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4 READERS’ CHOICE 2022 Loveland Repor ter-Herald Repor terHerald.com LOVELAND, VOTED LOVELAND’S “Best Workout Facility 6 years in a row!” J ODAY THANK YOU FOR MAKING US FEEL LIKE STARS! JUST $10 A MONTHJUST $10 A MONTHO COM IT ENT T Squeaky CleanTanning Hydromassage Beds Friendly Staff Tons of Equipment Free Fitness Training 30 Minute Circuit 2,000+ Locations

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A & J Antique Mall

6012 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, (970) 226-6070, ajantiques.com

The A & J Antique Mall, located in Fort Collins, offers a varied and exciting hunting experience for the motivated shopper Their inventory, which is updated daily, includes antiques, collectibles, home and garden decor, and a variety of vintage items in every style. The 13,000-square-foot space features 110 dealers who stage their inventory in a way that makes shopping at A & J Antique Mall a pleasure. Not only can you spend hours poring over their collection of one-of-a-kind pieces, but you can also do it with the support of a knowledgeable staff that is devoted to customer satisfaction.

Second: Grandma’s Attic, 650 E. 29th St., Loveland, (970) 617-2819

BEST APPLIANCE STORE

J. Day’s Appliance

132 E. 7th St., Loveland, (970) 669-1357, jdaysappliance.com

Whether you just want to up grade your ap pliances, change your look or have a remodel on the horizon, J. Day’s Appli ance is North ern Colorado’s go-to source for name brand appliances for your home.

This family owned and op erated store takes care of customers with one of the most professional and well-trained sales and service team around. J. Day’s offers appliances in the latest styles, finishes and functionality to complement your home and the services to keep them in working order. Make your kitchen and laundry more efficient and keep more money in your pocket each month.

No matter your need, they’ll make sure your experience is exceptional. Big selection, doesn’t have to mean “big box.”

Second: Sears Home Appliances, 400 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, (970) 297-2770

BEST ART GALLERY

Independence Galler y 233 E. 4th St., Loveland, (970) 669-0889, independencegaller y.com

Featuring dozens of excellent artists, Independence Gallery holds special themed shows, as well as standard exhibits from their roster of artists in mediums ranging from paint ings and photography to jewelry and pottery You can find Independence Gallery’s day-to-day and special activities on their Facebook page. Gallery owner and artist, Billie Colson will also custom frame any piece with the perfect frame to complement to your artwork. Visit their downtown Love land location today to view and shop for the perfect piece for your home.

Second: Lincoln Galler y, 429 Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 663-2407 lincolngaller y com

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Davidson-Gebhardt Chevrolet

3880 Test Dr., Loveland, (970) 622-1015, lovelandchevy.com

The DavidsonGebhardt fam ily of auto dealer ships have been serving commu nities in northern Colorado and southern Wyo ming since 1960.

As a family owned and operated business they believe their dedication to the Loveland community has given them a strengthening base of return cus tomers who will also send friends and family their way whenever they need a new (or new to them) vehicle with excellent customer service. They also strive to draw in new buyers with day-to-day great prices and a wide selection of vehicles to meet every need. They even offer an online shopping experience that allows customers to browse selection from the comfort of their own home.

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CarMax

3760 Byrd Dr., Loveland, (970) 663-5950, carmax.com

CarMax takes the guess work and exhaustion out of shopping for a car. Rather than spending time and money driving around to dealerships looking for the perfect fit within your budget, you can complete the process online with ease and simplicity. All of the cars are free from flood damage and salvage history the company rules out millions of cars in their vetting process, so you can rest assured the one you choose will be of high-quality The coolest part? You can browse their inven tory all over the US, and have the car sent to the Loveland location on Byrd Drive for you to pick up. As easy as it gets.

Second: Markley Motors, Inc., 3325 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, (970) 658-0028

BEST BIKE SHOP

The Extra Mile Outdoor Gear & Bike 126 W. 4th St., Loveland, (970) 800-3660, theextramileoutdoorgear.com

“Bikes and the gear are needed for outdoor recreation to help make enjoying our quick access to the outdoors in Loveland pos sible,” says Dan Wiesner, owner of The Extra Mile Outdoor Gear & Bike. A small, family-owned business, The Extra Mile is staffed by fellow outdoors people and bike lovers, which makes the shopping experience a pleasure. “For those who haven’t visited our store,” says Wiesner, “I’d like to invite you to come check out our great selection of high quality, yet affordable bikes and gear, and maybe even find some used gear that helps you feel good by supporting reusing gear and reducing our environmental footprint.” Reporter Herald readers get $20 off bicycle tune-ups for the month of No vember.

