Best of the Best 2016

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ADULT SHOE STORE Von Maur Thompson Shoes Scheels

BANK Lincoln Savings Bank U.S. Bank Farmer’s State Bank

CARDIOLOGIST Dr. Ahsan Maqsood - Covenant Clinic Dr. Richard J. Valente - Covenant Clinic Dr. Kalyana Sundaram - Cedar Valley Cardiology

ANTIQUE STORE Calico Hen House Gilgen’s Consignment Furnishings Miss Wonderful

BANK TELLER Travis Morehouse - Regions Bank Mandi Becker - Lincoln Savings Bank Alissa Ericson - Veridian Credit Union

CARPET CLEANING Mr. Carpet Cleaning Company Hambly & Sons Cleaning and Restoration Chem-Dry of NE Iowa

APPETIZER Briqhouse Bar & Grill Applebee’s Zsavooz

BEAUTICIAN/BARBER Randall Crane - Polk-A-Dot Stacey Morris - Cost Cutters Siera Swart - Jiva Salonspa

CARPET/FLOORING COVERING D&W Floor Covering Carpetland USA Design 360 at Decorating Den Interiors

APPLIANCE STORE Sears Direct Appliance & TV Peoples Appliance

BIKE SHOP Europa Cycle & Ski Bike Tech Scheels

CATERING SERVICE Hy-Vee Moment in Thyme Randall’s Stop n’ Shop

ART & FRAME SHOP Hobby Lobby Heritage Art Gallery & Frame Michaels Craft Stores

BOWLING ALLEY Maple Lanes Cadillac Lanes Waverly Bowl Inn

CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY Montage Bryan’s on 4th Isle Casino & Hotel Waterloo

ASIAN FOOD Sakura Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar Golden China East China

BRAKE SERVICE Rydell Chevrolet Bill Colwell Ford Priority 1 Automotive Services

CELL PHONE DEALER Next Generation Wireless US Cellular Verizon

ASSISTED LIVING Western Home Communities NewAldaya Lifescapes Friendship Village

BREAKFAST Morg’s Diner J’s Homestyle Cooking Village Inn

CHEAP EATS Briqhouse Bar & Grill McDonald’s Hy-Vee

ATV Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson/Yamaha DR Powersports Myers Polaris

BRIDAL SHOP Simply I Do An Elegant Affair Bridal Finery Bridal and Trend Boutique

AUTO BODY REPAIR Rydell Chevrolet Deery Brothers Collision Center Coffman’s Body Shop

BUSINESS LUNCH Amigos Mexican Restaurant (tie) Briqhouse Bar & Grill (tie) Zsavooz Cherry Creek Grill (tie) Whiskey Road Tavern & Grill (tie)

CHICKEN Chic-fil-A Briqhouse Bar & Grill Highway 63 Diner (tie) Hy-Vee (tie) KFC (tie) Pizza Ranch (tie)

AUTO DEALERSHIP Bill Colwell Ford Rydell Chevrolet Community Motors AUTO SERVICE Rydell Chevrolet Dan Deery Motors Bill Colwell Ford AUTOMOTIVE SALESPERSON Mike Potter - Rydell Chevrolet Sebastian Hansen - Witham Auto Centers David Maxson, Jr. - Dan Deery Toyota BAKERY Hy-Vee Scratch Cupcakery Simply Yummy! Baking Company - The Isle

BUY A LAWNMOWER Menards Lowe’s Home Improvement Outdoor & More BUY COLLECTIBLES Trinkets & Togs Hallmark Anna’s Treasure Chest BUY VIDEO GAMES GameStop VidCycle Walmart CAR WASH Waterfalls Car Wash Happy Hippo Car Wash Miracle Car Wash

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING Uptown Tots KOHL’S Von Maur CHILDREN’S SHOE STORE Uptown Tots KOHL’S Von Maur CHILI Wendy’s Briqhouse Bar & Grill The Other Place CHIPS & SALSA Carlos O’Kelly’s Amigos Mexican Restaurant Chapala

CHIROPRACTOR Dr. Blake Wayson - Wayson Family Chiropractic Dr. Derrick Benner - Elite Chiropractic & Wellness Dr. Andrew Jolley - Summit Chiropractic & Physical Therapy COFFEE SHOP Cup of Joe Sidecar Coffee Shop Starbucks CONSIGNMENT STORE Trinkets & Togs Stuff Etc. Two 4 Tots COOKIES Insomnia Cookies Hy-Vee Bakery Simply Yummy! Baking Company - Isle CRAFT STORE Hobby Lobby Michaels Craft Stores Trinkets & Togs CREDIT UNION Veridian Credit Union University of Iowa Community Credit Union Cedar Falls Community Credit Union DAY CARE PROVIDER Community United Child Care Centers A to Z Learning Center and Daycare Happy Time Preschool & Daycare DELI Hy-Vee Sub City Boardwalk Deli DENTIST Dr. Trunnell - Cedar Valley Dental Associates Dr. Thomas Strub - Cedar Falls Dr. Beau Beecher - Kimball & Beecher Family Dentistry DESSERT Scratch Cupcakery (tie) Simply Yummy! Bakery - Isle (tie) 4 Queens Dairy Cream Hy-Vee DINNER Whiskey Road Tavern & Grill Zsavooz Amigos Mexican Restaurant (tie) Briqhouse Bar & Grill (tie) Otis & Henry’s Steakhouse (tie) DRIVE-UP SERVICE Culver’s Chic-fil-A Applebee’s


ELECTRICIAN Cedar Valley Electric Henninger Electric Stickfort Electric Company

GENERAL SURGEON Dr. Neal McMahon - Covenant Clinic Dr. Robert Savereide - Covenant Dr. Brian Gerrelts - Cedar Valley Medical Specialists

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

GIRLS NIGHT OUT Zsavooz Isle Casino & Hotel Waterloo Luna Art + Wine

EYE DOCTOR Dr. Anthony Bailey - Acton Optical Dr. Amy Hartmann - Mauer Eye Center Dr. Bradley Knox - Knox Eyecare

GOLF COURSE Pheasant Ridge Golf Course Beaver Hills Country Club Gates Park Golf Course

FAMILY DOCTOR Dr. Kyle Christensen - Cedarloo Family Practice Dr. Angela Schreiber - Arrowhead Medical Center Dr. Matt Smith - Allen Hospital

GOLF EQUIPMENT Golf Headquarters DICK’S Sporting Goods Trinkets & Togs

FINANCIAL/INVESTMENT Lincoln Savings Bank Financial Services Veridian Credit Union Financial Architects

GREENHOUSE Petersen & Tietz Florists & Greenhouses Jordan’s Nursery Ecker’s Flowers & Greenhouses

FITNESS CENTER Planet Fitness Key West Fitness Dirty 30 Fitness


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

HAIR SALON Hair Biz Salons Jiva Salonspa Polk-A-Dot Hairstyling

FOOD DELIVERY Jimmy John’s East China Hy-Vee Aisles Online

HAMBURGER Briqhouse Bar & Grill Beck’s Taproom Grill The Lone Wolf - Isle (tie) Zsavooz (tie)

FRESH VEGETABLES/FRUIT Hy-Vee Fareway ALDI FROZEN YOGURT Menchies Frozen Yogurt in Cedar Falls Brick House Frozen Yogurt Culver’s FULL SERVICE NAILS Bella Nails & Boutique LA Nails and Spa Diamond Nails FUNERAL HOME Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service Locke Funeral Home Richardson Funeral Home FURNITURE Simpson’s Furniture (tie) Slumberland (tie) McGregors Furniture Design 360 at Decorating Den Interiors (tie) Jerry’s Furniture (tie)

HAPPY HOUR Briqhouse Bar & Grill Zsavooz The Lone Wolf - Isle (tie) Toads Bar & Grill (tie) HARDWARE STORE Ace Hardware Menards Ridgeway True Value HEALTH & NATURAL FOODS Hy-Vee TnK Health Food Store Green Fields Health Food Center HEARING AIDS/SERVICE Potter’s Hearing Aid Service Black Hawk Hearing Aid Center Wolfe Audiology


HEATING/COOLING Bergen Plumbing Heating & Cooling Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning Gubbels One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (tie) Young Plumbing and Heating Co. (tie) HOME BUILDER Magee Construction Koch Construction Panther Builders

LIQUOR SELECTION Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits Happy’s Wine & Spirits Sam’s Club LOAN OFFICER Kyle Langenberg - UICCU Kade Hoppenworth - Lincoln Savings Bank Brandon Steen - Community First National Bank

HOME DECOR STORE AtHome Hobby Lobby Design 360 at Decorating Den Interiors

LOCAL/STATE DAY TRIP Isle Casino & Hotel Waterloo Des Moines Decorah (tie) Dubuque (tie)

HOME HEALTH AGENCY Comfort Care Cedar Valley Hospice atHome with Western Home

LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANT Briqhouse Bar & Grill Zsavoos Sports Lounge & Grill Whiskey Road Tavern & Grill

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

MARGARITAS Amigos Mexican Restaurant Chapala Carlos O’Kelly’s

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

MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR Justin Downs - Dirty 30/Keywest Fitness Russ O’Connell - ROC Fitness Lee Mattox - International Martial Arts of Waterloo

INSURANCE AGENT Beau Jorgensen - Farm Bureau Brad Jacobson - State Farm Ryan Sullivan - State Farm

MASSAGE Jiva Salonspa Trio Salonspa Elements Massage

INTERIOR DECORATING STORE Design 360 at Decorating Den Interiors AtHome Hobby Lobby

MEAT COUNTER Fareway Hy-Vee Steege’s Meat Market

ITALIAN FOOD Olive Garden Cedar Falls Brown Bottle The Brown Bottle - Waterloo

MEDICAL STAFF MEMBER Kelley McNamara - Advanced Pet Care Clinic Ashley Huff - Planned Parenthood Kathy Kemming - Planned Parenthood

JEWELRY STORE Roth Jewelers Facets by Susong Tenenbaum’s Jewelry

MEN’S CLOTHING Fashion to Five Kohl’s Palace Clothiers

KARAOKE Premier Sound Entertainment Ultimate Entertainment Whiskey Road

MEXICAN Chapala Amigos Mexican Restaurant Carlos O’Kelly’s

LANDSCAPE SERVICE B&K Lawn Care Matthias Landscaping Minteys Lawn Care

MOTORCYCLE Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson/Yamaha DR Powersports Paine’s RV and Victory

LAUNDROMAT Clean Laundry Laundry Plus Prestige Quality Dry Cleaning

NEWS ANCHOR Amanda Goodman - KWWL Ron Steele - KWWL Jerry Gallagher - KWWL



NURSING HOME Western Home Communities NewAldaya Lifescapes Friendship Village

PIZZA The Other Place Tony’s La Pizzeria Briqhouse Bar & Grill

REALTOR Dan Berregaard - Oakridge Amy Wienands - Amy Wienands Real Estate Carl Ericson - Oakridge Realtors

TANNING SALON Key West Fitness Sun Tan City Island Paradise Tanning Salon

OB/GYN Dr. Susan Lipinski - Partners in Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Anthony Onuigbo - Partners in Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Marjorie Eastor - Planned Parenthood

PLACE FOR LUNCH Briqhouse Bar & Grill Zsavoos Amigos Mexican Restaurant

RECEPTIONIST Juliette Sinner - Planned Parenthood Carah Evans - Pawsitive Pet Care Courtney Kuhagan - Advanced Pet Care

TENDERLOIN Town House Tenderloins Briqhouse Bar & Grill Steamboat Gardens

PLACE TO GO FOR FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Palmer’s Family Fun Marcus Theatres Chuck E. Cheese’s (tie) Lost Island Waterpark (tie)

REMODELER Magee Construction Koch Construction Patterson Construction and Design

TRANSMISSIONS Rydell Chevrolet L&M Transmission Witham Auto Centers

RETIREMENT COMMUNITY Western Home Communities Friendship Village NewAldaya Lifescapes

TRAVEL AGENT Brady Gruhn - Lighthouse Travel Annie Humble - Humble Travel Lindsey Hippen - Humble Travel

RIBS Famous Dave’s D & K Hickory House Whiskey Road Tavern & Grill

VETERINARIAN Dr. Tammy Stevenson - Advanced Pet Care Clinic Dr. Lindsey Keller - Compassionate Care Vet Clinic Dr. Kevin Christman - Cedar Valley Veterinary Center

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

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN Jodi Hillman - Cedar Valley Veterinary Center Cheyan (Hampel) Stover - Advanced Pet Care Sara Lursen - Compassionate Care Vet Clinic

SEAFOOD Red Lobster Hy-Vee Otis & Henry’s Steakhouse

VIDEO STORE Family Video Redbox Netflix

SPORTING GOODS STORE Scheels DICK’S Sporting Goods Crawdaddy Outdoors

WAITER/WAITRESS Alison Blake - Waterloo Brown Bottle Kelsey Delp - The Other Place Mel Zimmerman - Village Inn

SPORTS BAR Zsavooz Briqhouse Bar & Grill Pepper’s Grill & Sports Pub

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

STEAK Texas Roadhouse Longhorn Steakhouse Otis & Henry’s Steakhouse

WOMEN’S ACCESSORIES Spotlight Style Boutique & Salon KOHL’S Von Maur

SUBS Sub City Subway Jimmy John’s

WOMEN’S CLOTHING KOHL’S Von Maur Spotlight Style Boutique & Salon

OIL CHANGE SERVICE Rydell Chevrolet Dan Deery Motors John Deery Motors OPTICAL Cedar Valley Eye Care Eye Care Associates Knox Eye Care ORTHODONTIST Dr. Lucas Boe - Boe & Zwanzinger Orthodontics Dr. Chris Holahan - Cedar Valley Orthodontics Dr. Greg Christensen - Christensen & Freeseman Orthodontics OUTDOOR PATIO FURNITURE Menards AtHome McGowan’s Furniture PEDIATRICIAN Dr. Brian E. Sims - Covenant Clinic Dr. Jodi Van Sickle- Covenant Clinic Kimball Dr. Lori Shockley - Covenant Clinic PEST CONTROL AABLE Pest Control Enviro-Pest Solutions Platinum Pest Services PET GROOMING Advanced Pet Care Clinic Shaggy Chic Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic PHARMACY Hy-Vee Walgreens Greenwood Pharmacy and Compounding Center PHOTOGRAPHER Stricker Photography Click by Kate Nichole Harnois Photography PHYSICAL THERAPIST Allison Pedersen - Agape Cedar Falls Kristen Iehl - Agape Cedar Falls Dan McGrane - Summit Chiropractic and Physical Therapy

