Best of the Best - 2018

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ANTIQUE STORE Calico Hen House Applebee’s Hoppy’s La Porte City APPETIZERS Miss Wonderful Pepper’s Bar & Grill The Brass Tap Townie Vintage APPLIANCE STORE Direct Appliance & TV Best Buy People’s Appliance ASIAN FOOD Golden China Ginger Thai Hong Kong

ASSISTED LIVING Western Home Communities Friendship Village NewAldaya Lifescapes ATV Silver Eagle Harley Davidson and Yamaha DR Powersports USS Polaris AUTO BODY REPAIR Rydell Chevrolet Deery Brothers Collision Iowa Auto Rebuilders AUTO DEALERSHIP Bill Colwell Ford Dan Deery Toyota Rydell Chevrolet AUTO SERVICE Rydell Chevrolet Bill Colwell Ford Jim Lind Standard John Deery Motors - Cedar Falls AUTOMOTIVE SALESPERSON Mike Potter - Rydell Chevrolet Al Shepard - Bill Colwell Ford Gabe Fratzke - Platinum Auto BAKERY Rocket’s Bakery HyVee Scratch Cupcakery BANK Farmer’s State Bank Lincoln Savings Bank U.S. Bank

BANK TELLER Alissa Ericson - Veridian Credit Union Brenda Schmit - Farmers State Bank Deb Niedert - Cedar Falls First National Bank Marcia Speedy - First National Waverly Rachel Fettkether - Community Bank & Trust BEAUTICIAN/BARBER McKenna Pryor - Dolled Up Studios Beth Zars - Salon Iris Cassie Peterson - Hair Biz Randall Crane - Mud and Honey Salon BIKE SHOP Bike Tech Europa Cycle Scheels BOWLING ALLEY Maple Lanes Cadillac XBC Waverly Bowl Inn BRAKE SERVICE Rydell Chevrolet Bill Colwell Ford Quick Lane Priority One BREAKFAST Morg’s Diner J’s Homestyle Cooking Newton’s Paradise Cafe BREWERY Single Speed Brewery Lark Brewery Second State Brewery BRIDAL SHOP An Elegant Affair Simply I Do The Finery BUSINESS LUNCH Whiskey Road Beck’s Taproom Grill Cherry Creek Grill BUY COLLECTIBLES Calico Hen House Limited Edition Comics Trinkets & Togs BUY VIDEO GAMES Electric Underground Game Stop Video Games Etc CAR WASH Water Falls Happy Hippo Miracle Car Wash


CARDIOLOGIST CREDIT UNION Dr. Samir Chandra - Covenant Verdian Credit Union Dr. Joud DIb - Cedar Valley Cardiovascular Cedar Falls Community Credit Union Dr. K. Sundaram - Allen Hospital University of Iowa Community Credit Union Dr. Richard Valente - Covenant Medical Center Waterloo DAY CARE PROVIDER CARPET CLEANING Community United Child Care Center Heaven’s Best Happy Time Daycare and Preschool Hambly and Sons Little Rebels Learning Center - Reinbeck Harris Cleaning Mr Carpet DELI Sub City Boardwalk Deli CARPET/FLOORING COVERING Hy-Vee Riley’s Floors and More Art Van Furniture Carpetland DENTIST Dr. Eric Kimball - Kimball and Beecher Dr. Amanda Brenden - Brenden & Brenden CATERING SERVICE Dr. Lindsay Vore - Kimball and Beecher HyVee A Moment in Thyme Randall’s Catering - Hudson DESSERT Scratch Cupcakery 4 Queens CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY Village Inn Montage Brown Bottle (Cedar Falls) Brown Bottle (Waterloo) DINNER Galleria DePaco Montage Texas Road House Whiskey Road CELL PHONE DEALER U.S. Cellular Next Generation Wireless ELECTRICIAN Verizon Cedar Valley Electric Henninger Electric Ted’s Electric CHICKEN Chic-fil-A Highway 63 Diner ELECTRONIC STORE Pizza Ranch Best Buy Hawkeye Audio iTech CHIPS & SALSA Carlos O’Kelly’s Amigos Mexican Restaurant EYE DOCTOR Chapala 2 Dr. Anthony Bailey - Anthony D Bailey, OD Dr. Amy Hartman - Mauer Eye Center Dr. Bradley Knox - Knox Eyecare CHIROPRACTOR Dr. Amber Breitbach - Align Chiropractic and Wellness Dr. Blake Wayson - Wayson Chiropractic FAMILY DOCTOR Dr. Derrick Benner - Elite Chiropractic Dr. Kyle Christiason - Unity Point Prairie Parkway Dr. Matthew Smith - Unity Point Dr. Meredith Christ - Unity Point Prairie Parkway COFFEE SHOP Cup of Joe Side Car Coffee FINANCIAL/INVESTMENT Starbucks FSB Premier Edward Jones Financial Resource Advisors CONSIGNMENT STORE Stuff Etc Main Street Exchange FITNESS CENTER Neighborhood Closet FIT Gym 360 Fitness Planet Fitness CRAFT STORE Hobby Lobby JoAnn Fabric Michael’s

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FLORIST Hy-Vee Bancroft’s Flowers Petersen & Tietz Florist & Greenhouses

HAIR SALON HairBiz Jiva Salonspa Mud & Honey Boutique and Salon

ICE CREAM 4 Queens Dairy Cream Dairy Queen MooRoo – Hansen’s Dairy

MARGARITAS Carlo O’Kelly’s Chapala Family Mexican Restaurant Los Cabos

FOOD DELIVERY Cedar Valley Food Runner East China Jimmy John’s

HAMBURGER Beck’s Taproom Grill Wilbo’s Brats, Burgers & Brews, Cedar Falls Applebee’s Culver’s Pump Haus Whiskey Road

INSURANCE AGENT Beau Jorgensen - Farm Bureau Brad Jacobsen - State Farm Brad McCunniff - State Farm Sandy Benak - State Farm

MASSAGE Jiva Salonspa Align Chiropractic and Wellness Elements Massage

FORMAL WEAR Milroy’s Tuxedos Palace Clothiers Von Maur FRESH VEGETABLES/FRUIT Milroy’s Tuxedos Palace Clothiers Von Maur FROZEN YOGURT Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt 4 Queens Dairy Cream Culver’s Restuarant FUNERAL HOME Locke Funeral Home Hagarty-Waychoff-Garup Kaiser Corson Funeral Home FURNITURE RETAILER Art Van Furniture Neighborhood Home/Neighborhood Closet Slumberland GIRLS NIGHT OUT Soho / Stuffed Olive Cedar Falls Main St. Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo GOLF COURSE Prairie Links Beaver Hills Country Club Pheasant Ridge GOLF EQUIPMENT Golf Headquarters Dick’s Sporting Goods Waterloo Scheels GREENHOUSE Petersen & Tietz Florist & Greenhouses Dew on the Roses Jordan’s Nursery GROCERY STORE Fareway Aldi’s Hy-Vee

HAPPY HOUR The Brass Tap Beck’s Taproom Grill Soho HARDWARE STORE O’Donnell Ace Hardware Menards Ridgeway True Value Hardware Ted’s Home & Hardware HEALTH & NATURAL FOODS Natural Grocers Green Fields Health Food Center Hy-Vee HEARING AIDS/SERVICE Concept By Iowa Hearing Aid Center Potters Hearing Aid Wolfe Audiology HEATING/COOLING Dalton’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Bergen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Gubbels One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning HOME BUILDER Panther Builders Magee Construction Company Skogman Homes HOME DECOR STORE Hobby Lobby At Home Home Goods HOME HEALTH AGENCY Cedar Valley Hospice atHome w/ Western Home UnityPoint at home HOTEL/MOTEL Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo Black Hawk Hotel Hilton Garden Inn

INTERIOR DECORATING STORE Basket of Daisies Design 360 - Decorating Den Interiors Hobby Lobby ITALIAN FOOD Brown Bottle (Cedar Falls) Brown Bottle (Waterloo) Olive Garden JEWELRY STORE Roth Jewelers Facets by Susong Tenenbaum’s Jewelry LANDSCAPE SERVICE Matthias Landscaping B&K Lawncare Wapsie PInes Lawn Care & Landscaping LAUNDROMAT Clean Laundry Laundry Plus Waterloo Rd. Laundromat

MEAT COUNTER Fareway Hy-Vee Steege’s Meat Market MEDICAL STAFF MEMBER Katlyn Eidness - Advanced Pet Care Clinic Debra Card RN - Cedar Valley Hospice Heather Houk - Concept by Iowa MEN’S CLOTHING Palace Clothiers Dillard’s Kohl’s Men’s Warehouse MEXICAN Chapala Family Mexican Restuarant Amigo’s Mexican Restuarant Carlos O’Kelly’s Los Cabos MOTORCYCLE Silver Eagle Harley Davidson and Yamaha Dean’s Destination Powersports DR Powersports

LIQUOR SELECTION Happy’s Wine & Spirits Bani’s College St Fareway Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits

NAIL SALON Diamond Nails Bella Nails & Boutique VIP Nails

LOAN OFFICER Kelli Aikey - Cedar Falls Community Credit Union Bill Tye - UICCU Kyle Langenberg - UICCU

NEWS ANCHOR Ron Steele - KWWL Abby Turpin - KWWL Ally Crutcher - KWWL

LOCAL/STATE DAY TRIP Des Moines Amana Colonies Decorah

NURSE PRACTITIONER Erica Jensen - Cedar Valley Hospice Angie Gingrich, ARNP - Wheaton Franciscan Emily Ball - Prarie Parkway Unity Point

LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANT LJ’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill Blue Barn BBQ Cedar Falls Highway 63 Diner Montage Whiskey Road

NURSING HOME Western Home Communities Friendship Village NewAldaya Lifescapes OB/GYN Dr. Brent Hintz - UnityPoint Health Dr. Barb Weno - Partners in OB/GYN Dr. Marilyn Hines - Partners in Ob/GYN

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OIL CHANGE SERVICE Rydell Chevrolet Bill Colwell Ford Quick Lane Tandem Tire

PLACE TO HAVE A BEER Singlespeed Becks taproom Grill The Brass Tap

RETIREMENT COMMUNITY Western Home Communities Friendship Village NewAldaya Lifecapes

TENDERLOIN Newton’s Paradise Cafe Waterloo Beck’s Taproom Grill Steamboat Gardens

OPTICAL Cedar Valley Eye Care Eye Care Associates Mauer Eye Center

PLACE TO SHOOT POOL Deringer’s Caseys Pub Cypress Lounge

ROOFER Magee Construction Company Black Hawk Roofing Company E Castro Roofing & Siding

TRANSMISSIONS Rydell Chevrolet L&M Transmission Metro Transmission

ORTHODONTIST Dr. Lucas Boe - Holahan & Boe Orthodontics Dr. Chris Holahan - Holahan & Boe Orthodontics Dr. Michael Freeseman - Christensen & Freeseman Orthodontics

PLUMBER Bergen Plumbing & Heating Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Tony’s Plumbing Young Plumbing and Heating

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

TRAVEL AGENT Brady Gruhn - Lighthouse Travel Annie Humble-Gougler - Humble Travel Jayne Morris - AAA travel on Kimball Waterloo

PEDIATRICIAN Dr. Brian Sims - Covenant Medical Center Dr. Rachana Krishna - UnityPoint Health Dr. Samir Chandra - Covenant Pediatric Clinic

PODIATRIST Dr. Steve Solomon - NEIA Podiatry Dr. Gregory Lantz - Family Foot Healthcare Dr. Rick Bremner - Covenant Clinic Dr. Ronald Kane - Covenant Clinic

SEAFOOD Red Lobster Cedar Valley Fish Market Montage Soho Sushi Bar & Deli

URGENT CARE/CONVENIENT CARE UnityPoint Urgent Care - Prairie Parkway Cedar Falls Arrowhead Clinic - Covenant UnityPoint Urgent Care - United Medical Park

PEST CONTROL Aable Pest Control EnivroPest Solutions Platinum Pest Control PET GROOMING Advanced Pet Care Clinic Grooming Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic, Waverly Nicole’s Pampered Paws & Sharpening Service PHARMACY Walgreens Greenwood Pharmacy Hy-Vee PHOTOGRAPHER Stricker Photography Cedar Falls Click by Kate Nicole Harnois Photography PHYSICAL THERAPIST Monica White - Cedar Valley Medical Specialists Dan McGrane - Summit Chiropractic Kristin Iehl - Agape Therapy PHYSICIANS ASSISTANT Angela Schreiber, PA-C - Covenant Clinic Amanda Farmer - Unity Point Health Susan Bredman - Partners in Ob/GYN PIZZA The OP Casey’s Tony’s LaPizzeria PLACE TO GO FOR FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Palmer’s Family Fun Lost Island Waterpark Marcus Theatres

PRE-SCHOOL Community United Child Care Center Immanuel Lutheran Preschool St. John Lutheran Preschool PROGRAM BENEFITTING YOUTH Boys & Girls Club of the Cedar Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE IA TNT Cheer RADIO STATION 98.5 - KOEL 101.9 - KNWS 107.9 - KFMW - Rock 108 93.5 - The Mix REAL ESTATE FIRM/BROKERAGE CO. Oakridge Realtors Amy Wienands Real Estate Structure Real Estate REALTOR Dan Berregaard - Oakridge Realtors Amy Wienands - Amy Wienands Real Estate Carl Ericson - Oakridge Realty RECEPTIONIST Bonnie Hall - Compassionate Care Veterniary Clinic Berdell Schauls - Cedar Valley Hospice Courtney Kuhagen - Advanced Pet Care Clinic Kelcey Srp - Advanced Pet Care Clinic REMODELER Magee Construction Doug Lampe, LNS West Koch Construction T.E.A.M. Builders, Cedar Falls

SHOE STORE Thompson Shoes Famous Footwear Von Maur SPORTING GOODS STORE Scheels Dick’s Sporting Goods Runner’s Flat SPORTS BAR Pepper’s Bar & Grill Cedar Falls Becks Taproom Grill LJ’s Bar and Grill Mulligans STEAK Texas Roadhouse Bryan’s on 4th Long Horn Steak House SUBS Sub City Jimmy John’s Subway SUNDAY BRUNCH Farmer’s Pick Buffet Hy-Vee Market Grille Newton’s Paradise Cafe SUSHI Sakura Soho Sushi Bar & Deli Tokyo Bay Japanese Steakhouse TANNING SALON Sun Tan City Island Paradise Tanning Salon Key West Tanning & Fitness

