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2008

Boulder County

GOLD PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS The 2008 Boulder County Gold People’s Choice Awards results are in! Check out the following pages and you’ll uncover the best of the best in Boulder County – the people, places and things that make this county great. This year’s winners and runners up are a fine bunch. Some are repeat winners and some are brand new winners. With so many wonderful choices in our area, the competition was tough. Your votes have been tallied and, after weeding out the cheaters, 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. Turn the page to read about the winners!

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BEST AMERICAN RESTAURANT 1039 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.544.5973, www.thekitchencafe.com

The Kitchen

The Kitchen quickly earned a local and national reputation after it opened in downtown Boulder in 2004. Executive chef and co-owner Hugo Matheson continues to draw raves for The Kitchen’s fresh and seasonal menu, which typically features organic or natural ingredients, often from local farmers and ranchers. At The Kitchen, “green” refers to the lovely assortment of salads served at lunch and dinner. It also refers to the restaurant’s eco-friendly approach to doing business, something Boulder patrons appreciate. The Kitchen uses wind-generated electricity and most of its discardable products are 100-percent biodegradable. The restaurant offers two spaces for dining – an intimate lounge upstairs and the main quarters downstairs. In the cellar, The Kitchen houses its impressive list of wine and beer, including 750 labels of fine wine. Its experienced staff is always ready and able to suggest the perfect wine to accompany diners’ fare. Turley s

2805 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.2800, www.turleysboulder.com

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It had been a Great First Year in business BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT

- Open Sundays 10am to 8pm -

If you enjoy Asian cuisine, there’s something on the menu for you at Chez Thuy. How can there not be? The menu at the 15-year-old Boulder eatery boasts roughly 150 items. Many are traditional Vietnamese dishes, like curried stews or lettuce wraps. The menu is accented with Chinese and Thai offerings, too, including Sesame Chicken, Pad Thai and the recently added green curry dishes. But rather than rely solely on tradition, owner Thuy Le likes coming up with her own authentic recipes and trying them out on hungry customers, as well. One of the busy restaurant’s most-popular requests is Le’s Spicy Beef and Tomato dish. According to manager Michael Reeves, Thuy Le’s son, customer’s appreciate the fast service at Chez Thuy, as well. And if there’s something you don’t see on the menu, ask for it. “We recently added a Kung Pao to our menu because we get so many request for it,” Reeves says. Chances are, though, you’ll find just what you’re looking for and more when you nestle into your seat in Chez Thuy’s dining room. “We have such a huge menu, it can definitely suit anybody,” Reeves says.

2540 Arapahoe Ave. (Next to Safeway) 303.444.8500 | www.boulderbottles.com BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

Chey Thuy

2655 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.1700, www.chezthuy.com

Moongate Asian Bistro

1626 Pearl St., Boulder, 720.406.8888; 199 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 720.890.0868 www.moongateasia.com

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BEST BAKERY

Breadworks Caf

2644 Broadway, Boulder, 303.444.5667

Talk about consistency. Through holidays, renovations and even consecutive massive snowstorms that shut down most of Boulder during the winter of 2006 to 2007, Breadworks Café has not closed its doors since it first opened them more than 13 years ago. This winter, the bakery will pass the 5,000-day mark of consecutive days being open for business, come snow or shine. That same kind of commitment goes into the bread, baked goods and café fare Breadworks makes for its loyal customers. With prices for ingredients on the rise, Breadworks owner Larry Domnitz says the locally owned and operated bakery and kitchen hasn’t budged from its commitment to use 100-percent organic stone ground flour in its breads, and real butter in its croissants and scones. “People feel confident when they come in here that we’re baking and cooking with high-quality ingredients,” Domnitz says. “We’ll never take a short cut. If we don’t feel good about making it and serving it, we won’t do it.” What Breadworks serves includes a tempting variety of excellent artisan breads, a decadent assortment of cookies and brownies, plus a daily offering of coffee, sandwiches, soups, salads and even pizzas. And at Breadworks, you can rest assured the food is made on-site daily. That means 365 days a year. Spruce Confections

767 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.6773; 4684 Broadway, Boulder, 303.449.5819

BEST DELI

Cafe Food

2079 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.9239 www.cafefood.qwestoffice.net/701.html

Café Food has been a mainstay in Boulder since the ’70s, according to Dennis Oviatt, who’s owned the café for almost 15 years. “We’ve got some hardcore fans ... I just talked to a guy today who’s been coming in for over 20 years. And that’s very, very common.” Sure, the little café tucked into a strip mall off 30th might be easy to miss, but once you’ve had the roasted turkey sandwich with chopped pepper, pickle and onion astride it, or one of their homemade soups, you won’t forget where to go for lunch. “We offer good value and we make all our own stuff: we roast our own turkey, make all of our own salad dressings, bake all of our own bread.” The café is open 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Jimmy & Drew s Delicatessen

2855 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.3354

926 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.3535, www.thewestendtavern.com

Hand-crafted beer and a food menu filled with fresh spins on old favorites is one thing. At Boulder’s West End Tavern they take things even further and offer hand-crafted cocktails. Take their twist on a popular drink, the mojito. At the West End, it’s a French mojito, made with vodka, champagne, muddled strawberries and mint. “A year and a half ago we decided to make our bar more like our kitchen and have fresh ingredients and really have chefs behind the bar,” says West End general manager Mike Lawinski. “People can come in here and talk to a bartender and hear a whole history about Tequila. The education of our staff is probably higher than a good majority of places.” The West End offers their own take on traditional tavern fare, too, like fried chicken and biscuits served over Cajun gumbo, or the Ahi tuna “BLT.” If you’re a burger guy or gal, the bar features a special kind each day of the week. And the West End has created a large array of salads of late, in order to please those looking for lighter fare. For atmosphere, it’s hard to beat the West End’s rooftop, and its view of the Flatirons. It goes right along with the top-shelf service. “Sometimes it takes a little bit of extra love to make a French mojito than it does a vodka tonic,” Lawinski says. “But the extra time and effort is definitely worth it.” (TIE) Mountain Sun

1535 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.546.0886, www.mountainsunpub.com

Conor O Neill s

1922 13th St., Boulder, 303.449.1922, www.conoroneills.com

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West End Tavern

BEST BAR

Boulder’s Best Florist & Boulder’s Best Garden Center since 1929

florists, greenhouses & fine stationery

2851 Valmont • 303-442-6663 Mon-Fri 8-6, Sat 8-5, Sun 10-5 www.sturtzandcopeland.com

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One of Boulder’s Best Restaurants for 14 Years

BEST BARBECUE

KT s Barbecue

2675 13th St., Boulder, 303.442.3717 7464 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.786.7608 799 Highway 287, Broomfield, 303.410.7333 www.ktsbbq.com

3 1/2 STARS FOOD, SERVICE, AMBIANCE HAPPY HOUR “BOULDER’S BEST DEAL”

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2319 Arapahoe Ave • 303.444.8758 www.dolansrestaurant.com

The folks at KT’s understand the key to great barbecue: Cook it slow, on low, with lots of love. Kirk and Tricia (the K and the T) Jamison have been spreading the gospel of great barbecue in Boulder County since 1991. And Boulder County readers have once again said a big “AMEN,” voting KT’s their favorite stop for melt-in-your-mouth, loosen-your-belt, down-home goodness. KT’s specializes in Memphis- and Texas-styled barbecue. That means Hickorysmoked pork shoulder, dry-rubbed ribs, brisket and hot links. They offer three kinds of sauce – tangy, sweet and burn-the-demons hot – in order to soak your sandwich. The sides are simple and scrumptious – mashed potatoes, slaw and spiced beans. But what’s great barbecue without good friends? KT’s has made friends with its loyal patrons through the years. In fact, four of its menu staples – Mike’s, Joe’s and Amy’s combo basket, and the June Bowl – are named after longtime customers. We’ll see you in line at KT’s. Daddy Bruce s Bar-B-Que

2000 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.8890

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Illegal Pete s

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1212 Commerce Ct., Lafayette

People like Illegal Pete’s for the food, and also for the atmosphere, says Gabe Smith, manager of the popular burrito stop on Pearl Street. “It’s laid back,” Smith says. “It’s very community oriented. We play good music and everyone working here gets to dress how they like and be themselves.” The laid-back vibe lasts well into the night, as each of Illegal Pete’s restaurants stay open until 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The staff at Illegal Pete’s puts together one heckuva burrito, too. Whether you’re hungering for a beef, chicken, fish or vegetarian burrito, not to mention an assortment of tacos, taquitos and quesadillas, you’ll walk away from the counter with a two-fisted meal. But if there’s one thing customers tell Smith that makes Illegal Pete’s stuffed-to-the-limits burritos stand out from its competitors, it’s the fact that Illegal Pete’s mixes their ingredients before the final wrap and hand-off. “That’s a big one, there,” Smith says. Chipotle

303.666.8888

919 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.544.9386 1650 28th St., Boulder, 720.406.0500 375 S. McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 720.890.0670 100 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 303.651.6763 1708 Main St., Longmont, 303.485.6369 www.chipotle.com

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

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BEST HAPPY HOUR AND BEST OUTDOOR DINING AND BEST APPETIZERS

Mediterranean Restaurant (The Med)

1002 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.5335, www.themedboulder.com

If you’re a local, you call it The Med. Capital T, capital M. A mainstay of exotic foods, country-glamour décor and solid happy hour specials, The Med is The Place to take family from out of town, buddies after work and your special lady friend on a date. Manager Rob Kukura is happy to explain why: “The uniqueness of the tapas, the variety, the quality and the affordability of it all are the biggest reason why our happy hour is so good.” Try something from the wood-fired oven; one of the three types of hummus; chicken, shrimp or lamb skewers with tzatziki sauce; or tuna tartar – you’re not getting soggy bar fare here, folks. Sip on a white or red sangria by the fountain on the gorgeous patio. “Owner Peggy Romano puts her heart and soul into that patio every summer ... there’s really no other space like that in town, where it’s secluded but open and airy,” says Kukura. “It’s very much like dining in Italy, Spain or France. You get all those feelings out there, all in one place.” FOR BEST HAPPY HOUR: Boulder Caf

1247 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.4884

FOR BEST OUTDOOR DINING: Chautauqua Dining Hall

900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.440.3776, http://www.dininghall.net/menus.php

FOR BEST APPETIZERS: Aji Restaurant

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

BEST CATERER

A Spice of Life

5541 Central Ave., Boulder, 303.443.4049 5706 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.444.3452 www.aspiceoflife.com

You know that old, out-dated, seldom-used mantra in the service industry? The one about how the customer is always right? Turns out, it’s still alive and well at A Spice of Life catering in Boulder. “Our sales staff and service staff is very hospitality driven,” says A Spice of Life Events Center Manager Juls Gunderson. “Our main mission is to take care of the client and make sure the client is completely well cared for.” A Spice of Life has been taking care of locals for 21 years. They can do it all: hot meals or cold meals, sandwich delivery or full-service, multiple-course gourmet dinners. They can serve you at your home, in the park, your office or at their own banquet facility. While meeting customers’ needs are the focus for the folks at A Spice of Life, they don’t take themselves too seriously. “We definitely like to have fun,” Gunderson says. That makes for a happy work-force, and happy clients. “The company is great to work for,” Gunderson says. “It really is a big family, and that includes clients as well as co-workers.” Dish Gourmet

1918 Pearl St., Boulder, 720.565.5933 www.dishgourmet.com

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

BEST HIBACHI CUISINE

Ai Sushi & Steak

1685 29th St., Unit 1268, Boulder, 303.440.9600, www.aisushi.com

Part of the secret behind Ai Sushi and Steak’s awesomeness is the convergence of food and fun. The family-owned restaurant has fresh fish flown in daily, instead of relying on frozen fare – so Ai’s sushi is top-notch. Have yourself a firecracker roll or a sizzling rib eye, but forget sitting glumly at the table while waiting for your plate – Ai chefs prep everything in front of you with gleeful acrobatics while you sink into the warm, modern style of the decor. “We focus on making sure customers [and staff ] all have a good experience,” says Roslyn Sakaguchi of Ai Sushi. Benihana

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515 Zang St., #A, Broomfield, 303.410.0482, www.benihana.com

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Since 1992, Vic’s has been slinging the bean juice to locals. With highly trained baristas, fine pastries from local bakeries and a general atmosphere of fatal coolness, Vic’s is practically an institution. Die-hard fans will tell you the coffee drinks are consistent and hefty in flavor. And by “hefty,” we mean strong. Herculean, even. Vic’s has all the extras – WIFI, sandwiches from Breadworks, a solid selection of newspapers – but it’s the essentials, like a great staff and excellent espresso, that keep the coffee junkies coming back.

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Boulder for support throughout the years!

