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he 2018 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 a wonderful place to live. The awards and recognition are results voted on by the people of Boulder County who use and know them the most. This year’s recipients are as fine as ever. Browse through the following pages, be sure to check out the East Boulder County section, and keep this guide handy throughout the year. We thank everyone who took the time to vote. Now turn the page and read about the winners!


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Services, Faces and Places


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Perched atop Flagstaff Mountain, this iconic restaurant not only spoils diners with panoramic views of Boulder. It also boasts a well-curated wine list and an elevated dinner menu with selections like artisan cheeses, oysters, filet mignons, Colorado lamb loin and more. “Whether guests join us for a ‘once in a lifetime’ dinner, or are regulars, our commitment and quality remain the same,” says Scott Monette, general manager of the fine dining restaurant. “We want people to leave having enjoyed one of the best meals of their lives.” If the restaurant were to give an acceptance speech, Monette would thank Boulder for 47 years worth of patronage and support. “We are as committed to quality and service as we were the day we opened,” he says. “The Flagstaff House is not just a restaurant, it’s a family business that we believe reflects the best of what Colorado has to offer in terms of commitment, care, quality and innovation.” 1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, 303.442.4640, Runner Up for Best American: The Boulder Cork, 3295 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.9505, Runner Up for Best Wine Selection: Greenbriar Inn, 8735 N. Foothills Hwy., Boulder, 303.440.7979, 6 DAILY CAMERA

No need to crack open a fortune cookie to tell you that you’ll be in luck at China Gourmet. The Chinese restaurant has an extensive menu, so not only will you find your go-to favorite Chinese orders like chicken fried rice, sweet and sour chicken and kung pao beef, but you might also discover a new favorite on the menu. We’re talking squid with green onion and ginger or “Ants Climbing on a Tree,” which is made with beans and pork. Altogether, the menu has more than 100 dishes, including healthy steamed entrees grouped in one section, and vegetarian offerings in another, in addition to poultry, beef, pork and seafood categories. Another thing that sets China Gourmet apart? You can get a good-sized lunch here for $7.95, which comes with rice, an appetizer and, for those dining in, a cup of soup. 3970 N. Broadway, Suite102, Boulder, 303.440.3500, Runner Up: May Wah, 2500 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.8225,


Come by to say bonjour to the friendly folks at Le French Café and stick around for breakfast, lunch or a delectable pastry paired with coffee. Owned by French duo Agnes and Quentin Garrigou, this casual French restaurant in the Village Shopping Center is imbued with European charm. The two dreamed of opening a French restaurant when they still lived in France. They realized their dream by opening cafes in Miami and then in Boulder when they moved here in 2017. The cheerful bakery is filled with vibrant pops of color, which is also true of the salads. You might just find a salad of the day to be a delicious poached pear with bacon and blue cheese on a bed of mixed greens. The Garrigous say they are delighted to be dishing up French food in Boulder. It’s important to them to not only serve authentic and delicious French cuisine, but also have customers eager to return. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Unit C1, Boulder, 303.284.2265, Runner Up for Best French: Brasserie Ten Ten, 1011 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.998.1010, Runner Up for Best Salad: Mad Greens, 1805 29th St., Ste. 1144, Boulder, 720.496.4157, Runner Up for Best Customer Service: Breadworks Bakery & Cafe, 2644 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.444.5667.


A secret to success at Kathmandu Restaurant II in Boulder? The traditional Nepali and Indian food is made from scratch, using family recipes. Resham Gurung first opened the Nederland restaurant in 1999. Building on its success, a second location was opened in Boulder in 2015, and brings authentic Himalayan food to Boulder. The Boulder restaurant boasts a generous buffet for both lunch and dinner and menu service throughout the day. Some buffet choices that are staples include salad, rice salad, fruit, fried rice, saag, dal johl and kheer, which is a rice pudding. Add to that a rotating mix of dishes like chicken curry, tandoori chicken, garbanzo bean salad, vegetarian curry and pakora, and it’s no wonder Kathmandu is a local favorite. 1964 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.6868, Runner Up for Best Indian: Tandoori Grill, 619 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.543.7339, Runner Up for Best Vegetarian: The Corner, 1100 13th St. Boulder, 720.398.8331, Runner Up for Best Buffet: The Taj, 2630 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.494.5216,

BEST ITALIAN AND BEST AMBIANCE AND BEST GLUTEN FREE CARELLI'S RISTORANTE ITALIANO Timeless architecture, an open fire pit and delicious pastas, artisan pizzas and seafood dishes all define Carelli’s of Boulder. Greg Carelli first opened the restaurant’s doors 27 years ago as an Italian sub sandwich shop in the William’s Village Shopping Center. Since day one, he’s been committed to serving food made with the freshest and finestquality ingredients while providing top-notch customer service. The roaring fire lends warmth to the restaurant that’s equal parts intimate and comfortable. Throughout the years, the restaurant has gone through three expansions and two remodels. Today, Carelli estimates that about 95 percent of his clientele are regulars who enjoy coming for a weeknight dinner as much as they do a celebration. “They love our food, the good value and our atmosphere,” he says. The restaurant offers daily specials that showcase seasonal ingredients, as well as a gluten-free menu and an impressive wine list. 645 30th St., Boulder, 303.938.9300, Runner Up for Best Italian: Gondolier Italian Eatery, 4800 Baseline Road, Unit A104, Boulder, 303.443.5015, Runner Up for Best Ambiance: Flagstaff House, 1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, 303.442.4640,

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Step into Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina in Boulder and you’ll be treated to a home-cooked meal, with the owner preparing dishes in an authentic Northern Chihuahua style, complete with complex flavors and fiery chilis. Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, which dishes up chimichangas, rellenos, tamales, tacos, enchiladas and more, is unique in that it’s familyowned and operated. “The recipes we prepare have been in our family for generations and we take pride in our authentic North Mexican cuisine,” says Cristian Piñon, Efrain’s nephew and assistant general manager at Efrain’s in Boulder. Piñon is being trained by Efrain himself, and through a long-term process, will be taking over the restaurant from Efrain who has operated restaurants for three decades in the Boulder County region. Piñon says he plans on keeping the tradition alive for several decades to come. 1630 N. 63rd St., Boulder, 303.440.4045, Runner Up: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 1101 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.3690,


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Alloy Thai brings a wide array of popular Thai dishes to Boulder. Scan the menu and you’ll find meals ranging from those that were traditionally prepared for royalty to noodle dishes that are sold by street vendors from carts. Loosely translated, Alloy means delicious. Some of the stars of the restaurant’s menu are Pad Thai, drunken noodles, a variety of curries and wok fry dishes. Dishes blend traditional family recipes with locally sourced foods and Thai spices. Oh, and a cool fact about the restaurant: Guy Fieri featured it on “Diners, Driveins and Dives.” Aloy Thai has a modern and contemporary feel and is a gathering place where guests feel like friends. 2720 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.440.2903, Runner Up: Busaba, 133 McCaslin Blvd., Unit H, Louisville, 303.665.0330,


Influenced by French, Thai, Chinese and Indonesian cuisine, this Vietnamese restaurant has been a long-time favorite in Boulder, serving up pho, curries, stir-fries, meat and seafood dishes. Chez Thuy opened in 1993 and has been serving up delicious dishes that are a balance of high-quality meats and fresh vegetables. Its diverse menu offers regulars something new while rotating in their favorite dishes, too. Diners’ tastebuds are treated to delicious blends of herbs and spices. (Think: cilantro, basil, lemongrass, tamarind and ginger adding flavorful punches to fish dishes, cornish game hen, lobster, stir-fried noodle bowls and more.) Select entrees are enhanced with coconut, pineapple and mango. In addition to dinner and lunch menus, Chez Thuy offers gluten-free and vegetarian options as well. 2655 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.1700, Runner Up: Black Pepper Pho, 2770 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.1948.



BEST BARBECUE KT'S BBQ Barbecue lovers will appreciate the June Bowl at KT’s BBQ. It’s a choice of meat (savory pulled pork, brisket or chicken) a side and sauce layered up like a barbecue parfait. Another menu hit is the Pig Pile, which is a heap of tender pulled pork, piled on a fresh baked roll and brushed with Memphis-style sauce. Dishes like those lead to an often heard customer compliment: "We love your food and your staff is so helpful and friendly!” The restaurant’s owners immersed themselves in the barbecue culture in Memphis before opening up their barbecue restaurants. "We take great pride in serving authentic southern BBQ but our true passion is creating relationships with our customers,” says Tricia Jamison, the "T" in KT's BBQ. “We love it when we see comments about how great our staff treats our guests! If we serve great food with great passion and are creating BBQ fanatics we are doing our job well.” 2660 Broadway, Boulder, 303.442.3717, 7464 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.786.7608; 799 Highway 287, Broomfield, 303.410.7333, Runner Up: Georgia Boys BBQ, 250 3rd Ave., Longmont, 720.999.4099,


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Burgers and beers are certainly a power couple. And, Reuben’s Burger Bistro pays homage to both, with an impressive beer list and an inventive burger menu. You can get a traditional burger, of course. But if you’re a burger aficionado, you’ll definitely appreciate the gourmet spins that this burger bistro takes with its creative menu. We’re talking burgers like The Phinney, which is made with poached green apples, melted Brie cheese and honey aioli or The Hampsten, topped with arugula, sprouts, mashed avocado, cucumbers, toasted pumpkin seeds and drizzled with an avocado ranch. Or, guests here can build their own dream burger. To really get this right, choose a pretzel bun that’s imported from Germany. A delicious motto at this restaurant? “Yuuuuuge Burgers! Our burgers are so big, they’ll make your hands look small.” 1800 Broadway, Boulder, 303.443.5000, Runner Up: Larkburger, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.444.1487,



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BEST CHOCOLATIER PIECE, LOVE & CHOCOLATE Celebrating a love for chocolate, Piece, Love & Chocolate is a cocoa-centric boutique located on the west end of Pearl Street. In addition to selling chocolate bars, truffles, cookies, pastries and more, the shop offers chocolatier classes teaching techniques for making truffles, ganache, eclairs, cream puffs, French macarons and more. “People coming to our shop love that they can get delicious, creative treats of exceptional quality,” says Greg Amorese, with Piece, Love & Chocolate. “Recently we introduced a dessert centered around our basil mousse. How many places in the world can you experience basil mousse? And then have it paired with strawberry mousse on a dark chocolate base? All of our recipes are developed, refined and produced in-house.” A mantra at the shop? “Our creations must speak chocolate and flavor,” Amorese says. “Sugar may participate as a complement, but must not dominate.” Chocolate lovers will be excited to hear that this fall there will be some cameos made by the shop’s chocolate fountain, featuring unique dippables. The shop is also experimenting with frozen mousse sandwiches as an alternative to ice cream desserts. 805 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.4804, Runner Up: Robin Chocolates, 600 S. Airport Road, Longmont, 720.204.8003,

BEST ICE CREAM AND BEST DESSERT AND BEST PLACE TO ENTERTAIN KIDS GLACIER HOMEMADE ICE CREAM & GELATO I scream, you scream, Boulder screams for Glacier. But it’s not just ice cream, Glacier also has homemade gelatos, as well as sorbets, low-fat yogurts, ice cream sandwiches. “I think our customers love our variety of ice cream and gelato flavors,” says Glacier Founder Mark Mallen. “We stock a total of 60 to 70 different flavors in each store.” Over the years, Glacier has dreamed up more than 1,000 different flavors! Non-dairy, vegan and Paleo customers are loving the shop’s new line of Glacier Cream, and each store carries at least six to eight flavors in the gelato cabinet, Mallen says, so those with dietary restrictions can still have a great selection. Glacier is always looking for additional flavors, as well. Mallen says the shop prides itself on customer service as well. “Although employees change, we stress great customer service and people are appreciative of that.” 4760 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.4760, 3133 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.6542, Runner Up for Best Ice Cream: Sweet Cow, 2628 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.447.3269, 669 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.494.4269, Runner Up for Best Dessert: Heifer & The Hen, 5290 Arapahoe Ave., Unit H, Boulder, 720.328.3159, Runner Up for Best Place to Entertain Kids: Gateway Park Fun Center, 4800 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.4386,

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Serving up Napoletana pizzas in an elegant but casual atmosphere, the artisan pizzas from Pizzeria Locale sync up nicely with wine from the restaurant’s extensive list. There are a few things that set Pizzeria Locale apart from other pizzerias. “Because we're owned by the same owners as Frasca Food and Wine next door (Bobby Stuckey, Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and Peter Hoglund), we share the same emphasis on hospitality first – no matter what, it's always about taking care of the guest,” says Erin Pommer, director of events. Also, Stuckey is a Master Sommelier, bringing depth to the pizzeria’s wine menu. “We have a really well-curated wine list that can take guests’ pizzeria experience to a whole other level,” Pommer says. “The list is almost fully Italian, and we also have a great spritz and amaro program.” 1730 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.3003, Runner Up: Gondolier Italian Eatery, 4800 Baseline Road, Unit A104, Boulder, 303.443.5015,


The restaurant prides itself on offering a fresh take on the traditional fare. T/ACO’s Mexican street tacos are stuffed with traditional good stuff such as chicken, beef or pork, but that’s only the beginning. The restaurant’s veggie street taco offerings include the cojita filled with grilled cotija cheese, guacamole, tomato, fresh salsa verde, cilantro, and the mushroom street taco filled with mushrooms sautéed with rainbow chard and onion, grilled cotija, pico de gallo. Options for carnivores include the chicken, beef and pork mentioned above, along with more adventurous options such as duck or pork belly. And if you’re craving fish or seafood, you won’t be left at sea either. The menu also is chock full of new spins on the classics, such as the north of the border PBLTB taco with pork belly, lettuce, tomato, bacon, avocado and chipotle mayo. Don’t forget the margaritas and the tasty chips and salsa. 175 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.443.9468, Runner Up: Bartaco, 1048 Pearl St., Boulder, 719.249.8226,


Since 1994, Jax has been delivering feastworthy seafood to “coastless communities” in an atmosphere that makes everyone feel right at home. “If you want to come to a place and make friends really quickly, Jax is the place to be,” General Manager Lee Sandoval said. A focus on people, coupled with an amazing menu (make sure to try the crispy calamari or the butterfish, which Sandoval says are crowd favorites) and a spirit of community are what defines Jax. Its High West Oyster Fest, after growing from its roots as an oyster-eating contest, has raised close to $1 million for nonprofit There With Care over the past seven years; and Jax is the first restaurant to be recognized by the Monterey Bay Seafood Launch as certified sustainable. 928 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.1811, Runner Up: The Boulder Cork, 3295 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.9505,

BEST SUSHI SUSHI ZANMAI A perennial favorite, Boulder diners have been delighting in sushi and more at Sushi Zanmai for more than three decades. A focus on fun as well as fine food means that a trip to Sushi Zanmai is more than a meal, but an experience. Traditional sushi is made while you watch at the sushi bar or tableside, and the restaurant pumps up the volume on a good time with karaoke late night on Saturdays. It offers lunch specials, such as Bento boxes, Monday through Friday and happy hours every day of the week are sure to put a smile on your face with discounts on a variety of menu items ranging from appetizers to sushi by the piece and sashimi. 1221 Spruce St., Boulder, 303.440.0733, Runner Up: Hapa Sushi, 1117 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.473.4730,


A veritable fixture on this list, “The Med” keeps making return appearances here because of a focus food and fun that delights locals and visitors alike. Known as one of the liveliest spots in town, The Med’s inviting atmosphere makes it the perfect place to gather with friends to relax after a long day and nosh on some good eats. Happy hour – from 3 to 6:30 p.m. every day and from 9 p.m. to close Monday through Saturday and 8 p.m. to close Sunday – is the perfect chance to delight your tastebuds with some signature tapas at great prices. With a menu of elevated munchies with prices under $10 and discounts on beer, wine, sangria and cocktails, you’re sure to leave happy after a stop in for happy hour. 1002 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.5335, Runner Up: The Boulder Cork, 3295 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.9505, 12 DAILY CAMERA

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Owner Larry Domnitz and crew have been baking organic, artisan breads, pastries and more from scratch for more than two decades. And they’ve been doing it seven days a week, 365 days a year since 1995. Domnitz wouldn’t have it any other way. “We’ve built our lives around it and we love it,” he said. That commitment to being open whenever a craving for carbs strikes is only one of the reasons Breadworks keeps landing on this list. Commitment to using quality organic ingredients – Domnitz says he’s used 15 million tons of certified organic flour since opening almost 24 years ago – and attention to quality and consistency have endeared the bakery-cafe to Boulderites. Whether you’re looking for a loaf or lunch a stop by Breadworks in the Community Plaza Shopping Center won’t disappoint. 2644 Broadway, Boulder, 303.444.5667, Runner Up for Best Bakery: Spruce Confections, 767 Pearl St., Ste. B, Boulder, 303.449.6773; 4684 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.449.5819, Runner Up for Best Lunch: Tangerine, 2777 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.443.2333,; 300 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.443.5100,

BEST BREAKFAST AND BEST BRUNCH TANGERINE Chef and Proprietor Alec Schuler loves catering to people who love breakfast and takes great pride in Tangerine being Boulder’s homegrown speciality breakfast and brunch spot. Breakfast, even at its simplest, makes people happy, he said, and making them happy puts a smile on his face. With a menu full of favorites and comfort foods such as the best-selling Eggs Your Way – potatoes, eggs and toast for $6.35 – and the consistently popular corned beef hash, along with pancakes, omelettes, Benedicts, veggie and gluten-free options and more, there’s always the chance to get exactly what you want or to try something new. “Our menu is really diverse, it draws people back,” Schuler said. “We’ve tweaked it over the years, but we haven’t changed the core of it. People know what they want for breakfast.” With a second location in Lafayette and another opening this fall in Longmont, Schuler is on pace to gain fans throughout the region. 2777 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.443.2333,; 300 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.443.5100, Runner Up for Best Breakfast: Snooze, 1617 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.225.7344,

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“Our goal has always been to exceed expectations; to give more than we receive,” said Owner David Rubin. Whether working a wedding, a corporate event or serving cafe clients, A Spice of Life strives to take care of customers. “We are not in this for the short haul, and never have been. By acting this way we have made many friends, repeat clients, and are recommended highly,” he said. “This community takes care of its own, and we take care of it. By giving back and going above and beyond for our employees we have found this to be the secret sauce to our longevity. We treat our employees like family and we love what we do. What goes around comes around.” 5541 Central Ave., Ste. 272, Boulder, 303.443.4049, Runner Up for Best Caterer: Three Leaf Catering, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.862.8584, Runner Up for Best Corporate Cafe: Celestial Seasonings, 4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder, 303.581.1202,

BEST FARM TO TABLE BLACK CAT FARM TABLE BISTRO Black Cat elevates farm fresh to new heights with its certified 100-plus acre farm that supplies not only Chef Eric Skokan and Jill Skokan’s two restaurants – Black Cat Farm Table Bistro and Bramble & Hare – but also community supported agriculture programs and booths at the Boulder and Denver Union Station farmers’ markets. In addition to a bounty of produce, the Skokans raise sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys and geese and forages wild fruits and produce such as mushrooms, juniper and plums. With all of that homegrown, wholesome food to start with, Chef Skokan crafts ever-changing menus by season and inventive meals for the ultimate farm-to-table dining experience. Black Cat goes beyond serving food, and also serves the community by supporting a number of charities such as the BVSD School Food Project, There With Care, The Studio Arts Boulder & Pottery Lab, Boulder Valley Women’s Health and Via Mobility Services. 1964 13th St., Boulder, 303.444.5500, Runner Up: The Kitchen, 1039 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.544.5973,

