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Choice NEW BUSINESS IN 2009 WINNER: Train Wreck Bar and Grill, Burlington Burlington native Nick Crandall worked in construction and on oil rigs in Texas and New Mexico before he decided to fulfill a longtime dream to own a “cool pub” in his hometown. His vision was realized with the opening of the Train Wreck Bar and Grill next to the railroad tracks in old town Burlington, at 427 E. Fairhaven Ave., in November 2008. Crandall purchased and remodeled the building. “I had a lot of people tell me it was a bad idea,” he said. “But I always wanted to do it. ... It was kind of learn as you go.” Crandall said the key to success was hiring Mike Miller as chef. Instead of the venue becoming primarily a pub, the regulars are coming for the food: fried oysters, prawns, burgers, fish tacos, and crab macaroni and cheese. Crandall uses local products from Breadfarm, Blau Oysters and Golden Glen Creamery. “You support other people in business in the area, and they’ll come in and support you,” he said. The runners-up are Salon Rouge, 623 Morris St., Suite C, La Conner; and Baby Icing, A Children’s Boutique, 404 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington.

ANTIQUES WINNER: Nasty Jack’s Antiques, La Conner Nasty Jack’s Antiques was established in 1972 by “Diamond” Jim Reynolds and “Nasty” Jack Wilkins in a downtown La Conner building



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constructed in 1890. Wilkins was a 20-something workaholic hippie who purchased furniture at auctions for resale at the business. Wilkins passed away in 1994, and the business was taken over by his daughter and son-in-law, Marlo and Gary Frank. The 12,000-square-foot building at First and Morris streets is filled with oak tables, dressers, nightstands, sideboards, wardrobes, fireplace mantels, bookcases, old magazines and vintage English bricks. Nasty Jack’s delivers as far south as Tacoma and as far north as the Canadian border. Each month, the Franks receive a 40-ton container of antiques from Liverpool, England. The couple also travels to England to pick out antiques for the store — something “Nasty” Jack never did because he refused to fly. The runners-up are Dilly Dally Antiques, 501 First St., downtown Mount Vernon; and the Red Door Antique Mall, 111 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon.

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APPLIANCE STORE WINNER: Anderson Appliance Inc., Mount Vernon The Mount Vernon-based company was founded by Gary and Terry Anderson about 30 years ago. The North Sound outlet of Anderson Appliance, located at 2520 Cedardale Road, sports six live kitchens and offers more than 30 brands. The store offers ranges, cooktops, ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, freezers, hoods/ventilation, laundry machines and refrigerators. The store also hosts cooking classes. The South Sound outlet is located in Fife. The runners-up are Dave’s Anaco TV and Appliance, 1820 Commercial Ave., Anacortes; and Hoffman, Ill.based Sears Roebuck & Co., whose 3,900 stores include a franchise at 600 Cascade Mall Drive, Burlington.

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ART GALLERY/CUSTOM FRAMING WINNER: Wilson Picture Framing Inc., Mount Vernon Opened in 1990 by owner Guy Wilson, Wilson Framing at 822 N. Fourth St. offers custom prints and framing. The runners-up are Heritage Galleries & Frame Shop, 504 S. First St., Mount Vernon; and Custom Framing & Gallery, 160 Cascade Place #103, Burlington.

ASSISTED LIVING/RETIREMENT WINNER: Mountain Glen Retirement Community, Mount Vernon

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at 14015 Avon-Allen Road; 25 years later, Solver bought out Pearson for $300,000. Mountain Glen is owned and manWINNER: Avon Body Shop, The Avon Body Shop offers colliaged by Brad Watson, whose family Mount Vernon sion services, paint repair and touchups, has lived in the Skagit Valley for five Larry Solver’s father was a Seattle- mechanical repairs, alignments, frame generations. The retirement community area mechanic who first worked on repair and insurance work. at 1810 E. Division St. offers accomrace cars during the 1920s, and Solver The runners-up are Dally’s Auto modations for seniors that range from tinkered successfully with his first car Body, 300 Willow Lane, Mount Vernon; studios to deluxe two-bedroom apartat age 15. So it seems only natural that and Steve’s Automotive Center, 906 S. ments in a garden-like setting. his five sons and his wife of 52 years, Spruce St., Burlington. Residents enjoy three meals a Janene, followed in his footsteps when day in the dining hall, and a private he started his auto repair business 39 dining room is available for parties. years ago, first at his home and then on Cozy corners offer solitude or places Avon-Allen Road in Mount Vernon. to visit with friends. A minibus shuttles Working for the company these days Skagit Co unty residents to stores, the mall, banks and are four sons: Dave, Scott, Tim, and Jim. BUSINESS on special trips. Solver got his start in Skagit PULSE Residents who need a little more County working at Dally’s Auto Body, WINNE help can get assisted living rooms, at the same time teaching an apprenWho will R ma with services including housekeeping, tice class on automotive auto body the cut? ke social activities programs, supervision at Skagit Valley College in the late of medications and around-the-clock 1960s. He opened his own shop at his nursing assistance. house, but after eyeing the 15 cars in The runners-up are Creekside Re- his yard, opened a shop in 1971 in the tirement Community, 400 Gilkey Road, building that now houses Mortenson Burlington; and Country Meadow Vil- Signs. In 1973, Solver partnered with lage, 1501 Collins Road, Sedro-Woolley. Asa Pearson to open the current site

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BANK/FINANCIAL INSTITUTION WINNER: Skagit State Bank, Burlington Skagit State Bank was founded in 1958 by James P. Bishop and other local investors. The Burlington-based bank has about 180 employees and more than $500 million in assets, the bank reports. The bank has branches in Anacortes, Burlington, Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley, Stanwood, Arlington, Lynden and Bellingham. Services include 24-hour banking by phone, debit card or ATM, and home equity loans and mortgages. The bank invests in the community by supporting hospital foundations, 4-H clubs, adult sports teams and other organizations. The runners-up are Peoples Bank, which hosts Skagit locations in Anacortes, Mount Vernon, Burlington and Sedro-Woolley; and Summit Bank, which has outlets in Concrete, Burlington and Mount Vernon.



CAR DEALER WINNER: Blade’s Mount Vernon Auto Mart, Mount Vernon Blade’s Mount Vernon Auto Mart was launched in 1913 in La Conner by Carl Blade, the great-grandfather of current owners Mike and Scott Blade. The business moved to Mount Vernon in 1929. Walt Blade ran the operations from the mid-1930s to the mid-1970s, followed by Bill Blade into the 1990s. The dealership at 1100 Freeway Drive offers new Chevys, as well as used vehicles, commercial vehicles and recreational vehicles. The runners-up are Rallye Auto Sales, Inc., 1010 Old Highway 99 N. Road, Burlington; and Sims Honda, 1615 S. Goldenrod Road, Burlington.

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Avenue Catering at 620 S. Spruce St., Burlington creates a fine dining experience for four on the beach, a sumptuous culinary experience for 10,000 at Seattle’s Benoroya Hall, or even a feast for unclad guests at a nudist colony. The business — whose motto is “Your Avenue to Perfection” — was purchased in 2008 by two couples, Barbara and Robert Atterberry and Nick and Elizabeth Moss; Robert had already served for four years as the executive chef, and Nick had served as the events manager for the previous owner. Avenue Catering seeks to find quality local ingredients, including berries and corn. Customers peruse a menu with more than 1,000 items and then choose between formal and casual setups. For large jobs, about 40 on-call, part-time employees can be mobilized, and trucks and refrigerator space rented. The company recently launched a second business, Bob’s Chowder Bar and BBQ Salmon in Anacortes. Bob Atterberry knows fish — he spent 13 years as the chief steward of the ship Alaska Ocean, serving a crew of 130. The runners-up are Gere-A-Deli, 502 Commercial Ave., Anacortes; and Max Dale’s Steak & Chop House, 2030 Riverside Drive, Mount Vernon. People’s Choice continued on Pg. 8

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Choice CHIROPRACTOR WINNER: Country Chiropractic Clinic, Mount Vernon Making spinal corrections at the clinic at 22790 Buchanan St., in Mount Vernon are Dr. Avery Martin and his two sons, Dr. Nicholas Martin and Dr. Nathaniel Martin. Their methods include CBP (Chiropractic BioPhysics), spinal rehabilitation, spinal decompression, spinal cold laser, mirror imaging and sequential exercises, multidirectional traction, custom orthotics, and whole food dietary advice and supplementation. In fact, the doctors invite patients to their homes for dinner and a discussion of dietary plans and healthy lifestyle options. The doctors host educational classes for the public every Monday. The runners-up are the Northwest Chiropractic Clinic, 1601-A William Way, Mount Vernon; and the Riverside Chiropractic Clinic, 2118 Riverside Drive #105, Mount Vernon.

