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and here are Renton’s favorites in different categories. Awards are given based on exceptional good service from a store or maybe a fantastic meal or service providers who go the extra mile in customer service.

Š2013 A publication of the Renton Reporter

Best of Renton 2013 A message from the publisher Here are the results of the Best of Renton 2013! We gave our readers a chance to vote for their favorite people, places and things in Renton. The businesses that place or win these awards take this very seriously. They want to be the best and go to great strides to ensure that they are.

We hope you enjoy the results along with the messages from the businesses and groups for which you voted. This would not have been possible without the support of you, the readers and voters. We’d like to thank all of you who took the time to vote either by ballots published in our paper or on-line!



Bank/Credit Union Winner: BECU

Finalists: Chase, Bank of America & First Savings Bank Northwest

Best Service Winner: Brag Hair Salon

Finalists: Vince’s Coffee, Kirk E. King, DDS, PS & Highlands Chiropractic

Churches Winner: St. Anthony Catholic Ellen Morrison, Parish Publisher

Winners of drawing!! First Place Winner: Elizabeth Dompier

Finalists: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, New Life Church & Highline Community Church

Medical Clinics Winner: Valley Medical Center Clinics Finalists: Group Health Renton Medical Center, Southlake Clinic & HealthPoint

Non-profit Winner: YWCA - South King County

$125 McLendon Hardware Gift Card and $50 Angelo’s Pizza & Pasta House Gift Card

Finalists: Vision House, St. Vincent de Paul & Renton Rotary

Second Place Winner: Blake O’Brien

$75 McLendon Hardware Gift Card and $50 Angelo’s Pizza & Pasta House Gift Card

Pet Groomer Winner: Poodie’s Pet Palace

Third Place Winner: Kristen Allen

Finalists: Fuzzy Friends, PetSmart & Connie’s Gentle Clips

$50 McLendon Hardware Gift Card

Veterinary Clinic Winner: Animal HealthCare of Renton

Fourth Place Winner: Malinda Ellis $50 McLendon Hardware Gift Card

Finalists: Spring Glen Veterinary Hospital, Value Pet Clinic & Sunset Pet Hospital

Asian Cuisine Winner: Little PeKing Chinese Restaurant Finalists: Golden Peacock Restaurant, Mandarin Palace & Royal Orchid

Bakery Winner: Common Ground Coffee & Cupcakes

Finalists: Cakes by Crème de la Crème, Chuck’s Donuts Shop & Panera Bread

Breakfast Winner: Plum Delicious Family Restaurant Finalists: Tommy’s Cafe, IHOP Restaurant & Jay Berry’s Cafe

Coffee Winner: Starbucks

Finalists: Liberty Cafe, Vince’s Coffee & Common Ground Coffee & Cupcakes

Family Restaurant Winner: Red Robin

Finalists: Plum Delicious Family Restaurant, A Terrible Beauty Irish Pub & Restaurant & Tommy’s Cafe

Fine Dining Winner: Melrose Grill

Finalists: Red House Beer & Wine Shoppe, Vince’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria & Lakeside Bistro

Thanks Renton for your votes and for your selection of “Best Insurance Agent”!

Thank You!

John Galluzzo,



Auto • Home • Life • Business Call: (425) 226-9239



Gets you back where you belong.®


440 Rainier Ave. S. 425-235-3555 [2] April 26, 2013




433 Park Ave. N., Renton WA 98057 john@galluzzoins.com

Best of Renton 2013 Italian Cuisine Winner: Vince’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Pizza Winner: Angelo’s Pizza & Pasta House

Lunch Winner: Applebee’s

Tavern/Pub Winner: A Terrible Beauty Irish Pub & Restaurant

Finalists: The Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits, Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza & Smoking Monkey Pizza

Finalists: Angelo’s Pizza & Pasta House, Marianna Ristorante, & Amante Pizza and Pasta

Finalists: Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches & Panera Bread, Local 907

Thai Cuisine Winner: Royal Orchid

Finalists: La Fuente Family Mexican Restaurant, La Hacienda & Santa Fe Mexican Grill

Finalists: Thai 65, Thai on HiLands & Fairwood Thai


St Charles Place

Medical Eye & Vision Care

Spring Hours Tue-Sat. 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thank you Renton for our 1st year!

