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PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

WINNERS

Art Director & Editor: Aubrey Laurence Writers: Danielle Fox, Jeanine Fritz, Lulu Tupper & Judy Finman Photographers: Jonathan Castner, Kirk Speer & Aubrey Laurence Data Entry & Verification: Bolder Staffing Research/ Verification Contributor: Monica Burrous

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ureka! The 2006 Boulder County Gold People’s Choice Awards results are in! Dig through the following pages and you’ll surely find the best nuggets in Boulder County – the people, places and things that make this county great. The early pioneers may have passed through while on their quest for gold in the mountains, but the smart ones stayed, knowing that the true gold was here all along. This year’s winners and runners up are a precious bunch. Some are repeat winners and some are brand new winners. With so many wonderful choices in our area, the competition was tough. Several categories came down to just a few votes. Your votes have been tallied and, excluding a handful of no-good cheats (which were sent directly to the gallows), the results follow. We thank everyone who took the time to vote. Thousands of locals told us why Boulder County is such a great place to live, shop, eat, work and play. Now giddyup and read about the winners!

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FULL LISTING OF WINNERS & RUNNERS UP

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BEST BAGEL MOE’S BROADWAY BAGEL 2650 Broadway, Boulder • 303.444.3252 3075 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.442.4427 www.moesbroadwaybagel.com

“What makes Moe’s special is that it offers great products in a friendly atmosphere,” says Steve Pagnotta, general manager. “Customers appreciate our quality and freshness. Everything is made fresh. We bake bagels at least every 20 minutes, the pizza and pastries are made from scratch, subs and sandwiches are made fresh and to order. And everything is made according to the old-school, New York-style.” Of course, the old school didn’t know about Moe’s jalapeño, cranberry-walnut or tomato-cheddar bagels, or thin-crust pineapple or artichoke pizza. No chain store, Moe’s is still a mom-and-pop operation, founded almost 15 years ago by Patty and John Sherman. “This is their community; they live and work here. They and their families are hands-on,” Pagnotta says. More sandwich and sub roll menus, pastries and fruit salads are coming in the fall.

BEST BAKERY BREADWORKS CAFE

2644 Broadway, Boulder • 303.444.5667

When customers come into Breadworks and ask, “What’s new?” they mean it literally. Something new is always in the works. Recent expansion doubled the size of the cafe. A new wood-burning pizza oven turns out Tuscan-style crispy pizzas. There’s now a line of hot foods and grilled sandwiches, as well as fresh-tossed salads. Breakfast at Breadworks is elaborate, with such hearty foods as frittatas, French toast made with challah or brioche, and polenta or red-flannel hash. You can also find freshly spun gelato (try lavender with caramel) and sorbet (pomegranate is original). Owner Larry Domnitz credits executive chef Colleen Doran and Lola Sarur, her top assistant, for introducing so many new dishes. He explains Breadworks’ success: “We are fanatical about quality. Everything that we serve is as good as we can make it. We’ve built up a reputation over the last 11-1/2 years. We add things that are of interest to our customers and staff. Everything is fresh. We use top-quality ingredients.”

RUNNER UP: SPRUCE CONFECTIONS

767 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.449.6773 | 4684 Broadway, Boulder • 303.449.5819

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RUNNER UP: EINSTEIN BROS.

2400 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.543.1525 1693 Canyon Blvd., Boulder • 720.565.0413 2311 Clover Basin Drive, Longmont • 303.651.9063 www.einsteinbros.com

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BEST COFFEEHOUSE VIC’S

2680 Broadway, Boulder • 303.440.8209 3305 30th St., Boulder • 303.440.2918 1800 Broadway, Boulder • 303.938.6886 801 Main St., Louisville • 303.666.1402 700 Tenacity, Suite 101, Prospect New Town, Longmont • 303.485.6791

Did you know that Vic’s first opened in Boulder way back in 1992? The store at 2680 Broadway is the original. General manager Justin Hartman says, “We’re grateful for the local, loyal support for Vic’s all these years.” No doubt that Vic’s is a big hit. Another branch just opened at 1800 Broadway, and as we go to press CU students will be lining up on campus at the Atlas Building for their caffeine fix. “We pride ourselves on friendly, fast service,” says Hartman. Vic’s is also proud that those who prepare espresso drinks are highly qualified, trained baristas. Sweet accompaniments come fresh from local bakeries: Brillig’s muffins, Spruce Confections’ scones, cookies and croissants; and Family Bakery’s cinnamon rolls, poppy seed rolls and caramel nut rolls. Vic’s also serves soups and sandwiches in some of its shops.

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RUNNER UP: STARBUCKS

1427 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.245.9368 2770 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.449.1881 2400 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.494.5109 1402 Broadway, Boulder • 303.442.9199 3033 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.440.5090 305 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville • 303.926.1568 1100 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont • 303.774.9028 1087 South Hover Road, Longmont • 303.774.0143 www.starbucks.com

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2675 13th St., Boulder • 303.442.3717 7464 Arapahoe Road, Boulder • 303.786.7608 www.ktsbbq.com

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KT’s formula for success is simple, according to manager Chase Pravlik: It serves consistently good barbecue in a friendly atmosphere. Expect tasty, tender meats and homemade fixings like garlic mashed potatoes, hearty beans, key lime pie and brownies. You can spice up your beef, pork, chicken, sausage or ribs with KT’s Texas sweet mild sauce, a Memphis tangy vinegarpepper variety, or Double Diamond straight hot sauce. KT’s has a loyal following of customers. “One guy comes in every night, others three times a week.” The low staff turnover translates to friendly service. “The staff has been here for three to five years,” Pravlik says. “They don’t leave ’til they’re done with college. It’s a fun place to work; we have good customers.” RUNNER UP: THUNDERBIRD BURGERS & BBQ

1083 14th St., Boulder • 303.449.9990 3117 28th St., Boulder • 303.449.2229 www.thunderbirdburgers.com

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BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT CHEZ THUY 2655 28th St., Boulder | 303.442.1700 • www.chezthuy.com

Bewitching steam rising from a bowl of hot and spicy soup. Savoring the tang of fivespice chicken. Rice noodles, lettuce, cucumbers, bean sprouts and grilled shrimp entwined, topped with peanuts and accented with nuoc mam sauce. Relishing the complex flavors of sesame tofu. These are the delights that await you at Chez Thuy. Serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine since 1993, Chez Thuy has been a local favorite from day one. Meat lovers and vegetarians alike have a wide selection of entrees from which to choose. And kids can’t get enough of the skewer combination plate created just for them. “We get lots of compliments. It’s a wonderful feeling,” says owner Thuy Le. “We just try to make sure everybody has a good meal.” Mission accomplished. RUNNER UP: KIM’S FOOD TO GO

1325 Broadway, Boulder • 303.442.2829

BEST BAR RHUMBA

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT

950 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.442.7771 • www.rhumbarestaurant.com

Rhumba is a feast for all the senses. General manager Mike Henderson says of Rhumba, “It’s totally unique. There’s nothing like it in Boulder or any other major land-locked city. It’s like being on the islands. We have killer-unique food, with something that appeals to everyone. It is hands-down the best patio in town. People just sit and watch the scene with a mojito and a Cuban sandwich.” This delicacy from the island 90 miles from Miami is stuffed with pressed pork, pickles, jack cheese, ham and molten mustard aioli. Cuba and Jamaica are major themes – note the pictures of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro – but you could be on any Caribbean island. “We’ve established a reputation for the bar,” Henderson says. “We take the lead in cocktails, which are creative, using fresh, high-quality ingredients. We even involve our chefs in developing drinks.” The place heats up on Sunday afternoons with live music – and the can’t-sit-still rhythms of salsa and samba dancing.

ORCHID PAVILION

1050 Walnut St., Boulder • 303.449.4353 • www.orchidpavilion.com

Twenty years after taking over as chef, and seven years after assuming ownership, Kenneth Leong is still doing the cooking himself. “I keep the food consistent,” he says. “I always use fresh vegetables, fresh meat and seafood.” He cooks in several regional Chinese styles – Mandarin, Cantonese and Szechuan – serving up such popular dishes as sesame chicken, cashew chicken, honey roast duck and Peking duck. He also offers traditional Chinese banquet dinners, beloved by gourmet diners; the meal starts with cold appetizers followed by soup, duck, and five or six maincourse dishes not on the restaurant’s menu.

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RUNNER UP: GOLDEN LOTUS

1109 Walnut St., Boulder • 303.447.1803 • www.foundryboulder.com

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BEST HAMBURGER TOM’S TAVERN

1047 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.442.9363

BEST HAPPY HOUR & BEST OUTDOOR DINING & BEST APPETIZERS & BEST AFTER-WORK GATHERING SPOT MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT (THE MED) 1002 Walnut St., Boulder • 303.444.5335 www.themedboulder.com

After 14 years in business, the Med is doing more than something right – they’re doing everything right. Winning four different categories is a testament to the restaurant that manager Jason Berger describes as “casual, upbeat and fun.” Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and includes half off all tapas; margarita pizzas for $3.50; and a dollar off house red and white wine, well mixed drinks, red and white sangria and draft beer. If you’re in the mood for something swankier, try the Buffalo Margarita, made by mixing Petrone Silver, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and a splash of orange juice, and then shaken. Hard. Another favorite is the Pomtini, made with Pearl pomegranate vodka and a splash of Chambourd. Enjoy these refreshments on the newly remodeled patio, featuring a new fountain and mosaic, designed in a classic Mediterranean fashion and riddled with flowers. Once you’re settled in, take some time to peruse the 40 different appetizers. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by deliciousness, try one of the favorites: grilled skirt steak with olive oil and bleu cheese crumbles; grilled, marinated lamb brochettes; or caprese with fresh, homemade mozzarella. Berger adds, “Generally people say we have the best fried calamari in town.” Given the fabulous patio; the wealth of unique and authentic appetizers and the stellar happy hour, how could the Med NOT be the best after-work gathering spot in town? But don’t worry – the Med is known for taking very large parties, serving groups between 20 and 50 every night. And it doesn’t hurt that their prices accommodate all sizes of wallets. RUNNER UP FOR BEST HAPPY HOUR: BOULDER CAFE

1247 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.444.4884

RUNNER UP FOR BEST OUTDOOR DINING: TRATTORIA 1430 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.544.0008

RUNNER UP FOR BEST APPETIZERS: NISSI’S BISTRO AND MUSIC VENUE

2675 North Park Drive, Lafayette 303.665.2757 • www.nissis.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST AFTER-WORK GATHERING SPOT: MOUNTAIN SUN / SOUTHERN SUN

1535 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.546.0886 627 South Broadway, Boulder • 303.543.0886

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Here’s the skinny on Tom’s hamburgers: They’re not humongous, or grilled with mesquite or anything like that. They’re just 5 and 1/3 ounces (three patties to the pound) of Coleman’s 85-percentlean natural beef cooked the way you like ’em and served on a bun. Order the basic plain burger, a cheeseburger or a bacon-cheese (owner Tom Eldridge’s favorite), or a chili burger topped with Tom’s own red chili. The old-fashioned fixings apply: lettuce, tomato and onion, french fries (cooked in heartsaving canola oil), and your pick of potato salad, macaroni salad or cole slaw. Watching your carbs? Order the low-cal plate with patty sans bun, plus cottage cheese and fruit salad. Eldridge has been in business 45 years and credits wonderful employees and clientele for his success. “Now,” he says, “I help my son Dan run the place.” The place is a Boulder institution. RUNNER UP: THUNDERBIRD BURGERS & BBQ

1083 14th St., Boulder • 303.449.9990 3117 28th St., Boulder • 303.449.2229 www.thunderbirdburgers.com

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SALVAGGIO’S ITALIAN DELICATESSEN 2609 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.938.1981 1397 Pearl St. (Pearl Street Mall), Boulder • 303.545.6800 1107 13th St., Boulder • 303.448.1200

New Yorkers can tell that the ambience at Salvaggio’s is that of a typical Lower East Side deli. It prides itself on high-quality, freshly made foods, fair prices and quick service. General manager Nick Middlebrooks says, “We have a good balance of new and regular customers. Our most popular items are cold-cut and prime rib sandwiches, and breakfast egg and cheese sandwiches served with the meat of your choice. Anything we can make from scratch, we do – like our breads.” The restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. RUNNER UP: DELI ZONE

4800 Baseline Road, Suite D-104, Boulder • 303.499.9213 2900 Valmont Road, Boulder • 303.447.9349 1091 13th St., Boulder • 303.449.6952 1240 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont • 303.485.1600 1322 College Ave., Boulder • 303.449.6952 1389 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette • 303.926.0500

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BEST ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT & BEST DESSERT

BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

3133 28th St., Boulder • 303.440.6542 1350 College Ave., Boulder • 303.442.4400 4760 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.499.4760 1400 block of Pearl Street, Boulder (cart May – September) www.glacierhomemadeicecream.com

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GLACIER HOME MADE ICE CREAM

Asked why Glacier Home Made Ice Cream is so popular, manager Kathy Giansiracusa explains, “We’re a small company that started in Boulder, we try to bring the Boulder atmosphere into each of our stores and we tailor our ice cream to [the tastes of ] our customers.” Those tastes vary from Black Raspberry Chocolate Melt to the new cherry-lime gelato. (Customized ice-cream cakes can be pre-ordered.) The newest shop on Baseline Road features a coffee bar and free wireless Internet, making it a great place to hang out. “We make every single product inside our store, we have our own machines, so [the different flavors] are freshly made every day.” Clearly the people at Glacier aren’t afraid to play with their food. RUNNER UP FOR BEST ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT: COLD STONE CREAMERY

1964 13th St., Boulder • 303.541.0668 1087 Hover Road, Longmont • 303.682.5680 3800 Pike Road, Longmont • 303.776.1411 www.coldstonecreamery.com

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SUNFLOWER

Sunflower isn’t a strictly vegetarian restaurant. It just happens to do vegetarian better than anyone else. “Our vegetarian meals are not an afterthought, they’re by design,” says owner and executive chef Jon Pell, who has been cooking natural foods for 30 years. Take the barbecue seitan, for example, which is grilled with orange-maple barbecue sauce and served with a dilled baby red potato salad, grilled organic corn on the cob and carrot-fennel slaw. This is not your typical veggie fare. “We prepare really good, balanced meals for vegetarians, with lots of protein,” adds Pell. Sunflower cuisine is 95 percent organic, the ingredients are locally grown as seasons permit, the wine list includes more than 40 organic or biodynamic wines, vegetarian selections are made entirely without animal products and every meal is prepared in aluminum-free cookware. The food at Sunflower is created first and foremost with your health in mind. “I’m not doing this because it’s a fad,” emphasizes Pell. “I’m doing this because I believe in it.” And guess what? It just happens to be delicious. RUNNER UP: LEAF VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

1401 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.546.0222 www.thecheesecakefactory.com

2010 16th St., Boulder • 303.442.1485 www.leafvegetarianrestaurant.com

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BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

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JUANITA’S MEXICAN FOOD

1043 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.449.5273 • www.juanitas-boulder.com

“The chili rellenos are really, really popular,” explains Juanita’s manager, Jessica Durham. If you’re not feeling chili, the fish tacos or the burrito deluxe are sure to warm your belly, especially if they’ve got the calabacitas vegetable mix. Featuring over a hundred different kinds of tequila, Juanita’s takes its Mexican roots seriously. Recently, the Ultimate Margarita has been introduced, a madeto-order concoction featuring key limes – something easily found on the beach, but not in Boulder. Open since 1983, Juanita’s enduring popularity is due to a focus on authentic Mexican food; a friendly, closely knit staff and their special nights. Sporting a late happy hour (from 10 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday through Sunday), Juanita’s takes it a step further on Tuesday Taco Night, featuring dollar tacos, well drinks and some draft beers. “Wednesday nights we have karaoke night. It gets crazy in here and people have a lot of fun.”

