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he 2015 Boulder County Gold results are in. As you browse the following pages you will find some of the area’s finest restaurants, retail stores, service providers, entertainment venues, people and all that makes Boulder County great. The awards and recognition are results voted on by the people of Boulder County who use and know them the most. With so many fine choices the competition was tough. There are some repeat winners and some brand new honors. This year’s recipients and runners up are as fine as ever. Browse through the following pages and keep this guide handy as thousands of locals told us why Boulder County is such a great place to live, shop, eat, work and play. We thank everyone who took the time to vote. Now turn the page and read about the winners!



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BOULDER CORK In a town known for its blink-and-you-missed-it restaurants, the Boulder Cork has remained a steady, trusted friend among the debutantes. Since opening in 1969, the Boulder Cork has created a casual but attentive kind of dining the showcases the best of modern American cuisine. You start with the highest quality ingredients and prepare the dishes “in a way that lets the food speak for itself.” Chef Jim Smailer, with over 30 years of experience, draws from his travels in Hawaii, Italy and the Caribbean and other influences to craft inspired entrees of seafood, steaks, pasta and more. There is a focus on locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients prepared and served at the height of their deliciousness. The Cork is a top choice for the finest steaks, chops and prime rib, and offers a worthy wine list with extensive by-the-glass choices. 3295 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.9505, Runner Up: Flagstaff House Restaurant, 1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, 303.442.4640,


CHINA GOURMET China is a huge country, with over a billion people who have plenty of favorite ways to fix rice and noodles and such. If you’re going to be the Best Chinese restaurant, you have to cover a lot of territory. That explains why China Gourmet has nearly 100 different choices on the menu, prepared to order and ready to feed your inner hunger for great taste, fresh ingredients, and friendly prices. You could probably eat at China Gourmet every night for a year and still find a new way to switch it up. Ever tried the Sha Cha Beef, or Gin du Pork? Ever wonder about the dish called Ants Climbing A Tree? (Hmm, gotta bookmark that one.) Order ahead and they’ll have it ready in just minutes! 3970 N. Broadway, Boulder, 303.440.3500; 1345 Dry Creek Drive, Longmont, 303.776.6930; Runner Up: Zoe Ma Ma, 2010 10th St., Boulder, 303.545.6262,

CARELLI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO Carelli’s Ristorante Italiano is still one of the best restaurants in town, no matter the culinary category. Since the beginning, Carelli’s has created exceptional traditional and contemporary interpretations of the dishes of northern and southern Italy. “We are a scratch kitchen, and we make everything to order, so it’s incredibly fresh,” owner Greg Carelli says. “Our menu hasn’t changed in twenty five years, and our customers appreciate being able to return again and again for their favorites. This kind of menu continuity has proven very successful for us,” Carelli explains. Fresh fish is on the menu every evening, and the Shrimp Scampi and Pollo Saltimbocca are longtime favorites. No Italian repast is complete without the vino, and Carelli’s has an extensive wine list to beautifully complement your entrees. 645 30th St., Boulder, 303.938.9300, Runner Up: Arugula Bar e Ristorante, 2785 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.443.5100,


BRASSERIE TEN TEN For many of us, French cuisine has a reputation for being a bit on the snobby side. Turns out, that’s just not the case. In fact, the classic French bistro was one of the first types of restaurants where you could get delicious local dishes served quickly and unpretentiously. Brasserie Ten Ten brings the spirit of a bustling bistro to downtown Boulder, with French-inspired cuisine and classic dishes: steak frites, brique poulet, boullaibaise, warm goat cheese salad and chocolat pot de creme. Fresh oysters are served daily (and during happy hour). Brasserie Ten Ten’s amazing weekend brunch features fresh patisserie from their in-house bakery (picture croissants, chocolate eclairs, cinnamon rolls) plus classic eggs Benedict, confit hash, waffles, yogurt, fresh fruit and local granola. Enjoy your dinner in the warm and welcome dining room, or on the open-air terrace (where you can indulge in another classic bistro “thing” – people watching). This is the place to bring your bon appétit! 1011 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.998.1010,


EFRAIN’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT & CANTINA Authentic Northern Chihuahua-style Mexican cooking (the flavors are robust, and the chilies have authority!) has been pleasing the fans at Efrain’s for over 30 years now. This is the real deal, fresh and cooked daily. Efrain’s founder says he learned to cook by watching his mom, and calls her “the best cook in the world.” She must have made some killer rellenos, beef and chicken chimichangas, sizzling fajitas, tender pork chile verde and very authentic tamales (it’s all in the masa… except when it’s not). Add a chilled cerveza or go large (there are more than a dozen different margaritas on the menu), each a perfect companion to the tasty items on your plate. Claro? 1630 N. 63rd St., Boulder, 303.440.4045; 451 S. Pratt Pkwy., Longmont, 720.494.0777; 101 E. Cleveland St., Lafayette, 303.666.7544; Runner Up: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 1101 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.3690,

Runner Up: L’Atelier, 1739 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.7233, September 20, 2015


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Curry-N-Kebob Owner Zuned Khan opened his restaurant to feature culinary highlights from Northern India and his home country of Bangladesh. Everything is cooked to order in 10 to 15 minutes and you simply can’t get it fresher! Khan says he is “glad to be back in a city that truly appreciates Indian cuisine.” All entrees are available for take out. The curries, Tandoori and Kebobs, Vegetable Korma, Nan and Roti are all delicious. Dine-in-only daily specials (like Chicken Masala or Vindaloo) are just $7.95 for lunch and $9.95 for dinner. Choose from 4-5 daily entrees (there’s always at least one vegetarian dish) and all specials are served with rice, nan, onion baji and dessert! 3050 28th St., Boulder, 720.328.4696, Runner Up: Taj Mahal III, 1075 E. South Boulder Rd., Louisville, 303.926.0999,


THE MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT What gives Mediterranean cuisine its unique gusto and spirit? “The beauty of the Mediterranean approach comes from its many sources, which include Spanish, Italian, Greek, Moroccan and French influences,” says Greg Topel, director of operations at The Mediterranean Restaurant. “What each of these cuisine sensibilities shares is a table full of food is very indicative of the land, with robust flavors, and very healthy ingredients.” You can see why, in a town of foodies and athletes, The Med’s menu is a perfect fit. Shoutouts go to the Paellas (classic Spanish rice dishes simmered with fresh thyme, lemon and white wine, over saffron rice), the Piccata di Pollo, and the Salmone Acqua Pazza (Scottish salmon, served in a saffron broth with fennel, tomatoes, leeks, potatoes and an herb salad). “We’ve been here for 23 years, and we just want to express our gratitude to Boulder at large for the continuing support. This is a very rewarding part of our job.” 1002 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.5335, Runner Up: Arugula Bar e Ristorante, 2785 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.443.5100, Daily Camera

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The best Thai cuisine shows its roots in tradition, but focuses on the simple but artistic preparation of fresh ingredients. No flavors dominate, but rather each blends harmoniously throughout the whole dish. Khow Thai has been creating tasty Thai dishes since they opened in 2002. Toi, Khow Thai’s owner, is from Thailand and draws inspiration from the recipes that she learned from her mother. Just about everything is cooked when you order it, and the prices are kind to your wallet. Choose an appetizer to start things off (can’t go wrong with the Spring Rolls, Satey or crispy Egg Rolls). Pad Thai is still one of the top favorite entrees, but you can also check out all the curry dishes, the Drunken Noodles, or seafood. Libations include mango and coconut juices, soft drinks, Thai tea and coffee. There’s an excellent lunch buffet every weekday (it’s a great way to sample all the dishes). Everything is available to go, but why not pull up a chair and stay a while? 1600 Broadway, Boulder, 303.447.0273,

When you are enjoying the succulent flavors of Basil Lemongrass Fish or Cornish Game Hen HotPot at Chez Thuy, you are tasting the influences of Indonesian, French, Thai and Chinese cooking traditions, from near and far. The cilantro, lemongrass, ginger, tamarind and chilies on your plate are world travelers, and you’re happy to be along for the trip! Sweet, salty, sour or fiery, every entrée is created with ingredients and flavors that are carefully chosen to complement each other. Pho, the deeply satisfying Vietnamese noodle soup, earned its claim to fame as a morning dish sold by street vendors. The Pho at Chez Thuy is a more refined experience no doubt, but loses none of its literal street cred. The first thing Owner Thuy Le wants you to know is, you can’t hurry things when you make traditional Pho. The broth has to simmer and perform its perfect alchemy on its own time. Good broth should be clear, Thuy Le says. One thing that is perfectly clear: we keep choosing Chez Thuy as our favorite place for Vietnamese dishes and Pho like no other. 2655 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.1700, Runner Up: Black Pepper Pho, 2770 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.1948,

Runner Up: Aloy Thai Cuisine, 2720 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.440.2903,

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CARELLI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO The best ambiance doesn’t announce itself. It is as gracious as the rest of your dining experience, welcoming you the moment you enter. Romantic and magical, it takes you to another place as you savor the restaurant rhythms, the mellow music, the just-right lighting. “The theater of the restaurant is a big part of truly fine dining,” says Greg Carelli, owner of Carelli’s Ristorante Italiano. And it’s all in the details, he explains, like Carelli’s color palette that was inspired by the restaurant designs of Barbara Lazaroff, who co-founded Spago with her then-husband Wolfgang Puck. “We have brought together the warm woods, mellow metals, the open fireplace, into our restaurant’s timeless architecture and design. Each of these elements adds to the total experience.” 645 30th St., Boulder, 303.938.9300, Runner Up: Flagstaff House Restaurant, 1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, 303.442.4640,


THE MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT When it comes to serving the best appetizers, you might say the Mediterranean restaurant has a special advantage. “Our extensive tapas menu offers more than 30 different items, and each one can be served as an appetizer,” says Greg Topel, director of operations at The Med. “Tapas get a lot of attention here, from our chefs and of course, from our patrons.” Innovative and thoughtful, each one delivers a culinary mini-vacation. Rest assured, you’ll want to keep exploring. Consider the Braised Short Rib with Polenta, served with caramelized shallots and gorgonzola; the Grilled Hanger Steak with sliced tomatoes and gorgonzola; or crisp Calamari with Marinara. You think you don’t like brussel sprouts? Bruselas y queso (wood roasted, with toasted walnuts, feta and a sherry shallot vinaigrette) will change your mind with the first bite. There’s a full bar with specialty cocktails, fine beers and lots of wines by the glass to pair up with your appetizers. 1002 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.5335, Runner Up: Brasserie Ten Ten, 1011 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.998.1010, September 20, 2015

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When you run a bakery 24 hours a day for 20 years, you go through a LOT of flour. And if you’re baking at the Breadworks, that means only stone ground, organic flour. “We’ve used over 12 million pounds of it since we opened,” says Breadworks Owner Larry Domnitz. “We bake three to four thousand pounds of baked goods on an average night.” Each hand-shaped artisan loaf is made from scratch: the baguettes and batards, Rustique and Italiano, the focaccia, too. A rotating menu of specialty breads is worth exploring… and you can even get fresh, hot organic pretzels four days a week! Of course, there are amazing pastries, including muffins, danishes, brownies, tarts, cookies and the flakiest croissants you can find anywhere. Breadworks Bakery and Café is also home to an incredible a la carte assortment of ready-to-go items – but it’s a great place to grab a table with friends and enjoy lunch the civilized way, too! Order up one of the daily entrees (there’s a salmon dish nearly every day), a mix-and-match of side dishes (most sides are vegetarian), or head over to the wood-burning oven for fresh quarter-pie-size slices of pizza. Paninis are grilled to order, and in the wintertime there are always at least four different soups made daily and served with a fresh piece of bread. There’s a toss-to-order salad station, too. The key to everything is the fresh ingredients and a skilled kitchen crew. Colleen Doran, with classical training at the Culinary Institute of America and experience at foodie-famous Chez Panisse, manages the kitchen and menu planning (she is also married to Larry). “With all the lunchtime options and competition in town, we are very glad to have been recognized for the Best Lunch!” Larry Domnitz says. “We are honored.” 2644 Broadway, Boulder, 303.444.5667,

While Snarf’s has grown a lot in the past two decades, the very first Snarf’s was right here in Boulder. Today, the chain includes 25 stores in four states, and for good reason. Jill Preston, the director of marketing, describes Snarf’s sandwiches as oven-toasted, hearty and hand-crafted. All the meats and veggies are sliced in-house, assuring the freshest possible ingredients. “We have a lot of vegetarian options, too,” Preston said. Gluten-free bread is also available. For new customers, Preston recommends the Italian, which comes with salami, pepperoni, capicola, mortadella and provolone, and the Roast Beef & Provolone. The atmosphere of Snarf’s is, in Preston’s words, “funky and laid-back.” 2128 Pearl St. Boulder, 303.444.7766, Runner Up: Salvaggio’s Deli, 1397 Pearl Street, Boulder, 303.545.6800,

Runner Up for Best Bakery: Spruce Confections, 767 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.6773; 4684 Broadway, Boulder, 303.449.5819; Runner Up for Best Lunch: The Mediterranean Restaurant, 1002 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.5335,

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TANGERINE If you’re looking for good food, menu choices that cater to food allergies, and reasonable prices, look no further. Tangerine has you covered for breakfast and brunch. When asked about the type of food served, Justin Medlin, general manager and executive chef, said “We consider it more rustic cooking.” The menu includes comfort food favorites, like pancakes, French toast, corned beef hash, and chicken & waffles, as well as some unique options with a decidedly Mediterranean influence, like the Polenta & Romesco, which features poached eggs served with leeks and spinach. What’s more, almost any dish on the menu can be modified to be gluten-free, dairyfree or vegetarian. When it comes to gluten-free options, Medlin says, “Our pancakes are definitely our best seller.” The chefs at Tangerine are committed to sourcing local ingredients as much as possible, including Colorado organic eggs, seasonal greens, and locally raised beef. Tangerine also offers fresh squeezed OJ every day. Medlin describes the atmosphere as casual and relaxing, saying, “It’s a bright, open space.” Both indoor and outdoor seating is available. Tangerine is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The full brunch menu is always available. Additionally, lunch options are available on weekdays. 2777 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.443.2333, Runner Up for Best Breakfast: Snooze, 1617 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.225.7344, Runner Up for Best Brunch: Lucile’s, 2124 14th St., Boulder, 303.442.4743, Runner Up for Best Gluten Free: Fresh Thymes Eatery, 2500 30th St., #101, Boulder, 303.955.7988,


CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL The Chautauqua Dining Hall offers a unique blend of Colorado bistro cuisine combined with stunning views. The restaurant is laid out to include a massive wraparound porch that provides guests with outdoor seating that is cozy and simultaneously open to the surrounding natural beauty. What’s more, you can enjoy this scenic dining experience year round. Weather permitting, outdoor seating is always available. From November 2 through January 3, afternoon tea will be served daily from 2 to 4 p.m. Note that reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Reservations include pastries, sandwiches, and, of course, a pot of premium tea. Additionally, the restaurant also plans to host Thanksgiving dinner again this year, including plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options. Chautauqua offers breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, with brunch and dinner only on the weekends. Happy hour is available every day from 3 to 6 p.m. 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.440.3776, Runner Up: The Mediterranean Restaurant, 1002 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.5335, September 20, 2015

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GLACIER HOME MADE ICE CREAM & GELATO Kate Buffe, manager for Glacier Home Made Ice Cream & Gelato, is proud of her business’s local roots. “First and foremost, we’d like to emphasize that we’ve been in Boulder for 15 years,” she said. Given the unique, tasty treats offered, it’s hardly surprising that they’ve done well. Buffe explains that the Glacier team is constantly seeking out new and different flavors, stating, “We’ll try anything once.” Some of the standouts on their current menu include Funky Donkey, a peanut butter ice cream with fudge and Oreos, and Coffee Caramel Crunch, which also features Oreos, this time blended into coffee ice cream with caramel swirls. Additionally, Glacier has a number of gluten-free options, as well as a selection of sorbet which are dairy-free. The next time you’re looking for a fix for your sweet tooth, pay Glacier Home Made Ice Cream & Gelato a visit. 3133 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.6542,


