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THE COURIER

BEST

OF THE BEST

2017 And the winner is...

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BEST OF THE BEST

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BEST THE COURIER

OF THE BEST

2017 DIRECTORY Travel Agent Jayne Morris

Ice Cream, Dessert & Frozen Yogurt

(319) 266-3647 Cedar Falls, IA (319) 232-1600 Waterloo, IA (319) 233-4164 Evansdale, IA

www.4queensdairycream.com

www.artvan.com

www.aablepestcontrol

aaa.com/waterloo Carpet/Floor Coverings Furniture Retailer

(319) 266-1101 Cedar Falls, IA

Barmuda.com

(319) 266-1101 Cedar Falls, IA

Barmuda.com

Brewery - Beck’s Taproom Grill Business Lunch - Noble Oak Celebrate Anniversary - Noble Oak

Program Benefiting Youth

(319) 235-9397 Waterloo, IA

Bellawaverly.com (319) 352-4214 Waverly, IA

iowabigs.org Insurance Agent

Brad Jacobson

(319) 277-4134 Cedar Falls, IA

brad.jacobson.g94g@statefarm.com

www.cedarvalleyclubs.com Electrician

www.cvhospice.org

(319) 266-1101 Cedar Falls, IA

Nail Salon

(319) 266-1101 Cedar Falls, IA

319-234-2839 Waterloo, IA

Medical Staff Member-Dr. Hagedorn Medical Staff Member-Michelle Walden Receptionist-Berdell Schauls

Happy Hour - Soho Happy Hour - The Stuffed Olive Locally Owned Restaurant - Noble Oak

Barmuda.com

Sports Bar - Beck’s Taproom Grill Sushi - Soho

Sales & Service 319-988-4153 Quick Lane 319-988-9104 Hudson, IA

www.cedarvalleyelectric.com

Cedar Falls, IA (319) 266-1136

(319) 266-1101 Cedar Falls, IA

Barmuda.com

Program Benefiting Children

800.617.1972

Dinner - Noble Oak Girls Night Out - The Stuffed Olive Hamburger - Beck’s Taproom Grill

(319) 266-1101 Cedar Falls, IA

Auto Dealership & Oil Change Service

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

Eye Doctor

visionsource-drbailey.com

bklawncarecv.com

Barmuda.com

www.BillColwellFord.com

Physical, Massage & Hand Therapies Personal Training & Nutrition Counseling Corporate Wellness & Health Coaching 319.277.3166

(319) 415-6935 or (319) 415-6934 Cedar Falls, IA

Barmuda.com

Place to have a Beer - Beck’s Taproom Grill Place to shoot Pool - Deringer’s Public Parlor Seafood - Soho Sushi Bar & Deli

Physical Therapist-Kristin Iehl Physical Therapist-Matt Smith

Landscape Service

(319) 266-3535 Cedar Falls, IA

www.artvan.com

Appetizers - Soho Appetizers - The Stuffed Olive Brewery - Lark Brewery

(319) 291-7200 Waterloo, IA

(319) 236-3620 Waterloo, IA

Home Decor Store Interior Decorating Store

(319) 266-3535 Cedar Falls, IA

Pest Control

Optical

(319)268-2020 Cedar Falls, IA (319) 233-2020 Waterloo, IA

cedarvalleyeyecare.com

Golf Equipment

(319) 232-3979 Waterloo, IA

waterloogolfheadquarters.com Auto Body

(319) 277-3288 Cedar Falls, IA

www.facebook.com/coffmansbodyshop/

Pre-School & Day Care Provider

Nordic 319-266-4477 Valley Park 319-277-7303 Westridge 319-234-5920

www.cuccc.org

Loan Officer-Kelli Aikey Credit Union

“Your Hometown Credit Union” Come Grow With Us!

cfccu.org

(319) 266-7531 Cedar Falls, IA (319) 277-3690 Industrial Park (319) 483-2241 Waverly, IA

Home Health Nurse Practitioner-Erica Jensen Medical Staff Member-Debra Card

800.617.1972

www.cvhospice.org Veterinarian-Dr. Lindsey Keller Receptionist-Samantha Radcliff

(319) 483-5049 Waverly, IA

compassionatecarewaverly.com


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BEST THE COURIER

OF THE BEST

2017 DIRECTORY Heating/Cooling Plumber

Vet Tech-Sarah Lursen Pet Grooming

(319) 483-5049 Waverly, IA

dandeerymotors.com

Nail Salon

(319) 883-3064 Waterloo, IA

diamondnailsia.com

Pest Control

(319) 232-2915 Waterloo, IA

(319) 287-3961 Waterloo, IA

www.fsb1879.com

jorgensenagency.com Bank

Cedar Falls Plainfield Waverly

(319) 232-6373 Waterloo, IA

henningerelectric.com/

facebook.com/houseboltonarcade/

Hotel/Motel Appetizers Celebrate Anniversary

(319) 833-4753 777 Isle of Capri Blvd. Waterloo, IA 50701

www.theislewaterloo.com

www.theislewaterloo.com

(319) 833-4753 777 Isle of Capri Blvd. Waterloo, IA 50701

www.theislewaterloo.com

jimlindservice.com

kaisercorson.com

(319) 833-4753 777 Isle of Capri Blvd. Waterloo, IA 50701

Photographer

(319) 266-1313 Waverly, IA

Place to Have a Beer Salad Bar Steak

(319) 833-4753 777 Isle of Capri Blvd. Waterloo, IA 50701

www.theislewaterloo.com Hair Salon Massage

(319) 268-0772 Cedar Falls, IA

(319) 266-0807 Cedar Falls, IA

www.kochconstruction.org

Breakfast

(319) 266-3199 Cedar Falls, IA

jshomecooking.com Remodeler

Dentist

www.CedarValleySmiles.net

(319) 277-1463 Cedar Falls, IA

Hamburger Happy Hour Local/State Day Trip

jivasalonspa.com

Waterloo (319)235-6287 Cedar Falls (319)277-6921 Marshalltown (641)753-3383 Toledo (641)484-5988 Cedar Rapids (319)396-5336

Liquor Selection Wine Selection

infiniteimagedesign.com

Auto Service

Funeral Home

(319) 352-1187 Waverly, IA

(319) 277-2202 Cedar Falls, IA

www.theislewaterloo.com

(319) 235-0457 Waterloo, IA

(319) 287-3961 Waterloo, IA

Happyswineandspirits.com

humbletravel.com

(319) 833-4753 777 Isle of Capri Blvd. Waterloo, IA 50701

Bank Financial/Investment Bank Teller-Brenda Schmit

Travel Agent-Annie Humble-Gougler

Dessert Dinner Girls Night Out

Sunday Brunch Tenderloin

Our Way Of Life Since 1901.

www.hansendairy.com

(319) 529-1762 Cedar Falls, IA

(319) 266-9900 Cedar Falls, Iowa

www.fsb1879.com

(319) 234-3309 Waterloo, IA

Place for Family Entertainment

Deery Brothers Collision Center

Ice Cream

(319) 266-3044 Cedar Falls, IA

www.myfnbank.com ELECTRICIAN

(319) 234-2000 Waterloo, IA

Logo

Auto Body Repair

deerycollision.com Beau Jorgensen Insurance Agent

Jorgensen Agency

enviropestsolutions.com

Bank Teller-Karla Downey Bank Teller-Maggie Hallman

KAISER CORSON Funeral Homes, Inc.

(319) 233-5000 Waterloo, IA (319) 266-5500 Cedar Falls, IA

(319) 266-3513 Cedar Falls, IA

www.daltonphc.com

compassionatecarewaverly.com

Auto Dealership

Home Builder

319-233-0011 Waterloo, IA

www.kuglerconstruction.com


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BEST THE COURIER

OF THE BEST

2017 DIRECTORY Car Wash

Travel Agent

(319) 427-2060 Cedar Falls, IA

FULL SERVICE CAR WASH

(319) 236-6802 Waterloo, IA

www.travelwithLighthouse.com

(800) 588-7551 Waterloo, IA

3170 Wagner Road Waterloo 3619-226-6000

www.milroystuxedos.com

www.matthiaslandscaping.com Beautician/Barber Randall Crane Hair Salon

(319) 260-2067 Cedar Falls, IA

shopmudandhoney.com

(319) 352-4888 Waverly, IA

www.newaldaya.org

www.painesrv.com OB/GYN

Florist Greenhouse

(319) 234-6883 2275 Independence Ave. Waterloo, IA

www.petersenandtietz.com Motorcycle ATV

Brewery Place to have a Beer

(319) 235-6505 Waterloo, IA

(319) 883-3604 Waterloo & Cedar Falls, IA

www.singlespeedbrewing.com

Sports Bar Appetizers

(319) 266-9394 Cedar Falls, IA

FAMILY OWNED & OPERATE DSINCE 1948

pepperssportspub.com

Carpet/Floor Coverings

(319) 233-9911 Waterloo, IA

Jeweler

(319) 234-6479 Waterloo, IA

rothjewelers.com

Rileysfloors.com

www.pottershearingaid.com

(319) 234-7537 Waterloo, IA (319) 268-1958 Cedar Falls, IA

319-232-0140 Waterloo, IA

Hearing Aid Service

319-232-7113 Waterloo, IA

Men’s Clothing Formal Wear

Appliance Store

www.peoplesappliance.com

www.waterlooobgyn.com

(319) 234-0280 Waterloo, IA

www.palaceclothiers.com

“Where Customers Send Their Friends!”

pantherhomebuilders.com

Business Lunch Sunday Brunch Tenderloin

newtonscafe.com

(319) 234-3039 Waterloo, IA

info@pantherhomebuilders.com

(319) 268-7222 Cedar Falls, IA

ATV’s & Motorcycles

3313 Terrace Drive Cedar Falls 319-277-5005

3421 W 9th Street Waterloo 319-233-8865

Locally Owned Restaurant Celebrate Anniversary Dinner

www.montage-cf.com

(319) 268-0401 Cedar Falls, IA

Realtor

Home Builder

(319) 277-0100 Cedar Falls, IA

Nursing Home Retirement Community Assisted Living

319-235-9621 Evansdale, IA

www.oakridgerealtors.com

Cedar Falls 319-768-7235

819 Longview Street Cedar Falls 319-269-6658

Furniture Retailer Consignment Store

Cell Phone Dealer

www.NGWtoday.com

moment in

www.momentinthyme.com

theneighborhoodcloset.com

(319) 226-3500 Waterloo, IA

Catering Service

Formal Wear

(319) 235-1463 Crossroads Mall (319) 277-5315 Cedar Falls

REMODELER

mageeconstruction.com

MyLSB.com

Landscape Service

www.silvereagleharley.com

Bank Loan Officer-Kade Hoppenworth

Electrician

201 E 22nd Street Cedar Falls 319-266-5438

www.stickfortelectric.com

Consignment Store

(319) 233-8009 Waterloo, IA

shopstuffetc.com


BEST OF THE BEST



Stuff Etc.

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

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

noon-5 p.m. Sunday

„„ www.stuffetcwaterloo.com

best service possible and the best return on their goods along with providing community support through volunteering and monetary donations. Stuff Etc. is a previous Best of the Best first place winner. Stuff Etc. accepts consignment drop offs of one container or bag, seven days a week without an appointment. Appointment options are also available. Furniture is accepted at our second location, just across the parking lot, seven days a week, no appointment required. We sell and consign just about everything you can think of. Clothing for the entire family, hardware, toys, housewares, sportswear, jewelry, furniture and more. We also have our very own line of brand new mattress products, made by Midwest Sleep in Toledo. We really do have something for everyone!

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BEST OF THE BEST

Art Van Furniture ‌FIRST PLACE: CARPET/FLOOR COVERINGS, HOME DECOR STORE, INTERIOR DECORATING HONORABLE MENTION: FURNITURE RETAILER Eastern Iowa’s favorite place to shop for home furniture, mattress, accessories and receive design assistance has once again been awarded the Courier’s annual honor of being voted the Best of the Best. On June 16, 2016, the former Simpson Furniture Co. turned its Coralville location into the first ever Art Van Furniture showroom in Iowa. On July 8, 2016, the 70-year-old Simpson Furniture Co. switched to Art Van Furniture at its former location in Cedar Falls. In Coralville the dynamic showroom is located at 2300 Jones Blvd., and in Cedar Falls the beautiful 40,000-square-foot showroom is at 2300 Main St. Being honored as the Best of the Best in four areas relays the message to former Simpson shoppers and those brand new to the Art Van world. Since the inception of the awarding process at the Courier, Simpson and now Art Van has received Best of the Best every year. Simpson Floor Covering Department Manager Sandy Risvold, who has been with the company for over 25 years, was excited to hear of the honor for the flooring gallery. “While we have downsized a little bit from the full Simpson days, we kept the very best products from our former showroom and have been pleased with our past customers still shopping with us,” she said. “Plus, as Art Van we are seeing an entire new group of shoppers interested in all of the new things available in the world of floor coverings. We still offer free estimates and measurement services. Free interest offers to help finance your purchases and professional installation to insure the best looking flooring project our customers take on!” „„ 2300 Main St., Cedar Falls, (319) The two Art Van-Iowa showrooms are 266-3535 completely updated, and new, stylish fur„„ 2300 Jones Blvd., Coralville, (319) niture and accents adorn both locations. 545-5005 toll-free (800) 962-3535 Executive Vice-President Deb Emmert, „ „ 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; who oversees the Coralville operation and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday is a big part of the Art Van management „„ www.artvan.com team, loves the change. “We fell in love with the way Art Van displays our dynamic new looks! We have warehouse what the customer sees on our styles and designs that no other stores in floor and have it available for them the Eastern Iowa display. Plus, in most cases, next week!” we can order in fresh from our Michigan Accessories are a big part of the look

Art Van Furniture

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and sales in both stores. Nicole Koelker is the visual merchandiser for ART VANIowa and she along with Kelly Ellington (company sales management) and Emmert are always “turning” items in the showrooms so new looks arrive weekly. “The looks are so varied that it is hard for us to actually “Not” buy more because we have such a fantastic offering. Being a former Simpson staffer, I am also amazed that our prices are so LOW.” Koelker describes. Both the Coralville and Cedar Falls showrooms have the Pure Sleep mattress display, featuring the Pure Sleep

diagnostic sleep rest test. The test takes no more than a minute and offers three mattress suggestions for individuals as well as couples. Jeff Mick is a managing partner and was the general manager of the former Rooms-4-Less Store. Mick started in 1998. Company President Dale Emmert and Executive Vice-President Deb Emmert are majority owners. Dale started in 1984 with Simpson Furniture and Deb has been working for over 20 years with the company. Chris O’Brien is Vice-President-HR and Business.


BEST OF THE BEST



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BEST OF THE BEST Over 50 Models to choose from....

Plus, Eastern Iowa’s only”Diagnostic Sleep Rest Test Center” Art Van-Iowa was again voted the “BEST of the BEST”! With the only two ART VAN FURNITURE showrooms in Iowa, Art Van has already been “discovered” as the best place to purchase your furniture, home decor, and flooring. Plus noted for being the BEST in Design!

FREE BIKE ***WITH ANY PURCHASE OF $1499. WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. SEE STORE FOR DETAILS.

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BEST THE COURIER

OF THE BEST

2017

20 year winner! Since 1997

2300 Main St. Cedar Falls 319-266-3535 2017 ART VAN FURNITURE

Hours; Mon - Sat 10am-8pm Sun 11am-5pm


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BEST OF THE BEST

In A SeA

Of ChOICeS...

Truly STAndS OuT! Thank You Cedar Valley... We Love You!


BEST OF THE BEST



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FIRST PLACE

• Place to Shoot Pool HONORABLE MENTIONS

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

• • • •

Appetizers Happy Hour Seafood Sushi

Business Lunch Celebrate Anniversary Celbrate Anniversary Dinner Locally Owned Restaurant

FIRST PLACE

• Girls Night Out HONORABLE MENTIONS

• Appetizers • Happy Hour FIRST PLACE

• Hamburger At The Center Of It All Is Our PEOPLE & Our

HONORABLE MENTIONS HONORABLE MENTION

• Brewery

REWARDS

• Brewery • Place to Have a Beer • Sports Bar

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www.barmuda.com


BEST OF THE BEST

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Palace Clothiers Suit Up 2110 Kimball Ave. Waterloo 319-234-7537 MTW 9:30-6 • TH-F 9:30-8 Sat 9:30-5 • Sun 12-5

312 Main St. Cedar Falls 319-268-1958 MTW, F 9:30-6 • TH 9:30-8 Sat 9:30-5

www.palaceclothiers.com

LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED IN THE CEDAR VALLEY SINCE 1898

Located on College Hill in Cedar Falls, IA, we are a full service salon that uniquely offers a brow and blow-dry bar. Enjoy your services with a complimentary beverage. Our fully stocked retail area carries the highest quality of hair products. Please come be our guest!

