Best of West Sound Results 2020

Best of West Sound 2020WestSound 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: Maynard’s and Crabtree Kitchen

Maynard’s

With the tagline “Kitsap’s culinary destination,” Maynard’s is one of Kitsap’s newest restaurants, offering locally sourced menus with bold flavors in a spacious, modern atmosphere. You’ll also find a bar with about 20 beers on tap and specialty cocktails; an educational kitchen that offers classes; and an adjacent market that serves coffee, pastries and grab-and-go selections.

Crabtree Kitchen + Bar

Another new addition to the Kitsap dining scene, Crabtree Kitchen + Bar is both a casual and fine-dining restaurant. The rotating menu includes high-quality ingredients, including beef from the family’s Kingston cattle farm. For special events, the Garden Room opens into a patio overlooking a park.

  • Runner-up (tie): La Fermata (Manette), Butcher & Baker Provisions (Port Gamble), Beach Glass Café (Suquamish)

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 (Silverdale)

Best Mexican Restaurant

Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

  • 4628 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor, WA
  • 10315 Silverdale Way NW, 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.

  • Runner-up: Puerta Vallarta (Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Kingston, Federal Way, Lake Tapps and Lacey)

Best Breakfast

Oak Table Café

With authentic recipes using fresh, high-quality ingredients and breakfast served all day, Oak Table has an extensive, made-from-scratch menu. You’ll find everything from pancakes and waffles to crepes and omelets — and a lunch menu available on weekdays.

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

Best Italian Restaurant

Sogno di Vino

Sogno di Vino brings a taste of Tuscany to downtown Poulsbo. Incredibly delicious pizza — made in a wood-fired oven with seasoned apple wood — is the star of the menu, but you’ll also find pasta, paninis and dinner entrees such as chicken marsala and free-range natural pork ossobucco made from fresh and often organic ingredients. There are also a wine bar and a retail wine shop.

  • Runner-up: Spiro’s Pizza & Pasta (Bremerton)

Best Lunch

Tie: Monica’s Waterfront Bakery & Café and Beach Glass Café

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.

Beach Glass Café

Located at the Suquamish Casino Resort, Beach Glass Café serves traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner in an elegant and inviting atmosphere. Artisan glass décor is incorporated throughout the theme, including a glass waterfall, jelly fish lamps, glass columns and glass tiled walls — all made from recycled glass found at local beaches. The menu ranges from omelets to burgers and steaks, and also has a “breakfast all day” option.

  • Runner-up: Butcher & Baker Provisions (Port Gamble)

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 Brunch

Oak Table Café

With authentic recipes using fresh, high-quality ingredients and breakfast served all day, Oak Table has an extensive, made-from-scratch menu. You’ll find everything from pancakes and waffles to crepes and omelets — and a lunch menu available on weekdays.

  • Runner-up: Crabtree Kitchen + Bar (Poulsbo)

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: Carter & Co. (Port Orchard)

Best Burgers

The Habit Burger Grill

Rated among the best regional restaurants by Consumer Reports, Habit Burger has several locations in Puget Sound and throughout the Northwest. If you’re in the mood for a gourmet burger, choose one of the popular charburgers and make sure to try one of the frozen treats like a handcrafted strawberry malt.

  • Runner-up: The Grub Hut (Kingston)

Best Coffee Shop

Coffee Oasis

Offering not only good coffee, but hope for at-risk and homeless youth, Coffee Oasis has several coffee shops that support its mission. Thousands of youth have passed through the doors of the nonprofit organization, which started in the 1990s as a street ministry. The Coffee Oasis offers resources for street youth (showers, laundry, clothing and food), youth centers, job training, mentoring, case management, a shelter and more. Stop by for a cup of good coffee and do some good for your community as well.

  • Runner-up: Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse (Poulsbo)

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: Carter & Co. (Port Orchard)

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: Central Market (Poulsbo)

Best Pizza

Seabeck Pizza

  • Multiple locations

Established in 1986 with its popular Hood Canal location, the family-owned pizzeria now has several locations throughout West Sound. Building a reputation by consistently making a darn good pizza, Seabeck is known for its flexibility in serving others, whether it’s home bake, dine-in, take-out, delivery and even boat delivery.