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The runners-up are Stowe’s Shoes and Clothing, 420 E. Fairhaven, Burlington; and Kohl’s, a Wisconsin-based chain with a Skagit store at 1942 Marketplace Drive in Burlington.

COMPUTER RETAIL STORE WINNER: Best Buy, Burlington Best Buy was founded in 1966 as the Sound of Music store in St. Paul, Minn. Now based in Minneapolis, the company has more than 1,300 stores and reports it is number 66 on the list of Fortune 100 companies. The runners-up are Computer Source, 1844 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington; and Office Depot, a chain with an outlet at 201-A College Way, Mount Vernon.

CONSTRUCTION COMPANY WINNER: Hanson Brothers Construction, Mount Vernon Hanson Brothers Construction, 17958 Cove Lane, Mount Vernon was started in 1978, and is owned by Gary and Linda Hanson. The company

specializes in commercial/public works projects, such as schools, hospitals, state and local projects. The runners-up are Fisher & Sons Inc., 625 Fisher Lane, Burlington; and Piazza Construction Inc., 224 Stewart Road #230, Mount Vernon.

COSMETIC/SKIN CARE WINNER: Blvd The Hair Studio, Burlington This is the second consecutive year Blvd The Hair Studio has garnered the most votes for best cosmetic and skin care; in 2007, it was also voted “Best New Business” and “Best Styling Salon.” This year, it’s also a finalist for “Best Styling Salon.” Owner Brenda Lund has worked as a hair stylist for 35 years. The Othello native’s first boss was her mother in the 1960s. Lund worked at a succession of parlors before moving with husband John to his hometown of Mount Vernon in 1991. Lund worked as a stylist at home for a year, then had an unsuccessful stint with a salon in downtown Mount Vernon before she hooked up with a

CLOTHING STORE WINNER: Macy’s Northwest, Burlington With corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York City, Macy’s operates more than 800 department stores and furniture galleries in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. The chain specializes in clothing, bed and bath, shoes, jewelry and watches, and handbags and accessories. The Skagit store is located at the Cascade Mall in Burlington. T h e c r e w a t B l v d T h e H a i r S t u d i o.



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sales representative with TIG products. The company provides in-house education, and its products are exclusive at The Blvd. Her location at 1866 Marketplace Drive in Burlington is nestled into the Burlington Crossroads compound next to the George Hopper exit off Interstate 5. Offerings include cuts, trims, styles, perms, straightening, conditioning, power doses, clear shines, waxings, permanent makeup, tanning and therapeutic wraps. The runners-up are the Cascade Cosmetic Center, 111 S. 12th St., Mount Vernon; and Esenta Skin Care & Massage Clinic, 823 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington.

DAY SPA WINNER: Per Dona Salonspa, Mount Vernon Per Dona Salonspa at 601 S. First St., downtown Mount Vernon, is owned by Shannon Corey and Julie Fleury, who are also master stylists. Offerings include designer cuts, hair coloring and tinting, pedicures, manicures, smoothies, massage, facials, airwaves, waxing, skin care, and makeup for weddings, proms and a night out. The most popular spa package is the “Simply Per Dona�: a relaxation massage, dermalogical facial, spa manicure, and pedicure, airwaves and spa lunch. The business is active with the Kai Leamer Memorial Fund for people battling cancer and will provide a free complete head shave, wig and wig liner. The runners-up are Bella Soul Massage & Spa, 335 E. George Hopper Road, #106, Burlington; and Delamae Salon and Spa, 310 E. Rio Vista Ave., Burlington.

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WINNER: Modern Cleaners in Mount Vernon

Dr. Glyn Fleury opened his dental center 35 years ago across the street from the Sedro-Woolley Post Office. About 25 years ago, he bought the building that currently houses the dental center at 830 Metcalf St., SedroWoolley. Joining Dr. Fleury on the staff are Dr. Zachary Norris and Dr. Hansrolf Gruener. The patients range in age from 4 into their 90s. The runners-up are Atkinson Family Dentistry, 727 Trail Road, SedroWoolley; and the Skagit Valley Family Dental Center, 206 S. 15th St., Mount Vernon.

Modern Cleaners was launched in 1947 and purchased by the Pickett family in 1989. It conducts business at two Mount Vernon locations, at 714 W. Division St., and 215 E. Fir St. During the 1990s, Modern Cleaners expanded the business by focusing on pick-up and delivery service. The service at first covered Mount Vernon, La Conner and Burlington, and was later expanded to Anacortes. In 2007, the company purchased competitor Moonen Cleaners. The company offers gentle treatment of garments, speedy processing of orders, use of eco-friendly processes, and friendly and personal service. The runners-up are Glow Cleaners, 408 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington; and Minda’s Quality Cleaners, 234 Steward Road, Mount Vernon.

    

                                          

                                                                  





            

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the late 1950s, Cecil and Mae Vanderpol installed the county’s first crematory at 1825 E. College Way. In 1984, Hawthorne Funeral Home opened on the grounds. Dick Duffy purchased Hawthorne from Mae in 1990, and his son Kirk joined the company in 2001. In 2004, Hawthorne expanded its services by building a reception room and a resource center for pre-planning funerals, and the funeral home was expanded in 2005. Options for services, burial and cremation are available at the company’s Web site. Customers can also talk to employees and directors personally any time by calling the business. Visitors can purchase flowers and find solace by browsing the book store. The runners-up are Kern Funeral Home, 1122 S. Third St., Mount Vernon; and Lemley Funeral Chapel, 1008 Third St., Sedro-Woolley.

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moved the shop to the busy intersection of Riverside Drive and CommerWINNER: Hart’s Floral in cial Street. The top seller is the flowers, Mount Vernon which come from suppliers in Tacoma, Hart’s Floral at 410 Commercial Seattle and Everett, as well as from a St. has garnered the People’s Choice Canadian couple who conduct an anaward for best florist every year since nual auction. The number two seller is 1996. One reason is longevity: Custom- plants, followed by gourmet gift baskets ers come in and say Hart’s provided the and general gifts. corsage for their high school prom in The runners-up are Interior Gar1950, flowers for their wedding in 1960 dens & Florists, 102 Woodworth St., and gifts for the birth of their child in Sedro-Woolley; and Melody’s Flow1970. ers & More, 519 E. Fairhaven Ave., Hart’s Floral was launched in Burlington. 1943 on Old Highway 99 by Fred Hart, FUNERAL HOME who had owned and operated Hart Brother’s Nursery with brother Randy on Best Road. Hart died in 1996, and WINNER: Hawthorne Funeral Home the business was purchased by spouses Memorial Park and On-Site Kurt Kazda and Colleen McKnight. Crematory, Mount Vernon Three years after the purchase, they Hawthorne Memorial Park began serving Skagit families in the 1930s. In

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WINNER: Handy’s Heating in Mount Vernon Bill Handy of Sedro-Woolley launched his business from his garage in 1992. He and his one employee performed all the business functions — selling heating, ventilation and air conditioning units, and service and installation. Two years later, the business had 15 employees and moved into a 9,000-square-foot facility at 17737 State Route 536 in west Mount Vernon. The new site offered a showroom to display hearth products. Handy later added another 2,500 square feet to the building, and renovated the showroom in 2005. Offerings include furnaces, heat pumps, air conditioning, water heaters, gas stoves and inserts, gas fireplaces and log sets, wood stoves and fireplaces, electric fires, pellet stoves and inserts, hearth accessories, fabrication, UV air goskagit.com


