Best of the Peninsula – Hearing Aids and Hot Dogs

Voting in the Best of the Peninsula poll conducted by the Peninsula Daily News features many “best of” opportunities for businesses on the Olympic Peninsula. Today’s winner, Costco, offers one stop shopping in two categories: hearing aids and hot dogs.

I’ve not explored the hearing aid department but have dined on Costco hot dogs in California, Oregon, and Washington.  For $1.50 you can’t beat a Costco hot dog — the ones in Sequim are a good tube steak fix. And I suppose you can enjoy a quiet lunch at Costco while you wait for your hearing aid to arrive. . .

Best of the Peninsula – Clothing


Here’s another Sequim selection from the Peninsula Daily News voting on “Best of the Peninsula.” JC Penney was voted best in the “clothing” category.

They must have known I was coming, because they moved a selection of their clothes out front so you could get a view of what’s on offer. Sorry the price tags are so hard to read.

There are places to buy clothing here and there on the Olympic Peninsula, but if you’re a serious clotheshorse the nearest racetrack is the mall in Silverdale, or you’ll want a trip to Seattle.

Best of the Peninsula: Health Food and Produce

Sunny Farms is a local go-to spot and recently was voted as one of the “Best of the Peninsula” in the Peninsula Daily News.  Their store on Highway 101 is packed with most anything you’re likely to need, from bulk items like beans and grains to a small deli and butcher shop. They offer an array of vitamins and supplements at their main store but also have a shop on West Washington Street, shown above, that specializes in them.  They were honored as “Best Health Food” and also “Best Produce” in Clallam County.

The displays in front of the store change seasonally and they often have beautiful and tempting flowering plants that overflow from their nursery and farm store. Inside is a good selection of fruits and vegetables, including lugs of produce and supplies for canning during summer.

Here is a post of the inside of the store from Shannon. (I’ve never seen the store empty; I suspect Shannon took this at the crack of dawn!)  And here is a view of the nursery and farm store from Lavenderlady.

Pumpkin Pig People

Lavenderlady (AKA Norma), the talented founder of this blog, previously posted images of this local couple that quietly holds court at Sunny Farms around this time of the year. As with us all, they change fashion a little from year to year. Miraculously, they don’t seem to age much. Here they are this year, settled into a little pumpkin pig love nest outside the store.

Here they are in 2008 and here they are in 2009. 

Sunny Farms was recently named in a couple of categories of “Best of the Peninsula.” We’ll revisit tomorrow to see what honors they took.

Best of the Peninsula – Bank

Every summer the Peninsula Daily News collects votes for “Best of” categories, from animal groomers to wineries in both Clallam and Jefferson Counties. In Clallam County many of the winners are located in Port Angeles, but Sequim has some “Best of” winners, too.

First Federal was voted “Best Bank” and for offering “Best Customer Service” in both Clallam and Jefferson Counties. They have two branches in Sequim, one at each end of town. This bank was recommended to us when we moved here and our experience has been good.

I’ll picture other Sequim “Best of the Peninsula” winners here from time to time.

Visitor Center

If you drive into Sequim from the east one of the first stops newcomers should make is at this building. It’s at the end of town on East Washington. The Chamber of Commerce hosts a visitor center here where Chamber members may display literature. There are free visitor guides, maps, and brochures for accommodations, events, and places of interest. It’s a useful place to find out what’s happening in Sequim and is staffed by volunteers who can get you pointed in the right direction.