2019 Readers' Choice

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Readers’ Choice Winners.

As you look through the winners we hope you enjoy seeing those that you

nominated and voted for and learning about new businesses and people. Congratulations to all nominees and winners.

 

ASIAN CUISINE

Keo Thai - winner 

Keo Thai

A view from inside Keo Thai restaurant May 7

Keo Thai opened on July 5, 2006 and is located at 1800 SW 9th Ave., Battle Ground. They’ve taken great pride serving the community for the past 14 years. The restaurant is owned by Keo and Darouny Sayavong. They are open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday through Sunday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., and are closed on Monday.

Other top-three nominees: 

• Happy Family

• Tusk Happy Family 

 

ASSISTED LIVING

Mallard Landing - Winner

Other top-three nominees: 

• The Elders Nest

• Vintage Years 

 

AUTO REPAIR 

Extra Mile Automotive - Winner

Other top-three nominees: 

• Gaynor’s Automotive

• K.A.B. Motors 

 

BAKERY 

Dungeon Donuts  - Winner

Dungeon Donuts

A view from Dungeon Donuts May 10.

Since opening in spring 2018 in the renovated basement below Old Town Battle Grounds at 316 E Main St., Battle Ground, Dungeon Donuts has been hard at work making delectable donuts for the community. The shop is owned by Dianne Harris and is open Tuesday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and are closed on Monday. 

Other top-three nominees: 

• Earthen Cup Bistro

• Battle Ground Sweet Shoppe 

 

BANK

Columbia Credit Union - Winner

Other top-three nominees: 

• Chase

• Riverview Community Bank 

 

BARISTA 

Libby Ek, Earthen Cup Bistro - Winner

Libby Ek

Libby Ek hand-crafts a cappuccino at Earthen Cup Bistro May 10.

Libby Ek has perfected the art of making a balanced cup of joe after 17 years as a barista. 

“You can have a drink with a lot of flavor, but it doesn’t have to be overly sweet,” she said. 

Ek is the owner of Earthen Cup Bistro, located at 278-108 N Parkway Ave., Battle Ground. They are open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are close on Sundays. 

Other top-three nominees: 

• Dutch Bros. Battle Ground staff

• Vicki at Battle Ground Starbucks

 

BREAKFAST

Hockinson Cafe  - Winner

Hockinson Cafe

The chicken-fried steak, with eggs, fried potatoes and an English muffin from Hockinson Cafe.

Hockinson Cafe move to Battle Ground in 2010. It is located at 219 NW 20th Ave., Battle Ground and owned by Lora Rohde. Hockinson Cafe is known for its whopping portions. According to its staff, getting to know their customers is what earned them best breakfast. 

Hockinson Cafe is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other top-three nominees: 

• Earthen Cup Bistro

• Julie’s Cottage Kitchen

 

BREWERY

Barrel Mountain Brewery - Winner 

Barrel Mountain Brewery

Ryan Ashcraft cleans out the brewing tank at Barrel Mountain Brewery May 7.

When Barrel Mountain Brewery opened in Summer 2015, they made crafting quality beer their top priority. All the recipes are designed by the brewing staff and brewed at the location on 607 E Main St., Battle Ground. The Old Town watering hole is owned by Troy Steigman and is open Sunday through Tuesday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday  11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

Other top-three nominees: 

• Brothers Cascadia Brewing

• Northwood Public House and Brewery

 

BURGER 

Burgerville - Winner

Other top-three nominees: 

• Mill Creek Pub

• Barrel Mountain Brewery

 

CATERING

Mill Creek Pub - Winner

Other top-three nominees: 

• Earthen Cup Bistro

• Simple Elegance Catering

 

CHIROPRACTOR 

Opdahl Chiropractic - Winner 

Opdahl Chiropractic

The Opdahl Chiropractic team May 7.

Opahl Chiropractic, which opened in 2002, is located at 105 N Parkway Ave., Battle Ground. Staff said they love being able to help and care for the community, giving people the ability to freely move when they were once restricted. One of Opdahl’s unique offerings is traction therapy. 

Opahl Chiropractic is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and are closed Saturday and Sunday.

Other top-three nominees: 

• Battle Ground Chiropractic

• Fireside Chiropractic 

 

COCKTAIL

Mill Creek Pub - Winner 

Mill Creek cocktail

Bartender Mikayla Lindberg makes a drink at Mill Creek Pub May 7.