Second: Breakaway Cycles,2237 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 663-1726 breakaway-cycles.com

Third: SCHEELS, 4755 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Johnstown, (970) 663-7800 scheels.com

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KindCare of Colorado

6617 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, (970) 568-8020 kindcare.co

When looking for the best service and most knowledgeable staff in the can nabis industry, one needs look no fur ther than KindCare. As a locally owned business that has been dispensing can nabis, in its many forms, since 2009, they have come to know their custom ers and the northern Colorado commu nity. The attentive and knowledgeable staff answer any and all questions to make sure that customers receive the best information and access to canna bis for each individual need. The atmo sphere is professional and never rushed or impatient.

From flower and edibles to concentrates and topicals, Kind Care takes pride in consistently delivering the highest quality possible.

Second: The CBD Store, 1528 N. Lincoln Ave., Unit 6, Loveland, (970) 966-7939, thecbdstorecompany.com

BEST CBD STORE AND BEST LOCALLY OWNED STORE Plenty Wellness

2677 N. Taft Ave., Loveland, (970) 305-4702 plentywellness.com

CBD has become widely accepted as a natural alternative to treat conditions from epilepsy and pain to depression and anxiety in both people and pets. CBD can be obtained in everything from tradi tional oils and topicals to coffee, skincare regimens and even pet treats, at Plenty Wellness. All products are made from hemp grown and extracted in Colorado, with full transparency from farm to re tail.

In 2016, local resident Chris Cox and his wife opened Plenty Pharma (now Plenty Wellness). They have since been dedicated to allowing Northern Colora doans and their pets to achieve more pain and anxiety-free lives. Locals have come to know that they can rely on affordable access to the most effective products available at Plenty Wellness. Cox and his staff strive to stay on top of the latest developments in the industry and educate their customers to make informed decisions and choices.

BEST CBD STORE

Second: E. Loveland, (970) 617-2996, cbdloveland.com Loveland, (970) 966-7939, Loveland, (303) Loveland, (970) 685-8621,

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Third: The CBD Store, 1528 N. Lincoln Ave., Unit 6,
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406-3707 Third: Hank’s Pet Food Market, 2287 W. Eisenhower Blvd.,
hankspetfood.com COLORADO BLINDS & DESIGN Standing The Test of Time The Team at Colorado Blinds & Design is eager to help you with your window covering needs Owners Tom and Judy Magara (foreground) Nobody offers more choices in window fashions than Hunter Douglas • Blinds, Shades & Shutters • Custom Draperies & Bedding • Interior Design Services • Home Décor Serving Front Range & Mountain Properties for Years! FREE In Home Estimates Call Today! www.coloradobd.com 41 #1 Best Window Coverings (970) 663-0505 (303) 359-5353 Orchards Center at 29th & 287 Open Mon Fri 10 5 THANKS FOR VOTING US Orchards Shopping Center 269 E. 29th Street, Loveland (970) 663-2230 BEST HARDWARE STORE
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As a new, woman-owned and operated business, Hometown Shops has made a splash in the Loveland community with their location in The Prom enade Shops at Centerra. “It’s inspirational to see how the community reacts to something our local community put together to represent who we are, which is how I got the name Hometown Shops,” says owner Tara Chavarria. “These are our hometowns, and I am so happy to represent that with multiple local businesses.” Versatility and a local focus define the philosophy at Hometown Shops, which provides a selection of goods, clothing, and artisan jewelry that was crafted by your neighbors. “There are lots of boutiques and big box stores that are corporately owned,” says Chavarria. “Being from this area and being local I can usually get special requests filled and our customer service is top-notch because we are staffed by the owner and vendors, so they have the knowledge and truly want to help.” Hometown Shops is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Sunday, when the hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Our stock is constantly changing,” says Chavarria. “If you don’t see it, we can probably get it for you!” Be on the lookout for holiday discounts in the coming months. “Each small business picks and chooses their discount amount so our sales vary day by day and month by month,” says Chavarria. “Come check out our store often to see the specials!”

