Best of Renton 2021 winners announced

Program is sponsored by the Renton Chamber of Commerce and the Renton Reporter.

By Rudi Alcott, Vice President of Sound Publishing

2020 was not a normal year, to say the least. We fought a deadly virus, endured an extremely contentious election cycle, and generally had life as we knew it completely disrupted.

Yet through this, we learned a new way to do business and survive in a way that we have never been asked to do. The residents of Renton rose to the task and re-engineered their lives to work, live and play within this changed landscape.

Along the way, the cream rose to the top as it always seems to do. We asked the residents of Renton to take a few minutes and vote for their choice for the Best of Renton like we have for the past couple of decades. Inside this special printed edition of the Renton Reporter, you will find the names and messages of these businesses that were chosen to represent this fine city. There were some clear-cut winners, and in one category, we had a first-ever three-way tie for first place.

A word of note on this section. Through our website, we asked readers to vote in 61 different categories. These nominations were culled together to create a winner and multiple finalists. The top three finalists are printed in this section.

5,147 people participated in this voting, which spanned from Nov. 2 through Dec. 31, 2020. We had an interesting tie for our largest nominated category between barbershops and financial advisors. Each of these had 21 unique entries, which leads me to believe people are frustrated with their ad hoc home remedied COVID cuts while on their way to figure out what to do with their finances. The next largest entry was lunch with 18 write-in entries. This category speaks to me personally as dining out in Renton’s fantastic selection of eateries is one of my favorite things to do.

Enjoy your time reading through this list as much as we enjoyed putting it together. It is with great pride I present to you the winning votes for our Best of Renton winners. Thanks for taking the time to vote and view the messages on the following pages. I welcome your continued help in years to come to make this a continued success.


Community Service: Best Customer Service

McLendon Hardware – Winner

CD Danza – Aveda Salon & Spa – Finalist

Refuel Cafe – Finalist

Community Service: Church

St. Anthony Catholic Parish – Winner

Highlands Community Church – Finalist

New Life Church – Finalist

Community Service: Elected Official

Armondo Pavone – Winner

Ed Prince – Finalist

Marcie Palmer – Finalist

Pam Teal – Finalist

Community Service: Non-profit

The Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank – Winner

Salvation Army – Finalist

St. Vincent de Paul – Finalist

Community Service: Teacher/School

Dimmitt Middle School | All teachers – Winner

Renton Prep | Dr. Michelle Zimmerman – Winner

Community Service Teacher/School Highlands Elementary | Stephanie Pender – Finalist

Community Service: Volunteer

Pam Teal – Winner

Jeanine Burnley – Finalist

Diane Dobson – Finalist

Health & Fitness: Chiropractor

Hughes Chiropractic & Massage | Dr. Trisha Hughes Winner

Health & Fitness: Chiropractor Petett Chiropractic | Dr. Scott Petett Finalist

Health & Fitness: Chiropractor Baze Chiropractic | Dr. Carl Baze Finalist

Health & Fitness: Dentist/Denturist

4th & Morris Dentistry – Winner

Fred Dahm Dentistry | Dr. Fred Dahm – Finalist

Michael J Scoles, DMD | Dr. Michael Scoles – Finalist

Rick Sodergren, DDS | Dr. Rick Sodergren – Finalist

Scott A. Babin & Associates | Dr. Scott Babin – Finalist

Health & Fitness: Eye Care

Eyes on the Landing – Winner

Kosnoski Eye Care Fairwood Vision Clinic – Finalist

Renton Vision Source | Dr. Paul Jensen, OD – Finalist

Visionworks The Landing – Finalist

Health & Fitness: Fitness Center

Renton Community Center – Winner

LA Fitness – Finalist

Planet Fitness – Finalist

Health & Fitness: HealthCare Facility

Valley Medical Center – Winner

Kaiser Permanente – Finalist

Pacific Medical Center – Finalist

Health & Fitness: Martial Arts

Renton Martial Arts Center – Winner

Fairwood Martial Arts – Finalist

Kim’s Tae Kwon Do – Finalist

Health & Fitness: Pediatrician

Valley Children’s Clinic | Dr. Michael Anderson, MD – Winner

Health & Fitness Pediatrician Valley Children’s Clinic | Dr. Gary German, MD – Winner