FURNITURE STORE WINNER: Ashley Furniture Homestore, Burlington

GIFT SHOP WINNER: My Favorite Things, Mount Vernon Through all the ups and downs of the economy in downtown Mount Vernon, Linda Bachmann has maintained success for 30 years with her gift shop, My Favorite Things, at 724 First St. The Yakima native was a college professor teaching theater arts in Minnesota when she spend a summer working with childhood friends at their gift shop in Seattle’s University District. Bachmann, who was also designing jewelry, enjoyed the stint and began working full-time at the store. After moving to Anacortes, she helped launch in Mount Vernon the third franchise of Selective Eye. After establishing the shop, she bought out her partners and rechristened the store My Favorite Things. goskagit.com

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The nursery was established in 1946 on the historic Jennings farm at 15806 Best Road. The shade house was built in 1965, and the company states it was the largest single span greenhouse in the state at that time at more than 30,000 square feet. John and Toni Christianson have owned the business since 1990. The business offers plants, accessories, gifts, classes and services. The nursery is open year-round. Patrons can pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic on the grounds of the schoolhouse. Christianson’s also sports a year-round staff of Washington certified nursery professionals.

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Founded in 1945 in Illinois and Indiana, Ashley Furniture Homestore has more than 300 stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and Japan. The stores are locally owned and operated, including the outlet at 1955 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington. Ashley specializes in living room, bedroom, day room and kid’s room furniture, as well as home entertainment and accessories. The company claims that in 2007, it passed Wal-Mart as the number-one retailer of furniture and bedding in the United States. The runners-up are Lyon’s Furniture & Sleep Center, 325 S. First St., Mount Vernon; and Rolfson’s Home Furnishings at 1101 and 1105 W. Division St., Mount Vernon.

The runners-up are Hallmark, a naOfferings include more than 700 tional chain with stores at 914 15th St. varieties of roses, annuals, annual basin Anacortes and 220 E. College Way kets, perennials, trees, shrubs, garden #5 in Mount Vernon; and Homeward antiques and gifts. Bound, 406 S. First St., Mount Vernon. The runners-up are Skagit Valley Gardens, 18923 Peter Johnson Road, GREENHOUSE/NURSERY Mount Vernon; and Summersun Nursery & Landscaping, 4100 E. College WINNER: Christianson’s Nursery Way, Mount Vernon.

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The runners-up are Shellan Jewelers, 1829 Marketplace Drive, Burlington; and Strauss Jewelers, 401 S. First St., Mount Vernon.

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WINNER: Kaptein’s Ace Hardware, Mount Vernon

WINNER: Nail Masters, Burlington

Ace Hardware was launched 86 years ago by a small group of Chicago hardware store owners who joined together to purchase merchandise in bulk to save money. Today, the Oak Brook, Ill.-based company has 4,600 stores in 50 states and more than 60 countries. The company reports annual retail sales of more than $12 billion. Each Ace store is independently owned and operated by local entrepreneurs. Jeff Kaptein owns Kaptein’s Ace Hardware at 1420 Riverside Drive in Mount Vernon. The runners-up are Ace Hardware, 1720 Q Ave., Anacortes; and Ekrem Hardware, 237 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington.

Opened five years ago at 1870 Marketplace Drive, Nail Masters is a full-service salon with 10 employees. The business has a second outlet in Birch Bay. The runners-up are Aloha Nails & Spa, 311 E. College Way, Mount Vernon; and VIP Nails, 145 Cascade Place, Burlington.

MEDICAL FACILITY WINNER: Skagit Valley Medical Center, throughout Skagit and Snohomish counties

ley facility, which opened in October 2006 at The Pavilion on the campus of United General Hospital at 1990 Hospital Drive; and is affiliated with the Cascade Family Medical Group at 326 S. Stillaquamish Ave., Arlington. The newest Skagit Valley Medical Center site, opened last year, offers cardiology and pulmonary services at 1220 22nd St., suite B, in Anacortes. The runners-up are North Cascade Family Physicians, 2116 E. Section St., Mount Vernon; and United General Hospital, 2000 Hospital Drive, SedroWoolley.

REAL ESTATE OFFICE WINNER: Windermere Real Estate Skagit Valley, Mount Vernon

Founded in 1972, Windermere Real Estate has 290 offices in 10 Western states: Washington, Arizona, Skagit Valley Medical Center California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, was founded in 1971 by nine general Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. practitioners who consolidated their The Skagit Valley office at 1030 E. expertise and resources under one College Way in Mount Vernon has 31 roof. The medical staff now numbers residential agents and eight commercial JEWELRY STORE more than 100 doctors and allied health agents. career practitioners. The main campus Each year, Windermere’s 8,000 WINNER: Charles Fine Jewelry, at 1400 E. Kincaid St., located across agents spend one day away from the the street from Skagit Valley Hospital, office helping their communities on Burlington This the fifth consecutive year coordinates the primary and specialty Windermere Community Service Day. Charles Fine Jewelry at 1775 S. Burlmedical care for the organization. The runners-up are Brown McMilington Blvd. has placed in the top three Primary care practices include family len Real Estate, 235 W. Rio Vista Ave., among Skagit jewelry stores. Opened medicine, pediatrics and internal medi- Burlington; and Re/Max Territory Inc., in 1988, the business offers designer cine. Specialty practices include general 320 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington. originals, rings, pendants, earrings and surgery, orthopedics, obstetrics/gynecolSPORTING GOODS/OUTDOOR bracelets. Charles Fine Jewelers help ogy, gastroenterology, pulmonology and RECREATION STORE customers select diamonds and design dermatology. The main campus also their piece. The business offers quality sports laboratory, radiology, optometry choices for bridal sets and anniversary and pharmacy services. WINNER: Wholesale Sports gifts. The new Maynard L. Johnson Outdoor Outfitters, Burlington Among the services are custom Building, at the same site, provides The Western Canada company has design repair, cleaning and inspection, urgent care and occupational medicine. 15 stores in the northwestern United insurance appraisals, financing, and Skagit Valley Medical Center also has a States, including the store at 2000 Burlproviding education and care of diaclinic at Stanwood-Camano, 9631 269th ington Blvd., Burlington. The entryway monds, pearls, gemstones and precious St. N.W., Stanwood; a Sedro-Woolincludes the “Bragging Board,” where metals.

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local sportsmen and sportswomen in photos beam with their prized catches. The entryway also features a fishing report board with reccomendations for local anglers. The offerings include fishing gear, rifles, duck decoys, archery supplies, hats, rain gear, canoes, kayaks and Western-themed artwork. The runners-up are Big 5 Sporting Goods, 910 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington; and Holiday Market Sports Center, 680 State Route 20, Burlington.

STYLING SALON WINNER: Envy Salon for Hair, Mount Vernon

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THRIFT STORE WINNER: Goodwill Industries, Mount Vernon Founded in 1902, local Goodwill stores fund job training, employment placement services and other community programs by selling donated clothes and household items at Goodwill retail stores and online. The outlet at 102 Valley Mall Way is among 166 community-based Goodwills in the United States and Canada, and is operated by Seattle Goodwill Industries, Inc. Goodwill stores also generate

revenue by contracting with businesses and government to provide commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food service preparation document imaging and shredding, and more. Goodwill trains people with disabilities, lack of education or job experience, or face employment challenges. The organization states that in 2008, it helped train 1.5 million people for careers, and more than 172,000 people obtain employment through participation in Goodwill programs. For shoppers, it’s the eclectic selections and prices that keep them coming. On a recent day at the Mount Vernon

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Goodwill, finds included sets of skis for $15, computer keyboards for $3.99, sun glasses for $1.99, and men’s dress pants for $5.99. The runners-up are Value Village, 525 E. College Way, Mount Vernon; and Bargains Galore Thrift Store, at 1909 S. Second St., Mount Vernon, and 145 Cascade Place, Burlington.

