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Heather Ryan wins best licensed massage therapist in Best of the Valley vote By EVAN PAPPAS Staff Reporter

This year’s voters in the Best of the Valley contest have voted Heather Ryan, owner of Healing Garden Day Spa in North Bend, as the best Licensed Massage Therapist in the Valley. Ryan, who has lived in the Valley for 19 years, started the Healing Garden Day Spa in 2012 and has been working as a massage therapist for 10 years. After suffering an injury in a car accident, Ryan was inspired to pursue massage therapy as a career by her physical therapist, Nancy Coltom. She attended the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattleand graduated in 2006. Since then, Ryan has worked as a massage therapist at various businesses outside of the Valley before starting her own business right in North Bend. “When I started my practice I stayed in the Valley, didn’t go down to Issaquah. I started the Healing Garden a little over five years ago and wanted to create a beautiful place to go to relax, to receive quality massage,” she said. “I love small towns. People take care of one another. I had cancer seven years ago and didn’t have insurance and I was hurting financially. The community got together and had a benefit. They basically rescued me and I was able to pay my rent and buy necessities. It’s the sense of community and that we all take care of one another.” She started out as an independent massage therapist and shared a location with other massage thera-

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Heather Ryan was voted Best Licensed Massage Therapist in the Best of the Valley 2017 vote. pists until her business picked up enough to the point that she needed her own location and employees. She moved into a spot on West North Bend Way in downtown North Bend. “It was growth of the business, it was time to expand, the massage was doing so well. I have a small retail space as well, I sell bath and body products, facial products, jewelry and accessories,” she said.

Ryan’s outlook on massage therapy begins and ends with the well-being of the customer, she said. From establishing the look and atmosphere of the office space to the quality of the service itself, Ryan said she puts in all of her effort for her clients. “I make sure that when I have a client come in, I give them 100 percent and they are well taken care of when they come into the


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office, its more than a massage, it’s making sure that their health is being taken care of,” she said. “It feels like I’m growing with the city and the Valley. It seems like there is an awful lot of growth… For such a small town it’s amazing how many good resources we have for natural healing.” Over the five years of operation, Ryan has seen her business grow along with the Valley. She is

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thankful that so many of her clients wanted to show their support by voting her into the top spot this year. “I would not be where I am today without my very loyal and supportive clients and friends,” she said. “That’s what community is all about, people helping people, so much gratitude.” For more information on Heather Ryan and the Healing Garden, visit


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Snoqualmie’s Black Dog Cafe wins for Best Live Music Venue By CAROL LADWIG Editor

Like a lot of places in the Valley, The Black Dog Cafe in Snoqualmie features live music. What makes the downtown Snoqualmie restaurant, and this year’s winner for Best Place for Live Music stand out, though, is both the amount and range of that music. Shows are scheduled almost every day of the week, including Sunday brunch performances and a Wednesday night open mic tradition that’s continued for 22 years. The bands that perform there are local favorites such as The Winterlings and Strong Sun Moon, and often, national and regional acts on tour. “We get a lot of travelling bands,” said Cristie Coffing, co-owner of The Black Dog with her husband, Greg Ballmer and sister, Anna Boranian. “They’ll hit us up for a Thursday night show and go to the bigger venues in Seattle on Saturday.” For instance, Maxwell Hughes, formerly of The Lumineers, plays the Black Dog with his band, Edison, on Thursday, May 25. What makes The Black Dog a popular stop for bands of all sizes is, as far as Coffing can tell, a combination of things. The small venue is intimate — “We can seat about 40 to 45 people, so we just pack ‘em in,” says Coffing, and it also has good sound, thanks to the efforts of sound technician Mike Antone. “One of the bands that was here told us… if a band likes a place, thinks they’ve been treated well, had good sound mixing, they tell other bands about it” she said. “It’s really

just word of mouth, through the music business.” The Black Dog is open to all types of music, too. “We try to focus on original singer-songwriters,” Coffing said, “but we’ve done everything from folk to rock to death metal… just recently, we started getting in a lot of bluegrass music.” The indie rock Edison show will be one of the few for which the Black Dog charges a cover fee; most shows are free. “Usually it’s just ‘donate to the band,’” said Coffing, “We have donation envelopes and a jar at the door.” The Black Dog also keeps its kitchen open late on music nights, serving dinners until 9 p.m., desserts and lighter fare after that. Wednesday nights are also pretty special events at the Black Dog, when musicians and their supporters gather for open mic events. “The thing I like about our open mic is we get really young people, like age 13, on up to 75, and it’s nice to see them bond,” said Coffing. Music is a shared bond of all those performers, but Coffing notes that the Black Dog isn’t just about music. “Actually, we do all the arts, visual, literary, music, drama…” she said, then listed a half-dozen workshops the business has recently hosted or will soon host, including pottery making, harmonica playing and play writing. “Our goal is to cultivate the arts in our community and wage peace in the Valley,” she added. Find the full schedule of Black Dog events at www., or find The Black Dog Snoqualmie on Facebook.

