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he 2019 Boulder County Gold results are in! And this year Boulder’s original reader’s choice awards are even more meaningful because Boulder County Gold is celebrating more than two decades in operation. “Boulder County Gold has been a go-to guide to the local businesses, retailers, service providers, people and places that are excelling in our community,” says Greg Stone, longtime marketing and advertising features coordinator for the Daily Camera. “It was the original and remains today the most trusted source. It’s eagerly anticipated by area businesses and Boulder County residents alike.” It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the Daily Camera first started recognizing the finest places to eat, shop and play, plus key service providers and people that make this town tick. But it’s no wonder “BoCo Gold” has endured: It’s is a testament to all the elements of community that make Boulder County such a desirable place to live. How balloting and voting works Since 1999, we’ve invited the people of Boulder County to vote for all their favorites in one place. After all, it’s your community. We’re just reporting about it. The annual BoCo Gold awards recognize our unique identity: what makes Boulder, well, the Republic of Boulder. Categories have evolved over the years, but are currently separated into the following


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groups: Eats, Drinks and Entertainment; Services, Places and Faces; Shopper’s Paradise; East Boulder County; and Broomfield County. The special section introduced two bordering county sections to be more inclusive to the vibrant and growing communities surrounding Boulder proper. The community-wide voting process starts each July when ballots are released in the Daily Camera, Colorado Hometown Weekly and Broomfield Enterprise and online at DailyCamera.com. Voters can also drop ballots in boxes at participating retailers and service providers throughout during the voting cycle. Over the years the voting process shifted with the times — from paper ballots and drop boxes to an online option, which offers a more convenient way to participate. Then in mid August results are tallied, verified and finalized by the Daily Camera team. Boulder County Gold ballot verification is serious stuff. Each ballot goes through a rigorous accuracy check to eliminate any potential cheating. This process includes checking for duplicate entries, multiple entries

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from same computer IP addresses, authenticity of the ballot and the people behind submissions. “In fact we go so far as to randomly check and verify a select number of ballots for authenticity by calling the person listed on the ballot and verifying that they provided the information,” Stone explains. Boulder County Gold: 20 years and counting The reader’s choice section has more than tripled in size over 20 years. And creating the coffee table winner’s guide takes nearly two months as the team produces more than 200 articles and snapshots to accompany each business profile. Every August since 1999, our writers and photographers have anticipated BoCo Gold season. They prepare for the annual rite of passage: documenting top businesses though interviews and imagery. All the work culminates in the fun summaries that winners often frame and hang on the wall of their establishments. “Providing outstanding customer service and products is key to any business’s success. The Gold award is meant to showcase a businesses’ hard work and effort,” says Daily Camera VP of Marketing & Advertising Jill Stravolemos. “For the next 20 years, I hope folks keep voting for their favorite places, people and services.” This year, the 21st edition of Boulder County Gold celebrates businesses that stand out year after year with a special icon. Look for the designation next to any area business that has won (or been a runner up) five or more times. “Whether a perennial winner or just gaining new recognition, these businesses truly are the ones that make our community the place we all love,” Stone says. “We encourage everyone to support all the businesses recognized in the special section. And, most importantly, thanks to everyone who took the time to vote!”

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Boulder Cork opened in an iconic year: 1969. Despite 50 years of cultural change it seems that one thing never goes out of style: fine American dining. Chef Jim Smailer has been serving up steak and seafood favorites for 38 years and Sous Chef Greg Larson is going 34 years strong. Manager Donna Karmeris, who has been at the restaurant three decades, says consistency and good service have kept Boulder Cork popping for so many years. With luxury cut prime rib, fresh sea scallops and a nationally recognized wine list, Boulder Cork is a special place to celebrate everything from engagements to graduations to private parties. To celebrate any day, try happy hour. It features $5 wine and well drinks, plus simple selections from the kitchen, many under $10. 3295 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.9505, bouldercork.com. YEARS




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BEST FRENCH Brasserie Ten Ten

What a run: This year Brasserie Ten Ten marks 11 years for the best French food in Boulder County. The cozy café consistently churns out decadent dishes like the popular Poulet en Brigue (brick chicken) and the unexpected Canard Confit (duck leg). “The ambiance and size help give that feeling that you get when at the Brasserie,” says Joe Romano, who owns the hopping spot with his wife Peggy. But a solid staff is what makes it all come together each day. “They do a great job and have for over 16 years,” he says. “We have a large number of people who work together to create a great atmosphere, with great food. I think that we are incredibly fortunate to have a community that embraces our efforts so wonderfully.” 1011 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.998.1010, brasserietenten.com. YEARS

Runner Up: Le French Café, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., #C1, Boulder, 303.284.2265, lefrenchcafeboulder.com.

Runner Up: The Sink, 1165 13th St., Boulder, 303.444.7465, thesink.com. PERENNIAL



BEST CHINESE China Gourmet

A 10-year winner in this category, China Gourmet is hands-down the local favorite for every Asian palette and every budget. With more than 100 dishes on the menu, diners can always find classic combinations such as sweet and sour chicken, kung pao beef, cashew shrimp and egg foo young. Or feel free to explore the wild side with interesting entrees like Ants Climbing on a Tree (beans and pork), Chinese Eggplant Hot Pot and Firecracker Chicken, heated with red pepper and jalapenos. The best lunch deal is just $8.95 for the meal of your choice, plus an appetizer, rice and soup. For the more healthconscious, China Gourmet offers selections made with no sugar, salt, cornstarch or vegetable oil, plus gluten-free options upon request. 3970 N. Broadway, #102, Boulder, 303.440.3500, chinagourmetmenu.com. YEARS







Curry rhymes with hurry. That’s good, because when you’re in one but still want authentic Indian food, Curry-n-Kebob is the place to call in an order to go. Of course you’re welcome to dine in, too. And if you do you’ll be treated to a diverse menu of flavors from Northern India, the Kahn family’s home country of Bangladesh, and even some British influences from when the owners operated curry houses overseas. Everything is made to order, so diners don’t even need to stick to the menu if they have special requests. Daily lunch specials are a bargain: eight different dishes — half of them vegetarian/vegan — to choose from, plus basmati rice, naan, fried onion fritters, side of tamarind chutney dipping sauce and dessert for under $10. 3050 28th St., Boulder, 720.328.4696, currynkebob.com.

14 Runner Up for Best Indian: Tandoori Grill, 619 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.543.7339, YEARS

Runner Up: Flower Pepper, 2655 Broadway, Boulder, 720.381.1594, flowerpeppereats.com.



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PERENNIAL Warmth. That word defines WINNER the steaming pasta, roaring fire, CARELLI’S glowing lights, and the people OF BOULDER taking care of you at Carelli’s. This fine Italian establishment YEARS oozes luxury, but is made for lingering. What started as an Italian sub shop in William’s Village Shopping Center is far from it nearly three decades later. Winning a design award from the American Institute of Architects, Carelli’s gorgeous dining space features three fireplaces, rich slate and copper, and calming birchwood accents. “Our architecture is timeless,” says Owner Greg Carelli. But ambiance is only part of the appeal here. Regulars return for the artisan pizzas, fresh-daily seafood dishes and an emphasis on gluten-free foods like a crispy crust made with tapioca and rice. “Gluten-free works for us because we’re a scratch kitchen, so changing out the starch is easy for us,” Carelli says. “We do a lot of rice, polenta, gnocchi and grilled dishes.” 645 30th St., Boulder, 303.938.9300, carellis.com.


Runner Up for Best Italian: Via Perla, 901 Pearl St., Boulder, 720.669.0100, viaperla.com.

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No one who’s had the pleasure of eating at Efrain’s would dispute the mainstay’s 18 wins for the best Mexican in Boulder. “Our recipes have been in our family for generations,” says General Manager Cristian Pinon. “And we deliver consistently delicious North Mexican cuisine, which comes with a spice and flare that is incomparable.” The home-cooked Northern Chihuahua cuisine is loaded with complex flavors that make a mouth go “wow.” Speaking of that wow factor, the classic Efrain Burrito has just that. “It’s a burrito that comes with a variety of our ‘delectables’ and who knows what else. The decision is made exclusively by the chef,” Pinion says of the no-refunds, no-exceptions surprise bundle. “It’s a large and awesome burrito which rarely fails to please.” 1630 N. 63rd St., Boulder, 303.440.4045, efrainsrestaurant.com.

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Mexican Restaurant, 1101 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.3690, riograndemexican.com. YEARS

Runner Up for Best Gluten Free: The Corner, 1100 13th St., Boulder, 720.398.8331, thecornerboulder.com.



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Aloy Thai has been referred to as a “Thai oasis in the city.” And that feels just about right. With a contemporary atmosphere and a focus on health-conscious creations that don’t sacrifice ethnic authenticity, Aloy Thai is a favorite among choosy diners. Light and appetizing offerings range from fresh spring rolls and spicy salads to wok-fried veggies over steamed rice and rice noodles finished in homemade sweet Thai sauce. Owner Kim Naka immigrated to Boulder in 2006 and brought all her family recipes along. Favorites include Pad Thai, Khoa Soi, Crying Tiger and Thai BBQ Chicken. “There are so many more dishes that my customers give a try for the first time and love them!” says General Manager Tess Portfolio. The only question we have is … when’s dinner? 2720 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.440.2903, aloythai.com.

Serving fine Vietnamese food since 1993, Chez Thuy has clearly made an impact in the Boulder County community. This year the rarified establishment, known for its eclectic Asian dishes featuring French, Thai, Chinese, and Indonesian influences, marks 18 wins for its famous pho, curries, stir-fries and more. Premium meats and fresh veggies have always made Chez Thuy stand apart from the competition, as have original Chef Thuy’s (“Twee”) piquant blends of herbs and spices like cilantro, basil, lemongrass and ginger. With warming soups, fried favorites, hot pots, plus lots of vegetarian dishes, gluten-free foods, kids menu and a full bar, the range of delectable offerings are as rich as the flavors that have made Chez Thuy tops in town. 2655 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.1700, chezthuy.com.

Runner Up: Buddha Thai, 2719 Iris Ave., Boulder, 720.565.0506, buddhathaicuisine.com.

Runner Up: Black Pepper Pho, 2770 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.1948.





Only the best stand the test of time. And KT’s BBQ has proven that Coloradans continue to have a voracious appetite for downhome barbecue done right. “We strive for exceptional quality and true Southern hospitality,” says Tricia Jamison, who founded the restaurant with her husband Kirk. The couple was so committed to the concept that they lived out of their car with two big dogs for a month while kicking off KT’s. And, honestly, there’s a story behind almost everything at this eatery. The famous June Bowl? Well, four ounces of meat and two sides to be exact, was born after friends came in and tried to order “that thing June gets.” It’s no wonder that when asked why KT’s has won for 14 years, Tricia answers, “Our customers are loyal and they love us!” 2660 Broadway, Boulder, 303.442.3717; 7464 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.786.7608, ktsbbq.com.

To think you could be noshing right where former President Obama once sat eating the P.O.T.U.S. pizza — or Anthony Bourdain, who devoured the Texas Onion Straw burger while in town. Or even Robert Redford, who mopped the floors here as a janitor. Boulder’s oldest bar and restaurant, The Sink has been in this town’s consciousness since before 1940, the year its name was officially changed from Summer’s Sunken Gardens to what locals called it: The Sink, for its sunken water fountain right in the dining room. The original European-style restaurant morphed into a college hangout on “The Hill,” best known for its “ugly crust” pizza. But today people increasingly come for the burgers. They’re seven ounces of Colorado grass-fed beef — juicy ground chuck with all kinds of fun fixings and Creole-spiced fries or coleslaw on the side. 1165 13th St., Boulder, 303.444.7465, thesink.com.

Runner Up: Georgia Boys, 250 3rd Ave., Longmont, 720.999.4099, georgiaboys.com

Runner Up: Fat Shack, 1110 13th St., Boulder, 303.442.2610, fatshack.com




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BEST CHOCOLATIER Peace, Love & Chocolate

A toothsome mix of traditional confections and decadent inventions — that’s what makes Peace, Love & Chocolate so special. The sweet shop, owned by Greg and Sarah Amorese, is always experimenting, bouncing ideas off of six full-time pastry chefs. Residents always come back for the best-selling salted caramel truffle tort cake. Think dark chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream and salted caramel mousse inside. It’s like death by chocolate. But there’s new stuff, too, like mind-blowing frozen mousse sandwiched between Italian pizzelles made in six wild flavors from basil-lemon to vanilla bean grapefruit. Want to learn how to make this stuff yourself? Sign up for a Peace, Love & Chocolate class. The French macaroon session is a must. 805 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.4804, pieceloveandchocolate.com. Runner Up: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, 1300 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.8455, rmcf.com.



Geez, Glacier. Way to take home all the wins with your perfectly churned homemade ice cream, diabolical desserts and totally original kidsonly zone. With BoCo Gold wins each of its 17 years in business, Glacier is still thriving due to one thing: innovation. Founder Mark PERENNIAL Mallen is committed to constant WINNER improvement, whether it’s in the GLACIER HOMEMADE ICE form of new dairy-free vegan and CREAM & GELATO Paleo-friendly almond/coconut “creams,” homemade gluten-free YEARS brownies and cookies, loads of toppings that tots love, or even by-the-pint CBD-infused ice cream. “We carry 60 to 70 flavors in each store at a time,” Mallen says. “We also fresh-squeeze all of our citrus flavors like lemon gelato and key lime pie.” In fact, more than 1,000 flavors have been created to date, with new ones rolling out every week. 4760 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.4760; 3133 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.6542, glaciericecream.com.


8 Runner Up for Best Ice Cream: Sweet Cow, 2628 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.447.3269; 669 S. Broadway St., Boulder,


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8 Runner Up for Best Dessert: Sweet Cow, 2628 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.447.3269; 669 S. Broadway St., Boulder,


303.494.4269, sweetcowicecream.com.

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BEST PIZZA Pizzeria Locale

Neapolitan-style pizza is a nod to how Italy really eats its rustic crust. And in Boulder no place is doing that more authentically than Pizzeria Locale. Owners Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson of Frasca fame are sourcing the best ingredients they can get their hands on. And it’s paying off in customer loyalty to this perfect pizza for modern times. Picture flavor combinations like the popular Mais — corn, prosciutto cotto and creme fraiche — made by exacting chefs who have mastered firing crusty rounds in the famous Ferrara oven. Couple that with a “phenomenal wine list highlighting the great regions of Italy and warm hospitality,” says Erin Pommer, director of events for the restaurant group, and it’s like an Italian opera. It may just bring you to tears. 1730 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.3003, localeboulder.com. YEARS

12 Runner Up: Cosmo’s Pizza, 3117 28th St.; YEARS

659 30th St.; 1325 Broadway, 303.447.3278, cosmospizza.com.




BEST SEAFOOD Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar has been recognized in the Boulder County Gold Awards for 21 years. Jax’s director of operations, Adam Reed, says it’s an honor for the restaurant to be recognized for its commitment to sourcing fresh, sustainable seafood and cooking it well. Jax was the first restaurant in Colorado to partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and the restaurant is also a James Beard Foundation Smart Catch leader. “Since 1994 we had the desire to bring great fish and oysters to Boulder,” says Reed. “We’ve always tried to maintain a standard of great food and service without chasing down fads or trends.” Be on the lookout for events and promotions at Jax in celebration of National Seafood Month in October. 928 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.1811, jaxfishhouse.com.



Runner Up: Wild Standard, 1043 Pearl St., Boulder, 720.638.4800, wildstandard.com


T/aco defines itself as “an urban taqueria,” pulling on a variety of influences to dish up creative and delicious tacos on handmade tortillas. Their menu features all the classic Mexican street tacos you crave, like carnitas, barbacoa and pork belly, as well as more adventurous “North of the Border” tacos like the Mango Caesar and PBLTB (Pork Belly, Lettuce, Tomato and Bacon). The full bar at T/aco mixes up at least 10 types of margaritas every day and also has a nice selection of draft beer, cans and bottles. The tacos at T/aco are all less than $5 each to begin with, but you can get even better deals during happy hour, which happens every day from 2 to 6 p.m. and all day on Sunday. 1175 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.443.9468, tacocolorado.com. Runner Up: Bartaco, 1048 Pearl St., #101, Boulder, 719.249.8226, bartaco.com. 14 DAILY CAMERA





BEST SUSHI Sushi Zanmai

In its 34th year of business, Sushi Zanmai is one of the oldest restaurants in Boulder. General Manager Elliot Trout says that consistency is the key to Sushi Zanmai’s success. “We are blending both Japanese and American cultures in one location,” he says. “From our lively atmosphere to our diverse staff, we try to make our customers’ experience inviting to all cultures.” This is the 20th year that Sushi Zanmai has appeared in the Boulder County Gold Awards. “For most Boulderites, we are the first sushi restaurant that people have ever been to,” says Trout. “Because of that, we have built a loyal customer base.” Sushi Zanmai offers 10 percent off for EcoPass holders, Google employees, Z2Entertainment employees and the military. Also, if any customers mention this article, they will receive a 10 percent discount. 1221 Spruce St., Boulder, 303.440.0733, sushizanmai.com.

6 Runner Up: Japango, 1136 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.0330, boulderjapango.com.



It’s hard to say what’s best at The Mediterranean. “Most folks who visit the Mediterranean appreciate the food and service foremost, and then we also have a beautiful space,” says Owner Joe Romano. This is the 20th year that The Med has been featured in our Boulder County YEARS Gold Awards, and that consistent recognition is important to Romano and his staff. “We are very proud of our team,” he says. “Many folks have worked very hard for many years to make this restaurant so wonderful.” He adds that these two categories — Happy Hour and Patio — really compliment each other. “We have created a space reminiscent of Capri, Italy,” he says. “It’s outdoors, in a garden-like atmosphere, and private, so you feel like you’re literally transported to the Mediterranean without a flight.” 1002 Walnut St. Boulder, 303.444.5335, themedboulder.com. PERENNIAL



5 Runner Up for Best Appetizers/Happy Hour: The Boulder Cork, 3295 30th St., Boulder,


303.443.9505, bouldercork.com.

17 Runner Up for Best Patio: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 1101 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.3690, YEARS


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A 19-year winner in the BREADWORKS Boulder County Gold BAKERY & CAFE Awards, Breadworks Bakery and Cafe takes great pride YEARS in its scratch-made baked goods and long history in the Boulder area. “We have been told by our customers that Breadworks is an institution in Boulder, a neighborhood bakery that has become a staple in people’s lives and the bakery that their kids have grown up with,” says Larry Domnitz, who co-owns Breadworks with his wife Colleen. “High quality and consistency are the trademarks that help maintain Breadworks’ large and loyal customer base. The ownership and staff remain fully committed to maintaining the standards of excellence that have helped sustain our bakery/ cafe since we first opened in this same location on Valentine’s Day in 1995.” 2644 Broadway, Boulder, 303.444.5667.



Runner Up for Best Bakery: Spruce Confections, 767 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.6773; 4684 Broadway, Boulder, 303.449.5819, spruceconfections.com.


Owner and Founder Alec Shuler says Tangerine won in the right categories — the restaurant’s focus is definitely brunch and breakfast. Shuler calls ambiance, food and service “the needed trifecta” for a successful restaurant, and all three of Tangerine’s locations boast this trifecta. With real, natural ingredients and lots of veggies cooked to order, it’s easy to eat healthy at Tangerine. “You feel good after you leave, not weighted down,” Shuler says. “We want to be your daytime home away from home.” Tangerine recently introduced daily food and drink specials that are changed seasonally. They’ve also made some interesting new additions to their menu like a Golden Root Turmeric Latte, CBD additions for drinks, local Kombucha, local beers and new coffee drinks. 2777 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.443.2333, tangerineeats.com.

7 Runner Up for Best Breakfast: Walnut Cafe, 3073


7 Runner Up for Best Lunch: Tangerine, 2777 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.443.2333, tangerineeats.com.


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A Spice of Life has been serving Boulder and beyond for almost three decades and the business has been featured in the Gold Awards for the past 20 years. For Owners David Rubin and Dan Bruckner, this recognition is deeply meaningful in such a competitive market. “The restaurant and catering industry in Boulder/Denver is full of talent; which means we are always working harder to come out on top,” says Rubin. A Spice of Life recently established a Green Team committee, which has stepped up recycling efforts and eliminated single-use plastics from the company. “When it comes down to it, what makes us the best is our unwavering attention to detail, unrivaled customer service and unwillingness to settle for anything other than the best possible products we can provide to our clients,” says Bruckner. 5541 Central Ave., #272, Boulder, 303.443.4049, aspiceoflife.com. Runner Up for Best Caterer: Sforno Trattoria Romana, 1308 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.1787, sfornoboulder.com. Runner Up for Best Corporate Cafe: Celestial Seasonings, 4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder, 303.581.1202, celestialseasonings.com. PERENNIAL



BEST FARM TO TABLE Black Cat Farm Table Bistro

Black Cat restaurant was opened 12 years ago, and the farm opened two years after the restaurant. “We hoped our authentic farm-to-table business model would resonate and be valued here,” says Chef/Owner Eric Skokan. “Winning this award demonstrates that our hopes have been realized. Restaurants and farms are challenging businesses and knowing that the community supports our efforts makes it all worthwhile.” Black Cat Farm Table Bistro is the largest farm-to-table operation in the country. The menu changes daily to capture vegetables at the peak of flavor, and the farm grows dozens of new varieties each season. “The starting point of our mission is to take care of our guests,” says Skokan. “We do that by cooking delicious food, giving excellent service, having an award-winning wine list and, of course, growing and serving the freshest and best-tasting produce around.” 1964 13th St., Boulder, 303.444.5500, blackcatboulder.com. YEARS

Runner Up: Blackbelly, 1606 Conestoga St., #3, Boulder, 303.247.1000, blackbelly.com. 18 DAILY CAMERA

BEST NEW EATERY Flower Child The competition is stiff for new restaurants in Boulder, and Flower Child has managed to stand out from the crowd. Flower Child has locations across the country and the healthy eatery knew that Boulder would be a natural fit. “Flower Child really encompasses what Boulder is about by providing healthy, delicious food and a ‘good vibes only’ type environment — we believe that contributed to this win,” says Anita Walker, vice president of marketing for Flower Child. “At Flower Child, we know what we do well and we stick to that, which is creating an all-inclusive menu that guests can enjoy without guilt and where they know that their dietary sensitivities are top of mind.” Download the Flower Child app to order meals for delivery or pickup and earn rewards. 2580 Arapahoe Ave., #110, Boulder, 303.386.8090, iamaflowerchild.com. Runner Up: Corrida, 1023 Walnut St., #400, Boulder, 303.444.1333, corridaboulder.com.

The Corner has a menu that might overwhelm you with choices — and you’re right to be overwhelmed, because everything at The Corner is not only good, but also good for you! All menu items are housemade with natural ingredients, many sourced locally. Specialty soups like broccoli cheddar are made fresh daily and come with warm french bread. Salads, bowls, sandwiches, tacos and burgers round out the choices, with special selections for kids and a variety of beverages like coffee, tea, cocktails, beer and wine. With gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian options, your specialty diet won’t limit your choices at The Corner. During the daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., snag $2 off specialty cocktails and $1 local drafts and wine. 1100 13th St., Boulder, 720.398.8331, thecornerboulder.com.