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

Second: TIE J. Day’s Appliance, 132 E. 7th St., Loveland, (970) 669-1357 jdaysappliance.com and KindCare of Colorado, 6617 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, (970) 568-8020 kindcare.co

BEST GIFT SHOP

Second: Soul Shine Botanica & Gifts, 442 Cleveland Ave , Loveland, (970) 803-0300

Third: Rowes Flowers, 863 Cleveland Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-2300 rowesflowers.com

10 READERS’ CHOICE 2022 Loveland Repor ter-Herald Repor terHerald.com BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE AND BEST GIFT SHOP AND BEST NEW BUSINESS Hometown Shops 5943 Sky Pond Dr., E160, Loveland, (303) 406-3707
to our loyal customers & friends for voting for Hank’s as your favorite Pet Food & Supply Store 2287 W.Eisenhower Blvd. Loveland,CO 80537 (970) 685-8621 hankspetfood.com Open Monday-Saturday 10 am to 6 pm Sunday - 11 am to 5 pm Th k Locally o wned & operated by Teresa, Lisa, and a great staff

BEST FLOORING

Gateway Design & Home

530 N. Garfield, Loveland, (970) 667- 2932, gatewaydesignandhome.com

Flooring is a vital and enormous part of the interior design and functionality of your home, and the team at Gateway Design & Home is dedicated to finding the best floor ing solution for your needs. From hard woods to vinyl to car pet and beyond, the selection at Gateway is unmatched, not to mention the knowl edge and expertise of the staff. All Gateway customers are provided with one-on-one ser vice with an in-house flooring professional, as well as affordable, high quality, and fast completion of any floor installation project. Visit the Gateway flooring showroom in Loveland or call to schedule a consulta tion.

Second: Loveland Design Carpet One, 360 S. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-3590 lovelanddesigncenter.com

Third: Schmidt Custom Floors, 1264 S. Grant Ave., Loveland, (970) 699-3545 schmidtcustomfloors.com

BEST FLORIST

Rowes Flowers

863 Cleveland Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-2300, rowesflowersandgifts.com

Family-owned and operated in Loveland since 1889, Rowes Flowers is committed to offering only the freshest floral arrangements and finest gifts. Rowes Flowers proudly serves the Loveland area (and anywhere in the world via wire services).

Whether it’s a holiday, special occasion or just because, their friendly hometown designers will create and hand-arrange your vision. Attention to detail with their personal touch matters to them. Going above and be yond is their speciality.

Make someone’s day, make an impression choose Rowes.

Second: Earle’s Loveland Floral & Gifts, 1421 Denver Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-7550 earlesflowersandgifts.com

Third: Palmer Flowers Loveland, 300 E. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 825-1111 florist-loveland.com

BEST FURNITURE STORE Loveland Furniture & Décor

125 14th St. SE, Loveland, (970) 461-5790, lovelandfurnituredecor com

As a local and family owned business, Loveland Furniture & Decor is truly part of the Loveland community. They serve customers with the highest standards, quality brands and low prices—they’ll even meet or beat any advertised price you see elsewhere Staff are extremely knowledgeable in every brand that they carry and are happy to help people select the best furniture for any and every room in their home.

Not only do they offer the best in furniture, but they also want custom ers to be able to complement their furnishings with the perfect accessories from lighting to rugs. It’s truly a one stop shop for anyone looking to cre ate their space in any style.

Second: La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, 4621 S. Timberline Rd., Fort Collins, (970) 226-3131 la-z-boy.com

BEST GARDEN CENTER/ PLANT NURSERY Loveland Garden Center

1801 S. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 669-3577, lovelandgardencenter.com

Colorado weather, soil and climate can make for some diffi cult growing condi tions, but with the help of the experts at Loveland Garden Center, you can in crease your chances of success. As official Plant Select® carri ers, they specialize in landscaping that is proven to be success ful in Colorado. Add color or shade to your yard, start growing your own produce or create low-water landscap ing solutions—Love land Garden Center can help you achieve the best outcome possible.

Whether you’re a novice or a pro, they can help you choose the right plants, trees, soil amendments, and even garden décor to make your yard the envy of the neighborhood and keep it thriving for years to come.

Second: Gulley Greenhouse and Garden Center, 6029 S. Shields St., Fort Collins (970) 223-4769, gulleygreenhouse.com

Third: Fossil Creek Nurser y, 7029 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, (970) 226-4924 fossilcreeknurser y.com

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BEST GROCERY STORE

King Soopers

Loveland Locations: 1275 Eagle Dr., (970) 663-4125 253 E. 29th St., (970) 669-6222, kingsoopers.com

King Soopers offers a wide selection of grocery items along with a convenient in-store deli, bakery and florist. A variety of gift cards for local restau rants and retail make it easy to pick up a gift or thank you

Shoppers are able to take their savings further by using their King Soopers cards to receive dis counts on fuel at many locations as well. Busy night? Make a stop at the King Soopers deli for prepared meat and veggie dishes, pastas, salads, and of course, sandwiches and sandwich fixin’s.