PLACE TO GO ON FIRST DATE Isle Casino & Hotel Waterloo (tie) Whiskey Road Tavern & Grill (tie) Briqhouse Bar & Grill Zsavoos PLACE TO HAVE A BEER Zsavoos Briqhouse Bar & Grill The Lone Wolf (Isle) PLACE TO SHOOT POOL Briqhouse Bar & Grill Zsavoos BJs Bars and Billiards PLUMBER Bergen Plumbing Heating & Cooling Tony’s Plumbing Peterson Hudson Hdwe. Plumbing & Heating, Inc. PODIATRIST Dr. Gregory Lantz - Family Foot Health Care Dr. Richard Bremner - Covenant Clinic Arrowhead Dr. Christopher Consodine - Family Foot Health Care PRESCHOOL Community United Child Care Orchard Hill Church Preschool Farmstead Preschool PROGRAM BENEFITING YOUTH Boys and Girls Club of the Cedar Valley TNT Cheer Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa RADIO STATION 98.5 - KOEL-FM 101.9 - KNWS Life 105.7 - KOKZ REAL ESTATE FIRM/BROKAGE/COMPANY Oakridge Realtors Century 21 LSB Real Estate Amy Wienands Real Estate (tie) ReMax (tie)

SUNDAY BRUNCH Farmer’s Pick Buffet - Isle Hy-Vee Cafe Dué SUSHI Sakura Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar SoHo Sushi Bar & Deli Tokyo Bay Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar


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Don’s TV Maximum Sight & Sound ‌HONORABLE MENTION: ELECTRONIC STORE We are a locally owned company that provides top-notch installation services to discerning home and business owners who are looking for the best possible service at a price they can afford. Our experienced staff can walk you through every stage of the process, from finding the perfect audio and visual components for your needs all the way to sitting back and watching the big game. We also provide networking services and security systems to keep your home and business safe. Quality service and competitive pricing are what make Don’s TV Maximum Sight & Sound the Best of the Best. We do residential as well as commercial installations in audio and video. Whether installing sound throughout your whole home, adding surround sound in a theater or TV room or placing speakers in a single room, Maximum Sight & Sound has many quality options to choose from and we have the expertise to design a system that will provide you with the quality of sound

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

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

you’re looking for. Our installations include churches, schools, baseball stadiums, auditoriums, meeting rooms, office buildings and restaurants. Whether you need background music, paging or performance we can design and install a system for you. We also provide residential and commercial networking services. We can wire new homes or add connections to your existing home so your network is secure and functional. Whether rewiring computer networks or setting up video conferencing, our

4017 University Ave | Waterloo, IA • 319.234.0344


expert staff can suggest how to maximize your communications infrastructure. Additionally, keeping your home and family safe is always our priority. Our alarm systems ensure that whether you are in the house or away, your home is being effectively monitored. No matter what level of

security your home or business needs, we can help. Cameras, alarms, card entry systems, Maximum Sight & Sound can install them all to keep your business secure. Don’s TV Maximum Sight & Sound has been named one of the top 100 custom audio/video stores in the country.

“Providing professional audio/visual support for over 60 years, Maximum Sight & Sound is your one stop shop for all your home theater and installation needs.“





Cedar Valley Eye Care


FIRST PLACE: OPTICAL For the second straight year, Cedar Valley Eye Care has been named as the voters’ clear choice for optical services in the Cedar Valley in the 2016 Best of the Best annual survey. It is an achievement the staff is excited to celebrate. “When we heard that we were named ‘Best of the Best,’ we were so honored and humbled to learn that our customers wanted to support us like that,” said Gina Allison, optical manager with Cedar Valley Eye Care. “I just can’t thank our customers enough for taking the time to vote for us.” Allison said her staff of six opticians has always been dedicated to providing outstanding customer service, which this honor truly reflects. “Our opticians have more than 150 years of combined experience. Customers tell us that they appreciate the extra effort that we put forth. They like how we take the time to actually listen to them … to better understand what they want, and how we help them find the perfect eyewear that fits their personalities.” The opticians at Cedar Valley Eye Care

Cedar Valley Eye Care  909 E. San Marnan Drive,


 (319) 233-2020  8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-

day-Wednesday, Friday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday  1409 W. First St., Cedar Falls  (319) 268-2020  8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday really enjoy helping customers create their eyeglass wardrobes. “The fun begins when we start to discover customers’ specific tastes and preferences,” Allison said. “We have so many brands and styles for them to consider, and that’s where our expertise comes in. We can narrow things down and help find the looks that they’ll love. From chic Italian luxury brands like Bottega Veneta to the cutting-edge styles from the Stella McCa-

rtney Collection, our customers can truly express themselves.” With fall right around the corner, customers can also stop in to experience the new Ray-Ban colors, which are here just in time for back to school. Along with the exclusive lines that cannot be found anywhere else in the Cedar Valley, Cedar Valley Eye Care offers the most technologically advanced digital lenses, from progressives to single vision. These premium products are of the highest quality, providing sharper optics as well as a wider reading area; think watching high-definition, as opposed to analog TV! Teamwork is a primary key to the success of the opticians at Cedar Valley Eye Care. “Our opticians truly do work together as a team, helping each other to better serve all of our customers,” said Allison. “At the end of the day, it’s not just about making the sale, it’s about creating relationships. Our customers put their trust in us — it’s something that we never take lightly. Our customized approach reinforces to our

customers that they get the best eyewear and vision solutions for their individual needs.” Over the years, Cedar Valley Eye Care has expanded to better serve customers throughout the community. In addition to the Waterloo location on San Marnan Drive next to Red Lobster, the Cedar Falls location is a state-of-the-art facility on First Street. “Our customer base in Cedar Falls continues to grow, and our expansion into that market has been a success,” Allison said. “Now, it’s more convenient than ever for residents on the west side of the Cedar Valley to get access to all of our physicians, specialists and opticians.”


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Oakridge Realtors ‌FIRST PLACE: REALTY FIRM; REALTOR — DAN BERREGAARD HONORABLE MENTION: REALTOR — CARL ERICSON ‌Now in its 35th year, Oakridge Realtors is the Cedar Valley’s largest real estate brokerage. Owners Dan Berregaard, Brian Page, Ann Lyons and Carl Ericson are proudly continuing a tradition of excellence that has earned them The Courier’s 2016 Best of the Best designation. Oakridge leadership attributes the company’s success to their 55 dedicated and highly trained agents. Oakridge associates participate in rigorous ongoing professional development programs to ensure that their clients benefit from working with the area’s most knowledgeable agents. This is why more homes are sold by Oakridge Realtors professionals than any other real estate company in the Cedar Valley, according to 2015 statistics from the Northeast Iowa Board of Realtors. Oakridge Realtors, their staff and agents are actively involved in the communities

Oakridge Realtors Owners: Dan Berregaard, Ann Ly-

ons, Brian Page, Carl Ericson

3313 Terrace Drive, Cedar


(319) 277-5005 Office: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Monday-Friday; agents available seven days a week

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 excited to be a presenting sponsor for the Pink Ribbon Run again this year.” “These are also examples of where we direct our corporate sponsorships and contributions. While we understand the importance of investing in our agents we also recognize the value of investing in our communities,” added Berregaard. An area of interest to both home sellers and buyers is the technology changes that have impacted the ways in which residential real estate is marketed. Ericson and Page direct the deployment of technology at Oakridge. “Social media platforms such as Face-

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

Kathy Albert 239-9949

Jerry Albert 239-9948

Ashley Augustine 215-2113

Staci Augustine 404-1166

Ashley Backes 240-4192

Ryan Backes 240-5039

Becky Bartlett


Luke Bartlett 269-1651

Peter Beck 269-0088

Kathye Bedard 231-4587

Julie Bell 240-6234

Dan Berregaard 269-1549

Don Betts 240-2784

Josh Bey 464-2607

Gale Bonsall 231-9700

Rick Brown 290-6415

Sarah Bumgardner 427-0866

Nicole Burns 939-1138

Morgan Casey

Carolyn Christenson 231-6181

Tom Crotty 239-8940

Linda Curran 404-7645

Carl Ericson 504-3640

Matt Everts


Kathryn Marold Fain 290-8104

Dan Gutknecht 240-3739

Nicole Happel 239-0456

Tom Herzmann 961-0452

Erin Hinton 883-6623


Carissa Holton 830-3598

Bob Hoppes 239-0573

Melissa Jorgensen 404-3489

Sara Junaid 883-5008

Greg Kastli 230-0719

Tanya Kirkpatrick 277-5005

Megan Kremer 830-2038

Diane Litton 504-6686

Ann Lyons 269-1384

Bryn Mangrich 239-7815

Jim McCarty 231-6355

Travis McCarty 504-8498

Debbie Metcalf 404-4778

Emily O’Connell 883-0504

Brad Page 404-8899

Brian Page 231-7722

Ross Platte 415-2105

Jennie Plummer 240-2777

Patty Rausa 269-1940

Gary Rohwedder 290-0738

Eric Rose 961-4005

Jamie Stickfort 939-3003

Steve Tripolino 239-4318

Dave Vandeventer 269-2461

Jackie Walton 231-1316

Sue Willett 830-2486


Thank you you to toour ourmany manyclients, clients, associates, and friends friendswho whohave haveagain again selected Oakridge selected OakridgeRealtors Realtorsasasthe theBest Best Real Estate Estate Office Officeininthe theCedar CedarValley. Valley. We understand understandthe thesignificance significanceofof decisions involving involvingthe thepurchase purchaseand and sale of a home. home. ItItisisdeeply deeplygratifying gratifying to know know that thatour ourclients clientsare arepleased pleased with theresults resultswhen whenthey theyput put their with the their trust in Oakridge. Oakridge.We Welook lookforward forward trust in to to another succ suc ces essful sfulyear year earserving servingYOU! YOU! another successful Our thanks thanks go goout outtotothe theentire entire Cedar Cedar Valley forselecting selectingOakridge Oakridge Realtors Valley for Realtors as the Best Best of of the theBest BestReal RealEstate Estate office forthe theninth eighth consecutive year. office for consecutive year.




Thank you for your vote and your business.

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

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


(319) 269-1549

(319) 504-3640

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Lincoln Savings Bank employees gather at the Waterloo Branch on Tower Park Drive.

Lincoln Savings Bank ‌FIRST PLACE: BANK Lincoln Savings Banks has been in operation for 114 years. There are 19 locations throughout Iowa, with our corporate headquarters located in Reinbeck. We want the people in our communities to be as financially sound as they can be. We love our customers, and that’s how we do business. Our customers experience a different level of service. We focus on their needs and become their lifelong partner. We’re different than the rest. We

Lincoln Savings Bank 242 Tower Park Drive, Water-

loo; (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-Fri-

day; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday

aren’t transaction based; rather, we are a full-service financial institution. Our customers have a name, not just an account number. Our customers do their banking, insurance, wealth management, trust, mortgage and real estate with us. The employees of Lincoln Savings Bank are forward-thinking, innovative and passionate about what they do. They work hard day in and day out, and care

more about others than they do themselves. That’s what makes Lincoln Savings Bank the Best of the Best. We don’t just work here — we live here, we raise our families here, we love the Cedar Valley. That’s why this award means so much to us — it’s our customers who voted. Lincoln Savings Bank gives back to the Cedar Valley through sponsorships, donations and volunteerism. We believe in supporting our local community, as a true community bank should.


our customers... and it shows!

221 Main Street Cedar Falls, IA

BEST Bank!

BEST Financial/ Investment Firm

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


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TnK Health Food Store

Kimball & Beecher Family Dentistry



‌TnK Health Food Store has been serving the Cedar Valley since 1970. It was originally located on West Third Street in Owners: John and Marilyn Bartels Waterloo. In December 1998 we moved 1023 Peoples Square, Waterloo to its current location near Fareway gro (319) 235-0246 cery store in Waterloo. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m.John and Marilyn Bartels are co-own5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; ers of TnK. Marilyn has been at TnK since 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday June 1997. Previous to purchasing TnK in 2007, Marilyn’s interests in healthy alternatives long before her employment with TnK gave her a desire to be a part of this great staff. We have three faithful and loyal employees. Toni has been with TnK 22 years; Karla, eight years; and Noel, almost one year. Stop in and meet our friendly and knowledgeable staff. We offer a large selection of reputable supplements, many of them not found at big box stores or department stores. We also have a wide selection of teas, nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Gluten-free groceries are a big hit also. COURTESY PHOTO‌ TnK has been included in the “Best of the Best” category almost every year. customers for so many great years in the We want to thank our loyal and faithful Cedar Valley.

‌At Kimball & Beecher Family Dentistry, we have been blessed to serve the Cedar Valley for many years. We continually make our patients the central focus of what we do and how we do it. 4015 Hurst Drive, Waterloo As we continue to grow, we are ex (319) 235-6287 cited to welcome Drs. Katie Arp and 3217 Cedar Heights Drive, Cedar Nicole Del Carpio to the Cedar Valley. Falls All of our doctors earned dental degrees at the University of Iowa College (319) 277-6921 of Dentistry. 101 E. Southridge Road, MarshallOur staff is very in tune with protown viding the highest level of care for our (641) 753-3383 patients. Kimball & Beecher Family 3109 S. Center St., Suite 2, MarDentistry uses the latest technology shalltown to create beautiful and healthy smiles. (641) 752-3377 We offer dental services to people of 101 S. County Road, Toledo all ages, with prompt attention given (641) 484-5988 to patients with emergencies. Our offices are located in Waterloo, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; Cedar Falls, Marshalltown and Toledo 8 a.m.-noon Friday and have flexible hours to accommo date your schedule. Our patients have made us who we are today with their continued trust, family. Thank you, Cedar Valley. We patronage and referrals of friends and love to make you smile!