• Haircoloring • Haircuts • Brow & Blow-Dry Bar • Body Sugaring/Hair Removal • Bridal Services

VOYA the salon

2022 College Street, Cedar Falls, IA, 50613 Phone: (319) 277-1615 Email: voya821@icloud.com Book online ANYTIME at clients.mindbodyonline.com

Thank you for voTing us

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

1850 West Ridgeway Ave Waterloo, IA

HONORABLE MENTION: FORMAL WEAR „„ Owners: Steve Volz, Bud Field, Hugh Field „„ 2110 Kimball Ave., Waterloo; (319) 234-7537 „„ Waterloo hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Saturday; 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday „„ 312 Main St., Cedar Falls; (319) 268-1958 „„ Cedar Falls hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Saturday; 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 9:30-6 p.m. Friday „„ www.palaceclothiers.com

Voya the Salon

Welcome to VOYA the salon!

Contact:

‌FIRST PLACE: MEN’S CLOTHING

CALL 319-232-3979

‌HONORABLE MENTION: BEAUTICIAN/BARBER — MEGHAN RUSSELL „„ Owner: Meghan Russell „„ 2022 College St., Cedar Falls „„ (319) 277-1615 „„ 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday „„ www.voyathesalon.com

Waterloo Golf Headquarters ‌FIRST PLACE: GOLF EQUIPMENT „„ Owner: Mike Schuchmann „„ 1850 W. Ridgeway Ave., Suite 1, Waterloo „„ (319) 232-3979 „„ 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday „„ www.waterloogolfheadquarters.com

SAN mARNAN & KImbALL

Waterfalls Car Wash Celebrating IN FRONT OF THE TOWER

FULL SERVICE CAR WASH

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

BEST THE COURIER

OF THE BEST

2017

24 YEARS IN bUSINESS. THANK YOU CEDAR VALLEY.

$100 OFF FULL SERVICE WASH OR ANY PACKAgE $200 OFF FULL SERVICE DELUxE PACKAgE One coupon per customer per visit. Not valid with other discounts. Expires 10-31-17

One coupon per customer per visit. Not valid with other discounts. Expires 10-31-17

‌FIRST PLACE: CAR WASH

„„ Owners: Rocky Loveland, 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


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One policy One place One deductible

Simple. Beau Joregensen — Farm Bureau Financial Services ‌FIRST PLACE: INSURANCE AGENT For the last 13 years, I have had the good fortune of working with Farm Bureau, and more importantly, all of my clients. I grew up in the company. 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. Being there for our clients when things go wrong is what drove me to the company. After attending and graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, my wife and I set roots in the Cedar Valley and never looked back. We feel blessed to call this home and raise our two kids, Cruz and Mila, in such a wonderful community. At Farm Bureau, we offer home, auto, health and life insurance products. I give clients the opportunity to keep their in-

Contact me to schedule a SuperCheck® and see how simple combining your car and home insurance can be!

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

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

evenings by appointment

„„ www.beaujorgensen.fbfs.com

surance simple by working with a single agent. My staff and I have more than 40 years combined service with Farm Bureau. My staff is amazing when working with clients to give the fastest and best service available. If you are looking for simpler insurance solutions, I would love the opportunity to meet with you. I make insurance simple.

Jorgensen Agency

Auto | Home | Life | Annuities | Business Farm & Ranch Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company, * Western Agricultural Insurance Company, * Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company*/West Des Moines, IA. *Company providers of Farm Bureau Financial Services MC011 (1-17)


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BEST OF THE BEST

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Panther Builders FIRST PLACE: HOME BUILDER 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 free housing transition program, price guarantee, transparent building commitment and warranty coverage. Whether you have questions about hidden costs, living arrangements or warranty coverage, Panther Builders will alleviate your concerns as we partner with you through the build process. Having the opportunity to work with individuals and families and help realize their dreams of building a new home is our focus. We take your budget seriously and will keep it in mind when evaluating your lot selection, floor plan modifications

We offer floor plan design flexibility at no cost, including a full team of professionals to offer guidance and support. We are quick to react to your needs as well as greater market trends and demands. Our home quoted price is guaranteed. What we quote is what you get. With Panther Builders you won’t have to worry about hidden costs or incomplete interior  Owners: Brent Dahlstrom and Brian finishes. We ensure no unexpected bills Wingert or additional quotes halfway through the  604 Clay St., Cedar Falls project. That’s not the Panther Builder  (319) 768-7235 approach.  8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or by Panther Builders uses only the highappointment est quality materials in our custom home  www.pantherhomebuilders.com construction. Panther Builders builds each house with a high standard. From Rubberand material finish selections. We have a R-Wall wrapped foundations, 2-by-6 extransparent pricing structure that allows terior framed walls, Pella Windows, 8-foot you to remain in control of your build solid core doors, Bertch Cabinets, GE appliances, Delta and Kohler plumbing fixthroughout the construction process.

Panther Builders

tures, granite/quartz countertops, Lenox HVAC systems and NEST thermostats, we understand how important it is to build a home that will last a lifetime for you and your family. Our attention to quality is visible in the details. When you step through the doorway of your new home you will see the tireless attention to detail that goes into every Panther Builders custom home. We know building quality homes starts with a strong foundation, just like building good relationships starts with honesty and integrity. When we quote you on a project, we guarantee that price throughout the process. The Panther Builders team is over-thetop welcoming and view any inquiry of our business as an opportunity. We are genuinely interested in who our clients are and finding ways to exceed their expectations.


BEST OF THE BEST



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THANK YOU FOR VOTING US THE BEST OF THE BEST! WHY CHOOSE PANTHER BUILDERS?

YOUR CEDAR VALLEY CUSTOM HOME BUILDER

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

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

FREE CUSTOM BLUEPRINT CREATION Control the design process and make your dream a reality. Free custom floor plan and design consultation.

319-768-7235 | PANTHERHOMEBUILDERS.COM

604 Clay St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613


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THANK YOU FOR VOTING US THE BEST OF THE BEST! WHY CHOOSE PANTHER BUILDERS?

YOUR CEDAR VALLEY CUSTOM HOME BUILDER

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Great Cycle Brands FIRST PLACE: FURNITURE RETAILER, PLACE TO BUY VIDEO GAMES HONORABLE MENTION: CONSIGNMENT STORE Great Cycle Brands, the Wasame core values, hung with verly-based business that owns pride in every store. Neighborhood Closet and Elec1. Obsess over customer sertric Underground, believes peovice ple is what set them apart. 2. Good is the enemy of great. 3. Be honest and transparent. “We look to find the most passionate people that possess our 4. Be determined and hardcore values. We hire people that already working. fit our core values,” said Amy Schneider, 5. Make daily improvements. 6. Pursue daily growth and learning. human resource managers and vice president. 7. Be frugal and avoid unnecessary debt. When you visit a Neighborhood Closet 8. Be adventurous, creative and openor Electric Underground you will see the minded.

9. Be confident, but humble. 10. Have fun and make the most of today. “Once we have a staff of great people pretty much anything is possible. We make sure that all of our businesses follow our company mission of improving quality of life by selling great products that people need and want during difficult economics times,” said company president Matthew Schneider. “Both Neighborhood Closet and Electric Underground fit that mission.”

Neighborhood Closet

Store Managers Brody Knutson and Duane Melsh, who have both been with the company over 10 years, say people love to save money on things they need, like mattresses and furniture, and we are happy to be able to find ways for them to afford those nice things. One of those ways Neighborhood Closet saves their customers money by sourcing products as close to home as possible. For example, they have partnered with Ashley Furniture in Arcadia, Wis., and Symbol Mattress in Watertown, Wis. Then the company buys in large volumes to reduce costs even further. Our customers love the savings on the quality furniture that we sell, said the Waverly store manager. It is very rewarding knowing that we can make furniture affordable for families in the area.

Electric Underground

Electric Underground buys and sells previously owned video games, game systems and movies, and expanded into the vapor category four years ago. Last year the company changed the name of the store from VidCycle to Electric Underground to better fit the growth of the vapor category. “We see vaping as a great way to move people from the harmful effects of traditional cigarettes to what we believe is a much safer alternative to smoking,” said store manager Jake Burns. “We estimate there are over 24,000 cigarette smokers in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area and our team is on a mission to all together eliminate smoking. Anyone that has made the switch from cigarettes to vaping will tell you how much better they feel, how much better they can breathe, the elimination of the smell, plus they can vape at the fraction of the cost of smoking, making it a great product to help family budgets.” In addition to the Waterloo Electric Underground location on San Marnan in Waterloo, the company also owns a store in Fargo, N.D. In August, Great Cycle opened a third Electric Underground location in Cedar Falls, which is more focused on vapor, said store manager Mike Anderson. “We will have game systems, game tournaments and some of the great things that the Waterloo store has, but our main mission in the Cedar Falls store is to move smokers into a cleaner and healthier product that will also save them money,” he said.

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Neighborhood Closet

Electric Underground

 1305 W. Bremer Ave., Waverly; (319)

 1205 E. San Marnan Dr., Waterloo,

352-4888  3552 Lafayette Road, Evansdale; (319) 235-9621  9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday  www.TheNeighborhoodCloset.com

(319) 234-0203

 5901 University Ave., Cedar Falls,

(319) 260-2231

 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday;

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday


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Montage ‌FIRST PLACE: PLACE TO CELEBRATE AN ANNIVERSARY; DINNER; LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANT HONORABLE MENTION: ITALIAN FOOD Montage was created in 1999 to bring a new type of dining to the Cedar Valley, featuring a premier wine list and global fusion cuisine in a welcoming, sophisticated environment. The beautiful and historic downtown district of Cedar Falls is a big part of our success, and we’re proud to be on Main Street. The food at Montage is of the highest quality, with creative dishes and to-die-for desserts. But it’s the standard of service and the atmosphere that truly sets Montage apart. It’s designed to encourage great conversations and allow customers to focus on each other and their entire dining experience. High expectations — of our food, our servers, our ambiance and our owners — make us the Best of the Best. As a locally owned restaurant, we are serving our friends and neighbors. We want to provide them the best evening possible, whether they are celebrating an anniver-

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

sary, birthday or just out for a fun night on the town. Montage has been honored to receive the Award of Excellence for our wine list from the national magazine Wine Spectator, for 16 years in a row. We love to help our customers explore new wines and expand their palates. The world of wine is always changing and growing, making it such a fun challenge. To us, locally owned means we buy fresh and local whenever possible. We treat our customers as we’d like to be treated, which is why you’ll find us working on site every night, either at Montage or our sister restaurant, the Cedar Falls Brown Bottle.

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Cedar Falls Brown Bottle ‌FIRST PLACE: ITALIAN FOOD HONORABLE MENTION: PLACE TO CELEBRATE AN ANNIVERSARY

The Cedar Falls Brown Bottle specializes in delicious Italian food with a unique, cozy atmosphere that allows for great date nights or a family-friendly night out. The garden patio is perfect for wine and appetizers. Consistent quality is our secret to being the Best of the Best. After 45 years in business, we do our very best to offer both the traditional entrees people love, plus creative new twists. But above all, we focus on top-quality, homemade dishes served by well-trained staff. We love to be a part of your traditions! We see so many families come in year after year for birthdays and celebrations, and we love that you choose us as your destination for those memories.

Cedar Falls Brown Bottle „„ Owners: Jim and Jodi Landau „„ 1111 Center St., Cedar Falls „„ (319) 266-2616 „„ www.thebrownbottle.com

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LOCALLY OWNED

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CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY

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ITALIAN FOOD

319.266.2616 1111 Center St., Cedar Falls

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Cedar Valley Hospice ‌ IRST PLACE: HOME HEALTH AGENCY, NURSE PRACTITIONER — ERICA JENSEN F HONORABLE MENTION: MEDICAL STAFF MEMBER — DEBRA CARD, MICHELLE WALDEN, DR. DAVID HAGEDORN; RECEPTIONIST — BERDELL SCHAULS You deserve the Best of the Best when it comes to your health care. So many families wait too long to pick up the phone and reach out for help with their health. At Cedar Valley Hospice, a team of professional and caring staff is always available to meet with families to answer questions about the disease process and eligibility. From the doctors, to the nurses and office associates, compassionate care is a way of living and working at Cedar Valley Hospice. When it comes to end-of-life care, Cedar Valley Hospice is the best choice for quality care. Since 1979, their experts have offered care and services to individuals in your community, regardless of age, diagnosis or ability to pay. Specifically, hospice provides care for terminally ill patients who have a sixmonths-or-less prognosis. It focuses on the physical, emotional, psychoso-

Cedar Valley Hospice „„ 2101 Kimball Ave., Waterloo „„ (319) 272-2002, (800) 617-1972 „„ www.cvhospice.org „„ Office locations: Waterloo, Grundy

Center, Independence, Waverly, Hospice Home

cial and spiritual needs of the patient and their family and also provides other support services. Anyone can make a referral. Care is provided wherever a patient resides or at the area’s only Cedar Valley Hospice Home for short-term stays to manage pain or for respite and residential care. Ultimately, the goal is to allow patients to stay in their own homes surrounded by loved ones. Rachelle Hahn of Waterloo said this made all the difference for her mother, who was always very independent. “We met with the gal from Cedar Val-

ley Hospice and she was full of information,” said Rachelle. “I had my own fear of what hospice meant, but she focused on the fact that they bring quality of life back for individuals and, in addition, help with the stress on the family. She couldn’t have been more right. One week after engaging with their care team my mother said, ‘Why didn’t we do this sooner?’” If you feel you or a loved one are not ready for hospice services, Cedar Valley Hospice also provides palliative care services for patients with a serious illness. Grief support is also available for anyone in the community, including children. They also offer the Cedar AIDS Support System, which provides case management for those with HIV or AIDS. It’s never too soon to talk with the professionals at Cedar Valley Hospice about your healthcare questions. When you want the best care for your family, call Cedar Valley Hospice at 319.272.2002, 800.617.1972 or visit www.cvhospice.org.

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Thank you

Cedar the

Valley for voting us Best of the Best! FIRST PLACE: AUTO DEALERSHIP

Dan Deery Motors 2604 Main St , Cedar Falls

319-266-5500 24/7 at dandeerymotors.com

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Whiskey Road Tavern and Grill ‌FIRST PLACE: APPETIZERS, BUSINESS LUNCH HONORABLE MENTION: DINNER, HAMBURGER, LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANT Whiskey Road Tavern and Grill is a locally owned restaurant in downtown Cedar Falls on the Corner of Fourth and Main streets. We are open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and late night fun. Whiskey Road features an American fusion menu as well as an extensive whiskey selection with more than 200 to choose from. We also have a great beer and drink menu. We specialize in customer service and serve food that is prepared and presented in a way our guests appreciate. We pride ourselves on preparing our menu items in house so we can maintain a quality and consistency that gives our guests a unique experience. We have a staff that believes in our business and works hard every day to give our guests the best dining experience. Whiskey Road is a previous Best of the Best winner and was named Restaurant of the Year in 2015 by the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Tourism Bureau. The restaurant also was named one of the Great Bourbon Bars in America by www.greatbourbon.com. We have a diverse menu that also caters to vegetarians and gluten-free guests.

