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nother year, another Best of Boulder East County has arrived. Kind of. As you’ve no doubt heard a million trillion times already, 2020 is a year unlike any other. We’re not here to dispel that notion, but we were pleasantly surprised that so many people still voted to support their favorite businesses in this year’s Best of Boulder East County, pandemic and all. In the following pages, you are going to find some longtime favorites — Waterloo, Ozo Coffee Company, Starbuds and so on — that have managed to make 2020 feel as normal as life in the time of COVID can get. Then there are the up-andcomers that inject excitement into the prospect of a night out. But what really surprised us are the businesses that have been around for a few years and are finally getting their kudos. Take The Roost, for example. The Main Street eatery in Longmont cleaned up with a whopping 10 awards. Last year: Nada. Talk about trending up. You’ll also find some businesses listed that have closed, either permanently or temporarily. It’s a shame that these award-winning businesses may not be back, but let’s consider this one last chance to thank them for their contributions to the community, and cross our fingers we’ll see them again, in some form, in the future. We added two new categories in this year’s survey: Cannabis and Home & Garden, and plenty of new awards — each and every one voted on by Boulder Weekly readers. Our assessment: You all have good taste. Of course, you do: You’re our faithful readers, and we couldn’t appreciate you more. We hope you enjoy what you find, and we look forward to hearing what you think is Best of East County in 2021. Without you and all these beautiful businesses, living here just wouldn’t be the same.

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VOTED BEST BBQ Best Catering Best Restaurant Service Best Takeout Best Appetizers / Tapas Best Place to Eat Outdoors

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WATERLOO

817 Main St., Louisville, 303-993-2094 Longmont Winner: Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar Lafayette Winner: Smashburger

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e said it last year, and we stand by it: The burger is one of humanity’s greatest inventions. And when East County BW readers need that cravable combination of salty, savory umami, they turn again and again to Waterloo. Whether it’s beef or bison, brisket or pastrami, chicken or fish, they know that they won’t leave hungry. Oh, you’ll want to keep eating, but you won’t be able to — unless you brought proper eatin’ pants. A word to the wise: Add a fried egg to your burger for a buck. There will be plenty of time to hit the gym tomorrow.

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TAJ MAHAL III

1075 E. South Boulder Road, Suite 145, Louisville, 303-926-0999 Longmont Winner: Flavor of India Lafayette Winner: Tandoori Kitchen Nederland Winner: Kathmandu Restaurant

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et’s face it: If you’re looking for top-shelf traditional cooking from every corner of the globe, you’re gonna find it in a strip mall. That’s the first thing you’ll notice on a trip to Taj Mahal III. The second thing you’ll notice is the ornate decor. But then the food arrives, and you forget all about the first two. Now it’s all about Taj’s pillowy samosas, rich curries, spicy vindaloos, creamy saags and sweet kulfi. Year after year, it’s our reader’s East County favorite, and for damn good reasons.

WATERLOO BAR MANAGER, TIM PLATT

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REELFISH FISH & CHIPS GENERAL MANAGER, LINDA HUDSON SEAFOOD

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SANDWICH

2770 Arapahoe Road, Lafayette, 720-630-8053 Longmont Winner: Tortugas Louisville Winner: Parma Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar

600 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, 303-651-7886 Louisville Winner: Waterloo Broomfield Winner: Outlaw Wings

2130 Mountain View Ave., Longmont, 303-702-1111 645 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 303-774-1441 Louisville Winner: Moxie Bread Co. Lafayette Winner: Eats & Sweets Niwot Winner: Niwot Market

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e understand why our readers love Reelfish Fish & Chips; an order of fish and chips lets you choose from Alaskan cod, Atlantic haddock, Cajun catfish or fresh salmon, served with fresh, hot fries and creamy tartar sauce for dunking. But you can also get grilled mahi-mahi or ahi tuna, lobster bisque, clam chowder, shrimp po’boys or fresh oysters with a whole range of delicious sides like coleslaw, hushpuppies or salted Brussels sprouts with mushrooms. With so many fresh seafood options, what’s not to love?

LONGS PEAK PUB & TAPHOUSE

f BW readers know anything, they know where to find the best chicken wings in town: Longs Peak Pub & Taphouse. The youngest sister in the Mountain Sun Pubs & Breweries family, Longs Peak brings the famous jumbo wings to Longmont. Crispy on the outside, plump and juicy inside, these wings are tossed in your choice of sweet and savory BBQ sauce, fiery and buttery buffalo sauce, or rich and complex Malaysian sambal sauce. Pick a lane; you can’t go wrong. Just make sure to ask for extra napkins and save room for one of this local chain’s signature ales to wash it all down.

SNARF’S SANDWICHES

W readers — East County and beyond — love Snarf’s Sandwiches. They love them in high school, hanging out after a hard afternoon skateboarding. They love them before and after adventurous nights in college. And they love them for a casual business lunch or a pick-me-up on the way home from the office. We get it: The crusty bread, the generous fillings, the melty cheese, the crisp veggies, the spicy giardiniera peppers. Easy to handle, satisfying to eat. Some things never go out of style.

RESTAURANT SERVICE

THE ROOST

526 Main St., Longmont, 303-827-3380 Louisville Winner: LuLu’s BBQ Lafayette Winner: The Post Brewing Co.

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he Roost is committed to providing quality customer service — on its website, it lists its core values, which include professionalism, teamwork and a belief that “Yes” is the answer. Our readers appreciate that commitment. Especially in these daunting times, its service — making sure people are safe, happy and comfortable — set restaurants apart. Our readers say The Roost is doing it right.

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SCRATCH KITCHEN FOOD TRUCK

Mobile, Longmont, 720-600-3400 Louisville Winner: Verde Lafayette Winner: Eats & Sweets Frederick Winner: Butcher & the Blonde

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emember life before food trucks? Neither do we. Or at least it’s a world we want to forget — sitting at the bar, wanting more to drink but too hungry to keep drinking; festivals, events and evenings at the park without a range of food options whipped up by professional chefs. We shudder at the thought. Good thing Scratch Kitchen Food Truck serves craft food made for craft beer, as a constant fixture at many Longmont and East County breweries, with a permanent home at 300 Suns Brewing. Focusing on classic American sandwiches with a twist, the menu offers burgers, chicken sandwiches and a few variations of the grilled cheese: pulled pork chimichurri and bacon onion jam.

NIWOT RESTAURANT

NIWOT TAVERN

7960 Niwot Road, Niwot, 303-652-0200 First Runner-Up: Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House (closed) Second Runner-Up: 1914 House

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very small Coloradan town needs a tavern named after it — a go-to place for locals and visitors to gather for drinking and dining in a homey atmosphere, a hub for the social, political and cultural life of a community. We are in the Wild West, after all. Niwot Tavern takes the concept to the next level, serving the East County community a standard pub menu with a modern twist. With everything from Ribeye steak and shepherd’s pie to Cajun shrimp pasta and an udon noodle bowl, there’s something for everyone here. TAKEOUT

GEORGIA BOYS BBQ

250 Third Ave., Longmont, 720-999-4099 Louisville Winner: LuLu’s BBQ Lafayette Winner: Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

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ell, takeout took on a different meaning in 2020, didn’t it? Some restaurants built up their take-out programs from scratch, others leaned into it. Regardless of how they started, we’re happy to support restaurants in a safe manner via takeout. It’s a bonus when the takeout is so good, as is the case at Georgia Boys BBQ, our readers’ choice for best take-out restaurant. Barbecue travels well, as do sumptuous sides and indulgent desserts, so order up your items and get ready for an at-home feast.

SCRATCH FOOD TRUCK SOUS CHEF, NOLAN CLOUTIER

OVERALL RESTAURANT

LYONS RESTAURANT

526 Main St., Longmont, 303-827-3380 Lafayette Winner: The Post Brewing Co. Louisville Winner: Waterloo Lyons Winner: Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

303 Main St., Lyons, 303-823-6685 First Runner-Up: Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ & Brew Second Runner-Up: Mojo Taqueria Third Runner-Up: The Stone Cup Cafe

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ur readers can’t find flaws in The Roost, their choice for the Best Overall Restaurant in East County. We can’t blame ’em — The Roost has a long lunch, dinner and happy hour menu with great cocktails and exceptional service. Plus, everything’s reasonably priced. For years now, folks have been flocking to The Roost from all over the county for business lunches, dates, family dinners and much more. Here’s to many more years of elevating the East County dining scene.

OSKAR BLUES GRILL & BREW

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hile Oskar Blues’ brewery component spans three states — not to mention a slew of restaurants and the ubiquity of Dale’s Pale Ale in just about every liquor and grocery store in the country — the original digs in Lyons, Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, never got too big for its britches. The cooking is still down-home good, the hospitality is second to none and you can still hear good music coming out of the basement. A lot has changed since Dale Katechis opened Oskar Blues in 1997, but Grill & Brew remains a BW Best Of staple. May it never fade away.

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SUSHI HANA

2065 Main St., Longmont, 303-485-1055 Louisville Winner: Sushi Yoshi Lafayette Winner: 95a Bistro & Sushi

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ow do you take your sushi? Sashimi (sans rice)? Nigiri (raw fish on a finger of rice wrapped with seaweed)? Osaka-style (boxed sushi resembling colorful napoleons)? Rolls? Sushi Hana has them all, including plenty of your favorites.That’s why BW readers give this Longmont restaurant the big thumbs up. The fish is fresh, the veggies are crisp, the tempura is airy... We could go on, but that’ll just make us hungry. Guess we better scoot down there for an eel and cucumber roll. See you there.

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READERCOMMENT OLD SANTA FE HAS THE BEST COMMUNITY FEELING. HALF THE TIME I STOP IN, I’M EITHER MEETING SOMEONE NEW FROM OUR TOWN AND HAVING GREAT CONVERSATION, OR SEEING A FAMILIAR FACE OR FRIEND I KNOW. I LOVE IT. MAKES ME FEEL LIKE PART OF THIS COMMUNITY EVEN BEING OF YOUNGER AGE.

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SMOKIN BOWLS

449 Main St., Longmont, 720-815-2875 Erie Winner: Birdhouse

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owls are here to stay. Hooray for bowls. Bowl popularity is likely one big reason why Smokin Bowls in Longmont (from the folks that brought you Jefes Tacos & Tequila and The Roost) is our readers’ choice for best new restaurant. It also helps that the bowls are well-crafted and filled with fresh, flavor-forward ingredients. There are globe-spanning signature bowls (Hawaiian, Italian, Thai, etc.), or you can craft your own, choosing from a variety of unique offerings that appeal to people of all dietary persuasions. APPETIZERS/TAPAS

THE ROOST

526 Main St., Longmont, 303-827-3380 Lafayette Winner: 95a Bistro & Sushi Louisville Winner: LuLu’s BBQ

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etting appetizers at The Roost is always a good choice. Start with its signature fries and tots, which are done up in a variety of presentations — salsa verde, bacon and queso, katsu curry, poutine and more. Then you’ll want to move into the starters menu with elevated vegetables like blistered shishito peppers, tempura-fried cauliflower and polenta bites, as well as classic apps like nachos, wings and sliders. It could almost be a full meal. GLUTEN-FREE MENU

MORNING GLORY CAFE

1377 Forest Park Circle, Suite 101, Lafayette, 303-604-6351 Longmont Winner: The Post Brewing Co. Louisville Winner: Parma Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar

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aking light, fluffy and delicious gluten-free pancakes is quite a task, but our readers say the cooks at Morning Glory Cafe are masters. Plain or blueberry, gluten-sensitive folks need not miss out on slathering butter and warm syrup over a fat stack of flapjacks. But the gluten-free options don’t stop at pancakes. Morning Glory Cafe also offers Udi’s gluten-free buns for burgers, gluten-free tortillas for quesadillas and sandwiches and, of course, egg scrambles and salads that are safe for gluten-sensitive stomachs.

SMOKING BOWLS ASSISTANT MANAGER, SIERRA “CICI” BRADY

RESTAURANT DESSERT

THAI

700 Main St., Louisville, 303-666-8020 Longmont Winner: Cheese Importers Lafayette Winner: Eats & Sweets

133 S. McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 303-665-0330 Longmont Winner: Thai Kitchen Lafayette Winner: Panang Thai Cuisine Lyons Winner: Julie’s Thai Kitchen

THE HUCKLEBERRY

BUSABA

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o quote Helen Keller, “Life is short and unpredictable” — a description of 2020 if we ever heard one. Good thing she also tacked on a bit more wisdom — “eat dessert first.” Time to take her advice and head on over to The Huckleberry, our readers’ favorite spot to grab a sweet treat in East County. This vast menu includes freshly baked cakes, pies, milkshakes and malts, root beer floats and much more. And if you truly want the whole shebang, join the folks at The Huckleberry for afternoon tea, and enjoy any number of desserts all in one sitting.

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eaning flower in the Thai language, busaba connotes “life emerging from the elements growing toward the light and emanating its brilliant colors as a gift.” And what a flavorful gift Busaba is. With an extensive menu featuring Thai staples like Pad Thai, Panang curry and Tom Kha soup, you can’t go wrong ordering off this menu. For the last decade, Busaba has been creating authentic Thai tastes with locally sourced ingredients, and our readers vote it best of the best, year after year.