TnK Health Food Store

Kimball and Beecher Dentistry

Thank you

for voting us Best of the Best!


to our loyal customers for honoring us with


Best of the Best honorable mention

5 Convenient Office Locations

4015 Hurst Dr. Waterloo (319) 235-6287 3217 Cedar Heights Dr. Cedar Falls (319) 277-6921 101 E Southridge Rd Marshalltown (641) 753-3383 3109 S Center St Suite 2 Marshalltown (641) 752-3377 101 S County Rd Toledo (641) 484-5988 We love to make the Cedar Valley smile!


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Partners in Obstetrics and Gynecology ‌ IRST PLACE: OB/GYN — DR. SUSAN LIPINSKI F HONORABLE MENTION: OB-GYN — DR. ANTHONY ONUIGBO Quality of care and the best interest of our patients is the hallmark of Partners in Obstetrics and Gynecology. We get to know our patients and serve them with a caring attitude and tend to their individual needs. Partners in Obstetrics and Gynecology provides complete gynecological and obstetrical care, including 4-D ultrasound, well-women exams, birth control options, gynecological surgery, endometrial ablation, incontinence counseling and treatment, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, hormone replacement therapy, infertility evaluation and treatment, cancer screening, STD screening, laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation, Botox and ONDAMED treatment.

Partners in Obstetrics & Gynecology 3421 W. Ninth St., Suite G 4500,


(319) 233-8865

Our physicians include Dr. Marcia Rellihan, Barbara Weno, Marilyn Hines, Susan Lipinski, Anthony Onuigbo, Karla Solheim and Ashima Singla. Our experienced, caring physicians and staff work to provide the best care for the best outcome for each patient.


B&K Lawn Care ‌FIRST PLACE: LANDSCAPE SERVICE Thank you for voting locally owned B&K Lawn Care Best of the Best for the fourth straight year! We are committed to providing you, our customers, with premium lawn care services. We are proud to have served the Cedar Valley areas for the past 14 years. B&K lawn Care specializes in yard beautification, offering a variety of services including mowing, fertilizing, organic-based fertilizing, irrigation services, edging, fall cleanup, snow removal and ice control. B&K owners Tyler Kunkle and Ryan Bockes grew up in the Cedar Valley and take pride in their work. They both earned degrees from the University of Northern Iowa. B&K Lawn Care extends our sincere appreciation to our customers, because you are the reason we are the Best of the Best! For free estimates call (319) 415-6935 or (319) 415-6934.


B&K Lawn Care 3132 Big Woods Road, Cedar Falls (319) 415-6935 or (319) 415-6934 Monday through Friday, seasonally

on Saturday

Congratulations to two of our best physiCians! Dr. susan lipinski & Dr. anthony onuigbo

3421 west 9th street, suite g4500, waterloo


• Mowing • Fertilizing • Organic Based Fertilizing • Aeration • Edging • Shrub Trim • Mulching • Lawn Rolling • De-thatch • Over Seed • Snow Removal • Ice Control

Free Estimates and Lawn Analysis (319) 415-6935 or (319) 415-6934


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Bill Colwell Ford

‌FIRST PLACE: AUTO DEALERSHIP HONORABLE MENTION: AUTO SERVICE, BRAKE SERVICE Bill Colwell Ford has been serving the Cedar Valley and the surrounding areas for the past 32 years. Located in Hudson, they want to thank all their loyal customers for voting Bill Colwell Ford the Cedar Valley’s No. 1 overall dealership to do business with. Their goal is to make the buying process and ownership experience simple, stress-free and non-confrontational for each of their customers. The reward is their customers’ loyalty. The dealership is family-owned and operated with Bill Colwell, owner, and his son, Blake Colwell, general manager. The automotive industry runs deep in the Colwell bloodline starting when Bill Colwell Sr. opened his first used car store in Mt. Morris, Ill., in 1960. The Colwell family eventually 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 Jr. bought the Ford franchise from Keith Motor Company and opened Bill Colwell Ford. In the past 32 years the corner of Highway 63 and Waterloo Road in Hudson has changed quite a bit. Bill knew at some point he would need to expand the business to accommodate its growth. When the building and land directly behind them became available, Bill saw an opportunity and purchased what had previously been Kerry Ingredients. In 2012, the renovation process began. A new, spacious showroom was added to the front of the old building allowing for more desks for sales staff and showroom floor to showcase more vehicles. The previous building was converted into office space, a comfortable service lounge and a state-of-the-art service department. Once the new building was completed in July 2013, the process of removing the previous dealership, which had been there since 1960, began. Finally, in October 2013, the journey came to an end and the grand re-opening of Bill Colwell Ford was held. More recently, to accommodate the needs of their customers, Bill Colwell Ford expanded again and opened the Cedar Valley Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center in July. 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. The


Blake and Bill Colwell Bill Colwell Ford believes it is important to keep evolving as a company and stay up to date with their customers’ needs, but even with all the changes over the past 32 years there are a few things that have remained constant. In an age where people switch jobs or careers every couple of years, Bill Colwell Ford has four employees who have been there the entire 32 years they’ve been in business. These employees include Bill, Kurt Kienitz, assistant service manager; Joel Peterson and Kim Johnson, both automotive technicians. And there are countless other employees who have been there 20-plus years. “I believe one of the main reasons Bill 238 Waterloo Road, Hudson Colwell Ford has been successful all (319) 988-4153 these years is because Bill treats Toll-Free (800) 300-6950 his customers and employees Showroom hours: with respect and fairness. He 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monis an honest businessman who day-Tuesday, Thursday; works hard,” said Kienitz. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. WednesWith 32 years of hard work it’s day, Friday; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. no surprise that Bill Colwell Ford Saturday has won its fair share of awards. Bill Service hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Colwell Ford has won numerous cusMonday-Friday tomer satisfaction awards, including the Quick Lane hours: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. prestigious President’s Award from Ford Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 7 a.m. Motor Company three times. The award - 6 p.m. Wedneday, Friday; 8 a.m. recognizes dealers for excellence in pro3 p.m. Saturday viding outstanding customer service and satisfaction. Most recently, Bill Colwell Ford has been listed as one of the 2016 Top 150 Workplaces in Iowa by the Des keep providing the same great service Moines Register. The Top Workplaces we’ve been providing the last 32 years,” lists are based solely on the results of an said Bill Colwell. employee feedback survey administered Service Department at Bill Colwell Ford continues to handle major repairs and warranty work. The Quick Lane offers no appointment necessary for customers, but customers still have the option to call or book an appointment online. “The main reason we decided to open the Quick Lane is convenience for our customers. With extended hours, no appointment necessary and a comprehensive vehicle inspection we’re able to accommodate our customers’ needs and

Bill Colwell Ford

by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution and connection, just to name a few. “This has been a big year for Bill Colwell Ford. We opened the Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center, were named the Best of Best in the Cedar Valley by our customers and were named a Top 150 Workplace by our employees. It’s really been a humbling and proud moment to know that our customers and our employees really appreciate everything we do,” said Bill Colwell. In addition to the daily business and the growth of the past year, the dealership finds time to give back to the community. Earlier this week Bill Colwell Ford recently held its eighth annual Drive 4 UR School event for the Hudson Athletic Booster Club. To date, the event has raised $50,000 for the organization, and that number keeps growing. The Booster Club uses that money for uniforms and equipment replacement for students. Bill Colwell Ford has also worked with other organizations including Cedar Valley Hospice, March of Dimes, Give 2 the Troops, Beyond Pink TEAM and most recently the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. They were able to surpass their goal of 300 items by collecting a total of 548 items to be donated to the food bank. Those 548 items totaled to be more than 654 pounds, which is the equivalent of 545 meals. “Being able to give back to the community where we live and work has given us a chance to earn their business; that’s what keeps up going. The Cedar Valley is a great community and we’re happy to give back and fortunate to be a part of it,” said Bill Colwell. 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 www.billcolwellford. com, which has thousands of pictures and information on their inventory. If you’re not in the market for a new vehicle, they also have an outstanding service department and brand new Quick Lane facility to help maintain your current 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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211 W. Sixth St., Cedar Falls (319) 277-3166 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday

We would like to

Congratulate our 2016 Best of the Best Team 211 West 6th St., Cedar Falls • (319) 277-3166 •

Cedar valley for your Business for voting for us in Best of the Best!

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

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 Items

Comfort Care

Full Service Home Health Care 319-277-1936

Voted Best of the Best in Home Health Care

Comfort Care In-Home Health Care ‌FIRST PLACE: IN-HOME CARE

2616 Orchard Drive, Cedar Falls (319) 277-1936 24 hours a day, seven days a week

2016 • 2015 • 2014

We thank you for your wonderful support!

Bella Nails ‌FIRST PLACE: FULL SERVICE NAILS 103 E Bremer Ave, Waverly, IA 50677

(319) 352-4214

McKayla Smith Nail Technician

Jessica Hanna Owner and Nail Technician

Offering acrylic nails, pedicures, manicures, shellac, waxing, hair care, and skin care including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, facials, and eyelash extensions.

Thanks for continuing to make us the Best of the Best!


Samantha Kerns Cosmetologist

Madison Corwin Esthetician

Owner: Jessica Hanna 103 E. Bremer Ave., Waverly (319) 352-4214 www.bellawaverly. com


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Farmers State Bank ‌HONORABLE MENTION: BANK Locations in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Waverly, Gilbertville, La Porte City, Dunkerton, Jesup and Independence (877) 372-1879 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday (drive-up only)




Building Your Success

Stickfort Electric ‌HONORABLE MENTION: ELECTRICIAN Owner: Tom Stickfort 201 E. 22nd St., Cedar Falls (319) 266-5438 www.stickfortelectric.comwww.


The Blackhawk hoTel

115 Main Street - Cedar Falls - Iowa - 50613

“Luxury AccommodAtions for the discriminAtion trAveLer” **Listed in national register of historic Places** **“Best of the Best” 2009 & 2010 the courier readers** **soho sushi Bar and deli **stuffed olive martini Lounge Awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013, 2014, 2015 Best of Best in Hotel/Motel Category 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015

Owner: Tindall Hotels Inc. 115 Main St., Cedar Falls (319) 277-1161

800.488.4295 (toll-free)


Owner: Heidi Tietz De Silva 2275 Independence Ave., Waterloo 234-6883; toll-free (866) 280-4084 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Fri-

day, phone answered 24/7 www.petersenandtietz. com | Like Us on Facebook Full-service florist, garden center/greenhouse, interior plantscape, delivery

319.277-1161 e-mail:

Design With a Magical Touch Since 1934 Thank you for voting us Best of the Best! 2275 Independence Ave. Waterloo (319) 234-6883


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D&W Floor Covering ‌FIRST PLACE: CARPET/FLOOR COVERING In business for 20 years, D&W Floor Covering carries a large selection of residential and commercial carpet, vinyl, luxury vinyl, tile, wood and stacked stone. Their secret to being Best of the Best is great customer service, top-quality products, professional installation and attention to detail. Every day, customer satisfaction is the best award we can get. We truly care and want it done right the first time.

D&W Floor Covering


Melissa Haberstich

422 Washington St.,


(319) 988-3587 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon-

day; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday

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Prestige Quality Dry Cleaning ‌HONORABLE MENTION: LAUNDROMAT

Owners: Cory and

Corner of Kimball & San Marnan 319-233-5152


‌Prestige Quality Dry Cleaning will be celebrate its 19th year in business Oct. 2 and is excited to be a part of the 2016 Best of the Best! Prestige believes it has earned the spot due to excellent customer service and top-notch clothing care. We at Prestige recognize that we don’t just clean clothes for our clients. We are eliminating a chore by saving our customers time, making it fast and easy for them to look their best and most professional. In addition, we care for our clients’ clothing – which is very personal. A favorite shirt or the pair of pants that fit you better than any you’ve ever had is many times not replaceable, or at a minimum, hard to replace. Dry cleaning your favorites helps to keep those garments looking new and wearable for as long as possible. Prestige also is the only computerized dry cleaner in the area, electronically

tracking each item of clothing brought into its stores. Clients are given a receipt for clothing brought in. This aids in eliminating the potential for loss. No one else can say that! Fun fact: Prestige has a small tie to Tinsel Town — the 2015 Season 19 “Bachelor” is a great client and has been for years.

Prestige Quality Dry Cleaning Owners: Patrick & Jodi Klein 1039 Peoples Square, Waterloo,

(319) 233-5152

122 North Magnolia Drive, Cedar

Falls, (319) 266-5100

7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday;

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Thank you for voting us Best of the Best!

Cedar Falls

Across from Thunder Ridge Mall 319-266-5100 Monday-Friday: 7:00AM-7:00PM Sat: 9:00AM-3:00PM Sun: Closed

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Art Van Furniture



‌FIRST PLACE: FURNITURE It’s that time again — the leaves start to fall, the football, volleyball and cross country teams are out and about and 70-year-old Simpson Furniture Co. wins first place as the Best of the Best places to buy furniture in the Cedar Valley! But this year there is exciting news about your favorite furniture and mattress retailer. Simpson Furniture has become Art Van Furniture and all the great things about Simpson will follow into the new Art Van. Award-winning services and customer care is backed by one of America’s top retailers. Plus, the Cedar Valley is the first to experience the terrific selection, display and values that Art Van offers its former Simpson shoppers. Art Van Furniture was started in 1959, so like the Simpson brand, Art Van has

Art Van Furniture 2300 Main St., Cedar Falls, (319)


2300 Jones Blvd., Coralville,

(319) 545-5005 toll-free (800) 962-3535 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday years and years of experience and loyal customers who make us No. 1 in the Midwest. Simpson shoppers will see many familiar faces when shopping with Art Van. The local ownership of Simpson Furniture has changed very little. Deb and Dale

Emmert are the majority owners with long time partners Tom Cagley and Jeff Mick. All told, these four people lend over 90 years of experience to the Art Van model. With larger and remodeled showrooms in both Cedar Falls and Coralville, Art Van is set to earn your support as Eastern Iowa’s Best of the Best when it comes to furniture, accessories and mattresses. Only the best retailers get chosen to join the Art Van team of franchise operations and your local Simpson staff filled the bill for Art Van-Iowa. Art Van stores display beautiful furniture and accent pieces in a setting that duplicates your home setting. Plus, with over 1.5 million square feet of warehouse, almost all Art Van orders can be in your

home within seven to 10 working days. All the new colors and styles are on display at the local Art Van stores and the prices are the best for miles around. Being a billion dollar company, Art Van gets the very lowest prices and the first selection of new market introductions. Plus, Art Van carries all the major name brands in the industry. Popular and trusted names like LA-Z-BOY, Flexsteel, Broyhill, Lane, Ashley and mattress leaders Simmons, Serta and Sealy. Art Van also carries the leader in memory foam mattresses from Tempurpedic. All brands are at the lowest prices in Eastern Iowa. Stop in today and see the loyal faces of former Simpson Staffers. Over 90 percent of Simpson Furniture staff stayed on with Art Van-Iowa, and are now well versed in all of the greatness Art Van has to offer you!


