Who won?

More than 60 Monona area businesses, organizations and individuals are crowed as being the Best of Monona for 2017.

Our annual reader survey asked respondents to name their choices in dozens of categories, ranging from food to professional services.

We made a few changes this year, with the addition of six categories – Best Happy Hour, Best Bloody Mary, Best Dinner, Best Community Event, Most Attractive Building and Best Chicken Wings.

To find out who won in these categories, as well as all the others, read through this special section and be sure to patronize the winners. They are part of the reason Monona is a great place to live, work and play.


Best Businessman

Andy Gundlach, owner of more than 30 Anytime Fitness clubs in the greater Madison area, is the 2017 Best Businessman winner. Gundlach grew up in Cottage Grove and graduated from Monona Grove High School. In September, Gundlach was named Anytime Fitness Club Operator of the Year. It’s his third time winning the award, claiming the honor in 2011 and 2012. He’s the only franchise owner ever to win the award more than once. Company headquarters are at 6000 Monona Drive. Runner-up: Craig Hayes, Tully’s II.

Best Businesswoman

Sherry Hayes, of Tully’s II, 6401 Monona Drive, is once again the Best Businesswoman. She helps to ensure that at Tully’s II, customers get the best deal in town – tasty food and a comfortable atmosphere without breaking the bank. The mission of Tully’s II is to make the customers king, serving the best food and drinks available in a clean and safe atmosphere. Runner-up: Katie Udelhoven, Princeton Club.

Best Politician

Former Mayor Bob Miller was chosen Best Politician. Later this month, Miller and his wife, Pam Hoffman, will move to Ireland. “I love the outdoors. The Sheep's Head Peninsula has 80 miles of walking paths,” he said to a group of men at the Monona Senior Center earlier this year. “I’m also an extrovert, and Pam is an introvert, so we had to find a place where I could be Wild Bob and she could be Quiet Pam.” Runner-up: Jim Busse.

Best Police Officer

Walter Ostrenga has been Monona’s police chief for the past 13 years and was namd Best Police Officer in the 2017 voting. He parlayed his two years in the U.S. Army to accomplish his goal of becoming a police officer. “My dad was a volunteer fire chief, and I had a strong sense of public service,” he said. Ostrenga served as a military policeman in the Army from 1975-77, leaving as a Spec 4. Runner-up: Adam Nachreiner.

Best Firefighter/EMT

Fire Chief Scott Sullivan, chosen as the Best Firefighter/EMT, heads the Fire/EMS Department and supervises paid-on-call firefighters, along with the full-time employees who serve as firefighters, paramedics and fire inspectors. The department is responsible for inspecting all commercial, industrial and multi-unit residential buildings in the city to ensure compliance with state and local fire codes. Runner-up: Brenden Kornell.

Best Teacher

Barb Trapp, a second-grade teacher at Winnequah School, was voted 2017’s Best Teacher. Runner-up: Jenny Fonner.

Best Improvement of the Year

Anytime Fitness was named the Best Improvement of the Year. Owner Andy Gundlach moved the company’s southern Wisconsin corporate office to Monona in the spring of 2016. The corporate office is located at 6000 Monona Drive, Suite 204, above the Monona gym location. The corporate office brought 10 full-time and 20 part-time jobs to the city. Runner-up: Monona Drive.

Best Civic Organization

Monona East Side Business Alliance, 5900 Monona Drive, Suite 302, is the 2017 Best Civic Organization. The Monona East Side Business Alliance supports commerce by promoting its members and community health for the area’s overall prosperity. It is a private, nonprofit, membership-driven organization comprised of more than 325 businesses, charitable organizations and higher education institutions. Resources and activities include business news, networking events, economic development resources, job creation and communication in the Monona East Side community. Runner-up: Madison Monona Lioness Club.

Best Apartment Rentals

Treysta on the Water, 320 W. Broadway, was chosen Best Apartment Rentals in the annual reader survey. Treysta on the Water is a lifestyle destination located on five water-fronted acres. The contemporary 123-unit rental home community takes apartment living to a new level. Residents can enjoy resort style amenities, including onsite dining, an on-demand fitness studio, rooftop patio and an entertainment lounge. Each apartment at Treysta on the Water has complimentary internet and a technology nook complete with USB ports, outlets and shelves for charging and storing devices and equipment. Runner-up: Frost Woods I and II.

