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BOULDER COUNTY

GOLD 2017 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

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2017 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

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he 2017 Boulder County Gold and East County Gold results are in. As you browse the following pages you will find some of the 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 are as fine as ever. Browse through the following pages, be sure to check out the new East Boulder County section, 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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EATS, DRINKS & ENTERTAINMENT

> Best Cuisine ............................................. 6 > Best Bites ............................................... 10 > Best Foodie Experience........................... 14 > Best Neighborhood Eateries .................... 20 > Best Places to Wet Your Whistle .............. 22 > Best Places to Have Fun ......................... 26

BEST CUISINE

Best Indian TAJ INDIAN CUISINE

Best American Food AND Best Wine Selection FLAGSTAFF HOUSE

The term American food is so limiting, as Flagstaff House’s alwaysmorphing menu draws on so many influences. Partner and General Manager Scott Monette says the cuisine, which evolves seasonally and changes daily, is filled with only the best: Japanese Kobe beef, black truffles from France and fresh fish flown in daily. The fine-dining mainstay is also a destination for wine lovers who appreciate an award-winning selection of some 4,000 worldwide varietals and pairing recommendations from an acclaimed staff. A “great facility in a perfect location with views, indoor and outdoor dining and valet parking” makes customers happy, too. In a town with no shortage of choices, Monette is humbled by the annual honors. “There are a lot of great restaurants in Boulder and we are happy that people think so highly of us.” 1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, 303.442.4640; flagstaffhouse.com. Runner Up for Best American Food: Oak at Fourteenth, 1400 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.3622; oakatfourteenth.com. Runner Up for Best Wine Selection: Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.6966; frascafoodandwine.com. 6 DAILY CAMERA

Best Chinese CHINA GOURMET

Best French BRASSERIE TEN TEN

Sometimes variety is very inviting. When Boulderites want to tempt their taste buds with a vast selection of Asian flavors, China Gourmet – with locations in Boulder and Longmont – is the place to do it. The extensive menu is a veritable feast for the eyes – and belly – as you make your way from egg drop soup to crab cheese wontons, lo mein, chow mein, veggie and beef dishes (including some identified as healthy picks), Shanghai specials and beyond. Whew! Come hungry and sip on some sake or bottomless green tea while you find and devour your favorites. 3970 N. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.440.3500; 1345 Dry Creek Drive, Longmont, 303.776.6930; chinagourmetmenu.com.

Brasserie Ten Ten is a French twist. The restaurant serves up traditional dishes like chicken poulet and duck confit cassoulet, right down to the infamous chicken waffle brunch for the hangover bunch. And that is why we love it. In spite of such variety comes the 14-yearold operation’s real claim to fame: consistency. “In both food and service, we’re known for excellence and consistency,” says General Manager Debbie Bianchi. “We find that people don’t just remember a great meal, but they also remember our servers’ names.” It’s this restaurant’s vibe with a coveted downtown location and a hopping happy hour, that makes Brasserie Ten Ten the place to be – any time you go. 1011 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.998.1010; brasserietenten.com.

Runner Up: Zoe Ma Ma, 2010 10th St., Boulder, 303.545.6262; zoemama.com.

Runner Up: L’Atelier,1739 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.7233; latelierboulder.com.

“Fresh, fresh, fresh.” That’s the Taj in a word that bears repeating, says Kamala Ghimire Rai, who co-owns the locally embedded eatery with her husband. The reason this Indian restaurant has lasted (and many laurels) is storied: It continues to evolve with one family’s life – and an entire community’s desires. Bucking the trend of traditional, sometimesheavy Indian dishes, Ghimire Rai reinvented the all-day Indian buffet after exploring healthier, fresher yet still affordable options to feed her autistic son. Boulder County locals praised her inclusion of steamed vegetables, brown rice and popular spreads like chicken makhani made with hand-ground spices. Over time, customers have become family. 2630 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.494.5216; tajcolorado.com. Runner Up: Tandoori Grill, 619 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.543.7339; tandoorigrillboulder.com.


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BOULDER COUNTY GOLD / Eats, Drinks & Entertainment

Best Mexican EFRAIN’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT AND CANTINA

The best Mexican food comes from families with roots deep in handmade dishes. We’d hedge to guess that’s why each Efrain’s location – tied together by brothers from Northern Chihuahua – are regularly ranked among the best authentic Mexican restaurants in Boulder County. “We come from Mexico and my mom is the best cook,” says Jorg Gomez, owner of the original Lafayette location. Efrain’s chicken chimichanga – made with super-fresh poultry – is a top seller, as are the fajitas, chile verde and rellenos. With all these mouth-watering meals, it’s even more ironic that when asked why locals keep coming back, Gomez answers, “Very good prices and a very good margarita!”101 E. Cleveland St., Lafayette, 303.666.7544; 1630 N. 63rd St., Boulder, 303.440.4045; 451 S. Pratt Parkway, Longmont, 720.494.0777; efrainsrestaurant.com. Runner Up: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 1101 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.3690; riograndemexican.com.

Best Italian AND Best Ambiance CARELLI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO

Italian food is comforting all on its own, but add in a warm and welcoming environment and Carelli’s opens like an opera of flavor and feeling. But Owner Greg Carelli won’t take full responsibility for the restaurant’s success for its more than 26 years in service. He praises Boulder’s loyal community – and the good people who work for him. “My employees are the heart of Carelli’s. A lot of my customers have built relationships with the employees, which helps foster a family environment.” As for food, classics like the Polo alla Carelli, sautéed chicken with caramelized broccoli served over pasta, is simply divine. And watch for newcomer Salmon Pappardelle – Atlantic salmon with ribbons of pappardelle pasta, local Hazel Dell mushrooms, Roma tomatoes and baby spinach in a white garlic sauce. But interestingly it’s the bar that may just earn Carelli’s the coziest eatery in town award. “Some liken it to the little Cheers of Boulder.” 645 30th St., Boulder, 303.938.9300; carellis.com. Runner Up for Best Italian: Via Perla, 901 Pearl St., Boulder, 720.669.0100; viaperla.com. Runner Up for Best Ambiance: Flagstaff House, 1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, 303.442.4640; flagstaffhouse.com.

Best Vietnamese/Pho Cuisine CHEZ THUY VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT Dining at Chez Thuy is like sinking into a chair at the family dining table and talking to mom about what’s for dinner. It’s personal. “I put a lot of love into it,” says Owner Thuy Le. “I go with the tastes that will work for my customers. But whatever I come up with, they seem to like!” Vietnam’s soothing pho soup is a soft spot for Boulderites who relish Le’s secret spin on the ubiquitous dish. “My customers say ‘Your pho, I can’t find it anywhere else!’” Le says. “No one can replicate it.” Stir-fry is another favorite, but nothing beats pho for people in the know. Le says, “Old people, young people and college students – they all come in on a rainy day for pho and fried rice.” 2655 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.1700; chezthuy.com. Runner Up: Black Pepper Pho, 2770 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.1948.

Best Thai ALOY THAI CUISINE

“Aloy” means delicious in Thai, and that’s no boast at this modern take on tasty southeast Asian cuisine. “We pride ourselves on the authenticity of our food,” says General Manager Chantal Johnson of the family-owned operation. For example, the rich and satisfying kao soi, a coconut curry egg-noodle soup, is hard to find even in Thailand, and the classic drunken noodle is rumored to be the best in town. A crew of top-notch chefs works diligently to source high-quality, organic meat and produce, especially from local farms whenever possible. You can taste the effort. The authentic vibe extends to the restaurant’s atmosphere, with handmade relics gathered directly from the owner’s homeland. “There are lots of traditional decorations in oranges and reds,” Johnson says. “It feels like sitting down and eating in a real Thai restaurant.” 2720 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.440.2903; aloymodernthai.com. Runner Up: Busaba,133 S. McCaslin Blvd., Unit H, Louisville, 303.665.0330; busabaco.com. 8 DAILY CAMERA


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Best Burrito ILLEGAL PETE’S

BEST BITES Best Barbecue KT’S BBQ

Boulder County is home to lots of vegetarians, but KT’s BBQ loves being part of the “counterculture,” laughs Melanie Thibodeau, one of three owners of the Memphisstyle barbeque joint. “We have a small, consistent menu that’s made with care,” Thibodeau says. “But there’s also the customer service side: We have very deep connections with our customers.” Regulars love KT’s pork BBQ with beans and coleslaw, which Thibodeau refers to as “the holy trinity.” But don’t miss signature dishes like the June Bowl – a “BBQ parfait” that at least one customer loads with pork, garlic mashed potatoes and key lime pie. 2660 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.442.3717; 7464 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.786.7608; ktsbbq.com. Runner Up: Georgia Boys BBQ Company, 237 Collyer St., Longmont, 720.999.4099; georgiaboys.com.

Best Burger MOUNTAIN SUN / SOUTHERN SUN PUB & BREWERY

Mountain Sun just keeps shining rays of goodness on casual, approachable food and drink in Boulder County. While the menus at both locations are loaded with comfort cuisine, the burger is always a standout. “We use a third of a pound of all-natural, vegetarian-fed Colorado beef with no antibiotics or steroids,” General Manager Jessica Candaleria says. “That’s a great place to start to make an outstanding burger.” The popular sweet-and-savory Date Night Burger is topped with goat cheese, roasted poblano peppers, hickorysmoked bacon and date puree. To keep it interesting the restaurant also runs burger specials. For example, the eclectic Apple Burger was recently slathered with butter-poached Granny Smith apple cream cheese, thin-sliced apples, honey-cured bacon and zesty arugula. Yum! 1535 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.546.0886; 627 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.543.0886; mountainsunpub.com. Runner Up: Rueben’s Burger Bistro, 1800 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.443.5000; ruebensburgerbistro.com.

There’s nothing illegal about this place, except if you count a menu and mindset made to break the rules. Founder Pete Turner did it all on purpose – the lively atmosphere, the rocking tunes, the flowing beverages, the superior burrito – and in Boulder it just stuck. Illegal Pete’s slogan “natural food, natural people” is true, too. You can come as you are for breakfast, lunch or dinner and always find intentionally sourced foods like all-natural, antibioticfree, hormone-free meats from Creekstone Farms and all-natural, preservative-free tortillas for Pete’s notorious Mexican nosh. Families are welcome and any meal can be made kid-sized for less. 1447 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.3955; 1124 13th St., Boulder, 303.444.3055; illegalpetes.com. Runner Up: Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, 101 E. Cleveland St., Lafayette, 303.666.7544; 1630 N. 63rd St., Boulder, 303.440.4045; 451 S. Pratt Parkway, Longmont, 720.494.0777; efrainsrestaurant.com.

Best Ice Cream AND Best Dessert AND Best Place to Entertain Kids GLACIER HOMEMADE ICE CREAM & GELATO

This three-category winner deserves the accolades for its decadent desserts. You can taste the homespun habit in every bite of Glacier’s made-from-scratch ice cream, gelato and sorbet, because there’s no artificial sweetener or coloring to cover it up! (OK, except for the kiddie delight cotton candy flavor, which we’ll give a pass.) Everything is naturally processed – hand-peeled, -squeezed and -cut – to create the freshness for which this longstanding Boulder brand is famous. “We’re also known for our range, with over 60 flavors on display at any one time,” says General Manager Daniel Arkles. “We’re trying to keep a healthy balance between kid-centric and high-end gourmet flavors.” Innovating and setting new standards is just in Glacier’s DNA. In addition to setting up a chalkboard inspiration wall that kids love, the shop is partnering with local businesses like Boulder’s small-batch Sherpa Chai. 4760 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.4760; 3133 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.6542; glaciericecream.com. Runner Up for Best Ice Cream: Sweet Cow, 637 Front St., Louisville, 303.666.4269; 2628 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.447.3269; 669 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.494.4269; sweetcowicecream.com. Runner Up for Best Dessert: Sweet Cow, 637 Front St., Louisville, 303.666.4269; 2628 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.447.3269; 669 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.494.4269; sweetcowicecream.com. Runner Up for Best Place to Entertain Kids: Pearl Street Mall, Pearl Street between 11th and 15th Streets; 303.449.3774; boulderdowntown.com. 10 DAILY CAMERA


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Best Seafood JAX FISH HOUSE & OYSTER BAR

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar is among the 25 Best Seafood Restaurants as determined by Travel & Leisure Magazine, and Boulder loves it, too. Jax is also the first restaurant in Colorado to partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, which ensures that every ounce of seafood on their menu is responsibly sourced. Coastless and landlocked? No problem. Jax gets this delicious seafood jet-fresh, every morning, and its chefs pair it with the best local produce. General Manager Lee Sandoval is grateful for the support in the community and credits Jax’s popularity and repeated awards to several key factors. “It’s a mentality and an ethos about treating people well – including the staff, about everyone being heard, people taking time off to enjoy why we all live here. Jax recently unveiled the ‘Oyster Club,’ where guests can purchase oysters directly from the restaurant, visit jaxoysterclub.com for more details. 928 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.1811; jaxfishhouse.com.

Best Pizza PIZZERIA LOCALE

Best Salad MAD GREENS

“It starts with passionate chefs, and pizza just so happens to be the vessel in which we showcase our love for Napoli,” says Pizzeria Locale’s Nicole Thurk. This impossibly thin and tasty pizza starts with a special dough made from a six-year-old starter and adds interest with ingredients sourced locally and from gourmet importers. But there’s more to it: Pizza Locale is building a legacy. “The pizza we create each day is built on tradition and every tradition has a story,” Thurk says. “The story goes beyond the food – our wood-fired oven, photos on the wall, prosciutto slicer and wine list all contribute to the plotline.” Seasonal pizzas like the Pesca stretch the storyline, too: Palisade peaches, cotechino (sausage), stracciatella, basil, pecorino, chili flakes and honey. “It hits all the notes the taste buds crave.” 1730 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.3003; localeboulder.com.

Manager George Scaife says the number one salad at Mad Greens is the Ty Cobb Salad, consisting of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, bacon, egg, avocado, southwest chicken and onions; the most popular dressing is blue cheese. “We are getting good local produce from local sources in the state of Colorado, and we’re taking care of our customers, one question at a time, taking care of their needs.” The staff strives to embody their Declaration of Nourishment, which states: “We nourish our MAD Greens family by encouraging and recognizing individual contributions and providing real opportunities for growth. We nourish our guests by providing delicious, betterfor-you, fresh and inspired eats in an environment that infuses hospitality, convenience and affordability. We nourish our community by cultivating local relationships and forging genuine, meaningful partnerships built on trust and transparency.” 1805 29th Street, Ste. 1144, Boulder, 720.496.4157; madgreens.com.

Runner Up: Abo’s Pizza, 637 S. Broadway Ave., Unit S, Boulder, 303.494.1274; abospizza.com.

Runner Up: Modern Market, 1600 28th St., Ste. 1212, Boulder, 303.440.0476, modernmarket.com.

Runner Up: Spruce Farm & Fish, 2115 13th Street, Boulder, 303.442.4880; spruceboulderado.com.

Best Sushi SUSHI ZANMAI This Boulder mainstay has been a favorite for 31 years. At Sushi Zanmai, traditional sushi is prepared while you watch, at the sushi bar or at your table. The festive atmosphere really takes off with Karaoke sing-along on Saturday evenings. The atmosphere is fun and high-energy, with many regulars coming again and again. He attributes Sushi Zanmai’s success to “having a consistent fun atmosphere, and consistency with the food and the customer service. Our team is a tightly knit family, and we are inviting customers to have fun,” says Manager Elliott Trout. They are known for their sushi and more. “We serve traditional Ramen from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends,” says Trout. 1221 Spruce St., Boulder, 303.440.0733; sushizanmai.com. Runner Up: Hapa Sushi, 1117 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.473.4730; hapasushi.com.

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BEST FOODIE EXPERIENCE Best Appetizers AND Best Happy Hour THE MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT

The Mediterranean is a perennial award winner. General Manager Kyra McGee says, “We strive to put out really delicious food, in a fun, lively environment, and we give our guests great value. We’ve been in business for about 25 years. People choose us for the range of selections we have – for the happy hour and the appetizers – and, again, the value.” The Med Happy Hour is known as one of the liveliest spots in town. The festive atmosphere makes the Med an inviting place to meet friends and unwind. They offer daily special prices on beverages as well as an extensive tapas menu. The Med’s daily Late Happy Hour invites diners to stop by late for discounted tapas and beverages. 1002 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.5335; themedboulder.com. Runner Up for Best Appetizers: Dagabi Cucina, 3970 Broadway, Ste. 101, Boulder, 303.786.9004; dagabicucina.com. Runner Up for Best Happy Hour: Brasserie Ten Ten, 1011 Walnut St. #100, Boulder, 303.998.1010; brasserietenten.com.

Best Breakfast THE BUFF RESTAURANT

Owner Jacquie Meyer says, “Our mission is we have a genuine desire to please our customers. We feed them good quality food, and if they’re not pleased, we make sure they are before they leave. We try really hard. And we’re consistent. I grew up in Boulder, and we’re proud of what we do. We’re just a small Mom and Pop place; our five kids have participated in our business, and people who work for us feel that pride, too, and they in turn create that for our customers. I think we have a genuine desire to please Boulder; we’re not some new person here; it’s our 23rd year. I’ve got customers who have been with us the whole time. We have been blessed.” 2600 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.442.9150; buffrestaurant.com.

Best Bakery AND Best Lunch AND Best Customer Service BREADWORKS BAKERY AND CAFÉ

“We opened the bakery 22 ½ years ago, on Valentine’s Day 1995, and have been open 365 days a year since then,” says Owner Larry Domnitz. “We are at the same location; we’ve expanded a couple of times. We pride ourselves on our award-winning organic artisan breads, fine pastries, fresh à la carte breakfasts and lunches and our gourmet take-away food. From the chicken broth to the croissant dough and all our hand shaped organic artisan breads, we make everything from scratch with only the freshest ingredients. We use all certified organic flour, and the finest ingredients. We focus on being consistent; the whole staff is committed to making a high-quality product every day. Hundreds of customers come in every day; we have a courteous staff who are knowledgeable and can answer customers’ questions. We make sure our foods are high quality and priced for value. We’re not a chain; we’re a neighborhood bakery.” 2644 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.444.5667; breadworks.net. Runner Up for Best Bakery: Spruce Confections, 767 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.6773, spruceconfections.com. Runner Up for Best Lunch: Oak at Fourteenth, 1400 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.3622, oakatfourteenth.com. Runner Up for Best Customer Service: Flagstaff House Restaurant, 1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, 303.442.4640, flagstaffhouse.com.

Runner Up: South Side Walnut Café, 673 S. Broadway, Boulder, 720.304.8118; walnutcafe.com.

Best Brunch BRASSERIE TEN TEN

General Manager Debbie Bianchi says, “We pride ourselves in reaching a ten out of ten every time – in service, food, drinks and atmosphere.” Brasserie Ten Ten offers a variety of items on its brunch menu that’ll cover whatever you’re craving, whether it be their delicious Belgian Waffle and Chicken or delectable Oeufs Au Crabe, which has delicious poached eggs over homemade crab cakes. Or if you’re into oysters on a Sunday morning, they’ve got them. Not only is their food memorable, but the staff is as well. Guests remember not only the delicious meal they had, but the experience as well – even the servers’ names. They treat each other like family, as well as their guests. Definitely try them out for brunch, but also for their happy hour, served every day from 3 to 6:30 p.m. 1011 Walnut St., Ste. 100, Boulder, 303.998.1010; brasserietenten.com. Runner Up: Snooze, 1617 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.225.7344; snoozeeatery.com. 14 DAILY CAMERA

Best Caterer A SPICE OF LIFE

Co-owners David Rubin and Dan Bruckner emphasize that “A Spice of Life is so much more than just their food. They are a true family who work together to produce the excellence they’ve been known for. They have been active in the community for over 20 years and have decadeslong relationships with fellow Boulder Chamber members ... for their willingness to give back to local organizations and to the planet. A Spice of Life is the first Zero Waste caterer in the state, thanks to their longstanding partnership with Eco-Cycle. They have a fully from-scratch kitchen with passionate and talented chefs. “Our clients understand that A Spice of Life will be there every step of the way helping to ensure complete, seamless perfection at their successful event.” 5541 Central Ave., Ste. 272, Boulder, 303.443.4049; aspiceoflife.com. Runner Up: The Front Range Catering Co., 5741 Arapahoe Ave.., Ste. 3A, Boulder, 303.449.1981; frontrangecatering.com.