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Founded in 2012 by Jill and Chef Eric Skokan as the sister restaurant to Black Cat Farm Table Bistro, Bramble & Hare serves up a variety of meats and certified organic produce grown on their farm. Open for dinner daily, Bramble and Hare serves up house-made, awardwinning food and seasonal fare, craft cocktails, microbrews and wine in some seriously cozy confines. Just like the menu is a case study in creativity, so, too, is the name, which, according to the website, was chosen with two things in mind: the 1925 farmstead, Bramble Hill, and the artful agility and cleverness of the Paris cabaret, Lapin Agile, in Steve Martin’s play Picasso at Lapin Agile (agile rabbit). 1970 13th St., Boulder, 303.444.9110, Runner Up: Illegal Pete’s, 1447 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.3955; 1124 13th St., Boulder, 303.444.3055,

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The Corner is a welcome healthy alternative on The Hill. Whether its the best-selling Paleo Bowl, chockful of grilled chicken and steak, spring greens, avocado, quinoa, sautéed peppers and onions and chimichurri sauce, which Owner Peter Howser said he could never remove from the menu or risk revolt; or the crowdpleasing Chicken Pesto Sandwich, all the food at The Corner is meant to fuel busy lives in a healthy, handmade way. “You eat it and you feel good,” Howser said. “It’s like you went to somebody’s house for dinner.” And with a focus on training staff to know the ingredients of menu items, The Corner can satisfy any appetite and any dietary choice or restriction. 1100 13th St., Boulder, 720.398.8331, Runner Up: Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant, 2010 16th St., Boulder, 303.442.1485,

BEST NEW EATERY CORRIDA Opened in March, Corrida combines Briyn Dayton and Amos Watts’ desire to open a steakhouse with their passion for Spanish cuisine and culture. “We wanted to bring a part of that back,” chef Watts said of the tastes and experiences of Spain. Corrida boasts a 100-percent Spanish wine list, a wide selection of tapas, which Watts said satisfy diners at a price that won’t empty their wallets, and, of course, a menu with an abundance of steak options. Watts said Corrida is always seeking the best suppliers for its beef, and diners appreciate that effort to find the highest quality. The ham croquettes (Croquetas de Jamon) are a best seller, and the tableside gin and tonics (the national drink of Spain) in a variety of flavor profiles and even a non-alcoholic option are always a hit. Add to that a patio with an amazing view of the Flatirons, on which “it’s hard to have a bad time,” said Watts, and you’ll quickly deduce why Corrida is winning over hearts and palates in Boulder. 1023 Walnut St., Ste. 400, Boulder, 303.444.1333, Runner Up: Santo, 1265 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303.442.6100,

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BEST OUTDOOR DINING CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL With amazing views, a foot in Boulder history and a Colorado-style bistro menu, it’s no wonder the Dining Hall is a Boulder favorite. “Chautauqua Park and the Flatirons themselves are a local and national treasure,” said Gerald Manning, owner and director of operations for Three Leaf Concepts, which operates the Dining Hall. The Dining Hall remains largely the same structurally as it did in 1898, he said, and Manning and his staff “take great pride in providing our absolute best food, beverage and service as the operators of this civic treasure.” The menu at the Dining hall is seasonally overhauled twice a year and is always evolving to reflect the chef’s creativity, but it also includes mainstays, such as the Buffalo Bistro Burger with fig jam, feta fondue and arugula. “Nestled at the base of the Flatirons in a 120-year-old building, recently updated to reflect a neighborhood bistro feel, and serving local food and drink, the Chautauqua Dining Hall is the finest Colorado has to offer,” Manning said. 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.440.3776, Runner Up: Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th St., Boulder, 303.442.4993,

You know darn well you gotta have that take-out Pad Thai. You’re thinking about it right now, aren’t you? Well no one makes it easier to get amazing Thai to go than Buddha Thai Cuisine. They’ve got the popular stuff everyone loves like Pad Thai, Drunken Noodles, Crispy Parcels and Panang. But scroll down that menu a little and now you’re saying yes to Jungle Curry (in no way can this ever be made mild), Pad Khing (heavenly ginger), Sawan Fried Rice, and of course a dessert of fried banana and green tea ice cream. Hungry Buffs has a code for free spring rolls with a purchase over $15, and the restaurant’s own website has an easy online take-out option. If you’re new to Buddha Thai and want recommendations, just ask around. Someone you know has them on speed dial. 2719 Iris Ave., Boulder; 720.565.0506, Runner Up: Aloy Thai, 2720 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.440.2903,


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The Snarf ’s winning streak continues. Boulder just can’t get enough of Snarf ’s oven-toasted sandwiches, that insanely good bread, top-shelf meat options (carved like a ninja held the knife), and delicious chopped veggies. And don’t get us started on Snarf ’s robust salads. They’re as fresh as fresh gets. “We are thrilled to be voted Best Sandwich again in Boulder County Gold this year,” says Snarf ’s Marketing Manager Ellen Crossley. “Snarf ’s is dedicated to serving high quality sandwiches and creating a welcoming and unique experience at all of our locations that we get to share with our family and friends in the community. Our customers are truly the best around and we are grateful to be voted as their favorite sandwich shop. We look forward to continuing to do what we do best so everyone can enjoy snarfin’ their sandwich.” 5340 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.444.3404, Runner Up: Cured, 1825 Pearl St., Ste. B, Boulder, 720.389.8096,

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD EATERY BEST GUNBARREL/NIWOT EATERY 1914 HOUSE Niwot’s burgeoning food scene continues to impress! 1914 House is the latest to drop hungry jaws from all around the county. It’s a sophisticated, modern spot that takes pride in a creative menu and sustainably sourced ingredients. Executive Chef Justin Hirshfield and Sous Chef Marc Hernandez lead a talented team of food innovators while Owner Nick Mastronardi and daughter Isabelle Mastronardi create a welcoming, cozy atmosphere for all. “I’m proud of every person on our team, no matter what role they have,” Nick says. “It takes a big effort from everyone here to run a restaurant, and we’ve got great buy-in from our employees. We count on word of mouth to grow the business, and awards like this help get our name out there.” Come see what 1914 House is all about. Grab a cocktail with friends or stay for dinner. Heck, do both. 121 2nd Ave., Niwot, 303.834.9751,

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BEST LAFAYETTE/LOUISVILLE/SUPERIOR/ERIE EATERY COMMUNITY Community. We all need it. And this restaurant brings it. Nothing pretentious. The vibe is local, local, local. It’s the absolute best place to meet your crew, hang out inside or by the fire, and let go of what ails you with the best local beer, craft cocktails and a hearty meal. Community is a shining star of the Lafayette food scene, where a number of recent eateries have raised the city’s culinary profile. “Receiving this award goes to show we take great pride in the quality of products we serve to our guests,” says Service Manager Danny Robbins. “All staff members play a significant role in our success! We would not be such a great team without them. As far as our customers go, we cannot thank them enough.” 206 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 720.890.3793, Runner Up: The Huckleberry, 700 Main St., Louisville, 303.666.8020,

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BEST LONGMONT/LYONS EATERY GONDOLIER ITALIAN EATERY Some of Gondolier’s dishes have been on the menu for more than 50 years. Your grandparents loved it, and so do you. Gondolier proudly makes its own pasta, pizza and seasonal contemporary dishes, and has no intention of charging you a New York City price for the pleasure. “We are so proud to have won Best Longmont/Lyons Eatery,” says Assistant Manager Meredith Landau. “Opening this location was a long process, and we couldn’t have done it without our amazing staff. Their hard work is one of the things that makes us so special. We also couldn’t do it without our longtime customers. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate the ongoing support and encouragement throughout the years. It’s because of our regulars that we have made it this far!” 1217 S. Main St., Longmont, 720.442.0061, Runner Up: Sugarbeet, 101 Pratt St., Longmont, 303.651.3330,



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Runner Up: Pearl Street Pub & Cellar, 1108 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.939.9900,

Runner Up: Boulder Beer Co., 2880 Wilderness Place, Boulder, 303.444.8448,

Time and time again, The Bitter Bar is recognized by Boulderites as the city’s best bar. Why? What do they do that keeps everyone so interested? Well, in the era of screen addiction when human connection seems to be in short supply, perhaps it’s what The Bitter Bar doesn’t do that’s earned it such a loyal following. The Bitter Bar isn’t going to make sure you have a TV to look at from every angle. The bar’s not going to hit you over the head with way-too-loud music or come up with the most outrageously named drinks you can imagine. No. The Bitter Bar creates and serves simple cocktails with a single ingredient in common: passion. Simple, clean flavors to round out the edges. Staff that respects customers. A cozy spot to unwind. 835 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.442.3050,

For 25 years, Avery Brewing Company has been the toast of the town with award-winning ales and lagers and extremely loyal customers. The Avery faithful take it camping. They take it on hikes. They grab some to watch the game. They meet friends at Avery’s tap house and try a seasonal brew. Well, guess what? Avery is especially fond of its customers, too. “We are thrilled to be voted Best Brewery, especially when there are so many fantastic places to grab a beer these days, but we should really be thanking you,” says Avery Marketing Communications Manager Vanessa Cory. “It’s our community that makes our brewery an inclusive, exploratory and upbeat place to be. Our goal is to catalyze connections through beer and incite beer love every day. We couldn’t do that without you!” 4910 Nautilus Court North, Boulder, 303.440.4324,



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You know that amazing feeling when you walk into a coffee shop and it’s not pretentious and you can just breathe and feel at home in the heavenly aroma? Yeah, that! Ozo, at any of its four retail locations, invites you to chill and enjoy the flavor and integrity in their fresh roasted coffee. Every bean counts! “Whether you order a house special, Bhakti chai, or a cup of our Ozo Blend drip coffee at our retail shops, we guarantee your satisfaction – that every drink from our Baristas is of the highest quality and taste,” says CEO Justin Hartman. “We love our coffee community here in Boulder and have enjoyed being a part of the evolution of coffee in our town. Thanks Boulder for your continued support of Ozo Coffee.”1015 Pearl St., Boulder; 303.645.4885, Runner Up: Vic’s, 3305 30th St., Boulder; 1886 30th St., Boulder; 801 Main St., Louisville; 1055 Courtesy Road, Louisville, 303.443.0206.


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Sure, you can find Spirit Hound’s hand-crafted spirits at some local liquor stores, but for the full Spirit Hound experience, visit the distillery itself in Lyons. There, you can sample award-winning gin, straight malt whiskey, sambuca, rum and moonshine made with Colorado ingredients. Enjoy a tour, bring in your own food, hang out for the open mic (first Thursday of the month) and just relax, knowing you’re among good friends. “Spirit Hound was founded on a passion for exceptionalism,” says Co-Founder Wayne Anderson. “When people visit our tasting room or try our products for the first time, that passion is palpable. We love being a part of this thriving Boulder County community of passionate hard-working, play hard kind of people. Thank you for recognizing Spirit Hound with this award.” 4196 Ute Hwy., Lyons, 303.823.5696, Runner Up: Vapor Distillery, 5311 Western Ave., Ste. 180, Boulder, 303.997.6134,

BEST SPORTS BAR THE LAZY DOG Lazy Dog owner Steven Ross spent many years while busy with other things dreaming and thinking about how to create a “warm, friendly, relaxed, high quality, great service neighborhood restaurant and do it in this Colorado paradise.” Well, mission accomplished – Boulder has spoken. The Lazy Dog has sports, sports and more sports, superb local and regional live bands, trivia nights and pub food that is a cut above and then some. The Lazy Dog operates with a simple motto: “Every drink, every meal, every customer, every time.” The entire Lazy Dog family is driven by the responsibility to be a positive force not just at work but where they live, too. Dozens of local charities can attest that they’re not just paying lip service to this creed. Stop by Lazy Dog today in Boulder or Erie and know that you’re among friends. 1346 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.3355; 3100 Village Vista Drive, Erie, 303.664.5299, Runner Up: Pumphouse Brewery, 540 Main St., Longmont, 303.702.0881,

5 MINUTE WALK TOWARDS THE MOUNTAINS FROM CAMPUS! 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

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Backcountry Pizza & Tap House has Boulder’s biggest selection of microbrews on tap. Wait. Do you understand? There are more than 60 beers on draft, rotating taps daily, and more than 300 bottled beers. Are you starting to see why Backcountry was voted Best Tap House? Stop in for awesome pizza, of course, and know that the pairing options are practically unlimited. “The craft scene in Colorado is one of the best in the country and we are proud to support it,” says Publican John Fayman. “Thank you Boulder for voting us Best Tap House! Keep drinking good beer.” Get to Backcountry for Happy Hour every day from 2 to 5 p.m. and stop in Saturday or Sunday for brunch. 2319 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; 303.449.4285, Runner Up: Oskar Blues, 921 Pearl St., Boulder, 720.645.1749; 1800 Pike Road, Unit B, Longmont, 303.776.1914, 303 Main St., Lyons, 303.823.6685

BEST TEA BOULDER DUSHANBE TEAHOUSE There’s just nothing to compare Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse to: it’s one of a kind. And while it’s being recognized for Best Tea (obvious – their teas are heavenly), Dushanbe offers something more: An experience. The Tajikdesigned teahouse is an awe-inspiring setting for breakfast, afternoon tea, a party or a pot of oolong with friends. “We’re so grateful for the continued support of the community,” says Owner Sara Martinelli. “The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is such a unique community treasure and gift to the city of Boulder. We’re honored to be a part of that and that the community has enjoyed our tea selection and service. We hope people will continue to visit!” Do yourself this favor: have teatime at Dushanbe with someone you love. You can thank us later. 1770 13th St., Boulder, 303.442.4993, Runner Up: Pekoe Sip House, 1225 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303.444.5953,

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BEST PLACES TO HAVE FUN BEST THEATER PERFORMANCE BOULDER DINNER THEATRE Never been to a dinner theatre? There’s no time like now to catch a Broadwayquality show at Boulder Dinner Theatre. Where else in Boulder can you eat a scrumptious dinner served to you by professional actors and then watch them perform? Not to mention every performance includes live music by seasoned pros. “We are honored to be the recipient of the Boulder County Gold Award again this year,” says Producing Artistic Director Michael J. Duran. “We work hard to bring high quality theatre to our loyal and discerning patrons, and it’s immensely gratifying to be recognized for our efforts.” Those actors who’ve trodden the Boulder Dinner Theatre boards have performed on stages from New York to Hollywood, been in sitcoms and nominated for Oscars. And at BDT, they even serve you dinner! 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.6000,

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Runner Up: Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.440.7826,

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Boulder Community Health is committed to providing holistic health care to the community and maintaining an inclusive workplace that attracts and retains talented and dedicated employees. With two hospitals, two urgent care centers and numerous physician clinics spread across Boulder and Broomfield Counties, BCH is one of the area’s largest nonprofit employers. “BCH is known for our welcoming and collaborative culture, competitive compensation and benefits, and offering a healthy work/life balance,” says Lisa Berlin, HR Employee Relations Manager at BCH. “Our employees really appreciate being part of an independent, communityfocused health system and knowing that their work makes a difference in people’s lives and a positive contribution to the community.” 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.415.7000,


Runner Up: Via Mobility Services, 2855 63rd St., Boulder, 303.447.2848,


Ask the professionals at Whole Family Dentistry what is special about what they do, and here is what they say: “We specialize in smiles for the whole family. Experts in cosmetic and reconstructive therapies, Dr. Ted Kawulok and Dr. Nicole Kent have been giving Boulder County patients something to smile about for over 35 years.” They also treat physiologic issues, such as TMJ, Sleep Apnea and after full mouth rehabilitation. “Our aim is to provide our patients comprehensive care that is gentle and lasting, with the best modern technologies in our office, which has been awarded for its architectural design. The loyal, long-term team at Whole Family Dentistry is highly trained and provides gentle dental care for people of all ages. Experience the difference, and see why we have been named People’s Choice Best Dentist in Boulder for 12 years!” 1400 28th St., Ste. 4, Boulder, 303.442.8625, Runner Up: North Boulder Dental, Dr. Robert Murphy, 1001 North St., Boulder, 303.447.1042,

“It’s completely humbling to win these two awards,” says Vice President Dennis Hall. “We’re very grateful and appreciative. We’re a cooperative and our staff strives to make our member-owners thrive. We create solutions tailored to the consumer’s needs. We don’t sell products or services unless they enhance our members’ financial situation. We want our consumers to thrive. If they thrive, we thrive. We wouldn’t compromise their financial position. As for being named best mortgage company, we do one of every two residential mortgages in Boulder County. We look at every household individually and don’t take a cookie-cutter approach. We create the best solution for each household.” 2960 Diagonal Highway, Boulder, 303.443.4672, Runner Up for Best Mortgage Lender: Premier Mortgage Group, 1844 Folsom St., Boulder, 303.449.8855, 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 St., Boulder, 303.440.6500; 6500 Lookout Road, Boulder, 303.530.1000; 3600 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303.494.8100, 28 DAILY CAMERA

BEST NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION HUMANE SOCIETY OF BOULDER VALLEY CEO Lisa Pedersen says, “Boulder is an animal-loving community, dedicated to pets and people in need. Our community’s amazing support allows the Humane Society of Boulder Valley to provide life-changing resources through our Transfer, Behavior Modification, Shelter Medicine and Safety Net programs. Each of these services extends the compassion of the Boulder community to pets in need – they make so much possible for pets and the people who love them! It is truly an honor to serve a community that is so dedicated in its commitment to the animals of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley and that we can work together to make Boulder an even better place to be a pet.” 2323 55th St., Boulder, 303.442.4030, Runner Up: Via Mobility Services, 2855 63rd St., Boulder, 303.447.2848,

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Lynda Gibbons started GibbonsWhite 33 years ago, and the fact that the company has grown so consistently – reliably managing, leasing and selling commercial real estate to an ever-expanding set of clients – is due entirely to its team culture. Customers appreciate the undying positivity and ‘get the job done right the first time’ approach that is embodied by both the property management and leasing/investment sales teams and was borne of Lynda’s passion for the industry. The Gibbons-White motto is “well done is better than well said.” The continual expansion of services over time to better serve Boulder area businesses and investors has been the key. In Lynda’s words, “Our team is close-knit, reliable and performance oriented, and that is what our clients praise us for.” 2305 Canyon Blvd., Ste. 200, Boulder, 303.442.1040, Runner Up: Market Real Estate, 1150 Maxwell Ave., Ste. 200, Boulder, 303.444.5040,

BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY/OFFICE AND BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE WK REAL ESTATE “It’s wonderful to receive these honors from Boulder County,” says Dan Kingdom, broker and owner at WK Real Estate. “As a company our philosophy starts and ends with what’s best for you, the consumer. We take tremendous pride in our customer service, focusing on the customer in everything we do. We stay on top of the latest issues and use the latest technologies. We have deep roots in this community where we live, work and play. I am a third generation here. Our lifelong relationships with our customers are more important than the transaction. The two awards we won go hand in hand; as we provide great customer service, people remember our company and recommend it to others. We have grown to almost 100 full-time real estate professionals.” 4875 Pearl East Circle, Ste. 100, Boulder, 303.443.2240, Runner Up for Best Real Estate Company/Office: RE/MAX of Boulder, 2425 Canyon Blvd., Ste. 100, Boulder, 303.449.7000, Runner Up for Best Customer Service: RallySport Health and Fitness Club, 2727 29th St., Boulder, 303.449.4800,


A prominent figure in Boulder’s real estate community, Karen Bernardi says, “I am truly honored to receive the award for Best Realtor in Boulder County. The customer service that The Bernardi Group and I provide are nothing but exceptional. Buying a home is one of the most stressful situations a person can go through. I have helped people purchase and sell real estate for over 30 years. This gives me a wonderful understanding and compassion for the up and down’s in a transaction. My clients love us and I thank them every chance I get.” She and her team work together to ensure the best customer service whether you need to buy or sell real estate in Boulder, Erie, Louisville, Superior, Lafayette, Longmont, Broomfield or surrounding areas. Bernardi Real Estate Group, 2700 Canyon Blvd., Ste. 200, Boulder, 303.402.6000, Runner Up: Terri Taydus, WK Real Estate, 4875 Pearl East Circle, Ste. 100, Boulder, 303.345.3256,


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BEST HEALTH & FITNESS BEST ALLERGY & ENT PRACTICE BOULDER VALLEY EAR, NOSE & THROAT According to Senior Manager David Monkman, “At Boulder Valley ENT & Allergy, we are honored to be voted Boulder County Gold ‘Best Allergy/ENT Practice.’ It is our ongoing mission to provide each and every patient with exceptional care and customer service. We are a multifaceted single specialty practice with ENT, Allergy, Audiology and Facial Cosmetic Specialists. You can expect same-day appointment availability with extended phone hours, and when you call, you’ll speak to a live person. We truly love what we do, and it shows in the way we care and interact with every patient.” 4745 Arapahoe Ave., Ste.130, Boulder, 303.443.2771,

BEST CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC TERRY CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTER Some people think that chiropractic is only for back pain; patients at Terry Chiropractic know better. “Our patients have found great relief from allergies, chronic headaches, sciatica, IBS and countless other ailments through our unique approach to chiropractic,” remarks Founder Dr. Douglas Terry. Through the use of highly specialized equipment and personalized adjustments, patients can expect to experience more permanent solutions to their needs. Says Owner Dr. Natalie Lyle, “For nearly four decades, we have created lasting changes for our patients, whether they’re Olympic athletes looking to take their game to the next level, individuals in acute or chronic pain, or even young children who could use a boost in immunity.” Terry Chiropractic explains that chiropractic care is for everyone, and all are welcome at the conveniently located, family-friendly office. 3083 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.440.0500, Runner Up: Mountainview Chiropractic Center, 1650 38th St., Boulder, 303.447.9700,

Runner Up: Peak ENT and Voice Center, 403 Summit Blvd., Ste. 204, Broomfield, 720.401.2139,

Thank you Boulder County! We consistently help more people buy or sell property than any other team in Colorado.