Our exclusive 5-minute diagnostic scientifically fits you with the right support for your body. The science is proven - Better Sleep means Better Health!








2300 Main St. 319-266-3535

2300 Jones Blvd. 319-545-5005

Daily 10AM-8PM Saturday 10AM-6PM Sunday 11AM-5PM




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Jiva SalonSpa ‌FIRST PLACE: MASSAGE HONORABLE MENTION: HAIR SALON, STYLIST ‌Jiva Salonspa is a full-service salon offering hair services, pedicures, massages, facials, waxing and more. We are an Aveda Lifestyle salon; only Aveda products are sold and used on our guests. Aveda products are naturally derived and made from more than 600 plants and flowers. Our goal is to design and customize treatments to ensure the best guest experience, whether COURTESY PHOTO‌ you are visiting our salon or our spa. We are dedicated to providing an amazing expe Owner: Bill Bradford rience in every interaction. 223 Main St., Cedar Falls We have been recognized in the Best (319) 268-0772 of the Best massage category every year 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, since 2003, and this year one of our styl9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ists, Siera Swart, was recognized as honSaturday orable mention in the stylist category. Jiva is all about creating that ‘wow’ experience, starting with our rituals like neck and shoulder, and hand and scalp If you haven’t been into Jiva in a while, massages, and makeup touch-ups. come in and see our newly renovated facility.

Jiva SalonSpa


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley ‌FIRST PLACE: PROGRAM BENEFITING CHILDREN 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, muCOURTESY PHOTO‌ sic 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 515 Lime St., Waterloo for kids. We also are providing daily su (319) 234-2839 pervision, with many being latch key with nowhere else to go, for only $25 a year. This allows us to cater to families who really need us the most. dren, with nearly 350 each day, and we Each year we serve about 1,000 chil- continue to grow each day.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley

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223 MAIN STREET (319) 268-0772

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


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Aable Pest Control was established in 1981 and has grown to 27 employees covering all of Northeast Iowa. The company specializes in all insects and rodents, termites, bed bugs and weed control. The heating equipment Aable purchased can heat an entire house to 135 to 140 degrees. Heat over 122 degrees kills all stages of bed bugs. Aable has won first place in this category for the past 13 years. All Aable’s technicians are certified by the state of Iowa. They also have passed the Purdue entomology course and the

Aable Pest Control 1800 Commercial St., Waterloo (319) 291-7200 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday;

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

American Institute of Baking course, an advanced course in pest control. The company is one of the top 200 companies in the U.S. to be recognized by Pest Control Technology magazine and has earned membership in the National Quality Pro Association.

T ha n k y ou

Cedar Valley for voting us Best of The Best for 13 years in a row! We will continue to earn your confidence and business in the years to come. President

13 year in a row

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

‌Cedar Valley Hospice was started in 1979 by volunteer members of the community who saw a need for compassionate, dignified, end-of-life care. It is the original hospice in the Cedar Valley and has been the area’s leader consistently delivering on its core values: compassion, respect, integrity, education, leadership, relationships, quality and excellence. Led by a volunteer Board of Directors, the not-for-profit organization’s 110 employees and over 400 volunteers primarily provide services to those with a terminal illness or with a prognosis of six-months or less to live. Ultimately, the goal is to allow patients to stay in their own homes surrounded by loved ones and supported by an interdisciplinary team of professionals. The area’s only Hospice Home is also available to its patients for short-term stays to manage pain or for respite and residential care. In 2015, 906 hospice patients were cared for plus hundreds more through its community grief support, palliative care and HIV/AIDS case management programs.

Cedar Valley Hospice Waterloo office: 2101 Kimball Ave.,

Suite 401 (319) 272-2002, (800) 617-1972 Hospice Home: 2001 Kimball Ave., Waterloo (319) 272-1771 Grundy Center office: 310 E. G Ave. (319) 824-3868 Independence office: 801 First St. E (319) 334-6960, Waverly office: 207 20th St. NW (319) 352-1274 “The secret to our success and what sets us apart is our dedicated staff and volunteers,” said Michaela Vandersee, executive director. “They truly understand the value of ‘Making Each Moment Matter’ for the patients and families who choose Cedar Valley Hospice, doing whatever they can to ensure they received the highest quality care.”

We are honored to be recognized by the community we’ve served for 37 years. Cedar Valley Hospice Honorable Mention- Home Health Agency

319.272.2002 :: :: 800.617.1972 waterloo . independence . grundy center . waverly . hospice home


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Deery Brothers Collision Center ‌HONORABLE MENTION: AUTO BODY REPAIR We at Deery Brothers Collision Center would like to say thank you to all our customers, vendors, insurance companies and insurance agents throughout the Cedar Valley. It seems like only yesterday we opened this 36,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, said general manager Glen Hulbert, who has been with the Deery organization for more than 32 years. We have gone green by changing to a PPG waterborne paint system. This is much healthier for our employees as well as the environment. Deery Brothers Collision Center is the only Toyota-certified shop in all of Iowa. Toyota has only 167 certified shops in the United States. We are also a certified Nissan repair center for the Cedar Valley corridor. It takes a lot of talented, well-trained employees to keep this size of shop go-

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

7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday

ing, and we couldn’t do any of it without our excellent office run by Kim Hansen and Chad Hansen, production manager. Our estimators, Charlie, Kevin and Kim, and our parts manager, Steph, have backgrounds in repair and insurance and are more than willing to walk you through the entire repair process. Our top-notch technicians are what really set us apart from the rest. We also apply spray-in bed liners.

Thank you Cedar Valley!!

Deery Brothers

Collision Center, InC

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 • 266-9900


NewAldaya Lifescapes ‌ ONORABLE MENTION: ASSISTED LIVING, H NURSING HOME, RETIREMENT COMMUNITY Providing living opportunities for our aging population in the Cedar Valley is at the core of what we do. Life happens and we are prepared to help. That’s why at NewAldaya we provide options to help you live better. NewAldaya is the premier retirement destination in the Cedar Valley. We specialize in living better and living well. Our campus is nestled on 17 acres, providing living options for more than 300 individuals living independently, with assistance. Our Memory Care House opened in September. We also offer extended and skilled care options. At the core of our mission is to offer Christian caring services on a very individualized basis. Our staff have truly embraced our mission to help make us the Best of the Best. NewAldaya has won Best of the Best honors every year since 2009 in nursing home and assisted living. At NewAldaya, we create an atmo-

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

sphere that is welcoming. We know it is important for our clients to enjoy each day to its fullest, and that’s exactly what they are doing. From our friendly staff to our Main Street shopping and dining area on campus, you’ll live better at NewAldaya.

THANK YOU For Voting ®

Best of the Best for the 8th consecutive year! Helping you Live Better. Live Well.® 7511 University Ave. Cedar Falls, IA 50613 | 319-268-0401 |


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Panther Builders will remove the barriers that prevent you from building the home of your dreams. We have, by design, developed a home building framework that consists of a home transition program, price guarantee, transparent building commitment and warranty coverage. Whether you have questions about hidden costs, living arrangements or coverage, Panther Builders will alleviate your concerns.

Panther Builders 604 Clay St., Cedar Falls (319) 768-7235 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or by


At Family Foot Health Care, we specialize in foot and ankle care of all ages. We have been able to provide this care in the Cedar Valley as a business since 1939, when Dr. Mowbray opened this business. Dr. Smith joined him in 1949 and Dr. Gregory Lantz began in 1980. “I chose this profession while a student at West High School,” Lantz said. I got very interested after visiting a local podiatrist and decided that was the direction that I would like to go in medicine.” Lantz attended professional school in Chicago and, following medical school, did his residency at the VA and Munson Army Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan. He is the former president of the State of Iowa Board of Podiatry, and is the director of the Covenant Medical Center Podiatric Medical Surgical Residency Program.

Family Foot Health Care, PLC Owner: Dr. Gregory Lantz 927 W. Fourth St., Waterloo (319) 233-6107 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Currently in the Family Foot Health practice, there are around 80 total years of experience. Dr. Whitt joined the practice this year, and the office is now active in the new technology of ankle replacements, with Lantz focusing more training on that area of podiatric surgery. At Family Foot Health Care, we absolutely try to treat everyone with respect and try to explain their medical condition so that they understand. We will continue to try to provide a high level of medical care and be responsive to patients’ needs.

Providing The Cedar Valley With Full Family Foot Care!



C.J. Considine DPM, FACFAS

Kathie Whitt DPM, MHA

927 W. 4th Street, Waterloo, IA 50702 • 319-233-6107 1824 W. 8th St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613 • 319-242-8195 325 21st Street NW, Waverly, IA 50677 • 319-352-6860




Silver Eagle Harley Davidson/ Yamaha Power Sports FIRST PLACE: MOTORCYLCES, ATVs Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson/Yamaha Motor Sports has been recognized by the Courier’s Cedar Valley’s Best of the Best for 10 years straight. Brothers Anthony & Vince Lumetta purchased the Harley-Davidson dealership in 2005, and added the Yamaha dealership in 2011. The new 2017 Harley-Davidsons have arrived. The next era of Harley-Davidson touring motorcycles come with the new Milwaukee-Eight engine — a new engine with improved suspension. The showroom floor is packed with new and pre-owned Harley-Davidsons, Yamaha Motorcycles, Waverunners, ATVs, UTVs and pre-owned brands including Kawasaki, Honda, etc. The service department has facto-

 Silver Eagle Harley Davidson/Ya-

maha Power Sports

 4022 Sergeant Road (Highways 63

& 20), Waterloo

 (319) 235-6505; 800-3Harley 

ry-trained technicians experienced in customizing and improving your ride. The motorclothes portion of the store has one of the largest selections of Harley-Davidson merchandise in the state. 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.


Tony’s Plumbing & Heating HONORABLE MENTION: PLUMBER Tony’s Plumbing & Heating provides a full range of plumbing services including plumbing remodels services, sewer repairs, water services, and water heater services for the Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Waverly area. Our services include plumbing, heating, geo thermal, in-floor radiant heat, sewar and water repair, excavating and more. We s p e c i a l i ze COURTESY PHOTO in remodels and new co n s t r u c tion of residential and commercial buildings; repair and installation of water heaters; resi Owners: Tony Halterman, Dan Haldential and commercial gas inspections; terman, Mike Casewell repair and installation of all brands of  5630 Westminster Drive, Cedar Falls faucets and recommendations for up (319) 277-2750 grades to existing fixtures, as well as pro 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday vision of new water lines; and location  and repair of water and gas line leaks, replacement of faulty lines, installation of new lines and rerouting. quickly and accurately diagnose any Tony’s Plumbing & Heating can plumbing work that needs done.

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Potter’s Hearing Aid Service

Knox Eyecare



Providing good service with high-quality products at a reasonable price is Ron Potter’s goal at Potter’s Hearing. He also makes sure the personal attention doesn’t stop after the sale. Ron Potter has been involved in sales for 50 years. He became a hearing aid specialist nearly 30 years ago to help people in a more personal way. Potter’s Hearing offers compassion and takes a genuine interest in each patient, working to find solutions to hearing problems. At Potter’s, hearing exams are thorough. There is a wide variety of hearing instruments, inexpensive repairs, batteries and assistive listening devices offered. Potter’s offers a 30-day trial period. Financing is available. Potter’s Hearing was recognized in the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 Best of the Best and was featured in a Dear Abby column when a California reader wrote Abby to


Potter’s Hearing 1416 W. Fourth St., Waterloo (319) 232-7113 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

detail his favorable experience with Potter’s on a Saturday morning. Ron Potter also is the former president and treasurer of the Iowa Hearing Association Board.

Expect the Best Quality | Service | Price

Dr. Bradley Knox started to wear glasses at an early age. “Having good vision became priceless to me,” he said. “From that point on and still today I enjoy helping others see the best they can.” Knox Eyecare provides comprehensive eye exams for the entire family, starting at 6 months of age. They have a wide selection of frames, including sport and safety glasses. They also treat and manage ocular disease. “Being Best of the Best starts with a great staff. I could not ask for anyone better than the two caring and wonderful staff members we have here,” Knox said. Knox has been practicing optometry for 17 years. He was raised in the Cedar valley. He attended West High School in Waterloo and went on to the University of Iowa. Dr. Knox then attended the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He opened his own practice to be able to provide better care to his patients. He prides himself in being able to listen and attend to the needs of his patients. Dr. Knox looks forward to

Knox Eyecare Owner: Dr. Bradley Knox, O.D. 1030 Alabar Plaza, Waterloo (319) 233-5096

serving the Cedar Valley with all their eyecare needs. Knox Eyecare staff is dedicated to help you and provide to you the best service to meet your specific needs. “We pride ourselves in being courteous and professional and to make sure your experience is positive. Our staff is knowelegable in frame types, lens types, contact lenses, and the many intricacies of our wonderful insurance systems,” Knox said. Knox Eyecare also received a 2015 Best of the Best honorable mention. “We look forward to helping you,” Knox added. “We also appreciate everyone who has helped us along the way to make this a successful practice.”

