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he 2015 CU and Boulder’s Best Awards results are in. In the following pages you will ﬁnd some of the area’s ﬁnest restaurants, retail stores, service providers, entertainment venues, people and all that make CU and Boulder great.
The awards and recognition are results voted on by CU students and the people of Boulder County who use and know them the most. With so many ﬁne choices the competition was tough. There are some repeat winners and some brand new honors. This year’s recipients and runners up are as ﬁne as ever. Browse through the following pages and keep this guide handy as thousands of locals told us why CU and Boulder is such a great place to attend classes, live, shop, eat, work and play. We thank everyone who took the time to vote. Now turn the page and read about the winners!
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Best Food & Drink
Best Entertainment, Health & Fitness
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Directory of Winners
CONTRIBUTORS: Writers: Judy Finman, L.L. Charles, Adam Martin, Julie Kailus, Dominique Del Grosso, Darren Thornberry, Steve Lysaker, Jeanine Fritz Photographer: Jonathan Castner Data Entry & Veriﬁcation: Boulder Stafﬁng Special Features Coordinator: Greg Stone
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MOE’S BROADWAY BAGEL One look at the menu, and you know you have arrived at a bagellover’s version of heaven. Besides cracked wheat sesame and oatmeal raisin, jalapeno and cranberry walnut, the list just goes on. Even the cream cheeses are creative – artichoke parmesan and maple walnut, for instance. And there are homemade sub rolls, gluten-free buns, maple frosted cinnamon rolls, croissants, challah bread, muffins, cookies and much more. General Manager Steve Pagnotta says, “We feel so thankful to the community for making Moe’s Bagel a growing business. We feel thanks and gratitude for letting us try, and we want to do our best every day. It’s a family-owned business, and we want to treat everyone like family. We never take any of this for granted.” He notes that the family has a brand-new generation – she is one-year-old Samantha, the grandchild of Patty and John Sherman, the founders of Moe’s. 3075 Arapahoe Ave., 303.442.4427; 2650 Broadway, 303.444.3252; 3267 28th St., 720.406.9000, Boulder; moesbagel.com. Runner Up: Big Daddy Bagels, 4800 Baseline Rd., Suite B101, Boulder, 303.554.0193; 489 N. Hwy 287 #110, Lafayette, 303.665.5918; 1940 Lonosphere St., Suite D, Longmont, 303.834.8237; bigdaddybagels.comcastbiz.net
SPRUCE CONFECTIONS The skill, care and attention of Spruce Confections’ bakers really make a difference. “Tender, moist and perfectly fresh, our cakes and cupcakes are just sweet enough – you won’t feel like you’ve been run over by a sugar truck.” Cakes are made at the downtown shop but may be picked up at either store. They always have cakes on hand downtown and are happy to write a birthday cake message for the last-minute shopper. Special orders require 48 hours. A loyal following indulges in Spruce’s cakes, cupcakes, espresso, pastries, soups, cookies, scones, and sandwiches. By locating Kaladi Coffee, a small, artisan coffee roaster in Denver, Spruce Confections found a partner in the pursuit of the art of coffee. The richness of ﬂavor offered by a precisely controlled Viennese roast complements the pastries. Owner David Cohen says, “We constantly strive to reinvent ourselves, and we love making up new products. Our customers are mostly ‘regulars’ and we look forward to seeing them each day.” 4684 Broadway, 303.449.5819; 767 Pearl St., 303.449.6773; spruceconfections.com. Runner Up: Breadworks Bakery & Café, 2644 Broadway, 303.444.5667; breadworks.net
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D.P. DOUGH You get to know the lingo in this place. General Manager Tricia King says one of her favorite calzones is The Passing Zone (translate: breaded chicken, bacon, tomatoes, ranch mozzarella). Ask for the Construction Zone, and you choose four ingredients and make your own calzone. “We have the best calzone dough,” King says. “We make our own dough and cheese mixes. Most of our ingredients are chopped fresh every morning. We have quick, friendly service in the store and on deliveries. We care about the customers and the quality of the food. We want people to come back, so we give everyone a great experience when we interact. As we say: Who else is going to deliver a custom-made calzone to you after the bars close?” Speaking of dough: King says, “We are known for our calzones, but our cookies are among the best in Boulder.” They have four kinds all the time: peanut butter chocolate chip, regular chocolate chip, sugar cookies and oatmeal raisin. 1622 Broadway, Boulder, 303.444.9663; dpdough.com. Runner Up: Backcountry Pizza & Tap House, 2319 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.4285; backcountrypizzaandtaphouse.com
SNOOZE A.M. EATERY Founded by brothers Jon and Adam Schlegel, Snooze was born in 2006 in Denver, seeking to evolve the a.m. dining experience through culinary innovation, an eclectic and energetic atmosphere and comfortable and friendly service. The food runs the gamut from hearty to light, sweet, or savory and always creative – from the Lower East Sider with loxstyle salmon and accouterments including herbed goat cheese spread, sun dried tomato and caper relish, hard-boiled egg, dressed greens and rustic bread, to house-made granola, Greek yogurt, and an agave nectar drizzle, alongside a grapefruit brulée and your choice of toast. Becky Fairchild of Snooze Eatery says, “We are thrilled to be chosen as Boulder’s Best Breakfast! We believe our strong tie to our community, responsible sourcing, love for celebrating each day and providing a fun atmosphere is what truly makes Snooze the best. We enjoy providing a fun and vibrant atmosphere that is felt through the energy of our Snoozers. We truly believe that our people make the difference, we just love what we do!” 1617 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.225.7344; snoozeeatery.com. Runner Up: Foolish Craig’s Café, 1611 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.247.9383; foolishcraigs.com
BEST BEER SELECTION
BACKCOUNTRY PIZZA & TAP HOUSE Backcountry Pizza & Tap House boasts Boulder’s widest selection of draft microbrews, plus a plentiful menu of pizzas, burgers and more, and Sunday brunch. Their banquet room accommodates up to 60 people for private events. And they also offer beer-tasting services. The game room is lively, with pinball and other arcade games. There’s a lot of enthusiasm at Backcountry. General Manager Mary Boerman says, “People like what we do because we really like what we do! It’s contagious. It’s great to get recognition for what we do. People are noticing us, and we’re getting busier and busier. We have over 60 taps, over 300 different kinds of bottles in our cellars. Our owner, John Fayman, is very knowledgeable. We put on a lot of special events; we’re one of the ﬁrst places in the state to introduce a particular beer to the market. We post events all the time on our Facebook page, so that’s a good place for people to look.” 2319 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.4285; backcountrypizzaandtaphouse.com. Runner Up: Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery and Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, 1535 Pearl St., 303.546.0886; 1627 S. Broadway, 303.543.0886; mountainsunpub.com
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BEST COFFEE HOUSE
BEST BREW PUB
MOUNTAIN SUN PUB & BREWERY AND SOUTHERN SUN PUB & BREWERY Looking for a good beer and pub hangout? The beers here have won medals across the globe, including six gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. This place is busy, but while you’re waiting for a table grab a beer or appetizer at the bar - you may be offered free samples as well. Tim McMurray, managing partner, says, “If you ask me why I think we won this award, it is an easy answer: OUR STAFF! Our staff in the brewery, the front of house and the back of house contribute so much to the environment and what creates a ‘brew pub.’ A lot of places in town make great beer and food and what separates us from everyone else is the people that make it happen. Without them we would be a room full of furniture, kitchen and brewing equipment.” 1535 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.546.0886, 1627 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.543.0886; mountainsunpub.com. Runner Up: Avery Brewing, 4910 Nautilus Ct., Boulder, 303.440.4324, averybrewing.com
BEST SPORTS BAR Here is Boulder’s largest full-service rooftop deck – which just opened for the season in early April. And live music happens several nights a week. Lazy Dog isn’t lazy when it comes to pleasing customers. Every aspect of the experience has been considered. Manager Jodie Rigali says, “First, we try to make everybody special. Service is our priority – like having mostly every game on TV. Or people can come in and request a game and we’ll put a TV on for them. Our food is better than most sports bars; our head chef Bill Cassel doesn’t conform to typical sports bar fare; instead, we explore bistro burgers and more ﬁne dining. Our meats come from Steele’s in Lafayette. We go beyond sports bar food like nachos and ramp it up with gorgonzola or parmesan, and huge portions. We have a brand-new amazing, creative menu. Our great bartenders make customers feel at home. Every person feels like it’s Cheers. 1346 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.3355; thelazydog.com.
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This welcoming and eclectic artisan coffeehouse and performance venue in Boulder delights aﬁcionados with live music and other performances every night of the week. One Yelp fan says, “I love this place. They play the best music, and even make drinks with goats milk.” Another comment from a regular: “Excellent coffee and atmosphere, great place to get work done, and the people who work here are so friendly.” Laughing Goat brews single-origin varietals, organically certiﬁed, fairly traded premium coffees, roasted for them by a small roaster in Denver. To accompany all this goodness is a full menu of breads, treats and more. Founder John Jenkins says, “We’re so excited to be honored again with this award. We continue to be extremely grateful to everyone who supports us...it’s something we never take for granted. We love what we do and we have fun doing it. We’re indebted to our coffee roaster, Kaladi Coffee, for consistently sourcing the ﬁnest coffees we’ve ever experienced, and we’re indebted to an amazing staff who take pride in what they do.” 1709 Pearl St., 1720 Pleasant St. (Norlin Library); 2907 55th St., Boulder; thelaughinggoat.com.
Since its 2004 opening in Boulder, The Kitchen – dubbed Boulder’s Community Bistro – has become legendary. In 2005 The Kitchen opened Upstairs, its cocktail lounge for sharing good food and drink with friends and neighbors; it is open daily at 5:30 p.m. The Kitchen’s Executive Chef Kyle Mendenhall says, “We have always considered the Upstairs a high-energy cocktail lounge with consciously sourced shared food. In our opinion the people of Boulder have given us this honor because we ﬁll a need that they are looking for. They want to be well taken care of, eat some great food and be able to do that in a comfortable, clean and classy environment. Our customers appreciate the fact that they can enjoy a very tasty, simply prepared meal with friends while building community with one another. Our mission is ‘Community Through Food’ and that applies to all our restaurants, including The Upstairs, even if it’s late night, a private party or if people are just feeling a little ‘classy’!”. 1039 Pearl Street, Boulder, 303.544.5973; thekitchen.com/upstairs-boulder. Runner Up: The Bitter Bar, 835 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.442.3050; thebitterbar.com
Runner Up: Ozo Coffee Co., 5340 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.440.0233; 1015 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.645.4885; 1898 S. Flatiron Ct., Boulder, 303.396.0302; ozocoffee.com.
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Runner Up: Backcountry Pizza & Tap House, 2319 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.4285; backcountrypizzaandtaphouse.com.
BEST CLASSY BAR
GOLDEN LOTUS On the Facebook page of this once-popular restaurant was written, “Golden Lotus serves the ﬁnest Asian cuisines and specializes in the most authentic ﬂavors of China. Golden Lotus does not use MSG and prepares all dishes daily using only the freshest ingredients.” After nearly 20 years in business, the Golden Lotus Chinese restaurant in Boulder closed in March 2015. According to the Daily Camera, ofﬁcials for the Golden Lotus wrote in a Facebook post on March 21, “Thank you everyone for letting us serve community since 1996. We greatly appreciate the love and support.” Citing retirement, Golden Lotus’ owners, Steve and Victoria Chen, sold the restaurant to Resham Gerung, who has run the Kathmandu Restaurant in Nederland since 1999. 1964 28th Street, Boulder; goldenlotusboulder.com. Runner Up: China Gourmet, 3970 North Broadway, Boulder, 303.440.3500; chinagourmetmenu.com
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BEST HAPPY HOUR
Why have just one happy hour, when you can have two or three? That’s the way they do it at Japango, where the daily lunch happy hour (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) features $3 handrolls and specials on Nigiri, Sashimi and Bento boxes. The afternoon happy hour (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) offers $3 to $5 bar menu items, $3 handrolls and sake specials. “Our shared small plates are perfect for happy hour,” says General Manager Erin Beany. Stop in late night Fridays and Saturdays (10 p.m. to midnight) for half-off special rolls, $3 Sapporo drafts and $3 hot Sake, and check out the beats from the house DJ. Want to try something a little different? “Order a Bartender’s Choice Cocktail,” Beany suggests. “Our bartenders may be testing a new recipe for our drink menu, or pouring one of our custom fruity or spicy cocktails. We love to get feedback on our new drinks.” When you think about it, it’s sort of like doing your part for Science, isn’t it? 1136 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.0330; boulderjapango.com.