BUSINESS LUNCH

ITALIAN

526 Main St., Longmont, 303-827-3380 Louisville Winner: 740 Front Lafayette Winner: 95a Bistro & Sushi

1132-1 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 303-284-2741 Longmont Winner: Caprese Trattoria Lafayette: Mici Handcrafted Italian Broomfield: Delvickios Incredible Italian

PARMA TRATTORIA & MOZZARELLA BAR

THE ROOST

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ot business to handle and need a place to handle said business? Our readers say you ought to head to The Roost, where you’ll be able to meet associates and enjoy a good meal in a comfortable setting. The service is prompt and the menu has something for everyone — salads, sandos, wraps, tacos, bowls. Everything’s reasonably priced, so you won’t have to fret submitting that receipt to HR. And if the meeting’s going well (or really poorly), The Roost’s got a long menu of lunchtime wine and cocktails to help.

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hat’s more Italian than Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto de Parma? Not much, except maybe Parma Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar’s executive chef and owner Silvio Cuomo, born and raised in Naples, Italy. When it came to opening his own restaurant in Louisville, Cuomo chose to name it after the northern Italian city of Parma, in the EmiliaRamagna region known for its farm-fresh cuisine of pastas, meats and cheeses. Sourcing organic ingredients from local farms whenever possible, Cuomo and the folks at Parma offer up a diverse menu of Italian eats in an open and airy trattoria dining room.

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MOE’S BROADWAY BAGEL

1057 Courtesy Road, Louisville, 303-665-2126 Longmont Winner: Big Daddy Bagels Lafayette Winner: Einstein Bros. Bagels Broomfield Winner: First Watch

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oe’s Broadway Bagel has more than 20 bagel varieties for your hungry stomach: From sweet (Cinnamon Sugar) to savory (Tomato Cheddar); breakfast (Oatmeal Raisin) and dinner (Garlic). And then there’s the almighty, all-encompassing Italian. Laypeople call it the Everything bagel, but not you. You voted Moe’s best bagel in East County once again, which means you’ve probably worked your way through all 22 options, indulged in a spread or six, and topped them with sliced meats, eggs, veggies and cheeses. Because anyone who knows, knows there’s no winner like Moe’s.

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BUSABA

133 S. McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 303-665-0330 Longmont Winner: East Moon Chinese & Sushi Restaurant Lafayette Winner: Pho Cafe

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ombining different culinary traditions of countries and cultures across Asia, Busaba is the go-to East County spot for Asian fusion cuisine, according to our readers. With a large emphasis on Thai food, the menu combines flavors and tastes to present a delicious menu of dishes made with locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Our recommendation: Larb — a delicious meat salad combining the flavors of several ethnic groups across Burma, China, Thailand and Laos, where it’s known as the unofficial national dish.

KID-FRIENDLY

LUCKY PIE PIZZA & TAP HOUSE

637 Front St., Louisville, 303-666-5743 Longmont Winner: Longs Peak Pub & Taphouse Lafayette Winner: Noodles and Co.

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t’s hard to beat Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House when you’re thinking of a place to take the family for a meal. First, the food is unassailable — pizzas of all varieties with special kid-friendly offerings. The staff is also equipped and prepared to deal with all the... let’s say, fun… that goes with bringing young kids to a restaurant. And there’s a big run-around area (and Sweet Cow nextdoor), so the kids will be happy to be there. You’ll be happy, too, with one of Lucky Pie’s on-tap beers in your glass.

MOE’S BROADWAY BAGELS (LOUISVILLE) ASSISTANT MANAGER, JONATHAN MORADO VEGGIE BURGER

THE ROOST

526 Main St., Longmont, 303-827-3380 Lafayette Winner: Morning Glory Cafe Louisville Winner: Waterloo

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he veggie burger, fortunately, has undergone a renaissance in recent years. Gone are the tired old hockey pucks; in are fresh, flavor-forward innovations and meat substitutes that actually taste good. The Roost’s got the Impossible vegan patty on hand for sliding into its classic burger, and it’s also got a falafel burger with tahini tzatziki, lettuce, tomato, red onion and pesto on a grilled potato bun.

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701B Main St., Louisville, 720-583-1789 Longmont Winner: Georgia Boys BBQ Lyons Winner: Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ & Brew Superior Winner: Wayne’s Smoke Shack

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ur readers say when they’re craving barbecue, they’re going to LuLu’s BBQ. There, they can get smoked chicken, pulled pork, brisket, sausage, ribs and more. (And lest you think you’ve been left out, vegetarians, LuLu’s has a pretty excellent BBQ tofu.) Pair all that goodness with classic sides like beans, cornbread, slaw or fried okra, and you’ll be feeling pretty good about your dining choices.

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH

LUCILE’S CREOLE CAFE

518 Kimbark St., Longmont, 303-774-9814 Lafayette Winner: Tangerine Louisville Winner: The Huckleberry Superior Winner: PJ’s Diner (formerly Doug’s Day Diner)

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estaurants come in all shapes and sizes, but the ones that make us feel like we’re sidling up to a plate of home cooking at grandma’s are the best. That’s probably why we all seem to share an affinity for Lucile’s Creole Cafe. Located in a lovely pastel yellow house, with plates served on cloth mats, Lucile’s serves up superb Cajun cooking (benedicts, beignets, biscuits, oh my!), in a county where we take brunch seriously. Maybe too seriously. That might explain why Lucile’s charming vibe is so disarming: No need to put on airs here, just order a plate of pain perdu and slide down the sweetest river of butter you ever did find. CATERING

GEORGIA BOYS BBQ

250 Third Ave., Longmont, 720-999-4099 Louisville Winner: LuLu’s BBQ Lafayette Winner: Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina Frederick Winner: Butcher & the Blonde

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hen you hire a caterer for an event, you need them to be on time, sure; you need the catered items to be affordable, of course; and you’d like the staff to be friendly and accommodating, obviously. Our readers say Georgia Boys BBQ does all that and also checks one more critical box on the catering checklist: the food is dynamite. Barbecue is made for groups, and Georgia Boys delivers, literally, with ribs, pulled pork, chicken wings, banana pudding and much more.

LULU’S BBQ OWNER, KEVIN HERRINGTON

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PLACE TO GO ON A FIRST DATE

461 Main St., Longmont, 303-485-5020 Louisville Winner: Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House Erie Winner: Abo’s Pizza Gunbarrel Winner: Proto’s Pizzeria Napoletana

526 Main St., Longmont, 303-827-3380 Lafayette Winner: Acreage Ciderhouse & Eatery Louisville Winner: The Melting Pot

ROSALEE’S PIZZERIA

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osalee’s Pizzeria in Longmont is our readers’ go-to spot for fresh, East Coast-style pies. The thin-crust ’za comes in at 18 inches (you can also get a square, pan pie), and Rosalee’s has a number of classic topping variations — margherita, salami and basil, sausage and white. Pair that with some garlic knots and a salad, and the meal will be complete. This is a neighborhood pizzeria that’s welcoming and comfortable, part of — not just in — the community.

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irst dates are tricky. You don’t want to go someplace too quiet and stodgy, nor do you want to go someplace where you have to yell icebreakers at your date. You don’t want to spend a ton of money, but you also want to be sure the food is good. You basically want to be comfortable so you can show your true self and learn about your date. Our readers say the service, menu, affordability and ambiance of The Roost is ideal.

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THE MELTING POT

732 Main St., Louisville,303-666-7777 Erie Winner: 24 Carrot Bistro Longmont Winner: Sugarbeet Niwot Winner: 1914 House

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HANA JAPANESE BISTRO 1148 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 720-328-8826 Longmont Winner: Sakura Japanese Cuisine Lafayette Winner: Sushi Aji

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ine dining doesn’t have to be a stuffy experience that requires a blazer. When our readers are looking for an exceptional meal served in a charming atmosphere, they head to The Melting Pot. Here, the whole family can enjoy the fun of fondue, with garlic pepper sirloin for the grown-ups, and chicken teriyaki for the kids. Everybody can enjoy Yin & Yang for dessert, with decadent and buttery dark and white chocolate fondue artfully swirled together — perfect for dunking strawberries.

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f you’ve only had sushi, you haven’t had Japanese cuisine. Ditto if teriyaki is your Tuesday night go-to. Not that we’re knocking either (we’ve had our share and then some), but have you dug into a big comforting bowl of donburi? Felt the satisfying slurp of a soba noodle? Worked your way through a plate of tempura-fried veggies? Felt your sinuses open at the mere mention of tuna tataki? BW East County readers sure have, which is why they stump for Hana Japanese Bistro. Hana has all of the above and more — even sushi.

A MODERN SHRINE TO REGIONAL MEXICAN CUISINE VOTED BEST MARGARITA IN LAFAYETTE!

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LAMAR’S DONUTS & COFFEE

133 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 720-890-3875 Longmont Winner: Winchell’s Donut House

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ay LaMar was 17 when he started perfecting his donut recipe. And the year was 1933, four years into the Great Depression. Kind of makes you wonder what great things the 17-year-olds of today are cooking up in the time of the pandemic. Speaking of, we’ve found ourselves eating a lot of donuts these days — soft and warm, sweet and buttery, delicious and satisfying. We’ve heard you are too, particularly at LaMar’s Donuts & Coffee. Ray would be proud of us. What’s your favorite? We’ve heard LaMar’s has about three dozen to choose from, but we keep going back to Ray’s Original Glazed — a donut worthy of LaMar’s persistent perfection.

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EAST MOON CHINESE & SUSHI RESTAURANT

2144 Main St., Suite 1, Longmont, 303-684-8383 Louisville Winner: Spice China Lafayette Winner: Colorado Wok

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ating at East Moon Chinese & Sushi Restaurant is an opportunity to take a culinary tour of Asia with an expansive menu of Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese food — but our readers think East Moon’s Chinese offerings can’t be beaten. Start with some crispy crab rangoons or savory pork dumplings before you tuck into a plate of lo mein noodles or Mongolian beef. With fresh food, great prices and a welcoming environment, it’s no wonder East Moon is our readers’ favorite Chinese restaurant. BOULDER WEEKLY

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JEFES TACOS & TEQUILA

246 Main St., Longmont, 303-827-3790 Lafayette Winner: Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina Louisville Winner: Old Santa Fe Mexican Grille

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f the bright pink colors and stunning margaritas at Jefes Tacos & Tequila don’t grab you, the food surely will. It did for BW East County readers; it’s their favorite Mexican restaurant for 2020. And that’s saying something — East County certainly ain’t hurtin’ for good Mexican food. But at Jefes, the vibe is lively, and the menu combines some of the best aspects of a taco truck with the vibrant flavors of a West Coast counter walk-up. Plus, it has all your favorites: smothered burritos, enchiladas, street tacos, you know the drill. Even better, owners Sean and Rebecca Gafner are committed to locally and sustainably sourced ingredients.

PLACE TO EAT OUTDOORS

ACREAGE CIDERHOUSE & EATERY

1380 Horizon Ave., Unit A, Lafayette, 720-443-3007 Longmont Winner: The Roost Louisville Winner: LuLu’s BBQ

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rabbing a seat on the patio has always been fun, but Acreage Ciderhouse & Eatery in Lafayette takes it to the next level, with stunning views of the Front Range on its expansive outdoor patio. First, grab a picnic table for you and your friends, or take a load off in one of the Adirondack chairs. Next, order some charcuterie or small plates for the whole gang to snack on while everyone mulls over which Stem Cider they want to order — maybe you want the mildly piquant Chile Guava or the floral freshness of a Lavender cider. And, of course, a Real Dry cider never disappoints. Finally, sip languorously and munch happily with the mountains as your backdrop.

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THE ROOST

526 Main St., Longmont, 303-827-3380 Lafayette winner: The Post Brewing Co. Louisville winner: Waterloo Erie winner: 24 Carrot Bistro

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ood luck deciding what to order at The Roost. Its menu is a melting pot of culinary traditions that, in its diversity, feels distinctly American — thus our readers’ choice of The Roost as the Best American Restaurant in East County. Take, for instance, the dinner menu, which includes steak-frites, Haitian chicken, a poke rice bowl and lamb chops. Only in the U.S. of A. could a restaurant have such a range; we’re lucky we can access that variety right in Longmont.

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THE HUCKLEBERRY

700 Main St., Louisville, 303-666-8020 Lafayette Winner: Tangerine Longmont Winner: Le Peep Niwot Winner: The Garden Gate Cafe

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BEST KITCHEN SUPPLY STORE

SWEET COW ICE CREAM (LOUISVILLE) ASSISTANT MANAGER, JORDON FERRILL

ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT

SWEET COW ICE CREAM

637 Front St., Louisville, 303-666-4269 Longmont Winner: Scrumptious Lafayette Winner: Eats & Sweets

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hat’s not to love about Sweet Cow Ice Cream? This homegrown chain serves fresh, handcrafted ice cream, dishing out classic flavors like strawberry, cookies and cream, and mint chocolate chip. Adventurous palates can enjoy ingenious concoctions like banana Oreo (pretty self-explanatory), Golden Grahams (honey ice cream with the crunchy graham cracker cereal swirled throughout) and Trick or Treat (contains five candy bars: Twix, Milky Way, Snickers, Heath Bar and Kit Kats). One scoop, two scoops or even three, in a cake cone, sugar cone or pretzel cone. Best of all? Sweet Cow uses only compostable and recyclable products. Sweet.

