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Simpson Furniture First place: Furniture, floor covering History has been good to Simpson Furniture, the 67-year-old eastern Iowa retailer, who has again captured FIRST PLACE in the 2013 Best of the Best voting for furniture and floor covering places to buy! Just like every other year the voting has taken place for The Courier’s coveted Best of the Best winner, Simpson Furniture-Flooring-Design and Mattresses took the honors for 2013. President and 30-year Simpson veteran, Dale Emmert expressed deep gratitude to the customers and clients of this locally-owned company for their continued support of Simpson. “We never take for granted the voting in this event, and we work daily with our staff to ensure our friends who shop with us are happy and satisfied every time!” These past 12 to 24 months have been exciting for Simpson Furniture as they sold their downtown building and made a huge move to a new location just one mile south of where the store had been since 1946. The moving sale held in June of last year was topped off with a grand opening last fall in the brand new showroom at 2300 Main St., still in Cedar Falls. Board of director vice-president and showroom designer Deb Emmert thinks back to all the work it took to make the huge move and has no regrets. Deb said in a recent interview,”Our staff is top notch, and the way everyone dug in and worked extra to help with the move and then continue to work on improving the showroom reminds me that we also have the “Best of the Best” employees.” Simpson Furniture is really four stores in one. A 30 percent larger showroom for furniture and accessories is complimented by their Simpson Design Studio under the direction of Kathy Flack, ASID designer. The 25 percent larger floor covering gallery is managed by Kelly Ellingson, and long-time partner Tom Cagley oversees a mattress department almost 20 percent larger than before. In addition to the new and exciting things in Cedar Falls, Simpson continues to see growth in their operation in the Iowa City-Coralville corridor where a beautiful 30,000-square-foot offering employs more than a dozen more

Owner: Dale Emmert Address: 2300 Main St., Cedar Falls Phone: (319) 266-3535 Web: www.simpson

staff and with award winning service as well. The newer Coarlville store is an “A-List” performer, a voting of KCRGTV viewers in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City markets. Coralville vice-president Zach Epley headed up the move south in January of 2010 and reports that sales and exposure are helping add to the Simpson legacy. “We started out in the winter of 2010 and in less than four full years we are making a name for ourselves in a market that we hope to expand into even more. Our sales have almost doubled since the end of 2010, and our

traffic is up every month over last year,” Epley said. Simpson is not only a great place to decorate your home with stylish and affordable furniture and accessories, they are also known in the metro area as one company that becomes deeply involved in the community. Simpson Furniture has been a sponsor and supporter of the Gallagher-Bluedorn P A C at the University of Northern since the Arts Center opened over 14 years ago. They also support Panther athletics and student organizations. With gifts and donations to area schools, hospitals and events you see the Simpson logo in many venues. “We also support the Magical Mix Kids, Waterloo Black Hawks and Bucks, Festival of Trees, College Hill Arts, Sturgis Falls and Community Main Street, plus many more activities and events

in our surrounding customer base. Our Coralville store is just as active and folks south of here are becoming to know of the big way we become a part of their communities.” Company Vice President Chris O’ Brien remarks. She closed with a comment often heard when speaking of the “Simpson Way”...”We don’t look at our job as selling furniture. instead we look at it as finding a solution to your home decor needs. We do so with a smile and friendly help, backed by fast, helpful delivery and finally standing behind what we sell so you know when you buy from us, you’ll never regret it!” Dale Emmert echoed those same thoughts, “I guess that’s why we are so happy every year when chosen the First Place winner of the “Best of the Best” shows that our customers and shoppers believe in us, and we believe in the Cedar Valley!”

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Every Year.... Year after Year....

Furniture • Floor Covering • Home Decor Mattresses • Design

Cedar Falls and Coralvi Coralville ille Two great showrooms with great new looks!

Store Hours Mon & Thurs 10-8 Tues & Wed 10-6 Fri & Sat 10-5 Sun 12-4

2300 Main Street, Cedar Falls 319-266-3535 • • Toll Free 800-962-3535


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to this year’s honorees...

Full Service NailS LA Nails in Waterloo Bella Nails & Boutique VIP Nails FurNiture Simpson Furniture Slumberland McGregors FuNeral Home Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service Locke Funeral Home Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home GirlS NiGHt out Stuffed Olive SoHo’s VooDoo Lounge GolF courSe Fox Ridge Golf Course Pheasant Ridge Golf Course Gates Park Golf Course GolF equipmeNt Waterloo Golf Headquarters Scheels Dick’s Sporting Goods GreeNHouSe Petersen and Tietz Florist & Greenhouses Jordan’s Nursery Eckers Flowers & Greenhouses Grocery Store Hy-Vee Fareway Aldi’s Hair SaloN Hair Biz Jiva Salonspa KJ & Kompany HamburGer Beck’s Pump Haus Pepper’s Happy Hour Beck’s Stuffed Olive Pump Haus Hardware Store Ace Hardware Menards Miller Hardware Waverly HealtH & Natural FoodS Hy-Vee TnK Health Food Store Green Fields HealthFood Center HeariNG aidS/Service Potter’s Hearing Aid Service Black Hawk Hearing Aid Center Iowa Hearing Clinic

HeatiNG/cooliNG Young Plumbing & Heating Gubbel’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning Home builder Magee Construction Skogman Homes Kugler Construction Home decor Store Fig & Frolic Dapper Designs Hobby Lobby Home HealtH aGeNcy Cedar Valley Hospice Covenant Home Health Community Based Services Hotel/motel Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo Blackhawk Hotel Hilton Garden Inn ice cream/FrozeN yoGurt 4 Queens Cold Stone Dairy Queen iNSuraNce aGeNt Ryan Sullivan - State Farm Sandy Benak - State Farm Brad McCunniff - State Farm Jewelry Store Roth Jewelry Davidson Dittmer Facets KaraoKe The Other Place Voodoo Lounge Applebee’s laNdScape ServiceS B&K Lawn Care Matthias Landscaping Wapsie Pines lauNdromat Hudson Road Laundromat Waterloo Road Laundry Ansborough Laundromat liquor SelectioN Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits Banis Wal-Mart loaN oFFicer Brandon Steen - Lincoln Savings Bank Kelli Aikey - Cedar Falls Community Credit Union Bill Tye - University of Iowa Community Credit Union local/State day trip Lost Island Waterpark Des Moines Iowa Irish Fest

locally owNed reStauraNt Beck’s Amigos Newton’s marGaritaS Carlo’s O Kelly Amigos Chapala’s martial artS iNStructor Justin Downs - Iowa Tang Soo Do Soshu Lee E. Dawson - Seishin Ryu Kokusai Russ O’Connell - ROC Gym maSSaGe Jiva Salonspa Elements Therapeutic Massage O’hana Salon & Spa meat couNter Fareway Hy-Vee Gilbertville Meat Locker medical StaFF member Dr. Michael Deters - Cedar Valley Hospice Angela Schreiber - Covenant Arrowhead Clinic Chris Neiman - Covenant Clinic Kimball meN’S clotHiNG Kohls Palace Clothiers Dillards mexicaN Amigos Chapala’s Carlos O Kellys motorcycle Silver Eagle Harley Davidson Weber’s Cycle Center Leer’s Cycle Center NewS aNcHor Ron Steele - KWWL Tara Thomas - KWWL Natasha Chughtai - KWWL NurSiNG Home Western Home Communities Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community NewAldaya Lifescapes ob/GyN Anthony Onuigbo - OBGYN Specialists Dr. Brett Hintz - Allen Hospital Barb Weno Partners in Obstetrics & Gynecology oil cHaNGe Service Rydell Chevrolet Dan Deery Motors Jiffy Lube optical Mauer Eye Center Eyecare Associates Cedar Valley Eye Care

outdoor patio FurNiture Menards Lowe’s McGowans paiNt/wallpaper Store Sherwin Williams Home Depot Menards peSt coNtrol Aable Pest Control Platinum Pest Control Ryan Exterminating, Inc. pet GroomiNG PetSmart Pawsitive Pet Care Compassionate Care S’paw pHarmacy Walgreens Hy-Vee CVS pHotoGrapHer Stricker Photography - Michelle Stricker Timm Dodd Photography Click By Kate pHySical tHerapiSt Ellie Rose - Independent Ray Harrington - Cedar Valley Medical Specialits Kim Schonoff-Reiter - Body Basics pizza The Other Place Tonys Villia Italian Specialties place For Family eNtertaiNmeNt Lost Island Waterpark Palmers Iowa Irish Fest place For luNcH Soho’s Panera Newton’s place to Go oN FirSt date Bourbon Street Lost Island Waterpark Brown Bottle place to Have a beer Beck’s Old Chicago Pump Haus place to SHoot pool Beck’s Casey’s VooDoo Lounge plumber Bergen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Young Plumbing & Heating Dalton Plumbing, Heating & Cooling


to this year’s honorees...

Adult Shoe Store Famous Footwear Shoe Carnival Von Maur Antique Store Calico Hen House Dapper Designs Stew’s AppetizerS Applebee’s Pepper’s SoHo’s AppliAnce Store Direct Appliance & TV Sears Smitty’s Art & FrAme Shop Hobby Lobby Heritage Plaid Peacock ASSiSted living Western Home Communities NewAldaya Lifescapes Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community Atv Leer’s Weber’s Cycle Center Silver Eagle Harley Davidson Auctioneer Greg Kastli Dave White Dick Backes Auto Body repAir Rydell Cevrolet Deery Brothers Collision Center Community Motors Auto deAlerShip Dan Deery Rydell Chevrolet Bill Colwell Automotive SAleSperSon Curt McCallum - Dan Deery Truck Center Mike Potter - Rydell Chrvrolet Shane McCollow - Dan Deery Motors Auto Service Rydell Chevrolet Dan Deery Motors Tuffy Auto Service Center BAkery Scratch Cupcakery Hy-Vee Panera BAnk US Bank Farmers State Bank Lincoln Savings Bank BAnk teller Travis Morehouse - Regions Bank Kayla Seeley - Liberty Bank Tyler Smedley - Lincoln Savings Bank

BArtender Megan Wirtz - Berks Jason Bloom - Casey’s Pub on University Ryan Burke - Zsavooz BeAuticiAn/BArBer Kate Lemasters - Hair Biz Beth Zars - Sparkle Salon Kim Newby - Good Lookin’ Salon Bike Shop Europa Bike Tech Scheel’s Bowling Alley Cadillac Lanes Maple Lanes Waverly Bowl Inn BrAke Service Rydell Chevrolet Tuffy’s Midas BridAl Shop Simply I Do An Elegant Affair Bride’s Corner BuSineSS lunch Ferrari’s SoHo’s Beck’s Buy A lAwnmower Waterloo Implement Menards Sears Buy collectiBleS Limited Edition Comics Calico Hen House Dapper Designs Buy video gAmeS Game Stop Best Buy Walmart cAr wASh Waterfalls Miracle Car Wash Rydell Chevrolet cArpet cleAning Hambly & Sons Harris Cleaning Services Mr. Carpet cArpet/Flooring covering Simpson Furniture BK Tile Menards cAtering Service A Moment In Thyme Hy-Vee Randall’s celeBrAte AnniverSAry Montage Ferrari’s Bourbon Street

cell phone deAler US Cellular Next Generation Wireless Verizon cheAp eAtS McDonald’s Taco Bell Steamboat Gardens chicken Pizza Ranch Highway 63 Diner KFC children’S clothing Kohls Zebra Patch Two 4 Tots children’S Shoe Store Famous Footwear Shoe Carnival Von Maur chili Wendy’s Beck’s Texas Roadhouse chineSe Hong Kong Golden China Hy-Vee chipS & SAlSA Carlo’s O Kelly Amigos Chapala’s chiroprActor Blake Wayson - Wayson Chiropractic Dr. Derrick Benner - Elite Chiropractic Chris Fretheim - Evansdale Chiropractic Clinic coFFee Shop Cup of Joe Starbucks Cabin Coffee conSignment Store Two 4 Tots Stuff Etc. Main Street Exchange cookieS Subway Hy-Vee SoHo’s crAFt Store Hobby Lobby Jo Ann Fabrics Art Store and More credit union Veridian Credit Union Cedar Falls Community Credit Union University of Iowa Community Credit Union dAy cAre provider CUCCC A to Z Learning Center and Day Care Happy Time Day Care & Preschool

deli Hy-Vee Sub City Fareway dentiSt Beau Beecher - Kimball & Beecher Family Dentistry 1 David Bottke Family Dentistry Amanda Brenden - Brenden & Brenden Dental deSSert Scratch Cupcakery 4 Queens Cold Stone dinner Bourbon Street Brown Bottle Texas Roadhouse dJ Service Ultimate Entertainment Creative Sound Productions Premier Sound Entertainment drive-up Service 4 Queens McDonalds Taco Bell electriciAn Cedar Valley Electric Stickfort Electric Community Electric LLC electronic Store Best Buy Direct Appliance & TV Radio Shack eye doctor Anthony Bailey Amy Hartman - Mauer Eye Center Dr. Richard Mauer - Mauer Eye Center FAmily doctor Dr. Annie Kontos Dr. Brian Burnett - Covenant Clinic Angie Schreiber - Covenant Arrowhead Clinic FinAnciAl/inveStment Lincoln Savings Bank Financial Resource Advisors (FRA) Northwestern Mutual FitneSS center Next Level Extreme Fitness Farrell’s Extreme Body Shaping Field of Yoga FloriSt Hy-Vee Floral Bancroft’s Flowers Flowerama (1800FLOWERS) Food delivery Jimmy’s John’s East China The Other Place FreSh vegetABleS/Fruit Hy-Vee Fareway Cedar Falls Farmers Market

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Congratulations Simply I Do to this year’s honorees...

