2019 Best of Southern Minnesota Scene Winners List

October 14, 2019

From all of us at Scene:

It was a record breaking year.

With over 110,000 votes in the 2019 Southern Minn Scene Magazine BEST of Southern Minnesota competition, we shattered the previous record participation. Those votes came from thousands and thousands of individual voters who took the time to show some love to their favorite artists, musicians, restaurants, businesses and more in Southern Minnesota.

And that’s what this is all about. We don’t have 102 judges to judge 102 categories and every person, business or organization in our region that falls within those categories. That’s why we turn to you. That’s why we rely on your nominations, your votes. This is the BEST of SoMinn, according to the people who are a part of SoMinn. The people who frequent the restaurants, the people who attend shows, the people who get their back fixed and their teeth cleaned, right here, in our communities.

This absolutely IS a popularity contest.

And we’re so glad and thankful that so many people are willing to take part. It can feel silly to post on your Facebook page about your nomination or to ask friends/family/customers to vote for you. But that’s we want to see. We want to see people and organizations using this contest to engage with their loved ones, their fans and their clients. We want to see people feeling proud of themselves and others!

It might not be the Oscars, but it sure feels good to be named the BEST of anything. And we feel anyone in our home communities that is connecting enough with their audience to actually get nominations and votes for a contest like this – well, they deserve to be named the BEST!

And the 102 winners are …

ARTS

Fall Festival of the Arts in Red Wing

BEST ART EVENT

Find Red Wing Arts at 418 Levee Street, Red Wing.

www.redwingarts.org

Honorable Mention: Speechless Film Festival in Mankato

 

Laurie Matejcek and Acrylics & Corks

BEST ARTIST and BEST ART ORGANIZATION

1179 12th Avenue NW, Owatonna.

www.acrylicsandcorks.com

Honorable Mention Best Artist: Aaron Horkey of Mankato

Honorable Mention Best Arts Organization: Red Wing Arts

 

Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault

BEST GALLERY

Find the Paradise in the heart of downtown Faribault.

Honorable Mention: Owatonna Arts Center

 

SPAM Museum in Austin

BEST MUSEUM/HISTORY CENTER

101 3rd Ave NE, Austin.

www.spam.com

Honorable Mention: Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona

 

Images 4 Life Photography of Owatonna

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

103 W Rose Street, Owatonna

www.images4lifephotography.com

Honorable Mention: Adam Grim of Savage

 

MUSIC

Fender Bender of Faribault

BEST BAND

Honorable Mention: The 8th Street Band of Northfield

 

Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Red Wing

BEST LARGE MUSIC VENUE

5734 Sturgeon Lake Road in Welch.

www.ticasino.com

Honorable Mention: Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Mankato

 

Smokin in Steele in Owatonna

BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL

Smokin’ in Steele will take place at the Steele County Fairgrounds, 1525 S Cedar Ave., Owatonna again in summer 2020.

www.smokininsteele.com

Honorable Mention: Blue Collar BBQ and Arts Festival in Faribault

 

Ally K of KAT 105 in Owatonna

BEST RADIO PERSONALITY

245 18th St SE in Owatonna.

www.facebook.com/katkountry105

Honorable Mention: Jeff Johnson at KYMN 95.1 The One in Northfield

 

95.1 The One (KYMN) in Northfield

BEST RADIO STATION

95.1 The One/KYMN is located at 200 Division St. South, Suite 260 in Northfield.

www.kymnradio.net

Honorable Mention: Power 96 in Faribault

 

Corks & Pints in Faribault

BEST SMALL MUSIC VENUE

Corks & Pints is located at 22 4th St NE in Faribault.