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MOXIE BREAD CO.

BEST APPETIZERS / TAPAS BEST BUSINESS LUNCH BEST SUSHI RESTAURANT BEST HAPPY HOUR

641 Main St., Louisville, 720-420-9461 Longmont Winner: Babettes Artisan Bread Lafayette Winner: Button Rock Bakery

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oxie Bread Co. owner/baker Andy Clark is one of Boulder County’s brightest food minds. He, and the team at Louisville’s Moxie Bread Co., aren’t afraid to try new recipes, incorporate ancient and heirloom grains, and push the boundaries of our perceptions of the humble neighborhood bakery. Of course, all that creativity would be for naught if it weren’t for the delicious kouign-ammans, bread loaves, sandwiches and pastries Moxie churns out. So successful has Moxie been over the last several years that Clark and company opened a second, grain-focused location in North Boulder. Here’s hoping the growth never stops.

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OZO COFFEE COMPANY

1232-A S. Hover Road, Suite 400, Longmont, 720-600-6689 Lafayette Winner: Brewing Market Coffee and Tea Louisville Winner: Paul’s Coffee & Tea

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thically sourced and sustainably grown coffee, that’s the Ozo Coffee Company modus operandi, and that’s why BW readers have made them a staple in both of our annual Best Of issues. That you knew, but did you know Ozo named its roasting equipment? Bertha is the name of the Gothot, and the Diedrick roaster goes by Sadie. What does that tell you about Ozo? These folks care — you can always trust people who take the time to name their equipment. COFFEE HOUSE

ZIGGI’S COFFEE HOUSE

Multiple locations, Longmont Louisville Winner: Moxie Bread Co. Lafayette Winner: Brewing Market Coffee and Tea Niwot Winner: Winot Coffee

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hat started as a small shop on Longmont’s Main Street has now spread far and wide as one of the proud purveyors of quality coffee and treats. It’s no surprise to us that BW readers have voted Ziggi’s Coffee House as the best coffee house in East County. These folks pour a superb cup of joe at Ziggi’s — not to mention an Americano, café au lait and cold brew — and if you haven’t had one of the treats, particularly the vegan donut, then you have something to look forward to. Insider tip: Ziggi’s offers Italian sodas. They’re spectacular and the flavor choices offered are vast.

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DRINK BEER SELECTION

LIQUID MECHANICS BREWING CO.

297 Highway 287, Suite 100, Lafayette, 720-550-7813 Longmont Winner: Pumphouse Brewery Louisville Winner: 12Degree Brewing

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ur readers agree: It’s time Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co. got some love for its varied line-up of ales and lagers. Sure, Hopacity Both Coast IPA and Peanut Butter Porter have been festival staples and go-tos around town, but Liquid Mechanic’s dark lager (Dark Foreboding) is a thing of roasty, malty glory. Not digging the dark stuff? Liquid Mechanics has you covered with Orange Side of the Moon, an American wheat ale brewed with oranges. Hophead? Lucid AF if you’re a West Coaster, Hop Nectar if you’re a New Englander. And don’t forget the smallbatches and barrel-aged brews — they turn each trip to the taproom into an adventure.

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OZO COFFEE COMPANY

1232-A S. Hover Road, Suite 400, Longmont, 720-600-6689 Louisville Winner: Moxie Bread Co. Lafayette Winner: Brewing Market Coffee and Tea

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aristas are magicians as far as we’re concerned; they can take beans and milk (and a little chocolate if you like) and turn them into the life-giving nectar that is a latte. When you find a coffee shop that makes the perfect latte or mocha, it’s hard to accept anything less. Our readers say, year after year, nobody makes a better latte or mocha than Ozo Coffee Company. For more than a decade, Ozo has been roasting coffee sourced ethically and sustainably from around the world, and hiring baristas who understand the science, the art — the magic — of making a great latte.

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CELESTIAL SEASONINGS

4600 Sleepytime Drive, Gunbarrel, 303-581-1266 Louisville Winner: The Huckleberry Lyons Winner: The Stone Cup Café Longmont Winner: Javastop

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here better to get a cuppa than at the source of some of the best-known tea in America? Celestial Seasonings is our readers’ favorite teahouse in East Boulder County because it offers more than 100 teas. Go and take the free tour of the facility (just make sure it’s open first) and then stop by the Tea Shop to talk to some experts to find a great cup of tea. They can help you know the difference between green, black, white and herbal teas (primer: herbal “teas” aren’t teas at all!) and the right brewing method to get the best tasting cuppa possible.

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SPIRIT HOUND DISTILLERS

4196 Ute Highway, Lyons, 303-823-5696 Longmont Winner: Dry Land Distillers Lafayette Winner: On Point Distillery

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he folks at Spirit Hound Distillers know how to make a spirit, our readers say. Whether it’s the straight-malt whisky, made from barley grown and malted in Colorado, classic or barrel-finished gin or any of the other hand-crafted spirits Spirit Hound offers, folks know that anything you get at this Lyons distillery is unique and, above all, delicious. There’s rum, there’s sambuca, there’s crème de cacao... there’s something for everyone.

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THE ROOST

526 Main St., Longmont, 303-827-3380 Louisville Winner: /pôr/ Wine House Lafayette Winner: 95a Bistro & Sushi

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e think the world needs a collective happy hour right now. Let’s take a load off, have a drink, some apps and unwind with our friends and neighbors. We know we’ll find our readers at this international hour of happy at The Roost, where they’ll get some dynamite, discounted small plates (polenta bites, buffalo chicken sliders, warm carrot cake and more) and some excellent cocktails. They’ll be sipping on margaritas, daiquiris, cosmos, highballs and more, all styled by the expert bartenders at The Roost.

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LIQUID MECHANICS BREWING CO.

297 Highway 287, Suite 100, Lafayette, 720-550-7813 Longmont Winner: Wibby Brewing Louisville Winner: 12Degree Brewing

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ou’d be forgiven if you overlooked Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co.’s grand opening back in 2014 — eight breweries opened in the County that year. It takes a lot of invention and gumption for a brewery to stand out in this County, and Liquid Mechanics’s brewers proved they can roll with the times. From Amber Altbier and Kölsch to the hazy craze with Hop Nectar. These days, Liquid Mechanics is in luck as consumer palates shift back to bright(ish) beers with Hopacity Both Coast IPA and West Coast Cartel. Liquid Mechanics proves that you change with the times while still holding on to your identity (Peanut Butter Porter, anyone?). No wonder BW readers have voted it their favorite in a county replete with craft.

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Tandoori Kitchen Indian & Nepalese Vegan and Gluton Free

Tandoori Kitchen is a collaboration between Colorado’s greatest Indian chefs and local restaurateurs

THE ROOST BEVERAGE DIRECTOR, MATT GRIMES BAR

THE ROOST

526 Main St., Longmont, 303-827-3380 Louisville Winner: Waterloo Lafayette Winner: William Oliver’s Publick House

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hat makes a great bar? Knowledgeable, attentive and friendly bartenders and staff for starters. It helps to have a wide selection of beer, wine and cocktails. You want to feel comfortable, so the bar itself has to be spacious yet cozy, lively yet not so boisterous you can’t talk to your neighbor. And, of course, drinks shouldn’t be priced like you’re at an airport or a sporting event. Our readers say The Roost checks all those boxes, with fresh, innovative cocktails, a lengthy beer and wine list, and friendly service that keeps folks coming back for more.

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/PÔR/ WINE HOUSE

701 A Main St., Louisville, 720-666-1386 Longmont Winner: Sugarbeet

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ACREAGE CIDERHOUSE & EATERY

1380 Horizon Ave., Unit A, Lafayette, 720-443-3007 Longmont Winner: St. Vrain Cidery Erie Winner: The Old Mine

ERIC FOSTER, STEM CIDERS CO-FOUNDER AND CEO

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hen Eric Foster and Phil Kao founded Stem Ciders in 2013, their goal was to revive the cider tradition in America. Less than a decade later, Stem is nationally known for its diverse cider offerings. Our readers love to grab a glass of cider fresh from the tap at the Acreage Ciderhouse & Eatery, a venture by Stem Ciders, in Lafayette, where core ciders like Real Dry, Rose and Hibiscus Session can satisfy palates seeking dry, off-dry and semi-sweet ciders. Dropping by the cidery also lets you see what seasonal offerings are on tap. For something with a bite, try The Woods, a barrel-aged bittersweet and bittersharp cider clocking in at 6.7% ABV. For something with a bit more kick, the 10.5% ABV New England Blend offers a slightly sweeter flavor profile, blending raisins and brown sugar.

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THE ROOST

526 Main St., Longmont, 303-827-3380 Lafayette Winner: Community Louisville Winner: The Empire Lounge and Restaurant

BEST NEW BUSINESS IN ALL OF EAST COUNTY!

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he Roost’s cocktail menu includes elevated, modern takes on classic drinks as well as a few originals. Try the Cherry Rye, with Redemption rye whiskey, cherry-cardamom shrub (syrup) and locally made ginger beer. Or maybe the Craft Sazerac, old fashioned or Negroni has your taste buds piqued. You can dive into a rotating barrel-aged cocktail or try out one of The Roost’s Moscow Mules in a copper mug. There are options for every palate; just talk to your friendly bartender about what’s right for you.

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JEFES TACOS & TEQUILA 246 Main St., Longmont, 303-827-3790 Louisville Winner: Pica’s Mexican Taqueria Lafayette Winner: Teocalli Cocina

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tmosphere makes a place, but drinks help. And the margaritas at Jefes Tacos & Tequila mix well with the bright, fun atmosphere of this Longmont and East County favorite. These aren’t just any old margaritas — the menu consists of more than a dozen takes on this popular Mexican/ American cocktail. Try the Pineapple Jalapeño, Toasted Coconut or Peach Ring for something unique. Or there are the classic Rocks Marg or Jefes Coin Style if you’re looking for something familiar. There’s even one with kombucha just for a kick, as well as a flight option to try more than one at a time. All served with tequila, of course.

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

NATIVE ROOTS

19 S. Sunset St., Longmont, 720-340-4870 Niwot Winner: Starbuds Louisville Winner: Igadi

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hen BW readers have questions about medical marijuana — Should I do flower or concentrate? How long does it take for edibles to kick in? What benefits can I get from topicals? — they go to Native Roots. Our readers know that the staff will help them through the process, no matter how painful or confusing it might be. Your health should always be your top priority, and the team at Native Roots is here to help.

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LESLIE VAN COURT, STAFF MEMBER AT STARBUDS IN NIWOT

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6924 N. 79th St., Niwot, 720-340-4548 7521 Ute Highway, Suite 66, Longmont, 303-651-0709 1156 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 720-389-6313 Longmont Winner: Native Roots Louisville Winner: Igadi

19 S. Sunset St., Longmont, 720-340-4870 Louisville Winner: Igadi Niwot Winner: Starbuds

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here are several reasons our readers love the flower at Starbuds. First, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, so if you’re a little unsure of the flower that would be best for you, the budtenders at Starbuds can talk you through your needs. Second, the selection is great — this is high-quality marijuana at a variety of price points and THC concentrations. Lastly, the deals can’t be beat. There’s a different special seven days a week, like Phat Tuesday, where patrons can pick up a 5-gram eighth of top-shelf bud.

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STARBUDS

6924 N. 79th St., Niwot, 720-340-4548 7521 Ute Highway, Suite 66, Longmont, 303-651-0709 1156 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 720-389-6313 Louisville Winner: Ajoya Longmont Winner: Nature’s Root

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nless you’ve had your head under a rock for the past three years, CBD is the way of the future. Whether it’s pain relief or anxiety alleviation, or something to quell your seizures, maybe even clear up some of that nagging acne, CBD might be the miracle drug you’re looking for. And when BW readers go looking for CBD, they look no farther than Starbuds, for non-psychoactive chews, CBD/THC edibles, even transdermal patches. Starbuds doesn’t just have what you want; it has what you need.

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RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

STARBUDS

6924 N. 79th St., Niwot, 720-340-4548 7521 Ute Highway, Suite 66, Longmont, 303-651-0709 1156 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 720-389-6313 Longmont Winner: Native Roots Louisville Winner: Igadi

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here are Boulder County staples, and then there’s Starbuds — a BW Best of Boulder/ East County favorite for longer than some of us can remember. That means you already know all about Starbuds’ top-shelf selection, the helpful staff and the rewards program: Higher Rewards. For those of you new here, sign up and get one point for every dollar spent. After 100 points, you get $5 off. After 200 points, you get $10 off a joint. Earn 250,000 points, and they’ll get you a brand new Ford Mustang. Now, getting to 250,000 points seems ludicrous, but considering how many times Starbuds has won a Best of award, there has to be one of you out there who either has a brand new Ford Mustang or is getting close. We want a photo, a chance to chat with you, maybe even a ride-along to Starbuds in that sweet, sweet ‘Stang: letters@boulderweekly.com. EDIBLES

STARBUDS

6924 N. 79th St., Niwot, 720-340-4548 7521 Ute Highway, Suite 66, Longmont, 303-651-0709 1156 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 720-389-6313 Longmont Winner: Native Roots Louisville Winner: Igadi

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tarbuds prides itself on “Shining High Above the Rest” with its top-notch selection of strains, including its signature Cannabis Cup-winning Sativa, its higher rewards loyalty program and its Cancer Relief program that gives back to the community by providing discounted cannabis products to those who need it most. But our readers particularly love Starbuds’ edible collection, a vast array of CBD and THC powders, gummies, capsules, chocolates and drops. Just writing about all of these options is making us snacky.