RUNNER UP: EFRAIN’S MEXICAN

101 E. Cleveland St., Lafayette • 303.666.7544 Efrain’s II: 1630 63rd St., Boulder • 303.440.4045 Efrain’s III: 451 S. Pratt Pkwy., Longmont • 720.494.0777

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BEST MARGARITA RIO GRANDE MEXICAN RESTAURANT

1101 Walnut St., Boulder 303.444.3690

Despite repeated attempts, manager Brian Cross refuses to give up the secret recipe for the one-of-a-kind margaritas famous in Boulder. He claims nobody but the original creators know it and they’re not singing. Reaching mythological proportions, the margarita that captured hearts and palates some 20 years ago are available on the rocks or frozen, and there’s even a frozen strawberry version. If you’re looking to try something different, try the frozen agave martini, made for tequila aficionados who can choose their poison before it’s mixed with Triplesec, lemon-lime mix and Grand Marnier. The Rio Marg is limited to three per person, and while the claim is that it’s for safety, the reality might be that it’d be just too much tart and tangy goodness for anyone to handle.

RUNNER UP: ZOLO GRILL

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Unit H1, Boulder • 303.449.0444

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BEST LATE-NIGHT RESTAURANT (THREE-WAY TIE) PEARL STREET PUB

1108 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.939.9900

The fact that the Pearl Street Pub and Cellar doesn’t have “restaurant” in its title might lead someone to believe food isn’t high up on its list of priorities, but spend five minutes chowing down on one of Grillmaster Mikey’s juicy burgers and you’ll be a convert. The grilled cheese and philly steak sandwiches are also faves at the bar that serves until 1:30 at night. The friendly local bar has held its claim on the Pearl Street Mall for the past nine years and is also a popular place for a casual, delicious lunch.

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BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT & BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER

1325 Broadway St., Boulder • 303.447.1133 659 30th St., Boulder • 303.447.3278 www.cosmospizza.com

CARELLI’S OF BOULDER RISTORANTE ITALIANO

645 30th St., Boulder • 303.938.9300 • www.carellis.com

Greg Carelli and his restaurant have been wining and dining Boulder County for 17 years. Focusing on a combination of Northern and Southern Italian foods, such as fetuccini carbonaras, shrimp scampi and steak vesuvio, Greg feels very strongly that fine Italian dining is, “Not just about pasta.” Giving his chef a lot of latitude to play with while designing dishes, Carelli brings something different to the table every time; things like pork loin, suckling pig, polenta, quinoa and buckwheat. Fireplaces in the dining room, and incredible finishes of copper, cherry and birch make the restaurant an architectural gem. Money and attention to detail went into the décor that has garnered awards from organizations such as the American Institute of Architects. A banquet room christened La Botega di Vino, designed in what Carelli calls, “New York Schwank,” is great for large meetings, wedding rehearsal dinners or whatever else a customer can dream up. The recently revamped wine list is very thorough, drawing from an unheard-of 14 of the 20 regions of Italy and featuring more than 100 selections. Be sure to save room for dessert, since the menu includes items such as tiramisu, chocolate lava cake with cinnamon, crème brulee and spumoni.

RUNNER UP FOR BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT: LAUDISIO RISTORANTE ITALIANO

2785 Iris Ave., Boulder • 303.442.1300 • www.laudisio.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER: FLAGSTAFF HOUSE RESTAURANT

DENNY’S

1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder • 303.442.4640 • www.flagstaffhouse.com

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BEST PIZZA ABO’S PIZZA

2761 Iris Ave., Boulder • 303.443.1921 1110 13th St., Boulder • 303.443.3199 637 S. Broadway St., Boulder • 303.494.1274 1834-8 Main St., Longmont • 303.678.0111 1355 South Boulder Road, Louisville • 303.604.9896 7960 Niwot Road, Niwot • 303.652.0830 502 Center Drive, Superior • 720.304.6000 www.abosinc.com

After some reflection, manager Eartha Fine finally nails down why Abo’s Pizza is so incredibly popular in Boulder County – “It’s the sauce. I think the sauce and the thin crust. Everybody says it’s the closest to New York-style that they’ve had out in Colorado.” But before you ask, the recipe is secret. That secret has kept Abo’s up and running for years with massive expansions in the past three. Every Abo’s location has different hours, so call ahead before you go. Unless, of course, you’re having the secret sauce delivered to your home. RUNNER UP: PROTO’S PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA

600 S. Airport Road, Bldg. B, Longmont • 303.485.5000 4670 Broadway, Boulder • 720.565.1050 489 N. Hwy. 287, Lafayette • 303.661.3030

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Manager Kevin Behnke thinks Cosmo’s is popular because it’s “quick, cheap and great late-night food – just a slice of pizza. The atmosphere in our place is fun, we have the music up loud, everybody’s in here after the bars.” They serve until 2:30 a.m., but if there’s a line out the door, Cosmo’s makes sure everyone gets served. They also have calzones, salads, breadsticks and even beer at the Broadway location. Cosmo’s makes its own sauce, grates its own cheese and uses fresh ingredients that are chopped daily. “It’s better quality than the normal joint and we keep our prices affordable.”

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Being able to eat breakfast hot off the grill in the middle of the night is no easy feat if you’re not willing to make it yourself, but Denny’s has our backs. Its most popular dishes include the grand slam, the mini-burgers and the sampler platters – great choices to quiet the stomach after an evening out or charge up for an all-night studying session. And after 11 p.m. it’s tough to find a sit-down place to eat in at all, let alone one that’ll welcome you in flip-flops or stilettos. So bring your books and your wallet and hash out those physics over French toast like Newton would have wanted. RUNNERS UP (TIE): OLD CHICAGO

1102 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.443.5031 1805 Industrial Circle, Longmont • 303.651.7000 100 Superior Plaza Way #100, Superior • 720.304.2048 www.oldchicago.com

ILLEGAL PETE’S

1320 College Ave., Boulder • 303.444.3055 1447 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.440.3955 www.illegalpetes.com

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1117 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.473.4730 1135 13th St., Boulder • 303.447.9883 www.hapasushi.com

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: We live in a land-locked state. We’re lucky to have sushi at all. And then to get amazing sushi, fish that is flown in fresh daily and combinations that defy both tradition and taste expectations? Let us take a moment to appreciate the genius of Hapa. Then let us go there and order Shumai and Magic Mushrooms for starters, followed by a Spider roll, Multiple Orgasm roll and at least four kinds of nigiri. Heaven. The food at Hapa is outstanding. But that’s only part of Hapa’s appeal. It’s also a fun place to be, with a hip, welcoming ambiance and hospitable staff. “We treat people how we want to be treated,” says founder and president Mark Van Grack. That includes people of all ages. Children are welcomed with ample high chairs, mini chopsticks, origami paper and PB and J rolls. “I look at these kids as my future customers,” explains Van Grack. “Then from 7 to 9 p.m., we cater to my kind of crowd – the over-40s who don’t want to have to scream while they eat.” As the evening progresses, the music gets louder and the restaurant becomes home to a party atmosphere and a younger clientele. Hapa has something for everyone. And for that we are ever so grateful. RUNNER UP: SUSHI ZANMAI

1221 Spruce St., Boulder • 303.440.0733 • www.sushizanmai.com

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SIAMESE PLATE ON THE GO 3033 28th St., Boulder • 303.444.3133 1575 Folsom, Boulder • 303.447.9718 133 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville • 303.926.7220 www.siameseplateonthego.com

Fresh, healthy and delicious aren’t typically the words used to describe take-out fare. Which is why Siamese Plate on the Go has been a Boulder County favorite for so many years. Featuring both Thai and Japanese cuisine, the menu is as extensive as it is mouth-watering. Choose from Thai treasures such as roasted duck with Thai basil and fresh ginger curry, Japanese favorites like tempura and teriyaki, and a slew of sushi – all with plenty of vegetarian options. Every dish is prepared with high-quality ingredients and without MSG. Best of all, Siamese Plate on the Go is fast. Drop by one of its three convenient locations for a quick bite or to grab take-out – you can order ahead by phone or fax. Or take advantage of speedy delivery if you live in Boulder or Louisville. Siamese Plate on the Go even offers frozen entrees to cook at home and catering for events large and small. It’s high cuisine in a hurry. RUNNERS UP (TIE): NOODLES & CO.

1235 Pearl Street | 303-449-5847 M-W 10-6 | Th 10-7 | Fri 10-8 | Sat 10-6 | Sun 11-5

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2770 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.444.5533 1245 Alpine Ave., Boulder • 303.440.4340 2850 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.247.9978 1100 West Dillon Road, Suite 1, Louisville • 303.665.6226 1087 South Hover Road, Longmont • 303.776.5664 www.noodles.com

JIMMY & DREW’S DELICATESSEN 2855 28th St., Boulder • 303.447.3354

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BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT TAJ INDIAN CUISINE

2630 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.494.5216

KHOW THAI CAFE 1600 Broadway, Boulder 303.447.0273 www.khowthaicafe.com

Boulder County diners have named Khow Thai Cafe the best of the best for two consecutive years. The restaurant is no stranger to such accolades, having won several similar awards since opening. What’s its secret? Khow Thai serves flavorful, authentic cuisine. Try the spicy green papaya salad, Tom Kha soup, Pad Kra Prau stir fry, green curry, Prik Pow seafood special or the always popular Pad Thai. Even better, bring lots of friends so you can try a bit of everything. Each entrée comes with the option of mild, medium, American hot or Thai hot. Choose your spice comfort level, then prepare to enjoy. Co-owner and chef Toi Newman was born in Thailand and creates each dish with home-cooked care. Whether you dine in or take out, once you taste Khow Thai you’ll understand why it wins awards year after year.

RUNNER UP: SIAMESE PLATE

1575 Folsom, Boulder • 303.447.9718 3033 28th St., Boulder • 303.444.3133 133 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville • 303.926.7220 www.siameseplateonthego.com

Using freshly ground spices to create the exotic dishes of the Great Mogul Court of 16th century India, the Taj specializes in combining casual dining with formal food. Look out the enormous windows at the panoramic views of the foothills as you savor a dish such as lamb korma – lamb simmered for an extremely long time in a yogurt, tomato and onion gravy. Or try the tandoori chicken, marinated in spiced yogurt before baked over live coals in the Tandoor oven. Vegetarians have plenty of options, including the Baigun Bharta, a charcoal-roasted eggplant made with ginger, garlic, tomatoes and garam masala. Choose from seven different types of naan and bread and have a rich, spicy chai to finish the meal off. If you’re having trouble choosing, you’re in luck: Taj features a lunch and dinner buffet every single day. RUNNER UP: TANDOORI GRILL

619 South Broadway, Boulder • 303.543.7339

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EVENT CENTERS & CATERING SERVICES EVENT CENTER

Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder • 303.444.3452

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6333 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.4049

EAST BOULDER COMMUNITY CENTER 5660 Sioux Drive, Boulder • 303.443.4049 www.aspiceoflife.com

Planning a wedding, business meeting, holiday party, bar or bat mitzvah? A Spice of Life has been in the event business since 1987, offering a wide range of food and pricing – from elegant to casually festive, from full service to a pan of lasagne for your Sunday dinner. A Spice of Life will cater at your location or one of its own, which boast fine views of the Flatirons. Mostly, A Spice of Life caters to corporate deliveries and meetings, and a lot of weddings. “Our wedding specialists are experts,” says Juls Gunderson, Event Center manager, “with many years experience working with different venues and vendors in the Boulder-Denver area.” At every event A Spice of Life caters, food is a priority. “One of the most important things is that we provide our clients with consistently high-quality food. They – and their guests – can count on us to help make their events successful,” says Gunderson.

BEST GUNBARREL/ NIWOT RESTAURANT

RUNNER UP: THUNDERBIRD BURGERS & BBQ

1083 14th St., Boulder • 303.449.9990 3117 28th St., Boulder • 303.449.2229 www.thunderbirdburgers.com

LE CHANTECLER

210 Franklin St., Niwot • 303.652.0777 www.lechantecler.biz

You might not have the highest expectations for a restaurant housed in a restored barn. But you’d be wrong. Contemporary French bistro Le Chantecler has a staggering wine list, five-star service and an absolutely fabulous, tastefully fun, rooster-inspired décor. The barn thing totally works. Oh, and the food is outstanding. Richly flavorful appetizers include green curried mussels served in a coconut lime broth, buffalo carpaccio and goose liver pate. Entrees include sea scallops served with lobster oil and black rice, filet mignon accompanied by olive oil mashed potatoes and peppercorn sauce, and a lamb shank braised in port and paired with mushroom, tomato and parmesan risotto. You’re encouraged to linger a bit longer with a wide selection of decadent desserts (including, naturally, a chocolate “barn”) and after-dinner libations. Le Chantecler rules the roost.

RUNNER UP: CAFE BLUE

5280 Spine Road, Boulder • 303.530.4345

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BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC & BEST LAFAYETTE/ LOUISVILLE/SUPERIOR/ERIE RESTAURANT NISSI’S BISTRO AND MUSIC VENUE

2675 North Park Drive, Lafayette • 303.665.2757 • www.nissis.com

On the first floor of the Bridgetown building in Lafayette resides an intimate club, a haven for music lovers – creators and appreciators alike – with a distinctly community vibe. Nissi’s attracts some of the best local, national and emerging talent around, including classical, jazz, rock, folk and blues acts. Nelson Rangell, Arthur Lee Land, Trace Bundy and Acoustic Eidolon are just a few of the artists who have recently graced the stage. “We designed this place to be artistic and classy for people who enjoy quality music, yet warm and friendly enough to bring their kids, grandparents or out-of-town guests, as [our shows are] all ages all of the time,” says owner Teresa Taylor. But Nissi’s is home to more than great music. It also offers a host of delectable, bistrostyled, small plates that melt in your mouth without burning up your wallet (prices range from $3 to $13). Nissi’s chef draws upon French, Spanish and Italian influences to create the extensive menu. Dive into the warm goat cheese salad, crab cakes, steak au poivre, Mediterranean pizza or wrapped dates. Or go straight for one of the decadent desserts; we hear the chocolate lava cake is a life changer. After only a year in business, Nissi’s has made a name for itself in both musical and culinary circles. No small feat. “Most people go out to eat and go to a movie,” says Taylor. “We just gave people an alternative – a fun, tasty dining experience along with a live show. And our tickets average only $8, which is cheaper than a movie!” RUNNER UP FOR BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC: FOXTHEATRE

1135 13th St., Boulder • 303.443.3399 • www.foxtheatre.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST LAFAYETTE/LOUISVILLE/SUPERIOR/ERIE RESTAURANT: EFRAIN’S MEXICAN

101 E. Cleveland St., Lafayette • 303.666.7544 Efrain’s II: 1630 63rd St., Boulder • 303.440.4045 Efrain’s III: 451 S. Pratt Pkwy., Longmont • 720.494.0777

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BEST LONGMONT/ LYONS RESTAURANT OSKAR BLUES CAJUN GRILL & BREWERY

303 Main St., Lyons • 303.823.6685 www.oskarblues.com

It’s not easy to pinpoint exactly what about Oskar Blues won over voters in this category. Was it the delicious southern- and Cajuninspired cuisine? (The Texas Toothpicks are to-die-for.) Was it the selection of awardwinning microbrews? (Ever heard of Dale’s Pale Ale?) Was it the stellar lineup of live musicians? (Blues, Americana, jazz – this brewpub attracts some of the country’s top acts.) Or was it the scenic mountain-town location? (It’s the perfect place to stop after a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park.) According to general manager Anita Gray, it was a combination of all these things and more: “We’re a one-of-a-kind restaurant where hospitality and great customer service are our top priorities.” RUNNER UP: THE PUMPHOUSE RESTAURANT & BREWERY

BEST BREAKFAST & BEST BRUNCH LUCILE’S CREOLE CAFÉ

2124 14th St., Boulder • 303.442.4743 | 518 Kimbark St., Longmont • 303.774.9814 | www.luciles.com

Ever been to Lucile’s on a weekend morning? If so, you know that it’s the most happening Victorian house in town. And why wouldn’t it be? The Creole café was built on the New Orleans traditions of great food and festivity. Guests line up at the Boulder and Longmont locations to enjoy delectable dishes such as Pain Perdue (French toast), Eggs Pontchartrain (fresh pan-fried mountain trout and poached eggs with béarnaise sauce), or the Cajun Breakfast (red beans with meat and poached eggs with hollandaise served with grits or potatoes, andouille or hot Louisiana sausage, and a buttermilk biscuit). And most won’t leave without ordering the restaurant’s pièce de résistance: a plate of piping hot beignets (mouthwatering New Orleans-style donuts topped with powdered sugar). They go perfectly with chicory coffee, another restaurant specialty. Guests enjoy all these treats and more while being surrounded by Mardi Gras paraphernalia and Cajun, zydeco or jazz music. Lucile’s breakfasts and brunches aren’t just meals, they’re cultural experiences. RUNNER UP FOR BEST BREAKFAST: WALNUT CAFÉ

3073 Walnut St., Boulder • 303.447.2315 • www.walnutcafe.com

540 Main St., Longmont 303.702.0881 www.pumphousebrewery.com

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555 30th St. (at Baseline Road), Boulder • 303.449.1752 • www.boulderbrokerinn.com

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COLORADO’S BEST ANTIQUE JEWELRY STORE Congratulates Boulder’s Gold Winners BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT JAX FISH HOUSE

928 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.444.1811 • www.jaxfishhouseboulder.com

Jax has been serving Boulder County’s best seafood for so long that it feels like home. “The same people come in here all the time,” explains manager Jared Lovenduski. “Then when their parents come to town, they bring them in and introduce them, saying, ‘Here’s my mom and dad!’ We’ve got a real neighborhood mojo going.” Jax also has the finest flavors going, from its oyster bar to its inspired spirits to its extensive menu. Award-winning chef Hosea Rosenberg never fails to bring the yum, with innovative creations such as wasabi pea-crusted ono, bacon-wrapped Alaskan halibut and glazed chili mahi mahi tacos. Whether you’re looking for a happy hour treat (like coconut shrimp with a fruit-infused vodka martini) or a full evening experience (in which case you must leave room for the Key lime pie), Jax is pleased to be your home away from home.