  • Runner-up: Westside Pizza (multiple locations)

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 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: Crabtree Kitchen + Bar (Poulsbo)

Best Wine Shop/Bar

Total Wine & More

  • 11066 Pacific Crest Place NW #A110, Silverdale

Located at The Trails shopping center, Total Wine & More started as a small store in Delaware and grew to become the country’s largest independent retailer of fine wine with locations across 24 states. The typical store has a selection of more than 8,000 wines from around the world, more than 2,500 beers and more than 3,00 spirits in every price range.

  • Runner-up (tie): State 42 Wines (Poulsbo), Morso (Gig Harbor), The Kingston Ale House (Kingston), High Spirits (Poulsbo), Central Market (Poulsbo)

Best Brewery

Silver City Brewery

Started in 1996 by two brothers, Silver City Brewery is an unabashed local success story. Now brewing 10 year-round ales, as well as various seasonal lagers, limited series lagers, barrel-aged beers and rotating “rarities,” Silver City offers a brew for every taste bud and occasion. The Silver City Taproom features an extensive selection of draft beer. There are monthly tours and Happy Hour Monday-Friday.

  • Runner-up (tie): Western Red Brewing (Poulsbo), Rainy Daze Brewing (Poulsbo)

Best Desserts

Butcher & Baker Provisions

Butcher & Baker Provisions is a locally sourced farmhouse restaurant, butcher shop and bakery that offers small-batch provisions and dining. The pastries and baked goods range from pecan sticky buns and eclairs to cookies and cheesecakes. Plus, you can order all sorts of cakes for weddings and special events.

  • Runner-up: Amy’s Decadent Chocolates (Bremerton)

Best Out-of-the-Way Restaurant

Molly Ward Gardens

Located off the beaten path, Molly Ward Gardens is a family-owned restaurant worth the trip for its exquisite epicurean cuisine, the romantically eclectic dining room and the lush gardens surrounding the property. The menu includes garden-fresh, organic soups and salads; in-house sauces made from in-season produce; and homemade-styles desserts; plus there’s a full bar.

  • Runner-up: Butcher & Baker Provisions (Poulsbo)

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 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: The Clearwater Restaurant (Suquamish)

Best Restaurant to Take the Kids

Red Robin

Red Robin’s gourmet burgers don’t disappoint, plus, you get to choose how many fries you want. The kids’ menu has everything from pizza and mac-and-cheese to meatballs and grilled cheese sandwiches. Adults, of course, will find their own dining pleasure, with a bevy of appetizers, gourmet burgers, salads and more, plus all kinds of beers and cocktails.

  • Runner-up: The Kingston Ale House

Best Dentist

Dr. Melany Bloomquist — Woodridge Family Dentistry

Dr. Melany Bloomquist has been practicing general dentistry since 1994. Raised in Port Orchard, the 1986 South Kitsap High graduate is a second-generation dentist. Her goal is to provide excellent dental care in a comfortable environment, and she prides herself in having the ability to put patients at ease.

  • Runner-up (tie): Rose Holdren (Bremerton), Matthew Pollard (Silverdale), Lance Rencher (Poulsbo), Jennifer Thornton (Poulsbo), Bahrum Mehr (Bremerton)

Best Hospital

Harrison Medical Center

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

Located at the Suquamish Casino Resort, Angeline Spa is an oasis of relaxation where you can unwind, destress and detoxify. Its 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: Seaport Salon and Spa (Silverdale), frëckle Professional Skincare (Poulsbo)

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: Crunch Fitness (Silverdale)

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: Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence (Gig Harbor)

Best Doctor

Dr. Ingela Pezzolesi — The Doctors Clinic

Dr. Ingela Pezzolesi 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.

  • Runner-up (tie): Teresa Andersen (Poulsbo), Gary Gretch (Bremerton)

Best Eyecare

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.