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Above: Black Dog Cafe co-owners Christie Coffing and Greg Ballmer thank everyone who voted for Black Dog Cafe to win best live music venue. Below, right: Harpist Cynthia Kuni performs at the Black Dog Cafe. Below, left: Shotgun Kitchen warms up the audience before a show at the Black Dog Cafe.

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Best of

Snoqualmie Valley


Real Estate Agent

Organization to Join

Happy Hour

First Place Sno Falls Credit Union Runner Up Umpqua Bank Honorable Mention Hauglie Insurance Agency

First Place Judy Hallamore, Re/Max Integrity Runner Up Monica Antone, John L. Scott Honorable Mention Hailey Miller, Cascade Realty; Don Bleha, Re/Max Integrity

First Place Snoqualmie Valley Little League Runner Up Snoqualmie Valley Relay for Life Honorable Mention Jazz Clubs NW

First Place The Attic at Salish Lodge & Spa Runner Up North Bend Bar & Grill Honorable Mention Piccola Cellars



Place for Family Outing

International Cuisine

First Place Peacock Appliances Runner Up Mr. K’s Construction, Inc. Honorable Mention Ty Olson, Ty’s Handyman Service

First Place Birches Habitat Runner Up North Bend Ace Hardware Honorable Mention Selah Gifts

First Place Rattlesnake Lake North Bend Farmers Market (tied) Honorable Mention Cedar River Watershed Education Center

First Place Gianfranco Ristorante Italiano Runner Up El Caporal Honorable Mention Trapper’s Sushi

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Live Music

First Place North Bend Ace Hardware Runner Up The Nursery at Mount Si Honorable Mention Carmichael’s True Value

First Place Cascade Heated Self Storage Runner Up Ole Cedar Mill Mini Storage Honorable Mention Snoqualmie Ridge Storage

First Place North Bend Bar & Grill Runner Up Snoqualmie Falls Brewery Honorable Mention The Pour House

Home Cleaning Services

Tax Services


First Place Wall to Wall Home Cleaning Runner Up The Cleaning Authority Honorable Mention Lindsey Moncrieff

First Place Brown & Sterling, Attorneys-at-Law Runner Up Krona & Krona, CPAs Honorable Mention Cascade Accounting

First Place Salish Lodge and Spa Runner Up Mount Si Golf Course Honorable Mention North Bend Bar & Grill

Home-based Business

Unique Gifts


First Place Mary J. Miller Photography Runner Up Denise Atkinson, Heritage Gifts Honorable Mention Bob and Laura Antone, Valley Artists

First Place Birches Habitat Runner Up Selah Gifts Honorable Mention Wild Hare Vintage

First Place Pioneer Coffee Company Runner Up Huxdotter Specialty Coffee Honorable Mention Wanted Espresso


Favorite Children’s Activity


First Place Hauglie Insurance Agency Runner Up Jeff Warren, State Farm Insurance Honorable Mention Ken Rustad, State Farm Insurance

First Place Si View Metro Parks Runner Up IGNITE Dance & Yoga Honorable Mention Encompass summer camps

First Place Georgia’s Bakery Runner Up Scott’s Dairy Freeze Honorable Mention The Swirl

Real Estate Agency



First Place John L. Scott, North Bend Runner Up Re/Max Integrity, Inc. Honorable Mention Cook Real Estate Cascade Team Real Estate

First Place Mount Si Golf Course Runner Up Cascade Golf Honorable Mention Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course

Financial Services

First Place North Bend Bar & Grill Runner Up Scott’s Dairy Freeze Honorable Mention Herfy’s Burger & BBQ

First Place The Black Dog Runner Up Festival at Mount Si Honorable Mention Raging River Cafe

Pizza First Place Frankie’s Pizza Runner Up Papa Murphy’s Honorable Mention Uncle Si’s Pizza

Restaurant First Place North Bend Bar & Grill Runner Up Woodman Lodge Honorable Mention El Caporal

Romantic Place First Place The Attic at Salish Lodge & Spa Runner Up Salish Dining Room Honorable Mention Woodman Lodge

HEALTH Chiropractic First Place Straight Chiropractic Runner Up Brad Kaasa Honorable Mention Alpine Chiropractic


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Best of


Favorite Event

First Place Dr. Kelly Garwood Runner Up Dr. James Browning Honorable Mention Dr. Rodger Galloway

First Place Festival at Mount Si Runner Up North Bend Block Party Honorable Mention North Bend Blues Walk