So many different options means almost every one can find something they’ll like, without spend ing a fortune. If you want to avoid the crowds- or der ahead online or via app and pick up your list curbside, or opt for delivery!

Second: Sprouts Farmers Market, 1440 N. Lincoln Ave. Loveland, (970) 800-5607, sprouts.com

Third: Safeway—Loveland Locations: 1451 W Eisenhower Blvd., (970) 593-9779 2321 W Eisenhower Blvd., (970) 669-1342; 860 Cleveland, (970) 669-3440; safeway.com 269 E. 29th St., Loveland, (970) 663-2230, myaceonline.com/orchards-ace-hardware

For more than three decades, Orchards Ace Hardware has been Loveland’s locally-owned spot for everything from grilling and canning to home improve ment and garden projects.

Ace offers services such as screen re pair, free assembly, and knife, tool and blade sharpening.

They work hard to have the best selection of hardware, paint, plumb ing, electrical, lawn, garden and house hold items, and if they don’t have what you’re looking for, odds are, they can order it.

For the do-it-yourselfer they of fer a collection of tools and equipment that help finish any home improvement project the right way the first time. Pair trusted brands with knowledgeable staff to help steer you in the right direction and feel free to order online and pick it up curbside, or better yet, have it delivered!

Second: Bloedorn Lumber, 1810 W Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 667-2971, bloedornlumber.com

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BEST HOME BUILDER

Custom On-Site Builders

210 E. 12th St., No. 100, Loveland, (970) 776-9614, cosbuilders.com

For decades, Custom On-Site Builders has been making Colorado dream homes a reality by holding to the highest standards of craftsmanship and delivering the utmost in service.

Award-winning Custom On-Site Builders takes creative designs from concept to completion with a proven and professional buying process, giving each buyer support for every step along the way and guarantee ing a custom experience and space in a number of Northern Colorado communities. Once the details of the design are solidified, they use only the best materials, contractors and suppliers to ensure the construction proceeds without a hitch.

Second: Robert Smith Construction, (970) 391-7985, robertsmithconstruction.com

BEST HOTEL

La Quinta by Wyndham

1450 Cascade Ave., Loveland, (970) 622-8600, wyndhamhotels.com/laquinta

At La Quinta by Wyndham they want to minimize the stress that comes with travel. With pillow-top mattresses for a great night’s sleep, business centers for convenient work spaces, their signature Here For You service and free breakfasts for a refreshed and well-fed morning, La Quinta puts their guests first.

To make things even smoother, join the Wyndham Rewards program to rack up points redeemable for free nights at the Wyndham family of hotels.

Second: Embassy Suites by Hilton Loveland Hotel Conference Center & Spa, 4705 Clydesdale Pkwy , Loveland (970) 593-6200, hilton.com/en/embassy

BEST JEWELRY STORE

The Goldsmith

101 W 4th St., Loveland, (970) 669-7464

Opened in 1992, The Gold smith handles ring sizing, setting diamonds, replacing watch batteries and watch pins, shortening watch bands, and resting pearls. They also offer custom jewelry design, engagement sets, dinner rings and much more All repairs done in-house are normally two-day turnaround, for cus tomers’ convenience.

Also owner, Jim Hargrave, has designed a special Sweet Heart Pendant for Valentines Day

BEST MATTRESS STORE

The Sleep Store of Fort Collins

3500 S.College Ave., No. 174, Fort Collins, (970) 223-4567 sleepeasy.com

Of course you can buy a mattress at a furniture store, but wouldn’t it be better to go where they are dedicated to nothing but beds? Northern Colorado residents think so and the experts at The Sleep Store agree. With the high-quality variety you would expect in mattresses and more, they aren’t just selling you a mattress, they are committed to finding your unique and perfect fit for the best night’s sleep possible. Popu lar brands you love and frames you might not have thought of maximize your space and sleeping experi ence.

Second: Mattress Firm—Loveland Locations: 1393 Sculptor Dr., (970) 669-0220; 4469 E. Eisenhower Blvd. (970) 663-2749; mattressfirm.com

BEST PAWN SHOP

Friendly Pawn

200 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 663-1389 friendly-pawn-shop.business.site

Ready to clean out the closets or storage units? Or maybe you’re just downsizing and simplifying. What ever the case, Loveland’s oldest and largest pawn shop will assess your items and if they are saleable, offer you fair market value, in cash, on the spot. The staff is friendly, experienced and knowledgeable, giving you the best valuation on your sale.