  • Runner-up: Pacific Eyecare (Port Orchard)

Best Hearing Professional

Hearing Advantage

Founded by a husband-and-wife team, Hearing Advantage has been providing hearing health care to the Olympic Peninsula since 1985. With locations in Poulsbo and Sequim, its audiologists’ primary goal is to educate patients about the effects of hearing loss and possible treatment options. The practice specializes in comprehensive diagnostic audiology evaluations, state-of-the-art hearing aid technology, tinnitus therapy and hearing loss counseling.

Best Assisted Living Facility

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: Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence (Gig Harbor)

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: Liberty Bay Auto Center (Poulsbo)

Best New Car Dealership

Haselwood Auto Group/West Hills Autoplex

Haselwood Auto Group is a family of dealerships 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: Peninsula Subaru (Bremerton)

Best Mechanic

Silverdale Autoworks

In business since 1994, Silverdale Autoworks is a local shop that offers personalized service. The staff treat customers like close friends and family, and help customers cut costs by recommending maintenance that will truly save money.

  • Runner-up: Town & Country Auto Repair (Bremerton)

Best Auto Body

Trew Auto Body

Established in 1984, Trew Auto Body has been serving Kitsap County with quality collision repair and personalized services. Many of its employees have two or three decades of experience in the industry.

  • Runner-up: Fix Auto (Gig Harbor and Port Orchard)

Best Tire Store

Les Schwab Tire Centers

In business since 1952, Les Schwab offers friendly and reliable service that includes more than tires, 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 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 Flooring

Great Floors

Great Floors has been serving Northwest businesses and homeowners since the early 1970s, starting out as a family-owned road show vendor and then growing from one showroom in Idaho to more than a dozen across the region. In addition to offering every type of flooring imaginable, the company also has countertops and other options.

  • Runner-up: Floor Decorators Carpet One (Bremeton)

Best Architect

Wayne LaMont — LaMont Design, Inc.

Wayne LaMont provides architectural services through LaMont Design, Inc., where his wife, Connie, also provides interior design. With many years of experience in commercial and residential building, he’s worked with different types of construction, from concrete to steel, masonry and wood.

  • Runner-up: Rice Fergus Miller (Bremerton)

Best Paint Store

Peninsula Paint Centers

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: Sherwin Williams (Gig Harbor, Poulsbo and Silverdale)

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: Great Floors (Silverdale)

Best Kitchen & Bath

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: Creekside Cabinet & Design (Silverdale)

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 it on the principle of providing the community with the highest level of craftsmanship and outstanding customer service.

  • Runner-up: West Sound Plumbing (Poulsbo)

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 Remodeler

WRK Construction

WRK Construction has been in business since 2004, accumulating numerous excellency awards. Owner Wayne Keffer strives to blend craftsmanship and professionalism to deliver the beauty and dependability that you desire for your home. Named Remodeler of the Year by Kitsap Building Association, he’s been involved in residential construction services since 1986, working in different phases of construction.

  • Runner-up: Smallwood Design & Construction (Bainbridge Island)

Best Commercial Building Contractor

FPH Construction

A full-service commercial builder and remodeler since 1983, FPH Construction has developed and built numerous local retail, office, restaurant, warehouse and other properties. You’ll recognize many of the buildings of new construction or remodel projects on the firm’s list, from Kitsap Way Family Pancake House, Roxy Theatre and Poulsbo Inn, to Boat Shed and Oak Table Café.

  • Runner-up (tie): Zieser Built Construction (Bremerton), Tim Ryan Construction (Poulsbo)

Best Residential Building Contractor

Heritage Builders NW, LLC

Heritage Builders NW is a small, family-owned company that prides itself on providing customers with the superior craftsmanship, value and attentive service. Whether it’s building your custom dream home from the ground up, creating that special retreat or office space, adding a new deck or renovating an old kitchen, Heritage Builders treats you as a partner in your project.

  • Runner-up (tie): Smallwood Design & Construction (Bainbridge Island), Kitsap Trident Homes (Poulsbo)

Best Interior Design

Connie LaMont — LaMont Design, Inc.