Honorable Mention: Bend in the Road in Manchester

 

Erin Grand of Lakeville

BEST SOLO ACT

www.eringrand.com

Honorable Mention: Chad Johnson in Northfield

 

THEATER

Mandie Siems of Faribault Paradise and Northfield Arts Guild

BEST ACTRESS

Honorable Mention: Jada LaFrance at Faribault Paradise

 

Kyle Yetzer of Northfield Arts Guild

BEST ACTOR

Honorable Mention: Cody Jensen of Faribault Paradise Center for the Arts

 

Eric E. Parrish of Northfield Arts Guild

BEST DIRECTOR

The Northfield Arts Guild is located at 304 Division St. in Northfield.

www.northfieldartsguild.org

Honorable Mention: Shelley Fitzgerald of the Paradise in Faribault

 

Next to Normal by Northfield Arts Guild

BEST PRODUCTION

The Northfield Arts Guild is located at 304 Division St. in Northfield.

www.northfieldartsguild.org

Honorable Mention: Beauty & The Beast by State Street Theater Co. in New Ulm

 

State Street Theater Co. in New Ulm

BEST THEATER

www.statestreetnewulm.org

Honorable Mention: Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault

 

Little Theatre of Owatonna

BEST THEATER TROUPE

The Little Theatre of Owatonna is located at 560A Dunnell Dr., Owatonna.

littletheatreofowatonna.org

Honorable Mention: Paradise Community Theatre in Faribault

 

BARS

Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio in Northfield

BEST BAR

Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio is located at 309 Water St. South in Northfield.

www.froggybottomsriversuites.com

Honorable Mention: Reggie’s Brewhouse in Owatonna

 

Laura Resler at Reggie’s Brewhouse in Owatonna

BEST BARTENDER/SERVER

220 N Cedar Ave in Owatonna.

www.facebook.com/reggies.brewhouse/?rf=194447683953507

Honorable Mention: Janie Machacek at Boonie’s Bar and Grill in Faribault

 

Tanzenwald in Northfield

BEST BREWERY

Tanzenwald Brewing Company is located at 103 Water St. North in Northfield.

www.tanzenwald.com

Honorable Mention: August Schell Brewing Company in New Ulm

 

Imminent Brewing in Northfield

BEST LOCAL BEER OR CIDER

Imminent Brewing is located at 519 Division St. South, Unit 2 in Northfield.

www.imminentbrewing.com

Honorable Mention: Lost Sanity Brewing in Madelia

 

Loon Liquor Co. in Northfield

BEST LOCAL WINE OR SPIRIT

Loon Liquor Co. is located at 1325 Armstrong Rd., Suite 165, in Northfield.

www.loonliquors.com

Honorable Mention: 10,000 Drops Craft Distillers in Faribault

By Nicole Collins

 

Whistle Binkies on the Lake

BEST PATIO

247 Woodlake Drive SE, Rochester.

www.whistlebinkiespub.com

Honorable Mention: Froggy Bottoms in Northfield

 

RESTAURANTS

Mizuki Fusion in Owatonna

BEST ASIAN OR MIDDLE-EASTERN FOOD

Find the food at 119 W Bridge St. in Owatonna.

www.mizukifusion.com

Honorable Mention: Tokyo Grill in Northfield

 

Old Town Bagels in Owatonna

BEST BAGEL SHOP

211 North S Cedar Ave, Owatonna.

http://oldtownbagels.com

Honorable Mention: Tandem Bagels in Northfield and Mankato

 

Sugar Rose Bakeshop in New Prague

BEST BAKERY

Located at 801 First St. SE in New Prague.

www.facebook.com/sugarrosebakeshop

Honorable Mention: Cakewalk in Northfield

 

Smoqehouse in Northfield

BEST BBQ

Smoqehouse is located at 212 Division St. South in Northfield.

www.smoqehouse.com

Honorable Mention: Piggy Blues Bar-B-Que in Austin

 

Central Park Coffee Co. in Owatonna

BEST BREAKFAST/BRUNCH

113 N Cedar Ave, Owatonna.

www.centralparkcoffeeco.com

Honorable Mention: The Tavern of Northfield

 

Boonie’s Bar & Grill in Faribault

BEST BURGER

Honorable Mention: King’s Place in Meisville

 

Pizzeria 201 in Montgomery

BEST CATERING

Pizzeria 201 is on Main Street in Montgomery.

www.pizzeria201.com

Honorable Mention: Starfire Event Center in Waseca

 

Teara Myers of Cakewalk in Northfield

BEST CHEF

Teara Myers is the Owner and Pastry Chef of CakeWalk, located at 303 Division St., Northfield.

www.cakewalknorthfield.com

Honorable Mention: Seth Lintelman of Cup N’ Saucer in Sherburn

 

CannonBelles Coffee & Ice Cream in Cannon Falls

BEST COFFEE SHOP

CannonBelles Coffee & Ice Cream is located at 402 West Mill Street, Cannon Falls.

