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2017 issoula’s Choice PUBLISHER Mark Heintzelman

WRITER Ashley Klein

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ADVERTISING ASSISTANTS Rachel Crisp Philips Janelle Coleman

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he results of the annual Missoula’s Choice awards are in and we are thrilled to announce the 2017 results. Missoulians once again came out to vote in record numbers. In total, 117,439 votes were cast. Along with fresh faces and new places, we have a number of reigning champs who continue to add to their Missoula legacy. The incredible volume of votes cast is symbolic of how much we love where we live, play, eat and shop, just to name a few. We are proud to be part of such a great community. A community we call home. Congratulation and thank you,

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hen you’re up against a deadline and don’t know who to call, check out these top-voted service providers that can get you back on the road or down the aisle. We asked and the Missoula area answered: These are our picks for businesses and people that can help you out of any pickle. Let this list be a guide when you need any sort of pick-me-up in your life.


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ALTERNATIVE HEALTH Sometimes big pharma doesn’t have all of the answers to your aches and pains. Let your inner hippie take over and embrace the simplicity these healers have to offer. 1. Dr. Amy Haynes 2. Dr. Erika Krumbeck 3. Montana Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

ASSISTED/INDEPENDENT LIVING PROVIDER At a certain point in life, it’s easiest to let someone else be in charge of the place where you live. Here in Missoula we have many options for those who want to spend more time relaxing and less time worrying about home upkeep. 1. The Springs at Missoula 2. BeeHive Homes of Missoula 3. Grizzly Peak

ATTORNEY/LAWYER Sometimes you call a lawyer because you won the lottery and need someone to help you allocate your funds. Other times you call a lawyer because you had too many drinks before you drove around town. No matter the reason, Missoula voters say these three are the best around. 1. Paul Ryan 2. John Velk 3. Milt Datsopoulos

AUTOBODY REPAIR With a squeal of tires, your day can go from bad to worse. Crash! It’s happened. Leave your Foresters and F150s in the capable hands of people at these shops and, before you know it, they’ll be in better shape than ever before. 1. Blue Ribbon Auto 2. Rick’s Auto Body 3. Russ’s Body & Paint

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BAIL BONDSMAN It’s 3 a.m., and you need some cash, quick, before you have to spend the night in the slammer. Here is who Missoulians call when they’re in a jam. 1. Devil Dog Bail Bonds 2. The Bondsman 3. “Brad” Your Bondsman

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BEST PLACE TO GET PIERCED If a little pain is your thing, or if you’re still unpierced and considering the rush of poking a hole through your flesh, Missoula has options. Voters say these three places are tops, so we’ll take their word for it. 1. Painless Steel Tattoo & Body Piercing 2. Blaque Owl Tattoo 3. Altered Skin Tattoo & Body Piercing

CAR WASH We know your dirty trucks and SUVs make you feel cool. But a squeaky clean shine probably will help your vehicle last a little longer. Just make sure you know that when you go to a car wash, it’s bound to rain or snow the next day. It takes just a splash for these happy businesses to make your vehicle dazzle. 1. Happy Days Car Wash 2. Dazzlers Car Wash 3. Splash Car Wash

CATERER

Whether you’re celebrating or commiserating, food can make things more comfortable. Missoula is lucky enough to have many options for those who don’t want to have a potluck-style meal. The top voters’ choice just last year ended its successful brick-and-mortar restaurant so it could add more focus to its booming catering business. 1. Silk Road 2. Notorious P. I. G. 3. Burns St. Bistro

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Thank you Missoula for voting us #1 Salon for the second year in a row, and top three for Customer Service!

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CELL PHONE PROVIDER

COMPUTER REPAIR

You’ve just gotten to the juiciest part of your weekend gossip and pause for dramatic effect, expecting a sign or OMG! from your friend. You’re waiting … but it doesn’t come. Then you check your cellphone connection and realize you’ve been talking to the air for the past few minutes. Don’t let that happen to you. Pick one of these carriers, tried and tested by our voters. 1. Verizon Wireless 2. AT&T 3. Straight Talk

Even if you bought a Macbook, chances are you’ll need to have your computer repaired at some point in its lifespan. Call these humans, they know how to do the repairs. 1. Computer Guys 2. Recompute Computers 3. First Call Computer Solutions

CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE

With the Missoula housing market the way it is -- growing, growing, growing -- we imagine our voters know what they’re talking about when it comes to contractors, even though we’re still stuck in a rental. Here’s their take on the best. 1. Edgell Building, Inc. 2. Hoyt Homes 3. Jackson Contractor Group

Trust the professionals over your partner who gives you a bear hug from the back. Chances are they aren’t realigning you, but these Missoula chiropractors will. 1. Matz Family Chiropractic 2. Krieg Chiropractic Center 3. Lambert Family Chiropractic

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DAYCARE Grandma and Grandpa aren’t always available to take over childcare duties. While you’re away trying to make enough money for them to get to college, or partying away some of their college tuition, Missoula does have choices for daycare. Here are our voters’ favorites. 1. YMCA Learning Center 2. Busy Hands 3. ASUM Child Care

DENTIST Yes, brushing and flossing will help prevent cavities. Yes, you still have to go to the dentist to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. It’s like Nike says, Just Do It. 1. Discovery Dental Group 2. Felton Dental Care 3. Children’s Dentistry of the Rockies

Thank You MISSOULA For Voting For Us In 3 Categories for the Missoula Choice Awards! BEST Eye Doctor/Optometrist

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DETAIL SHOP

Our four-legged friends have a way of making our rides dirtier than most. Or maybe it’s just a little left over hippie stink. Either way, there are places in town that can take care of that. 1. Blue Ribbon Auto 2. Karl Tyler Chevrolet & Cadillac 3. Mr Detail

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DOG WASH/GROOMER

After a romp around Blue Mountain Recreation Area or Jacobs Island Bark Park, we bet your dog needs a little cleaning up. Voters say these are the places to take your pets for a bit of pampering (or, depending on the pup, terror). 1. Go Fetch! 2. Showcase Pet Grooming & Supplies 3. Quick Paws

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DR. OF CHIROPRACTIC

These doctors have magic hands. Their hands are really dancing phalanges, and they’ll make you snap, crackle and pop back in line. Voters say they’re worth it. 1. Dr. Scott Matz 2. Dr. Kevin Krieg 3. Dr. Brandon Blank

