The Federal Way Mirror recognized the Best of Federal Way award winners who attended the 20th annual event Wednesday at the Federal Way Community Center. Jessica Keller, the Mirror

The Federal Way Mirror recognized the Best of Federal Way award winners who attended the 20th annual event Wednesday at the Federal Way Community Center. Jessica Keller, the Mirror

Best of Federal Way 2018: 20 years and counting | SEE THE WINNERS

The Mirror honored winners at March 7 awards ceremony.

The Mirror is proud to present the results of our 20th annual Best of Federal Way contest, which recognizes the city’s top businesses, people and places.

The winners were chosen by you – the readers – through online and print ballots. Voting was held November through January, and the Mirror officially revealed the winners March 7 at an awards program at the Federal Way Community Center.

Thousands of votes were cast this year in 61 categories covering everything from the best restaurants and service providers to the best city leaders and the best teachers in elementary school, middle school and high school.

We are also excited to announce that Shelley Pauls has been named the Mirror’s 2017 Citizen of the Year. Although frequently spotted behind a camera, Pauls is involved in a number community service projects such as the We Love Our City event and the Homeless Mothers and Children Initiative. Pauls was among the 2017 honorees for Citizen of the Month, and all of these honorees deserve our gratitude for working hard to make Federal Way a better place to live, work and play.

“She doesn’t want the limelight,” fellow community volunteer Cheryl Hurst said of Pauls, whose story appears in this special section. “She would rather just make things happen.”

Please continue to send your nominations for Citizen of the Month and let us know about local people who are making a positive difference in the community.

In the meantime, remember that the winners of this year’s Best of Federal Way contest are worth celebrating all year long. On behalf of the Mirror family, thank you for reading.