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Mr. Carpet Cleaning Company FIRST PLACE: CARPET CLEANING

Jerry’s Furniture


‌HONORABLE MENTION — FURNITURE STORE Locally operated and family owned by Jerry and Martha Muller for more than 35 years, there is no secret why Jerry’s Furniture received 2016 Best of the Best honors. For the Mullers, good service and quality products are business as usual at Jerry’s Furniture. “The same name, same values, same place, same quality, same great selection … not a whole lot changes around here,” Jerry said. On-time delivery, great prices and the expertise that comes with nearly four decades of experience are what sets the furniture store apart from their competition.

Jerry’s Furniture Owners: Jerry and Martha Muller 1209 Flammang Drive, Waterloo (319) 234-7283

Jerry’s Furniture carries top-quality brands like AAmerican, England, Hooker Furniture, Ashley, Vaughan-Bassett, Peter-Revington, Liberty and Englander. “We have a great team that puts the customer first at every level of the furniture buying experience,” Jerry said.

‌Owners Brad and Dana Smith say taking care of their clients 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 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 on a deeper level. It’s sort of a goal of mine.” Another one of his goals is to bring consumer awareness and education to the public. Their philosophy is simple: educated homeowners make better decisions. This is one of the driving factors in the Smiths establishing a free, recorded message that anyone can listen to at any time on their website, The Smiths would like to thank everyone who voted for Mr. Carpet again this year.

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Advanced Pet Care Clinic

Witham Auto Centers



‌We are a full-service veterinary clinic that strives to provide the best care for all of our patients and educate owners so they can keep their pets healthy and happy. We also have certified groomers who offer grooming packages and spa upgrades specifically designed for your pet. We are an award-winning clinic, including Best of the Best honors in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015;

Tom Klemuk awards for most creative Sturgis Falls parade float in 2015 and 2016; and Dr. Tammy Stevenson’s Heroes Among Us award in 2013. We also were featured this year in TVC magazine for “Winning Them Over.” Dr. Tammy Stevenson also specializes in veterinary orthopedic manipulation, which is becoming popular with pet owners. With VOM, we can use non-invasive ways to treat medical issues without the use of heavy medications. It is comparable to having a chiropractic treatment.

Advanced Pet Care Clinic Owner: Dr. Tammy Stevenson 4507 Algonquin Drive, Suite A, Cedar

Falls (319) 277-7675

7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednes-

day, Thursday, Friday; 7:30-8 p.m. Tuesday; 8-10 a.m. Saturday

Witham Auto Centers Owners: Jason Witham, Jeremy

Witham, Tim Godfrey

2728 S. Main St., Cedar Falls 2033 La Porte Road, Waterloo 800 218 North, La Porte City

“When you come buy to look at a vehicle I will always try to make sure it will accomplish everything you need it to do and make sure you know everything about it. Witham Auto Centers have locations in Waterloo, Cedar Falls and La Porte City. Visit for more information.

Thank You

Thank You! 1st Place: • Veterinarian - Dr. Tammy Stevenson • Pet Grooming - Samantha Wireman

Service the way & Carrie Wirtz • Medical Staff Member - Kelley McNamara it used to be Honorable Mention: • Receptionist - Courtney Kuhagen • Vet Tech - Cheyan Stover

Witham Auto Centers salesperson Sebastian was a mechanic at a couple of places and decided he didn’t want to work on cars anymore, but wanted to stay in the car business. Now a salesman, he’s been in the business for 10 years. “I specialize in helping people make an informed decision when purchasing or leasing a vehicle, based on how they will use it on a day-to-day basis,” he said. What makes him the Best of the Best? “Knowing everything about what I sell and truly believing in the product. Also, I absolutely love my job and I think it shows when I talk to customers. I have met so many people over the years and genuinely care about them being happy with their purchase and purchasing experience,” Hansen said. Hansen has received Ford’s Employee Excellence Award and is a Volkswagen Generation best award winner. He also holds master certification for Ford, Volkswagen and Kia.

Thank you

for recognizing us as the Best of the Best!

Cedar Valley!

Congratulations to... Sebastian Hansen

Honorable Mention Automotive Salesperson See him at our Cedar Falls Location!

Our Service Departments!

Honorable Mention Transmission Repair!

Serving the Cedar Valley4507 Algonquin Drive Cedar Falls, Iowa


319-234-1404 • Service Available 24/7

Service you can count on 3 convenient Locations 2728 South Main Street Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Phone: (319) 277-8123

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Cedar Valley Dental Associates ‌FIRST PLACE: DENTIST ‌ IRST PLACE: DENTIST F Cedar Valley Dental Associates was established by Dr. H. Mark Trunnell in 1978. The original office is in the same place today at 922 Rainbow Drive in Cedar Falls but has transformed dramatically since then, including expansion to their office in Waverly at 105 20th St. NW. With their motto “We Cater to Cowards,” CVDA has grown to become one of the premier Dental care providers in the Cedar Valley and is always accepting new patients. CVDA is a previous Best of the Best winner and a lifetime member of the IDA. As a full service dental office Cedar Valley Dental Associates cares for patients of all ages. They offer a wide array of services including; crowns, bridges, root canals, full and partial dentures, traditional

Cedar Valley Dental Associates 922 Rainbow Drive, Cedar

Falls; (319) 266-7559

105 20th St. NW, Waverly;

(319) 352-4488


braces, implant crowns/bridges, take home teeth whitening and many more. CVDA is also a Preferred Provider for Invisalign invisible retainers and even provides sleep apnea oral appliances in conjunction with your sleep physician. CVDA is the only office in the area with its very own on-site denture technician

for quick turnaround for denture repairs and customization. Dr. Mark Trunnell has been working in the Cedar Valley since June 1977. He was born and raised in Denver, Iowa. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He enjoys spending time with his wife Marilyn, their four children and 12 grandchildren. He also enjoys RVing and fishing and is an active member of Prairie Lakes Church. Dr. Mark McConaughy is a 1979 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He was born and raised in Clarion and moved to Belmond shortly after

graduating from dental school. He practiced in Belmond for 22 years and joined CVDA in 2002. He enjoys spending time with his wife Mary Jane and his daughters Mary Kate and Marianne. His favorite pastimes include playing golf, running and playing with his Shih Tzu’s. Dr. Megan Brummer is a 2010 graduate from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. After graduating she returned to her home town of Cedar Falls to join Cedar Valley Dental Associates as an associate. She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with her husband, Aaron, and sons Wyatt and Henry. She is also a huge Iowa Hawkeyes fan! Cedar Valley Dental Associates is proud to be named the best Dentist in the Cedar Valley for 2016.


for voting us the best dentist in the Cedar Valley!

H. Mark Trunnell DDS

Megan E. Brummer DDS

Mark R. McConaughy DDS

CEDAR VALLEY DENTAL ASSOCIATES Cedar Falls Office: 922 Rainbow Dr. 319.266.7559

Waverly Office: 105 20th St. NW 319.352.4488

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Magee Construction ‌FIRST PLACE: HOME BUILDER, REMODELER Established in 1982, Magee Construction Co. has evolved into a nationally recognized design/build team. “Our professional and courteous crews act as guests in our clients’ homes,” Wayne Magee said. “Crews try to do everything possible to make the remodeling a pleasant one.” The Magee team believes the same level of attention should be applied to each and every project. As clients enjoy their new and remodeled spaces, they spread the word. “Clients are left with pleasant memories after the construction experience and appreciate having an extended warranty on their project,” Magee said. “Customers turn into friends for life.” The goal at Magee Construction Company is to ensure that clients receive quality workmanship and close attention to detail from a staff that really listens to its customers. The staff will do everything possible to see that your project flows smoothly and is completed in a timely manner. They understand that roof replacement is just as important to one customer as a new home is to another. Magee’s well-trained staff will skillfully carry out your project from concept to completed construction. We make your dreams a reality. When subcontractors are required for various phases of your job, the company uses people who have proven that they can provide the kind of quality 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


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

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 backyard from friends and family and we’re very proud to say the project was done by Magee Construction!” Magee Construction Company has completed over 5,000 successful residential projects in just the last 11 years. “Considering that we have been in business for over 30 years the total residential projects that have been completed in this area is huge,” said Magee.

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.

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Gubbels One Hour Heating & Air Condtioning ‌HONORABLE MENTION: HVAC

U.S. Bank ‌HONORABLE MENTION: BANK U.S. Bank is well positioned to serve its customers. U.S. Bank offers a complete set of traditional deposit accounts, loan products and convenient online services to consumers and businesses. A large part of U.S. Bank’s current success can be attributed to the company’s diverse mix of products that are designed to help virtually anyone or any business achieve their financial goals. The friendly and knowledgeable U.S. Bank team is committed to serving you. They welcome the opportunity to meet with you and help you with all of your banking needs. “We believe all people deserve the opportunity to dream, believe and achieve,” reads the U.S. Bank website. “The building blocks that made our country great -- a stable job, a home to call your own and a community connected through culture, recreation and play -- continue to be at the heart of possibility for all of us. At U.S. Bank, we invest our time, resources and passion to build and support vibrant communities that allow every person to work toward their possible.” Visit U.S. Bancorp at

Gubbels Heating and Air Conditioning has been serving the Cedar Valley since 1966. Russell and Kim Schrader purchased the business in 1997 and became a One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning franchisee in 2003. The Schraders take seriously the One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning’s tag line of “Always on Time or You Don’t Pay a Dime.” “We’re not late very often, but if we are going to be even one second late, we call the customer and let them know that their entire service call, including any repairs, will be done completely free of charge,” Kim Shrader said. Providing excellent service is also one of the Schraders’ top priorities. The franchise monitors their customer service by reaching out to every customer after their service is completed to see how the franchise is doing. “We have been in the top 25 of all One Hours across the U.S. and Canada for the past five years,” Kim Shrader said. “Of course, the

Gubbels One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning Owners: Russell and Kim Shrader 1717 Falls Avenue, Waterloo (319) 287-9200 Service 24/7

credit goes to our great office staff and technicians who feel strongly about providing a high level of customer service.” The Schraders’ sons, Justin and Chase, serve as the operations manager and service manager, respectively. “So, if you are a faithful customer of Gubbels One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, we would like to give you a great big thank you,” Kim said. “And if you haven’t given us a shot yet, we’d love to hear from you!”

Providing the Cedar Valley with prompt and professional service since 1966

Thank you! 5 Cedar ValleY loCatioNS Find the Branch Nearest You by Visiting

Thank you for trusting us with all your heating & air conditioning needs!


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Bergen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. ‌FIRST PLACE: PLUMBING, HEATING/COOLING Bergen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. serves the Cedar Valley by offering professional service at a fair value, while supplying great benefits and competitive wages to their employees. Employees have more than 300 years of combined experience. COURTESY PHOTO‌ Bergen holds masters licenses in all of the state-recognized disciplines and has six apprentices training on best practices to Owner: Matt Gardner serve customers better. 35 Fletcher Ave., Waterloo “Our goal here is to supply our custom (319) 234-1404 ers the best products and services day in 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 24/7 and day out, every day,” said Bergen owner emergency service Matt Gardner. “We teach everybody that we don’t do the easy thing, we don’t do the cheap thing -- we do the right thing. And we do the right thing every time.” Inc. is a previous Best of the Best honoree Bergen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in plumbing and HVAC services.

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Ridgeway True Value Hardware store has been a family business since 1974. Owned by John and Sharon Schotter for 42 years, the store specializes in retail hardware with an emphasis on power equipment. We also service what we sell. Our secret to being Best of the Best this year and in previous years is that we take time to talk to customers and do the best that we can to answer their questions and solve any problems.


Ridgeway True Value Hardware Owners: John and Sharon Schotter 2130 Kimball Ave., Waterloo (319) 234-0383 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Thank you Service the way it used to be

Cedar Valley for Voting us among the Best of the Best!

Thank you for recognizing us as the Best of the Best!

Ridgeway TRue Value HaRdwaRe Serving the Cedar Valley 319-234-1404 • Service Available 24/7

2130 Kimball Ave. Waterloo Mon-Fri 8:30am-7:00pm • Sat 8:00am-5:00pm • Sun 10:00am-4:00pm

(319) 234-0383

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Briqhouse Bar & Grill

Roth Jewelers



Where sports bar meets family restaurant, Briqhouse Bar & Grill is the place to be. Whether you’re in the mood for a beer while you watch a game or want to have a great meal with your family, we have just what you’re looking for. Stop in to Briqhouse Bar & Grill today for a oneof-a-kind upscale bar and family dining experience. Specializing in made-from-scratch American cuisine, Briqhouse Bar & Grill prides itself on providing top-notch fresh bar food with a twist. Our chef prepares our menu daily, adding a personal touch to ensure you can’t get a meal like this from any other bar or restaurant. Come in and see why everyone is saying we have the best burgers in Waterloo. Take advantage of our daily lunch, dinner and drink specials.


Briqhouse Bar & Grill Owners: Anthony King, Chad Bar-

nett, Lorenzo Forristall

307 W. Fifth St., Waterloo (319) 233-4131 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Sunday

Fresh, Never Frozen

Roth Jewelers has been selected Best of the Best jeweler every year by readers of the Waterloo Courier. Located in downtown Waterloo since 1931, Roth’s goal is to provide exceptional customer service with a family-friendly atmosphere. “We are on our fifth generation of customers,” said General Manager Kevin Schreiber. “Every customer has a unique request, and we are so proud of our staff as they pay attention to every detail, from something as simple as a watch battery to that perfect engagement ring or complete renovations of heirloom jewelry.” Roth’s carries national and worldwide brands like Gabriel & Co. and Allison-Kaufman — both favorites among couples looking for the perfect engagement and wedding rings; Pandora beads and accessories, including a full line of


Roth Jewelers 229 E. Fifth St., Waterloo (319) 234-6479

earrings, watches, rings and necklaces; and world-renowned Swarovski Crystal with everything from collectible art pieces to stunningly beautiful fine jewelry and watches fit for all occasions. Roth Jewelers remains the same since 1931, with their in-depth knowledge of diamonds, fine jewelry and unmatched exceptional customer service. They have three goldsmiths on staff daily and offer CAD design. If you can imagine it, Roth can design it. They are a member of the elite American Gem Society, which is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of business ethics and professionalism in the industry. Roth’s also has two Gemological Institute of America certified gemologists on staff.

