practice — Callaway and DeTro Remodeling/contractin g/construction — Brent Yusi Construction School district — Omak Fire crew/department — Omak Civic organization — Okanogan-Omak Rotary Grocery store — Gene’s Harvest Foods Convenience store — The Junction, Tonasket Clothing/shoe store — J.C. Penney Co. Gift shop/jewelry — Harrison Jewelers Furniture — Cramer’s Home Furnishings Antique/second hand store — Nana’s Nook Farm Machinery and Supply — Omak Feed and Supply Gun/pawn — Dave’s Gun and Pawn

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Best Business — North

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Sadie Cohoe makes a latte at the Corner Bistro. The restaurant was named North Country Best Business by Chronicle readers.

Hard work pays off By Sheila Corson The Chronicle OMAK – Hard work has paid off for the Corner Bistro after two years in business, as the restaurant won the best business award for the north Okanogan country. Owner Sadie Cohoe said there are three main reasons why she thinks her restaurant, 19 E. Apple Ave., has done well. First, she has wonderful employees, she said. She and co-owner and mother

Deb Lantrip have nine employees. They work hard and “make our business what it is,” Cohoe said. Second, the people who visit and like the place well enough to vote for the restaurant make it successful. The customers decide if the employees really are going that extra mile, she said. Third, Cohoe said the business just has great food. She buys many products from local sources, such as meats from Double R Ranch and goodies from Sweet River Bakery (another Best Of winner).

Cohoe said she and husband, Craig Cohoe, grow their own commercial garden, with tomatoes and herbs to make their own marinara for the restaurant. Last year, the business received no awards, so Cohoe said they were really hoping for something this year. Having worked so hard to build the business, she said she is grateful to hear it is doing well. “In this economy for our business to have grown and flourished, I’m really proud,” she said.


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Norm Williams

Ronald Hammett Attorney at Law was named Best Law Practice in the south area.

Grand Coulee Dam took the top prize in the south area for Best Scenic View.The community’s Fourth of July celebration won for Best Fireworks Display.

Thank you for 35 wonderful years!

The Junction would like to thank everyone for voting us The Best Convenience Store of 2010

The Junction Chronicle ad representative Kay Behymer presenting owner Julie Buchert with Best of Certificate

509 S. Whitcomb Ave. • Tonasket

“We care for people, not just teeth.”

Dr. Denny Homer 35 years experience

Voted “Best of” 2010 in Dentistry for South Okanogan Country

108 2nd Ave., Okanogan • 509-422-3200 •

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Best Of 2010 Best Business — South By Cheryl Schweizer Chronicle correspondent PATEROS – Good customer service comes down to a quality product - most of success in business comes down to a quality product, Sweet River Bakery co-owner and Manager Alex Hymer said. The bakery, 203 Pateros Mall, was a south country triple winner in The Chronicle’s “Best of” listings – Best Business, Best Coffee/Espresso and Best Burgers/Pizza. The crew bakes custom breads and pastries, serves espresso and, a year ago, added a lunchtime soup-andsandwich menu and pizza. But whether it’s bread or cinnamon rolls, sandwich bread or pizza in the oven, what matters is that it’s a quality product, Hymer said. “When you make good stuff, you’re happy to give it to customers,” he said. Hymer said he’s got a baseline for judging quality – if he wouldn’t give it to his mom for Mother’s Day, he doesn’t want to give it to customers either. From the bread to the pizza dough, as much as possible is made from scratch, Hymer said. The pizza sauce is made on site; the meat and vegetables are all sliced in the back kitchen. “We make everything possible that we can make,” he said. The meats for the pizza and sandwiches come from Hank’s Market in Twisp. It’s all part of the effort to get the best ingredients possible. “Quality is key,” Hymer said. The effort to produce a quality product is the best way to distinguish Sweet River Bakery from the crowd, Hymer said. Quality, and always striving for better quality, is the way to attract customers and keep them coming back.