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Best Corporate Cafe CELESTIAL SEASONINGS CAFÉ

Best Farm to Table BLACK CAT FARM TABLE BISTRO

For more than 25 years, the Celestial Seasonings Café has offered a wide variety of hearty meals for breakfast and lunch. For fresh, nutritious home-cooked food served in a warm and inviting atmosphere filled with beautiful Celestial Seasonings artwork, you may join other visitors and Celestial Seasonings staff members at the café. Breakfast is Monday through Friday, 7–10 a.m., and lunch is Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Manager Karen Warhola-Golas says, “We work hard to provide good food at a good price. We have great variety; our specials change every day. We offer homemade soups made from scratch every day. Our team members make it special with their friendliness and welcoming attitude.” And, she adds, “We try to incorporate tea into our food. It’s in a lot of salad dressings, and every couple of months we serve a Chai Tiramisu.” 4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder, 303.581.1308; celestialseasonings.com.

Chef Eric Skokan and Jill Skokan have created a 130acre, Certified Organic farm located just outside Boulder that supplies their two restaurants (Black Cat Farm Table Bistro and Bramble & Hare), CSAs, and booths at both the Boulder and Denver Union Station farmers’ markets. Black Cat’s menu changes daily and always offers delightful and inventive farm-to-table options. Black Cat is the ultimate Farm-toTable restaurant; that’s what this Boulder favorite is known for. The Skokans harvest their farm everyday to bring the freshest seasonal ingredients to their restaurants. They also raise sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and geese. With all this great bounty, Chef Skokan is always fine-tuning the menu for seasonal variety. 1964 13th St., Boulder, 303.444.5500; blackcatboulder.com.

Runner Up: A Spice of Life, 5541 Central Ave.., Ste. 272, Boulder, 303.443.4049; aspiceoflife.com.

Runner Up: The Kitchen, 1039 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.544.5973; thekitchen.com.

Best Late Night BRAMBLE & HARE

Bramble & Hare, the original Farmhouse Kitchen and Pub, opened in 2012, founded by Jill and Chef Eric Skokan as the sister restaurant to their Black Cat Farm Table Bistro. It has all of the great farm-to-table food that Black Cat has, but in a more laid back setting. The Skokans draw upon the variety of meats and Certified Organic produce grown on their 130-acre farm, and in addition forage wild produce – like mushrooms, juniper and wild plums. With these abundant resources the chef creates delectable menus, which change daily. Guests savor the eclectic seasonal fare, microbrews, wine, mixed drinks and cocktails served in a dimly lit, cozy and warmly decorated spot. 1970 13th St., Boulder, 303.444.9110; brambleandhare.com. Runner Up: Cosmo’s Pizza, 659 30th St., Boulder, 303.447.3278; cosmospizza.com.

Best Gluten Free AND Best Natural Ingredients AND Best Vegetarian THE CORNER

The Corner is a welcome healthy alternative on The Hill. Owner Peter Howser says, “We spend a lot of time training our staff to know what the ingredients are in our offerings, and therefore they can help direct people to their dietary needs and desires. It is great that we won for best vegetarian, but sometimes when I read best vegetarian at a restaurant I think it is just a vegetarian restaurant. We offer things like a Paleo bowl that contains chicken and steak in an Argentine chimichurri sauce, as well as a blackened fish sandwich, an Angus cheeseburger, and fish tacos.” Hearty and healthy breakfasts, which are served all day, include burritos with scrambled eggs, potatoes, cheddar cheese, roasted chile salsa, and choice of meat or veggie, along with a spinach, wheat or white tortilla. Salads are fresh and house-made. Soups and sauces are made from scratch. 1100 13th St., Boulder, 720.398.8331; thecornerboulder.com. Runner Up for Best Gluten Free: Carelli’s, 645 30th St., Boulder, 303.938.9300; carellis.com. Runner Up for Best Natural Ingredients: Fresh Thymes Eatery, 2500 30th St., Ste.101, Boulder, 303.955.7988; freshthymeseatery.com. Runner Up for Best Vegetarian: Leaf, 2010 16th St., Boulder, 303.442.1485; leafvegetarianrestaurant.com. 16 DAILY CAMERA


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Best New Eatery RIVER AND WOODS

Best Sandwich SNARF’S

Best Take-Out Food CURRY N’ KEBOB

Runner Up: Arcana, 909 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.3885; arcanarestaurant.com.

Runner Up: Salvaggio’s Deli, 2609 Pearl St., Boulder; 303.938.1981; salvaggiosdeli.us.

Runner Up: Motomaki, 1600 28th St., Ste.1216, Boulder; 720.943.2030; motomaki.com.

River and Woods is striving to build a true community restaurant that will serve an elevated taste of Colorado Comfort Cuisine. Josh Dinar, partner with Daniel Asher at River and Woods, says, “We set out to create a community-inspired neighborhood restaurant that was worthy of a destination. We believe that food should tell a story, and so a number of items on our menu actually come from guests who submitted favorite recipes from their lives, which Chef Daniel and his team then interpret and make seasonal,” says Dinar. River and Woods honors the history of the iconic restaurant space in which its in and offers a fun bar and a comfortable backyard dining area. As to service, the restaurant’s amazing staff strikes this incredible balance of professionalism and familiarity. 2328 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.993.6301; riverandwoodsboulder.com.

When you eat a Snarf ’s sandwich, know this: That flavor explosion, those bombs of deliciousness dropping on your tastebuds, don’t happen by accident. Snarf ’s packs its sandwiches, soups and salads with fresh, mouthwatering food. It’s a true Boulder original, and its many loyal customers are the reason the company has done so well here and elsewhere. Ask about what’s not on the menu. (Thank me later.) “We’ve been fortunate to be in Boulder for more than 20 years so we’ve developed many fans over the years,” says Marketing Director Jill Preston. “Our fans or ‘Snarfers’ do an amazing job of spreading the word for us, so we have new people trying us every day in addition to our loyal customers. And we must admit, we think we have the best sandwich in Boulder!” 6562 Lookout Road., Boulder; 720.622.0107; eatsnarfs.com.

Let’s be honest: Nothing beats Indian take out. Sometimes it’s the only thing that makes sense. Curry n’ Kebob on 28th Street keeps your take out dreams alive with spot-on dishes straight out of northern India and Bangladesh. You know that onion bhaji isn’t going to eat itself. And those salmon samosas aren’t going to jump into your mouth. Tandoori won’t just take an Uber to your apartment. Same goes for their amazing curries: vindaloo, saag, malaya and many more. You gotta make it happen, and Curry n’ Kebob makes it easy. Get it delivered with GrubHub or hungrybuffs.com or pick up with ChowNow. Back to the food: Entrees are gluten free, meat is halal, everything is free of MSG, and vegetarian and vegan options abound. 3050 28th St., Boulder; 720.328.4696; currynkebob.com.

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Best Lafayette/Louisville/ Superior/Erie Eatery PARMA TRATTORIA & MOZZARELLA BAR

Best Longmont/Lyons Eatery OSKAR BLUES

“I think our staff at Colterra Food and Wine won this award,” says Chef Bradford Heap. “We have a wonderful seasoned veteran wait staff that cares about people, coupled with our garden patio. Our clients are loving the renovated private dining space called the Gables where we can accommodate groups of more than fifty!” Colterra is widely known and loved for three things: fresh, local and in season. Chef Heap and staff do not compromise on these things. Local farms provide the best produce, dairy, and meat at peak flavor. And lest you think fish at a restaurant in a small Colorado town is a bad idea, Colterra flies in its piscatorial offerings from sustainable populations worldwide, inspected for highest quality. Haven’t been to Niwot? Make Colterra your first stop. 210 Franklin St., Niwot; 303.652.0777; colterra.com.

There are Italian restaurants that can slap together noodles and sauce. And then there’s Parma Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar, in a completely different class. Honoring the food and tradition of the Emilia-Romagna region, Parma Trattoria uses organic ingredients from local farmers, and green, unaltered products whenever possible. Parma serves traditional diverse Italian dishes such as pastas, pizzas, salads, meat, poultry and seafood. Cheeses are all lactose free; some are made in house and others are imported directly from Rome and Naples! “Parma has been in business now for almost six years and we work a lot on making sure the food, the service, and the style are always consistent,” says Owner Emilio Perna Ruggiero. “We don’t forget our Italian roots, and we bring new dishes, new wine and new ideas every day.” 1132-1 W. Dillon Road, Louisville; 303.284.2741; parmamozzarellabar.com.

Runner Up: 1914 House, 121 2nd Ave., Niwot; 303.834.9751; 1914house.com.

Runner Up: Community, 206 S. Public Road, Lafayette; 720.890.3793; eatatcommunity.com.

Runner Up: Pumphouse Brewery, 540 Main St., Longmont; 303.702.0881; pumphousebrewery.com.

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD EATERY Best Gunbarrel/Niwot Eatery COLTERRA FOOD AND WINE

Some feat for a dynamite beer brand to get our readers’ vote as Best Eatery! But that’s how it goes for Oskar Blues. They don’t do beer or food halfway. Can you believe it’s been 20 years since they started serving Southern-style Creole and Cajun dishes alongside classic Americana offerings like burgers, slow-smoked BBQ and homemade pizzas? Culinary goodness with the best beer around. “Everyone on staff works hard to make our customers happy,” says Spokesperson Jason Rogers. “I’m proud to see that pay off every day and this is a testament to that. Lyons and Longmont residents have been a huge catalyst to our success and without them we wouldn’t be where we are.” Tip: keep an eye out for the new Oskar Blues Taproom at 921 Pearl St. in Boulder. 303 Main St., Lyons; 303.823.6685; 1555 S. Hover Road., Longmont; 303.485.9400; oskarbluesfooderies.com.

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BEST PLACES TO WET YOUR WHISTLE Best Bar THE BITTER BAR Here’s what you voted for: A legit happy hour, scrumptious small plates, a great, local, laid back vibe and classic cocktails made with respect. That’s the Bitter Bar - our readers’ favorite. People love the bar’s classy but never stuffy atmosphere, the surety of getting an amazing, clean cocktail with just a few ingredients, and the time spent catching up with friends after work during happy hour. “We think we have won because we provide amazing cocktails and spirits in a fun and laid back neighborhood bar environment,” says Manager Dan Maguire. “The best compliment we can receive from a customer is, ‘We love your bar!’” Tip: Book a private party on any budget at the Bitter Bar! See the website or stop in for details. 835 Walnut St., Boulder; 303.442.3050; thebitterbar.com.

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Best Coffeehouse OZO COFFEE COMPANY

Ozo is near and dear to the lips of Boulder coffee lovers. It’s the coffee that brings you to Ozo and it’s the coffee that keeps you there when you should have been back to work an hour ago. Every batch is roasted for optimal flavor and integrity. “Ozo is committed to quality, consistency and the customer, so if our clientele feels that passion and engagement, we feel the support from them,” says Director of Retail Greg Lefcourt. Ozo’s coffee professionals take pride in their craft and hope that their efforts to maintain healthy levels of sustainability, quality, environment, and people are obvious to every guest. Whether you stop in for an espresso, brew bar, mocha or coffee, the goal is the same: best coffeehouse experience ever. 1015 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.645.4885; 5340 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.440.0233; 1232-A S. Hover Road, Ste. 400, Longmont, 720.600.6689; ozocoffee.com. Runner up: Vic’s, 2680 Broadway, Boulder; 303.440.8209.

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There have been plenty of great moments for Avery Brewing, but moving into its state-of-the-art facility in Gunbarrel in 2015 has to be near the top. Boulder has embraced them, to put it mildly. Avery has so many great beers and great people - their tasting room has become many beer lovers’ go-to. “We are thrilled to win the Best Brewery in Boulder County because it means that we are doing our jobs right! After moving into our new brewery in Gunbarrel two years ago, we have continuously worked to improve our Tap Room and Restaurant experience, our community events, and the beer,” said Avery Brewing! “It’s wonderful to hear that our neighbors and friends love what we are doing, and we love to hear that we provide the best beer experience.” 4910 Nautilus Court North, Boulder; 303.440.4324; averybrewing.com. Runner Up: Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery, 1535 Pearl St., Boulder; 303.546.0886; Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, 627 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.543.0886; mountainsunpub.com.


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Best Distillery SPIRIT HOUND DISTILLERS

With a goal to handcraft the highest quality spirits to ever cross your lips, Spirit Hound sees our readers’ votes in this category as an enthusiastic two thumbs up. And they are just a feel-good group of people. “We’re authentic and are able to produce amazing products,” says Co-founder Wayne Anderson. “Our brand really seems to resonate with folks and we have an amazing community that cheer-leads and supports everything we do. This distillery project is entirely a product of the love and overwhelming kinsmanship you will find in Lyons.” Make the short drive out to Lyons seven days a week and try the celebrated and award-winning distiller’s straight malt whiskey, rum, coffee liqueur, sambuca, and moonshine. A unique Colorado mountain drinking experience! 4196 Ute Hwy (U.S. 36), Lyons, 303.823.5696; spirithounds.com. Runner Up: Vapor Distillery, 5311 Western Ave., Ste. 180, Boulder, 303.997.6134; vapordistillery.com.

Best Sports Bar LAZY DOG

For live music, trivia nights, a completely laid back vibe and sports, Lazy Dog on the corner of Pearl Street and 14th is the last word. So what’s your thing? You want to hear a local or regional band burning up the stage? You want to join the Open Jam? Maybe you’re a trivia geek, or perhaps you just want somewhere to chill and watch the game with old friends and new. Lazy Dog has it all, and it’s a sports mecca, but its best asset is the loyal crowd that keeps coming back. Large parties and private ones are welcome and easily accommodated, so think about Lazy Dog when it comes to your company party or working lunch. Stop in next time you’re cruising Pearl. 1346 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.3355; thelazydog.com. Runner Up: Harpo’s Sports Grill, 2680 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.444.9464; harpossportsgrill.com.

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Best Taphouse BACKCOUNTRY PIZZA AND TAPHOUSE

Backcountry Pizza & Tap House has Boulder’s biggest selection of draft microbrews. And that’s saying something in a town awash in microbrews. Backcountry has more than 60 on draft with taps rotating daily. If for some strange reason you can’t decide on a draft, there are 300 bottles waiting. You WILL find something to pair with your pizza, sandwich, burger, or wings. “We create a comfortable space where people can congregate, chat, enjoy themselves and drink some really great beer,” says Manager Vanessa Combs. “Our beer fanatic staff can guide just about anybody to a beer that tickles their fancy and something that’s exotic and intriguing to their palate.” Tip: Backcountry is now showing the PAC-12 Network - all the Buff sports on TV! 2319 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.4285; backcountrypizzaandtaphouse.com. Runner Up: Growler USA, 1071 Courtesy Road., Louisville, 303.665.9967; growlerusa.com.

Best Tea AND Best Outdoor Dining BOULDER DUSHANBE TEAHOUSE If you haven’t made time for tea at Dushanbe Teahouse, you’re missing out. The building is an incredible gift from the mayor of Dushanbe, Tajikistan and many Tajik artisans. It is a wonder to behold, chock-full of art and architectural features of the region. When you sit on the patio nestled against Boulder Creek and savor a selection from Dushanbe’s unique and carefully curated tea list, you can almost convince yourself you’re on vacation in the heart of the Fann Mountains. Dushanbe is famous for its premium loose teas and succulent global cuisine. “We’re always so pleased when we get compliments on our service,” says Co-owner Sara Stewart Martinelli. “We work really hard to train our staff to be courteous and knowledgeable about our wide tea selection and exotic cuisine, so when people recognize that, we are sincerely grateful.” 1770 13th St., Boulder, 303.442.4993; boulderteahouse.com. Runner Up for Best Tea: Celestial Seasonings, 4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder, 303.581.1266; celestialseasonings.com. Runner Up for Best Outdoor Dining: Chautauqua Dining Hall, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.442.3282; chautauqua.com/dining-hall.

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BEST PLACES TO HAVE FUN Best Place to Hear Live Music BOULDER THEATER

The inimitable Boulder Theater is one of the best places to hear live music in the nation, as anyone who’s seen a show there knows. Not only is it majestic - its art deco facade is a Colorado historic landmark - but the sound is state of the art and the acts on stage routinely sell out the venue. A peek at this fall’s calendar: Dark Star Orchestra, Billy Bragg, Devotchka, Billy Corgan, and many more. “We are committed to providing our customers with an excellent overall experience inside our venue,” says Z2 Entertainment Marketing Director Darlene D’Agostino Beck. “We strive to bring Boulder the best in live music and entertainment. We treat our staff like family and hopefully that family vibe trickles down to the audience.” 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303.786.7030; bouldertheater.com. Runner Up: Nissi’s, 2675 Northpark Drive, Lafayette, 303.665.2757; nissis.com.

Best Theater Performance BDT STAGE

BDT Stage is still going strong - perhaps stronger than ever - in its 40th season! Boulder has come to expect BDT to produce Broadway-quality shows (four per year), directed by consummate professionals and featuring amazing acting and live musicianship. Not to mention dinner served by the stars of the show! “Our sole purpose is to entertain you,” says Marketing Director Melissa Vargas. “It is our job to make sure you get a top notch production and incredible customer service. The best compliment we could ever receive is to hear you loved the show and you can’t wait to come back again and again.” Now through Nov. 11, see the Tony award-nominated Rock of Ages and don’t miss the amazing Cabaret series of musical nights. Go online for details. 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.6000; bdtstage.com. Runner Up: Colorado Shakespeare Festival, 1301 Grandview Ave., Boulder, 303.492.8008; cupresents.org/series/shakespeare-festival.

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Best Nonprofit Organization HUMANE SOCIETY OF BOULDER VALLEY

BEST FACES Best Local Employer ACADEMY SENIOR LIVING Academy Senior Living likes to say, “imagine living here.” So… “imagine working here” seems to fit as well. The residents at The Academy enjoy exceptional services and amenities, all provided by a dedicated staff of employees who focus on being “The Best.” Employees provide residents with a wide range of services, from wellness and health to community activities and great dining. Executive Director Shirley Berg says, “All of us are looking for meaningful lives and work. We respect our employees and the contributions that they make to life and living at The Academy.” Visit the website to see what these employees have to say. Personal Trainer Michelle says, “Everyone knows everyone here. Residents are intelligent, respectful and welcoming of each other and the staff, giving The Academy a friendly neighborhood feel.” Jodi, the receptionist, says, “I love working here. This is a wonderful community. Residents and staff click together like cake and ice cream.” We’ll take an extra scoop or two of that, please. 970 Aurora Ave., Boulder, 303.938.1920; theacad emyboulder.com. Runner Up: Boulder Community Health, 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.415.7000; bch.org. 28 DAILY CAMERA

Best Dentist DR. TED KAWULOK, WHOLE FAMILY DENTISTRY

While Dr. Ted Kawulok has received many awards and accolades from colleagues for his clinical expertise, he says the Boulder County Gold Award is especially meaningful because it comes from his patients. “It validates that we are providing excellent dental care and realizing positive results in a caring environment that caters to their needs,” he says. Whole Family Dentistry employs the latest in dental technologies, such as same-visit crowns, 3D digital radiographs at ultra low doses, and pinhole gum rejuvenation, a non-invasive treatment for gum recession. The dental practice also provides cosmetic dentistry like veneers and treatment for sleep breathing disorders such as sleep apnea. “From the big stuff to the small details, we are there with our patients through every step,” says Dr. Kawulok. 1400 28th St., Ste.4, Boulder, 303.442.8625; wholefamilydentistry.com. Runner Up: Dr. F. Robert Murphy, North Boulder Dental, 1001 North St., Boulder, 303.447.1042; boulderdental.com.

Best Law Firm BERG HILL GREENLEAF & RUSCITTI

We love our animal friends in Boulder! Whether you call them companion animals, pets or members of the family, there’s a good chance their lives have been made better by the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. There is no better advocate for our four-legged friends when it comes to fighting neglect and cruelty. The local nonprofit cares for more than 7,000 animals each year. They provide a full range of veterinary services to non-shelter animals, too. All revenue from the clinic supports the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Because they receive no government funding, it’s up to us to help support their worthy mission and they’ve earned it by being named this year’s best nonprofit organization. Put your paws together and give it up for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. 2323 55th St., Boulder, 303.442.4030; boulderhumane.org. Runner Up: Boulder Community Health, 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.415.7000; bch.org.

When you need an attorney, you want experience on your side. Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti offers the combined experience of 40 attorneys who specialize in the legal issues that impact both individuals and businesses. The quality of client relationships is important here, and you receive personalized attention that doesn’t make you feel like you are just getting put through the legal machinery. Let’s face it: good legal services aren’t cheap. BHGR brings efficiencies to the process that allow for a higher level of cost effectiveness. Areas of practice include business, construction, criminal defense, the environment and water, litigation, public entities, real estate, trusts and estates. This statement from the BHGR website sums it up: “We treat our clients like the neighbors, business professionals and friends that they are.” 1712 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.402.1600; bhgrlaw.com. Runner Up: Hutchinson Black and Cook, 921 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.442.6514; hbcboulder.com.