Since opening on November 11, 2011 Mill Creek Pub has focused on providing a unique twist to their cocktails. The pub is owned by Russell Brent and can be found at 1710 SW 9th Ave., Battle Ground. It is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Other top-three nominees: 

• 38 Below 

• The Grocery Cocktail & Social

 

COFFEE

Old Town Battle Grounds- Winner 

Old Town Battle Grounds

An Old Town Battle Grounds favorite is the blended Cinful latte with espresso whipped cream

Old Town Battle Grounds opened in 2005, and runs out of a renovated church built in 1928, located at 316 E Main St., Battle Ground. They believe they were nominated for best coffee due to offering Stumptown Coffee and using compostable cups to be as earth friendly as possible. Old Town Battle Grounds is owned by Dianne Harris and is open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other top-three nominees: 

• Earthen Cup Bistro

• Starbucks 

 

CONTRACTORS

Tapani, Inc - Winner

Other top-three nominees: 

• Bolden Construction

• Brabec Homes 

 

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Candi Snyder from Literary Leftovers - Winner 

Literary Leftovers

Candi Snyder, owner of Literary Leftovers.

Candi Snyder has owned Literary Leftovers for six years and focuses on making sure each guest feels welcome. 

“I treat everyone that comes in the door like a dear friend, and that I’ve known them forever because everyone deserves kindness,” she said. 

Candi can be found behind the book counter at 813 W Main St., Battle Ground. The used bookstore is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and are closed on Sunday and Monday.

Other top-three nominees: 

• Elizabeth Justice at Purple Pear Body Therapy

 • EnCourage Doula Care

 

DENTIST

Above & Beyond Dentistry - Winner 

Other top-three nominees: 

• East Fork Dental

• Mountain View Dental 

 

DESSERT 

Battle Ground Sweet Shoppe  - Winner

Battle Ground Sweet Shoppe

On the left is Battle Ground Sweet Shoppe's brownie-cheesecake bar, a brownie and a gluten-free chocolate chip bar; on the right is a cardamom roll.

After opening in January of 2018, Battle Ground Sweet Shoppe has captured locals hearts — and stomachs. Located at 11 N Parkway Ave., Battle Ground, the shop carries cookies, brownies, cinnamon rolls, and more. There is also a full coffee bar. 

Olivia Riggs, a Sweet Shoppe barista, thinks they were nominated because of their staff.

“Everyone who’s here is really great and very talented,” she said. “Everyone works really hard and want things to turn out really well.”

Battle Ground Sweet Shoppe is owned by Mary Anne Cheney and is open Tuesday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and are closed on Mondays.  

Other top-three nominees: 

• Earthen Cup Bistro

• Galeotti’s Wine Cellar

 

FEED STORE

Wilco  - Winner

Wilco

Pilgrim geese at Wilco in Battle Ground.

Wilco has been serving the community for 15 years from its current location at 815 W Main St., Battle Ground. They are open on Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other top-three nominees: 

• Orchards Feed Mill

• Rietdyk’s Milling Company 

 

FINANCIAL PLANNER

Greg Robertson with Edward Jones - Winner

Greg Robertson

Greg Robertson works at his office May 15.

Greg Robertson has been a financial adviser since 2000 and attributes winning Readers’ Choice to his knowledge of the area. 

“I was born and raised here, and I’ve always loved helping people in the area,” he said. 

Robertson’s office can be found at 109 SW 1st St., Battle Ground, call (360) 687-0180 for an appointment. 

Other top-three nominees: 

• David Brown at Edward Jones

• Robert Stewart at Columbia Wealth Management

 

FIRST RESPONDER

Clark County Fire & Rescue - Winner

Other top-three nominees: 

• Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Gosch 

• Volcano Rescue Team

 

FLORIST 

Main Street Florist  - Winner

Main Street Florist

Flower arrangements ready for a Mother's Day sale at Main Street FLorist May 7.

Main Street Florist has been designing fresh-cut floral arrangements since 2008. The shop is owned by Marilyn Moeser and carries a wide variety of flowers at all times of the year. 

Main Street Florist is located at 717 W Main St., Battle Ground. It is open Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are closed on Sunday. 

Other top-three nominees: 

• Ridgefield Floral

• The Flower Express 

 

GIFTSHOP 

Literary Leftovers - Winner

Other top-three nominees: 

• Rusty Glamour

• Urban Basics & Company 

 

HAIR STYLIST 

Great Clips - Winner

Other top-three nominees:

• Beaux Vous

• Sarah Wellcome Fuse Salon 

 

HAPPY HOUR

Mill Creek Pub - Winner

Other top-three nominees:

• Northwood Public House & Brewery

• Playmakers Sports Bar & Grill 

 

HOST

Mike Galeotti from Galeotti’s Wine Cellar - Winner

Galeotti's Wine Cellar

Mike Galeotti pours a glass of red at his wine cellar May 10.

