Sometimes you execute the way you intend, but the results still don't come out in your favor.
Such was the case in the final seconds of the UW-Parkside men's basketball team's season opener Friday night against Lindenwood (Mo.) at the Conference Crossover in Springfield, Ill.
The Rangers made a good defensive stand and ran an offensive set the way they wanted, but it was the Lions who emerged with a 75-74 victory in a back-and-forth affair.
In his first game with the program, Parkside redshirt junior transfer point guard Tray Croft led the team with 22 points, the final two on a jumper with 18 seconds remaining to give the Rangers a 74-73 lead.
Lindenwood called a 30-second timeout and got a shot for TJ Crockett, who went 13-of-25 from the field and led all scorers with 34 points.
Crockett's 3-point attempt didn't even draw iron, but the ball went right to Anthony Christian, who put it in with 5 seconds left for a 75-74 lead.
The Rangers then called timeout and had to go the length of the floor for the win. Croft got a look with a tough layup, but it didn't go at the buzzer.
Parkside coach Luke Reigel was pleased with both his team's final offensive and defensive possessions, but with a gauntlet of a non-conference schedule, he said the team has to execute better overall.
"We just made too many mistakes down the stretch to deserve to win tonight," Reigel said. "We are going to play a lot of close games this year, and we will need to execute at a high level if we are going to be successful."
Croft notched a double-double with 10 rebounds to go with four assists and a steal.
Redshirt sophomore guard Brandon Trimble scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting and added six boards, redshirt sophomore center Joey St. Pierre totaled 14 points, five rebounds and six blocks and redshirt sophomore guard/forward Brandon Hau added 10 points and six boards.
But the Rangers went just 2-of-11 from 3-point range and had seven assists to 10 turnovers.
Parkside trailed 42-36 at halftime but caught up and took a three-point lead at 56-53 on junior guard Ramar Evans' jumper with 10 minutes, 50 seconds remaining.
The Lions extended it back out to seven at 68-61 on Crockett's jumper with 6:02 to go, but the Rangers ripped off a 10-0 run to go ahead 71-68 on Trimble's 3-pointer with 3:55 left.
Crockett's 3 with 1:21 remaining put the Lions back ahead, 73-72, before the teams traded leads in the final seconds.
Parkside will conclude the weekend against host Illinois Springfield at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
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1. (tie) Wagin’ Tail Resort, 5403 52nd St., Kenosha
In just six and a half years, Wagin’ Tail Resort has grown from no dogs to 800 to 1,000 dogs per month. The dogs have their own private suites but are at play during the day. The report has added training classes and it holds birthday parties for dogs. “It’s been steady growth through the years,” said owner Nancy Croft.
1. (tie) Woofman’s Lodge and Pet Resort, 5914 128th Ave., Kenosha
A family owned and operated boarding, training, grooming and daycare facility with a northwoods “feel,” Woofman’s caters to every need of canine and feline clients. Active in the community, it supports local schools and 4-H, rescue organizations. “We are honored to be a 2019 Best of Kenosha recipient,” said Howard Gussis and Lesley Brown.
3. Shel-Ray Pet Shalet, 12005 Bristol Rd., Bristol
1. From Head to Tail, 3816 Roosevelt Rd., Kenosha
A family owned business open seven days a week. From Head to Tail offers grooming, supplies and self-service dog wash. “We are honored to win Best Of Kenosha for the second year in a row. We can’t thank the community and our clients enough for the opportunity to pamper your pet From Head To Tail,” Whitney Faraday and Dillon Hendrickson, owners.
2. Urban Tails Pet Grooming Co., 3203 Washington Rd STE F, Kenosha
3. Paddock Lake Pet Services, 24432 75th St, Salem
1. Safe Harbor Humane Society, 7811 60th Ave., Kenosha
Safe Harbor has been working to find new homes for dogs and cats in and around Kenosha since 1916. Currently, they have over 40 dogs and over 100 cats, including animals in foster care and cats in adoption programs at local pet stores. They also offer low-cost vaccine clinics and spay/neuter programs, along with micro-chipping services.
“We’re kind of a safety landing spot,” said Director Chandra Riberich. “We’re open admission so we also take in strays. We try to provide as many community resources as we can within our budget.”
2. Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc., 6833 24th Avenue
3. Kindred Kitties, 614 59th Street
1. K9 Kibble, 5919 Sheridan Rd., Kenosha
Open for six years, K9 Kibble offers a self-serve dog wash, plus gifts, treats, food and supplies for dogs and cats. Owner Nicole Centeno believes in offering the “unique,” be it products made in the US, to custom service like gift-wrapping for new puppy gifts or gifts from the “grand-puppy-parents.”
“We do sell more products that are unique,” she said. “I do a lot of research to pick out products that will be in our store and try to find products that aren’t available elsewhere.”
2. Bentley’s Pet Stuff, 9250 76th Street, Suite E, Pleasant Prairie
3. PetSmart, 9887 76th Street, Pleasant Prairie
1. Rettungs-Haus Shepherds Inc., 6833 24th Ave., Kenosha
The training facility has been training and adopting German Shepherds since 2012. Dogs are vetted, matched to prospective owners and immediately based in foster homes before adoption. They also offer all breed dog training available to the public.
“We match dogs to families to make sure it’s successful,” said founder Antoinette Rodriguez. “By the time they go into adoption, they’ve been with us a month or longer and already know basic commands.”
She said among the important periods for dogs and their families is the period from 9 months old to about 3 year of age. They work with the dogs to see what’s working, and even what’s not working, to help make placements successful. “We’re a one stop shop for a lot of people and their dogs,” she said. She said the successful placements are the “reason we train,” and why they work with the families to make sure they are committed to their relationships with their dog, as well as with the dogs themselves.
2. Loving Paws LLC/Woofman’s Lodge & Pet, 5914 128th Ave., Kenosha
3. Kenosha Kennel Club, 4902 85th Street, Kenosha
1. Care Animal Hospital, 9052 Prairie Ridge Blvd., Pleasant Prairie
Open since 2000, co-owners and Drs. Russell Brewer and Rebecca Wilsey treat both dogs and cats, but also exotics from reptiles and birds, to hedgehogs and other small animals. Brewer is also certified in pet physical medicine offering treatments like water treadmill and acupuncture.
Sarah Lochen, client marketing coordinator, said that what makes the hospital special is their connection to their clients. “We’re all family here, we take the pets to heart,” she said. They also believe in working to alleviate both owners’ and animals’ fears and stress. “A lot of pets that come in show stress and fear, and they’ve taken steps to alleviate that,” she said, which often eliminates the need for heavy sedation.
2. Regner Veterinary Clinic, 10372 77th St., Pleasant Prairie
3. Harris Pet Hospital, 24424 75th St., Salem
1. The Stella, 5706 8th Ave., Kenosha
The newly renovated 100-year-old building, former home to the Pettit Malt Company in 1857, The Elks Club and the Heritage House Inn, is now a premier hotel destination offering 80 rooms and a top-line banquet facility with a 250 person capacity.
Since opening in April, the newly renovated building offers old-time charm with such amenities as the original chandeliers from 1919 still in place, along with what Yvette Lamphier, director of sales, calls a range of unique services for weddings, local community events and charitable organizations. “We try to make everything as unique as possible,” she said. “Everything we do, we want to up the game.”
2. Circa on Seventh, 4902 7th Avenue, Kenosha
3. Italian American Society, 2217 52nd Street, Kenosha
2. Circa on Seventh, 4902 7th Avenue, Kenosha
3. The Club at Strawberry Creek, 14810 72nd St., Kenosha
1. Chef David Catered Events, 2301 63rd Street, Kenosha
“I’m surprised and honored we have won,” said Chef David Perez, owner/operator of the business at 2301 63rd St. “It’s not something we were pursuing, but we did it with a lot of hard work. I’d like to thank the public for taking the time to vote for us. I’m just the orchestra of the band. It’s due to my wife, the staff here and us all working on the goals we have every day.”
“When I started in this business over 18 years ago, my goal was to be the best possible caterer we could be,” he said, noting he wanted to do something he was passionate about. His parents had given him a lot of entrepreneurial background. “My wife said what I was passionate about is what I should be doing,” a decision which led to opening the business, Perez said.
