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We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you! Mon - Sat / 4 - 9pm, Sun 2 - 7pm 7 mile marker on Skalkaho Hwy • 363-3522

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is published by the Ravalli Republic Newspaper a division of Lee Enterprises Mike Gulledge Publisher Eve Byron associate editor Dara Saltzman Production & Design Lauren Ford, Kathy Kelleher and Jodi Lopez, Project Sales Bitterroot’s Best 2017 was written by Phil Connelly and contains photos by Perry Backus, Phil Connelly and Michelle McConnaha

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Thank you for voting us

Bitterroot’s Best Tire Store! We look forward to seeing you walk through our doors and welcoming you to the Jerry Wessels Tire Center family. Employees of the N. 1st St. Les Schwab store believe in giving back to the community where we live and work.

Since 1987

211 North 1st Street, Hamilton

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water law. “I enjoy working with my clients and very much appreciate their vote of confidence in me”. What his clients have to say: “Dave Markette is down to earth and sincere. Has a great sense of humor also. “ Actor/Actress: Mara Luther Mara is co-owner of the Chapter One Book Store in downtown Hamilton. She caught the acting bug at age 5 and has been involved in plays ever since. She has performed in a variety of roles at the Hamilton Playhouse since 2004. “I’m blessed to work in a community that actively supports local theater”.

Artist: Steve Wilson Steve’s art showcases a diverse collection of landscape and wildlife art of the Rocky Mountains. His paintings are known for their vibrant color and vivid definition making each painting come to life on the canvas.

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Attorney: David Markette 601 S 1st St, Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 363-1110 After graduating from the University of Oklahoma Law School, he took a job in a large law firm in Texas. However, he decided to raise his family in Montana and moved here in 1994. Dave specializes in banking, business, real estate and

Author: Jennifer DeGroot “I had my first rejection as an author when I submitted ma-

Thank you to everyone who voted me “Bitterroots Best” Artist

Eating on the Splurge, Romantic Dining, Steak AND Restaurant! A special thanks to the staff for making it happen!

Call 961-8938 or 381-6552 for reservations.

283 Second Street | Corvallis, MT 59828 (on the corner of Second and Market)

www.thewildmare.com • 406-961-8938

Steve Wilson

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Best Value | Cleanliest | Friendliest •Two free workouts with personal trainer •Free nutrition analysis with our staffed dietitian •Unlimited yoga & group fitness classes •Thank You to Our Members, Staff and Everyone who Voted!

June Jessop – Voted Bitterroot’s Best Personal Trainer

We wouldn’t be the best gym around without our amazing instructors, trainers and staff!

“As Owner/Manager of IHAC My goal is to have every member utilize the gym to its full potential! All members receive two free weight training workouts! Thank you for voting and a HUGE thank you to all of my clients!”

June Jessop

Owner/Manager, Personal Trainer, Performance Training, Strong Curves (Strength and Power without losing femininity), Injury Prevention, and Sports Nutrition. ALL AGES Email: june@ihacmt.com

99 Marcus Street, Hamilton, MT

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terial to Highlights - they told me they don’t publish submissions from kids. I’ve had plenty of rejections since then, but that just spurred me to be a better writer. I’m very humbled, surprised, and thankful for being voted best author.” She recently completed a romantic comedy novel and is ready to submit it for publication.

Barber: Mark Trotter For the second year in a row, Mark has been voted Bitterroot’s Best Barber. Along with his wife Debbie, Mark operates Markus Salon located at 610 N 1st St, Hamilton. He listens to his customers so that he can provide hairstyle that is right choice for them.

Bartender: Kristen Weidow at The Edge The Edge has been in business since 1997. Besides great food and a fun atmosphere, the Edge provides excellent service as evidenced by Kristen winning her second straight award for being the Bitterroot’s Best Bartender. What her clients are saying: “Friendly, fast service under pressure.”

Chiropractor: Barnings Chiropractic 246 Marcus St, Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 363-7600 Besides providing chiropractic adjustments, they offer Kinesio taping, which provides support and stability to joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. The clinic also offers digital X-rays so that problems can be spotted and diagnosed in one location. What customers are saying: “If I tell her an issue I’m having, she not only explains

why I’m having the issue, she makes adjustments and explains how to avoid that issue in the future”.

Coach: Spencer Huls Perennial favorite, Spencer Huls, is the Corvallis head coach who has led the girls track and field team to five straight state championships starting in 2011. The Montana Coaches Association selected Spencer as Class A Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2016. This was Huls’ 11th time to win Coach of the Year – four times as boys track coach and seven times as girls track coach.

Contractor: Pigman Builders For over 35 years, Pigman Builders, Inc. has become one of the area’s leading homebuilders. As the Bitter-


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root Valley has grown and prospered, so has their company. As a family business, grounded in tradition and Christian values, they continue to focus on providing value and personal service to each of their clients. Cosmetologist: Christi Skelton at Teased Salon 164 S. 3rd Street (406) 647-0164 “I feel blessed and grateful for the loyalty of my customers - it’s really why I am in business.”

fortable here, which is saying a lot for a dentist’s office.”

Dentist: Canyon View Dental 710 N 1st St, Hamilton, MT 375-1192 Since 2004, the amazing team at Canyon View Dental has taken a great deal of pride in providing exceptional care for their clients. When you visit, you’ll experience a warm and inviting environment and of course, great dental care. What clients are saying: “Great doctors and very friendly staff. I feel very com-

Domestic Car Mechanic: M & M Trans & Auto M & M Trans & Auto has been serving the Bitterroot Valley for over 30 years, located at 350 Skeels Ave, Hamilton. M & M Trans & Auto is a family-owned and operated business. They are a full service, one stop auto repair facility, including an experienced fully staffed mechanic shop on-site to complete any and all repairs. Employer: Hamilton Physical Therapy 336 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton

406-375-0980 Hamilton Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation Center exists to improve the quality of life of residents of the Bitterroot Valley. We are a, private, out-patient physical therapy practice founded in 1998. We offer the most comprehensive group of board certified therapists in sports orthopedics, and hand therapy in western Montana. With five convenient locations within the Bitterroot Valley from Darby to Florence, we ensure easy access to our clinics. We work closely with your Physician to ensure individualized treatment.

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Eye Doctor: Dirk Beyer at Big Sky Eye Care Because sight is the most important of our five senses, is why eye care is of utmost importance to the folks at Big Sky Eye Care. Here you can count on a thorough exam using the latest technology. Emergencies, such as broken glasses or a foreign object in your eye, are their specialty. Foreign Car Mechanic: Reliance Auto 1000 N 1st St, Hamilton (406) 363-2360 What customers are saying: “Fair and honest dealing. Called needing a new windshield wiper blade and was advised to go to NAPA because I could get it for

less there. Exactly the sort of thing that will make me want to come to Reliance when I have a bigger car issue. Thank you!”

Hair Stylist: Kayt Taylor 140 Cherry St, Ste 114 What clients are saying: “Kayt is a wonderful stylist & works so hard to do what

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Massage Therapist: Eve Meng Eve Meng opened her business in 2003 and has been practicing professionally for almost 15 years. She began in a leased office space, then worked for seven years at Hamilton Physical Therapy. She is now in a private office on Marcus Street in Hamilton. Eve focuses on communi-

cation with her patients so as to properly meet their needs. As she says herself, “Quality of touch is really important.”

Musician/Band: Big Sky Mud Flaps For over 40 years, this band has been playing their distinctive mixture of swing, rhythm and blues, jazz and Americana. Guitarist, David Horgan, said the band members were not sure how they’ve stayed together so successfully. “The only answer we can come up with is we started it for fun in the beginning, and somehow it remained a fun thing to do all the way along. One of our secrets is that we don’t take ourselves terribly seriously,” say the Mudflaps.

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you want. She goes out of her way to make sure you are happy.” “This salon is a ten and the stylist is a twelve!” “She knows what I want even when I don’t know myself.” “A huge thanks to all of my customers; they are like family!” says Kayt.

