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the votes are in! - A J Alberts Plumbing
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R
ob Langer and Scott Sicard have been friends since
the sixth grade. But when they met, they likely had no
idea that they would become business partners. After
attending technical college, the two started going out on
service calls together. Through friends, family, and word of
mouth, they quickly became busy and decided to start their
own company. Rob and Scott gradually grew their customer list
and founded S&R Heating, Cooling & Appliance Repair in 1984.
Now the duo has more than three decades of experience
providing heating, cooling, and appliance sales, service, and
installation for both residential and commercial properties.
S&R provides superior maintenance and repair services
for furnaces, air conditioners, thermostats, air exchangers,
humidifiers, and fireplaces, and specializes in zoning, wi-fi
enabled thermostats, and high-efficiency equipment. The
company also offers 24-hour emergency service.
“We don’t just want to install a furnace or air conditioner,”
Rob says. “We want to make peoples’ homes comfortable.
We work like it’s our own home—like it’s our Picasso.”
S&R takes special care in selecting its team members. Each
technician is trained to do quality work and spends months
riding along with Scott and Rob on service calls before
responding to calls on their own.
Over the years, S&R has become one of the area’s most
trusted and recognized heating and cooling experts. “I love
doing what I do,” Rob says. “I think my gift is solving problems
and helping to make things better—and that’s exactly what I
get to do.”
S&R is a Bryant Factory Authorized dealer and has
received the Medal of Excellence Award three times—a top
industry honor. Known by customers for their quality work
and dedication, S&R has an A+ rating with the Better Business
Bureau, is a recipient of the Angie’s List Super Service Award,
and was a winner in the 2015 Best of Woodbury Awards.
Looking back, Scott and Rob know that the way they
started S&R wasn’t an accident. “It’s actually a true blessing
that we get to what we love to do,” Rob says.
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PAGE
Readers selected
Angelina’s Kitchen
as one of their local
favorites.
winners
10
BEST OF 2016
WINNERS
13
FOOD/
RESTAURANTS
Readers’ picks for what
tastes best in town.
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HOMES
Everything you need for
your home sweet home.
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HEALTH/WELLNESS
Special Edition!
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EDITOR LETTER
08
BEST OF FAQ
44
TASTEMAKERS
Welcome to our special Best Of Woodbury edition
of Woodbury Magazine! We hope you enjoy
reading about all of the amazing people, places
and things that our community has to offer.
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BEST OF WOODBURY 2016
46
CALENDAR
48
LAST GLANCE
Top picks in our growing
health care community.
32
RETAIL
Shop savvy at these
readers’ favorites.
36
KIDS/FAMILY
Places that pamper
your loved ones.
40
SERVICES
Local professionals
that are here to help.
PHOTO BY EMILY J. DAVIS
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editor’s note
WELCOME TO THE BEST OF WOODBURY 2016! We
are pleased to present this special 13th issue of Woodbury Magazine
that celebrates the people, places, businesses and events that make
Woodbury such a wonderful and connected community.
One of the things our editorial team likes best about this issue is
the fact that we really don’t do this alone; it is our readers who are the
driving force behind the stories we tell on these pages. As you know,
the Best of Woodbury finalists and winners are selected solely by our
readers (more about that on page 8), and it’s your votes that determine
the individuals our writers contact to interview for the mini-profiles in
each category and the images our photographers capture to illustrate
the best of what Woodbury has to offer. These are the profiles of your
community favorites, and we are happy to share their engaging stories.
On these pages, you’ll read about Best of Woodbury repeat winners
and newcomers, dedicated business owners and helpful service people.
We add a solid dose of fun to each Best of Woodbury issue as we also
feature our readers’ favorite foods, drinks, shops and much more.
Additionally, Woodbury Magazine editor Debbie Musser has made several Editor’s Picks which identify a few special people and businesses.
For this issue of the Best of Woodbury, we’ve devoted more space to
telling their stories than we have in past years.
We’ve also updated the Restaurant section of this issue; rather than recap dishes featured in the magazine in 2015,
we are shining a spotlight on Angela Verrastro of Angelina’s Kitchen to find out more about this popular Woodbury
spot (page 44).
You’ll also find a seasonal calendar of Woodbury events that illustrates how vibrant and active this community is
when it comes to the arts, entertainment, the outdoors and more (page 46). And finally, we tip our hat to another
choice made by our readers with our Last Glance page that spotlights the winning photo (and photographer) in the
readers’ choice category of the 2015 Woodbury Magazine Focus on Woodbury photo contest.
As many of you know, we did not host a Best of Woodbury event this year, so all finalists and winners are finding
out the results of the online survey right along with readers. If you are a Best of Woodbury winner, please see page 9
to find out how you can order a custom framed print of this year’s cover listing your winning result. Next time you’re
out and about in Woodbury and spot one of these awards in a shop or business, know that your fellow community
members (and maybe even you, too) have recognized the recipient for a job well done.
Enjoy this issue and let us know what you think at [email protected] We welcome and value feedback
from our readers all year long.
Congratulations, Woodbury!
Look for this symbol throughout the Best of Woodbury issue, marking
some of editor Debbie Musser’s 2016 Woodbury favorites!
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PHOTO BY MARISSA MARTINSON
Julie Pfitzinger, managing editor
[email protected]
Special Edition!
woodburymag.com
president and publisher R. Craig Bednar
group publisher Tamara Prato
chief financial officer Marcel Gyswyt
vice president of digital Sarah Warn
EDITORIAL
editor Debbie Musser
managing editor Julie Pfitzinger
senior editor Jennifer Pitterle
digital marketing associate Megan Gosch
digital production associate Caitlin Crees
copy editor Sherri Hildebrandt
staff writers
Katie Caron, Maggie Kelly, Kelsey Kuno,
Renee Stewart-Hester, Donna Trump
contributing writer
Margaret Pendleton
ediorial project specialist
Justine Reale
editorial interns
Amanda Anderson, Julia Egesdal, Kerry Gaynor,
Rebekah Gregorich, Diana Stein
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Heidi Bardwell, Woodbury YMCA; Megan Beck, city of
Woodbury; Joan Conway, Dorothy Ann Bakery & Cafe;
Lauren Elrick, New Life Academy; Gina Kazmerski,
Image 360-Woodbury; Elizabeth Kriel, Jerry’s Foods;
Jen Lavine, Amy Leferink, Interior Impressions; Dana
Millington, Madison Claire Foundation; Char Neely,
artist; Kim Ziton, Keller Williams Premier Realty
ART
art director Emily Bretzel
senior managing art director Emily Bretzel
associate art directors Sara Chars, Sarah Dovolos
lead staff photographer Tate Carlson
staff photographers Emily J. Davis,
Marissa Martinson, Joel Schnell
PRODUCTION
production director Dianne Talmage
project coordinator Chelzee Lemm-Thompson
advertising designers Heidi Branes, Meg Dolan
CIRCULATION
circulation director Jeremy Wieland
fulfillment manager Lisa Fenske
customer service, reprints Andrew Asante
MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS
marketing project manager Iselin Donaldson
event manager Jessica Elhard
event coordinator Kelsey Doyle
WEB
web development manager Sandy Powell
SALES
advertising marketing consultants
Katie Freemark, Ellen Hannaher,
Sara Johnson, Heidi Zeto
ADMINISTRATION
accounting manager Pat Schossow
credit manager April McCauley
accountant Katie Bodin
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faq
BY JULIE PFITZINGER
Woodbury Magazine
OUR COMMUNITY / OUR MAGAZINE
BEST OF WOODBURY 2014
OUR COMM
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Best
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woodburymag.com
2015
Details, Details
Learn all you need to know about the Best of Woodbury
readers’ choice competition.
HOW ARE THE CATEGORIES SELECTED?
Each year, the editorial and management teams evaluate our list of categories for
the Best of Woodbury survey, usually eliminating a few of the less popular ones—
where fewer people voted—and adding new topics to keep things fresh. And of
course, we always take into account feedback from our readers; we appreciate
hearing from you about categories you’d like to see added or nixed.
This year, we featured 38 categories, and also included some expanded Editor’s
Picks, which recognize special individuals and businesses in the community.
HOW ARE BALLOTS CAST?
From October 1 through October 31, 2015, we invited readers to go online to
woodburymag.com to tell us their favorites in the selected categories. As in past
years, it was a write-in ballot with no pre-selected choices from the editorial staff.