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Whiskey Road Tavern and Grill „„ 402 Main St., Cedar Falls „„ (319) 277-1244 „„ Open at 11 a.m. daily „„ www.whiskeyroadcf.com


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FIRST PLACE Appetizers

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Mud & Honey Salon & Boutique ‌FIRST PLACE: BEAUTICIAN/BARBER — RANDALL CRANE Randall Crane opened Mud & Honey Salon & Boutique on April 1. “I became a stylist because I have always loved doing my own hair and working with people. I was always the friend that everyone asked to do their hair for a night out or special occasion,” Randall said. Randall originally opened Mud & Honey online with the intention of opening a salon and boutique in the future. Mud & Honey is unique because it is the only salon in the area to also feature a women’s clothing boutique. “I am a huge promoter of small businesses, so in addition to carrying women’s clothing we also carry lots of local handmade items,” she said. “We have handmade soy candles, paintings, wood art, earrings, bracelets, hats and metal flags. Almost all are made here in the years as first place. Cedar Valley. “I think my secret is the great relationRandall has personally placed in Best of ships I build with my clients. I really love the Best the last four years, the last two getting to know my clients and letting

Mud & Honey Salon & Boutique „„ Owner: Randall Crane „„ 6322 University Ave., Suite C,

Cedar Falls

„„ (319) 260-2067 „„ www.shopmudandhoney.com

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them get to know me. I love when they walk out feeling like they just hadsome down time hanging with a friend. No responsibilities to think about. Just having

fun and being pampered. I really look forward to seeing each and every one of them. “With the business, as a whole, I think we placed because my stylists are amazing. They are seriously the best at what they do and they have the personalities to match. They inspire me everyday with their professionalism an willingness to help anyone who walks through the door.” Mud & Honey offers hair services for the whole family and is taking new clients. “We would love to have you in our salon,” Randall said.

Hair Services for the Whole Family • Women’s Clothing & Accessories Local Handmade Items 6322 University Ave, Suite C, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 www.shopmudandhoney.com Hours: Closed Sunday. Open Monday-Saturday. Hours vary so please call the salon to confirm. To schedule an appointment please call 319-260-2067 We are a trendy and fashion forward salon & boutique offering a wide variety of products and services to fit your needs.


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J’s Homestyle Cooking ‌FIRST PLACE: BREAKFAST Come as a stranger, leave as family. J’s Homestyle Cooking offers simple and unpretentious food, just like the spread you’d enjoy at grandmother’s house. Families, business people and travelers feel right at home dining with us. Come see for yourself. Stop by our restaurant and try our daily specials. Breakfast is served all day, and all breads and buns are made in house. J’s Homestyle Cooking offers large portions of made-from-scratch entrees, baked goods and desserts. Owner Janis Power, in business for 15 years, said her motivation to open a restaurant was simple. “I wanted to give patrons a homestyle establishment,” she said. She’s doing just that. Here’s what some of her customers say about J’s Homestyle Cooking. “Love J’s. I stop in for morning coffee on my way to school, and I stop by for fuel for my night class. Of course, breakfast is the best part!” — Kelsey Sawtelle

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“The best food, atmosphere and customer service in the entire Midwest hands down!” — Warren Wortham “J’s is the best thing I ever discovered when I moved to Cedar Falls, and remains one of the best things after living here for five years! Love it! — Sara Kriener “Janice and the girls do a great job of serving their customers ... I really should say family. Food is great, haven’t ordered anything I don’t like and their sweets are over-the-top good! Highly recommended!” — Megan Bohr “Gre at baked goods, The baker is an absolute wizard!” — Cindy Kress

1724 W 31st street Cedar Falls, IA 50613

319-266-3199

Hours: Monday - Wednesday Thursday - Sunday

5:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 5:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

• Fresh Bakery Daily • Everything Homemade • Small Catering Available

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

“I have been here several times as the food is always very good. ... All meals are huge portions. It’s a sort of hidden gem. The owner, Mama J, is also the sweetest lady in the Cedar Valley. Depending on how busy it is, she takes the time to greet everyone.” — Aaron Stolley “Most amazing place. The food was sooooooo good. My kids are super picky and they loved it as much as me. The cookies were to die for and so was the pie. The hot beef was 100 gold stars. The service was terrific. Great food, great people. Thank you for a wonderful experience. We will make the trip again, again and again.” — Shannon Homewood

J’s Homestyle Cooking „„ Owner: Janice Power „„ 1724 W. 31st St., Cedar Falls „„ (319) 266-3199 „„ 5:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Wednes-

day; 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday „„ www.jshomecooking.com


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Kimball & Beecher Family Dentistry ‌FIRST PLACE: DENTIST Kimball and Beecher Family Dentistry and its team has been recognized as Cedar Valley’s Best of the Best Dentist for several years running, and this year they are proud to celebrate Dr. Lindsey Vore. For Vore, a career in dentistry was an easy choice. Dentistry has always been a big part of her life. Her father is a retired dentist from western Iowa, her brother practices dentistry in Wisconsin and her husband’s uncle is a dentist in Hudson. Vore’s first job was working in her father’s dental practice as a teenager. She then became an assistant and worked alongside her father before pursuing a career as a dentist herself. Vore knew a career in dentistry would be personally fulfilling, while still offering her the opportunity to be active with her family and the community. Vore earned her doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2008. Prior to that, she obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, where she met her husband. Vore is passionate about learning and committed to giving her patients the best possible outcomes, while keeping them as comfortable as possible. Vore’s extensive post-graduate education courses have involved oral surgery, endodontics and cosmetic dentistry, including Invisalign. Vore joined the Kimball and Beecher Family Dentistry team in 2012. She and her husband love living and working in the Cedar Valley, and they know this is where they want to raise their two children. Vore has also been recognized in the past as one of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s Heroes Among Us after performing CPR and saving the life of a Cedar Falls man who collapsed on his morning run. She has worked consistently in their Cedar Falls location with Kimball and Beecher since joining the practice. Vore values the relationships she has built with her patients and the community. Vore, her husband and their two school-age children enjoy being active in Cedar Falls School events and community activities throughout the Cedar Valley. Vore chose to partner with Kimball and Beecher because their ethics and

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BEST OF THE BEST Dr. Lindsey Vore at Kimball & Beecher Dentistry and her partners believe in putting the patient first and treating others the way they want to be treated. The Kimball and Beecher dental team believe it is their responsibility to educate their patients, and „„ Waterloo: (319) 235-6287 it is the patient’s right to choose what is „„ Cedar Falls: (319) 277-6921 best for them. The practice prides itself „„ Cedar Rapids: (319) 396-5336 in outstanding patient service and stand „„ Marshalltown: (641) 753-3383 behind the work done at their offices. „„ Toledo: (641) 484-5988 Vore and the entire Kimball and „„ www.cedarvalleysmiles.net Beecher team are committed to using the latest technology to create beauvalues align with hers and allow her to tiful, healthy smiles. Being a certified follow her personal aspirations as a den- Invisalign Preferred Provider sets Vore tist. The secret to their success is Vore apart and gives her the opportunity to of-

Kimball and Beecher Dentistry

fer her patients a wire- and bracket-free option to straighten their teeth. At Kimball and Beecher,Vore and her partners take pride in providing the following services in a friendly and comfortable environment: cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, tooth colored fillings, metal-free crowns, oral surgery, dentures and partials, gum care, root canals, teeth whitening and infection control. Vore and her team truly enjoy meeting and getting to know every single patient, and more importantly treating them like family. Kimball and Beecher loves to make the the Cedar Valley Smile!


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We love to see you smile!

BEST THE COURIER

OF THE BEST

2017

thank you for voting us best of the best!

Waterloo Cedar Falls Marshalltown Toldeo Cedar Rapids Visit us at www.CedarValleySmiles.net


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Bella Nails 103 E Bremer Ave, Waverly, IA 50677

(319) 352-4214

Offering acrylic nails, pedicures, manicures, shellac, waxing and hair care. Making sanitation and customer satisfaction our number one priority.

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

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‌FIRST PLACE: NAIL SALON „„ Owner: Jessica Hanna „„ 103 E. Bremer Ave., Waverly „„ (319) 352-4214 „„ 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday „„ www.bellawaverly.com

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

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Wapsie Pines Lawn Care & Landscaping ‌HONORABLE MENTION: LANDSCAPE SERVICE „„ 5708 W. Cedar Wapsi Road, Cedar Falls „„ (319) 277-9400 „„ 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; greenhouse hours vary by season „„ www.wapsiepines.com

Petersen & Tietz Florist & Greenhouses ‌FIRST PLACE: GREENHOUSE HONORABLE MENTION: FLORIST

„„ Owner: Heidi Tietz „„ 2275 Independence Ave., Waterloo „„ 319-234-6883 „„ 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday „„ www.petersenandtietz.com | Like us on Facebook


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Newton’s Paradise Cafe FIRST PLACE: TENDERLOIN HONORABLE MENTION: BUSINESS LUNCH, SUNDAY BRUNCH     

General manager: Krystal Gronowski 128 E. Fourth St., Waterloo (319) 234-0280 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday www.newtonscafe.com

First National Bank HONORABLE MENTION: BANK  Cedar Falls, Plainfield, Waverly  (319) 352-1340  www.myfnbbank.com

LocaL Food 128 E. 4th St. Downtown watErloo

2017 Best of the Best Bank First National Bank Received Honorable Mention

for the 2017 Best of the Best Bank in the Cedar Valley. Thank you for allowing us to Serve You First Cedar Falls: 319.266.2000 Plainfield: 319.276.4469 Waverly: 319.352.1340

Waverly Health Center HONORABLE MENTION: Medical Staff Member — Dr. Clay Dahlquist; Nurse Practitioner — Janelle Thompson; Physician’s Assistant — Amy Bodensteiner; Pediatrician — Dr. Stacy Wagner; Urgent Care/Convenient Care — Walk-In Clinic    

312 Ninth St. SW, Waverly (319) 352-4120 Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week www.WaverlyHealthCenter.org

Enviro-Pest Solutions HONORABLE MENTION: PEST CONTROL    

2109 Falls Ave., Waterloo (319) 232-2915 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday www.enviropestsolutions.com

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Cedar Valley Eye Care FIRST PLACE: OPTICAL A team commitment to excellence in optical services and personalized customer service. An area-leading selection of frames and fashions. And an understanding of how your eyewear fits within your overall appearance. These are just a few of the reasons Cedar Valley Eye Care has been named as the voters’ clear choice for optical services in the Cedar Valley in the 2017 Best of the Best annual survey. It is the third straight year they’ve received the award. “It’s a great honor to once again be named Best of the Best by our customers in the Cedar Valley,” said Gina Allison, Cedar Valley Eye Care’s optical manager. “We truly want to thank our customers for their continued support and recognition.”

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

8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday

 1409 W. First St., Cedar Falls, (319) 268-2020  8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday;

8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday

The staff of opticians at Cedar Valley Eye Care are dedicated to providing outstanding customer service as a team and catering to the person, not to the sale. Along with more than 150 years of combined experience, the group has the expertise to provide individualized optical solutions for each customer and build relationships that extend beyond selling eyeglasses. This honor also demonstrates how much

the opticians enjoy helping customers choose from brands that are unique and exclusive to the area to create their own eyeglass wardrobes. Instead of viewing eyeglasses as an accessory, the Cedar Valley Eye Care optical staff see them as part of your entire appearance and focus on finding a pair that complement you. “Our customers know that we’ll take the time to listen and learn what type of eye-

wear they’re interested in,” Allison said. “Each person has a unique personality, preference and style, and we have a wide selection to match.” This eyewear selection includes specialty lenses for computer usage and golfing, top brands like Oakley and Tom Ford, and the eye-catching prints and colors of Emilio Pucci and other luxury designers. Customers can also choose from the latest in lens technology, including digital lenses, polarized sunglasses and anti-reflective coatings. “We take great pride in our extensive inventory and in helping customers find the look that fits them,” said Allison. To experience a higher level of optical services, visit Cedar Valley Eye Care in Waterloo on East San Marnan Drive and in Cedar Falls on West First Street.


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Simply the Best

Optical ptical Services in the Cedar Valley!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STAFF AND THANK YOU, CEDAR VALLEY! From the doctors at Cedar Valley Eye Care.

3rd Year in a Row!

The Cedar Valley Eye Care Optical Department

CedarValleyEyeCare.com

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

909 E. San Marnan Drive Waterloo, IA 50702

(319) 268-2020

(319) 233-2020


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Infinite Image Design ‌HONORABLE MENTION: PHOTOGRAPHER „„ Owner: Rose Rottinghaus „„ 95 E. Bremer Ave., Waverly „„ (319) 266-1313 „„ By appointment only „„ www.infiniteimagedesign.com

Riley’s Floors ‌HONORABLE MENTION: CARPET/FLOOR COVERINGS Carpet • Tile • Wood • Vinyl • Rugs

Floor Solutions For Your Home

„„ Owner: Donny Sallee „„ 3230 Marnie Ave., Waterloo „„ (319) 233-9911 „„ 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday „„ www.rileysfloors.com

3230 Marnie Ave., Waterloo, IA | 319-233-9911

There are 80 LiTTLes waiTing for a Big To come into their life.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa ‌HONORABLE MENTION: PROGRAM BENEFITING YOUTH

start the process by calling or visiting: Big Brothers Big sisters of northeast iowa 2530 University Avenue, Suite 8 • Waterloo, Iowa 50701 Tel: 319 235 9397 • Fax: 319 235 9398 • www.iowabigs.org

„„ CEO: Katie Orlando „„ 2530 University Ave., Suite 8, Waterloo „„ (319) 235-9397 „„ 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday „„ www.iowabigs.org

Diamond Nails ‌HONORABLE MENTION: NAIL SALON „„ Owner: Maria Truong „„ 2060 Sovia Drive, Suite 108, Waterloo „„ (319) 883-3064 „„ 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday


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Potter’s Hearing Aid Service

“Hearing loss affects over 48 million Americans… treating hearing loss more aggressively could help stave off cognitive decline and dementia.”

‌HONORABLE MENTION: HEARING AIDS 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, 2015 and 2016 Best of the Best and was featured in a Dear Abby column when a California reader wrote Abby to detail his favorable experience with Potter’s on a Saturday morning. Ron Potter also is the former president and treasurer of the Iowa Hearing Association Board.

–Katherine Griffin, AARP “Hearing Loss Linked to Dementia”

Expect the Best Quality | Service | Price

Accepting approved John Deere employees and retirees

Potter’s Hearing Aid Service „„ 1416 W. Fourth St., Waterloo „„ (319) 232-7113 „„ 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday „„ www.pottershearingaid.com

TNT Cheer

‌HONORABLE MENTION: PROGRAM BENEFITING YOUTH TNT Cheer is the only gym in the Cedar Valley dedicated to the sport of cheer. All Star Cheer is not your traditional sideline cheer. In All Star Cheer, teams compete against teams from across the Midwest with routines featuring power tumbling, stunts, jumps and dance. TNT has been blessed twice to attend Summit, the World Series of cheerleading, at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. Only 10 percent of All Star cheerleaders will get this experience in their lifetime. Transferable skills that go beyond the gym is important to me as a gym owner. „„ Owner: Amanda Freet Seeing our athletes develop leadership „„ 6023 Chancellor Drive, Cedar Falls skills, a strong work ethic, self discipline, „„ (319) 234-1147 respect, honor, humility, trust, respon„„ 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; sibility, prioritization skills, loyalty, etc., 5-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; means more than any trophy, banner, 3-9 p.m. Sunday jacket or ring. „„ www.tntcheer.com This is our fourth year to receive this prepare athletes for competitive cheer Best of the Best honor. At TNT Cheer, we also offer recre- and give them a taste of All Star Cheer ational cheer and tumbling classes to without the competition.

TNT Cheer

Ron PotteR

1416 West 4th St. Waterloo Lee MAttox AssociAte

319-232-7113

www.PottersHearingAid.com

Enroll in our cheer and tumbling classes at www.tntcheer.com today. 6023 Chancellor Dr. Cedar Falls, IA 50613

(319) 234-1147 www.tntcheer.com


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Humble Travel

Twirl Boutique

‌HONORABLE MENTION: TRAVEL AGENT — ANNIE HUMBLE-GOUGLER

‌FIRST PLACE: WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE

Annie Humble-Gougler began her career with Humble Travel at birth, as the third generation in this predominantly female-run, full-service travel agency. She graduated from the University of Iowa and, after a stint in Chicago, returned to her Cedar Valley roots in 2009. She is currently the agency sales manager at Humble Travel’s Main Street flagship location in Cedar Falls. She is one Annie Humble-Gougler of Humble Travel’s top producers, specializing in destination weddings and corporate incentive travel, in addition to managing the Cedar Falls staff. Humble-Gougler specializes in all

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

aspects of travel. She has assisted clients with a surprise proposal on a jetboat excursion in New Zealand, managed details for large family trips and booked group and business incentive trips to Mexico and the Caribbean. She also commonly books honeymoons, destination weddings, cruises, anniversary trips and corporate travel. Humble-Gougler is a past Best of the Best award recipient and has been named a top 30 Under 30 Travel Agent magazine award winner. She has attended industry travel-in destination trips to enhance her knowledge on destinations across the globe. This gives her first-hand knowledge to assist clients with their itineraries.

