Best of West Sound Results 2017

Best of West Sound 2017WestSound Home & Garden magazine is excited to present the annual Best of West Sound results — from Bainbridge Island all the way to Gig Harbor, we’ve found the businesses and places you love. Enjoy!

Best Restaurant

La Fermata

La Fermata offers “Northern Italian dining with a Northwest twist.” With a menu that’s more sophisticated than many locals may be accustomed to, it’s clear why the place is so busy on many nights. The menu is quite diverse — and features more than just Italian fare. It’s food made with passion and a dedication to excellence.

Best Seafood Restaurant (Tie)

Amy’s On The Bay

A multi-year repeat winner, Amy’s features fabulous food, with outstanding service and an updated menu, in a relaxed setting. Treat yourself to a delightful dining experience as you appreciate the beautiful views of Sinclair Inlet and the Olympics, while enjoying a scrumptious meal. Lunch, dinner, full bar and one of this region’s most outstanding wine lists.

Boat Shed

Serving seasonal and local favorites along with all-time classics for 30-plus years on the Manette waterfront, the Boat Shed is accessible by car or boat, and easily walkable for Manette locals. Whether it’s dinner in the summer on the huge deck, or a cozy fall lunch inside when the wind is blowing and waves are crashing, there’s always something good in store at the Boat Shed.

Best Authentic Mexican Restaurant (Tie)

Los Cabos

  • 4120 Wheaton Way, Bremerton
  • 18751 State Hwy 305 NE, Poulsbo
  • loscabosck.com

A local favorite for lunch, dinner and Happy Hour, Los Cabos Family Mexican Restaurant offers up authentic, made-from-scratch Mexican dishes for every palate in a casual environment. Drawing inspiration from various regions in Mexico, Los Cabos believes in providing great food using fresh ingredients at an affordable price.

Azteca

The Ramos family has built a successful chain of 35 Azteca Mexican restaurants, including one locally. A family restaurant, Azteca features a wide variety of authentic Mexican fare including a selection of Mexican salads, soups, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas and a “Little Amigo” menu specifically designed for children, all served in a warm Hacienda-style atmosphere.

Best Italian Restaurant

Cosmo’s Ristorante & Delicatessen

Cosmo’s is owned by two women who are passionate about great food and are always seeking out new and interesting flavor combinations to grace the plates of their guests. There’s also an Italian deli that features scrumptious salads, soups, cheeses and delectable meals to go. Cosmo’s operates on one premise — from simple flavors to complex combinations, food is one of life’s great adventures!

Best Chinese (Asian) Restaurant

Super Wok

Providing Szechuan, Hunan and Mandarin delights. Friendly staff and a small but descent lunch buffet. Delivery available to many parts of Kitsap County.

Best Breakfast (Tie)

Hi-Lo’s 15th Street Cafe

This cozy café, self-described as “fun and funky,” is a popular destination, offering a quirky atmosphere and unique menu (like biscuits made on a waffle iron). Enjoy nostalgic décor that includes a “thermos museum,” an organic-coffee “bar” and popular seating in the converted VW van parked outside.

Port Gamble General Store

Quick in-and-out service is not their style, nor their mission. Whether handcrafting components while prepping, or making sure it is plated perfectly, The Port Gamble General Store team believes that good food takes time. The organic eggs won’t be cracked or scrambled until you order, and they still use old-fashioned appliances like a stove top and oven — in fact, they don’t even have a microwave on the premises. They realize that most people are too busy to cook like this for themselves on a regular basis, and they want to provide that simple pleasure to our community.

Best Lunch (3-Way Tie)

Monica’s Waterfront Bakery & Cafe

The menu at Monica’s has been crafted using excellent quality, fresh, house-made foods. The cafe supports local as well as organic suppliers whenever possible and strives toward Earth-friendly, sustainable practices. Utilizing and supporting local farms and other businesses is extremely important to Monica’s, as is offering ingredients that are sustainable and responsible whenever possible.

Pho T&N

Serving Vietnamese cuisine, this is a true family business, based upon a dream that has thrived and grown through perseverance and strength. The dream started long ago with the owners’ desire to not only create a better life for their family, but to bring forth the best authentic Vietnamese food to a foreign land. Their main focus has always been — and continues to be — that of satisfying their guests by tantalizing their taste buds and filling their tummies.

Hi-Lo’s 15th Street Cafe

This “fun and funky” eatery is also a popular lunch destination as well as breakfast. Its quirky atmosphere and unique menu obviously appeal to more than just the breakfast crowd. Take in the nostalgic décor that includes a “thermos museum,” an organic-coffee “bar” and the ever-popular seating in the converted VW van parked outside.