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STARBUDS

6924 N. 79th St., Niwot, 720-340-4548, 7521 Ute Highway, Suite 66, Longmont, 303-651-0709, 1156 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 720-389-6313 Longmont Winner: Native Roots Louisville Winner: Igadi

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he selection at Starbuds is mind-boggling. Concentrate, edibles, flower, pre-rolls, tinctures, topicals and vaporizers, oh my! If Willy Wonka had kicked the cocoa habit and invested in weed, it might have looked something like this. We would tell you to go, but we know our beautiful BW readers, and we know full well that you folks go for Munchie Monday, Phat Tuesday, Wax Wednesday, Therapeutic Thursday, Fan Favorite Friday, Starbuds Saturday and, a personal favorite, Shake Sunday. You gotta love a place that has a full week of daily specials.

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NATIVE ROOTS

19 S. Sunset St., Longmont, 720-340-4870 Louisville Winner: Igadi Niwot Winner: Starbuds

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elling medical and recreational products, Native Roots has become East County’s go-to dispensary for bargains. Offering monthly deals on products ranging from edibles to topicals, concentrates and more, there’s always a deal to be found. But that doesn’t change the quality of goods. Known across the state for cultivating not only great bud but also community, Native Roots in Longmont is quaint, right off St. Vrain Creek and a convenient stop for all your cannabis needs.

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WHY ALFALFA’S?

Winner! Best Grocery Store in Louisville

Thank You for Your Support East Boulder County!

Alfalfa’s market curates products that are good for people, producers, and the planet. We celebrate all-natural, local and organic products. You’ll never find artificial additives, added hormones, high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils in our markets. No added hormones or antibiotics EVER in our meat, seafood, or anything we sell. Colorado's LARGEST selection of organic produce. Locally operated since 1979. Restaurant quality prepared foods. Over 4,000 LOCAL products on our shelves. Over 6,000 ORGANIC products on our shelves. Full service OZO coffee bar. No artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners or preservatives.

Alfalfa’s Local Market 785 E. South Boulder Rd Louisville, CO 80027

At Precision, every detail matters. With tens of thousands of customers in over 37 years of service, you can be sure you’ll be delighted when you choose Precision Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical.

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LAFAYETTE FLORIST EMPLOYEE, DENA MUNDO FLORIST

LAFAYETTE FLORIST, GIFT SHOP & GARDEN CENTER 600 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303-665-5552 Longmont Winner: Longmont Florist Louisville Winner: Nina’s Flowers & Gifts Niwot Winner: Juniper & Twine Floral and Gifts

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he story of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center started in 1949 when Yasutaro and Kumiko “Kate” Yoshihara came to Lafayette after being released from a Japanese Relocation Camp in Southern Colorado. They saved for years to buy a twoacre plot of land in Lafayette, set up a small fruit and vegetable stand and farmed the land. Their family kept the land over the generations, adding greenhouses that finally became the garden center our readers know and love today. Whether you need a bridal bouquet, a boutonniere, a house plant or an arrangement to let mom know how much you love her, Lafayette Florist can provide trendy designs at great prices — satisfaction guaranteed.

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FURNITURE STORE

HOME BUILDER/CONTRACTOR

Multiple Locations Longmont Winner: Woodley’s Fine Furniture Lafayette Winner: Vintrey Honest Goods (Formerly TRI Vintage)

1029 Treece St., Louisville, 720-890-6011 Longmont Winner: Boulder Creek Neighborhoods

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ometimes it’s nice to just go to one place and know you’ll be able to find everything you need under one roof. American Furniture Warehouse is known to have the largest selection of furniture in the U.S. and delivers to 20 states throughout the country. The company makes a priority of working efficiently and keeping costs low so that those savings can be passed on to East County customers. In addition to its mission of providing customers with the best furniture at the lowest prices, American Furniture Warehouse is deeply committed to giving back to the community. We can get behind that.

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ELIZABETH FERRER, A STAFF MEMBER AT THE FLOWER BIN GARDEN CENTER AND NURSERY

NURSERY/GARDEN CENTER

THE FLOWER BIN GARDEN CENTER & NURSERY

HOME FURNISHING

210 S. Public Road, Suite B, Lafayette, 303-664-0607 East County Runner-Up: Boulder County Painters LLC.

1400 S. Main St., Longmont, 303-651-1015 Lafayette Winner: Vintrey Honest Goods (Formerly TRI Vintage)

KAREN’S COMPANY INC.

1805 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-772-3454 Lafayette Winner: Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center Louisville Winner: Urban Garden

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uality means everything to the folks at The Flower Bin Garden Center & Nursery. Our readers know it’s the place to go for all your garden needs. Looking for some perennials to add color to your yard year after year? Maybe you’re starting your first vegetable garden or looking to get into hydroponics. Or maybe you’ve developed a love for house plants. The Flower Bin has you covered. From Asparagus ferns to ZZ plants, The Flower Bin has the plants and tools you need to make your gardening dreams come true.

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WOODLEY’S FINE FURNITURE

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hen our readers need to furnish their homes, they head to Woodley’s Fine Furniture. There, they’ll get items to make every room in their homes comfortable and functional. Sofas, tables, beds, dressers, chairs… Woodley’s has ’em. Mirrors, cabinets, bookcases… yep, Woodley’s has those too. If there’s an empty space in your home, our readers say peruse the selection at Woodley’s, and you’ll find something to fill it.

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HOME/GARDEN

CARPET/FLOORING

LAFAYETTE FLOORING

207 N. Carr Ave., Lafayette, 303-926-6801 Longmont Winner: Carpet Masters

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aking a flooring decision for your home can be overwhelming. Should you get soft, long carpet? The kids and pets are sure to get it dirty. Maybe you should try hardwood, but what about the scratches? Maybe vinyl is the way to go, but is there a way to make it look good? The folks at Lafayette Flooring know that such a purchase is an extremely large financial and emotional investment that not only needs to be practical but also express your style, fashion and vision. That’s why they are our readers’ pick for Best Carpet and Flooring retailer and installer in East County, and that’s convincing enough for us.

ELECTRICIAN

M AND M HEATING, COOLING, PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL 110 S. Bowen Circle, Longmont, 720-443-6119 Lafayette Winner: Lightscape Electric Inc. Broomfield Winner: Colorado Electric Supply Broomfield

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hile cartoons might make a surge of electricity look funny, resulting in hair standing on end and char all over your face, electricity is one of those things that can get you into real trouble if you try to do-it-yourself. That’s why our readers call on M and M Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical for their electrical needs. The company has extensive professional electrical experience offering a range of residential services from new installation and upgrades to safety checks and repair. Even if you don’t know exactly what you need, these folks offer customized recommendations and affordable courses of action with longterm results.

MATTRESS STORE

DENVER MATTRESS

48 Ken Pratt Boulevard, Suite 100, Longmont, 303-774-1150 Superior Winner: Mattress Firm Broomfield Winner: Sleep Number

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ou’ll spend about one-third of your life on a mattress. If you’re the grandparents in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ well, you spend all of your life on a mattress. Whether you’re more like the former, the latter or somewhere in between, you know that a good mattress is integral to good living. Our readers say the best place to get a mattress in East County is Denver Mattress, which offers mattresses for a range of budgets from a variety of makers — ensuring you’ll have an experience that won’t keep you up at night.

PEST CONTROL

BUGS AND BEYOND PEST & WILDLIFE CONTROL Longmont, 303-746-1129 Thornton Winner: Bee Smart Pest Control

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emember that one time your roommate went to a ‘Doctor Who’ convention in San Francisco and came home with a couple of unfriendly travelers? Yeah, he might have saved a couple of bucks by staying at a less-than-reputable hotel, but low-rent bed bugs sure do cost a lot. Not to mention the headache of getting rid of them and the anxiety every time you feel a *tickle* somewhere. In times like these, you need to call Bugs and Beyond Pest & Wildlife Control because they’ll fix the problem fast, and they’ll give you back peace of mind. But what if your problem is a tad heftier than those dastardly little burrowers? They can handle those too. “Going beyond your common pests” is their motto, and they’re a BW reader favorite.

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KITCHEN SUPPLY STORE

HOME/GARDEN

THE SINGING COOK

728 Main St., Louisville, 720-484-6825 Longmont Winner: Cheese Importers Lafayette Winner: Atlas Valley Purveyors

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ur readers say The Singing Cook in downtown Louisville is the spot to get kitchen supplies, knick-knacks and whatever else is required to have fun while cooking. Gadgets, utensils, cookware, dishes… you name it, The Singing Cook likely has it. Our readers (er… us, at least) are liable to stop by, peruse the aisles and leave with a dozen things, 11 of which they didn’t even come in for. Such is the joy of The Singing Cook, a place that’ll inspire your next cooking project.

LANDSCAPER

WILD HERITAGE GARDENS AND DESIGN 1430 Front St., Louisville, 720-705-3151 Longmont Winner: Green Guys

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ody Ash was a chef for 20 years before she founded Wild Heritage Gardens and Design. Growing up in a garden next to the sea, alongside her mother and grandmother, Ash has long been infatuated with the way things are grown and how they are sourced. Wild Heritage Gardens and Design is dedicated to being on the cutting edge of natural land solutions, working with leading environmental scientists and soil experts, and alongside the best-proven contractors in the area. Above all, Wild Heritage prioritizes garden and landscaping design that respects the Earth and utilizes age-old sustainable solutions. No wonder our readers say it’s their favorite landscaping business in East Boulder County.

HVAC

M AND M HEATING, COOLING, PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL

110 S. Bowen Circle, Longmont, 720-366-1512 Lafayette Winner: Air Craft Heating and Air Conditioning

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amily owned and operated since 1998, M and M Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical is our readers’ go-to company for all their heating needs. These technicians can help you with the seasonal maintenance of your heating system to combat the wear and tear that leads to inefficiency, higher running costs, safety risks, diminished heating capacity, elevated noise levels, premature system failure and degraded air quality. Oh, and they can help fix any issues you may have too. What more could you want? 36 OCTOBER 29, 2020

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PLUMBER

110 S. Bowen Circle, Longmont, 720-366-1512 Gunbarrel Winner: Precision Plumbing Lafayette Winner: Around the Clog, LLC

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here’s no reason to stand in that backedup water in your tub while you shower or avoid using your garbage disposal for fear of what it may do to your kitchen pipes. From water heater installation and repair to drain cleaning and clog removal, there is no challenge the certified plumbers from M and M Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical can’t meet. As a family-owned company for almost two decades, our readers trust M and M for a variety of home fixing issues, and you should too.

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ROOFING CONTRACTOR

1805 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-772-3454 Boulder Winner: Way to Grow

1225 Ken Pratt Boulevard, Suite 121, Longmont, 303-827-3726 Lafayette Winner: Scott’s Roofing Louisville Winner: Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.

BULLDOG ROOFING

THE FLOWER BIN GARDEN CENTER & NURSERY

M AND M HEATING, COOLING, PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL

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t seems counterintuitive, but a hydroponic gardening system can, when planned appropriately, conserve water — nothing to sneeze at here in Colorado. Also, hydroponics decreases the need for pesticides, produces higher yields, and lets you grow yearround. Interested? The Flower Bin Garden Center & Nursery has everything you need to set up a hydroponic garden. As an authorized retailer of General Hydroponics, the trained staff at The Flower Bin can set you up with the system, nutrients and supplements that fit your growing needs. Maybe that’s a two-gallon growing chamber Water Farm system or a 20-gallon growing chamber MegaFarm system. You don’t have to figure it out alone: The Flower Bin is there to help.

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t hails in Colorado. Not every year, but when it does, you’re probably going to need a new roof. And you’re going to need someone who knows what they’re doing and can get the job done quickly — because there are few things more annoying than spending a summer listening to hammers pounding endlessly away on shingles. That’s why BW readers call on the family-owned Bulldog Roofing, be it for a roof tune-up, 24-hour emergency service or a full restoration. Your roof is your house’s helmet and the first line of defense from the elements. Bulldog Roofing is here to make sure it’s on good and tight.

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Improving home performance and comfort since 2004

LAFAYETTE 2020

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Design. Build. Maintain... in harmony with nature. Boutique Gardens Outdoor Sanctuaries Hardscapes Integrated Landscape Design

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NIWOT

for the holidays

ENCHANTED EVENING

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

HOLIDAY SHOPS NIWOT HOLIDAY MARKETS

LITTLE HOLIDAY SHOPS

There’s no place like local for the holidays!


COURTESY OF LONGMONT MUSEUM

MUSEUM

LONGMONT MUSEUM

400 Quail Road, Longmont, 303-651-8374 Lafayette Winner: WOW! Children’s Museum Louisville Winner: Louisville Historical Museum

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he Longmont Museum is an embarrassment of riches. To list all the things it offers would take more space than we’re allowed. Lucky for us, we don’t need to: the Longmont Museum is a favorite of BW readers, so you already know about the lectures, the historical photos, the walking tours, the movies at Stewart Auditorium, the cultural celebrations, the Thursday night talks, the concert series, the kids’ camps, the adult classes, the... see what we mean? There’s so much good stuff we can’t help ourselves. If you know, you go. If you don’t, give the Longmont Museum a try next time you’re looking for something new to do.