Antiques & Restoration

Paul S. Jensen O.D., Optometric Physician 112 Pelly Ave N, Renton, WA 98057

230 Wells Ave. S., Downtown Renton



419 South Second St. • Suite 3 • Renton, WA 98057

Thank you Renton for 40 great years!


Located right across from Renton High School



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Finalists: Red House Beer & Wine Shoppe, All Things Wine, The Wine Shoppe at Hawk’s Landing 4th Street Wine and Spirits

Finalists: Dino’s Pub, Whistle Stop Ale House & Doofers Bar and Grill

Mexican Winner: Torero’s

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Wine/Bar Shop Winner: Vino at the Landing



Free unlimited fitness training! Free Pizza every 1st Monday • 5pm to 8pm! No Committments.

Expires: Monday, May 30, 2013

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Crème de la Crème

4613 NE Sunset Blvd. Renton, WA 98059

Artisan Cakes and Classic Confections


440 Olympia Ave NE, Renton, WA 98056 (425) 282-0329 Thur-Fri 10 am~6 pm Sat 9 am~2 pm

Kirk E. King,

Dr. Wood and the entire staff at Animal Health Care Center would like to thank everyone that voted for AHCC in the “Best of Renton.” Serving our customers and their pets continue to be the reason we work so hard every day to provide the best pet care possible. We thank each of you for your loyalty & support over the years and into the future.


We are honored to be nominated as one of the “Best of Renton” as we celebrate our 13th year in downtown Renton. A huge thank-you to all of our patients and a resounding welcome to all new patients!

Sincerely, Dr. Tracy Wood & the staff at AHCC


66 Williams Ave S www.dare2smile.com

Animal Health Care of Renton

Our Office Hours: Monday - Wednesday 8 to 5 • Thursday 7 to 3

425-203-9000 www.AHRenton.com


We look forward to providing outstanding care for you, your family, and your friends.

Mon & Wed 8am-7pm Tues, Thurs & Fri 8am-6pm Sat & Sun 10am-4pm www.rentonreporter.com


504 Renton Ctr. Wy SW #3 • Renton

Mon. 12am - Fri. 9pm Sat. & Sun. 7am - 7pm


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907 S. 3rd, Renton




4233 NE Sunset Blvd., • RENTON 425-277-5068 • www.jaysproauto.com

Purchase Three Gourmet Cupcakes and and Get One Free



To all of you who voted for us, we are honored to be your top shop

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Best of Renton 2013 Barber Shop Winner: Hilands Barber Shop

Auto Service Winner: Firestone Complete Auto Care Store

Finalists: Brag Hair Salon, Linda’s Barber Shop & Fairwood Hair Care

Casino Winner: Freddie’s Club of Renton

Finalists: Mathewson’s Automotive, Jay’s Professional Automotive Inc. & Bucky’s

Day Spa Winner: CD Danza Salon & Spa Finalists: Debbie Hanson, LMP, Massage Envy Spa & Bianco & Co. Salon and Spa


Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria www.vincesitalian.com

We Buy Antiq ues!

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 11am-10pm HAPPY HOUR Monday-Friday 11am-5pm

Happy Hour Specials On Beer • Cocktails Margaritas

Thank you for voting us “Best Pizza” and “Best Italian” in Renton

FREE Dinner



Please present coupon when ordering. Not valid with any other discount or promotion. Not valid on Memorial or Mother’s Day. Expires 6/6/13. 766517


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Purchase two dinners or pizzas & two beverages at regular menu price and receive $10 off your bill.

918 S. 3rd St., Renton, WA 98057

Cannot be combined with any other offer. One coupon per table. Not valid with Take-out or Daily Specials. With Coupon Only. Expires 5/30/13

1170 Sunset Boulevard NE, Renton WA 98056

In appreciation, please present this ad to receive

Thanks for all your votes!