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CrossFit Sanitas Manager Tom Baker says, “We have a beautiful facility, child care, acupuncture, classes pretty much every hour of the day. The relationship our coaches and staff have with all of our athletes makes the experience here unforgettable, and keeps people who would normally be hesitant to enter a CrossFit gym or any gym for that matter, coming consistently three to five days a week for years! It’s not just the workouts either. “We publish every workout we do for free on our website, and even include scaling options to make the workouts accessible for all levels. The real magic happens during class. You build relationships that will last forever. You challenge yourself in new ways. You accomplish things that at one point in your life may have seemed impossible. And most of all, it’s incredibly fun,” says Baker. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.4635,

Helping people access the lifestyles they want through the freedom of better hearing since 1963, Family Hearing is the longest serving, most awarded hearing center in Boulder County. Throughout decades, the tight-knit practice has changed hands but three times, with gentle transitions. “We’re proud to be a small, tightknit business that is basically family-run,” says Owner Jennifer LaBorde. “Personal relationships are really important to us.” That authenticity of care is what truly distinguishes Family Hearing’s practice, LaBorde says. At Family Hearing, you’ll find the latest in digital hearing aids available, treatment options for tinnitus, and preventative supports to protect against hearing loss. Boardcertified specialists offer expert knowledge and skill uniquely applied to serve each individual’s needs. Moreover, they do so with compassionate, genuine understanding and guidance. “We don’t fit audiograms, we fit people,” LaBorde says. 3059 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.443.5085,

Runner Up: Boulder Athletics, 3240 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.632.6367,

Runner Up: Peak ENT and Voice Center, 403 Summit Blvd., Ste. 204, Broomfield, 720.401.2139,

Thank you for 37 years of continued support!

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Everyone knows the feeling of being rushed through appointments and hurried out the door. Full-service outpatient physical therapy practice Avanti Therapy takes great care to ensure patients will never receive this experience. Avanti offers a diverse range of treatments for the full spectrum of orthopedic and neurological problems. Experienced therapists continuously upgrade their skills and knowledge to provide the best, most cutting-edge care. Patients are provided with hour-long, one-on-one appointments, allowing therapists to gain an authentic understanding of individual needs. This approach best equips Avanti practitioners to design customized programs for each patient. “The therapists at Avanti are amazing practitioners extremely invested in their patients’ well-being.” says Co-Owner Julie Edelman. “They have the time and the advanced skills to help people work through physical ailments of all complexities. We are not satisfied until you are well on your road to recovery.” 5350 Manhattan Circle, Ste. 100, Boulder, 303.543.1201, Runner Up: Terry Chiropractic, 3083 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.440.0500,


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Runner Up: Laser & Cosmetic Associates of Boulder, 4745 Arapahoe Ave. Ste. 115, Boulder, 303.558.8800,

Runner Up: Native Roots, 1146 Pearl St., Ste. 200, Boulder, 720.726.5126,

Don’t be deceived by the name: Spine West’s services extend well beyond the spine. This exceptional facility offers expert care and cutting-edge non-surgical treatments to diagnose and treat simple and complex nerve, muscle, joint and spine issues. Board-certified providers view patients as extended family, aiming to promote health by both restoring functionality and preventing future injury – always applying an expert, team-centered approach that looks closely at the whole person, considering biological, social, psychological and vocational factors. “The litmus test here is, if you were my sister, brother, mother, etc., what would we recommend,” says Dr. Cliff Gronseth, M.D., Spine West founder and owner. “It’s not corporate medicine where you’re a number; we look at you as a whole person and decide what’s the best treatment for you. The key is trust.” 5387 Manhattan Circle, Boulder, 303.494.7773,

Terrapin Station has always been about more than cannabis. Since launching nine years ago, the dispensary has made a point of serving a larger role in its community. Terrapin’s South Boulder location, which was the first in its continuously growing network, has always been dedicated to putting its patients first, even as it strives to build connections in local governments and civic groups. The Boulder locales haven’t lost sight of this mission, even as Terrapin has made inroads to other Colorado communities. Accommodating with individualized care and a wide selection remains a core mission, and patients are all the richer for it. “As we continue to grow, we don’t want to lose sight of what started this whole thing in the first place: creating access for patients,” said Terrapin Spokesman Peter Marcus. 5370 Manhattan Circle, Ste. 104, Boulder, 303.954.8402,





North Boulder Physical Therapy makes a point of hiring professionals with plenty of experience and education. It’s a step that makes all the difference for patients. As the largest privately owned physical therapy clinic in Colorado, North Boulder Physical Therapy offers plenty of expertise to match its scope and scale. The clinic’s orthopedic, neurology and hand therapy patients are evaluated and treated by skilled professionals who add an element of personal attention to the care. “When a patient chooses a physical therapist or hand therapist, they want to know that their therapist has extra experience and postgraduate education in their condition,” said Owner Debra Layne. “This skilled experience gives the physical therapists the ability to evaluate, treat and educate the patient for the best results.” It’s a commitment that sets the clinic apart for its patients and for the larger Boulder community. 3000 Center Green Drive, Boulder, 303.413.9903, Runner Up: Spine West, 5387 Manhattan Circle, Boulder, 303.494.7773,

BEST PHYSICIAN-BASED HEARING CENTER BOULDER VALLEY HEARING ASSOCIATES A common thread ties together the audiologists who staff Boulder Valley Hearing Associates. The physicians share a common passion for helping their patients hear, and that dedication is clear in the varied biographies of audiologists like Gina Muhlberg, Samantha Warren, Jillian Barney and Natalie Nelson. All boast extensive experience locally, nationally and abroad, working directly with communities of all sizes to increase access to care. That dedication is clear in the Boulder Valley Hearing Associates’ everyday operation at their center on Arapahoe Avenue. It’s a dedication that extends to the larger Boulder Valley Ear, Nose and Throat practice and one that’s made the Hearing Associates group a trusted source of auditory care in Boulder. “Serving Boulder County for over 35 years, we’ve grown from one physician to the largest privately owned ENT practice in the region,” Boulder Valley Hearing Associates’ owners explain on their website. 4745 Arapahoe Ave., Ste. 130A, Boulder, 303.443.2771, Runner Up: Family Hearing, 3059 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.443.5085,

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North Boulder Pilates combines an expertise in exercise and physical therapy. The staff at this pilates studio are experienced physical therapists and professionals who add a degree of depth and effectiveness to the pilates practice. It’s a professional touch for those looking to recover from injuries or increase their mobility, even as they get an effective workout in the process. “North Boulder Pilates is a modern and comfortable facility equipped with state-of-the-art equipment,” Owner Debra Layne says. “We only employ qualified and experienced instructors. Of our seven certified instructors, six are practicing physical therapists and the other has extensive experience in clinical rehabilitation.” Layne, who applies the same commitment to her role as a practicing physical therapist, helps bring a different dimension to the pilates practice, and the studio’s staff of qualified professionals add to the effect. 3000 Center Green Drive, Ste. 140, Boulder, 303.413.3496, Runner Up: Avanti Therapy, 5350 Manhattan Circle, Ste. 100, Boulder, 303.543.1201,

BEST PLACE TO WORK OUT AND BEST SWIMMING POOL RALLYSPORT There’s more than one way to be fit. That’s why for 40 years, RallySport has provided an impressive array of options to members looking to be as healthy as possible. From individualized training programs to group classes to a sparkling pool that’s earned this year’s top honor, RallySport offers a route to fitness for all.“RallySport strives to be a dependable, approachable community fitness center known for its exceptional personal fitness services, broad range of classes and unsurpassed hospitality,” said RallySport Membership Director Brad Mahar. “We are committed to nurturing a positive, inclusive culture and to personally helping each of our community members to achieve their fitness and wellness goals.” That inclusivity, paired with top-of-the-line equipment and personnel, makes RallySport an ideal stop for anyone looking to get an effective workout. 2727 29th St., Boulder, 303.449.4800, Runner Up for Best Place to Work Out: CrossFit Sanitas, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.4635, Runner Up for Best Swimming Pool: Colorado Athletic Club, 1821 30th St., Boulder, 303.501.1700,

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Thank you for your continued support! BEST YOGA STUDIO YOGA LOFT The crew at Yoga Loft know the importance of a holistic approach to health. Instructors at the studio dedicate themselves to a practice that targets mental and physical wellness, an approach that makes for an accessible and effective practice. Indeed, the Yoga Loft’s emphasis on body, mind and more make the spacious and comfortable studio an ideal fit for yogis of all levels and backgrounds.“Yoga Loft is a place where people come to heal in body and mind. We understand the difference between the pursuit of fitness and the pursuit of health and wholeness,” said Yoga Loft’s Jeff Bailey. “They are not always the same. We are able to provide a sustainable practice with positive and predictable results to anyone willing to try.” Yoga Loft is about more than nailing a single pose or being as bendy as possible – it’s about using yoga as a vehicle to create wellness across the physical and mental spectrum. 633 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 720.612.4321,

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BEST HOME, SWEET HOME SERVICE BEST AC/HEATING SERVICE AND BEST PLUMBER/PLUMBING COMPANY PRECISION PLUMBING HEATING COOLING ELECTRIC Precision Plumbing Heating, Cooling and Electric abides by a simple and effective set of principles. Fast, same-day service. Affordability. Professionalism. Meeting all needs of customers. These precepts have made Precision a go-to source for all kinds of issues, from leaky pipes to furnaces on the fritz. When the Precision owners claim, “When it comes to great service for your plumbing, hot water and drain needs in Boulder and across Longmont and Loveland areas, you can count on the professionalism and value you receive from Precision,” they’re not blowing hot air. Instead, this mission statement sums up a constant and consistent approach to service, one that’s made Precision a valued asset for Boulder homeowners for three decades. Whether it’s an AC/Heating issue or a question of drains and pipes, Precision will have a rapid, accurate and economically fair solution. 5035 Chaparral Court, Boulder, 303.581.1455, Runner Up for Best AC/Heating Company: Meyers Heating and Air Conditioning, 260 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.6640, Runner Up for Best Plumber/Plumbing Company: N/A


BEST CARPET CLEANING SERVICE NESHEIM’S CARPET AND CLEANING SERVICES Nesheim’s know the value of proper certification. The carpet cleaning service, which first set up shop in Boulder in 1981, is intent on keeping up on the latest technological trends in their industry. That’s why they’ve kept up their Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification and made a point of keeping all of their technicians educated. “At Nesheim’s, we take pride in our reputation, experience, education, systems and our 100 percent satisfaction guarantee,” Nesheim’s owners point out on their website. “Our company was built on a foundation of quality customer service and we’re all dedicated to that principle.” Judging from the standard they’ve set over the past 30-plus years, the folks at Nesheim’s will stay true to that standard far into the future. Their dedication to training and expertise makes all the difference, whether customers need a simple clean of their carpets or a more exhaustive restoration. 1212 Commerce Court, Lafayette, 303.666.8888, Runner Up: All Pro Steam Clean, Niwot, 303.596.3106,


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BEST INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO BARTLETT INTERIORS The Boulder roots of Bartlett Interiors run deep. Before the business was purchased by designers Jane and Nancy Bartlett in the 1980s, it was know as Barnhill Interiors, and the studio served the needs of Boulder residents for decades. The store’s history, as well as its community connections, are foremost on the minds of the current owners, who have worked hard to keep up the tradition of customer service and top-tier work. “My roots and my heart are securely anchored in Boulder and its people. That won’t change,” says Jane Bartlett, who did design work for the store’s original owner. “My entire career has unfolded here and I couldn’t have scripted things better.” Bartlett Interiors stays true to the long and storied legacy of the business with their customer service, its high-quality work and its continued dedication to the needs of all Boulderites. 2020 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.5194,

Taylor Moving and Storage’s many awards are no accident. The family-owned moving company has picked up plenty of praise since it first started moving folks more than 20 years ago. A constant winner of Daily Camera readers’ highest honor, Taylor has become a local fixture for those looking to relocate anywhere in Boulder County. The owners chalk up their long winning streak to a simple set of principles. “Taylor Moving is big enough to handle anything within the state or across the country, whether it’s commercial or residential,” the owners write on their web site. “Our family of experienced movers has been moving your local families and businesses since 1997.” The company’s dedication to timely service, affordable prices and individualized attention has come through again, and it’s no wonder they’ve once again picked up the top spot. 4949 N. Broadway St., Ste. 110, Boulder, 303.443.5885,

Runner Up: Details Design Studio, 1800 Commerce St., Boulder, 303.442.7887,

Runner Up: Klatt Moving and Storage, 3075 N. 75th St., Boulder, 303.449.1960,

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Camp Bow Wow is happy to take last-minute boarders. Indeed, the doggie day-care facility doesn’t insist on reservations to take in fourlegged friends during the week. It’s an accessibility that speaks to the day care’s commitment to making their guests comfortable, no matter their species. “At Camp Bow Wow Boulder we have two sets of clients: two- and four-legged,” explains Camp Bow Wow’s Brooke Brown, pointing to the day care’s extensive grounds and facilities. “Dogs love to play all day in our 14 indoor/ outdoor play yards with their canine best buddies or their favorite certified Camp Counselors … bring your dogs to the place everyone knows their name!” The Camp truly enjoys the company of canine friends. That enthusiasm makes the day care an ideal fit for dedicated pooch owners who need some help minding their charges. 3631 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.2261, Runner Up: Cottonwood Kennels, 7275 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.2602,

BEST PET BOARDING SERVICE COTTONWOOD KENNELS The staff at Cottonwood Kennels continue to be moved by their impact on the local community. It’s not the first time that Cottonwood has been recognized as Boulder’s best spot for pet boarding, but the owners still take the honor seriously. Their attention to detail in caring for every kind of animal continues to make a difference, and the Cottonwood family continues to be appreciative of their customer’s loyalty. “We are so honored to have been voted Best Pet Boarding Service again! We really owe it to our amazing, caring staff, and our wonderful clients,” Cottonwood owners said in response to another honor. “We truly value the pet-to-person relationship, and all pets in our care become part of our Cottonwood family.” That family of pets and people continues to grow, and Cottonwood continues to be an ideal second home for hundreds of animals. 7275 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.2602, Runner Up: Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center, 1405 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.499.5505,

BEST PET GROOMING AND BEST VET CLINIC BROADWAY ANIMAL HOSPITAL AND PET CENTER Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center is dedicated to all aspects of animal care. The full-service practice offers routine and emergency veterinary services, pet boarding, pet grooming, doggie daycare, chiropractic adjustments and massage services. The facility’s expertise in all elements of caring for animals has again made it the top pick for Boulder’s best vet clinic and best pet grooming option. According to staff, the facility’s broad expertise comes from a simple love for their patients. “What sets us apart is our compassionate and consistent staff,” said Mallory Zentner, a Broadway vet and manager. “Several of our staff members have been with us more than 10 years. When our clients come to us, they see the familiar faces of people that know and love their pets almost as much as they do.” 1405 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.499.5505, Runner Up for Best Pet Grooming: The Hydrant, 2900 Valmont Road, Ste. E2, Boulder, 303.442.7550. Runner Up for Best Vet Clinic: Alpine Hospital for Animals, 3210 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.443.9661,



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BEST MEDICAL AESTHETICS & COSMETIC SURGERY PRACTICE AND BEST SKINCARE FACILITY LASER AND COSMETIC ASSOCIATES OF BOULDER Laser and Cosmetic Associates of Boulder is a one-stop resource for innovative, customized and comprehensive facial rejuvenation and plastic surgery skin care. The office, located in the Foothills Community Hospital, offers a variety of medical-grade laser, surgical and non-surgical treatments, including Botox or filler treatments, face-lifts, rhinoplasty, face peels, acne treatment, vein treatment and other skin care procedures. The care, customized for precise and effective facial rejuvenation treatments, is provided by a team of doctors, aestheticians and staff led by Dr. Andrew Goldman, facial plastic surgeon and medical director. “Our team is focused on creating an incredible customer experience, while pushing for truly outstanding results,” Goldman said. “We really make it our goal to give you, and your face, the best possible experience and outcome.” 4745 Arapahoe Ave., Ste. 115, Boulder, 303.558.8800, Runner Up for Best Medical Aesthetics & Cosmetic Surgery Practice: Aura Advanced Skin & Laser Aesthetics of Boulder, 2595 Canyon Blvd., Ste. 360, Boulder, 303.440.5363,


Runner Up for Best Skincare Facility: jLounge Natural Nail Bar and Spa, 3003 Walnut St., Boulder, 720.484.6669,

Pompadours Hair Salon is a premier hair salon that has longevity and location – it opened in 1990 on the Pearl Street Mall. The salon, owned and operated by Lisa Fraser and Edward Donisvitch, presents the latest styles and techniques in cut, color, makeup, bridal services and facial waxing. As an Aveda Concept Salon, it offers a complete line of Aveda hair care, skin care, makeup, body care and environmental air care products made from distilled plant and flower essences, using renewable resources. The stylists are considered artists and are highly trained locally, nationally and internationally and through in-salon trainings. “We have a range of expertise and creativity when it comes to our tier of stylists,” said Jessica Wilkerson, manager of Pompadours. “Our team of stylists makes an effort to keep up with current trends in our area as well as to create our own to stand out from the rest.” 1320 Pearl St., Ste. 200, Boulder, 303.938.8015, Runner Up: Twig Hair Salon, 1831 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.447.0800,