FOOD

Asian

1st place: Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse

2nd: Thai Bistro

3rd: Grand Peking

Barbecue

1st place: Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse

2nd: L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

3rd: Pac Island Grill

Brunch/breakfast

1st place: Black Bear Diner

2nd: Biscuits Cafe

3rd: Poverty Bay Coffee Company

Buffet

1st place: Salty’s Redondo Beach Seafood Grill

2nd: Jasmine Mongolian Grill

3rd: East India Grill

Coffee shop

1st place: Poverty Bay Coffee Company

2nd: Asensio Coffee

3rd: Gravity

Deli/sandwich

1st place: Panera Bread

2nd: Poverty Bay Coffee Company

3rd: Marlene’s Market and Deli

Family dining

1st place: Black Bear Diner

2nd: Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse

3rd: Red Robin

Burgers

1st place: Burger Express

2nd: Stacks Burgers

3rd: Red Robin

Ice cream

1st place: Sub Zero

2nd: Cold Stone Creamery

3rd: Menchie’s

Indian

1st place: East India Grill

2nd: Maharaj Cuisine of India

3rd: Can Am Pizza

Lunch

1st place: Panera Bread

2nd: Chipotle

3rd: Marlene’s Market and Deli

Mexican

1st place: Puerto Vallarta

2nd: Azteca

3rd: Senor Taco

Pizza

1st place: The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen

2nd: Pizza Pizazz

3rd: Vince’s

Seafood

1st place: Salty’s Redondo Beach Seafood Grill

2nd: McGrath’s Fish House

3rd: Ivar’s

Steakhouse

1st place: Black Angus

2nd: Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse

3rd: Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse

LIVING

Best police officer

1st place: Chief Andy Hwang

2nd: Chris Norman

3rd: Kyle Sumpter

Best firefighter

1st place: Jeff Bellinghausen

2nd: Ryan Herrera

3rd: Al Church

Best city leader

1st place: Susan Honda

2nd: Jim Ferrell

3rd: Tammy Campbell

Community volunteer

1st place: Cindy Ducich

2nd: Shelley Pauls

3rd: Diana Noble-Gulliford

Educational facility

1st place: Christian Faith School

2nd: Federal Way Community Center

3rd: Highline College

Kids activities

1st place: Federal Way Community Center

2nd: Wild Waves Theme Park

3rd: Pattison’s West

Local charity/non-profit

1st place: Multi-Service Center

2nd: FUSION

3rd: Communities in Schools

Teacher/Elementary

1st place: Wendy Boettcher, Christian Faith School

2nd: Maria Rainbow Rubatino, Green Gables Elementary

3rd: Chris Andrews, Mirror Lake Elementary

Teacher/Middle School

1st place: Mary Beth McCrummen, Lakota Middle School

2nd: Chrissie Bianchi, Christian Faith School

3rd: Raisa Baker, TAF@Saghalie

Teacher/High School

1st place: Pam Ashe, Federal Way High School

2nd: Jeff Chang, Decatur High School

3rd: Sherry Kerr, Federal Way High School

Tourist attraction

1st place: Wild Waves Theme Park

2nd: Dash Point State Park

3rd: Redondo pier/boardwalk

Bar/nightclub

1st place: Scoreboard

2nd: Time Out Ale House

3rd: Salty’s Redondo Beach Seafood Grill

Local arts group

1st place: Centerstage Theatre

2nd: Federal Way Symphony

3rd: Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory

Best event venue

1st place: Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center

2nd: Federal Way Community Center

3rd: Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club

SERVICE

Attorney

1st place: Tim Hickel

2nd: Rajiv Nagaich

3rd: Herman C. Brewer IV

Bank/credit union

1st place: BECU

2nd: HomeStreet Bank

3rd: Red Canoe Credit Union

Barber shop

1st place: Gents Fine Grooming For Men

2nd: Sport Clips

3rd: Great Clips

Bartender

1st place: Jen Rosentrater, Time Out Ale House

2nd: Jennie McCrory, Star Lake Inn

3rd: Tawna Gogolin, Salty’s

Health care clinic

1st place: Virginia Mason Medical Center

2nd: St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center

3rd: Seattle Children’s Hospital in Federal Way

Day care

1st place: Brooklake Childcare & Learning

2nd: Christian Faith School

3rd: KinderCare (Redondo)