Place of Worship

First Place Dr. Maurice Doerfler Runner Up Dr. Alyssa Dirienzo Honorable Mention Dr. Dean Steele

First Place Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church Runner Up Our Lady of Sorrows Honorable Mention Cascade Covenant

Fitness Venue

Place to Work

First Place Mt Si Sports + Fitness Runner Up Si View Metro Parks Honorable Mention IGNITE Dance & Yoga

First Place Sno Falls Credit Union Runner Up Huxdotter Specialty Coffee Honorable Mention Kelly Garwood, DDS

Licensed Massage Therapist


First Place Heather Ryan, Healing Garden Runner Up North Bend Therapeutic Massage Honorable Mention Aimee Bahr LMP, Edge Physical Therapy & Rehab

First Place North Bend Montessori, Inc. Runner Up Rooster Valley Farm School Encompass (tied) Honorable Mention IGNITE Dance & Yoga

Physical Therapy

PEOPLE City Councilor or Mayor

First Place Edge Physical Therapy Runner Up North Bend Physical Therapy Honorable Mention Peak Sports

LIVING Best Local Farm First Place The Nursery at Mount Si Runner Up Remlinger Farms Honorable Mention Bybee-Nims Farms

Best Park First Place Si View Metro Parks Runner Up Centennial Fields Honorable Mention Snoqualmie Point Park

First Place Ken Hearing, North Bend Mayor Matt Larson, Snoqualmie Mayor (tied) Honorable Mention Martin Volken; Alan Gothelf

City Employee First Place Gina Estep, North Bend Runner Up Julie Posey, North Bend Honorable Mention Tiah Branson, Snoqualmie

Community Volunteer First Place Bev Jorgensen Runner Up Nels Melgaard Honorable Mention Heidi Dukich

Firefighter First Place Brian Busby, Snoqualmie

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Runner Up Darby Summers, Snoqualmie Honorable Mention Chris Connor, Fall City

Grocery or Store Clerk First Place Roger Cleven, QFC North Bend Runner Up Liaqat Ahmed Sheikh, Safeway Honorable Mention Shanna Schwaller, Safeway

Local Non-Profit First Place Encompass Northwest Runner Up Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank Honorable Mention Jazz Clubs NW

Police Officer First Place Sean Absher, Snoqualmie Runner Up Kim Stonebraker, Snoqualmie Honorable Mention Steve McCulley, Snoqualmie

Store Owner First Place Chris Garcia, Frankie’s Pizza Runner Up Bryan and Wendy, Carmichael’s True Value Honorable Mention Shelly Woodward, Selah Gifts

Teacher First Place Joe Dockery, Mount Si High School Runner Up Kim Sales, Mount Si High School Honorable Mention Katie Bergerson, IGNITE Dance & Yoga

SERVICES Auto Services First Place Les Schwab Runner Up Alpine Coachworks Honorable Mention Chaplin’s North Bend Chevrolet

Hair Salon First Place Hair Ink Runner Up Bella Vita Spa & Salon

Honorable Mention Destiny by Design

Law Firm First Place Brown & Sterling, Attorneys-at-Law Runner Up Pearson Law Firm Honorable Mention Law Office of David Speikers

Nail Salon First Place North Bend Nails Runner Up Tip Top Nails Honorable Mention Snoqualmie Valley Nails

Pet Grooming First Place U-Dirty Dog Runner Up Mt Si Pet Salon at Ace Hardware Honorable Mention Snoqualmie Pet Parlor

Photographer First Place Mary J Miller Photography Runner Up Joy Baunsgard, Photography by Joy Honorable Mention Rusted Van Photography

Senior Health Care First Place Sno-Valley Senior Center Red Oak Residence of North Bend (tied) Honorable Mention Regency North Bend Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

Service Station First Place Wyrsch’s Shell, North Bend Runner Up North Bend 76 Station Safeway Gas (tied)

Veterinarian First Place Dr. Mike Treuting Runner Up North Bend Animal Clinic Honorable Mention Snoqualmie Ridge Veterinary Hospital

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Readers vote Wall to Wall Home Cleaning as best home cleaning service By EVAN PAPPAS Staff Reporter

Winning for the first time, Wall to Wall Home Cleaning has been voted the winner of the Home Cleaning Service category in the Valley Record’s Best of the Valley vote. Wall to Wall Home Cleaning was started in 2012 by North Bend resident Emma Luttrell, and over the past five years she has been able to grow her business thanks to her local customers. Luttrell started the business by herself and was the only employee for the first two years of operation. She left her previous job after the hours became too much for her to be able to spend time with her daughter. “I started in 2012, I had been doing elder care and working for another cleaning service, and the hours were too much to keep up with a teenage daughter,” she said. “I worked by myself until it grew too big to do that.” With a growing business, Luttrell was able to hire more staff and manage more customers. She has about three employees that work with her five days a week. “I started out my business with one client and just really hustled hard, put my name out there, and it paid off… Within two years I went from one client to over 30,” she said. “At first I didn’t need more helpers, just needed one person

