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Bitterroot’s Best 2019

Bitterroot’s Best

is published by the Ravalli Republic Newspaper a division of Lee Enterprises Jim Strauss Publisher

is the most fun project to produce . Every winner says that being voted by the community as Bitterroot’s Best is an honor. We live in a great community that appreciates excellence with workers, performers and entrepreneurs that enjoy doing their best.

Thanks for voting, thanks for reading and as you look through this tab listing Bitterroot’s Best do so with pride.

Perry Backus associate editor Dara Saltzman Production & Design Kathy Kelleher, Lauren Parsons and Jodi Wright,

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Project Sales Bitterroot’s Best 2019 was written by Michelle McConnaha and Kyle Houghtaling and contains photos by Michelle McConnaha and Perry Backus

COVER PHOTO by Perry Backus

Thank You We appreciate your business & look forward to serving you

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Presenting the winners of the Bitterroot’s Best contest

Faces In The Crowd Actor/Actress: Mara Luther

“I’m honored to work with many other of the Bitterroot’s BEST performers here in Hamilton!” Recently, Mara has been bitterroot’s best Actor, mara luther (center) seen on stage at the Hamilton Playhouse, on the big screen in a student film, “Scarlet”, and role-playing for first responder emergency training.

Artist: Steve Wilson

What the community is saying… “Beautiful artwork and he donates a lot to give back to the community.”

Attorney: George Corn Author: Joanna Weaver

is an author of Bible study tools and Christ-centered books. (Find her at When told she was selected as Bitterroot’s Best author she said, “Wow, thanks for the honor!” Joanna loves connecting with readers at her Facebook page. What the community is saying… bitterroot’s best author, “She is an amazing author, pastor’s joanna weaver wife and friend!”

bitterroot’s best artist, steve wilson


Receiving Bitterroot’s Best 4 years in a row would not have been possible without this community, ouR wondeRful memBeRs, and ouR top notch staff. the team we have at iron horse is qualified, certified, and dedicated to making ihac an incredible fitness center in helping members reach their goals. there is definitely no “i” in team.

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What many people don’t know is the role, education, and purpose of a Registered Dietitian. Julie has a background in clinical nutrition helping people better control and manage disease processes such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease. With many patients the goal is to use science based nutrition to decrease and ideally get off medications. She believes in having a healthy relationship with food, making nutrition colorful, enjoyable, and fun. We are lucky to have her knowledge and experience available to Iron Horse Members and our community.



OWNER/MANAGER I am so proud of what Iron Horse represents and the standard of fitness and wellness we have created in the valley. Our personal trainers and fitness instructors are some of the most qualified and experienced in fitness. Our Registered Dietitian is available to our members and community providing science based nutrition advice and recommendations. Our core staff goes above and beyond in customer service providing a welcoming and supportive environment for our current and future members. IHAC is the place to be!

There is no one more deserving of this title than Justen. She goes above and beyond scheduling pro bono workouts at ridiculous hours, and gets anyone and everyone excited about fitness. Justen has created a welcoming and fun atmosphere in her group fitness classes and with clients. She has made personal training available and affordable to people who would never have considered hiring a trainer. We are so appreciative of her dedication to fitness and to Iron Horse Athletic Club.

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bitterroot’s best chiropractor, dr. gilbert roberts at roberts family chiropractic

bitterroot’s best coach, laurie jones, corvallis volleyball (far right)

Bartender: Marie Hajenga (at Cowboy Troy’s)

What the community is saying… “Marie is amazing, she knows how to talk to people and makes each person she makes a drink for or gets a beer for feel important.”

know, coaching or reffing can be highly scrutinized, so any type of positive feedback is certainly appreciated.” Jones added she’s excited for the fall season, especially since a lot of the girls on the varsity roster will be athletes she coached at the JV level. “It’s the next natural step and challenge, and having them know what to expect is a head start,” coach Jones said. “They’re hungry and excited for the season.”

Chiropractor: Dr. Roberts, Roberts Family Chiropractic

Contractor: Big Sky Builders - The Bitterroot Valley’s Premier Custom Home Builder!

Barber: Mark Trotter from Markus Salon

Coach: Laurie Jones, Corvallis Volleyball

After 11 years as the junior varsity volleyball coach Laurie Jones will be taking over the reigns of the Blue Devils’ varsity program in the fall. She will also go in voted as the Bitterroot’s Best. “I don’t want to look into it too much and I want to stay humble and just keep my head down and doing what I’m doing,” said Jones, who has been on staff for the Corvallis’ state title run in 2013 and four total state trophies. “As you

We make building your new home a great experience for you. Just imagine the fun, excitement, and anticipation of seeing your dream home take shape before your very eyes. And our specialty is providing a “The Beautiful Building Experience”. Our systems allow us to deal with potential problems before they become real problems. Our sterling reputation is a direct result of our great customer service, our communication, our attention to detail, and our projects consistently coming in on time and on budget. We put the fun back into building a new home.

