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Simpson Furniture FIRST PLACE: FURNITURE, CARPET/FLOOR COVERING HONORABLE MENTION: HOME DECOR STORE Again this year the voters of the Cedar Valley area chose Simpson Furniture the First-Place winner of the best place to buy Furniture and Carpet/Flooring. In addition, Simpson received the Honorable Mention award for Home Decor/Accessories. From the beginning, Simpson Furniture’s mission has always been to put the customer first. In 1946, R.L. Simpson and his wife Rena purchased the former Brown Furniture company and funeral home. In those years it was not uncommon for the local furniture company to own the local funeral home. Simpson did not keep the funeral home and instead focused on being the area’s top furniture location. Long-time former company president David Sandvold joined the firm two years later and helped grow the company until his death in 1996. Simpson furniture has had just four presidents during their 69-year run. David Olson started with the firm in the ‘60s and was the company’s president after Sandvold passed away. Olson is now retired, and current president Dale Emmert started with the firm in the 1980s while a student at the University of Northern Iowa.

Simpson Furniture

★★Owner: Dale Emmert ★★2300 Main St., Cedar Falls ★★(319) 266-3535 ★★

Emmert’s wife, Deb, works in Simpson’s merchandising and accessories area, spending a lot of time at the company’s showroom in Coralville. “Our Coralville operation started about 5 1/2 years ago and this past 12 months we have really made inroads into this new area for us,” she said. “When we went south to the Iowa City-Coralville corridor we were excited about the possibilities to share the Simpson way with an entire new area.” Over the past year the Corralville store has taken off with sales growing by over $1,000,000. Coralville’s general manager, Jenn Friedel, has helped oversee this rapid upward push. “It all started last summer when we took a little different approach to our marketing and selling. With those changes customers were finding us quickly and they

see that when you buy from Simpson you get a lot more than just great new furniture. Simpson treats every customer with care and attention. I love working for this company.” Flooring coverings has also been a strong area for the Simpson team. Department manager and sales coach Kelly Ellingson helps make sure Simpson offers the area the best selection and quality of flooring for any size job. “We are so excited to be the first-place flooring and carpet company. We offer everything you would need when it comes to your floors. From carpet and vinyl to hardwood floors and the popular new Luxury Vinyl tile, Simpson also has the area’s most trained and experienced installation crews. So once you say yes, we take it over from there.” When shoppers walk into Simpson’s new showroom at 2300 Main St. in Cedar Falls, they are likely to see familiar faces from the past. The Simpson staff has more tenure than any other furniture company in the area. From Marla Channer and Rick Koch, who each have well over 30 years with Simpson, to Ben Withers and Bret

Wheeler, who have been with the store for almost 10 years, the staff are Simpson know their business. Every year when the Best of the Best is announced, Dale Emmert calls a companywide meeting to let employees know their efforts have paid off again. “It makes Deb and I feel good inside to see the entire crew smile with pride when we let them know that Simpson is indeed No. 1. We expect a lot from our team and it’s good to be recognized by those outside of the company” he said. The company has two showrooms, the headquarters in Cedar Falls and their newer operation in Coralville, with over 90,000 square feet. Emmert’s partners, Tom Cagley and Jeff Mick, help keep this train on track to continue to be the very best. Service manager Jeff Sammons started with the company in 1984. “I have been in service the entire time,” Sammons said, “yet it stills surprises me what our company will do to be sure our customers are happy. I know for a fact that no other furniture store in northeast Iowa will try harder to see that our shoppers are taken care of and will return.”

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oted V#1 BEST FURNITURE STORE Thank you to all our loyal customers! We look forward to another year of Local Owners serving you.

FURNITURE • MATTRESS • FLOORING You’ll Like the Look... You’ll Love the Price... We Guarantee it!


2300 Main St. (319) 266-3535 Toll-Free (800) 962-3535


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ELECTRONIC STORE Best Buy Hawkeye Audio and Video Don’s TV Maximum Sight and Sound

GIRLS NIGHT OUT The Stuffed Olive Pump Haus Pub and Grill Briqhouse Bar & Grill

HOTEL/MOTEL Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo Black Hawk Hotel Hilton Garden Inn

MASSAGE Jiva Salonspa d’vine Medical Spa Elements Massage

EYE DOCTOR Amy Hartman - Mauer Eye Center Michael Puk - MD-Cedar Valley Eye Care Bradley Knox - Knox Eyecare

GOLF COURSE Gates Park, Waterloo Fox Ridge Golf Course, Dike Pheasant Ridge Golf Course, Cedar Falls

ICE CREAM 4 Queens Dairy Cream Moo Roo Hansen’s Dairy Dairy Queen

MEAT COUNTER Fareway Hy-Vee Gilbertville Locker

FAMILY DOCTOR Angela Schreiber - PA-C-Arrowhead Medical Center Dr. Matthew Smith - MD-3rd Floor Allen Hospital Kyle P. Christiason - MD-UnityPoint Clinic-Family Medicine-Cedarloo

GREENHOUSE Petersen & Teitz Jordan’s Nursery Wapsie Pines Nursery & Greenhouse

INSURANCE AGENT PDCM Insurance Brad Jacobson - State Farm Beau Jorgensen - Farm Bureau

MEDICAL STAFF MEMBER Kelley McNamara - Advanced Pet Care Deb Card - Cedar Valley Hospice Allison Lundy - Digestive Office, Allen Hospital

GROCERY STORE Hy-Vee Fareway Aldi

KARAOKE Ultimate Entertainment Gingers Pub Diamond S DjKaraoke

MEXICAN Amigos Mexican Restaurant Chalapa’s Carlos O’Kelley’s

HAIR SALON Hair Biz Mod Hair Color Salon & Beauty Store Jiva SalonSpa

LANDSCAPE SERVICE B&K Lawncare Matthias Landscaping Wapsie Pines Lawncare & Landscaping

NEWS ANCHOR Amanda Goodman - KWWL Ron Steele - KWWL Ally Crutcher - KWWL

HAMBURGER Beck’s Taproom Grill Pump Haus Pub and Grill Briqhouse Bar & Grill

LAUNDROMAT Clean Laundry Waterloo Road Laundromat Laundry Plus

NURSING HOME Western Home Communities NewAldaya Lifescapes Friendship Village

HAPPY HOUR Pump Haus Pub and Grill Briqhouse Bar & Grill Amigos Mexican Restaurant

LIQUOR SELECTION Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits Happy’s Wine & Spirits Bani’s 4 U on the Hill

OB/GYN Brent Hintz, MD - Allen hospital Dr. Susan Lipinski - Partners in OB/GYN Dr. Anthony Onuigbo - Partners in OB/GYN

HEALTH & NATURAL FOODS Hy-Vee TnK Health Food Store Greenfields Health Market

LOAN OFFICER Brandon Steen - Community 1st National Bank Scott Mueller - Farmers State Bank Kyle Langenberg - UICCU

OIL CHANGE SERVICE Rydell Chevrolet Dan Deery Motors John Deery Motors

HEARING AIDS/SERVICE Black Hawk Hearing Potter’s Hearing Aid Service Wolfe Audiology

LOCAL/STATE DAY TRIP Lost Island Water Park Des Moines Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo

OPTICAL Cedar Valley Eye Care Eye Care Associates Mauer Eye Center

HEATING/COOLING Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning Young Plumbing & Heating Dalton Plumbing and Heating

LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANT Briqhouse Bar & Grill Cu Restaurant Pump Haus Bar and Grill

ORTHODONTIST Chris Holohan, CV Orthodontics Dr. Freeseman Dr. Michael Hollen

HOME BUILDER Magee Construction Company Harting and Hunemuller Contractors LGC Kyle Larson

MARGARITAS Amigos Mexican Restaurant Carlos O’Kelley’s Chalapa’s

PAINT/WALLPAPER STORE Sherwin Williams Menards Diamond Vogel

MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR Russ O’ Connell - ROC Gym Lee E. Dawson - Seishin Ryu Karate Dennis Jensen - Jensen’s Ultimate Taekwondo

PEDIATRICIAN Brian Simms - DO-Covenant Jodi VanSickle - MD-Covenant Lori Shockley - MD-Covenant

FINANCIAL/INVESTMENT FSB Premier Wealth Management Financial Architects The Accel Group FITNESS CENTER Fighter Body Fitness Next Level Exreme Fitness Planet Fitness FLORIST Hy-Vee Bancroft’s Flowers Flowerama FOOD DELIVERY Jimmy Johns Chad’s Pizza & Restaurant East China FRESH VEGETABLES/FRUIT Hy-Vee Fareway Aldi FROZEN YOGURT Sassy Strawberry Brickhouse Frozen Yogurt Cherry Berry FULL SERVICE NAILS Diamond Nails L.A. Nails and Spa Diva Salon and Spa FUNERAL HOME Locke Funeral Home Hagarty Waychoff Grarup Funeral Service Richardson Funeral Home

HOME HEALTH AGENCY GENERAL SURGEON Comfort Care Neil McMahon - MD-Covenant Clinic Cedar Valley Hospice Jayson Gesme - MD-FACS-Cedar Valley Medical Specialist Covenant Home Health Robert Savereide - MD-Covenant



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PEST CONTROL Aable Pest Control Enviro-Pest Solutions Platinum Pest Control

PRE-SCHOOL Community United Child Care Centers Happy Time Orchard Hill Preschool

STATE/MIDWEST WEEKEND TRIP Chicago Des Moines Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo

PET GROOMING Advance Pet Care Clinic Compassionate Care Vet Clinic, Waverly Shaggy Chic Grooming Boutique

PROGRAM BENEFITING YOUTH Boys and Girls Club TNT Cheer Eucalyptus Tree - Cedar Valley Hospice

STEAK Texas Roadhouse LongHorn Steakhouse Bourbon Street Steakhouse

PHOTOGRAPHER Stricker Photography Click by Kate Nicole Harnois Photography

RADIO STATION K98.5 Life 101.9 KNWS 92.3

SUBS Sub City Jimmy John’s Subway

PHYSICAL THERAPIST Ray Harrington, PT-Cedar Valley Medical Specialists Dan McGrane - Summit Chiropractic & Physical Therapy Kristin Lehl - Agape Therapy

REAL ESTATE FIRM/BROKAGE/COMPANY Oakridge Realtors Amy Wienands Real Estate Century 21

SUNDAY BRUNCH Bourbon Street Steakhouse Farmer’s Pick Buffet Village Inn

PIZZA The Other Place Tony’s La Pizzeria Doughy Joey’s Peetza Joynt

REALTOR Amy Weinands Carl Ericson - Oakridge Realtors Dan Berregaard - Oakridge Realtors

SUSHI Sakura Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, Cedar Falls Soho Sushi Bar and Deli Tokyo Japenese Steakhouse

PLACE FOR LUNCH The Pump Haus Pub & Grill Briqhouse Bar & Grill Whiskey Road

RECEPTIONIST Berdell Schauls - Cedar Valley Hospice Carah Evans - Pawsitive Pet Care Julie Sinner - Cedar Valley Veterinary Center

TANNING SALON Key West Tanning Sun Tan City Carribean Tan

PLACE TO GO FOR FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Palmer’s Family Fun Lost Island Water Park Chuck E Cheese

REMODELER Magee Construction Company Koch Construction Jon Bronemann Carpentry and Handyman

TENDERLOIN Newton’s Paradise Cafe Town House Tenderloin Steamboat Gardens

PLACE TO GO ON FIRST DATE Whiskey Road Cu Restaurant Montage

RETIREMENT COMMUNITY Western Home Communities Friendship Village NewAldaya Lifescapes

TRAVEL AGENT Annie Humble Gougler - Humble Travel Maureen Payton - Travel Store Brady Gruhn - Lighthouse Travel

PLACE TO HAVE A BEER Briqhouse Bar & Grill Toads The Pump Haus Pub & Grill

RIBS Hickory House Famous Dave’s Whiskey Road

VETERINARIAN Lindsey Keller - Compassionate Care, Waverly Tom Taylor - Den Herder Vets, Waterloo Clif Paulsen - Cedar Valley Veterinary Center