VETERINARIAN Dr. Lindsey Keller - Conpassionate Care Veterinay Clinic Dr. Tammy Stevenson - Advanced Pet Care Clinic Dr. Tom Taylor - Den Herder Veterinary Hospital VETERINARY TECHNICIAN Sarah Lursen - Compassionate Care Vet Clinic Kelley McNamara - Advanced Pet Care Clinic Tracey Boyle - Den Herder Vet Hospital VINEYARD Fox Ridge Winery 4 Daughters Eagles Landing-Marquette Fireside Winery Park Farm Winery Tabor Hill WINE SELECTION Happy’s Wines & Spirits Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits Montage WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE Twirl Boutique Jennifer’s on Main Little Prairie Girl The Finery




Veridian Credit Union FIRST PLACE: CREDIT UNION | HONORABLE MENTION: BANK TELLER Veridian Credit Union wants to help everyone create successful financial futures. That’s why Veridian is structured as a not-for-profit cooperative: its earnings go back to members through better rates, lower fees and more convenient services. In fact, Veridian is routinely in the top 1 percent of credit unions nationwide for returning value to members — and was named No. 1 in the nation this year. Members saved an extra $22 million by using Veridian products and services in 2017. Employees at Veridian gave back too, with nearly 4,000 volunteer hours spent serving their communities. That’s on top of $1.2 million in grants, scholarships, sponsorships and donations Veridian awarded last year. “As a credit union, Veridian is about so much more than dollars and cents,” said Monte Berg, CEO and president. “The

Veridian Credit Union  (800) 235-3228 


Veridian Credit Union partnered with the Salvation Army to host the Give Warmth winter coat drive for hundreds of Cedar Valley residents in need. better we are at fulfilling our mission, the Veridian members have benefited from stronger our credit union, our members the credit union difference since 1934, and our communities become.” when the company was founded as John

Our MEMBERS are the behind

Deere Employees Credit Union. Today, Veridian still serves as an alternative to commercial banks and other for-profit financial institutions, while its membership has expanded to include those living or working in Iowa or eastern Nebraska. With a full range of business and consumer financial services offered at more than 30 branches, Veridian is a modern, full-service community credit union. Online and mobile banking provides convenient account access from anywhere, while Veridian operates 11 locations locally, including three with extended evening and weekend hours inside Hy-Vee stores. “We’re proud the Cedar Valley views us as a strong financial partner,” Berg said. “We’re grateful for this recognition and your support.”



Monte Berg Ber CEO and president Berg, esident

Veridian is proud to have been ranked #1 in the nation for returning value to our members. Stop in today to see how you can save more on a loan, earn more on a CD and get more convenient services. That’s the value of Veridian.

319.236.5600 |




Magee Construction FIRST PLACE: REMODELER, ROOFER | HONORABLE MENTION: HOME BUILDER 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 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. 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 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


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project supervisor to the many sub-contractors who worked on our project, all 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 back-

yard 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 11 years. “Considering that we have been in business for over 37 years the total res-

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

idential projects that have been completed in this area is huge,” said Magee. The company 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 Key to your remodel or new home construction

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1st place REMODELER 1st place ROOFER Honorable Mention NEW HOME BUILDER 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




Oakridge Realtors FIRST PLACE: REAL ESTATE FIRM/BROKERAGE/COMPANY Now in its 37th 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 C o u r i e r ’s 2018 Best of the Best designation. Oakridge leadership attributes the company’s success to their 60 dedicated and highly trained agents. Oakridge associates participate in rigorous ongoing professional development programs to ensure their clients benefit from working

with the area’s most knowledgeable agents. This is why more homes are sold by Oakridge Realtors professionals than any other real estate company in the Cedar Valley, according to 2017 statistics from the Northeast Iowa Board of Realtors. Oakridge Realtors, their staff and agents are actively involved in the communities they serve. “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, the Oakridge Easter Egg Hunt and The United Way are all organizations and events where our agents are giving back to their communities,” said Lyons. “We are especially

Oakridge Realtors  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. Mon-

day-Friday; agents available seven days a week 

excited to be a presenting sponsor for the Pink Ribbon Run again this year.” “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. We are able to provide that for our clients.” As Courier Communications’ Best of the Best real estate firm for the 11th consecutive year, Oakridge Realtors has made their case: In the Cedar Valley, we “Trust the Leader!”

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Deery Brothers Collision Center ‌HONORABLE MENTION: AUTO BODY REPAIR “Your safety is our obligation.” “This is more than just a tag line — it is how we’ve run our business for the past 25 years,” said General Manager, Todd Arenholz. “Our focus when repairing a vehicle is to perform a complete, safe repair. We want to be sure our clients’ vehicle is repaired properly so it is as safe to drive after the repair as it was before the accident. Deery Brothers Collision Center opened in 1997, although our history did not begin there. Collision repair services started in the dealerships of brothers Dan and John Deery. In 1995, spearheaded by the late John Deery Sr., plans were started to combine the two shops at one location. A year and a half later, the Deery Brothers Collision Center was open for business. Deery Brothers currently employs 25 people. We hire only the top employees in each of their specific fields and provide them with the necessary ongoing training to stay up to date in this ever-changing industry. Deery Brothers Collision Center is the only shop in Cedar Falls to hold the I-Car training, Gold Class industry distinction. We are also a Toyota and Nissan Certified shop. Toyota has only 167 certified shops in the United States. We are the only one in all of Iowa. Our employees are our greatest asset, which is why we use the greenest, most environmentally safe products available to our industry. Our PPG waterborne paint system not only Best of the Best Deery Collision Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. meets but exceeds the EPA minimum paint regulations. We also offer spray-in bed liners Deery Brothers Collision Center and paint-less dent repair services Today’s OEM finishes are not like 201 E. Seerley Blvd., Cedar Falls to keep our clients’ cars and trucks anything we have seen before. With (319) 266-9900 hundreds of colors and the mirlooking great. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; ror-like factory finishes, it takes a We at Deery Brothers Collision 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday true artist to make a car look as good Center would like to say thank you as it did when it rolled off the showto all our customers, vendors and room floor. insurance company partners and Our talented, industry trained paint color and the finish of our customer’s their agents throughout the Cedar team takes great pride in matching the vehicles. Valley.


Deery Brothers is a proud sponsor of many community programs, including Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Hawkeye Community College, Junior Achievement, Cedar Valley United Way, local and area sports programs, Cedar Valley Food Bank, local car shows and Co-op for Kids, a work experience program in the Cedar Falls schools.

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T hank You

CeDar Valley!

Deery Brothers

• Collision Services • Paintless Dent Repair • Bed Liners

Proudly serving the Cedar Valley and all surrounding areas. Member of the IADA (Iowa Auto Dealers Association) We are the Toyota and Nissan Factory Certified Collision Repair Center.

Deery Brothers Collision Center 201 E. Seerley Blvd. Cedar Falls, Iowa • 319-266-9900




Cedar Valley Center for Pelvic Rehab FIRST PLACE: PHYSICAL THERAPIST, MONICA WHITE Undergoing physical therapy can help patients experience important improvements in their health and well-being, and seeing the right physical therapist, one who is experienced with a patient’s specific condition and who provides focused, i n d iv i d u a l i z e d care, can make a difference when it comes to diagnosis, treatment, and time frames for recovery. Recently, voters in the Cedar Valley weighed these factors and selected Monica White, PT, DPT, PRCP of the Cedar Valley Center for Pelvic Rehab, a division of Cedar Valley Physical Therapy, as the winner of the 2018 Best of the Best award for top local physical therapist. According to White, the enjoyment she receives from helping people reach their physical goals is a key to developing relationships with patients across the Cedar Valley. This is true whether a patient’s goal is to have better balance with ambulation, undertake double unders without incontinence or return to running marathons. “Passion. I love what I do and I think it shows. I also think education is a huge component to recovery, and I work one-onone with my patients to help them understand

Cedar Valley Center for Pelvic Rehab  1731 W. Ridgeway Ave., Ste. 600,

Waterloo, IA 50701, (319) 833-5900


 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday 

Monica onica W White PT,, DPT, D PRCP


why they are having the symptoms they are experiencing,” said White, a licensed physical therapist with over 10 years of experience who holds a clinical doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) and also is Iowa’s only board-certified pelvic rehabilitation practitioner (PRCP). White specializes in pelvic rehabilitation. When people think about physical therapy, they may not realize that physical therapists can treat pelvic floor dysfunction, a term that describes several conditions that can affect your pelvic floor, a series of muscles, tissues, ligaments, and nerves that affect the bladder and bowels and surrounding areas in both men and women. And pelvic floor dysfunction is widespread, affecting people of all genders, ages, and walks of life: for example, most of White’s patients range from 25 to 55 years of age. “On average, people wait six years before talking about pelvic pain or incontinence with their physicians,” said White. “So much can be done for these issues, so they shouldn’t be afraid to seek help.” For physical therapy or pelvic rehabilitative services, visit Cedar Valley Physical Therapy or the Cedar Valley Center for Pelvic Rehab at United Medical Park on West Ridgeway Avenue in Waterloo. If you are interested in learning more about pelvic rehab, please visit or

Winner: Physical Therapist

A division of: 1731 W. Ridgeway Ave., Ste. 600, Waterloo, IA 50701 • (319) 833-5900



University of Iowa Community Credit Union ‌HONORABLE MENTION: CREDIT UNION For more than 80 years, the University of Iowa Community Credit Union has operated for Iowans as an alternative to big banks with big fees. UICCU has over 185,000 members and 18 branches. It serves residents living or working in 52 counties in Iowa and Illinois, including Black Hawk. As Iowa’s largest credit union, UICCU is a statewide leader for mortgage, auto and home equity lending. The cooperative also offers a complete array of financial services including interest-bearing checking accounts, CDs, IRAs, credit cards, money markets, private student loans, insurance products, commercial and wealth management services. UICCU is proud to be recognized by the Courier as one of the best financial institutions in the area. In addition, UICCU has received numerous awards and honors, including Best of Area, Best Credit Union in the Corridor, best Place to Work, and a No. 1 rank in the United States among 14,000 other banks and

University of Iowa Community Credit Union 3409 Cedar Heights Drive, Cedar


930 Tower Park Drive, Waterloo 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday,

Thursday, Friday; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday

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Proud to be voted one of the


credit unions for returning profits to members in the form of better rates and lower fees. UICCU is member-centric. As a cooperative, we are not focused on profits for shareholders, but rather returning profits to members. If you currently bank with a large national bank, there is an incredibly high likelihood that we could be saving you money. It’s what we do. 3409 Cedar Heights Drive, Cedar Falls 930 Tower Park Drive, Waterloo COURTESY PHOTO‌




Twirl Boutique

Milroy’s Tuxedos



Twirl Boutique opened in May 2014 on Main Street in Cedar Falls. The business is owned by mother-daughter pair Bonita Davis and Jenna Grover. “Twirl has always been a pie in the sky dream for us,” Grover said. “We would often talk about what it would be like if we owned a shop, how fun it would be, what it would look like, what we would sell. After Jenna had children and decided to leave her job at John Deere those dreams became visions of how that could become a reality. We started putting our ideas, thoughts and dreams into action and started praying for some doors to open, and they did. We love serving the people of this community. Our store is our happy place and our mission field to treat others every time they step through the doors with kindness, respect and love!

Twirl Owners: Jenna Grover, Bonita Davis 317 Main St. Main St., Cedar Falls (319) 463-1913 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday     

Twirl offers custom graphic T-shirts made in-house. “Have a T-shirt you want made? Just stop in, show us a picture or describe it, and we can make it,” Grover said. “We carry tank tops, t-shirts and baseball-style tees sizes XS-3X. Twil also offers a a selection of plus-size clothing for curvy women. “We believe every woman, every size, is beautiful and we want to be sure to have items for everyone to choose from,” Grover noted. “We strongly believe that every person who walks through our door is valuable and we strive to make them believe that.”

Milroy’s Tuxedos was purchased by Al Schmidt in 1969 as a men’s tuxedo shop in downtown Waterloo, and is now a tuxedo store and wholesale business. Dennis Schmidt is a third-generation owner with more than 26 years running Milroy’s. The company has grown to five retails stores in Ames, Cedar Falls, Des Moines, Dubuque and Waterloo, and the wholesale business has more than 400 catalog locations across the U.S. We have an inventory of more than 200,000 tuxedos and accessories. Milroy’s is known for having the best selection and colors for weddings. We have the inventory, selection, best fit options (classic, modern, slim and more), and everything on display in the store. We also have the personnel who understands, cares and works with customers for the biggest events in their lives — weddings, proms, black tie

Milroy’s Tuxedos  Crossroads Mall; (319) 235-1462;

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday

 323 Washington St., Cedar Falls;

(319) 277-5315; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday  events and more. Milroy’s Tuxedos received the 2017 Retailer of the Year award from the International Formal Wear Association, which represents hundreds of locations and thousands of retail outlets. We have also won awards on The Knot, Wedding Wire and Best of Des Moines, and are proud to be named Best of the Best 2018 in the Cedar Valley. Milroy’s inventory takes care of our customers, giving them a worry-free experience. Milroy’s has the industry’s reputation for best fashions and great, fair prices. That’s important because we know we have one shot to make your big event memorable.

Two Convenient Locations

one regular priced item

Waterloo Crossroads Mall

317 Main St. Cedar Falls, IA 50613

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Cedar Falls 323 Washington St.

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Stuff Etc.


FIRST PLACE: CONSIGNMENT STORE Stuff Etc. Quality Consignment Stores are currently Iowa’s largest department consignment store group. Stuff Etc. is a consignment service operation that is dedicated to providing consignors the best return on their merchandise, while providing buyers with quality, low-cost shopping. Considering both consignors and buyers as our customers, everything we do at Stuff Etc. is focused on complete customer satisfaction. It is important to Stuff Etc. that the entire customer experience for our shoppers and consignors is positive and rewarding. Stuff Etc. has been serving Iowa since 1985. The Waterloo location opened in 2010 as the first privately owned franchise. Shortly after, other franchises followed both in Davenport and Ankeny. Corporate stores are located In Iowa city, Coralville, Cedar Rapids and Clive. Stuff Etc.’s culture is providing an environment where our customers and consignors feel comfortable and at home in our store, knowing we will provide the best service possible and the best return

Stuff Etc. Owners: John and Nancy Claassen 1210 Flammang Drive, Waterloo (319) 233-8009 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday     

on their goods along with providing community support through volunteering and monetary donations. Stuff Etc. is a previous Best of the Best first-place winner. Stuff Etc. accepts consignment drop offs of one container, Monday through Saturday, no appointment needed. However, appointment options are available. Furniture is accepted at our second location, just across the parking lot, seven days a week, with no appointment required. At Stuff Etc. we sell and consign just about everything you can think of, including clothing for the entire family, hardware, toys, housewares, sportswear, jewelry, furniture and more. We also have our very own line of brand-new mattress products, made by Midwest Sleep in Toledo. We really do have something for everyone!

