The Rochester Report

Month: February 2017

Vets in Rochester Mn That Your Pets Will Love


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The number of Vets in Rochester Mn that you have to choose from is quite large.  But not all of them are created equal.  I’ve come up with a list of the highest reviewed vets in Rochester Mn as well as some tips on how to choose which one will be best for you and your fur-kids.

How to Choose a Vet in Rochester Mn

Ask Around

Before you go yelp and google review crazy, ask a few people within your own network for recommendations.  Ask your friends, neighbors, and even a local shelter what vets in Rochester Mn that they use.  Chances are they’ll be able to give you some more information than you’d find on a review site.

Attitude Matters

Sometimes your visit to the vet is a routine appointment but other times it’s a scary and stressful time.  Take some time to gauge the staff’s attitude when you call to inquire about their services.  If they’re warm, patient, and friendly you’re in the right place.

Give your pet a chance to make the decision.  If you try out a vet and your pet isn’t too keen on men and they only have a male doctor or most of their techs are male, then you may just have to try out another vet in Rochester Mn that has more females on their staff.

Busy is Better

If you have a hard time getting a last minute appointment or the waiting area is full every time you go in, don’t take that as a negative.  A busy office is a great indication of what they have to offer.  A popular, well liked, and hard working clinic is always a good bet.

Payment Plans

Chances are at some point you may rack up a large bill at your vet office.  Make it a point to ask early on what types of payment plans they offer.

When our Bella had stem cell treatment, although a fraction of the cost of surgery, it was still a hefty bill.  The office had lots of ways that we could pay off our bill that made us comfortable.  That made all the difference in the world and we could focus on the health of our dog and not worry about the financial aspect of the procedure.

Hours of Operation

Lots of people will choose a vet clinic based on proximity to their home but if they have funky hours and aren’t dependable most of the time, then that’s an important thing to consider.  We of course have an emergency clinic in Rochester which is a life saver (literally) because someone our fur-kids always get sick on holidays or weekends.

Get a Second Opinion

Pets are children for most people – at least the people I roll with.  So don’t be afraid to get a second opinion when something serious comes up.  Be open and honest with the vet staff and make the best decision for your pet and your family.

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Broadway Veterinary Hospital

Animal Health Care Veterinary Hospital

  • 1206 9th Ave SE
  • 507-282-3828
  • Website

Heritage Pet Hospital

Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service

This Vet in Rochester Mn has the most friendly and calm staff.  Our family has utilized their services many times.  I treat them like a nurses line as well because sometimes all you need is a little reassurance from a licensed vet tech.

They are always willing to give you advice over the phone.  They’ve never encouraged unnecessary treatments for my dogs.  In fact, they’ve always given me a tiered system of treatment options, their recommendation, and then let me choose.

  • 121 3rd Ave SW
  • 507-424-3976
  • Website

Northern Valley Animal Clinic

  • 3309 Alberta Dr NE
  • 507-282-0867
  • Website

Quarry Hill Park Animal Hospital

  • 2554 Clare Ln NE
  • 507-285-1059
  • Website

Assisi Drive Animal Hospital

  • 1111 14th St NW
  • 507-424-3381

Meadow View Veterinary Clinic

Meadow View is located just outside of Rochester off of highway 14.  They make the list of Vets in Rochester Mn because they are quite honestly spectacular.  I personally take my pets here.  Dr. Kelly is professional and always ready to come up with the best solution for the situation.

When our dog Bella had a partial tear in her knee they suggested stem cell treatment instead of surgery.  She’s 100% recovered and they saved us over $5,000 and Bella a lot of unnecessary procedures and physical therapy.

  • 6214 14th St NW Byron, MN
  • 507-424-2120
  • Website

If you have a Vet in Rochester Mn that your family uses and you’d like them added to this list, please reach out to me at

Top Rated Nail Salons in Rochester Mn


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There are so many nail salons in Rochester Mn but it’s hard to know who’s the best.  Whether you regularly get manicures and pedicures or you’re just treating yourself for a special occasion, I’ve got the list for you.

This list has only the highest rated nail salons in Rochester Mn.  So you can find exactly what you’re looking for.  I’m a bit biased here, as I roll into Tips and Toes South to see Jessica about every 2 weeks.  So if you’re hoping for the best service and the sweetest soul to pamper you then Jessica’s your girl!

Most of these small, family owned shops do not have websites and hours may change so please double check before rolling up for a last minute mani pedi.  I should also note that even with the abundance of nail salons in Rochester Mn, the good ones (the ones on this list) are usually busy.  So give them a call to set up an appointment.

nail salons in rochester mn

How to Find the Perfect Nail Salon in Rochester Mn

License & Location

Choose a licensed nail salon that’s in a location that works for you.  Luckily, this list contains nail salons in Rochester Mn in all parts of the city.  Pay attention to parking and proximity to your workplace as you may need to schedule an appointment over your lunch hour.