Best Assisted Living/Senior Housing

Heritage Monona, 111 Owen Road, earned the 2017 honor as Best Assisted Living/Senior Housing. Options for seniors include independent living, assisted living, enhanced assisted living and memory care. Amenities include a community room with private dining room, community pub and patio with grill, fitness center, beauty salon, library and computer center, daily activities, transportation service and onsite management. Runner-up: Frost Woods I and II.

Best Community Event

The Monona Community Festival, which just wrapped up another successful year, is the Best Community Event in Monona. Held July 3-4 each year, the festival features a carnival, art fair, live music, children’s activities, hole-in-one contest, keg toss, food and drink, car show, wife carrying competition and fireworks. Runner-up: Memorial Day Parade

Most Attractive Building

Treysta on the Water, 320 W. Broadway, has everything it takes to be named Most Attractive Building. Opened in 2015, Treysta on the Water is Green Built certified with the first commercial and residential Clean Clear Waters designation. Its quality design focuses on construction that improves energy efficiency and air quality while reducing noise for a quiet and luxuriously comfortable living environment. Runner-up: Tully’s II

Best Waitress/Waiter

Lindsey Markgraf of Tully’s II, 6401 Monona Drive, is the 2017 Best Waitress/Waiter in the reader survey. Fast and friendly service are the hallmarks for this award. Runner-up: Becca Smith of Tully’s II.

Best Bartender

There are plenty of drinks from which to choose, and no matter the selection, Guy Devitt of Waypoint Public House, 320 W. Broadway, Suite E, is the guy to get it for you. Devitt was selected as the Best Bartender in the annual reader survey. Runner-up: Donald Hocking of Tully’s II.

Best Hamburger

If it’s a hamburger you’re hungry for, head on over to Tully’s II, 6401 Monona Drive. The restaurant was selected as having the Best Hamburger in this year’s survey. In addition to a hamburger, other burger offerings include a cheeseburger, bacon cheeseburger, pizza burger, Tully’s burger, brat burger, mushroom Swiss burger, black and blue burger, and turkey burger. Runner-up: Red Robin.

Best French Fries

Tully’s II, 6401 Monona Drive, lets out all the stops with its french fries, picked as the Best French Fries, according to those who voted in the annual competition. They can be ordered as an appetizer basket or as a side with your burger or other sandwich. And, they can be served as traditional of curly to satisfy your desires. Runner-up: McDonald’s.

Best Ice Cream/Dessert

Monona Bait and Ice Cream, 4516 Winnequah Road, is the perfect place for that after-meal craving – or anytime of the day or night for that matter. Selected as having the Best Ice Cream/Dessert, Monona Bait and Ice Cream features Babcock Hall ice cream. Flavors include mint chocolate cookie, orange sherbet, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, cookies and cream, mocha, raspberry cheesecake, pomegranate yogurt, cookie dough, salted caramel toffee, butter pecan, blue moon, union utopia, orange custard chocolate chip and lactose free vanilla. Runner-up: Michael’s Frozen Custard

Best Coffee

Whether it’s what you need to start your day or the ideal way to end the day, stop by Java Cat, 3918 Monona Drive, for a cup of the Best Coffee. Have the drink made just how you like it, whether it’s brewed coffee, cold brew coffee, café au lait, Americano, cappuccino, café latte, café mocha, caramel macchiato, flavored latte, breve, espresso, espresso macchiato or espresso con panna. Runner-up: Rosie’s Coffee Bar and Bakery.

Best Pizza

Located at 5511 Monona Drive, The Pizza Oven has been making award-winning thin crust pizza using homemade dough and a special sauce recipe and blended mozzarella cheese for more than 45 years. Specialty pizzas include buffalo chicken pizza, pyramid pizza, chicken-bacon-ranch pizza and more. Runner-up: Angelo’s.

Best Steak

What’s better than a good steak? You’ll be sure to find the Best Steak at Tully’s II, 6401 Monona Drive. Try the hand-cut New York strip steak on Wednesday (with lobster), Thursday (with crab) or Saturday (with crab and shrimp). There are plenty of other options as well. Runner-up: Ken’s Meats & Deli.