The South at its best Chronicle readers voter for the top area businesses

Sweet River Bakery

Barista Janine Raymond (left) and Manager Jill Appleton work the espresso machine at Sweet River Bakery. Occasional innovation also brings in customers. Sweet River Bakery had good success with extended weekend hours over the summer, serving pizza and wine, and sponsoring musical performances on its patio with a view of the Columbia River. The process isn’t always easy. “We’re a year into (serving pizza) and we’re still learning,” Hymer said.


The crew had extensive experience in making bread, so making pizzas was a logical step and something he’d wanted to do for a while, Hymer said. But pizza dough, like bread, is changeable. “We still occasionally stick pizzas to the oven,” he said. “And once or twice I’ve thrown a piece of (pizza) dough into the ceiling.” Making pizza dough from scratch includes hand-tossing it. What makes it all work is

the crew. “Everyone who works here has just been amazing,” Hymer said. In addition to Hymer and his father, Al, who own the business, the crew includes Manager Jill Appleton, Baristas Jennifer Steere, Rachel Burke, Carina Greenway, Catherine Perkins, Synnova Simmons and Janine Raymond, and Bakers Elsie and Bob Lehman, Javier Saucedo and Kris Strand.


Best business — SweetRiver Bakery Best customer service — Okanogan Truck and Tractor Entertainment venue — Coulee Dam Casino Fishing/hunting — Columbia River–Rufus Woods (Bridgeport/Pateros) Camping — Alta Lake State Park ATV/snowmobile/hikin g/biking trails — Twisp/Winthrop Skiing/snowboarding — Loup Loup Playground/park — The Plex, Okanogan Community festival — Okanogan Days Golf course — Okanogan Valley Golf Course Museum — Okanogan County Historical Museum Scenic view — Grand Coulee Dam Fireworks display — Grand Coulee Dam Accommodations — Pateros Lakeshore Inn Automotive — D&D Autobody Financial institution — North Cascades National Bank, Okanogan Real estate — Big Valley Realty, Okanogan Photography — Tim Patrick Pet grooming/sitting — Denise Lacoy Beauty salon — GiddyUp Tailored Western Wear and Salon Floral shop — Derina’s Flower Basket Law practice — Ronald Hammett Remodeling/Contractin g/Construction — Pete Peterson Plumbing School district — Okanogan Fire crew/department — Okanogan Civic organization — Okanogan-Omak Rotary, Okanogan Eagles Lodge Grocery store — Hank’s Harvest Foods Convenience store —

Pateros Super Stop Clothing/shoe store — Rawson’s Department Store Gift Shop/jewelry — J&J SmokeShop, Rawson’s Department Store, Coulee Dam Casino Store Furniture — Webster’s Furniture Antique/Second Hand Store — Amazing Antiques, Sue’s Unique Antiques Farm Machinery and Supply — Hamilton Farm Equipment Gun/pawn — Neal’s Gun and Pawn Hardware/lumber — Valley Lumber Electronics/Internet — Dishnet, NCI Data Car dealership — Best Deal Auto, Fuller and Sons, Jess Ford, Elmway Auto Recreational vehicle and repair — Xtreme PowerSports Medical services — Okanogan-Douglas District Hospital, Family Health Centers Dentist — Dr. Rob Nau (Okanogan office), Caring Dental Center Optometrist — Herman Milton, Eye and Ear Clinic Veterinarian — Okanogan Valley Veterinary Clinic Pharmacy — J&S Drug Burgers and/or pizza — SweetRiver Bakery Restaurant — Wallwebbers Winery/brewery — Twisp River Pub Bar/tavern — The Cariboo Inn Espresso/coffee — SweetRiver Bakery

Thank you to all of our clients who use our services and support us! Callaway & DeTro PLLC & Staff

North Cascades National Bank voted “Outstanding Bank for 2010” for the Okanogan Valley by readers of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle.

1-800-603-9342 Visit us at our two Okanogan Valley locations: 721 S. Okoma Drive Omak 509-826-1018

188 Pine Street Okanogan 509-422-1135 Member FDIC Dee Camp/The Chronicle Roger Harnack/The Chronicle

Omak firefighters, led by Chief Kevin Bowling (left) work on a controlled burn earlier this year. The Omak department was named best fire department for the north country.