Store Managers from left to right: Sara, Kristy & Kori



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Structure Real Estate LLC ‌HONORABLE MENTION: REAL ESTATE FIRM/BROKERAGE/COMPANY Based in Cedar Falls, our company is an energetic, professional real estate firm that promotes client satisfaction using contemporary marketing channels, and broad local networks. We specialize in residential, new construction and commercial real estate. We’re an energetic, vibrant office that is on the cutting edge of new technology and customer satisfaction. We are a local company through and through, not a corporation. Our sole focus is the Cedar Valley. We have the freedom and flexibility to operate as a small business but with the mindset and production of a large business. In 2017, Structure had the fourth-highest sales volume in Northeast Iowa among more than 100 real estate offices. Our team came together in 2016 to produce a dynamic group of respected agents and brokers from the Cedar Valley. Owners Brian Wingert and Andrew Schoof were working for another local real estate firm and saw an opportunity to raise the bar by starting their own company. They both grew up in real estate families

Structure Real Estate LLC Owners: Brian Wingert, Andrew


2021 Main St., Cedar Falls (319) 260-2016

in Cedar Falls and wanted to give back to their community through their business. They grew tired of the outdated sales strategies often used in the industry, so they implemented a fresh and modern style of real estate marketing. Structure proudly offers current and potential clients the industry’s leading marketing tools, including the newest and best technology for photos and video. Structure agents have over 85 years of combined experience in the real estate industry. Our goal is to build lasting relationships with the members of our community by providing outstanding service and understanding your needs. We are creative, accommodating, and enthusiastic. We are built to move you.


WELCOME TO STRUCTURE CEDAR VALLEY Based in Cedar Falls, our company is an energetic, professional real estate firm that promotes client satisfaction using contemporary marketing channels, and broad local networks. Our team came together in 2016 to produce a dynamic group of proficient and respected agents and brokers from the Cedar Valley. We grew tired of the outdated sales strategies often used in our industry, so we implemented a fresh and modern style of real estate marketing. We proudly offer our current and potential clients the industry’s leading marketing tools, including the newest and best technology for photos and video. We have over 85 years of combined experience in the real estate industry. Our goal is to build lasting relationships with the members of our community by providing outstanding service, and understanding your needs. We are creative, accommodating, and enthusiastic. We are built to move you.


Cedar Falls



2021 Main St., Suite A, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 | Office: (319) 260-2016 | Website:



Silver Eagle Harley Davidson/ Yamaha Power Sports

Cedar Falls Community Credit Union



Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson/Yamaha Motor Sports has been recognized by the Courier’s Cedar Valley’s Best of the Best for 12 years straight. Brothers Anthony & Vince Lumetta purchased the Harley-Davidson dealership in 2005, and added the Yamaha dealership in 2011. The dealership specializes in Harley-Davidson motorcycles, merchandise, parts and service. Silver Eagle also sells Yamaha outdoor vehicles. The secret to being Best of the Best is a large quantity of quality products and service, long-time employees working at a business they love, providing monthly events for customers and promoting camaraderie between dealership employees and loyal customers. The service department has facto-

Silver Eagle Harley Davidson/Yamaha Power Sports  4022 Sergeant Road (Highways 63

& 20), Waterloo

 (319) 235-6505; 800-3Harley  9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday;

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday


ry-trained technicians consistently receiving up-to-date training from Harley-Davidson and Yamaha. The Silver Eagle family holds monthly get-togethers for others that enjoy the same passion for motorcycling and support local community organizations with volunteerism and charity such as the Armed Forces, MDA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Northeast Iowa Food Bank and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson/Yamaha Power Sports


Cedar Falls Community Credit Union is a hometown credit union that meets the financial needs of people within their field of membership. They have been successful in the Cedar Valley since 1958 because they take pride in what they do. Their current field of membership was recently expanded to include individuals who live or work in 20 Iowa counties: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Grundy, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Hardin, Howard, Linn, Marshall, Mitchell, Tama and Winneshiek. “We are so fortunate to have such a knowledgeable staff who really care about what they do. It also makes our jobs easier when we have the best members anyone

CFCCU     

123 W. Fourth St., Cedar Falls 420 Viking Road, Cedar Falls 2000 Heritage Way, Waverly (319) 266-7531

could ask for who trust us to help them,” said CEO Helen Pearce. “And when we are able to help members in a time of need, that’s when we create those unforgettable bonds.” Cedar Falls Community Credit Union is a local member-owned financial cooperative.


15 OUT OF ThE laST 15 yEaRS

to our loyal customers for voting us #1 Motorcycle and #1 ATV Dealer 12 years in a row!

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

We are pleased to serve all your Motorcycle and ATV needs. The 2019’s are here! Come check them out!


1-800-3Harley | Highway 63 S. & 20 – Waterloo |

Kelli Aikey, Loan Officer


“your hometown credit union”





4 Queens Dairy Cream FIRST PLACE: ICE CREAM HONORABLE MENTION: DESSERT, FROZEN YOGURT We have all the frozen treats you could ever want! We offer the following ice cream  1310 W. First St., Cedar Falls, (319) flavors: va266-3647 nilla, chocolate,  207 E. Tower Park Drive, Waterchocolate twist, loo, (319) 232-1600 s t r a w b e r r y,  3640 Lafayette Road, Evansdale strawberry twist, (319) 233-4164 black raspberry,  Seasonally, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monblack raspberry day-Saturday; twist, orange  noon-10 p.m. Sunday sherbet, orange  twist and vanilla yogurt. We also serve a number of other frozen specialties in a variety of flavors, as the Cedar Valley — Cedar Falls, Waterloo well as ice cream cakes. and Evansdale. Thank you, Cedar Valley, There are three 4 Queens location in for voting us No. 1.

4 Queens Dairy Cream

CEDAR VALLEY FOR YOUR BUSINESS FOR VOTING FOR US IN BEST OF THE BEST! Visit us for the best frozen treats in the Cedar Valley! Flavor Burst • Cones Frozen Coffee Crunches Snowstorms • Snowies • Slushies Smoothies • Floats • Malts • Shakes Sundaes • Freezer Treats To Go

We are a home remodeling general contractor that does jobs big and small. Whether it be a small bathroom remodel or an addition to your home, we are here to fulfill your needs. Our services include but are not limited to the following: home additions, kitchen & bathroom remodels, basement remodels, decks, fences, pergolas, siding, roofing, windows, casework, flooring, etc. We strive to connect and create personal relationships with our clients. We are the contractor that’s going to have your back from start to finish, and always be looking to add value to your home. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing an owner with a smile on their face after a job is completed above and beyond their standards. Each member of our T.E.A.M. has a defined role and works with other members to achieve a common goal — providing quality and value to each and every project we touch. Our No. 1 goal as a contractor is to make the homeowner’s vision come to life. Some of the most difficult parts about

T.E.A.M. Builders LTD.  Owners: Austin Maginnis, Trevor    

Engels Cedar Falls (319) 481-TEAM 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday


the home remodeling process involves putting your ideas on paper, as well as finding a contractor that you trust in your home to do the work. At T.E.A.M. Builders, we can help bring your vision to life with our design services, not to mention our installation crews are the best in the business and people you will enjoy having in your home.



Barmuda restaurants and bars FIRST PLACE: GIRL’S NIGHT OUT — SOHO/STUFFED OLIVE; HAMBURGER — BECK’S TAPROOM GRILL; PLACE TO SHOOT POOL — DERINGER’S HONORABLE MENTION: BREWERY — LARK BREWERY; HAPPY HOUR — BECK’S TAPROOM GRILL, SOHO; BUSINESS LUNCH — BECK’S TAPROOM GRILL; PLACE TO HAVE A BEER — BECK’S TAPROOM GRILL; SUSHI — SOHO; SEAFOOD — SOHO; SPORTS BAR — BECK’S TAPROOM GRILL; TENDERLOIN — BECK’S TAPROOM GRILL There are a number of restaurants and bars under the Barmuda umbrella, including two locations of Beck’s Taproom Grill, two locations of Voodoo Lounge, Deringer’s Public Parlor, two locations of Stuffed Olive, Soho and Shag’s. We have always had the best of the best in the industry working for us. It’s a testament to the concepts and the dedication to customer satisfaction that drive our entire company. Our various companies have won many awards over the years, but some of the ones we’re most proud of are the 2010 Iowa Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Neighbor Award and runner up in for the same award from the National Restaurant

Barmuda restaurants and bars  Owner: Darin Beck  Beck’s Taproom Grill, Waterloo and

Cedar Falls

 Lark Brewing, Waterloo  Deringer’s Public Parlor, Cedar Falls  Voodoo Lounge, Cedar Falls and Des


 Stuffed Olive, Cedar Falls and Des



Association. And we’re proud to be named Best Burger year after year at Beck’s. Our mission is to improve the quality of lives for the people in the communities we serve and the employees who work in our businesses.

FIRST PLACE 6. Girls Night Out

2. Business Lunch 3. Happy Hour 4. Place to Have a Beer 5. Tenderloin HONORABLE MENTION

12. Place to Shoot Pool




7. Brewery

Fresh ideas for creating beautiful spaces

Available Hy-Vee, Fareway and other prime Northeast Iowa locations including Cedar Rapids and Iowa City

 Shag’s, Des Moines 


FIRST PLACE 1. Hamburger


9. Happy Hour 10. Seafood 11. Sushi

Thank You Cedar Valley... We Love You!

For more information, contact Sheila Kerns at 319-291-1448 or



On being voted one of the Best of the Best in Automotive Sales in the Cedar Valley Sales Representative at Bill Colwell Ford “We’ve had another great experience & we are looking forward to our next purchase. Al, thank you so much for your time and honest dealings.” –Tom & Pattie W.


238 Waterloo Road. Hudson, IA 50643





Cedar Valley Electric FIRST PLACE: ELECTRICIAN Cedar Valley Electric is celebrating its 20th year of providing electrical contracting services to the area. Cedar Valley Electric was founded in 1998 in Waterloo, later relocating to the Cedar Falls Industrial Park in 2001 where it is located today. CVE provides residential and commercial electrical contracting, including updating existing wiring, remodels and new construction of both residential and commercial projects. The CVE company philosophy is based on honesty and integrity, the core of its foundation. Delivering quality work makes CVE stand apart from competitors, and clients know that the company stands behind its work. “I grew up watching my dad run a family business and observed him build a strong customer base using the same principles that I used forming my own company,” said company owner Rick Dumler. The success of CVE has been fueled from the team of exceptional and quality employees assembled. “The people who are going to work at your home are the same people I would have work at my home; I have always felt that was important,” said Dumler. Every CVE crew in the field is led by Nick Dirks, left, is CVE project manager, and Rick Foulk is CVE residential estimator. a licensed journeyman electrician with experience in their field and the capacity to problem solve and help clients with their question and design needs. The CVE estimation team are licensed master and journeyman electricians with many years of field experience. This team includes Rick Dumler, owner; Nick Dirks, project manager; and Rick Foulk, residential estimator. Each of them helps clients better understand how the job will be completed successfully. “We know that there are others who can provide a similar service but we set ourselves apart by the quality of our work and assurance that CVE will be  Owner: Rick Dumler there in the years to come,” Dirks said.  5743 Westminster Drive, Cedar Falls

Cedar Valley Electric  (319) 266-1134  www.cedarvalleyelectric.




years in business

focusing on Quality & Service 1998-2018 The Cedar Valley’s 7 time winner of the Best of the Best Electrician!

319-266-1134 5743 Westminster Dr. #A Cedar Falls, IA

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Cedar Valley Hospice FIRST PLACE: HOME HEALTH AGENCY; NURSE PRACTITIONER — ERICA JENSEN | HONORABLE MENTION: RECEPTIONIST — BERDELL SCHAULS Starting a conversation about health care options when someone you love has a serious illness is difficult. However, you don’t have to take the journey alone. At Cedar Valley Hospice, a team of experts is available to help you answer questions and provide education regarding treatment options. One of the most common things we hear from our patients and families is, “I wish we would have called Cedar Valley Hospice sooner.”

“I’m not ready for hospice …”

People often say, “I’m not ready for hospice.” Hospice is not only for your final days or weeks – we can provide care for those with an advanced illness for an extended period. With more than 95 percent of our patients residing in their own homes or facility residence, it explains why families have continually voted Cedar Valley Hospice Best of the Best in

Home Health, because they receive access to our experts and services – at home – where they feel the most comfortable.

Cedar Valley Hospice

An expert team

Having a serious illness can cause several stressors. That’s why we believe in care that encompasses the entire family. With hospice care, families receive support from an interdisciplinary team, including a: doctor, nurse, social worker, aide, spiritual care counselor, grief counselor and volunteer. These experts help to:  Manage your health care. With an individualized plan of care, the team visits to assess your health and is available in crisis situations. This means fewer trips to the hospital and less stress coordinating care.  Improve your quality of life. Studies show that people receiving hospice care live longer than those who do not. Quality care allows you to regain control of your life by focusing on living and making the most out of every day.  Educate you and your family. Our highly-skilled nurses offer education on medications, equipment and changes re-


lated to disease progression. Social workers also assist by providing counseling and emotional support for all involved.  Support for your loved ones. From our aides who help with bathing and grooming to our grief and spiritual coun-

   

2101 Kimball Ave., Waterloo (319) 272-2002, (800) 626-2360 Office locations: Waterloo, Grundy Center, Independence, Waverly, Hospice Home

selors who provide support and guidance, there is always someone available to help. Plus, our circle of 400 volunteers are available to visit with families, help run errands or provide short periods of respite for caregivers. For nearly 40 years the compassionate experts at Cedar Valley Hospice have led the way in care. The sooner you call, the more we can do to help. This means more time with loved ones, making memories that will last a lifetime. Call us anytime for more information at 272.2002 or visit You don’t have to wait for your doctor. Anyone can make a referral. We’ll work with your doctor and be your advocate.




