We asked, you answered: readers’ picks for the Best of Woodbury 2014.
Raindrops on roses? You can find those at Warner’s Outdoor Solutions. Whiskers on kittens? Plentiful at Hudson Road Animal Hospital. Bright copper kettles? Check out the kitchen at The Tavern Grill. And what about warm woolen mittens? In stock at A Whimsical Place.
You guessed it: We’ve found a few of our favorite things! For the 10th consecutive year, Woodbury Magazine asked readers to vote for the best our city has to offer. Through our online survey, more than 5,000(!) of you responded, telling us about your favorite parts of our community, from restaurants and music lessons to gift shops and community events.
We’ve tallied the votes and chatted with the winners about what makes our fair city such a great place to work and play. Here’s our list (more fun than crisp apple strudel) of your very favorite things.
Food & Restaurants
When you’re looking for the perfect bite, Woodbury boasts some true gems and a wide range of culinary styles. Your favorite restaurants and dishes run the gamut, from homemade Italian to kid-friendly breakfasts. Hungry yet? Here’s our list of Woodbury’s best eats.
Best Ethnic Food
Yang’s Chinese Restaurant
Throughout the past 10 years, Yang’s has won countless awards from our fair magazine and others. And with good reason: This perennial favorite is a go-to spot for fresh, tasty Szechuan dishes like ma-po tofu and kung-pao chicken.
1568 Woodlane Drive; 651.731.3212. Runners up: India Palace, Thanh Truc
Keys Café and Bakery
Woodbury’s favorite breakfast spot is Keys Café and Bakery. “We love being a part of the Woodbury community,” says general manager Amy Mahowald. “Our customers have become a part of our family.” Linger around the family brunch table with a Two Guys breakfast plate (enough steak and eggs to feed an army) or a stack of French toast made with Keys’ from-scratch cinnamon bread.
1750 Weir Drive; 651.731.5397 Runners up: The Woodbury Café, Sunsets
What’s the secret to Woodbury’s favorite burger? Smashburger manager Mike Punzenberger says it all comes down to high-quality ingredients. “We use Angus beef, and [we] cut and prepare all of our veggies fresh, every day.” And you can expect a smile, too, says Punzenberger. “We serve our customers with sizzle.”
9965 Hudson Road; 651.256.0021 Runners up: The Tavern Grill, Champps Americana
Dorothy Ann Bakery & Café
For the best baked goods in town, trust the true veterans at Dorothy Ann. “We have a lot of history. We’ve been around for over 60 years,” says co-owner Joan Conway. “We’re still an old-fashioned bakery. And we’re a full-line bakery…we make our own breads, buns, doughnuts, cookies and cupcakes.”
710 Commerce Drive; 651.731.3323 Runners up: Keys Café and Bakery, Kowalski’s Market
Best Wine Selection
Cravings Wine Bar & Grille
“Our approach to our wine list is simple,” says Cravings owner Greg Rick. “We really listen to what our customers are looking for.” If you need some help from the pros, ask one of the resident wine experts for a recommendation. “We enjoy educating our customers [about] different wine selections that they may not have seen or heard of before,” Rick says. Check out an upcoming wine dinner for a five-course meal paired expertly with five top-notch wines.
755 Bielenberg Drive; 651.528.6828 Runners up: Haskell’s, Cellars Wine and Spirits
Best Happy hour
The Tavern Grill
Woodbury’s favorite spot to unwind after a long day at work? The Tavern Grill. “We have great happy hour specials,” manager Steve Maxon says, “and the upbeat staff and music make it a great place to be.” Try a discounted glass of beer or wine, or a signature martini.
772 Bielenberg Drive; 651.578.3000 Runners up: Sunsets, Cowboy Jack’s
Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant
When it comes to family-friendly atmosphere, Perkins is a true classic. Round up the whole gang for an easy post-soccer dinner or a laidback weekend breakfast. The extensive kids’ menu includes favorites like grilled cheese, French toast and Perkins’ world-famous pancakes. Sign us up, and don’t forget the coloring pages and crayons.
7325 Currell Blvd.; 651.735.6360 Runners up: Chili’s Grill and Bar, Applebee’s
Best Private-Party Venue
Carmine’s Restaurant and Bar
In addition to a delicious, classic-Italian menu (spaghetti and meatballs, anyone?), Carmine’s boasts Woodbury’s favorite room for a private get-together. Their banquet space holds up to 50 guests and includes a full-service bar and a 55-inch flat-screen TV.