DRYCLEANER

Many of us don’t have a nice enough wardrobe to require this kind of service. For those of us who do, or for those of us who have that one piece of clothing that never gets washed and really should but you don’t want to because you’re scared of the drycleaner, here are our voters’ picks. 1. Missoula Textile Services 2. Green Hanger 3. Fresh Natural Cleaners

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EYE DR./OPTOMETRIST

In one Missoula household, there’s a deadline for the optometrist visit: a 32nd birthday. Even if you’re passing the driver’s eye exam, that doesn’t mean your eyes are good enough to go without glasses or contacts. These doctors are here to relieve your headaches! 1. Rocky Mountain Eye Center 2. Dr. Jeff Lebsock 3. Montana Eyecare

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FINANCIAL INSTITUTION Maybe you’ve inherited a bunch of money from a dead aunt you didn’t know you had. Or, maybe, your El Camino finally gasped through its last mile and you’re searching for its replacement. These financial institutions can help you either way. 1. Missoula Federal Credit Union 2. First Security Bank 3. First Interstate

HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

If you take a tumble while you’re out frolicking in our open space, or if you catch a cold after riding Brennan’s Wave in March there are places to go that can patch you up. Our adventurous voters have picked their favorite provider. 1. Western Montana Clinic 2. Blue Mountain Clinic 3. Dr. Timothy Burke

GREEN BUSINESS It’s no wonder voters picked these businesses as their favorite: All have things that are yummy for your tummy. Food drives many a mind. But in all honesty, these businesses each do good “green” things, so you should check them out if you’re feeling like a smoothie or kale salad. 1. Good Food Store 2. Kayle 3. Romaines

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HEALTH CLUB/GYM

New year, new you, right? We bet you’ve already go this gym thing down. So you don’t need reminding that there are places of solace for runners, lifters and swimmers alike who want to stay active out of the winter cold and summer heat. Right? Here are our top picks. 1. PEAK Health & Wellness Center 2. The Source Health Club 3. The Women’s Club Health and Fitness Center

HEARING SPECIALIST

Did you miss the bang of the fireworks at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field last summer? We’re sure there will be more of that, plus some 90s wrestling superstars and maybe even some monster trucks. Make sure to stop by one of our voters’ picks on ear checks. 1. Rocky Mountain Ear, Nose and Throat 2. Vibrant Hearing 3. Lynn Harris, Audiologist, Vibrant Hearing

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LAUNDROMAT We’re sorry your apartment doesn’t come with laundry facilities, but stop relying on the sniff test. We can smell you. You must be used to it. There are plenty of places around town that can get your laundry clean, but our voters say these are the best. 1. Green Hanger 2. Missoula Textile Services 3. Sparkle Laundry

LODGING If you’re from out of town and are already of sick of crashing on your college-aged kid’s beer-stained couch, there are some nicer places to sleep around town. Those same options are available to those of us who just need a short time away from our responsibilities at home. 1. C’mon Inn Hotel & Suites 2. Hilton Garden Inn 3. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater

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PERSONAL TRAINER

Everyone needs a little pampering in their life, especially those of us who spend much of our time in hiking boots and ski gloves. The options these days for keeping your hands and feet on top of the style game are endless. It’s the little things that can make you smile, so if a little pop of color on your fingers or toes is what gives you a glow, try out these Missoula favorites. 1. Sorella’s Day Spa 2. Reserve Nails & Spa 3. Frolic

Sometimes the same routine at the gym gets monotonous. There could be such a thing as too much OULA (though we’ve never reached that point). These personal trainers can get you back into a good groove. 1. Mike Scialabba 2. Rachel Plumage 3. Taylor Selig

MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

With new rules in place, we’re sure more dispensaries will be popping back up around town. Voters say that these already are the best places to get some medicinal bud. 1. Flower 2. Cure (formerly Montana Buds) 3. Garden Mother Herbs

Your first ACL/MCL surgery wasn’t quite the success you thought so you promised yourself that you’d put in all of the work after the second. These PTs will leave you sore in a good way and make sure your bionic bones last. 1. Missoula Bone and Joint 2. Peak Performance Physical Therapy 3. Great Divide Physical Therapy

MARTIAL ARTS Sometimes when life gets you down, you need to fight your way back up. There’s discipline in this art that our voters can appreciate. 1. Sakura Warrior Arts 2. Missoula Taekwondo Center 3. Big Sky ATA Black Belt Academy

MASSAGE Even if beer is usually an easy first choice, don’t miss out on the opportunity to relieve the knots in your body after your marathon. 1. Sorella’s Day Spa 2. Massage Envy 3. Sophi Medlinger - SPA at the PEAK

MECHANIC If your Chevy starts sputterin’, take it in for a tune up at any one of these fine mechanics. Voters say there are four good options in Missoula. 1. Scott’s EQ Muffler & Brakes 2. Kent Brothers Automotive/Willy’s Auto (tie) 3. Honesty Automotive

PLACE TO WORSHIP If song and prayer are your thing, Missoula has some options for you. Get a little closer to your spirituality at these voter-approved churches. 1. Zootown Church 2. St. Francis Xavier 3. Missoula Alliance Church

PROPERTY MGMT. COMPANY Missoula can’t keep up with the demand for housing, but these places make finding a rental for you and Fido as easy as possible. 1. Garden City Property Management 2. ADEA Property Management 3. Plum Property Management

PUBLIC BATHROOM When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go. These bathrooms are winners. 1. Iron Horse 2. Tamarack Brewing Co. 3. PLONK


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REAL ESTATE OFFICE Whether you finally saved up enough for your down payment, plan to use a federal program open to first-time home buyers or are trading in your home for a larger or smaller version, these Missoula real estate offices can get you into or out of your home in the snap of their fingers. 1.

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REALTOR As the housing market in Missoula continues its trend toward sellers, these realtors can get you out of your home fast. They also know about listings before online search engines, so if you’re looking for a home, get in touch with the voters’ picks for the best. 1. John Herring at Re/Max 2.

