Iowa’s Top Rated Local® Self Storage Centers Award Winner: East University Self Storage

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that East University Self Storage is a 2019 award winner for self storage centers in Iowa!

When you need a safe, secure and reliable self storage solution in Des Moines, there’s no better option than East University Self Storage.

East University Self Storage has received dozens of reviews with an average rating of 4.75 stars, earning them a wonderful Rating Score™ of 93.47 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five self storage centers in all of Iowa!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“[They have] great owners [and a] great facility. I needed a short-term storage unit on short notice. Arnie took great care of us, and we couldn’t be happier with the service and ease of the transaction. I recommend EUSS to anybody in the Des Moines area.”

Not Your Average Self Storage Center

We wanted to learn all about East University Self Storage and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the manager, Arnie.

The first question we had for Arnie was what is it that sets East University Self Storage apart from their competition in Iowa. Here’s Arnie’s response:

“We are a family-run business. I got started when I had this property that I wanted to flip but I couldn’t get it sold, so in 1999, I started using it for a self storage facility. We are a smaller facility. We have a lot of repeat consumers.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at East University Self Storage and how they work to make the world a better place. Arnie told us that their mission is to make their clients feel more like family.

Building Success Through Customer Service and Communication

Arnie attributes East University Self Storage’s strong online reputation to their commitment to customer service and communication:

“We’ll always answer the phone, day or night.”

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation East University Self Storage has. When we asked what advice Arnie has for them, he emphasized the importance of having great customer service and communication.


Congratulations to the team at East University Self Storage for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Arnie, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend East University Self Storage in Des Moines. Visit their website today!

Iowa’s Top Rated Local® Landscapers Award Winner: Plant Life Designs

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Plant Life Designs is an award winner for landscapers in 2019.

If you are looking for a landscaping company that will transform your yard into the envy of the neighborhood, look no further than this award-winning company!

Plant Life Designs has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 99.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 100 businesses and the number one landscaping company in Iowa!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“We have had two landscaping projects done by Plant Life Designs, and we could not be happier with the results. We especially appreciate the attention to detail and the use of plants native to Iowa. Our family loves to spend time in our garden now. Before Plant Life Designs, it was a bit of an eye-sore! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.” – R.F.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Plant Life Designs is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Landscaping Company

We were excited to learn all about Plant Life Designs and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Tara Dudley.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Plant Life Designs stand apart from its competitors. Tara said:

“We go through a very thorough process from the start to make sure you get a custom landscape design that fits your needs, your lifestyle, and what you’re looking for. We go through that process, and then when we start the project, we’re only focused on that project until it’s done, so we’re very attentive to that specific project. We source high-quality materials and plants, and we do a fair amount of follow-up as well.”

She went on to tell us about the Plant Life Designs business mission:

“Our mission is to encourage people to live more outside in their gardens and in their landscapes because of all the positive benefits that you gain from being outside.”

Building Success With Excellent Communication

Plant Life Designs has earned a phenomenal reputation, so we wanted to know about some of the ways they have gotten their name out and grown their company. Tara told us that it’s all about keeping in touch with their community. They host events at their facility, and they always check in with clients. They are committed to being proactive with their communication and connecting with their clients on a regular basis.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Plant Life Designs has managed to. We asked if Tara could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“For an online presence, keep your content up to date and have inspirational content. A lot of visuals with photos and videos are strong, too, and good reviews.


Congratulations to Plant Life Designs for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Tara for taking the time to speak with us!

Iowa’s Top Rated Local® Orthodontists Award Winner: Stork Orthodontics

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Stork Orthodontics is a two-time 2019 award winner in Iowa!

If you’ve been dreaming of a healthier, more beautiful smile, turn to Stork Orthodontics in Des Moines to make that dream smile a reality.

Stork Orthodontics has received hundreds of reviews on four verified sites with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a marvelous Rating Score™ of 98.00 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for being ranked among the top 100 businesses and the number one orthodontist in all of Iowa!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Stork Orthodontics delivers a level of customer service that seems to be unheard of these days. Every staff member of Dr. Stork’s team is extremely professional and kind. They explain every step and are very thorough. I am very impressed with the expert level of care! I recommend Dr. Stork’s office every chance I get! Two thumbs way up!” – Marie C.

