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2014 Readers’ Choice Awards

Check out the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions — as voted by you — in the 2014 Coast Weekend Readers' Choice Awards!

Published on January 29, 2015 8:00AM

Last changed on February 3, 2015 12:12PM

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Welcome to the 2014 Coast Weekend Readers’ Choice Awards!

At the end of every year, we ask Coast Weekend readers and the general public to vote for their favorite businesses, restaurants and activities in the Columbia-Pacific region.

This year, we endeavored to make this awards contest bigger and better than ever.

Elsewere on CoastWeekend.com, you’ll find profiles on some of the winners. We couldn’t do profiles on every winner, but that only gives us more to strive for next year. It’s our goal to continue growing this contest in the future.

You can find the full list of winners, runners-up and honorable mentions below.

Voting took place from Nov. 5 to Dec. 6. This year, in addition to running print ballots in Coast Weekend, the Seaside Signal and Cannon Beach Gazette, we also tried a seeded online ballot for the first time. The seeded entries were based on past winners, runners-up and other top votes from past years; plus, we monitored voting to see who was in the lead and earning votes throughout the contest.

The number of voters more than doubled this year compared to last. Thank you for participating!

Oregon voters totaled 556, and Washington voters totaled 216. A handful of votes arrived from California and Texas, and there was a smattering of voters from farther away, including Michigan, Hawaii, Alaska, Virginia, Idaho, Arizona and British Columbia.

We’ve very pleased at having increased voter turnout and can only hope for an even bigger contest next year.

As always, we loved the feedback voters provided. More than one person told us to keep up the good work. “Keep doing what you’re doing,” said one.

“We read Coast Weekend when we are on the North Coast to try new places and see what’s happening,” wrote a voter from Albany.

Even non-readers participated in our Readers’ Choice contest. “I actually might start reading Coast Weekend after this,” wrote one online voter.

Here’s to hoping you will.