Twirl Boutique began in October 2013, at first selling online via Facebook and having open houses in various locations. The retail store on Main Street in Cedar Falls opened May 1, 2014. The business is owned by mother-daughter pair Bonita Davis and Jenna Grover. “We often spoke and dreamed about owning a boutique together but COURTESY PHOTO‌ it took some big risks and deep faith to finally take the jump, and we haven’t looked back since,” Jenna said. „„ Owners: Jenna Grover, Bonita Davis Jenna has a business marketing degree „„ 317 Main St. Main St., Cedar Falls from the University of Northern Iowa „„ (319) 464-1913 worked for several years at John Deere „„ 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, before stepping back from the corporate Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. world to raise her two young children. Thursday Bonita has a number of years of retail „„ www.twirlonmain.com experience. Every day, Twirl strives to make everyone who walks through the door feel and a hello, and other times it is an unvalued. expected conversation,” Jenna said. “We “Sometimes all that means is a smile love this part of our job.”

Twirl

Thank you for recognizing

ANNIE HUMBLE-GOUGLER Among the

BEST OF THE BEST Specialists in the Art of Travel Vacations - Corporate - Destination Weddings - Honeymoons Meetings & Incentives - Groups - Featured Getaways

|

Jenna Bonita Twirl Boutique

Thank you to our outstanding employees, loyal customers, and supportive families for helping make this business a success. We are humbled and grateful for this honor and look forward to serving you for years to come.


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NewAldaya Lifescapes ‌HONORABLE MENTION: ASSISTED LIVING, NURSING HOME, RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

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Moment in Thyme FIRST PLACE: CATERING ‌Len and Betty Swiatly opened Moment in Thyme in 2003, after Len decided to make a career change from the graphic arts industry. “I needed a change. I chose to take my creative talents and apply them to food,” he said. “I managed a wine shop for a year and made hors d’oeuvres for the wine tastings. I wasn’t really thinking of catering as a profession but one thing led to another and people started asking me to prepare hors d’oeuvres for special events, wine tastings and open houses, etc.” The risk paid off. Moment in Thyme has received Best of the Best honors for seven years in a row. Moment in Thyme’s specialty is high-end hors d’ouevres and tapas, like chilled pea shooters with flying shrimp and laquered pork belly with

Moment in Thyme „„ Owners: Len and

Betty Swiatly

„„ 819 Longview St.,

Cedar Falls

„„ (319) 269-6658 „„ www.momentinthyme.com

apple chutney. The business also caters multiple-course dinners for private parties as well and open houses, graduations, weddings and more. Additionally, the business conducts cooking classes for private and corporate events. “Whether a dinner for two or an open house for hundreds, I want your dining experience to be memorable,” Len said.

NewAldaya is the premier retirement destination in the Cedar Valley. Our campus is nestled on 17 acres, providing living options for more than 300 individuals living independently or with assistance. Our services include independent living, assisted living, skilled care, extended care, memory care and outpatient therapy. 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. They help make us great! At NewAldaya, we foster an atmosphere that is welcoming for all who enter. We know it is important for our clients to enjoy each day to its fullest, and that’s exactly what they are doing. Providing living opportunities for our aging population in the Cedar Valley is at the core of what we do. NewAldaya provides options to help our residents live better and live well! New Aldaya also has been named an Employer of Choice in the Cedar Valley.

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NewAldaya Lifescapes „„ 7511 University Ave., Cedar Falls „„ (319) 268-0401 „„ www.newaldaya.org

THANK YOU Menu design is as important a part of your event planning and overall success as your venue, theme and guest list. Moment In Thyme will assist you in building your own unique culinary experience and meet your event and budgetary goals. Our menus have been developed from our experience in the industry and by popularity with clients and guests. Your needs come first. Don’t see what you want? We will work with you to create a custom menu for your next hors d’ oeuvres or dinner party.

Phone: 319.269.6658 • Email: ljswats@cfu.net 819 Longview • Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

www.momentinthyme.com

For Voting

®

Best of the Best for the 9th consecutive year! Helping you Live Better. Live Well.® 7511 University Ave. Cedar Falls, IA 50613 | 319-268-0401 | www.NewAldaya.org


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BEST OF THE BEST

BRANDON POLLOCK, COURIER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER‌

Front row, from left: Paige Graham, Lori Heimbuch, Lindsey Mason. Back row, from left Dr. Brad Boyle, Dr. Anthony Bailey, Randy Betsworth, Leah Baartman.

Acton Optical — Dr. Anthony Bailey ‌FIRST PLACE: EYE DOCTOR Dr. Anthony D. Bailey, OD PC, has been a leading provider of optometry services and vision care products in the Cedar Falls community since 1992, and we want to help you achieve and maintain clear vision for years to come. Our experienced eye doctors offer comprehensive vision examinations at our Cedar Falls optometry office and specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of eye diseases, conditions, and problems. We use advanced diagnostic technology and vision correction prod-

Acton Optical Dr. Anthony Bailey „„ 4521 Chadwick Road, Cedar Falls „„ (319) 266-1136 „„ 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday „„ www.visionsource-drbailey.com

ucts and are committed to improving the quality of life of persons in the Cedar Falls community through enhanced vision. Bailey graduated Southwest Missouri State University with his bachelor of science degree. Soon after that, he received

his doctorate degree from Southern College of Optometry. Bailey is a member of Iowa Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. Dr. Bailey is married to Kathleen and they have three children, Meredith, Reed, and Anna. They enjoy the outdoors, sports, and family activities. We would like to welcome Dr. Brad Boyle to the practice. He is from New Sharon, and currently lives in Cedar Falls. He graduated from Coe College and the Illinois College of Optometry. He has been practicing with us for one year and is accepting new patients.

Bailey purchased Acton Optical in 2013 to enhance the ability to do same-day service on glasses in a wide range of single vision prescriptions and superb quality on all ophthalmic frames and lenses. We also manage a variety of eye conditions such as glaucoma, dry eyes and diabetes-related eye issues. We have received a number of awards and recognition from organizations in the eye-care field, including the IOA, AOA and Vision Source. We offer superior patient care and customer service, and respect our patients’ time. We work hard on preserving the gift of sight for all of our patients.


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ACTON OPTICAL

Dr. Anthony Bailey Dr. Brad D. Boyle

Serving Cedar Falls Since 1992 Eyeglasses • Contact Lenses

On-Site Lab Vision Correction Surgery • LASIK Diagnosis & Treatment for a Wide Variety Of Eye Diseases and Conditions Visit Our Website or Call for Details

www.visionsource-drbailey.com

Most Insurance Accepted

319-266-1136

4521 Chadwick Rd • Cedar Falls, IA Corner of Greenhill & Cedar Heights DR

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Witham Auto Centers ‌HONORABLE MENTION: AUTOMOTIVE SALESPERSON Witham Auto Centers salesperson Sebastian Hansen worked on cars before deciding he instead wanted to sell them. “I have always loved the idea of helping people solve problems. This career actually chose me. I was recruited into auto sales to help people solve their transportation problems.” He has been with Witham Auto Center for 11 years. “Witham Auto Centers is family-owned and operated, so satisfaction is extremely important to them,” Hansen said. “Having owners that live in and help out in the community was one reason why I wanted to work here 11 years ago. “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

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 „„ www.withamauto.com

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 three years in a row and is a five-time Volkswagen Generation best award winner. He also holds

master certification for Ford, Volkswagen and Kia. He also received a Best of the Best award in 2016. “Being Best of the Best couldn’t happen without being part of the best auto dealership in the Midwest. I will always go above and beyond to make sure customers are making a well-informed purchase and that they are taken care of after the sale. “When you come by 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 operate facilities in Waterloo, Cedar Falls and LaPorte City, and we offer four of the most popular brands, including Ford, Volkswagen, KIA and Chevrolet. Additionally, Witham Auto Center makes servicing a car, truck or SUV easy with their friendly and knowledgeable staff who are always ready to provide top-notch service. Services include air, fuel, emission/exhaust, accessories,

body, wipers, batteries, electrical/wiring, brakes, steering, suspension, cooling/heating, engine, ignition, transmission and drivetrain. Jason Witham, Jeremy Witham and Tim Godfrey represent a new breed of automotive business owners. Each of them has young families of their own and they are very aware of the importance of safe reliable transportation for those they serve! At Witham Auto Centers, we strive to be much more than a business. We are partners with our community and as an employee, you will get a chance to give back as well. We partner with many local organizations, charities and events with the goal of supporting our local community and the less fortunate. Witham Auto Centers is proud to support, sponsor and be associated with community groups, schools and organizations in and around the Cedar Valley. Visit www.withamauto.com for more information.


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CONGRATULATIONS SEBASTIAN HANSEN OuR MODEL SALESMAn

BEST OF THE BEST SALESMAN IN THE CEDAR VALLEY

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Refer a friend that hasn't purchased from us before and I will give you $200 Cash! Just present this coupon to redeem.

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CEDAR FALLS 319-277-8123 VISIT WWW.WITHAMAUTO.COM

LA PORTE CITY 319-342-2681


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Kathy Albert 239-9949

Ashley Augustine 215-2113

Jeremy Augustine 243-9826

Staci Augustine 404-1166

Ashley Backes 240-4192

Ryan Backes 240-5039

Becky Bartlett

269-8999

Luke Bartlett 269-1651

Ryan Barwise 713-204-5631

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

Tom Crotty 239-8940

Linda Curran 404-7645

Carl Ericson 504-3640

Matt Everts 269-7048

Kathryn Marold Fain 290-8104

Dan Gutknecht 240-3739

Nicole Happel 239-0456

Melissa Hardman 269-0304

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

Kelly Langan 429-8459

Lance Lehman 415-0775

Diane Litton 504-6686

Ann Lyons 269-1384

Bryn Mangrich 239-7815

Dalyn Maxson 215-6983

Jim McCarty 231-6355

Debbie Metcalf 404-4778

Krystal Monroe 215-6161

Emily O’Connell 883-0504

Brad Page 404-8899

Brian Page 231-7722

Paige Peyton 404-9899

Jennie Plummer 240-2777

Patty Rausa 269-1940

Gary Rohwedder 290-0738

Eric Rose 961-4005

Travis McCarty 504-8498

Jamie Stickfort 939-3003

Steve Tripolino 239-4318

Dave Vandeventer 269-2461

Jackie Walton 231-1316

Sara Wegmann 269-4755

Sue Willett 830-2486

Oakridge Realtors ‌FIRST PLACE: REAL ESTATE FIRM; REALTOR — CARL ERICSON HONORABLE MENTION: REALTOR — DAN BERREGAARD Now in its 36th 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 2017 Best of the Best designation. Oakridge leadership attributes the company’s success to their 59 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

Oakridge Realtors „„ Owners: Dan Berregaard, Ann Lyons,

Brian Page, Carl Ericson

„„ 3313 Terrace Drive, Cedar Falls „„ (319) 277-5005 „„ Office: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday;

agents available seven days a week

„„ www.oakridgerealtors.net

from the Northeast Iowa Board of Realtors. Oakridge Realtors, their staff and agents are actively involved in the communities they serve. “The Pink Ribbon Run, Boys and Girls Club, Sartori Festival of Trees, Habitat for Humanity, GBPAC’s Beers to You, Cedar Falls Community Theatre, Hartman Reserve, College Hill Arts Festival, Cedar Valley Hospice, Love

INC, the Oakridge Easter Egg Hunt and The United Way are all organizations and events where our agents are giving back to their communities,” said Lyons. “We are especially 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 Facebook and Twitter, and an upgraded interactive website are all tools that Oakridge agents utilize to facilitate making the buyer-seller connection,” Page said. Ericson adds, “A strong online presence is essential in today’s real estate market.” As Courier Communications’ Best of the Best real estate firm for the 10th consecutive year, Oakridge Realtors has made their case: In the Cedar Valley, we “Trust the Leader!”


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

Thank you for your support. It is my pleasure to serve you and the Cedar Valley!


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Bill Colwell Ford ‌FIRST PLACE: AUTO DEALERSHIP HONORABLE MENTION: OIL CHANGE SERVICE

Bill Colwell Ford has served the Cedar Valley and surrounding areas for the past 33 years. Located in Hudson, Bill Colwell Ford wants to thank all its loyal customers for voting the dealership the Cedar Valley’s No. 1 overall dealership to do business with. Their goal is to make sure the buying process and ownership experience is simple, stress-free and non-confrontational for each of their customers — the reward is their customers’ loyalty. Bill Colwell Ford is a family-owned and -operated dealership with Bill Colwell, owner, and his son, Blake Colwell, general manager. The automotive industry runs deep in the Colwell blood line, starting when Bill Colwell Sr. opened his first used car store in Mount 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 1975 in Waterloo. In 1984, Bill Colwell Jr. bought the Ford franchise from Keith Motor Co. and opened Bill Colwell Ford. In the past 33 years the corner of Highway 63 and Waterloo Road in Hudson has changed quite a bit. Colwell knew he would need to expand the business to accommodate the company’s growth. When the building and land directly behind Bill Colwell Ford became available, Colwell purchased it. In 2012, the renovation process began. Once the new building was completed in July 2013, the process of removing the previous dealership, which had been there since 1960, began. In October 2013, the grand re-opening of Bill Colwell Ford took place. To accommodate the needs of customers, Bill Colwell Ford opened the Cedar Valley Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center in July 2016. The Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center provides a full range of services, including oil changes, essential maintenance, tires, alignments, brakes and more for all makes and models. The service department at Bill Colwell Ford continues its regular hours to handle major repairs and warranty work. While no appointment is necessary for Quick Lane Services, customers still have the option to call or book an appointment online. “The main reason we decided to open

Bill Colwell Ford „„ 238 Waterloo Road, Hudson „„ (319) 988-4153 „„ Toll-free (800) 300-6950 „„ Showroom hours: 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Monday-Tuesday, Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Friday; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday „„ Service hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday „„ Quick Lane: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Friday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday „„ www.billcolwellford.com

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Blake and Bill Colwell 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 keep providing the same great service we’ve been providing the last 33 years,” said Colwell. Bill Colwell Ford believes it is important to keep evolving as a company and stay up-to-date with customers’ needs, but there are a few things that have remained constant. In an age where people switch jobs or careers every couple of years, the dealership has three employees who have been there for the 33 years they’ve been in business. Those employees are Kurt Kienitz, assistant service manager; and Joel Peterson and Kim Johnson, automotive technicians. There are a number of other employees who have been there for more than 20 years. “I believe one of the main reasons Bill Colwell Ford has been successful all these years is because Bill treats his customers and employees with respect and fairness. He is an honest businessman who works hard,” said Kienitz. With more than three decades of hard work it’s no surprise the dealership has won its fair share of awards. Bill Colwell Ford has won numerous customer satis-

faction awards, including the prestigious President’s Award from Ford Motor Co. three times. The award recognizes dealers for excellence in customer service and satisfaction. The dealership also has been voted Best of the Best multiples times and was the only dealership in Iowa to be named a Top 150 Workplace by the Des Moines Register in 2016. The dealership credits its success to its outstanding employees. All departments are continuously trained to stay up to date with the ever-changing auto industry. As vehicle technology progresses, it requires increased knowledge and skills for automotive technicians and sales staff. Recently, Ross Anderson, service technician, completed the Senior Master Technician Program. Anderson was required to complete more than 550 hours of Ford training to achieve Ford Motor’s highest technician certification. Anderson is one of just 428 technicians in the Chicago region to hold this status. This accomplishment demonstrates the commitment Bill Colwell Ford has to employ highly trained personnel. “Our industry has changed drastically over the past 40 years, and it’s extremely important to have employees that are up to date on their product knowledge, in

both the sales and service departments. This type of commitment from our employees fulfills our customers’ expectations that they are receiving the highest level of customer satisfaction, and I couldn’t be more proud of our employees,” said Colwell. Bill Colwell Ford is also committed to giving back to the community, including raising funds for the annual Drive 4 UR School event for the Hudson Athletic Booster Club. As of 2016, Bill Colwell Ford has raised over $51,000 for the organization, and that number keeps growing. The money is used for uniforms and equipment for student athletes. Bill Colwell Ford has also worked with Cedar Valley Hospice, March of Dimes, Give 2 the Troops, Beyond Pink TEAM, Northeast Iowa Food Bank and the Cedar Bend Humane Society. “Being able to give back to those who have given us a chance to earn their business is what keeps our business going. The Cedar Valley is a great community, and we’re happy to give back and be a part of it,” said Colwell. If you are in the market for a new, preowned or Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, give Bill Colwell Ford a call or visit its new website, www.billcolwellford.com, which has thousands of pictures and inventory information. If you’re not in the market for a new vehicle, they also have an outstanding service department and the new Quick Lane facility to help maintain your 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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Thank you for voTing Bill Colwell ford the Cedar Valley’s No. 1 oVerall dealership to do business with.