BEST NAIL SALON JLOUNGE NATURAL NAIL BAR AND SPA The jLounge Natural Nail Bar and Spa combines the typical manicures and pedicures of a nail salon with a long list of wellness spa services in a lounge-like setting. “We want to bring it all together in one place,” said Jennifer Zrubek, co-owner of the lounge with Julie Perington. Zrubek and Perington opened jLounge in 2012 to fill a gap in the Boulder market with a natural nail bar and spa that features a wide range of services, such as massages, facials, waxing, tinting, microdermabrasion, microneedling and acupuncture. The lounge foregoes acetone and acrylic nails, instead using and retailing a full line of natural skin care products, such as serums, scrubs, lotions, body butters and facial products. There also is jewelry, clothing and accessories for sale in a giftshop setting. “Every area is more relaxation focused as opposed to just getting your nails done. Our services are longer than the competition,” Perington said, adding that there is food and tea service and magazines to peruse. “We create a really welcoming environment and have a high level of repeats.” 3003 Walnut St., Boulder, 720.484.6669, Runner Up: Contempo Nails, 1631 28th St., Boulder, 720.565.1159, 44 DAILY CAMERA


A hotel is a perfect setting for a spa to give guests and neighbors a relaxation escape. St. Julien Hotel & Spa, which opened in March 2005, features 201 guest rooms in the first world-class hotel and spa in downtown Boulder in nearly 100 years. The 10,000 square-foot spa is a world in itself with 12 treatment rooms, a full-service salon, separate men’s and women’s locker rooms, a retail boutique and an inner relaxation lounge. It features an exclusive menu of signature services of therapeutic massages, scrubs and wraps, facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures, haircuts and updos, color enhancements, makeup applications and false eyelashes, along with a full range of packages. The spa treatments are handcrafted, and many are made from the hotel’s fresh herb garden and rooftop beehive and incorporate several performance-based product lines from Naturopathica, Zents, Luzern, Body Bliss and Ajne. “When anyone comes to our spa, they are able to use the amenities and stay the entire day,” said Susan Hunnell, spa manager. “We try to incorporate really getting away from it all and staying at an enjoyable spa, the whole stay-cation idea.” 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720.406.9696, Runner Up: jLounge Natural Nail Bar and Spa, 3003 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-484-6669,



BEST AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM AND BEST CLIMBING GYM ABC KIDS CLIMBING What sounds more fun than a gym that’s all about climbing, especially one tailored to children? ABC Kids Climbing, a state-of-the-art, 7,200-square foot climbing gym that opened more than six year ago, fosters climbing and athletic skills through bouldering, top-roping and a training area. The gym gives youth of all ages an opportunity to participate and compete in the rapidly growing sport. “Our staff is dedicated to providing an educational, positive and above all fun experience in a welcoming atmosphere for every child that comes through our doors,” said Kara Caputo, climbing manager for ABC Kids Climbing. “We have worked hard for years to continuously refine our specialized curricula that give kids a complete climbing experience.” Kids ages 2-½ to 19 can visit the gym through private lessons, classes, teams, clubs, camps and birthday parties. For younger kids ages 2-½ to 5, the ABC Room is designed and equipped especially for them to promote physical and mental development through movement. Adults wanting to get in on the fun can drop in during open gym on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The gym also serves as the home and training grounds of ABC’s elite team, which includes international champion climbers. 1960 32nd St., Boulder, 303.443.5437, Runner Up for Best After-School Program: YMCA of Boulder Valley, 2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette, 303.664.5455, Runner Up for Best Climbing Gym: Movement Climbing & Fitness, 2845 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.443.1505,

BEST DRY CLEANER/LAUNDROMAT ART CLEANERS Art Cleaners is a neighborhood, full-service dry cleaner that has been offering dry cleaning, laundry services and alterations since 1921. The dry cleaner, which has eight locations, provides wash-and-fold services, cleans household items like bedding and tablecloths, and offers leather, suede and wedding gown cleaning, along with free pick-up and delivery services. In the area of alterations and repairs, Art Cleaners repairs, resizes and restyles items to give the perfect fit. Every garment and item brought in for dry cleaning receives personal care and attention through a multi-step process, from inspecting each item to removing stains, dry cleaning, wet or hand cleaning, pressing and hand finishing. In 2003, Art Cleaners converted to the GreenEarth Cleaning System, a revolutionary cleaning system good for both the environment and clothes.“It’s 100 percent natural,” said Gus Micros, operations manager for Art Cleaners. “Everything we put in the environment is safe, and it cleans the clothes the same as [other cleaners].” 1501 Lee Hill Drive, Boulder, 303.447.8700, Runner Up: John’s Dry Cleaners, 3325 28th St., Ste. 6, Boulder, 303.444.2877; 4800 Baseline Road, Ste. C109, Boulder, 303.499.5554,

For some children, a day of camp won’t cut it – the answer, a traditional summer day camp that is multiweek with lots of activities. David and Holly Hansburg came up with the idea for the Rocky Mountain Day Camp 11 years ago when they saw the limit of options for summer camps in Boulder County – there were specialty camps focusing on one activity and camps that grouped children of differing ages in daily activities. They figured camp should be carried over several weeks and provide a wide range of ageappropriate sports and activities that are fun and challenging. Campers ages 5 to 15 are divided into groups of boys and girls and taught by staff expert in each particular sport or activity. “We have a very unique program, and we work really hard to hire the best staff to work with the kids,” said David Hansburg, camp co-owner. “We have a lot of cool traditions and things kids look forward to summer after summer. We know how to make a kid’s summer super special and something that creates a lot of memories.” 3351 S. Indiana St., Superior, 303.495.5204, Runner Up: Avid4 Adventure, 3200 Carbon Place, Ste. 102, Boulder, 800.977.9873,


Greenwood & Myers Mortuary is Boulder’s only family owned and operated funeral home. The experienced staff can help families plan a funeral, memorial service, celebration of life or offer them the tools they need to do their own planning. They also provide grief support programs to help families through difficult times. “Our attention to detail and care for families is our number one priority. We’re helping people at a difficult time in their lives. People need a lot of care at that time, and we’re here to offer that to them,” said Michael Greenwood, owner of the mortuary. In addition to funeral and memorial services, Greenwood & Myers Mortuary offers burial services and cremation, as well as natural alternatives to these services. 2969 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.440.3960, Runner Up for Best Funeral Service Provider: Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Place, Boulder, 303.442.4411, Runner Up for Best Green Services: Alfalfa’s Market, 1651 Broadway St., Boulder, 720.420.8400, 2018 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 45

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Unity of Boulder Church is less a church and more a spiritual movement inclusive of many religions and teachings. Unity, which has its roots in Christianity, embraces diversity, community, acceptance and the Truth of Love that unites everyone. It’s a movement with more than 500 churches worldwide, but in the early 1960s, there was no location in Boulder, so a home prayer group got started and soon acquired its first of three buildings before settling in its current location in 1993. In 1978, the church was large enough to hire a minister, Jack Groverland, one of three co-ministers of the church, along with his son, Shad, and daughter, Syntysche. The church offers two Sunday services, a gift shop that’s open Tuesday through Friday and on Sunday, and Wednesday healing meditations, along with classes on Unity teachings, yoga classes, group studies and support groups. “From Buddhism and Taosim to Hinduism and Judaism, we embrace all of them as equal and valuable paths to connecting with God, or what we might more generally call the Divine,” Shad said. “Our services are designed to be an experience, not just a message. We want you to feel, as much as learn.” 2855 Folsom St., Boulder, 303.442.1411,

Academy Senior Living, founded in 1998, is a small community of 52 residences of independent and assisted living blended together in a neighborhood setting with views of Chautauqua and the Flatirons. The offerings range from bungalows to apartments and studios, and residents have access to a commons area, fine dining room, swimming pool, fitness center, book clubs, bridge, discussion groups and entertainment like art and music. “It’s a smaller community than the average senior community, and it’s very personalized,” said Shirley Berg, executive director of the Academy. “Because of its size, it really functions as a true community because everyone knows everyone. It feels very supportive and wonderful because of that.” The Academy is family-friendly and welcomes families to visit and eat in the dining room. “A lot of families love to come here,” Berg said. 970 Aurora Ave., Boulder, 303.938.1920, Runner Up: Frasier Meadows, 350 Ponca Place, Boulder, 303.499.4888

Runner Up: Flatirons Community Church, 355 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 303.664.5524,

BEST MEMORY CARE THE ACADEMY AT BELLA VISTA The Academy at Bella Vista, which opened in the mid-2000s, is a sister community to Academy Senior Living that’s dedicated to memory care. “It’s a beautiful 10-suite residence that provides memory care in this beautiful family setting. There’s nothing like it we’ve ever seen,” said Shirley Berg, executive director of the Academy. “As people age, they might need more support and services. Instead of moving from one place to another, they can continue their services here.” The suites have high ceilings, private patios and garden access. Residents are treated to meals featuring natural and organic foods and herbs from the garden, outings to local restaurants and attractions and scenic van rides around Boulder and in the mountains. They can participate in activities such as daily exercise classes, current events discussions, musical performances, movie presentations, gardening and arts and crafts instruction. “The life of memory care happens around this wonderful living-dining area. Lots of music art and community life happens here,” Berg said. 970 Aurora Ave., Boulder, 800.943.1920, Runner Up: Balfour Cherrywood Village, 282 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 303.604.2700, 46 DAILY CAMERA

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Whether shopping for a new vehicle or getting a faithful old one serviced, customers are likely to find a friendly face at Flatirons Subaru. Family-owned and operated in Boulder since 1954, Flatirons Subaru carries a vehicle that is popular and in high demand – the Subaru, a car with “safety, longevity, fuel-efficiency and value,” according to That popularity makes some models hard to come by, but the professional sales staff does what it can to get customers what they want. Subaru is the only manufacturer awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Picks for all models, and it was awarded the industry’s highest predicted resale value by Kelley Blue Book. “We’re a company that is passionate about what we sell. It’s no wonder our owners love their car,” the dealership states. “Let us help you become passionate about your next new Subaru.” In addition to new vehicles, Flatirons Subaru offers a large selection of used Subarus and pre-owned cars as well as a top-rated service department. 5995 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 720.575.2450, Runner Up for Best Auto Dealer: Fisher Honda Acura, 6025 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.245.6416, Runner Up for Best Auto Repair Shop/Service Dept.: Pellman’s Automotive, 2560 49th St., Boulder, 303.938.4050,

BEST CAR WASH THE PUDDLE CAR WASH The Puddle Car Wash & Full-Service Detail, a family-owned business in Boulder since 1973, uses state-of-art equipment designed for safety first to clean dirty vehicles. Puddle, which has served more than 4 million customers in its 45 years of operation, offers the full spectrum of cleaning from the basic car wash to a complete detail. With the help of a host, customers choose the package that best suits their desired level of cleaning, budget and time constraint. “All aspects of our operations are designed to protect every type of vehicle and satisfy our customers,” as stated on the website. A full-service wash package includes a wash, vacuum, cleaning of windows and door jambs and interior dusting. Interior and exterior detailing packages feature a car wash, carpet and seats shampooing, leather and vinyl cleaning, and paint and clear coat restoration and waxing. 3100 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.9274, Runner Up: Breeze Thru Car Wash, 1213 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 303.834.8387; 2025 Main St., Longmont, 720.491.3727,

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BEST OIL CHANGE PELLMAN’S AUTOMOTIVE Pellman’s Automotive doesn’t just offer oil changes but gives cars a full inspection in the full-service automotive repair facility. “An oil change is not just an oil change. It’s not in and out,” said Dan Levin, manager of Pellman’s, in business since 1995. “We want to let them know about everything going on from the top to the bottom of the vehicle.” Pellman’s started out with two employees and one work bay and now has 12 staff members, seven oversized bays and state-of-the-art specialty tools and technologies. Pellman’s provides routine, scheduled maintenance, preventative maintenance and emergency repairs on imported and domestic vehicles, and customers can wait in a dedicated customer lounge. Customers also have access to free roadside assistance, and Pellman’s stands behind all of its work with a nationwide warranty. “We really want to make sure we’re taking the time to give everybody great service and that we’re taking care of their vehicles,” Levin said. “We want to be convenient. We want to be competitive. And we want to provide the best quality technicians, parts, services and warranties.” 2560 49th St., Boulder, 303.938.4050, Runner Up: Grease Monkey, 2405 28th St., Boulder, 303.444.9303,; 2710 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.9844,

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King Soopers has been a local Colorado grocer since 1947. “We are proud to serve the communities we live in,” says Sheri Bosman, store manager at Table Mesa King Soopers. “At King Soopers, we don’t expect our customers to be loyal, we know we have to work hard to earn their loyalty every day. We do this with friendly associates and the freshest products in town.” King Soopers has an ongoing campaign called “Zero Hunger Zero Waste.” The grocer is working to make each of its stores zero waste and also provide three billion meals to those in need across the country by 2025. “We are part of the solution and can’t achieve these goals without the support of our associates and the communities we serve,” says Bosman. 3600 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303.499.4004; 1650 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.9622; 6550 Lookout Road, Boulder, 303.530.1020; 1375 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, 303.673.1800;

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From the very beginning, Hazel’s Beverage World was designed to be different from an average liquor store. “Open and bright, low shelves and wide aisles, friendly and knowledgeable staff – all this lends itself to a superior experience,” says Hayley Kamke, director of marketing at Hazel’s. Boulder’s largest liquor store, Hazel’s is locally owned and managed and also a member of the Boulder County Independent Business Alliance (BIBA) and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. The liquor store is adding a new feature of convenience for their online customers: the Shop on the Fly Quick Pick Up Zone. “Customers simply order online for store pickup, pull up to the green parking spaces an hour or more after placing the order, call the number on the sign and we’ll bring the product out to their car,” says Kamke. 1955 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.1955, Runner Up: Liquor Mart, 1750 15th St., Boulder, 303.449.3374,

BEST WINE MERCHANT BOULDER WINE MERCHANT That wine you saw in a Facebook ad? You’re unlikely to find it at Boulder Wine Merchant – and that’s a good thing. Store owner and master sommelier Brett Zimmerman has carefully curated a unique selection of wine, beer and spirits at Boulder Wine Merchant. “We really try to focus on smaller, craft, artisanproduced wines,” says Zimmerman. When Zimmerman took over the store in 2010, he made a decision to focus on the hyper-local community immediately around Boulder Wine Merchant. “People buy wine where they live and the people that are most important to us are our neighbors,” he says. “We really take pride in training our staff to be friendly, knowledgeable and engage with people as they walk in.” Visit Boulder Wine Merchant for free tastings on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 2690 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.443.6761, Runner Up: Hazel’s Beverage World, 1955 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.1955,

Runner Up: Lucky’s Market, 3960 Broadway St., Ste. 104, Boulder, 303.444.0215; 695 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.218.4875; 6328 Monarch Park Place, Ste. 100, Niwot, 720.378.9100, 2018 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 49

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The Amazing Garage Sale has been providing Boulder County with highquality consignment for more than 18 years. “We are one of the few weird stores left in Boulder,” says Owner Judi Lesta. Lesta was inspired to open the store after she sold all of her belongings and moved to Spain. The experience of seeing her possessions in new spaces motivated her to host weekly garage sales upon her return to Boulder. Eventually, Lesta’s Amazing Garage Sale moved into it’s permanent location in a north Boulder warehouse, which contributes to a quirky shopping experience. From 12 to 4 p.m. on September 30, customers are invited to The Amazing Garage Sale to celebrate with drinks, appetizers and special treasures. 4919 Broadway, Boulder, 303.447.0417, Runner Up: Classic Facets, 942 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.8851,



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Runner Up: Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery, 1421 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.3683,

For more than 15 years, Specialty Appliance has provided for all of Colorado’s appliance needs, from their wide selection of inventory to professional delivery and installation. The golden rule is central to the Specialty Appliances philosophy. “We won this award because we are a group of highly trained professionals who have made a commitment to selling and installing appliances right and treating people as we would want to be treated,” says Jeff Coleman, marketing manager for Specialty Appliances. “From our local owners to our sales people, installers and customer support teams we have all made a commitment to being excellent at helping people fill their appliance needs. The Boulder County Gold Award is very special to us because it was voted on by the people who we work to serve.” 305 McCaslin Blvd., Ste. 1, Louisville, 303.516.4015,

At SmithKlein Art Gallery, all customers are treated with equal respect: those who come in to shop and those who come in to simply browse. “Fine art is something we feel everyone should be able to enjoy,” says Lize Brittin, manager and art consultant for SmithKlein. “We do our best to offer a welcoming atmosphere and a beautiful venue to the community.” The gallery, which has been in business for nearly 35 years, offers a wide selection of fine art from local artists as well as artists from outside the state and even internationally. Mention SmithKlein’s Boulder County Gold Award through October to receive ten percent off any glass item in the gallery. “We respect and value the opinion of our community and are grateful to be recognized in this way,” says Brittin. 1116 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.7200,

BEST BEDDING/MATTRESS STORE AND BEST GREEN PRODUCTS VERLO MATTRESS Perhaps one of the most unique things about shopping at Verlo Mattress is that you are purchasing your mattress from the company that made it locally, which creates major savings. “Every one of us here at Verlo is proud of our products and our service to our guests, but we are not complacent to rest on our laurels,” says Owner Dick Sumerfield. “We constantly review the materials we use in our production processes and work towards giving our guests the best value in the industry.” Verlo sources and uses natural materials like 100 percent all natural cotton, wool, latex and certipur foam in all of their mattresses. “We strive to create the healthiest sleep environment possible,” says Sumerfield. “We wouldn’t want our children sleeping next to toxic stuff, and we don’t want that for our guests either.” 3080 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.447.1154, Runner Up for Best Bedding/ Mattress Store: Urban Mattress, 2830 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.440.0288, Runner Up for Best Green Products: McGuckin Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Unit D1, Boulder, 303.443.1822. 50 DAILY CAMERA


Established in 1958, Atlas Flooring has long been a staple for home renovators of all kinds. With thousands of samples in store, their enormous stock inventory of cabinetry, glass tile, carpet, hardwood and stone guarantees that even the most obscure decorator can find the perfect product. The eightperson sales staff at Atlas has 150 combined years of experience, meaning no question will go unanswered about your flooring project. “We pride ourselves in being voted best in Boulder again this year,” says Owner Leister Bowling. “Customer service is our number one priority and this award shows that. Our customer serving and pricing keep people coming back year after year.” Atlas Flooring will host a 60th anniversary sale in October, featuring major discounts on much of their inventory. 4920 N 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.3221, Runner Up: McDonald Carpet One Floor & Home, 6367 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.43.2916,

BEST HARDWARE STORE MCGUCKIN HARDWARE McGuckin Hardware has been an independent, Boulder family-owned hardware store since 1955. The 60,000 square feet facility with 18 departments and 200,000 items has earned McGuckin the nickname “Boulder’s Favorite Everything Store.” But what truly makes shopping at McGuckin a positive experience is the dedicated staff. “We always attribute our success to the service our people deliver and the superior selection of products we offer,” says Louise Garrels, marketing manager at McGuckin. “We are proud of the 230 people that don green vests to take care of the needs of our customers. The Boulder County Gold Award – particularly awards generated from public vote – are always appreciated. We see it as a reflection of the support and confidence that our community has entrusted to us.” 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.443.1822, Runner Up: Home Depot, 1600 29th St., Boulder, 303.449.4221,