Mike Galeotti has been serving wines on Main Street for about three years. His restaurant is unique in that, along with typical patron service,  one can also become a member. 

“We’re not trying to be the busieSt., were just trying to be a second living room for people,” Galeotti said. 

Galeotti welcomes each guest like a friend and helps them find what they like.

“I’ll come out, sit and talk with people,” he said. “If they’ve never had wine before, I’ll help them find a wine they like because I like wine.”

Galeotti’s is located at 715 E Main St., Battle Ground and is open Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Other top-three nominees:

• Hockinson Market

• Pita House 

 

MASSAGE

Danica Nwerem with Battle Ground Therapeutic Massage - Winner

Other top-three nominees:

• Kristina Oliver, Heartful Healing LLC

• Rachel Race, Fireside Chiropractic

 

MEXICAN CUISINE

El Rancho Viejo - Winner

Other top-three nominees:

• Las Mesitas

• Los Pepe’s 

 

NAIL SALON 

Blossom Nails - Winner

Blossom Nails

A nail technician works on a manicure at Blossom Nails May 10.

Blossom Nails opened on November 4, 2015. The staff believes they were nominated because of their service and because they always try their best to achieve what the customer asks for. They said they are also very honest with customers about what they can and can’t do. 

The salon, located at 11 NW 12th Ave., Battle Ground, is owned by Nikki Triev. 

It is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Tuesday. 

Other top-three nominees:

• 10 10 Nails and Spa

• Got Nailed? Beauty Bar & Supply 

 

NURSERY 

Shorty’s Garden Center - Winner

Other top-three nominees:

• B and B Nursery

• Nature’s Beauty Garden Center

 

OPTOMETRIST

Watters Vision Care - Winner

Other top nominees: 

• First Sight Family Vision

 

ORTHODONTIST 

Pritchard Orthodontics - Winner

Other top-three nominees: 

• Columbia Orthodontics

• Draper Orthodontist 

 

PET GROOMER

Wags’ N’ Whiskers Pet Grooming - Winner 

Wags' N' Whiskers

A dog is groomed at Wags' N' Whiskers Pet Grooming May 7.

Wags’ N’ Whiskers has been beautifying pets since opening in June 2016. 

The groomers feel they were nominated because they focus on the little things and make sure people feel comfortable leaving their pets. They realize the pets are part of the family. The shop, located at 710 E Main St., Battle Ground, is owned by Adrieon Bister and Lloyd Neste. It is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and closed on Sunday. 

Other top-three nominees: 

• Top Dog Grooming

• Wilco 

 

PHOTOGRAPHER

Shelly Fry 

Shelly Fry

SHelly Fry sits in her Main Street office May 7.

Shelly Fry has been a photographer for six years, with a studio located at 510 E Main St., Battle Ground. She feels that she was nominated for her ability to be close to her clients and capture the moments they are looking for. 

“I have the ability to connect with my seniors and families,” she said. “I’m a local girl. I grew up here. I really understand the area for choosing locations and I always produce quality work.” 

Fry’s studio is open Tuesday through Thursday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s closed Friday, Saturday and Monday. 

Other top-three nominees: 

• Natalie Kysar

• Erin Tole Photography 

 

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Battle Ground Physical Therapy - Winner

Other top-three nominees: 

• Jordan Ek, Vancouver Clinic

• ProActive Physical Therapy 

 

PHYSICIAN 

Andrea Velat - Winner 

Andrea Velat

Andrea Velat

After receiving her Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2004, Andrea Velat began emphasizing preventative measures whenever possible for her patience. She works at Vancouver Clinic,

2005 W Main Street, Battle Ground. 

Other top-three nominees: 

• Ron Holmes, Vancouver Clinic

• John Kafrouni, Rebound Orthopedics 

 

PIZZA 

Rocky’s Pizza - Winner 

Other top-three nominees: 

• Detroit Pizza

• MOD Pizza  

 

REALTOR 

Heather Renner - Winner 

Heather Renner

Heather Renner

With over 13 years of observation, interaction, and training in the real estate industry, Heather Renner is able to help her clients through every step of real estate. 

“I pride myself on being knowledgeable and staying current with constant changes in our real estate market and other markets that will affect the success of your transaction,” she writes on her website.  

