2024 Awards Ceremony: What to Expect

2024 Awards Ceremony: What to Expect

Are you as excited as we are for the nights of May 22-23? Whether or not this is a new event for you, we want share what to expect.

Please quickly read through the items below. If you have any questions, please contact us and we’ll get right back to you.

Ticket Info

Tickets are required to be purchased in advance. Tickets are 100% sold out and we will not be selling tickets at the door. We will also not allow entry without a valid ticket. This is strictly enforced to respect those who did purchase tickets.

Be sure each of your tickets are assigned and include UNIQUE contact information for each guest. Unassigned tickets or tickets with duplicate contact details are not eligible to win door prizes.

Login to the candidate dashboard to assign tickets.

What to Wear

Dress in the best you have! At the awards ceremony you’ll see glamorous gowns and dapper tuxedos. This is a night to celebrate you, Idaho’s Best, so dress like it!


Doors open at 7:00pm and we expect to end around 9:30pm.

Location and Parking

Our event is at Boise Centre East. The address is 195 S Capitol Blvd in downtown Boise. Be sure to look for the EAST building. Enter on the ground floor and head up the elevators to the 4th floor. You’ll find us there!

Door Prizes

We have thousands of dollars worth of door prizes to give away throughout the night.

If you signed up to bring an approved door prize, please bring it with you to the event and hand it in at the registration table.

If you’d like to sponsor a door prize, thanks, but it’s too late this year. We received so many that we had to turn some away.

Red Carpet

After registration you’ll walk the red carpet. We’ve hired an experienced photographer to capture the moment for your entire team. Please, no selfie’s on the red carpet before the event starts. You’ll be able to do that after the program is over.


The venue is providing a bar that serves beer, wine, and soda. If you’re a VIP ticket holder, we’ll give you a drink ticket at the registration table. If you’re a GE ticket holder, drinks are available for purchase.


NOTE: There is no dinner served at this event! However, we will be providing a light dessert. Please do not take more than two servings of dessert for yourself.

Awards Presentation

Although we have nearly 300 categories in this year’s awards, at the awards ceremony we will only be announcing the results for about 75 of them. Basically those who purchased tickets will hear their category’s results.

NOTE: If you’re bringing a guest who represents a different candidate, or you’re employed with a candidate for which tickets were not purchased, it is too late to add new candidates to the awards presentation agenda. Basically, if you didn’t notify us far in enough in advance, we will not announce the category if it is not also represented by another finalist. Either way, we will not have a printed certificate for the unknown candidate.

Once your category is announced, please make your way to the stage for another photo opportunity with Brodie handing you a certificate. Bring the entire team, if you like! Don’t worry though… you are not expected to give a speech. It’s just a photo opp.

Announcing Winners

If you’re unable to make it to our awards ceremony, that’s unfortunate because it’s going to be a fun evening! That said, we will be announcing the winners for all categories on our website the very next day, so stay tuned.

Voting Now Open!

Hello Idaho! We’re back for another year of recognizing the best businesses and establishments in our wonderful state.

Who Selected Our Nominees?

Ultimately our nominees were selected by Idaho residents. The determining factors were the nominations received until February 16 and the candidates’ Google reviews throughout the previous year.

Now, Idaho residents can show their support once more by voting for their favorite candidates online. Voting is open from now through April 12, 2024.

And the Winner Is…

After voting closes on April 12, we’ll gather the results and check each candidate’s BBB grade.  (An absence of a grade is acceptable, but a negative one is not!!) But that’s not where it ends.

In addition to votes, the winner of each category is also determined by their Google reviews from the previous 12 months. Combining the vote total with the review score will give us our winners. We will first announce the 2024 winners at our awards ceremony in Idaho on May 22 + 23, 2024.  Winners will then be published online and in our Idaho’s Best 2024 Magazine. 

For more details, the latest information can be found on our How It Works and FAQ pages.

Thanks for your support and participation!


Idaho has spoken and we have done the work of vetting thousands of nominees. With a record number of nominations this year, we released the list of nominees a little later than we had hoped. That, and we also added 30 categories this year for a total of 297 categories. In all, we verified a total of 4,377 locations for 2,761 nominees, the most we’ve ever had! As a nominee, you earned your spot by having a good mix of nominations and reviews.

