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Best of the Black Hills 2014

Best of the Black Hills 2014

The results are in and Rapid City Journal readers have picked their favorite places in the Hills. Inside you'll see the newly crowned champions, named the 2014 Best of the Black Hills.

How you picked the Best of the Black Hills

More than 15,000 votes were cast and the results are in. This special section highlights the winners in the 2014 Best of the Black Hills contest.

The winners in nearly 100 categories represent the best professionals, retailers and restaurants from across the entire Black Hills region as chosen by readers of the Rapid City Journal at rapidcityjournal.com.

During round 1, more than 1,000 readers nominated their favorites in each category. The most-nominated businesses were named finalists. Voters then took over and selected the winners.

Each winner not only receives the knowledge that they are operating at a high level and pleasing their customers, but also receives recognition in the Journal and a certificate to display.

The Journal sends its gratitude to all who submitted a nomination, voted or participated in the contest as a contestant.

Listed below are the winner and top finalists in each category.

Congratulations!

Refresh & Pamper

Massage             

  1. AJ's Wicked Salon & Spa
  2. Akela Spa of Deadwood
  3. A Perfect 10 Nail & Beauty Bar

Mani/Pedi

  1. A Perfect 10 Nail & Beauty Bar
  2. AJ's Wicked Salon & Spa
  3. Akela Spa of Deadwood

Hair Salon & Spa

  1. AJ's Wicked Salon & Spa
  2. The Man Salon
  3. Best Little Hair House

Live Well

Apartment Community

  1. Stoney Creek Highlands Apartment Homes
  2. Founders Park Village
  3. Harmony Heights

New Home Builder        

  1. Dean Kelly Construction
  2. Jorgensen Log Homes
  3. Mehlhaff Construction

Senior Living Community

  1. Westhills Village
  2. Fountain Springs Community
  3. Golden Living Center

Golf Course                      

  1. The Golf Club at Red Rock  
  2. Meadowbrook Golf Course
  3. Hart Ranch Golf Course

Place to Feel the Burn  

  1. YMCA   
  2. Barefoot Dance Studio
  3. Fitness Plus

Laughs & Leisure            

Place for Kids on a Rainy Days

  1. WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort
  2. The Outdoor Campus – West  
  3. YMCA

Place for a First Date     

  1. Alpine Inn
  2. Vertex Sky Bar
  3. Firehouse Brewing Company     

Place to Have a Kid's Birthday Party       

  1. WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort
  2. Chuck E. Cheese’s
  3. Just Jymnastics

Hotel   

  1. The Lodge at Deadwood
  2. The Franklin Hotel
  3. Hotel Alex Johnson

Casino 

  1. The Lodge at Deadwood Gaming Resort
  2. Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex
  3. Tin Lizzie Casino

Attraction          

  1. Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  2. Reptile Gardens
  3. Storybook Island

Loosest Slots    

  1. The Lodge at Deadwood Gaming Resort
  2. Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex
  3. Tin Lizzie Casino                                                                      

Bed & Breakfast              

  1. Buffalo Rock Lodge
  2. Black Forest Inn Bed & Breakfast
  3. Summer Creek

Visitor Photo Op

  1. Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  2. Vertex Sky Bar
  3. Crazy Horse Memorial

Historic Building

  1. The Franklin Hotel
  2. Hotel Alex Johnson        
  3. Elks Theatre

Park      

  1. Custer State Park
  2. Canyon Lake Resort
  3. Spearfish City Campground

Picnic Spot

  1. Canyon Lake
  2. Roughlock Falls
  3. Spearfish City Campground

Art Gallery/Store

  1. Prairie Edge Trading Co. and Galleries
  2. Jon Crane Gallery and Custom Framing
  3. James Van Nuys Gallery                          

Edibles

Dessert                              

  1. Alpine Inn
  2. Millstone Family Restaurant            
  3. Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates                         

BBQ      

  1. Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que
  2. Texas Roadhouse                   
  3. Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Bakery

