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The 2009 Boulder County Gold People’s Choice Awards results are in! Check out the following pages and you’ll discover the shining stars of Boulder County – the people, places and things that make this county great. This year’s winners and runners up are as fine as ever. Some are repeat winners and some are brand-new winners. As expected, the competition was tough. Your votes have been tallied and, after tossing 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. Now turn the page and read about the winners!

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Designer & Editor: Aubrey Laurence; Writers: L.L. Charles, Judy Finman, Lulu Tupper; Photographer: Jonathan Castner; Data Entry & Verification: Bolder Staffing; Research Contributor: Joan Beckett Boulder County Gold is a marketing feature of your Camera. For advertising information, call your consultant or 303.473.1400. Copyright 2009. Look up Boulder County Gold winners throughout the year at DailyCamera.com. To subscribe to your Daily Camera, call 303.444.3444 or visit DailyCamera.com.

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EATS, DRINKS & ENTERTAINMENT Breadworks Café

BEST BAKERY

2644 Broadway, Boulder, 303.444.5667, www.breadworks.net

Connoisseurs of crust, fans of the flakiest dough and supporters of stone-ground organic baking count on Breadworks Café for their morning croissant, their lunchtime Panini and a loaf of artisan bread to go. And it’s been that way since Breadworks first opened its doors on Valentine’s Day, 1995. North Boulder neighbors drop by to enjoy the scene from one of the outdoor tables or share a tabletop inside. “We have never lost our focus on providing quality baked goods at affordable prices,” says Larry Domnitz, who owns and operates the popular bakery with his wife Colleen, a classically trained executive chef whose resume includes a stint at Chez Panisse. “Colleen use to come in and buy bread from me,” Larry recalls. Destiny took its course, and since then the duo has grown the business to four times its original size, with a wood-burning pizza oven, daily specialty sandwiches, soups and salads. Got Cupcake Fever? Choose yours from the daily assortment, or custom order a dozen for a special occasion. We could go on, but that would just be icing on the cake. Spruce Confections

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

BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT

Chey Thuy

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

Since 1993, perennial favorite Chez Thuy has brought the lively flavors of Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai and Indonesian cooking to hungry Boulder diners. Chez Thuy’s chefs use fresh cilantro, basil, lemongrass, tamarind, ginger, coconut, pineapple and mango to create an exciting menu that is perfect for sharing in a group. Order up a hot, spicy soup and some crunchy spring rolls to get started. Many appetizers are served traditional-style with rice papers to wrap your own ingredients at your table and enjoy with nuoc mam, the house dipping sauce. Vegetarians like the great selection of entrees, from the spicy Buddha Delight (Malai Chay) to more mellow Lo Mein with tofu and vegetables. Order a Thai Iced Tea or Coffee, or go crazy and order Fried Bananas Flambee for the perfect finish to your evening. Thank you to “Twee” and her staff for bringing us the best in Asian cooking, seven days a week (holidays, too!). Golden Lotus

1964 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.6868, www.goldenlotuscuisine.com

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BEST BAR AND BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Carelli’s of Boulder Ristorante Italiano

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

If you’re looking for la dolce vita served on a plate, set your GPS for Carelli’s, where the traditions of hospitality and delicious Italian food are alive and well, with a contemporary twist. Trained as a chef by trade, your host Greg Carelli claims there’s “no secret” to the restaurant’s success. “We’ve been family owned and operated for 19 years, and it really just comes down to hard work and perseverance,” he says. “We keep our menu interesting. Every night our chef does a fresh fish special. One night it might be Crab and Lobster Cakes, or it could be Pan Seared Sea Bass from our special fresh seafood provider in Hawaii. We have also added a new Gluten-Free menu,” that features Build-Your-Own-Pizzas, Grilled Salmon, and chicken or steak entrees. A carefully selected wine list focuses on wines that deliver great value, whether you choose a high-reputation appellation or moderately priced label. The perfect dinner deserves a stellar selection of drinks to go with it, and Boulder County voters also designated Carelli’s as home to the Best Bar. The new Osteria bar has quickly established its reputation for dramatic but comfortable ambiance, tasty cocktails and live music on Thursdays and Saturdays. Share an endof-day toast and appetizers with friends by the gorgeous outdoor fire pit surrounded with pillows and cushions. “Cin Cin to Carelli’s!” we say. FOR BEST BAR: West End Tavern

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

FOR BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT: Pasta Jay’s

1001 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.5800, www.pastajays.com

BEST CATERER

A Spice of Life

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

What’s the secret ingredient behind an unforgettable event? A Spice of Life! Since 1987, co-owners David Rubin and Dan Bruckner have wowed us with their special approach to catering, bringing together exquisite culinary treats, spectacular presentation and a dedicated staff that exceed your expectations, every time. “We bring passion and enthusiasm to every event,” Rubin says, from intimate get-togethers for 30 to the ultimate street party of 3,000 people celebrating the grand opening of the Twenty Ninth Street Mall. Three certified chefs do a lot of their magic on site, so the food is served at its best. Budgets are a little tighter this year, Rubin explains, but Spice of Life’s team can work with you to put on a party people won’t forget. We like their community spirit and commitment to “Zero Waste” practices, too. Is there anything they don’t do well? “We’re not very good at cutting back on our quality,” Rubin says with a laugh. Dish Gourmet

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

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303.442.RIBS • 1801 13th Street in Boulder (Between Canyon & Walnut)

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The Rib House

1801 13th St., Boulder, 303.442.RIBS; 1920 S. Coffman St., Longmont, 303.485.6988; www.theribhouse.com

Saucy, sweet and spicy! That’s the way we like our barbecue, and The Rib House is your favorite place for authentic, Kansas City-style ribs, sausage, brisket and succulent sides, with the kind of friendly service that makes you come back. Kansas City natives Merry Ann and Tracy Webb came to Colorado in 1989 and immediately started missing the classic barbecue restaurants they left behind. They opened their first Rib House in July 2001 and Colorado barbecue has never been the same since. “There’s nothing baby-sized about our Baby Back Ribs,” Tracy says. “They’re so tender, you grab the rib and the meat falls off the bone. Honestly, they’re so good, our ribs have turned vegetarians into meat eaters,” he says with a laugh. Your order is served with your choice of four warm sauces on the side, from mild to fire to match your taste buds. “The hotter sauces aren’t just about burning your mouth,” Tracy explains, “they deliver lots of flavor.” Side orders make it a meal, and you can choose from BBQ beans, red-skinned mashers, coleslaw, chipotle potato salad, and the famous Cheesy Corn Bake. Finish with an order of cobbler, key lime pie or a fudgy brownie, just because you deserve it! 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

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BEST DELI

Salvaggio’s Delicatessen

2609 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.1981 1397 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.545.6800 1107 13th St., Boulder, 303.448.1200

BEST HAPPY HOUR AND BEST OUTDOOR DINING AND BEST APPETIZERS

Mediterranean Restaurant (The Med)

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

Hats off to The Mediterranean Restaurant for achieving the hat trick of three “Bests” this year! Locals just call it “The Med” but the short moniker is deceptive for a restaurant that delivers so much. The Med is a longtime favorite destination for Happy Hour aficionados who enjoy the extensive menu of tasty appetizers, tapas and pizzas. Order up a frosty microbrew, a sangria or handmade Martini so your other hand has something to do. Unwind, chat up a new friend. There’s no need to hurry; this “hour” lasts from 3 to 6:30 p.m., seven days a week. The cheery patio, festooned with flowers, a fountain and colorful tiles, is a special getaway retreat with a hint of the Côte d’Azur, just steps from the bustle of downtown. “We’ve spent a lot of effort on the aesthetics of our outdoor dining,” says manager Mike Gleason. “It’s a comfortable space; people are willing to wait a bit longer to enjoy the ambiance of our patio.” Eating light, or just want to experiment with some new dishes? The Med’s appetizer menu awaits! Taste the sunny influences of Italian, Spanish, French and Greek cuisine, brought together in the form of crisp Calamari, Gambas (Catalan-style shrimp), Polenta Fritti, Prosciutto and Melon or Caprese salad. Order a selection, share, compare – and order again! FOR BEST HAPPY HOUR AND BEST APPETIZERS: Brasserie Ten Ten

1011 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.998.1010, www.brasserietenten.com

FOR BEST OUTDOOR DINING: Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace

950 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.7771, www.centrolatinkitchen.com

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No matter how you stack them, Salvaggio’s sandwiches are a true culinary achievement. Start with fresh bread, baked from scratch daily. Add your choice of cheese and a generous portion of meat, garnish with crisp veggies and top it all with your favorite dressing. “We don’t skimp on the portions here,” says general manager Maria Gonzales, “and our staff works hard to keep it fun and friendly while building you a great sandwich.” All side orders are made in house as well, from the macaroni and potato salads to the tasty coleslaw. The most popular orders include the Prime Rib, the Italian and Turkey sandwiches, or order your very own custom masterpiece with your choice of ingredients. Oddest order? “I think that would be the Chicken Salad with Italian Sausage sauce,” Gonzales says. And don’t forget to add a homemade brownie or cookie to top off your order. Whether they’re creating one single sandwich or 700 sandwiches for a CU football event, you know you’re in for fresh taste, generous portions and a bit of friendly ’tude, served up Salvaggio’s style. Snarf’s

2128 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.7766 1087 14th St., Boulder, 303.444.7714 5340 Arapahoe, Boulder, 303.444.3404 645 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 303.774.1441 www.eatsnarfs.com

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; 1350 College Ave., Boulder, 303.442.4400; 1749 Main St., Longmont, 303.485.883; www.glacierhomemadeicecream.com

For even the most dedicated ice cream maven, Glacier presents quite a challenge: 800 flavors! A top seller is fresh Colorado peach, about which owner Mark Mallen says, “We’ll process over 1,000 pounds of peaches a year from the Western Slope to make ice cream, gelato and sorbet.” In business only since 2001, Glacier was recently chosen one of the 10 best ice cream stores in America by forbestraveler.com. “We’re very grateful to the Boulder County community,” says Mallen. “They recognize quality products and have given us great support. We put quality ahead of profit; the profit comes later.” He credits his employees: “We employ great people – the ice cream makers and the counter people. We look for employees who are personable, because customers come in who are, 1., already in a good mood or, 2., want to be in a better mood.” Mallen works with other local companies and chefs to create unique culinary experiences – like honey peanut butter ice cream made from Justin’s nut butter, a dinner at Restaurant 4580, pairing each course with a different ice cream, and an “ultimate chocolate” dessert for Radda. “Boulder is such a great community, with locally owned, independent businesses. I hope they continue; we need to keep supporting the locals.” Cold Stone Creamery

2412 Arapahoe, Boulder, 303.440.8915; 1087 S. Hover St., #B, Longmont, 303.682.5680; www.coldstonecreamery.com

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BEST COFFEEHOUSE

BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

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

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

Vic’s

Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant

When Lenny Martinelli was a vegetarian about 20 years ago, the standard restaurant offering for non-meat eaters was roasted vegetables and potatoes. He opened Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant a couple years ago to do something more distinctive and interesting. “It’s our fifth restaurant,” he notes, “and they all have a vegetarian component.” His other eateries are well known to locals: Aji, the Boulder Dushanbe Tea House, the Huckleberry Restaurant in Louisville, and the Naropa Café. “We are the only vegetarian restaurant in Boulder. I think enough people know about us, know that the food is really good, and different. Fifty percent of our customers are not vegetarians; they come because our food is good. Omnivores come in and eat our food and walk out saying ‘Wow.’” Some favorites are stuffed poblano pepper with chocolate mole, jerk tempeh with coconut plaintain sauce, and for dessert, vegan carrot cake and green tea creme brulee. “We always have homemade pie with a vegan crust, and we offer a flourless chocolate cake for the non-wheat eaters. We provide for people with allergies. We really try to please.” Besides chef Steven Dustin and managing partner Gerry Manning, who puts together the list of organic, biodynamic and sustainably grown wines, wife Sara Martinelli is “the tea queen” for the restaurants. You can enjoy organic beer and smoothies, too, and a good selection of vegan food. “We are introducing at least one course that’s raw,” Martinelli says. Leaf and its four sister restaurants share in the ownership of a local organic farm. “At the 63rd Street Farm, our produce is grown organically and biodynamically, and we are able to be involved in the agricultural process every step of the way. We can ensure the quality of our produce by working hand-in-hand with our farmers to determine which crops to plant, and we carefully craft our menus to coincide with the natural harvest periods.”

At Vic’s, first and foremost it’s about the coffee. Good coffee, dark roasted and served pretty much anyway you want it. The baristas are friendly in a noncorporate way and keep things moving. Locally baked scones, pastries and muffins go great with your cuppa Joe. Did we mention there’s free Wi-Fi? Every great coffeehouse has its scene, and Vic’s version is hustle, bustle and laid-back cool, all at once. The tables out front are popular for meeting friends or taking a caffeine break while you’re out walking your canine friends. Inside, great American novels and business plans are being written on a medley of laptops, two chic ladies are catching up on neighborhood news, and one young man in a fedora is scrutinizing the local artwork on the walls. Owner Mike Hilliker says that Vic’s success is all about “good product, good service, good customers and a good staff.” Good enough to be the best. Laughing Goat Coffeehouse

Sunflower Organic Dining

1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.4628, www.thelaughinggoat.com

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BEST PIZZA

Abo’s

2761 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.443.1921 1110 13th St., Boulder, 303.443.3199 637 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.494.1274 720 Austin Ave., Erie, 303.828.9777 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 all the pizza places around, what makes Abo’s stand out? “Quality ingredients – special dough and special sauce made daily just for Abo’s,” according to manager Ben Bishop. “Also, our professional pie makers, professional because of the quality they assure and the pride they take in their work.” It’s true, the dough is made fresh daily and hand tossed according to Neopolitan New York tradition, and, oh, that genuine Neopolitan crust – benissimo! It is classically thin with a bumpy texture, bubbly, pliable but firm to fold over. Abo’s Pizza still adheres to the original quality ingredients of its first pie, which hit Boulder in 1977. The sauce is a proprietary blend fashioned after the legendary Rocky Graziano family sauce recipe. Founder Steve Abo was trained in New York pizza restaurants owned by the once-famous boxer. Abo’s continues to use high quality tomatoes from the same supplier year after year. The freshest vegetables are delivered and chopped daily. They use mozzarella cheese that won’t slide off the crust. A slice of Abo’s pizza is only $3, and the restaurant offers lunch specials. Bishop says, “Thanks to all our fans,” and notes, “We have quite a few regulars who come in three to five days a week. We know them by their names and their slices!”