PLACE TO SHOOT POOL Briqhouse Bar & Grill Zsavooz BJ’s Bar & Grill

SALAD BAR Hy-Vee Pizza Ranch Farmer’s Pick Buffet

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN Cheyan - Advanced Pet Care Clinic Jodi Hillman - Cedar Valley Veterinary Center Sarah Lursen - Compassionate Care, Waverly

PLUMBER Dalton Plumbing Heating & Cooling Bergen Plumbing Heating & Cooling Plumb Tech

SEAFOOD Red Lobster Bourbon Street Steakhouse Cu Restaurant

VIDEO STORE Family Video Netflix Redbox

PODIATRIST Richard Bremner - DPM-Covenant Arrowhead Clinic Gregg Lantz - Cedar Valley Podiatrist Ronald Kane - DPM-Covenant

SPORTS BAR Beck’s Taproom Grill Pepper’s Mulligan’s

WAITER/WAITRESS Ashley Huff - Otis & Henry’s ® Sami Dallenbach - Whiskey Road Alison Blake - Waterloo Brown Bottle

WINE SELECTION Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits Happy’s Wine and Spirits Luna Art and Wine

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Cedar Valley Orthodontics FIRST PLACE: ORTHODONTIST A promising business opportunity brought Chris Holahan to the Cedar Valley in 2007. But it has been the people and personal opportunities that have kept the Mason City native and his young family in the community. “We have been very fortunate and very blessed by the Cedar Valley area,” said Holahan in a 2012 Courier story when received a Courier 20 Under 40 honor. “It’s been great to us as far as friends and family and schools.” Holahan owns Cedar Valley Orthodontics, which specializes in straightening teeth and correcting bites, through braces or Invisalign. Holahan bought the practice from Robert Spencer in 2007. He moved the practice, Cedar Valley Orthodontics, from its longtime home on University Avenue to First Street in Cedar Falls one year later. Holahan earned his undergraduate and dental degrees from the University of Iowa and then served as a general

Cedar Valley Orthodontics

★★1704 W. First St., Suite C, Cedar Falls ★★(319) 277-7121 ★★

dentist in North Carolina. An interest in orthodontics then took him north to Rochester, Minn., where he studied at the Mayo Clinic before coming to Cedar Falls. He’s a member of the American Board of Orthodontics. “I was a general dentist for six years, and I always was fascinated by what orthodontists could do,” he said. “I chose to return to the Mayo Clinic and study orthodontics.” Holahan makes a specific treatment plan for each individual patient and takes care of patients as if they were family members. “Our staff is amazing at making the patient and family feel comfortable and at home in our office,” he said.


Dr. Chris Holahan and his staff at Cedar Valley Orthodontics would love to thank our amazing patients and their families for voting us The Best of the Best Orthodontist in the Cedar Valley.

You have made us all very proud!


1704 West First Street, Suite C | Cedar Falls, IA 50613 | (319) 277-7121


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Dan Deery Motors FIRST PLACE: AUTOMOTIVE DEALERSHIP, AUTOMOTIVE SALESPERSON HONORABLE MENTION: AUTO SERVICE, OIL CHANGE SERVICE, BRAKE SERVICE, AUTOMOTOVIE 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 do business with. At Dan Deery, customer satisfaction is our main emphasis, and our reward is your loyalty. This year, Dan Deery Motors won Best of the Best in the Cedar Valley in auto service, oil change service, brake service and automotive salesperson, and first place in overall auto dealership. Shane McCollow, sales representative at the Toyota location, won first place for automotive salesperson. Curt McCallum, sales representative at our turck center in Cedar Falls, also won Best of the Best in automotive sales. Dan Deery Motors is a locally-owned

Dan Deery Motors info

★★7404 University Ave., Cedar Falls ★★(319) 277-4500 ★★8 a.m. to 9 p.m

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-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 the Best automotive dealership.

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


Dan Deery Truck Center - Cedar Falls


Dan Deery Motor - Waterloo

Dan Deery Toyota-Scion - Cedar Falls

Thank You To All Our Customers For Voting Us Best Of The Best!! Dan Deery Toyota-Scion

Dan Deery Motor Co.


233-5000 University & Main, Cedar Falls 266-5500

7404 University Ave. Cedar Falls

3900 Alexandra Dr., Waterloo


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Magee Construction FIRST PLACE: HOME BUILDER, 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.” The goal at Magee Construction Company is to ensure that clients receive quality workmanship and close attention to detail from a staff that really listens to its customers. The staff will do everything possible to see that your project flows smoothly and is completed in a timely manner. They understand that roof replacement is just as important to one customer as a new home is to another. Magee’s well-trained staff will skillfully carry out your project from concept to completed construction. We make your dreams a reality. When subcontractors are required for various phases of your job, the company uses people who have proven that they can provide the kind of quality

Magee Construction

★★1705 Waterloo Road, Cedar Falls ★★(319) 277-0100 ★★7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. MondayFriday ★★

service Magee customers deserve. “We so enjoyed working with the professionals at Magee Construction on our backyard renovation,” said customers Bob and Susie Heaton of Waterloo. “They were willing to listen to our ideas but added their professional advice when their experience told them we would be happier with another option. Their design suggestions combined with our desires created an inviting and functional outdoor space for entertaining that we will enjoy for years to come. “The expertise, service and workmanship provided by the entire Magee team are exceptional and from start to finish we were in very capable hands. From our project supervisor to the many sub-contractors who worked on our project, all

“The expertise, service and workmanship provided by the entire Magee team are exceptional and from start to finish we were in very capable hands.” Bob and Susie Heaton of Waterloo, Magee Construction customers

were intent on making our project a total success. They routinely went above and beyond to ensure our timelines were met and the quality of their work was superb. We’ve received rave reviews on our backyard from friends and family and we’re

very proud to say the project was done by Magee Construction!” Magee Construction Company has completed over 5,000 successful residential projects in just the last 10 years. “Considering that we have been in business for over 30 years the total residential projects that have been completed in this area is huge,” said 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. “Thank you to all of the Cedar Valley area for your continued confidence in Magee Construction Company! We couldn’t be more proud than we are, being able to say ‘Your name may be on the house while you live there,, but our name is on it for the life of the house.’” Make Magee Construction your partner on your next project.

Magee is the

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Key to your remodel or new home construction

1st Place New Home CoNstruCtioN 1st Place remodeler To find out why we are the contractor of choice for so many of your friends and neighbors call or visit us Design/Build General Contractor

319-277-0100 •

New Home Construction | Insurance Restoration | New Commercial Construction | Remodeling & Additions Concrete | Office Remodeling | Outdoor Living | Roofing | Industrial Services

1705 Waterloo Road | Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613



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Oakridge Realtors FIRST PLACE: REAL ESTATE FIRM HONORABLE MENTION: REALTOR — DAN BERREGAARD, CARL ERICSON Now in its 34th year, Oakridge Realtors is the Cedar Valley’s largest real estate brokerage. Owners Dan Berregaard, Brian Page, Ann Lyons and Carl Ericson are proudly continuing a tradition of excellence that has earned them The Courier’s 2015 Best of the Best designation. Oakridge leadership attributes the company’s success to their 56 dedicated and highly trained agents. Oakridge associates participate in rigorous ongoing professional development programs to ensure that their clients benefit from working with the Cedar Valley’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

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key component of corporate citizenship. “The Pink Ribbon Run, Boys and Girls Club, Sartori Festival of Trees, Habitat for Humanity, GBPAC’s Beers to You, Cedar Falls Community Theatre, Hartman Reserve, College Hill Arts Festival, Cedar Valley Hospice, Love INC and The United Way are all organizations and events where our agents are giving back to the communities we serve,” said Lyons. “ We are especially excited to be a presenting sponsor

★★Owners: Dan Berregaard, Ann Lyons, Brian Page, Carl Ericson ★★3313 Terrace Drive, Cedar Falls ★★(319) 277-5005 ★★Office: 8:30 a.m.5 p.m. Monday-Friday; agents available seven days a week ★★

for the Pink Ribbon Run this year. “These are also examples of where we direct our corporate sponsorships and contributions. While we understand the importance of investing in our agents we also recognize the value of investing in our

communities,” added Berregaard. 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. Ericson and Page direct the deployment of technology at Oakridge. “Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and an upgraded interactive website are all tools that Oakridge agents utilize to facilitate making the buyer-seller connection,” Page said. Ericson adds, “A strong online presence is essential in today’s real estate market.” As Courier Communications’ Best of the Best real estate firm for the eighth consecutive year, Oakridge Realtors has made their case: In the Cedar Valley, we “Trust the Leader!”


Kathy Albert 239-9949

Jerry Albert 239-9948

Staci Augustine 404-1166

Ashley Backes 240-4192

Ryan Backes 240-5039

Becky Bartlett 269-8999

Luke Bartlett 269-1651

Peter Beck 269-0088

Kathye Bedard 231-4587

Emsad Begic 239-8663

Dan Berregaard 269-1549

Don Betts 240-2784

Josh Bey 464-2607

Gale Bonsall 231-9700

Rick Brown 290-6415

Nicole Burns 939-1138

Carolyn Christenson 231-6181

Tom Crotty 239-8940

Linda Curran 404-7645

Carl Ericson 504-3640

Kevin Evans 215-6215

Matt Everts 269-7048

Kathryn Marold Fain 290-8104

Dan Gutknecht 240-3739

Nicole Happel 239-0456

Tom Herzmann 961-0452

Erin Hinton 883-6623

Bob Hoppes 239-0573

Melissa Jorgensen 404-3489

Sara Junaid 883-5008

Greg Kastli 230-0719

Megan Kremer 830-2038

Denny Lenth 231-3609

Diane Litton 504-6686

Ann Lyons 269-1384

Bryn Mangrich 239-7815

Jim McCarty 231-6355

Mary McCarty 231-8510

Travis McCarty 504-8498

Debbie Metcalf 404-4778

Emily O’Connell 883-0504

Brad Page 404-8899

Brian Page 231-7722

Jennie Plummer 240-2777

Julie Bell 240-6234

Tanya Kirkpatrick 277-5005

Patty Rausa 269-1940

Gary Rohwedder 290-0738

Eric Rose 961-4005

Paula Schoof 239-7806

Jamie Stickfort 939-3003

Kristi Tibben 404-9888

Steve Tripolino 239-4318

Dave Vandeventer 269-2461

Jackie Walton 231-1316

Sue Willett 830-2486

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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 eighth consecutive year.

Thank you for your vote and your business.

Thank you for choosing me to be Your Friend in Real Estate!

It is my pleasure to serve the Cedar Valley! DAN BERREGAARD


(319) 269-1549

(319) 504-3640

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★★Owner: Heidi Tietz De Silva ★★2275 Independence Ave., Waterloo ★★234-6883; toll-free (866) 280-4084 ★★8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, phone answered 24/7 ★★ — Like Us on Facebook ★★Full-service florist, garden center/greenhouse, interior plantscape, delivery

4 Queens Dairy Cream FIRST PLACE: ICE CREAM HONORABLE MENTION: DESSERT, DRIVE-UP SERVICE ★★1310 W. First St., Cedar Falls, (319) 266-3647 ★★207 E. Tower Park Drive, Waterloo, (319) 232-1600 ★★3640 Lafayette Road, Evansdale (319) 233-4164 ★★Seasonally, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday ★★

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Waterloo Golf Headquarters FIRST PLACE: GOLF EQUIPMENT

★★Owner: Mike Schuchmann ★★2020 Bopp St., Waterloo ★★(319) 232-3979 ★★9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

2020 Bopp St. Waterloo


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115 Main Street - Cedar Falls - Iowa - 50613

Black Hawk Hotel HONORABLE MENTION: HOTEL/MOTEL ★★Owners: Dan and Kathy Tindall ★★115 Main St., Cedar Falls ★★(319) 277-1161 ★★

“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 Awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013, 2014, 2015 Best of Best in Hotel/Motel Category 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, 2015

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J’s Homestyle Cooking HONORABLE MENTION: BREAKFAST ★★Owner: Janice Power ★★1724 W. 31st St., Cedar Falls ★★(319) 266-3199 ★★5:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday ★★

1724 W 31st street Cedar Falls, IA 50613


"Come as a stranger... leave as family"

Community Electric Inc. HONORABLE MENTION: ELECTRICIAN ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★

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

Owner: Mike Palmer 1510 Falls Ave., Waterloo (319) 234-2580 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

510 Falls Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701 • (319) 234-2580

Sun Tan City HONORABLE MENTION: TANNING SALON ★★3856 Hammond Ave., Waterloo, 235-8002 ★★5925 University Ave., Cedar Falls, 277-1522 ★★






Great Cycle Brands FIRST PLACE: CHILDREN’S CLOTHES FIRST PLACE: BEST PLACE TO BUY VIDEO GAMES HONORABLE MENTION: FURNITURE, CONSIGNMENT Great Cycle Brands is the parent company of both Neighborhood Closet and VidCycle. The mission statement of both stores is to improve the quality of life by selling great products that people need and want during difficult economic times. “During tough economic times our stores are built to do very well, and though we are not yet technically in a recession it is very true that the middle class has to look for creative ways to offset the higher costs they are seeing in areas like education, healthcare, medicine, food, etc.,” said company president Matthew Schneider. “The real secret of our mission though is our people and our core Values. We go out of our way to look for the right people, the people that have these core values. It makes for an excellent environment! When you visit a Neighborhood Closet, or VidCycle store you will also see the core values in the store hung with pride. 1. Obsess over customer service. 2. Have fun and make the most of today! 3. Good is the enemy of great. 4. Be adventurous, creative and openminded. 5. Be frugal and avoid unnecessary debt. 6. Make daily improvements. 7. Pursue daily growth and learning. 8. Be determined and hardworking. 9. Be honest and transparent. 10. Be confident but humble.