Podiatrist Dr. Richard Bremner- Covenant Arrowhead Dr. Ronald Cervetti- CV Foot & Ankle Center Dr. Stephen Solomon - NE Iowa Podiatry Clinic Preschool Community United Child Care Centers Happy Time Day Care & Preschool Orchard Hill Christian Preschool Program Benefitting Youth Boys & Girls Club Build Our Ballpark Big Brother/Big Sister

suBs Sub City Jimmy John’s Subway sundaY Brunch Bourbon Street Village Inn Isle Casino tanning salon Sun Tan City Carribbean Tan & Spa Key West Tanning

radio station 98.5 FM 92.3 FM 101.9 FM real estate firm/Brokerage co. Oakridge Realtors Century 21 LSB Real Estate Re/Max realtor Dan Berregaard - Oakridge Realtors Robin Shrader - Century 21 Carl Ericson - Oakridge Realtors recePtionist Lindsay Taylor - KJ & Kompany Berdell Shauls - Cedar Valley Hospice Heather Welch - Northeast Iowa Podiatry remodeler John Bronemann Carpentry & Handyman Magee Construction Harting & Hunemuller Contractors riBs Famous Daves Hickory House Texas Roadhouse salad Bar Hy-Vee Bourbon Street Pizza Ranch sPorts Bar Beck’s Pepper’s Mulligan’s sPorting goods store Scheels Dick’s Sporting Good Runner’s Flat state/midwest weekend triP Lost Island Waterpark Iowa Irish Fest Galena, IL steak Texas Roadhouse Longhorn Steakhouse Bourbon Street

tenderloin Newton’s TownHouse Tenderloins Beck’s transmissions Rydell Chevrolet L & M Transmission Tuffy’s travel agent Brady Gruhn - Lighthouse Travel Jayne Morris - AAA Annie Humble - Humble Travel veterinarian Jerry Den Herder - Den Herder Veterinary Hospital Jim Taylor - Taylor Veterinary Hospital Dr. Brian Hargens - Hudson Vet Clinic video store Family Video Digital Dog Pound Redbox waiter/waitress Michelle Smith - Jameson’s Pub Ashley Huff - Steamboat Gardens Ingrid Folderk - Soho & Stuffed Olive wine selection Hy-Vee Luna Art & Wine Montage women’s accessories Spotlight Kohls Von Maur women’s clothing Spotlight Style Boutique Kohls Maurcies wrecker service Rasmusson Towing L&M Transmission & Towing Ray Mount Wrecker Service

First Place: Bridal Shop Since 2010, we have made it our business to ensure that every woman who leaves our shop feels beautiful. At Simply I Do, a bridal and special occasion store, we make it our mission to deliver great customer service, reasonable prices and high-quality merchandise. Our selection includes a large selection of name-brand, current-style formal wear. We cater to customers seeking that special bridal gown or special occasion wear for proms, military balls, homecoming, pageants and black-tie events. Bridal accessories, such as veils, shoes, jewelry and headpieces are also available, as are everyday wear like scarves, fashion jewelry and trendy clothing pieces. We are family owned, so every bride who comes in our doors can expect, from start to finish, superior customer

3205 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls (319) 277-1117 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

service from our helpful consultants. We are experts in the field! Customers can expect to receive the best service from trained bridal consultants at our fullservice boutique. At Simply I Do, you can dress and accessorize your entire wedding party. We give back to the community through Relay for Life sponsorship and participation in local school projects. We are a Chamber member, and have participated in local bridal show events.

Simply Stunning, Simply Graceful, Simply “I DO”

We Have All Your Wedding Day Needs

store: (319)277-1117 3205 Hudson Road | Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Thank you Cedar Valley for voting us Best of the Best!

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„„ Owner: Rocky Loveland; Steve Fernau, G.M. „„ Address: 224 Tower Park Drive, Waterloo „„ Phone: (319) 236-6802 „„ Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday


First Place: Car Wash


Waterfalls Car Wash

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Celebrating 20 years in Business “Thank Youâ€? CEDAR VALLEY SAN MARNAN & KIMBALL • BY THE TOWER

Farmers State Bank

Growing strong since 1879

Honorable Mention: Bank


„„ Address: Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Jesup, Raymond, Dunkerton, Gilbertville, La Porte City „„ Phone: (319) 287-3961 since 1879 „„ Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday Building Your Success MEMBER FDIC through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday (drive„„ Website: up); 24-hour ATM

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Cedar Valley Hospice

because it’s about living

First Place: Home Health Agency Medical Staff Member — Dr. Michael Deters Honorable Mention: Receptionist — Burdell Shauls Since 1979, Cedar Valley Hospice has been the area’s leader in delivering comprehensive palliative and end-of-life care. The organization’s 145 employees and 450 volunteers provide services based on core values including, compassion, respect, integrity, education, leadership, relationships, quality and excellence. “We are humbled and honored to be recognized once again by the community we serve as the best home health agency,” said Executive Director Marvin Fagerlind. “We are very proud of our employees and volunteers for showing their dedication to patients and families by providing the highest quality care,” said Katie Unland, human resources director. “From our care team to our office staff, every member of our agency has a unique contribution in the support of the mission of Cedar Valley Hospice. Everyone plays a valuable role in providing the highest quality care.” Two employees recognized for their individual efforts are Berdell Schauls, Waterloo receptionist, and Dr. Michael Deters, medical director. Berdell has been an employee of Cedar Valley Hospice since 2001 and Dr. Deters joined the organization in 2008, after retiring from his private practice. “We are fortunate to have Berdell Schauls as a member of the Cedar Valley Hospice team,” Unland said. “She is so considerate and caring of everyone and goes above and beyond in every interaction. Her dedication to Cedar Valley Hospice is apparent and her support provided to patients, families and co-workers is invaluable.” “Cedar Valley Hospice is very grateful to have Dr. Deters on staff because of his wealth of knowledge and skill,” Fagerlind said. “In every interaction, both personally and professionally, he treats people with respect and compassion.” “Cedar Valley Hospice is very grateful to have Dr. Deters on staff because of his wealth of knowledge and skill,” Fagerlind said. “In every interaction, both personally and professionally, he treats people with respect and compassion.” The focus of the Cedar Valley Hospice

Waterloo Central Office: 2101 Kimball Ave., Suite 401, Waterloo (319) 272-2002, 1-800-617 1972 Hospice Home: 2001 Kimball Ave., Waterloo (319) 272-1771 310 E. G Ave., Grundy Center (319) 824-3868, 1-888-878-3868 801 First St. E, Independence (319) 334-6960, 1-888-273- 8957 207 20th St. NW, Waverly (319) 352-1274, 1-877-485-7081

team of professionals is the comfort and care of each patient. A team of doctors, nurses, social workers, aides, spiritual counselors and volunteers combine to provide excellent care with emotional and spiritual support, emphasizing comfort and quality of life. The patient and their family are the decision-makers of the care provided in the patient’s home, nursing home, assisted living facility, hospital, the Cedar Valley Hospice Home or wherever the patient calls home. Cedar Valley Hospice services are available to people of all ages who are suffering from any life-limiting illness, regardless of age, diagnosis or ability to pay. Grief support services for children and adults are available to anyone in the community. Additional community programs offered include palliative care and medical case management for those living with HIV or AIDS. Staff may be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week for hospice referrals. Cedar Valley Hospice is honored to be viewed as providing the best in end-of-life care and grief support services to thousands of patients and families throughout northeast Iowa. With offices in Waterloo, Grundy Center, Independence and Waverly, Cedar Valley Hospice serves Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Grundy, parts of Benton, Chickasaw, Delaware, Fayette, Hardin, Linn, Marshall and Tama counties.

We are honored to have been voted “Best of the Best” in home health care! Thank you, Cedar Valley, for allowing us to care for your loved ones. We are honored to provide the best end-of-life care and grief support to your families and our community. Congratulations to our entire staff, as well as the following individual staff members: Dr. Michael Deters, M.D. First Place - Medical Staff Member Berdell Schauls Honorable Mention - Receptionist

319.272.2002 :: waterloo . independence . grundy center . waverly . hospice home

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Next Generation Wireless Honorable Mention: Cell phone dealer

Goodbye mediocre. Hello exceptional. Thank you to all our loyal customers who voted for us as one of the Cedar Valley’s Best of the Best. We truly appreciate your business.

Motorola Moto X™

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Next Generation Wireless is a U.S. Cellular-authorized agent that has been serving the Cedar Valley for more than 10 years. We pride ourselves on superior customer service and especially our community involvement. Our customer service is our biggest asset to being Best of the Best. We have always prided ourselves on maintaining a superior level of customer service. We also believe strongly in the associates and staff who continuously maintain such a high level of excellence day in and day out. Next Generation Wireless has been named an Employer of Choice from 2007-10 and 2012, included on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies from 2008-13 and chosen as Best of the Best from 2008-13. When you step into a Next Generation Wireless location, you will be greeted with a smile and helping hand. We go the

College Square Mall, next to Old Chicago 6301 University Ave., Cedar Falls (319) 266-2500 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday Waterloo Office 1513 Flammang Drive (319) 226-3500 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Waverly Office 1010 Fourth St. SW (319) 352-6200 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

extra mile to give our customers peace of mind in their purchase. We also help find the best match for each customer on both service and equipment.

Samsung Galaxy S® 4

Cedar Falls 6301 University Ave. 319-266-2500

Waterloo 1513 Flammang Dr. 319-226-3500

Waverly 1810 4th St. SW 319-352-6200

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Things we want you to know: A new 2-yr. agmt. (subject to a pro-rated $150 early termination fee for feature phones, modems and hotspot devices and a $350 early termination fee for smartphones and tablets) required. Agmt. terms apply as long as you are a cstmr. $30 device act. fee and credit approval may apply. Regulatory Cost Recovery Fee applies (currently $1.40/line/month); this is not a tax or gvmt. required charge. Add. fees, taxes and terms apply and vary by svc. and eqmt. See store or for details. Kansas Customers: In areas in which U.S. Cellular receives support from the Federal Universal Service Fund, all reasonable requests for service must be met. Unresolved questions concerning services availability can be directed to the Kansas Corporation Commission Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection NGW445 at 1-800-662-0027. Limited time offer. Trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners. ©2013 U.S. Cellular

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Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes, Inc. Honorable Mention: Funeral Home A message from Steven Corson and Carter Corson, fourth-generation owners of Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes, Inc.: In 1901, 218 Second St. S.E., o u r g re a t Waverly grandfather, (319) 352-1187 George J. Kaiser, began what is now known as Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes in Monona, Iowa, moving to Waverly in 1921. In 1954, Mr. Kaiser was joined in the business by his only grandchild, James R. Corson, and in 1980 by James’ three sons, Calvin, Steven and Carter. We offer traditional services, caskets, vaults and cremation services/tributes. We are here to help our families understand the many options available when arranging a funeral, before the need or

at the time of need. We have tremendous respect for this, our way of life, and have always appreciated the trust and confidence placed in us by those we serve. We have a strong heritage and background in funeral service with a staff of seven professionals to help around the clock. We believe in unconditional compassion and always have the best interest of the families in mind. Our greatest concern is giving respect and dignity to dead and loving assistance to the families left behind. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes, Inc. was inducted into the 2000 Waverly Heritage Days Hall of Fame and was recognized by the Iowa Department of Economic Development for supporting Iowa communities and the economy and by Iowa Commerce Magazine for Generation to Generation. Several times Kaiser-Corson has won the Iowa Funeral Directors Association Award of Funeral Service Excellence.

Thank you for voting us Best of the Best!

Family owned and operated for over 112 years, with a very caring staff that is here to help with any need 24/7, unconditionally.

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Magee Construction First Place: Home Builder Honorable Mention: Remodeler Established in 1982, Magee Construction Co. has evolved into a nationally recognized design/build team. “Our professional and courteous crews act as guests in our clients’ homes,” Wayne Magee said. “Crews try to do everything possible to make the remodeling a pleasant one.” The Magee team believes the same level of attention should be applied to each and every project. As clients enjoy their new and remodeled spaces, they spread the word. “Clients are left with pleasant memories after the construction experience and appreciate having an extended warranty on their project,” Magee said. “Customers turn into friends for life.”

1705 Waterloo Road, Cedar Falls (319) 277-0100 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday www.magee

It has received Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50 award, which recognizes the top 50 remodelers in the country, and has repeatedly ranked in Remodeler Magazine’s annual top 500. Locally, Magee Construction has received the Waterloo Historic Preservation award, as well as being voted Best of Best in the Courier poll every year.

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Cedar Falls Community Credit Union Honorable Mention: Credit Union I Loan Officer — Kelli Aikey Kelli Aikey has been involved with Helen Pearce, CEO, said: “We are truly the Credit Union movement for over fortunate to have Kelli on staff here at 23 years, 20 of them with CFCCU. She consistently Cedar Falls Community puts members first, and this 123 W. 4th St, Cedar Credit Union. Aikey believes recognition is very wellFalls (Main); 420 Viking in the Credit Union mission deserved.” Road, Cedar Falls; 2000 to provide high-quality Cedar Falls CommuHeritage Way, Waverly financial products and sernity Credit Union is a local 319-266-7531 member-owned financial vices that enhance the lives cooperative, providing a of our members. wide range of financial “There is no better feeling than knowing my members are walking products and services, including savings away happy, with low rates and pay- accounts, certificates, IRA’s and loans of ments they can afford,” Aikey said. all types, with competitive rates. EstabAikey also says that one of the high- lished in 1958 in Cedar Falls, CFCCU lights of her job is the relationships she continues to be large enough to provide has built. “Having worked at the Credit valuable services to our members, yet Union for over 20 years now, I get the still small and local enough to really privilege of working with members year know our members and their needs and after year. We get to know each other on expectations. a personal level. Our members are like Thank you to our members for voting family.” us Best of the Best!


Kelli Aikey

123 W 4th St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613


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Cadillac Lanes First Place: Bowling Alley Cadillac Lanes is a 50-lane bowling alley that has been in the Cedar Valley since 1959. Its current owners have had it since 1982. Cadillac offers bowling leagues, tournaments, casual bowling for all ages. Bumpers are available as well. Cadillac is ideal for birthday and other parties. Besides bowling, Cadillac offers food and beverages, a game room and a lounge. There are leagues, open bowling, Galaxy Sound and Light Show, bumpers and parties of all kinds. Cadillac has caring employees. Its 50 lanes is the largest such center in the Midwest. There is no waiting to bowl. We offer good food, consistent lane conditions and full-service bowling.


Cadillac Lanes Owner: Adrian Erickson and Milton Horak Address: 650 La Porte Road, Waterloo Phone: (319) 234-6888 Hours: Monday-WednesdayThursday-Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to close; Tuesday and Saturday, 8 am. to close



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Veridian Credit Union First Place: Credit Union In 1934 John Deere Employees Credit are available to view online with eStateUnion was founded in Waterloo, Iowa by a ments. Members can deposit a check and handful of John Deere employpay bills with a smartphone ees who wanted to offer their using mobile check deposit 1827 Ansborough fellow coworkers an alternative and mobile bill payment. Ave., Waterloo to commercial banks and other Veridian also offers guid (319)236-5600 for-profit financial instituance for investments, insur tions. ance and retirement planning During the tough economic thanks to partnerships with times of the mid-80s, we expanded our organizations such as MEMBERS Finanmembership to the community and changed cial Services, Veridian® Insurance and First our name to John Deere Community Credit Community Trust. Union. In 2006, at the request of Deere & Veridian is committed to making memCompany, we discontinued using “John bers feel welcome and responding to their Deere” in our name to avoid trademark changing needs. Staff creates relationships confusion. with our members that help us understand Veridian is very proud of our heritage. what is going on in their lives so we can meet It has provided a strong foundation upon their needs. In every interaction, we want to which to build our future. We are continu- exceed our members’ expectations. ing to grow with 26 branches statewide and This year, Veridian will transition from more than 560 employees. Veridian has 13 the traditional teller line to teller pods in two branches throughout Northeast Iowa. branches. The pods eliminate cash drawers Veridian is an Iowa-based, not-for-profit and instead use automated cash recyclers, credit union owned by our members. Any giving tellers limited access to cash and profit we make is returned to members in the increasing branch security. Accuracy is also form of higher dividends, lower interest rates enhanced, since cash transactions are autoon loans and new services. Every member matically dispensed. benefits regardless of the size of the balance We want to create an environment where in their account. everyone feels like they belong. Veridian We help members reach their financial continues to work on our inclusion efforts. goals through individual attention and a This year, members shared how Veridian welcoming atmosphere. These goals range makes them feel welcomed and valued in from buying a home or vehicle for the first time to preparing for retirement. Our staff is three television commercials and a short able to provide knowledge and guidance for online video. To learn about these efforts these goals and every goal in between. We and more, visit that each member has unique needs sion. Veridian is designated as a Blue Zones and we enjoy working with them to find worksite in Waterloo. services that will be the right fit. Recently, Veridian was named a Gold Membership at Veridian is open to people living or working in 35 Iowa counties and Well Workplace from the Wellness Council five Nebraska counties, and their family of America. Recipients are fully embracmembers, employees of Veridian’s business ing their responsibility for maximizing the partners and their family members, and health and well-being of their employees. In 2013, Veridian was named the best Iowa residents with disabilities (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of source for financial services in Ankeny, Des Moines and Waterloo. This Best of the Best 1990). We are a full-service financial institu- honor was awarded in each community. Our mission is to partner with memtion that offers an assortment of financial services. Our traditional services include bers to create successful financial futures. checking, savings and money market Besides our accounts, loans and other accounts, and auto, home equity and mort- financial services, Veridian is pleased to gage loans. The 10 & Done Loan allows help enrich the community in the following members to refinance their current mort- ways: grant funding to organizations that gage with minimal closing costs and payoff provide financial education or help create their existing mortgage in 10 years. Members an inclusive community, partnerships with are able to access their Veridian account with many local organizations, sponsorships for online banking and through a mobile device various events, scholarships for college stuwith Veridian Mobile Banking. Statements dents and more.

serving you It’s an honor for Veridian Credit Union® to be named the best credit union in the Cedar Valley. Discover why people enjoy working with us. Stop by today!