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT

Taj Mahal III

1075 S. Boulder Road, Suite 145, Louisville, 303.926.0999, www.tajmahal3.com

2550 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO 80301 (303) 444-7502

There are a number of reasons why so many people love this authentic Indian spot: rich red and gold interior embellishments with a cozy fireplace and soothing waterfall; fresh ingredients and bold spices expertly prepared by chef Hira, who has spent a decade at Taj Mahal perfecting high-quality Indian dishes; and dedicated, friendly waiters who are happy to help customize dishes to suite individual taste buds, from mild to fire-hot. This establishment enjoys a thriving business due in part to regulars who the staff have come to know intimately, says longtime waiter Jamyang Dshering. Repeat customers count on the consistently delicious chicken tikka masala, cooked Tandoori-style with a thick sauce, and classic saag paneer, spinach in rich cream sauce. All the senses are engaged – and delighted – at this Louisville mainstay. Tandoori Grill

619 South Broadway, Boulder, 303.543.7339, www.tandoorigrillboulder.com

BEST LATE-NIGHT RESTAURANT

Cosmo s Pizza

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

Let’s face it, college students aren’t the only ones guilty of a late-night nosh. And when the munchies take over after dark, Cosmo’s Pizza serves up some piping-hot satisfaction. In addition to classic and specialty pies like the ham and pineapple-topped Hawaiian and the olive oil and garlic-drizzled White Pizza, Cosmo’s makes tasty calzones, salads and some deliciously carb-loaded breadsticks with dipping sauces like spicy ranch. It doesn’t matter when those nighttime cravings hit, either, because owner Ryan Shorter keeps his house of ’za – now in two convenient locations – open until 2:30 a.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. International House of Pancakes (IHOP)

1675 28th St., Boulder, 303.444.2115, www.ihop.com

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BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Jax Fish House

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

Tired of the same-old Tuna Tartare? Go to Jax Fish House for a sea of change. Try the Togarashi Spiced Wild Alaskan Salmon, with lemongrass noodle stir fry, the down-home Mississippi Catfish with skillet cornbread and collard greens, or the Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with polenta. Rising shipping costs and restrictive fishing have made it harder to find great seafood on the menu in land-locked Colorado, but general manager Aaron Derr says you’ll always find well priced, exciting selections at Jax. “Our sushi-grade Tombo is excellent, as is the Kajiki or blue marlin that we are getting a lot of requests for. And we always feature five or six types of oysters every night.” Boulder County voters say, when you want the best seafood, chart your course for Jax Fish House. Dolan s Restaurant

2319 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.444.8758

BEST SUSHI

Hapa Sushi

1117 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.473.4730; 1220 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder, 303.447.9883; www.hapasushi.com

It’s one thing to be The Best, and another to stay The Best. Last year’s winner, Hapa Sushi, returns again this year with top honors. What’s behind the success? “It’s all about consistency,” says owner Mark Van Grack. “Our customers know they can always get great food and service, whenever they come in.” The New-York-meets-Tokyo atmosphere is hip and comfortable, but never upstages the tasty masterpieces created by Hapa’s passionate sushi chefs. Fresh fish arrives daily direct from Hawaii and is turned into sushi rolls, hand-crafted Nigiri, Hapa Bowls and more. There’s a good selection of vegetarian rolls on the menu, and beef fans will love the Kobe Ribeye, served up with garlic smashed potatoes, shiitake mushrooms and spinach. “We’re grateful for all our fans voting us the Best Sushi restaurant again for 2008,” Van Grack says. Sushi Zanmai

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

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BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT AND BEST LAFAYETTE/ LOUISVILLE/SUPERIOR/ERIE RESTAURANT

Efrain s Mexican

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

BEST ICE CREAM / FROZEN YOGURT

Glacier Home Made Ice Cream & Gelato

3133 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.6542; 4760 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.4760 www.glacierhomemadeicecream.com

“What makes us different from every other ice cream shop is that we make everything from scratch,” explains Victor Alcantar, the production manager. “We only make about six to seven gallons at a time and it’s better quality than the mass-produced stuff.” While the shops have regular favorites they keep on hand consistently, before press time, Glacier was rockin’ the guava sherbet. But by the time this is in your hands, the seasonal special will probably be peach ice cream. “We do pumpkin ice cream in November, peppermint stick ice cream for the winter ... Our customers have really, really good taste, we have such good restaurants here, they know what’s good.” Ben & Jerry s

1203 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.5725, www.benjerry.com

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Around Boulder, Efrain’s is about the closest you’ll get to eating in an authentic Mexican kitchen. At the original Lafayette location, the distinct old-house ambiance and family-run kitchen, not to mention great prices, have kept this traditional establishment going for more than 18 years. “My mom is the best cook I know,” says owner George Gomez, who attributes much of Efrain’s success to recipes passed down through generations. Repeat diners crave super-fresh fajitas and chicken chimichangas, but “we sell it all,” says Gomez. Made-from-scratch margaritas are another staple at Efrain’s, this year a two-category Boulder County Gold winner. Gomez and his five brothers and sisters, the eldest of which started the namesake restaurant, don’t believe in big buckets of the classic Mexican mixer. “Customers tell me they like to see what Tequila we put in our drinks, so we make them all right here before their eyes,” says Gomez. FOR BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

1101 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.3690, www.riograndemexican.com

FOR BEST BEST LAFAYETTE/LOUISVILLE/SUPERIOR/ERIE RESTAURANT: The Huckleberry Restaurant, Bakery and Tea Room

700 Main St., Louisville, 303.666.8020, www.thehuckleberry.com

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Cantina Laredo

1680 29th St., Boulder, 303.444.2260 www.cantinalaredo.com

It’s fitting that this year’s fresh-faced Best New Restaurant is all about ... fresh! “We make everything fresh at Cantina Laredo,” says kitchen manager Paul Fortunato, “... fresh lemon juice, fresh limes in our margaritas, fresh salsas made daily; we even make the guacamole right at your table.” The upscale-butcasual atmosphere is just right for a relaxing dinner after work or getting together with friends to celebrate a special occasion (you’ll find more than 100 types of tequila to choose from). Menu favorites include the Fiesta Grill, Camarones Escondidos (tender chicken breast stuffed with shrimp) and a selection of entrée salads. Don’t forget to save room for the Mexican Brownie, served in a hot skillet with Mexican brandy butter and a scoop of ice cream. Radda Trattoria

1265 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303.442.6100 www.raddatrattoria.com

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BEST TAKE-OUT FOOD

Jimmy & Drew s Delicatessen

2855 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.3354

“I always look for a little corner place,” Drew Marx says, describing a favorite restaurant, “with a classic menu and comfortable atmosphere. That’s what we’ve created at Jimmy & Drew’s Delicatessen.” The restaurant is the creation of Marx and Jimmy Eggers, “local boys” who take extra pride in what they serve. From the best ingredients, to smoking their own salmon, to spending hours on a brisket, the pair makes sure everything is simply the best. Esquire magazine called Jimmy’s Favorite one of the “Best Sandwiches in America.” Takeout is big at Jimmy & Drew’s, and just about anything on the menu can be ordered to go. “A lot of people are coming in for brunch items, stocking up for the weekend,” Marx says. In a hurry? Call ahead and your order will be waiting for you.

BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

Sunflower Organic Dining

1701 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.0220, www.sunflowerboulder.com

“We have a good reputation, since the people who come here are vegetarian and non-vegetarian,” says owner and executive chef Jef Forsberg. “We’re an organic restaurant; we have organic meats and chicken, for example. People love us because everybody can eat here and have what they want. Not all vegetarians hang out only with vegetarians. Everyone can enjoy our organic food. Vegetarians, vegans, people who want gluten-free or have other restrictions are welcome here. It’s quality food, on Pearl Street, with a nice atmosphere. And we love what we do.” The jazz brunch on Sunday is laid back and casual, with a little musical group, The Aardvark Eater. “We have a big, pretty room and lots of great food,” Forsberg says. “We’ve been told by people from all over that our huevos rancheros are the best.” Sunflower’s eggs Provencale and banana nut bread French toast are big hits, too.

Noodles & Co.

2850 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.247.9978 2770 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.5533 1245 Alpine, Boulder, 303.440.4340 1100 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 303.665.6226 www.noodles.com

Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant

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

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BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER

Carelli s of Boulder Ristorante Italiano

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

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Few restaurants go to the extremes that owner/operator Greg Carelli has to make his Italian hideout on par with some of the country’s finest dining establishments. His passion for high design, as well as consistently savory dishes, is undeniable. Spago’s California-cool is Carelli’s ultimate inspiration. Each year there’s something new that elevates this rich and romantic spot – surprisingly tucked into a not-so-pretty strip mall – to stardom. Most recently, Carelli has added an upscale lounge and full bar; 5-foot custom LED mood-lighting pendant; and plush outdoor firepit. “I’m not afraid to spend the money,” says Carelli about his constantly evolving 17-year-old restaurant. “It all adds to the theater of dining here.” In the center of the restaurant’s swanky yet soothing blend of warm metals and woods, is an exquisite “creperia.” From this mod glass kitchen, chefs mold thick batter into lunch entrée and dinner dessert crepes stuffed with dreamy fillings like marinated berries and whip cream. New chef Laura Salomon, formerly of Strings in Denver, also adds another dimension to Carelli’s kitchen. A comprehensive, finely tuned “boilerplate” menu is complemented by daily specials incorporating fresh seafood accents like Atlantic salmon risotto drizzled with truffle oil and citrus-seared swordfish with green tea risotto. And a creative wine list representing all 20 regions of Italy completes the flawless dining experience patrons find year after year at Boulder’s diamond in the rough. FOR BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT: Laudisio Ristorante Italiano

1710 29th St., Suite 1076, Boulder, 303.442.1300, www.laudisio.com

FOR BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER: Flagstaff House Restaurant

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

BEST GUNBARREL/NIWOT RESTAURANT

Colterra Food & Wine

210 Franklin St., Niwot, 303.652.0777, www.colterra.com

Colterra owner/chef Bradford Heap received classic European training from culinary legends like Alain Ducasse, and has served as guest chef at the prestigious James Beard House. Heap had successful stints at Full Moon Grill and Chautauqua Dining Hall. Colterra’s menu favors ingredients in season from local farms and growers, naturally raised hormone- and antibiotic-free meats, and sustainably harvested fish from around the world. The cuisine is inspired by the flavors of Southern France and Northern Italy. Chef Heap offers small dishes that invite guests to try a variety of tastes and sip various wines by the glass from a substantial wine list. Once a month Chef Heap and Sommelier Jonathan Deering combine talents and put on a four-course regional wine dinner. “And every Sunday night we offer a prix fixe, three-course supper for $28, and recommend wines to pair with each course (at additional cost),” explains Deering. Treppeda s Italian Ristorante

300 Second Ave., Niwot, 303.652.1606, www.treppedas.com

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BEST BREAKFAST AND BEST BRUNCH

Lucile s Creole Cafe

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

Tap your feet to the Zydeco, jazz or Cajun music wafting through the dining room at Lucile’s, transporting you to oncefabled New Orleans. “Basically, it’s a big party! We celebrate Mardi Gras every day,” says Brian Heilman, partner at Lucile’s. “We’ve been doing this for almost 28 years. The food is unique; you can’t get it anywhere else in the area. We have a high-quality product that keeps people coming back. Locals like to show the place off to out-of-town guests. They like the consistency – they know what they’re going to get.” What they’re going to get is a Creole-inspired menu with dishes like Eggs Ponchartrain (fresh pan-fried mountain trout, poached eggs, béarnaise sauce), Pain Perdu (New Orleans-style French toast), and Eggs Sardou (creamed spinach, Gulf shrimp, poached eggs and hollandaise) – and their divine beignets, a.k.a. powdered-sugar covered donuts. Lucile’s makes Cajun sausage in house, along with jams, hot sauce and even their own ketchup. Lucile’s theme is “Lucile’s Creole Café, Exploring Creole Cooking from Around the World.” Creole posters and decorations from the bayou heighten the colorful ambience. FOR BEST BREAKFAST: The Buff Restaurant

1725 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.7450 www.goldenbufflodge.com

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BEST PIZZA

Abo s Pizza

2761 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.443.1921 1110 13th St., Boulder, 303.443.3199 4745 Walnut St., Suite D, Boulder, 303.443.6582 637 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.494.1274 720 Austin Ave., Erie, 303.828.9777 4626 Centerplace Drive, Longmont, 303.678.0111 1834 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.abospizza.com

With 10 locations in Boulder County, Abo’s Pizza is “everywhere” and all-around good. The New York-style pizza, with its bumpy thin crust, is great by the slice, greater when you order a whole pie. The dough is made fresh daily and hand tossed according to the authentic Neapolitan New York tradition. The sauce is light and sweet, with just a hint of tartness. “Definitely, our customers come to Abo’s because they appreciate the quality,” says Brian Kehoe, owner of the Broomfield store. “And our fantastic staff goes all out.” There’s simply no topping an Abo’s pizza ... except with olives, sausage, pepperoni – you get the picture.

BEST PLACE FOR TEA

Dushanbe Tea House

1770 13th St., Boulder, 303.442.4993, www.boulderteahouse.com

Thanks to artisans from Tajikistan, the Dushanbe Tea House is a feast for the eyes, not just the palate. Lavish and colorful decorative elements appear everywhere – on the hand-carved and hand-painted ceiling, tables, stools, columns and exterior ceramic panels – with stellar, solar and floral motifs taken from nature. Inside and outside, the building is a delight to see. “We’re the only authentic Persian tea house in North America,” says director of operations Nathan Pulley. “We value being a part of this community, and we’re blessed with this building. The menu is a constant surprise to local people as well as visitors. Our tea menu is extensive, with 90 to 95 diverse and highquality teas. And we serve four meals a day: breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner.”

Proto s Pizza

4670 Broadway St., Boulder, 720.565.1050 489 Highway 287, Lafayette, 303.661.3030 600 Airport Road, Longmont, 303.485.5000 www.protospizza.com

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1225 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303.444.5953, www.pekoesiphouse.com

BEST BOULDER COUNTY EVENT

Boulder Creek Festival

P.O. Box 108, Boulder 80306, 303.449.3137, www.bceproductions.com

Buy a hammock. Ride a roller coaster. Participate in a native dance. Win a raffle. Learn about a local non-profit organization. Eat some chili. Clean up your aura. Rock out. Launch your rubber duck. Participate in your community. The Boulder Creek Festival has something – in fact scores of somethings – for everyone. Last Memorial Day weekend marked the festival’s 21st year and featured 10 separate event areas, five performance stages for music and dance, and 500 vendors. Phew. Good thing revelers have three full days to experience it all. It’s local, action-packed, the unofficial kickoff to summer and – oh yes – it’s free. Bolder Boulder

5500 Central Ave., Suite 110, Boulder, 303.444.RACE, www.bolderboulder.com

BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE

Flagstaff House Restaurant

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

Some restaurants have great service, some have an impressive menu, some have a large wine collection and others have a breathtaking location. The Flagstaff House Restaurant has it all: award-winning food, a 20,000-bottle wine cellar and unrivaled views of Boulder from its 6,000-foot perch in the foothills. But the service – oh the service – it is nothing short of spectacular. “We say, ‘Make a difference to every table, every night,’” says general manager Scott Monette. And it shows. Eating at the Flagstaff House is an experience. You’ll be pampered without being fussed over by the staff, treated with the utmost kindness and respect. So whether you have questions about the menu, need help picking out a wine, want to make a good impression at a business dinner or need a bit of space to whisper sweet nothings into your partner’s ear, you’ll be given the exact amount of attention you desire. “We realize it’s special to come up here,” adds Monette. “We want to continue to make that special for our customers.” Frasca Food & Wine

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Oskar Blues Cajun Grill & Brewery