Neighborhood Closet

“There is nothing more rewarding than having a customer that says they saved enough money on a furniture set from us set to take a family vacation, or they saved enough money to pay their bills next month. This says to us that we are fulfilling our mission,” said Vice President and Furniture Manager Amy Schneider. Evansdale store managers Brody Knutson, who has been with the company eight years, and Duane Melsh, who has nine years with the company, say people love being able to save hundreds of dollars on the things they need. We’re excited this fall to roll out brand new flat-screen TVs to compliment our new furniture and new mattresses. Neighborhood Closet looks for ways to source quality products as close to home as

Neighborhood Closet

★ 1305 W. Bremer Ave., Waverly; (319) 352-4888 ★ 3552 Lafayette Road, Evansdale; (319) 235-9621 ★ 9 a.m.-8 p.m. MondaySaturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday ★


★ 205 E. San Marnan Dr., Waterloo ★ (319) 234-0204 ★ 10 a.m.-10 p.m. MondaySaturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

“When I started the company had six video rental stores, but with the advent of streaming we made the decision to go a totally different direction. This Waterloo location was converted to VidCycle.” possible, then looks for ways to save costs to bring those products to the customer. For example, they formed a partnership with Ashley Furniture in Wisconsin. They then partnered with a local trucking company to backhaul entire loads of furniture. Those freight savings go directly to the customer. Neighborhood Closet partnered with Symbol Mattress in Watertown, Wis., to custom build a mattress line specifically for the Neighborhood Closet customer. Marketing Director Samantha Speicher worked with Symbol to create the Refreshed Collection. “We wanted to create the highest quality beds possible while keeping the cost to the customer right around $500 for a queen. The mattresses are built incredibly well with warranties from 15 to 25 years, depending on the model. If $500 is out of your budget we have 17 other models that we carry for less, with twins starting at $55. That is the lowest price in the area, if not the state.

There are three major departments at the Neighborhood Closet: furniture, mattresses and apparel. (The Evansdale Neighborhood Closet only carries furniture and mattresses) Thousands of Neighborhood Closet’s suppliers are right from the community. “We pay cash on the spot for gently used kid’s clothes and baby equipment,” said Children’s Manager Nettie Petersen. Waverly Store Manager Erica Holtzman, who has been with the company for 10 years, said “buying gently used is a great way to save a lot of money. The Women’s clothing, and housewares are consigned. Gently used is a great way to save money while earning money on items you can no longer use.”


VidCycle has seen many changes since it began five years ago. Jake Burns, store manager at VidCycle, began with Vidcycle five years ago. “When I started the company had six

Jake Burns, VidCylce manager video rental stores, but with the advent of streaming we made the decision to go a totally different direction. This Waterloo location was converted to VidCycle.” VidCycle buys gently used video games and DVDs, then refurbishes them to be as good as new and sells them at a huge discount from the price of a new game or movie. VidCycle carries all the brand-new games as well, which they sell for $10 less than chain stores. True to the company’s mission of improving quality of life by selling great products that people want and need during difficult economic times, VidCycle has also diversified into vaping products. “Vaping is a great way to get away from the harmful effects of smoking while saving a ton of money,” Burns said. “Seeing customers get away from cigarettes and saving money is very rewarding.” The BEST OF THE BEST Courier

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley FIRST PLACE: PROGRAM BENEFITTING YOUTH

Thanks to our kids, staff, board, and community for making us “Best of the Best�

★★515 Lime St., Waterloo ★★(319) 234-2839 ★★


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

Stickfort Electric Serving the Cedar Valley since 1957


★★500 E. Fourth St., Waterloo ★★(319) 291-1200 ★★

Residential | Commercial | Industrial

(319) 266-5438

HONORABLE MENTION: ELECTRICIAN ★★ Owner: Tom Stickfort ★★ 201 E. 22nd St., Cedar Falls ★★ (319) 266-5438 ★★ 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday ★★

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People’s Appliance FIRST PLACE: APPLIANCE STORE ★★Locally owned and operated for over 65 years ★★451 La Porte Road, Waterloo ★★8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

Friday, September 25, 2015 The BEST OF THE BEST Courier

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FIRST PLACE: CAR WASH ★Owner: ★ Rocky Loveland ★224 ★ Tower Park Drive, Waterloo ★(319) ★ 236-6802 ★8 a.m.-6 p.m. ★ Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday ★ ★




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Dan Deery Toyota FIRST PLACE: AUTO SALESPERSON – SHANE McCOLLOW ★★7404 University Ave., Cedar Falls ★★(319) 277-4500 ★★8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday ★★

TnK Health Food Store HONORABLE MENTION: HEALTH AND NATURAL FOODS ★★Owners: John and Marilyn Bartels ★★1023 Peoples Square, Waterloo ★★(319) 235-0246 ★★9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 9 a.m.4 p.m. Saturday ★★

Koch Construction HONORABLE MENTION: REMODELER ★★Owners: Jeff and Mark Koch ★★215 Main St., Cedar Falls ★★(319) 266-0807 ★★8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday ★★

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

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Mail orders welcome • 319-235-0246 1023 Peoples Square • Waterloo, Iowa 50702




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Friday, September 25, 2015

Diamond Nails FIRST PLACE: FULL SERVICE NAILS At Diamond Nails, most of our nails technicians have had their licenses for more than 10 years. We know how to make things right! All of our pedicures here come with a hot stone massage and warm towel wraps during the cold winter months. We carry Nu Skin organic products for Diamond pedicures and manicures, and we provide natural SNS dipping powder for customers who like to keep their natural nails healthy and strong. We have a lot of products t hat other nail salons don’t carry. We make sure 100 percent that our shop is clean and well sanitized and use top-of-the-line polish like OPI. We make sure that all customers are satisfied with our services and walk out the

Diamond Nails

★★Owner: Thuyen Nguyen ★★2060 Sovia Drive, Suite 108, Waterloo ★★(319) 883-3064 ★★8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. Saturday

door with a smile on their face. We guarantee our services and we promise to do the best of the best. We just opened this salon 9 months ago in the Cedar Valley and didn’t expect, yet, to receive a Best of the Best award. But we believe in our customers and they believe in us. This is our first year in business and we are so happy that our customers voted us Best of the Best.

Professional Nail Care for Ladies and Gentlemen

Our cuStOmerS make uS BeSt Of the BeSt!

2060 Sovia Dr. Ste. 108, Waterloo


M-F: 8:30am-7:30pm • Sat: 8:30am-5:30pm


Friday, September 25, 2015 The BEST OF THE BEST Courier

Morg’s Diner

Bergen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc.

FIRST PLACE: BREAKFAST On any given day, one can find a good mix of people starting off the morning with breakfast at a small diner across the street from downtown’s Lincoln Park. Around town, it’s well known that Morg’s Diner’s home-cooked meals fill the belly and warm the soul. “I think we are one of the most diverse restaurants in Waterloo. We get everybody and anybody,” said Sam Ludwig, a former waitress turned co-owner at Morg’s Diner. Factory workers coming off shift, attorneys getting ready for the day and retirees catching up with friends mingle over fresh pancakes, hash browns and orange juice. The place is usually packed, and the prices are reasonable.

Morg’s Diner


★★520 Mulberry St., Waterloo ★★(319) 234-2416 ★★6 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6 a.m.1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Although Morg ’s is famous for its breakfast, Ludwig said the restaurant is also busy over the lunch hour. A staple since 1945, Morg’s was started across the river on West Fourth Street by H.W. Morgenson. The second location on Mulberry Street, the one that remains today, opened in 1960. Ludwig owns the business with Ron Goodwin. Over the years, the res-

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taurant has kept its character. Ludwig can’t imagine expanding and running a restaurant with 10 or 15 servers, a place where the customers don’t know the waitresses or the cooks. “I don’t want to lose anything that is Morg’s,” she said. “We just do the same thing every day. We try to remember their names and try to remember their orders. I think people like that when they come in, and you know them by name,” she said.

Monday-Friday: 6 AM-2 PM Saturday & Sunday: Saturda 6 AM-1 PM

Bergen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. serves the Cedar Valley by offering professional service at a fair value, while supplying great benefits and competitive wages to their employees. Employees have more than 300 years of combined experience. B e rge n h o l d s m a s te rs COURTESY PHOTO licenses in all of the staterecognized disciplines and recently training center to help their technicians completed a classroom and hands-on and apprentices learn the best practices to serve customers. Bergen prides itself on treating every Bergen Plumbing, customer like they are the only cusHeating & Cooling Inc. tomer, focusing on the task at hand and ★★Owner: Matt Gardner going the extra mile. Those details lead ★★35 Fletcher Ave., Waterloo to a large number of client referrals from ★★(319) 234-1404 satisfied customers. ★★8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 24/7 Bergen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling emergency service Inc. is a previous Best of the Best hon★★ oree in plumbing and HVAC services.

Thank you for recognizing us among the Best of the Best! Pros are on the way!

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35 Fletcher Ave. Waterloo Waterloo: 319-234-1404 • Cedar Falls: 319-277-1462 • Service Available 24/7





Stuff Etc.

Moo Roo Hansen’s Dairy



Thank you to all our customers and consignors! We think YOU are the BEST! We carry everything for the home, from clothing for all ages to home decor, housewares, furniture, sporting goods, electronics and more. Check out our selection of new mattresses from Corsicana and MidWest Sleep. We have added an additional building right next door to carry even more great furniture. We now total 30,000 square feet of sales area, and hundreds of people see your items for sale daily. We are a previous Best of the Best winner. Locally owned and operated, we employ 35 people here in the Cedar Valley. We are celebrating our fifth anniversary this fall, and were the first franchise to open under the guidance of the Stuff Etc. stores in Iowa City, Coralville and Cedar Rapids. There are now also other franchise Stuff Etc. stores in Davenport and Ankeny. Come in and check us out. We’ll continue working hard to earn your vote again next year!

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★ 1210 Flammang Drive, Waterloo ★ (319) 233-8009 ★ 9 a.m.-8 p.m. MondaySaturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday ★



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The Hansen Dairy Farm has been in the family since 1864, and dairy cows have been milked here since the 1950s. When all four sons decided to come back and work on the farm, we built our own creamery. The ice cream retail store was a logical extension of that. We sell old-fashioned, premium hard ice cream treats with the ice cream made on the farm in Hudson. It is slow-churned the old-fashioned way. We also sell our own milk, cheese curds, butter, cream and ground beef, plus a variety of products from local farmers and entrepreneurs. We pride ourselves on customer service and a family-friendly atmosphere.


Moo Roo Hansen’s Dairy

★ 3015 Kimball Ave., Waterloo ★ (319) 234-3309 ★ 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday ★

The farm is owned by Jay and Jeanne Hansen, along with their sons Brent, Brad, Blair and Blake. Jay and Jeanne have received Master Farmer awards, and the farm

was presented a Heritage Farm award from the Iowa Farm Bureau for 150 years in business. Hansen Dairy was named one of CNN’s 5 Mouthwatering Ice Cream Tours in 2011.


