Best of Utah Valley: your voices & votes

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Here are the responses we received from you, Utah Valley. (see Best of Utah Valley post to get the full picture).

 

YOUR UTAH VALLEY

Best Place to Take a Sunday Walk
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1. Provo River Parkway Trail

2. Bridal Veil Falls

3. Provo LDS Temple / Sundance Resort (tie)

 

Best Park in Utah Valley
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1. Rock Canyon Trailhead Park

2. Manilla Park (Novell Children’s Discovery Park)

3. Kiwanis Park

 

Best Local “Photo Op”
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1. Bridal Veil Falls

2. Thanksgiving Point

3. Sundance Resort

 

Favorite Road
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1. Alpine Loop Scenic Byway

2. Provo Canyon

3. University Avenue

 

Favorite I-15 Exit
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1. Pleasant Grove/Lindon, 275

2. University Parkway, 269

3. Provo Center Street, 265

 

Best Kept Secret
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1. It’s Yoga at The Shops at Riverwoods

2. Stewart Falls

3. Bamboo Hut

 

Best Local Library
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1. Provo City Library at Academy Square

2. Orem Public Library

3. BYU Harold B. Lee Library

 

Favorite Local Publication
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1. Utah Valley Magazine

2. The Daily Herald

3. Square Magazine

 

Favorite Place to Camp
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1. American Fork Canyon

2. Hobble Creek Canyon

3. Payson Lakes

 

Best Looking Building in Utah Valley
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1. Provo City Library at Academy Square

2. Nu Skin Enterprises

3. Mount Timpanogos LDS Temple

 

Most Under-Appreciated Part of Utah Valley
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1. Utah Lake

2. Mountains

3. Downtown Provo

 

Most Accurate Utah Valley Stereotype
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1. Happy valley

2. Bad drivers

3. All Mormon

 

Favorite Non-Profit in Utah Valley
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1. Nu Skin Force For Good

2. BYU

3. United Way

 

Favorite Utah Valley Tradition
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1. Freedom Festival

2. BYU football games

3. Strawberry Days

 

Favorite addition to Utah Valley in the Past Decade
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1. Thanksgiving Point

2. Cabela’s

3. Provo Towne Centre

 

Telling Tally:

Favorite I-15 Exit

Are I-15 exits half-full or half-empty? Our readers can’t seem to decide. The roads that passed through our “Favorite I-15 Exit” category were also stuck in the listing for the “Worst I-15 Exit.” Talk about a traffic jam.

 

BUSINESS

Favorite Local Boutique
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1. Quilted Bear

2. Soel Boutique

3. Holy Cow

 

Favorite Car Dealership
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1. Brent Brown Automotive Group

2. Ken Garff Honda

3. Doug Smith Autoplex

 

Best Customer Service in Utah Valley
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1. Nordstrom

2. Nu Skin Enterprises

3. Costco

 

Best Multi-Level Marketing Company in Utah Valley
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1. Nu Skin Enterprises

2. Tahitian Noni

3. Xango

 

Best Product Made in Utah Valley
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1. Little Giant Ladder System

2. Nu Skin products

3. Urban Botanic

 

Favorite Local Law Firm
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1. Fillmore Spencer

2. Dexter & Dexter

3. Zabraskie & Sons

 

Best Store Utah Valley Doesn’t Have But Should
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1. IKEA

2. Pottery Barn / Cheesecake Factory (tie)

3. In & Out Burger

 

Favorite Beauty Salon
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1. Suggestions Salon

2.  Aspen Salon

3. Remedez Hair Spa

 

Best Place for a Massage
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1. Mainspring Day Spa

2. Remedez Hair Spa

3. Utah College of Massage Therapy

Best Place for a Shopping Spree
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1. University Mall

2. Costco

3. Target

 

Favorite Grocery Store
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1. Macey’s

2. Smith’s

3. Harmons

 

Favorite Bank
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1. Zions Bank

2. Utah Community Credit Union

3. Wells Fargo

 

Best Cell Phone Service
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1. Verizon Wireless

2. T-Mobile

3. Cingular Wireless

 

Best Internet Service in Utah Valley
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1. Comcast

2. Mstar

3. Qwest

 

Best Dentist
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1. Dr. Bruce Richards

2. Dr. Greg Pitts

3. Dr. Eric Tidwell

 

Telling Tally:

Best Customer Service In Utah Valley

From retail to car lubes to your local grocer, Utah Valley’s snappy service earned 94 different nominations in our “Best Customer Service” category — more than any other in the survey. It looks like Happy Valley equals happy customers.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Favorite Place to Throw a Birthday Party
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1. Chuck E. Cheese’s

2. Home

3. Fat Cats

 

Favorite Bowling Alley
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1. Fat Cats

2. Jack & Jill Bowling Lanes, American Fork

3. Games Center at the BYU Wilkinson Center

 

Favorite Radio Station
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1. 101.9 The End

2. KSL News Radio 1160 / 102.7

3. KBULL93 / X96 (tie)

 

Favorite Swimming Pool
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1. Orem SCERA Park Pools