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1st place Jeff Becker

Lincoln Savings Bank

Best of the Best Financial Investments

LSB Financial

Tyler Smedley

Cedar Falls Washington St. Location

First Place: Financial/Investment Honorable Mention: Bank Teller — Tyler Smedley I Bank I Real Estate Firm – Century 21 LSB Real Estate Lincoln Savings Bank was founded as German Savings Bank in Berlin, Iowa, in 1902. In 1917, due to a growth of anti-German sentiment surrounding World War I, the town changed its name to Lincoln. The bank followed suit and has been Lincoln Savings Bank ever since. Today we have our operational headquarters in Reinbeck. In total, we have 22 bank, finance and Century 21 Real Estate locations throughout the Cedar Valley and beyond. Most recently, we expanded our footprint into the Greater Des Moines area with locations in Clive, Ankeny and Adel. Lincoln Savings Bank, LSB Financial and Century 21 LSB Real Estate offer a full range of banking, financial services and real estate offerings. LSB is employee-owned through our ESOP program. In addition, we seek to make individual financial transactions convenient and enjoyable, but that’s just where we start. We seek to partner with our clients and be a trusted resource as they navigate their financial lives. We have great people doing great things. We have been blessed with being recognized in many different categories for a wide variety of accomplishments.

Best of the Best Bank Teller

Honorable Mention Real Estate Company

508 Main St., Reinbeck (319) 788-6441 (Reinbeck) (319) 233-1900 (Waterloo)

We have several 20 Under 40 recipients, and Steve Tscherter, the president/CEO of LSB, has been inducted as a Junior Achievement Laureate. This year, we’re especially proud of Tyler Smedley, Robin Shrader (Century 21 Realtor) and Brandon Steen for being recognized as being among the best in their individual disciplines. As a community bank, we are deeply invested in the communities we have the privilege of serving. We pay taxes, buy local bonds and support local businesses. In addition, we are involved in many different charities and events within the communities that help make them vibrant, engaging places to live. People understand the value and importance of “buying local.” We are seeing people appreciate more and more the value of “banking local” with a community bank like the Cedar Valley’s No. 1 community bank — LSB!

Honorable Mention

Thank you Cedar Valley for recognizing C21 LSB Real Estate for the last 3 Years! Serving the Cedar Valley with two convenient locations.

Cedar Falls 221 Main St.- (319) 266-8080 Waverly 1810 4th. St. SW- (866) 352-1157

Honorable Mention Robin Shrader

Best of the Best Realtor

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Dan Berregaard Oakridge Realtors First place: Realtor

Northeast Iowa Podiatry Honorable Mention: Podiatrist, Stephen Solomon, DPM, and Receptionist Northeast Iowa Podiatry specializes in both surgical and nonsurgical treatment of all foot disorders, reconstructive foot surgery, bunion and hammertoe correction, diabetic foot care and shoes, skin and nail disorders, trauma repair, ingrown nail surgery, wound care and sports injuries. We are committed to providing the very best care to the patients in northeast Iowa. Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Kelsey Harvey are dedicated to understanding each patient’s concerns and providing

44 Brookridge Drive, Waterloo 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (319) 234-2644

complete diagnosis and treatment. We work with area physicians to have patients seen as quickly as possible. The main office is in Waterloo, with satellite clinics in New Hampton, Grundy Center and Manchester.

Dan Berregaard has been in the real estate business for 14 years. “Prior to real estate, I was in retail sales and management. I realized that the two things I enjoyed most were working directly with the client/customer and helping them, but also working with other sales agents to help them learn and grow in their abilities to help their own customers/clients,” Dan said. “Making the transition to being a real estate agent and broker gave me a great opportunity to practice both of the things I loved the most. My work hours are split between working with my own real estate clients, helping them purchase and sell residential real estate, and helping to lead our team of 60 licensed Realtors at Oakridge. “For me, it’s a great balance of those things that give me the most satisfaction,” he said. “I really enjoy what I do. I feel well-placed in my profession. When you love what you do, it comes across to your

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clients and in the service you provide. I care very much about my clients and the agents who work at Oakridge. I consider all I get to do a real privilege. “Life, and business, is about building quality relationships. My tag line is ‘Your Friend in Real Estate.’ “My goal is always to provide outstanding communication and professional counsel to my clients. At the same time, it is my hope that it is more than just a business transaction. My hope is that I truly become their friend in real estate.”

Thank You Cedar Valley for Voting Dr. Stephen Solomon #1 Podiatrist 2013!

Dan Berregaard



Nicole Burns

Northeast Iowa Podiatry Clinics


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Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community

BK Tile Honorable Mention: Carpet/Floor Covering

Honorable Mention: Assisted Living and Nursing Home

Founded in the home of owner Bob Klein in 1989 in Gilbertville, BK Tile has relied on its expert staff to help people create beautiful homes for 24 years. An eye for detail and a reputation for „„1922 Main St., Cedar Falls leaving homes exceptionally clean rock„„(319) 553-3933 eted the business, resulting in an expan„„9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, sion and relocation to Cedar Falls Main Street. Tuesday, Wednesday and A family-run business, BK Tile speFriday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. cializes in flooring installation of all Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. types, as well as full tiled showers, Saturday backsplashes and fireplaces. Inte„„ rior designers are available to assist homeowners in making flooring design choices. BK Tile can professionally install flooring or help do-it-yourselfers get what they need. “You won’t find our level of knowledge at other flooring stores,â€? Klein said.

Based on Christian beliefs, Bartels has provided quality long-term care for nearly 60 years. It has evolved from a “home for the aged� to a multi-level retirement community, offering a full range of health care and retirement living services in one location. Bartels offers nursing care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation care and memory care, assisted living, in-home care and two independent living communities. Bartels is dedicated to offering a value-added lifestyle for socialization and learning with full-time chaplaincy program, music therapy, art and horticultureal activities and a pet therapy program. We seek new opportunities to meet the needs of our families. In 2012, Bartels was honored with the Leading Age Iowa: Leading Edge Care &

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Services Award. In 2013, it received a 5-star rating from the Nursing Home Compare. “Life is good at Bartels. We strive to make Bartels a home for our residents with our “Residents First� philosophy. We take care of our family,� says Barb Bridges, VP Marketing & Development at Bartels.

Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community proud to be named “honorable mention�!

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Thank you from the family of BK Tile. 1922 Main St., Cedar Falls


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Assisted Living

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Dan Deery Toyota Honorable Mention: Auto Sales Person – Shane McCollow Address: 7404 University Ave., Cedar Falls Phone: (319) 277-4500 Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday Website:

Oakridge Realtors

Dan Deery Toyota • Scion University & Main St., Cedar Falls, IA 277-4500 • 800-728-4501

Shane McCollow

Sales Consultant


First Place: Realtor, Carl Ericson Realtor: Carl Ericson, Oakridge Real- Phone: (319) 504-3640 tors Hours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday Address: 3313 Terrace Drive, Cedar Falls through Friday

Dan Deery Motors Honorable Mention: Auto Sales Person — Curt McCallum Address: University Avenue and Main Street, Cedar Falls Phone: (319) 266-5500 Website: Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday

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Dan Deery MOTORS

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VIP Nails Honorable Mention: Full Service Nails Energy is always high at VIP Nails, which  5925 University Ave., Cedar Falls opened its doors in May 2012. “We ‘re not just  (319) 277-7655 only the best at doing nails. We do our best to  Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through have you leave 100 percent satisfied with your Friday; 9 6 p.m. Saturday; noon to service,” said shop manager Bobby Quang. 5 p.m. Sunday Services include shellac manicures, acrylic nails, gel nails, a state-of-theart pedicure chair, deluxe pedicure with eyebrow waxing and Brazilian waxes. Owner Jimmy L makes sure he hires the exfoliating scrub, leg mask, cooling gel massage and hot stone massage. The best licensed and most qualified technicians business also does permanent makeup, and permanent makeup artists.


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Thank You Cedar Valley for voting us

“Best of the Best” We’re honored to be your choice for nail care service to make you feel beautiful from head to toe.

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University of Iowa Community Credit Union Honorable Mention: Credit Union University of Iowa Community Credit Union was founded 75 years ago in Eastern Iowa. It has over 110,000 members and 10 office locations. It serves residents living or working in 42 counties in Iowa, including Black Hawk. UICCU is a leader in mortgage, auto, and home equity lending. It offers a complete array of financial services including checking accounts, CDs, IRAs, credit cards, money markets, insurance products, commercial and wealth management services. Some services unique to the UICCU are its Best Rate Guarantee on CDs, its lack of a 1 percent origination fee on mortgages, and its exceptionally high-yielding Rewards Checking account. UICCU is proud to be recognized by the Courier as one of the best financial institutions in the area. For eight consecutive quarters, it is recognized as the top financial institution in the nation for returning profits back to members with better rates (Callahan & Associates). The


Des Moines Register has named UICCU as a Top Workplace in Iowa for three consecutive years. UICCU is stepping up its commitment to serve Black Hawk County with three new offices, the first of which opened at

3409 Cedar Heights Drive in September. Since UICCU is a community chartered credit union, we invite you to stop in and see what our professional staff can be doing to save you time and money. Visit to learn more.

3409 Cedar Heights Drive, Cedar Falls 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m. to noon Saturday

BUYING OR REFINANCING A HOME? University of Iowa Community Credit Union is ready to help. You’ll benefit from low rates, no 1% origination fee, and professional guidance in finding the right loan program. Let’s get started. Call to schedule a visit with Bill Tye, Kyle Langenberg or Scott Horan in our Cedar Falls office.

Bill Tye 319.493.0083

Scott Horan Kyle Langenberg 319.553.3853 319.961.4987


If you live or work in Black Hawk or the surrounding counties, you are eligible for membership in the #1 credit union in the nation for Total Return to the member.

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U.S. Cellular First Place: Cellphone Dealer Life’s best moments sometime happen when least expected. Wireless technology and mobile devices help us communicate more frequently, share experiences immediately and generally enrich the quality of our relationships. Whether at home or on-the-go, U.S. Cellular is providing Iowa customers the tools needed to help consumers create, discover, enhance and share life’s Better Moments with their families. U.S. Cellular offers a variety of services to help ensure that parents and children alike are equipped to enjoy Better Moments to their fullest, whether you are finding educational apps to help children do well in class, learning how to eat healthier, watching fun videos

together or looking for the best restaurants while exploring a new place with the family. Parents also can achieve greater peace of mind when their children are away from them with U.S. Cellular’s Family Protector App. This service provides safety and security by monitoring your child’s location and mobile usage. “Our customers told us they were looking for some guidance when determining the right time to get their kids a cellphone and how to set up any ground rules with them,” said Don Cochran, retail director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Iowa and Nebraska. U.S. Cellular also has an industryleading rewards program that recognizes

customer loyalty and provides customers with earlier phone upgrades, free accessories, free devices, memorabilia and tickets to events. The Chicago-based carrier, which was founded 30 years ago, has more than 170 locations and 1,200-plus associates across Iowa. U.S. Cellular has a strong lineup of cutting-edge devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Moto X, which are all backed by a high-speed network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Soon, U.S. Cellular customers in the area will be able to get iPhone products. U.S. Cellular customers in Waterloo and Cedar Falls are among the 61 percent of the company’s customers who currently have

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access to 4G LTE speeds. By the end of this year, nearly 90 percent will have access to these speeds, which includes Charles City and Independence customers. “4G LTE speeds, along with our growing lineup of 4G LTE devices, make customers’ lives simpler and easier with quick access to important information and entertainment on their devices,” U.S. Cellular Area Sales Manager Chad Hansen said. “We once again appreciate everyone in the Cedar Valley who voted U.S. Cellular the Best of the Best,” Cochran adds. “We love being a part of the Iowa community and enhancing the wireless experience for our customers across the state.”

Voted “Best of the Best” again—thanks, Cedar Valley. Get coverage when and where you need it most with U.S. Cellular.® ©2013 U.S. Cellular

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B&K Lawn Care First Place: Landscape Service

B&K Lawn Care specializes in complete lawn care and snow removal services. Tyler Kunkle and Ryan Bockes have owned and operated B&K Lawn Care for the past nine years. Their services include mowing, fertilizing, organic-based fertilizing, overseeding, aeration, landscaping, dethatching, shrub trimming, seasonal yard cleanup, snow removal and other requested lawn care services. Estimates are free. Tyler and Ryan continued to operate B&K Lawn Care while completing their degrees in business at the University of Northern Iowa. All of B&K’s employees take pride in caring for both their residential and commercial clients in the Cedar Valley Area. They look forward to serving the Cedar Valley for years to come. “We care about our customres and strive for complete customer satisfaction.”

3132 Big Woods Road, Cedar Falls (319) 415-6935 or (319) 415-6934 Monday through Friday, seasonally on Saturday


Thank You Cedar Valley for voting B&K Lawn Care as the Best of Best in Landscape Services! At B&K Lawn Care our employees take pride in caring for both our residential and commercial clients in the Cedar Valley area. When providing Lawn Care or Snow Removal services our #1 goal is customer satisfaction. Over the past ten years Tyler Kunkle and Ryan Bockes have seen their business expand to include mowing, fertilizing, organic-based fertilizing, aeration, grub treatment, landscaping, dethatching, mulching, shrub trimming, over seeding, seasonal yard clean-up, edging as well as winter services that include ice control and snow removal. At B&K our number one priority is our customer and we feel fortunate to be of service to them. It is our customers that have made us #1 and all of us at B&K Lawn Care look forward to serving our residential and commercial clients for years to come!