Thanks for another Great Year! We REALLY appreciate you. Come in and play!

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

942 Pearl Street, Boulder Mon.–Sat. 10-5:30; Sun. 12-5 www.classicfacets.com 303.938.8851 Since 1985

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Jax Fish House

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

Once again Jax takes top honors for the best seafood in this land-locked county. Much of the credit goes to world-class, award-winning chef Hosea Rosenberg, who believes that flavor is paramount. With that in mind he creates innovative dishes that capture the essence of fresh fish and fresh produce – whenever possible using produce from local farmers as well as organic and natural products. “Another important reason for our success is our loyal staff of 8, 10, and even 15 years, when the restaurant opened,” says manager Lee Sandoval. “They’ve helped build a clientele and atmosphere; everyone here provides service. And the food is very fresh and healthy, with deliveries every day.” Jax’s famous Raw Bar features a variety of fresh oysters, clams, chilled crabs and lobsters, all flown in daily. Favorite dishes are Colorado striped bass and Nicoise olivedusted Alaskan halibut. Blue plate specials are popular: jambalaya on Sunday, old school tuna on Monday, New Zealand bluenose on Tuesday and paella on Wednesday. Uniquely Jax is the brick wall where well over a thousand customers have written their names (some over other customers’ names), and the “Wall of Fame'” lining the bar that is covered with photos from alumni, employees and regulars showcasing their catch of the day. Dolan’s Restaurant

1810 29th Street, suite #2000 • 303.442.4247

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2319 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.444.8758

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BEST GUNBARREL/NIWOT RESTAURANT

Colterra Food & Wine

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

Colterra owner/executive chef Bradford Heap received classic European training from culinary legends like Alain Ducasse, Georges Blanc and Carlo Cioni. He has served as guest chef at the prestigious James Beard House and 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 hormoneand antibiotic-free meats, and sustainably harvested fish from around the world. Heap’s ability to create simple clean flavors from ultra-fresh local produce has earned him a loyal following. The cuisine is inspired by the flavors of Southern France and Northern Italy. Chef Heap invites guests to try a variety of tastes and sip various wines by the glass from a substantial wine list. Treppeda’s Italian Ristorante

300 2nd Ave., Niwot, 303.652.1606, www.treppedas.com

BEST TAKE-OUT FOOD

Jimmy & Drew’s Delicatessen 2855 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.3354

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT

The Taj

2630 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.494.5216, www.tajcolorado.com

Serving the freshest and healthiest food – that is what motivates Taj owners and husband-and-wife team, Vhim Rai and Kamala Ghimire, to work 16 to 18 hours a day. “We have many long-time customers,” Ghimire says, “some who have been coming since we opened The Taj in February 1996.” Rai does the cooking, along with several chefs he trained. “I, too, do some cooking and put in seasonal vegetables myself,” says Ghimire. Her husband supervises the abundant, popular buffet. “To make the food healthier,” says Rai, “we use less fat and heavy cream, just the bare minimum. Some people come every day for lunch, because the food is light. And we use absolutely no MSG at all.” They are introducing gluten-free and dairy-free Indian food. At their year-old restaurant, Mantra Indian Cuisine (1630B 30th St., Boulder, 303.444.1809, www.mantracolorado.com), you can sample masala dosa, a popular south Indian gluten-free crepe. While featuring a popular buffet at lunch and dinner, Mantra is also a “sit-down and be served” kind of place – at affordable prices. Try “thali,” platters of little samplers of tasty Indian specialties. The favorite dishes of Taj customers are chicken masala, tandoori chicken, and saag paneer (homemade cheese cubes cooked with Indian creamed spinach). “For the Tandoori, we cook our meat fresh, so it is moist and tender,” Ghimire says. She also notes that they use healthy options such as brown rice and steamed rice with no oil, steamed vegetables, and salad with fresh-cut vegetables. Another customer favorite is the homemade chai. “Customers come even from Evergreen for it,” she says. “It’s our secret recipe. We have a lot of experience playing with the spices.” Winners of the Boulder County Gold People’s Choice Award many times, this husband and wife are quick to express their gratitude for the honor: “From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank the Boulder County community and all our customers. We’re very grateful to be winners of the Boulder County Gold Award again. It’s a community gift. We’re going to work even harder.” Tandoori Grill

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

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This is a real-deal deli: they cook everything from scratch. And they deliver anywhere in Boulder County. Jimmy Eggers, who created the eponymous deli with Drew Marx, says customers recognize and appreciate “the quality of the food. There are so many sandwich shops around Boulder, but we are a true deli. We smoke our salmon, roast our prime ribs, make our cole slaw and potato salad ourselves. It’s all about the food.” They offer favorites from around the country, like Philly cheese steaks and New York-style pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. Every night a different homestyle dinner is featured – priced at a mere $10. And you have to try “Jimmy’s Favorite” – a Reuben (traditionally made with corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut on rye bread) that shuns the bread in favor of two oversized potato latkes (pancakes, for the uninitiated). It was dubbed one of the “Best Sandwiches in America” by Esquire magazine. Watch for a new book by David Sax coming out in November, called “Save the Deli,” which lauds Jimmy & Drew’s. Pretty much everything is on the take-out menu, and you can come in and pick up your order, or avail yourself of the countywide delivery service. 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

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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

Ask Rose Fuller which menu item is the customer favorite, and she answers without hesitation: Eggs New Orleans (fried eggplant slices with creole sauce, poached eggs and hollandaise). “Though our eggs Benedict will give any other eggs Benedict in town a run for their money,” the Boulder Lucile’s principal host adds with a laugh, and then pauses for a moment. “You know, there are lots of great dishes, but people come to us for our biscuits and jam, our beignets and coffee.” The truth of the matter is you can’t go wrong. If any of you reading this haven’t yet experienced Lucile’s, there’s nothing left to say. You simply must go to understand the distinctively decadent, immediately addictive creole cuisine. For the rest of us who regularly go out of our way for the chicory coffee, Eggs Sardou and the best grits this side of the Mississippi, here’s something else to love about Lucile’s: The restaurant started a farm in Niwot to grow its own food. “Our daily and weekend specials have been fresh from the farm,” enthuses Fuller. “We’re on our way to being more organic and self-sustainable.” And I’m on my way to Lucile’s. See you there.

BEST LAFAYETTE/LOUISVILLE/SUPERIOR/ERIE RESTAURANT

The The Empire Lounge & Restaurant

816 Main St., Louisville, 303.665.2521, www.theempirerestaurant.com

After less than two years in business, The Empire Lounge & Restaurant has already become a Louisville fixture. “What we tried to create was a neighborhood restaurant filled with regulars,” says co-owner and general manager Brendan McManus. “And that’s what we’ve accomplished.” Indeed, locals have been flocking to The Empire since it opened, clamoring for its simultaneously accessible and sophisticated fare, impressive wine selection, classic cocktails and lounge atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for the most sublime deviled eggs you’ve ever eaten, melt-in-your-mouth gourmet delights like the Colorado lamb and onion brochette, fresh and unique salads, or a berry crumble that would make Granny blush, The Empire Lounge & Restaurant is your ideal destination. And you can feel good about what you’re eating. “Food-wise, we have as much local and organic product as we can,” explains McManus. The menu changes frequently and there are daily specials to highlight the seasonality of the food.

FOR BEST BREAKFAST: Walnut Cafe

3073 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.447.2315; South Side Walnut Cafe, 673 S. Broadway, Boulder, 720.304.8118, www.walnutcafe.com

FOR BEST BRUNCH: Greenbriar Inn

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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 www.efrainsrestaurant.com

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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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BEST LONGMONT/LYONS RESTAURANT

Oskar Blues Cajun Grill & Brewery 303 Main St., Lyons 303.823.6685, www.oskarblues.com

BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER 1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, 303.442.4640, www.flagstaffhouse.com

Flagstaff House Restaurant

The stars twinkling over the foothills, the breathtaking views of Boulder, the slightly thinner air – the Flagstaff House’s mountainside location is cause enough to get weak in the knees. Add that special someone as well as exquisite food, drinks and service to the mix and forget about it; you’re Cupid fodder. Romance is part of the package at the Flagstaff House. “A lot of proposals happen here,” says general manager Scott Monette, who recommends popping the question during the first course instead of waiting until dessert. “We find people enjoy the experience much more that way,” he adds with a knowing smile. Truly, it would be a shame to spend a night at this premier dining establishment distracted by nerves when you could be looking deep into your loved one’s eyes, drinking in the ambiance and a delectable Cabernet Sauvignon, savoring a stolen kiss and butter poached Maine lobster. The Flagstaff House’s seasoned staff goes out of its way to make every night remarkable for its customers, whether the moment calls for crystal glasses or party hats. “We’re a family-run operation and have been around for 37 years,” says Monette. “It’s great to be a part of Boulder and part of the environment for so many people’s special occasions.”

(TIE) The Rib House

1920 S. Coffman St., Longmont, 303.485.6988 1801 13th St., Boulder, 303.442.RIBS www.theribhouse.com

Sugarbeet

Carelli’s of Boulder Ristorante Italiano

101 Pratt St., Longmont 303.651.3330, www.sugarbeetrestaurant.com

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

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Our readers aren’t the only ones who have noticed the fine offerings from Oskar Blues Cajun Grill & Brewery. The brewpub was recently named one of the top 50 Colorado companies to watch by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and its quaffables and edibles have been praised by Food & Wine, Men’s Health, Beer, All About Beer and Penthouse magazines as well as the Washington Post. And that’s only this summer’s set of accolades. All this national attention is fantastic, but keeping things downhome is what Oskar Blues does best. Here you’ll find hearty comfort food and plenty of it. Start with a pile of Cajun Catfish Bites then tuck into a Heatseeker Burger or a Big Ol’ Phatty Pepperoni (the most pepperoni you have ever seen on one pizza, claims the menu). Be sure to save room for Oskar’s world-famous Dump Cake and, of course, a brew or two.

Thank you Boulder County For Your Loyal Support!

Thank You Boulder for the Honor! Best Place to Buy Musical Instruments!

Boulder’s ONLY full service independent music store since 1978! 2691 30th St. Boulder | 303-443-8448 www.robbsbouldermusic.com BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

Boulder’s Choice for Hardwood Flooring • 303.449.3084 C A M E R A

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Ristorante Italiano BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE

Frasca Food & Wine

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

“We like to invite people into our home,” says Frasca Food and Wine’s co-owner and wine director Bobby Stuckey. “Our home just happens to be a dining room.” It’s a remarkable dining room, as a matter of fact – elegant without being pretentious, simultaneously modern and warm, the kind of place that makes you want to linger. With more than 200 wines to choose from and fresh, locally produced fare inspired by the cuisine of Friuli, Italy (like shaved Heritage Foods Berkshire pork leg with fingerling potatoes, huckleberries, mustard and “sugo naturale”), who wouldn’t want to tarry a bit and savor the experience? Of Frasca’s exceptional service, Stuckey says: “That’s our mission. It’s not just me that believes in taking care of people, it’s everyone on our staff. When we come in every day, that’s what we’re thinking about, that’s what we’re striving to do.” And the effort shows during every customer interaction. Flagstaff House Restaurant

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

N EW S WANKY O STERIA B AR & L OUNGE L IVE J AZZ EVERY T HURSDAY & S ATURDAY WITH G EORGE N ELSON H APPY H OUR 3:30 – 6:00 C HEF L AURA S OLOMON ’ S

BEST SUSHI

NIGHTS

DAILY

NIGHTLY FRESH FISH SPECIALS

“Y OU ’ VE GOT TO GO TO C ARELLI ’ S ! I T ’ S OLD SCHOOL . I T ’ S COMFORTABLE . I T ’ S NOT PRETENTIOUS .” – D ENVER P OST

Hapa Sushi

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

Sushi reigns. And the favorite spot to savor this delicacy is Hapa Sushi. “We owe our awards to our loyal customers, who have come to Hapa since we opened 10 years ago,” says owner Mark Van Grack. “We believe we have the freshest sushi in town – most of the tuna is flown in from Hawaii. Hapa is the Hawaiian slang word for blended culture, and we have some Hapas among our sushi chefs.” Besides the sushi, diners enjoy the whole experience at Hapa Sushi – excellent service, very customer-focused. Hapa has one of the best Happy Hours in town – Monday through Saturday, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to midnight – with great prices on sushi, hand-crafted nigiri, Hapa beer, sake cocktails and more.

303.938.9300 reservations happily accepted

Sushi Zanmai

www.carellis.com

6 4 5 3 0 T H S T R E E T B O U L D E R C O 8 0 3 0 3

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

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BEST MEXICAN 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; www.efrainsrestaurant.com

For authentic Mexican food, speed past the fast-food chains and head over to Efrain’s, a 20-year institution in Lafayette. This is the mother ship for three restaurants serving home-cooked favorites from the Gomez family’s trove of traditional recipes. “Mom was the cook and still comes in to help,” says George Gomez, one of the 10 Gomez siblings who run the Lafayette eatery as well as the Boulder and Longmont branches. “She’s almost 80 and looks about 55.” Chicken chimichanga is the most popular dish, with chicken fajitas, chile verde and rellenos not far behind. “I have the best customers in the world,” Gomez says, “and my brother is the best cook. We are very busy, even on Mondays. I tell the customers I’m so lucky; they say, ‘You do everything right.’ My prices here in Lafayette are the best prices anywhere. We have good prices, good food, and good tequila.” He explains that the tab is higher in the Boulder and Longmont branches because “we pay rent. In Lafayette, it’s my building.” Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

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

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Happy Noodle House

835 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.442.3050, www.happynoodlehouse.com

Despite these tough economic times, this new restaurant, which opened Feb. 13, is thriving. “It’s the right concept at the right time,” says general manager JohnMark Larter. “It’s also the right price point. You can come in for dinner, tax, tip and beer for $16.” Expect fresh, unique and affordable Asian-inspired cuisine paired with attentive and friendly service and classic, “old-school” handcrafted cocktails. The signature dish is a big bowl of ramen noodles, with the chef ’s own chicken broth, and chicken or pork and veggies. And there are lots of other wholesome and creative dishes to try. Larter encourages families to come and feel right at home at Happy Noodle: “The food comes quickly, in less than 10 minutes, and with the openness of the space and community seating, it’s a rambunctious restaurant on some nights – filled with families, serious diners, and cocktail drinkers.” Once the kitchen closes for the day, the bar takes center stage and the place is transformed into a kind of Prohibition-era speakeasy. Conveniently, Happy Noodle offers take-out, too.