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Dentist: Hamilton Advanced Dentistry

What the community is saying… “Knowledgeable doctors and staff, beautiful new office and the safest most innovative technology.” Doctor Eli Johnson and Dr. Danny Wharton were both excited to know their dentistry was selected as Bitterroot’s Best. “(We’re) both honored and humbled to have our office selected as the Bitterroot’s Best Dental Office,” Dr. Johnson said. “We would like to thank our amazing team as well as our loyal patients for giving us the opportunity to work in this incredible place with such wonderful people.” Both doctors focus on comprehensive oral care approach by treating and educating patients about their dental care options.

Domestic Car Mechanic: Rod’s Auto & Align Employer: Hamilton Physical Therapy Eye Doctor: Dr. Dirk Beyer at Big Sky Eyecare bitterroot’s best dentist, hamilton advanced dentistry (dr. eli johnson, pictured)

What the community is saying… “Dr. Beyer is great and truly interested in helping you to see your best.”


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bitterroot’s best nail tech: rebecca nydell at adore (left) bitterroot’s best hair stylist: brittany bales at allure salon

Foreign Car Mechanic: M&M Auto and Trans Hair Stylist: Brittany Bales at Allure Salon

“What the community is saying…” “Best massage therapist, highly trained and compassionate. Has extensive experience with lymph drainage and cervical spine work.”

“I absolutely love what I do,” Bales said. “Thank you to all my clients who have kept my passion alive for 14 years.”

Musician/Band: Big Sky Mudflaps

Massage Therapist: Judy Banks in Hamilton

Nail Tech: Rebecca Nydell, Adore Salon

“Thank you very much, that is such an honor,” Banks said.

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Personal Trainer: Justen Zimmerman

bitterroot’s best personal trainer: justen zimmerman

What the community is saying‌ “Justen is totally focused on her clients and their specific needs. She interviews each client to become informed of their health concerns and ultimate goals through exercise. Justen’s upbeat personality and friendly spirit is a positive uplifting experience for her clients and their personal goals. Justen provides the right tools, techniques and training that will lead you to those goals.â€? Zimmerman jokes that she wanted to be a comedian but was, “Too chicken to stand on stage.â€? Instead she puts her energy into her passion for fitness – and her clients have taken notice.

“It’s an honor, there’s no other word. Each one of my clients is personal to me and for them to reach out and say what they said and vote for me shows they feel the same way about me that I feel about them,� Zimmerman said. “I’m just a high energy person that had to be in the fitness industry or that was going to be an issue for me. I couldn’t be in a cubicle.� Zimmerman said she enjoys working with people at all levels of fitness and she applauded June Jessop at Iron Horse Athletic Club for her work, too. “Every trainer has something to offer in a different way and she embraces that and she allows us the freedom to build our clientele as we see fit.�

We would like to thank everyone who Voted us Bitterroots Best

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We would like to thank everyone who voted us Bitterroot’s Best Waitress-Sylvia Stoker ~ Bartender-Marie Hajenga ~ Friday Night Spot

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bitterroot’s best photographer: jaela b. photography

Photographer: Jaela B Photography (Jaela McKinney)

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What the community is saying… “Jaela genuinely cares about each and every client and what they want out of their photos. She takes time getting to know them and time during their sessions to capture beautiful portraits. She is also working a full time job and is the parent of two children. She deserves to be Bitterroot’s Best Photographer!” For McKinney, the award seems like a good omen. “I’m so excited,” McKinney said. “It is amazing timing because I just decided to go full time and gave up my job at Head Start. I had been working both jobs full time for two years. So it felt like a sign that this is exactly what I should be doing.”

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Physical Therapist: Brenda Dahl at Florence Physical Therapy

What the community is saying… “Brenda is very caring and professional. She goes above and beyond what is expected of a physical therapist.” Dahl was quick to deflect praise after winning her award. “What an honor to be chosen Bitterroot Valley’s best PT in 2019,” Dahl said. “Thank you to the best colleagues in the world, they make my job easy, and of course to the best patients that teach me something new everyday.”

bitterroot’s best physical therapist: brenda dahl at florence physical therapy bitterroot’s best physician: april weinberger at corvallis family medicine

Physician: Dr. April Weinberger, Family Practitioner at Corvallis Family Medicine and Chief Medical Officer at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital What the community is saying… “April and her staff are knowledgeable, efficient, kind and courteous. They have taken me into their care when I really needed help with short notice.”