Best Wine Shop/Bar

Suzanne Maurice Wine Bar

The Suzanne Maurice Wine Bar offers a wide variety of local and international wines as well as high-quality, cured meats and cheeses. This establishment, while hidden away on Bainbridge, accepts reservations, although walk-ins are welcome. It’s a good spot for groups and it features outdoor seating and waiter service — as well as lots of great wines to treat your palate.

Best Brewery

Silver City Brewery

Started in 1996 by two brothers, Silver City Brewery is an unabashed local success story. Now brewing eight year-round ales, six seasonal lagers, six limited series lagers, seven barrel-aged beers and four special Valentine’s series brews, Silver City offers a brew for every taste bud and occasion. The Silver City Taproom features up to 17 different draft beer selections at a time. There’s also free bi-weekly tours on Wednesdays and Fridays (4 p.m.) and a daily Happy Hour featuring a $3.25 pint list and discounted growler fills — 3 to 5 p.m.

Best Deli Sandwiches

Monica’s Waterfront Bakery & Cafe

Offering excellent quality, fresh, house-made foods, the menu at Monica’s has been crafted to support local as well as organic suppliers whenever possible, striving toward Earth-friendly and sustainable practices. Utilizing and supporting local farms and other businesses is extremely important to Monica’s, as is offering ingredients that are sustainable and responsible whenever possible.

Best Steaks/Prime Rib

McCloud’s Grill House

McCloud’s caters to those looking for a great family-friendly setting featuring “down-home” food with an emphasis on prime rib, steaks, applewood-smoked St. Louis ribs and great burgers. A commercial smoker runs daily, preparing their applewood- and alderwood-smoked ribs, pulled pork and brisket. The steaks come from the Midwest, and only corn-fed beef is used, while the hamburger meat is a brisket/chuck grind prepared locally by Minder’s Meats. And prime rib is always on the menu!

Best Desserts (Tie)

Amy’s Decadent Chocolates

Perfect place for that chocolate fix — mouthwatering, handcrafted confections like truffles, barks, caramels and creams. And the caramel apples are simply to die for (and a bit difficult to choose, considering all the tempting selections).

Mora Iced Creamery

  • 139 Madrone Lane, Bainbridge Island
  • 22195 Viking Ave., Poulsbo
  • 11250 State Highway 104, Kingston
  • moraicecream.com

At Mora Iced Creamery, ice cream is made in small batches using fresh milk, real eggs and cane sugar. They don’t take shortcuts or use powdered mixes, and they develop their own recipes. Those recipes are carefully tested over and over to make certain that one ingredient doesn’t overwhelm another, to ensure a texture that is smooth and creamy, and to create the most intensely flavored ice creams and sorbets you’ve ever tasted.

Best Burgers

The Grub Hut

The Grub Hut is a laid-back and unpretentious gathering place specializing in classic American eats such as burgers, sandwiches, shakes, salads and of course, tons ?of fried goodies. There’s a kids’ menu featuring over 30 classic and gourmet burgers, chicken sandwiches, cheesesteaks and gyros — all available with gluten-free buns. They also offer fresh homemade soups and veggie chili, as well as homemade veggie patties to substitute on any burger, gyro or sandwich.

Best Out-of-the-Way Restaurant

Massimo Italian Bar and Grill

Located on the waterfront in Purdy, is owned by a married couple who met 26 years ago in Italy. Open for lunch and dinner, Massimo features soups, salads, sandwiches, gluten-free pastas, pizza and scrumptious desserts. There’s also a kids’ menu. Massimo also features and extensive collection of Italian wines, as well as numerous Washington and California wines. There’s also Happy Hour from 3:30 to 5:30 and 8 p.m. to closing Monday through Friday.

Best Pizza (Tie)

Spiro’s

  • Multiple Locations

Spiro’s is always a reliable spot for pizza, no matter which location you land at. The menu varies for each location but typically includes other offerings too, such as pasta or subs as well as beer and wine.

Tony’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

A local institution, Tony’s has been serving some of the best pizza around here since your parents were kids in the ’60s — or maybe you were. Walk through the door and be greeted by the aging Polaroid wallpaper and a staff who will treat you like an old family friend. Enjoy the serene waterfront views of Oyster Bay and the real Italian ambiance — right down to the red checkered tablecloths and Chianti bottle candles. There’s a reason Tony’s has become a local icon — and the pizza is a big part of it!

Best Barbecue (Tie)

Danny’s Café & BBQ

A cafe by morning that progresses into an authentic Texas barbecue for dine-in, takeout or catering. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. People talk about the Barbecue, brisket sandwich, baby-back ribs, pulled pork, cornbread, potato salad, baked beans and mac and cheese — not to mention the beer.