We truly rely on readers to decide on the finalists and winners in each category.
WHAT ARE THE VOTING RULES?
Once voting closed on October 31, our editorial and management teams began
the challenging task of tabulating the results. To make the process efficient and
fair, we do adhere to a few rules as we count the votes.
» Readers cannot vote more than once from the same IP address. Each device—
phone, computer, tablet—has its own IP address. We automatically eliminate any
additional votes from an IP address to control any possibility of ballot-stuffing.
» Readers must vote in a minimum of 5 categories for their ballot to be
considered valid; ballots with votes in fewer than 5 categories are eliminated.
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Again, this is to obtain a fair
representation of selections by readers.
» The top three vote-getters in each
category become finalists, and the
top vote-getter is the winner. At this
point, our editorial team fact checks
the address and contact information
for each finalist—if the finalist is no
longer a valid selection due to a closed
business, etc., we then move to the
next highest vote-getter, who then
becomes a finalist.
» On January 4, 2016, we posted all of
the finalists at woodburymag.com. On
April 15, the winners in each category
were announced online and this
special issue was mailed to readers,
polybagged with the May 2016 issue of
Woodbury Magazine.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD
I KNOW ABOUT THE BEST
OF WOODBURY?
Community-centric: Occasionally, we
get questions from readers about
the inclusion on the finalist list of a
business that is located just outside of
Woodbury Magazine’s coverage area.
In order to qualify as a finalist in the
Best of Woodbury survey, the business
or individual must be located in the
community and/or provide services to
Woodbury residents.
Spreading the word: Just as we
advertise the Best of Woodbury voting
in our print publications, online, and
through Facebook and Twitter, it’s
also become very common for local
businesses, individuals and others
to do the same and encourage their
clients, fans and friends to cast a
vote for them in a particular Best
of Woodbury category. We love
seeing the enthusiasm for the Best of
Woodbury survey from members of
the local community!
Winning ways: Although we didn’t
host a Best of Woodbury event this
year, each winner has the option of
purchasing a framed copy of this
year’s Best of Woodbury cover design,
which indicates the winning category
and their business name (see page
9). In addition, they receive a “Best of
2016” icon, perfect for marketing and
promotional materials.
I’m a winner!
How do I purchase
a framed cover?
Winners can request a
free digital copy of their
award, a free window
cling, a free Best of
Woodbury logo to post
on their website or in
signature emails, and
can purchase a framed
award certificate. The
framed award certificate
is 14 x 17 inches and
features a black wood
frame. The cost is $75 per
framed award certificate
and includes shipping
and handling. For more
information on how to
place an order, please visit
woodburymag.com.
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B of
Best
the
From the well-established to
new kids on the block, here
are your picks for the
Best of Woodbury 2016.
BY DEBBIE MUSSER
AND MARGARET PENDLETON
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BEST OF WOODBURY 2016
2016
W
hen Woodbury residents voted to incorporate a major-council form of government in
1967, the population was 4,396. Fast forward 49 years to 2016, as our population is
now estimated at 68,725 (and that number is always changing). Woodbury is now the
largest city in Washington County and a leader not only in the east metro, but across the Twin
Cities and beyond, with a Chamber of Commerce that is one of the fastest-growing in the nation.
There are so many great places, people and things that make Woodbury a special place to live
and work in. For the 11th year running, we’ve turned to you, the devoted readers of Woodbury
Magazine, to nominate and vote for the best our fair city has to offer. We are proud to reveal your
top picks, from restaurants and medical clinics to home experts and places to shop. Sprinkled
throughout this issue are six Editor’s Picks—a shout-out to some local gems outside of this
year’s voting categories.
As Woodbury continues to grow and change, new restaurants, shops and services keep
coming to town. This is reflected in some of this year’s winners which have been in Woodbury
for less than 10 years, including Tamarack Tap Room, The Tavern Grill, Patina, Pet Evolution,
Learning Rx and Total Wine. On the other side of the coin, many winners have a longstanding
presence in Woodbury.
In 1981, Central Pediatrics opened its doors at 1937 Woodlane Drive with just 2 to 3 doctors
seeing patients. “Back in 1979 and 1980, before opening in Woodbury, some of the physicians
were concerned about opening an office there because, at the time, it was an unsettled area,”
says Lisa Collins, Central Pediatrics marketing representative. “We now have 14 physicians that
regularly see patients at our Woodbury clinic [a brand-new facility on Tamarack Road] which
also includes our urgent care clinic, Priority Pediatrics, open evenings and weekends, seven days
a week.”
There’s also the story of Dorothy Ann Bakery and Café, which originated on St. Paul’s East
7th Street before migrating east to Sun Ray Shopping Center in 1962. In 1988, Dorothy Ann
opened in Woodbury on Weir Drive, followed by a second location at City Centre in 1993. The
beloved bakery, owned by Joan and Steve Conway, made one more move in 2005 to its current
location in Crossroads Commerce Center, growing and changing to meet customers’ needs while
maintaining the same dedication to creating top quality bakery goods. Today’s location is where
they created their popular Saturday morning breakfast buffet, as well as an expanded café menu
and catering options.
Whether new or entrenched in the local landscape for many years, here are your best of the
best in Woodbury—the winners and finalists who make our city truly extraordinary.
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thanks
Local
FOR CHOOSING
Thanks for making Kowalski’s a finalist in the Best Locally Owned
Grocery & Specialty Foods Store competition.
We are proud to be part of your community!
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Food
From a nutritional standpoint, eating three meals
a day is recommended. With the vast range of fare
Woodbury offers, families and foodies alike may find
themselves wishing for a fourth. No matter; with the mix
of classic establishments and new nosheries, Woodbury
has enough food to satisfy all epicureans.
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Alyssa Ranking
serves a pomegranate Cosmo and an
amaretto sour at
Tamarack Tap Room.
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PHOTO BY TATE CARLSON
food restaurants
710 Commerce Drive, Suite 100
Woodbury, MN 55125
651-731-3323
www.dorothyannbakery.com
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BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Tamarack Tap Room
Since Tamarack Tap Room opened in 2015,
it has developed a cult following for the
American restaurant classic pairing: burgers and beer. Their menu features pub grub
that dreams are made of, refined with modern twists. Those who are adventurous may
try the spicy lamb and chorizo burger or
the prosciutto and goat cheese wood-fired
flatbread. “We pride ourselves in having a
unique offering of both food and drinks
the whole family will enjoy,” says manager
Ben Berry. 8418 Tamarack Village;
651.330.2889; tamaracktaproom.com
RUNNERS UP: Craft Beer & Kitchen,
Crave
BEST TAVERN/BAR
The Tavern Grill
In the midst of a craft beer revolution, the
best taverns in town are the ones that are
on their brew game. The best bar in town,
however, is on their brew game and also
rewards you for partaking. Customers covet
the Tavern Club card for this reason—any
tap beer from their large selection is just
$3.75, and its use gains patrons points
toward their next. “The ambiance of our
bar is warm and welcoming . . . whether
you’re joining us for happy hour with
friends or for an intimate dinner,” says
manager Naomi Bard. 772 Bielenberg
Drive; 651.578.3000; thetaverngrill.com
RUNNERS UP: O’Malley’s Irish Pub,
Craft Beer & Kitchen
Tamarack Hills in Woodbury
755 Bielenberg Dr.
Woodbury, MN
651.739.8111
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food restaurants
Some of the fresh,
handmade choices offered
at Angelina's Kitchen.
BEST PATIO DINING
BEST BAKERY
BEST BREAKFAST
It may be a surprise that the restaurant
voted “Best Patio Dining” is at the corner
of two of the city’s busiest roads. Angelina’s
Kitchen, an Italian restaurant and wine
bar, boasts a large overhead terrace with
sprawling greenery that makes patrons
feel as through they may be in the mother
country. To keep the theme alive, owner
Angela Verrastro suggests the perfectly
textured eggplant parmesan. “It is an
authentic Sicilian preparation and one of
Grandma Angelina’s recipes,” she says.
Dorothy Ann’s is a staple of Woodbury,
so it’s no surprise it has been crowned in
this category for four of the past five years.
