local businesses chosen as the best in the Red Rock area | Radio KNIA KRLS


The annual Best of the Red Rock Area and Top Ten Under 40 awards were officially announced by the Marion County Development Commission on Thursday afternoon.

According to Executive Director Carla Eysink, an event took place at the Cordova Pavilion highlighting the best of local businesses, organizations, events and more in a variety of categories aimed at promoting tourism locally.

KNIA/KRLS was once again selected as the Top Local News Source, a tradition that has continued every year since Marion County’s Top Awards were presented.

The Top Ten Under 40 recognizes some of the most outstanding young professionals from Pella, Knoxville and the rest of Marion County. Those recognized live and work in Marion County.

Posted by KNIA KRLS on Friday, April 22, 2022

Best of Red Rock 2021: over 1,000 responses
TOP 10 MEALS
1) Georges Pizza & Steakhouse
2) Checkerboard Restaurant
3) Liberty Street Kitchen
4) Cantaritos Grill & Cantina
5) Yamato Steak House from Japan
6) Deng’s garden
7) The big house
8) Butcher’s Brewery
9) The Italian restaurant in Baggio
10) DutchFix

TOP 10 PURCHASES
1) Flowers and gifts from Candi
2) Trendy clothes
3) The Sanctuary
4) Simple Treasures
5) Mauritius
6) Funky Zebras
7) Thistle flower market
8) Live by the lake
9) Bruxvoort Visitor Center
10) Elite Shop

TOP 10 AFTER 5 PM
1) Knoxville Racecourse
2) The Cellar Peanut Pub
3) The Grand Theater
4) Slides
5) Peace Tree Brewery
6) A&P Advertising
7) Wijn House
8) Frosty’s Pub ‘N Grub
9) Dutch Tap & Golf
10) Liberty Street Kitchen

BEST EVENTS
1) Pella Tulip Time Festival
2) Knoxville National Race Car Championships
3) Thursday evenings at Pella
4) The Pierce Pumpkin Festival
5) Red Rock Lake Hot Air Balloon Festival
6) Knoxville Living Windows
7) Melcher-Dallas Coal Miners Day
8) Visit the Christmas houses of Pella
9) Pleasantville Pork
10) Marion County Fair

Best of Red Rock Area Category Winners
Salad: Local meats and charcuterie
Aperitif: Restaurant Damier
Pizza: George’s Pizza & Steakhouse
Coffee Mug: Scooter’s Coffee-Knoxville
Ethnic cuisine: Cantaritos Grill & Cantina
Steak: Liberty Street Kitchen
Burger: Culver’s
Breakfast: Windmill Cafe
Dessert: Jaarsma Bakery
Filet: Local meats and charcuterie
Family Restaurant: Checkerboard Restaurant
Pork or Ham: Butcher’s Brewhuis
Seafood: Yamato Steak House from Japan
Catering service: Liberty Street Kitchen
Happy Hour: The Cellar Peanut Pub
Sport’s Bar & Grill: Dutch Tap & Golf
Wine bar and mixed drinks: A & P Pub
Beer bar: The Cellar Peanut Pub
Caterer: Central College
Evening Restaurant: Liberty Street Kitchen
Night activity: Grand Theater
Wedding Reception Venue: Sun Valley Barn
Family gathering place: Cordova Park Pavilion
Meeting room: Cobblestone Hotel & Suites
Outdoor dining venue: Kone Korner
Campground: Howell Station Recreation Area
Hotel: Cobblestone Hotel & Suites
B&B, Guest House or Cabin: Cordova Park Cabins
Hobby or Special Interest Store: The Sanctuary
Shopping for women: fashionable clothes
Consignment Shop: The Well Thrift Store-Knoxville
Gift shop: flowers and gifts from Candi
Fresh Meat: In’t Veld Meat Market
Locally made/souvenir Jaarsma bakery
Shopping for men: Theisen’s
Children or babies: Silver Lining
Garden center, Nursery: Nick’s Greenhouse
Healthy and fresh food: big bowl of acai
Retail service: Jaarsma Bakery
Live Entertainment: Knoxville Racecourse
Historic Experience: Historic Pella Village and Vermeer Mill
Indoor Recreation: Knoxville Recreation Center
Outdoor leisure: slides
Hidden Treasure: Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch
Place to entertain the kids: Pella Aquatic Center
Teen activity: Slideways
Community Photo, Video, Graphic Design: Digital Galleria Designs
Real Estate: Home Realty Agency
Homebuilder: Cushman Construction
Banking or financial services: Marion County Bank
Auto or auto repair: Raceway tire and exhaust
Spa, Salon or Barber: Expressions by Design
Local news: KNIA/KRLS
Child Care Centre: Stepping Stones Early Learning Center
Place of work, less than 50 employees: Kone Korner
Workplace, 51 to 250 employees: Fareway-Knoxville
Place to Work, more than 250 employees: Weiler Corporation
Supporting company Less than 50 employees: Peace Tree Brewing Company
Business Supporter 51-250 employees: Marion County Bank
Business Supporter More than 250 employees: Vermeer Corporation

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