Thank you for VoTing The Quick Lane Tire & auTo cenTer one of The BesT PLaces for oiL changes in The cedar VaLLey! we service all makes aNd models!

Book your appointment online at www.cedarvalleyQuicklane.com 238 Waterloo Road, Hudson 10 minutes from Waterloo and Cedar Falls to view our complete inventory go to

www.BILLCOLWELLFORD.com

1-319-855-7559


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Aable Pest Control

Lighthouse Travel

‌FIRST PLACE: PEST CONTROL

‌FIRST PLACE: TRAVEL AGENT

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. 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.

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Aable Pest Control „„ (319) 291-7200 „„ www.aablepestcontrol.com

T ha n k y ou

C d r Valley Cedar V lley ffor voting oti us Best of The Best for 14 years in a row! We will continue to earn your confidence and business in the years to come. President BEST THE COURIER

OF THE BEST

2017

14 years in a row

1800 Commercial St, Waterloo | (319) 291-7200 Mon-Fri 8am-6pm - Sat 9am-1pm | www.aablepestcontrol.com

Since 2012, Brady Gruhn has owned and operated the Cedar Falls office of Lighthouse Travel. In that time the company has experienced incredible growth, and he has already been voted one of the Cedar Valley’s top travel agents four times. Lighthouse Travel has developed a no-fee business model of home-based agents and COURTESY PHOTO‌ agencies across country, Brady and Chris Gruhn the 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 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

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 „„ www.travelwithlighthouse.com all corners of the world. “Our motto is, ‘We Go, So You Know,’ which means we travel extensively ourselves to bring first-hand knowledge of these 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 highly competitive and evolving 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.


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Community United Child Care Centers ‌FIRST PLACE: DAYCARE PROVIDER, PRESCHOOL CUCCC is a nonprofit center that operates three of the 117 nationally accredited programs in Iowa, most of which are preschool programs only. We are one of five accredited centers in Black Hawk County. We have experienced teachers in all classrooms, teaching infants through school-age children. The secret to being Best of the Best is 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 Association for the Education of Young Children our greatest achievement. CUCCC want to keep your children safe in a developmentally appropriate learning environment. We focus on education, social/emotional skills and

Community United Child Care Centers Nordic Child Care Center and Preschool 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 „„ www.cuccc.org

community experiences to assist parents in the development of their children, who will be the future leaders of our community.

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

Matthias Landscaping „„ 3170 Wagner Road, Waterloo „„ (319) 226-6000 „„ 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday „„ www.matthiaslandscaping.com

Add Life

to your Outdoor Living Space

and Preschool "Partnering with families to nurture and educate tomorrow's leaders"

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

Nordic 319-266-4477  Valley Park 319-277-7303  Westridge 319-234-5920

www.cuccc.org 3 locations to better serve you

matthiaslandscaping.com

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


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Jiva SalonSpa

Agape Therapy

‌FIRST PLACE: HAIR SALON, MASSAGE

‌FIRST PLACE: PHYSICAL THERAPIST — KRISTIN IEHL, DPT, CIDN, SFMAC HONORABLE MENTION: PHYSICAL THERAPIST — MATT SMITH, DPT

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 you are visiting our salon or our spa. We are dedicated to providing an amazing experience in every interaction. We have been recognized in the Best of the Best massage category every year since 2003, as well as for best hair salon and best stylist. Jiva is all about creating that ‘wow’ experience, starting with our rituals like neck and shoulder, and hand and scalp massages, and makeup touch-ups. At Jiva SalonSpa, we are all about relationships and creating an exceptional experience for our guests so they love us as much as we love them.

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Jiva SalonSpa „„ Owner: Bill Bradford „„ 223 Main St., Cedar Falls „„ (319) 268-0772 „„ 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday „„ www.jivasalonspa.com

Agape is a local, privately owned clinic that is celebrating 32 years of serving The Cedar Valley. We specialize in physical, massage and hand therapies as well as personal training and corporate wellness. Our three-phase care model promotes a comprehensive approach to patient’s success that lasts beyond therapy to all agesanddiagnoses.People are our priority, so caring for them and listening to their needs are what make us Best of the Best. Developing relationships through one-on-one care and individualized treatments builds trust, and success follows. Agape Therapy was founded in 1986 by Cal and Deb Iehl, both active physical therapists. Initially providing physical therapy, the practice grew to multiple services and headed to a fourth location. Our fourth location will be on Viking Road in the Energy Park Development in Cedar Falls. The focus will be athlete performance and will include an aquatic therapy pool. Additionally, we are excited to be moving our Waterloo location this Thanksgiv-

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Agape Therapy „„ 211 W. Sixth St., Cedar Falls, (319)

277-3166

„„ 927 W. Fourth St., Waterloo, (319)

833-9333 (new location coming at Thanksgiving) „„ 668 Main St., Dike, (319) 404-7844 „„ New location coming in spring on Viking Road, Cedar Falls „„ www.agapetherapy.com ing. Just down the road from Sidecar Coffee and SingleSpeed brewery, and across from the Cedar Valley SportsPlex, we are happy to be in a growing part of town. Agape is so proud of Kristin and Matt. Congratulations to them both!


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Cedar Falls Community Celebrate your Credit Union BIRTHDAY In The Courier Celebrations ‌FIRST PLACE: LOAN OFFICER — KELLI AIKEY HONORABLE MENTION: CREDIT UNION

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. Their current field of membership was recently expanded to include individuals who live or work in 20 Iowa counties: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Grundy, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Hardin, Howard, Linn, Marshall, Mitchell, Tama and Winneshiek. “We are so fortunate to have such a knowledgeable staff who really care about what they do. It also makes our jobs easier when we have the best members anyone could ask for who trust us to help them,”

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

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.

319-291-1536 wcfcourier.com/celebrations

GROW WITH US

“your hometown credit union”

THANK YOU

TO OUR MEMBERS FOR

VOTING US BEST OF BEST 15 out of the last 15 years

BEST THE COURIER

123 W 4th Street Cedar Falls, IA 50613

OF THE BEST

2017

Kelli Aikey, Loan Officer

319-266-7531 www.cfccu.org

To all of the Cedar Valley’s Best of the Best, we raise a glass. Cheers!

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Brad Jacobson — State Farm Insurance ‌HONORABLE MENTION: INSURANCE AGENT I have been in business for 20 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 „„ www.bradjacobson.biz

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 brad.jacobson.g94g@statefarm.com

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.®

CALL ME TODAY.

state Farm, Home office, Bloomington, IL

Your Pie Waterloo ‌HONORABLE MENTION: PIZZA James Kehl has been in the pizza business for 15 years. It was his first job when he was growing up, and the Your Pie franchise caught his eye with its unique style of food. As the original fast-casual pizza concept, innovation has always been an integral part of the Your Pie story, providing customers the opportunity to build their own pizza, salad and panini creations, tailored to their tastes. In addition, quality is second to none. Dough is hand-tossed, vegetables are freshly COURTESY PHOTO‌ chopped and everything is cooked to order in the Your Pie brick oven. At Your Pie, customers are more than customers — they’re part of the Your Pie „„ Owner: James Kehl family. We are inspired by Italian culture, „„ 126 E. Ridgeway Ave., Suite C, but fostered by the Waterloo community. Waterloo Being the Best of the Best means invest„„ (319) 252-4471 ing in our neighborhood and connect„„ 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; ing with people inside and outside our 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday restaurant to make the community a „„ www.yourpie.com/stores/waterloo better place. As local business owners, we work to benefit the community we call home other local brands and regular giveback through job creation, partnerships with initiatives to local causes.

Your Pie Waterloo


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Silver Eagle Harley Davidson/ Yamaha Power Sports ‌FIRST PLACE: MOTORCYCLES, ATVs Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson/Yamaha Motor Sports has been recognized by the Courier’s Cedar Valley’s Best of the Best for 11 years straight. Brothers Anthony & Vince Lumetta purchased the Harley-Davidson dealership in 2005, and added the Yamaha dealership in 2011. The dealership specializes in Harley-Davidson motorcycles, merchandise, parts and service. Silver Eagle also sells Yamaha outdoor vehicles, including motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs and Waverunners, as well as many makes and models of pre-owned brands like Kawasaki, Honda and more. The secret to being Best of the Best is a large quantity of quality products and service, long-time employees working at a business they love, providing monthly events for customers and promoting camaraderie between dealership employees and loyal customers.

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

& 20), Waterloo

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

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday

„„ www.SilverEagleHarley.com

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

Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson/Yamaha Power Sports

THANK YOU to our loyal customers for voting us #1 Motorcycle and #1 ATV Dealer 11 years in a row! We are pleased to serve all your Motorcycle and ATV needs.

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

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Henninger Electric ‌HONORABLE MENTION: ELECTRICIAN This is Henninger Electric’s second year as honorable mention for the Courier’s Best of the Best. The company was founded by Terry Henninger almost 22 years ago and was purchased in 2013 by Wayne and Jasmine Gaston. Henninger Electric is a full-service electrical company. While our main focus is residential and commercial work we also work in the agricultural and industrial fields. Henninger Electric prides itself on quality work and customer service. We work hard to make sure our customer needs and dreams are met with the lighting and electrical components to their projects. We provide upfront, fair pricing with excellent communication and customer service. Henninger Electric employs electricians who are knowledgeable and care about their work, customers’ projects and providing great service. In addition to the Best of the Best recognition, we have been recognized by Angie’s List for superior service. Henninger Electric continues to grow and we

Henninger Electric „„ Owners: Wayne and Jasmine Gaston „„ 2021 Howard Ave., Suite A, Water-

loo

„„ (319) 232-6373 „„ 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday „„ www.henningerelectric.com

thank our customers for making it possible. If you’re looking for an electrician for an upcoming project, call us to see why our customers keep coming back.


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Valley Park Family Dental ‌HONORABLE MENTION: DENTIST — DR. ERIC ADAMS Valley Park Family Dental opened in March 2010. Dr. Eric Adams and his staff specialize in same-day crows, snore appliances and soft tissue laser dentistry. Adams is a lifelong resident of the Cedar Valley. He is a graduate of Cedar Falls High School, Wartburg College and the University of Iowa School of Dentistry, where he received first-rate training in all aspects of general dentistry. A young dentist with a grasp of the most innovative, minimally invasive new procedures, Adams is dedicated to „„ 1915 Valley Park Drive, Cedar Falls lifelong learning through continuing „„ (319) 277-1454 education courses. „„ 7:30 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. MonAdams is licensed by the Dental Board day-Thursday of Iowa and is a member of the Amer„„ www.valleyparkdental.com ican Dental Association, and the Iowa Dental Association. “We are a family practice, and we un- quality services to our patients in the derstand the importance of providing most comfortable, stress-free manner.”

Valley Park Family Dental

BEST THE COURIER

OF THE BEST

2017

Dr. Eric Adams offers compassionate and affordable services for the entire family. We utilize the latest technological advances such as cerec cad/cam (same day crowns). We understand the importance of providing quality services to our patients in the most comfortable, stress-free manner. Most insurances are accepted.

Office Hours: 7:30 - 12 Noon, 1:00 - 5:00 Monday through Thursday 7:30 - 11:00 1st and 3rd Friday

Since 2010 1915 Valley Park Dr. Cedar Falls, IA Phone: (319) 277-1454 Valleyparkdental.com

Than You!k

House Bolton Arcade ‌HONORABLE MENTION: PLACE FOR FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT We are an old-school arcade that ‌ provides fun for all ages. We specialize in being an ideal party venue that’s af„„ Owners: Nathan and Jenny Bolton fordable and fun for all guests. „„ 110 Main St., Cedar Falls Our secret to being Best of the Best is „„ (319) 529-1762 going back to the basics of fun. We focus „„ noon-10 p.m. Tuesday-Frion being good business owners rather day; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; than just being profitable. noon-4 p.m. Sunday Owner Jenny Bolton was the CEO of an internet company and recognized the need for a better party venue that could always put doing what’s right ahead of unite parents and kids. what makes us money, like not rigging We are family-friendly and we will our claw machines.

House Bolton Arcade

Nathan and Jenny Bolton with their children, from left front, Olivia, Grace and Sam; from left back, Scarlet, Evie and Ben, own House Bolton Arcade in Cedar Falls. COURIER FILE PHOTO‌


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Jim Lind Service

Coffman’s Body Shop

‌FIRST PLACE: AUTO SERVICE

‌FIRST PLACE: AUTO BODY REPAIR

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

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

tech equipment and ASE technicians. We aim for everyday fair prices on a wide selection of products and conveniences. Jim is a member of and has served in leadership positions in many civic and religious organizations in the Cedar Valley. Dozens of team employees on Lind’s staff maintain the highest level of customer satisfaction earned over the course of 47 years.

Your Patronage Is Truly Appreciated

On behalf of the late Ron “Skinny” Coffman, the Coffman family would like to thank the people of the Cedar Valley for voting Coffman’s Body Shop Best of the Best 2017. Since 1976 Coffman’s Body Shop has taken great pride in serving the residents of the Cedar Valley, providing quality body repair and treating our customers like family. Ron Coffman built his business on doing first-class repairs, making sure customers left completely satisfied when the work was finished. This tradition and way of doing business continues with his children running the business since his sudden passing in January 2015. They continue to do business the way he taught them and take pride in working with the residents of the Cedar Valley for 41 years. We sincerely appreciate this honor that the people of the Cedar Valley have bestowed upon us. In the unfortunate circumstance that your vehicle may be damaged in an accident, run into one of

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-

day

Iowa’s many deer or fall victim to Mother Nature’s hail storms, know that Coffman’s Body Shop is here for you. We also provide free loaner cars while your vehicle is being repaired. Coffman’s Body Shop is a family owned, family run business that treats you like family and takes great pride in being Best of the Best in the Cedar Valley!

Thank you Cedar Valley!

We love to support our mutual neighborhood and Waterloo hometown.

Jim Lind

S E R V I C E

Complete Automotive Care & Maintenance 230 East Ridgeway Ave • Waterloo, IA 50702 319-235-0457 • JimLindService.com • jim@jimlindservice.com

Founded on hard work, quality workmanship & superior customer service

Celebrating 41 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


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Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic

Roth Jewelers ‌FIRST PLACE: JEWELER

‌FIRST PLACE: VETERINARIAN — DR. LINDSEY KELLER; RECEPTIONIST, VETERINARY TECHNICIAN HONORABLE MENTION: PET GROOMING 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 VetCOURTESY PHOTO‌‌ erinary 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

Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic „„ 2020 A Third Ave.

NW, Waverly „„ (319) 483-5049 „„ www.compassionate carewaverly.com surgical suites, digital full body and dental radiographs, specialized dentistry equipment and a full in-house laboratory. Keller and her staff are passionate about the health and well-being of the pets they have been entrusted to care for and take great pride in hearing about how our clients’ pets love coming to the vet. We thank you, Cedar Valley, for inviting us into your family and becoming a part of ours. Thank you for this prestigious award!

‌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 earrings, watches, rings and necklaces; and world-renowned Swarovski Crystal with everything from collectible art pieces to stunningly beautiful fine jew-

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Roth Jewelers „„ 229 E. Fifth St., Waterloo „„ (319) 234-6479 „„ 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Friday;

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Saturdaywww.rothjewelers.com

elry and watches fit for all occasions. 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.