A SPICE OF LIFE David Rubin, president and co-owner of A Spice of Life, has high standards. “Our goal is to exceed expectations every time.” For Rubin and staff, that means making his clients’ events successful by providing top-tier catering options that run the gambit. A Spice of Life has quite a bit of experience with large, formal events, like weddings, but Rubin explains they can also handle the smaller, day-to-day stuff, like casual corporate lunches, too. The business has been around for 26 years, but took a blow in 2013 when the floods devastated their former facility. Today, A Spice of Life operates out of a new facility and has even opened a beer and tasting room. Rubin credits the Spice of Life team and the community for sticking by them throughout the process of relocating. Now that they’re settled again, he’s enthusiastic about doing what he and his staff do best. 5541 Central Ave., #272, Boulder, 303.443.4049,

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Chef Eric Skokan and his wife, Jill, opened Black Cat Farm Table Bistro in 2006 with a simple goal. In Skokan’s words, “Great food and great service.” For the Black Cat team, that translates to taking care of their customers over and above everything else. “The vast majority of what diners see comes from our farm,” Skokan said. The Black Cat farm is 130 acres and supplies the restaurant with both livestock and produce. “We harvest every day,” Skokan explains, “and as a consequence the menus change every day.” That said, both pork and lamb are constants on the menu, and there are always gluten-free/vegan options. Black Cat Farm Table Bistro is open for dinner only seven nights a week. Skokan says seating is “primarily reservation oriented,” so be sure to call ahead. 1964 13th St., Boulder, 303.444.5500,

“We’ve been rockin’ since we opened,” said Hosea Rosenberg, owner and chef at Blackbelly. The restaurant debuted just last year, and Rosenberg’s assessment sounds spot on. When Blackbelly first opened, the plan was to rely primarily on their own farm for both produce and meat. However, they quickly outgrew the small farm. Rosenburg now works with a number of local ranchers and farmers to supply both the restaurant and their in-house butcher shop. He is currently looking for a larger piece of land to again grow his own vegetables and raise his own livestock. Blackbelly is open five days a week for breakfast and lunch served “graband-go” style. There is dine-in space, or customers can carry out. Dinner is available seven nights a week, and Rosenberg also offers catering services. Additionally, happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m. every day. 1606 Conestoga Street #3, Boulder, 303.247.1000,

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

Runner Up: Fresh Thymes Eatery, 2500 30th St., #101, Boulder, 303.955.7988,

COSMO'S PIZZA “Believe me, you make a great product, keep the place clean, give good service, and people appreciate that.” That’s Ryan Shorter, owner of Cosmo’s Pizza, describing the simple but effective philosophy that’s made him a repeat winner over the course of the last 15 years. Cosmo’s is the go-to place for hot late-night food. Doors are open until 2 a.m., and pizza is available for take-out or delivery. Additionally, customers visiting Cosmo’s in person have the option of pizza by the slice. Shorter says that’s the most popular option for night owls. All Cosmo’s pizzas are hand-tossed and baked in a stone oven. Both the dough and sauce are made from scratch right there in the shop, and only the freshest veggies are good enough to top these pies. For good food late at night, there simply isn’t a better option. 659 30th St., Boulder, 303.447.3278, Runner Up: Oak at Fourteenth, 1400 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.3622,

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FLAGSTAFF HOUSE RESTAURANT Adam Monette is the dining room manager and one of 11 Monette’s working at the family owned and operated Flagstaff House Restaurant. “There’s a lot of great competition [in Boulder],” he said. “That keeps us on our toes.” Without question, the food at Flagstaff House is top-notch, but it’s the service that really sets this restaurant apart. Staff are expected to complete a thorough training process, including extensive knowledge of preparation techniques in order to accommodate dietary restrictions. It’s always okay to request modifications to any dish. Complementary Flagstaff House Restaurant service is available to every guest. Monette also commented that the restaurant is rather heavily staffed, ensuring the best possible service. The result is an unparalleled dining experience. The staff is non-invasive, but always close at hand. The Flagstaff House Restaurant is open seven days a week for dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. Monette recommends calling ahead for reservations. 1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, 303.442.4640, Runner Up: Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.6966,




CURRY-N-KEBOB While Curry-N-Kebob has been operating in Boulder for three years, the Kahns have been in the restaurant business since 1995. Together with his father, Rashan Kahn co-owns and operates the restaurant. “We specialize in northern Indian cuisine,” Kahn said. His family is originally from Bangladesh, and he describes the food has having a definite Bengali influence. “We serve all our meat as halaal,” Kahn explained. He recommends both the lamb and chicken kebobs. The majority of their curries are gluten-free, and all of them can be made with coconut milk to accommodate those avoiding dairy. There are also plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Food is available for dine-in, delivery or carry-out. Lunch and dinner specials are available every day for dine-in only. If you’re on the prowl for good take-out, Curry-N-Kebob is one of the best options around. 3050 28th St., Boulder, 720.328.4696, Runner Up: Chez Thuy Vietnamese Restaurant, 2655 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.1700,


LEAF VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT A repeat winner in this category, Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant is truly worth checking out. The food is simply delicious. What’s more, if you’re looking for a fun dining experience in addition to some wonderful vegetarian options, be sure to check out Leaf’s Meatless Monday dinner series. Once a month the restaurant hosts a themed dinner. For example, on the 28th of September they plan to treat guests to an Oktoberfest feast, complete with Märzen, a traditional Bavarian beer. Then in October, Leaf will host a Hocus Pocus dinner. General Manager Stefan DePetris says guests will be encouraged to dress in costume, and expects the experience to be “extremely whimsical.” In addition to lunch and dinner, happy hour is available every day from 3 to 6 p.m. DePetris recommends the tapas style specials offered during happy hour, describing them as “a good way to introduce yourself to our cuisine.” 2010 16th St., Boulder, 303.442.1485, Runner Up: Native Foods Café, 1675 29th St., #1272, Boulder, 303.442.0213,

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SUGARBEET Sugarbeet’s ambiance and menu are just right for either a romantic evening or a casual outing with friends. When weather permits, dinner on the patio is pure bliss. Imagine a starter of Chef Seth Witherspoon’s roasted piquillo peppers or seared Ahi tuna, a shaved Brussels salad with applewood bacon and cashews, a small plate of housemade ricotta gnocchi, or an entrée of pan-seared blue crab cakes. Is your mouth watering yet? Those are just a few of the offerings on Sugarbeet’s menu of eclectic American cuisine. Tip: Make a reservation as seating is limited! Stop in for superb drink deals during Happy Hour from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (Tuesday through Saturday). “We’re pleased that Longmont readers have decided that we’re one of their favorite spots to dine out,” says Owner Justine Witherspoon. “We appreciate being considered one of the finer dining options in Longmont.” 101 Pratt St., Longmont, 303.651.3330,


COLTERRA Colterra is renowned for its spectacular menu, dazzling kitchen team, and private event space. Don’t know Niwot? Let Colterra be your entry into this unassuming, lovely corner of Boulder County. Chef Bradford Heap, Executive Chef Michael Drazsnzak, General Manager Cory Knudson and staff have worked hard to create an unparalleled dining experience. It’s not just an obvious choice for date night; it’s a Colorado experience. Colterra’s kitchen is brimming with flavorful produce provided by local farmers. Beef is succulent, free of hormones and antibiotics and fish is the highest quality, only from sustainable populations. “We have outstanding, highly professional service staff, an organic garden, a beautiful patio and a rustic, country feel,” says Drazsnzak. “People also want to know where their food is coming from and that it’s healthy. All of this comes together at Colterra and makes this a very favorable restaurant for our customers.” 210 Franklin St., Niwot, 303.652.0777,

Runner Up: Oskar Blues Brewery, 303 Main St., Lyons, 303.823.6685; 1555 S. Hover Rd., Longmont, 303.485.9400;

Runner Up: Treppeda’s Italian Ristorante, 300 2nd Ave., Niwot, 303.652.1606,


THE HUCKLEBERRY Modern and vintage meet at The Huckleberry; the result is a restaurant that consistently gets raves and Boulder County Gold awards! Their lauded restaurant menu is “funky country,” and their full-service bakery (including gluten-free yummies) is a Louisville favorite. Fresh, local and organic mean something to The Huckleberry. Their own Three Leaf Farm in Lafayette ensures the best of the best ingredients end up on patrons’ tables. “In 12 years, we’ve grown from a mom-n-pop place to a darn big restaurant with great energy and an upbeat vibe,” says General Manager Steven Lembke. “We have a strong base of local support – people who are with us in good days and bad – and we have great staff.” 700 Main St., Louisville, 303.666.8020, Runner Up: The Empire Lounge, 816 Main St., Louisville, 303.665.2521, September 20, 2015

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Keeping it simple has worked very well for The Bitter Bar. Situated at 9th and Walnut, it’s in a prime spot for any watering hole. Sure, the bar could have been run-of-the-mill, but The Bitter Bar is everything a generic tavern is not. And our readers have given thumbs ups to the approach with their Boulder County Gold votes. Cocktails are classic and classy. If you’re unfamiliar with bitters, perhaps try a couple of delicious offerings like a Bitter Old Fashioned (aged rum, powdered sugar, angostura, and peychaud’s bitters) or a Momo & Rye (rye, crème de peche, and orange bitters). The Bitter Bar serves a variety of cocktails, draft and bottled beer, red and white wine, and even some stellar food courtesy of Chef Hosea Rosenberg. Your bartender will know exactly what to pair with cured meats, smoked salmon pate, marinated olives or a cheese trio. 835 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.442.3050,

With so many great breweries and tap houses in and around Boulder, the competition in this category is particularly strong. Yet our readers honored Avery Brewing with the top slot in both categories. Avery is known for stellar craft beers: Joe’s Pilsner, Avery IPA, White Rascal Belgian White, Dry Hopped IPA, and The Czar Russian Imperial Stout, to name a few. Avery bottles more than 20 different beers each year, including the beloved seasonal six-packs like Karma Ale, Old Jubilation Ale, and New World Porter. Avery’s Tap Room boasts a huge selection of its beers on tap and is quickly becoming a very hot spot for lunch and dinner, too. (Smoked prime rib, anyone?) Guided brewery tours are available at certain times seven days a week (see website) and self-guided tours are okay, too. If by some slim chance you haven’t had an Avery brew, get to the brewery or your local pub or liquor store and enjoy some of the best beer in Boulder and, for that matter, in Colorado. 4910 Nautilus Court, Boulder, 303.440.4324,

Runner Up: World Famous Dark Horse Bar and Grill, 2922 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.442.8162,

Runner Up for Best Brewery: Upslope Brewing Company, 1501 Lee Hill Road N20, Boulder; 303.449.2911; Runner Up for Best Tap House: Backcountry Pizza & Tap House, 2319 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; 303.449.4285;




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THE MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT Everybody knows the Med! In the heart of downtown Boulder, it’s beloved for many reasons including, of course, Happy Hour. Unbeatable savings are unleashed every day from 3 to 6:30 p.m. for drinks and The Med’s delectable tapas menu. “Tapas and happy hour were made for each other,” says Director of Operations Greg Topel. “Delectable small plates of food served with innovative beverages in a bustling and beautiful setting!” The Med always has a festive, upbeat atmosphere, which people remember and want to share with friends. It’s not just the tapas, the drinks, the patio, or the great service – it’s all of those things that bring Boulderites back again and again. As Topel says, “Come in to enjoy a huge variety of discounted yet delicious food and beverages on Boulder’s best patio!” 1002 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.5335,


Runner Up: Boulder Cork, 3295 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.9505,


THE LAZY DOG SPORTS BAR & GRILL Sometimes you’ve got to get out of the house to watch the big game or hear some great live music and clink a frosty mug with friends. The Lazy Dog consistently gets our readers’ votes as the best sports bar around. Proprietor Steven Ross spent 20 years considering how he could create the “Cheers” of sports bars – melding fun, family, friends, spectacular sports viewing, and a strong sense of community. The bar’s motto – “every drink, every meal, every customer, every time” – has resonated loudly with its loyal customers. Serving up salads, wings, barbecue, burgers and great beer in a genuinely friendly setting, the Lazy Dog might just be the latest place where everybody knows your name. 1346 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.3355; 3100 Village Vista Drive, Erie, 303.664.5299;


Runner Up: Harpo’s Sports Grill, 2860 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.444.9464,


OZO COFFEE COMPANY Founded on community, coffee, and a calling, Ozo Coffee Company is thriving. Their baristas and roasters are leaders in the craft, working diligently to deliver an astounding cup of coffee, fresh roasted every week. “We pride ourselves in having amazing freshly roasted coffee with a very professional, highly trained staff,” says CEO Justin Hartman. “We also serve a very diverse customer base.” Ozo fulfills online orders for its coffee every week, and varieties such as Peru Aprocassi, Brazil Sitio Chapada, and Mocha Java are best enjoyed with a newspaper or a friend at the company’s three retail locations. “We are thrilled with the response of the public,” says Hartman. “Our newest location is thriving in the new Flatiron Park area. Thank you, Boulder, for your continued support of Ozo Coffee Roasters!” 5340 Arapahoe Ave., 303.440.0233; 1015 Pearl St., 303.645.4885; 1898 S. Flatiron Court, #110, Boulder, 303.396.0302; Runner Up: The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.4628, September 20, 2015


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It’s not overdoing it to think of Dushanbe as a tea drinker’s paradise. Tucked into Central Park along Boulder Creek, it’s both a tourist attraction and a favorite local getaway. The Teahouse itself must be seen. Built by hand without power tools in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, it was crated up and shipped as a gift to Boulder, its sister city. Dushanbe offers breakfast, brunch (weekends), lunch, dinner, traditional Afternoon Tea (reservations, please), and catering for special events. “We try hard to offer our guests a carefully chosen selection of tea each year that represents some of the best offerings,” says Owner Sara Stewart Martinelli. “We taste a lot of tea in order to choose the one that represents the style and region in which it’s grown so that our guests get a great opportunity to sample premium teas from around the world.” 1770 13th St., Boulder, 303.442.4993,

Flagstaff House is recognized in this category for its wines, but the restaurant itself, built into the mountainside at 6,000 feet, provides a dining experience with views of Boulder unlike any other. The Monette family has welcomed generations of customers to its world-renowned restaurant, earning many awards along the way for its food and wine program. Started by Don Monette in 1971, the wine program now includes 18,000 bottles on hand with 3,800 selections. Every year since 1983, Flagstaff House has earned the prestigious Wine Spectator’s Grand Award as one of the ten best wine lists in the world. The wine cellar includes great depth in California, Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Champagne, but also emphasizes great wines from around the world. “When this property became available in 1971, my grandfather, Don, was able to pair fine dining with a great wine program,” says Dining Room Manager Adam Monette. “The dream came from him.” 1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, 303.442.4640,

Runner Up: Pekoe Sip House, 1225 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303.444.5953,

Runner Up: Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl St., Boulder; 303.442.6966,

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KT’S BBQ KT’s BBQ was started right here in Colorado more than 20 years ago, serving Memphis-style BBQ to its quickly-growing base of loyal customers. With two locations in Boulder, one in Broomfield, and one in Denver, the demand for KT’s hickory smoked pulled pork shoulder, peppery vinegary sauce, and tangy coleslaw seems to have no limits. KT’s also does brisket, chicken, hot links, homemade side dishes and desserts, so there’s bound to be something for everyone. Owners Kirk and Tricia Jamison have made a point to know their customers. Several of their meals are named in honor of customers and friends! Whether you eat at a KT’s restaurant or take advantage of their catering or “BBQ 2 Go,” you’re getting the best. 2660 Broadway Ave., Boulder, 303.442.3717; 7464 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.786.7608; Runner Up: LuLu’s BBQ, 701B Main St., Louisville, 720.583.1789,