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as well (definitely a winwin)!” “Robyn took my senior pictures and I was so excited and nervous! But she made me feel comfortable and made it such a fun session!”

Personal Trainer: June Jessop at Iron Horse Athletic Club June wears many hats at the Iron Horse Athletic Club. Not only does she co-own the club with Tim Hanson, she is also its manager and in her “spare” time, helps customer stay and get in shape, something she has been doing for 18 years. What her clients have to say: “June is knowledgeable, personal, friendly, pushes you.”

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Photographer: Robyn Thoms at Dolci Memorie Photography 406.546.7182 Hamilton Robyn Thomas (Belcher) has been an avid photographer for 12 years. She attended New York Institute of Photography online where she learned not only the basics of what it takes to be a successful photographer but, how to produce images that her clients will love forever. What customers are saying: “Robyn took my daughter’s Senior pictures and they turned out a-maz-ing! Not only were they exactly what my daughter wanted but they were just what I wanted

Thanks to all the “people watching people” for making our Market the BEST!

Physical Therapist: Sheri Stroppel at Hamilton Physical Therapy 336 Fairgrounds Rd, Hamilton (406) 375-0980 Sheri Stroppel is a Physical Therapy Specialist who works at Hamilton Physical Therapy in Hamilton, Montana. She graduated with honors in 1995. Having more than 22 years of diverse experiences,

especially in PHYSICAL THERAPY, Sheri affiliates with no particular hospital. What her clients are saying: “Sheri is so caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable in her field. I would recommend her to any family member or friend with utmost confidence that they will get fantastic care.”

Physician: Johanna Dreiling in Stevensville 5549 Old U.S. 93 #1, Florence (406) 273-4923 Dr. Dreiling graduated from the Mayo Medical School in 2007. She works in Florence, MT and specializes in Family Medicine at Florence Family

The Back Door Deli

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Bitterroot’s Best Deli We appreciate your business

HRS. Mon - Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 11-3 105 S 3rd St, Hamilton

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to your job as a real estate professional. What her clients are saying: “She is THE best around! If you want it sold she will sell it and with class.”

Realtor: Brooke Devries Brooke has been in the Real Estate business for over a dozen years. You will see her name on “For Sale” signs marking everything from $100,000 homes to multi-million-dollar estates. This is what happens when you’re truly dedicated

Reporter/Valley Voice: Steve Fullerton Steve has spent most of his adult working life at radio station KVGO in Hamilton.

While writing and drawing his way through school and college, he discovered that talking was fun, too, and fortunately for all of us, the radio station obliged.

Teacher: Krista Selvig in Florence Ms. Selvig teaches Algebra and Pre-Calculus classes at Florence-Carlton High

School. It takes a special kind of teacher to be voted Best of the Bitterroot Valley.

Veterinarian: Valley Pet Clinic 1420 S 1st Street, Hamilton “Having grown up on a ranch near Darby, it’s gratifying to be able to have a career where I can be around animals. I’m very grateful for

We wish to express a Big Thank You to all our furry customers and their wonderful owners. We are honored you have voted us

Bitterroot’s Best Pet Care/Boarding

We appreciate your loyalty and look forward to seeing you soon. 119 Big Corral Road • 406.363.6616 • www.bitterrootkennels.com


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those who voted my clinics as the best in the Bitterroot.” says vet Joe Melnarik. Joe, along with fellow veterinarians Emily and Theresa, have been serving the valley since he started working at the clinic in 1996. What clients are saying: “Dr. Joe is the best. A wonderful vet who was so helpful and kind to my dogs and me. The Bitterroot is fortunate to have him there for their pets.” “They believe in keeping animal care affordable especially when it comes to medication. Even though I am currently in Washington state, I still refer my MT friends to Dr. Joe & Dr. Emily.” Volunteer/Hero: Dillon Day & Vonni Gulli Dylan is a volunteer with the Corvallis Fire Department. He has been with the department for five years. While he and his fellow volunteer firefighters haven’t saved anyone’s life since he has been there, they have saved many structures. In the summertime, Dylan spends a lot of his time fighting wildland fires. Vonni has been volunteering at Hamilton Playhouse since 2002. She devotes a considerable amount of time as the set designer for the Hamilton Playhouse. “While I appreciate being voted as one of the valley’s best volunteers, I really want

to share this honor with the other wonderful volunteers at the playhouse.” says Vonnie

Thank you for voting us

Bitterroot’s Best Grocery Store! We appreciate your support!

Waiter/Waitress: Autumn Frost at Bitterroot Brewing What clients are saying: “Autumn is always on point and has a smile on her face! She is super friendly & efficient, even when it is a packed house!” Day Hike: Blodgett This is a fairly easy hike of around 3 miles. Along the way, you’ll have excellent views of Blodgett Canyon and peeks into the SelwayBitterroot Wilderness. A nice, short hike for people of any age. Dog Walking Spot: Kiwanis Park When ‘Spot’ is craving a little activity, take him to Kiwanis Park where he can see do a little sniffing and running around. Kiwanis Park is located in the 300 block of South 9th in Hamilton. Horseback Riding Trail: Lost Horse Trail

Stevensville • 406-777-7300 39 Stevensville Cutoff RoadW

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your palate. This annual festival is a tasting event that offers a variety of food, microbrews and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as entertainment. Best Day Trip: Lake Como

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Anniversary Spot: Spice of Life 163 S 2nd Street, Hamilton Spice of Life Café is that fun, funky place on Second Street with the big blue awning and the giant neon chili pepper sign on top. Inside you’ll find the cozy interior reminiscent of days gone by. Often frequented by the locals, the folks at the Spice love to meet new people!

It means a lot to us to be part of such a great community. It is our mission to enhance creativity, to help you express yourself through your art collection and framing projects.

-Dan Cassens, Douglas Taylor, Suzette Del Rae, Rachel Cassens and the artists of Art Focus

215 West Main Street, Hamilton

363-4112

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Annual Event/Festival: Bitterroot BrewFest Hosted in July in Hamilton, the annual Bitterroot Microbrew Fest offers tasting of food and micro brewed beers from all over Montana. A great time for everyone to enjoy live music and please

First Date Spot: Skalkaho Steak House 1380 Skalkaho Hwy, Hamilton 363-3522 The Skalkaho Steak House, located just 15 minutes southeast of Hamilton, combines the best steak with the best views, making it a perfect place for a first date. What customers are saying: “We had dinner at the Skalkaho Steak House and had a outstanding meal. The flat iron steak we had was well prepared and it was not on the regular menu. It was cook perfect for that cut of meat and had a lot of flavor.” Historical Spot: Daly Mansion 251 Eastside Hwy, Hamilton (406) 363-6004 Bitterrooters have selected the Mansion as their favorite historic site. And, why


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not – its located on 46 acres of lush landscape, the Daly Mansion is the historic home of 19th Century American industrialist Marcus Daly.

Outdoor Dining Spot: The Edge The Edge, located at 140 Bitterroot Plaza, is the clear winner for the best place to experience an outdoor meal. Founded in 1997 by the Fair family, The Edge Restaurant has become a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. Great food, a skilled enthusiastic staff and a comfortable environment await you. Tom, Tammy, John and Jake Fair look forward to serving you.

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Place to Eat Solo: Taco Del Sol 225 W Main St Hamilton 375-8226 Local Mexican counter-serve chain offering tacos, burritos & beer in a casual, colorful space. What customers are saying “First time eating here, and I have to say I am majorly impressed!! Best tacos and burritos in the valley! AND THE HOUSE SALSA IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!” “It has been our pleasure to serve our customers in a speedy and cheerful manner. We keep our quality offerings priced-right. That and our service keep our customers coming back again and again,” says Tia Morello (owner).

hank you for the prestigious award of Bitterroot’s Best Contractor, We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff, clients, suppliers and tradesmen. At Pigman Builders, we build quality homes with the highest level of service and integrity, We Build Trust. We are available to build your New Home in one of our beautiful communities, or the property of your choosing.