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UnityPoint Health

‌FIRST PLACE: URGENT CARE HONORABLE MENTION: FAMILY DOCTOR — DR. KYLE CHRISTIASON (UNITYPOINT CLINIC), DR. PRADEEP RAMESH (ALLEN HOSPITAL); HOME HEALTH AGENCY; NURSE PRACTITIONER — KELLY HASSMAN, EMILY BALL UNITYPOINT CLINIC UnityPoint Health-Waterloo includes Allen Hospital, Allen College, United Medical Park, Prairie Parkway, more than 20 UnityPoint locations across 10 counties, UnityPoint at Home, Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner, Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center and our newest addition, UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown. Allen Hospital is a community-based acute-care hospital. While we provide many services to inpatients and outpatients alike, people know Allen Hospital as the Cedar Valley’s heart center. Thanks to Allen College, we enjoy a reputation for exceptional nursing, and people know they can trust our emergency services around the clock. Regionally, we are redefining ourselves as an integrated healthcare delivery system for inpatient, outpatient and home care services.

UnityPoint Health „„ Multiple locations across the Cedar

Valley and Northeast Iowa.

„„ www.unitypoint.org/waterloo

We are redefining the way we provide care. Our emphasis is on the prevention, early detection and early treatment of disease. It is simpler, more effective and far less expensive to prevent or treat problems when they arise rather than when they have advanced. That means we emphasize primary care, regular checkups and effective care coordination from primary care across the spectrum to specialists, rehab, home care and palliative and hospice services. Effective healthcare is a partnership we enter into with patients, families and providers. When we work together, we provide the best outcomes for every patient, every time.

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Paine’s RV ‌HONORABLE MENTION: ATVS, MOTORCYCLES Started by Bruce Paine in 1965, Paine’s Inc. began as a simple full-service gas station in Evansdale. Because of his love of the outdoors and family camping, Bruce began selling recreational vehicles in 1976. In 1998, Bruce moved his business from Evansdale to its current location in Elk Run Heights. Paine’s RV carries a large selection of new and used RVs from the most respected names in the industry. Whether you are looking for something small and simple, or prefer something larger and luxurious, we have an RV that will fit your eye and stay within your budget. Paine’s RV also carries the accessories you need to personalize your RV and make it your own. Our experienced service technicians will keep your RV looking and performing like new, allowing you to focus on and enjoy the great memories and experiences you are creating every time you take your RV out for an adventure. This commitment to excellence and passion is still evident in the company, which is now run by Bruce’s sons Jeff and Todd, who operate based on Bruce’s per-

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Paine’s RV „„ 190 Plaza Drive, Elk Run Heights „„ (319) 234-3039; (800) 286-3039 „„ www.painesrv.com

sonal motto: “The business that service built since 1965.” Whether you want to spend more quality time with your family outdoors or are an independent spirit who wants a new experience on the open road, Paine’s can help provide you with the RV you need.

Four locations in the Cedar Valley North Crossing Opening in October! (319) 226-8420 CEDAR FALLS

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PAINE’S RV

190 Plaza Drive - Waterloo, IA Located off I-380 at Exit 68 1.800.286.3039 • www.painesrv.com


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The Other Place

People’s Appliance

‌FIRST PLACE: PIZZA

‌HONORABLE MENTION: APPLIANCE STORE

The Other Place was started in 1970 on College Hill in Cedar Falls and was primarily a college bar that served and delivered pizza, and is recognized as a memorable part of the college experience by generations of University of Northern Iowa students across the country. The Other Place has grown over the years to 11 locations through Iowa and Kansas, offering great homemade pizza, oven-baked subs, sandwiches, pasta, salads and more in a sports-themed setting to be enjoyed by family and friends. The OP also is a proud supporter of

the UNI Panthers, in addition to many other local sports and high school athletic programs. Our secret to being Best of the Best each year in the pizza category is that we have a time-honored tradition of creating everything from scratch each day. We have been named Best of the Best for pizza every year since 2005. We have the best staff anywhere, who have bought into what it means to work at The Other Place. Simply stated, we are a family here at The Other Place that believes in the vision we have put forward. We are a local, family-owned and operated business that’s happy to have been part of the Cedar Valley for more than 45 years.

The Other Place „„ 2214 College St., Cedar Falls, (319) 277-9720 „„ 4214 University Ave., Cedar Falls (319) 268-1655 „„ 360 E. Ridgeway Ave., Waterloo (319) 287-9400 „„ 3904 Lafayette St., Evansdale (319) 232-3536 „„ 821 W. Bremer Ave., Waverly (319) 352-4742

EST. 1970

People’s Appliance is your appliances expert and is proud to be serving Waterloo since 1948. We are committed to offering you top name brands like: Frigidaire, Maytag and KitchenAid for kitchen and laundry appliances. Come in and experience personalized one-on-one personal service. We are your source for competitive prices with knowledgeable in-store professionals here to help you every step of the way, whether you need to replace an old appliance, or if you’re remodeling and need an entire kitchen full of new brand name products. We will work with you to find a product that fits your needs, budget and lifestyle. Our delivery and installation specialists will assure that your new appliances arrive safely and are installed properly. At People’s Appliance, our customer service doesn’t stop at the purchase or delivery and installation of the appliances. If service is required in the future, you can rest assured of the same dedication to exceptional assistance. Our specially trained service technicians are

Peoples Appliance „„ Owners: Fred and Adam Morris „„ 451 La Porte Road, Waterloo „„ 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Tuesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday „„ www.peoplesappliance.com „„ (319) 232-0140

readily available to handle your washer, dryer, refrigerator, freezer, oven, range, dishwasher, and microwave service needs whether in or out of warranty. Our complete parts department features thousands of parts in stock for your repair and replacement needs. We offer the manufacturers’ warranty on all parts we sell for Frigidaire, Maytag and Frigidaire, to name a few. Our Expert Protection packages offer extended service plans for your purchase after the manufacturer warranty runs out. Extended service plans can prove invaluable if the product requires repair or replacement parts. You can’t put a price on peace of mind.

OPEN 11am Daily

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

PIZZA & SPORTS

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

Cedar Falls, IA 2214 College 319.277.9720

FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED SINCE 1948

“Where Customers Send Their Friends!” like us on

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

451 La Porte Rd., Waterloo, IA • Phone (319) 232-0140

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Mon. Tues. Fri.

Store Hours: 8AM - 8PM Sat. 8AM - 7PM Sunday

9AM - 2PM Closed

Web-www.peoplesappliance.com • Email-peoplesappliance@mchsi.com


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Peppers Grill & Sports Pub

Hansen’s Dairy Waterloo

‌FIRST PLACE: SPORTS BAR HONORABLE MENTION: APPETIZERS

‌HONORABLE MENTION: ICE CREAM

We are a local, family-owned and operated business. We have been part of the Cedar Valley for more than 25 years. We have employed thousands of people over the years and are now employing children of former employees. The Pepper’s family is huge and always expanding. One of the best parts of our job is seeing what former employees have gone on to do in their careers. Our alumni includes doctors, lawyers, journalists, teachers, athletic directors, bankers, entrepreneurs, nurses, restauranteurs, advertising executives and more. And we are responsible for dozens of marriages! When Pepper’s was first built, it was unlike anything in the Cedar Valley, or even Iowa, for that matter. Pepper’s was modeled after sports bars our late founder, Ken Stedman, had seen and visited in Florida and large cities. Pepper’s has never changed its business model. We provide quality, homemade food at reasonable prices, with

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Pepper’s Grill & Sports Pub „„ 620 E. 18th St., Cedar Falls „„ (319) 266-9394 „„ open at 11 a.m. daily „„ www.pepperssportspub.com

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

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Our farm has been in the family for seven generations (153 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 slowchurned and made the old-fashioned way. Hansen’s Dairy stores in Waterloo and Cedar Falls received the Cedar Valley King of Local Foods award last year from the Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership. Our farm is vertically integrated. We grow the crops to feed the cows that make the milk that’s processed in our

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Hansen’s Dairy Waterloo „„ 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

„„ www.hansendairy.com

creamery to be delivered to our retail stores. Thousands of visitors tour our farm each year to learn how milk gets from the cow to their table.

OLD-FASHIONED HOMEMADE ICE CREAM MADE AT HANSEN’S DAIRY, HUDSON

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

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

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

www.pepperssportspub.com

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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. www.hansendairy.com


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4 Queens Dairy Cream

AAA Travel

‌FIRST PLACE: ICE CREAM HONORABLE MENTION: DESSERT, FROZEN YOGURT

‌HONORABLE MENTION: TRAVEL AGENT

We have all the frozen treats you could ever want! We offer the following ice cream flavors: vanilla, chocolate, chocolate twist, strawberry, strawberry twist, black raspberry, black raspberry twist, orange sherbet, orange twist and vanilla yogurt. We also serve a number of other frozen specialties in a variety of flavors, as well as ice cream cakes. There are three 4 Queens location in the Cedar Valley — Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Evansdale — so there are no excuses to not stop by and enjoy a sweet frozen treat.

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4 Queens Dairy Cream „„ 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. daily „„ www.4queensdairycream.com

I love to travel. Growing up, I wanted to be a flight attendant, but started working for AAA instead. I love my job as I make my clients’ vacation dreams come true. I have worked for AAA Travel for the past 39 years, with each of those years bringing more and exciting experiences. Treating everyone the same is exJayne tremely important to me. It doesn’t matMorris ter if it is a weekend trip to Minneapolis or an around-the-world cruise. I work hard to find the best vacation value for my clients. Combine that with the many available AAA member benefits and it makes my work very rewarding and very much appreciated by my clients. sultant. I am certified in multiple destinations Give me a call and let me help you as well as being a Certified Travel Con- make your vacation dreams come true.

AAA Travel „„ 3366 Kimball Ave., Waterloo „„ (319) 235-7056 „„ 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday „„ www.aaa.com/waterloo

CEDAR VALLEY FOR YOUR BUSINESS FOR VOTING FOR US IN BEST OF THE BEST! Visit us for the best frozen treats in the Cedar Valley! Flavor Burst • Cones Frozen Coffee Crunches Snowstorms • Snowies • Slushies Smoothies • Floats • Malts • Shakes Sundaes • Freezer Treats To Go www.4queensdairycream.com

5 WAYS AAA TRAVEL CAN TURN YOUR VACATION FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY 1. You’ll enjoy exclusive upgrades and perks on select vacations. 2. We’re experts at creating highly personalized vacations. 3. You’ll learn about experiences you’d never find on your own. 4. Our exclusive AAA Vacations® trips offer the ultimate in value. 5. We’re highly skilled at planning complicated itineraries. See how our buying power can stretch your vacation dollar farther. Congratulations Jayne Morris for being the Best of The Best! AAA Travel Agency - Waterloo, IA


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Ridgeway True Value Hardware

Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home

‌HONORABLE MENTION: HARDWARE STORE

‌HONORABLE MENTION: FUNERAL HOME

Ridgeway True Value Hardware store has been a family business since 1974. Owned by John and Sharon Schotter for 44 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. We try to be that place that if you can’t find it we hope to have it for you. We believe in helping customers on a one-on-one basis. We will do our best to meet your hardware needs.

We are a full-service funeral home offering everything from complete traditional funeral services, to services with cremation to follow the service, to direct cremation. At Kaiser-Corson we treat every family like they are our family. We grew up in the funeral home in Waverly, and saw what our father, James R. Corson, was doing in helping families at their most difficult time. We wanted to be part of the business started by our great-grandfather and that grew with our father.

We have a staff with 124 years of combined experience — Darren (17 years), Dean (16 years), Ryan and Jon (10 years), and Denee (7 years). Owners Carter and Steve each have 37 years in the business. We were a Best of the Best winner in 2013 and received the Waverly Heritage Days Hall of Fame award in 2000. For each of the past seven years we’ve received the Iowa Award of Funeral Service Excellence. Our staff is here 24/7 to help with whatever you need, unconditionally.

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Ridgeway True Value Hardware „„ Owners: John and Sharon Schotter „„ 2130 Kimball Ave., Waterloo „„ (319) 234-0383 „„ 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday „„ ww3.truevalue.com/ridgewaytv

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

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

and Readlyn

„„ (319) 352-1187 „„ www.kaisercorson.com

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

Ridgeway TRue Value HaRdwaRe

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

(319) 234-0383

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


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Partners in Obstetrics and Gynecology ‌ IRST PLACE: OB-GYN — Dr. Susan Lipinski F HONORABLE MENTION: OB-GYN — Dr. Marilyn Hines Partners in Obstetrics and Gynecology was founded in 2002 by three physicians who desired a more personal relationship with their patients. Since then the clinic has grown, evolved, and has been honored by the community as repreLipinski senting some of the Best of the Best. Thank you. Our providers strive to get to know their patients and serve them with a caring, professional attitude. Dr. Marcia Rellihan, Dr. Hines Barbara Weno, Dr. Marilyn Hines, Dr. Susan Lipinski, Dr. Karla Solheim, Dr. Ashima Singla, Jane Keller, APRN, Connie Rasmussen, ARNP, and Susan Bredman, PA-C, provide complete gynecological and obstetrical care. The clinic has an in-house 4-D ul-

Partners in Obstetrics & Gynecology „„ 3421 W. Ninth St.,

Suite G 4500, Waterloo

„„ (319) 233-8865 „„ www.waterlooobgyn.

com

trasound for patient convenience and offers 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 and skin rejuvenation. Partners believes the key to being among the Best of the Best is genuinely caring for the patient and the patient’s outcome. We care about you and thank you for this recognition.

B&K Lawn Care ‌HONORABLE MENTION: LANDSCAPE SERVICE Thank you for voting locally owned B&K Lawn Care Best of the Best for the fifth 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 15 years. B&K lawn Care specializes in yard COURTESY PHOTO‌‌ 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. „„ 3132 Big Woods Road, Cedar Falls B&K strives to not only offer superb „„ (319) 415-6935 or (319) 415-6934 lawn care service, but also in building „„ Monday through Friday, seasonally relationships with their customers. on Saturday We offer a full range of services and estimates for residential and commercial customers. B&K Lawn Care extends our because you are the reason we are the sincere appreciation to our customers, Best of the Best!

B&K Lawn Care

We Care Life

for

3421 West 9th Street; Suite G4500 Waterloo IA 50702

319-233-8865 waterlooobgyn.com

• 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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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley ‌FIRST PLACE: PROGRAM BENEFITING YOUTH The Club provides 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 we do at the club as we promote college and careers to our youth. We provide homework help, reading programs, computer classes, athletic programs, health classes, music programs, dance classes and more. The club is unique in that we don’t just provide weekly programs for kids. We also provide daily supervision, for a nominal annual fee, for many children, including a number of latch-key kids with nowhere else to go. This allows us to cater to families who really need us the most. Each year we serve about 1,000 children, nearly 350 each day, and we continue to grow. We aim to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential. Keep your eyes and ears open, as we have some exciting news to share later in the year.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley „„ 515 Lime St., Waterloo

„„ (319) 234-2839

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

„„ www.cedarvalleyclubs.org

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Kugler Construction ‌HONORABLE MENTION: HOME BUILDER Our goal at Kugler Construction is to provide high-quality, custom-built homes at an affordable price. We believe that we are not just building homes, but that we are also building relationships with our customers and their families that will last for years to come. Our family at Kugler Construction is fully committed to providing your family with a quality built home. A home that is Built by Family. Built for You. Kugler Construction was born in 2003, but our roots began in 1952, when Oskar Kugler, a successful German architect, brought his family to America. His first job was at a steel mill because he could not speak English. It wasn’t long before the German-speaking architect was discovered and began working in his profession in his new country. Oskar’s namesake son, Oskar Hugo, was only 16 years old when he came with his family to the United States. His natural ability in design and troubleshooting earned him much respect in the HVAC field. These two men were strong influences on Oskar’s son Bill. Mechanical abilities, hard work and a sense of family pride

Kugler Construction „„ Owners: Bill, Billy and Jackie Kugler „„ (319) 233-0011 „„ www.kuglerconstruction.com

MATTHEW PUTNEY, COURIER PHOTO EDITOR‌

were a part of every day life. This was modeled to Bill’s sons, Billy and Nick, and his daughter Jess. There was always a focus on doing your best, good enough, in fact, to be able to put your name on it. It seems like the Kuglers were always

building something. No matter what the project was, the attention to detail was unending. Every board was checked for straightness and every measurement was accurate. Many projects included the entire family — Bill, Jackie, Billy, Nick, Jess,

Papa Oskar and Nannie Audrey. When Bill and Billy made the transition to Kugler Construction it was a continuation of what both of them had been doing their entire lives. We specialize in a true custom home experience that is, by definition, one of a kind. No matter what style, type or cost of your project, we care just as much about your home as you do. Our attention to detail helps our customers consider every corner of their custom designed home. We are dedicated to helping each customer get what they want, within their budget. We are committed to building a quality home for your family, a home our family is proud to put our name on. We not only build homes for our clients, we also build relationships based on honesty, trustworthiness and integrity.