Voted Bitterroot’s Best Realtor Congratulations Judy Porter, Real Estate Broker

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Realtor: Judy Porter (with Engel & Volkers in Hamilton)

What the community is saying… “Judy pays close attention to detail so you are not left guessing or wondering what is going on with your transaction. She is knowledgeable in all things real estate. Most of all she is kind, gracious and goes above and beyond to help her clients. Thank you Judy for all that you do, your efforts do not go unnoticed.”

Reporter/Valley Voice: Perry Backus

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What the community is saying… “He continues to provide the stories that people really care about; in addition to news and the stories that must be reported, Perry comprehends that our valley (really, the state) loves their local news and stories about the people. Perry never misses the mark. He works extremely hard and still is able to find a way to make sure that the people’s voices and stories are told. His writing is also quite amazing.”

Teacher: Holly Snyder, Corvallis Pri-

Hamilton Physical Therapy, P.C. We are honored to have been voted “Best in 3 Categories” again!

Best Physical Therapist Brenda Dahl, MSPT, OCS, CMPT Brenda is the fifth therapist from our practice that has been voted “Best Physical Therapist.” Brenda is the Site Leader in our Florence Clinic and has been with our company for 8 years. Brenda is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist and a Certified Manual Physical Therapist. Brenda has been recognized for her professionalism and clinical expertise. Thank you for giving your patients all they deserve, Brenda!

Best Customer Service

It is our loyal patients, their families, and our referring providers that give us the opportunity to provide the utmost care from start to finish. Providing great customer service is so much more than our passion. It is the core of 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. We are so pleased to accept this honor as a healthcare company given today’s challenging healthcare environment.

Best Employer

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. We would not be where we are without the people helping to drive our company and executing the vision that all of us have for our company.

To our community, thank you for all of your support over the past 20+ 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. Thank you for trusting us with your rehabilitation needs.

If you are in need of rehabilitation services, please visit us online at, call our main office at 406-375-0980, or visit one of our 8 convenient locations: Hamilton Physical Therapy - Fairgrounds Road Hamilton Physical Therapy - Canyons Athletic Club Darby Physical Therapy Corvallis Physical Therapy

Stevensville Physical Therapy Physical Therapy Specialists of Florence Frenchtown Physical Therapy Drummond Physical Therapy

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bitterroot’s best teacher, holly snyder, corvallis primary

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Holly Snyder’s teaching goes outside the classroom – and beyond the school year. The third grade teacher at Corvallis Primary School spends the first three weeks of summer vacation running an educational camp along with her teaching partner and a handful of teaching assistants. And those TA’s are all former students of Snyder. That says something when your students want to come back to school to help in the summer. “She’s so awesome and she makes the best treats ever,” soon-to-be seventh grader Catherine Hart said of Snyder while at the 36-student camp featuring math and scientist training with rocket launches and robots. Snyder, who has taught for 16 years and run the camp for 14, has a unique outlook on school and her responsibility as a teacher. It may very well be that outlook that had her selected as Bitteroot’s Best. “...I love what I do. Super passionate about helping kids find out what they love. School isn’t necessarily for every kid, but school can be a place where a kid can find out what they love,” Snyder said. “A big part of my job is helping them build relationships with each other. I really work hard at building a solid relationship with my students. “If my kids came home happy and excited about what they’re doing in school, it was a good day. They know that their teacher cares about them and that’s what it’s all about.”

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bitterroot’s best horseback riding trail: calf creek

Veterinarian: Companion Pet Clinic Volunteer/Hero: Mayor Dominic Farrenkopf tied with Dulcie Belanger Artist and stellar community member Dulcie Belanger has been voted best Volunteer/Hero. She is active with kids and organizes the May Pole dance at Farmer’s Market each May. Hamilton Mayor and poet extraordinaire Dominic Farrenkopf cares about the children and residents of the Bitterroot Valley. From raising money for fireworks to raking leaves or shoveling snow as needed, Farrenkopf puts in his efforts. Farrenkopf said, “I’d like to congratulate Dulcie on winning the Volunteer of the Year for Bitterroot’s Best, a welldeserved award.”