Massage/day spa

1st place: 8th Day Spa

2nd: Massage For Health and Day Spa

3rd: Toni Johnson, Your Wellness Massage Therapy

Dentist

1st place: Dr. Mo Mahoutchi

2nd: Dr. Kenneth Brossel, DDS

3rd: Dr. Stacy R. Kanda, DDS

Financial advisor

1st place: BECU

2nd: Wyman & Associates

3rd: Barney Hartley, Cetera Advisors

Fitness facility/location

1st place: Temple Fitness

2nd: iLoveKickboxing

3rd: Federal Way Community Center

Hair salon

1st place: Twin Lakes Hair Salon

2nd: Bella Red Salon

3rd: HairMasters

Health care professional

1st place: Dr. David Kieras, Virginia Mason

2nd: John Apostol, Pediatrics NW

3rd: Michelle Chaney

Insurance agent

1st place: Jack Stanford, Stanford Insurance

2nd: Brady Nelson, State Farm; 3rd: Ted Colby, State Farm

Mortgage company

1st place: BECU

2nd: HomeStreet Bank

3rd: Jennifer Buckholz @ CMG Financial

Nail salon

1st place: 8th Day Spa

2nd: The Avenue

3rd: Nails Tek

Real estate agent

1st place: Sarah Asay – Keller Williams

2nd: Cari Franklin – Keller Williams

3rd: Lori DeVore

Residential painter

1st place: Five Star Painting

2nd: Progressive Painting

3rd: k2 painting

Senior living facility

1st place: Village Green Retirement

2nd: SHAG

3rd: Mill Ridge Village

Tutor

1st place: Sylvan Learning

2nd: Treehouse

3rd: Multi-Service Center

Veterinarian

1st place: Twin Lakes Veterinary Hospital

2nd: Sacajawea Healthcare for Pets

3rd: Crestwood Animal Hospital LLC

Waiter/location

1st place: Tad Richter, Salty’s

2nd: Jesus Nava, Twin Lakes Puerto Vallarta

3rd: Dustin Vistante, Puerto Vallarta

Waitress/location

1st place: Tia Gomez, Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse

2nd: Sara Walton, Billy McHale’s

3rd: Rene Koehler, Black Bear Diner

Adult in-home care

1st place: Comfort Keepers

2nd: Catholic Community Services

3rd: Visiting Angels

Chiropractor

1st place: Life & Health Chiropractic & Massage Centre

2nd: NW Sports Rehab

3rd: Ball Chiropractic

SHOPPING

Jewelry store

1st place: Jeffrey’s Jewelry Design Studio

2nd: Federal Way Custom Jewelers

3rd: Fred Meyer Jewelers

Nursery & Garden

1st place: Branches Garden Center

2nd: Lowe’s

3rd: Home Depot

Pet store

1st place: Mud Bay

2nd: PetSmart

3rd: Petco

Tires

1st place: Les Schwab

2nd: Discount Tire

3rd: Costco Federal Way

Doggie daycare/groomers

1st place: The Soggy Doggy

2nd: Biscuits

3rd: Big Dog Little Dog

Computer repair

1st place: Geeks @ Site

2nd: Best Buy Geek Squad

3rd: Infotech

Auto detail

1st place: Jim’s Detail Shop

2nd: Pro Auto Touch

3rd: Car Toys

Auto repair shop

1st place: Sparks Car Care

2nd: Eagle Tire and Automotive

3rd: Northshore RV & Auto Repair

Mirror publisher Andy Hobbs, right, presents Shelley Pauls with the Citizen of the Year Award. Heidi Sanders, the Mirror

Mirror publisher Andy Hobbs, right, presents Shelley Pauls with the Citizen of the Year Award. Heidi Sanders, the Mirror

The Mirror’s Citizens of the Month for 2017 were recognized during the event. Jessica Keller, the Mirror

The Mirror’s Citizens of the Month for 2017 were recognized during the event. Jessica Keller, the Mirror

Mirror sales consultant Linda Staples, left, and best teacher – elementary school winner Wendy Boettcher of Christian Faith School. Heidi Sanders, the Mirror

Mirror sales consultant Linda Staples, left, and best teacher – elementary school winner Wendy Boettcher of Christian Faith School. Heidi Sanders, the Mirror

Dave Monteith, left, and Angela Bayler, center, from Centerstage Theatre, winner of best local arts group, with Mirror sales consultant Cindy Ducich. Heidi Sanders, the Mirror

Dave Monteith, left, and Angela Bayler, center, from Centerstage Theatre, winner of best local arts group, with Mirror sales consultant Cindy Ducich. Heidi Sanders, the Mirror

South King Fire & Rescue Capt. Jeff Bellinghausen, best firefighter winner, right, and Mirror sales consultant Cindy Ducich. Heidi Sanders, the Mirror

South King Fire & Rescue Capt. Jeff Bellinghausen, best firefighter winner, right, and Mirror sales consultant Cindy Ducich. Heidi Sanders, the Mirror

Mirror sales consultant Cindy Ducich, left, and Carl Goretski from The Soggy Doggy, winner of best doggy day care/groomers. Heidi Sanders, the Mirror

Mirror sales consultant Cindy Ducich, left, and Carl Goretski from The Soggy Doggy, winner of best doggy day care/groomers. Heidi Sanders, the Mirror

King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer, center, and his legislative staff director Tyler Pichette, left, enjoy ice cream while talking to Sub Zero Ice Cream owner Jack Walsh and his wife, Judy, at the Best of Federal Way reception Wednesday at the Federal Way Community Center. Walsh and his wife mixed up ice cream using liquid nitrogen at one of the vendor booths at the event. Jessica Keller, the Mirror

King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer, center, and his legislative staff director Tyler Pichette, left, enjoy ice cream while talking to Sub Zero Ice Cream owner Jack Walsh and his wife, Judy, at the Best of Federal Way reception Wednesday at the Federal Way Community Center. Walsh and his wife mixed up ice cream using liquid nitrogen at one of the vendor booths at the event. Jessica Keller, the Mirror

Antoinette Johnson of You’re Wellness gives Rocky Chopra a massage during the Best of Federal Way event. Heidi Sanders, the Mirror

Antoinette Johnson of You’re Wellness gives Rocky Chopra a massage during the Best of Federal Way event. Heidi Sanders, the Mirror

Mirror sales consultant Linda Staples, right, and Dan and Brynn Esbenshade, owners of Temple Fitness, winner of best fitness facility. Heidi Sanders, the Mirror

Mirror sales consultant Linda Staples, right, and Dan and Brynn Esbenshade, owners of Temple Fitness, winner of best fitness facility. Heidi Sanders, the Mirror

Jason Johnson, general manager of The Rock Wood Fired Pizza in Federal Way, hands out slices of pizza during the event. Heidi Sanders, the Mirror

Jason Johnson, general manager of The Rock Wood Fired Pizza in Federal Way, hands out slices of pizza during the event. Heidi Sanders, the Mirror

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