The Brass Tap FIRST PLACE: HAPPY HOUR HONORABLE MENTION: APPETIZERS, PLACE TO HAVE A BEER The Brass Tap Cedar Falls offers over 200 craft beers from around the globe in a neighborhood atmosphere that feels both relaxed and upscale. What’s more, our beer experts can answer just about any question you throw their way. We are in the business of expanding people’s palates, their knowledge of beer and, most importantly, their love for local craft beer. You’ll also find daily specials, live music, and unique events each and every month. As local brothers, we wanted to start a business in the Cedar Valley to bring people together in a comfortable atmosphere. What better way than having a great drink and food menu that has something for everyone? Whether your party is large or small, you’ll feel right at home watching the game or simply catching up on old times. You can even relax on our inviting, open



BEST The Courier

of the


The Brass Tap Owners: James and Walter Burtis 421 Main St., Cedar Falls (319) 260-2080 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday     

air patio. Hungry? From salty to tangy to sweet, you’re sure to find a flavor to compliment your beer and appease your appetite when you stop in to your favorite craft beer bar in the Cedar Valley!



60 TApS


craft beer | Wine | food | spirits

A DELICIOUS MENU INCLUDING STREET TACOS, ANGUS BURGERS & FLATBREADS ThaNk YoU For VoTiNg Us CEdar VallEY's BEsT oF ThE BEsT!! 421 MAIN STREET CEDAR FALLS, IA 50613 Not valid with any other offer, discount or promotion. Limit one per customer. Total value not to exceed $5. Valid at Cedar Falls location only. Expires 03/31/19.





Nicole’s Pampered Paws & Sharpening Service HONORABLE MENTION: PET GROOMING Nicole’s Pampered Paws & Sharpening Service offers bathing and grooming services for dogs. Owner Nicole Boldt stocks multiple shampoos and conditioners and uses the Hydrosurge bathing system. Boldt began her dog grooming career at a local grooming facility. She discovered a passion for the job. “I definitely wanted a career in grooming, but I wanted more than that; I wanted to have my own business and run it how it should be run — fur babies first!” she said. Nicole’s Pampered Paws offers bathing, brushing, light trims and overall haircuts. Boldt also does nail trim and grinding, teeth brushing, ear cleaning, deshedding baths and novelty services like coloring, stencils and feathers. Boldt takes a selfie with every canine customer. “I try to make the grooming process as stress-free as possible,” she said. Customers appreciate Boldt’s quality work and tender approach. “Nicole does such a great job with my cockapoo and Maltese mix! They always

Nicole’s Pampered Paws & Sharpening Service    

Owner: Nicole Boldt 4116 Gilbertville Road, Waterloo (319) 464-5086 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; closed the first Wednesday of the

look amazing when Nicole is done. I would highly recommend her ( and I have) to anyone! I am so happy we found her.” — Michelle W. “Nicole is so good with all of our dogs & she always does a great job! I would highly recommend her! Great for puppy’s just starting to get hair cuts too!” — Morgan C. “Nicole always does an amazing job

with our puppy. She has a true love for animals and treats them as if they are her own!” — Candy Y. Nicole did a phenomenal job on my two big fluffy dogs. They look amazing after their furminator treatment, brush out and nails done. Well worth the wait to get an appointment — and she books up fast! Really nice pet salon run by a young female entrepreneur. — Kim H.



• Baths • De-shedding Baths • Nail Trim • Nail Grinding • Ear Cleaning • Teeth Brushing • Light Trim Up • All Over Haircut • Coloring • Stenciling • Feathers

4116 Gilbertville Road, Waterloo, Iowa


Hours: Monday - Friday 8-4 Closed the first Wednesday of the month




Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare FIRST PLACE: CARDIOLOGIST — DR. SAMIR CHANDRA; PEDIATRICIAN — DR. BRIAN SIMS; PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT — ANGELA SCHREIBER, PA-C HONORABLE MENTION: CARDIOLOGIST — DR. RICHARD VALENTE; NURSE PRACTITIONER — ANGIE GINGRICH, ARNP; PODIATRIST DR. RICK BREMNER, DR. RONALD KANE; URGENT CARE — ARROWHEAD Thank you from Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, part of Mercy Health Network. On behalf of all the providers honored by the community and the Courier, thank you for nominating our Covenant Clinic providers who help care for you and your family – they are truly humbled. Preventative health is important to ensure you and your family are maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Providers and the people receiving care have common goals: to

keep people happy and health care costs down. Together, we can achieve those goals! Having a primary care provider and scheduling an annual wellness exam are the first steps to maintaining good

health. Annual wellness exams are often covered by insurance, so take advantage of that visit to ensure you are on the right track with your weight, mental health, screenings and immunizations. Walk-in clinics are great for unexpected or minor incidents, such as a sprained ankle. Keep your health on track by scheduling an annual exam with your Covenant Clinic provider. Our organization has been in flux for several years, yet remains committed to providing exceptional care. Although you see the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare logo, including Covenant Clinic, Covenant Medical Center, Sartori Memorial Hospital and Mercy Hospital, we are now part of Mercy Health Network (MHN).

Based in Des Moines, MHN was founded in 1998 under a joint operating agreement between two of the largest Catholic, not-for-profit health organizations in the United States: Catholic Health Initiatives and Trinity Health. We have been working alongside other Mercy Medical Centers in Sioux City, Mason City, Dubuque, Clinton, Iowa City and Des Moines, as well as many affiliates throughout Iowa to be a united system of care that will positively impact many lives. Watch for exciting news coming in 2019! We are honored to care for you and your family, and we are humbled by your vote of confidence in the Courier’s Best of the Best!

Thank you for recognizing our health care professionals for their commitment to exceptional health care in our community. CARDIOLOGIST Dr. Samir Chandra ........................................................ 1st Place Dr. Richard Valente.................................. Honorable Mention

NURSE PRACTITIONER Angie Gingrich, ARNP............................. Honorable Mention

PEDIATRICIAN Dr. Brian Sims................................................................. 1st Place Dr. Samir Chandra ................................... Honorable Mention

PODIATRIST Dr. Richard Bremner................................ Honorable Mention Dr. Ronald Kane........................................ Honorable Mention

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Angela Schreiber, PA-C ............................................... 1st Place

URGENT CARE Covenant Clinic Convenient Care Arrowhead................................................. Honorable Mention

Covenant Clinic | Covenant Medical Center | Mercy Hospital | Sartori Memorial Hospital




Kimball and Beecher Family Dentistry FIRST PLACE: DENTIST — DR. ERIC KIMBALL HONORABLE MENTION: DENTIST — DR. LINDSEY VORE Kimball and Beecher Family Dentistry and its team has been recognized as Cedar Valley’s Best of the Best Dentist for several years running, and this year they are proud to celebrate Drs. Eric Kimball and Lindsey Vore. Kimball practices in the Waterloo office. The Independence native received a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1995 from Wartburg College and a doctorate of dental surgery in 1999 from the University of Iowa School of Dentistry. He married his high school sweetheart and now they have three wonderful children. Kimball enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, skiing, hunting, fishing, and being involved at his children’s schools where he volunteers as a coach. He watched his grandfather practice dentistry while he grew up. He was inspired by observing him and the way he was able to affect people as a dentist and saw the impact he was able to have on his community and realized that it was more than about fixing teeth. It is about impacting his entire community and that’s what he wants to do. Kimball offers preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, incluing root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, whitening, dentures, partials and extractions. For Vore, a career in dentistry was an easy choice. Dentistry has always been a big part of her life. Her father is a retired dentist from western Iowa, her brother practices dentistry in Wisconsin and her husband’s uncle is a dentist in Hudson. Vore earned her doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2008. Prior to that, she obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Vore’s extensive post-graduate education courses have involved oral surgery, endodontics and cosmetic dentistry, including Invisalign. The secret to the doctors’ success is they and their partners believe in putting the patient first and treating others the way they want to be treated. The Kimball and Beecher dental team believe


LEFT: Dr. Eric Kimball RIGHT: Dr. Lindsey Vore tice prides itself in outstanding patient service and stand behind the work done at their offices. In 2004, Kimball partnered with Dr. Beau Beecher, renaming the practice  Waterloo: (319) 235-6287 Kimball and Beecher Family Dentistry.  Cedar Falls: (319) 277-6921 Locations were added in Cedar Falls in  Cedar rapids: (319) 396-5336 2010, Marshalltown and Toledo in 2016,  Marshalltown: (641) 753-3383 and Cedar Rapids in 2017. This year, the  Toledo: (641) 484-5988 Waterloo office added two orthodontists  to its team and expanded services for patients. Kimball and Beecher Family Dentistry it is their responsibility to educate their patients, and it is the patient’s right to focuses on, prevention using digital choose what is best for them. The prac- X-rays to ensure problems are caught

Kimball and Beecher Family Dentistry

early. The entire staff is committed to providing an environment that is welcoming and focused on promoting good oral health. Staff provides complete exams, including personalized treatment plans explained in detail to patients. The goal is a healthy, pain-free smile that will last a lifetime. Kimball, Vore and the entire Kimball and Beecher team are committed to using the latest technology to create beautiful, healthy smiles. Kimball and Beecher Family Dentistry loves to make the the Cedar Valley Smile!


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Thank You

To our CusTomErs For Voting us Best oF the Best


Happy’s Wine & Spirits FIRST PLACE: LIQUOR SELECTION, WINE SELECTION Happy’s Wine & Spirits is a locally owned wine, liquor (spirits) and craft beer store dedicated to a wide selection of products and excellent customer service. We get new items in all the time, and also have tastings for wine, spirits and beer on a regular basis. We’re beginning our fifth year in business, and we understand how the Cedar Valley benefits from a locally owned boutique experience, something lacking with big-box stores. We are purveyors of fine beer, wine and spirits. We work with local and small vendors to obtain unique and specialty products that are high in quality and fair

Happy’s Wine & Spirits Owner: Tom Amlie 5925 University Ave., Cedar Falls (319) 277-1463 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday     

in price. We taste items before we purchase them, giving us firsthand experience with nearly everything we sell. And we throw a mean party! We have knowledgeable staff who are willing to help you fine whatever it is you may need. One of us will have firsthand experience with the product you’re looking for.

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Fall Open House Oct. 10th 5-7 pm Please Join us for Samplings of Wine, Spirits, & Beer Locally owned and operated. Largest liquor store in NE Iowa. 5925 University Ave. I Cedar Falls, lA 50613 l 319-277-1463 Happy’s Wine and Spirits is 100% locally owned and operated, seeking to offer the best selection for all your wine, kegs, craft beer, and spirits needs. M - W 8:00a.m. - 10:00 p.m. l Th - Sat. 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. l Sun. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Largest liquor store in Northeast Iowa Like us on Facebook and Twitter for new products and tasting events



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Beau Jorgensen — Farm Bureau Financial Services FIRST PLACE: INSURANCE AGENT For the last 14 years, I have had the good fortune of working with Farm Bureau, and more importantly, all of my clients. My grandfather, father and brother have all been affiliated with Farm Bureau. I grew up seeing first hand how Farm Bureau came through when homes burned, spouses died and life’s biggest setbacks were at hand. Being there for our clients when things go wrong is what drove me to the company. After attending and graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, my wife and I set roots in the Cedar Valley and never looked back. We feel blessed to call this home and raise our two kids, Cruz and Mila, in such a wonderful community. At Farm Bureau, we can help protect your assets with home, auto, health and life insurance products. We can also tailor a financial strategy to suit you. Our approach to service is simple: We’re focused on you, your future and

Beau Jorgensen

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Jorgensen Agency 3315 W 4th Street Waterloo Agent Info (319) 234-2000

Farm Bureau Financial Services  3315 W. Fourth St., Waterloo  (319) 234-2000  8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday;

evenings by appointment 

what matters most. Insurance and investment strategies aren’t one-sizefits-all. That’s why we’re committed to getting to know you and your goals while consistently delivering on our promise to provide personalized service. After all, your goals for investing are unique, and your investment and insurance strategies should be tailored to fit your changing needs. My staff wants to earn your business and provide the service to keep earning that partnership. We have more than 40 years combined service with Farm Bureau. If you are looking for simpler insurance solutions, I would love the opportunity to meet with you. It’s your future. Let’s protect it.

Nothing can really replace a human. At my office, I sit down with you to get to know you and your needs. Together, we create a plan that’s right for you– not anyone else. After all, it’s your future. Let’s protect it.