You can get a hella hankerin’ for dessert just about any time of the day (thank you Amendment 64) but the best time to get a visit from the Dessert Demon is any day about 3:45 p.m., which give you about 15 minutes to get over to Boulder Baked and be ﬁrst in line when they open their doors at 4. Cupcakes in all their splendor, chocolate-y brownies, cookies (check out the cookie ice cream sandwiches), pies and cakes… you’ll swear they’re all calling your name. Cookies are baked to order and you can enjoy them while they’re still hot out of the oven. Everything is made from scratch with natural ingredients and no preservatives, and there are many vegan and gluten-free choices. New desserts debut each month. Give them 48 hours notice and Boulder Baked will put together whatever strikes your fancy. Bring those midnight munchies to Boulder Baked; you’ll be glad you came in. 1911 Broadway, Boulder, 303.444.4999; boulderbaked.com.
Runner Up: The Mediterranean Restaurant, 1002 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.5335; themedboulder.com
BEST DELI/SANDWICH SHOP
SNARF’S SANDWICHES What makes Snarf’s such a favorite? General Manager Tyler Liu says, “We make the world’s ﬁnest toasted sandwiches, and we have a great staff and a superfun atmosphere here. We keep our menu fresh with seasonal, limited-time offers, we well as the highest-quality ingredients and lots of love going into the sandwiches.” Snarf’s was launched when Jimmy Seidel decided to stop looking for the world’s best sandwich… and decided to create it himself. In 1996, he opened the very ﬁrst Snarf’s, in Boulder, in what’s affectionately referred to as “The Shack.” Now, almost two decades later, this family-owned business has grown to nearly 20 restaurants in Colorado and outside the state. Two more are scheduled to open in Boulder this year. Snarf’s award-winning sandwiches are made-to-order using premium meats and cheeses, crisp veggies, their own blend of giardiniera peppers, and homemade, oven-toasted bread available in white, wheat or gluten free. Or go for a meal-sized salad – from Chicken to Cobb to a Snarf Salad loaded with protein. 2128 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.7766; 5340 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.444.3404; eatsnarfs.com.
Runner Up: 3 Margaritas Mexican Restaurants, 3390 28th St., Boulder, 303.998.1234; 3margaritasmex.com
Runner Up: Cheba Hut, 1313 College Ave., Boulder, 303.413.3494; chebahut.com
BEST FAST FOOD
BEST DIVE BAR
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL
The Sundown Saloon takes its divey-ness seriously. First, the basement location makes the “dive” distinction rather literal. You can’t really dive when you’re going Upstairs, right? Then there are the amazing (low) prices, with daily drink specials on beers and shots. Finally, the atmosphere is rowdy. If you’re counting, that’s a Dive Bar Trifecta. Since 1982, the ‘Downer has poured a tsunami’s worth of beer and cheap drinks to hipsters, students and dive aficionados who appreciate the rockin’ jukebox, shuffleboard and free pool tables (until 10 p.m.). Unpretentious and in your face (but with a smile), the Sundown Saloon is still proudly defending its crown as the top seller of PBR in the nation (world?). Come on down! 1136 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.4987.
What’s your favorite item on the Chipotle menu? OK, you don’t have to have just one favorite. All the tasty orders start with the basics (burritos, bowls, tacos, salads, chip and guacamole) and then you customize them to feed your own kind of hunger. Chicken, steak, barbacoa, carnitas, fajita veggies, rice and beans, a dollop of sour cream… heck, you already know how you like it. Have you tried the Sofritas yet? Organic tofu is shredded and braised on the grill with chilis, poblanos and spices… yummy good, and it will make you rethink your personal tofu policy. We like how they do their best to source all their ingredients from reputable organic, family-farmed and local suppliers. And all that writing on the cups? Kinda cool, too. 919 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.544.9383; Twenty Ninth Street, Boulder, 720.406.0500; chipotle.com.
Runner Up: The Outback Saloon, 3141 28th St., Boulder, 303.444.0081; outbacksaloon.net
Runner Up: Zoe Ma Ma, 2010 10th St., Boulder, 303.545.6262; zoemama.com
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BEST ICE CREAM
BEST JUICE BAR
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JAMBA JUICE Juice is good for you! Or perhaps we should say, “Good juice is good for you.” That’s a bit redundant, but what some folks call “juice” nowadays can contain anything from high fructose corn syrup to red dye #40. That’s Yuck in a Cup, my friend. Jamba Juice uses real whole fruit, 100-percent fruit juices, sherbet and frozen yogurt that is packed with wholesome nutrients. Your juicy masterpiece is prepared fresh and made just for you, when you order it. “We have a large number of regular customers who like getting their daily fruits and vegetables in one easy, tasty serving,” says Jay O’Bara, Jamba Juice clerk. Top sellers for adults are the classic Strawberries Wild and Razzmatazz smoothies, and the kids really love the Poppin’ Peach Mango smoothie, O’Bara says. Jamba Juice says, “Believe in the power of juice.” Oh yeah, I’m a believer. 1669 Euclid Ave., Boulder, 303.449.5245; 3053 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.247.1170; 3325 28th St., Boulder, 303.938.1271; jambajuice.com. Runner Up: Nekter Juice Bar, 2660 Pearl St., Boulder, 800.385.1650, nekterjuicebar.com
BEST ELEGANT DINING
L’ATELIER What’s the difference between simply dining… and dining elegantly? “It’s all about the ﬁnesse,” says Radek Cerny, owner and head chef. This kind of ﬁnesse comes from knowledge (how to use ingredients and cooking techniques, for example) and the experience that only comes from spending hours in the kitchen. But there’s one more part of this recipe, Cerny says. “You have to have the soul of an artist.” L’Atelier’s daily art exhibit involves tasty appetizers, soups and salads, classic pasta dishes, seafood, rack of lamb, ﬁlet mignon, saltimbocca and more. An extensive wine list ensures that you will ﬁnd a bottle that pairs perfectly with your entrees. Even the desserts dare to gild the lily a bit, with choices like Smokin’ Bananas Foster, Pear Flambe’ and the Burnt Cream Angelina. Choose from a well-appointed list of brandies, cognac, port and liqueurs and toast your own good taste in choosing L’Atelier. 1739 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.7233; latelierboulder.com.
BEST INDIAN/NEPALESE FOOD
THE SINK OMG, who isn’t doing burgers nowadays? You’d think it was some kinda new food craze, with all the blah-blah burger places opening up. Truth is, the great American hamburger is a classic, and when you mess with it… we know the difference. For burgers done right (and well, if you order them that way) we go straight to The Sink, where the fabulous Sinkburger and its signature Sink Hickory Sauce were ﬁrst introduced in 1958. Thousands of Sinkburgers later, and the classic is still standing strong. Executive Chef David Davis says it starts with the ingredients. “We only use certiﬁed Angus or grass-fed beef in all of our burgers, and all the patties are handmade.” The Sink serves anywhere from 250 to 400 burgers daily! The top seller? “It’s deﬁnitely the Texas Onion Straw Burger,” Davis says. We’re not sure which burger Barack Obama ordered when he stopped in the ﬁrst time, but we do know that he came back for a second visit. That’s gotta mean something, right? 1165 13th St., Boulder, 303.444.7465; thesink.com. Runner Up: Dark Horse Bar and Grill, 2922 W. Baseline Rd., Boulder, 303.442.8162; darkhorsebar.com CU AND BOULDER’S BEST
Runner Up: Cold Stone Creamery, 2412 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.440.8915; coldstonecreamery.com
Runner Up: Oak at Fourteenth, 1400 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.3622; oakatfourteenth.com
You could probably write an entire encyclopedia of ice cream just listing the more than 1,000 ﬂavors that Glacier Homemade Ice Cream has concocted since they opened in 2001. All along the way, Glacier has kept their commitment to using the ﬁnest and freshest ingredients and making their ice cream in small batches, which allows them to experiment and invent new ﬂavors every week. “Our goal is to make three or four new ﬂavors every week, and we’ve been very busy!” laughs owner Mark Mallen. OK, so what’s new? Regular (and Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip, Brown Butter Cookie, Salted Butterscotch and Salted Caramel Oreo (Glacier makes the butterscotch and caramel from scratch) sound pretty sweet. The fruity gelatos and sorbets are perfect on a warm summer’s evening, with their just-picked ﬂavor freshness. “We hand squeeze all of citrus,” Mallen says. Hands down, Glacier Homemade Ice Cream is the place. 4760 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.4760; 3133 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.6542; glaciericecream.com.
GURKHAS RESTAURANT & BAR I have not traveled to Northern India, Nepal or Tibet, but if all the food is this good, book my ticket, dude! Curries hot and savory, tender tandoori-cooked meats, fluffy-good rices and imaginative vegetarian dishes give everyone a nice range of menu choices for every taste and appetite. All dishes are authentically prepared and the chefs are enthusiastic about their work (just ask about a recipe and you’ll see what I mean). The naan bread is served up hot and chewy, and the side dishes like vegetable pakora are teasers for what’s to come. You can’t go wrong ordering one of the traditional Indian dishes such as saag or korma, or head over to Nepal for Sekuwa (spicy lamb stirfried in red onions). The daily lunch buffet is always popular, as are the rotating weekly specials. The dining room is colorful and bright, and the music fits the menu. 6565 Gunpark Dr. #190, Boulder, 303.530.1551; gurkhasrestaurant.com. Runner Up: Sherpa’s Adventurers Restaurant & Bar, 825 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.440.7151; sherpasrestaurant.com
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BEST MEXICAN FOOD
EFRAIN’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT & CANTINA Efrain Gomez knows a thing or two about the restaurant business. He’s been running restaurants for more than three decades. The menu at Efrain’s in Boulder can be described as Northern Mexican cuisine, and it takes the top spot among local Mexican restaurants for good reason. Classic south-of-the-border options, like burritos, enchiladas and tamales, are never a bad call. But Efrain’s doesn’t stop there, including some dishes not commonly found at Mexican restaurants. The Mondongo Plate, for example, is a unique offering well worth checking out. The menu even includes a handy “heat scale” to ensure you don’t end up with a meal too spicy for your stomach to handle. And what Mexican meal would be complete without a margarita? Efrain’s has you covered there, too, offering more than ﬁfteen different variations. A long-time local favorite, Efrain’s proudly serves up fresh Mexican food Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 1630 N 63rd Street, Boulder, 303.440.4045; efrainsrestaurant.com. Runner Up: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 1101 Walnut Street, Boulder, 303.444.3690; riograndemexican.com
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BEST ITALIAN FOOD
CARELLI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO Carelli’s roots go back to the Italian sub sandwich shop that owner Greg Carelli opened over a dozen years ago. The sandwiches were very good, and people kept coming back for more. Pretty soon, Carelli’s had to expand. Then they did it again, with a remodel or two along the way. Over the years, Carelli’s has built their reputation by serving authentic but unpretentious Italian dishes, using the freshest and ﬁnest ingredients. “We pay a lot of attention to sourcing ingredients locally,” Greg Carelli says. “That means having a personal relationship with our local providers, and being on the phone with them daily to purchase all the micro greens, snap peas, spinach, exotic mushrooms, blue verde capra cheese–everything that meets our quality standards.” The menu is a little different each day, but sample entrees include the Dirty Red Wine Risotto and the Duck Conﬁt with Peccorino Cheese. There’s a well-selected wine list, full bar, coffee and daily dessert menu to tempt you. Buon Appetito! 645 30th St., Boulder, 303.938.9300; carellis.com. Runner Up: II Pastaio Ristorante & Pasta Factory, 3075 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.447.9572; ilpastaioboulder.com
Since opening last year, Blackbelly has certainly left an impression on local foodies. You might even recognize the Chef/Owner’s name. Hosea Rosenberg took home the top prize on the ﬁfth season of Top Chef. “Everything’s done in house,” said Rosenberg, explaining the concept of the restaurant. That includes the whole-animal butchery program. A farm-to-table concept, Blackbelly is committed to sustainability. Monday throughFriday the restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for delistyle ordering. Customers can dine-in or carry out. Blackbelly also offers full service dining in the evenings every night beginning at 4 p.m. The dinner menu is diverse, offering everything from a house ground burger to seared duck breast. Blackbelly features Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Patrons enjoy beer & shot specials, $3 small plates, and what Rosenberg calls “the fried thing of the day.” This is one local dining experience you don’t want to miss. 1606 Conestoga Street #3, Boulder, 303.247.1000; blackbelly.com. Runner Up: Motomaki, 1600 28th Street #1216, Boulder, 720.943.2030; motomaki.com
BEST OUTDOOR FOOD/DINING
CARELLI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO Carelli’s is already known for its amazing outdoor space, but Greg Carelli, Owner/Manager, isn’t resting on his laurels. “Patio seating is a big part of Boulder culture,” Carelli said. To that end, he’s currently remodeling his outdoor dining area. “We’re building a deck to allow people to just walk out on our patio,” Carelli explained. The new deck will feature nana doors, opening the restaurant up to the deck and making the entire space feel continuous and ﬂuid. The refurbished deck will also come with new tables, chairs, sun umbrellas, and an open-ﬂame ﬁre pit. Carelli describes the new design as one that maintains an “alfresco feeling.” The redesigned deck should be ﬁnished in late April. On Friday nights, the deck will play host to live jazz performances, featuring artists such as local favorite George Nelson. Combining unique drink specials, tasty food and an unbeatable atmosphere, Carelli’s is a great choice for outdoor dining. 645 30th Street, Boulder, 303.938.9300; carellis.com. Runner Up: The Lazy Dog Sports Bars & Grills, 1346 Pearl Street, Boulder, 303.440.3355; thelazydog.com. 14
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BEST LATE NIGHT FOOD
BEST MARGARITA AND BEST ROOFTOP
BEST FOOD TRUCK
RIO GRANDE MEXICAN RESTAURANT
Stephanie Gaydos, hospitality manager for Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, shared the secret of their margarita success. They found something that worked and they haven’t messed with it. “Our margaritas have been made with the same recipe since we opened,” Gaydos said, going on to explain that people came, enjoyed the drinks, and kept coming back. They even have out-of-state regulars who make it a point to pay them a visit when in town. Rio Grande offers a variety of margarita options. Their most popular is The Classic Rio Marg, available on the rocks or frozen, with or without mango or strawberry. If you’re looking for something top shelf, try the Big Tex Margarita. It’s made with fresh squeezed citrus and includes the tequila of your choice. Specialty margaritas, like the Agave Martini and the Tequila & Honey Martini, are also available. The last two are served in martini shakers and are sure to leave an impression. Combining some amazing beverages with a wonderful space to kick back, Rio Grande won for Best Rooftop, as well. “It’s such a relaxing space up there,” Gaydos said. “People will come and sit for hours.” The rooftop offers a full bar, tap beer, plenty of tables, a beautiful fountain and full service dining. During the summer, guests keep cool with misters, umbrellas at every table, and sun shades. The rooftop can be reserved for private parties in the afternoons, making it an ideal location for a casual get-together. Rio Grande also has an indoor private room which seats 50 to 55 people. Whether you’re looking for a location for an event or just a relaxing spot to enjoy a cool margarita on a summer day, Rio Grande Restaurant has you covered. 1101 Walnut Street, Boulder, 303.444.3690; riograndemexican.com.