Jake’s Pickup

Located inside the Hungry Bear Market, Jake’s Pickup serves mostly organic comfort food made from scratch. Serving house-smoked meats, pastries and breads, plus delicious soups, sandwiches, salads and pizza, along with Grounds for Change organic coffee. And then there’s the sconenuts…

Best Coffee Shop

Coffee Oasis

  • 822 Burwell Street, Bremerton
  • 807 Bay Street, Port Orchard
  • 780 NE Iverson St., Poulsbo
  • thecoffeeoasis.com

Offering not only good coffee, but hope for at-risk and homeless youth. Thousands of youth have since passed through the doors of the Coffee Oasis, which started in the 1990s as a street ministry. What they’ve found is a welcome place and people who care for them, regardless of their background or present situation. The Coffee Oasis has since expanded to include more resources for street youth (showers, laundry, clothing and food), youth centers, job training, mentoring, case management, a shelter and more. So stop by for a cup of good coffee and do some good for your community as well.

Best Restaurant when
Someone Else Is Paying (Tie)

Brix 25°

The intimate, warm, welcoming ambiance of Brix 25° sets the stage for romantic evenings, casual dinners, family events and more. Featuring a menu of hearty and flavorful American cuisine with a Northwest influence, plus an award-winning wine list that’s been recognized locally and nationally, it’s hard to go wrong — especially when someone else is footing the bill.

La Fermata

A multi-category winner, La Fermata offers “Northern Italian dining with a Northwest twist.” With a menu that’s more sophisticated than many locals may be accustomed to, it’s clear why the place is so busy on many nights. The menu is quite diverse — and features more than just Italian fare. It’s food made with passion and a dedication to excellence. And when someone else if picking up the tab — you most certainly can’t go wrong.

Best Bakery

Monica’s Waterfront Bakery & Cafe

Monica’s is a repeat winner this year in multiple categories. The menu has been crafted using excellent quality, fresh, house-made foods. The cafe supports local as well as organic suppliers whenever possible and strives toward Earth-friendly, sustainable practices. Utilizing and supporting local farms and other businesses is extremely important to Monica’s, as is offering ingredients that are sustainable and responsible whenever possible.

Best Doctor

Dr. Ingela Thomsen/The Doctor’s Clinic

Dr. Ingela Thomsen specializes in family medicine. A graduate of the University of Washington Medical School, she joined the Doctors Clinic in 1998, after serving her residency at Valley Medical Center in Renton. As a practicing physician at Harrison Medical Center, she is recognized as a member of the Healthgrades Honor Role.

Best Eye Care

Dr. Janice Ngan/Woodridge Vision Clinic

With an office in a private, serene setting, Dr. Janice Ngan uses state-of-the-art equipment for extended visual testing for diseases of the eye such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. The large optical boutique has a vast selection of designer frames.

Best Dentist

Miranda Dageenakis/Costa & Dageenakis Family Dentistry

Dr. Miranda Dageenakis’ philosophy is focused on using excellent clinical skills to provide gentle and caring treatment to patients of all ages, with an emphasis on prevention and conservative dentistry. She is dedicated to providing the highest-quality care possible.

Best Hospital

Harrison Medical Center

As part of the CHI Franciscan Health System, Harrison offers complete hospital facilities in Bremerton and Silverdale, plus award-winning cardiovascular services, including open-heart surgery. Services also include oncology, inpatient and outpatient surgery, orthopedics, critical care and 24/7 emergency care in its Level III Trauma Center. That’s in addition to urgent care facilities in Port Orchard, Belfair and Bainbridge Island, along with satellite clinics and primary care partner facilities throughout the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas.

Best Physical Therapist (Tie)

Mark Schorn/New Motion Physical Therapy

A partner in a sports therapy clinic from 1983 through 2000, Mark Schorn specialized in sports injury rehabilitation, in addition to working with the Shoreline School District developing an athletic medicine program. He has also worked with the Seattle Junior Hockey Association as both a team trainer and athletic medicine consultant. Joining New Motion in 2008, he takes special interest in shoulder dysfunction and rehabilitation of the throwing athlete.

Angie Hansen/DaVinci Physical Therapy

Earning a doctorate in physical therapy from Pacific University and realizing the importance of the broad spectrum of skills vital to successful service to her clients, Angie Hansen has completed additional training in manual therapy and rehabilitation, as well as pilates. She is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor and enjoys training others in personal conditioning and biomechanics — in both individual and group fitness settings.