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

“We are proud to offer our guests a fun dining experience in a kid- and family-friendly atmosphere where kids, and adults, can be kids,” says Red Robin president Eric Houseman. Adult patrons love the gourmet burgers, bottomless steak fries, salads, desserts and unique drinks almost as much as they love being able to relax because their kids are happily occupied. Balloons, activity pages, crayons and the genial mascot “Red” go a long way toward making eating out with little ones an enjoyable endeavor. The menu seals the deal – mac and cheese, chicken fingers, cheeseburgers, corn dogs, pizza, all the favorites of the under-12 set, plus plenty of healthy side item choices. Red Robin does more than serve the kids in its restaurants, though. It serves children across the nation through its UACT Program, a character-building initiative designed for middle and junior high students, as well as through its continued support of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Special Olympics. 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 1087 S. Hover St., 303.776.5664 www.noodles.com

Arugula Bar e Ristorante

2785 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.443.5100, www.arugularistorante.com

BEST AMERICAN RESTAURANT AND BEST LATE-NIGHT RESTAURANT

The Kitchen

1039 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.544.5973, www.thekitchencafe.com

Just what exactly is American cuisine, and what’s cooking in our melting pot these days? “Our focus is on locally produced, seasonal ingredients, prepared simply so that the expression of the food comes through,” explains Kate Kaufman, manager at community bistro The Kitchen. “Our produce and our meat come from local farmers and ranchers, who are our friends as well.” Chefs Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk have created a menu that skillfully moves from starter plates of Poached Salmon Salad or Pork Terrine to enticing entrees like Roasted Pork Loin or Pan Seared Lamb Sirloin. Weekend brunch (you can even order a Full English Breakfast!) is served until 2 p.m. – the perfect way to slow-start your day. Not a morning person? If the nighttime is the right time for your socializing, join friends for dinner under the chandeliers in the dining room. Or cozy up to the counter with a special friend and share a couple of yummy desserts and a tawny port. The vibe is tastefully mellow, a happy mashup of visual palette and “flavor” palate that makes The Kitchen your choice for Best American and Best Late-Night Restaurant.

FOR BEST AMERICAN RESTAURANT: Boulder ChopHouse & Tavern

921 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.443.1188, www.chophouse.com

BEST BOULDER COUNTY EVENT

FOR BEST LATE-NIGHT RESTAURANT: The Attic Bar & Bistro

949 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.415.1300

Boulder Creek Festival

Along Boulder Creek, Boulder, 303.449.3137, www.bceproductions.com

The Boulder Creek Festival had another wildly successful and fun-filled run over Memorial Day weekend this year. Thousands flocked to the downtown section of Boulder Creek (from 9th Street to 14th Street, between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue) to enjoy performances, activities, food and entertainment. For 23 years, the festival has been the unofficial kickoff to summer in Boulder. There’s something for everyone among the 10 different event areas and 500 vendors in attendance, from holistic health to hip hop dance, bluegrass music to brew appreciation, children’s play to fine art. And let’s not forget the Great Duck Race, which provides endless excitement for participants, a visual feast as 5,000 rubber ducks go barreling down the creek, and money for the city of Boulder Parks & Recreation department’s EXPAND program. Next year promises to be another community celebration to remember. Mark your calendar now for Saturday, May 29 through Monday, May 31, 2010. Bolder Boulder

BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

Boulder Theater

2032 14th St., Boulder 303.786.7030, www.bouldertheater.com

Boulder Theater is a landmark – it opened in 1906 and has showcased everything from opera productions and silent movies to blues legends and indie trailblazers. The building has been renovated several times to fit the needs of its audiences over the years, the most recent changes having to do with sound quality and expanding the theater’s capabilities as a multi-use facility. What hasn’t changed is the venue’s overarching appeal, with its hand-painted murals and fresco ceilings. And diversity of talent is still the name of the game. In October, Boulder Theater will play host to national recording artists Aimee Mann and Dinosaur, Jr., local favorite DeVotchka, the highly anticipated Dancing with Boulder Stars event, Teton Gravity Research’s latest ski and snowboard film, and many other can’t-miss shows. Nissi’s

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

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

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BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC

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BEST DESSERT

Cheesecake Factory

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

Evelyn Overton was a lot of things – a wonderful wife and mother, an active member of her community, an organizer and a doer – but she is best known for her contribution to the advancement of dessert. She created the recipe around which The Cheesecake Factory was built, the cheesecake to end all cheesecakes. In the late 1940s, Evelyn’s cheesecakes were so popular with friends, her husband Oscar’s business associates and local bake sales that she and Oscar opened a small bakery. Through persistence and hard work, the Overton family’s business grew from one singularly lip-smacking recipe at one small Detroit location to today’s Cheesecake Factory, with 50 different desserts at each of its 150 locations nationwide. If you’re not in the mood for cheesecake, try one of the decadent chocolate cakes or ice cream sundaes. But with a name like The Cheesecake Factory, it’s hard not to be in the mood. There are more than 30 legendary cheesecakes from which to choose, including lemon raspberry cream, white chocolate caramel macadamia nut, tiramisu, Key lime and, of course, the original. Thanks Evelyn. The Kitchen

1039 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.544.5973, www.thekitchencafe.com

BEST THEATER PERFORMANCE

Boulder’s Dinner Theatre

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

Boulder’s Dinner Theatre has been wowing us with live, Broadway-quality performances paired with fine dining since 1977. “It’s a complete evening of entertainment,” explains artistic director Michael J. Duran. “Our audience gets a good meal and fantastic theater, and they get to meet the stars of the show.” These stars shine brightly; members of the company have performed on stages nationwide. Some have been with Boulder’s Dinner Theatre for 20 years, and some are new to the group. Some have Academy Award nominations and some are just getting their feet wet in the industry. But veterans and fresh talent alike pour their hearts into every performance. Come see for yourself; the theater is putting on a regional premier of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” – a hilarious musical comedy with audience participation – now through November 7. Colorado Shakespeare Festival

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

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SERVICES, FACES & PLACES

healthy beautiful

Smile Comprehensive

Cosmetic Dentistry

www.drania.com

303.443.0998 • Dr. Ania Mohelicki, D.D.S.

BEST CAR WASH

Puddle Touch-Free Car Wash

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

Be your very best.

Got 12 minutes? That’s all it takes to get your musty, dusty car transformed into a veritable gleaming chariot, thanks to the folks at Puddle Car Wash. “We focus on speed,” says general manager Rich Hart, “but we don’t sacrifice quality. Supervisors check the quality of the work to ensure your car is truly clean when you leave.” Choose from a quick exterior-only wash (starting as low as $7.99) or add interior cleaning that includes vacuuming, dash, console and door panel dusting and hand drying. Really special cars deserve a visit to the Detail Shop, where skilled technicians can gently coax out the original beauty of your automobile. And we like the fact that The Puddle recycles their water as a nice gesture to the environment. “We thank Boulder County for their support over all the years,” says Hart. Black Diamond Car Wash

1414 Hecla Way, Louisville, 303.666.6696, www.blackdiamondcarwash.com

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Boulder

5290 Arapahoe Avenue

(303) 530-9154 www.jazzercise.com

BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

BEST AC/HEATING SERVICE

Precision Plumbing & Heating

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

It gets hot here in Boulder County, and then it gets cold – sometimes all in the same week. Lucky for us, we have Precision Plumbing & Heating to call when our A/C goes AWOL or our heat takes a hike. Precision’s skilled technicians will make approximately 15,000 service calls to Boulder County homes this year, with 70 percent of those calls coming from repeat customers. You’ve seen the smiling faces on their fleet of 25 trucks, and that’s just how they are in person: helpful, friendly and dedicated to making your home comfortable again. Owner Tom Robichaud, who opened the company in 1982, says, “When our technicians come calling, they understand that they’re not just working on a house; they’re working on your home. The key to our success is our staff of 40 employees, and I am proud to work with people who have such high integrity.” Robichaud grew up in Boulder and believes in supporting local non-profit organizations. “I really feel like it’s my professional responsibility to give back to the community that has given me so much,” he says. (TIE) Save Home Heat Co.

5741 Arapahoe Ave., #4, Boulder, 303.443.9762, www.savehomeheat.com

Meyer’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

260 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.6640, www.yorkupg.com

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BEST CARPET CLEANING SERVICE

Nesheim Cleaning Services, Inc.

1212 Commerce St., Lafayette, 303.666.8888, www.nesheims.com

Got spots? You need professional help. But how do you choose the right carpet service? Look for a spotless reputation, of course. “Check the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, Chamber of Commerce, Tom Martino’s Troubleshooter list ... and ask your neighbors,” advises Rick Farasyn, owner of Nesheim Cleaning Services. “How long have they been in business; are they experts?” Our certified technicians receive in-house training three times a week to stay at the top of their game. We hire only the kind of people that you would feel comfortable welcoming into your home.” Nesheims will clean your carpet, hardwood floors, upholstery, tile and stone. They can help with allergy relief treatments, even restoration from water or fire damage. And their 100 percent moneyback guarantee means you will be happy with their work. Chem-Dry of Boulder

3835 Silver Plume Circle, Boulder, 720.304.3910, www.cdcarpetcleaning.com

BEST AUTO REPAIR SHOP / SERVICE DEPT.

Hoshi Motors

2504 Spruce St., Boulder, 303.449.6632, www.hoshimotors.net

Hoshi Motors owner Laurie Farmen got her first under-the-hood experience while attending a vocational technical school in New Mexico. “I found out, I really liked it,” she says. “We opened 22 years ago and in that time we have developed personal relationships with many of our customers. Confidence is so important in deciding where to take your car for service. We pride ourselves on our honesty and our competence.” Customers appreciate the continuity they find at Hoshi Motors; some of Farmen’s technicians have been with her for more than 20 years and know customers by their name and their car model. “We don’t blow our own whistle much. We rely on our reputation and wordof-mouth recommendations from our customers. Anything else we need to know? “Oh yes, we also like dogs a lot!” Farmen says. Super-Rupair

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

SEPTEMBER 2009

BEST KIDS’ DAY CAMP

BEST AUTO DEALER

P.O. Box 270608, Louisville, 303.495.5204, www.rockymtndaycamp.com

6025 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.443.05300 and 800.873.0119, www.fisherauto.com

Rocky Mountain Day Camp

David and Holly Hansburg couldn’t find a summer camp for their kids that matched up to the camps of their own childhoods. With lifelong careers in education, they decided to start their own. Rocky Mountain Day Camp, last year’s runner up, returns this year with top honors as Best Kids’ Day Camp. “We develop confident, happy and well-rounded children,” Hansburg says. “We give boys and girls programs of their own so that they feel free to participate without a lot of the inhibitions. We also sort by age group to provide appropriate learning experiences.” OK, enough serious talk. Let’s hear about the FUN! In residence for the summer at the Eldorado K-8 elementary school in Superior, RMDC has a full range of facilities for art, soccer, rock wall climbs, archery, drama, rocketry, crafts, football, guest coaching from former collegiate and Olympic athletes, Jump Rope Club, golf, water activities, and more. Whatever it is, you know you’re in for fun! “Every day is completely different,” Hansburg says with a laugh. YMCA of Boulder Valley

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

Fisher Chevrolet Honda

What drives an auto dealer to be its best? A dedication to stellar service and long-term customer relationships, says Lynn Rickman, vice president of Fisher Chevrolet Honda in Boulder. “We place a high importance on service, from helping you find the right car, through the sale and throughout the lifetime of your vehicle. People are more discerning right now, and value conscious. That’s where our knowledgeable sales staff can help. Some of them have been with us for over 25 years.” Honda and GM have repeatedly recognized Fisher Chevrolet Honda as being in the top 5 percent among dealers for customer service. “People know their service technicians by name, they’ve been coming here so long,” Rickman says. “We have great customers, and we appreciate their support. Our dealership survives because of our customers.” (TIE) Boulder Toyota

2465 48th Court, Boulder, 303.443.3250, www.bouldertoyota.com

Flatirons Acura/Subaru

5995 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 800.830.6706, www.flatironsacura.com

BEST DENTIST

Joel L. Schaffer, DDS

2880 Folsom, Suite 202, Boulder, 303.449.1792, www.coloradobritesmile.com

There’s something about a smile that’s contagious, and Dr. Joel Schaffer’s patients have the most confident smiles of all. “We make our patients comfortable here, with state-of-the-art technology and a caring staff, some of whom have been with me for up to 27 years,” Schaffer says. What has changed since Dr. Schaffer started practicing general and cosmetic dentistry 35 years ago? “There’s been a 180-degree change in procedures and the technology we use. We use a CAD-Cam system for making crowns that fit perfectly. We use video so that patients can see in real-time what we are working on. Lasers are now used in a lot of gum surgery, and air abrasion cavity treatment replaces some of the drilling.” Want the smile of your life? Call Dr. Schaffer, who says, “Thanks to everyone for the honor of voting us the Best!” Steven L. Eurich, DDS

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

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BEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

Elevations Credit Union

2960 Diagonal Highway, Boulder 4760 Baseline Road, Suite A, Boulder 607 South Broadway, Suite E, Boulder 1669 Euclid Ave., Suite 143, Boulder 3140 Village Vista Drive, Suite 104, Erie 1900 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette 2101 N. Main St., Longmont 1079 S. Hover, Suite 100, Longmont 4750 W. 120th Ave., Unit #700, Westminster 303.443.4672 www.elevationscu.com