Best Real Estate Company/Office AND Best Customer Service WK REAL ESTATE

Best Realtor JUDY SCOTT, WK REAL ESTATE

It’s hardly the first time that WK Real Estate has been recognized for it’s service to the local community. A long-time winner of the People’s Choice Award for Best Real Estate Company, WK Real Estate has built a well-deserved reputation for its approach to connecting customers with their ideal homes. That commitment is clear in the company’s dual success as a real estate giant and as an exemplar of good customer service. WK may be the largest independently owned full-service real estate company in Boulder County, but it retains its commitment to a one-on-one brand of service that makes every customer feel valued and empowered. 4875 Pearl East Circle, Boulder, 303.443.2240; wkre.com. Runner Up for Best Real Estate Company/Office: RE/MAX of Boulder, 2425 Canyon Blvd., Ste. 110, 303.449.7000; 1320 Pearl St., 303.449.7000; boulderco.com.

Judy Scott didn’t waste any time in finding the perfect career after graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1980. Connecting people with their dream homes was the ideal fit for Scott. “I have always tried very hard to respect my client’s emotions during every transaction. Truly listening to their needs and desires is crucial. Having a smooth, easy closing with as little stress as possible is my goal,” Scott says. “I have been selling real estate in Boulder County for over 35 years and have loved my job from day one. I truly care about my clients and I think and hope they can feel that.” No matter the type of property, the state of the market or the individual needs of the buyer, Scott approaches her trade with professionalism and expertise. It’s no wonder she found such a natural fit in the industry. 4875 Pearl East Circle, Boulder, 303.443.2240; wkre.com. Runner Up: Patrick Dolan, RE/MAX of Boulder, 2425 Canyon Blvd., Ste. 110, 303.449.7000; 1320 Pearl St., 303.449.7000; boulderco.com.

Runner-Up for Best Customer Service: Cottonwood Kennels, 7274 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.2602; cottonwoodkennels.com.

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Best CrossFit Gym AND Best Place to Work Out CROSSFIT SANITAS

BEST HEALTH AND FITNESS Best Chiropractic Clinic TERRY CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTER

Dr. Terry has been helping Boulder residents – including many Olympians and world records holders – with their health needs for more than 35 years. “People regularly tell us that our chiropractic care is the most customtailored, scientific and thorough they have ever experienced,” he says. “We break the mold on what it means to be a chiropractic office by creating visible changes in the position of the spine using very specialized equipment and technology. This, in effect, creates a more permanent solution to back pain, neck pain, and many diseases.” Dr. Terry looks forward to many more years and many more patients. “We hope that winning this award will give us the chance to help even more people in the future and be a light in their lives.” 3083 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.440.0500; terrychiropracticboulder.com.

Some people have a misconception that CrossFit is catered to already-fit body-builders and athletes. Manager Tom Baker says the team at CrossFit Sanitas works hard to make the gym accessible for everyone. “We took a new approach to CrossFit when we started this gym,” he says. “It allows pretty much anyone, no matter their level or abilities, to walk into this gym comfortably.” CrossFit Sanitas offers child care, kids classes and womens-only classes to accommodate every kind of athlete. Every new member is provided with a free functional movement and injury prevention scan, a free personal training session and a thirty minute consultation. “There is some forethought in every class they take,” Baker says. “With this approach, athletes get a great opportunity to make some life-altering changes.” 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.4635; crossfitsanitas.com. Runner Up for Best CrossFit Gym: Boulder CrossFit, 2480 49th St., Boulder, 720.684.9667; bouldercrossfit.com.

Runner Up: Swan Lake Chiropractic 724 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.3103; swanlakechiro.com.

Runner Up for Best Place to Work Out: RallySport Health and Fitness, 2727 29th St., Boulder, 303.449.4800; rallysportboulder.com.

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Best Lasik/Laser Eye Facility/Surgeon BOULDER EYES / BEYER LASIK

Are you tired of wearing glasses or contacts? It may be time to consider Lasik. Boulder Eyes/Beyer Lasik has again been recognized as the Best Laser Eye Facility in Boulder. The reasons seem as clear as the vision that you seek. They have the experience and credentials to give you confidence. Dr. Craig Beyer was one of the first doctors in the nation authorized by the FDA to perform LASIK surgery, and has been performing these procedures longer than any other surgeon in Colorado. “We make your experience as comfortable and pleasurable as we can,” Dr. Beyer says. “Our individualized approach improves your rate of recovery and the long-term stability of your results. We determine the appropriate procedure based on our patients age and needs. But everyone can count on the highest level of care here.” 1810 30th St., Boulder, 303.499.2020; bouldereyes.com.

Best Hearing Aid Center FAMILY HEARING

Good hearing helps us live a full life. Family Hearing says, “Live your life the way you want. Find the freedom of better hearing.” They have been helping people since 1963 to improve their ability to hear. A lot has changed since then, but Family Hearing offers the latest digital hearing aids available today. You’ll also find treatment options for tinnitus. The specialists are board-certified caring professionals, and Family Hearing is the only Envoy Medical Esteem programming center in Colorado. While hearing loss is usually irreversible, it can be prevented. Family Hearing helps you protect your hearing with custom hearing protection products that are just right for musicians, hunters, motorcyclists – just about anyone who is regularly exposed to high levels of sound (that’s anything over 85 decibels). 3059 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.443.5085; familyhearingco.com.

Runner Up: InSight Vision Group, 4430 Arapahoe Ave., Ste. 155, Boulder, 303.402.1000; insightvisiongroup.com.

Runner Up: Flatirons Audiology, 300 Exempla Circle, Ste. 365, Lafayette, 303.664.9111; flatironsaudiology.com.

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Best Medical Facility SPINE WEST

Boulder is home to many exceptional medical facilities. So being recognized as the best in this community means a lot. Spine West’s board-certified providers treat the whole person rather than just a symptom or part of the body. The goal is to use non-surgical treatments to restore proper movement and functions of the nerves, bones and the brain. Physiatrists and sports physicians assess the proper treatment using MRIs, physical therapy and education for a complete approach to your health. With a mission of promoting health, hope, function and injury prevention, Spine West works to “add life to your years.� You’ll get the healing touch that empowers at Spine West. Just ask one of their patients. 5387 Manhattan Circle, Boulder, 303.494.7773; spinewest.com. Runner Up: Boulder Community Health, 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.415.7000; bch.org.

Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary TERRAPIN CARE STATION

Colorado was a pioneer state in letting citizens choose the kind of medicine they wish to use. And since 2009, Terrapin Care Station has been a pioneer in providing medical marijuana to patients who are treating a wide range of issues. Their homegrown strains deliver consistent relief, and the full-cycle packaging and low-impact cultivation practices to make their green business even greener. Edible and topical cannabis products provide a choice in treatment methods (you don’t have to get high to get healthy). For expert product knowledge, a wide selection and affordable pricing, Terrapin Care Station takes the highest honors this year. 5370 Manhattan Circle, Ste. 104, Boulder, 303.954.8402; terrapincarestation.com. Runner Up: Starbuds, 1156 W. Dillon Road, Ste. 3, Louisville, 720.389.6313; starbuds.us.

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Best Physical Therapy Center AND Best Holistic Care/Wellness Center AVANTI THERAPY

Avanti is a full service outpatient physical therapy practice, offering a variety of treatments for the full spectrum of orthopedic and neurological problems. Co-owner Heather Marinaccio Boak says that Avanti’s quality of care sets them apart from their competitors. “We only hire the best therapists,â€? she says. “We provide them enough time with their patients to do their best work. Most PT clinics only allow 15 to 20 minutes with a therapist and the remainder of the appointment is with an aide. We have found that people heal faster when they are seen one on one with their treating therapist for an hour-long visit.â€? When asked what sets them apart from other physical therapy clinics in the area, Marinaccio Boak says, “We have been told by our patients that we are their safe haven for healing. We believe that says it all.â€?5350 Manhattan Circle, Ste. 100, Boulder, 303.543.1201; avantitherapy.com. Runner Up for Best Physical Therapy Center:/PSUI#PVMEFS1IZTJDBM5IFSBQZ $FOUFS(SFFO%SJWF  #PVMEFS 303.; northboulderpt.com. Runner Up for Best Holistic Care/Wellness Center: Pure Center of Health, 1455 Coal Creek Drive, Lafayette, 303.665.2423; purecenterofhealth.com.


Best Pilates Studio NORTH BOULDER PILATES

Best Physician Based Hearing Center BOULDER VALLEY HEARING ASSOCIATES

The crew at Boulder Valley Hearing Associates offers a multi-tiered approach to care. This isn’t only a facility for emergencies – this hearing facility addresses all elements of audiology, from preventing hearing loss to connecting customers with the latest, up-to-date hearing aid technology. Committed audiologists provide personalized, in-depth care to hearing patients from across the spectrum, and their commitment to keeping up with the latest science and treatments make a huge difference. The center’s commitment to “better hearing through education, technology, and customer service” is clear in every level of the Boulder Valley Hearing Associates’ operation, and it makes a difference in issues ranging from addressing tinnitus to fitting patients with the perfect hearing aid. 588 US-287, Ste. 204, Lafayette, 303.443.2771; bouldervalleyent.com. Runner Up: Boulder Valley Ear, Nose & Throat, 4745 Arapahoe Ave., Ste. 130, Boulder, 303.443.277; bouldervalleyent.com.

The crew at North Boulder Pilates has deep roots in the local community. For example, Clinic Owner and Senior Physical Therapist Debra Layne has been practicing physical therapy in the Boulder community since 1977, and the rest of the studio’s staff have similarly impressive ties to the city. That commitment to community shows in the studio’s dedicated and in-depth dedication to all elements of the pilates discipline. Their approach to their clientele is inclusive, as the clinic welcomes “people of all ages who have had back, neck, arm or leg injuries or surgery.” It’s a welcoming approach that yields the best kind of healing results. 3000 Center Green Drive, Boulder, 303.413.3496; northboulderpilates.com. Runner Up: Avanti Therapy, 5350 Manhattan Circle, Ste. 100, Boulder, 303.543.1201; avantitherapy.com.

Best Yoga Studio THE LITTLE YOGA STUDIO The Little Yoga Studio’s approach to the practice nicely is as pressurefree and judgment-free as possible. With low prices for lessons and an easygoing philosophy in regards to drop-ins, the Little Yoga Studio stands out as an ideal place to practice for newcomers and expert yogis alike. “Since we opened The Little Yoga Studio in 2011, we have provided the community with thoughtful and powerful yoga for $10 a class. Today, that has not changed – we love serving in this way and will continue to stay true to our mission,” said Owners Kelly Elle Kenworthy and Amy Benton, adding, “Thank you for reminding us how much support we have in this wonderful community.” 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Ste. E42, Boulder, 303.444.4950; littleyogastudio.com. Runner Up: Yoga Pod, 1750 29th St., Boulder, 303.444.4232; boulder.yogapod.com.

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Best Carpet Cleaning Service NESHEIM’S Nesheim’s President Rick Farasyn appreciates that Boulder county residents have taken the time to vote for his full-service carpet cleaning company and help it earn this award for several years. Farasyn recognizes that trust is a big part of his business. “It is very important to us that we build a foundation of trust with our clients and that they have a good feeling about us,” he says. “I believe that people not only want a good job of cleaning, but they want to feel good about the person that is in their home. They want someone that respects them and their home, someone that is highly trained, someone that is careful, someone that protects their walls, their floors and all their belongings. We hope that we can continue to be that someone.” 1212 Commerce St., Lafayette, 303.666.8888; nesheims.com. Runner Up: Precision Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial, P.O. Box 4414, Boulder, 303.440.9772; pccboulder.com.

Best Hardwood Flooring MAGNUS ANDERSON HARDWOOD FLOORING

The crew at locally owned Magnus Anderson Hardwood Flooring know their business. They are proud to be true craftsmen, trained in all aspects of installation and refinishing. And heck, they won’t fill your home full of sawdust when they work. That stuff goes immediately out to a trailer parked outside. They install all kinds of wood, bamboo and laminates with great results. Tricky areas like winding staircases? No problem. Company President Bob Hagen told us, “The craftsmen at Magnus Anderson Hardwood Flooring strive to provide the best customer service and the most beautiful floors, using our unique dust-free technology and experienced installation skills.” Customers use words like “beautiful” and “complete confidence” to describe their experience. 6367 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.437.0610; idealhardwoodflooring.com. Runner Up: Wood Wise Hardwood Flooring, 4525 N. Broadway, Boulder, 303.442.7777; woodwiseboulder.com.

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BOULDER COUNTY GOLD / Services, Faces & Places

Best Interior Design Studio BARTLETT INTERIORS

BOULDER COUNTY’S PREMIER FLOORING STORE

Joe and Betty Barnhill opened Barnhill Interiors in 1960. Fourteen years later, Jane Bartlett, a school friend of the Barnhill’s daughter, purchased the store upon the Barnhill’s retirement. Jane Bartlett and her sister Nancy have continued to provide the community with the largest library of upholstery and drapery fabric in all of Boulder County. “We’ve stayed true to what the Barnhills had started back in 1960,” Jane says. The Pearl Street store acts as a furniture store, design studio, and showroom for those looking to realize their interior design dreams. “We have a big library and wonderful skylights and big work tables,” Jane says. “We have it set up for people to feel welcome to come in.” Bartlett Interiors is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 2020 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.5194; bartlettinteriors.com. Runner Up: Details Design Studio, 1800 Commerce St. Suite D, Boulder, 303.442.7887; detailsdesignstudio.com.

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Best Moving Company TAYLOR MOVING AND STORAGE

Taylor Moving and Storage is a consistent Boulder County Gold winner as the Best Moving Company in Boulder. We suppose there are plenty of companies who can lift heavy boxes and load them on a truck. But Taylor takes your move a step farther, with professional packing services and the right equipment to get your valuables from here to there without a lot of stress. Taylor Moving is licensed, bonded and insured. If you need to store your goods for a while, Taylor also offers climate- controlled storage. They have moved everything from grand pianos to real lions (OK, it was stuffed, but it was real!). So that 55-gallon aquarium full of exotic tropical fish should go swimmingly. If you’re movin’ on up, call Taylor Moving and Storage. 4949 Broadway St., Ste. 110, Boulder, 303.443.5885; taylormove.com. Runner Up: Klatt Moving & Storage, 4699 Nautilus Court, Ste. 504, Boulder, 303.449.1960; klattmoving.com.

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BEST FOR PETS

Best Pet Grooming Service AND Best Vet Clinic BROADWAY ANIMAL HOSPITAL AND PET CENTER

Best Pet Boarding Service COTTONWOOD KENNELS

What can you say about a business that has won a Boulder County Gold award every year since 2003? That’s 15 years, enough to get you in the Hall of Fame (if there was such a place). Cottonwood Kennels must be doing a whole lot of things right. The staff at Cottonwood Kennels is big on the pet-to-person connections they form with their four-legged guests. The setting, on a small farm, is ideal for canines who love the outdoor play areas, socializing with other dogs, and personal attention they get from a staff who are all “dog people.” Older dogs get special attention and don’t have to ruff it up with the young tail waggers if they don’t want to. Cats get a sunny space with a catnapping bay window, climbing tree and kitty cave that begs to be explored. We’re just hoping they have a big enough wall to display their fifteenth Boulder County Gold award. 7275 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.2602; cottonwoodkennels.com. Runner Up: Broadway Animal Hospital & Pet Center, 1405 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.499.5505; broadwayanimal.com.

Pets are more than animals; they’re members of the family. The crew at the Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center know just how important that distinction is, and they show it in both their pet grooming services and their veterinary practice. “Our staff is committed to compassionate care and to treating our patients and guests as valued family members,” says Mallory Zentner, business manager for the clinic. “We provide personalized care for each patient by customizing our treatment to what is best for the patient as an individual.” From their top-notch group of certified vets to their highly qualified grooming team (a crew that includes the award-winning groomer Takako), Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center proves its commitment to every patient, no matter the breed. 1405 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.499.5505; broadwayanimal.com. Runner Up for Best Pet Grooming: The Hydrant, 2900 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.7550; thehydrantgroomingboulder.com. Runner Up for Best Vet Clinic: Alpine Hospital for Animals, 3210 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.443.9661; alpinehospitalforanimals.com.

■ Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Until 10pm daily. ■ Everything is made fresh and in-house with all-natural ingredients ■ Lots of gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian options ■ Rice and quinoa bowls with international sauces ■ Ciabatta sandwiches – chicken pesto, chipotle steak, caprese, angus burger, veggie burger, blackened fish plus fish tacos ■ Homemade soups and salads VOTED BEST VEGETARIAN BEST GLUTEN-FREE & BEST NATURAL INGREDIENTS RELAXED ENVIRONMENT, PATIO DINING & GREAT PEOPLE WATCHING!

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BOULDER COUNTY GOLD / Services, Faces & Places

Best Nail Salon J LOUNGE NATURAL NAIL BAR & SPA

BEST PLACES TO GET BEAUTIFUL Best Hair Salon POMPADOURS HAIR SALON Hey, wild child! Tame those locks at Pompadours Hair Salon, where everything is just a cut above. They have been in business in the same location on the historic Pearl Street Mall for more than 27 years, and for good reason. They stick to what they’re known for – and excel at – and that’s hair! “We are thrilled to receive this award. We couldn’t have done it without our loving and dedicated clients who took the extra time to vote for us!” says Jessica at Pompadours. “We might be one of the longest standing salons around, but 2017 has brought us a lot of new talent and new styles.” Jessica tells us that, since a lot the same stylish folks have been coming back since the beginning, “you’d get a kick out of the photos of clients from 1990 up until today!” They are an Aveda salon, too – which means everything smells as beautiful as you’ll look when you walk out. 1320 Pearl St., Ste. 200, Boulder, 303.938.8015; pompadours.com. Runner Up: The SideDoor Salon, 2070 Broadway, Ste. 110, Boulder, 303.927.6081; thesidedoorsalon.com.

Owners Jennifer Zrubeck and Julie Perington have created an oasis of relaxation at J Lounge Natural Nail Bar & Spa (no TVs, turn off your cell phones, please) so you can have the ultimate spa experience. “We make our own sugar scrubs, butters and many of the other products that we use here from natural and organic ingredients,” Zrubeck says. When you walk in you notice... there are no toxic fumes in the air. Acrylic polish is a no-go here; bio-seaweed gels put the shine on your pretty nails instead. J Lounge uses LED finishing lights instead of UV that can damage your skin. What’s the ultimate difference that makes their salon Boulder County Gold worthy? “It’s our people. They are friendly and professional, and they are very good at what they do. Our customers like leaving J Lounge feeling great, and we like that, too.” 3003 Walnut St., Boulder, 720.484.6669; jloungespa.com. Runner Up: Contempo Nails, 1633 28th St., Boulder, 720.565.1159.

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Best Spa SPA AT ST. JULIEN

Best Skincare Facility LASER AND COSMETIC ASSOCIATES OF BOULDER

It’s really no wonder that the Spa at St. Julien boasts some of the most relaxing services in Boulder County. After all, it shares a namesake and a location with one of the area’s most well-reputed hotels. The Spa takes its connection to an iconic Boulder hotel seriously – its menu of spa services exemplifies relaxation and, for that matter, luxury. From its top-notch refreshments to its 50-foot indoor lap pool, the Spa at St. Julien accommodates all kinds of relaxation needs. Add to that the Spa’s talented crew of masseuses, physical therapists and other specialists, and the facility is an ideal destination for anyone looking for the best kind of relaxation money can buy. 900 Walnut St., Boulder; 720.406.9696, stjulien. com/spa.

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Runner Up: Essentiels Day Spa, 2660 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.440.0711; purebeauty.com.

Laser and Cosmetic Associates of Boulder take their commitment to their clients seriously, offering a wide range of services and surgical options for an equally wide range of client needs. From facial treatments, to exilis, to vein treatments, laser treatments, dermal injections and fillers, LCAB offers plenty of options. What’s more, their team of accomplished and dedicated surgeons provide a wide range of choices for customers, all in an effort to provide “exceptional and lasting results.” According to the Laser and Cosmetic Associates staff, “not all facial rejuvenation involves surgery and our patients are happy to discover that they can often get fast results with some of the less invasive methods.” The breadth of services, as well as the clinic’s pressure-free approach, makes it a valuable resource for all kinds of customers. 4745 Arapahoe Ave., Ste. 115, Boulder, 303.558.8800; enhanceyourskin.com. Runner Up: Aura Advanced Skin Care and Plastic Surgery, 2595 Canyon Blvd., Ste. 360, 303.440.5363; auraboulder.com.

