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Excelsior • Chanhassen Shorewood

2 Sun Readers’ Choice – Thursday, January 26, 2012 –

In the Community, With the Community, For the Community

Thank You, Readers! You voted and we listened. Hundreds of our readers took time to vote for their favorite community businesses. Everything from the best teacher to the best travel agency, and everything in between. Today, the results are in. Check out all the winners inside or go online at


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Carolyn Manhatton President Excelsior Paint & Design

701 Highway 7

952.474.5605 CMYK – Thursday, January 26, 2012 – Sun Readers’ Choice

In the Community, With the Community, For the Community

Automotive Best Auto Body Shop Collision & Color Best Auto Repair Shop Gary's First Class Car Care Best Car Wash Youngstedt's Bay Car Wash Best Domestic Car Dealership Hopkins Honda Best Gas Station BP - Excelsior Best Import Car Dealership Carousel Audi Best New Car Salesman Ed Schiff - Eden Prairie Ford Best Oil Change Valvoline Rapid Oil

Best Tire Store Discount Tire - Minnetonka Best Towing Company Williams Towing Best Truck Dealership Shakopee Cars & Trucks Best Used Car Dealer Mason Motors Best Used Car Salesman Jerry Chapman - Metropolitan Ford

Banking & Financial Best Accountant/CPA Gary Brakke - Mound Best Accounting Firm Gary Brakke - Mound Best Bank Wells Fargo Bank

Thank You For Voting Us #1 “Best Towing Company”

Best Credit Union Wings Financial Federal Credit Union Best Financial Planner Alan Fleischauer Best Insurance Agent Chad Babcock State Farm Insurance Best Insurance Company American Family Insurance Best Investment Firm Contego Capital Best Tax Preparation Darrell Rodenz

Education Best Book Clubs Wild Rumpus (mpls)

Best Business School Hennepin Technical College Best College Rasmussen College Best Montessori School Step By Step Montessori School Chaska Best Preschool St. John the Baptist Catholic School Best Principal Nancy Ronhovde St. John the Baptist Best Private School St. John the Baptist Catholic School Best PTA Minnetonka Public Schools Category Continues

Thank You for Voting Us #1!

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William’s Towing 4250 Creekview Circle, Suite 101 Minnetrista, MN 55375



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Best Barbecue Famous Dave's Best Beer/Bar Jake O'Connor's Best Breakfast The Hilltop Best Brunch Maynard's Best Buffet Maynard's Best Candy Store Simply Nuts & More Best Catering Broder's Best Cup of Coffee Dunn Bros Coffee Best Deli Adele's Frozen Custard

Education Continued

Best Public School Minnetonka High School Best Teacher Mrs. Mary Cates St. John the Baptist Best Tutoring Program College Nannies & Tutors Shorewood Best University St. Mary's University Best Vocational School ITT Technical College

Food & Drink Best Asian Happy Garden Best Bakery Patisserie Margo

Thank You Eden Prairie & Chanhassen for Voting Us #1



In the Community, With the Community, For the Community

Best Desserts Biella Best Dinner Biella Best Ethnic Na's Tai Cuisine Best Family Dining Hilltop Best Hamburger Lions Tap Best Happy Hour Hazelwood Grille Best Health Food Store Lakewinds Natural Foods Best Ice Cream/Yogurt Lick's Best Italian Biella

Best Liquor Store Excelsior Vintage Best Locally Owned Grocery Store Cub Foods - Minnetonka Best Lunch 318 Café Best Margarita Rey Azteca's Best Meat Market Von Hanson's Meat Market Chanhassen Best Mexican Ray Azteca Best Pizza Joey Nova's Best Popcorn Dock Theatre Category Continues

Thank You All for voting us BEST CONSIGNMENT STORE! We will continue to serve our consignors and our customers with the best selection of clothing and accessories. Winter items will be discounted drastically and Spring items are currently in!! STOP IN SOON FOR THE BEST SELECTION

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Proudly serving you for over 50 years, your hosts Bert & Bonnie Notermann!