935 North First Street, Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 363-3000

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Place to Mingle if Single: Bitter Root Brewing

Place to Meet Men/Women: Bitter Root Brewing 101 Marcus St, Hamilton (406) 363-7468 According to our voters, the Bitterroot Brewery is the best social drinking spot for meeting singles. With a wide selection of beers and great food made from scratch, it’s a fun atmosphere for mingling and meeting other professionals.

Place to People Watch: Farmers Market Saturday Mornings outside the County Museum is not only a great place to find fresh produce, enticing coffee, and goods from local artisans, but a great place to grab a seat and do a little people-watching.

Weekend Getaway: Triple Creek Ranch 5551 West Fork Road, Darby 821-4600 Triple Creek Ranch is an award-winning luxury ranch resort in western Montana, approximately 75 miles south of Missoula. According to general manager Molly Smith, “We try very hard to have a ‘YES’ environment for our guests.

We also try to anticipate what our guests are going need even when they might not know themselves. We even keep track of guests’ preferences so when they pay us a return visit, we know what they like (and don’t like). After Craig and Barbara bought the original lodging facility in 1993, they turned it into a world-class resort.” Appetizer: Spice of Life 163 S 2nd St, Hamilton (406) 363-4433 The Spice is a full service restaurant featuring fresh house made food and desserts. Natural beef, sustainable harvested seafood, pasta, salads and organic produce are offered when available from their own farm.

Thank you for voTing uS Bitterroot’s Best Domestic Mechanic

350 Skeels

We appreciate your confidence in us and strive to provide the best service for you. Full service Auto and Truck Repair Hamilton 363-1998


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Asian Food: Cheng Family Restaurant 610 N 1st St # 2, Hamilton (406) 375-9139 The Cheng Family Restaurant specializes in Chinese food. They offer lunch and dinner specials every day. Menu options include soups, Asian salad, egg rolls, steam and fried rice, noodles, sweet and sour chicken and pork, wontons and more. For fun, friendly service, be sure to stop in at Cheng’s. What customers have to say: “Great food, great prices. Five of us all ordered something different and all thought it was great! Will eat here again next time we are in town .”

the atmosphere. The food was out of this world. I cannot stress enough that the sandwich I had was the BEST sandwich I have EVER had.”

Atmosphere: Bouilla 111 S 3rd St, Hamilton (406) 361-0223 Boullia is a full service restaurant serving lunch and dinner, with an ample selection of beer and wine. What customers are saying: “Went in for lunch after Bouilla changed to sandwiches only. I was extremely impressed. The staff was friendly and polite. I enjoyed

We would like to thank the Bitterroot Valley for voting

JCCS Bitterroot’s Best Tax Preparations We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you throughout the year

400 W Main St, Ste 101, Hamilton • 363-2820 • jccscpa.com

Bakery: River Rising 337 W Main St, Hamilton (406) 363-4552 Former banker, Nicki Ransier, purchased River Rising in March of this year. “I have always wanted to own a

bakery and when the opportunity presented itself to purchase it, I jumped at the chance. It’s been the hardest, scariest, but most rewarding experience of my life.” Nicki has plans to provide more organic, nonGMO offerings in the near future and also to serve cold-brewed coffee. “It takes up to 24 hours to properly brew this type of coffee, but the results are well worth the time.” says Nicki Breakfast: The Kitchen 102 S 2nd St, Hamilton (406) 363-0903 The Kitchen is a full service restaurant offering cold dishes, such as chopped salad, and smoked trout, and hot items such as soup, Bisque Style Shrimp, burgers, steaks,

Thank you for Voting Hamilton’s Market Place Bitterroot’s Best Donuts

27 600 S 1st Street, Hamilton, 363-5720


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and salmon. What customers have to say: “We had a great Mother’s Day breakfast here. Very busy this morning, service was flawless and the food was great as always!” Budget Lunch: River Rising

Burger: Nap’s Grill Nap’s is moving to a new location at the intersection of Main and 2nd Streets in downtown Hamilton Perennial winner in this category, Naps is on the move. According to Tyler (the owner), “We expect to be in our new location on Main St by the end of June. And, to let our customers know, we are going to have the same great menu, same staff,

same open kitchen, selfserve, and our big ole grill. The only thing different is that we will have a lot more space for our customers.” What customers are saying: “The absolute best burger for the lowest price!”

Business Lunch: Sundance 900 S 1st St, Hamilton, 363-2810 The Sundance Cheesecake Cafe has been serving delicious homemade Mexican and American food to the Bitterroot Valley for over 33 years! Check out the Sundance for lunch or dinner, but don’t forget to save room for their famous homemade dessert. All of their

famous homemade desserts are made fresh, on site daily.

Caterer: Mine Shaft 111 N. 2nd Street, Hamilton 406.361.8170 According to owners Scott and Kristin: “Catering has grown to become a significant part of our business. Along with this growth, we have also expanded our selections for our catering clients.” Besides great food, the Mine Shaft has a full service coffee bar. Upcoming catered events include Cooper Firearms Shooting Competition, hosting Forest Service crews from around the country, and a Roaring 20’s event in the fall.

Coffee / Espresso Shop: Florence Coffee Co. 1300 N 1st St, Hamilton 393 Woodside Cutoff near Corvallis 5495 Hwy 93, Florence Florence Coffee shares a “consistency, high quality, innovative, best ingredients and processes, where their word is their bond and their employees and customers are like family” kind of work ethic. What customers are saying: “This has become my FAVORITE coffee. Every time it is exactly the same–Perfect.” “Best Coffee Ever!” “I live in Seattle and have been through the Florence Coffee Co in Missoula and have to say it is the best coffee hands down. Nothing in Seattle compares!”

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everyone who voted us the Bitterroot’s Best Candy Shop! We appreciate our loyal customers. 319 W. Main Street, Hamilton • 363-0580

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Dessert: Sundance Cheesecake Cafe

Deli: Back Door Deli 105 S 3rd St, Hamilton (406) 363-4480 The Back Door Deli is locally owned and operated and has been proudly serving the Bitterroot Valley for over 30 years. Being a traditional deli, they serve cold cut sub sandwiches ,Gluten Free Subs, homemade soups, fresh baked goods, Greek Gyros, fruit smoothies, lattes and chai tea.

Donuts: Hamilton Marketplace 600 S 1st St, Hamilton (406) 363-5720 Voters selected this supermarket as the best place to find and, of course, to chow down donuts. While you’re there, be sure to check out their outstanding meat selection and locally select produce.

Eating on the Splurge: Wild Mare

Fast Food: McDonald’s 707 N 1st St, Hamilton (406) 363-6644 Friendly staff providing quick service (they even bring your order to your table, how cool is that). World famous fries are golden on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. Made with quality po-

tatoes and cooked in their canola oil blend for zero grams of trans fat per serving. Be sure to check out their all-day breakfast menu, especially the pancakes. Mexican Food: Fiesta En Jalisco This family-run restaurant has an awesome selection of tasty food. If you are looking for a good Mexican restaurant with authenticity, this is the place to try.