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Flower Shop Winner: Cugini Florist

Vinces l’

Country Station

Would like to thank you for all your votes!

Finalists: Planet Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness & Empowered Recreation

Finalists: Renton Flower Shop, Fred Meyer & Safeway

Finalists: Diamond Lil’s Card Casino & Silver Dollar Casino


Fitness Center Winner: LA Fitness

BURIEN (206) 246-1497 ~ RENTON (425) 226-8180 FEDERAL WAY (253) 839-1496



www.buckys.com www.marciemaxwell.com

3801 NE 4th St, Renton, WA 98056 425-255-1081 Mon-Fri 8-6 Sat 8-4

Your confidence and support is greatly appreciated.

Bucky’s has been in the auto business since 1971 with a reputation for doing the job right the first time! No appointment is necessary – we offer same day service in most cases.

thank you for voting us Best of Renton.

Free Check Engine Light Scan


“Your Residential Specialists”

206-949-1696 info@marciemaxwell.com 768435


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Up to 5 QTS, 5W30 Kendall Synthetic Blend 14 locations from Everett to Tacoma + Tax and $2.00 Shop/Disposal Fee. Most Cars & Light Trucks

Thank You

Best of Renton 2013 Finalists: 44th Street Salon, CD Danza Salon & Spa & The Boulevard Salon

Martial Arts Winner: Lee’s Martial Arts

Finalists: Kim’s Tae Kwon Do, Dojo 3 & Fairwood Martial Arts

Nail Salon Winner: 44th Street Salon Finalists: CK Nails, Cacie Nails & Spa & #1 Nail Pro Salon & Spa

Nursery/Garden Winner: McLendon Hardware Finalists: Minter’s Earlington, Greenhouse & Nursery, Alpine Nursery & Lowe’s Home Improvement

Pawn Shop Winner: Ben’s Loans

Finalists: Pawn X-change, Park Avenue Antiques

Senior Retirement Center Winner: Merrill Gardens

Finalists: Evergreen Place, Chateau at Valley Center & Emeritus at Renton

Fresh from our Greenhouses Tomatoes & Spring Vegetable Starts Organic Mulch Organic Fertilizers

(Garden bins-The New Wave in gardening)


Renton’s Neighborhood Nursery and Garden Center

3901 NE 4th St., Ste 109, Renton, WA 98056



Thank yo to all ouru patients! Looking for ward to 2013.


Hair Salon Winner: Brag Hair Salon

Chiropractic Services • Massage Therapy • Physical Therapy • Rehabilitation

Thank you Renton for nominating us “Best Lunch!”

13043 Renton Ave S

Just West of the Renton Airport

For Our Tomato & Plant list www.mintersnursery.com


375 S. Grady Way Renton, WA

In The Nursery:

Go Greener Grow Your Own! Fox Farm Nutrients, Soil & Supplies

Like us on Facebook (MINTERSNURSERY)


Annuals, Perennials, Trees Roses, Fruit trees Asian Pear Trees

Ben’s Loan, Inc

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Hours: Mon-Fri 10-7 • Sat 10-6 • Sun 11-5

Thank you Renton for voting us Best Pawn Shop

THANK YOU RENTON! Serving families for 40 years Estate Planning Wills Living Trusts Powers of Attorney Probate Health Care Directives Elder Law Medicaid Planning Estate Tax Planning Community Property Agreements


• Jewelry • Tools • Electronics • Game Systems • Guns, ammo and cleaning supplies Ben’s Loan has been a respected name around the Seattle pawn industry for over 40 years.