In the words of Owner Ryan Shorter, Cosmo’s Pizza does one thing and they do it well: “handtossed traditional pizza cooked in a stone oven.” Customers have the option of whole pizzas for take-out or delivery, or pizza by the slice. “Most people come in late night for the slices,” Shorter said. A repeat winner in this category, Cosmo’s is known as one of the best places in town to pick up some late-night grub. To Shorter, that just makes sense. He explains that each location makes the dough and sauce from scratch and uses only fresh veggies cut right there in the shop. “You make a great product, keep the place clean, give good service, and people appreciate that,” Shorter said. “We bake pizza and we do it really good.” Cosmo’s is open from 11 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. every day. The next time you’re on the prowl for a post-midnight snack, be sure to stop in. 659 30th Street, Boulder, 303.447.3278; cosmospizza.com.
Not to get all History Channel on you, but: The Bowl as an object came into use long before dishes and other tableware. This is because, while plates and spoons and stuff are useful, you really cannot do mac and cheese right without a good bowl. That’s something to ponder while you enjoy a tasty bowl from Boulder Bowls. You can “travel” an international menu of Cuban, Cajun, Asian, Mexican and multicultural recipes that will satisfy your soul. Vegetarian bowls are always on the menu, too. Be sure to save room for dessert! There’s Dessert in a Bowl: Arroz con Leche, Flan, Tiramisu and Mousse de Chocolate. We like the great prices, honest ingredients and nice staff. The Boulder Bowls food cart is in its ﬁfth year on the 1300 block of the Pearl Street Mall. 1300 Block, Pearl Street Mall; 1119 13th St., Boulder, 303.993.4533.
Runner Up: Bova’s Market and Grill, 1325 Broadway, Boulder, 303.449.0874
Runner Up: Bon Appetit Mobile Bistro, 303.888.8008; bonappetitmobilebistro.com
Runner Up for Best Margarita: Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 1630 N 63rd Street, Boulder, 303.440.4045; efrainsrestaurant.com Runner Up for Best Rooftop: The Lazy Dog Sports Bars & Grills, 1346 Pearl Street, Boulder, 303.440.3355; thelazydog.com
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JAX FISH HOUSE & OYSTER BAR Dave Query, the owner of Jax Fish House, was ecstatic. “Having been in Boulder my whole life, I couldn’t be prouder to get this award in our 20th year of business,” he said. The ﬁrst restaurant in Colorado to be certiﬁed by the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch, Jax features some of the best seafood in the state, including both seasonal cuisine and oysters on the half shell. In fact, Query partners with Rappahannock Oyster Co. to offer a custom oyster only available at Jax: the Emersum Boutique Oyster. Jax also works with Northwest Seafood for the choicest, best picks for their seasonal offerings, as well as local farmers for produce. With multiple fundraising events throughout the year, the Jax family is as committed to the local community as they are to sustainability. Query made it a point to thank Boulder again for two decades of support and friendship, inviting you to experience Boulder’s best seafood for yourself. 928 Pearl Street, Boulder, 303.444.1811; jaxﬁshhouse.com. Runner Up: Sushi Tora, 2014 10th Street, Boulder, 303.444.2280; sushitoraboulder.com
BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT
BEST THAI FOOD
ALOY THAI CUISINE “We’ve been open for nine years,” Bo Bean said describing her family’s restaurant. “It’s very traditional. It’s all my mom’s recipes.” Aloy Thai, formerly known as Chy Thai, offers traditional Thai cuisine common to central Thailand. Ingredients are fresh and always non-GMO and hormone-free. The menu is robust, featuring well known favorites, like Pad Thai, as well as unique, authentic dishes. Monthly specials spice things up, allowing for variety throughout the year. For example, Bean explains that “right now we have fresh coconut.” The coconut is imported from Thailand and served raw. It’s a perfect springtime treat. Options like these are particularly appealing for health-conscious diners. The bar features both wine and draft beer, including several local brews. Happy Hour specials are available Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.. If you’re looking for all-natural, authentic Thai cuisine, be sure to pay Aloy Thai a visit. 2720 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.440.2903; aloythai.com.
LEAF VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT Stefan DePetris, general manager, describes Leaf’s food as “world cuisine”. The menu includes dishes inspired by Asian, African, Latin and French cuisine. Everything is 100% vegetarian. “There’s a wide array of vegan options, as well,” DePetris said. Head Chef Rachel Best takes great delight in transforming dishes traditionally served with meat into vegetarian-friendly options. For example, their vegetarian Reuben is a lunchtime favorite. It features seitan or tempeh in place of corned beef. Other popular dishes include the Jamaican Jerk Tempeh, served with black rice and sautéed greens, and the West African Koki. The menu even includes wine and beer pairing suggestions. What’s more, the full bar is stocked exclusively with organic and/or Coloradobased spirits. The atmosphere is, in DePetris’s words, “very tranquil.” Light wood tones, plenty of greenery, and soothing music create a calming environment. The resulting effect blends perfectly with the food, allowing patrons to unwind and relax while enjoying unbelievably good vegetarian cuisine. 2010 16th Street, Boulder, 303.442.1485; leafvegetarianrestaurant.com. Runner Up: Zeal, 1710 Pearl Street, Boulder, 720.708.6309; zealfood.com
Runner Up: Chez Thuy Vietnamese Restaurant, 2655 28th Street, Boulder, 303.442.1700; chezthuy.com
BEST WINE SELECTION
BLACK CAT FARM TABLE BISTRO Sean McEnroe is the wine director for Black Cat Farm Table Bistro. Describing the diverse selection of wines available, he said, “We try to touch on every area of the world, especially north of the equator.” With multiple sommeliers on hand, the staff is singularly focused on making guests comfortable. Whether your palate is sophisticated or you’re entirely new to the world of wine, they can guide you to something that will compliment your meal nicely. The menu even features two Pairs of the Day—meal options with wines selected to bring out the ﬂavors of the food. As McEnroe says, this allows guests to enjoy the experience “without having to think about it.” The cuisine at Black Cat is seasonal with French inspiration. Everything is farm-to-table. The menu and wine list both change daily based on the fresh ingredients at hand. Black Cat opens for dinner every day at 5:30 p.m. 1964 13th Street, Boulder, 303.444.5500; blackcatboulder.com. Runner Up: Hazel’s Beverage World, 1955 28th Street, Boulder, 303.447.1955; hazelsboulder.com 16
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BEAU JO’S PIZZA
Erin Deany, general manager for Japango, describes her restaurant’s sushi as “traditional paired with fusion.” Head chef, Iwason, prides himself on featuring a unique blend of authentic offerings, including rolls, sashimi and nigiri, as well as difﬁcult to ﬁnd traditional dishes, such as whole ﬁsh. The variety is perfect for both sushi connoisseurs and those unfamiliar with Japanese cuisine. While the food is certainly noteworthy, one of the most talked about aspects of Japango is the atmosphere. The jelly ﬁsh tank, in particular, tends to win a lot of attention. “It’s become the number one attraction of the restaurant visually,” Deany said. Japango also offers the largest selection of sake in Boulder, including unique, rare options not often found in the states. With an early Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. seven days a week and a late night Happy Hour from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight on Friday and Saturday nights, Japango is well worth checking out. 1136 Pearl Street, Boulder, 303.938.0330; boulderjapango.com.
There’s a reason Beau Jo’s, a Colorado staple for 43 years, still calls their pizzas pies. Nick Sposato, General Manager, describes the food as “one of a kind pizza” made distinct by their signature crust. Available in Honey White or Honey Wheat varieties, Beau Jo’s crust is more than a humble receptacle for meat and veggies. The toppings, all highquality and fresh, are certainly good. The crust is epic. In fact, as Sposato explains and as any patron can tell you, “the crust can be used as a dessert with honey.” Yes, it’s that good. Beau Jo’s features a lunch buffet Monday through Friday, a daily Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. with food and drink specials, trivia on Wednesday nights, and live music on the patio on Friday and Saturday nights. Student discounts are also available, as are private buffets for groups. If you don’t yet know the difference between pizza and mountain pie, stop by Beau Jo’s. You’re sure to be delighted. 2690 Baseline, Boulder, 303.554.5312; beaujos.com.
Runner Up: Sushi Tora, 2014 10th Street, Boulder, 303.444.2280; sushitoraboulder.com
Runner Up: Cosmo’s Pizza, 659 30th Street, Boulder, 303.447.3278; cosmospizza.com
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BEST LOCAL BAND
BEST BIKE SHOP
BEST EYE CARE PROVIDER
It’s a great time to be Boulder’s own alt-country favorite – Gasoline Lollipops. They’re ﬁnishing up the third and ﬁnal installment of their “Lucky 7” e.p. trilogy, preparing for a tour through the “Dirty South” (Austin, N’awlins, Little Rock), and getting ready to rock Boulder Creek Fest. “We are humbled and honored to have such proactive fans,” says singer Clay Rose. “I don’t know what we did to deserve them. I haven’t even voted for a president as many times as our fans have bestowed this honor upon us.” Gasoline Lollipops just played in Fort Collins at both Earth Day and FoCoMX (Fort Collins Music experiment). This summer, the band will also be performing at Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest in August. “We love that Boulder is full of such progressive music lovers, despite the apparent lack of venues to showcase local art,” says Rose. “The fans here keep the music alive, even if they have to stand on the street corner and drop change in a guitar case to hear it.” gasolinelollipops.com.
University Bikes needs no introduction in this cycling-crazy city. It’s been the rider’s go-to since 1985. Friendly, expert service is standard; staff is not satisﬁed with anything less that your expectations having been exceeded. “Ubikes serves the most customers of any shop in the area, and we try really hard to be nice and helpful,” says General Manager Lester Binegar. “For this reason, our customers must have voted us into the top spot. It’s a real honor and a really big deal for us. There are several great shops in Boulder that serve the different aspects of the cycling world. Ubikes covers all the needs of kids, commuters, neighborhood cruisers, and performance road and mountain bikes. We have a massive selection and we support it all with an amazing service department for repairs and new bike builds. We also box and ship bikes for our tourist and college student customers.” For rentals, sales, custom ﬁts, service, or just a chat with a crew of avid cyclists, UBikes has got you covered. 839 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.4196; ubikes.com.
