Meet the Best of Lake Minnetonka 2019

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We celebrate the winners of our 2019 Best of Lake Minnetonka readers’ choice survey, and celebrate how wonderful it is to watch our neighborhoods, business communities, and local amenities grow.

Have you ever thought about your community as a garden? We think the metaphor works pretty well. To a certain extent, a community (like a garden) is planned, or has parameters. Your community might be your city or your neighborhood; maybe it’s your school district or your church family; it might even be smaller, like your book club or your coffee klatch, or your fellow business owners on main street. Communities need attention and love to grow and flourish: a sprinkle of person-to-person connection (like water), the shine of media coverage or marketing for businesses (like sunlight), and solid, nourishing infrastructure and foundations (like soil).

In this special edition of Lake Minnetonka Magazine, we get to highlight some of the ways our communities have grown this year, and celebrate the Lake Minnetonka area—the businesses you voted for that represent the best of the best. Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Best of Lake Minnetonka awards! We’re happy to be in this garden with you.


Best Patio Dining
Runners-up: CōV Wayzata, 6Smith

Best Restaurant
Birch’s on the Lake
Runners-up: Maynards, Bellecour

Best Tavern/Bar/Brewery
Excelsior Brewing Co.
Runners-up: McCormick’s Pub & Restaurant, Unmapped Brewing Co.

READ MORE: A Year in Beer: Annual Events at Excelsior Brewing Co.

Best Breakfast
Original Pancake House, Minnetonka
Runners-up: Maggie’s Family Restaurant, Hazellewood Grill and Tap Room


Best Builder
John Kraemer & Sons
Runners-up: Lecy Bros., Stonewood

John Kraemer & SonsCourtesy of John Kraemer & Sons

Best Remodeler
Lecy Bros.
Runners-up: Stonewood, Christian Builders & Remodelers

Best Nursery/Garden Center
Tonkadale Greenhouse
Runners-up: Otten Bros. Garden Center & Landscaping, Twin Orchards Nursery

Best Home Furnishings Store
The Sitting Room
Runners-up: Five Swans, Gray Home + Lifestyle

Best Interior Designer
The Sitting Room
Runners-up: Lakeshore Interiors, Grace Hill Design

Best Landscape Designer
Otten Bros. Garden Center & Landscaping
Runners-up: Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens, Yardscapes

Otten Bros. Garden Center & LandscapingCourtesy of Otten Bros. Garden Center & Landscaping

Best Senior Living Residence
Lake Minnetonka Shores
Runners-up: Trouvaille Memory Care Suites (formerly Beehive Homes of Excelsior), Folkestone

READ MORE: Lake Minnetonka's Best Senior Living Residence By the Numbers


Best Fitness Studio/Yoga Studio/Gym
The Marsh
Runners-up: The Barre, Wayzata, FitHaus. Long Lake

READ MORE: The Marsh Helps Lake Minnetonka's Residents 'Keep Doing What They Love'

Best Dental Practice
Wayzata Family Dentistry
Runners-up: Park Dental, Minnetonka, Lake Minnetonka Dental

READ MORE: A Q&A with Lake Minnetonka's Best Dental Practice

Best Orthodontic Practice
Lake Minnetonka Orthodontics, Minnetonka
Runners-up: Kottemann Orthodontics, Orono, Ovation! Orthodontics, Minnetonka

Best Pediatric Practice
Wayzata Children’s Clinic, Minnetonka
Runners-up: Park Nicollet Clinic, Carlson Parkway, South Lake Pediatrics, Minnetonka

Best Dermatology Practice
Park Nicollet Clinic, Carlson Parkway
Runners-up: Zel Skin & Laser Specialists, Plymouth, Ridgeview Clinic, Excelsior

Best Chiropractic Practice
The Brost Clinic
Runners-up: Excelsior Chiropractic, Knewtson Health Group

Best Medspa
LivSkin MedSpa
Runners-up: Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa, Wayzata Medical Spa

Best Salon/Spa
Juut Salon Spa, Wayzata
Runners-up: Mérite House of Beauty, Bella on The Bay

Best Eye Practice
Minnesota Eye Consultants, Minnetonka
Runners-up: Northwest Eye, Minnetonka, Excelsior Eye Care

Photo by Tate Carlson


Best Apparel Boutique
General Store of Minnetonka
Runners-up: Evereve, Wayzata, Ooh La La

Best Gift Shop
General Store of Minnetonka
Runners-up: Five Swans, Ooh La La

Best Florist
Tonkadale Greenhouse
Runners-up: Excelsior Florist, Bayside Floral & Gifts

READ MORE: Tonkadale Greenhouse Answers Your Houseplant How-tos

Best Specialty Foods/Kitchen Store
Kolwalski’s Market, Excelsior
Runners-up: Lunds & Byerlys, Wayzata, Lakewinds Food Co-op, Minnetonka

Kowalski'sPhoto by Phil Aarrestad Photography


Best Learning/Tutoring Center
Sylvan Learning of Minnetonka
Runners-up: College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors, Excelsior, Mathnasium, Minnetonka

Best Place for Kids’ Activities
Big Thrill Factory
Runners-up: Minnetonka Community Education, North Shore Gymnastics Association

Big Thrill FactoryCourtesy of Big Thrill Factory

Best Doggy Daycare/Kennel
Adogo Pet Hotels, Minnetonka
Runners-up: Top Dog Country Club, Woofington Luxury Petite Dog Resort & Spa

Best Private Preschool/Childcare
St. David’s Center
Runners-up: Wayzata Community Church Nursery School, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School Pre-K

St. David's CenterCourtesy of St. David's Center

Best Veterinary Practice
Long Lake Veterinary Clinic
Runners-up: Excelsior Animal Hospital, Westonka Animal Hospital

Best Law Firm
Wayzata Law Group
Runners-up: Excelsior Law Firm, Sanford, Pierson, Thone & Strean

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