Best Gym (3-Way Tie)

Poulsbo Athletic Club

Serving North Kitsap for more than 20 years, Poulsbo Athletic Club offers everything from fitness rooms and racquetball courts to a pool, spin room and cardio area — plus personal training, massage therapy, a long list of fitness classes and more.

Olympic Fitness

Olympic Fitness Club is Kitsap County’s finest athletic facility, stressing quality and excellence in equipment, staff and facilities. It offers a variety of fitness activities and services to individuals or groups at a variety of fitness levels. Olympic Fitness is dedicated to fitness through physical activity and mind-body wellness, providing physical fitness equipment and program recommendations, fitness assessments and education, recreational leagues, social activities and a forum for connecting the mind and body.

Island Fitness

Built on the cornerstone that exercise is the one true elixir of life and the only scientifically proven method to reverse certain aspects of aging. Just as exercise science is always developing, Island Fitness is constantly bringing in and developing new programs to motivate its members, keeping them interested and keeping the pathways to success varied and full of choices.

Best Hearing Aid Dealer (Tie)

Hearing Advantage

Hearing Advantage has been providing hearing health care to the Olympic Peninsula for the past 25 years. With locations in Poulsbo and Sequim, its audiologists’ primary goal is to educate patients about the effects of hearing loss and possible treatment options. It specializes in comprehensive diagnostic audiology evaluations, state-of-the-art hearing aid technology, tinnitus therapy and hearing loss counseling.

Peninsula Hearing

Offering the best in custom and discrete hearing devices appropriate for your hearing needs and budget from the world’s top hearing device manufacturers, as well as made-for-iPhone hearing devices that link directly to your iPhone or other Apple device. They also offer hearing device repair and replacement, doing some typical repairs in-house, as well as support for medical implants such as BAHA (bone anchored hearing aid) and cochlear implants. They are also U.S. Department of Labor and Washington State Labor and Industries providers.

Best Assisted Living Facility

Encore Communities

Offering award-winning service and options for independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care, Encore Communities’ local facilities deliver an impressive quality of life for all its residents, no matter what their needs.

Best Senior Care

Martha & Mary

Martha & Mary provides services across numerous locations including offices and campuses throughout the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. Its diverse list of services include home care and geriatric care management, senior independent living and assistant living, and rehab and skilled nursing care.

Best Spa

Rejuv

Founded in 2004, Rejuv began in a single cozy room in the loft of the Amy Burnett Art Gallery in downtown Bremerton. Outgrowing the loft in the gallery, Rejuv opened a two-room storefront on Harkins Avenue just across the Manette Bridge. Two years and five amazing employees later, Rejuv needed more space and opened a four-room location on E. 11th Street. It’s now 11 years later and Rejuv is now located on Scott Avenue in Manette and has 12 employees, a spacious six-treatment-room spa, and many wonderful guests and friends.

Best Used-Car Dealer

Liberty Bay Auto

Liberty Bay Auto has built a reputation for expertise, service and dependability. It is a second-generation local business with a culture of honesty and is known for selling only high-quality, reliable used cars that are backed by great service.

Best New-Car Dealer

West Hills Auto Plex (Haselwood Auto Group)

Serving the Peninsula for more than half a century, the West Hills Auto Plex includes Ford, Chevy, Buick, GMC, Mazda, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, RAM, Kia, Honda, Toyota, VW and more. Plus they feature the largest inventory of new and used vehicles on the Peninsula.

Best Auto Mechanic

LK’s Auto Repair

Another repeat winner, LK’s has been serving a growing customer base for more than two decades, and services foreign, domestic and hybrid cars. The family-run business also has a big focus on giving back to the community.

Best Car Wash/Detailing

Cruise-N Car Wash

A repeat winner for several years, Cruise-N Car Wash offers a full range of detailing services and has full-time detailers on staff. Many options are available, ranging from do-it-yourself car washes to complete automotive detail packages. Before running your car through the drive-through automatic wash, the staff hand-preps it with a pressure washer to clean those really dirty, hard-to-reach areas, and then hand-dries it when it’s through.

Best Auto Body Repair

Modern Collision Rebuild

For more than three decades, Modern Collision Rebuild & Service has faithfully serviced the automotive collision and mechanical repair needs of Kitsap County residents. Family owned and operated since 1974, they’re known for giving back to the community, and invite you to review them on Angie’s List as well.

Best Tire Store

Les Schwab Tire Centers

In business since 1952, Les Schwab Tire Centers is known for going above and beyond for its customers, and offers several locations throughout the West Sound region.