North from D1 Hardware/lumber — Ace Hardware, Omak Electronics/Internet — Community Net Car dealership — Sunrise Chevrolet Recreational vehicle

and repair — Choice Automotive and RV Medical services — MidValley Hospital Dentist — Dr. Gary Bramer Optometrist — Dr. Ugo Bartell Veterinarian — Animal Hospital (Carol Downey) Pharmacy — Ulrich Drug

The Sit ‘n’ Bull Saloon, in Conconully, was named the Best Bar/Tavern for the North Okanogan Country. Here, workers serve a meal during the Conconully Caviar Fete. Burgers and/or pizza — Papa Murphy’s Restaurant — The Breadline Cafe Winery/brewery — RockWall Cellars Bar/tavern — Sit N Bull Espresso/coffee — The Pumphouse

Thank you, Okanogan County, for voting us Best Business, Best Espresso/Coffee, and Best Pizza in South Okanogan Country. Check out our website for our Friday night music and weekly specials 509-923-2151 • 203 Pateros Mall, Pateros •

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Best Of 2010

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The Omak Ace Hardware staff share a smile and their two “Best Of” awards.

Store aces customer service By Sheila Corson The Chronicle OMAK – Omak Ace Hardware’s owner gives the credit to his staff for winning the Best Customer Service Award in North Okanogan Country for the second year in a row. Owner Gregg Grattan said whatever staff members do, they do it with the customer in mind. When he hires, he doesn’t just look at

knowledge or experience, but how good that candidate will be with customers. “That’s our way of showing appreciation to our customers,” Grattan said. “They are our boss.” His father, Mike, started the business in 1979. When he retired in 1999, Gregg Grattan took over. Seven years ago, the store moved from downtown Omak into its new, larger building at 663 Riverside Drive. The customer service began with his

father; Grattan said he learned from him. There will always be other businesses to compete with, but customer service can distinguish one from the other, he said. “Offer that extra to make them want to come back,” Grattan said. He said he is grateful for the support of those who voted for Ace for two years in a row. “I’m real proud of my staff,” Grattan said. “They do care.”

Readers choose Okanogan Valley By Brenda Starkey The Chronicle OKANOGAN – Okanogan Valley Veterinary Clinic was chosen the best veterinarian in the south country by Chronicle readers. Veterinarian Gary L. Lesamiz, a Washington State University graduate, bought the business in 1977. Located at 2447 Elmway, the clinic was in a house when he bought it and had been the practice of M.L. Ledgerwood since 1947. Lesamiz said the veterinary field isn’t as lucrative as it once was, especially since many new vets have large school loans to pay off. But his clinic has regular patients, such as a Chihuahua brought in by Desha Pillow last week. The little dog was scratching at her ears, and the doctor quickly determined she probably had an allergy. He prescribed some ear drops to comfort the dog. This particular patient had a Caesarean section and Lesamiz

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Raine Hatch checks a customer into The Junction’s motel.

Junction offers gas, food and more By Brenda Starkey The Chronicle TONASKET – Chosen the best convenience store in North Okanogan Country, the Junction offers a gas station, convenience store and more. The store, 509 S. Whitcomb Ave., is owned by Julie and Mike Buchert. It operates 24 hours a day and is located at the intersection of state Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 97.

Chronicle readers chose it as the best convenience store in North Okanogan Country. The Junction offers gas, hot food, assorted sandwiches and salads, beverages and snack foods. But unlike the average convenience store, it also has wireless Internet access, a Laundromat and an eightroom motel. One Tonasket resident asked, “What did we do before The Junction came to town? This is the hub of Tonasket.”


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Dr. Gary L. Lesamiz, left, and assistant Kimberly Stearns check the ears of a patient. said his assistants kept her two tiny puppies alive with their

own tender loving care while he tended to the mom.

Pillow said the puppies are doing fine, thanks to the clinic.

BEST CAMPING — SOUTH Dee Camp/The Chronicle

Alta Lake State Park, with its golf course, was named Best Camping for the south country area by Chronicle readers.

Okanogan Days, the city’s annual festival the first weekend of June, was named the top festival for the south country area.