— Rebecca Sedlak, Coast Weekend editor


Best Antique Store

1. Vintage Hardware, Astoria

2. Phog Bounders Antique Mall, Astoria

3. Romancing the Home, Gearhart

Best Art Gallery

1. RiverSea Gallery, Astoria

2. Imogen Gallery, Astoria

3. Don Nisbett Crewhouse Gallery, Ilwaco

Best Auto Shop

1. Jim Varner’s Automotive, Astoria

2. Lum’s Auto Center, Warrenton

3. Box K Auto Repair, Seaview

Best Bookstore

1. Lucy’s Books, Astoria

2. Time Enough Books, Ilwaco

3. Beach Books, Seaside

Best Car Dealership

1. Lum’s Auto Center, Warrenton

2. Hayward’s Ocean Crest Motors, Warrenton

3. Astoria Ford, Astoria

Best Customer Service

1. 3 Cups Coffee House, Astoria

2. The Depot Restaurant, Seaview

3. Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro

Best Dance Studio

1. Maddox Dance Studio

2. Encore Dance Studio

3. Astoria Arts & Movement Center

Best Day Spa

1. Malama Day Spa, Astoria

2. Cannery Pier Hotel, Astoria

3. Azure Salon and Spa, Ilwaco

Best Florist

1. Bloomin’ Crazy Floral, Astoria

2. Erickson Floral Company, Astoria

3. Artistic Bouquets & More, Seaview

Best Garden Center

Winner: Brim’s Farm & Garden, Astoria

2. Dennis’ 7 Dees, Seaside

3. Basket Case Greenhouse, Long Beach

Best Gift Shop

1. Finn Ware, Astoria

2. Cargo, Astoria

3. A Gypsy’s Whimsy, Astoria

Best Grocery Store

1. Astoria Co-op Grocery, Astoria

2. Fred Meyer, Warrenton

3. Okie’s Thriftway Market / Costco (tie)

Best Gym

1. Astoria Aquatic Center, Astoria

2. Astoria Full Fitness, Astoria

3. Fitness 1440 / Snap Fitness (tie)

Best Hair Salon

1. Salon Verve, Astoria

2. Salon Boheme, Astoria

3. Azure Salon & Spa, Ilwaco

Best Home Improvement

1. City Lumber, Astoria

2. Home Depot, Warrenton

3. Utzinger’s True Value Hardware, Astoria

Best Hotel

1. The Cannery Pier Hotel, Astoria

2. Adrift Hotel, Long Beach

3. Hotel Elliott, Astoria

Best Radio Station

1. Coast Community Radio KMUN 91.9 FM

2. KRKZ Hits 94.3 FM Chinook / Astoria

3. KLMY Clammy 99.7 FM Long Beach

Best Real Estate Business

1. Discovery Coast Real Estate, Long Beach

2. Windermere Pacific Land Co., Astoria and Windermere Stellar, Gearhart/Cannon Beach (tie)

3. RE/MAX River & Sea, Astoria/Warrenton

Best Seafood Market

1. Warrenton Deep Sea Crab & Fish Market

2. Ole Bob’s Seafood Market, Ilwaco

3. Bell Buoy Seafood Market, Seaside

Best Computer Repair

1. Mossy Tech

2. Mike’s Computer Repair, Long Beach

3. Astoria’s Best / Ben’s Computer Store, Inc. (tie)

Best Theater

1. Columbian Theater, Astoria

2. Liberty Theater, Astoria

3. Coaster Theatre, Cannon Beach

Best Thrift Shop

1. Deja Vu, Astoria

2. Goodwill, Warrenton

3. Spay and Neuter Thrift Shop of Seaside

Best Yoga

1. RiverZen Yoga, Astoria

2. Yoga Namaste, Astoria

3. Cannon Beach Yoga Arts


Best Asian Food

1. Nisa’s Thai Kitchen, Warrenton

2. Himani Indian Cuisine, Astoria

3. Long Beach Thai Cuisine

Best Bakery

1. Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe, Astoria

2. Cottage Bakery, Long Beach

3. Danish Maid Bakery, Astoria

Best Bar

1. Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro

2. Albatross, Astoria

3. Buoy Beer Co., Astoria

Best Barbecue

1. Rollin’ Thunder Barbecue, Astoria

2. Gray Whale Barbecue, Seaside

3. CCR’s Smokehouse, Long Beach

Best Barista

1. Kristy Cross, The Rusty Cup, Astoria

2. Casey Brewe Palmgren, Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro, Astoria

3. Leah Cristaldi, 3 Cups Coffee, Astoria

Best Bartender

1. Cory Teubner, Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro, Astoria

2. Eric Bechard, Albatross, Astoria

3. Teona Dawson, T. Paul’s Supper Club, Astoria

Best Breakfast

1. Columbian Cafe, Astoria

2. 42nd Street Cafe, Seaview

3. Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro

Best Brewpub

1. Fort George Brewery, Astoria

2. Buoy Beer Co., Astoria

3. North Jetty Brewing, Long Beach

Best Burger

1. The Depot Restaurant, Seaview

2. Buoy Beer Co., Astoria

3. Albatross, Astoria

Best Catering

1. Baked Alaska, Astoria

2. Bridgewater Bistro, Astoria

3. Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro

Best Chef

1. Michael Lalewicz, The Depot, Seaview

2. Marco Davis, Columbian Cafe, Astoria

3. Geoff Gunn, Bridgewater Bistro, Astoria

Best Clam Chowder

1. The Depot Restaurant, Seaview

2. Norma’s Seafood and Steak, Seaside

3. Mo’s, Cannon Beach

Best Coffee

1. 3 Cups Coffee House, Astoria

2. Street 14 Coffee, Astoria

3. Long Beach Coffee Roasters

Best Desserts

1. The Depot Restaurant, Seaview

2. Bridgewater Bistro, Astoria

3. Frite & Scoop, Astoria

Best Fine Dining

1. The Depot Restaurant, Seaview

2. Bridgewater Bistro, Astoria

3. T. Paul’s Supper Club, Astoria

Best Fish and Chips

1. The Bow Picker, Astoria

2. The Ship Inn, Astoria

3. Bridgewater Bistro, Astoria

Best Happy Hour

1. T. Paul’s Supper Club, Astoria

2. Baked Alaska, Astoria

3. The Depot Restaurant, Seaview

Best Latin Food

1. La Cabana de Raya, Astoria

2. The Rio Cafe, Astoria

3. The Stand, Seaside

Best Lunch

1. T. Paul’’s Urban Cafe, Astoria

2. The Cove Restaurant, Long Beach

3. Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro

Best Pizza

1. Fultano’s Pizza, Astoria

2. Fort George Brewery, Astoria

3. Baked Alaska, Astoria

Best Restaurant for Kids

1. Pig N Pancake, Astoria

2. Lost Roo Restaurant, Long Beach

3. Fort George Brewery, Astoria

Best Server

1. Jean-Marc Bourgouin, 42nd Street Cafe, Seaview

2. Teona Dawson, T. Paul’s Supper Club, Astoria

3. Zackery O’Connor, Fort George Brewery, Astoria

Best Wine Shop

1. The Cellar on 10th, Astoria

2. The Wine Shack, Cannon Beach

3. The Wine & Beer Haus, Seaside


Best Birdwatching Site

1. Fort Stevens State Park, Hammond

2. Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco

3. Astoria Riverwalk

Best Cheap Date

1. The Beach

2. Columbian Theater, Astoria

3. Astoria Sunday Market

Best Farmers Market

1. Astoria Sunday Market

2. River People Farmers Market, Astoria

3. Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco

Best Golf Course

1. Peninsula Golf Course

2. Gearhart Golf Links

3. Astoria Golf and Country Club

Best Hiking Trail

1. Discovery Trail, Long Beach Peninsula

2. Fort to Sea Trail

3. Saddle Mountain

Best Local Festival

1. Washington State International Kite Festival

2. Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival

3. Pacific Northwest Brew Cup

Best Local Sports Team

1. Shanghaied Roller Dolls / Knappa High School Loggers Football (tie)

2. Astoria High School Fishermen Football

3. Ilwaco High School Fishermen Football

Best Museum

1. Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria

2. Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Ilwaco

3. Flavel House Museum, Astoria / Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco (tie)

Best Music Venue

1. Liberty Theater, Astoria

2. Fort George Brewery, Astoria

3. Voodoo Room / Columbian Theater, Astoria / Adrift Hotel, Long Beach (tie)

Best Neighborhood Park

1. Tapiola and Astoria Skate Park, Astoria

2. Shively Park, Astoria

3. Cannon Beach City Park

Best Place for a Picnic

1. The Beach

2. Astoria Column

3. Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach

Best Place to Walk

1. Astoria Riverwalk

2. The Beach

3. Discovery Trail, Long Beach Peninsula

Best Place to Watch Fireworks

1. Long Beach Boardwalk

2. Astoria Riverwalk

3. Seaside

Best Tourist Attraction

1. The Beach

2. Astoria Column

3. Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach


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