Not Your Average Orthodontics Clinic

We wanted to learn more about this two-time award winner and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Jenna Stork, Marketing Director at Stork Orthodontics.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes Stork Orthodontics a one-of-a-kind orthodontics clinic in Iowa. Jenna told us about their heart for service and the passion they have for people:

“Pretty much any orthodontist can straighten your teeth, but we make you feel like the most important person in the room. We give you choices, so you get the smile you’ve always wanted.”

We also asked Jenna what their mission is at Stork Orthodontics and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s her response:

“Our mission is to serve others. By loving on people, focusing on the positive and being the bright spots in someone’s day, we create smiles. Smiles are contagious. If we can make someone feel confident in their smile, and they use it more, it’s going to make the world a better place.”

Building Success Through Awesome Customer Service

Jenna attributes Stork Orthodontics’ strong online reputation to their commitment to providing their patients and families with an awesome customer service experience in the office:

“We create something worth raving about.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Stork Orthodontics has gotten their name out there through consistent hard work, honesty, integrity and by taking great care of people every day:

“If you do what is right and go above and beyond to take great care of people and deliver quality treatment, they can’t help but tell their friends about you.”

Every business owner wants to build the kind of online reputation Stork Orthodontics has. When we asked Jenna what advice she has for those business owners, she said:

“The best advice I could give would be to first focus on caring for your team and creating an awesome environment for them to work in every day. Next, create a product or service that you can stand behind. Create something that people want and figure out how to deliver it better than anyone else in your market. Finally, ask people to share your business with their friends and family.”


Congratulations to the team at Stork Orthodontics for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Jenna, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Stork Orthodontics in Des Moines. Visit their website today!

Iowa’s Top Rated Local® Award Winner: Tenenbaum’s Jewelry

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Tenenbaum’s Jewelry is a 2019 award winner in Iowa!

If you’re looking for a jewelry store that offers a great selection of options and an unbeatable customer experience, look no further than Tenenbaum’s Jewelry in Waverly.

Tenenbaum’s Jewelry has received dozens of reviews with an average rating of 4.99 stars, earning them a stellar Rating Score™ of 97.88 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 100 businesses in all of Iowa!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“We have loved our experience with Tenenbaum’s Jewelry! They were so helpful and accommodating when we were looking for engagement rings. They listened to what we wanted and were able to make it happen. Their customer service is outstanding. They were always friendly and were genuinely interested in getting to know us. We have nothing but good things to say and will continue to recommend them to everyone. We couldn’t be happier with our rings.” – Katelyn J.

Not Your Average Jewelry Store

We wanted to learn all about Tenenbaum’s Jewelry and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with co-owner, Ryan.

The first question we had for Ryan was what is it that sets Tenenbaum’s Jewelry apart from their competition in Iowa. Here’s Ryan’s response:

“We’ve been in business since 1959. Bridal and engagements are our bread and butter. We offer full customization for our engagement rings and can accommodate other custom requests.”

Building Success Through Customer Service

Ryan attributes their strong online reputation at Tenenbaum’s Jewelry to their commitment to customer service:

“We try to treat everyone fairly and make sure our customers are well-informed and satisfied when they leave.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Tenenbaum’s Jewelry has gotten their name out there through Facebook ads and a few TV spots.

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Tenenbaum’s Jewelry has. Here’s Ryan’s expert advice for them:

“Put the customer first; work hard; put in the time.”


Congratulations to the team at Tenenbaum’s Jewelry for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Ryan, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Tenenbaum’s Jewelry in Waverly. Visit their website today!

Iowa’s Top Rated Local® Landscapers Award Winner: A+ Lawn Care & Landscape

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that A+ Lawn Care & Landscape is a 2019 award winner for landscapers in Iowa!

For the most beautiful lawn in the neighborhood, there’s no better landscaping company to rely on in Mason City than A+ Lawn Care & Landscape.

