2010 Boulder County Gold

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People’s Choice Awards 2010 Boulder County Gold

Eats • Drinks • Entertainment • Services • Faces • Places • Shopping


SEPTEMBER 2010

People’s Choice Awards 2010 Boulder County Gold

The 2010 Boulder County Gold People’s Choice Awards results are in. In the following pages you will find some of Boulder’s finest restaurants, retail stores, service providers, entertainment venues, people and all that makes Boulder County great. The awards and recognition are results voted on by the people of Boulder County who use and know them the most. With so many fine choices the competition was tough. There are some repeat winners and some brand new honors. This year’s recipients and runners up are as fine as ever. Browse through the following pages and keep this guide handy as thousands of locals told us why Boulder County is such a great place to live, shop, eat, work and play. We thank everyone who took the time to vote. Now turn the page and read about the winners!

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LIST OF WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP

Contributors: Writers: L.L. Charles, Mark Collins, Judy Finman, Julie Kailus, Lulu Tupper • Photographer: Jonathan Castner Data Entry & Verification: Boulder Staffing Research Contributor: Joan Beckett • Designer & Editor: Greg Stone Boulder County Gold is a marketing feature of your Camera. Copyright 2010. For advertising information, call your consultant or 303.473.1400. Look up Boulder County Gold winners throughout the year at BoulderCountyGold.com. To subscribe to the Daily Camera, call 303.444.3444 or visit DailyCamera.com.

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Eats, Drinks and Entertainment BEST ALL YOU CAN EAT AND BEST SUSHI

Japango

1136 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.0330, www.boulderjapango.com

You can never have enough sushi, right? The fresh ingredients, intense flavors and complex textures are irresistible, perhaps even habit-forming. For those with an insatiable appetite for raw fish and limited funds to bankroll such cravings – and there are many of us here in Boulder County – there is Japango, home of outstanding traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine as well as all you can eat sushi every Tuesday from 5 to 10 p.m. “It is bustling, I think is the proper word for it,” laughs Japango’s general manager Alex Bruckman. “Everything is moving at a lightning pace, and people are having fun.” For $29.95, Tuesday night patrons have access to unlimited appetizers and entrees. Don’t limit your Japango intake to Tuesdays though. The Pearl Street Mall mainstay has specials all week, including a daily happy hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. that features $2.50 hand rolls and $2 Kirin and sake bombs, among other things. Not in the mood for beer or sake? Try one of the exotic beverages on Japango’s new cocktail list. “My personal favorite is the Serrano Splash,” says Bruckman, describing a house-crafted concoction with serrano pepper-infused Absolut, St. Germain, lemon-lime, agave nectar and fresh basil. “It’s so good. You can’t stop drinking it.” The same can be said of the sushi, which is as delicious as it is innovative. Wrap it all in a lively atmosphere with attentive staff and it’s easy to understand why Japango is nothing short of bustling every night of the week.

FOR BEST ALL YOU CAN EAT The Taj 2630 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.494.5216, www.tajcolorado.com

FOR BEST SUSHI Hapa Sushi 1117 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.473.4730; 1220 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder, 303.447.9883 www.hapasushi.com

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BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER

Carelli’s of Boulder Ristorante Italiano

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

For a Boulder restaurant to celebrate two decades in business, you know it’s doing things right. As a frequent winner of the Best Italian Restaurant honors, Carelli’s of Boulder does it all to perfection. What’s the key ingredient in their recipe for success? “It’s really about all the hard work and perseverance, to provide a consistently good experience for our guests,” says owner Greg Carelli, who trained as a chef in his father’s restaurant in Chicago. “We have fresh fish specials every night for variety, and we maintain a core menu that does not change, because a lot of our diners keep coming back for their favorites. We feature the best dishes from both Northern and Southern Italy to give guests a range of choices, from the risottos and sauces to lighter preparations in olive oil.” An extensive gluten-free menu is very popular, as is the well-chosen wine list to complement any entrée. The romance of Italy and its cuisine sets the stage for a romantic dining experience, too. “Our décor is stunning,” Carelli says. Open flame firepits on the expanded patio and in the dining room add real visual excitement, as the flames highlight the warm cherry and birch woods and the copper accents. Live jazz on Thursdays and Saturdays provides a perfect soundtrack for a romantic tête-à-tête. In their two decades of serving Boulder County, you can be sure that Carelli’s of Boulder has seen more than a few marriage proposals happen over fresh crepes and champagne. “We are a very popular ‘first date’ restaurant. Couples come here every year to celebrate their first romantic dinner together.” Are you feeling the love yet? We are, and we love Carelli’s of Boulder.

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT: Laudisio Italian Restaurant 1710 29th St., Ste. 1076, Boulder, 303.442.1300, www.laudisio.com

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

BEST DESSERT

BEST COFFEEHOUSE

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

2680 Broadway, Boulder, 303.440.8209; 3305 30th St., Boulder, 303.440.2918 1800 Broadway, Boulder, 303.938.6886; 4770 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303.494.1884 801 Main St., Louisville, 303.666.1402; 700 Tenacity Drive, Longmont, 303.485.6791 600 South Airport Road, Longmont, 303.834.8447

Vic’s

The Cheesecake Factory

With so much competition, what does it take to merit the Best Dessert award? General Manager Steve Treacy believes that variety and consistency make the winning combination. With 35 scrumptious choices, the number-one, best-selling customer favorite at this temple of treats is [drum roll, please] Stefanie’s Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake: two layers of cheesecake and two layers of Red Velvet (chocolate) cake, topped with cream cheese frosting and finished with white chocolate. “And we take good care of the guests,” Treacy adds. “Whether you come in with a group of two or 20, everyone can find something on the menu. We try to be kid-friendly and treat kids as the guests they are.” In a recent drive, the Cheesecake Factory chain donated to Feeding America, a domestic hunger-relief organization, 25 cents for every slice of cake sold in its restaurants. “Every year we do canned food and peanut butter drives for Feeding America, and we involve the local schools,” Treacy says. 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 1387 South Boulder Road, Louisville, 720.890.5992 www.glacierhomemadeicecream.com

It’s not just the coffee, dark roasted and brewed fresh. It’s more than the locally baked pastries, muffins and scones. It’s the atmosphere, the art on the walls, the way the sun hits your favorite table. It’s getting a knowing smirk from the barista after you’ve established yourself as a regular. It’s watching an on-the-fly bike repair in the parking lot. It’s overhearing a conversation about chakra alignment in one ear and an argument for fiscal conservatism in the other. It’s petting a dog on the way in and waving to a friend as you head out the door. It’s all this and more – plus free Wi-Fi – that make Vic’s feel like home every morning. Starbucks

1427 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.245.9368; 1402 Broadway, Boulder, 303.442.9199; 2770 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.1881; 1810 29th St., Boulder, 303.449.0815; 2400 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.494.5109; 3033 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.440.5090; 459 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 303.926.1568; 2800 Rock Creek Circle, Superior, 303.494.5673; 3336 Arapahoe Ave., Erie; 303.665.5322; 535 West South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 303.604.6289; 1087 South Hover Road, Longmont, 303.774.0143; 1100 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 303.774.9028; 1749 Main St., Longmont, 303.772.0475; 815 East 17th Ave., Longmont, 720.494.9794; 2318 17th Ave., Longmont, 303.651.5683; www.starbucks.com

BEST SEAFOOD

Jax Fish House

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

In a region historically more associated with steak than salmon, providing the best fresh seafood is no small feat. The secret is getting the fish from port to plate in the shortest time possible. “We take a lot of pride in providing the freshest seafood,” says general manager Adam Derr. “We are very fortunate to have fishmongers that are dedicated to delivering consistent quality, quickly. Our fish is packed in ice immediately by our suppliers and flown in daily. With Denver being a hub in the West, there’s really never any downtime.” Start with an appetizer or two, like the Griddled Blue Crab Cakes or Venus Clams – or enjoy your choice of several varieties of the freshest oysters, served Rockefeller style or simply on the half shell. Seasonal entrée favorites include Pan Roasted Halibut, Seared Ahi Tuna and Grilled Wild Salmon, or if your timing is right, treat yourself to fresh Alaskan King Crab, which has a very limited season. Entrees are complemented with innovative sides like roasted poblano cornmeal cake, cucumber and grape gazpacho, or salt-roasted potatoes. Jax supports environmentally conscious fisheries and purveyors who harvest their catch legally, in sustainable waters. For the best in sophisticated but uncomplicated seafood, we again choose Jax Fish House as the best in Boulder County. Red Lobster 2177 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 303.485.9898; 299 E. Flatiron Crossing Drive, Broomfield, 303.460.8100

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BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT

Chez Thuy Vietnamese Restaurant

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

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“Love. I just put a lot of love in the food.” This is how Thuy Le accounts for the popularity of her eclectic Vietnamese restaurant, a familiar Boulder destination since 1993. “I make creations, try something new, not all the traditional dishes,” she says. Actually, she takes traditional Asian dishes – borrowing from Chinese and Thai cuisine, too – and puts her own signature on them. “I took a lot of traditional dishes and Westernized them.” For instance, she adds shrimp to the beef typically stuffed in grape leaves. And stuffed tofu, served in Vietnam with tomato sauce, can be ordered with one of her creations – black bean or coconut sauce. Pad Thai is not like the Thai version; she concocted her own sauce. Her sesame tofu differs from the Chinese version; it is fried once rather than twice. It all adds up to original, delectable cuisine. “It’s like painting a picture. If it’s not happy enough, let’s put some red in it.” To keep the food consistently up to her standards, she shows the other chefs how she wants the cooking done. “You can have another cook use too much garlic or lemongrass. I can’t let the food change so much over time that it loses its flavor.” BLACK PEPPER PHO VIETNAMESE NOODLES & BAR

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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

When I moved to Colorado from the South, I bemoaned the lack of a proper biscuit. Then I ate at Lucile’s and realized that what I used to consider biscuits were actually hockey pucks compared to the enormously rich, enormously buttery and just plain enormous biscuits I found here. They are phenomenal as is, but go ahead and add some homemade jam or savory sausage gravy and see what you think. It’s no wonder that Lucile’s has so many adoring fans. “We get some people that come in every other day or at least once a week,” confirms Rose Fuller, the head host at Lucile’s in Boulder. Those who frequent the restaurant are diverse in age, palate, even geography. “Many of our regulars are regular tourists,” Fuller explains. “They come once a year to drop their kids off at school or the like … they make it a point to come here on their travels.” Lucile’s has been serving up Creole cuisine to rave reviews since 1980. The menu is populated with long-standing favorites such as Eggs New Orleans (fried eggplant slices with creole sauce, poached eggs and hollandaise) and the decadent New Orleans Praline Waffle (pecan batter waffle topped with pecans, fruit and fresh whipped cream). Daily specials are also par for the course, and typically feature organic vegetables grown on the restaurant’s very own farm in Niwot. It doesn’t get any fresher, more local or delicious than Lucile’s. Amble in for a memorable breakfast, lunch or brunch seven days a week. And don’t forget to fully appreciate your biscuit.

BEST BREAKFAST: Walnut Café 3073 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.447.2315; 673 S. Broadway, Boulder 720.304.8118, www.walnutcafe.com

BEST BRUNCH: Brasserie Ten Ten 1011 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.998.1010, www.brasserietenten.com

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BEST LAFAYETTE/LOUISVILLE/SUPERIOR/ERIE RESTAURANT

The Empire Lounge and Restaurant

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

This friendly, popular neighborhood eatery has the bona fides of culinary greatness: Owner/chef Jim Cohen was named by Julia Child one of "eleven best chefs in America." The reason for the restaurants’ acclaim, Cohen says, is that “We have such a wonderful customer base. Louisville has received us very well (the restaurant opened in January 2008). We are a community meeting place for people to gather. We try to serve great food and drinks in an unpretentious manner.” The menu is grill-based, thanks to a mesquite wood grill. Dishes are seasonal; the menu changes every month or month and a half. “We use local products as much as possible – from the Farmers’ Market in Louisville, Red Wagon [Organic] Farm in the summer. We use Meyer’s meats, with no antibiotics or hormones. The concept for us is a ‘neighborhood joint’ – but where the food is really great. We offer the welcomeness of being part of a neighborhood.” Empire’s most popular dishes are burgers, tuna burgers, calamari salad and macaroni and cheese. Kids are welcome, and there’s a kids’ menu. Coal miner’s mac and cheese, made with aged cheddar, parmesan, and pancetta is a heartier version of the old staple. House-made pastries change with the seasons: Summer’s strawberry shortcake has given way to an autumn temptation. EFRAIN’S MEXICAN

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

BEST RESTAURANT TO BRING KIDS

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

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

Got any frisky offspring who can’t sit still in a restaurant? This place welcomes them. They’ll relate to the kids-centric menu, with those oh-so-popular chicken fingers, mac and cheese, spaghetti and pizza, and more than two-dozen gourmet burger choices to delight even the grownups in the family. Keep ‘em busy with crayons and coloring pages. They get to hold (or pop) balloons and to pet the restaurant’s oversized mascot, a friendly employee decked out in a non-threatening red robin costume. Sheri Deaguero, general manager of the Longmont restaurant, is reassuring that “the wait staff treats each guest as an individual, and that includes each kid.” One of the company’s core values is “Having Fun,” just what kids of all ages can do at a Red Robin restaurant. Southern Sun Pub and Brewery 627 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.543.0886, www.mountainsunpub.com

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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. The prestigious James Beard Foundation honored Heap with the coveted position of guest chef at the James Beard House and nominated him as the "Best Chef of the Southwest." Heap’s ability to create simple clean flavors from ultra-fresh local produce (much of it from Colterra’s own gardens) has earned him a loyal following. Colterra’s menu favors ingredients in season, naturally raised hormone- and antibiotic-free meats, and sustainably harvested fish from around the world. The cuisine is inspired by the flavors of Southern France and Northern Italy, accompanied by a substantial wine list. General Manager Wade Sawaya says, “The key is consistency – with our food and the staff overall. People come and see the same faces and eat the same great food. We serve locally grown food from our own gardens and neighboring farms. Colterra means to cultivate the earth.” Treppeda’s Italian Ristorante 300 2nd Avenue Niwot, 303-652-1606 • www.treppedas.com

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BEST OUTDOOR DINING AND BEST APPETIZERS AND BEST HAPPY HOUR

Mediterranean Restaurant (The Med)

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

In a city that has elevated outdoor living to an art, we know what’s up when it comes to al fresco anything - and we again choose The Med’s patio for the best place to dine in the great outdoors. The enclosed, open-to-the-sky patio with sun-splashed walls, colorful flowers and market umbrellas makes you feel like you’ve been transported to the Mediterranean for a lazy repast with a friend. You’ll linger, and love it.

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No visit to The Med is complete without ordering a few tapas, those tempting small plates loaded with Capaccio (thin-sliced peppered beef with Dijon, caper and egg salad), Ceviche with avocado, four types of Hummus, or wood-fired margherita pizza. “I think the reason people think we have the best appetizers is because of the variety that we offer and the way we change things up,” says Rob Kukura, general manager. “There’s something for everybody; we have vegan tapas, vegetarian and gluten free choices, too.” For some people, happy hour is about the drinks. For others, it’s about the food. But when The Med’s clock strikes “Happy”, everyone wins. That’s because every day from 3 to 6:30 pm, all appetizers are half off, along with great drink specials from the bar. You can always order from the full menu and everything is available for takeout, too. Thank you, Mediterranean Restaurant, for more than seventeen years of good food and good times!