Generations of Dreams

Burgers Try ours to see why we’re the best!

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

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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. “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.

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

‌Brady Gruhn has owned and operated the Cedar Falls office of Lighthouse Travel since 2012. In that time he has already been voted one of the Cedar Valley’s top travel agents three times. Lighthouse specializes in everything from all-inclusive travel to the Caribbean and Mexico, to destination weddings and honeymoons, to Alaskan cruises and true bucket list vacations to all corners of the world. Lighthouse Travel has developed a nofee business model of home-based agents and agencies across the country, intentionally keeping overhead low and passing the savings on to the client. Hard work, diligence and an understanding that clients and travel friends deserve the best is what drives Lighthouse Travel.

Lighthouse Travel Owner: Brady Gruhn 4025 Carlton Drive, Cedar Falls (319) 427-2060 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday by

phone or appointment

“Our motto is, ‘We Go, So You Know’, which means we travel extensively ourselves to bring a first-hand knowledge of destinations to our clients,” Gruhn said. Gruhn is fluent in Spanish, has traveled extensively throughout the world and holds many professional designations that help him stand out in a competitive industry. Lighthouse Travel is also recognized as one of the top in the industry, as an Apple Vacations Platinum, a Funjet Vacations Gold and multi-year Sandals Resorts Star Award-winning agency.

6 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

"For a Good Time, Call a Travel Agent...

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

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* Honeymoons * Destination Weddings * River Cruises * All-Inclusive Resorts * Hawaii * Vegas * Disney * Groups and incentive

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Design 360 @Decorating Den Interiors FIRST PLACE: INTERIOR DECORATING STORE HONORABLE MENTION: CARPET/FLOORING, HOME DECOR STORE ‌At Design 360, a part of Decorating Den Interiors, we have direct access to over 125 wholesale manufacturers and vendors, giving us enormous depth in products and designs for our clients. While we pride ourselves a great deal on providing fabulous products at competitive prices, we consider the relationships we build with clients to be most important. We’re able to craft the best plans and recommendations for whatever their project might be, tailored specifically to their needs, lifestyle, tastes and budgets. Our staff of three designers make the process as stress-free as possible, visiting clients’ homes for complementary consultations and handling all the details of measuring, specifying, ordering, installation and follow-up.


Design 360 @ Decorating Den Interiors Owner: Julie Meyers 221 E. Bremer Ave., Waverly (319) 352-1379 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday;

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday


Dan Deery Motors HONORABLE MENTION: AUTO SERVICE Dan Deery Motors is a locally-owned family business in its fourth generation. With the largest selection of new and pre-owned vehicles in the Cedar Valley. We have the perfect fit for all of our customers’ needs. In Spring 2012, our Dan Deery Toyota location underwent a complete rebuild. The dealership has been transformed into a brand new, redesigned, state-ofthe-art facility, offering our customers, truly, the best of the best. “Our Toyota shop boasts 18 stalls with two stalls specific for express lube appointments,” said Brian Jensen, service manager. “We have a state-of-the-art facility with an air-conditioned shop and express maintenance available.” Dan Deery Motor Co. also is very active in the Cedar Valley community. 7404 University Ave., Cedar Falls “Giving back to those who have given (319) 277-4500 me a chance to earn their business is 8 a.m. to 9 p.m what keeps us going,” said Dan Deery, president and owner. “We live in what I believe to be the best them happy when they come to see us at community in the Midwest, and to make one of our stores is what it’s all about.”

Dan Deery Motors info

ThAnk You CeDAr VAlleY! service Hours:

Mon-Sat 7 AM-6 PM Honorable Mention for Best of tHe Best service in tHe cedar valley

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


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Humble Travel

HONORABLE MENTION: TRAVEL AGENT — ANNIE HUMBLE-GOUGLER, LINDSEY MEYER Annie Humble-Gougler represents the third generation of Humbles at Humble Travel. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in journalism and mass communications and a minor in studio art. Annie worked in Chicago briefly before joining Humble Travel in 2009. She said she “had to leave Iowa to realize that her greatest opportunity was right in her home town.” HumbleAs the office manager Gougler of the Cedar Falls office, she manages the staff of travel advisors and does everything from training new employees to planning office celebrations. All this while tending to a wide range of clients in the leisure, corporate and Hippen incentive markets. Annie and her husband Aaron recently welcomed a new baby boy into their family. Annie is also a member of the

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

Cedar Falls Tourism Board and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Junior League. Humble Travel welcomed Lindsey Hippen as a travel adviser in 2014. She brought with her extensive experience abroad, having lived and worked in Germany and Sweden. In addition, she taught in Korea and traveled extensively in the region before heading back to the US. Lindsey speaks fluent German and has a degree in German studies and international studies from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Her clients enjoy the firsthand experience she offers them when planning European and Asian travel, and the expertise she has in Mexico and the Caribbean—she has achieved the designation of Destination Specialist from both Sandals and Couples resorts.


Brad Jacobson — State Farm Insurance HONORABLE MENTION: INSURANCE AGENT I have been in business for 19 years and in the insurance industry for 25 years. I chose this profession because I enjoy working with and helping people. Our business is about helping people recover from the unexpected and helping plan for their future. We build relationships with our customers, and by getting to know them by find the right products and services to match their needs. I currently hold State Farm’s Golden Triangle Award and a CLU designation from the American College. I received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Northern Iowa and am a member of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors. I have been a Chartered Life Underwriter since 2001 and am a member of the Chamber of Commerce. I also am past president an a member of the Cedar

Brad Jacobson — State Farm Insurance 4919 University Ave., Cedar Falls (319) 277-4134 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thurs-

day; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; any other time by appointment

Falls Rotary Club. We love living and working in the Cedar Valley and take pride in taking care of the needs of our customers. Visit me online, by phone or in person for all of your auto, homeowner’s, life and health insurance needs.

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

Please stop by and say,

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


state Farm, Home office, Bloomington, IL


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‌FIRST PLACE: GIRLS NIGHT OUT, PLACE TO HAVE A BEER, SPORTS BAR HONORABLE MENTION: BUSINESS LUNCH, DINNER, HAPPY HOUR, LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANT, PLACE FOR LUNCH, PLACE TO SHOOT POOL, APPETIZERS, HAMBURGER (TIE), PLACE TO GO ON A FIRST DATE For 13 years, Zsavooz has been a place with great quality food and service at a fair price. It’s a place where friends and family can meet and have a fun time. Zsavooz, a previous Best of the Best honoree, is locally owned and prides itself on having great food, superb service and a fun, family-friendly atmosphere everyone can enjoy. There’s a new party room available, and in warm weather guests can enjoy the spacious outdoor patio. Check out our award-winning tenderloin, burgers, quesadillas, phillies and more. There’s something on the menu for everyone, and you won’t be disappointed. We also have 18 beers on tap and a large variety of entertainment, including pool, darts, golf and over 20 TVs to watch the game.


Zsavooz Owners: Nick and Tara Roberts 206 Brandilynn Blvd., Cedar Falls (319) 266-3050 11 a.m.—2 a.m. daily

Come see us if you are looking for a place with friendly faces, great food and a fun atmosphere. Don’t forget about our new meeting room, which can accommodate your private party or business meeting, big or small. We can’t wait to see you!


Waterloo Golf Headquarters FIRST PLACE: GOLF EQUIPMENT Waterloo Golf Headquarters is known for offering the largest selection of golf equipment, accessories and clothing with the best knowledge and customer service. With 18 years experience in the golf business, Mike Schuchmann has owned Waterloo Golf Headquarters for 12 of its 29 years. A loyal customer base has voted the golf shop Best of the Best every year. “There is no bigbox store feeling with us,” said Schuchmann. “We never say no. We will do whatever we can to help make you a better golfer.” Waterloo Golf Headquarters carries a large selection of golf merchandise with competitive pricing. The close-knit group of employees who love the game of golf can help you select the right equipment. “I wake up every day and enjoy what I do, and I work every day with my best friends,” Schuchmann said. Waterloo Golf Headquarters was named one of the Mizuno top 50 in the country in


Waterloo Golf Headquarters Owner: Mike Schuchmann 1850 W. Ridgeway Ave., Suite 1,


(319) 232-3979 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Fri-

day; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 and the Nicklaus Golf Account of the Year in 2005. Every year from 2010-2015, the store was named Ping Club Fitter of the Year.


Thank Y You Cedar Valley! WINNER:







Thank you for voTing us

BesT of The BesT! From beginner to pro, we’re the place to go!

WE ARE TRULY HONORED 206 Brandilynn Blvd. Cedar Falls, IA 50613


1850 West Ridgeway Ave Waterloo, IA

CALL 319-232-3979

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University of Iowa Community Credit Union

Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic



University of Iowa Community Credit Union was founded more than 75 years go in Eastern Iowa. It has over 140,000 members and 15 office locations. 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. Since entering the community a few years ago, UICCU has seen tremendous growth with its branches branches in Waterloo and Cedar Falls. “There are many great, community-minded financial institutions in Black Hawk County, and UICCU is proud to be an option for residents to consider,” said

Callahan & Associates

#1 IN THE NATION for Return of Member

UICCU 3409 Cedar

Heights Drive, Cedar Falls 930 Tower Park Drive, Waterloo 9 a.m.5:30 p.m. COURTESY PHOTO‌ Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday Senior VP of Marketing Jim Kelly. “We will continue to support the community, provide financial education and save our members time and money.”

‌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 laser 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 cli-

Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic 2020 A

Third Ave. NW, Waverly (319) 4835049 www. compassionatecarewaverly. com


ents’ 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!

Credit Union Journal


Des Moines Register

Corridor Business Journal



Corridor Business Journal

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in the Corridor



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




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Community United Child Care Centers

Cedar Falls Community Credit Union



CUCCC operates three of the 124 nationally accredited programs in Iowa, most of which are preschool programs only. We are one of five accredited centers in a 50-mile radius. CUCCC has specialized teachers in all classrooms, teaching infants through school-age children. The secret to being Best of the Best is we are constantly looking for ways to improve. We are the best today, so we will work on being the best tomorrow. We have received awards for collaboration, education and community work. We consider accreditation by the National Early Childhood Education Program our greatest achievement. CUCCC want to keep your children safe in an appropriate environment

Community United Child Care Centers Nordic Child Care Center and Pre-

school; 5109 Nordic Dr., Cedar Falls (319) 266-4477 Valley Park Child Care Center and Preschool; 1026 East Seerley Blvd., Cedar Falls (319) 277-7303 Westridge Child Care Center and Preschool; 3610 Ansborough Ave., Waterloo (319) 234-5920 that fosters education and community experiences designed to assist parents in the development of their children, who will be the future leaders of our community.

Cedar Falls Community Credit Union is a hometown credit union that meets the financial needs of people who live and work in the Cedar Valley. They have been successful in the Cedar Valley since 1958 because they take pride in what they do. “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 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, providing a wide range of financial products and services, including savings accounts, certificates, IRAs and loans of all types with competitive rates. Established in 1958 in Cedar Falls, CFCCU continues to be large enough to provide valuable ser-

CFCCU 123 W. Fourth St., Cedar Falls 420 Viking Road, Cedar Falls 2000 Heritage Way, Waverly (319) 266-7531 vices to their members, yet still small and local enough to really know their members and their needs and expectations. Cedar Falls Community Credit Union has been among the Best of the Best 14 out of 14 years. Thank you to our members for voting us Best of the Best!



and Preschool

VOTING US BEST OF BEST 14 out of the last 14 years

Community United Child Care Centers, Inc. Valley Park 277-7303 • Nordic 266-4477 Westridge 234-5920 • 3 locations to better serve you .

“Partnering with families to nurture and educate tomorrow’s leaders.”


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

"Your hometown credit union"

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Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning ‌HONORABLE MENTION: HEATING/COOLING Mike Fereday, owner of Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning, has been in the business for more than 40 years. During its years of operation, the company’s dedication to professional workmanship and superior customer service resulted in substantial growth. Employees of Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning work tirelessly to do the job right and in a timely manner, allowing the company to take on a much greater work load. Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning has formed many successful working relationships with a number of builders and contractors in the area. The company has expanded commercial operations and continues to serve the residential portion of their business with the professional work customers have come to expect. Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning is now a full-service HVAC contractor, providing commercial and residential services, including new construction.

Mike Fereday Heating & Air Owner: Mike Fereday Waterloo, (319) 232-0900 Cedar Falls, (319) 277-1091 Waverly, (319) 352-4099 Services offered 24/7


They also do commercial kitchen hoods and ventilation service and installment, as well as second opinions on equipment other companies have said needs replaced. “I believe being honest, fair and de-

pendable are the keys to being the best,” Fereday said. “Having our customers feel comfortable and confident that we are treating them in a professional way. I have one of the best groups of employees in the state.”

Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning received the Lennox Centurion award in recognition of outstanding dealer performance as well as premier dealer certification for exceptional service and commitment to total customer satisfaction. Mike Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help with questions and concerns to ensure all customers are 100 percent satisfied. The company prides itself on treating customers they way they would like to be treated.

MAKE IT MIKE, A Name You Can Trust! ThAnK You CEdAr VAllEY!