Your TRUE custom home experience New Homes - Additions Remodeling

319-233-0011 www.kuglerconstruction.com


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Farmers State Bank & FSB Premier ‌ IRST PLACE: BANK; BANK TELLER — BRENDA SCHMIT F HONORABLE MENTION: BANK TELLER — KARLA DOWNEY, MAGGIE HELLMAN; FINANCIAL INVESTMENT Since 1879, Farmers State Bank has been locally owned and operated with the same name. Since then, FSB has experienced steady growth, increasing assets to more than $900 million and growing to 10 full-service branches in Jesup, Dunkerton, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Gilbertville, La Porte City, Waverly and Independence. FSB specializes in checking and savings accounts, home and auto loans, credit cards, and business banking and lending. At FSB, we continually strive to maintain a high level of customer service. FSB is proud to be a financial institution that is big enough to serve all your financial needs, yet small enough to care about how those needs are met. For several years, Farmers State Bank maintained a top spot in the top 10 lenders in the state of Iowa for Small Business Administration lending, by providing nearly $9 million in loans to local businesses. FSB

Farmers State 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) „„ www.fsb1879.com also has been recognized as the largest depository bank in Black Hawk County. In 2009, FSB purchased the Warner Group, Inc., a full-service broker-dealer/ registered investment adviser that had been operating in the Cedar Valley since the mid-1980s. Today, the firm has 10 financial advisers and more than $250 million in assets under management. A lot has changed over the last 30 years, but one thing remains the same — the desire to be the trusted adviser of our clients for all things financial.

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CONNECT WITH US www.FSB1879.com

Farmers STATE BANK

MEMBER FDIC

Building Your Success




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Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric & Fireplaces ‌FIRST PLACE: PLUMBER; HEATING/COOLING Dalton is the area’s leading provider of Lennox heating and cooling products. Our business continues to grow from providing service work and now offering new and innovative products that help to make your home more comfortable. We offer solutions that save our customers time, money and are energy efficient and environmentally friendly (i.e. Indoor Air Quality accessories, Laundry Pro, Tank-less Water Heaters, etc.). While we often do commercial work, we specialize in residential service and installations. As a matter of fact, we are the only one-stop shop in the area that offers heating, cooling, plumbing, electric and fireplaces under one roof. We’re also your total one-stop shop for kitchen and bathroom remodeling needs with our Design by Dalton partnership with a local interior designer, Julie Meyers, owner of Decorating Den. I hold a Master Plumbing and HVAC License with the State of Iowa. I’m proud to work alongside my sons, Brock, a jour-

Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric & Fireplaces „„ Owner: Dave Krejchi „„ 5536 Nordic Drive, Cedar Falls „„ (319) 266-3513 „„ 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday „„ www.daltonphc.com

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neyman plumber, and Chase, an apprentice plumber. Our staff is committed to a customer-first focus. Our entire team, complete from dispatch to technicians, bend over backwards to help someone in the field. We employ state licensed journeymen, with an intense focus on weekly training. We’re proud that Dalton is an independent company that takes great care of customers by solving their problems thoroughly and quickly. We build re-

lationships with our customers, often working on a variety of home comfort needs over the course of many years. We’re invested in our community and value their loyal support. We have received multiple industry awards, in addition to previous Best of the Best awards. Through the years, our customers requested a complete, one-stop solution to their total home comfort needs. After adding a fireplace showroom a few years ago,

we felt it was time to add electric services. With the addition of Joe Boyle as our master electrician, Dalton can now take care of everything from plumbing to heating and cooling, fireplaces and electric, with one simple phone call. We coordinate everything — we are good at it. We can control the schedule, and we get the job done as quickly as we can for our customers. To complement our offerings, we now offer a Complete Home Comfort Membership Plan for only $199/year or $16.58 per month. That’s a savings of $447 on four individual service plans! See our website for details.


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Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare ‌FIRST PLACE: CARDIOLOGIST — DR. RICHARD VALENTE; FAMILY DOCTOR — ANGELA SCHREIBER, PA-C, (ARROWHEAD CLINIC); PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT — ANGELA SHREIBER (ARROWHEAD CLINIC); PODIATRIST — DR. RICHARD BREMNEW (ARROWHEAD CLINIC); OB/GYN — DR. SUSAN LIPINSKI (PARTNERS IN OBGYN); PEDIATRICIAN — DR. BRIAN SIMS HONORABLE MENTION: CARDIOLOGIST — DR. SAMIR CHANDRA; FAMILY DOCTOR — DR. BRIAN BURNETT; PEDIATRICIAN — DR. JODI VAN SICKLE; MEDICAL STAFF MEMBER — EMILY ARMBRUSTER; OB/GYN — DR. MARILYN HINES (PARTNERS IN OBGYN); URGENT CARE/CONVENIENT CARE 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 orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, family birth center and integrated neonatal intensive care, cancer treatment, and minimally invasive weight loss surgery. More than 2,800 Wheaton Iowa associates are committed to living out the healing ministry by providing exceptional and compassionate health care service that promotes the dignity and well-being of the people we serve. It is our employees who remain Wheaton Iowa’s most valuable asset. Thank you to the Cedar Valley for recognizing the professionals

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. Today, Sartori Memorial Hospital is a 100-bed, full-service community hospital providing acute, sub-acute and outpatient care to the people living in and near Cedar Falls. COURTESY PHOTO‌

at Wheaton Iowa in 2017!

Covenant Medical Center

Covenant Medical Center traces its origins to 1912 when Franciscan Sisters 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

Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital was founded in 1926 in the railroad town of Oelwein by the Sisters of Mercy. In 1982, the Sisters of Mercy transferred sponsorship of the hospital to the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters. Mercy Hospital is a 25-bed, critical access hospital that provides acute, skilled and outpatient care to the community and surrounding area of Oelwein.

Covenant Clinic

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 was formed in 1994 to further extend an integrated network of physician health care services. 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. This past year, we provided nearly $23 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 Dr. Richard Valente...................................... 1st Place Dr. Samir Chandra........................Honorable Mention

Family doCTor/ProVidEr Angela Schreiber, PA-C ............................... 1st Place Dr. Brian Burnett ..........................Honorable Mention

PEdiaTriCian Dr. Brian Sims ............................................. 1st Place Dr. Jodi Van Sickle .......................Honorable Mention

PhysiCian assisTanT Angela Schreiber, PA-C ............................... 1st Place

UrgEnT CarE/ConVEniEnT CarE Covenant Clinic Convenient Care ..........................Honorable Mention

mEdiCal sTaFF mEmbEr Emily Armbruster, RN ...................Honorable Mention

ob-gyn — Partners in obstetrics & gynecology Dr. Susan Lipinski ....................................... 1st Place Dr. Marilyn Hines..........................Honorable Mention

PodiaTrisT Dr. Richard Bremner.................................... 1st Place Covenant Clinic | Covenant Medical Center | Mercy Hospital | 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 collaborate with you to bring out the best in your home. “The people who work for Cedar Val-

Cedar Valley Electric „„ Owner: Rick Dumler „„ 5743 Westminster Drive, Cedar Falls „„ (319) 266-1134 „„ www.cedarvalleyelectric.com

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ley 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.

BRING YOUR HOME TO LIFE WITH

Light!

BEST THE COURIER

OF THE BEST

2017

The Cedar Valley’s y’s 7 time winner of the Best of the Best Electrician!

www.cedarvalleyelectric.com 319-266-1134

Cedar Valley Electric

5743 Westminster Suite A Cedar Falls, IA


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Young Plumbing & Heating Co. ‌HONORABLE MENTION: HEATING/COOLING Since the 1880s when The Young Coal Company started selling coal and 1903 when they harvested and sold ice from the Cedar River, Young’s has been keeping the people of the Cedar Valley comfortable. The Young Heating Company was started in 1943 by Dick H. Young and his brother, Bob Young, as an off-shoot of The Young Coal Company. The original business was selling and servicing oil burners. In the late 1940s, natural gas was introduced into the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area and the company expanded to sell, install and service natural gas burners and furnaces. They later added plumbing to better serve the home builders and home owners with a total mechanical system. With the introduction of affordable residential and commercial air conditioning in the mid 1950s, the company became a dealer and installer of York water cooled air conditioners. In 1968, the company was changed

Young Plumbing & Heating Co. „„ 750 S. Hackett Road, Waterloo „„ (319) 234-4411 „„ 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 24-

hour emergency services

„„ www.youngphc.com

from a partnership into a corporation and became the Young Plumbing and Heating Co., as it is known today. Through these years the company’s clientele were predominately single family residential, retail and office buildings. In 1956, Young Heating Company diversified into the commercial, institutional and industrial plumbing and HVAC business by being the successful bidder for the then-new Waterloo West High School. Today, Young Plumbing & Heating Co. is locally owned by the Young, Becker and Tink families.

Call 319-234-4411 www.youngphc.com Annual Maintenance Just

$98

a year.

Extended Service Plan • Priority Service 24/7 • Spring & Winter preventative maintenance schedule • Discounts on parts and labor • 25-point system inspection process • FREE 1” disposable filters

We’ve been keeping you comfortable for four generations!

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Next Generation Wireless ‌FIRST PLACE: CELL PHONE DEALER Next Generation Wireless has been your local U.S. Cellular Authorized Agent since 2001. We specialize in creating a unique experience with our customers. We are committed to serving the Cedar Valley and are here to sincerely listen to each individual need before making suggestions. We’re unique in that we build relationships with our customers – you are more than just a business transaction. We want our customers to know they can trust our recommendations. We have always prided ourselves on maintaining a superior level of customer service. We also believe strongly in our associates who continuously maintain a high level of excellence day in and day out. Next Generation is regularly honored for recognizing our associates’ hard work, leadership and overall workplace satisfaction. We have also received top awards for our growth, innovation and outstanding customer service. This recognition generally is a reflection of feed-

Next Generation Wireless

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back provided by our associates and the communities we serve. Some of our most notable awards of recognition include: „„ Named by Inc. magazine as one of the 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies for seven consecutive years „„ Named a Top 150 Workplace for five years „„ Courier Best of the Best, first place for three years as best cell phone dealer and recognition for seven years.

We Just Want To Say...

thank you!

„„ Courier Cedar Valley Employer of Choice recognition for eight years „„ Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Iowa Chapter awarded us the Gift of the Heart: Community Partnerships award this past year for our philanthropic efforts in the Cedar Valley. We specialize in creating a unique experience with our customers that shows we value building relationships with them to meet their needs and interests.

Cedar Falls location, inside College Square Mall „„ 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 location, near Starbucks and Pita Pit „„ 1513 Flammang Drive „„ (319) 226-3500 „„ 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday Waverly Office, across from Norbys Farm Fleet „„ 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 www.ngwtoday.com

C e d a r fa l l s 319-266-2500 inside college square mall 6301 University Avenue

wat e r l o o 319-226-3500

best cell phone dealer We are so honored you have once again chosen

Next generation wireless

as the best location for all your cellular needs!

by starbucks 1513 flammang drive

wav e r ly 319-352-6200 across from norby’s 1810 4th Street SW


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Lincoln Savings Bank ‌FIRST PLACE: FINANCE/INVESTMENT Lincoln Savings Bank has history. You can see it in the Abe Lincoln logo and you can feel it in the expert service you receive from employee-owners. Since 1902, expertise has made LSB the bank of choice for thousands of people throughout the Midwest and beyond. Over 100 years later, they still provide an experience unlike any other because they are constantly focused on you: the people who make up the local communities. To show support for non-profits, they are involved with a variety of organization like Special Olympics, American Heart Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. They’re also hands-on in local athletics like the Waterloo Black Hawks, Court Kings, high schools and UNI, while also participating in community events like Sturgis Falls, My Waterloo Days, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Events and the local chambers. LSB stands a head above the rest in that they don’t just claim community involvement — they back it up with passionate employee-owners who are constantly serving you. To further display their desire to give back and support local economies, they created the LSB Foundation, established in 2005 to support LSB’s charitable giving tradition to the communities they serve. The foundation demonstrates LSB’s com-

Lincoln Savings Bank

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„„ 242 Tower Park Drive, Waterloo;

221 Main Street FDIC Cedar Falls, Member IA

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„„ 225 W. Viking Road, Cedar Falls;

(319) 266-2397

„„ 301 Washington St., Cedar Falls;

(319) 266-0095

„„ 141 Eldora Road, Hudson;

(319) 988-3630 „„ 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday „„ www.mylsb.com mitment to their core value of passionate community stewardship. Lincoln Savings Bank has also recently been awarded America’s SBDC Small Business Champion Award for their support of Iowa’s businesses and will continue to work with local business-owners to help them thrive.To serve you better and earn your business, they offer the convenience of mobile banking and mobile bill pay, the innovative technology of user-friendly online budgeting systems and passion to ensure you are given the best care in all facets of your finances- all while providing the personal touch that can only be provided by a community bank. They invite you to join over a century’s worth of their rich history; but most importantly, they invite you to be a part of the many new and exciting stories being written right now and into the future.

MyLSB.com

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


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Milroy’s Tuxedos ‌FIRST PLACE: FORMAL WEAR Milroy’s Tuxedos was purchased by Al Schmidt in 1969 as a men’s tuxedo shop downtown Waterloo, and is now a tuxedo store and wholesale business. Dennis Schmidt is a third-generation owner with more that 25 years running Milroy’s. The company has grown to five retails stores in Ames, Cedar Falls, Des Moines, Dubuque and Waterloo, and the wholesale business has more than 400 catalog locations across the U.S. What’s big for Milroy’s Tuxedos in the Waterloo market is our warehouse. We have an inventory of more than 200,000 tuxedos and accessories, making taking care of customers simple. We guarantee fit every day, whether the customer is local or out of state. Milroy’s is known for having the best selection and colors for weddings and backing up smaller companies all over the country. We have the inventory, the selection, best fit options (classic, modern, slim

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

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday

„„ 323 Washington St., Cedar Falls;

(319) 277-5315; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday „„ www.milroystuxedos.com

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and more), and everything on display their lives — weddings, proms, black tie in the store. We also have the person- events and more. Dressing memories is nel who understands, cares and works what we do. with customers for the biggest events in Milroy’s Tuxedos received the 2017

Retailer of the Year award from the International Formal Wear Association, which represents hundreds of locations and thousands of retail outlets. We have also won awards on The Knot, Wedding Wire and Best of Des Moines, and are proud to be named Best of the Best 2017 in the Cedar Valley. Milroy’s inventory takes care of our customers, giving them a worry-free experience. Milroy’s has the industry’s reputation for best fashions and great, fair prices. That’s important because we know we have one shot to make your big event memorable.

Two Convenient Locations Waterloo Crossroads Mall Cedar Falls 323 Washington St.

Over200,000 Tux iTems in sTOCK! everything is On display in bOth stOres

Dressing memories for Over 47 Years!


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News Coverage PhotograPhy editorials graPhiCs soCial Media AssociAted Press AwArds amie steffeneicher 1st place, Lifestyles Features Pat Kinney 1st place General Features andrew wind 2nd place, General Features Brandon Pollock 1st place, Sports Action photo

Brandon Pollock 2nd place, Sports Action photo Brandon Pollock 3rd place, General News photo Jeff reinitz 1st place, Spot News Photo Pat Kinney 3rd place, Editorials Matthew Putney 3rd place, Business

iowA NewsPAPer AssociAtioN AwArds | News 2nd place, heading writing 3rd place, Best Use of Social Media 2nd place, Best Use of Graphics 2nd place, Best Slideshow, Newsroom 3rd place, Agricultural Coverage 3rd place, Business Coverage

Pat Kinney 2nd place, editorials

2nd place, Best Ad Featuring Furniture, Furnishings, Appliances or Hardware.

