Best of the Valley 2022 winners

Best of the Valley is an annual tradition for the Valley Record. Since 2004, we’ve asked our readers to pick their favorite local businesses and residents in our online poll.

The poll gives residents the opportunity to pick their favorites in over 60 categories, across five groups, including: community, health, professional, restaurant and shopping. Over the years, the poll has become a fun opportunity for bragging rights and a cheerful showdown among local businesses.

In the months that follow, our reporter will highlight the Best of the Valley winners, getting insight on their philosophies, motivations and why they think they are the Best of the Valley.



Winner: Mary J. Miller Photography

Finalists: Dan and Cicely Williams; Travis Weatherbee

Professional Services /Storage Facility

Winner: Carnation Storage

Finalists: Snoqualmie Ridge Storage; Ole Cedar Mill Storage

Tax Services

Winner: Krona and Krona

Finalists: Brown and Sterling; H and R Block, North Bend

Home Based Business

Winner: Blue Streak Chocolates

Finalists: Sweet Honey Esthetics; Jessica Lengtis / Studio J

Hair Salon / Spa

Winner: Ageless Esthetics Botox Boutique

Finalists: Forever Allure Salon and Northwest Roots Wellness Center (Tie); Hair Inc.

Pet Grooming

Winner: Dog Valley Grooming

Finalists: Mount Si Pet Grooming; Snoqualmie Valley Pet Parlor

Hardware/ Home and Garden

Winner: Carmichael’s TruValue

Finalists: Westlake Ace Hardware North Bend; Carnation Ace Hardware

Real Estate Agent

Winner: Jonathan Pearlstein JD, Engel & Volkers Snoqualmie Valley & Kelli Berlin, Riverview Realty LLC (A Tie!)

Finalists: Tonya Eliason, Cascade Team Real Estate; Jane Hartwell, Valley Homes and Land


Winner: Kevin Hauglie Agency/Farmers Insurance

Finalists: Ken Rustad, State Farm Insurance; Jeff Warren, State Farm Insurance

Professional Services / Law Firm

Winner: Brown and Sterling

Finalists: Gerald A. Sprute Law Office; The Pearson Law Firm, P.S.

Veterinarian/Pet Care

Winner: Salish Veterinary Hospital

Finalists: Snoqualmie Ridge Veterinary Hospital; Dr. Mike Treuting / Treuting Veterinary House Calls

Financial Services

Winner: Kevin Hauglie Agency & Bryan Pitman / Edward Jones (Tie)

Finalists: Chris Bruntz / Edward Jones and Sno-Falls Credit Union (Tie); J and S Accounting Services


Winner: Handy In the Valley

Finalists: Mr. K’s Construction; Josh’s Handyman Services LLC

Senior Facility

Winner: Sno-Valley Senior Center, Carnation

Finalists: Mount Si Senior Center, North Bend; Red Oak Residence, North Bend

Auto Services

Winner: Gere Automotive

Finalists: King’s Quality Auto; North Bend Chevrolet Service Department



Winner: Volition Brewing Company

Finalists: Snoqualmie Falls Brewery; No Boat Brewery

New Business

Winner: South Fork

Finalist: Saints and Scholars Irish Pub; Pearl and Stone Winery

Retail Shopping Area

Winner: Historic Downtown Snoqualmie

Finalists: North Bend Premium Outlets; Downtown North Bend

Store Owner or Manager

Winner: Wendy and Brian Thomas at Carmichael’s True Value Hardware

Finalists: Ayla Lukascik, Volition Brewery; Aaron Raff, North Bend Bakery


Winner: Wild Hare Antiques

Finalists: The Blue Iris, Carnation; The Vintage Flea in Fall City


Winner: Down to Earth Floral in Snoqualmie

Finalists: Carousel in North Bend; Westlake Ace Hardware, North Bend

Grocery Store

Winner: North Bend QFC

Finalists: Snoqualmie Ridge Safeway; Fall City Farmhouse Market

Unique Gifts

Winner: Birches Habitat in North Bend

Finalists: Carousel in Snoqualmie; Down to Earth Floral and Snoqualmie Trading Company (Tie)


Mexican Cuisine

Winner: Rio Bravo

Finalists: Caadxi Oaxaca; Ixtapa (Carnation)


Winner: Mount Si Golf Course

Finalists: North Bend Bar and Grill; Twede’s Cafe


Winner: Scott’s Dairy Freeze

Finalists: The Iron Duck Public House; North Bend Bar and Grill

Asian/Thai Cuisine

Winner: Thai Eatery

Finalists: UnPhogettable; I Luv Teriyaki

Italian Cuisine and Pizza

Winner: Il Paesano Ristorante Italiano

Finalists: Gianfranco Ristorante Italiano; Frankie’s Pizza

Live Music

Winner: Miller’s: A Gathering Place in Carnation

Finalists: Black Dog Arts Cafe; Sigillo Cellars Snoqualmie


Winner: North Bend Bar and Grill

Finalists: The Iron Duck Public House in North Bend; Francesco Ristorante Italiano on The Ridge

Coffee Shop/Barista

Winner: Huxdotter Coffee

Finalists: The Trail Youth; Aroma Coffee Co.


Winner: North Bend Bar and Grill

Finalists: The Black Dog Arts Cafe; Rio Bravo in North Bend and Rio Bravito in Snoqualmie (Tie)

Happy Hour

Winner: Sigillo Cellars

Finalists: The Pour House in North Bend; Volition Brewing Co. and The Attic at Salish Lodge (Tie).

