Best of West Sound Results 2019

Best of West Sound 2019WestSound 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

Tie: Silver City Restaurant & Ale House and McCloud’s Grill House

Silver City Restaurant & Ale House

A very popular local hangout, Silver City offers both great food and beer, and features an atmosphere that’s a notch (or two) above your typical brewpub. Top that with the friendly service, and it’s clear why the place gets quite busy on many nights. The menu is diverse — from pizza and sandwiches, to baby back ribs and fresh-sheet offerings like crab-stuffed salmon.

McCloud’s Grill House

  • 2901 Perry Avenue, Bremerton
  • mccloudsgrillhouse.com

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 the applewood- and alderwood-smoked ribs, pulled pork and brisket. The steaks come from the Midwest, and only corn-fed beef is used. And prime rib is always on the menu.

  • Runner-up: Yacht Club Broiler (Silverdale)

Best Seafood Restaurant

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. 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.

  • Runner-up: Yacht Club Broiler

Best Mexican Restaurant

Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

  • 4628 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor, WA
  • 10315 Silverdale Way NW #J3, Silverdale (Kitsap Mall)
  • moctezumas.com

Known for its inviting atmosphere and friendly staff, Moctezuma’s has garnered numerous “best of” accolades. The menu features authentic cuisine, with many dishes based on old family recipes. You’ll find more than a hundred tequilas and mezcals offered at the bar in a rustic and relaxing atmosphere.

  • Runner-up (tie): Taqueria Los Cazadores (Bremerton, Poulsbo), El Balcon (Bremerton)

Best Italian Restaurant

Tie: La Fermata and Tony’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

La Fermata

  • 2205 East 11th Street, Bremerton

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.

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. There’s a reason Tony’s has become a local icon — and the pizza is a big part of it!

  • Runner-up: That’s A Some Italian (Poulsbo)

Best Asian Restaurant

Pho T&N

Now operated as the second generation of the Nguyen family, this fabulous restaurant started out as the owners’ dream and desire to not only create a better life for their family, but to bring forth the best authentic Vietnamese food to a foreign land. Pho T&N is known for satisfying guests with tantalizing, authentic cuisine and beautifully presented menu items.

  • Runner up: Kachai Tai Kitchen (Poulsbo)

Best Breakfast

Oak Table Café

Authentic recipes using fresh, high-quality ingredients and breakfast served all day. The extensive menu features everything from pancakes and waffles to crepes and omelets — and a lunch menu is available on weekdays on top of that. The family also still runs the first Oak Table that they opened in Sequim in 1981.

  • Runner-up: Hi-Lo’s 15th Street Café (Bremerton)

Best Brunch

Oak Table Café

Authentic recipes using fresh, high-quality ingredients and breakfast served all day. The extensive menu features everything from pancakes and waffles to crepes and omelets — and a lunch menu is available on weekdays on top of that. The family also still runs the first Oak Table that they opened in Sequim in 1981.

Best Lunch

Monica’s Waterfront Bakery & Café

The menu at Monica’s has been crafted using excellent quality, fresh, house-made foods. The café 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.

  • Runner-up: Noah’s Ark (Bremerton)

Best Wine Shop/Bar

Cameo Boutique & Wine Shop

A most unique shopping experience since 1983, Cameo Boutique is much more than a wine shop. It features fashions, jewelry, Pacific Northwest gourmet foods, gifts and fine furnishings for the home. Sometimes known as “Bin 106” Wine Shop — a reference to the highway linking Union in Mason County to the rest of the world — it specialize in Pacific Northwest wines, along with fine wines from all over the world. Enjoy complimentary wine tastings on Saturday.

  • Runner-up: d’Vine Wine Bar (Kingston)

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, seven seasonal lagers, six limited series lagers, five barrel-aged beers and rotating “rarities,” Silver City offers a brew for every taste bud and occasion. The Silver City Taproom features as many as 20 different draft beer selections at a time. There are monthly tours and Happy Hour Monday-Friday.