  1. Jerry's Cakes & Donuts
  2. Colonial House Restaurant      
  3. Piece of Cake

Wings                 

  1. Buffalo Wild Wings  
  2. Paddy O’Neill's Irish Pub
  3. Shooters Wood Fire Grill        

Sub sandwich                  

  1. Subway               
  2. Philly Ted's
  3. Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches

Meat Selection

  1. Safeway
  2. Vertex Sky Bar
  3. Cutting Edge Meat Market

Ice Cream           

  1. Armadillo’s Ice Cream Shoppe
  2. Cold Stone Creamery
  3. Dairy Queen

Burger Joint      

  1. Sugar Shack
  2. Black Hills Burger & Bun Co.
  3. Paddy O’Neill's Irish Pub

Place to Get a Steak      

  1. Alpine Inn
  2. Dakotah Steakhouse
  3. Texas Roadhouse

Pizza                    

  1. Beau Jo's Pizza
  2. Independent Ale House
  3. Lintz Bros. Pizza

Asian Restaurant            

  1. China Luck
  2. Golden Phoenix
  3. Imperial Chinese Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant

  1. Guadalajara
  2. On the BorderMexican Grill & Cantina                                                                 
  3. Que Pasa Mexican Kitchen and Cantina

Family Restaurant

  1. Millstone Family Restaurant
  2. Colonial House Restaurant
  3. Olive Garden

High-end Restaurant    

  1. Vertex Sky Bar
  2. Dakotah Steakhouse
  3. Tally's Silver Spoon                               

Sunday Brunch 

  1. Silverado Grand Buffet 
  2. Minervas Restaurant & Bar
  3. Vertex Sky Bar

Salad Bar            

  1. Ruby Tuesday
  2. Millstone Family Restaurant
  3. Minervas Restaurant & Bar

Best Overall Restaurant               

  1. The Lodge at Deadwood
  2. Silverado Grand Buffet
  3. Vertex Sky Bar

Sushi    

  1. Fuji Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
  2. Coco Palace
  3. Ichiban Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine

Donuts

  1. Jerry's Cakes and Donuts
  2. Creekside Restaurant at Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort
  3. Wall Drug

Frozen Yogurt  

  1. Cherry Berry Yogurt Bar
  2. Yoyo Berri
  3. SmallCakes

Deli                      

  1. Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
  2. Smiling Moose Deli
  3. Safeway                                  