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RUNNER UP: DOLAN’S RESTAURANT

2319 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.444.8758 • www.dolansrestaurant.com

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BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE & BEST RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW FLAGSTAFF HOUSE RESTAURANT

1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder • 303.442.4640 • www.flagstaffhouse.com

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Boulder County-area residents know that as far as nice restaurants go, Flagstaff House is the crème de la crème. And this year is a very special year for the fine dining establishment – it is celebrating its 35th anniversary! Thirty-five years ago Don Monette founded the mountainside restaurant, and today he and his sons Mark and Scott continue the family tradition of serving exquisite food with detailed service in a breathtakingly beautiful location just five minutes from downtown Boulder. The menu at Boulder’s only four-star restaurant incorporates French American cuisine with Asian accents and changes daily to take advantage of the freshest seasonal ingredients, including fresh fish flown in daily, locally grown organic products, and herbs from executive chef Mark Monette’s own organic garden. And the 20,000-bottle wine cellar is one of the largest in the state. Of course, it’s the scenery that provides the perfect backdrop for such amazing food and wine: The restaurant has floor-to-ceiling picture windows and several outside terraces that afford diners unparalleled views of nearby wildlife and Boulder below. RUNNER UP FOR BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE: FRASCA FOOD & WINE

Family Owned & Operated for over 5 years Co-located with Bookcliff Vineyards’ Wine Tasting Bar On 15th at Pearl • (303) 447-0336 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

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RUNNER UP FOR BEST RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW: CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL 900 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.440.3776 www.chautauquadininghall.com

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BEST RESTAURANT TO BRING KIDS

RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS & SPIRITS

2580 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.442.0320 2331 Clover Basin Drive, Longmont • 720.652.9229 www.redrobin.com

Red Robin prides itself in being a kid-friendly restaurant. “We have a video game area, free balloons, crayons to color with, and weekly visits from Red Robin (Tuesdays from 6 to 7:45 p.m.),” says Kara McDaniels, service manager at the Boulder location. She adds that kids love the children’s menu (especially the ChickChick-Chicken Fingers, Cheesy Mac ’n Cheesy, and the Rad Robin Burger) and the fact that they have the option of ordering sides like melon instead of French fries. Adults, of course, love the selection of 22-plus mouthwatering gourmet burgers and bottomless steak fries and beverages. What’s more, Red Robin offers extremely friendly service for an all-around fantastic family dining experience.

RUNNER UP: MOUNTAIN SUN / SOUTHERN SUN

Mountain Sun, 1535 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.546.0886 Southern Sun, 627 South Broadway, Boulder • 303.543.0886

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BEST THEATER PERFORMANCE BOULDER’S DINNER THEATRE

5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.449.6000 • www.theatreinboulder.com

Let’s give Boulder’s Dinner Theatre a standing ovation! This lively venue has been entertaining and feeding us for almost 30 years, and has once again received rave reviews in the category of Best Theater Performance. “Our performers set us apart,” says artistic director and producer Michael Duran. “Some of them have been here for as many as 16 years. They are highly professional and very versatile and bring a lot to every production.” (In fact, Duran himself has 23 years of experience in the New York theater scene.) If you’ve never experienced one of the dinner theater’s fine meals served alongside a full-length Broadway musical, then you’ve missed out on something very special. But, rest-assured, the best is yet to come: “Crazy for You” – the Tony Award winner for Best Musical in 1992 – is playing from Nov. 3, 2006 to March 3, 2007, and “Ragtime” is playing from March 9 to May 5, 2007. RUNNER UP: COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

University of Colorado (Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre), Boulder 303.492.0554 • www.coloradoshakes.org

BEST BOULDER COUNTY EVENT BOULDER CREEK FESTIVAL

P.O. Box 108, Boulder • 303.652.4942 • www.bouldercreekevents.com

Every Memorial Day weekend as many as 20,000 people flock to the Boulder Creek Festival, a much-anticipated three-day event held in downtown Boulder along Boulder Creek. The Festival includes a Fun Zone with carnival rides, food and beer tents, a pancake breakfast, live entertainment, about 500 vendors selling everything from artworks to palm readings, and more. The signature activity, however, is the Great Rubber Duck Race: Thousands of duckies are dumped from the 9th Street Bridge and race down Boulder Creek for prizes such as airfare for two provided by Frontier Airlines and an annual Boulder Parks and Recreation pass. “We’re so proud that we won this award again!” says Meg Denbow, director of development and marketing for Boulder Creek Events. “We have a wonderful volunteer staff that makes this event possible.” RUNNER UP: BOLDER BOULDER

4571 North Broadway, Boulder • 303.444.RACE • www.bolderboulder.com

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1320 College Ave., Boulder • 303.444.3055 1447 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.440.3955 www.illegalpetes.com

1601 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.442.3464 • www.ajirestaurant.com

ILLEGAL PETE’S

AJI LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANT Breaking away from the pack, Aji features something not found anywhere else in Boulder: South American cuisine. Manager Jerry Manning touts the fresh ceviche and the empanadas, but if you’re willing to dig deeper, the Argentinian carne asada with authentic chimichurri for flavor or the deconstructed Brazilian feijoade, a braised meat and black bean stew, are solid choices. Unusual drinks include the caipirinha, a Brazilian drink made from a sugar cane-based liqueur. Casual diners are welcome at the lively restaurant which features South American paintings and artifacts, one of the nicer patios in town, and tons of greenery – from which the restaurant’s “leafy” name is derived.

Ever get hit with a late-night craving for Mexican food? You can mosey over to Illegal Pete’s until really late (2:30 a.m.) Thursday through Saturday, and 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and chow down burritos, tacos, quesadillas and taquitos. From chicken pesto to steak to fish or green chile, there’s plenty to satisfy your hunger. And this is Boulder, after all, so check the vegetarian menu, too. “We do a lot of late-night business; the bar crowd gets hungry and comes in,” says general manager Travis Holgate. “We get people of all ages, including tourists on the Pearl Street Mall. We take pride in the quality of the food – clean, fresh food is one of our mottos – and our staff is friendly and interactive with the customers, giving the place a community feeling.” He points out that Illegal Pete’s also has a full bar.

RUNNER UP: JIMMY & DREW’S DELICATESSEN

2855 28th St., Boulder • 303.447.3354

RUNNER UP: CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL

919 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.544.9383 375 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville • 720.890.0670 1100 Ken Pratt Blvd., B, Longmont • 303.651.6763 1708 Main St., Longmont • 303.485.6369 www.chipotle.com

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ELEVATIONS CREDIT UNION

2960 Diagonal Highway, Boulder • 303.443.4672, ext. 1249 4760 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.443.4672, ext. 1916 607 South Broadway, Suite E, Boulder • 303.443.4672 1669 Euclid Ave., UMC Room 143, Boulder • 303.443.4672, ext. 1466 1900 West South Boulder Road, Lafayette • 303.443.4672, ext. 1457 www.elevationscu.com

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For eight years in a row, Elevations Credit Union (formerly U of C Federal Credit Union) has been a Boulder County favorite. “We have such loyalty because our office and branches are local and because we help our account holders become more informed consumers,” says Rich Jones, vice president of marketing at Elevations. He explains that the credit union has an amazing education program – in the form of online resources and free seminars – that teaches account holders about subjects like identity theft and how to buy a new home. “We’re just as interested in helping account holders learn how to get a good deal on a car as we are in getting them the loan for the car,” he adds. “Our goal is to help Boulder County residents become financially healthy and savvy.”

3307 30th St., Boulder • 303.448.3784 3289 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 720.565.8804 1690 Canyon Blvd., Boulder • 303.441.0341 1242 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.441.0355 1137 S. Boulder Road, Louisville • 303.441.0379 399 S. Hover St., Longmont • 303.682.4560 1050 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont • 303.485.8630 (in-store branch) 635 Coffman St., Longmont • 303.682.2068 www.wellsfargo.com

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1501 Lee Hill Road, Boulder • 303.447.8700 2570 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.499.7030 1715 15th St., Boulder • 303.440.8600 3980 Broadway, Boulder • 303.443.0158 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.494.2709 www.artcleaners.com

BEST DENTIST

TED C. KAWULOK, D.D.S., P.C., WHOLE FAMILY DENTISTRY

1400 28th St., Boulder • 303.442.8625 • www.wholefamilydentistry.com

Dr. Ted Kawulok’s ties to Boulder are strong: He has been a (nearly!) life-long resident and has had his private practice in the city for more than 20 years. Patients come to him for his broad scope of services, including comprehensive dental rehabilitation focusing on cosmetic and reconstructive therapies. This includes cosmetic bonding and veneers (since 1986), aesthetic crowns and bridges, implant prosthetics including smile makeovers for denture wearers, a strong periodontal program including soft tissue management and endodontics (painless root canal therapy).

RUNNER UP: WILLIAM BRACHVOGEL, D.D.S.

1840 Folsom St., #301, Boulder • 303.442.8625 • www.bouldersmiledesign.com

Established in Boulder in 1921, Art Cleaners is the area’s oldest and most reliable dry cleaning service. Art Cleaners is also the only dry cleaner in Boulder that uses the GreenEarth-licensed dry cleaning solvent, an environmentally friendly solvent that cleans well and is odorless and gentle on clothes. “We focus on our customers,” says Brian Hansen, owner of all five Art Cleaners branches. “We do all cleaning in-house at our Lee Hill plant (except leathers), we have free pick up and delivery from or to our customers’ homes or offices, we clean lots of specialty items (such as wedding dresses and handmade quilts), we have a full-time seamstress who does minor repairs at no charge and alterations, and we can do same-day service.” With all these services at customers’ disposal, it’s no wonder that everyone cleans up well at Art Cleaners! RUNNER UP: JOHN’S CLEANERS

4800 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.499.5554 440 Black Diamond Drive, Lafayette • 303.665.9493 3325 28th St., Boulder • 303.444.2877 1848 30th St., Boulder • 303.442.8508 1615 E. Coalton Road, Superior • 303.499.2776

BEST PLACE TO WORK OUT

BEST AC/HEATING SERVICE

2727 29th St., Boulder • 303.449.4800 • www.rallysportboulder.com

5035 Chaparral Court, Boulder • 303.581.1455 • www.precisionplumbing.com

RALLYSPORT HEALTH AND FITNESS

PRECISION PLUMBING, HEATING & COOLING

RallySport is proud to take the honor of Best Place to Work Out. “This is such a fabulous area for fitness, and people have a lot of choices about how and where to be physical, so we’re very pleased to have received this recognition,” says Erin Carson, general manager of the club. Carson says the key to the club’s success is its effort to provide the best possible exercise experience for people, mainly in the form of personal training and group exercises. RallySport also boasts racquetball courts, studios for yoga and Pilates, a nursery and playground, an indoor and outdoor lap pool, a cardiovascular area, a weight room and more.

According to Boulder County residents, Precision Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is the hottest – and coolest – air conditioning and heating service around! That’s because they have come to rely upon the locally owned and operated company for their heating, cooling, plumbing and electric needs for nearly 25 years. “The customer service we provide goes above and beyond,” says Nancy Lewin, Precision call center manager. “We hire the best of the best technicians and customer service representatives, and most of the people who work here stay here because they enjoy what they’re doing. Plus we warranty our work.”

RUNNER UP: YMCA OF BOULDER VALLEY

Mapleton Center YMCA - 2850 Mapleton Ave., Boulder • 303.442.2778 Arapahoe Center YMCA - 2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette • 303.664.5455 www.ymcabv.org

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RUNNER UP: MEYER’S HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING, INC.

260 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.442.6640

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BEST CHILD CARE CENTER YWCA - CHILDREN’S ALLEY

2222 14th St., Boulder • 303.449.1951 • www.ywcaboulder.org/programs/childrensalley.html

Children’s Alley, a program provided by the Boulder County YWCA, is Boulder County’s only temporary, drop-in childcare center. The unique program provides families with a convenient childcare option when a sudden or short-term need for childcare occurs. Children 6 weeks to 12 years old are welcome, and fees are based on a sliding scale. “We have a newly remodeled facility, nice teachers and evening and Saturday care. All these things have made us a very welcome service in our community,” says Marcia Seegers, director at Children’s Alley. “And, as part of the YWCA, we have a mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and protecting women and families.” RUNNER UP: BOULDER DAY NURSERY

1518 Spruce St., Boulder • 303.442.7605 • www.boulderdaynursery.org

BEST HAIR SALON

FINISHING TOUCH SALON & DAY SPA

3131 28th St., Tebo Plaza, Boulder • 303.449.1852 • www.finishingtouchspa.com

Locally owned and operated for more than 30 years, Finishing Touch has been a Boulder County favorite for quite some time. In fact, this salon has created a whole new definition of loyal customer following. “Some of our clients have been coming here for 20 years,” says owner Kim Niles. What keeps people coming back for more? Finishing Touch has a comfortable, relaxing environment, reminiscent of the Mexican coastline. The staff – some of whom have been with the salon from its inception – is highly trained, experienced and friendly. The prices are reasonable. And the hours – Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – are extremely convenient. “We have a lot of professional clients who need to get in on evenings and weekends,” explains Niles. So the next time you need a cut, color, wave or style, do what the locals do and trust your tresses to Finishing Touch. RUNNER UP: SALON SALON

2460 Canyon Blvd., Boulder • 303.443.5101

Thank you for your votes! Boulder’s Best Florist & Boulder’s Best Garden Center since 1929

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Discover why we are one of Boulder’s BEST sources for Asian imports

LOW WAREHOUSE PRICES! Just returned from China with new inventory! Please visit our warehouse at: 1930 Central Avenue, Suite H, Boulder, CO 80301 Open Tues.–Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment

www.china-coast.com

720-406-1628

Call or see web site for driving directions. Finding us is worth the effort!