Cedar Falls, Iowa 319-415-6935

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Jiva SalonSpa First place: Massage Honorable mention: Hair salon At Jiva, it’s all about the experience and wowing guests, stemming from the ritual services such as hand massages, scalp massages, makeup touch up, etc. At the full-service salon spa, guests are offered hair services, manicures and pedicures, massages, facials, body waxes and more. Jiva is an Aveda Lifestyle Center, where only Aveda products are sold. Aveda products are naturally derived products made from more than 600 plants and flowers, which is better for clients and the environment. Guests are encouraged to sit back, relax and enjoy being pampered in the relaxing environment at Jiva. Jiva was recognized as a national Salon Today Top 200 winner in 2009 and has been represented in the Best of

Owner: Bill Bradford Address: 223 Main St., Cedar Falls Phone: (319) 268-0772 Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday Web: www.jiva

the Best massage category every years since 2003. Jiva also is a member of Inc 5000. The business also cares about its community. “We are very involved with our community in terms of giving back,” said owner Bill Bradford. “We recognized that need and do what we can to give back.”


CEDAR FALLS 223 MAIN STREET (319) 268-0772

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Kimball and Beecher Dentistry First Place: Dentist, Dr. Beau Beecher Dr. Beau Beecher and Dr. Eric Kimball both have had family and very close friends in the dentistry business who served as role models for them. Beau Beecher chose dentistry because of the example set by his mentors, his uncle David Beecher, DDS, from Vinton, and Brian Bouck, DDS, a longtime family friend and current dentist in the practice. “Both these guys explained how dentistry was fulfilling while offering the opportunity to be productive at home with family and in the community,” Beecher said. We are a five-member group dental pratice offering general dentistry services to people of all ages. We emphasize preventative care with prompt attention given to patients with emergencies. Dr. Beau Beecher graduated from the University of Iowa and went on to earn his dental degree from the school’s College of Dentistry. His commitment to lifelong education means that he is constantly evaluating emerging dental

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methods and technologies to provide his patients with the best results and a high emphsis on comfort. Some areas of study include cosmetic and laser dentistry and sleep apnea. Dr. Eric Kimball earned his dental degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry after obtaining his bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College in Waverly. His numerous postgraduate courses include specific training in cosmetic and implant dentistry to offer you a smile of your dreams. Dr. Brian Bouck graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and went on to graduate from the University of

Iowa College of Dentistry. Dr. Bouck holds a general dentist license as well as a sedation license, which allows patients to comfortably sleep during their dental procedures. Dr. Brian Andersen was born and raised in Marion. After working for several years, he went on to earn his doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2008 and enjoys providing dentistry for all ages. Dr. Andersen strongly believes in continuing education and maintains active membership with the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Lindsey Vore was born and raised in Holstein. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Northern Iowa and went on to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry to earn her D.D.S. in 2008. Growing up as the daughter of a dentist, she strives to treat every patient as if they were a member of her family. She enjoys developing new relationships and meeting new people of all ages.

The practice also has the best dental hygienists, dental assistants, front desk personnel and office management team. Kimball & Beecher Family Dentistry uses the latest technology to create beautiful and healthy smiles and is pleased to offer patients the following services in a friendly and comfortable environment: cosmetic dentistry, procelain veneers, dental implants, tooth-colored filings, metal-free crowns, dentures and partials, gum care, root canal, TMJ, braces, teeth whitening and infection control. We offer free nitrous oxide to patients who are anxious. We keep up with all the latest technology when it comes to new dental procedures and equipment. We have televisions in our operatories and all-digital office. Kimball & Beecher Family Dentistry has been recognized as Best of the Best in previous years. We are ready for and see new customers every day. We look forward to helping you.

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“I love being a part of this hard working, caring, friendly, and amazing team of doctors, hygienists, assistants, and front desk staff! Our office strives to continue learning about new technology and techniques to provide the best and most efficient care to our patients. Our doctors are patient, gentle, genuine and honest, and that is why I enjoy working here!” — Brittany, Manager, Cedar Falls office, 3 years of service “I love my job because I know a lot of people hate having restorative work done and I like being the person that makes your visit quick, easy, and maybe not as bad as you imagined it would be. Over the last 5 years I had the pleasure of working with some of the most funny, caring, supportive and talented ladies in the Cedar Valley. It doesn’t get any better than the team you find in our office. We are a family!” — Amber, EFDA, Waterloo office, 5 years service “Many people do not enjoy visiting the dentist believe it or not! When I make that experience more tolerable or even enjoyable for my patients and help them understand the value in preventative care or necessary treatment, it is very gratifying.” — Carolyn, RDH, Waterloo office, 1 year of service “I love being able to build relationships with my patients, getting to know them personally, and helping them improve their oral health. When I see a patient struggling with an oral condition and I can help them to overcome it and maintain health, it gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment!” — Amanda, RDH at Cedar Falls office, 4 years of service “The reason I love myy jo job is myy interaction with the ppatients. Getting ng to know them over the yyears of workingg here and helping them to have a good experience at our office. One patient sticks out in particular to me. She had hated her teeth her whole life. She had bonding done to them multiple times over the years trying to make them better. She came to us for a consult on veneers. We did the wax up and showed her what we could make them look like. She decided that was the treatment she wanted to do to achieve the smile that she wanted. The day we put her veneers on was an awesome day!! The smile on her face was priceless!! How can you not like your job when you realize how happy you just made someone!!” — Elizabeth, EFDA, Waterloo office, 3 years of service “Our patients are very important to us! We strive to provide the best care for our patients!” s!” — Michelle, EFDA, Waterloo office, 3 years of service “I love being a part of the Kimball and Beecher Dental team because I get to see patients that have been coming to the office for years. Truly they are like family to me. I get excited for their joys in life and I have empathy for their tribulations in life. I love to make everyone’s day a little bit brighter with a smile!” — Sandy, Front Desk Specialist, Waterloo office, 24 years of service “For the past 20 years, I have enjoyed greeting the patients at the front desk. I’ve gotten to know them personally, as friends. I enjoy learning about their families. Kimball & Beecher Dental have given me the opportunity, to carry on with a job that I so enjoy.” — Jane, Front Desk Specialist, Cedar Falls office, 20 years of service “I have been with Kimball and Beecher for 10 yyears and the one ppart I absolutely ly love about my jjob is all the employees ploy work well as a team and it’s a ggreat atmosphere ph to work in. We all have fun from day to day and I feel like my coworkers are a second family to me. Helping our patients have been always rewarding and feels great to give that service back to the community”! — April, Manager, Waterloo office, 10 years of service “I love what I do because of the patients! p The best feelingg is when I have a patient p that comes back to the office and tells me how wonderful their last visit was because I went the extra mile. Whether it’s due to the treatment they received or if it’s simply because I explain everything in detail so they understood. I also find it rewarding when I can influence the outcome of a child visit. Kids show up very nervous not knowing what to expect and when it’s all said and done they leave the office jumping and skipping! Positive patient feedback and knowing I made someone’s visit a little better is what keeps me happy!” — Mindy, EFDA, Manager, Waterloo office, 5 years of service “Being a part of such a dynamic team at Kimball and Beecher Family Dentistry, gives me a sense of pride, satisfaction, and great achievement. To recognize that there are so many people who dread going to their dental appointments, fear the cost of dentistry, and who are dissatisfied with their smile made me choose this profession. I am exceedingly grateful when I personally can help someone in any of those aspects. Not only do my employers share the same philosophies and beliefs as I do when it comes to treating patients with respect and like family, but they treat their staff the same way. The associate dentists and auxiliary staff in both offices are some of the best that I have ever worked with in my 16 years of dentistry. They are truly my second family and I love going to work every day because they make it fun and not “work”. I am very honored to be a part of the Kimball and Beecher Family. Thank you Drs. Kimball and Beecher!” — Joy, RDH, Clinic Administrator, 9 years of service

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Mike Fereday Heating and Air Conditioning COURTESY PHOTO

Leer’s Cycle Center First Place: ATV Honorable Mention: Motorcycles 101 Fletcher Ave., As an authorized dealer for Ski-Doo, Waterloo Sea-Doo, PWC, boats, Can Am ATVs, (319) 235-6453 Spyder motorcycles, Suzuki and Kawa 9 a.m. to 5:30 saki, Leer’s Cycle Center provides sales p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to and service to the Cedar Valley. 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. “We have a large array of clothing and to 4 p.m. Saturday accessories in stock,” said co-owner Shannon Rousselow. “We are always adding new items to our stock to stay up-to-date with our customers’ needs. ers’ needs.” Stop in and see our state-of-the-art “We have great employees who go out of their way to take care of our custom- facility on Fletcher Avenue.

Honorable Mention: Heating and Cooling Mike Fereday Heating and Air Conditioning combines customer service and competitive pricing with superior workmanship and the most experienced and loyal staff in the state to best serve the Cedar Valley. Our staff keeps educated on the changing market, such as geothermal and Wi-Fi thermostats, making sure we can offer our customers the most efficient and convenient options available. We provide service on all makes and models of heating and cooling equipment, and offer emergency same-day services. “My employees make us what we are,” Mike Fereday said.

827 W. Fifth St., Waterloo (319) 232-0900 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Thank you Cedar Valley for making




LEER’S CYCLE CENTER 101 Fletcher Ave • Waterloo 319-235-6453

MIKE THE NAME YOU TRUST! Mike Fereday Heating and Cooling

827 W. 5th Street, Waterloo


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Deery Brothers Collision Center

Europa Cycle & Ski

Honorable mention: Auto body-collision

Honorable Mention: Bike Shop

We at Deery Brothers Collision Center would like to say thank you to all our customers, vendors, insurance companies and insurance agents throughout the Cedar Valley. It seems like only yesterday we opened this 36,000-square-foot, state-of-theart facility, said general manager Glen Hulbert, who has been with the Deery organization for more than 29 years. Currently, we have gone green by changing to a PPG waterborne paint system. This is much healthier for our employees as well as the environment. Deery Brothers Collision Center is the first of two Toyota-certified shops in all of Iowa. The other is Deery Brothers in Burlington, which is patterned on our shop. Toyota has only 167 certified shops in the United States.

Address: 201 E. Seerley Blvd., Cedar Falls Phone: (319) 266-9900 or (800) 263-2414 Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday Web:

It takes a lot of talented, well-trained employees to keep this size of shop going, and we couldn’t do any of it without our excellent office run by Kim Hansen. Our estimators, Charlie, Kevin and Kim, and our parts manager, Steph, have backgrounds in repair and insurance and are more than willing to walk you through the entire repair process. Our top-notch technicians are what really set us apart from the rest. We offer a full line detail shop, run by Greg Azbill, and we also apply spray-in bed liners.

Europa Cycle & Ski is a bicycle and cross country ski retail business that’s been around since 1972. Under its current owner, Russ Clarke, since 1987, the business feature a full technical repair shop for all bicycles, downhill and cross country skis and snowboards. Europa also offers cross country ski and snowshoe rentals. Europa’s staff are cyclists and skiers who want to share their knowledge with customers. The shop has the largest selection of bicycles, cycling clothing and accessories in the Cedar Valley. Staff helps match customers to the best bicycles to suit their needs. Europa promotes and sponsors many events in the Cedar Valley, including coordination of the October Breast Cancer Awareness Ride. Europa Cycle & Ski received the 2013

4302 University Ave., Cedar Falls (319) 277-0734 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Best Retailer Award from a large U.S. distributor, as well as Top Trek Bicycle Retailer and multiple previous Best of the Best awards. Europe works hard to meet all of its cutomers’ needs and specializes in locating and ordering any specialty part needed. The shop sells and repairs bicycles for all ages and is well known for tandem bicycle and 29er sales. Europa’s website, www.europacycle. com, provides weekly tips and information on cycling events.

Thank You Cedar Valley for Making Us Your Choice.



Thank you Cedar Valley for putting

Europa Cycle ahead of the pack.

Member of the Cedar Valley Collision Association Member of the IADA (Iowa Auto Dealers Association) Member of Iowa Collision Repair Association.

Deery Brothers Collision Center 201 E. Seerley Blvd. • Cedar Falls, Iowa • 266-9900


(319) 277-0734


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Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare First Place: Podiatrist — Dr. Richard Bremner Honorable Mention: Home Health Agency — Covenant Home Health; Family Doctor — Dr. Brian Burnett, Covenant Clinic; Family Doctor and Medical Staff Member — Physician Assistant Angie Schreiber, Covenant Arrowhead Clinic; Medical Staff Member — Chris Nieman, Covenant Clinic Kimball Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is an integrated health care network including Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls, Mercy Hospital in Oelwein, Covenant Cancer Treatment Center in Waterloo and Covenant Clinic. More than 120 primary and spe 3421 W. Ninth cialty care proSt., Waterloo fessionals at 22 (319) 272-8000 locations across www. Northeast Iowa make up the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare system. Areas of excellence include orthopedics, neurosurgery, family birth center and neonatal intensive care unit, cancer treatment, and minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, which has more than 2,700 associates, invests in the communities we serve and is committed to living out the healing ministry by providing exceptional and compassionate health care service that promotes the dignity and well-being of the people we serve. In this age of remarkable technology, it’s the people who remain Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s most valuable asset. Thank you Cedar Valley for recognizing these outstanding people in 2013! Four individuals received Best of the Best awards for their exceptional care with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. Dr. Richard Bremner received First Place Best of the Best Podiatrist for his care at Covenant Arrowhead Clinic.

“What ‘Best of the Best’ means to me is that I have wonderful support; from the receptionists, facilities and administration to my two nurses that have been with me for many years. I believe this is a team approach, and we try and treat patients the way we would want to be treated.” Chris Nieman at the Covenant Clinic Kimball location, received Honorable Mention for Medical Staff Member. “There is nothing more honorable than being able to care for others when they are sick, worried, healing or just needing a check-up. I have been blessed to help care for so many wonderful people. I am grateful to work with Dr. Riggs and the rest of my Covenant Clinic Kimball family and to be a part of a beautiful mission of caring for others.” Dr. Brian Burnett received Best of the Best Honorable Mention for his dedication to providing exceptional healthcare. The family practitioner at Covenant Clinic said pediatrics and sports medicine are two areas he enjoys.“Having patients trust and depend on my medical advice has been humbling and motivating over time,” Burnett said. Angie Schreiber, Physician Assistant, received Best of the Best Honorable Mention for Family Doctor and Medical Staff Member for her quality patient care at Covenant Arrowhead Clinic. Receiving a Best of the Best Honorable Mention for Home Health Agency this year is Covenant Home Health. To Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, providing exceptional care also means going beyond hospital and clinic walls to reach out to those at risk. That’s exactly what the Covenant Home Health staff is focused on. A team of RNs, LPNs, home care aides, therapists and homemak-

ers make more than 45,000 home visits each year, providing much-needed health care services in the comfort of the patients’ home. “Satisfied staff equals happy patients and our team treats each other and patients like family, providing top-quality home care in a supportive and caring environment,” said Cheryl Neill, Patient Care Director Home Health/Home Medical. “I went into nursing because there were so many options, even in the ’80s. Nursing was expanding into more home care and occupational health. Home health was my favorite clinical experience as a student nurse. Home health care continues to bring joy and satisfaction 29 years later.”

Covenant Medical Center

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s Covenant Medical Center traces its origins to 1912 when Franciscan Sisters founded St. Francis Hospital in Waterloo. Seventy-four years later, in 1986, the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters consolidated St. Francis Hospital with neighboring Schoitz Medical Center to form Covenant Medical Center.

Sartori Memorial Hospital

The Hospital – the first in Cedar Falls – became known as Sartori Memorial Hospital. Sartori Memorial was owned by the city of Cedar Falls until 1996 when it was sold to the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters. Today, Sartori Memorial is a 100-bed, full-service community hospital providing acute, subacute and outpatient care to the people living in and near Cedar Falls.

Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital was founded in 1926 in the railroad town of Oelwein by The Sisters of Mercy. In 1982, The Sisters of

Mercy transferred sponsorship of the hospital to the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters. Mercy Hospital is a 25-bed, critical access hospital that provides acute, skilled and outpatient care to the community and surrounding area of Oelwein.

Covenant Clinic

When it comes to the health and wellbeing of your family, you want to find the right health care provider. Covenant Clinic is comprised of over 125 primary care and specialty physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and numerous health care and office professionals who share the common goal of providing quality health care services to individuals throughout Northeast Iowa. Covenant Clinic was formed in 1994 to further extend our integrated network of physician health care services to the communities we serve. Clinic offices are located within the metropolitan area of Waterloo/Cedar Falls, as well as in 13 outlying rural communities including Arlington, Dysart, Evansdale, Fairbank, Gladbrook, Jesup, LaPorte City, Oelwein, Reinbeck, Shell Rock, Tripoli, Traer and Waverly. Taking great care of our communities is what our associates, medical staff, volunteers and auxilians strive to do each and every day. It is a part of our mission and it is the very fabric of what makes us Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. This past year, we provided over $16 million in benefits to the community in the form of charity care, public programs, community health services, financial contributions and subsidized education and community-building activities. We are very proud of the work that we do for you and your family, it is a commitment that we have continually made to the communities we serve.

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FIRST PLACE Richard Bremner, DPM Covenant Clinic Category: Podiatrist

Honorable Mention

Covenant Home Health Category: Home Health Agency

Our associates – caring and confident.

Angela Schreiber, PA-C Covenant Clinic Category: Family Doctor and Medical Staff Member

Brian Burnett, MD Covenant Clinic Category: Family Doctor

Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life; to sustaining excellence in health care; and to affirming the dignity of the individual – we rely heavily on their expertise and experience. Your confidence in these individuals is a tribute to their caring spirit. We are proud to have these talented and skilled individuals as part of our team. Chris Nieman Covenant Clinic Category: Medical Staff Member

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Barmuda Corp. First Place

Soho: Best Place for Lunch Beck’s: Best Hamburger, Best Happy Hour, Best Locally Owned Restaurant, Best Place to Have a Beer, Best Place to Shoot Pool, Best Sports Bar. Ferrari’s: Best Business Lunch Bourbon Street: Best Dinner, Best Place to Go on First Date; Best Sunday Brunch. Stuffed Olive: Best Girls Night Out

Honorable Mention

Soho/Stuffed Olive: Best Waitress, Ingrid Folderk, Best Appetizers, Best Business Lunch, Best Cookies, Best Girls Night Out, Best Happy Hour. Beck’s: Best Business Lunch, Best Chili, Best Tenderloin Ferrari’s: Best Place to Celebrate an Anniversary Bourbon Street: Best Place to Celebrate an Anniversary, Best Salad Bar, Best Steak. Voodoo Lounge: Best Girls Night Out, Best Place to Shoot Pool, Best Karaoke

Barmuda, a locally owned food and beverage company, continues to earn its reputation as one of the Best of the Best in the Cedar Valley with 28 awards in the 2013 voting. Barmuda’s founder, Darin Beck, has been in the food and beverage industry for over 31 years, and formed the Barmuda Corporation in 1986. We are proud to bring different cuisines from around the world to the Cedar Valley and we are thankful for the support we receive from this great community which enables us to continue doing what we love. Here is a rundown of our locations and services:

Soho Sushi Bar & Deli/ The Stuffed Olive

Opened July 11, 2005 (8 years old) 119 Main St., Cedar Falls 266-9995 Owner: Darin Beck Manager: Lindsey Grinnell, five years with Barmuda Hours: 6:30 a.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m. Saturday-Sunday Soho features a breakfast menu, New York-style deli sandwiches and salads, California style sushi and European influenced tapas (small plates), along with a robust wine list and a world class martini menu featuring more than 100 martini creations. There’s something for everyone on Soho’s menu! Soho is most likely the Cedar Valley’s most unique restaurant with a very large menu that satisfies even the most discriminating guests. Soho is consistently one of the area’s favorite lunch and dinner destinations. Soho features a large deli and sushi menu and its sister store (The Stuffed

Olive) next door features tapas and martinis. Both menus are available throughout both Soho and the Stuffed Olive making for a very large and well rounded overall menu. Our guests love the variety and food quality. Soho also features many healthy options and is an officially designated Blue Zone restaurant. Soho consitently wins in multiple categories in the annual Best of the Best locally, and has won a number of culinary competitions over the past eight years. Many of our chefs have gone on to do big things and have won awards while working with us.

Ferrari’s Ristorante

Opened November 7, 2005 (8 years old) 1521 Technology Pkwy., Cedar Falls 277-1385 Owner: Darin Beck Manager: Abby Lathan, eight years with Barmuda Hours: 11 a.m. Monday-Friday; 4 p.m. Saturday Ferrari’s is a full service restaurant featuring chef prepared meals served up in a beautiful dining room complete with black linen on the tables. Ferrari’s is indeed an upscale restaurant yet its fairly casual dining experience boasts one of the Cedar Valley’s finest menus. Ferrari’s features fine steaks and seafood as well as traditional Italian dishes. Ferrari’s has very few true competitors when comparing food quality and atmosphere. It is truly a beautiful and very comfortable restaurant. Our guests tend to stay longer than most other restaurants encourage. That’s probably due to our extensive wine list and awardwinning food.

Ferrari’s is an upscale culinary delight. It’s not overly sophisticated, but you’ll find the Cedar Valley’s finest meals served at Ferrari’s. Although there are Italian offerings on the menu, Ferrari’s has many things you wouldn’t find in a traditional Italian restaurant on the menu. Children are welcome, but most people don’t bring them along. Ferrari’s is designed for everything from date night to business lunches. You simply won’t find a better lunch at a better price anywhere or a more romantic place to have dinner. Ferrari’s consistently places for best restaurant to have a business lunch and always ranks in the top three for places to dine on special occasions. Ferrari’s has also won the wine spectators award for many years running and has won multiple culinary competitions over the past eight years.

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Bourbon Street is upscale yet very casual at the same time. You won’t find table cloths in our dining room, but you will find the area’s best steaks and seafood. The massive oak tree in the middle of the dining room makes for an interesting atmosphere, but it’s the food you’ll come back for again and again. Bourbon Street offers the finest steaks and seafood in the area, along with an award-winning wine list. Bourbon Street consistently wins or places for best locally owned restaurant, steaks and more. Bourbon Street is a chef-driven, New Orleans-inspired concept that does indeed feature some excellent Cajun and Creole menu items. The overall menu, however, is decidedly more eclectic than that. Bourbon Street does boast having boldly flavored dishes, but that does not mean everything is spicy. It’s a common mistake many peoBeck’s Sports Brewery ple make. Bourbon Street has something Opened April 2000 (13 years old) for everyone on its menu and is an experi 3295 University Ave., Waterloo ence everyone will enjoy. 234-4333 For years, Bourbon Street has either won or placed in many categories of Owner: Darin Beck Manager: Jonathan Wolford, three the Best of the Best. Bourbon Street has won the Wine Spectator Award for many years with Barmuda years in a row since opening in 2003, and Hours: 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday Beck’s is a full service, family friendly has won many culinary competitions restaurant serving up American fare and over the years. homemade micro brews in what is surely Beck’s Sports Grill the area’s largest restaurant and sports Opened December 2006 (7 years old) bar. Famous for their wings and burgers 2210 College St., Cedar Falls and now pizza, Beck’s has a very large 277-2646 menu featuring appetizers, sandwiches, pizza and specialty entrees. Owner: Darin Beck When it comes to sports, burgers, Manager: Matt Buffington, four years wings and beer, nobody is bigger or bet- with Barmuda ter. Winning best burger for more than Hours: Hours: 11 a.m. Monday-Sun10 years in a row has certainly helped! day Beck’s is a very large family friendly Beck’s Sports Grill on College Hill is restaurant. Beck’s consistently wins or a full service, family friendly restaurant places in multiple categories for a lot of serving up Beck’s American fare and reasons. Beck’s is truly one of the Cedar sports programming. Famous for its Valley’s most unique and prized estab- wings and burgers, Beck’s on College Hill lishments since 2000. has a very large menu featuring appetizBeck’s is best known for its award ers, sandwiches, salads and specialty winning burgers, wings, tenderloins, entrees. Kids and adults alike love the MicroBrews and sports. homemade mac and cheese. When it comes to sports, burgers and Bourbon Street Restaurant wings, nobody does it better, Winning Best Opened May 2003 (10 years old) of the Best every year certainly has helped! 315 Main St., Cedar Falls Beck’s on College Hill is much like the 266-5285 flagship on University Avenue,but is often overlooked because of its campus location. Owner: Darin Beck Manager: Bryce Lutjen, seven years Beck’s on College Hill is the perfect place to grab a meal or a beer. Parking is readwith Barmuda Hours: 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 ily available and the Hill is a great place to a.m. Sunday (2 p.m. closing time for experience true Cedar Falls culture. Beck’s is best known for its award-winSunday Brunch) Bourbon Street is a full service res- ning burgers, wings, tenderloins, onion taurant open Monday through Saturday rings and, of course, sports. Beck’s confor dinner and on Sunday for brunch. sistently wins multiple awards every year.

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Matthias Landscaping Honorable Mention: Landscaping Services Matthias Landscaping specializes in creating unique landscapes to suit a homeowner’s personality and site. Because they do not have a garden center, they offer a broader range of plant material for those who want something different, said owner Doug Matthias. The high-quality staff is kept up-to-date on the improved products that create the one-ofa-kind look people want. “We have the expertise and ability to take on projects of any size, even acting as the general contractor to ensure the quality and integrity of the design are followed throughout the process,” Matthias said. Matthias Landscaping has received several manufacturer awards from its vendors, as well being recognized in The Courier’s Best of the Best. Thursday, October 24, 2013

Oakridge Realtors First Place: Real Estate Firm/Brokerage


3170 Wagner Road, Waterloo (319) 226-6000 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Now in its 32nd year, Oakridge Realtors is the Cedar Valley’s largest real estate brokerage. Broker-owners Dan Berregaard, Brian Page and Ann Lyons are proudly continuing a tradition of excellence that has earned them The Courier’s 2013 Best of the Best designation. Oakridge leadership attributes the company’s success to their 50 dedicated and highly trained agents. Oakridge associates participate in rigorous ongoing professional development programs to ensure that their clients benefit from working with the area’s most knowledgeable agents. The Oakridge name is highly visible in the Cedar Valley. The company views community involvement as a marketing strategy, but more importantly, as a key component of corporate citizenship. “We encourage and support involvement of our agents in the communities we serve,” said Berregaard. “And we direct our corporate sponsorships and contributions toward events

3313 Terrace Drive, Cedar Falls (319) 277-5005 Office: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; agents available seven days a week

and organizations that are important to our clients and their communities,” said Lyons. An area of interest to both home sellers and buyers is the technology changes that have impacted the ways in which residential real estate is marketed. Page directs the deployment of technology at Oakridge. “Social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, virtual home tours and our interactive website are all tools that Oakridge agents utilize to facilitate making the buyer-seller connection,” Page said. As Courier Communications’ Best of the Best real estate firm for the sixth consecutive year, Oakridge Realtors has made their case: In the Cedar Valley, we “Trust the Leader!”

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Thank you to our many clients, associates, and friends who have again selected Oakridge Realtors as the Best Real Estate Office in the Cedar Valley. We understand the significance of decisions involving the purchase and sale of a home. It is deeply gratifying to know that our clients are pleased with the results when they put their trust in Oakridge. We look forward to another successful year serving YOU! Our thanks go out to the entire Cedar Valley for selecting Oakridge Realtors as the Best of the Best Real Estate Office for the sixth consecutive year.

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Potter’s Hearing First Place: Hearing Aids/Service Providing good service with high quality products at a reasonable price is Ron Potter’s goal at Potter’s Hearing. He also makes sure the personal attention doesn’t stop after the sale. Ron Potter has been involved in sales for 40 years. He became a hearing aid specialist nearly 30 years ago to help people in a more personal way. Potter’s Hearing offers compassion and takes a genuine interest in each patient, working to find solutions to hearing problems. At Potter’s, hearing exams are thorough and at no expense to the patient. There is a wide variety of hearing instruments, inexpensive repairs, batteries

1416 W. Fourth St., Waterloo (319) 232-7113 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

and assistive listening devices offered. Potter’s offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. Financing is available. Potter’s Hearing was recognized in the 2011 and 2012 Best of the Best and was featured in a Dear Abby column when a California reader wrote Abby to detail his favorable experience with Potter’s on a Saturday morning.

Expect the Best Quality | Service | Price

Ron Potter

1416 W. 4th St., Waterloo | 319-232-7113

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Hambly & Sons First Place: Carpet Cleaning Established in May 2001, Hambly & Sons carpet cleaning and cleanup and restoration business abides by a specific Bible verse. Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. — 1 Corinthians 10:31 Hambly & Sons began as a family business to help the kids pay for college. Eventually, it turned into careers for the son. Owners of the business are Mike, Daniel and Brant Hambly. The business specializes in carpet cleaning, and cleaning and restoration after a fire, flood or smoke damage. Hambly & Sons also are certified mold

236 Leland Ave., Waterloo (319) 266-9046 24/7 Emergency cleanup and restoration; carpet cleaning, Monday through Friday

remediation specialists. The business handles residential and commercial carpet cleaning and is certified in trauma scene cleanups. Being family owned and operated allows Hambly & Sons to give great attention to detail and excellent customer service. The family completes every job with integrity.

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Thank You Cedar Valley for your business and voting us #1 in

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Dr. Chris Fretheim, D.C. Evansdale Chiropractic

Locations 5925 University Ave., Cedar Falls, IA 3856 Hammond Ave., Waterloo, IA


Honorable Mention: Chiropractor Owner: Chris Fretheim Address: 209 S. Evans Road, Evansdale Phone: (319) 234-4872 Hours: Call for appointment; same day appointments and walk ins welcome. Website:

Stickfort Electric Honorable Mention: Electrician Owner: Tom Stickfort Address: 201 E. 22nd St., Cedar Falls Phone: (319) 266-5438 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Community United Child Care Centers Inc. First Place: Day Care Provider & Preschool

Director: Susan Dehl Address: 1026 E. Seerley Blvd., Cedar Falls Phone: (319) 277-7303 Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday

Walk-Ins and Same Day Appointments Welcome!

209 South Evans Road, Evansdale

Evansdale Chiropractic Clinic


Thank You! For Voting Us “Best of the Best” in the Cedar Valley!

Serving the Cedar Valley since 1957 Residential | Commercial | Industrial

(319) 266-5438 201 E. 22nd St. | Cedar Falls

Community United Child Care Centers, Inc. and Preschool Valley Park 277-7303 • Nordic 266-4477 • Westridge 234-5920 • 3 locations to better serve you. “Partnering with families to nurture and educate tomorrow’s leaders.”

