By Polly Keary, Editor
The Sky Valley is a fair distance outside of the Seattle-Tacoma metropolis, but some of its businesses are standing out among their more urban counterparts anyway in the annual King 5 Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington contest.
The contest opened for nominations and voting Sept. 9 and will continue through Oct. 18. The first week there were more than 20,000 nominations and 75,000 votes cast.
Currently within the top five in their respective categories are 17 Sky Valley businesses.
To log in and vote, go to http://best.king5.com/.
The Evergreen State Fair is in third place for Best Local Event, (right after Hemp Fest).
Monroe High School is in fourth place for Best School with the Most Spirit; Snohomish High School is currently in first.
Man Cave Barber Shop in Monroe is number two for Best Barber.
Guilt Free Goodness is in fourth place for Best Gluten Free Bakery.
Grow With Me Boutique in Monroe is number two in Children’s Clothing.
My L.A. Fashion on Main Street in Monroe is in third for Women’s Boutiques.
Steven’s Pass Snowboard Shop in Gold Bar is so far number five for Best Ski and Snowboard Shop.
The Monroe Boys and Girls Club is in fifth place for Best Daycare.
Hill Street Cleaners in Monroe is in third place for Best Dry Cleaning.
Monroe Laundry Company is in third place for Best Laundry.
Galaxy 12 Theater in Monroe is number three for Best Movie Theater.
Sam’s Cats and Dogs, Naturally, is number four for Best Pet Supplies.
Ben Franklin in Monroe is in first place for Best Arts and Crafts.
Sweet Indulgence in Monroe is in fourth place for Best Chocolate.
Snoqualmie Ice Cream in Maltby is number two for Best Ice Cream Shop.
Big Dog Music DJ of Monroe is number three for Best DJ.
Chaplain Dave is in first place for Best Wedding Officiant.