  • Runner-up: Western Red Brewing (Poulsbo)

Best Deli Sandwiches

Monica’s Waterfront Bakery & Café

The menu at Monica’s has been crafted using excellent quality, fresh, house-made foods. The café 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.

  • Runner-up (tie): Cosmo’s Ristorante & Delicatessen (Port Orchard), Central Market (Poulsbo), 2 Brothers Deli (Poulsbo)

Best Steaks/Prime Rib

McCloud’s Grill House

  • 2901 Perry Avenue, Bremerton
  • mccloudsgrillhouse.com

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 the applewood- and alderwood-smoked ribs, pulled pork and brisket. The steaks come from the Midwest, and only corn-fed beef is used. And prime rib is always on the menu.

  • Runner-up: Yacht Club Broiler (Silverdale)

Best Desserts

Monica’s Waterfront Bakery & Café

Monica’s is known not only for its excellent quality and fresh, house-made foods, but also for its must-have desserts. You’ll find all sorts of pies, cakes, tarts, cookies, bars, cookies, pastries and even candies. The café supports local as well as organic suppliers whenever possible and strives toward Earth-friendly, sustainable practices.

  • Runner-up: McCloud’s (Bremerton)

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 numerous choices, as well as classic and gourmet burgers, chicken sandwiches, cheesesteaks and gyros — all available with gluten-free buns. Grub Hut also offers fresh homemade soups and veggie chili, as well as homemade veggie patties to substitute on any burger, gyro or sandwich. Plus almost 30 flavors of milkshakes and soft-serve ice cream.

  • Runner-up: McCloud’s (Bremerton)

Best Pizza

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. There’s a reason Tony’s has become a local icon — and the pizza is a big part of it!

  • Runner-up: Seabeck Pizza (multiple locations)

Best Barbecue

Danny’s BBQ

With a tagline of “Texas-style barbecue done right,” Danny’s serves authentic “Texas Hill Country” barbecue. Using highest quality meat and hardwood, the barbecue is smoked for 12-18 hours — no sauce required. Melt-in-your mouth brisket, baby-back ribs, pulled pork, cornbread and Texas toast are some of the other options — not to mention the beer.

  • Runner-up: Smokin’ Robinsons (Silverdale)

Best Coffee Shop

Hot Shots Java

This family-owned and operated coffeehouse has been a downtown Poulsbo fixture since 2003. Serving organic, fair trade and custom-roasted coffee from a local roaster, Hot Shots Java utilizes local vendors and suppliers as much as possible.

  • Runner-up: Austin Chase (Silverdale)

Best Restaurant (when someone else is paying)

La Fermata

  • 2205 East 11th Street, Bremerton

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.

  • Runner-up: Silver City Restaurant and Alehouse (Silverdale)

Best Out-of-the-Way Restaurant

Massimo Italian Bar & Grill

Located on the waterfront in Purdy, Massimo is owned by a married couple who met in Italy. Open for lunch and dinner, it features soups, salads, sandwiches, gluten-free pastas, pizzas 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.

  • Runner-up: Mossback (Kingston)

Best Bakery

Sluys Poulsbo Bakery

West Sound’s must-visit bakery, Sluys is famous for its breads and scrumptious sweet treats. This small, family-owned bakery offers a variety of breads, cookies, pastries and specialty desserts, all made from scratch. The donuts and cookies are hand-cut and individually glazes or iced — you won’t find a conveyor belt or assembly line here. Even the pie dough and lefse are rolled by hand.

  • Runner-up: Monica’s Waterfront Bakery and Café (Silverdale)

Best Dentist

Safe Harbor Smiles

Dr. Bahrum Mehr and his team provide a soothing, comfortable atmosphere to put even the most-anxious patient at ease. They’re known for going out of their way to help their patients and developing long-term relationships with them. Located in a beautiful office, Safe Harbor Smiles uses some of the latest technology, as well as focusing on patient education.

  • Runner-up: Rose Holdren Family Dentistry (Bremerton)

Best Hospital

Harrison Medical Center

  • 2600 Cherry Avenue, Bremerton
  • harrisonmedical.org

As part of the CHI Franciscan Health, 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.