Seems like everyone’s keeping a closer eye on their money now. After all the bankruptcies, market bottoms and bailouts, you get to wondering how secure your money is. “Consumers today have a basic distrust of the financial industry,” says Rich Jones, vice president of marketing for Elevations Credit Union. “They’ve seen the bailouts and TARP, and they’ve seen the rate on their credit cards skyrocket. Now what they want is a safe, local community organization that can take care of all their financial service needs.” Members like the fact that the money that they deposit with Elevations stays right here, Jones explains, and these funds are in turned loaned out locally, which helps keep our economy on its feet. But Elevations is more than just a place to put your money. What are the most popular services? “Checking account with debit cards – we even have one option that really is free. All our lending products are in high demand, because so many banks have stopped doing loans. And mortgages, which rode a wave of refis when rates were historically low but now are equally powered by new home sales” as buyers return to the market. 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

For The Smile of Your Life! Providing Boulder Exceptional Dental Care

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303-449-1792 9-1792 2880 8 Fol Folsom, lsom, Suite Suiite 202 Boulder Boulder (S.E. Corner of Folsom & Valmont) Plenty of FREE PARKING

www.coloradobritesmile.com

BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

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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

Let’s face it: we get dirty here in Boulder County (it’s that active lifestyle). Lucky for us, we have Art Cleaners to clean up after us. Shirts, pants, linens, sheets, pillowcases, Uncle Louie’s Shriner jacket – you get it dirty, Art Cleaners gets it back to fresh and clean. It also handles specialty items like drapes, rugs, leather – even wedding gowns. Art Cleaners provides free pick up and delivery of your items, which saves you valuable time. We appreciate the company’s commitment to environmentally friendly dry cleaning, with a system that uses no petrochemicals, produces no hazardous waste and is non-toxic. There are six locations and each is staffed by friendly and knowledgeable folks who only want to help you clean up your act, just a bit. (Inside tip: Drop off your duds by 9 a.m. and you get same-day service.) John’s Cleaners

440 Black Diamond Drive, Lafayette, 303.665.9493 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.5554 3325 28th St., Boulder, 303.444.2877 1615 Coalton Road, Superior, 303.499.2776 www.johnsdrycleaners.com

We’re honored to be Boulder’s preferred funeral provider Thank you for your trust SEPTEMBER 2009

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BEST PLACE TO WORK OUT

RallySport Health and Fitness Club

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

Locally owned and operated for more than 30 years, RallySport is where Boulder County gets its Fit on. Group fitness, cycling, aquatics, yoga, Pilates classes and extensive facilities make this a favorite. “Our classes are very popular,” says Erin Carson, general director. “They are well attended because we pay attention to what our members want to do and have classes for each of these interests.” Staff members take a personal interest in your progress, provide confident guidance and show a passion for continuing education. “We strive to be leaders in our industry,” Carson says, “and our personal training program has been used as a national model for other fitness facilities.” RallySport is designed for the whole family, and kids are important here, too. “We provide a safe, fun and nurturing atmosphere for your children. Our caretakers get to know each child.” Add in a healthy dose of monthly events, special programs – from boxing to Nordic walking – and a personalized approach to fitness, and you can see why RallySport Health and Fitness Club is The Best Place for your workout. 24 Hour Fitness

2900 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.209.9274, www.24hourfitness.com

Thank you Boulder! BEST PILATES / YOGA CENTER

CorePower Yoga

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

Thank you for voting us Boulder County Gold Winner for “Best AC/Heating Service” 7 years in a row!

Everyone needs to loosen up a bit, and yoga has become a popular way to do it. Been thinking of giving it a try? Newcomers appreciate the way CorePower Yoga makes yoga accessible. “We de-mystify yoga,” says Steph Schwartz, manager at the North Boulder location. “And we offer many different types and classes of yoga: CorePower, HotPower Fusion, Boot Camp, Yin Yoga; there is something here for everyone.” Classes run throughout the day, just pick the one that matches your schedule. “We believe that consistency is very important. No matter which class you attend, or even which CorePower studio you visit, you can expect the same level of intensity, quality of instruction, the same classes,” Schwartz explains. CorePower facilities are clean and the locker rooms are comfortable. To meet growing demand, the North Boulder location is adding an entirely new yoga room soon. And don’t forget to check out the selection of yoga clothes, books, supplies and lifestyle clothing in the retail shop. (TIE) Yoga Pod

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

www.precisionplumbing.com • 303-442-0154 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

RallySport Health & Fitness Club

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

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BEST HAIR SALON

FIX Hair Salon

1810 29th St., Suite 2000 303.442.4247, www.fixhairsalon.com

“We like to say that we’re not in the beauty business,” says FIX owner Robin Laurel, “we’re in the people business. It’s all about our guests here. We treat them like Queens or Kings and make them look and feel good! We find our ‘Rising Star Stylists’ and put them through our intensive Paul Mitchell Focus training.” Since opening its doors in October 2006 on the Twenty Ninth Street Mall, FIX has become a top destination for great hair styling, personalized care and some innovative extras, like a guest lounge where you can enjoy snacks and infused waters before your treatment. Enjoy the three-minute “Drop Dead” shampoo and head massage or a deep conditioning treatment in the “Lather Lounge.” Watch the chemistry in the Color Bar as hair color is mixed to your exact preference. Or just take in the spectacular Flatirons view while your FIX stylist spoils you the way only you deserve. The Parlour

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

Thank You Boulder for making us your favorite camera 42 years! store for over 41 Boulder’s very own Mike’s Camera… voted America’s Best Camera store

Photo Trade News Magazine

& Photofinisher of the Year

Photo Industry Reporter

BOULDER

2500 Pearl St 303-443-1715

SEPTEMBER 2009

DENVER

759 S. Colorado Blvd 303-733-2121

PARK MEADOWS

9197 E. Westview Rd 303-708-9655

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BEST INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO

Bartlett Interiors

2020 Pearl St., Boulder 303.442.5194, www.bartlettinteriors.com

Bartlett Interiors has been decorating and furnishing Boulder homes for nearly 50 years. Started by a Boulder family in 1960, Jane Bartlett joined the business in 1975 and bought it in 1984, the same year her sister, Nancy, joined her in the enterprise. “We are a small, but full-service interior design firm – just two people,” Jane Bartlett says. “We deal with all aspects of residential and commercial design.” They have a large library of fabrics, tile, carpeting and more. “We also have a showroom of furniture and accessories, with hand-picked pieces of nice quality, collectible things, not throw-away things. They have a homier feel than you find in other stores. We’d love to have them in our own homes.” And the Bartletts have a consulting service – from small to large assignments. It can be one pillow, reupholstering a chair, or consulting on remodeling one or more rooms in a home. The secrets of their success: “We try to be good listeners and hear what people want, so they’re not intimidated by the process. We have years of experience that we love passing on to people, teaching them and working with things they already own, making it their home, not ours.” (TIE) Design Matters Home

912 Garfield Ave., Louisville 303.249.4661, www.designmattershome.com

Timberline Fine Furniture & Interior Design 2015 Pearl St., Boulder 303.443.3610, www.timberlinefinefurniture.com

BEST LASIK / LASER EYE FACILITY/ SURGEON

InSight Lasik

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

“At InSight Lasik we strive to achieve perfection,” says Dr. Jimmy Jackson, president of InSight Lasik. “We are in the perfection business.” The facility and its experienced vision correction specialists, who have collectively treated more than 35,000 patients, approach perfection with a combination of high touch and high tech. High touch means being slow, methodical, redundant and conservative, with tremendous attention to detail. High tech is having the most advanced technology in Colorado. Joining Dr. Jackson and Vice President Dr. Keith Miller is their team of LASIK specialists and Board Certified Ophthalmologists Drs. Warren Tripp, C. Starck Johnson and Abdul Ali, providing patients with complete refractive surgery and LASIK services. 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.’” Beyer Laser Center

1810 30th St., Suite B, Boulder 303.554.5855, www.bouldereyes.com

BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

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BEST HOLISTIC CARE/ WELLNESS CENTER

Wellness Center at Frasier Meadows 350 Ponca Place, Boulder 720.562.4317, www.frasiermeadows.org

The Wellness Center educates and empowers its clients and promotes prevention of chronic disease through healthy lifestyle activities. “People take responsibility and have success, and they feel empowered,” says Director of Wellness Lyn McQueen. And you don’t have to be a resident of Frasier Meadows to participate. “We have about 60 community members who come through. Some are younger people who need a quiet warm-water pool. Others who come are looking for a smaller environment with more individual attention. We don’t compete with the recreation centers and clubs. Everybody knows you when you come in, and every one of the staff can help you with your individualized program.” An activity at the Wellness Center that is attracting adherents and is also available to community members is “Egoscue,” a postural alignment system based on yoga postures. (TIE) Acupuncture Clinic of Boulder

2500 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 290, Boulder 303.665.5515, www.acupunctureclinicofboulder.com

Helios Integrated Medicine 4150 Darley Ave., #1, Boulder 303.499.9224, www.e-helios.com

Thank you for your 26 years of loyal support! We’re looking forward to many more years of serving you, your family and friends.

SEPTEMBER 2009

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BEST MOVING COMPANY

Taylor Moving

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

Once again, Taylor Moving wins the Gold. “It comes down to the crews we send out,” says Glen Taylor, co-owner with his wife Leah. “We strive to make every customer happy. At Taylor Moving we are what we say – a true family-run, locally owned and operated moving company that cares about you and your belongings.” For 15 years, savvy Colorado individuals, businesses and nonprofits have entrusted their possessions to Taylor Moving, which has earned a reputation for trustworthiness, superior service and satisfied customers. The company transports as many as 1,200 households and businesses each year. It specializes in moves within Boulder County, but regularly conveys people all over Colorado. Always looking to be good community citizens, Taylor works with Eco-Cycle to help the environment and create a model for zero waste – for example, they keep moving materials from the landfill by buying back used boxes from their customers and reselling them at a reduced rate, and re-using packing paper. Boxes that are no longer usable eventually make the journey to Eco-Cycle, along with plastic bottles and metal cans that Taylor recycles. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

6280 Arapahoe Road, Boulder 303.440.8901, www.twomenandatruck.com

Thank You Boulder!

Thanks for your votes that make us SHINE!

We’ve been pedalling with you for the past 50 years!

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2020 Pearl Street • Boulder

SEPTEMBER 2009


BEST PET BOARDING SERVICE

Cottonwood Kennels

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

Cottonwood Kennels has won the Boulder County Gold Award since 2003. “Our staff does a fantastic job,” says Tom Bonfili, coowner of the kennel with Penny Vardell. “They work very hard and have to be very dedicated. They really have to love animals.” The staff provide Boulder County’s pets with tender, loving, play-and-stay care in an idyllic setting. Located on a small farm that also houses sheep, alpaca, ducks, chickens and peacocks, the facility features spacious, stimulating outdoor and indoor 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 may call any time for a progress report. But year after year, what sets Cottonwood apart are the pet-to-person connections, the highquality interactions between the staff and every one of its boarders, every day. “The bottom line is you have to really care, you have to want to do the best job possible – and we do,” Bonfili emphasizes. Broadway Animal Hospital

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

Thank You Boulder! Boulder’s Best Skin Care Facility

SEPTEMBER 2009

- Daily Camera/Boulder County Gold, 2008

Look your best. Call 303.558.8800

10% OFF any laser treatment with mention of this ad

4745 Arapahoe, Suite 130, Boulder (inside Boulder Community Foothills Hospital)

www.EnhanceYourSkin.com | 303.558.8800 C A M E R A

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BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY/ OFFICE

Wright-Kingdom Real Estate

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

Celebrating its 33rd year in business, Wright-Kingdom 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 full-time, professional Realtors committed to providing the best possible customer service.” In addition, Wright-Kingdom is 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. “We have received the Boulder County Gold People’s Choice Award many times,” Kingdom says. “It’s always a welcome surprise, and is very rewarding for all of us to be recognized by the community. Our business is about relationships, more than the individual transaction. Eighty percent of our business is repeat and referral.” RE/MAX of Boulder

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

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

The Academy has won the Boulder County Gold People’s Choice Award numerous times, and no wonder. “People recognize that we strive for excellence and that we have a special community,” says Karen McMurray, a managing director and coowner of 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. 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 MEDICAL FACILITY

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

Boulder Community Hospital

Paul Roach, RE/MAX of Boulder

2425 Canyon Blvd, Suite 110, Boulder, 303.441.5693, www.pauljroach.com

For his entire 32-year career, Paul Roach has lived, worked and invested in Boulder. He has an intimacy with the people, neighborhoods and the market that few real estate brokers share. He is an expert in local regulations, processes and properties, and has strong relationships with mortgage brokers, title companies, appraisers, insurance companies, contractors and inspectors, so transactions go smoothly. “The primary thing is trust,” he says. “If a client asks me, ‘Should I buy this house?’ and I don’t think so, I say so. And I look at the resale value of the home they’re considering, and whether it’s a good value, and I advise them. For sellers, there are four things that determine if a house sells: price, condition, location and terms. I work with the owner to prepare the property properly, and to stage the house. It takes negotiating ability and finesse to deal with another agent, and it’s important to have a good reputation with one’s peers.” Roach is proud that in 2007 and 2008 the RE/MAX office in Boulder was the No. 1 producing single office in terms of commissions.” Roach’s volume in sales is $150 million in the last 20 years. “A real estate agent is a psychologist, lawyer, financier, decorator, social worker and engineer,” he quips. (TIE)

Karen Bernardi, Bernardi Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker

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

Dave Fish, RE/MAX of Boulder

2425 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.441.5601, www.davefish.com

BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

“We want to thank Camera readers for giving us this wonderful recognition for nine consecutive years,” says Rich Sheehan, Boulder Community Hospital’s director of public relations. “Our dedicated and talented doctors, nurses and other staff are directly responsible for the high level of care that Boulder County residents have come to expect from BCH. Of course, we couldn’t be as successful without the assistance of the hundreds of volunteers who give their time and talents to supporting our patients. I think this award also reflects the community’s appreciation of our commitment to provide local access to the newest treatments and technologies, such as the innovative da Vinci Surgical System that we introduced to Boulder County late last year.” Boulder Medical Center

2700 Canyon Blvd., Suite 200, Boulder, 303.402.6000, www.bernardirealestate.com

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BCH Main Campus, 1100 Balsam Ave., Boulder, 303.440.2273 BCH Foothills, 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 720.854.7000 Community Medical Center, 1000 West S. 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 BOULDER VALLEY/ST. VRAIN SCHOOL