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BOULDER COUNTY GOLD / Services, Faces & Places

BEST PLACES Best After School Program ABC KIDS CLIMBING It seems natural that the residents of Boulder, one of the most active communities in the country, would want their children in an active after school program. “At ABC Kids Climbing, we aim to uphold an enriching environment for children to learn and grow while still having fun,” says ABC Kids Climbing Manager Kara Caputo. “Our program is unique because we teach our climbers in dynamic ways that challenge the child both mentally and physically, allowing children to develop important skills that will last a lifetime. To win this award is not only important to us as a climbing gym, but also as an integral part of this amazing community. We are proud to serve the families of Boulder and winning this award is reassurance that our students are thriving.” 1960 32nd St., Boulder, 303.443.5437; abckidsboulder.com. Runner Up: YMCA of Boulder Valley, 2850 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 303.442.2778; 950 Lashley St., Longmont, 303.776.0370; 2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette, 303.664.5455; ymcabv.org.

Best Full Day/Full Week Summer Day Camp ROCKY MOUNTAIN DAY CAMP

At Rocky Mountain Day Camp (RMDC), it’s not just the campers that are having a great time. “We sometimes say, ‘camp is for the counselors,’ because they, too, get so much out of camp,” says Executive Director Tyler Fravel. “Everyone becomes part of the family at Rocky Mountain Day Camp, whether you’re attending camp or working at it.” Fravel says this family-feel allows counselors and campers alike to develop great relationships, which is a huge element of any successful camp. “A great staff is the driving force behind any great camp,” he says. “We won this category because of our phenomenal staff and their dedication to our campers and their dedication to making camp a safe, fun environment where every camper can feel special.” 2205 Norwood Ave., Boulder, 303.495.5204; rockymtndaycamp.com. Runner Up: Dawson School Summer Camps, 10455 Dawson Drive, Lafayette, 303.665.6679; dawsonschool.org.

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Best Dry Cleaner/Laundromat ART CLEANERS

Art Cleaners has earned the Boulder County Gold award for Best Dry Cleaner/ Laundromat for over a decade running. Serving the community since 1921, the long-standing local business has figured out what works. “Quality is foremost for us at Art Cleaners,” says Vice President Kimberly Austin. “We use the GreenEarth Cleaning System, which is good for your family, your clothes and our environment.” Art Cleaners also knows that their customers want convenience, which they provide with ten locations throughout Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont, Lafayette and Erie, as well as a free pick-up and delivery service. 1715 15th St., Boulder, 303.440.8600; 2570 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.7030; 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.494.2709; 607 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.494.4830; 3980 Broadway, Boulder, 303.443.0158; 1501 Lee Hill Drive, Boulder, 303.447.8700; 1140 US-287, Broomfield, 303.404-8917; 1631 Pace St., Longmont, 303.684.8585; 3335 Arapahoe Road, Erie, 720.890.8860; artcleaners.com. Runner Up: John’s Cleaners, 3325 28th St., Ste. 6, Boulder, 303.444.2877; 4800 Baseline Road, Ste. 109, Boulder, 303.499.5554; 440 Black Diamond Drive, Lafayette, 303.665.9493; johnsdrycleaners.com.

Best Financial Institution/Bank AND Best Mortgage Lender ELEVATIONS CREDIT UNION

Elevations Credit Union is about much more than dollars and cents. Founded in Boulder in 1953, this local, not-for-profit financial institution has since grown to serve more than 120,000 members and manage over $1.8 billion in assets. “Passion for service is at the core of Elevations Credit Union,” says CEO Gerry Agnes. “In every decision we make, we put our members first and think about what’s best for their families and the community we share. We were founded more than sixty years ago as the U of C Federal Credit Union and we are still humbled by the enduring support of University students and faculty – and the Boulder community as a whole.” In addition to providing a broad portfolio of financial products and services to members along the Front Range of Colorado, Elevations emphasizes giving back to the community and providing its members with financial education. Elevations has 12 branches across Boulder and Larimer County, including its newest branch in downtown Boulder at 13th and Walnut. Multiple Colorado locations. 2960 Diagonal Highway, Boulder, 303.443.4672; elevationscu.com. Runner Up for Best Financial Institution/Bank: FirstBank, 2835 Pearl St., Boulder, 720.406.8800; 4770 Baseline Road, Ste.100, Boulder, 303.499.2200; 2100 Broadway, Boulder, 303.440.6500; 6500 Lookout Road, Boulder, 303.530.1000; 3600 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303.494.8100; efirstbank.com. Runner Up for Best Mortgage Lender: Premier Mortgage Group, 1844 Folsom St., Boulder, 303.449.8850; pmglending.com.

Best Place for Worship UNITY OF BOULDER SPIRITUAL CENTER

Jack Groverland, head minister at Unity of Boulder Spiritual Center, is quick to point to a rough-and-tumble childhood facing poverty, crime and doubt on the East Coast. Those challenges, he’s also quick to explain, were essential parts of his spiritual journey, which landed him a lead role at this Unity Christian facility in Boulder. “My life is magnificent now but it didn’t get that way overnight,” Groverland writes on the center’s website. “My life evolved over many years of sincere searching for the truth, which I am privileged to share each Sunday in the Unity pulpit.” The note of earnestness in Groveland’s words reflects the Unity Spiritual Center’s larger commitment to its congregation. Dialogue, discussion and spiritual searching are all encouraged at Unity, a dynamic that makes it a perfect fit for those on a serious quest for answers. 2855 Folsom St., Boulder, 303.442.1411, unityofboulder.com. Runner Up: Flatirons Community Church, 55 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 303.664.5524; flatironschurch.com. 44 DAILY CAMERA


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GREENWOOD & MYERS MORTUARY Greenwood & Myers Mortuary is Boulders only family owned and operated funeral home. Funeral Director Mike Greenwood, who owns Greenwood & Myers with his wife Lisa Greenwood, John P. Greenwood and Penny and Chuck Myers says that this allows the owners to make immediate decisions that are in the best interest of their clients. “We’re committed to helping them,” he says. “We take special care and interest in the families that we serve. We try to make it as easy as possible when they have lost a loved one.” In addition to funeral and memorial services, Greenwood & Myers Mortuary offers burial services and cremation, as well as natural alternatives to the these services. 2969 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.440.3960; greenwoodmyersfuneral. com. Runner Up: Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Place, Boulder, 303.442.4411; dignitymemorial.com/crist-mortuary.

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BOULDER COUNTY FOR VOTING US BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINIC BEST HOLISTIC CARE/WELLNESS CENTER Best Retirement/Alternative or Elder Care/Assisted Living Community ACADEMY SENIOR LIVING/BELLA VISTA MEMORY CARE

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Founded in 1875, Boulder High School is one of the state’s oldest high schools. The school was originally established as a part of CU and maintains a close relationship with the university. Principal James Hall says that Boulder High School takes their slogan, “a place for everyone,” very seriously. “We celebrate our students while embracing our diversity,” he says. “We’re always challenging ourselves to find new and innovative ways to ensure that every student that comes through our doors leaves with the necessary skills that will not only make them college and career ready, but also productive and positive leaders in the world. Boulder High School prides itself on creating a positive, inclusive environment that welcomes all learners.” 1604 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 720.561.2200; boh.bvsd.org. Runner Up: Fairview High School, 1515 Greenbriar Blvd., Boulder, 720.561.3100; fairviewhs.org.

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Best Private School DAWSON SCHOOL

The staff at Dawson School recognize the importance of the individual when it comes to learning. The K-12 private school doesn’t apply a one-sizefits-all criteria in its approach to education; instead, the curriculum is tailored to student’s skills and interests. “Whether one’s interests lie in specific academic disciplines, global perspectives, experiential education, athletics, technology, the arts, engineering, or myriad other areas, Dawson provides opportunities for each student to specialize and to reach his or her individual potential,” says Head of School Greg Moore. Thanks to a cadre of top-notch teachers, that philosophy is realized in classrooms across grade levels. 10455 Dawson Drive, Lafayette, 303.665.6679; dawsonschool.org. Runner Up: Shining Mountain Waldorf School, 999 Violet Ave., Boulder, 303.444.7697; shiningmountainwaldorf.org.

BEST FOR WHEELS Best Auto Dealer AND Best Auto Repair Shop/Service Dept. FLATIRONS SUBARU

Whether shopping for a new vehicle or getting a faithful old one serviced, customers are likely to find a friendly face at Flatirons Subaru. Owner Scott Crouch, whose father owned the dealership before him, is involved in the daily operations of the business and many of the Flatirons Subaru sales employees have been there for more than a decade. “We take great pride in treating our customers the way they deserve to be treated,” says Sales Manager Dave Denu, who has worked at Flatirons for more than 25 years. “Flatirons Subaru is so proud to be a part of this great community.” Flatirons Subaru works hard to give back to that community through donations to a number of local organizations, including Children’s Hospital and Boulder Safe House. 5995 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 888.482.5448; coloradosubaru.com. Runner Up for Best Auto Dealer: Larry H. Miller Toyota Boulder, 2465 48th Court, Boulder, 720.907.0926; bouldertoyota.com. Runner Up for Best Auto Repair Shop/Service Dept.: Pellman’s Automotive Service, 2560 49th St., Boulder, 303.938.4050; pellmansauto.com.

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Best Green Services AND Best Oil Change PELLMAN’S AUTOMOTIVE

Boulder drivers have been trusting Pellman’s Automotive with their scheduled maintenance and “unscheduled” repairs since 1995. We like the no-attitude, friendly service that is never pushy. Guaranteed repairs give you the peace of mind to choose Pellman’s without hesitation. You can drop off your vehicle any time of the day. And if you just need an oil change, this is the place. “We don’t specialize in just doing oil changes like some businesses, but we provide the same high quality approach as we do to any work. We don’t rely on special deals to get you in the door, but you can always count on great service here.” There is a play area for the kids and free wi-fi, coffee and tea. You may not even want to leave when your wheels are good to go. Automotive shops aren’t the first thing you think of when it comes to “Green Services.” But you have another thing coming. Pellman’s Automotive is a zero-waste facility, which requires extra effort on their part to manage all the packaging, boxes and metal whatnots that occur when you run a busy auto shop. They separate all the waste for takeaway by a custom recycler. They even compost the paper towels used in the restrooms, for gosh sakes. The lighting was replaced years ago for low-energy impact, and a smart system runs the air conditioning so you can’t turn it all on at once. Pellman’s also offers loaner bikes (they’re pretty close to the bike paths) to keep you mobile while your auto is up on the rack. Thinking Green? Think Pellman’s Automotive. 2560 49th St., Boulder, 303.938.4050; pellmansauto.com. Runner Up for Best Green Services: Art Parts Creative Reuse Center, 2870 Bluff St., Boulder, 720.379.5328; artpartsboulder.org.

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Best Car Wash PUDDLE CAR WASH

The Puddle Car Wash and Detail Shop has been serving the Boulder community for nearly 45 years, during which they have washed and detailed over 4 million vehicles. One of the core values of The Puddle’s staff is a respect for people’s time. “With this in mind, we provide a full service car wash in just 15 minutes that includes washing, vacuuming, windows and hand drying,” says Carolyn Miller, an administrator at The Puddle. “We focus on speed without sacrificing quality. Our staff and team are experts in getting dirty cars clean.” One thing that sets The Puddle apart from other car washes is that it is completely touch-free, meaning the automated wash system doesn’t use cloth or brushes. The Puddle also has a full-service detail shop to ensure your car’s interior is just as clean as the exterior. 100 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.9274; puddlecarwash.com. Runner Up: Black Diamond Car Wash, 1414 Hecla Way, Louisville, 303.666.6696; blackdiamondcarwash.com.

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Best Grocery KING SOOPERS

The slogan on the King Soopers’ truck says it all: “Our people make the difference.” According to corporate representative Adam Williamson, that starts with listening to customers and putting relationships first. “We apply the company values of integrity, respect, inclusion, safety, honesty and diversity,” Williamson said. “We have great associates who make our great team. I’ve been with King Soopers for 21 years and when it comes to the formula of success, we have the right people, we have our ear to ground and we follow up on what our customers need.” According to Aaron Carlton, manager of the 30th Street Store, King Soopers supports local farms every opportunity they get: “No other large local grocer supports local farmers and community as much as we do. We strive to understand the community needs and wants,” he said. “We are a part of the community in every way we can be.” 1650 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.9622; 3600 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303.499.4004; 6550 Lookout Road, Boulder, 303.530.1020; 1375 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, 303.673.1800; kingsoopers.com. Runner Up: Lucky’s Market, 695 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.218.4875; 3960 Broadway, Ste. 104, Boulder, 303.444.0215; 6328 Monarch Park Place, Ste. 100, Niwot, 303.530.0782; 700 Ken Pratt Blvd., Ste. 201, Longmont, 303.827.3684; luckysmarket.com.

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Best Liquor Store AND Best Wine Merchant HAZEL’S BEVERAGE WORLD Hazel’s Director of Marketing, Hayley Kamke says “The layout of the store definitely makes us unique. The whole premise was to create a great atmosphere, starting with the aesthetic of the store. We feature low shelves, wide aisles, a large selection of products, and that atmosphere carries into our passionate staff, great branding and decor. We are proud to carry so many local products, in all departments (including our new gourmet food section). We host free tastings every Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., and every Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. We have a dedicated donation fund, and receive dozens of applications every month to support local non-profits. Whether it be a donation of product or an auction basket to help the organization’s fundraising efforts, we try to help as many causes as possible. I think we were chosen for Boulder County Gold because of the sum of these points, we’ve based many of the above decisions on what people want to see and experience, our main focus is always the customer.” 1955 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.1955; hazelsboulder.com.

BEST FOR HOME Best Antique Dealer AND Best Consignment Store THE AMAZING GARAGE SALE Boulder icon Judi Lesta has gathered the most unique items she can find in her North Boulder crazy quilt of a shop. There’s jewelry, masks, art, even a wall of prints from her own celebrity photos on the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club album. This is the 17th year in a row the Amazing Garage Sale has won Boulder County Gold and it’s easy to see why. Lesta opens the doors every day to something new inside. Twenty-five percent of her consignment treasures sell every week, especially the mid-century furniture. Perhaps that’s why the NoBo shop feels fun and exciting, funky but not junky. Lesta, who seems clearly surprised the store has had 17 years of success, said, “We’re even featured in the Fodor’s travel guide. People come here from everywhere, because there’s nothing else like this in Boulder.” 4919 N. Broadway, Boulder, 303.447.0417; theamazinggaragesale.com.

Runner Up for Best Liquor Store: Liquor Mart, 1750 15th St., Boulder, 303.449.3374; liquormart.com.

Runner Up for Best Antique Dealer: Classic Facets, 942 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.8851; classicfacets.com.

Runner Up for Best Wine Merchant: The Wine Merchant, 2690 Broadway, Boulder, 303.443.6761; boulderwine.com.

Runner Up for Best Consignment Store: Rags Consignments 3129 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.5758; iloverags.com.


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Best Appliance Store SPECIALTY APPLIANCE

Stephanie Shephard, executive director of marketing & events, said Specialty Appliance is the biggest locally-owned and operated, family run, family-owned appliance store in the area. “We have a wide selection and our sales people are certified by the manufacturers, so we help find people what they need vs. what we want them to buy. We ask questions to find out how they cook, the type of home they have. We want to be sure they get the appliance that is best for them.” Specialty Appliance has five live kitchens and Saturday cooking demonstrations. Shephard said customers can bring in something they want to cook and the corporate chef will demonstrate how to prepare it. “People can even bring in their dishes and see how they fit in the dishwashers,” she said. “We’ve made it possible for people to learn in the showrooms how our appliances work and function. They can touch and feel stuff before they buy.” 305 McCaslin Blvd., Ste. 1, Louisville, 303.516.4015, buyfromsa.com. Runner Up: Mountain High Appliance, 1130 Pine St., Louisville, 303.665.6850; mountainhighappliance.com,

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Best Art Gallery ART + SOUL GALLERY

Since opening in 2000, Art and Soul Gallery has offered a curated selection of talented emerging and established artists in a variety of media. And now the gallery has a new look and new collection. “We did a big remodel of our gallery in March,” Owner Debbie Klein said. “We thought a bit of a face lift was in order for an updated look and room for more designers. We also added Soulmate, a curated collection of alternative wedding, engagement and commitment rings. Looking for those occasions can be tense, and we want to make it warm, inviting, and welcoming so customers can have a positive experience. We make it a priority to have things that are different, special and high quality.” The gallery has trunk shows once a month, featuring designers who bring their entire line. There is also a full showcase of a major artist every six to eight weeks. 1615 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.544.5803; artandsoulboulder.com. Runner Up: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder,303.443.2122; bmoca.org.

Best Bedding/Mattress Store AND Best Green Products Store VERLO MATTRESS

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Verlo Mattress is celebrating the 17th year it has received the People’s Choice Award for Best Bedding/Mattress Store and the second award for Best Green Products/Service. Owner Dick Sumerfield attributes Verlo’s winning ways to the natural materials used. “We use natural materials and certified pure foam,” he said. “We have lower prices because we make better quality products and sell them directly to the public.” Verlo’s foam is called Certi-Pure and it has no outgassing, no heavy metals and no chemicals. Sumerfield said, “Our materials are flame retardant so we don’t spray the outside of the mattresses with harmful chemicals that could wear off on your sheets or skin. We are the gold standard for flame retardant and meet and exceed the requirements for the long term for life of our products. We’re trying to create the healthiest sleep environment possible.” There are 24 different models on the floor at Verlo that can be customized to each customer’s specific needs. Each mattress is made locally and backed with an industry-leading Lifetime Comfort Guarantee. 3080 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.447.1154; 455 Weaver Park Road, Ste. 700, Longmont, 303.651.9024; verlo.com. Runner Up for Best Bedding/Mattress Store: Denver Mattress Co., 1945 28th St., Boulder, 303.413.1314; denvermattress.furniturerow.com. Runner Up for Best Green Products Store: Go Green Flooring, 5485 Western Ave., Boulder, 303.440.4442; gogreenflooring.com,

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Best Floor Covering Store ATLAS FLOORING

Atlas Flooring was established in 1958 and is one of the longest running flooring companies in Boulder County. Leister Bowling, Co-owner Jake Sloan and the sales team have a combined 160 years together. Atlas houses the largest in stock inventory along the Front Range and is the go-to place for contractors, designers and do-it-yourselfers. There are thousands of samples for those seeking unique options and styles for special order projects. Bowling said, “I believe we’re considered the best because of our customer service and good pricing. We treat every customer with courtesy, whether they’re spending $10 or $100,000. We do the best we can for everyone who comes in.” Atlas added cabinets and countertops ten years ago. “We now do a huge amount of cabinets and countertops. That’s one of the best-kept secrets in Boulder County!” Bowling added, “We’re good problem solvers and we’re realistic and honest.” 4920 N. 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.3221; atlasflooringboulder.com. Runner Up: McDonald Carpet One Floor & Home, 6367 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 720.432.2916; mcdonaldcarpetoneboulder.com.

Best Hardware Store MCGUCKIN HARDWARE

The McGuckin way started almost 62 years ago in 1955, according to Steve Wilke, marketing and communications. “It is true personalized customer service in a world that’s trending toward buying online and big box stores. We offer the experience and advice of people who care that you complete your goal when you get home.” The hardware store has over 150,000 items in 18 different departments spread across 60,000 square feet of “anything you can imagine.” Wilke said, “It’s like 18 different stores under one roof. Our wide variety of merchandise is some of best in Boulder County because our buyers travel across the country for the newest trends and the best technologies. We pay our employees a livable wage and we pay local taxes that support the community. You can get in touch with us many ways, face-to-face, by phone or with social media.” 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Unit D1, Boulder, 303.443.1822; mcguckin.com. Runner Up: Home Depot, 1600 29th St., Boulder, 303.449.4221; 1200 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 303.661.9600; 393 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 720.494.0319; homedepot.com. 54 DAILY CAMERA


Best Home Decor Store MCDONALD CARPET ONE FLOOR & HOME

Design professional April DeRosier believes it is relationships that have earned McDonald Carpet One Floor & Home the trust of Boulder County. “When you walk through our door you meet the person who will be your project manager,” she said. “We are all trained to help you find what you want, to measure your home and get your bid and agreement. Once that is done and in place your own project manager orders everything personally and tracks it. We call to set up the installation schedule and register your warranty. Because each one of us is like your own project manager, your order is all in one process. Remodeling your home shouldn’t be complicated and you shouldn’t get lost in the shuffle.” The website includes a “room visualizer” that lets you upload a photo of your own home and customize it. “It’s super fun,” DeRosier said. “That’s just one way we’re different. We’re more interactive and we help you see what you’re envisioning.” DeRosier, who has been with McDonald ten years, said of the lifetime labor warrantee: “As long as you own your home, we’ll be there for you. We want you to come back and come back and come back.” 6367 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 720.432.2916; mcdonaldcarpetoneboulder.com. Runner Up: HomeGoods, 2550 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, 303.245.9383; homegoods.com.