2. Hometown Meats Deli & Catering, 4924 60th Street, Kenosha
3. Twisted Cuisine, 7546 Sheridan Road, Kenosha
1. Midwest DJ Productions, Kenosha
Diego and Dianna Villalobos, owner/operators of Kenosha-based Midwest DJ Productions said being named Best DJ was both a blessing and an honor. Started in 2000 as a part-time venture, it was relaunched in 2017 as a full-time business.
“We’ve been providing entertainment for events for a very long time, and I think that our vast experience helps us stand out,” Dianna said. “What sets us apart from most DJ companies in the area are my husband’s mixing skills, my attention to detail and the support from our family and friends. Also, I feel the public responds well to us due to our exceptional customer service. We do everything we can to really knock your event out of the park. As a result, we have a perfect 5-star Google rating that we are very proud of.”
“We are always updating to keep things fresh and original," Diego said. “Our new up-lighting was very popular this past wedding season. They fade between colors and add a real fairytale-like ambiance. Our new photo booth was also a big hit this year. Our photo booth is unique because it includes an attendant, red velvet ropes, a red carpet, cool props and a scrapbook full of photos taken by your guests.
"Our customers have had a blast with it. We are extremely grateful to be named Best DJ in Kenosha County for the 2nd year in a row. Thanks to everyone who voted for us. We’re going to continue to work hard to bring our customers the best DJ services. We are very excited for the future!”
3. (tie) with DJ Cubbie and FCA DJ Entertainment
1. The Schaeffer Financial Group, LLC, 2315 30th Avenue
Our firm is very honored to receive such a distinguished award. Thank you, Kenosha News readers, for honoring us with the distinction of the 2019 Readers’ Choice Best of Kenosha County Award in the financial services category,” said Kristi L. Schaeffer Kleutsch, certified senior adviser, vice president, The Schaeffer Financial Group LLC, in Kenosha.
We are all part of the Kenosha community. We run into our clients at the store, at school or at church, so we know our clients as people and as families. Each member of the Schaeffer Financial Group team cares deeply about our clients, their wellness, and helping them work to achieve their goals.When Greg founded our practice in 1979, the mission was to help people learn how to accumulate wealth. There is nothing more important to our clients than their loved ones. Our firm is dedicated to helping our clients navigate some of life’s most important financial challenges, decisions and milestones. Our business has been built one trusting relationship at a time. We enjoy meeting and thinking through each client’s unique financial scenarios with the goal of providing input to put them in a better position to make educated decisions now and in the future. Thank you from all of us here and we look forward to meeting with you to earn your trust and build your financial plan.”
2. Pulera Financial Services, 5455 Sheridan Road, Suite LL20
3. Edwards Jones-Financial Advisor Daniel J. Pascucci, 4901 60th Street
1. Educators Credit Union, 4215 Green Bay Road
We are humbled and honored to be recognized by the Kenosha community!. Educators Credit Union’s focus is on making a positive impact in the community that we serve each and every day. Our goal at Educators Credit Union is to educate and empower the community to make financial decisions that are right for them to reach their goals and dreams. We are invested in all the counties we serve by providing knowledgeable and personable staff, financial education and resources and a variety of convenient products and services.
Educators Credit Union was founded by a group of Racine teachers looking to borrow and save money at fair and reasonable interest rates in 1937. Since then, it has grown to 11 counties and 22 branches. We serve Kenosha County at our Green Bay Road (Kenosha) and 91st Avenue (Pleasant Prairie). Membership is open to anyone who works or lives in our 11-county service area.
2. Chase Bank, 3611 80th Street
3. TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union, 6715 Green Bay Road
1. Heidi Thomas-Country Financial, 5017 Green Bay Road Suite 142
For lifelong Kenosha resident Heidi Thomas, being named the top insurance agent in Kenosha News’ Best of Kenosha contest “feels like a fairytale.”
“I’ve watched and voted for the awards but never once imagined that I would be nominated, let alone win,” Thomas said. “I work each day to be the best that I can be for my family, my clients and everyone whose path I cross. I am extremely honored and appreciate everyone that voted for me.”
Thomas attributes the win to her “servant heart,” a passion to see everyone succeed and protecting clients through insurance coming naturally to her.