TRAVEL AGENCY WINNER: AAA Travel, Mount Vernon The office at 1600 E. College Way, suite A, Mount Vernon handles reservations for hotels, cars, flights, cruises, travel planning and travel insurance. The company was founded in 1904 by 10 Seattle businessmen who wanted to make automobile travel safe, comfortable and affordable. By 1954, the AAA Travel Agency had ticketing available for 45 airlines, 24 steamship lines and all bus and rail lines, the company reports. The runners-up are Carlson Wagonlit Travel, at 412 Fairhaven Ave., Burlington; and Destinations Travel & Cruise, 113 S. 11th St., Mount Vernon. goskagit.com


that painful experience at the clinic. Tools include an in-house laboratory, digital X-rays that can be e-mailed to WINNER: Chuckanut Valley radiologists, state-of-the-art diagnostic Veterinary, Burlington equipment and Web sites with informaAfter graduating from Washington tion from throughout the world. The State University’s veterinary school clinic has about 14,000 clients. in 1984, Dr. Greg Ingman and his wife The runners-up are College Way Barb moved to Sedro-Woolley, where Animal Hospital, 3801 E. College Way, he practiced veterinary medicine for Mount Vernon; and North Cascade four years. In 1988, he opened the Veterinary, 200 Murdock St., Sedrocurrent Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Woolley. Clinic as a mobile large animal practice. VISION CENTER Ingman expanded services to include small animals in a leased facility on Pulver Road. WINNER: North Cascade Eye Dr. Peter Brown joined the pracAssociates, Mount Vernon and tice in 1991 and became a partner in Sedro-Woolley 1994. In 1996, they moved the clinic to Dr. Nanette Crowell established a its current location at 896 N. Burlington solo opthalmology practice in SedroBlvd., across the street from BurlingWoolley in 1985. Today, her North ton-Edison High School. The third Cascade Eye Associates has practices owner is Dr. Jacob Searle. at 2100 Little Mountain Lane in Mount The clinic strives to provide caring Vernon, and 2131 Hospital Drive in service to clients, going to homes to Sedro-Woolley. euthanize a pet or help people through Offerings include medical and

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routine eye exams, laser treatments, cataract and refractive surgery, and specialty care in cornea, pediatric ophthalmology, ophthalmic plastics, contact lenses and low vision. Community involvement includes granting an annual $1,000 “Excellence in Education” scholarship to a student interested in pursuing a career in medicine or health care administration. North Cascade Eye Associates contributes product and financial support to many local organizations, including Skagit Opera, Skagit Adventist School, Mount Vernon Christian School, Pregnancy Choices, the Museum of Northwest Art, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation, Children’s Hospital Guild and Youth Dynamics. The runners-up are Costco Wholesale Burlington, 1725 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington; and Skagit Valley Medical Center, 1400 E. Kincaid St., Mount Vernon. People’s Choice continued on Pg. 20

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rounding areas. This flavor is achieved by applying a dry rub to the meat comprised of a custom spice blend, then slow-roasting the meat and adding sauce just prior to serving, said owner Jim Lee. “We just bring a lot of flavor BAKED GOODS/DESSERT to the party,” he said. SPECIALTIES Lee said each item presented on the table is served for a reason, not just WINNER: Calico Cupboard, as filler. The cooks work hard to make three locations sure each item in a buffet tastes great The options are endless for by paying close attention to the seasoncustomers scoping the baked goods at ing and flavors, he added. Calico Cupboard Café and Bakery at The runners-up are Kelley’s BBQ, 901 Commercial Ave., Anacortes; 121-B 805 W. Division St., Mount Vernon; Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon; and 720 and Reverie BBQ, 1300 S. Second St., S. First St., La Conner. Display cabinets Mount Vernon. at each restaurant location encase an array of cinnamon rolls, cookies, quiche and homemade breads. But the triple-berry muffins, apple dumplings and bread pudding appear difficult to keep on the shelves, said Brenda Schmidt, Calico Cupboard general manager. Bakery items are made from scratch each night by Calico Cupboard staff. At 4 a.m., the fresh goodies are ready for display. “We use the best ingredients we can find,” said Schmidt, adding that each item is made with either organic flour or sustainably grown flour from Northwest farms. The runners-up are Joy’s SedroWoolley Bakery & Café, 823 Metcalf St., Sedro-Woolley; and Haggen, with locations at 757 Haggen Drive, Burlington and 2601 E. Division St., Mount J i m L e e o w n s D o u b l e B a r r e l B B Q Vernon.

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the main reason Blau Oyster Co. is so popular, said owner Paul Blau, who is the third generation Blau family member to operate the business. If oysters sit in the store for a couple weeks, they “lose something,” Blau said. Blau Oyster Co., at 11321 Blue Heron Road in Bow, typically sells its products to restaurants and grocery stores in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties and internationally through a British Columbia distributor. “We just have a real good reputation for quality of our product,” said Blau. The runners-up are Conway Pub & Eatery, 18611 Main St., Conway; and the Longhorn Saloon, 5754 Cains Court, Edison.

BREAKFAST SPOT WINNER: Calico Cupboard, three locations It’s more than pancakes and eggs at the Calico Cupboard Café and Bakery. With breakfast menu options ranging from traditional to vegetarian to ethnic-based cuisine, there’s bound to be something for everyone at the eateries at 901 Commercial Ave., Anacortes; 121-B Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon; and 720 S. First St., La Conner. Each meal is made from scratch with fresh and unprocessed ingredients whenever possible, said Brenda Schmidt, restaurant general manager. Each location has a large bakery with numerous baked goods and desserts. “We want (customers) to go away feeling full and satisfied, and with a feeling that they’ve eaten something good for them and made from good, quality products,” Schmidt said. The runners-up are Mr. T’s Family Café, 503 W. Fir St., Mount Vernon; and Joy’s Sedro-Woolley Bakery & Café, 823 Metcalf St., Sedro-Woolley. goskagit.com


CHINESE WINNER: Hong Kong Restaurant, Mount Vernon Attention to detail is a quality that restaurant manager Johnny Luo said is important at Hong Kong Restaurant — especially when it comes to food. The owner pays close attention to menu items and refines them to achieve the right taste, said Luo. The restaurant, located at 1300 Riverside Drive, Mount Vernon, serves Cantonese and Szechuan-style cuisine. Friendly service is another draw to the restaurant, said Luo. When customers return they usually bring new customers, friends or family. Conversation among staff and patrons is common, since staff enjoy getting to know their customers. “We have so many people coming back over and over,” said Luo. The runners-up are Asian 1, 145 Cascade Place, Burlington; and China Wok Restaurant & Lounge, 866 S. Burlington Blvd.

FAMILY RESTAURANT WINNER: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, Burlington Applebee’s is the largest casualdining chain worldwide with more than 1,990 restaurants in the United States and 15 franchises internationally, according to the restaurant’s Web site. The restaurant chain prides itself

on providing a casual, family-dining experience. In Skagit County, Applebee’s is located at 188 Cascade Mall Drive, Burlington. The runners-up are Bob’s Burgers and Brew, 9394 Old Highway 99 N. Road., Burlington; and Red Robin, 1075 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington.

COFFEE SHOP/ESPRESSO STAND WINNER: Nikki’s Espresso, Mount Vernon and Anacortes A small-town feel and a good cup of coffee are what bring more than 150 daily customers to Nikki’s Espresso, said owner Nikki Rambow. The customers and employees get to know each other at the two locations at 2222 Riverside Drive, Mount Vernon, and 12515 Christianson Road, Anacortes. Rambow said this allows customers to feel they’re “coming home and getting a cup of coffee.” Nikki’s has a devoted set of customers who stop by almost daily. “If we don’t see them for a day we’re worried about them. I’m not even joking,” said Rambow. The runners-up are Buckshot Espresso, 111 Fountain St., Burlington; and Morgan’s Express, with locations at 236 W. Moore St., Sedro-Woolley, and 3009 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. goskagit.com

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HAMBURGER RESTAURANT WINNER: Bob’s Burgers & Brew, Burlington Helpful staff and a family-friendly atmosphere are a couple reasons customers might enjoy Bob’s Burgers & Brew, said manager Kira Willard. But, she added, the quality of food and large portions at the 9394 Old Highway 99 N. Rd., Burlington, location are probably the most enticing to those looking for a hamburger.