BEST OUTDOOR DINING: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant (The Rio) 1101 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.3690 www.riograndemexican.com

BEST APPETIZERS AND BEST HAPPY HOUR: Brasserie Ten Ten

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

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BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant

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

Lenny Martinelli opened Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant to offer non-meat eaters distinctive and interesting dishes. “Now 50 percent of our customers are not vegetarians,” he says. “They come because our food is good. Omnivores come in and eat our food and walk out saying ‘Wow.’ Leaf is our sixth restaurant, and they all have a vegetarian component.” His other eateries are well known to locals: Aji, Boulder Dushanbe Tea House, Huckleberry Restaurant in Louisville, Naropa Café, and Zucca Italian Kitchen in Louisville. “We are the only vegetarian restaurant in Boulder. I think enough people know about us, know that the food is really good, and different.” Some favorites are vegetable Wellington, jerk tempeh with coconut plantain sauce, and for dessert, vegan carrot cake and lemon ginger creme brulee. Besides Chef Jason Connelly and managing partner Gerry Manning – who puts together the list of organic, biodynamic, and sustainably grown wines – Sara Martinelli is “the tea queen” for the restaurants. Diners enjoy organic beer and smoothies, too, and a good selection of vegan food. “We are introducing at least three raw courses,” Martinelli says. Leaf and its 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-inhand with our farmers to determine which crops to plant, and we carefully craft our menus to coincide with the natural harvest periods.” Elephant Hut Thai Grill 2500 30th St., Suite 101, Boulder, 303.991.1899, www.elephanthut.com

BEST BAR

BEST BARBECUE

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

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The West End Tavern

If you’re looking for one of the best seats in Boulder, head to The West End Tavern’s rooftop deck. The inside of the tavern is not too shabby either, featuring a massive antique wooden bar and some of the most knowledgeable, friendly barkeeps in the business. The West End Tavern has been a Boulder tradition for more than 20 years, offering down-home cuisine crafted by chefowner Chris Blackwood and a famously extensive selection of bourbon, beer and handcrafted cocktails. “Bourbon is really the true American spirit,” explains general manager Mike Lawinski. The West End houses more than 60 varieties, five of which are single barrel bourbons that were personally selected for the bar and therefore can’t be found anywhere else in the world. The beer selection is equally impressive. “We have 22 beers pouring off tap right now, and probably less than a handful can be found anywhere else in Boulder County,” says Lawinski, who also recommends the bar’s bomber program and Brew Bus. If you need a break from bourbon and brew, try one of The West End’s signature cocktails, like the French Mojito that mixes freshly muddled strawberry, mint and lime with lavender simple syrup, Grey Goose vodka and Champagne. The Bitter Bar

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

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The Rib House

Barbecue is a touchy subject. Depending on where you grew up, it can mean pulled pork doused in vinegar and pepper sauce, chicken dripping with sweet marinade, dry rubbed ribs or any number of other flavor combinations. We all think our version is the “right” one. Arguments and cook-offs ensue. In the midst of all this controversy stands The Rib House, a Kansas City-style barbecue joint that leaves no opportunity for squabbling because everyone’s mouth is too full of chef Tracy’s famous illegal ribs. Slow cooked to perfection, so tender that the meat is falling off the bone and served with your choice of four warm sauces on the side, these baby back ribs are relentlessly delicious. The Rib House is home to a wide range of hickory smoked delights – sausage, brisket, turkey, chicken and ham – as well as lip-smacking sides like okra, spicy BBQ beans, coleslaw, two kinds of potato salad, red skinned mashed potatoes, fries and a can’t-miss cheesy corn bake. Enjoy your order in-house with a cold beer or get it to go so you can share it with other reformed barbecue connoisseurs.. KT’s Barbecue 2675 13th St., Boulder, 303.442.3717, 7464 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.786.7608, www.ktsbbq.com

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BEST HAMBURGER

Larkburger

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.444.1487, www.larkburger.com

To try a larkburger is to love Larkburger. After only a year and a half in Boulder, the restaurant has generated an enthusiastic following with its Black Angus ground beef, turkey, tuna and portabella mushroom burgers, hand cut fries (tossed with parmesan cheese and truffle oil if you like, oh my) and Five Dollar Shakes that are well worth the investment. “Boulder is a really vibrant community, a really big small town,” enthuses Larkburger president Adam Baker. “When people embrace something, they embrace it wholeheartedly, and that’s been a big part of our success.” Everything at Larkburger is natural, from menu ingredients to packaging to the reclaimed timber that lines the walls. It uses efficiency-rated appliances and its canola oil is recycled into bio-diesel fuel. This philosophy of minimizing environmental impact while maximizing gastronomic pleasure has understandably resonated with our community. Baker is quick to return the love. “We’d like to express our gratitude to Boulder. The city’s been really good to us.” Rueben’s Burger Bistro

1800 Broadway, Boulder, 303.443.5000, www.ruebensburgerbistro.com

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BEST BAKERY

Breadworks Bakery & Café

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

Breadworks Bakery & Café owner Larry Domnitz can’t say enough about executive chef Colleen Doran, whose résumé includes Chez Panisse, the Culinary Institute of America and running haute cuisine kitchens from Minnesota to Seattle. “To have someone with her pedigree at a little neighborhood bakery and café – it’s really a luxury,” raves Domnitz. “And she’s here because we like to work together.” You can hear the smile in his voice. Doran is more than just a partner in business; she’s also his wife. Breadworks has been a labor of love since it opened on Valentine’s Day in 1995. Sharing a mutual passion for food and community, Domnitz and Doran have built a loyal following around their artisan breads, gourmet pastries and homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, paninis, pizzas and savory breakfast and lunch entrees. Breadworks uses only the freshest, high quality ingredients, including 100 percent certified organic flour. You can taste the difference – and the love – in everything from the brioche to the special order cakes. Now that the construction on Broadway is finally winding down, there’s no reason not to stop into Breadworks multiple times a day. Grab a cranberry orange scone for breakfast and a smoky bacon and cheddar panini for lunch. Then swing by on the way home for a crusty baguette to have with dinner. Spruce Confections

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

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; 1387 South Boulder Road, Louisville, 720.890.5992; 1749 Main St., Longmont, 303.485.8834; www.glacierhomemadeicecream.com

Glacier has been hand mixing fresh fruit and nuts, homemade chocolate and fudge, delectable spice combinations and loads more all-natural ingredients to make the best ice cream in America since 2001. More than 800 flavors have been created to date, with new ones rolling out about every two weeks. “We always do new flavors,” says owner Mark Mallen with a laugh, citing ice cream makers, employees and customer suggestions as the most typical sources for flavor ideas. His current favorites are sea salt dulce de leche gelato and raspberry chocolate ice cream, but the fresh Colorado peach and apricot sorbets seem to be the most popular with patrons. Glacier has recently expanded its operations, opening new stores in Louisville and Colorado Springs. Mallen credits his crew for the growth: “My staff is fantastic. They’re the reason for our success … they’ve helped create an inviting and fun environment. I’ve also got great ice cream makers that work really hard and have put in a lot of extra effort this year because we’ve been so busy.” The dedication shows in every cone, cup and shake. Cold Stone Creamery 2412 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.440.8915; 1087 South Hover Road, Longmont, 303.682.5680; www.coldstonecreamery.com

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BEST TAKE-OUT FOOD (TIE) AND BEST THAI

Khow Thai Café

1600 Broadway St, Boulder, CO 80302-6219, 303.447.0273, www.khow-thai.com

Khow Thai Café reclaims top honors this year as the Best Thai restaurant in Boulder County. Owners Toi and Larry Newman started the little restaurant eight years ago, endured the reconstruction on Broadway, and have slowly built a fan base of hungry diners who crave the Green Curry with Rice, the sweet peanut-y Pad Thai, or the Pad Kee Mow – spicy flat noodles with fresh garlic, peppers, basil leaves and more. “People appreciate the consistently good food they get here,” Larry Newman says. “We cook just about every dish when it’s ordered, so everything is fresh, and it’s served quickly.” Start with an appetizer or two, maybe the Spring Rolls with Shrimp and a Spicy Green Papaya Salad. Then choose your entrée from the huge menu of curries, noodle and rice dishes and stir fries. You’ll like the price, too. The average dinner item is just over 10 dollars. As you can imagine, Khow Thai can get pretty busy sometimes and an empty table doesn’t last long. Many long-time customers just call in their order for takeout and skip the table jockeying altogether. “Everything on the menu is available for takeout, and you won’t have to wait long,” Newman says.

BEST TAKE-OUT FOOD (TIE)

Snarf’s

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

BEST LONGMONT/LYONS RESTAURANT

Oskar Blues Brewery

303 Main St., Lyons, 303.823.6685, 1555 S. Hover St., Longmont, 303.485.9400, www.oskarblues.com

“People come for the overall warm feelings of the restaurants – the awesome blues, great food, and friendly people,” says General Manager Chris Portillo. “They come for the Cajun-inspired cuisine, like jambalaya , and shrimp and grits. And, of course, we’re all about the beer – Dale’s Pale Ale, Gordon and Gubna. And music – we’ve got great shows and blues downstairs in Lyons, and upstairs in Longmont.” Oskar Blues’ new down-home beer joint, which opened in Longmont in October 2009, celebrates beer culture with 43 craft taps, Southern-inspired BBQ & soul-saving live music. “This is an authentic craft beer bar right down to the keg-based fountains,” says owner Dale Katechis. An in-house smoker stoked with local apple wood turns out slow-smoked North Carolina style BBQ pork. Both Oskar Blues locations offer an intimate, 100person capacity room that gets you up close to the musicians. Expect everything from blues, rock, bluegrass and jam music to folk, Americana, trad-country along with local and national touring acts. No wonder Rolling Stone Magazine called it the hottest place to be on a Saturday night in Colorado. SUGARBEET

BEST TAKE-OUT FOOD Chez Thuy 2655 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.1700, www.chezthuy.com

BEST THAI Elephant Hut Thai Grill 2500 30th St. #101, Boulder, 303.284.0308, www.elephanthut.com

BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE

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

Frasca Food & Wine

BEST DELI

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

Salvaggio’s Delicatessen

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

Salvaggio’s runs a brisk catering business and serves breakfast sandwiches. But it’s the line out the door every lunch hour that paints the most accurate picture of this Boulder favorite. John Salvaggio brought his East Coast sandwich sensibility with him when he moved here from Boston. Think hot pastrami, thinly sliced steak, mortadella, Genoa salami, beef bologna and roasted red peppers. Salvaggio’s is the real deal. Bread is made from scratch daily. The meats and cheeses are Boar’s Head’s finest. Crisp vegetables and house-made sides and desserts enhance the experience. The portions are generous. And the atmosphere is pure Boulder with a Boston twist (ordering anything but American cheese on your steak sandwich is strongly discouraged). Snarf’s

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

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Who has the time to cook anymore? Thankfully, there is a Snarf ’s near you, ready to serve up a traditional toasted sandwich (like the Ham & American Cheese, BLT and French Dip) made to your order. Or try one of Snarf ’s specialty sandwiches, like the Prime Rib & Provolone, Smoked Brisket with BBQ, Eggplant Parmesan, or the Portabello & Provolone. Choose from five entrée salads or just get a small tossed salad to go with your masterpiece sandwich. There’s a kids’ menu for the Snarflettes, too. Chelsea Pohl, manager at Snarf ’s on The Hill, says that almost a third of their business is takeout. What’s the biggest takeout order she’s seen? That would be the hungry sorority that spent over $300 on a huge sandwich feast. “Everything is available to go, and all our containers are recyclable. We are PACE certified here – we even compost,” Pohl says.

The key to world-class service is making people feel comfortable. That’s what wins awards for great restaurants like Frasca. “It’s all about basics,” says Master Sommelier and co-owner Bobby Stuckey. “Every day we work on the basics, on making people feel comfortable. We work on small details over and over every day.” The seasoned and professional staff ensures a memorable evening with their meticulous attention to detail, expert wine pairing, and extensive knowledge of the menu. Stuckey notes, “My wife, the chef and I are here every night. We’re not a chain. We show up every night–it’s very important to us.” Frasca is the creation of Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. Their shared passion for FriuliVenezia Giulian cuisine and fine wine is reflected in beautifully prepared fare and a wine list boasting over 200 varieties. The pastoral and elegant dining room evokes the gracious and friendly atmosphere of traditional Italian frascas – neighborhood restaurants that embody hospitality. “Our basic premise is to be humble and empathetic to our guests. We work very hard on knowledge and education with the staff. It comes down to basics – treating people as if they’re coming to our home.” Flagstaff House Restaurant 1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, 303.442.4640, www.flagstaffhouse.com

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BEST AMERICAN RESTAURANT

The Kitchen

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

The Kitchen has received numerous national awards from such big names as Zagat, Fodor’s and Wine Spectator since it opened in 2004. Chef-proprietors Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk appreciate the recognition, but their focus is decidedly local, taking pride in serving community produced, seasonal ingredients. The menu changes daily, based on deliveries from area farmers and ranchers. Meals are exquisite in their simplicity, allowing the full flavors of the farm to shine. So whether you are tucking in to a roast duck, heirloom tomato salad, panseared rainbow trout, overflowing charcuterie board or hand-rolled chocolate croissant at The Kitchen, you’ll know the origins of your food. Though you might be too distracted by the intermingling of atmosphere and taste to notice. (TIE) Turley’s 2805 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.2800, www.turleysrestaurant.com

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BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

BEST CATERER

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

A Spice of Life

5541 Central Ave., Suite 272, Boulder, 303.443.4049 5706 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.444.3452; www.aspiceoflife.com

Ask George Gomez, owner of Efrain’s Mexican restaurant, what style he specializes in and he says laughingly, “REAL traditional Mexican food! Everything is fresh. We start cooking in the kitchen at 6 a.m., every day. I learned cooking from my mom; she is the best cook in the world, I think.” The original Efrain’s in Lafayette opened over two decades ago. Gomez had worked in other people’s restaurant, and pretty soon he decided that he wanted to start his own. Since then, Efrain’s has developed a loyal fan base who keep coming back for the chimichangas, for the mole and the chili verde. Tan delicioso! A second store opened in Boulder eight years ago, followed by the Longmont location in 2007. “My sister and brother manage the newer restaurants. Altogether we have about 100 employees.” Then Gomez lets us in on a secret. He’ll be opening another Lafayette restaurant very soon – one that serves breakfast. Huevos Rancheros, here we come! Agave Mexico Bistro & Tequila House 2845 28th Street, Boulder, 303.444.2922, www.agavecolorado.com

Established in 1987, A Spice of Life isn’t just an award-winning caterer, the company exemplifies what it means to cater. Co-owners David Rubin and Dan Bruckner take pride in exceeding expectations, whether they are serving an intimate dinner for 20, a family picnic for 150, a corporate lunch for 500 or a wedding reception with a cast of thousands. Thorough preparation, innovative presentation and experienced staff are standard for every job. The company can spice up your location or host your gathering at its spacious event center. And the food sings. Raspberries stuffed with Boursin, foie gras tartlets, herb-seared salmon and Moroccan chicken are just a few of the offerings. Clients aren’t the only ones who benefit from A Spice of Life. The company frequently holds fundraisers for local non-profits to bolster our community. It also has an eye on the planet. A Spice of Life embraces Eco-Cycle’s zero waste standards and has recycled and composted 33,970 pounds of materials in the first half of this year alone. Dish Gourmet 1918 Pearl St., Boulder, 720.565.5933, www.dishgourmet.com

BEST PIZZA

Abo’s Pizza

2761 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.443.1921, 1110 13th St., Boulder, 303.443.3199, 637 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.494.1274, 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

What does a boxing legend have to do with Boulder County’s favorite pizza? Well, back when Abo’s founder Steve Abo was learning the craft of Neopolitan-style pizza making in New York, he apprenticed in a restaurant owned by Rocky Graziano. Then he brought his pizza mojo out West and when he opened the first Abo’s store on The Hill in 1977, Abo fashioned his proprietary sauce on the The Rock’s family recipe. The dough is made daily, formulated for the classic Neopolitan thin-but-pliable crust, rustically bubbly with chewy cheese that stays on the pie. Fresh comes first at Abo’s. Everything is prepared daily, so whichever pie you choose is going to be tasty. Order off the menu or customize your pizza to your heart’s and stomach’s content. Why is Abo’s better? “Definitely, it’s the ingredients!” says Charles Sarni, a manager at the Broadway store in Boulder. “The dough is fresher, and the sauce is some of the best I’ve tasted. And I’m from New York, I know the difference.” The ovens start up at around 10 am and before lunchtime, hungry Abo-ites start coming in for a four-dollar slice (a meal in itself) or just give in and order a whole pie. Proto’s Pizza 4670 Broadway St., Boulder, 720.565.1050, 600 S. Airport Rd. #B, Longmont, 303.485.5000, 489 US-287 #160, Lafayette, 303.661.3030, 8001 Arista Pl., Broomfield, 303.466.2112