9900 Valley Creek Road; 651.730.4500 Runners up: David’s Chophouse, Bonfire
Alyssa Rick, Cravings Wine Bar & Grille
Cravings is home to Woodbury’s favorite wine selection, and also to our favorite bartender. “My customers are like family to me, and I genuinely care for them,” says star bartender Alyssa Rick. “Over the years, I’ve developed solid relationships with many of our regulars, and it brings me joy to be able to create a positive and friendly experience for them—and making delicious drinks is a plus!”
755 Bielenberg Drive; 651.528.6828 Runners up: Larry Koenen, David’s Chophouse; Chuck Pascua, Sunsets
Editor’s Favorite – Best Lunch
Goat cheese veggie panini. Chopped beef tenderloin salad. Hand-tossed thin crust pizza. Ah, these are just a few of the many fantastic options at Angelina’s, the perfect place for a local lunch. Owner Angela Verrastro also offers a great lunch combo: ½ panini or wrap with your choice of a side salad or cup of soup.
2170 Eagle Creek Lane; 651.998.0474. – Debbie Musser
Best Pasta Dish
Lasagna: Angelina’s Kitchen
“We cook the way my grandma did,” says chef and Angelina’s Kitchen owner Angela Verrastro. With a dash of tradition and a pinch of love, Angelina’s Kitchen is cooking up Woodbury’s best pasta dish: their signature lasagna. “We start with the best ingredients, [like] fresh pasta, made in-house, a blend of good Italian cheeses and made-from-scratch sauce.”
2170 Eagle Creek Lane; 651.998.0474 Runners up: Penne Alla Vodka, Angelina’s Kitchen; White Chicken Lasagna, Cravings Wine Bar & Grille
Best Outdoor Dining
The Tavern Grill
Soak up a gorgeous summer evening on The Tavern’s sprawling patio, which includes over 100 seats and a roomy outdoor bar. The patio offers a full menu, from design-your-own burgers to flatbread pizzas. Eating “en plein air” never tasted so good.
772 Bielenberg Drive; 651.578.3000 Runners up: Sunsets, David’s Chophouse
Best New Restaurant
Punch Neapolitan Pizza
When Punch Pizza’s Woodbury location opened last September, we were over the moon. “We were excited to finally open in Woodbury,” says Brian Jameson, a manager who recently moved to another Punch location. “Even after working for Punch Pizza since 1998, it still makes me happy to see how surprised new customers’ faces are when they first see their pizzas being cooked in the wood-fired oven.”
8300 City Centre Drive; 651.714.7986 Runners up: Sole Mio Ristorante, The Tavern Grill
It takes more than four walls and a roof to make a home, and Woodbury residents are pros at creating warm, inviting and functional living spaces. To help beautify—or repair—your houses, lawns and gardens, you turn to the top-notch stores and individuals in our Best of Homes category. Whether you’re sprucing things up with a fresh coat of paint or planning your summer vegetable garden, these local favorites will get you started with the right tools.
Best Interior Designer
Amy Leferink, Interior Impressions
Interior designer Amy Leferink has made a big impression on Woodbury with her beautiful room designs and new boutique. Her special knowledge of textiles makes her a whiz at finding the perfect window coverings or upholstery for your favorite armchair.
2190 Eagle Creek Lane Ste. A; 651.238.0995 Runners up: Marsha Anderson, Shasha Interiors; Pomegranate Designs
Best Home Retail/Furnishings Store
To fill up your abode with comfy, gorgeous furniture, check out Woodbury’s favorite home store: HOM. “We have a vast selection of living room, bedroom, dining…and outdoor, seasonal products,” says manager Cameron Johnston.
7600 Hudson Road; 651.734.2555 Runners up: Pomegranate Designs, Schneiderman’s Furniture
Best Builder or Remodeler
Browse through the photo gallery on Ispiri’s website, and you’ll be swooning at their gorgeous, memorable and inspirational projects. From master bathrooms to modern kitchens to luxurious bedrooms, Ispiri is one of Woodbury’s most beautiful favorites.
710 Commerce Drive; 651.578.0122 Runners up: Custom One Homes, Cardinal Homebuilders
Warner’s Outdoor Solutions
“Warner’s prides itself [on] customer service and quality,” says owner Ryan Warner. “As a resident of Woodbury, I take a lot of pride in my company’s work.” Whether you’re putting in a luxurious flower garden or just hoping to spruce up a sickly lawn, Warner’s can help.