BEST KARATE/MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO

TRAN’S MARTIAL ARTS & FITNESS CENTER

3101-1/2 28th St., Boulder • 303.402.9460 • www.transmartialarts.com 117 South Sunset St., Longmont • 303.776.1887 • www.trans-mafc.com

The most important goal of Tae Kwon Do is cultivation of the self – body, mind and spirit. To that end, Master Vu Tran and his instructors at Tran’s Martial Arts and Fitness Center teach more than martial arts, they teach a way of life. Self-defense and physical fitness are certainly a large part of the picture. But self-esteem, responsibility, teamwork, respect, family and community are given equal importance. Students are encouraged to become leaders both in and out of the classroom, with opportunities to compete, teach other students, join leadership programs and participate in community service projects. Tran’s is also home to an explosive Thai Kickboxing program. Designed to enhance fitness for Tae Kwon Do students, the kickboxing classes are great for anyone who wants to get in shape. At Tran’s, it’s about reaching your full potential – as a martial artist and a person. RUNNER UP: EASTON BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU

1750 30th St., Unit 22, Boulder • 303.938.1275 • www.bjjboulder.com

PEANUT BUTTER PLAYERS The Best of Boulder in Kids’ Entertainment And Boulder’s Best Day Camp

Present

TOM SAWYER

A musical version of the Mark Twain classic In luncheon theatre for the family

Boulder Theatre on the Pearl Street Mall

Saturdays, September 30, October 14, 28 and Nov. 4

INSIGHT LASIK

1120 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette • 303.665.7577 www.insightlasik.com

Dr. Jimmy Jackson feels the secret to InSight Lasik’s success is two-fold. “Refractive Surgery is our specialty and our focus. It’s all we do.” Continually investing in the best equipment, such as the LADAR6000 and IntraLase, Jackson and Dr. Keith Miller go out of their way to ensure everything in-office is top-notch. Dr. Jackson, Dr. Miller and Chief Surgeon Dr. Warren Tripp pay extra attention to the fact that eye surgery is delicate business. “Entrusting your eyes to someone is emotional, and we take that very seriously. We try to earn that trust with every patient,” says Jackson. “We think this is why we have been voted Boulder County’s best Lasik four times.” InSight Lasik will be celebrating its fifth anniversary in September.

And special school Holiday shows on Mondays, September 18 and October 9

$10 a person includes lunch

Reservations requested: 303-786-8727 Group rates available for 10 or more

Classes for kids aged 4-16 begin October 2, 2006 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

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1810 30th St., Suite B, Boulder • 303.499.2020 • www.bouldereyes.com

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BEST PET GROOMING SERVICE THE HYDRANT

2900 Valmont Road, Boulder • 303.442.7550

Need to wash your Weimaraner? Brush your Boxer? Clip your Corgi? Head to The Hydrant for adept and friendly care. The professionals at The Hydrant have been pampering pups for nearly 30 years. Grooming your dog does more than make him feel good (and make you look good at the dog park), it’s important for his health. Regular visits to The Hydrant will help prevent skin and paw irritations, inordinate shedding, mats, ear problems and bad breath. Plus, think how soft and shiny his coat will be. So go ahead. Indulge your Irish Setter. Treat your Tibetan Terrier. He’s worth it. RUNNER UP: COTTONWOOD BOARDING KENNELS

7275 Valmont Road, Boulder • 303.442.2602 • www.cottonwoodkennels.com

BEST MOVING COMPANY BOULDER VALLEY TRANSFER

3075 75th St., Boulder • 303.530.7333 • www.bouldervalleytransfer.com

Boulder Valley Transfer has been moving Boulder County residents since 1912. The locally owned and operated company has expanded from a one horse-drawn wagon to a fleet of trucks, but its mission of providing customers with an excellent moving experience remains the same. If you aren’t impressed by history, listen to what a recent customer had to say about Boulder Valley Transfer: “I don’t know how you continue to manage it, but you sent me the best team of movers. Each one of them was so great – efficient and friendly – the job was done in an incredibly short time. Once again, thank you for making my life so easy.� The professionals at Boulder Valley Transfer are skilled, courteous, honorable and speedy. They treat your belongings with care and respect. They put your furniture and boxes exactly where you want them. They’ll even pack for you and store your belongings. Boulder Valley Transfer works hard to take the stress out of moving. RUNNER UP: TAYLOR MOVING

4949 North Broadway, #110, Boulder • 303.443.5885 • www.taylormove.com

         

    

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Jimmy & Drew’s Delicatessen

“It’s All About the Food!” “This is the real deal. Food is such a goldmine of succulent flavor. Come see what all the fun is about.” -Daily Camera - July 2006 “Jimmy & Drew’s 28th St. Delicatessen is the only thing in Boulder that respectively emulates a real deli.” -The Onion

1/2 OFF DINNER buy one entrée at regular price & get a 2nd 1/2 off

“I’d say Jimmy & Drew’s delicatessen pretty much as a handle on that market. Best of all-it’s good too!” -The Boulder Weekly

VALID MON-SAT 11AM-8PM Must present coupon. Offer expires 10/1/06

BEST PET BOARDING SERVICE

COTTONWOOD BOARDING KENNELS Tasty Sandwiches • Fresh Salads • Homemade Soups • Vienna Beef Hot Dogs Homemade French Fries • Drew’s Smoked Salmon • All Natural Meats • Homestyle Dinners Dr. Brown’s Sodas • Amorasa Rolls • Chocolate Egg Cream • H & H Bagels Kids Root Beer Floats $1 • Kosher Pickles • Mom’s Desserts • Deli Salads • Potato Latke • Knish

303-447-DELI

NOW OPEN!

303-447-3354

2855 28th Street (corner of 28th & Valmont) • Boulder Monday – Saturday 11AM – 8PM • Catering Available

7275 Valmont Road, Boulder • 303.442.2602 www.cottonwoodkennels.com

You’re not going to find a better home away from home for your pet than Cottonwood Kennels. They have a peacock named Elvis, for crying out loud. What could be better than that? Located on a small farm, Cottonwood is home to many other barnyard friends – ducks, chickens, geese, sheep and alpaca – in addition to the dogs, cats, bunnies, birds and other small animals that are boarded. It’s a wonderful environment. Dogs have plenty of room to romp and play, indoors and outdoors. Cats are treated to climbing gyms, sunny windows and a jungle of plants to explore. And every pet is treated with a heaping helping of tender loving care. Cottonwood is all about the pet-to-person connection. “Our staff is incredibly hard-working and very dedicated,” says co-owner Penny Vardell. With such agreeable accommodations, your furry friend won’t have any trouble being dropped off at Cottonwood Kennels. The hard part will be getting her to come home. RUNNER UP: DOG CITY - DOG DAY CARE & HOTEL

2907 55th St., Unit 6, Boulder • 303.473.9963 • www.dogcityboulder.com

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BEST VETERINARIAN

ALPINE HOSPITAL FOR ANIMALS

Friendly Free Estimates

1730 15th St., Boulder • 303.443.9661 www.alpinehospitalforanimals.com

We’re not always at the top of our game when we visit the vet. The simple act of coaxing the dog into the car or wrestling the cat into the carrier is stressful enough, and that’s not taking into consideration the added worry when you have a sick pet. The grace and sensitivity with which Alpine Hospital for Animals deals with this situation truly sets it apart. “We try to stress communication between ourselves and our clients so that clients feel comfortable with the decisions they make for their pets,” explains co-owner Candace Sayles, DVM, CVA. “We try to make it less stressful for them and for their pets.” Alpine combines state-of-the-art veterinary care – it’s a fullservice hospital – with a true compassion for animals. “We love what we do,” adds Sayles.

Licensed, Bonded & Insured 303.443.5885 www.taylormove.com Member of Tom Martino’s Referral List Locally owned & operated by the Taylor Family

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1361 Forest Park Circle, Suite 107, Lafayette • 303.665.4002

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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF BOULDER

1820 15th St., Boulder • 303.402.6400 • www.fpcboulder.org

Founded in 1872, the First Presbyterian Church of Boulder is steeped in history. The chapel was added in 1894; its architect, F.E. Kidder, also built Chautauqua auditorium. Such a rich and storied past, yet First Presbyterian is known for its eye on the future. Senior pastor Dr. Peter Barnes believes people are drawn to his church for four reasons: 1) the diversity of programs and worship services, 2) equal parts tradition and innovation, 3) a clear message in the midst of competing voices, and 4) the missional focus on meeting the needs of people – body and soul – here and around the world. “We are only one small expression of the greater work of God’s kingdom in the world,” says Barnes. “And we are pleased to be partners with other churches in the area to be the hands and feet of Christ in reaching out to the world with God’s love and grace.”

RUNNER UP: UNITY OF BOULDER

is proud to be part of this community for

INDIAN PEAKS GOLF COURSE

2300 Indian Peaks Trail, Lafayette • 303.666.4706 • www.indianpeaksgolf.com

Indian Peaks Golf Course, an 18-hole championship golf course that was designed by worldrenowned course architect Hale Irwin, has charmed local golfers for more than 10 years. “We have a great layout, location and staff,” says assistant professional Courtney Rudolph. “And we’re a great value because we’re a public course that feels like a country club course.” Rudolph adds that she is excited to see that the number of rounds played by women has increased at Indian Peaks. It seems that golfers young and old, male and female, are drawn to the golf course’s tree-lined fairways, manicured greens and beautiful setting. RUNNER UP: FLATIRONS GOLF COURSE

2855 Folsom St., Boulder • 303.442.1411 • www.unityofboulder.com

McGUCKIN HARDWARE

BEST GOLF COURSE

5706 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.442.7851 • www.flatironsgolf.com

THANK YOU BOULDER!

over 50 YEARS! We are an

INDEPENDENT, LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED

Boulder business. Since we live and work right here in the community, we develop long term relationships with

Thank you for voting us

BEST HARDWARE STORE and BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

and RUNNER UP for Best Garden Center, Best Housewares & Kitchen Goods Store and Best Locally Owned Store!

OUR CUSTOMERS, and we give you the

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EXPERT ADVICE when you need it.

THANK YOU

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for letting us serve Boulder County for over 50 years!

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BEST TANNING SALON TANS TO GO 1842 30th St., Boulder • 303.444.7600 • www.tanstogo.com

BEST MEDICAL FACILITY & BEST LOCAL EMPLOYER

BOULDER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

RUNNER UP: EXECUTIVE TANS

1100 Balsam Ave., Boulder • 303.440.2273 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 720.854.7000 311 Mapleton Ave., Boulder • 303.440.2273 1000 West South Boulder Road, Lafayette • 303.666.4357 www.bch.org

As residents of Boulder County, we are fortunate in any number of ways. Not least of which is having world-class medical care in our back yard. Nonprofit and community-owned Boulder Community Hospital has been improving our health since 1922. Now the hospital is home to more than 2,600 employees, including 600 physicians in 48 medical specialties and more than 900 volunteers. In 2005, its professionals performed 259 openheart surgeries, welcomed 1,900 births and fielded 244,983 outpatient visits. Don’t let the big numbers mislead you, though; health care at Boulder Community Hospital is about quality, not quantity. Cutting-edge training, resources and equipment are standard operating procedure. Case in point: two physicians at the hospital are part of the first surgical team in Colorado to offer minimally invasive heart valve surgery. The staff ’s technical skills are surpassed only by its incredibly compassionate care. Your health matters to them on a personal level. The people of Boulder Community Hospital like what they do and like where they work. And it shows.

RUNNER UP FOR BEST MEDICAL FACILITY: BOULDER MEDICAL CENTER

2750 Broadway, Boulder • 303.440.3000 4745 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 200, Boulder • 303.938.4700 80 Health Park Drive, Suite 100, Louisville • 303.673.0448 www.bouldermedicalcenter.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST LOCAL EMPLOYER: INSIGHT LASIK LTD

1120 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette • 303.665.7577 www.insightlasik.com

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The area’s premier tanning salon doesn’t just offer tanning options. Tans to Go offers a wide array of tanning lotions and accelerators, moisturizers, shower gels, sun screens, bathing suits and sarongs. Of course, when it comes to tanning, they have lots to choose from, including regular, super and ultrabronze beds and three different VHR tanning choices. However, the biggest selling point at Tans to Go is the service provided by a certified staff that ensures your tanning experience is both safe and fabulous. Don’t forget to enjoy a water, juice or coffee afterward, and be sure to check out the brand-new oxygen bar! 1124 West Dillon Road, Louisville 303.665.6237 1610 Pace St., Longmont 303.651.3688

BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY / OFFICE

RE/MAX OF BOULDER, INC.

2425 Canyon Blvd., Suite 110, Boulder • 303.449.7000 www.boulderco.com

RE/MAX of Boulder will soon celebrate its 30th anniversary. The business opened its doors in 1977 with two real estate agents and big expectations. Now more than 90 agents strong, RE/MAX of Boulder has become one of the most productive and most trusted real estate companies in the country. Experience is the key to its success. “Our agents average 18 years in the business,” says managing broker D.B. Wilson. “We’ve practiced in good times and bad times, and we’ll be here tomorrow. We haven’t seen it all, but we’ve seen a lot.” One thing RE/MAX of Boulder has seen is the support of its community. More than 65 percent of its business comes from past clients or direct referrals from them. RUNNER UP: WRIGHT-KINGDOM, INC.

4875 Pearl East Circle, Suite 100, Boulder 303.443.2240 • www.wrightkingdom.com

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

DAVE FISH, RE/MAX OF BOULDER

2425 Canyon Blvd., Suite 110, Boulder • 303.441.5601 • www.davefish.com

Real estate agents aren’t all that different from mechanics when it comes to quality of service. You can make do with mediocre, but when you find the best it’ll change your life. A great real estate agent saves you time, money and heartache. He gives you the data you need to make informed decisions. And he works toward your best interests, not his bottom line. His name is Dave Fish. “Having clients trust me to help them with something as important as their home – and then later referring me to their friends and family – is truly an honor and the best part of my job,” says Fish. So whether you’re looking for an investment property or the perfect place to hang your hat, give Dave a call and experience what the best has to offer. RUNNER UP: DUANNE DUGGAN, RE/MAX OF BOULDER

2425 Canyon Blvd., Suite 110, Boulder • 303.441.5611 www.duanedugganboulderco.com

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BEST BOULDER COUNTY SCHOOL & BEST HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS TEAM

BOULDER HIGH SCHOOL / BOULDER PANTHERS

1604 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.442.2430 www.bvsd.org

Boulder High School principal Bud Jenkins feels the secret to Boulder High’s success is “a great faculty that’s very dedicated and highly motivated kids. You put the combination of those two things together and you get good results.” Besides carrying a whopping 27 advanced placement classes, the BHS Panthers place an emphasis on creating an environment that both nurtures individual students as well as giving them the tools to achieve later in life. When it comes to sports, team records aren’t everything at BHS. “Coaches connect with kids and make it a good experience for them.” Relationships are everything at Boulder High. “Our mantra here is that this school is a place for everyone,” explains Jenkins. This attitude explains the warm welcome the school extends to the entire community as well as the alumni’s fierce loyalty to the school’s sports programs.

BEST SPA ESSENTIELS SPA 2660 Canyon Blvd., Boulder • 303.440.0711 • www.essentielsspa.com

“Number one: our staff. We have exceptional technicians here ... they’re very experienced,” explains manager Marshalene Neff about why Essentiels is tops in Boulder County. Many of those technicians have stayed with the spa since its inception in 1997. Treatments offered at the spa include manicures, pedicures, massage, waxing, facials, makeup artistry and more. The allencompassing Day Out Extravaganza package takes up to seven hours to do and involves the Vichy Shower – a warm water treatment following a salt body exfoliation that gives the entire body a delicious, healthy glow. Promoting circulation and extracting toxins, the newly introduced ionithermie is a series of spa treatments done with thermal clay enhanced with plant extracts that leave the body feeling smooth, firm, refreshed and cleansed. RUNNER UP: THE FINISHING TOUCH SPA & SALON

3131 28th St., Boulder • 303.449.1852 • www.finishingtouchspa.com

RUNNER UP FOR BOTH CATEGORIES: FAIRVIEW HIGH SCHOOL / FAIRVIEW KNIGHTS

1515 Greenbriar Blvd., Boulder • 303.499.7600 • www.flatirons.org

BEST TEACHER

BEST CLIMBING GYM THE SPOT BOULDERING GYM

3240 Prairie Ave., Boulder • 303.379.8806 • www.thespotgym.com

When you walk into The Spot, you know you’ve arrived. Freestanding boulders, some 18 feet high, tower above you. A 25-foot-tall roped climbing wall looms in the distance of the more than 10,000-square-foot facility. In a word? Wow. “It’s the best bouldering gym in the country,” says regular customer and climbing enthusiast Ty Foose. “And I’ve been to hundreds of them.” In fact, The Spot is the first climbing gym in the country to be dedicated to bouldering. The terrain mirrors that of Yosemite, Hueco and Fountainebleau, giving climbers an unparalleled experience in a safe, indoor environment. As a mountaineer would say, it looks, feels, climbs and thrills like real rock. And there are real experts on hand to take every level of climber to the next elevation – classes, private guiding, teambuilding activities and more. The Spot is also home to a slew of exercise equipment and the expansive Shri Body Arts studio for those seeking further honing and toning. For those seeking a postworkout espresso and nibble, The Spot Café is on hand and ready to serve.