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China Gourmet

3970 North Broadway, Boulder, 303.440.3500, www.chinagourmetmenu.com

The restaurant itself is unassuming, outfitted with basic furniture. It’s a self-serve operation; customers place, pay for and pick up orders at the counter. China Gourmet’s food, however, is anything but ordinary. Inside its exhaustive menu you’ll find a hot and sour soup that achieves the perfect yin-yang balance of the two tastes and delectably crisp spring rolls. You’ll discover perennial favorites like sesame chicken, coconut curry shrimp, mu shu pork, Szechwan beef and lo mein, all made to order and perfectly spiced. But if you’re looking for a truly unique and authentic experience, keep turning the pages until you arrive at the Shanghai specials. Chinese eggplant hot pot, shredded pork with bean curd, sliced fish with black mushrooms and bamboo, crispy duck and Kung Pao squid are just a few of the offerings that will transport you if not around the world, then at least to your favorite big city Chinatown haunt. Golden Lotus

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

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BEST LATE-NIGHT RESTAURANT

The Corner Bar

2115 13th St. (in the Hotel Boulderado), Boulder, 303.442.4560

It’s late, you’re hungry and an average burger just won’t do. The antidote for your appetite is The Corner Bar, located in Boulder’s historic Boulderado Hotel. “We offer a full menu, every night until 11:45,” says Ann Meecham, general manager, “and you can choose from the full range of starters, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts.” Favorites include small plates items like Shrimp and Saffron Risotto Fritters, delicious appetizers like the Pan Seared Lump Crab Cakes and full entrees from the grill. “It’s a whole lot better than just grabbing a grilled cheese sandwich,” Meecham says. “You can have nachos, or a fresh mixed green salad, a Flatiron steak, or you can have chocolate cake. The Corner Bar is more of a restaurant that serves drinks than a bar that serves food. You have a full bar with all the drinks, but you also have a full restaurant menu, so it’s the best of both worlds.” It’s also a favorite spot for downtown residents and concert goers from the Boulder Theater who are craving a late-night bite to eat. Cosmo’s Pizza 659 30th St., Boulder, 303.447.3278, www.saltboulderbistro.com

BEST BOULDER COUNTY EVENT

Boulder Creek Festival

Downtown Boulder along Boulder Creek, 9th St. - 14th St., 303.449.313, bceproductions.com

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Agave Mexico Bistro & Tequila House

2845 28th Street, Boulder, 303.444.2922, www.agavecolorado.com

Think you know Mexican food? Soggy microwaved enchiladas swimming in runny cheese is out, Amigo! Get yourself a table under the arches at Agave Mexico and peruse the tasty menu. “We serve authentic Mexican cuisine,” explains general manager George Pingarron, “not the Tex-Mex that a lot of people are used to.” Ingredients can include poblano chiles, zucchini, cactus, or mangos. “We use a lot of natural ingredients and we have very good vegetarian dishes,” Pingarron says. Match your entrée with an excellent bottle of wine from our selection imported from South America and Spain. Take your choice of not one but DOS happy hours daily, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the dining room and then from 7 p.m. to closing in the upstairs bar, which is luxuriously appointed with lounges and couches around the bar. Enjoy half price hors d’oeuvres, five-dollar margaritas and more traditional Coin Style margaritas for six dollars. Or perhaps you’ll enjoy sampling from 89 of the finest tequilas on hand, including small-label distillations that you don’t see very often.

For 24 years, the Boulder Creek Festival has been the unofficial kickoff to summer in Boulder. Held on Memorial Day Weekend, it is three days of nearly non-stop festivities – including a salute to veterans and those serving in the military. The Festival is free to the public and has plenty for everyone: 10 separate event areas with 500 vendors showcase everything from arts and crafts to health alternatives to carnival rides and bungee bouncing and endless food and beverages. Five performance stages rock with music and dance. At the Great Rubber Duck Race, thousands gather on Boulder Creek’s shores to watch 7,000 bobbing ducks, purchased for $5 each to support Boulder's EXPAND program – which provides recreational opportunities to people with disabilities. Teens hang out at the “Teen Creek Fest,” and the “Kid’s Place” features children’s entertainment and hands-on activities. Youngsters float in the kayak pool, ride a miniature train – there’s even a fishing derby. Words to the wise for next year: Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind community party! (TIE)

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

Boulder County Farmers’ Markets 13th St. between Arapahoe and Canyon, Boulder; Boulder County Fairgrounds 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont; 303.910.2236, www.boulderfarmers.org

Salt 1047 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.7258, www.saltboulderbistro.com

BEST THEATER PERFORMANCE

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT

5501 Arapahoe Avenue. Boulder, 303.449.6000, www.bouldersdinnertheatre.com

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Boulder’s Dinner Theatre

The Taj

Hello, Dolly! Shout! Swing! Cats. Greater Tuna. What a great lineup of shows – and they’re playing in Boulder this season. Since 1977, Boulder's Dinner Theatre has delighted audiences with live, Broadway-quality entertainment and fine dining – with a twist: The actors serve the food. “We do good theatre,” says Artistic Director Michael Duran. ”I’m very proud of our talented cast and the set design, costumes, lighting design, and live orchestra. And I’m proud that our actors also wait tables, so the audience sees them up close and personal. Some great relationships develop between audience members and cast members. Some people have been coming here since we opened. Others are here for the first time. As to the food, we try to vary the menu, make the food taste good and look good, within the limited capacity of our kitchen. We keep it varied because people come here more than once. We hope to keep entertaining in the Boulder area for many more years.” Members of the company have performed all over the country, from New York and Chicago to Hollywood. They've been cast in sitcoms and feature films. Some have been nominated for Academy Awards. Some are just starting out. But they all call Boulder's Dinner Theatre "home." The Colorado Shakespeare Festival

N. Broadway St. & Euclid Ave., Boulder, 303.492.0554, www.coloradoshakes.org

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The Taj returns again this year as our top pick for the best Indian food in Boulder County. “We are so thrilled!” say Kamala Ghimire and her husband Vhim Rai, who own and manage the restaurant and create the wonderful Northern Indian-style soups, appetizers and entrées that have turned diners into avid fans. After opening a successful restaurant in downtown Boulder, the pair opened The Taj in 1996. “We don’t cut corners in preparation,” Ghimire says. “We even peel our own garlic.” It’s not all about the curry at The Taj. Indian cuisine uses a cornucopia of spices to achieve its delicate flavors, including cumin, coriander, cinnamon, bay leaves, cardamom, fennel, anise and mustard seeds. “We adjust the heat level for the local customers so it’s not too hot. But you can add some of the chili sauces which are served on the side if you want it more spicy.” Favorite dishes include Lamb Korma, Saag (spinach with chicken, lamb or shrimp) and Tandoori Chicken, prepared in a traditional clay oven. And let’s not forget the buttery Makhani Chicken. “We make our Makhani with boneless, moist and tender chicken, people absolutely love it,” says Ghimire. Tandoori Grill

619 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.543.7339, www.tandoorigrillboulder.com

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BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC

Boulder Theater

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

The historic Boulder Theater has a colorful past. Opened in 1906, the venue featured opera, musical productions and silent movies. In subsequent transformations the art deco ornamentation, including hand-painted murals and fresco ceiling, were carefully preserved, bestowing a timeless charm on the space. Today it is the happening place for eclectic musical performances, from rap to acoustic guitar, rock, reggae, jazz, Afro Beat – you name it. Come by in October for gigs by Wiz Khalifa, The Walkmen, Tea Leaf Green, and The Motet Plays Earth, Wind and Fire, among many musical groups. And catch comedy performers like David Sedaris and the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company. The place is still going strong after 114 years. Fox Theater (The Fox)

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

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Taylor Moving

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

There’s a reason this local, 16-year-old, family-owned and operated company keeps winning in this category: They’ve mastered the art of customer service in moving. Co-owner Leah Taylor calls the Taylor Moving team of 110 one big family. “We hang out together. We even take vacations together,” she laughs. “Customers also like that either Glenn or I are in the office and they can always reach us.” Customers are so satisfied that they often request the same moving team the next time they relocate. “If they are a repeat customer, it’s in the system and they often get the same crew,” says Taylor. Rather than hiring day laborers, Taylor Moving trains professional movers on how to get the job done right. “We teach them all the techniques,” says Taylor. And the company has what they do down to a science. Teams move some 3,000 homes a year—30 a day in the summer—and partner with Eco-Cycle for a zero-waste model by buying back and reselling used moving boxes, reusing packing paper and recycling unusable boxes as well as plastic and metal. Two Men and a Truck

www.twomenandatruck.com, 6280 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.443-9911

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, around 250,000 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.” Store Manager Randy Dilkes says, “We love Boulder. It makes McGuckin what it is. We are the world’s greatest hardware store serving the world’s greatest customers. It has been this way since the beginning. Bill McGuckin wanted to start it as a flyfishing store, and people kept asking for sporting goods. He listened to Boulder, and he and Dave Hight wanted to stock everything the people of Boulder want. This is one of the classic independent Mom and Pop community hardware stores.” 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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BEST SKINCARE FACILITY

Laser & Cosmetic Associates of Boulder

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

Feel good about the way you look! 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-ofthe-industry laser and non-surgical treatments with facial plastic surgery. Led by Andrew Goldman, M.D., a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, 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

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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

For the third year in a row, Boulder Valley Credit Union has been voted Best Local Employer in the Boulder County Gold Awards. It was chartered and established in 1959 as Boulder Valley Schools Credit Union and last year celebrated its 50th anniversary. BVCU currently serves members across the Colorado Front Range and throughout the United States, providing low-cost financial services for the entire family. Offices are in Boulder, Estes Park, and Louisville, and are part of the Credit Union Service Center and Co-Op ATM Networks, which allow members free access to thousands of locations nationwide. As a member-owned financial institution, Boulder Valley Credit Union’s mission is to provide helpful, friendly, accurate and prompt financial services to members. Its vision is to be financially sound and meet the needs of its members. Boulder Community Hospital

BEST TANNING SALON

Tans to Go

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

Tans To Go has won the Boulder County Gold award nine years in a row. Doug and Cindy Swartz credit their outstanding staff for all of the accolades. Many of the staff members have been with Tans To Go for years, and the key to the high standard of customer service is “empowerment”. Doug adds, “They are completely empowered to make decisions that ensure that our clients are well taken care of.” After 23 years in business, Tans To Go has dialed in the products and services that make it the number one choice for tanners in Boulder County. “There are many choices out there, we have to earn our customer’s business, and treat it well to keep it,” says Cindy. Tans To Go expanded last year, almost doubling its space, adding new equipment and building a very nice “custom airbrush room.” They were once again chosen this year to sponsor the University of Colorado Cheer and Dance Teams.

Boulder Community Hospital main campus, 1100 Balsam Ave., Boulder, 303.440.2273 Boulder Community Foothills Hospital, 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 720.854.7000 Mapleton Center for Rehabilitation, 311 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 303.440.2273 Community Medical Center, 1000 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 303.666.4357 Beacon Center for Infectious Diseases, 1136 Alpine Ave., Ste. 205, Boulder, 303.938.3167 Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, 311 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 303.544.5700 Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, 1000 W. South Boulder Rd., Ste. 220, Lafayette, 303.926.2665 Buffalo Ridge Medical Center, 16677 Lowell Boulevard, Broomfield, 303.938.3498 Family Medical Associates, 1000 W. South Boulder Road, Ste. 110, Lafayette, 303.666.7555 Foothills Gynecology, 4745 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite G-50, Boulder, 720.854.7400 Gunbarrel Medical Center, 6685 Gunpark Drive East, Ste. 110, Boulder, 303.530.3062 Holistic Family Practice, 1155 Alpine Avenue, Ste. 360, Boulder, 303.442.8843 Internal Medicine Associates of Boulder, 1155 Alpine Avenue, Ste. 360, Boulder, 303.442.8840 Internal Medicine Associates at Foothills, 4745 Arapahoe Ave., Ste. G-50, Boulder, 720.854.7272 Internal Medicine Assoc. of Lafayette, 1000 W. S. Boulder Rd., Ste. 214, Lafayette, 303.604.6669 Medical Imaging Center of Broomfield, 36 Garden Center, Broomfield, 303.466.1234 Table Mesa Family Medicine, 1755 48th Street, Boulder, 303.494.5263 www.bch.org

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Elevations Credit Union

2960 Diagonal Highway, Boulder, 4760 Baseline Road, Boulder, 611 South Broadway, Boulder, 1669 Euclid Ave., Suite 143, Boulder, 1900 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 2101 N. Main St., Longmont, 1079 S. Hover, Suite 100, Longmont, 303.443.4672 www.elevationscu.com

Founded in 1952 with less than $100, Elevations Credit Union has grown to become the largest and most successful credit union in Boulder County, with over 80,000 members and $900 million in assets. Each one of those members is also an Elevations owner, and their connections to their community provide the foundation for the relationship the credit union shares with each locale in our county. Elevations provides nearly every type of product and service you need for your personal and business finances, from credit cards to basic checking and savings accounts to most types of loans, for your car, education, mortgage or business. Financial advisors help members understand the best investments, income and retirement planning and more to help you create your own comprehensive financial plan. This year we again salute Elevations Credit Union as the best Financial Institution in Boulder County! Boulder Valley Credit Union

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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 and he currently teaches Advanced Placement literature and some electives in American literature; and on the soccer field, where he coaches the boys and girls varsity soccer programs (in 2009 the Denver Post named him Coach of the Year for leading the girls soccer team to the state finals for Class 3A). Recently named Special Assistant to the Headmaster, his first project is to write a 40-year history of the school. “The Dawson School motto has always been, ‘Nothing without Labor,’” he says. “What I have tried to do is encourage and teach kids to work hard not only academically, but at discovering who they want to be and to become engaged with activities they enjoy. I hope that the next generation will not shy away from the ‘hard work’ in their personal as well as professional lives.” In his spare time London likes to ski and bike and – no surprise – to coach boys and girls school or club soccer teams. (TIE) Dan Felknor, Monarch High School 329 Campus Drive, Louisville, 303.665.5888, www.bvsd.org/schools/monarchhigh

Brenda Taylor, Centennial Middle School 2205 Norwood Ave., Boulder, 303.443.3760, www.bvsd.org

Best Pilates/Yoga Center

CorePower Yoga

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

Whether they like their yoga hot, sculpted or fused, local yogis have again chosen CorePower Yoga, with two studios in Boulder, as their favorite destination of choice when it’s time to unroll the mat and explore the asanas. “Our students really like the ‘open arm’ feeling they find here, whether they are beginners or have been practicing a long time,” says Cara Fogel, regional manager. “CorePower classes combine heat, music, breath and movement for an intense and energizing experience.” Popular classes include Hot Power Fusion, Yoga Sculpt (which moves slower and focuses on strength) and Yin Yoga (a restorative form of yoga using a series of floor positions). Lifestyle programs, with topics on nutrition and wellness, are an excellent complement to the full schedule of classes. How to start? “We offer a free week to newcomers who want to give yoga a try,” Fogel says. Yoga Pod 1750 29th St., #2020, Boulder, 303.444.4232, www.theyogapod.com

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BEST MEDICAL FACILITY

Boulder Community Hospital

Boulder Community Hospital, 1100 Balsam Ave., Boulder, 303.440.2273 Boulder Community Foothills Hospital, 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 720.854.7000 Community Medical Center, 1000 W. 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, 303.441.0493 Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, 311 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 303.544.5700 Boulder Center for Sports Medicine East, Community Medical Center Building, 1000 W. South Boulder Rd., Second Floor, Lafayette, 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