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Best Imported Goods Store INDOCHINE HOME AND GARDEN

Best Place to Buy Custom Countertops MOROS FABRICATION

According to importer of Asian antiques Hugo Brooks, “This year marks 23 years of successfully supplying the Front Range with quality unique home furnishings from all over Asia. We work with our clientele to develop custom design solutions. Our excellent refinishing department is always available to customize and re-purpose furniture pieces.” What started with a container of Burmese and Thai antiques has grown to include an array of unique pieces from other exotic locales, including Dutch colonial pieces from Indonesia and teak and lychee wood furnishing from Bali, as well as the Tibetan and Mongolian furniture he stocks up on in Beijing. Brooks re-imagines these traditional pieces, transforming hand-painted doors into headboards and drums into side tables. “A few antique pieces will soften and compliment a modern interior,” Brooks said of his diverse collection. They provide a nice balance to the hard lines and sleek furnishings of today’s homes.” 7123 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.444.7734; indochinehomeimport.com.

Marty Moros is committed to great customer service throughout the process of purchasing countertops for new homes. “Our attention to detail is second to none from the initial customer interaction,” he said. “We strive to lead the way in the industry, from the templating and measuring experience, through estimation and professional Installation.” Moros strives to create a great experience starting with communication with the customer in scheduling, pricing, and general guidance towards a successful project. “There are a lot of shops who fabricate the same materials that we fabricate, but a very large majority of these fabricators are not capable of producing the quality and custom work that we handle on a daily basis,” Moros said. “This amazing process is due to our laser templating systems, our people who introduce this into AutoCAD, and our shop employees who are highly trained and skilled at producing these products.” 3871 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.473.0111; morosfabrication.com.

Runner Up: Cost Plus World Market, 1685 28th St., Boulder, 303.938.0757; worldmarket.com.

Runner Up: Don’s Custom Countertops, 711 1st Ave., Longmont, 303.772.8747; donscustomcountertops.com.

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Best Place to Buy Window Treatments INNOVATIVE OPENINGS

How Boulder is this? Innovative Openings window shades are credited for keeping a bear out of a mountain home! The story goes like this: A bear tried to get into the homeowner’s kitchen via a sliding glass door that the homeowner mistakenly didn’t lock. It ran into the sturdy Hunter Douglas Vertiglide cellular blind and was thwarted by the unfamiliar obstacle. Safe to say these window treatments are a bear necessity? Puns aside, Innovative Openings specializes in all types of window treatments, including blinds, shutters, solar shades, patio shades, awnings, security doors and windows. Experience sets the company apart, says Kevin Anderson, sales manager. “We’ve been in business since 1980, but aside from that I manage a sales team of six new home salespeople,” Anderson says. “The most tenured has been with us more than 30 years. Our newest employee has been with us for four years.” 667 S. Pierce Ave., Louisville, 303.665.1305; innovativeopenings.com.

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BEST FOR INSPIRATION Best Art Supply & Hobby Store MICHAELS

Boulderites think of Michaels as their craft concierge. And, if you’re a crafter, the peak season is approaching. First, you’ve got a chance to flex those art skills with spooky pumpkins. After the trick-or-treating runs its course, Thanksgiving is around the corner, which is prime time to show off your tablescape designs. Next up is showtime with the holiday season, complete with handmade ornaments and beautifully decorated sugar cookies. Thankfully, not only does Michaels have aisles and aisles of supplies you need, but they’ve also go stellar tutorials. Even if you’re not crafty, you can find arts and crafts kits. Aside from seasonal crafts, the store has plenty to help conjure up your creativity -- from beading kits to knitting and sewing supplies. You can also make your Pinterest dreams come true in the wedding section. 1830 30th St., Bldg. E, Boulder, 303.800.3852; michaels.com.

Best Place to Buy Outdoor Furniture FRUEHAUF’S

You know the claim to fame: Colorado gets 300-some days of sunshine. So, it makes sense that residents of this sunshine-soaked state need some quality outdoor furniture. Whether it’s outdoor kitchen furniture to dine al fresco in your backyard or fun playhouses for your kids (four-legged children count, too!), Fruehauf’s iconic store covers two acres and stakes its claim as Colorado’s largest outdoor patio retailer. You can find backyard, garden and patio furniture in its expansive showroom. The curated selection keeps Colorado’s rugged climate in mind. Need some inspiration? The store has a “dream backyard” that can serve as a muse for your own backyard makeover. In addition to being an outdoor retailer, the shop also sells gifts including jewelry, handbags and bath and body products. 1665 33rd St., Boulder, 303.449.9551; fruehaufs.com. Runner Up: Christy Sports, 2000 30th St., Boulder, 303.442.2493; christysports.com.

Best Place to Buy Windows ANDERSEN WINDOWS & DOORS

Andersen Windows and Doors are rated high for beauty and style, durability with comprehensive warranties, increased comfort and better energy efficiency, peace of mind because they can wirelessly connect to home security systems and energy efficiency. Home Depot in Louisville sells and installs the Andersen 100, 200 and 400 series as well as the A Series. Wayne Brown, manager of specialty assistant manager, said, “There are plenty of places to get quality installation of Andersen Windows, but our store has quality associates that offer that small town personal sales interaction that is so hard to find.” According to Tonie Wyatt, merchandise assistant store manager, Home Depot has gotten a lot of repeat business because of the emotional connections associate Deb Pace has made in the millwork area. Pace was featured on the City of Louisville Facebook page and in comments on other social media sites. “Deb is a good example of the emotional connections that make the difference here. We get comments all the time because of how personable she is, how she listens to customers, solves their issues and calls them back,” Wyatt said. Home Depot, 1200 W. Dillon Road, 303.661.9600; homedepot.com; ProBuild, 4058 Camelot Circle, Longmont, 303.485.9894; bldr.com/probuild.htm. Runner Up: Champion Windows, Denver, 10035 E. 40th Ave.,  Ste. 400, 303.800.2129; championwindow.com. 58 DAILY CAMERA

Runner Up: Art Parts Creative Reuse Center, 2870 Bluff St., Boulder, 720.379.5328; artpartsboulder.org.

Best Bookstore BOULDER BOOK STORE

If Boulder were to have a reading room, it would be the Boulder Book Store on Pearl Street. Not only can you drop in while on Pearl Street to grab a book, but you can also listen to talks by local authors. Plus, you can find your next great read. “Something that our customers love about us, and that I hear compliments on, is our ‘Recommended section,’” says Stephanie Schindhelm, marketing and promotions manager. “We’ve always encouraged our booksellers to write recommendations for the books they read and love and we feature these books right in the front of the store. Our customers love this because it gives a personal touch that you won’t find at an online store.” Schindhelm goes on to say that the Boulder Book Store tends to have booksellers with eclectic reading tastes, so the “staff recommendations” aren’t just a repeat of The New York Times bestsellers. “Those cases are a place to discover something you might never have heard about anywhere else,” she says. 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.447.2074; boulderbookstore.net. Runner Up: Barnes and Noble, 2999 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.0349; barnesandnoble.com.

Best Photo & Video Store AND Best Custom Framing MIKE’S CAMERA Happy 50th Birthday Mike’s Camera! The camera and photograph superstore that got its start in 1967 has surely witnessed waves of change in the photography world, but has consistently served customers with top-notch photography knowledge. “A lot of customers like that they can come in and talk to staff about what they need for best results because there are a lot of cameras out there on the market,” says Mike Dobson, sales and operations manager. Customers range from college students to hobbyists to professionals, Dobson says. The camera store also has occasional events where they’ll set up camera gear for a day at a location – like a zoo – and let customers come test out the camera equipment. 2500 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.1715; mikescamera.com. Runner Up for Best Photo & Video Store: N/A Runner Up for Best Custom Framing: Michaels, 1830 30th St., Bldg. E, Boulder, 303.800.3852; michaels.com.


Best Fishing Supply Store FRONT RANGE ANGLERS

Best Travel Supply Store CHANGES IN LATITUDE TRAVEL STORE Oh, the places you’ll go, Boulder! Changes in Latitude is a favorite first stop before criss-crossing the globe. A common compliment the staff says it hears? “Between the travel gadgets, clothing and conversations with the employees, when I leave Changes in Latitude, I am always in the mood for planning my next trip.” It’s no wonder! The store has Wanderer’s Wednesdays, an ongoing series of travel shows. These free, weekly shows held in the store offer a variety of packing clinics and opportunities for travelers to share advice and tales from their own personal travels. Changes in Latitude loves you back, Boulder. If the staff members had to give an acceptance speech to this award, they’d say: “Thanks for voting for us Boulder! We have the best travelers around.” And, if we might add something? Bon voyage! 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.786.8406; cil.com. Runner Up: REI, 1789 28th St., Boulder, 303.583.9970; rei.com.

Best Bicycle Shop REPUBLIC CYCLES

Republic Cycles understands just how much Boulderites love to play outside, exploring the trails and buzzing around town on a bike. That’s why it’s a priority for the store to deliver fast, yet high-quality, turnarounds on bike repairs. A compliment that the bike shop often hears? “Thank you, you saved my ride!” says Eric Larimer, owner of Republic Cycles. “We do our best to make sure that our customers get to enjoy the big rides they have planned,” he says. Curious what’s up next at your favorite bike shop, Boulder? “For 2018, we are greatly increasing the size of our demo and rental fleet,” Larimer says. “We will have a greater selection of models and sizes of Trek Mountain and Road bikes.” 2626 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.413.0228; republiccyclesboulder.com. Runner Up: University Bicycles, 839 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.4196; ubikes.com.

This fishing supply store? Dare we say it’s the “reel deal.” Located here in Boulder, Front Range Anglers offers guided fly fishing trips, plus they have a wide selection of rods, reels, lines and accessories. From the Brown Trout in Boulder Creek to Cutthroat Trout in the mountain lakes and streams of Rocky Mountain National Park, the staff members at the supply store say it’s their goal to give you a “true Rocky Mountain fly fishing experience.” And, for the bonus round: the supply store updates daily fishing reports so you can know what conditions are like on the Boulder Creek, South Boulder Creek and surrounding areas like Rocky Mountain National Park and the Big Thompson River. Good looking out, guys! 2344 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.494.1375; frontrangeanglers.com. Runner Up: Rocky Mountain Anglers, 1904 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.447.2400; rockymtanglers.com.

Best Mountaineering Store AND Best for Outdoor Rec & Sports AND Best Ski/Snowboard Store NEPTUNE MOUNTAINEERING

Boulder is famous for landing on lots of lists for its epic outdoors scene. So, it makes sense that this Spandex-clad city that’s always up for adventure needs a great base camp to gear up at, right? Enter Neptune Mountaineering, an outdoor equipment shop that’s been around since 1973 and supplies gear for skiing, rock climbing and mountaineering. A shop motto: “As we play together, we kind of become like family.” A cool aside? Not only is this a shop where you can find all the gear you need, it doubles as a museum with various climbing and skiing equipment, mainly from a period of mountain and polar exploration in the mid-1800s to the last half of the 20th century. 33 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.499.8866; neptunemountaineering.com. Runner Up for Best Mountaineering Store: REI, 1789 28th St., Boulder, 303.583.9970; rei.com. Runner Up for Best Outdoor Rec & Sports: REI, 1789 28th St., Boulder, 303.583.9970; rei.com. Runner Up for Best Ski/Snowboard Store: Boulder Ski Deals, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.938.8799, boulderskideals.com.

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BOULDER COUNTY GOLD / Shopper’s Paradise

Best Record Store BART’S RECORD SHOP

BEST FOR SHINE

Boulder draws people from around the world because it’s a university town and a tourist destinations. So, Manager Patrick Selvage says, it’s always great when he hears someone say “you have one of the best shops I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot of them.” “Also because of the transient nature of Boulder we tend to get in a lot of diverse collections,” Selvage says. “I’ve heard ‘That record would be twice the price in New York and sell in one day.” The staff has a combined 70 years of experience in the record industry. “From that comes a lot of knowledge of music and records themselves,” Selvage says. “We cut a lot of fluff this way and try to keep the shop full of what we feel is interesting and desirable to our customers.” 1625 Folsom St., Boulder, 303.444.1760; bartsrecordshop.com. Runner Up: Albums on the Hill, 1128 13th St., Boulder, 303.447.0159; albumsonthehill.com.

Best Antique Jewelry Store CLASSIC FACETS

When you come to this store, it’s like being on a treasure hunt because you’ll never know what kind of jewelry you’ll find. Classic Facets has been in business for 32 years, and the store has an international reputation for being one of a kind. (In fact, this isn’t a run of the ‘mall’ kind of store). Classic Facets is a small, locally owned store with antique and vintage jewelry, but what makes it exciting is the inventory is constantly changing. The store has more than 20,000 pieces from consignors in 37 states and 10 countries. Each one of those pieces comes with a story. “People come to us because we’re their happy place,” says Mikki Rainey, owner. “We always have something different.” 942 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.8851; classicfacets.com. Runner Up: Hurdle’s Jewelry; 1402 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.1084; hurdlesjewelry.com.

Best Running Store AND Best Shoe Store FLATIRONS RUNNING INC.

Best Jewelry Store AND Best Customer Service AND Best Company/Store that Gives Back WALTERS & HOGSETT

Boulder takes running seriously. So, it’s important that the city have a shoe store that does the same. Co-owner RL Smith has been frequently nicknamed the “foot whisperer” because of his vast knowledge of body mechanics and the ability to build anything you need to support your run or journey. Smith and Co-owner Tricia Vieth are both avid runners who bring passion of running into the store. Part of that is taking the time to listen to customers and tweak shoes or build custom insoles on location. “We love working in Boulder County, but our custom insoles especially have world-wide recognition, not just local praise.,” Vieth says. “We’ve built insoles for professional athletes, actors, walkers, runners, skiers, cyclists and more.” 629 S. Broadway St., Ste. E, Boulder, 303.554.7837; flatrionsrunning.com.

This hometown family jeweler keeps Boulder sparkling. From Rolex watches to engagement rings, Walters & Hogsett brings fine jewelry to Boulder, and has a good pulse on exactly what this city loves. (Exhibit A: An oxidized sterling silver and 24 karat yellow gold small buffalo necklace that was exclusively designed for Walters & Hogsett as well as buffalo earrings to pay tribute to this college town’s beloved mascot. Exhibit B: Gorgeous pieces showcasing the famous flatirons of Boulder). The company’s aim? “To surprise and delight customers by combining the essence of luxury with the warmth of a family.” The jewelry store can also do custom-design jewelry, whether that’s an engagement ring or helping you turn a precious stone into your own unique piece of jewelry. 2425 Canyon Blvd., Ste. J, Boulder, 303.449.2626; waltersandhogsett.com.

Runner Up for Best Running Store: Boulder Running Company, 2775 Pearl St. Boulder, 303,786.9255; boulderrunningcompany.com.

Runner Up for Best Jewelry Store: Classic Facets, 942 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.8851; classicfacets.com.

Runner Up for Best Shoe Store: Pedestrian Shops, 1425 Pearl St., 303.449.5260; comfortableshoes.com.

Runner Up for Best Customer Service: The Farm, 2801 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.440.1323; thefarmco.com.

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Best Florist AND Best Garden Center/Plant Nursery STURTZ & COPELAND

Autumn looks stunning on Sturtz & Copeland. The garden center is as lush as ever, with mums and stemmed miniature pumpkins exploding in color. In the floral department, cut flowers are hand selected from Sturtz & Copeland’s tropical greenhouse or sourced from local growers. “We have a large selection that is far from run of the mill,” said Manager Connie Smith. Sturtz & Copeland carries the most sought-after plants, from organics, succulents and air plants to anemones and xeric perennials. Classes draw hundreds of Boulder gardeners, and wedding consultations are complimentary. “Even with almost 90 years under our belt, we are always striving to be better,” Smith said. “Our staff is composed of the friendliest and most caring folks around. They are proud of our perennial Boulder County Gold awards.” 2851 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.6663, sturtzandcopeland.com. Runner Up for Best Florist: Lafayette Florist, 600 S. Public Rd., Lafayette, 303.665.5552; lafayetteflorist.com. Runner Up for Best Garden Center/Plant Nursery: The Flower Bin, 1805 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303.772.3454; theflowerbin.net.

Best Gift Shop JACQUE MICHELLE

Jacque Michelle Gifts & Fashion Co-owner Janet Taffet adores introducing “objects of delight and surprising purpose” to her community. She offers an ever-changing selection of “clever, happy and stylish gifts,” including unicorn pattern socks, leather goods in outrageous tropical colors, embroidered jeans, wine and shot glasses, beeswax candles and hilarious hand towels. Kids treasure her thoughtful journals and irresistible JellyCat stuffed creatures. “We love serving our neighbors and their friends,” Taffet said. She keeps mountains of scarves, hats and hair accessories on hand, in an effort to help women celebrate their personal style. “It’s amazing how a hair clip, headband or handbag can liven up your look,” Taffet said. And livening up life with offbeat, playful fun and fashion is what Jacque Michelle is all about. 2670 Broadway, Boulder, 303.786.7628; jacquemichelle.com. Runner Up: Adorned, Inc., 1909 9th St., Boulder, 303.440.3786; adornedbynomad.com.

Best Musical Instruments HB WOODSONGS

A musical icon in Boulder for more than 40 years, HB Woodsongs carries not only beautiful high-end professional instruments, but they also rent and sell student instruments and musical supplies. “We attribute our staying power to our friendly, expert service, a great community of regular customers and the diversity of what we offer,” said Co-owner Shawn Cupolo. Woodsongs Studios offers private stringed instrument lessons, and locals flock to Woodsong’s workshops, jams, bluegrass sessions and yes, ukulele hootenannies. “Music sparks creativity, contributes to brain development and in general contributes to our quality of life,” Cupolo said. “It’s our job to not just provide the tools – the instruments – to make music, but to help people understand what a positive part of life it can be.” 3101 28th St., Boulder, 303.449.0516; hbwoodsongs.com. Runner Up: Robb’s Boulder Music, 2691 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.8448; bouldermusic.com.

BEST FOR THREADS Best Men’s Clothing Store THE REGIMENT SHOP

Boulder’s leading menswear store isn’t just about suits. “One of our most popular items is a stretch jean from 34 Heritage,” said Steve Jacobs, coowner of The Regiment Shops of Colorado, Inc. “Every man that buys a pair comes back for more.” At The Regiment, wardrobe consultants steer men toward the best fit and colors for their body type and lifestyle, and an Italian-trained master tailor ensures perfection. “Quality clothing, exemplary service and a friendly environment keep the most fashionable men returning and put first-time customers at ease”, said Jacobs. The Regiment has been in business for 58 years. “Most successful men have learned that dressing properly give them a good first impression and confidence in what they do, whether in the workplace or socially,” Jacobs added. 2425 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.443.2713; theregimentshops.com. Runner Up: Weekends, 1200 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.4231; weekendsboulder.com.

Best Costume Store THE RITZ

With 40 years under its belts, corsets and tutus, The Ritz specializes in creating the most fantastic, breathtaking and otherworldly costumes on the planet – just in time for Halloween. “The Ritz is as eclectic and unique as Boulder is,” said Margaret Skowronski, sales associate. Stop in to discover cutting-edge fashion for women mixed with wacky, fun and truly lovely costumes for all. Ritz consultants help customers personalize a dream ensemble, with a myriad of choices in clip-on ears (a surprising bestseller), utility belts, wigs, costume jewelry, fairy wings and zoot suits. Halloween trends this season include superheroes, with Wonder Woman in the lead, pop icons, pirates and fantasy creatures. “We like to make costumes fun,” Skowronski said. “It is what we are about all year long.” 959 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.443.2850; theritzcostumes.com. Runner Up: Theatrical Costumes, Etc!, 673 30th St., Boulder, 303.440.8515; theatricalcostumesetc.com. 2017 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 61


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Best Women’s Clothing Store AND Best Women Owned Store BARBARA & COMPANY

Pencil skirt. Check. Silk blouse. For sure. Trend setting ensemble for night on the town. “It’s all waiting for you on the racks at Barbara & Company,” says Store Owner Kathy King. That’s because they carry a variety styles – in a range of sizes that fit the needs of women from college to career. “We have a combination of classic and trendy pieces,” says King. “The classic pieces last year after year, and the trendy pieces make you look like now.” Customers enjoy the shopping experience at Barbara & Company partly because skilled staff know how to capture the customer’s unique style, says King. Whether you want to spruce you your fall wardrobe or need something to compliment an outfit, it’s probably waiting for you at Barbara & Company. King extends a warm thank you to the community for all their support. 1505 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.2565; barbaraandcompany.net. Runner Up for Best Women’s Clothing Store: JJ Wells, 2460 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.449.2112; jjwells.com. Runner Up for Best Women Owned Store: The Amazing Garage Sale, 4919 Broadway, Boulder, 303.447.0417; theamazinggaragesale.com.