Renner’s office is located at 717 W., Main St., Battle Ground. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekends are available by appointment. 

Other top-three nominees: 

• Jennifer Belmore

• Jodie Sharp 

 

RELIGIOUS LEADER

John Daniel from Crown and Anchor Church - Winner 

John Daniel

John Daniel preaches during Crown and Anchor Church's Sunday service May 12.

John Daniel has been a preacher since he was a teenager, and comes from a family of preachers that includes his father, brother, and nephews. His goal is to help people reconnect with God.

“What I would want to be known for is grace, love, and the kindness of God,” he said. 

Crown and Anchor Church has its Sunday gatherings at 1005 Main St., Vancouver, starting at 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Other top-three nominees: 

• Father Tom, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church

• Peter & Kathy Braafladt, Messiah Lutheran Church

 

RESALE BOUTIQUE

Literary Leftovers - Winner 

Other top-three nominees: 

• Rusty Glamour

• Urban Basics 

 

RESTAURANT

Mill Creek Pub - Winner 

Other top-three nominees: 

• Barrel Mountain Brewery

• Northwood Public House & Brewery 

 

SANDWICH

Old Town Battle Grounds - Winner 

Old Town Battle Grounds

A "Build Your Own Perfect Sandwich" with turkey, lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes at Old Town Battle Grounds.

Old Town Battle Grounds opened in 2005 and runs out of a renovated church built in 1928, located at 316 E Main St., Battle Ground. They use Boar’s Head Provisions Company for all their deli meats and make sure to always pick the best options for their ingredients. Old Town Battle Grounds is open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other top-three nominees: 

• Old Town Burger & Breakfast

• Earthen Cup Bistro

 

SERVER

Jeff Poindexter, Mill Creek Pub - Winner

Other top-three nominees: 

• Stephanie Bragg, Mill Creek Pub

• Jarod Kay, Northwood Public House & Brewery

 

TACOS

El Rancho Viejo - Winner 

Other top-three nominees:

• Woody’s Tacos

• Taqueria Los Toritos 

 

TEACHER 

Sally Washington, Yacolt Primary School - Winner

Sally Washington

Sally Washington sits with her students at Yacolt Primary School.

Sally Washington was once a student in Battle Ground and she has returned to teach kindergarten.

“I love the Yacolt community and teaching in a rural setting,” Washington said in a Battle Ground school district newsletter. “People here are very supportive and the staff at Yacolt Primary is so friendly.”

Other top-three nominees:

• Dee Dee Brabec, Cedar Tree Christian School

• Linda Morris, Woodland Intermediate School 

 

TIRE STORE

Dick’s Point S - Winner 

Dick's Point S

Tireman Lou Monge takes off an old tire at Dick's Point S.

In 1967 Richard “Dick” Harris and his friend Chuck Lacy decided to open Dick’s Point S Tire & Auto Service. The shop is now owned by Harris’ children, sons Rick and Scott Harris and daughter Dana Gumringer. Dick’s Point S Tire and Auto Service can be found at 510 W Main St., Battle Ground, and is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed Sunday. 

Other top-three nominees:

• Les Schwab, Battle Ground

• Discount Tires

 

 

TRACTOR STORE

Dan’s Tractor - Winner

Also nominated: 

• Clark County Lawn & Tractor 

 

VETERINARIAN

Alder Creek - Winner 

Alder Creek

Tina Miller listens to a dog's heartbeat at Alder Creek May 10.

Alder Creek, owned by Mary Ann Haggerty, has been caring for the pets of the community at its current location, 209 SE 1st St., Battle Ground ,since 2008. 

“We have all the top diagnostic tools that we can use like ultrasounds, digital radiographs, dental radiographs, electric coddery, all of the surgical instruments are top tier. It’s all to better the care of our patents,” said Tina Miller, a veterinarian at Alder Creek. 

They are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and are closed on Sunday. 

Other top-three nominees:

• Evergreen Animal Hospital

• East Padden Animal Hospital 

 

WINERY

Rusty Grape Vineyard & Tasting Room - Winner

Rusty Grape

Wines offered by Rusty Grape Vineyard & Tasting Room

Rusty Grape is owned by Heather Brown and has been growing over the last six years to become the 5 acres that it is today. 

Rusty Grape is located at 16712 NE 219 St., Battle Ground and open Wednesday and Thursday  4 – 9 p.m., Friday  4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Other top-three nominees:

• Bethany Vineyard

• Windy Hills Winery

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