6625 Bailey Road; 651.735.2100 Runners up: Heins Nursery, Landscapes Unlimited
Best Garden Shop
Home Depot’s well-stocked garden department is your favorite place to pick up plants, soil, hoses, grass seed, fertilizer and more. Says manager Susan Palla, “[Our garden department team] is extremely knowledgeable…we do everything possible to help our guests.” You’ll have a green thumb in no time.
8334 Tamarack Village; 651.714.8751 Runners up: Sweet Peas Floral, Woodlane Flowers
Health & Wellness
Woodbury, what are your favorite ways to be well? Some of us might prefer a yoga class or a stroll on the golf course, while others keep their bodies—and minds—in shape with a workout at the gym or a spa day. And where do you turn for great medical or dental care? Here are your picks for the best clinics and fitness venues our city has to offer.
Best Orthodontic Clinic
Dr. Steven Henseler makes Woodbury smile, in more ways than one. He and his team use cutting-edge technology, including games and gadgets, to make orthodontics more fun for kids. Henseler has been voted a top orthodontist by almost a dozen Twin Cities-area publications, and Woodbury loves him, too.
1000 Radio Drive; 651.739.1555 Runners up: Dunn Orthodontics, Montgomery Orthodontics
Best Spa/Rejuvenation Clinic
Since Spalon Montage opened its Woodbury location, folks have welcomed this rejuvenation spa with open arms, says owner Mitchell Wherley. Check out their service menu for massage therapy, facials, body wraps and more.
8375 Seasons Pkwy.; 952.915.2900 Runners up: Radiance Medspa, Salon Ultimo
Best Pediatric Clinic
Central Pediatrics and Priority Pediatrics
Whether for fever flareups or regular checkups, Central Pediatrics is devoted to helping kids feel better and stay well. Since opening their Woodbury clinic in 1981, the physicians at Central Pediatrics have been a true “best” for parents and kiddos in our community—and they’re now taking care of a third generation of patients.
7803 Afton Road; 651.738.0470 Runners up: HealthEast Woodbury Clinic, HealthPartners Woodbury Clinic
Best Chiropractic Clinic
In today’s high-pressure world, stress seems to be an unavoidable fact of life, and it often turns into physical stress as well as mental. Many of you rely on the talented team at Woodbury’s ChiroWay clinic for some much-kneaded (ahem) relief. “We offer a chiropractic service that is … a necessity [with] today’s levels of stress,” says Trent Scheidecker D.C.
10150 City Walk Drive; 877.442.4476 Runners up: Lifeline Chiropractic-PA, Woodbury Spine & Injury Center
Best Yoga Class
Energy Pilates Fitness Yoga
Master yoga trainer Wayne Mateski cautions against taking his class too seriously. “It’s just a yoga class,” he says. “You’re supposed to have fun.” Says Energy owner Debra Tourek, “There should be a place in your life where you do something for yourself, which in turn benefits those around you.” Now that’s top (downward?) dog.
2170 Eagle Creek Lane; 651.249.7114 Runners up: CorePower Yoga, YogaFresh
Best Fitness Studio
Life Time Fitness
The sheer scope of options and attention to detail at Life Time Fitness makes it a no-brainer favorite for Woodbury’s workout crowd. At this best fitness venue, you can choose from a seemingly endless array of group classes, personal training sessions, cardio and weight equipment, kids’ programming…and the list goes on. “We create a friendly and inviting atmosphere,” says manager Shawn Severson. “[We have] the best employees, who are passionate about helping our members and about the programs they lead.” In addition to fitness programs, Life Time’s Woodbury location includes a spa, a café, a childcare center and an indoor pool.
675 Commons Drive; 651.730.6000 Runners up: Energy Pilates Fitness Yoga, UpLift Guided Fitness for Women
Best Golf Course
Prestwick Golf Club
Discover your inner Tiger at Prestwick’s par-72 championship golf course, which has won accolades from local and national golf experts alike. Woodbury’s favorite green offers plenty of room to swing, with a driving range, two practice greens and six target greens. “People know they are going to have fun playing Prestwick,” says the club’s PGA pro, Tom Wahl. “They appreciate the friendly staff and really enjoy playing one of the best-conditioned courses in the state. And the patio overlooking the 18th green completes a great experience.”
9555 Wedgewood Drive; 651.7314779 Runners up: Eagle Valley Golf Course, StoneRidge Golf Club
Best Dental Clinic
Smile! The team at Saluté Dental takes caring for your pearly whites to the next level, with modern equipment and a relaxed, comforting environment. “We take a personal interest in our patients and provide them with the care, service and attention we seek in our own relationships,” says vice president of business operations Todd Snell. Even the name evokes care: “Saluté” is used as a toast, meaning “to your good health,” in Italian.