Aspen Eyewear has been nominated so many times in this category that we’ve almost lost count. That’s a testament to how strong they are in customer service and meeting the needs of on-the-go students. Family owned and operated for 28 years, Aspen is a complete care center for your eye exam and eyewear ﬁtting. Dr. Michael Bollenbacher, optometrist, is renowned for excellence in clinical eye care. Having been clinical director at two LASIK centers, he has far-reaching experience in LASIK and other vision-enhancing procedures that frees his patients from glasses and contact lenses. Aspen’s optical staff members are certiﬁed by the American Board of Opticianry. There is more than 100 years of combined experience behind the desk! 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Ste. E-23, Boulder, 303.447.0210; aspeneyewear.com.
Runner Up: Full Cycle Bikes, 1795 Pearl St., 303.440.1002; 1211 13th St., 303.440.7771, Boulder; fullcyclebikes.com
Runner Up: Pearl Street Eye, 2575 Pearl St., Ste. 1C, Boulder, 303.442.6260; pearlstreeteye.com
Runner Up: Elephant Revival, elephantrevival.com
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BEST COSTUME SHOP
BEST ALTERNATIVE CAREGIVER/DISPENSARY
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Boulder can never find enough reasons to dress up, and for eons The Ritz has been making party-goers look incredible in their huge selection of costumes. Halloween is a go-for-broke costume occasion that’s practically synonymous with The Ritz. “Coming to The Ritz for Halloween shopping is a Boulder tradition,” says owner Susan Nutting. “We love Boulder and our fun, creative customers! We’ve been here for a million years, and we’re not afraid to go for it. Not only do we bring in a ton of traditional to crazy outrageous costumes, but we also have an amazing staff to individually create the best costumes ever. We’re the party before the party!” The Ritz also has some wonderfully eclectic and stylish clothes brands in stock, including XCVI, Black Swan, Knitted Dove, Erge Designs, Salaam, Effie’s Heart, Luna Claire, Lani and many more. “We’ve loved all-out steampunk, pirates, Gatsby gals, zombies, whimsical wood nymphs, mad hatters, and a staff favorite, Ziggy Stardust. It’s the head-totoe transformations that really do it,” Nutting adds. 959 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.443.2850; theritzcostumes.com.
Marijuana users can be best buds forever with Terrapin Care Station, now at two locations in Boulder and one in Aurora. The staff is professional, friendly, and highly trained, so don’t worry about getting stuck with Jay or Silent Bob when you need someone to address your questions. First-time recreational buyer? Terrapin will walk you through the options, the cautions, the highs and the lows, so you can make an informed choice. “We just want to thank the Boulder community; we know being the ﬁrst retail marijuana store in Boulder is a big advantage and a huge honor,” says Terrapin’s Tara Worley Riseley. “Legalization has been great for Colorado. Not only have we brought the world to our door with tourism, but our industry now represents two percent of the city’s sales tax revenues. Our state is seeing a renaissance, young people moving here, a strong economy and we’re proud to contribute to that with the jobs we recreate and how our products making living in a great place even better!” Terrapin Care Station, (Recreational) 1795 Folsom St., Boulder; 11091 E. Mississippi Ave., Aurora / (Medical) 5370 Manhattan Circle #104, Boulder; 303.954.8402; terrapincarestation.com.
Runner Up: Theatrical Costumes Etc. & Trendy Boutique, 673 30th St., Boulder, 303.440.8515; theatricalcostumesetc.com
BEST CU STUDENT ORGANIZATION
PROGRAM COUNCIL Program Council has been on campus in various forms since 1953 and has put on some straight up legendary concerts: Ramones, Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Dave Mathews Band, to name a few. The council’s Film Series also brings tons of great flicks to campus, from not-even-released-yet to cult classics. The point is to provide top shelf entertainment and event support to students, while not forcing them to pawn their books to enjoy it. Director Kelsey Gonzales: “We strive to bring the best entertainment to CU we possibly can. I believe this year has been one of our strongest years in the past ten years with the Chance the Rapper and Kygo show, nearly sold out Club 156 shows, awesome promotional events, and amazing film screenings like the advance screening of the first episode of Game of Thrones.” Want to get involved? “Anyone who is interested in the music industry or getting real world job experience should come check us out,” says Gonzales. “We are a great first step to a future in this rockin’ industry.” 1669 Euclid Ave., #401, Boulder, 303.492.7704; programcouncil.com. 20
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Runner Up: The Farm, 2801 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.440.1323; thefarmco.com
BEST MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO
EASTON BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU Easton is a leader in the mixed martial arts community with its ﬂagship location in Boulder. “Each of our members is important to us,” says manager Mike Tousignant. “From our kids program to our highly celebrated adult programs (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, CrossFit, and Kickboxing), every student who calls Easton home is an important part of our eclectic community.” Don’t let the name- Jiu Jitsu – scare you off. This is no “Rex Kwon Do.” Jiu Jitsu is a force of ﬁtness, full offering truly amazing health beneﬁts. It’s widely acclaimed as the most effective self defense and/or ﬁghting system in the world. And Easton’s rock solid instructors will help you learn it the right way. Tousignant adds: “We’ve been providing the best martial arts and ﬁtness experience in Boulder since 1998. What we do works, and we are constantly growing and evolving to improve our members’ needs. We won because we care, and this is reﬂected in everything we do.” Try Easton today. Mention this write-up, and they’ll give you two free weeks of training! 2005 32nd St., Boulder, 303.938.1275; eastonbjj.com.
BEST DANCE CLUB
TAHONA TEQUILA BISTRO For seven years, Tahona has been a West End favorite for scrumptious Mexican food and, on weekend nights, the hippest dance club in town. Eating authentic Mexican cuisine is an experience that ought to be shared with friends and family. So bring ‘em! Let us not forget another Tahona specialty: tequila. Blanco, Reposado and Añejo are a sip away, and Sotol and Mezcal await those customers with a penchant for something wild. Then on Friday and Saturday nights after 10 p.m., when customers’ food and drink have settled (hopefully), Tahona gets a bad case of dance fever. Boulder does not hesitate to boogie its buns off at Tahona, and our readers made that clear. Tahona staff collectively responded to winning in this category: “The people in Boulder have spoken! Students love Tahona because it’s a hip and exciting place to have great drinks and boogie to great jams. Thanks to our loyal fans!” 1035 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.9600; tahonaboulder.com. Runner Up: Absinthe House, 1109 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.443.8600; absinthehouseboulder.com
Runner Up: Boulder Martial Arts Training Center, 3101-1/2 28th St., Boulder, 303.402.9460; transmartialarts.com. Colorado Daily
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BEST MASSAGE CLINIC
MASSAGE ENVY SPA “Our team is dedicated to changing people’s lives,” said Lauren Heiden, general manager of Massage Envy Spa’s Boulder location. “Our goal is for clients to walk out feeling physically better and more relaxed than when they came in.” To that end, Massage Envy and its professional therapists offer a wide range of targeted options for men and women that can help relieve stress, reduce pain and improve ﬂexibility among other beneﬁts. Treatments include Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, sports massage, reﬂexology, cranialsacral therapy and hot-stone therapy; facials, sugar foot-scrub therapy and other spa services are also available. Although Massage Envy is a national chain with more than 1,000 locations, Heiden said it’s the skill and personal approach of the clinic’s massage therapists that keep clients coming back. “Every session is customized to the needs of the client,” she explained. “We love seeing familiar faces. Of course, we love seeing new ones too.” 2490 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.447.3689; massageenvy.com/clinics/CO/Boulder.aspx. Runner Up: Essentiels Day Spa, 2660 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.440.0711; halcyondayspa.com/Essentiels_Day_Spa.asp
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BEST NATURAL FOODS STORE
WHOLE FOODS MARKET It may be the diverse selection of natural and organic foods that draws people to Whole Foods Market’s three Boulder locations, but it’s the stores’ commitment to customers and the community that keeps people coming back, according to Monika Kunz, marketing and communications specialist for the Pearl Street location. “Whole Foods Market in Boulder is all about our customers’ experience,” said Kunz. “This means we want to provide them with the most beautiful and inviting store, best possible products... and make contributions to schools and nonproﬁts that matter to them within Boulder County.” Whole Foods, Kunz added, is “more than a grocery store.” In addition to their grocery departments, Whole Foods’ Boulder locations offer prepared foods and a range of instore events; the Pearl Street Whole Foods also has a wine and spirits shop. 2905 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.545.6611; 2584 Baseline Rd., Boulder, 303.499.7636; 1275 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303.443.1354; wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/boulder. Runner Up: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, 2355 30th St., Boulder, 303.402.1400; naturalgrocers.com/store-location/boulder
BEST OPTICAL STORE
ZEAL OPTICS Zeal Optics is renowned for its high-quality, environmentally friendly sunglasses and goggles, but Digital Marketing Manager Mike Lewis said the company is also dedicated to inspiring and personally connecting with its customers and the community at large. Lewis said Boulder is a perfect ﬁt for Zeal because of the “endless opportunities” to test the company’s products in the outdoor environments for which they were designed, and the willingness of community members to provide feedback and to partner with Zeal on the company’s ecological initiatives. A focus on sustainability has been a hallmark of the company since its inception in 1997, and Lewis said it’s important to Zeal’s customers as well. Among the top factors consumers single out regarding Zeal’s products, according to Lewis, are “the quality of the lenses... and the sustainability aspect.” Zeal’s sunglasses and goggles are made from plant-based or otherwise biodegradable compounds, and they contain no petroleum-based composites. 1230 Spruce St., Boulder, 888.454.9325; zealoptics.com.