Best Fish Fry

Nothing says Wisconsin like a Friday night fish fry, and Tully’s II, 6401 Monona Drive, has been serving up award-winning fish for years. Offerings include beer-battered or baked cod, beer-battered lake perch, fish boil, shrimp and walleye. Runner-up: Off Broadway Drafthouse.

Best Soup

Soup isn’t just for the winter months. Enjoy it all year-round at Tully’s II, 6401 Monona Drive. Runner-up: Waypoint Public House.

Best Salad Bar

Whether you want to make just one trip or enjoy the all-you-can-eat salad bar, you’ll find it at Tully’s II, 6401 Monona Drive. Get your fill of fresh veggies and so much more. And, don’t forget the side salad with an entree. Runner-up: The Pizza Oven.

Best Breakfast

Crema Café, 4124 Monona Drive, is the place to go to get the Best Breakfast. A full breakfast menu is served from 6:30-11 a.m. weekdays, and a brunch menu is served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Runner-up: Original Pancake House.

Best Lunch

Waypoint Public House, 320 W. Broadway, serves the Best Lunch in Monona. Soups, salads, burgers and other sandwiches are offered. Runner-up: Tully’s II.

Best Dinner

With nearly the entire menu at your choosing for a Best Dinner outing, be sure to check out the nightly specials at Tully’s II, 6401 Monona Drive. Swiss steak, chicken, meatloaf, fish and prime rib are just a few of the samplings. Runner-up: Waypoint Public House.

Best Fast Food

If you’re looking for something quick, stop by Taco John’s, 6305 Monona Drive, for the Best Fast Food. Tacos, burritos, specialty items, desserts and sides are all served hot and quick to get you on your way. Runner-up: Qdoba.

Best Restaurant

Waypoint Public House, 320 W. Broadway, Suite E, is the readers’ choice as the Best Restaurant in the 2017 survey. The food selection, restaurant location, seating, service, the staff in general, the surroundings, general ambience and prices all are taken into consideration when making this choice. Runner-up: Tully’s II.

Best Appetizers

Get the Best Appetizers at Waypoint Public House, 320 W. Broadway, Suite E. The menu features carnitas sliders, seared tuna, deviled eggs, cheese curds, Parmesan pub chips, 14-hour smoked pork quesadilla, buffalo chicken wontons, Waypoint nachos, chicken tenders, pimento cheese dip and tenderloin poutine. Runner-up: Tully’s II.

Best Bar

Wet your whistle at the Best Bar in Monona – Tully’s II, 6401 Monona Drive. Get a beer by the bottle or glass, a mixed drink with rail or top shelf alcohol, or even a soda. Tully’s II has all that and more. Runner-up: Silver Eagle Bar & Grill.

Best Food Delivery

Rossi’s Pizza, 4503 Monona Drive, offers the Best Food Delivery in Monona. No need to interrupt your party or venture out in bad weather. Don’t feel like cooking at home or even going out to eat? That’s why Rossi’s offers delivery. Runner-up: Jimmy John’s.

Best Sub Sandwiches

Subway has been serving tis world famous submarine sandwiches since 1965. That journey has included Fresh Fit, Five Dollar Footlongs and a breakfast menu. Always changing, always expanding, that’s why Subway is the largest sub sandwich chain in the world. Try a sub at any of three Monona locations: 6000 Monona Drive, 2407 W. Broadway or 2151 Royal Ave. Runner-up: Cousins Subs.

Best Doughnuts

The variety and taste of doughnuts at Pick ‘n Save, 6540 Monona Drive, are among the reasons readers picked the grocery store as having the Best Doughnuts. Some have icing, some have filling, some are round, but all are delicious. Satisfy your sweet tooth today. Runner-up: Rosie’s Coffee Bar and Bakery.

Best Asian Food

If you have a craving for some authentic hibachi-style food, visit Edo Garden Hibachi, 6309 Monona Drive, the local restaurant with the Best Asian Food. The family-owned and operated restaurant specializes in hibachi and sushi, as well as many other types of Japanese cuisine. Runner-up: China Star.

Best Grocery Store

Pick ‘n Save, 6540 Monona Drive, is your one-stop shop as the Best Grocery Store. The foods and household supplies you need the most can be found among the aisles. Runner-up: Metro Market.