LARKBURGER At Larkburger, you can eat a delicious, natural burger and keep a few bucks in your own pocket. Boulder has gone wild for Larkburger. Little wonder why since they’re making food that pairs perfectly with the local healthy eating ethos. Larkburger doesn’t use preservatives or additives. Hand-cut fries are cooked in oil free of trans fats. Containers are biodegradable. All the company’s energy comes from wind. Utensils are made from potato and corn starch. Did we mention the food? Chopped kale salad, truffle and Parmesan fries, and the classic Black Angus Larkburger keep customers coming back and feeling like they’re eating at a restaurant that cares about customers and the environment. And they’re right. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.444.1487, Runner Up: Smashburger, 1650 28th St., #1226, Boulder; 303.656.4694;


GLACIER HOMEMADE ICE CREAM & GELATO If fresher is better, then Glacier Homemade Ice Cream is, ahem, the best. With an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and handmade cones, Glacier has created over 1,000 artisanal flavors since opening their doors in 2001. A true crowdpleaser, the Glacier team regularly fields flavor ideas from regular and rabid ice cream fans. They’re also known for partnering with fellow local brands, using ingredients from cupcakes to craft beer, to concoct new flavors. All-time favorite licks include Salted Caramel Oreo, Death By Chocolate and Birthday Cake. Stores carry up to 80 varieties of ice cream and gelato at a time. Now, who’s ready for some Funky Donkey? 3133 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.6542, Runner Up: Sweet Cow Ice Cream, 2628 Broadway, Boulder, 303.447.3269, September 20, 2015

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PIZZERIA LOCALE From Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson – the masterminds behind Frasca Food and Wine – Pizzeria Locale is Boulder’s hip Naples-inspired pizzeria. Using a state-of-the-art Ferrara pizza oven, a jawdroppingly expensive meat slicer and seamless service, Locale has been tossing pies on Pearl Street since 2011. Pizzas are divided into two main categories, Bianche and Rosse, and baked in their raging-hot brick oven before being served (whole!) to guests. Wowed by numbers? In their first year alone, Locale plowed through 39,000 pounds of 00 Caputo flour, 16,640 pounds of Italian tomatoes, and 17,333 pounds of mozzarella di bufala. Top menu contenders are the Margherita and the Mais, with the addictive Arancini pulling up the rear. Want a midday nosh? Be sure to check out their killer lunch special, where $10 buys you a pie, a small salad, and a drink. Salute to that. 1730 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.3003, Runner Up: Abo’s Pizza, 637 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.494.1274,


ILLEGAL PETE’S In Boulder County, the words “burrito” and “Illegal Pete’s” are synonymous – and for good reason. With all-natural, made-from-scratch ingredients and its finger on the pulse of humanitarianism and good karma, Illegal Pete’s has been serving our community burgeoning Mission-style burritos since 1995. Founder and head burrito slayer Pete Turner says the Illegal Pete’s secret is two-fold, lying in quality ingredients and “a good stir.” Traditionally a layered affair, burritos at Illegal Pete’s are of a stirred variety: ingredients are tossed together to ensure full flavor in each and every bite. And there’s no stopping Pete’s burrito boom. “We’re looking to grow both in-state and out of state within the next few years, if the right opportunities present themselves,” he says. May the burrito be with you, Pete. 1447 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.3055,

With names like Mighty Aphrodite, Siam I Am and Doc Holliday, Mad Greens not only tosses up fresh, inventive salads with loads of flavor, they manage to keep it cheeky and fun in the process. Lifelong friends and chefs Marley Hodgson and Dan Long founded the local salad staple in 2004 with the intention of ushering the fast food movement into fresher, healthier territory. “Eat better” is their business’s motto, and it’s one they adhere to firmly: they’ve partnered with sustainable community farming movement Agriburbia in Golden to manage the Mad Greens farm, where they grow their own fare, like heirloom lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, and aromatics. “We have to be true to the area we’re in. That’s part of being sustainable,” says Co-founder Hodgson. With 21 house-made dressings, paninis, wraps, juices and soups rounding out their fresh offerings, Mad Greens wants their guests to love the food as much as they love making it. They’re definitely making it easy for us. 1808 29th St., #1144, Boulder, 720.496.4157, Runner Up: Modmarket, 1600 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.0476,

Runner Up: Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 1630 63rd St., #10, Boulder, 303.440.4045,



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JAX FISH HOUSE & OYSTER BAR Coastal tourists may scoff at the idea of a legit fish restaurant in coast-less Colorado, but one step into the fresh and briny atmosphere of this jam-packed West Pearl restaurant, and they’ll quickly learn what we locals already know: Jax does seafood well. So well, in fact, that they’ve won multiple awards and accolades since they began shucking oysters and slinging salmon in 1994. On the menu, you’ll find vast crab selections, fresh fish from the grill and caviar dreams, and that’s just the beginning. But just because Jax sources their seafood from flown-in locales doesn’t mean they’ve left the eat-local movement behind: local farms supply the majority of Jax’s fresh vegetables. And lest we forget a commitment to sustainability, which is at the forefront of their mission: Jax is proud to be Colorado’s first restaurant to be certified by the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch. Ahoy, mateys. 928 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.1811,

SUSHI ZANMAI Fresh, festive and fish-focused, Sushi Zanmai continues to rake in the accolades as Boulder’s landmark sushi restaurant after almost 30 years in the business. The (mostly) raw fare is served from the bustling bar, where you’re likely to see plenty of swift slices, expert dexterity, and faces that take their sushi very seriously. The sashimi is hyper-fresh, the sushi rolls are creative – the Elway is a new seasonal fave – and many guests remark on the reasonable prices (a rarity in Boulder these days). The food is so good, in fact, it leads some guests to croon: karaoke is a regular offering at Zanmai. Keep doing what you’re doing, Zanmai. It’s working. 1221 Spruce St., Boulder, 303.440.0733, Runner Up: Japango, 1136 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.0330,

Runner Up: Boulder Cork, 3295 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.9595,

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BOULDER THEATER Great acoustics. Inspiring architecture. History-soaked location. From film festivals to rock concerts, opera performances and beyond, the historic Boulder Theater plays host to events that span entertainment genres and Boulder’s generations. Hosting close to 250 events a year, this 1906 art deco playhouse has seen its fair share of owners, themes and renovations. Locals and visitors alike continue to flock to its doors, through which have passed the likes of Fiona Apple, Timothy Leary, and Chris Isaac. If that’s not a celebration of diversity in entertainment, we don’t know what is. 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303.786.7030,

If your ideal date night consists of dinner and a show, you can kill two proverbial birds with one stone in an evening at BDT Stage. Since 1977, Boulder’s theatrical institution has been entertaining guests with off-Broadway performances of top shows featuring professional actors and live musicians, all while serving up hot eats from their in-house kitchen right to your table. The theater boasts full-scale live theater performances, lavish sets and costumes, and award-winning actors who provide what many theater goers consider the “best ticket value in town.” 5501 Arapahoe, Boulder, 303.449.6000,

Runner Up: Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.442.3282;

Runner Up: Colorado Shakespeare Festival, UC Boulder Campus, 303.492.8008,


BOULDER CREEK FESTIVAL Fifty food vendors, nine event areas, four performance stages, three days of fun, two beer gardens, and one rubber duck race: while it already sounds like a lot, these are just a few of the things you’ll find at Boulder’s wildly popular Boulder Creek Festival. This annual event held on Memorial Day weekend along the Boulder Creek corridor between 9th and 13th Streets is a family-friendly way to get to know the sights, sounds and smells of Boulder’s – ahem – vibrant community. Ever wanted to volunteer? Every year, Boulder Creek Productions looks for fine folks like yourself to help make this community-oriented event run smoothly. Memorial Day Weekend between 9th & 13th Streets, Boulder, 303.449.3137, Runner Up: Boulder County Farmers Markets, 1900 13th St., Boulder, 303.910.2236,




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GATEWAY PARK FUN CENTER Purple gorillas, fruit ninjas and a human maze: no, your melatonininduced dreams aren’t coming back to haunt you. These are just a few of the whimsical things you’ll find at north Boulder’s Gateway Park Fun Center. A great stop for locals and tourists alike, Gateway offers a plethora of entertainment for both tykes and adults. The mini-golf and go-karts are top draws for visitors looking to frolic, along with batting cages, a kiddie train and an arcade. But the one thing that adult visitors comment on the most? Its beautiful view of the Front Range. Kiddos, start your engines. 4800 N. 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.4386, Runner Up: Pearl Street Mall, between 11th and 15th St., Boulder, 303.449.3774,

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PRECISION PLUMBING, HEATING, COOLING & ELECTRIC “I have to give our entire staff full credit for winning in this category,” says Vice President Andrea Everhart. “It takes knowledge, dedication and an overwhelming desire to provide the best customer service experience possible, and to do that requires an awesome team of people.” Voting the company top plumber for 13 years in a row, local folks may know 33-year-old, familyowned Precision for its plumbing prowess, but Everhart says often customers do not realize that the business’ 50-person team provides professional heating, cooling and electrical services, too. Speaking of cool services, Precision is committed to giving back to the community. The Precision Hugs Program donates a $1,000 a month to a local non-profit and the company provides a free complete furnace system, including installation, to a family in need. 5035 Chaparral Court, Boulder, 303.581.1455, Runner Up: Planet Plumbing & Drain, 729 Walnut St., #7, Boulder, 303.440.4330; 1567 Vista View Drive, Longmont, 303.772.0206;


ELEVATIONS CREDIT UNION It makes sense that this member-owned financial institution, which now does four out of every ten mortgages in Boulder County, has seen uptick in property-owner lending. People already trust Elevations with their money. It’s only fitting they would entrust the Boulder County institution with another big investment: their home. “This is very meaningful for us because it’s a community award,” says Dennis Paul, vice president of business and community development. “We are a local financial institution, our lenders are in the community and our loan dollars stay here.” Local also translates to creative, out-of-the-box underwriting and real estate tutoring. “We channel a lot of time and energy into education so our people are very knowledge about the transaction,” says Paul. “We only thrive if our member-owners thrive, and our goal is to deal with an educated consumer.” 2960 Diagonal Highway, Boulder, 303.443.4672, Runner Up: Premier Mortgage Group, 1844 Folsom St., Boulder, 303.449.8855,


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GREENWOOD & MYERS MORTUARY When you think of the best local employer, a mortuary isn’t exactly the first place that comes to mind. But according to Owner Mike Greenwood, Greenwood & Myers Mortuary makes for an ideal place to work. “We treat staff like they’re family, which is important in our line of business,” he says. “We need to treat our staff like we want to treat our customers. They must be truly caring to care for people at difficult times.” Most employees have been with the mortuary, Boulder’s only locally owned funeral home, since it opened five years ago. “We all grew up here and went to local schools and know so many people,” says Mike. “Boulder needed this type of mortuary, a place that could be involved in the community, support charitable organizations and give more personal service.” 2969 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.440.3960, Runner Up: The Academy, 970 Aurora Ave., Boulder, Colorado 303.938.1920,


BERG HILL GREENLEAF & RUSCITTI, LLP As Boulder County’s largest local law firm, Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti, LLP, delivers a wealth of talent and expertise. In fact, this year the firm’s real estate team closed the largest commercial real estate deal in Boulder’s history. However it’s a special commitment to clients that really sets the practice apart from the competition. According to the partners of BHGR there’s no secret; just hard work to build long-standing client relationships, which allows them to give clients personalized direction and advice that meets their financial requirements and unique goals. In effort to continuously expand the practice, BHGR is steadily strengthening its intellectual property group, while partner Rudy Verner is spearheading a new practice area dedicated to the needs of clients in the emerging renewable energy and clean technology industries. 1712 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.402.1600, Runner Up: Caplan and Earnest LLC, 1800 Broadway, Boulder, 303.443.8010,


HUMANE SOCIETY OF BOULDER VALLEY The Humane Society of Boulder Valley is not just an adoption center for connecting some 9,000 animals a year with loving families. While finding forever homes for dogs, cats and other pets is a top priority, the organization also offers helpful services for the life of each creature. These include positive-reinforcement training, a comprehensive veterinary clinic, foster care, volunteer program, thrift and gift shop, and popular community events. “We believe healthy relationships between pets and people strengthen the well-being of our community,” says CEO Lisa Pedersen. “We are honored to provide a full range of services for thousands of animals, and through this work we create and enhance the human-animal bond.” The Humane Society of Boulder Valley’s website is filled with ways people of all ages can get involved or donate. 2323 55th St., Boulder, 303.442.4030, Runner Up: Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA), 1575 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder, 303.442.3042,

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WHOLE FAMILY DENTISTRY, TED KAWULOK, D.D.S. Boulder native Ted Kawulok, D.D.S., knows the community. And after 30 years in dentistry, he also knows how to build a loyal following. Simple: Heed your patients. “We are good at listening. We discover with thorough and comprehensive exams, and provide lasting solutions that deliver the best in comfort, aesthetics and function with the best procedures in contemporary dentistry,” he says. A caring environment where patients are considered friends, coupled with the practice’s full range of in-house services, including implants, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, TMJ treatment, prosthetics, single-visit crowns, sleep apnea screening and laser therapy for periodontal health “connects the link between oral health and whole-body health,” Kawulok explains. “We have a wonderful team that is highly trained and highly tuned to meet your needs.” 1400 28th St., #4, Boulder, 303.442.8625, Runner Up: North Boulder Dental, 1001 North St., Boulder, 303.447.1042,

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With a plethora of do-it-yourself travel planning services, there’s one clear reason individuals and companies remain loyal to travel agents: timeand resource-saving personal service. “Cain Travel was founded in 1980 on the premise that continuous and exceptional customer service would enable us to maintain a loyal client base,” says CEO Linda Cain of the independent, female-owned agency, which opened its doors in 1980. “Our success is attributable to the long-term relationships we establish with our accounts across the United States.” Cain Travel employs a staff with members averaging over 17 years of continuous employment with the company. Likewise, the adept 22-yearold senior management team regularly participates in advisory boards, panels and summits for industry vendors. Cain Travel also gives back to the community as a corporate sponsor of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. 2990 Center Green Court, Boulder, 303.443.2246, Runner Up: TravelPOINTS, 303.938.9018,




WRIGHT KINGDOM REAL ESTATE Real estate is a relationship business. But when you’re the largest independent real estate agency in Boulder County you have to prove that through customer service that goes above and beyond. “Our goal and intent is to have life-long customers,” says Broker Owner Dan Kingdom. “It’s ingrained in our DNA to take good care of our people.” One way the company upholds that promise is by employing only first-class brokers and offering a one-stop shop for services, including residential, commercial, relocation, temporary housing and international move options. Despite the DIY trend in selling homes, Kingdom says there are plenty of reasons to let a professional handle the transaction, from dealing with multiple offers to household mold. Plus, he says, “Nationally for-sale-by-owners are leaving about 15% on the table.” 4875 Pearl East Circle, Boulder; 2101 Ken Pratt Blvd., #100, Longmont, 303.443.2240, Runner Up: RE/MAX of Boulder, 2425 Canyon Blvd., #110, Boulder, 303.449.7000; 1320 Pearl St., Suite 100, Boulder, 303.449.7000; 2425 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.441.5688,



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With the market at its highest peak in years, it’s an exciting time to be in real estate, especially when you sell homes in a place near and dear to your heart. “As a Boulder native, it has been a great place to grow up and to raise my own family,” says Realtor® Patrick Dolan who has worked at RE/MAX of Boulder since 1984 and has been the highest-grossing agent for nearly 25 years. “I love the energy of Boulder, especially when the students return.” It’s a competitive market, and Dolan is clearly humbled by the honor of being voted the best Realtor in Boulder County. “Hopefully it’s due to satisfied clients and friends who were nice enough to vote for me,” he says. “Boulder has a wonderful group of very good Realtors. I just do my best for each client we get the opportunity to work for.” 2425 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.441.5642, Runner Up: Dan Kingdom (Wright Kingdom Real Estate), 4875 Pearl East Circle, Boulder; 2101 Ken Pratt Blvd., #100, Longmont; 877.532.0820,