Boulder High School

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

Boulder High School is one of Colorado’s oldest and finest high schools. “This is a tremendous honor for us to receive the Boulder County Gold People’s Choice Award,” says Boulder High School’s new principal, Kevin Braney, who is full of enthusiasm for the school. “Winning it is directly related to the support of the community, and the talent of our students and faculty. It’s a place that’s full of great energy – and phenomenal academic achievement. We have 30 Advanced Placement classes, 34 clubs and activities kids can join. We have so much talent in our art, music and theater programs. The spirit that comes from community support and talented students and faculty leads to excellence in everything we do. For me, it’s an honor to continue the good work that is done here, and I look forward to the new heights we can reach together.” Fairview High School

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

BEST PET GROOMING SERVICE

The Hydrant

2900 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.7550

The Hydrant stands out with its canine and human customers for its excellent customer service, the smiling faces that greet the pooches and, points out manager Elisha Martinez, “everything is included at one price, with no add-ons. Other grooming shops may be cheaper, but we include with the haircut: bath, nail clipping and ear cleaning, and friendly dogs get to be cage-free. We give one of the best haircuts in town, and we’ve provided excellent, reliable service for 39 years, with the same owner, Joy Bishop.” The three groomers – Martinez, Valerie Brandner and Jenny Wehinger – deserve much of the credit for The Hydrant’s success. They have all been there for more than five years. “We’re hair stylists for dogs,” says Martinez. And if this isn’t enough, the pup who has everything might fancy Hydrant’s most popular service – the spa package, including a facial that repels and removes odors, aromatherapy, paw treatment and special cologne. Oh, for a dog’s life. Dog Spot

5155 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 720.565.3647, www.thedogspot.moonfruit.com

SEPTEMBER 2009

BEST HEARING AID CENTER

Hearing HealthCare Centers

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

This is the third year in a row that Hearing HealthCare Centers have won the Boulder County Gold People’s Choice Award. What are they doing that’s special? “We make people feel very comfortable,” says owner and director Whitney Swander, Au.D. “We have an open-door policy for people to come in if anything is troubling them. Also, we like to be their source if they hear about any new technology and for all aspects of hearing care.” Clients receive attentive follow-up care, too. Before they leave the office, the staff makes another appointment for them. “So we know we’re going to see them again, whether it’s in a week or six months,” Dr. Swander says. With technology changing all the time, she points out, hearing aids are not like they were even five years ago. “We urge people to come in and learn what’s available today. They can try on many types and styles. It’s important that people know they don’t need to put it off, and that it can be a pleasant surprise.” Boulder Valley Hearing & Speech Center

4745 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 130, Boulder, 303.443.2771 90 Health Park Drive, Suite 220, Louisville, 303.443.2771 588 N. Hwy. 287, Suite 204, Lafayette, 303.443.2771

BEST VETERINARIAN

Alpine Hospital for Animals

3210 Valmont Road, Boulder 303.443.9661, www.alpinehospitalforanimals.com

Karen McCormick, DVM, CVA, has been practice owner of Alpine Hospital since 2006. Her approach is humane and compassionate to her animal patients and their owners. “My underlying philosophy as a citizen and a doctor is to treat people as I want to be treated – in other words, the Golden Rule. This means to have compassion for other people’s fears, to communicate choices for their pets and what the choices mean, and never make judgments of what owners choose to do for their pets. Whatever they decide is up to them, if only they keep their pets pain-free.” She points out there are many advancements in veterinary care and equipment today, but that sometimes the care chosen has to be based on the means of the owner. Besides practicing Western medicine, Alpine offers alternative medical choices: acupuncture, laser therapy to relieve pain without medication, BICOM® treatment for allergies, and follow-up chemotherapy for pets referred from Colorado State University. “We love what we do, and we have respect and compassion for each other. It’s not just a job, but a passion. We’re here to be partners with pet owners. We’re owners ourselves.” Broadway Animal Hospital

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

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BEST TEACHER

Doug London, Alexander Dawson School

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

Doug London is the consummate teacher: in the classroom, where English is his subject; on the soccer field, where he coaches boys and girls teams to victory (the Denver Post just named him Coach of the Year for leading the girls soccer team to the state finals for Class 3A); and as Dean of Students, a role in which he counsels kids who may have reached a crisis in their lives. “I think what makes teaching high school so interesting,” he says, “is that you get students to ask better and better questions – about themselves, the fiction they are reading and interacting with, and ultimately the world they are moving into. With better questions they become better at consuming, and defining their life experiences.” In English class he gets the juniors and seniors he teaches to examine themes that challenge assumptions they’ve had – and to look at them in their own lives. He has them do a lot of practice writing to develop confidence in their skills. “There are a lot of chances to write and get feedback on their writing in a small school like Dawson.” In his spare time London likes to ski and bike and – no surprise – to coach boys and girls school or club soccer teams. “I’ve enjoyed my 32-year career as a teacher and hope I may have helped some kids make better choices in their lives,” he says. Brenda Taylor, Centennial Middle School

2205 Norwood Ave., Boulder, 303.443.3760, www.bvsd.org

Thank you Boulder County for all of your votes!

In 2010 we celebrate our 50th anniversary as … Boulder’s only independent, not-for-profit, accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community Independent Living – 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments Assisted Living Skilled Nursing Care with Memory Care Award winning Wellness Center

303.499.4888

Best Holistic Care Wellness Center

Call or visit www.frasiermeadows.org for more information

Kimberly Deffenbaugh Audiology Assistant, Joyce Funkenbusch Patient Care Coordinator, Whitney Swander Au.D. Owner, Doctor of Audiology

BOULDER

4800 Baseline Rd. Ste. E108 • 303-499-3900

LONGMONT

1515 N Main St. Ste. 15 • 303-776-8748 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

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Best Women’s Apparel

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2005 FIRST PL ACE

BEST FUNERAL HOME SERVICE PROVIDER

Crist Mortuary & Crematory

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

2001

“Our goal is make a difficult time as easy as possible, to serve the family well,” says Michael Greenwood, general manager of Crist Mortuary & Crematory. When the inevitable happens to a loved one, it’s gratifying to know that compassionate, experienced professionals are there to help. Crist Mortuary is Boulder’s only full-service funeral home, with an on-site crematory and cemetery. The exemplary staff, many of whom have been involved in the Boulder community for years, are committed to alleviating – with respect and dignity – the burdens of a death in the family. They provide a variety of services to help families with preplanning, arrangements and aftercare. “Our customer service is second to none,” Greenwood says. “We do everything we can to make it easy for the family.” M.P. Murphy & Associates Funeral Home

4984 Idylwild Trail, Boulder, 303.530.4111

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2460 Canyon Blvd. 303.449.2112 www.jjwells.com

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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

As Boulder Valley Credit Union celebrates it 50th anniversary as a local business, it is a tribute to its staff, management, volunteers and members that the Credit Union was the recipient of three of the Camera’s Boulder County Gold Awards. For the second year in a row, the community has voted Boulder Valley Credit Union “The Best Local Employer,” and runner up for “The Best Financial Institution” and “Best in Customer Service,” in Boulder County. The Credit Union’s commitment to helping its members reach their financial dreams, providing sincere customer service, being Colorado’s industry leader in sustainability, and staying true to its original founding philosophy of “People Helping People” make the Credit Union a superior local financial institution. Boulder Valley Credit Union continues to uphold its long-term commitment of quality, affordable service and environmental stewardship to the communities it serves. 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 STORAGE FACILITY

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

Are you moving? Do you need to clear away clutter? Are you downsizing but still want to know your valuables are safe and secure? U Store It offers stress-free storage solutions across the country that can help you save time and money. Knowledgeable staff can help you to reserve appropriate storage space. A move starts with sturdy moving boxes that will protect your possessions throughout the entire moving and storage process. Storage boxes and all kinds of packing supplies can be purchased at the local U Store It facilities (four in Boulder) or online through the Web site. Online orders can be delivered to you free with a $25 minimum order. At some U Store It sites you can even store a vehicle or boat. Boulder Bins Self Storage

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

BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

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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. Led by Andrew Goldman, M.D., 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. Essentiels Spa

2660 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.440.0711 www.halcyondayssalonsandspas.com/ Essentiels_Spa.asp

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LONGMONT 1749 Main Street Next to Starbucks 303-485-8834

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BEST NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

Humane Society of Boulder Valley 2323 55th St., Boulder, 303.442.4030 www.boulderhumane.org

Adopting a pet from the Humane Society can be a wonderful experience. But that’s not the only service the Humane Society provides. CEO Lisa Pedersen explains, “Our principal mission is to create healthy relationships between pets and people. One goal of that is adoption; another is to help maintain healthy relationships of people already living with pets. We aim to be the ultimate animal resource in the community: for new pets, in the veterinary clinic, dog training classes, activities and more. We want people with any animal needs to turn to us. Mainly we give shelter. We work on behavior modification with animals before they go into adoption; on the medical side we can provide health care so they can find that forever home.” She noted that adoptions this summer were up over last year. The organization has expanded programs for people in financial need who have pets, helping with pet food and veterinary care. “We’re grateful to the community for support, to our volunteers and to people coming to us for pets,” she says. “It’s a tribute to the way the community values the animals in their lives.” Eco-Cycle

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

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BEST PLACE TO ENTERTAIN KIDS

Pearl Street Mall

Terri Takata-Smith, executive director of Downtown Boulder, can cite endless possibilities for entertaining kids on the Pearl Street Mall. And she’s talking just about the free stuff. “No cost, and hours of enjoyment,” she says. During hot summer days, the pop-jet fountain on the 1300 block is a huge crowd favorite, and kids can’t resist the cooling spray. Not far, on the 1400 block, is the marble play area involving the oh-so-climbable snail and frog. In the 1200 block outside Peppercorn are rock structures and a bridge for the kids to climb and explore. “Those activities are typical of Boulder,” Takata-Smith notes. “People here love to climb and explore.” On the 1100 block is the “slippery rock,” which attracts kids like a magnet. The famous Pearl Street Mall buskers are spellbinding: There’s Bongo, the balloon artist, who twists balloons into every conceivable shape; and contortionist Mitford Ibashi-i Brown, who unbelievably curls his lanky body into a 20-inch Plexiglass box. The people trains run during the summer between the 1200 and 1400 blocks, Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Festivals on the Mall – like the Boulder Asian Festival, and the Boulder Jewish Festival – often incorporate kids’ activities. Seasonal events coming up include the Munchkin Masquerade on Thursday, October 29, from 2 to 5 p.m., when little ones trick or treat up and down the Mall. And all ages chime in for the home team at the Pearl Street Stampedes, those let-’em-have-it pep rallies on the Friday nights before Colorado Buffaloes football home games, featuring the Golden Buffalo Marching Band. No wonder kids – and their parents – love hanging out at the Pearl Street Mall. Gateway Park Fun Center

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

BEST TANNING SALON

Tans To Go

BEST SPA

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

Tans To Go has won the Boulder County Gold People’s Choice Award eight years in a row. Owner Doug Swartz credits his outstanding staff of young women, many of whom have been with him for six, seven and eight years. They are “completely empowered,” he says. “They can do what they need to do so all the customers are satisfied. We need to earn your business so you’ll come here, and then treat you well so you’ll come back. The staff is trained from day one to ask customers what they can do to make the experience better.” Thanks to the success of the business, Swartz says, “We have almost doubled in size this year. We’re adding new equipment and services, and we’re excited about that.” And once again Tans To Go has been selected to sponsor the CU cheerleaders and dance team. VerandaSun

1670 30th St., Boulder, 303.447.8844, www.verandasun.com

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. “First, on behalf of our Unity Family, I want to thank all the people who voted for our church-center as the Best Place for Worship,” says minister Jack Groveland. “In Boulder Unity we emphasize the True and Divine Self available within all people, regardless of their culture, race, station in life, or particular religious orientation. It’s the same Divine Self whether you name it Krishna, Christ, Buddha, Nature, Tao, God, or Higher Power – or any name you have for unconditional, all-intelligent Love. Thus, the emphasis of our churchcenter is to help people and children of all ages to access their Divine Self Nature, which will enable them to live successful, joyful, peaceful lives. Try Unity.”

Essentiels Spa

2660 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.440.0711 www.halcyondayssalonsandspas.com/Essentiels_Spa.asp

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. Spa director Lisa Frost points out some features that set Essentiels apart from other spas. “We have eight different full-day spa packages,” she says, “ranging from The Stress Buster, an aromatherapy tub followed by a full body massage, for $130; to the six-and-a-half-hour Day Out Extravaganza, with salt and oil body glow, Phytomer, a deluxe facial, full-body massage, manicure, pedicure and catered lunch, all for $375.” Essentiels provides a steam room and dry sauna for its clients, unlike other local spas, says Frost. “It is our mission at Essentiels Spa to improve quality of life through physical and mental rejuvenation. We strive to surpass expectations, and it is our labor of love to create memorable moments. Our staff works passionately to build enduring and rewarding relationships with our clients and community, through knowledge, wellness and superior service.” St. Julien Hotel & Spa

First Presbyterian Church of Boulder

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

2015 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.3610, www.fpcboulder.org

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DOWNTOWN BOULDER INC.

DOWNTOWN BOULDER INC.