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Bill Colwell Ford FIRST PLACE: AUTO DEALERSHIP HONORABLE MENTION: AUTO SERVICE, OIL CHANGE SERVICE, AUTOMOTIVE SALESPERSON — AL SHEPARD Bill Colwell Ford, located in Hudson, wants to thank all their loyal customers for voting their dealership the Cedar Valley’s No. 1 overall dealership to do business with year after year. And they’re extremely privileged to be recognized as honorable mentions in auto service, oil change service and and automotive salesperson. Their goal is to make sure they make the buying process and ownership experience simple, stressfree and non-confrontational for each of their customers; and the reward is their customer’s loyalty. When Bill Colwell opened the doors in 1984 he believed in treating his customers and his employees with respect and fairness. He had seen some of the pushy sales tactics being used by some dealerships in the 1970s and he knew that he wanted his business to be different. He wanted an ethical business where his employees were trained right and represented the manufacturer accurately. When Bill bought the franchise, he was the only sales person on staff. He sold 27 cars that first month, selling all day and then locking up at close and finishing all the paperwork at night. After the first month, he realized he couldn’t handle it all on his own and hired two sales people. Now, Bill Colwell Ford has 55 full-time employees; 16 employees in the sales department and twice that amount in fixed operations departments. If you ask Bill what the success of Bill Colwell Ford can be attributed to, he would say, “our employees.” The growth this company has seen in the past 34 years is from the consistent hard work from its employees. Bill set a standard of how to take care of customers and employees have followed suit; because of that they have built a repeat loyal business. While Bill began his business at age 28, his passion for cars and the automotive industry started much earlier. Bill’s father, Bill Colwell Sr., opened his first used car store in Mt. Morris, Ill., in 1960. Eventually the family moved to the Cedar Valley where Bill Colwell Sr. and Bill Colwell Jr. established Bill Colwell’s Auto Mart in Waterloo in 1975. In 1984, Bill Colwell bought the Ford

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238 Waterloo Road, Hudson (319) 988-4153 Toll-free (800) 300-6950 Showroom hours: 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Friday; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Service hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday Quick Lane: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Friday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday


Black and Bill Colwell in front of the dealership with “Bill’s Bird.” franchise from Keith Motor Company and opened Bill Colwell Ford. In the past 34 years the corner of Highway 63 and Waterloo Road in Hudson has changed quite a bit. In 2012, the dealership began building a new facility directly behind the previous dealership, which was built in 1960. In October 2013, the grand reopening of Bill Colwell Ford was held. More recently, Bill Colwell Ford expanded, opening the Cedar Valley Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center in July 2016. The Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center provides a full range of services including oil changes and essential maintenance, tires, alignments, brakes and more for all makes and models, while the Service Department continues to handle major repairs, diagnostics and warranty work. “The fixed operations department, which includes service, parts and Quick Lane, is the backbone of our dealership. In those three departments we have over 345 years of combined experience, which is unheard of in our industry,” said Bill. Bill Colwell Ford has three employees who have been there the entire 34 years they’ve been in business. They are Kurt Kienitz, assistant service manager; and Joel Peterson and Kim Johnson, automotive technicians. Additionally, the dealership has many other employees who have been there for more than 20 years. “And our sales department has over 175 years of combined experience. In an industry where turnover is notorious, we are very fortunate to have been able

to retain our employees all these years,” Bill said. With 34 years of hard work it’s no surprise the dealership has won its fair share of awards. Bill Colwell Ford has won numerous customer satisfaction awards, including the prestigious President’s Award from Ford Motor Company three times. The award recognizes dealers for excellence in providing outstanding customer service and satisfaction. They have also been voted the Best of the Best multiple times in the Cedar Valley and was the only dealership in Iowa to be named a Top 150 Workplace by the Des Moines Register in 2016. Along with hard work, continuous education for employees has contributed to the dealership’s success. All departments are constantly being trained to stay upto-date with the ever-changing auto industry. As vehicle technology progresses, it requires increased levels of knowledge and skills for automotive technicians and sales staff. Technology used by customers is changing also. Statistics show 86 percent of consumers research online before ever stepping foot inside a dealership. “We recently went though a website redesign to make the customer experience easier. We are also constantly using our social media platforms to showcase products, specials, and educate our customers. Every week we’re posting videos to Facebook, YouTube and more. Sometimes they’re simple, like how to put the

top down on your Mustang convertible, or more complicated videos like explaining how active park assist technology works,” said Blake Colwell, General Manager at Bill Colwell Ford. As busy as Bill Colwell Ford is, they still find time to give back to the community. Recently, Bill Colwell Ford held its 10th annual Drive 4 UR School event for the Hudson Athletic Booster Club. As of 2017, Bill Colwell Ford has raised over $56,000 for the organization, and that number keeps growing. The Booster Club uses the money for student uniform and equipment replacement. Bill Colwell Ford has also worked with Cedar Valley Hospice, March of Dimes, Give 2 the Troops, Beyond Pink TEAM, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Cedar Bend Humane Society and most recently the House of Hope. “Being able to give back to those who have given us a chance to earn their business is what keeps our business going. The Cedar Valley is a great community and we’re happy to give back and be a part of it,” said Bill. If you are in the market for a new, preowned, or Certified Pre-Owned vehicle feel free to give Bill Colwell Ford a call or visit their new website,, which has thousands of pictures and inventory information. If you’re not in the market for a new vehicle, they also have an outstanding service department and the new Quick Lane facility to help maintain your vehicle. Of course, you can always stop by the dealership to get assistance with any automotive need, or just to say hi and enjoy a cup of coffee.

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Voted three #1 years in row !

Thank you for voTing Bill Colwell ford the Cedar Valley’s No. 1 oVerall dealership to do business with

Thank you for voTing Bill Colwell ford and The QuiCk lane Tire & auTo CenTer one of The BesT plaCes for oil Changes and auTomoTive serviCe in The Cedar valley! 238 Waterloo Road, Hudson 10 minutes from Waterloo and Cedar Falls






Align Chiropractic & Wellness FIRST PLACE: CHIROPRACTOR — DR. AMBER BREITBACH HONORABLE MENTION: MASSAGE THERAPIST Align Chiropractic & Wellness opened its doors in September 2017. Opening a practice in Cedar Falls was something Dr. Amber Breitbach was determined to do after falling in love with the Cedar Valley while attending the University of Northern Iowa. After graduating with a degree in movement and exercise science, Breitbach graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in June 2017. Breitbach is a member of the Iowa Chiropractic Society and the Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber. The New Hampton native started visiting a chiropractor as a child and continued throughout her life. “It helped me to participate and excel in track, pain free. I also struggled with frequent headaches and chiropractic helped to resolve them,” she said, noting she wants to help patients like her previ-

Align Chiropractic & Wellness Owner: Dr. Amber Breitbach 107 E. 18th St., Cedar Falls (319) 266-2233 7:30 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-noon Friday     

ous chiropractors helped her. Breitbach sees patients of all ages. During a typical office visit she makes adjustments, with additional focus on muscles and soft tissues. Breitbach also provides sport and school physicals, and there is a massage therapist on site. Other services offered include digital X-ray and rehabilitation. Breitbach said it’s important to look at symptoms as well as underlying causes of disease and discomfort. There are a variety of symptoms that can arise when your body is misaligned, she said. “I thoroughly love what I do, so it is important for me to treat every patient

who comes through the door as if they are my closest friends or family, and give them the best care possible,” she said. “I truly care about every individual and I want the best for them and their health. If I can’t help them, I won’t give up until I find someone who can,” she said. Breitbach and her staff have participated in many fundraisers for local causes, including UNI Dance Marathon, Retrieving Freedom and the I HOPE chapter of National Ambucs. “When working in a close-knit community like the Cedar Valley, it is so important to support one another,” she said. Dr. Amber Breitbach


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The Other Place FIRST PLACE: PIZZA The Other Place was started in 1970 on College Hill in Cedar Falls and was primarily a college bar that served and delivered pizza, and is recognized as a memorable part of the college experience by generations of University of Northern Iowa students across the country. The Other Place has grown over the years to 11 locations through Iowa and Kansas, offering great homemade pizza, oven-baked subs, sandwiches, pasta, salads and more in a sports-themed setting to be enjoyed by family and friends. The OP is a proud supporter of the UNI Panthers, in addition to many other local sports and high school athletic programs. Our secret to being Best of the Best each year in the pizza category is that we

The Other Place  2214 College St., Cedar Falls,

(319) 277-9720

 4214 University Ave., Cedar Falls

(319) 268-1655

 360 E. Ridgeway Ave., Waterloo

(319) 287-9400

 3904 Lafayette St., Evansdale

(319) 232-3536

 821 W. Bremer Ave., Waverly

(319) 352-4742

have a time-honored tradition of creating everything from scratch each day. We have been named Best of the Best for pizza every year since 2005. We have the best staff anywhere, who have bought into what it means to work at The Other Place. Simply stated, we are a family here at The Other Place that believes in the vision we have put forward. We are a local, family-owned and operated business that’s happy to have been part of the Cedar Valley for more than 46 years.

EST. 1970



Holahan & Boe Orthodontics FIRST PLACE: ORTHODONTIST — DR. LUCAS BOE Drs. Lucas Boe and Christopher Holahan have enjoyed serving the Cedar Valley for many years, providing orthodontic treatment for children, teens and adults. They are now proud to welcome patients to their b r a n d - n e w, state-of-theart Cedar Falls facility, which offers the latest advancements in technology and treatment options in a comfortable, convenient setting. The focus at Holahan and Boe orthodontics is to serve patients and the community in the best possible way, each and every day. Both doctors are previous Best of the Best recipients, with Boe being named Best Orthodontist in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Boe, a North Dakota native, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in chemistry and biology from the University of North Dakota. He graduated dental school with honors from Oregon

Holahan & Boe Orthodontics  1013 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls  (319) 260-2077 

Health & Science University and was inducted as a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. He completed his orthodontic training at Nova Southeastern University. Boe is a member of the Iowa Dental Association, Iowa Society of Orthodontists, Midwestern Society of Orthodontists, American Dental Association and American Association of Orthodontists. Boe and Holahan, along with their dedicated team, are passionate about developing positive, long-term relationships with their patients as they work to create beautiful, healthy smiles.

OPEN 11am Daily

There is No Place Like We've been baking our original pizza for over 45 years using only the finest meats and 100% real cheese. We hope you enjoy our time-honored cooking traditions and recipes. Every pizza is made to order using homemade sauce and dough and loaded with fresh ingredients. Oven-Baked Subs - Pasta - Sandwiches - Soups - Salads - and Much More!


Your Pre and Post Game Headquarters! Waterloo, IA Cedar Falls, IA 360 E. Ridgeway 4214 University Ave. 319.287.9400 319.268.1655

Cedar Falls, IA 2214 College 319.277.9720

Evansdale, IA Waverly, IA 3904 Lafayette 821 W. Bremer Ave. 319.232.3536 319.352.4742



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Panther Builders FIRST PLACE: HOME BUILDER Removing the barriers that prevent you from building the home of your dreams is Panther Builders top priority. By design, we’ve developed a home-building framework that consists of a free housing transition program, price guarantee, transparent building commitment and backed by an industry-leading warranty coverage. Whether your concerns relate to the dreaded hidden costs found in construction, living arrangements during construction or warranty coverage, Panther Builders will alleviate your concerns as we partner with you through the build process. The Cedar Valley is the home to our team and our subcontractors. Our greatest reward is working with individuals and families moving to or within the Cedar Valley to help them realize their dreams of building a new home. We know the importance of your budget and keep it top of mind throughout the process, especially when evaluating your lot selection, floor plan, floor plan modifications and material finish selections. To help you better understand your options, we are consistently working on improving and fine tuning an easy-to-understand pricing structure and construction process. This transparent pricing commitment allows you to remain in control of your budget and in concert with our team throughout the construction process. Perhaps one of our greatest attributes is our price guarantee. Simply put, what we quote is what you get. With Panther Builders, you won’t have to worry about hidden costs or incomplete interior finishes. We ensure no unexpected bills or additional quotes halfway through the project. That’s not the Panther Builder approach. With so many unique styles and tastes in floor plan layouts, we offer you flexibility in your floor plan design at no cost, including a full team of design professionals to offer guidance and support. We are quick to react to your needs as well as greater market trends and demands. Panther Builders uses only the highest quality materials in our custom home construction and are always willing


Panther Builders  Owners: Brent Dahlstrom and Brian


 604 Clay St., Cedar Falls  (319) 768-7235  8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or by



to make changes to interior finishes to suit your wants and needs. Panther Builders builds each house with a high standard. From Rubber-R-Wall wrapped foundations, 2-by-6 exterior framed walls, Pella/Anderson Windows, 8-foot solid core doors, Bertch Cabinets, GE appliances, Delta and Kohler plumbing fixtures, granite/ quartz countertops, Lennox HVAC systems and the NEST thermostats. Starting with these finishes as a base helps us to build a home that

will last a lifetime for you and your family. Our passion and desire to meet your expectations is evident in our work. When you step through the doorway of your new home you will see the tireless attention to detail that goes into every

Panther Builders custom home. The Panther Builders team is over-thetop welcoming and view any inquiry in building with our team as a cherished opportunity because we are genuinely interested in who our clients are and finding ways to exceed their expectations.


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Free Transition Housing There is no catch! Live for free while you build your new home with panther builders. Additionally, If you can’t sell your current home, we will extend our closing date to eliminate stress.

We Carry THE Construction Loan Start building for $1,000 Down! We buy your lot and carry the construction loan. Only close once!

BUILD YOUR CUSTOM HOME IN 4-5 MONTHS Control the design process and make your dream a reality.


604 Clay St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613


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Lincoln Savings Bank ‌HONORABLE MENTION: BANK Since 1902, expertise has made Lincoln Savings Bank the bank of choice for thousands of people throughout Iowa and beyond. Over 115 years later, they still provide an experience unlike any other because they are constantly focused on you, the people who make up the local communities. To show support for non-profits, they are involved with a variety of organization like Special Olympics, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers & Big Sisters and Girl Scouts. They also sponsor local athletics and community events like the Waterloo Black Hawks, Court Kings, UNI, Iowa Irish Fest, Sturgis Falls, My Waterloo Days, WCF Symphony and the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber. LSB stands a head above the rest in that they don’t just claim community involvement — they back it up with passionate employee-owners who are constantly serving you. To further display their desire to give back and support local economies, the LSB Foundation was established

Lincoln Savings Bank 242 Tower Park Drive, Waterloo;

(319) 233-1900

225 W. Viking Road, Cedar Falls;

(319) 266-2397

301 Washington St., Cedar Falls;

(319) 266-0095

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday;

9 a.m.-noon Saturday

to support LSB’s charitable giving tradition to the communities they serve. The Foundation demonstrates LSB’s commitment to their core value of building strong communities. LSB was also awarded America’s SBDC Small Business Champion Award for their support of Iowa businesses and will continue to work with local business owners to help them thrive. To serve you better and earn your business, they offer the convenience of mobile banking with mobile deposit, bill pay and user-friendly budgeting


tools. LSB has a desire to ensure you are given the best care in all facets of your finances, all while delivering a personal touch that can only be provided by a community bank. They invite you to join over a centu-


ry’s worth of their rich history. Most importantly, they invite you to be a part of the many new and exciting stories being written right now and into the future. Experience better banking with Lincoln Savings Bank.



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Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home

Jim Lind Service



We are a full-service funeral home offering everything from complete traditional funeral services, to services with cremation to follow the service, to direct cremation. At Kaiser-Corson we treat every family like they are our family. We grew up in the funeral home in Waverly, and saw what our father, James R. Corson, was doing in helping families at the most difficult time. We wanted to be a part of the business started by our great-grandfather and that grew with our father. We have a staff with 130 years of combined experience — Darren (18 years), Dean (17 years), Ryan and Jon (11 years), and Denee (8 years). Owners Carter and Steve each have 37 years in the business. We were a Best of the Best winner in 2013, and also received Best of the Best

Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home Waverly, Shell Rock, Denver and


(319) 352-1187

honors in 2017. We also were named a Waverly Heritage Days Hall of Fame award winner in 2000. For each of the past eight years we’ve received the Iowa Award of Funeral Service Excellence. Our staff is here 24/7 to help with whatever you need, unconditionally.

Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear.

Jim Lind was born in 1955 at the former Schoitz Hospital, across the street from where he has since spent a lifetime of service to the Cedar Valley. In 1970, Lind Brothers Standard was founded where Jim Lind Service now sits. In the 1970s, Lind Brothers became an auto dealership and operated four Amoco service stations. In 1980, Jim Lind Standard was founded, and in 1999 was changed to Jim Lind BP. In 2011, the business became Jim Lind Service with Shell, and added a new car wash and service bay. We rely on deep roots and a firm foundation in Waterloo. We combine ethical, old-time 24/7/365 service with hightech equipment and ASE technicians.

Jim Lind Service Owner: Jim Lind 230 E. Ridgeway Ave., Waterloo (319) 235-0457

We aim for everyday fair prices on a wide selection of products and conveniences. Jim is a member of and has served in leadership positions in many civic and religious organizations in the Cedar Valley. Dozens of team employees on Lind’s staff maintain the highest level of customer satisfaction earned over the course of 48 years.

Your Patronage Is Truly Appreciated We love to support our mutual neighborhood and Waterloo hometown.

Jim Lind


"Our Way Of Life Since 1901" 319-352-1187 • WAVERLY | SHELL ROCK | DENVER | READLYN

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LJ’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill FIRST PLACE: LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANT HONORABLE MENTION: SPORTS BAR Neighborhood Bar and Grill LJ’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill has been in business for 12 years. They have a sports-minded theme inside, but our menu also includes many dinner choices. LJ’s specializes in hand-cut steaks, prime rib, barbeque ribs, seafood and pasta. They also have unique menu items such as walleye cheeks and bluegill, as well as burgers, wraps, salads, pizza and appetizers. The menu also includes many healthy choices and gluten-free items. “We wanted this place to be a family friendly place where everybody could come and enjoy quality food and service in a clean, fun restaurant” said the Pratts. The guiding philosophy behind the restaurant is to offer a little bit of everything to everyone. That’s how you end up with a sports-themed restaurant that includes TV’s, sports memorabilia, outdoor seating and a full bar. In designing the restaurant, owners Lyle and Jan Pratt said they always wanted to open up a neighborhood restaurant while catering to the popularity of sports. Culture Trip rated LJ’s as one of the top 10 restaurants in Waterloo. “We would like to thank all of our customers,” said the owners. “We have met so many great people and made so many new friends. Thank you for your continued support.”

LJ’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill Owners: Lyle and Jan Pratt 3550 Kimball Ave., Waterloo (319) 234-3680 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m.-midnight Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Sunday; Kitchen closes at 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday     

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Neighborhood Bar & Grill

Sport’s Minded – Family Friendly

We are open n 7 ddays a week. k. M Monday nd 11:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 1 a.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Come and enjoy our Sunday breakfast menu 9 am - Noon!

Reservations Welcome!! 319-234-3680 3550 Kimball Ave., Waterloo


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Black Hawk Roof Co., Inc. ‌HONORABLE MENTION: ROOFER Black Hawk Roof was founded in 1985 as a two-man operation specializing in flat roofs. Today, at the peak of our season, Black Hawk employees over 120 people and has become a full-service contractor. We expanded our services to all commercial and residential roofing, windows, siding, restoration for insurance companies and claims, and more. There isn’t a job too big or too small for our crews to handle. Over the years, we have grown while maintaining our quality reputation through providing a product that has stood the test of time. We have been able to do this by employing the best of the best, including my two sons. Black Hawk Roof is a family-run company that is proud of its roots in our community and is excited to continue to provide the same quality product and service for generations to come. I experienced firsthand the amount of hard work that goes into roofing while I was putting myself through business school and wrestling at University of Northern Iowa. I also saw the importance of putting on a quality roof that would protect one’s family and/or livelihood. I’ve never been a stranger to hard work and I always saw myself doing something that would allow me to enrich my community by building a trusted, quality product. Everyone needs a roof over their heads,

Black Hawk Roof Co., Inc. Owner: Shawn Kelly 619 E. 19th St., Cedar Falls (319) 277-9355 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday


To everyone at Black Hawk Roof being we pride ourselves on being able to provide this service. We want our custom- the Best of the Best means being a honers to have a superior product they have est, accountable and timely company that confidence in. delivers a quality product.

We are proud to say that Carlisle, a national supplier, has acknowledged Black Hawk for being in the top 1 percent nationwide for quality of work recognized by all roofing manufacturers. Many of us watched in awe as the news stations covered the devastation of the tornadoes that came through Marshalltown in July. We received a call at 8:15 p.m. the night of the storms. By 9:15 p.m., we had a crew on the roof of the community’s hospital. Within three days, the hospital was able to open their doors. Black Hawk Roof strives to be the one you call in a time of need. With our 24-hour, around-the-clock services, we are always there for our customers. Our customers expect us to be the best of the best and that is exactly what we will deliver each and every time because that is what they deserve.

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congratUlations for being named 2018 best of the best in the cedar valleY free estimate call 319.277.9355

blackhawk roof does commercial and residential roofing. as well as siding, windows and anY home improvements.



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Mr. Carpet Cleaning Company HONORABLE MENTION: Carpet CLeanInG Excellent service. Clean-cut, educated and professional employees. Unbeatable guarantees. Top-notch quality work. Owners Brad and Dana Smith believe these are contributing factors in their 15-year streak being voted as Best of the Best in the Cedar Valley. Brad Smith says it seems like only a short time ago he started working for the company, although he’s been at it now for 16 years — 12 of those years as owner. When asked the secret to his company’s success, Smith said taking care of customers is paramount. “We feel strongly that our success is based solely on how much we care. We want our clients to have a great experience from start to finish. Whether we’re picking up, cleaning and dropping off a fine rug, cleaning their carpet, tile and upholstery in-home or drying out their wet basement, we want the experience to be one they go away from feeling like an outstanding job was just done by a new friend. “I love that I’ve gained a number of friends as a result of this business. As a

Mr. Carpet Cleaning Company


matter of fact, one of my best friends today started out as a client just a few short years ago. I love that I can see people on the street and am able to connect with them in a way that goes beyond the norm. It’s sort of a goal of mine,” Brad Smith said. Another one of his goals as owner of Mr. Carpet Cleaning Company is to bring consumer awareness and education to the public. Most homeowners are more likely to make better decisions when they’re educated on what questions to ask before

letting anyone perform services in their home. This is one of the driving factors in the Smiths establishing a free, recorded message that anyone can listen to at anytime on their website, The Smiths have a philosophy on the difference between being a good and a great company. “A good company delivers what people want, and that’s expected. However, great companies constantly strive to exceed expectations and create an atmosphere

24 hours 1715 Jefferson St., Waterloo (319) 291-8665

where the consumer will not only continue to use them but will also brag about them to their friends. I constantly hear of new clients finding out about my company through social media. I love it and it’s humbling at the same time to know when someone poses a question in a social media post like Facebook about who to use for carpet, upholstery, fine rug, tile cleaning or water damage restoration that my name is mentioned.” Smith has this to say to the voters who voted his company Best of the Best: “I want to sincerely thank all who voted for my company. Words can’t express how much this means to me, especially since we aren’t a big national chain with huge name recognition. Thanks so much for supporting the local companies.”

MR. CARPET; 4 x 4.5; Color; 143319-1; Best of the Best

Thank You

for voting us one of Cedar Valley’s Best of The Best!!

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Cleaning Company Inc. (319) 291-8665 Waterloo, IA

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Cedar Valley Eye Care optical team

Cedar Valley Eye Care FIRST PLACE: OPTICAL Being named Best of the Best in optical services by Cedar Valley voters in 2015 was a proud moment for the Cedar Valley Eye Care Optical Department. Now, in 2018, the opticians at Cedar Valley Eye Care have again taken home that top award, this time for the fourth year in a row, which is a true honor for the staff. “Our goal every day is to provide personalized service by really listening to our customers and catering to their individual vision needs so they can feel comfortable trusting their eye care to us,” said Gina Allison, optical manager at Cedar Valley Eye Care. “Winning Best of the Best is an achievement for our optical team and it emphasizes our ability to create those long-term customer relationships. We want to thank our customers for continuing to show their confidence in us by voting us Best of the Best.” From its beginnings over six decades ago and continuing through the present, Cedar Valley Eye Care has offered a wide selection of unique frames, exclusive styles and an experienced group of optical professionals. Whether you’re looking for the latest in eyewear fashions from the rag & bone collection or luxury brands like Valentino, or familiar brands such as Oakley, Ray-Ban and Tom Ford, there are more than 1,500 frames to choose from. Cedar Valley Eye Care also offers eyewear for specific activities, including bicycling, golfing and fishing. Along with the amazing frame selection and the latest in digital lens technology — from single-vision to progressive lenses — advanced coatings for computer and tablet use are also available.

Cedar Valley Eye Care 909 E. San Marnan Drive, Waterloo, (319) 233-2020  8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

1409 W. 1st St., Cedar Falls, (319) 268-2020

 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday  8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday  8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday

Importantly, Cedar Valley Eye Care’s opticians, who collectively have more than 100 years of professional experience, work together as a team to ensure every customer achieves the look that fits his or her individual tastes, preferences and personality. Attaining that high level of product and service satisfaction is how the team at Cedar Valley Eye Care defines success, and it’s a goal they work toward with every customer. “We feel that the secret to being the Best of the Best is enjoying and taking pride in our work and always focusing first on our customers,” said Allison. “We want to help them select eyewear that will be durable, reliable, fashionable and functional, and that customized approach to serving our customers is why we’ve continued to earn the community’s trust year after year, and why we’ve grown as an organization.” For customer-focused optical services, visit Cedar Valley Eye Care in Waterloo on East San Marnan Drive and in Cedar Falls on West First Street.

The Cedar Valley Eye Care Optical Department 4th Year in a Row!

1409 W. 1st St. Cedar Falls, IA 50613

909 E. San Marnan Drive Waterloo, IA 50702

(319) 268-2020

(319) 233-2020



Beth Zars

Salon Iris HONORABLE MENTION: BEAUTICIAN At every age and stage of life we have the same desires: feeling needed, wanted, welcomed and beautiful, inside and out. In the beauty industry we are able to focus on all of those desires with the space and services we provide. Located in the new Jorgensen Plaza in Cedar Falls, Salon Iris is a full-service salon and spa, offering hair care, waxing, facials, massage, nail services and more. Additionally, we are proud to offer oncology massage to our guests. After the first of the year we will be the ambassador salon in the state of Iowa, partnering with Back To You to offer our oncology guests proper wig fitting and wig service paid for by insurance. Salon Iris owner Beth Zars received Best of the Best honors in 2013, 2015 and 2017. She has served the Cedar Valley as a cosmetologist since 2004 and as a salon owner since 2015 at Trio Salonspa in Waterloo where she remains a partner. We welcome everyone. We are open to Western Home residents as well as the general public.

Salon Iris Owner: Beth and Greg Zars 5307 Caraway Lane, Cedar Falls (319) 859-9341 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday     






Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic

Community Bank & Trust



Compassionate Care Vet Clinic is a full-service animal hospital offering progressive veterinary medicine, grooming and boarding. We offer routine medical, surgical and dental care, as well as emergency services. Dr. Lindsey Keller, a native of the Cedar Valley, graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and had previously practiced in Cedar Falls/ Waterloo before opening her own practice in Waverly in 2011. Compassionate Care is equipped with the latest advances in veterinary medicine including full laser surgery, cold la-

Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic  2020 A Third Ave. NW, Waverly  (319) 483-5049 

ser therapy, heated surgery tables, sterile surgical suites, digital full body and dental radiographs, specialized dentistry equipment and a full in-house laboratory. Keller and her staff are passionate about the health and well-being of the pets they have been entrusted to care for and take great pride in hearing about how our clients’ pets love coming to the vet. We thank you, Cedar Valley, for inviting us into your family and becoming a part of ours. Thank you for this prestigious award!

Rachel Fettkether has been with Community Bank & Trust for more than two years. “I chose this organization because it has a great team and the work we do here at the bank gives me great satisfaction. Our bank is unique because we treat clients like family,” she said. Going above and beyond with a positive attitude is expected at CB&T, Fettkether added. “Always be exceptional.” Community Bank & Trust is a community bank committed to building relationships through professional, personal service. Our partnership with QCR Fettkether Holdings and Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust has enabled us to increase our resources, allowing us to take advantage of the technology, products, and services to advance in today’s market. As a local bank, the decisions affecting customer relation-

Community Bank & Trust  422 Commercial Street, Waterloo

(319) 291-2000

 11 Tower Park Drive, Waterloo

(319) 235-6709

 312 West 1st Street, Cedar Falls

(319) 273-8917

ships are made by people who live, work and are actively involved in serving the Cedar Valley. Our clients recognize and value our local in-house decision making, our staff’s expertise, our philosophy to do the “right thing” every day. We invite you to stop in to see us or use our convenient online banking services – you will see why.


HONORABLE MENTION Community Banker, Downtown Waterloo *A rate of 3.00% Annual Percentage Yield (APY) will be paid on balances up to $10,000. To obtain 3.00% APY account must meet all the requirements listed below. An interest rate of .10% (with an APY ranging from 3.00% to .39%) will be paid on balances of $10,000.01 and greater if account requirements are met. Account requirements to earn premium APY include: 10 Visa Check Card point-of-sale transactions* per statement cycle with a minimum combined transaction amount totaling $100, enroll in on line banking, receive eStatements with valid email address, set up a direct deposit or auto-payment minimum of $250 cumulative per month, and download the mobile banking app. *ATM transactions do not count towards the total. A rate of .01% Annual Percentage Yield will be paid on all account balances not meeting account requirements. A $5 monthly statement fee will be assessed on all accounts receiving a monthly paper statement and may reduce earnings. Rates effective as of 07/23/2018 and are subject to change at our discretion. Limit one GO checking or Maxx Checking account per Tax Identification Number. Fees may apply to account related services. MEMBER FDIC




Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley

Blue Barn BBQ  Owners:

Aaron and Ashley Boshar  623 E. 18th St., Cedar Falls  (319) 214-7436 


Blue Barn BBQ HONORABLE MENTION: LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANT We believe in the craft of cooking. That’s why all of our tender and juicy meats are slow roasted over an open fire to create a truly unique flavor that can’t be beat. Our sides and sauces are hand crafted using thoughtfully sourced ingredients and time tested techniques. At Blue Barn BBQ we specialize in slow-roasted, wood-fired meats. We use

Iowa beef and locally raised hogs from Breezy Lane Farm. Our focus is always going to be what’s right for the customer and community. Whether it’s a wholesome meal for one, lunch for the office or dinner for 200, Blue Barn BBQ is committed to serving the best quality barbecue. We hope to MEAT you soon!

