Meet the 2019 Best of St. Croix Valley

by | Jun 2019

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Without further ado, here’s your Best of the St. Croix Valley 2019.

We live in a pretty amazing place, don’t we? We can take in beautiful river views, check off some errands, enjoy a delicious meal and be home in time for the evening news. At St. Croix Valley Magazine, we’re about celebrating our neighbors and communities with each and every issue and Instagram post. But each year, we set aside a whole month for celebrating the créme de la créme in our “Best of” issue. You rally your friends to nominate and vote for your favorites, and we tell the world what makes these local businesses so great. Without further ado, here’s your Best of the St. Croix Valley 2019:


Best Patio Dining
Pier 500, Hudson
Runners-up: Dock Cafe, Stillwater, and San Pedro Cafe, Hudson

READ MORE: St. Croix Valley’s Best Patio Dining Provides an ‘Unforgettable Experience’

Best Restaurant
San Pedro Cafe, Hudson
Runners-up: Phil’s Tara Hideaway, Stillwater, and Lolo American Kitchen and Craft Bar, Stillwater

Best Tavern/Bar/Brewery
Agave Kitchen, Hudson
Runners-up: Barker’s Bar & Grill, Hudson, and Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

READ MORE: Stillwater Speakeasy Serves Up Summer Gin Cocktails

Best Breakfast
Oasis Cafe, Stillwater
Runners-up: Not Justa Cafe, Bayport, Minn., and San Pedro Cafe, Hudson


Best Builder
Derrick Custom Homes, New Richmond, Wis.
Runners-up: Creative Homes, Heritage Greens, Hudson, and Hartman Homes, Hudson

READ MORE: Nothing Less Than Spectacular’: Clients Praise St. Croix Valley’s Best Builder

Best Remodeler
Derrick Custom Homes, New Richmond, Wis.
Runners-up: Cates Fine Homes, Stillwater, and Bruce Lenzen Design and Build, Hudson

Best Interior Designer
Marianne Buckman (Cocobello Interiors), Hudson
Runners-up: Kelli Kaufer (Kelli Kaufer Designs), Stillwater, and Chris Dillingham (Hello the House), Hudson

Best Landscape Designer
Willow River Co. Landscaping & Tree Farm, Hudson
Runners-up: Abrahamson Landscape Design Nursery, Stillwater, and Sarah’s Cottage Creations, Stillwater

READ MORE: Mulch It Good and Other Advice from One of St. Croix Valley’s Best Landscape Designers

Best Senior Living Residence
Boutwells Landing Senior Living, Bayport, Minn.
Runners-up: Red Cedar Canyon Senior Living, Hudson, and Woodland Hill Senior Living Community, Hudson

Best Home Furnishings Store
Simonet’s Furniture
Runners-up: Hirshfield’sWarners’ Stellian


Best Fitness Studio/Yoga Studio/Gym
YMCA, Hudson
Runners-up: Riverfront Athletic Club, Hudson, and Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping, Stillwater

READ MORE: 3 Ways to Work Out with the Family This Summer

Best Dental Practice
Park Dental St. Croix Valley, Stillwater
Runners-up: Stillwater Family Dental, Stillwater, and St. Croix Kidds Pediatric Dentistry, Hudson

Best Orthodontic Practice
Sletten & Brettin Orthodontics, Hudson
Runners-up: Sletten & Brettin Orthodontics, Stillwater, and Valley Orthodontics, Hudson

Best Chiropractic Practice
McCabe Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Hudson
Runners-up: Croixview Family Chiropractic, Hudson, and Stillwater Family Chiropractic, Stillwater

Best Pediatric Practice
Stillwater Medical Group, Stillwater
Runners-up: Hudson Physicians, Hudson, and Pediatric and Young Adult Medicine, Hudson

Best Eye Practice
Associated Eye Care, Stillwater
Runners-up: Christenson Vision Care, Hudson, and Pearle Vision, Hudson

READ MORE: How to Choose Glasses That Fit Your Look

Best Dermatology Practice
Advanced Dermatology Care, Stillwater
Runners-up: St. Croix Dermatology, Stillwater, and St. Croix Skincare, Hudson

Best Medspa
St. Croix Skincare, Hudson
Runners-up: Stillwater Skin Medical Spa, Stillwater, and Rejuvenate Skin & Laser Clinic, Hudson

READ MORE: A Beginner’s Guide to Skin Care from St. Croix Valley’s Best MedSpa

Best Salon/Spa
Just for Me “The Spa”, Stillwater
Runners-up: Two Redheads and a Wolf, Hudson, and Viva Voce Salon, Hudson


Best Apparel Boutique
One:Nine Boutique
Runners-up: La Rue Marché, Hudson, and Fun Sisters, Stillwater

Best Gift Shop
The Purple Tree, Hudson
Runners-up: Alfresco Casual Living, Stillwater, and Valley Bookseller, Stillwater

READ MORE: These Host/Hostess Gifts from the Purple Tree Will Surely Get You Invited Back

Best Florist
Hudson Flower Shop, Hudson
Runners-up: Rose Floral, Stillwater, and Forget Me Not, Stillwater

Best Specialty Foods/Kitchen Store
Knoke’s Chocolates & Nuts, Hudson
Runners-up: Brine’s Market & Deli, Stillwater, and Candyland, Stillwater


Best Doggy Daycare/Kennel
Paws and Claws Pet Resort, Hudson
Runners-up: Animal Inn Pet Resort & Spa, Lake Elmo, Minn., and Under One Woof, Stillwater

Paws and Claws Pet Resort, Hudson

Best Private Preschool/Childcare
Trinity Academy of Hudson, Hudson
Runners-up: Bethel Highlands Lutheran Preschool, Hudson, and Sunny Hill Preschool, First United Methodist, Stillwater

Best Law Firm
Eckberg Lammers, Attorneys at Law, Stillwater
Runners-up: Lommen Abdo Law Firm, Hudson, and Wagner Law, Hudson

Best Veterinary Practice
Stillwater Veterinary Clinic, Stillwater
Runners-up: Croix Valley Veterinary Hospital, Hudson, and Hillcrest Animal Hospital, Hudson

Best Learning/Tutoring Center
Mathnasium of Hudson, Hudson
Runners-up: Huntington Learning Center, Stillwater, and Mathnasium of Stillwater, Oak Park Heights, Minn.

Best Place for Kids’ Activities
Fawn-Doe-Rosa Wildlife Educational Park, St. Croix Falls, Wis.

Runners-up: Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, and YMCA, Hudson

READ MORE: Phipps Center for the Arts Offers Plenty of Summer Fun

Do you wonder who determines what’s best in our communities? You do! Want to know more about how this year’s Best of St. Croix Valley came together? Click here.


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