13 Runner Up for Best Natural Ingredients: YEARS

The Leaf, 1710 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.1485, leafvegetarianrestaurant.com.

Runner Up for Best Food on the Hill: The Sink, 1165 13th St., Boulder, 303.444.7465, thesink.com. PERENNIAL



BEST OUTDOOR DINING Chautauqua Dining Hall

Chautauqua Dining Hall was originally built in 1898, and it boasts all the charm and character that one might expect from something so historic. “Chautauqua Park and the Dining Hall are both local and national treasures that we take great pride in being a part of and operating,” says Managing Partner Gerald Manning. “There is great history weaved into everything we do here.” It’s hard to beat the dining hall’s wrap-around porch, perched perfectly at the base of the Flatirons — and within a national park, no less. Chautauqua Dining Hall is open year-round and the space is especially magical during the quieter, cooler months. The Dining Hall is your place for a pre- or post-hike meal, and it also makes an idyllic setting for almost any event. 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.440.3776, chautauqua.com/dining-hall. YEARS

Runner Up: Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse,

8 1770 13th St., Boulder, 303.442.4993,






BEST SANDWICH Snarf’s Sandwiches

The goal for Snarf ’s Sandwiches is “to be everybody’s favorite sandwich,” says Helen Wood, director of marketing for Snarf ’s Sandwiches. It’s fair to say Snarf ’s has achieved that lofty goal, considering that this is their 11th year of recognition in the Boulder County Gold Awards. “We pride ourselves on providing exceptional sandwiches that bring people back time and time again,” says Wood. “We put a lot of love into our sandwiches. They stand out from the crowd because they’re made-to-order using only the finest ingredients, including premium meats and cheeses, crisp veggies, our own blend of giardiniera peppers and homemade, oven-toasted bread.” Check out the new combo deal to get chips and a drink with any 7” or 12” sandwich. 5340 Arapahoe Ave., #J, Boulder, 303.444.3404; 637 S. Broadway, #A, Boulder, 303.444.7714, eatsnarfs.com. YEARS

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Runner Up: Fat Shack, 1110 13th St., Boulder, 303.442.2610, fatshack.com. PERENNIAL



BEST VEGETARIAN Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant

The fare at Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant illustrates the fact that diners don’t need meat to have a sumptuous, satisfying meal. That has a lot to do with the eatery’s commitment to fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Leaf ’s direct line to the Three Leaf Farm in Lafayette ensures a steady supply of seasonable, sustainable components, and it allows the chefs to create meals that rival or outdo any meat-based alternative. The restaurant’s creative spin on meals ranging from polenta to Udon noodles to mushrooms make it a must-visit for any Boulder local who appreciates good flavor and healthy choices. “People in our community are thoughtful and intentional about their food choices,” said Leaf Spokeswoman Sara Stewart Martinelli. “Our goal is to offer creative, fulfilling and delicious meat-free cuisine. We want vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike to enjoy our dishes and to feel like they’ve had an indulgent experience.” 1710 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.1485, leafvegetarianrestaurant.com. YEARS

Runner Up: Flower Child, 2580 Arapahoe Ave., #110, Boulder, 303.386.8090, iamaflowerchild.com.


It may be impossible to be all things to all people, but Spirit Hound Distillers sure make an admirable effort. According to representatives from the distillery based in Lyons, the organization has a simple mission: “To produce the highest-quality hand-crafted spirits possible.” To that end, Spirit Hound has released more than eighty barrels’ worth of whisky, fine spirits that incorporate Colorado ingredients and that seem to breathe with the spirit of the West. Their craft and attention in distilling spirits is impressive enough, but Spirit Hound does a lot more. The friendly, inviting and convivial atmosphere of the facility off the Ute Highway in Lyons makes the Spirit Hound headquarters one of our favorite places to drink, and its commitment to consistently booking the best local live bands makes it one of our favorite places to take in live music. It’s pretty impressive for a place that opened with a simple commitment to fine spirits. 4196 Ute Highway, Lyons, 303.823.5696, spirithounds.com. Runner Up for Best Distillery: Vapor Distillery, 5311 Western Ave., #180, Boulder, 303.997.6134, vapordistillery.com. Runner Up for Best Bar: Bitter Bar, 835 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.442.3050, thebitterbar.com.

15 Runner Up for Best Place to Hear Live Music, Chautauqua Dining Hall, YEARS

900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.440.3776, chautauqua.com/dining-hall.

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BEST BREWERY Avery Brewing Co.

27 years ago, Avery Brewing Co. opened its doors to the Boulder community with a simple business mantra at its core: “Beer first. The rest will follow.” That philosophy has proven to be a durable key to success for the spunky, funky brewery that now features a revolving menu of delicious dishes and 30 taps of yearround beers and seasonal specialty brews. The brewery’s consummate commitment to its brews, as well as its homey, welcoming atmosphere, have made it a consistent customer favorite. “We’re grateful to all our fans for supporting our steadfast dedication to creating the perfect beer,” said Avery Spokeswoman Krista St. Charles. “We serve up our brews and our locally sourced and seasonally inspired dishes with appreciation and love for Boulder, our one and only hometown.” 4910 Nautilus Court North, Boulder, 303.440.4324, averybrewing.com. YEARS

Runner Up: Beyond the Mountain, 6035 Longbow Drive, #109, Boulder, 303.530.6981, beyondthemountainbrewing.com.





The Ozo Coffee Co. is committed to its product. How committed? The creative brass behind the homegrown Boulder java retailer don’t simply want to connect its customers with coffee itself; they want to make sure their clients are educated about exactly what goes into brewing the perfect cup. Since opening in 2007, “coffee education” has been a central part of Ozo’s business model. Ozo runs classrooms certified by the Specialty Coffee Association, where they teach aspiring baristas and coffee enthusiasts all about the craft and science of the bean.“Our training team is equipped with decades of coffee experience, and we invite top-tier coffee educators from across the industry to instruct at our facility,” Ozo Coffee honchos explain. That kind of commitment goes a long way in serving experts and casual coffee sippers alike. 5340 Arapahoe Ave.; 1898 S. Flatiron Court, #110; 1521 Pearl St., Boulder; 1232-A S. Hover Road, #400, Longmont, 303.440.0233, ozocoffee.com. YEARS




BEST SPORTS BAR Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill

It’s not easy to stand out on the Pearl Street Mall. Boulder’s signature pedestrian shopping Mecca is full of stand-out businesses, specifically when it comes to watering holes. Even so, the folks at the Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill have found a way to distinguish themselves on a busy business strip in a busy college town. The Lazy Dog has long been a dependable spot to find satisfying food, drink and company, with the best games and events streaming on the TV sets. According to ownership, the bar’s lasting appeal has everything to do with simple and time-tested values.“Lazy Dog, Boulder’s best gathering place since 1997, has always tried to be the neighborhood place, with friendly, inviting, quality customer service,” notes Lazy Dog Owner Steve Ross. “Thank you, Boulder, for 22 years of wonderful friends to serve.” 1346 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.3355, thelazydog.com.




BEST TAPHOUSE Backcountry Pizza

Backcountry Pizza may have plenty to brag about when it comes to their pizza, but their status as a taproom is equally impressive. The owners at Backcountry know that any good pizza is better with the perfect beverage, and their taproom contains more than 60 rotating beers on tap to make that culinary marriage possible. Along with a wide variety of bottled brews, Backcountry’s impressive taproom help it stand out from its competitors.“Join us with friends, family, or for a business gathering,” notes General Manager Scott Conley, “Our lively and knowledgeable staff looks forward to taking care of you!” 2319 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.4285, backcountrypizzaandtaphouse.info. YEARS

Runner Up: Oskar Blue Taproom, 921 Pearl St., Boulder, 720.645.1749, oskarblues.com.

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6 Horse Bar & Grill, 2922 Baseline

Runner Up: Precision Pours, 1030 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, 720.883.3301.


Road, Boulder, 303.442.8162, darkhorsebar.com.

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BEST TEA Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse




BEST WINE SELECTION Frasca Food and Wine

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is a local institution. Architectural and decorative elements of the stunning building located just south of the Pearl Street Mall were famously crafted in Tajikistan after it opened in the 1980s, lending the teahouse a cosmopolitan air. Even so, Dushanbe has rightfully earned its status as a quintessentially Boulder business during its long tenure in the city. Thanks to its selection of more than 50 premium selections of loose-leaf infusions, Dushanbe is a standout in the city, the state and the West for tea lovers. And thanks to its commitment to being a steadfast member of the community, Dushanbe is a place where Boulderites can both feel at home and get a sense of another part of the world. “We try to create a tea selection that encompasses all the major tea-growing regions and showcases some of the best teas the world has to offer,” notes Dushanbe Spokeswoman Sara Stewart Martinelli. 1770 13th St., Boulder, 303.442.4993, boulderteahouse.com.

Frasca Food and Wine has its own hall of fame. The names in Frasca’s hallowed hall are all of the sommeliers and experts who, over the restaurant’s 15-year tenure, have helped make it one of Boulder’s most distinguished and refined wine sources, a place where the perfect Italian dish finds its ideal flavor complement in wine form. Names like Bobby Stuckey, Matthew Mather, Jeremy Schwartz and others are among the legends of Frasca. “The wine program is all thanks to 15 years of those who have worked in the cellars at Frasca,” said Carlin Karr, wine director. “We all work hard to provide excellent hospitality and create a wine program that we find exciting and that we believe provides discovery and interest for our guests.” They’ve all made a difference in making Frasca stand out to wine lovers and debutantes alike. 1738 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.6966, frascafoodandwine.com.

Runner Up: Ku Cha, 1211 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.3612, kuchatea.com.

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The Museum of Boulder isn’t simply about the city’s past. “The Museum collects, preserves and presents Boulder history in order to connect to the past, provide a context for the present and inspire a vision for the future,” the Museum’s mission statement reads, pointing to the importance of the facility’s work in mapping next steps for Boulder and its citizens. Whether it’s in-depth exhibits focused on city institutions or thought-provoking collections designed to track coming trends, the Museum’s work under the guidance of new Executive Director Lori Preston is constantly inspiring. “I look forward to strengthening our ties to the broad diversity of our community’s culture and securing the Museum’s place as a center of education and creativity,” Preston notes. 2205 Broadway, Boulder, 303.449.3464, museumofboulder.org. Runner Up: Boulder Museum of 6 Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303.443.2122, bmoca.org. YEARS

BEST FARMERS MARKET Boulder County Farmers Market

BEST OLD TOWN Louisville

Spring in Boulder isn’t complete without the Boulder Creek Festival. For 32 years, the annual festival that takes over the civic area between the Boulder Library and Central Park has served as an unofficial gateway to the summer, a chance for the community to come together, revel in live music, games and fun and give local vendors a chance to hock their wares. While plenty has changed about the Fest over three decades (this past year saw the entry of Team Player Productions as the fest’s organizer), the spirit of community cohesion has remained a constant. “We look forward to building upon what we did in our first year,” said Ryan Slater, spokesman from Team Player Productions. “The Boulder Creek Festival is Boulder’s festival, we want to showcase what makes Boulder great with every festival that we produce.” Downtown Boulder, bouldercreekfest.com.

Boulderites take their food seriously. It’s a passion that goes deeper than picking a conscientiously sourced restaurant or an organic grocery store. The Boulder County Farmers Market takes that communal passion seriously, and provides plenty of options for dedicated foodies of all backgrounds and interests. From produce plucked straight from the ground to milk drawn straight from the cow, the BCFM is the go-to source for those who want to know their food is ethically and reliably sourced. “The community has the opportunity to vote with their dollar – keep it local, support the future of farming in our county and help farmers continue stewarding our lands,” said BCFM spokeswoman Abby Hagstrom. “The market also serves as a safe and welcome place to gather with friends, neighbors and family.” Central Park, Boulder, 303.910.2236, bcfm.org.

The brain trust behind Louisville’s historic downtown stretch that includes restaurants, farmers markets, book stores and events likes to remind anyone who’ll listen that the charm of their old town isn’t anything new. “We’ve been keeping it real since 1877,” notes Rick Kron, president of the Louisville Downtown Business Association. While the downtown stretch in the 19th century certainly didn’t feature the sheer breadth of delicious eateries, hip hangouts and family events that it does now, Louisville has done a masterful job of investing a sense of its history in its more contemporary attractions. Whether you’re grabbing Italian fare at Zucca or picking up used books at Little Horse, a sense of place is never far away. “We have a managed growth philosophy that respects the past while recognizing the need for continual freshness and renewal,” Kron said. downtownlouisvilleco.com.

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Runner Up: Longmont Famers Market, bcfm.org/longmont-saturday.

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BEST DENTIST Whole Family Dentistry/Dr. Ted Kawulok, DDS

When you go to the dentist, the last thing you want is a long wait. Whole Family Dentistry makes sure they’re on time so patients can get on with their day says Brandi Martinez, front office administer. Martinez said customers like the friendly staff and each patient receives personalized attention. The quality care from Dr. Ted Kawulok is evident based on his solid reviews on Google, she said. “We offer the latest technology and Dr. Kawulok is always learning the newest techniques. He also keeps up the latest research.” Patients also appreciate that Dr. Kawulok sticks with only the necessary procedures, something that builds their trust. “One patient said he does the necessary work and he does not overcharge patients,” Martinez said. 1400 28th St., #4, Boulder, 303.442.8625, wholefamilydentistry.com.

6 Runner Up: North Boulder Dental,


1001 North St., Boulder, 303.447.1042, boulderdental.com.




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“We are so fortunate to have the Boulder community as our partner in helping make life better for pets in need and supporting the people who love them,” says Lindsay Scott, director of philanthropy and community relations for Human Society of Boulder Valley (HSBV). HSBV serves as a near perfect model for any non-profit organization through its fundraising efforts, garnering of communitywide support, treatment of its clients, customers and volunteers, and adherence to its core values. With the support HSBV receives, they’re able to provide life-changing resources through their Transfer, Behavior Modification, Shelter Medicine and Safety Net programs. Together, says Scott, these services extend Boulder’s compassion to pets in need, when they need it most. Scott also says it’s an honor to work with the people of Boulder in “strengthening our community through kindness and collaboration, making life better for not only pets, but people, too.” 2323 55th St., Boulder, 303.442.4030, boulderhumane.org. Runner Up: Emergency Family Assistance Association, 1575 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder, 303.442.3042, efaa.org. PERENNIAL





BEST LOCAL EMPLOYER Boulder Community Health

Employees at Boulder Community Health feel like family. And that’s intentional, says Patricia Harris, associate vice president of human resources. “BCH is committed to providing holistic health care to the community and strives to recruit and retain amazing talent to make that happen,” she says. “We’re extremely active with developing programs to engage and reward ‘our family.’” In keeping, lighthearted employee-engagement events, such as Tube to Work Day, Walk with a Doc or even the old “gurney race” race at the annual BCH Olympic Games, have been longstanding traditions. A yearly confidential employee opinion survey also helps build family-like trust. Harris says, “There is no better way to maintain and grow a dynamic culture than to listen to the team that helps to create it!” 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.415.7000, bch.org. YEARS

Runner Up: Yoga Loft, 633 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 720.612.4321, yogaloftboulder.com. 2019 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 23

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BEST ALLERGY AND ENT PRACTICE Boulder Valley Ear, Nose & Throat

No one wants to feel like a number – and at Boulder Valley Ear Nose and Throat, they know that. This is why they treat all their patients with a little extra care. Even when you call the office, you talk to a live voice. “One thing we do in our practice, we don’t have a voice mail system. We answer the phone every time and I think people like that kind of service,” said Tom, one of their staff members. With so many doctors in Boulder, it can be hard to make a choice. But if your read their reviews on Boulder Valley Ear Nose and Throat, it’s easy to see that they treat patients right. 4745 Arapahoe Ave., #130, Boulder, 303.443.2771, bouldervalleyent.com. YEARS



Runner Up: Boulder Medical Center, 2750 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.440.3000, bouldermedicalcenter.com.







What really makes WK Real Estate different is not just the personalized experience, but the value they place in every single relationship. Dan Kingdom, broker/owner of WK Real Estate, says, “This award really hits home as we take great pride in our personal connections with clients.” WK prioritizes knowing the hopes and dreams of its buyers and sellers, treating them like family, while also ensuring they take extra good care of their agents and employees. Retention rates are high in every category with WK Real Estate, proving that when an organization places its people and clients first, it reaps the rewards. 4875 Pearl East Circle, Boulder, 303.443.2240, wkre.com.

Celebrating 40 years of practice in Boulder, Natalie Lyle, D.C. and her son Alexander Duff, D.C. make sure the patients at Terry Chiropractic understand the full benefits of proper spinal health. “Changing your posture changes your health and overall vitalism in your body.” What sets them apart? They use chiropractic biophysics, a well-researched, evidence-based technique known to improve energy, sleep, while it boosts the immune system. “Patients come in with neck and back pain but their overall health improves…the entire health of your body improves,” Dr. Lyle said. So it’s a nice surprise when patient come back to her office and mention how well they’re sleeping and how much better they feel, simply because she teaches them the importance of proper spinal alignment — and its impact on total health. 3083 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.440.0500, terrychiropracticboulder.com. Runner Up: ADIO Health Chiropractic, 2714 28th St., Boulder, 720.636.6064, adiohealthchiropractic.com.

Runner Up for Real Estate: RE/MAX of Boulder, 2425 Canyon

21 Blvd., Boulder, 303.449.7000, boulderco.com.


Runner Up for Customer Service: North Boulder Physical Therapy, 3000 Center Green Drive, Boulder, 303.413.9903, northboulderpt.com.

BEST REALTOR Terri Taydus, WK Real Estate

“Every home buyer and seller has their own story,” said Terri Taydus, “and I believe that providing a personal touch, listening with compassion, working hard to understand my clients’ personal wants and needs, and using my knowledge and experience to help educate my clients so that they can make informed decisions, is what sets me apart from other agents.” Taydus admits she loves her job, bringing her joy of selling real estate into every transaction. “Professionalism and marketing are important skills in this industry, but they only take you so far,” Taydus said. “Authenticity and genuinely caring for the clients who choose to work with me, and a passion for the community as a whole, is what really matters and is at the heart of my business philosophy.” Taydus feels honored and grateful to all those who voted, and counts it a privilege to work with WK Real Estate, voted best Real Estate Company, a local brokerage that has strong roots in the community. 4875 Pearl E. Circle, #100, Boulder, 303.938.1920, territaydus.wkre.com. Runner Up: Jennifer Egbert, Porchlight Real Estate Group, 2500 Broadway, Boulder, 303.619.3373, jenniferegbert.com. 24 DAILY CAMERA


Not gonna lie — some people will pay good money to feel the intense pain of a badass workout. Sanitas is that kind of Crossfit gym that attracts that type of client. But it’s not all pain, said Manager Thomas Baker. “We’re working a lot to generate a culture of discipline and also of fun when it comes to your workouts,” Baker said. Coaches like to keep you guessing to make it fun and interesting. Baker said coaches play games during warm-ups and also incorporate the not so fun parts that actually bring out some of the best results. “They might not necessarily want to do some things, but it keeps them injury free and pain free,” he said.“People rely on us so they can do the things they love — like hiking, playing with their kids, skiing.” 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.4635, crossfitsanitas.com. Runner Up for Best CrossFit Gym: CrossFit Roots, 2406 30th St., Boulder, 303.578.8455, crossfitroots.com. Runner Up for Best Place to Work Out: Kondition Fitness, 3161 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.5505, konditionfitness.com.






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Dedicated to helping Boulder County hear better since 1963, the recently renovated Family Hearing continues to provide unparalleled support with digital hearing aids, tinnitus, hearing loss and more. “Our treatment process is a balance between personal care and technical skill,” says Owner Jennifer LaBorde. “We really take the time to genuinely understand each person’s individual needs. Everyone has different daily routines, careers, hobbies and families. What is important to each person can vary greatly, so it’s imperative that we listen with care to address all of their listening goals.” LaBorde’s favorite outcome? Bringing families together. “I have helped many of my own family members hear better through hearing technology, so I understand firsthand what it’s like when there are communication breakdowns — and how amazing it is when we can reconnect.” 3059 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.443.5085, familyhearingco.com.

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Avanti Therapy has two huge advantages: vast PT knowledge and superior TLC service. The outpatient physical therapy practice employs 13 seasoned professionals who treat the full spectrum of orthopedic, sports-related and neurological issues. Specialty services also include Pilates-based rehab, curve-specific programs for those with scoliosis, video gait analysis, chronic pain management and cancer survivorship. But attentive and compassionate holistic care is the real sweet spot here. Clinical Director Julie Edelman, PT, DPT, says that one-on-one, hour-long (that’s double the PT industry standard) appointments allow therapists to authentically uncover each patient’s individual needs and deliver the most targeted treatment possible. 5350 Manhattan Circle, #100, Boulder, 303.543.1201, avantitherapy.com. Runner Up: Terry Chiropractic, 3083 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.440.0500, terrychiropracticboulder.com.


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When asked how Boulder Eyes stands above the competition, the staff jokes, “What competition? Nobody comes close!” And that’s pretty close to the truth. As one of the first FDA-approved doctors in the nation to perform LASIK surgery, Dr. Craig Beyer has been perfecting refractive laser services in Boulder since 1998. “Our mission since that time has always been to meet the individual needs of each patient and personalize their treatment by offering their best available options,” says Dr. Beyer, who has treated a long list of locals as well as national celebrities. Leveraging exciting new ophthalmology technologies, Dr. Beyer looks forward to expanding in two promising areas: advanced cataract surgery and treatments for keratoconus. 1810 30th St., Boulder, 303.499.2020, bouldereyes.com. Runner Up: Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado, 3000 Center Green Drive, #250, Boulder; 300 Exempla Circle, #120, Lafayette; 1400 Dry Creek Drive, Longmont, 303.772.3300, eyecaresite.com.


Modern-day treatment must consider the whole person, including biological, social, psychological and vocational issues, according to Dr. Cliff Gronseth, the founder and owner of Spine West. With a commitment to personalized care, Spine West’s board-certified providers use a highly collaborative, team-centered approach to simultaneously promote patient health and prevent future injury. Spine West provides high-quality affordable care by leveraging forward-looking non-surgical treatments and advanced diagnostic tools like MRIs, X-ray and ultrasound to diagnose and treat some of today’s most pervasive nerve, muscle, joint and spine conditions. 5387 Manhattan Circle, Boulder, 303.494.7773, spinewest.com. Runner Up: Boulder Community

20 Health, 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, YEARS

303.415.7000, bch.org.



Ten-year-old Helping Hands Herbals is the embodiment of Colorado cannabis culture. But in contrast to now mass-produced marijuana, the dispensary’s flower is soil-grown, hand-watered and hand-trimmed. “We’ve seen that putting in that extra time with the plants can make a big difference,” says COO Erin Weiland. “Our top priority has been smiling service that makes you feel like family from the start. Pair that with some of the most beautiful hand-trimmed flower in the state and a deep curiosity to collect cutting-edge product knowledge as it develops, and the result is our happy family business where people love to come shop and spend time.” Adding to the pot shopping experience, customers can now purchase specially bred seed right at the Helping Hands Herbals Boulder store. 1021 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.1564, helpinghandsdispensary.com.