Health & Fitness Pediatrician Valley Children’s Clinic | Dr. Monica Richter – Winner

Health & Fitness: Physician

Dr. Michele K. Nelsen, MD – Winner

Health & Fitness Physician Valley Medical Center | Vandita Samavedi, MD – Finalist

Health & Fitness Physician Swedish | Dr. Christopher Moore, MD, MPH Finalist

Health & Fitness: Spa Services

Spa at the Lake – Winner

Services CD Danza – Aveda Salon & Spa – Finalist

Spa Services Create Hair Studio – Finalist

Kids Activities

Evergreen City Ballet – Winner

8-Bit Arcade – Finalist

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park – Finalist

Kids Daycare

Rainier Christian Schools- Winner

Bright Horizons – Finalist

KinderCare – Finalist

Spring Glen Daycare – Finalist

Kids Learning Center

Phoenix Montessori – Winner

Highlands Preschool – Finalist

Cross and Crown Lutheran Church and Preschool – Finalist

Family Circle Learning Center – Finalist

Pets: Pet Groomer

Poodie’s Pet Palace – Winner

Pets Pet Groomer PetSmart – Finalist

Pets Pet Groomer Soggy Doggy – Finalist

Pets: Pet Store

Sierra Fish & Pets – Winner

Pet Pros Pet Store – Finalist

PetSmart – Finalist

Pets: Veterinary Clinic

Animal Health Care Center of Renton – Winner

Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital – Finalist

Cedar River Animal Hospital – Finalist

Professional Services: Attorney/Law Firm

Law Offices of Dan Kellogg – Winner

Gary F. Faull Attorney – Finalist

Malsan Law Firm – Finalist

Professional Services: Automotive Care

Iden’s Dealer Services – Winner

Bucky’s Complete Auto Repair – Finalist

Mathewson’s Automotive – Finalist

Professional Services: Bank/Credit Union

BECU – Winner

First Financial Northwest Bank – Finalist

Banner Bank – Finalist

Professional Services: Barber Shop

CD Danza – Aveda Salon & Spa – Winner

Details Barbershop – Finalist

Linda’s Barber Shop – Finalist

Professional Services: Catering

Rain City Catering – Winner

Renton Technical College – Finalist

The Red Tea Room Catering – Finalist

Professional Services: Financial Advisor

Edward Jones | Nina Boss – Winner

JB Tax and Finance – Finalist

Edward Jones | Steven D Tolonen – Finalist

Professional Services: Hair Salon

Create Hair Studio – Winner

CD Danza – Aveda Salon & Spa Finalist

Abyssinia Hair & Beauty Clinic LLC Finalist

Professional Services: Insurance Agent

State Farm Insurance Agent | Jim Sullivan – Winner

Pemco – Finalist

Agent Hub Insurance – Finalist

Professional Services: Nail Salon

C K Nails – Winner

Bluebell Nail and Spa Finalist

Fairwood Nails Finalist

Professional Services: Real Estate

Keller Williams | Rosie Rourke Tean – Winner

American Classic Homes Real Estate | Team Runge – Finalist

Compass | Marcie Maxwell and Lisa Lam – Finalist

Professional Services: Senior Living Community

Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre – Winner

Chateau Valley Center – Finalist

Solstice Senior Living at Renton – Finalist

Professional Services: Staffing/Employment

LINK Staffing – Winner

SmartTalent – Winner

Professional Minority Staffing – Finalist

Restaurants: Bakery

Chuck’s Donuts – Winner

Common Ground Coffee & Cupcakes – Finalist

Top Pot Doughnuts- Finalist

Restaurants: BBQ

Cedar River Smokehouse – Winner

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue- Finalist