Cedar Falls: (319) 277-1091 Waterloo: (319) 232-0900 Waverly: (319) 352-4099


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Veridian Credit Union ‌FIRST PLACE: CREDIT UNION HONORABLE MENTION: BEST FINANCIAL INVESTMENTS; BANK TELLER — ALISSA ERICSON Who is Veridian Credit Union? Veridian is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its 200,000members. That means that any excess earnings it makes are returned to its members in the form of higher returns, lower loan rates and better services. As a result, all of its members benefit, no matter the balance in their accounts. Veridian is proud of the roots it planted in Waterloo in 1934. It was founded that year as John Deere Employees Credit Union by a handful of Deere employees who wanted to offer their co-workers an alternative to commercial banks and other for-profit financial institutions. During the tough economic times of the 1980s, Veridian expanded its membership to the community and changed its name to John Deere Community Credit Union. In 2006, to avoid trademark confusion with Deere & Company, it discontinued using

Veridian Credit Union Multiple Cedar Valley locations in

Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Independence, Oelwein and Waverly Hours vary by location (319) 236-5600 COURTESY PHOTO‌

Veridian Credit Union has 28 branches statewide, including 13 locations in the Cedar Valley. Pictured here is the Waverly branch. “John Deere” and renamed itself Veridian Credit Union. Veridian’s heritage has provided a strong foundation for its future. Now, more than 80 years after its founding, the credit union offers a full range of business and consumer financial services. It is continuing to grow with 28 branches statewide, including 13 locations in the Cedar Valley. Hy-Vee locations are open seven days a week. What does Veridian do? It’s committed to making its members feel welcome and

helping them create successful financial futures. The credit union is continually building relationships with its members, and those conversations allow Veridian to anticipate members’ needs and exceed their expectations. Veridian also empowers members by teaching them about their financial world. At, there are several educational videos that help people buy a car, understand home equity loans, learn about credit cards, explore health reform and more.

No financial has a better mix of products and service. Period Period. Alan, Martin Plaza Branch Manager

As a not-for-profit owned by members, Veridian gladly returns excess earnings to you in the form of great rates and low fees. We’re also committed to the best service, and we’re eager to prove it. Visit any of our 11 branches in the Cedar Valley.

Discover the Veridian difference today.

Accounts · Loans · Investments · Insurance · Guidance

In addition, Veridian embraces the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.” With that in mind, it partners with local organizations, supports community events, grants funding to inclusive groups and provides scholarships for deserving students. Membership at Veridian is open to anyone living or working in 40 Iowa counties and five Nebraska counties. Plus, all residents of Iowa with a disability (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) are eligible. Family members of eligible members also qualify for membership.


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Next Generation Wireless

Next Generation Wireless College Square Mall, next to Old Chicago

‌FIRST PLACE: CELL PHONE DEALER Next Generation Wireless is a U.S. Cellular Authorized Agent and celebrated its 15 year anniversary in June. We are committed to serving the Cedar Valley for many years to come. We pride ourselves on superior customer service and especially our community involvement. Our customer service is our biggest asset to being the “Best of the Best.” We have always prided ourselves on maintaining a superior level of customer service. We also believe strongly in the associates and staff who continuously maintain such a high level of excellence day in and day out. Next Generation Wireless has been named a Courier Communications Employer of Choice and was listed by Inc. magazine as one of the 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies. Additionally, the

6301 University Ave., Cedar Falls (319) 266-2500 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday;

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday

Waterloo Office, next to Scratch Cupcakery 1513 Flammang Drive (319) 226-3500 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Fri-

day; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Waverly Office, across from Norbys Farm Fleet COURTESY PHOTO‌

company has received Best of the Best honors every year since 2008. When you step into a Next Generation Wireless location, you will be greeted with a smile and helping

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

1810 Fourth St. SW (319) 352-6200 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday;

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday

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

Cedar Falls 6301 University Ave. 319-266-2500

Waterloo 1513 Flammang Dr. 319-226-3500

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

Call store for hours.


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Things we want you to know: New Shared Connect Plan and Retail Installment Contract required. Device Protection+, Smartphone turn-in and credit approval also required. A $25 Device Activation Fee applies. A Regulatory Cost Recovery Fee (currently $1.82/line/month) applies; this is not a tax or gvmt. required charge. Additional fees (including Device Connection Charges), taxes, terms, conditions and coverage areas apply and may vary by plan, service and phone. Offers valid at participating locations only and cannot be combined. See store or for details. G5 is a trademark of LG Electronics, Inc. © 2016 Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (“Samsung”). Samsung and Galaxy S are both registered trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. © 2016 U.S. Cellular NGW675


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Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Iowa (Wheaton Iowa) is an integrated health care network including three hospitals — Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls, Mercy Hospital in Oelwein and 26 Covenant Clinic locations throughout northeast Iowa. Areas of excellence include orthopedics, neurosurgery, family birth center and neonatal intensive care unit, cancer treatment and minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. In 2016, Wheaton Iowa joined Mercy Health Network (MHN), which 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, based in Englewood, Colo., and Trinity Health, based in Livonia, Mich. MHN sponsors own and


operate hospitals in Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Mason City, Sioux City and community hospitals in six other locations. Our associates remain Wheaton’s most valuable asset. Thank you to the Cedar Valley for recognizing the professionals at Wheaton Iowa in 2016! Covenant Medical Center Covenant Medical Center traces its origins to 1912 when Franciscan Sisters

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

founded St. Francis Hospital in Waterloo. In 1986, the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters consolidated St. Francis Hospital with neighboring Schoitz Medical Center to form Covenant Medical Center. Sartori Memorial Hospital The first hospital in Cedar Falls became known as Sartori Memorial Hospital. This hospital was owned by the city of Cedar Falls until 1996 when it was sold to the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters. Mercy Hospital Mercy Hospital was founded in 1926 in the railroad town of Oelwein by the Sisters of Mercy. In 1982, the Sisters of Mercy transferred sponsorship of the hospital to the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters. Covenant Clinic Covenant Clinic is comprised of more than 100 primary care and specialty physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and numerous health care and office professionals who share the common goal

of providing quality health care services to individuals throughout Northeast Iowa. Covenant Clinic offices are located within the metropolitan area of Waterloo/ Cedar Falls, as well as in 14 outlying rural communities including Arlington, Dysart, Evansdale, Fairbank, Gladbrook, Jesup, La Porte City, Oelwein, Parkersburg, Reinbeck, Shell Rock, Tripoli, Traer and Waverly. Taking great care of our communities is what our associates, medical staff, volunteers and auxilians strive to do each and every day. It is a part of our mission and it is the very fabric of what makes us Wheaton Iowa. This past year, we provided more than $20 million in benefits to the community in the form of charity care, public programs, community health services, financial contributions and subsidized education and community-building activities. We are very proud of the work we do, and we remain committed to the communities we serve.

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

Ahsan Maqsood, MD

First Place


Richard Valente, MD, FACC

Honorable Mention

Family Doctor

Angela Schreiber, PA-C

Honorable Mention

Mercy Hospital

General Surgeon

Neil McMahon, MD

First Place

Covenant Clinic

General Surgeon

Robert Savereide, MD

Honorable Mention


Brian Sims, DO

First Place


Lori Shockley, MD

Honorable Mention


Richard Bremner, DPM

Honorable Mention

Covenant Medical Center Sartori Memorial Hospital


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Cedar Valley Electric ‌FIRST PLACE: ELECTRICIAN Cedar Valley Electric would like to say thank you to all our existing customers for voting us Best of the Best electrician six years in a row. “We strive every day to provide services to the Cedar Valley area that the public can expect and trust,” said Rick Dumler, owner of Cedar Valley Electric. Cedar Valley Electric, serving the Cedar Valley since 1998, specializes in residential and commercial wiring. This includes new homes, service updates and remodeling, along with design and layout of larger commercial projects. You’ll find a wide variety of home improvement and remodeling services to suit your needs at Cedar Valley Electric. If it’s time to update your wiring or upgrade your lighting design, this is the place to start. Have all of your electrical work done by skilled electricians who will

Cedar Valley Electric Owner: Rick Dumler 5743 Westminster Drive, Cedar Falls (319) 266-1134 COURTESY PHOTO‌

collaborate with you to bring out the best in your home. “The people who work for Cedar Valley Electric set our work reputation above the rest,” said Nick Dirks, project coordinator and estimator. “Employees are professional, trustworthy and take each

job personally. We take a lot of pride in knowing we stand behind every job -– our customers’ satisfaction comes before all else.” Commercial and residential electrical services allow you to have anything from the garage done at your home to a new

addition at your growing company. You can trust that you’re getting work of the highest caliber done at the best possible price. Again, we thank our existing customers and invite new customers to try Cedar Valley Electric to see what sets us apart. Call Rick or Nick today and let Cedar Valley Electric help you with your next project.


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

Montage CF

Cedar Valley Electric

Hansen’s Dairy 3015 Kimball Ave. Waterloo, Iowa (319) 234-3309 Providing electrical lighting deSign Mon-Sat: 8 a.m. to 9 & p.m. Sun: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residential & Commercial

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





Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo FIRST PLACE: HOTEL/MOTEL, DESSERT, LOCAL/STATE DAY TRIP, PLACE TO ON A FIRST DATE, SALAD BAR, SUNDAY BRUNCH; HONORABLE MENTION: BAKERY, PLACE TO CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY, COOKIES, DINNER, GIRLS NIGHT OUT, HAMBURGER, HAPPY HOUR, PLACE TO HAVE A BEER, SEAFOOD, STEAK Walk into the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo and you will instantly notice that the property has evolved since opening its doors nine years ago. The casino and hotel take pride in continually changing their offerings to make the casino the best entertainment destination in the Cedar Valley. “Everyone at Isle focuses on making each and every guest experience one that they enjoy. We take pride in listening to our customers and meeting expectations so that our guests come back again and again,” said Vice President and General Manager Todd Connelly. “We strive to continually evolve and improve our operations to ensure the best experience possible.” Most recently Isle opened its newest outlet: Simply Yummy Baking Co., a full-service bakery with a team dedicated to turning out sweet treats of all kinds made from scratch daily. The bakery supplies fresh-baked bread and rolls to all of the restaurants at Isle and supplies homemade pies, cakes and other desserts to Farmer’s Pick Buffet each day. The new storefront gives guests the ability to purchase desserts to enjoy at home. Guests can find a variety of cookies, cakes, pastries, doughnuts, brownies, cinnamon rolls, cheesecakes and roulades daily in the bakery cases. Simply Yummy Baking Co. can make any custom cake imaginable. The wedding cake of a bride’s dreams can become reality at Simply Yummy! Plus, customers tell us that the custom cakes taste as good as they look. Stop in daily to taste the latest confections for yourself. Lone Wolf, voted best burgers in town by Courier readers, recently added new menu items to its lineup. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered at Lone Wolf in a casual setting. A crowd favorite among our breakfast customers is the Alpha Omelet, a four-egg omelet with bacon, sausage, onions, peppers and tomatoes, topped with melted cheddar cheese and served with hash browns and toast. Lunch and dinner menu items at Lone Wolf do not disappoint. With fresh, never frozen, hand-breaded chicken tenders served with signature dipping sauce guests do not leave hungry. The Iowa Blue burger is another favorite among our guests. It is served with caramelized


Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo    

777 Isle of Capri Blvd., Waterloo (319) 833-4753, (877) 475-3946 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

onion, Maytag blue cheese, mayonnaise and thick-cut bacon from the Gilbertville Locker. Guests can also order pizza. Specialty pizzas are offered monthly or build your own using your favorite toppings. Otis & Henry’s Steakhouse, located on the second floor, offers guests looking for a great steak the perfect place to dine. A highlight of the Otis & Henry’s menu is the selection of Bo Jackson 34 Reserve steaks. Bo Jackson 34 Reserve steaks offer a tender cut no matter if a guest prefers a rib eye, a strip, a sirloin or a filet. Top it with your preferred seasonings or sauces and you have a five-star meal. It is important to the Otis & Henry’s team that a quality plate is served each and every time and that it lives up to the expectations of their loyal guests. Otis & Henry’s Steakhouse guests are given the convenience of making their reservation online. Reservation services

are available at or by using the Open Table app from your smartphone. Farmer’s Pick Buffet continues to lead the way offering fresh products from several local and regional producers. “Today, more than ever before, customers are looking for fresh products,” Connelly said. “We work with local farmers including K&W Sausage and Specialty Meats, Hibbs Farms, BJ Honey, Country View Dairy, Buffalo Creek Farms and Heartland Farm, among others, to bring the freshest of the fresh to our customers.” The evolution continues in Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo’s 195-room hotel. Voted Best of the Best Hotel/Motel in the annual competition by the Waterloo Courier for the last four consecutive years, the hotel features comfortable, modern rooms. Each room has been refreshed with new

mattresses, designer window treatments and refrigerators. A sundry shop was also constructed next to the front desk allowing guests the option to purchase necessities and snacks 24 hours a day. Many overnight guests looked for a fitness center when the property first opened. The staff at Isle listened and added a fitness center with everything a guest needs for a great workout. Treadmills, elliptical machines, balance balls and weights can be found in the fitness center next to the pool. The casino itself is ever-evolving. There are currently 950 state-of-the-art slot games including slots with 3-D technology. Guests can find their classic favorites as well as the newest technology. Isle’s slot operations team continually works with game manufacturers to bring in the newest, most popular games for the Cedar Valley to try. Table games are available for those who prefer this type of play. With 25 games available you are sure to find one you love. Live poker is available each weekend upstairs in the poker room. Isle has found a niche offering commission-free baccarat games. When baccarat was originally introduced at the Isle a few years ago the feedback from guests included wanting a commission-free version of the game; today guests are enjoying this option.








777 ISLE OF CAPRI BOULEVARD • WATERLOO, IA 50701 • 1-800-THE-ISLE WWW.THEISLEWATERLOO.COM CONNECT WITH US © 2016 Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Isle, The Lone Wolf, Otis & Henry’s and Farmer’s Pick Buffet are registered trademarks of Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Gambling a problem? There is help. And hope. Call 1-800-BETS-OFF.


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Waterfalls Car Wash ‌FIRST PLACE: CAR WASH

Owner: Rocky Loveland; General manager: Steve Fernau 224 Tower Park Drive, Waterloo (319) 236-6802 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

$100 OFF FULL SERV. WASH OR ANY PACKAGE $200 OFF FULL SERViCE DELUxE PACKAGE One coupon per customer per visit. Not valid with other discounts. Expires 11-30-16

One coupon per customer per visit. Not valid with other discounts. Expires 11-30-16

Thank you Cedar Valley for putting

Europa Cycle ahead of the pack.