2101 Woodwinds Drive; 651.209.0270 Runners up: Woodbury Dental Care, Art & Science Dentistry
Visitors to our fair ’burb are often surprised at the abundance of shopping options. Woodbury boasts a great mix of popular big-brand stores and family-owned small businesses, and you can find everything you need right here in our own backyard. We agree with Sheryl Amos, owner of best gift shop A Whimsical Place: “Woodbury shoppers are the best!”
Best Small-business Customer Service
“Our members support us because we support them,” says ChiroWay’s Trent Scheidecker. This Woodbury clinic gets 10 out of 10 from our readers for great customer service (not to mention the aforementioned Best Chiropractic Clinic category). ChiroWay’s team can soothe your aches and pains and put a smile on your face, all at the same time.
10150 City Walk Drive; 877.442.4476 Runners up: Posh Pooch Pet Boutique, Saluté Dental
Best Children’s Shop
Carter’s will see your family through an entire childhood wardrobe, from newborn onesies to second-grader hoodies. You can also find home goods like bedding and storage online: try the Baby Bear pattern for maximum cuteness.
8390 Tamarack Village; 651.735.9434 Runners up: Gymboree, Salon Bambino
It’s never a challenge to find something to love at Mainstream Boutique. For one thing, the shop adds at least a few new items to its roster every single day. Do some traditional browsing for women’s clothing and accessories, or book a private event like a home trunk show or an in-store open house.
755 Bielenberg Drive; 651.739.8111 Runners up: A Whimsical Place, Hot Mama
The folks at Johnson Jewelers might hold some kind of record: Their store has been open in Woodbury for 24 years. “We are family-owned and operated,” says owner and jeweler Karen Johnson, whose team designs everything from custom engagement rings to watches. “I love making beautiful pieces of jewelry for our community.”
783 Radio Drive; 651.735.4400 Runners up: The Shane Company, Gem Classics
Best New Shop
Woodbury customers are flocking to our new favorite shop, where the tagline is, “Gifts made by hand and nature,” owner Dave Looney says. “People like shopping in the warm, Northwoods-y atmosphere” for gourmet foods, candles, clothing, seasonal gifts and more. “We have the best selection in town.”
8300 Tamarack Village; 651.458.4011 Runners up: Waxing the City, Interior Impressions
Best Gift Shop
A Whimsical Place
“I try very hard to stay true to one-of-a-kind items in my shop,” says A Whimsical Place owner Sheryl Amos. “You never know what you’ll find.” Stop by to check out Amos’s whimsical wares, and stay for some conversation. “I have a one-on-one relationship with most of my Woodbury customers,” Amos says. “They are very loving and loyal.”
1785 Radio Drive; 651.578.2979 Runners up: Kowalski’s Market, The Woods
Best Sporting Goods Store
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Whether you need a new hockey stick or an upgraded pair of running shoes, Dick’s has it covered. Woodbury’s favorite sporting goods store includes thousands of square feet of sports equipment and apparel, including camping and fishing gear. Makes us want to head for the great outdoors.
8292 Tamarack Village; 651.731.0200 Runners up: Gander Mountain, Sports Authority
Your favorite spot for a new pair of specs is Pearle Vision, led by a talented team of optometrists and opticians. Pick up new designer frames and get a full eye exam while you’re at it. The folks at Pearle Vision tell us that they have over 100 years of combined experience—now that’s beauty in the eyes of the beholder.
7150 Valley Creek Plaza; 651.738.4886 Runners up: Mead EyeCare & EyeWear, LensCrafters
Kids & Family
One of Woodbury’s best qualities is its true family-friendliness. With great schools, a thriving arts scene and plenty of fun things to keep us busy, it’s no wonder that our city continues to grow and attract new neighbors—especially those with little ones. We asked you to vote for your favorite kid-centric features, and you delivered a list that’s a whole lot of fun.
Best High School Teacher
Bonnie Waddick, East Ridge High School
If we offered grades instead of votes for Woodbury’s top teachers, Bonnie Waddick would get an A+. This East Ridge English teacher is Woodbury parents’ and students’ favorite educator. And what does she love most about her job? “Students appreciate the exploration into their own thinking, speaking, reading and writing,” she says. “When they experience improvement in these communication skills, they feel empowered.” Hats off to Mrs. Waddick!