6 Runner Up: Terrapin Care Station,


5370 Manhattan Circle, #104, Boulder; 1795 Folsom St., Boulder, 303.954.8402, terrapincarestation.com.

Commitment matters. It certainly matters to Debra Layne, owner of North Boulder Physical Therapy, who has been committed to successfully treating the people of Boulder for 40 years strong. “We are in the fun position of treating three generations within families,” says Layne. “Teenagers, their parents and grandparents are being treated simultaneously by our faithful, specialized Physical Therapists.” In response to winning this people’s choice award, Layne remains humble and grateful. “At a time when health care nationally has become less personal and more about dollars than sense,” Layne explains, “Boulder is fortunate to have an abundance of providers who truly care for their patients and their health and well being.” Layne says that treating clients in Boulder is perhaps different than in other areas because it’s not a matter of motivating patients to be active, but rather guiding them in how to be active with certain limits so they can avoid damage to healing structures. In addition to specialized physical therapy, Pilates is another awardwinning service offered. Taught by Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants with years of experience, Pilates classes are modified according to client’s needs or restrictions. 3000 Center Green Drive, Boulder, 303.413.9903, northboulderpt.com. Runner Up Physical Therapy: Spine West, 5387 Manhattan Circle, Boulder, 303.499.7773, spinewest.com.



Runner Up Pilates: Avanti Therapy, 5350 Manhattan Circle, Boulder, 303.543.1201, avantitherapy.com.


Since opening in August of 2012, Owners Jeff Bailey and Dr. Lori Kemmet have sought to create a space that promotes peace and tranquility, where people of all ages and body types feel welcome. Their vision continues to evolve and Yoga Loft has become a place where anyone can find a practice that works for them. “At Yoga Loft we understand the difference between the pursuit of fitness and the pursuit of health and wholeness,” said Jeff Bailey, “and they are not always the same.” Bailey also said he is delighted with the growth of Avita Yoga, as it’s a sustainable practice for anyone who wants more health, more mobility and more peace of mind. Yoga Loft offers a variety of classes (over 45 per week) including Vinyasa, Yin, Kundalini, Restorative, Yoga Nidra and Avita Yoga, and Yoga Loft instructors dedicate themselves to practices that target mental and physical wellness for their students. 633 S. Broadway, Boulder, 720.612.4321, yogaloftboulder.com. Runner Up: Kondition, 3161 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.444.5505, konditionfitness.com.


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BEST AC/HEATING SERVICE AND BEST PLUMBING COMPANY Precision Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical

When it comes to winning the Best of Award, Precision Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical takes it as a real compliment from their customers. Having won this award multiple times, Andrea Nelson, CEO believes it boils down to their exceptional customer service. “We put our customers first. We also believe in doing the right thing and treating our customers how we want to be treated,” she said. And it’s the employees who help set the company apart, she said. “We stand behind who works at Precision. They constantly improve and educate themselves.” She knows this because customers continually take notice of how well they are treated by the staff. They explain the work that’s going to be done, and stick with the quoted price so there are no surprises. 5035 Chaparral Court, Boulder, 303.581.1455, precisionplumbing.com.



Runner Up for Best AC/Heating Service: Save Home Heat Co., 5741 Arapahoe Ave., #4, Boulder, 303.562.2328, savehomeheat.com.

Runner Up for Best Plumber/Plumbing Company: Planet Plumbing & Drain, 729 Walnut St., #D4, Boulder, 303.440.4330, planetplumbinganddrain.com.

Edward Fosado, general manager of Nesheim’s said this is the 120th year in a row they have won the award. But they don’t take it for granted when they get the phone call each year congratulating them on the win. “We actually care about the customers’ needs and we strive to do our very best.” When Nesheim’s can make the carpet cleaning experience even better for customers, Fosado is happy to do it. He takes customer feedback to keep making continual improvements. Customer loyalty is one of the best compliments you can give Nesheim’s, and some customers refuse to go anywhere else. By building strong relationships and going the extra mile, that’s exactly how they get repeat business and customer loyalty. 1212 Commerce Court, Lafayette, 303.666.8888, nesheims.com. Runner Up: All-Pro Steam Clean, 8050 Niwot Road, Longmont, 303.596.3106, allprosteamclean.com.






EYE CARE CENTER OF NORTHERN COLORADO Specializing in Medical and Surgical Eye Care

Thank you for voting us a favorite for eye care! Thanks, Boulder County! First pLAC LACe pLACe

Best Chiropractic Clinic 3 Years in a row!

First runnerrunner-up unner-up Best Holistic Care/ Wellness Center

SuCCeSS in alleviaTing: asthma allergies Chronic Fatigue aDD - aDHD Migraines - Headaches acid Reflux

iBS Brain Fog arm and Hand numbness Suppressed immunity Sciatica …and more

for 38 years and counting! 3083 Walnut Street, Boulder • (303) 440-0500 visit us online at TerryChiropracticBoulder.com 28 DAILY CAMERA

Our providers specialize in: • Cataract Surgery • Glaucoma • Retinal Surgery • Macular Degeneration • Cornea Surgery • Lasik/Refractive Surgery Since 1969, Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado has been an undisputed leader in the field of eye care and health. Our surgeons are trained in the treatment and care of all conditions. 3000 Center Green Dr., Ste. 250, Boulder 300 Exempla Cr., Ste. 120, Lafayette 1400 Dry Creek Dr., Longmont 1616 15th St., Greeley

303.772.3300 www.EyeCareSite.com





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Boulder County homes wouldn’t be the same without Jane and Nancy Bartlett’s longstanding dedication to fine interior design. A local designer since graduating college in 1975, Jane got so good at her job at what was then Boulder’s Barnhill Interiors that she eventually bought the business and brought her sister Nancy on board. “We have been working together ever since,” Bartlett says. “I think our years of experience has served us well as we have strived to do excellent work for our clients.” The duo is known for quality work, attention to detail, timeless furniture choices and a welcoming workspace. “We have a rich history with our workrooms, which include our seamstresses, upholsterer and installers,” she says. “They too want to produce the best finished products for us. They do amazing work.” 2020 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.5194, bartlettinteriors.com. Runner Up: Pocci Design Group, 2737 Mapleton Ave., N#203, Boulder, 303.415.0069, poccidesigngroup.com.






Best Funeral Service Provider THANK YOU BOULDER

BEST MOVING COMPANY Taylor Moving and Storage

The big green trucks rule yet again this year by representing the gold standard of moving and storage services across Boulder County and beyond. It’s all about integrity with Taylor. Every fee and aspect of service is provided up front so that there are no surprises to the customer when the job is done. Through partnering with U-Haul and National Van Lines, as well as owning climate-controlled storage facilities, Taylor can be your one-stop-shop for all of your moving and storage needs, whether local or national. As their website states, “EVERY move with Taylor Moving is with honest, experienced, reliable movers that know how to make your move as easy and worry free as possible.” Seems Taylor’s customers agree wholeheartedly. 4949 Broadway, Boulder, 303.443.5885, taylormove.com.

5 Runner Up: Klatt Moving and Storage, 3075 75th St., Boulder, 303.449.1960, klattmoving.com.


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At Camp Bow Wow, dogs are treated like superstars. Pet parents can watch their fur babies glam it up on the Instagram feed or spot them sniffing around on the webcam. But it’s more than smiling for the camera. All the dogs get a giant dose of TLC — and that makes a big difference to the dogs and their pet parents said Kayla Rodgers, community director. “I think it has to do with the genuine love and care we have for the dogs. And they know they can come to us for anything.” Those waggin’ tails don’t lie — the dogs at Camp Bow Wow really enjoy their stay. But don’t take our word for it — ask the dogs. 3631 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.2261, campbowwow.com.

17 Runner Up: Cottonwood Kennels, YEARS

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



BEST PET BOARDING Cottonwood Kennels

Happy pet, happy owner. It goes without saying, and Cottonwood Kennels, a consistent winner of the Pet Boarding award, couldn’t agree more. “We are all about the pet-to-person connection and the family feel,” says Rhonda Beitzel, owner of Cottonwood Kennels. Beitzel also wants customers to know that “you won’t find gimmicky substitutes for human interaction here, only a very large staff of big-hearted, dedicated, hard-working people.” A beautiful farm nestled in the foothills is the perfect setting for your beloved dog or cat to enjoy all of the activities and services Cottonwood provides. You can rest assured that while you’re away, your pet will stay active, stimulated and happy. 7275 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.2602, cottonwoodkennels.com. Runner Up: Camp Bow Wow, 3631 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.2261, campbowwow.com.



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BEST PET GROOMING AND VET CLINIC Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center

It’s been a decade of straight wins for Broadway Animal Hospital and Pet Center, but nobody’s surprised. The practice is among just 12 percent of U.S. facilities to be accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association for over 25 years. “Our staff delivers exceptional care to our patients that is second only to our clients themselves,” says Mallory Zentner, manager and vet. “Our goal is to treat them all as valued family members.” The certified Cat Friendly Practice handles routine and emergency vet services, professional grooming, chiropractic adjustments and massage, as well as pet boarding and doggie daycare. Zentner says, “Fostering the human-animal bond is the basis behind what we do, and we are fortunate to have such an exceptional community of animal lovers to work with!” 1405 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.499.5505, broadwayanimal.com. Runner Up for Best Pet Grooming: The Hydrant, 2900 Valmont Road, #E2, Boulder, 303.442.7550.

15 Runner Up for Best Vet Clinic: Alpine Hospital For Animals, 3210 Valmont Road, Boulder, YEARS



303.443.9661, alpinehospitalforanimals.com.




BEST HAIR SALON Pompadours Hair Salon




Pearl Street’s Pompadours is coming up on 30 years in business. To celebrate, the beloved hair salon will get its own well-deserved makeover, including new décor, seating and shampoo bowls. The upgrades are just one way Pompadours can thank its customers for decades of devotion. “We are shocked every time we win this category, but are forever grateful,” says Manager Jessica Wilkerson. “We have the best clientele. Our clients are loyal to us and in turn we make sure to go out of our way to provide them with not only our best customer service, but with our best possible care and personal connection every time they visit us.” Pompadours also cares about the environment. The salon fundraises for green causes, recycles salon materials and even composts hair. 1320 Pearl St., #200, Boulder, 303.938.8015, pompadours.com. Runner Up: Twig Salon, 1831 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.447.0800, twighairsalon.com.


When it comes to spas, why go anywhere else? JLounge swept four award categories this year by being all things to all customers. Founders and owners, Julie Perington and Jennifer Zrubek, have succeeded at their goal of creating a “clean, modern and PERENNIAL fun (spa) environment” along with WINNER providing “natural, high-quality JLOUNGE products,” all at a fair price. “The attention to detail and excellent customer service that we give is YEARS highly important to us,” says Zrubek, “and our customers appreciate the effort we have put forth in creating JLounge and JLessencials, which has been so rewarding for us.” JLessencials is Zrubek’s own product line of hand-crafted, clean, organic products which are used and sold in the spa. While maintaining a message and practice of “wellness and well being for all,” JLounge offers a full-service spa experience for its customers which includes skincare, manicures/ pedicures, waxing and tinting, and massage and acupuncture. 3003 Walnut St. Boulder, 720.484.6669, jloungespa.com.


Runner Up for Best Skincare: Spa at St. Julien, 900 Walnut St.,

11 Boulder, 720.406.8218, stjulien.com. YEARS

Runner Up For Best Spa and Best CBD-Infused Skincare: Alchemy Face Bar, 2701 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.817.1430, alchemyfacebar.com. Runner Up for Best Nails: Contempo Nails, 1631 28th St., Boulder, 720.565.1159, facebook.com/contemponailsboulder.

Boulder County’s Best! 1999-2019 20 years in a row

As we reflect on this award and the 38 years serving Boulder county, we realize this wouldn’t be possible without you our customer. 20 years in a row is no small feat, this award isn’t won on luck. We want to THANK YOU for each year raising the bar, holding us accountable and making sure we provide “the highest quality service experience EVER” We’ve come to realize throughout the years that you are part of who we are, you are our family. Without you, Nesheim’s would still be an imagination.

20% off any serviCe month of oCtoBer *Can’t be combined with any other discount, must be booked in October, can’t be used on water damages. 2019 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 31

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Serving Boulder since 1979

for voting! Best Physical Therapy Best Pilates Studio


Kids can’t wait until the last school bell rings on the days they get to hang out at ABC Kids Climbing. That’s because it’s a fun place where they learn a cool and fun recreational sport. Chris Hampson, COO, said they provide quality afterschool programs with a curriculum specifically designed for kids that’s created by climbers. It provides both physical and mental stimulation, he said. The teachers incorporate lots of games to get the kids engaged and they use stuffed animals and blindfolds to give kids an extra challenge. “If they are scared of heights, they don’t realize how high up they are and the blindfold teaches them about body awareness, where to put your hands and feet on the wall.” 1960 32nd St., Boulder, 303.443.5437, abckidsboulder.com. Runner Up for Best After School Program: Rock Creek School, 2800 Rock Creek Circle, Superior, 720.507.6284, rockcreekschool.org. Runner Up for Best Climbing Gym: Movement Climbing & Fitness 2845 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.443.1505, movementboulder.com.

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303-413-9903 • www.northboulderpt.com

Boulder’s Premier Eyewear Destination PERENNIAL



Thank You Boulder! Voted Best Eye Care and Eye Wear Store for 20 Years.

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“We are really proud that we’ve won this award every single year we have been open,” says David Hansburg, who started the camp 12 years ago with his wife Holly. Customized for kids age 5 through 15, RMDC does day camp different. Counselors ooze enthusiasm. “They really love what they do, bring positive energy every day, and genuinely care about each and every camper,” he says. “Former campers are becoming counselors and they want to give the campers an amazing experience like they had.” Programming is adapted for every group every day. “Even though we are a day camp, a lot of what we do is based upon the best sleep-away camps in the country,” he says. “Campers can attend for the whole summer and be excited to come every single day!” 3351 S. Indiana St., Superior, 303.495.5204, rockymtndaycamp.com. Runner Up: Colorado Mountain Ranch, 10063 Gold Hill Road, Boulder, 303.442.4557, coloradomountainranch.com.





Art Cleaners cares about your clothing — so they put more effort into getting your clothes clean. Not an ordinary dry cleaner — they’ve turned it into an art — and they’re environmentally friendly. Green cleaning is something customers appreciate about Art Cleaners. Since they don’t use harsh chemicals like other companies, it helps preserve the fabric in your clothing — and that makes them last longer. Art Cleaners also gets it done lickety-split. With express dry cleaning services, customers get their clothes back in no time. Another nice perk — they make dry cleaning more affordable by offering coupons on their website — that way you keep a little more green in your pocket. 1501 Lee Hill Road, #6, Boulder, 303.447.8700, artcleaners.com. YEARS



Runner Up: John’s Cleaners, 4800 Baseline Road, #C109, 303.499.5554, johnsdrycleaners.com.







Elevations Credit Union is a member-owned not-for-profit, which means the financial institution is only as prosperous as its people. “Our team works very hard to ensure that our member-owners are successful,” says Dennis Paul, the vice president of community affairs. “We strive to provide personal solutions for every single member, whether it be a banking solution or a mortgage need.” Key community services include unbiased consumer information, dozens of free financial seminars, as well as the new Forever Buffs Banking account, complete with branded debit cards and checks. Moreover, Elevations is the No. 1 provider of youth financial literacy programs in Colorado. “This award is extremely meaningful to us, as we’re passionate about providing the best service and banking solutions to our members,” says Paul. “Earning this recognition is a testament to that commitment.” 2960 Diagonal Highway, Boulder, 303.443.4672, elevationscu.com. Runner Up for Best Financial Institution: First Bank, 2835 Pearl St., Boulder, 720.406.8800; 4770 Baseline Road, Ste. 100, Boulder, 303.499.2200; 2100 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.440.6500; 6500 Lookout Road, Boulder, 303.530.1000; 3600 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303.494.8100, efirstbank.com.


SUPPORT! For over 34 years we’ve been the BEST PLACE to shop for all your antique jewelry needs.



6 Runner Up for Best Mortgage Lender: Premier Mortgage, 1844 Folsom St., Boulder, 303.449.8855, pmglending.com.

942 Pearl Street, Downtown Boulder (On the West End) 303.938.8851 | Tues. – Sat. 10 to 5:30







Reverend Shad Groverland, Minister at Unity of Boulder, says, “Unity of Boulder is unique in that we welcome all religions and ideologies, without professing that one is better than the other.” Supported by Five Basic Unity Principles, the goal of each worship service is to focus on the common message in all religions. Spiritual masters from all major world religions are often quoted in order to illustrate the commonalities, while aiming to break down walls of separation and “unite us as one people.” 2855 Folsom St., Boulder, 303.442.1411, unityofboulder.com. YEARS

13 Runner Up: First Presbyterian Church, 1820 YEARS

15th St., Boulder, 303.402.6400, fpcboulder.org.







As families deal with the loss of a loved one, there’s nothing more important in a funeral provider than quality, compassionate customer service. That’s priority No. 1 at Greenwood & Myers Mortuary, Boulder’s longstanding locally owned and family-operated funeral home. “Our service shines because everything is done by our staff. We do not outsource our services like many of our competitors,” says Michael Greenwood, owner of the mortuary. Employees are well versed in assisting with full-service or DIY funerals, memorial services and celebrations of life, as well as grief support. Burial services and cremation, along with their natural alternatives, are also available. Building on its success in Boulder County, Greenwood & Myers is adding a funeral home and crematory in Fredrick, Colorado, to serve the Carbon Valley area. 2969 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.440.3960, greenwoodmyersfuneral.com.




Runner Up: M.P. Murphy & Associates, 7464 Arapahoe Road, #A3, Boulder, 303.530.4111, murphyfuneraldirectors.com.

21 Runner Up: The Academy at Bella Vista, 2762 Bella





Vista Lane, Boulder, 303.938.1920, theacademyboulder.com/bellavista.




BEST MEMORY CARE CENTER The Meadows Assisted Living at Frasier

Julie Soltis is the director of communications with The Meadows Assisted Living at Frasier and she believes the compassionate staff and plethora of activities set them apart from other memory care programs. “Because of our amazing staff along with life-enriching social, recreational and therapeutic activities, our residents and family members love it,” she said. And the jam-packed calendar allows residents to choose from staff led trips and concerts off-site, to various activities on site — like the indoor elder grow garden. It’s a popular activity for all the green thumbs. The personalized attention each resident receives is another stand out benefit at The Meadows Assisted Living at Frasier. “It’s person-centered care where our staff work with the family and resident to come up with care plan specific to the their needs.” 4950 Thunderbird Drive, 720.562.4460, frasiermeadows.org.



“As a company we are very person-centered and hospitality oriented,” said Shirley Berg, executive director for The Academy, “it’s a very welcoming environment.” From food to activities, to all levels of care, The Academy customizes its program for each client, according to Berg. And because of its size and standard of care, the staff knows each resident and their families and vice-versa, creating a real richness. Set in a quiet neighborhood of Boulder, The Academy enjoys being a valued member of the surrounding community and allowing its residents to not feel isolated but instead feel part of a greater whole. 970 Aurora Ave., Boulder, 303.938.1920, theacademyboulder.com.

15 Runner Up: The Meadows Assisted Living YEARS

at Fraiser, 350 Ponca Place, Boulder, 303.499.4888, frasiermeadows.com.


Green Ride is a simple way to reduce human impact. The business is designed to incentivize people to choose the eco-friendly ridesharing option at a fair price — without sacrificing their valuable time, according to Manager Tate Freundlich. “Our smart hub and spoke business model allows us to be as quick as driving yourself to the airport, but without the single-occupant trip, hassle and cost.” There are even Green Ride options for businesses, conferences, weddings and general charters. Better yet, everything is local: ownership, staff and vendors. “We strive to ensure that most of the money that we spend as a business goes back into the local economy and we’re proud of that,” says Freundlich. “We’re thankful our community has helped us thrive, so we try to return the favor through good service and local patronage.” 4800 Baseline Road, #D110, Boulder, 303.997.0238, greenrideboulder.com. Runner Up: Eco-Cycle, 6400 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.444.6634, ecocycle.org.




BEST AUTO DEALER Flatirons Subaru




Flatirons Subaru is no stranger to this award. As a multi-time winner, it’s confirmation that this family-owned business has loyal customers says Brain Scalia, marketing director. “We sell a great product. It comes down to relationships. We have a lot of customers who buy their fifth or sixth car from us and families that are third generation buyers,” he said. The owner, Scott Crouch continually gives back to the community with generous donations and sponsorships which makes the dealership a well-known business. “We’ve positioned ourselves beyond being a typical car dealership. One of our core values is giving back to the community” Scalia said. They’re a proud sponsor of Puttin’ on the Leash, for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley and have given over $200K to There With Care, a non-profit that helps families dealing with medical crises. 5995 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 877.464.2714, coloradosubaru.com.

14 Runner Up: Fisher Honda Acura, 6025 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.245.6416, fisherauto.com. YEARS

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When you bring a vehicle into Pellman’s Automotive, you can count on mechanics who know their craft, said Owner Brad Pellman. Unlike a dealership, Pellman said his staff must have loads of car smarts on multiple makes and models of cars. “My staff go to training every year. We don’t just focus on one brand, my techs are high-end, they are master-certified technicians and they can fix anything.” He also prides the business on how the staff connects with employees. At Pellman, they can spend more time with customers because they are a small business. “The biggest thing I want people to know we are a locally owned small business that cares about our customers and the relationships we have with them,” Pellman said. 2560 49th St., Boulder, 303.938.4050, pellmansauto.com.








Runner Up for Best Auto Repair Shop/ Service Dept.: Flatirons Subaru, 5995 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 877.464.2714, coloradosubaru.com. Runner Up for Best Oil Change:

14 Fisher Honda Acura, 6025 Arapahoe Road, YEARS

Boulder, 303.245.6416, fisherauto.com



BEST CAR WASH Puddle Car Wash




The Puddle Car Wash & Full-Service Detail, a familyowned business in Boulder since 1973, uses state-of-art equipment designed for safety first to clean dirty vehicles. Puddle, which has served more than 4 million customers in its 46 years of operation, offers the full spectrum of cleaning from the basic car wash to a complete detail. “All aspects of our operations are designed to protect every type of vehicle and satisfy our customers,” as stated on the website. A full-service wash package includes a wash, vacuum, cleaning of windows and door jambs and interior dusting. Interior and exterior detailing packages feature a car wash, carpet and seats shampooing, leather and vinyl cleaning, and paint and clear coat restoration and waxing. 3100 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.9274, puddlecarwash.com. Runner Up: Breeze Thru Car Wash, 1213 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 303.834.8387, breezethrucarwash.com.