  • Runner-up: St. Anthony (Gig Harbor)

Best Physical Therapist

Kitsap Physical Therapy & Sports Clinic

Kitsap Physical Therapy is a group practice that’s owned and operated by a majority of its physical therapists. KPT specializes in orthopedic, work- and sports-related injuries. It also offers various specialty and preventative programs, including senior fitness, Strength After Cancer and cardiac conditioning. Founded in 1979, KPT now has almost 20 partners/physical therapists and seven locations.

Best Spa

Angeline Spa

  • 15347 Suquamish Way, Suquamish

Located at the Suquamish Casino Resort, Angeline Spa is an oasis of relaxation where you can unwind, destress and detoxify. Its seven treatment rooms (including some with views of the water) provide a peaceful and tranquil environment where you can get a mani/pedi, aromatherapy, various types of massages, full-body treatments and more.

  • Runner-up: Rejuv Massage & Spa (Bremerton)

Best Gym

YMCA

  • 3909 NW Randall Way, Silverdale
  • 10550 Harbor Hills Drive, Gig Harbor
  • 2261 Homer Jones Drive, Bremerton
  • ymcapkc.org

The YMCA offers programs for people of all ages, interests and abilities. Whether it’s a fitness class, childcare program, day or resident camp, teen or family activities, small group support, volunteer opportunities or special events, you’ll find it all the “The Y.”

  • Runner-up: Timberline CrossFit (Bremerton)

Best Eyecare

Poulsbo Eyecare

Poulsbo Eyecare is a full-service optical provider with three optometrists, including Dr. Ray Hedahl, a Central Kitsap High graduate who founded the practice right after becoming a doctor of optometry in 1975.

  • Runner-up: Goodman Eye Clinic (Silverdale)

Best Hearing Professional

Tie: Peninsula Hearing, Inc. and Nilsson Audiology & Hearing Aid Clinic

Peninsula Hearing, Inc.

Peninsula Hearing prides itself in offering excellent hearing help and service. Its audiologists will help you hear your best utilizing the appropriate hearing instruments and treatment plan for your specific hearing issue.

Nilsson Audiology & Hearing Aid Clinic

  • 3311 Bethel Road SE, Suite 110, Port Orchard
  • 9201 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale
  • nilssonaudiology.com

Dr. Joy Nilsson has expertise in the latest digital hearing aid technology, and more than 20 years of clinical experience fitting even the most challenging cases. Her caring approach with her patients allows her to assist them in working through some of the sensitive struggles of living with hearing loss.

Best Senior Care

Martha & Mary

Serving seniors as well as children since 1891, Martha & Mary provides services across numerous locations including offices and campuses throughout the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. Its diverse list of services includes home care and geriatric care management, senior independent living and assisted living, and rehab and skilled nursing care.

  • Runner-up: Stafford Suites (Port Orchard)

Best Assisted Living Facility

Clearbrook Inn Living Center

Offering award-winning service and options for independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care, Clearbrook Inn Living Center delivers an impressive quality of life for all its residents, no matter what their needs.

  • Runner-up (tie): Stafford Suites (Port Orchard), Martha & Mary (Poulsbo)

Best Used Car Dealership

Liberty Bay Auto Center

Liberty Bay Auto has built a reputation for expertise, service and dependability since 1989. 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 up with great service.

  • Runner-up: Haselwood Auto Group/West Hills Autoplex (Bremerton)

Best Car Wash/Detailer

Brown Bear

Started in Seattle in 1957, Brown Bear has expanded to numerous locations around the region, including six in Kitsap County. The car wash uses eco-friendly techniques and equipment and strives for customer-driven service.

  • Runner-up: Rick The Detailer (Bremerton)

Best New Car Dealership

Haselwood Auto Group/West Hills Autoplex

Haselwood Auto Group is a family of three dealerships — West Hills Honda, West Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM and Heartland Toyota — that began in 1949, when Chuck Haselwood opened the first one in downtown Bremerton. The recipient of various awards, including top-performing dealerships, Haselwood Auto Group continues Chuck Haselwood’s tradition of excellent customer service and high-quality repairs.