“Educating my clients and prospects on how insurance works and how it can help protect what matters most to them is my top priority,” Thomas said. “I want everyone to know the risks and benefits of their policies so they have all the information to make a decision that suits their needs. Any agent can sell an insurance policy but not every agent takes the time to understand and get to know their clients’ personal needs and wants. Giving back to the community, which has given so much to me, is so important in a big small town like ours.”
2. Trottier Insurance Group, 5320 Green Bay Road
3. David Insurance, 3917 47th Avenue
1. Madrigrano, Aiello & Santarelli, LLC, 1108 56th Street
The people have spoken, and Madrigrano, Aiello and Santarelli LLC has been chosen as the best law firm in Kenosha. “We feel grateful to be recognized by our great clients,” said Nick Infusino, an attorney with the law firm.
The firm — which practices in the areas of banking and lending law, business law, civil litigation, condominium law, construction law and litigation, employment law, estate planning, personal injury, probate and real estate — has been serving the Kenosha community for more than 45 years and boasts a staff made up entirely of Kenosha natives, “which is why we so strongly believe in serving this community,” Infusino said.
Concerning what lifts the firm above others in the area in community members’ opinion, Infusino believes it’s due to a number of factors.
“First and foremost, our amazing clients,” Infusino said. “We have long-standing relationships with many great clients in the community. Second is our outstanding staff that helps us provide exceptional service to our clients. Finally, because we care and we take great pride in supporting the Kenosha community as a whole.”
2. Law Offices of Frank J. Parise, 7001 30th Avenue
3. Rizzo & Diersen, S.C., 3505 30th Avenue
1. Dooley & Associates, 600 52nd Street #200
Dooley & Associates is a marketing agency that desires to give back to the local community.
Named the top marketing agency by Kenosha News readers for the Best of Kenosha contest for the sixth time, the agency, located at 600 52nd St. #200, is made up of staff that “absolutely adore Kenosha and are extremely grateful to live, work and play in a city that loves us back,” said agency principal Jennifer Dooley-Hogan.
“We recognize that our success directly correlates with the leadership and growth that surrounds us and we couldn’t be more thankful for all of the opportunities the Kenosha community affords our marketing firm,” Dooley-Hogan said.
The agency offers services in a number of areas, including marketing, communication, creative endeavors (designing business cards, producing video campaigns, social media management, etc.), and assisting businesses with increasing and developing an online presence.
2. Kenosha News, 6535 Green Bay Road
3. The Gratzi, Inc., 5710 77th Street. Suite 100
1. On Target Pest Control, 4916 45th Street
On Target Pest Control is a business that believes in quality and not quantity, according to owner Ryan Kraning, and perhaps that is why the community has voted them the best pest control business in Kenosha.
“We are a family-owned business that works hard to ensure each person we come in contact with feels like family too,” Kraning said. “We follow-up and explain our services in detail. We strive to provide excellent customer service because we believe word of mouth is the best advertisement.”
The business, which serves Kenosha, Racine, South Milwaukee, Walworth County, Lake County and northeastern Illinois, boasts expertise in general pest control, bed bug service, mosquito treatment, tick treatment, rodent removal, wasp control, bee control, wild animal trapping and free pest inspections.
After all their hard work, employees of the business are ecstatic to be No. 1 in Kenosha residents’ minds.
“We are very happy to be chosen the Best Pest Control Company in Kenosha and want to thank all of our past and current customers as well as the Kenosha News Readers that have heard about our excellent customer service rating,” Kraning said. “We work hard to make sure we represent Kenosha positively by networking with other local companies. We love this area and will continue to provide the best possible service for years to come.”
2. Brent’s Spectrum Pest Control Eco-Tech LLC, 4508 8th Ave.
3. Lawn & Pest Control Xperts, P.O. Box 1883, Kenosha
1. Tom Kenfield Photography, Kenosha
“I’m humbled,” Tom Kenfield said after learning he had been chosen as Best Photographer in this year’s Best of Kenosha competition. “There are so many good photographers out there.”
Kenfield isn’t a full-time photographer; his full-time job is being a production manager at EMCO. He does not have a storefront studio.
Plus, he focuses mostly on shooting student portraits and high school sports.
“I try to do a lot of work with schools,” he said. “Working with a couple of high schools and sports teams helps with name recognition.
I try to keep photo shoots fun and low-key and keep focuses on the customers. The key is maintaining visibility, and I try to be as charitable as I can.”