Making cars sparkle since


Creating connections. Honoring lives. Embracing possibilities. INDEPENDENT LIVING: 720.562.4440 ASSISTED LIVING | MEMORY SUPPORT: 720.562.4460 CARE CENTER | SKILLED NURSING: 720.562.4473

350 Ponca Place | Boulder, CO 80303 | FrasierMeadows.org


Thank you! Puddle Car Wash 3100 28th street in Boulder 303-447-9274 www.puddlecarwash.com


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BEST LIQUOR STORE Hazel’s Beverage World

Hazel’s keeps it fun, clean and bright, offering the biggest selection of wine, beer and spirits in town at prices that don’t make you cringe. There’s only one Hazel’s, and Boulder keeps coming back because they know they can count on staff to have deep product knowledge, an amazing range of drinks, and decidedly unBoulder prices. “We continue to keep the customer experience central at Hazel’s, and I believe that’s why we’ve won again,” says Director of Marketing Hayley Kamke. “An example: We are giving away a custom wrapped, brand new 2019 Toyota RAV4 from Boulder Toyota. It’s the ultimate Buffs fan mobile and customers can enter to win until Nov. 2 at Hazel’s!” The Toyota will be given away on the field at the CU vs. Stanford homecoming game on Nov. 9. 1955 28th St., Boulder, 303.447.1955, hazelsboulder.com. YEARS

21 Runner Up: Liquor Mart, 1750 15th St.,



Boulder, 303.449.3374, liquormart.com.






We’re not going to tell our readers anything they don’t already know here: King Soopers takes care of just about anything. In a single outing, you could exchange a propane tank, refill your bus card, get mom a birthday cake, snag your favorite tofu, buy some beer, play the lottery, gaze upon fresh fish fillets, order a bouquet of flowers, get gas, eat fried chicken and return your Redbox movie. If that’s not a one-stop shop, then the term ought to be outlawed. But it’s the employees at King Soopers who are always ready to drop what they’re doing and help you find what you’re looking for that people remember when it’s time to vote for best grocery store. Three locations in Boulder! 1650 30th St., Boulder, 303.443.9622, kingsoopers.com.

6 Runner Up: Lucky’s Market, 3960 Broadway, #104, Boulder, 303.444.0215, luckysmarket.com.





BEST WINE MERCHANT Boulder Wine Merchant

Brett Zimmerman, master sommelier and owner of Boulder Wine Merchant, is honored to have earned this Boulder County Gold Award yet again. In addition to outfitting the Merchant with an experienced and educated staff, Zimmerman sources high-quality, artisan products for the store and maintains a friendly, approachable environment. Boulder Wine Merchant has recently started carrying some fun food products such as cheeses, caviar, griddle cake mixes, fried chicken brine and batter, jams, dried pastas, sauces and canned seafood from Spain. You might have a chance to try some of these interesting snacks at the free tastings at Boulder Wine Merchant on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 2690 Broadway, Boulder, 303.443.6761, boulderwine.com. YEARS

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







Forget Yelp. Customers at The Amazing Garage Sale leave their rave reviews of this hip consignment shop on the store’s actual wall, written in marker. That feels good to shop Owner Judi Lesta, who says her customers are like family. “My shop is my art,” she says. “It’s my gallery.” Here’s a sample of the reviews customers have left: “Coming here is a spiritual experience” and “I cannot tell you how refreshing this store is for me” and “Thanks to Judi, I have a house full of wonderful furniture.” For the uninitiated, the store is a treasure trove of jewelry, antiques, home decor, furniture and art. 4919 Broadway, Boulder, 303.447.0417, theamazinggaragesale.com. Runner Up for Best Antique Dealer:

13 Classic Facets, 942 Pearl St., Boulder,


303.938.8851, classicfacets.com.

Runner Up for Best Consignment Store:

8 Rags, 3129 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.5758,







BEST APPLIANCE STORE Specialty Appliance

Ready to give your kitchen a Pinterestworthy remodel? Want a more efficient laundry room? Or, maybe you want to spruce up your outdoor living space and stretch the barbecue season through the fall. From the practical (cooktops, washers, dryers) to the fun (wine storage and top-notch grills), Specialty Appliance is well stocked with all the appliances that keep your kitchen, laundry room and outdoor living spaces running smoothly. “Being locally owned and operated, in addition to the fact that we do all of our own installations, is what sets us apart,” says Stephanie Shephard, executive director for marketing and events. The store carries several brands, ranging from luxury brands like Sub-Zero and Wolf to budget-friendly appliances from Whirlpool and KitchenAid. 305 McCaslin Blvd., #1, Louisville, 303.516.4015, buyfromsa.com. YEARS

6 Runner Up: Mountain High Appliance,


1130 Pine St., Louisville, 303.665.6850, mountainhighappliance.com.

BEST ART GALLERY Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery

Did you know that Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery, which has been in Boulder since 1971, is one of the oldest artist cooperatives in America? The store stocks more than 20,000 items — ranging from triathlete-turned-artist Jen Lesea’s pendants and bracelets featuring the Rocky Mountains to ceramicist Brenda Neely’s fantastical designs. Step inside this Pearl Street wonderland, and you’ll find paintings, prints, photography, jewelry, pottery, woodwork, sculptures, stained glass and more. “Customers love how much art we have under one roof, and that much of it is affordable,” says Adrienne Arnst, gallery manager. Also, about half of the artists who are featured in the shop are from Colorado and you’ll tell from their art that our fine state is their muse. 1421 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.3683, boulderartsandcrafts.com. Runner Up: Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.440.7826, thedairy.org.






Runner Up for Best Bedding/Mattress Store: Denver Mattress Co., 1945 28th St., Boulder, 303.413.1314, denvermattress.furniturerow.com.

Runner Up for Best Green Products Store: Costco, 600 Marshall Road, Superior, 720.587.1000, costco.com

New homeowners in the design phase and those ready to renovate their old floors should pay attention because McDonald Carpet One Floor & Home has a message for you: “We love how our customers are like family to us, and we truly cherish the friendships we create with them when we help them design their new floors,” says Co-Owner Scott McDonald. The business is family-owned but also part of one of the biggest flooring cooperatives in the world, which means customers save real money. McDonald offers carpet, hardwood, laminate, ceramic tile, vinyl, area rugs and more with exclusive brands that set the industry standard for beauty, style and quality. McDonald is so committed to your happiness in their products and workmanship that if the floor you create together is not “as beautiful as the one in your dreams,” they’ll replace it for free. 6367 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 720.432.2916, mcdonaldcarpetoneboulder.com.

21 Runner Up: Atlas Flooring, 4920 28th St., Boulder; 303.442.3221, atlasflooringboulder.com



Have you heard of the sleep hygiene movement? Hint: It has nothing to do with brushing your teeth before bed (but, yes, keep doing that). Rather, clean sleep is all about maintaining a regular sleep schedule, and keeping blue lights from interrupting your sleep. But, if you find yourself tossing and turning, it may be time to invest in a new mattress. Verlo has an in-store Comfort Adjustment, which lets you adjust how soft or firm you want your mattress to be. Plus, Verlo mattresses are made with specialty fibers and gel memory foams to help you regulate temperature. Dare we say they’ve got you covered from A to ZZZ? 3080 Valmont Road, #130, Boulder, 303.447.1154, verlo.com.

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People have been coming to McGuckin for 64 years because of its peerless customer service, deep product knowledge and terrific savings. As Boulder businesses go, that’s a very, very long time. Nuts and bolts, hardware, paint, housewares, garden gear, all the stuff you’d expect from Boulder’s best hardware store is exactly what you get, but there’s more. Let’s start with the big ones for CU students: carpet cleaning equipment rentals, propane exchange, 10-pound bags of ice and SodaStream exchange. Any of these could become crucial at a moment’s notice. And if you buy a grill or furniture from McGuckin and can’t be bothered to put it together, they’ll do it for a fair fee. Got a weekend fishing trip planned? Don’t forget the thing that keeps you legal — a license. Get it, and get everything, at McGuckin. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.443.1822, mcguckin.com. YEARS

Runner Up: Table Mesa Hardware, 691 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.499.7211, tablemesahardware.doitbest.com.






“Our number one goal over the past 14 years in business is to have happy customers who feel that we exceeded their expectations and love their wood floors,” says Co-Owner Kathy Hagen. Achieving this award five years running is proof positive of customer satisfaction for this locally owned and operated business that focuses on customer service and quality work. Magnus Anderson installs, sands and finishes (or refinishes) wood floors using state-of-the-art dustless sanding technology. “Besides our focus on quality work, great customer service, and wonderful employees, we use the best dust-free sanding technology available,” Hagen adds. “The wood dust created in the sanding process is evacuated out of your house, so there is no mess of fine wood dust to clean up after we are done. You are left with beautiful wood floors.” 3000 Airport Drive, #402A, Erie, 303.437.0610, idealhardwoodflooring.com. Runner Up: McDonald Carpet One Floor & Home, 6367 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 720.432.2916, mcdonaldcarpetoneboulder.com.





BEST HOME DECOR STORE Bartlett Interiors

Sisters and lifelong Boulderites Jane and Nancy Bartlett have been designing Boulder since 1984. When big box retailers don’t have the furniture your refined eye craves, and when you want an interior design partner who follows YOUR lead, Bartlett Interiors welcomes you with endless creative opportunities. The Bartletts’ goal is to “make your home true to you.” Bartlett Interiors has the largest library of upholstery, drapery and fabrics in Boulder County, so expect to spend some time browsing! Window coverings? They’ve indeed got you covered with many gorgeous choices in any particular decorating style. Bartlett Interiors has the resources of a huge store, but Jane and Nancy keep it personal, working with each client on their terms and helping them see their design dreams come true. 2020 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.5194, bartlettinteriors.com.



Runner Up: Clutter Consignment, 2500 30th St., Boulder, 303.386.3423; clutterconsign.com.










Since 1995, Indochine Home + Garden has been Boulder’s foremost purveyor of authentic quality Asian furniture, antiques and hand-crafted items at affordable prices. Owner Hugo Brooks’ significant experience doing business in Asia paved the way for him to become a direct importer. Brooks travels to Asia and the Pacific Rim countries, meets the traders and craftsmen and purchases directly. Why does it matter? Because he puts his own neck on the line to ensure the quality and authenticity of purchases. Also: No middlemen means savings passed on to customers. Indochine has a huge and ever-changing assortment of unique, hand-selected Asian imports including dining tables and chairs, sacred art and buddha statues, cabinets, side boards, entertainment centers, lamps and lighting, pillows, and a lot more. 7123 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.444.7734, indochinehomeimport.com.

Moros Fabrication boasts the reputation one wants when it comes to custom countertops. In addition to their many years of experience, the company has also won numerous Boulder County Gold Awards in previous years. Choose from a high-quality selection of granite and marble and Moros can install beautiful counter tops for tub decks, fireplace surrounds, bathroom vanities, bar tops and shower walls. “We strive to offer great customer service and great quality, along with building personal relationships with our customers,” says Owner Marty Moros. “We are very quality-oriented. Even when problems arise, we aim to make sure that all of the details are correct. We are also very aware of our customer’s request and expectations of a highquality experience from beginning to end.” 3871 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.473.0111, morosfabrication.com.

Runner Up: Momentum, 1625 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.7744, fairtradewinds.net.

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Innovative Openings takes a full-service approach to window treatments. In addition to their impressive product showroom, the company provides in-home consultations, measuring and installation, as well as after-sale repair service. “It is our hard-working staff that make the difference by taking care of our customers,” says Co-Owner Rick Pease. In addition to being a local retailer for the past 39 years, Innovative Openings also manufactures the nationally-recognized shade brands Insolroll Solar Screen Shades and Oasis Patio Shades. “Making our own products allows us to offer better quality control and faster lead-times,” says Pease. Also, the DIY program at Innovative Openings provides customers with high-quality custom blinds and shades at a price point that competes with online and big box retailers. 667 S. Pierce Ave., Louisville, 303.476.2065, innovativeopenings.com. Runner Up: McDonald Carpet One Floor & Home, 6367 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.432.2916, mcdonaldcarpetoneboulder.com. PERENNIAL





Christy Sports is a household name in sports gear and their services aren’t limited to the winter time.”Christy Sports not only offers great product and services in the winter, but we do the same in the summer with patio furniture,” says Manager Jason Ball. “We are always exploring new and better ways to create the best customer service experience out there.” Despite their growth, Christy Sports has managed to maintain a small-town shopping experience for customers and employees alike. “We still have that small company feel,” says Ball. “At the bigger shops the people just turn into numbers. We really care about our employees.” Season rentals start on Aug. 27, so head to Christy Sports to get outfitted for winter fun. 2000 30th St., Boulder, 303.442.2493, christysports.com.

21 Runner Up for Best Place to Buy Outdoor Furniture: McGuckin Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe


Ave., Boulder, 303.443.1822, mcguckin.com.

Runner Up for Best Ski/Snowboard Store: Epic Mountain Gear, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.938.8799, epicmountaingear.com. 40 DAILY CAMERA

Mike’s Camera, a full-service imaging shop, has you covered from your initial purchase of the camera to education programs that can help you grow as a photographer and get the best results from your equipment. “Our customers really love our hands on service experience,” says Mike Dobson, sales manager. “They love being able to compare products side-by-side and speak with my expert staff on how one camera is going to perform for them over another based on their own personal style of photography,” he says. Once you capture your perfect image, you can work with imaging specialists to decide how to best turn it into a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Plus, Mike’s Camera offers education programs and will be offering more multiday excursions. 2500 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.1715, mikescamera.com. Runner Up for Best Custom Framing: Mercury Framing, 4692 Broadway, Boulder, 303.938.0123, mercuryframing.com. PERENNIAL



BEST BICYCLE SHOP University Bicycles

A mantra at University Bicycles? Provide “unrelenting friendliness” to every customer, every time, says Tim Graczyk, the general manager of University Bikes.“It doesn’t matter if you’re a hardy year round commuter, a beginner gravel rider, an experienced mountain biker or an Olympic athlete we always give everyone the same level amazing service,” he says. Beyond the friendly employees, customers are impressed with the fast turnaround of the service department and the shops huge inventory of new bikes, clothing selection, accessories, plus the variety of rental bike choices. Plus, did you know that the store doubles as a museum? University Bicycles has antique bikes and collectible memorabilia from around the world, with many pieces more than 100 years old. 839 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.4196, ubikes.com. YEARS



Runner Up: Full Cycle, 1211 13th St., Boulder, 303.440.7771; 1795 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.440.1002, fullcyclebikes.com.





Neptune scores a very rare Boulder County Gold triple crown! “Our customers really value that they can always find what they need or want because we have a huge selection of gear and clothing spanning a wide variety of outdoor activities and we’re always bringing in new, innovative stuff you can’t find everywhere,” says Co-Owner Shelley Dunbar. “We also get rave reviews about how friendly, approachable and helpful our staff is.” Neptune has for decades been Boulder’s go-to for canyoneering, camping, rock climbing, ice climbing, hiking, skiing and mountaineering gear, but there is a lot more to it than that! “With the added attraction of the Neptune Museum, the Neptune Café where [our customers] can have coffee or a beer with friends, plus the weekly presentations and happy hour events we host, Neptune is quite simply far more than just a place to buy stuff. It’s the hub of Boulder’s outdoor community,” says Dunbar. 633 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.499.8866, neptunemountaineering.com. Runner Up for Best Locally Owned Camping Store: Boulder Sports Recycler, 4949 Broadway, Boulder; 303.786.9940, bouldersportsrecycler.com Runner Up for Best Locally Owned Outdoor Rec and Sports: Boulder Sports Recycler, 4949 Broadway, Boulder, 303.786.9940, bouldersportsrecycler.com.

19 Runner Up for Best Mountaineering Store: REI, 1789 28th St., YEARS

Boulder, 303.583.9970, rei.com.





Front Range Anglers is a premium fly fishing shop with an impressive inventory that will delight outdoor enthusiasts. “We pride ourselves in offering a welcoming environment for all levels of anglers,” says Madalaine McLaughlin, chief operating officer and vice president at Front Range Anglers. “In addition, they are thrilled with the extensive inventory we have available and in stock.” But, beyond that, the supply store has established itself as a trusted authority in the sport – publishing fishing reports for the region, including Boulder Creek, the Big Thompson River, Rocky Mountain National Park and other spots. Plus, Front Range Anglers guides trout fishing expeditions along the Front Range and has a popular adventure travel program that hosts and books anglers to bucket list destinations like Christmas Island, New Zealand, Iceland, British Columbia, Alaska, Belize and other destinations. 2344 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.494.1375, frontrangeanglers.com. YEARS

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

19 303.447.2400, rockymtanglers.com. YEARS



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BEST RUNNING STORE Boulder Running Company

Running is a big deal in Boulder and there are numerous options for buying running gear. The folks at the Boulder Running Company know that winning Best Running Store is no small feat in a town like Boulder. “We have incredible product assortments to meet all running types and needs, coupled with our very knowledgeable staff and emphasis on creating an environment that embraces everyone — these things are all commitments that we make to the community day in and out,” says Jess Gillman, national community and corporate relationship manager. “Whether you’re an elite, long-time runner or just wanting to get out and move, you’re welcome at the Boulder Running Company and we’re excited to support our customers in achieving their fitness goals.” 2775 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.786.9255, jackrabbit.com. YEARS

Runner Up: Runners Roost, 629 S. Broadway Suite E, Boulder, 303.554.7837, runnersroost.com.



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Step inside Classic Facets, a Pearl Street institution, and you’ll time travel through decades, with beautiful antique jewelry spanning the eras and sourced from around the world. The pieces come in at different price points, with a range of costume, estate and fine jewelry. “Customers say Classic Facets is their ‘happy place,’” says Mikki Rainey, the owner and operator. The store has been in business for 35 years, and is a goldmine for Art Decostyle engagement rings. “We offer a unique and fun shopping experience,” Rainey says. Pro tip: Follow the shop on Instagram; you’ll see a rainbow of rubies and emeralds as well as vintage treasures and the occasional engagement story. 942 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.938.8851, classicfacets.com. Runner Up: Thalken, 101-1/2 E. Chester St., Lafayette, 303. 997.7427, thalken.com.








“You are only a stranger here once.” So says Walters & Hogsett Jewelers, whose one goal is simple: “To surprise and delight customers by combining the essence of casual luxury with the warmth of a family.” Walters & Hogsett truly celebrates the art of jewelry and their staff takes great joy in helping their customers see and appreciate it, too. They offer the highest quality jewelry and timepieces and their skilled custom jewelry design artisans can help you create a one-of-a-kind piece of custom jewelry. Walters & Hogsett also gives more than $50,000 in support, annually, to organizations in Boulder County and along the front range. Why? “We love this town and the people who call Boulder home. That is why we love partnering with local charities and organizations to keep Boulder at its best.” 2425 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.449.2626, waltersandhogsett.com.

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

Where in South Boulder can you pick up a Robert Mueller action figure, a pot that gurgles, soft organic babywear and a pendulum clock? Sweet Ruckus! This recent addition to the Table Mesa shopping center offers a thoughtfully curated collection of gifts, paper goods and curiosities. There’s nothing quite like it on the south end of town or maybe anyway in Boulder, to be honest. “I have many amazing and wonderful customers who want to see Sweet Ruckus succeed, grow and flourish in South Boulder (as well as incredibly supportive friends and family),” says Owner Tania Petrulis. “They very much appreciate having Sweet Ruckus … to get a special gift (also gift box wrapped if needed) for a birthday, housewarming, baby shower, wedding, graduation, Mother’s/Father’s Day, Halloween, Hanukkah, Christmas and many other life celebrations.” 607 S. Broadway, #F, Boulder, 303.494.5131, sweetruckusgifts.com.


Runner Up for Best Company/Store that Gives Back: McDonald Carpet One Floor & Home, 6367 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 720.432.2916, mcdonaldcarpetoneboulder.com.

20 Runner Up: Jacque Michelle,

2670 Broadway, Boulder, 303.786.7628, jacquemichelle.com. YEARS


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Boulder County Gold’s Best Florist, Garden Center & Plant Nursery For 20 Years! www.sturtzandcopeland.com 2851 Valmont • 303-442-6663 Mon-Fri 8 to 6, Sat 8 to 5, Sun 10 to 5 2019 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 45

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The indoor greenhouse gardens at Sturtz and Copeland may as well be world-cass botanical gardens. The aroma of flowers both local and exotic is intoxicating. Sturtz and Copeland is a full-service garden center, florist, and tropical plant nursery, which has been in Boulder since 1929. “In all of our areas we specialize in customer service and we pride ourselves on having a knowledgeable, experienced staff to help you with all your indoor and outdoor plant and flower needs,” says Owner Carol Riggs. “Gardening is our passion and there’s no better way than gardening to get great exercise while growing your own delicious, organic vegetables. Be happy. Garden.” From floral design for home or special events to low-light houseplants, French gardens, herbs and Christmas trees, Sturtz and Copeland has the best. 2851 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.6663, sturtzandcopeland.com.

11 Runner Up for Best Florist: Fiori Flowers, 2620 N. Broadway, Boulder,


720.565.2434, fioriboulder.com.

10 Runner Up for Best Garden Center/Plant Nursery: Harlequin’s Gardens, YEARS

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


Headed to a Halloween party? Gatsby-era New Year’s Eve gala? Need an outrageous Bolder Boulder costume? Or, hey, maybe you just want to play dress-up! Make your first stop The Ritz. It’s like the childhood dress-up trunk of your dreams times 100. “We’re a Boulder tradition and are the first stop when Boulderites’ are putting together their costumes,” says Susan Nutting, the store’s owner. “We aim to please, featuring the wildest gamut of mild mannered to downright outrageous. There’s something for everyone and we can’t wait to help you find it.” But don’t wait until you need a costume to stop in; this Boulder store that’s been locally owned since 1977 doubles as a clothing boutique. 959 Walnut St. Boulder, 303.443.2850, theritzcostumes.com.

7 Runner Up: Theatrical Costumes, Etc!, 673 30th St.,


Boulder, 303.440.8515, theatricalcostumesetc.com.


CLIMB HIKE CAMP SKI Award winner 19 years in a row!

We are incredibly grateful to our loyal customers for voting Neptune #1 in three categories - again!!

R Best Locally Owned Camping Store R Best Outdoor Recreation & Sports Store R Best Mountaineering Store NeptuneMountaineering.com | 303.499.8866


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A small, locally-owned business, Barbara & Company strives to equip its customers with a wardrobe for “whatever and wherever life takes them,” says Owner Kathy King. “The Boulder woman travels and enjoys a casual lifestyle and wants clothing as unique as she is. We carry fashionable, high-quality lines that appeal to a wide range of ages. Our staff is committed to offering excellent customer service in a warm and friendly atmosphere.” Barbara & Company has updated its jewelry and accessory inventory and also added new display features and enhanced lighting for an even more pleasurable shopping experience. 1505 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.443.2565, barbaraandcompany.net. Runner Up for Best Women-Owned Store: Sweet Ruckus, 607 S. Broadway, #F, Boulder, 303.494.5131, sweetruckusgifts.com.