More information can be found on their Facebook page and Instagram page @CannonBellesCoffee.

Honorable Mention: Central Park Coffee Co. in Owatonna

 

Cakewalk in Northfield

BEST CUPCAKE/CAKE

CakeWalk is located at 303 Division St. in Northfield.

www.cakewalknorthfield.com

Honorable Mention: Bluebird Cakery in Faribault

 

Reunion in Northfield

BEST DESSERT MENU

Reunion is located at 501 Division St. South in Northfield.

www.reunioneatdrinkgather.com

Honorable Mention: Cup N’ Saucer Café in Sherburn

 

Hubbell House in Mantorville

BEST FINE DINING

Located at 502 North Main Street, Mantorville.

www.hubbellhouserestaurant.com

Honorable Mention: Ole Store Restaurant in Northfield

 

Lola’s Food Truck in New Ulm

BEST FOOD TRUCK

Find the truck in the New Ulm and Mankato area.

www.facebook.com/lolaanamericanbistro

Honorable Mention: Maria’s Taco Hut in Northfield

 

Blast Softserve in Owatonna

BEST ICE CREAM

206 W Rose St, Owatonna

www.facebook.com/Blast-Softserve-191513700884142

Honorable Mention: Hogan Brothers in Northfield

 

Victoria’s Ristorante in Rochester

BEST ITALIAN FOOD

Located at 7 1st Avenue SW in Rochester.

https://victoriasmn.com

Honorable Mention: Pizzeria 201 in Montgomery

 

Fielder’s Choice Tap and Table in Northfield

BEST LUNCH

Fielder’s Choice is located at 2300 Gleason Court, Northfield.

www.fielderstap.com

Honorable Mention: Central Park Coffee Co. in Owatonna

 

El Tequila Mexican Restaurant in Owatonna

BEST MEXICAN FOOD

1830 S. Cedar Avenue, Owatonna

www.eltequilarestaurant.com

Honorable Mention: La Plaza Fiesta in Madelia

 

Bend in the Road in Manchester

BEST PIZZA

https://bend-in-the-road.business.site

Honorable Mention: Pagliai’s Pizza in Mankato

 

PORTERHOUSE Steak & Seafood Restaurant in Lakeville

BEST PLACE FOR A STEAK

See for yourself at 9828, 11211 205th St W, Lakeville.

www.porterhousesteakandseafood.com

Honorable Mention: Starfire Grill in Waseca

 

Hogan Brothers in Northfield

BEST SUB/SANDWICH

Hogan Brothers’ is located at 415 S. Division St., Northfield.

www.hoganbros.com

Honorable Mention: Jersey Mike’s Subs in Mankato

 

Widerholt’s Supper Club in Miesville

BEST SUPPER CLUB

14535 240th St. East, Hastings.

www.wiederholtssupperclub.com

Honorable Mention: The Hubbell House in Mantorville

 

Club 57 in Waseca

BEST WINGS

204 2nd St SW in Waseca.

www.facebook.com/Club57

Honorable Mention: Smoqehouse in Northfield

 

 

St. Peter Food Co-op and Deli

BEST VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY

Honorable Mention: Tanzenwald Brewing Company in Northfield

 

RETAIL SERVICES

Steve’s Meat Market in Ellendale

BEST MEAT MARKET

210 5th Avenue in Ellendale.

www.facebook.com/Steves-Meat-Market

Honorable Mention: Schmidt’s Meat Market in Nicollet

 

