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Best of Eugene Readers' Poll 2016-2017

Best of Arts and Culture



Best artist

1. Shanna Trumbly trumblydesigns.com.

2. Ila Rose ilarose.com.

3. Sarah Sedwick sarahsedwick.com.


Best live music venue

1. Hi-Fi Music Hall 44 E. 7th Ave. 636-3292. hifimusichall.com.

2. Cuthbert Amphitheater 2300 Leo Harris Pkwy. 762-8099. thecuthbert.com.

3. WOW Hall 291 W. 8th Ave. 687-2746. wowhall.org.

It’s a first-time win for Hi-Fi owners Danny Kime and Mike Hergenreter, who opened the music hall in 2015. The 700-capacity venue basks in popularity because it filled a niche at the perfect moment, according to publicist Doug Fuchs. “The economy and the community can support two venues in one, Hi-Fi Main Hall and Hi-Fi Lounge,” he says. “It’s a combination that allows for a wide variety of concerts and events every week. The owners understand the community and have a lot of experience booking bands into this market and running a bar in this market.” From indie rock to metal to Grateful Dead jams, the concert schedule is varied enough to appeal to all music enthusiasts.


Best photographer

1. Tracy Sydor digitallatte.com.

2. Athena Delene athenadelene.squarespace.com.

3. Katherine Gaffney


Best local musician(s)

1. Sol Seed solseedmusic.com.

2. Soul Vibrator soundcloud.com/soulvibrator.

3. Medium Troy mediumtroy.com.



Best vestige of Eugene art

1. New Zone Gallery newzonegallery.org.

2. Karin Clarke Gallery 760 Willamette St. 684-7963. karinclarkegallery.com.

3. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art 1430 Johnson Ln., UO Campus. 346-3027. jsma.uoregon.edu.

A staple gallery during the First Friday ArtWalk is now homeless, but missed enough to be voted the best “vestige” of Eugene’s art scene. New Zone has been around for 30 years and has been homeless before, says curator Steve La Riccia, but with rising rents downtown and more occupied storefronts, finding a new space is difficult. (They were shut out of their previous space when the property owner raised the rent from $250 to $3,000, he says.) With no more Mayor’s Art Show or a Salon de Refusés, and one less spot on the First Friday ArtWalk, art patrons are noticing the absence. “The spaces that used to be available aren’t available anymore,” La Riccia laments. “We are the city of the arts and outdoors and I don’t know where that is anymore. We have the First Friday ArtWalk but if there’s no galleries, where are they going to go? There are galleries, but nothing like the space we had.”


Best indie bookstore

1. Tsunami Books 2585 Willamette St. 345-8986.

2. Smith Family Bookstore 525 Willamette St., 343-4717; 768 E. 13th Ave., 345-1651. smithfamilybookstore.com.

3. J. Michaels Books 160 E. Broadway. 342-2002. 

Tsunami Books has been number two for the past 12 years, and now, in what might be their last year in existence, they’ve finally nabbed the top spot. “Sometimes it takes a long time to be fully recognized,” says owner Scott Landfield, with his characteristic dry humor. “The past year we’ve had quite a remarkable staff. I’ve been real happy with the clerks, and if I’m happy I know the customers are very happy too.” Tsunami customers appreciate the bookstore as a venue as well, hosting poetry slams and music of all sorts. Its future is uncertain, though. Its 22nd year might be its last, as their lease is up in July 2017 and Landfield doesn’t know what will happen then. “We’re about to begin a community process to see what’s next,” he says. “Look on Facebook or our website for info on the future of Tsunami Books.”