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Field of Yoga Honorable Mention: Fitness Center A message from Mary McInnis Meyer, Owner/Change-Maker: Nobody knows what a yoga studio can do for them until they (a) get in there, and (b) keep going there for months to allow it to work wonders on them that they’re not capable of seeing at first. Who’s crazy enough to start a business like that? A change-maker. Yeah. That’s what I’ve been calling myself lately. I say it when I’m fightin’ the good fight, also known as the path of most resistance. I say it when I look around at all the change-makers we serve, who support what we do. I say it and my heart beats faster. Try it. I work in a place where small changes are exponentially celebrated. “You meditated today? Awesome! Hey, everyone, Mary meditated — let’s go buy Mary a beer!” The yoga system for change says you have to take the time to see the small changes or you’ll be living a life that’s all about what sucks. What you don’t have yet. We’re changing that. Contrary to what our amazing brains tell us, we can’t think ourselves into changing the way we think. What works is getting our whole physiology on board. I don’t mean exercise; yoga isn’t the only way to get that. I mean doing the kind of wise work with our bodies and

115 E 4th St., Ste 101, Cedar Falls (319) 830-2080 Classes as early as 5:30 a.m., as late at 7 p.m., including Saturdays and Sundays. Class prices range from $5 to $12 each. Specialty classes for kids, prenatal, mama + babe, cardio dance, bootless camp, slacklining, kayoga, urban yoga playground, meditation and better thinking.

breath that effects change deep down where most of our problems start — our central nervous system. Those skinny, old, half-naked yogis were masterful at this. We should listen to them. (Just don’t dress like them.) The cool thing is those yogis wrote stuff down, and passed stuff down, to create a compendium that amounts to what I call the Science of Changemaking. And that’s what we do here. We don’t make stuff up. We go to a system that was actually developed to move us from a lonely worldview to one we’re a big part of. Doing what we’re here to do, part of something bigger. It follows a path kind of like this: 1. Remove anything holding you back physically. 2. Heal the stressy crap in your body. 3. Build good energy. 4. Perceive how awesome you are. 5. Be how awesome you are. I am so grateful to be on this path to awesome with all you change-makers.

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Roth Jewelers First Place: Jewelry Store Roth Jewelers has been a staple in downtown Waterloo for 82 years. They specialize in diamonds, diamond engagement rings, watches, watch repair, appaisals, in-house custom design and jewelry repair, gift items, Pandora and pearls. Roth Jewelers’ goal is to provide exceptional customer service with a family friendly atmosphere. General Manager Kevin Schreiber says, “We are on our fourth generation of customers. Every customer has a unique request and we are so proud of our staff as they pay attention to every detail from the selection of just the right engagement ring to complete renovations of existing jewelry.� Roth’s has been selected Best of the Best Jeweler every year by readers of The Courier. Milton E. Roth, proprietor of Roth

229 E. Fifth St., Waterloo (319) 234-6479 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Jewelers, passed away on July 4, 2013. The business is now owned by his son, Rick Roth. “We are deeply saddened at his passing and deeply grateful for his long well-lived life, from which we all benefited to greatly,� says Rick. It was Milt’s wish that Roth Jewel-

ers continue uninterrupted after his passing. M i l t wa n te d Ro t h Jewe l e rs to remain true to the values he and his father lived during their 82 years running the business. He expected the business must continue to embrace changing times in order to remain relevant. Milt provided for that in the way he structured his estate. He entrusted Rick, Kevin and his staff to take Roth Jewelers forward for the next generation. “We have no illusion that we can replace Milt Roth. However, he taught us well by instruction and example over our decades with him, the only constraint being our individual limitations. We promise we will do our best to realize Milt’s wishes for the business and continue Roth Jewelers as a positive force and valuable institution for

the community,� says Schreiber. Throughout the years, they have refined their brands with the changing times. Roth recently became a dealer for Pandora Jewelry. They carry a full line of Pandora beads and assessories including earrings, watches, rings and necklaces. Roth also offers many fine watches such as Citizen, Seiko and Swiss Army. Watchmakers are on staff daily. Fo r t h e co l l e c to rs, t h ey o f fe r Swarovski Crystal with everything from collectible art pieces to stunningly beautiful fine jewelry fit for all occasions. One thing that has never changed is their knowledge of diamonds, fine jewelry and exceptional service. Roth Jewelers is a member of the American Gem Society, which requires completion of a complicated regimen in order to achieve this high status among jewelers.

Thank You For Making Roth Jewelers the Diamond Experts of the Cedar Valley Since 1931!


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Wapsie Pines Lawn Care & Landscaping Honorable Mention: Landscape Service Wapsie Pines Lawn Care & Landscaping began 12 years ago as a lawn care business. We have sinceexpanded to include all aspects of landscaping, a retail nursery and greenhouse, snow removal, seasonal lighting and Kris Kringle Christmas tree farm.. Owned by Danny Moulds, Wapsie Pines Lawn Care & Landscaping has received first-place Marquart awards for Outstanding Aquascape Water Feature, Outstanding Wall Project and Outstanding Combined Hardscape Project. We are your one-phone-call company to enhance your outdoor

618 State St., Cedar Falls (319) 277-9400 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday

living space. We are large enough to offer many different services, but small enough that we recognize our customers by name. We appreciate our customers and look forward to continuing to serve them in the Northeast Iowa area.

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Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson/Yamaha First Place: Motorcycles Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson/Yamaha has been recognized by the Courier’s Cedar Valley’s Best of the Best for 7 years straight. Owners Anthony and Vince Lumetta believe in two things: customer service and community. Part of Silver Eagle’s mission statement reads: “How we achieve our vision of superior customer service will be through our committed team members, extraordinary people doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. We will, as a team, steadfastly refuse to make any change that does not offer a benefit to our customers.” This concept rings true from motorclothes, sales and parts departments to the award-winning service department with the area’s only Harley-Davidson factorytrained technicians. “Everyday we get deliveries of new motorcycles and clean trade-ins – in fact, we have almost every make and model on our showroom floor,” said Sales Manager Jim Mehmen. If you are in the market for Harley merchandise, Silver Eagle prides itself on hav-

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ing the best selection in the region sure to fit any biker’s needs and desires. Silver Eagle holds special monthly events focused on customer involvement, entertainment and camaraderie. “We’re all just one big happy family,” says Lumetta. “We believe in the Cedar Valley. And we believe in supporting our community by buying local and giving back to those in need. We aim to make a difference in our community by supporting local groups such as Armed Forces, MDA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys/Girls Club, NE Iowa Food Bank and Make-A-Wish Foundation to name a few,” says Anthony.

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L.A. Nails & Spa First Place: Full service nails L.A. Nails & Spa, which specializes in the art of nails — artificial nails, nail care, pedicures and manicures — has been named Best of the Best each year since 2005. “We want to make people look nice and feel confident about themselves,” said owner Loan Pham. “We enjoy working with people.” Guests can enjoy such services as full sets of nails, manicures, pedicures, shellac, gel and acrylic nails, and relax in the waiting room with many iPads for Internet access. There is a kids’ room and complementary drinks with your service. “We go above and beyond to make our customers feel special and happy,” Pham said.

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Den Herder Veterinary Hospital First Place: Veterinarian To our clients, we say thank you! We are humbled by your vote of confidence in us. We are honored to have earned your trust to care for your pets. You are the driving force behind why we do our job — you and your pets are like family to us. Our philosophy emphasizes preventive medicine. We feel this is the healthiest, safest, and most economical way to love and care for your pet. We want to help you prevent problems, not just treat problems. We are equipped with a full line of inhouse lab equipment for blood work, x-rays, or ultrasounds. Having quick, accurate answers at our fingertips saves you time and money. Most importantly, your pet gets better faster. We take great pride in serving the Cedar Valley with top-tier veterinary care and service that is second to none. We will work with you in your pet’s care and encourage you to ask questions. To help make your pet care easier, we have an educational blog ( and many “How To” videos on

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YouTube. The practice was opened in 1985 by Jerry S. Den Herder, DVM. Jerry started off with just three staff members. Today we have grown to three veterinarians and a staff of 15. Den Herder Veterinary Hospital has been recognized as Best of the Best since 2010.

Honorable mention: Jewelry store Facets by Susong is a special-order manufacturer of fine gold and platinum jewelry with an emphasis in diamonds and fine gemstones. “We strive to produce a beautiful product that fits exactly what our clients want,” Dave Susong said. Facets has been open for six years, but the Susong family boasts three generations of jewelers with three generations of expertise. The business is owned by Dave, David and Aram

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Scratch Cupcakery First Place: Bakery, Dessert “Making people smile … one cupcake at a time” is part of Scratch Cupcakery’s mission. With four stores opened in just over three years, the successful business is doing just that. Currently, there are Scratch locations are 315 Main St., Cedar Falls; 1517 Flammang Drive, Waterloo; and 7450 Bridgewood Blvd., Suite 215, West Des Moines; and 927 E. Second Ave., Coralville. Scratch offers more than 125 flavors, with 22 rotating each day at each store. You can also order fresh-squeezed lemonade, fruit smoothies, slushies, hot

315 Main St., Cedar Falls; 1517 Flammang Drive, Waterloo; and 7450 Bridgewood Blvd., Suite 215, West Des Moines; and, opening in November, 927 E. 2nd Ave., Suite 4, Coralville. (855) 833-5719 Hours vary by location.

drinks and frozen blends. The Cedar Falls store carries 18 flavors of artisan gelato and sorbet, and West Des Moines carries rich creamery ice cream. “We deliver cupcakes all over the Cedar Valley, Des Moines and Coralville six days a week and cater numerous weddings and large events each year. Scratch

Curbside is our mobile cupcake truck, and it can be found all over Iowa serving up cupcake goodness,” says owner Natalie Brown. Cupcakes are shipped around the country from November through May, and this year, Scratch started a loyalty program offering points and cash back

for every cupcake purchased. Scratch also gives back to the community and sponsors four major non-profit organizations each year, including Habitat for Humanity, The Boys and Girls Club and pediatric cancer, as well as participating in numerous events. Scratch has been on the Best of the Best Bakery and Desserts lists in from 2010 to 2013, and won titles at Beers to You and Gourmet Too in 2011 and 2012, and DSM Magazine named Scratch top bakery in 2013. Cedar Valley Tourism recently honored Scratch as Business of the Year. Their secret to success? “Customers. That’s it. They make everything we do such a fun process,” Brown adds.

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Hilton Garden Inn Honorable Mention: Hotel/Motel After opening the Hampton Inn in Waterloo over seven years ago, the success of the Hampton Inn created the need to open another property in Cedar Falls. We decided to choose another Hilton franchise and chose the Hilton Garden Inn for several reasons. One, we felt that Cedar Falls and Waterloo needed a new fullservice hotel to 7213 Nordic Drive, serve the needs Cedar Falls of the commu (319) 266-6611 nity. With over www.hiltongar6,000 square feet of banquet space, The Garden Grille & Bar, which seats over 60 people, as well as the two outdoor fire pit patios that seat over 75 people, created an option that few other properties could offer. Our excellent dining and overnight accommodations are what makes our full-service Hilton stand out among the rest. The Garden Grille & Bar, located inside the Hilton Garden Inn, provides wonderful fresh, farm-to-table menus created by our award-winning chef, Matt Hoecker. We also change our menus seasonally to provide the freshest that our local farms and dairies have to offer. It’s been a perfect place for “foodies” to meet. It’s also a great spot for after-work get-togethers at our bar to watch sports on our big-screen televisions or just chill out after a long day. Very simply, it’s our guests and our employees, most of which have been with us since opening our hotel last fall, that make the Hilton Garden Inn successful. If not for the awesome service of our well-trained staff, our guests would not have voted us to win these many awards after being open only one year! We are here to service our guests, whether it’s for the business or family traveler overnighting, or the gettogether place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are proudest of this Best of the Best award! However, in just 10 months, we have also received the Cedar Valley’s Tourism Bureaus Hotel of the Year for 2013 and the prestigious Hilton “Spirit” Award, which is only given out to 10 Hilton Garden Inns in the nation

for outstanding customer service. Also, our chef’s won the People’s Choice Blue Ribbon at the Beers to You and Gourmet Too event in May. All of these awards are given because the public voted on them. So we say thank you to all of our guests and employees who have made it all possible. We are proud to say that our new Hilton Garden Inn hotel is the first Hilton Project Grow hotel in the Midwest. The Project Grow encompasses many different parts of the hotel, such as offering healthier menu items with fresh organic products, as well as growing our own herbs that our chef uses nightly in our menus. Also, Project Grow is a new Hilton design that offers an eco-friendly building and experience when you stay with us. We are proud to have the only nonchemical salt water pools in the eastern Iowa area, as well as a bicycle library that allows our guests to check out a bike for a ride on our local trail system. Having the trail system in our own backyard has been a great promotion to our guests who love to go for a hike, bike or run during their stay with us. We also are still planning on creating a walking area on our property where a small pond is located. A bridge over the pond will show off local plants and wild flowers that grow naturally in the Midwest. We will also be creating this in order to allow our wedding guests to have outdoor ceremonies right on the property with a gazebo and walking paths through the fields.

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All of our team is so proud to have also been voted by the Cedar Valley Tourism Bureaus Hotel of the Year for 2013, The prestigious Hilton Worldwide’s “Spirit” of excellence in service award and now being recognized as Cedar Valley’s Best of the Best is an incredible honor! Our Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and the Garden Grille Restaurant & Bar would like to thank ALL of you who voted for us! Our Award Winning, Chef Hoecker will continue to provide fresh, seasonal and unique “Farm to Table” menus for years to come! We are very proud to support and offer produce from all of our local farms and dairy’s.

From 113 gorgeous guestrooms and fireplace suites, a huge exercise room with state of the art workout equipment to the Cedar Valley’s only salt water pools, we have everything your out of town guests could want! Or maybe just plan a weekend get away right in your own backyard! Our Excellent Garden Grille Restaurant and Bar with big screen televisions is a perfect place to meet after work to watch the game or just enjoy breakfast, lunch or sit outside on two of the largest outdoor patios and enjoy dinner around our firepits. With over 5,000 sq ft of Banquet Halls, we have been proud to host many of the communities largest events since opening last fall and plan to host many more as well! like New Year’s Eve with Bob Door and the Blue Band playing here at home for the first time in years! Don’t miss it, tickets are on sale now and going fast! Come in and see what everyone has been talking about!

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Direct Appliance & TV First Place: Appliance Store Co-owners: Karl Morehouse and Tom Ridder Address: 5424 University Ave., Cedar Falls Phone: (319) 553-0171 Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Web:

Bill Colwell Ford Honorable Mention: Auto Dealership Bill Colwell Ford is a family owned and As anyone who visits Bill Colwell operated Ford dealership that has been Ford in Hudson can see, this truly is a serving the Cedar Valley and beyond for different dealership. Most of the staff more than 30 years. has been with this business They specialize in providand Bill for more than 10 238 Waterloo Road, Hudson ing new Ford and quality years, a retention that would (319) 988-4153 pre-owned vehicles, as well make any business owner as servicing them. happy. These employees like As Bill will tell you, this their job and love working business has been built around the cus- with the guests. tomer. “We have always lived by the rule “Our employees have made this busithat customer service is our top priority ness what it is. They are the reason we and our employees exceed this expecta- have loyal customers who come in time tion daily,” says Colwell, owner of Bill and time again,” Colwell says. “We have Colwell Ford. This is evident by the received many awards across our 30 many awards the dealership has received years, but this Honorable Mention really for customer service, including the most is a true honor. This is our customers prestigious Ford President’s Award three going out of their way to vote our small times. town dealership the Best of the Best.”