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ENTERTAINMENT&CULTURE SUSAN FRANCE ART GALLERY

FIREHOUSE ART CENTER

667 Fourth Ave., Longmont, 303-651-2787 Lafayette Winner: pARTiculars Art Gallery and Teaching Studio Louisville Winner: Creative Framing & Art Gallery

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he Firehouse Art Center is an intimate gallery featuring national and local artists with more than a dozen exhibitions a year — plus educational offerings, events and membership programs that support creativity for all. No, we really mean it: everyone can be an artist at the Firehouse. Its Art of Possibility program offers developmentally disabled participants access to the transformative nature of art; the Art Attack Program connects children living at Casa de la Esperanza (a residential community dedicated to helping agricultural workers and their families) a structured space to create art outside the classroom setting. From figuredrawing classes to second Friday art walks to writing workshops and poetry nights, the Firehouse is much more than an art gallery: It’s a cultural hub for East County.

PUBLIC SCHOOL (9-12)

MONARCH HIGH SCHOOL

329 Campus Drive, Louisville, 720-561-4200 Lafayette Winner: Centaurus High School Longmont Winner: Silver Creek High School Niwot Winner: Niwot High School

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hether your high school experience was positive or negative — or something in between — you can’t deny it had a big impact on your life. In high school, kids prepare to enter the world, learning essential skills that’ll serve them in their journey toward independence. Our readers say Monarch High School is the best place for students in grades nine to 12 to grow, with its stand-out faculty, extracurricular activities, varied class offerings and more.

PRIVATE SCHOOL

ST. LOUIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL AND EARLY LEARNING CENTER

925 Grant Ave., Louisville, 303-666-6220 Lafayette Winner: Dawson School Longmont Winner: Bloom! Montessori School

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he St. Louis Catholic School and Early Learning Center in downtown Louisville goes back a long way — 1899 is when the parish received its first resident pastor. That pastor (Cyril Rettger) laid plans for a school, which a centuryplus later is our readers’ choice for the best private school in East County. The faith-based school offers a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum, art and music education, and plenty of sports, clubs and other extracurricular activities to keep students engaged.

FIREHOUSE ART CENTER, DÍA DE LOST MUERTOS 2020 - OUR PAST & PRESENT.

READERCOMMENT WHAT CATEGORIES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE NEXT YEAR? BEST PLACE WITH CALENDAR EVENTS (GEEKS WHO DRINK, BOARD GAME NIGHTS, LIVE MUSIC, ETC.)

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ENTERTAINMENT&CULTURE SUSAN FRANCE MUSIC VENUE

DICKENS OPERA HOUSE

300 Main St., Longmont, 303-834-9384 Lafayette Winner: Nissi’s Louisville Winner: Waterloo Lyons Winner: Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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on’t let the name fool ya: Dickens Opera House offers live music of all genres four to five nights a week. National touring acts such as Kip Winger, Ryan McGarvey, Hamilton Loomis, Big Bill Morganfield, Kenny Neal and Great American Taxi have graced the stage of this 140-year-old building. But we think our readers’ love Dickens Opera House because it also supports Boulder County’s diverse local music scene, giving up-and-coming bands a place to launch their careers.

NONPROFIT

LONGMONT HUMANE SOCIETY

9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-772-1232 Lafayette Winner: Sister Carmen Community Center Louisville Winner: CenterStage Theatre Company

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ore than 2,000 animals find loving forever homes with help from the Longmont Humane Society (LHS) every year. Its staff has a behavioral team that works specifically with dogs to curb issues like aggression and separation anxiety, and the veterinary staff performs nearly 1,500 spay or neuter surgeries a year for shelter animals and another 1,500 for others. When your dog hops the fence chasing that squirrel and can’t find his way home, chances are pretty good LHS will help you find him — the staff helps reunite some 800 pets with their families each year. No wonder our readers say LHS is their favorite nonprofit organization.

FESTIVAL/EVENT

LOUISVILLE DOWNTOWN STREET FAIRE Downtown Louisville Longmont Winner: Longmont Oktoberfest Lafayette Winner: Lafayette Peach Festival Erie Winner: Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival

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ummer is a magical time — even as adults we can still feel the residual relief of long days without school and absolutely nothing to do. The Louisville Downtown Street Faire takes us back to a simpler time for eight summer Friday evenings, with delicious food, cold drinks, lots of children’s activities, quality arts, crafts and sundries. Best part? It’s free. Show up and just listen to the music and dance your troubles away in the warm evening air. Here’s hoping 2021 lets us experience that magic again.

FINANCIAL ADVISOR

SPORTS BAR

EDWARD JONES

RED ZONE AT THE PUMPHOUSE BREWERY

Multiple locations, Lafayette Longmont Winner: Oliver Asset Management Louisville Winner: Varra Financial Associates

INSURANCE AGENCY

STATE FARM

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ot many things are close to 100 years old these days: a few businesses, some publications, maybe your Great Uncle Merle. Oh, and State Farm, our readers’ pick for the best insurance agency in East County. For a century, State Farm has been covering clients with auto, life, renters and homeowners’ insurance as well as offering health insurance, pet insurance, small business insurance and personal articles policies. There’s so much more to this insurance company than meets the eye.

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540 Main St., Longmont, 303-702-0881 Louisville Winner: Mudrock’s Tap & Tavern Erie Winner: The Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill

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Multiple locations, East County East County Runner-Up: Allstate Insurance Lafayette Winner: Rocky Mountain Insurance Center

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DICKENS OPERA HOUSE/300 PRIME EVENT PLANNER/OWNER NOELLA COLANDREO

f 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we never know what the future might bring, which makes planning for the future that much more important. We could all use the help of financial advisors who understand our financial health is intertwined with our physical and emotional health, not just our pocketbooks. Whether it’s ensuring you’re saving enough for retirement, securing adequate life insurance to protect your loved ones, or striving to meet your current financial goals, the advisors at Edward Jones partner with you throughout your life to help keep you on track.

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here’s no end to the number of places you can go to watch sports, drink beer and eat food. Hell, you can even do it while you get your hair cut. Enough of that malarkey. If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right, and BW readers know that the best sports bar is the Red Zone at the Pumphouse Brewery. There are so many TVs you’ll give your neck whiplash if you don’t do some light stretches beforehand. And, not for nothing, the beer is sensational. This spot has been a Main Street staple since the mid-’90s, one our readers can’t live without. I

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OPEN MIC

ACCOUNTANT

KRISTI L. HATTIG, CPA

BOOTSTRAP BREWING COMPANY

710 Tenacity Drive, Suite 101, Longmont, 303-678-9286 Lafayette Winner: Finerpoints Accounting Louisville Winner: Flewelling & Mitton, PC

6778 N. 79th St., Niwot, 720-438-8488 142 Pratt St., Longmont, 720-438-8488 Lafayette Winner: Cannon Mine Coffee Louisville Winner: Waterloo Lyons Winner: Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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et’s be honest. We all need a little help with finances from time to time. Whether it’s for your business, your family or yourself, the firm of Kristi L. Hattig, CPA, is a trusted financial partner for Longmont and beyond. Offering a range of services including retirement planning, strategic business planning, estate planning and personal financial planning, our readers appreciate the personalized services and comprehensive solutions from Kristi L. Hattig’s firm.

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he man behind Bootstrap Brewing Company’s open mic is Denny Driscoll. He’s a pip. He’s also been with brewery owners Leslie and Steve Kaczeus since day one in Niwot (or at least since they chose to start promoting the brewery). And when the Kaczeuses decided to open a second brewery in Longmont, Denny went too, taking over a bigger stage and transforming Bootstrap into BW readers’ favorite open mic in East County. Insider tip: Boulder County is home to many breweries, but keep your eyes on Bootstrap — it’s become one of East County’s best.

BANK/FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

ELEVATIONS CREDIT UNION

Multiple locations, East County East County Runner-Up: Wells Fargo East County Second Runner-Up: Chase Bank East County Third Runner-Up: FirstBank

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here’s nothing better than feeling a part of something bigger than yourself. At Elevations Credit Union, opening an Elevations Membership Savings Account not only gives you the ability to apply for a checking account, credit card, loans and more, but your investment also gives you a lifetime share in the credit union, which offers services we’ve all come to expect from traditional banks. But unlike others, its profits are reinvested back into our Boulder County neighbors and local businesses. As Elevations says, “It matters where you bank.” We couldn’t have said it better. PUBLIC SCHOOL (K-8)

LOUISVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THOMAS DURAN OF BOOTSTRAP BREWING COMPANY

400 Hutchinson St., Louisville, 720-561-7200 Lafayette Winner: Peak to Peak Charter School Longmont Winner: Flagstaff Academy

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301 Main St., Longmont, 720-684-4728 Lafayette Winner: Nissi’s Louisville Winner: Bittersweet Cafe & Confections

he years kids spend in elementary and middle school help mold the adults they will eventually become. Picking up social skills, overcoming challenges, learning the fundamentals of a variety of topics... it’s important that kids have quality teachers, administrators, coaches and counselors to guide them on this journey. Our readers say the best place in East County for kids in grades K-8 is Louisville Elementary School, which offers comprehensive education, health and wellness support and some engaging extracurriculars, like running club, science fair and choir.

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LIVE JAZZ VENUE

THE SPEAKEASY

n the 1920s, nearly 1,800 miles from Longmont, jazz music was percolating in Harlem, often played at speakeasies offering illegal liquor during Prohibition. This music soon spilled out of the New York neighborhood and took the country by storm. While Prohibition is (thankfully) a thing of the past, we still delight in the speakeasy aesthetic and the magic of jazz. When our readers want to recreate the best thrills of the Roaring Twenties, they head to The Speakeasy. Located in the basement of one of Longmont’s most well-known historic buildings, The Imperial Hotel, The Speakeasy makes patrons feel like they’ve stepped back in time when hits such as “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Dinah” and “Bye Bye Blackbird” were all the rage. No wonder our readers say it’s their favorite place to take in some live jazz.

PLACE TO DANCE NISSI’S Lafayette Longmont Winner: The Speakeasy Lyons Winner: Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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408 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette, 303-665-9741 Louisville Winner: The Goddard School of Louisville Superior Winner: La Petite Academy

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t’s a tough thing for parents to leave their young children with others. But our readers say when they need a day care facility, they can trust Lafayette’s Take-A-Break, which has been serving Colorado families since 1983. With schedules that work for parents, affordable rates and a full-time, fully trained staff, our readers say parents should feel comfortable about their young ones spending their time here.

PLACE TO WI-FI

ZIGGI’S COFFEE HOUSE

or more than a decade, Nissi’s has been the place for folks to get movin’ and groovin’ to live bands and DJs on the expansive dance floor in East County. Our readers have voted them best year after year, but we’re sad to say that as of spring 2020, the Northpark Drive location is no more. Plans to reopen a new location have been indefinitely put on hold as we all try to figure out what’s next in light of the pandemic. But we’re hopeful this favorite dance spot will be up and running again soon. In the meantime, to Marc and all the staff at Nissi’s, we miss you!

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TAKE-A-BREAK

Multiple locations, Longmont Lafayette Winner: Brewing Market Coffee & Tea Louisville Winner: Bittersweet Cafe & Confections

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f you’re going to Wi-Fi, then Ziggi’s Coffee House is the Wi-Fi-ers’ place to be. The tables are large enough to spread out all your things, the connection is strong and fast, the coffee is as dark and bitter or as sweet and creamy as you want, and the staff is nice. You can sit here as long as you like, Wi-Fi-ing to your heart’s content. Who said hospitality is dead?

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fter years of working in the fashion and beauty industry, Rori Bass knows a few things about making people look and feel their best. Maybe that’s why our readers say TRIVIUM Salon is their favorite day spa in East County. You can turn back the clock with TRIVIUM’s extensive skin care treatments, like foaming enzyme facials, microdermabrasion facials, chemical peels or dermaplaning. But it doesn’t stop there: TRIVIUM also offers all sorts of waxing options, from full Brazilians to a quick upper brow clean-up. Get your hair styled and colored by one of the salon’s expert stylists, then get your brows tinted to match. You’ll walk out the door feeling like the best version of you.

DAY SPA

TRIVIUM SALON

945 Front St., Louisville, 303-949-5542 Longmont Winner: Sunflower Spa Lafayette Winner: Ninety-Fifth Street Salon & Spa

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Thank You For Voting Us “Best Bike Shop” We’re honored to have your support and grateful for your vote. 3 years in business; 3 years of wins! In appreciation, mention this ad for $25 off our Essential Tune, $50 off our Next Level Tune or $75 off our Elite Tune Expires 2/28/21. Applies to labor only. 1 per person. Must schedule appointment.

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FITNESS&HEALTH SUSAN FRANCE

NAIL SALON

LUXE NAIL BAR

1361 Forest Park Circle, Suite 104, Lafayette, 303-666-6770 Longmont Winner: Coco Nails Louisville Winner: Nails 2000

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anicured nails make a statement: you’re put together, you’re stylish and you clearly know how to make a good impression. When our readers want their nails pampered and gussied up, they head to Luxe Nail Bar for a manicure, pedicure, naturals or press-ons. Luxe Nail Bar offers a welcoming, clean environment that makes getting a dip powder or gel shellac manicure an absolute delight. Need some waxing done? These folks will fix-up your face, torso and anything south of the border. You’ll walk out feeling like a brand new person.