A Kenosha resident for the past 15 years, Kenfield’s photography started as a hobby but grew into something more as his daughter got older.
And even in an era when everybody has a camera as part of their phones, Kenfield said there’s a desire for high-quality photography.
“Even though people have their phones, they recognize the ability of someone to get a closer and better shot,” he said, noting that the biggest boost in his business recently has been sports photos.
2. Andrw Meier, Photography LLC, 4824 24th Place
3. Sealed w/a Kiss Photography, 923 60th Street #4
1. Felicia Pavlica-RE/MAX Newport Elite, 6905 Green Bay Road Suite #104
“I’m excited and honored,” said Felicia Pavlica on being named Best Realtor. “Our team really works to help people.”
A real estate agent for 18 years, Pavlica said her Go Felicia RE/MAX Newport Elite team “has a passion and commitment for what we do. If you work to do what is best for people, it works out.”
Pavlica noted that through mid-October of this year, she had recorded more than 300 accepted offers. She said while the average property is on the market for 35 days, her average is 10 days.
She said she and her team, which includes three agents and two administrative personnel, are ranked in the top 100 of Realtors nationwide.
“It helps that we all do things the same way,” she said. “We have a strategy in place to bring results.”
2. Michelle Volkmar-RE/MAX Newport Elite, 6905 Green Bay Road Suite #104
3. Char Nikolai-Cove Realty, 4515 Washington Road
1. LaMacchia Travel, 618 55th Street #L2
“We’re excited,” said LaMacchia Travel Agency’s Tom Karnes on his business being named Best Travel Agency. “We’ve been part of the community for 88 years. It’s nice to be appreciated.” Karnes and his wife Monica are co-owners
LaMacchia is a repeat winner in this category, and Karnes said while there are only a few travel agencies in town, his crew works hard to please its customers. “We do not take this for granted,” he said, noting his team focuses on creating a culture and environment that is inviting to clients.
“We are genuinely concerned about everybody’s vacations. It’s a small community; we can’t screw it up,” he said.
Even in an age when people can book flights and hotels and plan vacation from their home computers, Karnes said business is booming at LaMacchia.
2. Looking Glass Travel, 10013 69th Street
3. Vacation Creations, Kenosha
1. Lemon Street Art Gallery, 4601 Sheridan Road
“We are obviously very pleased,” said Beth Dary, Lemon Street Gallery director, after learning that Lemon Street was named Best Art Gallery.
“It is because of all the people in the community who have supported us over the years.”
Lemon Street, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in September, is more than just an art gallery. It also hosts a number of art classes and has served as a hub for the burgeoning arts community in the Union Park neighborhood.
“It took some time, but it’s really becoming a place,” Dary said of the arts district. “It’s due to the relationships we’ve been able to build with business, organizations and classes. Diversity is in our mission. We’ve touched the lives of so many different people.”
Dary said the gallery has seen its share of ups and downs over the past 20 years, tied to the state of the economy. “Things flatlined with the economic downturn, but now we’re seeing class participation and art sales surging,” she said. “It follows the confidence the consumer has. Classes are a great way to have some fun, and buying art is for the longer haul — people investing in their homes.”
2. Seebeck Gallery, 9020 76th Street, Pleasant Prairie
3. Anderson Art Center, 6603 Third Avenue, kenosha
1. Hometown Meats Deli & Catering, 4924 60th Street
The standalone butcher shop isn’t as prevalent as it once was, but here in Kenosha, customers still relish the opportunity to stand in front of a refrigerated counter filled with meat and order a cut of beef, pork roast or a package of brats.
The favorite spot to have this experience is Hometown Meats Deli & Catering where butcher, Chris Honey, credits their win in in how customers are treated.
“We don’t just treat them like family, they are our own family,” he said. “We have many regulars and we know about their lives and they know about ours.”
Chris’s hottest commodity is smoked beef jerky made on site in their smoker. Deer processing, catering and deli sandwiches are also popular as are the meat packs ranging in size from 11 to 90 pounds.
Chris spent 21 years working for the previous owner, learning the ins and outs of the butcher shop, cleaning and mopping floors.“I still mop floors, but not as much,” he said.