Ranked in the top 10% of hospitals nationally for the safety of its orthopedic care and overall medical care by the CareChex quality rating service, Boulder Community Hospital is so much more than the place you go when you break an ankle. “We appreciate that our patients are also our friends and neighbors, so we make every effort to make sure they receive care that addresses their emotional and spiritual needs as well as their physical issues,” says BCH’s director of public relations, Rich Sheehan. But while BCH is locally focused, it continues to evolve through medical innovation, providing local access to the latest treatments. “From the da Vinci surgical system to CyberKnife radiosurgery, we have a proud history of introducing new procedures and technologies to Boulder County,” says Sheehan. In fact, BCH had the fastest growing robotic surgery program in Colorado in 2009. The da Vinci system uses breakthrough technology to provide a minimally invasive alternative that can be used for many complex surgical procedures. That equals significantly less pain, less scarring and shorter surgery recovery time, says Sheehan. Boulder Medical Center BMC Broadway (Main), 2750 Broadway, Boulder, 303.440.3000 BMC Foothills, 4745 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 200, Boulder, 303.938.4700 BMC Avista, 80 Health Park Drive, Suite 100, Louisville, 303.673.0448 www.bouldermedicalcenter.com

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BEST ACTIVIST/COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Lee Shainis, Founder, Intercambio de Comunidades

4735 Walnut St., Suite B, Boulder, 303.996.0275, 515 Kimbark St, Suite 103, Longmont, 303.776.7070, 1412 W. 38th Ave., Denver, 303.433.0190, www.intercambioweb.org

Intercambio de Comunidades fosters cultural interchange between immigrant populations and English speakers in the community. Volunteers teach English to immigrants, and out of this interchange, friendships are formed. Lee Shainis co-founded the independent nonprofit organization in 2001 with his friend, Shawn Camden, and since then, 6,000 students and 3,000 volunteers have participated. Its mission is to build respectful communities and broaden opportunities for immigrants through language education, cultural exchange and friendship. Shainis is motivated by “seeing our work in action – the classes, the friendships building between teachers and students. These are all good people. So many people want to do this; we train 30 new volunteers a month. We’re also motivating our partners – housing organizations, schools, parenting organizations. People are super-committed. Our donors are great, too. My satisfaction comes from hearing how people’s lives are completely changed – getting a job, getting citizenship. They say: ‘I can not only survive here, I can succeed!’ This is pretty intense work, so we balance it with a lot of fun. I’m known as the fun guy in the community. It’s important for the immigrant community to de-stress, because their lives are often heavy. I think I got this award because of the people who are part of the organization and do amazing things; it makes me look good. The award belongs to the organization – I‘m just the face of it.” (Tie)

Robin Bolduc, Center for People with Disabilities 1675 Range St., Boulder, 303.442.8662, www.cpwd-ilc.org

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

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 and co-owner 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. We promote those experts on our Web site, and so our marketplace has expanded beyond Boulder – it’s all over the U.S. Someone in New York who wants to go to Costa Rica contacts us. 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.” Vice president and co-owner Andy James noted, “Our staff are specialists in a particular area, but also have rounded knowledge of other destinations around the world. We have a staff member with expertise on cruises – she’s been on hundreds of cruises – and she also is expert on Europe. What’s interesting is the longevity of our staff; most have been in the business for 30+ years, and the very least is five years. The majority have been with us 10 to 15 years, so they know the business. People get confused online with a lot of choices; they want a good price, but they really want a good vacation. We know and can say: it’s a good deal, but you don’t want to stay in that area. We have a good reputation all over the U.S. with people who have followed us because of our staff.” Cain Travel 2990 Center Green Court, Boulder, 303.443.2246, www.caintravel.com

BEST HOLISTIC CARE/WELLNESS CENTER

BEST STORAGE FACILITY

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

Wellness Center at Frasier Meadows

SecurCare Self Storage (formerly U Store It)

6405 O’Dell Place, Boulder, 720-279-1795 • 4545 Broadway St., Boulder, 720-279-1920 5815 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 720-259-0379 • 6338 Arapahoe Road., Boulder, 720-279-0288 www.securcareselfstorage.com

Since last October, the four Boulder locations of U Store It have a new name – SecurCare Self Storage – and new owners. Are you moving? Do you need to clear away clutter? Are you downsizing but still want to know your valuables are safe and secure? SecurCare 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. At some SecurCare sites you can even store a vehicle or boat. 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 SecurCare facilities (four in Boulder).

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You don’t have to be a Frasier Meadows resident to enjoy the friendly and nurturing environment at the complex’s brand-new wellness facility. “We have a very inviting space and great staff members who are knowledgeable and fun,” says director of wellness Lyn McQueen. “We provide many ways for people to enhance their health and wellbeing.” The Wellness Center at Frasier Meadows offers customized, holistic plans that may include strengthening, postural alignment, balance work, functional fitness, heart-healthy exercise and classes, plus a therapeutic swimming pool, massage therapy, reflexology, acupuncture clinics and a spa/styling salon. “Choices range from working one-on-one with personal trainer to working independently,” says McQueen. And after an active day at the center, members can replenish with a healthy bite at Frasier Meadows’ on-site Towne Grill.

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BEST INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO

Bartlett Interiors

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

There are few businesses that can tout a 50-year expertise—and existence. But that’s exactly what sisters Jane and Nancy Bartlett are celebrating this year. In 1960, Bartlett Interiors started as a family-owned carpet and drapery shop before Jane Bartlett joined the crew in 1975, and eventually bought and expanded the business along with sister Nancy into a steady interior design business. “We are so grateful to be here,” says Jane. “Service and relationships are elements that have helped us along the way. We work hard and just try to do good work for people.” One of the Bartletts’ mottos is “You’re never out of style.” The sisters tend to do a lot of repeat business for clients who like classic, high-quality design that can last a lifetime. While they attend design shows regularly to freshen up their furniture and fabric offerings, after 25 years in the business the Bartletts know that trends come and go quickly, but good design sticks around. The refreshing thing about Bartlett Interiors is no job is too small. Come in for one chair reupholstering or some paint color advice. “We don’t turn away anyone,” says Jane. Design Matters Inc. www.designmattershome.com, 820 Main St., Suite 109, Louisville, 303.249.4661

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BEST LASIK/LASER EYE FACILITY/SURGEON

Beyer Laser Center

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

There’s a famous quote that suggests if you’re coasting, you’re going downhill. “We don’t believe in coasting,” says Dr. Craig Beyer of Beyer Laser Center, which has been serving Boulder since 1998. “We’re always improving and working to do better.” Studying with the first innovators in the laser field, Dr. Beyer is in touch with this small group of “friends” regularly, searching out and learning about the most state-of-the-art yet proven technology. “Boulder is a small community,” he says. “We can’t implement new technologies just because they come out. I can’t experiment and take a chance in the community in which I live. We have to make sure Boulder patients are happy.” That means Beyer Laser Center employs only the best-quality equipment like the NASA-grade Visx Star S4 for laser vision correction. Along with LASIK and PRK offerings, the center is also a full-service eye care facility, providing everything from cataract and glaucoma care to contacts and multi-focal lens implants. Oh, and they do it all in a comfortable, friendly, relaxed environment where white coats are scarce and conversations about patients’ favorite pastimes come standard. (Tie)

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

Boulder Eye Surgeons www.bouldereyesurgeons.com, 4745 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 100, 303.444.3000

BEST HEARING AID CENTER

Family Hearing Centers

3059 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.443.5085, www.familyhearingco.com

Hearing loss can prevent you from living life to its fullest. And when you need hearing assistance, you want to be confident that you are receiving the best. At Family Hearing Centers, hearing care is people care. “We recognize that ‘hear’ is four-fifths of ‘heart,’” says Dr. Christopher Schweitzer, senior audiologist. “People appreciate our combination of listening, caring and professionalism. Each person we meet presents a new opportunity for us to learn and to help them hear better.” Diagnostic testing, hearing aid evaluation and fitting, and tinnitus therapy are provided by highly skilled care providers. With over 45 years of service in Colorado, Family Hearing Centers continue to balance new technology with old-fashioned personal care. “Nobody cares what you know, until they know how much you care,” Schweitzer says. Boulder Valley Hearing Associates 4745 Arapahoe Ave. #130, Boulder, 303.443.2771

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BEST PET GROOMING SERVICE

The Hydrant

2900 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.7550

Doggie dreadlocks be gone! The Hydrant, operating for a remarkable 40 years, is once again Boulder’s favorite place for full-service pet grooming. “When it’s working, you don’t change it,” says The Hydrant’s manager, Elisha Martinez. Pet owners enjoy the fixed-price, allinclusive grooming package, with a bath, haircut, nails, ear cleaning – even anal gland inspection. The dogs don’t seem to mind it either, and they woof about the free-roaming doggie daycare-like environment. With long-term groomers Valerie Brandner and Lori Marcin helping Martinez, service is top of the line and team experience is unmatched around town. “You see lots of smiles—whether they’re on our faces or the dogs’,” says Martinez. “People like to see the dogs playing in such an enjoyable, calm environment.”

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

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303.499.5505 1405 S. Broadway, Boulder www.broadwayanimal.com Surgery + Laser Technology + Dental Care + Digital Radiology + Boarding + Doggie Daycare + Grooming BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

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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 Gold 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 co-owner of the Academy. “The Academy is a beautiful place, but the people who live here and the people who work here make it special. We have only 60 to 70 residents and 60 employees – we’re like a family.” 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.” The Academy is just opening a new spa and fitness center: salt-water lap pool, an exercise room with state-of-the-art weight and cardio equipment designed for seniors, a massage and treatment room offering facials, manicures and pedicures. They will add circuit training or individual personal training, and water aerobics, all as part of their wellness program. “We’re also adding a smaller common room, for up to 35 people, with excellent audio, where we can do presentations. We’ll have Open Houses and a Grand Opening in November and December. It’s exciting!” Frasier Meadows Retirement Community

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

BEST PLACE FOR WORSHIP

Flatirons Community Church

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

Let’s face, there’s a lot of competition in Boulder when it comes to places to worship. “This is quite contrary for us here at Flatirons,” says executive pastor Paul Brunner at Flatirons Community Church. “We’ve worked hard not to ‘attract’ people from other churches, but to provide an environment for individuals who have left church, rejected the church or never imagined stepping foot into a church.” The strategy seems to work. “We just want to be the church Jesus intended us to be. Throw off the goofy rituals and edicts that have been fashioned over time and live out what Christ told us to do,” says Brunner. “Most people don’t have issue with Jesus; they just have an issue with those who claim to be his followers.” The Lafayette church has attracted a large following due to this open-minded approach, not to mention expansive programming and community outreach. “We are passionate about caring for the hurting, the marginalized, and the poor in our community and around the world,” says Brunner. “Flatirons attempts to step out of the way and point people to Jesus knowing only He can change lives.” Unity of Boulder

BEST DENTIST

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

Dr. Ted Kawulok, Whole Family Dentistry

1400 28th St., Ste 4, Boulder, 303.442.8625, www.wholefamilydentistry.com

Are you smile-impaired? You need to visit Whole Family Dentistry for a consultation with Dr. Ted Kawulok, DDS, to find out about the exciting options in cosmetic and reconstructive therapies. Veneers, aesthetic crowns and bridges, teeth whitening and contouring and the innovative Invisalign option to traditional braces will give you plenty to smile about. Even the office has been recognized for excellence in dental office design. “We have a caring, compassionate office with a personal touch. Our staff has been with me a long time. Our ongoing education allows us to offer the latest and best solutions, from cosmetic treatments to TMJ and sleep apnea therapy to custom-fitted sports mouth guards,” Dr. Kawulok says. “We invite you to visit us for your very own Smile Make-Over!” (TIE) Dr. Joel L. Schaffer 2880 Folsom, Ste. 202, Boulder, 303.449.1792, www.coloradobritesmile.com

Dr. Steven L. Eurich 1120 W. South Boulder Road, #202, Lafayette, 303.666.4653

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BEST VETERINARIAN

Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center

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

Finding the right veterinarian is a very personal experience. You and your pet expect a highly experienced animal doctor with just the right amount of bedside manner to keep your furry friend calm and well cared for. Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center director Dr. Lee Woods, who has owned the facility since 1991, and Dr. Patrick Kalenzi, who attended vet school in Uganda and studied under Woods as a technician, try to provide Boulder pet owners just that. “It’s about the quality of personalized care and compassion we give to the patients—and our clients,” says client relations manager Mallory Bednorz. “We all have pets and we try to educate people as best we know how—and I think that comes off.” The facility was also renovated recently and features state-of-the-art equipment, setups for specialized surgeries by visiting doctors and an eco-friendly outdoor turf play yard at the boarding facility. Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center also offers dentistry and preventative care consultations, and employs only full-time, state-certified vet techs. Alpine Hospital for Animals

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

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BEST FUNERAL HOME SERVICE PROVIDER

BEST KIDS' DAY CAMP

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

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

YMCA of Boulder Valley

Crist Mortuary & Crematory

The success of 100-year-old Crist Mortuary & Crematory is due to an unwavering commitment to customer service. “All of our directors and staff are dedicated to customer service,” says general manager Michael Greenwood. “It’s about exceeding expectations at the most difficult time in someone’s life.” Boulder’s only full-service mortuary and crematory, offering preplanning, arrangements and aftercare on site, Crist can handle all the minutiae so customers don’t have to worry during an extremely emotional time. “We want to make it as easy as possible for someone to get through the initial phases of grief by taking as much off their plate as possible,” says Greenwood. “We allow them to grieve while we worry about the details.” In addition to assisting Boulderites through the death of loved ones, Crist extends a message of compassion to the community at large, supporting organizations such as the local hospices, churches, Boy Scouts and the I Have a Dream Foundation. M.P. Murphy & Associates Funeral Home

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4984 Idylwild Trail, Boulder, 303.530.4111

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Generations of Boulder Valley kids have enjoyed the adventure, learning and camaraderie of YMCA day camps. From archery to swimming, arts and crafts to skateboarding and field trips, all programs are well supervised with caring camp counselors who ensure the highest safety and quality in each experience. “We have 125 years of history,” says Chris Coker, YMCA of Boulder Valley CEO and president. “Camp Dudley was the first resident camp in the U.S. Our role-model staff engages kids with hands-on activities that support the lessons and values of the YMCA mission. No one feels left out.” Children from many backgrounds and cultures get a unique opportunity to learn about each other’s lifestyles and traditions, Coker says, noting that 30 percent of attendees receive some form of fee assistance.