BEST HARDWOOD FLOORING MAGNUS ANDERSON The Boulder County Gold Award is a hallmark of achievement for the folks at Magnus Anderson. “Our number one goal over the past 13 years in business is to have happy customers who like the service we provide and love their wood floors,” says Director of Marketing Kathy Hagen. “By winning this award four years in a row, it acknowledges that we are achieving that goal.” Magnus Anderson uses a team of highly-skilled craftsmen to install, sand and finish each wood flooring project, ensuring a beautiful and seamless final product and a painless installation process. “We believe that Magnus Anderson’s success is due to our focus on customer service and quality work,” says Hagen. “Our goal is to create beautiful wood floors every time.” 6367 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.437.0610, Runner Up: Atlas Flooring, 4920 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.3221,

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HW Home was founded in Boulder nearly 20 years ago with the goal of offering Boulder a chic, timeless home furnishings resource. “HW Home offers current yet timeless furnishings displayed in true lifestyle vignettes that inspire our customers to live,” says Ronald Werner, president and co-founder of HW Home. “Most everything you see in our stores is in stock for immediate delivery, or can be custom ordered in countless fabrics or finishes with the help of our talented design staff.” The service, selection, value and style found at HW Home are meant to provide a preferable alternative to the expense and blandness of chain stores. HW Home’s fall custom upholstery sale starts on October 1, featuring 25 percent off special orders of chairs, sofas, sectionals, rugs and more. 1941 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.545.0320,


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

For nearly 25 years, Indochine Home + Garden has brought interesting and original home furnishings from Asia to the shoppers of the Front Range. “Our product line of well-traveled furnishings stands out among regional import stores,” says Owner Hugo Brooks. “We have an eye for authentic beauty, functionality and value. Many clients fall in love with the items they buy at Indochine.” As fall approaches, take advantage of end-of-season discounts on items like frost-proof garden pottery and stone garden statuary. Indochine will also be unloading a large shipment of furniture and collectibles from Thailand and northern China during the first half of October. “We at Indochine greatly appreciate this recognition of excellence from our community,” says Brooks. “Thank you!” 7123 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.444.7734,

For a custom job, no one wants to take chances on an unreliable company. Luckily, Moros Fabrication has years of experience providing high-quality custom countertop installation in both kitchen and bathroom settings. With a high-quality selection of granite and marble, Moros can install beautiful counter tops for tub decks, fireplace surrounds, bathroom vanities, bar tops, and shower walls. “We strive to offer great customer service and great quality, along with building personal relationships with our customers,” says Owner Marty Moros. “We are very quality-oriented. Even when problems arise, we aim to make sure that all of the details are correct.” Moros Fabrication also provides complimentary 1-hour measure on-site in order to provide an estimate. 3871 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.473.0111, Runner Up: Atlas Flooring, 4920 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.3221,

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Let’s face it, the right window coverings can transform an ordinary space into something that looks extraordinary. At Innovative Openings, the staff know this all too well because they hear it from happy customers all the time. Their in-house staff offer professional design, measuring and installation says the store’s Marketing Director Kim Newby. “Customers really like our installers because they are skilled, friendly and they treat your home well. They wear booties in the home and vacuum up bits of debris when the job is complete.” What Innovative Openings does best, they give customers personal attention and they also listen to their needs. These are just a few reasons why customers voted for Innovative Openings. 667 S. Pierce Ave., Louisville, 303.665.1305,

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BEST PLACE TO BUY OUTDOOR FURNITURE AND BEST SKI/SNOWBOARD STORE CHRISTY SPORTS When the weather turns chilly, skiers and riders can’t wait to get their fix on finding the latest winter sports gear and accessories. Locals love to talk up the staff at Christy Sports because both are just as snow obsessed as the other. “The people we bring on staff are super passionate about the ski and snowboard side of things. They are in a place where they can live their lifestyle and be employed,” says Store Manager Jason Ball. When store employees aren’t working with customers, they’re usually tearing it up on the slopes, so they truly understand the customers’ needs. Even during the warmer seasons, Christy Sports still knows how to keep customers outside thanks to their huge selection of patio furniture. “We play hard in the winter and relax hard in the summer,” says Ball. 2000 30th St., Boulder, 303.442.2493, Runner Up for Best Place to Buy Outdoor Furniture: All Backyard Fun, 2400 Central Ave., Suite E, Boulder, 800.451.2550, Runner Up for Best Ski/Snowboard Store: Epic Mountain Gear (formerly Boulder Ski Deals), 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.938.8799,

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Want to get those creative juices flowing? Michaels is a one-stop shop for just about any craft or art enthusiast eager to start a new creative project. Whether it’s time to stock up on yarn, painting and drawing supplies, or shop for seasonal home décor, Michaels has just what you need – considering row upon row of merchandise. And when that feeling of boredom sets in around mid-winter – and you’re all cooped up inside – that might be the best time to learn something new. Michaels also offers lots of classes that help customers explore new creative skills. Maybe it’s time to start thinking about your next exciting project and book a class so you can get started soon. 1830 30th St., Bldg. E, Boulder, 303.800.3852,

Besides a record player, what’s more nostalgic than a bookstore? Not all towns can say this, but Boulder happens to be a great town for a bookstore, says Arsen Kashkashian, general manager. “People here like to read and they care about independent stores,” says Kashkashian. “We’re trying to always improve on anything we can and trying to service the community in the best we can.” So it’s no secret that when Boulder Bookstore hosts an event, in-store or off-site, it’s usually one not to miss. Authors like Steven King and Michael Pollan have been known to drop in and dazzle the locals during new book releases. Who knows, you could even bump into Chelsea Clinton at one of their sponsored events. Because at Boulder Bookstore, they not only have great books, but they also have lots of connections. 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.447.2074,

Runner Up: Guiry’s ColorSource, 2404 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.3800,

Runner Up: The BookWorm, 3175 28th St., Boulder, 303.449.3765,

BEST CAMERA, VIDEO, PHOTOFINISHING STORE AND BEST CUSTOM FRAMING MIKE’S CAMERA Whether you’re a pro, amateur photographer or videographer, Mike’s Camera can help fulfill your wish list. Truth be told, camera buffs can be spotted at the store drooling over the latest camera equipment and accessories at Mike’s. That’s because they stock their shelves with some of the latest technology and big kid toys that make it fun to be a shutterbug. After you snap that prizing winning photo of the day, the custom framing offered at Mike’s Camera is the cherry on top. Framed canvas is a popular way to display all that fine photography, but they also offer image splits, which is another way to show off your prized work and creative endeavors. 2500 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.1715, Runner Up for Best Camera, Video, Photofinishing Store: Photo Craft Imaging, 2901 55th St., Boulder, 303.442.6410, Runner Up for Best Custom Framing: Michaels, 1830 30th St., Bldg. E, Boulder, 303.800.3852,


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THANK YOU BEST LOCALLY OWNED OUTDOOR, REC AND SPORTS AND BEST LOCALLY OWNED CAMPING STORE AND BEST MOUNTAINEERING STORE NEPTUNE MOUNTAINEERING It’s pretty safe to say that Neptune Mountaineering has discovered their secret sauce when it comes to outfitting the outdoor enthusiast. Winning three categories is proof of that. “We are grateful for the Boulder community, for their kind support and supporting our renovation and for making us one of the finest shops out there,” says Kris Litchfield, floor manager. The staff offer loads of knowledge because of all that climbing experience and obsessiveness with the sport. “We have folks who have been developing climbing areas since the 1960s and we have people in the shop for over 10 years,” says Litchfield. Oh, by the way. If the boots don’t fit, that means you probably bought them elsewhere. Litchfield says the store’s reputation is built on their boot fitting expertise. “Our reputation is unmatched on the FrontRange.” 633 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.499.8866, Runner Up for Best Locally Owned Outdoor, Rec and Sports: Boulder Sports Recycler, 949 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.786.9940, Runner Up for Best Locally Owned Camping Store: Boulder Sports Recycler, 949 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.786.9940,



Runner Up for Best Mountaineering Store: REI, 1789 28th St., Boulder, 303.583.9970,

BEST BICYCLE SHOP PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKES “We’re excited to join the Boulder community and go out of our way to ensure all customers have an excellent riding experience,” says Conor Canaday, general manger. The staff at Pedego are all about giving customers personal attention, says Canady. When customers repeatedly tell him that Pedego is their favorite local bike shop, he says it’s the best compliment they can possibly share with him. Given just how many bike shops live in Boulder, being the top dog is no easy task. Canady says the eBike concept is something that people are still trying to wrap their heads around. But at the end of the day, “eBikes replace car trips with bike trips and people who ride eBikes get more exercise,” he said. 2015 13th St., Boulder, 303.415.9999, Runner Up: University Bicycles, 839 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.4196,

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Front Range Anglers Owner Steve McLaughlin attributes the store’s success to the customers who support them. “Our customers have been with us for 36 years,” he says. Hands down, with 140,000 flies in inventory, Front Range Anglers has one of the largest fly sections in the rocky mountain region, says McLaughlin. “We supply the fly fishing products that help customers be successful when they fish in the Boulder area or anywhere in the world.” Not sure where to fly fish? Well, with 30 guides on staff, McLaughlin says they also offer local guided trips in case you need some help figuring the best spots to drop some flies. Anyone in the market for a new reel? McLaughlin says they are the largest Hatch reel dealer in the world. 2344 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.494.1375, Runner Up: Rocky Mountain Anglers, 1904 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.447.2400,




Right out of the gate – Classic Facets Owner Mikki Rainey expressed her gratitude for this award. “Thank you to all who voted for us. We’ve been here for almost 34 years and we are grateful for those who love us.” Classic Facets is no “run of the mall store,” says Rainey. Instead it is truly a one-of-a-kind store filled with all kinds of unique jewelry. That’s because their consigners come from 37 states and 11 countries. Having three graduate gemologists from GIA on staff, that means they can easily spot the authentic stuff. “We verify everything we see and we standby what we say and do,” she says. 942 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.8851, Runner Up: Cronin Jewelers, 1235 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303.440.4222,

Need shoes? Boulder Running Company has them. Whether you have high arches. Low arches. Flat feet or some other type, chances are, Boulder Running Company will have no problem fitting your foot in a great running shoe. Just ask about their video gait analysis because it’s that kind of technology that gives them an edge on finding the right shoe for you. They offer great deals for the entire family and they have a free in-store return policy if you order shoes online. Let’s face it. When an active lifestyle defines who you are, having the right footwear with a great fit makes all the difference. 2775 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.786.9255, info/boulder-running-company. Runner Up: Runners Roost, 629 S. Broadway St., Suite E, Boulder, 303.554.7837,

BEST JEWELRY STORE AND BEST COMPANY/STORE THAT GIVES BACK WALTERS & HOGSETT All that sparkles under those glass display cases at Walters and Hogsett keeps people coming back year after year. Why? Because quality is a big deal to them. “We work very hard to earn the trust of our customers by showing them the best quality and the best designers,” says Owner Mark Vieregg. “We do our own custom work too. We are trying to be good at a lot of things.” When it comes to giving back, Vieregg says they offer gift certificates and partner with other local companies for fundraisers that benefit the community. “Whether it’s for family assistance, humane society or the homeless, we try to help support their programs,” Vieregg says. 2425 Canyon Blvd. Suite J, Boulder, 303.532.1786, Runner Up for Best Jewelry Store: Classic Facets, 942 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.8851, Runner Up for Best Company/Store that Gives Back: The Farm, 2801 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.440.1323,

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BEST GIFT SHOP JACQUE MICHELLE When you need a gift for that special someone, and you want to make it unique, Jacque Michelle is the place to find that special something. And you will probably have a lot of fun trying to find it says Store Manager Heather Radley. “We have BEST FLORIST AND BEST GARDEN CENTER/PLANT NURSERY a lot of variety and we are STURTZ & COPELAND Weddings. Funerals. Graduations. Homecomings. These are just a few occasions constantly changing what we carry.” They want to where flowers are the best way to spread a message of joy, love or sorrow. It’s no surprise Sturtz & Copeland continues to win this award – especially considering give customers just what the original store took root back in 1929. No doubt, they’ve learned a few things they need whether it’s the hottest find or most about growing flowers over the years. The current owner, Carol Riggs bought unusual and sparkly item the store in 1976 – and she continues to keep up the tradition of providing in Boulder. “We are really exceptional customer service that goes with those high quality blooms in her big on doing a theme shop. While floral arrangements might be the first thing you think of when and present merchandise shopping at Sturtz & Copeland, remember this: they also carry a wide range of indoor plants and other gems like garden statuary. 2851 Valmont Road, Boulder, in a way so that people can shop more easily,” 303.442.6663, she says. So don’t be surprised when you bump into an entire display dedicated to unicorns. They also carry cool jewelry and women’s clothing. Runner Up for Best Florist: Fiori Flowers, 2620 North Broadway St., 2670 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.786.7628, Boulder, 720.565.2434, Runner Up for Best Garden Center/Plant Nursery: The Flower Bin 1805 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303.772.3454,

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Back in the mellow 1970s, HB Woodsongs music store began as Folk Arts Music. Shawn Cupolo, coowner with his wife Sondra Blanchard, said, “We’ve been in the music community so long that people know our name and have certain expectations of us. They know they’ll get expert service, that we’re not the type of shop trying to sell instruments for the sake of selling. All of us really care about helping people find the instruments that suit them.” The friendly staff sells and rents guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, and all band & orchestra instruments. People can come into the shop for individualized help and take the instruments with them, or they can rent instruments online and Woodsongs will deliver them free to their school. Shawn said they have also begun to carry more electric guitar gear and amplifiers. “We’re very grateful readers voted to give us this honor; it’s important that it’s driven by customers who come in not people affiliated with the store. It’s an honor people have given to us that we’ll do our best to live up to,” Shawn said. 3101 28th St., Boulder, 303.449.0516. Runner Up: Guitars Etc, 460 Main St., Longmont, 303.776.8388,

Margaret Miner, founder and co-owner of Rags Consignments, knows how to start small and grow a successful business. Rags began in a tiny space in 1995, two doors down from where it is now. It’s so successful the shop averages, in Boulder alone, more than 300 items accepted on consignment each day. The store consigns and sells women’s mall and boutique brand clothing, handbags, footwear and jewelry. They’re always tightening up their systems to accommodate more and more items coming in on consignment. And their work has not gone unnoticed. The reviews posted by customers is positive and effusive. The staff is organized, friendly and helpful, honest and trustworthy, selective when consigning, and they love the beautiful clothing and accessories as much as their customers do. Margaret said, “Thanks for voting for Rags! We are, as always, thrilled that so many continue to do business with us.” 3129 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.5758, Runner Up: Common Threads 2720 Spruce St., Boulder, 303.449.5431,


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BEST COSTUME SHOP THE RITZ The Ritz has been putting customers in the costumes of their dreams since 1977, whether it’s classic, edgy or anything in between. Owner Susan Nutting is dedicated to providing excellent customer service in a fun and creative atmosphere. She said, “Costumes aren’t just for Halloween. No one knows that better than the people of Boulder. We’ve greatly expanded our year round stock of costumes and added new and exciting lines for all of Boulder County. People love The Ritz because it’s so fun, they love our employees, and customers say we have the best stuff. They come to experience it all. It’s the party before the party!” To spark the imagination, here’s a list of possibilities: theatrical costumes and makeup, wigs, gloves, hosiery, bustiers, corsets, tutus, tiaras, costume jewelry, boas, top hats, fedoras, bowlers, derbies, crinolines, fairies, pirates, flappers, gangsters, zoot suits, superheroes, capes, rhinestones, gypsies, roaring ’20s, or ’30s through ’80s attire, leg warmers, fishnets, glitter, rock ‘n roll, rainbows, bustles, weapons, poodle skirts, Vikings, disco, hippies, ears, tails, noses, berets, police uniforms, fairy tales, monsters and much more. 959 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.443.2850, Runner Up: Theatrical Costumes, Etc., 673 30th St., Boulder, 303.440.8515,


Since 1959, the Regiment Shops has been offering personalized service for men that differentiates them from all others. “We are totally 100 percent for the customer,” said Steve Jacobs, president and co-owner with Gary Cartwright. “We offer the best value product we can find and take care of the customer from head to toe. Customer service is their byword, helping men put together suits and sportswear. They take the time to discuss and evaluate each man’s clothing needs and help determine what will maximize their wardrobe. A master tailor is available for free alterations on purchases. Jacobs said, “We continue to do what we have been doing all along. I believe people come to us because of our service, our quality products and the fact that we give the best value. We’re friendly and not intimidating.” 2425 Canyon Blvd., Ste. F, Boulder, 303.443.2713, Runner Up: Weekends, 1200 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.4231,


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BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE AND BEST WOMENOWNED STORE BARBARA & COMPANY Women who shop at Barbara & Company have a curated, refined look, because the excellent sales associates know how to put together a collection. As Owner Kathy King said, “The best collection is yours and we help you create that collection.” They cater to women sizes from 2 to 12 or 14 who want to know they can walk out the door looking great. King attributes it to the expectation customers have: “All of our sales people know that if something doesn’t look good on the customer they need to tell them. They can also look in our computers and see what the customer previously bought, and say, ‘Hey, we’ve got something that goes with the piece you bought before that will give you a new look.’ Women don’t have to be continually buying new things, when the quality is just as good this year as next year.” Barbara & Company carries a wide range of vendors from very Boulder casual all the way to a European look. King said customers have a good time shopping here, “If it’s not fun it’s not worth it! The sales associates have great personalities – they’re not pushy but helpful and very positive. There’s a certain expectation of what people will find here. Sometimes we surprise them with exciting new things but they know they can count on us to have certain lines and brands.” 1505 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.2565, Runner Up for Best Women’s Clothing Store: JJWells, 2460 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.449.2112, Runner Up for Best Women-Owned Store: JJWells, 2460 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.449.2112,

Since Pedestrian Shops opened in 1969 on Pearl Street, there have been some people who come back twice a year to buy the same thing each time. Then there are others who seek out the newer, trendier things that they don’t see anywhere else. Zoe Polk, general manager, is proud of the excellent mix of product that keeps a variety of people coming to Pedestrian Shops both on Pearl and Arapahoe and its new store in Denver. “We’ve been finding our niche and having a little bit of clothing in the store, so now we’re more than shoes,” she said. “For fall we’re excited about the wool sweaters for women, and we have lots of accessories, travel purses and hats that make good gifts and souvenirs.” The staff is very knowledgeable and helps people come to educated decisions about their purchases. “We think everyone can find something here,” Zoe said. 1425 Pearl St., and 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Ste. E33, Boulder, 303.449.5260, Runner Up: Two Sole Sisters, 1703 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.0404,

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In the last year Way to Grow has completed a floor and display remodel, providing a more efficient and easy process to find all of the gardening supplies. They also lowered their prices further on all of their products and increased the available options, while continuing to place more emphasis on the organic options. Brad Hale, the Boulder store manager said, “Besides providing excellent customer service, we offer the lowest prices and the best selection for all gardeners needs, with a heavy emphasis on the use of safe, organic products. We also provide honest, practical advice in hopes that our customers find success in their endeavors. I believe we earned the Boulder County Gold award for our consistency of customer service, our knowledge and honesty, while also offering unmatched pricing and a huge selection of products. Of course, our customers are a huge part of our success and desire to provide for and make the effort that we all that do each day.” The Boulder location opened 15 years ago, a year after being founded in Fort Collins. Brad said, “We are beyond pleased to have been recognized by our customers, friends and peers for this award. It is what drives us every day to try and provide a great experience for each person that walks through our doors. We are dog friendly too!”6395 Gunpark Drive, Boulder, 303.473.4769, Runner Up: Greenhouse Hydroponics & Organics, 813 Main St., Longmont, 303.651.0845,

