Local businesses honored

Two local businesses were honored last month for being the best at what they do in the entire Twin Cities region. The recognition came in the form of the annual Best of the Twin Cities issue of City Pages. The magazine named Forest Lake Pets the region’s top pet store, while St. Croix Chocolate Company won the “best chocolate” food category. The publication praised the “insane variety” of the pet store’s 15,000-gallon aquarium section and the “subtle and imaginative combinations” crafted by the Marine on St. Croix confection shop.