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FAMILY HEARING CENTERS This Boulder County institution has been changing the way people with hearing loss can interact with the world for 52 years. Yes, you heard that right. According to Senior Board-Certified Audiologist Dr. Christopher Schweitzer, the success of the center comes from a remarkably dedicated professional staff and a persistent commitment to mission and goals. “Continuous improvement is a daily mantra,” he says. Connecting with clients is another predictable practice. “We are singularly focused on helping consumers of all ages hear better,” says Schweitzer. “That means we have to make strong connections, close friends actually, to address the unique needs and life requirements of our clients.” Lately those deliverables have included digital technology, including exciting new smartphone-connected hearing aid devices. 3059 Walnut St., Boulder; 2770 Arapahoe Road, #126, Lafayette; 300 Nickel St., #15, Broomfield, 303.857.5838, Runner Up: Boulder Valley Hearing Associates, 4745 Arapahoe Ave., #130, Boulder; 90 Health Park Drive, #220, Louisville; 300 Exempla Circle, #210, Lafayette; 303.443.2771,

The staff at Boulder Eyes has a clear set of priorities when it comes to ocular surgery. The facility’s commitment to a clean facility, credentialed surgeons, the most up-to-date technology and the professionalism of the staff has made it the go-to spot for Lasik corrective procedures for several years. Above all, however, it’s been the consistent and impressive results of the clinic that’s made it a standout. “We do numerous procedures here at the eye center,” says Surgeon and Boulder Eyes Founder Craig Beyers. “We have doctors of optometry, we have an optician, we have physicians, ophthalmologists who can really check all aspects of your eye.” That large staff gives patients all sorts of options without any pressure, from the perfect pair of glasses or contacts to corrective surgery. 1810 30th St., #B, Boulder, 303.499.2020, Runner Up: InSight Lasik, 4430 Arapahoe Ave., #155, 303.665.7577,

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AVANTI THERAPY Avanti Therapy is not your traditional physical therapy clinic. That’s intentional, according to Heather Marinaccio Boak, who locally coowns this holistic care center with Julie Edelman. “Often a physical therapist will see a patient for 15 minutes before turning the patient over to an aide, who typically runs through a list of generalized exercises” Marinaccio Boak explains. “We focus on movement education as part of physical therapy, which is unique in the sense that it gives the patient a better understanding of their own body and its individual needs. At Avanti, you are with your physical therapist for an hour to meet these goals and optimize healing time.” Avanti is a diverse group of passionate therapists specializing in different treatment approaches, including Pilates, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy and dry needling. “Our approach is holistic because we’re looking at each person as a whole being, taking into consideration what lifestyle changes are necessary and how we can best provide them with the support they need in life, to heal from their injury.” Avanti is one of the only physical therapy clinic in the state to offer the Schroth method for scoliosis. “People come from all over the country to do an immersion here,” she says of the insurancesupported program. No matter what therapy they receive, patients seem to agree on one thing: “Our clients tell us that Avanti feels like a safe family.” 5350 Manhattan Circle, #1, 303.543.1201, Runner Up for Best Holistic Care/Wellness Center: Helios Integrated Medicine, 2525 4th St., Suite 205, Boulder, 303.499.9224, Runner Up for Best Physical Therapist: North Boulder Physical Therapy, 3000 Center Green Drive, Boulder, 303.413.9903,


AVANTI THERAPY The staff at Avanti Therapy know the restorative power of a good yoga and pilates practice. That’s because the facility is about so much more than those two disciplines – the crew of doctors, therapists and medical specialists offer a whole spectrum of care that addresses an impressive range of issues, from cancer recover to general wellness. It’s no wonder, then, that the facility’s yoga and pilates practices are so impressive. Both disciplines offer newcomers and veterans routes toward recovery and general wellness. Avanti’s overall emphasis on a holistic and whole-body approach to wellness shows in their commitment and care in their yoga and pilates classes. 5350 Manhattan Circle, Suite 100, Boulder, 303.543.1201, Runner Up: CorePower Yoga, various locations,


LASER & COSMETIC ASSOCIATES OF BOULDER Laser & Cosmetic Associates of Boulder specializes in treating facial skin issues and plastic surgery, and they’re committed to their area of expertise. The facility’s core of plastic surgeons, head and neck surgeons and technicians handle everything from face peels to acne treatment, and handle a whole range of plastic surgery demands. Even with their broad menu of services, the staff at the facility offers the same level of professionalism and care for every separate case. Their menu of laser procedures includes ProFractional therapy, microlaser peels, photofacial treatments and laser hair and vein removal. That’s what’s made Laser & Cosmetic Associates the go-to spot for patients looking for cutting-edge technology and consummate professionalism for reconstructive surgery and skin care. “I believe our practice stands above the rest because of our incredible staff of aestheticians and client experience representatives. Under the direction of Dr. Goldman, a double-board certified physician in facial plastic surgery and ENT, we are able to provide our clients comprehensive consultations and an expansive list of treatment options,” notes Sarah Meyer, patient care coordinator. 4745 Arapahoe Ave. # 115, 303.558.8800, Runner Up: Boulder Community Health, various locations, 303.440.2273,




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THE JOINT The Joint’s corporate mission is to make the often-misunderstood concept of routine chiropractic care more convenient, friendly and affordable. In Boulder County, even fiercely independent locals have become believers at the nearly decade-old Boulder location of this 200-plus national chain of clinics. “The Boulder community actually contributed to the success of the national brand,” explains hiring manager Jeremy J. Casagrande, D.C. “Boulderites love health and wellness, and in that they made The Joint Boulder a successful office that spurred the national brand to look at Boulder as a model unit to follow.” Affordability combined with a well-trained staff and extended hours continue to make this convenient and accessible clinic Boulder County’s most popular chiropractic adjustment choice for staying balanced and pain free. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.835.9579, Runner Up: Swan Lake Chiropractic, 724 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.3103,

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BOULDER VALLEY HEARING ASSOCIATES Boulder Valley Hearing Associates has a long history serving their community. For more than 30 years, the facility has been a local center for addressing much more than hearing issues. The staff of experts handles a long list of specialties, including general ear, nose and throat issues, audiology, hearing aids, allergies and voice and throat disorder. The staff comprises otolaryngologists and facial surgeons, as well as a crew of technicians and qualified assistants who help make the entire process less stressful. It’s no wonder the center has made such deep roots in the Boulder community. 4745 Arapahoe Ave., #130, Boulder, 303.443.2771, Runner Up: Hearing HealthCare Centers, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.3900,


EASTON TRAINING CENTER There’s a style for every kind of fighter at the Easton Training Center. In addition to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes that kicked off the Easton facility in 1999, the center has grown to offer courses in kickboxing, Muay Thai and mixed martial arts. What’s more, Easton hosts kids martial arts training courses for the youngest fighters, and even offers Crossfit classes for those looking for a full workout experience. It’s the range and depth of the classes that make Easton an ideal place to soak in the discipline and rewards of the discipline. “Above all, we are dedicated to providing martial arts and fitness classes of the highest quality,” notes Mike Tousignant, general manager of the Boulder facility. 2005 32nd St, Boulder, 303.938.1275, Runner Up: Wolchek Academy of Martial Arts, 2897 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 303.443.3088,

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COLORADO ATHLETIC CLUB The Boulder Colorado Athletic Club isn’t your ordinary gym. Sure, there are all the cardio machines and weights you’d expect from any workout center worth its salt, but this club offers a lot more for anyone who’s even slightly serious about their routine. From masters swim classes to hot yoga courses in top-notch facilities, students of all athletic disciplines can find a way to improve and expand their daily practices. Add to that an impressive network of amenities, from saline pools to an in-house café, and there’s always something to gawk at in this 40,000 square-foot facility. 1821 30th St., Boulder, 303.501.1700, colorado-athletic-club/boulder. Runner Up: RallySport Health and Fitness Club, 2727 29th St., Boulder, 303.449.4800,


TERRAPIN CARE STATION The folks at Terrapin Care Station have learned from their years in a relatively new industry. From their roots in informal medical dispensaries in the Denver Metro area, the staff at Terrapin have evolved into multifaceted caregivers, offering a wide range of cannabis products aimed at a wide spectrum of patients. The Terrapin Care Station medical marijuana facility in Boulder is a testament to that everdeveloping professionalism. The facility offers a wide range of strains, as well as edibles and vape products. What’s more, the low prices and friendly and knowledgeable staff make the experience all the more pleasant for first-time buyers and old pros alike. 5370 Manhattan Circle, #104, Boulder, 303.954.8402, Runner Up: Helping Hands Herbals, 1021 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.476.6186,


NESHEIM’S Nesheim’s has served the Boulder community since 1981, and the business prides itself on its deep local roots. The owners proudly claim that for more than 30 years, the vast majority of their business has come from repeat customers or referrals. That’s largely because of the company’s care in conducting their business – in addition to their certifications from several professional carpet cleaning associations, Nesheim’s proudly touts its commitment to a green approach to carpet and tile cleaning. That professionalism has built Nesheim’s customer base to homes across the Boulder valley and beyond. “Basically our philosophy is to treat our clients like we would like to be treated, to respect them, their homes, and their belongings. When we are in someone’s home we want them to be as comfortable as they would be with their friends there,” says Owner Rick Farasyn. 1212 Commerce Court, Lafayette, 303.652.0888, Runner Up: Chem-Dry, 720.304.3910,


MAGNUS ANDERSON There’s a craft to installing durable and beautiful hardwood floors. The crew at Magnus Anderson knows that installing impressive floors that will last takes training and commitment, and they’ve built a professional philosophy that takes that care into account. The entire Magnus Anderson crew is certified in a training program that teaches the latest in hardwood flooring installation and refinishing techniques, products, and design ideas. Their specific expertise in clean and efficient installation technology is a constant in all of their services. “The way we stand out is through consistent craftsmanship, customer service and dustless sanding technology,” notes Bob Hagen, president. “We’re located in Boulder, we’ve serviced the area for ten years and we have a great reputation.” 6367 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.437.0610, Runner Up: Berlin Flooring, 2516 49th St. #9, Boulder, 303.442.7250,


TAYLOR MOVING & STORAGE The crew at Taylor Moving & Storage isn’t afraid of the long haul. Owners Glen Taylor and Leah Sprague are proud of their hometown roots as a Boulder-based moving company, but they’re also committed to tackling any big job, no matter the distance between start and finish. That brand of commitment to clients undergoing even the longest hauls has paid off for the company. They’ve picked up several awards in recent years for their commitment to client satisfaction, and their team of experienced and professionally trained movers help take the edge off even the most stressful move. “From the smallest apartment move to the largest office move, you will receive the same quality move at the same low price 365 days a year,” Taylor says. 4949 N. Broadway St., #110, Boulder, 720.378.4788, Runner Up: The Good Move, 61 Eldorado Blvd. #1912, Broomfield, 720.300.4130, 36


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PRECISION PLUMBING, HEATING, COOLING AND ELECTRIC The crew at Precision Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric put a strong emphasis on customer service. That commitment to working hand-in-hand with customers on services that range from repairing hot water heaters to clearing drains has paid off for the Boulder-based company, which has served the Boulder community for decades. Indeed, it’s given the staff a reputation in the community that excels the normal mom-and-pop profile. “We sometimes are asked if we are a national company because of our professionalism, training and resources however we have operated in Boulder County for 33 years as a family-owned business,” notes Andrea Everhart, vice president of the business. “(We’re) 50 people working together to delivering the best service out there.” 5035 Chaparral Court, Boulder, 303.581.1455, Runner Up: Meyers Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., 260 Pearl St., 303.578.4077,

Namasté Solar is just as committed to its employees and clients as it is to providing sustainable and renewable energy. That much is clear in the company’s one-on-one approach to its customers, just as it’s obvious in the unique, employeeowned cooperative structure of its business model. That emphasis on the personal side of the business undergirds the company’s larger commitment to providing solar power to homes and businesses alike. With a solid focus on lessening the environmental impact of buildings of all shapes and sizes, the company shows its concern for the greater good on a day-to-day, person-to-person level as well. “As an employee-owned company, we believe in transforming energy and transforming business through a customized solar experience from start to finish,” notes Hannah Hamontree, co-owner. 4571 Broadway, Boulder, 303.447.0300,


Runner Up: SolarCity, 470 E. 76th Ave, #3A, Denver, 855.860.7652,


BARTLETT INTERIORS The owners of Bartlett Interiors won’t be limited by their status as an independent business centered in the Boulder Valley. Instead, they’re committed to offering customers the same kind of variety and selection as any big-box outlet when it comes to home furnishings, and that much is clear in the studio’s vast selection of furniture, fabric, floors and everything in between. Since 1984, the studio’s owners have been uniquely dedicated to the craft and care of home decorating. “My entire career has unfolded here and I couldn’t have scripted things better,” says Jane Bartlett, owner. “The residents we’ve served, the longstanding, deeply personal friendships I’ve made, and the satisfaction I feel each time a clients tells me, ‘I love what you’ve done’” 2020 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.5194, Runner Up: Design Matters Home, 20 Main St. #109, Louisville, 303.249.4661, design-matters-home.


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COTTONWOOD KENNELS Cottonwood Kennels is shaped by its “very large staff of big-hearted, dedicated, hard-working people.” Co-owner Tom Bonfili says this staff is what sets Cottonwood Kennels apart. “It’s easy to romanticize how much fun it is working in a business like this,” he says. “It takes a very special person.” The staff carefully monitor each pet’s behavior and demeanor throughout the day and a toll-free number is available to provide progress reports for worried parents. Bonfili says that Cottonwood Kennels is “a true boarding kennel,” which provides separate play yards for large and small dogs as well as 16 smaller yards for individual dogs that might not be particularly social. “Whether your dog can play or not we can accommodate your dog,” he says. Cottonwood Kennels also houses a complete, modern grooming shop available to both boarding and nonboarding pets by appointment only. 7275 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.2602, Runner Up for Best Pet Boarding Service: Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center, 1405 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.499.5505, Runner Up for Best Pet Grooming Service: Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center, 1405 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.499.5505,

Dogma Catma Pet Sitting is owned by Jordan Di Marco, a lifelong pet lover with professional experience in veterinary clinics, doggie daycares and PetSmart prior to opening her own pet sitting business. She works with a staff of five associate pet sitters who undergo a thorough background and reference check. Di Marco also requires all of her associate sitters to be trained in Pet First Aid and CPR. Continuing education is a major part of Di Marco’s business philosophy. “I really made it a focus of my business to try and learn as much as I can and there is always something more to learn,” Di Marco says. “Pet sitting is a lovely, fun job until something goes wrong. Our customers are well aware of that and really thankful when we are able to be prepared and take the right measures.” Crossroads East Shopping Center, Boulder, 303.596.0245, dogmacatma. Runner Up: Cottonwood Kennels, 7275 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.2602,


BROADWAY ANIMAL HOSPITAL AND PET CENTER With the help of Associate Veterinarian Dr. Patrick Kalenzi and a team of veterinary technicians, The Veterinary Clinic at Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center is run by Dr. Lee Woods, a licensed and experienced Boulder veterinarian. Dr. Woods says what makes Broadway Animal Hospital special is the staff’s ability to provide comfort and security to pet owners in what can sometimes be a stressful experience. “Our crew goes out of their way not just to provide the requisite, wonderful pet care but also to attend to the needs and angst of the clients,” Woods says. “Our staff really excels at communicating with the two-legged family members.” The hospital provides a wide range of services including surgery, radiology, hospice and euthanasia services, emergency care and dental care. September is Dental Discount Month at Boulder Animal Hospital and clients can save 20% on a pet’s dental cleaning and dental x-rays. 1405 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.499.5505, Runner Up: Alpine Hospital for Animals, 3120 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.443.9661, 38


