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2009 Best of Carson Valley results

Staff Reports

Response to The Record-Courier’s 15th annual Best of Carson Valley was twice that of last year’s with more than 1,400 ballots cast by the newspaper’s readers for their local favorites.

Perrenial Carson Valley favorite Douglas High School Football Coach Mike Rippee made a fourth visit to the top slot in polling.

Rippee is in his 25th season coaching the Douglas Tigers.

Douglas High School’s Cade Baligad was named the Valley’s favorite teacher. The Gardnerville Ranchos resident teaches auto shop and also serves on the Ranchos general improvement district board.

Martial artist 13-year-old Kylie Memro won the vote for favorite athlete. Memro also participates in gymnastics, track and cross country.

Valley residents voted in 75 categories for their favorites. Previously a write-in ballot, this year the newspaper suggested participants based on previous years. Residents could write in their favorites, as well.

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Barton Hospice Thrift Store won for the second year in a row. Residents’ favorite thrift store was “the nicest and the cleanest,” according to Yerington resident Diane Weber.

There were some new names to the top spot this year, with Battle Born Wine taking first place for best wine selection for the first year.

Carson Valley’s favorite veterinarian Dr. Cameron Ross was a familiar face to the list, winning a fourth straight first place.

Local favorites Mort’s Auto Body, Main Street Barbers and Minden Electric all came in first place.

The newspaper’s readers also shared their favorite eateries.

Minden bakery Russell’s Mercantile won its category. JT Basque Bar & Dining Room continued its reign as best Basque restaurant. The Wildhorse Pizza Bar & Grill won for the best burgers. Mandarin Gourmet won for best Asian restaurant while Francisco’s continued as the Valley’s favorite Mexican restaurant.

Newcomer Cowboy Cafe took the first place slot for best breakfast spot.

Best law enforcement officer was deputy Todd McEwen, who last made an appearance on the list in 2007.