  • Runner-up: Bruce Titus Ford (Port Orchard)

Best Mechanic

Town & Country Auto Repair

Serving the community for more than 50 years, Town & Country does it all. The complexities of contemporary automobile technology make even the most basic maintenance a daunting task, so whether you need maintenance to keep your vehicle running smoothly for a long time, or get a problem fixed right the first time, these are the people you can count on.

  • Runner-up (tie): LK’s Auto Repair (Bremerton), Cooper Fuel & Auto Repair (Bremerton)

Best Auto Body

Port Orchard Auto Body

A full-service shop, Port Orchard Auto Body has the tagline “Classic service. Modern repair.” The shop is locally owned and operated, and uses the business model of “safety, honesty and quality.”

  • Runner-up: Trew Auto Body (Bremerton)

Best Tire Store

Les Schwab Tire Centers

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

  • Runner-up: Discount Tire (Bremerton)

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 homeowners’ 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.

  • Runner-up: WRK Construction (Poulsbo)

Best Roofing Company

Hanley Construction

Established in 1987, Hanley Construction Inc. grew out of a side business more than 30 years ago to become 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.

  • Runner-up: Cloise and Mike Construction (Port Orchard)

Best Cabinetry Shop

Creekside Cabinet & Design

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

Best Building Contractor

Kitsap Trident Homes

Family-owned since 1978, Kitsap Trident Homes builds a variety of houses, from affordable single-family homes to multi-family complexes and high-end homes, as well as offering remodels. The company’s goal is to provide exceptional quality and customer service that exceeds your expectations.

  • Runner-up (tie): FPH Construction (Bremerton), Chinook Contractors (Silverdale), A Kitchen That Works, LLC (Bainbridge Island)

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.

  • Runner-up: Great Floors (Silverdale)

Best Kitchen & Bath

Tie: Creekside Cabinet & Design and A Kitchen That Works, LLC

Creekside Cabinet & Design

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

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 homeowners’ 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.

  • Runner-up: Kitsap Kitchen & Bath (Poulsbo)

Best Paint Store

Peninsula Paint Co.

As an independently owned store, Peninsula Paint offers a level of service you thought no longer existed, along with an array of superior quality products, including premium Benjamin Moore paints and stains. The in-store professionals are specialists with experience and helpful advice to ensure the success of every project you have.

  • Runner-up: Rodda Paint Co. (Silverdale and Gig Harbor)

Best Architect

Rice Fergus Miller

Named one of best 100 companies to work for in Washington state by Seattle Business magazine, Rice Fergus Miller encourages experimentation and innovation. Among its innovative projects is its own green-build headquarters in downtown Bremerton. Offering both new construction and renovation services, the firm is a Certified B Corporation for its sustainable business practices. Completed projects include Harrison’s Heart and Vascular Center, Kitsap 911 Memorial, Kitsap Bank’s East Bremerton Branch, Bremerton School District’s West Hills STEM Academy and Kingston Branch of the Kitsap Regional Library, just to name a few.

Best Interior Design

Michelle Doyle, MD Design Group

Michele Doyle has been successfully serving Kitsap, Jefferson, Pierce and King counties since 2005. Her business, MD Design Group, includes a team of talented and service-minded collaborators ready to guide clients through the interior design process and getting to the heart of the clients’ needs to create spaces that feel natural to them.

  • Runner-up (tie): Connie LaMont (LaMont Design, Poulsbo), A Kitchen That Works (Bainbridge Island), Katherine Shively Interior Design (Gig Harbor)

Best Heating and Air

Dana’s Heating & Cooling

Locally owned and operated, Dana’s Heating & Cooling offers a variety of HVAC services and electrical repairs. The company has grown from a one-person shop in 1997 to employ more than 40 people and serve the entire West Sound and even beyond.

  • Runner-up: Air Masters Heating & Cooling (Port Orchard)

Best Furniture Store

Arnold’s Home Furnishings

Arnold’s can assist you with room arrangements, fabric and carpet selection, and tie it all together with accessories to create a unique look just for you. Arnold’s Home Furnishings 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 a complete department devoted to mattresses and carpets.