BEST FOR YARD & GARDEN Best Hydroponics Store WAY TO GROW If you shop at Way to Grow, chances are, they know you by name, says Owner Brad Hale. “We strive for excellent personalized customer service while also providing a wide variety of quality products at outstanding prices,” he said. And because there’s an open and accepting vibe in the store, it helps staff create long lasting customer relationships. Hale keeps customers happy by keeping things consistent – in terms of prices and product availability. Plus, the staff share product knowledge with customers, something he says customers appreciate. “We do our best to keep up with current trends, technologies, and growing media,” says Hale. “In addition, the overall ability of our staff to provide quality assistance and advice, without pushing customers beyond their needs, creates a great shopping experience and a fun place to work.” 6395 Gunpark Drive, Boulder, 303.473.4769; waytogrow.net.

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Best Tree Nursery THE TREE FARM

Take I-25, to exit 235, then five miles west to The Tree Farm. Everyone knows the jingle. Maybe it’s time to spruce up the front yard with some greenery and new landscaping ideas. Take a trip to The Tree Farm and chances are, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the knowledgeable staff, says Store Manager Mike Gittleson. Whether you prefer needley evergreens or glorious leaves of deciduous trees, there’s an impressive selection at The Tree Farm, says Gittleson. Customers like how the staff actually know what the heck they’re talking about with the plethora of tree varieties on site. Well, it helps that the average staff member has been with the store for about 15 years. Top selling tree varieties include Aspen, Cleveland Pear and Autumn Blaze Maple, says Gittleson. 11868 Mineral Road, Longmont, 303.652.2961; thetreefarm.com. Runner Up: Harlequin’s Gardens, 4795 26th St., Boulder, 303.939.9403; harlequinsgardens.com.

BEST SHOPPERS MISC. Best Eye Care/Eye Wear Store ASPEN EYEWEAR

Aspen Eyewear has been in business for more than 30 years in Boulder. Want to know the secret to their success? Hint. It has something to do with putting customers first. “We’re dedicated to our customers and make sure they’re happy when they walk out of the door,” says Jen Ebner, manager. They give customers personal attention by taking time to analyze their prescription to match the right frame. But if the frames don’t look quite right, chances are, they won’t let you buy them. “We’re so honest,” says Ebner. Staff at Aspen Eyewear go a little extra to help customers get a pair of stylish frames that look good and feel good. “Our employees are longstanding. It’s always nice to see a familiar face as a customer,” says Ebner. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.447.0210; aspeneyewear.com. Runner Up: Envision Boulder, 1011 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.939.8021; envisionboulder.com.


Best Pet Bakery/Deli AND Best Pet Store AND Best Locally Owned Store P.C.’S PANTRY FOR DOGS & CATS

Mary Lee Withers, owner of P.C.’s Pantry for Dogs and Cats, is grateful for the support of customers and their pets over the 17 and a half years they’ve been in Boulder. “We’ve seen little kids come in holding their mothers’ hands, and now they’re grown up and driving in to pick up biscuits and meatloaves for their own pets,” she said. “We pride ourselves in getting to know our customers, remembering their animals’ names and knowing what the pets can and can’t eat. We spend time helping people find the right products. We can even tell a woman if her husband already bought the same product she just came in to buy!” All the biscuits and meatloaves are freshly baked daily and the ingredients are human grade and natural. “There’s no salt, sugar or any preservatives added to our products,” Withers said. “You want your pets to eat quality, not something you would not eat yourself.” She said the full pet store has “coats, boots, shoes – anything that people wear is now available for pets to wear – and your animals don’t have to be on a leash to wander around our store.” 2828 30th St., Boulder, 303.245.9909; pcspantry.com. Runner Up for Best Pet Bakery/Deli: Whole Pets, 2835 Pearl St., Ste. B, Boulder, 303.444.4733; wholepetsholistic.com. Runner Up for Best Pet Store: PetSmart, 1850 30th St., Boulder, 303.449.0201; petsmart.com. Runner Up for Best Locally Owned Store: Barbara & Company, 1505 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.2565; barbaraandcompany.net.

Best Recreational Marijuana Store KARING KIND

Karing Kind Owner Dylan Donaldson attributes their large customer base to a simple philosophy – they provide good products and great customer service. Whether it’s for medical or non-medical purposes, “it starts with a base of passion,” says Donaldson. And it shows because customers are forthcoming about expressing their appreciation. “We get customers who send us cards, or bring us food from their garden, or bring us gifts from their travels,” he said. “People are thinking about us when they are out in the world.” By providing high quality products, it keeps the fan base coming back for more. As Karing Kind continues to grow, Donaldson is quick to say he tries not to forget where he started and is grateful for the thriving business. 5854 Rawhide Court, Boulder, 303.449.9333; karingkind.com. Runner Up: The Farm, 2801 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.440.1323; thefarmco.com.

Best Recycled Goods/Thrift Store TRU HOSPICE THRIFT SHOP

When scoping out rad thrift stores with great bargains, it all boils down to inventory. The kind that allows customers to hunt for those hidden gems. You know, like high quality brands, gently used clothing and unique home furnishings. That’s exactly what you get at Tru Hospice Thrift Store, says Store Manager Lynn McCullough. “We receive amazing donations from the community,” says McCullough. She said locals generally donate higher quality items because they know it helps raise money for much needed hospice care. Customers are pleasantly surprised by things like original artwork from local artists, designer clothing and jewelry – all this without price tags that make your jaw drop. McCullough also attributes the store’s success to their top-notch volunteer staff. “Our volunteers really put their hearts and souls into their jobs,” she said. 5565 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.604.5353; trucare.org. Runner Up: Goodwill, 2486 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.494.5145; 555 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 720.287.5855; goodwilldenver.org. 2017 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 63


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GOLD Best of Erie > Lafayette > Louisville > Superior Best Attorney STEPHANIE SCHACHT, STEPHANIE K. SCHACHT LLC

Best Auto Repair STAN’S AUTOMOTIVE

Stephanie Schacht’s interest in law goes back to her parents, who ran a general practice law firm in Beaver Dam, WI. After attending law school, Schacht opened her own practice, where she specializes in estate planning, wealth transfer planning and estate and trust administration with an emphasis on the care of children, including designating guardians and temporary guardians. She believes in purposeful planning that captures her clients’ desires for a lasting legacy while considering their personal and financial goals. She also specializes in small business transactions for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners, using a holistic approach in counseling them in all aspects of creating and owning a small business. “I mostly focus on estate planning, so I look at a lot of issues that are not necessarily legal but help guide families,” Schacht said. 316 Onyx Way, Superior, 303.554.1501; stephanieschachtlaw.com.

In business for 43 years, Stan’s Automotive provides everything from minor tune-ups to major overhauls. They specialize in engine, transmission and brake repairs as well as auto electrical service for both foreign and domestic vehicles. The service technicians work fast using the latest diagnostic equipment to diagnose and pinpoint problems, while aiming to save customers time and money. “The primary thing that sets us apart is our people, and the way we treat our people,” said Scott Elmore, general manager. “We take care of our employees like they are our family, and because of that, they take care of our customers like they are their family.” Stan’s Automotive had its start as Stan’s Tire Shoppe, Inc., founded by Stan Elmore and Wally Prather in a smaller location in Lafayette before moving to Louisville and returning to Lafayette in a new building. 1950 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 303.666.8914; stansautomotive.com.

Runner Up: John Gstalder, The Gstalder Louisville Law Group, 400 Main St., Ste. 200, Louisville, 303.666.4457; thelouisvillelawgroup.com.

Runner Up: Louisville Tire and Auto Care, 190 Griffith St., Ste. 1, Louisville, 303.665.4902; louisvilletireandautocare.com.

Best Bakery MOXIE BAKING CO.

Locally-owned eatery Moxie Baking Co. offers homemade bread, pastries and made-to-order items inspired by old world food craftsmanship and a full coffee, latte and chai menu. The result is rustic and simple baked goods created with non-GMO local flours and nutrient-rich grains that undergo a slow fermentation process. Andy Clark, who serves on the board of directors for the Bread Baker’s Guild of America, opened the bakery in 2015 in an 1880-built building that previously was a residence and a medical office. “We’re really dedicated to craft coffee, and we make everything from scratch in house. Everything is made on site every day in front of all the customers,” Clark said. The last Friday of the month, the bakery mixes things up with a night of music and pizza. “We try to create a good community meeting space, a comfortable positive environment for people to relax,” Clark said. 641 Main St., Louisville, 720.420.9616; moxiebreadco.com. Runner Up: Eats & Sweets, 401 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.665.3287; eatsandsweets.biz.

Best Barbecue LULU’S BBQ

With a menu listing sweet potato cheese tots, fried pickle chips and Lulu’s hot mess chicken sandwich, how could you go wrong with stopping in for lunch or dinner for Texas style country barbecue at Lulu’s BBQ? The menu is extensive with starters, sandwiches, sample platters, sides, and intriguing desserts like cornbread sundae and super scoop. Lulu’s, which opened five years ago, offers catering for events and parties and a to-go menu. “We make our own rubs in house which complement the smokiness of the meats,” said Graham Atkinson, general manager and executive chef of Lulu’s. “All of our meats are smoked with Texas oak, and we focus on low and slow.” Lulu’s is located in an old gas station and retains the garage door look with added outside and front patios. 701 Main St., Louisville, 720.583.1789; lulus-bbq.com. Runner Up: Wayne’s Smoke Shack, 406 Center Drive, Superior, 303.554.5319; waynessmokeshack.com.

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Best Brewery ODD13 BREWING

Best Brunch THE HUCKLEBERRY

Located in old town Lafayette, Odd13 got its name from the founders, Kristin and Ryan Scott, who grew up in area codes 513 and 313 respectively. The Scotts, who opened the brewery in 2013, create craft beers, served in round cans and bottles that are branded with labels telling super hero comic book stories. The beers are available in the taproom or are for sale in house and throughout Colorado. The brewery is the first in Colorado to release sour beer and New England style IPA in cans. Since 2015, the beers have been fermented with White Labs Clarity Ferm, which reduces their gluten content. “Our mission is to be one of the most innovative breweries in the country taking traditional styles and adding a twist,” Kristin Scott said. “We’re constantly using new raw materials coming in to the market, trying new processes and trying out recipes.” 301 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 303.997.4164; odd13brewing.com.

The Huckleberry cafe and bakery combines a coffee shop, dessert bar and afternoon tea shop with a full restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a lively, comfortable atmosphere. The menu is full of contemporary comfort food with a modern twist. A full-service, on-site bakery presents fresh pies, pastries, cookies, cakes and bread baked daily that includes a selection of glutenfree offerings. Coffee, espresso, dessert teas, milkshakes, malts and cocktails are also served in the café. Located in historic downtown Louisville, The Huckleberry serves in a historic building built in 1894, originally the town’s post office and later a bank, pharmacy and two different restaurants. The ingredients for the menu and catering services come from Huckleberry’s farm, Leaf Farm in Lafayette along the banks of Coal Creek. 700 Main St., Louisville, 303.666.8020; thehuckleberry.com.

Runner Up: The Post Brewing Co., 105 W. Emma St., Lafayette, 303.593.2066; postbrewing.com.

Runner Up: Morning Glory Café, 1377 Forest Park Circle, Ste. 101, Lafayette, 303.604.6351; morningglorycafe.org.

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Best Child Care AND Best Day Camp ROCK CREEK AFTER-SCHOOL

Rock Creek After-School offers full-day kindergarten, after-school care, tutoring, test prep, summer camps and day camps with an aim to balance academics with fun. The school, founded in 2015, focuses on individualized education, academics and exercise, while encouraging students to be involved in the community through outreach programs, community service projects and field trips. The school features developmentally appropriate programs with specialized curriculum for each age group from Kindergarten to fourth grade. In the Kindergarten program, students engage in their preferred learning styles and abilities and have a flexible daily schedule, take weekly field trips and participate in do-it-yourself workshops with community members. The after-school program identifies learning gaps to help students excel in their academics with time for reading, snacks and play. “We balance academics with fun, and we are a low ratio day care, so we provide quality service,” said Shantie Toolsie, founder and owner of Rock Creek. “We keep the age groups very small.” 1691B Coalton Road, Superior, 720.507.6284; rockcreekafterschool.com. Runner Up for Best Child Care: Friends ’n Fun Children’s Center, 105 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 303.666.5111; friendsnfunchildrenscenter.com.

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Runner Up for Best Day Camp: The Arts Hub Art Underground, 420 Courtney Way, Lafayette, 303.229.1127; artunder.org.

Best Chiropractor ENHANCED MOVEMENTS CHIROPRACTIC

Enhanced Movements Chiropractic offers individualized chiropractic and physical therapy programs, sports injury recovery and manual therapy work. The Owners, Nichelle and Antonio Gurule, are doctors of chiropractic medicine with their own specialties. Nichelle, passionate about women’s health, specializes in postpartum chiropractic care and postpartum rehab with an emphasis on rebuilding the core. She aims to motivate people to see their potential and help them work toward their personal goals. Antonio, whose passion is with athletes and treating sports injuries, aims to inspire people to move, treating and training them as a chiropractor and strength coach. The Gurules like to offer longer appointments in a rehabilitation-based approach to care. “That gives us the time to do the treatment approach,” Nichelle said. “We give our time to the patients to give them the full treatment.” 1255 Cimarron Drive, Ste.. 201, Lafayette, 303.717.6323; enhancedmovementschiropractic.com.

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Runner Up: 100% Chiropractic, 300 Center Drive East, Superior, 303.554.1002; 100percentchiropractic.com.

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Best Consignment Store FOUND UNDERGROUND CONSIGNMENTS

Best Church FLATIRONS COMMUNITY CHURCH Flatirons Community Church is a non-denominational church ranked by “Outreach Magazine” as the 14th largest church in America. The attendance each weekend is 17,000 attendees at the church’s four campuses in Aurora, Genesee, Denver and Lafayette. The Lafayette campus is the first and largest and is across the street from the church’s central offices. The church, which has undergone two name changes before becoming Flatirons, was launched in 1994 in an 117,000-square-foot building with an auditorium able to seat 3,000 people. During a typical weekend service, the church features modern worship music and a Bible-based message. The church’s vision is “to bring the awesome life of Christ to a lost and broken world,” as stated on its website, and the church sees the Bible as God’s Word and authority for life. 355 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 303.664.5524; flatironschurch.com Runner Up: Ascent Community Church, 550 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 303.518.8084; ascentcc.org

Best Coffee House EAST SIMPSON COFFEE COMPANY

With coffee as an excuse to gather at Historic Simpson Street, East Simpson Coffee Company offers an espresso bar, organic coffees and teas, locally baked pastries, wine and beer and a lunch and dinner menu. The coffee shop opened in 2014 to provide the community a home away from home with good food and drinks and a rotating calendar of music, art and community events. “We’re not just a good coffee shop, we create a fabulous environment,” said Owner Leslie Wing Pomeroy, “We want quality in the product and experience.” Adding to that experience is the historical feel of East Simpson Street, once a large commercial center in Lafayette, but after two fires and extensive growth downtown they moved west to Public Street. 414 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 720.502.7010; eastsimpsoncoffee.com. Runner Up: Bittersweet Cafe & Confections, 836 Main St., Louisville, 303.317.5522, bittersweetcafe.net.

Best Community Event ART NIGHT OUT LAFAYETTE

Art Night Out Lafayette, which takes place the second Friday of the month May through September, combines live music with fine arts and crafts booths, a beer and wine garden, and great food for a full evening of entertainment. The event, in its 10th season this year, brings the fun to Public Road between Cannon and Emma streets. “What sets Lafayette Art Night Out apart is that our most important goal for the event is to bring the community together to have fun, be safe and have an event that we all can be really engaged in,” said Susan Booker with the City of Lafayette. “We work hard to have a variety of great bands to appeal to a wide variety of people’s interests. We work hard to keep the event just the right size, so it’s not too big or too small.” Sponsors of the event include the City of Lafayette, the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission, Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority (LURA), ARTS!Lafayette, Crafted Life and several Lafayette businesses. 5 to 9 p.m. second Friday of the month, May through September, Public Road between Cannon and Emma streets, Lafayette, 303.661.1260; cityoflafayette.com/565/art-night-out. Runner Up: Chili Fest Superior, 2 to 6 p.m. second Saturday in September, Superior Community Park, 1350 Colton Road, Superior, 303.499.3675; superiorcolorado.gov/departments/parks-recreation-openspace/community-events/chili-fest.

Cool, urban and chic, Found Underground Consignments offers clothing and accessories from jewelry to handbags, scarves and shoes. The shop brings in the designer and trendy labels and adds a touch of vintage and retro to fashion. Recycle, re-wear and reuse are the keys to Owner Nancy Cooley’s focus in the consignment business. Cooley started the business nearly 12 years ago and has brought in more than 3,600 consigners over the years. The shop is in the basement of a 1920s home with the Louisville Chamber of Commerce above. “We’re affordable and hip,” said Cooley, who lives in Louisville. “The main thing is we want people to feel comfortable and hang out. It’s a community shop. It’s their shop and it’s our shop. Our community is what makes it great.” 901 Main St., Louisville, 303.666.6900; foundunderground.net. Runner Up: Refuge Décor, 1132 W. Dillon Road, Ste. 4, Louisville, 303.364.1300; refugedecor.com.

Best Community Champion SISTER CARMEN COMMUNITY CENTER

A non-religious agency that opened in 1977, the Sister Carmen Community Center is a Family Resource Center that provides assistance to those in need in East Boulder County through ongoing support, a food bank and a thrift store with clothing and household items sold at discount. The center follows the FRC holistic model to empower its participants to become self-sufficient. It promotes health and well-being and economic stability through face-to-face contact, helping participants obtain employment and get parenting support and access to family and child-centered activities. “We provide support for our participants, so they can reach their full potential,” said Suzanne Crawford, chief executive officer of the agency. “We’re a very strength-based organization, so we believe everyone has positive traits and things that they’re good at – and we focus on those.” 655 Aspen Ridge Drive, Lafayette, 303.665.4342; sistercarmen.org. Runner Up: Julie Piller, board chairwoman of Project YES (Youth Envisioning Social change); project-yes.org. 2017 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 71


BOULDER COUNTY GOLD / Best of Erie, Lafayette, Louisville and Superior

Best Day Spa AND Best Facial DOVA CENTER FOR HEALTH AND HEALING

The Dova Center for Health and Healing, which opened in 2013, is a one-stop healing center offering care in traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, therapeutic massage, spa treatments, herbal medicine and meditation. It also offers yoga classes. Some of the center’s specialties include hormone balancing, detoxification, sports therapies and pain elimination. “We have a very personal approach with our clients,” said Jenny Jordan, office manager of the Dova Center. “We tailor everything to each client.” Gina “Gigi” Terinoni, owner and director of the center, is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist with training in traditional Chinese medicine, as well as being a certified massage therapist and yoga instructor. She wanted “to create a center where friends and community members would come to feel good together and receive that support from each other.” 972 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 303.955.7226; dovacenter.com. Runner Up for Best Day Spa: Urban Radiance Skin Care, 77 Erie Village Square, Ste. 110, Erie, 303.945.4764; urbanradiance.com. Runner Up for Best Facial: Urban Radiance, 77 Erie Village Square, Ste. 110, Erie, 303.945.4764; urbanradiance.com.

Best Dessert AND Best Diet Cheat AND Best Lunch AND Best Sandwich EATS & SWEETS

There’s something endearing about four-category winner Eat & Sweets. The name alone conjures up images of comfort foods, cheat treats and a happy atmosphere where everyone is on the same page about one thing: We all deserve some little luxuries in life. Connecting the community through food is at the heart of Eats & Sweets, according to Co-owner Gretchen Pangilinan. “I think people love that we are family-friendly, locally owned and operated, and that we are part of the community. By giving back to our community, we make our town a sweeter place.” What’s even more satisfying is there’s something for every taste bud, all day long at Eats & Sweets. An unconventional happy hour between 2:30 and 5 p.m. features $1 off alcoholic drinks and $2 scoops of ice cream. Try the shop’s popular Colorado frozen margarita pop or create your own salad paired with a steaming cup of homemade New England clam chowder. And you can end any meal with a local wine, hot cup of tea, fresh mini pie a la mode or the deliciously famous banana bread ice cream sandwich. Even more perfect? Savor it all out on the new patio. 401 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.665.3287; eatsandsweets.biz. Runner Up for Best Dessert: Sweet Cow Ice Cream, 637 Front St., Louisville, 303.666.4269; sweetcowicecream.com. Runner Up for Best Diet Cheat: Chocolaterie Stam, 103 N. Public Road, Suite B, Lafayette, 303.800.8201; stamchocolate.com. Runner Up for Best Lunch: Morning Glory Café, 1377 Forest Park Circle Ste. 101, Lafayette, 303.604.6351; morningglorycafe.org. Runner Up for Best Sandwich: Organic Sandwich Shop, 459 S. McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 720.598.5931; organicsandwichco.com.