H 16 flavors of hard ice cream plus soft-serve H Sundaes, splits, floats, homemade waffle cones H Ice cream cakes and cookie sandwiches H Hansen’s milk, butter, cheese curds, cream H Local meats, eggs, produce, coffee, breads, honey

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Moo Roo Hansen’s Dairy 3015 Kimball Ave., Waterloo, Iowa (319) 234-3309 Mon-Sat: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. • Sun: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. •

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Briqhouse Bar & Grill FIRST PLACE: LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANT, BEST PLACE TO HAVE A BEER, BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL HONORABLE MENTION: APPETIZER, CHEAP EATS, DINNER, GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT, HAMBURGER, HAPPY, PLACE FOR LUNCH Where sports bar meets family restaurant, Briqhouse Bar & Grill is the Briqhouse Bar & Grill place to be. Whether you’re in the ★★Owners: Anthony King, Chad mood for a beer while you watch a game Barnett, Lorenzo Forristall or want to have a great meal with your ★★307 W. Fifth St., Waterloo ★★(319) 233-4131 family, we have just what you’re look★★11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondaying for. Stop in to Briqhouse Bar & Grill Sunday today for a one-of-a-kind upscale bar ★★ and restaurant experience. Specializing in made-from-scratch American cuisine, Briqhouse Bar & Grill prides itself on providing top-notch fresh bar food with a twist. Our chef prepares our menu daily, adding a personal touch to ensure you can’t get a meal like this from any other bar or restaurant. Come in and see why everyone is saying we have the best burgers in Waterloo. Briqhouse Bar & Grill is an upscale sports bar with a family restaurant feel. We have a full-service bar and a game cials. room complete with pool tables, a juke Briqhouse Bar & Grill opened four box and videogames. Take advantage of years ago and owned by Anthony King, our daily lunch, dinner and drink spe- Chad Barnett and Lorenzo Forristall.

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Cedar Valley Hospice FIRST PLACE: RECEPTIONIST — BERDELL SCHAULS HONORABLE MENTION: HOME HEALTH AGENCY; PROGRAM BENEFITTING YOUTH — EUCALYPTUS TREE; MEDICAL STAFF MEMBER — DEB CARD Cedar Valley Hospice is a family of experts and the original hospice provider in this area. As a not-for-profit, mission driven organization, it has been a privilege to serve your family, friends and neighbors for 36 years. Beyond specializing in caring for those who have a terminal illness and have a prognosis of six months or less to live, Cedar Valley Hospice also serves hundreds more annually through our community grief support programs, palliative care and HIV/AIDS case management. An interdisciplinary team of professionals care for patients and families, individualizing a plan of care, managing pain and providing family support with an emphasis on Making Each Moment Matter. Offices are located in Waterloo, Waverly, Independence and Grundy Center. Choosing Cedar Valley Hospice

Cedar Valley Hospice

★★Waterloo office: 2101 Kimball Ave., Suite 401 ★★(319) 272-2002, (800) 617-1972 ★★Hospice Home: 2001 Kimball Ave., Waterloo ★★(319) 272-1771 ★★Grundy Center office: 310 E. G Ave. ★★(319) 824-3868 ★★Independence office: 801 First St. E ★★(319) 334-6960 ★★Waverly office: 207 20th St. NW ★★(319) 352-1274 ★★

over other providers allows you to be surrounded by loved ones and supported by experts. It’s never too soon to call and ask how Cedar Valley Hospice can help your friends or loved ones. Call (319) 272-2002 or visit

We are honored to be recognized by the community we’ve served for over 36 years. Cedar Valley Hospice

Berdell Schauls

Honorable Mention- Home Health Agency

1st place- Receptionist

Eucalyptus Tree program Honorable Mention- Program Benefiting Youth

Debra Card Honorable Mention Medical Staff Member

You have a choice in hospice providers.

307 W. 5th St., Waterloo | 319-233-4131 | Open Daily 11am-2am

By asking for Cedar Valley Hospice, you can be surrounded by loved ones and supported by experts. 319.272.2002 :: :: 800.617.1972 waterloo . independence . grundy center . waverly . hospice home

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Newton’s Paradise Cafe FIRST PLACE: TENDERLOIN HONORABLE MENTION: BREAKFAST ★★Owner: Jim Walsh ★★128 E. Fourth St., Waterloo ★★(319) 234-0280 ★★6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday ★★

(319) 266-5500 1-800-728-4501

Dan Deery Motors

Dan Deery Motors


University & Main Street, Cedar Falls, IA Curt McCallum

★★201 E. 22nd St., Cedar Falls ★★(319) 266-5500 ★★8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday ★★

You Want More... You Get More!

Knox Eye Care

Visit us and sEE why wE’rE among thE

Best of the Best! Dr. Bradley Knox, O.D.

HONORABLE MENTION: EYE DOCTOR ★★Owner: Dr. Bradley Knox, O.D. ★★1030 Alabar Ave., Waterloo ★★(319) 233-5096 ★★9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday ★★

Sales Consultant

Doctor of Optometry 1030 Alabar Plaza, Waterloo • 319-233-5096 •

Don’s TV Maximum Sight & Sound HONORABLE MENTION: ELECTRONIC STORE ★★ Owner: Terry Root ★★ 4017 University Ave., Waterloo ★★ (319) 234-0344 ★★ 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday ★★

Thank you

cedar Valley for voting us

best of the best electronic store!

4017 UNIVERSITY AVE., WATERLOO, IA • 319-234-0344 •



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Friday, September 25, 2015

Fighterbody Fitness FIRST PLACE: FITNESS CENTER We have been involved in fitness, sports and strength training for roughly a dozen years, and Fighterbody began in 2011. Everyone at Fighterbody Fitness is in this business because of the members and the difference we make in their lives. The one thing that sets us apart from other programs is the variety in our classes — kickboxing, strength training, cardio, sprint regimens and plyos, and nutritional planning. No two days are ever the same. We have the best trainers and employees in the Cedar Valley. We are proud of their abilities and dedication. These superheroes are Jason Chambers, Andy Mundt, Toni Harris, Randi Krull, Corbin Payne, Shannon Collins, Karlee Dresen and Lexi Schoonmaker. Also, we give a special thanks to Val Hoy. Our people thoroughly know what they are doing and bring amazing energy to our classes. We have 100 percent customer service attitude to our business. Our customers always come first. Our classes offer tons of variety,

Fighterbody Fitness

★★1045 Southtown Drive, Waterloo, (319) 883-3515 ★★Cedar Falls Rec Center, 13th and Main streets ★★

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Fitness massive results and, with suggested modifications, give a great workout regardless of age, ability or level of fitness. Our people know we love and care about them, and in return they work hard for us. No award or recognition tops that. We offer all new members a free week to try our program without obligation. We have locations in Waterloo across from Home Depot and at the Cedar Falls Rec Center. We would like to thank the grace of God and our beloved customers for this gracious award.




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Lillian’s of Grundy Center FIRST PLACE: WOMEN’S CLOTHING HONORABLE MENTION: WOMEN’S ACCESSORIES ★★Owner: Renae Hockemeyer ★★612 G Ave., Grundy Center ★★(319) 833-0331 ★★11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday ★★

Thank you


Greater Cedar Valley for voting us Best of the Best for places to shop for women's clothing and accessories!

We have something for everyone sizes Small-3XL and lots of great accessories too! 612 G Ave, Grundy Center 319-883-0331

would like to Congratulate

Cost Cutters

Stacey Morris

FIRST PLACE: BEAUTICIAN/BARBER — STACEY MORRIS ★★Owners: Cheryl Anderberg, Bertil Anderberg ★★5901 University Ave., Cedar Falls ★★(319) 277-7520 ★★9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Beautician/Barber Blackhawk Village in front of kohl’s

5901 University Ave. Ste. 3 • Cedar Falls • Iowa




For 87 years, Gates Park Golf Course has specialized in the game of golf. We can help your game get better through lessons, provide a weekly playing opportunity through leagues, s pa assist your charity in te raising money through tournaments or give Golf Course your company a fun day 1928 away from the office through a golf event. The entire staff of Gates Park Golf Course is committed to providing a wellmaintained, playable golf course in a positive and fun environment. Great golf course, great conditions and great fun! Maybe that’s our secret to success! Golf manager JB Bolger is in his 10th golf season in his position with the City of Waterloo. Head superintendent Bob Jorgensen has worked for the City of Waterloo for eight years and at Gates Park for two years. Nate Lubs, head PGA professional, has been in the golf business for 17 years and has been the head PGA pro at Gates Park for six years. Customers should know that when

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★★820 E. Donald St., Waterloo ★★(319) 291-4485 ★★ ★★www.waterlooleisureservices. org/golf

(319) 277-7520

Thank you Cedar Valley for VoTing gaTes #1.


Upcoming events at Gates Park Golf Course: Saturday, October 3rd – Chili Open, 9am Shotgun Start Saturday, October 24th – Heaven & Hell Tournament, 10am Shotgun Start COURTESY PHOTO

they come to play Gates Park that they will get to play a great golf course for a reasonable price and will enjoy their day. Our staff will do anything we can to ensure that happens.

Call the clubhouse for more details: 319-291-4485 820 East Donald Street, Waterloo Nate Lubs, PGA Professional


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Kimball & Beecher Family Dentistry FIRST PLACE: DENTIST — ERIC KIMBALL HONORABLE MENTION: DENTIST — BEAU BEECHER We are a six-member group dental practice offering general dentistry services to people of all ages. We emphasize preventive care, with prompt attention given to patients with emergencies. Drs. Beau Beecher, Eric Kimball, Brian Bouck, Brian Andersen, Lindsey Vore and Hannah Anderson earned dental degrees from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Beecher studied laser dentistry and sleep apnea, Kimball has specific training in cosmetic and implant dentistry, and Bouck has a sedation license. Our team is absolutely our secret to being Best of the Best. We are fortunate to have fantastic 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, porcelain veneers, dental implants, toothcolored filings, metal-free crowns, dentures and partials, gum care, root canal, TMJ, Invisalign and teeth whitening. Our practice was one of the first in the Cedar Valley to use digital X-rays, which expose patients to 80 percent less radiation than traditional film X-rays. We spend well over 100 hours a year training our staff to serve our patients best. With the amazing staff we have we are able to serve more in the community in a way that is compassionate and genuine. Each one of our dental assistants are put through specific training to

Kimball & Beecher Dentistry

★★4015 Hurst Drive, Waterloo ★★(319) 235-6287 ★★3217 Cedar Heights Drive, Cedar Falls ★★(319) 277-6921 ★★8 a.m.-5 p.m. MondayThursday; 8 a.m.-noon Friday ★★

allow them expanded functions to better treat our patients. Each of our dental hygienists are licensed and certified with nitrous oxide training and local anesthesia to provide better patient comfort. Our clinical and administrative team goes above and beyond to ensure high-quality care and patient follow-up. Our financial and insurance coordinators see that you

get the dentistry done that you deserve. We also are committed to giving back to our community. This September we participated in our first annual Dentistry from the Heart, a program that provides free dental care to the uninsured and underinsured, and every spring we hold the Give Kids a Smile in the Cedar Valley event. We also provide financial support to the Boys & Girls Club, House of Hope, Pink Ribbon Run/Beyond Pink Team, in addition to area schools. Our patients have made us who we are today with their continued trust, patronage and referrals of friends and family. We truly enjoy meeting and getting to know every single patient and, more importantly, treating them like family. We like to think, “We Make the Cedar Valley Smile”!