Liz Dye at Portico

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Jack Wade at ERA Lambros

TH AN K Y O U

Even though we lost our go-to glass recycling facility this year (ahem, the sign said GLASS ONLY, you freeloaders), we still found ways to avoid putting our junk in the dump. Voters say these three places are the best (and if you go to one over any given weekend, you’ll probably find cars waiting in line to unload their recyclables). 1. Pacific Steel & Recycling 2. Republic Services 3. Axmen Recycling and Auto Salvage

SALON/STYLIST

Did Peaky Blinders spark your interest in a fashy-like haircut? Did you know that ombré is out and balayage and unicorn-style hair is in? These salons are familiar. 1. Burton’s Classic Hair Co. 2. Boom Swagger Salon 3. Janae Naab at Tres Chic/Urban Rootz Salon (tie)

SENIOR CARE SERVICES

Missoula is a great place to grow old, and these services treat our elders with the utmost respect. 1. Home Instead Senior Care 2. Missoula Aging Services 3. Hospice of Missoula

SPA

After a hard hike to Lolo Peak, you’ll feel like a brand-new you after spending time in one of these spas. 1. Sorella’s Day Spa 2. SPA at the PEAK 3. Cedar Creek Salon & Day Spa

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TANNING/SPRAY TAN

If you’re really missing the sun during our dark months, there are options for a little UV light love. Or, if you want to appear darker without the harmful rays, these places can spray you to bronzed perfection. 1. Rayz of Lite 2. Brown Sugar 3. Sunshine Factory

TATTOO PARLOR

Whether you’re planning an epic sleeve or want a little art on a whim, these Missoula tattoo parlors can give you what you are seeking. 1. Blaque Owl Tattoo 2. Painless Steel Tattoo & Body Piercing 3. American Made Tattoo

TIRE STORE

Missoula has plenty of options to keep your cars and trucks rollin’ across the roads of Montana. Voters say these are the best. 1. Les Schwab Tire Center 2. Tire-Rama 3. Roemer’s Point S

WALK-IN CLINIC

If that pesky gout just won’t go away, it’s probably time to have a medical professional check it out. Voters say these walk-in clinics are the best. 1. Now Care Western Montana Clinic 2. CostCare Family Practice 3. Providence Grant Creek Family Medical Center

WEDDING CAKE

After you’ve said “I do,” the next best photo-op is the first bite of cake. These bakeries make pretty and tasty cakes for just that occasion. 1. Bernice’s Bakery 2. Black Cat Bake Shop 3. Cakes in the Zoo

WEDDING DJ

It’s OK to forego the iPhone dance party mix and spend money on music for your wedding with these DJs. 1. RMF Entertainment 2. Prime Time DJ Jesse LaRocque 3. Ja’Ton the DJ

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WEDDING VENUE Western Montana is filled with picturesque spots for you and your closest friends and family to celebrate your big day. 1. The Barn at the Ranch Club 2. Double Arrow Resort in Seeley Lake 3. Seven Mile Meadows

WINDSHIELD REPAIR No season discriminates in Montana: chip sealing or gravel over ice, there’s always an opportunity for cracked windshields. These businesses can get you back on the road for you next chip opportunity in no time. 1. Safelite AutoGlass 2. J & D Glass 3. Rock Chip Squad

WORKOUT CLASSES With the influx of all you Californians, we know that we need to stay in tiptop shape. These gyms offer some of the newest and best yoga-loti-umba-fit classes around town. 1. PEAK Health & Wellness Center 2. The Women’s Club Health and Fitness Center 3. The Source Health Club

YOGA In order to perfect the bend and snap it’s best to be as flexible and fluid as possible. Add in a little heat and you’ll find Missoula has plenty of opportunities to be a yogi. 1. PEAK Health & Wellness Center 2. Hot House Yoga 3. Bikram Hot Yoga Missoula

THANK YOU, MISSOULA COUNTY! Your Museum. Your Story. Your History. Our Future.

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

We promise you’ll want to remember the memories from your special day, and voters say these photographers know how to get the best shots. 1. Mike Williams Photography 2. J. Willis Photography 3. Dax Photography

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Free Admission for ALL Missoula County Residents.

Historical Museum at Fort Missoula 3400 Captain Rawn Way (406) 728-3476 Fortmissoulamuseum.org


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e might only have one bowling alley left in our growing city, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to have fun. Our farmers’ markets, open spaces and local celebrities are more popular than ever. And don’t forget, Missoula can throw a party. We love to show our support for our nonprofits and if we can drink beer while we do it, even better. Here voters have weighed in and showed their support for their favorite entertainers, personalities and places for their kiddos and pups to roam wild.


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ART GALLERY

BEST DAY TRIP

ARTIST

BOWLING ALLEY

We’re sure that our voters picked these places because of their art, and not because of their First Friday showings. 1. Dana Gallery 2. Radius Gallery 3. Monte Dolack Fine Art

Missoula loves Monte. Monte Dolack that is. 1. Monte Dolack 2. Larry Pirnie 3. Randy Zielinski

AUTHOR

Missoula has been home to many a famous writer, but these days it seems we can’t get enough of our writer and gentleman, Mr. James Lee Burke. 1. James Lee Burke 2. Judy Wright 3. Gwen Florio

Thanks, Missoula!

Peter Christian, Favorite Local Radio Personality

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Get it in before it gets too hot! See the glaciers that the park is famous for before they’re gone. Voters say it’s a great day trip. 1. Glacier National Park 2. Philipsburg 3. Flathead Lake

Don’t count us out just because we have one bowling alley left in Missoula. Our voters know how to get creative. Bowling with Crunchwrap Supremes, anyone? 1. Westside Lanes & Fun Center 2. Bowling on a Wii 3. Taco Bell on Brooks Street

CASINO

Voters say you’ll find the best luck at these establishments around town. 1. Silver Slipper Lounge 2. Lucky Lil’s 3. Flipper’s Casino

We appreciate your votes! Zoo FM, finalist for Favorite Local Radio Station

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CONCERT VENUE

A historic building, the great outdoors and a school gym walk into a bar … 1. Wilma Theatre 2. Big Sky Brewing Co 3. Adams Center at the University of Montana

CUT A RUG

Even though Missoula is known as the liberal Montana city, our voters say that the local country bar is the best place for a dance. 1. Sunrise Saloon 2. Union Club 3. Top Hat Lounge

EMPLOYER

We’re guessing it’s because of the free samples, popcorn and access to health care professionals that make these places tops to work in Missoula. 1. Costco 2. St. Patrick Hospital 3. Montana Ace Hardware

FESTIVAL

We know it seems like there are more brewfests these days than months of the year, and we’re glad that voters stuck to their roots with the top choice. 1. River City Roots Festival 2. Brewfests 3. Celtic Festival Missoula