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

“We enjoy what we do,” says Wayne Bowers, general manager. “When you go out to eat, it’s rare to see the staff enjoying themselves – but we do here. As to the food, we serve a lot of Cajun and a little bit of everything else. It’s all homemade. We’ve got the main dining room upstairs, another downstairs with live music five nights a week – blues and R&B and bluegrass.” (Hey, this is Lyons, remember? Music, music, music!) Pumphouse Brewery & Restaurant

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

1738 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.6966, www.frascafoodandwine.com

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BEST THEATER PERFORMANCE

Boulder s Dinner Theatre

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

After more than 30 years in business and countless awards (including a slew of Boulder County Golds), you’d think the talented artists at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre might be getting just a little complacent. Not a chance. “It all comes down to love ... love of the theatre,” enthuses artistic director/producer Michael J. Duran. “Everyone here has such passion for what we do, and it shows in our productions.” It also shows in the customer service. Boulder’s Dinner Theatre actors not only deliver Broadway-quality performances, they serve drinks, bread, salad and gourmet entrées as well. It’s a full evening of delicious entertainment that has to be experienced to be believed. Colorado Shakespeare Festival

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

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, which was recently named one of the “10 Best Family Restaurants” by Parents magazine, provides an upbeat, come-as-you-are environment where kids – and adults – can be kids. “Our goal is, and always has been, providing our guests with exceptional service, high-quality food and a fun, family-friendly dining experience,” said Eric Houseman, Red Robin president and chief operating officer. Mission accomplished. Balloons, activity pages, crayons and the lovable Red Robin himself go a long way toward making eating out with kids a fun activity. But it’s the menu that seals the deal – mac and cheese, chicken fingers, cheeseburgers, corn dogs and more for the kids, and more than two dozen gourmet burgers, as well as salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts and unique beverage offerings, for the adults. Have an extremely picky eater? Fear not, the cooks are more than happy to prepare custom orders. Red Robin also gets bonus points for offering healthy side options on its kids’ menu and providing a detailed ingredient guide for those of us with food allergies. McDonald s

1800 28th St., Boulder, 303.443.4700 2920 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.449.1916 939 Dillon Road, Louisville, 303.666.9033 1051 South Hover St., Longmont, 303.682.1948 399 North Highway 287, Lafayette, 303.926.8811 245 South Main St., Longmont, 303.776.9383 1900 North Main St., Longmont, 303.772.3017 www.mcdonalds.com

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BEST DESSERT

Cheesecake Factory

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

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The Cheesecake Factory is celebrating 30 years of delivering decadent, delicious desserts, as well as a full spread of savory meals, to its customers this year. What’s the secret of its success? “I think it’s The Cheesecake Factory’s innovative menu that keeps guests coming back,” explains Alethea Rowe, director of restaurant marketing. Indeed, there are more than 200 choices in The Cheesecake Factory’s expansive menu, as well as 50 different desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth – from its original recipe cheesecake to fruit tortes and crisps to sublime ice cream creations. “This summer we introduced 12 new menu items, including our 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake that supports America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network with a 25-cent donation for every slice sold this year,” says Rowe. So now eating some of the most famous cheesecake in the country not only tastes good, it’s good for the community. Talk about a win-win.

BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303.443.3399, www.foxtheatre.com

Fox Theatre

The Fox Theatre building has housed a wealth of entertainment options throughout its many incarnations, and was the first establishment on University Hill to be given landmark status. But don’t be fooled by its historic pedigree. The place is anything but old-fashioned. The Fox Theatre is home to cutting edge, crystal clear, live music – rock, blues, hip-hop, jazz, punk, reggae, folk, indie, country and everything in between. Big-ticket artists, fresh talent and local favorites light up the stage five nights a week. “We work really hard to keep Boulder dialed in with the best top-shelf music in the nation,” says box office manager Joe Seehusen. “And you’re gonna see us on the top for a long, long time.” Nissi s

2675 North Park Drive, Lafayette, 303.666.2757, www.nissis.com

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3133 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.6542 4760 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.4760 1350 College Ave., Boulder, 303.442.4400 1749 Main St., Longmont, 303.485.8834 www.glacierhomemadeicecream.com

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SERVICES, FACES & PLACES BEST AUTO REPAIR SHOP / SERVICE DEPT. 2504 Spruce St., Boulder, 303.449.6632, www.hoshimotors.net

People need to be able to trust that their cars will get them where they need to go. When they don’t, they need an auto repair shop they can trust. A straightforward approach, not to mention a highly competent staff of mechanics, has built Hoshi Motors a reputation as an honest shop. Owner Laurie Farmen says, “Telling the truth is always easiest. We are trustworthy.” That ethic has served Hoshi as its staff has served Boulder County’s Acura, Honda, Subaru and Toyota drivers for 24 years. Many on the Hoshi staff have been with the auto shop for 15 years or longer, a testament to the shop’s consistency. And while their honest, friendly and personal approach to customer service is old school, Hoshi – which mean’s “star” in Japanese – has broken new ground in one way. Hoshi has ushered women into a traditionally male-dominated workplace. Along with Farmen, Hoshi’s parts manager and one of the auto-repair shop’s mechanics are female. Super-Rupair

1309 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder, 303.442.6508, www.superrupair.com

BEST CAR WASH

Puddle Touch-Free Car Wash

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Wright-Kingdom Real Estate

3100 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.9274, www.puddlecarwash.com

Boulder County drivers are rough on their second homes, otherwise known as their cars. What with the treks to the mountains, the weekly errands with kids in the back, or the jaunt to the open space with dogs in tow. When they decide to pamper their cars, local drivers often aim for Puddle, which is celebrating its 35th year of cleaning cars in Boulder. “People understand their vehicle is in most cases their second-largest investment after their home; you need to maintain it,” says Puddle owner Steve Miller. “And a clean car is a lot more fun to be around than a dirty one.” The full-service car wash and detail shop is open roughly 70 hours a week, and its 50 employees are expert at the basic inside-and-out vacuum and wash (done in less than 15 minutes), and more serious mop-up jobs as well. They do minor dent and paint repair, too. Miller says its Puddle’s dedicated staff, some of whom have been with the company 20 years, that deserves the spotlight. “Our success is a function of our employees,” Miller says. “They’re the ones that produce the finished product.”

4875 Pearl E. Circle, Suite 100, Boulder, 1.800.343.8885, www.wrightkingdom.com

Wright-Kingdom opened on April 1, 1976, and that’s no joke. Celebrating its 32nd year in business, it is a local company with deep roots in the community. And it’s also connected to Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a network of independent, privately held companies with 5,000 offices in the United States and in 25 countries. “We’re fortunate; our success is directly related to the people here – agents, a full-time relocation director and the office staff,” says general manager Dan Kingdom. “They average close to 17 years with the company. We have a very active group of Realtors involved in more than 100 non-profits, primarily in Colorado.” Some of the organizations are The Children’s Hospital in Denver, I Have a Dream Foundation, Stand Up for Kids, and a teen-parent program in the Boulder Valley School District. “Our business is about relationships, more than the individual transaction,” Kingdom says. “Eighty percent of our business is repeat and referral.”

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BEST PLACE TO WORK OUT

24 Hour Fitness

2950 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.443.2639 2900 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.209.9274 www.24hourfitness.com

Shed pounds. Build muscle. Bring back the spring in your step. Whatever your wellness goals, 24 Hour Fitness is ready to make them a reality. There are a variety of ways to get healthy, from free weights to cardio equipment, one-onone sessions with personal trainers to group exercise classes, saunas and steam rooms to physical therapy. There are several different membership types – something for every commitment level, every lifestyle. Best of all, as the name implies, you can get your sweat on whenever you want. The 38,421-square foot facility on Iris is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the 26,163square foot facility on Baseline is open nearly that often. You can also count on a solid workout when you’re on the road. There are more than 400 24 Hour Fitness clubs nationwide.

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BEST AC/HEATING SERVICE

Precision Plumbing & Heating

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

When technicians from Precision Plumbing & Heating come calling, they understand they’re not just working on a house, they’re working on your home. Precision technicians will make roughly 15,000 service calls in Boulder County this calendar year, says owner Tom Robichaud, using one of their fleet of 25 trucks. With 70 percent of Precision’s business coming from repeat customers, it’s obvious the folks at Precision, who service residential pluming, A/C, heating and electrical needs, are doing something right. Robichaud says the key to his company’s success is his staff of 40 employees. “I’m very blessed to work with people that have high integrity. It’s got to be a win for the customer, the employee and the company,” he says. In addition, Precision’s business practice includes getting involved with those in need in the community. Robichaud moved to Boulder as a youngster, graduated from Fairview High School in 1974 and opened Precision in 1982. “I really feel like it’s my professional responsibility to give back to the community that has given me so much,” Robichaud says. Meyer s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

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BEST OIL CHANGE

Grease Monkey

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Both hot and cold seasons in Colorado can be tough on an automobile’s engine. That calls for something termed preventative maintenance, which is a fancy way to say have your oil changed more often than you vote in a presidential election. Most auto manufacturers recommend an oil change every 3,000 miles or sooner, and once again, Camera readers have voted Grease Monkey the best place in Boulder County to change out their cars’ old oil for new. One reason is because it’s a convenient stop. The national company has six locally owned franchises. And when you stop in and let the mechanics at Grease Monkey pop your hood, they not only change your oil, they run through a check-list of maintenance items, including a look at your car’s battery, power steering and transmission fluids, air filter, coolant and tires, as part of the deal. Jiffy Lube

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

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BEST AUTO DEALER

BEST TANNING SALON

Fisher Chevrolet Honda Pontiac

Tans To Go

1842 30th St., Boulder, 303.444.7600 www.tanstogo.com

6025 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 800.873.0119 www.fisherauto.com

If you’ve been wondering why the CU-Boulder cheerleaders have seemed especially eye-catching for the past few years, you can thank their sponsor Tans To Go. The cheerleaders – along with countless loyal, non-sponsored customers who have voted the company best in Boulder County for the past seven years – all sing the praises of Tans To Go’s flawless results, relaxing environment and stellar staff. “It’s no secret that there are plenty of good choices out there for tanning,” maintains owner Doug Swartz. “Like any other shopping experience, you’re going to go back where you’re treated well. Customer service has to be the key.” There are several ways to become safely and beautifully bronzed at Tans To Go, including a variety of different tanning beds and the hugely popular airbrush tans administered by trained technicians. The store also stocks a wide assortment of lotions, tanning accessories and SPF moisturizers to keep your skin supple and your tan fresh.

Fisher Chevrolet Honda Pontiac, the family owned and operated auto dealer, has served Boulder County and the Front Range well for more than 30 years. Owner Craig Fisher says the key to Fisher’s success is pretty simple. “You’re only as good as your employees,” Fisher says. “We try to make it a place where people can come to work, have fun, make some money and build a career.” Many of Fisher Chevrolet Honda Pontiac’s 120 employees have done just that, staying with the local dealership for more than a decade. And as trends in the auto industry have changed, so has Fisher. The local dealership always remains on the cutting edge of information, technology and customer service. Fisher boasts the largest selection of new and certified used cars and trucks in Boulder County, and its facility on Arapahoe Road is second to none. But when it comes down to it, the personal touch customers receive when they shop for a car at Fisher sets it apart. “We’re fortunate to have an entire team of employees who deeply care about customer service,” Fisher says.

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BEST CARPET CLEANING SERVICE 1212 Commerce St., Lafayette, 303.666.8888, www.nesheims.com

Nesheim Cleaning Services, Inc.

When nearly 80-percent of your business comes from repeat customers, you’re doing something right. Nesheim’s has built that reputation during the past 27 years with top-notch customer service. Owner Rick Farasyn says they’ve earned the loyalty because Nesheim’s technicians back up their word with their deeds. “Our technicians are highly educated in the field of carpet construction,” Farasyn says. “But, really, it boils down to we’re there when we say we’re going to be there.” And when one of Nesheim’s 15 technicians shows up, they’re prepared with top-of-the-line cleaning equipment and products. Nesheim’s is expert at carpet, rug and upholstery cleaning, and uses an anti-allergen cleaning and treatment process. Best of all? Nesheim’s offers a 100percent money-back guarantee on all its work. That’s led to Boulder County readers voting Nesheim’s the Best Carpet Cleaning Service yet again. Chem-Dry of Boulder

3835 Silver Plume Circle, Boulder, 720.304.3910

BEST CHILD CARE CENTER

YWCA Children s Alley

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

Janet Beardsley, director of the YWCA in Boulder, hears this refrain nearly every day: “I don’t know what I’d do without Children’s Alley.” The non-profit organization is the only drop-in day care in Boulder County, and it serves as a lastminute safe haven for families in need, however large or small that need may be. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, Children’s Alley takes care of children ages six weeks to 12 years. “We serve three hot meals a day to children for families who are in crisis, or emergency situations or in transition,” Beardsley says. “We take them all. And we never turn a child away because they can’t afford it. We have a scholarship fund. Any child, no matter who they are, will be taken care of.” Children’s Alley has woven their sturdy safety net for more than 20 years in downtown Boulder. For Beardsley, the look on parents’ faces is often her best reward. “They are so relieved that they have somewhere safe to take their children,” she says. Take-a-Break

4950 Thunderbird Drive, Boulder, 303.665.9741; 408 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette, 303.665.9741; www.takeabreakchildren.com

BEST HEARING AID CENTER

BEST DAY CAMP

4800 Baseline Road, Suite E108, Boulder, 303.499.3900 1515 Main St., Suite 15, Longmont, 303.776.8748 www.hearinghealthcarecenters.com

2850 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 303.442.2778 2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette, 303.664.5455 www.ymcabv.org

Hearing HealthCare Centers

YMCA Fun in the Sun

Hearing HealthCare Centers have been fine tuning Boulder County’s hearing for more than 24 years. The centers house state-of-the-art equipment, offer the finest hearing instruments available and have top-notch staff. But it’s the individual attention that has made Hearing HealthCare Centers so popular. “When people come to us, we do everything we can to make them comfortable,” explains owner Whitney Swander, Au.D. For starters, the company offers free hearing evaluations. Should a correctable hearing problem be encountered, there are a variety of hearing aids in stock that can be demonstrated and fitted on the spot. “I like to say the proof is in the pudding,” says Swander. As further proof of its commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, Hearing HealthCare Centers has a 60-day evaluation period with a money-back guarantee. The centers also carry a number of different earplugs to prevent hearing loss. Boulder Valley Hearing & Speech Center