Best Dentist DR. TOM ZYVOLOSKI, STUDIO Z DENTAL

“Our clients love the atmosphere in which they receive their dental treatment and genuinely enjoy connecting with the staff,” says Dr. Tom Zyvoloski about the reason people count on Studio Z Dental. Top-notch services from the front desk, assistants, hygienists and dentists make the experience consistent. “We all share the same values in terms of the expected level of care, and this runs throughout our work culture,” he says. Studio Z emphasizes treatments that consider the whole-body health of patients – a holistic, eco-friendly approach. Knowledge is key, too. “We educate our clients and give them options, so they can make the right choice. We also use the best labs and highest-quality materials available,” he says. “In the era of corporate dentistry this is refreshing to a patient.” 818 W. South Boulder Road, Louisville; 303.666.7110; studiozdental.com. Runner Up: Dr. Jenna Nicholson, Studio Z Dental, 818 W. South Boulder Rd., Louisville; 303.666.7110; studiozdental.com. 72 DAILY CAMERA


Best Historical Society ERIE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

“We provide opportunities for all age groups of Erie residents to learn about the town’s history in a real-time way,” says Nancy Gruber, vice president of Erie Historical Society. Biscuit Day, for example, raises funds while stuffing 1,200 people with biscuits, gravy and sausage. The event includes staging live music, costumed volunteers, cake walk, and a stew contest between local restaurants and local artisan booths. In the spring, Erie Middle School eighth-graders are treated to History Day at the Eric Historical Society, featuring 17 different learning stations such as soap making and a horse and plow demonstration. Want to experience Erie history for yourself? Pick up a brand-new self-guided walking/ cycling tour booklet at the Erie Chamber. 11611 Jasper Road, Erie, 303.828.4561; eriehistoricalsociety.org. Runner Up: City of Louisville, 749 Main St., Louisville, 303.666.6565; louisvilleco.gov.

Best Landscaper GROW

Best Liquor Store SUPERIOR LIQUOR

Runner Up: Kurt Munding, Munding Design, 201 W. Chester St., Lafayette, 720.273.3884; mundingdesign.com.

Runner Up: Atlas Valley Purveyors, 2770 Arapahoe Road, Ste. 100, Lafayette, 720.287.1728; avpurveyors.com.

Adept at marrying science and artistic design, GROW is not your normal landscape company. But that’s also why people want to see it flourish. “We put the product ahead of the profit,” says Office Manager Amanda Downes of the company founded by CU graduate Katie Kilbury. “Many companies literally want to grow too fast. We are making sure to have steady and sustainable growth.” While the small, highly-educated staff is known for its creative design and installation for “clients looking to get optimal enjoyment out of their outdoor space,” GROW can also help folks set up vegetable gardens and customized rainbarrel collection systems to grow gardens, flowers, shrubs and trees. 10091 Isabelle Road, Lafayette, 847.942.4786; grow-boulder.com.

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Superior Liquor is superior in many ways. It’s got the “best hospitality, selection and value in the county,” says Wine Department Manager Matt Modrzejewski. “Our bourbon and tequila selections are unmatched, and we have a vast array of local beers and arguably the best wine selection in the state.” The Dry Rose aisle is a big hit right now, but each department serves up something special: mix-and-match two-for wines and beers; a spirits section riddled with hard-to-find producers from around the world; and a growing food department that offers fine meats, cheeses and other tasty treats to pair with libations. Modrzejewski says, “Our entire staff is friendly, attentive and knowledgeable, and we strive to meet every individual customer’s needs, from food and drink pairings to event planning.” 100 Superior Plaza Way, Superior, 303.499.6600; superiorliquor.com.

Old World Breads • Signature Sweets Espresso • Breakfast • Salads • Sandwiches Wine • Beer 2017 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 73


BOULDER COUNTY GOLD / Best of Erie, Lafayette, Louisville and Superior

Best Dispensary IGADI

With the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, having a neighborhood dispensary that you can count on is now a fact of life for many folks. Igadi’s Lafayette store, known for it high quality yet still affordable cannabis products, has become just that. “We have an amazing staff that always goes above and beyond to help out our customers with their needs,” says Igadi Marketing Director Logan Robinson. “We strive to answer all questions from our customers to make sure they feel comfortable and are well informed on the products they are buying.” If it’s your first time at Igadi, Robinson says to come on in and explore. Ask about the “deal of the day” to sample something new. 1325 S. Public Rd., Lafayette, 720.745.1189; igadiltd.com. Runner Up: Herbal Wellness, 400 W. South Boulder Road, Ste. 2700, Lafayette, 303.665.5599; herbalwellnessco.com.

Best Festival LAFAYETTE PEACH FESTIVAL

Peaches are still wildly popular. Over 40,000 pounds of Colorado’s all-natural peaches from Palisade, Colorado were sold this season alone. So what’s not to celebrate? The annual Lafayette Peach Festival packs the town with 20,000 attendees throughout the daylong event; 150 handmade arts and craft vendors, plus several antique purveyors; and over 100 volunteers, mostly Centaurus High School students, dishing up The Huckleberry’s peach cobbler, pie and peach smoothies. The latesummer event has truly become one of Lafayette’s tastiest traditions. “It’s a chance [to enjoy the end of ] summer before the kids are back in school,” says Pat Vero, director of events and marketing for the Lafayette Chamber. “It’s also great exposure for our downtown businesses.” Old Town Lafayette along Public Road, 303.666.9555; lafayettecolorado.com. Runner Up: Louisville Downtown Street Faire, downtownlouisvilleco.com

Best Gift Shop TIMBALIER

Timbalier’s Co-Owner Spike Ritter says three things make his go-to gift emporium worthy of winning in the category of Best Gift Shop: diversity of gifts, superior service and the store’s ambiance. The trendy shopper’s delight is filled with carefully curated cards, stationery, jewelry, accessories, baby books, housewarming items and more. Baggallini bags and Jellycat plush are perennial bestsellers for Timbalier. But while customers come in for the inventory, they come back for the personal touch. “We get to know our customers personally and buy with their likes and needs in mind,” Ritter says. “It’s been our pleasure to serve our customers for over 13 years.” 2770 Arapahoe Road., Ste. 106, Lafayette, 303.666.4200; timbalier.net. Runner Up: pARTiculars Art Gallery 401 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 720.890.7888; particularsart.com. 74 DAILY CAMERA

Best Hair Salon T. CUTS A SALON

Best Happy Hour 95A BISTRO & SUSHI

Runner Up: Fringe Hair Studio, 1148 West Dillon Road, Ste. 2, Louisville, 303.926.5525; myfringehairstudio.com.

Runner Up: Murphy’s Tap House, 585 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 720.612.4616; murphysboulder.com.

There’s nothing more reassuring than knowing you’re going to get a good haircut every time. T. Cuts provides this consistent hometown service to local women and men of all ages. “We love what we do and we enjoy our customers,” says Owner and Louisville native T.C. Aylward. “We make beautiful hair!” For those who have never come in, she describes T. Cuts as a funfilled, welcoming and energizing atmosphere. With trends changing so quickly, the T. Cuts staff has to stay on the cutting edge of hair color and styles. “One of our most current trends is in hair color and the new application of it. You have to come in and see for yourself!,” she says. 1075 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, 303.666.6236; tcutssalon.com.

Founded by lifelong restaurateurs Rob and Kelly Kukura, who spent 18 years growing the acclaimed Mediterranean Restaurant in Boulder, 95a is “affordable, approachable and attitude free.” That may be 95a’s personality, but the words apply to its food and drink, too. An extended happyhour seals the deal on making this local’s hideout a place you can afford more than once a month. The bistro and sushi spot runs some happy hour specials Tuesday through Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. – and all day Mondays. Now that’s a way to start the week. Warm up with discounted drinks and tempting tapas, but stay for dinner. Or lunch. Or brunch. It’s all worth sampling at 95A. 1381 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette, 303.665.3080; 95abistroandsushi.com.


Best Locally Owned Business Best Mani/Pedi HEIDI HOWARD PHOTOGRAPHY ALLURE NAILS The best portrait photography is AND LASHES in the details. “I work with clients to plan their session with details on what to wear, where to have the session and where the images will be displayed after the session,” says Photographer Heidi Howard. Her high-touch, relationshipbased boutique approach endears her to customers “looking to create photographic legacy of their family and capture images of today that will be shared and enjoyed for generations to come.” She also encourages printing digital images so they can be enjoyed every day. Howard’s probono work for A Precious Child represents her well: “For families who are struggling to provide for basic needs, photography is never a consideration. Yet I believe photography is essential to a child’s sense of belonging, identify and history as they grow.” 720.722.0290; heidihowardphotography.com

Allure’s Yelp reviews will give you a clue: “By far, the best nail spot in Lafayette. Everyone is very friendly.” Another reviewer wrote about an Allure manicurist “She makes me feel important as a client and my nails always look awesome.” Lafayette’s local nail salon is touted for being superefficient and thoroughly hygienic, not to mention highly tolerant of all customer types – and their aging, calloused feet! The Allure crew works hard every day to accommodate a steady flow of regulars and drop-ins alike in a comfortable, positive environment. With the big trend in eyelash enhancements these days, the salon stays ahead of the curve. Allure loves outfitting customers with lash looks that stand out from the crowd. 534 W. South Boulder Road, Ste. 3, Lafayette, 303.665.3600.

Runner Up: Eats & Sweets, 401 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.665.3287; eatsandsweets.biz.

Runner Up: Aloha Nails, 1055 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.665.3838.

Best Museum WOW! CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The WOW! Museum believes in the power of play! More than 85,000 visitors will enjoy the museum’s interactive, hands-on exhibits this year. Kids have so much fun that they don’t even realize their critical thinking and problem-solving skills are running full tilt. “We love when visitors tell us that their children learned something new or developed a new skill while playing in the Museum,” says Marketing Director Katie MacDonald. “WOW! is an excellent resource for families looking for an educational, hands-on experience for their kids.” MacDonald says the museum has a great relationship with the City of Lafayette, who let them convert their old fire station building into the museum in 2004. “We love that we are easily accessible to the growing population of young families in East Boulder County,” says MacDonald. 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303.604.2424; wowchildrensmuseum.org. Runner Up: Lafayette Miners Museum, 108 E. Simpson St., Lafayette; cityoflafayette.com/463/miners-museum.

Best Patio AND Best Moscow Mule COMMUNITY

Community: The name says it all. We all want to eat where everybody knows our name, right? While the restaurant pours a mean Moscow Mule and knows its way around outdoor seating, Community’s vibe is all about not taking life too seriously. “Our goal is to provide a unique and highquality dining experience in a laid-back, shorts-and-flip flops environment,” says Scott Skiba of Community. The Moscow Mule – a trendy mixed drink these days – always draws attention, mostly because it’s spiked with Community’s crafty homemade ginger beer. The eatery’s back patio is also popular, especially at sunset. As for food, Skiba endorses the Brussels sprouts, lamb, pork tenderloin, and wax beans and local heirloom tomato dishes. 206 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 720.890.3793; eatatcommunity.com. Runner Up for Best Patio: Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill, 3100 Village Vista Drive, Erie, 303.664.5299; thelazydog.com. Runner Up for Best Moscow Mule: The Post Brewing Co., 105 W. Emma St., Lafayette, 303.593.2066; postbrewing.com.

Best Massage DEBORAH ASMUS, OLDE TOWNE THERAPEUTICS

Feeling stressed? Neck seized up again? Beloved massage therapist Deborah Asmus has got the hands for what ails you. Her therapist-owned and managed Olde Towne Therapeutics is reputed for its skilled, experienced and professional team. “I’m a business with compassion and empathy for the therapists that work with me,” Asmus says. “As owner/director, I personally have 25 years of experience, so I draw from that with an integrative approach.” She uses a deep tissue-based massage while also utilizing neuromuscular, myofascial release, reflexology, sports massage and orthopedic techniques, among others. Providing relief to each client is a physiological puzzle, and that’s part of the fun. Asmus says, “We meet clients’ needs by listening to what they tell us and working on specific issues while providing a deep, relaxing therapeutic massage.” 400 E. Simpson St., Ste. 210, Lafayette, 303.875.8002; ottmassageandyoga.com. Runner Up: Dova Center for Health and Healing, 972 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 303.955.7226; dovacenter.com. 2017 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 75


BOULDER COUNTY GOLD / Best of Erie, Lafayette, Louisville and Superior

Best Nursery LAFAYETTE FLORIST

Seventy years in business in the same location and a truly inspiring history propel this Lafayette institution to the forefront in this category. Lafayette Florist says the value it provides is “emotional experiences.” It makes sense. Flowers are part of every milestone from birth to death with all the birthdays, anniversaries, proms and weddings in between. They soften pain, brighten days and lift spirits. Lafayette Florist’s amazing greenhouses are full of indoor foliage plants – succulents to bloomers. You’ll also find turtles in the koi pond, and a lovely walk-in fresh flower cooler that gives you “the best and brightest garden flowers daily”. Lafayette Florist also has two floors of gift and home décor showrooms. Carve some time out of your day to visit the main store and browse the greenhouses. 600 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.665.5552; lafayetteflorist.com. Runner Up: Urban Garden, 619 N. 96th St., Lafayette, 303.518.3609; urbangardencolorado.com.

Best Park WANEKA LAKE PARK

Best Orthodontist DR. THOMAS MELCHER, MELCHER ORTHODONTICS Louisville loves Dr. Melcher, and Dr. Melcher loves creating outstanding smiles. Since 1986, he’s been doing just that, using state-ofthe-art procedures and equipment to offer the best orthodontic care available. Dr. Melcher treats both kids and adults with self-ligating brackets, gold brackets, clear brackets, retainers and Invisalign technology. Thermally sensitive super elastic wire technology is like a secret weapon that lets him treat patients in shorter treatment times, fewer office visits and less discomfort. Patients at Melcher Orthodontics should expect to receive quality and professional treatment from an amazing, friendly staff. Call today or go online to request an appointment. 315 W. South Boulder Road, Ste. 111, Louisville, 303.666.9717; outstandingsmiles.com. Runner Up: Dr. Damen Caraway, Caraway Orthodontics, 1760 Centennial Drive, Louisville, 303.665.7333; carawayortho.com.

There is a TON of stuff to do at Waneka Lake Park in Lafayette. From running and disc golf to basketball and boats, it’s an outdoorsy wonderland right in the middle of town. It has a cool history, too. Who knew you could pick up a paper guide at the boathouse and do a historic walking tour? The Greenlee Wildlife Preserve is a standout spot to breathe deep, birdwatch, or just enjoy the wildlife and vegetation. But we’re not done. There are picnic shelters, a great park for the kids, fishing, water sport rentals and the long list goes on. “The best compliment is the continued use of the park by our residents,” says Lafayette Public Information Office Debbie Wilmot. 1600 Caria Drive, Lafayette; 303.661.1306; cityoflafayette.com/ facilities/facility/details/50. Runner Up: Louisville Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Drive, Louisville; 303.335.4920; louisvilleco.gov

Best Realtor in East Boulder County Mary Pat Munding Lafayette, Colorado 303.242.4706

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Best Pet Groomer AND Best Pet Supply BLACK PAW

When it comes to caring for and feeding your pet, there’s no reason to go barking up the wrong tree. Take your best friend to Black Paw in Louisville! They offer top notch grooming, a self service dog wash, certified dog training, and lots of natural and holistic pet foods and products in their store. Our readers gave them the vote for best groomer and best pet supply, so clearly the community already loves Black Paw. Fifi and Spot are in very good hands! “I think we won these categories because of our amazing staff, their incredible customer service and our very talented groomers,” says Owner Bernadette Pflug. “We build friendships with our clients. We care about them and their dogs, truly, and I believe this shows through.” 459 S. McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 303.554.9343; blackpaw.com. Runner Up for Best Pet Groomer: Struttin Pup, 2850 Arapahoe Road, Ste. 110, Lafayette, 303.665.3038; struttinpup.com. Runner Up for Best Pet Supply: Bark Avenue, 1280 Centaur Village Drive, Lafayette, 303.664.9663; barkave.com.

Best Pizza LUCKY PIE

Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse is a hands-down Louisville favorite. And customers also slip in from Lafayette, Superior and other East Boulder County locales because the pizza is just so darn good. Chefs use organic Colorado flour and hand-stretch dough daily. The pie is topped with locally-sourced ingredients and cooked in a hand-built brick oven. “Lucky Pie is honored to be voted the best pizza in Erie, Lafayette, Louisville and Superior,” says General Manager Michael Button. “We love sharing our passion for local farm fresh foods and craft beer and we are blessed to have a community around us that values the same.” The beer? Button says Lucky Pie is full of “serious beer nerds.” They’ve got more than 60 taps at their three locations, curated by people who know craft beer. 637 Front St., Louisville, 303.666.5743; luckypiepizza.com. Runner Up: Adesso Pizzeria, 385 Crossing Drive, Lafayette, 303.664.1599; facebook.com/adessopizzeria.

Best Plumber PLANET PLUMBING & DRAIN

Davidson Mesa: where the weary traveler recharges with incredible views of the Flatirons. The Boulder scenic overlook off U.S. 36 between Superior and Boulder is a wonderful spot to feast your eyes on the natural beauty surrounding Boulder. Here, you can really see the valley that Boulder is in and just how striking the Flatirons are as they rise up as its backbone. In Louisville, the Davidson Mesa open space park off McCaslin Boulevard and Washington Avenue is a hiker’s highlight and dog walker’s dream. This might be the place where more “locals” go to enjoy the scenery and exercise, and it’s here where the scale of the Mesa begins to make sense. Walk the 3.2-mile loop and you’ll get an eyeful. What an amazing resource!

Plumbers: You don’t need them until suddenly you do. And no one wants to spin their wheels wondering who will do the best work for the best price. The answer? Planet Plumbing and Drain, celebrating its 20th year in business. Whether it’s plumbing, drain, sewer, water heater, or backflow prevention services for residential, commercial or industrial customers, they’ve got the expertise, experience, and best pricing. Locally owned and operated, Planet Plumbing and Drain will never charge sky-high prices like a national franchise. “We’re a familyoriented team and our technicians are friendly and courteous,” says General Manager Chris Weekley. “We don’t spend a lot of money on marketing because word of mouth is our best advertising.” Ask about tankless water heaters and plumbing for basement remodels! 729 Walnut St., Ste. B, Boulder; 303.440.4330; planetplumbinganddrain.com.

Runner Up: Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Caria Drive, Lafayette, 303.661.1306; cityoflafayette.com/facilities/facility/details/50.

Runner Up: Around the Clog, P.O. Box 976, Lafayette, 720.940.3661; aroundtheclog-co.com.

Best Place with a View DAVIDSON MESA

Best Realtor MARY PAT MUNDING, MP MUNDING REAL ESTATE

Mary Pat Munding could be called both a student and a master of real estate as she’s always learning and excelling. A Lafayette resident since 1998, she has worked very hard to learn about this area and the real estate business, and her ethos as a Realtor is to go above and beyond her clients’ expectations. Living in the East County region has been good for Munding. Her activity in the community, volunteering, serving on boards, spending time enjoying the region with her family … it’s all added up to her learning about the market and how to help folks buy and sell homes here. “The best compliment I can possibly get is a referral to friends and family,” she says. “I am deeply honored, grateful and excited to have won this award. I love being a Realtor and I am passionate about home ownership and real estate investment.” 121 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303.242.4706; mpmundingrealty.com. Runner Up: Christy Watson, Christy Watson Homes, 303.956.6233; christywatsonhomes.com. 2017 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 77


BOULDER COUNTY GOLD / Best of Erie, Lafayette, Louisville and Superior

Best School CENTAURUS HIGH SCHOOL

Centaurus High School in Lafayette is a college-preparatory school with an award-winning Engineering Academy and International Baccalaureate Diploma program. It’s academically rigorous and stimulating, and its advanced placement courses, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), fine arts, International Baccalaureate, Engineering Academy and exceptional extra-curricular programs are designed to prepare every student for success at the university level. But Principal Daniel Ryan knows the school’s best asset is the student body. “Centaurus students are a very diverse group, with a wide range of backgrounds, talents and goals,” he says. “These students will be shaping our world in the future, strengthening our community and making our world a better place.” 10300 W. South Boulder Road,, Lafayette, 720.561.7500; ceh.bvsd.org. Runner Up: Eldorado K-8 Elementary School, 3351 S. Indiana St., Superior, 720.561.4400; el8.bvsd.org.

Best Soccer Club FC BOULDER

The cardinal and gold logo is ubiquitous. You can’t drive through Boulder without seeing it a dozen times. It’s a sign of the loyalty families feel toward FC Boulder, which offers soccer for players of all ages and abilities. With competitive and recreational programs, camps, tournaments and lots of training, FC Boulder has the best coaching and support staff of any club in Colorado. The values of the club are about community, character building, promoting equity and social justice, empowering athletes and the love of the game. In fact, the club demands “that all our players and our coaches embody character: the will to compete, the discipline to improve, the commitment to put team before self, and winning and losing with honor and respect.” FC Boulder players are learning about a lot more than soccer. 2450 Central Ave., Unit D-1, Boulder, 303.443.8877; fcboulder.com. Runner Up: Trebol Soccer Club, 1021 E. South Boulder Road, Ste. M, Louisville, 720.876.2237; trebolsoccer.org.