An interior designer and colorist, Connie LaMont has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1993. She owns LaMont Design, Inc., with her architect husband, Wayne. Some of their joint projects include Austin Towers in Poulsbo and Elkhorn Place in Sequim. Specializing in residential and commercial work, she has won awards for her talents, including the Poulsbo Chamber Beautification Award twice for her work on Austin Towers and The Poulsbo Athletic Club.

  • Runner-up: Michele Doyle, MD Design Group (Poulsbo)

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.

  • Runner-up: Ashley HomeStore (Silverdale)

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: Integrity Roofing & Construction (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 offering a huge inventory of hardware related items, and always standing by the philosophy of “customer service first.”

  • Runner-up: Henery Hardware (Kingston)

Best Electrician

Sunset Electric NW, Inc.

Sunset Electric Northwest, Inc. is a full-service electrical company that offers a variety of electrical services for new construction, remodeling and repairs. With over 100 years of combined experience, the Sunset Electric service team has extensive knowledge in all areas of troubleshooting, repairs, upgrades design and modifications, and has built a reputation for quality service.

  • Runner-up: Baker Electric (Bremerton)

Best Landscaper

Brookside Landscape and Design

Brookside Landscape and Design strives to follow the mantra of people, process, product: employ the best people, maintain a well-founded process that meet clients’ needs and produce a product that is second to none. The team has 25 years of combined experience in landscaping, and they firmly believe in sustainability.

  • Runner-up: Northwest Construction & Landscape (Bremerton)

Best Rockery

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.

Favorite Business

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.

  • Runner-up: Kitsap Bank

Best Bookstore

Barnes & Noble

  • 10315 Kitsap Mall Boulevard NW, Silverdale

Located in the Kitsap Mall, Barnes & Nobles is a destination not only for books but also toys, gifts and activities like LEGO Club and Toddler Storytime. You can cozy up with a book or magazine at the café, or spend hours browsing the thousands of titles on just about every topic you want.

  • Runner-up: Liberty Bay Books (Poulsbo)

Best Antique Shop

Josephine’s Mercantile

Josephine’s Mercantile is a vintage market located in the heart of downtown Port Orchard. The store features one-of-a-kind vintage décor, reclaimed goods, repurposed furniture, curated local artisan gifts, and a casual eatery.

  • Runner-up: Silverdale Antiques

Best Gifts/Specialty Store

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.

  • Runner-up (tie): Tickled Pink (Gig Harbor and Poulsbo), Nordiska (Poulsbo)

Best Realtor

Penny McLaughlin — Penny & Team

Penny McLaughlin has been serving Kitsap and Bainbridge Island residents for a quarter century. Her team has the strength, the integrity and the experience to make buying or selling property highly rewarding for clients. She is a visible part of Kitsap Peninsula as well as an ardent community supporter.

  • Runner-up: Ida Bear-Robb, Windermere (Poulsbo)

Best Real Estate Office

John L. Scott

John L. Scott has many offices across West Sound. The broker associates live in the local community and make their mission to provide first-rate experiences for their clients.

  • Runner-up: Windermere (multiple locations)

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 Mortgage Company

Evergreen Home Loans

Evergreen Home Loans is a leading full-service direct lender with 64 branch offices throughout the western United States, including five in West Sound. It offers an extensive menu of affordable home loan products, including solutions that are especially helpful for first-time homebuyers.

  • Runner-up: Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. (multiple locations)

Best Financial Advisor

Angela Sell, Edward Jones

  • 10689 Old Frontier Rd. NW, Suite 231, Silverdale

A Kitsap County resident since 1992, Angela Sell has become deeply rooted in the area both through her practice and her community service. She’s an active member of the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce and the Central Kitsap Community Council, and participates on many nonprofit boards.

  • Runner-up: Jessica Nino, Edward Jones (Poulsbo)

Best Insurance Agency

State Farm

State Farm has insurance agents throughout West Sound, offering services both to individuals and small businesses. The company is nearly 100 years old. Auto, life, renters, homeowners, health insurance and pet insurance — you name it and State Farm likely has it.