Best Building Contractor

Smallwood Design & Construction

Smallwood Design & Construction has provided custom home building and remodeling services to Bainbridge Island and the greater Puget Sound area for more than 30 years. The business has longstanding relationships and a reputation that enables it to assemble the best subcontractors and suppliers capable of providing the quality workmanship that meets high standards. The design/build team approach allows Smallwood to work with homeowners and architects to ensure client expectations are always met.

Best Remodeler

A Kitchen That Works, LLC

A Kitchen That Works (AKTW) is a full-service design-build firm specializing in kitchens and baths. Passion for excellence is reflected in every project, and the holistic approach ensures the design and materials selected work well with the homeowner’s lifestyle and budget. Owned and operated by certified sustainable professionals, AKTW is dedicated to protecting natural resources while providing clients with beautiful, functional, low-maintenance homes.

Best Roofing Contractor

Hanley Construction

Established in 1987, Hanley Construction Inc. grew out of a side business more than 30 years ago to become the Kitsap Peninsula’s premier roofing company. It offers high-quality work at competitive prices, and thousands of homeowners and business owners have entrusted their roofs to Hanley. When you hire Hanley, you’re guaranteed to be working with some of the best professionals in the business.

Best Plumber (3-Way Tie)

Robison Plumbing

At Robison Plumbing, the friendly service begins with your first call, where you’ll hear a cheerful, professional voice — not a recording — 24/7. Their clean, professional technicians arrive immediately at your location, and will diagnose your problem and quote you a competitive price for the repair before any work is done. And at Robison, there is never an overtime fee.

Select Plumbing

A full-service plumbing company, Select Plumbing has been serving Mason County since 2000.

Swift Plumbing & Heating

With 24-hour service, seven days a week, Swift Plumbing & Heating is a full-service plumbing company. Offering residential and commercial plumbing services as well as radiant heating and boiler service, plus installation and maintenance.

Best Architect (Tie)

Marc LaRoche

It is the lively interplay of art, science, history and technology, as well as social and environmental concerns that makes Marc LaRoche Architects’ work stimulating and meaningful. The ultimate goal for each project they undertake is to exceed and transcend the practical requirements as well as client expectations in producing design work that artfully reflects our time in a spirit of intelligence, modesty and optimism.

BC&J Architects

  • 197 Parfitt Way SW, Suite 120, Bainbridge Island
  • bcandj.com

BC&J Architects is a Bainbridge Island firm that specializes in residential and commercial architecture, urban design, land use planning and consulting, permit acquisition and facilitation, sales enhancement consulting, sustainability consulting, and construction management. Their newest venture is called The Perfect Little House Company, which specializes in homes from 200 to 3,000 square feet with designs that are suitable for developers or individuals to be used as a primary or vacation residence.

Best Electrician

CSW Electric & HVAC

A returning winner, CSW Electric offers heating, cooling and electrical service, repair, upgrades and maintenance for both residential and commercial customers. From new construction wiring to tenant improvements, the technicians can take care of all your heating, cooling and electrical needs.

Best Interior Designer

Michele Doyle/MD Design

Good design is Michele Doyle’s passion. A graduate of the Seattle Art Institute’s intensive Residential Design Program, Doyle works with local contractors who respect her ability to clearly communicate the clients’ design and project goals to them and their subcontractors. She values the business and collaborative relationships with these talented and skilled local craftsmen, and believes her clients deserve the best, which she always endeavors to provide.

Best Kitchen & Bath

A Kitchen That Works, LLC

Another multi-category repeat winner, A Kitchen That Works (AKTW) is a full-service design-build firm specializing in kitchens and baths. Passion for excellence is reflected in every project, and the holistic approach ensures the design and materials selected work well with the homeowner’s lifestyle and budget. Owned and operated by certified sustainable professionals, AKTW is dedicated to protecting natural resources while providing clients with beautiful, functional, low-maintenance homes.

Best Cabinetry

Creekside Cabinet & Design

Another repeat winner. Creekside Cabinet & Design is a locally owned business that’s provided exceptional value to customers on the Kitsap Peninsula and in the Puget Sound region for more than 15 years. If you live on the Kitsap Peninsula, chances are the company has worked with someone you know.

Best Flooring

Floor Decorators/Carpet One

Locally owned and operated, Floor Decorators/Carpet One offers a complete selection of residential and commercial flooring options, including carpets, area rugs, ceramic tile, hardwood flooring, sheet and vinyl flooring, along with countertops and professional installation services.

Best Paint Store

Peninsula Paint Centers

  • Locations in Poulsbo, Gig Harbor, Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, Port Townsend
  • peninsulapaintco.com

Peninsula Paint is an independently owned store that offers personal service and an array of superior quality products. The in-store professionals are specialists with the experience and helpful advice to ensure the success of your home project.