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“Your Bitterroot Valley Department Store”

Ford’s Department Store Family Owned Since 1947

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We are Honored to be Voted Bitterroot’s Best Dentist New Patients & Emergencies Welcome Most Insurances Accepted State-of-the-Art Office 710 N 1st St • Hamilton (Across from McDonalds)

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Micro Brewery: Higherground Brewing Co. 518 North First Street Hamilton (406) 375-5204 Higher Ground uses the highest quality ingredients, regardless of the cost, in order to serve its customer the best possible product. You’ll taste the difference! Their pizza dough is made fresh daily using high quality Montana flour. They also

source as many of their other ingredients locally as possible. You’ll taste the difference. and of course, they serve a wide variety of beer produced right on their premises. What customers are saying “Best pizza and salad, with a good beer!” “Love the pizza! Thai Pie is a favorite with a ginormous side salad – get the entrée size to share. 
And the beer…great selection and always a new one to try.
Great staff – always friendly, helpful and fast.” Organic Food Selection: Rainbow’s End 910 N 1st St Hamilton 363-1626 For over 20 years, Rainbow’s

End Natural Foods has been a family owned business, serving the local community and supporting local growers. Come in and strike up a conversation, They will be glad to visit. What customers are saying: “Huge selection of Organic meat, produce and food” Pizza: Higher Ground Brewing Co. Prime Rib: Victor Steakhouse 2426 Meridian Rd, Victor (406) 642-3300 Rumor has it that it has the best prime rib in the valley. Apparently, our voters wholeheartedly agree. The restaurant has a bar section with TVs along with the family dining area, so

it is great for large or small groups, or for someone out alone. What customers are saying: “Great food ... service and food was wonderful for a bunch of us getting together at the last minute.” “They have really GOOD steaks.... we had the chance to go twice and were not disappointed.... it takes a really good piece of meat to make a good prime rib.” Restaurant Service: Sundance Cheesecake Café Romantic Dining: Wild Mare Salad: Higher Ground Brewing Co.

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Sandwich: River Rising Hankering for a really good sandwich? Then stop in at River Rising. Also the Bitterroot’s best bakery, River Rising has a wide assortment to choose from: herb roasted chicken, roast beef, Reuben, Greek melt, and Mediterranean, served on a variety of breads. Seafood: Victor Steakhouse Soup: Spice of Life Steak: Wild Mare

Vegetarian: D’Lish Delivery Amy Gladwin and Barb Stewart, owners of D’Lish, create healthy food and deliver in the Hamilton area for customer nutrition and convenience. From both Amy Gladwin and Barb Stewart: “We have enjoyed being able to serve our community and so much appreciate being embraced by our customers. We look forward to continuing to bring healthy food choices to the valley” Bar: The Edge

Casino: Gold Coin If you’re “feelin lucky”, with your money, this is the best place to visit according to our valley voters. While there are many casinos in the valley, what sets the Gold coin apart from the rest is its friendly staff and cozy atmosphere, not to mention pizza on Friday nights and complimentary beer. Not only will you have a good time, but you could also walk away with a whole lot of Benjamins.

Friday Night Spot: Blodgett Canyon Cellars 111 W Main St, Hamilton, (406) 214-3973 Spend a lovely evening with old friends and new at the Cellars. It’s a charming place with a wide choice of wine that you can enjoy in its lounge. What customers are saying: “Great wine, great vibe, great staff; awesome atmosphere.”


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Happy Hour: The Edge Live Music: Bitter Root Brewing Margarita: Fiesta En Jalisco 1659 N 1st St #10, Hamilton (406) 363-4339 Fiesta En Jalisco serves traditional Mexican dishes & cocktails in a casual, colorful setting. What customers are saying: “We travel to Hamilton, MT 1-2 times per year and always make a visit to Fiesta En Jalisco. They have an awesome selection of food and drinks, and everything is tasty.”

delicious food, great service, and alcoholic beverages, where go anywhere else to watch your favorite team? Stiff Drink: Brewski’s 1013 S 1st St, Hamilton 375-5700 Sometimes, a person just needs a stiff drink. If so, head over to Brewski’s which also serves lunch, and dinner. An excellent place for group gatherings and if you need an event catered. What customers are saying “Great place to hang out with friends, watch sports, drink, gamble and have breakfast; their lunches are really good too, fish tacos yum!” “The friendliest staff, great food, great sports bar. We go multiple times a week for the wonderful $5 lunches they have 7 days a week.”

Sports Bar: The Edge With lots of big screen TVs, Jewelry for every Montana Woman!

Mikesell ’s fine jewelry

thank you for once again voting us

Tuesday-Friday 10-5:30pm / Saturday 10-4pm 201 W. Main • 363-6236

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Bitterroot’s Best Jewelry Store! Serving the Bitterroot for 34 years!

Alternative Medicine: Matt Schlechten 225 S 1st St #1, Hamilton 375-1771 Matt Schlechten is a Naturopathic Physician, a doctor who specializes in Natural Medicine. After obtaining a B.S. in Biochemistry he completed four years of medical school in Phoenix Arizona at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. He then went into clinical practice in Montana.

Art Gallery: Art Focus This gallery features original artworks in a variety of media by regional artists, many from the Bitterroot area. The gallery offers a beautiful selection of original paintings in oil, watercolor and acrylic, ceramics, very fine bronze art, and beautiful fused glass plates. Assisted Living Facility: Sapphire Lutheran Sapphire Lutheran Homes is a Christian-oriented retirement center whose mission is to provide compassionate, innovative services and amenities to seniors enabling them to enhance or maintain their quality of

We have an amazing Massage & Bodywork community here in the Bitterroot, with so many talented hands to choose from! I’m honored that you’ve given me your vote of confidence for this year’s Best of the Bitterroot! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! Eve Meng, lmt Perfect Touch Massage 215 Marcus St. • Suite 211 Hamilton, MT 59840 • 406-239-1576


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life. Sapphire staff lives the mission of caring for residents in mind, spirit and body. We do this through nutritious meals, gentle personal care, tailored housekeeping and stimulating activities. Sapphire Lutheran Homes provides independent senior living, assisted living and memory care. Sapphire thanks the support of our families, friends and neighbors and appreciates the opportunity to serve our residents as, “Bitterroot’s Best!”

Auction/Estate Sales: RLP Auctions (406) 375-0435 At an RLP auction, you’ll find a little bit of everything from guns, farm equipment, sporting items, and workshop tools to household, furniture, children’s toys, antiques and collectibles. Auctions are held monthly except during winter months.

Rick Peverley started his auction business at its current location in 2001. According to Rick, “We pride ourselves in providing the kind of merchandise that people in the valley would like to have in their home or on their ranch. Unfortunately, sometimes we have to tell folks that their goods are just not a good fit for an auction. We do no advertising; it’s all word-of-mouth. I couldn’t have the best auction place in the valley without my stellar crew, many of which have been with me for several years.”

Auto Body/ Repair Shop: S & S Auto Body 801 N 1st St Hamilton S & S Auto Body is an auto body repair center that has been providing domestic and foreign vehicle repair services for the past 38 years. Family owned and operated, their quality services and products have made them the preferred choice for auto repairs in Western Montana.

THANK YOU FOR VOTING

CHEERS UNLIMITED BITTERROOT’S BEST LIQUOR STORE Locally Owned & Operated for over 27 years Hamilton’s State Liquor Store and More

oNE SToP PARTY SHoP Liquor • Craft Beers • Domestic Beers • Wine • Mixes • Snacks Tobacco • eCigs and Juices Party Supplies & More

DoN’T foRgET THE ICE! Check out our Humidor - We have a large selection of fine cigars

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serenity of the Bitterroot National Forest and small town charm!

Bed & Breakfast: Bitterroot Bed & Breakfast 501 South Ave, Stevensville 777-5205 The Bitterroot River B&B is the perfect place to experience authentic Montana! Whether you are looking for a quiet place to unwind, celebrating a special occasion, or just visiting family, we want you to have your best Montana experience. Located less than a half hour from Missoula, it’s a convenient place to “get away” from the city and enjoy the

Beer Selection: Bitter Root Brewing With winning in six different categories, Bitterroot Brewing must be doing a lot right. According to manager Nicole, “My father started this business 19 years. I took over as manager 13 years ago. Bitterroot Brewing could not be selected Best Of in six categories without a terrific staff who exhibit a positive energy that leads to a great experience for our customers.”

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US BITTERROOTS BEST ANNUAL FESTIVAL/EVENT

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bonus, the store regularly hosts readings, local author signings, and special lectures.