  • Runner-up: EHL Insurance (Poulsbo)

Best Veterinarian

VCA Olympic Animal Hospital

VCA Olympic Animal Hospital has veterinarians, vet technicians and other pet-friendly personnel who have the knowledge of the latest veterinary medicine and use procedures to ensure their pet patients receive the best of care. The compassionate team delivers healing and preventative services to help pets live long, healthy and happy lives.

  • Runner-up (tie): Central Valley Animal Hospital (Poulsbo), Apple Tree Cove Animal Hospital (Kingston)

Best Marina

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.

  • Runner-up: Port of Poulsbo

Best Florist

Thistle Floral & Home

Thistle Floral & Home is a European-style flower shop with garden and contemporary floral design. The shop focuses on simplicity, preferring to offer well-curated gift options rather than a myriad of “trendy stuff.” The business is a firm believer in giving back, donating to local charities, groups and events.

  • Runner-up: Williams Flower & Gifts (multiple locations)

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 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: Uptown (Gig Harbor)

Best Computer/Network Servicing

Help Desk Cavalry

Based in Bremerton and serving the entire Kitsap Peninsula, Help Desk Cavalry specializes in IT services for small businesses. The team provides friendly, patient and knowledgeable service to help businesses succeed.

  • Runner-up (tie): Microlynx (Gig Harbor), Kitsap Networking Services (Silverdale), Geek Squad (Silverdale)

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.

  • Runner-up (tie): Southard Beckham Atwater-Berry (Port Orchard), Hearthstone CPA Group (Bremerton)

Best Attorney

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 done pro bono work for various nonprofits.

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: Columbia 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

Blue Sky Printing

In business for more than 25 years, Blue Sky Printing offers a full range of printing services, including business papers, brochures, presentation folders, flyers, labels and raffle tickets, as well as excellent quality and pricing.

  • Runner-up (tie): Printing Services (Port Orchard), Kingston Mail & Print

Best Salon

Alainn Salon

  • 3547 NW Lowell Street, Silverdale

With stylists who boast years of experience and continuing education, the 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.

  • Runner-up: Three Arrows 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: Avalon Nail Bar (Poulsbo)

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.

  • Runner-up: Little Doves Children’s Center (Port Orchard)

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 (tie): Silverdale Beach Hotel, Oxford Suites Silverdale

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: Amy’s Decadent Chocolates (Bremerton)

Best Nonprofit

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 (tie): Fishline (Poulsbo), Coffee Oasis (multiple locations)

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 Karaoke

The Kingston Ale House

The Kingston Ale House offers excellent beer, food and service — and karaoke every Friday and Saturday night. Its catalog of available songs is almost 500 pages long, so you should be able to find just the perfect song to belt out and showcase your talent.

  • Runner-up: Cookies Bar & Grill (Bremerton)

Best Gallery

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.

  • Runner-up (tie): Liberty Bay Gallery (Poulsbo), Collective Visions Gallery (Bremerton), Carrie Goller Gallery (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.

  • Runners-up (tie): YMCA, Newlife, Camp Seymour (YMCA)

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: Silverdale Waterfront Park

Best Golf Course

White Horse Golf Club

The golf course is set in a peaceful surrounding that includes frequent wildlife visits. Nestled among old-growth trees, each hole is playable for all skill levels. White Horse is also home to Cedar Ridge Grill, which includes summer dining on the outdoor patio.

  • Runner-up: Gold Mountain Golf Club (Bremerton)

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: Silverdale

Best Sports Field

Integrity Stadium — Olympic High School

  • 7077 Stampede Boulevard NW, Bremerton

Home to the Trojans, Integrity Stadium supports a variety of sports and other activities for Olympic High School students.

  • Runner-up (tie): Pendergast Regional Park (Bremerton), Gordon Fields (Bremerton)

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.

  • Runner-up: Alderbrook Resort & Spa (Union)

Best Place to Take a Family

Ocean 5

Ocean 5 has a variety of fun activities for all ages, including bowling, laser tag, more than 50 arcade games and various events. Whether you have a birthday party or want a day out with family, Ocean 5 is a great recreational destination. And if you get hungry, stop by Table 47 for some of the best food in town.

  • Runner-up: Point No Point Lighthouse and Park (Hansville)