Best of Federal Way 2023 results: Living categories

Best teacher, police officer, doggy daycare and more.

A life well-lived is due in part to the communities we frequent and the people we meet. Here are the Best of Federal Way winners and finalists in the living categories.

Thank you to all who voted in this year’s contest!

Categories for Best…


1st — Umpqua Bank

2nd — Heritage Bank

3rd — HomeStreet Bank


1st — Billy McHale’s

2nd — JP’s Tavern

3rd — Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse

City Leader

1st — Susan Honda

2nd — Jim Ferrell

3rd — Dave Larson

Community Volunteer

1st — Cheryl Hurst

2nd — Shelley Pauls

3rd — Rose Ehl

Credit Union

1st — BECU

2nd — Qualstar Credit Union, Red Canoe Credit Union (tie)

3rd — Sound Credit Union

Doggy Daycare/Groomers

1st — The Soggy Doggy

2nd — Biscuits

3rd — Brush & Beyond, PetSmart (tie)

Educational Facility

1st — Pacific Christian Academy

2nd — Brooklake Christian School

3rd — Federal Way Community Center


1st — Ann Hoag

2nd — Brad Chaney

3rd — Ryan Herrera

Fitness Facility/Location

1st — BestHour Fitness

2nd — Federal Way Community Center

3rd — Curves

Jewelry Store

1st — Federal Way Custom Jewelers

2nd — Jeffrey’s Jewelry Design Studio

3rd — Fred Meyer Jewelers

Local Arts Group

1st — Centerstage Theatre

2nd — Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory

3rd — Federal Way Symphony

Local Non-Profit

1st — FUSION

2nd — Multi-Service Center

3rd — Kiwanis Club of Federal Way

Pet Store

1st — Mud Bay

2nd — The Soggy Doggy

3rd — Petco


1st — Andy Hwang

2nd — Casey Jones

3rd — Lindsey Sperry

Senior Living Facility

1st — Village Green Retirement

2nd — Brookdale Federal Way

3rd — Garden Terrace Federal Way, SHAG – Celebration Senior Living (tie)

Teacher – Elementary

1st — Kiersten Stimets, Pacific Christian Academy

2nd — Mandy Eldridge, Twin Lakes Elementary

3rd — Myrtle Dickson, Pacific Christian Academy

Teacher – Middle School

1st — Ahmad Tirhi, Sacajawea Middle School

2nd — Rachel Johnston, Pacific Christian Academy

3rd — Yvette Gregg, Illahee Middle School

Teacher – High School

1st — Helena Cho, Pacific Christian Academy

2nd — Renita Hall, Pacific Christian Academy

3rd — Lauren Hamilton, FWHS

Tire Store

1st — Les Schwab #378

2nd — Costco Federal Way

3rd — Discount Tire


1st — Sylvan Learning

2nd — Kumon Math and Reading Center of Federal Way

3rd — Treehouse Learning Center