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prepare meals as they chop, slice and toss ingredients and flames ignite from the iron grill. Hibachi is the type of Japanese cuisine served at Sakura, located at 1830 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington, and uses an iron griddle to prepare meals, according to the restaurant’s Web site. A full sushi bar is also available. The runners-up are Apple Teriyaki, 1779 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington; and Asian 1, 145 Cascade Place, Burlington.

LUNCH SPOT WINNER: The Lunch Box, Mount Vernon The Lunch Box, located at 311 Pine St., Mount Vernon, is a place most people look forward to for lunch. Some customers visit the deli every day, sometimes more than once, said owner Cathy Adelman. The deli serves sandwiches, salads, homemade soups and baked goods. Customer favorites include the chicken cranberry salad and the Little Italy sandwich, said Adelman. But the deli has a reputation for its cinnamon rolls. “They’re big, they’re yummy, they’re homemade and they’re wonderful,” Adelman said “They’re enough for a meal for somebody.” The runners-up are Gere-A-Deli, 502 Commercial Ave., Anacortes; and Calico Cupboard, with locations at 901 Commercial Ave., Anacortes; 121-B Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon; and 720 S. First St., La Conner.

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taurant, said owner Ruth Ibarra. Many customers and restaurant employees have known each other since childhood. Aside from enjoying a great meal, like the carne asada or fajita burrito, customers catch up on family and life, she said. “It’s a real family restaurant, and it has a happy atmosphere,” Ibarra says. Ibarra added that she tries to offer specials and coupons during such tough economic times at each restaurant location: 624 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington; 1810 Riverside Drive, Mount Vernon; and 214 S. Maple St., La Conner. The runners-up are Mexico Café, 1320 Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon; and Lorenzo’s Mexican Restaurant, with locations at 2121 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, and 902 Highway 20, Sedro-Woolley.

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WINNER: La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House

Round Table Pizza has been serving customers since 1959 after its first restaurant opened in California. The restaurant chain has since opened about 500 restaurants across the country. In Skagit County, Round Table Pizza is located at 115 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. The runners-up are the Pizza Factory, with locations at 3219 Commercial Ave., Anacortes and 107 Cedar St., Burlington, and Papa Murphy’s, with locations at 1320 E. College Way, Mount Vernon; 1034 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington; 108 N. Township St., Sedro-Woolley; 1710 Commercial Ave., Anacortes; and 26910 92nd Ave. N.W., Stanwood.

“We just try to go beyond everyone’s expectation,” said Kari Vandenbosch. Casual dining with friendly service on a waterfront location is how coowner Kari Vandenbosch describes La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House. Food quality is important as the restaurant offers as much fresh and local seafood as possible, she added. But customer service is also key, Vandenbosch said. The long-time staff at La Conner Seafood, located at 614 S. First St., La Conner, allows for efficient, friendly service.

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CHOICE “We just try to go beyond everyone’s expectation,” she said. “To have (customers) walk out happier than they thought they would be.” The runners-up are Chuckanut Manor Seafood & Grill, 3056 Chuckanut Drive, Bow; and The Oyster Bar, 2578 Chuckanut Drive, Bow.

SUNDAY BRUNCH WINNER: Bob’s Burgers & Brew, Burlington Eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, and an omelet bar are staples for Sunday brunch at Bob’s Burgers & Brew at 9394 Old Highway 99 N. Rd., Burlington. Customers like the omelet bar because they can pick the ingredients for an omelet made right in front of them, said Manager Kira Willard. “It’s definitely a repeat,” she said. “Once people enjoy the brunch, they definitely come back. (Customers) really like it.” On holidays, like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, a larger brunch is served that includes prime rib and chicken. The runners-up are the Chuckanut Manor Seafood & Grill, 3056 Chuckanut Drive, Bow; and the Calico Cupboard, with locations at 901 Commercial Ave., Anacortes; 121-B Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon; and 720 S. First St., La Conner.

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ue, located at 5754 Cains Court, Edison, to a classic, old-style saloon — minus the swinging doors at the entrance. “The saloon has been there since 1869,” Mains said. “There’s something bigger than me that draws people to the Longhorn. It’s an old saloon, and people love it.” The Longhorn hosts trivia Wednesdays, with a live quiz master, and offers live music on Saturdays. Mains said the saloon’s oysters, purchased from Blau Oyster Co., their chicken wings and Cajun season stew are a big draw. The saloon also serves Longhorn Amber Ale, brewed by Pyramid Brewing Co. specifically for the saloon. The runners-up are the Conway Pub & Eatery, 18611 Main St., Conway; and Train Wreck, 427 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington.

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THAI RESTAURANT WINNER: Asian 1, Burlington

Jess Roberts. An accommodating menu for customers looking for gluten-free or vegan dishes is another draw for the restaurant, located at 145 Cascade Place, Burlington. “Everything that we do is fresh,” said Roberts, adding that all dishes are made to order. Another popular feature is a recently added sushi bar, which is held to the same standards as the rest of the restaurant menu, Roberts said. The runners-up are the Rachawadee Thai Café, 410 W. Gates St., Mount Vernon; and Thai House Restaurant, 616 S. First St., Mount Vernon.

“Everything that we do is fresh,” said Roberts, adding that all dishes are made to order.

Something’s always happening at the Fresh-cut meats, fresh vegetables Longhorn Saloon, making it a favorite and in-house breaded chicken are the among locals and tourists alike, said trick to Asian 1’s Thai dishes that bring owner Steve Mains. He likens the ven- people back, said assistant manager

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out their accounting needs. Some of the services handled at Brown’s accounting firm, located at 1129 Riverside Drive, Mount Vernon, include estate planning, small business accounts and personal income taxes. Located in Mount Vernon, Brown has been serving Skagit County for 31 years. But he has been in the area much longer. He grew up in the Skagit Valley. “I’m homegrown, and I enjoy helping people,” he said. The runners-up are Mark Roetcisoender of Williams & Nulle Certified Public Accountants, 407 Pine St., Mount Vernon; and Randy Oostra, of Oostra Rouw & Associates, 120 S. 15th St., Mount Vernon.

“We try to take a positive attitude around food in general because we love it, and it’s a great source of joy and can bring a community together,” Jodie Buller says of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.

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There’s something for everyone at Individuals and small business the Skagit Valley Food Co-op. Whether owners can look to John Brown to sort it’s a gluten-free, vegetarian or specialty food item customers are seeking, the “Thank You Skagit County for your trust co-op’s knowledgeable staff can help find it, said Jodie Buller, marketing and and support for the last 32 years!” outreach coordinator. Items sold at the co-op — located at 202 S. First St., Mount Vernon Skagit County — meet a set of purchasing guidelines BUSINESS that ensures the products are free of PULSE FINALIST harmful preservatives and ingredients. BEST INSURANCE AGENT The store’s deli offers an ingredient key 2009 that makes it easier for those working Keith Sorestad, Agent with a specialized diet, she said. But 820 Township St. Buller adds that the co-op is not only Sedro-Woolley, WA geared toward health food, as there’s a 360-855-1831 variety of ice creams, cheeses, beer and Skagit County Skagit County Skagit County BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS PULSE PULSE wine. “We try to take a positive attitude 2007 2006 2005 2008 around food in general because we love Skagit County it, and it’s a great source of joy and can Skagit County Skagit County Skagit County BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS PULSE PULSE PULSE bring a community together,” she said. 2004 2003 2001 2000 The runners-up are Adrift, 510 Commercial Ave., Anacortes; and Calico Cupboard, with locations at 901 Commercial Ave., Anacortes; 121-B Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon; and 720 “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.”® S. First St., La Conner. State Farm Insurance Companies • Home Offices: Bloomington, Illinois statefarm.com® Skagit County

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INSURANCE AGENT located at 506 Main St., Mount Vernon, specializes in divorce and criminal cases. “People usually come to us with a problem that is a tremendous burden, and it causes them a lot of worry,” Evans said. “Hopefully I can ease that burden or take away that worry.” Evans said he credits the success of his practice to his staff and legal assistants who work with clients on a daily basis and handle “the tremendous workload.” Customers are drawn to the office because of the staff and legal assistants, he added. The runners-up are attorneys Lawrence Pirkle, 120 S. 15th St., Mount Vernon; and Tom Kamb of Kamb & Kamb, 702 Main St., Mount Vernon.