MEDICAL DOCTOR

DR. KEVIN BOEHM — COAL CREEK FAMILY MEDICINE 1044 S. 88th St., Suite 200, Louisville, 303-666-7119

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ative Coloradans aren’t exactly a dime a dozen these days. But that’s just what Dr. Kevin Boehm is. Born and raised in Littleton, he then went on to Colorado State University before moving to the Midwest for medical school. But as soon as he was done with his residency, he returned to the Centennial State and joined Coal Creek Family Medicine in Louisville, where he practices family medicine with a special interest in diabetes, endoscopy and pediatrics. His patients say he takes a personal interest in their lives, listening to their concerns, not rushing appointments and treating them with great care. No wonder he’s our readers’ pick for best doctor.

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MARTIAL ARTS

INTERNATIONAL MARTIALARTS ASSOCIATION

1340 Main St., Louisville, 303-665-0339 Longmont Winner: Tran’s Martial Arts & Fitness Center Lafayette Winner: Vision Quest Martial Arts

BARBERSHOP

TRIVIUM SALON

945 Front St., Louisville, 303-949-5542 Lafayette Winner: Floyd’s 99 Barbershop Longmont Winner: Deluxe Barbers & Styling Shop

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hen our readers are looking for the full barbershop experience — a shampoo and style, blowdry, neck clean-up and beard trim — they look no further than TRIVIUM Salon. Owner Rori Bass and her excellent team of stylists know that a haircut is an extension of your personality, so they take great care to give you the best style you’ve ever had, whether you’re just in for a trim or you’d like to add some highlights or cover some gray. Get an eyebrow wax, and go home knowing you look great.

GOLF COURSE

INDIAN PEAKS GOLF COURSE

2300 Indian Peaks Trail, Lafayette, 303-900-4657 Louisville Winner: Coal Creek Golf Course Erie Winner: Colorado National Golf Club

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f you golf in Boulder County, you’ve likely played a round or two at Indian Peaks Golf Course in Lafayette. Designed by golf great Hale Irwin, this 18-hole course offers six tees, so don’t worry if you don’t have the power to hit 7,000-plus yards from the back tees. Named after the iconic peaks you can see from the course, Indian Peaks is a favorite for locals and visitors alike.

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tudents of all ages, levels and abilities should feel comfortable learning martial arts at Louisville’s International MartialArts Association. You’ll learn the art, skill and philosophy behind Shotokan Karate from skilled instructors and gain a sense of community with those who are also on this path of learning. Martial arts practice is great for the body, mind and soul, and our readers say the best way to start or continue to learn these skills is at the International MartialArts Association.

CHIROPRACTOR

APEX CHIROPRACTIC

183 S. Taylor Ave., Suite 162, Louisville, 720-328-1790 Lafayette Winner: Complete Care Chiropractic Longmont Winner: New Leaf Chiropractic & Family Wellness

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id you know our nervous system has to be completely connected from our brain down our spinal cord and then onward to all the muscles, tendons and organs in our body to achieve optimal physical and emotional well-being? Don’t take our word for it. Trust the team at Apex Chiropractic, East County’s favorite chiropractor. With a strong mission to see all clients thrive in life, they can help you tune in and reconnect your brain to your body so that your nervous system is operating at 100%. Achieve natural health through affordable neurological-based chiropractic care at Apex.

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FITNESS&HEALTH COURTESY OF LONGMONT CLIMBING COLLECTIVE CLIMBING/PARKOUR GYM

LONGMONT CLIMBING COLLECTIVE 33 S. Pratt Parkway, Longmont, 720-340-3640 Louisville Winner: EVO Rock + Fitness Broomfield Winner: G1 Climbing + Fitness

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collective is a cooperative enterprise, many people working together to achieve one goal. That’s the heart behind Longmont Climbing Collective — a place for the climbing community to meet, grow and train together; a place to get fit, have fun and make friends. With bouldering facilities for both youth and adults, as well as other fitness classes and equipment, this is the central hub for Longmont climbers. Plus, it’s a gathering place for meetups, social gatherings, festivals and special events, as well. What more could you want?

DENTIST

LOUISVILLE DENTAL ASSOCIATES

1760 Centennial Drive, Louisville, 303-665-7505 Lafayette Winner: Comfort Dental Longmont Winner: Silver Leaf Dentistry

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inding the right dentist is a lot like finding an honest mechanic or a good lawyer: If you do, you never let them go. That’s what it’s like at Louisville Dental Associates; they provide the kind of care that’ll make you a life-long customer. And if you do move out of state, you’ll consider flying back twice a year just to have your teeth cleaned. Going to the dentist can be an easy, enjoyable experience — and one that’s good for your health. Our readers say Louisville Dental Associates is proof of that.

PILATES STUDIO

1020 W. Century Drive, Suite 10, Louisville, 303-955-7226 Superior Winner: Massage Envy Longmont Winner: Sunflower Spa

700 Ken Pratt Blvd., Suite 101, Longmont, 720-442-8385 Lafayette Winner: Rocky Mountain Pilates Studio Louisville Winner: Center Your Body Pilates

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TANNING SALON

AT THE BEACH

1124 W. Dillon Road, Suite 2, Louisville, 303-362-1040 1631 Pace St., Suite 5, Longmont, 303-772-1332 Longmont Winner: Prestige Tan and Hair

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ur readers like to keep a healthy summer glow all year long by going to At The Beach in Louisville. At The Beach carries the latest in sunbed and sunless tanning equipment, featuring Ergoline sunbeds and VersaSpa sunless tanning. Up your glow factor and keep your skin healthy and hydrated with a tanning or after-tanning product from At The Beach’s extensive collection of offerings. At The Beach has a welcoming staff of expert tanning consultants who can guide you through the tanning process to get the results you want. What are you waiting for? Get glowing.

hen owner and practitioner Gina Rosella Terinoni of Dova Center for Health & Healing started getting requests to offer all her recommended services under one roof, she couldn’t say no. What started as an acupuncture practice has expanded to include day spa treatments like B12 Shots Injection Therapy, Infrared Sauna and massage. Good thing, as Dova has become our readers’ favorite place to relax, destress and heal with a range of therapeutic massage treatments. Using touch, massage therapy is one of the oldest natural healing methods, with references in medical texts nearly 4,000 years old.

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o matter your age, your fitness level or your goals, your body can benefit from Pilates, a low-impact, full-body workout that uses specialized equipment designed to build strength, mobility and stability. The team at Club Pilates believes that this form of exercise is the path to a fuller, more satisfying physical existence — being in control of your body helps you to be in control of your life. With locations in Lafayette, Longmont and Boulder, there’s no shortage of options to start your Pilates journey anytime.

DANCE STUDIO

DANCE DIMENSIONS

638 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-3750 Lafayette Winner: The Arts Hub Louisville Winner: Mountain Kids Louisville

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here’s nothing quite like seeing a 4-, 5- or 6-year-old take their very first dance class: the look of joy, the exploration of creativity, the building up of self-confidence. For more than three decades, this is what has inspired Dance Dimensions to keep teaching dance to a variety of ages and abilities, as they encourage every student to discover the empowerment of pursuing their personal best. From ballet to jazz to hip-hop, tap, contemporary and lyrical, there are classes and styles for everyone to enjoy. These experiences will be with you for a lifetime.

HAIR SALON

TRIVIUM SALON

945 Front St., Louisville, 303-949-5542 Longmont Winner: Studio Boom Lafayette Winner: Ninety-Fifth Street Salon & Spa

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AVISTA ADVENTIST HOSPITAL

100 Health Park Drive, Louisville, 303-673-1000 East County Runner-Up: Boulder Community Health Lafayette Winner: Good Samaritan Medical Center

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ook, the hospital isn’t very many people’s favorite place to be. But that doesn’t mean a trip to the hospital has to be a wholly unpleasant experience. Our readers say when they need to go to the hospital — for surgeries, checkups and everything in between — they prefer the staff, service and accommodations at Avista Adventist Hospital. Operated by Centura Health, Avista Adventist offers a comprehensive network of care, including cardiovascular, neurological, orthopedic, cancer, pregnancy and children’s care. BEST OF BOULDER-EAST COUNTY ’20

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BOULDER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL URGENT CARE SUSAN FRANCE

3 Superior Drive, Suite 100A, Superior, 303-415-5255 101 Erie Parkway, Erie, 303-415-5810 6685 Gunpark Drive, Boulder, 303-455-5199 Longmont Winner: UCHealth Urgent Care Louisville Winner: AFC Urgent Care

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ou may have never had to go to an urgent care facility, but we bet you’re glad they exist. You never know when you might hit a boulder on your bike ride or put a gash in your hand cutting Brussels sprouts. Our readers say when medical emergencies hit, they head to the Boulder Community Hospital Urgent Care facility in Superior. Board-certified emergency physicians are there 24/7, and the facility has a suite of imaging and lab capabilities. If you need urgent care, please stop reading Best of Boulder East County and get to Boulder Hospital Urgent Care.

ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC

DOVA CENTER FOR HEALTH & HEALING

1020 W. Century Drive, Suite 101, Louisville, 303-955-7226 Lafayette Winner: Left Hand Community Acupuncture Longmont Winner: Good Life Acupuncture & Wellness Center

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EYEWORKS EMPLOYEE, HANNAH STUCKEY LASIK SERVICES

EYEWORKS LOUISVILLE

615 Main St., Louisville, 303-666-6320 Broomfield Winner: Colorado Eye Center Longmont Winner: Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado

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o you want to get LASIK. You’ve been thinking about it for years. You’ve grown tired of squinting across the table at your family, tired of having to keep two pairs of glasses by the couch so you can read the paper while watching TV, tired of the smudges on the lenses while you make sourdough. That was then, and then the pandemic came. Now your mask keeps fogging up your lenses, and it ain’t even that cold outside. It’s time for LASIK. Well, when BW readers go to have their eyes corrected, they head to Eyeworks Louisville because they care. It’s a big, beautiful world out there, and they’ll help you bring it into focus.

ORTHODONTIST

CARAWAY ORTHODONTICS

71 Erie Parkway, Suite 103, Erie, 303-828-0454 1760 Centennial Drive, Louisville, 303-665-7333 Louisville Winner: Melcher Orthodontics Longmont Winner: Longmont Braces

JASPER ANIMAL HOSPITAL

1369 Forest Park Circle, Suite 101, Lafayette, 303-665-4002 Louisville Winner: Louisville Family Animal Hospital Longmont Winner: Longmont Humane Society

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hen our four-legged friends feel under the weather, we want the best veterinarians on the job because those aren’t just our pets — they’re part of the family. Our readers go to Jasper Animal Hospital when Fido has kennel cough or Fluffy has ear mites. Not only are the vets at Jasper professional and caring, the hospital has a warm and inviting feel that’s more homey, less clinical. The staff aims to provide the best possible care for you and your pet at reasonable prices that they’ll discuss with you before any procedure. When your pet is at Jasper Animal Hospital — whether it’s a routine procedure or a serious surgery — you can rest easy knowing your fur baby is in the best hands. YOGA STUDIO

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n a time not that long ago, orthodontic hardware was incredibly visible, cumbersome and medieval. Thankfully, the past is the past because Caraway Orthodontics has turned the dark days light. The office is warm and inviting, and a caring team will ensure that you walk out of there with a beautiful smile to show all the world. Caraway can get kids as young as 7 in the chair — they’ll thank you that you didn’t wait until middle school.

1817 Highway 42, Louisville, 303-848-4589 Lafayette Winner: Soul Tree Studio Yoga Longmont Winner: Full Circle Yoga

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orePower Yoga has become the largest chain studio in the United States for a reason. With a wide range of yoga fitness classes that range in the challenge they offer, there’s a flow and style to fit every experience level. Each of CorePower’s fitness classes is specifically designed to fire up your strength, ignite your intent and build your core. This is yoga that will change your body and your life.

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

COAL CREEK PHYSICAL THERAPY

GYM/FITNESS CENTER

315 W. South Boulder Road, Suite 100, Louisville, 303-666-4151 Lafayette Winner: Altitude Physical Therapy Longmont Winner: Alpine Physical Therapy

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hen you’re in pain, you want the best professionals at your side to help you heal. Our readers say Coal Creek Physical Therapy is the place to go when you’re on the mend. An evaluation at Coal Creek Physical Therapy will determine the root cause of your symptoms, then the staff will provide you with hands-on therapy and an individualized therapeutic exercise plan to help you reach goals, whether that’s pain reduction, getting back to playing your favorite sports, or preventing future pain. Coal Creek Physical Therapy can get you feeling tip-top in no time from your head to your feet.

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900 W. Via Appia, Louisville, 303-666-7400 Lafayette Winner: YMCA of Northern Colorado Longmont Winner: Longmont Recreation Center

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ou know, most years, Colorado is a beautiful place to recreate outside. But with the lung-choking smoke this past summer and the upcoming winter of snow and ice, it’s nice to have a choice rec center to seek refuge. And once again, BW readers have selected Louisville Recreation & Senior Center as their choice for indoor activity. Maybe it’s the 25-meter lap pool. Maybe it’s the resistance machines. Maybe it’s the indoor track. It doesn’t matter why; what matters is that it’s a clean and safe place to get moving — so get going.