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4015 Hurst Drive, Waterloo

319-505-8200 3217 CeDar HeigHts Drive, CeDar Falls 319-242-3330



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Lost Island Water Park FIRST PLACE: LOCAL/STATE DAY TRIP HONORABLE MENTION: FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Spend a day at Lost Island Water Park and you’ll quickly learn why Trip Advisor named them a Top 10 Water Park in the United States in 2015 (as featured in USA Today). This recognition is a testament to Lost Island’s philosophy of continually reinvesting resources in their property and attractions. Like most other years, 2015 saw several improvements and additions. A revamped website allows users a convenient way to purchase tickets, reserve cabanas and research all the slides and water attractions. In addition to their deluxe cabanas, Lost Island introduced standard cabanas in 2015. The cabanas offer privacy, shade and storage for family outings. Also in 2015, the park saw a complete overhaul of one of its children’s play areas. The brand new Tahiti Village is an interactive tree house structure complete with a 100-gallon tipping bucket, slides and wading pool. Oh, and did we Lost Island Water Park mention Lost Island ★★2225 E. Shaulis Road, is home to Iowa’s Waterloo only live mermaid? ★★10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily, Attendance June-August reached near-record ★★(319) 233-8414 ★★ levels this summer, second only to 2007’s highly successful season. That’s saying a lot, considering there’s more competition in the industry than there was previously. Lost Island also offers plenty of food options for guests spending the day. Two full menu cafés offer everything from burgers and pizza to wraps and tacos. Cool refreshments are also available, like Dole Whip, ice cream, smoothies, root beer floats and more. And let’s not forget about the rides and water features, the stars of the show! Lost Island’s 11 major water slides and six water attractions include a hydromagnetic water coaster, lazy river, wave pool, speed slide, family raft ride and ample kids’ attractions. There is something for everyone. When the gates open each day, the highest priority of Lost Island’s lifeguard staff is simple: Safety. Lost Island lifeguards have received honors from Jeff Ellis & Associates for performance, and the park has been recognized by the World Waterpark Association. Training and testing begins before the season starts and continues all throughout the summer. Community is important to Lost Island. Lost Island hosted several events in 2015, including Dog Day with Cedar Bend Humane Society, food and school supplies drives, and a crowd favorite — the Oldest Person Down the Speed Slide contest. Lost Island’s commitment to guests is second to none. Next year looks to be another great year for Lost Island. The wheels of progress are always turning at Lost Island, so start making your plans to visit next season. You could even reserve a campsite across the road at KOA, where guests receive discounted water park tickets. So, on behalf of Lost Island’s staff and management, mahalo!


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TOP 10 Water Park in the United StateS

2225 E. Shaulis Road • Waterloo, IA




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Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning FIRST PLACE: HEATING/COOLING Mike Fereday, owner of Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning, has been in the business for 40 years. During its years of operation, the company’s dedication to professional workmanship and superior customer service resulted in substantial growth. Employees of Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning work tirelessly to do the job right and in a timely manner, allowing the company to take on a much greater work load. Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning has formed many successful working relationships with a number of builders and contractors in the area. The company has expanded commercial operations and continues to serve the residential portion of their business with the professional work customers have come to expect. Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning is now a full-service HVAC contractor, providing commercial and residential services, including new construction. They also do commercial kitchen hoods and ventilation service and installment, as well as second opinions on equipment other companies have said needs replaced. “I believe being honest, fair and dependable

Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning

★★Owner: Mike Fereday ★★827 W. Fifth St., Waterloo ★★(319) 232-0900 ★★Services offered 24/7 ★★

are the keys to being the best,” Fereday said. “Having our customers feel comfortable and confident that we are treating them in a professional way. I have one of the best groups of employees in the state.” Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning received the Lennox Centurion award in recognition of outstanding dealer performance as well as premier dealer certification for exceptional service and commitment to total customer satisfaction. Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help with questions and concerns to ensure all customers are 100 percent satisfied. The company prides itself on treating customers they way they would like to be treated.

Make it Mike, a naMe yoU Can trUst!

Cedar Valley

Aaron Motsinger

For Making Us

Mike Fereday

Best oF the Best!

Austin Majeres

Deb Myers

Kevin Fereday

Tim Fereday

827 W 5th st.,Waterloo Waterloo: 319-232-0900 Cedar Falls: 319-277-1091 Waverly: 319-352-4099

Jacob Pratt

Jeremy Bishop

Aaron Windberg

Brian McCully

Doug Gilles

Jay Kimble

Joe Avis

Matt Obrien

Mike Swisher

Steve Broell

Tanner Thiesse

Patty Steils

Matt Hum

Justin Wedeking

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Cedar Valley Electric FIRST PLACE: ELECTRICIAN Cedar Valley Electric would like to say thank you to all our existing customers for voting us Best of the Best electrician five years in a row. Rick Dumler, owner, commented, “We strive every day to provide services to the Cedar Valley area that the public can expect and trust.” Cedar Valley ElecCedar Valley tric specializes in Electric residential and com★★Owner: Rick Dumler mercial wiring. This ★★5743 Westminster includes new homes, Drive, Cedar Falls service updates and ★★(319) 266-1134 remodeling, along ★★www.cedarvalley with design and out of larger commercial projects. Cedar Valley Electric has been serving the area since 1998. Nick Dirks, project coordinator and estimator, said, “The people who work for Cedar Valley Electric set our work reputation above the rest. Employees are professional, trustworthy and take each job personally. We take a lot of pride in knowing we stand behind every job – our customers’ satisfaction comes before all else.” Again, we thank our existing customers and invite new customers to try Cedar Valley Electric to see what sets us apart. Call Rick or Nick today and let Cedar Valley Electric help you with your next project.


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Wapsie Pines Lawn Care & Landscaping

Silver Eagle Harley Davidson/ Yamaha Power Sports



Wapsie Pines Lawn Care & Landscaping began 13 years ago as a lawn care business. It has since expanded to include landscaping, a retail nursery and greenhouse, snow removal, seasonal lighting, irrigation and Kris Kringle’s Christmas tree farm. Owned by Danny Moulds, Wapsie Pines Lawn Care & Landscaping is your one-phone-call company to improve your outdoor living space. We are large enough that we offer many different services, but small enough that we recognize our customers by name. Our mission is to enhance the enjoyment of your outdoor living space by providing landscaping, lawn care and irrigation services, as well as quality greenhouse products. Moulds has a horticulture degree from Hawkeye Community College and grew up working in the family’s Christmas tree business.

Wapsie Pines Lawn Care & Landscaping ★★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 ★★

We have two landscape designers to serve residential and commercial markets, including settings such as the University of Northern Iowa and John Deere.

Thank YouCedar Valley for seLectinG us as Best of the Best

Greenhouse & LandscapinG • Landscaping • Fertilizing • Irrigation Systems & Maintenance • Nursery & Greenhouse • Mowing • Weed Control

Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson/Yamaha is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year. The dealership was purchased in 2005 and added the Yamaha dealership in 2011. They attribute their success in the Cedar Valley to loyal customers and the best staff in the business. Both groups have one thing in common – a love of motorcycles and the great outdoors. They offer new and pre-owned Harley-Davidson m o to rcyc l e s, Yamaha Motorcycles, Waverunners, ATV’s and a large selection of other pre-owned brands including Kawasakis, Hondas, etc. Their award-winning service department managed by Reece Murphey has a staff of factory-trained technicians, who offer same-day service with “Express Lane.”

Silver Eagle Harley Davidson/ Yamaha Power Sports

★★4022 Sergeant Road (Highways 63 & 20), Waterloo ★★(319) 235-6505; 800-3Harley ★★

“Our service department is a full-service motorcycle repair center with the latest factory equipment needed to diagnose and properly repair your motorcycle. Our team of professionals offers expert service and first-class customer care. The customer’s satisfaction is always our No. 1 goal,” said Murphey. They pride themselves in having the best selection in the region for must-have merchandise sure to fit any biker’s needs and desires. Owners Anthony & Vince Lumetta truly believe in giving back to the community by supporting local charities and sponsoring countless activities in the Cedar Valley.

Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson/Yamaha Power Sports

THANK YOU to our loyal customers for voting us #1 Motorcycle and #1 ATV Dealer 9 years in a row!!

We are pleased to serve all your Motorcycle and ATV needs.

• Aeration • Grass Seeding • Finish Hydro Seeding • Organic Fertilizing • Lawn Cleanups • Retaining Walls • Landscape Lighting • Patios • Outdoor Fire Pits & Kitchens • Custom Design Wapsie Pines has served the customers of the Cedar Valley for the past 13 years by providing the Best Service, Product, Designs, Customer Service and Care. Let your yard be the talk of the neighborhood… Call us Today!


Nursery Located at: 5220 West Bennington Rd. 2 1/2m. North of Cedar Falls off HWY 218

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! 1-800-3Harley | Highway 63 S. & 20 – Waterloo |

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Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic

Humble Travel

FIRST PLACE: VETERINARIAN HONORABLE MENTION: VETERINARY TECHNICIAN Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic is a full-service animal hospital offerCompassionate Care ing progressive veterinary medicine, Veterinary Clinic grooming and boarding. We offer rou★★2020 A Third Ave. NW, tine medical, surgical Waverly and dental care, as well ★★(319) 483-5049 as emergency services. ★★ We ensure our clinic is always comfortable and calm so your pet can feel gical suites, digital full body and dental relaxed. radiographs, specialized animal dentistry Dr. Lindsey Keller, a equipment and a full in-house laboratory native of the Cedar Val- capable of providing patients in critical Lindsey Keller ley, graduated from Iowa care with the results needed in minutes. State University Col- We also provide alternative medical care lege of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and through the use of essential oils and perhad previously practiced in Cedar Falls/ form nutritional consultations to ensure Waterloo before opening her own practice your pet is within the ideal nutrient ranges in Waverly in 2011. She not only provides for their age, breed and activity level. pets with the highest level of attention and Keller and her staff are passionate about care, but also educates their owners and the health and well-being of the pets they encourages them to be part of the care- have been entrusted to care for and take giving team. great pride in hearing about how our cliCompassionate Care is equipped with ents’ pets love coming to the vet. We thank the latest advances in veterinary medi- you, Cedar Valley, for inviting us into your cine including full laser surgery, cold laser family and becoming a part of ours. Thank therapy, heated surgery tables, sterile sur- you for this prestigious award!

FIRST PLACE: TRAVEL AGENT — ANNIE HUMBLE-GOUGLER Humble Travel Service, Ltd. is committed to maintaining its leadership position as a travel service provider. Our longstanding experience within the industry ensures stability accompanied with our knowledgeable travel advisors that provide impeccable service. This dedication to excellence allows us to capitalize on growth opportunities, further specialize, and use innovative thinking and passion to go beyond! Humble Travel offers a wide variety of travel services such as group Annie travel, meetings and Humble-Gougler incentive, corporate, leisure, domestic and international air reservations, accommodations, transfers, vehicle rental services, excursions, tours, theater tickets, customized FIT itinerary planning, guided vacations, special event services including destination weddings, honeymoons, special interest trips and other once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and multi-generational travel.


Humble Travel

★★125 Main St., Cedar Falls ★★(319) 277-2202 ★★8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday ★★

“I specialize in many types of travel, including honeymoons, customized trips, multigenerational family grips, groups and incentives, to name a few,” said travel agent and manager Annie Humble-Gougler. ... “I try to give it my best every day ... and it has shown through client referrals and feedback.” Humble-Gouger said the secret to being Best of the Best is “to really listen and connect with clients. It’s amazing how much you learn when you listen to the small things. I am always asking clients where they have traveled before so I can assess what type of accommodations they would prefer in the future, and this shows them that I care about their wants and needs.” Humble-Gouger’s awards include a 2012 Best of the Best honor and a recognition in Travel Agent Magazine.

Thank you Cedar Valley for your continued support to Humble Travel and for voting Annie Humble-Gougler as Best of the Best in Travel Agent Services!

Thanks for voting us Best of the Best! Set up an appointment online or call us at

125 Main Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Phone: (319) 277-2202 Fax: (319) 266-0974 Email:




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Roth Jewelers FIRST PLACE: JEWELER Roth Jewelers has been a staple in downtown Waterloo for 84 years, specializing in diamonds, diamond engagement rings, watches and pearls. They carry popular brands Gabriel & Co. Fine Bridal, Pandora and Swarovski. They also provide appraisals, in-house custom design and jewelry repair. Roth Jewelers’ goal is to provide exceptional customer service with a family friendly atmosphere. “We are on our fourth generation of customers,” said general manager Kevin Schreiber. “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.” Throughout the years, they have refined their brands with the changing times. Gabriel & Co. is a popular line of fine Bridal and diamond jewelry for the discerning woman. Roth carries a full line of Pandora beads and accessories, including earrings, watches, rings and necklaces. For collectors, they offer Swarovski Crystal with everything from collectible art pieces

Roth Jewelers

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

to stunningly beautiful fine jewelry fit for all occasions. Roth Jewelers has been named the official carrier of the Swarovski watch line. One thing that has never changed is Roth’s knowledge of diamonds, fine jewelry and exceptional service. They have two goldsmiths and offer CAD Design. If you can imagine it, Roth can make it! 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 and has two GIA certified gemologists on staff. Roth’s has been selected Best of the Best Jeweler every year by readers of the Waterloo Courier.