Book Store: Chapter One Book Store Along with being a staple of downtown Hamilton, Chapter One is the best place in the valley to find a widerange of reading material, from books and travel guides to magazines and reference material. If they don’t have it in stock, they will gladly order it for you. As an added

Boutique: The Closet 164 S. 3rd St, Hamilton The Closet is your source for contemporary ladies apparel and accessories. Here, you’ll find trendy, bright, and vintage-inspired clothing styles that are gorgeous,

We would like to thank everyone who Voted us Bitterroots Best

Motorcycle/ATV Dealer

We appreciate your business We live in the ‘ Best’ valley with the ‘ Best’ people From your friends at

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unique, and affordable. New merchandise arrives every week. “We love our customers and are very grateful for their vote of confidence in our business.” What customers are saying” “Best place to find the latest trends at reasonable prices! Everything in this store is a must have including all the cute accessories and fabulous shoes! Adorable Little girls clothes too!!! Thank goodness for the closet!!!”

Bike Shop: Red Barn Bicycles 399 McCarthy Loop, Hamilton 363-2662 At Red Barn Bicycles, they love building high-quality, custom mountain and road bikes. They enjoy working with each customer personally to build a bike that fits their specific needs. An important upgrade would include a set our hand-built wheels using high-quality hubs spokes, nipples and rims. What customers are saying: “Fantastic service, they go above and beyond and have better pricing on bicycles than anyone around.”

wish I had gotten more. They are extremely rich and not overly sweet, and a smooth texture too. These are some of the best chocolates that I’ve had, and I’m a self-professed chocolate snob.”

Candy Shop: Big Sky Candy 319 W Main St, Hamilton (406) 363-0580 If you have a “sweet tooth”, there is no better place to give in to temptation than a visit to Big Sky Candy. Big Sky Candy is a family-owned business located in downtown Hamilton. The friendly staff makes chocolates, brittles, toffee, caramel, crèmes, and novelty items from scratch, by hand, the old-fashioned way. Their truffles are to die for. When you walk in the door, you’ll be greeted by the wonderful aroma of freshly made candy. Big Sky takes a lot of personal pride with the freshest, sweetest, most delectable treats. Michelle DeGroot has been making delicious confectionery for 16 years. Big Sky Candy ships delicious products all around the country. “Thanks to my many customers who voted for my business. It means a lot to me.” Customers are saying: “I bought a pound of assorted chocolates, and I

Car Wash: Splash 1830 N 1st St Hamilton (406) 375-2311 Splash Car Wash is locally owned and operated. Splash Car Wash is brushless and touchless with four different washes to choose from. The friendly staff presoaks and preps the vehicle and towel dries every vehicle at the end of the wash. Vacuuming is always included with every wash! Where else can you have good, clean fun?

What customers are saying: “Friendly staff . . .quick and efficient” Children’s Clothing: Fords Computer Repair Service: Hamilton Computer If your computer is feeling “down”, take it to Computer Services. They will most likely have a cure for what ails it. But, perhaps you’d like a new computer. The folks at Computer Repair can do that too. They have been custom-building computers and laptops for over 20 years.

Thanks Bitterroot We will work to keep your trust and confidence

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Convenience Store: Corvallis Mercantile Jay and Pam Joyner have owned the Corvallis Mercantile ‘The Merc’ for 14 years. According to Pam “Our goal was not just to be a gas station, but also to be an outreach to the community.” With an expanded staff, their deli has become a favorite for residents and travelers

alike. Great remodeling, upgrades, up scaling and an improved menu keep the place hopping seven days a week. “Jay and I have worked really hard to make The Merc a place where folks can come into an inviting atmosphere to both shop and have something to eat. Be sure to check out our remodeled Grill and try a Merc Messy Burger made with 100% fresh local hamburger! Lots of new items in our expanded Gift Department!” says Pam. Customers are saying: “They have a little bit of everything (especially when you don’t want to drive all the way into town) including good food and some nice

jewelry. I shop there for my Daughters friends birthday, Mothers Day and cant forget for myself!” Customer Service: Hamilton Physical Therapy

Day Care: Bitterroot Early Learning Center The teachers are thoughtful, kind and loving towards

their students and appreciate individuality and creativeness of each one. The Center provides more than just a “babysitting” service. Through careful attention and extra curricular activities, such as swimming and dance, students are provided with a sturdy foundation for their future education. Family Friendly Restaurant: BJ’s Restaurant The food is delicious and prepared to order and comes in generous portions. The staff is friendly and the service exceptional. This restaurant is a favorite for those who want a welcoming atmosphere and reasonable prices for a family outing. BJ’s has traditional


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menu choices as well as their signature pizzas and is nice place to relax with your family. Financial Institution: Farmers State Bank Locations in Hamilton, Victor, and Darby Farmers State Bank wins again as best financial institution. According to marketing director Sara Waldbillig, “We so excited to win again. We’re very proud of our people who are the real reason we were voted best of the Bitterroot.” Customers are saying “A notary, on her own time, visited a customer who was unable to come into the branch because she was house bound. That goes

way beyond what is excpected.” “They are the best because of their employees. Their employees continually go above and beyond for customers. A story that I love to relay was when a Notary took the time, off the clock mind you, to drive up to a customer’s house to do a notary for them. The customer was housebound and unable to make it into the branch. That’s so far above and beyond the call of duty.” Fishing Headquarters: Bob Ward’s Sporting Goods

Thank you Bitterroot Valley for voting us Bitterroot’s Best Caterer! We take pride in providing high quality and diverse offerings. From Tenderloin Steak with a green peppercorn cream sauce, jalapeno poppers and brie with a huckleberry reduction sauce, Our catering menu will leave you WOWED! Utilize us on-site (our whole building can be rented for your event... we even have a designer to decorate to your specifications, if desired) or take us off-site. We look forward to serving you at your next private dinner, party, wedding, or event! We make CUSTOM CAKES for any event.

111 North 2nd Street in Hamilton • 406.361.8170

Mandy Barnings D.C.

Thank you for voting me the Bitterroot’s Best.

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CHIROPRACTIC “I appreciate your confidence in me and I love my Community!”

Barnings Chiropractic - Established in 2000 • Serving the Bitterroot since 2000. 246 Marcus Street Hamilton MT 363-7600


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finding just what you need. Customer feedback: “Pam has wonderful flowers and other things, and she is always there with a smile . ..eager to please! “ “Pam has wonderful flowers, plus interesting gift items.”

Florist: Flower Happy Once again, Flower Happy is number 1 in our annual poll of best place to buy flowers. They have flowers and arrangements for all occasions, plus balloons, candy bouquets, and gift baskets. In addition, service at Flower Happy was also named number one, so you can be assured of excellent help in

Fly Shop: Osprey Outfitters Osprey Outfitters is a full service fly shop and professional fishing guide service. They have the largest selection of flies in the valley. All the gear carried in the shop has

been tested and caters to fly fishing in Montana. Osprey offers fly fishing on most all of Western Montana`s premier rivers including The Bitterroot, The Blackfoot, The Clark Fork, The Missouri as well as some rivers that are less well known but can offer up some great fishing with far less pressure. They also offer multi-day camping float trips.

root furniture since 1993. The Brintnalls know that quality furniture, great prices and outstanding customer service is the foundation that allows Bitterroot Furniture to be the best furniture store in Western Montana. Bitterroot Furniture has access to the latest furniture and most trusted names in the furniture business. Like the big guys, they purchase direct from the importers and manufacturers, cutting out the middleman and passing the savings on to you.

Furniture Store: Bitterroot Furniture Owner’s Mark and Gayle Brintnall have owned Bitter-

Hats off to Sapphire Lutheran Homes’ Staff for being voted Bitterroot’s Best! Thank you to all of our loyal supporters!

Providing compassionate, innovative services & amenities to seniors enabling them to enhance or maintain their quality of life The Sunshine Generation entertains the residents during a recent performance at Sapphire Lutheran Homes.