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

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY

James TravelPoints

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

Founded in 1957, James TravelPoints 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. “We promote those experts on our Web site,” Donald James adds, “and so our marketplace has expanded beyond Boulder – it’s all over the United States. Someone in New York who wants to go to Costa Rica contacts us. One of the cornerstones of our business philosophy is creating relationships with our customers. Customers stay with us long-term, and they talk to their friends, family and associates about the good experience they’ve had with us. That’s the best advertising, and the best way for a business to grow and survive.” Cain Travel

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

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John Breaux

Sadly, this Award is given posthumously. John Breaux, age 57, was killed Jan. 30, 2009, after being hit by a driver who veered off Highway 287 in Lafayette. Breaux was a familiar figure in Louisville and Lafayette, known for his simple acts of kindness. As he spent most days riding his bicycle and picking up trash, he would hold open a door for someone or share his kind smile. Breaux lived with his family in Louisville, where a life-sized bronze statue of him, straddling his bike and waving, is planned as a permanent memorial. The statue will be placed on a grassy knoll near the Steinbaugh Pavilion in the Front Street Plaza. The sculptor, Louisville’s Dawn Record, considered Breaux a friend and is donating her time. Cost of the materials will be paid for through donations made to the John Breaux Memorial Fund. Record said she hopes the statue, including a trash bag hanging from the bike's handlebar and a spot to leave flowers, can be installed by Jan. 30, 2010, the anniversary of his death. A memorial bike ride took place on Feb. 1, with hundreds honoring Breaux’s life. On May 9, dozens of people took part in the city’s inaugural John Breaux Spring Cleanup Day. John Breaux’s legacy is alive in the communities he loved. To donate to the John Breaux Memorial Fund to help cover the cost of materials for the memorial statue, visit any U.S. Bank branch. Josie Heath

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BEST ACTIVIST/ COMMUNITY CHAMPION

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

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

McGuckin Hardware

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

Multiple award winner McGuckin Hardware is the epitome of good customer service. “The customer service standpoint sets us apart from many other stores,” says marketing manager Randy Barker. “This has been a family-owned business since 1955, and the customer-service example is set by the owners: Dave Hight and his son, Barry Hight, are active on the sales floor and serving customers every day. Due to the size of the store – 60,000 square feet with more than 200,000 items – it is often difficult for customers to locate things on their own. We strive to provide outstanding service to help them find what they’re looking for. We try to be available, but not overbearing.” Barker says the store is busy, despite the tough economy. “People are coming in here to get assistance on repair and maintenance to extend the life of products, rather than replacing them with new products.” 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

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SHOPPER’S PARADISE BEST ART GALLERY

Art & Soul Gallery

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

What is the magic of art, that a painting or sculpture, or even an exquisite piece of jewelry, can transport us or make us feel something? “We are committed to bringing the most unique and thought-provoking art to Boulder,” gallery owner Debbie Klein explains. “We specialize in emerging artists who are doing out-of-the-ordinary work that appeals to the Boulder aesthetic.” Contemporary paintings take a different look at familiar themes and the found-object sculpture is playful. Unique art jewelry in silver, gold and semi-precious and precious stones are chosen for their unique craftsmanship as well as artistic appeal. “Our engagement and wedding rings are perfect for when you want something a little more creative.” On just having celebrated the gallery’s ninth year in business, Klein says, “We’re not the new kids on the block anymore. We are grateful for all of the support we have received through the years.” Mary Williams Fine Arts

2116 Pearl St., Suite C, Boulder, 303.938.1588, www.marywilliamsfinearts.com

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BEST ANTIQUE JEWELRY STORE

Classic Facets Antique Jewelry

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

“Jewelry is fun; it makes you feel good,” says Mikki Rainey, owner of Classic Facets in Boulder. Since opening in 1985, the store has developed an international reputation as a source for one-of-a-kind, authentic antique jewelry. “These pieces are a little bit of history,” Rainey explains. “Back when these were made, heirloom stones were passed down from generation to generation. Each piece of jewelry was designed for a specific stone. This makes every piece as unique as its stone.” At any one time, Classic Facets has thousands of pieces of vintage costume, premier estate and fine jewelry. What’s hot right now? White gold, filigree and diamond jewelry from the 1920s, Rainey says, and there’s an unusually good selection available right now due to the current economy, as more owners are deciding to consign their jewelry. “We’re a unique store for unique jewelry. We’re not your run-of-the-mall store,” she quips. Hurdle’s Jewelry

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

BEST ANTIQUE DEALER

BEST ART SUPPLY & HOBBY STORE

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

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

The Amazing Garage Sale

Michaels

You can spot the first-timers to The Amazing Garage Sale. Once through the front door, they just stand there taking in the whole scene, not sure where to start. So much treasure and so little time! Show mannequins, art pottery, photos in exquisite frames and unique artwork vie for space on top of a hand-painted hutch. A vintage wagon-wheel chair sits next to sculptural plywood chairs from the ’50s. Art prints, posters, baskets and collectible objets you simply can’t live without are piled, hung and stacked everywhere. At the center of this amazing show is Judy Lesta, who has been assembling and selling her eclectic collections in North Boulder for more than 10 years. “Danish modern is very hot right now,” Lesta says, “and we have an impressive lot of dressers, chairs, credenzas and tables. We have exceptional consignment items, and our collectible art is just a fraction of the original price. We can deliver your purchases, and you can even set up a no-interest payment plan.” Bedell & Co.

767 Pearl St., #A, Boulder, 303.939.9292, www.bedellandco.com

Where is your creative muse leading you today? While you’re deciding, head over to Michaels, because no matter what you need, they have the paint, beads, glue, frames, brushes, yarn, stencils, frames, clay, ribbon and markers to get it done. “Our employees are very helpful and knowledgeable. They do a lot of crafts themselves and know how to use the products. And we’re good at showing you how to get your project done,” says department manager Paula Roy. Kids love all the exciting projects they can find at The Knack, Michaels’ Web site for creative kids (theknackkids.com), with ideas for hours of intelligent, creative fun. Planning a wedding? Michaels is your one-stop shop for invitations, favors, table settings, candles and thank you notes. Michaels is also your headquarters for seasonal decorations and projects, with all the necessary materials and instructions to get you from Valentine’s Day through New Year’s. Art Hardware

1135 Broadway St., #1, Boulder, 303.444.3063, www.arthardware.com

BEST BEDDING /LINENS / MATTRESS STORE

Verlo Mattress Factory

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

Let’s face it: buying a mattress is a big decision, the kind you literally have to sleep on. If you’re going to spend a third of your life on a mattress, you want it to be the right one. “Good quality bedding is an investment,” says Verlo sales associate Kristin Hurlbut. “People are looking for a mattress that is comfortable and won’t break down. We comfort test our customers on a soft, medium and firm mattress to find your firmness preference, then we find a quality mattress that matches your budget.” Every mattress set is made to your order, right here in the Verlo factory, and guaranteed for a minimum of five years. “We offer a comfort adjustment any time in the first year after your purchase,” Hurlbut explains. “We’ll pick up your mattress, bring it back to the factory and rebuild it for you if you decide you want it a little softer or firmer, completely free. It’s gratifying when people come back in and tell us how getting a good night’s sleep really changed their life!” Voters didn’t have to toss and turn too much on this one: Verlo Mattress Factory is the favorite place for quality bedding and accessories in Boulder County. Bed, Bath & Beyond

1741 28th St., Boulder, 303.415.0302 3275 Prairie Ave., Boulder, 303.440.1019 205 Ken Pratt Blvd., #240, Longmont, 303.772.8300 www.bedbathandbeyond.com

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BEST BICYCLE SHOP

University Bicycles

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

Are you a mountain biker, road racer or laid-back cruiser? No matter how you roll, University Bikes understands it and can find the perfect bicycle for you. Because they pedal what they peddle, they know how to guide you on the style, size, components and adjustments that fit the way you want to ride. And because there are more than 1,600 bikes in stock, they can find one that matches your budget, too. “We provide incredibly friendly service to everyone,” says general manager Lester Binegar, “from expert riders to weekend riders to just beginners.” Need to rent a bike? This is the place. And you absolutely must see the vast museum of historic bicycles and bike memorabilia. What does Binegar like most about his job? “Working with a super fun team who are into cycling and are committed to helping our customers find the absolute right bike.” Full Cycle

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

BEST SHOE STORE

Pedestrian Shops

1425 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.5260; 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.7440; www.comfortableshoes.com

Whether you run, walk, jump, hike or just kind of amble along, the Pedestrian Shops has the right pair of footwear to keep you going. “When your feet hurt, it’s a bad day,” says general manager Lauren Polk, “and we like keeping our customers comfortable.” For the past 36 years, the Pedestrian Shops have kept our feet on the sunny side of the street with the latest styles from Clarks, Saucony, Birkenstock, Merrell and New Balance. Ladies love Dansko’s sandals and clogs. Men go for Keen boots and cross-style shoes that are perfect for sidewalks or hiking paths. And the kids dig Crocs in just about every squishy shape, style and color. “We have new styles in the very popular Ugg boots for fall,” Polk says. And be sure to check out the Vibram Classic 5 Fingers – it’s like going barefoot, only better! Two Sole Sisters

1703 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.0404, www.twosolesisters.net

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BEST CAMERA STORE

Mike’s Camera

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

A picture can tell a story in just one single image. For those of us in constant pursuit of the Perfect Photo, Mike’s Camera is the place for classes, photo gear, lab services and repairs. The staff is knowledgeable and everyone is required to qualify as a Certified Photographic Consultant. They are happy to answer your questions and get you pointed in the right direction. You’ll find a wide range of good quality cameras perfect for new shutterbugs or the professional photographer. Every kind of accessory is here: camera bags, battery packs, lenses, tripods, lights, even real film. Manage your photo printing online, order a photo gift (Grandma needs a coffee mug with your smiling face on it, right?) or sign up for a class to learn how to take stellar shots with your compact digital camera. OK, you get the picture – Mike's Camera is the place! Wolf Camera

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

Unity of Boulder is a family church emphasizing personal transformation Unity's teachings are universal and experiental, proving to people that the Kingdom of God is within them, just where Jesus said it is (Luke 17:21)

Our children's Sunday School meets at the same time as our Sunday Services — 9 am & 11 am Our youth groups for ages 12 - 18 meet during the 11am service

Thank you Boulder

for voting for us! It had been a Great Year!

Each Wednesday at 7 pm we have a guided healing meditation or harmonic chanting.

- Open Sundays 10am to 8pm -

We offer different classes and workshops on spiritual subjects such as: The Bible, The Four Agreements, The Power of Now, A Course In Miracles, The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity etc. Unity provides a nursery and child care for all of our services, classes and special events.

We invite you to join us on any Sunday or Wednesday to start your own journey into the Kingdom.

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

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BEST BOOKSTORE

Boulder Book Store

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

Reading connects us to vast worlds of thought and experience. Operating a successful bookstore is a lot about connections, too, says Boulder Book Store owner David Bolduc, who opened the store in 1973. “It’s a connection to the community on many levels. It’s about providing a personal experience that you will not find in many bookstores that seem to have no sense of location. When you walk in and see our best sellers, you’re looking at local or regional authors. There’s a conversation going on here, among neighbors.” Bolduc suggests that each one of us is a thread in the fabric of our community and its businesses. “We should support each other to keep the fabric together,” he says. Popular departments include a “green” section with topics on conservation, sustainable building and energy; Eastern religions (Buddhism, yoga, spirituality); and Local Authors. You can often find a gently used edition of many titles in stock, which makes your book-buying dollars go even further. Barnes & Noble Booksellers

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

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE

The Regiment

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

The Regiment is our dress-for-success headquarters, with savvy wardrobe consultants and Italian-trained tailors on staff to make sure you look and feel your best. Now celebrating its 50th year in business, The Regiment has seen men’s fashion change across the decades. We men still know how to tie a tie, but most days we’re wearing open neck shirts to the office. “Styles change, but good taste doesn’t,” says Gary Cartwright, who co-owns the store with Steve Jacobs. “We carry a lot of casual sportswear in popular brands, like Tommy Bahama, Bill’s Khakis, Bugatchi, Jack Victor and Hickey Freeman. But any store can sell you clothes. Our selection and personalized customer service are what make shopping at The Regiment a meaningful experience. We are honored to be a part of the Boulder County community.” Weekends

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

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE

JJWells

BEST CHILDREN’S STORE

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

Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe

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

Kids and their parents love Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe for its smart choices of toys and amusements designed to develop growing minds while they’re having fun. After 32 years in the business, “The Bunny” has become a family tradition, known for toys made in the United States, eco-friendly toys, travel toys and the coolest baby shower gifts around. “A lot of parents remember coming in as kids, and now they’re bringing in their own kids, even grandkids,” says assistant manager Cindy Russo. “It’s a joy to see the excitement on their faces. They may have earned the money themselves doing chores and it’s a special occasion, carefully picking out their very own toys.” Popular favorites include “the classics” like Legos and puzzles and action toys like Stomp Rockets, boomerangs and Geyser Tubes (you have to see them). Grandrabbit’s makes it look so easy, you’d think it was child’s play. PlayFair Toys

2550 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.444.7502, www.playfairtoys.com

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JJWells earns top honors again this year for its women’s casual clothing, professional attire, handcrafted jewelry and unique accessories. Since opening in 1982, the store has become known for actively exploring fashion trends, picking the best pieces and making them available right here in Boulder County. You’ll find an average of 75 different labels in house, personally selected by owners d. VanKrevelen, Maria Chapman and Stephanie McKay. “We do it all here,” laughs VanKrevelen, “buy, sell, vacuum, dust. I love this business. I like providing a fun atmosphere with great styles and exceptional service. From the latest trends to the classics, you can find it here.” What’s popular right now? Suits are coming back after not being so popular for a couple of years. For casual wear, look for slouchy “boyfriend jeans” and jackets in distressed denim. “Thank you to all who voted for us this year,” VanKrevelen says. “We’ll continue to live up to your expectations.” Chelsea

935 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.447.3760, www.chelseabella.com

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BEST EYE CARE STORE

Aspen Eyewear

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

BEST FLOOR COVERING STORE 4920 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.3221, www.atlasflooring.com

Atlas Flooring, Inc.

Atlas Flooring has been covering our community’s floors since 1958, and according to owner Leister Bowling, the fundamentals of the business are the same as they ever were. “Our customers like our pricing and service,” he says. “For our customer service, we try to be the best. And as for price, I won’t allow us to be beat on anything; I’m very competitive.” Atlas Flooring’s large facility allows Bowling to stock a cornucopia of flooring options, many of which tout green credentials: wood, both standard and exotic; various sizes and styles of tile; carpet in every shade and grade, and attractive, durable linoleum and epoxy products. The store’s extra square footage also means Bowling can take advantage of volume discounts, which he then happily passes along to Atlas Flooring’s commercial and residential clients. “We’re getting a lot of high-end carpet from manufacturers at low prices because of the economy,” says Bowling. “I probably have 500 to 600 rolls of carpet in stock right now – more than we’ve ever had. And the same is true for tile; we’ve got a ton of inventory now.” It’s a great time to be in the market for a new floor, and a great time to visit Atlas Flooring.