BEST TREE NURSERY THE TREE FARM Mike Gittleson, manager of the Tree Farm, puts a lot of faith in their trees and shrubs. “We carry a larger range of trees, plants and shrubs than anyone else in throughout the state,” he said. “The trees we carry are good for the Front Range and we have the best quality in all Colorado. We carry hardy trees, plants and shrubs that will do well here. We definitely can install them or not, depending on what people want.” The Tree Farm has been in Longmont since 1980 as part of the Spahn famly. “We have the largest selection of trees and shrubs and we are known throughout the state because of the knowledgeable people who work here,” Mike added. “ Some of our people are the hardest working in the industry. They keep up with the quality and reputation, and we’re proud to help Colorado residents with their trees and shrubs. “Mike said they are seeing change happening in the trees and shrubs that grow here because of the different weather patterns. “I don’t know yet what the changes we will see but in 10 years we will see different trees, plants and shrubs,” he said. 11868 Mineral Road, Longmont, 303.652.2961, Runner Up: Creekside Tree Nursery, 3283 61st St., Boulder, 303.668.7647,

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Heinz Ebner started Aspen Eyewear in 1986, and after 32 years in the same location it’s still focused on making sure people walk out of store in eyewear they want to be seen in and that they walk out seeing well. Jen Ebner, manager of customer service for the family-owned and -operated business, said, “We have so many different mirrors and settings in the store that people can see how they look,” Ebner said. “Many of them bring their friends and family to help them decide. We have doctors of optometry and certified opticians, but our opinions about how you look aren’t as important as how you think you look. We even let people check out the frames to take home if they can’t decide.” Aspen Eyewear is always adapting to new lenses and frames on the market, while continuing the tried and true. They have a wide range of products in prices and styles, from “high end boutique-y to eyewear that caters to college students,” Ebner said. “We have the largest selection of frames and we carry a premium product, but most important is our customer service. We’re grateful to our customers. They are very loyal to us and we don’t take it for granted.” 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.447.0210, Runner Up: Envision, 1011 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.939.8021,


The Munson Family Farm is a rare second-generation vegetable farm just 10 minutes from downtown Boulder. Marcy and the late Bob Munson started it in 1976 and the farm stand has been at its current location since 1980. Michael and Chris Munson farm it now. Mike said sweet corn and the pumpkin patch are their biggest specialties, and they expanded their heirloom pumpkin selection this year. He said, “Our produce is picked fresh daily. I think people recognize that high quality and freshness.” The farm stand is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from the middle of July to November. You can also find their vegetables at the Boulder Farmers Market, Lucky’s in North Boulder and Alfalfa’s. The farm reopens after Thanksgiving with Christmas trees. 7355 Valmont Road, Boulder, 720.971.8847, Runner Up: Cure Organic Farm, 7416 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.666.6397,

BEST PET STORE AND BEST PET BAKERY/DELI AND BEST LOCALLY-OWNED STORE P.C.’S PANTRY FOR DOGS & CATS Mary Lee Withers began P.C.’s Pantry in a small house on Walnut Street in Boulder in 2000. She said from the beginning all dogs and cats have been welcome to join their guardians and roam inside, although there are some tumultuous moments until the four-legged ones realize that treats will be shared freely. Mary Lee and the longtime staff answer questions about weight management, allergies, lightning nervousness, raw diet or maybe even a remedy for a dog’s propensity for eating less fragrant substances. P.C.’s uses only human-grade chicken, turkey, beef, bison and even salmon in their fresh meat loaves, avoiding salt, sugar and preservatives. They also have wheat-free options for animals that need gluten free biscuits. For special occasions, PC’s offers 7 and 9-inch “Bark’day Cakes,” made with beef, salmon, chicken, turkey and liver baked in round layer pans, separated by carrots. “Boulder people are loyal to locally-owned businesses,” she said. “We’ve been in business so long and we know many of our customers. We get to know if their pets like bison treats or biscuits and people appreciate that. I think that’s unique. We just fitted a harness on a dog that couldn’t walk. It took us half an hour to work with the dog. We can give that personalized assistance, especially during the week.” Mary Lee added, “We appreciate people voting for us. Without our loyal customers we wouldn’t be here.” 2828 30th St., Boulder, 303.245.9909,

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BEST RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA STORE AND BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE KARING KIND There’s a lot to be said about location, and Dylan Donaldson, owner and operator of Karing Kind, knows its importance. The shop has been in the same strategic location since 2009. “We have great views and open space around us, and the shop is nice and discreet and you don’t see people you don’t want to see.” He added, “We want to offer more education, so our customers know what’s going in world in relation to marijuana, and can be educated about the products and differences and how brands can be inconsistent. We carry the largest variety we can, with quality and consistency. We treat our customers with respect and deliver a higher level of service. We’re open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.” Donaldson said, “We want to say thank you to all who voted for us. It’s nice to see that people notice how hard we work and we appreciate that. We’re happy to be here and we’re happy to sell weed to everyone.” 5854 Rawhide Court, Boulder, 303.449.9333,


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BEST RECYCLED GOODS/THRIFT STORE TRU HOSPICE THRIFT SHOP This has been a significant year for TRU Hospice Thrift Shop. According to Manager Lynn McCullough, “We have spent the last year revamping the look of our store. Shoppers will be greeted with colorful and exciting walls, , an expanded furniture section and a new media section with fixtures created from reclaimed items.” Since the shop opened in July of 2005, that was a major upgrade. McCullough said, “We work hard to consistently bring new merchandise out to the sales floor, have some of the friendliest and most dedicated volunteers and staff in the world, and support the area’s oldest/only non-profit hospice. We provide high quality goods at bargain prices. We are most known for our designer clothing and high quality furniture and home furnishings. Our store is a one-stop shop for people setting up a new home or apartment, as well as a treasure trove of unique items perfect for any look or style. She added, “We love our customers, many of whom shop in our store weekly! We are also a great place to volunteer – all ages are welcome, please visit our website for more details.” 5565 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.604.5353, Runner Up: Goodwill Industries, 2486 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.494.5145,

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BEST ACUPUNCTURIST AND BEST DAY SPA AND BEST MASSAGE DOVA CENTER FOR HEALTH & HEALING It’s no wonder Dova Center for Health and Healing won in three categories. Its holistic services are vast: acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, therapeutic massage, spa treatments, herbal medicine, meditation, yoga classes and much more. As an acupuncturist, Dova Owner Gina Rosella Terinoni personally collaborates in a minimum of six specialized trainings per year around the country. “To be the best acupuncturist is about doing everything you can to help your patients by staying on top of research and studies relating to their health,” she says. “Everything we do, everything we study, and everything we improve at our health center is because we have been inspired to help our patients.” The connection is substantial: “We have an incredible bond with our clients, patients and members,” she says. 972 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 303.955.7226, Runner Up for Best Acupuncturist: 100% Chiropractic, 300 Center Drive, Superior, 303.554.1002, Runner Up for Best Day Spa: Starfell Medical Spa, 1124 W. Dillon Road, Ste. 1, Louisville, 720.485.5672, Runner Up for Best Massage: Old Town Therapeutics,400 E. Simpson St., Ste. 210, Lafayette, 303.875.8002,


Every car owner deserves a trustworthy mechanic. For many, Louisville Tire and Auto Care has become that honest garage that makes each oil change, tire rotation, or major repair an exercise in authenticity. Owner Bryan Clark and his mechanical team bring big experience with a small-town approach to service. From the parts they choose to the oil they use, quality is embedded in everything at this dedicated auto shop. And to take that a step further, all work – from routine inspections to repairs on belts, engines, and transmissions – is insured for satisfaction. Louisville Tire and Auto Care offers every customer a 12-month warranty. Now that’s peace of mind that goes the extra mile. 1190 Griffith St., Ste. 1, Louisville, 303.665.4902, Runner Up: Stan’s Automotive, 1950 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 303.666.8914,



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For top attorney Stephanie Schacht law is in the family. Her parents were in general practice during her childhood in Wisconsin. She’s established the same kind of community roots in east Boulder. Schacht attributes her success to that comfort factor – “clients who want their family and friends to be cared for by someone they trust,” she says. Her core areas of interest are estate and wealth-transfer planning and trust administration, with a specialty in designating guardians for children, along with small-business transactions. “My approach is gentle and incorporates all facets of the person’s life into the planning. The work is challenging yet critical. “Leaving a map for your family is much better than leaving a mess,” she says. “Having hard conversations and providing details is the ultimate gift for loved ones.” 316 Onyx Way, Superior, 303.554.1501,

Owner Andy Clark thinks three ingredients fed Moxie’s win for best bakery: “A commitment to heirloom grains, long fermentation and organic wheat.” But he’s super serious about bread. Clark serves on the board of directors for the Bread Baker’s Guild of America. People most likely voted for Moxie Bread Co. not only because they can taste the love in each bite, but because it’s a pleasant place to hang out. The bakery has given new life to a building established in 1880. Today locals drop in for daily madefrom-scratch pastries paired with superior craft coffee. “We strive to serve the community and create a fun and comfortable engaging atmosphere where everyone is welcome,” Clark says. The Moxie mix of quality ingredients – nonGMO and nutrient-rich flours – and “genuine, friendly customer service” seems to be working. 641 Main St., Louisville, 720.420.9616;


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This isn’t any backyard barbecue. This is Texas Hill Country Style. And what would a small town like Louisville be without a place to pass the sweet potato cheese tots and fried pickle chips among friends? Lulu’s BBQ is not short on selection. The menu, featuring meats smoked with Texas oak, is extensive. Start with some finger-licking BBQ sliders. Move on to a hot mess chicken sandwich or sample platter. Add some classic sides like coleslaw and even fried okra. And for those barbecue fans who know how to dip in without going overboard, there awaits a grand finale worth the wait: corn bread sundae with raspberry sauce and Sweet Cow Vanilla ice cream. And it all tastes better in Lulu’s iconic location: an old gas station filled up with new energy. 701 Main St., Louisville, 720.583.1789, Runner Up: Wayne’s Smoke Shack, 406 Center Drive, Superior, 303.554.5319;


Lafayette is the lucky second site of Boulder’s popular Tangerine breakfast joint. The brainchild of Chef Alec Schuler, cheery Tangerine continues to squeeze every ounce of innovation out of this morning meal. Steadfastly focused on freshness featuring in-season local farm produce, the establishment does healthy made-toorder mashups with a Mediterranean twist. The all-day breakfast/bunch menu features a huge variety for all types of taste buds. There’s something enticing for meatheads, vegans, egg snobs, and sweet freaks alike. Uncommon morning ingredients like polenta, braised collard greens, lentils and pancetta seem to blend right in. And Boulder’s Conscious Coffees adds just the right kick. Honestly, Tangerine, you had us at the blueberry, lemon and ricotta pancakes. 300 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.443.5100, Runner Up: Morning Glory Café, 377 Forest Park Circle, Ste. 101, Lafayette, 303.604.6351,

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Old Town Lafayette’s Odd13 opened in two thousand and thirteen. But that’s just irony at work. The brewery’s name really stems from an odd overlap in the childhood area codes – 513 and 313 – of founders Kristin and Ryan Scott. Beyond the craft-brew tastes inside Odd13’s cans and bottles, it’s the container labels that leave an indelible aftertaste. A couple of very talented illustrators and graphic designers craft the super hero comic book stories wrapping each beer. Additionally, the brewery is known as the first in Colorado to release sour beer and New England style IPA in cans. But that’s the kind of innovative industry-pushing stuff Odd13 does all day long: taking traditional beers and adding a twist. 301 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 303.997.4164, Runner Up: The Post Brewing Co., 105 W. Emma St., Lafayette, 303.593.2066,

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The name alone makes you want to linger at this downtown Louisville favorite for bunch. The Huckleberry sounds nostalgic and even looks the part in its historic space. But the morning joint serves up some very contemporary comfort food. Ensuring freshness in everything it makes, the restaurant even has its own farm along the banks of Coal Creek. In addition to breakfast, there’s a full lunch and dinner menu. And a dessert bar makes this a place to return to for all those goodies made on-site daily: fresh pies, pastries, cookies, cakes and bread. Heck, with full-service coffee and espresso, an afternoon “tea shop,” and even milkshakes, malts, and cocktails, you could hit The Huckleberry any time of day. What doesn’t this establishment serve up? 700 Main St., Louisville, 303.666.8020, Runner Up: Tangerine, 300 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.443.5100,


Let’s start with two of Waterloo’s weekly wonders: The Happiest Hour on the rooftop turf patio runs for three dreamy hours every day. And each Sunday, Bluegrass Brunchin’ adds some fun music to every munch. At the Loo’ you can do you. This is a family-owned, neighborhood watering hole that’s got the cure for what ails you: a hot meal and a cold drink. Waterloo serves up classics and twists on traditions that keep people coming back. Menu items run from infamous wings, jerky, poppers and salsa starters to salads, tacos and burgers. There’s an Austin steak sandwich, grown-up mac and cheese, and a lobster roll, plus pork chops, meatloaf, grits and grain bowls. Need we go on? Just get in here already. 817 Main St., Louisville, 303.993.2094, Runner Up for Best Burger: The Black Diamond Restaurant and Taphouse 103 N. Public Road, Ste. C, Lafayette, 303.665.4621, Runner Up for Best Patio: 95a Bistro & Sushi, 1381 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette, 303.665.3080,

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Finding good childcare can be a stressful proposition for working parents in Boulder County. “I think we won because we really love the families and children that we serve, and I think they can feel that,” says D’Arla Mezzacapo of Take-A-Break. That’s in keeping with a salient point in the organization’s philosophy: The beauty, excitement and sparkle brought forth from a child is worth all the world has to offer. Love, understanding, positive development and high self-esteem are the active ingredients of our pursuit. “We are a social, emotional center that is devoted to developing healthy, independent, decision-making children and adults,” Mezzacapo says. Clearly Take-A-Break is dedicated to helping families thrive, even when they can’t be together. 408 Baseline Road, Lafayette, 303.665.9741, Runner Up: Cottontail Nursery School, 546 Arbor Drive, Lafayette, 303.944.7776,


For many, counting on a regular chiropractor is as comforting as an old friend. They seem to know way more than how to get the kinks and clicks worked out. They have a special way of teaching us about how the whole body works together. As a board-certified pediatric and prenatal chiropractor, Dr. Scott Vander Weit extends these holistic services to all members of the family. Compass Chiropractic’s mission is to educate, inspire and empower families to take an active role in their health and live life to the fullest. Because isn’t that what Colorado and Boulder County residents do best? 1365 Forest Park Circle, Ste. 102, Lafayette, 303.955.5208, Runner Up: Enhanced Movements Chiropractic,1255 Cimarron Drive, Ste. 201, Lafayette, 303.520.8974,


How do you get voted best church in east Boulder? Serve the community in more ways than it has ever seen before. With six campuses and even an online option to get involved, that’s what’s happening at Flatirons Community Church. Massively inclusive and powerful services take place twice a day Saturday and Sunday at the central Lafayette campus and are broadcast to other churches. But Flatirons Community Church goes way beyond a weekly sermon. The ministry provides opportunities for volunteering. There are worship groups for men, women, families and couples. And there’s community outreach to give back – to the poor, hurting, broken and forgotten. 355 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 303.664.5524; Runner Up: Ascent Community Church, 550 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 303.518.8084,

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For a cozy place to sip the day away with a latte or tackle some work with a laptop and locally baked pastries, East Simpson Coffee Co. fits the bill. In fact, the historic café space has served Lafayette in different capacities since 1905. In its most recent incarnation, the coffee shop has been “affectionately caffeinating the community since 2014,” according to the brand. This venue features a full espresso bar, along with organic coffee and tea; a two-meal menu; and even wine and beer. Accompanying the daily grind, East Simpson edibles include breakfast burritos, quiche, and sweet-treat favorites like croissants, coffee cakes, scones and cinnamon rolls. Simple lunch fare includes wraps, homemade soups, and kitschy “hand pies” in spicy Thai, quinoa black bean and Florentine. Yum. 414 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 720.502.7010, Runner Up: Paul’s Coffee & Tea, 956 W. Cherry St., Ste. 101, Louisville, 720.259.1723, • Full Espresso Bar • Organic Coffee

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



Be at the Louisville Street Faire or be square. This annual hometown tradition runs eight summer Fridays from 5 to 9:30 p.m., rain or shine, at the festive Steinbaugh Pavilion in downtown Louisville. What’s not to love at this feel-good, music-infused party that brings together families and friends week after week? Music acts run the gamut from jam bands, reggae and country-soul to Irish, Mississippi Blues and psychedelic-alternative-folkcountry-rock. In addition to tunes, there’s food, of course, and cold drinks with new happy hour drink pricing for those who can knock off work early. Children will find plenty of activities to stay occupied, and arts and crafts keep the Street Faire a well-rounded cultural event. What’s better? It’s all free. Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front St., Louisville, street-faire. Runner Up: Art Night Out, Lafayette, Public Road (between Cannon and Emma Street),

At consignment store Refuge Décor Owner Randi McClanahan wants customers and consignors to feel like family. “We provide personalized service, open-mindedness with our consignors, and search out the very best inventory to keep our stylish shoppers returning week after week.” With the biggest showroom around, Refuge carries everything from antique to modern styles, high-end furniture brands, clothing, gifts for all occasions, even local arts and crafts. “We are a newer mom-and-pop shop trying our hardest to make this business a huge success in a very expensive area and a tough retail market,” he says. “The amount of support, praise and friendships we have gained from this two-and-a-half year journey has been astounding. We could not do it without the help of our amazing community.” 1132 W. Dillon Road, Ste. 4, Louisville, 303.364.1300, Runner Up: Found Underground Consignments, 901 Main St., Louisville, 303.666.6900,


It’s March, and you’re finalizing plans for spring break. Then a scary thought hits you. Where will I send my kids this summer? How about a traditional summer day camp that serves ages 5 to 16? First box checked: All your kids can go to one place. Next, a wide variety of activities including swimming, archery, baseball, arts and crafts, lacrosse, music, softball and soccer that should please everyone. And it’s held in Louisville Middle School, which isn’t too far away. A camp in Boulder is also offered. Problem solved. P.O. Box 270608, Louisville, 303.495.5431, Runner Up: Avid4 Adventure, 3200 Carbon Place, Ste. 102, Boulder, 800.977.9873,

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BEST DENTIST STUDIO Z DENTAL Going to the dentist is a lot easier if you believe the staff really cares about you. “(Patients) feel taken care of from the very first phone call,” says Jackie Zyvoloski, director of marketing and communications for Studio Z Dental in Louisville. That attitude carries through in Studio Z’s holistic dental practices. For example, Studio Z takes extra care to protect against mercury when old dental fillings are replaced and generally keeps chemical exposure as low as possible. “We have a lot of patients who are sensitive to various substances,” Zyvoloski says. “We choose the most bio-compatible substances we can find.” Patients feel well cared for in another way, too. Dr. Tom Zyvoloski takes time to talk with them and answer questions. “We educate our clients and give them options so they can make the right choice,” he says. 818 W. South Boulder Road, Louisville, 303.802.4313, Runner Up: Alan D. Belenski, D.D.S., 225 W. South Boulder Road, Ste. 200, Louisville, 303.666.5080,

BEST DISPENSARY AJOYA Walking into a marijuana dispensary can be a little daunting for the inexperienced. That’s one reason the staff at Ajoya work to make customers immediately feel at ease. “I really think it’s about the experience,” says Ajoya General Manager Valdan Vandemark. “We have a highly-trained staff that really knows our products.” He adds, somewhat humorously, that entering Ajoya is not like going to some bigger city dispensaries. “We didn’t want to have a gated window with a big door you go through and a security guard with a gun. It’s an open, friendly retail environment. The store serves both recreational and medical customers, but about 85 percent of customers fall into the recreational category. Ajoya offers both, partly for people who are interested in getting a medical card, but don’t want to go through the process if marijuana won’t help with their particular problem. The dispensary offers a consulting room for medical patients who want more privacy. Ajoya hires experienced staff and does additional training. The goal is to make sure staff is knowledgeable and knows how to treat customers, Vandemark says. “(Ajoya is) centered around creating an experience for customers,” he says. “It’s not just coming in, buying cannabis and leaving. (They can interact) with our sales consultants and budtenders. They’re left with an experience. It’s not just going into another store.”1100 W. Dillon Road, Ste. 3, Louisville, 303.665.5596, Runner Up: Igadi Recreational, 1325 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.862.7457,

Got a sweet tooth? According to East Boulder County Gold voters, Button Rock Bakery should be on your to-do list. The bakery, started by husband and wife, Jamie and Tony Lachel, was first located in Lyons and named for a local preserve and reservoir. It moved into its Lafayette location in 2017. “I think we offer a very East Coast style bakery,” says Jamie Lachel. “There’s something for everyone.” She lists some of those items – breakfast pastries, individual desserts, wedding cakes, signature cakes, scones, cinnamon rolls muffins, sticky buns and even take and bake meals. Several gluten-free items are available. “We’re always changing. We take suggestions from customers,” she says. Lachel says the lemon bars are probably the single most popular item. “They just fly out the door.” – followed by eclairs, cream puffs and cake pops.” Meanwhile, if you’re stuck on what you’re going to make for dinner, you might consider some of the bakery’s take and bake items: mac and cheese, lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs. 1377 Forest Park Circle, Ste. 102, Lafayette, 303.926.1676, Runner Up: Sweet Cow Ice Cream, 637 Front St., Louisville, 303.666.4269, 2628 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.447.3269; 669 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.494.4269,

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



Runner Up: Starfell Medical Spa, 1124 Dillon Road, Ste. 1, Louisville, 720.485.5672,

Runner Up: Erie Biscuit Day, Historic Downtown Erie, 303.828.4561, erie-biscuit-day.