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We take the stress out of moving. At Klatt Moving & Storage, we understand that moving is one of the most stressful times of your life. For more than 30 years, we have been taking the stress out of our customers’ moves. Whether your move is residential or commercial, you can count on Klatt for the ultimate in professionalism, skill and honesty. We can handle any moving job from beginning to end, including packing and storage services.


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HENRY GUZMAN, FOOTWEAR MANAGER AT JAX OUTDOOR GEAR, HELPS FIT CUSTOMER JARED RICH

CLOTHING — MEN’S

JAX OUTDOOR GEAR

900 S. Highway 287, Lafayette, 720-266-6160 Louisville Winner: Acme Fine Goods

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ax Outdoor Gear is the ideal place to get clothes for the Colorado man — the items it sells are fashionable, durable and affordable. Whether a guy needs something for a hike, something for the office or a heated hunting hoodie, our readers say Jax is the place to go. Boots? You betcha Jax has those too, along with a wide selection of footwear for all occasions. Take it from our readers — when you need to update the wardrobe, menfolk, head to Jax.

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INKSMITH CO-OWNER KEVIN POWERS WORKING ON SOME INK

TATTOO/PIERCING PARLOR

INKSMITH TATTOO AND PIERCING

565 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, 720-985-4259 Longmont Winner: Tribal Rites Tattoo and Piercing

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hoosing where to go for a tattoo or piercing is an important decision. You want a clean, welcoming environment and an artist who knows what they’re doing. Our readers say you can trust the team at InkSmith Tattoo and Piercing. Owners Kevin and Denice Powers had been in the business for years before opening InkSmith in Louisville in 2012. Kevin has been professionally tattooing for more than 15 years, and Denice has been in the piercing field since 2004. Whether you want a traditional or photo-realistic tattoo, a dermal piercing or a first lobe piercing, our readers trust the folks at InkSmith Tattoo.

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HOTEL

OMNI INTERLOCKEN HOTEL 500 Interlocken Blvd., Broomfield, 303-438-6600 Longmont Winner: Courtyard by Marriott Boulder Longmont Niwot Winner: Niwot Inn & Spa

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CLOTHING — WOMEN’S

Multiple locations, East County First Runner-Up, East County: Sprouts Farmers Market Second Runner-Up, East County: Whole Foods Market

901 Front St., Suite 100, Louisville, 720-708-3016 Lafayette Winner: Jax Outdoor Gear

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NATURAL GROCERS

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ure, there are plenty of big box stores around where you can shop and find something to wear for that special event, work or just around the house. But why give your hard-earned money to people in corporate offices far away from where you live, work and play? With attention to detail, Eleanor and Hobbs curate a unique collection of the latest well-crafted clothing. So try new styles, trends or buy the perfect gift at this locally owned and operated boutique.

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f course Natural Grocers retains the crown for East County natural foods store — no one takes natural foods as seriously as BW readers (we don’t have the math to back up that boast, so please don’t ask). And when BW readers seriously need some natural food, they turn to the same place they’ve been going for more than 50 years. From free-range eggs to humanely raised meat, from organic produce to grind-your-own nut butters free of shelf-stabilizers and preservatives, Natural Grocers has you covered.

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ANSPACH’S JEWELRY

101 S. Public Road, Suite A, Lafayette, 303-665-5313 Louisville Winner: Eric Olson Master Jeweler Longmont Winner: Crystal Joys

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nspach’s Jewelry is 62 years of experience at your service. Its motto, “Our Sincerity is Your Security,” is not just something that sounded good in 1955. It was the genuine belief of Anspach’s founder, Glen Anspach, and has been the primary mode of operation since the doors first opened. Now run by sons — and accomplished goldsmiths and designers — Graig and Ty, Anspach’s provides unique, custom and handmade jewelry, as well as repair. Whether you’re looking for engagement, wedding or anniversary pieces, or something “just because,” Anspach’s is the place to go.

LIQUOR STORE

SUPERIOR LIQUOR

100 Superior Plaza Way, Superior, 303-499-6600 Longmont Winner: Wyatt’s Wet Goods Lafayette Winner: Atlas Valley Purveyors Louisville Winner: Centennial Wine and Spirits

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ou’ve heard of first responders, but if you haven’t been to Superior Liquor, then you haven’t met your thirst responders. Then again, you probably have: BW readers once again voted Superior Liquor their favorite liquor store of East County. It’s superior in so many ways, from its deep bench of helpful staff members to its extensive selection of beer, wine and spirits. And at Superior Liquor, they don’t just stack ‘em deep and sell ‘em cheap. The staff cares. They make sure you know about the best products out there, and we can’t thank them enough. Neither can you. OPTICAL STORE

FRONT RANGE EYE HEALTH CENTER

1220 Summit View Drive, Louisville, 303-665-7797 Longmont Winner: Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado Lafayette Winner: Lafayette Eye Associates

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he Front Range Eye Health Center is a one-stop shop for all things eyes. The medical professionals there can help you manage all your eye health needs (eye exams, LASIK, eye condition and disease management and more) and are accommodating to kids and adults alike. And when glasses are in order, Front Range Eye Health Center has the best selection in East County, our readers say, with a variety of basic eyeglasses, designer frames, kids eyewear, sunglasses and much more.

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ANSPACH’S JEWELRY CO-OWNERS TY KUPPINGER (LEFT) AND GRAIG ANSPACH (RIGHT)

PET STORE

REAL ESTATE GROUP

459 McCaslin Blvd., Suite 4, Louisville, 303-554-9343 Longmont Winner: Chuck & Don’s Pet Food & Supplies Superior Winner: PetSmart

724 Main St., Louisville, 303-974-5005 Longmont Winner: Keller Williams Realty Boulder Winner: WK Real Estate

RE/MAX ELEVATE

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his year’s been hard enough; no reason to make buying or selling a home harder than it has to be. The folks at RE/MAX Elevate all live and work in the local community, bringing not just their knowledge and expertise, but also their personal experience to their interactions with each and every client. They are dedicated to making your real estate experience memorable and enjoyable, offering the latest technology and marketing strategies to make the process of finding or selling a home easier than ever. Simply curious about the local market? They can help with that too.

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lackPaw has been family-owned and -operated since 2006, offering all the services your pet needs to live its best life: professional grooming, a self-serve dog wash, a wide selection of natural and holistic pet foods and certified dog training. You’ll always find someone at BlackPaw to answer your questions or help you with your pet, whether it’s fitting your dog with a new harness, discussing dietary concerns or giving a few pointers on getting your dog really clean in the dog wash. The team at BlackPaw is always nearby to help.

MUSIC STORE

WILDWOOD GUITARS

500 S. Arthur Ave., Suite 700, Louisville, 303-665-7733 Lafayette Winner: Lafayette Music Longmont Winner: Jensen Guitars

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he pandemic has made it hard to keep rocking this year. But Wildwood Guitars has persevered, shipping guitars and offering curbside pickup service to all local customers while the showroom remains closed to prevent the spread of COVID. Whether you’re picking out your first guitar or your hundredth, whether your style is more James Taylor or more James Hetfield, whether you’re an expert on amps or a total novice, Wildwood Guitars can help steer you toward the guitar and equipment you need to take your playing to the next level.

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OUTWORLD BREWING CO-OWNER SEAN FULLER (LEFT) AND GENERAL MANAGER ALONZO LOPEZ (RIGHT)

NEW BUSINESS

WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESS

1725 Vista View Drive, Suite B, Longmont, 720-545-2337

945 Front St., Louisville, 303-949-5542

OUTWORLD BREWING

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reweries are a dime a dozen up here, but not nearly enough of them are themed. Even less are sci-fi themed. Well, now there’s one: Outworld Brewing, Longmont’s newest edition to our bustling brewpub scene. The food is great (try the frites with remoulade sauce), the beer is tasty (the Scottish wee heavy, Planetary Devastation, is a force to be reckoned with), and the dining booths are in these wonderful isolation chambers that make your feel like you’re dining on the mess deck of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D). It’s been a weird year for dining out, but a trip to Outworld Brewing puts the fun bit back in.

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COMPUTER REPAIR

931 Main St., Louisville, 720-485-3129 Longmont Winner: Once Upon a Child Broomfield Winner: The Children’s Place

1600 Hover St., Suite D-2, Longmont, 303-827-3131 Lafayette Winner: uBreakiFix

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oming up in the fashion and beauty industry, Rori Bass knows how harsh those professional environments can be. That’s why Bass built a dream team at TRIVIUM Salon, one that fosters creativity, collaboration and success. With a strong leader at the helm, the hairstyling and skin-care team at TRIVIUM are not only dedicated to their art — continually learning about the newest techniques and products available — they are also committed to supporting one another and giving back to the community. And it’s all because of Rori Bass’ compassionate, experienced leadership.

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LONGMONT MAC REPAIR

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here will come a day when they’ll invent a computer that never breaks down.* Until that day comes, you’re gonna want to make friends with Longmont Mac Repair. A helpful staff is there to help you understand why your computer suddenly stopped working — even though it seemed perfectly fine two days ago. And they’ll do it with speed and efficiency, which is why BW readers keep coming back here, year after year, and vote them Best of after Best of. *Don’t hold your breath.

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here’s a lot of guesswork involved in children’s clothing. Will little Susie like this shirt; will baby Beauregard spit up all over this onesie? The answers to these questions, and more, are “probably.” But you can take some of the work out of dressing children by buying high-quality clothes that kids will feel comfortable in and love wearing. Our readers say you can do that at Pitter Patter in Louisville. Whether you need to overhaul your children’s wardrobe or buy a one-off gift for a friend, don’t take any chances — head to Pitter Patter, where you know you’ll get something that’ll last.

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LONGMONT BICYCLE & COFFEE CO. 314 Main St., Longmont, 303-834-9994 Louisville Winner: Louisville Cyclery Lafayette Winner: JAX Outdoor Gear

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here are two things the folks at Longmont Bicycle & Coffee Co. like... OK, three: people, bikes and coffee. Carrying mountain, road, gravel, touring, hybrid, electric, cruiser and kids’ bikes, there’s something for everyone, whether a novice or seasoned rider. They take pride in their expansive selection and excellent customer service, including an experienced service and repair department. Family-owned and -operated, Longmont Bicycle & Coffee Co. is a community-oriented shop run by community-minded people. Plus, the coffee’s always on!

DRY CLEANER

CONTINENTAL CLEANERS

305 McCaslin Blvd., Suite 5, Louisville, 303-926-9120 Longmont Winner: Art Cleaners Lafayette Winner: John’s Cleaners

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inding a good dry cleaner is no small feat. We’ve all had that favorite dress come back with spots or a rip in grandma’s quilt. But that doesn’t happen with Continental Cleaners, our readers’ favorite East County dry cleaner. For more than two decades, this local shop has been serving the community with its quick turnaround, environmentally friendly policies and an ingenious flat rate per garment that makes it easy to know exactly what you’re getting into every time you drop off a load.

AUTO SERVICE/REPAIR

LOUISVILLE TIRE & AUTO CARE

1190 Griffith St., Suite 1, Louisville, 303-665-4902 Lafayette Winner: Stan’s Automotive Longmont Winner: Valley Subaru of Longmont

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xperience goes a long way these days. That’s why our readers trust the mechanics of Louisville Tire & Auto Care with all of their vehicle servicing and maintenance needs. With more than 100 years of experience between them, these mechanics are dedicated to providing high-quality repairs that keep people safe and happy. They can repair all makes and models of vehicles, offering complete automotive repairs or routine service, oil changes and/or tire rotation. And it all comes with a 12-month warranty just for your peace of mind.

BOOKSTORE

BARBED WIRE BOOKS

504 Main St., Longmont, 303-827-3620 Louisville Winner: Little Horse Books & Vintage Broomfield Winner: 2nd & Charles

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ave you seen the Powell & Pressburger film ‘A Matter of Life and Death’? There’s a moment when Royal Air Force pilot Peter Carter is suffering from post-traumatic stress and visions from heavenly beings. He’s in a bad state, but he’s sleeping on the couch in his doctor’s study — surrounded by stacks and stacks of books. They comfort him; he tells the good doctor. They comfort us too, which is why we’ve been known to spend entire afternoons perusing the endless racks and stacks at Barbed Wire Books. They have literature, history, current affairs, cookbooks and comics. Being there makes us feel human, sane and happy to discover what’s around the next aisle. We’re glad you agree, we hope they bring you comfort too.

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RETAIL FARM

ISABELLE FARM

1640 Baseline Road, Lafayette, 720-438-0707 Longmont Winner: Ollin Farms Louisville Winner: 7th Generation Farm Erie Winner: Anderson Farms

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ne of East County’s greatest treasures is the rich agricultural tradition being carried on by a number of great farmers and ranchers. We’re lucky to be able to eat so much great produce from these growers, and stopping by the farmers market or a farm stand is a joy unto itself. Our readers say Isabelle Farm, with its large farm store, 80 varieties of produce and grains and popular CSA program, is their choice for the best farm in East Boulder County.