Residents are devoted to their donuts, but
what is their best-kept secret? According to
owner Joan Conway, the traditional polish
Paczki is a must-try. Think jelly donut, but
upgraded: This pastry has a dense, doughy
shell that pockets a fresh fruit filling. “It
is traditionally made before Lent when
people fast; however they are in such high
demand we also make them every Friday
year-round,” Conway says. 710 Commerce
In the competitive restaurant world, to
be open for 10 years makes a business
renowned and revered. To be open 20 years
makes a restaurant royalty. That’s exactly
what Keys is. Breakfast-goers gush over
their homemade cinnamon French toast,
and the Keys original omelet that seems
to feature the entire contents of a fridge—
and then some. But general manager Amy
Mulholland invites Woodbury residents to
take their lunch menu for a spin as well.
“People might be surprised at the quality of our Reuben sandwich; we don’t use
deli-sliced corned beef—we have the real
deal, corned beef brined and cooked onsite
served with homemade Thousand Island
dressing.” 1750 Weir Drive; 651.731.5397;
2170 Eagle Creek Lane; 651.998.0474;
angelinaskitchen.com
RUNNERS UP: Craft Beer & Kitchen,
Tamarack Tap Room
Dorothy Ann Bakery & Cafe
Drive; 651.731.3323;
dorothyannbakery.com
RUNNERS UP: Nadia Cakes,
Keys Café & Bakery
Keys Café & Bakery
keyscafe.com
RUNNERS UP: Woodbury Café,
Ze’s Diner
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PHOTO BY EMILY J. DAVIS
Angelina’s Kitchen
Architecture | Interior Design | Sustainable
BEST SALAD BAR
Lunds & Byerlys
The salad bar concept has exploded
into interesting and healthy discoveries. While we have many excellent
choices around Woodbury, my nod
goes to the spectacular salad bar at
Lunds & Byerlys. The woman behind
this creation is Bea James, director of
bakery and nourish. We touched base
with her for more insight on what goes
into this cornucopia of fresh, nutritious
and wholesome offerings.
How many different items are on
the salad bar?
We have up to 50 items including all
of our toppings and boosts. Boosts
are nutrient-dense foods that you can
sprinkle on top of your salad for added
nutrition, such as chia seeds, wheat
germ, nutritional yeast and flax.
What’s the preparation process
for the salad bar?
A salad bar superstar is selected to
set up and prepare all the items each
morning, starting around 5 a.m. They
have a lot to do with prepping all the
vegetables, roasting items, composing
salads such as our strawberry spinach
salad and iceberg blue wedges, and
filling all the containers so everything
is fresh by 9 a.m. It’s an early morning
job that takes attention to detail and
multitasking. The salad bar superstar
takes a lot of pride in doing an excellent job, and it shows. 7050 Valley
Creek Plaza; 651.999.1200;
lundsandbyerlys.com
White Bear Lake, MN
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651.207.5527
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Homes
While it’s true that home is where the heart is, it doesn’t hurt
to invest in creating a home that makes hearts sing. After all,
our home is the stage that holds our most cherished family
memories and the touch point in the midst of often chaotic
schedules. So feel free to delight in designs and invest in
important services when it comes to homes,
Woodbury businesses know best.
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homes
BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER
Interior Impressions
Interior Impressions has found a vast
niche—everything from decorating and
accessorizing to designing custom-built
new homes. If it involves home and design,
they’re on it. “We are unlike many other
design firms in that we take a very practical, affordable approach to design,” says
owner Amy Leferink. “It takes more talent
and creativity to design and decorate a
home with a more limited budget.” And
Interior Impressions lacks no creativity:
This team of four thrives on marrying
textures, patterns and styles to create finishes that maintain a modern look without
indulging in passing trends. 2190 Eagle
BEST LANDSCAPE
DESIGNER/ARCHITECT
BEST BUILDER/
REMODELER
Ispiri Design-Build-Remodel
For half a decade, Ispiri has been selected
as Woodbury’s Best Builder/Remodeler.
Ironically, this strong legacy is possible
through the force behind the group’s namesake: Inspiration. Fresh ideas and innovative use of materials make a strong visual
case for Ispiri, while CEO Jason Fabio
credits the attention to client satisfaction
as the foundation that allows these ideas
to have life. “When our clients are satisfied,
we achieve our goals individually and as
an organization,” Fabio says. 7779 Afton
Road; 651.578.0122; ispiri.com
RUNNERS UP: Custom One Homes,
Cardinal Homebuilders
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BEST HOME FURNISHINGS
Warner’s Outdoor Solutions
If it can’t be found at HOM Furniture, it
likely doesn’t exist. At least, that’s what the
size of this two-story showroom suggests.
“Beyond the wide selection, it’s our staff,
excellent value and lifelong customer-focus
that make HOM exceptional,” says store
manager Cameron Johnston. While everyone knows HOM for furniture, Johnston
points to lesser-known selections including
hardwood, laminate flooring options, outdoor living options and the bargain shop as
must-shop sections. 7600 Hudson Road;
If the business name “Outdoor Solutions”
sounds all-encompassing, that could be
because Warner’s covers the full gamut:
lawn care, landscaping, trees and shrubs,
sprinkler systems, pet control and winter
services. “We are experts in what we do
and it shows on our customers’ properties,”
says owner and president Ryan Warner.
For Warner, providing top-notch service is
more than business; it’s personal, as he is
a Woodbury High School graduate and is
now raising a family in Woodbury. “I love
this city and do my best to keep it one
of the best cities to live in,” Warner says.
HOM Furniture
651.730.5000; homfurniture.com
RUNNERS UP: Schneiderman’s
Furniture; Merriment
6625 Bailey Road; 651.735.2100;
warnersoutdoorsolutions.com
RUNNERS UP: Heins Nursery,
Landscapes Unlimited
PHOTO BY TATE CARLSON; (OPPOSITE) PHOTO COURTESY OF FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN
Jason Fabio, owner
of Ispiri.
Creek Lane; 651.337.2184;
interiorimpressions.org
RUNNERS UP: Pomegranate Designs,
Shasha Interiors
BEST ACT OF COMMUNITY
SERVICE
Woodbury Feeds/Feed My
Starving Children Mobile Pack
Hats off to Woodbury, host of last
October’s amazing Feed My Starving
Children (FMSC) mega mobile pack,
the largest ever to take place under
one roof in the United States. The
community came together to pack
4,066,416 meals for hungry people
around the world, with a portion of the
funds raised—$50,000—going to the
local Christian Cupboard Emergency
Food Shelf to fight hunger here in our
own community.
“For the last three years, I have
been blessed to visit children’s
feeding centers in communities of
extreme poverty,” says Lisa Engh,
co-chair of Woodbury’s mobile pack.
“These centers receive food from
FMSC, and I have seen the difference
the specially-formulated meals make.
Kids who were severely malnourished are growing, their cheeks are
full, their eyes clear, and their smiles
bright. These meals save lives. These
meals bring hope to communities
across the globe.”
Thank you Woodbury!
We are honored to be recognized
by our neighbors, friends and customers
as a Best of Woodbury 2016 Finalist.
Woodbury owned and operated, A.J. Alberts Plumbing
is proud to be your neighborhood plumber. Our
commitment to detail and customer
satisfaction continues long after your job is complete.
Our beautiful showroom has a professional
designer on staff ready to offer design service
for your next project.
Contact us today to discover the
A.J. Alberts difference!
651-738-0580 • www.ajalberts.com
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BEST HOME SERVICE
A.J. Alberts Plumbing
Plumbing problems hold two characteristics
that don’t pair well: highly disruptive, and
somewhat inevitable. Luckily, Woodbury
has found a hero in A.J. Alberts Plumbing,
a local, family-owned and operated company that is always on-call to restore order.
Founded in 1989, owners Jim and Sue
Alberts operated the business out of their
Woodbury home until expanding to a space
in South St. Paul. In 2006, they moved
to their current Woodbury facility which
includes a designer showroom. The company takes pride in being local. “We strive
to be a good neighbor,” says Jim Alberts.
“We are committed to giving back to the
community in which we live and work.”
7975 Afton Road; 651.738.0580;
ajalberts.com
RUNNERS UP: S & R Heating, Cooling
& Appliance Repair, Warner’s Outdoor
Solutions
BEST SENIOR LIVING
RESIDENCE
Jim Alberts, owner and
Megan Dent, designer, of
A.J. Alberts Plumbing.