Weekends, one of the classiest clothing stores in Boulder, has witnessed the life cycle of many a business in its 28 years on the mall. Locally owned, Weekends continues to flourish by sticking with a formula that never seems to be wrong: They proudly offer a collection of the finest men’s and women’s contemporary casual clothing and footwear, premium denim lines, and locally designed and nationally recognized jewelry lines. That’s it! Men’s brands include Eton, Rag & Bone, Common Projects, Billy Reid, Boglioli and more. For the ladies: Herno, L’Agence, Hammitt, Moussy and more. Not quite sure what you’re after? You can schedule a consultation online and, for more fun, follow @weekendsboulder on Instagram and share your style with #weekendsboulder. 1200 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.4231, weekendsboulder.com. Runner Up: The Regiment

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Runner Up for Best Women’s Clothing Store: Jacque Michelle, 2670 Broadway, Boulder, 303.786.7628, jacquemichelle.com.

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BEST SHOE STORE Pedestrian Shops

Happy birthday, Pedestrian Shops! The shoe shop turned the big 5-0 this year. “My dad started selling Earth Shoes out of the back of a bookmobile in 1969,” says Lauren Polk Brown vice president of Pedestrian Shops. Now, she and her sister Zoe Polk manage day-to-day operations in the three stores, two in Boulder and one in Denver. Customers, she says, love that the store takes comfort so seriously. “We’re always on the lookout for new styles that fit into Coloradans’ active lives, can keep them feeling good through long days on their feet, and are in style, too,” Polk Brown says. She and her sister try to test out every new brand that Pedestrian Shops carry. 1425 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.5260; 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.449.7440, comfortableshoes.com. YEARS

10 Runner Up: Two Sole Sisters, 1703 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.442.0404,






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6560 Odell Pl, Boulder • 415 Jones Ct, Erie bowhausco.com


A number of things make The Tree Farm a special place to shop, not least of which is that you don’t have to explore the entire nursery on foot — they’ll drive you around in golf carts! With the largest variety of trees, shrubs and perennials of any nursery on The Front Range, as well as a staff with hundreds of combined years of experience, The Tree Farm is sure to have what you need. “We strive to supply excellent plant material and customer service,” says Manager Mike Gittleson. “We have the best selection and knowledgeable staff in not only the county but also the state when it comes to retail nurseries and garden centers.” 11868 Mineral Road, Longmont, 303.652.2961, thetreefarm.com. YEARS

7 Runner Up: Creekside Tree Nursery, 3283 61st St., Boulder, 303.668.7647,



BEST WILD BIRD SUPPLY STORE Front Range Birding Company

Front Range Birding Company (FRBC) is a new Boulder business dedicated to providing customers with the best birding and nature products and services. “We love what we do and want people to have a great experience every time they visit the Front Range Birding Company store,” says Owner Tom Bush. “Whether you are a backyard bird watcher, a field birder in need of sport optics, or simply a nature love, we have an extensive collection of items that you may be looking for, and the experts to help you make the right choices.” Visit FRBC in October for 20 percent off on all bird food products. FRBC also hosts a free Bird Walk Program on the second Saturday of every month — call for details. 5360 Arapahoe Ave., #E. Boulder, 303.979.2473, frontrangebirding.com.

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Runner Up: Niwot Rental and Feed, 291 2nd Ave., Niwot, 303.652.2900, niwotrentalandfeed.com. 2019 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 49

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Step into this locally owned and operated optical store and you’ll be greeted by Sunny, a friendly goldendoodle who accompanies the store’s Owner Heinz Ebner to work each day. Having a shop dog adds to the friendly vibe at Aspen Eyewear, where professionals have been helping improve vision for those in Boulder since opening in 1985. Staff opticians are Board Certified by the American Board of Opticianry and employees are trained to understand your prescription and find the best glasses for your needs. “I feel fortunate that we have such great employees,” Ebner says. In fact, some have been working for Aspen Eyewear for the past two decades. “Customers come in and see the same friendly faces,” he says. “I think we’re successful because we really care about our customers. Our philosophy in the store: Do the best we can to fulfill our customers’ needs.” 2525 Arapahoe Ave., #E23, Boulder, 303.447.0210, aspeneyewear.com. Runner Up: Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado, 300 Exempla Circle, #120, Lafayette, 303.772.3300; 1400 Dry Creek Drive, Longmont, 303.772-3300, eyecaresite.com.

Ready for some Boulder history? Munson Farms was established in 1976, which was before the Pearl Street Mall opened. “We are the oldest working family vegetable farm in Boulder County,” says Mike Munson. Over the years, the farm has expanded from just a couple of acres to more than 100 acres, growing vegetables, tomatoes, peaches and pumpkins. But a beloved specialty? The fresh sweet corn that’s hand-picked every morning. Customers often ask: “What do you add to your water that makes your corn so sweet?!” Munson says. In the summer, you can pick sunflowers at the farm. Come fall, Munson Farms has pumpkin patches and hayrides. With the approach of the holiday season, the farm sells Christmas trees and wreaths. 7355 Valmont Road, Boulder, 720.971.8847, munsonfarms.com. Runner Up: Aspen Moon Farm, 7927 Hygiene Road, Longmont, 303.684.6848, aspenmoonfarm.com.

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Mary Lee Withers, owner of P.C.’s Pantry for Dogs and Cats, says that her store is defined by the excellent team providing service for every customer who enters. From knowing your name to what type of pet food you like to buy for Fido, employees at P.C.’s work hard to make your shopping experience pleasant. “Our employees strive to provide the best service possible to our customers,” says Withers. “When our employees are recognized for their efforts they are pleased they are able to assist our customers in caring for their animals.” P.C.’s Pantry is always adding new, high-quality pet products to their inventory, such as a locally-made leash built from used climbing rope. Stop by today to see what toys or baked goodies they have in store for your furry friend. 2828 30th St., Boulder, 303.245.9909, pcspantry.com. Runner Up for Best Pet Store: Whole Pets, 2835 Pearl St., #B,

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Customer service is especially important when it comes to recreational marijuana, a fairly new industry. “We work so hard to provide the highest level of service and products at an affordable price,” says Owner Dylan Donaldson. “We want all our customers to have a wonderful experience working with us.” Karing Kind prides itself on carrying safe and clean products that can be trusted and educating consumers on how to best meet their needs. “We are always listening to customer feedback and engaging our customers to make sure we are still focusing on the important things to them,” says Donaldson. The diverse inventory at Karing Kind is always growing and changing. Stop by and mention the Boulder County Gold awards for a free joint with any purchase over $25. 5854 Rawhide Court, Boulder, 303.449.9333, karingkind.com.

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When you shop at TRU Hospice Thrift Shop, you help to ensure quality services for those living with advanced illness and loss through TRU Hospice, TRU PACE, TRU Palliative Care and TRU Grief Support Services. As a local nonprofit, 100 percent of the proceeds from sales go directly to the programs of TRU Community Care, Boulder’s oldest and only nonprofit hospice provider. “We are all striving together to make Boulder County the best place to live,” says TRU Thrift Shop Manager Lynn McCullough. TRU Thrift Shop has a huge selection of items for the fall and Halloween season, with sales beginning on October 11. The store also features a cafe with coffee and snacks, as well as a shaded patio. 5565 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.604.5353, trucare.org.

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There are many different styles in acupuncture, but Gina Terinoni, owner of Dova Center for Health & Healing in Louisville, says Dova stands out for working in partnership with its patients’ traditional doctors. Terinoni likes to stay in communication with a patient’s primary care physician as she introduces elements of acupuncture and Chinese medicine into his or her treatment. “I think every patient should get the best care possible,” she says. “I’m open to and totally respect Western medicine.” Terinoni, who is pursuing a doctorate degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, has 20 years of acupuncture experience and has owned Dova for six and a half years. A large portion of Dova’s services center on women’s health, including postpartum issues, perimenopause and chronic pain, as well as women who are pregnant or in stalled labor. 972 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 303.955.7226, dovacenter.com.

Everyone knows Colorado is the adopted home of many, many native Texans who miss their barbeque. Lucky for them, the food at Lulu’s nods to those traditions of well as the BBQ of Oklahoma, from which owner Kevin Herrington hails, and a little bit of Kansas-style for good measure. Opened in June 2011, Lulus’ spicy and sweet sauce is a family recipe, and its most popular items are brisket — which receives a simple rub of salt and cracked pepper — and BBQ ribs. Drink specialties include a Texas Slush, which is half a homemade frozen margarita and half an Upslope Craft Lager. It also makes its own fresh Sangrita, a mix of, you guessed it, a frozen margarita and sangria. Herrington says locals have a nice time at his restaurant in part because they can tell his staff enjoys themselves, too. “We have a good time working here,” he says, “and I think people see that.” 701 Main St., Louisville, 720.583.1789, lulus-bbq.com. Runner Up: Wayne’s Smoke Shack, 406 Center Drive, Superior, 303.554.5319, waynessmokeshack.com.

Honored this year with a James Beard nomination for Best Baker, Andy Clark’s Moxie Bread Co. remains a Boulder County destination serving inventive and nourishing baked goods. Out of the Victorian-era Louisville house turned restaurant, Clark has been feeding locals’ eyes and stomachs since founding the spot in 2015 and describes his restaurant as “down-home, rustic and warm” with an old-fashioned kick. (There are even musical instruments to play if the mood strikes you.) Don’t miss the King Egg, a popover-type breakfast item, and the full espresso bar from Eagle-based Color Roasters. Order something to-go or stay awhile in the back garden, a shady space that also boasts a sand pit for children. Made-to-order food also includes bialy sandwiches and pizzas, served every day until 4 p.m. Pastries and bread are available until 5 p.m. 641 Main St., Louisville, 720.420.9616, moxiebreadco.com.

Ryan Scott started making his own beer at home as a new dad, and with no prior experience in the industry, opened Odd13 with his wife, Kristin, in 2013. The name Odd13 is a mishmash of the area codes where each of them grew up, while its labels and restaurant décor center on comic book, superhero and science fiction themes. Ryan’s childhood friend Jesse Glen creates the art for its beer labels, and employee Ky Wozab creates artwork for the taproom and small-batch releases. “We knew from the beginning we wanted to stand out on the crowded Colorado shelves,” Kristin Scott says. Its flagship IPA, Codename: Superfan, has become one a go-to hazy IPA for Colorado beer lovers, and a newer beer, Quartermaster Keys, is a smoothie-style sour with key lime, graham cracker, vanilla and lactose. A variety of food trucks pulls into Odd13’s courtyard daily, and its an outdoor patio comfortably seats more than 30 guests. Weekly trivia is Tuesdays at 7 p.m., and foosball tournaments are Thursdays at 7 p.m. 301 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 303.997.4164, odd13brewing.com. Runner Up: The Post Brewing Co., 2027 13th St., Boulder, 720.372.3341; 105 W. Emma St., Lafayette, 303.593.2066; 1258 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 720.588.2883; postbrewing.com. 2019 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 55

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achieve them, with those nearly four dozen practices tiered into three levels of urgency and feasibility based on the city’s funding capacity over the next decade The Open Space and Mountain Parks department is set to endure a $10 million reduction out of its approximate $30 million budget next year, although city council has indicated support for asking voters for a tax increase to help offset it. Those five desired outcomes involve boosting the massive open space portfolio’s ecosystem health and resilience; preparing current and future tenants of the city’s more than 14,000 acres of agricultural open space dedicated to local

food production for likely local impacts of climate change; fostering responsible recreation, stewardship and enjoyment of the land; and growing community education and inclusion opportunities within the system. Securing financial sustainability for open space is the fifth stated goal. But Planning Board member Sarah Silver raised concern with whether the draft plan is specific enough to address a stirring trend faced by not only Boulder, but much of northern Colorado, with rapidly increasing visitor levels to, and associated wear-and-tear on, public lands. Mitigating the issue Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer is key to meeting the plan’s finan- Mike Palmquist, of Chicago, front, hikes down the trail in the rain at

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With three locations including its newest outpost in Longmont, Tangerine has been enticing us to brunch and lunch inside its chipper citrus-colored walls since bowing in Boulder seven years ago. “The orange makes people happy,” says Alex Miller, general manager at the Boulder location. Miller says clientele range from young to old, from a couple of locals who eat at Tangerine every day (yep!) and some who tell him they never miss a chance to dine on Tangerine’s famous cornbeef hash, huevos rancheros or vegan plate when they’re in town. Miller says he attributes much of the upbeat atmosphere to the servers. “They are happy to be here,” he says. The restaurants are open every day until 2:30. Look for local offerings like Boulder Sausage, local greens from Oxford Gardens, and childfriendly options like pancakes with chocolate chips or whipped cream. 2777 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.443.2333; 300 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.443.5100; 379 Main St., Longmont, 720.815.2888, tangerineeats.com. Runner Up for Best Breakfast: The Huckleberry, 700 Main St., Louisville, 303.666.8020, thehuckleberry.com. Runner Up for Best Brunch: Morning Glory Farm Fresh Café, 1377 Forest Park Circle, #101, Lafayette, 303.604.7351, morningglorycafe.org. Runner Up for Best Lunch: Organic Sandwich Company, 459 S. McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 720.598.5931; 16th and Pearl Street, Boulder, 720.639.3986, organicsandwichco.com.

Thirteen-year-old Waterloo moved into a larger space a couple years ago to better serve the customers it likes to treat as family. Menus change seasonally — look for heartier home-style fare as temperatures cool — and the beloved rooftop’s claw-foot tubs are planted with hops, rosemary, strawberry and lemongrass that are occasionally used in the restaurant’s weekend specials. Come for live bluegrass every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and other live music Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on the roof deck. Owner Josh Karp named the restaurant after his father’s former business, Waterloo Records in Austin, Texas, and prides himself on creating a family feel for all who dine there. “We do our best to give the best service around town,” General Manager Pattie OlebosApodaca says. “We appreciate customers coming to spend time with us, and we want to take care of you like our family.” 817 Main St., Louisville, 303.993.2094, waterloolouisville.com. Runner Up for Best Burger: Murphy’s Tap House, 585 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 720.612.4616, murphystaphouse.com. Runner Up for Best Patio: Acreage, 1380 Horizon Ave., Lafayette, 303.227.3243, acreageco.com.

BEST CHIROPRACTOR 100% Chiropractic

Anyone with nagging pains knows how important it is to find a health care professional who can relieve your symptoms so you can get back to your life. “This community is all about fun, friends and family, and is paired with providing our version of the best care to our patients,” says Dr. Haelee Estis. With optimal function, she says, we are able to enjoy life to its fullest and create community. Estis says being a cheerleader for her patients’ wellness matters as much as treating aches and pains: “I take a huge stance in overall health and function,” she says. “That includes encouraging healthy living in all areas, mental/emotional, physical and chemical,” in matters such as diet. The clinic is open until 6 p.m. and for extended hours for patients with special circumstances. Same-day appointments and online booking are available. 300 Center Drive, #E, Superior, 303.494.0796, 100percentchiropractic.com. Runner Up: Elite Chiropractic, 1020 W. Century Drive, #101, Louisville, 303.516.1517, elitechiroonline.com.

BEST COFFEE HOUSE East Simpson Coffee Company

Open seven days a week, East Simpson Coffee Company prides itself on having become a sought-after community gathering place that serves local coffee and local food since its 2014 opening. Find a variety of morning and afternoon pastries from Spruce Confections and La Belle French Bakery, and coffee from Boulderbased Ozo. “I work with local restaurants and suppliers, because I don’t want to have the same thing everyone else has,” says owner Leslie Wing-Pomeroy. In the back, a space called The Hive at East Simpson hosts community hang out night every Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. Activities rotate but have included the chance to shop fresh produce from the Lafayette Farmers Market, enjoy a beer and take in live music. 414 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 720.502.7010, eastsimpsoncoffee.com. Runner Up: Paul’s Coffee & Tea, 956 W. Cherry St. #101, Louisville, 720.259.1723, paulscoffeeandtea.com. 2019 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 57

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BEST COMMUNITY EVENT Lafayette Art Night Out

Once a month from May to September in Old Town Lafayette, the city hosts Art Night Out, a community event popular with all ages and attended by residents of Lafayette and neighboring areas. Approaching its 12th season, attendees can browse paintings, pottery, jewelry, home goods, antiques, oddities and more from local makers. “Many of our artists come to us as first-time vendors, and those who show and sell regularly can really establish a local following,” says Denise Chaudhari, who produces the festival’s Art Market. “We so proud to run an event that embraces their work and affords them extra income.” The evening also features sets by Colorado bands—the much-loved Hazel Miller Band capped off the final event this year—flash mobs, art demonstrations, street performers, local beer and a variety of food trucks. Free activities for kids run from 5 to 7 p.m. Festival Plaza, 311 S. Public Road, Lafayette, cityoflafayette.com/565/ art-night-out. Runner Up: Louisville Street Faire, Fridays in summer, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., downtownlouisvilleco.com/street-faire.

BEST CONSIGNMENT STORE Found Underground Consignment

There’s never been a better time to buy secondhand clothes: Boulder County is awash with options for gently worn used apparel, shoes and accessories. Found Underground Consignment in Louisville is enjoying this surge in curiosity about how to bring sustainability into our closets. With popular brands like Lululemon, Anthropologie and J.Crew, plus basics from stores like Target, the outpost has enjoyed 13 years of patronage due mostly to devotion from the community, says employee Annie Watts. The store gets especially busy in summer due to its proximity to the Louisville Farmers’ Market. “We have a good following without a lot of advertising,” Watts says. “It’s mostly been word of mouth and love from the community. People want to support the local shops, plus [owner] Nancy [Cooley] is about the kindest person you’ll ever meet.” 901 Main St., Louisville, 303.666.6900, foundunderground.net. Runner Up: Arc Thrift Store, 1349 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, 303.666.8060, arcthrift.com.

BEST DENTIST Studio Z Dental

Studio Z Dental is a holistic dentist that can treat all members of your family with high-quality, minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Tom Zyvoloski started the practice in 2010 and says it stands out for excellent customer service, top-notch biologic dental materials and technology that provides patients with dentistry well above the standard of care. “We always take the time to explain and educate the patient,” Zyvoloski says, “so they can make the best decision about their dental health.” As a holistic dentist, Zyvoloski’s approach includes using biocompatible products and medical-grade ozones to produce excellent outcomes. “All of these things,” he adds, “help educate our patients and provide the best diagnosis and treatment of dental conditions.” 818 W. South Boulder Road, Louisville, 303.802.4313, studiozdental.com. Runner Up: Alan D. Belenski, D.D.S., 225 W. South Boulder Road, #200, Louisville, 303.666.5080, alanbelenski.com.

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At almost 10 years old, Eats & Sweets has become a Lafayette staple. From traditional house-made sandwiches and salads to novelties like its bestselling banana bread ice cream sandwich, Owners Bobby and Gretchen Pangilinan pride themselves on quality ingredients and say their shop is a rustic, colorful place where the staff knows your name. “We are very community minded and oriented,” Bobby Pangilinan says. “Our strategy is to serve quality food at a very fair price.” You might also spot the rolling version of the restaurant, a food truck called Eats & Sweets Hits the Streets, at local breweries in Lafayette and Longmont, and it is also for hire for events. 401 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.665.3287, eatsandsweets.biz.

IgadI’s exacting approach to cannabis is a boon for connoisseurs and casual consumers alike. Dispensary officials are quick to point to the outlet’s detailed, scientific approach to perfecting every strain, a philosophy that’s clear in the impressive variety and scope of products at their Lafayette dispensary. “IgadI operates every license available in the Colorado market and produces a variety of product lines including gummies, baked goods, concentrates and cartridges,” the owners point out, adding that the company strives to apply a “scientific knowledge to each product line to create a unique and educational experience for our customers.” That dedication to the details shows in the dispensary’s consistent quality and variety. Paired with the fact that Igadl’s headquarters in Tabernash boasts one of the largest observable grows on the planet, this eye for precision makes Igadi stand out. 1325 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.862.7457, igadiltd.com.


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The Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado is a one-stop shop for treating all ocular issues, no matter how complex. Indeed, the facility’s flexibility is one of its greatest draws. The Eye Care Center is a go-to destination for simple eye checkups or shared family care, even as it’s the region’s top candidate for treating cataracts, glaucoma, corneal disorders or retinal disorders. Add Lasik and a whole range of oculoplastics surgery, and the menu of care at the center is truly impressive. All of these options give credence to the Center’s claim as “Colorado’s most advanced facility for eye health, surgery and vision correction.” The facility’s cutting-edge technological tools, paired with its top team of physicians, make the Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado the ideal option for anyone facing any type of ocular issue. 300 Exempla Circle, #120, Lafayette, 303.772.3300, eyecaresite.com. Runner Up: Front Range Eye Health Center, 1220 Summit View Drive, Louisville, 303.665.7797, frontrangeeye.com.

BEST HAIR SALON Maven Hair Studio

Laura Cornish’s lust for life is contagious, and it makes Maven Hair Studio feel like much more than a simple hair salon. Cornish brings a flair and enthusiasm to Maven, one that speaks of adventure, enthusiasm and artistry. Indeed, in speaking of her approach to hair, Cornish is liable to speak of world travel, artistic expression and creativity. “I opened Maven in September of 2015 as a space to surround myself with the most talented stylists and artists, not to mention the best customers,” she said, “What makes Maven stand out is the intimate boutique salon setting and the diversity of its amazing stylists.” That commitment makes a difference, and Maven’s customers can be sure they’re getting more than a simple trim. 1365 Forest Park Circle, #101, Lafayette, 303.665.9606, themavenhairstudio.com.

BEST GIFT SHOP Timbalier Gifts & Stationary

The owners of Timbalier Gifts & Stationary chalk up their successful, 15-year run in business to their loyal customer base. Building a dedicated corps of customers isn’t accidental, however. It takes creating selection, ambience and appeal; it requires an eye for variety in terms of merchandise and old-fashioned people skills. The owners of Lafayette’s best gift and stationary shop can check all of those requirements off the list – Timbalier’s selection of goods ranging from cards to clocks has been drawing a loyal consumer base for more than a decade. “We have tried to make Timbalier not just a place to buy a gift or a card, but a place that is an experience,” said co-owner Spike Ritter Chapman. “Our gift selection reflects not just what we like but more importantly, what we think our customers would like to get for their friends and family or for themselves.” 2770 Arapahoe Road, #106, Lafayette, 303.666.4200, timbalier.net. Runner Up: Elizabeth’s Embellishments, 611 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.926.7133, elizabethsembellishments.com.


The appeal of Morning Glory Farm Fresh Café goes beyond its stellar selection of gluten-free items. The eatery offers a warm ambience that feels like home. Servers and chefs alike are liable to welcome you with a smile and a story, and that kind of down-home friendliness makes Morning Glory’s food taste even better. Owner Jules Lieb’s warmth comes through in the menu, and in her constant commitment to customers. “What really drives Morning Glory Farm Fresh Café is our truly appreciative and loyal customers,” she said. “Our variety of proteins speaks to all. Our pancakes are the best in the U.S.A.! We try very hard to return the love that our far-flung Front Range families bring to us.” Those efforts don’t go unnoticed, and gluten-free gourmands in east Boulder County are all the richer for it. 1377 Forest Park Circle, #101, Lafayette, 303.604.6351, morningglorycafe.org. Runner Up: The Post Brewing Co., 105 W. Emma St., Lafayette, 303.593.2066, postbrewing.com.