Best Deli

Ken’s Meats & Deli, 5725 Monona Drive, is the Best Deli. Even its name tells you that. How about a choice of three homemade soups daily? In a hurry? Pick up a homemade meal to go. Check out the large selection of homemade salads, such as macaroni, potato, fruit, seafood, deviled egg, coleslaw and more. And don’t forget the fresh deli meats or the fresh deli sandwiches made to order. Runner-up: Fraboni’s.

Best Chicken Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings, 6544 Monona Drive, is the obvious choice for Best Chicken Wings. Perfection comes in many flavors. Whether you like your buffalo wings wild or mild, Buffalo Wild Wings has sauces and dry seasonings you’ll savor. The menu features 16 signature sauces and five seasonings. Runner-up: Tully’s II.

Best Mexican Food

La Rosita, 6001 Monona Drive, offers up the Best Mexican Food at its lunch and dinner buffets. With more than two dozen choices, as well as a salad bar and desserts, you can surely get your fill at La Rosita. Runner-up: Habaneros.

Best Italian Food

Spaghetti Pie is one of the most popular dishes at Angelo’s, 5801 Monona Drive, and it’s one of the reasons the restaurant was picked as having the Best Italian Food. The favorite dish features spaghetti with mushrooms, onions, green peppers and Italian sausage mixed with Alfredo sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese. And that mouth-watering dish is just one of many on the menu. Runner-up: Fraboni’s.

Best Buffet

The Pizza Oven, 5511 Monona Drive, offers the Best Buffet in Monona. The lunch buffet is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday (with traditional chicken wings on Wednesday and boneless wings on Friday). That buffet includes pizza, a salad bar, pasta, breadsticks and cinnamon sticks. Runner-up: World Buffet.

Best Selection of Tap Beer

Waypoint Public House, 320 W. Broadway, Suite E, offers the Best Selection of Tap Beer in Monona. The bar offers a daily rotating selection of 30 of the finest ales, lagers and ciders from Wisconsin, national and craft breweries, and even those in Europe. Runner-up: Tully’s II.

Best Bloody Mary

This is the first year for the Best Bloody Mary category, and the first winner is Silver Eagle Bar & Grill, 5805 Monona Drive. Nothing beats its award-winning Bloody Mary bar on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Whether you are trying to recover from the night before or just looking to get your day started with something tasty, stop on in and customize your Bloody Mary with its award-winning ingredients. Runner-up: Tully’s II.

Best Jeweler/Jewelry Store

Capitol City Coin & Jewelry, 6025 Monona Drive, is a unique marriage of coins and jewelry that is family owned and operated. In addition to being a full-service jewelry and coin retailer, it buys and sells pre-owned jewelry, gold and estate collections, along with offering appraisals, repairs and custom jewelry design. Runner-up: Custom Creations.

Best Floral Arrangements

There are so many good things about Felly’s Flowers, 205 E. Broadway, it’s hard to know which one is the reason for picking it as Best Floral Arrangements. Its history goes back more than 60 years, and the flower shop offers fabulous floral designs, a great selection and quick delivery. It also has a large selection of green plants from a 35,000-square-foot garden center. And they deliver six days a week. Runner-up: New Leaf Floral.

Best Liquor Store

Bill O’Connell, owner of O’Connell’s Lakeside Liquor, 6325 Monona Drive, has nearly 40 years of experience in the industry, which partly explains why the store was chosen Best Liquor Store. “In all my stores, I strive for a perfect blend of service, convenience and price. If you can get in and out faster than a big store, get your beer and liquor for a competitive price, and the person working behind the counter is friendly and helpful, there is really no reason not to come back. We know that if we can get people in the store to meet the staff, explore the selection and see the prices, we will become their new store of choice.” Runner-up: Pick ‘n Save.

Best Hardware Store

Ace Lakeside, 209 Cottage Grove Road, opened in April 2008 and includes a full-service fishing and sporting goods department with live bait, fishing and hunting licenses, boat permits and a large outdoor living display area. And, of course, anything you need to beautify the interior or exterior of your home can be found at Ace. Other services include glass cutting and blade sharpening. Runner-up: Menards.

Best Place to Buy Gas

No matter the time of day or night, get your gas at PDQ, 105 E. Broadway. With a new building under construction and more gas pumps to be installed, it’s the newest and Best Place to Buy Gas in Monona. Runner-up: Stop-N-Go.