GOLF COURSE

Just because we have snow on the ground for parts of the year doesn’t mean we don’t know how to hit the links. We have plenty of places to do it around town, too. 1. University of Montana Golf Course 2. Canyon River Golf Club 3. The Ranch Club

JEWELRY DESIGNER

If you’re looking for a ring for your special someone, or maybe a necklace or pendant, too, our voters say these Missoula shops are the place to go. We’re sure it’s not just because the top voters’ choice had a promotion involving an engagement ring and a rifle … 1. Adair Jewelers 2. CM Buxton 3. Rogers & Co. Jewelry

KARAOKE “Don’t stop, believin’, hold on to that feelin’, streetlight people …” Whatever you do, don’t take away our Journey. 1. Westside Lanes & Fun Center 2. Dark Horse 3. The Badlander

LIVE MUSIC It doesn’t matter if it’s a local band or international act, our voters say these are the venues to boogie down. 1. Top Hat Lounge 2. Wilma Theatre 3. Sunrise Saloon

LOCAL ACTOR Our voters’ favorite local actors take on many roles, which have taken them many places, but they all still keep roots in the Garden City. 1. J.K. Simmons 2. Lily Gladstone 3. Jeff Medley

LOCAL ATTRACTION You never know who you’re going to meet when you’re out and about Missoula. Voters say these are the best attractions Missoula has to offer. 1. Farmers’ Markets 2. A Carousel for Missoula 3. The “M” trail

LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER If you’re looking for someone to capture your special day, or your new special someone, look no further than our voters’ favorite photographers. 1. Mike Williams 2. Brian Powers 3. Jamie Lynn

LOCAL PRINT REPORTER We’re not surprised our outdoor-loving town loves our outdoors reporter. We do, too. We were a little surprised to see our fearless city editor grace this list, though. 1. Rob Chaney 2. Kim Briggeman 3. Gwen Florio


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LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY

They’re in our bedrooms, bathrooms, cars and at work. We laugh with them, cry with them and yell at them. Voters have spoken, and these radio personalities are their favorite ear-candy friends. 1. Peter Christian 2. Craig Johnson 3. Scott and Paula in the Morning

LOCAL RADIO STATION

As eclectic as Missoula are our voters’ picks in music. 1. The Trail 103.3 2. Eagle 93.3 3. Zoo 107.5

LOCAL TV PERSONALITY

If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. That’s how the saying goes, at least. But two of our voters’ favorite local TV personalities are a little more accurate in their weather predictions than an old saying. 1. Jill Valley 2. Mark Heyka 3. Erin Yost

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LOCAL TV STATION When it comes to local TV, our voters swear by these stations. 1. KPAX 2. KECI 3. Montana Public Broadcasting

LOCAL WEBSITE Our voters’ favorite website happens to be our favorite, too! 1. missoulian.com 2. missouladowntown.com 3. missoulaevents.net

MUSEUM These museums may be geared toward some specific crowd, but our voters know that there’s actually a little something for everyone at each. 1. Missoula Art Museum 2. The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula 3. Children’s Museum Missoula (Families First)

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MUSICIAN/BAND

There ain’t nothin’ lil’ about these local musicians. They know how to put on a good “sho” and have people stomping around. 1. Lil’ Smokies 2. Shane Clouse 3. Sho-down

NON-PROFIT

Kitties, food and kiddos. We love ’em all. 1. AniMeals 2. Missoula Food Bank 3. Watson Children’s Shelter

ONLINE SITE TO MINGLE

The liberal hub of Montana still knows the importance of a good ol’ farm boy. 1. farmersonly.com 2. pof.com 3. Facebook

OPEN MIC

Learn what it feels like to be a big star at these hot spots for open mic night. 1. Union Club 2. VFW 3. Eagles Vet’s Club

PLACE FOR KIDS TO RUN WILD

If the kids are getting cooped up, voters say these spots are the places to let them roam free. 1. Dragon Hollow Playground 2. Bonner Park 3. Silver Summit Playground (all abilities playground)

PLACE TO MINGLE IF YOU’RE SINGLE

Our voters have picked an interesting mix of places to mingle for those of us who still are unattached. We’ve got a bar for dancin’, a park for playin’ and the markets for shoppin’. We know there’s someone out there for everyone, right? 1. Sunrise Saloon 2. Jacobs Island Bark Park 3. Farmers’ markets


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PLACE TO PEOPLE WATCH

Some of Missoula’s largest gatherings happen at these hot spots, and voters say watching the crowd can be one of the best parts of visiting these places. 1. Caras Park 2. Southgate Mall 3. Farmers’ markets

PLACE TO WALK YOUR DOG

We know that not everyone loves dogs, even if we don’t know why. But for us lovers of our four-legged friends, we know these voter-approved spots are awesome for our dogs. And most of us promise to pick up our pups’ poo. 1. Blue Mountain Recreation Area 2. Jacobs Island Bark Park 3. Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

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TRIVIA NIGHT

Quick! Who was the first acting governor of the Montana territory? If you guessed Thomas Meagher (rhymes with bar) you’re the winner of this trivia. 1. Thomas Meagher Bar 2. Silver Slipper Lounge 3. Buffalo Wild Wings

UM PROFESSOR

Anthropology, humanities and journalism don’t have too much in common over at UM, except, apparently, excellent professors. 1. Garry Kerr 2. Samir Bitar 3. Lee Banville

PLACE TO WATCH LIVE THEATER Kids and adults alike can appreciate these showtime gems. 1. Missoula Children’s Theatre 2. Missoula Community Theatre 3. University of Montana

Thank you, Missoula, for continuing to vote for us as your favorite local non-profit!! www.missoulafoodbank.org

SKI RESORT

With great groomers or acres upon acres of backcountry terrain, we’re not surprised that our voters showed their love for these places. 1. Discovery Ski Area 2. Montana Snowbowl 3. Whitefish Mountain Resort

SOBER RIDE HOME

We’re more than grateful that Uber finally made its appearance in Zootown, but we still appreciate Skinny and Mom for their rides home when Uber is slow. 1. Uber 2. Skinny at Silver Slipper Lounge 3. Mom

SPOT FOR FIRST DATE

All of these places can serve you a cocktail or a beer to help you calm your nerves when you embark on that first date. 1. Top Hat Lounge 2. Jakers Bar and Grill 3. PLONK

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ur best days start and end with our favorite drinks. We in Missoula love our coffee: Straight black or whipped and everything in between. We also love our alcohol, of which we have many options. Breweries continue to boom, our valley wineries continue to impress and our up-and-coming distillery scene does not disappoint. In between our liquid consumption we’re able to mow down on plenty of meals that may not be home-cooked but sure taste that way. We love our local eateries and those who serve us at them. If you’re new to town or want to try something other than your favorite pizza, take a gander below and see if something suits your mood. Our voters would approve!