A cornerstone of Boulder’s arts and culture scene for the better part of a century, the Boulder Theater has hosted ﬁlms, ballet performances and radio-show tapings in addition to top-tier musical acts. “The Boulder Theater fans demand it,” said Jake Hiersteiner of the venue’s varied programming; Hiersteiner is the chief operating ofﬁcer of Z2 Entertainment, which also manages the Fox Theatre. “As for music, we are so fortunate to have such a willing and diverse music patronage in the area.” The word “historic” is often, and rightly, applied to the theater (its façade is a designated Colorado Historic Landmark), but the theater also boasts state-of-the-art sound, lighting and screening technology. “What sets (the Boulder Theater) apart besides the obvious aesthetic and superb sound system are the people,” Hiersteiner said. “Our staff is the best in the business, and we all care very much about the artist and patron experiences at our venues.” 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303.786.7030; bouldertheater.com. Runner Up: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 720.645.2467; foxtheatre.com
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BOULDER CREEK FESTIVAL Featuring arts and crafts, carnival rides, displays from area merchants and nonproﬁts, a veritable smorgasbord of foods and drinks, and the popular duck race, the Boulder Creek Festival is about much more than music. “I always say that the Boulder Creek Festival has something for everyone, and it’s clear that the music at the festival is a huge draw for many,” said Meg Denbow, director of communications for Boulder Creek Events. To that end, Denbow said the festival’s four stages host “an eclectic mix of performers, the majority of whom are local Boulderites.” The 28th annual Boulder Creek Festival will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 23 through May 25, and this year’s music lineup includes dozens of regional performers and encompasses pretty much every imaginable musical genre. “It’s hard to please everyone,” Denbow said, “but we still try.” Central Park and Civic Area, 1236 Canyon Blvd., with events along Boulder Creek, Boulder, 303.449.3137, bceproductions.com/bouldercreek-festival. Runner Up: RockyGrass, Planet Bluegrass Ranch, Lyons, 800.624.2422; bluegrass.com/ rockygrass April 27, 2015
BEST OUTDOOR GEAR STORE
REI You don’t have to be an REI member to take advantage of the store’s diverse selection of gear or the knowledge of its product experts, but the option of joining the co-op is a major distinction between REI and other outdoor outﬁtters. “Our members have and feel ownership in the company,” explained Josh Cohen, retail sales manager for the Boulder location. “There’s a real personal connection.” He added that the REI team is dedicated to helping customers embrace their inner outdoor enthusiasts, regardless of whether they’re members. “We welcome people who are new to the area and wanting to try something like mountain biking or rock climbing for the ﬁrst time, but we also work with a lot of experienced athletes,” Cohen said. “We pride ourselves on quality of service and helping every customer get the right gear for their needs and skill level.” 1789 28th St., Boulder, 303.583.9970; rei.com/ stores/boulder. Runner Up: Neptune Mountaineering, 633 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.499.8866; neptunemountaineering.com
BEST PLACE TO WORK OUT
RALLYSPORT HEALTH AND FITNESS From casual gym-goers seeking to improve their general ﬁtness to world-class athletes pursuing the peaks of their sports, RallySport Health and Fitness has built a devoted client base with a focus as much on hospitality as on personal results. “What makes RallySport a great ﬁt with CU students and the Boulder community is that there is a smalltown feel to the club where our members know they can come and truly feel at home,” explained Erin Carson, general manager, owner and operator (she also happens to be a top-ﬂight athlete and personal trainer herself). “People really do make friends here, and the staff does a great job of facilitating new relationships between members.” This personal commitment is backed by state-of-the-art equipment, targeted workout areas, aquatics and biking facilities, the availability of individual trainers, yoga workshops, Pilates courses, and other services. “Our number one source of new customers is current customers,” Carson said. 2727 29th St., Boulder, 303.449.4800; rallysportboulder.com. Runner Up: Anytime Fitness, 4800 W. Baseline Rd., Boulder, 303.443.1611; anytimeﬁtness.com/gyms/3158
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BEST POOL TABLES
SUNDOWN SALOON Although the Sundown Saloon has received national attention as one of America’s great “dive bars,” the tavern itself, nestled below the bustling Pearl Street walking mall, does little to draw attention to itself or its popular row of pool tables. “I think people like the low-key atmosphere,” said bartender Justin Kalvin. “We’re a neighborhood bar that’s a good place to hang out with friends, meet new people, and play some pool.” One reason customers love the Sundown Saloon’s lineup of ﬁve billiards tables is that play is free every day until 10:30 p.m. The bar also hosts pool tournaments on Mondays and league play on Tuesdays. While the tables are usually ﬁlled, Kalvin said the staff encourages patrons to promote cyclical play with the traditional quarters-down system. “It’s no fun if somebody just holds a table all night,” Kalvin noted. “We want everybody who wants to play to be able to play.” 1136 Pearl St., Boulder; 303.449.4987. Runner Up: The Connection Bowling, Billiards & Games (University Memorial Center), 1669 Euclid Ave., Boulder, 303.492.6161; colorado. edu/umc/connection
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BEST RUNNING STORE
BOULDER RUNNING COMPANY Boulder Running Company is dedicated to helping every customer— regardless of age or experience level—understand how he or she runs, and ﬁnd the appropriate shoe for his or her running style and chosen terrain. The key to this perfect ﬁt, according to Suzanne Cannon, manager at the Boulder location, is “a knowledgeable staff that provides one-on-one attention.” The process begins with a treadmill-based gait analysis followed by targeted ﬁttings that draw from the store’s morethan 300 available styles. Boulder Running Company further engages with customers on weekly runs, including new kid-friendly events. In addition to the shoes, which include a growing selection of children’s sneakers and off-trail runners, Boulder Running Company also carries an array of apparel and other running gear. “We carry a great line of products, and our staff truly loves what they do,” Cannon said. “We owe a big thanks to our loyal customers for recognizing that.” 2775 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.786.9255; boulderrunningcompany.com. Runner Up: Flatirons Running Inc., 629 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.554.7837, ﬂatironsrunning.com
BEST RUNNING AND HIKING TRAIL
MOUNT SANITAS TRAILHEAD Rising a modest 6,863 feet above west Boulder, Mount Sanitas does not receive the attention lavished on Colorado’s 14ers, such as the nearby Longs Peak. But if Mount Sanitas is the wallﬂower of regional peaks, it is also a Boulder icon, beloved by residents and visitors alike. Mount Sanitas and its corresponding trails offer something for pretty much everyone. Those in pursuit of a leisurely stroll may prefer the Sanitas Valley Trail, a gravel path that branches north between Hogback Ridge and Mount Sanitas; many climbers take to the Mount Sanitas Trail, which provides access to several bouldering areas; runners tend to enjoy the Dakota Ridge Trail, which courses along its namesake ridgeline. Though Mount Sanitas encounters heavy human use, the area is also home to wildlife including mountain lions, mule deer, coyotes, foxes and birds of prey. The Mount Sanitas trails are maintained by Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks division. Mapleton Avenue about a half-mile west of Fourth Street, Boulder; bouldercolorado.gov/ osmp/mount-sanitas-trailhead.
BC Surf And Sport has been part of the skate scene in Boulder since 1986. “We have always made it a priority to offer the best selection and treat our customers the way we’d want to be treated,” says manager Joey Janssen. Perhaps it’s that adherence to the Golden Rule that helped earn them the title of Best Skate Shop. Located in the Twenty Ninth Street Mall, BC maintains its strong local presence having been one of the original tenants in that area back when it was Crossroads Mall. As leaders in the marketplace, carrying all the latest in hardgoods and softgoods, you’re certain to ﬁnd what you’re looking for. “I think our combination of a huge selection, competitive prices and knowledgeable help are what set us apart,” says Janssen. ”Our staff sees skating and snowboarding as an important part of their lives, and love sharing it with other people.” 1600 28th St. #1200, Boulder, 303.440.6030; bcsurf.com. Runner Up: Meta Skateboards, 1505 Pearl St. #103, Boulder, 303.443.1245; metaskate.com
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BEST SKI RESORT
ELDORA MOUNTAIN RESORT Boulder County’s Diamond in the Rough, Eldora Mountain, has been welcoming snow sportsman since 1962. As Boulder locals know, Eldora is one of our best kept secrets. With an average of 300 inches of snow per year, and 680 miles of skiable terrain, Eldora has something for everyone. If you want extreme sports without having to sit in trafﬁc on I-70, look no further than Boulder’s backyard! Whether you ski, snowboard, cross-country or snowshoe, you’ll ﬁnd something to love about Eldora. The added convenience and ease of access make Eldora even more enviable to front range snow enthusiasts. Eldora is located just 21 miles from Boulder and is right in the heart of Boulder County, making it the easiest ski area for Denver and Boulder locals. With sensational snow so close, it’s easy to see what makes Eldora our favorite mountain resort, time and time again. 2861 Eldora Ski Rd. #140, Nederland, 303.440.8700; eldora.com. Runner Up: Vail Mountain, Vail, 970.754.8245; vail.com April 27, 2015
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With our busy modern schedules, taking time to rejuvenate and revitalize oneself is more essential than ever, given the toll stress can take on the body and mind. The folks at Essentiels Day Spa have committed themselves to providing each and every guest with the most sumptuous treatments possible, be it a quick mani-pedi, or a full day’s retreat. Spa packages are created with their clients in mind and enhanced by the continued training their staff participates in. Essentiels Day Spa offers everything from massage, face and body treatments, anti-aging regimens, and salon services to ensure you walk out of their business feeling peaceful and beautiful, inside and out. This isn’t the ﬁrst time they’ve won this award, demonstrating their commitment to maintaining their high standards. For those of you looking to share Essentiels Day Spa with others, gift certiﬁcates are available. 2660 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.440.0711; halcyondayspa.com/ Essentiels_Day_Spa.asp.
CorePower Yoga believes in the physical, mental, and spiritual beneﬁts of yoga and strives to make it available to everyone through a variety of yoga styles: from the beginner, who has never heard of a ‘Downward-Facing Dog’, to the more advanced yogi looking to grow their practice. “We’ve seen ﬁrst hand emotional breakthroughs, physical improvements, and most of all, a newfound conﬁdence and balance our students carry from the studio into their daily lives,” says Founder Trevor Tice. With three locations in Boulder alone, and a variety of class times, CorePower truly makes yoga accessible to anyone. Their mission is to share their authentic passion for yoga and healthy living to inspire everyone to live their most extraordinary life. It’s a place of community and a place to belong, no matter where you are at in your practice. 645 27th Way, Boulder, 303.497.9642; 3280 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.3930; 1129 13th St., Boulder, 866.441.9642; corepoweryoga.com.
Runner Up: Spa at St. Julien, 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720.406.9696; stjulien.com/d/spaat-st-julien
Runner Up: VitalMotion Pilates, 1990 Poplar Ave, Boulder, 303.525.6296; vitalmotionpilates.com
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BEST SKI AND SNOWBOARD SHOP
BOULDER SKI DEALS You know the story: you’ve got friends in town to shred the pow. They don’t have gear with them, and you don’t want to wait in line when you get to the mountain. Where do you turn for help? Boulder Ski Deals, of course! Since well before the dawn of the snowboard, Boulder Ski Deals has been giving locals and friends of locals skis and deals! The Boulder Ski Deals team combines experience and enthusiasm to patiently ﬁt customers with the perfect skis, snowboards, boots, and accessories. With packages for the novice and the pro, they can help outﬁt you, whatever your skill level. And with the kids’ equipment they carry, you can be conﬁdent the whole family will be ready to go in no time at all. Whether you’re renting or buying, whether you ski or snowboard, let the team at Boulder Ski Deals get you mountainready! 2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, 303.938.8799; boulderskideals.com. Runner Up: Christy Sports, 2000 30th St., Boulder, 303.442.2493; christysports.com
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BEST TANNING SALON
TANS TO GO TANNING SALON Tans to Go Tanning Salon has won the Boulder County Gold Award for Best Tanning Salon for over a decade. Their secret? “Our tremendous staff!” From their longtime manager to the new CU students they hire every year, everyone who works at the salon takes pride in providing the best customer service in town, never taking for granted that each connection with a client is an opportunity to wow. Tans to Go offers a variety of options for clients looking to add natural gold to their image. Their expertlyapplied Tahitian Tan airbrush options are formulated to actually tan the skin, rather than dye it, and includes moisturizing elements to keep your skin smooth and supple. For those customers looking for a more classic tanning experience, they offer six different types of tanning beds with a variety of options. First-timers are encouraged to use the free tanning coupon on their website, and others will love their discounted package options. 1842 30th St., Boulder, 303.444.7600; tanstogo.com. Runner Up: Aspen Tan, 1352 E. College Ave #120, Boulder, 303.440.1326; 1810 29th St., Boulder, 720.565.2826; aspentan.com
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BEST ART SUPPLY STORE
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GUIRY’S COLOR SOURCE Good ‘ole Guiry’s. The art supply store has a long-standing reputation as the place for great selection and prices on tools for craft projects to professional masterpieces. “Our staff is mostly made of up artists, so they’re as passionate about what you’re doing as you are,” says Marketing Manager Jennifer Lilly. “We try to have go-to items in stock all the time, but there may be more specialized materials that we don’t carry regularly. If they’re not on our shelves when you walk in, we can order them in or help you ﬁnd a place to get what you need.” Some of Guiry’s new specialty items include Escoda Versatil brushes, Gamblin dry pigments, Golden QoR watercolor and Arches oil paper. No matter what your medium or background, “art has a unique way of bringing people together,” Lilly says. “We love working with people who are as passionate about art as we are!” 2404 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.3800; guirys.com. Runner Up: Hobby Lobby, 1345 E South Boulder Rd., Louisville, 303.604.1046; hobbylobby.com
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BEST CAMERA SHOP/ PHOTO DEVELOPER
MIKE’S CAMERA Mike’s Camera remains relevant 47 years into business because the shop keeps pace with technology. Take connectivity, for example, the “big thing” in cameras right now. “People want the ease of sharing what they get when taking pictures on a phone, but they also want the high quality that comes with a camera,” explains Mike Dobson, sales and operations manager. “Most of our staff are avid photographers and stay up to date on all the latest gear.” In addition to stocking a range of wi-ﬁ capable cameras, Mike’s Camera offers specialty services like printing images on metal, one of the newest, coolest trends in photo transferring. While Mike’s Camera now operates six stores in Colorado and ﬁve in Northern California, Boulder will always be home. “Being a part of the Boulder community means a lot to us,” Dobson says. “We really enjoy seeing so many familiar faces in our stores and at our events.” 2500 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.1715; mikescamera.com.