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LASER & COSMETIC ASSOCIATES OF BOULDER Specializing in facial rejuvenation and plastic surgery skin care, Laser & Cosmetic Associates of Boulder offers both surgical and nonsurgical options for enhancing your skin, as well as acne and vein treatments. Medical Director and Co-founder Dr. Andrew Goldman is double board certified under Facial Plastics and Ear, Nose and Throat. “We offer a lot of different options,” says Sarah Meyer, patient care coordinator and medical assistant to Dr. Goldman. “We’re medically based and we have a very broad scope of what is best for the patient.” Laser and Cosmetic Associates of Boulder is running a September special for an Intense Pulse Light, or IPL, facial that can help with rosacea, acne pigments and hair removal. 4745 Arapahoe Ave. #115, Boulder, 303.558.8800, Runner Up: J Lounge Natural Nail Bar and Spa, 3003 Walnut St., Boulder, 720.484.6669,


TANS TO GO TANNING SALON A local salon owned by Cindy and Doug Swartz, Tans To Go offers six different types of UV beds as well as sunless airbrush tanning. UV tanning prices range from a single session in their most basic tanning bed for $10 to a month of unlimited tanning for $159, with special discounts for students. Airbrushing, which starts at $25, can be done in a Mystic Tan booth or by a custom airbrush technician who also makes home visits. The Swartzes attribute their success to their independent employees. “They’re really empowered to take care of the customer as number one,” Doug Swartz says. “They don’t have to call me or call our store manager to take care of a client. They’re told to do whatever they need to do that they think is reasonable to make sure that person leaves happy.” 1842 30th St., Boulder, 303.444.7600, Runner Up: Aspen Tan, 1810 29th St., Boulder, 720.565.2826; 1352 College Ave. #120, Boulder, 303.440.1326, September 20, 2015

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ELEVATIONS CREDIT UNION With 11 branches across the Front Range, Elevations Credit Union offers “a broad portfolio of financial products and service including checking and savings accounts, mortgage loans, credit cards, auto loans, home equity lines of credit, student loans, business loans and financial planning,” according to their website. Elevations is education-based and committed to providing information “to make sure our members and customers are equipped to make sound decisions,” says Dennis Paul, vice president of business and community development. As a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution, Elevations’ success is intimately connected to the success of their customers, says Paul. “Elevations can only thrive if our customers and our communities thrive,” he says. “We have the benefit of having a business model that allows us to be customer-centric. The long-term welfare of our customers is really first and foremost.” 1669 Euclid Ave. #143, Boulder, 303.443.4672; 4760 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.443.4672; 2960 Diagonal Highway, Boulder, 303.443.4672; Runner Up for Best Financial Institution: FirstBank, 2100 Broadway, Boulder, 303.440.6500; 2835 Pearl St., Boulder, 720.406.8800; 4770 Baseline Road #100, Boulder, 303.499.2200; 3600 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303.494.8100; 4520 N Broadway St., Boulder, 720.565.1400; 6500 Lookout Road, Boulder, 303.530.1000; 1601 28th St., Boulder, 303.998.2680; 3033 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.544.7999;


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POMPADOURS SALON Pompadours Salon is an Aveda concept salon that has been serving the Boulder community from its Pearl Street location since 1990. Frequent in-salon trainings and visits to both national and international shows and trainings provide for a very well-educated staff, says Pompadours Owner and President Lisa Fraser. “We try to focus on education,” she says. We really listen to our clients and give them the best service possible. They have kept us in business.” Pompadours Salon will be celebrating their 25th anniversary on September 26 between 5 and 8 p.m. with a free, open-to-the-public party at the salon. 1320 Pearl St. #200, Boulder, 303.938.8015, Runner Up: Salon Salon, 2460 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.443.5353,


J LOUNGE NATURAL NAIL BAR AND SPA Co-owners Juli Perington and Jennifer Zrubek met a year ago and joined forces to create JLounge Natural Nail Bar and Spa, a full-service spa with a “commitment to a clean, natural and eco-friendly lifestyle,” says their website. “We are 100 percent natural and we provide a relaxed, lounge environment,” says Perington. Perington and Zrubek have taken their commitment to all-natural products and services a step further with the launch of their non-toxic, certified organic skin care line, JL Organics. The JL Organics products are now available for sale at the spa and customers receive 3 samples of the products when they book the seasonal, four-layer facial at JLounge. 3003 Walnut St., Boulder, 720.484.6669, Runner Up: Essentiels Day Spa, 2660 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.440.0711, 40



ART CLEANERS A proud Boulder business since 1921, Art Cleaners has a deep commitment to convenience, demonstrated by their ten locations throughout Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont and Lafayette as well as free pick-up and delivery. They are a full-service dry cleaner offering wash and fold of sheets, tablecloths, napkins and other household items. They maintain partnerships throughout the community with Fairview Choir, several high school football teams and the Boulder Valley Rotary’s “Coats for Kids” drive in the winter, to name a few. Art Cleaners has also demonstrated their commitment to the environment by using the GreenEarth Cleaning System, which replaces petroleum-based solvents with liquid silicone for an odorless and gentle clean. “We’re the exclusive users of Green Earth cleaning,” says Owner Brian Hansen. “It’s gentle on your clothes and gentle on the environment. We’re pleased to be able to provide that to the people of Boulder.” 1715 15th St., Boulder, 303.440.8600; 2570 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.7030; 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.494.2709; 607 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.494.4830; 3980 Broadway, Boulder, 303.443.0158; 1501 Lee Hill Drive, Boulder, 303.447.8700; Runner Up: John’s Dry Cleaners, 3325 28th St. #6, Boulder, 303.444.2877; 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.5554,

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NORTH BOULDER RECREATION CENTER, BOULDER FLYERS The 12,000 square foot gymnastics facility at North Boulder Recreation Center serves over 1000 students each week. “We take great pride in providing opportunities for children to experience the benefits of this sport,” says Prudence Keenan, gymnastics recreation coordinator at North Boulder Recreation Center. “Our program, which has been a part of the City of Boulder for over 30 years, is inclusive and very studentcentered. We provide opportunities for children who want the fun of exploring gymnastics movement for safe and proper learning, and also for children who want to excel in this sport.” The gymnastics program offers pre-registered classes, summer camps and a weekly open gym for children ages 2 and above. 3170 Broadway, Boulder, 303.413.7260, Runner Up: Cats Gymnastics, 2400 30th St., Boulder, 303.939.9699,

JOURNEY LANGUAGE CENTER A local, privately-owned business, Journey Language Center offers weeklong, language immersion day camps in Spanish, Italian and French between June and August. The camps are intended for children ages 6 to 11 and run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jay Minaya, CEO and Co-founder with his brother David Minaya, says that the curriculum is culturally focused. “They learn about food, geography and history from certified instructors,” he says. “We show the culture of another country. The kids get very interested about visiting another country and speaking another language.” Minaya says childhood is the time to spark a cultural interest in children. “A child can learn a second language and culture much quicker than an adult,” he says. While the day camps are finished for this summer, 2016 registration begins in March. 850 Laramie Blvd., Boulder, 303.827.5965, Runner Up: Rocky Mountain Day Camp, 3351 S. Indiana St., Superior, 303.495.5204,


VAIL SKI RESORT Colorado is a land of many choices when it comes to mountain playgrounds and Vail Ski Resort is consistently voted one of the best. Sara Lococo, a communication specialist at Vail Mountain, says this is because of the community and variety Vail offers to visitors. “Vail is the best mountain resort destination because it offers an endless variety of terrain and experiences for guests on the mountain, in addition to unparalleled lodging, dining, shopping, activities and events in town,” she says. Lococo encourages skiers and snowboarders to take advantage of the Epic Pass, which is available for a limited time and provides unlimited access to Vail and several other ski resorts in the state. Lococo also says Vail is particularly special outside of peak holiday times. “Early season and off-peak are some of the best times to truly experience Vail,” she says. Vail, 970.754.8245, Runner Up: Winter Park Resort, 100 Winter Park Drive, Winter Park, 970.726.1564,

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GREENWOOD & MYERS MORTUARY Providing peace of mind during difficult and emotional circumstances is at the heart of the services provided by Greenwood & Myers Mortuary. Their sensitive style influences all their efforts; details ranging from help writing an obituary, managing hearse and funeral cars and ordering flowers are handled with care. “We know this is often the most difficult time in people’s lives and we help take care of many details so family members can focus on consoling each other,” says John Greenwood. Reception facilities for gatherings related to funeral services provide a quiet and respectful setting for mourning. More personal services such as access to grief counseling, ensuring a fitting ceremony to pay tribute to a love one’s life and creating a personalized video are also available. Online, friends and family can share memories, photos and condolences, and view details to upcoming services. Greenwood & Myers can help clarify necessary legal documents to get organized and help with end-of-life planning and pre-funeral arrangements too. 2969 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.652.4151, Runner Up: Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Place, Boulder, 303.442.4411,




UNITY OF BOULDER SPIRITUAL CENTER Their name says it all: Unity of Boulder is a family church center that emphasizes diversity, healing, and love for all. Head Minister Jack Groverland says the basic idea many people find so compelling is that their worship is experiential. “We advocate and support certain practices to help people realize their own divine possibilities. This helps them operate in the world with more peace, love, confidence and joy. We are teaching that the Kingdom of Heaven is all around us, and opening our awareness and hearts to these opportunities to share love and harmony is what we are all about.” Sunday Services are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and free childcare is provided; check online for sermon themes, events and live streaming of Sunday sermons. Local musicians can participate in sermons as well. 2855 Folsom St., Boulder, 303.442.1411, Runner Up: Flatirons Community Church, 355 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 303.664.5524,

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THE ACADEMY The Academy has a long history as a Boulder County Gold winner for over ten years readers have recognized the senior community as a gem within Boulder’s treasured neighborhoods. With approximately 70 residents and numerous amenities that bring people together, this retirement village close to the foothills has a distinctly family-like atmosphere. Offering a range of independent living and assisted care, The Academy’s services include maintenance, housekeeping, security and personal transportation. The Academy also offers residents a spa and fitness center with a salt-water lap pool, an exercise room with state-of-the-art weight and cardio equipment designed for seniors. Their chefs take pride in utilizing local farm produce and creating delicious, homemade desserts on an every-changing gourmet menu. An updated community room hosts compelling presentations, musical events and more. 970 Aurora Ave., Boulder, 303.938.1920, Runner Up: Frasier Meadows Retirement Community, 350 Ponca Place, Boulder, 303.499.4888,


BOULDER HIGH SCHOOL Founded in 1875 as part of the University of Colorado, Boulder High is the oldest established high school in Colorado. Students and parents alike recognize the scope of classes, activities and instruction as outstanding. Boulder High’s comprehensive Advanced Placement courses and the visual and performing arts have an excellent reputation. Boulder High has one of the district’s largest English-as-a-second-language programs, serving students from 30 countries. It also provides instruction in five foreign languages: Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Latin. “Boulder High has a long history of excellence,” new Principal James Hill told the Camera when he was hired in April this year. His note to students for the new school year reminds them “We aim to provide a learning experience that demonstrates a care and concern for each of our students - a defining characteristic of our school.” From sports to social events and making valuable connections with nearby CU campus, Boulder High provides students a top-notch curriculum worthy of Boulder County Gold recognition. 1604 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 720.561.2200, Runner Up: Fairview High School, 1515 Greenbriar Blvd., Boulder, 720.561.3100,

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The experts in language programs at Journey Language Center are renowned for their personalized instruction in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, English and Mandarin. “We find out exactly what are your goals, your current level of fluency and design specific programs,” says CEO Jay Minaya. “We hire people with a passion to teach and our classes focus on conversation as well as immersing students in the culture of the language.” You can choose group classes or private tutoring; their instructors are some of the most talented and experienced in the area and they incorporate their unique style of teaching with a conversational approach. “We know you don’t want to just learn grammar, you want to be able to talk for vacation travel, perhaps work-related reasons or other purposes. We make this fun,” says Minaya. Check their website for upcoming free gatherings, instructional events and study abroad options too. 850 Laramie Blvd., Boulder, 303.827.5965,

Arapahoe Ridge High School provides a distinctive learning experience that offers its students instruction in hands-on skills along with career advice and opportunities to connect with employment post-graduation. From world languages and social studies to science and media studies, the theme at Arapahoe Ridge is “school-to-work” instruction, aiming to produce talented graduates with the knowledge and skills essential for lifelong learning. This alternative high school specializes in serving students who are identified as over-aged and under-credit with opportunities for concurrent enrollment with Front Range Community College. Students may earn 100 credits per school year through the school district’s Guaranteed Viable Curriculum. Campus “Points of Pride” include the “transformation of the lives of our students” and that “staff and students at Arapahoe Campus are known and admired for our diversity”. The paths that open up for Arapahoe Ridge High graduates are inspiring and a reason for their 2015 Boulder County Gold recognition. 6600 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 720.561.5220,

Runner Up: Sacred Heart of Jesus, 1317 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 303.442.615,

Runner Up: Boulder Career and Technical Education Center (CTE), 6500 Arapahoe, Boulder, 720.561.2200,


FLATIRONS IMPORTS - SUBARU ACURA For over 25 years Flatirons Imports has been providing the Boulder area with the vehicles people not only want, but often “must have” – and doing it with the sort of personal and award-winning service that makes them the this year’s Boulder County Gold winner. The staff makes buying a car easy and fun, with decades of vehicle knowledge between them. The alwayspopular Subarus on their lot have return customers year after year; their high-end and stylish Acuras have their own committed following. Plus their used vehicles cover a range of makes and models. In addition their financing options, leasing, trade-in options and other specials make going to Flatirons Imports first when you are shopping for a vehicle the best choice. And if you want to browse their inventory online first, you can click right on their website to use a chat function and get answers. Beyond just selling cars, Flatirons Imports’ deep roots in Boulder means they are supportive of local schools, non-profits like MESA and the YMCA (and many more) as well as CU-Boulder. 5995 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.443.0114, Runner Up: Fisher Honda Kia, 6025 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 800.873.0119,


PELLMAN’S AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE Imagine your best friend likes to – and is really good at – fixing your car. Our readers know this is what it’s like going to Pellman’s. With a focus on domestic and Asian import vehicles, the service and trustworthiness of Pellman’s makes them the top choice for the full range of auto repairs you may ever need. They also fix hybrids, flex fuel and electric vehicles. Owner Brad Pellman loves working on cars: “I was a farmboy, if I didn’t fix cars then I and my friends couldn’t get around. Cars are fun, always changing and we like making them work,” he says. All their technicians are TechNet certified, completing at least 80 hours of training a year. Motor Age Magazine has named them the “top shop” in the nation – they go the extra mile by offering online appointment scheduling, a free courtesy shuttle and car rental discounts if needed. And as this is Boulder, of course Pellman’s has bikes you can borrow for the day while your car is being worked on. (Just bring your own helmet.) Plus you can access information about your vehicle online anytime with their My Car Vitals service. 2560 49th St., Boulder, 303.938.4050, Runner Up: Flatirons Imports-Subaru Acura, 5995 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.443.0114,



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PUDDLE CAR WASH The Puddle Car Wash has seen it all in over 40 years serving Boulder, and their vehicle washing, detailing and treatment services have made over four million customers’ vehicles sparkle and shine. They provide the full spectrum of cleaning you may need: everything from a basic car wash to a complete detail. As your car is getting the full concierge-style vacuum treatment, step into the large customer lounge with snacks, cards and plenty of car accessories. The Puddle uses state of the art equipment designed for safety first – as well as a gentle touch. Ski and bike racks, rocket boxes and antennas are all welcome. And this cleaning crew is fast - their goal is to wash your car in 12 minutes or less. Check their website for coupons and wash options. 3100 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.9274,

Runner Up: Grease Monkey, 2405 28th St., Boulder, 303.444.9303; 2710 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.9844;

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January 16 with the Boulder Philharmonic