Brandon Pollock 2nd place, Best Sports Photo

amanda hansen 2nd place, Best Ad Designer

Melody Parker 2nd place, Best Blog AdvertisiNg 1st place, Best Ad Featuring Financial, Insurance and other Professional Services category

CHRIS & KATHY’S

ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR LIST! CEDAR FALLS FIRE FIGHTERS

MARTINSON CONSTRUCTION

FEREDAY HEATING & COOLING, Thanks, Mike

THE SINNOTT INSURANCE AGENCY, Thanks, Steve & Pam

McDONALD CONSTRUCTION, Thanks, Steve

LEIRAN PAINTING

NATIONWIDE INSURANCE, Thanks, Shawn, Randy, & Ryan

PLUMBING DYNAMICS, Thanks, Travis

A.L.E. TEMPORARY HOUSING EXPERTS, Thanks, Michele & Diana

TRU TEAM INSULATION

SURFACE SOLUTIONS

HILTON GARDEN INN STAFF

SCOTT’S/JORDAN ELECTRIC, Thanks, Scott & Garner

HIGH POINT EXECUTIVE RENTALS, Thanks, Laurie SEAMLESS EXTERIORS PANTHER BUILDERS & ITS TEAM OF EXPERTS, Thanks, Brent

IOWA WALL SYSTEMS, Thanks, John

MAXIMUM SIGHT & SOUND, Thanks, Terry SERVICEMASTER 380, Thanks, Brian

LINDGREN GLASS, Thanks, Tim

AMERICAN LANDSCAPING & MORE BEAR CREEK LANDSCAPES THE FLOOR GUYS OF EITZEN BERTCH CABINETS, Thanks, Gary & Becky BUDGET BLINDS, Thanks, Joel & Laura

The Best Services, Contractors & Businesses in the Cedar Valley we couldn’t be more GRATEFUL! * Paid by Harshbarger’s. Not reflective of the BestofBest results.

THE BEST REASON TO SELECT PANTHER BUILDERS

They ARE the BEST of the BEST! Plus, 1. FREE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING WHILE THEY BUILD 2. THEY CARRY THE CONSTRUCTION LOAN 3. FREE CUSTOM BLUEPRINT CREATION

4. THE MOST CUSTOMER ORIENTED STAFF AND EXPERTS IN THE CEDAR VALLEY RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY! THANK YOU, BRENT, KIRSTEN, & CALI FOR THE BEST CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE WE HAVE EVER HAD!

CONGRATULATIONS, Chris and Kathy Harshbarger


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Veridian Credit Union ‌ IRST PLACE: CREDIT UNION F HONORABLE MENTION: LOAN OFFICER — BETH HALLMAN Veridian Credit Union began in 1934 as John Deere Employees Credit Union when a handful of John Deere employees wanted to offer their co-workers an alternative to commercial banks and other for-profit financial institutions. Today, Veridian is still a member-owned, notfor-profit financial cooperative based in Waterloo. Membership is open to anyone living or working in Iowa’s 99 counties and six counties in eastern Nebraska. With a full range of business and consumer financial services from 30 branches, Veridian is a modern, full-service community credit union. Thirteen branches are conveniently located here in the Cedar Valley, including four with extended evening and weekend hours inside local Hy-Vee stores. Those who prefer digital banking over brick-and-mortar locations will appreciate Veridian’s newly upgraded online and mobile banking platform. It’s fully

Veridian Credit Union „„ Multiple Cedar Valley locations in

Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Independence, Oelwein and Waverly „„ Hours vary by location „„ (319) 236-5600 „„ www.veridiancu.org

integrated with member-requested features like touch ID and a customizable interface. It also makes some of the most popular digital features easier to use, like mobile check deposit and quick account transfers. The best thing about Veridian is the value it provides to members. As a member-owned cooperative, earnings are returned to members in the form of great rates, low fees and better services. Veridian recently ranked second nationally among nearly 6,000 peer credit unions in value provided to members. The ranking came from Callahan & Associates, a financial research and consulting firm

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Veridian staff, including this University Hy-Vee branch team, recently celebrated an upgrade to the credit union’s online and mobile banking platform. located in Washington D.C., in a report that measures three core credit union functions: savings, lending and product usage. That means members are able to do more with their money, whether bor-

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

As a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by our members, earnings are returned to you in the form of great rates and low fees. We’re also committed to providing the best service. That’s the value of Veridian.

Accounts · Loans · Investments · Insurance · Guidance

rowing, saving or just exploring options. That’s the value of Veridian, and that’s why it’s the Best of the Best here in the Cedar Valley. Learn more at veridiancu.org.


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Magee Construction ‌FIRST PLACE: REMODELER HONORABLE MENTION: BUILDER Established in 1982, Magee Construction Co. has evolved into a nationally recognized design/build team. “Our professional and courteous crews act as guests in our clients’ homes,” Wayne Magee said. “Crews try to do everything possible to make the remodeling a pleasant one.” The Magee team believes the same level of attention should be applied to each and every project. As clients enjoy their new and remodeled spaces, they spread the word. “Clients are left with pleasant memories after the construction experience and appreciate having an extended warranty on their project,” Magee said. “Customers turn into friends for life.” The goal at Magee Construction Company is to ensure that clients receive quality workmanship and close attention to detail from a staff that really listens to its customers. The staff will 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 project supervisor to the many sub-con-

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

tractors 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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Key to your remodel or new home construction

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

319-277-0100 • www.MageeConstruction.com

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

1705 Waterloo Road | Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613


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Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo

FIRST PLACE: HOTEL/MOTEL; SALAD BAR, SUNDAY BRUNCH (FARMER’S PICK BUFFET) HONORABLE MENTION: APPETIZERS, HAMBURGER, HAPPY HOUR, TENDERLOIN (LONE WOLF); PLACE TO CELEBRATE AN ANNIVERSARY, DINNER, STEAK (OTIS & HENRY’S); DESSERT (SIMPLY YUMMY BAKING CO.); GIRLS NIGHT OUT, LOCAL/STATE DAY TRIP Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo is located next to the Lost Island Water Park. The full-service entertainment venue is home to great gaming action including approximately 940 slot and video poker machines, 25 table games including commission free midi baccarat. The Isle recently introduced electronic roulette. The Isle is also home to three restaurants and a bakery: Otis & Henry’s® Steakhouse, Farmer’s Pick Buffet, The Lone Wolf and Simply Yummy Baking Company. The 195-room hotel has an indoor pool and fitness center. There is a 5,000-square-foot banquet venue on the second level ideal for business meetings to class reunions to retirement par-

ties to weddings and everything in between. Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo offers personalized catering service to fit any budget. Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo celebrated 10 years in the Cedar Valley on June 30, 2017. In those 10 years the Isle has worked hard to maintain its status as the premier entertainment facility in the Cedar Valley. In addition to providing a great place to stay, play and dine for our community the Isle has also been able to give over $38 million to the Black Hawk County Gaming Association, which has distributed those funds to 413 projects in Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Grundy and Tama counties. Projects range from public safety, parks, recreation and sports-related projects to funding for libraries, 501©3 nonprofit

human service organizations, museums and the arts. Isle is committed to giving guests a fun and friendly experience each time they visit. From a comfortable casino floor with the latest games and classic favorites to a variety of great dining options to comfortable guest rooms the Isle has something for everyone. Otis & Henry’s and Simply Yummy Baking Company both won awards at the annual Beers to You and Gourmet Too event in January 2017. Isle was also recently awarded the 2017 Loved by Guests award with a 4.4 out of 5-star rating on hotels.com. Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo is extremely proud to have been voted the best hotel/motel for the past five consecutive years in the Best of the Best competition.

Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo  777 Isle of

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Capri Blvd., Waterloo (319) 8334753, (877) 475-3946 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 195-room hotel Approximately 940 slot and video poker machines 25 table games including commission-free midi baccarat 3 restaurants and an on-site bakery www.theislewaterloo.com


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THANK YOU FOR VOTING US

FIRST PLACE BEST HOTEL/MOTEL FiFTH YEAR RUNNiNG BEST SALAD BAR FARMER’S PICK®BUFFET BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH FARMER’S PICK®BUFFET

HONORABLE MENTION BEST APPETizERS THE LONE WOLF®

BEST PLACE TO HAVE A BEER THE LONE WOLF®

BEST DESSERT SIMPLY YUMMY BAKING COMPANY™

BEST PLACE TO CELEBRATE AN ANNiVERSARY OTIS & HENRY’S®STEAKHOUSE

BEST DiNNER OTIS & HENRY’S®STEAKHOUSE BEST GiRLS NiGHT OUT

BEST LOCAL/STATE DAY TRiP

BEST HAMBURGER THE LONE WOLF®

BEST TENDERLOiN THE LONE WOLF®

BEST HAPPY HOUR THE LONE WOLF®

BEST STEAK OTIS & HENRY’S®STEAKHOUSE

777 ISLE OF CAPRI BOULEVARD • WATERLOO, IA 50701 • 1-877-ISLE-WIN WWW.THEiSLEWATERLOO.COM CONNECT WITH US © 2017 Eldorado Resorts, Inc. Isle, The Lone Wolf, Otis & Henry’s and Farmer’s Pick Buffet are registered trademarks of Eldorado Resorts, Inc. Gambling a problem? There is help. And hope. Call 1-800-BETS-OFF.


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Deery Brothers Collision Center — Best of the Best

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-theart facility, said general manager Glen Hulbert, who has been with the Deery organization for more than 33 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. The other is Deery Brothers in Burlington, which is patterned on our shop.Toyota has only 167 certified shops in the United

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

„„ www.deerycollision.com

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 going, and we couldn’t do any of it without our excellent office run by Kim Hansen and Chad Hansen, production manager. Our estimators, Charlie, Kevin and Kim,

and our parts manager, Steph, have backgrounds in repair and insurance and are more than willing to walk you through the entire repair process. Our top-notch technicians are what really set us apart from the rest. We also apply spray-in bed liners. Deery Brothers Collision Center currently employs around 25 people and opened in 1997, although our history dates did not begin there. Collision repair services started in Dan Deery’s dealership body shop until we started plans to build the Collision Center late in 1995. Technicians from both John Deery and Dan Deery’s dealerships joined forces to create this unique team of experts who have been voted Cedar Valley’s Best of the Best for seven years in a row.

We appreciate and value our customers by investing in and supporting community programs, including Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Apple Education Program, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Walk Park, Hawkeye Community College student assistance program, Peoples Community Health Clinic, Hawkeye Community College, Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Banquet, John Deere Student Job Committee, Junior Achievement, Cedar Valley United Way, local and area sports support programs, History School Display with African American Emphasis project, Cedar Valley Food Bank, Peoples Bugle Community Information Bulletin, proud sponsors of Sturgis Falls Car Show, co-op for kids in need work experience program in Cedar Falls schools.




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CeDar Valley!

Deery Brothers • Collision Services • Bed Liners & Accessories

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

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


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Happy’s Wine & Spirits ‌FIRST PLACE: LIQUOR SELECTION, WINE SELECTION Happy’s Wine & Spirits is a locally owned wine, liquor (spirits) and craft beer store dedicated to a wide selection of products and excellent customer service. We get new items in all the time, and also have tastings for wine, spirits and beer on a regular basis. In business for three years now, we felt the Cedar Valley would benefit from a locally owned boutique experience, something lacking with big-box stores. We are purveyors of fine beer, wine and spirits. We work with local and small vendors to obtain unique and specialty products that are high in quality and fair in price. We taste items before we purchase them, giving us firsthand experience with nearly everything we sell. And we thrown a mean party! We have knowledgeable staff who are willing to help you fine whatever it is you may need. One of us will have firsthand experience with the product you’re looking for.

Thank You

To our CusTomErs For Voting us Best oF the Best

Happy’s Wine & Spirits „„ Owners: Tom and Sylvia Amlie „„ 5925 University Ave., Cedar Falls „„ (319) 277-1463 „„ 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday;

8 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday „„ www.happyswineandspirits.com

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Open House Sept. 27th 5-7 pm Please Join us for Samplings of Wine, Spirits, & Beer Locally owned and operated. Largest liquor store in NE Iowa. 5925 University Ave. I Cedar Falls, lA 50613 l 319-277-1463 Happy’s Wine and Spirits is 100% locally owned and operated, seeking to offer the best selection for all your wine, kegs, craft beer, and spirits needs. M - W 8:00a.m. - 10:00 p.m. l Th - Sat. 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. l Sun. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Largest liquor store in Northeast Iowa COURTESY PHOTOS‌

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Western Home Communities FIRST PLACE: ASSISTED LIVING, NURSING HOME, RETIREMENT COMMUNITY HONORABLE MENTION: HOME HEALTH AGENCY — ATHOME WITH WESTERN HOME

To launch something new or different: That’s innovation. It’s woven throughout the history of this 105-year-old nonprofit organization, based in Cedar Falls where 1,000 residents make their home on two campuses. Additionally, as other locations seeking to better serve the 55+ population have sought the expertise of Western Home Communities, the organization also operates communities in Jesup (Winding Creek Meadows Assisted Living), Grundy Center (Creekside), Reinbeck (Parkview Manor, The Elms and Westview) and Denver This aerial view taken by Denny Mills in early August shows Prairie Wind at left, Jorgensen Plaza for Well-Being in the center and the Restorative Suites (with steel framing) at right. Prairie Wind is open and construction is scheduled to be completed in early 2018. (Willowwinds Assisted Living). In Cedar Falls, construction crews recently finished work on the first phase of a $52 million project located between Prairie Parkway and South Main Street; the final two phases will open in early 2018. This includes three unique components designed to carry out the mission to assertively create fulfilling lifestyles.

Prairie Wind Independent Living

With a focus on health and wellness, Prairie Wind offers residents of its 75 apartments easy access to amenities to enhance all aspects of their well-being, from physical to intellectual to social and spiritual. A lively color scheme flows through three floors of residences, featuring spacious open floor plans, full kitchens with appliances, washer/dryer, walk-in closets and a private patio or balcony – plus parking in a heated underground garage. Maintenance, housekeeping, transportation and leisure programming are included, plus a package of “Western Home Dollars” for use on meals, salon visits and more.

Jorgensen Plaza for Well-Being

Residents of Prairie Wind have attached access to Jorgensen Plaza for Well-Being, anticipated to be a new social hub for residents and the general public. Jorgensen Plaza will offer fine dining, a fast casual restaurant, pub, salon spa, Diamond Event Center, convenience store, swimming pool, walking track, exercise equipment and classroom, and outpatient rehab therapy. Weddings and other events are already being booked for Diamond Event Center

This rendering from AHTS Architects shows the swimming pool COURTESY PHOTOS design at Jorgensen Plaza for Well-Being, which will also include At Prairie Wind, spacious living rooms open into a second a walking/jogging track, exercise classroom, workout space with equipment, salon/spa, outpatient therapy, two public restaurants, a bedroom or office. French doors are an available option that brighten the space. pub and Diamond Event Center.

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starting in June 2018, where a light-filled space offers an ideal backdrop for memorable moments. The center will offer flexible seating options for up to 400 people. The restaurants, to be open to the public, will be managed by Barmuda Company of Cedar Falls, with 30 years of experience creating destination dining for the Cedar Valley.

Restorative Suites

Restorative suites will offer three floors where 20 people on each can recover from surgery, illness or injury in a comfortable, quiet and private space, with the most up-to-date skilled nursing care and ther-

apies available. More like a hotel than a hospital, these short-term residents will appreciate their spacious, furnished rooms with private bathrooms as they regain strength and work to return home. These suites are designed in the style of the household model of care implemented in June 2015 at The Cottages, Iowa’s first free-standing “small house” nursing homes for people living with dementia. The 16 residents of each typically gravitate to the heart of the home, the open kitchen and dining room – built like a family home, not an institutional setting. On any given day along Caraway Lane, you’re likely to find residents and caregiv-

ers cooking, drinking coffee on the porch, creating art on the patio, gardening, playing piano and singing, going fishing or watching movies and munching popcorn, with their days unfolding spontaneously.

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 ju st words printed on a page, but daily direction for how the organization operates, now and into the future: 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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BEST OF THE BEST

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

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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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