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Best of Vancouver 2014

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During the fall of 2013, Vancouver Family Magazine readers voted on their favorite local hotspots.

The votes are now in, and the winners are . . .

BEST DATE NIGHT
Cinetopia
Two locations:
8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr‎.
Vancouver, WA 98662
360-448-4100

11700 SE 7th St
Vancouver, WA 98683
360-213-2800
www.cinetopia.com

Perfecting the art of the movie going experience, both Cinetopia locations house a full restaurant and cozy living room style viewing areas. The newer Westfield Mall location also features a movie parlor with luxurious seating and food and drink services. No wonder Couvians continue to flock to the theater for a great date night.
*Best of Vancouver sixth year running!

BEST BABY BOUTIQUE
Cotton Babies
106 Grand Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98661
360-258-0644
www.cottonbabies.com

Moby wrap? Check. Medela breast pump? Check. Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bag with valet stroller clips? Check and check. The newest and smallest member of the family needs a lot of gear, and Cotton Babies has it all, including support and play groups for baby wearing, cloth diapering, car seat installation and more.
*Best of Vancouver third year running!

BEST KIDS’ RETAIL CLOTHING
Target
7809C NE Vancouver Plaza Dr.
Vancouver, WA, 98662
360-253-4324
www.target.com

It’s the go-to big box store for low prices on just about anything. We Vancouver parents are always watching the bottom line, so when a retailer offers adorable clothes for our kiddos at clearance prices, we’re all up in there.

BEST CONSIGNMENT CLOTHING
Spanky’s
13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98684
360-260-0791
www.shopspankys.com

Every blazer, blouse and pair of blue jeans has a history. Was it worn on the first day of kindergarten? On a first date? On that day you found out you were going to be a parent? Once you’re done with that stylish garb you kept free from all the stains that came along with that little one, pass it on to Spanky’s for consignment. You’ll get in-store credit when someone buys it to wear on one of their special days. The circle of fashion life continues.

BEST TOY STORE
Kazoodles
13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3
Vancouver, WA 98684
360-699-9200
www.kazoodlestoys.com

Shop local, shop unique. Toys that encourage creative play and interaction are the specialty of Kazoodles, owned by Vancouver grandparents Bob and Mary Sisson. Their life experience and professional expertise make them specialists in the oh so serious business of play.
*Best of Vancouver sixth year running!

BEST PUBLIC PARK
Esther Short Park
Between Columbia and Esther Streets, and 6th and 8th Streets, downtown Vancouver.
From the Recycled Arts Festival to family frolics in the water features, this jewel in the heart of downtown Vancouver hosts many events, both formal and spontaneous.
*Best of Vancouver sixth year running!

BEST PARENTS’ GROUP VENUE
Little Cups and Grownups
Two locations:
3000 SE 164th Ave Suite# 107 Vancouver, WA 98683
360-254-2375

614 E Main St.
Battle Ground, WA 98604
360-687-2045
www.littlecupscafe.com

Kids joyfully playing equals parents contentedly relaxing. A play area connects to a quaint café and you’ve got a recipe for a blissful morning or afternoon at Little Cups and Grownups, whose Battle Ground location also accommodates a preschool.

BEST KIDS’ FUN SPOT
Dizzy Castle
11606 NE 66th St.
Vancouver, WA 98662
360-885-PLAY
www.dizzycastle.com

It’s all the buzz between parents of small children. Not surprisingly, indoor play areas are hugely successful in a place that averages 182 days of rain per year. Dizzy Castle one-ups their competition by providing iPads for use on site by parents supervising their busy and dizzy little ones.

BEST FAMILY NIGHT
Big Al’s
16615 SE 18th St
Vancouver, WA  98683
360- 944-6118
www.ilovebigals.com

Not one, but two bowling alleys provide endless hours of entertainment for families. Add the arcade and the full restaurant and sports bar and you might as well set up a cot in the back room.
*Best of Vancouver sixth year running!

