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The results of our annual reader poll, plus our irreverent take on what’s best about living in Boulder County

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elcome to our 23rd annual Best of Boulder™ publication. Just a reminder to everyone, the winners on the following pages have been chosen by our readers via our reader survey, not by Boulder Weekly staff. Once again, we’d like to kick things off by thanking the many thousands of you who took the time to fill out this year’s survey because without your participation, BW’s Best of Boulder™, with its highly coveted “Best Of” awards, would simply not be possible. Every year someone points out that every business in Boulder County is not on the survey and they want to know why that is. The simple answer is there are far too many businesses — tens of thousands — to put them all on our survey. So we have developed what we think is a fair process for getting on the ballot (meaning, listed as one of the multiple-choice options in any given category). Just like winning, getting on the ballot is also determined by our readers. Each year we go through the ballot, question by question, to add and subtract nominees on the basis of past support from voters. If a nominee received little support from voters during the previous year, we might decide to remove them from contention; if a nominee received significant support from voters during the previous year, they will remain on the ballot. Most importantly, we review the all-important write-in votes from the previous year and add nominees to the survey that received significant support. In fact, we give out an award: Write-In Winner, to those businesses

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receiving the most write-in support in their category. This year’s Write-In Winners will automatically be listed on next year’s survey. Our aim is to present the top nominees in each category, and we engage in a meticulous review to create the survey each year. This review is conducted solely on the basis of whom our readers voted for in the past. And just to be clear, whether or not a nominee is a BW advertiser is not part of the equation. However, as our publisher likes to point out, the very nature of advertising does come into play here. When a business advertises in Boulder Weekly, they enter into a relationship with our readers. More often than not, this relationship breeds good will and familiarity, and when our readers take the survey they are more likely to vote for a business with whom they have a relationship, just as they are more likely to choose a restaurant, café, summer camp or bike shop that they have a relationship with when making a purchase. But that’s as far as

it goes. When it comes time to tabulate the results, we give the awards to whomever our readers voted for in the greatest numbers, and we construct the survey each year on the same basis. So that’s how it works, time to get on with the fun. You’ll notice a few staff picks mixed in with our readers’ survey results and they are clearly marked as such. These are thrown in to let us give a shout out to a great business for something that doesn’t fall into one of the established “Best of” categories or just to add a little humor. You’ll also notice reader comments sprinkled throughout this magazine. The comments are examples of what our readers had to say as they filled out their surveys. Yes, we read all 1-2,000 of them every year and then choose a few that tickled our fancy to publish. Congrats to all the winners. Boulder County’s quality of life is truly enhanced by the presence of your businesses and efforts.

FOOD 8......DRINK 42......ENTERTAINMENT & CULTURE 54......FITNESS & HEALTH 70......RETAIL 86 STAFF

Publisher, Stewart Sallo Associate Publisher, Fran Zankowski Special Editions Editor, Emma Murray Director of Operations/Controller, Benecia Beyer Circulation Manager, Cal Winn

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EDITORIAL

Editor, Joel Dyer Associate Editors, Matt Cortina, Angela K. Evans, Caitlin Rockett Editorial interns, Giselle Cesin, Lenah Reda

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Circulation Team, Dave Hastie, Dan Hill, George LaRoe, Jeffrey Lohrius, Elizabeth Ouslie, Rick Slama

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Cover photo: Margrét Skowronski of The Ritz, Winner Best Costume Shop

(Photo by Susan France)

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BAKERY

MOXIE BREAD CO.

641 Main St., Louisville, 720-420-9616 Silver: Lucky’s Bakehouse and Creamery Bronze: Great Harvest Bread Co.

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MICHELE NAVA, ver since Moxie Bread Co. set up shop in downtown Louisville a few PASTRY CHEF AT years ago, there’s practically been a line out the door. People from far and MOXIE BREAD CO. wide are trying to get their hands on master baker Andy Clark’s fine bread, pastries, sandwiches and more. Where else can you drop in for a fresh kouign-amman or king egg, and leave with a handful of heritage grain flour and a freshly baked batard? Moxie has been earning award after award for its commitment to artisan baking — another Best of Boulder from our readers is well deserved.

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Ma Ma Says ... THANK YOU

BOULDER COUNTY FOR VOTING US BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT!

Welcome to Zoe Ma Ma! Inspired by my mother’s love, I wish to share with you her signature dishes and delicious home cooking. Unlike most Americanized Chinese restaurants, we freshly prepare Ma Ma’s dishes with high quality ingredients that include homemade organic noodles, cage-free eggs, and all-natural meats. It’s quality for your tummy and it’s Ma Ma approved.

2010 10th Street, Boulder, CO 80302 • 303-545-6262 • zoemama.com

Monday through Thursday and Sunday: 11am – 10pm Friday and Saturday: 11am – 11pm

Thank you for voting Chimera Best New Business & Best Asian Fusion!

2014 10th St Boulder Co 80302 Happy Hour 4-6p Daily 720-580-1100

Chimera is our expression of flavors from around the Pacific Rim. We focus on creating dishes that are deeply rooted in their origin but presented with modern creativity and sensibility.


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food BURRITO

APPETIZERS/TAPAS

1447 Pearl St., 303-440-3955 1124 13th St., 303-444-3055 Silver: Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina Bronze: Santiago’s Write-in: Santo

1002 Walnut St., 303-444-5335 Silver: Brasserie Ten Ten Bronze: The Kitchen

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or Illegal Pete’s, it all started right JUAN CAMPOS, here in Boulder with a dream of a resEMPLOYEE AT ILLEGAL PETE’S taurant that was fun for both employees and customers, with a little counter-cultural flare. More than two decades later, and Pete’s is still Boulder’s favorite burrito stop. With a variety of options from rice and beans to potatoes with green chili or queso, along with any choice of meat and other toppings, these burritos are stuffed to the brim, full of flavor, and the perfect antidote to society’s decay. And let’s not forget they mix all the ingredients together before wrapping them in a fresh tortilla so you get every ingredient in every bite. These folks want to make sure you have a good time, celebrate the humanity around you and leave fully satisfied, and their burritos do just that.

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f you’re cravings span the globe and you’re in a social mood, our readers say there’s no better place to satiate your appetite than at The Mediterranean Restaurant. The immense, diverse tapas menu has long been heralded as one of Boulder County’s best. Order up a bunch of items and feast on bacon-wrapped Medjool dates, fried calamari, hangar steak with salsa verde, tuna tartare, hummus, roasted almonds, braised chicken empanadas and so, so much more. An ideal spot to catch up with friends and family, hold a business meeting, or just fill your stomach, The Med delivers with quality, fresh small plates and unparalleled ambiance.

READERCOMMENT “JUICE BARS AND SMOOTHIE BARS ARE TOO DIFFERENT TO COMBINE. I LOVE WONDER FOR JUICE AND RUSH BOWLS FOR SMOOTHIES AND SMOOTHIE BOWLS. THEY ARE VERY DIFFERENT FROM ONE ANOTHER.”

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HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS SUNDAY BRUNCH Hours: Monday - Saturday 11am-Close • Sunday 10am-Close

512 MAIN ST., LONGMONT, CO • 303-772-0252

www.mikeoshays.com

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HAPPY HOUR 4PM - 6PM

WINE, BEER & SAKE

TRADITIONAL VIETNAMESE PHO HOUSE Hours: Mon - Sun 10:30am-9pm 2855 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80301 • 303-449-0350 DINE IN - TAKE OUT • www.boulderpho.eat24hour.com 12 APRIL 25, 2019

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RAYBACK COLLECTIVE

2775 Valmont Road, 303-214-2127 Silver: Chautauqua Dining Hall Bronze: Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

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RAYBACK COLLECTIVE irepit? Check. Rotating array of eclectic EMPLOYEES TRISH local food trucks? Check. Fresh beer and LEERHUBER AND PAUL kombucha on tap? Check. Lawn games? BECKER Check. Twinkling string lights? Check. Dogfriendly atmosphere? Check. Great music? Check. There is virtually nothing the Rayback Collective is missing when it comes to spending an evening under the stars and enjoying good food and drink with friends. Perhaps the best part of it all, however, is the fact that the Rayback is located right in the heart of Boulder — great outdoor dining virtually at your fingertips.

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SEAFOOD

JAX FISH HOUSE & OYSTER BAR 928 Pearl St., 303-444-1811 Silver: Wild Standard Bronze: Tortugas

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ince 1994, Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar has been serving our “coastless community” the best oysters, fish, lobster and crab, among other delectable treats from the sea. Sustainability runs deep in the fish house’s value system; in partnering with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, The Blue Ocean Institute and Fish Choice, Jax proudly employs top-notch sustainable seafood practices in sourcing its delectable food. Our readers say you won’t find fresher seafood in Boulder County than at Jax.

“I LOVE UNDER THE SUN EATERY AND PIZZERIA! THEY ARE SO FAMILY-FRIENDLY, BUT STILL GREAT TO HAVE A FIRST DATE. THEIR SPECIALS AND PIZZA ARE AMAZING. THE SERVICE AND FOOD IS ALWAYS CONSISTENT.”

CATERING

A SPICE OF LIFE CATERING + EVENTS

5541 Central Ave., Suite 272, 303-443-4049 Silver: Blackbelly Market Bronze: McDevitt Taco Supply Write-in: Mountain Sun Pub & Breweries

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emember when Uncle Jimmy choked on the dry chicken at cousin Lorraine’s wedding? Or when everyone left Dad’s retirement party early for lack of adequate and edible food? Well, fear poor catering no more. Hosting an event large or small already is stressful, but with the folks at A Spice of Life Catering + Events providing good food for your guests is never in question. Whether it’s your wedding, a corporate event, an intimate house party or a backyard barbecue, they’ve got a delicious menu for any setting and any group of people. So you can just sit back and relax, knowing the food is covered, even if you still have to figure out who’s going to make sure Aunt Shirley doesn’t drive home, little Johnny doesn’t tease all the other kids, or Grandpa Joe doesn’t talk politics.

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ORGANIC RESTAURANT

FRESH THYMES EATERY

2500 30th St., Suite 101, 303-955-7988 2690 28th St., 720-484-5969 Silver: Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant Bronze: The Kitchen Write-in: Flower Child

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KT’S BBQ

7464 Arapahoe Road, 303-786-7608 2660 Broadway, 303-442-3717 Silver: Georgia Boys BBQ Bronze: LuLu’s BBQ Write-in: Big Daddy’s Texas BBQ

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HAPA SUSHI GRILL apa” is derived from a & SAKE BAR SUSHI Hawaiian term that describes a CHEF JEFFERSON harmonious blend of Asian and LIU American cultures. At Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar, you’ll find traditional Japanese cooking fundamentals at the heart of all of their creations, like spicy tuna nachos, with spicy tuna, fresh mango salsa, guacamole and sour cream served with tortilla chips and sweet soy. In the New Style Hapa Sashi, five pieces of assorted thin-cut fish are grilled in a garlic olive oil and served with cilantro and ponzu sauce. There are also dozens of rolls for everyone from the sushi novice to the connoisseur, as well as poke bowls, miso soup, edamame and tempura. No wonder our readers call it their favorite Japanese cuisine.

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or its mouth-watering brisket, pulled pork and menu of other smoked meats and scrumptious sides, our readers chose KT’s BBQ as their favorite place to eat slow-cooked meats in Boulder County. Stop into any one of the locations and you’ll get the same finger-licking barbecue to pair with classic Southern sides, prepared with love and a particular affection for our collective taste buds. Hot links, smoked chicken, ribs and more round out the menu, and KT’s offers packages to-go and a full catering operation in case you want to share this barbecue at your next gathering. Place to Begin and End Your Ride THE TUNE UP – TAP ROOM AT FULL CYCLE 1795 Pearl St., 303-440-1002, fullcyclebikes.com

There was a changing of the guard in the Bicycle Shop category this year, as perennial winner University Bicycles was edged out by Full Cycle as Best Bicycle Shop. It may be that this has something to do with the addition of The Tune Up – Tap Room at Full Cycle, a creative concept that serves as a cafe, tap room, music venue and community center. Whether it’s a pre-ride espresso and pastry, a post-ride IPA and burrito, or the live music on Friday nights, The Tune Up is the place to begin and end your ride. Grab a latte and a slice of quiche, and join in on a gravel ride on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. BEST OF BOULDER COUNTY ’19

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Serving Freshly Prepared Southwest Cuisine with a Colorado Twist

Fresh Ingredients House Made Tortillias Gluten Free Catering

LEAF VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT Winner - Best Vegetarian Friendly Winner - Best Gluten Free Menu Winner - Best Organic Restaurant

2770 Arapahoe Road, Lafayette, CO 720-612-7315 www.LunadaEatery.com

THE HUCKLEBERRY Winner - East County Restaurant

Best Indian and Nepali Restaurant!

THE BOULDER DUSHANBE TEAHOUSE Winner - Best Teahouse Winner - Best Chai Winner - Best Place to Eat Outdoors Winner - Best Restaurant Ambiance Winner - Best Place for 1st Date

THANK YOU FOR VOTING FOR US!

Nederland 110 N. Jefferson St. 303.258.1169

Boulder 1964 28th St. 303.442.6868

Best Nederland Restaurant

www.kathmandurestaurant.us

Thank You for Voting us

Best Asian Fusion Restaurant!

2016

DINE IN • TAKE OUT

LAFAYETTE

1085 South Public Road • Lafayette, CO • 303-665-0666

Hours: Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Sunday 11am-9pm • Friday & Saturday 11am-9:30pm • Closed Monday BOULDER WEEKLY

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FREE CASE EVALUATION

food CHINESE

ZOE MA MA

2010 10th St., 303-545-6262, ext. 1 Silver: China Gourmet Bronze: Flower Pepper Restaurant Write-in: Tasty Asia

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Need a Trial Lawyer? Serious Personal Injury • Auto Crashes • Criminal Defense • Attorney Rosenthal worked for two of the biggest auto insurance companies in the world and knows exactly how they work, exactly how they think, and precisely how to beat them at their own game.

eople ZOE MA MA SERVES crowded UP OUR READERS’ FAVORITE CHINESE around the FOOD IN BOULDER counter, chopCOUNTY. sticks and soy sauce flying, eaters slurping noodles seated on short stools at small tables. Walk into Zoe Ma Ma in Boulder on any given day at any given time and this scene will unfold before you as if you were standing on a street corner in Shanghai. Edwin Zoe started the restaurant in honor of his mom, serving up authentic and fresh traditional Chinese dishes and earning our readers’ award for best in the County year after year. As Edwin says, the entire menu is “quality for your tummy and it’s Ma Ma approved.”

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• Attorney Rosenthal, an expert level negotiator with industry wide relationships, gets the vast majority of cases favorably settled without the need for trial. • Avvo, the largest legal directory in the world, gave Attorney Rosenthal more 5-star reviews than any personal injury law firm in the state.

Place to Treat Your Dog NEPTUNE MOUNTAINEERING 633 S. Broadway, 303-449-8866 neptunemountaineering.com

• Our Primary Referral source is happy clients. • Jeremy is CU Student Friendly.