RUNNER UP: BOULDER ROCK CLUB

Jolie Kasynski isn’t your average second grade teacher. Heatherwood Elementary principal Larry Orobona leads the chorus singing the second grade teacher’s praises. “She takes time to understand a child’s educational background ... as well as their social and emotional state.” Kasynski then uses that information and her endless compassion to help the student achieve his or her best. Besides her extensive work in getting students excited about community projects such as blood drives, Kasynski also leads diversity classes in the evening for interested parents. Taking the extra time to write extensive notes on homework as well as report cards, Kasynski’s dedication to her students, their families and the community demonstrates the positive influence one person can have on a child’s life. RUNNERS UP (TIE): MONICA AUGUSTINE, WILDFLOWER SCHOOL OF VOICE

5345 Arapahoe, Boulder • 720.937.9647 • www.monicaaugustine.com

KEN LOWE, MONARCH HIGH SCHOOL

329 Campus Drive, Louisville • 303.665.5888

2829 Mapleton Ave., Boulder • 303.447.2804 • www.boulderrock.com

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BEST RETIREMENT/ALTERNATIVE OR ELDER CARE/ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY

THE ACADEMY

970 Aurora Ave., Boulder 303.938.1920 www.theacademyboulder.com

The Academy is an elegant retirement community featuring fitness programs, continuing education and easy access to community events. The centrally located retirement community has 52 residences: 33 apartments, nine bungalows and 10 suites. Residents and their friends and families are invited to eat at the Pinons Dining Room, watch a game at the Aspen Bar and Grille, enjoy a coffee at the Parlour or kick back in the Surguine Family Library. Additionally, The Academy recently welcomed its secure memory-care facility in a recently renovated 1950s ranch home that features walking paths, gardens, a spa/salon and a gourmet kitchen. In fashioning environments that cater not just to the needs, but the desires of its residents, The Academy has created a place to call home.

RUNNER UP: FRASIER MEADOWS RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

350 Ponca Place, Boulder • 303.499.4888 • www.frasiermeadows.com

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BEST TRAVEL AGENCY JAMES TRAVELPOINTS 1750 14th St., Boulder • 303.442.2340 • www.travelpoints.com

Brothers Andy and Don James know what it takes to run a successful travel agency – they’ve been at it here in Boulder County for more than 49 years. “Well, I think it has to do with our staff ... they’re all very seasoned travel agents and they’re all very seasoned travelers,” explains Andy. With divisions covering national and international corporate travel as well as vacation planning and packaging, the agents don’t just set you up with a flight and a hotel – they take the time to suggest places of interest to visit; recommend the best hotels for families or couples or singles; and even help the client steer clear of tours or events that seem a waste of time and money. James TravelPOINTS goes the extra mile for its clients. RUNNER UP: CAIN TRAVEL GROUP

3004 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.2246 or 800.346.4747 • www.caintravel.com

Be precise. Call Precision. Boulder County Gold winner for

‘Best AC/Heating Service’ 5 years in a row! BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

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BEST SINGLES HANGOUT

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE McGUCKIN HARDWARE

DILLINGER’S FOOD AND SPIRITS

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.1822 • www.mcguckin.com

1202 Centaur Village Drive, Lafayette • 303.666.6979 • www.dillingersfoodandspirits.com

With Texas Hold ’Em Tourneys every Tuesday and Thursday, karaoke Wednesday and Saturday and live bands every Friday, it’s no wonder Dillinger’s Food and Spirits is a popular place to party. Featuring a laundry list of drink specials, 30-cent buffalo wings and a fully stocked menu, the local bar with the old-time gangster theme has created quite the name for itself among a wide variety of local singles. The restaurant’s namesake, John Dillinger, was a Depression-era bank robber. Viewed as a hero by common folk who had suffered at the hands of the financial world, Dillinger famously ran around with Harry Pierpont and Baby Face Nelson. Be sure to check out the place on Friday, possibly their biggest night, and find your Baby Face.

RUNNER UP: THE FOUNDRY BILLIARDS CLUB

1109 Walnut St., Boulder • 303.447.1803 • www.foundryboulder.com

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With more than 200,000 different items from which to choose and a 60,000-square-foot setup that nears labyrinthine proportions, it’s wonderful to know that everywhere you turn there will be one of 250 sales associates in green vests anxious to help you find what you need. Owned and operated by the same family for more than 50 years, McGuckin Hardware prides itself in knowledgeable, upbeat and energetic employees who are only too happy to wrap their heads around any challenge brought to them. Throw down that gauntlet and see what they can do. RUNNER UP: BOULDER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

1100 Balsam Ave., Boulder • 303.440.2273 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 720.854.7000 311 Mapleton Ave., Boulder • 303.440.2273 1000 West South Boulder Road, Lafayette • 303.666.4357 www.bch.org

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BEST BOULDER COUNTY MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB

MOUNT SANITAS

www.ci.boulder.co.us/openspace

Just blocks from downtown Boulder you can immerse yourself in mountain fun, and the fun doesn’t get any closer or better than Mount Sanitas. Just ask one of the many lunch-hour peakbaggers that you’ll find up there on any given weekday. At the mouth of Sunshine Canyon on Mapleton Avenue (just west of 4th Street and past the Boulder Community Hospital Mapleton Center) you can pick up the trailhead on the north side of the road. Just a hop and a skip away you’ll feel like you’re miles from town. Often, Mount Sanitas climbers will do the loop hike: If you take the south ridge first, you’ll climb 1,300 feet up a steep and rocky trail for 1.4 miles before gaining the summit. At 6,683 feet, you’ll be rewarded with some great views of Boulder and the Indian Peaks. From there you can descend the steep east ridge to the valley floor, where it joins the wide, graveled Sanitas Valley Trail, which is nestled between Mount Sanitas and Dakota Ridge. This hike is a little more than 3 miles round trip and it takes most people about two hours – this average doesn’t include the many trail runners you’ll see wizzing by as you’re huffing your way up.

RUNNER UP: BEAR PEAK

BEST WEEKEND GETAWAY ESTES PARK

www.ci.boulder.co.us/openspace

1.800.443.7837 • www.estesparkresort.com

With all the beautiful views, dining, shopping and outdoor activities in Boulder County, you wonder why anyone would feel the need to get away. But when Boulder County residents choose to make a weekend getaway, they like to go to a place with beautiful views, dining, shopping and outdoor activities – namely, Estes Park, just about an hour away. No matter which season you decide to visit, there’s plenty to do: golfing, shopping, sightseeing, cable-car riding, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, nature watching, snowshoeing, eating, drinking and much more. There are also special events like the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highlands Festival in September and the Elk Fest in October. And last but certainly not least, Estes Park is considered the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, with hundreds of miles of hiking trails. RUNNER UP: GOLD LAKE MOUNTAIN RESORT AND SPA

3371 Gold Lake Road, Ward • 303.459.3544 • www.goldlake.com

THANK YOU BOULDER FOR SUPPORTING CHAMPION FORD!

ESCAPE

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800.657.1438

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JACK AFFLECK, VAIL RESORTS

Thank You! For voting us one of the Best stores in Boulder!

BEST COLORADO SKI RESORT VAIL

P.O. Box 7, Vail • 970.476.9090 • www.vail.com

It’s no wonder Vail was chosen by Boulder County residents – yet again – as Colorado’s best ski resort. Just look at the numbers – sunny days each year: 300; average annual snowfall: 346 inches; total number of lifts: 33; number of conventional ski trails: 193; number of terrain parks: 4 (including one 400-foot-long Superpipe with 18-foot walls); longest run: 4 miles; and vertical rise (from base to peak): 3,450 feet. But if those numbers aren’t enough to convince you, did you know that Vail, with 5,289 skiable acres, is the largest ski resort in the United States? Or did you know that Vail boasts the most groomed terrain in the world? Or how about the fact that you can find seven back bowls (yes, that was SEVEN) stretching six miles (yes, you read that correctly, also). Not to mention, Vail offers many specialty programs and ski classes. So regardless of your skiing abilities, Vail offers a little something for everyone – or, to put it more accurately, “a lot of something for everyone.”

Paper Doll

1141 Pearl Street

303-449-1661

RUNNER UP: WINTER PARK

303.316.1564 • www.skiwinterpark.com

BEST CARPET CLEANING SERVICE

NESHEIM CLEANING SERVICES, INC.

1212 Commerce Court, Lafayette • 303.666.8888 • www.nesheims.com

Nesheim cleaned house in this category! Here are 10 good reasons why: 1.) Cleaned carpets dry within hours. 2.) Nesheim does deep-fiber cleaning. 3.) It offers a firm and fair price. 4.) It’s been in business since 1981 and has never damaged a carpet. 5.) It uses non-toxic cleaning agents. 6.) It’s honest and dependable. 7.) It offers free estimates. 8.) It has a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. 9.) 77 percent of its business comes from repeat customers and referrals. 10.) Nesheim technicians are certified, bonded, insured and friendly. Nesheim is truly your dream clean team.

RUNNER UP: CHEM-DRY

Boulder • 720.304.3910, 303.442.5044, 303.494.4565 Erie • 303.665.3096 Longmont • 303.651.3096 www.chemdry.com

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BEST OIL CHANGE

1661 28th St.•Boulder•303-440-4448

GREASE MONKEY

2405 28th St., Boulder • 303.444.9303 2710 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.499.9844 375 Waneka Parkway, Lafayette • 303.604.2159 2334 Main St., Longmont • 303.485.9206 1230 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont • 303.772.8865 165 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville • 720.214.2840 www.greasemonkey.net

Every 3,000 miles or three months it’s time for an oil change. And where do Boulder County residents prefer to go for this service? To one of the county’s six conveniently located branches of Grease Monkey, one of the largest independently owned franchisers of automotive preventive maintenance centers in the United States. The trained technicians at Grease Monkey help vehicle owners stay in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications for periodic services, which can lead to longer vehicle life, maximized fuel efficiency and reduced environmental pollution. What’s more, appointments are not necessary at Grease Monkey – stop on by whenever your car needs a pick-me-up! RUNNER UP: JIFFY LUBE

1788 30th St., Boulder • 303.447.8040 1408 Hecla Way, Louisville • 720.890.0777 www.jiffylube.com

ADHD:

Helping build rock solid leaders for over 15 years! Learn from the best! Does your child have...a lack of confidence or short attention span? Is your child...too shy?...too aggressive?...Disrespectful?...Uncoordinated? Are you looking to bring out the best in your child? We can help! But don’t take our word for it...

Age-Appropriate Programs 4-6 years- Little Dragons 7-13 years- Juniors 14+ years- Adults

2 Convenient Locations in Boulder County LONGMONT 117 S. Sunset St. www.trans-mafc.com

303-776-1887

BOULDER 3101 1/2 28th Street www.transmartialarts.com

303-402-9460

Also available in Denver (303-692-9806) and Loveland (970-635-9222)

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AWARE DISCIPLINED HONEST DRIVEN “Our son has been involved in Tran’s for 3 years and last year his teacher told us he is more focused compared to other kids. Also, our 4-year old daughter started Tran’s a couple of months ago and she already has better listening skills.” -The Nannen Family

We Guarantee Results! NO-STRINGS ATTACHED OFFER!

You may be asking, “How can I know for sure that the Tran’s teaching system will work for my child? We have great news for you: It’s never been easier to find out. We are so sure that the Tran’s program will benefit you and your child that we are offering you the opportunity to try our course free of charge! This “No-strings attached” offer allows you to “audition” us to see if we can make good of our “outrageous” promises, at absolutely no risk or expense to you!

Quick Start Karate Program

Only $99.00

Includes One Full Month Of Lessons And Free Karate Uniform Limited Limited Time Time Offer Offer

BEST CAR WASH

PUDDLE TOUCH-FREE CAR WASH 3100 28th St., Boulder • 303.447.9274

“We’re happy to be selected as the winner of this category again,” says Steve Miller, an owner of Puddle Touch-Free Car Wash, a locally owned and operated family business (Steve’s business partner is his brother Robert) that has served the community for more than 30 years. “The honor can be attributed to the people who work here – many of them for 10 to 15 years. Their loyalty has helped us gain a loyal customer base.” What customers keep coming back for is high-quality, full-service washes facilitated by equipment that is continually updated and maintained to provide cleaner and more water-efficient washes. “And we’re fast,” adds Miller. “We’ll wash a car in 15 minutes or less, and people really like that.” RUNNER UP: BLACK DIAMOND CAR WASH

1417 Hecla Drive, Louisville • 303.666.6696

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BEST AUTO DEALER & BEST AUTO REPAIR SHOP/SERVICE DEPARTMENT FLATIRONS ACURA/SUBARU

5995 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.0114 • www.flatironsacura.com

BEST NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

HUMANE SOCIETY OF BOULDER VALLEY

2323 55th St., Boulder • 303.442.4030 • www.boulderhumane.org

Did you know the Humane Society has been around for more than 100 years? In that time, the number of companion animals that have enjoyed the shelter and nurturing of this non-profit is astronomical. With only 85 employees but 600 volunteers, the Humane Society of Boulder Valley reunited almost 2,000 animals with their guardians and mediated more than 4,600 adoptions in 2005. This non-profit sinks its energy into services that both aid animals and people, ensuring owners find their pets, teaching the community about stewardship, and providing interim homes as well as health care for displaced animals. Every animal is welcome there, despite behavioral or physical troubles, and that kind of lasting compassion is both hard to find and easy to support.

It’s quite a feat when one business wins two categories! “It all boils down to our employees,” says Scott Crouch, co-owner. “We have a great crew that believes in taking care of customers, and this award proves that our customers appreciate that.” A family-owned and operated dealership serving the area since 1951, Flatirons Acura/Subaru prides itself in offering customers the finest selection of new and pre-owned Subaru and Acura vehicles in Colorado, as well as the most advanced and comprehensive service around. They also pride themselves in their community involvement: Flatirons Acura/Subaru donates money and/or vehicles to the Kiwanis Club of the Foothills, the Eldora Special Recreation Program, Boulder and Fairview High Schools and many other local organizations.

RUNNER UP: PEANUT BUTTER PLAYERS

2572 Paintbrush Lane, Lafayette • 303.786.8727 • www.peanutbutterplayers.com

BEST PLACE TO ENTERTAIN KIDS

PEARL STREET MALL

Downtown Boulder (from 700 to 2200 Pearl St., between Spruce & Arapahoe) 303.449.3774 • www.boulderdowntown.com

It’s comforting to know that despite the theme parks and video games of these times, nothing beats the oldfashioned fun of horsing around outdoors. Kids have tons to absorb on the Pearl Street Mall; besides the stellar people watching, there are flower beds, street performers, sculptures and water fountains to explore. Let’s not forget all the other kids running amuck, just begging to make new friends. You can do all of this for free, but if you’ve got some money to burn, you can take the little ones out for ice cream or into the wonderful local toy and book shops.

RUNNER UP: PEANUT BUTTER PLAYERS

276 Miner’s Drive, Lafayette • 303.786.8727 • www.peanutbutterplayers.com

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RUNNER UP FOR BEST AUTO DEALER: FISHER CHEVROLET/PONTIAC/HONDA

6025 Arapahoe Road, Boulder • 303.443.0530 • fisherauto.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST AUTO REPAIR SHOP/SERVICE DEPARTMENT: HOSHI MOTORS HONDA/ACURA/VOLVO CAR SERVICE 2504 Spruce St., Boulder • 303.449.6632 • www.hoshimotors.net

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BEST DAY CAMP

PEANUT BUTTER PLAYERS

276 Miner’s Drive, Lafayette • 303.786.8727 • www.peanutbutterplayers.com

apparel, swimwear & lingerie

2425 Canyon • 303-443-2421 Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6 Sun 12-5

Setting itself apart from your standard day camp, the Peanut Butter Players have spent 20 years creating an environment of theatrical education for children. Many participants have no previous experience with theatre productions and there is no audition process. Students study an American musical, learning the songs and dances in the span of a week and then presenting that show to the community. While the majority of the programs occur over the summer in one-week sessions, there are lunchtime and afterschool classes as well as workshops available for students from pre-school to high-school ages. At the end of the program however, the lessons learned revolve around self-esteem and comfort speaking in front of groups – and those are better things to take home than a macramé potholder. RUNNER UP: AVID 4 ADVENTURE

205 Canyon Blvd., Boulder • 720.249.2412 • www.avid4.com

BEST ACTIVIST/ COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Voted Best Thai Restaurant 18 Years Running! BOULDER 3033 28th St.