What should you do now?

Claim your nomination

If you’re a nominee, be sure to claim your nomination right away.  It only takes a minute!

Why claim your company’s nomination? You’ll get instant access to complimentary graphics, announcements, and other benefits. Plus, we’ll be able to correct any errors that we have on file for your business.

When you register, you have the opportunity to help us get it right. You’re able to verify that your business name, location(s), and contact information are correct.

Claiming Your Nomination Helps Us…and You!

It’s true! Claiming your nomination for Idaho’s Best can make it better. Engagement plays a pivotal role in driving the changes we implement. We do the best we can to compare like with like to achieve a level playing field. Categories with minimal nominations, and even fewer registered companies get less attention.  They may be absorbed by another category or disappear altogether.

Categories with a lot of competitors and registered companies are likely to get more attention. This doesn’t mean altered scoring; rather, that it’s more likely we’ll add categories that are more narrowly defined, giving every business in that group better odds and a fairer shake.

Claiming your company’s nomination can even give you a leg up in our awards programs.  While ties in scoring aren’t common, they do occur.  In such cases, that advantage goes to the company that has claimed their company. Claimed Candidate > Unclaimed Candidate

New Timeline

In case you hadn’t noticed, we needed to change up the schedule for this year’s awards just a bit. Please check out the How It Works page on our website for details.

We Care About Your Privacy

You can see the complete Idaho’s Best privacy policy here. We want you to know that we won’t share any information you provide when you claim your nomination (or make nominations, or vote) with any other party or organization unless you request it. Our email notifications are strictly opt-in and are only used for communications regarding Idaho’s Best so we can let you know about important dates or events.

We Received Your Nominations!

The 2024 Idaho’s Best season is off to a great start! At first count, we’ve got almost 10,000 nominations to sort through… Impressive!!

The nomination period was open until February 16. We spread the message through email and social media, and thanks to your nominations and reviews, it appears we have a wealth of candidates to review. Thank you for helping us spread the word by sharing and tagging us in so many posts!

What’s Next?

Here is where our real work begins. In our quest to discover the very best that Idaho has to offer, we will meticulously review each candidate. Our focus includes confirming that they align with the nominated category and ensuring all locations are accurate in our system.

Regarding locations, evaluating a single-location business is straightforward. We’ll tally their votes and reviews for the final score. However, businesses having multiple locations adds a layer of complexity. The quantity of votes and reviews significantly impacts the results of Idaho’s Best, and we don’t want larger businesses to have an unfair advantage simply due to their size. To keep things fair, we average out reviews per location.

This process can be incredibly time consuming, which is why it takes so long for us to announce the official nominees. Our small team will spend the next few weeks to get things sorted as quickly as possible, and hopefully, we’ll be able to announce the nominees by mid March.

Thank You!

The success of these awards hinges on the support of the local community, and for that, we extend our heartfelt gratitude. A special thank you for your nominations, votes, and reviews – your contribution is truly appreciated!

Here for You through the “Hole” Process!

Sarah Stroh is the personable and friendly owner of Hippie Hoops and Holes

, a piercing studio that she started in December 2012. Sarah’s journey to owning her own business began with a simple desire for a friendly place to get pierced. Frustrated with the lack of such places in her area, Sarah took matters into her own hands to create a space where people could feel at ease while getting pierced.

At first, Sarah looked for apprenticeships to learn the art of piercing, but she quickly realized that opportunities were few and far between. In fact, at the time, there were only a handful of piercers in her area, and none of them were interested in taking on an apprentice. Undeterred, Sarah decided to teach herself. Over time, her skills improved, and she gained a reputation for being a talented and conscientious piercer.

As her business grew, Sarah realized that she needed help to keep up with demand. She began taking on apprentices, passing on her knowledge and skills to a new generation of piercers. Collin, her current manager, actually came in as a client. He was so impressed with Sarah’s work that he went straight home and sent in his resume. He started two weeks later and has now been with Hippie Hoops and Holes for over two years, a true asset to the team.

