2016’s Best of the Corridor

It’s that exciting time of the year again when we honor the best businesses in Iowa’s Creative Corridor, as chosen by our readers.

In June, we asked subscribers and the general public to vote for their favorites in 50 categories ranging from the best professional firms to the best place to get a drink after work. Entries were taken by write-in vote, meaning that any company can win. And while that gives those companies with the most name recognition an obvious leg up in voting, it also makes for some interesting results, as you’ll see below.

This year also marks the launch of our Best of the Corridor Hall of Fame, which is was created to recognize those local companies that have engendered a high level of customer loyalty. Companies receiving their 10th win will be entered into the Hall of Fame, tagged with a special ribbon to signify the accomplishment, and spotlighted in our future Best of competitions.

We hope you’ll enjoy learning about each of these winners in the pages that follow, and that you’ll congratulate all of our Best of the Corridor winners in the weeks and months ahead.


Best of Corridor Hall of FameHall of Fame Entrants

Best Office Furniture Dealer: Tallgrass Business Resources

Best Website/App Developer: Informatics

Best Golf Course: Brown Deer Golf Club

Best Engineering Firm: Shive-Hattery



Part I
Best Architectural Firm: OPN Architects

Best Brewery: Lion Bridge Brewing Company

Best Business Consulting Firm: RSM US LLP

Best Caterer: Catering by LJ’s

Best Chiropractor: Black & Gold Chiropractic & Wellness

Best Coffee Shop for a Business Meeting: The Early Bird

Best Commercial Real Estate Firm: Skogman Commercial Group

Best Credit Union: University of Iowa Community Credit Union

Best Farmers Market: Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market

Best IT Support Company: RSM US LLP

Best Interior Designer/Firm: Phelan’s Interiors

Best Investment Services Firm: RSM US LLP

Best Landscaping: Culver’s Lawn & Landscaping

Best Law Firm: Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC

Best Life Insurance Provider: TrueNorth Companies

Best Local Internet Service Provider: ImOn Communications

Best Luxury Auto Dealership: Carousel Motors

Best New Restaurant: Black Sheep Social Club

Best Photographer: Kliks Photography

Best Place for a Business Lunch/Dinner: Butcher Block Steakhouse

Best Place to Buy Wine/Spirits: Hy-Vee stores

Best Printer: Cedar Graphics

Best Property/Casualty Insurance Provider: TrueNorth Companies

Best Security Company: Per Mar Security

Best Trucking Company: CRST International


Part II

Best Accounting Firm: Honkamp Krueger & Co.

Best Auto Service Dealer: McGrath Family of Dealerships

Best Bank: Hills Bank and Trust

Best Commercial Cleaning/Janitorial Service: Midwest Janitorial Service

Best Commercial Real Estate Lender: Hills Bank and Trust

Best Commercial Fleet Dealer/Manager: McGrath Family of Dealerships

Best Cultural Attraction: Czech Village/New Bo District

Best Fitness Facility: The Midwest Athletic Club (MAC)

Best Florist: Pierson’s Flower Shop & Greenhouse

Best Hair Salon: Moods Salon and Spa

Best Home Furnishing Store: Dwell Home Furnishings & Interior Design

Best Hospital: UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital

Best Jewelry Store: Ginsberg Jewelers

Best Optometrist/Eye Clinic: Iowa Eye Center

Best Place for a Corporate Event/Party: The Hotel at Kirkwood

Best PR/Advertising Firm: Amperage

Best Promotional Services Company: Team Iowa

Best Real Estate Developer: Ahmann Companies

Best Sign Company: Nesper Sign

Best Spa: The Sanctuary

Best Walk or Run Event: Especially for You