THAI

SUSHI

JAPANESE CUISINE

THE SIAMESE PLATE HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED BY THE THAI ROYAL GOVERNMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN DINING.

NW Corner 28th & Valmont

303-444-3133 On-The-Go Dining! BOULDER 1575 Folsom St.

NW Corner Folsom & Arapahoe

303-447-9718 FULL SERVICE DINING! LOUISVILLE 133 McCaslin Blvd. (Next to Walgreens)

303-926-7220 FULL SERVICE & On-The-Go Dining!

11AM-10PM DAILY ORDER ONLINE siameseplateonthego.com BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

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JO ANNE LAMUN,

PEANUT BUTTER PLAYERS

2572 Paintbrush Lane, Lafayette 303.786.8727 www.peanutbutterplayers.com

Jo Anne Lamun started the Peanut Butter Players, a children’s theatre, about 20 years ago after recognizing that her own involvement in acting as a child not only fostered an enduring love of theatre, but bolstered her selfesteem as well. The Peanut Butter Players work with approximately 500 children every year, with performances reaching audiences of around 10,000, through outreach programs, school tours, library tours and the like. Lamun is a substitute teacher, rotating through many different schools and enjoying contact with scores of children. She is also involved in the creation of The Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts in Lafayette, which will eventually serve “not just the Peanut Butter Players, but all of the varied performing art groups in the community that would like to use it.” Lamun, a Daily Camera Pacesetter Award winner, is a very busy woman, but truly loves her work and the children who benefit from it. RUNNER UP: JOSIE HEATH, THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SERVING BOULDER COUNTY

303.442.0436 • www.commfound.org

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BEST ANTIQUE DEALER & BEST HOME FURNISHINGS STORE THE AMAZING GARAGE SALE

4919 North Broadway, Boulder 303.447.0417 www.theamazinggaragesale.com

BEST ART GALLERY EXHIBITREK

1711 15th St., Boulder • 303.998.1711 • www.exhibitrek.com

Before she opened Exhibitrek last year, owner Mary Belochi showed art in her home. “I knew I was outgrowing my house when 300 to 400 people started showing up on a Friday night,” Belochi says. Her new 4,000-square-foot gallery solved that problem. It’s an industrial-looking space located on 15th Street in Boulder – a destination gallery where main exhibits rotate every month to month-and-a-half. “The shows are very diverse. One month might be a pop art exhibit, the next landscape, and the next figurative – customers are surprised each time they come in,” says Belochi. Starting Oct. 20, 2006, Exhibitrek will be featuring the work of renowned Boulder painter Frank Sampson.

RUNNER UP: ART & SOUL

1615 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.544.5803 • www.artandsoulboulder.com

What people remark upon most at the Amazing Garage Sale is the variety of merchandise – the store carries everything from mod to retro to antique items. “I work hard to take only very unique and collectible things,” says owner Judi Lesta. Most of Lesta’s merchandise is bought from people who call her because they don’t want to organize their own garage or estate sales; however, she also does consignments. The result is what she calls “a wonderful mix of the unusual.” Customers think so, too. In fact, each week the Amazing Garage Sale sells one-third of its merchandise. In other words, if you fall in love with something, buy it right away – chances are it won’t be there when you come back. RUNNER UP FOR BEST ANTIQUE DEALER: NIWOT ANTIQUES 136 2nd Ave., Niwot • 303.652.2587 • www.niwotantiques.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST HOME FURNISHINGS STORE: TIMBERLINE FINE FURNITURE 2015 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.443.3610

CELEBRATING 26 YEARS!

SEPTEMBER 2006

THANK YOU BOULDER COUNTY FOR YOUR LOYALTY,

CONFIDENCE,

AND FRIENDSHIP!

WAT E R S T R E E T

2 4 2 5 C A N YO N

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303-449-2626

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303-444-7600

Appointments are recommended & preferred 30th St. & Walnut • Boulder, CO • www.tanstogo.com

THANK YO U BOULDER

BEST FLORIST & BEST GARDEN CENTER STURTZ & COPELAND

2851 Valmont Road, Boulder • 303.442.6663 • www.sturtzandcopeland.com

Sturtz & Copeland has been beautifying Boulder County for 77 years. Owner Carol Riggs is quick to share the limelight: “I think I have the best staff in the whole world. They are wonderful to me, and they’re wonderful to our customers.” The floral department houses an abundant selection of fresh flowers as well as eight full-time designers who create fabulous, imaginative arrangements. From simple bouquets to multi-tiered centerpieces and everything in between, the experts at Sturtz & Copeland can translate your sentiments into flowers. The garden center is equally impressive, with an award-winning selection of tropical and blooming plants. You’ll find the area’s largest selection of orchids, as well as annuals, perennials and bulbs. Pottery from around the world and several kinds of fountains complete the greenhouse collection. And there are several Master Gardeners on hand to school you on how to take care of your lovelies when you get home. No wonder Sturz & Copeland wins best florist and best garden center year after year. And add best party planner find to the list of accolades: Sturtz & Copeland provides a one-stop-shop for breathtaking flowers, custom-printed invitations and stationery. RUNNER UP FOR BEST FLORIST: LAFAYETTE FLORIST

600 South Public Road, Lafayette • 303.665.5552 Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital, 200 Exempla Circle, Lafayette • 303.666.1118 www.lafayetteflorist.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST GARDEN CENTER: McGUCKIN HARDWARE 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.1822 • www.mcguckin.com

for all the support throughout the years!

CoNtemporary,

BOULDER’S BEST IN for

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BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

and vintage

clothing

for men and

Best Women’s Clothing Store women, Best Place to Shop with $20 cowboy in Your Pocket Best Recycled Goods/Thrift Store boots,

2600 30TH ST. BOULDER 303.245.9909 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!

retro

Biscuits & Deli Items

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Rockin’ Robin really

ROCKS!!

124 2nd Avenue / Old Town Niwot 303.652.4144 Tues-Sat. 10-6 Sun 12-5 www.rockinrobins.net

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BEST BEDDING/ MATTRESS STORE VERLO MATTRESS FACTORY STORES

3080 Valmont Road, Boulder 303.447.1154 • www.verlo.com

There’s no need to count sheep when you’re lying on top of a Verlo mattress. That’s because every Verlo mattress is virtually custom-fit to its owner. “We’re a factory,” explains Dick Summerfield, owner of Boulder’s store. “That means we make the mattresses right here in Boulder. If a customer finds his or her mattress to be too soft or too firm, we can tear it open and adjust it.” Being a factory also means that Verlo can sell higher-quality mattresses for less than its competitors because customers pay factory-direct prices. “Our ultimate goal is to give people a good night’s sleep,” says Summerfield. And Verlo has been doing just that for almost 20 years.

BEST ART SUPPLY & HOBBY STORE

MICHAELS

4800 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.494.2008 410 Marshall Road, Superior • 720.304.3224 205 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont • 720.494.2673 www.michaels.com

RUNNER UP: DENVER MATTRESS

Now with three locations in Boulder County, Michaels is your even-moreconvenient, one-stop shop for all types of art and craft supplies. “We carry everything from fine art supplies like acrylic, oil and watercolor paints to googly eyes and felt for kids,” says Alison Kelly, a department manager at the Boulder store. Michaels also sells home décor, scrapbooking materials, beads, paper crafts, frames, dried flowers, yarn and needlework supplies and more. Plus, the prices are reasonable. Crafters and artists can indulge their hobbies without the guilt of breaking their budgets.

1945 28th St., Boulder 303.413.1314 2102 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont 303.774.1150 furniturerow.com/denvermattress

RUNNER UP: ART HARDWARE

1135 Broadway, Boulder • 303.444.3063 • www.arthardware.com

BEST BICYCLE SHOP

BEST BOOKSTORE BOULDER BOOK STORE

1107 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.447.2074 • www.boulderbookstore.com

Year after year, Boulder Book Store dominates the Best Bookstore category. “We offer something different,” says Elena McAnespie, marketing and promotions manager at the store. “We host author events, we provide an atmosphere where people can meet and share ideas, we’re located in historic downtown Boulder and we have a great staff – all these things make Boulder Book Store a special place.” Established in 1973, Boulder Book Store is a locally owned, independent business with a broad selection of reading materials and a solid place in this community’s hearts and minds.

RUNNER UP: BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS

2915 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.442.1665 • www.bn.com

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UNIVERSITY BICYCLES

839 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.444.4196 • http://ubikes.com/index.cfm

Opened in 1985, University Bicycles is the area’s oldest and most-loved bicycle shop. And the foundation of this success is, and always has been, great customer service. “We just try to take each customer one at a time and give them the best service they’ve ever had in a bike shop,” says sales manager Evan Hampton. University Bicycles sells a large variety of cruisers, mountain and road bikes and every bike purchase includes a lifetime of free adjustments while you wait – an invaluable perk. You can also find all the accessories you need to enjoy cycling – helmets, jerseys, sunglasses, shoes, racks – as well as bike rental at University Bicycles. RUNNER UP: FULL CYCLE

1211 13th St., Boulder • 303.440.7771 1795 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.440.1002 www.fullcyclebikes.com

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Thank You Boulder For Another Great Year! BEST CHILDREN’S STORE Event Centers & Catering Services

www.aspiceoflife.com 303-443-4049

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GRANDRABBIT’S TOY SHOPPE

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.0780 300 Center Drive, Suite C, Superior, 303.499.0780 www.grtoys.com

Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe is a magical store chock-full of stuffed animals, games and toys for infants to 12-year-old children. “Kids love to come and play here, and parents love the fact that we have great customer service,” says Kathi Patrick, the shop’s bookkeeper. “We’re always willing to find and special order items, and the staff has good knowledge of developmentally appropriate toys.” And listen up, boys and girls and the parents who love them – Grandrabbit’s has great news: In October, the remodeling project that will add 2,000 square feet to Boulder’s store will be completed. That means even more inventory and more room to play! RUNNER UP: PLAYFAIR TOYS

1690 28th St., Boulder • 303. 444-7502 Twin Peaks Mall, 1250 S. Hover St., Longmont • 303.678.1852 www.playfairtoys.com

Whole Pets Boulder’s Premier Place for Pets and People

Thank you

for your support from all of us at

Whole Pets!

BEST CAMERA SHOP MIKE’S CAMERA 2500 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.443.1715 • www.mikescamera.com

Smile, Mike’s Camera! You’ve just been named Boulder County’s best camera shop. Why? Because customers understand that Mike’s Camera knows photography inside and out. Since 1967, your awesome imaging shop has been providing professional and amateur photographers alike with the best tools and knowledge necessary to capture the most moving moments of their lives. Plus, in addition to photo and video cameras, you carry picture-taking accessories (for both film and digital cameras), a full line of photo processing services, classes, workshops and contests. Thanks for the memories!

2835 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302 www.whole-pets.com • 303-444-4733 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

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2520 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.544.9845 • www.wolfcamera.com

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VERIZON WIRELESS

1650 28th St., Boulder • 720.406.5234 2600 Pearl St. (inside Circuit City), Boulder • 303.413.9464 1067 S. Hover Road, Longmont • 303.772.0043 www.verizonwireless.com

Once again, Verizon Wireless was named Boulder County’s preferred cell phone outfitter. “We’re very appreciative to be recognized once again with the Boulder County Gold Award,” says Verizon media manager Bob Kelley. “We see the award as a direct reflection of the substantial $5 billion investment that we make each year in our wireless network. But year-in and year-out, customers know that they can count on our network reliability. And we take that trust very seriously.” Verizon boasts America’s most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 55 million customers nationwide.

RUNNER UP: T-MOBILE

1590 28th St., Boulder • 720.406.0040 | 1830 Main St., Longmont • 303.702.0161 www.tmobile.com

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BEST PLACE TO BUY WINDOW TREATMENTS INNOVATIVE OPENINGS

1672 30th St., Boulder • 303.449.6465 637 S. Pierce Ave., Louisville • 303.665.1305 www.innovativeopenings.com

With more than 25 years of know-how and the industry awards to prove it, the folks at Innovative Openings are the ones to go to whether you’re looking for a whole new look or are in need of some repairs. Solar screens, custom draperies, blinds, awnings, shutters and shades – Innovative Openings has them all and will see you through the entire process from free measuring and design to installation. Placing a huge emphasis on customer satisfaction, the professional installers at Innovative Openings aren’t contract laborers, ensuring the focus is trained solely on the job at hand. RUNNER UP: CLOTH CONSTRUCTIONS

2087 30th St., Boulder • 303.449.2102

BEST SHOE STORE PEDESTRIAN SHOPS

1425 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.449.5260 2525 Arapahoe Ave. (The Village), Boulder • 303.449.7440 www.comfortableshoes.com

For 36 years, owner Richard Polk has built his business around building relationships. The relationship between Pedestrian Shops and the community, which results in hundreds of shoes being donated to those in need every year; the relationship between staff and customers, which results in phenomenal customer service; and the relationship between happy feet and overall happiness, which results in a selection of the world’s most comfortable shoes. Pedestrian is home to Dansko and Crocs, Teva and Merrell, Keen and Born, and many, many more. But the most rewarding relationships for Polk have been on a more personal level. “My adult daughter has returned from college and is working with me. It’s wonderful,” says Polk. “I have a 15-year-old in high school as well. Sometimes I’ll walk in on the weekend and see both of them working together. It’s good stuff for me.” RUNNER UP: FROLIC SHOES FOR HER

2043 Broadway, Boulder • 303.413.1470

BEST EYE CARE STORE ASPEN EYEWEAR

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.447.0210 • www.aspeneyewear.com

A local favorite since opening in 1986, Aspen Eyewear is a third-generation, familyowned and operated business. “People get a sense of family when they walk in the door with the employees,” says certified optician and owner’s daughter Jennifer Ebner. “But they also feel like family just being a customer.” That’s because everyone at Aspen Eyewear goes out of his or her way to provide excellent service. Optometrists are available for convenient, professional eye exams. Prescriptions are filled in house at the only custom lens-finishing lab in Boulder. The friendly staff will spend as much time as you like helping select frames and ensuring a proper fit. And should your glasses ever need some TLC down the road, the master optician is a repair wizard. All this, plus competitive pricing, makes Aspen Eyewear a standout year after year. RUNNER UP: ENVISION BOULDER

1230 Spruce St., Boulder • 303.939.8021 • www.envisionboulder.com

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TOP 10 WINNERS

The following Boulder County Gold winners received the most overall votes in this year’s People’s Choice Awards. Congratulations to the Best of the Best!

1 McGuckin Hardware 2 Whole Foods 3 Boulder Bookstore 4 Mike’s Camera 5 Glacier Home Made Ice Cream 6 Puddle Car Wash

1083 14th St. • On the Hill

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7 Sturtz & Copeland 8 Liquor Mart 9 Moe’s Broadway Bagel 10 Carelli’s

Thank You Boulder for Choosing Us

Special Thanks to our 1,000’s of Customers in the Boulder Area. “A very professional job done on our home. All the workers were very courteous and neat. Our home looks so nice; just like brand new. We would highly recommend Champion any time.”