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Jiva SalonSpa FIRST PLACE: MASSAGE HONORABLE MENTION: HAIR SALON At Jiva, it’s all about the experience and wowing guests, starting with the ritual services such as hand massages, scalp massages, makeup touch up and curling up by the fireplace in the spa. 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 COURTESY PHOTO only Aveda products are sold. Aveda products are naturally derived products made from more than 600 plants and flowers. Our goal is to design and customize treatments to bring you back into balance, using nurturing high-touch

Jiva SalonSpa

★★223 Main St., Cedar Falls ★★(319) 268-0772 ★★9 a.m.-9 p.m. MondayThursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday ★★

approaches and unique sensory experiences. Our team is dedicated to legendary customer service in all we do. 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 2014 and has been represented in the Best of the Best massage category every year 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.”

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Deery Brothers Collision Center HONORABLE MENTION: AUTO BODY REPAIR 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-the-art facility, said general manager Glen Hulbert, who has been with the Deery organization for more than 31 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. It takes a lot of talented, well-

Deery Brothers Collision Center

★★201 E. Seerley Blvd., Cedar Falls ★★(319) 266-9900 or (800) 263-2414 ★★7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday ★★

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 and Chad Hansen, production manager. 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 also apply spray-in bed liners.


Century 21 LSB Real Estate HONORABLE MENTION: REAL ESTATE FIRM/BROKERAGE COMPANY Advertiser would like to replace full story text with the following: Century 21 has served the Cedar Valley for almost 40 years. We have two fullservice offices in Cedar Falls and Waverly. We are affiliated with Lincoln Savings Bank which gives us an option to have Realtors in our LSB Branches as well. Our affiliation with LSB gives our clients the option for complete financial services through a one-stop shop model! Our Mission Statement: Exceptional Professionals providing “YOU” a trusted, knowledgeable and honest Real Estate source dedicated to our principles of: • Integrity • Perseverance • Experienced • Accessible

Century 21 LSB

★★221 Main St., Cedar Falls; (319) 266-8080 ★★1810 Fourth St. SW, Suite 104, Waverly; (319) 352-1157 ★★8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday ★★

• Determined and second-to-none service with extraordinary results! At Century 21 LSB Real Estate, the clients come first. Our complete commitment to this philosophy is what has made us a powerful force in real estate. Our award-winning agents demonstrate exactly what our vision statement says: It’s not magic. It’s an expectation!” Century 21 just became

the first real estate brand in the history of the J.D. Power Awards to sweep the awards in all four categories for the second year in a row! First time Home Buyers and Sellers as well as Repeat Home Buyers and Sellers! Our offices have also been honored with the Quality Service Office Award for both Cedar Falls and Waverly as well as Cedar Falls receiving the Per Person Productivity Award. We love our communities and are dedicated on a local level to supporting Easter Seals. The agents give out of their commission checks as well as doing many fundraising activities. Century 21 LSB does it SMARTER.BOLDER. FASTER.

Thank You Cedar Valley for Making Us Your Choice.

Deery Brothers

Collision Center, InC

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

221 Main Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 319-266-8080 1810 4th ST. SW, Waverly, IA 50677 319-352-1157



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Cedar Falls Community Credit Union

Aable Pest Control FIRST PLACE: PEST CONTROL 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 12 years. All Aable’s technicians are certified by the state of Iowa. They also have passed the Purdue entomology course

Aable Pest Control

★★1800 Commercial St., Waterloo ★★(319) 291-7200 ★★8 a.m.-6 p.m. MondayFriday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday ★★

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


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Cedar ar VValley for voting us Best of The Best for 12 years in a row! We will continue to earn your confidence and business in the years to come.

HONORABLE MENTION: CREDIT UNION Cedar Falls Community Credit Union is a hometown credit union that meets CFCCU the financial needs of people who live and ★★123 W. Fourth St., Cedar Falls ★★420 Viking Road, Cedar Falls work in the Cedar Valley. They have been ★★2000 Heritage Way, Wavery successful in the Cedar Valley since 1958 ★★(319) 266-7531 because they take pride in what they do, ★★ and they do everything with accu- bonds.” ra cy a n d Cedar Falls Community Credit Union efficiency. is a local member-owned financial coopTheir staff erative, providing a wide range of financial builds relationships with their members products and services, including savings on a personal level, which helps them rec- accounts, certificates, IRAs and loans of all ognize and accommodate member needs. types with competitive rates. Established “We are so fortunate to have such a in 1958 in Cedar Falls, CFCCU continues knowledgeable staff who really care about to be large enough to provide valuable serwhat they do. It also makes our jobs easier vices to their members, yet still small and when we have the best members anyone local enough to really know their members could ask for who trust us to help them,” and their needs and expectations. said Michelle Damme, vice president Cedar Falls Community Credit Union of member services. “And when we are has been among the Best of the Best 13 out able to help members in a time of need, of 13 years. Thank you to our members for that’s when we create those unforgettable voting us Best of the Best!



VOTING US BEST OF BEST 13 out of the last 13 years

President 12 year in a row

1800 Commercial St, Waterloo | (319) 291-7200

123 W 4th Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 • 319-266-7531 •

"Your hometown credit union"


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U.S. Cellular FIRST PLACE: CELLULAR COMPANY At U.S. Cellular, we strive to provide the best wireless experience by providing the latest devices, value-packed plans, a high quality network and national coverage that keeps our customers connected in the Cedar Valley, throughout Iowa and across the country. Our local associates understand how our customers live, work and play. We look forward to showing Cedar Valley residents how mobile devices can simplify and enhance their lives. Whether at home or on-the-go, people use mobile devices to make their lives easier, more efficient and meaningful. Businesses utilize smartphones, tablets, hotspots and vehicle monitoring systems to get things done faster from wherever they are. U.S. Cellular’s easy-to-use 4G LTE Router brings affordable, high-speed Internet service to areas that may not have many Internet options. Iowa residents also can visit our stores to check out the OnLook Digital System, a self-installed home automation and security system that can be managed via a smartphone, tablet or computer.

U.S. Cellular

★★2060 Crossroads Blvd., Waterloo (319) 269-3550 ★★1513 Flammang Drive, Waterloo (319) 226-3500 ★★6301 University Ave., Cedar Falls (319) 266-2500 ★★314 B. Brandilynn Blvd., Cedar Falls (319) 266-2140

“At U.S. Cellular, we are thrilled to be a part of the Cedar Valley,� said Erryn Andersen, U.S. Cellular’s director of sales in Iowa and Nebraska. “We are focused on giving you the best customer experience among any wireless provider. Our network keeps you connected in big and small cities and rural communities, and it works everywhere you want to go.� U.S. Cellular hosts free Device Workshops on the second Friday of each month at 6301 University Ave. in Cedar Falls and the third Friday of each month at 2060 Crossroads Blvd. in Waterloo.



Dalton Plumbing, Heating & Cooling FIRST PLACE: PLUMBER HONORABLE MENTION: HEATING/COOLING In business for 37 years, Dalton Plumbing, Heating & Cooling finds its greatest Dalton Plumbing, reward in helping customers find comfort Heating & Cooling in their home or business, whether it’s ★★Owner: Dave Krejchi with HVAC, plumbing or fireplaces. ★★5536 Nordic Drive, Cedar We sell and service all HVAC and Falls plumbing brands. Our fireplace show★★(319) 266-3513 ★★8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday room showcases our wall customization ★★ for fireplaces. We give 100 percent customer satisfaction with our attention to detail. We strive to give our customers exceptional customer service. Dalton PHC has won multiple Best of the Best awards for plumbing and HVAC, and is accredited with the Better Business Bureau. We offer many years of experience and will always work to give each customer our best.

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B&K Lawn Care

NewAldaya Lifescapes



Thank you for voting locally owned B&K Lawn Care Best of the Best for the third straight year! We are committed to providing you, our customers, with premium lawn care services. We are proud to have served the Cedar Valley areas for the past 13 years. B&K Lawn Care specializes in yard beautification, offering a variety of services including mowing, fertilizing, shrub trim, edging, fall cleanup, snow removal and ice control. B&K owners Tyler Kunkle and Ryan Bockes grew up in the Cedar Valley and take pride in their work. They earned degrees from the University of Northern Iowa B&K Lawn Care extends our sincere appreciation to our customers, because you are the reason we are the Best of the Best! For free estimates call (319) 415-6935 or (319) 415-6934.

B&K Lawn Care

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


Providing living opportunities for our NewAldaya Lifescapes aging population in the Cedar Valley is ★★7511 University Ave., Cedar Falls at the core of what we do. Life happens ★★(319) 268-0401 and we are prepared to help. That’s why ★★ at NewAldaya we provide options to help you live better. NewAldaya is the premier retirement destination in the Cedar Valley. We specialize in living better and living well. Our campus is nestled on 17 acres, providing living options for more than 300 individuals living independently, with assistance. Our Memory Care House opened in September. We also offer extended and skilled care options. At the core of our mission is to offer Christian caring services on a very individualized basis. Our staff have truly embraced our mission to help make us the Best of the Best. NewAldaya has won Best of the Best honors every year since 2009 in nursing home and assisted living. At NewAldaya, we create an atmo- they are doing. sphere that is welcoming. We know it is From our friendly staff to our Main important for our clients to enjoy each Street shopping and dining area on camday to its fullest, and that’s exactly what pus, you’ll live better at NewAldaya.

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Partners in Obstetrics & Gynecology HONORABLE MENTION: OB/GYN At Partners in Obstetrics & Gynecology, we specialize in quality of care, time and attention to detail in the health and wellness of our patients. Partners has the best interests of its patients in mind. We get to know our patients and serve them with a caring attitude and tend to their individual needs. We provide complete gynecological and obstetrical care, including 4-D ultrasound, well-women exams, birth control options, gynecological surgery, endometrial ablation, incontinence counseling and treatment, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, hormone replacement therapy, infertility evaluation and treatment, cancer screening, mammography, bone densitometry, STD screening, laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation and ONDAMED treatment. Our physicians include Drs. Barbara

Partners in Obstetrics & Gynecology

★★3421 W. Ninth St., Suite G 4500, Waterloo ★★(319) 233-8865 ★★

Weno, Susan Lipinski, Anthony Onuigbo and Karla Solheim, along with Drs. Marcia Rellihan and Marilyn Hines, who have both received the Guardian Angel Award. Our physicians have also been previously recognized with the Best of the Best honors. Our experienced, caring physicians and staff work to provide the best care for the best outcome for each patient.

Congratulations to two of our best physiCians!

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Potter’s Hearing Aid Service FIRST PLACE: HEARING AIDS/SERVICE Providing good service with high quality products at a reasonable price Potter’s Hearing ★★1416 W. Fourth St., Waterloo is Ron Potter’s goal at Potter’s Hear★★(319) 232-7113 ing. He also makes sure the personal ★★8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to attention doesn’t stop after the sale. 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Ron Potter has been involved in Thursday and Friday sales for 50 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. There is a wide variety of hearing instruments, inexpensive repairs, batteries and assistive listening devices offered. Potter’s offers a 30-day trial period. Financing is available. Potter’s Hearing was recognized in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Best of the Best and was featured in a Dear Abby column when a California reader META HEMENWAY-FORBES / Courier Features Editor wrote Abby to detail his favorable experience with Potter’s on a Satur- former president and treasurer of the day morning. Ron Potter also is the Iowa Hearing Association Board.