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There’s a new generation at SmithKlein. Following in the footsteps of his mother Deborah SmithKlein, known for her impeccable taste and eye for art, son Nathan Klein and his wife bought the iconic Boulder gallery last year to keep it in the family, after 30 years in business. “I was four when the gallery opened. It was my day care,” Klein says. “It was such a unique way to grow up, and I want my daughter to have the same experience.” Klein, however, is making his own mark, taking the gallery in a new direction: contemporary. So far reception is good, even among long-time SmithKlein patrons. Klein says he feels privileged to showcase local artists while leveraging the gallery’s reputation to draw nationally renowned modern artists to Boulder. “I love art and music. I think they are extremely important in life, culture and society,” says Klein, who recognizes other local businesses on the historic Pearl Street block for making his commitment even more meaningful. 1116 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.7200; smithklein.com. Runner Up: Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery, 1421 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.3683; boulderartsandcrafts.com
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BEST CAR DEALER
AUDI BOULDER Audi and Boulder go together like, well, car and driver. “The Audi brand is a perfect match for the Boulder active lifestyle, with best-inclass technology,” says Audi Boulder President Jaymie Hampson. And right now the dealership has never had a better selection of both new models like the Q3, as well as pre-owned vehicles. “Inventory has grown over the past year, putting us in a position to cater to a wide variety of needs and budgets,” Hampson says. That’s a boon for CU students and hard-working Boulder County residents who prefer a performance car ﬁt enough for Colorado. Despite it’s luxury-brand status, buying an Audi in Boulder is without pretense. “We love what we do and are genuinely excited when we get to be part of a client’s decision-making process,” says Hampson. “We have a straightforward and transparent style. There’s no hidden agenda. We just want to earn your business.” 1799 Exposition Dr., Boulder, 303.442.7007; audiboulder.com. Runner Up: Flatirons Subaru, 5995 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, 877.464.2714; coloradosubaru.com
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BEST BARBER SHOP
AL’S BARBER SHOP Why should girls have all the fun when it comes to hair? At Al’s, the unpredictable chop shop is a thing of the past. Since 1995, Owner Al Urbanowski has committed to hiring staff members who have mastered men’s styles, from the hippest modern trims to traditional buzzes and shaves. The shop’s atmosphere is calm, comfortable and sleek—six handsome chairs, hardwood ﬂoors, black countertops, stainless steel details—to make regulars from all walks of Boulder County as well as CU students feel welcome. And like the low-maintenance cuts requested most, Al’s Barber Shop delivers just the right amount of pamper—without going over the top. Guys get to stay in the same spot for a full wash and cut, while zoning out to TV, listening to tunes, and even taking in some grooming advice from the pros on hand. 1219 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder; 303.442.8832. Runner Up: Floyd’s 99 Barber Shop, 2790 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.2279; ﬂoydsbarbershop.com 30
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In the world of car washing, this family-owned business has been making a splash for more than four decades. You heard that right: Puddle Car Wash has served more than 4 million customers during 42 years in Boulder. Known for making even the dirtiest mountain cars sparkle in minutes, the efﬁcient, professional team at Puddle delivers just what you need. Go for the quickie Water Works (wash, vacuum, windows, doors and hand dry) all the way up to the Hurricane (full-service wash, triple clear coat wax, sealer wax, under body wash, scent, white walls, rims, tire protectant, total body protectant, and vinyl protectant inside and out). Better yet? Give Puddle your timeframe and budget, and experts will whip up a package ﬁt for you—and your vehicle. Leave your racks and rocket boxes on for an always-safe soak, and don’t hesitate to ask for add-ons such as shampooing, hand wax, trunk vacuuming and rim wipes. 3100 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.9274; puddlecarwash.com.
Looking to take your commitment to local business up a notch? Elevations, founded in 1952, is the bank for building a long-term relationship. And we could all use a few more of those. “We’re a local co-op and that’s an edge for us,” says Dennis Paul, Elevations Credit Union vice president, business and community development. “We’re only as strong as our weakest member, so we want our customers to thrive. We want to educate them and set them up for success.” Elevations’ local focus comes in many forms, such as Buff One Banking, a proactive account solution that gives college students the tools they need to save money while protecting and nurturing their credit. Elevations is also the No. 1 mortgage loan company in Boulder County, locally underwriting one of every three mortgages. “The banking sector is tough—everything in our industry is revenue-driven,” Paul says. “We try our hardest to rise above it.” 2960 Diagonal Hwy., Boulder, 303.443.4672; 611 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.443.4672; 1669 Euclid Ave #143, Boulder, 303.443.4672; 4760 Baseline Rd., Boulder, 303.443.4672; 1900 W. South Boulder Rd., Lafayette, 303.443.4672; 777 21st Ave. Longmont, 303.772.7776; 600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont, 303.772.7776; 1079 S. Hover #100, Longmont, 303.443.4672; elevationscu.com.
Runner Up: Coyote Car Wash, 3087 28th St., Boulder; 303.444.2695
Runner Up: Chase Bank, 2500 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.245.6620; 1301 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.245.6660, 603 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.245.6590; chase.com
BEST COMPUTER STORE
APPLE STORE Macs are becoming more ubiquitous than ever thanks to the iPhone phenomena and increasingly affordable, student-friendly MacBook. The Boulder Apple store overﬂoweth with such eye candy. Luckily there are plenty of pros on hand to guide you through your next upgrade or coveted addition to your growing suite of Apple products. From the college-aged to the retired, loyal Mac fans continue to count on the products and service this legendary brand churns out year after year. Why? Well, Macs are intuitive, fast, consistent and virusresistant, among other things. And Apple’s service (when you purchase extended coverage) is also famously slick. With online appointment scheduling and loads of seasoned staff members, the Boulder Apple store is equipped to handle most any question, ﬁx or formatting on a Mac desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. 1755 29th St., Boulder, 720.479.9451; apple.com. Runner Up: Best Buy, 1740 30th St., Boulder, 303.938.2889; bestbuy.com
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With over two decades in Boulder, family-owned Cache Cleaners has earned a reputation for high-quality dry cleaning, friendly service and competitive pricing. “Our employees give us an advantage as they are extremely hard working and dedicated,” says Owner Sam Sagona. All cleaning and laundry is done onsite with an eye for the environment. The shop uses EcoSolv dry cleaning ﬂuid and encourages customers to reuse and recycle, by returning used hangers, clear plastic polybags and safety pins. Daily deals and seasonal coupons are also popular through Cache Cleaner’s website. A convenient location at 28th and Buff makes for easy drop off and retrieval during other errands, but it’s the consistent service predicated on small-business ethics that encourages a loyal following. “We have been in operation since the late 1980s, and many of our customers have been with us since that time,” says Sagona. “They are the best, and we would be nothing without them.” 2690 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.2252; cachecleanersboulder.com.
Bookstores are hip again. With a backlash against technology’s alwaysconnected way of disconnecting humans from one another, people seem re-inspired by the vintage, tactical and communal aspects of reading real books. And bookstores are offering a chance for people to reconnect – with authors, locals and bibliophiles alike. “We’re hearing from other bookstores around the country that there’s a retro thing going on,” says Boulder Book Store Owner David Bolduc. “Bookstores are something cool to experience again.” Many would argue that Boulder Bookstore never went out of style. For over 40 years this immense yet intimate Pearl Street Mall ﬁxture has weathered the stormy mash-up of book publishing and technology, ultimately coming out on top. How? “It’s our relationship with local authors that seems to be more and more part of our existence. We also help people who feel like their book is ‘inside of them’ and connect people with the process of publishing or self-publishing. It’s a way to foster the intimacy.” 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.447.2074; boulderbookstore.net.
Runner Up: John’s Cleaners & Laundry, 1615 Coalton Rd., Superior, 303.499.2776; 4800 W. Baseline Rd., Boulder, 303.499.5554; 3325 28th, Boulder, 303.444.2877; 440 Black Diamond Dr., Lafayette, 303.665.9493; johnsdrycleaners.com
Runner Up: Barnes & Noble, 323 30th St., Boulder, 303.444.1066; barnesandnoble.com
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BEST BEDDING/MATTRESS STORE
VERLO MATTRESS FACTORY Why does locally owned and operated Verlo Mattress Factory keep winning for best bedding in town? “I guess because we continue to make a quality product, using the latest high-tech and natural materials, without the gimmicks and fake sales, and offer a great price and the best value for our customers,” says Owner Dick Sumerﬁeld. Already known for its superior ﬂame-resistant foam beds, handmade in Boulder, Verlo has added a new line of sheets and pillows to the showroom. “The sheets are made from some amazing fabrics that help you to sleep cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter,” Sumerﬁeld says. “They’re also 4 inches longer and wider so you get great coverage.” And here’s something else that will help you sleep soundly: Verlo’s recycling partner will strip down your old Verlo mattress, sending the foam to make carpet underlayment and the steel for use in everything from cars to street signs. 3080 Valmont Rd., Boulder, 303.447.1154; 455 Weaver Park Rd., Longmont, 303.651.9024; verlo.com. Runner Up: Urban Mattress, 2830 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.440.0288; urbanmattress.com April 27, 2015
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STURTZ & COPELAND Sturtz & Copeland has been cultivating local love since 1929. The community-grown garden center and ﬂorist has nailed stocking just the right products for ﬁnicky mountain milieu. “Our experienced staff knows how to garden in Boulder’s environment, and are happy to share their gardening knowledge,” says owner Carol Riggs. Right now Sturtz & Copeland is helping residents grow healthy foods right in their backyards. “Like the rest of Boulder, we love food, but we want it fresh, organic, pesticide-free, nutritional and delicious,” Riggs says. “Sturtz & Copeland has always been on a mission to bring our customers the best in non-GMO seeds and veggie starts, chemical-free fertilizers, and soil amendments ﬁlled with healthy compost and good microbes.” In the famous ﬂower department, bring your own container and French gardeners will ﬁll it masterfully with colorful annuals; sign up for an orchid-growing class; or stop by on Fridays for beautiful twofor one ﬂowers. 2851 Valmont Rd., Boulder, 303.442.6663; sturtzandcopeland.com. Runner Up: Fiori Flowers, 2620 Broadway, Boulder, 720.565.2434; ﬁoriboulder.com
BEST HAIR SALON
POMPADOURS HAIR SALON For tired tresses, split-ends or unmanageable locks, Pompadours Hair Salon breathes new life into your mane. Providing on-trend styles, technically proﬁcient cuts and “wow-factor” color, Pompadours give your hair a personality, as unique as you. Since 1990, Pompadours have been providing salon services to the Boulder and Denver area with its local and internationally trained staff and stylists. Located at Boulder’s historic Pearl Street Mall, Pompadours is an Aveda Concept Salon proudly offering a complete line of Aveda products. This award-winning salon is owned and operated by Lisa Fraser and Edward Donisvitch who believe in making their clients feel special and current and fresh. Pompadours offer a range of service prices to meet every client’s budget. From haircuts to color, bridal makeup to facial waxing, there’s a salon service for all clients. No matter, Pompadours can take you and your hair from frizzed-out and fuzzy to fabulous. 1320 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.8015; pompadours.com. Runner Up: Salon Sabiha, 2575 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.0722; salonsabiha.com
BEST FURNITURE STORE
HW HOME While in college, decorating a home – or dorm – may not exactly feel like a top priority, as budgets can often run thin. However, the investment in creating a home away from home can be the difference that counts. Finding the right furniture at the right price can be tricky, too. With the help of knowledgeable staff at HW Home in Boulder, ﬁnding the perfect furniture, accessories and pieces that will pull a room together is a snap. “For starters, we carry many different lines and we try to stock everything that we carry. We don’t just buy one sofa, we buy six. You can come in and get instant gratiﬁcation,” Ray Patterson, manager, says. “We have our own delivery team that does white glove service. We carry really unique pieces. We are constantly updating our website for people to browse. Our main goal is customer service, and we pride ourselves on that. We have great repeat business, and we’ve been here for 16 years.” 1941 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.545.0320; hwhome.com.