2. Festival Foods, 3207 80th Street
3. Lomeli Butcher Shop, 5525 18th Avenue
1. Mike Bjorn’s Clothing, 5614 Sixth Avenue
Since 1982, Mike Bjorn’s Clothing has made a name in Kenosha for their “mild” to “wild” men’s clothing items. The eclectic store carries everything from Hawaiian shirts, crazy bow ties and traditional formalwear and shoes.
After Mike passed away in June, his son Brett now operates the largest men’s clothing store in Wisconsin. Though they’ve won in their category before, Brett said he was happy to see that they won this year without asking for votes.
“This made me free incredibly proud that we are appreciated by Kenosha and SE Wisconsin. We work our butts off to make a great experience for everyone,” he said. “We are friendly and have a good reputation for good clothes and having fair prices.”
The most popular item at Mike Bjorn’s is the $179 suit special and one that draws buyers from all over the Midwest, thanks to word of mouth. “It’s a fun vibe here; we have a huge selection and lots of options and are low pressure,” said Brett. “People love it, and we love saving them money.”
2. S J Crystals Men’s Shop, 5701 Sixth Avenue
3. Kohl’s Kenosha, 7200 Green Bay Road
1. Kohl’s Kenosha, 7200 Green Bay Road
With name brands such as Dana Buchanan, Cara Santana, Nike and Izod, Kohls is a one-stop shopping experience for women needing everything from running shoes to lingerie to cocktail dresses. The midmarket department store offers deep discounts on their brands. The thrill of finding a good deal along with, helpful salespeople and an easy return policy keeps bargain hunters coming back.
Founded by Polish immigrant Maxwell Kohl, who first opened a grocery store in Milwaukee, the Menomonie Falls based department store giant is the largest department store chain in the country with 1158 locations.
2. Maurices, 10347 77th Street
3. Marshalls, 5914 75th Street
1. Tenuta’s Delicatessen-Liquors, 3203 52nd Street
The third generation Tenuta’s Deli puts top quality Italian ingredients on their most popular deli item, the signature muffaletta; a mammoth round sandwich packed with layers of mortadella, ham, hot capicola, genoa salami, pepperoni, provolone, mild peppers, lettuce and Italian dressing.
A mainstay in Kenosha, Tenuta’s uses many of the same Old-World recipes that John Tenuta made when he opened the store for 69 years ago, combined with new delicacies to keep customers’ taste buds happy.
“We are happy that we have happy people who voted for us. We are glad we are doing something right to get the votes,” said owner, Chris Tenuta. “We pride ourselves in doing what we were taught generations ago and that’s trying to keep people happy and coming back.”
Featuring a prodigious collection of micro and macro beers locally brewed or from around the world, Tenuta’s also traditional spirits, such as Scotch, Vodka, Gin and bourbon. With an enormous wine offering from Italy and other ethnic countries, knowledgeable and friendly staff are always quick with a great recommendation or simply meander through the aisles and search for a palate pleasing offering.
2. Festival Foods, 6000 31st Street
3. Hometown Meats Deli & Catering, 4924 60th Street
2. Woodman’s Food Market, 7145 120th Avenue
3. Festival Foods, 3207 80th Street
1. Paielli’s Bakery, 6020 39th Avenue
Since 1923, customers have flocked to Paielli’s bakery to sample the traditional methods of Old Italy found in their breads, donuts, genetti, biscotti, kringle, cakes and more. As a 4th generation Paielli, Nicole said they appreciate winning for the third year in a row and attribute it to friendly, great service.
“We have a good, solid customer base and provide them with services we would want to receive,” she said. “We have many regular customers and know what they want and have it ready when they walk in the door.”
The most popular items at Paielli’s are the “Cyclops,” a cinnamon-vanilla frosted doughnut with a raised center, and their fall pumpkin cake donut special. Running the bakery is a 24-hour-a-day business and the aroma of apples, cinnamon and chocolate often waft into nearby businesses.
Founded by Santé and Matilda Paielli, the large bakery employs 70 to help in production, delivering and selling of their products. Nicole’s grandfather, Dino still comes in each day to make the eclairs.
“We have three generations working side by side and have a good rapport with the other employees that are just like family. I think that is passed to our customers,” said Nicole.