1005 S 2nd St., Renton, WA 98057 (Corner of 2nd & Main & Bronson)

Now with offices conveniently located in Renton and Kent

Visit us at www.dankellogg.com

P. 425-687-1200 F. 425-687-1295 www.applebees.com


(Learn more about Bins at our Website Newsletter Archives)

Join us for Mother’s Day

Hours: Daily 10:00AM to 6:00PM Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00PM




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Best of Renton 2013 Kids

Learning Center Winner: Highlands Preschool

Activities Winner: Renton Community Center

Finalists: Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, Henry Moses Aquatic Center & KinderCare

Finalists: Doug Fox Travel Agency, AAA Travel Services Agency & Renton Travel and Cruises

Daycare Winner: KinderCare Child Day Care Center


Finalists: Bright Horizons, Highlands Preschool & Cedar River Montessori

Debbie Hanson, LMP for your votes for Best Massage Therapist



Ted Rodriguez & Family are proud to celebrate over 30 years in Renton!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at all locations!

We do Business the Old Fashioned Way!

The Staff at Cuginis would like to say Thank You for nominiating us “Best Florists” and “Best Gift/Speciality Store”

Serving Renton Since 1973

Thank you for nominating us “Best Martial Arts”

The Morrison Family




431-B RAINIER AVE S. 10707 SE CARR RD. 3901 NE 4TH ST. 425-228-6180 425-227-9104 425-271-5400 www.toreros-mexicanrestaurants.com [6] April 26, 2013

Across from Albertsons & Starbucks in the Renton Highlands

www.kingandbunnys.com • 425-277-0600

Open Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We are honored to be nominated for Rainier n o i t a c lo to your favorite moving ing d n a L The n! Mexican Restaurant! Soo NORTH BENSON

4608 NE Sunset Blvd • Renton WA

413 S. 3rd St., Renton 425.255.3900 800.733.3901 www.cugini.com

Family Restaurant


Store Hours: Mon-Fri 9 ‘til 7 Sat 9 ‘til 6 • Sun 12 ‘til 5


Mention this ad and buy three massages for $195 get fourth FREE!


Finalists: St. Charles Place Antiques, Park Avenue Antiques & Goodwill

Thank you for supporting Local Businesses! We appreciate everyone of our customers!.

Thank you


Antique Shop Winner: Antique Country Station


Travel Agency Winner: Foothills Travel

Finalists: Cedar River Montessori, Hillcrest Early Childhood Center & Sylvan Learning® Center


Finalist: Ancient’s Arts Tattoo


www.leesmartialarts.org 405 South 3rd Street • (425) 255-4549


Tattoo Shop Winner: Diamond Tattoo

Best of Renton 2013 Appliance Store Winner: King and Bunny’s

Finalists: Lowe’s Home Improvement & McLendon Hardware

Gift/Specialty Store Winner: Poggi Bonsi Gifts

Finalists: Cugini Florists & Fine Gifts. c’est la Vie & Chici Baby’s Consignment Boutique

Hardware Store Winner: McLendon Hardware Finalists: Ace Hardware & Lowe’s Home Improvement


Jewelry Winner: Garland Jewelers

Finalists: Renton Jewelry Exchange & Park Avenue Antiques

Pet Store Winner: PetSmart

Finalists: Sierra Fish & Pets, Pet Pros & Petco

Attorney Winner: Dan Kellogg

Finalists: Mogren, Glessner & Roti, P.S., Maslam Law Firm & Frank Davidson

Finalists: The Back Doctor, Highlands Chiropractic & Handley Chiropractic

Finalists: Renton Center & Downtown Renton

Renton | The essentials The Washington state Department of Licensing Driver Licensing Office in Renton is at 1314 Union Ave. N.E., Suite 4. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, and closed on Sunday and Monday. Call 425-277-7230 for information. General information about licenses for drivers and vehicles is available online at www.dol.wa.gov.

The station in Renton to get an emissions test for a vehicle is at 805 S.W. 10th St. The phone number is 425228-6453. More information on the state-required tests is

available online at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/ cars/automotive_pages.htm.