If there’s one thing pet owners have come to count on it’s the consistency and compassion they ﬁnd at Cottonwood Kennels. Since 1977, under the watchful eye of dedicated Owner Tom Bonﬁli, Cottonwood Kennels has treated its furry friends – and customers – like family. The communityfriendly, service-ﬁrst approach to business shows up in every aspect of how Cottonwoods runs. And does it ever run: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year. “We stay consistent and do everything in a predictable fashion,” Bonﬁli says. “We always have a full staff here, and we don’t take shortcuts.” There are no shortcuts in hiring the best people he can ﬁnd either, he says. Some have been at Cottonwood for 20 years; others leave looking for greener pastures, but return to the calm, organized and country setting that the kennel is known for. There are meadows, sheep, chickens and ponds—all of which dogs get to enjoy on daily walks. There’s happy doggie day care divided by a dog size. Then there’s the little stuff that people really remember. “All customers get report cards about how their dog played and who they interacted with. I just love reading the reports,” says Bonﬁli of the time-consuming task. “We really try hard. It’s just more fun when you can interact with your customers.” 7275 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.2602; cottonwoodkennels.com. Runner Up for Best Pet Boarding/Grooming: Camp Bow Wow, 3631 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.2261; campbowwow.com Runner Up for Best Customer Service: Pompadours Hair Salon, 1320 Pearl St., #200, Boulder, 303.938.8015; pompadours.com
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BEST GROCERY STORE
WHOLE FOODS With the wide selection of delicious eats throughout the Front Range, ﬁnding quick, ready-made meals can be totally unsatisfying and pricey. Whole Foods Market in Boulder houses every type of delicious take out the stomach craves – not to mention that Whole Foods creates meals by using wholesome, organic and thoughtfully sourced products, so you know the value of your meal is worth the pennies spent. Whole Foods doesn’t only serve those who can afford to shell out the cash for their delicious grub, their store partners with Community Food Share, a service that delivers food to those in need. “One thing I think people don’t know about is that [Whole Foods in Boulder] gives back to the less fortunate. We donate tons of food to Community Food Share in Boulder,” Tyler Stauber, associate store team leader, says. “Not to mention that we have the best customer service in Boulder.” 2905 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.545.6611; wholefoodsmarket. com/stores/boulder. Runner Up: King Soopers, 1650 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.9622; kingsoopers.com
BEST HARDWARE STORE
MCGUCKIN HARDWARE There’s nothing worse than when in the middle of a DIY project and supplies run short or you’re frazzled out of your mind. McGuckin Hardware, centrally located in Boulder, is staffed to help every customer no matter what the need may be. “The reason we stand out and get voted year after year is our customer service. We excel in customer service. Our product selection is expansive, and our staff is knowledgeable and friendly,” Bob Perkins, store manager, says. From outdoor, yard supplies to bathroom appliances to kitchen accessories, McGuckin Hardware is housed in a large space that offers just about everything a person could need to ﬁx this or that, create, build or browse in a friendly and helpful environment. And if advice about how to complete a project tops the list, no stress is necessary because their talented team will have the answers. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.443.1822; mcguckin.com. Runner Up: Home Depot, 1600 29th St., Boulder, 303.449.4221; homedepot.com
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BEST INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
SALON SABIHA These days, when business is booming, it’s because the service or product provided is one that catches the eye and holds the attention of the community. Salon Sabiha has done just that. Since 1999, Kelly and Jerry Lyons set out to reshape, style, cut and color the hair of Boulder’s community. With each new season, trends abound. Hair can be the thing making a person more memorable – a standout in a crowd of people. To give the best snips, a visit to Boulder’s best independent business isn’t just a good idea; it’s an idea that will be a cut above the rest. Offering services as an Aveda Concept Salon, the products are as raw and natural as the talent the Lyons employ. Whether desiring a style that mimics the latest celebrity cut or simply open to any new style, Salon Sabiha stylists will snip your locks into submission. 2575 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.0722; salonsabiha.com. Runner Up: Pompadours Hair Salon; 1320 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.8015; pompadours.com
CONTEMPO NAILS Nail trends are becoming as important as the clothes we wear. Each season, more and more designs, colors, nail shapes and lengths are being painted on to nails across the world. And because our nails are easy accessories to any outfit, trying different colors and designs is more fun than ever before. At Contempo Nails, located at Pearl and 28th Street, the nail technicians nail every single design and request made of their customers. Whether you request something specific or leave it up to the technician, your nails are bound to leave in better shape than when you came. Located in Boulder for many years, Contempo Nails is a one-stop shop to make pretty your fingers and toes. Offering a variety of services from gel polish manicures to acrylic fills to glitter to simple manicures or pedicures for men, there’s a service to fit the need of every customer. 1633 28th St., Boulder; 720.565.1159. Runner Up: Eagle Nails, 2900 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.449.2424 34
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THE LITTLE JEWEL
A family business since the beginning – more than 30 years ago to be exact – the Little Jewel is a friendly, accommodating jewelry store offering a wide selection of baubles. These days, both men and women like sporting a little sparkle and razzle-dazzle – or “ice” – on ears, hands, around necks or wrists, etc. Jewelry is a great form of selfexpression, not to mention that it lasts a lifetime – a true investment. “We like all the people who come into the store. Whether they spend a lot of money or not, they’re all welcome to come in and take a look around. We enjoy helping all of our customers,” Darline Brown, owner, says. “I work with my son and daughter (Dane and Diana), and we work together as a team, even though we’re family.” 1225 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.3353; thelittlejewelco.com. Runner Up: Cronin Jewelers, 1235 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303.440.4222; croninjewelers.com
“What’s cookin’?” Located in the heart of Pearl Street’s ﬁnest shops, Peppercorn is a large space that offers even larger selections of kitchen and housewares. Whether items sought are for you or someone you love, browsing around the expansive aisles of interesting spices, cake mixes, funky baking pans or Christmas ornaments, there is a special selection for all. Offering seasonal décor or accessories to suit every kitchen, dining room or home year-round, Peppercorn is a sweet escape for cute presents and additions to anyone’s home or dorm. Dinner party platters, plates, corresponding placemats and interesting cutlery will make a statement beyond the food served. When in need of extra spice in your dish or your kitchen, a stop through Peppercorn will feel like the perfect ingredient to make lasting memories with unique and beautiful accessories. 1235 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.5847; peppercorn.com. Runner Up: McGuckin Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.443.1822; mcguckin.com
BEST LAWYER/LAW FIRM
TENGE LAW FIRM In 1992, J. Todd Tenge founded Tenge Law Firm to serve the Boulder community as counsel in personal injury lawsuits. His goal in establishing the Tenge Law Firm was to ensure that those who had been injured in any type of accident could not only trust him to help, but be certain that he would advocate on their behalf between the insurance company and the party at fault. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and it’s important to know where to turn when they do. Luckily, Tenge Law Firm offers a variety of law counsel services throughout Boulder and Denver. “The Tenge Law Firm represents individuals injured in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and falls, commercial trucking collisions, dog bites/attacks, construction accidents, insurance disputes, wrongful death and other serious personal injury incidents.” 1515 Wynkoop St., Suite 360, Denver, 303.502.5587; tengelaw.com. Runner Up: Gard & Bond, 2541 Spruce St., Boulder, 303.499.3040; gardlawﬁrm.com Colorado Daily
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HAZEL’S BEVERAGE WORLD Hazel’s Beverage World is not the average liquor store; it’s a true Boulder original. Together with his wife and members of the community, Bruce Dierking pooled ﬁnances to open shop, which created 40 jobs for the community. Today, Hazel’s Beverage World is still owned and operated by Dierking, and has become a Boulder favorite. “Our customer service is pretty awesome. Our selection and prices and space or ease of shopping sets us apart from other stores. We get you through the line quickly. Everything is located well and simply laid out for an easy shopping experience,” Derek Ridge, beer manager, says. Priding their company on more than retail alcohol sales, Hazel’s Beverage World wants its customers to enjoy a clean and appealing store layout and a selection to rival major chain stores. From wine to beer to spirits of all kinds, drink favorites and all the ingredients can be found at Hazel’s Beverage World. 1955 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.1955; hazelsboulder.com. Runner Up: Gunbarrel Liquor, 6566 Lookout Rd., Boulder, 303.530.0108; m.mainstreethub.com/ gunbarrelliquor
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When it comes to clothes, your style says a lot about you and your lifestyle. From preppy to outdoorsy to laid back, the clothes you wear make a statement and will carry you through event after event. Located on historic Pearl St., Weekends houses the perfect attire for every man’s wardrobe. Men’s clothing selections are in abundance in Boulder, so knowing which store best suits your style is imperative. At Weekends, which has been locally owned and operated for more than two decades, the staff is seasoned in the styles that will appeal to the Boulder community. Carrying a variety of brands from Citizens of Humanity to lesser-known, unique styles from Gimo’s, Weekends houses pieces that will perfectly suit every body. Bringing fashion to the forefront is fun at Weekends because their expert staff is happy and eager to help address any and all fashion frets. 1200 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.4231; weekendsboulder.com. Runner Up: Macy’s, 1900 29th St., Boulder, CO 80301, 303.218.5955; l.macys.com/boulder-co
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TRADER JOE’S When Trader Joe’s opened its doors at the Twenty Ninth Street mall last year, area residents were excited. The specialty grocery chain well known for unique items and a neighborhood store feel seemed a perfect match for Boulder. Trader Joe’s does things a little differently. Take the Hawaiian shirt clad employees, for example. The emphasis is on a positive customer experience and consistently competitive prices. To keep costs low, Trader Joe’s buys stock directly from suppliers as often as possible. Additionally, customers are allowed to return anything, no questions asked. But perhaps what’s most remarkable is that a national chain can truly embody the ﬂavor of each community in which it sets up shop. The Boulder location features hand-painted murals depicting local landmarks like the University of Colorado and the Flatirons. These small touches paired with incredible customer service help Trader Joe’s deliver on their promise: “always worth the trip.” 1906 28th St., Boulder, 303.443.0160; traderjoes.com. Runner Up: Bliss, 1643 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.0355; blissboulder.com
BEST OFF CAMPUS HOUSING/PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
THE HABITAT APARTMENTS Cori Batson is the property manager for The Habitat Apartments located in Gunbarrel. “This area has kind of blown up,” she says. “There are a lot of cool things going on.” The feel of the area makes it a great spot for off-campus housing. Built in 1973, The Habitat Apartments underwent a complete remodel just a few years ago. Combining the stability of an established community with an updated feel, these apartment homes are both unique and comfortable. “The units are huge,” Batson said. Options range from a 600 square-foot studio all the way up to a 1,500 square-foot three bedroom townhome. The grounds are well kept and scenic, including nice touches like court yards, plenty of open space and close proximity to walking trails and bike paths. With easy access to Boulder, plenty to do close by, and what Batson describes as “an overall sense of community”, The Habitat Apartments are a great place to live. 6255 Habitat Dr, Boulder, 720.548.1547; habitatapts.com. Runner Up: Housing Helpers, 2865 Baseline Rd., Boulder, 303.545.6000; housinghelpers.com
“I grew up in Boulder,” Glen Taylor said. Along with Lisa Sprague, Taylor is co-owner of Taylor Moving. “We’re a local company,” he adds. “Been around for a long time.” Indeed, Taylor Moving Company has been helping folks relocate for some 19 years. During that time, they’ve help college students, families and even large businesses. “No job is too big or too small for us,” Taylor says. Whatever the moving need, Taylor and staff approach each job with the same customer-focused attitude, including on-site estimates to better gauge the time and cost of a move. Taylor says it’s all about communication. “When everyone works together, you get a good, successful move.” Taylor Moving is also committed to the Boulder community, partnering with organizations like MESA (Moving to End Sexual Assault) and The Humane Society of Boulder Valley to provide much needed services. Additionally, Taylor Moving promotes eco-friendly practices, like recycling moving resources such as cardboard boxes whenever possible. 4949 N. Broadway St., Suite 110, Boulder, 303.443.5885; taylormove.com.