A+ Lawn Care & Landscape has received dozens of reviews with an average rating of 4.90 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 94.96 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five landscapers in all of Iowa!

Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews that got them there:

“We are so PLEASED with A+ Lawn Care & Landscape! Josh and his crew transformed our yard to make it the talk of the neighborhood! Josh has always been willing to be there when we need him. Whether it’s cutting the grass, moving the snow or cleaning the gutters, Josh and his crew are there with a smile and a job well done. This spring, Josh and the lads are redoing our patio and front walk. We can’t wait to see the finished product! I would (and have) recommended A+ Lawn Care & Landscape to anyone who is looking for quality service that is also very reasonably priced! Thanks, Josh!!” – William G.

Not Your Average Landscaping Company

We wanted to learn what makes this award-winning business tick, so we took a few minutes to talk with Josh, the owner of A+ Lawn Care & Landscape.

To kick off our conversation, we asked Josh about what makes A+ Lawn Care & Landscape unique compared to the many other landscapers in Iowa. Josh told us:

“We are a landscaping company that puts the customer first. We are upfront and transparent with our pricing and time of completion. We pride ourselves in excellent service and work.”

Building Success by Providing the Highest Quality of Work

When we asked Josh about their secret to such a strong online reputation at A+ Lawn Care & Landscape, he said:

“We make sure that, when we put our name on something, it will be of the highest quality work.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, A+ Lawn Care & Landscape has grown through Facebook advertising and local mailers.

There are many business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Josh’s expert advice for them:

“Be consistent, and never compromise quality for quantity.”


Congratulations to A+ Lawn Care & Landscape for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Josh, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend A+ Lawn Care & Landscape in Mason City. Visit their website today!

Iowa’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Blades Barber Shop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Blades Barber Shop is an award winner for barber shops in 2019.

If you are looking for a barber shop that will keep you looking sharp, look no further than this award-winning company!

Blades Barber Shop has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across three different verified sites with an average rating of 4.96 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 95.60 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top five barber shops in Iowa!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“This is the best barber I have ever been to! They get it perfect every time and make sure that you are happy when you leave! I don’t trust anybody else in our area to cut my hair. I highly recommend coming here.” – A.B.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Blades Barber Shop is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We were excited to learn all about Blades Barber Shop and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Sarah Horrall.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Blades Barber Shop stand apart from its competitors. Sarah told us that it all starts with their small-town feel, meaning that she develops deep relationships with her customers and always treats her first customer the same way she treats her last customer. Sarah is a second-generation barber (her mother was a barber for 30 years) so she knows a thing or two about how to offer incredible service. She said that, generally, guys have gotten used to going to a salon because it’s where their wives go, but that at Blades Barber Shop, they are a specialized barber shop that just does men’s hair and uses straight razors.

We wanted to know about the Blades Barber Shop business mission, and Sarah described it to us as:

“We keep you looking sharp.”

Building Success By Loving What They Do

Blades Barber Shop has earned a phenomenal reputation, so we were excited to hear about some of the ways they have gotten their name out and grown their business. Sarah told us about some of the cool promotions they offer, which include Whiskey Wednesday, where they offer their clients a customary drink from different distilleries. They are looking forward to their upcoming two-year anniversary party, which she promises will be full of fun stuff.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Blades Barber Shop has managed to. We asked if Sarah could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Keep at it. Owning a business is a roller coaster, but if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!”


Congratulations to Blades Barber Shop for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Sarah for taking the time to speak with us!

Iowa’s Top Rated Local® Orthodontists Award Winner: Patritto Orthodontics

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Patritto Orthodontics is an award winner for orthodontists in 2019.

If you are looking for a qualified and caring orthodontist, look no further than this award-winning company!