Even if Fido won’t scramble up the Second Flatiron with you, he can still get rewarding treats at Neptune Mountaineering, the most dog-friendly gear shop we’ve ever stepped foot in. When Fido struts through the rows of backpacks, lines of socks, shelves of books and collection of climbing gear, he’ll elicit oohs and aahs and “so cute!!!” at every turn. Once you two finally make it to the cash register, though, is where the gold lies: a bowl of complimentary doggie treats awaits.

READERCOMMENT “THERE SHOULD BE A BEST FRENCH FRY CATEGORY, AND RUEBEN’S BURGER BISTRO SHOULD WIN EVERY YEAR.”

www.LFOJR.com • 303.825.2223 jeremy@LFOJR.com 16 APRIL 25, 2019

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FREE CASE EVALUATION

INJURED?

Need a Trial Lawyer? Serious Personal Injury • Auto Crashes • Criminal Defense • Attorney Rosenthal worked for two of the biggest auto insurance companies in the world and knows exactly how they work, exactly how they think, and precisely how to beat them at their own game. • Attorney Rosenthal, an expert level negotiator with industry wide relationships, gets the vast majority of cases favorably settled without the need for trial. • Avvo, the largest legal directory in the world, gave Attorney Rosenthal more 5-star reviews than any personal injury law firm in the state. • Our Primary Referral source is happy clients. • Jeremy is CU Student Friendly.

www.LFOJR.com • 303.825.2223 • jeremy@LFOJR.com


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FOOD TRUCK

MCDEVITT TACO SUPPLY

Mobile, Boulder County, 720-573-4194 Silver: Verde Bronze: Los Dos Bros Write-in: Monzu

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cDevitt Taco Supply has more than 30 tacos in MCDEVITT TACO SUPPLY OWNER rotation at its taco carts. That includes classics BRADFORD like diced pork al pastor and chimichurri steak, but also MCDEVITT LOVES contemporary takes on the world’s favorite handheld HIS JOB. food. There’s the Colorado taco, with chicken topped with roasted sweet potatoes. There’s the Thai Ginger Tilapia taco — pretty self-explanatory — and the Mr. Roboto taco, with Asian steak topped with a tangy slaw. Vegetarians can chow down on a Kale Yeah! These are some heady tacos — that’s why our readers call McDevitt their favorite food truck.

READERCOMMENT 1200 Yarmouth Avenue • Corner of North Broadway 3 0 3 . 4 4 2 . 3 8 9 9 • b a c c o b o u l d e r. c o m

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Place to Get Local Charcuterie BLACKBELLY 1606 Conestoga St., Boulder, 720-479-8296, blackbelly.com/butcher-shop

GLUTEN-FREE MENU

FRESH THYMES EATERY

2500 30th St., Suite 101, 303-955-7988 2690 28th St., 720-484-5969 Silver: Modern Market Bronze: Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant

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hen gluten absolutely cannot be in your meal, it’s heavenly to walk into a restaurant and know that you can order anything — anything at all — off of the menu. Fresh Thymes Eatery not only offers a completely gluten-free menu, they dish out gluten-free food with bold, exciting flavors. Try Fresh Thymes’ Dragon tacos, with blue corn tortillas, Korean marinated skirt steak, house-made kimchi, carrot cucumber slaw and Sriracha aioli. Or put that gluten-free menu to the test with a pizza… maybe the Calabrese Salumi, with Creminelli salami, marinara, fennel, onion, pepperoncini and whole milk mozzarella. Who needs gluten?

Blackbelly is the only whole-animal butchery in Boulder. That’s alright with us, because it has everything we could ask for, including a world-class charcuterie program. Head butcher Nate Singer is a maestro. His charcuterie includes dry-fermented salami, European-style whole-cured muscles like prosciutto and coppa, and plenty of sausages, paté and terrines. If you want exceptional cured and aged meats, or if you’re looking for hard-to-find charcuterie, Blackbelly is the place. And Singer’s commitment to responsible, local sources of meat means you’ll be doing your part in building a better food system.

EAST COUNTY RESTAURANT

THE POST BREWING COMPANY

Authentic, Original & Fusion Recipes

2027 13th St., 720-372-3341 105 W. Emma St., Lafayette, 303593-2066 1258 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 720-588-2883 Silver: Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina Bronze: The Huckleberry Write-in: The Roost

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ot chicken meets cold beer at any of The Post Brewing Company restaurants. With family style home-cookin’, humanely raised and gluten-free fried chicken, brews to match the meal, and a family-friendly and fun atmosphere, our voters say The Post Brewing Co. is their favorite in East County. With multiple locations throughout the county, there’s always room for everyone. You won’t find any large buckets, greasy meat, or Kentucky colonels around here, just good, fresh fried chicken... and a whole lot of other great dishes and handcrafted beers.

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THANK YOU For Voting Us Best Asian Fusion and Best Pho Grilled Meats & Seafood • Full Bar • Stir Fry Vegetarian Specialties • Salad-Style Noodle Bowls Curries & Stews • Traditional Noodle Soups (Pho) Crystal Rolls & Wraps • Kids Menu

READER COMMENT “NO CORRIDA OR FLOWER CHILD? KINDA SURPRISED!” “YOU LEFT OFF CORRIDA AND FLOWER CHILD – NEWCOMERS, BUT TWO REALLY WELL-RESPECTED (NEW RESTAURANTS)!” “WHERE IS FLOWER CHILD?” “WHERE IS CORRIDA?”

2655 28th St., Boulder Convenient free parking behind building

EDITOR’S NOTE: FLOWER CHILD AND CORRIDA RANKED NUMBER ONE AND NUMBER TWO IN OUR NEW RESTAURANT CATEGORY, AND RECEIVED PLENTY OF SUPPORT IN OTHER CATEGORIES AS WELL. THEY WILL CERTAINLY BE ADDED TO SEVERAL CATEGORIES IN OUR 2020 SURVEY. BOULDER WEEKLY

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ICE CREAM

SWEET COW ICE CREAM

Best Thai Restaurant

2628 Broadway, 303-447-3269 669 S. Broadway, 303-494-4269 637 Front St., Suite B, Louisville, 303-666-4269 Silver: Glacier Homemade Ice Cream & Gelato Bronze: Gelato Boy (formerly Fior di Latte) Write-in: Best One Yet

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hy do our readers love Sweet TANNER AND Cow Ice Cream? Let us count the CALLIE FRANCE ways: one scoop of candied ginger, two WORKING HARD scoops of chocolate orange, three AT SWEET COW’S scoops of vegan cookies and cream... MOO MOBILE AT AN OUTDOOR EVENT maybe in a cup, waffle cone or pretzel cone. Our readers can head to any of Sweet Cow’s six locations to check out different flavors. Over at the North Boulder location, you might find the very adult-palate-oriented Tighe Brothers Bourbon Corn Flake and the equally grown-up Nerds Nerds Nerds flavor. At the Louisville location you might sample the White Grape Cherry Sorbet and Milena’s Earl Grey Cookie. There are ice cream cakes, milkshakes and ice cream sandwiches too.

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Front Range Food for Front Range Families

BUSINESS LUNCH

THE MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT 1002 Walnut St., 303-444-5335 Silver: Brasserie Ten Ten Bronze: OAK at fourteenth Write-in: 95a Bistro & Sushi

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f you’re looking for a good place to both get down to business and nosh on some tasty dishes, head over to The Mediterranean Restaurant, Boulder County’s choice for best business lunch. Need to impress those out-of-town clients? Lure in that coveted employee with the impressive resume? Or just debrief that rough meeting with a couple of coworkers? The Med’s menu has something for everybody, from tasty tapas to pizzas, pastas and paellas. Plus with a robust drink menu, including wine, beer and cocktails, there’s nothing you can’t get done over a meal at The Med.

LATE NIGHT

ILLEGAL PETE’S

1447 Pearl St., 303-440-3955 1124 13th St., 303-444-3055 Silver: Cosmo’s Pizza Bronze: World Famous Dark Horse Bar and Grill Write-in: Mountain Sun Pub & Breweries

Open at 7:30 Every Day for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Brinner!

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Sushi Chef GHANA GURUNG – JAPANGO 1136 Pearl St., 303-938-0330, bouldergjapango.com Sitting at the sushi bar at a Japanese restaurant is most often the result of a long wait for a table. But since discovering Ghana Gurung, we have started reserving our favorite spot at the north end of Japango’s sushi bar so we can witness up-close Ghana’s artistry as a sushi chef, enjoy the extraordinary service he provides and hear stories of his native Nepal. Ghana is not only a world-class sushi chef, but once you get to know him, you may find your sushi order arriving before you’ve had a chance to fill out the form. He has a knack for remembering your favorites and preferences, and he has a winning personality — and the smile to go with it — that serves to melt away the sometimes-intimidating aspect of ordering directly from the sushi chef.

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PIZZA SLICE

303 Main St., Lyons, 303-823-6685 Silver: Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ & Brew Bronze: Lyons Fork Write-in: Bella La Crema

659 30th St., 303-447-3278 3117 28th St., 303-442-3278 1325 Broadway, Suite 108, 303-447-1133 Silver: Abo’s PIzza Bronze: Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage Write-in: Adesso Pizzeria

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READERCOMMENT “MORNING GLORY STAFF ARE SOME OF THE FRIENDLIEST OF ALL BOULDER COUNTY RESTAURANTS I’VE ATTENDED IN THE PAST 15 YEARS!”

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PIECE, LOVE & CHOCOLATE 805 Pearl St., 303-449-4804 Silver: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Bronze: Chocolove Write-in: Chocolaterie Stam

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KID FRIENDLY

MOUNTAIN SUN PUBS & BREWERIES

1535 Pearl St., 303-546-0886 627 S. Broadway, Unit E, 303-543-0886 600 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, 303-651-7886 Silver: Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House Bronze: Noodles & Company

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Sourdough Loaf THE DIAZ FARM 2818 Jay Road, Boulder, 720-454-5475, thediazfarm.com If you haven’t been out to The Diaz Farm in North Boulder yet, you’re missing out. The urban farm sells a variety of produce grown on-site, as well as eggs gathered from the chicken coop out back. There’s also a food truck parked in the driveway, which turns that produce and some choice meats into unforgettable burritos, tacos, gorditas and quesadillas. But amid all that goodness, you might forget to take home a loaf of sourdough bread, made on-site with local grains. The crumb is ridiculously moist, robustly flavorful and the crust is perfectly cooked and crunchy. The bread is baked daily on the farm, and you can even buy into a bread share, which gives you access to the original loaf plus jalapeño cheddar, rosemary potato, cranberry walnut and more flavors. BEST OF BOULDER COUNTY ’19

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SNOOZE: AN A.M. EATERY

1617 Pearl St., 303-225-7344 Silver: Walnut Cafe/South Side Walnut Cafe/Super Mini Walnut Cafe Bronze: Tangerine Write-in: Lucky’s Cafe

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he value of breakfast has never been lost on brothers Jon and Adam Schlegel. It’s the meal that marks a new day, a time to pause before reentering the world and, as many psychologists claim, the best time to be creative. It makes sense, therefore, for the Schlegel brothers to embody a familiar-yet-creative vibe throughout their Snooze: an A.M. Eatery menus. Such ingenuity manifests itself nowhere better than in their pancake line, a range that takes you from pineapple upside-down pancakes to sweet potato cakes, and from coco-nana cakes to blueberry Danish pancakes. Our readers say opting for the flight — where you get to pick three different Snooze pancakes — is the best way to start your day. FROZEN YOGURT

GLACIER HOMEMADE ICE CREAM & GELATO 3133 28th St., 303-440-6542 4760 Baseline Road, 303-499-4760 Silver: Ripple Pure Frozen Yogurt Bronze: Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

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THE MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT 1002 Walnut St., 303-444-5335 Silver: Brasserie Ten Ten Bronze: OAK at fourteenth

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Snail-Shaped Pastry CHOCOLATE PISTACHIO ESCARGOT ­— BABETTES 2030 Ionosphere St., Longmont, 720-204-7420, babettesbakery.com Step into Babettes’ new digs in the Prospect neighborhood in Longmont and you might be overwhelmed... in a good way. A display of some of the most beautiful pastries and breads you’ve ever laid eyes on will be before you. Don’t worry, you don’t need to eat them all at once. Start with the chocolate pistachio escargot. This snail-shaped pastry is created by laying pastry dough flat, spreading sweet pistachio butter and chocolate shavings over the dough, rolling and cutting the dough into spirals, and baking until puffed, deeply browned and lightly caramelized. The pistachio pops, and the pastry is crispy, buttery and irresistible.

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Place to Take Leftover Food HARVEST OF HOPE PANTRY 2960 Valmont Road, 720-382-1971, hopepantry.org In 2012 Harvest of Hope Pantry opened its doors with a mission to relieve the stress of food insecurity throughout Boulder County. Harvest of Hope accepts a wide range of food donations, from fresh produce to shelf-stable canned goods, which it then makes available to both clients with access to kitchens and those without. If you have extra food and want to contribute to their cause, you can drop off anything edible that’s unopened and was made in a commercial kitchen.

VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY

NEDERLAND RESTAURANT

KATHMANDU RESTAURANT

110 N. Jefferson St., Nederland, 303-258-1169 Silver: Backcountry Pizza Bronze: Crosscut Pizzeria & Taphouse Write-in: Ubon Thai Cuisine

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o we hike the Rocky Mountains for their beauty and grandeur? Or do we hike the mountains just so we can burn off enough calories to justify another trip to Nederland for the world’s greatest after-hike treat — a hot, delicious Nepalese meal at Kathmandu Restaurant? Spicy vindaloo, creamy masala, naan, chai, oh my. If it’s food from Nepal and delicious, you’ll find it on the menu here. Our readers know food, and they are positive that this family-owned restaurant is Ned’s best. So, take a hike and find out for yourself… or skip the hike and just get straight to the good part.

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LEAF VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

1710 Pearl St., 303-442-1485 Silver: Fresh Thymes Eatery Bronze: Modern Market Write-in: Flower Child

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MOUNTAIN SUN PUBS & BREWERIES

1535 Pearl St., 303-546-0886 627 S. Broadway, Unit E, 303-543-0886 600 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, 303-651-7886 Silver: Snarfburger Bronze: Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant

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2720 Canyon Blvd., 303-440-2903 Silver: Busaba Authentic Thai Cuisine Bronze: Buddha Thai Cuisine Write-in: Chez Thuy

1535 Pearl St., 303-546-0886 627 S. Broadway, Unit E, 303-543-0886 600 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, 303-651-7886 Silver: Flagstaff House Restaurant Bronze: Frasca Food and Wine

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ou won’t find any televisions at any of the Mountain Sun Pubs & Breweries in Boulder County. That’s because they prioritize community and good old-fashioned human interaction — that is smiles and howdy-doos and thank yous. The service each table receives reflects these very values. The staff rotates in all its positions, so servers, cooks and hosts escape the rut of routine and are all quick and lively when it comes to meeting the customers needs. It must be a great system because our readers keep giving these folks the best service award year after year.

