Support the locals! Best of Laurel results are in

Shop at home. Eat at home. Drink at home. Stay healthy at home.

Those are the themes that came through loud and clear as more than 2,000 ballots were cast in the second Best of Laurel contest.

For those of you who missed it, ballots for the Best of Laurel ran for three weeks in the Outlook. No copies were allowed and people had to sign their ballots in order to slow ballot stuffing.

Readers had more than 80 local categories on which to vote in what is really the best shop at home testament one can imagine.

The results are in and included in today’s Outlook as a special edition.

It is our hope that you will take some time to leaf through all of the categories to remind yourself what is really available in Laurel.

It is easy to jump in a car and head east 10 miles to the biggest shopping experience in Montana. It is also very easy to jump on your computer or phone  to order anything.

But it is your local merchants and professionals that keep the local wheels turning.

That is why we thought the Best of Laurel could serve as your guide. Of course there are many businesses that didn’t fit in any category so they aren’t mentioned and in some categories, there were numerous businesses named. We only listed the top one or two in each category.

For example, we had 20(!) restaurants that received at least one vote. While some people might have stretched the definition of a restaurant – Town Pump? – to finish in the top three in that category says something.

Please save your copy of the Best of Laurel and when company comes, why not take them out to the best bar, which is located down the street from the best bar with live music?

We all recognize that word of mouth is the best advertising. That is what the Best of Laurel is.

A special congratulations go out to Rimrock Chevrolet. Our local dealership took Best of Show with 12 first place awards including best car dealership and best customer service.

To thank the community, Rimrock is inviting the community to stop by on Friday to enjoy some refreshments and to check out what they are doing right. Might be a good time to meet co-owner Ann Soares and new general manager Scott Hillsberry.

I dare you to try to get through the front door without a heartfelt greeting from Star Kaufman, who was named the Best of Laurel’s top secretary.

The refreshments will be served from 1-6 with a special presentation to the staff at 1:30.

Enjoy the publication and please let me know if there is any category you would like to see added next year.

For me, my distant third-place finish in the best boss category means I had better step up my game.

For those of you who cast ballots, thank you. And for those of you who vote with your money every day by supporting local businesses, a special thanks to you.

All the best!


David Keyes is publisher of the Laurel Outlook.



Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 20, 2019
Third Saturdays, 1 p.m., The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check for more info. Find them on Facebook . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.


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