Old River Valley Antique Mall in Stewartville

BEST ANTIQUE STORE

204 South Main Street in Stewartville.

www.oldrivervalleyantiquemall.com

Honorable Mention: Past & Present Antiques & Gifts in Waseca

 

Little Professor Book Center in Owatonna

BEST BOOK STORE

110 West Park Square in Owatonna.

littleprofessor8@gmail.com

Honorable Mention: Content Bookstore in Northfield

 

K&K Boutique in Montgomery

BEST BOUTIQUE

https://k-k-online-boutique.myshopify.com

Honorable Mention: Bellebrook Boutique in Owatonna

 

Chiropractic Care of Owatonna

BEST CHIROPRACTOR

605 Hillcrest Ave # 120 in Owatonna.

www.owatonnachiropractor.com

Honorable Mention: Cannon Pointe Chiropractic

 

Mayo Clinic Health System – Owatonna Clinic

BEST CLINIC

Mayo Clinic Health System – Owatonna Clinic is located at 2200 26th St. N.W. in Owatonna.

www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/locations/owatonna

Honorable Mention: Allina Health Northfield Clinic

 

Prairie Ridge Orthodontics

BEST DENTIST/ORTHODONTIST

Prairie Ridge Orthodontics is located at 475 26th St. N.E.

www.prairieridgeortho.com

Honorable Mention: Minnesota Orthodontics in Northfield

 

Round Barn Farm B&B Event Center in Red Wing

BEST EVENT CENTER

Located at 28650 Wildwood Lane in Red Wing.

www.roundbarnfarm.com

Honorable Mention: Grand Events Center in Northfield

 

Your Time Fitness in Le Sueur

BEST FITNESS CENTER

110 West Oak, Le Sueur.

www.yourtimefitnessmn.com

Honorable Mention: Owatonna Fitness

 

Kleckers Kreations in Owatonna

BEST FLORIST

Kleckers Kreations is located at 302 N. Cedar Ave. in Owatonna.

www.kleckerskreations.com

Honorable Mention: Judy’s Floral Design in Northfield

 

The Dork Den in Mankato

BEST GAMING STORE

Find your favorite games or a new passion at The Dork Den, 603 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato.

www.thedorkden.com

Honorable Mention: Games n Geek in Northfield

 

Uffda Shop in Red Wing

BEST GIFT SHOP

202 Bush Street, Red Wing.

www.facebook.com/Uffda-Shop

Honorable Mention: Country Goods in Owatonna

 

Donahue’s Greenhouses Inc. in Faribault

BEST GREENHOUSE/GARDEN CENTER

Honorable Mention: Turtle Creek Nursery & Landscaping in Owatonna

 

Hy-Vee in Owatonna

BEST GROCERY STORE

Hy-Vee Owatonna is located at 1620 S. Cedar Ave., Owatonna.

www.hy-vee.com

Honorable Mention: Mackenthun’s Fine Foods in Lonsdale and Montgomery

 

Sisters Salon and Day Spa in Owatonna

BEST HAIR SALON/BARBER SHOP

Sisters Salon & Day Spa is located at 1293 21st Ave. N.W., Owatonna.

www.sisterssalon.net

Honorable Mention: Pure Elements Salon in Owatonna

 

Lonsdale Hardware & Rental

BEST HARDWARE STORE

www.lonsdalehardware.com/about

Honorable Mention: Arrow Ace Hardware and Paint in Owatonna

 

Zach Spinler Construction in Owatonna

BEST HOME BUILDER/REMODELER

If you have a need for an addition or completely new home you can find Zach Spinler Construction on Facebook or by calling 507-213-4443.