READERCOMMENT “THE DRINKS AT JAPANGO ARE CRAFTED WITH LOVE AND PANACHE. STANLEY CREATES COCKTAILS FROM HIS VAST EXPERTISE IN MIXOLOGY AND MERAKI.” EDITOR’S NOTE: MERAKI (MAY-RAH-KEE) MEANS TO DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR SOUL, CREATIVITY, OR LOVE. IT ALSO MEANS WHEN YOU PUT SOMETHING OF YOURSELF INTO WHAT YOU DO.

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BAGEL

Various locations around Boulder County Silver: Curry ‘N’ Kebab Bronze: Aloy Thai Cuisine

1770 13th St., 303-442-4993 Silver: Flagstaff House Bronze: The Mediterranean Restaurant

637 S. Broadway, Suite G, 720-287-0317 3075 Arapahoe Ave., 303-442-4427 2650 Broadway, 303-444-3252 3267 28th St., 720-406-9000 Silver: Big Daddy Bagels Bronze: Einstein Bros. Bagels

BOULDER DUSHANBE TEAHOUSE

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MOE’S BROADWAY BAGEL

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e’ve all been there. You wake up, and you can’t get these five letters out of your brain: B-A-G-E-L. You won’t be satisfied until you sink your teeth into that delicious, chewy, donut-shaped wheat treat, whether it’s toasted with butter, slathered with cream cheese, set atop breakfast meats or just devoured au natural. When such cravings hit our readers, they run to Moe’s Broadway Bagel. The New York-style bagels are comforting, always fresh, and come in a variety of styles, with dozens of options for adornment. Pick up a hot coffee or tea and enjoy a friendly chat with the helpful staff, and you’ve completed a successful morning.

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Winner of Best Slice! 659 30th Street Williams Village Free Delivery 303-447-FAST (3278)

WE DELIVER TO GUNBARREL UNTIL 2:30AM EVERY NIGHT!

1325 Broadway University Hill Plaza 303-447-1133 (Carry-out or dine-in only. No Delivery) 3117 28th Street North Boulder Free Delivery 303-442-FAST (3278)

Online ordering at www.cosmospizza.com

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906 Pearl Street • 303-443-7711 • farfels.com

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FLAGSTAFF HOUSE

1138 Flagstaff Road, 303-442-4640 Silver: OAK at fourteenth Bronze: Frasca Food and Wine Write-in: Corrida

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2655 28th St., 303-442-1700 Silver: Black Pepper Pho Bronze: Boulder Pho Write-in: Pho Cafe Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup & Grill

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EFRAIN’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT & CANTINA

1630 N. 63rd St., 303-440-4045 101 E. Cleveland St., Lafayette, 303-666-7544 Silver: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant Bronze: T/ACO an urban taqueria Write-in: McDevitt Taco Supply

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MOUNTAIN SUN PUBS & BREWERIES 1535 Pearl St., 303-546-0886 627 S. Broadway, Unit E, 303-543-0886 600 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, 303-651-7886 Silver: Blackbelly Market Bronze: The Kitchen Write-in: 95a Bistro & Sushi

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ne of the best things you can say about a restaurant is that it’s consistent. Our vast experience dining at the various Mountain Sun Pubs & Breweries allows us to testify that when our readers tell us consistency is the hallmark, we know they’re right. The regular menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups, entrées and vegetarian/vegan offerings always hits the spot, and the rotating selection of daily specials are uniquely composed, but, above all else, consistently delicious. Throw in a world-class wait staff, an ever-changing list of house beer, a fun, family-friendly environment and affordable pricing, and it makes sense our readers agree that Mountain Sun has the County’s top American restaurants. ASIAN FUSION

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2655 28th St., 303-442-1700 Silver: Zoe Ma Ma Bronze: Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar Write-in: Chimera

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e could go on and on about how great Chez Thuy’s menu of French, Thai, Indonesian, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine is, but you really ought to experience it for yourself. We’re guessing you already have, as it pulled in our readers’ votes for best Asian fusion restaurant. The menu is gigantic, and the deeper you get into it, the better the outcome. Crispy quail, lobster basket, frog legs hot pot, tamarind shrimp, stuffed betel leaves — we’re getting hungry just thinking about all the bold flavors and combinations of taste, color and texture that define Chez Thuy’s unique food.

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH

LUCILE’S CREOLE CAFE

2124 14th St., 303-442-4743 518 Kimbark St., Longmont, 303-774-9814 Silver: Tangerine Bronze: Snooze: an A.M. Eatery Write-in: The Parkway Cafe

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1535 Pearl St., 303-546-0886 627 S. Broadway, Unit E, 303-543-0886 600 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, 303-651-7886 Silver: Larkburger Bronze: World Famous Dark Horse Bar and Grill Write-in: Shine Restaurant & Potion Bar

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HAPA SUSHI GRILL & SAKE BAR

1117 Pearl St., 303-963-9667 Silver: Sushi Zanmai Bronze: Japango Write-in: 95a Bistro & Sushi

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he incredible fusion of Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar’s Japanese and Hawaiian influences comes alive in its eclectic and unexpected sushi offerings. Split into four fleets — beginner rolls, intermediate rolls, vegetarian rolls and Hapa original rolls — it’s as easy for everyone to find something appealing as it is to find something new. Hapa’s original rolls are adorned with names like Booty Call roll, Mork & Mindy roll, Multiple Orgasm roll and Tootsie roll, and filled with an array of ingredients that’ll keep you coming back until you’ve tried them all.

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FLAGSTAFF HOUSE

1138 Flagstaff Road, 303-442-4640 Silver: Boulder Cork Bronze: The Kitchen Write-in: The Melting Pot

Perfectly suited for couples, families and festive gatherings, Carelli’s offers an outstanding and authentic experience in an unpretentious classic Italian atmosphere that is spacious and intimate, as well as award winning decor.

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herpa’s Adventurers Restaurant & PEMBA SHERPA, OWNER OF Bar is our readers’ go-to spot for Indian SHERPA’S food, with classic dishes like korma, saag ADVENTURERS paneer, onion pakoras and tikka masala made RESTAURANT & from scratch — but that’s only part of the BAR story. Pemba Sherpa opened Sherpa’s in 2002 with a dream to bring traditional Himalayan food to the Front Range. So the restaurant blends Indian, Nepalese (Pemba’s homeland) and Tibetan cuisines for a truly Himalayan experience. We suggest taking a lot of close friends who don’t mind sharing.

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1175 Walnut St., 303-443-9468 Silver: Pica’s Mexican Taqueria Bronze: bartaco Write-in: Taco Junky & Tequila Bar

645 30th St., 303-938-9300 Silver: Pasta Jay’s Bronze: Il Pastaio Write-in: Bacco Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar

Various locations around Boulder County Silver: Salvaggio’s Deli Bronze: Organic Sandwich Company Write-in: Cheba Hut

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ver the course of 26 years, Carelli’s went from humble Italian sub shop to our readers’ favorite Italian food in all of Boulder. This place creates classic dishes with fresh ingredients, like hearty zuppa minestrone, perfect for warming bones on cold winter nights, and a caprese salad to cool down warm summer evenings. On that first crisp day of autumn, try the hearty, housemade spaghetti Bolognese. The point is Carelli’s has an extensive menu of traditional Italian small plates, salads, pastas, sandwiches, pizzas and desserts that’s perfect for any season.

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hile Merriam-Webster may define sandwich as merely “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between,” Snarf’s Sandwiches doesn’t let that bland description limit their award-winning creations. Served up on fresh-baked bread, the combinations of veggies, meats and sauces are seemingly endless. Rotisserie chicken, portobello mushrooms, hot dogs, mortadella, artichokes, smoked brisket and creamy sesame shiitake dressing are but a few of the items you can put on a sandwich. Go and get creative with it.

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FOOD ON THE HILL

1730 Pearl St., 303-442-3003 Silver: Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House Bronze: Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage

1165 13th St., 303-444-7465 Silver: Illegal Pete’s Bronze: Cafe Aion Write-in: Taco Junky & Tequila Bar

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Guilt-free Gospel HIPPY BLUEGRASS CHURCH eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder, hippybluegrasschurch.com On Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, Nick Forster presided over the first ever Hippy Bluegrass Church service at eTown Hall. It featured a live bluegrass band, led by Forster, and a projection of song lyrics to help folks participate, even if they weren’t familiar with the song. This community sing along went over so well, Forster hosted another Hippy Bluegrass Church on Easter Sunday, 2019. With voices rising up together, young and old, it was clear that the community was hungry for a chance to connect and celebrate together in song. We hope Forster makes this a staple event on eTown’s calendar. Times are dark; let’s sing together more.

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DRINK DISTILLERY

SARAH CURRENT, SPIRIT HOUND DISTILLERY EMPLOYEE AND BARTENDER

SPIRIT HOUND DISTILLERS

4196 Ute Highway (U.S. 36), Lyons, 303-823-5696 Silver: Vapor Distillery Bronze: Longtucky Spirits Write-in: 12 Point Distillery

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CUP OF COFFEE

OZO COFFEE COMPANY

5340 Arapahoe Ave., 303-440-0233 1015 Pearl St., 303-645-4885 1898 S. Flatiron Court, Suite 110, 303-396-0302 1232-A S. Hover Road, Suite 400, Longmont, 720-600-6689 Silver: Boxcar Coffee Roasters Bronze: The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse Write-in: Beleza Coffee Bar

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HAPPY HOUR

1380 Horizon Ave., Unit A, Lafayette, 720-443-3007 Silver: St. Vrain Cidery Bronze: Wild Cider

1002 Walnut St., 303-444-5335 Silver: Mountain Sun Pub & Breweries Bronze: Brasserie Ten Ten

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he Mediterranean Restaurant features not just one happy hour every day, but two happy hours. If you can’t make it into this fine establishment, built on the pillars of Mediterranean fusion, during the traditional 3-6:30 p.m. window, make your way over for “late happy hour.” Every night, once the clock strikes 9 p.m., the same great pricing on drinks and the restaurant’s famous tapas kicks in... again. Enjoy discounts on draft beers, sangria, house wine, well cocktails and margaritas, as well as any of the iconic hot and cold tapas.

READERCOMMENT “FREAKING LOVE ZIGGI’S! I LOVE THE VARIETY AND THE SERVICE IS ALWAYS SO GREAT AND FRIENDLY. PLUS, THEIR ESPRESSO IS SO SMOOTH AND CREAMY.”

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THE BITTER BAR

835 Walnut St., 303-442-3050 Silver: License No. 1 Bronze: St Julien Hotel & Spa

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in. Vodka. Whiskey. THE BITTER BAR Bourbon. Rum. BAR MANAGER, Throw in some bitters or RYAN OAK tonic water or a splash FLETTER of a liqueur. These may be the cocktail basics, but nothing about The Bitter Bar is basic. The fine mixologists take these base ingredients and turn them into masterpieces in a glass. There are classics like a martini or old fashioned and unique mixes like the Orange Cadillac or the Captain Ron, plus, a handful of pre-made cocktails on tap. Regardless what you get, our readers agree, these cocktails don’t disappoint.

COFFEE ROASTER

OZO COFFEE COMPANY

5340 Arapahoe Ave., 303-440-0233 1015 Pearl St., 303-645-4885 1898 S. Flatiron Court, Suite 110, 303-396-0302 1232-A S. Hover Road, Suite 400, Longmont, 720-600-6689 Silver: Boxcar Coffee Roasters Bronze: Brewing Market Coffee Write-in: Paul’s Coffee & Tea

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t Ozo Coffee Company, coffee is more a way of life than a morning beverage. There’s an art to roasting the perfect cup of coffee, and it starts with sustainably sourcing expertly grown and harvested coffee beans. Ozo sources beans from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Brazil, Ethiopia and more, and offers roasts that range from the welcome and approachable to the lively. Ozo’s Lab and Training Center even offers business trainings for industry newcomers with their staff and wholesale accounts, as well as public coffee education courses. These folks know coffee.

Bloody Mary LUCILE’S CREOLE CAFE 2124 14th St., Boulder, 303-442-4743; 518 Kimbark St., Longmont, 303-774-9814; luciles.com Some say bloody marys are an acquired taste: a mixture of spicy tomato, vodka and various other ingredients, with a stick of celery thrown in for good measure. To the undiscerning palate, it might not sound appetizing, but bloody marys are special, bringing back memories of late nights requiring this classic hangover cure, or memories of long brunches with good friends. BW staff can’t help but recommend the Cajun bloody marys at Lucile’s Creole Cafe in both Boulder and Longmont. The spices are just right, especially when paired with a meal off the stellar menu. Plus, Lucile’s sells its bloody mary mix by the bottle so you can always take some to go and enjoy at home. 46 APRIL 25, 2019

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ONE OF THE BEST IN BOULDER

SUPPORTING AND CONNECTING DIVERSE COMMUNITIES THROUGH COFFEE

THANK YOU BOULDER COUNTY!

BEST

COFFEE HOUSE COFFEE ROASTER CUP OF COFFEE LATTE / MOCHA

5340 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder • 1015 Pearl Street, Boulder 11232-A S. Hover Rd #400, Longmont • 1898 S. Flatiron Ct., Boulder • Roaster/Cafe/Lab

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A BOULDER ICON SINCE 1909

TEAHOUSE

BOULDER DUSHANBE TEAHOUSE

CELEBRATE 110 YEARS WITH

HOTEL BOULDERADO H I S TO R I C C H A R M FO R T H E M O D E R N T R AV E L E R Located one block from the famous Pearl Street Mall, Hotel Boulderado features 160 guest rooms decorated with either a modern mountain or historic Victorian style. Hotel Boulderado exudes the welcoming, friendly and unconventional charm that makes Boulder so beloved.

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ver 5,000 years ago, as the legend goes, the Chinese DUSHANBE emperor Shen Nong was boiling drinking water and, TEAHOUSE EMPLOYEE SAM accidentally, dried leaves from a nearby bush fell into his TALLENT pot. The result was the discovery of tea. In honoring this ancient art of steeping herbs and leaves, the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse hosts afternoon tea rituals every day. Beginning at 3 p.m., premium tea is accompanied by tiered towers of sweet and savory pastries, sandwiches and scones — all baked fresh every morning. With impeccable decor and a building that was imported directly from Tajikistan, nothing beats this teahouse.

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FRASCA FOOD AND WINE 1738 Pearl St., 303-442-6966 Silver: Flagstaff House Bronze: Boulder Cork Write-in: Arcana

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ine is so much more than a beverage — it’s a gift, it’s a thank you note, it’s an apology, it’s a celebration. The various expressions a bottle of wine carries get even more refined the closer you look. White wines, bubbly wines, aged wines, red wines, sweet wines — one could convey a whole novel’s worth of emotions over the course of a customized tasting flight. Maybe that can feel overwhelming. Luckily, Frasca Food and Wine is equipped with the best wine selection in Boulder County, and the brightest sommeliers constantly curate its list. Let the folks at Frasca help you express yourself with the perfect bottle of wine.

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Local Kombucha ROWDY MERMAID 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303-241-2127, rowdymermaid.com

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BHAKTI CHAI

939 Pearl St., Suite 200, 303-484-8770 Silver: Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse Bronze: Sherpa Chai

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Kombucha may seem like the latest hipster health trend, a craze that reaches across the country and probably even the world. But it’s actually a drink with more than 2,000 years of tradition and myriad health benefits. Luckily for us in Boulder County, there’s no shortage of places serving up local Rowdy Mermaid kombucha, whether on tap or in bottles. Using seasonal and sustainable practices with fresh herb, root and flower ingredients sourced from around the world, Rowdy Mermaid is made with passion — a passion we can taste.