“Great addition to our home! We get many compliments. We love the room and all of the windows.” Cindi Lindsey - Longmont

Dale Saylors - Boulder County

Visit our Factory Showroom 5850 Byrd Drive • Loveland Free In-Home Consultations 303-499-7800 • 877-221-0770 www.championwindow.com Evening & Weekend Appts. Available Showroom Open 7 Days Exclusively at Champion

Applies to Champion Patio Rooms & Vinyl Replacement Windows

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BEST FLOOR COVERING STORE

FLOORCRAFTERS

1501 Lee Hill Road, Unit 1, Boulder • 303.449.3084

There’s nothing quite like wood floors. Carpet, tile and vinyl can’t come close to the durability, craftsmanship and visual appeal of hardwood. FloorCrafters can make it work for your house. For the past 19 years, the family-owned company has specialized in furnishing, installing, sanding and finishing hardwood floors. Owners Sheri and Clarence Harrison are passionate about their business and our community. They bring a positive attitude to everything they do, from answering customer questions about investing in hardwood floors to running trails throughout Boulder County. And that attitude has clearly rubbed off on their highly trained, amiable staff. Cherry to maple, oak to pine, walnut to beech, high-end to laminate and beyond, FloorCrafters will help you find the right floor for the right price.

We flip for our customers! 1795 Pearl St. • 303.440.1002 1211 13th St. • 303.440.7771

RUNNER UP: ATLAS FLOORING

4920 North 28th St., Boulder • 303.442.3221

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BEST COMPUTER STORE COMP USA

THE QUALITY YOU EXPECT THE SERVICE YOU DESERVE

1740 30th St., Boulder 303.998.1108 www.compusa.com

Looking for a laptop computer, personal finance software, an LCD monitor or a scanner? CompUSA has it. Looking for an iPod, a digital camera or Xbox? CompUSA has it. Looking for Word, Excel or Outlook training? CompUSA has it. Looking for flatware, pajamas or a bicycle? Well, CompUSA doesn’t stock those items, but you get the point: CompUSA is the place to go for all the technology and technology products and services you could ever want. And besides its great products, this store also offers great prices and customer service – reason alone to be voted Boulder County’s best.

• Full Service Dry Cleaning, Laundry & Alteration • Environmentally Safe GreenEarth Cleaning • Friendly & Knowledgeable Staff • Five Convenient Locations • Free Pick-Up & Delivery Service • Boulder’s Finest Since 1921

RUNNER UP: CIRCUIT CITY

2600 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.413.9464 • www.circuitcity.com

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BEST GAME STORE IT’S YOUR MOVE

1219 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.938.9225 www.itsyourmovegames.net

BEST GROCERY STORE & BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE

WHOLE FOODS MARKET

2905 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.545.6611 www.wholefoods.com

Yes, the selection is incredible. The flavors can’t be beat. The quality surpasses every expectation. The bakery, the cheese, the bulk foods, the cornucopia of organics, the essential oils and vitamins, the ready-made dinners, the olive bar, the sushi, the fresh meat, seafood and produce ... it boggles the mind. But when you ask associate store team leader Bruce Green what sets Whole Foods apart, he’s quick to tell you it’s the people. “It all ends up with our team members and our commitment to hiring the best people available,” he says. “We invest a lot in training, and we empower them to be excellent and take care of our customers.” You’ve noticed it, too, right? That time you were looking for quinoa flour or the perfect cheese to accompany your basil-infused crackers? It was easy to find someone to help, and they were happy to do it. They were really quite happy, as it turns out. Whole Foods Market was named No. 15 on Fortune magazine’s annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For this year. It’s been on the list since the store’s inception nine years ago. Remarkable customer service makes for a very pleasant shopping experience. And although it can’t be proven scientifically, we happen to believe it makes everything taste better, too.

RUNNER UP FOR BEST GROCERY STORE: KING SOOPERS

3600 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder • 303.499.4004 6550 Lookout Road, Boulder • 303.530.1020 1650 30th St., Boulder • 303.443.9622 480 North Highway 287, Lafayette • 303.604.3060 1375 South Boulder Road, Louisville • 303.673.1800 1611 Pace St., Longmont • 303.776.7570 2255 North Main St., Longmont • 303.772.7950 995 South Hover Road, Longmont • 303.702.0099 www.kingsoopers.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE: VITAMIN COTTAGE

It’s Your Move carries a dizzying number of playthings: traditional favorites like chess and backgammon, board games, collectable miniatures and cards, puzzles, role-playing games, juggling and magic supplies, electronic games and other novelties. It can be a bit daunting without guidance. And this is what makes It’s Your Move the best of the best – its people. “We have employees who play games and who enjoy being around and with games,” says manager Chris Lancaster. “We like what we do. We like what we sell.” The employees at It’s Your Move don’t just know general information about the games, they’ve actually played many of the ones they have in stock, and can speak from experience. This allows employees to recommend games that are similar to favorites of customers or to pass on enthusiasm about new products. RUNNER UP: EB GAMES

2760 Canyon Blvd., Boulder • 303.440.1282 545 West South Boulder Road, Lafayette • 303.666.7192 502 Center Drive, Superior • 720.304.3881 1250 South Hover Road, Longmont • 303.682.1930 www.ebgames.com

BEST GIFT SHOP PAPER DOLL 1141 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.449.1661

You only need step through the doorway to understand why Paper Doll’s slogan is “It’s all about experience.” Delightful aromas whirl through the air. Lively music plays in the background at just the right volume. Product displays are artful, whimsical and eye-catching. Each detail of your trip through the store has been carefully considered. No wonder it’s such fun to shop at Paper Doll. “We hope that a great shopping experience translates into a wonderful gift-giving experience when people leave the store,” says owner Troy Rivington. And it will. Paper Doll is home to a fabulous, eclectic array of wares. From accessories to stationery, wrapping paper to jewelry, toys to house decorations, you’ll find something for everyone on your gift list. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to pick up a little something for yourself.

2355 30th St., Boulder • 303.402.1400 1739 N. Main St., Longmont • 303.684.8200 100 West South Boulder Road, Lafayette • 303.926.1600 www.vitamincottage.com

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RUNNER UP: JACQUE MICHELLE

2670 Broadway, Boulder 303.786.7628

BEST TREE NURSERY THE TREE FARM 11865 Mineral Road (Hwy 52), Longmont • 303.652.2961 • www.thetreefarmlongmont.com

The Tree Farm’s 35 acres of land are covered in possibility. Flowering, fruit, shade, evergreen – there are literally thousands of trees, shrubs and perennials from which to choose. And happily, there are more than 60 knowledgeable nursery professionals on staff to help you make your selections. “Everybody says this,” laughs manager Mike Gittleson. “But what makes us different is quality, selection and service. Here it’s true.” Locally owned since 1980, The Tree Farm is stocked with our harsh climate in mind. Staff members don’t want you to buy just any plant. They want to help you find the perfect plant for a specific spot in your yard. They want your landscape to thrive. And if you need a little extra service, just ask. The friendly folks at The Tree Farm can help with landscape design, delivery and installation. RUNNER UP: CREEKSIDE TREE NURSERY

3283 North 61st St., Boulder • 303.668.7647 • www.creeksideboulder.com

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Boarding Grooming Doggie Play Care

BEST RUNNING STORE

BOULDER RUNNING COMPANY

2775 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.786.9255 • www.boulderrunningcompany.com

Boulder is the place to go for world-class athletes interested in a rigorous training ground. It would only stand to reason we’d have the best gear, too. Boulder Running Company’s staff will take the time to analyze your gait on the video monitor as you use the treadmill to ensure you’re putting your tootsies into the perfect shoe. They’ll help you find the right apparel for whatever conditions you’re running in and make sure you’ve got sunglasses that don’t jump off your face, or whatever other kind of accessories for which you’re in need. With the 4-1-1 on upcoming races, athletes, physicians, training tips, injury prevention and more, let the staff at Boulder Running Company get you on the right track.

RUNNER UP: FLEET FEET

2624 Broadway, Boulder • 303.939.8000 • www.fleetfeetboulder.com

BEST HARDWARE STORE

Thank You!!! for voting us best again Doggie Play Care starting at $15.00/day!

cottonwoodkennels.com 303.442.2602 •

Thanks Boulder.

7275 Valmont Rd., Boulder

We Love You!

McGUCKIN HARDWARE

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.1822 • www.mcguckin.com

Randy Dilkes is amazed by how much stuff McGuckin Hardware can cram on its shelves. He knows first-hand. He’s the store manager and has been in a green vest for 29 years. “I remember when McGuckin was just a little store,” he says. More than 60,000 square feet of sales floor, 200,000 items and 51 years later, this locally owned, family business remains true to its roots. When you walk through the door, you’ll be greeted by friendly, knowledgeable folks who will help you find what you need – from nuts and bolts to ceiling fans to dog food to electric bikes. “We’ve always had a great reputation,” remarks Dilkes. “People say we have the best customer service they’ve ever seen. And they are in awe of the selection.” So when you find yourself in need of that little thingamajig, get yourself to 2525 Arapahoe Ave. “We stock those things just because that’s what we do,” says Dilkes. “We’re McGuckin.”

East 4760 Baseline 303-499-4760 North 3133 28th St., Boulder 303-440-6542 The Hill 1350 College Ave 303-442-4400

RUNNER UP: HOME DEPOT

1600 29th St., Boulder • 303.449.4221 1200 Dillon Road, Louisville • 303.661.9600 393 South Hover Road, Longmont • 720.494.0319 www.homedepot.com

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BEST HOUSEWARES & KITCHEN GOODS STORE

BEST IMPORTED GOODS STORE

1235 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.449.5847 • www.peppercorn.com

1685 28th St., Boulder • 303.938.0757 • www.costplus.com

PEPPERCORN

The products at Peppercorn are all about turning your house into a home. They are imbued with beautiful colors, luxurious textures and rich aromas. Every item – from appliances to formal dinnerware, table linens to bed sheets, cookbooks to coffee – reveals the store’s unique knack for considering form as well as function. You just won’t find that special martini glass, copper pot, china pattern or table decoration anywhere else. And you won’t want to: Peppercorn feels like home. The 12,000-square-foot space is broken into inviting vignettes, lively displays of merchandise that tickle the fancy and spark the imagination. It’s the perfect place to find a gift, fill a hole in your collection or just browse and daydream. “We are pleased to offer a unique selection of products,” says assistant to the owner Janice Manville. And we are pleased to shop at Peppercorn.

RUNNER UP: McGUCKIN HARDWARE

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.1822 • www.mcguckin.com

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COST PLUS WORLD MARKET

You might venture out to an imported goods store looking for a change of pace. But the amazing selection and prices at Cost Plus World Market are going to make you a regular, mark our words. “We offer an exciting variety of products in a fun and friendly shopping environment,” says general manager Carley Williams. And it is fun. Lounge on a sofa from New Delhi. Model glass beads from Indonesia. Get your rhythm on with Mexican maracas and Chinese drums. Wrap yourself in Turkish cotton. Toast your health with Spanish stemware. Cost Plus World Market has everything you need to furnish your place with international flair, as well as scrumptious specialty foods to fill your belly. It’s a fanciful global journey, and one you can well afford to take home with you. RUNNERS UP (TIE): INDOCHINE

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.444.7734 1779 Valtec Lane, Boulder • 720.565.8262 www.homeimport.com

CHINA COAST

1930 Central Ave., Boulder • 720.406.1628 • www.china-coast.com

THANKS, BOULDER FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

www.clothconstructions.com 2087 30th Street • Boulder, CO • BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

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BEST PET STORE/BAKERY/DELI & BEST LOCALLY OWNED STORE

DELI P.C.’S PANTRY FOR DOGS AND CATS 2600 30th St., Boulder • 303.245.9909 • www.pcs-pantry.com

With so many dog and cat lovers here in Boulder County, it’s hard to believe there was a time before P.C.’s Pantry. Featuring an almost ridiculous array of leashes, collars, toys, beds, books and more, the shop in the old Steelyards building on 30th Street really specializes in food. Sure, they have tons of healthy bagged and canned food, but with freshly baked, wild concoctions like liver loaves and salmon cookies laid out in the display cases, it’s almost guaranteed your dog will pout if you don’t bring him in with you. If you don’t have a pet, the lively and welcoming store is a good place to find one – check out the listings of little buddies that need a home and stock up on the necessities in one shot. RUNNER UP FOR BEST PET STORE/BAKERY/DELI: WHOLE PETS

2835 Pearl St., Suite B, Boulder • 303.444.4733 • www.whole-pets.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST LOCALLY OWNED STORE: McGUCKIN HARDWARE 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.1822 • www.mcguckin.com

BEST JEWELRY STORE & BEST COMPANY/STORE THAT GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY HURDLES JEWELRY

1402 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.443.1084 • www.hurdlesjewelry.com

“If anybody walks through the front door, we should be able to handle any request that they have,” explains third-generation owner Keith Hurdle. After almost 60 years in business on the Pearl Street Mall (making them the oldest retailer on the Mall without a name change), the commitment to customer service at Hurdles Jewelry has stood the test of time. “We can either find the product they’re looking for, make the product they’re looking for or refer them to someone who carries it.” With three in-house designers, the store offers full-blown custom work, so bring your design in and let their professionals hop to it. Of course, the customer service at Hurdles extends far beyond those seeking jewelry. With on-going donations of time, money and expertise bestowed upon the community, Hurdles has made a name for itself with non-profit organizations such as the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. “I try not to say no to anybody who’s local. I don’t care if it’s a school event, Boy Scouts, whoever.” For Keith Hurdle, it boils down to treating people right. “It’s a time in people’s lives where they’re trying to do something nice for somebody else and I think they should be treated accordingly.” RUNNER UP FOR BEST JEWELRY STORE: WALTERS & HOGSETT FINE JEWELERS

2425 Canyon Blvd., Boulder • 303.449.2626 www.waltersandhogsett.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST COMPANY/STORE THAT GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY: NIWOT MARKET 7980 Niwot Road, Niwot • 303.652.0919 • www.niwotmarket.com

BEST RECORD/CD STORE

BART’S CD CELLAR & RECORD SHOP 1015 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.447.8150 www.bartscdcellar.com

Bart’s CD Cellar & Record Shop isn’t just a place to get music – it’s an institution in Boulder. Built for and by music purists, Bart’s staff can find you the new Paris Hilton CD, but they can also recommend a zillion other artists more worthy of your hard-earned cash. Take a seat at the diner and listen before you buy, wander over to the massive vinyl collection or peruse the endless new and used selection – it’s impossible to go into Bart’s and not find something you have to have. If you’re lucky, you might even catch an in-store performance. RUNNER UP: ALBUMS ON THE HILL

1128 13th St., Boulder • 303.447.0159 www.albumsonthehill.com

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BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE WEEKENDS 1200 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.444.4231 • www.weekendsboulder.com

It’s hard to put your finger on Boulder County style. We want to be fashion-forward, but definitely not fashion-fussy. Dressed, not dressy. For the discriminating man, this means one thing: Weekends. A local favorite for 17 years, Weekends houses a collection that merges European and American design, creating a look that can only be described as Boulder. Labels such as Cole Haan, Zegna Sport, Ibiza and Tommy Bahama line the shelves. Customers flock to the finely crafted American and Italian leather jackets. And at the back, Weekends’ Denim Store holds a contemporary assortment of fashion from up-and-coming designers. With simple lines, striking colors and delicious details, Weekends clothing puts the cool in men’s casual cool. RUNNER UP: THE REGIMENT SHOPS OF COLORADO

2425 Canyon Blvd., #F, Boulder • 303.443.2713 • www.theregimentshops.com

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE & BEST RECYCLED GOODS/THRIFT STORE & BEST PLACE TO SHOP WITH ONLY $20 IN YOUR POCKET ROCKIN’ ROBIN’S: RETRO AND RESALE

136 2nd Ave., Niwot • 303.652.4144 • www.rockinrobins.net

You’re probably going to want more than $20 with you when you wander into Rockin’ Robin’s: Retro and Resale shop, but you really can quiet the shopping bug with less. Or bring in your castaways for trade or cash and let someone else have a go in them. While the store predominantly carries women’s fashions, there’s plenty to look at for the menfolk, too. From cowboy boots to prom dresses, the little store with big sound is sure to have something essential to your closet. Try on your selections and then shimmy up to the lighted dance floor next to the jukebox and shake it in front of the mirror – you’re not wearing these clothes in a dressing room anyway, right? RUNNER UP FOR BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE: WEEKENDS

1200 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.444.4231 • www.weekendsboulder.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST RECYCLED GOODS/THRIFT STORE: SAVERS 695 S. Broadway, Boulder • 303.499.6979 • www.savers.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST PLACE TO SHOP WITH ONLY $20 IN YOUR POCKET: TARGET

2800 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.449.3400 | 551 S. Hover Road, Longmont • 303.684.0701 | 400 Marshall Road, Superior • 303.209.0106 | www.target.com

Thank You Boulder County For A Great Year

Boulder’s Choice for Hardwood Flooring 303.449.3084 SEPTEMBER 2006

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3 a.m.? We’re awake.

BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS So you do your best work in the wee hours. It’s all the same to us. You can shop online seven days a week, 24 hours a day at DailyCamera.com. We’re talking cars, houses, merchandise ... whatever your little heart (or caffeinated bloodstream) desires.

Open all night. DailyCamera.com

653 S. Broadway, Boulder • 303.499.2011 • www.playitagainsports.com

Decided it’s time to trade up to better golf clubs? Or maybe you’ve given up hockey and you’ve chosen lacrosse as your new favorite sport? Any way you slice it, Play It Again Sports is your go-to store for sports equipment. Featuring a fabulous selection of new and used equipment, the shop can work with you on off-loading your old gear and getting into some new stuff. Just bring in your used equipment and turn it in for consignment, trade or cash. Most used gear is purchased from customers on a seasonal basis, however, they’re always looking for baseball gloves and snowshoes. So check your garage for baseball gloves and trade them in for credit towards a snowboard! RUNNER UP: REI

1789 28th St., Boulder • 303.583.9970 • www.rei.com

A BOULDER FAVORITE SINCE 1991 For over 15 years Elvira and Silvano DeLuca have been offering Boulder diners the finest cuisine and culture of old Rome. Everything from the outdoor fountains to the pasta with fresh seafood combine to make a night out at Antica Roma one of the most intimate and memorable experiences in Boulder. Dinner is served from 5:00pm daily. Please join us for our Happy Hour from 3:00 - 6:30pm featuring our award-winning tapas menu

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BEST VIDEO STORE VIDEO STATION 1661 28th St., Boulder • 303.440.4448 • www.thevideostation.com

Boasting more than 50,000 titles, it’s no surprise The Video Station has Colorado’s largest video rental catalogue. And lucky us, it’s right here in Boulder County. Never you mind about new releases – The Video Station has them all. But even if you’re looking for an old silent film, the latest from a little-known foreign director or even something out of print, you’re set. Movie aficionados can literally spend hours perusing the selection while your Average Sally Moviegoer can find what she wants and be on her way in minutes. Hiring only the most knowledgeable filmies, The Video Station is famous for its Staff Picks, which you can check out in the store or on the Web site. RUNNER UP: BLOCKBUSTER

4800 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.494.8419 2400 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.413.0952 3135 28th St., Boulder • 303.413.0750 1610 Pace St., Longmont • 303.772.0653 965 Hover St., Longmont • 303.651.1293 1751 North Hover Road, Longmont • 303.651.1343 976 Dillon Road, Louisville • 720.890.7828 1335 South Boulder Road, Louisville • 303.665.0550 3333 Arapahoe Ave., Erie • 303.926.4200 1691 East Coalton Road, Superior • 303.554.1300

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BEST OUTDOOR RECREATION STORE REI

1789 28th St., Boulder • 303.583.9970 • www.rei.com/stores/boulder

Boulder County’s large contingent of thrill-seekers don’t just love all the high-end gear REI has to offer – the REI Adventure Weekend Getaways are also a big draw. Packages range from short weekend hikes in Tahoe for the whole family to eight days in Acadia National Park biking, canoeing and kayaking for the multi-taskers out there. Not enough adventure for you? Not to worry, REI can send you on an African safari or out on an icebreaker in the Antarctic. Before you go, of course, you’ll need to get outfitted with everything from mosquito nets to hand-warmers, and REI is the place to go. REI also hosts clinics to get you back in prime shape and local events to get you started.

1600 29th St., Boulder • 303.449.4221 1200 Dillon Road, Louisville • 303.661.9600 393 S. Hover Road, Longmont • 720.494.0319 www.homedepot.com

With more than 2,000 sizes and styles of windows for both single-home owners or contractors, Home Depot is the place to go for windows. Get tips on how to install them yourself in one of the many weekly classes Home Depot offers, or find someone to install them for you through their network of professionals. Not sure if you want casement or picture windows? Can’t decide between custom-made premium vinyl or wood? Head on into the store and take a look at them up close with a friendly employee who can help you get the look you’re going for at a price you can afford. RUNNERS UP (TIE): CHAMPION WINDOWS, SIDING AND PATIO ROOMS

www.championwindow.com • 877.221.0770 or 888.528.4455

RUNNER UP: NEPTUNE MOUNTAINEERING

633-A South Broadway, Boulder • 303.499.8866 • www.neptunemountaineering.com

SOLARGLASS WINDOW AND DOOR

7123 Arapahoe Road, Boulder • 303.442.4277 • www.solarglass.com

PLEASE VISIT BREADWORKS NEWLY EXPANDED CAFE Our Menu Features:

Full Line of Breakfast Pastries & Desserts Wood-Burning Pizza Oven - Homemade Soups - Large & Small Salads Grilled or Cold Sandwiches - Authentic Freshly Spun Gelato & Sorbet New Breakfast Selections including Frittatas, Roulades & BREADWORKS Own Oatmeal (until 11am) Over 40 Varieties of Hearth-Baked Artisan Breads & Rolls

Everything baked fresh on-site everyday Open EVERYDAY at 7am Independent Locally Owned Bakery/Cafe

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Best Bagel: Moe’s Broadway Bagel RU: Einstein Bros.

Best AC/Heating Service: Precision Plumbing Heating & Cooling RU: Meyers Heating & Air Conditioning

Best Bakery: Breadworks Cafe RU: Spruce Confections

Best Auto Dealer AND Best Auto Repair Shop/Service Department: Flatirons Subaru Acura RU for Best Auto Dealer: Fisher Chevrolet Honda Pontaic RU for Best Auto Repair Shop/Service Dept.: Hoshi Motors

Best Antique Dealer AND Best Home Furnishing Store: The Amazing Garage Sale RU for Best Antique Dealer: Niwot Antiques RU for Best Home Furnishing Store: Timberline Fine Furniture

Best Bar: Rhumba RU: The Foundry Best Barbecue: KT’s Barbecue RU: Thunderbird Burgers Best Burrito: Illegal Pete’s RU: Chipotle Best Caterer: A Spice of Life RU: Thunderbird Burgers Best Chinese Restaurant: Orchid Pavilion RU: Golden Lotus Best Coffeehouse: Vic’s RU: Starbucks Best Deli: Salvaggio’s Italian Delicatessen RU: Deli Zone Best Hamburger: Tom’s Tavern RU: Thunderbird Burgers Best Happy Hour AND Best Outdoor Dining AND Best Appetizers AND Best After-Work Gathering Spot: The Mediterranean (The Med) RU for Best Happy Hour: Boulder Café RU for Best Outdoor Dining: Trattoria RU for Best Appetizers: Nissi’s Bistro and Music Venue RU for Best After-Work Gathering Spot: Mountain Sun/Southern Sun Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt AND Best Dessert: Glacier Home Made Ice Cream RU for Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt: Cold Stone Creamery RU for Best Dessert: Cheesecake Factory Best Indian Restaurant: Taj Indian Cuisine RU: Tandoori Grill Best Italian Restaurant AND Best Place for a Romantic Dinner: Carelli’s RU for Best Italian Restaurant: Laudisio RU for Best Place for a Romantic Dinner: Flagstaff House Restaurant Best Late-Night Restaurant (THREE-WAY TIE): Pearl Street Pub | Cosmo’s Pizza | Denny’s Runners Up (TIE): Old Chicago | Illegal Pete’s

Best Oil Change: Grease Monkey RU: Jiffy Lube Best Car Wash: Puddle Touch-Free Car Wash RU: Black Diamond Best Carpet Cleaning Service: Nesheim Cleaning Services, Inc. RU: Chem-Dry Best Child Care Center: YWCA - Children’s Alley RU: Boulder Day Nursery Best Financial Institution: Elevations Credit Union RU: Wells Fargo Best Dry Cleaner/Laundromat: Art Cleaners RU: John’s Cleaners Best Dentist: Dr. Ted Kawulok, Whole Family Dentistry RU: Dr. William Brachvogel Best Golf Course: Indian Peaks Golf Course RU: Flatirons Golf Course Best Place to Work Out: Rallysport Health and Fitness Club RU: YMCA Best Climbing Gym: The Spot Bouldering Gym RU: Boulder Rock Club Best Hair Salon: Finishing Touch Salon & Day Spa RU: Salon Salon Best Karate/Martial Arts Studio: Tran’s Martial Arts and Fitness Center RU: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Best Lasik/Laser Eye Facility/Surgeon: InSight LASIK RU: Beyer Laser Center Best Medical Facility AND Best Local Employer: Boulder Community Hospital RU for Best Medical Facility: Boulder Medical Center RU for Best Local Employer: InSight LASIK Best Moving Company: Boulder Valley Transfer RU: Taylor Moving

Best Margarita: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant RU: Zolo Grill

Best Pet Boarding Service: Cottonwood Kennels RU: Dog City

Best Mexican Restaurant: Juanita’s Mexican Food RU: Efrain’s Mexican

Best Pet Grooming Service: The Hydrant RU: Cottonwood Kennels

Best New Restaurant: Aji Latin American Restaurant RU: Jimmy & Drew’s Delicatessen

Best Veterinarian: Alpine Hospital for Animals RU: Dr. Dodge - Jasper Animal Clinic

Best Pizza: Abo’s Pizza RU: Proto’s Pizza

Best Place for Worship: First Presbyterian Church of Boulder RU: Unity of Boulder

Best Salad: Whole Foods Market RU: The Mediterranean (The Med)

Best Real Estate Agent: Dave Fish (RE/MAX of Boulder) RU: Duanne Duggan (RE/MAX of Boulder)

Best Seafood Restaurant: Jax Fish House RU: Dolan’s Restaurant

Best Real Estate Company/Office: RE/MAX of Boulder RU: Wright-Kingdom, Inc.

Best Smoothie: Jamba Juice RU: Glacier Home Made Ice Cream

Best Retirement/Alternative or Elder Care/Assisted Living Facility: The Academy RU: Frasier Meadows

Best Sushi: Hapa Sushi RU: Sushi Zanmai

Best Boulder County School AND Best High School Sports Team: Boulder H.S. RU for Best Boulder County School AND Best High School Sports Team: Fairview H.S.

Best Take-Out Food: Siamese Plate on the Go RU (TIE): Noodles & Co. | Jimmy & Drew’s Delicatessen

Best Teacher: Jolie Kasynski, Heatherwood Elementary RU (TIE): Monica Augustine, Wildflower School of Voice Ken Lowe, Monarch High School

Best Thai Restaurant: Khow Thai Café RU: Siamese Plate Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Sunflower RU: The Leaf Best Vietnamese Restaurant: Chez Thuy RU: Kim’s to Go Best Gunbarrel/Niwot Restaurant: Le Chantecler RU: Café Blue Best Place to Hear Live Music AND Best Lafayette/Louisville/Superior/Erie Restaurant: Nissi’s Bistro and Music Venue RU for Best Lafayette/Louisville/Superior/Erie Restaurant: Efrain’s Mexican RU for Best Place to Hear Live Music: Fox Theatre Best Longmont/Lyons Restaurant: Oskar Blues Cajun Grill & Brewery RU: The Pumphouse Restaurant & Brewery Best Breakfast AND Best Brunch: Lucile’s Creole Cafe RU for Best Breakfast: Walnut Café RU for Best Brunch: Boulder Broker Inn

Best Spa: Essentiels Spa RU: The Finishing Touch Spa & Salon Best Tanning Salon: Tans To Go RU: Executive Tans Best Travel Agency: James TravelPOINTS RU: Cain Travel Best Customer Service: McGuckin Hardware RU: Boulder Community Hospital Best Singles Hangout: Dillinger’s Food & Spirits RU: The Foundry Billiards Club Best Place to Entertain Kids: Pearl Street Mall RU: Peanut Butter Players Best Day Camp: Peanut Butter Players RU: Avid 4 Adventure Best Weekend Getaway: Estes Park RU: Gold Lake Mountain Resort and Spa

Best Art Gallery: Exhibitrek RU: Art & Soul Best Art Supply & Hobby Store: Michaels RU: Art Hardware Best Bedding/Mattress Store: Verlo Mattress Factory Stores RU: Denver Mattress Best Bicycle Shop: University Bicycles RU: Full Cycle Best Bookstore: Boulder Book Store RU: Barnes & Noble Best Children’s Store: Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe RU: Playfair Toys Best Camera Shop: Mike’s Camera RU: Wolf Camera Best Cell Phone/Wireless Outfitter: Verizon Wireless RU: T-Mobile Best Computer Store: Comp USA RU: Circuit City Best Men’s Clothing Store: Weekends RU: Regiment Best Shoe Store: Pedestrian Shops RU: Frolic Best Eye Care Store: Aspen Eyewear RU: Envision Best Floor Covering Store: FloorCrafters RU: Atlas Flooring Best Florist AND Best Garden Center: Sturtz & Copeland RU for Best Florist: Lafayette Florist RU for Best Garden Center: McGuckin Hardware Best Tree Nursery: The Tree Farm RU: Creekside Nursery Best Game Store: It’s Your Move RU: EB Games Best Gift Shop: Paper Doll RU: Jacque Michelle Best Grocery Store AND Best Health Food Store: Whole Foods Market RU for Best Grocery Store: King Soopers RU for Best Health Food Store: Vitamin Cottage Best Hardware Store: McGuckin Hardware RU: Home Depot Best Housewares & Kitchen Goods Store: Peppercorn RU: McGuckin Hardware Best Imported Goods Store: Cost Plus World Market RU (TIE): Indochine | China Coast Best Jewelry Store AND Best Company/Store that Gives Back to the Community: Hurdles Jewelry RU for Best Jewelry Store: Walters & Hogsett Fine Jewelers RU for Best Company/Store that Gives Back to the Community: Niwot Market Best Liquor Store: Liquor Mart RU: Boulder Wine Merchant Best Place to Buy Musical Instruments: H.B. Woodsong’s RU: Robb’s Music Best Record/CD Store: Bart’s CD Cellar & Record Shop RU: Albums on the Hill Best Pet Store/Bakery/Deli AND Best Locally Owned Store: Deli P.C.’s Pantry for Dogs and Cats RU for Best Pet Store/Bakery/Deli: Whole Pets RU for Best Locally Owned Store: McGuckin Hardware Best Recycled Goods/Thrift Store AND Best Women’s Clothing Store AND Best Place to Shop With Only $20 in Your Pocket: Rockin’ Robin’s: Retro and Resale RU for Best Women’s Clothing Store: Weekends RU for Best Recycled Goods/Thrift Store: Savers RU for Best Place to Shop With Only $20 in Your Pocket: Target Best Running Store: Boulder Running Company RU: Fleet Feet Best Sporting Goods Store: Play It Again Sports RU: REI

Best Restaurant Service AND Best Restaurant With a View: Flagstaff House Restaurant RU for Best Restaurant Service: Frasca RU for Best Restaurant With a View: Chautauqua Dining Hall

Best Boulder County Mountain to Climb: Mount Sanitas RU: Bear Peak

Best Outdoor Recreation Store: REI RU: Neptune Mountaineering

Best Restaurant to Bring Kids: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Spirits RU: Mountain Sun / Southern Sun

Best Colorado Ski Resort: Vail RU: Winter Park

Best Video Store: Video Station RU: Blockbuster

Best Theater Performance: Boulder Dinner Theatre RU: Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Best Non-Profit Organization: Humane Society of Boulder Valley RU: Peanut Butter Players

Best Boulder County Event: Boulder Creek Festival RU: Bolder Boulder

Best Place to Buy Windows: Home Depot RU (TIE): Champion Windows, Siding and Patio Rooms | SolarGlass Window and Door

Best Activist/Community Champion: Jo Anne Lamun, Peanut Butter Players RU: Josie Heath, The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County

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Best Place to Buy Window Treatments: Innovative Openings RU: Cloth Constructions

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Boulder County Gold 2006  

The Daily Camera's Boulder County Gold awards, 2006 edition.

Boulder County Gold 2006  

The Daily Camera's Boulder County Gold awards, 2006 edition.