Wink Optical

FloorCrafters

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

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

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Seeing is believing – and you’ve just got to see all the different styles of eyewear available at Aspen Eyewear. With dozens of top brands to choose from and thousands of frames in stock, you can be sure of finding Your Look. “Boulder’s looking for newbut-not-trendy looks that make a statement,” says Heinz Ebner, who opened Aspen Eyewear in 1986. “They want practical fashions that fit their active lifestyles, and appreciate top quality and durability. We are skilled at matching your face to the perfect style.” The family-owned business includes Heinz and his two daughters, Jen and Sara, and a support team of certified opticians and optical lab technicians. Having its own custom lab on-site allows Aspen Eyewear the highest amount of control in delivering quality lens finishing. “We are lucky to have such loyal customers,” Ebner says, “and it’s an honor to be of service to them. Thank you for choosing us as Best Eye Care Store!”

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BEST FLORIST AND BEST GARDEN CENTER

Sturtz & Copeland

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

BEST TREE NURSERY

The Tree Farm

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

The Tree Farm’s 35 acres are home to the largest selection of plant material in the Rocky Mountain region, including thousands of shade, fruit and flowering trees. Species are selected for their hardiness and responsiveness to our climate. And every Tree Farm tree is inspected by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and comes with a one-year warranty. The choices are staggering, but equally important to The Tree Farm’s success, says manager Mike Gittleson, are the people behind the foliage: “We probably have the most knowledgeable staff on the Front Range as far as nurseries go. Most of them have been with us 10 years plus.” The Tree Farm’s professional green thumbs are happy to help with landscape design and plant selection, layout and care. They will load your purchases for free, ensuring your tree arrives home in the same healthy condition it left the nursery, or deliver and plant your new greenery for an additional charge. The Tree Farm’s annual fall sale is happening right now. Head to Longmont and pick up your endof-season plantings at unbeatable prices. (TIE) CreekSide Tree Nursery

Since 1929, Sturtz & Copeland has been Boulder County’s perennial favorite, as well as our annual and floral favorite. The floral department employs award-winning, experienced designers who create stunning arrangements in a variety of styles, from monochromatic rose bouquets to wildflower explosions, traditional multi-flower arrangements to unexpected combinations, structured pieces to gravity-defying displays. They are true artists and work hard to convey whatever message a customer is trying to send. Sturtz & Copeland’s florists use a lot of flowers, many of which come from local growers, ensuring that every bouquet that leaves the store is fresh. The same is true of the garden center’s plants, which are selected for their mountain climate tolerance as well as their function and beauty. The center is stocked with annuals, perennials, tropical plants and bulbs, as well as wreaths, container gardens, tools, planters and gardening supplies. Here you’ll find everything you need to green up your home and office, as well as the know-how to do it. Sturz & Copeland’s skilled garden center staff includes several Master Gardeners and horticultural experts who are always at the ready to help you with plant selection and care. FOR BEST FLORIST (TIE): Fiori Flowers

2620 Broadway, Boulder, 720.565.2434, www.fioriboulder.com

Lafayette Florist

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

FOR BEST GARDEN CENTER: The Flower Bin Garden Center & Nursery

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

Harlequin’s Gardens

1805 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303.772.3454, www.theflowerbin.net

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BEST GIFT SHOP

Paper Doll

1141 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.1661

Being Boulder County’s favorite gift giving consultant has its challenges. “Sometimes it’s hard to decipher exactly what a customer wants,” laughs Paper Doll owner Troy Rivington. Sometimes they know precisely what they want without realizing it, he says, and sometimes they have no idea. “It’s our job to help them find a perfect gift, one that shows the person they’re giving it to that they care, something that the recipient would really love.” The friendly employees of Paper Doll ask questions and make suggestions that lead to the right gift every time. It’s hard to go wrong with so many unique, artful options. Handmade jewelry, colorful scarves, aromatic candles, ornate picture frames and spa items make wonderful presents for every occasion, and that’s just a fraction of Paper Doll’s selection. Rivington brings in new, exciting products all the time. “It’s why people choose locally owned businesses over big-box stores,” he explains. “You come here when you want something special and hand-picked.” Jacque Michelle

2670 Broadway, Boulder, 303.786.7628

BEST GROCERY STORE

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

Marketing director Laura Larson is in charge of all the events at the Pearl Street Whole Foods. She says it’s a good gig. “Lots of people come to events and just stand there and smile and say, ‘I just love this place.’ When you ask them why, they can’t really say specifically.” It’s obvious, isn’t it? Whole Foods and Boulder County were made for each other. We are some of the most health-conscious, environmentally aware people in the country; Whole Foods is home to unparalleled natural and organic products, and shares our commitment to the planet. We appreciate it when a business goes above and beyond our expectations; one of the core values at Whole Foods is “satisfying and delighting our customers.” Prepare to be delighted by Whole Foods again this football season, thanks to Larson and her dedicated team. The Pearl Street store will be hosting tailgate parties in its parking lot for all the CU home games. “We’ll be grilling, handing out pom-poms, dressing up in our CU gear and having fun with it,” enthuses Larson. “And people can park here for free and ride the bus over to the game.” Sunflower Farmers Market

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

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

Walters & Hogsett Fine Jewelers is about to enter its 30th year of business, and its offerings get more exciting every year. “We make sure that we are staying on the leading edge of what’s going on in the jewelry industry, and the fashion industry since those industries go hand in hand,” says co-owner B.J. Vieregg. “We try really hard to have a tremendously diverse group of designs and designers, to constantly feature fun, exciting, new things.” Case in point: Walters & Hogsett just launched Rebecca, a new jewelry line made in Italy. The pieces are trendy, oversized, youthful and affordable. And to give you an idea of how Walters & Hogsett is viewed by decision makers in the industry, it is one of only 50 stores in the United States that was chosen to carry Rebecca. The store is held in high esteem locally as well, and not only for its outstanding products and customer service. Walters & Hogsett supports about 75 local nonprofit organizations every year. “We try to do everything we can to support our community,” says Vieregg. “We do a little bit for everyone, and then we pick three or four groups a year to receive a more substantial donation.” In the past, Boulder Community Hospital, Impact on Education, Colorado Music Festival and HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties have been recipients of large contributions from the jeweler. By supporting so many organizations, we are all on the receiving end of Walters & Hogsett’s generosity.

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 GREEN PRODUCTS /SERVICES STORE

Ellie’s Eco Home Store

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.952.1004, www.elliesecohomestore.com

The wide range of recycled and rapidly renewable products at Ellie’s Eco Home Store are as impressive for what they are – attractive, affordable, effective, clever – as what they aren’t – poisonous, single use, wasteful. Ellie’s new nontoxic cleaner bar, featuring eight beer taps that dispense natural cleaning products, is a prime example. At Ellie’s, the mission is to enable everyone to live an environmentally sustainable life. “Our customers appreciate our breadth of selection and quality of products,” says Eco-Products president Steve Savage. Offering items such as recycled plastic furniture, cork flooring, organic linens, nontoxic fertilizer and natural pet supplies, Ellie’s Eco Home Store gives all of us the means to reduce our footprint on the planet. Particularly popular is the compostable tableware (plates, cups, bowls, straws and cutlery), which is manufactured by Ellie’s parent company, Eco-Products. Explains Savage: “People love having those products for their birthday parties, company picnics and other events,” including the likes of the Boulder Asian Festival and the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, Queens. 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 HOME FURNISHINGS STORE

HW Home

1941 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.545.0320 www.hwhome.com

“There’s not a person who walks in who doesn’t say, ‘I love this store!’” says HW Home manager Bev Werner Needham, who has been with the company since it opened 10 years ago. “It’s got so many unique, interesting things. It just makes you feel good.” The store’s color palette, rich textiles, furniture selection and layout make it feel like home, or at least the home you wish you had. Here you’ll find beautifully designed, one-of-a-kind furnishings, bedding, window coverings, rugs, lighting, art and accessories, along with a highly trained staff to help you make your selections. Best of all, when you find something you have to have at HW Home, you can have it right away. The store stocks furniture for immediate delivery from its Boulder warehouse. Gorgeous furnishings, incredible service and instant gratification – it’s an awardwinning combination. Bartlett Interiors

2020 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.5194

BEST HOUSEWARES & KITCHEN GOODS STORE 1235 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.5847, www.peppercorn.com

Peppercorn

Independently owned and operated since 1977, Peppercorn is the kind of place where you can happily lose an entire afternoon. Most of us have done so on numerous occasions, ambling through the artistic product displays, imagining how our kitchen would look with a new set of dishes or table linens, indulging in a taste of imported chocolate and flipping through an eye-catching cookbook or two. There are plenty of daydreams to be had and realities to enjoy in the 12,000 square feet of Peppercorn. The store houses a veritable explosion of kitchen, bath and home accessories from designers all over the world. So whether you’re looking for a hard-to-find kitchen gadget, your dream coffee maker, Boulder’s best hot sauces, the ultimate casserole dish or a truly unique gift, Peppercorn is the perfect place to lose yourself and find what you need. McGuckin Hardware

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

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BEST IMPORTED GOODS STORE

Cost Plus World Market

1685 28th St., Boulder, 303.938.0757, www.worldmarket.com

The origins of Cost Plus World Market are humble enough: In 1958, a well-traveled businessman decided to sell a shipload of hand-woven wicker from a pier. When his furniture sold out in a few days, he decided he was on to something. Cost Plus was born, selling items at cost, plus 10 percent (thus the name). Although the store is a national chain, its spirited atmosphere and eclectic offerings make it a natural for our local audience. Shopping is an adventure here, with products from around the globe, like jute rugs from India, sculptures from Kenya, towels from Turkey and a huge selection of imported gourmet food and wines. For many of us there’s no substitute for British tea, Italian pastas and sauces, Australian Vegemite, French wine, Jamaican spices and German meats. Cost Plus satisfies our worldly appetites and then some. Indochine

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

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

Whether you’re running, walking, skipping or hopping, wearing the right shoes can make all the difference. The hard part is finding that perfect shoe, the proverbial needle in a massive haystack of choices. Worry no more. Boulder Running Company has both the haystack inventory and the needle-seeking service you need to get moving. The specialty running store has a broad selection of running and casual shoes, and it was the first running store in the country to offer free video gait analysis to customers. Here’s how it works: you walk or run on a treadmill in front of a camera, one of Boulder Running Company’s expert employees analyzes the tape to see what your feet and arches are doing during each stride, and then, armed with that information, you work together to find the perfect shoe for your specific anatomy and chosen activities. It’s easy to see why Boulder Running Company has long been a favorite of local athletes as well as the throngs of runners who flock to Boulder for high altitude training.

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BEST PET STORE/BAKERY/DELI

P.C.’s Pantry for Dogs and Cats 2600 30th St., Boulder, 303.245.9909, www.pcs-pantry.com

“We try to recognize people and remember their dogs’ names,” says P.C.’s Pantry owner Mary Lee Withers. “Not many cats come into the store,” she adds quickly, lest we think she is slighting felines. “But for the dogs who visit, we try to remember names and their favorite treats and toys.” This small detail is illustrative of the level of service P.C.’s Pantry provides. Withers and her loyal staff, all of whom have been with the company for a minimum of five years, are true animal lovers. “We really enjoy what we do and feel that we are here to serve the dogs and cats,” she asserts. From professionally baked biscuits, meatloaves and barkday cakes to hand-selected foods, toys and accessories, a pet couldn’t ask for more than having owners who shop here. P.C.’s Pantry prides itself on supporting animals wherever they live. For example, just last month the store raised money for Big Dogs Huge Paws, a rescue group that finds homes for giant breeds of dogs. Whole Pets

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

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BEST RECYCLED GOODS / THRIFT STORE

HospiceCare & Share Thrift Shop

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

“People love the HospiceCare & Share Thrift Shop because it’s a fun place that’s jam-packed with wonderful, affordable treasures,” says Mary Chokran, director of development and communications for HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Throw your preconceptions of a thrift store out the window. HospiceCare & Share feels more like a boutique, featuring upscale, gently worn clothing, jewelry, furniture, household items, collectibles, books, DVDs and more. “Better yet, all of the proceeds from the Thrift Shop benefit HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield counties, enabling us to provide our compassionate end-of-life care to everyone in our community who needs it, whether or not they can pay for our services,” adds Chokran. “Everyone who donates to the Thrift Shop, and everyone who shops here, helps HospiceCare help terminally ill people and their families. That’s a really great thing. And as our area’s only nonprofit hospice, we are so grateful for their much-needed support.” HospiceCare & Share Thrift Shop accepts donations and is open for community-minded shopping every day. Savers

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

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BEST LIQUOR STORE

Liquor Mart

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

General manager Jack Stoakes credits the founders of Liquor Mart for creating the company’s roadmap to success: selection, service and value. “That was back in 1968, and those things sustain us today,” he says. The selection at Liquor Mart is unarguably impressive. The store’s 30,000 square feet houses more than 1,500 beer products, more than 70 brands of keg beer, virtually every brand and type of liquor available and more than 6,000 varieties of wine. Should you need a roadmap to a particular spirit or an expert recommendation, Liquor Mart’s service is second-to-none. “You hear about employers saying, ‘I can't find good help!’ You’ll never hear that coming from my lips,” asserts Stoakes. “We get great help. And our people stay with us; the average tenure here is about 15 years.” Liquor Mart also delivers on value, offering low prices overall as well as daily case discounts and weekly coupons. You’ll find details on all these offers at www.liquormart.com; you’ll also find Liquor Mart’s new online store, where you can not only browse the store’s huge selection, you can buy it and have it delivered. (TIE) Superior Liquor

100 Superior Plaza Way, Superior, 303.499.6600, www.superiorliquor.com

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2690 Broadway, Boulder, 303.443.6761, www.boulderwine.com

BEST PLACE TO BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Robb’s Boulder Music

2691 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.8448, www.robbsmusic.com

Robb’s Boulder Music has been enabling the dreams of local musicians for 30 years. Big names like Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Wendy Woo and the Samples got their start with instruments from Robb’s. But the history of the place rests squarely on the shoulders of the thousands of unknowns who have patronized the store, too, the ones who saw a shiny axe in the window and decided, “That has to be mine.” For green and experienced musicians alike, those who live here and those just passing through, Robb’s offers a haven of hands-on experimentation with the best instruments in the business, as well as a friendly staff of musically minded individuals to help you find your signature sound. “We are constantly adding new and great products to our inventory that people want, need and enjoy,” says musician and owner Seth Goodman. Robb’s new 30th Street location has a complete percussion department as well as lots of new guitar, bass, live sound, keyboard and accessory products. And, says Goodman, be sure to check out what’s new in the music lesson, rental and repair departments. H.B. Woodsong’s