P.O. Box 3666, Boulder, 720.249.2997, www.mountaindaycamp.com

Rocky Mountain Day Camp P.O. Box 270608, Louisville, 303.495.5204

BEST PLACE TO WORK OUT

RallySport Health and Fitness Club

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

Boulder County’s legendary culture of fitness has a home address, at RallySport Health and Fitness Club. With its vast menu of classes, special monthly events and generous workout space, just about anyone will find something that interests them. Swimming, kickboxing, golf clinics, yoga, cycling, Pilates… you get the picture; there’s a lot going on here. “With over 30 years of commitment to the fitness community of Boulder, we have stayed at the cutting edge of fitness trends and worked tirelessly to create success stories for our members. RallySport has a proven track record of being the most motivating and inspiring place to be well!” director Erin Carson explains. Members feel connected by the friendships formed and the strong sense of community that makes RallySport a safe and non-competitive place to pursue wellness. The FitKids program, which meets three or four times per week, provides a fitness opportunity for children from six to 13 years of age. Ski conditioning classes, starting up in October are always a club favorite, as well. “We are energized and excited about the future and the opportunity to continue our role as the leader in the fittest city in the country!” Carson says. (TIE) Flatiron Athletic Club 505 Thunderbird Drive, Boulder, 303.499.6590, www.flatironathletic.com

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

Colorado Athletic Club 1821 30th St., Boulder, 303.501.1700, www.coloradoathleticclubs.com

Paul Roach, RE/MAX of Boulder

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

If numbers underscore a real estate agent’s reputation, then Paul Roach’s $200 million in volume sales in the last 25 years should paint a picture of this RE/MAX agent’s success in the Boulder community. While he’s taking his skills beyond Colorado as a volunteer director of an orphanage in Chiapas, Mexico, he attributes his local achievement to three simple things: trust, knowledge and communication. Roach also counts himself lucky to be a part of a truly dedicated team of agents. RE/MAX of Boulder has been the number one producing single RE/MAX office in the United States for the last three years in a row. “Boulder is always on everyone’s map when they think of relocating,” he says. “Where else in the U.S. can you find a university town with a cosmopolitan feel, incredible weather, multiple recreational opportunities and a job that actually pays?” The secrets to his trade are not that complicated. He advises buyers: Be patient. Get good advice. Follow the advice. For sellers: Be patient. Get good advice. Don’t compromise. (TIE)

Gail Mock, Mock Realty 825 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.497.0620, www.mockrealty.com

Suzannah Shogren, Eighty 30 Realty www.8030realty.com, 820 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.8030

BEST BOULDER VALLEY/ST. VRAIN SCHOOL

Boulder High School

1604 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 720.561.2200, schools.bvsd.org/boulderhigh

Founded in 1875 as part of the University of Colorado, Boulder High School is one of Colorado's oldest and finest high schools, maintaining strong traditions in academics, athletics, fine arts and activities. The school has a strong academic reputation, with one of the most extensive Advanced Placement programs in the state. Its mission is to provide an academic and creative environment in which every person is valued as an individual, challenged as a learner, and inspired to contribute to society. Academic excellence is a value shared by students, faculty and staff. Boulder High graduates 92 percent of its students, and 85 percent of its students who take Advanced Placement exams earn a 3 or better. Principal Kevin Braney has said, “It’s a place that’s full of great energy – and phenomenal academic achievement. 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.” Fairview High School 1515 Greenbrier Blvd., Boulder, 303.499.7600, www.bvsd.org/schools/fairview

BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

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BEST AUTO REPAIR

Hoshi Motors

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

When Laurie Farmen opened the doors of Hoshi Motors for business back in 1984, there weren’t very many women doing auto repair – and she was an unknown. Now, 26 years later… well, there still aren’t many women in the business, but Farmen is nigh on famous for the quality auto repair that Hoshi Motors provides, day in and day out. Why do so many people keep bringing their autos to Hoshi for maintenance or repair? “We’re on your side,” Farmen says. “We tell you the truth about what your car needs – and what it doesn’t.” Customers like the consistency of service they receive from the caring staff, many of whom have been at Hoshi for over 15 years. “We are grateful to have the best customers; they’re the reason we exist,” Farmen says. “We’re not a high-profit machine here, and we really live by just one rule – and that’s the Golden Rule.” Pellman’s Automotive Service 4560 49th St., Boulder, 303.938.4050, www.pellmansauto.com

BEST AIR CONDITIONING/HEATING

BEST CARPET CLEANING SERVICE

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

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

Nesheim Cleaning Services, Inc.

Precision Plumbing & Heating

Cool in the Summertime, warm in the Winter, that’s how we like our homes! But when your A/C is DOA and the furnace is on the fritz, you want Precision Plumbing & Heating on the job. Precision’s highly skilled licensed and certified technicians know how to get your home’s systems working efficiently again in short order. “Our customers have come to expect the high standard of proficiency and professionalism that we deliver on every service call,” says owner Tom Robichaud. Every employee goes through a complete series of screening and interviews and attends weekly training in customer service, new products, technical knowledge and operating systems. “We attribute our success in hard economic times directly to our loyal customers and their referrals,” Robichaud says. “Thank you for voting Precision Plumbing & Heating your # 1 service provider nine years in a row! We appreciate your commitment to our company. We will continue to provide you with the best customer service, the most highly trained technicians and the greatest value for your home.” Save Home Heat Co.

Even the proudest homeowner is bound to mess up sometimes. Carpets get stained, hardwood floors get a little water damage and upholstery gets soiled. There’s nobody better than Neisheim Cleaning Services to get you out of a spot like this. Experienced, certified technicians understand the best methods and materials to use to restore your home’s beauty and pizzazz. “Our team receives training two mornings a week to keep current on new carpets, fabrics and products,” says owner Rick Farasyn, who opened his business in 1981. “We use consistent state-of-the-art systems and steps to ensure the best cleaning job possible. And we back our work with a 100-percent money-back guarantee.” What does Farasyn enjoy the most about this business? “I like to see the results. We make people happy, and they’re glad to refer us to their friends. We thank the people of Boulder for blessing us with their support!” Chem-Dry of Boulder 3835 Silver Plume Circle, Boulder, 720.304.3910, www.cdcarpetcleaning.com

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BEST DRY CLEANER/LAUNDROMAT

Thank You, Boulder!

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; 300 E. Baseline Road, 303.665.2223, Lafayette; www.artcleaners.com

Got some dirty duds but no time to get them clean? Art Cleaners offers a wonderful free pick up and delivery service at your home or office. Or you can bring your dirty items to any of our seven convenient locations throughout Boulder County including our newest location in Downtown Lafayette. We also offer same day service for items brought in by 9 a.m. If you can wear it and get it dirty, Art Cleaners cleans it: shirts, pants, linens, sheets, special leather and suede items and more. Seven convenient locations are staffed with friendly, knowledgeable people who can help you with even the dirtiest cleaning challenge. And thanks to the exclusive GreenEarth cleaning system, your dry cleaning is done in an environmentallyfriendly, safe alternative to traditional chemical processes – just another reason we think Art Cleaners is the best in Boulder County! 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

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BEST NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

Humane Society Of Boulder Valley

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

BEST HAIR SALON

The Parlour

1037 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.3747, TheParlour.net

For expert hair care in a laid back and friendly atmosphere, step into The Parlour, just off the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder. Twenty-two stylists are ready to give you a memorable cut, a deep conditioning treatment, or tasteful highlights, just right. We enjoy the social vibe at The Parlour, a welcome break from our busy day that makes us leave feeling better than when we came in. Serving both women and men since 1989, The Parlour is open Monday through Saturday, with late hours mid-week to fit your crazy schedule. Got a wedding in the future? The Parlour also offers full stylist services for the bride and all of her party.

Adopting a pet from the Humane Society of Boulder Valley can be a wonderful experience. But that’s not all the Humane Society does. CEO Lisa Pedersen explains, “Our principal mission is to save the lives of animals by creating healthy relationships between pets and people. Our adoption programs match thousands of animals with new loving families each year creating that human-animal bond. We also focus on providing resources and assistance to people already living with a pet, through our comprehensive training programs and our full-service veterinary clinic. With the strong support of our community we can provide lifesaving services, such as our behavior modification programs and our shelter medicine program, ensuring each and every animal who comes through our doors gets the care, shelter and time they need.” She noted adoptions are going strong this summer, and the increased number of animals HSBV is seeing means community support is more important than ever. “We’re grateful to the community for the 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.” (TIE)

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Fix Hair Salon 1810 29th St., Ste. 2000, Boulder, 303.442.4247, www.fixhairsalon.com

4735 Walnut St., Suite B, Boulder, 303.996.0275; 515 Kimbark St., Suite 103, Longmont, 303.776.7070; 1412 W. 38th Ave., Denver, 303.433.0190; www.intercambioweb.org

Salon Salon

Emergency Family Assistance Association

2460 Canyon Blvd., #1, Boulder, 303.443.5353, www.salonsalonboulder.com

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BEST PET BOARDING SERVICE

For all your plumbing & heating needs!

Cottonwood Kennels

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

Winning this award seven years in a row is no accident for Cottonwood Kennels. “If in real estate it’s about location, location, location, in the kenneling business it’s your staff, staff, staff,” says co-owner Tom Bonfili. “We have a lot of really hard workers.” The high ratio of workers to dogs is one reason customers are so satisfied with the care at Cottonwood. “It amazes me when I see articles in our trade magazine about new kennels bragging about how many pets they can handle at one time—and then you see their staff size,” he says. “We have 30 people and we’re not even half as big as some of these operations.” Cottonwood Kennels’ small “farm” atmosphere features spacious outdoor and indoor areas for visiting pets, which often dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, ferrets and many other small animals. Bonfili, who has been at the kennel since 1973, even suggests new families bring their pets out for a free day of play before boarding them at Cottonwood Kennels. “They get to play and meet us,” he says. “We don’t charge for that because it’s better for the pet, for the owner and for us.”

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FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

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

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

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BEST AUTO DEALER

Flatirons Acura/Subaru

5995 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.443.0114, FlatironsAcura.com

With two popular product lines to choose from and award-winning sales and service, Boulder County drivers are avid fans of sporty Subarus and luxurious Acuras from Flatirons Acura/ Subaru. The sales staff at Flatirons Acura/Subaru makes your car shopping experience fun and easy. We’re big fans of the personal approach to car care that the service department provides, too. “We have an excellent team of service advisors with a focus on quality,” says Scott Crouch, general manager, who is continuing the family tradition started when his father opened his first dealership in Boulder in 1954. You’ll also find an exciting selection of previously owned autos, each rigorously inspected before they go on the lot. “It is exciting to be a winner again,” Crouch says. Fisher Honda and Kia

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

BEST SPA

Essentiels Spa

BEST CAR WASH

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

Puddle Car Wash

3100 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.9274, PuddleCarWash.com

How often should you wash your car? Never! Not when you can take it to the Puddle Car Wash and have their talented crew give it a top-to-bottom cleaning, vacuum the interior and hand dry it to a final shine in just a matter of minutes. Interior detailing services include carpet shampooing, seat shampoo, vinyl and door panel cleaning, leather upholstery cleaning and conditioning, to restore your car’s inner beauty. It’s like a spa for your car! All the water is recycled, too. “People like the consistency and quality of our service,” says General Manager Rich Hart. “We are pleased to receive this recognition from our customers and we are proud to continue to serve them.” Black Diamond Car Wash

1414 Hecla Way, Louisville, 303.666.6696

Essentiels Spa opened in 1997 as a full-service spa and has continually provided the best spa experience in Boulder. New Spa Director Lindsay Mydans, who is enthusiastically dedicated, says, "This is Boulder's spa and is truly a unique escape. The staff and I are supremely committed to exceeding our client's expectations. Essentiels is a sanctuary designed to allow our guests the ability to step away from their worries and stresses and refresh their mind, body and spirit while also offering cutting-edge treatments. We proactively stay on the forefront of skin rejuvenation, effective waxing, therapeutic massage and detox treatments, pampering nail services, natural airbrush tanning and special occasion makeup. I initially came here as a client and am honored to uphold the reputation of the spa through community involvement, volunteering for worthy causes, client appreciation and sustainability." St. Julien Hotel & Spa 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 877.303.0900, www.stjulien.com

BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY/OFFICE

BEST PLACE TO ENTERTAIN KIDS

Pearl Street Mall

RE/MAX of Boulder

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

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

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.

With its agents averaging 17 years of experience, RE/MAX has a leg up in the highly competitive real estate market. “They are knowledgeable and can convey those important pieces of information that help consumers in this marketplace,” says D.B. Wilson, RE/MAX of Boulder managing broker and president of Boulder Area Realtor Association. “We’re seasoned. We’ve seen good markets and bad, so we can really help people.” Wilson says he’s focused on “getting back to basics” by watching important statistical information and trending to use as much data as possible to help home buyers and sellers make good decisions. “We have to work harder, but the consumer really benefits.” He also attributes RE/MAX’s success to a synergy of full-time agents who work in an office environment. “If you’re hunkered down in your own bunker, you’re not seeing the reality of our marketplace,” he explains. “We don’t have part-timers. You walk in the door here and someone is always working on something—and that can be really helpful.” RU: Wright-Kingdom Real Estate

Gateway Park Fun Center

4875 Pearl E. Circle, Suite 100, Boulder, 1.877.532.0820, www.wrightkingdom.com

SEPTEMBER 2010

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

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Shopper’s Paradise BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE

The Regiment

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

The Regiment has been outfitting Boulder County’s sharpest dressed men since 1959. Styles have certainly changed over the years, but the store’s commitment to quality, selection and excellent customer service has remained constant. “This year, clothes are back to a little more traditional sort of look, trending a little bit to Ivy League,” explains Gary Cartwright, who co-owns the store with Steve Jacobs. Plenty of timeless looks fill the racks as well. And every piece of clothing, regardless of design, comes from high quality clothing lines such as Cole Haan, Robert Banks, Ibiza, Raffi and Trafalgar. Knowledgeable salespeople, an in-house tailor and a traveling wardrobe consultant round out The Regiment’s personalized service. “We just appreciate all the support that we’ve gotten from the Boulder County community – all the years of loyalty,” says Cartwright. “We appreciate receiving the recognition.”

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE

JJ Wells

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

JJ Wells is a locally owned, women-owned boutique that specializes in women’s casual clothing, professional attire, handcrafted jewelry and fun fashion accessories. “We’re not in the business to sell as much as we are to serve,” says co-owner Dana Culbertson. “Every one of our customers has a different lifestyle and different needs in fashion. Everybody has a different taste level. It’s about putting together things that our customers will wear and care about.” Hot trends for the fall include tunic dresses paired with leggings and boots, long jackets paired with skinny jeans, tailored suits, and judicious use of accessories like scarves, long necklaces, big watches and just about anything metallic. “A little bit of bling is definitely fashionable,” laughs Culbertson. JJ Wells’ services include wardrobe consultation, alterations, private shopping hours and staying in touch with clients near and far. Many customers like to be contacted when new things come in, which happens constantly, and it’s not unusual for the store to ship goody packages to loyal patrons around the state and beyond. JJ Wells aficionados can also follow the store on Facebook and Twitter. Barbara & Company 1505 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.2565, www.barbaraandcompany.net

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

BEST GREEN PRODUCTS/SERVICES STORE

Ellie's Eco Home Store

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

Ellie’s Eco Home Store owner Steve Savage is a pioneer. At the same time he sensed a growing interest in sustainable home and building products and services, he realized there were no department stores that catered specifically to the green movement. “Whereas organic foods has been popular for 10 plus years, people are just starting to understand how important it is to have natural products that can improve the indoor air quality in their homes,” Savage says. Ellie’s opened its doors in 2008, and nowadays offers products in 18 different store departments. From office supplies to health and beauty, to paint materials to cleaning products and just about everything in between, Ellie’s gives shoppers an environmentally friendly choice. Most recently, Ellie’s began operating a refillable non-toxic cleaner bar. “People really appreciate being able to refill their containers,” Savage says. “It saves them money, and keeps plastic bottles out of the landfills and recycle streams.” Cartridge World 1805 19th St., Suite 1140, Boulder, 303.440.9465 1515 Main St., #1, Longmont, 720.494.1715 956 W. Cherry St., Suite 103, Louisville, 303.926.9737, www.cartridgeworld.com

BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

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BEST LIQUOR STORE

Liquor Mart

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

Chances are that if you shop Liquor Mart, you’ve probably run into general manager Jack Stoakes. He runs a tight ship that’s heavy on customer service and beverage selection. Employees are like family at this historic liquor flagship, voted once again as Boulder County’s best. “Most of our employees treat their position here as a career,” says Stoakes. “Our employees are well trained and they care. Blame it on the economy lately, but it’s been going on much longer than that. Our staff is very knowledgeable in all departments and they love to share their experience with our loyal customers.” Part of that knowledge is helping people navigate the store’s 30,000 square feet featuring some 1,500 beer products, 6,000 varieties of wine and more types of liquor than even the above-average beverage connoisseur knew existed. Following a business philosophy of constant improvement, the store is beginning a major remodel of the beer cooler area. “Bright new wall material, new flooring and new LED lighting will really brighten the place up,” says Stoakes.