16180 Flying Cloud Dr. Eden Prairie, MN

Monday-Sunday 11am-10pm

278 Water Street, Excelsior, MN (952) 474-7775 | Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm | Saturday 10am-5pm – Thursday, January 26, 2012 – Sun Readers’ Choice

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Open Bowling Sunday 10am-9:30pm Monday 10am-6pm Tuesday 9am-6pm Wednesday 10am-10pm

Food & Drink Continued

Best Romantic Restaurant Biella Best Seafood Maynard's Best Sports Bar Maynard's Best Steakhouse Gianni's Best Supermarket Cub Foods Best Sushi Yumi's Best Wine/Bar 318 Café

Health & Beauty Best Aesthetic Center Joy Aesthetics

Best Colorist Brenda - CB Styles Best Fitness Center Fitness 19 - Shorewood Best Hair CB Styles Best Laser Hair Removal Refine Laser Best Manicure/Pedicure DeParis Nail Salon Best Massage Therapy LaVida Massage Best Personal Trainer Scott Craig Best Spa Spalon Montage Best Stylist Char - CB Styles - Chanhassen Category Continues

Thursday 9am-Midnight Friday 10am-Midnight

Thank You Excelsior, Wayzata, Orono, Shorewood, Long Lake

Saturday 10am-Midnight

for voting us #1!

Thursday 4:30pm-6pm Thursday 10pm-Midnight

Best Place to Bowl! Best Place for Children’s Party

Shake, Rattle & Glow

Friday 10pm-Midnight Saturday 10am-1:30pm (Kids Session) Saturday 10pm-Midnight

Junior Leagues Starting now



5601 Manitou Rd, Tonka Bay (952) 474-5959

*Hours subject to change. Check our website for updates.

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You don’t want a college that’s just average, you want one that’s

Superior Thank you Lake Minnetonka area for supporting 318 Cafe! Much more than a favorite breakfast spot & coffee shop! “Best Lunch & Best Wine Bar”

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Winner of the 2012 Readers’ Choice Award in Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Lakeville, Mounds View/New Brighton and St.Louis Park Thank you for the votes!

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THANK YOU Health & Beauty Continued

Best Tanning CB Styles Best Weight Control Center Fitness 19 - Shorewood

Home & Garden Best Air Duct Cleaning Residential Heating & Cooling Best Antique Store Mary O'Neals Best Appliance Store Appliance Outlet Best Art Gallery Keith Wilcock Gallery Best Arts & Crafts Store Artworks Art & Frame Best Cabinet/Countertop Company Cabinetpak

Best Carpet Cleaning A+ Vacuum Best Concrete Company Pietig Contrete Best Deck Company Jon Dimich Deck Creations Best Electrician Baker Electric Best Fence Company Built-Rite Fence Best Fireplace Store Fireside Hearth and Home Best Flooring Store Excelsior Paint & Design Best Furniture Store The Sitting Room Best Gutter Company Incline Exteriors Category Continues

Excelsior Shorewood Bloomington for voting us READERS’ CHOICE





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952-934-1525 W W W . C H A N H A S S E N D T . C O M – Thursday, January 26, 2012 – Sun Readers’ Choice

In the Community, With the Community, For the Community

Home & Garden Continued

Best Handyman Mark Ploof Best Hardware Store True Value Best Heating & Air Company Burnsville Heating and Air Best Home Improvement Store Home Depot Best Hot Tub Store Spa Squad Best House Cleaning Clean & Shine Best Interior Design Interiors Left & Right by Jean Lopez Best Landscaping & Garden Center The Garden Patch Best Landscaping Services MA Peterson

Best Lawn Care Service C & C Lawns Best Light Store City West Fan Man Lighting (EP) Best Paint Store Excelsior Paint & Design Best Pest Control Terminix Best Plumbing Company Genz-Ryan Plumbing & Heating Best Pool Store Randall Pools Best Remodeling Company Ashlann Builders Best Residential Painting Company A Fresh Look Best Roofing Company Incline Exteriors

Thank You Excelsior, Shorewood, and Chanhassen for voting us Best Gymnastics School! ★





Offering lessons for girls & boys ages 18 mos. to 18 years ★


Now Registering for Session III


2885 Water Tower Place Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-368-1909

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Thank You! A truely heartfelt thank you to everyone who gave us the opportunity to work on their vehicle and voted our team #1 in the Excelsior/Chanhassen area.





