Grand Avenue Businesses Make the 2016 Best of Saint Paul List
The 2016 Best of Saint Paul
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Best Dental Clinic
Park Dental Grand Avenue
Park Dental on Grand Avenue offers services beyond your standard semi-annual teeth cleaning, including teeth whitening and Invisalign. These dentists understand that patients have busy schedules, and offer early-morning and evening appointments. The staff at Park Dental on Grand Avenue takes pride in their community, and enjoy participating in events like the Grand Old Day Parade, where they hand out toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Runners-up: Dr. Bob Maley Family Dentistry, Associated Dentists
Best Eye Clinic
St. Paul Eye Clinic
St. Paul Eye Clinic opened its doors in 1969 with one ophthalmologist. Things have changed quite a bit over the years, with the practice now expanded to nine locations, including one conveniently located on Grand Avenue, and a menu of services, including Lasik.
Runners-up: Associated Eye Care, InVision Distinctive Eyewear
Best Home Furnishings
Traditions Classic Home Furnishings
Traditions features a wide selection of everything from furniture to accessories perfect for every home. Lauren LaGoo says the staff at Traditions offer design services “that go beyond the walls of our store; our designers make home visits to help with anything from a paint color to throw pillows to an entire home refresh.”
Runners-up: Warners’ Stellian Appliances, Abbott Paint & Carpet
KIDS, FAMILY & PETS
St. Paul’s Childhood Center
Tina Gatzke, executive director, says there are many features that make SPCC, which celebrated 45 years in September, a special place. “Our approaches are family-centered, and our curriculum projections emerge from the interest of our students,” she says. “Parents love the warmth and sense of community at our school, but more than anything commit to the investment of sending their children here because of the relationships our faculty build with children and families.” SPCC serves children ages 6 weeks to 12 years.
Runners-up: St. Paul Jewish Community Center, Dodge Nature Preschool
Best Veterinary Clinic
Grand Avenue Veterinary Center
Dr. Ann Brownlee and her staff know that pets are valued family members, which is why they offer the best possible care at their clinic, certified by the American Animal Hospital Association, using the most updated technology. But perhaps more importantly, they also offer compassion to pet owners and their pets in all situations, joyful or sad.
Runners-up: St. Paul Pet Hospital, Highland Animal Hospital
Best Place to Spoil Your Pet
Blueberry facial scrub and self-service baths are some of the luxuries available at Bubbly Paws. Co-owner Keith Miller says one of his favorite things is when owners post pictures of their dogs, before or after grooms, on Instagram or Facebook. “One pet owner was at the High Bridge dog park, sent a picture of their dog all muddy on Snapchat and warned us to be ready,” says Miller.
Runners-up: Chuck & Don’s, CocoBear Petcare
Best Doggy Daycare/Kennel
Owners give much thought to considering who can take care of their beloved pet when they leave town. At Dog Days, Fido will have plenty of room to play with other dogs in their 14,000-square-foot space, and will be well taken care of by staff members.
Runner-up: Now Boarding
Taylor Diebel, Phresh Spa Salon
As a team lead, nail technician and stylist, Taylor Diebel regularly works with clients to help them realize their beauty from the inside-out. “I want clients to feel beautiful, and whatever that is for them, that’s how they should feel when they leave,” says Diebel.
Runners-up: Annie Jones and Rachael Stahnke, Phresh Spa Salon
Phresh Spa Salon
Phresh is a full-service salon and spa. Husband and wife owners Tracy and Rick Fiebiger encourage staff to work together to best serve the needs of the clients. Everyone works on a non-commission basis, allowing stylists and estheticians to focus on the individuals they are serving.
Runners-up: Estetica Salon & Day Spa, Juut Salonspa
Kecia Jacobson, Phresh Spa Salon
Kecia Jacobson’s favorite part about working at Phresh Spa Salon is the ability to build relationships. “I think they are the key to working, and specifically to working at Phresh Spa Salon. The clients are the center of our business … the goal is to make them feel really special inside, and use our talents to reflect that on the outside,” says Jacobson.
Runners-up: Marta’s European Skin Care, Juut Salonspa
SHOPS & RETAIL
A. Johnson & Sons Florist
Tom Johnson is a proud third-generation member of the Johnson family; he’s worked for 42 years at the family floral business which has been in the same location for 80 years. Today, his sons Blake and Ryan, along with his wife Heidi, are integral members of the A. Johnson team. What is the best part about the floral business? “We’re involved in different parts of people’s lives, the happiest and sometimes the saddest moments,” says Tom.
Runners-up: Martha’s Gardens, Fleur de Lis Fresh Flowers
Best Specialty Foods Store
Golden Fig Fine Foods
This epicurean shop is the go-to spot for foodies from all over, including President Barack Obama. Read more about Golden Fig on page 16.
Runners-up: Penzeys Spices, St. Paul Cheese Shop
Best Grocery Store
Truly a neighborhood institution, stocked with the finest fresh produce, meats and cheeses, bakery and deli items, accompanied by helpful and friendly service, Kowalski’s is the Grand Avenue grocery store that many have grown up on and it’s a Saint Paul favorite.
Runners-up: Lunds & Byerlys, Mississippi Market