A Look Back At Last Year's Best Of Winners

The Best of 2014

Last year, White Bear Lake Magazine held its annual readers’ choice survey, and we asked members of the community to tell us their favorites in 50 categories. Check out this list of 2014’s winners and see how this year’s crop compares: You’ll find some repeat favorites and some newcomers. Here’s a refresher on last year’s choices.

Best Bakery
Grandma’s Bakery

Best Breakfast/Brunch
Keys Café and Bakery

Best Burgers
Washington Square Bar & Grill

Best Ethnic Food
Ban Thai

Best Happy Hour
Rudy’s Redeye Grill

Best Wine Selection

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Best Private-Party Venue
Manitou station (now known as the Station Pub & Event Center)

Best New Restaurant
EAT!@Banning and 5th

Best Pasta Dish
Ingredients Cafe

Best Outdoor Dining
Washington Square Bar & Grill

Best Bartender
Efrain Santiago

Best Chiropractor
The Carlson Clinic

Best Dental Clinic
Washington Square Dental

Best Orthodontist
Erickson-Aamodt Orthodontics

Best Pediatric Clinic

Best Fitness Studio
Life Time Athletic

Best Golf Course
Dellwood Country Club

Best Yoga Class
Gentle Flow Yoga at Drishti Yoga

Best Medspa/Rejuvenation
Sunbear Salon and Medspa

Best Builder/Remodeler
Pratt Homes

Best Home Retail/Furnishings
Painted Table

Best Interior Designer
Christina Lynn Interiors

Best Landscaper
Goetz Property Maintenance & Landscaping

Best Garden Shop
Twin City Nursery & Landscaping

Best Community Event/Festival

Best Kids’ Birthday Party Spot
Monkey House

Best Music Lessons
Evans Music

Best Summer Camp/Program
White Bear Area YMCA

Best High School Teacher
Cameron Mahlum, White Bear Lake Area High School-South Campus

Best Doggy Daycare/ Kennel/Boarding
Goldwood Kennels

Best Pet Grooming
Lulu & Luigi

Best Veterinary Clinic
White Bear Animal Hospital

Best Senior Classes/Program
White Bear Area YMCA

Best Financial Advisor
Chuck Edson at Edward Jones

Best Hairstylist/Barber
Molly Hoffman at Indulge

Best Massage Therapist
Monica with the Carlson Clinic

Best Real Estate Agent
Cindy Werner, Coldwell Banker Burnet

Best Salon/Spa
Sunbear Salon & Medspa

Best Insurance Agent
John Matschke

Best Preschool/Daycare
Lake Area Discovery Center

Best Boutique

Best Small-Business Customer Service
Indulge Salon

Best Gift Shop/Place for Unique Gifts

Best Jeweler
Joel B. Sherburne jewelers

Best New Shop

Best Sporting Goods
Zappa’s Sporting Goods

Best Eyewear
Fashion Eyes

Best Photographer
Jody Savage Photography
“I take good care of my customers and make sure to go the extra mile,” says Jody Savage, who considers herself a hybrid photographer as she shoots photos in both digital and film. “I believe the film gives my work a very soft, organic feel, and really allows me to draw out the emotion,” she says. Primarily a wedding photographer, Savage also photographs families.
66 Juniper St., Mahtomedi; 612.247.5731

Best Children’s Shop
In addition to a plethora of fabulous finds, including home accessories, handbags, jewelry, paper goods and sweaters by independent crafters, designers and artists, you’ll also find some of the best (and most creative!) children’s items around.
2175 Fourth St., White Bear Lake; 651.426.8414

(Photo by Tate Carlson)