2. Seven Peaks Water Park

3. Lehi Legacy Center

 

Favorite Movie of 2006
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1. Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest

2.  Cars

3. Superman Returns

 

Favorite Reason to Drive to Salt Lake City
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1. Temple Square

2. Shopping

3. Eating out

 

Best Local Talent
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1. Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand

2. Peter Breinholt

3. Osmonds

 

Favorite Part of Utah Valley Magazine
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1. Look-Alikes

2. Cover / Best in Utah Valley Survey (tie)

3. Calendar / By the Numbers (tie)

 

Telling Tally:

Food is the Main Event

When Utah Valley wants entertainment, it seems food is the main attraction. In our “Best Place to Throw a Birthday Party” category, 20 different restaurants were nominated. Fifteen restaurants tasted success in our “Favorite Reason to Drive to Salt Lake City,” and 27 voters even said food/restaurants are the No. 1 reason they make the commute.

 

PEOPLE

Most Influential Person

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1. Cecil O. Samuelson

2. Blake Roney

3. Stephen Covey

 

Favorite Utah County Author
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1. Julie Coulter Bellon

2. Stephen Covey

3. Anita Stansfield / Gerald Lund (tie)

 

Favorite Meteorologist
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1. Mark Eubank, KSL 5

2. Dan Pope, ABC 4

3. Kevin Eubank, KSL 5

 

Best Local Photographer
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1. Glen Ricks

2. Bryant Livingston / Dan Hixson  (tie)

3. John Sharpe

 

Telling Tally:

Favorite Utah County Author: Utah Valley residents may buy books, but they don’t go by the book. Just take a look at the category’s varied page count.

34 Number of authors nominated
300 Approximate number of books written by nominees
19 Number of book genres represented by nominees
1 Number of actor-authors nominated (Donny Osmond)

 

SPORTS

Favorite Current BYU Athlete
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1. Fui Vakapuna

2. John Beck

3. Curtis Brown

 

Favorite Former BYU Athlete
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1. Steve Young

2. Ty Detmer

3. Brandon Doman

 

Favorite Local Sports Moment
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1. BYU beating Miami in 1990

2. Every BYU football game

3. Beating University of Utah / Miracle Bowl (tie)

 

Telling Tally:

Turns out there are many ways Utah Valley counts its favorite local sports moments. They are measured in burgers and franks at tailgate parties, wins for the Cougars and losses for the Utes (against any team), or the Spanish Fork High School sweep of 2006 when they took state championships in both baseball and softball.

 

DINING

Best Takeout in Utah Valley
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1. Café Rio

2. Bajio

3. Betos

 

Favorite Restaurant for a Splurge
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1. Chef’s Table

2. Tucanos

3. Sundance

 

Best New Restaurant in Utah Valley
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1. Bajio

2. Goodwood Barbecue Co.

3. The Smokehouse Pizza & BBQ

 

Favorite Homegrown Restaurant in Utah Valley
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1. Magleby’s

2. Los Hermanos

3. Brick Oven Pizza

 

Best Local Dessert
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1. Magleby’s

2. Cold Stone Creamery

3. Pudding on the Rice

 

Favorite Place for Fresh Mexican Food in Utah Valley
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1. Café Rio

2. Los Hermanos

3. Bajio

 

Best Restaurant Atmosphere
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1. Chef’s Table

2. Olive Garden

3. Ottavio’s

 

Telling Tally:

Favorite Homegrown Restaurant in Utah Valley

They may not have mustered enough votes to steal the spotlight, but here are other nominations that are sure to hit the spot. Check the dining guide on page 51 for restaurant details.

American Fork: JCW’s, Cobblestone Pizzeria
Orem: Mama Chus
Provo: Shoots, Lon’s Cookin’ Shack, Sam Hawk, Pudding on the Rice
Springville: Art City Trolley
Santaquin: Family Tree

 

BOTOM OF THE BARREL

Worst Eyesore in Utah Valley
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1. Remnants of Geneva Steel

2. Neways Building

3. Hotel Roberts / Utah Lake / Provo Center Street (tie)

 

Worst I-15 Exit
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1. University Avenue, 263

2. Provo Center, 265

3. University Parkway, 269

 

Least Favorite Place to be Stuck in Traffic
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1. I-15

2. University Parkway

3. University Avenue

 

Worst Use of Land in Utah County
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1. Geneva Steel

2. “Californication of Utah Valley” (Poor planning of new housing developments)

3. Micron building in Lehi / Cedar Hills Golf Course (tie)

 

Worst Decision Made in Utah County in the Past Century
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1. Transportation (Trax, HOV lanes, roundabouts, etc.)

2. Allowing Geneva Steel

3. Allowing Utah Lake to deteriorate to its current state

 

Telling Tally:

Worst Decision Made in Utah County in the PAST Century

Utah Valley can’t win them all – as attested by the 49 different “losses” cited by our readers.

Our favorite submission: the new carpool-lane laws. If you’re not alert or prepared, the lengthy double lines may make you miss your exit. Although according to the overlapping winners in the “Best” and “Worst” I-15 exit categories, we’re not sure if this is a good or bad thing.

 

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