The personal touch and fresh, beautiful arrangements give Garside the wreath for this category.

“It's a long term relationship," said one voter. "Always fresh beautiful flowers, flexible.”

Garside also has a long-term relationship with this category -- it is the fourth-straight year they've been voted top florist!

Obviously, they've had many satisfied customers:

“Terrific people! Always friendly and helpful! Beautiful arrangements! Timely and affordable!”

“After a fairly long absence, my sister went into the store to purchase flowers to put at her son’s headstone. Even though she hadn't been in for a while, they remembered her name and made her feel very valued!”

WINNER: Garside, 6610 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661, (360) 694-3331

RUNNERS UP: Luepke’s, Flower Express, Main Street Floral.


Kohl's was voted the best Clothing Value by Clark County voters for a third year in a row.

Perhaps it makes sense. Kohl's has something for everyone, no matter the size, no matter the fashion. And the prices aren't too bad, either.

From our voters:

“Many choices, good price range, wide selection of styles.”

“Great sales plus coupons.”

WINNER: Kohl's, Hazel Dell: 9312 NE 5th Ave., Vancouver, 98665, (360) 546-3369; SE Vancouver, 17001 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, 98684, (360)254-6594.

RUNNERS UP: Déjà Vu (Vancouver), Goodwill, Ross

Erik Runyan Jewelers

Repeating the award from 2009 and 2011, Eric Runyan Jewelers was voted as the top Jeweler in Clark County.

Eric Runyan's Jewelers proves many services, including custom jewel creation, giving your old jewelry a makeover and offering a "Signature Collection," in which your diamond is "laser inscribed and comes with a Diamond Analysis Card containing your diamond’s own serial number and unique characteristics."

All of which makes Eric Runyan the jeweler Clark County goes to.

From the voters:

“Great shopping events...they make jewelry shopping fun.”

“Very friendly and helpful, love the staff and they work with you on prices.”

“Lovely jewelry and good courtesy follow-up to ensure customers keep purchases in good condition.”

WINNER: Erik Runyan Jewelers, 900 Washington Street, Vancouver, WA, (360) 699-1917

RUNNERS UP: Fred Meyer, Rand, My Jeweler

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe's has a simple philosophy: great food + great prices = Value. That equation has led Trader Joe's to be a three-time Best of Clark County winner.

By putting hard-to-find, innovative and great-tasting food on the shelves, Trader Joe's has become the place to go for that once-in-a-lifetime item you just have to have.

Here are some thoughts from the voters:

“Where else can you get an awesome bottle of wine for $3?”

“They have a fantastic selection and excellent prices.”

WINNER: Trader Joe’s, 305 SE Chkalov Dr., Vancouver, WA, (360) 883-9000.

RUNNERS UP: New Seasons, Chuck’s, Whole Foods


This is the fourth Best of Clark County award for Spanky's in the last four years, a tribute to their ability to keep nice clothes on the shelves -- at reasonable prices -- while allowing people to make a little extra money for themselves.

Bring in your well-cared for items, then stick around and browse for some new-to-you clothes. Spanky's presents their clothes during the appropriate season, so if you need it now, they'll have it.

Our voters appreciated how far their dollar went at Spanky's:

“Great deals, great customer service! Long-time business (30 years) serving the area's families, too.”

“Great deals!”

WINNER: Spanky’s, 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Suite 114, Vancouver, WA, 98684, (360) 260-0791.

RUNNERS UP: Déjà vu Vancouver, Divine Consign, Déjà vu Camas

Anoush Deli International Food

Although the Anoush Deli prides themselves on "serving the best Gyros in Clark County for more than 17 years," the international food market does offer so much more. Specializing in deli meats, cheeses and seafoods from around the world, Anoush Deli also prepares dishes on site.

One voter appreciated the variety, and service, Anoush provided.

“Employees are eager to help or share Mid-Eastern recipes. Wonderful selection of premium cold cuts (like the ones made in Chicago or New York), 4 types of Feta... and dozens of cheeses, fresh made-in-store European breads and bakery goods, and imported canned goods and delicious wines!”

WINNER: Anoush Deli International Food Market, 6808 NE Fourth Plain, Vancouver, WA 98662, (360) 693-4359

RUNNERS UP: Ocean King Market, Sorya Asian Market, A-Dong Market

WinCo Foods

With the economic outlook still a little hazy, Clark County voters went with the grocery store that afforded them the best deal on the groceries they needed. And although the voting was close at the top, WinCo edged both Fred Meyers and Chucks as the top vote getter.

Of the voters that commented, great low prices was the common thread with a nod to variety and selection of items.

For example:

“Excellent prices. Good variety of foods that is consistent.”

“Huge selection. Bargain prices.”

WINNER: WinCo Foods, various locations

RUNNERS UP: Fred Meyer, Chuck’s, New Seasons

One World Merchants

One World Merchants offers unique gifts, clothing, jewelry and fine furnishings from near and far, and that's why Clark County voted them as best Unusual Gifts store. As a fair trade store, One World Merchants travels the word and buys direct from the source, or other small importers.

And, in some cases, from just around the corner.

“Great gift ideas from around the world," one voter said. "And the people there are friendly and pillars of the community.”

WINNER: One World Merchants, 2315 Main St, Vancouver, WA, (360) 693-7857.

RUNNERS UP: Not Too Shabby, The Uncommon Gift, Rainy Creek Boutique, Camas Antiques

Barnes & Noble

Even with tablets and e-readers becoming all the rage, there are still some bibliophiles who like to walk the aisles, thumb through a few editions or take up residence in a comfy chair and read a bit. Maybe that's why Barnes & Noble was voted the top Music/Books/Movies store in Clark County.

Of course, Barnes & Noble does have their own tablet (the Nook), but the store also offers events throughout the month. Upcoming in April are Sci-Fi/Fantasy and American Girls Club book groups, as well as storytimes for the little ones and even the occasional costume character event!

WINNER: Barnes & Noble, 7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98662, (360) 253-9007.

RUNNERS UP: Beacock’s, Vintage Books, Video Connections