BEST PLACE TO BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

(TIE)

Robb’s Boulder Music

Superior Liquor

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

In its 32nd year of operation, Robb’s Boulder Music has long secured its position as a community icon. Carrying a dizzying array of musical instruments and accessories for the amateur guitarist up to the professional band, Robb’s “pretty much has it all,” says owner Seth Goodman, a musician in his own right. In its newer location, which has practically doubled the former shop’s floor space, Robb’s Boulder Music is featuring some of the biggest products in the industry brand-wise. New and expanded lines include DW Drums and the full line of Gibson products. In addition to its full-service repair shop, Robb’s provides rentals for any PA or live-sound need, plus all the gear for KBCO’s famed Studio C. The best part of running a shop like Robb’s, where Colorado favorites like String Cheese Incident, Bela Fleck and “the Leftover guys” drop by regularly, “is really just being a fun, creative part of the Boulder community,” says Goodman. “It’s so multifaceted. We have great customers and creative, fun people that allow us to make some great friends and connections—and customers for life.”

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

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BEST SHOPPING DESTINATION (WITHIN COLORADO)

Pearl Street Mall

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

The people-watching is so good on the Pearl Street Mall that the phenomenal shopping selection is just icing on the cake. Boulder’s signature downtown destination is a charming, eclectic and storied locale that once again came up tops for Boulder County Gold voters. Over the past year, three well-known businesses have opened storefronts on the Pearl Street Mall: Crocs, Penzey’s Spices and Wenger, “Maker of the Genuine Swiss Army Knife.” Other favorites like ArtMart, Alpaca Connection and Starfish have simply shifted locations. And, of course, the most historic institutions continue to charm locals and visitors alike. Hurdle’s Jewelry has been on Pearl Street since 1947, and Pedestrian Shops celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. Boulder Book Store, the city’s largest independent bookstore, holds more than 100,000 titles in 20,000 square feet and three floors. And beloved Peppercorn, founded by Doris Houghland in 1977 as a cooking school and small gourmet kitchen store, has grown to 12,000 square feet and is one of the most popular stores on the Pearl Street Mall.

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Thank You

for your support, Boulder!

While we are greatly honored to have served the Boulder community since 1963, we know that awards are fleeting and trust is easily lost to the careless so, caring is a fundamental part of our legacy. You’ve trusted us for almost 50 years - Trusted us to lessen the struggles that result from hearing stress. We consider that a “Sacred Trust” and we’re determined to maintain our dedication to continuous improvement. We know that ‘Hear’ is just one letter short of

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BOULDER COUNTY GOLD

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BEST RUNNING STORE

Boulder Running Company

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

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SEPTEMBER 2010

You’ve been living in a cave if you don’t know that Boulder Running Company is loaded with the county’s most diverse selection of running-specific and casual shoes—not to mention advice from Olympic and world-class runners. Expert shoe fitters take regulars and sporting newbies alike through the basics of finding just the right shoe. That includes free video gait analysis on the treadmill to show you exactly how your feet strike the ground—and how that translates to shoe mechanics. Ask an employee about new trends such as shoes with beefy mid-soles that “just eat up the trail.” According to manager Aaron Bouplon, “people adore running downhill in the thick mid-sole shoes because they can descend with reckless abandon.” And when you’re through with your old trainers, be sure to dump them in BRC’s Soles for Souls bins. “We have to empty our bins three or four times a week,” says Bouplon. In addition to running shoes, Boulder Running Company stocks a huge selection of casual shoes—from dressier wedges to winter boots—as well as clothing and accessories from the popular women’s Nike Tempo Short to the new Timex GPS watch. Fleet Feet www.fleetfeetboulder.com, 2624 Broadway, Boulder, 303.939.8000

2525 Arapahoe Rd. the Village Boulder

BEST PLACE TO BUY CUSTOM COUNTER TOPS

Moros Fabrication

3871 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.473.0111

If you’ve ever had a kitchen with sub-par laminate, you know how important high-quality counter tops are to how you live and work. The folks at 10-year-old, locally owned Moros Fabrication built a successful business around just that: sourcing superior surfaces. They specialize in custom installation of beautiful and enduring natural stone—granite, quartz and marble. Using state-of-the-art fabrication techniques, Moros Fabrication uses precise in-house machinery to get exact tolerances for countertop production. Helping do-it-yourselfers as well as retail customers, designers, builders and architects, Moros Fabrication offers free in-home estimates and helpful design opinions about everything from Earth-friendly composite materials to creative backsplash ideas. “We take a more personal approach by building lasting relationships/friendships with our clients,” says partner/general manager Marty Moros. “We produce the highest quality work with experienced fabricators and installers, and we take the time to carefully plan the layout of specialty granite colors to meet our client’s expectations.” Atlas Flooring, Inc. www.atlasflooring.com, 4920 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.3221

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BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE AND BEST OUTDOOR RECREATION STORE

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)

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

Shopping at REI is an experience unto itself, so it’s no surprise that this superstore took home accolades in the best sporting goods and outdoor recreation categories. While regular customers return for what they know and love—high-quality gear and knowledgeable staffers—nature-crazed Boulderites can’t help peeking in the store every now and then for the latest trends and offerings in all things outdoor. Returning customers also find comfort “in the fact that they can return an item, because REI wants their customers to be 100% satisfied,” says outdoor specialist Sarah Leone. Plus what annual REI member doesn’t love regular co-op coupons and annual dividends? New winter ski/board equipment is making its way into the store as you read this and there’s a continued demand for the emerging trend in barefoot running footwear, says Leone. Besides great gear, REI also offers a full-service ski and bike shop, lots of free classes and events, and a rental department for everything from snowshoes to tents. Oh, and did we mention REI Boulder is a prototype store—a completely green building with Gold LEED certification? “You can walk comfortably on flooring made of recycled tires and tennis shoes, and enjoy looking at products under mostly natural sunlight channeled in through special Solatubes,” says Leone. Outreach is also a key component to the REI philosophy. The store features a customer gear donation bin, a monthly non-profit beneficiary and an interactive posting area where people can find ideas to get involved in work for local outdoor-focused non-profits.

BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE: Sports Authority www.sportsauthority.com, 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

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

Thanks For

Thank you Boulder County for all of your votes!

making us the best! Boulder County Gold 2010

(Left to right)Joyce Funkenbusch Patient Care Coordinator, Kimberly Deffenbaugh Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, and Whitney Swander Au.D. Owner, Doctor of Audiology

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Boulder • Superior • Broomfield www.grtoys.com • Follow us on Facebook – http://facebook.grtoys.com COMLIMENTARY GIFTWRAP

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BEST PLACE TO BUY WINDOW TREATMENTS

(WITHIN COLORADO)

Innovative Openings Inc.

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

With the intensity of Colorado’s sun, some days there’s nothing more important than a good window covering. For that, more customers turn to Boulder’s Innovative Openings. While the 30-year-old locally owned and independently operated business in known for customized, high-quality window treatments, the company is branching out into outdoor shading solutions. In addition to traditional retractable patio awnings, Innovative Openings will offer their own line of interesting and effective solar screen patio shades. They are also opening a new chapter of business as an authorized service repair center for Hunter Douglas, in addition to being one of the esteemed company’s largest suppliers. Offering in-home consultations and installations by Innovative Openings employees only, the company’s business philosophy is “all about customer service and doing the right thing,” says co-owner Rick Pease. “We take as much control as possible to make sure we sell the right product for the right place for the right reason.” Cloth Constructions www.clothconstructions.com, 3013 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.449.2102

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

Walters & Hogsett Fine Jewelers

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

With 30 years and a massive, loyal following behind them, Walters & Hogsett Fine Jewelers has proven more than a Boulder landmark. Besides the company’s notable customer service and wide selection, Walters & Hogsett has given back to the community as generously and consistently as any business in town. Current recipients of such kindness run the gamut—from elementary schools to major organizations such as Boulder Community Hospital, Hospice of Boulder & Broomfield County, Impact on Education, CU Presents and YWCA & YMCA. But Walters & Hogsett knows it’s the customers that keep them in business year after year. “We are so grateful to our loyal clients who have supported us,” says co-owner Gail Vieregg. “We’ve continued to be a part of their life’s celebrations because they appreciate our commitment to dedicated and knowledgeable service, and they see the familiar faces of our staff with whom they’ve built relationships and friendships.” Besides a locally driven, personalized experience, repeat customers appreciate the shop’s careful balance of new and timeless jewelry collections and artists. Exciting upcoming offerings include Rhonda Faber Green’s dramatic diamond designs in gold or sterling; German-based Bastian Inverun’s playful and fashionable yet still affordable sterling silver jewelry; dramatic black and white diamond designs from Cheri Dori; and TW Steel’s still-popular oversized stainless steel watches.

BEST JEWELRY Hurdle’s Jewelry, www.hurdlesjewelry.com, 1402 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.1084

BEST COMPANY/STORE THAT GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY Whole Foods, www.wholefoodsmarket.com, 2905 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.545.6611; 2584 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.7636; 1275 Alpine, Boulder, 303.443.1354

BEST PLACE TO BUY WINDOWS (WITHIN COLORADO)

SolarGlass Window & Door

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

It’s only fitting that Boulder County’s green-focused citizens voted SolarGlass Window & Door the Best Place to Buy Windows. When president and owner Gwenael Hagan and his wife bought the business four years ago what attracted him to the company was the long tenure of the team and the quality of operations. “Honestly, it is the people first and the products offered second,” he says. “The staff at SolarGlass excel at helping people achieve window-purchase objectives. We listen, enjoy sharing information and take pride in the ‘quality of the customer experience.’ I brought that phrase with me to SolarGlass, but the team was already doing it.” On the product side, SolarGlass is equally interested in high quality. They distribute superior, American-made windows by Marvin, a 98-year-old company, and Integrity by Marvin. SolarGlass is also introducing interior doors from Denver-based manufacturer TruStile this fall. “I am particularly excited about their replacement interior door panel system that upgrades the interior look of a home while guaranteeing a perfect fit and a 15-minute replacement process,” says Hagan. Pella Windows & Door

BEST HOME FURNISHINGS STORE

HW Home

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

One of HW Home co-owner Ron Werner’s favorite things is when he runs into customers around town and they tell him they’re still in love with the furniture he sold them five or even 10 years ago. “That’s success – providing people merchandise that stands the test of time in terms of quality and style,” Werner says. He and partner Jim Hering opened the first HW Home on Pearl Street in Boulder 11 years ago. Since then the boutique has carved a niche by offering urban-eclectic furnishings. HW Home also gives Boulder County residents a locally owned alternative to national chain stores that tend to stock their shelves with homogenized merchandise. The home furnishings store has won over locals by following a tried and true ethic of valuing its customers. “We’re not doing anything that complicated. We’re not inventing anything,” Werner says. “We’ve always put our customer first. We’ve always worked hard to make sure our customer had a great experience.” Clutter Consignment 1909 9th St., Boulder, 303.386.3423, www.clutterconsign.com

www.pella.com, 14175 E 42nd Ave., Boulder, 303.371.3750

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BEST EYE CARE STORE

Aspen Eyewear

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

Jennifer Ebner likes to joke that she was tricked into a career as a certified optician and office manager at Aspen Eyewear in Boulder. Truth is, Ebner loves working alongside her father, Heinz, in the family business. It’s allowed her to focus her team of employees on meeting Boulder County’s vision needs. Aspen Eyewear has been in business for 25 years, and many customers have been loyal during most of that span. Eye examinations, prescriptions, contact lenses, glasses repair — using top-of-the-line equipment Aspen Eyewear offers the total vision package. What’s more, Aspen Eyewear does its own lens finishing, which means the store can usually turn around a new lens order in one or two days. Ebner says the eyewear at Aspen is “fashionable and functional.” But more than looking sharp and sharpening your vision, it’s the friendly and efficient assistance that’s kept customers loyal to Aspen Eyewear for so many years. “Customer service, that’s our specialty,” Ebner says. (TIE)

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

Envision Boulder 1101 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.939.8021, www.envisionboulder.com

BEST SHOE STORE

Pedestrian Shops

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

Pedestrian Shops has been home to the world’s most comfortable brands of footwear for 40 years. Cushy Birkenstocks, elegant Clarks, sporty Keens, colorful Crocs and funky Privos fill the store, as do countless other lines that have been sought out by the knowledgeable staff. “There is no ‘best’ for the general populace. Everyone is going to require something different,” says general manager Tony Distasi, explaining why his staff takes such great care in finding the right shoe for each customer. The key words here are fit, support, usage, comfort, style and excellent, unhurried service. “It reduces returns,” laughs Distasi. “People walk out with exactly what they want. And then they want to shop here again.” Stop by Pedestrian Shops for Ugg’s fall boot line, Dansko’s new designs that feature a softer footbed and the much-buzzed-about Vibram 5 Fingers that must be worn to be believed. Two Sole Sisters 1703 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.0404, www.twosolesisters.com

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BEST FLOOR COVERING STORE

Atlas Flooring, Inc.

4920 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.3221

Thirty-four years ago, Leister Bowling walked into Atlas Flooring in Boulder and walked out with his first job. He was 15 years old. Bowling now owns the floor-covering store, and he makes sure Atlas is stocked with 400 to 500 rolls of carpet and 10 truckloads worth of tile most all the time. In addition, the store on 28th Street in Boulder carries a large array of wood flooring, and accessory flooring material to suit most any residential or commercial flooring job. But Bowling says it’s his and the Atlas staff ’s dedication to treating people well that keeps the business swift. “We give people a really good value,” says Bowling. “I won’t let anybody beat our price. If somebody comes to me and they’ve got some crazy price on something, I’ll beat it. And we don’t get greedy. Our margin stays the same, regardless if we’re swamped or if we’re slow.” (TIE) Magnus Anderson 6367 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.437.0610, www.magnusanderson.com

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BEST HOUSEWARES AND KITCHEN GOODS STORE

Peppercorn

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

You may be the quintessential foodie in search of a Peugeot Fontainbleau-style pepper mill to add to your kitchenware collection. Or you may be a clueless culinary soul who doesn’t know your saffron from sassafras, looking for the perfect gift for your favorite cook. Either way, you’ve probably spent time in Peppercorn, Boulder’s longtime favorite housewares and kitchen goods store. “We have people who come in and they only want a specific cookbook, and you can’t sell them a different cookbook,” says Janice Manville, store assistant. “And then we get people who come in and say, ‘I need help.’” Barware, bed and bath, dishes, cookbooks, table linen, Peppercorn has a knack for knowing what a wide range of Boulder County residents want and need. And that even includes what is likely the area’s largest collection of specialty hot sauces. “That is really popular,” Manville says. “I think most people buy them for the decorative bottles.” McGuckin Hardware

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

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

BEST GIFT SHOP

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

1643 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.0355 www.blissboulder.com

P.C.’s Pantry for Dogs and Cats

Bliss

It’s probably not surprising to long-time customers—of the human or canine persuasion—that P.C.’s Pantry won in two distinguished categories this year. From the start, this pet store/bakery/deli has focused on something Boulderites love: local. From biscuits made fresh in-house with locally purchased ingredients to its local ownership to its strict policy of sourcing as much as possible from local providers, P.C.’s Pantry for Dogs and Cats is clearly a Boulder County favorite. That local promise translates to customer service as well. Chances are staff members know your dog or cat’s name as well as yours when you visit with your furry friend. “There’s a positive energy that customers say they feel when they walk in the store,” says owner Mary Lee Withers. “The fact that our employees have been with us so long gives our customers the feeling that they are part of the P.C.’s family.” From special treats like Forrest’s Fabulous Parm Chicken biscuits and barkday cakes to carefully selected healthy foods, toys and accessories, the store’s products reflect the passion P.C.’s experienced and knowledgeable employees have for this special line of work. The store’s commitment to all things local also extends to community service. P.C.’s provides monetary contributions to local nonprofits as well as food donations to local shelters. When asked what our pets have to teach us, Withers responds with the clarity that underlies her store’s charm and attraction: “unconditional love, the true meaning of companionship and the ability to forgive.”