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Thank you from Pateros Lakeshore Inn for voting us “Best Accommodations” in South Okanogan Country. Use our website for specials, packages and views. 877-923-9555 • 233 Lakeshore Drive, Pateros PaterosLakeshoreInn.COM

Dr. Robert Nau, D.D.S., F.A.G.D., LLC

A special THANK YOU to all of our customers and those that voted us “Best of” Grocery Store in North Okanogan County. We appreciated your patronage.

Gene's Harvest Foods 22 W. Apple • Downtown Omak 509-826-0212

We would like to thank the folks who voted Dr. Rob Nau as the “Best Of” dental office in the south Okanogan Country. We appreciate your confidence and will strive to continue providing the highest quality comprehensive care for our patients. We welcome new patients! From: Dr. Nau and his dental team: Rob, Roz, Lisa, Kelly, Sue, Jessica, and Karen 232 2nd Ave. N., Okanogan • 509-422-4881

We would like to thank our community and customers for the great honor of being voted the Best of the Best in Okanogan County for banking. We really appreciate our existing patrons and all the new folks who choose to join our family every day. Omak Branch 3 N. Ash St., Omak • 509-826-0712 Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Xtreme best for off-road By Brenda Starkey The Chronicle OKANOGAN – Being selected the best of recreational vehicle and repair shops was just one piece of good news at Xtreme Power Sports, 1930 N. Second Ave. The other came from weather forecasters predicting lots of snow this winter. In the repair shop, employees are busy preparing snowmobiles for the season. They say they look forward to snow. It’s a busy season, and employees say they enjoy doing the work. On the sales floor, new snow machines are on display, and customers have a wide array of equipment to check out. The business offers new and used ATVs, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, scooters and motorcycles. It also stocks Husqvarna power tools and an array of parts. The service department works on all brands and offers anything from regular

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A.J. Goss prepares a new snowmobile for the showroom. maintenance to engine rebuilds and sled modifications. The store specializes in aftermarket performance work for dirt bikes, ATVs and sleds. Xtreme has been at its

current location — the former Western Restaurant building — for two years, and owner Darren Goetz said the location is working well. The business will be nine years old in April.

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A saddle bronc rider and horse barrel out of the chute during the 2010 Omak Stampede. The rodeo was named the top community festival for North Okanogan Country, and the Omak Stampede Arena the top entertainment venue.


Okanogan Truck and Tractor staff members Jim Cheek, from left, Mike Craigen, Todd Featherly, Rod Weitman, Ralph Criss and James Blake brave the rain outside their shop. Employee Dave Whitley is not pictured.

Being helpful is foremost By Sheila Corson The Chronicle

Youngsters tackle jumps and obstacles at Sitzmark Ski Hill. The community-operated ski hill near Havillah boasts a chairlift, jumps and rails. It was named the north country’s Best Skiing/Snowboarding venue.

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OKANOGAN – Being helpful in the smallest things has helped second-generationowned Okanogan Truck and Tractor win the Best Customer Service Award for South Okanogan Country. Owner Rod Weitman said his knowledgeable staff will go out of their way to help with even the smallest problems. Because of that, many customers return. “It’s not a sense of an 8-5 job, it’s an enjoyment to be able to help people,” Weitman said. Customer service has been part of the business, 204 S. Third Ave., which has existed since the 1960s with Weitman’s father, Ralph, at the helm. It had been known by another name before that. Weitman went to work with his dad and business partner in 1978. The two owned the business together from 1990 until Ralph Weitman died nearly two years ago. Rod Weitman said the business carries a good product line, has parts that can’t be found elsewhere and if it doesn’t have a part, staff will find it if the part exists.

To all our wonderful customers

Thank you from

The Corner Bistro Voted Best Business 2010 North Okanogan Country by Chronicle readers.

19 E. Apple Ave., Omak • 509-826-4188

We at Best Deals give our thanks to the community for your support since we opened. We look forward to serving Okanogan County for many years to come.

509-689-DEAL (3325) 314 Hwy. 97 • Brewster

Receiving the award has made Weitman “so appreciative,” he said, noting it’s rare to get that kind of feedback. As part of that customer service focus, Weitman said he

tells his six employees, “You’re not working for me, you’re working for the guy who brought the pickup or tractor in. “When you help with the smallest things, it comes back.”