Patritto Orthodontics has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.71 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 97.09 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top five orthodontists in Iowa!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Dr. Patritto and his staff are amazing! His attention to detail really shows in my daughter’s beautiful smile. We enjoyed our monthly visits with Marissa. She was very gentle and made my daughter feel at ease. You have one happy teenager who loves her new smile!!” – I.K.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Patritto Orthodontics is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Orthodontic Care

We were excited to learn all about Patritto Orthodontics and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the Marketing Director, Ruth Patritto.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Patritto Orthodontics stand apart from its competitors. Ruth told us that Dr. Patritto is not only highly qualified and experienced, but he is also incredibly passionate about what he does and the patients he cares for. He is well-known in the area and has a strong rapport with his patients. When visiting Patritto Orthodontics, it is clear that the patients are the most important thing.

Ruth told us all about the kind of specialty and training you get when you go to an orthodontist and said that, while dentists specialize in treating oral health, orthodontists specialize in moving teeth and aligning the jaw, which requires years of additional training beyond dental school.

When we asked Ruth about the Patritto Orthodontics mission, she said that overall, they are trying to help people gain self-confidence.

Building Success, Online And Off

Patritto Orthodontics has earned a remarkable reputation, and Ruth said that part of the reason they have been recognized locally is thanks to their involvement in supporting local sports teams anddonating and assisting the community however they can.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Patritto Orthodontics has managed to. We asked if Ruth could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“You’ve got to be strong on Google; they have the market! Reviews are huge.”


Congratulations to Patritto Orthodontics for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Ruth for taking the time to speak with us!

Iowa’s Top Rated Local® Pool Service and Repair Award Winner: Blue Lagoon Pool And Spa

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Blue Lagoon Pool And Spa is an award winner for pool service and repair in 2019.

Take the first step in getting your very own perfect backyard oasis by reaching out to this award-winning company!

Blue Lagoon Pool And Spa has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across three different verified sites with an average rating of 4.87 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 94.66 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three pool service and repair businesses in Iowa!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Having owned several spas in different states, I can confidently say the team at Blue Lagoon is phenomenal to work with. They were there to help me from day one spec’ing out my new spa location, ordering the spa exactly as desired, doing the installation and setup, and providing post-installation support. They have been super helpful with post-purchase support, even staying late one night to make sure I was taken care of since I live far away. [They offer] top-notch customer service. I definitely recommend them!” – D.W.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Blue Lagoon Pool And Spa is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Pool Service and Repair Company

We were excited to learn all about Blue Lagoon Pool And Spa and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Breanna Tippie.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Blue Lagoon Pool And Spa stand apart from its competitors. Breanna told us that they are always working towards their ultimate mission of making people happy, and said that it’s rare in their industry to find such remarkable customer service.

Building Success Through Word of Mouth and Positive Reviews

Blue Lagoon Pool And Spa has earned a wonderful reputation, and Breanna said it’s all thanks to word of mouth. She told us that they used to use a service to invite their customers to leave a review, but lately, they just ask for them themselves. She said that when people have a bad time somewhere else or are feeling frustrated, they see their many positive reviews and bring their business to Blue Lagoon Pool and Spa.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Blue Lagoon Pool And Spa has managed to. We asked if Breanna could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Ask for referrals, and care about your customers.”


Congratulations to Blue Lagoon Pool And Spa for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Breanna for taking the time to speak with us!

Iowa’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: 1910 Grille’

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that 1910 Grille’ is a two-time 2019 award winner in Iowa!

For an unbeatable fine dining experience in Mason City, there’s no better option than 1910 Grille’.

1910 Grille’ has received hundreds of reviews on six verified sites with an average rating of 4.82 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 98.19 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for being ranked among the top 100 businesses and the number one restaurant in all of Iowa!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“[1910 Grille’ offers] one of the best dining experiences in north central Iowa. You can cut the steaks with a butter knife, and the vegetables that were paired with it were seasoned and cooked to perfection. [It’s located in a] very nostalgic setting in the Historic Park Inn Hotel. You must try it; I have always been satisfied with the service, meals and drinks!” – Bill R.

