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2012 READERS’ CHOICE

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Blaine • Spring Lake Park


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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 minnlocal.com

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“Best Casino Gaming”

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Best Oil Change Dependable Auto

Automotive Best Auto Body Shop Gales' Auto Body

Best Tire Store Goodyear Tire

Best Auto Repair Shop Transmission Shop Best Car Wash Perfect 10 Car Wash

Best Credit Union Wings Financial Federal Credit Union

Best Towing Company Blaine Brother's

Best Montessori School Step By Step Montessori School

Best Insurance Agent Adam Weinblatt

Best Principal Paul Anderson Sand Creek Elementary School

Best Insurance Company Liberty Mutual

Best Public School Davinci Academy

Banking & Financial

Best Domestic Car Dealership Friendly Chevrolet (Fridley)

Best Accountant/CPA Lelm & Associates

Best Gas Station Holiday

Best Accounting Firm Lelm & Associates

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Education Best Business School Minnesota School of Business Best College Rasmussen College

Best Teacher Amy Sundem Sand Creek Elementary School Best University St. Mary's University Category Continues

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Food & Drink Best Asian Ginger Cafe Best Bakery Panera Best Barbecue Famous Dave's Best Beer/Bar Short Stop Coon Rapids Best Breakfast Henry's Diner Best Brunch Crave

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Best Buffet Old Country Buffet

Best Hamburger Brick's Route 65

Best Margarita Applebee's

Best Cup of Coffee Caribou Coffee

Best Happy Hour Courtside Bar and Grill

Best Meat Market Von Hanson's Meat Market

Best Deli Crossroads Deli

Best Ice Cream/Yogurt Coldstone Creamery

Best Mexican Casa Rio

Best Desserts Bread Pudding - Famous Dave's

Best Liquor Store Tournament Liquors

Best Pizza Umbria Pizza

Best Dinner Brick's American Pub

Best Locally Owned Grocery Store Bob's Produce Ranch

Best Romantic Restaurant Shorewood

Best Family Dining Buca di Beppo

Best Lunch Tavern Grill

Best Sports Bar The Club Category Continues


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Food & Drink Continued

Health & Beauty

Best Steakhouse Manny's Steakhouse Best Supermarket Cub Foods Best Wine/Bar Brick's American Pub

Best Aesthetic Center Aveda Institute Best Colorist Janet Peterson Mes Amis Salon Best Fitness Center Fitness 19 Best Hair Salon Mystique Best Manicure/Pedicure Salon Mystique

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Voted #1 Two Years in a Row! Best Locally Owned Grocery Store Blaine/Spring Lake Park • Columbia Heights/Fridley

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Best Massage Therapy Wellspring Best Personal Trainer Ali & Mark Holman Core Conditioning Best Spa Simonson's Best Stylist Alyssa - Simonson's - Anoka Best Tanning Italian Tan Best Weight Control Center Medifast

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Home & Garden Best Air Duct Cleaning Residential Heating & Cooling Best Appliance Store Appliance Outlet Best Arts & Crafts Store Michael's Best Cabinet/ Countertop Company Village Floor

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Home & Garden Continued

Best Carpet Cleaning Oxy Magic Best Concrete Company Concept Design Concrete Best Deck Company Bjork Construction Best Fence Company Mid west Fence Best Fireplace Store Rivercity Furnace Best Flooring Store Village Floor

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Best Furniture Store Becker Furniture World

Best Hot Tub Store The Pool Store

Best Plumbing Company Geno's Sewer & Drain

Best Gutter Company Gutter Topper

Best House Cleaning Cleaning Authority

Best Pool Store The Pool Store

Best Handyman House Doctors

Best Landscaping & Garden Center Mickman Bros.