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BEST OF WOODBURY 2016
For the second year, Stonecrest has been
chosen as the top community for seniors
among Woodbury residents. The residence’s convenient central Woodbury location adds to its appeal. “Our skywalk connection to the YMCA, R.H. Stafford Library
and Central Park really sets us apart as
well,” says housing counselor Marianne
Niemi. The transition to assisted living can
be difficult for seniors and their families,
and Stonecrest offers a range of programs
and support to make sure the next chapter is just as good, or better, than the one
that preceded. 8725 Promenade Lane;
651.264.3200; stonecrestwoodbury.org
RUNNERS UP: Woodbury Senior
Living, Red Rock Senior Living of
Woodbury
PHOTO BY TATE CARLSON
Stonecrest
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Health
&Wellness
Wellness has become a nationwide initiative, and Woodbury is no exception in
this movement to build a healthy, balanced lifestyle. From yoga studios that help
residents get their Zen on (while also getting a killer workout) and chiropractors’
offices that encourage weekly walk in-adjustments, the city is brimming with
businesses that make this lifestyle not only desirable, but obtainable.
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health wellness
Five of the 14 physicians of
Central Pediatrics and Priority
Pediatrics: Dr. Christine Huberty,
Dr. Daniel Khoury, Dr. Catherine
Crosby-Schmidt, Dr. Laurel
Anderson, Dr. Carrie Pettey.
Central Pediatrics & Priority
Pediatrics
When it comes to healthcare for children,
the service has to be quality and it has to
be convenient. Central Pediatrics & Priority
Pediatrics fulfills both of these wishes with
their new Tamarack Road location, walk-ins
7 days a week, and board-certified pediatricians that provide excellent care. “When we
ask new patients how they heard about us,
almost all of them say that someone they
know well and trust recommended us,” says
marketing representative Lisa Collins. “Our
reputation for high quality patient care has
become our legacy, and we’re proud to combine that with the modern features that
today’s families are looking for.”
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9680 Tamarack Road; 651.738.0470;
centralpeds.com
RUNNERS UP: HealthEast Woodbury,
Allina Medical Clinic
doubt into security, strangers into friends
and stress into sweat.” 8160 Coller Way;
651.459.9642; corepoweryoga.com
RUNNERS UP: Woodbury YMCA,
UpLift Guided Fitness
BEST FITNESS/YOGA
STUDIO
BEST DENTAL CLINIC
In an age where mindfulness and “athleisure”-styled clothing rules, it’s no
surprise that yoga studios have popped
up ten-fold throughout the Twin Cities.
CorePower Yoga, with its strength-building
themes and class levels aimed at inclusion, has become the favorite among these
studios, and Woodbury lacks no fervor.
Studio manager Romy Ecker promises,
“You’ll push past physical boundaries with
an open mind and a beating heart, turning
A five-star Google rating with more than
150 reviews to support it is not just
uncommon these days; it’s nearly unheard
of. With the expertise of dentists Kyle
Edlund, Michael Pelke and Jason Thimjon,
combined with the latest 3M dental products, it’s no wonder everyone wants to go
to Woodbury Dental Care (including the
Minnesota Wild and St. Paul Saints, too).
“We provide high quality care with stateof-the-art equipment in a warm, relaxing
CorePower Yoga
Woodbury Dental Care
PHOTO BY JOEL SCHNELL
BEST PEDIATRIC CLINIC
environment,” says Sandy Hersperger, who
directs marketing at the dental clinic.
3060 Woodbury Drive; 651.739.7910;
woodburydentalcare.com
RUNNERS UP: Saluté Dental,
Woodbury Dental Arts
BEST ORTHODONTIC
CLINIC
Dunn Orthodontics
Braces have come a long way. While children in classic braces are still prevalent,
there’s a whole new world of invisible
orthodontics, and children aren’t the only
patients anymore. Dunn Orthodontics
offers the best of this new frontier, and
the staff is dedicated to making patients
feel welcome. According to orthodontist
Curtis Dunn, the road that leads to the
straight, bright smile is what sets Dunn
Orthodontics apart. “You expect great
smile results, but what makes a difference is the pleasant experience along the
way,” he says. 650 Commerce Drive;
Honored to
be selected as a
2016 BEST OF
WOODBURY FINALIST!
Live Well.
To visit our new community,
please call 651-459-1400 –
enjoy lunch & a personal tour.
Independent Living
Assisted Living
Memory Care
Care Suites
Stay By The Day
2195 Century Avenue S.
Woodbury, MN 55125
RedRockSeniorLiving.com
651.738.3866; dunnortho.net
RUNNERS UP: Henseler Orthodontics,
Horton Orthodontics
BEST EYE CLINIC
Associated Eye Care
It’s hard to understand the impact vision
has on everyday activities and cognitive
abilities until it is either greatly diminished
or enhanced, and this middle-of-the-road
vision is where most people live their
everyday lives. Associated Eye Care has
become the trusted partner of Woodbury
families for their range that includes
everything from general ophthalmology to advanced corrective procedures.
“Regardless of where you or your family
members are on the spectrum of life, newborns to life veterans, we have specialists
on staff dedicated to your area of need,”
says Phil Jackson, director of refractive
services. 1625 Radio Drive, Suite 310;
651.275.3000; associatedeyecare.com
RUNNERS UP: St. Paul Eye Clinic,
Mead EyeCare & EyeWear
For a lifetime of
healthy, beautiful skin.
From advice on the best daily skin care
to the most challenging skin conditions,
we can help. Trusted since 1949, our 20
Board-certified dermatologists are the
Twin Cities’ Skin Care Experts.
dermatologyconsultants.com
Congratulations to our Woodbury office for
being named a 2016 Best of Woodbury Finalist
EAGAN | SAINT PAUL | VADNAIS HEIGHTS | WOODBURY
651.209.1600
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Trent and Laura Scheidecker
of ChiroWay in Woodbury.
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BEST CHIROPRACTIC
CLINIC
ChiroWay
A thrown-out back is a good reason to
visit the chiropractor, but ChiroWay wants
Woodbury residents to know that serious
back pain isn’t the only reason to stop in.
“Regular chiropractic care has the potential of improving your quality of life,” says
chiropractor and owner Trent Scheidecker.
“By receiving regular chiropractic care,
you allow your body to better adapt to the
stress and demands that you encounter
on a daily basis.” With no appointment
necessary and an experienced staff that
can adjust newborns through senior
adults, ChiroWay has made a chiropractic
routine accessible (and beloved) for many
Woodbury residents. 10150 City Walk
Drive; 877.442.4476; chiroway.com
RUNNERS UP: Lifeline Chiropractic,
Woodbury Spine Wellness Center
BEST DERMATOLOGY
CLINIC
PHOTO BY TATE CARLSON
Dermatology Consultants
Caring for skin goes beyond vanity; it’s
a form of health care that impacts the
everyday quality of life. Dermatology
Consultants features 20 board-certified
dermatologists with expert knowledge in
everything from general dermatology to
dermatologic surgery. An in-house dermatopathology lab is able to provide accurate
and fast diagnoses for skin conditions
including cancer. “Simply put—our mission
is to provide our patients with exceptional
skin care in a safe and welcoming environment,” says CEO Bill Kenney.
587 Bielenberg Drive; 651.587.2700;
dermatologyconsultants.com
RUNNERS UP: Advanced Dermatology
Care, SkinSpeaks
Call us today for your
complimentary consultation!
651-738-3866
Cottage Grove
6936 Pine Arbor Drive South
Suite #220
Woodbury
650 Commerce Drive
Suite #170
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þ BEST DOCTORS
þ BEST TECHNOLOGY
þ BEST EYE CARE CLINIC
Evan Ballard, MD
Alan Downie, MD
Adam Goddard, DO
Stephen Lane, MD
BEST MEDSPA
Radiance Medspa
Aging is inevitable, and Radiance Medspa
acknowledges this. However, they do
believe their offering of comprehensive cosmetic skin care services can make clients of
every age look and feel better. “Together,
we will create a customized plan and
explain how and what you can expect from
those services,” says owner Rebecca Pappas.
“Your customized consultation will include
information about the results and how to
maintain those results at home.”