Despite her success, Sarah remains humble yet passionate about piercing. Sarah and her team take pride in providing a warm and non-judgmental space for clients, and they’re always willing to go above and beyond to make sure people feel comfortable and well-informed about the piercing process. They are always happy to answer questions and to provide guidance to customers, whether they are getting their first piercing or their twentieth. Their advice to people looking for a piercing studio is to read reviews and ask questions. Their team believes that finding a reputable piercer is crucial to a safe piercing experience.

Their team was recently thrilled to learn that the company had been named a Statewide Winner for Personal Beauty in the 2023 Idaho’s Best Awards. This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication they have poured into the business over the years. What is even more remarkable is that the team never asked for a single vote — their customers spoke up on their behalf, recognizing the high level of quality and care they bring to their craft.

Beyond her skill as a piercer, Sarah is a “people person,” a friendly business owner who cares deeply about her community. She believes in giving back, and her team has made it a priority to be involved in local events and initiatives. In addition to donating gift cards to various community organizations, they also give away daith piercings for Christmas each year, helping people who are in pain.(Daith piercings are an alternative treatment widely thought to reduce the severity of migraines.)

For Sarah and her team, piercing is not just a job, it’s a passion. Their knowledge and expertise in piercing are unparalleled, and their professionalism  makes customers feel like they’re in good hands.

At Hippie Hoops and Holes, the team has created an inclusive atmosphere, where customers of all ages, genders, and backgrounds flock to get pierced. They take great care to ensure that each piercing is done with precision and attention to detail. They use only high-quality jewelry and equipment, and follow strict hygiene and safety protocols.

If you’re in the market for a piercing, consider checking out Hippie Hoops and Holes. Sarah and her team will make sure you feel welcome and comfortable throughout the process, and you’ll leave with a beautiful piece of jewelry that you’ll love for years to come. And who knows, you might just find yourself a part of the ever-growing community of loyal Hippie Hoops and Holes clients who can’t imagine getting pierced anywhere else.

The Great Window Adventure: How Renewal by Andersen Saves the Day (and Money!)

Once upon a time in Boise, in a quaint neighborhood, the Broadbent family found themselves in a pickle. Their old, drafty windows were causing them to lose money on high energy bills, but they were unsure how to solve this problem. Max Broadbent would shiver during the winter and Rachel Broadbent would sweat buckets during the scorching summers. Their energy bills were soaring through the roof, and their bank account was crying for help. Little did they know that their solution was just around the corner with Renewal by Andersen of Boise, a professional and trustworthy window replacement company.

Curiosity got the better of the Broadbents, and they decided to give Renewal by Andersen a call. The friendly voice on the other end assured them that they were in capable hands. The Broadbents scheduled a consultation, and soon, their window adventure began.

A team of experts from Renewal by Andersen arrived at the Broadbent’s doorstep, armed with measuring tapes, smiles, and infectious energy. The Broadbents were impressed by their professionalism and attention to detail. They knew they were dealing with true window replacement heroes!

During the consultation, the Broadbents learned about the energy-efficient wonders of Renewal by Andersen’s windows. These windows were ENERGY STAR® certified, which meant they were the epitome of cost savings. The Broadbents were thrilled to discover that by replacing their old windows with Renewal by Andersen’s energy-efficient ones, they could significantly reduce their heating and cooling costs.

Excitement filled the air as the installation day approached. The Broadbents were eager to bid farewell to their old, pesky windows and welcome the new, money-saving ones. The Renewal by Andersen team arrived promptly. With synchronized precision, they carefully removed the old windows and installed the shiny new ones.

As the last window found its perfect spot, the Broadbents marveled at the transformation. Their home now looked more beautiful and felt more comfortable than ever before. And the best part? They knew their lower energy bills would make their bank account happy.

But the adventure didn’t end there. The Broadbents were delighted to discover that Renewal by Andersen wasn’t just about window installation; they were there for the long haul. They provided ongoing support, ensuring the Broadbents’ satisfaction for decades to come. The Broadbents have peace of mind about their investment, knowing Renewal by Anderson will never leave their side. 

The Broadbents couldn’t help but share their story with their friends and neighbors. Soon, the entire neighborhood was buzzing with excitement. Homeowners who were once reluctant to tackle window replacement realized that with Renewal by Andersen, it was an enjoyable journey rather than a chore.