Photo: Trask Bedortha


Best dispensary

1. Twenty After Four 420 Blair Blvd. 393-6820. twentyafterfour.com.

2. Moss Crossing 2751 Friendly St. 636-3724. mosscrossing.com.

3. Eugene OG 2045 Franklin Blvd. 505-7575. eugeneog.com.


Best boutique

1. Passionflower 128 E. Broadway. 344-3857. passionflowerdesign.com.

2. Kitsch-22 1022 Willamette Street. 343-2411. kitsch-22.net.

3. Velvet Edge 187 E. Broadway. 632-3284. facebook.com/velvetedge.

Ever-enticing Passionflower knocks it out of the park in the boutique arena. We can hardly walk by without getting drawn into this magical fairyland shop of art, trinkets, jewelry and clothing. From the perfectly quirky birthday gift to the most stylish statement necklace, Passionflower will inevitably impress. 

Photo: Athena Delene


Best place to get fit

1. Jazzercise 825 Monroe St. #4. 344-2700. jazzercise.com.

2. YMCA 2055 Patterson St. 686-9622. eugeneymca.org.

3. Outdoors

Photo: todd cooper


Best local food market

1. The Kiva 125 W. 11th Ave. 342-8666. kivagrocery.com 

2. Market of Choice 1060 Green Acres Rd., 344-1901; 1960 Franklin Blvd., 687-1188; 67 W. 29th Ave., 338-8455; 2580 Willakenzie Rd., 345-3349. marketofchoice.com.

3. Sundance 748 E. 24th Ave. 343-9142. sundancenaturalfoods.com.

Photo: todd cooper



Best secondhand shop

1. St. Vincent de Paul 555 High St., 344-2115; 100 E. 11th Ave., 868-0200. svdp.us.

2. Buffalo Exchange 131 E. 5th Ave. 687-2805. buffaloexchange.com.

3. Goodwill 685 E. Broadway, 344-1029; 855 Seneca Rd., 984-8812. goodwill-oregon.org. 



Best salon

1. Gervais 248 E. 5th Ave. #18. 334-6533. gervaiseugene.com.

2. Imagine 784 Blair Blvd. 431-1717. facebook.com/ImagineSalonEugene.

3. Lussaria Salon 160 Oakway Rd. #100. 505-9699. lussuriasalon.com.


Best bike shop

1. Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life 556 Charnelton St. 344-4105. bicycleway.com.

2. Arriving by Bike 2705 Willamette St. 484-5410. arrivingbybike.com.

3. Hutch’s Bicycles 960 Charnelton St. 345-7521. hutchsbicycles.com.


Best new business

1. (tie) ColdFire Brewing and Moss Crossing 263 Mill St., 636-3889, coldfirebrewing.com; 2751 Friendly St., 636-3724, mosscrossing.com.

2. Sundial Café 2435 Hilyard St. 636-3838. sundialcafeeugene.com.

3. Oolong Bar 1607 E. 19th Ave. 972-3832. facebook.com/oolongbarstool.

What could possibly be more Eugenean than this winning combo of beer and weed? Voters, you really nailed it. ColdFire Brewing serves up “traditional German and Belgian styles of beer with a Northwest flair,” according to brothers Stephen and Dan Hughes, who launched the brewery in January. Avid home brewers, the brothers use their experience to whip up delicious brews like their “Farmhouse Saison” and “Berliner Weisse.” It’s a fantastic place to grab dinner, a tasty microbrew and play board games with friends. Moss Crossing, on the other hand, bills itself as “the friendliest joint in town.” With its cute, apothecary ambiance and fern-lined shelves, Moss Crossing charismatically dispenses all your green needs.