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hances are, you already know why our readers chose Rayback Collective as the best bar in Boulder County. Heck, we’ve probably seen you there a few times, and maybe even shared a beer, cocktail or kombucha. Rayback’s appeal is twofold: Its got a world-class selection of craft beer that changes with the seasons and a beautiful, spacious area in which to enjoy your beverage of choice. Go to get work done, go to play corn hole, go for the food trucks, go to catch up with friends, go to listen to music or watch the big game... the point is, just go. BOULDER WEEKLY

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946 Pearl St., 720-484-4927 Silver: Jamba Juice Bronze: Alfalfa’s Market

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ame any color of the rainbow and WONDER PRESS Wonder Press will have it botLEAD BARISTA tled on display in its west Pearl store- EVANGELYNN FORTUNA front. The red, of course, would be a beet-based juice; green, most likely, will be pressed leafy vegetables; blue, that’s the algae-based juice; yellow? Ginger apple. At this light and airy shop, cold-pressed juices and nut milks are 100-percent organic and pressed with the highest-quality machines. It’s a healthy way to taste the rainbow.

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OZO COFFEE COMPANY

5340 Arapahoe Ave., 303-440-0233 1015 Pearl St., 303-645-4885 1898 S. Flatiron Court, Suite 110, 303-396-0302 1232-A S. Hover Road, Suite 400, Longmont, 720-600-6689 Silver: The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse Bronze: Boxcar Coffee Roasters Write-in: Beleza Coffee Bar

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zo Coffee Company’s mocha menu is an entire page long. They’ve got almond joy mochas (dark chocolate with almond and coconut), loch ness mochas (dark chocolate with Irish cream and a hint of mint), zebra mochas (dark chocolate and white chocolate) — the list goes on and on and on and that’s just the mocha menu. They have artful, delicious lattes too! Our readers know the secret to Ozo’s success: creativity, approachability and versatility. Friendliest Barista BRIAN AT NEPTUNE MOUNTAINEERING 633 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303-449-8866, neptunemountaineering.com

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MOUNTAIN SUN PUBS & BREWERIES

1535 Pearl St., 303-546-0886 627 S. Broadway, Unit E, 303-543-0886 600 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, 303-651-7886 Silver: Backcountry Pizza & Tap House Bronze: Oskar Blues Brewery (various locations)

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ur readers chose the Mountain Sun Pubs & Breweries as the establishments with the best beer selection. It’s no wonder why: Mountain Sun is constantly churning out unique beer styles that never waver in quality. Kolsch, India black ale, ginger wheat, smoked porter, hoppy rye... Mountain Sun does them all, and does them well. And those are just the rotators — Mountain Sun’s stable of house classics, from the Java Porter to the Colorado Kind Ale, are simply perfect.

Full disclosure: Neptune Mountaineering is located across from the Boulder Weekly office. So when the classic Boulder establishment underwent a major remodel this past year, we were curious to see how it all changed. Lucky for us, it now includes a cafe serving up local Ampersand coffee (in addition to Spruce Confections eats and a variety of other local treats). Add that to the fact that the regular barista, Brian, is one of the friendliest baristas we’ve encountered, and we’d call that a winner. He’s there most days so make sure to stop in and say hi.

READERCOMMENT “OH, THOSE MAI TAIS AT MCDEVITT TACO SUPPLY ARE AMAZING. CAN’T WAIT TO GET BACK THERE.”

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Louisville’s locally owned and operated micro-roastery and full-service coffee shop. We strive to serve the finest and freshest seasonal coffees, teas, and treats to you.

AVERY BREWING COMPANY

4910 Nautilus Court North, 303-440-4324 Silver: Mountain Sun Pub & Breweries Bronze: Upslope Brewing Company

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ould there be a more competitive category in Boulder County than Best Craft Beer? Nope. Which is why Avery Brewing Company being chosen as our readers’ favorite is such an impressive win. But hey, these guys are used to winning big. In 1994, just one year after the brewery’s launch, Avery’s Out of Bounds Stout took home the gold medal at the Great American Beer Fest. And they’ve been winning gold ever since, all the while leading the industry with innovation and creativity. And did we mention they are really nice people who constantly find ways to support our local communities? They do. Congrats, Avery, you deserve it.

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Tired of hangovers? Try Kava! What is Kava? It’s an amazing and versatile plant that produces an effect on the body like no other botanical. Unlike other herbs, Kava calms as well as focuses and is completely non-addictive. We at The Root Kava Co. believe Kava offers wonderful benefits to both the mind and body: reduced stress, nervous system support, anxiety relief, mental focus and muscle recovery. Whether used as a dietary supplement, or as a relaxing beverage to help you let go of the worries of the day.

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RIO GRANDE MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1101 Walnut St., 303-444-3690 Silver: Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina Bronze: T/ACO an urban taqueria Write-in: McDevitt Taco Supply

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very day since 1986 has been a celebration of the margarita at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant. But now, more than ever, the newly renovated Boulder restaurant is honoring this beloved cocktail with a bar-focused layout and a whole tequila wall (adjacent to the bar) dedicated to hand-selected, premium liquor. Try a classic Rio marg, always available on the rocks or frozen, or one of the Rio’s customized spins, like the big Tex marg, the fresh jalapeño marg or the skinny marg. These suckers are good, but there is a three-marg limit for drinkers. Trust us, you’re good at three.

READERCOMMENT “BIN 46 IN LONGMONT HAS OVER 532 WINES ON THE BOTTLE LIST — UNDERRATED AND OVER-DELIVERS.”

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here is a good reason why half the well-known rock bands in the world have a music video featuring the torch-lit rock cliffs of Red Rocks Amphitheatre at dusk. Why’s that, you ask? It’s only the most beautiful outdoor music venue on the planet, and ever since U2 shot its famous “Sunday Bloody Sunday” video here in 1983, everybody who’s anybody has just had to make one here as well. In all seriousness, Red Rocks is considered one of the top venues in the world by both musicians and ticket-holding fans, so it just makes sense that our readers would agree. If you’re looking for an excuse to head down to this Morrison stage, just take a gander at its 2019 concert schedule and you’ll find one for sure.

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RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE

18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, 720-865-2494 Silver: Boulder Theater Bronze: Chautauqua Auditorium

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THANK YOU, BOULDER! You've voted us Boulder's #1 caterer since 1999, and what a trip it's been so far! Cheers to you for sharing the love.

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MOVIE HOUSE/THEATER

PLACE TO DANCE

BANK

2032 14th St., 303-786-7030 Silver: AMC Flatiron Crossing 14 Bronze: Boedecker Theater

6185 Arapahoe Road, 303-440-8303 Silver: Boulder Theater Bronze: Tahona Tequila Bistro Write-in: Block 1750

Various locations around Boulder County Silver: Chase Bank Bronze: FirstBank

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eeing a film at Boulder Theater is something special. From the beautiful art deco interior and exterior to the old-school velvet curtains that wrap the stage, Boulder Theater is a local treasure. It’s also truly an all-around entertainment venue featuring live music of all genres, comedy, spoken word, conferences and private celebrations in addition to films. And now, The Lounge next door is serving McDevitt Tacos. So, head on over for a few tacos and a drink during happy hour before the movie, and you’ll know why our readers call this their favorite movie house.

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ST JULIEN HOTEL & SPA 900 Walnut St., 720-406-9696 Silver: Nissi’s Bronze: The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse

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here’s nothing quite like sipping a delicious glass of wine or a cocktail on the St Julien Hotel & Spa terrace during the summer, taking in the breathtaking view of the Flatirons in the (nearby) distance. The only thing that makes it better is the addition of some of Boulder’s best live jazz music. That’s why year after year our readers vote St Julien’s as the best place to experience live jazz music. Boasting both local talent and traveling bands, you can take it all in from the comfort of your own table or get up and dance. Not summer yet? Don’t fret. St Julien’s T-Zero Lounge offers live jazz all winter long.

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OPEN MIC

PLACE TO WI-FI

1709 Pearl St. 2907 55th St. 1720 Pleasant St. Silver: The Attic Bar & Bistro Bronze: Oskar Blues Breweries (various locations)

1001 Arapahoe Ave., 303-441-3100 (and other locations around Boulder County) Silver: Ozo Coffee Company Bronze: The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse

THE LAUGHING GOAT COFFEEHOUSE

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SPORTS BAR

COLORADO MOUNTAIN RANCH

THE LAZY DOG SPORTS BAR & GRILL

10063 Gold Hill Road, 303-442-4557 Silver: Avid4 Adventure Bronze: YMCA Summer Camps Write in: Easton Summer Camp

1346 Pearl St., 303-440-3355 Silver: World Famous Dark Horse Bar and Grill Bronze: Red Zone at the Pumphouse Brewery Write-in: Ralphie’s Bar & Grill

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Salsa, Bachata & Swing Thursdays Best Dancing Night at Boulder’s Best Place to Dance! Two rooms of great music and dancing! No partner needed, free parking, 18+ SALSA & BACHATA Room Lessons: Rueda 6:30, Salsa & Bachata 7:30 Open Dancing to the BEST Salsa, Timba, Bachata & Merengue 8:30-11 WC SWING Room Lessons: WC Swing 7:30 Open Dancing to the BEST Swing 8:30-11

Come and join our friendly group of over 200 people that love to dance! You will have a BLAST!

The Avalon 6185 Arapahoe Road

www.DanceLaughLove.com 303-668-7355

Classes at all events New dancers welcome No partner required!

10 Instructors teaching beginning through advanced levels each night so you can jump in class no matter what level you are. We hope you will come out and join us!

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Thank you for supporting us for the past 30 years! FESTIVAL/EVENT (NON MUSIC)

BOULDER COUNTY FARMERS MARKETS

13th Street between Arapahoe and Canyon, 303-910-2236 Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont 400 E. Simpson, Lafayette Silver: Boulder Creek Festival Bronze: Frozen Dead Guy Days

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uying fresh, local produce and products is no longer BOULDER FARMERS just a trend, it’s a way of life. And while there are MARKET EMPLOYEE CHLOE REDENBAUGH plenty of farm stands and local shelves at stores around Boulder County, nothing beats walking around a Boulder County Farmers Market on a Saturday morning (or weekday evening), talking with the farmers and other makers, enjoying the festive atmosphere and community. Whether you know exactly what you need or just want to peruse a variety of stalls, it’s always a good time. That’s why week after week, our readers choose the Boulder County Farmers Markets as the place to be.

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LOCAL CELEBRITY

MUSEUM

JARED POLIS

BOULDER MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Silver: Zip Code Man Bronze: Gregory Alan Isakov

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1750 13th St., 303-443-2122 Silver: Museum of Boulder Bronze: National Center for Atmospheric Research

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an you guess this year’s winner? Here’s some hints: He’s thrilled you with his work on the Colorado State Board of Education. He wowed you as the representative for Colorado’s second congressional district. He’s been a member of more congressional caucuses than you knew existed, helped get pot legalized in Colorado and now calls himself the first openly gay and Jewish governor of Colorado. You guessed it. Our readers’ favorite local celebrity is Jared Polis. Thanks for your service, Jared!

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PLACE TO PLAY POOL

SUNDOWN SALOON

1136 Pearl St., 303-449-4987 Silver: World Famous Dark Horse Bar and Grill Bronze: The Outback Saloon Write-in: Dillingers Food & Spirits

Thank you for voting Boulder Ballet as Best “Live Dance Group”

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f the perfect atmosphere for a good old-fashioned game of pool was transformed into a song, the Sundown Saloon would hit all the notes: free games, cheap pitchers of beer, soft lighting, eclectic characters, loud music. Even after cresting threeand-a-half decades of service, the Sundown Saloon has maintained a grasp on its original grungy, homely, approachable vibe, a haven for many yearning for yesteryear.

Cinderella Friday, May 17, 7:30pm Saturday, May 18, 2:00 & 7:30pm Sunday, May 19, 2:00pm

LOCAL MUSICIAN/GROUP

ELEPHANT REVIVAL

Dairy ARTS Center, Boulder www.thedairy.org or 303.444.7328

Silver: Big Head Todd and the Monsters Bronze: Hazel Miller

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ere’s proof that popularity transends existence. For 11 years, Elephant Revival toured the country sharing their lively blend of gypsy, Celtic, Americana and folk music. But in 2018, the band had to make a difficult decision: with pressing family matters making it hard to tour and carve out time to make new music, the band decided to put family first by taking a hiatus from Elephant Revival. They still individually continue to advocate for public lands and other social justice causes, and they still participate in their annual Trail Revival project, which works in conjunction with the state of Colorado to clean up and restore trails within the state’s public lands. We hold on to the hope that life will offer this talented group of musicians a chance to create together again. Until then, thanks for all the music and activism Elephant Revival! BOULDER WEEKLY

Enjoy brunch at Shine Restaurant on Saturday or Sunday. A portion of sales will go directly to Boulder Ballet. Reservations required: www.shineboulder.com or 303.449.0120 (let them know you are going to the show) Photo by Amanda Tipton

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ENTERTAINMENT&CULTURE LIVE DANCE GROUP

BOULDER BALLET

2590 Walnut St., Suite 10, 303-443-0028 Silver: Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Bronze: Streetside Dance Studios

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LIVE THEATER

BDT STAGE

5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 Silver: Colorado Shakespeare Festival Bronze: University of Colorado Boulder Theatre & Dance Write-in: Motus Theater

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ur readers know that when they want a little taste of Broadway, they can catch a great show at BDT Stage. Members of the company have performed on stages all over the country, from New York to Chicago and Hollywood. They’ve been cast in sitcoms and feature films. Some have been nominated for Academy Awards. At BDT Stage, you get to interact with the actors as they serve you food and drink before the play and during intermission. It’s an intimate, Broadway-quality show for a fraction of the price. Hard to question why it’s our readers’ favorite live theater group.

NONPROFIT/CHARITY ORGANIZATION

Alternative Date Night FISKE PLANETARIUM 2141 Regent Drive, Boulder, 303-492-5002, colorado.edu/fiske

HUMANE SOCIETY OF BOULDER VALLEY 2323 55th St., 303-442-4030 Silver: Planned Parenthood Bronze: Eco-Cycle Write-in: Attention Homes

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e are blessed with some of the best nonprofits anywhere. Whether it’s feeding hungry people, saving the environment, funding education needs or any number of other good deeds, Boulder County has a big heart. But even so, year after year in this category, our readers tell us that it is the Humane Society of Boulder Valley’s treatment of our less fortunate four-legged furry friends that makes them the best of the best. Congrats, BHS, and a special thanks to all the dogs and cats who snuck onto their owners’ computers to fill out a Best of Boulder survey.