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Garden Supply: K & S Greenhouse 204 Black Ln, Corvallis, K&S offers a wide variety of annuals & perennials, ornamentals & edibles, trees & shrubs, and the best variety of hanging baskets & planters in the Bitterroot! What customers are saying: “Great place that is tucked away in the Bitterroot! Wonderful greenhouse! Employees are awesome and so willing to help. Flower selection is the best around and prices are very reasonable.” Golf Course: Hamilton Golf Course

Green Business: Darby Mercantile 404 N Main St, Darby The Darby Mercantile offers a variety of healthy, natural, organic, bulk, and local foods. They also have a juice/smoothie bar for a healthy pick-me-up. What customers are saying: “has a goal to get everyone eating and being just a little healthier”

lawn and garden supplies, power tools, paint, cleaning and canning supplies, and small kitchen appliances and gadgets. The staff is always very happy to help you in any way they can. Plus, you get the kind of service and attention that the big box stores don’t provide.

Gun Store: Bob Ward’s Sporting Goods

Hardware Store: Evans Ace Hardware As they said in the ad “Ace Is The Place”. Evans Ace has a wide selection of anything you could need, including

Health & Fitness: Iron Horse Athletic Club The Iron Horse Athletic Club is the friendliest and cleanliest fitness facility in the Bitterroot Valley. Starting every weekday at 5:00 am, their treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, and weights are turnin’ and burnin’. Top of the line equipment, free weights, half racks and stacks ensures

everyone will get the workout they desire. A variety of free group fitness classes are available with membership. Plus, the club offers great tasting nutritional shakes for pre and post workout nutrition. What customers are saying: “June has a goal to get everyone eating and being just a little healthier Great staff, plenty of free weights and machines, great group classes and instructors, great views of the mountains from the treadmill”

Insurance Agent: Timothy Thomas at Valley United Insurance 748 West Main, Hamilton 363-1227

Rainbow’s End Natural Food Store

We wish to express a

Bitterroots Best Organic Food Selection

Thank You to all of our

Thanks everyone for voting us

“4 Legged Patients”

We appreciate your Business and loyalty

Rainbow’s End Natural Foods • 910 N 1st Street, Hamilton • 363-1626

and their owners for voting us the

Bitterroot’s Best Veterinarian! Bitterr 406.363.5390 1420 South First Street Hamilton, MT 59840


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Tim had no intention of going into the insurance business with his father until he helped out during one summer. “I guess that’s when I got hooked. What I try to do with my clients is turn what is often perceived as a negative experience of buying insurance into a positive one.” Valley United Insurance depends on word-of-mouth as their sole marketing. What his clients are saying: “Tim goes above and beyond to take care of his clients. He makes sure they have the correct coverage to fit their needs.”

pair or restoration, they can respectfully do that too. Customers are saying “Very helpful, but not pushy staff.”

Jewelry Store: Mikesell’s Fine Jewelry Mikesell’s takes pride in their ability to carefully select and offer you a diverse selection of traditional, modern and even unique jewelry. Each piece is hand-selected to insure you receive the best value - the highest quality at the best price. If your family heirlooms are in need of re-

Liquor Store: Cheers 501 S 1st St, Hamilton (406) 363-3751 This repeat winner is Hamilton’s State Liquor Store. Locally owned and operated since 1989, they have the largest selection of spirits in the valley. Here, you can find beers, wines, mixes, ice, and baskets for any occasion. Home delivery is available in Hamilton area.

Lodging: Bitterroot River Inn 139 Bitterroot Plaza Drive, Hamilton (406) 375-2525 The Bitterroot River Inn is a full-service lodging facility. Besides beautifully appointed rooms, the Inn also has a conference center featuring the latest in presentation support, with computer and modem hook-ups, and a


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copier and fax machine for your convenience. Mens Clothing: Fords Department Store Four generations of Fords have called the Bitterroot home, and have been serving customers continuously since the day the store opened. Ford’s business philosophy is simple - good quality merchandise at a very competitive price. Ford’s sells everything from Stetson hats and kids clothes, suits, belts, and ties to dresses and bedding.

Motorcycle/ATV Dealer: Al’s Cycle 619 US-93, Hamilton (406) 363-3433 For over 60 years, Al’s Cycle has been servicing motorcycles and off-road vehicles. Conveniently located north of Hamilton, it’s the place where generations of cyclists and back-road enthusiast have come to find good deals on new and used vehicles.

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help. As singer-song writer and owner Jenn says, “We’re a service business that also happens to sell instruments. It’s all about the community and the joy of teaching people of all ages to play an instrument. I’m very grateful to the community for supporting me.” Music Store: Rooted Music 100 Skeels Ave, Hamilton (406) 363-5491 The store partners with the Bitterroot School of Music to offer both private and group lessons to its customers. Whether you’re a seasoned player or just beginning a new journey, BSoM and Rooted Music are here to

New Business Open within 1 year: D’Lish Delivery 217 W Main St, Hamilton 361-5066 D’Lish is a new fresh and healthy lunch delivery restaurant in Hamilton operated by cooks and moms Barb Stewart and Amy Gladwin. The two specialize in organic healthy food with fresh fruits

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and vegetables. Each morning, the cooks make the menu items from scratch from simple and delicious ingredients that are organic, chemical free and non GMO. While the menu changes daily, it features two kinds of smoothies, a soup, a salad, a healthy bowl, a sandwich, an entrée, a dessert and drinks. They make ten servings in each category and as the items are sold they update their website. What their customers are saying “I love that D’Lish delivers and it is healthy and just like the name says D’Lish!!!! Their on-line ordering App is amazing! Saves my info for future ordering too.”

New Car Dealer: Mildenberger Motors Mildenbergers has been a fixture in the Bitterroot Valley for over 30 years. Mildenberger Motors in Hamilton is the premier GMC and Chevrolet truck dealer in southwest Montana. Besides Chevrolets, this dealership also carries a selection of Buick and Cadillac vehicles along with maintaining one of the best Chevy and GMC truck selections in Montana.

its funding through grants and private donations. What people are saying: “What can I really say. It’s an amazing non-profit that does amazing work. I’m constantly in awe of this organization. What a jewel to the Hamilton Community, and one that does so much good.” Non Profit: Emma’s House 800 N 2nd St, Hamilton (406) 363-7216 Emma’s House is a children’s advocacy center, a safe place for children and families to talk to professionals about child abuse or neglect. Emma’s primary concern is a child’s safety. Emma’s House is a charitable organization which receives

Office Supplies: The Paper Clip 228 W Main St, Hamilton (406) 363-5480 The Paper Clip offers a complete line of office supplies. But, don’t think that’s all it has. They have expanded their product line to include more than the general office supplies that many folks are used to, such as an art section, a teacher’s corner,

Thank You to our Customers for voting us

BITTERROOT’S BEST!

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copying, fax service, scrapbooking, maps, and a craft section. And, if you want to get in touch with your inner child, check out their large supply of adult coloring books. Customers are saying: “As an out of towner working on a wedding, I am eternally grateful for The Paper Clip! We had a special job where we needed graphics and special sized stickers and color printing. They handled it all quickly and perfectly and it was very affordable! Thank you, thank you Paper Clip staff!”

Pawn Shop: Bitterroot Trading Post 1010 N 1st St, Hamilton (406-363-2525 The Post has everything you might ever need at good prices. Great people provide awesome service. If you can’t find what you are looking for, they’ll be happy to get it for you. The atmosphere is such that a person just wants to hang out in.