Rocky Mountain Day Camp

4745 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 130, Boulder, 303.443.2771

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Summer in Boulder County is a magical time, and local youths have a magical time at Fun in the Sun, one of the Boulder Valley YMCA summer day camps. The day camp serves children entering kindergarten through those entering 6th grade. It’s a convenient camp, too, as Fun in the Sun holds camps at eight different locations in Boulder, Louisville and Superior. Children who attend the popular program focus on outdoor games and activities, and involve themselves in a variety of arts and crafts. Stimulating field trips – three or four each week – are also on the agenda. What makes Fun in the Sun special, though, is how the program emphasizes the value of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, right alongside fun and creativity. 3351 Indiana St., Superior, 303.495.5204, www.rockymtndaycamp.com

BEST PILATES / YOGA CENTER

CorePower Yoga

645 27th Way, Boulder, 303.497.9642; 3280 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.3930; www.corepoweryoga.com

What distinguishes CorePower Yoga from other studios is its ability to meet students at every level of their yoga practice. Newcomers and experienced practitioners alike are welcomed, encouraged and fulfilled by dynamic classes, including CorePower Vinyasa, Hot Yoga, Yoga Sculpt and Hot Fusion. With a focus on a positive customer experience, outstanding lifestyle programs and high quality teacher trainings, CorePower Yoga continually provides growth opportunities for its students. “I am always so proud to feel a community develop among our yoga students and instructors,” says Boulder manager Cara Fogel. “Each of these students, no matter the reason they first started a yoga practice, come back to their mat because of the changes they begin to notice not only in their physical body, but in their daily lives off their mat.” Indeed, CorePower Yoga’s goal is to provide a platform for life transformation through integrated wellness, authentic connection and charity of spirit. Yoga Pod

1750 29th St., Suite 2020, Boulder, 303.444.4232, www.theyogapod.com

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BEST LOCAL SCHOOL

Boulder High School

1604 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.442.2430 http://schools.bvsd.org/boulderhigh

Founded in 1875 as part of the University of Colorado, Boulder High School is one of Colorad’s oldest and finest high schools, maintaining strong traditions in academics, athletics, fine arts and activities. The school benefits from its urban setting: Students access CU’s libraries, the Conference on World Affairs Conference, cultural community activities – and some can take collegelevel courses at CU. The school has a strong academic reputation, with one of the most extensive Advanced Placement programs in the state, offering 28 APlevel courses for the 2008 to 2009 school year. Boulder High’s Academic Decathlon team has won state awards and represented Colorado at the national competition for the past six years. The school has an extensive foreign language program that includes instruction in Japanese, Latin, French, Russian, German and Spanish. In varsity sports, Boulder High fields 18 sports teams each year across three seasons. Fairview High School

1515 Greenbrier Blvd., Boulder 303.499.7600 www.bvsd.org/schools/Fairview

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

Karen Bernardi, Bernardi Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker

Bernardi Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker, 2700 Canyon Blvd., Suite 200, Boulder, 303.402.6000, www.bernardirealestate.com

“The main thing is honesty and integrity,” according to Karen Bernardi, who says she sells more houses than anyone in Boulder. “We take customer service very seriously and put our clients’ needs first. In a tight real estate market people need a good agent to give them the straight scoop on their realestate investments – and these are investments.” She takes a team approach in her business. “This market requires a lot more work. We’re really aggressive the way we find buyers for our listings.” And in dialing innumerable potential buyers herself, she often finds more listings. “I try to be available 12 to 14 hours a day, seven days a week, because I have a team of good people working for me.” She points out that most real-estate offices are set up for people to handle every aspect of the business themselves. “They never get good at anything,” she says. Her team approach pays off: By separating the listings part of her business from the buyers’ side, her staff develop expertise in one or the other. Some people on her team are adept at negotiating for buyers, and she concentrates on the sales listings part of the business and negotiating for sellers. She counts on the team – and herself – to provide customers with a “rapid response.” Josette Montgomery, Coldwell Banker — Richards/Montgomery Group

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Thank you for your 25 years of loyal support! We’re looking forward to many more years of serving you, your family and friends.

BEST MEDICAL FACILITY

Boulder Community Hospital

BCH Main Campus, 1100 Balsam Ave., Boulder, 303.440.2273 BCH Foothills, 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 720.854.7000 Community Medical Center, 1000 West South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 303.666.4357 Gunbarrel Medical Center, 6685 Gunpark Drive East, Suite 110, Boulder, 303.530.3062 Mapleton Center for Rehabilitation, 311 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 303.440.2273 Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, 311 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 303.544.5700 Boulder Center for Sports Medicine East, 400 South McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 303.926.2665 BCH Medical Pavilion, 1155 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303.440.2288 BCH Surgery Center, 1136 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303.938.5470 Worldwide Travel Clinic, 1136 Alpine Ave., Suite 205, Boulder, 303.938.5334 www.bch.org

Founded in 1922 as a community-owned and operated not-for-profit hospital, Boulder Community Hospital (BCH) has been taking care of our health ever since. Last year, its firstrate staff welcomed 1,530 newborns, performed 149 open-heart surgeries, hosted 370,000 outpatient visits and conducted 2,382,417 laboratory tests. In every instance, patients were treated with the utmost compassion. Not to mention the best medical care available today. “The doctors, staff and volunteers at BCH are committed to providing our community with the latest medical treatments in the safest possible environment,” said hospital PR director Rich Sheehan. “We’re proud of our ability to regularly introduce new treatments and medical technologies to Boulder. It’s really gratifying to be publicly recognized for meeting that important commitment.” Boulder Medical Center

BMC Broadway (Main), 2750 Broadway, Boulder, 303.440.3000 BMC Foothills, 4745 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 200, Boulder, 303.938.4700 BMC Avista, 80 Health Park Drive, Suite 100, Louisville, 303.673.0448 www.bouldermedicalcenter.com

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BEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTION AND BEST LOCAL EMPLOYER

Boulder Valley Credit Union

5505 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.442.8850 2667 Broadway, Boulder, 303.449.3551 800 Coal Creek Circle, Louisville, 720.890.0404 www.bvcu.org

A year ago, the Boulder Valley Credit Union decided to make a commitment to becoming the first fully eco-conscious financial institution in Colorado. While most credit unions and banks conserve paper these days by using e-statements, BVCU implemented a company-wide ecofriendly approach to doing business, says Jason Bauer, BVCU’s V.P. of marketing and ecommerce. BVCU installed solar panels at each of its four branches, and now uses 100-percent recycled paper for all its marketing materials and in-house paper products. “Everything we buy internally, we ask the question: How can we purchase this green? How can we make this an eco-friendly decision?” Bauer says. As well, BVCU sponsors local tree plantings and partners with other eco-friendly companies on joint ventures. That eco-conscious vision is one of the reasons BVCU’s customers voted the local institution the Best Financial Institution in the county for 2008. But that’s not all. BVCU was also voted Best Local Employer in this year’s Best of Boulder County tally. Bauer says BVCU employees cultivate a positive and passionate working culture. The institution offers employees strong benefits, as well, including an employer-assisted mortgage program. “People just like working here,” Bauer says.

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4760 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.443.4672 2960 Diagonal Highway, Boulder, 303.443.4672 607 South Boulder Road, Boulder, 303.443.4672 University Memorial Center, CU campus, Boulder, 303.443.4672 1900 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 303.443.4672 1079 S. Hover, Suite 100, Longmont, 303.443.4672 2101 N. Main St., Longmont, 303.443.4672 www.elevationscu.com

FOR BEST LOCAL EMPLOYER: Boulder Community Hospital

BCH Main Campus, 1100 Balsam Ave., Boulder, 303.440.2273 BCH Foothills, 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 720.854.7000 Community Medical Center, 1000 West South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 303.666.4357 Gunbarrel Medical Center, 6685 Gunpark Drive East, Suite 110, Boulder, 303.530.3062 Mapleton Center for Rehabilitation, 311 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 303.440.2273 Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, 311 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 303.544.5700 Boulder Center for Sports Medicine East, 400 South McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 303.926.2665 BCH Medical Pavilion, 1155 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303.440.2288 BCH Surgery Center, 1136 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303.938.5470 Worldwide Travel Clinic, 1136 Alpine Ave., Suite 205, Boulder, 303.938.5334 www.bch.org

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BEST HAIR SALON

FIX Hair Salon

1810 Twenty Ninth Street, Suite 2000, 303.442.4247, www.fixhairsalon.com

At FIX hair salon in Boulder, “giving back is the new black.” The stylists at the salon at Twenty Ninth Street make it a habit to cut hair for local charity events on a regular basis. “It’s important to take part in the community that you live in so that people know that there’s someone there for them,” says FIX owner Robin Laurel. Clients who visit FIX luxuriate in a high-tech shop stocked with state-of-the-art equipment, much of it imported from Italy. Blow dryers suspended from the ceilings eliminate shoulder problems for FIX’s stylists and keep cumbersome cords off the floor. But FIX’s finest feature may be its unique color bar. Rather than disappear into the back of the shop and reappear with a mystery tone, FIX stylists mix your own special blend right in front of you. And FIX’s relationship with the Paul Mitchell company means it uses top-of-the-line products and its stylists are kept up to date on the latest trends and techniques in hair styling. Whether it’s time for regular attention, or something more critical, FIX is a popular stop. “You can come in and get your hair fixed, or just get your hair fix,” Laurel says. The Parlour

1037 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.3747, www.theparlour.net

BEST PLACE FOR WORSHIP

Unity of Boulder

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

Unity of Boulder is part of a worldwide Christian organization that is more than a century old. A nondenominational church, it stresses a positive approach to life and seeks to relate religion to daily living. “Unity of Boulder recognizes the Divine nature in everyone and facilitates the personal transformation that leads to this Enlightened nature,” explains Minister Jack Groverland. “Ours is an experiential, not a theological, based religion.” Unity of Boulder offers Sunday services and children’s Sunday school at 9 and 11 a.m. every week. Special programs are held on Sunday for sixth- to eighth-graders (at 11 a.m.) and ninth- to twelfth-graders (at 10 a.m.). Unity of Boulder also has a weekly healing meditation service on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Flatirons Community Church

400 W. South Boulder Road, #100, Lafayette, 303.664.5524, www.flatironschurch.com

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BEST HOLISTIC CARE / WELLNESS CENTER

Wellness Center at Frasier Meadows

350 Ponca Place, Boulder, 720.562.4317, www.frasiermeadows.org

At Frasier Meadows, wellness is viewed from a whole person perspective. “There are no carbon copies of programs,” explains director of wellness Lyn McQueen. “Everything is individualized.” Each personalized program is created and facilitated by highly trained staff, and incorporates the six aspects of wellness: social, occupational, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. Lofty objectives, but the Wellness Center is fantastically equipped. The facility has a strength training area, warm water resistance pool, treatment rooms and a large classroom. Offerings include everything from acupuncture to CranioSacral Therapy, yoga to aquasize classes, meditation to biking groups, facials to reflexology, and much more. Clients can work toward their goals as they see fit – independently, in a group setting or one-on-one with a trainer. Says McQueen: “Our goal is to fuel that spark of wellness that’s in all of us.” Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy

1647 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.5164 2700 Broadway, Boulder, 303.442.0589 645 South Broadway, Boulder, 303.867.3400 www.pharmaca.com

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BEST FUNERAL HOME SERVICE PROVIDER

Crist Mortuary & Crematory

3395 Penrose Place, Boulder, 303.442.4411, www.cristmortuary.com

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Death waits for no one. So when the inevitable happens to a loved one, it’s gratifying to know that compassionate, experienced professionals are ready to help. Crist Mortuary & Crematory is Boulder’s only full-service funeral home, with an on-site crematory and cemetery. “Our goal is to make a difficult time as easy as possible,” says general manager Michael Greenwood. “To serve the family well.” Crist Mortuary provides a variety of services to help families with preplanning, arrangements and aftercare. The exemplary staff at Crist Mortuary, many of whom have been involved in the Boulder community for years, are committed to alleviating the burdens of a death in the family with respect and dignity. “Our customer service is second to none,” confirms Greenwood. Howe Mortuary

439 Coffman St., Longmont, 303.776.2434, www.howemortuary.com

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BEST INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICE / STUDIO

McGuckin Design Center

2460 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.449.3779, www.mcguckin.com

There’s faucet hardware. There’s fine art. And there’s faucet hardware that looks like fine art. Welcome to McGuckin Design Center, Boulder County’s one-stop-shop for kitchen and bath design, where paintings and sculptures coexist happily with toilets and counter tops. The showroom features a staggering selection of products, from international lines to local artisans, high-end splurges to budget fixtures, cutting-edge components to environmental materials. It also features a wealth of art to spark the imagination and bring the merchandise to life. The name McGuckin is synonymous with quality, variety and unbelievable customer service thanks to its landmark hardware store. The McGuckin Design Center serves up more of the same for interior designers, architects, builders and the do-it-yourself public in a creative, inspiring setting. You’ll never look at your sink the same way again. Bartlett Interiors

2020 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.5194

BEST RETIREMENT / ALTERNATIVE OR ELDER CARE / ASSISTED LIVING 970 Aurora Ave., Boulder, 303.938.1920, www.theacademyboulder.com

The Academy

“The Academy is a beautiful place, but it’s the people who live here and the people who work here who make it special,” says Karen McMurray, a managing director and co-owner of the Academy. “We have only 60 to 70 residents and 60 employees – we’re like a family. Everybody in collaboration makes it a special place.” The Academy’s mission statement tells it all: To be a community of excellence that fosters meaningful living in an intimate environment of grace and beauty. “We – all employees – always try to go the extra mile for everyone here,” McMurray says. “Because we’re small, everyone knows everyone. The staff gives so much. It’s the small size coupled with the dedication of staff to be excellent in all they do that make this a special place.” Frasier Meadows Retirement Community

350 Ponca Place, Boulder, 303.499.4888, www.frasiermeadows.org

BEST DRY CLEANER / LAUNDROMAT

Art Cleaners

1715 15th St., Boulder, 303.440.8600 2570 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.7030 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.494.2709 1501 Lee Hill Road, Boulder, 303.447.8700 3980 N. Broadway, Boulder, 303.443.0158 1631 Pace St., Longmont, 303.684.8585 www.artcleaners.com