BEST PET STORE/BAKERY/DELI: Only Natural Pet Store www.onlynaturalpet.com, 2100 28th St., # 1C, Boulder, 303.449.5069

BEST LOCALLY OWNED STORE:

The sales staff at Bliss, the locally owned gift boutique on Pearl Street in Boulder, likes to say Bliss is the perfect shop for daughter, mother and grandmother alike. But the truth is, Bliss is a great stop for men in need of a gift for the special women in their lives, too. “There are a lot of men who come and say, ‘This is my wife’s favorite shop, so I know I’m going to find something she likes here,” says Brittany Seieroe, sales associate at Bliss. “We help men find a good gift.” Bliss offers an indulgent array of unique women’s accessories, baby products, toys, candles, humorous books, home accents and jewelry. The store’s selection of cards — from the sweet and sentimental to the edgy and humorous — is second to none. And, Seireoe says, there’s something to fit most any budget. “There’s a huge variety,” she says, “but also a good range of prices. You can come in and get a really great gift for $50, and you can also get an amazing gift for $10.” Jacque Michelle

McGuckin Hardware

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

2670 Broadway, Boulder, 303.786.7628 www.jacquemichelle.com

BEST HYDROPONICS STORE

Family Hydroponics

2125 32nd St., Boulder, 303.996.6100, www.familyhydroponics-boulder.com

Family Hydroponics sure has made a splash since it opened this past June. In just four months, Family Hydroponics has become a hot spot for people interested in growing both indoors and outdoors. The Boulder store caters to anyone, “from the very beginner to the experts,” says the store’s owner Carey Fields. Hydroponically grown food comes from plants nurtured in a controlled environment without soil. Head to Family Hydroponics 12,000-square-foot storefront in Boulder, and you’ll find the latest in indoor grow lighting, flood tables, plant nutrition, pest control and soils. The staff at Family Hydroponics can answer questions to the novice about hydroponic growing techniques, and explain the industry’s latest trends to the veteran indoor or outdoor grower. Family Hydroponics is known for their knowledgeable staff and wide range of products. As well, the store carries products for those interested in aeroponic growing – growing plants in an air and water-mist environment, but without soil. But that’s not all the store has to offer. Even the outdoor farmer can pick up a few pointers at Family Hydroponics. “We cater to every type of grower,” says Fields. Way to Grow 6395 Gunpark Drive, Boulder, 303.473.4769, www.waytogrow.net

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BEST GROCERY STORE

Whole Foods

2905 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.545.6611; 1275 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303.443.1354; 2584 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.7636; 303 Marshall Rd., Superior, 720.274.1415 www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Hard to believe Whole Foods, the nation’s No. 1 natural products grocer, celebrated its 30th year in business in 2010. Though the upscale grocer is headquartered in Austin, Texas, it does a great job of bringing a local focus to its Boulder County locations. Whether it’s joining with local schools for fundraising projects or healthy-lunch initiatives, or making room on its shelves for locally produced goods, Whole Foods is dedicated to bringing a native flavor to each of its stores. Among the many local companies whose goods and produce are sold at Whole Foods are Boulder Ice Cream, Evol Burritos, Full Circle Farm, Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy and Justin’s Nut Butter. In addition, Whole Foods’ Whole Trade line of products is dedicated to engaging in fair-trade practices with manufacturers in the developing world. In the near future, Boulder County shoppers will be able to enjoy an expanded Whole Foods, when renovations are completed on the grocer’s Pearl Street location. Sunflower Farmers Market

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

BEST HARDWARE STORE

McGuckin Hardware

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

Bet you can’t do it. Bet you can’t walk from one end to the other of McGuckin’s 60,000square-foot store in Boulder without one of the hardware store’s nearly 300 friendly employees ask if they can help you find what you’re looking for. The staff at McGuckin has been helping Boulder County people check off their around-the-house to-do lists since the iconic outlet opened in 1955. And sometimes the McGuckin staff members, always decked in their green vests, help customers discover what they didn’t know they needed. “Sometimes what a customer thinks they need might not best meet their need,” says Randy Barker, McGuckin Hardware marketing manager. “Somebody might approach a problem from the hardware department, when in reality something from the plumbing department might fit the project. Our employees are knowledgeable enough to help people fill in the gaps there.” And it’s rare you won’t find what you’re looking for during a trip to McGuckin. Home Depot 1600 29th St., Boulder, 303.449.4221, 393 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 720.494.0319 1200 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 303.661.9600, www.homedepot.com

BEST FLORIST AND BEST GARDEN CENTER AND BEST PLANT NURSERY

Sturtz & Copeland

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

You can tell a lot about a place of business by the general mood of its employees. Take Sturtz & Copeland for example, the locally owned store that has been offering floral, garden and plant service to Boulder County since 1929. Assistant manager Hannah Upham has been working at Sturtz & Copeland for seven years. And she still loves coming to work every morning. “It’s so fun,” Upham says. “It’s fresh and growing, and you’re working with plants every day. All the co-workers here are just lovely. It’s a pretty incredible work environment.” Whether you’re planning a wedding or just need an “I love you” bouquet, looking to get your garden in shape for growing season or wanting to add living greenery to your indoor or outdoor environment, Sturtz and Copeland is a one-stop shop. And in the near future, the one-stop plant store plans to grow its list of how-to classes. “We are going to have fall classes,” Upham says. “Anything from creating gourd creatures to making centerpieces to wreath-making in the holiday season.”

BEST FLORIST Fiori Flowers 2620 Broadway, Boulder, 720.565.2434, www.fioriboulder.com

BEST GARDEN CENTER AND BEST PLANT NURSERY Harlequin’s Gardens 4795 N. 26th St., Boulder, 303.939.9403, www.harlequinsgardens.com

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BEST IMPORTED GOODS STORE

Cost Plus World Market

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

Teardrop earrings from India. Indonesian batik scarves. Balinese jasmine Eau de Toilette sprays. Carolina hickory barbecue smoking wood chips. Miniature German sausages. Swiss chocolates. Tea biscuits from the United Kingdom. You don’t have to rack up airline miles to find unique goods from around the globe when you live in Boulder County. World Market has a dizzying variety of home décor, kitchen, bed, bath, food and drink items from both exotic and red-white-and-blue locales. Though owned by national chain retailer Cost Plus, the local World Market, nestled on 28th Street in Boulder, caters to what area shoppers are looking for. “We do some of our own ordering because we know what Boulderites like,” says assistant manager Desney Cherry. “We stock our gourmet goods by what sells here.” On weekends, check out the World Market tiki bar, where clerks offer free samples of some of the stores fine edibles. Indochine Home Import

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.444.7734, www.indochinehomeimport.com

BEST TREE NURSERY

The Tree Farm

11868 Mineral Road, Longmont, 303.652.2961, www.thetreefarmlongmont.com

Anyone who has toiled in the Colorado soil knows the Front Range isn’t easy on the local landscaper. “It’s probably one of the most difficult climates to plant trees and shrubs,” says Mike Gittleson, manager at The Tree Farm in Longmont. With 40 acres of land to plant and nurture its stock, and a knowledgeable staff of 62 nursery professionals, The Tree Farm is a best friend to anyone looking to add handsome greenery to an outdoor environment. Whether you’re outfitting your outdoors with a new batch of trees, or you need advice on dealing with ailing plants, The Tree Farm staff can help. “People come in here specifically because of the knowledge and expertise the staff has,” Gittleson says. And they travel to The Tree Farm because of its selection, too. “We offer the largest selection of Colorado hearty trees, shrubs and perennials in the Front Range, at good prices,” Gittleson adds. Harlequin's Gardens

4795 N. 26th St., Boulder, 303.939.9403, www.harlequinsgardens.com

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BEST ANTIQUE JEWELRY STORE

Classic Facets Antique Jewelry

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

Classic Facets is celebrating its 25th year of business, and owner Mikki Rainey couldn’t be more thrilled. “I would like to say thank you to the City of Boulder and the people who have been so supportive of us, even during tough times,” she says. Classic Facets is home to more than 20,000 pieces of antique and vintage jewelry from consignors in 37 states and 10 countries. The majority is fine jewelry from the 1700s through the 1950s – authenticated antique diamond engagement rings, cameos, pearls, filigree, Victorian, Georgian, Edwardian and Art Deco items – but the store is broadening its horizons this year by sponsoring new work by four local jewelry designers and carrying some contemporary accessories for women. “You have to change or die. And I’m not done yet,” laughs Rainey. She and her staff are also working hard to adjust price points to match their clients’ more modest budgets. “It’s really nice to look at $50,000 pins, but nobody has that kind of money anymore,” notes Rainey. “We look around the store and say what can we do to make people happy and have things that people can afford?” Classic Facets is well positioned for another 25 years of recycling love through one-of-a-kind antique and vintage jewelry.

Thank you for your 27 years of loyal support! We’re looking forward to many more years of serving you, your family and friends.

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BEST ANTIQUE DEALER

The Amazing Garage Sale

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

Judy Lesta had a huge estate sale 13 years ago. She sold all her possessions in three weeks and moved to Spain. And she thoroughly enjoyed the process – the people she met during the sale, the stories she heard, the wheeling and dealing. “I thought, boy, if I ever come back to Boulder, that’s what I want to do for a living,” says Lesta. It came to pass just a year later, and Lesta now helms what is essentially an estate sale that never ends. The Amazing Garage Sale is open seven days a week and has been going strong for more than 11 years. Lesta’s empire has expanded to five warehouses, allowing plenty of space for furniture, home décor, art, jewelry and countless treasures that defy categorization. The most popular items at the moment are mid-century Danish modern pieces. “Vintage, retro, cool-looking furniture,” explains Lesta. “It comes in and goes out quickly.” The Amazing Garage Sale is also home to pieces from big-name furniture manufacturers like Knoll, Cherner, Eames and Herman Miller, among others. Lesta often lends her expertise to those seeking help with their own estate sales, but most of her wares come through the door on consignment. “People tend to cling onto things [they don’t use] because of memories – they’ve got a personal, emotional attachment. But my feeling is, it’s better to let the things go. Sell them and use the money to do something nice for yourself,” she encourages. And just in case you need another nudge, Lesta will give anyone who brings a copy of this article to the store 10 percent off any regular price item. Bedell & Co. 767 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.939.9292, www.bedellandco.com

BEST BEDDING/LINENS/MATTRESS STORE

BEST ART GALLERY

Verlo Mattress Factory

Art & Soul Gallery

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

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

“It’s been an honor to celebrate the community and our artists and clients this past year, all of whom are obviously the secret of our success,” says Art & Soul Gallery owner Debbie Klein. The gallery has showcased unique, thought-provoking paintings, sculpture, mixed media and jewelry for 10 years now, enriching our daily aesthetic and elevating the local art scene. But for Klein, it’s a decidedly personal process. “I’m my own best customer,” she admits, claiming that she can’t pick just one when I ask her to name a favorite piece. After a long pause, she name-checks homegrown jewelry artisan Margery Hirschey and Colorado artist Ethan Jantzer’s new botanical work. Her hesitation is understandable; Art & Soul is filled with consistently amazing pieces year-round. First Fridays are a great time to stop by if you haven’t been to the gallery in a while. The October 1 event will feature Boulder favorite Mark Soppeland’s lighted sculptures. The last First Friday of the year on December 3 will be the gallery’s 10 for 10 event – a culmination of its 10th anniversary celebration, featuring one-of-a-kind works from Art & Soul’s top 10 artists to benefit Boulder County AIDS Project. (TIE) Mary Williams Fine Arts 2116 Pearl St., Unit C, Boulder, 303.938.1588, www.marywilliamsfinearts.com

Smith Klein Gallery

The bulk of Verlo Mattress Factory’s business comes from repeat customers, a fact that was illustrated five minutes after I contacted the store. “I wish you could have heard that call,” said sales associate Willis Dallborf after assisting a client who used to live in the area and now lives in Nevada. “He wants to have a Verlo shipped to Reno.” Dallborf has been with the locally owned company for nine years and sees this sort of thing all the time. Verlo mattresses are built in the factory – right here in Boulder – from high quality, American components and are guaranteed for a minimum of five years. Verlo craftsmen make a variety of mattress styles, all thoroughly tested for comfort and support, and all available for on-site customer testing in the spacious showroom. Best of all, each set is made to order. “If you want something a little different, let us know and we’ll make it so,” enthuses Dallborf. In fact, they’ll make it so up to a year after the fact. If you sleep on your mattress for a while and decide you’d like it a little softer or firmer, Verlo will pick it up, bring it back to the factory and make a comfort adjustment for free. (TIE)

Denver Mattress Co. 1945 28th St., Boulder, 303.413.1314; 2201 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 303.774.1150, www.furniturerow.com

Urban Mattress 2830 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.440.0288, www.urbanmattress.com

1116 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.7200, www.smithklein.com

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BEST ART SUPPLY & HOBBY STORE

Michaels

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

Several of my friends are scrapbooking geniuses. Their photo albums look like art, and they each tout Michaels as THE place for finding innovative papers, stamps, inks and other tools of the trade that sound completely mystifying to me. I have other pals who make their own jewelry and/or knit astounding wearable creations (their birthday presents are always my favorites). They, too, are regular Michaels shoppers. As you may have gathered, I am less than gifted in the crafts arena. That’s why I rely on Michaels more than all my friends combined. The store houses a wealth of creative project ideas – from fine art to kid’s art, home décor to holiday flare, framing to event planning – and the staff is well-versed enough to take on expert questions while being patient enough to field inquiries like “That looks cool. What is it?” Michaels.com is also a treasure trove, with countless suggestions, techniques and an online community of active crafters. Guiry’s Color Source

2404 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.3800, www.guirys.com

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BEST CAMERA STORE

Mike’s Camera

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

Mike’s Camera has been the local favorite for industry professionals and amateur camera buffs alike since 1967. The store stocks the largest selection of photographic and video equipment in Colorado, including an impressive selection of rentals. It offers a full line of photo processing services, including the latest in digital cameras and digital camera printing kiosks. Its repair shop can fix just about any model of equipment (assuming the parts can be found) and is the only non-factory service center in the United States that offers a full one-year warranty on nonprofessional-use 35mm equipment. But it’s the people who really make Mike’s Camera shine. In testimonial after testimonial, customers praise the expertise and friendliness of the staff – one who stayed late to finish a family heirloom project, one who spent hours helping a client find the right digital camera, one who went above and beyond the call of duty to facilitate a repair. This is the kind of customer service that generates unswerving loyalty. Mike’s low price and seven-day satisfaction guarantees are just icing on the cake. Jones General Store and Camera 1370 College Ave., Boulder, 303.443.4420, www.jonesgeneral.com

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BEST BICYCLE SHOP

University Bicycles

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

University Bicycles got its start in a basement on Pearl Street. After 25 years in business, it’s the oldest bike shop in town. It’s also the most fun, according to our voters. “We are a passionate group of cyclists, and when you come into our store, we will be there with a smile, ready to help in any way we can,” says general manager Lester Binegar. “We handle rentals, commuters, kids, mountain bikers and roadies.” The store is home to a proficient service department that will have your ride repaired by the end of the next day, if not sooner. Bicycles ranging from standard to high performance are available to rent. And if you’re in the market for a new bike, the experienced staff can help you find one that fits your needs as well as your body. “We do a pre-fit assessment which allows us to understand your cycling goals and test your flexibility. Then we take a look at you on your bike and make adjustments as necessary,” explains Binegar. “Afterwards, you get to see yourself on video. This shows you the changes we made and how they will affect your riding.” Now that’s full service. Full Cycle 1795 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.1002; 1211 13th St., Boulder, 303.440.7771, www.fullcyclebikes.com