9040 Hudson Road; 651.204.9338;
radiancewoodbury.com
RUNNERS UP: Bella Beau Salon and
Spa, Spalon Montage
David Park, MD
Susan Schloff, MD
Gary Schwartz, MD
Brian Tienor, MD
Charlie Wu, MD
Annika Anderson, OD
Ann Hickson, OD
Jacob Lang, OD
Sean LaVallie, OD
Jessica Murphy, OD
Patricia Winters, OD
associatedeyecare.com • 651.275.3000
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BEST OF WOODBURY 2016
BEST FITNESS GURU
Carrie Lyles
Woodbury has a lot of super fitness
enthusiasts, but Carrie Lyles is a true
guru, giving guidance and inspiration
to a countless number of people who
have participated in one of her classes
or trained with her one-on-one. Lyles,
who has taught almost every format of
group fitness, currently teaches Zumba
and studio combo at the Woodbury
YMCA, barbell strength and 50/50 cardio/strength at Life Time Fitness, and
PHOTO BY MARK STRAND, COURTESY OF UPLIFT GUIDED FITNESS
Jeffrey Lynch, MD
total body conditioning with various
types of equipment like kettle bells/
TRX/battle rope at Urban Iron Fitness;
she’s also a personal trainer, on her
own and at Uplift Guided Fitness. We
chatted with Lyles to learn more about
what inspires this energetic woman.
What keeps you going after 26 years
of teaching group fitness classes?
That satisfaction of helping others.
I am inspired by the people in my
classes as I see significant changes on
a regular basis. Not just gaining lean
muscle mass and losing fat, but also
increased self-confidence. There are
people who start out and can’t do one
pushup from the knees—now they’re
doing many from the toes. It warms
my heart and I am forever grateful that
I get to help people become healthier.
What is the most challenging part
of your career?
Right now, it’s keeping my schedule
straight. Thankfully I have not shown
up at the wrong gym yet!
What is your personal favorite
physical activity?
When I’m not at the gym, I like to be
outside rollerblading, biking and walking. I played hockey in my forties . . .
I would love to play again (although
it’s amazing how bad hockey gloves
can smell!). I think it would be fun to
participate in a warrior dash or mudder with a group of fun, hardworking
people: I’m in it to win it if I go into a
competition.
What are some interesting facts
about you?
I like to play cards and board games
with family and friends. I also like to
read and have been a member of the
same book club for 15 years. I love
horses and horseback riding. I’ve been
married for 29 years, have two sons
and recently became a grandparent.
Team Ultimo would like to thank our loyal
clients and the Woodbury community for three
nominations in the 2015 Best of Woodbury:
Best Salon
Best Esthetician (Debbie & Emma)
Best Hair Stylist (Dez)
Thank you
for choosing Salon Ultimo. With all the
salons available in Woodbury today,
we appreciate the loyalty.
Salon Ultimo, in the Seasons Marketplace off of Radio Drive,
is a family-run business, through and through.
For Chris and Shannon Schultz, the husband and wife pair
who own the full-service salon and spa, the definition of a
family goes far beyond that of most people.
It’s a culture which is encouraged in every aspect of life at
Salon Ultimo, where the whole staff regularly donates time for
charitable events and to helping the community in
which they work and live.
2015 donation total to local organizations and causes:
$21,600
Services:
Hair Cuts
Colors & Foils
Balayage & Ombre
Hair Straightening
Special Occasion Hair
Full Body Waxing
Customized Facials
Manicures
Pedicures
Spa Days
Bridal Services
Brow & Lash Tinting
Makeup Applications
Customized Massages
E U R O T H E R A P Y
Seasons Market Mall • 783 Radio Drive • Woodbury, MN 55112
651-738-5904 • www.salonultimo.com
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Woodbury loves to shop... Woodbury gets more stores... Woodbury loves to shop more...
It’s a chicken or the egg situation in the community, but there’s no time to ponder
such things when there is so much shopping to do! From retail havens to far more
than a couple of grocery stores, the city knows how to fill shopping bags.
Here are the shops and stores Woodbury just can’t live without.
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CREATING THE LOOK
MAKING IT YOUR OWN
FEELING THE MERRIMENT
BEST APPAREL BOUTIQUE
Evereve
There are no shortage of mothers in the
city, making the relationship between
Evereve and the community full of mutual
love. “We are a store for moms,” says marketing coordinator Teri LaFrenz. “Every
piece of clothing in our store was selected
with moms in mind.” With a style that is
decidedly un-”mom jeans” and a shopping
experience that rivals hiring a personal
shopper, this award is no surprise. Expect
the comfort every mom on-the-go requires,
with a style that has an eye on trends.
9100 Hudson Road.; 651.330.7013;
evereve.com
RUNNERS UP: Sisu, Mainstream
Boutique
BEST FLORIST
Sweet Peas Floral
“Fresh” and “floral” go hand-in-hand, so
when owner Tara Carlson bought Sweet
Pea Floral in 2006, the stale concept of a
standard bouquet was out of the question.
“We are a completely custom shop—that’s
what we thrive on,” Carlson says. Whether
it is a birthday, anniversary, new baby, for
sympathy or for congratulations, the shop
works one-on-one to make it special and
always fresh.
783 Radio Drive; 651.730.9115;
sweetpeasfloral.com
RUNNERS UP: Woodlane Flowers,
Flowers on the Park
BEST LIQUOR STORE
Total Wine
Though Total Wine takes home the prize
for Best Liquor Store, the 30,000 square
foot space would be better named “megastore”—or “wonderland” depending on
who is describing it. “Our affordable selection is hard to beat, and it’s what keeps
people coming back,” says store manager
Syd Scherling. “Particularly, our selection
of regional craft beers all in one place has
been successful.”
7150 Valley Creek Plaza; 651.735.0910;
totalwine.com
RUNNERS UP: Top Ten Wine & Spirits,
The Cellars Wine & Spirits
FURNITURE STORE
HOME DECOR
INTERIOR DESIGN
651.219.4597
803 Bielenberg Drive
Woodbury, Minnesota
merrimentadornments.com
Merriment is your place for designer-inspired
home furnishings and adornments.
Come enjoy affordable, upscale, and intelligent
selections available for your choosing and personal
style in a charming retail setting.
Thank YouWoodbury.....
All of us here at Merriment are humbled on a daily basis by
the love, support and loyalty shown by local, Woodbury customers.
You are the reason we opened our doors and the reason
we continue to be a success!
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Beautiful selections
from Johnson
Jewelers.
BEST GIFT SHOP
Patina
BEST JEWELRY STORE
Johnson Jewelers
Jewelry, for the most part, is relatively
impractical. This is one of few accessories
worn purely for its aesthetic; its main role
is to spark joy and exist in beauty. For
almost 40 years, Johnson Jewelers has
ensured that their pieces provide exactly
that, with a carefully curated selection of
diamonds and estate pieces, as well as custom pieces. “Our team is very experienced
and works well together. We can help with
any jewelry need,” says showroom manager Laura McDonald. 783 Radio Drive;
651.735.4400; johnsonjewelers.com
RUNNERS UP: Shane Co.,
La Vie Boutique
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BEST SPECIALTY FOODS
STORE
Kowalski’s Market
651.578.2538; patinastores.com
RUNNERS UP: The Woods,
La Vie Boutique
BEST GROCERY STORE
Kowalski’s Market
Kowalski’s Market: entertainers rejoice in
the name, foodies fawn over the selection.
When it comes to finding the best specialty food in the city, the breadth and quality
is unrivaled. “With the meat department,
deli, sushi and imported cheese, anyone
can find a number of things to create and
complete a delicious spread,” says marketing director Laurie Bell. For those who
don’t feel like hitting the aisles, full-service
catering and home delivery becomes a
busy party planner’s best friend. 8505
Woodbury isn’t exactly hurting when it
comes to grocery stores, so Kowalski’s
repeated success in the Best of Woodbury
speaks volumes to the quality offering and
service it provides. Beyond the specialty
departments and local brands carried,
marketing director Laurie Bell suggests
Kowalski’s Market’s shouldn’t be overlooked for retail either. “From beautiful
fresh floral bouquets to a great selection
of locally-made cards and gifts, it will also
soon be your one-stop gift shop,” Bell says.