140 Oak Street Excelsior, MN 55331 952-474-0316 Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8 am to 5 pm



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Home & Garden Continued

Best Siding Company Coty Construction Best Vacuum Store A+ Vacuum Best Window Company New Windows For America Best Window Cover Store Excelsior Paint & Design

Medical Best Allergist Dr. Pam Harris Park Nicollet St Louis Park Best Chiropractor Dr. Bruce Pearson Natural Chiropractic Center Best Clinic Park Nicollet Chanhassen

In the Community, With the Community, For the Community

Best Dentist Office Chanhassen Dental Best Dermatologist Dr. April Farrell Skin Care Specialist Best Doctor Dr. Leslie Trcka Park Nicollet Chanhassen Best Emergency Room Methodist Hospital Best Hearing Center Beltone Best Hospital Fairview Ridges Hospital Best Lasik LasikPlus Best OB/GYN Dr. Elizabeth Elfstrand John Haugen & Assoc. Category Continues

Thank You Voters!



Thank You loyal readers for voting us the best dance studio in the area. READERS’ It is such an honor to CHOICE receive this award. Awards



14500 Martin Drive, Suite 2000 Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952.949.9008

Tap • Ballet • Jazz • Pointe • Lyrical • Kickline/Pom Hip Hop • Irish • Theatrical • Taebo Fitness® Mommy and Me • Class for ages 2 1/2 through adult

Thank You Voters!



Rethinking Eye Care and Eyewear Brevier Optical (P) 952-401-1700 143 Oak Street Excelsior, MN 55331


Dr. Krestine Tiziani, DMD, MPH, MS Dr. Douglas Jolstad, DDS, MS Excelsior Professional Building 348 Second St. Excelsior, MN 55331 952-474-0288 – Thursday, January 26, 2012 – Sun Readers’ Choice

In the Community, With the Community, For the Community


Medical Continued

Best Ophthalmologist/ Eye Care Doctor Dr. Stacey Ulrick Best Optometrist/Eye Glass Store Brevier International Best Orthodontist Dr. Doug Jolstad Best Orthopedic Surgeon Twin Cities Orthopedics Dr. Chris Meyer Best Pediatrician All About Children Pediatrics Best Pharmacy Byerly's - Chanhassen Best Plastic Surgeon Wayzata Plastic Surgey Best Urgent Care Clinic Park Nicollet Chanhassen


Other Shopping / Services Best Book Store Excelsior Bay Books Best Camera Store National Camera Exchange Best Childcare Kids of the Kingdom Best Employment Services Management Recruiters of MN Best Florist Excelsior Florist Best Funeral Home Washburn McReavy Best Gift Shop The General Store - Minnetonka Best Hotel/Motel Chanhassen Inn

Winter Apparel Sale


Save to 50%


Thank you for your support in 2011

A nice selection of sweaters, caps & hats scarves, coats, jackets, clogs and slippers

M-F 10-6; Sat 10-5; Sun 12:30-4:30 Excelsior • 50 Water St. 952-474-1231

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Thank You...


Excelsior, Shorewood, Eden Prairie, Chanhassen

Dr. Stacey Ulrick Best Optometrist/Eye Care Doctor

Thank you for making us who we are and for voting us #1!


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111 Pioneer Trail, Chaska, MN New Patients Welcome - Most Insurance Accepted • 952-361-6249 With the mention of this ad. Expires 2/15/12.

Appointments scheduled • Tues, Thurs, Fri 10-7, Sat 9-5

Offering the newest soft lens technology and specialty contacts

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Other Shopping/Services Continued

In the Community, With the Community, For the Community

Best Tattoo Parlor The Canvass Tattoo Studio Eden Prairie Best Taxi Laker Cab Best Toy/Hobby Store ABC and Toy Zone Best Veterinary Clinic Excelsior Animal Hospital Best Theatre/Play House Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

Best Kennel/Boarding Facility Canine Club & Spa Best Lawyer/Attorney Paula Callies Best Limo/Car Service JVP lIMOUSINEsERVICE Best Moving Company Matt's Moving LLC (Mtka) Best Nanny Service Quality Nanny Service (Eagan) Best Pet Grooming Canine Clipping Corner Best Pet Store Noah's Ark Best Photographer Annie Marie Photography

Real Estate Best Apartment Community The Ponds Best Assisted Living Summerwood - Chanhassen

Best Mortgage Lender Michael Sluis, Wells Fargo Best New Home Builder Ashlann Builders Best Real Estate Agent Adrienne Thompson Excelsior Real Estate Best Real Estate Company Excelsior Real Estate Best Retirement Community The Ponds - Shorewood Best Senior Apartments Centennial Hills Senior Res Best Title Company Excelsior Title