PERFORMING ARTS VENUE

BOULDER THEATER

When you’re looking to wow that special someone with a creative date, take them to Fiske Planetarium. What’s sexier than exploring fundamental questions about the origins of the universe in glorious 8K resolution on a 65-foot-diameter dome with surround sound? Not a damn thing, that’s what. Fiske’s MegaStar projector shows 10 million stars and the Milky Way, all in the climate-controlled comfort of a 206-seat auditorium. Catch a laser light show set to music from Pink Floyd or Lady Gaga, or get lost in the psychedelic art of Android Jones’ Samskara. Your date will be impressed, and if they’re not... thank u, next.

2032 14th St., 303-786-7030 Silver: Dairy Arts Center Bronze: Chautauqua Auditorium

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READERCOMMENT “THORNE NATURE EXPERIENCE IS AN INCREDIBLE ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES OUTDOOR EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FREE OF CHARGE FOR SOME OF THE MOST UNDERPRIVILEGED KIDS IN OUR COUNTY.”

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“LOVE this store!” “Always a pleasure to support SCCC”

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We Deliver in Boulder

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SUMMER CAMPS

GROWING GARDENS Plant Sal es this May!

Join us for five fun-filled days exploring the wonders of our urban farm. We'll tend to the garden, explore through the lens of art and science and make tasty snacks from the bounty of our harvests.

Come for the best selection of local, organically grown veggie & herb starts + bee-safe annuals & perennials!

Enrolling Children Ages 5-11

Sat & Sun, 8am-4pm May 4th & 5th May 11th & 12th May 18th & 19th

N E W T H I S Y E A R Field to Fork Cooking Camps!

Full day camps run June - August 8:30am-3:30pm Multi-camp discounts available

All proceeds benefit our nonprofit programs.

Camps and Plant Sales take place at Growing Gardens urban farm

1630 Hawthorn Ave. Boulder, CO 80304 To learn more and register visit www.GrowingGardens.org or call 303.443.9952

ONE OF THE BEST RECORDING STUDIOS IN TOWN

START RECORDING TODAY Locals receive 10% off www.interplay-irm.com | (720) 552-1092 | booking@interplay-irm.com | Recording Studio in Boulder, CO BOULDER WEEKLY

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Summer Indoor + Outdoor

For Kids of All Ages and Abilities

MUSIC FESTIVAL

TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Town Park, Telluride, 800-624-2422 Silver: Colorado Music Festival Bronze: RockyGrass Festival

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ou know it must be special when our readers’ favorite music festival takes place several hours to the southwest in the spectacular mountain community of Telluride. Despite its location, this world-famous fest does have its roots in Boulder County. It’s put on each year by Lyons’ own Planet Bluegrass. If you haven’t been to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, this is the year to go. The combination of the best music festival lineup anywhere set against the backdrop of the San Juan Mountains is impossible to beat. And don’t let the name fool you, there’s way more on the ticket than just bluegrass. And hanging out in Telluride ain’t chopped liver.

ADVANCED EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER CONTINUING EDUCATION 1505 University Ave., 303-492-5148 Silver: Naropa University Bronze: Front Range Community College

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eople have been partaking in the University of Colorado Continuing Education program for more than a century. That’s 100 years of folks learning about everything from anthropology to climate science to media studies to, yes, neuropharmacology, and more. Online, evening and weekend courses make the workload suitable for those with other responsibilities, and students can finish degrees, earn new certificates, and learn new skills all on their own schedule.

CLASSICAL MUSIC

BOULDER PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

• Bouldering

1595 Pleasant St. (performance space, Macky Auditorium), 303-449-1343 Silver: Boulder Symphony Bronze: Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts

• Top Ropes

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id you know that Brahms was a regular at the Red Hedgehog coffeehouse in Vienna? Or that Vivaldi was nicknamed the red priest? Or that Schubert spent the last days of his life reading the novels of James Fennimore Cooper? Or that Haydn’s “Water Music” was first performed on a barge in the middle of the River Thames, thus earning its name? Now that the classical music trivia is out of the way, it’s time to talk about Boulder’s favorite classical music outfit: The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. “Boulder County’s cultural gem,” the Boulder Phil has been sharing the music of Brahms, Vivaldi, Schubert, Haydn and more for over 60 years.

• Open Gym • Birthday Parties • Parent’s Night Out • Team

Place to Teach Gen Z What a VCR Is MEDIA ARCHEOLOGY LAB 1320 Gradnview Ave., Boulder, mediaarchaeologylab.com

Enroll Today! abckidsclimbing.com • 303-443-5437 1960 32nd Street • Boulder

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The Media Archeology Lab (MAL) has a pretty woke motto: “The past must be lived so that the present can be seen.” Whoa, right? This research lab and hands-on museum uses fully functional vintage technology to answer questions about what the future of media might look like. Ever wonder what the world’s first portable computer, the Osbourne 1, looks like? Well, it weighs 25 pounds and you can find it at the MAL. Are you an audiophile? The MAL has a wicked collection of audio materials ranging from a 1914 Edison Diamond Disc recording of “Medley of American War Songs” to a cassette tape of R.E.M.’s Automatic for the People from 1992. The lab hosts artist and scholar residencies and exhibitions, and visitors to the museum are encouraged to play. Check the website for visiting hours.

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ENTERTAINMENT&CULTURE PRESS PLAY/SUSAN FRANCE

ARCADE GAMES

ART GALLERY

PRIVATE SCHOOL

1005 Pearl St., 720-508-4916 Silver: Tilt Pinball Bronze: Dave & Buster’s Write-in: Quarters Bar + Arcade

2590 Walnut St., 303-440-7826 Silver: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art Bronze: Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery Write-in: R Gallery

10455 Dawson Drive, Lafayette, 303-665-6679 Silver: Shining Mountain Waldorf School Bronze: Boulder Country Day School

DAIRY ARTS CENTER

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eally, is there a better place to get into some arcade games than Boulder’s Press Play Bar? Our readers say, “Nope. No way. Press Play all day.” Walk down the stairs into Press Play’s emporium of classic arcade games, hop on Cruis’n USA, order a drink from the full bar and take in some live music. The games are well maintained and the atmosphere is always fun and lively, so a good time is practically guaranteed, even if you clunk out in Pinball or can’t manage to get past M. Bison in Street Fighter. Good luck, and have fun.

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our core beliefs have defined the Dawson School since its inception, namely the values of respect, compassion, courage and integrity. In offering an array of challenging courses, a robust selection of after-school programs and initiatives and a competitive sports environment, students return to these four pillars every step of the way. Dawson School’s supportive educational environment encourages students to pursue their dreams. And the sports programs build community while teaching fairness and responsibility. Put it all together with the thoughtful after-school academic and arts-related opportunities and you have a student headed down the college-ready path.

Celebration of Cultural Harmony SOUL REBEL FESTIVAL soulrebelfestival.com For the last 17 years, Robert Oyugi has put on the Soul Rebel Festival — by himself. This annual grassroots festival showcases local and international reggae, Afro pop, world and American roots musicians. It honors legendary reggae studio musician and founder of The Yellow Wall Dub Squad Fazal Prendergast, who passed away in a fatal car accident in 2005. The festival benefits MESA (Moving to End Sexual Assault). Funky beats for a good cause — what could be better? 68 APRIL 25, 2019

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Preschool through 8th Grade

Challenging minds, nurturing spirits, honoring individuality. 2019-2020 SEASON

ENROLLING NOW FOR FALL Call today to schedule a tour.

303-499-1999

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FEATURING

FREQUENT FLYERS AERIAL DANCE

ANDERSON & ROE RETURN!

JENNIFER KOH PLAYS BEETHOVEN

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SUSAN FRANCE

DANCE STUDIO

ALCHEMY OF MOVEMENT

2436 30th St., 303-449-4410 Silver: Boulder Ballet Bronze: Avalon Ballroom (Boulder Dance Coalition) Write-in: Vertical Fusion Studios

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eed to let off some steam? World getting you ALCHEMY OF down? We may live in dark times, friend, but MOVEMENT OWNER, ASHLEY that’s no reason to sit around and mope. Dance PATCHEN for joy with the folks at Alchemy of Movement, our readers’ pick for best dance studio. They offer no shortage of dance class options: Party hip-hop, funk, contemporary, aerial hoop, Zumba and more. Not sure you’re a dancer? Check out the Awaken the Dance class to be “welcomed, just as you are.” In addition to weekly classes, Alchemy also hosts a variety of workshops and events featuring global dance styles like Bollywood, Bhangra and African music and Salsa.

FITNESS &HEALTH

BOULDER ROCK CLUB Thank you Boulder for voting us best climbing gym Voted Best Of 15 Boulder 11 years straight years infor a row!

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Thank you for Voting LongMont Public House

BEST New Restaurant!

BEST NEW RESTAURANT!

“I have lived and cooked across the world. My journeys from Singapore to Seattle have helped shape my passion and care in building my menu. Longmont has always been my home and I welcome you to enjoy the flavors that come from our from-scratch kitchen in our public house.” – Jerome Brown Executive Chef and Owner Longmont Public House

Patio Now OPEN! HAPPY HOUR Happy Hour M-F 3pm-6pm Sunday Happy Hour Drinks All Day WEEKLY EVENTS Tuesday 5pm–9pm Prime Rib Night 12oz. – $22, 8oz. – $15 comes with loaded baked potato or sweet potato with cinnamon maple butter and seasonal vegetable Wednesday 3pm–close $5 Burgers/$9 Beyond Meat Burgers (lettuce tomato, onion, cheddar cheese & LPH Burger sauce) Thursday Ladies Night $3 House Wines, $1 Off Drafts, $5 “Ladies Night” Cocktails Catch of the Day and Daily Specials Try our famous “Tail of the Whale” giant plank of Cod. 1111 Francis Street, Suite A, Longmont, CO 80501 •

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INDOOR CLIMBING GYM

BARBER SHOP

2829 Mapleton Ave., 303-447-2804 Silver: Movement Climbing + Fitness Bronze: The Spot Bouldering Gym Write-in: Longmont Climbing Collective

2790 Pearl St., 303-442-2279 548 W. South Boulder Road, Unit C, Lafayette, 720-890-3868 589 S. Hover St., Suite 600, Longmont, 303-485-1150 Silver: Voodoo Hair Lounge Bronze: Al’s Barber Shop Write-in: Truman Barber Co.

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SKIN CARE SERVICES

ALCHEMY FACE BAR

2701 Canyon Blvd., 303-817-1430 Silver: Dermatology Specialists — Boulder Bronze: JLounge Natural Nail Bar and Spa

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Voted BEST MUSIC STORE! Plus: Eastman, Deering, Ohana, KoAloha

• Acoustic & Electric Guitars • Ukuleles, Banjos & Mandolins • Band & Orchestra Rentals • Lessons & Workshops • Books & Accessories

3101 28th St, Tebo Plaza, Boulder

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BEST CHIROPRACTOR!

ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE

WHOLE BODY BALANCE

2995 Baseline Road, Suite 110, 303-444-0192 Silver: Apex Chiropractic Bronze: Dr. Ida Rolf Institute Write-in: ADIO Health Chiropractic

THE TEAM AT WHOLE BODY BALANCE IS DEDICATED TO BETTERING YOUR HEALTH.

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SPA AT ST JULIEN

900 Walnut St., 720-406-9696 Silver: The Dragontree Bronze: JLounge Natural Nail Bar and Spa Write-in: Cactus WAX Studio

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elf-care is not just the latest celebrity trend, it’s a necessary retreat to take care of the mind, body and soul, so that we can function and thrive every day. The Spa at St Julien is just the place to unwind, relax and treat yourself to any number of unique services and treatments. The St Julien offers guests handcrafted spa experiences with treatments made from the hotel’s fresh herb garden, as well as other sustainable product lines. With 12 treatment rooms, a full-service salon and inner relaxation room, plus a complimentary day pass to the fitness center, which has a plethora of aerobic and cardio equipment along with a private patio, there’s no shortage of self-care happening here.

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ur readers say the Acupuncture Clinic of Boulder, Inc. is their preferred place to get well. Espousing tenets of traditional Chinese medicine, the Acupuncture Clinic of Boulder offers a variety of services to help improve what ails you. Acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, cupping, dry needling, gua sha, moxibustion and ion treatment are all on the table at the clinic, and can be used to treat any number of maladies from addiction to mental health issues to respiratory, heart, digestive and muscle problems. Call and see what they can do for you.

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1810 30th St., Suite B, 303-499-2020 Silver: Boulder Vision Associates Bronze: Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado

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e’ve said it before, but we can’t stop feeling starstruck: Kevin Costner loves Boulder Eyes/Beyer LASIK. He heard Dr. Beyer was one of the best LASIK surgeons in the country, so he flew out from California to have his surgery right here in Boulder. He even recommended his son do the same (which he did). But the best testimonial of all is from our readers. They’ve crowned Eyes/Beyer LASIK the best LASIK in town for years now. They’ve been in business for more than 20 years, and they don’t just do LASIK. Boulder Eyes/Beyer LASIK has licensed optometrists on staff who treat many patients for years before they decide to have LASIK surgery. It’s a big deal for your doctor to truly know your eyes before recommending LASIK.

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305 McCaslin Blvd., Suite 6, Louisville, 720-328-1790 Silver: The Joint Chiropractic Bronze: Boulder Sports Chiropractic Write-in: ADIO Health Chiropractic

900 Walnut St., 720-406-9696 Silver: Bodywork Bistro Bronze: The Dragontree Write-in: Whole Body Balance

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any of our readers swear by the healing effects of chiropractics. Apex Chiropractic, which uses state-of-the-art technology to align your spine, is their choice for the best in Boulder County. Apex’s staff is highly qualified and their services can be used to treat sports injuries, pregnancy issues, children’s misalignments and much more. Gentle, affordable and reliable, Apex is the place, our readers say, to get you back on your feet, with a lot more comfort.

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t some point we all need a massage. Some folks need this ancient relaxing treatment a couple of times a week while others settle for an annual visit (thanks for that gift card, honey). So if you’re going to get a massage, why not get it at the place our readers say is the absolute best, the spectacular Spa at St Julien. After all, if the idea is to relax, rejuvenate and come out with a better attitude, then getting a massage at one of the state’s finest and most beautiful spas will go a long way toward accomplishing your goals.

MARTIAL ARTS

EASTON TRAINING CENTER 2005 32nd St., 303-938-1275 Silver: Boulder Karate Bronze: Tran’s Martial Arts and Fitness Center

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here are a lot of reasons why taking Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes at Easton Training Center is a great idea. First, Easton’s instructors are some of the top athletes in the country when it comes to martial arts. Also, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches a unique skill set; It’s all about leverage and joint manipulation. Translation: It’s the perfect self-defense martial art because a smaller person with the right training can defeat a much larger adversary. Even if you don’t think you’ll need the self-defense aspect, our readers tell us classes at Easton will keep you in great shape physically and mentally.

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MMJ EVALUATION SERVICE

HOLOS HEALTH

3000 Center Green Drive, Suite 210, 720-273-3568 Silver: Ajoya Bronze: Relaxed Clarity

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he staff at Holos Health takes your medical cannabis evaluation seriously. Their process begins with a non-invasive wellness exam using their state-ofthe-art InBody 770 Analyzer, which goes beyond traditional body composition analysis and takes a deeper look into body water and cellular health. After that, they offer a comprehensive consultation with one of their knowledgeable physicians, who will then provide you with in-depth cannabis education, specific strain recommendations for your condition, and a treatment regimen tailored just for you. There is a reason why our readers have chosen Holos as the best MMJ evaluation service for eight years in a row.