Best Place to Buy a Gift

The upcycled specialty retail store, Booth 121, 6203 Monona Drive, was voted Best Place to Buy a Gift. It offers goods from some of the state’s most creative minds on display. Among them are handmade goods, home décor, furniture, clothing, jewelry and gifts. Runner-up: Walmart.

Best Auto Service

It’s the personal touch that makes Schwenn’s Service, 5601 Monona Drive, the number one Best Auto Service choice for our readers. Quality repair work and very reasonable prices, combined with fast, professional and friendly service, all but guarantee you’ll recommend Schwenn’s to family and friends. Runner-up: Monona Motors.

Best Oil Change/Quick Lube

Schwenn’s Service, 5601 Monona Drive, is the place for the Best Oil Change/Quick Lube in Monona. Get in, get out and get on your way with the helpful staff. Runner-up: Broadway Tire.

Best Car Wash

Rocky’s Custom Detailing, 925 E. Broadway, offers the Best Car Wash in Monona. In addition to a standard hand wash and a full-service hand wash, customers can also get exterior detailing, as well as a wash and wax. Don’t limit yourself to your car, truck or SUV; Rocky’s Custom Detailing also cleans up your boat, motorcycle, RV, camper, bus and commercial fleet vehicles. Runner-up: PDQ.

Best Family Practitioner

Dr. Bridget Pribbenow, of UnityPoint Health – Meriter, 6408 Copps Ave., believes that a relationship between doctor and patient should be a partnership. As the Best Family Practitioner, she understands each patient has a unique situation, and there is not always a “right answer.” But instead, through honest conversation and mutual respect, you can get to the “best answer” for the patient. It’s important for patients to be upfront about expectations right from the beginning, and there needs to be a willingness from the physician and the patient to work through problems – together. Runner-up: UW Health.

Best Dentist

Complete Family Dentistry, 4925 Monona Drive, is the place to go to see the Best Dentist in our reader survey. Dr. Angie Schasker and Dr. Tony Sierra are dental professionals dedicated to family, cosmetic and restorative dentistry with services including dental exams, teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants and much more. Runner-up: Stacey Dental.

Best Chiropractor

Droessler Chiropractic Office, 6000 Monona Drive, Suite 201, was voted Best Chiropractor. Droessler Chiropractic was started with the idea that committed individuals can attain better health through their lifestyle choices. Part of that lifestyle choice is seeking proactive care through chiropractic services to support and maintain a healthy body, whether it is for maintaining proper alignment or digestive health. Owner and chiropractor, Dr. William Droessler has been committed to providing chiropractic care to Monona, Madison and the surrounding communities for over 40 years. He works with a wide range of patients, lifestyles and backgrounds, treating everything from sciatic pain to neck pain, digestive issues to lower back pain. His corrective care is backed by a thorough diagnosis and a treatment plan that will give your body back to you.

Best Hair Stylist/Barber

For the best look in Monona, be sure to see Rachel Zimmer at Shear Radiance, 5708 Monona Drive. Whether you’re looking to maintain your current style or want to change things up a bit, this is the stylist to see. Runner-up: Nichole Gundlach.

Best Pharmacist/Pharmacy

Walgreens, 5300 Monona Drive, is the 2017 choice for Best Pharmacist/Pharmacy. Prescriptions, vaccinations and even a drive-through service are offered. Runner-up: The Medicine Shoppe.

Best Nail Technician

Alyssa Cloud at Magic Mirror, 5708 Monona Drive, is the Best Nail Technician. She said she is passionate her job and believes she was born to make people feel beautiful – all the way down to their nails. Runner-up: Lisa Davis.

Best Massage Therapist/Rehab

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced,” said Kevin Bellenthin, of Studio Z, 6025 Monona Drive, the winner in the Best Massage Therapist/Rehab category. Runner-up: Rebbeca Massman.

Best Tanning Salon

For that perfect sun-kissed look, spend a few minutes at Studio Z, 6025 Monona Drive, the readers’ top pick for Best Tanning Salon. With endless ways for tanners to customize their signature look for every style, mood, season and event, spray tanning gives tanners the color of confidence. You can also use the tanning beds with varying levels of tanning and speeds to give you the look you want. Runner-up: Anytime Fitness.