Expect the Best Quality | Service | Price

Dr. anthony onuigbo & Dr. susan lipinski

Locally Owned and Operated for Over 25 Years 3421 west 9th street, suite g4500, waterloo


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

Ron Potter

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


Next Generation Wireless HONORABLE MENTION: CELL PHONE DEALER Next Generation Wireless is a U.S. Cellular Authorized Agent that has been serving the Cedar Valley for more than 12 years. We pride ourselves on superior customer service and especially our community involvement. Our customer service is our biggest asset to being the 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 many times, and has also been included on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for seven consecutive years, and chosen as Best of the Best from 2008-2015. When you step into a Next Generation Wireless location, you will be greeted with

Next Generation Wireless

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

a smile and helping hand. We go the extra mile to give our customers peace of mind in their purchase. We’re here to help you find the best solution, customized to you and your needs.

Samsung Galaxy Note® 5

Cedar Falls 6301 University Ave. 319-266-2500

Waterloo 1513 Flammang Dr. 319-226-3500

Samsung Galaxy S® 6 Edge+

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

Call store for hours.

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 $1.57/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 at 1-800-662-0027. 4G LTE not available in all areas. See for complete coverage details. 4G LTE service provided through King StreetWireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Limited time offer.Trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners. ©2015 U.S. Cellular



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Friday, September 25, 2015

Barmuda FIRST PLACE: STUFFED OLIVE/SOHO: BEST GIRLS NIGHT OUT • BECK’S TAPROOM GRILL: BEST HAMBURGER, SPORTS BAR • BOURBON STREET: BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH HONORABLE MENTION: SOHO SUSHI BAR & DELI: BEST APPETIZER, SUSHI • BECK’S TAPROOM GRILL: BEST BUSINESS LUNCH • FERRARI’S: BEST BUSINESS LUNCH • BOURBON STREET: BEST SEAFOOD, STEAK At Barmuda, a locally owned food and beverage company, owner Darin Beck has been in the food and beverage industry for more than 33 years and formed Barmuda Corporation in 1986. We are proud to bring 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 snapshot of our restaurant locations and offerings:

Soho Sushi Bar & Deli/The Stuffed Olive

Soho features New York-style deli sandwiches and salads, California style sushi and European influenced tapas, along with a robust wine list and a world-class martini menu featuring over 100 martini creations. Both menus are available throughout both Soho and the Stuffed Olive making for a very large and well rounded overall menu. Soho consistently is recognized in multiple categories in the annual best of the best for the Cedar Valley.

Ferrari’s Ristorante

Soho Sushi Bar & Deli / The Stuffed Olive

★★119 Main St., Cedar Falls ★★(319) 266-9995 ★★6 a.m.-2 a.m. MondaySaturday; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday ★★

Ferrari’s Ristorante

★★1521 Technology Pkwy, Cedar Falls ★★(319) 277-1385 ★★11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Friday; 4-11 p.m. Saturday ★★

Beck’s Taproom Grill

★★3295 University Ave., Waterloo ★★(319) 234-4333 ★★11 a.m.-2 p.m. MondaySunday ★★

Bourbon Street Ferrari’s is a full-service restaurant ★★314 Main St., Cedar Falls featuring chef-prepared meals served ★★(319) 266-5285 up in a beautiful dining room complete ★★4 p.m.-11 p.m. Mondaywith black linen on the tables. Ferrari’s Saturday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. is a fine dining restaurant yet it’s fairly Sunday casual dining experience boasts one of ★★ the Cedar Valley’s finest menus. Ferrari’s consistently places for best restaurant to have a business lunch and always ranks the Best of the Best for the Cedar Valley high on special occasions. Ferrari’s has ever year. also won the Wine Spectators Award many years running and has won mul- Bourbon Street tiple culinary competitions over the past Bourbon Street is upscale yet casual. You won’t find table cloths in our din10 years. ing room, but you will find the area’s best steaks and seafood. The massive Beck’s Taproom Grill The New Beck’s is a full service, oak tree in the middle of the dining room family friendly restaurant serving up makes for interesting atmosphere, but American fare in what is surely the it’s the food you’ll come back for again area’s largest restaurant and sports bar. and again. Bourbon Street offers the finFamous for their wings, burgers and est steaks, seafood and fresh oysters in pizza, and has a large menu featuring the area along with an award-winning appetizers, sandwiches, salads and wine list. Our Sunday Brunch is simply specialty entrees. Beck’s now has a self- wonderful. For years Bourbon Street has serve beer tap wall with iPour technol- either won or placed in many categories ogy, where you can sample many dif- of the Best of the Best. Bourbon Street ferent choices. Beck’s is best known has won the Wine Spectator Award for for its award winning burgers, sports many years in a row since opening in and entertainment. Beck’s consistently 2003 and has won several culinary comis recognized in multiple categories in petitions over the years.

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Cara, Branch Manager COURTESY PHOTO

Veridian Credit Union is committed to supporting the communities it serves through a wide array of sponsorships, financial education, scholarships and volunteerism.

Veridian Credit Union FIRST PLACE: CREDIT UNION HONORABLE MENTION: BANK Who is Veridian Credit Union? Veridian is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. That means that any excess earnings it makes are returned to its members in the form of higher returns, lower loan rates and better services. As a result, all of its members benefit, no matter the balance in their accounts. Veridian is proud of the roots it planted in Waterloo in 1934. It was founded that year – as John Deere Employees Credit Union – by a handful of Deere employees who wanted to offer their co-workers an alternative to commercial banks and other for-profit financial institutions. During the tough economic times of the 1980s, Veridian expanded its membership to the community and changed its name to John Deere Community Credit Union. In 2006, to avoid trademark confusion with Deere & Company, it discontinued using “John Deere” and renamed itself Veridian Credit Union. Veridian’s heritage has provided a strong foundation for its future. Now, more than 80 years after its founding, the credit union offers a full range of business and consumer financial services. It is continuing to grow with 27 branches statewide and more than 600 employees. Veridian strives to be convenient, with 13 locations in Northeast Iowa, including Hy-Vee locations that are open seven days a week. What does Veridian do? It’s committed

Veridian Credit Union ★★1827 Ansborough Ave., Waterloo, plus multiple locations, including Hy-Vee Stores ★★(319) 236-5600 ★★

to making its members feel welcome and helping them create successful financial futures. The credit union is continually building relationships with its members, and those conversations allow Veridian to anticipate members’ needs and exceed their expectations. Veridian also empowers members by teaching them about their financial world. At, there are several educational videos that help people buy a car, understand home equity loans, learn about credit cards, explore health reform and more. In addition, Veridian embraces the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.” With that in mind, it partners with local organizations, supports community events, grants funding to inclusive groups and provides scholarships for deserving students. Membership at Veridian is open to anyone living or working in 40 Iowa counties and five Nebraska counties. Plus, all residents of Iowa with a disability (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) are eligible. Family members of eligible members also qualify for membership.

Helping you isn’ isn’t just our job, it’ss our passion.

Any financial institution can cash your check. You need one who knows your face, saves you money and offers genuine guidance. Discover the Veridian difference today.

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Auto Body Repair - Honorable Mention

Maple Lanes

Bowling Alley – 1st Place

Joud Dib, MD, Cedar Valley Cardiology

Cardiologist – Honorable Mention

Michael Puk, MD, Cedar Valley Eye Care

Eye Doctor – Honorable Mention

Jayson Gesme, MD, FACS, Cedar Valley Medical Specialists

General Surgeon – Honorable Mention

Fox Ridge Golf Course

Golf Course – Honorable Mention

Young Plumbing & Heating

Heating/Cooling – Honorable Mention

Beau Jorgensen, Farm Bureau

Insurance Agent – Honorable Mention

Laundry Plus

Laundromat – Honorable Mention

Brandon Steen, Community First National Bank

Loan Officer – 1st Place

Cedar Valley Eye Care

Optical – 1st Place

Ray Harrington, PT, Cedar Valley Medical Specialists

Physical Therapist – 1st Place

Direct Appliance

Appliance Store – Honorable Mention

Tony’s La Pizzaria

Pizza – Honorable Mention

Palmer’s Family Fun

Place to Go for Family Entertainment – 1st Place


Place to Shoot Pool – Honorable Mention


Sports Bar– Honorable Mention



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Friday, September 25, 2015



Amy Wienands has been in business for 21 years, and opened Amy Wienands Real Estate two years ago. “I love sales, but I really wanted to be involved in an industry that changes people’s lives,” she said. “We walk our clients through exciting and sometimes challenging times. We truly feel blessed to be a part of it!” Amy Wienands Real Estate is a boutique agency that specializes in selling residential real estate in the Cedar Valley. The secret to being Best of the Best? “Caring about our customers and making sure they have an over-thetop experience with our team and also providing our clients with a high level of professionalism that offers great peace of mind,” Wienands said. Wienands was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 and was one of the Courier’s 20 under 40 winners. Her company was also

Amy Wienands Real Estate

★★Broker/Owner: Amy Wienands ★★129 Plaza Circle, Waterloo 50701 ★★(319) 269-2477 ★★www.amywienands. com

recently ranked 110th by Real Trends top 1,000 agents in the U.S., as published by the Wall Street Journal. “We have an awesome team of people who constantly strive to serve our community and customers with an outstanding experience,” Wienands said. “I truly believe we have the best team in the Cedar Valley!”


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Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo FIRST PLACE: HOTEL/MOTEL FIRST PLACE: WAITER/WAITRESS — ASHLEY HUFF, OTIS & HENRY’S HONORABLE MENTION: LOCAL/STATE DAY TRIP; SALAD BAR AND SUNDAY BRUNCH — FARMER’S PICK BUFFET; STATE/MIDWEST WEEKEND TRIP There is always something new at the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, because we are always looking for new ways to excite our guests. The Isle is also home to three restaurants: Otis & Henry’s Bar and Grill, Farmer’s Pick Buffet and The Lone Wolf. The 195-room hotel has an indoor pool and hot tub. The contemporary indoor pool offers a fun-filled atmosphere for guests of all ages. Splash in the pool, relax in the hot tub or lounge around the pool and enjoy the ambiance. Guests can enjoy the comfort and beauty as two gas fireplaces create luxurious comfort and lights of all colors illuminate the room in a magnificent light show. The secret to the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo’s success is clean, safe, friendly and fun. Isle employees work hard to

Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo

★★777 Isle of Capri Blvd., Waterloo ★★(319) 833-4753, (877) 4753946 ★★24 hours a day, 7 days a week ★★

make sure guests walk into a safe, clean property, are greeted by friendly team members and have a fantastic time. Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo also believes in giving back to the community that made it a success. The Community Aces group participates in many philanthropic activities and National Volunteer Week, and also makes donations to fundraisers in the area all year. Whether you are looking for hot gaming action, a delicious meal, a comfortable place to stay or live entertainment the Isle has it all. If it has been a while since you’ve visited the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo stop by and check out The Lone Wolf.


Thank you for voTing us

First place Best Hotel/Motel Best Waitress asHley HUFF at otis & HeNry’s


HONOraBle MeNtiON Best loCal/state Day triP & Best state/MiDWest WeeKeND triP Best salaD Bar & sUNDay BrUNCH at FarMer’s PiCK BUFFet ®

777 7 77 Isle Is l of CaprI Boulevard • Waterloo, Ia 50701 • 1-800-tHe-Isle Is © 2015 Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Isle, The Lone Wolf, Otis & Henry’s and Farmer’s Pick Buffet are registered trademarks of Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Gambling a problem? There is help. And hope. Call 1-800-BETS-OFF.



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Friday, September 25, 2015

Farmer’s State Bank FIRST PLACE: BANK; FINANCIAL/INVESTMENT — FSB PREMIER WEALTH MANAGEMENT INC. HONORABLE MENTION: BANK TELLER — KARLA DOWNEY; LOAN OFFICER — SCOTT MUELLER Since opening in 1879, Farmers State Bank has been locally owned and operated with the same name. With just a handful of employees, FSB began serving the small community of Jesup. Since then, FSB has grown to nine fullservice branches in Jesup, Dunkerton, Gilbertville, La Porte City, Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Waverly. FSB offers checking accounts, savings accounts, credit cards, CDs, home loans, auto loans, HELOC, business checking and savings accounts, commercial loans, trust services, brokerage/investment services and private banking. At FSB we continually strive to maintain a high level of customer service. FSB is proud to be a financial institution that is big enough to serve all your financial needs, yet small enough to care about how those needs are met. We still prefer names to account numbers and addresses to loan numbers. Relationship-based banking makes sense to us and it’s just how we do business.