BLUE BARN BBQ Get your MeAt on!

Thank you Cedar Valley For VoTing us one oF This year’s BesT oF The BesT!!!

623 E. 18th StrEEt CEdar FallS / 319-214-7436 viSit uS on @bluEbarnbbq

We provide safe and fun after school and summer program to kids who need us the most. Our tagline is “ Great Futures Start Here,” which is the heartbeat of everything that we do at the club as we promote college and careers to our youth. We provide homework help, reading programs, computer classes, athletic programs, health classes, music programs, dance classes and more. No other agency caters to this many kids the way we do because we don’t just provide weekly programs for kids. We also provide daily supervision, with many being latch key with nowhere else to go, for a nominal annual fee. This allows us to cater to families who really need us the most. Each year we serve about 1,000 children, with nearly 350 each day, and we

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley  515 Lime St., Waterloo  (319) 234-2839 

continue to grow each day. We aim to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential.

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


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Humble Travel

Farmers State Bank



Annie Humble-Gougler is the agency sales manager and a top-producing travel adviser at the Cedar Falls location of Humble Travel. As her name suggests, she is carrying on the family calling as a third-generation specialist in the art of travel. In 2009, Humble-Gougler joined her parents, Gregg and Arlene Humble, and grandAnnie Humble- parents, Bonnie and Bob Humble, at her family’s Gougler agency — a business that has been a fixture in the Cedar Valley since 1961. Humble-Gougler has been a big part of the expansion of Humble Travel, which includes an office in West Des Moines and the addition of independenct contractors. She specializes in all aspects of travel including leisure travel, corporate incentives, cruise travel, multi-generational trips and destination weddings. Humble-Gougler’s clients appreciate her personal touch, expertise and attention


Humble Travel

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

to detail. Humble Travel’s connection to the luxury travel network, Virtuoso, gives her top connections around the world, connections she has used to create wonderful travel experiences for many satisfied clients. Humble-Gougler is a past Best of the Best award recipient and has been named a top 30 Under 30 Travel Agent magazine winner. She has personally participated in many industry-sponsored familiarization trips to enhance her knowledge on destinations around the world. She is active in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Junior League and Cedar Falls Tourism Board. She has her husband, Aaron, live in Cedar Falls with their son, and look forward to welcoming a second son this fall.

Humble Travel; 2 x 4.5; Color; 141040-1; Best of The Best TW

Since 1879, Farmers State Bank has been locally owned and operated with the same name. Since then, FSB has experienced steady growth, increasing assets to more than $1 billion and growing to 10 full-service branches in Jesup, Dunkerton, WaCOURTESY PHOTO terloo, Cedar Falls, Gilbertville, La Porte City, Waverly and Independence. FSB is a full-service bank offering all the services of a corporate Locations Locations in in Waterloo, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, bank. Waverly, Gilbertville, Cedar Falls, Waverly, La Porte City, At FSB, we continually strive to mainDunkerton, andCity, IndepenGilbertville,Jesup La Porte tain a high level of customer service. FSB dence Dunkerton, Jesup and is proud to be a financial institution that (877) 372-1879 Independence is big enough to serve all your financial 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, needs, yet small enough to care about (877) 372-1879 p.m. Friday, 8:30 those needs are met. 8:30 Hoursa.m.-6 vary by location noon Saturday (drive-up only) For several years, we’ve been ranked among the top 10 lenders in the state for Small Business Administration lending, and have been recognized as the largest We’ve received Best of the Best honors depository bank in Black Hawk County. for three consecutive years.

Farmers Farmers State State Bank Bank

FARMERS STATE BANK; 2 x 4.5; Color; 142682-1; Best of the Best



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Peppers Grill & Sports Pub

NewAldaya Lifescapes



We are a local, family-owned and operated business. We have been part of the Cedar Valley for more than 26 years. We have employed thousands of people over the years and are now employing children of former employees. The Pepper’s family is huge and always expanding. One of the best parts of our job is seeing what former employees have gone on to do in their careers. Our alumni includes doctors, lawyers, journalists, teachers, athletic directors, bankers, entrepreneurs, nurses, restauranteurs, advertising executives and more. And we are responsible for dozens of marriages! When Pepper’s was first built, it was unlike anything in the Cedar Valley, or even Iowa, for that matter. Pepper’s was modeled after sports bars our late founder, Ken Stedman, had seen and visited in Florida and large cities. Pepper’s has never changed its business model. We provide quality, homemade food at reasonable prices, with


Pepper’s Grill & Sports Pub

620 E. 18th St., Cedar Falls (319) 266-9394 open at 11 a.m. daily

good service and a great atmosphere. We don’t try to reinvent ourselves. We concentrate on doing what we do and doing it well. We have won Best of the Best awards for best sports bar, wings, happy hour, appetizers, place to have a drink, tenderloin and best burger.

PEPPERS; 2 x 4.5; Color; 141653-1; Best of the Best Qtr

Providing living opportunities for the aging population in the Cedar Valley for 60 years, NewAldaya Lifescapes fosters environments to help our residents live better and live well! We are the premier retirement destination in the Cedar Valley. Our campus is nestled on 17 acres and is home to over 300 individuals living independently or with assistance, short term and long term. Our services include independent living, assisted living, skilled care, extended care, memory care and outpatient therapy. At the core of our mission is offering Christian caring services on a very individual basis. Our staff have truly embraced our mission to help make us the Best of the Best. We couldn’t do it without their support! At NewAldaya, we want all who enter to feel welcome. We know it is important for our clients to enjoy each day to its

NewAldaya Lifescapes 7511 University Ave., Cedar Falls (319) 268-0401

fullest, and that exactly what we strive to provide for them. From our friendly staff to our Main Street shopping and dining area on campus, you’ll live better at NewAldaya.

NEWALDAYA LIFESCAPES; 2 x 4.5; Color; 142685-1; Best of the Best

Thank You! Lunch SpeciaLS DaiLy: 11a.m.-3 p.m. mon.-Fri.

for considering us among the Best of the Best!

Start A New Day Your Way! Independent Living | Assisted Living | Skilled Care Extended Care | Memory Care | Outpatient Therapy

Serving great burgerS, tenDerLoinS, SteakS, SeaFooD, paStaS, hanD-breaDeD appetizerS.

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7511 University Ave. Cedar Falls, IA 50613 319-242-3032 |

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Mike Price Sr Owner

Lori Price Operations Manager

Tony Wright Branch Manager

Mark Willmsen Service Manager

Steffen Price Bed Bug Manager

Randy Coker Tech

Stacy Fitzpatrick Dog Handler

Rousey Bed Bug Dog

Quanah Caughron Tech

Abraham Garza

Jonathan Reins

Jon Mecklenburg




Albert Hampton Tech

Mike Quackenbush Tech

Michael Garrett Tech

Max Steege Tech

Guadalupe Lucio Tech

Brian Kruse Tech

Ben Vernon Tech

Seth Kuba Tech

Bill Gerber

Michelle Ashley Office Manager

Lynette Jergens Accounting

Kellie Norris Accounts Receivable

Taylor Young Tech

Megan Christiana Office

Tina Garbes Scheduler

Sara Sanderson Scheduler

Caryn Garbowitz Dataentry


Ann Sandoval Scheduler

Brittany Kugel Scheduler

Since 1984 Aable Pest Control has been helping Northeast Iowa protect their homes, businesses, and structures from insects, rodents, birds, some wildlife, termites, bed bugs, and weeds. In addition, we do grain fumigations. Mike Price has been at the helm from the beginning. Our employees are what make our company great! Each one of our employees contributes to our success. Aable is one of the top 200 companies in the U.S. as ranked by the Pest Control Technology Magazine and has earned a Quality Pro Membership by the National Pest Management Association. Aable supports many community activities including the Waterloo Bucks, The Waterloo Blackhawks, and Relay for Life in both Bremer and Black Hawk Counties. Aable has state of the art equipment to eliminate bed bugs

1800 Commercial St Waterloo, IA 50702 319-291-7200 Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Sat 9am-1pm

Cedar Valley for voting us the Best of the Best for 15 years in a row!




J’s Homestyle Cooking Matthias Landscaping HONORABLE MENTION: BREAKFAST

Come as a stranger, leave as family. J’s Homestyle Cooking offers simple and unpretentious food, just like the spread you’d enjoy at grandmother’s house. Families, business people and travelers feel right at home dining with us. Come see for yourself. Stop by our restaurant and try our daily specials. Breakfast is served all day, and all breads and buns are made in house. J’s Homestyle Cooking offers large portions of made-from-scratch entrees, baked goods and desserts. Owner Janice Power, in business for 9 years, said her motivation to open a restaurant was simple. “I wanted to give patrons a homestyle establishment,” she said. She’s doing just that. Here’s what some of her customers say about J’s Homestyle Cooking. “Food is always tasty, especially menu



J’s Homestyle Cooking Owner: Janice Power 1724 W. 31st St., Cedar Falls (319) 266-3199 5:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 5:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday     

items with the ‘J’s’ symbol. — Hannah S. “This has to be the BEST breakfast place I’ve eaten at. Been there three times and have had excellent food and service each time! Panther omelet is off the chain. I fully recommend it!” — Keith A.

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

Add Life


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



to your Outdoor Living Space

1724 W 31st street Cedar Falls, IA 50613


Hours: Monday - Wednesday 5:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Thursday - Sunday 5:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

• Fresh Bakery Daily • Everything Homemade • Small Catering Available

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

Design | Installation | Retaining Walls | Sodding Brick Patios/Walks | Plantings | Hydro-Seeding

3170 Wagner Rd. | Waterloo, IA 319-226-6000


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Wilbo Burgers Brats & Beers FIRST PLACE: HAMBURGER If you are looking for an ordinary frozen burger patty then you have come to the wrong place. Our burger patties are always fresh and all our meat is locally sourced. Load up your burger or brat fromplenty plenty of from toppings we toppings we have have available. available. While And befor sure to you wait your try some of our meal be sure to freshly try some ofpreour pared prepared appetizfreshly ers. appetizers. While always supporting local small businesses Wilbo Burgers Brats & Beers serves fresh meats from Janesville Locker and brats from Kramer’s Sausage in La Porte City. We were the winners of the 2016 Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant of $75,000, which speaks to our passion for this business. We started working in the restaurant business 30 years ago and we love it. Every person working with us has chosen restaurant work because we enjoy it. We all have fun together. Come for the food, stay for the atmosphere.



Wilbo Burgers Brats & Beers Owners: Mimi Rice, Dave Farris,

Alex Kreimeyer, Nicholas Kreimeyer

118 Main St., Cedar Falls (319) 260-5000 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday,

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.11 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Wilbo’s Burgers Brats & Beers; 2 x 4.5; Color; 142631-1; Best of the Best

Bani’s Liquor & Tobacco HONORABLE MENTION: LIQUOR SELECTION Bani’s is a liquor and tobacco outlet located on College Hill in Cedar Falls. We are Cedar Valley’s choice for liquor selection! Stop in and see for yourselves! Bani’s Liquor & Tobacco has served the community since 2006 and was a Best of the Best honoree in 2013. “I tell my employees to treat customers as family members because these students and this community are my family,” said owner Bani Wahidy. “I will keep doing what I am doing because they deserve the best.”

Bani’s Liquor & Tobacco

Owner: Bani Wahidy 2128 College St., Cedar Falls (319) 277-6666 10 a.m. to midnight Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.- 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday, noon to midnight Sunday

Bani’s Liquor & Tabacco Outlet; 2 x 4.5; Color; 142627-1; Best of the Best

Coming Soon! Drive thru for your convenience

Now selling Vapor products with the best prices in town We are Cedar Valley’s choice for liquor selection! Stop in and see for yourselves!

2128 College St Cedar Falls, IA 50613 (319) 277-6666


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Dolled Up Studios FIRST PLACE: BEAUTICIAN/BARBER Dolled Up Studios offers lash extensions, lash lifting (perming), full body waxing, brow and lash tinting, and makeup services. Owner McKenna Pryor has been in the field for three years. “I chose to go into the beauty industry for the love of making women feel beautiful, not just look beautiful,” she said. McKenna said her secret to being Best of the Best is “putting my clients first. Giving them the absolute best experience from the minute they step into my studio. With complimentary drinks, cute space, comfy seating, good music and an even better service. “I am working my hardest to always better myself for my clients. My goal and motto is ‘be better than yesterday.’ I’m always striving to be the best at what I am, do, investing in more education and learning new techniques. Providing the best experience and results are my No. 1 priority.”




Dolled Up Studios Owner: McKenna Pryor 602 State St., Suite C, Cedar Falls (319) 283-8737 2-5 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday

Dolled Up Studios; 2 x 4.5; Color; 141417-1; Best of the Best Pla

McKenna Pryor

At Diamond Nails, we specialize in natural SNS dipping powder for customers who like to keep their natural nails healthy and strong. In business for five years, we make sure 100 percent that our shop is clean and well sanitized and use top-of-the-line polishes and products. We make sure all customers are satisfied with our services and walk out the door with a smile on their faces. We don’t have any secrets to our ser-

Diamond Nails Owner: Maria Truong 2060 Sovia Drive, Waterloo (319) 883-3064 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday

vice. We just do our job with all our love, care and respect. We guarantee our services and we promise to do the best of the best.

Diamond Nails; 2 x 4.5; Color; 141314-1; Best of the Best

Licensed Esthetician Makeup Artist Lash & Brow Artist

(319)-283-8737 602 State Street - Suite C, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Dolled Up Studios dolledupstudios

Offering lash lifts & extensions, full body waxing, lash & brow tinting, and makeup services. Microblading services coming October 2018!