Clyde’s Southern Wood Fired Barbeque – Finalist

Restaurants: Breakfast

Jay Berry’s Cafe – Winner

Plum Delicious Family Restaurant – Finalist

Tommy’s Cafe – Finalist

Restaurants: Brewery

Bickersons Brewhouse – Winner

Restaurants Brewery Four Generals Brewing – Finalist

Restaurants Brewery Dubtown Brewing Company – Finalist

Restaurants: Chinese Cuisine

Golden Peacock – Winner

Little Peking – Finalist

Zhen Kee – Finalist

Restaurants: Coffee Shop

Boon Boona Coffee – Winner

BigFoot Java – Finalist

Common Ground Coffee & Cupcakes – Finalist

Restaurants: Family Restaurant

Berliner Pub – Winner

Plum Delicious Family Restaurant – Finalist

Red Robin – Finalist

Restaurants: Fine Dining

The Melrose Grill – Winner

Water’s Table Restaurant – Finalist

Marianna Ristorante – Finalist

Restaurants: Hamburgers

Five Guys Burgers and Fries – Winner

Burger Addict – Finalist

Doofers Bar & Grill – Finalist

Restaurants: Indian Cuisine

Naan -N- Curry – Winner

Spice King Renton – Finalist

Himalayan Cafe – Finalist

Restaurants: Italian Cuisine

Marianna Ristorante – Winner

Vince’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria – Finalist

Angelo’s Pizza & Pasta – Finalist

Restaurants: Japanese Cuisine

Sushi Cafe – Winner

New Zen Japanese Restaurant – Finalist

Sushi Today – Finalist

Restaurants: Lunch

Cedar River Smokehouse – Winner

Royal Orchid Restaurant – Finalist

Doofers Bar & Grill – Finalist

Restaurants: Mexican Cuisine

Torero’s Mexican Restaurant – Winner

La Fuente Mexican Restaurant – Finalist

Taqueria El Kiosko – Finalist

Restaurants: Pizza

Smoking Monkey Pizza – Winner

The Rock Wood Fired Pizza – Finalist

Shakey’s Pizza Parlor – Finalist

Restaurants: Tavern/Bar

The Local 907 – Winner

Berliner Pub – Finalist

Doofers Bar & Grill – Finalist

Restaurants: Thai Cuisine

Royal Orchid Restaurant – Winner

Ocha Thai Kitchen and Bar – Finalist

Sing Tong Thai Cuisine – Finalist

Restaurants: Vietnamese Cuisine

Blossom Vegetarian Restaurant – Winner

Pho 801 – Finalist

Renton Bistro – Finalist

Restaurants: Winery/Wine Shop

Vino at the Landing – Winner

Peyrassol Cafe at Southport – Finalist

Red House Beer & Wine Shoppe – Finalist

Shopping: Antiques & Treasures

St. Charles Place Antiques & Restorations – Winner

Buddy’s Home Furnishings – Finalist

Antiques 4U – Finalist

Shopping: Appliance Store

King and Bunnys Appliances – Winner

Lowe’s Home Improvement – Finalist

IKEA – Finalist

Shopping: Cannabis

Buddy’s Cannabis – Winner

The Evergreen Market South Renton – Finalist

Emerald Haze – Finalist

Shopping: Flower Shop

Cugini Florist & Fine Gifts – Winner

Renton Flower Shop – Finalist

Urban Sprouts – Finalist

Shopping: Gift Store

Sparkle Gifts and Whatnots – Winner

CD Danza – Aveda Salon & Spa – Finalist

Uwajimaya Renton – Finalist

Shopping: Grocery/Convenience Store

Top of the Hill Quality Produce & Meats – Winner

Fred Meyer – Finalist

Uwajimaya Renton – Finalist

Shopping: Hardware

McLendon Hardware – Winner

Dunn Lumber – Renton – Finalist

Ace Hardware – Finalist

Shopping: Jewelry Store

Fred Meyer – Winner

The Jewelry Exchange – Winner

Porter Jensen Jewelers – Finalist

Shopping: Tattoo Parlor

Handsome Devil Ink – Winner

Sacred Soul Tattoo – Finalist

Idolize Tattoo – Finalist