2. Oliver’s Bakery, 3526 Roosevelt Road
3. Mike’s Donuts and Chicken, 701 56th Street
2. Oliver’s Bakery, 3526 Roosevelt Road
3. Elsie Mae's Canning and Pies, 5819 Sixth Ave
1. Aiello Mid-Town Florist, 2108 52nd Street
Aiello Mid-Town Florist, 2108 52nd St., a Kenosha mainstay for more than six decades, received top honors from readers who voted on where they purchase their floral arrangements for occasions big and small.
“We’re so proud, and we’re so thankful to the people who have supported us over the years,” owner Chuck Aiello Jr. said. “We do a lot of work here every day, and none of it would be possible without our customers.”
Aiello said he and other staffers have long considered it a privilege to serve people through all phases of their lives — from such joyous occasions as weddings and graduations to more somber ones, including funerals.
2. Sunnyside Florist of Kenosha, 3021 75th Street
3. Strobbe’s Flower Cart, 2913 Roosevelt Road
1. Steinhafels, 7001 118th Avenue
A Wisconsin-based furniture store that got its start in Milwaukee in 1934 was voted Kenosha’s best furniture store this year. Steinhafels’ multiple locations across Southeastern Wisconsin include a retail space at 7001 118th Ave.
“Today, Steinhafels is a fourth-generation company, showing no signs of slowing down,” Steinhafels executives said in a statement. “We continue to grow, bringing new jobs to the region, while keeping our family values in tact.”
2. Total Furniture Warehouse, 8400 75th Street
3. Lulu Birds, 720 58th Street
1. Jack Andrea, 2401 60th Street
Readers again named Jack Andrea Kenosha’s best gift shop. The venerable business, 2401 60th St., is in its 108th year of operation in the community.
“We are very aware of the fact we’re in a city that supports local,” said Annie Goodman, a fourth-generation family member, who currently runs the business. “We are very much a testament to that.”
While Goodman said employees past and preset have been an important part of Jack Andrea’s longevity in the community, she said none of the hard work would lead to success without Kenosha’s staunch devotion over the years.
2. Peacetree Originals, 4721 Seventh AVenue
3. To & From Gift Shop, 5535 Sixth Avenue
1. Woodman’s Food Market, 7145 120th Avenue
Readers gave top votes to a long-lived food store touting its no-frills practices as the best grocer in the city. Woodman’s, which is expanding to multiple markets in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, has long operated a big box in Kenosha at 7145 120th Ave.
“Woodman’s began in 1919 as a produce stand in Janesville and has been delivering on service and savings ever since,” according to a statement from the company, citing the reason for the grocer’s longevity and popularity in the communities it serves.
2. Festival Foods, 3207 80th Street
3. Meijer, 7701 Green Bay Road
1. Herbert’s Jewelers, 7539 39th Avenue
Readers named a Kenosha mainstay as the best place to purchase fine and customized jewelry pieces and watches. Herbert’s Jewelers, 7539 39th Ave., took the top spot in the jewelry category.
When asked why she believes Herbert’s Jewelers has been a part of Kenosha’s retail community for 81 years, operations manager Melissa Fritz points to the shop’s unwavering philosophy.
“I think it’s the personal approach we take,” Fritz said. “We treat each customer as if they count. We’re your neighbors. Our kids go to school with your kids.”
2. Peacetree Originals, 4721 Seventh Avenue
3. The Diamond Connection, 5912 75th Street
1. Pacetti’s Maestro of Music, 5905 Sixth Ave.
A winner in last year’s category, Pacetti’s continues to make sweet sounds in the community not only because of its service, but a genuine love of music. Open since 1953, the former Manny’s Music became Pacetti’s in 1976 and has continued to be a source for instrument rentals and repairs, with a focus on music education in the schools.
“It’s very personalized,” said owner Kevin Velvikis. “It’s service to students and educators. It’s a community really. We try to make sure the kids’ instruments are going and playing.”
A former band member himself through grammar school and at Tremper High, Velvikis laid music aside for 17 years, but not forever. He met his wife in high school band and decided 10 years ago to leave a corporate career to get back into music through Pacetti’s. Both his son and his daughter also continue to play and perform.
2. Music Center Inc., 7700 Green Bay Road
3. Music Go Round, 5708 75th Street
1. Chiappetta Shoes, 6821 39th Avenue
A Kenosha tradition for 98 years, Chiappetta Shoes continues to offer a unique niche in the community with personalized service, quality and its own custom-made orthotics. It also offers a rarity these days—a full repair shop.