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

BEST HARDWARE STORE AND BEST LOCALLY OWNED STORE

McGuckin Hardware

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

McGuckin Hardware stocks more than 200,000 items in 18 departments, including hardware, tools, housewares, camping gear, sporting goods, electronics, pet supplies, eco-friendly products, fireplaces, flowers, gifts, and school and office supplies. Don’t get the wrong idea though; McGuckin is anything but a generic, impersonal warehouse. It’s a 60,000-square-foot embodiment of our community’s essence. “Our product mix is geared to being located in Boulder,” says marketing manager Randy Barker. “Being independently owned allows us to react to our customers’ needs immediately. There’s no corporate office that needs to be consulted.” The owners are on the floor every day, taking note of customer preferences so inventory can be tailored to best meet their wants and needs. Also on the floor are the green vested heroes of McGuckin, the ones who can find the light bulb, hinge pin or nontoxic paint that has eluded you at every other store in town. “The key to that level of service is the longevity of our staff,” explains Barker. “We have a strong core of employees who have worked in the store for 10, and some even up to 40, years.” FOR BEST HARDWARE STORE: Home Depot

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

FOR BEST LOCALLY OWNED STORE: P.C.’s Pantry for Dogs and Cats

2600 30th St., Boulder, 303.245.9909, www.pcs-pantry.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

Shopping at REI is flat-out fun. “It has to do with us being a cooperative, so there’s a sense of belonging,” explains Boulder’s assistant store manager, Anna Ransdell. “This is a place where people come to hang out on the weekends.” The outdoor gear cooperative and its knowledgeable employees are passionate about what they provide: the means for experiencing, exploring and enjoying the great outdoors. Around every corner is a must-have jacket, tent, kayak, climbing rope, snowboard or other piece of tantalizingly shiny gear. What’s the latest must-have item from REI? Check out the Novara FlyBy Shuttle Foldable Bike, suggests Ransdell, a bike that folds up to the size of a small duffel bag. It has great potential, she says, “especially for bus commuters. A lot of time there’s no room on the bike racks. So what do you do with your bike? Fold it up and bring it on with you.” The FlyBy is like everything at REI: simultaneously ultra functional and ultra cool. FOR BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE (TIE): Dick’s Sporting Goods

210 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 303.682.5740 www.dickssportinggoods.com

Sports Authority

3320 N. 28th St., Boulder, 303.449.9021 301 Marshall Road, Superior, 303.554.0161 2251 Ken Pratt Blvd., Suite C, Longmont, 303.651.9697 www.sportsauthority.com

FOR BEST OUTDOOR RECREATION STORE: Neptune Mountaineering

633 South Broadway, Suite A, Boulder, 303.499.8866 www.neptunemountaineering.com

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Innovative Openings has been artfully covering Boulder County’s windows since 1980. The locally owned, independently operated company sells hundreds of solutions – solar screens, cellular shades, wood shutters, draperies, Roman shades, vertical blinds and many more – but it’s the people that make the difference. “A lot of employees have been with us a long time: 10 years, 25 years,” explains co-owner Dave Friedlander. “It takes a long time to get the experience necessary to be an expert in all the products we sell; we try hard to retain our employees for the long-term.” Part of that effort includes providing as many opportunities for local staff as possible. Currently, Innovative Openings’ most popular products are solar screen shades, transparent coverings that reflect and absorb sunlight without blocking the view. “The motorized solar screens are manufactured by our wholesale manufacturer Insolroll in Louisville, where our corporate office is located,” says Friedlander. “It’s the fastest-growing part of the window covering industry, and we make them right here.” Cloth Constructions

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The slogan really says it all: “We build it. We install it. We stand behind it.” Champion Windows has been providing factory direct products, service and pricing to our state since 1997. Because the windows are made in Colorado by Coloradans, they are designed and constructed with our climate and altitude in mind. The company also shares our concern for the environment; Champion windows are 35 percent more energy-efficient in winter and 41 percent more energyefficient in summer than standard dual-pane glass windows. They are tested by the American Architectural Manufacturer’s Association, certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council and are Energy Star® compliant. For these reasons as well as the company’s free lifetime warranty on materials and installation, more than 40,000 Front Range residents have Champion windows. (TIE) SolarGlass Window & Door

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Pearl Street Mall

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

Pearl Street Mall is only four blocks long, but each one of those blocks packs a wallop of shopping, dining and entertainment – and many shopping and dining opportunities extend west and east of the walking Mall. Grab a great read at the Boulder Book Store. Pick up a present at Paper Doll. Find a frock at Fresh Produce. Relive your childhood at Into the Wind. There are so many fabulous choices. And once you’re done shopping, it’s time to drop into a cozy eatery for a delicious meal, an entertainment venue for a world-class show, or just a park bench to admire the surroundings, people watch or catch a busker in action. Unlike most shopping districts, the pedestrian Pearl Street Mall and its bordering East and West End corridors are made up of almost entirely independently operated businesses (an impressive 85 percent are locally owned). So when you spend money here, you’re not only privy to some of the best shopping on the Front Range, you’re also supporting the vitality of your hometown and hundreds of your fellow residents. FlatIron Crossing

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2009 Boulder County GOLD PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS Winners EATS, DRINKS & ENTERTAINMENT BEST AMERICAN RESTAURANT AND BEST LATE-NIGHT RESTAURANT The Kitchen RU for Best American Restaurant: Boulder ChopHouse & Tavern RU for Best Late-Night Restaurant: The Attic Bar & Bistro BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT Chey Thuy RU: Golden Lotus BEST BAKERY Breadworks Cafe RU: Spruce Confections BEST BAR AND BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT Carelli’s of Boulder Ristorante Italiano RU for Best Bar: West End Tavern RU for Best Italian: Pasta Jay’s BEST BARBECUE The Rib House RU: KT’s Barbecue BEST CATERER A Spice of Life RU: Dish Gourmet BEST COFFEEHOUSE Vic’s RU: Laughing Goat Coffehouse BEST DELI Salvaggio’s Delicatessen RU: Snarf’s BEST HAPPY HOUR AND BEST OUTDOOR DINING AND BEST APPETIZERS Mediterranean Restaurant (The Med) RU for Best Happy Hour AND Best Appetizers: Brasserie Ten Ten RU for Best Outdoor Dining: Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace BEST ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT Glacier Home Made Ice Cream & Gelato RU: Cold Stone Creamery BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT The Taj RU: Tandoori Grill BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT Efrain’s Mexican RU: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant BEST NEW RESTAURANT Happy Noodle House RU: Arugula Bar e Ristorante BEST PIZZA Abo’s Pizza RU: Proto’s Pizza BEST SEAFOOD 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 Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant RU: Sunflower

BEST FUNERAL HOME SERVICE PROVIDER Crist Mortuary & Crematory RU: M.P. Murphy & Associates Funeral Home

BEST SHOE STORE Pedestrian Shops RU: Two Sole Sisters

BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC Boulder Theater RU: Nissi’s

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT Paul Roach, RE/MAX of Boulder RU (TIE): Karen Bernardi, Bernardi Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker Dave Fish, RE/MAX of Boulder

BEST EYE CARE STORE Aspen Eyewear RU: Wink Optical

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

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

BEST BOULDER COUNTY EVENT Boulder Creek Festival RU: Bolder Boulder

SERVICES, FACES & PLACES BEST AC/HEATING SERVICE Precision Plumbing & Heating RU (TIE): Save Home Heat Co. Meyer’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. BEST AUTO DEALER Fisher Chevrolet Honda RU (TIE): Boulder Toyota / Flatirons Acura/Subaru BEST AUTO REPAIR SHOP/SERVICE DEPT. Hoshi Motors RU: Super-Rupair BEST CAR WASH Puddle Touch-Free Car Wash RU: Black Diamond Car Wash

BEST RETIREMENT/ALTERNATIVE OR ELDER CARE/ASSISTED LIVING The Academy RU: Frasier Meadows Retirement Community BEST BOULDER VALLEY/ST. VRAIN SCHOOL Boulder High School RU: Fairview High School BEST TEACHER Doug London, Alexander Dawson School RU: Brenda Taylor, Centennial Middle School BEST SPA Essentiels Spa RU: St. Julien Hotel & Spa BEST SKINCARE FACILITY Laser & Cosmetic Associates of Boulder RU: Essentiels Spa BEST STORAGE FACILITY U Store It RU: Boulder Bins Self Storage

BEST HAIR SALON FIX RU: The Parlour

BEST LOCAL EMPLOYER Boulder Valley Credit Union RU: Boulder Community Hospital

BEST IMPORTED GOODS STORE Cost Plus World Market RU: Indochine

BEST NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Humane Society of Boulder Valley RU: Eco-Cycle

BEST JEWELRY STORE AND 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 Market

BEST ACTIVIST/COMMUNITY CHAMPION John Breaux RU: Josie Heath, The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE McGuckin Hardware RU: Boulder Valley Credit Union

SHOPPER’S PARADISE

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

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

BEST HOLISTIC CARE/WELLNESS CENTER Frasier Meadows RU (TIE): Acupuncture Clinic of Boulder Helios Integrated Medicine

BEST ANTIQUE JEWELRY STORE Classic Facets Antique Jewelry RU: Hurdle’s Jewelry BEST ART GALLERY Art & Soul Gallery RU: Mary Williams Fine Arts

BEST BEDDING/LINENS/MATTRESS STORE Verlo Mattress Factory RU: Bed Bath & Beyond

BEST MEDICAL FACILITY Boulder Community Hospital RU: Boulder Medical Center

BEST BICYCLE SHOP University Bicycles RU: Full Cycle

BEST BREAKFAST AND BEST BRUNCH Lucile’s Creole Cafe RU for Best Breakfast: Walnut Cafe RU for Best Brunch: Greenbriar Inn

BEST MOVING COMPANY Taylor Moving RU: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

BEST BOOKSTORE Boulder Book Store RU: Barnes & Noble Booksellers

BEST PET BOARDING SERVICE Cottonwood Kennels RU: Broadway Animal Hospital

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

BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER Flagstaff House Restaurant RU: Carelli’s of Boulder Ristorante Italiano

BEST PET GROOMING SERVICE The Hydrant RU: Dog Spot

BEST CAMERA STORE Mike’s Camera RU: Wolf Camera

BEST DESSERT Cheesecake Factory RU: The Kitchen

BEST VETERINARIAN Alpine Hospital for Animals RU: Broadway Animal Hospital

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE The Regiment RU: Weekends

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

BEST PLACE FOR WORSHIP Unity of Boulder RU: First Presbyterian Church of Boulder

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE JJWells RU: Chelsea

BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

BEST GROCERY STORE Whole Foods Market RU: Sunflower Farmers Market

BEST HOUSEWARES & KITCHEN GOODS STORE Peppercorn RU: McGuckin Hardware

BEST LASIK/LASER EYE FACILITY/SURGEON InSight Lasik RU: Beyer Laser Center

BEST LONGMONT/LYONS RESTAURANT Oskar Blues Cajun Grill & Brewery RU (TIE): The Rib House / Sugarbeet

BEST GREEN PRODUCTS/SERVICES STORE Ellie’s Eco Home Store RU: Whole Foods Market

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

BEST ART SUPPLY & HOBBY STORE Michaels RU: Art Hardware

BEST LAFAYETTE/LOUISVILLE/SUPERIOR/ERIE RESTAURANT The Empire Lounge & Restaurant RU: Efrain’s Mexican

BEST GIFT SHOP Paper Doll RU: Jacque Michelle

BEST HOME FURNISHINGS STORE HW Home RU: Bartlett Interiors

BEST DENTIST Joel L. Schaffer, DDS RU: Steven L. Eurich, DDS

BEST PILATES/YOGA CENTER CorePower Yoga RU (TIE): Yoga Pod / RallySport Health and Fitness Club

BEST TREE NURSERY The Tree Farm RU (TIE): CreekSide Tree Nursery / Harlequin’s Gardens

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY James TravelPoints RU: Cain Travel

BEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTION Elevations Credit Union RU: Boulder Valley Credit Union

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

BEST FLORIST AND BEST GARDEN CENTER Sturtz & Copeland RU for Best Florist (TIE): Fiori Flowers / Lafayette Florist RU for Best Garden Center: The Flower Bin Garden Center & Nursery

BEST TANNING SALON Tans To Go RU: VerandaSun

BEST KIDS‘ DAY CAMP Rocky Mountain Day Camp RU: YMCA of Boulder Valley

BEST DRY CLEANER/LAUNDROMAT Art Cleaners RU: John’s Cleaners

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

BEST HARDWARE STORE AND BEST LOCALLY OWNED STORE McGuckin Hardware RU for Best Hardware Store: Home Depot RU for Best Locally Owned Store: P.C.’s Pantry for Dogs and Cats

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

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO Bartlett Interiors RU (TIE): Design Matters Home Timberline Fine Furniture & Interior Design

BEST GUNBARREL/NIWOT RESTAURANT Colterra RU: Treppeda’s Italian Ristorante

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BEST RESTAURANT TO BRING KIDS Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Spirits RU: Noodles & Co.

C A M E R A

BEST LIQUOR STORE Liquor Mart RU (TIE): Superior Liquor / Boulder Wine Merchant BEST PLACE TO BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Robb’s Boulder Music RU: H.B. Woodsong’s BEST PET STORE/BAKERY/DELI P.C.’s Pantry for Dogs and Cats RU: Whole Pets BEST RECYCLED GOODS/THRIFT STORE HospiceCare & 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 (TIE): Sports Authority / Dick’s Sporting Goods RU for Best Outdoor Recreation Store: Neptune Mountaineering BEST PLACE TO BUY WINDOWS (WITHIN COLORADO) Champion Windows, Siding & Patio Rooms RU (TIE): SolarGlass Window & Door Renewal By Andersen BEST PLACE TO BUY WINDOW TREATMENTS (WITHIN COLORADO) Innovative Openings RU: Cloth Constructions BEST SHOPPING DESTINATION (WITHIN COLORADO) Pearl Street Mall RU: FlatIron Crossing

SEPTEMBER 2009


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