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Best of Kent winners announced

The Kent Reporter asked, and readers responded.

More than 2,000 participated in our 2010 Best of Kent contest in March, naming their favorites in the Kent community, ranking everyone from their favorite firefighters to their most well-regarded businesses.

"This was our best reader response yet," said Kent Reporter Publisher Polly Shepherd. "The community definitely embraced Best of Kent 2010, more so than in previous years."

The contest ran both in our print and online editions, from March 19 to April 16.

Read below to see your top community members, businesses and services in 46 categories.

View the complete publication for Best of Kent.

View the complete publication for Best of Renton.

Community Volunteer

Winner: Suzanne Cameron

Finalists:

Jim Berrios

Michelle McDowell

Lee Anderson

Dentist

Winner: Award Dental

Finalists:

Dr. Susan Hollinsworth

Dr. Neal Wanner

Dr. Hayashi

Firefighter

Winner: Terry McCartin

Finalists:

John Robbins

Don Barberie

Steve Galassi

Insurance Agent

Winner: Doug Jones - State Farm Insurance

Finalists:

Rob Cannon - New York Life

Greg Lewis - Greg Lewis Insurance Agency

Michael Martinez - Farmer's Insurance

Pet Groomer

Winner: The Soggy Doggy

Finalists:

Kent Grooming

Michelle at McMonigle Veterinary Hospital

K-9 Designs

Physician

Winner: Dr. Sui Twe

Finalists:

Robert Smithing, MSN, ARNP - Family Care of Kent

Maddy Wiley, MSN, ARNP - Family Care of Kent

Dr. Lucy Nyguen - Southlake Clinic of Kent

Police Officer

Winner: Chief Strachan

Finalists:

Ron Price

Jeff Cobb

Paul Peterson

Public Official

Winner: Mayor Suzette Cooke

Finalists:

Les Thomas

Jamie Perry

Tim Clark

Realtor

Winner: Marti Reeder - John L. Scott

Finalists:

Tray Svendson - John L. Scott

Todd Reitan - John L. Scott

Vicki Dalisky - Windermere Real Estate

Teacher/School

Sara Palmer - Mattson Middle School

Finalists:

Bob Johnson - Emerald Park Elementary School

Susan Behrens - Grass Lake Elementary School

Daniel Weeks - Kentwood High School

Veterinarian

Winner: Dr. Rob McMonigle

Finalists:

Animal Health Care of Kent

Mission Vet

Dr. Miller - Value Pet Clinic

Waiter/Location

Winner: Michelle at Maggies on Meeker

Finalists:

Dave at Shindig Martini Bar

Marta at The Velvet Goose

Toni Murray at Pat's Bar & Grill

Automotive

Winner: East Hill Tire Factory

Finalists:

Bowen Scarff Ford Lincoln Mercury Kent

Central Avenue Automotive

Firestone Complete Auto Care - Store #028800

Bank/Credit Union

Winner: BECU

Finalists:

Bank of America

Chase (Kent Station)

Valley Bank

Fitness Center

Winner: LA Fitness

Finalists:

24 Hour Fitness

Curves

Vision Quest

Green Business

Winner: Allied Waste Services

Finalists:

ShoWare Center

REI

Lemon Drop Skin Care & Massage

Nail Salon

Winner: Nails by Design Salon and Spa

Finalists:

Peridot Nail Salon

Panther Lake Nails

Nail Spa

Hair Salon/Barber Shop

Winner: Salon Ivoni

Finalists:

Chatter's Salon & Beauty Supply

Humanity Salon

Victoria Robert's Salon & Spa

Plant Nursery

Winner: Carpinito Brothers

Finalists:

McLendon Hardware

East Hill Nursery

Furney's Nursery

Senior Living Facility

Winner: Stafford Suites at Kent

Finalists:

Aegis of Kent

The Weatherly Inn at Lake Meridian

Farrington Court

Spa Services

Winner:

Lemon Drop Skin Care & Massage

Finalists:

Elle - A Clincial Day Spa

Bethany Massage Center

Sweet Escape Day Spa

Winery/Wine Shop

Winner:

Castle Bridge Winery

Finalists:

Grape Adventure

QFC

Fred Meyer

Pet Store

Winner: Mud Bay

Finalists:

Reber Ranch Tack & Feed Store

Pet Country

Petco

Asian Cuisine

Winner: China Star Restaurant & Lounge

Finalists:

Thai Chili

Archa Thai Bistro

D-Jung Thai

BBQ

Winner: Caveman Kitchens

Finalists:

BBQ Pete's

HD Hotspurs BBQ Classics

Longhorn Barbeque Outpost

Breakfast

Winner: Wild Wheat Bakery Café

Finalists:

Maggie's on Meeker

The Golden Steer

Mary's Fine Foods

Coffee Shop

Winner: Kona Kai Coffee Company

Finalists:

Starbucks - Meeker

Bri's Beans

Dilettante Espresso & Mocha Café

Family Restaurant

Winner: The Golden Steer

Finalists:

Ram Bighorn Brewery

Spiro's Greek Island

Bittersweet Restaurant

Fine Dining

Winner: Paolo's Italian Restaurant

Finalists:

Mama Stortini's Restaurant & Bar

Duke's Chowderhouse

Ram Bighorn Brewery

Italian Cuisine

Winner: Paolo's Italian Restaurant

Finalists:

Mama Stortini's Restaurant & Bar

Pizzaria Fondi

Amante Pizza & Pasta

Lunch

Winner: Panera Bread

Finalists:

Bittersweet Restaurant

Wild Wheat Bakery Café

Pat's Bar & Grill

Mexican Cuisine

Winner: Mexico Lindo Restaurant

Finalists:

El Charro Mexican Restaurant

Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant & Catering

Casa Poblana

Pizza

Winner: Pizzeria Fondi

Finalists:

Papa Murphy's

Amante Pizza & Pasta

Papa John's

Antique Shop

Winner: Mad Hatter Antiques

Finalists: Titusville Trading Company

Treasure's

American Cancer Society: Discovery Shops

Bookstore

Winner: Children's Bookshop & Teaching Supply

Finalists:

Browser's Books

Christian Supply Bookstore

New Women Books

Clothing/Shoe Store

Winner: Coldwater Creek

Finalists:

Chicos - Kent Station

Ross - East Hill

Ann Taylor Loft - Kent Station

Consignment/Thrift Store

Winner: St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

Finalists:

Value Village

Kent Goodwill - East Hill

American Cancer Society: Discovery Shops

Flower Shop

Winner: Bella Home & Garden

Finalists:

Kent Floral

East Hill Floral

Safeway Floral

Furniture/Home Décor

Winner: Bella Home & Garden

Finalists:

Fig & Feather

Forbes Furniture

Gallery Furniture & Design Center

Gift Store

Winner: Marie Haggin Accessories

Finalists:

Kelly's Gift Boutique

A&H Hallmark

Bella Home & Garden

Grocery/Convenience Store/Location

Winner: Top Food & Drug

Finalists:

Safeway (Kent - 132nd & Kent Kangley)

QFC (240th & 132nd)

Fred Meyer (James St.)

Jewelry Store

Winner: Bonaci Fine Jewelers

Finalists:

Earthworks Gem Design Studio

Marie Haggin Accessories

Best View of Kent

Winner: East Hill

Finalists:

Grandview Dog Park

Scenic Hill

Lake Meridian

Favorite Family Destination

Winner: Kent Station

Finalists:

ShoWare Center

Lake Meridian

Kent Commons

Most Romantic Spot

Winner: Paolo's Italian Restaurant

Finalists:

Shindig Martini Bar

Kent Station Fireplace

Lake Meridian

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