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Wall to Wall home Cleaning was voted Best Home Cleaning Service. From left: Kaya Luttrell, Emma Luttrell holding her dog Jojo, and Jessica Phillips. to compensate for the work load, I had to bring on more people to have a second team available.” Two of her main employees are her daughter, Kaya, and Jessica Phillips, who have helped her when she was unable to work after being diagnosed with cancer. “My team really stepped up and took care of everything,” she said. “We are a small business and we are very close. I really appreciate my team a lot, I try not

to overburden them and try to only put on their plate what they can handle.” Her business philosophy is to look at the service she provides and question if she would pay for it herself. She is passionate about her standards and wants customers to feel like they are getting the most for the price. “I’ve been in customer service of various types forever. One thing I know, if I was spending the money what would I want to see and how would I want to

be treated spending money on this?” she said. “If clients aren’t happy then it’s obviously not going to work. The best way to keep them happy is to consider yourself and if you were spending money what would you want.” Luttrell said being able to provide a service to

the Valley has let her get to know her clients, in a way she never had before. A 17-year North Bend resident, Luttrell says the community of the Valley is what keeps her here. “My clients are like family to me, most of my clients we have had them a long time. We keep things

up and running. We know their pets and their kids. It’s awesome,” she said. “The community and the people and the support that I’ve had here, especially is what keeps me here. I lived a lot of places in my life, and I have never had such a sense of community as I have had in this Valley.”

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Sno Falls Credit Union chosen by readers as best place to save money, and to earn it By CAROL LADWIG Editor

Service is the secret of Sno Falls Credit Union’s annual appearance in the finalists for Best Financial Institution in the Valley Record’s Best of the Valley reader survey. It’s probably also the reason the institution ends up in the finalists as one of the Best Places to Work in the Valley, too. “Everybody who comes in here really enjoys being here,” said Stacy Dorn, Sno Falls Vice President of Operations and Business Services. She joined the staff about two years ago and immediately noticed what everyone who comes to Sno Falls has noticed. “They all say the same thing... it’s so much different,” she said. “With a credit union, it does tend to be a little bit friendlier, and we tend to work with our members a little bit closer. You’re not a numCourtesy Photo ber.” Sno Falls’ 7,400 mem- Sno Falls Credit Union staffer Jodie Padilla helps out with the credit union’s periodic community shredding days, an opportunity for residents to safely destroy old bers (almost 7,800 includ- documents without risk of identity theft. ing business accounts) own can help buyers to get low“We’re going to sit down the credit union, and actu- Dorn said. “It’s just been expanded from $34 mil- Snoqualmie. Banking services have er-interest-rate car loans. and work with people,” ally drive the services it steady growth since I start- lion to just over $60 mil“We’ve added business Dorn said, “and look at too. “We ed here, almost two years lion. The organization expanded, offers. “Really what’s driving all ago, steady, uphill growth.” closed two grocery-store brought (home loans) back services, business accounts all of the circumstances of In that same two years, branches to open two and they’re even better,” and business lending and their situations.” the changes is just general Sno Falls also boasts a growth and what people she recalled, the cred- stand alone branches, one Dorn said. And the organi- we have merchant services 1814213_Joseph total assets each in North Bend and zation’s TrueCar program for things like credit card very satisfied workforce, of are expecting from a bank, ” it union’s Rome processing. We also have 25 employees. Law_0308_0322_2x2bw a full array of home equity “We have an amazing products.” boss,” said Dorn. “Tim Dorn noted that Sno (Williams, Sno Falls Credit Falls has recently installed Union CEO) is just a great ATMs that take deposits, person to work for. We just ple, Fig, PERSONAL INJURY • AUTO ACCIDENT ..or a Cherry, Ap and added mobile bank- all love our members and you name it! Free Case Evaluation/Consultation ing services for the grow- it’s a really friendly place to ing numbers of device users be. I’ve never worked in a e Here! ar s ee Tr t 512 Sixth Street South, Ste 101 • Kirkland ui Fr too! be in the Valley. Basically, she place like this before.” ld ou sh p. 425.658.3652 • c. 425.429.1729 You said, they can do almost Sno Falls Credit Union everything larger banks do, celebrates its 60th anniverFARM • RANCH • GARDEN • PET • COUNTRY CO-OP but they offer a different sary this year. Learn more 145 NE Gilman Blvd • Issaquah, WA Local Snoqualmie Resident ~ Meetings in Snoqualmie Valley value proposition with that. at (425) 392-6469 Available by Appointment 1877130

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