APPETIZER Maybe you want to start off your night by splitting an order of Artichoke Jalapeno Dip or some ’Rack Flatbread, or you’re just hitting late-night happy hour for half-off some Dragon Tails. Either way, these restaurants know how to do appetizers. 1.

Jakers Bar and Grill

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Depot

ASIAN RESTAURANT

Thanks Again Missoula! You’re Always Our First Choice!

A personal favorite Asian restaurant closed this year (where will I get wonton soup now?) but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other quality options in Missoula. Our voters love their top pick, just for the salad dressing alone. 1.

Mustard Seed Asian Café

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China Garden Restaurant

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BAKERY The top two voters’ picks here are the same as in the wedding cake category, but here they’re swapped. Voters might love the mix of gluten-free and regular options from Black Cat a little more than the decadent chocolate chip cookies from Bernice’s. Rosauers’ donuts put them in the top, too. 1. Black Cat Bake Shop 2. Bernice’s Bakery 3. Rosauers Food and Drug

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BAR FOOD A little bit of cheesy pasta can go a long way in helping you start your drinking night off right, or at least that’s what voters say. They also are fans of pizza and burgers with tots. 1. Thomas Meagher Bar 2. Tamarack Brewing Co. 3. James Bar

BARISTA Voters say these baristas make the best double-tall-extra-hot-no-foam-latte and they have it ready by the time they’re at the counter, or so we hear. 1. Sammy at Liquid Planet 2. Grant at Black Cat Bake Shop 3. Megan at Cafe Racer in DIRECTV/AT&T

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We in Missoula just have too many favorite people who pour our drinks. We’re not sure if that says more about us than about them. 1. Eric at PLONK/Jacob H. at Sunrise Saloon (tie) 2. Ryan D. at Al’s and Vic’s/Thor M. at The Badlander (tie) 3. Nicole C. at Westside Lanes’ Bowl Dog Lounge & Casino/Tanner C. at Rumour Restaurant (tie)

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We are thrilled to have been recognized in so many categories! We especially appreciate your votes for us for Best Steak,Appetizers, Happy Hour, Restaurant Service, Bloody Mary, Soup and Salads. Acknowledgment of our team members makes us proud. We all strive to give our valued guests a great restaurant experience every visit. See you soon.

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BLOODY MARY

BURRITO

If there’s one thing we like here in Montana it’s a little spice in our drinks, and we’ll drive all the way up a mountain for one. These Bloody Marys are voter approved. 1. Tamarack Brewing Co. 2. Jakers Bar and Grill 3. Montana Snowbowl

A little bit of rice, beans, guac and meat rolled up a tortilla and you’ve got yourself a perfect little meal. Just don’t forget that rice expands, or at least it feels like it does, which is why people tend to walk around after mowing down on these pockets of goodness with a “burrito baby” belly. 1. Taco Del Sol 2. El Diablo 3. Taco Sano

BREAKFAST We’re not messing around with our most important meal of the day. Breakfast comes in all shapes in Missoula, from pancakes to cheesy potatoes to jalapeno chicken fried steak. 1. Paul’s Pancake Parlor 2. The Catalyst Cafe 3. The Shack Cafe

BREWERY

CHEF The ideas from these chefs turn into mouth-watering dishes that our voters love to devour. 1. Pearl Cash of The Pearl Cafe 2. Abe Risho of The Silk Road 3. Mike Baldwin of The Depot

COFFEE

We almost have more breweries than people in Missoula. Just kidding. But some of our old favorites still top the voters’ list. 1. Kettlehouse Brewing 2. Draught Works Brewery 3. Bayern Brewing, Inc.

Waiting in lines of cars, sometimes three or four deep, is normal at the voters’ top spots. We’re willing to do whatever it takes to get our signature blends. 1. Florence Coffee Co. 2. Loose Caboose 3. Black Coffee Roasting Co.

BRUNCH

DELI

Chances are you’ve slept past breakfast but still want to enjoy some sort of egg in the mid-morning. These places have you covered. 1. Burns St. Bistro 2. Caffe Dolce 3. Tamarack Brewing Co.

BURGER Voters picked the old favorite as the best burger in town, and we don’t disagree. But honestly, we’ll take the American classic from any of these joints. 1. The Missoula Club 2. Five Guys 3. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Our voters’ favorite deli in town has everything from hot pizza and sandwiches to a cold salad bar. The other two top takers are better known for their sandwiches, but we like them all. 1. Good Food Store 2. Tagliare Delicatessen 3. Worden’s Market and Deli

DESSERT The restaurant best known for items like Fireworks Chicken and Beef and Broccoli takes our voters’ top spot for dessert. More traditional picks like a bakery and ice cream shop round out the other winners. 1. Mustard Seed Asian Café 2. Black Cat Bake Shop 3. Big Dipper Ice Cream


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DISTILLERY

Thank you

Did someone say bacon-flavored vodka? 1. Montgomery Distillery 2. Montana Distillery 3. Rattlesnake Creek Distillers

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for voting for the Sunrise Saloon for Best Place to Cut a Rug, Best Place to Hear Live Music, Best Place to Mingle if You’re Single and Best Bartender, Jake Hensley! Corner of Regent and Strand sunrisesaloonandcasino.

DIVE BAR We’ve never understood why our favorite places to drink and chat are called dives. Anywhere we can wear our Chacos and cutoffs is home. Our voters agree that these so-called dive bars are the best in Missoula. 1. Charlie B’s 2. Al’s and Vic’s 3. Red’s Bar

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EATING ON THE CHEAP Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s bad. Bowls and burritos are great fill-me-ups. 1. Five on Black 2. Taco Del Sol 3. Noodle Express

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EATING ON THE SPLURGE Anytime you want to celebrate, our voters say these are the best places to spend some of your hard-earned bucks on grub. 1. The Pearl Cafe 2. Lolo Creek Steakhouse 3. Red Bird

ESPRESSO Drip coffee may be the reason you first stopped by one of these fine shops, but the triple-shot white chocolate mochas likely are why you keep coming. 1. Florence Coffee Co. 2. Loose Caboose 3. Zootown Brew

FAMILY RESTAURANT There’s something for everyone at these family restaurants. 1. The Montana Club 2. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 3. Jakers Bar and Grill Wings Flatbe , d Burger s, s & mor , e!