• Stepping Out 2016

February 19—21

contemporary ballets

• An American in Paris

May 8

a special event for Mother’s Day

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Runner Up: Breeze Thru Car Wash, 1213 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 303.834.8387,

It makes sense that Pellman’s Automotive gets our readers’ praise for oil changes, given their Boulder County Gold award for Best Auto Service too. While waiting for your oil change, their customer lounge feels more like a living room with comfortable couches, free wifi and a cell phone charging station at the work table (bring your laptop!) They work on all domestic and Asian import gas-powered and hybrid vehicles. They also offer a buy 4-get-1-free oil change reward program - if you’re one of those people who struggle to keep track of all your loyalty paper punch cards you’ll love their alternative: the Punchd app that keeps tracks of your punches on your smartphone. When you come in for an oil change open up the app and they’ll scan your punch. Plus Pellman’s believes in the power of word-of-mouth advertising – ask about their referral program benefits. 2560 49th St., Boulder, 303.938.4050,


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“With this award the customers are telling us we’re doing what they like,” says Store Manager Jim Dean. “We listen to them and do what they ask us to do. We offer great service and selection and a great staff – from our cashiers to wine and liquor staff, and beer staff. They’re really knowledgeable and helpful. We do tastings, including unusual things in wine and craft distillers and craft beers. If someone asks for something we don’t have and it’s sold here in Colorado, we’ll get it. We do special orders, and we have a delivery service. Our customers think we’re doing the right things.” He points out that some customers know what they want and get in and out quickly. But if somebody isn’t sure what to buy and wants advice, the staff is glad to walk them through and advise them and figure out what they might like. 1955 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.1955,

Owner Brett Zimmerman says, “We take great pride in our customer relationships, and we enjoy our involvement in the community. As a merchant of artisan crafted wine, beer, and spirits, it is important that we are passionate about the products we sell, and that we strive to translate this sentiment to our customers in a personal, friendly way. We endeavor to create an atmosphere where our customers can walk into the store, have someone recognize them by name and know their purchase history; you can’t get this by shopping online.” 2690 Broadway, Boulder, 303.443.6761,

Runner Up: Liquor Mart, 1750 15th St., Boulder, 303.449.3374,

Runner Up: Hazel’s Beverage World, 1955 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.1955,

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WHOLE FOODS Whole Foods is synonymous with healthy eating and high-quality natural, organic, sustainable foods. Tawny Duckworth, Whole Foods Pearl Street marketing team leader, says, “Along with our 450 team members at Whole Foods Market, I would like to show appreciation to the Boulder community for again giving us this distinction. Serving our community is at the core of everything we do. We seek out the highest quality and selection of non-GMO Project Verified products, along with locally crafted, raised and harvested items that our loyal customers have grown to expect. We are equally proud of our community partnerships and friends we have made along the way. We look forward to serving and delighting you again this year.” 2905 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.545.6611; 2584 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.7636; 1275 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303.443.1354, Runner Up: King Soopers, Sunrise Center, 1650 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.9622; 6550 Lookout Road, Boulder, 303.530.1020; 3600 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303.499.4004;


THE AMAZING GARAGE SALE This collection of consignments is more like the bounty from a treasure hunt. “I’m very selective about what we take into the shop,” says Owner Judi Lesta. “As many of my customers say, it’s like walking into a museum.” This is Judi’s 16th year in business, and she has won a Boulder Gold award every year. She specializes in furniture, jewelry, collectibles and art. “We are the only shop in the area that specializes in mid-century and Danish modern furniture, so most of our pieces are one-ofa-kind.” In the jewelry section she features Native American, sterling, vintage turquoise, some gold and precious stones. “We offer great customer service, and people can take things home and make payments with no interest. We offer pickup and delivery service.” She consigns estates and households and can also do estate sales in people’s homes. Check the Amazing Garage Sale’s Facebook page, which recently pictured some stunning mid-century pieces from a local Boulder estate. 4919 N. Broadway, Boulder, 303.447.0417, Runner Up for Best Antique Dealer: Classic Facets, 942 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.8851, Runner Up for Best Home Décor Store: Home Goods, 2550 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.245.9383,

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ART + SOUL GALLERY Take a rest from the bustle of Pearl Street at this friendly and accessible art oasis, which consistently curates some of the most popular, interesting and on-trend art pieces in the area. Occupying more than 3,000 square feet, its collection includes large-scale sculptures, paintings and other visual art as well as a wide selection of jewelry and intentionally lowerpriced gift items – all of it the height of Boulder style. For instance, this fall they’re featuring the repurposed skateboard art of George Peterson of Circle Factory. On the jewelry front, Art + Soul specializes in women’s and men’s designs, wedding sets and custom-order work. 1615 Pearl St., 303.544.5803, Runner Up: Madelife, 2000 21st St., 303.927.0802,


ATLAS FLOORING Located in their landmark red barn on 28th Street, Atlas Flooring has CARPET and TILE painted on its roof, and can probably hold the weight of the world's flooring on its shoulders – or at least Colorado’s, since they have the largest inventory on the Front Range. Open since 1958, the one-stop flooring shop carries tile, carpet and wood sold by a crew of only 12, including eight salespeople with a combined 150 years of industry experience. Able to price match any competitor, their wide range of products offers choices for both professionals and DIYers. For those who neither wield a hammer for work or pleasure, however, Atlas actually provides a list of independent contractors that have installed materials purchased from the shop with happy customers. 4920 28th St., 303.442.3221, Runner Up: Carpet Exchange, 2121 28th St., 303.444.2772,


SPECIALTY APPLIANCE Part of a small, Colorado-only chain, Specialty Appliance is all about shopping smarter. Or rather, after 15 years in business, they know that smart and knowledgeable sales and installation experts are the key to making appliance purchases easy and even enjoyable, and their staff goes to extreme lengths for customer satisfaction with sales house calls and custom installations. While they carry top-shelf brands like Viking and Sub-Zero, they also appreciate budget customers and all sizes of projects get equal service. Check out their wine nights and cooking demonstrations to play hands-on with the latest appliance technology, like convection cooking, steam ovens and induction cooktops. 6205 Lookout Road, #A, 303.516.4015, Runner Up: Mountain High Appliance, 1130 Pine St., Louisville, 303.665.6850,

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MOROS FABRICATION Granite, marble, quartz and more: If you need a countertop, Moros is the place in Boulder County. A custom fabrication shop, they have a wide selection of stone, manufactured and even eco-friendly products, cut and shaped to your exact specifications. Countertops are certain big business, but Moros also does stunning work with tub decks, shower walls and fireplace surrounds, and skilled installation and sales professionals make the process easy. 3871 Walnut St., 303-473-0111, Runner Up: Atlas Flooring, 4920 28th St., 303-442-3221,



MCGUCKIN HARDWARE Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, McGuckin Hardware is a Boulder institution. Not only does the Commodore – a green truck named for founder Llewellyn Commodore “Bill” McGuckin – ride in the University of Colorado Homecoming Parade, but the service and knowledge embodied in the store’s signature green vests has become so famous as to warrant a book, “Behind the Green Vest.” With 60,000 square feet, the story offers more than 200,000 items in 18 departments with some uniquely Boulder products, such as camping supplies, sporting goods, tailgating equipment and barbecues. Check McGuckin in fall and winter for the best holiday inventory in town. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., #D1, 303.443.1822, Runner Up: Home Depot, 1600 29th St., Boulder, 303.449.4221; 393 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 720.494.0319; 1200 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 303.661.9600;


VERLO MATTRESS Other Mattress companies may have more local names, but with their factory in Longmont, Verlo Mattress is actually hard to beat in terms of carbon footprint. Their local-factory-to-local-showrooms business model is not only green but necessary, since every mattress Verlo makes – whether innerspring, gel foam or hybrid – is adjustable to your personal comfort. In fact, if your personal comfort changes, Verlo will alter its settings – in many cases for free – without affecting the lifetime (up to 15 years!) warranty. Oh, and if you want an adjustable frame for that mattress that allows the bed to raise into different positions, Verlo's got four options for that, too, and also does custom mattresses for boats, RVs, antique beds and more. 3080 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.447.1154; 455 Weaver Park Road, #700, Longmont, 303.651.9024. Runner Up: Denver Mattress Co., 1945 28th St., Boulder, 303.413.1314. 48 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 303.774.1150.

INNOVATIVE OPENINGS Embracing the Colorado lifestyle means having a bear visit every once and awhile. This year, shades created by Innovative Openings deterred one curious bear from entering a private residence. “We had a customer that had one of our shades over their sliding glass door,” said Kevin Anderson, sales manager for Innovative Openings. “They left the door open by mistake. But because the shade was closed, the bear clawed at it and damaged the shade, but it deterred the bear from entering the house. We are always looking for new uses for our products.” Started in Boulder in 1980, Innovative Openings now operates a roller shade manufacturing facility in Louisville (as well as a Louisville showroom). They offer covering, awning and shade design from start to finish, as well as a high level of professionalism and custom window coverings. 667 S. Pierce Ave., Louisville, 303.665.1305, Runner Up: Howard’s Draperies, 4450 Arapahoe, Boulder, 303.449.4337, 50


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INDOCHINE HOME + GARDEN If the incredible taste seen inside the 10,000-square-foot warehouse store seems cohesive, it's because Indochine Owner Hugo Brooks has hand picked and directly imports the store's inventory of Asian furniture and other home goods. For 20 years, he's traveled the length of Asia (China, Mongolia, Burma, Indonesia, Japan and Thailand) to bring a variety usually only seen in major metropolises home to Boulder. Many pieces are antique – or antiques reworked to fit the modern lifestyle – with prices that don't break the bank. 7123 Arapahoe Ave., 303.444.7734, Runner Up: Cost Plus World Market, 1685 28th St., 303.938.0757,

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Champion Windows makes their own windows at mile-high altitude to sell at 5,280 feet. Window manufacturers insert gas between the window panes (usually argon for double panes and krypton for triple panes) to help provide insulation for the home. When out of state window manufacturers build their product at lower altitudes, they have to wait to seal the panes until the glass arrives to Colorado in order to prevent the panes from shattering. “So by the time the product gets here, you have no idea how much [gas] is still left between the panes,” said Jeff Woodward, Champion Windows division manager for Northern Colorado. “By making the window here, we fill it up and seal it here.” Champion Windows also works with customers from start to finish, with all service and warranty work happening locally. “We make it, we install it, and no one else touches it but us,” Woodward said. “We’re able to offer it all at a lower price because we cut out the middleman cost.” Boulder County service area showroom at 5850 Byrd Drive, Loveland, 970.744.2595, Runner Up: Alpen High Performance Products, 6268 Monarch Park Place, Niwot, 303.834.3600,

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MICHAELS All of the building blocks needed to unleash artistic creativity coalesce under one roof at Michaels, this year’s favorite craft and hobby playland. Not only is Michaels a scrapbooking, painting and home decor center for inspiration, the store often offers classes and opportunities to learn new skills. One feature of the store is their large rotating holiday-themed section with everything needed to celebrate at home or at the office. And for those getting ready to tie the knot (and for those possessing an inclination for DIY projects), Mcchaels offers an entire section aimed to inspire creativity and thoughtful touches for the big day. 4800 Baseline Rd., #A-108, Boulder, 303.494.2008, Runner Up: Guiry’s ColorSource, 2404 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.3800,




BOULDER BOOK STORE A feast for the senses, Boulder Book Store anchors Pearl Street as an aesthetically pleasing wonderland of all things books. Since 1973, Boulder Book Store’s community hub has championed the independent bookstore spirit. For inventory manager Arsen Kashkashian, physically stepping into the bookstore changes the book-choosing process. “When you are able to come into a store and see all sorts of different things, you get customers recommending books to each other,” Kashkashian said. “Serendipity is important in people’s intellectual lives. I think it is hard to have that online in the same way as you can have it in the physical space around you. You can just sit at home in an echo chamber. But when you come to a bookstore, there are all sorts of different voices.” Kashkashian believes the Boulder community is a mosaic of people who appreciate the physical world. “People are [in Boulder] because they love nature,” he said. “So being in a beautiful space, a bookstore, resonates with these people.” 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.447.2074, Runner Up: Trident Booksellers and Cafe, 940 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.3133,


Runner Up: Best Buy, 1740 30th St., Boulder, 303.938.2889,

CHANGES IN LATITUDE TRAVEL STORE Traveler’s Tuesday nights at Changes in Latitude transport the wandering feet of the Boulder community to exotic lands, both near and far. These classes (and others at the store) offer insider tips from passionate seasoned global airplane hoppers. “One of our most popular travel programs is how to pack light, and how to go carry-on for 3 to 4 weeks,” Owner Cindy McClelland said. “The class teaches you to maximize your space and helps you learn how to keep your clothes unwrinkled, and navigate different climates.” McClelland’s staff is comprised of knowledgeable and experienced travel staff, proven by the fact that she can leave the store for month long gaps to lead trips around the globe and still come home to an award-winning business. “We are pretty lucky to live in such a great community where everyone is so open minded about travel,” McClelland said. “And my staff are all great travelers and they have lots of information. That is the secret to the business’ success. Everybody here is like family.” 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.786.8406, Runner Up: REI, 789 28th St., Boulder, 303.583.9970, 52


To encourage photographic growth and inspiration, Mike’s Camera hosts a semi-annual photo safari at both the Denver Zoo and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, a free event where photographers of all ages and experience levels can test drive their favorite manufacturers. Throw this on top of a packed monthly class schedule, and it seems as though Mike’s Camera is bent on turning the entire city of Boulder into a troop of photographers and memory makers. “Photography for us is the world’s greatest hobby,” sales and operations manager Mike Dobson said. “I like to think of Mike’s camera as a big toy shop. In today’s market, you can capture memories on a phone. But everything I have [in the store] is something you will want to improve your photographic and memory experience.” In addition to training up new photographers, Mike’s Camera offers a multitude of options for printing services, including full business publication services. They also have award-winning custom framers on staff. “Our customer base is anywhere from the average photographer to the professional photographer, to just the memory maker,” Dobson said. “We like to think that we are in the business from womb to tomb. It’s for those milestones in life.”2500 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.1715,


REI When nearly the entire community vacates the city to head to the mountains each weekend, correctly gearing up for these excursions is key. Enter REI, the center of Boulder for camping, outdoor recreation, sports and learning about how best experience the great outdoors. Experts at the store will take customers rock climbing for classes on actual mountain faces. And when winter comes, REI has all of the gear to help adventure hungry enthusiasts conquer every inch of powder on the Colorado slopes. REI also supports green building initiatives, as the Boulder location is LEED certified for retail interiors. 789 28th St., Boulder, 303.583.9970, Runner Up for Best Camping Store, Best Outdoor Recreation and Best Outdoor Rec & Sports: Boulder Sports Recycler, 4949 Broadway, Boulder, 303.786.9940,

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GRANDRABBIT'S TOY SHOPPE Boulder staple Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe opened in 1977 with a philosophy to grow young minds and hearts. Foundress Lynne Milot named the store after a dear friend whose children nicknamed her “Rabbit,” and whose subsequent grandchildren named her “Grandrabbit.” “Although a lot has changed within the four walls of Grandrabbit's, our philosophy remains the same and we strive to accomplish that everyday,” General Manager Rosalyn Toves said. The store specifically focuses on toys fashioned to stimulate learning and creativity in children. “Grandrabbit's is constantly growing and expanding,” Toves said. “ This year we have put a lot of emphasis on S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math) toys when picking out new products for the store.” 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.443.0780, Runner Up: Into the Wind, 1408 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.5906,


UNIVERSITY BICYCLES University Bicycles was started in 1985 with a tool box and 15 rental bikes. It has grown over the last twenty years with the support of the Boulder community. The store focuses on rental bikes, cyclist clothing, bike sales and servicing new bikes, and also supports a staff of 50 locals. “We just love all cyclists, whether you are road, mountain, commuter or kid,” General Manager Lester Binegar said. “Cycling solves most of the world’s problems, from mental health, to pollution, to physical health. It is just a very positive industry to be involved with. It’s your therapist, your gym and it keeps you happy and healthy. With a simple motto of unrelenting friendliness, it’s no wonder that Boulder loves the knowledgeable and helpful staff at University Bicycles. 39 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.4196, Runner Up: Full Cycle, 1795 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.1002; 1211 13th St. Boulder, 303.440.7771;