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The Kukura family had a simple mission when they opened 95a Bistro & Sushi. “We wanted to bring a lively, family-friendly restaurant to Lafayette,” said owner Kelly Kukura. “A lot of people come out here to settle down and want a fun place to go without heading downtown (Boulder).” The restaurant’s top-notch happy hour deals and ambience align with that larger mission. The eclectic eatery’s $5 Happy Hour includes house wines, draft beers and well drinks, as well as tasty sushi rolls and delectable tapas. The bargains aren’t limited to a narrow time frame either – 95a’s Happy Hour runs all day Monday and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. the rest of the week. The generous hours and the wide array of options makes 95a’s a welcoming event for all kinds of customers, and nicely gels with the restaurant’s bigger mission. 1381 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette, 303.665.3080, 95abistroandsushi.com.

Superior Liquor Market’s website features a color sketch of every member of the 20,000 square-foot store’s team, from the general manager to the “foodista” and beer and wine managers. Along with the caricatures, the site features biographical info about each team member, and pertinent facts about their work for the Market. It’s a personal touch, one that nicely sums up Superior Liquor Market’s commitment to making a community connection with its customers. General Manager Pete Messimer, for example, encourages all customers to “say ‘Hi’ when you’re in the store and make any suggestions you can think of to improve your store experience.” Along with Superior Liquor Market’s impressive selection, this personal touch makes the store a pleasant and welcoming place to find any beer, wine or liquor you’re looking for. 100 Superior Plaza Way, #100, Superior, 303.499.6600, superiorliquor.com.

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

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



The Elements Massage outlet in Louisville does its brand name proud. The franchise in East Boulder County sums up the reason the broader Elements brand has won so much praise as a national leader in the massage and day spa field. The masseuses and therapists at the site tailor each treatment to the individual needs of their customers, and this attention to detail makes each session feel unique. “Elements Massage is one of the leading massage therapy brands and we truly believe in customizing each client’s experience,” said Janine Londa from Elements in Louisville. “The Elements Massage brand has been recognized on Newsweek’s list of America’s Best Companies for Customer Service and our studio truly believes in top-notch customer service.” Along with a membership program that offers plenty of perks, this one-on-one approach makes Elements an ideal way to relieve stress. 765 E. South Boulder Road, #100, Louisville, 303.666.4000, elementsmassage.com. Runner Up: Dova Center for Health and Healing, 972 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 303.955.7226, mindbodyonline.com.

BEST MANI/PEDI Allure Nails and Lashes

BEST ORTHODONTIST Melcher Orthodontics

A good mani/pedi leaves you feeling refreshed, revived and beautiful. The crew at Allure Nails and Lashes know that speediness, comfort and aesthetics are the keys to a successful mani/pedi, and they’ve perfected every step in the process. Customers looking for shiny and spiffy nails on their fingers and toes will be in and out quickly, and when they leave, they’ll have a sense of glamor and gorgeousness. In addition to the mani/pedi itself, the Allure crew offers conversation and friendliness that makes the entire process less imposing. What’s more, their creativity is impressive – customers looking for a unique color or design to complement the mani/pedi itself will leave satisfied. 534 W. South Boulder Road, #3, Lafayette, 303.665.3600. Runner Up: Envie Nails and Spa, 300 Center Drive Suite F, Superior, 720.727.2999, envienailspasuperior.com.

The team at Melcher Orthodontics know that quality care requires a personal touch. In addition to drawing on the latest orthodontic technology and tools, the Melcher team make a point of forging connections with individual patients and larger families alike. Coupled with Dr. Thomas Melcher’s dedicated investment in his practice and patients, this team approach as made Dixon Orthodontics Boulder County’s best choice for orthodontic care for more than three decades. “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to provide quality orthodontic care to the residents of Boulder County for the past 33 years,” Melcher said. “We are so grateful to all the patients and families that entrust their care to us, and have given our practice this recognition. It is such a blessing to live and work in this community.” 315 W. South Boulder Road, #111, Louisville, 303.666.9717, outstandingsmiles.com. Runner Up: Dixon Orthodontics, 405 Center Drive, #H, Superior, 303.430.4200, drdixonortho.com.

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The crew at Bowhuas know that keeping a dog happy is a multi-faceted task. In addition to providing the proper food, water and shelter, it takes a lot of love and care, especially when it comes to a dog who’s away from his owners. The staff at Bowhaus take this duty so seriously, in fact, that they’ve topped categories ranging from boarding to grooming to customer service.“We at Bowhaus are truly grateful to be have been able to serve you and your wonderful pets since 2005,” said Lisa Sigg, Bowhaus regional manager. “Here at Bowhaus, we value the happiness and well-being of all our dogs and pet parents. We strive to give you piece of mind when you are away from your beloved pet. We do this by creating a fun and safe environment for dogs to be dogs.” All that care and attention makes a big difference for pets and owners alike. 415 Jones Court, Erie, 303.828.4989, bowhausco.com. Runner Up for Best Pet Boarding: Cottonwood Kennels, 7275 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.2602, cottonwoodkennels.com. Runner Up for Best Pet Grooming: Blackpaw, 459 McCaslin Blvd., #4, Louisville, 303.554.9343, blackpaw.com. Runner Up for Best Customer Service: North Boulder Physical Therapy, 80 Health Park Drive, #200, Louisville, 303.666.2690, northboulderpt.com.


Bernadette, Joe and Allie Pflug know that every pet has their own needs when it comes to the proper supplies. The owners of Blackpaw stock their store with a diverse array of supplies for every canine personality and preference, and their expertise in offering advice only makes the store’s broad selection more valuable.“Our philosophy is simple: personal, sincere care of you and your pet,” the owners point out. “Whether it’s fitting him with a Gentle Leader, discussing dietary concerns or giving you a few pointers on getting your dog really clean in the dog wash.” It’s the perfect business philosophy to cater to customers with picky pooches. Even the most snobby pet will find something to love at Blackpaw. 459 McCaslin Blvd., #4, Louisville, 303.554.9343, blackpaw.com. Runner Up: Jack’s Pet Place, 801 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 720.666.8550, excellopetpantry.com. 2019 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 63

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

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY North Boulder Physical Therapy (Louisville)

While North Boulder Physical Therapy has been in business for 40 years, their Louisville location has been open for less than a year, which makes the “Best of ” title even sweeter, says owner Debra Lane. It’s no surprise, considering the Louisville clinic offers everything you can think of and more. They’re committed to restoring mobility and resolving pain to maximize function, independence, and overall quality of life. Serving patients from 0 to 100+, their skilled team includes physical therapists and an occupational therapist who is also a certified hand therapist with over 30 years of experience. Lane says what sets her clinic apart from others is the patients. “[They’re] wonderful, so it’s very easy to provide them with what they need.” She describes the therapeutic process as a collaboration. “[Our patients] tell us what they want and we listen and we accomplish goals together.”80 Health Park Drive, #200, Room 202A, Louisville, 303.666.2690, northboulderpt.com/louisville-location. Runner Up: PinPoint Wellness, 1280 Centaur Village Drive, #2, Lafayette 720.389.7286, ppwellnesspt.com.


BEST PIZZA Adesso Pizzeria

You don’t have to travel far to experience a taste of Italy. Addesso’s is known for serving fresh, delicious pizza, including dairy-free and gluten-free options. While the spicy Hawaiian is a fan favorite, co-owner and CEO Cody Scott prefers the Margherita. “After spending time in Italy I fell in love with the deceptive simplicity of the ingredients and the complexity of the flavors.” He came back to Colorado and recreated the Neapolitan classic with their homemade tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil and imported extra virgin olive oil. The super-fresh pizza is a byproduct of Addesso’s partnership with Isabelle Farms, where they source many local, organic ingredients. But it’s not just the food that makes the pizzeria special. Says Scott, “Our customers, regulars and newcomers alike, are like family to us.” 385 Crossing Drive, #105, Lafayette, 303.664.1599, adessopizzeria.com. Runner Up: Lucky Pie Pizza, 637 Front Street, Louisville, 303.666.5743, luckypiepizza.com.

Their tag line is “fresh and healthy” for a reason. Fresh ingredients include hijiki seaweed, mango, edamame, shrimp, and so much more. Their signature bowls include the Lulu Bowl, featuring tuna, the Leis Bowl, featuring salmon and brown rice, and even a bowl for smaller diners, the Stitch Bowl, which showcases white rice and shrimp. And for those who prefer to forge their own path, the “make your own” option is perfect. Customers wishing to create their own bowl start with a base of salad, brown rice, or white rice. To it, they add their choice of protein and finally, a mix-in. It’s not just the plethora of options that makes Waikiki Poke stand out, says manager Holly Rayann Powers, but also their fresh ingredients and generous portions. 535 Zang Street, Unit B, Broomfield, 720.542.8872, waikiki-poke.com. Runner Up: Motomaki 1600 28th Street, Boulder 720.943.2030, motomaki.com.

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BEST ROOFING COMPANY Scott’s Roofing & Solar

BEST PLUMBER Around the Clog

No one wants to call the plumber. But when you have to, Best Plumber is the one to call. They only handle residential work, including plumbing repair, emergencies, water heater repair and replacement, sewer line inspections, and drain cleaning. We caught up with co-owner Tanya Briggs, who runs the small family business with her husband. What she loves about her job is the customers. And what the customers love about Best Plumber? The plumber himself. Briggs says it’s her husband Doug’s sense of humor that keeps customers coming back and spreading the word among friends and neighbors. “He brings some entertainment along with the plumbing,” says Tanya. She acknowledges that plumbing problems are no one’s idea of fun. But she says, “it’s better to be laughing than crying.” P.O. Box 976, Lafayette, 720.940.3661, aroundtheclog-co.com. Runner Up: Colorado Green Plumbing Heating & Cooling, 1400 Washington Ave., Louisville, 303.305.3764, cgplumbing.com.

BEST REALTOR Mary Pat Munding, MP Munding Realty

As a one-woman operation, Mary Pat Munding puts her heart and soul into her business. “I love everything about my job. I love being able to help people realize their dream.” Focusing on the specific areas of Boulder and Broomfield counties gives her a keen sense of this area. In addition to living, working, and sending her kids to school here, she’s active on the boards of Arts Lafayette and Alley Art Amazin’, a member and past chair of Lafayette Old Town Association and a past chair of Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission and Lafayette Public Art Committee. Her commitment to the community directly benefits her clients, giving her unique insight to share on the neighborhoods, the schools and the special qualities of each community. 121 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303.242.4706, mpmundingrealty.com. Runner Up: Christy Watson Homes-Keller Williams Preferred Realty 300 Center Drive, #300, Superior, 303.956.6233, christywatsonhomes.com.

If you want to do good for your home and the planet, look no further than Scott’s Roofing and Solar. They’re members of 1% for the Planet, an organization that pairs businesses with approved environmentally focused non-profits, building strong partnerships that magnify the impact of members’ giving. Scott’s Roofing also uses sustainable shingles. Malarkey. According to Owner Gary Nickell, they feature smog eating granules. What does that mean for the planet? Every average sized roof made of Malarkey shingles is the equivalent of planting four trees. And since they’re made of upcycled materials, the average roof diverts 350 plastic jugs and six truck tires from the landfill. At the end of the day, Nickell feels it’s Scotts’ exemplary customer service that sets them apart. “We demand our people give excellent customer service,” he tells us. “If they don’t, they can’t work here.” 211 N Public Road, #100, Lafayette, 303.469.9287, scottsroofingcolorado.com. Runner Up: Ready Roofer, 100 E. Chester St., Lafayette 720.684.7744, readyroofer.com.

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

“Mary Pat was so easy to talk with, approachable, and she had the ability to anticipate and address our concerns almost without us voicing them.” -Lee and Larry 2019 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 65

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


BEST SANDWICH Organic Sandwich Company

If you’re looking for a “small, friendly little shop where everyone is welcome,” look no further than Louisville’s Organic Sandwich company. This is how founder Marcy Miller describes the sandwich shop that’s committed to local and natural ingredients, sustainable practices, and educating and serving the community. Local menu items include drinks, sauerkraut, bread, and ice cream sandwiches. Miller says, “People will often see an item and say ‘That’s my neighbor’s product!’ or ‘I buy this from the Louisville Farmers Market!’” While people love the food and the local flavor Organic Sandwich serves up, Miller loves the customers. “I love how friendly our customers are, I love the enthusiasm our team has about our products and sustainability practices, I love making sandwiches for people who are excited about supporting their local farmers and entrepreneurs.” 459 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 720.598.5931, organicsandwichco.com. Runner Up: Eats & Sweets, 401 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.665.3287, eatsandsweets.biz.

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Sushi Yoshi is committed to providing genuine Japanese hospitality in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and it shows in every dish. Formerly Sushi Tora in Boulder, the restaurant prides itself on providing a dining experience that’s fresh, delicious, and visually appealing. Their master chef, Yoshi, has trained for years under traditional master chefs in Japan. His creations are a culmination of his extensive training and his own artistry. Each dish is made to order, from scratch, using organic ingredients to the fullest extent possible. In addition to sourcing vegetables locally whenever possible, according to the restaurant’s ownership, Sushi Yoshi’s superior taste is also a product of the chef ’s attention to detail. “Cooking sushi rice involves with temperature and weather of the day and high altitude makes it more challenging. Yoshi prepares sushi rice with an effort to create the perfect combination.” 917 Front St., #100, Louisville, 720.304.0300, sushiyoshiboulder.com. Runner Up: Sushi Hana, 1220 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder 303.447.9883, sushihanaboulder.com.


Their menu offers traditional favorites like fish and chips and coleslaw, along with the options you’d expect of a Boulder County establishment, like grilled fish, steamed broccoli and mushrooms, and entree-sized salads. There are also a kids’ menu, and a bar menu featuring locally brewed ciders for the grown-ups. Daily specials include Kids eat free Mondays, taco Tuesday, and Cajun Wednesdays. Thursdays feature fresh oysters on the half shell (while fried oysters are available every day), and weekends are for Walleye. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, they fly fresh fish flown in from Minnesota’s Red Lake Nation Fishery. Says owner Dan Wolfson, one of the restaurant’s strengths is its uniqueness as a fast-casual restaurant that has stayed true to its mission since opening in 2014. “We’re committed to sustainably sourced high quality seafood served quick and at a reasonable price.” 2770 Arapahoe Road, #112, Lafayette, 720.630.8053, eatreelfish.com.

BEST VETERINARIAN VCA Centennial Valley Animal Hospital

It’s no surprise VCA Centennial Valley Animal Hospital won Gold this year; there’s no pet problem their team can’t fix. In addition to treating dogs and cats, they also see exotics and birds. They offer everything from primary care to emergency services, plus alternative medicine, including acupuncture, holistic medicine, herbal medicine, and Chinese herbal medicine. In addition to their health and wellness services, they also offer boarding services. Online booking makes it super simple to schedule anything your pet needs. According to Medical Director Lisa Barlow DVM, staff and clients alike love the clinic’s caring staff, and quality service, including doctors who are willing to go the extra mile to provide care. She says clients feel comfortable placing their pet in their expert hands, “[They know] their pet’s health is our top priority. 259 Century Circle, Louisville, 303.666.9363, vcahospitals.com/centennial-valley. Runner Up: Jasper Animal Hospital, 1369 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette, 303.665.4002, jaspervet.com.

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Soul Tree Yoga offers not just yoga classes, but therapies including acupuncture, spa ayurvedic and massage treatments and massage, reiki, and integrative restorative healing sessions. They host all kinds of workshops and teacher trainings, as well as off-site retreats, like their upcoming Island Vibes Belize retreat. Owner Melissa Stockdale opened the studio in 2010 with a passion to “create, play, and grow.” She had a dream was to create a yoga studio that was both affordable and welcoming, to foster a space that would become a community true to its name. According to their website, a Soul Tree draws nourishment and support from the earth to give back to its surrounding environment. 422 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 303.665.5244; 1280 Centaur Village Drive, Lafayette, 303.665.8134, soultreecolorado.com. Runner Up: Yoga Junction, 927 Main St., Louisville, 303.658.0365, louisvilleyogajunction.com.

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303.665.3600 534 W. South Boulder Road Lafayette CO 80026 2019 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 67

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

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1st Place Loren M. Brown Best Attorney 2nd Place Best Broomfield Employer AREAS OF PRACTICE INCLUDE Family Law Clinic Director Mary Kaye Pierce, OTR, Zach Chandler, PT, DPT, CHT SCS

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You definitely want to have a good appetite when you visit GQUE. Besides the large Signature Sandwiches – for example, The Meltdown, piled with brisket, onion rings and cheese; or the Pilgrim, aptly named with turkey, garlic mashers and cranberry relish – be sure to sample the sides, like macaroni and cheese, and pit smoked beans. Or order meat by the pound and feed the whole family. Assistant General Manager Scott Corbridge shares what makes GQUE such a success: “We want to give our guests the best 30 to 45 minutes of their day when they come here. We’re considered a competition-style barbecue, so we make all our meats and sides daily. We really focus on consistency – getting everything right every time, the same great meal each and every visit.” 5160 W. 120th Ave., #K, Broomfield, 303.379.9205, gquebbq.com. Runner Up: Dickey's Barbecue Pit, 1255 E 1st Ave., #C, Broomfield, 303.466.8585, dickeys.com.

BEST ATTORNEY Loren M. Brown, Ciancio Ciancio Brown

His practice is focused entirely on litigation, providing representation along the Front Range and throughout Colorado. He concentrates on Wrongful Death and Personal Injury, Criminal Defense (ranging from traffic violations to homicide), Liquor Licensing, and Commercial Litigation. He is actively involved in the Colorado Bar Association, and served as its President, 20152016; during his term, he traveled throughout Colorado meeting lawyers, legal professionals, and judges. He was able to help shape the bar association and legal profession … focusing on such issues as diversity and inclusion, attorney health and wellness, access to justice, and formation of the CBA strategic plan. “I think this is what I was born to do. I genuinely love helping other people, and I work very hard to make sure my clients are well taken care of.” Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., 390 Interlocken Crescent, #350, Broomfield, 303.872.8919, colo-law.com. Runner Up: Craig Johnson, Craig D. Johnson & Associates, 8 Garden Center, Broomfield, 303.466.2335, cdjlawyer.com.


Just perusing the photography on their website is enticing, whether you are considering breakfast, lunch or brunch. There is plenty to eat, too. For example, the breakfast burrito consists of scrambled eggs with pork sausage, house-roasted onions, green chiles, seasoned ranch potatoes, Jack and Cheddar cheese, wrapped in a flour tortilla and topped with salsa or pork green chili and fresh herbs. Served with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, fresh smashed avocado and a side of seasoned ranch potatoes. Locally owned and operated, the Egg and I takes pride in making everything fresh and prepared to order. Hours are Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Manager Marcia Maldonado notes, “We have a personal touch. We’re really family oriented and we treat people like they’re in our home. The food always comes out hot and delicious.” 799 US Highway 287, Broomfield, 303.439.2202, theeggandi.com. Runner Up: Great Scotts Eatery, 7510 US Highway 287, Broomfield, 303.469.5291, greatscottseatery.com.


BOULDER COUNTY GOLD / Best of Broomfield County

BEST BAKERY The 5280 Donuts

Open seven days a week, hours are Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This friendly neighborhood sweet shop makes a variety of raised donuts and cake donuts, plus coffee. They serve Silver Canyon coffee, from a second-generation family business roasting coffee in Boulder. It’s good to know they also serve croissant and bagel breakfast sandwiches all day. Favorable online reports from visitors note that prices are moderate, and “This space is kid-welcoming, with a little kids’ area to hang out in/ sit down at…” and “Great customer service.” The list of donuts is extensive and the flavors creative, like Bavarian Crème filled powdered raised, and Maple frosted old-fashioned cake. 555 US-287, Unit C, Broomfield, 720.389.8497, the5280donuts.com.

Runner Up: King Soopers, 12167 Sheridan Blvd., Broomfield, 303.439.0113; 1150 US-287, 303.439.2610, Broomfield; 2355 W. 136th Ave., Broomfield, 303.920.3040, kingsoopers.com.

BEST BURGER Five Guys This is nirvana for burger lovers. Since its beginning in 1986, in Arlington, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. area, Five Guys has served only hand-formed burgers cooked on a grill along with fresh-cut fries cooked in peanut oil. During the 1980s and 1990s they perfected their simple system: Five Guys was The Place to go to get a fresh, juicy burger with all the toppings you could stuff between fresh-baked buns. There are no freezers in Five Guys locations, just coolers. The menu is helpful for calorie counters, giving the caloric value of every dish served there. More recently, take-out has become a big part of their business. 4480 W. 121st Ave., Broomfield, 720.887.5989; 570 Zang St., Broomfield, 303.469.8333, fiveguys.com.

Runner Up: Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, 1 W. Flatiron Crossing Drive, #2156, Broomfield, 303.438.2143, baddaddysburgerbar.com.

BEST CHIROPRACTOR Dr. Ryan Gray, Legacy Healing Center

There are numerous reasons why a person may end up at the chiropractor: Preventive health, sports and auto injuries, headaches, or back and neck pain. Because the spine and the nervous system are so closely related, it’s little wonder that routine chiropractic treatment can help your overall health and state of mind. “I love that I have the ability to change the way people experience health,” says Dr. Ryan Gray of Legacy Healing Center. “We all have an innate ability to heal, but sometimes we need to receive an adjustment in order to free up that ability to heal.” At Legacy Healing Center, patients are seen immediately by courteous staff, and the atmosphere created by Dr. Gray’s dedicated team is professional yet comfortable. “We find and remove the barriers to your ability to heal,” adds Dr. Gray. “I love caring for people.” 300 Nickel St., #9, Broomfield, 720.270.6612, legacyhealingcenter.com. Runner Up: Graves Chiropractic, 4257 Main St., #210, Westminster, 303.635.0211, dregraves.com.


Broomfield Days is about community. For two days in September, the city has an absolute ball with a golf tournament, street dance, bingo, 5K race, clown contest, parade, trade fair, craft festival, food booths, and three stages of entertainment and demonstrations. But why do families come back year after year? “Residents know they'll come together to have fun with neighbors, friends and family,” says Broomfield community events coordinator Kay Gazaway. “The festival incorporates so many entertaining things to do (and eat!) that it appeals to all ages, and newcomers to Broomfield are introduced to their new community in a big way as all the best Broomfield has to offer is showcased at Broomfield Days. We'll continue working to keep the festival fresh and fun while honoring the traditions that are so important to Broomfield.” 1270 W. Midway Blvd., Broomfield, 303.460.6925, broomfield.org. Runner Up: Great American Picnic 4th of July Celebration, 13200 Sheridan Blvd., Broomfield, broomfield.org.