Honorable Mention: Schmidt Homes Remodeling in Northfield

 

Urban Loft in Owatonna

BEST HOME DÉCOR AND DESIGN

Located at 303 N. Cedar Ave. in Owatonna.

https://urbanloftowatonna.com/contact

Honorable Mention: Suburban Furniture in Waseca

 

Kottke Jewelers & Gifts in Owatonna

BEST JEWELRY STORE

Kottke Jewelers is located at 115 N Cedar Avenue in Downtown Owatonna.

www.kottkeejewelers.com

Honorable Mention: Chappuis Jewelry in Faribault

 

All Fur Dogs in Austin

BEST KENNEL/PET HOTEL/DOGGIE DAYCARE

All Fur Dogs is located at 503 27th Ave. NW, Austin.

www.allfurdogs.com

Honorable Mention: Muddy Paws Resort in Faribault

 

Firehouse Liquor in Dundas

BEST LIQUOR STORE

You can find the best liquor around at 607 North Stafford Road in Dundas.

www.firehouseliquor.com

Honorable Mention: Cash Wise Liquor in Owatonna

 

La Nails in Northfield

BEST MANICURE

Find all of your manicure and pedicure needs at 1500 Clinton Lane E in Northfield.

Honorable Mention: Sisters Salon and Days Spa in Owatonna

 

Jade Community Acupuncture Clinic in Winona

BEST MASSAGE/ACUPUNCTURE

Jade Community Acupuncture Clinic is located at 103 E Third St. in Winona.

www.acupuncturewinona.com

Honorable Mention: Harvest Seed Acupuncture in Northfield

 

Tone Music in Owatonna

BEST MUSIC STORE

https://tonemusic.net

Honorable Mention: Tune Town in Mankato

 

Fireside Orchard & Gardens in Northfield

BEST ORCHARD OR BERRY FARM

Fireside Orchard & Gardens is located at 2225 E Lonsdale Boulevard in Northfield.

www.firesideorchard.com.

Honorable Mention: Trumps Orchard in Faribault

 

Waseca County Auto Sales

BEST PLACE TO BUY A CAR

1421 South State Street, Waseca.

www.wasecacountyauto.com

Honorable Mention: Harry Brown’s Family Automotive in Faribault

 

Reed’s Central Auto Repair in Faribault

BEST PLACE TO SERVICE A CAR

Reed’s Central Auto Repair is located at 505 Central Ave. N., Faribault.

reedscentralautorepair.com

Honorable Mention: Ron’s Repair in Owatonna

 

Tri M Graphics in Owatonna

BEST PRINT SHOP/GRAPHICS

www.trimgraphics.com

“Honorable Mention: Kik Graphics in Blooming Prairie

 

Rachel Springer in Owatonna

BEST REALTOR

www.remax.com/real-estate-agents/owatonna-mn-55060-rachelspringer-id30071604.html

Honorable Mention: Sandra McConn Halla in Owatonna

 

Noble RV in Owatonna, Rochester and Madelia

BEST RV DEALER

Find Noble RV at 1260 Lake Shady Avenue South in Rochester, and other locations.

www.noblerv.com

Honorable Mention: Joe’s Camper Sales in New Ulm

 

SIFT Thrift Store in Kenyon

BEST SECOND HAND STORE

Visit SIFT at 26 Red Wing Ave.

www.sift4you.com

Honorable Mention: Used-A-Bit Shoppe in Northfield

 

Farmers Feed & Pet Supply in Owatonna

BEST SPECIALTY STORE

www.facebook.com/616NCedar

Honorable Mention: Hat Chic Clothing Co. in Owatonna

 

Rare Pair Inc. in Northfield

BEST STORE FRONT

The Rare Pair is located at 401 S Division St. #G in Northfield.

www.rarepair.com

Honorable Mention: Kristi’s Clothing in Owatonna

 

Haute Skin Spa & Tanning in Owatonna

BEST TANNING SALON

Haute Tanning has locations in both downtown Owatonna and Faribault.

www.experiencehaute.com

Honorable Mention: Ultra Beach at Waseca

 

Mecca Tattoo in Mankato

BEST TATTOO PARLOR

Find Mecca in downtown Mankato.

www.meccatattoo.com

Honorable Mention: Kinship Collective Tattoo in Northfield

 