Valley Creek Road; 651.578.8800;
kowalskis.com
RUNNERS UP: Trader Joe’s,
Lunds & Byerlys
8505 Valley Creek Road;
651.578.8800; kowalskis.com
RUNNERS UP: Jerry’s Foods,
Lunds & Byerlys
PHOTO BY MARISSA MARTINSON; (OPPOSITE) PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF WOODBURY
Since Woodbury welcomed Twin Cities’
revered gift shop in October 2014, all
wrapped presents are a little more exciting to open. Yet, “gift shop” hardly does
justice to the beautiful offerings of Patina
and also suggests shoppers won’t buy for
themselves (which is highly unlikely). The
shop is a wonderland of curated gifts,
art, home and outdoor décor and jewelry.
“Patina strives to provide an environment that is equal part inspiration and
escape,” says assistant buyer Katie Curran.
“Our stores are like a constantly evolving
art project.” 8320 City Centre Drive;
BEST NEW PLACE TO PLAY
Splash Pad and Madison’s
Place at Bielenberg
Sports Center
A special part of the newly-expanded
Bielenberg Sports Center field house
project has taken shape on the south
side, offering a spectacular play place
for all: the splash pad and Madison’s
Place. Opened last summer, the splash
pad is a warm-weather haven for fun
in the water, with dumping buckets,
flower showers and nozzles. I know
that many children, including my
granddaughter, were sad when the
summer was over, bringing an end to
their enjoyable splash pad days.
After many years of dedication and
fundraising from the Madison Claire
Foundation, and a community build
last fall, Madison’s Place will open
adjacent to the splash pad this spring/
early summer when the final rubberized surface is installed. The east
metro’s first completely handicappedaccessible playground, Madison’s Place
was designed for children with and
without disabilities to play together
side by side to foster friendships,
understanding and acceptance. In
addition, Madison’s Place will also give
parents that are disabled the opportunity to play with their young children
on the playground. Accessible restrooms are also located at the splash
pad/playground project.
4125 Radio Drive; ci.woodbury.mn.us/
bielenberg-sports-center; madisonclairefoundation.org
Women's Clothing, Accessories,
Jewelry & Gifts
OUR STORES:
WOODBURY | 779 Bielenberg Drive
NISSWA | 25354 South Main Street
Woodbury's newest specialty boutique
located in Tamarack Hills, at the corner
of Bielenberg Drive and Tamarack Road.
www.primroseparkmpls.com
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The timeless idiom “I work hard so my children can have a better life,” has
recently seen “dog” and “cat” in humorous substitutions. Yet, it’s true it’s only
natural to want to provide the best for loved ones, fur and paws included. Lucky
for Woodbury residents, there are a bevy of businesses that have this same goal.
Here are the top spots to keep little smiles big and friendly tails furiously wagging.
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BEST DOGGY DAYCARE/
KENNEL
Carver Lake Veterinary Center
The classic vision of being greeted by a
wagging tail when walking through the
door after a long day is desirable, but leaving pets alone all day isn’t always the most
realistic option. Carver Lake Veterinary
Clinic offers Daycare and PlayCare services
to keep pets active and engaged. “Our tagline is ‘Your Other Family Doctors’ and this
sums up our approach perfectly,” says Julie
Rowan, practice manager. “We understand
that in many cases, pets are considered
members of the family, and should be
treated as such.” 2201 Ventura Drive;
651.578.3290; carverlakevet.com
RUNNERS UP: Hudson Road Animal
Hospital, Pet Images Country Inn
BEST VETERINARY CLINIC
Hudson Road Animal Hospital
Sometimes, mastering a craft truly is a
matter of experience. Hudson Road Animal
Hospital (HRAH) is a great example of this;
as the longest standing veterinary hospital
in Woodbury, it will celebrate 55 years of
service in May. Still, a commitment to continually evolving is a necessary trait for a
business with this legacy. “All of our team
members participate in annual continuing
education to stay current on trends in medicine, grooming and boarding care for pets,”
says Marcy Ward, practice manager. Their
expertise and pure love of animals keeps
tails wagging and regulars returning; our
readers have chosen HRAH for this honor
three of the past four years. 8154 Hudson
Road; 651.404.2542; hrah-pa.com
RUNNERS UP: Carver Lake Veterinary
Center, Woodbury Animal Hospital
BEST LEARNING/
TUTORING CENTER
Learning Rx
Learning Rx is not just for students. “We
work with all kinds of clients—kids, adults
and seniors as well,” says executive director
Infants – Private Kindergarten & After School
Thank you for voting us one of the BEST!
Thank you for voting us a finalist for the Best of
Woodbury! We’re now enrolling for the 2016-2017
school year, including Private Kindergarten.
CALL FOR A TOUR.
Primrose School of Woodbury
10350 City Walk Drive | Woodbury, MN 55129
651.731.5333 | PrimroseWoodbury.com
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CareSM are registered trademarks and service marks of Primrose School Franchising Company. ©2016 Primrose School Franchising
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Woodbury Dance Center tap
dancers Phoebie and Piper.
BEST PLACE FOR KIDS’
ACTIVITIES
Woodbury Dance Center
For 21 years, Woodbury Dance Center
(WDC) has been the go-to dance destination for toddler, children, teen and adult
dance classes. Many of the WDC instructors grew up in the program and are committed to teaching not only dance, but
teamwork, commitment and confidence.
The center has also been a charitable
force in the community and is an integral
partner for “Darby’s Dancers,” a nonprofit
organization offering no-cost dance classes
to kids with special needs. “We feel it’s
important to teach our students to be leaders in the community and this is a great
way to do that,” says owner and instructor
Kathy Mueller. 380 Rivertown Drive;
651.735.9252; woodburydance.com
RUNNERS UP: Yackel Dance Studio,
Perpetual Motion Gymnastics
New Life Academy
Brock Heinrich. “We get to the root of the
issue through one-on-one brain training.
By strengthening those underlying processing skills, our clients finish their program
with stronger brain skills.”
8425 Seasons Parkway; 651.262.5900;
learningrx.com
RUNNERS UP: Sylvan Learning Center,
Mathnasium
BEST PLACE TO SPOIL
YOUR PET
Pet Evolution
Walking into Pet Evolution, it’s hard to say
whether there are more owners smiling or
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tails wagging; both parties are so happy to
be in this all-natural pet food and new toy
heaven. However there is one element that
Woodbury families can’t stop talking about:
the self-serve dog wash. “Watching families
bring in their dogs and sharing in their
laughter while they get their pooches clean
is one of the best parts of working at Pet
Evolution,” says owner Rian Thiele. With
four stations available and washes starting
at $15, there’s a lot of suds and laughter to be had. 429 Commerce Drive;
651.788.9998; petevolution.com
RUNNERS UP: Posh Pooch Pet Salon &
Boutique, DogSpaw
Many are aware of New Life Academy’s
(NLA) integrative approach to K-12 education, but its early childhood education
incorporates this same excellence for the
little ones. Program focuses include cognitive development, social and emotional
development and expressive arts. “At the
heart of all we do is the Christian world
view integrated throughout all our academics and school life,” says communications
director Lauren Elrick. NLA offers “Little
Learners” for children ages 24-36 months,
preschool for ages 3-4, and pre-kindergarten for ages 4-5. 6578 Bailey Road;
651.757.4313; newlifeacademy.org
RUNNERS UP: Primrose School of
Woodbury, Stepping Stones Early
Learning Center
PHOTO BY MARISSA MARTINSON; (OPPOSITE) PHOTO BY CHAPLAIN BASIL OWEN
BEST PRESCHOOL/
CHILDCARE
Experience the Joy of Learning
at St. Croix Montessori School.
Accepting
Applications for
2016-2017
BEST CHEERLEADER
FOR SENIORS
Margaret Wachholz
Born and reared in Ireland, Margaret
Wachholz has been anchored in
Woodbury since 1993. The former
activities director and campus marketing director at Woodbury Senior
Living is now there as a volunteer
when her family’s schedule permits.
She serves on the Woodbury Heritage
Society board and is involved in the
Face Aging Minnesota campaign.
Wachholz is a dynamo with an intense
passion for seniors which began in
Ireland “where we always have our
elders around us and there are few
generational gaps,” she says. We asked
her what makes seniors so special.
An Education that Treats Each
Child as an Individual.
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1. I’m a big believer that these beautifully older aging hands are needed in
all areas that we endeavor. Youth have
information at their fingertips, but our
elders have the wisdom. There is a difference!