Best Sushi/Japanese HANA JAPANESE BISTRO

Not a fan of sushi? Chances are good that Hana Japanese Bistro in Louisville could turn you. If you’re just peckish, a two-piece a la carte selection like salmon or snow crab might do it. If you want to dig in, the Chef ’s Suggestion could be the ticket. Example: The Marcus Roll – a California roll with cream cheese and flying fish egg roll. Hana carefully chooses ingredients, understanding that tastebuds differ but fresh and natural are always the standard. A lot has been made of the ambiance at Hana, too: cozy and inviting. Whether you’re a regular diner or a Sushi first-timer, the warmest welcome awaits, and Hana even pledges to care for “all of your demands and feelings.” Who wouldn’t want that? Enjoy your sushi. 1148 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 720.328.8826; hanajapanesebistro.com. Runner Up: Sushi Yama, 1627 Coalton Road, Superior; 303.494.0199; sushiyama-superior.com.

Best Teacher ANNA VILLACHICA, PIONEER ELEMENTARY

Art Teacher Anna Villachica has been teaching at Escuela Bilingue Pioneer in Lafayette for 17 years. What an indelible mark she’s made on the hundreds if not thousands of kids who have enjoyed her classes. Being voted Best Teacher is like a huge round of applause from the community for a job well done all these years. “Pioneer is a great school, with great kids, great parents, great staff, and all of this creates an amazing caring community,” says Villachica. “I love seeing kids create and express themselves through art, and I love Lafayette!” Pioneer is a 90/10 dual immersion bilingual focus school where all students enroll through the district’s open-enrollment process, so Villachica has a very important role in building bridges between Spanish and English. Runner Up: Christina Dunlap, Rock Creek After School

Best Veterinarian JASPER ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Best Yoga Studio SOUL TREE YOGA

It’s a relief to walk into a vet’s office and find a friendly, peaceful and less clinical vibe. After all, you probably need calming down as much as your pet does, right? Jasper Animal Hospital is such a place, with a medical team and staff that care about making you and your pet’s visit as easy and painless as possible. Services include standard exams and consultations, surgery, anesthesia, dentistry, radiology, laser therapy, labs and pharmacy. The hospital has a clear goal: to provide the finest in vet care to pets by preventing and treating disease, offering information, advice and assistance whenever needed. “We would simply like to thank the Lafayette community for its faith in us over the years,” says Donald Dodge, DVM. “It has been a true joy to be of service to the area.” 1369 Forest Park Circle, Ste. 101, Lafayette; 303.665.4002; jaspervet.com.

Soul Tree Yoga offers “the opportunity to experience balance and liberation through affordable and professional classes in a welcoming space.” Owner Meghan Stockdale found yoga as a young adult after an injury. She credits the practice for teaching her how to love herself in wholeness, making her stronger than ever, and helping her recognize that she really does have a voice. And the Soul Tree staff desires the same for every client at its two Lafayette locations. “We strive to create an atmosphere that makes our customers feel welcome when they first walk in the door and connected when they leave class,” says Stockdale. “If a customer expresses that feeling, it is the greatest compliment because it means we’ve been successful. We deeply appreciate our students, our community, and all who voted for us.” 422 E. Simpson St., 303.665.5244; 1280 Centaur Village Drive, 303.665.8134, Lafayette; soultreecolorado.com.

Runner Up: Dr. Brooke Kugler, Lafayette Companion Animal Hospital, 545 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette; 720.214.0270; lafayettepetvet.com.

Runner Up: Yoga Junction, 927 Main St., Louisville, 303.658.0365; louisvilleyogajunction.com.

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BEST EATS, DRINKS AND ENTERTAINMENT – 2017 Best American Food AND Best Wine Selection Flagstaff House RU for Best American Food: Oak at Fourteenth RU for Best Wine Selection: Frasca Food and Wine

Best Salad Mad Greens RU: Modern Market

Best Sandwich Snarf's RU: Salvaggio's Deli

Best Seafood Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar RU: Spruce Farm & Fish

Best Take Out Food Curry N Kebob RU: Motomaki

Best Chinese China Gourmet RU: Zoe Ma Ma

Best Sushi Sushi Zanmai RU: Hapa Sushi

Best Gubarrel/Niwot Eatery Colterra Food & Wine RU: 1914 House

Best French Brasserie Ten Ten RU: L'Atelier

Best Appetizers AND Best Happy Hour Mediterranean Restaurant RU for Best Appetizers: Dagabi Cucina RU for Best Happy Hour: Brasserie Ten Ten

Best Lafayette/Louisville/ Superior/Erie Eatery Parma Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar RU: Community - Lafayette Best Longmont/Lyons Eatery Oskar Blues RU: Pumphouse Brewery

Best Italian AND Best Ambiance Carelli's Ristorante Italiano RU for Best Italian: Via Perla RU for Best Ambiance: Flagstaff House

Best Bakery AND Best Lunch AND Best Customer Service Breadworks Bakery and Cafe RU for Best Bakery: Spruce Confections RU for Best Lunch: Oak at Fourteenth RU for Best Customer Service: Flagstaff House

Best Mexican Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina RU: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Best Breakfast The Buff Restaurant RU: South Side Walnut Cafe

Best Brewery Avery Brewing Co. RU: Mountain/Southern Sun

Best Thai Aloy Thai Cuisine RU: Busaba

Best Brunch Brasserie Ten Ten RU: Snooze

Best Coffeehouse Ozo Coffee Co. RU: Vic's

Best Vietnamese/Pho Cuisine Chez Thuy Vietnamese Restaurant RU: Black Pepper Pho

Best Caterer A Spice of Life RU: The Front Range Catering Co.

Best Distillery Spirit Hound Distillers RU: Vapor

Best Barbecue KT's BBQ RU: Georgia Boys BBQ Company

Best Corporate Cafe Celestial Seasonings RU: A Spice of Life

Best Sports Bar Lazy Dog RU: Harpo's

Best Burger Mountain Sun / Southern Sun Pub & Brewery RU: Rueben's Burger Bistro

Best Farm to Table Black Cat Farm Table Bistro RU: The Kitchen

Best Taphouse Backcountry Pizza and Taphouse RU: Growler USA Louisville

Best Burrito Illegal Pete's RU: Efrain's Mexican Restaurant

Best Gluten Free AND Best Natural Ingredients AND Best Vegetarian The Corner RU for Best Gluten Free: Carelli's RU for Best Natural Ingredients: Fresh Thymes Eatery RU for Best Vegetarian: Leaf

Best Tea AND Best Outdoor Dining Dushanbe Tea House RU for Best Tea: Celestial Seasonings RU for Best Outdoor Dining: Chautauqua Dining Hall

Best Indian Taj Indian Cuisine RU: Tandoori Grill

Best Ice Cream AND Best Dessert AND Best Place to Entertain Kids Glacier Homemade Ice Cream & Gelato RU for Best Ice Cream: Sweet Cow RU for Best Dessert: Sweet Cow RU for Best Place to Entertain Kids: Pearl Street Mall Best Pizza Pizzeria Locale RU: Abo's Pizza

Best Late Night Bramble & Hare RU: Cosmo's Pizza Best New Eatery River and Woods RU: Arcana

Best Bar The Bitter Bar RU: Bramble & Hare

Best Place to Hear Live Music Boulder Theater RU: Nissi's Best Theater Performance Boulder Dinner Theater RU: Colorado Shakespeare Festival

2017 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 79


BEST SERVICES, FACES & PLACES – 2017 Best AC/Heating Service AND Best Plumber/Plumbing Company Precision Plumbing Heating Cooling Electric RU for Best AC/Heating Service: Meyers Heating and Air Conditioning RU for Best Plumber/Plumbing Company: Bernie’s Plumbing and Heating Company Best After School Program ABC Kids Climbing RU: YMCA of Boulder Valley Best Auto Dealer AND Best Auto Repair Shop/Service Dept. Flatirons Subaru RU for Best Auto Dealer: Larry H. Miller Toyota RU for Best Auto Repair Shop/Service Dept.: Pellman’s Automotive Service Best Boulder Valley School Boulder High School RU: Fairview High School Best Car Wash Puddle Car Wash RU: Black Diamond Car Wash Best Carpet Cleaning Service Nesheim's RU: Precision Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Best Chiropractic Clinic Terry Chiropractic Wellness Center RU: Swan Lake Chiropractic Best CrossFit Gym AND Best Place to Work Out CrossFit Sanitas RU for Best CrossFit Gym: Boulder CrossFit RU for Best Place to Work Out: RallySport Health and Fitness Best Dentist Dr. Ted Kawulok, Whole Family Dentistry RU: Dr. F. Robert Murphy, North Boulder Dental Best Dry Cleaner/Laundromat Art Cleaners RU: John's Cleaners Best Financial Institution/Bank AND Best Mortgage Lender Elevations Credit Union RU for Best Financial Institution/Bank: FirstBank RU for Best Mortgage Lender: Premier Mortgage Group Best Full Day/Full Week Summer Day Camp Rocky Mountain Day Camp RU: Dawson School Summer Camps 80 DAILY CAMERA

Best Funeral Service Provider Greenwood & Myers Mortuary RU: Crist Mortuary Best Green Services AND Best Oil Change Pellman's Automotive RU for Best Green Services: Arts Parts Creative Reuse Center RU for Best Oil Change: Grease Monkey Best Hair Salon Pompadours Hair Salon RU: The SideDoor Salon Best Hardwood Flooring Magnus Anderson RU: Wood Wise Hardwood Flooring Best Hearing Aid Center Family Hearing RU: Flatirons Audiology Best Interior Design Studio Bartlett Interiors RU: Details Design Studio Best Lasik/Laser Eye Facility/Surgeon BoulderEyes / Beyer Lasik RU: InSight Vision Group Best Law Firm Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti RU: Hutchinson Black and Cook Best Local Employer Academy Senior Living RU: Boulder Community Health Best Medical Facility Spine West RU: Boulder Community Health

Best Pet Grooming Service AND Best Vet Clinic Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center RU for Best Pet Grooming: The Hydrant RU for Best Vet Clinic: Alpine Hospital for Animals Best Physical Therapy Center AND Best Holistic Care/Wellness Center Avanti Therapy RU for Best Physical Therapy Center: North Boulder Physical Therapy RU for Best Holistic Care/Wellness Center: Pure Center of Health Best Physician Based Hearing Center Boulder Valley Hearing Associates RU: Boulder Valley Ear, Nose & Throat Best Pilates Studio North Boulder Pilates RU: Avanti Therapy Best Place for Worship Unity of Boulder Spiritual Center RU: Flatirons Community Church Best Private School Dawson School RU: Shining Mountain Waldorf School Best Real Estate Company/Office AND Best Customer Service WK Real Estate RU for Best Real Estate Company/Office: RE/MAX of Boulder RU for Best Customer Service: Cottonwood Kennels Best Realtor Judy Scott, WK Real Estate RU: Patrick Dolan, RE/MAX of Boulder

Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary Terrapin Care Station RU: Starbuds

Best Retirement/Alternative or Elder Care/Assisted Living Community Academy Senior Living / Bella Vista Memory Care RU: Frasier

Best Moving Company Taylor Moving and Storage RU: Klatt Moving & Storage

Best Skincare Facility Laser & Cosmetic Associates of Boulder RU: Aura Advanced Skin Care & Plastic Surgery

Best Nail Salon J Lounge Natural Nail Bar & Spa RU: Contempo Nails

Best Spa Spa at St Julien RU: Essentiels Day Spa

Best Non-Profit Organization Humane Society of Boulder Valley RU: Boulder Community Health

Best Yoga Studio The Little Yoga Studio RU: Yoga Pod

Best Pet Boarding Service Cottonwood Kennels RU: Broadway Animal Hospital & Pet Center


BEST SHOPPER’S PARADISE – 2017 Best Grocery Store King Soopers RU: Lucky's Market

Best Place to Buy Windows Andersen Windows and Doors RU: Champion Windows

Best Liquor Store AND Best Wine Merchant Hazel's Beverage World RU for Best Liquor Store: Liquor Mart RU for Best Wine Merchant: The Wine Merchant

Best Place to Buy Window Treatments Innovative Openings RU: Windo VanGo

Best Pet Bakery/Deli AND Best Pet Store AND Best Locally Owned Store P.C.'s Pantry for Dogs & Cats RU for Best Pet Bakery/Deli: Whole Pets RU for Best Pet Store: PetSmart RU for Best Locally Owned Store: Barbara & Company Best Antique Dealer AND Best Consignment Store The Amazing Garage Sale RU for Best Antique Dealer: Classic Facets RU for Best Consignment Store: Rags Consignments Best Appliance Store Specialty Appliance RU: Mountain High Appliance Best Art Gallery Art + Soul Gallery RU: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art Best Bedding/Mattress Store AND Best Green Products Store Verlo Mattress RU for Best Bedding/Mattress Store: Denver Mattress Co. RU for Best Green Products Store: Go Green Flooring Best Floor Covering Store Atlas Flooring RU: McDonald Carpet One Floor & Home Best Hardware Store McGuckin Hardware RU: Home Depot Best Home Decor Store McDonald Carpet One Floor & Home RU: HomeGoods Best Imported Goods Store Indochine Home and Garden RU: Cost Plus World Market Best Place to Buy Custom Countertops Moros Fabrication RU: Don's Custom Countertops

Best place to Buy Outdoor Furniture Fruehauf’s RU: Christy Sports

Best Jewelry Store AND Best Customer Service AND Best Company/Store that Gives Back Walters & Hogsett RU for Best Jewelry Store: Classic Facets RU for Best Customer Service: The Farm RU for Best Company/Store that Gives Back: The Farm

Best Art Supply & Hobby Store Michaels RU: Art Parts Creative Reuse Center

Best Florist AND Best Garden Center/ Plant Nursery Sturtz & Copeland RU for Best Florist: Lafayette Florist RU for Best Garden Center/Plant Nursery: The Flower Bin

Best Bookstore Boulder Book Store RU: Barnes and Noble

Best Gift Shop Jacque Michelle RU: Adorned

Best Photo & Video Store AND Best Custom Framing Mike's Camera RU for Best Photo & Video Store: N/A RU for Best Custom Framing: Michaels

Best Musical Instruments HB Woodsongs RU: Robb's Boulder Music

Best Travel Supply Store Changes In Latitude Travel Store RU: REI Best Bicycle Shop Republic Cycles RU: University Bicycles Best Fishing Supply Store Front Range Anglers RU: Rocky Mountain Anglers Best Mountaineering Store AND Best for Outdoor Rec & Sports AND Best Ski/Snowboard Store Neptune Mountaineering RU for Best Mountaineering Store: REI RU for Best Outdoor Rec & Sports: REI RU for Best Ski/Snowboard Store: Boulder Ski Deals

Best Costume Store The Ritz RU: Theatrical Costumes, Etc. Best Men's Clothing Store The Regiment Shop of Colorado RU: Weekends Best Women's Clothing Store AND Best Women Owned Store Barbara & Company RU for Best Women’s Clothing Store: JJ Wells RU for Best Women Owned Store: The Amazing Garage Sale Best Hydroponics Store Way to Grow Best Tree Nursery The Tree Farm RU: Harlequin's Gardens

Best Record Store Bart's Record Shop RU: Albums on the Hill

Best Eye Care/Eye Wear Store Aspen Eyewear RU: Envision

Best Running Store AND Best Shoe Store Flatirons Running Inc. RU for Best Running Store: Boulder Running Co. RU for Best Shoe Store: Pedestrian Shops

Best Recreational Marijuana Store Karing Kind RU: The Farm

Best Antique Jewelry Store Classic Facets RU: Hurdle's Jewelry

Best Recycled Goods/Thrift Store TRU Hospice Thrift Store RU: Goodwill

2017 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 81


BEST OF EAST COUNTY – 2017 Best Attorney Stephanie Schacht, Stephanie Schacht Law RU: John Gstalder, The GstaldeRrLaw Group

Best Dentist Dr. Tom Zyvoloski, Studio Z Dental RU: Dr. Jenna Nicholson, Studio Z Dental

Best Museum WOW! Children’s Museum RU: Lafayette Miners Museum

Best Auto Repair Stan’s Automotive RU: Louisville Tire and Auto Care

Best Nursery Lafayette Florist RU: Urban Garden

Best Bakery Moxie Bread Co. RU: Eats & Sweets

Best Dessert AND Best Diet Cheat AND Best Lunch AND Best Sandwich Eats & Sweets RU for Best Dessert: Sweet Cow Ice Cream RU for Best Diet Cheat: Chocolaterie Stam RU for Best Lunch: Morning Glory Cafe RU for Best Sandwich: Organic Sandwich Shop

Best Barbecue Lulu’s BBQ RU: Wayne’s Smoke Shack

Best Dispensary Igadi RU: Herbal Wellness

Best Park Waneka Lake Park RU: Louisville Community Park

Best Brewery Odd 13 Brewing RU: The Post Brewing Co.

Best Festival Lafayette Peach Festival RU: Louisville Downtown Street Faire

Best Pet Groomer AND Best Pet Supply Black Paw RU for Best Pet Groomer: Struttin Pup RU for Best Pet Supply: Bark Avenue

Best Brunch The Huckleberry RU: Morning Glory Cafe

Best Gift Shop Timbalier RU: Particulars Art Gallery

Best Child Care AND Best Day Camp Rock Creek After School RU for Best Child Care: Friend ‘N Fun Children’s Center RU for Best Day Camp: The Arts Hub Art Underground

Best Hair Salon T. Cuts Salon RU: Fringe Hair Studio

Best Chiropractor Enhanced Movements Chiropractic RU: 100% Chiropractic Best Church Flatirons Community Church RU: Ascent Community Church Best Coffee House East Simpson Coffee Company RU: Bittersweet Cafe & Confections Best Community Champion Sister Carmen Community Center RU: Julie Piller Best Community Event Art Night Out Lafayette RU: Superior Chili Fest Best Consignment Store Found Underground Consignments RU: Refuge Decor Best Day Spa AND Best Facial Dova Center for Health and Healing RU for Best Day Spa: Urban Radiance Skin Care RU for Best Facial: Urban Radiance

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Best Happy Hour 95a Bistro & Sushi RU: Murphy’s Tap House Best Historical Story Erie Historical Society RU: City of Louisville Best Landscaper GROW RU: Kurt Munding, Munding Design Best Liquor Store Superior Liquor RU: Atlas Valley Purveyors Best Locally - Owned Business Heidi Howard Photography RU: Eats & Sweets Best Mani/Pedi Allure Nails and Lashes RU: Aloha Nails Best Massage Deborah Asmus, Olde Towne Therapeutics RU: Dova Center for Health and Healing Best Patio AND Best Moscow Mule Community RU for Best Patio: Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill RU for Best Moscow Mule: The Post Brewing Co.

Best Orthodontist Dr. Thomas Melcher, Melcher Orthodontics RU: Dr. Damen Caraway, Caraway Orthodontics

Best Pizza Lucky Pie (Louisville) RU: Adesso Pizzeria Best Place with a View Davidson Mesa RU: Waneka Lake Park Best Plumber Planet Plumbing & Drain RU: Around the Clog Best Realtor Mary Pat Munding, MP Munding Real Estate RU: Christy Watson, Christy Watson Homes Best School Centaurus High School RU: Eldorado K-8 Elementary School Best Soccer Club FC Boulder RU: Trebol Soccer Club Best Sushi/Japanese Hana Japanese Bistro RU: Sushi Yama Best Teacher Anna Villachica, Pioneer Elementary RU: Christina Dunlap - Kindergarten at Rock Creek After School Best Veterinarian Jasper Animal Hospital RU: Dr. Brooke Kugler, Lafayette Companion Animal Hospital Best Yoga Studio Soul Tree Yoga RU: Yoga Junction


Boulder’s Best for Eight Consecutive Years! Thank you, Boulder County!

2017 Boulder County Gold Best Vet Clinic 2017 Boulder County Gold Best Pet Grooming 2017 Runner-Up Best Pet Boarding Service Advanced Medical & Surgical Services • Progressive Dentistry with Digital Radiography • Doggie Day Care • Boarding • Grooming Chiropractic & Massage Services 303.499.5505 • 1405 S. Broadway St., Boulder www.BroadwayAnimal.com


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Boulder County Gold - 2017  

People's Choice Awards. Published by the Boulder Daily Camera.

Boulder County Gold - 2017  

People's Choice Awards. Published by the Boulder Daily Camera.