Ulrich Drug, Omak Thanks for voting us

“Best Of” 2010 Pharmacy for North Okanogan Country

The best is what we strive to be. 27 North Main St., Omak • 509-826-0870

Thank you to everyone who voted us “Best of Museum” in the North Country Molson Museum

15 miles east of Oroville • 509-485-3292

Dave’s Gun and Pawn Thank you for voting Dave’s Gun and Pawn Best of for 2010. We appreciate your business. 112 N. Main • Riverside • 509-826-0544

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The Mother’s Day weekend Friendly OK Car Club Show is one of many events in East Side Park, Omak. The park, which includes the Omak Stampede Arena, background, swimming pool, RV park and ball fields, was named the Best Park/Playfield in the north country.


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Budd Featherly, left, checks the fit of a shoe on Jayson Hubbard at Rawson’s.

Rawson’s is on top twice Third-generation store offers apparel, footwear By Brenda Starkey The Chronicle

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Doug Sheets pulls wine from a barrel to test it at RockWall Cellars, Omak. The wintery was picked by Chronicle readers as the Best Winery/Brewery in the north country area.

OKANOGAN – Rawson’s Department Store, which offers family and Western apparel, shoes and boots, was named Best Clothing/Shoe Store in the South Okanogan Country by Chronicle readers. It tied with J&J Smoke Shop, 17 Crowder Road, Okanogan, and Coulee Dam Casino, 515 Birch St., as Best Gift/Jewelry Store for the south country. Rawson’s, 212 S. Second Ave., runs a block in length and features a staff of clerks eager to help customers find just what they’re seeking. Stepping into Rawson’s is

like taking a trip back into the past when locally owned, family-operated stores were the centerpiece of Main Street America, the owners said. The store was founded 60 years ago by Robert G. Rawson and his wife, Helen. Rawson had worked in other stores in Spokane, Colville and then for C.E. Blackwell Co. in Okanogan before opening his own establishment in 1950. In the beginning, the store measured 25 by 50 feet, with merchandise stacked to the ceilings. Customer service has always been the key to

Rawson’s success, according to the store’s Web site. Richard and Bonnie Rawson joined the store in 1971, and Mark Rawson, the third generation, has been part of the management team for years. It is one of the area’s oldest clothing stores, and takes pride in bringing its customers the highest quality shoes, boots and clothing available, store owners said. Management strives to make the store reflect the local people and their needs. Clothing ranges from the latest fashions to long-wearing Western wear for the area’s farmers and ranchers.

Thank you for voting

Giddyup Tailored Western Wear and Salon “Best Of” Beauty Salon in South Okanogan Country Join us for an evening of Jewelry and Wine at RockWall Cellars, Thursday, Nov. 18, 5 to 9 No admission charge


243 Queen St., Okanogan • 509-826-2550

John L. Scott would like to thank everyone who voted them “Best Real Estate” in North Okanogan Country. 509-826-7130 • 632 Riverside Drive, Omak • Mike McDaniel, Broker

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Harrison Jewelers, owned by Dean Harrison, above, was named the Best Gift Shop/Jewelry Store for the north country.


Thank you to all of our loyal customers. We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you at the

Sit ‘n Bull Bar & Grill Conconully 509-826-2947

THANK YOU Dr. Roberts at the Okanogan Valley Eye & Ear Clinic would like to thank his customers for voting him “Best of” 2010 Optometrist in the North Okanogan Country!

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The Sherman Pass summit features statues of wolves. The pass — state Highway 20 — is tops for scenic views in the north country, readers said.

717 Okoma Drive, Omak 1-800-738-8272 509-826-1191

Thank you for voting A Cut Above Best Floral Shop in North Okanogan Country Celebrating 6 years! 16 N. Main St., Omak 509-826-1834

Animal Hospital of Omak, LLC

Thank you to all of our two-legged friends and four-legged friends. Carol Downey • Angel Hastings Lacey Jones • Joleen Tucker Alia Edmonds

509-826-5070 132 Columbia St. • Omak

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