Farmer’s State Bank

★★131 Tower Park Drive, Waterloo; 8 other locations ★★(877) 372-1879 ★★8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. MondayThursday; 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday (drive-up only) ★★

Listed in the Top 10 Lenders in Iowa for Small Business Administration lending, FSB provides over $9 million in loans to local businesses and is recognized as the largest depository bank in Black Hawk County. FSB is named in the Top 50 best performing community banks in the United States, based on recent financial performance.



Honorable Mention, Bank Teller

Scott Mueller

Honorable Mention, Loan Officer

Visit any of our Cedar Valley locations to see why FSB is truly the Best of the Best!




Clean Laundry FIRST PLACE: LAUNDROMAT The Akin family has been in the selflaundry business in one form another going back to Ethan O. Akin when he put Maytag coin laundry machines in apartment buildings in Waterloo in the late 1960s as part of Canteen Vending. Since then, Phil D. Akin, Phil G. Akin, Ruth A. Akin and Ethan J. Akin have been building on that legacy which has now evolved into the new Clean Laundry concept. We are a spotlessly clean laundry, filled with equipment ranging in size from twoload to nine-load capacity, which is the largest capacity in the Cedar Valley. Laundry can be washed and dried in less than one hour. We have free Wi-Fi, 70-inch televisions, 24-hour video monitoring for safety and security, and soft water to get clothes cleaner with less detergent. We are a truly “green” store with energy-saving LED lighting. Our store is clean. We believe you can’t get clean clothes out of a dirty laundry.

Clean Laundry

★ 2060 Sovia Dr., Suite 114, Waterloo; (319) 296-5198 ★ 709 Progress Ave., Waterloo; (319) 382-7929 ★ 24 hours/7 days a week ★

We reduce the amount of time needed to do laundry. We believe time is a precious resource so we try to help our customers get some back by having express machines that let you wash and dry in less than one hour. We fit your schedule because we’re always open. You can stay connected and productive with our free Wi-Fi. We have comfortable seating with free USB charging stations, and you can enjoy snacks, sodas and your favorite TV shows while doing your laundry in air-conditioned comfort. there are specials, flash sales and free laundry bag and token giveaways taking place all the time. Follow us on our social media site links to get in on the action. Clean Laundry was named a Best of the Best in 2014.

Even your clothes will be impressed with the view! 319-382-7929

Crossing Point Plaza 2060 Sovia Drive Next to Planet Fitness

Progress Plaza 709 Progress Ave. Across from Kmart



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Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare FIRST PLACE: CARDIOLOGIST — DR. RICHARD VALENTE • FIRST PLACE: FAMILY DOCTOR — DR. ANGELA SCHREIBER, ARROWHEAD MEDICAL CENTER FIRST PLACE: GENERAL SURGEON — DR. NEIL McMAHON, SARTORI • FIRST PLACE: PEDIATRICIAN — DR. BRIAN SIMS, COVENANT FIRST PLACE: PODIATRIST — DR. RICHARD BREMNER, COVENANT ARROWHEAD CLINIC • HONORABLE MENTION: CARDIOLOGIST — DR. SAMIR CHANDRA HONORABLE MENTION: GENERAL SURGEON — DR. ROBERT SAVEREIDE, COVENANT • HONORABLE MENTION: HOME HEALTH AGENCY — COVENANT HOME HEALTH HONORABLE MENTION: PEDIATRICIAN — DR. LORI SCHOCKLEY • HONORABLE MENTION: PEDIATRICIAN — DR. JODI VAN SICKLE, COVENANT CLINIC HONORABLE MENTION: PODIATRIST — RONALD KANE In 2015, Covenant Medical Center received Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. This accreditation means Covenant has the skills, team and technology to support better outcomes for heart attack patients. “Hospitals that receive SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack,” said Mary Ferrell, Covenant cardio-

pulmonary services director. “They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with Dr. Richard chest pain and Valente other heart attack symptoms.” Hospitals with this accreditation also serve as a point of entry into the health care system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an

No matter where you access care, we’re focused on providing the highest quality and the best of care to the patients we serve. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare–Iowa Covenant Medical Center Sartori Memorial Hospital Mercy Hospital Covenant Clinic

attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack. To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Covenant Medical Center engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Covenant Medical Center, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at: Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a

heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital “People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” said Dr. Todd Lawrence, medical director in the emergency department at Covenant. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.” Covenant Medical Center’s state-of-the-art health care encompasses the entire contin-

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

★★3421 West Ninth St., Waterloo ★★(319) 272-8000 ★★

uum of care for the heart patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, cath lab, a quality assurance plan and community outreach program. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Covenant Medical Center has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.

Thank you for recognizing our associates for their commitment to exceptional health care in our community. Cardiologist

Richard Valente, MD, FACC

First Place


Samir Chandra, MD

Honorable Mention

Family Doctor

Angela Schreiber, PA-C

First Place

General Surgeon

Neil McMahon, MD

First Place

General Surgeon

Robert Savereide, MD

Honorable Mention

Home Health Agency

Covenant Home Health

Honorable Mention


Jodi Van Sickle, MD

Honorable Mention


Lori Shockley, MD

Honorable Mention


Brian Sims, DO

First Place


Richard Bremner, DPM

First Place


Ronald Kane, DPM

Honorable Mention



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Brad Jacobson — State Farm Insurance HONORABLE MENTION: INSURANCE AGENT I have been in business for 18 years and in the insurance industry for 23 Brad Jacobson — years. I chose this profession because I State Farm Insurance enjoy working with and helping people. ★★4919 University Ave., Cedar Falls Our business is about helping people ★★(319) 277-4134 recover from the unexpected and help★★8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; ing plan for their future. We build rela8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; any other time tionships with our customers, and by by appointment getting to know them by find the right ★★ products and services to match their needs. I currently hold State Farm’s Golden Triangle Award and a CLU designation from the American College. I received a bachelor’s degree in busi- am past president an a member of the ness administration from the University Cedar Falls Rotary Club. of Northern Iowa and am a member of We love living and working in the the National Association of Insurance & Cedar Valley and take pride in taking Financial Advisors. care of the needs of our customers. I have been a Chartered Life UnderVisit me online, by phone or in perwriter since 2001 and am a member son for all of your auto, homeowner’s, of the Chamber of Commerce. I also life and health insurance needs.

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Community United Child Care Centers FIRST PLACE: DAYCARE PROVIDER, PRESCHOOL Community United Child Care Centers Community United is proud to be honored as the Best of the Best! We would like to thank our families Child Care Centers for spreading the word about our high★★Nordic Child Care Center and Preschool quality child care and preschool. CUCCC is ★★5109 Nordic Dr., Cedar Falls a non-profit organization that has educated ★★(319) 266-4477 our community’s children since July 1993. ★★ Valley Park Child Care Center and Preschool CUCCC operates three of the 124 nation★★1026 East Seerley Blvd., Cedar Falls ally accredited programs in Iowa. We are ★★(319) 277-7303 one of five accredited centers in a 50-mile ★★ Westridge Child Care Center and Preschool radius. CUCCC has specialized teachers in ★★3610 Ansborough Ave., Waterloo all classrooms, teaching infants through ★★(319) 234-5920 school-age children. Our three centers educate and provide consider accreditation by the National care for over 600 children. Our teachers Early Childhood Education Program our and education assistants provide a nur- greatest achievement. turing environment for each child, infant CUCCC wants to keep your children safe through school age, to learn and grow. in an appropriate environment that fosters The secret to being Best of the Best is we education and community experiences are constantly looking for ways to improve. designed to assist parents in the developWe are the best today, so we will work on ment of their children, who will be the being the best tomorrow. future leaders of our community. We have received awards for collaboraCheck out our website at tion, education and community work. We or stop by one of our centers.

Hello, neigHbor! Brad JacoBson cLU, agent 4919 University Ave Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Bus: 319-277-4134

and Preschool

Please stop by and say,

“Hi!” I’m looking forward to serving your needs for insurance and financial services. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.®


state Farm, Home office, Bloomington, IL

Community United Child Care Centers, Inc. 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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Western Home Communities FIRST PLACE: ASSISTED LIVING, NURSING HOME, RETIREMENT COMMUNITY After years of planning and training, employees knew The Cottages for dementia care would change lives for the better. They didn’t realize how quickly and how substantively. “We’ve had residents start physical therapy because they now want to walk instead of using a wheelchair. Some have stabilized enough to come off of hospice care, and several have gained weight,” says nurse mentor Sherry Turner, RN, reflecting on a short three months since The Cottages opened in June. “They’ve been able to stop using nutritional supplements because they’re eating better.” Turner and others attribute that to a smaller, more peaceful environment; the goal all along has been to create home, not something that’s simply home-like. Only 16 residents live in a cottage, each with a spacious bedroom and private bathroom. The design includes a living room, den, dining room and open kitchen. Residents can help with meal preparation, watch the food being cooked and then sit down with others around the table to enjoy a good meal and conversation. Caregivers eat alongside residents to encourage the family atmosphere. “Another benefit is how much time we get to spend outside, because it’s so accessible,” says Beth Hines, the household coordinator at Nation Cottage. “Residents love the fresh air and sunshine they can enjoy from either the front porch or back patio.” Environment matters. So, too, does having a staff well-trained to provide care in this optimal atmosphere. Old institutional ways that revolve around staff efficiency instead of quality of life are treated like a “wolf at the door.” During extensive training the past two years, employees learned taking care of someone is about far more than meeting medical needs. Sometimes non-medical interventions prove to be just as effective, if not more so. “It’s been extremely rare in The Cottages to use anti-anxiety medications at night to help with dementia-related behaviors,” says another household coordinator, Rachel Phillips. “A lot of times we’re able to redirect by offering an activity we know that the particular resident enjoys, or by spending oneon-one time with the person.”

Western Home Communities

★★420 E. 11th Street, Cedar Falls ★★(319) 277-2141 ★★


Anna Binley tackles a painting project on the patio at Nation Cottage, one of Iowa’s first two freestanding small house nursing homes. It opened in June on the south campus of Western Home Communities in Cedar Falls.

Donors break ground Aug. 26 on the Jorgensen Plaza for Well-Being on the south campus of Western Home Communities. Eventually Western Home Communities plans to replace Martin Health Center with more cottages so all residents who need nursing care will be in an optimal environment. The current construction project,

however, is farther south on Caraway Lane. Donors and administrators broke ground Aug. 26 on a $42 million complex to include Prairie Wind independent living, The Jorgensen Plaza for Well-Being and 60 restorative suites

for post-hospital stays. “This will really be a space where our mission to create fulfilling lifestyles is realized, with all that’s going to be offered,” says CEO Kris Hansen. Located west of Prairie Parkway on a 150-acre campus, The Jorgensen Plaza will be open to the public; it includes an event space with seating for 400, a lap pool and therapy pool, walking/ jogging track, exercise classroom, salon spa, restaurant, pub, convenience store, outpatient therapy and outdoor seating areas. Its name honors Jim and Phyllis Jorgensen, 10-year residents of Western Home Communities who made a $1 million gift in honor of his parents. “My dad always called us a blessed family,” Jim reflected when announcing the gift. “So as the Lord has blessed us, we need to do something for others. We hope this center and all it offers will be a real blessing to Western Home Communities.” “The building plan looks amazing,” added Phyllis. “It’ll be such a great thing. A lot of people here and from the public will be able to use it.” Donations now total about $4.25 million to an ongoing campaign. “The spirit of philanthropy has built this organization since 1911,” says Mary Taylor, director of development. “It was a gift of land and cash that made it possible for Western Home Communities to get its start in Cedar Falls. Time after time we’ve seen people rise to the occasion to further this work, and we’re seeing it happen again. We’re grateful.” Construction on the three-part project is expected to take 18 to 24 months, with the entire complex open in 2017.


The Courier


Friday, September 25, 2015

Your votes inspire us. Thank you for the votes of confidence in naming Western Home Communities first place Best of the Best for assisted living, nursing care and retirement community. We couldn’t ask for a better place to create fulfilling lifestyles than Iowa’s Cedar Valley! Valentines Dance

Trip to Washington, D.C.

Sturgis Falls Parade

New CNA Class Graduates

Anti-gravity Treadmill for Therapy

Friends of WHC An nual Breakfast

Your support and partnership 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.


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