WINNER: Keith Sorestad, Sedro-Woolley Working in a smaller community is part of what Keith Sorestad said he enjoys about working as a State Farm Insurance agent in Sedro-Woolley. The agency, located at 820 Township St., offers auto, home and life insurance packages. “I feel like in a smaller community the people are able to get to know you better, and you are able to get to know (clients) and their families better,” he said. Sorestad worked a couple different jobs before following in his father’s footsteps as a State Farm agent. He signed on with the company in 1977. Between the two of them, he said, the Sorestad agency has served Skagit County for 55 years. The runners-up are Mike Gubrud of Farmer’s Insurance, 400 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington; and Pola Kelley of Allstate, 407 State St., Sedro-Woolley.

Mount Vernon, but he hopes to expand his work with family, children and maternity portraiture. Cook works with clients before the photo session to get to know them and afterward to ensure they select the images that will meet their needs. The runners-up are Annette Medford of Annette’s Photography, 39558 Highway 20, Concrete; and Lindsey Bowen of Intimate Photography, 102 N. Fifth St., Mount Vernon.

PHYSICIAN WINNER: Morris Johnson, Mount Vernon

There is no typical day for Morris Johnson, a general surgeon at Skagit Valley Medical Center, located at 1400 E. Kincaid St., Mount Vernon. A general surgeon, he performs various types of surgery. Morris, a fifth-generation Skagitonian, said he finds the variability of FINANCIAL CONSULTANT the job most interesting. In one day, he could perform surgery on a pediatric WINNER: Tim Price, Mount Vernon patient and later perform an entirely Helping people prepare and live different operation on an elderly comfortably into their retirement is patient. what Tim Price says he enjoys most “When I go to work, I never know PHOTOGRAPHER about his job. The financial advisor, what’s going to walk through the door,” located at 1616 N. 18th St., Mount Morris said. Vernon, offers financial, retirement and WINNER: Mark Cook, Mount Vernon The runners-up are Barbara Hahn estate planning in his Edward Jones Mark Cook of Mark Cook Photo- of Skagit Valley Medical Center, 1400 office. graphics wants his photos to be more E. Kincaid St., Mount Vernon; and Because Edward Jones is a nonthan a documentation of how a client Gil Traylor of North Cascade Family proprietary company, Price said his looks at a certain point of time. Each Physicians, 2116 E. Section St., Mount customers trust he will give an objecperson is different and unique and has Vernon. tive opinion when offering financial their own story that leads to an interplanning direction. esting photograph, Cook said. “When I go to work, I “I just enjoy helping people with “I’m very passionate about worktheir goals, helping them have a coming with people and pulling the most never know what’s fortable retirement and helping them out of them photographically,’’ Cook going to walk through reach their goals,” Price said. said. the door,” Morris said. The runners-up are Cindi Weddings and senior portraits Kosonen of Mount Vernon and Larry comprise the majority of his business, located at 15729 Mountain View Road, People’s Choice continued on Pg. 28

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walkable setting and “pay for 18, play all day” special are a big draws for golfers, LeDuc said. Avalon, located at 19345 Kelleher Road, Burlington, WINNER: Best Western Cotton attracts most of its players from Seattle Tree Inn, Mount Vernon to Vancouver, B.C. BED & BREAKFAST Best Western Cotton Tree Inn has “(Golfers) can pay for an 18-hole 10 locations in Utah, Idaho, Washington round of golf and play as much as WINNER: Katy’s Inn, La Conner and Wyoming. they want to with that,” she said. “And Katy’s Inn offers guests a piece of The Best Western Cotton Tree Inn having 27 holes allows them to play a La Conner history as they visit or play at 2300 Market St., Mount Vernon, of- different course.” games in the parlor, relax in the hot fers guests a complimentary full breakThe runners-up are Eaglemont, tub or read a book on the building’s fast, an outdoor pool, and access to the 4127 Eaglemont Drive, Mount Verwrap-around porch. Built in 1882 by neighboring Riverside Health Club and non; and Overlook Golf Course, 17523 Captain John Peck, Katy’s Inn is the Spa. The hotel also serves as a meeting Highway 9, Mount Vernon. oldest home in La Conner, according to and conference facility. HOTEL/MOTEL its Web site. The runners-up are the Hampton Guests can choose from the Rose, Inn, 1860 S. Burlington Blvd., BurlLilac and Garden rooms or the Captain ington; and the Skagit Valley Casino WINNER: Hampton Inn & Suites, John Peck suite during their stay. CofHotel, 5984 N. Darrk Lane, Bow. Burlington fee or tea is delivered to guests’ rooms The Hampton Inn & Suites is GOLF COURSE each morning and breakfast is served located across the country and internaeither in the spacious dining room tionally with 1,600 locations. table, or in guests’ rooms if preferred. WINNER: Avalon Golf Links, In Skagit County, Hampton Inn is Katy’s Inn, located at 213 Morris Burlington at 1860 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington. St., is open to guests year round and The number one thing golfers The 102-room hotel offers guests onsite is available for weddings, meetings or find appealing at Avalon Golf Links is dining, a fitness center and swimming other large-group events. the 27-hole course, which gives golfpool. The runners-up are Benson Farm- ers a variety of holes to play, said Barb The runners-up are Best Western stead, 10113 Avon Allen Rd., Bow; and LeDuc, Avalon director of communica- Cotton Tree Inn, 2300 Market St., Heron Inn, 117 Maple Ave., La Conner. tions. Mount Vernon; and the Skagit Valley The privacy of the varied course Casino Hotel, 5984 N. Darrk Lane, — no homes are located on the golf Bow. course — along with the peaceful,

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Academy of Dance and the Skagit Valley Chorale. The hall also serves as a space for large gatherings and events. Community contributions from individuals, local businesses and organizations help fund the venue events. The runners-up are Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave., Anacortes; and The Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon.

PLACE TO EXERCISE WINNER: Riverside Health Club, Mount Vernon Customers can find an exercise routine for all fitness levels at Riverside Health Club. The club offers diverse group exercise and aquatic fitness classes, free weights and various cardio machines. Other features unique to Riverside Health Club are the “Rock Hard Gym” weight room, Women’s Only Gym and racquetball court. Personal trainers are available to help members meet their fitness goals. Children can enjoy the activities at Kids’ Club as parents work some exercise time into their busy schedules. Riverside Health Club, 2225 Riverside Drive, Mount Vernon, is locally owned and has been serving Skagit County since 1971. The runners-up are Urban Fitness, 525 E. College Way, Mount Vernon; goskagit.com

“Simple elegance” is how owner Connie Weech describes Grand Willow Inn. The venue’s landscaping and interior design make Grand Willow a beautiful location for both indoor and outdoor events. and Curves, with locations at 403 S. Grand Willow Inn, 17926 Dunbar First St., Mount Vernon; 903-A Metcalf Road, Mount Vernon, has attracted St., Sedro-Woolley; 208 Fashion Way, brides and grooms from throughout Burlington; and 9923-A 270th St. N.W., Western Washington to celebrate their Stanwood. big day. Weech said she is typically involved with almost 99 percent of PLACE TO HOST A PARTY wedding planning at the venue. “(The wedding) can be the best day WINNER: Longhorn Saloon, Edison of their life,” she said. “That’s my goal, The staff at the Longhorn Saloon to make sure that’s what it is.” is sure to make party-goers feel special. The runners-up are the Beau Anniversaries, 50th birthday parties Lodge, 17581 Wood Road, Bow; and La and wedding receptions are only a few Conner Flats, 15980 Best Road, Mount of the parties hosted at the Longhorn, Vernon. said owner Steve Mains. Mains said people most likely prefer to host their parties at the saloon, “No party is too large located at 5754 Cains Court, Edison, or too small to because the staff strives to make guests feel like it’s their place. Balloons, accommodate,” unique placemats and a special menu Mains said. are created for each event. “No party is too large or too small to accommodate,” Mains said.