Pet Care/Boarding: Bitterroot Kennels 19 Big Corral Rd, Hamilton (406) 363-6616 This pet boarding facility provides a clean, safe and relaxing environment. It also makes sure special pets have a quiet, residence with lots of human interaction – just like at home! After all, they’re not just cats or dogs – they’re part of your family! Pet Supply Store: Wild About Pets 612 N 1st St Ste 1. Hamilton

(406) 363-6111 Perennial winner in this category Wild About Pets has you covered no matter if your pet is a cat, dog, bird, hamster, or a fish. The folks at WAP offers all-natural food along with free nutritional counseling for dog and cat owners. They have an extensive selection of pet accessories. What customers have to say: “Things are really easy to find and it is so much easier to walk through the store. However, they go a step further and seriously amp up the customer service in this store. I don’t make it five steps in the door before someone says hi. Awesome! That’s the kind of friendly atmosphere I

Hamilton Physical Therapy

We are honored to have been voted “best” in 3 categories! Best Physical Therapist Sheri Stroppel, PT, OCS, CHT Sheri is the third therapist from our practice that has been voted “Best Physical Therapist”. Sheri is our Clinical Director as well as the only physical therapist in the state of Montana board certified in both orthopedics and hand therapy. Sheri has over 20 years of experience and demonstrates clinical excellence with all of her patients. We are pleased that Sheri has been recognized for her professionalism and clinical expertise.

Best Customer Service

Best Employer

We would like to thank all of our loyal patients, their families, our referring providers, and all of our business partners for voting us “best” in this category. Providing great customer service is so much more than our passion. It is at the core of why we do what we do every day. It is why we provide training and mentoring to all of our team members to ensure our patients have a smooth rehabilitation process. It is why our administrative and billing staff receive continuing education and service training. We are so pleased to accept this honor as a healthcare company given today’s challenging healthcare environment.

On behalf of our partners, we would like to thank all of our team members for choosing us for this award. We are humbled daily by our team’s curiosity, creativity, intelligence, attitude, and genuine care for our patients and our company. We will continue to provide our team members with the highest level of training, compensation, flexibility, and professional satisfaction possible.

To our community, thank you for all of your support over the past 19 years. Our practice has continued to grow through your support and loyalty. We pledge to continue to improve in all areas of clinical practice, service, and community involvement.

If you are in need of rehabilitation services, please visit us online at www.hamiltonpt.com, call our main office at 375.0980, or visit one of our 8 locations: Hamilton Physical Therapy-Fairgrounds Road Hamilton Physical Therapy-Canyons Athletic Club Darby Physical Therapy Corvallis Physical Therapy

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The #1 lender in Ravalli County 2013~2016. (Source: Ravalli County Clerk and Recorder).

Six Bitterroot Valley locations & Missoula

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expect in a smaller town.” “We love our customers. We have the most loyal customers in the valley,” says owner Karen Pelkey. “Twenty-two years ago my daughter had a pet lizard. This store was about to close, and I told her if I have to drive all the way to Missoula to buy crickets for your lizard, you’re out of luck. She said ‘Mom, why don’t you buy the store?’ And so, here I am, 22 years later.”

Property Management: Cardinal Properties 320 South Second, Hamilton 363-4430 Do you have property you’d like to rent out but just don’t have the time or expertise to handle it yourself? Cardinal Properties ought to be your choice. They have years of experience in managing rental properties and finding quality renters. Or maybe you’re looking to rent something yourself. The folks at Cardinal can help you with that too, finding the perfect place that fits within your budget. New owner Cindy Jessop

says she plans on running the business pretty much as was done by previous owner Barbara Liss. “When something’s not broke, why make changes,” says Cindy. “I think our being voted best property Management Company is a reflection of the service we provide to our property owners.”

Ranch Supply Store: Murdoch’s Home and Ranch 1189 S 1st Street, Hamilton (406) 363-7644 Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply is like an old-fashioned mercantile but for today’s customers. They are a modern mercantile devoted to old-time hard-working, honest ideals. Murdoch’s carries lots of down-to-earth merchandise and is a place where the whole family likes to visit. What customers are saying “They have the best staff EVER. They are friendly and knowledgeable, plus they give back to the community” “Debbie has the BEST STAFF EVER!!! They are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and give back to the community.”


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constantly strive to provide the very best service and are humbled by our selection as Bitterroot’s Best realty.” Andy and Teri are actively involved in local, state, and national real estate associations.

Real Estate Office: By Owner 410 N 1st St, Hamilton (406) 363-1606 Andy and Teri Polumsky took over the company in 1989. “We pride ourselves in being able to provide many options for our clients. We have a great staff, many of which have been with us since the beginning. We

Restaurant: Wild Mare 283 2nd Street Corvallis (406) 961-8938 The Wild Mare is where friends gather to enjoy a great meal and have a good time. Located in the

heart of the Bitterroot, The Wild Mare Steakhouse is open Wednesday thru Saturday from 5-9 p.m. “I want to thank the people of the valley for voting for my restaurant. While I take a lot of personal pride in this, I couldn’t have accomplished this without a great staff who make people want to come back to my restaurant,” says owner Pam Kaye. By the way, Pam will soon be opening a tap room in the old ice-making building in Corvallis. Salon: 46 North 162 S, 2nd, Hamilton 46 North guarantees high quality work in a professional atmosphere. Every haircut begins with a thorough cono

sultation followed by a stressrelieving scalp massage. Haircuts include shampoo, daily conditioner, cut & blow dry! 46 North doesn’t stop at just hair! Their staff is comprised of some of the best nail techs, massage therapists & estheticians in the valley. What customers are saying “Five stars isn’t what this place deserves – how about a 10? Love Natasha, she has never let me down when it comes to gel polish” Pest Control: Bug Off 1694 Skalkaho Hwy, Hamilton (406) 363-1932 What customers are saying “Bug Off, Hamilton truly saved the day! These folks went above and beyond

Thanks to all our loyal patrons for your vote! We look forward to seeing you throughout the year!

610 N 1st Hamilton In the Bitterroot Mall

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to rearrange their schedule and squeeze in an emergency carpenter ant call at one of my vacation rental homes just in time for a busy wedding weekend reservation. A simple THANK YOU is not enough.”

Thrift Store: S.A.F.E. 153 Corvallis Rd., Hamilton, (406) 363-4422 One great way to get involved with SAFE is to donate your gently used items and shop to the SAFE Thrift Store.

Supermarket: Super One Foods

Tire Store: Jerry Wessels Les Schwab 211 North First St., Hamilton Phone: (406) 363-3884 The Wessels family has been in the tire industry for nearly 30 years. The tire center started more than two decades A brother/sister team is now running the show. What you’ll find at Jerry Wessels Tire Center is that they are genuinely committed to helping you meet all of your needs for your vehicle. Their first priority is giving you the

Tax Preparations: Junkermier Clark Campanella Stevens P.C. 400 W Main St Suite 101, Hamilton (406) 363-2820 Tax advisors at JCCS deliver tax, audit and advisory services in ways that go beyond the numbers to inform sound decisions and account for what matters most – whatever it is you want to achieve.

2017

Sporting Goods: Bob Wards This year, Bob Ward’s celebrating its 100th year in business, has been supplying

Sporting Goods to the Bitterroot Valley since 1980. If you’re in the mood for some fishing, check out the store voted number one for fishing supplies and fishing tips (sorry, they won’t divulge their favorite fishing hole).

services necessary to get you out on the road safely. Says co-owner Sharon Stamper, “We really appreciated the community’s long-time support. We have a great staff. Though we’re a tire store, our main focus is on customer service so that they can find just the right tire for their needs.” Towing: Wimps Body Works 998 N 1st St, Hamilton (406) 363-4050 Wimps has been serving the Bitterroot Valley for over 40 years with a full service auto repair and paint shop. If you ever need a tow, be sure to call Wimps. In addition, Wimps provides free loaner cars.