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Kobe Seafood & Steak would like to thank Missoula for voting them into the best for both Asian Restaurant and Sushi. We appreciate every one of your votes and look forward to hosting you for some delicious Sushi, Teppanyaki, Steak, Sake, Wine and Beer. See you soon!!

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FINE DINING

MARTINI

Dress is always Montana casual at these restaurants, but we won’t judge you if you want to get dolled up in your Sunday best. 1. The Pearl Cafe 2. Depot 3. Jakers Bar and Grill

No matter if you want your drink dry or on the rocks, these bars will serve you up a mean martini. 1. PLONK 2. Finn & Porter 3. Iron Horse

HAPPY HOUR

MEXICAN RESTAURANT

It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, right? These places make it extra sweet with deals on drinks and food. 1. Jakers Bar and Grill 2. Thomas Meagher Bar 3. Top Hat Lounge

In the mood for some chips and salsa? What about sizzling fajitas? These Mexican restaurants will fill you up. 1. Fiesta En Jalisco 2. El Cazador 3. Cafe Rio Mexican Grill

HOT WINGS

NEW RESTAURANT (OPENED IN LAST YEAR)

Score one for the local guys. Don’t forget your cash and head on over to midtown Missoula so you can get some wings (our favorite is hot teriyaki) from the legendary Despos. 1. Desperado Sports Tavern 2. Buffalo Wild Wings 3. Native Grill & Wings

ICE CREAM There’s no doubt here that this local shop is the voters’ favorite. Even in the biting cold you’ll find lines, though they likely don’t rival the lines of 30-40 deep that weave around the shop in the summer. We’re glad to see voters love our other local downtown ice cream option, and those on the west end of town have a great choice, too. 1. Big Dipper Ice Cream 2. Sweet Peaks Ice Cream 3. Cold Stone Creamery

ITALIAN RESTAURANT No, there’s still not an Olive Garden in Missoula. We think it’s OK, and our voters agree that these three choices are the best for Italian in town. 1. Ciao Mambo 2. Johnny Carino’s 3. Caffe Dolce

It seems our voters love food that’s not traditionally “American” cuisine. These three restaurants span the spectrum with their spreads. 1. Five on Black 2. Masala 3. Panda Express

ORGANIC FOOD SELECTION Good. Natural. Fresh. These stores scream organic with their names. 1. Good Food Store 2. Natural Grocers 3. Missoula Fresh Market

OUTDOOR DINING Maybe you want to be in the heart of downtown. Or, maybe you want the tranquility of the Clark Fork River at your side. Or, you just like really big umbrellas. Voters say these restaurants have the best outdoor patios. 1. Iron Horse 2. Finn & Porter 3. Jakers Bar and Grill

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PIZZA We guess that most of our voters have a favorite at each of these spots. We do. (Half Sweet Potato, Bacon & Maple Chipotle and half Flathead Cherry, anyone?) 1. Biga Pizza 2. Bridge Pizza 3. MacKenzie River Pizza Co

RESTAURANT SERVICE We like to be treated like the princesses and princes that we are. Voters say these restaurants do it right. 1. Jakers Bar and Grill 2. The Pearl Cafe 3. Depot

SALAD A place that offers unlimited soup and salad is a shoe-in for our voters. 1. Jakers Bar and Grill 2. The Montana Club 3. Romaines

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SANDWICH There are plenty of bread and meat combinations that these shops can offer. 1. Tagliare Delicatessen 2. Staggering Ox 3. Doc’s Sandwich Shop

Just because we’re not on a coast doesn’t mean we can’t have seafood, right? 1. Sushi Hana Downtown 2. Nara Korean BBQ & Sushi 3. Kobe

TAKE OUT

Don’t be afraid to venture out solo at these restaurants. Our voters say they’re the best when you’re on your own for a meal. Maybe even say hello to another lone person! 1. Five on Black 2. Taco Del Sol 3. Good Food Store

TEA

A restaurant that just moved back into town already climbed back into the voters’ hearts, but 4B’s tomato soup couldn’t beat the options at Jaker’s. 1. Jakers Bar and Grill 2. 4B’s 3. Good Food Store

SPORTS BAR These three bars all are known for different food staples, but they offer the most die-hard fans the experience to check out their teams play on the big screens. 1. Press Box 2. Thomas Meagher Bar 3. Desperado Sports Tavern

STEAK Don’t even think about using steak sauce or ketchup on these restaurants’ prime cuts. 1. Lolo Creek Steakhouse 2. Depot 3. Jakers Bar and Grill

STIFF DRINK If you’re looking for a good pour after a long day at work, these establishments will do you right. 1. Al’s and Vic’s 2. Charlie B’s 3. PLONK

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It appears that our voters like bowls when they get their food to go. 1. Noodle Express 2. Mustard Seed Asian Café 3. Five on Black

There’s nothing like An Evening in Missoula while sipping on tea. 1. Lake Missoula Tea Company 2. Montana Tea & Spice Trading LLC 3. Butterfly Herbs

UPSCALE BAR Sometimes, we like to drink cosmopolitans with our pinkies out. We can do it at these bars without being judged. 1. PLONK 2. James Bar 3. Thomas Meagher Bar

VEGAN/VEGETARIAN If eating green stuff is your thing, our voters say these restaurants are the best places to go. We’ll just be over here mowing down on our rare steak… 1. Good Food Store 2. Romaines 3. Five on Black

WINERY We love our local fruits, and we love our alcohol. Combine them and you’ve got yourself a nifty little winery. 1. Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery 2. Missoula Winery 3. Mission Mountain Winery

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ntiques and boutiques and fly shops, oh my! Missoulians have eclectic tastes and our shopping choices reflect that. We support local whenever we can, but we also know how to score great deals at some of our bargain retailers; we love to shop in bulk! No matter the occasion, we know where to go so we can spend our hard-earned dough.


