Ohio Market Wins Nation's 'Best Restroom' Award

Jungle Jim's International Market cleaned up in the annual "America's Best Restroom" contest.

Like his sprawling food store, known for its eclectic selection of items from around the world and colorful decor, Jungle Jim's restrooms are meant to be fun.

"I'm all about putting smiles on people's faces," said owner Jim Bonaminio. "People are so tense these days. Those bathrooms just seem to make people laugh, and that's what we're all about: laughing and having fun."

What appears to be portable toilets in the store in this northern Cincinnati suburb actually are entrances to a hallway, adorned in a jungle motif, leading to restrooms with flowers, marble, green tile and tropical pictures.

Cincinnati-based Cintas Corp., a uniform supplier and provider of bathroom products and services, said Tuesday that tens of thousands of online votes were cast in the sixth competition, choosing from five finalists selected for hygiene, style and public access. Also-rans included a Las Vegas hotel lounge and an upscale restaurant in Flushing, Mich.