When you enter, look around.  Are the work stations sanitary?  Are things lying around or is the space tidy?  How your technician keeps their workspace is a good indication of how they’ll treat your manicure.

References & Reviews

Look for references and reviews.  Find out what their past clients think.  All of these nail salons in Rochester Mn have received many rave reviews on yelp and google but it doesn’t hurt to ask a friend who they’ve used in the past.

The Greeting

How do they greet you when you walk in?  If you’re greeted with eye contact, a smile, and someone actually gets up from their chair then you’re in the right spot.  If you walk in and no one greets you consider that an indication of how much they appreciate your business.

Other Products & Services

What other services do they offer?  Take a look at their services list and if they are selling other products that compliment their services.  If they’ve got a comprehensive product line that helps you take care of your manicure after you leave, they’ve thought of the customer first and plan to take care of you long after your manicure.

Old Products

Are their products expired?  This is something that not many people pay attention to, but beauty products expire just like food does and they can be dangerous if they’ve gone past their expiration date.  When you choose a color be sure to look and ask if it’s an “old” color.  Some of the seasonal colors that don’t sell well aren’t disposed of right away.

nail salons in rochester mn

Tips & Toes South

  • 90 14th St SW
  • 507-281-1412 – ask for Jessica
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm; Sat 9am-5:30pm; Sun Closed

Apache Nails

  • Apache Mall | 1201 12th St SW #327
  • 507-258-6318
  • Hours: Mon – Sat 10am-9pm & Sun 11am-7pm

Lucky Nails

  • 102 20th St SE
  • 507-280-5843
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun Closed

Spa & Nails

  • 2816 41st St NW
  • 507-252-5100
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm

Herbal Spa & Nail

  • 2711 Commerce Dr NW
  • 507-206-6598
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am-8pm; Sat 9:30am-6pm; Sun Closed

T Nails

  • 4662 Maine Ave SE #305
  • 507-252-6963
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-5pm

Tips & Toes North

  • 2950 41st St NW
  • 507-529-9999
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 12-5pm

Diamond Nails

  • 3928 Hwy 52 N
  • 507-226-8799
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 10am-5pm

Blu H20 Salon

This is one of the nicest nail salons in Rochester Mn.  But it’s actually a full salon that offers manicures, pedicures, hair coloring, cutting, and styling.  It’s a really relaxing and modern spot located in downtown, accessible by the skyways.

  • 150 S Broadway #201 (Skyway Level)
  • 507-292-7888
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm; Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Sun Closed

Kari’s Nails

  • 3160 Wellner Dr NE
  • 507-285-0600
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-5pm; Sun Closed

Glo Nails

  • 1217 Marion Rd SE #300
  • 507-322-8239
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm

U C Nails

  • 119016th St SW
  • 507-289-0646
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 9am-4pm

Allure Nails of Rochester

This salon has some of the most raving reviews I’ve ever seen.  They also offer facials and natural products.

Shopping Near Mayo Clinic in Rochester Mn


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If you’re shopping near Mayo Clinic in Rochester Mn you may notice a very diverse selection of store fronts.  This well thought out group of businesses offer everything you’re looking for.

Whether it be a last minute gift, a new outfit, or something that brightens your day, you’ll find it while shopping near Mayo Clinic in Rochester Mn.

Here’s a list of some of the most popular stores near Mayo Clinic where you can find just what you’re looking for.  You’ll notice some of the addresses are suites or marked (subway level).

This is because our downtown shopping experience was designed to cater to patients, visitors, and employees of Mayo Clinic.  With our harsh winters, shops that are easily accessible from the toasty warm skyways are a must!

Carve out some free time to visit these unique shops that have been fixtures in our beautiful downtown area for decades.


Chico’s offers women’s clothing like career wear, dressy separates, and that last minute accessory your outfit needs.

111 S Broadway #216 | 507-536-4533 | Shop Online

Counterpoint Home

A great place to find gifts and housewares.  It’s accessed through skyways, making it super convenient.

111 S Broadway #212 | 507-280-6419 | Website

Games by James

Games by James makes shopping near Mayo Clinic a whole lot more fun.  Here you’ll find an incredible selection of games, toys, and puzzles.

111 S Broadway #207 | 507-280-8828 | Open 7 days a week


This business has been in Rochester for decades and is in it’s second generation of ownership.  They specialize in women’s fashion including jackets, tops, jeans, and accessories.  For prime shopping near Mayo Clinic in Rochester Mn check out their store front in downtown Rochester or online at

111 S Broadway | 507-281-5585

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111 S Broadway #106 | 507-281-3550


This beautifully modern boutique offers women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. Shopping near Mayo Clinic in Rochester Mn doesn’t get any better than this little gem.

