By Jennifer Fetterly
Sun Prairie is booming with new businesses opening every day. So getting a Sun Prairie Best of Award is an accomplishment for those looking to separate themselves from the pack.
Eighty-five businesses were honored at No. 1 spots to grab a bite to eat, get a haircut, workout, place to fix a flat tire, and more.
The Best of Sun Prairie contest, hosted by the Sun Prairie Star, let’s local residents cast a vote for their favorite business and services in the city.
Awards were given out at the Aug. 27 ceremony at Prairie Athletic Club.
Longtime winner attorney Tom Hebl says winning the contest is a hallmark of quality for businesses.
“These are meaningful awards because our customers nominate us,” Hebl told the audience. “All of you here are at the top of your game and you deal with people honestly. I think that is a tribute to you.”
He gave a special thanks to the employees of all the companies who won.
“They are the ones who make us look good and I think sometimes we fail to recognize how important they are to our success,” Hebl said.
The Prairie Athletic Club, which hosted the award ceremony, garnered two awards for Best Place to Workout and Best Thing for Kids to Do. The business is celebrating 43 years in business.
Other businesses taking the top spot awards are beloved in the community.
Diane Mosso, who has owned Dairy Queen for 39 years said she appreciated the continued support and the Best Frozen Treat award.
“We are just really grateful for the community for still coming to Dairy Queen,” Mosso said.
Bill Skalitzky who started Skalitzky Jewelers with his wife Jane in 1982, is also a longtime winner. Skalitzky said he is motivated to offer the best service to customers.
New businesses getting awards included Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse and Full Mile Beer Co. & Kitchen. FMBCK owners C. J. Hall and Nate Kinderman celebrated its Best New Business and Best Place to Hang Out with Friends awards.
“Our jaws dropped to the floor when we heard about this,” C. J. Hall said. “It means a lot to us, we’ve been pretty overwhelmed with the support we have received downtown. It’s been great to have this idea, hatch this idea and see it grow. This is the validation of a job well done.”
Best Citizen of 2019
Sunshine Place Executive Director Sunshine Place Joanna Cervantes was honored with 2019 Best Citizen award with her leadership in helping dozens of families displaced by the July 10, 2018, natural gas explosion. Cervantes is also spearheading efforts to expand the Sunshine Place facility to serve the growing Sun Prairie community.
“We are so grateful for the support we have received—when we get a call for services or action we know that you are here to support us,” Cervantes said. “Thank you for sharing with our mission of helping our neighbors, we really appreciate it.”