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TERRAPIN CARE STATION

5370 Manhattan Circle, Suite 104, 303-954-8402, ext. 1 Silver: 14er Boulder Bronze: Ajoya Write-in: The Farm

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ounded a decade ago, Terrapin Care Station has continually refined its services. As a self-described “consumer-focused cultivator, processor and provider of high-quality” cannabis products, Terrapin is dedicated to ensuring the best experience for every customer. One thing the Terrapin staff has learned over the past 10 years is the value of education, and as such, they’ve developed one of the most comprehensive cannabis training programs in the industry, teaching Terrapin’s nearly 250-person staff.

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READERCOMMENT “ALPINE HOSPITAL FOR ANIMALS IS THE MOST CARING ANIMAL HOSPITAL I HAVE EVER BEEN TO. THE DOCTORS AND STAFF ARE AMAZING.”

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VOODOO HAIR LOUNGE

VOODOO HAIR SALON STYLIST KATE BAILIE WORKS HER MAGIC ON CLIENT SARAH BILLIU.

2100 Pearl St., 303-449-4453 Silver: Twig Salon Bronze: The SideDoor Salon Write-in: Hairendipity Downtown

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EDWARD MOCKUS, PHD, PLLC

5277 Manhattan Circle, Suite 102, 720-526-0579 Silver: Mental Health Partners Bronze: John Guzzo, M.S, R.D, L.P.C, C.H.T.

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trut into At the Beach and you’ll notice there’s something for everyone looking to achieve or maintain in glowing skin. Sunbed tanning is for those looking for a long-lasting bronze hue to their epidermis. Spray tans result in moisturized, glowing skin after each session. Red light therapy helps reduce signs of aging and inflammation, and improves acne, scars and skin complexion by stimulating collagen production and blood flow throughout the body.

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VETERINARIAN CARE

ALPINE HOSPITAL FOR ANIMALS 3210 Valmont Road, 303-443-9661 Silver: Humane Society of Boulder Valley Bronze: Arapahoe Animal Hospital Write-in: Pet Menders Animal Hospital

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MEDICAL FACILITY

BOULDER COMMUNITY HEALTH FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL 4747 Arapahoe Ave., 303-415-7000 Silver: Boulder Medical Center Bronze: Avista Adventist Hospital

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very year we have to start our description of the winner in this category with the same caveat: We hope you don’t find yourself needing any medical facility this year. That said, thank goodness there are some excellent ones in our neck of the woods. Our readers tell us that when they are hurt, sick or needing some preventative care they prefer to go to Boulder Community Health Foothills Hospital, if they have their choice in the matter.

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YOGA STUDIO

YOGA POD

1890 30 St., 303-444-4232 Silver: CorePower Yoga Bronze: The Little Yoga Studio Write-in: Kondition Fitness

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RECREATIONAL DISPENSARY

THE FARM

THE FARM’S MANAGER ON DUTY, ANNA ALABOUD, HAS PRODUCTS FOR EVERYONE’S NEEDS.

2801 Iris Ave., 303-440-1323 Silver: Terrapin Care Station Bronze: Starbuds Write-in: Village Green Society

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he founders of The Farm came from a background of health and wellness, and also art and design. These passions intersect at The Farm’s dispensary, which is not only locally owned, but also sources 100 percent of its own cannabis in-house. Expert cultivators are on staff and use organic, sustainable growing techniques to achieve the highest quality plants anywhere in the country. The whole staff sees themselves as cannabis ambassadors, so don’t be shy next time you go: Say hi and ask some questions.

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Section of Boulder Creek to Wet Your Feet EBEN G. FINE PARK 101 Arapahoe Ave. Next time you run, bike or walk along the Boulder Creek Path with the sun pounding your shoulders, make your way to Eben G. Fine Park. Situated right at the mouth of Boulder Canyon, large stone steps lead down to the creek and provide the perfect staging area for kicking off your shoes and dunking your feet in for a little cool-down. The large shaded trees keep the sun off your back so you can relax aided by the peace of the water’s flow.

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JLOUNGE NATURAL NAIL BAR AND SPA 3003 Walnut St., 720-484-6669 Silver: Boulder Nail Bronze: Contempo Nails Write-in: Eagle Nails

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here are two J’s behind JLounge: Julie and Jennifer, two entrepreneurial friends, who, years ago, were on a mission to find a fun and modern day spa experience. When they couldn’t find something that met their exact needs in Boulder, they decided to create their own. JLounge offers a full range of spa treatments, like facials, manicures and pedicures, waxing, and massage and acupuncture — all priced fairly and guaranteed to satisfy.

Congrats to all the businesses and customers that make Boulder a great place to live and work!

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BOLDER PILATES

3012 Folsom St., 303-544-5930 Silver: Boulder Bodyworks Bronze: Mecha Write-in: Club Pilates

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he guiding philosophy of Bolder Pilates is that you should love the body you live in. The studio and its expert staff is situated to help everyone achieve that reality. With a cohort of supportive, experienced and motivational teachers, students are encouraged to strengthen their mind-body connection through physical workouts that can be adapted for any level of experience.

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5706 Arapahoe Ave., 303-442-7851 Silver: Haystack Mountain Golf Course Bronze: Boulder Country Club

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olf has come a long way from Mark Twain’s famous ire. (“Golf is a good walk spoiled.”) As New York Times bestselling author Rick Reilly recounts, what was once an elitist game has become mainstream with help from golf legends Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. Lucky for Boulder County, we have the 18-hole Flatirons Golf Course to remind us what the game is really about: Walking the greens, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying good company, all with a little friendly competition thrown in. After all, a nice day is spoiled without golf.

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Dog Park VALMONT DOG PARK 5300 Valmont Road With just about three acres of room to roam, any four-legged pal will love this park. Big dogs and small dogs are welcome to run free in this enclosed area (there’s also a special “small dog” section fenced off along the side), which includes plots of grass, picnic tables, obstacles to run up and over, and water spigots and bowls. Pro tip: Bring your pup at sunset, and you’ll catch the orange hues dancing above the Flatirons, which stand in perfect view along the western skyline.

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DENTAL CARE

NORTH BOULDER DENTAL GROUP 1001 North St., 303-447-1042 Silver: bouldersmiles Bronze: Alpine Dental Health Write-in: Louisville Dental Associates

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he irreverent (and now deceased) comedian Mitch IT’S ALL SMILES Hedberg once joked, “I got so much tartar, I don’t have WITH THE NORTH BOULDER to dip my fishsticks in shit!,” before admitting, “That’s actuDENTAL GROUP. ally kind of gross, you know? ... I do not know how much tartar I actually have. I believe it’s the average amount.” Lucky for you, you don’t have to walk through the world guessing about your tartar, or your overall dental health for that matter. The folks at North Boulder Dental Group are here to provide education and care for the entire community by helping each patient achieve and maintain oral health. They aren’t just the people you are forced to see twice a year — they are here for every patient with quality and compassionate care every day. So take care of that tartar and get back to laughing. PET BOARDING

COTTONWOOD KENNELS

7275 Valmont Road, 303-442-2602 Silver: Camp Bow Wow Bronze: Arapahoe Animal Hospital

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he best part about Cottonwood Kennels is that it’s located on a small farm. Sure, this means your pets will have a jolly time outdoors during their stay, but perhaps more importantly, it means you humans get to interact with Willie Nelson the sheep, Nicholas the alpaca and Elvis the peacock. While your pet is staying over, everything it does is carefully monitored, recorded and reviewed several times a day. That includes eating and drinking, potty habits and attitude. Fido and Fluffy are in good hands here, as Cottonwood also provides all the beds, playthings and food a happy, healthy animal could want.

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HAZEL’S BEVERAGE WORLD

1955 28th St., 303-447-1955 Silver: Liquor Mart Bronze: Superior Liquor Market

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BEST REAL ESTATE GROUP Nothing makes us prouder than being chosen by our friends and clients as the BEST REAL ESTATE GROUP. Boulder County is our backyard and we have been serving our local communities since 1977. We are giving back by sponsoring two major live music events this summer. Once again, RE/MAX of Boulder is the presenting sponsor for Band on the Bricks on Wednesday nights on the Pearl Street Mall. We are also sponsoring the Louisville Downtown Street Faire on Friday nights. We have earned our place as the top-performing real estate company in Boulder County. Now it’s our turn to thank you for your continued support. Come join the fun and help us ROCK BOULDER COUNTY!

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2425 Canyon Blvd., Suite 100, 303-443-2421 Silver: Victoria’s Secret Bronze: MayBee by Fascinations

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FULL SERVICE POOL & SPA COMPANY 41 YEARS GALLERY AT MR. POOL 2347 SOUTH STREET, BOULDER 303 443 0821 www.mrpoolinc.com

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“HOW DO YOU SELECT STORES VERSUS WRITE-INS?” EDITOR’S NOTE: WE EXPLAIN THIS EVERY YEAR, BUT HERE GOES (AGAIN): THE CHOICES LISTED IN OUR SURVEY ARE CHOSEN ON THE BASIS OF PAST SUPPORT FROM OUR READERS. EACH YEAR WE METICULOUSLY REVIEW THE WRITE-INS AND UPDATE THE LIST TO INCLUDE THOSE BUSINESSES THAT RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT WRITE-IN SUPPORT IN THE MOST RECENT SURVEY. SO, IF YOU WANT TO SEE SOMETHING ADDED TO THE LIST, WRITE IN YOUR SELECTIONS AND THEY WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR. IT’S THAT SIMPLE. WE SHOULD ALSO MENTION THAT IN 2018 — AND THIS IS THE CASE AGAIN THIS YEAR — WE INITIATED A WRITE-IN WINNER FOR MANY CATEGORIES, WHICH SERVES TO RECOGNIZE BUSINESSES THAT RECEIVED A LOT OF WRITE-IN SUPPORT.

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MUNSON FARMS

7355 Valmont Road, 303-442-5330 Silver: Cure Organic Farm Bronze: Aspen Moon Farm Write-in: The Diaz Farm

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unson Farms grew from a small corn stand on the Pearl Street Mall in front of the Boulder Courthouse to a giant in Boulder farming, with stands at the corner of 75th and Valmont and a continual presence at the Boulder Farmers Market since 1978. Bob Munson passed away in 2015, but Munson Farms lives on, and we like to think that Bob lives on with it. Around Boulder Weekly, we look forward to fall at Munson Farms when you can get lost in the corn maze, take a hayride, pick your own pumpkin or buy a variety of pre-picked ones. Obviously our readers agree.

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ART CLEANERS

1501 Lee Hill Road, Unit 6., 303-447-8700 Various other locations around Boulder County Silver: Boulder Cleaners Bronze: John’s Cleaners & Laundry

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he folks at Art Cleaners know that a sustainable business model means being environmentally sustainable too, so they developed an eco-friendly cleaning technique that uses no hazardous chemicals, is non-polluting and nontoxic. It’s easier on your clothes, so they come back softer — rejuvenated, even. We imagine that’s part of the reason why our readers call Art Cleaners their favorite dry cleaner. Maybe it also has something to do with the eight locations and free pick-up and delivery. Use of Wood and Strings LARRY’S GUITAR SHOP 508 Fifth Ave., Longmont, 720-340-4169, larrysguitar.com There are stores that transcend their retail purpose. Larry’s Guitar Shop in Longmont is one of those establishments. Sure, Larry will show you his great collection of new and used stringed instruments from guitars to fiddles to banjos to ukuleles to weirdly shaped things we don’t know the name of, but that’s just the beginning. Larry’s also does repairs and offers lessons. On a recent visit, Larry didn’t have exactly what we were looking for so he suggested checking with his competitor a few blocks away and offered to call down and see if they could help. At Larry’s it’s about the music and the quality of life playing an instrument can bring. And Larry gets the idea of community. That’s why his shop hosts live music every Thursday night. All of us benefit from having great local businesses like Larry’s in our community, so get out there and support them. BOULDER WEEKLY

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3101 28th St., 303-449-0516 Silver: Wildwood Guitars Bronze: The Boulder Drum Shop Write-in: Boulder Guitars

4750 Table Mesa Drive, 303-494-3000 Silver: Holland & Hart LLP Bronze: Caplan & Earnest LLC

4949 N. Broadway, 303-443-5885 Silver: The Good Move, LLC Bronze: Flatirons Moving Write-in: Free Range Movers

WOODSONGS

FRASCONA, JOINER, GOODMAN & GREENSTEIN, P.C.

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VOTED BEST ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC IN BOULDER COUNTY!

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INJURY RECOVERY • SPORTS ENDURANCE AND PERFORMANCE HEALTH AND WELLNESS • MALE AND FEMALE FERTILITY SURGERY RECOVERY AND LABOR SUPPORT AT BOULDER COMMUNITY HEALTH (BCH) 2500 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 290 / Boulder, CO 80302 / 303.665.5515 / acuboulder.com / acbwellness@acupunctureclinicofboulder.com

VOTED BEST OF BOULDER NEARLY EVERY YEAR SINCE 2OO1 Your 1st choice for LASIK, PRK, ICL, Keratoconus Crosslinking, CATARACT and RLE Surgeries

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FULL CYCLE

1211 13th St., 303-440-7771 1795 Pearl St., 303-440-1002 Silver: University Bicycles Bronze: Bicycle Village Write-in: Velo Stop

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1945 28th St., 303-413-1314 48 Ken Pratt Blvd., Suite 100, Longmont, 303-774-1150 Silver: Verlo Mattress Bronze: Urban Mattress

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Place to Shop to Kill a River VARIOUS LOCATIONS AROUND BOULDER COUNTY

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You know the old saying: “Kill two birds with one stone.” Well, that saying has never been more applicable than when you shop at Walmart. (Editor’s note: If you’re reading this blurb and struggling to feed your family and pay rent or medical bills, please ignore this political commentary that is aimed at those whose lives afford them the luxury of actually choosing where they spend their money. You do what you have to and good luck.) Now, where were we? Oh yes, shopping at Walmart. Not only does giving this place your money kill off local businesses, it’s indirectly on its way to wiping out the Colorado River. The Walton Family Trust (the people behind Walmart), which obviously exists because so many people have given their cash to Walmart, is currently impact investing (along with other billionaire opportunists) in Colorado River water and infrastructure. The intent is to make sure cities along the river will continue to have enough water to grow, even if it means others who don’t have the money will lose out on this water sweepstakes for profit. So why haven’t you heard about this? Because the Walton’s are smart. They are giving money to all the newsrooms, academic centers and environmental groups who should be sounding the alarm. The hundreds of millions the Trust is spending to buy this silence is a penance to the profits they hope to eventually make. Shop wisely. I

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PIPE SHOP

JEWELRY STORE

1144 Pearl St., 303-443-7473 Silver: The Fitter Bronze: The Little Dog Write-in: The Farm

1402 Pearl St., 303-443-1084 Silver: Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery Bronze: Walters & Hogsett Write-in: Bliss

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READERCOMMENT “FULL CYCLE HAS TRANSFORMED ITSELF LIKE NO OTHER RETAIL VENDOR AND EMBRACED THE COMMUNITY.” 94 APRIL 25, 2019

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Quality You Can Count On... We Even Insulated the Governor’s Mansion!