2. It’s very touching—an honor
and a privilege—to be with people in
wheelchairs who have the seeds of
disease taking hold. One of my favorite parts of working with the elderly is
at the end-of-life stage.
3. For me, working with seniors
is a blessing. I come home energized
because they remind me not to be
flittering my brain with technology or
worrying about trivial things. I find I’m
more purposeful and mindful with my
own family.
The best care for your best friend.
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8154 Hudson Road, Woodbury
651-739-0117
www.hrah-pa.com
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Services
“With a little help from my friends,” transcends Beatles
lyrics; it’s a greater piece of wisdom that serves as a
necessary component of any balanced life. Services and
specialists make the world go round, and Woodbury offers
the best for everything from managing investments to
making sure skin has a youthful glow.
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CLOSING ON YOUR HOUSE
IS A REALLY BIG DEAL!
At TitleSmart we work to make every closing
a positive and memorable experience.
BEST HAIRSTYLIST/
BARBER
Shelly McKee:
Valley Creek Barbers
Boys and men alike have become devotees
of this classic barbershop, and beyond the
screens featuring sports and video games,
Shelly McKee may have something to do
with it. McKee has perfected everything
from modern fades and textured backcombs to classic crew cuts and buzz cuts,
and her growing list of clients is evidence
of this. “The happiness of my clients means
everything to me, and I work hard to create
styles that make them happy,” McKee says.
7650 Currell Blvd.; 651.468.7085;
valleycreekbarbers.com
RUNNERS UP: Michelle Hanson:
HAIRitage ‘Hous, Dez Kazarian:
Salon Ultimo
BEST SALON/SPA
Spalon Montage
Some days, a personal beauty getaway is
the only answer to life’s many questions,
and lucky for Woodbury residents, that
getaway is right off Radio Drive. Each
expert team of hair, body, skin care and
nail care experts operates under the golden
rule of treating clients like they would like
to be treated, leading to not only incredible results, but the renewing experience
clients seek. General manager Karen Keller
suggests the sea soothing facial and urban
oxygenating facial for renewal after a long
Minnesota winter. “We want you to feel
good—and look great,” she says. “That is
our team’s mission every single day.”
It’s the little things that make the BIG difference.
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Title-Smart.com
651-779-3075
8375 Seasons Parkway; 952.915.2900;
spalon.com
RUNNERS UP: Salon Ultimo,
HAIRitage ‘Hous
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services
Emma Skog,
esthetician at Salon
Ultimo.
ents I have been seeing for almost 8 years,
and I love being a part of their lives,” Skog
says. 783 Radio Drive; 651.300.3518;
salonultimo.com
RUNNERS UP: Debbie Gibson:
Salon Ultimo, Coralie Harrison:
HAIRitage ‘Hous
BEST INSURANCE AGENT
Brian Cludy: Cludy Family
Insurance Agency
As vital as having insurance is, finding the
right plan and understanding how it works
can be extremely confusing. “Getting insurance doesn’t have to be frustrating if you
have the right agent,” Cludy says. “Being
an independent agency gives us the opportunity to work with a variety of different
insurance carriers to find a fit for just
about everyone.” 700 Commerce Drive;
651.332.5300; cludyins.com
RUNNERS UP: Katie Olafson: Farmers
Insurance, Chad Crow: State Farm
Insurance
BEST LAW FIRM
BEST FINANCIAL ADVISOR
Eric Rislove: Edward Jones
Investments
Money is more than printed paper—it’s a
factor that determines our life choices. Eric
Rislove of Edward Jones fully embraces
this perspective, allowing him to empathize
with the Woodbury families his services
support. “Ultimately, we’re working to give
people security and peace of mind regarding their financial future,” he says. Rislove
works with clients to truly understand
their goals and dreams, then implements
tailored strategies to help get them there—
with one more important footnote: “We
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make it fun along the way!” 8360 City
Centre Drive; 651.578.6932;
edwardjones.com
RUNNERS UP: Mark Hargis: Falcon
Financial Group, Via Wealth Advisors
BEST ESTHETICIAN
Emma Skog: Salon Ultimo
From basic waxing and tinting to advanced,
customized facials, Woodbury’s chosen
skin authority is Emma Skog of Salon
Ultimo. Beyond her more than eight years
of experience making people look and feel
younger, clients choose Skog for the genuine interest she takes in them. “I love building relationships with my clients. I have cli-
When faced with legal work, choosing a
law office to partner with can be daunting.
Luckily, the Woodbury community has
done the research for everyone and found
a trusted partner in Baumann Law Office.
So trusted, in fact, that many clients return
again and again. “We are with many clients
over the course of their lifetime as their
legal needs change,” says principal partner
Craig Baumann, P.A. “We also work for
families across generations, serving the
children and grandchildren of clients.” With
30 years practicing law and building relationships, Baumann Law Office continues
to be Woodbury’s go-to partner.
539 Bielenberg Drive; 651.738.0001;
baumannlawoffice.com
RUNNERS UP: Sjoberg & Tebelius, P.A.,
Schwartz Law Firm
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Baumann Law Office
Let me help you design and navigate your own
personalized road toward your financial future!
BEST SERVICE WITH
A SMILE
• Fee Based Financial Planning
• Asset Allocation
• College Savings Strategies
• Retirement Planning
• Traditional IRA’s
• Roth IRA’s
• Life Insurance
• Disability Income Insurance
• Long Term Care Insurance
• Estate Planning
• 401k Planning
• Executive Benefits
• Buy/Sell Agreements
• Tax Efficient Investments
Next Generation of a Family that
has served Woodbury for over 40 years
Mark W. Hargis, CFP®
Vicky Zeeb, sales and service
coordinator, Salon Ultimo
Falcon Financial Group, LLC
6949 Valley Creek Rd, Suite 240
Woodbury, MN 55125
www.falconfinancialllc.com
783 Radio Drive #109; 651.738.5904;
salonultimo.com
651-789-3110
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Anyone who has walked into Salon
Ultimo for hair/nail/skin/massage services knows Vicky Zeeb. The friendly
(and funny) sales and service coordinator has been behind the front desk
for 24 years. We spoke with Zeeb
about her career at Salon Ultimo.
What is most satisfying about
your role at Salon Ultimo?
After so many years, you get to know
the clients really well. Putting a smile
on someone’s face is wonderful, and
they make a difference in my life, too.
And then there are my fellow employees—for that many girls, it’s amazing
because we all really do like each
other. That comes from good management. [Original owners] Rebecca
Erickson and John Mingo taught excellent customer service and teamwork;
that has certainly carried over to current owners Shannon and Chris Shultz.
THANK YOU
FOR VOTING FOR US!
Spalon Montage the Twin Cities
Premier Salon & Spa
is in Your Neighborhood
We look forward to helping you
look and feel your BEST
Call for an appointment today
952.915.2900
Any humorous stories to share?
Well, a few years ago, I was standing in
the salon, chatting with a stylist. All of
a sudden, it felt like someone dropped
something on my ankles. I looked
down and my skirt had fallen down to
the ground! Thank goodness I had a
slip on…and I was among friends.
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tastemakers
Angela Verrastro, owner of
Angelina’s Kitchen, marks
her 10th year in Woodbury
this summer.
Passion for Food
and Hospitality
As Angelina’s Kitchen celebrates 10 years in Woodbury, we
take a look at how this popular neighborhood restaurant
and bar came to be.
THIS JULY, ANGELINA’S KITCHEN CELEBRATES ITS 10TH YEAR IN
WOODBURY. The Italian restaurant and wine bar had a humble start with Angela
Verrastro cooking out of her home and delivering meals to neighbors and friends twice a
week. Through word of mouth, the number of orders exploded and in July 2006, Verrastro
made the decision to move her business to the brand-new Eagle Valley Marketplace with a
self-designed commercial kitchen suited for her made-from-scratch, take-and-bake menu.
Looking for a way to increase sales, Verrastro obtained a wholesale license and for several
years, sold her take-and-bake meals at Kowalski’s Markets, Coburn’s Delivers and some
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BY DEBBIE MUSSER
PHOTO BY EMILY J. DAVIS
smaller stores in Minneapolis. “We became
a production facility, filling orders every
week; I really was losing touch with my customers,” Verrastro says. “If you’re providing
a handmade quality product like I was, margins are small. So in 2011, we made our last
deliveries with those places. It was a business decision and also a personal decision,
because the part I loved the most about
Angelina’s was knowing my customers.”