The only dry cleaning company in Boulder that offers the Green Earth Cleaning Systems happens to be the one voted best Dry Cleaner/Laundromat by Camera readers. Art Cleaners, which has six locations in Boulder and Longmont, has been using the Green Earth system since 2004. Owner Brian Hansen says the unique cleaning product uses a natural, sand-like substance to eradicate dirt and grime from your clothes. “It’s very gentle on the environment,” Hansen says. “There’s no harmful chemicals in it. It’s very good for cleaning because it’s very soft. It penetrates the fibers, it gives the cleaning a soft touch. And you don’t have to worry about any air pollution, VOCs or hazardous waste.” Art Cleaners has been around since 1921. The price of clothing has risen just a little bit during the past 80-plus years. The people at Art Cleaners are dedicated to keeping your clothes in prime condition. “Our focus is to listen to the customers and provide them the service and attention they need,” Hansen says. John s Cleaners

3325 28th St., #6, Boulder, 303.444.2877 1848 30th St., Boulder, 303.442.8508

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BEST KARATE / MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO

Tran s Martial Arts & Fitness Center

3101-1/2 28th St., Boulder, 303.402.9460, www.transmartialarts.com 802 South Public Road, Unit A, Lafayette, 720.299.0940, www.trans-mafc/lafayette.htm 117 South Sunset St., Longmont, 303.776.1887, www.trans-mafc.com

Tran’s Martial Arts & Fitness Center is committed to helping its students achieve their potential as athletes and people. Its awardwinning Muay Thai Kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do programs are designed to build stamina, focus and life skills, both physically and mentally. Some follow the path to earning a Black Belt degree. Others use the training to boost performance in a different sport. And still others choose to participate in Tran’s fitness classes on a walk-in basis. Whatever level of commitment students choose, Tran’s Martial Arts & Fitness Center is there to help them make the most of it. “We make sure that we keep our promises to our students – whatever they sign up for,” asserts owner and chief instructor Master Vu Tran. Way of the Crane

1925 55th St., Boulder, 303.442.7559, www.wayofthecrane.com

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BEST MOVING COMPANY

Taylor Moving

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

BEST LASIK / LASER EYE FACILITY / SURGEON

InSight Lasik

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

“We are in the perfection business,” says Dr. Jimmy Jackson, president of InSight Lasik. The facility and its experienced vision correction specialists, who have collectively treated more than 30,000 patients, approach perfection with a combination of high touch and high tech. High touch is being slow, methodical and conservative, with tremendous attention to detail. High tech is continually investing in the newest and best technology. Then the whole package is wrapped in exceptional customer service. Free in-depth consultations, state-of-the-art vision correction and comprehensive follow-up care are all part of the package. No wonder InSight Lasik is consistently named the best in Boulder County. Says Jackson: “Our goal at InSight Lasik is for every patient to say, ‘My vision is perfect and they took phenomenal care of me each step of the way.’”

For nearly 15 years, savvy individuals, businesses and non-profits have entrusted their possessions to Taylor Moving, a locally owned and operated company that has earned its reputation for trustworthiness, superior service and client satisfaction. “Taking care of our customers is our No. 1 thing,” explains Glen Taylor, who owns the company with his wife Leah. It shows: Taylor Moving transports as many as 1,200 households and organizations every year, most of which within Boulder County, but many throughout Colorado and some out of state. The bulk of its moves are the result of repeat business and referrals from happy clients. “We put a lot of thought in the kinds of crews we send out,” says Taylor. “We try to match up the crews with the customers.” Rest assured though, every crew is set up to exceed your expectations. Every one of Taylor Moving’s 20-plus movers has at least two years of on-the-job moving experience. Your belongings will be in good hands. The Moving Connection

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BEST VETERINARIAN

1405 South Broadway, Boulder, 303.499.5505, www.broadwayanimal.com

Broadway Animal Hospital is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association and provides immunization and wellness care, surgery, dental care, nutritional counseling, pain management and euthanasia services, as well as pet day care, boarding, and grooming. The hospital is home to stateof-the-art animal care technology and facilities, including a new outdoor fitness area for dogs that features field turf and an innovative, extensive drainage system. But what really endears the pets and those who love them to Broadway Animal Hospital are the people. From the veterinarians to the office staff, everyone who works for the hospital has a genuine love for animals. “We are thrilled with our staff,” says veterinarian and hospital director Lee Woods, who established Broadway Animal Hospital in 1991 and was joined by veterinarian Patrick Kalenzi in 2002. “We’ve been very fortunate to have bright, dedicated young people who are motivated to do a superior job.”

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BEST PET BOARDING SERVICE

Cottonwood Kennels

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

Cottonwood Kennels has been providing Boulder County’s pets with tender loving, play-and-stay care since 1977. Located on a small farm that also houses sheep, alpaca, ducks, chickens and peacocks, the facility features spacious, stimulating indoor and outdoor environments for dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, ferrets and most other small animals. Special needs pets are welcomed, and the kennel has a toll-free number that owners can call any time for a progress report. But what sets Cottonwood Kennels apart, year after year, are the pet-to-person connections. Its large staff is dedicated to providing extensive, high quality human interaction with every one of its boarders, every single day. “The bottom line is you have to really care, you have to want to do the best job possible,” says Tom Bonfili, who owns the kennel with Penny Vardell. “And we do.” Broadway Animal Hospital

1405 South Broadway, Boulder, 303.499.5505, www.broadwayanimal.com

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The Hydrant

After 32 years in the grooming business, The Hydrant knows a thing or two about keeping its customers and their canines refreshed. Clients come back time and again for “excellent customer service, the wonderful care of their pets and, of course, the great haircut,” laughs manager Elisha Martinez. But you’ll find more than just standard grooming here. The Hydrant’s most popular service is its spa package, which includes a facial, aromatherapy, paw treatment and special cologne. A facial for your pooch, in case you’re wondering, involves a specially formulated scrub designed to remove and repel odors. “It’s tearless and leaves a lasting clean smell on the dog’s face,” says Martinez. That’s a win-win typical of all the work the experienced staff at The Hydrant does: Great for your furry best friend, even better for you. Broadway Animal Hospital

1405 South Broadway, Boulder, 303.499.5505, www.broadwayanimal.com

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BEST TEACHER

Stacey Mandel Alicia Sanchez Elementary School

655 Sir Galahad Drive, Lafayette, 303.665.2044, www.bvsd.org/schools/Sanchez

Remember your favorite teacher from elementary school? Stacey Mandel is sure to be one whom students at Alicia Sanchez Elementary School in Lafayette will fondly recall. A reading specialist in her 11th year of teaching, Mandel works with students in kindergarten through 5th grade. “I have a lot of energy and really value my relationships with my students and their families. I consider myself a learner along with my students.” She is enthusiastic about her work. “There are a lot of great things at school. It’s becoming an International Baccalaureate School, and our kids are learning about becoming global citizens.” She works one-on-one with the kids or with small groups, and she team-teaches. In the school district, Mandel helps other teachers improve and is active in committees on literacy and professional development. In her free time she runs, hikes, backpacks and climbs with her golden retriever named Charlie. “And I love to read,” she adds. Doug London, Alexander Dawson School

10455 Dawson Drive, Lafayette, 303.665.6679, www.dawsonschool.org

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BEST DENTIST

Ted Kawulok, D.D.S., P.C., Whole Family Dentistry

1400 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.8625

Ted Kawulok understands a visit to the dentist’s chair can be an uncomfortable, even frightening experience. He and his six-person team at Whole Family Dentistry go a long way in taking the displeasure out of dental care. “We want our patients to take an active part in their choices of how they handle their healthcare,” Kawulok says. At Whole Family, they offer a comprehensive approach to dental care. That ranges from basic dental hygiene and healthcare to advanced cosmetics, restoration and dental reconstruction. Whole Family even treats patients who suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Kawulok and members of his team keep up with the newest trends and technologies in the dental-care world by continuing their own education. And while dental offices have long been outfitted with stereo equipment so patients can listen to music while having work done, Whole Family Dentistry has recently been working with video eyewear so patients can watch a movie as they receive treatment. That’s high-tech care, for sure, but it always comes with a personal touch at Whole Family. “We try and personalize the service and take care of our patients in a non-threatening way,” Kawulok says. Steven Eurich, L D.D.S.

1120 W. South Boulder Road, #202, Lafayette, 303.666.4653

BEST SPA

Essentiels Spa

2660 Canyon Blvd. Boulder, 303.440.0711, www.essentialsspa.com

Essentiels, which opened in 1997, is one of the Premier Spas of America – 40 elegant spas, salons and boutiques throughout North America that provide luxurious and beneficial wellness and beauty services. A specialized treatment that Essentiels offers is the Mermaid, a detox treatment that is the spa’s “ultimate body experience.” The massage therapist chooses a specific seaweed wrap to achieve a desired effect, then programs a thermal bed with steamers and shower heads that massage the client’s head as the seaweed works its magic. The treatment ends with a lotion that complements the seaweed. Nicole Torrens, assistant director, says, “We offer everything from body treatments and waxing to specialized facials. Our technicians are dedicated and love what they do. They give the best possible spa experience.” St. Julien Hotel & Spa

900 Walnut St., Boulder, 877.303.0900, www.stjulien.com

BEST SKINCARE FACILITY

Laser & Cosmetic Associates of Boulder

4745 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 130, Boulder, 303.558.8800, www.enhanceyourskin.com

Look good and feel good! Laser & Cosmetic Associates of Boulder is owned and operated by local board-certified physicians. They offer medical-grade skin and facial rejuvenation treatments that provide exceptional and lasting results – combining state-of-the-industry laser and non-surgical treatments with facial plastic surgery. The medical doctors and expert staff combine technology with personalized care to give patients greater levels of satisfaction and confidence in their lives. Treatments include skin resurfacing and acne treatment through skin tightening, chemical peels, medical-grade skin care, light therapy, laser vein treatment, lymphatic massage, facials and more. Avanti Skin Center of Boulder

2595 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.440.7546, www.avantiboulder.com

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY

James TravelPoints

BEST STORAGE FACILITY

Boulder Bins Self Storage

1750 14th St., Boulder, 303.442.2340, www.travelpoints.com

With the advent of the Internet, some travel agencies have gone the way of the dinosaur. But not James TravelPoints. Founded in 1957, the company is today led by a second generation of the James family. President Donald James explains the company’s success: “We’ve developed many specialty niches, so that one, two or three people here become experts in a particular destination. They focus all their attention on that destination. For example, we have three people whom we identify as our Mexico experts; people may go online themselves and research Mexico travel, but then they want to talk with someone who really knows Mexico, so they call us. We have three people who do nothing but plan trips to Belize and Costa Rica.” So, name your preferred location or type of travel – Russia, Japan, Italy, barge trips in France, cruises and so on – and you’ll find a specialist at James TravelPoints. “We promote those experts on our Web site,” James adds, “and so our marketplace has expanded beyond Boulder – it’s all over the U.S. Someone in New York who wants to go to Costa Rica contacts us. Our number one mission has been customer relationships. That’s the best advertising, and the best way to grow a business.” Cain Travel

3004 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.443.2246, www.caintravel.com

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4900 N. Broadway, Boulder, 303.443.2002, www.selfstorageboulder.com

The staff at Boulder Bins works as a team – manager Deb Beecham; her mother, Barb Colclasure; and France Rumpf. As Beecham says: “Our team at Boulder Bins provides exceptional customer service that extends beyond the core business of renting storage units. We go out of our way to ensure your storage transition is a smooth one. We pride ourselves on offering friendly, caring, personal service, with a smile! The Boulder Bins Team is fully committed to providing our customers an exceptional customer service experience. We realize our customers are storing their ‘treasures,’ and we appreciate their trust in us. Their referrals and repeat business is not only appreciated, it’s considered a compliment to us! Thanks to everyone who voted for us!” U Store It

6405 O’Dell Place, Boulder, 303.530.3600 4545 N. Broadway, Boulder, 303.444.7867 5815 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.5613 6338 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.245.0388 www.ustoreit.com

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BEST ACTIVIST / COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Jared Polis

P.O. Box 4659, Boulder, 303.865.3950, http://jaredpolis.com

BEST SINGLES HANGOUT

The Foundry

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

This is definitely a comfort zone for singles. Janaka Ford, one of the three new owners who took over in April, agreed it is “a fun place to be. It’s been around Boulder for 11 years and is an established bar. We have good music, good food and good late-night entertainment – a regular ’80s night and a DJ on weekends. So, of course, there’s dancing. And it’s the best rooftop in Boulder.” The owners are remodeling, giving the place a new look – which should debut some time in November or December.

Josie Heath

The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County 1123 Spruce St., Boulder, 303.442.0436, www.commfound.org

Purple Martini

1710 29th St., Boulder, 303.449.1282, www.purplemartini.com

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Jared Polis has been a champion of progressive values in Boulder County and in the state. “Boulder County is a very diverse community,” he says. “I enjoy being involved with non-profits, like advocacy groups, including environmental, immigrants’ rights organizations, and promoting equal rights.” Former chairman of the state board of education, he has focused much of his time on education. He founded two innovative charter schools – the Academy of Urban Learning, for homeless youth; and the New America School, for immigrants ages 16 to 21 to learn English. Recently, he was superintendent of the latter school. “Here, locally, I co-chaired the recent bond initiative [to improve and modernize aging school facilities in the Boulder Valley School District], and am involved with Impact on Education and the Mapleton School Feasibility Study.” Polis serves on numerous boards of directors and has received many awards. Most recently, he clinched the Democratic nomination for Congress in Colorado’s Second Congressional District. “This last year I’ve been running for U.S. Congress, to take my activism to represent our community,” he says.

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BEST PLACE TO ENTERTAIN KIDS

Gateway Fun Park

4800 N. 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.4386, www.gatewayfunpark.com

“I think we’re unique to Boulder County,” says Dan Wolfson, managing partner. “We’re one of the few places where families are comfortable bringing kids. It’s a business built on family entertainment – very safe and wholesome. With the mature trees, it’s shady on summer days and is comfortable fun.” There’s plenty to keep little athletes entertained – miniature golf, gokart track, kiddie karts and kiddie land, human maze, batting cages, in-line hockey, an arcade and a snack bar. And it’s a favorite place for parties. After Nov. 1, 2008, Gateway opens only on good-weather weekends – as long as the sun is out, and even if there’s snow. The golf driving range is open all year, weather permitting, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Pearl Street Mall

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

BEST NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

Eco-Cycle

5030 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.6634; 140 Martin St., Longmont, 303.772.7300; www.ecocycle.org

The key to Eco-Cycle’s success is “building community,” says communications director Marti Matsch. “It’s an honor to acknowledge our community partners. Our goal is to make Boulder a model for zero waste, and we work with our community partners: progressive businesses working to be models of zero waste, schools who work to build a sustainable future through zero-waste programs and practices, zero-waste local governments and leaders who are taking bold measures to change the way society works, and individuals in the community who adopt practices in their everyday lives to make Boulder County unique in its dedication to the environment and zero waste.” Boulder is creating a model for communities around the world, and they are paying attention and asking how to do it themselves, Matsch says.