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Physical therapy can be vital in restoring an injured person to good health or helping with a post-surgery recovery. Compassionate care makes all the difference. NB Physical Therapy’s licensed and experienced specialists give the support needed to prevent or recover from a chronic or acute condition, genetic dysfunction, age-related degeneration and more. They’ll provide a full evaluation, along with a plan to address pain, improve function and restore mobility. “We find the right people and train them to interact with our patients in a professional manner,” says owner Ted Layne, PT, ATC. “Our patients get to work with our highly trained physical therapy staff to provide physical therapy treatments that help them to return to their favorite activities as soon as possible.” NB Physical Therapy welcomes patients of all ages and abilities. 2861 W. 120th Ave., #120, Westminster, 303.469.6980, northboulderpt.com. Runner Up: Acme Hydroponics, 300 Nickel St., #3, Broomfield, 720.524.7306, acmehydroponics.net.


There are nail salons and then there’s Lily Nails. At this full service nail salon and spa, nail artists practice their craft with aplomb while ensuring your comfort is the utmost priority. Lily Nails is clean and comfortable, and nail design is considered an affordable luxury. “My daughters and I had a wonderful time at Lily Nails,” says Heather C. “We are extremely pleased with our manicures and pedicures that included pretty butterflies, dragonflies and other designs! Everyone, especially Lily, was very pleasant and accommodating. The prices were very reasonable. We'll go back!” Lily Nails uses enduring, quality products that guarantee you’ll leave with a great new nail style that withstands your activities. So go enjoy Lily’s beautiful lounge, spa and nail techniques. Be pampered, relaxed, and satisfied! 2420 E. Midway Blvd., Unit C, Broomfield, 303.438.8488, golilynails.com. Runner Up: Spavia Day Spa, 4550 Main St., #400, Westminster, 720.669.4147, spaviadayspa.com.


Mata Dental offers an incredible array of the highest quality dental service at a state-of-the-art facility. Dr. Mata, a Broomfield resident since 2003, is certified in the Pinhole gum rejuvenation technique, Fastbraces, Clear Correct Aligners, and Botox. Obviously, the best-case scenario is that all your dental needs are routine, but when things work out differently, you might need specialized periodontic or orthodontic care, fillings, bridges, crowns, or dentures, inlays and onlays, extractions, oral and maxillofacial surgery, mouth guards, or something else. Whatever your dental needs, Dr. Mata and his expert team can help. They always welcome new patients. Tip: The Mata Dental website has comprehensive information about the practice, insurance, etc. It’s a good place to start to familiarize yourself with what the practice offers. 6821 W. 120th Ave., #B, Broomfield, 303.219.9723, drmatadental.com. Runner Up: Lee W. Gerry DDS - Broomfield Dental Care, 13606 Xavier Lane, #B, Broomfield, 303.466.7306, leewgerrydds.com.


Complete Releaf has made its mark with readers as “the complete experience.” Marijuana buffs and newbies alike find that Releaf staff focuses on health, education, and a truly superior customer experience. “Our staff is very knowledgeable about the different products we carry, giving us the ability to answer almost any question,” says IT and Marketing Manager Derek Enright. “We also do our best to keep wait times short or nonexistent. It doesn't matter if you are a regular who is trying to get in and out quickly or someone’s first time in a dispensary, our staff is here to help serve what your specific needs are.” Make the short drive to Lafayette for hassle-free browsing, top-shelf strains for recreational and medical, and expert advice from some good folks who truly want to help. 1669 Coal Creek Dr., Lafayette, 720.510.2351, completereleafus.com. Runner Up: Starbuds, 1156 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 720.389.6313, starbuds.us/louisville.

BEST FARMERS' MARKET Broomfield Farmers’ Market at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church People love the Farmer’s Market because of the quality of the vendors, live music, children's activities, food trucks and more. Its mission is “to be a destination that connects the community to healthy food and local farmers,” says lead volunteer Dave Carter. “We're pleased that many area residents make us a weekly destination because they love the overall atmosphere of the market.” Did you know that it’s the largest all-volunteer-operated farmers' market in Colorado? Through the Double Up Food Bucks, and WIC voucher program, the market has become a reliable venue for residents in need to keep fresh produce on the table. “I have worked in agriculture for the past 40 years,” Carter says, “so it is personally rewarding to me to watch as Broomfield residents connect with the local farmers at the market each week.” 1700 W. 10th Ave., Broomfield, 303.466.2667, holycomforterchurch.net/broomfield-farmers-market.

Runner Up: Boulder County Farmers' Market, 13th St. between Canyon and Arapahoe, Boulder, 303.910.2236, bcfm.org. 2019 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 71

BOULDER COUNTY GOLD / Best of Broomfield County


Decker is a customer care center for major shoes brands UGG, Teva, Hoka and Sanuk. Providing customer service is their full-time focus with phone calls, e-mail, chats and social media. Mandi Geary, manager, explained their products: “We have very popular and well-known brands. Each speaks to a different aspect of Colorado, and the Colorado lifestyle. Our No. 1 priority is customer service and building customer loyalty. We want to meet the customers’ needs where they’re at.” Winning the Best Broomfield Employer means a lot to Decker, Geary said. “We actually have a unique training process. There’s brief in-classroom instruction, followed by hands-on training outside of the classroom. We provide one-on-one support, and people get a lot of personal connection. We work hard to create a culture that encompasses recognition and acknowledgement; we feed them, we award prizes and incentives. We’re just back from New York where we took a team who won a contest. We want that to show our employees their value.” Decker sdoes most of its business during the holiday season. Off-holiday they have 110 employees, and during the holiday season, October through March, they add 250 more. Mandi added, “Much appreciation to the folks who voted for us. Thank you for acknowledging the work we’re trying to do, not just for the company, but also for the community. We want to maintain being an employer of choice and support the community, which we are passion about.” 11525 Main Street, #500, Broomfield, 303.439.6801, deckers.com. Runner Up for Best Footwear Company: JAX Mercantile Outdoor Gear Ranch & Home, 5005 West 120 Ave. Broomfield, 303.439.1000, JAXOutdoorGearBroomfield. Runner Up for Best Broomfield Employer: Ciancio Ciancio Brown, 8001 Arista Place, Broomfield, 303.451.0300, colo-law.com.


In Memoriam is a family-owned fullservice provider that has a new take on a traditional business. Kelsi Tesone Mathews, a longtime funeral director in Broomfield, explained: “We offer a very personal touch when it comes to end of life planning. We help families get through a rough time in a way that is innovative but traditional too. We have gotten our crematory on site. Now people can witness cremation if they want and we have already had six or seven families do that this year. They wanted to be part of the last tribute for their loved one in special way.  We are able to have conversations about it and it is another avenue of transparency.”  Kelsi grew up in Broomfield and that makes this honor even more special. She said, “The more word gets out that we are taking care of people in a unique way we thrive.” 7290 W. 119th Place, Broomfield, 303.997.6667, inmemoriamservices.com. Runner Up: Rundus Funeral Home, 1998 W. 10th Ave, Broomfield, 303.460.1414, Rundus.com.

BEST GIFT SHOP Amy’s Hallmark Shop

The winning votes for Best Gift Shop went to Amy’s Hallmark Shop at Flatiron Crossing. With a broad selection of year-round and seasonal gifts, gift wrap, Keepsake Ornaments and greeting cards, this is a perfect store for special occasions. The gift and card shop has something to help celebrate any special occasion, holiday or even ordinary day. When you need to send support and encouragement, we offer a selection of thinking-of-you, get well and sympathy cards. With Hallmark Gold Crown’s variety of products, including home décor, picture frames, photo albums, accessories, stationery, Christmas ornaments, candles, candy, books, gift wrap, stuffed animals and more, there are gifts for kids and adults alike. 1 W. Flatiron Crossing Dr., 2004 Flatiron Crossing Street, 720.887.6889, stores.hallmark.com/co/ broomfield/amys-hallmark-shop. Runner Up: Bouquet Boutique, 290 Nickel St., Broomfield, 303.466.1251, bouquetboutiqueinc.com.


Multiple Openings / Seasonal Customer Service

DECKERS 11525 Main St, #500 Broomfield, CO 72 DAILY CAMERA



BEST HAIR SALON Salon Cosabella

Salon Cosabella has been in business since 2005 and has been continually growing and changing. The full-service hair salon just won a national 2019 Salon of Distinction Award for its major renovation. It’s a big upscale salon with 30 experienced, creative stylists who are very client-focused. Owner Jamie Staton said, “Even though we’re super busy, we want to make people comfortable and relaxed. Our services include everything to do with hair and we stay ahead of the trends. “We want to say thank you to everyone for naming us Best Hair Salon,” Jamie said. “We love being part of the Broomfield community and we feel like everyone who comes here is family.” 8001 Arista Place, #120, Broomfield, 303.285.0075, salocosabella.com. Runner Up: Great Clips, 6765 W. 120th Ave, Broomfield, 303.466.4629; 4530 W. 121st Ave., #5, 303.465.1010; 3700 W. 144th Ave., 303.410.0844, greatclipsbroomfield.com.

BEST HAPPY HOUR Village Tavern

The upscale modern American grill has been a Broomfield favorite for 18 years and continues the tradition with a fully stocked premium bar. There are 90 varieties on the wine lists, with 60 of those available by the glass. The Village Tavern has amazing quality food, and a fun lively atmosphere. Happy hour is every Monday through Friday and all-day Sunday with $1 off any draft beer, $5 wine and $6 for happy hour cocktails made with premium spirits such as Patrón and Grey Goose. The $6 tavern bites include baked Brie and flat breads, appetizers, or anything on the bar menu. Manager Laurett Jankowski said, “Thank you, Broomfield, and please let us know if you’d like to see something that’s not already offered.” 1 W. Flatiron Crossing Drive, #100, 720.887.6900, villagetavern.com. Runner Up: P.F. Chang’s, 1 W. Flatiron Drive, #500, Bldg. 5, 720.887.6200, pfchangs.com.


Acme Hydroponics has been in Broomfield almost 10 years, specializing in indoor and outdoor organic gardening. They carry any and all supplies for people who are growing plants including lights, fertilizer, soil, vegetable seeds and plant starts. Even people who don’t grow in water come to them for their good advice, organic seed and soil. Jason and Kristen Pozzi offer good, genuine gardening advice to help grow plants faster and with less pests. Kristen said, “We are very attentive to customers and their needs, and we don’t sell them anything that’s unnecessary. A lot of customers come to us by referral and word of mouth, and we have a lot of repeat customers.” Jason added, “We’d like to thank each and every customer. We appreciate their support and we wouldn’t be here without them.” 300 Nickel Street, #3, Broomfield, 720.524.7306, hydroponicsequipmentsupplierbroomfield.com. Runner Up for Best Locally-Owned Business: Finn Mototech, 555 Alter St., #7, Broomfield, 720.887.3656, finnmoto.com.

BEST LUNCH Village Inn

Village Inn has been a familyfavorite for years, according to Chris Eubanks, regional vice president of operations: “Our guests love our genuine hospitality, generous portions of comfort foods, and of course, our incredible pies!” General Manager Jeremy Hartpence says popular lunch entrees include the turkey, bacon and avocado melt and the Paris Griller (ham, Swiss, mozzarella and honey mustard on sourdough bread). Village in also offers up to 15 different pie varieties, plus specials like apple streusel made of Granny Smith apples and caramel. On Wednesday, a free slice of pie comes with any entrée. Chris and Jeremy agree they’re glad to be a part of Broomfield. “More than anything we want everyone to know we genuinely appreciate their business and their support,” Chris said. “Being named ‘Best Lunch’ means the world to us, and we look forward to living up to that prestigious honor each and every day!” 1190 E. 1st Ave., Broomfield, 303.464.1665, villageinn.com. Runner Up: Cafe Rio, 100 E. 120th Ave., Northglenn, 720.460.3290, caferio.com.

THANK YOU BROOMFIELD for voting Best Place to Worship!

A BIG THANK YOU BROOMFIELD! Your continued support of DTR Travel is greatly appreciated!

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Worship with us every Sunday 9am Come enjoy music, faith and friendship 1305 West 10th Avenue www.lchope.org Christmas Eve 5, 7:30 and 11pm 2019 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 73

BOULDER COUNTY GOLD / Best of Broomfield County

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT 3 Margaritas Broomfield

BEST LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION A Precious Child A Precious Child is a nonprofit organization that provides children in need with opportunities and resources to empower them to achieve their full potential. According to Marketing Director Joanna Wise, “We envision a future where every child grows up to be a secure, self-reliant, contributing member of their community. Our main Resource Center is located in Broomfield. Our four Community Initiatives are at the heart of what we do – Family Stability, Academic Success, Social and Emotional Well-Being and Collaborative Impact. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the community, and that includes our Broomfield neighbors. More than 6,000 volunteers – consisting of corporate groups, families and individuals – came through our doors last year to help further our mission. A little more than a year ago, we moved into a new, larger facility, which allowed us to welcome more volunteers into our donation center and bring in more donated goods. We believe we are a part of the community and belong to the community.” 7052 W. 228th Ave., Broomfield, 303.466.4272, apreciouschild.org. Runner Up: Broomfield FISH, 6 Garden Center, Broomfield, 303.465.1600, broomfieldfish.org.

Hungry for the freshest authentic Mexican food in Colorado? That’s the claim to fame for 3 Margaritas. The voters’ pick for best Mexican restaurant in Broomfield offers traditional recipes like sopa de albondigos, or meatball soup, with ground pork and seasonal vegetables in clear broth. For something completely different, try Enchiladas de Jaiba, filled with Dungeness crab meat, scallops and spices topped with green tomatillo sauce and sour cream. A smart meal is the Taco Tuesday Special, with $2 tacos every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to close. The Morales family developed this chain of 13 locations relying on authentic recipes to make their dream of immigration come true. 6896 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, 303.410.8705, 3margaritas.com/ broomfield. Runner Up: Buenos Tiempos, 1000 Depot Hill Road, Unit 1, 303.466.6386, buenostiemposrestaurant.com.

We are so privileged to be serving the families of our community in their time of need. Thank you, Broomfield, for your continued support and letting us walk along side you as part of this journey. Our Family Taking Care of Your Family


BEST NEW BUSINESS IDEA Charlie D’s Whispering Paws

Charlie Busch handcrafts Pet Memorials mostly from reclaimed material, which hold memories of beloved pets. Once a penmaker, she changed her focus after losing two of her dogs. The retired teacher of 25 years took her skills and created CD’s Whispering Paws. She took two pieces of a pen she had turned and filled one with Kinko’s fur and the other with clippings from Bella’s favorite stuffy. These were sealed, laser engraved with their names and attached to her key ring where she carried them with her most everywhere, forever hearing their whispers. She said, “Having them near to me like that created a sense of comfort, warmth and an ongoing presence of the two still with me.” She even made a few similar memorials for her siblings and filled them with their father’s ashes. 303.444.4436, cd@cdswhisperingpaws.com, cdswhisperingpaws.com. Runner Up: Deckers Brands, 11525 Main St., #500, Broomfield, 303.439.6801.

BEST ORTHODONTIST Dr. Joseph B. Dankey, Broomfield Orthodontics

Dr. Joseph B. Dankey’s philosophy is, “We’re here to serve and we are involved with our patients personally. We don’t just practice here, we live here.” The most significant change in orthodontics is Invisalign, which has a sequence of trays that are adjusted and changed as teeth straighten. Dr. Dankey said, “We scan the patients then do a detailed analysis and come up with a treatment plan. It can be limited, full or partial, but we can make everyone’s smile and bite better.” Other advances include clear braces and Damon braces that change the friction of the wire between the teeth. “I’m honored by this [award],” he said. “Over 30 years ago my wife and I chose Broomfield, we raised our children here, and we became part of the community. [Our] wonderful staff is warm and inviting, they talk to everybody and keep the process light and enjoyable.”10 Garden Center, Broomfield; 303.469.7874, broomfieldbraces.com. Runner Up: Bohman Orthodontics, 13605 Xavier Lane, #D, Broomfield, 720.887.8357, bohmanorthodontics.com.

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY CENTER Anchor Physical Therapy Spine & Sports Medicine, P.C.

Anchor Physical Therapy Spine & Sports Medicine is an outpatient, orthopedic and sports medicine physical therapy clinic focusing on post-surgical, sports injuries and all musculoskeletal issues. Their goal is to eliminate the need for surgery, medications and x-rays and MRIs. The mission is to treat each individual so that they receive the care they deserve and the outcomes they desire. Practice Manager Mike Braden is committed to hiring folks who share their company culture and values and how they relate to the patient experience. Mike said, “We are truly grateful for the support of our patients and thank them for trusting us with their care. I would like to think that our culture and philosophy as well as the care they receive is why they voted for us; however, it was probably because of our dogs!” 325 Interlocken Pkwy., #A100, Broomfield, 303.460.0329, anchorphysicaltherapy.net. Runner Up: NB Physical Therapy, 2861 W. 120th Ave., #120, Westminster, 303.469.6980, northboulderpt.com.

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BOULDER COUNTY GOLD / Best of Broomfield County


Broomfield native Peter Crouse, better known as Pizza Pete, worked in the pizza franchise business for nearly 17 years before he figured he better stay in it. He tried a marketing stint and not liking it, thought of pie and pie, referring to the number that goes on and on and the crust that holds yummy ingredients to come up with Infinitus PIE. Pizza Pete and Katie PIE, the nickname for his daughter, Katie Cruise, who wanted to use her business degree, opened their first pizza restaurant in Wheatridge in November 2010 and have since grown to three Colorado locations and have plans to open a fourth at the University of Colorado campus. The Crouses make artisan personal pizzas with homemade dough, hand-mixed sauces and hand-shredded cheese, plus serve an assortment of sides, salads and sweets on pizza crusts. Their pizzas have names from family and friends like Mom, Grandpa Pete, Grandpa Bill, Jolly Molly, Katie Pie, Pizza Queen and Pizza Pete. “Our pizza is amazing. We have the best pizza in Colorado guaranteed,” Pizza Pete said. 145 Nickel St., Broomfield, 720.887.4588, infinituspie.com. Runner Up: Original NY Pizza, 1300 W. Midway Blvd., Broomfield, 303.469.9117, originalpizza.us.

BEST PLACE TO WORSHIP Lutheran Church of Hope

Lutheran Church of Hope offers a relaxed atmosphere for Sunday services and is open to everyone. “This congregation has a genuine, warm, welcoming spirit,” said the Rev. Scott McAnally, lead pastor at the church. “We value our primary Sunday gathering. It’s inspirational, emotional, moving and intentional.” The church presents a liturgical worship service with a variety of musical styles and Holy Communion, plus coffee gatherings after worship and community weddings and funerals. A part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the church was founded by Pastor John Northwall in 1963 as a mission congregation. “We are out in the community doing work and making the community a better place,” McAnally said, adding that the church partners with many nonprofits. 1305 W. 10th Ave., Broomfield, 303.466.4823, lchope.org. Runner Up: Nativity of Our Lord, 900 W. Midway Blvd., Broomfield, 303.469.5171, nool.us.

BEST REALTOR Vinny Pallone, Pallone & Associates

Broomfield native Vinny Pallone, broker and co-owner of Pallone & Associates, believes in being available 24/7 for those looking to buy or sell property and makes it a priority to return calls within 10 minutes. “I will do anything at any time for any client. That’s why I do so much business,” Pallone said. “In the internet world of real estate, if you’re not available, they can log on and find someone else at the drop of a hat.” Pallone, a licensed Realtor, joined Pallone & Associates in 2014 at a company started by his mother, Joan, in 1989. Pallone & Associates serves all of Colorado in the residential, commercial and oil and gas real estate markets. Pallone specializes in singlefamily residences and income property in the Broomfield area. A Broomfield High School graduate, Pallone knows the area’s neighborhoods and school districts and can be a great source of information. 4 Garden Center, Broomfield, 303.466.4663, pallonesells.com. Runner Up: Anne Shaw, Your Castle Real Estate, 1777 S. Harrison St., #1100, Denver, 720.320.7174, yourcastle.com.

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Runner Up: The Burns Pub & Restaurant,9009 Metro Airport Ave., Broomfield, 303.469.3900, hilltop-inn.com/burns-pub-and-restaurant.

opened in 2009, features authentic Thai, Japanese and Asian cuisine in a modern interpretation of classic dishes. The restaurant offers a variety of sushi, pad Thai and lo mein options for sit-down, takeout and delivery. Customer favorites include Panang Curry and the Thai Chicken Pocket from the Thai menu; sesame chicken, beef, shrimp, scallops and tofu from the Chinese menu; and Yushan Chicken from the Japanese menu. The menu is a suggestion, since each dish is prepared to order and anything spicy is cooked to the degree of taste. There also are options for the diet conscious that are low in sodium and mildly seasoned. Jason Cao, restaurant manager, said the restaurant is a “one-stop shop for different Asian cuisine.” “We enjoy seeing customers leaving the restaurant satisfied,” Cao said. “We encourage our customers to explore our menu, and our servers are trained to help you with the decision process.” 6485 W. 120th Ave., 303.438.6666, ookasushibroomfield.com.

Carrie Troxel makes fourth-grade math and her fifth-grade classroom at Emerald Elementary School fun while also holding high expectations for her students. “I would describe (her teaching philosophy) as a high expectation for all kids, make learning fun and also help kids get ready for middle school and beyond,” said Samara Williams, principal at the school. “She’s a caring, kind colleague and teacher.” Troxel has been teaching at the school for 21 years and a teacher for 25 years — she worked for the Cherry Creek School District before coming to Boulder Valley. She has bachelor’s degrees in psychology with a reading minor and math and science education. “I’m definitely a hands-on teacher where I want kids to discover their learning through hands-on projects,” Troxel said, adding that she loves seeing aha moments when kids understand the material. “I feel very passionate about meeting kids on their level on any of the subjects. We have high expectations for kids. With that comes our support for wherever they’re at.” 275 Emerald St., Broomfield, 720.561.8500, eme.bvsd.org.

Runner Up: Go Fish Sushi, Shops at Quail Creek, 2055 W. 136th Ave., No. B106, Broomfield, 720.593.1888, gofishdenver.com.

Runner Up: Janice Taylor, Kohl Elementary School, 1000 W. 10th Ave., Broomfield, 720.561.8600, sites.google. com/a/bvsd.org/kohl.

From a children’s book comes a whole line of sandwiches named after dogs of all types. Pete Welsh opened Big Dog Deli in 1998, naming it after his daughter Ella’s favorite children’s book that has many dog characters, said Dirk Barr, general manager of the sandwich shop, though he doesn’t recall the book’s title. The sandwich shop features sandwiches like the St. Bernard, a turkey and Swiss combo, and the Sheepdog with roast beef and cheese. Other choices include the Great Dane, Mastiff, Airedale, Newfoundland, Pointer, Husky, Greyhound and the BIG DOG with juicy prime rib. There also are salads like the traditional chef, southwest, Greek, Italian, tuna and chicken. Inside the shop, seating is for 30 and most of the business is carryout, plus there is a catering service. The shop’s customer service is what sets it apart. “Our high quality that we give them at a fair price and our customer service is bar none,” Barr said. “If something’s not right, we’ll remake it right then and there.” 300 Nickel St., #14, Broomfield, 303.460.1000.