Best Counter Surfaces

Creative Countertops

Creative Countertops specializes in custom quartz and granite countertops as well as being the Kitsap Peninsula’s largest Corian 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 and sinks, shower and bath surrounds, as well as tile.

  • Runner-up: Works Granite & Stone (Bremerton)

Best Plumber

Swift Plumbing & Heating

With 24-hour service, seven days a week, Swift Plumbing & Heating is a full-service plumbing company. Cal and Bev Swift founded the company in 1986 and built on the principle of providing the community with the highest level of craftsmanship and outstanding customer service.

  • Runner-up: West Sound Plumbing (Poulsbo)

Best Hardware Store

Scott McLendon’s Ace Hardware

Scott McLendon’s Ace Hardware has been serving Port Orchard since 1995 and Belfair since 2000. The two stores employ a total of nearly 70 people who pride themselves on 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.”

Favorite Business

The 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.

  • Runner-up: The Gallery at Liberty Bay (Poulsbo)

Best Bookstore

Liberty Bay Books

Liberty Bay Books started as Shotwell’s Bookstore in 1977 and was purchased by its current owner in 1996. The local, independent bookstore 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 — or simply tell them what books you’ve loved in the past and they’ll suggest similar authors and titles.

  • Runner-up: Eagle Harbor Book Co. (Bainbridge Island)

Best Antique Shop

Silverdale Antiques

  • 9490 Silverdale Way NE, Silverdale

Silverdale Antiques offers a great selection of quality antiques including transferware, linens, silver, glassware and furniture. The store has developed a reputation for some of the best antique selections in Kitsap County.

Best Candy Store

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).

  • Runner-up: Marina Market (Poulsbo)

Best Realtor

Todd Vargo, John L Scott

Todd Vargo takes pride in offering high-caliber, full-service, residential real estate expertise. His clients are his top priority, and he focuses on delivering the best possible results for them.

Best Real Estate Office

Windermere Real Estate

Founded in 1972, Windermre has multiple locations throughout West Sound and has been serving the local communities for many years.

  • Runner-up: John L Scott (multiple locations)

Best Financial Advisor

David Rhine, Cox & Lucy

  • 5790 Soundview Drive, Suite 101, Gig Harbor
  • coxlucy.net

CPA David Rhine is part of the Cox & Lucy team, which 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 Insurance Agency

Tie: Allstate Insurance and Farmers Insurance

Allstate Insurance

Farmers Insurance

Founded in 1931 and 1928, respectively, Allstate and Farmers both offer an extensive network of local agents who specialize in a broad range of insurance products and are involved in their communities.

Best Horticulturist

Megan Pulkkinen, Megan Pulkkinen Landscape Design

Megan Pulkkinen is a landscape designer, consultant and gardening coach who serves residential and commercial clients throughout the Olympic Peninsula. A Washington state resident since 1991, she is a certified professional horticulturist who enjoys sharing her knowledge with gardeners, nursery professionals and many others.

  • Runner-up: Jan Bahr, Roadhouse Nursery (Poulsbo)

Best Veterinarian

Woodside Animal Hospital

Woodside Animal Hospital is a full-service companion animal hospital that treats dogs and cats. It has been serving Port Orchard and the South Kitsap community for over 30 years, and its services range from routine preventive care and treatment of disease to surgical care.

  • Runner-up (tie): Winslow Animal Clinic (Bainbridge Island), Companion Animal Wellness Center (Poulsbo), Apple Tree Cove Animal Hospital (Kingston)

Best Marina

Tie: Port of Brownsville Marina and Port of Poulsbo

Port of Brownsville Marina

Port of Brownsville has more than 300 permanent moorage slips as well as 40 moorage slips. The list of amenities includes free Wi-Fi, self-service laundry, a full-service fuel dock, restrooms and more.

Port of Poulsbo

The Poulsbo Marina offers 254 moorage slips as well as 130 guest slips. Its amenities include a multipurpose room, laundry room, popup tent, barbecue grill and activities float.