Second: Blue Stone, 4855 W. Eisenhower Blvd.., No. C, Loveland, (970) 278-4015, bluestonegemshop.com

Because they’re reliable and fair, their inventory is constantly changing, so if you’re looking to buy, you’ll have no shortage of browsing material: Tools, electronics, coins, jewelry, amps, guitars and other in struments, firearms and so much more. They offer only high-quality items and a customer centered experience, with just the right “friendly” touch.

Third: Rydquist Fine Jewelr y, 533 E. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 599-9141, r ydquistfinejewelr y.com
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BEST

Hank’s Pet Food Market

2287 W Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 685-8621, hankspetfood.com

When your pet is part of your family you treat them accordingly Locally owned and operated, Hank’s Pet Food Market carries a variety of natural dog and cat food brands, treats, as well as a wide selection of toys and more to keep your pet happy and healthy If they don’t have exactly what you’re looking for, ask about special order ing.

Even your smaller furry friends have a choice at Hank’s with supplies and food for hamsters, rabbits and rodents. And for your backyard chickens, they carry a line of organic, GMO, and soy free chicken feed. They even provide for Colorado’s many wild birds with feeders and food.

Whatever your pet, they take their well being seriously at Hank’s Pet Food Market.

Second: Poudre Pet & Feed Supply, 2400 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 800-3967, poudrefeed.com

Third: The Biscuit Barker y of Northern Colorado, 804 14th St. SW, Loveland, (970) 617-2768, nocobarker y.com

BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY/OFFICE

The Glenn Group

2261 E. Drake Rd., Fort Collins, (970) 682-2251 theglenngroup.hubreal.com

Darin and Erin Glenn of The Glenn Group are the coowners of Hub Real Estate. As two of the top realtors in Northern Colorado, the Glenns work hard to stay on the cutting edge of real estate trends and provide their customers with the benefit of that knowledge. Educa tion is at the core of The Glenn Group’s philosophy: Erin and Darin are also certified as negotiation ex perts, luxury home specialists, and certified residen tial military specialists. They are proud Fort Collins residents that enjoy camping, boating and snow ski ing with their two young daughters.

Second: Windermere Real Estate, 255 E. Monroe Dr Ste. 2, Fort Collins, (970) 460-3033 windermerenoco.com

Third: Sentr y Residential—Nanci Garnand 2903 Aspen Dr., Ste. A, Loveland, (970) 227-1327, nancigarnand.sentr yres.com

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Thank You from your friends at Readers' Choice Awards Best Nonprofit SINCE 1961 THANKS FOR YOUR VOTES! LOCALLY OWNED INSURANCE SPECIALISTS RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL & FLAT Anthony Ostbloom owner (970) 669-6999 330 N. Lincoln. Downtown Loveland www.ajshirkroofing.com Insurance Specialists CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE ESTIMATE We are proud to have been chosen BEST ROOFER! Serving Loveland and the surround area since 1903!

BEST RV DEALERSHIP

Cousins RV

900 E. Hwy 402, Loveland, (970) 669-6444, cousinsr v com

Adventure reigns supreme at Cousins RV They understand and wel come your wandering spirit. With a vast variety of brands and styles, from stylish teardrop trailers for haul-behind weekend fun, to full size motor homes for the kings of the road, Cousins RV can outfit you with the ideal home away from home. For those looking to save, they can advise and assist you with a selection of used RVs and trailers. They’ll also service your RV and get it road ready and safe. Nurture your sense of adventure at Cousins RV in Loveland!

BEST SHOPPING AREA/CENTER

The Promenade Shops at Centerra

5971 Sky Pond Dr., Loveland, (970) 461-1285 thepromenadeshopsatcenterra.com

The Promenade Shops at Centerra invites you to shop, dine, drink and more, all in one easy to navigate place. Fresh air and that famous Colorado sunshine make for an unparalleled shopping experience. An ice-rink in the winter and special events throughout the year, such as NoCo Cars and Coffee, afford opportunities for fun other than shopping while daily deals, retailer sales and specials are continually updated on their website so you’ll know before you go. And because Coloradoans love their dogs, common areas are dog friendly along with many designated merchants. Conveniently located in the heart of Northern Colorado at the I-25 and US Highway 34 interchange, it’s an easy trip from virtually anywhere in the area.