Indian  

  1. Everest Cuisine
  2. Curry Masala
  3. Katmandu Bistro                                                                             

Italian  

  1. Botacelli Ristorante
  2. Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
  3. Minervas Restaurant & Bar                                                                            

Buffet  

  1. Silverado Grand Buffet
  2. Pizza Ranch
  3. Tin Lizzie Restaurant & Grill

Tacos    

  1. Taco John’s         
  2. Qdoba Mexican Grill
  3. Taco Bell

Meal Under $10

  1. The Millstone Family Restaurant
  2. Tin Lizzie Restaurant & Grill
  3. Qdoba Mexican Grill                                                                            

Breakfast            

  1. The Millstone Family Restaurant  
  2. Colonial House Restaurant & Bar
  3. Tally's Silver Spoon 

Romantic Dinner             

  1. Alpine Inn
  2. Vertex Sky Bar
  3. Botacelli Ristorante

Drink & Be Merry   

Happy Hour  

  1. Independent Ale House
  2. Paddy O'Neill's Irish Bar                 
  3. Minervas Restaurant & Bar

Beer Selection 

  1. Independent Ale House
  2. Paddy O'Neill's Irish Bar    
  3. Firehouse Brewing Company

Wine Selection

  1. Firehouse Wine Cellars
  2. Prairie Berry Winery
  3. Naked Winery

Cup of Coffee   

  1. Seattle's Best Coffee
  2. Dunn Bros Coffee
  3. Starbucks

Bar/Pub                                                                                             

  1. Paddy O'Neill's Irish Pub
  2. Murphy's Pub and Grill
  3. Thirsty's

Brewery

  1. Firehouse Brewing Company           
  2. Crow Peak Brewing Company
  3. Hay Camp Brewery

Winery   

  1. Firehouse Wine Cellars
  2. Prairie Berry Winery
  3. Naked Winery

Cocktail

  1. Vertex Sky Bar
  2. Murphy's Pub and Grill
  3. 445 Martini Lounge

Sports Bar                                                                                         

  1. The Lodge at Deadwood
  2. Paddy O'Neill's Irish Pub
  3. Brown Rock Sports Café at Cadillac Jack's

Singles Bar

  1. Murphy's Pub & Grill
  2. Paddy O'Neill's
  3. Dublin Square Irish Pub & Grill

Shopping & Services                     

Landscaping

  1. Jolly Lane Greenhouse
  2. Aspen Ridge Lawn & Landscape
  3. Rockingtree Landscape

Auto Repair                      

  1. I-90 Amoco
  2. Toyota of the Black Hills
  3. Doug's Sinclair

New Car Dealer               

  1. Courtesy Subaru
  2. Toyota of the Black Hills
  3. Granite Automotive

Used Car Dealer              

  1. Black Hills Auto Sales
  2. Lowlife motors
  3. Courtesy Subaru

Tire Dealer

  1. Bargain Barn Tire Center
  2. TMA Tire Muffler Alignment  
  3. Great Western Tire, Inc.  

Optical

  1. Tucker-Kudrna-Holec-Young Eye Care Centre
  2. Independent Optical
  3. Pillen Optical

Jewelry Store   

  1. Riddle’s Jewelry
  2. Neugebeauer’s Fine Jewelry
  3. Landstrom’s Original Black Hills Gold Creations                                                           

Doctor 

  1. Rapid City Medical Center
  2. Dr. Kari A. Lund, Black Hills Urgent Care
  3. Michael J. Statz, Rapid City Medical Center

Physical Therapy             

  1. Hart Physical Therapy
  2. Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center    
  3. The Physical Therapy Center

Florist      

  1. Victoria's Garden            
  2. Jolly Lane Floral
  3. Flowers by LeRoy

Boutique/Women's Clothes     

  1. A Walk in the Woods Gallery & Gifts
  2. Karma Boutique
  3. Shangri La Boutique  

Chiropractor     

  1. Strain Chiropractic Clinic                           
  2. Black Hills Chiropractic
  3. Lecy Chiropractic                               

Real Estate Company    

  1. RE/MAX of Rapid City
  2. CENTURY 21 ClearView Realty
  3. VIP Properties                                                                  

Bank/Credit  Union                                                                     

  1. Black Hills Federal Credit Union
  2. Black Hills Community Bank
  3. Wells Fargo

Men's Clothing

  1. Kohl’s
  2. Michael's Men’s Wear
  3. Seeley Clothing

Dentist

  1. Dr. Kate S. Haave, DDS
  2. Loftus Dental
  3. Ray Dental Group                      

Pharmacy

  1. Walgreens
  2. Boyds Drug Mart
  3. Safeway

Insurance Agent

  1. Black Hills Insurance Agency, Inc.
  2. State Farm                   
  3. Dave Schmidt Insurance Agency, Inc.

Liquor Store      

  1. Canyon Lake Liquors
  2. Boyds Liquor Mart
  3. Smith’s Liquor Gallery

Gift Shop            

  1. Weathered Vane Gifts
  2. Boyds Drug Mart
  3. A Walk in the Woods Gallery & Gifts

Pawn Shop

  1. Pawn With Us   
  2. First National Pawn
  3. Fair Deal Pawn & Gun

Health Food Store

  1. Breadroot Natural Goods Co-op
  2. Staple & Spice Market
  3. Main Street Market

Travel Agency/Tour Company   

  1. 10 Cat Travel
  2. Modrick’s Travel  
  3. Mount Rushmore Tours 1876

Sports Dealer   

  1. Play it Again Sports
  2. Scheels
  3. Cabela’s              

Auctioneers                                                                              

  1. Bradeen Real Estate and Auctions  
  2. Martin Jurisch and Associates
  3. Arneson Auction Service  

Nursery/Greenhouse

  1. Jolly Lane Greenhouse
  2. Rockingtree Floral & Garden Center (Sturgis)
  3. The Plantsmyth 

Vet

  1. All Creatures Veterinary Hospital  
  2. Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic
  3. Mountain View Animal Hospital

Oil Change         

  1. I-90 Service Center
  2. TMA Tire Muffler Alignment   
  3. Super-Lube  

Pool and Spa Supply Store

  1. Pool & Spa Center
  2. Rapid Spa                                                                                                          

 Thrift Store

  1. Salvation Army Thrift Store
  2. The Cornerstone Rescue Mission Thrift Store
  3. The Thrift Store (Club for Boys)

Antique Shop                                                  

  1. St. Joe Antique Mall & Gift
  2. Clock Shop                          
  3. Rochford Mall Inc.

Motorcycle Dealer

  1. Black Hills Harley-Davidson
  2. Rice Honda Suzuki

Tattoo Parlor    

  1. Thrash's Living Art Studio
  2. Black Hills Tattoo & Piercing
  3. Wild Idea Tattoo & Piercing                                                                     

Piercing Place  

  1. Thrash's Living Art Studio  
  2. Wild Idea Tattoo & Piercing
  3. Visionary INK

Bowling              

  1. Meadowood Lanes
  2. Lucky Strike Lanes   
  3. Robbinsdale Entertainment Center                                            

Place to Have a Wedding

  1. Chapel in the Hills
  2. Sylvan Lake 
  3. Hotel Alex Johnson

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