Runners up: Scott Swansson, Woodbury High School; Kaarin Schumacher, Woodbury High School
Best Summer Program/Camp
YMCA of Woodbury
No matter where your kids’ interests lie, the YMCA probably has a summer camp or program to match. “[We provide] a variety of summer opportunities for all kids to thrive in,” says Katie Hawke, Healthy Youth program director at the Y. A few of our favorites? Camp Kumalya (a traditional, nature-focused day camp) and Summer Uproar (enrichment programs for middle schoolers that are field trip and leadership based). “As always,” Hawke says, “we cannot wait for another summer of good, quality fun.”
2175 Radio Drive; 651.731.9507 Runners up: Primrose School of Woodbury, Parks and Recreation Safety Camp
Best Kids’ Birthday Party Spot
Club Just Jump
What to do with a gaggle of rambunctious six-year-olds? Turn them loose in Club Just Jump’s indoor inflatable paradise. Staff helps supervise the whole shindig, from the games to the pizza to the inflatable fun. “We make sure our guests have a great time here,” says manager Kristie Pringle. “Kids of all ages can have a blast…we make things fun for everyone.”
707 Commerce Drive; 651.735.2582 Runners up: Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground, Wooddale Fun Zone
Primrose School of Woodbury
Primrose School focuses on holistic care and education for Woodbury’s babies and preschoolers, from playground time to the creative arts. The school’s core values—integrity, fairness, social responsibility and enthusiasm—are some of your favorite things.
10350 City Walk Drive; 651.731.5333 Runners up: Woodbury Preschool Programs on Steepleview, Stepping Stones Early Learning Center
Best Music Lessons
K & S Conservatory of Music
For the aspiring Mozarts in your family—or maybe the aspiring Princes and Bob Dylans—sign up for music lessons at K & S.
“Our studios provide a professional atmosphere for learning,” says co-owner and piano teacher Sue Krebsbach. The conservatory employs more than 30 teachers and offers lessons on over 20 instruments.
1976 Wooddale Drive; 651.739.7848 Runners up: Adventures in Music—Michelle Sego, Music Go Round
Best Community Event
This late-summer festival is one of our community’s most cherished traditions. Stop by for classic festival activities, like a ride on the Ferris wheel or a towering ice cream cone, or try one of the event’s unique extras like a scenic bike ride or goodies at the Taste of Woodbury tent. This year’s three-day fest occurs, as ever, end of August.
2695 Ojibway Drive; 651.735.0409 Runners up: July 4 Fireworks at Ojibway Park, Big Truck Day
Editor’s Favorite – Best Winter Activity
Woodbury offers five public skating/hockey rinks with warming houses (Colby Lake, Evergreen West, Kargel, Ojibway and Shawnee parks) plus two additional skating rinks (Pioneer Park and Tamarack Nature Preserve). Or there’s the granddaddy of them all: open skate time at Bielenberg Sports Center.
For the latest warming house information: 651.714.3569. – Debbie Musser
Personal and Professional Services
Wouldn’t it be nice if our homes came equipped with someone like Rosie, the Jetson family’s housekeeping, caregiving robot? Even if that kind of help is far in the future, there are neighbors right here in Woodbury who can help you keep daily life running, from trips to the vet to haircuts to finances. Here’s a list of your favorite Woodbury service providers; stop by on your next errand run, and breathe a sigh of relief.
Best Financial Advisor
Michael Brocker, Legacy Wealth
“I love working in Woodbury because of the authentic, salt-of-the-earth quality of our people,” says your favorite financial whiz, Michael Brocker. And we’d definitely take Brocker’s advice when it comes to our community—he’s a lifer. “I graduated from Woodbury Senior High … and believe Woodbury is one of the best places to grow up and raise a family.”
683 Bielenberg Drive; 651.621.2383 Runners up: Nick Halvorson, Principal Financial Group; Bill Sukup, Wealth Enhancement Group
Best Dog Daycare/Boarding
Hudson Road Animal Hospital
At Hudson Road Animal Hospital, “[we offer] extended hours and a variety of services,” says practice manager Marcy Ward. When you’re away at work (or away on vacation), this is your favorite place to send Rover. In addition to taking care of your pet’s basic needs, these folks provide grooming and on-site veterinary services during the stay, too. “[We] sincerely care that pets feel comfortable at each visit,” Ward says. Woof!