SEE WHAT OUR SATISFIED CUSTOMERS SAY... Since Bestway Insulation came to my home and insulated it, it’s been much warmer and there are no more drafts. My heating bill for the month of December was under $60, where before it was at least 3 times more. They were very professional, courteous, respectful, and polite. I would highly recommend Bestway to everyone wanting have their home properly insulated. We love this company! Wonderful customer service, good prices, and family owned too. Always available to talk to and willing to offer advice and multiple options. Bestway did a great job on insulating our older home in Denver. There has been a big difference in heating costs! I would highly recommend them for your insulating needs! Bestway insulation is the BEST! Reliable, trustworthy, cost effective and very knowlegeable. I’ve done business with Bestway for many years and there is no better. We can always count on their team. Everyone is pleasant and for whom we are very grateful.

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Proudly serving the legal needs of the Boulder community since 1974. Thank you to our clients, our employees, our founders and our law firm community for making this award possible!

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VOTED BEST DRUM SHOP IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE

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303.402.0122 • 3070 28th St, Ste D, Boulder thedrumshopboulder.com

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STURTZ & COPELAND

2851 Valmont Road, 303-442-6663 Silver: Fiori Flowers Bronze: Boulder Blooms

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hen our readers are looking for the perfect floral arrangements for their big day — whether that’s marrying a sweetie or retiring with a bang — Sturtz & Copeland is the first place they call. The awardwinning, experienced designers can create beautiful arrangements in a variety of styles for any occasion, from a simple gesture to enhancing precious moments and milestones of life. These folks use high-quality fresh flowers and foliage that arrive daily, so you can always expect the best!

STURTZ & COPELAND GENERAL MANAGER CONNIE SMITH

READERCOMMENT “WHAT A GREAT TOWN TO LIVE IN.”

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Boulder Vision Center

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HARDWARE

MCGUCKIN HARDWARE

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Suite D1, 303-443-1822 Silver: Home Depot Bronze: Ace Hardware

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o, it’s the middle of summer and your spoiled brat says he wants to go outside side and build a snowman. Don’t despair helicopter parent, just run on over to the place that has everything, literally everything: McGuckin Hardware. Grab a humidifier, a snow making machine, a snow shovel, a water hose, a bag of charcoal for the eyes, a sled and a new winter coat and watch that kid make a snowman. What? No snow-making machine. Just let the good folks at McGuckin know they didn’t have something and chances are, they can get it in for you. Seriously, we agree with our readers, this is the greatest store ever for everything.

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COMPUTER — REPAIR

APPLE STORE

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1755 29th St., 720-479-9451 Silver: Boulder Mac Repair Bronze: The Mac Shack

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he Apple Store makes getting your Mac fixed a breeze.You can make a reservation online at an Apple Store near you or send your device into an Apple Repair Center. Once it gets there, specially trained Apple technicians will lovingly take your computer and treat it like it’s their own, making sure you get the help you need. They don’t call it the Genius Bar for nothing.

CLOTHING STORE — WOMEN’S

NORDSTROM RACK

1601 29th St., 720-887-3588 Silver: Anthropologie Bronze: Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) Write-in: ARES Thrift Store

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man will never love you or treat you as well as a store,” writer Sophie Kinsella says in her tell-all Confessions of a Shopaholic. And while we’re not condoning any form of addiction here, she may just have a point. The women of Boulder County say Nordstrom Rack is the place to shop. From top of the line designers at affordable prices, there’s no shortage of activewear, dresses, tops, jeans, leggings, shorts, skirts, swimwear, sweaters, sleepwear and hosiery, in plus-size, petite and maternity styles. It’s time to shop ’til you drop.

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LUCKY’S MARKET

3960 Broadway, Suite 104, 303-444-0215 695 S. Broadway, 303-218-4875 700 Ken Pratt Blvd., Suite 201, Longmont, 303-827-3684 Silver: King Soopers Bronze: Trader Joe’s

LUCKY’S MARKET EMPLOYEES MIKE PHILLIP AND ELIZA MARKS

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ith its roots right here in North Boulder, Lucky’s Market is one of those local-kid-makes-it-big stories. There are now three Lucky’s in Boulder County; North Boulder, South Boulder and Longmont. There’s a new Lucky’s in Fort Collins and now with the backing of a grocery industry leader, we expect to see more Lucky’s popping up everywhere. And why not? Each store has kept the local, high-quality everything, friendly employee feel of the original location. Each store feels like a neighborhood grocery of days gone by that carries exactly what you, a health-conscience consumer, want. Going to Lucky’s never feels like a chore. Just stopping by to say hello and pick up a few meals worth of wholesome chow for the week is a delight. If you shop at Lucky’s, you know exactly what we’re saying. Good choice, readers.

MR. POOL, INC.

2347 South St., 303-443-0821 Silver: Mountain Mist Pool & Spa Bronze: Heat Wave Stove & Spa

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olorado isn’t one of those places where every house sports a swimming pool in the backyard. We’ll leave that to Phoenix or Orlando or some other patch of land God intended to be uninhabited. No, in beautiful Colorado our back decks come equipped with the water hole made for four seasons — the hot tub. Stressful day... hit the hot tub. Greatest day ever... celebrate by hitting the hot tub. Snowing... hot tub. Raining... check for lightning... then hit the hot tub. Every day is hot tub day in Boulder County. And when it comes time to buy your little package of aqua pleasure or replace that 1970’s model that you wore plum out, our readers say give Mr. Pool, Inc. a call for the best deals on quality hot tubs and Jacuzzis.

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NATURAL FOODS

NATURAL GROCERS

2685 Pearl St., 303-402-1400 100 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 303-926-1600 1745 N. Main St., Longmont, 303-684-8200 Silver: Lucky’s Market Bronze: Whole Foods Market

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t can take a while to find the astragalus and refrigerated, sprouted flours around town. But walk into Natural Grocers, and you have seemingly every health-based food at your fingertips. For anyone conscious about the businesses they support and the food they eat, shopping here is easy. Everything is vetted and held to strict environmental and health standards. You could grab anything off the shelves and feel confident you’re doing your body a service. But if you are looking for one particular item, the friendly and knowledgeable staff is always happy to help you find that specific vitamin, one kind of organic salsa or delicious prepared foods. 98 APRIL 25, 2019

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ST JULIEN HOTEL & SPA 900 Walnut St., 720-406-9696 Silver: Hotel Boulderado Bronze: Chautauqua

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ow far would you travel for the chance to stay in a worldclass hotel and spa that features everything from amazing rooms with fantastic views to impeccable service, five-star restaurants, live music, dancing and every kind of make-you-feel-fantastic-andrenewed spa treatment Conde Nast ever dreamed up? Well, if your answer is 25 miles or less and you live in Boulder County like our readers, you’re in luck. The St Julien Hotel & Spa in downtown Boulder is just such a place. Think about it: Why should only people who don’t live here get to enjoy our finest getaway treasure? Stop whining about too much work and not enough fun and book a great weekend of pleasure at the St Julien. Leave the car at home, take the bus, and if you do manage to leave your beautiful room, everything you could possibly need or want is within walking distance. BOOKSTORE

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hat a gem Boulder Book Store is. First, it’s just an enjoyable place to spend a few hours, perusing books, periodicals and other literary accoutrements. Second, it’s constantly bringing in some of the best writers around for book talks and signings. Third, the selection is massive, yet well-curated, and the staff is eager to help guide you toward your next book purchase. Fourth, Boulder Book Store was named Publishers Weekly’s bookstore of the year, so you know it’s not just our readers who appreciate all the shop offers.

Place to Recover after a Trail Marathon BOULDER ACUSPORT 3400 Table Mesa Drive, Suite 201, Boulder, boulderacusport.com Next time you wake up feeling like you can barely walk down the hall to make your morning coffee after a day shredding the trails, go see Ginna. She’s the mastermind behind Boulder Acusport, where she integrates sports medicine and traditional acupuncture to help athletes recover faster, build muscular resilience and correct new or lingering injuries. You can tell her all your aches and pains and she knows the magic touch that’ll get you back on your feet, and on the trails again, in no time.

Simply the Best Since 1921 303.447.8700 • artcleaners.com Boulder • Longmont • Lafayette

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CD/RECORD STORE

BART’S RECORD SHOP

1625 Folsom St., 303-444-1760 Silver: Albums on the Hill Bronze: Absolute Vinyl Records & Stereo

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n case you haven’t heard, vinyl is making a comeback. BART’S RECORD SHOP It’s not just for collectors and baby boomers anymore. OWNER WILL PARADISE There’s something uniquely satisfying about listening to your favorite album on a record player — a fullness, a nuance to the sound. And whether you’re looking for an old classic or your favorite band’s latest release, most recordings are available on vinyl today. Head over to Bart’s Record Shop, our readers’ pick for best place to peruse new and used vinyl, plus you can check out turntables, cassettes, posters, CDs and more while you’re at it. Times may be changing fast, but there’s no reason to walk away from the good thing that is vinyl.

Chiropractic, Acupuncture, & Massage 2995 Baseline Rd., #110 Boulder, CO 80303 303-444-0192 • www.wholebodybalance.com In-network with most major insurance companies

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COSTUME SHOP

THE RITZ

959 Walnut St., 303-443-2850 Silver: Theatrical Costumes, Etc. & Trendy Boutique Bronze: ARES Thrift Store

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he Ritz is our readers’ favorite costume shop for one simple reason: It has everything you could ever need to create the costume of your dreams. Whether you’re looking for an ugly Christmas sweater for your office holiday party or looking to take playa fashion to the next level at Burning Man, The Ritz has what you need: theatrical makeup, wigs, gloves, hosiery, boustiers, corsets, tutus, tiaras, costume jewelry, boas, top hats, fedoras, bowlers, derbies, crinolines, fairies, pirates, flappers, gangsters, zoot suits... Trust us, you’ll find what you need.

READERCOMMENT “WHILE A BIT OFF THE BEATEN PATH, YOU CAN’T BEAT SPIRIT HOUND DISTILLERS FOR BEST COMMUNITY VIBE, COCKTAILS AND GREAT COMPANY.” 102 APRIL 25, 2019

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MCGUCKIN HARDWARE

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Suite D1, 303-443-1822 Silver: Michaels Bronze: Guiry’s

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cGuckin Hardware has just about everything. Lawn care equipment, plants, clothes, holiday trinkets, on and on... if you can dream it, McGuckin’s probably got it. And at least one thing our readers go to McGuckin for is arts and craft supplies. It has all the paints, waxes, markers, pencils, coloring books, canvasses, tools, yarn, paper and notebooks you could ask for, and a knowledgeable, always-helpful staff ready to pare down that large selection into the items you need to get your arts and crafts project done.

“VOODOO IS THE BEST SALON IN THE COUNTRY! I TRAVEL SO I KNOW... I HAVE BEEN GOING HERE FOR OVER 10 YEARS.”

AUTO SERVICE/REPAIR

HOSHI MOTORS

2504 Spruce St., 303-449-6632 Silver: Super Rupair Bronze: Fisher Honda Acura Write-in: Boulder Hybrids

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e’ve all been there. You’re driving out to the airport to pick up Aunt Sally and your car breaks down in the toll lane on Highway 36. No? That was just us that one horrible time? Regardless, if you own a car, you know it needs fixing from time to time, and so it pays to have a service and repair shop you can trust to do the work well, ontime and affordably. Our readers say Hoshi Motors is their choice for such an auto shop. They specialize in Honda, Acura, Subaru and Toyota repairs, so call beforehand to see if they can help out your car situation.

THANK YOU BOULDER! VOTED BEST CARPET/FLOORING 15 YEARS in a row

CLOTHING STORE — CHILDREN’S

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION SALE May 13th – 18th Stop in and see us!

ONCE UPON A CHILD

700 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 303-772-5437 Silver: Childish Things Boutique Bronze: Pitter Patter Children’s Boutique Write-in: ARES Thrift Store

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aising a child ain’t cheap. According to the U.S. government, the average cost of raising a child these days is $233,610 and that’s without the cost of higher education in an age of increasingly competitive universities and college acceptance scandals where the ever-richer bribe these institutions in ways most of us regular old middleclass citizens can’t even fathom. So why break the bank buying your little rugrat pricey clothes they’ll just grow out of in a few months or years? That’s why Once Upon a Child is our readers’ go-to place for children’s clothing. A place to buy clothes for all ages and stages, a place to both buy and sell gently used clothing, these cost savings might just help decrease your child’s student debt in the future. Think about that. BOULDER WEEKLY

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BEST NON-PROFIT Your support changes the lives of 7,000 pets and the people who love them each year. We’re honored to serve a community so dedicated to animals in need!

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SHOE STORE

PEDESTRIAN SHOPS

1425 Pearl St., 303-449-5260 2525 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-7440 Silver: Boulder Running Company Bronze: Brown’s Shoe Fit Co.

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et’s give it up for the Pedestrian Shops: This year is its 50th anniversary. Not an easy feat for a local, family-owned business. The flagship Pearl Street store has been slinging the most comfortable and fashionable footwear since 1969 — just think of all the styles and fashion influences that have come and gone, waxed and waned over the course of that time. The Pedestrian Shops have seen it all, and been there for our readers every step of the way.

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AUTO DEALER — USED

LARRY H. MILLER TOYOTA BOULDER

2465 48th Court, 888-699-0552 Silver: Fisher Honda Acura Bronze: Super Rupair

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ow, Larry H. Miller Toyota Boulder is our readers’ choice for best new car dealer, but it speaks volumes that the dealership is also our readers’ choice this year for the best place to buy a used car, too. That means our readers value the honesty, selection and quality of reflected in the cars on lot. You’ll have your pick of a wide range of pre-owned Toyotas, but the dealership also has cars from a variety of makers, at a variety of prices, so you can upgrade your clunker in no time.

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BATH & BODY SHOP

COMPANY OWNED BY FEMALE CEO

1312 Pearl St., 303-444-5874 Silver: Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary & Supply Bronze: Pharmaca

2480 Canyon Blvd., Suite M1, 303-449-0120 Silver: ARES Thrift Store Bronze: Wallaroo Hat Company

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he age of #MeToo and the Women’s March has brought greater awareness to the gender gap and workplace discrimination that a lot of women experience every day. While these movements have shed light on the fact that we still have a long way to go, it’s important to highlight the success of women when we see it, showing what’s possible when women are given the chance to lead, and the vital part they play in creating a thriving community. The “Blissful Sisters,” triplets Jessica, Jill and Jennifer Emich, have long contributed their wit, wisdom and talent to the Boulder community through their restaurants. Their latest iteration, Shine Restaurant & Potions Bar, offers extensive menus, community events, Shine potions and herbal tonics. The future is female.