Antique Store

1. Joyce’s Jewelry, Gifts & Antiques

2. Cheshire Antiques

3. Tumblewind Antiques & Collectibles


1. Kylie Memro

2. Thomas Wicker

3. Bethany Wurster

Auto Body Shop

1. Mort’s Auto Body

2. Norris Auto Body

3. Welcome’s Auto Body

Auto Parts Retail

1. Napa Auto Parts, The Parts House

2. Kragen Auto Parts

3. Carquest Auto Parts

Auto Repair Shop

1. Golden Nugget Automotive

2. Christensen Automotive

3. Mort’s Auto Body


1. Russell’s Mercantile

2. Raley’s Bakery

3. Bravo Cafe & Bakery


1. Wells Fargo

2. Bank of America

3. Greater Nevada Credit Union


1. Centerfield Sports Bar & Grill

2. Saletti’s Restaurant & Bar

3. The French Bar

Barber Shop

1. Main Street Barbers

2. Wild Hair Barbers

3. Alpine Barber Shop

Basque Food

1. JT Basque Bar & Dining Room

2. Carson Valley Country Club

3. Overland Hotel

Beauty Salon

1. Nyona’s Studio 395

2. Drago’s Salon

3. Studio Vogue

Boat Repair Shop

1. Adams Family Marine Service

2. Performance Marine

3. Welcome’s Auto Body


1. Cowboy’s Cafe

2. Katie’s Country Kitchen

3. Danny’s Ironwood Grill


1. The Wildhorse Pizza, Bar & Grill

2. Centerfield Sports Bar & Grill

3. Carson Valley Country Club


1. Dr. Stuart Pardee

2. Dr. David Trujillo

3. Dr. Dublin Hart

Asian Restaurant

1. Mandarin Gourmet

2. Hunan Chinese Restaurant

3. Wasabi’s Sushi & Asian Bistro

Cleaning Service

1. Merry Maids

2. Bigg Impressions Cleaning Service

3. Cassidy Classic Cleaning

Clothing Store

1. Big 5

2. Baby Willow’s

3. Especially for You


1. Mike Rippee

2. George Fujii

3. Cassie Brockway


1. Coffee on Main

2. Starbucks Coffee, Gardnerville

TIE 3. 88 Cups

TIE 3. Starbucks Coffee, Minden

Computer Repair

1. DeBug Computer Consulting

2. Computer Zone

3. E Squared C

Dance Studio

1. All About Dance

2. The Academy of Dance Arts

3. The Dance Workshop

Day Care

1. Land of Oz Preschool

2. Trinity Lutheran Child Care Preschool

3. Sunshine & Rainbows Child Care Center

Day Spa

1. David Walley’s Resort, Hot Springs & Spa

2. Drago’s Salon

3. Shear Heaven Salon Da Spa

Deli Sandwich

1. Port of Subs

2. Full Belly Deli

3. Subway, Minden


1. Dr. Timothy Pinther

2. Dr. Frank Raschilla

3. Dr. Todd Gray


1. Cold Stone Creamery

2. Dairy Queen

3. Barone & Reed Food Co.


1. Barone & Reed Food Co.

2. JT Basque Bar & Dining Room

3. Saletti’s Restaurant & Bar


1. Dr. Ralph Herbig

2. Dr. Steven Brown

TIE 3. Dr. Mark Brune

TIE 3. Dr. Sue Sanchez


1. Minden Electric

2. United Electrical Services

3. Central Systems Electric

Financial Service Provider

1. Greater Nevada Credit Union

2. Wells Fargo, Ted Rich

3. Edward Jones

Fitness Center

1. Carson Valley Swim Center

2. World Gym

3. K2 Pilates

Flower Shop

1. Aladdin Flowers & Gifts

2. A Wildflower

3. Raley’s Florist


1. Lone Tree Frame & Gallery

2. East Fork Gallery

3. Artistic Viewpoints Gallery & Studio

Gas Station

1. Arco AM/PM Minden

2. Arco AM/PM Gardnerville

3. Pacific Gasoline

Gift Shop

1. Fresh Ideas

2. Classical Glass

3. Especially for You

Golf Course

1. Carson Valley Golf Course

2. Genoa Lakes Golf Club, Lake Course

3. Genoa Lakes Golf Club, Resort Course

Grocery Store

1. Raley’s Supermarket

2. Lira’s Supermarket

3. Scolari’s Food & Drug Co.

Hair Stylist

1. Nyona Lang

2. Heleyna Traquina

3. Vicki Sunseri

Hardware Store

1. Ace Hardware

2. Meek’s Lumber & Hardware

3. Ahern Rentals

Heating & Air Conditioning

1. Dave Taylor Appliance Service

2. Carson Valley Heating Inc.

3. Coastal Aire & Sheet Metal

Insurance Agent

1. John Scott

2. Stacy Trivitt

3. Mike Eddy

Italian Restaurant

1. Saletti’s Restaurant & Bar

2. Two Guys from Italy

3. Marcello’s Ristorante & Bar

Jewelry Store

1. Joyce’s Jewelry, Gifts & Antiques

2. Especially for You

3. Jewelry Box

Kennel/Pet Sitter

1. Carson Valley Kennels & Grooming

2. Pet Sitters Plus

3. Canine Country Club

Landscape Company

1. Designing with Nature

2. Nevada Landworks

3. Carson Valley Garden & Ranch

Law Enforcement Officer

1. Todd McEwen

2. Rick Koontz

3. Greg Hubbard


1. Accurate Mobile Locksmith

2. Carson Valley Locksmith

3. Howell’s Lock & Safe


1. The Wildhorse Pizza, Bar & Grill

2. Russell’s Mercantile

3. Fiona’s salad bar


1. Heidi Bowers

2. Debbie Orr

3. Barb Nichols

Martial Arts Studio

1. Northwest Martial Arts

2. West Coast Martial Arts

3. Sierra Dojo


1. Mike Schiller

2. Kelly Passot

TIE 3. Rich Christensen

TIE 3. Greg Schierholt- Christensen Automotive

Mexican Restaurant

1. Francisco’s

2. El Aguila Real

3. The New Rancho Grande


1. Dr. Somer Lyons

2. Dr. Richard Baumann

3. Dr. James Herzman


1. Dr. Rick Parigini

2. Dr. Vincent D’Ascoli

3. Dr. Nicole Jane

Permanent Makeup Artist

1. Pamela Horton

2. Suzette Bennett

3. Stephanie Waggoner

Personal Trainer

1. George Fujii

2. Karen Terveer

3. Brenda Fisher

Pest Control

1. Catseye Pest Control

2. Carson Valley Exterminators

3. G&R Pest Control

Pet Groomers

1. Carson Valley Kennels & Grooming

2. Shirley’s Valley Grooming

3. Clippers Dog Grooming


1. Raley’s Supermarket

2. Rite Aid Pharmacy

3. Walgreen’s


1. Photo Happy

2. Kid Pix

3. Bob Macias

Physical Therapist

1. Bill Wall

2. Ron Peck

3. Chuck Harris


1. Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza

2. Pizza Factory

3. Round Table Pizza

Plumbing Company

1. Jackrabbit Plumbing Inc.

2. York Plumbing Inc.

3. Scottsdale Plumbing & Excavation


1. Barone & Reed Food Co.

2. Fiona’s Bar & Grill

3. Wasabi’s Sushi & Asian Bistro

Roofing Company

1. Apex Roofing

2. Coyne Roofing

3. Tom Goldston Roofing, Inc.


1. Cade Baligad

2. Meg Getty

3. Jill Crandall

Thrift Store

1. Barton Hospice Thrift Store

2. FISH Thrift Store

3. Helping Hands Thrift Shop

Tire Shop

1. Mark Smith, Les Schwab Tire Center

2. Tires Plus

3. Kelly Tires, 1-Way Auto Care

Transmission Shop

1. Carson Valley Transmission

2. Christensen Automotive

3. Gardnerville Automotive & Transmission

Travel Agency

1. CruiseScape Travel

2. All About Travel

3. Presto Travel


1. Dr. Cameron Ross

2. Dr. Steve McCabe

3. Dr. Lance Gorrindo


1. Renee McElvain, Taildragger

2. Rita Phillips, Katie’s Coutry Kitchen

3. Cindy Graham, Cowboy’s Cafe

Wine Selection

1. Battle Born Wine

2. Raley’s Supermarket

3. PJ’s Liquors

Yoga/Pilates Studio

1. K2 Pilates

2. Healthy Bodies

3. Sierra Training Studio

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