July/August 2019

The votes are in and counted. It’s time for the big reveal. As we raise the curtain on this issue, we can hardly contain our excitement. Come along and read along as we present readers’ favorites for the Best of 2019.

The TreeHouse event at Maureen and Greg Grazzini’s Chaska home featured a gathering to support local teens. TreeHouse is a youth outreach organization, with multiple locations throughout the U.S.

 
Pink flowers set against a white wall.

For this year's Best of Southwest Metro issue, our editor selected some of her favorite quotes of the year from Southwest Metro Magazine.

 
Pastries from Ruby's Roost Bakery.

Take a sweet bite of summer by visiting friendly spots, serving locals and visitors the best boutique bakeries the Southwest Metro has to offer.

 
A person walks on a chalk drawing during the Eden Prairie Fourth of July celebration.

An abundance of festivities sweep Eden Prairie, Chanhassen and Waconia around the Fourth of July.

 
A pink flower from Bachman's, votes Best Florist in the Best of Southwest Metro 2019 readers' choice survey.

Get the digits for Eden Prairie’s Bachman’s.

 
A woman dips the brim of her sun hat, protecting her eyes from UV damage.

Eye care specialists in Chaska and Chanhassen offer ways to keep your eyes safe this summer.

 
A home designed and built by John Kraemer & Sons.

For those contemplating a living space makeover or a move, combing through the vocabulary used by designers and home builders can be confounding.

 
A dish from Campiello Ristorante & Bar, a finalist for Best Restaurant in the Best of Southwest Metro 2019 Readers' Choice Survey

From the best place to grab a burger and fries to a restaurant that offers scenic, sunset views by a lake, check out these customer reviews of eateries in the Southwest Metro area.

 
A bottle of Cruella Amaro from J. Carver Distillery.

We don't have to travel all the way to Italy to find a great amaro. J. Carver Distillery's Cruella Amaro fits the bill.

 
"A Key to Treehouse Living" by Elliot Reed

"A Key to Treehouse Living" is a story told through a glossary of seemingly random words and ideas.

 
A woman holds a leaf from a white oak tree backlit by the sun.

White oak is native from central Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico and will be resilient to climate change.

 
A liquor license issued in Carver County in 1913, one of many liquor licenses donated to the Carver County Historical Society by the city of Victoria.

Choosing a favorite artifact can be compared to picking a favorite child.

 
Pink text reads "Board Approved" on the cover image of the Southwest Metro Magazine Advisory Board's picks for Best of Southwest Metro

Southwest Metro Magazine Advisory Board members weigh in with their favorites.

 
A graphic that reads "Meet Your Winners, Southwest Metro Magazine Best of '19 Readers' Choice"

You voted for the best restaurants, shops and more in the Southwest Metro, and here are your picks.