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COMPUTER — RETAIL

APPLE STORE

1755 29th St., 720-479-9451 Silver: Best Buy Bronze: The Mac Shack

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he Apple Store is our readers’ favorite computer retailer because you can get everything you need under one roof. Need a new desktop to get your graphic design business off the ground? The Apple Store has just the machine you need. Headed off to college and need a new, lightweight laptop? Pick up a Mac Air at your nearby Apple Store. Need a tablet for your cafe’s new payment system? Apple’s got iPads that’ll make business a breeze. The Apple Store also hosts sessions that teach you how to create, learn and do more with your Apple products. Our readers know a good thing when they see it.

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Floors for Life. CARPET • HARDWOOD • LAMINATE • CERAMIC TILES WINDOW TREATMENTS • AREA RUGS • SHUTTERS LUXURY VINYL TILE & PLANK

6367 Arapahoe Rd., Boulder, CO 80301 | 303.449.0011 | McDonaldCarpetOneBoulder.com Photos for illustrative purposes only. ©2017 Carpet One Floor & Home. All Rights Reserved

Mike and Chris Munson Proudly Continue the Munson Family Tradition

Thank You Boulder!

BEST FARM 12 YEARS IN A ROW

• A Boulder Favorite Since 1976 • Fresh Produce Stand • Pumpkins Patch • Christmas Trees

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We help seniors downsize and move to either an Independent/Assisted/Memory Care facility. We are engaged to provide complete or partial solutions for our senior clients to help facilitate a less stressful transition, taking care of the details so you can take care of yourself or a loved one. We specialize in:

Caring Transitions of North West Denver is here to help. Caring Transitions of North West Denver serves Golden, Arvada, Leyden Rock, Broomfield, Westminster, Louisville, Lafayette, Boulder, Erie and Longmont.

1. Senior Relocation 2. Decluttering, Sorting, Organizing and Downsizing 3. Packing, Professional Move Management, Unpacking, Resettling 4. Clean Outs and Deep Cleaning 5. Disbursements, donations, and liquidations Our goal is to offset your costs by doing an Estate Sale and/or Online Auctions. My team and I are kind, compassionate, respectful, and have your family’s best interests at heart. We provide a FREE hour of in house consultation to better learn and understand your individual situation and customize a plan that will help you get to the next chapter of your lives.

Call Us at 720-253-6911 Today to Schedule your FREE In-Home Consultation.

TATTOO/PIERCING PARLOR

RISING TIDE TATTOO

3193 Walnut St., 303-500-5046 Silver: Bolder Ink Bronze: Tribal Rites Tattoo & Piercing

RISING TIDE TATTOO SHOP TATTOO ARTIST TARYN MCELVANY

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ASPEN EYEWEAR

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Suite E-23, 303-447-0210 Silver: Warby Parker Bronze: Boulder Vision Center

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NEW BUSINESS

THE NATURAL FUNERAL

102 W. Chester St., Lafayette, 720-515-2344 Silver: Kondition Fitness Bronze: R Gallery

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MIKE’S CAMERA

2500 Pearl St., 303-443-1715 Silver: Costco Wholesale Bronze: Photo Craft Imaging

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isual images not MIKE’S CAMERA only capture STORE MANAGER priceless memories, CURTIS BUSACK but they preserve these moments so we can enjoy them over and over again, passing down stories from generation to generation. We are well into the digital age, and while the way we capture our images may be evolving, the art of photography is alive and well. That’s why Mike’s Camera is essential to the community. It’s a place that sells, repairs and rents camera equipment, as well as develops film and offers photo prints, custom framing and photo decor. Plus it has scanning and video transfer services to help preserve these memories digitally in perpetuity. There’s a reason a picture is worth a thousand words.

OUTDOOR GEAR

TOBACCO SHOP

1789 28th St., 303-583-9970 Silver: Neptune Mountaineering Bronze: JAX Mercantile Co.

1620 30th St., 303-449-7089 Various locations around Boulder County Silver: Mile High Pipe & Tobacco Bronze: The Little Dog

RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT INC. (REI)

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We recently discovered this huge store that has nearly everything you need for less money than what those items would cost nearly anywhere else. There are bicycles and toilet paper, lettuce, coffeepots, chairs, vacuum cleaners, shotguns, cameras, jewelry, lawnmowers, tools, guitars, clothing and lots of weird Japanese candy plus another 500,000,000 or so other products. It’s awesome, and it’s called Amazon.com. The only downside to this place is that the more you shop here, the smaller the tax base where you live gets. Shop a little more and our local schools get worse and unemployment goes up. Keep on saving pennies and shopping at your convenience and pretty soon there won’t be any place left to shop in your own hometown. But what the hell, who needs local businesses, tax revenues and jobs when you can have cool, big-ass drones dropping boxes of crap you don’t need on your porch? But aside from all that, it’s really a great shopping experience.

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RETAIL CLOTHING STORE — USED

BUFFALO EXCHANGE 1813 Pearl St., 303-938-1924

Silver: arc Thrift Store Bronze: Common Threads Boutique Consignment Write-in: Greenwood Wildlife Thrift Shop & Consignment Gallery

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id you know that 15 million tons of LANA SHORES, BUYER FOR used textile waste is produced in BUFFALO EXCHANGE the U.S. each year? And the average person throws away 80 pounds of used clothing over their lifetime? Plus, depending on materials, these textiles can take hundreds of years to decompose. In the age of climate change, there’s no reason to be so wasteful. Luckily for us, that doesn’t mean wearing the same clothes for the rest of our lives. Thanks to Buffalo Exchange, our readers’ pick for best used clothing store in Boulder County, we can shop knowing we’re helping reduce textile waste and contributing, in however small of a way, to saving this planet. The more you know... (cue star-rainbow).

FURNITURE STORE

WOODLEY’S FINE FURNITURE

1400 S. Main St., Longmont, 303-651-1015 Silver: Clutter Consignment Bronze: American Furniture Warehouse

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Bike Repair Station BOULDER OVERLOOK DAVID MESA (Highway 36 pull-out between Table Mesa and McCaslin)

HYDROPONIC STORE

WAY TO GROW

6395 Gunpark Drive, 303-473-4769 Silver: Green Farms Feed & Seed Bronze: Green Piece Pipe & Hydro

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So you’re biking up that hill, you know, that giant hill that hits you every time you try to bike southeast on the path adjacent to Highway 36, and you get a flat. A flat! In another city, your ride might be over. You’d have to call a friend, Uber or that person who owes you a favor, and get them to come pick you up. Thankfully, we live in Boulder, where bike maintenance stands are as ubiquitous as kombucha taps and crystal shops. Just roll your wheels up to the top of the hill, and a set of bike tools and a pump await you, ready to help your ride stay alive.

READERCOMMENT “I’M DISTURBED THAT THERE WERE SO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES.” EDITOR’S NOTE: PERHAPS IF YOU WOULD VISIT ONE OF OUR LOCAL DISPENSARIES YOU WOULD BE LESS “DISTURBED.” BEST OF BOULDER COUNTY ’19

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HONDA SUBARU TOYOTA ACURA

THANK YOU!!!

Serving Boulder Since

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BEST OF BOULDER 2018, 2017, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

folsom & spruce 303.449.6632 www.hoshimotors.net

VISIT LONGMONT’S BEST PIPE & TOBACCO SHOP

BEST PRICED PIPE & ACCESSORIES SHOP

PIPES STARTING AT $5.99 • Kratom • Rigs • Bangers • Dabbing Accessories 341 MAIN ST. LONGMONT, CO 303-287-3181

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GIFT SHOP

PEPPERCORN

PET STORE

REAL ESTATE GROUP

2828 30th St., 303-245-9909 Silver: Humane Society of Boulder Valley Bronze: PetSmart Write-in: Struttin Pup

2425 Canyon Blvd., Suite 110, 303-449-7000 1320 Pearl St., Suite 100W Silver: WK Real Estate Bronze: 8z Real Estate

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1235 Pearl St., 303-449-5847 Silver: Jacque Michelle Bronze: Bliss

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f you actually love the PEPPERCORN SALES person you’re buying a ASSOCIATE RYAN WAPPEL gift for, our readers recommend going to Peppercorn. This 12,000-square-foot business anchor on Pearl Street has been going strong since 1977, when Doris Houghland opened it as a small cooking school and gourmet kitchen shop. Today, Peppercorn has a gift for everyone, even those who aren’t so handy in the kitchen. Find towels, candles, bar glasses, specialty foods and an insane collection of the best of the best in kitchen wares.

ack in 1998, Mary Lee began P.C.’s Pantry for Dogs and Cats, Inc. in a small house on Walnut Street. And clearly our readers are glad she did. Eventually PC’s success led to its graduation into a larger storefront, but Mary’s quality of care and attention to detail has remained steady ever since. From the beginning, all dogs and cats have been encouraged to visit the store with their humans — they might have some suggestions for the food, treats, playthings and accessories being selected on their behalf. Meow!

RE/MAX OF BOULDER

he real estate game can be daunting. That’s why the realtors at Re/Max of Boulder have tailored their approach to serving Boulder County residents to make the whole process as seamless and stress-free as possible. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, our readers are confident you’ll get the attention and expert care you deserve with the Re/Max of Boulder team every step of the way.

READERCOMMENT “COLORADO MOUNTAIN CAMP, RUN BY THREE GENERATIONS OF THE WALKER FAMILY SINCE THE 1950S IS FANTASTIC!! RUSTIC, REAL SUMMER CAMP FOR KIDS!” 114 APRIL 25, 2019

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Access to the Best Outdoor Adventures!

Join us at the A-Lodge Beer Garden Bluegrass Jams & Movie night Under the Stars

VISIT OUR NEWLY RESTORED HISTORIC LODGE AND SALOON

visit A-Lodge.com for all our events

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TIRE SHOP

RETAIL

DISCOUNT TIRE

AUTO DETAILING

3215 28th St., 303-440-6811 740 N. Highway 287, Lafayette, 303-248-5680 379 S. Hover St., Longmont, 303-774-9869 Silver: Barnsley Tire Co. Bronze: Big O Tires

3100 28th St., 303-447-9274 Silver: Boulder Auto Detail Bronze: Buffs Wash

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he folks at Puddle Car Wash do a mighty fine job. They do thorough, speedy car washes and cleans, but our readers most appreciate their auto detailing work. Interior and exterior details are available, as are a la carte detail options, and no matter what you choose, you can rest assured the capable people at Puddle will have your car looking great.

f you’re anything like the majority of U.S. residents, you rely on your vehicle and its four wheels to get you around. And until our government (both local and national) stops messing around and provides clean, reliable and affordable public transportation, our need for cars isn’t going away. That’s why it’s important to know the name Discount Tire. Our readers know Boulder’s local Discount Tire store offers an incredible range of wheels and tires from numerous manufacturers. Bring in your vehicle and the fine folks at Discount Tire can help you with a suite of needs: new tires and wheels, tire rotation and balancing, tire inspection, flat repair, winter tire changes and more. VIDEO/DVD/GAMES

GAMESTOP

AUTO DEALER — NEW

LARRY H. MILLER TOYOTA BOULDER 2465 48th Court, 888-699-0552 Silver: Flatirons Subaru Bronze: Gebhardt BMW & VW Write-in: Audi Boulder

2760 Canyon Blvd., 303-440-1282 545 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 303-666-7192 965 Hover St., Longmont, 303-651-9877 Silver: Game Force Bronze: GAMESPlus

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here’s no better place to geek out about new videos and games than GameStop. As a hub for Boulder County’s digital world of gaming, GameStop carries industry-leading brands and games, plus state-of-the-line accessories. Our readers know something else, too: the shop also offers community, a place where like-minded folks gather and learn about new releases, strategies and industry news. Take a break after you beat the next level of your game and check out GameStop.

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“We’re here so you can live and die your values.” Thank you for voting us for

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COURTESY OF NAMASTE SOLAR

RETAIL KITCHEN SUPPLY PEPPERCORN

1235 Pearl St., 303-449-5847 Silver: McGuckin Hardware Bronze: Sur La Table Write-in: Kitchen & Company

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ou know, we were just thinking that if we could get a new espresso maker, find a great cookbook on French pastry making, locate a beautiful serving tray and maybe a new tea set along with a new set of dishes and an apron with a clever foody phrase embroidered on it, we might just have all you folks over for an afternoon treat. But where on Earth could we find all that stuff? Well, our readers told us we could get all that and another 400,000 food and kitchen-related items at Peppercorn. But we’re just pulling your leg. We already knew that, so come on over Boulder County. SOLAR SYSTEMS

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2000 30th St., 303-442-2493 Silver: Epic Mountain Gear Bronze: Neptune Mountaineering

ou can buy a whole lot online these days: puppies, freshly cooked dinner, Valentine’s day cards... you name it. But just because it can be convenient to sit behind a keyboard and anonymously research skis and snowboards and eventually buy yourself a setup, our readers haven’t forgotten the value of in-person fittings and expert advice. Our readers says Christy Sports is the perfect place to go in Boulder, as its ski and snowboard knowledge runs decades deep. Its got you covered for rentals, purchases, tunings and so much more.

amaste Solar’s 14-year track record of business success is likely a contributing factor to our readers’ decision in naming this Colorado-born-and-raised company as Boulder County’s best. But we also suspect the passion and the smiles of the people behind the company’s mission have been driving the county-wide affection. With a cooperative ownership model, the employees are heavily invested both literally and figuratively in the business’s success as an industry disrupter providing clean, renewable energy options for those along the Front Range. Stop here for answers to all your questions about solar compatibility, systems installation and more.

HOME OF EMPLOYEE PRICING!

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS! On the Corner of Pearl and 48th • 303-974-9337 Visit BoulderToyota.com today!

BEST AUTO DEALER - NEW BEST AUTO DEALER - USED

14-Time Presidents Proud to be voted one of Boulder’s best, 10 years running! Award Winner

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LISTENUP

2034 Arapahoe Ave., 303-444-0479 Silver: Best Buy Bronze: Apple Store

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here’s not a lot that ListenUp hasn’t done in the auditory world. These folks have created elaborate home theaters, outfitted bars and restaurants with audio and video systems, set up musical environments for churches, installed security systems... the list goes on. If you’re in the market for audio or video systems, residential or commercial, take the time to head into ListenUp’s store, where the mini theater pods let you experience systems in simulated environments.

CLOTHING STORE — MEN’S

RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT INC. (REI) 1789 28th St., 303-583-9970 Silver: Nordstrom Rack Bronze: Patagonia Outdoor Clothing & Gear

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GRANDRABBIT’S TOY SHOPPE

EI has long held a mission to get people outside and protect wild places with a community focus that makes positive impacts year after year. But the co-op also carries brands with similar visions, a mixture of functional and trendy, practical and stylish. What’s better than a store that offers not only the best in outdoor gear but everyday clothing as well? For the Colorado man, especially one of the Boulder County variety, it’s no surprise this store is our reader’s top choice for clothing. It makes shopping that much more fun, and you never know what you might find. This is one ethical store our readers can get behind.

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ny time of the year is a good time to enter the magical world of Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe. Our readers (and their littles ones) can attest to that. Toys big and small decorate the shelves of this Front Range community pillar. Educational toys, books, creative inspiration and so much more are available to peruse and test out for yourself (and the young ones, if in tow). The unique range of rotating merchandise has kept our readers coming back again and again as the generations turn.

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