Best of Lake Minnetonka Nominations

You voted, and here are the finalists for our 2012 readers' survey.

You'll have to wait for our July issue to read about the winners of our annual Best of Lake Minnetonka readers' survey, but here's a sneak peak at the three finalists in each of the 25 different categories.

(Editor's note: These finalists were the top three vote earners as determined by our readers in an open-ended online survey. Finalists are listed in alphabetical order in each category.)


Best Burger

Gold Nugget Tavern & Grille


McCormick’s Pub & Restaurant


Best Outdoor Dining

Lord Fletcher’s




Best Delivery

Carbone’s Pizzeria

Jimmy Johns

Joey Nova’s


Best Bartender

Scott Bassett, Blue Point

T.J. McNeill, Jake O’Connor’s Public House

Randy Will, Maynards


Best Bakery


Patisserie Margo

Wuollet Bakery


Best Builder/Remodeler

Hendel Homes

Lecy Brothers Homes

Shoreline Builders


Best Landscaper

Gray Gardens

Otten Bros

Outdoor Excapes


Best Interior Designer

Andrea Kerrison, LarsonKerrison

Leslie Nerenberg, Leslie Nerenberg Interior Design

Robin Strangis, Loring Interiors


Best New Shop

Haven Maven

Impact of Excelsior

Mama’s Happy


Best Boutique

Hot Mama

Maha! Inspired Activewear

Mama’s Happy


Best Bike Shop

Erik’s Bike Shop

Gear West

Excel Cycle


Best Market



Whole Foods


Best Salon/Spa





Best Real Estate Agent

Gregg Larsen, Coldwell Banker Burnet

The Stabek Group, Edina Realty

Aaron Thompson, Excelsior Real Estate


Best Auto Repair Shop

Eddies Auto & Marine Repair

Gary's First Class Car Care



Best Doggie Daycare

ADOGO Pet Hotel

Augusta Pet Services

Top Dog Country Club


Best Veterinarian

Dr. Daniel Hartnett, Long Lake Veterinary Clinic

Dr. Matthew Lindberg, Village Animal Hospital

Dr. Jackie Piepkorn, Westonka Animal Hospital


Best Fitness Studio

Life Time Fitness

STEELE Fitness

The Barre


Best Golf Course

Burl Oaks Golf Club

Lakeview Golf Course

Wayzata Country Club


Best High School Teacher

Corey Bulman, Mound Westonka High School

Sonja Saunders, Minnetonka High School

Lori Wooley, Orono High School


Best Preschool/Daycare

Minnetonka Montessori

St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development

Wayzata Community Church Nursery School


Best Birthday Party Spot

Lord Fletcher’s

Pump It Up

Sky Zone Sports


Best Dentist

Dr. Erick Englund, Navarre Dental

Dr. David Fligge, Wayzata Family Dentistry

Dr. Stephanie Miner, West Lakes Dentistry


Best Chiropractor

Dr. Barbro Brost, The Brost Clinic

Dr. James Byers, Mound Back and Neck Clinic

Dr. Troy and Dr. Kelly Knewtson, Knewtson Health Group


Best Pediatric Clinic

Partners in Pediatrics

South Lake Pediatrics

Wayzata Children’s Clinic


Congratulations to all of the finalists! Expect to receive an invitation to our 2012 Best of Lake Minnetonka awards ceremony June 19 at BayView Event Center in Excelsior.