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First Place: Banks U.S. Bank is well positioned to serve its customers. U.S. Bank offers a complete set of traditional deposit accounts, loan products and convenient online services to consumers and businesses. A large part of U.S. Bank’s current success can be attributed to the company’s diverse mix of products that are designed to help virtually anyone or any business achieve their financial goals. The friendly and knowledgeable U.S. Bank team is committed to serving you. They welcome the opportunity to meet with you and help you with all of your banking needs. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the Web at www.

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Waterloo Golf Headquarters is known for offering the largest selection of golf equipment, accessories and clothing with the best knowledge and customer service. With 15 years experience in the golf business, Mike Schuchmann has owned Waterloo Golf Headquarters for nine of its 29 years. A loyal customer base has voted the golf shop Best of the Best every year. “There is no big-box store feeling with us,” said Schuchmann. “We never say no. We will do whatever we can to help make you a better golfer.”

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Amigos Have it your way: Real Service, Real Food, Real Good! Amigos wants to thank all our customers, they are what keeps us going, Amigos has built great relationships in the community and this means so much to us personally and to our business. Thanks to everyone who voted for Amigos in the best of the best competition! We specialize in bringing our recipes directly from Jalisco and Michoacan, which are two of the 31 states in Mexico, to serve authentic Mexican cuisine. Amigos Mexican Restaurant is owned by 33-year-old Oscar Valdivia and is a family business. Oscar Valdivia, an American citizen, is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico. Oscar began working in the restaurant business 13 years ago. In the beginning of the year 2000, Oscar moved from La Piedad, Mexico, to Chicago, Illi., where his father (now deceased) lived and worked as an architect. Oscar was 20 at the time. He stud-

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ied Industrial Engineering for two years at the Universidad Tecnologico de La Piedad before making the decision to move to the United States. Upon arrival to the United States, Oscar worked with his Father, making blue prints for house plans, for six months. Next, Oscar was invited to Rochester, Minn., and began working at a restaurant called Las Margaritas. He started out as dishwasher for 15 days and for the following 6 months he cleaned tables and took chips and Thursday, October 24, 2013

First Place: Mexican Honorable Mention: Chips, Salsa and Margaritas

salsa to the tables. He knew almost no English but believed in hard work and persistence. This was the beginning of his path as an entrepreneur. In 2001 he moved to Iowa City and worked at El Ranchero as a waiter for one year. In 2002 he moved to Waukee, IA and worked as a manger at Los Tres Amigos. In 2003 he co-owned La Finca in Mason City. In 2004 he moved to Independence, IA and co-owned El Dorado. In 2005 he moved to Waterloo and opened his own restaurant as sole proprietor, called Amigos. In 2008 he relocated Amigos from Waterloo to Cedar Falls, and has been in Cedar Falls at 5809 University Avenue College Square ever since then. In December of 2012 Oscar married Francesca and in May 2013 their beautiful daughter Gabriela Araceli was born. Amigos Mexican Restaurant serves authentic Mexican cuisine. Everything is made fresh in house. Amigos opens every day at 11:00am. The hours are Monday

through Thursday 11:00am to 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00am — 10:30pm, Sundays 11:00am — 9:00pm. Amigos offers daily specials on food and drinks. Everyday from 11:00am to 5:00pm Margaritas are half off. On Monday and Thursday evenings Margaritas continue at their half-off price. On Saturdays the amazing Margorona (20 Oz. Frozen Margarita with Corona Beer and Gran Gala Liquor) is two dollars off!! Not to mention the daily lunch and dinner food specials! Mondays the delicious tacos are one dollar! On Sundays Kids 10 and under eat FREE off of the Kids menu with purchase of an adult meal by an adult. One kid per one adult. Stop by Amigos to find out so much more or Call 319-266-7771. IN A HURRY?!! ORDER TO GO!! Catering options are available!! Also visit our facebook at http://www.

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EVERYDAY BEGINS WITH AMIGOS Amigos wants to thank all our customers, they are what keeps us going, Amigos has built great relationships in the community and this means so much to us personally and to our business. Thanks to everyone who voted for Amigos in the best of the best competition! We specialize in bringing our recipes directly from Jalisco and Michoacan, which are two of the 31 states in Mexico, to serve authentic Mexican cuisine. Amigos Mexican Restaurant is owned by 33 year old Oscar Valdivia and is a family business. Oscar Valdivia, an American Citizen, is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico. Oscar began working in the restaurant business 13 years ago. In the beginning of the year 2000, Oscar moved from La Piedad, Mexico to Chicago, Illinois where his Father (now deceased) lived and worked as an architect. Oscar was 20 at the time. He studied Industrial Engineering for two years at the Universidad Tecnologico de La Piedad before making the decision to move to the United States. Upon arrival to the United States, Oscar worked with his Father, making blue prints for house plans, for six months. Next, Oscar was invited to Rochester, MN and began working at a restaurant called Las Margaritas. He started out as dishwasher for 15 days and for the following 6 months he cleaned tables and took chips and salsa to the tables. He knew almost no English but believed in hard work and persistence. This was the beginning of his path as an entrepreneur. In 2001 he moved to Iowa City and worked at El Ranchero as a waiter for one year. In 2002 he moved to Waukee, IA and worked as a manger at Los Tres Amigos. In 2003 he co-owned La Finca in Mason City. In 2004 he moved to Independence, IA and co-owned El Dorado. In 2005 he moved to Waterloo and opened his own restaurant as sole proprietor, called Amigos. In 2008 he relocated Amigos from Waterloo to Cedar Falls, and has been in Cedar Falls at 5809 University Avenue College Square ever since then. In December of 2012 Oscar married Francesca and in May 2013 their beautiful daughter Gabriela Araceli was born. Amigos Mexican Restaurant serves authentic Mexican cuisine. Everything is made fresh in house. Amigos opens every day at 11:00am. The hours are Monday through Thursday 11:00am to 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00am - 10:30pm, Sundays 11:00am - 9:00pm. Amigos offers daily specials on food and drinks. Everyday from 11:00am to 5:00pm Margaritas are half off. On Monday and Thursday evenings Margaritas continue at their half-off price. On Saturdays the amazing Margorona (20 Oz. Frozen Margarita with Corona Beer and Gran Gala Liquor) is two dollars off!! Not to mention the daily lunch and dinner food specials! Mondays the delicious tacos are one dollar! On Sundays Kids 10 and under eat FREE off of the Kids menu with purchase of an adult meal by an adult. One kid per one adult.

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Rydell Chevrolet First Place: Auto Service, Auto Body Repair, Oil Change Service, Transmission and Brake Service Honorable Mention: Automotive Salesperson, Mike Potter, Auto Dealership and Car Wash At Rydell Chevrolet in Waterloo, our guests are always No. 1. An unconditional dedication to service is what has set Rydell at the forefront of sales volume and market effectiveness in the Cedar Valley and eastern Iowa. This year, Rydell Chevrolet won first place for Auto Service, Oil Change Service, Auto Body Repair , Brake Service and Transmission Service. In addition, the dealership won honorable mention for Auto Dealerships and Mike Potter also earned honorable in the Cedar Valley for Automotive Salesperson. “We couldn’t do what we do effectively if it weren’t for our 135 employees and the thousands of customers in the Cedar Valley who make Rydell Chevrolet their destination for sales, service, auto body repair and parts,” said Matt Halbur, general manager. After 29 years in business, Rydell Chevrolet has made many improvements in the way they sell and service vehicles. In 2004, Rydell made a significant investment in the infrastructure of the Waterloo dealership by adding a new service drive, quick lube and car wash. In 2012, Rydell stepped up and remodeled again utilizing the Essential Brand Elements that GM has laid in place for the next generation of Chevrolet Dealerships. This makes Rydell the only Chevy dealer in the Cedar Valley who has completed this to date. “We want our guests to be comfortable in every aspect of ownership from sales to service, and our facility needs to represent that,” Halbur said. The Rydell Quick Lube offers a noappointment 13-minute oil change from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. “We typically service between 65 to 100 vehicles per day in our Quick Lube” Halbur said. “Our guests love the convenience and peace of mind knowing that we are taking complete care of their vehicle.” Rydell’s vast inventories of parts and accessories make it easy to have the part in stock and get your vehicle fixed right the first time.

1325 San Marnan Drive, Waterloo (319) 234-4601 or (800) 782-0046 Sales: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday Service: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

“Bottom Line Pricing” is a hallmark at Rydell Chevrolet. All vehicles are priced up front with the best price, right on the windshield. Studies done by J.D. Power and Associates and other research groups have determined that most people dread the automobile-buying experience and find the negotiating process distasteful. The stress and time involved with purchasing a vehicle coupled with the uncertainty of knowing if you got the best deal makes lots of folks uncomfortable. Rydell has changed all that.

“We believe that buying a vehicle should be fun and stress-free,” said Jeff Smock, general sales manager. “Guests are treated in a friendly, professional and courteous manner.” Doing business this way represents a cultural change within the organization and industry. “It is an ethical and easy way of doing business,” Smock said, “and it serves our guests.” The price that you pay for a vehicle has nothing to do with a person’s negotiating skills — — that’s not the way Rydell does business. “No pushy salespeople, no high pressure, no negotiating and no game playing. We put our very best price on all of our vehicles upfront everyday, which makes buying a vehicle at Rydell quick and enjoyable,” Halbur said. “When you leave Rydell, you don’t have to wonder if you got the best deal. You know you did.” Rydell’s Mike Potter also received honorable mention as Automotive Salesperson. “Mike is truly a special salesperson,” Smock said. “His customers just

love him. Mike’s genuine concern for them and their needs is what keeps his customers coming back. Rydell is very proud of him.” Mike has been selling Chevrolets in the Cedar Valley for 24 years and has found a great home at Rydell Chevrolet. Along with selling vehicles, Mike enjoys being involved in many hobbies and organizations throughout the Cedar Valley. Rydell Chevrolet also has a fantastic pre-owned vehicle program. Bottom Line piece of mind, which includes the famous five-day like-it or return-it, 30-day exchange, and a 3-month/3,000 mile warranty on all pre-owned vehicles. If a guest is not happy with the preowned vehicle they purchased, just return it to Rydell within five days in the same condition for a 100 percent refund. They also can exchange the vehicle up to 30 days after the purchase. You can’t make a mistake and buy the wrong preowned vehicle atRydell. “We know loyalty is not given, but earned. That’s why we do what we do, we want customers for life,” Halbur said.

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Veteran’s Day is a day set aside to acknowledge those men and women who have served and are presently serving in all branches of the U.S. Military in defense of our country and in preservation of our freedoms. This is your opportunity to recognize a family member or friend for their service with a picture and note of their achievements in the “Honoring our U.S. Armed Forces” feature in the Monday, November 11 Courier. When you place and sign your order for one of the sizes located here, your veterAn’s name will be entered into a drAwing for a chance to receive a free 5” x 2.5” PlAque on the Wilbur & Mildred Demmel & Melvin Juel Veterans Memorial Plaza at the sullivAn Brothers iowA veterAns MuseuM in Waterloo. The winner will be contActed By Phone and will be named in our feature on noveMBer 11.

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First Place: Remodeler Jon Broneman has more than 20 years of construction experience on projects ranging from $50 to $5 million. “I can see the big picture of a project and how each aspect of the job affects the others because of my past experiences. I have been working as an independent contractor since 2011.” He s p e c i a l i ze s i n bathroom and kitchen remodels, but also provides handyman services. “All aspects of the project are performed by me individually, except plumbing, HVAC and electrical subcontracts. When it is necessary to use subcontrators I only use proven leaders in the business. Simply put, if I wouldn’t have them in my home they won’t be in yours.” He was also honored in 2012 in Best of

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the Best. “I do each project like it was my own. I help the homeowner make cost conscious decisions about the projects and methods and materials we use on the project. You can trust me on your next project.”

Aable Pest Control was established in 1981 and has grown to 27 employees covering all of Northeast Iowa. Owner Mike Price said the company specializes in all insects and rodents, termites, bed bugs (they have invested in three bed bug heating units) and weed control. The heating equipment Aable purchased can heat an entire house to 135 to 140 degrees. Heat over 122 degrees will kill all stages of bed bugs. The company won first place in this category for the past decade. All Aable’s technicians are certified by the state of Iowa. They also have passed the Purdue entomology course and the American

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Institute of Baking course, which is an advanced course in pest control. The company is a one of the top 200 companies in the United States recognized by the Pest Control technology magazine, and has earned membership in the National Quality Pro Association.

Thank you Cedar Valley, for selecting me as the Best-of-the-Best

Remodeler First Place It is my pleasure to serve and develop long-term relationships with each of my customers and members of my construction team. I am honored to know you. • • • •

Bathroom Remodels Home Repairs Kitchen Remodels Handyman Services

Doing YOUR project like I would DO MY OWN.


10th year in a row

We’re ready and “Aable” to serve you

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KJ & Kompany First Place: Receptionist The KJ & Kompany team would like to thank our guests for voting our salon honorable mention in the Courier’s Best of the Best for 2013. We are also excited to have one of our own, Lindsay Taylor, awarded First Place Receptionist. Since April 1970, KJ & Kompany Hair StylLindsay ing Salon, conveniently Taylor located inside Crossroads Center, has been providing high-quality hair care services to the Cedar Valley. We strive for excellence in providing exceptional hair care and other beauty services. Our team of 18 cosmetologists and barbers are trained in the latest hair-styling and beauty techniques. We carry a wide variety of professional hair care products including Aveda, Bumble & Bumble, Morracanoil, etc. Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dapper Designs Honorable Mention: Antique Store/Buy Collectibles/Home Decor Store

Crossroads Center, Waterloo (319) 232-9177

Lindsay Taylor has received Honorable Mention Receptionist for the past two years. This is her first year to be awarded First Place Receptionist. Not only is Lindsay an outstanding receptionist, she is also our creative leader for salon and product displays and salon assistant manager. Her energetic and helpful personality radiates onto others and is what earned Lindsay this award. Owners Angie Lashbrook and Stephanie Bass would like to thank the KJ & Kompany team for their hard work and dedication. They are greatly appreciative to their guests for their continued support!

Dapper Designs, owned by Stephanie and Joshua Hagen, is thrilled to have received honorable mention in three categories, voted in by our amazing customers. We are passionate about providing our customers one-of-a-kind, unique home décor pieces. Dapper Designs is also home to the hottest home décor paint in the industry, Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Dapper’s pieces are made up of antique, vintage, and industrial items. Some pieces are re-purposed, while others are reclaimed and painted with Chalk Paint to bring back their 329 E. Fourth St., Waterloo original beauty. (319) 233-3559 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; We enjoy taking the time to discuss 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with our customers their design wants Saturday and needs, and have provided custom paint work for customers who don’t have the time to complete their own from entire bedroom sets to custom projects. We have painted everything kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

Thank you Cedar Valley! “Thank You” Cedar Valley for voting KJ&Kompany t and Lindsay Taylor for “Bes of the Best” nds

r frie u o y From at


-91 Crossroads Center • 319-232

Quality Antiques, Collectibles And Re-Purposed Home Furnishing And Decor 329 East 4th Street, Waterloo 319-233-3559

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Rasmussen Towing First Place: Wrecker Service “Quality service at a reasonable cost” is what customers like about 24-hour emergency service from Rasmusson Towing Co. Founded in 1920, the wrecker service provides light, medium and heavy-duty towing and recovery, as well as jumpstarts, unlocks, tire changes, off-road recovery and local and long-distance hauling. It’s a family-owned and operated business established by Elmer Rasmussen. His son Jack, a co-founder of the Iowa State Towing Association, ran the business until 1989. Jack’s son Don took over management, and now Rasmussen Towing is a fourth-generation business with his son John, daughter Megan and his wife Kathy involved. The company has received multiple Best of the Best awards. “We want to thank all the staff and customers, and look forward to doing business with new customers,” Don said.