Waiter/Waitress: 3 way TIE Krista Mohn; Michelle Cole; Sylvia Stoker

Places To Go Day Hike: Blodgett (Overlook) Dog Walking Spot: Kiwanis/River Park, Hamilton Horseback Riding Trail: Calf Creek Mountain Bike Trail: Lake Como Anniversary Spot: The Spice of Life

bitterroot’s best volunteer/hero: dulcie belanger (above) and Dominic farrenkopf (below)

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Annual Festival/Event: Daly Days

bitterroot’s best annual event: daly days

When an event can edge a brewfest for best yearly festival, you know it’s doing something right. Daly Days, celebrating its 25th anniversary in downtown Hamilton, is fun for the whole family with two days of street vendors, a car show a weiner dog race and activities for all ages. Hamilton Downtown Association executive director Claire Kemp said this year’s Daly Days, slated for July 26-27, will have even more fun and games for the community to enjoy. “We have a lot more child and family games that are free,” Kemp said. We’ve really encouraged people to set up booths that have a fun game to play.” Daly Days is essentially a founder’s day festival that celebrates the town’s heritage and allows local small business owners to offer great sales. It also shows off Hamilton’s unique and vibrant downtown. “Particularly in small towns, downtowns really can be sad. We don’t have that,” Kemp said “We have a very cherished downtown. We’re Hamilton, we’re bridge to bridge, every business is important to us, but our downtown is a place we can gather.”

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Best Day Trip: Lake Como First Date Spot: Nap’s Grill Historical Spot: The Daly Mansion Outdoor Dining Spot: The Edge Place To Eat Solo: River Rising Place To Mingle If Single: Nap’s Grill Place To People Watch: Hamilton Farmers’ Market Weekend Getaway: Rye Creek Lodge Darby Montana

bitterroot’s best place to people watch: hamilton farmers’ market

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Food & Restaurants Appetizer: The Edge

What the community is saying… “The have the world’s best fried pickles.”

Asian Food: 2nd Street Sushi Atmosphere: Nap’s Grill Bakery: Red Rooster

What the community is saying… “You just cannot beat the freshness of absolutely everything they serve!” Lynette Loney, one of the four owners of Red Rooster, said they’re all proud of being named best bakery for the second year in a row. It’s a labor of love after all – bakers have to get to work early. “We’re here at 6:30 a.m. and on market days at 4:30,” Loney said. “We make cinnamon rolls and scones and cookies. The carrot cake and the quiche. Of course the bread, we’ve expanded our bread so we have a big full lunch and breakfast.”

Breakfast: BJ’s Restaurant bitterroot’s best asian food: 2nd street sushi

Budget Lunch: Subway Burger: Nap’s Grill

What the community is saying… “Best burgers ever. However, they have a lot more than burgers. Their sports bar is fantastic too. You cannot beat the super upbeat customer service and the great atmosphere. From the owner to the bartenders, the grill masters, servers, cashiers and the dishwashers, you can count on them all treating everyone who walks in their door like family with a great eating experience.”

Business Lunch: Spice of Life (honorable mention to Bouilla, trailed by one vote)

bitterroot’s best bakery: red rooser

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Coffee/Espresso Shop: Big Creek Coffee Roasters

What the community is saying… “Best coffee around. Good, fast, friendly service.”

Deli: Back Door Deli

What the community is saying… “Michelle is the BEST! She pours her heart and soul into that deli.”

Dessert: Spice of Life

Seafood: 2nd Street Sushi Soup: Higherground Brewery Steak: The Wild Mare


Vegetarian: Cherry Street Cafe


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Salad: Higherground Brewing

Sandwich: Bouilla


What the community is saying… “DJ Sherwood makes the best desserts. He has been making them from scratch in house for many years.” The Spice’s desserts are so good Sherwood had a couple specifically come see him on June 18 before leaving on a trip to Alaska. They had to have some strawberry rhubarb pie, bitterroot’s best dessert: spice of life sourced directly from a co-worker’s garden. “I was able to get that done today. Donuts: Hamilton Marketplace ...It’s the people that make it worthwhile afterall,” said chef Sherwood, Mexican: Fiesta En Jalisco who has been cooking in the Spice of Life’s kitchen for 18 years. “It’s really Micro Brewery: Higherground cool and I love the valley.” Brewing Sherwood’s favorite dessert to make are the cheesecakes, but everyone has their favorite. Organic Food Selection: “(For me), it’s the German chocolate Rainbow’s End cheesecake,” Spice of Life manager What the community is saying… Ellen Holland said. “It feels like family when you shop Holland added that she and her cothere!” workers are all really proud of the Spice of Life and it shows. The Spice won four Pizza: Higherground Brewing Bitterroot Best awards including best dessert. Prime Rib: Victor Steakhouse “Everybody that works here just becomes a spice for lifer,” Holland said. “They never leave and if they do Romantic Dining: Mission Bistro leave, they always come back.

