Business Buzz for the week of March 10

Closets For Life earns service award
Apple Valley-based Closets For Life has earned an Angie’s List Super Service Award reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of Angie’s List in 2016. This is the fourth year in a row Closets For Life has received the award.

“Only about five percent of the companies in the local Minneapolis/St. Paul market have performed consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List and companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Closets For Life currently has 51 A ratings and one B rating on Angie’s List.

“As a company, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional service and quality work to our clients. To be recognized for the fourth year in a row is an honor and reinforces that we are doing right by our customers,” said Rick Lyrek, Closets For Life owner and an Apple Valley resident.

Lyrek founded the family-owned custom organization company in 2005. Closets For Life works with residential clients as well as designers, builders and architects to create innovative storage solutions for all organizational needs including closets, garages, kitchens, home offices, wine cellars and more. More information is at

DSW opens in Eagan
Designer Shoe Warehouse opened March 2 at 1400 Central Park Commons Drive, Suite 100, Eagan.

The store stocks over 22,000 pairs of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes in a 15,000-square-foot space. Men’s and women’s accessories also are available.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Call 651-404-6189 for more information.

Holiday manager honored
Kara Wilson, store manager of the Burnsville Holiday Stationstore, will be inducted into Holiday’s 2016 Pinnacle Club. This is the third year Wilson will be inducted into the Pinnacle Club.

The induction ceremony and celebratory events involving the inductees will take place on March 27-28 in Minneapolis. The celebration includes a formal luncheon, an evening of theater and fine dining and other special activities.

The Pinnacle Club is reserved for store managers and district managers of Holiday Stationstores who have consistently exceptional results in the areas of sales growth, expense control, age restricted sales compliance and overall business efficiency. Club members are presented with a plaque of achievement, a Pinnacle Club logo jacket and a company gift to commemorate the event.

Bowlero opens in Lakeville
Bowlero Lakeville is holding a grand opening 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18.

Formerly Brunswick Zone XL, the new and improved location has received multi-million dollar renovations with upscale amenities and amusements. It features 38 lanes of bowling, complete with lounge seating and hi-def video walls at the end of each lane.

Bowlero offers state-of-the-art arcades and laser tag along with a “Go Crazy” menu that includes eats like extra-large pretzels, 5 lb. burgers and s’mores treats.

For more information, call 952-435-2695 or visit

Foundation named nonprofit of the year
The Ideal Community Foundation was recently named Nonprofit of the Year for 2016 by the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented at the chamber’s annual Community Awards Celebration on Jan. 27. Ideal was recognized for making a notable impact on the quality of life for those who live and work in the Woodbury community. Ideal Credit Union has a location in Eagan.

Restaurant continues fight against muscular dystrophy
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin will participate in a St. Patrick’s Day fundraising program for muscular dystrophy.

Now through March 17, customers can purchase MDA Shamrock pinups for $1, $5, or a larger donation. Each shamrock will be signed by the customer and will be displayed in the restaurant. All proceeds will be donated directly towards sponsoring a local child’s trip to Camp True Friends, a Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp in Maple Lake.

Applebee’s has locations in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville and Rosemount.