My mission is to bring out inner beauty & make every woman feel confident in their own skin!

Tel: 319-883-3064 Fax: 319-883-3065

Appt. & Walk-Ins Welcome / Gift Certificates Available Business Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 7:30 pm Saturday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm Sunday: Closed Sovia Drive, Suite #108 Waterloo, IA 50702


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Rockets Rockets Bakery Bakery ‌FIRST PLACE: BAKERY

If lines stretching out the door are any indication, Rockets Bakery is filling a maIf lines stretching out the door are any jor hole in the local doughnut indication, Rockets Bakery is fimarket. lling a maThe bakery for business Jan. jor hole in the opened local doughnut market. 23 The and bakery sold outopened of doughnuts by early for business Jan. afternoon. 23 and sold The out same thing hapof doughnuts by pens nearly daily early afternoon. and especially on The same thing weekends. nearly happens Samand Luddaily espewig has cially onworked weeknearly two deends. cades next door Sam Ludwig has at Morg’s diner, worked nearly two where she is now decades next door a Morg’s part owner, at diner, and purchased where she is now longtime La athe part owner, and Porte City Bakpurchased the ery in late 2015 longtime La Porte mainly to ensure City Bakery in late it stayed open 2015 mainly to enwhenthe theprevious previsure it stayed open when ous owners it for up sale. for sale. owners putput it up Ludwig Ludwig kept kept the the bakery’s bakery’s doughnut doughnut recipe but renamed it recipewith witha afew fewtweaks, tweaks, but renamed it Rockets La Porte City Bakery on the


Rocket’s Bakery Rocket’s Bakery Owners: Samantha and Jaden Lud-

wig Owners: Samantha and Jaden Lud 331 wigE. Fourth St., Waterloo (319) 331 E.232-5967 Fourth St., Waterloo 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, (319) 232-5967 6 a.m.-1 p.m. 6 a.m.-3 p.m.Saturday-Sunday Tuesday-Friday, 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday


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the Ludwigs and their staff try to keep up with the Sam earlyLudwig rush ofsaid. doughnut to that,” “Rightlovers. now it’s Those doughnuts are all baked on site.” just doughnuts, doughnuts, doughnuts. “We dodoughnuts it start to finish scratch, ” Those are allfrom baked on site. Jaden Ludwig“Every dough-” “We do it start finishsingle from scratch, nut is topped fun Jaden Ludwigindividually. said. “EveryThat’s single the doughpart. give individually. our toppers That’s the frostings nut isWe topped the fun and 15We different kinds of candies and tell part. give our toppers the frostings them go erent to town andof have fun with ” and 15todiff kinds candies and it. tell The to owners say the them go to town andbest haveingredients, fun with it.” theThe bestowners staff and “athe lot of love” make the say best ingredients, best doughnuts. the best staff and “a lot of love” make the “Once you’ve had a Rockets doughnut, best doughnuts. other doughnuts are not the same,” Jaden “Once you’ve had a Rockets doughnut, Ludwig said. other doughnuts are not the same,” Jaden Ludwig said.

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Riley’s Floors FIRST PLACE: CARPET/FLOOR COVERINGS Employees at Riley’s Floors have vast knowledge of floor coverings, including hardwood, ceramic tile, carpet, luxury vinyl tiles/planks, sheet vinyl and other products. Riley’s carries residential and commercial products. Steve Riley began on-thejob training after college, learning the trade as an installer. He continued in other aspects of the flooring business, and opened Riley’s Floors in 1989. Donny Sallee began working in retail flooring and installation, and started his career with Riley’s in the warehouse. He worked closely with Riley, transitioning to owner when Ri-

Riley’s Floors Owner: Donny Sallee  3230 Marnie Ave.,


 (319) 233-9911  8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday;

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday 

Riley’s also specializes in tile for kitchen backsplashes and other areas of the home. ley retired. We are a locally owned and family-run business. Our goal is to offer the best products and service available. Our design team is a great asset to our

customers. We sell what is best for our customers. We are proud of our reputation of service after the sale. We feel our customer service has contributed to our great

relationships with our customers. This sets us apart from our competitors. We have been a part of many successful projects that have received awards, and are grateful to have been a part of those projects. We strive for complete COURIER STAFF customer satisfaction, and thank our customers once Riley’s Floors services residential and commercial again for voting us Best of needs. This luxury vinyl plank flooring accents a local the Best. restaurant perfectly.

3230 Marnie Ave. Waterloo 319-233-9911

Thank You Cedar Valley For Voting Us Best of The Best!!




TNT Cheer

Jiva Salonspa



TNT Cheer is the only gym in the Cedar Valley dedicated to the sport of cheer. All Star Cheer is not your traditional sideline cheer. In All Star Cheer, teams compete against teams from across the Midwest with routines featuring power tumbling, stunts, jumps and dance. TNT has been blessed three times to attend Summit, the World Series of cheerleading, at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. Only 10 percent of All COURTESY PHOTO Star cheerleaders will get this experience in their lifetime. Transferable skills that go beyond the gym is important to me as a gym owner.  Owner: Amanda Freet Seeing our athletes develop leadership  6023 Chancellor Drive, Cedar Falls skills, a strong work ethic, self disci (319) 234-1147 pline, respect, honor, humility, trust,  5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; responsibility, prioritization skills, loy3-9 p.m. Sunday alty, etc., means more than any trophy,  banner, jacket or ring. This is our fifth year to receive this Best of the Best honor. and give them a taste of All Star Cheer At TNT Cheer, we also offer recre- without the competition. ational cheer and tumbling classes to Registration is open now for our prepare athletes for competitive cheer school season.

TNT Cheer

Enroll in our Cheer, Dance, and Tumbling at today. 6023 Chancellor Dr. Cedar Falls, IA 50613

(319) 234-1147

Jiva Salonspa is a full-service salon and spa that offers hair services, pedicures, massages, facials, waxing, bridal party services and more. At Jiva Salonspa, it is important to us that we understand what our guests’ wants and needs are so that we can design and customize treatments. We want to ensure our guests have the best possible experience so they continue to come back. We are committed to creating an exceptional experience for our guests so they continue to love us as much as we love them. Since 2003, Jiva Salonspa has received consistent recognition for best Massage and best hair salon in the Cedar Valley in the Courier’s annual Best of the Best. It’s no wonder why Jiva Salonspa has received such a long-standing reputation as the best place to escape from life’s routine!


Jiva Salonspa Owner: Bill Bradford 223 Main St., Cedar Falls (319) 268-0772 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday     


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Sandy Benak — State Farm Insurance ‌HONORABLE MENTION: INSURANCE AGENT Thank you to all who voted for Sandy Benak State Farm Agency. I started my career with State Farm 25 years ago. We enjoy building relationships and taking care of our clients. The key to a successful business is providing honest, fair and dependable service. At the Sandy Benak State Farm Insurance Agency our clients have a professional team working for them. We listen and personalize their individual goals and offer sound advice to secure their financial future. Volunteering in the Cedar Valley is a high priority of mine. Currently I participate on the executive board of the Sartori Foundation, and I am a member of the Cedar Falls Lions Club. I have participated as a guest speaker in multiple classrooms in the Cedar Valley introducing high school and college students to the insurance world.

Sandy Benak State Farm Insurance Agency 2103 Main St., Cedar Falls (319) 277-6435 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

In the past I have served on the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony board, Church Council, Cedar Falls Health Trust Board and as a Cedar Valley Ambassador. Our team is focused on taking care of our customers’ needs and to help simplify their lives.

I love this town. Thanks, Cedar Valley.

Sandy Benak, Agent 2103 Main Street Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Bus: 319-277-6435

I love being here to help life go right™ in a community where people are making a difference every day. Thank you for all you do. State Farm, Bloomington, IL





Morg’s Diner FIRST PLACE: BREAKFAST 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. 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 restaurant has kept its character. Ludwig can’t imagine expanding and

Morg’s Diner  520 Mulberry St., Waterloo  (319) 234-2416  6 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6 a.m.-1 p.m.


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. Customers appreciate the sentiment and the food. Restaurant reviews speak for themselves. “Always a good time and amazing food.” — Kate “First visit. Friendly, great food and love watching the ladies cook. They got a good system going.” — Sandy “One of the best, if not THE best diner I’ve been to. If you’re in Waterloo, go there!” — Jeffrey “Fantastic Food and outstanding service. COURIER FILE PHOTO Super-size portions and delicious selection.” — Michael Doris Anderson serves up a 12-inch pancake at Morg’s diner in Waterloo.

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Cedar Falls Brown Bottle






The Cedar Falls Brown Bottle has been an area family favorite for decades. We specialize in delicious Italian cuisine, with an extensive wine list and popular homemade desserts like tiramisu and brownie pie. Consistently great food, hands-on local ownership and an appreciation of our customers is what makes us Best of the Best. We truly enjoy sharing in life’s special moments, whether it’s a first date, 50th wedding anniversary or just a “let’s catch up” night out. The Cedar Falls Brown Bottle has received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for several years and numerous Best of the Best honors. We offer a comfortable, casual atmosphere with multiple dining rooms and a welcoming garden patio. Monday nights are a great time to explore new flavors with all bottles of wine at half price.


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Owners: Jim and Jodi Landau 1111 Center St., Cedar Falls (319) 266-2616

We’re a gourmet restaurant that offers creative entrees, an award-winning wine list and servers dedicated to ensuring an exceptional experience. You’ll find global cuisine, Midwest favorites and a warm, sophisticated atmosphere. Montage is passionate about quality. That translates to our menu choices, ingredients, service and even the artwork on the walls. As a small, locally owned business, we want to provide our guests the same standard of experience that we expect from others. Montage’s wine list has received the Award of Excellence from the national Wine Spectator magazine every year since 2002, making us the longest-awarded restaurant in the state. We’ve also received the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor patrons several years in a row, as well as numerous Best of the Best honors. We’re proud to be located in beauti-


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Owners: Jim and Jodi Landau 222 Main St., Cedar Falls (319) 268-7222 4:30-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday

ful, historic downtown Cedar Falls. In addition to our main dining rooms, visitors often enjoy our rooftop patio with outdoor fireplaces and our upstairs bar, Montage Upstairs, with fresh, creative martinis and cocktails.

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Western Home Communities FIRST PLACE: ASSISTED LIVING, NURSING HOME, RETIREMENT COMMUNITY In its 106-year history, 2018 already stands out at Western Home Communities. The non-profit organization has debuted an innovative multi-million dollar complex in south Cedar Falls, expanded to Grundy Center with the opening of new nursing cottages, started a renovation of Martin Center nursing home on its downtown campus, began management of an assisted living community in Denver and entered a management partnership with Hillcrest Living in Sumner.

“Is this really a retirement community?”

Western Home Communities  5307 Caraway Lane, Cedar Falls  (319) 277-2141 

The Deery Suites


Chef Brice Dix of Table 1912 applies the finishing touches to a dish at the fine Comments like these have been over- dining restaurant, located inside Jorgensen heard often this summer, as Western Plaza for Well-Being at Western Home Home Communities unveiled Jorgensen Communities. Plaza for Well-Being. The completion of this $52 million project helps fulfill the organization’s mission – to assertively create fulfilling lifestyles for those it serves, their families and employees. Located west of Prairie Parkway on the 150-acre south campus, Jorgensen Plaza houses an array of amenities designed to improve physical, social, intellectual, emotional and spiritual well-being, not only for 1,050 residents and 900 employees, but also the community at large.

Marvin Hudwalker takes the steps under the watchful eye of physical therapist Kristin Henry at Western Home Communities’ new clinic inside Jorgensen Plaza for Well-Being.

Outpatient therapy

A new therapy clinic inside Jorgensen Plaza is home to experienced speech, occupational and physical therapists who can now offer outpatient services to anyone in the community. Each therapist is certified for aqua therapy and can access The Grosse Aquatic and Wellness Center, named in honor of benefactors Bob and Donna Grosse. This space includes a 25-yard four-lane lap pool with a circular resistance channel, a walking/jogging track, exercise classroom, treadmills, upright bicycles, elliptical machines and air-pressurized conditioning equipment.

Open to the public

The vision is to serve the greater Cedar Valley and foster intergenerational connections. “We created spaces and venues for that to happen, with a focus on holistic wellness,” explains CEO Kris Hansen. “We want this to be the connective tissue in a quality way so everybody benefits.”  Contemporary, upbeat spaces set the stage for the creative chefs behind Caraway Café, Gilmore’s Pub and Table 1912. Delicious dining appeals to all ages and fosters great conversation.  Salon Iris, an Aveda concept salon, features hairstylists, colorists, massage therapists and estheticians whose goal is to make your day, and where aromatherapy-based products make you feel as good

Attached to Jorgensen Plaza on the north end are The Deery Suites, where people recover from surgery, illness or injury in a comfortable, quiet and private space, with the most up-to-date skilled nursing care and therapies available. Marlene and the late John Deery, Sr., provided a generous gift for this threestory building, where just 20 people recover together per floor. More like a hotel than a hospital, these short-term residents will appreciate their spacious and private furnished rooms with private bathrooms as they regain strength and work to return home.

Visit today

Western Home Communities lead wellness coordinator Amanda Lynch encourages residents to stretch during this exercise class, one of 22 weekly offerings at The Grosse Aquatic and Wellness Center. as you look. Many mother-daughter (or grandmother-granddaughter) duos are booking appointments here together.  Diamond Event Center buzzes with activity, from corporate trainings to nonprofit fundraisers and romantic wedding receptions. This light-filled space

with state-of-the-art audio and visual systems provides an ideal backdrop for memorable moments, and is the Sunday morning home of Fresh Wind Worship, an intergenerational, non-denominational gathering of Christians from one to 101 years of age.

Caraway Café is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Gilmore’s Pub is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Table 1912 is open Monday through Saturday for lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and also Thursday-Saturday from 5-9 p.m. If you’re ready to enhance your well-being with a move to Western Home Communities, call (319) 277-2141 and ask for Kim, Katie or Maria. If you’re scheduling a surgery and want to make sure you can recover at The Deery Suites, call Karla or Wendy at (319) 2772141.

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Thank you, Cedar Valley, for your votes and your support. Since last year, we’ve opened all this to serve you better:

Pub Table 1912 & Gilmore’s

The Grosse Aquatic and Wellness Center

Diamond Event Center

The Cottages at Creekside in Grundy Center

The Deery Suites

Caraway Cafe


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