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Nightlife Bar: Nap’s Grill

Nap’s is obviously doing something right. When it moved locations from Second Street to Main Street in 2017 and added a bar, it’s easy to say the bar and grill have become the talk of the town. Nap’s won seven Bitterroot Best awards this year, including best first date, best place to mingle when single, best atmosphere, best family friendly restaurant, best burger, best stiff drink and best bar. Obviously the last two awards go hand-in-hand, as new bartender Krista Mohn (also voted one of the three Bitterroot’s Best waitresses) explains Nap’s secret recipe. “It’s just a hometown bar. Everybody knows Nap’s and everybody likes to come here. It’s a really cool atmosphere and people are friendly. The staff is friendly,” Mohn said. bitterroot’s best bar: Nap’s “Our menu and our drinks are just over the top and we have great bartenders here. “We are freaking excited to have won all the awards we Casino: Marley’s won. Where else are you going to find this kind of atmoWhat the community is saying… sphere right on Main Street?” “Machines are hot and the service is the BEST.”


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Cowboy Troy’s ticket to a good Friday night includes good music, good drinks and good food. “The regulars that show up every night without fail, they bring the party,” Friday night bartender Sylvia Stoker, who was also named one of the Bitterroot’s best waitresses, said. “...And we like to pour a nice strong drink.”

Happy Hour: The Edge Live Music: Bitter Root Brewing Margarita: Fiesta En Jalisco Sports Bar: The Edge Stiff Drink: Nap’s Grill

Businesses Alternative Medicine: Julie Waibel, Registered Dietician

What the community is saying… “She keeps things real. Gives you the facts, but she is realistic about eating habits and does not let you get down on yourself.” Waibel’s passion for whole foods stems from her own journey with food. “I always used to feel lost (when trying to eat healty),” Waibel said, who believes in establishing a healthy relationship with food, building a foundation with nutrition basics, and prescribing researched interventions to better manage or treat different diseases and intolerances. Now she’s helping others navigate proper nutrition. Along with her traditional dietician services, including discussing nutritional bitterroot’s best alternative medicine: julie waibel


Friday Night Spot: Cowboy Troy’s

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bitterroot’s best art gallery: art focus fine arts & framing

bitterroot’s best assisted living: bee hive homes of hamilton

benefits of food based on how they’re cooked, Waibel offers grocery store tours and farmer’s market tours in Hamilton to show her clients the best food options out there. “I am proud to practice such a necessary and evolving science at Iron Horse Athletic Club and in the Bitterroot Valley,” she said.

Auction/Estate Sales: Swanson’s Estate Sales

Art Gallery: Art Focus Fine Arts & Framing Assisted Living Residence: Bee Hive Homes of Hamilton

Cameron Criddle has owned Bee Hive Homes of Hamilton for seven and a half years and said he’s been fortunate to have such a great experience. With the 1-to-1 care Bee Hive provides, Criddle’s residents have likewise appreciated their home. “We’ve created an atmosphere that feels more like home than an institution or a facility. It’s very personal care,” said Criddle, whose home has 44 residents and 47 employees. “We love what we do and our caregivers are honestly the most amazing people. They take their job seriously and that’s a credit to them.” “We would like to thank the community the Ravalli County Community for their support and helping us become who we have become.”

Autobody/Repair Shop: Rod’s Auto & Align

What the community is saying ... “Always great service!”

Bed & Breakfast: Bitterroot River Bed & Breakfast Beer Selection: TIE Bitterroot Brewing & Higherground Brewing Book Store: Chapter One Book Store Boutique: The Closet Bike Shop: Valley Bicycles Candy Shop: Big Sky Candy Car Wash: Splash Car Wash Caterer: Café Firenze

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Clothing Store: Ford’s Department Store Community Involved Business: Massa Home Center

The family-owned Massa Home Center actively demonstrates why it’s so important to buy locally. And they put their money where their mouth is. “We have always been huge proponents of shopping locally. When people do that we are able to help out in the community,” owner Deana Wolfe said. “People have a choice where they get to shop and when they shop with us we want them to know that we value it by putting it back into the community.” The projects are numerous. From giving materials at cost to the construction of Hamilton’s track and field throwing pits to fundraisers for local families to have presents under the tree and their continued involvement with the Linda Massa Youth Homes – named for Deana’s mom, it’s no wonder Massa Home Center was named the Bitteroot’s Best Community Involved Business. “We like to be involved with a myriad of projects. From sports to things that are certainly geared toward educational experiences,” Wolfe said.

bitterroot’s best community involved business: massa home center



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Computer Repair: Hamilton Computer Service Convenience Store: The Merc in Corvallis

What the community is saying… “Come on into the Merc and you’ll be leaving with a smirk,” said Ashley Fields, who works there. Bubba Riley added, “We have a little bit of everything.”