8154 Hudson Road; 651.739.0117 Runners up: AllBreed Obedience, K-9 Connection
Best Pet Grooming
Posh Pooch Pet Salon and Boutique
Posh Pooch Pet Boutique’s tagline says it all: “Is your pooch posh?” At this best-of-Woodbury spot, you can find glitzy apparel and accessories for your little Muffin, or have her groomed by a top-notch stylist. “The groomers do an excellent job,” says owner Julie Erling. She notes that customer service is key—the groomers work with fewer dogs and spend more time with each one. “They really develop a relationship with the dogs and customers.”
783 Radio Drive; 651.578.7674 Runners up: Dog Spaw, Hudson Road Animal Hospital
Hairstyles, manicures, pedicures, massages, facials … Spalon Montage is Woodbury’s best spot for a little TLC. Says owner Mitchell Wherley, “We have a living, breathing mission statement … and an amazing team to deliver our services.” Treat yourself to a day at Spalon Montage, or gift a package of services to one of your peeps.
8375 Seasons Pkwy.; 952.915.2900 Runners up: Salon Ultimo, Bella Beau
Best Veterinary Services
Hudson Road Animal Hospital
Also our winner for best dog daycare and boarding, Hudson Road Animal Hospital really does do it all. “We’re proud to provide the ultimate experience for both our patient and our client,” says practice manager Marcy Ward. “We have a great veterinary medicine team for regular care, as well as for minor and major veterinary needs.”
8154 Hudson Road; 651.739.0117 Runners up: Woodbury Animal Hospital, Carver Lake Veterinary Center
Best Program for Seniors
YMCA of Woodbury Silver Sneakers
For Woodbury’s active older adults, the YMCA is the place to be. “Seniors love coming to our facility because they get to work out at a level that meets their specific needs,” says program manager of group exercise and Active Older Adults JoJo Goulding. In addition to fitness opportunities, seniors can host celebrations and take part in enrichment classes at the YMCA.
2175 Radio Drive; 651.731.9507 Runners up: District 833 Community Education, Wisdom Walk
Michelle Hanson, Salon Elite
Whether you need a trim or a brand-new ‘do, Michelle Hanson is your go-to gal. “I absolutely love my job,” says the veteran stylist. “I love that I get to make people’s day—I’m a day-maker, not a hairstylist!”
8320 City Centre Drive; 651.739.3773 Runners up: Connie Meyer, Salon Ultimo; Beth Haroldson, Bella Beau
“After being in St. Paul for nearly a decade, our clients are thrilled to have us in Woodbury,” says photographer and studio owner Melissa Miroslavich. This boutique studio offers lots of unique photo shoot options, and the team spends time getting to know each client and their tastes.
700 Commerce Drive; 651.343.4823 Runners up: Tom Dunn Photography, Kirk Portrait Designs
Best Real Estate Agent
Kim Ziton, Keller Williams Premier Realty
To help Woodbury families find their perfect house, real estate agent Kim Ziton relies on her deep knowledge of the community. “I’m a Woodbury lifer,” Ziton says. “I grew up here. I love the growth we’ve added. And with each new client, it’s a new adventure every day.”
659 Bielenberg Drive; 612.987.6835 Runners up: Dixie Ewing, Edina Realty; Wade Hanson, RE/MAX Results
Best Insurance Agent
Dan Wright, State Farm Insurance
Peace of mind is truly priceless, and many of you turn to State Farm’s Dan Wright for insurance. “We want to help our clients truly understand the insurance coverage they’re purchasing,” owner Wright says. “I love doing business in a town that is so family-oriented. Being able to help Woodbury families manage their risks…and plan for the future is what I love to do.”
783 Radio Drive; 651.731.6221 Runners up: Katie Olafson, Farmers Insurance; Lori Zimmerman, State Farm Insurance
Best Massage Therapist
Jessica Heroux, Salon Ultimo
For chronic-pain relief or relaxation, visit Jessica Heroux, Woodbury’s best massage therapist, at Salon Ultimo. “My favorite part about massage…is meeting a client with their aches and pains, and seeing their improvement,” Heroux says. “My strength is my intuition…when [clients] tell me how much better they feel, that’s the best part.”
783 Radio Drive; 651.738.5904 Runners up: Jeanne Cade; Kaitlin Gelbman, CorePower Yoga
Editor’s Favorite – Best Dry Cleaner
Year in, year out, Woodbury Cleaners comes through with perfectly cleaned and pressed shirts for my husband, plus more choir dresses than I can count for my daughter. They even clean Ugg boots, making them look brand-spanking-new, and they also offer free pickup and delivery.
8470 City Centre Drive, 651.731.2423; 2190-B Eagle Creek Lane, 651.436.6919. – Debbie Musser