Maybe you’re sitting in a long meeting at work or looking with despair at your formidable to do list. Whatever the particulars of your busy life, one word keeps rising into your consciousness: “facial.” That’s because you can go to Smooth Intentions Skincare & Waxing in Lafayette and get what Owner Amanda Ocon calls “75 minutes of uninterrupted relaxation.” Oh, and your skin will feel pretty darn good, too. Ocon says she views part of her mission as teaching people about skincare – what’s appropriate for their type of skin and what helps in Colorado’s dry climate. The studio also offers waxing services. Ocon, who has been an aesthetician for 17 years, says she works to make her customers feel pampered. 400 E. Simpson Ste. 107, Lafayette, 630.774.1148,

If it’s August in Lafayette, it’s peach time. If you doubt it, Pat Vero, director of events and marketing for Lafayette Chamber, says that the peach festival this year sold its highest number of peaches from Western Slope growers, 45,000 pounds. “It was the biggest crowd we’ve ever had,” says Vero of the swarm of peach-hungry locals who also bought 500 peach pies, 600 peach cobblers and 2,500 peach smoothies. This year, the 19th for the festival, organizers expanded the kids’ area and added more shade for festival-goers. Vero says people come from the tri-states and even from Palisade, the center of Colorado peach growing. Old Town Lafayette, Public Road, Lafayette, 303.666.9555, special-events.

“If you’re looking for a local chiropractor look no further! Dr. Scott knows his stuff. He adjusts our whole family and interacts with all of us well from the parents down to our 5 year old. If any of us has a special concern he’ll take the time to make sure that area is addressed. He has a pediatric certification and does a great job with all myy kid kiddos”. - Bekkah Z. “Dr. Scott is veryy knowledgeable, kno kind and gentle. He sees our whole family including our newborn to improve her latching in breastfeeding! So glad he is in our community!” - Beth B.

Buying a gift at Timbalier, not only allows the opportunity to buy something unique, the shopping experience is a treat for the gift giver. “It’s like a minivacation,” says Spike Chapman, who owns the store with his husband, John Chapman. That’s because a visit to the store means walking into a space with scented candles, lotions and soaps, as well as items that you’re unlikely to find in other local stores. The store sells high-end women’s handbags, jewelry and accessories, baby gifts and children’s books, along with stationery and cards. It also carries Robin Chocolates, from the Longmont chocolatier. The store sells distinctive gifts, but it is meant to offer more. “We treat our customers as our friends,” Chapman says. 2770 Arapahoe Road, Ste. 106, Lafayette, 303.666.4200, Runner Up: Elizabeth’s Embellishments, 611 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.926.7133,


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When Jules Lieb opened the Morning Glory Cafe in Lafayette, the focus she planned for the restaurant was natural and organic foods. The dishes she serves meet those requirements, but the restaurant is now known for another thing: its gluten-free options. “When I opened the restaurant eight years ago, gluten free was really catching fire,” she says, adding that many customers asked for gluten-free items. “I saw the niche and started to fill it.” She got a separate grill for pancakes and offered them and other items gluten free, and never looked back. Many of her menu items are gluten free without making any modifications.“So many things are naturally gluten free when you’re cooking from scratch,” she says. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1377 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette, 303.604.6351, Runner Up: Tangerine, 300 S. Public Road., Lafayette, 303.443.5100,


Laura Cornish, owner of Maven Studio in Lafayette, calls Maven Hair Studio “just a very nice boutique-like salon in Lafayette.” For those who might hesitate at the label, boutique, she says not to worry. “People are comfortable when they come. They get great service, and they’re not dealing with the prices of Boulder and parking in Boulder.” The salon is designed to serve all types of clients. The salon has stylists ready to deal with the trendiest of hair extensions, but also stylists that do all kinds of work. “Teens are comfortable here, and older people are comfortable here,” Cornish says. “I have a 90-yearold client and a 10-year-old client.” 1365 Forest Park Circle, Ste. 101, Lafayette, 303.665.9606, Runner up: CrossCuts Salon, 115 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 720.420.9431,


If you’re one of those people who likes to meet with friends and make happy hour a meal, you might want to try Parma Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar in Louisville. “Usually at other restaurants you have three or four options,” says Owner Emilio Pernana. “We offer 25 food items.” These items include two types of bruschetta, mussels, calamari, meatballs and sliced prosciutto, This mirrors the expansive lunch and dinner menus. “We have a big crowd (at happy hour),” Pernana says. “It’s always good to save a buck or two.” 1132-1 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 303.284.2741, Runner Up: Waterloo, 817 Main St., Louisville, 303.993.2094,

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

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Sometimes after working in the yard all day, you look up from your shovel and say to your spouse, “We need a landscaper.” Creation Landscaping in Lafayette specializes in projects that take two or three days, including installing new beds, paths, rock, vegetable gardens, small retaining walls, sod, drip lines and irrigation systems. “[We] do good work at a reasonable price,” says Lorraine Hambleton at Creation Landscaping Services. 103 West Beacon Hill Drive, Lafayette, 303.499.8831, Runner Up: A Boulder Gardener, Boulder, 303.519.4429, 303.519.4431,


Want a large selection of wine and beer? Perhaps you’re a rosé lover. Superior Liquors is a good bet.“We work very hard to make shopping here a good experience for our customers,” says Pete Messimer, general manager, adding that he was “thrilled” that the store won Best Liquor Store. Customer service is a key part of the store’s appeal, he says. “First, we try to hire people with experience, and we also have a training program for different departments.” For those who work in the beer department, that includes trips to local breweries to better understand the brewing process. “We try to get the best prices in the county,” Messimer adds. The store recently added a large cooler with fine cheeses and other accoutrements, which offers customers the possibility of making only one stop to have a casual get together. “We work very hard to make shopping here a good experience for our customers,” Messimer says. 100 Superior Plaza Way, Superior, 303.499.6600, Runner Up: Atlas Valley Purveyors, 2770 Arapahoe Road, Lafayette, 720.287.1728,


As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. But Heidi Howard, owner of Heidi Howard photography sees it, for most people what we used to call pictures are digital files that may or may not be glanced at now and then. Howard, who specializes in senior photos, family portraits, head shots and professional branding, believes strongly in printing photographs that customers can frame and hang in a prominent space in their homes. “I work with my clients every step of the planning session – what they’re going to do with their photographs and where in the home they hang their images,” she says. “Start to finish, I am working very closely with them to give them an experience where they’ll walk away with actual images they want to look at and use and pass down for generations.” 703.400.3894, Runner Up: Kaia FIT, 555 Aspen Ridge Drive, Ste. F, Lafayette, 757.870.4488,


Lafayette’s Allure Nails and Lashes has plenty of fans, judging by its Yelp reviews: “a wonderful job with my nails and toes,” “very relaxing and not rushed at all.” The shop takes appointments and some walk-ins. If you’re looking to get your nails done and keep them looking nice or need lashes for the holidays, this shop is a good bet. 534 W. South Boulder Road, Ste. C, Lafayette, 303.665.3600. Runner Up: Aloha Nails, 1055 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.665.3838.



The best lunch between two slices of bread? That might be how the Organic Sandwich Company promotes its sammies after it was voted best sandwich and best lunch. The key is using fresh ingredients and cooking from scratch. “People like it because we have a really good sandwich. We source locally for a lot of our bread and vegetables, home make our soups,” says Robin McCullough, who works at the shop. “They appreciate something bought local and delicious at the same time.” McCullough says the owner experimented with different sandwiches before she opened the shop. That means the shop offers such innovative sandwiches as prosciutto caprese, turkey and housemade cranberry chutney and the vegan “Beetnik” with roasted red and golden beets and homemade almond feta and arugula. 459 S. McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 720.598.5931, Runner Up Best Lunch: The Huckleberry, 700 Main St., Louisville, 303.666.8020, Runner Up Best Sandwich: Eats & Sweets, 401 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.665.3287,

Ever make a plant purchase you were told was going to survive in the frequently weird weather of Colorado, only to find it shriveled in a few months? The plant experts at Lafayette’s Urban Garden make it their singular mission to equip your home with perennials that really are thriving species in Colorado’s climate – plus trees, shrubs, decorative plants and an entire array of gardening goods. You may remember their location long ago as Tangled Roots; Urban Garden has been growing in the same spot since 2007, with 500 percent more room for their greenhouses, locally grown herbs and hanging baskets, plus tons of organic soil, mulch, fertilizers, pesticides and other plant products. They’re also an active participant in the Erie Tree Incentive Program, which offers $200 to any new home purchaser to add a tree to their property. 619 N. 96th St., Lafayette, 303.518.3609, Runner Up: The Tree Farm, 11868 Mineral Road, Longmont. 303.652.2961,

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



Can anyone help make every teenager’s most petrifying nightmare an absolutely positive experience? Teeth-straightening that starts with an orthodontist who’s wonderful with patients, and has surrounded himself with a caring, competent and compassionate staff – all part of the truly local approach of Dr. Gary Dixon. With advanced training as both a dentist and an orthodontist, Dr. Dixon has helped take the discomfort out of braces and dental work. Dixon Orthodontics’ Superior and Westminster clinics are the exact opposite of a national, strip-mall chain operation; clients young and old will receive expert consultation and a variety of up-to-date treatment options that make it far more pleasant to get a great smile. Dr. Dixon’s staff are also extremely flexible about before- or after-school or work appointments, allowing families more flexibility. 405 Center Drive, Ste. H, Superior, 303.430.4200, Runner Up: Melcher Orthodontics, 315 W. South Boulder Road, Ste. 111, Louisville, 303.666.9717,


In a world that seems practically overloaded with bland pizza options, the folks at Lucky Pie know that quality, tradition and a fantastically diverse craft beer menu are the kinds of things that make a pizza memorable – and infinitely desirable. Brendan McManus initially founded the business in 2012 and the Old Town Louisville location is one of the most happening spots in the Lucky Pie world. Could it be the fact that everything is made on premises, including the mozzarella, and that nearly all of the ingredients are sourced locally with an emphasis on organic products, from Lafayette’s Isabelle Farms to Lucky Pie’s own organic garden? Maybe it’s also a row of truly diverse taps curated by full-blown beer nerds that sets Lucky Pie apart. 637 Front St., Louisville. 303.666.5743, Runner Up: Abo’s Pizza, 720 Austin Ave., Erie, 303.828.9777, 1355 E. Boulder Road, Ste. C2, Louisville, 303.604.9896,




When Denver-based Stem Cider began to outgrow its original Denver location, an exhaustive search for a spot with both unparalleled views and room for a full-fledged farm operation brought the business to a 12-acre parcel on top of Lafayette’s Vista Business Park. The results are the absolutely spectacular, nearly 180-degree views of the Rockies, and plans in the works for vegetables and dwarf apple trees for cider production. But people really enjoy the upscale counter service and Basque-styled, wood-fired food at Acreage, the facility’s bar and restaurant – which opened in February 2018. “We’re really, pleased – the outpouring of support from Boulder County and Lafayette has been tremendous,” says Courtney O’Rourke, the company’s marketing manager. There’s large patios with fire pits, room to try 30 taps’ worth of Stem and guest ciders, plus Colorado wines. 1380 Horizon Ave., Lafayette. 303.227.3243; Runner Up: Waterloo, 817 Main St., Louisville, 303.993.2094,

How did a small, family-run operation handling plumbing crises become East Boulder County’s go-to plumber? Around the Clog Owners Doug and Tonya Briggs’ dedication to both routine and emergency plumbing service is absolutely a word-of-mouth phenomenon, and they’d like to thank their customers for their support and their referrals – not to mention a load of 4.9-star reviews on the internet. “It’s a really uplifting thing to win this award,” Doug says. “I didn’t think a small, mom-and-pop operation would get so much attention. I guess that’s because our prices are fair, and if it’s still broken, we’ll come back and fix it.” Tonya says the company got a start back in 2009 and credits her husband’s entertaining personality as a big part of the business’ success. P.O. Box 976, Lafayette, 720.940.3661,

Maybe you really should listen to what your mother says. Mary Pat Munding took her own mom’s advice and decided to try the real estate game. “She was a smart woman,” Munding says, “and in the beginning, I really didn’t want to get into the business. But now real estate is my life’s work.” Munding has received hundreds and hundreds of referrals from satisfied customers. “I work with people I know and in areas that I know, and I look at each customer’s needs – which sometimes doesn’t even end up in a sale, but what’s going to be right for them in the long term,” she says. “I feel extremely fortunate to have the ongoing support of my fabulous clients, friends and family.” 121 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303.242.4706, Runner Up: Mary Ellen Wood, RE/MAX of Boulder, 2425 Canyon Blvd., Boulder. 303.717.3003,

Runner Up: Mike La Bella & Sons Plumbing, 466 S. 96th St., Louisville. 303.666.6225,


Like so many other services, the arrival of national chains sometimes means a loss of that personal touch. And when it comes to pet grooming and pet supplies, a hyper-local provider is definitely going to offer a different level of care and attention. Such is the award-winning spirit of Louisville’s BlackPaw, where an experienced and dedicated staff, a mixture of holistic and natural pet foods and products keeps both two-legged and four-legged customers happy. Owner Bernadette Pflug founded BlackPaw in 2006 but credits her employees with the company’s ongoing success: “We’re still local and family-owned, and our staff is amazing. They go far above what’s required to offer customer service to everyone and they’ve also got great nutritional info on foods and supplements. They truly do a wonderful job.” 459 S. McCaslin Blvd., Louisville. 303.554.9343, Runner Up for Best Pet Groomer: The Little Groomer, 1130 Pine St., Ste. 4, Louisville, 303.666.0545, Runner Up for Best Pet Supply: The Happy Beast, 545 W. South Boulder Road, Ste. 170, Lafayette, 303.604.1300,

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



The summer of 2018 will go down in the record books as a doozy for hail storms – which is both a good and a bad thing for hard-working roofers like Gary Nickell, owner of Scott’s Roofing and Exteriors. “It got to a point where I would look up and see a cloud and say, ‘oh no, not again,’ which is almost sacrilege for a roofer,” Nickell says. He and his crews will be doing 25-plus roofs a week through Thanksgiving and well into the new year – and will be kept busy by all the referrals from their solid work. Nickell and his wife relocated to Lafayette in 2009 to follow their family – their son Scott, the business’s namesake, worked as a local pastor – and the company’s business has been as wildly successful as Colorado’s weather is unpredictable. 211 N. Public Road, Ste. 100, Lafayette, 303.469.9287, Runner Up: Green Gable Roofing & Exteriors, 7100 Broadway, Ste. 1F, Denver. 720.504.5023,


There are few areas where attentive care is as crucial as when it comes to childcare, and in Lafayette, parents who’ve worked with Rachel Baier and her Cottontail Day Care center know that she’s one of the best. Baier, who holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, has offered in-home childcare services for a half decade, working with approximately 18 local families to provide care for a maximum of 12 kids at one time. “I volunteered at an elementary school when I was in college and I was always interested in working with children. I also knew I wanted to be a mom,” says Baier, who is expecting her third child. “We have a very sweet, intimate community.” Baier takes a Waldorfinspired approach to childcare and provides services for children from babies to kindergarten age. Runner Up: Tanya Gessner, Eldorado K-8 78 DAILY CAMERA


Naysayers may still wonder a bit about Colorado sushi – we are a long way from the oceans, after all – but Boulder County really does have some of the best sushi chefs in the country, including Yoshi Shiuchi and his namesake Louisville restaurant. Traditionally trained by master sushi chefs in Japan, Shiuchi initially worked at Sushi Tora in Boulder before opening his own, highly-acclaimed restaurant. Here, the emphasis is on incredibly high-quality ingredients, with as much organic and natural components as possible, shipped and processed by hand to ensure freshness. Enjoy fresh, hand-prepared rolls, sashimi or tempura, as well as grilled dishes, plus Shiuchi’s own house-made soy sauce. The word has gotten out, so get there early to reserve a spot. 917 Front St., Ste. 100, Louisville, 720.304.0300, Runner Up: Sushi Yama, 1627 Coalton Road, Superior, 303.494.0199,

As the founder of an acclaimed and fully accredited Kindergarten through 5th grade private school, Shantie Toolsie believes a school should be a big part of the community. That’s why she places such an emphasis on her students’ participation in local events. “Rock Creek started as a small, afterschool program, and in less than five years, we’ve grown to 54 students,” she says. “We offer a supportive environment that empowers students to be engaged – and we also try to be very involved in community outreach programs, as well.” Rock Creek kids spend time doing crafts and playing games with residents at Sunrise Senior Living, and have also taken part in cleanups on the Coal Creek Trail for two years. Add a very low studentteacher ratio and an emphasis on individualized learning, and Rock Creek really can make a difference. 2800 Rock Creek Circle, Superior. 720.507.6284, Runner Up: Eldorado K-8 Elementary School, 3351 S. Indiana St., Superior, 720.561.4400,