Recreation Best Bicycle Shop Excel Cycle Best Boat Dealer Minnesota Inboard Best Dance Studio Dance Esteem Best Driving Range Glen Lake Golf Course Best Golf Course Bluff Creek Best Golf Equipment Sports Authority Best Gymnastics Classic Gymnastics Best Hockey Equipment Store Hanus Sports Category Continues

hier t l a e h for a

body • mind • l i fe

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Thank Your For Voting For Us! Aaron & Adrienne Thompson

Voted #1 in Excelsior for 2011 & 2012


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952.474.3699 237801 Hwy 7, Excelsior by Cub in the Shorewood Village Shopping Center

Best Real Estate Agency



Aaron & Adrienne Thompson Best Realtors

Providing exceptional representation, serving the Lake Minnetonka Area and Southwestern Suburbs for Residential Sales, Leasing and Property Management

612-384-5394 / 350 Highway 7, Suite 101 Excelsior, MN 55331 – Thursday, January 26, 2012 – Sun Readers’ Choice

In the Community, With the Community, For the Community


Recreation Continued

Best Indoor Water Park Water Park Mall of America Best Marina Bayside Marina Best Martial Arts National Karate Best Motorcycle Dealer Wild Prairie Harley Davidson (EP) Best Outdoor Water Park Valley Fair Best Place For Children's Party Country Club Lanes Best Place To Bowl Country Club Lanes Best Place To Gamble Mystic Lake Casino Best Place To Hear Live Music The Narrows


Thank You Readers! Best Rec Center Chanhassen Recreation Center Best Recreational Vehicle Dealer Brambilla's Best Ski/Snowboard Store Erik's Bike & Board Shop Eden Prairie Best Sporting Goods Store Sports Authority Best Summer Camp Tanadoona Best Travel Agency Hennessey Travel Services


“Best Private School” 2011 and 2010

January 29th 2012

St. John the Baptist Catholic School

9:00 AM to Noon

638 Mill Street Excelsior, MN 55331 Award winning teaching staff MNSAA accredited Preschool through 8th Grade Flexible Preschool Program-also voted “Best” New for next year -All day Kindergarten Strong academics with top NWEA test scores and graduates on high school honor rolls Spanish, Music, Gym, Sports Technology including smart boards, audio enhancers, lap top program Extended care after school Catholic faith tradition And much more to teach the whole child

Religion Best Church Choir/Music Program Father Mark Dosh - St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

Come to our Open House

St. John the Baptist Catholic School 952.474.5812 Conveniently located between Highway 7 and County Road 5 on Mill Street (Powers Boulevard) in Excelsior-minutes from Eden Prairie and Chanhassen.

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373 GEORGE STREET • EXCELSIOR, MN 952.474.1454 W W W. C H A D B A B C O C K . N E T

C B Awards Thank you for your loyalty. We appreciate you!





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Happy Hour: M-Th 5-6pm Religion Continued

Best Church Youth Group St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Best Pastor St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Best Place of Worship Excelsior Covenant Church Best Vacation Bible School St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

Style & Fashion Best Baby/Infant Store My Little One Best Boutique Heritage II Best Bridal Shop Heartstrings Bridal Best Children's Clothing Store Classic Child

Best Consignment Store Cheri's Boutique Best Consignment Store The General Store Best Dry Cleaners Hour Glass Cleaners Best Eyeware Park Nicoleet Eye Care Best Jewelry Store David Douglas Jewelers Best Men's Clothing Store Heartbreakers Men's Best Shoe Store Schuler Shoes Best Shopping Center Eden Prairie Center Best Specialty Clothing Store Lillian's Best Women's Clothing Store Impact

Hours: M-Th 5-9pm F-Sat 5-10pm

Have Fun, Eat Well

Thank You For Voting Us… #


1 Italian Restaurant # 1 Most Romantic Restaurant Proprietor: Mark Nazigian

1 Best READERS’ Awards Dinner CHOICE # 1 Best Desserts


Chef: Chef Chad Grant

227 Water St. • Excelsior, MN | 952.474.8881

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THANK YOU for voting us the BEST HEARING CENTER in the following cities.... READERS’ CHOICE



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