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What began as a shoe and boot repair shop slowly evolved into a skiing and mountaineering go-to stop for all things backcountry, slope exploring, camping and climbing. Neptune Mountaineering focuses on local quality products and a staff of front range outdoor play experts to serve tourists and locals alike. “We want to be the place where people come to get their information,” said Eric Schmidt, general manager at Neptune Mountaineering. “We choose to bring in higher quality gear. We have this great playground in our background. If we can get people into it with a better quality gear, then they will enjoy it that much more. Our sales people are not tasked with selling everything they can. They are tasked with helping people get exactly what they need.” For opportunities to network with other passionate mountaineers, check out Neptune’s Thursday night shows featuring talks and entertainment from others who are also bent on conquering the wild. 33 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.499.8866,

Get the best advice for sprinting with the pack at Boulder Running Company, a downtown Boulder hub for all things running. Founded by two elite-level marathoners, the store offers a custom fitting process for everyone who comes into the store. “It is a place where you can come and know that you will get the right shoe for you,” Co-manager Ryan Lassen said. “And that makes sure that people are staying healthy.” The store is not just for serious runners, though. Co-manager Suzanne Cannon wants every stage of runner to be equipped to hit the trails. “From elite road runners and trail runners, to hikers and more recreational runners, they are all on our staff,” Cannon said. “Boulder can have a reputation of just really serious runners. But it is also awesome if you are just going out to run for fun. Everyone is welcome, everyone is a runner. We will help you get there.” 2775 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.786.9255, Runner Up: Flatirons Running: 629 S. Broadway St., #E, Boulder, 303.554.7837,

Runner Up: REI, 789 28th St., Boulder, 303.583.9970,





Logan Cox, Sports Authority’s store manager says that the store’s dedication to its customers and the community allows the business to make an everlasting impression; an impression that leaves people feeling good. “We are dedicated to providing our customers with the best shopping experience possible by consistently providing great brands at great values,” he says. Sports Authority believes in helping its customers as much as its community. “Sports Authority is a proud sponsor of the National Sports Center for the Disabled,” Cox says. “We are also very proud of our partnerships with the Melanoma Research Alliance; Bolder Boulder; Amateur Softball Association; Babe Ruth League; Pop Warner Little Scholars; Roadrunners Club of America; USA Football; US Youth Soccer Association; Colorado Youth Soccer Association; and the Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series.” 3320 28th St., Boulder, 303.449.9021,

This 33-year-old Boulder establishment excels not just at a wide range of product availability, but also guide services and teaching moments provided by a very passionate and well experienced staff. From hosting yearly summer kids camps to supporting the CU fly fishing club, the store takes on all age groups in an effort to further the sport of fishing. “We do a lot of guided licensed trips to Boulder creek and surrounding areas, amounting to way more than 1000 trips a year,” Owner Steve McLaughlin said. “It’s a passion, but also very much a love that people have in this business. We also hire a lot of CU students as interns. That is part of growing our sport. It can’t be all 65-year old guys who are disappearing. We teach it, train it and take it on expeditions.”And this fall, after the fishing season starts winding down, the store will offer free fly tying Saturdays, just in time to keep summer dreams of fishing alive and well. 2344 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.494.1375,

Runner Up: Dick’s Sporting Goods, 31 W. Flatiron Crossing Drive, Broomfield, 720.887.0900,

Runner Up: Rocky Mountain Anglers, 1904 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.447.2400,


BOULDER SKI DEALS It’s all in the name at Boulder Ski Deals. The store sells just what the name state: ski and snow equipment. From services such as tuning gear for the slopes to rentals, snow gear is what Boulder Ski Deals does best. The Boulder Ski Deals team likes to keep their store philosophy simple, as they offer some of Boulder’s most aggressive ski equipment sales and trade events throughout the year, finding affordable gear for ski season is the theme mattering most to this store. It’s strongly encouraged to sign-up for the stores e-mail because daily deals are offered regularly and so are special perks for preferred customers. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.938.8799, Runner Up: Christy Sports, 2000 30th St., Boulder, 303.442.2493, 54


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CLASSIC FACETS Exactly three decades ago, Classic Facets open its door to offer the community high-quality antique jewelry. Now celebrating its 30th year in 2015, the mission in the beginning holds true today. “We don’t just sell antique jewelry, we sell history,” Mikki Rainey, owner, says. “Every piece comes with a story, a legend or a time. The purpose of jewelry is to make the wearer and the viewer feel good because we are more than willing to share all the information we know with our customers, and we have fun at Classic Facets.” Each piece comes from across the globe. The pieces are curated by the staff and selected from international consignors. The store houses pieces to match each person’s budget, and with three gemologists on site, appraisals are available, too. 942 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.8851,


WALTERS & HOGSETT Stellar customer service is of the utmost importance at Walters & Hogsett. Mark Vieregg, president, says that the staff wants its customers to feel at home and welcome throughout each year. “Walters & Hogsett showcases many international renowned designers as well as local designers, but if you’re still searching for that exact piece you’ve been dreaming of, we can make it a reality with our custom design talents,” Vieregg says. Offering services from jewelry and watch repair to appraisals to estate jewelry services and more, best assisting the customer need is top priority. “Being locally-owned, our goal is to be involved in our community and truly help make Boulder County a better place to live and to play,” Vieregg says. “We donate to dozens of causes and thousands of dollars a year to help build our community one donation at a time.” 2425 Canyon Blvd. #J, Boulder, 303.449.2626, Runner Up: Classic Facets, 942 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.8851,

Runner Up: Hurdle’s Jewelry, 1402 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.1084,

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STURTZ & COPELAND Flowers and plants can brighten a mood, and at Sturtz and Copeland Florists and Greenhouses, their experts do flowers best. Open in Boulder since 1929, the business has grown, changed, and expanded to meet the need of the community, Carol Riggs, owner, says. “Throughout our history we have always been proud to be locally owned and operated,” she says. Flower arrangement services are always on-hand with a large team of floral design talent. Matching the perfect flowers to the specific occasion is what the Sturtz and Copeland Florists and Greenhouses specialize in. “Our experienced garden staff can help you with all your gardening needs whether you want that special green houseplant, an unusual orchid or help with your vegetable garden or perennial bed.” 2851 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.6663, Runner Up: Fiori Flowers, 2620 Broadway, Boulder, 720.565.2434,

With a deep connection to the Boulder community and a desire to start a local business, Janet Taffet and Kathy Blockwick opened Jacque Michelle’s doors to offer a fun and wide-ranging inventory. Customers can expect to discover unique gifts, women’s clothing and accessories, jewelry, greeting cards, and more. “Our sales associates pride themselves on top-notch customer service,” Taffet, owner, says. “We proudly sell the local work of Miss Magoo, Kelly Fox and RuBarb jewelry, and Jacque Michelle Artworks.” Jacque Michelle offers free gift wrapping services and a convenient location. Open throughout the week, you’ll find the perfect gift for you or someone you love. 2670 Broadway, Boulder, 303.786.7628, Runner Up: Peppercorn, 1235 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.5847,


HB WOODSONGS For the novice or seasoned musician, HB Woodsongs can offer expert opinion and a personalized shopping experience. And if a customer can’t afford to purchase an instrument or accessory, often, the HB Woodsongs’ rental program can bridge the gap. Dana Flitcraft, owner, says that the store offers private lessons to help budding musicians to hone their talent. “In addition to private lessons, we host a Ukulele Hootenanny and a Jam Sandwich Workshop once a month. Both groups combine some workshop time and jamming time to give participants the experience of playing with others,” she says. “Not only are these fun events, but playing in a group on a regular basis helps students improve quickly.” 3101 28th St., Boulder, 303.449.0516, Runner Up: Robb’s Boulder Music, 2691 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.8448,

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BOLDER INK Selecting a tattoo is serious business, and Bolder Ink houses an expert staff of six artists to assist customers in making the best decision for the long-term. “Our shop is brutally honest with our clients, which is exactly what you want in a good tattoo shop because you know they’ll always steer you in the right direction,” C.J. Shea, owner, says. This year marked Bolder Ink’s 20th Anniversary, and Shea says that the shop’s success is largely due to his staff who is committed to being upfront and honest with clientele while keeping the integrity of the art at the forefront. 2735 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.444.7380,

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THE RITZ When searching for a great costume, often, the Boulder community looks no further than The Ritz. Widely known to house the broadest selection of costume options, bringing characters to life starts here. The store is not the average costume shop featuring only small selection and common options. The Ritz specializes in featuring high-end materials, jewelry, and other accessories. At the Ritz, the details are paramount because they can take any character or costume to the next level. Additionally, customers can request fittings to ensure that the costume looks as true to life as possible. Open for service throughout the week, finding the perfect costume for any occasion makes The Ritz the one-stop shop to visit. 959 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.443.2850, Runner Up: Theatrical Costumes, Etc., 673 30th St., Boulder, 303.440.8515,


RAGS CONSIGNMENTS With three locations from Boulder to Denver, Rags Consignments features the Front Range’s best in consigned clothing. The store hand selects consignment clothing, shoes, and accessories and features designer duds year-round. Kate Spade, Dior, Adidas, Guess, Escada and more, are only some of the biggest brands on-hand at Rags Consignments. The community is also welcome to consign unwanted clothing items at any time either instore or through their mobile pickup service. The store offers a vehicle who will come to your home to take all unwanted items off your hands, making it as easy as possible for the customer. 3129 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.5758, Runner Up: Common Threads, 2707 Spruce St., Boulder, 303.449.5431,

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WEEKENDS A quarter century in business is an achievement for any Boulder business but especially for a clothing store. A couple of generations of men have come to depend on Weekends for clothing they end up wearing all week long. “We’ve been providing the best service in town for 25 years. My staff has been with me a long time,” said owner John Schopbach, praising staff members who have worked for 10 to more than 18 years at the shop. They have developed rapport with a roster of loyal customers who appreciate being helped by the same person who knows their taste in clothing. While great service is essential, John Schopbach said that selection also matters. “We shop all the markets to bring new styles to Boulder. The collection is curated,” he said, meaning the selection is unique to Weekends. 1200 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.4231, Runner Up: The Regiment Shops, 2425 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.443.2713,


BARBARA & COMPANY Winning the Boulder County Gold award for Best Women’s Clothing Store for the first time is “thrilling and gratifying,” said Kathy King, owner of Barbara & Company which has stores in Boulder and Denver. “It’s important to us that every customer feels totally comfortable and satisfied with the clothes we help to pick out,” King said. Barbara and Company is known for carrying a wide array of current styles for a women of various ages and sizes with accessories to match. “We spend a lot of time thinking about what goes with what you already have in the closet. We often say that if we put the outfit together you won’t look like anyone else,” King said. 1505 Pearl St., Boulder; 303.443.2565, Runner Up: JJ Wells, 2460 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.449.2112,

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STURTZ & COPELAND A lot has changed since Sturtz & Copeland’s greenhouses opened in Boulder in 1929. Numerous chain stores and supermarkets now sell plants, flowers and gardening supplies, but one thing remains the same: the service. That’s why Sturtz and Copeland has won this category often since Boulder County Gold began. “It’s the personal service and that’s because we have had the same staff for so many years,” said owner Carol Riggs. “We see the same customers through the years. We did their wedding flowers, bouquets when they have their first child, corsages for proms, holiday centerpieces and even funeral flowers.” “It means a lot to me to be recognized by our customers,” Riggs said. Tomato lovers have known for years that Sturtz is the best place to get plants that thrive in Boulder’s diverse growing conditions from the plains to the foothills. 2851 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.6663, Runner Up: Harlequin’s Gardens, 4795 26th St., Boulder, 303.939.9403,

Since 2002 Way to Grow has established itself as a premier source for organic and hydroponic gardening supplies with seven stores primarily along the Front Range. The Gunbarrel location is a repeat winner of Boulder’s Gold awards. “It’s because we have a team of people who are passionate about growing and put customers first,” said owner Corey Inniss. He noted that his staff is ready to answer complex questions about lighting, nutrients, soil, watering systems, fertilizers, ventilation and pest control. “We make sure that customers are buying things that really solve their problems,” Inniss said. The staff is always available to help after sales with any growing concerns. 6395 Gunpark Drive, Boulder, 303.473.4769, Runner Up: One Love Garden Supply, 3620 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.586.1715,


THE TREE FARM NURSERY Experience counts for a lot at a tree nursery, and The Tree Farm has been providing the best trees suited to Colorado’s micro-climates since 1980. “These are trees we handpick ourselves – we get the cream of the crop. They are well-cared for with enough water and fertilizer and we space the trees out so they have room to grow,” said Mike Gittleson, a manager at the nursery. He credits the win in this category to staff members who average 15 years on the job. “They know how to help you pick out the right tree for the conditions in your garden. It saves money in the long run,” he said. 11868 Mineral Road, Longmont, 303.652.2961, Runner Up: Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 26th St., Boulder, 303.939.9403, 60


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P.C.’S PANTRY FOR DOGS AND CATS Owner Mary Lee Withers founded P. C.’s Pantry in 1998, and it has been the go-to place – “the cat’s meow”– for dogs and cats ever since. Four-legged customers are welcome to join their guardians and roam inside PC’s and even enjoy a tasty treat. Withers says, “Everyone who works here is enthusiastic and likes their job and helping people with questions they have about their animal. We have been in business long enough that we know our customer base. If they have a problem, perhaps they need to change the food; we know the animal’s likes and dislikes. I am confident about the products we carry for our various animals. We’ve been in business so long that we have seen the puppies grow into dogs and the cats grow from kittens. We appreciate people supporting us all these years and enjoy seeing them in the store.” 2828 30th St., Boulder, 303.245.9909, Runner Up for Best Pet Store: Whole Pets, 2835 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.4733, wholepetsholistic. com. Runner Up for Best Pet Bakery/Deli: Breadworks Bakery & Café, 2644 Broadway, Boulder, 303.444.5667,


KARING KIND The store name says it all and accounts for Karing Kind’s double award wins, for Best Recreational Marijuana Store as well as Best Customer Service for any business in Boulder. “We just really have a hardworking staff that gives a higher level of service that makes loyal customers,” said Dylan Donaldson, owner of Karing Kind. He estimates that 60 to 80 percent of his recreational clientele are regular customers the staff knows by name. Having competitive prices and high quality products are important but with this brand new type of business, education is central to building those customer relationships, Donaldson said. “It’s important to teach customers how to use the product safely and enjoy it,” he said, adding that it helps that Karing Kind’s veteran staff have a lot of fun every day as educators. 5854 Rawhide Court, Boulder, 303.449.9333, Runner Up for Best Recreational Marijuana: The Farm, 2801 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.440.1323. Runner Up for Best Customer Service: Walters & Hogsett Fine Jewelers, 2425 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.449.2626,


ASPEN EYEWEAR One of Boulder’s true legacy businesses is Aspen Eyewear which has won this category every year since the inception of the Boulder County Gold awards. Owner Heinz Ebner grew up working for his father who operated Crossroads Optical in Boulder for 35 years before opening Aspen Eyewear in 1986. His daughter Jennifer joined the business in 1996. “The more the business changes the more it stays the same. It’s still about quality service,” Ebner said. Dr. Michael Bollenbacher oversees the eye exams, screens for potential eye disorders and prescribes eyeglasses or contact lenses. Having Boulder’s only custom onsite lab and an extensive selection of frames means that Aspen Eyewear can typically deliver finished eyeglasses in one to three days. Customers often come in bearing a damaged pair of their favorite glasses which can often be fixed the same day. The staff stays focused on always treating customers better than they expect has creative familial loyalty. “I’m now helping the grandchildren of some of my customers,” Ebner said, chuckling in amazement. As a community service Aspen the shop offers free eye assessments for any infant under the age of one year to help catch vision problems early. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.447.0210, Runner Up: Envision Boulder, 1011 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.939.8021,