Customer Service: Hamilton Physical Therapy Day Care: Precious Moments Daycare in Hamilton

What the community is saying… “Bonnie & Autumn are hands down the greatest ladies! They treat and love your kids as if they were their own. I wouldn’t trust anyone else to watch my kiddos!”

Family Friendly Restaurant: Nap’s Grill bitterroot’s best convenience store: the corvallis merc

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Bitterroot’s Best Landscaper We appreciate your business and look forward to providing you with the best prices and selection in the valley


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2140 North First Street, Hamilton

thank you Bitterroot’s Best Jewelry Store! for once again voting us

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

Mikesell ’s fine jewelry

Serving the Bitterroot for 36 years!

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Financial Institution: First Security Bank

What the community is saying… “Community minded exceptional employees.”

Fishing Headquarters: FreeStone Fly Shop

The 11-year fly shop prides itself in its consistent store hours and selection of products. But owner Jeff Gray really appreciates his guides, as well as the local support. “Our work ethic from our guys, we try to use the best guides we can use and they’re constantly having fun fishing on their days off,” Gray said. “That’s how they know what’s working. Knowing what, when and where (to catch a fish) is the key.”

Florist: Flower Happy Floral & Gifts

What the community is saying… “I get Pam’s flowers every week. She has the most beautiful eye for color and texture. Her flowers are unique! She’s the best.”

Furniture Store: Bitterroot Furniture Garden Supply/Nursery: K&S Greenhouse

What the community is saying… “They have a beautiful selection at affordable prices.”

Golf Course: Hamilton Golf Club Gun Store/Shop: Frontier Guns & Ammo

bitterroot’s best flyfishing headquarters: freestone

Hardware/Home Improvement: Evans Ace Hardware

What the community is saying… “Wonderful, helpful staff and perfect variety of products in almost every category.”

Health & Fitness Gym: Iron Horse Athletic Club

What the community is saying… “I know they are the best because they make a point to know each member. They make you feel welcomed and wanted and tend to all your needs. The gym is always very clean and nice!”

Insurance Agent: Tim Thomas at Valley United Insurance Jewelry Store: Mikesell’s Fine Jewelry bitterroot’s best health & fitness gym

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Landscaper: Vern’s Landscape Liquor Store: Cheers

What the community is saying… “Friendly service and reasonable prices. Cheers to Cheers for being so awesome!”

Lodging: Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center Motorcycle/Atv Dealer: Al’s Cycle

bitterroot’s best landscaping: vern’s landscaping

Voted Bitterroot’s Best

• Asian Food • Seafood Hours: Tuesday through Saturday • 11AM to 9:00PM

FULL LIQUOR LICENSE Happy Hour coming soon! The old menu is back! 322 S 2nd Street Hamilton, Montana


Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind, P.C. Law OffiCe | eST. 1974 | HaMiLTOn OffiCe

Thank You For Voting Me Bitterroot’s Best Attorney Our Attorney’s Handle: • Car Accidents & Personal Injury • Civil Litigation • Criminal / DUI • Family Law • Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning & Probate DML is a Full-Service Law Firm Serving Ravalli County and Western Montana

• Commercial / Business Transactions • Real Estate Law

George H. Corn Hamilton Office: 1920 N. First Street, Suite C 961-9003 • 721-0810 •

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New Biz Opened Within Year: Maria’s Restaurant

What the community is saying… “I think they opened within the last year. They are feeding kids this summer because school is out and she doesn’t want kids going hungry.” Maria Chavez, owner and namesake of Hamilton’s best new business, may have earned the community’s love with a counterintuitive business strategy. Her restaurant, which opened on July 27, 2018, runs a summer program for kids where anybody that needs a place to eat can stop by from 1-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday for a free meal. Yes, free. “I’m very flattered and actually kind of shocked at the community support,” Chavez said. “I think what touched a lot of people was for our first year being open we offered a free Thanksgiving dinner for the community and we give free lunches for the kids.” The Mexican-style food is downright tasty, too at the second-story restaurant in downtown Hamilton.