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ADULT STORE Buying in bulk takes on a whole new meaning. 1. Adam and Eve 2. Fantasy for Adults Only 3. Costco

AFFORDABLE FASHION Boots? Jewelry? Scarves and clothes? These shops have them all, and our voters know that here’s where to go if you need to score a good deal. 1. Target 2. T.J. Maxx 3. Ross Dress for Less

ANTIQUE STORE If you’re looking for a piece that will inspire your whole room, or if you are looking for something that can fit just right in an already near-perfect space, look no further than these voter-approved antique shops. 1. Montana Antique Mall 2. The Vintage Home 3. Zootown Thrift

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APPLIANCE STORE

If the refrigerator is no longer running, or the oven keeps burning your biscuits, head to one of these favorites for all your appliance needs. 1. Fred’s Appliance 2. Best Buy 3. Sear Hometown Store

BEER SELECTION

We know Missoula loves its beer. So, whether you’re looking for something different, or you just want a trusted favorite, know these stores have what you’re looking for. 1. Orange Street Food Farm 2. Worden’s Market and Deli 3. Pattee Creek Market

BIKE SHOP

Road cruisin’ or mountain bike trekking are common sites around town. Take a stroll through any of these shops and you might find yourself on a whole new set of wheels. 1. Bicycle Hangar 2. Big Sky Bikes 3. Missoula Bicycle Works

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BOUTIQUE

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Young and old, traditional or a little zany: all sorts of fashionista voters have found what they’re looking for at these trendy shops. 1. Betty’s Divine 2. Apricot Lane Missoula/Cloth & Crown (tie) 3. The Green Light

We’re not surprised that free food has put two of these stores as tops in our voters’ eyes. But we know that stellar, friendly employees are what makes these businesses go ’round. 1. Montana Ace Hardware 2. Burton’s Classic Hair Co. 3. Costco/Straight 6 Archery (tie)

CHILDREN’S GIFTS Imagine the rockin’ toys that might cross your kid’s path at these stores. 1. Imagination Station Toys 2. Rockin Rudy’s 3. Kid Crossing

CONVENIENCE STORE When you’re on the go, there’s nowhere more convenient than these places for filling up on gas, essentials or road trip snacks. 1. Noon’s 2. Town Pump 3. Holiday Stationstores

EYEGLASSES Squints’ style is back in. Find glasses at any of these shops and maybe you’ll find a Wendy. 1. Rocky Mountain Eye Center 2. Bulls Eye Ware 3. Costco

FLOWER SHOP 1. 2. 3.

Bitterroot Flower Shop Garden City Floral Habitat Floral Studio

COSMETICS

FLY SHOP

Go au natural or go all out, but no matter what you choose, let the pros at these stores doll you up. 1. Smooch Cosmetic Boutique 2. Skin Chic 3. Ulta Beauty

There’s no occasion too small for flowers. Let these professionals keep you out of the dog house. 1. Grizzly Hackle 2. Blackfoot River Outfitters 3. Kingfisher Fly Shop

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FURNITURE STORE When those left-on-the-side-of-the-road couches just aren’t cutting it for you any more, check out these voters’ picks for furniture stores. 1. Wagner’s Home Furnishing 2. Furniture Row 3. The Living Room Furniture

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GARDEN SUPPLY/NURSERY In the Garden City, it’s best to leave the landscaping to the experts. 1. Caras Nursery and Landscape 2. Montana Ace Fancy Plants 3. Pink Grizzly

GRIZ APPAREL CONGRATULATIONS to these Missoulian employees selected by the community as MISSOULA’S CHOICE for LOCAL PRINT REPORTERS & LOCAL AUTHOR!

“Up with Montana … down with the foe …” These stores can keep you looking as good as the teams you’re cheering. 1. The Bookstore at the University of Montana 2. The M Store 3. MSO Hub

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GROCERY STORE Whether it’s for a quick trip or you’re in for your weekly Sunday shopping, you’ll be able to find what you need at these grocery stores. 1. Missoula Fresh Market 2. Orange Street Food Farm 3. Rosauers Food and Drug

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HARDWARE STORE

HOME ACCESSORIES

We don’t think it’s the free popcorn, but we know it could be why the voters picked this hardware shop as their favorite. Other top choices are kind of like Disneyland for do-it-yourselfers. 1. Montana Ace Hardware 2. Lowe’s Home Improvement 3. The Home Depot

We’re guessing that the winner in this category gets most of its buyers from people who aren’t searching for accessories. 1. Target 2. Real Deals on Home Décor 3. Rockin Rudy’s

River City Roots Festival was voted Missoula’s top pick for Festival. Christina Scruggs wears a fish head as she entertains the crowd with Casey Schaefer, left, and other members of the Whizpops. The popular kid’s group started the day’s music on Main Street.

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JEWELRY STORE

LIQUOR STORE

When it’s time for that special someone to get some bling, shop these jewelers to find the ring. Or necklace. Or bracelet. They’ve got it all. 1. Adair Jewelers 2. Rockin Rudy’s 3. Rogers & Co. Jewelry

When beer and wine just won’t cut it, these stores have what you need. Moscow mules? No problem with these vodka and ginger beer selections. 1. KrisCo Liquor 2. Grizzly Liquor 3. Lolo Liquor & Wine

KID’S CLOTHING Just because they’re going to be too small soon, or ripped and stained doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be stylish while they can. We’re guessing these places also are pretty affordable, too, and that’s why voters picked ’em. 1. Target 2. Carter’s 3. Crazy 8

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MATTRESS STORE Picking what to sleep on is a big, committed project. These stores can get you in the right bed in no time. 1. Denver Mattress 2. Sleep City 3. DreamSleep

MEN’S CLOTHING There’s a pretty wide style gap between these top voters’ choices. So if you’re looking for fancy dress clothes, athletic gear or even Western wear, look no further than these places. 1. Dillard’s 2. Desmonds 3. Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors/Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply (tie)

MOTORCYCLE/ATV DEALER Our seasons are short but powerful, and getting out on the road on a motorcycle or ATV makes them even better. 1. Grizzly Harley-Davidson 2. Kurt’s Polaris 3. Maverick Motorsports

MUSIC STORE

PADDLE SHOP

People scoff when they hear that we Missoulians like riding river waves dang near year-round. But when we’ve got shops around town like these that can outfit us, why not? 1. The Trail Head 2. STRONGWATER 3. Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors

PAWN SHOP

Whether you’re looking for something unique or you’re trying to get a little extra cash, these places are the spot for you. 1. Riverside Pawn 2. Liquid Assets 3. Cash 1. Pawn

PET STORE/SUPPLIES

We know this. Missoula loves its pets. Dogs, cats, chickens, horses, dogs, rabbits, birds, dogs … These stores can keep your pet styling, groomed and munchin’ on great grub. 1. Go Fetch! 2. Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply 3. Montana Ace Hardware