So, dear homeowners, when it’s time for your own window replacement adventure, remember the tale of the Broadbents and the remarkable team at Renewal by Andersen. Choose a professional, trustworthy company that listens, communicates, and does the job right. Window replacement is not something you do often, so do it right the first time.

Let Renewal by Andersen of Boise be your guide on this thrilling journey. They will save the day, save your money, and make your home the envy of the neighborhood. With Renewal by Andersen, you know you are getting the happy ending you deserve!

Nichols Computer: Your Trusted Computer Repair Shop

Imagine a world without computers. If you’re old enough to remember life before PCs and smartphones, you won’t have to imagine that hard.

FACT: In the fast-paced world we live in, computers have become an integral part of our daily lives. From personal tasks to running a business, a well-functioning computer is essential.

When your computer malfunctions or crashes, you need a reliable and efficient computer repair shop immediately. However, with so many options available, it can be challenging to make the right choice. To ensure a satisfactory experience, consider these five essential factors when selecting a computer repair shop.

1. Technical Expertise and Experience

A reputable shop will employ skilled technicians who are well-versed in diagnosing and resolving various computer issues. Look for certifications, industry affiliations, and customer reviews that vouch for their competence.

2. Prompt Turnaround Time

Efficient repair shops understand the importance of minimizing downtime and aim to return your computer in a timely manner without compromising the quality of service.

3. Effective Communication:

Friendly and knowledgeable staff who can explain the issues and the repair process instill confidence and trust. Look for shops that are responsive to your questions and concerns.

4. Positive Reviews and Recommendations

Take the time to read customer reviews and testimonials online or ask for recommendations from friends, family, or colleagues. A repair shop with a consistently positive reputation and satisfied customers is more likely to provide a good experience.

5. Warranty and Guarantees

Consider a repair shop that stands behind its work by offering a warranty on repairs and replacement parts. A warranty demonstrates the shop’s confidence in its services and provides you with peace of mind.

When it comes to computer repairs, one name stands out: Nichols Computer & Installation Services. With over two decades of experience, Nichols Computer has earned a solid reputation as a leading computer service center in the area.

Nichols Computer takes pride in its team of highly skilled technicians. With a doctor of sciences degree in computer sciences from a prestigious Premier League School in Europe, their senior technician brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. Furthermore, Nichols Computer is accredited and certified by renowned industry-leading organizations such as Microsoft, Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, CompTIA (A+ & Network+), and NOCTI. These certifications ensure that the technicians are up to date with the latest technologies and possess the necessary expertise to handle a wide range of computer repairs.

Additionally, Nichols Computer has garnered recognition as one of the best computer service centers in Idaho. In 2022 and 2023, they were honored with the IT Services category award by Idaho’s Best, both in the Idaho Panhandle and State of Idaho. These accolades validate the faith that customers have placed in Nichols Computer and its commitment to delivering top-notch services.

When it comes to computer repairs and services, Nichols Computer & Installation Services is a name you can trust. With their expertise, comprehensive services, reputable standing, customization options, and exceptional customer service, they have established themselves as one of the leading computer service centers in Post Falls. Whether you’re a home user or a business owner, Nichols Computer has the knowledge and skills to address all your computer-related needs. Put your trust in Nichols Computer, and experience the difference they can make in keeping your technology running smoothly.

Local and Fresh: A Match Made in Heaven

In the heart of Boise, Idaho, there is a restaurant that has captured the hearts and taste buds of locals and out-of-town visitors alike. Fresh Off the Hook, a charming seafood eatery, stands as a testament to passion, dedication, and a commitment to excellence. Purchased by Gary Andrew from David Bassiri in May 2021 during the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic, Fresh Off the Hook has a rich history dating back to its establishment by David in 1996.

For Gary, Fresh Off the Hook holds a special place in his heart. His initial encounter with the restaurant was as a customer, accompanying his mother-in-law after she had her hair done. The fact that this was her favorite restaurant spoke volumes about the quality of the food and the warmth of the atmosphere. It was during this visit that Gary had the fortuitous opportunity to meet David, who recognized his passion for the establishment and generously offered to sell it to him. Fresh Off the Hook became Gary’s first venture into the restaurant industry, a dream come true that he cherishes every day.