Best Heating & Air

Air Masters

Locally owned and operated, Air Masters has been serving Kitsap, Pierce, Mason and Jefferson counties for more than 30 years. The business specializes in comfort and reliability and takes pride in quality workmanship and friendly customer service.

Best Hardware Store

Scott McLendon’s Ace Hardware

Scott McLendon’s Ace Hardware has been serving Port Orchard for more than 20 years and Belfair for more than 15. The stores pride themselves in their knowledge of hardware, lumber, electrical, plumbing and gardening supplies, along with a huge inventory of hardware related items, and always standing by the philosophy of “customer service first.”

Best Furniture Store

Arnold’s Home Furnishings

Arnold’s has been serving the community since 1951 and is renowned for its excellent level of customer service, outstanding selection of home furnishings and accessories, along with design services.

Best Countersurfaces

Creative Countertops

Creative Countertops specializes in custom quartz and granite countertops as well as being the Kitsap Peninsula’s largest Corian, Silestone and LG Hi-Macs countertop fabricator. It also offers green alternatives like icestone, paperstone and bamboo, and is the place to go for the best selection of solid-surface counters, sinks, shower and bath surrounds, as well as tile.

Best Bookstore

Liberty Bay Books

A locally owned, independent bookstore, Liberty Bay offers books, ebooks, cards, gifts, games, book clubs and events with favorite authors. The friendly staff loves helping clients find that perfect book, offering “staff picks” shelves throughout the store and helping choose new books based on each customer’s favorites.

Favorite Business (Tie)

Cameo Boutique & Wine Shop

Cameo offers a unique shopping experience, featuring fashions, jewelry, Pacific Northwest gourmet foods, gifts and fine home furnishings. It is also known for its selection of Pacific Northwest wines, along with fine wines from all over the world.

Amy’s Decadent Chocolates

Amy’s won “Best Candy Store” as well! See the description below.

Best Candy Store

Amy’s Decadent Chocolates

Amy’s lives up to its name of “Decadent.” The shop is West Sound’s favorite destination for handmade chocolates, truffles, to-die-for caramel apples, as well as other delectable temptations.

Best Antique Shop

Olde Central Antique Mall

  • 801 Bay Street, Port Orchard

Larger than most antique stores, this unique shop located on the downtown Port Orchard waterfront offers an eclectic blend of antiques, curiosities and collectibles. Plus the knowledgeable and friendly staff add to a great treasure-hunting atmosphere.

Best Gifts/Specialty Store

Cameo Boutique & Wine Shop

Cameo offers a unique shopping experience, featuring fashions, jewelry, Pacific Northwest gourmet foods, gifts and fine home furnishings. It is also known for its selection of Pacific Northwest wines, along with fine wines from all over the world.

Best Real Estate Office (Tie)

John L. Scott Real Estate

Windermere Real Estate

John L. Scott has West Sound offices in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Bremerton, Silverdale, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island, Kingston and Belfair.

Windermere has West Sound offices located in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Silverdale, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Belfair and Allyn.

Best Realtor

Eileen Black/John L. Scott

An industry veteran, Eileen Black is recognized as a top-producing agent on Bainbridge Island. She specializes in Bainbridge luxury waterfront homes and has established herself as a high-profile agent providing concierge services to her clientele.

Best Financial Advisor

Jason Parker/Parker Financial

The founder of Parker Financial LLC, Jason Parker is a registered investment adviser and insurance professional who specializes in retirement. He’s the host of the Sound Retirement Radio, broadcast on 1300 a.m., and author of “Sound Retirement Planning.”

Best Horticulturist

Peg Tillery

  • Poulsbo

Recently retired as WestSound Home & Garden’s longtime garden editor, Peg Tillery is an award-winning educator and writer specializing in numerous areas, including youth and community gardening, horticulture and native plants. She previously retired from a long career as an educator with Kitsap County WSU Co-op Extension.

Best Insurance Agency

Allstate

Founded in 1931, Allstate offers an extensive network of local agents who specialize in a broad range of insurance products and are involved in their communities.

Best Veterinarian

Companion Animal Wellness

In business since 2003, Companion Animal Wellness provides veterinary care that helps maximize the number of healthy and happy years dog and cat owners spend with their pets. It offers services that range from preventative to advanced medical procedures.

Best Nursery

Valley Nursery

With Certified Professional Horticulturists on staff, Valley Nursery offers a wide variety of products and services ranging from garden consultation and design, to wedding floral designs, to classes and more. Started in the early 1970s as a hobby farm by the original owners, the McCollum family, the nursery has grown to offer a variety of plants and services.