BEST FORMAT CUISINE
Hudson’s Bar and Grill
7805 NE Greenwood Dr.
Vancouver, WA 98662
360- 816-6100
www.hudsonsbarandgrill.com

Seasonal and local fare make Hudson’s Bar and Grill a foodie magnet. On top of that, the restaurant, which connects to the Heathman Lodge in the Van Mall area, boasts sustainability honors of 2010 Business Generator Recycler of the Year by
Washington State Recycling Association and one of the Top 100 Best Green Companies to Work For by Oregon Business Magazine.

BEST SPA SALON
Athena Day Spa
2702 NE 78th St.
Vancouver, WA 98665
360-573-4813
www.athenadayspa.biz

Massage, facial, nails, haircut and color? Yes, please! It’s a one-stop shop for all things beauty, inside and out.

BEST PIZZA PLACE
It’s a tie!
The Rock Wood-Fired Pizza and Spirits
2420 Columbia House Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98661
360-695-7625
www.therockwfp.com

Rock and roll plus killer pizza attracts regular crowds to this joint at Grand Central Station in Vancouver.

Vancouver Pizza Company
2219 Main St.
Vancouver, WA  98660
360-750-1176
www.vancouverpizza.net

Try one of 25 varieties of specialty pizza or build your own masterpiece in downtown Vancouver. The menu also features gluten free and vegan options, hot sandwiches, fresh salads and more.

BEST FAMILY DINNER EXPERIENCE
It’s a tie!
Old Spaghetti Factory
730 SE 160th Ave
Vancouver, WA 98684
360-253-9030
www.osf.com

The Vancouver restaurant may not have the bold purple roof or waterfront view of the well-known Portland location, but the menu and décor are just as kid-friendly, with fundamentally Italian dishes and trolley car seats.
*Best of Vancouver second year running!

Olive Garden
8101 NE Parkway Dr
Vancouver, WA 98662
360-256-8174
www.olivegarden.com

You know we love local, but the chain restaurants are certainly popular for a reason. And Olive Garden is now introducing a burger to its Italian style menu to further appeal to the masses.
*Best of Vancouver second year running!

Red Robin
8311 NE Vancouver Mall Dr
Vancouver, WA 98662
360- 892-1121
www.redrobin.com

Always hopping, this Seattle diner-turned-super-chain is a now an All American family favorite far outside just the Pacific Northwest.
*Best of Vancouver fifth year running!

BEST LADIES’ NIGHT OUT
It’s a tie!
Niche Wine Bar
1013 Main St.
Vancouver, WA 98660
360-980-8352
www.nichewinebar.com

Wine and art come together for an ambience like none other. ‘Couve connoisseurs gather here every night of the week except Sundays, and Saturday nights feature live music, poetry and other performances from local musicians.

Lapellah
2520 Columbia House Blvd., Ste 108
Vancouver, WA 98661
360-828-7911
www.lapellah.com

Ladies love a sleek smooth atmosphere combined with delicious, unique food. Lapellah at Grand Central Station offers both, along with outdoor seating in the summer.

Beaches
1919 SE Columbia River Dr.
Vancouver, WA 98661
360-699-1592
www.beachesrestaurantandbar.com

A room with a view and a unique festive identity have made Beaches a favorite of locals as well as a legitimate tourist destination. The restaurant also caters to and supports many community organizations and events, such as serving green eggs and ham to first graders and parents at various elementary schools in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday every March.

BEST GUYS’ NIGHT OUT
Buffalo Wild Wings
7704 NE 5th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98665
360-597-3486
www.buffalowildwings.com

Guys + sports + food: it’s a no brainer.

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Vancouver Family Magazine is a monthly family magazine with a mission to strengthen a sense of community by providing Southwest Washington families with comprehensive and locally based resources and information regarding parenting, education, news, community events and personalities, recreation, and more.

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