Photo: Todd Cooper & Trask Bedortha


Best yoga

1. Eugene Yoga 3575 Donald St. (458) 205-8378. eugeneyoga.us.

2. Everyday People Yoga 352 W. 12th Ave. 513-0180. epyogaeugene.com.

3. ZenSpot 1615 Oak St. (855) 936-7768. zenspotmbs.com.

Photo: todd cooper



Best veterinarian

1. Animal Health Associates 2835 Willamette St. 345-1544. aha.vet.

2. Amazon Park Animal Clinic 725 E. 25th Ave. 485-0161. amazonparkvet.com.

3. Eugene Animal Hospital 1432 Orchard St. 342-1178. eugeneanimalhospital.net.


Best alternative health care

1. Acupuncture for the People 2833 Willamette St. 521-6285. acupunctureforthepeople.org.

2. White Bird 171 Lawrence St. 343-1887. ourhealingspace.com.

3. A Healing Space 171 Lawrence St. 343-1887. ourhealingspace.com.



Best alternative sports team

1. Emerald City Roller Girls emeraldcityrollergirls.net.

2. Lane United Football Club laneunitedfc.com.

3. Eugene Reign Women’s Rugby 



Best dance company

1. Work Dance Company workdancecompany.com.

2. King’s Krew Dance Company unityschoolofdance.com.

3. Eugene Ballet 1590 Willamette St. 686-9342. eugeneballet.org.

Nathan Boozer, director and choreographer, started Work Dance Company 10 years ago with only four female dancers. He now has more than 20 and has even welcomed in another male dancer who auditioned this year. Boozer has had nine sell-out shows at the Hult Center and plans a performance in April there called “Vicious So Delicious” that will likely sell out, too. Boozer doesn’t just do dance. “I’m about hitting all of your senses,” he says. “If we’re doing Candyland I want video projections, I want the lighting to be super colorful and delicious and we want to throw candy at the audience. We make it a production so the audience is going to be entertained from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave.”

Photo: Trask Bedortha


Best nonprofit

1. Greenhill Humane Society 88530 Green Hill Rd. 689-1503. green-hill.org.

2. FOOD for Lane County 770 Bailey Hill Rd. 343-2822. foodforlanecounty.org. 

3. St. Vincent de Paul 555 High St., 344-2115; 100 E. 11th Ave., 868-0200. svdp.us.

See best animal advocates.


Best local theater company

1. Oregon Contemporary Theatre 194 W. Broadway. 465-1506. octheatre.org.

2. Very Little Theatre 2350 Hilyard St. 344-7751. thevlt.com.

3. Actor’s Cabaret of Eugene 996 Willamette St. 683-4368. actorscabaret.org.  



Best annual event

1. Oregon Country Fair oregoncountryfair.org.

2. Whiteaker Block Party whiteakerblockparty.com.

3. Bark in the Park green-hill.org.


Best park

1. Alton Baker Park 200 Day Island Rd.

2. Hendricks Park Summit Ave. & Skyline Blvd.

3. Skinner Butte Park 248 Cheshire Ave.

Alton Baker Park is a pretty great place. Few parks anywhere have a BMX track, a boat launch, disc golf, dog park, electrical outlets, fishing, public art, a large natural area and sports fields and a running trail inspired by one of the best track athletes ever. It’s Eugene’s largest park, at 373 acres, owned by the city, established in 1959. Parking is free, and so are the river views. 


Best animal advocates

1. Greenhill Humane Society 88530 Green Hill Rd. 689-1503. green-hill.org.

2. Luvable Dog Rescue P.O. Box 50367. luvabledogrescue.org.

3. SARA’s Treasures 871 River Rd. 607-8892. sarasavesanimals.org.

Greenhill takes some flack from people who are focused on its use of ever-dwindling funds and its euthanasia policy. Haters gonna hate. Other organizations in town try, but none come close to Greenhill’s numbers: In fiscal year 2015-16, Greenhill took in 3,062 animals and adopted 2,783. 100 percent of animals are spayed/neutered before being adopted out. In 2015, the veterinary staff performed 2,350 of these surgeries, including nearly 1,000 for free. Also that year, nearly 400 animals were given a second chance when they were transferred to Greenhill from overcrowded shelters in Oregon and California. 

Photo: todd cooper



Best tattoo shop

1. The Parlour 1097 Willamette St. 345-6465. theparlourtattoo.com.

2. High Priestess 210 W. 6th Ave., 342-6585; 525 E. 13th Ave., 343-3311, highpriestess.com.

3. Northwest Tattoo 142 E. 13th Ave. 393-6570. nwtattoo.com.

Jerry Wagner Jr., one of six tattooists at The Parlour, says they make for a traditional shop, not in the sense of the art they’re inking, but how they think about what the art will look like 10 years down the road, rather than having it look good long enough to take a picture. “We have quality art,” he says. “We’ve been around for 22 years now so I feel like we’re a Eugene institution at this point. It’s the go-to place.” With more tattoo parlors in Eugene than ever, it’s experience and customer service that counts. “We try to relate to the client as someone who wants a specific style of art done and less like a customer,” Wagner Jr. says. “We’re trying to avoid that corporate mentality and treat the person as an individual.”