We at PC’s Pantry for Dogs and Cats thank you for your continued support throughout the years!

Ralphie, Sundae, Annie, Whiskers, EmmyLou, Fawkes, Mia, Maggie, Colleen, Karla, Jaunice, Tosh, Jena & Mary Lee

Humane Society of Boulder County

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

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE BEST OF BOULDER WINNERS! THE LIFE OF STYLE.™

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SHOPPER’S PARADISE BEST ANTIQUE DEALER

Bedell & Co.

767 Pearl St., #A, Boulder, 303.939.9292 www.trocadero.com/dianeb

For the past 10 years, Diane Bedell has worked hard to bring the best antiques to Boulder County. This very modest woman has a lot to brag about, but instead hopes people will come to the shop and see for themselves. She carries a little of everything – lamps, furniture, sterling, art glass, rugs, etc. – and a lot of antique jewelry. Her passion for especially nice pieces has sent her all over the world. The contacts she’s made now help her to bring merchandise from countries such as France, South America and Austria right here to us. And because much of her inventory is purchased for special occasions, Bedell goes out of her way to ensure gifts are wrapped and presented beautifully, using things like old jewelry boxes or gorgeous ribbons. Presentation counts, but at Bedell, so does history. “It’s important when you’re buying antiques that you know where it came from,” explains Bedell. The Amazing Garage Sale

4919 N. Broadway, Boulder, 303.447.0417 www.theamazinggaragesale.com

BEST ANTIQUE JEWELRY STORE

Classic Facets Antique Jewelry

942 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.8851, www.classicfacets.com

“We are a one-of-a-kind store,” explains owner Mikki Rainey. “Everything in here is authentic antique jewelry from all over the world. We turn down 99.9 percent of what we’re offered. Shoppers from all over the world come to Boulder to come here.” Classic Facets started with a box of costume jewelry. Twenty-three years later, it’s an internationally renowned jewelry store with folks calling Rainey to answer questions about pieces they’ve come across. Clearly Classic Facets has customer service down pat – they even hire certified gemologists to assist and educate customers. “Education is important; even if they don’t buy from us, they should know what they’re looking at.” Whether you’re looking for an engagement ring or fun costume jewelry (which is tucked away in drawers and separated by color), rest assured you’ll find it at Classic Facets. Bedell & Co.

767 Pearl St., #A, Boulder, 303.939.9292, www.trocadero.com/dianeb

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BEST ART GALLERY

Blink Gallery

1011 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.447.1011 www.blinkgalleryboulder.com

Susan Knickle, who co-owns Blink Gallery with Pam Gonacha, is thrilled to be going into their third year of business. She feels their success has everything to do with “the fantastic mix of contemporary artists that we represent.” The gallery shows a wide variety of art, from sculpture to painting to jewelry. Knickle says, “We’re fortunate to show a dynamic selection of local and national artists, many of whom are featured in museums across the country.” The installation art in the windows are a particular point of pride. “Hundreds of people are drawn into the gallery because of our displays.” But the people drawn in by the installations stick around because of the staff. “We strive to provide the best customer service possible, and to convey to our clients such appreciation for their support.” Art & Soul Gallery

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

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YOU & ME PACKAGE A Spa Treat To Share! Two side-by-side Swedish Massages and Spa Pedicures for two. Enjoy!

$200.00

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BEST BEDDING /LINENS /MATTRESS STORE

Verlo Mattress Factory

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

Verlo’s been in business for 50 years and in Boulder for more than 20. The locally owned company prides itself in the quality of its product. Sleep advisor Zach Prybylo says service and customer satisfaction are top of mind, which is why “We handcraft every bed to order. Let’s say you take it home and sleep on it for a month and aren’t happy ... we can take it back and make it harder or softer for you. And we can do that because we actually make your bed for you. You can’t decide whether a bed’s going to work for you after five minutes on a showroom floor, and we know that.” The shop also sells bedding, linens and specialized mattress covers, and can custom order just about anything you’re going to need for a good night’s sleep. And, yes, if you want a bed shaped like a monkey, Verlo will make it for you. Prybylo said so.

A Spa Day favorite with a Moon Goddess Facial aromatic Swedish Massage. Spa Pedicure & Manicure, catered luncheon included.

$200.00

AROMATIC SWEDISH 50 MIN. MASSAGE

$45

Tues. Wed. Thurs.

$55 Fri., Sat., Sun.

• Bridal Specialists • Makeup Artistry • Voted Best Salon 2007 • Experienced Staff • Redken Color Experts

Bed, Bath & Beyond

1741 28th St., Boulder, 303.415.0302, www.bedbathandbeyond.com

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50% OFF

Full Head Highlight (Reg. $100)

Women’s Cut & Style $25 (Reg. $45)

Men’s Haircut $18 (Reg. $24)

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Reg. $90

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Reg. $30

Magic Mud Pedicure

Reg. $75

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BEST GREEN PRODUCTS / SERVICES STORE

Eco-Products

3640 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.449.1876, www.ecoproducts.com

Thanks to the folks at Eco-Products, being green is easier than ever. The award-winning local company has been around since 1990 and began as a supplier of recycled office paper, printer supplies and janitorial products to Front Range businesses. Steve Savage, who founded the company with his father, has grown Eco-Products into a manufacturer and national wholesaler of its own line of biodegradable food service containers made from sugarcane and corn. The company was the official supplier to the Democratic National Convention in Denver and has partnered with Folsom Field in its zero-waste initiative. Look for the October grand opening of Ellie’s, its new retail outlet, located next to Sunflower Market. “We’ll have everything for your home but food,” Savage says. Whole Foods

2905 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.545.6611, www.wholefoodsmarket.com

BEST CHILDREN’S STORE

BEST CAMERA STORE

Grandrabbit s Toy Shoppe

2525 Arapahoe Ave., # E65, Boulder, 303.443.0780, www.grtoys.com

Grandrabbit’s has been around for 31 years. That’s enough time for kids who ran amok in the shop to now bring their own little ones in to find treasures of their own. Supervisor Tammi Eyestone believes the secret behind their success is owner Lynne Milot’s personal touch. “A lot of the stuff that she chooses is stuff that she either gave her kids when they were younger or she’s giving to her grandson now. She likes finding things that are educational and fun, but not trendy. She’s very picky about what comes in here, very conscious about what she’s going to get for the kids.” In a way, Milot’s playing grandma to every child that walks into the store. That kind of compassion and forethought will send today’s children back to Grandrabbit’s when they become parents.

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This isn’t the first time Mike’s Camera has nabbed the “Best Camera Store” category, and it probably won’t be the last. Focus at Mike’s is put on keeping a cutting-edge inventory and ensuring the staff maintains their Certified Photographic Consultant (CPC) status. Mike’s carries gear and accessories for a range of consumers – from amateur to professional – and makes sure that same consumer has the information they need about the product they’re buying or renting. “Comprehensive” might be a good word to describe Mike’s since it doesn’t just sell cameras; it also carries printers, projectors, editing and lighting equipment, and it has a lab to process anything need processing. Wolf Camera

Playfair Toys

2520 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.544.9842, www.wolfcamera.com

1690 28th St., Boulder, 303.444.7502, www.playfairtoys.com

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Mike s Camera

2500 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.1715, www.mikescamera.com

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BEST BICYCLE SHOP

University Bicycles

839 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.4196 www.ubikes.com

What makes University Bicycles so fabulous? General manager Lester Binegar is sure it’s “our good-looking employees. And charm.” After being in business for a quarter of a century, the shop has amassed a ton of knowhow, a monster inventory and a solid rapport with the community. It even has a museum of bikes dating back to the late 1800s. “We have the most employees possible of any shop. So we help people when they come in the door. That’s really what it is.” (TIE) Performance Bicycle

2450 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.444.5044 www.performancebike.com

Full Cycle

1211 13th St, Boulder, 303.440.7771 www.fullcyclebikes.com

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE

The Regiment

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

Gary Cartwright of The Regiment is thrilled it has won Boulder County Gold again. “We always appreciate the support here in town.” But it’s earned it. The Regiment opened in 1959, and over the years the staff has worked hard to ensure they have merchandise to fit any clothing need for any occasion. The shop’s master tailors, knowledgeable staff and commitment to customer service are just gravy after you’ve seen the inventory. “We’ve always felt the customer comes first. I know it’s a cliché, but that’s how we’ve always felt. Whatever the customers wants, that’s what we try to get them.” Weekends

1200 Pearl St., #5, Boulder, 303.444.4231 www.weekendsboulder.com

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE

JJWells

2460 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.449.2112 www.jjwells.com

What do women want? That’s easy. They want the dresses, blouses, pants, sweaters and accessories at JJ Wells, the women-owned clothing source for all things fashionable. “Many of our customers don’t have a lot of time to shop,” says co-owner Dana Culbertson, “and service is very important to them. Every one of our staff is knowledgeable and skilled in helping you find the right choices that really work for you.” JJWells offers items in every price point, selected for wearability, style and comfort. “We enjoy getting to know our customers,” Culbertson says. “We’ve had the pleasure of knowing some of them for 20 years.” Chelsea

935 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.447.3760

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BEST SHOE STORE 1425 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.5260 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.7440 www.comfortableshoes.com

Pedestrian Shops

You say you want to reduce your carbon footprint? Take a hike! But don’t hit the dusty trail in a sub-par shoe. Stroll into Pedestrian Shops for the best-fitting, most-fashionable footwear you’ve ever stepped into. And in this shop, they talk the walk. “Everyone needs comfortable shoes, but people are looking for fashion, too,” says manager Lauren Polk. Mary Janes are very popular, as are shearling boots like Uggs. There are pairs and pairs of socks, accessories and a helpful staff to help you find the right (and the left) shoe for you. Two Sole Sisters

1703 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.0404, www.2solesisters.net

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BEST FLOOR COVERING STORE

FloorCrafters

1501 Lee Hill Road, #1, Boulder, 303.449.3084, www.floorcraftersboulder.com

Putting your best foot forward is easy on a great hardwood floor. FloorCrafters has been putting them down for more 20 years now. “We take real pride in our work. Our employees are conscientious and take personal responsibility for doing a great job, whether it’s a new installation or a refinishing project,” says owner Sherri Harrison. With today’s focus on green homes, Harrison says, people appreciate that their floors are made with certified, sustainably harvested wood and finished with water-based finishes.

A Fresh Approach To A Memorable Event

Atlas Flooring, Inc.

4920 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.3221, www.atlasflooring.com

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US BOULDER’S

“BEST GREEN PRODUCTS/SERVICES STORE!” Eco-Products introduces ellie’s ECO HOME STORE

ellie’s ECO HOME STORE is the one-stop for healthy sustainable, recycled, and environmentally preferable products for the family and home. From recycled PET carpet and low-VOC paint to organic pillows and non-toxic cleaners; ellie’s makes living an environmentally sustainable life easier by offer affordable prices and having a knowledgeable staff ready to help.

Current Location: 3640 Walnut St. Boulder, CO 80301 303.952.1004 • www.elliesecohomestore.com Flagship store opening this fall: 2525 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO 80302 (Village Shopping Center)

BEST FLORIST AND BEST GARDEN CENTER

Sturtz & Copeland

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

Plants make us feel good. Whether it’s a bouquet of roses on your birthday or a tall stand of native grasses along your garden path, plants give us a reason to stop, look and savor the moment. Boulder County shoppers love Sturtz & Copeland’s abundant selection of garden plants, tools, planters, supplies and accessories. “People appreciate our staff’s local expertise, especially,” says Connie Smith, Garden Center manager. “We can recommend drought tolerant plants, or plants that the deer won’t eat, for instance.” Sarah Cioni, floral department manager, says, “Floral arranging is an art of balance, texture and color. Our nine designers all have art backgrounds and they bring this training to their work here.” Some designers specialize in orchids, others in Japanese Ikebana or traditional styles. “We buy a lot of our flowers from local growers. We use a lot of flowers, and the quick turnover means that the flowers you receive are always fresh.” FOR BEST FLORIST: European Flower Shop

1501 Lee Hill Road, Boulder, 303.442.7802

FOR BEST GARDEN CENTER: McGuckin Hardware

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

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BEST BOOKSTORE

Boulder Book Store

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

The Boulder Book Store has been catering to the tastes of the neighborhood for more than 35 years now. Inventory manager Arsen Kashkashian believes that’s the key to the store’s success. “We respond to what the community’s interested in, whether it’s interesting fiction or politics ... and we want the store to be a place to discuss various issues, so we work really hard with publishers to bring in speakers that are important to this community.” The building – more than 100 years old – with its ballroom upstairs and the tin roof on the main floor instantly conveys a feeling of warmth and welcome, something you also get from the knowledgeable staff. And of course, after you’ve wrested yourself from the cozy corner where you found the perfect book, there’s the mind-blowing array of chocolates up front – further proof that the Boulder Book Store’s catering to your tastes. Barnes & Noble Booksellers

2915 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.1665, www.barnesandnoble.com

BEST HARDWARE STORE BEST ART SUPPLY & HOBBY STORE 1135 Broadway St., #1, Boulder, 303.444.3063, www.arthardware.com

Art Hardware

Since 1974, Art Hardware has expanded its fine art department again and again, catering to the needs of local artists, whether they’re beginners or old hands, painters or architects. Because the quality of the supplies it carries is so high, Art Hardware ships inventory all over the United States. But the staff appreciates the touchy-feely aspect of creation, so testing different paints before purchase is a luxury we locals have. Working to get special items such as Grahm walnut oil paints, which are handmade in Oregon, Art Hardware’s inventory is mind-boggling. But don’t be afraid – the staff is happy to guide you, should you find yourself unsure of what you need to make that latest idea come to fruition. And once you’re finished, the custom framing department can make sure it looks perfect on the wall.