BEST OUTDOOR FURNITURE STORE
ALL BACKYARD FUN “We’re providing a totally different buying experience,” Heikke Neilson said. Neilson is the owner of All Backyard Fun. He and his staff take a very consultative approach. Their goal is to create “the perfect outdoor area for the customer.” To achieve what he calls “a boutique-like experience,” his sales staff engages with customers, determining ﬁrst what their goals for their outdoor area are. Up next is a thorough selection process, including fabric, materials, sizing, overall color scheme and the possible inclusion of a propane or natural gas ﬁre table. In some cases, Neilson even arranges for home visits to look at fabric swatches and take measurements on location. “Right now is a perfect time to buy”, Neilson says, explaining that it’s still early enough to “enjoy your furniture for a whole season.” If you’re looking to spruce up your outdoor entertainment area, be sure to pay All Backyard Fun a visit. 2450 Central Ave., Suite D1, Boulder, 800.451.2550; allbackyardfun.com. Runner Up: Fruehauf’s Patio & Garden, 1665 33rd St., Boulder, 303.449.9551, fruehaufs.com
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On the steps of Mackay Auditorium located on the CU Boulder campus, a group of students had an idea—Elevations Credit Union. Now after more than six decades, the company has grown into an award-wining credit union with a loyal membership of more than 100,000 people. Elevations Credit Union offers a variety of services including, but not limited to: basic banking, lending products such as auto loans, student loans or mortgages, etc., and a ﬁnancial advisory team who can guide your investments, retirement plans or income strategies, etc. At Elevations Credit Union, educating their consumer and providing careful, top-notch customer service and ﬁnancial advice are paramount company values. And, with many branch locations, Elevations Credit Union believes serving their customers with expert knowledge and advice. 1669 Euclid Ave., #143, Boulder, 303.443.4672; elevationscu.com. Runner Up: Wells Fargo, 1242 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.441.0355; wellsfargo.com
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PC’S PANTRY FOR DOGS AND CATS
Pet owners aren’t the only ones who like dropping in at PC’s Pantry. The pets love it, too. “We have a bakery on the premises, and we really like to sample out our products,” Owner Mary Lee explains. PC’s Pantry has been around for 15 1/2 years and carries a full line of pet supplies for dogs and cats, including leashes, supplements, bowls, accessories and more. They have everything a dog or cat owner could need, but the heart of the shop is the bakery. “Dogs learn to come immediately to the front counter,” Lee said. Dog treats include both veggie and meat-based biscuits, as well as “barkday cakes”, which are specialty birthday cakes made just for the canine in your life. While it’s harder to develop treats to suit the feline palate, they have plenty of options for cats, as well. “We really enjoy what we do,” Lee said. Rest assured, the four-legged residents of Boulder enjoy it, too. 2828 30th St., Boulder, 303.245.9909; pcspantry.com. Runner Up: Whole Pets, 2540 Baseline Rd., Boulder, 303.444.4733; wholepetsholistic.com
Grease Monkey offers a variety of standard maintenance services, including oil changes, checking/reﬁlling ﬂuids, changing wiper blades, battery replacement and even tire rotations. While the focus is always on top-quality care, Owner Tim Reeves is convinced that an oil change shouldn’t take long. “We’re a true quick lube,” he said. “Our goal is to get vehicles in and out in 20 minutes or less.” Reeves attributes his shop’s success to a combination of quality work, short wait times and customer service. “We try to make people comfortable,” he said, explaining that returning customers are greeted by ﬁrst name. What’s more, he and his technicians never use any kind of high pressure sales tactics, always allowing the customer to decide what services are performed. When more extensive repairs are needed, Reeves refers his clients to nearby full service auto shops with the same commitment to customer care. “We’re a friendly, hometown, family-oriented business,” Reeves said. 2405 28th St., Boulder, 303.444.9303; greasemonkeyboulder53.com. Runner Up: Barnsley Tire Co., 2535 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.3553; barnsleytire.com
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RE/MAX OF BOULDER In this fast-moving real estate market, you need a good Realtor on your side. Since 1977, RE/MAX of Boulder has been the home to some of the most knowledgeable and experienced agents in town (many of them have lived in the area for more than 20 years). It was one of the ﬁrst RE/MAX franchises in the country and continues to raise the bar on performance. Clients appreciate how RE/MAX of Boulder does business: more than two-thirds of the company’s transactions are from repeat customers or referrals. RE/MAX of Boulder’s agents are involved in their communities, serving on local boards and support philanthropic causes – because they live here, too! 2425 Canyon Blvd. Ste. 200, Boulder, 303.449.7000; boulderco.com. Runner Up: Wright Kingdom Real Estate, 4875 Pearl East Cir. Ste. 100, Boulder, 303.443.2240; wkre.com.
Oh man... do you remember that last time you had to take Skittles the cat to the vet? Dude, you’ve still got a scar from stufﬁng him into that box. And then he spit and whined all the way to the appointment. Next time, call Dr. Pete Rodgers, the holistic veterinarian. He has a gentle hand and a mellow way with all the lucky animals who are in his care. He speaks both cat and dog, and his holistic understanding of these animals lets him see the big picture. Dr. Pete’s homeopathic therapies always favor the least invasive and disruptive options ﬁrst. Would you want it any other way? 942 North St., Boulder, 303.444.2287. Runner Up: South Boulder Animal Hospital, 4660 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder, 303.499.1800; southboulderanimalhospital.com
BEST SECOND HAND STORE
COMMON THREADS High-end and hip, just like new and priced to please – that’s the fashion statement at Common Threads, where shoppers ﬁnd casual and fun styles from Splendid, Ella Moss, Vince, Genetic, AG, Joie, Elizabeth and James, Tory Burch and Milly. (Just start with Aldo and work your way over to Zac Posen.) Finding a new favorite pair of pants is almost as good as making a new friend. Finding those perfect boots? Even better. Common Threads only shows the latest and best consignment clothes that are in excellent condition. They look good on the hangar, and fantastic on your very own self. Common Threads also presents a range of classes for children, from sewing basics and summer camps to Recycled Runway, a fashion show and competition featuring teens and preteens wearing original garments they made from trash. This year’s Runway was a runaway success at the Boulder Theater. Fashionforward clothes and forward-thinking classes. That’s awesome. 2707 Spruce St., Boulder, 303.449.5431; commonthreadsboulder.com. Runner Up: Rags Consignments, 3129 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.5758; iloverags.com
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PITAYA You, beautiful you! Your inner beauty shines right through… but you have to dress it up to take it out. Ribbed crop tops, bandeaus, racerbacks, lacy bralettes, halters and knit tanks will keep you cool this summer. Add another layer with eyecatching graphic tees, striped cropped tops, and artsy tanks. Rompers and jumpsuits look great; pull one on and you’re ready for happy hour and a stroll down the mall. Can you have too many pairs of denim shorts? Tie-dyed, frayed, distressed, get ‘em while they last. Got skinny? You’ll ﬁnd a colorful spectrum of skinny jeans that make you look all that, all day. 1211 Pearl St. Ste. A, Boulder, 303.449.8898; pitaya.com.
BEST RECORD/CD STORE
BART’S RECORD SHOP Bart Stinchcomb opened his ﬁrst venture, Bart’s CD Cellar and Record Shop, back when 21 Jump Street was a thing. The Cellar was the place to go for the newest and widest selection of CDs, vinyl and music DVDs. Emotionally stable people wept when Bart closed up the place on Pearl. Time went by, stuff happened, and now Bart is feeding our music ﬁx from his store on Folsom Street. Dig through thousands of CDs and records, and dig the accessories and graphic tees to wear while you listen. Got that voodoo vinyl fever? Chill it out here. The album covers on the wall are a rotating art show that’s worth the visit itself. If you’ve always liked to dig a little deeper for your music, you’ll love it here – or you already love it. New product hits the shelves every day, so no visit is the same. 1625 Folsom St., Boulder, 303.444.1760.
Runner Up: Barbara & Company, 1505 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.2565; barbaraandcompany.net
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MILE HIGH PIPE & TOBACCO Local pipe-ists tend to be either traditionals (trusty glass bongs and such) or new-schoolers (vapes, pens, rigs, dabbers and whatnots). But whether you ﬁll yours with water or charge it with a USB, pipers unite at Mile High Pipe & Tobacco. Fair warning: the ﬁrst time you drop into Mile High, you might get a little gobsmacked by the huge selection of everything you need for smoking in the 21st century. Cloud pens, Volcano and Pax vapes, glass by Roor, Liquid, Zob, HBG and Custom Creations, oil rigs, skillets, glass and titanium nails, dabbers, oil pens… holey moley! Wanna get exotic? Go hookah. You’ll ﬁnd pipes, parts, accessories and shisha. There are head shop goodies here, too: incense, posters, grinders, stickers and a kind, knowledgeable staff ready to help you out. 1144 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.7473; milehighpipeandtobacco.com. Runner Up: The Fitter, 1303 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.442.4200, ﬁtterboulder.com April 27, 2015
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Best Mexican Food Efrain's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina RU: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant Best New Restaurant Blackbelly Market RU: Motomaki Best Outdoor Food/Dining Carelli's Ristorante Italiano RU: The Lazy Dog Sports Bars & Grills Best Rooftop Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant RU: The Lazy Dog Sports Bars & Grills Best Pizza Beau Jo's Pizza RU: Cosmo's Pizza Best Seafood Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar RU: Sushi Tora Best Sushi Japango RU: Sushi Tora Best Thai Food Aloy Thai Cuisine RU: Chez Thuy Vietnamese Restaurant Best Vegetarian Restaurant Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant RU: Zeal Best Wine Selection Black Cat Farm Table Bistro RU: Hazel's Beverage World
BEST ENTERTAINMENT, HEALTH AND FITNESS
Best Alternative Caregiver/Dispensary Terrapin Care Station RU: The Farm Best Local Band Gasoline Lollipops RU: Elephant Revival Best Bike Shop University Bicycles RU: Full Cycle Bikes Best Costume Shop The Ritz RU: Theatrical Costumes Etc. & Trendy Boutique Best CU Student Organization Program Council Best Dance Club Tahona Tequila Bistro RU: Absinthe House Best Eye Care Provider Aspen Eyewear RU: Pearl Street Eye Best Martial Arts Studio Easton Brazilian Jiu Jitsu RU: Boulder Martial Arts Best Massage Clinic Massage Envy Spa RU: Essentiels Day Spa Best Music Venue Boulder Theater RU: The Fox Theatre Best Musical Festival Boulder Creek Festival RU: Rocky Grass Best Natural Foods Store Whole Foods RU: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Best Optical Store Zeal Optics RU: Aspen Eyewear Best Outdoor Gear Store REI RU: Neptune Mountaineering
BEST SHOPPING & SERVICES
Best Art Gallery SmithKlein Art Gallery RU: Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery Best Art Supply Store Guiry’s Color Source RU: Hobby Lobby Best Bank Elevations Credit Union RU: Chase Bank Best Barber Shop Al’s Barber Shop RU: Floyd’s 99 Barbershop Best Bedding/Mattress Store Verlo Mattress Factory RU: Urban Mattress Best Book Store Boulder Book Store RU: Barnes & Noble Best Camera Shop/Photo Developer Mike’s Camera Best Car Dealer Audi Boulder RU: Flatirons Subaru Best Car Wash Puddle Car Wash RU: Coyote Car Wash Best Computer Store Apple Store RU: Best Buy Best Pet Boarding /Grooming AND Best Customer Service Cottonwood Kennels RU for Best Pet Boarding/Grooming: Camp Bow Wow RU for Best Customer Service: Pompadours Hair Salon Best Dry Cleaner Cache Cleaners RU: John’s Cleaners & Laundry Best Florist Sturtz & Copeland RU: Fiori Flowers
Best Furniture Store HW Home RU: Arhaus Best Grocery Store Whole Foods RU: King Soopers Best Hair Salon Pompadours Hair Salon RU: Salon Sabiha Best Hardware Store McGuckin Hardware RU: Home Depot Best Housewares/Kitchen Store Peppercorn RU: McGuckin Hardware Best Independent Business Salon Sabiha RU: Pompadours Hair Salon Best Jewelry Store The Little Jewel RU: Cronin Jewelers Best Lawyer/Law Firm Tenge Law Firm RU: Gard & Bond Best Liquor Store Hazel’s Beverage World RU: Gunbarrel Liquor Best Mani/Pedi Comtempo Nails RU: Eagle Nails Best Men’s Clothing Store Weekends RU: Macy’s Best Mortgage Company Elevations Credit Union RU: Wells Fargo Best Moving Company Taylor Moving RU: The Moving Connection Best Off Campus Housing/Property Management The Habitat Apartments RU: Housing Helpers Best New Store Trader Joe’s RU: Bliss Best Oil Change, Car Repair, Tire Store Grease Monkey RU: Barnsley Tire Co. Best Outdoor Furniture Store All Backyard Fun RU: Fruehauf’s Patio & Garden Best Pet Product Store P.C.’s Pantry for Dogs and Cats RU: Whole Pets Best Pipe Shop Mile High Pipe & Tobacco RU: The Fitter Best Real Estate Company RE/MAX of Boulder RU: Wright Kingdom Real Estate Best Record/CD Store Bart’s CD Cellar RU: Absolute Vinyl & Stereo Best Second Hand Store Common Threads RU: Rags Consignments Best Women’s Clothing Store Pitaya RU: Barbara & Company Best Veterinary Clinic Dr. Pete Rodgers Holistic Veterinary RU: South Boulder Animal Hospital
April 27, 2015
BOULDERâ€™S BEST FOR OFF CAMPUS HOUSING The Habitat Apartments and Townhomes are the largest of their kind in Boulder, with floor plans ranging from studio to three-bedroom units which include fireplaces and private patios. Enjoy a heated swimming pool and picnic areas surrounded by mature trees and landscaping. Located in a prime area, nearby features include Gunbarrel Commons Park, access to the Boulder Bike Path, running trails and walking distance to our neighborhood grocery store, restaurants and craft breweries. www.habitatapts.com 6255 Habitat Dr, Boulder, CO 80301
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Waterloo restaurant is located in the vibrant, heart of the “old toWn” louisville, co. serving burgers and seasonal fare With a focus on real food, real music and real friends
303.993.2094 809 South Main Street Louisville, Colorado OPEN 7 DAYS • 11AM – Close
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