  • Runner-up: Bremerton Marina

Best Florist

Kathy’s Garden Shop and Floral Design

  • 18990 Front St NE, Poulsbo

Kathy Lins is known as a talented florist who can design bouquets for any special occasion. Her shop has hidden gems everywhere, and her customers love to meander in to choose beautiful flowers, containers and gifts.

  • Runner-up: Paul’s Flowers (Bremerton)

Best Nursery

Valley Nursery

With certified professional horticulturists on staff, Valley Nursery offers a wide variety of products and services. Started in the early 1970s as a hobby farm, it includes a house and barn built before the 1920s. The location is easily recognizable thanks to the huge landmark troll “Valnur,” which was carved out of a cedar stump and stands over 8 feet tall, holding an oversized water can and tending the garden at the entrance to the nursery.

  • Runner-up: Bremerton City Nursery

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 and professional team will deliver an exceptional product at an affordable price.

  • Runner-up: Brookside Landscape and Design (Bremerton)

Best Rockery

Tie: West Sound Landscape Supplies, Northwest Construction & Landscape, LLC, and Morrison Gravel

West Sound Landscape Supplies

In business for several decades, West Sound Landscape Supplies is the largest area supplier of statuary and offers a variety of other supplies for your lawn, yard and garden.

Northwest Construction & Landscape, LLC

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

Morrison Gravel

Morrison Gravel has provided quality landscape products for the professional and the do-it-yourselfer in Kitsap and Pierce counties for more than 60 years. Its products are available for pickup or delivery in the local area.

Best Mall/Strip Mall

The Trails at Silverdale

Located just north of the Kitsap Mall, The Trails at Silverdale is a 30-acre shopping and dining destination. The Trails, which opened in 2015, includes a mix of locally owned and national stores and eateries.

  • Runner-up: Kitsap Mall (Silverdale)

Best Gifts/Specialty Store

Cameo Boutique & Wine Shop

A most unique shopping experience, Cameo Boutique is much more than a wine shop. It features fashions, jewelry, Pacific Northwest gourmet foods, gifts and fine furnishings for the home. Sometimes known as “Bin 106” Wine Shop — a reference to the highway linking Union in Mason County to the rest of the world — it specialize in Pacific Northwest wines, along with fine wines from all over the world.

  • Runner-up: The Gallery at Liberty Bay (Poulsbo)

Best Attorney

Tie: John Mitchell, Sanchez, Mitchell & Eastman, PSC and Diane Russell, The Law Office of Diane F. Russell

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.

Diane Russell, The Law Office of Diane F. Russell

Diane Russell has been serving the local community for more than 30 years. In addition to advocating for her clients and providing full legal services, she has also done pro bono work for various nonprofits.

Best Accounting Firm

Cox & Lucy

  • 5790 Soundview Drive, Suite 101, 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 Jewelry Store

Blue Heron Jewelers

Showcasing the breathtakingly beautiful designs of Leo Fried, Blue Heron Jewelers is a destination for unique, high-quality, custom-made jewelry for all occasions. Fried has been making jewelry for more than four decades. In 2017, Blue Heron won first place in responsible practices in a Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America (MJSA) design competition for a custom-designed ring.

  • Runner-up: Chrey’s Fine Jewelry (Bremerton)

Best Computer/Network Servicing

Kitsap Networking Services

Kitsap Networking Services provides professional IT services, management and support, as well as computer security services for small and medium businesses. In business since 2004, the company has grown to open a branch office in Sequim in 2018.

  • Runner-up: Keating Consulting Service (Bainbridge)

Best Bank

Kitsap Bank

Headquartered in Port Orchard and with branches throughout Kitsap, Pierce, King, 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.

  • Runner-up: Chase Bank

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 in 1934, originally opening doors at the naval shipyard under the name of Navy Yard Metal Trades Credit Union.

  • Runner-up: Navy Federal Credit Union

Best Print Shop

The 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.