One of the easiest ways to know you’ve found the right doctor for your flying or four-legged family member is a clinic full of seasoned locals who specialize in truly personal care – so much so that they’re the go-to clinic for the Lafayette Police Department when it encounters injured animals. That’s the appeal of Jasper Animal Hospital. The doctors at Jasper Animal Hospital provide fantastic and passionate care for dogs, cats and other species. They’re also able to provide holistic services such as acupuncture, and advanced laser therapy, plus digital radiology for a less invasive look at your furry friend’s ailments. 1369 Forest Park Circle, Ste. 101, Lafayette, 303.665.4002, Runner Up: Rock Creek Veterinary Hospital, 625 Flatiron Marketplace Drive, Ste. A, Broomfield. 720.669.4200,


Yoga has transitioned from a once-exotic Eastern practice to a mainstream health and wellness phenomenon. But it’s occasionally useful to align yourself with a studio that solely focuses on the craft – so much so that it provides training and certification to yoga teachers. The twin Lafayette locations of Soul Tree Yoga continue to emphasize the basics, with a broad variety of classes and disciplines for both first-time explorers and those who want to learn and work from the most dedicated instructors in the county – or the country, for that matter. Soul Tree can also provide healing services including Ayurveda and massage, acupuncture and Reiki, plus workshops and even a venue for community or workplace yoga nights. Affordable, inspiring and professional, Soul Tree emphasizes its welcoming atmosphere for those who’d like to explore the yoga experience. 422 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 303.665.5244; 1280 Centaur Village Drive, Ste. 7, Lafayette, 303.665.8134, Runner Up: Yoga Junction, 927 Main St., Louisville, 303.658.0365,

BEST EATS, DRINKS AND ENTERTAINMENT – 2018 Best American AND Best Wine Selection Flagstaff House Runner Up for Best American: The Boulder Cork Runner Up for Best Wine Selection: The Greenbriar Inn

Best Pizza Pizzeria Locale Runner Up: Gondolier Italian Eatery

Best Outdoor Dining Chautauqua Dining Hall Runner Up: Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

Best Chinese China Gourmet Runner Up: May Wah

Best Salad AND Best Customer Service Le French Café Runner Up for Best Salad: MAD Greens Runner Up for Best Customer Service: Breadworks Bakery & Cafe

Best Sandwich Snarf’s Sandwiches Runner Up: Cured

Best French Le French Café Runner Up: Brasserie Ten Ten

Best Seafood Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar Runner Up: The Boulder Cork

Best Indian AND Best Vegetarian AND Best Buffet Kathmandu Restaurant II Runner Up for Best Indian: Tandoori Grill Runner Up for Best Vegetarian: The Corner Runner Up for Best Buffet: The Taj

Best Sushi Sushi Zanmai Runner Up: Hapa Sushi

Best Italian AND Best Ambiance AND Best Gluten Free Carelli’s Ristorante Italiano Runner Up for Best Italian: Gondolier Italian Eatery Runner Up for Best Ambiance: Flagstaff House Runner Up for Best Gluten Free: The Corner Best Mexican Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina Runner Up: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant Best Thai Aloy Thai Cuisine Runner Up: Busaba Best Vietnamese/Pho Chez Thuy Vietnamese Cuisine Runner Up: Black Pepper Pho Best Barbecue KT’s BBQ Runner Up: Georgia Boys BBQ Best Burger Rueben’s Burger Bistro Runner Up: Larkburger Best Chocolatier Piece, Love & Chocolate Runner Up: Robin Chocolates Best Ice Cream AND Best Dessert AND Best Place to Entertain Kids Glacier Homemade Ice Cream & Gelato Runner Up for Best Ice Cream: Sweet Cow Runner Up for Best Dessert: Heifer & The Hen Runner Up for Best Place to Entertain Kids: Gateway Park Fun Center

Best Taco T/ACO Runner Up: Bartaco Best Appetizers/Happy Hour The Mediterranean Restaurant Runner Up: The Boulder Cork Best Bakery AND Best Lunch Breadworks Bakery & Cafe Runner Up for Best Bakery: Spruce Confections Runner Up for Best Lunch: Tangerine Best Breakfast AND Best Brunch Tangerine Runner Up for Best Breakfast: Snooze Runner Up for Best Brunch: Chautauqua Dining Hall Best Caterer AND Best Corporate Cafe A Spice of Life Catering Runner Up for Best Caterer: Three Leaf Catering Runner Up for Best Corporate Cafe: Celestial Seasonings

Best Take-out Food Buddha Thai Cuisine Runner Up: Aloy Thai Best Gunbarrel/Niwot Eatery 1914 House Runner Up: Colterra Best Lafayette/Louisville/Superior /Erie Eatery Community Runner Up: The Huckleberry Best Longmont/Lyons Eatery Gondolier Italian Eatery Runner Up: Sugarbeet Best Bar The Bitter Bar Runner Up: Pearl Street Pub & Cellar Best Brewery Avery Brewing Company Runner Up: Boulder Beer Co. Best Coffeehouse Ozo Coffee Company Runner Up: Vic’s Best Distillery Spirit Hound Distillers Runner Up: Vapor Distillery

Best Farm to Table Black Cat Farm Table Bistro Runner Up: The Kitchen

Best Sports Bar The Lazy Dog Runner Up: Pumphouse Brewery

Best Late-Night Bramble and Hare Runner Up: Illegal Pete’s

Best Taphouse Backcountry Pizza & Tap House Runner Up: Oskar Blues Brewery

Best Natural Ingredients The Corner Runner Up: Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant

Best Tea Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse Runner Up: Pekoe Sip House

Best New Eatery Corrida Runner Up: Santo

Best Theater Performance Boulder Dinner Theatre Runner Up: Dairy Arts Center

BEST SERVICES, FACES & PLACES – 2018 Best Dentist Whole Family Dentistry, Dr. Ted Kawulok DDS  Runner Up: North Boulder Dental, Dr. Robert Murphy

Best Physical Therapy Center North Boulder Physical Therapy Runner Up: Spine West

Best Nail Salon jLounge Natural Nail Bar and Spa Runner Up: Contempo Nails

Best Local Employer Boulder Community Health Runner Up: Via Mobility Services

Best Physician-Based Hearing Center Boulder Valley Hearing Associates Runner Up: Family Hearing

Best Spa St. Julien Hotel & Spa Runner Up: jLounge Natural Nail Bar and Spa

Best Mortgage Lender AND Best Financial Institution/Bank Elevations Credit Union Runner Up for Best Mortgage Lender: Premier Mortgage Group Runner Up for Best Financial Institution/Bank: FirstBank

Best Pilates Studio North Boulder Pilates Runner Up: Avanti Therapy

Best After School Program AND Best Climbing Gym ABC Kids Climbing Runner Up for Best After-School Program: YMCA of Boulder Valley Runner Up for Best Climbing Gym: Movement Climbing & Fitness

Best Non-Profit Organization Humane Society of Boulder Valley Runner Up: Via Mobility Services

Best Place to Work Out AND Best Swimming Pool RallySport Runner Up for Best Place to Work Out: CrossFit Sanitas Runner Up for Best Swimming Pool: Colorado Athletic Club

Best Real Estate Company/Office AND Best Customer Service WK Real Estate Runner Up for Best Real Estate Company/Office: RE/MAX of Boulder Runner Up for Best Customer Service: RallySport Best Commercial Realty Gibbons-White Runner Up: Market Real Estate Best Realtor Karen Bernardi Runner Up: Terri Taydus Best Allergy and ENT Practice Boulder Valley Ear, Nose & Throat Runner Up: Peak ENT and Voice Center

Best Yoga Studio Yoga Loft Runner Up: Yoga Pod

Best AC/Heating Service AND Best Plumber/Plumbing Company Precision Plumbing Heating Cooling Electric Runner Up for Best AC/Heating Company: Meyers Heating & Air Conditioning Runner Up for Best Plumber/Plumbing Company: N/A Best Carpet Cleaning Service Nesheim’s Runner Up: All-Pro Steam Clean Best Interior Design Studio Bartlett Interiors Runner Up: Details Design Studio Best Moving Company Taylor Moving and Storage Runner Up: Klatt Moving & Storage

Best Full-Day/Full-Week Summer Day Camp Rocky Mountain Day Camp Runner Up: Avid4 Adventure Best Dry Cleaner/Laundromat Art Cleaners Runner Up: John’s Cleaners & Laundry Best Funeral Service Provider AND Best Green Services Greenwood & Myers Mortuary Runner Up for Best Funeral Service Provider: Crist Mortuary Runner Up for Best Green Services: Alfalfa’s Market Best Place for Worship Unity of Boulder Church Runner Up: Flatirons Community Church

Best Doggie Day Care Camp Bow Wow Runner Up: Cottonwood Kennels

Best Retirement/Alternative or Elder Care/Assisted Living Community Academy Senior Living Runner Up for Best Retirement/Alternative or Elder Care/Assisted Living Community: Frasier Meadows

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

Best Memory Care Bella Vista Memory Care Runner Up: Balfour Cherrywood Village

Best Holistic Care/Wellness Center Avanti Therapy Runner Up: Terry Chiropractic

Best Pet Grooming AND Best Vet Clinic Broadway Animal Hospital & Pet Center Runner Up for Best Pet Grooming: The Hydrant Runner Up Best Vet Clinic: Alpine Hospital for Animals

Best Lasik/Laser Eye Facility/Surgeon Boulder Eyes / Beyer Lasik Runner Up: Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado

Best Hair Salon Pompadours Hair Salon Runner Up: Twig Hair Salon

Best Auto Dealer AND Best Auto Repair Shop/Service Dept. Flatirons Subaru Runner Up for Best Auto Dealer: Fisher Honda Acura RU for Best Auto Repair Shop/Service Dept: Pellman’s Automotive

Best Medical Facility Spine West Runner Up: Laser & Cosmetic Associates of Boulder

Best Medical Aesthetics & Cosmetic Surgery Practice AND Best Skincare Facility Laser & Cosmetic Associates of Boulder Runner Up for Best Medical Aesthetics & Cosmetic Surgery Practice: Aura Advanced Skin Care & Plastic Surgery Runner Up for Best Skincare Facility: jLounge

Best Chiropractic Clinic Terry Chiropractic Runner Up: Mountainview Chiropractic Center Best CrossFit Gym CrossFit Sanitas Runner Up: Boulder Athletics Best Hearing Aid Center Family Hearing Runner Up: Peak ENT and Voice Center

Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary Terrapin Care Station Runner Up: Native Roots 80 DAILY CAMERA

Best Car Wash The Puddle Car Wash Runner Up: Breeze Thru Car Wash Best Oil Change Pellman’s Automotive Runner Up: Grease Monkey

BEST SHOPPER’S PARADISE – 2018 Best Grocery Store King Soopers Runner Up: Lucky’s Market Best Liquor Store Hazel’s Beverage World Runner Up: Liquor Mart

Best Place to Buy Outdoor Furniture AND Best Ski/Snowboard Store Christy Sports Runner Up for Best Place to Buy Outdoor Furniture: All Backyard Fun Runner Up for Best Ski/Snowboard Store: Boulder Ski Deals

Best Wine Merchant Boulder Wine Merchant Runner Up: Hazel’s Beverage World

Best Art Supply & Hobby Store Michaels Runner Up: Guiry’s ColorSource

Best Antique Dealer The Amazing Garage Sale Runner Up: Classic Facets

Best Bookstore Boulder Book Store Runner Up: The BookWorm

Best Appliance Store Specialty Appliance Runner Up: Mountain High Appliance Best Art Gallery SmithKlein Art Gallery Runner Up: Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery Best Bedding/Mattress Store AND Best Green Products Verlo Mattress Runner Up for Best Bedding/Mattress Store: Urban Mattress Runner Up for Best Green Products Store: McGuckin Hardware Best Floor Covering Store Atlas Flooring Runner Up: McDonald Carpet One Floor & Home Best Hardware Store McGuckin Hardware Runner Up: Home Depot Best Hardwood Flooring Magnus Anderson Runner Up: Atlas Flooring Best Home Decor Store HW Home Runner Up: HomeGoods Best Imported Goods Store Indochine Home + Garden Runner Up: Cost Plus World Market Best Place to Buy Custom Countertops Moros Fabrication Runner Up: Atlas Flooring Best Place to Buy Window Treatments Innovative Openings Runner Up: Windo VanGo

Best Camera, Video, Photofinishing Store AND Best Custom Framing Mike’s Camera Runner Up for Best Camera, Video, Photofinishing Store: Photo Craft Imaging Runner Up for Best Custom Framing: Michaels Best Locally Owned Outdoor, Rec and Sports AND Best Locally Owned Camping Store AND Best Mountaineering Store Neptune Mountaineering Runner Up for Best Locally Owned Outdoor, Rec and Sports: Boulder Sports Recycler Runner Up for Best Locally Owned Camping Store: Boulder Sports Recycler Runner Up for Best Mountaineering Store: REI Best Bicycle Shop Pedego Electric Bikes Runner Up: University Bicycles Best Fishing Supply Store Front Range Anglers Runner Up: Rocky Mountain Anglers Best Running Store Boulder Running Company Runner Up: Runners Roost Best Antique Jewelry Store Classic Facets Runner Up: Cronin Jewelers Best Jewelry Store AND Best Company/ Store That Gives Back Walters & Hogsett Runner Up for Best Jewelry Store: Classic Facets Runner Up for Best Company/Store that Gives Back: The Farm

Best Musical Instruments HB Woodsongs Runner Up: Guitars Etc Best Consignment Store Rags Consignments Runner Up: Common Threads Best Costume Store The Ritz Runner Up: Theatrical Costumes, Etc. Best Men’s Clothing Store The Regiment Shops of Colorado Runner Up: Weekends Best Women’s Clothing Store AND Best Women-Owned Store Barbara & Company Runner Up for Best Women’s Clothing Store and Runner Up for Best Women-Owned Store: JJWells Best Shoe Store Pedestrian Shops Runner Up: Two Sole Sisters Best Hydroponics Store Way To Grow Runner Up: Greenhouse Hydroponics & Organics Best Tree Nursery The Tree Farm Runner Up: Creekside Tree Nursery Best Eye Care/Eye Wear Store Aspen Eyewear Runner Up: Envision Best Farm Munson Farms Runner Up: Cure Organic Farm Best Pet Store AND Best Pet Bakery/Deli AND Best Locally-Owned Store P.C.’s Pantry for Dogs & Cats Runner Up for Best Pet Store: Only Natural Pet Runner Up for Best Pet Bakery/Deli: Struttin Pup Runner Up for Best Locally-Owned Store: Barbara & Company

Best Florist AND Best Garden Center/ Plant Nursery Sturtz & Copeland Runner Up for Best Florist: Fiori Flowers Runner Up for Best Garden Center/Plant Nursery: The Flower Bin

Best Recreational Marijuana Store AND Best Customer Service Karing Kind Runner Up for Best Recreational Marijuana Store: The Farm Runner Up for Best Customer Service: Walters & Hogsett

Best Gift Shop Jacque Michelle Runner Up: Adorned

Best Recycled Goods/Thrift Store TRU Hospice Thrift Shop Runner Up: Goodwill Industries 2018 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 81

BEST OF EAST COUNTY – 2018 Best Acupuncturist AND Best Day Spa AND Best Massage Dova Center for Health & Healing Runner Up for Best Acupuncturist: 100% Chiropractic Runner Up for Best Day Spa: Starfell Medical Spa Runner Up for Best Massage: Old Town Therapeautics Best Attorney Stephanie K. Schacht, LLC Runner Up: John Gstalder, The Louisville Law Group P.C. Best Auto Repair Louisville Tire and Auto Care Runner Up: Stan’s Automotive Best Bakery Moxie Bread Co. Runner Up: Button Rock Bakery Best Barbecue Lulu’s BBQ Runner Up: Wayne’s Smoke Shack Best Breakfast Tangerine Runner Up: Morning Glory Cafe Best Brewery Odd13 Brewing Runner Up: The Post Brewing Co. Best Brunch The Huckleberry Runner Up: Tangerine Best Burger AND Best Patio Waterloo Runner Up for Best Burger: The Black Diamond Restaurant and Taphouse Runner Up for Best Patio: 95a Bistro & Sushi Best Child Care Take-A-Break Runner Up: Cottontail Nursery School Best Chiropractor Compass Chiropractic Runner Up: Enhanced Movements Chiropractic Best Church Flatirons Community Church Runner Up: Ascent Community Church Best Coffee House East Simpson Coffee Co. Runner Up: Paul’s Coffee & Tea Best Community Event Louisville Street Faire Runner Up: Art Night Out - Lafayette 82 DAILY CAMERA

Best Consignment Store Refuge Decor Runner Up: Found Underground Consignments Best Day Camp Rocky Mountain Day Camp Runner Up: Avid4 Adventure Best Dentist Studio Z Dental Runner Up: Alan D. Belenski, D.D.S. Best Dessert Button Rock Bakery Runner Up: Sweet Cow Ice Cream Best Dispensary Ajoya Runner Up: IgadI Best Facial Smooth Intentions Skincare & Waxing Runner Up: Starfell Medical Spa Best Festival Lafayette Peach Festival Runner Up: Erie Biscuit Day Best Gift Shop Timbalier Dry Goods Runner Up: Elizabeth’s Embellishments

Best Nursery Urban Garden Runner Up: The Tree Farm Best Orthodontist Dixon Orthodontics Runner Up: Melcher Orthodontics Best Pet Groomer AND Best Pet Supply BlackPaw Runner Up for Best Pet Groomer: The Little Groomer Runner Up for Best Pet Supply: The Happy Beast Best Pet Supply BlackPaw Runner Up: The Happy Beast Best Pizza Lucky Pie Runner Up: Abo’s Pizza Best Business with a View Acreage Runner Up: Waterloo Best Plumber Around the Clog Runner Up: Pete LaBella & Sons Plumbing

Best Gluten Free Restaurant Morning Glory Cafe Runner Up: Tangerine

Best Realtor Mary Pat Munding, MP Munding Realty Runner Up: Mary Ellen Wood, RE/MAX of Boulder

Best Hair Salon Maven Hair Studio Runner Up: CrossCuts Salon

Best Roofing Company Scott’s Roofing Runner Up: Green Gable Roofing & Exteriors

Best Happy Hour Parma Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar Runner Up: Waterloo

Best Sandwich Organic Sandwich Company Runner Up: Eats & Sweets

Best Landscaper Creation Landscaping Runner Up: A Boulder Gardener

Best School Rock Creek School Runner Up: Eldorado K-8

Best Liquor Store Superior Liquor Runner Up: Atlas Valley Purveyors

Best Sushi/Japanese Sushi Yoshi Runner Up: Sushi Yama

Best Locally-Owned Business Heidi Howard Photography Runner Up: Kaia FIT (Lafayette)

Best Teacher Rachel Baier Day Care Runner Up: Tanya Gessner, Eldorado K-8

Best Lunch AND Best Sandwich Organic Sandwich Company Runner Up for Best Lunch: The Huckleberry Runner Up for Best Sandwich: Eats & Sweets

Best Veterinarian Jasper Animal Hospital Runner Up: Rock Creek Veterinary Hospital

Best Mani/Pedi Allure Nails and Lashes Runner Up: Aloha Nails

Best Yoga Studio Soul Tree Yoga Runner Up: Yoga Junction

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

2018 Boulder County Gold Best Vet Clinic 2018 Boulder County Gold Best Pet Grooming 2018 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

THANK YOU BOULDER COUNTY! Thank you for voting us Best Real Estate Company again and Best Customer Service in Boulder County

We are very proud to have been honored with Boulder County Gold awards for the past 18 years in a row. We’re an independently owned Boulder County Company celebrating our 42nd year in business and we couldn’t have done it without you.

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