GROCERY STORE

KING SOOPERS

Various locations, East County First Runner-Up, East County: Sprouts Farmers Market Second Runner-Up, East County: Alfafa’s Market

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o you like beer? Do you like fresh beer? Well, if you do, we have a tip for you: Some of the freshest beer around is found on King Soopers’ shelves. Sounds odd, but it’s true. Think about it: King’s gets more shoppers than your usual liquor store, has a higher product turnover, and is more adept at getting trucks in and off the dock. So, if you’re in the market for the freshest IPA from the West Coast or New England, head over to King Soopers’ shelves and start checking dates. We’ve also heard King’s has fruits and vegetables and whole grains and fresh bread and a meat counter and cheeses, but right next to the beer aisle are the coolers stocked with frozen pizzas and ice cream. Talk about convenience.

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ISABELLE FARM STAND EMPLOYEE, SHELLEY MAHLMAN

HARDWARE STORE

ACE HARDWARE

1727 Main St., Longmont, 303-776-5173 Lafayette Winner: JAX Lafayette Farm & Ranch Louisville Winner: The Home Depot

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945 Front St., Louisville, 303-949-5542

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t’s easy to let things like sustainability fall by the wayside when you’re running an independent business, but Rori Bass and her team at TRIVIUM Salon know that independent businesses lead the way when it comes to environmentally friendly practices. TRIVIUM is a certified member of Green Circle Salons, repurposing 95% of the salon’s waste, including hair clippings, color and color tubes, chemical foils, electronics, plastics, aerosol cans and more. Bass believes that creating beauty means encouraging people to take care of themselves and the environment in which they live and work. All of this and the stylists and skin-care professionals at TRIVIUM will make you look and feel your best — no wonder our readers say it’s their favorite independent business.

s the commercial says, “Ace is the place for the helpful hardware folks,” and Ace Hardware has been helping out BW readers as they touch up their kitchens, install some new lighting, reconfigure that sprinkler system, refinish the deck, and lay some new sod. East County BW readers have plenty of options for all their hardware needs, but nothing beats a good neighborhood store like Ace. Winter is coming; better head down and make sure you’re stocked up for the long, cold season.

SHOE STORE

BROWN’S SHOE FIT COMPANY

373 Main St., Longmont, 303-776-2920 Broomfield Winner: DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse Lafayette Winner: JAX Outdoor Gear Louisville Winner: Runners Roost

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BEST BUY

Multiple locations, East County Louisville Winner: Little Horse Books & Vintage Longmont Winner: Recycled Records LP

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lectronics make our world go ’round. We need computers, printers, routers, telephones and webcams to get through our workdays (remotely or in the office); then, when we get home, we need stereos, televisions, headphones and video game consoles to help us wind down. Best Buy has it all. Find a 65-inch LED screen smart TV for under $500, or replace that broken iPhone with the newest model. Let Best Buy’s staff give you the rundown on laptops to find one that’s right for your needs, whether you’re a student or a seasoned computer programmer. With new deals all the time, Best Buy is the place to go for all of your stereo and electronic needs.

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t’s easy to take our feet for granted, but they let us know when we’ve crossed the line and shoved them into a pair of shoes that rub, or when the arch support in our favorite pair of sneakers just isn’t supporting our arches anymore. Our readers head to Brown’s Shoe Fit Company when it’s time to treat their tootsies. Locally owned, Brown’s Shoe Fit Company in Longmont offers a selection that matches the community lifestyle: Merrells, Keens and Tevas for those outdoor adventures, Birkenstocks, Eccos and Taos to keep it comfortable and stylish at the office or out for happy hour drinks. Order online and pick up in the store, or head in Monday through Saturday.

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INDOOR FLEA MARKET

OVER 90+ DEALERS! Items & Gifts for Ages 0-99 FURNITURE NEW & USED HOME DECOR & TONS MORE!

LOUISVILLE ARC THRIFT STORE ASSISTANT MANAGER CINTYA CASTANEDA (LEFT) AND MANAGER GEORGINA CHACON (RIGHT) CLOTHING — USED

ARC THRIFT STORE

1349 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, 303-666-8060 Longmont Winner: Fabulous Finds Upscale Consignment Westminster Winner: Threads Consignments

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ot only does arc Thrift Store have the best collection of used clothing, according to our readers, its mission is also to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. With multiple stores across Colorado, arc is the largest employer of people with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and many other intellectual and developmental disabilities in the state. Plus, these folks are tireless advocates for those in our community who need support the most, as well as the environment. So shop with a good conscience at arc Thrift Store.

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AUTO DEALER — USED

VALLEY SUBARU OF LONGMONT SUSAN FRANCE

1800 Industrial Circle, Longmont, 720-539-7321 Niwot Winner: Gunbarrel Import Motors, Inc. Boulder Winner: Fisher Honda

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amily owned and operated for over 30 years, Valley Subaru of Longmont has built a reputation on providing courteous, honest service. What more could you want when looking for a pre-owned vehicle? Subaru might be in the name, but the inventory of pre-owned options here goes way beyond any one make or model. Find a number of certified, preowned trucks, SUVs and sedans, plenty with four-wheel or all-wheel drive. There are finds for under $10,000 and special deals, too. There’s a reason Valley Subaru has been a part of the community for decades.

STORAGE FACILITY

GUARDIAN STORAGE

721 S. Emery St., Longmont, 720-548-2652 Lafayette Winner: Elite Storage Louisville Winner: Empire Storage of Louisville

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re you getting more stuff, or is your living space getting smaller? Instead of wasting time trying to figure that out, call the good folks at Guardian Storage, with locations throughout Boulder County, and ask them how much of your stuff they can take. Our readers say when they need something safely and securely stowed, they turn to Guardian, whether they’re looking to get more living space in their homes, or they’re moving and need a temporary holding spot, or they have something precious they don’t want disturbed.

AUTO DEALER — NEW

VALLEY SUBARU OF LONGMONT

1800 Industrial Circle, Longmont, 720-539-7321 Broomfield Winner: Audi Flatirons Boulder Winner: Fisher Honda

TIRE SHOP

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ehicles today are sophisticated, as they should be. And there’s no better place to get a new car than Valley Subaru of Longmont, according to our readers. New Subaru vehicles are engineered with advanced technology to make sure you’re safe, comfortable and entertained on every drive. Plus, the specialists at Valley Subaru can help personalize and customize your new car with the unique Love-Encore visit. With a constant stream of incentives, offers and new vehicle specials, there are so many options to choose from. Let Valley Subaru help you find just what you’re looking for.

CAR WASH

BREEZE THRU CAR WASH

1213 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 303-834-8387 2025 Main St., Longmont, 720-491-3727 Lafayette Winner: 95th Street Car Wash & Detail Center Louisville Winner: Speedy Sparkle Car Wash Broomfield Winner: Waterway Carwash

DISCOUNT TIRE

740 N. Highway 287, Lafayette, 303-248-5680 Louisville Winner: Big O Tires Superior Winner: Costco Wholesale

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ou need new tires and you need them now. No, don’t argue with us, we know how it is: You say you’ve checked the tread and can’t see Honest Abe’s face. How long ago was that? Too long, which is why you need new tires, and, once again, Discount Tire is the place to go. BW readers rely on them for the latest in all-weather tread, and the best part is, they don’t look at you askance when you run that passenger side rear tire flat. They know you meant well, you were just busy. Lucky for you, Discount Tire will have you out of there in a jiffy, and with some sweet new tread to boot.

TOBACCO/PIPE SHOP

THE LITTLE DOG

622 Main St., Longmont, 303-678-7792

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ur readers say that when their car is dirty, even filthy, they take ’em to Breeze Thru Car Wash, which has a couple of locations in Longmont. Breeze Thru has a suite of wash offerings — starting with the $5 basic wash with options to add in waxes, polishes, wheel scrubs and much more. Best yet, you can save some serious scratch by signing up for an unlimited wash pass at any level of wash-detail you choose. $15 per month for unlimited deluxe washes? Yes, please.

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he Little Dog carries a fantastic selection of hard-to-find rolling tobacco, e-cigarettes, hookahs, shisha, oil rigs and smoking accessories, which is why it’s been our readers’ favorite tobacco/pipe shop in East County for six years running. The folks at Little Dog understand the importance of supporting local artists, so they carry a selection of locally hand-blown glass. Most of the products in the store are stocked by request, so even if you can’t find what you’re looking for, Little Dog can order it for you and have it available in a jiffy. Go in and get the Little Dog punch card, which immediately gets you 10% off. Fill up all nine punches and you get 15% off — and it never expires.

GIFT STORE

CHEESE IMPORTERS

103 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-9599 Louisville Winner: Old Friends Lafayette Winner: due south

TOY STORE

GRANDRABBIT’S TOY SHOPPE

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ot a foodie in your life? Maybe a cheese connoisseur? A Europhile? Just someone who appreciates the finer things in life? Then Cheese Importers is where you ought to go to buy that person a gift (especially if that person is yourself), our readers say. There’s a giant walk-in cheese refrigerator, two floors of imported goods, mostly from Europe, that’ll delight anyone looking to travel the globe from the comfort of their own home. There are books, chocolates, pastas, candies, art and so much more, just go and check it out for yourself.

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180 E. Flatiron Crossing Drive, Broomfield, 303-465-8005 Longmont Winner: HobbyTown

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ou’ll feel like a kid again inside Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe (with locations in Boulder, Westminster and Broomfield), our readers’ choice for the best toy store. The well-curated selection has something for every kid and kid at heart. There are all the kid-approved classics: trucks, stuffed animals, trains, blocks and more. There are also things that’ll help stimulate the minds of the young ones in your life while they play: crafts, costumes, books and more.

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INDEX

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Page number listed next to category.

K Kid-Friendly Restaurant (14) Kitchen Supply Store (36)

A Accountant (42) Acupuncture Clinic (48) American (18) Appetizers/Tapas (12) Art Gallery (40) Asian Fusion (14) Auto Dealer — New (58) Auto Dealer — Used (58) Auto Service/Repair (55) B Bagel (14) Bakery (19) Bank/Financial Institution (42) Bar (24) Barbershop (46) Bargains at a Dispensary (31) BBQ (16) Beer Selection (22) Bicycle Shop (55) Bookstore (55) Breakfast/Brunch (16) Burger (9) Business Lunch (12) C Car Wash (58) Carpet/Flooring (35) Catering (16) CBD Products (28) Chinese (17) Chiropractor (46) Cidery (25) Climbing/Parkour Gym (47) Clothing Store — Kid’s (54) Clothing Store — Men’s (51) Clothing Store — Used (57) Clothing Store — Women’s (52) Cocktails (25) Coffee House (21) Coffee Roaster (21) Computer Repair (54) Craft Brewery (23) D Dance Studio (47) Day Care Center (42) 60 OCTOBER 29, 2020

L Landscaper (36) LASIK Services (48) Latte/Mocha (22) Liquor Store (53) Live Jazz Venue (42) Lyons Restaurant (11)

R Real Estate Group (53) Recreational Marijuana Dispensary (30) Restaurant Dessert (12) Restaurant Service (10) Roofing Contractor (36)

M Margarita (25) Martial Arts (46) Massage (47) Mattress Store (35) Medical Doctor (46) Medical Marijuana Dispensary (27) Mexican (18) Museum (39) Music Store (53) Music Venue (41)

Day Spa (45) Dentist (47) Distillery (23) Donut (17) Dry Cleaner (55) E Edibles (30) Electrician (35) F Farm (56) Festival/Event (41) Financial Advisor (41) Fine Dining (17) Florist (33) Flower (28) Food Truck (11) Furniture Store (33) G Gift Store (58) Gluten-Free Menu (12) Golf Course (46) I

Grocery Store (56) Gym/Fitness Center (48) H Hair Salon (47) Happy Hour (23) Hardware Store (56) Home Builder/Contractor (33) Home Furnishings (34) Hospital (47) Hotel (52) HVAC (36) Hydroponic Store (36) I Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt (19) Independent Business (56) Indian/Nepali (9) Insurance Agency (41) Italian (12) J Japanese (17) Jewelry Store (53)

S Sandwich (10) Seafood (10) Selection at a Dispensary (31) Shoe Store (56) Sports Bar (41) Stereo/Electronics (56) Storage Facility (58) Sushi (11)

N Nail Salon (46) Natural Foods Store (52) New Business (54) New Restaurant (12) Niwot Restaurant (11) Nonprofit (41) Nursery/Garden Center (34) O Open Mic (42) Optical Store (53) Orthodontist (48) Overall Restaurant (11) P Painter (34) Pancake/Waffle (18) Pest Control (35) Pet Store (53) Physical Therapist (48) Pilates Studio (47) Pizza (16) Place to Dance (42) Place to Eat Outdoors (18) Place to Go on First Date (16)

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Place to Wi-Fi (42) Plumber (36) Private School (40) Public School — 9-12 (40) Public School — K-8 (42)

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T Takeout (11) Tanning Salon (47) Tattoo/Piercing Parlor (52) Teahouse (22) Thai (12) Tire Shop (58) Tobacco/Pipe Shop (58) Toy Store (58) U Urgent Care Center (48) V Veggie Burger (14) Veterinary Care (48) W Wax (28) Wine Selection (24) Wings (10) Woman-Owned Business (54) Y Yoga Studio (48)

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