Best Landscaper

Northwest Construction & Landscape, LLC

Whether you’d like a custom landscape with a decorative concrete patio, lawn care or landscape maintenance services, the skilled Northwest Construction & Landscape team will deliver an exceptional product at an affordable price.

Best Rockery

Morrison Gravel

Family owned since 1946, Morrison Gravel provides quality landscape products for the professional and the do-it-yourselfer in Kitsap and Pierce counties. Products are available for pickup or delivery in the local area, and specialized services are also offered.

Best Florist

Flowers To Go

  • Locations in Bremerton, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Silverdale and Gig Harbor

Flowers To Go is a family-owned and operated business that delivers dazzling floral arrangements for all occasions. Starting out as a flower stand on the side of the road, it has grown to become one of the largest flower shops in the Northwest.

Best Mall/Strip Store

Uptown Gig Harbor

Uptown Gig Harbor features a mix of national retailers along with local merchants offering the latest fashions, intriguing gifts, décor and artwork. Enjoy fine dining, cafes and the state-of-the-art Galaxy Theatre, which features the latest movies as well as serving as the venue to the annual Gig Harbor Film Festival. Uptown hosts events throughout the year.

Best Bank

Kitsap Bank

  • 619 Bay Street (main branch), Port Orchard
  • Multiple West Sound locations
  • kitsapbank.com

Headquartered in Port Orchard and with more than 20 locations throughout Kitsap, Pierce, King, Mason, Jefferson and Clallam counties, Kitsap Bank has been serving the local community’s banking needs for more than 100 years and is one of the oldest and largest locally owned and operated community banks in the state.

Best Accounting

Cox & Lucy

  • 1590 Bay Street, Port Orchard
  • 5790 Soundview Drive, Gig Harbor
  • coxlucy.net

The Cox & Lucy team includes certified public accountants, tax specialists and accounting/payroll professionals. Their experience and academic credentials provide the expertise of larger firms but with a personal, one-on-one approach.

Best Computer/Networking Service

Keating Consulting

A full-service IT firm, Keating Consulting provides technical and project management services to SMBs, Fortune 100 enterprises and public and nonprofit sector clients. The broad range of offerings include network, desktop and server installation and support, web development and hosting and systems analysis.

Best Attorney (Tie)

John Mitchell/Sanchez, Mitchell & Eastman, PSC

A Bremerton native, John Mitchell has been practicing law in Kitsap County for more than 40 years. He specializes in personal injury law, as well as estate planning and probate, among other areas.

Jeff Tolman/Tolman Clucas PLLC

Jeff Tolman has been practicing in Poulsbo for about four decades and has also served as part-time municipal court judge. His practice is focused on probate, estate planning, personal injury and real estate.

Best Daycare

Noah’s Ark Daycare

In business since 1973, Noah’s Ark offers educational daycare services for kids ages 1 month to 12 years.

Best Nonprofit (Tie)

Holly Ridge Center

Founded in 1963, Holly Ridge has the mission to enable children and adults with differing abilities to reach their fullest potential, creating a positive and lasting impact on the community. It offers an infant toddler program and an adult employment services program.

PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap

  • 4688 Lynwood Center Road, Bainbridge Island
  • 26569 Lindvog Road, Kingston
  • pawsbink.org

A grass-roots, volunteer-based nonprofit, PAWS has been serving Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap for more than 40 years. As an animal welfare nonprofit, it provides services such as spay and neuter, senior companionship, veterinary service, education and more.

Best Credit Union

Kitsap Credit Union

KCU is a member-owned cooperative with more than a dozen branches throughout Kitsap County and more than 300 employees. It was chartered in Bremerton nearly 80 years ago on the principle of “people helping people.”

Best Customer Service

Kitsap Bank

  • 619 Bay Street (main branch), Port Orchard
  • Multiple West Sound locations
  • kitsapbank.com

Headquartered in Port Orchard and with more than 20 locations throughout Kitsap, Pierce, King, Mason, Jefferson and Clallam counties, Kitsap Bank has been serving the local community’s banking needs for more than 100 years and is one of the oldest and largest locally owned and operated community banks in the state.

Best Jewelry Store

Blue Heron Jewelry Co.

Showcasing the breathtakingly beautiful designs of Leo Fried, Blue Heron Jewelry helps create memories with one-of-a-kind, elegant creations. This is a destination for unique, high-quality, custom-made jewelry for all occasions.

Best Print Shop

Bremerton Letterpress

This “little print shop” follows a family tradition of creating things by hand and incorporates the owner’s love of the printed work and a knack of collecting and working with “old” things. A storefront studio is part of the shop.