Best drag queen

1. Daphne Storm (Bill Sullivan)

2. Karress Ann Slaughter (Cornel Hardiman)

3. Angelica D'Vil (Morgan Andersen)

Bill Sullivan, aka Daphne Storm, has been out in the community and doing his thing for 36 years now, going back to the days of drag nights at Perry’s and, after that, Neighbors. “I host Pride every year, I’m on the board of Eugene Pride, I do Glamazons every Friday at the Wayward Lamb,” Sullivan says. “I’m very visible.” Sullivan’s Glamazons co-star, Karress Ann Slaughter, won this award last year. A good drag queen knows her audience and works to entertain them, not using her stage time for personal egos, Sullivan says. “Yes, you’re doing your number, but you’re entertaining them,” he says, “so if you’re not doing a good job they’re not going to be happy.” His routine uses the ’80s classics everyone knows and loves, especially hits by Cher. “With all the gender equality now, I think everyone should just enjoy being who you are,” he says. “Don’t be afraid of who you are. Get out there, express yourself, have fun with it. Life’s too short not to.”

Photo: Trask Bedortha


Best actor/actress

1. Storm Kennedy stormkennedy.com.

2. Rebecca Nachison 

3. Evynne Hollens youtube.com/user/EvynneHollensMusic.

Eugene doesn’t have many household names but Storm Kennedy is one — and could there be a better name for a local actor, model and all-around performer in this rain-drenched valley? Born Lisa Wilken in Vancouver, Washington, Kennedy has been entertaining Oregon audiences on screens, airwaves and stages for decades, from filling in as a “weather girl” on KMGE-FM radio in the late ’80s to critically acclaimed performances in Love, Loss and What I Wore (2013) at Corvallis’ Majestic Theatre, as well as Becky’s New Car (2014) and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2016) at Oregon Contemporary Theatre. Brava, Kennedy — here’s to all the performances to come.

Photo: Athena Delene



Best Eugenean

1. Kitty Piercy

2. Frog

3. Wayde Love

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, now in her early 70s, isn’t running for reelection after 12 years on the job. Her election as mayor in 2004 marked a period of liberal dominance on the City Council, and she’s since been re-elected twice. She saw us through a deep recession, helped bring downtown back to life, fixed more roads than anyone, expanded access to libraries, implemented a paid sick-leave ordinance and tried to deal with the complex issue of homelessness and vagrancy. Her tenure will be second-longest among Eugene mayors; you have to go back to Elisha Large, who served from 1932–1945, to find a mayor who served longer.



Best thing about Eugene

1. The people

2. Rain/the weather

3. Diversity



Best Eugene vista

1. Spencer Butte 85385 S. Willamette St.

2. Skinner Butte 248 Cheshire Ave.

3. Mount Pisgah 34901 Frank Parrish Rd.

Following a short, 20- or 30-minute hike through a forest that’s right in town, you get to the top and the whole valley opens up before you. The rewarding vista only greets you if you make that push to get to its craggy top. Once there, you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of Eugene and Springfield, and the Three Sisters on a clear day. The last part of the hike is hardscrabbling over a rocky outcrop, but it’s not as rugged as it once was with the addition of natural basalt stairs that were put in last year. What’s not to love? Watch out for the dog poop landmines. Other than that, you’re golden.


Best thing about 

Eugene Weekly

1. Free

2. What’s Happening calendar

3. (tie) Free Will Astrology and Savage Love


Worst thing about 

Eugene Weekly

1. Dispensary and pot ads

2. Nothing

3. Liberal bias



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