Needing to make up a lion’s share of her
business, Verrastro approached her landlord about a vacant space across the parking lot, a former coffee shop. “I thought
I could learn about coffee and serve my
food there, and see if I could provide the
atmosphere and service that people are
looking for,” Verrastro says. “It was more
like a café, where we did homemade desserts and a wonderful breakfast that people
still ask me about. It was also a logistical
nightmare, as the prep work was all done at
Angelina’s Kitchen. But it led me to think,
‘I can do this.’”
After obtaining space adjacent to
Angelina’s Kitchen, Verrastro was able to
make her dream a reality: a full-service
restaurant and wine bar, with live entertainment each night plus an inviting patio.
Take-and-bake meals and catering are
still important parts of the business, as is
Angelina’s on the Park in Central Park. “It
was challenging—we’re in a strip mall in a
long, narrow space—but I wanted to create
a warm, cozy haven for people where they
can come in from their busy day, relax and
feel comfortable and welcome,” she says.
We sat down with Verrastro one morning before the lunch crowd arrived to talk
about her journey with Angelina’s Kitchen.
You grew up in New York in a
family of cooks. Tell us about
that experience.
I was born in the Bronx in a very close-knit
family, and lived above my grandmother
Angelina’s corner Italian luncheonette. She
was a tireless, teeny lady and constantly
cooking; there was always a big pot of “red
gravy” simmering on the stove. Sundays
were huge all-day family gatherings at my
grandparents’ home. I always hated to leave
on Sunday nights. That’s part of the reason
why we’re closed on Sundays, so we can all
spend time with our families.
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What would you say now to your
younger self when you were just
starting this venture?
My advice would be to realize that you
know less than you think you know, but
don’t let that scare you. I’ve taken this business along in baby steps, so my mistakes
have been small mistakes along the way.
Those mistakes brought me to where I am
today, and I’m grateful for that.
What are three words you would
use to describe yourself?
Stubborn. Driven. Passionate. I don’t run
on lukewarm; if I’m in, I’m all in.
What is your personal favorite
dish on the menu?
I love our eggplant parmesan, and I love
the fact that it’s become so popular; we’ve
brought the love of eggplant to Woodbury!
I enjoy our spinach lasagna and grilled
salmon, and our pizzas are wonderful.
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What are you most proud of with
Angelina’s Kitchen?
I’m so proud people think our take-andbake food is good enough to share with the
people who are important to them, such
as someone battling cancer. In the dining
room, they’re creating memories at the
table with people who are special to them.
In this busy crazy Internet world we live in,
food brings everything back to basics.
What are your future goals?
My goal is to continue to get better and
provide a really great restaurant, offering
consistent quality food in a warm inviting
atmosphere with great service. It’s a nice
thing to be small; I can make sure my staff
has the same philosophy.
What do you enjoy most about
Woodbury?
It’s the biggest small town I’ve ever lived
in. People really care about each other in
this town, and that’s wonderful. It’s a great
place to live. //
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calendar
Spring
EGG HUNTS
MARCH–APRIL Woodbury takes
Easter pretty seriously, hosting not one
but two annual Easter egg hunts, both
always on the same day. The first is
earlier, a traditional egg hunt, while the
second one is held after dark—flashlights
required. Keep those eyes sharp, and look
for eggs scattered throughout the park so
you can claim a prize. ci.woodbury.mn.us
COMMUNITY EXPO
MARCH The Woodbury Community
Expo is the largest business exposition in
the East Metro. This expo has something
for everyone. Exhibitors include home
improvement services, health and medical
experts, retail vendors, and more, as well
as food vendors offering samples and
products for sale. woodburychamber.org
MAY It’s the Woodbury Lions Club’s
biggest annual fundraiser, and this
garage sale of epic proportions is sure to
have something for everyone. Clean out
your attic and register your sale to be
part of the event so you can draw a wide
audience, or go bargain-hunting on your
own to track down the perfect pieces.
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Summer
RELAY FOR LIFE
JUNE Be a part of the fight against
cancer at the annual South Washington
County Relay for Life at East Ridge High
School. Create a team of family and
friends, and fundraise for the American
Cancer Society, then camp out at the high
school track, doing laps all night to help
fight cancer. relayforlife.org
FOURTH OF JULY
CELEBRATION
JULY The Fourth of July is a big deal, and
Woodbury does it right with a big bash at
Bielenberg Sports Center. After a day of
grilling and basking in the sunshine with
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Woodbury Farmers Market
APRIL–OCTOBER Spend a summer Sunday morning
strolling through the Woodbury Farmers Market to pick up the
freshest local produce, flowers, baked goods and more. Head
to the YMCA parking lot in the warm weather months to chat
with farmers and find some beautiful, delicious things to bring
home, then give your flower-arranging or culinary skills a test
with primo ingredients. stpaulfarmersmarket.com
family and friends, grab your lawn chairs
and blankets and head over to Bielenberg
for fireworks and concessions at an
evening celebrating the land of the free
and the home of the brave.
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WOODBURY DAYS
AUGUST This weekend-long event at
Ojibway Park is the jewel in Woodbury’s
event crown. Stop by the Taste of
Woodbury tent to try everything from
traditional fair food to signature dishes
from local restaurants. Check out the
spectacular carnival rides and the popular
car show. There’s fun for the whole family
at this event from the Grande Parade to
the fireworks. woodburydays.com
WOODBURY
COUNTRY MILE HALFMARATHON/5K
AUGUST This half-marathon and
5K race is sponsored by the Woodbury
Chamber of Commerce and gives
residents a great opportunity to get
out, get moving and get together. The
races begin in the Sam’s Club parking
lot each year, so lace up your running
shoes and get ready to support the city.
woodburychamber.org
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WOODBURY LIONS
CLUB GARAGE SALE
Fall
WCF CHEF FEST
OCTOBER–NOVEMBER The
Woodbury Community Foundation
Chef Fest aids Woodbury organizations
in helping residents in need, and the
foundation’s annual chef fest is its major
fundraiser. Held each year at the Prom
Center, this is a special evening for a good
cause. woodburyfoundation.org
WOODBURY VETERANS
DAY EVENT
NOVEMBER Celebrate and remember
those who have served the country at
the annual Woodbury Veterans Day
event. Head to the Woodbury Lions
Veterans Memorial for a ceremony
that always includes a speaker, singing,
blessings and time for reflection.
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Winter
NEW YEAR’S EVE
FAMILY CELEBRATION
DECEMBER Celebrate New Year’s Eve
without keeping the little ones up too
late at Bielenberg Sports Center. Family
activities include games, inflatables, bingo
and ice skating; a special countdown to
“midnight” begins at 7:45 p.m.—plenty
of time to get home and get the kids
tucked into bed before the real ball drops.
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CARVER LAKE COLD
CATFISH CUP
JANUARY Get your winter bike on at
the Carver Lake Cold Catfish Cup. This
wintertime festival features recreational
biking, beer and more at Carver Lake
Park, plus a 15-mile bike race open to
all. Keep warm with coffee available by a
roaring bonfire. angrycatfishbicycle.com
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subject to change; items highlighted
are merely a snapshot of some of the
city’s annual events. For more detailed
information, visit woodburymag.com.
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last glance
BY JUSTINE REALE
Pup in a Patch
Readers’ Choice winner Erin Scott has a famous subject.
lets us see why. Besides her extensive modeling career and fan
Facebook page, Eva also does therapy work for the canine assistance organization Paws for Learning and knows plenty of circus
tricks. She’s a lot of spirit and determination in a tiny body.
Scott and Eva were on their daily walk when Scott noticed that
Eva’s ears look so much like the twisty tulip leaves they were passing. Scott couldn’t miss the opportunity to snap a photo. “Eva has
definitely become a favorite subject for me,” she says. “She’s very
photogenic and so willing to pose, wear costumes…it’s crazy.”
Scott is a freelance graphic designer, and photography plays a
huge role in her work. When she’s taking pictures of her cute little
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dog Eva, however, Scott has a different purpose in mind. “With so
much negative in the world,” she says, “our goal is to simply spread
joy…and if we make someone laugh—great!”
To see more of Erin Scott’s photos and Eva’s modeling career,
you can check out facebook.com/eva.woof.knievel.
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