BEST BOOKSTORE

Boulder Book Store

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

The times have not been kind to bookstores. In the age of amazon.com and downloadable books, retail booksellers both large and small have fallen by the wayside. Boulder Book Store, on the other hand, has been going strong since 1973. The impressive number of titles – more than 100,000 strategically placed within the 20,000-square-foot facility – as well as the availability of used books and the central downtown location all help set Boulder Book Store apart from its competitors. But it’s the connection to our community that keeps customers coming back again and again to browse the shelves. Local and regional authors are prominently featured, both in bestseller displays and in-store appearances. Writing workshops and other community events are held here. Sections are tailored to local interests such as sustainability and spirituality. And friendly staff members are always on hand to help navigate the stacks, offer personal recommendations, take special orders and even find out-of-print books. (TIE)

Barnes & Noble, 2999 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.0349, www.barnesandnoble.com Borders, 1750 29th St., Boulder, 720.565.8266; 1101 South Hover Road, Longmont, 303.684.6446, www.borders.com

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BEST CHILDREN’S STORE

Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe

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

Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe was named after a woman whose children called her Rabbit. When her children had children, she became Grandrabbit. Everything about this independently owned store is as charming and personal as this story, from the layout that encourages creative play to the employees who are equipped with extensive toy knowledge as well as contagious smiles. Grandrabbit’s has been encouraging Boulder County’s imagination since 1977 with hand-chosen educational and fun toys. Classic toys that parents remember from their childhoods are plentiful – wood blocks, pretend cash registers, fishing games, pull toys, Lincoln Logs, Legos, feeding dolls and more. You’ll also find an ample supply of the hottest new offerings – balance bikes, letter games, science kits, role-playing games, building sets and beyond. No matter the age, stage or season, Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe has a plaything that will bring happiness and learning to its recipient. Childish Things Consignment Boutique 3183 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.442.2703, www.childishthingsconsign.com

BEST CONSIGNMENT STORE

Rags To Riches

3129 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.5758, www.iloverags.com

When you score a brand-name designer blouse that retailed at $125 for less than $20, you know you’ve found home. At Rags To Riches, looking fabulous comes with a very manageable price tag. And there’s never been a better time to hit the racks. “In the history of the store, we’ve never had more merchandise,” enthuses owner Margaret Miner. “I have about 4,000 items on the floor, and we put 200 to 300 new items out every day.” She and her staff hand select every piece based on brand, design and condition (only “almost new” will do). If you’re overwhelmed by the selection or just want some expert input, make an appointment with Rags’ personal shopper Holly. She’ll meet you in the store for a couple of hours and help you put pieces together – all for free. “People are just thrilled with the results,” says Miner. “They come away with a whole new wardrobe.” Holiday wardrobe overhauls are also eminently affordable at Rags. “Our dresses are around $30, so you can get several outfits for several different occasions and feel OK about it all.” Clutter Consignment

1909 9th St., Boulder, 303.386.3423, www.clutterconsign.com

BEST RECYCLED GOODS/ THRIFT STORE

Savers

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

BEST COSTUME STORE

The Ritz

www.theritzcostumes.com, 959 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.443.2850

The Ritz has been dressing up the town for 33 years. From the same location, this year-round costume shop serves up traditional to outrageous outfits for all types of Boulder County’s party-goers. With its upbeat atmosphere some consider The Ritz the party before the party. “I’m always pleased to see so many people of all ages shopping and totally getting into the experience,” says owner Susan Nutting. “Boulderites really embrace Halloween as a fabulous holiday and live it fully.” The shop prepares all year for its biggest holiday, scouting the most exciting, disarmingly fun and crazy costumes, wigs, boas, sunglasses, makeup and accessories. “All our costumes can be tried on—no plastic bags to peer through,” says Nutting. “You know what you’re getting and you can perfect your costume down to the last detail.” Whether you rent or buy a costume, the “Ritzies,” aka The Ritz’s creative, friendly and knowledgeable staff, can help you put it all together. Some of this year’s hottest costumes are Lady GaGa, 80’s rocker, Mad Men, Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter, vampires ala True Blood and Twilight, Avatar and Michael Jackson, says Nutting. Theatrical Costumes Etc! and Trendy Boutique

Hospice Care & Share Thrift Shop

www.theatricalcostumesetc.com, 669 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.440.8515

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Picture 20,000 square feet of pure fashion experimentation. That’s Savers. For diehards who shop near-daily to the occasional customer who discovers a trend-setting gem, Savers offers the adventure of the hunt and the beauty of the thrifty find. The department store-style thrift shop places a remarkable 6,000 items on rack daily from local non-profit partners the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center and the Epilepsy Foundation, plus truckloads of random remnants from other non-profit donations from around the country, according to manager Brian Sanchez. The sheer volume of Saver’s recycled goods should be of interest to any environmentally conscious citizen. “Last year we recycled a million pounds in Boulder alone,” says Sanchez. While Savers does have competition in the thrift store category, “no one can match my selection,” says Sanchez proudly. There are also few thrift stores that can match Saver’s new and used Halloween selection or its popular in-store promotions like 20% off for college students on Tuesdays and Monday’s double deal: 99 cent items and 50% off select items. With “thrifting” becoming trendier than ever, watch for new Saver’s fashion shows, featuring full outfits for $20.

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

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2010 Boulder County GOLD PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS Winners EATS BEST ALL YOU CAN EAT AND BEST SUSHI Japango RU for Best All You Can Eat: The Taj RU for Best Sushi: Hapa Sushi BEST BREAKFAST AND BEST BRUNCH Lucile’s Creole Cafe RU for Best Breakfast: Walnut Café RU for Best Brunch: Brasserie Ten Ten BEST AMERICAN RESTAURANT The Kitchen (TIE) RU: Turley’s AND Boulder ChopHouse & Tavern BEST BAKERY Breadworks Cafe RU: Spruce Confections BEST BAR The West End Tavern RU: Bitter Bar BEST BARBECUE The Rib House RU: KT’s Barbecue BEST CATERER A Spice of Life RU: Dish Gourmet BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT China Gourmet RU: Golden Lotus BEST COFFEEHOUSE Vic’s RU: Starbucks BEST DELI Salvaggio’s Delicatessen RU: Snarf’s BEST HAMBURGER Larkburger RU: Rueben’s Burger Bistro BEST ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT Glacier Home Made Ice Cream & Gelato RU: Cold Stone Creamery BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT The Taj RU: Tandoori Grill BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER Carelli’s of Boulder Ristorante Italiano RU for Best Italian Restaurant: Laudisio Italian Restaurant RU for Best Place for a Romantic Dinner: Flagstaff House Restaurant BEST LATE-NIGHT RESTAURANT The Corner Bar RU: Cosmo’s Pizza BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT Efrain’s Mexican RU: Agave Mexico Bistro & Tequila House BEST NEW RESTAURANT Agave Mexico Bistro & Tequila House RU: Salt BEST OUTDOOR DINING AND BEST APPETIZERS AND HAPPY HOUR Mediterranean Restaurant (The Med) RU for Best Outdoor Dining: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant (The Rio) RU for Best Appetizers: Brasserie Ten Ten RU for Best Happy Hour: Brasserie Ten Ten BEST PIZZA Abo’s Pizza RU: Proto’s Pizza BEST SEAFOOD Jax Fish House RU: Red Lobster BEST THAI Khow Thai Cafe RU: Elephant Hut Thai Grill BEST TAKE-OUT FOOD (TIE) Khow Thai Cafe AND Snarf’s RU: Chez Thuy BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant RU: Elephant Hut Thai Grill BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT Chez Thuy Vietnamese Restaurant RU: Black Pepper Pho Vietnamese Noodles & Bar BEST GUNBARREL/NIWOT RESTAURANT Colterra Food and Wine RU: Treppeda’s Italian Ristorante BEST LAFAYETTE/LOUISVILLE/ERIE/SUPERIOR RESTAURANT The Empire Lounge and Restaurant RU: Efrain’s Mexican

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BEST LONGMONT/LYONS RESTAURANT Oskar Blues Brewery RU: Sugarbeet BEST DESSERT The Cheesecake Factory RU: Glacier Home Made Ice Cream & Gelato BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE Frasca Food and Wine RU: Flagstaff House Restaurant BEST RESTAURANT TO BRING KIDS Red Robin Gourmet Burgers RU: The Southern Sun Brewery and Restaurant BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC Boulder Theater RU: Fox Theatre (The Fox) BEST THEATER PERFORMANCE Boulder Dinner Theatre RU: The Colorado Shakespeare Festival BEST BOULDER COUNTY EVENT Boulder Creek Festival (TIE) RU: Bolder Boulder AND Boulder County Farmers’ Market

SERVICES BEST A/C/HEATING Precision Plumbing & Heating RU: Save Home Heat Co. BEST AUTO DEALER Flatirons Acura/Subaru RU: Fisher Honda and Kia BEST AUTO REPAIR Hoshi Motors RU: Pellman’s Automotive Service BEST CAR WASH Puddle Car Wash RU: Black Diamond Car Wash BEST CARPET CLEANING SERVICE Nesheim Cleaning Services, Inc. RU: Chem-Dry of Boulder BEST KIDS’ DAY CAMP YMCA of Boulder Valley RU: Mountain Day Camp AND Rocky Mountain Day Camp BEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTION Elevations Credit Union (TIE) RU: Boulder Valley Credit Union BEST DENTIST Dr. Ted Kawulok, Whole Family Dentistry (TIE) RU: Dr. Joel L. Schaffer AND Dr. James E. Ehrlich BEST DRY CLEANER/LAUNDROMAT Art Cleaners RU: John’s Cleaners BEST PLACE TO WORK OUT RallySport Health and Fitness Club (TIE) RU: Flatiron Athletic Club AND Colorado Athletic Club BEST PILATES/YOGA CENTER CorePower Yoga RU: Yoga Pod BEST HAIR SALON The Parlour (TIE) RU FIX Hair Salon AND Salon Salon BEST HEARING AID CENTER Family Hearing Centers RU: Boulder Valley Hearing Associates BEST HOLISTIC CARE/WELLNESS CENTER Frasier Meadows Health Care Center RU: AcupunctureWorks BEST INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO Bartlett Interiors RU: Design Matters Inc. BEST LASIK/LASER EYE FACILITY/SURGEON Beyer Laser Center (TIE) RU – Insight Lasik AND Boulder Eye Surgeons BEST MEDICAL FACILITY Boulder Community Hospital RU: Boulder Medical Center BEST MOVING COMPANY Taylor Moving and Storage LLC RU: Two Men and a Truck BEST PET BOARDING SERVICE Cottonwood Kennels RU: Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center BEST PET GROOMING SERVICE The Hydrant RU: Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center BEST VETERINARIAN Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center RU: Alpine Hospital for Animals BEST PLACE FOR WORSHIP Flatirons Community Church RU: Unity of Boulder

BEST FUNERAL HOME SERVICE PROVIDER Crist Mortuary & Crematory RU: M.P. Murphy & Associates Funeral Home BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT Paul Roach, RE/MAX of Boulder RU (Tie): Gail Mock, Mock Realty AND Suzannah Shogren, Eighty 30 Realty BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY/OFFICE RE/MAX of Boulder RU: Wright-Kingdom Real Estate 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 (Tie) RU: Dan Felknor, Monarch High School AND Brenda Taylor, Centennial Middle School BEST SPA Essentiels Spa RU: St. Julien Hotel & Spa BEST SKINCARE FACILITY Laser & Cosmetic Associates RU: Essentiels Spa BEST STORAGE FACILITY U Store It RU: Boulder Bins Self Storage BEST TANNING SALON Tans To Go RU: VerandaSun BEST TRAVEL AGENCY James TravelPoints RU: Cain Travel BEST PLACE TO ENTERTAIN KIDS Pearl Street Mall RU: Gateway Park Fun Center BEST LOCAL EMPLOYER Boulder Valley Credit Union RU: Boulder Community Hospital BEST NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Humane Society of Boulder Valley (Tie) for RU - Intercambio de Comunidades AND Emergency Family Assistance Association BEST ACTIVIST/COMMUNITY CHAMPION Lee Shainis, Founder Intercambio de Comunidades (Tie) for RU: Robin Bolduc AND Josie Heath, The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County. BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE McGuckin Hardware RU: Boulder Valley Credit Union

SHOPPERS BEST ANTIQUE DEALER The Amazing Garage Sale RU: Bedell & Co. BEST ANTIQUE JEWELRY STORE Classic Facets Antique Jewelry RU: Bedell & Co. BEST ART GALLERY Art & Soul Gallery RU (Tie): Mary Williams Fine Arts AND Smith Klein Gallery BEST ART SUPPLY & HOBBY STORE Michaels RU: Guiry's Color Source BEST BEDDING/LINENS/MATTRESS STORE Verlo Mattress Factory RU (Tie): Denver Mattress Co. AND Urban Mattress BEST BICYCLE SHOP University Bicycles RU: Full Cycle BEST BOOKSTORE Boulder Bookstore RU (Tie): Barnes & Noble AND Borders BEST CHILDREN’S STORE Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe RU: Childish Things Consignment Boutique BEST CAMERA STORE Mike's Camera RU: Jones General Store and Camera BEST CONSIGNMENT STORE Rags To Riches RU: Clutter Consignment BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE The Regiment RU: Weekends

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BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE JJ Wells RU: Barbara & Company BEST SHOE STORE Pedestrian Shops RU: Two Sole Sisters BEST EYE CARE STORE Aspen Eyewear RU (Tie): Wink Optical AND Envision Boulder BEST FLOOR COVERING STORE Atlas Flooring, Inc. RU (Tie): Magnus Anderson AND Star Flooring, Inc. & Design BEST FLORIST AND BEST GARDEN CENTER AND BEST PLANT NURSERY Sturtz & Copeland RU for Best Florist: Fiori Flowers RU for Best Garden Center AND Best Plant Nursery: Harlequin’s Gardens BEST TREE NURSERY The Tree Farm RU: Harlequin's Gardens BEST PLANT NURSERY Sturtz & Copeland RU: Harlequin's Gardens BEST GIFT SHOP Bliss RU: Jacque Michelle BEST GREEN PRODUCTS/SERVICES STORE Ellie's Eco Home Store RU: Cartridge World BEST GROCERY STORE Whole Foods RU: Sunflower Farmers Market BEST HARDWARE STORE McGuckin Hardware RU: Home Depot BEST HOME FURNISHINGS STORE HW Home RU: Clutter Consignment BEST HOUSEWARES & KITCHEN GOODS STORE Peppercorn RU: McGuckin Hardware BEST HYDROPONICS STORE Family Hydroponics RU: Way to Grow BEST IMPORTED GOODS STORE: Cost Plus World Market RU: Indochine Home Import BEST LIQUOR STORE: Liquor Mart RU (Tie): Superior Liquor AND North Boulder Liquor BEST PLACE TO BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: Robb's Boulder Music RU: H.B. Woodsong’s BEST PET STORE/BAKERY/DELI AND BEST LOCALLY OWNED STORE P.C.’s Pantry for Dogs and Cats RU for Best Pet Store/Bakery/Deli: Only Natural Pet Store RU for Best Locally Owned Store: McGuckin Hardware BEST RECYCLED GOODS/THRIFT STORE Savers RU: HospiceCare & Share Thrift Shop 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 Good Store: Sports Authority RU for Best Outdoor Recreation Store: Neptune Mountaineering BEST PLACE TO BUY CUSTOM COUNTER TOPS Moros Fabrication RU: Atlas Flooring BEST PLACE TO BUY WINDOWS (WITHIN COLORADO) SolarGlass Window & Door RU: Pella Windows & Door BEST PLACE TO BUY WINDOW TREATMENTS (WITHIN COLORADO) Innovative Openings Inc. RU: Cloth Constructions BEST SHOPPING DESTINATION (WITHIN COLORADO) Pearl Street Mall RU: FlatIron Crossing BEST JEWELERY STORE AND BEST COMPANY/STORE THAT GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY Walters & Hogsett Fine Jewelers RU for Best Jewelry: Hurdles’s Jewelry RU for Best Company/Store that Gives Back to the Community: Whole Foods BEST COSTUME STORE The Ritz RU: Theatrical Costumes Etc! and Trendy Boutique

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