Centrally located in the Peace Plaza on street level, this corner shop is a must visit for anyone looking to add to their wardrobe.  I hope to see many more boutiques like this coming to Rochester Mn in the coming years.

100 1st Ave SW | 507-258-7588

Tangerine Gift Shop

This little shop is one of my favorite spots to hit up when I’m shopping near Mayo Clinic in Rochester Mn.  It’s full of the most unique and wonderfully hilarious gifts.  You’ll always find something that’s perfect for the friend you’re shopping for.

You can find them near the Peace Plaza on street level.  They’re open by 9:30 on weekdays and 10am on Saturdays.

110 1st Ave SW | 507-252-8119 | Find them on Facebook

The Running Room

A family owned business that originated in 1984.  You can find quality running shoes and friendly staff here.

711 S Broadway | 507-287-3341 | Shop Online

99 Giggles

An adorable gift shop that will surely brighten your day.  They’ve got everything from children’s clothing to novelty gifts and toys.  It’s conveniently located in the subway level of the Kahler Hotel.

20 2nd Ave SW (Subway Level) Kahler Subway | 507-252-9900

Baby Baby

This is a very unique storefront located inside the Marriott Subway.  You can find anything and everything baby!  I’ve personally purchased many unique items in this shop that I knew I couldn’t find anywhere else.

20 2nd Ave SW (Subway Level) Marriott Subway | 507-286-1295 | Website

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Camy Couture

Shopping near Mayo Clinic in Rochester Mn doesn’t get any easier than this.  They’re located near the Peace Plaza at street level and offer contemporary women’s clothing and accessories.

112 1st Ave SW | 507-258-7338

The Dove Kids

This is a children’s boutique that offers up lots of perfect presents for your loved ones.  Find them in the subway level of Marriott.

101 1st Ave SW (Subway Level) Marriott Subway | 507-288-6600

Exquisite Leather and Luggage

This spot is a fan favorite among locals and travelers alike.  They’ve got beautiful merchandise including leathers, furs, and luggage.  They’re open 9-6 on weekdays and closed on the weekends.

101 1st Ave SW (Subway Level) Marriott Subway | 507-289-6982

Gallery on First

Find the perfect, one-of-a-kind piece for your home or the perfect gift to say thank you.  This gorgeous store will not disappoint.

101 1st Ave SW (Subway Level) Marriott Subway | 507-288-2979

Hanny’s Mens Store

We can’t leave out the men in our lives!  This store has been in Rochester since the 1930’s and is a well known and respected place to get anything the man in your life needs.  They also offer on-site alterations.

19 1st Ave SW (Subway Level) Kahler Subway | 507-289-4077

John Kruesel’s General Merchandise

John is a humble man.  That’s why he didn’t name this “the best store in downtown Rochester”.  I have a special place in my heart for a man that helps a local animal shelter put on their annual auction every year.  And his store will not disappoint either.  Stop in to find fine jewelry, historic documents, american antiques, and lots of treasures.

Their normal business hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST, and other times by appointment. If you’re traveling a long distance, contact them ahead of time to make sure they’ll be open. The shop might close a day here and there during auction season.

22 3rd St SW (Street Level) | 507-289-8049 | Find It Online

LaRee Boutique

An up-scale women’s clothing store offering stylish and comfortable clothing.  Easily accessed from the Mayo Clinic Gonda Building.

101 1st Ave SW (Subway Level) Marriott Subway | 507-322-3549

Lasker Jewelers

A business that’s been in Rochester since the 80’s.  Shop for your loved one here or treat yourself.  They’re open by 9:30 Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays.

101 1st St SW | 507-288-5214

Love from Minnesota

Bring home a memory of Minnesota or where some MN garb with pride!  This cute little shop offers tons of Minnesota themed apparel and gifts.

16a 1st Ave SW | 507-529-3638 | Shop Online

Old Rooster Antiques

While you’re shopping near Mayo Clinic in Rochester Mn why not pick up some antiques?  Old Rooster has china, pottery, glassware, toys, and lots more goodies.

106 N Broadway | 507-287-6228 | Find them on Facebook

Soul Purpose Boutique

They have a variety of unique items that are locally crafted, ethically sourced and thoughfully curated.  Visit them at their store front or online.

321 S Broadway | 507-285-4459

Stillwater Olive Oil Co.

You’ll find high quality extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and specialty oils from award-winning artisan and small run producers around the world.  You can even sample some of the products before you buy!  They’ve got your entire meal covered actually – you can purchase pasta and spices there as well.

20 3rd St SW | 507-316-0933

Tableside Manor

Find unique table decor and home accessories in this new shop in downtown Rochester.

20 2nd Ave SW Suite 181 | 507-252-1677