Best Place To Exercise

Anytime Fitness, 6000 Monona Drive, is the 2017 pick for Best Place To Exercise. The Anytime Fitness staff is trained to help you along your fitness journey, no matter how much support you need. It offers the right amount of amenities and services while remaining within your budget. Each membership includes fitness consults, unlimited assistance and access to more than 3,000 locations. Runner-up: Princeton Club.

Best Accounting Firm/Accountant

Sorge CPA, 5221 Monona Drive, is the place to go for the Best Accounting Firm/Accountant. Get a fresh and innovative approach to individual and corporate tax services, financial and retirement planning, accounting and payroll services, and audits, reviews and compilations. Sorge CPA offers big-firm capabilities with the small-firm personalized attention. Runner-up: Dale Miller of DMA Tax & Accounting.

Best Insurance Agent

No matter the type of insurance you need, look no further than Julie Bass, of State Farm, 6000 Monona Drive, Suite 101, the 2017 choice for Best Insurance Agent. Services include auto, home, property, business, life, health, banking and annuities. Runner-up: John Klinzing.

Best Real Estate Agent

Bert Slinde, of SlindeRealty Company, 4705 Monona Drive, was chosen as Best Real Estate Agent. His 40-year career spans from residential and comercial to brokerage to development. He also has extensive experience in sales management, including small and large offices. His broad experience ranges from new home construciton to large-scale multifamily construciton and devleopemnt. Runner-up: Noot Team.

Best Attorney

Bob Gonzalez was chosen as Best Attorney. Part of Croak, Gonzalez, Eckerle & Martinson, 200 River Place, Suite 260, he practices family law. Runner-up: Brenda Haskins.

Best Veterinarian

Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic, 4504 Monona Drive, is the Best Veterinarian, and that’s where you’ll want to take your dog or cat for all their needs. A calming environment and fear-free techniques will make your trip to the vet pleasant for you and your pet. The clinic is a both a Certified Fear-Free and Gold Certified Cat Friendly clinic, and it participates in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

Best Financial Adviser

Looking for the Best Financial Adviser in Monona? Head on over to Steve Halverson of Edward Jones, 5690 Monona Drive. “Whether you're planning for retirement, saving for college for children or grandchildren, or just trying to protect the financial future of the ones you care for the most, we can work together to develop specific strategies to help you achieve your goals,” Halverson said. “We can also monitor your progress to help make sure you stay on track or determine if any adjustments need to be made.” Runner-up: Monona Bank.

Best Lawn Service

Your lawn and landscape need ongoing attention to stay healthy. That’s why TruGreen, 2251 Kilgust Road, provides science-based solutions tailored to meet your specific needs. When combined with proper mowing and watering techniques, these services can maximize your lawn’s potential. As the leader in the professional U.S. lawn care industry, TruGreen is uniquely equipped to help you achieve a lawn you’ll love. Runner-up: All-Ways.

Best Plumbing Service

Lichtfeld Plumbing, 5001 Femrite Drive, was voted Best Plumbing Service this year and was one of four Dane County businesses recognized with the 2016 Governor’s Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business. This local, family-owned business has been serving customers since 1895. Runner-up: Pete’s Plumbing.

Best Dry Cleaner

Klinke Cleaners, 4518 Monona Drive, is the trusted name in dry cleaning in central Wisconsin. Offering a full suite of quality and express dry cleaning services, a mobile app and 20 convenient locations, experience the best dry cleaners in the Madison and Milwaukee areas. Runner-up: Professional Cleaners.

Best Financial Institution

Headquartered at 5515 Monona Drive, Monona Bank provides personal banking, home lending, business banking and investment services, all the while it makes community involvement and community giving top priorities in serving all of its customers and neighbors. It’s what you would expect from a locally owned bank – and the Best Financial Institution in our survey. And now, it’s even bigger and better with the recent merger with the former Middleton Community Bank. Runner-up: UW Credit Union.

Best Travel Agent

Capitol Travel Service, 4929 Monona Drive, is a locally owned company founded in 1975. It is your source for the best travel information and expert planning assistance. Whatever your travel needs are, staff there can help you and make the process as stress-free as possible. Let them help you make your dreams a reality. Runner-up: Tammy Hermanson Travel.