Think of us for Mother’s Day! Renton Delivery $5 most areas

Renton Flower Shop 323 Main Ave. S., Renton


rentonflowershop.net 772493

Finalists: Janice Brady & Laura Counsell

Firefighter Winner: Fitzgerald Brothers

Lt. Mike Fitzgerald, Fire District 20, Skyway, Macaleb Fitzgerald, Bellevue Fire Department

for an altered dog or cat and $40 for an unaltered dog or cat. There are discounts for qualifying seniors. Applications are available online at rentonwa.gov or at Renton City Hall, first floor Finance Department, or the Renton Community Center.

Voting information

Information about voting and voter registration is available online at http://kingcounty.gov/elections.aspx. For general information, call 206-296-VOTE. The King County Elections Division is located at 919 S.W. Grady Way in Renton. All voter-related services are available there.

Pet licenses Renton requires that all dogs and cats aged four months and older be licensed. The license must be on the animal at all times. Licenses are renewed annually. Fees are $25

HILANDS BARBER SHOP Serving Renton for 38 years!

Thank you for your votes! Helen, Russ & Gordy 2842 NE Sunset Blvd. (next to Dollar Tree)



Thank you for nominating us as finalists in the Real Estate Agent Category. Our success is directly related to our great community of Renton!

The best in community Sports l In print & Online www.rentonreporter.com

Thank You, It’s been a Great Year!

Financial Planner Winner: Eugene Heuschel

Authentic Thai Cuisine


104 Rainier Ave. S.

Larry Cutting

Renton, WA 98055

Ryan Runge

Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Thank you Renton for your votes for "Best Thai" Cuisine!



3016 Benson Road South, Renton, WA



Vehicle emissions

Finalists: Dr. Kirk King, Dr. Keith McDonald & Dr. Randolph Lake

Chiropractic Winner: Dr. Kimberly Corbin

Shopping Center Winner: The Landing

Driver license

Dentist Winner: Impressions Dentistry

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Best of Renton 2013 Insurance Agents Winner: Jim Sullivan

Optometrist Winner: Paul Jensen, O.D.

Massage Therapist Winner: Debbie Hanson

Pediatrician Winner: Dr. Gary German

Finalists: John Galluzzo, Kent Bradford & Oscar Myre

Physician Winner: Dr. Howard Miller

Finalists: Eyes on The Landing, Joshua Miller, O.D. & Dr. Peter Jones

Finalists: Massage Envy, Laurel Boulds-Fisk & Highlands Chiropractic

Finalists: Dr. Amit Joshi & Dr. Mary Butcher

Police Officer Winner: Katie McClincy

Finalists: Chief Kevin Milosevich, Cyndie Parks & Eric Stevens

Finalists: Dr. Michael Anderson, Dr. Connie Patulot & Dr. William Moore

Thanks to our customers for your support!

Real Estate Agent Winner: Marcie Maxwell

Thanks for voting us the “Best Coffee Shop” in Renton!

Join Us Tonight!

Finalists: Ryan Runge, Larry Cutting & Steven Dobson

Teacher Winner: Mary Orimiston at St. Anthonys School Volunteer Winner: Susan Camerer

“The Best Coffee on the Planet” 926 S. 3rd St. Open 9am-9pm Daily

Thank you to all our great customers for your nominations!

Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for nominating us the 2013 “Best Asian Cuisine” www.Goldenpeacockfairwood.yolasite.com

Phone: (425) 226-1802 • (425) 226-1803 14412 S.E. Petrovitsky Road Renton, WA 98058 Hours: 4:00-1:00, Mon - Thurs 4:00-2:00, Fri & Sat • 4:00-10:00, Sun

Opens at 3:00 on Sunday May 12th Dinner for Two - $32.50

Family. Friends. Community.

May 1-12 MAY 12

COMPLIMENTARY CARNATION Jim Sullivan, Agent 1520 Duvall Avenue NE Renton, WA 98059 Bus: 425-226-3322 jimsullivaninsurance.com

(add $16.25 per person)

BBQ Pork • Egg Rolls Cantonese Style Chow Mein General Tao’s Chicken Mongolian Beef Vegetable Chow Yuk Golden Special Rice

Dine In or Take Out Now Accepting Reservations


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