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parents and grandparents, it’s a place to visit and learn with their children. “We do such varied and fun programming that it’s exciting for people,” Melcher said. The runners-up are The Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St., La Conner; and the Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. Fourth St., La Conner.

PERFORMING ARTS GROUP WINNER: META Children will gain more than theater production experience when involved with META, or Multicultural Education in the Theatre Arts, said Kristen Jensen, one of two staff members. Children ages 7 through 17 experience academic growth, enhanced cre-

ativity, analytical skills, enhanced self esteem and teamwork, among other personal growth, Jensen said. META is the only nonprofit organization in Skagit County providing instruction for children in that age group, she said. META, www.metaperformingarts. org, offers opportunities for student to participate in musicals twice a year. The performance group most recently performed “Pippi Longstocking” last fall, and in spring 2009 performed “Fiddler on the Roof.” The runners-up are Mouseheart Factor, www.mouseheartfactor.com; and the Theatre Arts Guild, www.theaterartsguild.com.

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St., Burlington. The restaurant offers a family-friendly atmosphere and big screen TVs to watch sporting events. Manpower Inc. this month opens a new office at 180 Gilkey Road, Burlington. Founded in 1948, the company offers employers such services as permanent, temporary and contract recruitment; employee assessment and selection; training; outplacement; outsourcing and consulting. The company states it has 4,100 offices in 82 Sharon Fields Jeffrey Lustick countries. “We are excited to bring the The Bellingham-based Lustick Law leadership and expertise of Manpower Firm last month opened a new branch to Skagit/Island counties and establish at 413 West Gates St., Mount Vernon. our presence there,’’ Hanni Gould, asThe branch attorneys handle felony sistant manager of the new Burlington and misdemeanor criminal cases and office, stated in a press release. “We legal matters involving real estate, are already in the process of building aviation law, military law and family a pool of reliable and talented worklaw. The office is accepting cases in ers and contacting local businesses to federal court and Washington State let them know we are coming to the Superior or District Court, and in vari- neighborhood. This way, once we are ous city municipal courts within Skagit, officially open, we will hit the ground Snohomish, King and Island counties. running.’’ Attorney Sharon Fields serves as the acting branch manager, and focuses her practice on criminal law and family law. The University of Utah graduate is Georgia Coy is the new real estate admitted to practice law in Washington, professional at Coldwell Banker Island Texas, Utah and Idaho. She is a former Living in Anacortes. McCoy began her senior deputy prosecutor who most real estate career with Coldwell Banker recently prosecuted cases in Whatcom in Burlington in 2003 before transferCounty. Attorney Jeffrey A. Lustick, a ring to Anacortes. McCoy grew up in 1989 graduate of Mount Vernon High Spokane, and spent her high school School, is the owner and managing years in British Columbia before movattorney of the Lustick Law Firm. He ing to Bellevue and then the Skagit served as a Bellingham City prosecuValley. tor before opening a private practice in 2004. He is a legal analyst on locdio station KGMI AM-790. Skagit Valley Signs hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 20 at its store at 360 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington. The owners and operators are Jesse and Candice Eberle. The Varsity Inn Restaurant and Bar was opened with a ribbon cutGeorgia McCoy ting ceremony Jan. 8 at 112 N. Cherry

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Gov. Christine Gregoire has reappointed Margaret Rojas of Anacortes to a second five-year term on the Skagit Valley College Board of Trustees. She was first appointed in January 2005, and served as the board chair from July 2007 through June 2008. Rojas works as a consumer affairs coordinator at North Sound Mental Health Administration. The board’s duties include setting the college’s strategic direction, establishing policy for the college, awardingre and approving the operating budget.

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Skagit Valley Medical Center last month added two physicians and a certified physician assistant. Dr. Lance Ho joined the medical center’s orthopedic department. He has a special interest and subspecialty training in foot and ankle care. Dr. Ho speaks Laotian, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and Thai. He will see patients in SVMC’s SedroWoolley office on Mondays, and in the Mount Vernon office rest of the week. Dr. Sandeep Bal is an internist who cares for adult patients 18 and older. Brittany Rowan, PA-C, is a physician assistant in the general surgery department.

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BUSINESS Briefs MOVES/NEW OWNERS Scott and Buffi Taylor are the new owners of Prime West System, a computer repair, retail and network services business located at 1404 Riverside Drive #H, Mount Vernon. Scott has worked as a computer network engineer in Snohomish and Skagit counties for the past 15 years. IT technicians Jeff Brook and Dennis Herrle will continue to work at the company. Mike Ebersole is the new storeger, and Kevin Warner is the new IT technician.

state-of-the-art soft tissue system or movement based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Among the conditions that can be significantly improved or resolved are headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, knee problems and tennis elbow. La Conner attorney Patricia Paul recently was selected as one of 12 members of the Washingtone Bar Association Leadership Institute 2010 Class of Fellows. Established in 2004, the WSBA Leadership Institute’s mission is to recruit, train and retain Washington attorneys for leadership positions in the legal community and in the organization. Paul has been a member of the Washington State Bar since 2006, and maintains a private law practice in La Conner that specializes in corporate, land use and federal Indian law.

to accept other types of relief donations, such as clothing, food or medical supplies. Monetary donations are also being accepted online at www.redcross. org. Information: www.shopcascademall.com. The Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Skagit Young Professionals group meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at rotating locations. The cost is $5 for chamber members, and $10 for non-members. The group also meets at 4 p.m. every Friday at Max Dale’s martini lounge for happy hour and discussion with rotating topics and speakers, with no admission charge. Information: 360-428-8547, www.SkagitYoungProfessionals.com, or e-mail office@mountvernonchamber.com. The Anacortes Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Business Resource Center in Mount Vernon to offer business consulting services to Anacortes businesses. The free meetings can be arranged in either Anacortes or Mount Vernon with the SerLast month, Haggen Food and vice Corps of Retired Executives or the Pharmacy stores in Burlington and Small Business Development Specialist Mount Vernon collected donations through the Economic Development of new and used coats, sweaters, hats, Association of Skagit County. scarves, gloves and mittens as part of The networking group Skagit Valthe Warm Clothes for Kids drive. The ley Business Network International clothes were distributed by the Oasis seeks motivated, ethical professionals Teen Shelter, a Skagit Valley Famto meet at 7:45 a.m. Wednesdays at the ily YMCA program that operates an Elks lodge, 2120 Market St., Mount emergency shelter for runaway and Vernon. Information: Jeanette Coffey homeless youth. at 360-961-7441 or Doug Faber at 360336-3535. Skagit Valley College’s Displaced Homemaker Program offers free Cascade Mall in Burlington has monthly classes on career exploration partnered with the American Red and job-search techniques to assist Cross to collect monetary donations those who have become sole supporters — in cash, checks and credits cards of their families. Call 360-416-7762. — to help the victims of the earthquake Goodwill offers a three-month in Haiti receive food, water, shelter retail and customer service training and medical help. A collection site is program at its Mount Vernon store. located at guest services, which is near Students receive detailed classroom the center court. The mall is unable instruction and hands-on experience

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AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS Anacortes chiropractor Dr. Ben Jennings, DC received the “Chiropractor of the Year’’ award from Team Chiropractic of Skagit County at its annual Christmas banquet. Jennings is one of the founders of the organization, which was formed to enlighten its members and their patients. Barbra DeVries, owner of The Sterling Touch in Mount Vernon, recently attained Master status within the Active Release Technique Elite Provider Network. ART is a patented,