bitterroot’s best new buisness: maria’s restaurant

New Car Dealer: Mildenberger Motors Non-Profit: Emma’s House Office Supplies: The Paper Clip Pawn Shop: Bitterroot Trading Post Pest Control: Bug Off

What the community is saying… “Love the folks over at Bug Off! They use natural bug spray and I have a home that’s safe and free of spiders and other Montana bugs. Also used their mouse bait rocks made of plastic, a bear can’t break it! Put all around our house and barn and they feed the mice out in the field, they die and don’t transfer poison to dogs and pets.” bitterroot’s best non-profit: emma’s house

Thank you for voting us “Bitterroot’s Best Financial Institution” . Proudly serving the Bitterroot with a commitment to innovation, excellence and service – we love it here too! IN HAMILTON Bob Whalen- Branch President Don McGourty – Real Estate Loan Officer Bill Capko – Commercial Loan Officer Al Hill – Consumer Loan Officer Cory Keith – Regional Operations Officer

IN CORVALLIS Leah Capko – CSR Supervisor / Personal Banker Corina Spear – CSR / Personal Banker Carrie Rusk - CSR Alicia Woods - CSR

Maggie Buchanan – Administrative Assistant


Christine Axtell – Commercial / Consumer Loan Processor

Roger Linhart – Mortgage Loan Officer Arielle Leister – CSR/Personal Banker

Marcie Schultz – Maintenance

Jenny Arne – CSR/Personal Banker

Tracy Delacruz – CSR Supervisor

Dede Larson - CSR

Alyssa Lough-Howe - CSR Johnna Frisbee - CSR Aubree Casterline - CSR Raeghan Johnson - CSR Courtney Cords - CSR Brandy Koerner - CSR Madeline Bourassa – Personal Banker Angie Sorenson – Personal Banker Billie Stahl – Branch Receptionist

Missoula: 329-1958 Hamilton: 363-3551 Stevensville: 728-3115 Corvallis: 961-4466 Toll Free: (888) 782-3115

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Ford’s Department Store Family Owned Since 1947

Thank you for voTing us BiTTerrooT’s BesT CloThing sTore Corner of Main & 2nd • Downtown Hamilton Monday - Saturday, 8am-6pm

THANK YOU For voting us the Best Real Estate Office in the Bitterroot Valley! At PureWest Real Estate, we are committed to building PureWest Christie’s International Real Estate 140 Cherry Street, #101 | Hamilton, MT 59840 406.363.9800 |

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Pet Care/Boarding: Daly Dog Care Pet Grooming: Wags n Woofs Pet Supply/Store: Murdoch’s Pharmacy/Drug Store: Bitterroot Drug Property Management: Cardinal Properties Ranch Supply Store: Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply Real Estate Office: PureWest Christie’s International Real Estate

What the community is saying… “Bobbi Lockhart and her team are top notch bitterroot’s best dog grooming: wags n woofs in service, knowledge and community involvement!” “We are really excited about it,” said owner Bobbi Lockhart. “We feel really blessed and so happy to serve the valley where we live, work and raise our families. “It’s just awesome. We have a fantastic chain. Most of our agents have over 30 years of experience, some have 50. So there’s a lot of knowledge about real estate in the valley in the office. They have a lot of years invested here.”

Restaurant: Spice of Life Salon: BitterSweet Salon Sporting Goods/Outdoor Store: Bob Ward’s Supermarket: Super 1 Foods Tax Preparations: Tompkins &

bitterroot’s best salon, bittersweet salon

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Peters Thrift Store: S.A.F.E. Thrift Store Tire Store: Jerry Wessels Les Schwab Tire Center Towing: S&S Auto Body, Inc. Unique Gifts: Flower Happy Floral & Gifts Used Car Dealer: Quality Used Cars of Hamilton Wine Selection: The Wine Cave

bitterroot’s best used cars: quality used cars & trucks of hamilton

Tompkins & Peters CPAs, P.C. is conveniently located in the heart of the Bitterroot Valley. Our team of CPAs and professionals are active members of the community. We love to see our neighbors succeed challenges






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(406) 363-0097 Hamilton, Montana

Thank you for voting us Bitterroot’s Best Grocery Store!

We appreciate your support!

Hamilton • 406-363-6200 1131 N. 1st Street

Stevensville • 406-777-7300 39 Stevensville Cutoff RoadW

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 North 1st Street Les Schwab store believe in giving back to the community where we live and work.