Best Salon

Alainn Salon

  • 3547 NW Lowell Street, Silverdale

With stylists who boast years of experience and continuing education, Alainn Salon has dedicated staff who will help you find your best look and achieve it. The comfortable, relaxed atmosphere is designed to make you feel great.

Best Mani/Pedi

Apollo Nails & Spa

From mani/pedi to spa services, Apollo offers quality, thorough and consistent services. The staff strives to make clients feel comfortable, satisfied — and in a state of pleasure and bliss.

Best Casino

Suquamish Clearwater Casino

Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort is nestled on the shores of Agate Passage. Indoors and out, this breathtaking property captures the rustic, natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. It also features guest rooms with spectacular waterfront views as well as several dining options.

Best Hotel (Tie)

Best Western Bainbridge Island Suites

This award-winning Bainbridge Island hotel is an ideal place to stay while you’re visiting for business or leisure, and is close to a variety of things to do on the island. Well-appointed rooms and friendly staff will make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.

Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort

The waterfront resort and casino is nestled on the shores of Agate Passage. Indoors and out, this breathtaking property captures the rustic, natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The 85 guest rooms flank a soaring Great Room offering spectacular waterfront views amid museum-quality works of art.

Best Live Music

Treehouse Cafe

This specialty pizzeria and pub has become a destination for live music, hosting world-class entertainers as they tour the Northwest. Billiard tables, dartboards and two large-screen televisions and local art complete the atmosphere.

Best Summer Camp

Crista Camps

Crista Camps at Island Lake and Miracle Ranch offer scores of unique activities in addition to traditional camp fun like boating, swimming and fireside bonding. The goal at both camps is to offer experiences that result in personal growth, authentic relationship development, high-level customer service and massive fun.

Best Place to take a family (Tie)

Battle Point Park

  • 11299 Arrow Point Drive, Bainbridge Island
  • biparks.org

The 90.3-acre Battle Point Park, which is largely open space, features a long list of amenities, including two ponds, jogging trail, fitness course, soccer and softball fields, horse area, tennis and volleyball courts and more. There is also a play structure, garden plots and picnic shelter (reservations recommended).

Blake Island Marine State Park

Located within a short boat ride from Port Orchard, Blake Island Marine State Park encompasses 475 acres, 5 miles of saltwater beach and views of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline. Located on the island is the popular Tillicum Village, where you can experience a Northwest Native American performance while enjoying a traditionally prepared fish buffet meal.

Best Gallery (Tie)

Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio

Since 1988, Lisa Stirrett’s work has evolved as she has explored and mastered many different mediums. Her work lends itself to beautiful interior and exterior art for personal or commercial use. In addition to selling art, the studio hosts frequent events and offers various classes.

Amy Burnett Gallery

  • 408 Pacific Avenue, Bremerton

A fourth-generation Bremertonian, artist Amy Burnett has been featured in numerous national magazines and has won numerous awards. She is also a columnist, book author and filmmaker who creates in a variety of mediums.

Most Fun Resort for Children

Great Wolf Lodge

Explore the rides and attractions of the indoor water park. From spray features in the toddler area to white-knuckle extreme tube rides, this water park is designed with everyone in mind. Even Grandpa could give most of the slides a go.

Best Sports Fields

Sehmel Homestead Park

A community success story, Sehmel Homestead Park was once the homestead of a Gig Harbor pioneer family and was preserved through community efforts. It is now home to 76 acres of open space including wetlands and forest conservancy, and another 22 acres of active recreation. Sports fields include softball, soccer, baseball; there are also tennis courts, basketball courts, demonstration gardens, a boundless playground, picnic shelter, amphitheater and more.

Best Golf Course

McCormick Woods

One of Washington’s premier public golf courses, McCormick Woods features natural lakes among towering firs and cedars and is suitable for players of every level. Rated “Best Course” and “Most Enjoyable Course” by Golf Digest and Golf Week, it was built in accordance with the Audubon Society to optimize its serene location. The Clubhouse restaurant offers seasonal Northwest cuisine.

Best Park

Battle Point Park

  • 11299 Arrow Point Drive, Bainbridge Island
  • biparks.org

This 90.3-acre park, which is largely open space, features a long list of amenities, including two ponds, jogging trails, fitness course, soccer and softball fields, horse area, tennis and volleyball courts and more. There is also a play structure, garden plots and picnic shelter (reservations recommended).

Best Town (3-Way Tie)

Each of these towns offers unique experiences including waterfront recreation, beautiful views, friendly local merchants, amazing dining and family-friendly activities. The perfect place for a staycation!