Best Customer Service

Anytime Fitness, 6000 Monona Drive, has a lot going for it, including being selected as having the Best Customer Service. Every member gets a free, personalized plan when they join. The friendly, professional staff is trained to help you along your fitness journey, no matter how much support you need. Anytime Fitness also offers personal training and classes when you’re there, and the right tools to keep you on track when you’re not. Finally, with 24.7 access,

you're joining the most convenient gym on the planet. Runner-up: Tully’s II.

Best Day Care

KinderCare, 6109 Monona Drive, is our readers’ choice for Best Day Care. New data suggests kindergarten students who experienced early childhood education at KinderCare were, on average, four months ahead of their peers nationally. The study was conducted using the TerraNova, a widely-used standardized assessment tool. The findings are consistent with other assessments, including previous results from the Maryland Model for School Readiness, which measure the impact that KinderCare learning programs have on children. Runner-up: Campus for Kids Learning Center.

Best Builder/Home Improvement

For the Best Builder/Home Improvement winner, look to Ryan’s Renovations, 2121 S. Stoughton Road. Ryan’s Renovations is a licensed and insured general contractor serving all of Dane County and southern Wisconsin. It offers professional renovation services for home and commercial remodels, handling all phases of interior and exterior improvement projects from concept to completion. Runner-up: W.E. Davies and Sons Remodeling.

Best Electrician

From start to finish, Hill Electric, 1513 Emil St., Madison, is our readers’ choice for Best Electrician. For more than five decades, Hill Electric has supplied the area with a full range of electrical contracting services. It is fully equipped to work on residential and commercial projects, as well as voice and data cabling. Projects cover a variety of needs, including wiring, design build, electrical engineering, architectural lighting, fire alarm systems, fiber optics, security systems. and more. Runner-up: Apex.

Best Heating and A/C Company

Chosen as the Best Heating and A/C Company, Harker Heating & Cooling Inc., 87 W. Beltline Highway, has been providing quality heating and cooling services since 1949. The business has Wisconsin’s premier heating and cooling showroom. It features fully functioning furnaces, air conditioners, radiant heat and water heaters. In need of a fireplace? Harker and Heating & Cooling has that, too. Runner-up: Fowler Heating and AC.

Best Things For Kids To Do

Dream Park, as part of Winnequah Park on Healy Lane, is a children’s playground built through a community effort spearheaded by Tim and Karen Turino and the Monona Optimist Club. The central area of the Dream Park resembles a large castle with turrets, walls and bridges, a painted moat at the entrance and a dragon sculpture rising from it. A wizard statue welcomes you into this magical land. A wooden fence surrounds the Dream Park. It contains many kinds of play equipment, including a tire swing, two suspended bridges, tree house, fire pole, tunnels, a chain bridge, monkey bars, two swing sets and three slides. Runner-up: Monona public pool.

Best Place For Family Night Out

Tully’s II, 6401 Monona Drive, is the winning selection for the Best Place For Family Night Out. Its varied menu choices means everyone can find something they like for their meal. There’s an outdoor patio (even heated in the colder months) and TVs galore to catch football, baseball, basketball and hockey games. And its banquet room is the perfect place for a private party. Runner-up: The Pizza Oven.

Best Place To Watch The Big Game

Silver Eagle Bar & Grill, 5805 Monona Drive, provides several TVs around the bar area, making it the Best Place To Watch The Big Game. Whether on your own or with a group of friends, order up some food and drinks as you enjoy the game. Runner-up: Buffalo Wild Wings.

Best Happy Hour

Everyone is always looking for a deal, and for the Best Happy Hour, head on over to Silver Eagle Bar & Grill, 5805 Monona Drive. From 3-6 p.m. weekdays, the bar offers a buy one get one free special on domestic bottles of beer, domestic tap beers, and rail and call mixers. All other drinks are $1 off. Runner-up: Tully’s II.

Best Hotel/Motel/Lodging

AmericInn, 101 W. Broadway, offers 61 rooms with refrigerators and flatscreen TVs for guests, as well as an indoor pool, a spa tub, a sauna, complimentary wireless internet access, a complimentary full breakfast, a business center, laundry facilities, and coffee and tea in the common area. Runner-up: Country Inn & Suites.

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