At the helm of this culinary gem is Ali Whipple-Dowling, the general manager, who has been an integral part of the restaurant for an impressive seven years. Her husband, Eric, works diligently as a skilled cook, ensuring that every dish served is a masterpiece of flavor and presentation. The dedication of Ali, Eric, and the entire team is apparent in every aspect of the dining experience at Fresh Off the Hook.

One of the standout qualities of Fresh Off the Hook is its remarkable staff, including long-time employees such as Amber, who has been serving customers with a warm smile for nine years, and Sean, a talented cook with eight years of experience. Their loyalty to the restaurant speaks volumes about the positive work environment fostered by the management and the sense of camaraderie that exists among the team. It is evident that Fresh Off the Hook is a place where employees thrive and take pride in their work, and this is reflected in the exceptional service they provide.

What truly sets Fresh Off the Hook apart from other establishments in the area is its unique approach to tip pooling. The restaurant believes in the power of collective responsibility, as all employees share the tips equally. This ensures that every staff member is invested in the dining experience of every customer, creating a welcoming and attentive atmosphere. Customers appreciate this inclusive model, knowing that their satisfaction is not dependent on a single server, but rather on the collaborative effort of the entire team.

Furthermore, Fresh Off the Hook’s reputation extends beyond the local community. Visitors from the bustling Bay Area and seafood-savvy Seattle flock to this restaurant, knowing that they will be treated to a culinary experience that rivals even the most renowned seafood joints in their own cities. The knowledge and expertise showcased in every dish at Fresh Off the Hook is a testament to the team’s commitment to sourcing the freshest ingredients and executing each recipe with precision. In an effort to continue to keep up with the growing customer demand, the team is currently working hard on a second location!  

Aside from its delectable seafood creations, Fresh Off the Hook is known for a delightful surprise that awaits customers at the end of their meal. The restaurant offers complimentary sherbet, a refreshing and palate-cleansing treat that leaves a lasting impression. This small gesture perfectly encapsulates the attention to detail and the desire to provide an exceptional dining experience that has become the hallmark of Fresh Off the Hook.

Fresh Off the Hook in Boise, ID, embodies the essence of a thriving local restaurant. With its passionate and dedicated team, commitment to collective responsibility through tip pooling, and a reputation that extends beyond its city limits, this seafood haven has rightfully earned its place in the hearts and palates of its customers. Whether you’re a local or a visitor from afar, Fresh Off the Hook promises to put a smile on your face.

How About a Culinary Oasis for Your Next Lunch Meeting?

When it comes to finding the ideal location for a lunch meeting, Coa De Jima, a Mexican restaurant nestled in the heart of Boise’s Historic District, stands out as an exceptional choice. Beyond its reputation as an inspiring celebration of Latin heritage, land, and culture, Coa de Jima offers a lunch vibe that is unparalleled in its appeal. From the moment you step through its doors, you are enveloped in an ambiance that is both invigorating and relaxed, making it the perfect setting for productive and enjoyable business discussions.

One of the key factors that makes Coa de Jima an ideal lunch meeting destination is its innovative cuisine. The restaurant takes Mexican dining to new heights, presenting a fresh perspective that combines traditional flavors with modern twists. Whether you’re in the mood for tantalizing tacos, savory enchiladas, or refreshing ceviche, Coa de Jima offers a diverse menu that caters to a variety of tastes. Each dish is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that every bite is a culinary delight. The lunch menu features a selection of lighter options, allowing for a satisfying meal that won’t leave you feeling weighed down during the rest of the day’s activities.

What sets Coa De Jima apart from others is the visionary culinary genius of Chef Enrique Martinez. With his extensive experience and creative prowess, Chef Enrique has designed a menu that showcases the true essence of Mexican cuisine while infusing it with his unique artistry. Having served as the Executive Chef for the Castoro family for 25 years, Chef Enrique’s expertise is unquestionable. His exceptional talent was further recognized when he held the prestigious position of Executive Chef at the renowned “Towers” restaurant in the five-star Surf & Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach, California.

In addition to its delectable cuisine, Coa de Jima boasts an impressive array of hand-crafted cocktails that are sure to impress both colleagues and clients alike. The skilled mixologists at Coa de Jima take pride in concocting unique and flavorful libations that perfectly complement the vibrant flavors of the food. From classic margaritas with a twist to innovative signature cocktails, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Sipping on a refreshing beverage while engaging in meaningful discussions adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the lunch meeting experience.