Not Your Average Restaurant

We wanted to learn more about this two-time award winner and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Steve Noto, the owner of 1910 Grille’.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes 1910 Grille’ a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Iowa. Here’s what Steve had to say:

“We are the local favorite for celebrations. We find that people will book us for anniversaries, birthdays and other special events. We have an extensive wine and beverage list. We also try to change the menu up three times a year. We strive to make everything from scratch daily. We use fresh ingredients that we buy locally as often as we can from mainly southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. We have what we call a chef’s table. We have an open kitchen concept, with six seats right in front of the cooking line. You can request to sit there, and the chef will show you how he’s putting everything together and will help you pair beverages. It is a really interactive experience, and our guests really love that.”

Steve went on to say:

“When we started, we were doing wine dinners, where we invited six people and did the food/wine pairing at the chef’s table. The chef and I would entertain people for the evening. That continued to grow in the number of guests as we continued to train the staff to handle more people. We then opened the full restaurant.”

Building Success Through Five-Star Service

Steve attributes 1910 Grille’s strong online reputation to their commitment to providing five-star service to their guests:

“Our motto is five-star service all the time for everyone. Both my hotel and restaurant staff are very knowledgeable about the property and the history here. We want people to come here, have a nice meal, relax and enjoy themselves and the property.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, 1910 Grille’ has gotten their name out there through word of mouth and by holding special events:

“We have quite a few six-course wine dinners, where we pick a night to close the restaurant, sell 54 seats and make it exclusive. We have one of the wine representatives contribute by coming in and talking about the different wines we’ve selected to pair with each course.”

Every business owner wants to build the kind of online reputation 1910 Grille’ has. When we asked Steve what advice he has for those business owners, he said:

“Listen to feedback. You can’t fix what’s wrong or needs improving if you’re not listening.”


Congratulations to the team at 1910 Grille’ for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Steve, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend 1910 Grille’ in Mason City. Visit their website today!

Iowa’s Top Rated Local® Award Winner: Barn Happy

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Barn Happy is a 2019 award winner in Iowa!

If you’re looking for a tourist destination that’s uniquely Iowa, look no further than Barn Happy in Cedar Falls.

Barn Happy has received hundreds of reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.79 stars, earning them an exemplary Rating Score™ of 97.94 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 100 businesses in all of Iowa!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“[Barn Happy is] one of the best local places around for food, treats, coffee and Iowa-made gifts! The people there are very friendly, genuine and absolutely wonderful. I will miss it over the winter, but I’m definitely looking forward to it opening back up in the spring!” – Holly M.

Not Your Average Business

Kris Boettger, the owner of Barn Happy, generously gave us a few minutes of her time to tell us about this one-of-a-kind business and its award-winning online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that sets Barn Happy apart from their competition in Iowa. Here’s Kris’s response:

“Everything is made from scratch here. We don’t use pre-made anything! We use real butter and real sugar. People aren’t used to that in a restaurant! We’re also set up in a big white barn!”

Kris went on to say:

“My hours are pretty short. We’re open Wednesday through Saturday 9:00 am -3:00 pm. We close at the end of December and stay closed through the beginning of March.”

We also wanted to know why they do what they do at Barn Happy and how they work to make the world a better place. Kris shared their mission statement with us, which is:

“Big white barn, big wide smile!”

Building Success Through Hospitality

When we asked Kris about Barn Happy’s secret to such a strong online reputation, she said:

“I’ve never asked anyone for a review in 17 years. People like the experience and hospitality. It’s very Iowa iconic!”

Outside of building the kind of online reputation any business owner would envy, Barn Happy has spread the word about who they are and what they do by posting on Facebook once a week and doing a little advertising, but most of their business comes from word of mouth.

Clearly, Kris knows a thing or two about growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s her expert advice for the many other business owners out there:

“Pray a lot! Ask God to show you an idea for how he made you that would be a sustainable business idea. Be true to yourself, and grow your business on the strengths that God gave you. Make sure it’s fun, too! Make sure it’s not something that someone else has done, and make it an enjoyable place for you to go to work! If you’re having fun, your employees and patrons will, too!”


Congratulations to the team at Barn Happy for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Kris, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Barn Happy in Cedar Falls. Visit their website today!