McGuckin Hardware is our perennial favorite for just about everything you need for your home, in every shape and size. The selection is incredible and the friendly staff in their green vests are always ready to help you find exactly what you came in for (and more). “We really appreciate our customers and don’t take our awards for granted,” says Randy Barker, marketing manager. “We go to several buyers’ shows each year; we are constantly changing our inventory to meet people’s needs.” Look for even more green products to make your life easier, Barker says, plus energy-saving items like LED lighting, solar outdoor accent lights, even solar-powered attic fans for easy installation. McGuckin also has an extensive pet department with high-quality foods and all the accessories you need. Home Depot

Michaels

1600 29th St., Boulder, 303.449.4221, www.homedepot.com

4800 Baseline Road, #A108, Boulder, 303.494.2008, www.michaels.com

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McGuckin Hardware

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

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BEST GIFT SHOP (TIE)

BEST EYE CARE STORE

Aspen Eyewear

Jacque Michelle

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Suite E-23, Boulder, 303.447.0210 www.aspeneyewear.com

2670 Broadway, Boulder, 303.786.7628

Owner Jacque Michelle has assembled a first-rate collection of fashionable, casual women’s clothing, gift items, greeting cards and art just perfect for gift-giving – if you can bear to part with your treasures. Customers return again and again, and with each visit, they find new items that tempt and enchant. From a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry to a signature sweater, expect to find unique gifts that you’ll be excited to give, and even more excited to receive. Jacque Michelle makes giftgiving fun!

It’s easy to see why we like Aspen Eyewear so much. Active, outdoor lifestyles can be tough on your eyes – and they deserve some TLC. It starts with a professional eye exam, of course. Then perhaps a pair of prescription sunglasses or prescription ski goggles. If you’re the indoors type, don’t miss the huge selection of frames in all of the popular styles. “People are looking for more stylish eyewear,” says manager Jen Ebner. “Retro styles from the ’50s and ’60s are really popular, and anything with a bit of flash.” What’s behind the success at family-owned Aspen Eyewear? “We have the best customers and the best employees,” Ebner says. Wink Optical

3301 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.4311, www.winkoptical.net

Paper Doll

1141 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.1661

BEST GROCERY STORE

Is gift-giving giving you the fits? It’s time to visit Paper Doll, where you will find an amazing variety of imaginative gifts, from retro collectibles and jewelry to artful items for the home that will make even your hard-topleasers smile. “The perfect gift,” says owner Troy Rivington, “is one that brings joy, makes you laugh or feel sentimental.” There’s a great selection of stuff for kids (of all ages) here, too. Need a card to go with that perfect gift? There’s a wall full, for every special person and event. Wrapping paper? Paper Doll has you covered.

Whole Foods

2905 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.545.6611 www.wholefoodsmarket.com

We have a passion for food, and we want the best. That’s why Whole Foods is our favorite store for quality produce, free-range meats, organic foods and specialty items you won’t find anywhere else. “We have strong relationships with local producers, which guarantees the freshest foods and helps reduce our carbon footprint,” says Laura Larson, marketing specialist. The astonishing varieties of artisan specialty foods – like teas, coffee, cheeses and chocolates – make each visit a treat. Look for the Whole Trade guarantee on many items, your assurance that the selections in your shopping cart have been harvested and created following sustainable best practices.

Blue Skies Gifts

1110 Pearl St., Boulder, 3030.440.3304, www.blueskiesboulder.com

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Sunflower Market

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.0777 www.sfmarkets.com

BEST HOME FURNISHINGS STORE

HW Home

1941 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.545.0320 FlatIron Crossing Mall, Broomfield, 720.887.1223 www.hwhome.com

Boulder County shoppers love feathering their nests with fine home furnishings from HW Home. Every employee has a design background and has been through HW Home’s exclusive training program. “We offer a free, complete in-home design consultation,” manager Bev Werner Needham says. “We will help you find the bedding, art, window coverings, furnishings and accessories to make a home truly yours.” Platform beds and sectionals are popular right now, and you’ll find quite a selection of these as well as an exciting line of creative lighting, to show off your new furnishings in the best light. Bartlett Interiors

2020 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.5194

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BEST JEWELRY STORE AND BEST COMPANY/STORE THAT GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

Walters & Hogsett Fine Jewelers

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

Serving Boulder since 1980, family-owned Walters & Hogsett Fine Jewelers is the place locals trust with grandma’s jewels. “Rather than making customers, we try to build relationships,” says owner B.J. Viergg. While it has logged nearly three decades in the jewelry business, Walters & Hogsett is determined to stay abreast of industry trends and continue to help customers navigate the changing world of diamonds and fine jewelry. “As new things come on board technologically, we get on board with what’s cutting edge,” says Viergg, who notes Hearts on Fire diamonds are today’s hottest-selling diamonds. “We have great trust relationships and we try to create a fun shopping experience.” An expert gemological staff and highly trained sales team adds to the quality customers sense the moment they enter the Water Street complex store. In addition to assisting a loyal customer base, Walters & Hogsett gives to roughly three dozen charities, which is why it’s no surprise they also took home this year’s top award for giving back to the community.

FOR BEST JEWELRY STORE: Hurdle s Jewelry

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

FOR BEST COMPANY/STORE THAT GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY: Whole Foods

2905 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.545.6611 2584 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.7636 1651 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.442.0909 1275 Alpine, Boulder, 303.443.1354 www.wholefoodsmarket.com

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BEST LIQUOR STORE

FIRST CHOICE

Liquor Mart

1750 15th St., Boulder, 303.449.3374, www.liquormart.com

Liquor Mart has a little something for every palate. With a large selection of fine wines and champagnes to everyday beers and microbrews, there are pours to suit any occasion, whether it’s a simple dinner party or a holiday extravaganza. Organic and biodynamic wines are among the store’s top sellers right now, according to owner Jack Stoakes, and Liquor Mart is stocking an impressive assortment of these eco-hip drinks. What’s even better? Liquor Mart is now open on Sundays for your shopping convenience. And if you can’t make it to this liquor warehouse in person, simply buy online. “We have a new Web site with a whiz-bang shopping cart,” jokes Stoakes. Bottles

2540 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.444.8500, www.boulderbottles.com

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

P.C. s Pantry for Dogs and Cats

2600 30th St., Boulder, 303.245.9909, www.pcspantry.com

BEST IMPORTED GOODS STORE 1685 28th St., Boulder, 303.938.0757, www.worldmarket.com

Cost Plus World Market

Thanks to Cost Plus World Market we can all experience a global bazaar sans plane flight. While imported gourmet fare – from Italian olives to German sausages – is among the store’s most popular buys, Cost Plus is also known for one-ofa-kind entertaining and gift items representing the far corners of the world. “People in Boulder travel a lot and they like the stuff they find from Europe and Asia,” says general manager Carley Williams. One little-known section of the market is the rug wall, which includes exclusive handmade pieces from small vendors. The store is also sourcing more environmentally friendly goods, from certified organic items to sustainable plantation-grown wood furniture. Cost Plus World Market’s successful niche is offering exceptionally unique merchandise at chain-store prices. Indochine

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

P.C.’s Pantry has gone to the dogs – and cats. “We are doing it for the animals,” says owner Mary Lee Withers, who in 2000 started the store for fun when she wasn’t ready to retire. “We’ll never drive a Mercedes. We actually enjoy it. We like helping people.” Boulder pet owners recognize just that, naming P.C.’s the best pet and locally owned store this year. Loyal customers return for the in-house bakery’s famous “barkday” cakes and homemade biscuits, as well as knowledgeable advice from longtime staff members. P.C.’s service extends beyond the doors of the inviting 30th Street store, which houses two cats and five dogs on a typical day. Withers donates to a number of local animal rescue groups, including paying medical bills for trapped feral cats. This year was especially significant at P.C.’s: the store’s namesake cat died in February, making the mission of this little pet store that could even more meaningful. “He was the perfect cat,” Withers says with the fondness of a true animal lover. FOR BEST PET STORE/BAKERY/DELI: PetSmart

2982 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.939.9033 402 Center Drive, Superior, 303.543.6060 1125 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 303.702.9526 www.petsmart.com

FOR BEST LOCALLY OWNED STORE: McGuckin Hardware

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

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BEST HOUSEWARES & KITCHEN GOODS STORE

Peppercorn

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

Peppercorn is to adults like a candy store is to kids. Featuring truly eclectic, distinct pieces for the kitchen, bath, bedroom and dining room, browser’s paradise Peppercorn is one of Pearl Street’s jewels. Whether it’s fine china or linens, cookbooks or cutlery, customers enjoy searching for it in this beautifully appointed, 12,000-square-foot, multi-level store. And if the items jam-packed into themed rooms are still too overwhelming, a knowledgeable staff can lead you directly to the perfect percolating tea pot or ideal, no-one-else-will-get-it wedding gift. You just have to ask. McGuckin Hardware

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

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BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE AND BEST OUTDOOR RECREATION STORE

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)

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

It may be a chain, but REI’s commitment to community and conscious living makes it independently inviting to Boulder County’s massive contingent of outdoor enthusiasts. Not only does the store stock a vast collection of outdoor wear and gear, from camping to climbing supplies, it’s also housed in a green-built facility and focuses on educational outreach through its popular community room. Customer service follows suit. “We hire people who are passionate about the outdoors and we have a superlative training program,” says manager Jim Neville. “They spend a month training before they even come on the floor.” Perhaps the company’s biggest claim to fame is its try-it-before-you-buyit policy. “We’re a scratch, touch, sniff and feel kind of company,” says Neville. “We want you to ride the bike and sleep in the sleeping bag – and we offer a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.” FOR BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE: Dick s Sporting Goods 210 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 303.682.5740

FOR BEST OUTDOOR RECREATION STORE: Neptune Mountaineering 633 South Broadway, Suite A, Boulder, 303.499.8866, www.neptunemountaineering.com

BEST PLACE TO BUY WINDOW TREATMENTS

BEST RECYCLED GOODS / THRIFT STORE

Innovative Openings

1672 30th St., Boulder, 303.449.6465, www.innovativeopenings.com

Hospice Care & Share Thrift Shop

A window is just a piece of glass – until you dress it up. And that’s what Innovative Openings specializes in: making the ordinary window something special. This year the locally owned business has gone back to its roots as an energy company by offering more green products, such as coverings made from recycled materials or green-certified for indoor air quality. Innovative Openings is among a small group of businesses that still offer a free in-home consultation for draperies, shutters, blinds, awnings and solar screen shades. “Our sales people are not on commission, so they are driven by selling the customer the right product,” says sales manager Aleece Briggs. “We have lots of expertise and we’re big believers in function first, especially in Colorado.” The company performs all measuring and installation, and takes full responsibility for everything from pricing quotes through warranties. Cloth Constructions

2087 30th St., Boulder, 303.449.2102, www.clothconstructions.com

5290 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.604.5353, www.hospicecareonline.org

“Thrift store” doesn’t do this upscale resale shop justice. “We have incredible prices and very high-quality merchandise,” says assistant manager Victoria Keen. “We’re very particular about what we put out.” Furniture, boutique clothing, sporting goods, activewear and collectibles are some of the store’s top sellers. A thoughtful children’s section and immaculate book nook are also part of the themed layout. With just three years in business, the thrift shop has become a crucial fundraising branch of the 30-year-old Hospicecare of Boulder & Broomfield Counties, a private, nonprofit agency dedicated to improving end-of-life care. Ninety volunteers complement a small paid staff to make Hospice Care & Share Thrift Shop a successful nonprofit as well as an inexpensive shopping alternative for Boulder’s diverse community. Savers

695 South Broadway, Boulder, 303.499.6978, www.savers.com

BEST PLACE TO BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

H.B. Woodsong s

2920 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.0516, www.hbwoodsongs.com

Music is personal. Just like the instruments used to make it. So when it comes to choosing a guitar, banjo or mandolin, music lovers turn to the friendly, knowledgeable staff at locally owned H.B. Woodsong’s, a Boulder institution since the 1970s. While the store specializes in acoustic guitars, it also stocks a variety of string instruments and electric guitars, as well as songbooks and youth band and orchestra rentals. “Boulder is an incredibly diverse and intelligent group of people with a huge contingent of singer/songwriters, both amateur and professional,” says manager Rick Mattingly. “We can’t be everything to every person, but we try to do our best to cater to a very diverse musical community.” The staff knows most customers by name – just one more personal touch that makes H.B. Woodsong’s a comfy place to scratch that musical itch. Robb s Music

2691 20th St., Boulder, 303.443.8448, www.robbsmusic.com

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BEST RUNNING STORE

Boulder Running Company

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

Boulder Running Company is not only considered the best running store in the county, but it also ranks among the most prestigious in the country. Owned and managed by high-profile former professional runners, this finely tuned business serves both the amateur and elite athlete. The store offers a special video gate analysis to help runners find an ideal shoe fit, as well as a wide selection of clothing and accessories ranging from high-tech Garmin watches to casual après-run pieces from clothiers such as Horny Toad. “Today we have much greater diversity in the shoes we carry,” says owner Aaron Bouplon. “We can solve everyone’s needs. We even have several shoes that will fit a foot shaped like a box.” From free Women’s Nights with topics like finding the right sports bra, to a running series benefiting Orphans of Aids, Boulder Running Company also does its share to give back to the community that has made it famous.