Dining Ambience

Winner: Salish Lodge

Finalists: Saints and Scholars Irish Pub, South Fork and The Iron Duck Public House (three-way tie)

Favorite Restaurant

Winner: North Bend Bar and Grill

Finalists: The Iron Duck Public House; Rio Bravo in North Bend


Organization to Join

Winner: The Trail Youth Coffee

Finalists: Carnation Farmers Market, Snoqualmie Valley Rotary and I Love Snoqualmie Valley (Tie).

Local Farmers Market

Winner: North Bend Farmers Market

Finalists: Carnation Farmers Market; Aroma Coffee Co. Farmers Market in Fall City

Golf Course

Winner: Mount Si Golf Course

Finalists: The Blue Heron Golf Course; Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course


Winner: Heather Randall

Finalists: Raleigh Wilson; Katie Black


Winner: Si View Metro Parks

Finalists: Tolt MacDonald Park; Jeanne Hansen Community Park

Children’s Activity

Winner: Ignite Dance and Yoga

Finalists: Remlinger Farms; Power of Produce (PoP) Kids Club at Carnation Farmers Market

Most Inspiring Valley Resident

Winner: Burt Mann

Finalists: Tonya Guinn, Morgan Henley and Angela Donaldson

Local Nonprofit

Winner: Empower Youth Network

Finalists: The Trail Youth Coffee; Carnation Farmers Market

Place to Meet Friends

Winner: Volition Brewing Company

Finalists: South Fork; Huxdotter Coffee

Favorite Valley Event / Festival

Winner: Brodie Nation Music Festival in Carnation and Festival at Mount Si (Tie).

Finalists: North Bend Farmers Market and Carnation Farmers Market (Tie); North Bend Block Party

Best Place for a Family Outing

Winner: Rattlesnake Lake

Finalists: Snoqualmie Falls; Remlinger Farms and Brewery

Best Local Artist

Winner: Sorcia

Finalists: Joe Lee Davidson, Todd Gamble and Erika Laureano (Tie)

Daycare or Preschool

Winner: North Bend Montessori

Finalists: Tolt Montessori; Encompass Early Learning Center

Best City Staffer

Winner: Bre Keverin, City of North Bend Communications Manager

Finalists: Tom Meagher, City of North Bend Permit Coordinator, Bart Kelly, City of North Bend Parks Department, and Nicole Weibe, City of Snoqualmie Community Liaison (Tie).

Best Place to Work

Winner: Snoqualmie Valley Hospital

Finalists: Park Street Healing Arts; Mount Si Sports and Fitness

Best Community Volunteer

Winner: Lindsay Gilliam, Carnation Farmers Market

Finalists: Angela Donaldson, Kevin Hauglie Agency and Morgan Henley, Morgan Henley Presents (Tie); Rob Wotton, Umpqua Bank, North Bend.

First Responders

Winner: Eastside Fire and Rescue

Finalists: Snoqualmie Fire Department; Fall City Fire Department

City Councilmember or Mayor

Winner: Mary J. Miller, North Bend City Council

Finalists: Chris Garcia, North Bend City Council; Rob Wotton, Snoqualmie City Council. (Honorable Mention: Angela Donaldson, FCCA President)


Fitness Venue or Gym/ CrossFit

Winner: Mount Si Sports and Fitness

Finalists: SnoRidge Crossfit; BasePoint Fitness and the Workshop (Tie).

Physical Therapy

Winner: SnoValley Physical Therapy

Finalists: North Bend Physical Therapy; Peak Sports and Spine Snoqualmie and Edge Physical therapy (Tie).


Winner: Pineapple Life and Barre Studio on Snoqualmie Ridge

Finalists: Ignite Dance and Yoga in North Bend; Mount Si Sports and Fitness, and Two Rivers Yoga in Carnation

Alternative Medicine Practitioner

Winner: Dr. Alyssa DiRienzo, Mt View Wellness Center

Finalists: Bluewater Medical – Naturopathic & Regenerative Medicine; Jill Massengill, DC, Straight Chiropractic

Licensed Massage Therapist

Winner: Northwest Roots Wellness Center, Snoqualmie

Finalists: Healing Garden, Heather Ryan, LMT; Wellness Massage by Martina, Martina Kowalke, LMT


Winner: Dr. Neeta Jain, Snoqualmie Valley Hospital

Finalists: Dr. Dean W. Steele, Meadowbrook Care and Urgent Center; Drs. Lisa McCoy and Jacob Deno, Mount Si Family Dentistry


Winner: Dr. Jill Massengill, Straight Chiropractic

Finalists: Dr. Matt Miller, North Bend Chiropractic; Dr. Benjamin Britton, Snoqualmie Ridge Chiropractic


Winner: Mount Si Family Dentistry, Drs. Lisa McCoy and Jacob Deno

Finalists: Dr. Kelly R. Garwood, North Bend; River Tree Dental, Dr. David Primrose and North Bend Family Dentistry, Dr. Rodger A. Galloway (Tie).

Martial Arts

Winner: DMW Martial Arts, Snoqualmie

Finalists: Gracie Barra Snoqualmie Valley; Mt. Si School of Karate and Kung Fu Club Fall City/Issaquah, Sifu Johann Sasynuik (Tie).