Meet Your Best of St. Croix Valley 2024 Finalists

by | Mar 2024

Over the course of January, we invited readers to vote for the very best the St. Croix Valley area has to offer. The reader poll is closed and the votes are tallied. Now, it’s time to meet the finalists (listed in alphabetical order) for Best of St. Croix Valley 2024. 

Stay tuned for our Best of St. Croix Valley 2024 issue this June, when the winners will be revealed.


Best Bakery

  • Buddy’s Bakery
  • St. Croix Baking Company
  • Sweet Beet Bakery

Best Bar, Brewery or Distillery

  • 45th Parallel Distillery
  • Hop & Barrel Brewing Company
  • Pitchfork Brewing

Best Breakfast or Brunch

  • Key’s Café & Bakery
  • Oasis Café
  • San Pedro Café

Best Burger

  • Agave Kitchen
  • Barker’s Bar & Grill
  • Milwaukee Burger Company

Best Desserts or Ice Cream

  • Knoke’s Chocolates and Nuts 
  • Nelson’s Ice Cream 
  • St. Croix Baking Company

Best International Cuisine

  • Miko Thai Kitchen
  • San Pedro Café 
  • Sapporo Japanese Restaurant

Best Outdoor Dining Space

  • Junior’s Restaurant and Tap House
  • Pier 500
  • San Pedro Café

Best Pizza

  • Bricks Neapolitan Pizza
  • EJ’s Pizzeria
  • Melt Pizza Company

Best Plant-Based or Vegan Menu

  • Protein House
  • The Wild Hare
  • Urban Olive & Vine

Best Restaurant

  • LoLo American Kitchen and Craft Bar
  • Pier 500
  • San Pedro Café

Best Carpet and Flooring Store

  • Carpeting By Mike
  • H & F Home Furnishings
  • Larry’s Floor Covering

Best Custom Home Builder

  • Derrick Custom Homes
  • Hartman Homes
  • Wittstock Builders

Best Garden Center

  • Black’s Greenhouse
  • Farrill’s Sunrise Nursery and Garden Center
  • Rose Floral

Best Home Décor or Furniture Store

  • Brick + Linen
  • H & F Home Furnishings
  • The 715 

Best Interior Design Firm

  • Bobbie Peterson Interiors
  • Brick & Linen
  • Kelli Kaufer Designs

Best Landscape Design Service

  • Earthworks Landscaping
  • Stone & Leaf Landscaping
  • Willow River Company

Best Remodeler

  • Derrick Custom Homes, 
  • Petta Building & Design
  • W3 construction

Best Senior Living Residence

  • Boutwells Landing
  • Christian Community Homes
  • Red Cedar Canyon
Self Care

Best Barbershop

  • Creative Blendz
  • Prohibition Barbers
  • The Hudson Barber Shop

Best Boutique Fitness or Yoga Studio

  • Fit PT 
  • Light House Yoga + Fitness
  • Solo Yoga + Bxng

Best Hair Salon

  • 4 North Beauty Collective
  • Tangled Salon & Spa
  • The Colour Lounge

Best Manicure and Pedicure 

  • 21 Nails
  • INails & Spa
  • Turbo Nails Oak Park Heights

Best Massage 

  • Just For Me “The Spa”
  • Lori’s Salon & Day Spa
  • The Calla Lily Day Spa

Best Med Spa (must have licensed physician on site)  

  • St Croix Skincare
  • Stillwater Skin MedSpa
  • Northern Allure Aesthetics 

Best Spa (for skin care and body and beauty treatments)

  • Just for Me “The Spa”
  • Lori’s Salon & Day Spa
  • Northern Allure Aesthetics

Best Chiropractic Practice

  • Croixview Family Chiropractic
  • McCabe Chiropractic & Wellness Center
  • Vitality Chiropractic 

Best Dental Practice

  • Associated Dentists & Orthodontics
  • Oakwood Dental
  • Park Dental

Best Dermatology Practice

  • Advanced Dermatology Care
  • Dermatology Consultants
  • Forefront Dermatology

Best Eye Care Practice

  • Associated Eye Care
  • Christensen Vision Care
  • Ritzinger Eye Clinic

Best Family Medicine Practice

  • HealthPartners Clinic Stillwater
  • Hudson Physicians
  • Western Wisconsin Health

Best Holistic Wellness Practice

  • Autumn Enloe Nutrition
  • Fit PT
  • Healing Waters Health Center

Best OB-GYN Practice

  • Hudson Physicians
  • Evensong Women’s Health and Midwifery
  • Minnesota Women’s Care