“We’re a full service shop,” said CEO Tony Chiappetta, great-grandson of founder Pasquale Chiappetta. “We measure, we do one-on-one service. We’re more problem solvers. We have all different potential solutions to potential foot problems.”
Owned by their parents, Fred and Lori Chiappetta, Tony and brother Nick are happy to see the business into the fourth generation. They also enjoy providing over 50 brands of high-quality shoes and boots, many from Europe and of a quality not found in the usual department store. They also carry socks and other items.
2. Rogan’s Shoes, 11875 74th Place
3. Kenosha Running Company, 1706 22nd AVenue
1. Piccadilly Antique, Furniture & Home Decor, 7427 156th Ave., Bristol
After helping others start their own businesses working with the Wisconsin Womens’ Business Initiative, Barb Fischer-Galley and her sister, Mary Fischer-Tracy decided to take what they’d learned and open their own business. They started opening weekends in Silver Lake in 2013 and then moved to the former 1925 Woodworth Schoolhouse in Bristol a year later. The original two-room schoolhouse from 1925 at the building front was designated a historic site with the Bristol Historical Society.
“People seem to like our variety, and it’s not just painted furniture,” said Fisher-Galley. “Plus, it’s just the idea of spending time with my sister.”
Fischer-Galley said what makes the business work is the variety of goods provided by 29 vendors, from books and antique furniture, to painted items, assorted decorative and vintage pieces, and more. Part of the draw is also the chance to stroll through the various rooms and floors. And where else can you find a store that features a pink donkey out front as its mascot?
2. Benson Corners Antique Mall, 19942 75th Street, Bristol
3. Always Remember That Antiques, 26301 75th Street, Salem
1. Brat Stop, 12304 75th St.
What started out as a “little beer bar” has become one of the most popular destinations in the area for concerts, community events, fundraisers like the Polar Plunge, and more. There are “so many events, it’s hard to count,” said Ron McGill, operations manager at The Brat Stop. “We owe our success to our customers.”
Open since 1961, the facility has continued to expand over the years, offering banquet space, concert facilities, a cheese shop and a restaurant. Additional outdoor entertainment came with the addition of volleyball courts around 2011.
2. 7th Street Inn, 26229 7th Street, Salem
3 (tie). Sieberts Pub, 8403 Antioch Road, Salem
3 (tie). The Red Oak Restaurant, 4410 200th Avenue, Bristol
1. Luisa’s Pizza, 6806 317th Ave., Salem
While items like fried chicken and pasta, plus pies and sandwiches are popular at this 23-year business, it’s the pizza and the people that make Luisa’s Pizza number one.
The small but homey business has a staff of 40 employees, full and part time, an active catering business, along with big carry out orders and of course, lots of pizzas. What makes it special are “my great employees, the great food and our great customers,” said manager and owner Paul De Luisa.
While he’s had his share of obstacles to overcome like the flood of 2017 that closed the restaurant for nearly three months, De Luisa says he owes his success to what he learned working with Jim and Lila Spata at Valeo’s. “I started working with them when I was 12,” he said. “Jim and Lila gave me a great work ethic.”
2. Antioch Pizza, 24730 7th Street, Salem
3. Tenuta’s Italian Restaurant, 25240 75th Street, Salem
1. Bristol 45 Diner, 8321 200th Ave., Bristol
When it comes to eating out somewhere fun, what’s better than having a burger with a bit of nostalgia? With its 1950s décor, bright red walls and a full menu, the Bristol 45 Diner has become the place to be since it opened 11 ½ years ago.
“It turned out to be a good feeling place for a lot of people,” said Tricia Nelson, owner with her husband Glen. “It’s a know each other, good meeting place.”
The diner has a full menu, with breakfast all day, but she said the big hits with customers are diner favorites like burgers and real ice cream shakes. And just like the movie and TV diners, they also have car shows outside in the summer. Starting Oct. 21, look for the Elvis impersonator show inside at dinner time. The show will be held every third Monday.
2. Colony House Restaurant, 25811 119th Street, Trevor
3. The Red Oak Restaurant, 4410 200th Avenue, Bristol