Europa Cycle & Ski ‌FIRST PLACE: BIKE SHOP Owner: Russ Clarke 4302 University Ave., Cedar Falls (319) 277-0734 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday

(319) 277-0734


Red Lobster ‌FIRST PLACE: SEAFOOD 941 E. San Marnan Drive, Waterloo (319) 234-0288 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Sunday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday

941 E San Marnan Dr., Waterloo, IA 50702 • (319) 234-0288

Greenwood Pharmacy and Compounding Center ‌HONORABLE MENTION: PHARMACY

locally owned and operated in the cedar Valley Since 1977

Owner: Bob Greenwood 2104 Kimball Ave., Waterloo (319) 234-6419

8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday


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Koch Construction ‌HONORABLE MENTION: REMODELER 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Owner: Jeff and Mark Koch 215 Main St., Cedar Falls (319) 266-0807

A LongstAnding trAdition on time, on Budget, no excuses WArrAnty


Jordan’s Nursery ‌HONORABLE MENTION: GREENHOUSE Owner: Dan Jordan 1715 W. First St., Cedar Falls

(319) 266-4717 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday




u o Y k n T ha Cedar Valley! NOW is prime planting season for trees, shrubs and perennials. We always look forward to seeing you in the spring! 1715 W 1st St. Cedar Falls


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

1724 W 31st street Cedar Falls, IA 50613


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

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


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The Lincoln Savings Bank finance investment team includes, from left, Scott Wirtz, Gary Winterhof, Nick Blasberg and Mark McCombs.

Lincoln Savings Bank — Financial/Investment ‌FIRST PLACE: FINANCIAL/INVESTMENT Lincoln Savings Banks has been in operation for 114 years. There are 19 locations throughout Iowa, with our corporate headquarters located in Reinbeck. We want the people in our communities to be as financially sound as they can be. We love our customers, and that’s how we do business. Our customers experience a different level of service. We

focus on their needs and become their lifelong partner. We’re different than the rest. We aren’t transaction based; rather, we are a full-service financial institution. Our customers have a name, not just an account number. Our customers do their banking, insurance, wealth management, trust, mortgage and real estate with us. The employees of Lincoln Savings Bank are forward-thinking, innovative and passionate about what they do. They work hard day in and day out, and care

more about others than they do themselves. That’s what makes Lincoln Savings Bank the Best of the Best. We don’t just work here — we live here, we raise our families here, we love the Cedar Valley. That’s why this award means so much to us — it’s our customers who voted. Lincoln Savings Bank gives back to the Cedar Valley through sponsorships, donations and volunteerism. We believe in supporting our local community, as a true community bank should.

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


our customers... and it shows!

221 Main Street Cedar Falls, IA

Kade Hoppenworth Best Lender Honorable Mention

Mandi Becker Best Bank Teller Honorable Mention

Best Real Estate Firm Honorable Mention

Congratulations to Kade, Mandi, and Century 21 LSB Real Estate for earning Best of the Best Honorable Mention!


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Coffman’s Body Shop

Fashion to Five



All of us here at Coffman’s Body Shop would like to thank the people of the Cedar Valley for voting us as the Best of the Best 2016. Coffman’s Body Shop has been a family-owned repair shop in Cedar Falls for 40 years. After the passing of Ron “Skinny” Coffman in January 2015 his three children took over the family business. We continue to run his business with the values he taught us and that he built his business on — hard work, quality workmanship and superior customer service. We offer free estimates and free loaner vehicles, and are an approved repair shop for many major insurance companies. For four decades we have prided ourselves on taking the difficulty out of a stressful situation. We put our customers’ needs first. Over the years we have built very close relationships with generations of our customers. Each one of our staff cares that our customers leave feeling that we have done all we can to provide them with a


Coffman’s Body Shop Owners: Carrie Coffman, Casey

Frahm, Chris Coffman

1906 State St., Cedar Falls (319) 277-3288 8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. Monday-Fri-


pleasant experience. Out staff will go out of their way to ensure that each of our customers receives only the best in customer service and quality workmanship.

It is a great honor to be voted the Best of the Best Men’s Clothing Store for 2016. Fashion To Five was founded by Brianna Lehmann and Eric Charley in Cedar Falls. We carry top-quality brands you won’t find elsewhere in the Cedar Valley. Those include clothing, eyewear and accessories from brands like Hudson, Penguin, Scotch & Soda, Jach’s New York, PX Clothing, Ellison Eyewear and Howe Clothing. Our goal with each customer is to find the perfect style and fit that makes them feel confident and comfortable from head to toe. Fashion To Five has the look and feel of big city shopping with the service, friendliness and trust of a small town store.


Fashion to Five Owners: Brianna Lehmann and Eric


213 Main St., Cedar Falls (563) 380-6582 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Closed


Thank you Cedar Valley!

Fashion to Five Men’s Clothing Store

Founded on hard work, quality workmanship & superior customer service

Quality, Style, and Comfort that is unmatched!

Celebrating 40 Years 1906 State St. Cedar Falls (Next to Mulligan’s) (319) 277-3288 Free Estimates | Free Loaner Vehicles Approved Repair Shop for Most Insurance Providers

Premium Brands:

Original Penguin Jachs NY Scotch and Soda

PX Clothing JetBang LA Howe

The Unbranded Brand Hudson Jeans Ellison Eyewear

We would like to thank the Cedar Valley for supporting us as the number one men’s clothing store, as well as Community Main Street and local businesses for supporting us!

(563) 380-6582 • Mon-Sat 11-6 PM • Closed Sundays


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Hansen’s Dairy Waterloo ‌HONORABLE MENTION: ICE CREAM Our farm has been in the family for seven generations (152 years). When the four sons of Jay and Jeanne Hansen wanted to come back and work at the farm, we built a creamery to make milk, butter, cream, cheese curds and ice cream. Opening a retail store was a way to sell those products. We sell old-fashioned premium hard ice cream treats along with all Hansen’s Dairy products and other goods from local farmers and entrepreneurs. We want to be known as a hub for quality, local foods. We strive for excellent customer service and quality products. Our ice cream is made just 10 miles away from Waterloo in Hudson, with creamline milk from our closed herd of cows (not blended with other farms’ milk). Our ice cream is slow-churned and made the old-fashioned way. Hansen’s was named one of CNN’s 5 Mouthwatering Ice Cream Tours in 2011 and has been featured on three Iowa Public Television shows in the past year for

Hansen’s Dairy Owners: The Hansen Family — Jay,

Jeanne, Brent, Brad, Blair and Blake

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

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

“Iowa Entrepreneur,” “Iowa Ingredient” for butter and “Iowa’s Century Farms.” We also operate Hansen’s Dairy store in Cedar Falls, which sells all of our products, soft-serve ice cream treats, local foods and gasoline. While the Waterloo store used to be called Moo Roo (combining our cows and kangaroos we have on the farm), we have updated our logo and retail store signage to be called Hansen’s Dairy. This change is to make our brand more recognizable — from our farm to our products to our retail stores.



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

to our award-winning Weddings magazine.

Available at all Hy-Vees, Cedar Falls Fareway and many other prime locations in the Cedar Valley. Register for the Weddings Bridal Planner When you register for the planner, you’ll receive three issues of Weddings Magazine in the mail!

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





Petersen Hudson Hdwe. Plumbing & Heating HONORABLE MENTION: PLUMBER When you are looking for quality, affordable service, look no further than Petersen Hudson Hdwe. Plumbing & Heating. We’ve earned an impeccable reputation in the local community thanks to our knowledge and expertise in the field. Our team has developed some of the best techniques and methods over the years, too, allowing us to provide you with the most up-to-date technology and solutions to meet all of your heating, cooling and plumbing needs. We’ve been a locally and family owned business for 67 years and are in our third generation of dedicated service. We’re also fully licensed, bonded, certified and insured, so you’ll rest easy knowing you’re getting the finest service solutions from true professionals. We are well-known in the Cedar Valley for our reputation and service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We do plumbing and HVAC work, new construction, remodel and service work. From the ground to the finished project, Petersen Hudson Hdwe. Plumbing and Heating is there to serve. We also do septic work in rural areas. Additionally, we install geothermal heating and cooling, which is very popular. See our website for more details. Our secret to being Best of the Best is being reliable and available around the clock, having friendly service and competitive prices, and offering free estimates. We are helpful and friendly and do the job right. Schedule an appointment with us by calling (319) 988-3231.


Petersen Hudson Hdwe. Plumbing & Heating Owner: Thomas L. Petersen 520 Main St., Hudson (319) 988-3231 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6:30 a.m.-noon Saturday     



Restore Comfort to Your Space Get effective commercial and residential HVAC solutions with Petersen Hudson Hdwe. Plumbing & Heating.

and Hudson Hdw., Plumbing and Heating, two names you can trust.


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One Agent for Life

and Auto and Home and Business

All the insurance you need from one agent. I take simple seriously. Contact me today.


Beau Jorgensen

Farm Bureau Financial Services ‌FIRST PLACE: INSURANCE AGENT

Beau Jorgensen 3315 W 4th Street Waterloo (319) 234-2000

Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, * Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company, * Western Agricultural Insurance Company*/West Des Moines, IA. *Company providers of Farm Bureau Financial Services M123 (4-16)

For the last 11 years, I have had the good fortune of working with Farm Bureau, and more importantly, all of my clients. I grew up around the business and the company as my grandfather, father and brother are or were with the company. I saw how much they cared about their clients and what they could do to help them. I never intended to follow them into the business, but life led me to the place I am today. 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 offer home, auto and life insurance products along with investments and other financial products. I give clients the opportunity to keep their insurance simple by working with a single agent. My staff is amazing when working with clients to give the fastest and best service available. Kailey Wilson

Farm Bureau Financial Services 3315 W. Fourth St.,


(319) 234-2000

has been with me a year now, and Pat McElhaney has recently joined my team with 26 years of experience working with my friend and mentor, Steve Klingaman, who recently retired. My clients and business partners mean the world to me. I try to get to know my clients and their families personally so when they call they don’t feel like just another number. If you are looking for simpler insurance solutions, I would love the opportunity to meet with you. I make insurance simple.


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Western Home Communities ‌FIRST PLACE: ASSISTED LIVING, NURSING HOME, RETIREMENT COMMUNITY HONORABLE MENTION: HOME HEALTH AGENCY — ATHOME WITH WESTERN HOME Innovation: to launch something new or different. That is the imperative as this 104-year-old not-forprofit organization continues to thrive in a new century serving new generations. Based in Cedar Falls, Western Home Communities recently focused on several new initiatives that help fulfill its mission as a charitable Christian service organization: to assertively create fulfilling lifestyles.

Marilyn Roseberry and Joyce Hufferd wave from their carriage ride through historic downtown Charleston. Graduates of a Prepare to Care class enjoy the graduation ceremony.

The Big Kids Bike Klub gathers each week to enjoy a ride on the recreational trails near south campus.

A unique concept for well-being‌

was launched in August 2015. The three-week program includes 81 hours of classroom lecture and labs, plus a third week of clinical training. Students then take the CNA exam. Some students are young adults, while others want a mid-life career change. Still others are single parents looking for a way to support their families. “One student recently came to my office and broke down in tears of gratitude,” says Sue Weber, RN, director of clinical staff development, who teaches the course. “She said over and over that this has changed her life.” More than 70 students have now graduated from Prepare to Care and celebrated with their families at graduation ceremonies held in the chapel.

Construction is underway on a $52 million project near Prairie Parkway that includes three components. The Jorgensen Plaza for Well-Being is a large community center with restaurant, salon spa, multi-purpose event space, convenience store, swimming pool, walking track, exercise equipment and classroom, and out- Putting home back in nursing home‌ patient rehab therapy. The Cottages opened in June 2015, Iowa’s first Prairie Wind independent living, opening in spring free-standing “small house” nursing homes for peo2017, offers 75 spacious apartments attached to Jorple living with degensen Plaza so residents can easily enhance all aspects mentia. As the first of their well-being, from physical to intellectual to so16 residents of each cial and spiritual. cottage moved in, Restorative suites will offer three households where they immediately gravitated to the 20 people in each can recover from surgery, illness or heart of the home, injury in a comfortable, quiet and private space, with the open kitchen the most up-to-date skilled nursing care and therapies available. and dining room. On any given Training the day, you’re likely to find residents and next generation of caregivers‌ caregivers cooking, COURTESY PHOTOS‌ drinking coffee on Western Home Communities has created an innovative educational program to offer students the chance Edna Janssen, left, and Marge the porch, creating to earn while they learn, and help build a well-trained Reisner tend the green bean art on the patio, gardening, playing workforce that is well-versed in the WHC vision and garden at Nation Cottage. piano and singing, values. going fishing, or Faced with a shortage of certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and a potential workforce that would benefit watching movies and munching popcorn, with their from being paid while attending classes, Prepare to Care days unfolding spontaneously.

Hitting the road with residents‌

Overheard on a charter bus: “Isn’t it fun going places you’ve never been?!” The first out-of-state trips planned and coordinated by Western Home Communities have now taken travelers to Washington, D.C.,; Springfield, Illinois; Branson, Missouri; and Charleston, SC. A trip to California’s wine country takes off next month. “When you travel with us, you get the added enjoyment of planning your vacation with friends before the trip, and recalling the fun memories of the trip when you get home,” says Carolyn Martin, director of volunteer services and trip leader.

Looking ahead‌

A challenging environment of changing expectations – via health care reform, the move to managed Medicaid, the coming influx of baby boomers with different desires – can be viewed as a threat or opportunity. Western Home Communities chooses the latter. That response stems from the mission, vision and values of Western Home Communities: not just words printed on a page, but daily direction for how the organization operates, now and into the future.

Western Home Communities 420 E. 11th Street, Cedar Falls (319) 277-2141

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

Friends of WHC Annual Breakfast

Sturgis Falls Parade

WHC-TV Calendar

Big Kids Bike Klub

Luau at The Cottages

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


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