Best Remodeling Company Custom Home Remodeling

Best Hardware Store Home Depot Best Heating & Air Company Kath Heating & Air Best Home Improvement Store Home Depot

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Best Landscaping Services All Metro Lawn & Snow

Best Residential Painting Company A Fresh Look

Best Paint Store Hirshfield's

Best Roofing Company The Chuba Company

Best Pest Control Bee There

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Thank you for voting us #1! BEST REMODELING COMPANY

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• Blaine • Spring Lake Park • Columbia Heights • Fridley • Crystal

• Golden Valley • Mounds View • New Brighton • New Hope • Robbinsdale

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THANK YOU Home & Garden Continued

Best Siding Company Western Construction Best Vacuum Store Al's Vacuum Best Window Company New Windows For America Best Window Cover Store Village Floor

Medical Best Allergist HFA Allergy Clinic Best Chiropractor Hart Chiropractic

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Best Clinic Allina Medical Clinic Blaine Best Dentist Office Blue Ridge Dental Best Doctor Dr. Dave Plummer - Hennepin County Medical Center

BLAINE MEDICAL CENTER 763-785-4200 ROSEVILLE MEDICAL CENTER 763-785-4300 FRIDLEY MEDICAL CENTER 763-785-4500

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Thank You for voting Friendly Chevrolet the Sun Newspaper’s 2011 “Best Domestic Car Dealership”

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Medical Continued

Best Emergency Room Hennepin County Medical Center

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Best Optometrist/Eye Glass Store Blaine Eye Clinic Best Orthodontist Zapfel Orthodontics

Best Hearing Center Beltone

Best Orthopedic Surgeon Twin Cities Orthopedic Dr. O'Keefe

Best Hospital Blaine Medical Center Best OB/GYN Dr. Lex Lawson - Fridley OB

Best Pediatrician Dr. Lisa Batchelor South Lake Pediatrics

Best Ophthalmologist/ Eye Care Doctor Blaine Eye Clinic

Other Shopping / Services Best Florist Addie Lane Floral Best Funeral Home Washburn McReavy

Best Pet Store Stone Mountain Pet Lodge Best Veterinary Clinic Blaine Central Vet Best Theatre/Play House Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

Best Gift Shop Vintage Rose (Carol's Restaurant) Best Kennel/Boarding Facility Stone Mountain Pet Lodge Best Pet Grooming Stone Mountain Pet Lodge

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Real Estate Best Assisted Living White Pine (Blaine) Best Mortgage Lender Steve Furlong Mortgages Unlimited, Inc. Best New Home Builder Centex Best Real Estate Agent Jacob Holub - Keller Williams Best Real Estate Company Edina Realty

Best Senior Apartments The Lakes Of Blaine

Best Romantic Restaurant Blaine/Spring Lake Park and Columbia Heights/Fridley.

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Recreation Best Bicycle Shop Erik's Bike & Board Shop Best Dance Studio QC Dance Studio 6161 Highway 65 NE Fridley, MN 763-398-0088 shorewoodgrill.com

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Recreation Continued

Best Gymnastics Twin City Twisters Best Hockey Equipment Store Hockey Central Best Motorcycle Dealer Harley Davidson Best Place For Children's Party Scoop's Best Place To Bowl Brunzwick Zone

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Best Place To Gamble Mystic Lake Casino

Style & Fashion

Best Shopping Center Rosedale Mall

Best Place To Hear Live Music Pov's

Best Boutique Vintage Rose (Carol's Restaurant)

Best Specialty Clothing Store Lillian's

Best Recreational Vehicle Dealer Chopper City

Best Bridal Shop Angelique's

Best Ski/Snowboard Store Hot Spot

Best Dry Cleaners Pilgrim Cleaners

Best Sporting Goods Store Dave's Sport Shop

Best Eyeware Blaine Eye Clinic Best Jewelry Store Timothy's Fine Jewelry

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• Blaine/Spring Lake Park • Brooklyn Center • Brooklyn Park • Columbia Heights/Fridley

• Crystal • Eagan • Edina • Excelisor/Shorewood

• Hopkins • Lakeville • Mounds View/New Brighton • New Hope

• Robbinsdale • St. Louis Park • Wayzata/Orono/Long Lake

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