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BUSINESS Briefs working in the store to prepare them to enter the workforce. Call 360-848-0646. The Mount Vernon Visitor’s Information Center seeks volunteers to commit to four hours a week. The center, operated by the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce, sees almost 65,000 people each year. Volunteers answer almost 15,000 phone calls annually. Contact Kristen at 360-428-8547 or kristenw@mountvernonchamber.com. Small-scale poultry farmers in Skagit, Whatcom, Island, San Juan and Snohomish counties can rent recently purchased chicken-processing equipment from the Northwest Agriculture Business Center. The fee for a 24-hour period is $25. Reserve equipment at 360-336-3727. To sell chickens that are processed using NABC’s rental equipment, farmers need a special, temporary state license. Information: www. agbizcenter.org. Toastmasters Burlington Better Speakers meets from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Washington Federal Savings conference room at 300 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington. Call Stephanie Hooper at 360-707-5422 or Carl Garrison at 360-707-5656. The Anacortes High School DECA program seeks businesses to involve students in service projects. Call Jodi Wireman at 360-293-2166, ext. 755. The state Department of Agriculture is offering reimbursement of some of the costs of organic certification. Qualified producers, handlers and food processors can receive 75 percent of licensing costs up to a maximum of $750. Funds are available for the 2008 and 2009 certification years. Call 360-9021805 or visit http://agr.wa.gov/FoodAnimal/Organic. WorkSource Skagit offers free workshops for job seekers at 2005 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. Call 360416-3600. Skagit Valley College offers free goskagit.com

monthly classes for those seeking support and direction in career or educational needs. Call 360-416-7658 or toll-free 877-385-5360. Skagit PROS, a professional referral organization, is accepting applications for new members. The group meets at 8:45 a.m. every Thursday at the Forks and Knives Restaurant in Mount Vernon. Call 360-770-0440 or visit www.skagitpros.com. The Skagit Women’s Alliance and Network scholarship will be awarded to a woman residing in Skagit County who is pursuing either a professional designation or post-graduate degree at an accredited college or university. Applications are available at www. swanskagit.org. Call Diane Goetz, 360941-5012. Jeroldine Hallberg is providing pro bono mediator service for the Dispute Resolution Center of Skagit County. Call 360-419-7602. The Women in Business Lunch Club for female business owners and executive managers meets at noon the first and third Tuesdays each month at The Trumpeter in Mount Vernon. Call 360-708-8665. The Skagit Valley College Life Transition Program offers free monthly classes for people seeking support and direction in career or educational needs. The program is now accepting applications and conducting orientations. For information, call 360-4167658 or toll free at 877-385-5360. Arun Raha, the chief economist for the state of Washington and director of the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, offers his insights at the Economic Development Association of Skagit County’s annual Economic Forecast Dinner Thursday, Feb. 18 at the St. Joseph Center, 215 N. 15th St., Mount Vernon. The social hour begins at 5 p.m., the dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $62 each, or $480

for a table of eight. Reservations: 360336-6114 or www.skagit.org. The free marketing workshop “Thrive in a Recession’’ is offered with a choice of 12 time slots Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 8-10, at the CottonTree Inn & Convention Center, 2300 Market St., Mount Vernon. The workshop is sponsored by the Skagit Valley Chambers of Commerce at KAPS and KRBC Radio. Advertising consultant Blake Messer will offer marketing solutions for small and mediumsized businesses, regardless of industry, ad media or budget. In his 75-minute presentations, Messer will focus on targeting new customers, recycling existing customers, your market perception, slogan development, routine mistakes made by advertisers, getting a reaction to your message, and getting a return on your advertising dollar. Reservations are required. Information: 360424-0660 and www.strongerbusiness. org, or e-mail rsvp@strongerbusiness. org. The Economic Development Association of Skagit County hosts the business-to-business expo SchmoozeFair Thursday, April 15. Market your business to other business owners and community leaders. The event includes hors d’oeuvres, live jazz music, a silent auction, contests and prize drawings. A sponsorship costs $1,100, and includes booth space. A corner or premium booth is $425, a standard booth $380, a double booth $650, a non-profit booth $280. Tickets to the event are $12 each. Information: 360-336-6114. Adrian Santangelo, owner of the Computer Source in Burlington, offers a presentation on Windows 7 at a Burlington Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Burlington Public Library, 820 Washington Ave. Everyone is welcome. Register at lisa@burlington-chaamber.com.

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BUSINESS Briefs Curves Burlington hosts the Burlington Chamber of Commerce’s “Social After Work’’ from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 at the store at 208 Fashion Way, within The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington. The new owner is Sharla Hoffman. Deanna’s Place Deli hosts s grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 133 E. Rio Vista Ave., Burlington. A grand prize drawing will be conducted for a free coffee and dessert for a month for a year.

of the SVC faculty, curriculum and research to employees onsite. Information: Debra Lancaster, 360-416-7872 or debra.lancaster@skagit.edu. Skagit Valley Hospital’s plan to expand and remodel the hospital’s behavioral health care center got a boost in December when it received $800,000 in federal funding for the project. As part of H.R. 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010, the hospital received $800,000 to construct the behavioral health facility at its Mount Vernon campus. The bill was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on In its continuing efforts to address Dec. 10, and by the U.S. Senate Dec. 13, work force needs, Skagit Valley Coland was signed into law by President lege’s Customized Training program Obama the following week. The project is partnering with Village Community will replace and expand the current Services in Arlington to provide their 15-bed behavioral health care center residential staff with onsite training by at the hospital, where more than 540 SVC’s nursing department. “Custom voluntary and involuntary admissions Care Giving: Safety, Body Mechanwere accepted in 2008. Funding for ics and Skin Care’’ is being taught by the project was requested by U.S. Rep. SVC nursing instructor Carol Sullivan. Rick Larsen and Senators Patty Mur“Today’s business environment is ray and Maria Cantwell. highly competitive,’’ Debra Lancaster, The 2010 North Puget Sound Assodirector of customized training at the ciation of Realtors officers were sworn college, stated in a press release. “By in Dec. 3 in Mount Vernon. Josh Scott, designing and delivering a training of Windermere Real Estate Skagit package that meets an organization’s Valley, was sworn in as 2010 NPSAR specific needs, we are helping them president by Bill Riley, president of achieve the bottom-line results they the Washington Association of Realwant. It’s a win-win for the business tors. “I’m excited to be part of such a community and the economy.’’ Village wonderful group of committed proCommunity Services, a non-profit agen- fessionals who give so much of their cy, requires its residential staff to com- time and talents to help build strong plete in-depth nursing assistant training communities in Skagit County” said and to obtain a nursing assistance Scott. “As president, I look forward to license. The “Safety, Body Mechanics continuing the tradition of serving our and Skin Care’’ program is part of Vil- association, and through it, our comlage Community Services’ commitment munity.” A lifelong resident of Mount to ongoing staff training. The training Vernon, Scott has been a member of is funded by a grant from the Everett the real estate community since 2001 Clinic and Tulalip Tribes’ Charitable and a NPSAR board member for more Fund. Skagit Valley College’s Business than years. Scott is involved several Resource Center in downtown Mount community organizations, including Vernon serves businesses with custom- Skagit Habitat for Humanity, Rotary ized training, bringing the expertise and is a Leadership Skagit graduate.

Also sworn in at the ceremony at the Trumpeter Public House were Candy Cooper of Allied Realtors, immediate past president; Terry Reynolds of Windermere Whidbey Island, treasurer; and Rosemarie Longmire of Keller Williams Western Realty, treasurer elect. The 2010 NPSAR Board of Directors are Cynthia Aanestad, Kurt Acton, Annie Cash, Scott Heiner, Tom Kier, Meredith Laws, Pete McDougall, and Jason McFadyen.

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Skagit Valley Medical Center expanded its cardiology department last month by beginning to offer outpatient cardiology every Friday at its SedroWoolley office at 1990 Hospital Drive, on level two of the Pavilion building. The services will be provided by Dr. Jeff Feld and Oscar Briseno, Jr. Feld, a longtime phan in the Skagit Valley, has a practice that focuses on the evaluation and treatment of cardiovascular disease, including risk assessment and prevention, pacemaker implantation and management, and the use of invasive and non-invasive diagnostic procedures. Briseno, who joined Skagit Valley Medical Center in 2009, cares for adult cardiology patients in need of invasive and non-invasive diagnostic studies. He has a special interest in cardiac CT angiogram. Briseno is fluent in Spanish. To schedule an appointment, call 360-336-9757. goskagit.com


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