  • Runner-up: Blue Sky Printing (Poulsbo)

Best Salon

Three Arrows Salon

Featuring a highly skilled team of artists, Three Arrows Salon has the mission of providing clients excellent customer service in a warm and friendly environment — and, of course, making sure your hair looks great.

  • Runner-up: Alainn Salon (Silverdale)

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.

  • Runner-up (tie): VG Salon (Silverdale), Kitsap Nails (Bremerton), Hot Nails Studio (Silverdale)

Best Daycare

Martha & Mary Kids

Martha & Mary KIDS offers a variety of children’s programs, including the Child Care Center in Poulsbo, which has been serving families since 1989; the Early Learning Center in Silverdale; and before-and-after school care at local schools; as well as summer programs. The longtime teachers and staff are dedicated to helping each child discover his or her unique potential by nurturing the growth of the whole child — emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually.

Best Customer Service

Kitsap Bank

Headquartered in Port Orchard and with branches throughout Kitsap, Pierce, King, 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.

  • Runner-up: The Bremerton Letterpress (Bremerton)

Best Hotel

Suquamish Clearwater Casino

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.

  • Runner-up: Poulsbo Inn

Best Nonprofit

Tie: SEA Discovery Center and Kitsap Humane Society

SEA Discovery Center

The SEA Discovery Center is dedicated to inspiring a deeper sense of understanding and stewardship of the marine environment. Built by the community, the marine center has a long history as an educational resource. In 2016, the Poulsbo Marine Science Center was formally gifted to Western Washington University to continue stewardship of the community’s marine center under the new name, SEA Discovery Center.

Kitsap Humane Society

Kitsap Humane Society has been sheltering animals since 1908. At the current building since 1989, KHS has been delivering compassionate, individualized care to thousands of animals that come through the doors each year. Its services include animal rehabilitation and adoption, humane rescue and education.

Best Casino

Suquamish Clearwater Casino

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.

  • Runner-up: The Point Casino (Kingston)

Best Live Music

Suquamish Clearwater Casino

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.

  • Runner-up: Admiral Theatre (Bremerton)

Best Gallery

Front Street Gallery

Front Street Gallery is an artist co-op that sells fine art by its member artists, whose mediums range from watercolor, fiber and turned wood to hand-blown glass and metal. The gallery also hosts special events and art walks, and partners with local nonprofits to support their causes.

  • Runner-up: Carrie Goller Gallery (Poulsbo)

Best Park

Evergreen Rotary Park

  • 1500 Park Avenue, Bremerton

This 10.3-acre city of Bremerton community park features an inclusive playground, basketball court, water access and boat ramp, picnic areas and more. The park is home to the Kitsap 9/11 Memorial, made from two steel beams, 5,000 pounds each, from the destroyed World Trade Center and from limestone from the damaged Pentagon.

  • Runner-up: Waterfront Park, Poulsbo

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. At Miracle Ranch, wranglers teach horsemanship classes that span a wide spectrum of skills. Island Lake specializes in extreme adventures like dirt bikes and high ropes. The consistent goal at both camps is to offer experiences that result in personal growth, authentic relationship development, high-level customer service and massive fun.

Best Golf Course

Gold Mountain Golf Club

Dramatically sculpted into the Pacific Northwest splendor, the Olympic Course has garnered impressive awards and has taken its place as one of America’s finest municipally owned golf courses. Wooded enclaves, rolling terrain and wide fairways are touted by the Cascade Course, with a long history of providing championship golf in the Northwest. You’ll find stunning views and delicious cuisine at the clubhouse.

  • Runner-up: White Horse Golf Course (Kingston), Alderbrook Golf Course (Union)

Best Town/City

Poulsbo

Known affectionately as Little Norway, historic downtown Poulsbo is just one destination in this Viking city. A stroll through downtown will take you all day, as you explore the many local shops, studios and restaurants. A beautiful waterfront, water recreation, live theater, festivals galore and regular events make Poulsbo a year-round attraction. Make sure to venture beyond downtown, where you’ll find breweries, parks, more shopping and dining, and even an alpaca farm.

  • Runner-up: Bremerton