RENT/SELL INSTRUMENTS

Missoula loves its music. From jazz to country, these stores have something for everyone. 1. Rockin Rudy’s 2. Electronic Sound & Percussion 3. Morgenroth Music Center

Are you looking to try out a new instrument? Or maybe you need to sell that old clarinet that’s been eating up space and collecting dust in your too-small studio apartment. Check out these places, and they can help you out! 1. Morgenroth Music Center 2. Electronic Sound & Percussion 3. Seitz & Sounds String Instruments

NEW BOOKSTORE

SHOES

Looking for Jon Krakauer’s latest book? We guess it’s probably in stock at one of these stores. 1. The Book Exchange 2. Barnes & Noble 3. Fact & Fiction

Heading out on a trek into the Bob Marshall? Or maybe prom is coming up. No matter your adventure or style, these stores can come up with something great for you. 1. Dillard’s 2. Hide & Sole 3. Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors

NEW CAR DEALER

SHOP LOCAL

If your Subaru has finally bitten the dust, voters say these are the best places to go when you’re looking for a new ride. 1. Karl Tyler Chevrolet & Cadillac 2. Lithia 3. DeMarois Buick GMC Truck

Here in Missoula we’re big fans of Small Business Saturday shopping. We’re such big fans that we tend to shop local all year long. Here are our voters’ favorite shops. 1. Rockin Rudy’s 2. The Green Light 3. Straight 6 Archery


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Natalie Ulicny fishes the Blackfoot River east of Missoula at day's end.

TOMMY MARTINO/Missoulian

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SKI SHOP

WINDOW DISPLAY

SNOWBOARD SHOP

WINE SELECTION

SPORTING GOODS STORE/ OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT STORE

WOMEN’S CLOTHING

Our voters know there’s nothing worse than waking up on a coldsmoke powder day without a proper pair of skis. These shops can get you fitted and ready to go hit the pow in the best gear, voters say! 1. Gull Ski 2. Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 3. Edge of the World

Flip that order around for ’boarders who voted, because they say the top ski shop is number two for them. Go hit that gnar jump, bro! 1. Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 2. Gull Ski 3. Edge of the World

In a town like Missoula, there’s no such thing as too much outdoors. Voters say these shops will get you out and on the trail in the best gear. 1. Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 2. REI 3. Straight 6 Archery

You’re stumbling through the blustery Missoula streets, only seeing dullness ahead. But wait! An oasis from the gray. Voters say these shops have the best displays. 1. Noteworthy Paper & Press 2. Red Rooster 3. Bitterroot Flower Shop

We know that your book club is just an excuse to drink wine. We’re OK with that. Voters are, too. 1. Worden’s Market and Deli 2. Orange Street Food Farm 3. Missoula Wine Merchants

In a town filled with 20-somethings who can ro pretty much anything, we’re happy to say voters have found the secret spots for the best looks. 1. Dillard’s 2. Betty’s Divine 3. Cloth & Crown

UNIQUE GIFTS

There’s that one person who just has everything. Gift-giving can be hard work unless you stop at these voter-approved shops where you’re likely to find the right thing. 1. Rockin Rudy’s 2. Mother Moose Gifts 3. The Green Light

USED BOOKSTORE

Sometimes the best finds are the notes people leave in old books’ margins. Find something unexpected at one of these stores. 1. The Book Exchange 2. Green Ribbon Books 3. Zootown Thrift

USED CAR DEALER

Maybe you’re not ready for something brand-spanking new. Check out these top shops, according to voters, where you can find a new-to-you car, truck or SUV for the right price. 1. Eide Motors 2. Lyman Motors 3. Jim’s Cars

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MISSOULA

Katy Anderson Jennifer Barnard Jeremy Betty

880-2060

529-7644

370-7474

Rita Gray

Cua & Kyle Grogan

Mike Guess

544-4226

Susan Liane

370-1010

830-0992

210-8227

Carol Brooks

Bill Bucher

218-9822

529-8329

Carla Hardy

Nancy Coffee

240-0805

Annelise Hedahl Larry & Karin Heggen

531-8112

546-6979

407-2313

Ed Coffman

Tory Dailey

Adam Hertz

Brittni Hertz

370-5009

239-1865

Nicolene Lundborg Courtney McFadden Bill & Barb McQuirk Mark McQuirk Tiffany McQuirk Rick Meisinger

760-419-2043

532-9234

671-7901

532-9202

532-9243

240-6031

880-8679

546-8904

Jim Olson

880-9221

Mackenzie Dixon Goldie Dobak

241-5009

240-2331

Vickie Honzel

Ruth King

531-2605/544-8700

Jerry Ford

Julie Gardner

Cindy Klette

Peter Lambros

370-3408

544-4635

531-2628

532-9233

532-9291

Sharon Palmer Patsy Plaggemeyer Karen Reyner Rod & Jan Rogers

239-1614

240-1212

370-5008

239-5930

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Stacy Rye

218-1338

Shirley Simonson

546-9595

Tom Skalsky

546-6620

Barett Snider Brandy Snider

239-2561

239-8811

POLSON

546-2260

239-9795

Sandi Tarr-Brown Savannah Tynes MerriLee Valentine

544-1112

546-7640

370-4984

FLORENCE

Bill Wyckman Mary Louise Zapp-Knapp Bob Zimorino Jodie L Hooker

544-7592

Mike Stussy

425-829-7887

239-7588

Bessie Evans

544-5157

880-6650

Catherine Taylor

880-3582

Carolyn Weisbecker

546-6727

Rod Delaney

293-4373

240-3089

Jason Washington

Dan Worrell

Adam Ehli

Sharon Krull

240-7474

546-8903

HAMILTON

Tono Lippy

274-5820

Kim Maclay

529-4863

Ken McCarthy

396-0333

Bradley Rose Sandra J. Brown

713-492-1055

LIBBY

Cheryl Smith

Jack Wade

Angela Vande Garde

291-9893

Karen Nalley

291-4724

Cora Gilmore Nelson

291-3130

363-8119

370-7762

552-5976

BRANCH MANAGER

OWNER/PARTNERSS

Jeremy Schultz

Pat Dauenhauer

207-0207

240-2442

Bruno Friia

532-9225


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Natalie Ulicny fishes the Blackfoot River east of Missoula at day's end.

TOMMY MARTINO/Missoulian

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