Best Orthodontic Practice

  • Brettin Orthodontics
  • Orchin + Orchin 
  • Valley Orthodontics

Best Pediatric Practice

  • Central + Priority Pediatrics
  • Hudson Physicians
  • St. Croix Kidds Pediatric Dentistry

Best Dance Studio

  • Helmer Dance Studio
  • The Dancing House
  • The Phipps Center for the Arts

Best Preschool Program

  • Bethel Highland Preschool
  • Sunny Hill Preschool
  • Trinity Academy

Best Swim School or Lessons

  • Foss Swim School – Vadnais Heights
  • Hudson YMCA
  • River Falls Swim Club
Pet Care

Best Dog-Friendly Business (Dining or Retail venue) 

  • Angel’s Pet World
  • Hop & Barrel Brewing Company
  • Urban Olive & Vine

Best Dog Park

  • Andy’s Bark Park
  • Hudson Dog Park
  • River Falls Dog Park

Best Pet Boarding or Daycare Service

  • Goldwood Kennels
  • K9-Playtime
  • Paws and Claws Pet Resort

Best Pet Grooming Service

  • Angel’s Pet World
  • Diggity Dawg Grooming
  • Paws and Claws Pet Resort

Best Veterinarian Practice

  • Animal Care Center
  • Croix Valley Veterinary Hospital
  • Kinnic Veterinary Service

Best Apparel Boutique

  • La Rue Marche
  • One:Nine Boutique
  • The Purple Tree

Best Florist

  • Blooms for Happiness
  • Hudson Flower Shop
  • Rose Floral & Greenhouse

Best Gift Shop

  • Somerscents Candles
  • The Bee’s Knees 
  • The Purple Tree

Best Jewelry Store

  • Beth’s Jewelry Shop
  • Diamonds on Main
  • Stokes Jewelry

Best Specialty Food or Kitchen Store

  • Fresh and Natural Foods (now Hudson Grocery Cooperative)
  • Grand Fête
  • Knoke’s Chocolates and Nuts

Best Beach, Open Space or Park

  • Perch Lake
  • Lakefront Park
  • Willow River State Park

Best Date Night Spot

  • Lolo American Kitchen + Craft Bar
  • Pier 500
  • San Pedro Café 

Best Outdoor Spot for Graduation Photos 

  • Pioneer Park
  • Stillwater Lift Bridge
  • Willow River State Park

Best Place for Family Activities

  • Glen Park
  • Hudson GNG
  • Willow River State Park

Best Venue to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks

  • Downtown Hudson
  • Downtown Stillwater
  • Lakefront Park
Best of the East Metro

Best Alpine Hill or Nordic Ski Trail

  • Afton Alps
  • Lake Elmo Park Reserve
  • Trollhaugen Ski Area
  • Willow River State Park

Best Biking or Hiking Trail

  • Brown’s Creek State Trail
  • Kinnickinnic State Park
  • Whitetail Ridge
  • Willow River State Park

Best Bridal or Formal Wear Store 

  • Bella Bridal Boutique
  • Our Shop Bridal
  • Raffiné Bridal 

Best Family Photographer

  • Isa Wines Photography
  • Lisa Buth Photography
  • Markfortography

Best Financial Services (financial planners, wealth management, estate planning, etc.) 

  • Edward Jones
  • Leverty Financial Group
  • RBC Wealth Management

Best Golf Course

  • Troy Burne Golf Club
  • Kilkarney Hills Golf Club
  • White Eagle Golf Club

Best Law Practice

  • Galowitz Olson Law Firm
  • Heywood, Cari, Anderson, S.C.
  • Mudge Porter Lundeen & Seguin, S.C.

Best Music School 

  • Donna B’s Creative Arts
  • Brickhouse Music
  • Hovland Conservatory

Best Outdoor Skating Rink

  • Burton Field
  • M Health Fairview Sports Center
  • Perro Park

Best Private School

  • Saint Patrick Catholic School
  • St. Bridget Parish School
  • Trinity Academy

Best Professional Theatre 

  • Open Window Theatre
  • The Phipps Center for the Arts
  • The Zephyr Theatre

Best Staycation Hotel 

  • Hotel Crosby
  • Lora Hotel 
  • Lowell Inn

Best Summer Camp

  • Hidden Pines Ranch 
  • YMCA Camp St. Croix
  • YMCA Camp DayCroix

Best Wedding Photographer or Videographer

  • Dakota Layne Photography
  • Isa Wines Photography
  • Markfortography
  • Sophia Huber Photography

Best Wedding Venue

  • Belle Âme Vineyard
  • JX Venue
  • Larson Barn 

Best Winery

  • 7 Vines Vineyard and Winery
  • Cracked Barrel Winery
  • Rustic Roots

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