Call Me today! 375-0088

Voted “Bitterroots Best Realtor!” Bitterroot Valley Top Producer Bitterroot Valley Native

A Leader In Online and National Marketing Brooke DeVries, Broker/Owner • 375-0088 www.BrookeDeVries.com


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Unique Gifts: Robbins on Main 209 W Main St, Hamilton (406) 363-1733 If you’re looking for a unique gift for that special someone, look no further than Robbins on Main. Of course, owners Bunny and Tony also offer many other items, such as kitchenware, greeting cards, bath accessories, and more. “We want to thank everyone in the valley who voted our store as the best place to buy unique gifts. We are always on the look out for interesting items that appeal to our customers.” Used Car Dealer: Willow Creek Motors 1019 S 1st St, Hamilton (406) 961-1616 According to owner Ron Conklin, “We are very pleased to have won this award two years in a row. Though we’re a small dealer, we strive to locate and sell the best used vehicles we can for our valued customers.” What customers are saying “I traveled over two thousand miles to purchase a vehicle from Willow Creek Motors. A huge risk on my part but one that I don’t

regret. I was welcomed with warm genuine hospitality that I have not experienced with other dealerships that I have dealt with in the past.” “Ron at Willow Creek Motors is a considerate sales person, honest, and over the top hard working for his client.”

Higherground Brewing Co. Open 7 Days a Week

Wine Selection: Wine Cave 305 W Main St, Hamilton (406) 375-5903 The Wine Cave features a space that is both aesthetically appealing and makes you feel inspired. Inside, you’ll find rustic furniture made from salvaged lumber, recycled doors and windows, wine barrels and slate. The Cave features Montana artists, gourmet foods, fine wine and craft beers from around the world, plus a wonderful variety of cheeses, crackers, and private label pickled goods. “We try to stock wines that are both priced right and can’t be found at other locations,” says owner Marianne Holmes.

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337 W. Main, Hamilton

363-4552

M-F, 6:30-4 • Sat, 8-4 • Closed Sunday Check us out on

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would like to thank everyone who voted us Bitterroot’s Best

“Place to eat Solo” We now serve Beer and Wine 225 W Main St • Hamilton • 375-8226

By Owner Real Estate of Hamilton would like to thank everyone who voted them

Bitterroots Best Real Estate Office! We appreciate the recognition and look forward to providing you the best in real estate services during the coming year.

410 N. First Suite A Hamilton • 363-1606 www.byownerhamilton.com


Bitterroot’s Best 2017 Winners

Ravalli Republic, Friday, June 23, 2017 - 39 Actor/Actress Alternative Medicine Anniversary Spot Annual Event/Festival Appetizer Art Gallery Artist Asian Food Assisted Living Facility Atmosphere Attorney Auction/Estate Sales Author Autobody/ Repair Shop Bakery Bar Barber Bartender Bed & Breakfast Beer Selection Best Day Trip Bike Shop Book Store Boutique Breakfast Budget Lunch Burger Business Lunch Candy Shop Car Wash Casino Caterer Childrens Clothing Chiropractor Coach Coffee / Espresso Shop Computer Repair Service Contractor Convenience Store Cosmetologist Customer Service Day Care Day Hike Deli Dentist Dessert Dog Walking Spot Domestic Car Mechanic Donuts Eating on the Splurge Employer Eye Doctor Family Friendly Restaurant Fast Food Financial Institution First Date Spot Fishing Headquarters Florist Fly Shop Foreign Car Mechanic Friday Night Spot Furniture Store Garden Supply Golf Course Green Business Gun Store Hair Stylist Happy Hour Hardware

Mara Luther Matt Schlecten Spice of Life Bitterroot BrewFest Spice of Life Art Focus Steve Wilson Cheng Family Restaurant Sapphire Lutheran Homes Bouilla Dave Markette RLP Auctions Jennifer DeGroot S & S Auto Body River Rising The Edge Mark Trotter Kristen Weidow Bitterroot Bed & Breakfast Bitterroot Brewing Lake Como Red Barn Bicycles Chapter One Book Store The Closet The Kitchen River Rising Nap’s Grill Sundance Cheesecake Cafe Big Sky Candy Splash Car Wash Gold Coin Mine Shaft Pasty Co. Fords Department Store Barnings Chiropractic Spencer Huls Florence Coffee Co. Hamilton Computer Service Pigman Builders Corvallis Mercantile Christi Skelton Hamilton Physical Therapy Bitterroot Early Learning Center Blodgett Back Door Deli Canyon View Dental Sundance Cheesecake Cafe Kiwanis Park M & M Trans and Auto Hamilton Marketplace The Wild Mare Hamilton Physical Therapy Dirk Beyer at Big Sky Eye Care BJ’s Restaurant McDonalds Farmers State Bank Skalkaho Steakhouse Bob Ward’s Flower Happy Osprey Outfitters Reliance Auto Blodgett Canyon Cellars Bitteroot Furniture K & S Greenhouse Hamilton Golf Course Darby Mercantile Bob Ward’s Kayt Taylor The Edge Evans Ace Hardware

Health & Fitness Historical Spot Horseback Riding Trail Insurance Agent Jewelry Store Liquor Store Live Music Lodging Margarita Massage Therapist Mens Clothing Mexican Micro Brewery Motorcycle/ATV Dealer Music Store Musician/Band New Business Open within 1 year New Car Dealer Non Profit Office Supply Organic Food Selection Outdoor Dining Spot Pawn Shop Personal Trainer Pest Control Pet Care/Boarding Pet Supply Store Photographer Physical Therapist Physician Pizza Place to Eat Solo Place to Meet Men Place to Meet Women Place to Mingle if Single Place to People Watch Prime Rib Property Management Ranch Supply Store Real Estate Office Realtor Reporter/Valley Voice Restaurant Restaurant Service Romantic Dining Salad Salon Sandwich Seafood Soup Sporting Goods Sports Bar Steak Stiff Drink Supermarket Tax Preparations - JCCS Teacher Thrift Store Tire Store Towing Unique Gifts Used Car Dealer Vegetarian Veterinarian Volunteer/Hero Waiter/Waitress Weekend Getaway Wine Selection

Iron Horse Athletic Club Daly Mansion Lost Horse Trail Timothy Thomas at Valley United Insurance Mikesell’s Fine Jewelry Cheers Unlimited Bitter Root Brewing Bitterroot River Inn Fiesta En Jalisco Eve Meng at Perfect Touch Massage Fords Department Store Fiesta En Jalisco Higherground Brewing Co. Al’s Cycle Rooted Music Big Sky Mud Flaps D’Lish Deliver Mildenberger Motors Emma’s House The Paper Clip Rainbow’s End The Edge Bitterroot Trading Post June Jessop at the Iron Hourse Athletic Club Bug Off Bitterroot Kennels Wild About Pets Dolci Memorie Photography Sherri Stroppel at Hamilton Physical Therapy Johanna Drieling Higherground Brewing Co. Taco Del Sol Bitter Root Brewing Bitter Root Brewing Bitter Root Brewing Farmers Market Victor Steakhouse Cardinal Properties Murdoch’s Home & Ranch Supply By Owner Real Estate Brooke Devries Steve Fullerton The Wild Mare Sundance Cheesecake Cafe The Wild Mare Higherground Brewing Co. 46o North River Rising Victor Steakhouse Spice of Life Bob Ward’s The Edge The Wild Mare Brewski’s Super One Foods Junkermier Clark Campanella Stevens, P.C. Ms. Krista Selvig S.A.F.E. Thrift Store Jerry Wessels Les Schwab Tire Center Wimps Towing Robbins on Main Willow Creek Motors D’Lish Delivery Valley Pet Clinic Dillon Day & Vonni Gulli Autumn Frost Triple Creek Ranch The Wine Cave


The Edge Restaurant HAS BEEN VOTED “BITTERROOT’S BEST” Bartender – Kristen WeidoW • Bar outdoor dining spot • Happy Hour • sports Bar

Quicksilver Casino We thank you for your continuous support and look forward to serving you in the future! 406-375-0006 | 406-375-0007 • 140 Bitterroot Plaza, Hamilton hamiltonwineandliquor.com theedgerestaurant.com

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