303.447.8700 Official Dry Cleaner for the CU Band, Cheerleaders & Chip

Fleet Feet

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

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BEST VIDEO STORE

The Video Station

1661 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.4448, www.thevideostation.com

Can you think of a more congenial way to spend a Saturday night than hunkering down on your comfy couch with a great movie from The Video Station and – can heaven be far away? – a pint of Glacier Home Made Ice Cream from The Video Station’s freezer case? This DVD/video emporium has an unusually great selection of movies for rent – more than 50,000 titles, including documentaries, foreign films, cult classics, rare and hard-to-find films, television shows, Anime, experimental and short films, music performances, Westerns ... you name it. There’s also a large selection of movies for sale. Video Station hires people who know films, who are passionate about them and can not only offer suggestions, but discuss the intricate aspects of films from many different genres. This place is an amazing resource for film buffs and just plain movie lovers. 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 N. 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 E. Coalton Road, Superior, 303.554.1300 www.blockbuster.com

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Champion Windows, Siding & Patio Rooms

877.221.0770 or 303.499.7800, www.championwindow.com

Champion Windows knows how Coloradans live. Designed and manufactured in Denver with extra precaution against seal failure in Colorado’s harsh climate and elevated altitude, these windows are built to suit living at a mile high and above. In fact, more than 40,000 people along the Front Range are using Champion windows. Whether they buy windows from this national company for its custom Colorado design, energy-efficient options or free lifetime warranty on materials and installation, locals have made Boulder County Champion’s No. 1 growth area this year. “Other people are just window dealers,” says division manager Steve Lambert. “We built it, install it and stand behind it.” Renewal by Andersen

800.595.1967, www.renewalbyandersen.com

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BEST SHOPPING DESTINATION

Pearl Street Mall

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

Pearl Street is the heart of Boulder. It’s no wonder people from all over the state and beyond come to this original main street to sample a variety of stores and eateries that give this city a charm all its own. In fact, 85 percent of businesses on Pearl Street are locally owned and operated – like Hurdle’s Jewelry since 1947 and Pedestrian Shops since 1971. In addition to finding Boulder’s pulse – and some pretty eclectic gifts – shoppers are treated to an outdoor music series, street performances, al fresco dining and, in the spring, some 15,000 breathtaking tulips imported from Holland. One of Pearl Street’s latest offerings is a 160-business gift card program – the perfect present and a great way to give back to the local economy, says Terri Takata-Smith, director of marketing and communications. Twenty Ninth Street

Canyon Boulevard and 28th Street, Boulder, 303.449.1189 www.twentyninth.com

BEST TREE NURSERY

The Tree Farm

11868 Mineral Road (Hwy 52), Longmont, 303.652.2961, www.thetreefarmlongmont.com

It is not going out on a limb to say that The Tree Farm, which opened in 1980, knows its business. With 35 acres of shade, fruit and flowering trees from which to choose, the choices seem infinite. But the staff will help you find the right plant for the right place. “We’re successful because of selection and service. If it grows in this climate, we carry it,” says manager Mike Gittleson. “If you need help with landscape design, delivery and installation of plants, our knowledgeable and friendly staff will work within your budget to help you find the best choices for your project.” Many of the staff have been there for more than 10 years, and some 20-plus years. They know their trees ... and shrubs, perennials, vines and ground covers, which you’ll also find at The Tree Farm. CreekSide Tree Nursery

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

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2008 Boulder County GOLD PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS Winners EATS, DRINKS & ENTERTAINMENT

BEST PLACE FOR TEA Dushanbe Tea House RU: Pekoe Sip House

BEST PET BOARDING SERVICE Cottonwood Kennels RU: Broadway Animal Hospital

BEST CAMERA STORE Mike s Camera RU: Wolf Camera

BEST DESSERT Cheesecake Factory RU: Glacier Home Made Ice Cream & Gelato

BEST PET GROOMING SERVICE The Hydrant RU: Broadway Animal Hospital

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE The Regiment RU: Weekends

BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE Flagstaff House Restaurant RU: Frasca Food & Wine

BEST PLACE TO WORK OUT 24 Hour Fitness RU: RallySport Health and Fitness Club

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE JJWells RU: Chelsea

BEST RESTAURANT TO BRING KIDS Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Spirits RU: McDonald’s

BEST PILATES/YOGA CENTER CorePower Yoga RU: Yoga Pod

BEST SHOE STORE Pedestrian Shops RU: Two Sole Sisters

BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC Fox Theatre RU: Nissi’s

BEST TANNING SALON Tans To Go RU: VerandaSun

BEST EYE CARE STORE Aspen Eyewear RU: Wink Optical

BEST BARBECUE KT s Barbecue RU: Daddy Bruce’s Bar-B-Que

BEST THEATER PERFORMANCE Boulder s Dinner Theatre RU: Colorado Shakespeare Festival

BEST PLACE FOR WORSHIP Unity of Boulder RU: Flatirons Community Church

BEST FLOOR COVERING STORE FloorCrafters RU: Atlas Flooring, Inc.

BEST BURRITO Illegal Pete s RU: Chipotle

BEST BOULDER COUNTY EVENT Boulder Creek Festival RU: Bolder Boulder

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT Karen Bernardi, Bernardi Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker RU: Josette Montgomery, Coldwell Banker - Richards/Montgomery Group

BEST CATERER A Spice of Life RU: Dish Gourmet

SERVICES, FACES & PLACES

BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY/OFFICE Wright-Kingdom Real Estate RU: RE/MAX of Boulder

BEST FLORIST AND BEST GARDEN CENTER Sturtz & Copeland RU for Best Florist: European Flower Shop RU for Best Garden Center: McGuckin Hardware

BEST AMERICAN RESTAURANT The Kitchen RU: Turley’s BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT Chez Thuy RU: Moongate Asian Bistro BEST BAKERY Breadworks Cafe RU: Spruce Confections BEST BAR West End Tavern RU (TIE): Mountain Sun Conor O’Neill’s

BEST COFFEEHOUSE Vic s RU: Starbucks BEST DELI Cafe Food RU: Jimmy & Drew’s Delicatessen BEST HAPPY HOUR AND BEST OUTDOOR DINING AND BEST APPETIZERS Mediterranean Restaurant (The Med) RU for Best Happy Hour: Boulder Cafe RU for Best Outdoor Dining: Chautauqua Dining Hall RU for Best Appetizers: Aji Restaurant BEST HIBACHI CUISINE Ai Sushi & Steak RU: Benihana BEST ICE CREAM / FROZEN YOGURT Glacier Home Made Ice Cream & Gelato RU: Ben & Jerry’s BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT Taj Mahal III RU: Tandoori Grill BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER Carelli s of Boulder Ristorante Italiano RU for Best Italian Restaurant: Laudisio Ristorante Italiano RU for Best Place for a Romantic Dinner: Flagstaff House Restaurant BEST LATE-NIGHT RESTAURANT Cosmo s Pizza RU: International House of Pancakes (IHOP) BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT AND BEST LAFAYETTE/LOUISVILLE/SUPERIOR/ERIE RESTAURANT Efrain s Mexican RU for Best Mexican Restaurant: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant RU for Best Lafayette/Louisville/Superior/Erie Restaurant: The Huckleberry Restaurant, Bakery and Tea Room BEST NEW RESTAURANT Cantina Laredo RU: Radda Trattoria BEST PIZZA Abo s Pizza RU: Proto’s Pizza BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Jax Fish House RU: Dolan’s Restaurant BEST SUSHI Hapa Sushi RU: Sushi Zanmai BEST TAKE-OUT FOOD Jimmy & Drew s Delicatessen RU: Noodles & Co. BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT Sunflower RU: Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant BEST GUNBARREL/NIWOT RESTAURANT Colterra RU: Treppeda’s Italian Ristorante 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: The Buff Restaurant RU for Best Brunch: Greenbriar Inn

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BEST AC/HEATING SERVICE Precision Plumbing & Heating RU: Meyer’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. BEST AUTO DEALER Fisher Chevrolet Honda Pontiac RU: FlatIrons Acura Subaru BEST AUTO REPAIR SHOP/SERVICE DEPT. Hoshi Motors RU: Super-Rupair BEST OIL CHANGE Grease Monkey RU: Jiffy Lube

BEST RETIREMENT/ALTERNATIVE OR ELDER CARE/ASSISTED LIVING The Academy RU: Frasier Meadows Retirement Community BEST LOCAL SCHOOL Boulder High School RU: Fairview High School BEST TEACHER Stacey Mandel, Alicia Sanchez Elementary School RU: Doug London, Alexander Dawson School BEST SPA Essentiels Spa RU: St. Julien Hotel & Spa

BEST CAR WASH Puddle Touch-Free Car Wash RU: Black Diamond Car Wash

BEST SKINCARE FACILITY Laser & Cosmetic Associates of Boulder RU: Avanti Skin Center of Boulder

BEST CARPET CLEANING SERVICE Nesheim Cleaning Services, Inc. RU: Chem-Dry of Boulder

BEST STORAGE FACILITY Boulder Bins Self Storage RU: U Store It

BEST CHILD CARE CENTER YWCA Children s Alley RU: Take-a-Break

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY James TravelPoints RU: Cain Travel

BEST DAY CAMP YMCA Fun in the Sun RU: Rocky Mountain Day Camp

BEST SINGLES HANGOUT The Foundry RU: Purple Martini

BEST DENTIST Ted Kawulok, D.D.S., P.C., Whole Family Dentistry RU: Steven Eurich, L D.D.S.

BEST PLACE TO ENTERTAIN KIDS Gateway Fun Park RU: Pearl Street Mall

BEST DRY CLEANER/LAUNDROMAT Art Cleaners RU: John’s Cleaners BEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTION AND BEST LOCAL EMPLOYER Boulder Valley Credit Union RU for Best Financial Institution: Elevations Credit Union RU for Best Local Employer: Boulder Community Hospital BEST HAIR SALON Fix Hair Salon RU: The Parlour

BEST NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Eco-Cycle RU: Humane Society of Boulder County BEST ACTIVIST/COMMUNITY CHAMPION Jared Polis RU: Josie Heath (The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County)

SHOPPER’S PARADISE

BEST HEARING AID CENTER Hearing HealthCare Centers RU: Boulder Valley Hearing & Speech Center

BEST ANTIQUE DEALER Bedell & Co. RU: The Amazing Garage Sale

BEST HOLISTIC CARE/WELLNESS CENTER Wellness Center at Frasier Meadows RU: Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy

BEST ANTIQUE JEWELRY STORE Classic Facets Antique Jewelry RU: Bedell & Co.

BEST FUNERAL HOME SERVICE PROVIDER Crist Mortuary & Crematory RU: Howe Mortuary

BEST ART GALLERY Blink Gallery RU: Art & Soul Gallery

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICE/STUDIO McGuckin Design Center RU: Bartlett Interiors BEST KARATE/MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO Tran s Martial Arts & Fitness Center RU: Way of the Crane BEST LASIK/LASER EYE FACILITY/SURGEON InSight Lasik RU: Beyer Laser Center

BEST ART SUPPLY & HOBBY STORE Art Hardware RU: Michaels BEST BEDDING/LINENS/MATTRESS STORE Verlo Mattress Factory RU: Bed, Bath & Beyond

BEST MEDICAL FACILITY Boulder Community Hospital RU: Boulder Medical Center BEST MOVING COMPANY Taylor Moving & Storage RU: The Moving Connection BEST VETERINARIAN Broadway Animal Hospital RU: Arapahoe Animal Hospital

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BEST BICYCLE SHOP University Bicycles RU (TIE): Performance Bicycle Full Cycle

BEST GIFT SHOP (TIE) Jacque Michelle Paper Doll RU: Blue Skies Gifts BEST GREEN PRODUCTS/SERVICES STORE Eco-Products RU: Whole Foods BEST GROCERY STORE Whole Foods RU: Sunflower Market BEST HARDWARE STORE McGuckin Hardware RU: Home Depot BEST HOME FURNISHINGS STORE HW Home RU: Bartlett Interiors BEST HOUSEWARES & KITCHEN GOODS STORE Peppercorn RU: McGuckin Hardware BEST IMPORTED GOODS STORE Cost Plus World Market RU: Indochine BEST JEWELRY STORE AND BEST BEST COMPANY/STORE THAT GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY Walters & Hogsett Fine Jewelers RU for Best Jewelry Store: Hurdle’s Jewelry RU for Best Company/Store That Gives Back to the Community: Whole Foods BEST LIQUOR STORE Liquor Mart RU: Bottles BEST PLACE TO BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS H.B. Woodsong s RU: Robb’s Music BEST PET STORE/BAKERY/DELI AND BEST LOCALLY OWNED STORE P.C. s Pantry for Dogs and Cats RU for Best Pet Store/Bakery/Deli: PetSmart RU for Best Locally Owned Store: McGuckin Hardware BEST RECYCLED GOODS/THRIFT STORE Hospice Care & Share Thrift Shop RU: Savers BEST RUNNING STORE Boulder Running Company RU: Fleet Feet BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE AND BEST OUTDOOR RECREATION STORE Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) RU for Best Sporting Goods Store: Dick’s Sporting Goods RU for Best Outdoor Recreation Store: Neptune Mountaineering BEST PLACE TO BUY WINDOWS Champion Windows, Siding & Patio Rooms RU: Renewal By Andersen BEST PLACE TO BUY WINDOW TREATMENTS Innovative Openings RU: Cloth Constructions BEST SHOPPING DESTINATION Pearl Street Mall RU: Twenty Ninth Street

BEST BOOKSTORE Boulder Book Store RU: Barnes & Noble Booksellers

BEST TREE NURSERY The Tree Farm RU: Creekside Tree Nursery

BEST CHILDREN’S STORE Grandrabbit s Toy Shoppe RU: Playfair Toys

BEST VIDEO STORE The Video Station RU: Blockbuster

SEPTEMBER 2008


What’s in a Mattress? Air? Memory Foam? Innerspring? Natural Materials? Latex? Here at the Verlo Mattress Factory Stores, we know all about what goes into a mattress because we make them! Our craftsmen are experts in the field and use only the highest quality materials. We invite you to come in and visit us. One of our craftsmen can help explain the different types of mattresses and help you to find the safest, healthiest, most comfortable sleep set for you!

Best value in the industry!

S L E E P G R E AT T O N I G H T ! Ultra

50th Anniversary X-Factor Over 1200 coils for unbelievable support & comfort.

Harmony Exclusive IntraTouch Sleep Technology and world‘s finest materials.

Natural wool and cotton on premium latex core.

Twin: $798

Queen: $958

Twin: $1499

Queen: $1799

Twin: $1249

Queen: $1639

Full: $898

King: $1158

Full: $1699

King: $1999

Full: $1449

King: $1999

Twin: $1599

Queen: $1899

Full: $1849

King: $2499

* All prices include mattress & boxspring

Boulder 3080 Valmont St. (Just east of 30th Street)

(303) 447-1154

Voted Best of Boulder 9 Years in a row 1999-2007!

Visit our new location at 715 South Main St. Longmont, CO + $45 delivery & set-up*

+ FREE 1 year Comfort Guarantee

Family Owned & Operated

Hours: Sat. 9-6, Sun. 11-5, Mon.-Fri. 9-8 • 1-800-224-VERLO • www.verlo.com


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