As if that wasn’t enough, Coa De Jima’s ambiance is carefully curated to create a full sensory experience. The walls of the restaurant are adorned with captivating artwork that reflects the rich cultural heritage of Mexico. The combination of Latin antiques, antiquities, and one-of-a-kind local art creations sets the stage for a stimulating and inspiring environment. The tastefully designed interior provides a balance between sophistication and comfort, making guests feel at ease while also fostering an atmosphere of professionalism.

Being located within Boise’s Historic Downtown District adds an extra touch of charm and character to your lunch meeting. The district is a vibrant hub that blends the old-world charm of beautifully preserved buildings with the modern energy of the city. After your meal, take a leisurely stroll through the cobblestone streets, exploring the boutique shops and art galleries that surround Coa De Jima. The historic setting provides an inspiring backdrop that can spark creativity and foster meaningful conversations.

Coa De Jima is the epitome of the perfect lunch meeting destination. With its innovative cuisine, hand-crafted cocktails, captivating ambiance, and impeccable service, it offers a lunch vibe that is both invigorating and conducive to productive discussions. The combination of Latin flair, a well-curated menu, and a charming location in Boise’s Historic District creates an atmosphere that is ideal to impress clients, engage in team-building discussions, or simply enjoy a delicious meal while networking. Whatever the occasion, Coa De Jima is guaranteed to deliver an unforgettable lunch meeting experience.

Changing Lives One Smile at a Time: The Dedication of Advanced Dental Care of Twin Falls

Advance Dental Care

As the sun rises over the canyon and the city of Twin Falls, Idaho, the team at Advanced Dental Care are already busy, preparing for another day of creating smiles and changing lives. Advanced Dental Care, a family-run practice with over 45 years of unwavering dedication, has been recognized as the statewide winner for an impressive four consecutive years.

What began as a modest practice in 1976 has flourished into a thriving enterprise with 21 highly skilled team members. Over the past five years alone, Advanced Dental Care has experienced remarkable growth, expanding their team from a mere six members. However, their distinction lies not only in their size but in their unwavering commitment to innovation and the utilization of cutting-edge technology to provide exceptional care to their patients.

Dr. Rencher, one of the practice’s esteemed lead dentists, explains, “We utilize technology that allows patients to see and comprehend the potential outcome of their dental treatment before it is even undertaken. Medical diagnostics have progressed significantly in the past decade, and we believe dental care should be no different.” While many dentists struggle to keep pace with the rapid advancements in technology, Dr. Rencher and his team remain at the forefront, determined to offer the very best to their patients.

Their pursuit of excellence extends far beyond technological advancements. Dr. Rencher and his team actively seek out renowned mentors in their field, investing over 200 combined hours of personalized one-on-one training annually to ensure they deliver the highest standard of care.

 And the team takes a personalized approach to dentistry, ensuring that every patient receives a comprehensive diagnosis and is presented with an array of treatment options tailored to their specific needs.

However, Advanced Dental Care’s commitment to their community extends beyond providing top-notch dental care. They also help those in need. “We are always looking to give back to the community through donating dental treatment to veterans and the underserved people of the Magic Valley,” says Dr. Rencher. “We find great joy in giving and helping those in our community and fostering a better place to live.” Dr. Rencher and his wife, Jodie, are also proud to provide opportunities to their team members to be the very best in their field and to see them grow personally to become respected leaders.

The team’s dedication to patient health and comfort has not gone unnoticed. Advanced Dental Care’s achievements include being recognized as the statewide winner for four consecutive years and earning the title of the #1 Invisalign Dentist in Idaho last year. Yet, for the team, the true measure of success lies not in the trophies and accolades but in the countless lives they have transformed and the radiant smiles they have created. Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of their patients, their team members, and the wider community is their ultimate reward.

As the sun sets on another day at Advanced Dental Care in Twin Falls, Idaho, their passion for excellence continues to burn brightly. With their unwavering dedication to innovation, personalized care, and community service, they stand as an inspiring example for dental practices nationwide. Changing lives one smile at a time, the team at Advanced Dental Care will continue their tireless efforts to create a better and brighter future for all those they have the privilege to serve.