Aldrich Technology Consulting, LLC in Northfield

BEST TECHNOLOGY REPAIR

You can find Aldrich Technology Consulting, LLC at 427 Division St. S.

aldrichtechmn.com

Honorable Mention: The Computer Store if Owatonna

 

Owatonna Veterinary Hospital

BEST VET

www.owatonnaveterinaryhospital.com

Honorable Mention: Waseca-Clarks Grove Veterinary

 

Sollid Yoga in Owatonna

BEST YOGA STUDIO

HeartWork Studio is located at 101 W. 5th St. in Northfield.

www.heartworkyoga.com

Honorable Mention: Sollid Yoga in Owatonna

 

SPORTS/OUTDOORS

Tink Larson Community Field in Waseca

BEST BALLPARK

Honorable Mention: North Alexander Park in Faribault

 

Hiller’s Last Call Liquor and Bait in Morristown

BEST BAIT AND TACKLE STORE

Hiller’s Last Call Liquor & Bait is located at 8890 Morristown Blvd., Morristown.

tinyurl.com/hillerslastcall

Honorable Mention: John’s Bait and Tackle in Faribault

 

Cannon Valley Bike Trail

BEST BIKE TRAIL

The Cannon Valley Bike Trail has three access points in Cannon Falls, Welch, and Red Wing.

www.cannonvalleytrail.com

Honorable Mention: Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

 

Spare Time Entertainment in Owatonna

BEST BOWLING ALLEY

Honorable Mention: Faribowl Bowling Center/Bashers Bar & Grill in Faribault

 

Kiesler’s Campground & RV Resort in Waseca

BEST CAMPGROUND

Kiesler’s Campground and RV Resort is located at 14360 Old Highway 14 in Waseca.

www.kieslers.com

Honorable Mention: Kamp Dels in Waterville

Owatonna Country Club

BEST GOLF COURSE

https://owatonnacc.com

Honorable Mention: Red Wing Golf Course

 

Waseca Community Education Kayak/Canoe

BEST KAYAK/CANOE Rental

Clear Lake Park is located at 1000 8th Ave NE in Waseca.

www.ci.waseca.mn.us

Honorable Mention: Lake Kohlmier Beach in Owatonna

 

Faribault Family Aquatic Center

BEST PLACE TO SWIM

The Faribault Family Aquatic Center is located at 1830 Alexander Dr. in Faribault.

Honorable Mention: River Springs Water Park in Owatonna

 

Welch Village

BEST SKI SLOPE

Try out the slopes at 26685 County 7 Blvd, Welch.

www.welchvillage.com

Honorable Mention: Mount Kato

 

MISCELLANEOUS

St. James Hotel in Red Wing

BEST HOTEL

Located at 406 Main Street in Red Wing.

www.st-james-hotel.com

Honorable Mention: Arch House River Inn in Northfield

 

Candlelight Inn Bed & Breakfast in Red Wing

BEST BED & BREAKFAST

Located at 818 W 3rd Street, Red Wing.

www.candlelightinn-redwing.com

Honorable Mention: Historic Hutchinson House B&B in Faribault

 

Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna

BEST COMMUNITY EVENT

www.scff.org

Honorable Mention: Defeat of Jesse James in Northfield

 

Northfield

BEST DOWNTOWN

Honorable Mention: Red Wing

 

Riverwalk Market Fair in Northfield

BEST FARMERS MARKET

Check out the Riverwalk Market Fair in Bridge Square in Northfield.

www.riverwalkmarketfair.org

Honorable Mention: Owatonna Farmers Market

 

Learning Rx in Owatonna

BEST KEPT SECRET

130 E Vine St, Owatonna

www.learningrx.com/Owatonna

Honorable Mention: Berne Wood-Fired Pizza & Concert Series in West Concord

 

Northwoods Cinema 10 in Owatonna

BEST MOVIE THEATER

Catch a film at 300 Allan Ave. in Owatonna.

https://cectheatres.com/theatre/?tid=70

Honorable Mention: Cannon Valley Cinema 10 in Dundas

 

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