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VERLO MATTRESS Verlo Mattress was proudly “green” long before that word came to symbolize a concern for the environment. “I’ve always been concerned about the materials we use and how they affect my employees and my own kids who sleep on the mattresses,” said Dick Sumerfield who has owned the Boulder outpost of a national group of bedding factories and showrooms for 28 years. Among the steps Verlo has taken in minimizing packaging, reducing waste and “outcycling” old beds into their reuseable components, Sumerfield said. Use only U.S.made foam to guarantee that no banned chemicals are present in the product. Mattresses are not sprayed with flame-retardant which off-gasses and can cause health issues. Instead Verlo is a national leader in utilizing wool, rayon, bamboo and other naturally flame retardant materials. And, Sumerfield added, the Boulder factory is solar powered. “I sleep better knowing we are doing the right thing,” he said. 3080 Valmont Road, Boulder; 303.447.1154, Runner Up: Art Parts Creative Reuse Center, 2870 Bluff St., Boulder, 720.379.5328,


Runner Up: Karing Kind, 5854 Rawhide Court, Boulder, 303.449.9333,


WALTERS & HOGSETT FINE JEWELERS From its opening 34 years ago, community has been as important as carats at Walters & Hogsett. The family-owned business has gone beyond simple one-time gifts to become a strong ongoing supporter of the organizations that are essential to boulder’s well-being including Attention Homes, Boulder County Safehouse, Boulder Valley Humane Society, Colorado Music Festival, Community Food Share, Meals On Wheels, YWCA of Boulder and many local schools. That why customers as well as appreciative citizens have once again voted Walters & Hogsett Fine Jewelers the winner of the “Best Company/ Store Who Gives Back to the Community” award. 2425 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.449.2626, Runner Up: Aspen Eyewear, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.447.0210,

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At PC’s one size does not fit all when it comes to dog biscuits. An in-house bakery prepares dozens of varieties of fresh biscuits all free of salt, sugar and preservatives. “We have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free biscuits for different sizes and ages of dogs,” said Mary Lee who opened the popular store 16 years ago in Boulder. A steady flow of canine visitors come through the door every day to a warm welcome and a water bowl. “They learn to come to the counter and drop down for a treat,” she said. Owner-guardians can order a celebratory Bark’day Cakes in five flavors including liver. “We try to do our best, know our customers well and search for great products including local ones like Boulder Dog Food,” Lee said. While cats are also welcome few of them care to visit. “They mostly balk at travelling,” she said, but the business stocks an array of feline foods, supplements and toys. 2828 30th St., 303.245.9909,

HUMANE SOCIETY OF BOULDER VALLEY THRIFT AND GIFT SHOP The Humane Society Thrift and Gift Shop has been going to the dogs for 15 years. “Customers like coming in because we have good music and they can bring their dogs. We have dog biscuits at the door,” said Jennifer Cates who manages the mostly volunteer-run shop. “Boulder has always been good to us with donations,” she said, noting that the shop stocks everything from gently-used clothing and furniture to jewelry and some unexpected finds. “We’ve recently had a bocce ball set, vintage snowshoes, and 1960’s dresses and platform shoes available. You never know what we’ll have,” Cates said. 5320 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.415.0685, Runner Up: TRU Hospice Thrift Shop, 5565 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.604.5353,

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Boulder County Gold | 2015 People’s Choice Awards EATS, DRINKS AND ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS CUISINE Best American Cuisine Boulder Cork RU: Flagstaff House Restaurant Best Chinese Cuisine China Gourmet RU: Zoe Ma Ma Best French Cuisine Brasserie Ten Ten RU: L'Atelier

Best Breakfast Tangerine RU: Snooze Best Brunch Tangerine RU: Lucile's Best Caterer A Spice of Life RU: Savory Cuisines

Best Indian Cuisine Curry-N-Kebob RU: Taj Mahal III

Best Dessert Gracier Homemade Ice Cream & Gelato RU: Sweet Cow

Best Italian Cuisine Carelli's Ristorante Italiano RU: Arugula Bar e Ristorante

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

Best Mediterranean Cuisine The Mediterranean Restaurant RU: Arugula Bar e Ristorante

Best Gluten Free Tangerine RU: Fresh Thymes Eatery

Best Mexican Cuisine Efrain's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina RU: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Best Late-Night Cosmo's Pizza RU: Oak at Fourteenth

Best Thai Cuisine Khow Thai Cafe RU: Aloy Thai Cuisine Best Vietnamese/Pho Cuisine Chez Thuy Vietnamese Restaurant RU: Black Pepper Pho FOODIE EXPERIENCE Best Ambiance Carelli's Ristorante Italiano RU: Flagstaff House Restaurant Best Appetizers The Mediterranean Restaurant RU: Brasserie Ten Ten Best Bakery AND Best Lunch Breadworks Bakery and Cafe RU for Best Bakery: Spruce Confections RU for Best Lunch: The Mediterranean Restaurant



Best New Eatery Blackbelly Restaurant RU: Fresh Thymes Eatery

NEIGHBORHOOD EATERY Best Gunbarrel/Niwot Eatery Colterra RU: Treppeda’s Italian Ristorante

Best Burger Larkburger RU: Smashburger

Best Lafayette/Louisville/ Superior/Erie Restaurant The Huckleberry RU: The Empire Lounge

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

Best Longmont/Lyons Eatery Sugarbeet RU: Oskar Blues Brewery

Best Ice Cream Gracier Homemade Ice Cream & Gelato RU: Sweet Cow

BEST PLACE TO WET YOUR WHISTLE Best Bar The Bitter Bar RU: World Famous Dark Horse Bar and Grill Best Brewery AND Best Tap House Avery Brewing Company RU for Best Brewery: Upslope Brewing Company RU for Best Tap House: Backcountry Pizza & Tap House Best Coffeehouse Ozo Coffee Company RU: The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse

Best Outdoor Dining Chautauqua Dining Hall RU: The Mediterranean Restaurant

Best Happy Hour The Mediterranean Restaurant RU: Boulder Cork

Best Sandwich Snarf's Sandwiches RU: Salvaggio's Deli

Best Sports Bar The Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill RU: Harpo's Sports Grill

Best Service Flagstaff House Restaurant RU: Frasca Food & Wine

Best Tea The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse RU: Pekoe Sip House

Best Take-Out Food Curry-N-Kebob RU: Chez Thuy Vietnamese Restaurant

Best Wine Selection Flagstaff House Resta RU: Frasca Food & Wine

Best Vegetarian Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant RU: Native Foods Cafe

BEST BITES Best Barbecue KT's BBQ RU: Lulu's BBQ

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Best Pizza Pizzeria Locale RU: Abo's Pizza Best Salad Mad Greens RU: Modmarket Best Seafood Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar RU: Boulder Cork Best Sushi Sushi Zanmai RU: Japango BEST PLACE TO HAVE FUN Best Place to Entertain Kids Gateway Park Fun Center RU: Pearl Street Mall Best Place to Hear Live Music Boulder Theater RU: Chautauqua Auditorium Best Theater Performance BDT Stage RU: Colorado Shakespeare Festival Best Fair/Festival/Boulder County Event Boulder Creek Festival RU: Boulder County Farmers Markets

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Boulder County Gold | 2015 People’s Choice Awards SERVICES, FACES AND PLACES AWARDS FACES Best Dentist Whole Family Dentistry, Ted Kawulok, D.D.S. RU: North Boulder Dental Best Law Firm Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP RU: Caplan and Earnest LLC Best Local Employer Greenwood & Myers Mortuary RU: The Academy Best Mortgage Lender Elevations Credit Union RU: Premier Mortgage Group Best Non-Profit Organization Humane Society of Boulder Valley RU: Emergency Family Assistance Association

Best Holistic Care/ Wellness Center AND Best Physical Therapist Avanti Therapy RU for Best Holistic Care/Wellness Center: Helios Integrated Medicine RU for Best Physical Therapist: Boulder Physical Therapy Best Lasik/Laser Eye Facility/Surgeon Boulder Eyes/Beyer Lasik RU: InSight Lasik Best Medical Facility Laser & Cosmetic Associates of Boulder RU: Boulder Community Health Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary Terrapin Care Station RU: Helping Hands Herbals

Best Plumber/ Plumbing Company Precision Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric RU: Planet Plumbing & Drain

Best Physician-Based Hearing Center Boulder Valley Hearing Associates RU: Hearing HealthCare Centers

Best Real Estate Company Wright Kingdom Real Estate RU: RE/MAX of Boulder

Best Pilates/Yoga Studio Avanti Therapy RU: CorePower Yoga

Best Realtor Patrick Dolan RU: Dan Kingdom

Best Place to Work Out Colorado Athletic Club RU: RallySport Health and Fitness Club

Best Travel Agency Cain Travel RU: TravelPOINTS HEALTH AND FITNESS Best Chiropractic Clinic The Joint RU: Swan Lake Chiropractic Best Hearing Aid Center Family Hearing Centers RU: Boulder Valley Hearing Associates Best Karate/Martial Arts Studio Easton Training Center RU: Wolchek Academy of Martial Arts

HOME, SWEET HOME SERVICE Best AC/Heating Service Precision Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric RU: Meyers Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. Best Carpet Cleaning Service Nesheim’s RU: Chem-Dry Best Hardwood Flooring Magnus Anderson RU: Berlin Flooring Best Interior Design Studio Bartlett Interiors RU: Design Matters Home Best Moving Company Taylor Moving & Storage RU: The Good Move

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Best Solar Energy Provider Namasté Solar RU: SolarCity FOR PETS Best Pet Boarding Service AND Best Pet Grooming Cottonwood Kennels RU for Best Pet Boarding and Grooming Service: Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center Best Pet Sitting Service Dogma Catma Pet Sitting RU: Cottonwood Kennels Best Vet Clinic Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center RU: Alpine Hospital for Animals PLACE TO GET BEAUTIFUL Best Hair Salon Pompadours Salon RU: Salon Salon Best Skincare Facility Laser & Cosmetic Associates of Boulder RU: J Lounge Natural Nail Bar and Spa Best Spa J Lounge Natural Nail Bar and Spa RU: Essentiels Day Spa Best Tanning Salon Tans To Go Tanning Salon RU: Aspen Tan BEST PLACES Best Colorado Ski Resort Vail RU: Winter Park Resort Best Financial Institution AND Best Customer Service Elevations Credit Union RU for Best Financial Institution: FirstBank RU for Best Customer Service: Wright Kingdom Real Estate Best Dance/Gymnastcs Studio North Boulder Recreation Center, Boulder Flyers RU: Cats Gymnastics

Best Day Camp Journey Language Center RU: Rocky Mountain Day Camp Best Dry Cleaner/Laundromat Art Cleaners RU: John’s Dry Cleaners Best Funeral Service Provider Greenwood & Myers Mortuary RU: Crist Mortuary Best Place for Worship Unity of Boulder Spiritual Center RU: Flatirons Community Church Best Retirement/Alternative or Elder Care/Assisted Living The Academy RU: Frasier Meadows SMARTS Best Boulder Valley School Boulder High School RU: Fairview High School Best Private School Journey Language Center RU: Sacred Heart of Jesus Best Vocational School Arapahoe Ridge High School RU: Boulder Career and Technical Education Center (CTE) WHEELS Best Auto Dealer Flatirons Imports-Subaru Acura RU: Fisher Honda Kia Best Auto Repair Shop/ Service Dept. Pellman’s Automotive RU: Flatirons Imports-Subaru Acura Best Car Wash Puddle Car Wash RU: Breeze Thru Car Wash Best Oil Change Pellman’s Automotive RU: Grease Monkey BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 65

Boulder County Gold | 2015 People’s Choice Awards SHOPPER’S PARADISE AWARDS EATS & DRINKS Best Grocery Store Whole Foods RU: King Soopers

Best Place to Buy Windows Champion Windows RU: Alpen High Performance Products

Best Liquor Store Hazel’s Beverage World RU: Liquor Mart

Best Place to Buy Window Treatments Innovative Openings RU: Howard’s Draperies

Best Wine Merchant Boulder Wine Merchant RU: Hazel’s Beverage World Best Pet Store AND Best Pet Bakery/Deli P.C.’s Pantry for Dogs & Cats RU for Best Pet Store: Whole Pets RU for Best Pet Bakery/Deli: Breadworks Bakery & Cafe HOME Best Antique Dealer AND Best Home Décor Store The Amazing Garage Sale RU for Best Antique Dealer: Classic Facets RU for Best Home Décor Store: HomeGoods Best Appliance Store Specialty Appliance RU: Mountain High Appliance Best Art Gallery Art + Soul Gallery RU: Madelife Best Bedding/Mattress Store Verlo Mattress RU: Denver Mattress Co. Best Floor Covering Store Atlas Flooring RU: Carpet Exchange Best Hardware Store McGuckin Hardware RU: Home Depot Best Imported Goods Store Indochine Home + Garden RU: Cost Plus World Market Best Place to Buy Custom Countertops Moros Fabrication RU: Atlas Flooring 66


INSPIRATION Best Art Supply & Hobby Store Michaels RU: Guiry’s ColorSource

Best Running Store Boulder Running Company RU: Flatirons Running Best Ski/Snowboard Store Boulder Ski Deals RU: Christy Sports Best Sporting Goods Store Sports Authority RU: Dick’s Sporting Goods SHINE Best Antique Jewelry Store Classic Facets RU: Hurdle’s Jewelry

Best Bookstore Boulder Book Store RU: Trident Booksellers and Cafe Best Camera Store Mike’s Camera RU: Best Buy

Best Jewelry Store Walters & Hogsett RU: Classic Facets Best Florist Sturtz & Copeland RU: Fiori Flowers

Best Toy Store Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe RU: Into the Wind

Best Gift Shop Jacque Michelle RU: Peppercorn

Best Travel Supply Store Changes in Latitude Travel Store RU: REI Best Bicycle Shop University Bicycles RU: Full Cycle

Best Musical Instruments HB Woodsongs RU: Robb’s Boulder Music Best Place to Get Inked Bolder Ink RU: Freaky’s Tattoo & Gift Shop

Best Camping Store AND Best Outdoor Recreation Store AND Best for Outdoor, Rec & Sports REI RU for Best Camping Store: Boulder Sports Recycler RU for Best Outdoor Recreation Store: Boulder Sports Recycler RU for Best Outdoor Rec & Sports: Boulder Sports Recycler Best Fishing Supply Store Front Range Anglers RU: Rocky Mountain Anglers

THREADS Best Consignment Store Rags Consignments RU: Common Threads Best Costume Store The Ritz RU: Theatrical Costumes, Etc. Best Men’s Clothing Store Weekends RU: The Regiment Shops Best Women’s Clothing Store Barbara & Company RU: J J Wells

Best Mountaineering Store Neptune Mountaineering RU: REI

Best Hydroponics Store Way To Grow RU: One Love Garden Supply

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YARD & GARDEN Best Garden Center/Plant Nursery Sturtz & Copeland RU: Harlequin’s Gardens Best Tree Nursery The Tree Farm Nursery RU: Harlequin’s Gardens SHOPPER’S MISC. Best Recreational Marijuana Store AND Best Customer Service Karing Kind RU for Best Recreational Marijuana: The Farm RU for Best Customer Service: Walters & Hogsett Best Eye Care/ Eye Wear Store Aspen Eyewear RU: Envision Boulder Best Green Products/ Services Store Verlo Mattress RU: Art Parts Creative Reuse Center Best Recycled Goods/ Thrift Store Humane Society of Boulder Valley Thrift and Gift Shop RU: TRU Hospice Thrift Shop Best Locally Owned Store PC.’s Pantry for Dogs & Cats RU: Karing Kind Best Company/Store that Gives Back Walters & Hogsett RU: Aspen Eyewear September 20, 2015


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