211 North 1st Street, Hamilton


Bitterroot’s Best 2019 Winners

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Ravalli Republic, Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 39 NIGHTLIFE Mara Luther Bar Steve Wilson Casino George Corn Friday Night Spot Joanna Weaver Happy Hour Mark Trotter at Markus Salon Live Music Marie Hajenga at Cowboy Troy’s Margarita Dr. Gilbert Roberts Sports Bar Laurie Jones, Corvallis Volleyball Stiff Drink Big Sky Builders Hamilton Advanced Dentistry BUSINESSES Rod’s Auto & Align Alternative Medicine Hamilton Physical Therapy Art Gallery Big Sky Eye Care Assisted Living Residence M & M Auto and Trans Auction/Estate Sales Brittany Bales at Allure Salon Auto Body/Repair Shop Judy Banks in Hamilton Bed & Breakfast Big Sky Mudflaps Beer Selection Rebecca Nydell at Adore Salon Book Store Justen Zimmerman Bike Shop Jaela B Photography Candy Shop Brenda Dahl at Florence Physical Therapy Car Wash Dr. April Weinberger Caterer Judy Porter Clothing Store Perry Backus Community Involved Business Holly Snyder at Corvallis Primary Computer Repair Companion Pet Clinic Convenience Store Dulcie Belanger & Dominic Farrenkopf Customer Service Krista Mohn, Michelle Cole & Sylvia Stoker Day Care Family Friendly Restaurant Financial Institution Blodgett Overlook Fishing Headquarters Kiwanis/River Park Florist Calf Creek Trail Furniture Store Lake Como Garden Supply/Nursery Spice Of Life Cafe Golf Course Daly Days Gun Store Lake Como Hardware/Home Improvement Nap’s Grill Health & Fitness Gym Daly Mansion Insurance Agent The Edge Jewelry Store River Rising Landscaper Nap’s Grill Liquor Store Hamilton Farmers Market Lodging Rye Creek Lodge Motorcycle/Atv Dealer New Business Opened Within a Year The Edge’s fried pickles New Car Dealer 2nd Street Sushi Non-Profit Nap’s Grill Office Supplies Red Rooster Pawn Shop BJ’s Restaurant Pest Control Subway Pet Care/Boarding Nap’s Grill Pet Grooming Spice of Life Cafe Pet Supply Big Creek Coffee Roasters Pharmacy Back Door Deli Property Management Spice of Life Cafe Ranch Supply Store Hamilton Marketplace Real Estate Office Spice Of Life Restaurant Fiesta En Jalisco Salon Higherground Brewing Sporting Goods/Outdoor Store Rainbow’s End Supermarket Higherground Brewing Tax Preparation Victor Steakhouse Thrift Store Mission Bistro Tire Store Higherground Brewing Towing Bouilla Unique Gifts 2nd Street Sushi Used Car Dealer Higherground Brewing Wine Selection The Wild Mare Cherry Street Cafe

Nap’s Bar Marley’s Cowboy Troy’s The Edge Bitter Root Brewing Fiesta En Jalisco The Edge Nap’s Bar Julie Waibel, Registered Dietician Art Focus Bee Hive Homes of Hamilton Swanson’s Estate Sales Rod’s Auto & Align Bitteroot River Bed & Breakfast Bitter Root Brewing & Higherground Brewing Chapter 1 Book Store Valley Bicycles Big Sky Candy Splash Car Wash Cafe Firenze Ford’s Department Store Massa Home Center Cybernet 1/Hamilton Computer Service Corvallis Merc Hamilton Physical Therapy Precious Moments Day Care Nap’s Grill First Security Bank Free Stone Fly Shop Flower Happy Floral & Gifts Bitterroot Furniture K & S Nursery Hamilton Golf Club Frontier Guns & Ammo Evans Ace Hardware Iron Horse Athletic Club Tim Thomas at Valley United Insurance Mikesell’s Fine Jewelry Vern’s Landscaping Cheers Bitterroot River Inn Al’s Cycle Maria’s Mexican Restaurant Mildenberger Motors Emma’s House Paper Clip Bitterroot Trading Post Bug Off Daly Dog Care Wags & Woofs Dog Grooming Murdoch’s Home & Ranch Bitterroot Drug Cardinal Properties Murdoch’s Home & Ranch PureWest Christie’s International Real Estate Spice Of Life Bittersweet Salon Bob Ward & Sons Super 1 Foods Tompkins & Peters S.A.F.E. Thrift Store Jerry Wessels Tire Center S&S Auto Body, Inc. Flower Happy Floral & Gifts Quality Used Cars & Trucks Of Hamilton Wine Cave

Voted Bitterroot’s Best

Outdoor Dining, Appetizer, Happy Hour, Sports Bar and Waitress-Michelle Cole