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Ryan Sullivan State Farm Insurance First Place: Insurance Agent

24-hour emergency service 9716 University Ave., Cedar Falls (319) 277-3802

CEDAR VAL LE U Y O K N Y THA for Voting Us #1

For two years, Ryan Sullivan State Farm Insurance has specialized in auto, home and life insurance. “I wanted to start giving back to my community that has given so much to me,” Sullivan said. Sullivan and his staff are available to help their clients at any time of the day. “I am always there for my customers. I drove 25 miles to help one of my clients change his tire because he was not physically able to do it.” State Farm was founded in 1922 and has become the nation’s No. 1 auto and home insurer. Ryan Sullivan State Farm Insurance was also named among the 2012 Best of the Best insurance agents. “We make sure that every customer

• 24 hour Emergency Service • Light, medium, heavy duty towing & recovery • Unlocks, jump starts, tire changes • Local and long distance 9716 UNIVERSITY AVENUE CEDAR FALLS, IOWA 50613


is satisfied and hlep people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams,” Sullivan said.

We would like to thank our customers for voting us Best of the Best! Ryan Sullivan State Farm Agent 1809 University Avenue Waterloo, IA 50701

Serving the Cedar Valley since 1920

1809 University Ave., Waterloo (319) 236-1099 www. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Business: 319-236-1099 Cell: 319-415-0699 Fax: 319-233-0599 Providing Insurance and Financial Services If you have any questions on your insurance or would like a quote, please call me at the office 319-236-1099 or on my cell 319-415-0699

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Hudson Road Laundry First Place: Laundromat Owners: Steve and Vicki Barfels Address: 3209 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls Phone: (319) 266-8403 Hours: 9 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday

Fig & Frolic First Place: Home Decor Store Owners: Becky Hiatt and Jenny Boevers Address: 600 Baltimore St., Waterloo Phone: (319) 464-5672 Hours: Occasional sales (posted on Facebook); by appointment for paint www.facebook/figandfrolic

Thank you to our customers for voting us Best of the Best! Self Service or Full Service: Wash, Dry, Fold • Full-time attendant • Coin charger • Soap dispenser

• 46’’ HDTV in lounge • Air conditioned • Snack bar

• Free WiFi • ATM • Three tanning bedsno appointment necessary

Located on Frontage Road at the intersection of University Ave. and Hudson Road in Cedar Falls

Friday-Sunday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

3209 Hudson Rd., Cedar Falls, IA 50613 319.266.8403 |

fig & frolic

Next Occasional Sale: Quirky sttyole November 21-24 bound u 600 Baltimore make yo Waterloo smile. An occasional Sale Shop full of merriment. A unique home decor shopping destination and place of inspiration. Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan available 24/7 www.facebook/figandfrolic • 319-464-5672

Spotlight Style Boutique & Salon First place: Women’s Clothing Women’s Accessories Owner: Ranee Morehouse, Miranda Lind Address: 112 W. 3rd St., Cedar Falls Phone: (319) 535-2125 Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.

Pizza Ranch

Thank you for Voting our Chicken #1 in the Cedar Valley

First place: Chicken Operating partners: Todd Pearce, general manager, Scott Davis and Mike Flanagan Address: 4302 University Ave., Suite B, Cedar Falls Phone: (319) 266-2555 Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

4302 University Ave. Cedar Falls, IA 266-2555

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Liberty Bank

Kayla Seeley - Liberty Bank

Honorable Mention: Best Bank Teller

Honorable Mention: Bank Teller — Kayla Seeley Address: 4020 Bankers Blvd., Water- Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday loo through Thursday; 8:30 to 5:30 p.m. Phone: (319) 233-8527 Friday; 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday

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Kayla Seeley

4020 Bankers Boulevard • Waterloo, IA • 319-233-8527

Black Hawk Hotel Honorable Mention: Hotel/Motel Owners: Dan and Kathy Tindall Address: 115 Main St., Cedar Falls

Phone: (319) 277-1161 Website:


115 Main Street - Cedar Falls - Iowa - 50613 “LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE DISCRIMINATION TRAVELER” **Listed in National Register of Historic Places** **“Best of the Best” 2009 & 2010 The Courier Readers** **Soho Sushi Bar and Deli **Stuffed Olive Martini Lounge Ranked #1 by Tripadvisor Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2013

800.488.4295 (toll-free)

Bella Nails & Boutique Honorable mention: Full service nails Owner: Jessica Hanna Address: 103 E. Bremer Ave., Waverly Phone: (319) 352-4212 Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. By appointment only.

Miller True Value Honorable Mention: Hardware store Hours: M-T-W-F 7:30 a.m.- 6:00 Locally Owned for 30 years Address: 1201 Fourth St. S.W., p.m. Thurs. 7:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Waverly Sat. 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Phone: (319) 352-1386 Sun. Noon - 4:00 p.m.

A huge

319.277-1161 e-mail:

Thank You

to all who voted and continue to support us! After all, YOU are the reason we are Best of the Best!

Now Available by Appointment:

• Full Service Nails • Facials • Massage Therapy • Waxing Hours:

Monday Closed • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-5pm Thursday 9am-8pm, Saturday 9am-2pm 103 E. Bremer Avenue Waverly, IA • 319-352-4214

THANKS for voting us BEST OF THE BEST! 1201 4th St. SW Waverly, Iowa 50677 319-352-1386

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Dan Deery Motors First place: Automotive dealership Honorable mention: Auto service, oil change service, automotive salesperson Dan Deery Motors has been serving the Cedar Valley and surrounding areas for more than a century. Dan Deery Toyota of Cedar Falls, Dan Deery Truck Center of Cedar Falls and Dan Deery Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Waterloo want to thank all of our customers for voting Dan Deery Motors Cedar Valley’s No. 1 overall dealership to d o b u s i n e ss with. At Dan D e e r y, c u s tomer satisfaction is our main emphasis, and our reward is your loyalty. T h i s yea r, Dan Deery 7404 University Ave., Cedar Falls Mo to rs wo n (319) 277-4500 Best of the 8 a.m. to 9 p.m Best in the Cedar Valley in auto service, oil change service and first place in overall auto dealership. Curt McCallum, sales representative at our Truck Center location in Cedar Falls, won first place for automotive salesperson. Shane McCollow also won Best of the Best in automotive sales. Dan Deery Motors is a locally-owned family business in its fourth generation. With the largest selection of new and pre-owned vehicles in the Cedar Valley. We have the perfect fit for all of our customers’ needs. To accommodate our vastly growing loyal customer base, we added an expansion to our Waterloo location in 2012. The expansion includes a remodeled showroom along with six extra service stalls to get all wervice appointments completed as efficiently as possible. In Spring 2012, our Dan Deery Toyota location underwent a complete rebuild. Its original building, which started with Deery Pontiac back in 1979, need a major update. Spending that entire spring, summer and fall working out of trailers, the dealership has been transformed into a brand new, redesigned, state-of-

Dan Deery Toyota. Scion Cedar Falls. the-art facility, offering our customers, truly, the best of the best. “Our Toyota shop boasts 18 stalls with two stalls specific for express lube appointments,” said Brian Jensen, service manager. “We have a full line of loaner vehicles available for the use of our service customers if they would rather not wait. Allowing our guests to get their vehicles serviced while being able to do their other daily routines makes it very convenient for them.” Dan Deery Motor Co. also is very active in the Cedar Valley community. “Giving back to those who have given me a chance to earn their business is what keeps us going,” said Dan Deery, president and owner. “We live in what I believe to be the best community in the Midwest. We’ve got great schools, hospitals and universities with so many great people, and to make them happy when they come to se uss at one of our stores is what it’s all about.” With a bright future ahead, we will continue to grow and serve our community as Cedar Valley’s No. 1, Best of Dan Deery, owner. the Best automotive dealership.

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We Have a Family Way of Doing Business. Come Experience... OUR WAY! Dan Deery Dealerships

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Thank You To All Our Customers! Dan Deery Toyota-Scion

Dan Deery Motor Co.

3900 Alexandra Dr. Waterloo 233-5000

7404 University Ave. Cedar Falls


University & Main, Cedar Falls 266-5500

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Lost Island Waterpark First Place: Family entertainment I Local/State Day Trip, State/Midwest Weekend Trip Honorable Mention: First place to go on a first date The Lost Island Waterpark opened in 2000 with Adventure Golf and GoKarts. The waterpark opened in 2001 and has been growing ever since. Lost Island continues to research the leisure industry, adding amenities to keep Lost Island a first-class park, retaining the title of the largest waterpark in Iowa. The past year, personal cabanas were added as an amenity for guests. These have become very popular with many weekends having waiting lists. The cabanas feature WiFi, a personal refrigerator, large locker, lounge chairs and ceiling fans. An upper deck bar area has been added with shade sails and large lounge-type chairs and tables and has hosted tattoo contests, wedding showers, board meetings and other events throughout the summer. A handicap lift was recently added in the Blue Iguana interactive area to assist individuals with special needs into the pool. Lost Island is proud to have hosted such groups as Aspire, Goodwill and Vinton School for the Blind. The Flying Gecko, a zip line new this year, is 65 feet tall and stretches 660 feet long from tower to tower. Riders begin at Lost Island’s golf and go kart track, zip over to the water park and then return back. Zip liners travel a combined distance of over 1,300 feet at 20 mph. The zip line is open to all riders at least ten years of age and between 70 and 250 pounds. Most recently the synergy of opening the KOA campground across the road has added another dimension to the Lost Island Waterpark destination. Boasting 150+ campsites and nine deluxe cabins, along with a bike trail, fishing, swimming, paddle boats, a dog park, disc golf and more, there’s always something to do. The lifeguard staff has received honors from Jeff Ellis & Associates for performance. Safety is a very important aspect of the park. Lifeguards must be trained in waterpark safety in addition to being certified in all normal lifeguarding skills, and are required to attend in-service sessions throughout the summer. If you are a regular at Lost Island you will witness situations staged to test the lifeguards’ reaction time. Clear inner tubes are used


in the wave pool so staff can quickly spot someone having trouble. Many of the food service and front gate staff are also trained in first aid and CPR. Tied in with the safety initiative is a focus on families and providing activities for all ages. Kid-friendly food and toddler areas along with the extreme rides create a mix for families to enjoy. There is no charge for parking or tube rental at Lost Island. This is unique as in most water parks you are dragging your rented tube throughout the park all day so you can get your deposit back at the end of the day.

2225 E. Shaulis Road, Waterloo (319) 233-8414 June-August, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily

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Thank You to everyone that voted for us!


See you in 2014!

Open June through August

2225 E. Shaulis Road • Waterloo, IA 50701 (319) 233-8414

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Cedar Valley Electric First place: Electrician Cedar Valley Electric has been in business for 15 years. The company was started in 1998 by Rick Dumler and Kevin Juel. During the second year of business two employees were added, today there are 16 employees serving the Cedar Valley’s electrical needs. In April 2012 Rick Dumler purchased 100% of the business. Cedar Valley Electric specializes in residential wiring. This includes new homes, service updates, and remodeling. Cedar Valley Electric also specializes in commercial 5743 wiring including new construction, design build, and Westminster remodeling. Drive, Cedar Cedar Valley Electric employees are what make the Falls company special. All who work for Cedar Valley Electric (319) are professional, trustworthy, and take each job person266-1134 ally. They strive to make sure each job is done to customer 8 a.m to satisfaction and stand behind the completed work. 4:30 p.m. Cedar Valley Electric was been voted Best of The Best Monday-Friday for the past three years. Customers should know they stand behind every job. It is of utmost importance that the customer is satisfied when the job is complete.

Rick Dumler of Cedar Valley Electric




Cedar Valley Electric


Residential & Commercial

5743 Westminster | Suite A | Cedar Falls, IA 319-266-1134

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Western Home Communities At Western Home Communities, success is about relationships. “Life is all about relationships, so if we don’t have solid relationships with all the folks that are involved, including family members and employees, it just doesn’t work,” said Kris Hansen, CEO at Western Home. “We certainly try to lead.” 420 E. 11th St., But one has Cedar Falls. to lead in “the (319) 277-2141 right way,” Han www.westernsen said. “So, you homecommunities. hold yourselves to org pretty high standards.” Western Home Communities focuses on a full continuum of care for adults 55+, which includes independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and home health services through the recently-created atHome with Western Home. Two operating philosophies that guide Western Home are “people first” and “empathy,” Hansen said. Western Home Communities is one of

First Place: Assisted Living I Nursing Home

just two Iowa retirement communities listed in the Leading Age/Ziegler 100, a list of the largest non-profit senior living communities in the country. Western Home Communities ranks as the second-largest retirement community in Iowa, with more than 820 residents in its various Cedar Falls residential buildings. Included in that number are more than 600 on the campus off South Main Street and

another 216 at its downtown location. In August, Western Home Communities received approval for a new plat that will open up 11 new building lots on 8.5 acres to the east of the existing development in southern Cedar Falls. When it’s completed, it will include seven new duplex retirement villas, like those booming on the south campus. Part of that expansion is recreating the

traditional institutional nursing home. New nursing cottages for people having memory issues and dementia will be built in 2014. Linda Bowman, spokeswoman for Western Home Communities, said the new cottages provide the same quality round-the-clock skilled nursing care, but will look and function like a family home (see architectural design above). Each dementia cottage will house 16 people, and each will have their own private bedroom and bathroom. Bowman said these freestanding units will be the first of their kind in Iowa. Western Home Communities plans to eventually build enough cottages for all of its longterm care residents. “It really creates a different way we’re going to take care of our residents,” Hansen said. The cottages will be built in 2014. A wellness and community center will be started by late next year as well. Another retirement community is also on the drawing board because there is so much demand for villas and independent living. Hansen said the homes and apartments sell as fast as they can build them. “Well more than 100 people are on our waiting list. We’ve got a real demand,” he said.

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Your votes inspire us. Western Home Communities is proud to be recognized as first place Best of the Best for both nursing care and assisted living. Thank you for the votes of confidence.


Barn Bash

Motorcycle Rally Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dogwood Lake at Windhaven

Healthiest State Walk

We view your trust as a responsibility to keep moving forward and keep earning your respect. By this time next year, we’ll be well on our way to creating an entirely new kind of nursing home: cottages that look and function like a family home, giving residents the dignity they deserve and the daily spontaneity they desire.

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We’ll also be preparing to build a new wellness center to meet the social, spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical wellness needs of our residents and the greater community.

Thank you for the support and partnership that help us fulfill the mission: Western Home Communities is a charitable Christian service organization that assertively creates fulfilling lifestyles for those we serve, their families and our employees.