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Big Mac & Little Lu’s Seafood Restaurant

After moving from Florida to Colorado, Paul Brock couldn’t find the best or freshest seafood, so he figured he’d start a restaurant. He named Big Mac & Little Lu’s Seafood Restaurant after his two daughters, MacKenzie, who’s Big Mac, and Delaney, who’s Little Lu. Brock founded the restaurant in 2012 to serve wild, Florida-caught seafood brought in fresh daily and to give his daughters the seafood they missed. “You can’t get that fresh seafood in Colorado because it’s in the middle of the mountains,” said Gabrielle Mares, bartender working in management. The menu features crab legs, mussels, oysters, shrimp and all kinds of fish, and a customer favorite is the almond-crusted hogfish, a bottom feeder that has the face of a hog. There’s a market up front to purchase fresh seafood by the pound, a live lobster tank, a bar and a covered patio. “It’s a really unique place. It’s got family pictures all over the walls,” Mares said. “It’s like an island bar that’s really laidback. … You walk in and it’s like the beach or something.” 2851 W. 120th Ave., #300, Westminster, 303.404.2722, bigmaclittlelus.com. Runner Up: Red Lobster, 299 E. Flatiron Crossing Drive, Broomfield, 303.460.8100, redlobster.com.

BEST SCHOOL Broomfield High School

Broomfield High School in the Boulder Valley School District is a high school that offers a balanced program of study with honors, Advanced Placement, fine arts and vocationally-focused courses. “We are truly a community school,” said Ginger Ramsey, principal of the school. “The feeling is a great feeling of cooperation and working together because we are all proud of Broomfield High School. We have a wellrounded curriculum so students are ready to go on to a career or college after they graduate.” The school, founded 60 years ago, has more than 1,600 students and has gone through two major renovations in 2009 and 2018. The school has a few special offerings, including tutor time on Thursdays, when teachers offer extra academic help during the school day, and the Eagle Learning Center, an after-school program in the Media Center. There also is a Freshman Seminar to help new students work on study, social and transition skills, plus a comprehensive athletics program and various clubs and activities. 1 Eagle Way, Broomfield, 720.561.8100, brh.bvsd.org. Runner Up: Emerald Elementary School, 275 Emerald St., Broomfield, 720.561.8500, eme.bvsd.org.

BEST TEACHER Carrie Troxel, OOKA Sushi & Asian Cuisine, which Emerald Elementary School


BEST VETERINARIAN Laurel Veterinary Clinic

Runner Up: DTR Travel North, 6343 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, 303.261.8266, dtrtravel.com.

Runner Up: Broomfield Veterinary Hospital, 12621 Lowell Blvd., Broomfield, 303.466.1764, broomfieldveterinaryhospital.com.

Nancy Wee has the perfect last name for what she does at Wee Travel. Wee, owner and travel agent, has never traveled alone in her 31 years of owning the travel agency. She’s organized and led 262 cruises, 162 on her favorite cruise line, Holland America, and 40 on river boats. She’s organized 56 trips to Alaska, her special area of expertise, and many more trips at home and abroad. She works with tour groups, setting up the trips and escorting all aspects of the experience from transportation to meals. “We eat together. We tour together. We do everything together if people want to,” Wee said. Wee organizes group trips from 10 people up to her highest number of 170. She never charges fees and offers a better deal than what often can be found online — her motto is, “Have I got a deal for you?” “They can talk to somebody who’s been there and had the experience,” Wee said. “It just makes it a lot of fun.” 1380 W. Midway Blvd., #B, Broomfield, 303.465.2118, weetravel.org.

Laurel Veterinary Clinic is a full-service general practice clinic and animal hospital that provides medical, surgical and dental care, plus regular pet preventative and wellness services. The clinic is able to treat dogs and cats and provides referrals for any other furry pets. The service list includes annual wellness exams, puppy and kitten exams, vaccinations, microchipping, orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries, and dental and oral surgeries. There also is radiology, ultrasound, a full in-house laboratory, a complete pharmacy and pet care resources, such as preventative pet care, therapeutic diets and nutrition. “Laurel Veterinary Clinic stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and, above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure or surgery,” as stated on the website. “Beyond first-rate pet care, we make pets’ health and wellbeing very important to us, and we take every possible measure to work with you to give your animals the care they deserve.” 1480 W. Midway Blvd., Broomfield, 303.469.5363, laurelpets.com.


BEST EATS, DRINKS AND ENTERTAINMENT – 2019 Best American The Boulder Cork Runner Up: The Sink

Best Seafood Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar Runner Up: Wild Standard

Best Sandwich Snarf’s Sandwiches Runner Up: Fat Shack

Best Chinese China Gourmet Runner Up: Flower Pepper

Best Sushi Sushi Zanmai Runner Up: Japango

Best Vegetarian Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant Runner Up: Flower Child

Best French Brasserie Ten Ten Runner Up: Le French Cafe

Best Taco T/aco Runner Up: Bartaco

Best Indian AND Best Take-Out Food Curry -n- Kebob Runner Up for Best Indian: Tandoori Grill Runner Up for Best Take-Out Food: Fat Shack

Best Appetizers/Happy Hour AND Best Patio The Mediterranean Restaurant Runner Up for Best Appetizers/ Happy Hour: The Cork Runner Up for Best Patio: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Best Distillery AND Best Bar AND Best Place to Hear Live Music Spirit Hound Distillers Runner Up for Best Distillery: Vapor Distillery Runner Up for Best Bar: Bitter Bar Runner Up for Best Place to Hear Live Music: Chautauqua Dining Hall

Best Italian AND Best Ambiance AND Best Gluten Free Carelli’s of Boulder Runner Up for Best Italian: Via Perla Runner Up for Best Ambiance: Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse Runner Up for Best Gluten Free: The Corner Best Mexican Efrain’s of Boulder Runner Up: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant Best Thai Aloy Thai Runner Up: Buddha Thai Best Vietnamese/Pho Chez Thuy Runner Up: Black Pepper Pho

Best Bakery AND Best Lunch AND Best Customer Service Breadworks Bakery and Cafe Runner Up for Best Bakery: Spruce Confections Runner Up for Best Lunch: Tangerine Runner Up for Best Customer Service: Flagstaff House Best Breakfast AND Best Brunch Tangerine Runner Up for Best Breakfast: Walnut Cafe Runner Up for Best Brunch: Chautauqua Dining Hall

Best Brewery Avery Brewing Co. Runner Up: Beyond The Mountain Best Coffeehouse Ozo Coffee Company Runner Up: Precision Pours Best Sports Bar Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill Runner Up: World Famous Dark Horse Bar & Grill Best Taphouse Backcountry Pizza Runner Up: Oskar Blues Taproom Best Tea Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse Runner Up: Ku Cha

Best Barbecue KT’s BBQ Runner Up: Georgia Boys

Best Caterer AND Best Corporate Cafe A Spice Of Life Runner Up for Best Caterer: Sforno Trattoria Romana Runner Up for Best Corporate Cafe: Celestial Seasonings

Best Burger The Sink Runner Up: Fat Shack

Best Farm To Table Black Cat Runner Up: Blackbelly

Best Boulder County Museum Museum of Boulder Runner Up: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Best Natural Ingredients AND Best Food On The Hill The Corner Runner Up for Best Natural Ingredients: The Leaf Runner Up for Best Food on the Hill: The Sink

Best Community Event Boulder Creek Festival Runner Up: Bolder Boulder

Best Chocolatier Peace, Love & Chocolate Runner Up: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Best Ice Cream AND Best Dessert AND Best Place to Entertain Kids Glacier Homemade Ice Cream & Gelato Runner Up for Best Ice Cream: Sweet Cow Runner Up for Best Dessert: Sweet Cow Runner Up for Best Place to Entertain Kids: Pearl Street Mall Best Pizza Pizzeria Locale Runner Up: Cosmo’s Pizza 78 DAILY CAMERA

Best New Eatery Flower Child Runner Up: Corrida Best Outdoor Dining Chautauqua Dining Hall Runner Up: Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

Best Wine Selection Frasca Food and Wine Runner Up: Hazel’s Beverage World

Best Farmers Market Boulder Farmers Market Runner Up: Longmont Farmers Market Best Old Town Louisville Runner Up: Boulder

BEST SERVICES, FACES & PLACES – 2019 Best AC/Heating Service AND Best Plumber/Plumbing Company Precision Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical Runner Up for Best AC/Heating Service: Save Home Heat Co. Runner Up for Best Plumber/Plumbing Company: Planet Plumbing & Drain Best After School Program AND Best Climbing Gym ABC Kids Climbing Runner Up for Best After School Program: Rock Creek School Runner Up for Best Climbing Gym: Movement Climbing & Fitness Best Allergy and ENT Practice Boulder Valley Ear, Nose & Throat Runner Up: Boulder Medical Center Best Auto Dealer Flatirons Subaru Runner Up: Fisher Honda Acura Best Auto Repair Shop/Service Dept. AND Best Oil Change Pellman's Automotive Runner Up for Best Auto Repair Shop/ Service Dept.: Flatirons Subaru Runner Up for Best Oil Change: Fisher Honda Acura Best Car Wash Puddle Car Wash Runner Up: Breeze Thru Car Wash Best Carpet Cleaning Service Nesheim's Runner Up: All-Pro Steam Clean Best Chiropractic Clinic Terry Chiropractic Runner Up: ADIO Health Chiropractic

Best Dry Cleaner/Laundromat Art Cleaners Runner Up: John's Cleaners

Best Moving Company Taylor Moving and Storage Runner Up: Klatt Moving & Storage

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

Best Skin Care Facility AND Best Spa AND Best Nail Salon AND Best CBD-Infused Skincare Products J Lounge Runner Up for Best Skin Care: Spa at St Julien Runner Up for Best Spa: Alchemy Face Bar Runner Up for Best Nail Salon: Contempo Nails Runner Up for Best CBD-Infused Skincare Products: Alchemy Face Bar

Best Full-Day/Full-Week Summer Day Camp Rocky Mountain Day Camp Runner Up: Colorado Mountain Ranch Best Funeral Service Provider Greenwood & Myers Mortuary Runner Up: M.P. Murphy & Associates

Best Non-Profit Organization Humane Society of Boulder Valley Runner Up: Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA)

Best Green Services Green Ride Runner Up: Eco-Cycle

Best Pet Boarding Service Cottonwood Kennels Runner Up: Camp Bow Wow

Best Hair Salon Pompadours Hair Salon Runner Up: Twig Salon

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

Best Hearing Center Family Hearing Runner Up: Hearing HealthCare Centers Best Holistic Care/Wellness Center Avanti Therapy Runner Up: Terry Chiropractic

Best Physical Therapy Center AND Best Pilates Studio North Boulder Physical Therapy Runner Up for Best Physical Therapy: Spine West Runner Up for Best Pilates Studio: Avanti Therapy

Best Interior Design Studio Bartlett Interiors Runner Up: Pocci Design Group

Best Place For Worship Unity Of Boulder Runner Up: First Presbyterian Church

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

Best Real Estate Company/Office AND Best Customer Service WK Real Estate Runner Up for Best Real Estate Company/ Office: RE/MAX Of Boulder Runner Up for Best Customer Service: North Boulder Physical Therapy

Best CrossFit Gym AND Best Place to Work Out CrossFit Sanitas Runner Up for Best CrossFit Gym: CrossFitRoots Runner Up for Best Place to Work Out: Kondition Fitness

Best Local Employer Boulder Community Health Runner Up: Yoga Loft

Best Dentist Whole Family Dentistry / Dr. Ted Kawulok, DDS Runner Up: North Boulder Dental

Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary Helping Hands Herbals Runner Up: Terrapin Care Station

Best Retirement/Alternative Or Elder Care/Assisted Living Community Academy Boulder Runner Up: Frasier Meadows

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

Best Memory Center The Meadows Assisted Living at Frasier Runner Up: The Academy at Bella Vista

Best Yoga Studio Yoga Loft Runner Up: Kondition Fitness

Best Medical Facility Spine West Runner Up: Boulder Community Health

Best Realtor Terri Taydus, WK Real Estate Runner Up: Jennifer Egbert, PorchLight

BEST SHOPPER’S PARADISE – 2019 Best Antique Dealer AND Best Consignment Store The Amazing Garage Sale Runner Up for Best Antique Dealer: Classic Facets Runner Up for Best Consignment Store: Rags Best Antique Jewelry Store Classic Facets Runner Up: Thalken Best Appliance Store Specialty Appliance Runner Up: Mountain High Appliance Best Art Gallery Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery Runner Up: Dairy Arts Center Best Bedding/Mattress Store AND Best Green Products Store Verlo Mattress Runner Up for Best Bedding/Mattress Store: Denver Mattress Co. Runner Up for Best Green Products Store: Costco Best Shoe Store Pedestrian Shops Runner Up: Two Sole Sisters Best Bicycle Shop University Bicycles Runner Up: Full Cycle Best Camera Video Photofinishing Store AND Best Custom Framing Mike's Camera Runner Up for Best Camera Video Photofinishing Store: Neptune Mountaineering Runner Up for Best Custom Framing: Mercury Framing Best Costume Store The Ritz Runner Up: Theatrical Costumes, Etc! Best Eye Care/Eye Wear Store Aspen Eyewear Runner Up: Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado Best Farm Munson Farms Runner Up: Aspen Moon Farm Best Fishing Supply Store Front Range Anglers Runner Up: Rocky Mountain Anglers Best Floor Covering Store McDonald Carpet One Floor & Home Runner Up: Atlas Flooring 80 DAILY CAMERA

Best Florist AND Best Garden Center/Plant Nursery Sturtz & Copeland Runner Up for Best Florist: Fiori Flowers Runner Up for Best Garden Center/Plant Nursery: Harlequin's Gardens Best Gift Shop Sweet Ruckus Runner Up: Jacque Michelle Best Grocery Store King Soopers Runner Up: Lucky's Market Best Hardware Store McGuckin Hardware Runner Up: Table Mesa Hardware Best Hardwood Flooring Magnus Anderson Runner Up: McDonald Carpet One Floor & Home Best Home Decor Store Bartlett Interiors Runner Up: Clutter Consignment Best Imported Goods Store Indochine Home + Garden Runner Up: Momentum Best Jewelry Store AND Best Company/Store that Gives Back Walters & Hogsett Jewelers Runner Up for Best Jewelry Store: Classic Facets Runner Up for Best Company/Store that Gives Back: McDonald Carpet One Floor & Home Best Liquor Store Hazel’s Beverage World Runner Up: Liquor Mart Best Locally Owned Camping Store AND Best Locally Owned Outdoor Rec and Sports AND Best Mountaineering Store Neptune Mountaineering Runner Up for Best Locally Owned Camping Store: Boulder Sports Recycler Runner Up for Best Locally Owned Outdoor Rec and Sports: Boulder Sports Recycler Runner Up for Best Mountaineering Store: REI Best Men's Clothing Store Weekends Runner Up: The Regiment Shops of Colorado

Best Pet Store AND Best Pet Bakery/Deli AND Best Locally Owned Store P.C.'s Pantry For Dogs And Cats Runner Up for Best Pet Store: Whole Pets Runner Up for Best Pet Bakery: Button Rock Bakery Runner Up for Best Locally Owned Store: Barbara & Company Best Place to Buy Custom Countertops Moros Fabrication Runner Up: Atlas Flooring Best Place to Buy Outdoor Furniture AND Best Ski/Snowboard Store Christy Sports Runner Up for Best Place to Buy Outdoor Furniture: McGuckin Hardware Runner Up for Best Ski/Snowboard Store: Boulder Ski Deals Best Place to Buy Window Treatments Innovative Openings Runner Up: McDonald Carpet One Floor & Home Best Recreational Marijuana Store AND Best Customer Service Karing Kind Runner Up for Best Recreational Marijuana Store: The Farm Runner Up for Best Customer Service: Walters & Hogsett Jewelers Best Recycled Goods/Thrift Store TRU Hospice Thrift Shop Runner Up: The Amazing Garage Sale Best Running Store Boulder Running Company Runner Up: Runners Roost Best Tree Nursery The Tree Farm Runner Up: Alameda Wholesale Nursery Best Wild Bird Supply Store Front Range Birding Company Runner Up: Niwot Rental and Feed Best Wine Merchant Boulder Wine Merchant Runner Up: Hazel's Beverage World Best Women-Owned Store AND Best Women's Clothing Store Barbara & Company Runner Up for Best Women-Owned Store: Sweet Ruckus Runner Up for Best Women's Clothing Store: Jacque Michelle

BEST OF EAST BOULDER COUNTY – 2019 Best Acupuncturist Dova Center For Health & Healing Runner Up: 100% Chiropractic

Best Dispensary Igadi Runner Up: Ajoya

Best Pet Supply Blackpaw Runner Up: Jack's Pet Place

Best Bakery Moxie Bread Co. Runner Up: Button Rock Bakery

Best Eye Care Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado Runner Up: Front Range Eye Health Center

Best Physical Therapy North Boulder Physical Therapy Runner Up: PinPoint Wellness

Best Barbecue Lulu's BBQ Runner Up: Wayne's Smoke Shack

Best Gift Shop Timbalier Gifts & Stationery Runner Up: Elizabeth's Embellishments

Best Pizza Adesso Pizzeria Runner Up: Lucky Pie Pizza

Best Brewery Odd13 Brewing Runner Up: The Post Brewing Co.

Best Gluten Free Restaurant Morning Glory Farm Fresh Cafe Runner Up: The Post Brewing Co.

Best Breakfast AND Best Brunch AND Best Lunch Tangerine Runner Up for Best Breakfast: The Huckleberry Runner Up for Best Brunch: Morning Glory Farm Fresh Cafe Runner Up for Best Lunch: Organic Sandwich Company

Best Hair Salon Maven Hair Studio Runner Up: CrossCuts Salon

Best Burger AND Best Patio Waterloo Runner Up for Best Burger: Murphy's Tap House Runner Up for Best Patio: Acreage Best Chiropractor 100% Chiropractic Runner Up: Elite Chiropractic Best Coffee House East Simpson Coffee Company Runner Up: Paul's Coffee & Tea Best Community Event Lafayette Art Night Out Runner Up: Louisville Street Faire Best Consignment Store Found Underground Consignments Runner Up: Arc Thrift Store Best Dentist Studio Z Dental Runner Up: Alan D. Belenski, D.D.S. Best Dessert Eats & Sweets Runner Up: Sweet Cow

Best Happy Hour 95a Bistro & Sushi Runner Up: Community Best Liquor Store Superior Liquor Market Runner Up: Atlas Valley Purveyors Best Mani/Pedi Allure Nails and Lashes Runner Up: Envie Nails & Spa Best Massage AND Best Day Spa Elements Massage Runner Up for Best Massage: Dova Center for Health and Healing Runner Up for Best Day Spa: Dova Center for Health and Healing Best Orthodontist Melcher Orthodontics Runner Up: Dixon Orthodontics Best Pet Boarding AND Best Pet Grooming AND Best Customer Service Bowhaus Runner Up for Best Pet Boarding: Cottonwood Kennels Runner Up for Best Pet Grooming: Blackpaw Runner Up for Best Customer Service: North Boulder Physical Therapy

Best Poke Bowl Waikiki Poke Runner Up: Motomaki Best Plumber Around the Clog Runner Up: Colorado Green Plumbing Heating & Cooling Best Realtor MP Munding Realty Runner Up: Christy Watson Homes, Keller Williams Preferred Realty Best Roofing Company Scott's Roofing & Solar Runner Up: Ready Roofer Best Sandwich Organic Sandwich Company Runner Up: Eats & Sweets Best Seafood Restaurant Reelfish Fish & Chips Best Sushi/Japanese Sushi Yoshi Runner Up: Sushi Hana Best Veterinarian VCA Centennial Valley Animal Hospital Runner Up: Jasper Animal Hospital Best Yoga Studio Soul Tree Yoga Runner Up: Yoga Junction


BEST OF BROOMFIELD COUNTY – 2019 Best Attorney Loren M. Brown, Ciancio Ciancio Brown Runner Up: Craig Johnson, Craig D. Johnson & Associates Best Bakery The 5280 Donuts Runner Up: King Soopers Best Barbecue GQue Championship BBQ Runner Up: Dickey's Barbecue Pit Best Breakfast The Egg & I Runner Up: Great Scotts Eatery Best Burger Five Guys Runner Up: Bad Daddy's Burger Bar Best Chiropractor Dr. Ryan Gray, Legacy Healing Center Runner Up: Graves Chiropractic Best Community Event Broomfield Days Runner Up: Great American Picnic 4th of July Celebration Best Customer Service NB Physical Therapy Runner Up: Acme Hydroponics Best Day Spa Lily Nails Runner Up: Spavia Day Spa

Best Footwear Company AND Best Broomfield Employer Deckers Brands Runner Up for Best Footwear Company: JAX Broomfield Outdoor Gear Ranch & Home Runner Up for Best Broomfield Employer: Ciancio Ciancio Brown Best Funeral Service Provider In Memoriam Runner Up: Rundus Funeral Home Best Gift Shop Amy's Hallmark Shop Runner Up: Bouquet Boutique Best Hair Salon Salon Cosabella Runner Up: Great Clips Best Happy Hour Village Tavern Runner Up: P.F. Chang's Best Hydroponics Store AND Best Locally-Owned Business ACME Hydroponics Runner Up for Best Locally-Owned Business: Finn Mototech Best Lunch Village Inn Runner Up: Cafe Rio Best Local Non-Profit Organization A Precious Child Runner Up: Broomfield FISH

Best Physical Therapy Center Anchor Physical Therapy Spine & Sports Medicine Runner Up: NB Physical Therapy Best Pizza Infinitus Pie Runner Up: Original NY Pizza Best Place to Worship Lutheran Church of Hope Runner Up: Nativity Of Our Lord Best Realtor Vinny Pallone, Pallone & Associates Runner Up: Anne Shaw-Your Castle Real Estate Best Sandwich Big Dog Deli Runner Up: The Burns Pub & Restaurant

Best Seafood Restaurant Big Mac & Little Lu's Seafood Restaurant Runner Up: Red Lobster Best School Broomfield High School Runner Up: Emerald Elementary School Best Sushi/Japanese Ooka Sushi & Asian Cuisine Runner Up: Go Fish Sushi

Best Dentist Mata Dental Runner Up: Lee W. Gerry DDS , Broomfield Dental Care

Best Mexican 3 Margaritas Runner Up: Buenos Tiempos

Best Teacher Carrie Troxel, Emerald Elementary School Runner Up: Janice Taylor, Kohl Elementary School

Best Dispensary Complete Releaf Runner Up: Starbuds

Best Orthodontist Dr. Joseph B. Dankey, Broomfield Orthodontics Runner Up: Bohman Orthodontics

Best Travel Agent Wee Travel Runner Up: DTR Travel

Best New Business Idea Charlie D's Whispering Paws Runner Up: Deckers Brands

Best Veterinarian Laurel Veterinary Clinic Runner Up: Broomfield Veterinary Hospital

Best Farmers' Market Broomfield Farmers' Market at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church Runner Up: Boulder County Farmers' Market


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