Second: Downtown Loveland (Loveland Downtown Partnership) (970) 699-2856 downtownloveland.org

BEST SPORTING GOODS

DICK’S Sporting Goods

5875 Sky Pond Dr., Loveland, (970) 461-9762, dickssportinggoods.com

DICK’S has long been an iconic name in the sporting goods world, and that reputation has stood the test of time for good reason. Founded in 1948 by Dick Stack, who was 18 years old at the time, DICK’S started as a bait-and-tackle shop in Binghamton, New York This modest operation, funded with Dick’s grandmother’s life savings, has grown into an empire where you can find everything you need for your next sporting adventure, be it fishing or basketball. From their wide selection of sporting equipment and apparel to their affordable pricing, DICK’S Sporting Goods offers choice and quality to the Loveland community.

Second: SCHEELS, 4755 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Johnstown, (970) 663-7800, scheels.com

Third: Sportsman’s Warehouse, 1675 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland, (970) 461-5000, sportsmans.com

BEST THRIFT STORE

arc Thrift Stores

3131 Garfield Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-7015, arcthrift com

Arc Thrift Stores is proud to be a Colorado owned and operated nonprofit store that benefits Coloradans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Shopping at arc Thrift Stores improves your life and the lives of others in Colorado. Choosing reusing, helps the budget and the planet, and choosing arc Thrift Stores supports a local charity

The arc team works hard to offer the best selection at the best value. Senior, Saturday and Holiday discounts, along with weekly color tag discounts, save customers even more money on a wide variety of clothing, books, electronics, furniture and more. You’ll be surprised at what you might find at arc!

Second: Loveland Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 5250 N. Garfield Ave., Loveland, (970) 669-7343, lovelandhabitat.org

Third: Goodwill, 935 E. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 593-1032, goodwillcolorado org

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T & T Tire, Inc.

1203 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-1030, tandttireinc.com

The right tires for your vehicle and the way you use it are critical to your safety and success on the road. Whether you need your daily com muter to be a little quieter on the interstate or your off-road machine to tackles some serious terrain, T & T Tire makes sure that every tire is perfectly suited and balanced for your car. And, if you find you need additional service to your vehicle, they can help with that, too.

Offering all the quality brand names you expect along with the service that goes above and beyond, family owned and operated T & T Tire welcomes returning customers and new ones alike with the same consistent level of service and expertise.

Second: Big O Tires, 2480 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-6074, bigotires.com

Third: Peerless Tires, 2216 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 669-0713, peerlesstyreco.com

Whiteside’s Boots, Western & Work Wear

202 19th St., Loveland, (970) 669-7808 whitesidesboots.com

After decades of serving northern Colorado, Whiteside’s has western and work wear down to an art. Spe cializing in boots, they have the larg est selection in the area. With three Northern Colorado locations, White side’s is also one of Colorado’s largest Carhartt dealers, for those that need durable and comfortable work wear Fashionable to functional, their in ventory has it all.

Beyond their extensive selection though, lies the basis for their busi ness- friendly customer service. You’ll never leave Whiteside’s without feel ing like one of the family

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BEST WINDOW COVERINGS

Colorado Blinds and Designs

257A E. 29th St., Loveland, (970) 663-0505, coloradobd.com

Whether you choose blinds, curtains, or another option, window cov erings will be a crucial part of your home’s interior design and this is a responsibility that Colorado Blinds and Designs takes seriously Founder Judy Magara has nearly 40 years of experience in interior design, and cus tomers at Colorado Blinds and Designs benefit from her expertise, quality service, and extensive product knowledge. In addition to their inventory, Colorado Blinds and Designs has a full service repair shop and a custom sewing studio to realize your interior design dreams. Visit the showroom in Loveland or schedule a free, in-home estimate with a window covering specialist.

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE Boutique by Sonja

436 N. Cleveland Ave., Loveland, (720) 471-0938, boutiquebysonja.com

There is always something to discover at Boutique by Sonja, where the “BoHo, West, Chic” vibe reigns Favorites are maxi dresses and “anything to do with fringe,” said owner Sonja Kness, plus Western-inspired pants, jackets and sweaters. This year Boutique by Sonja is also carrying home coming dresses, with enchanting one-of-a-kind pieces for all body types. Curated accessories including jewelry, bags, hats and shoes round out an outfit. “I think our customers love our unique styles and heart for oth ers,” said Kness, whose mobile boutique, Sabrina the vintage travel trailer, ushers the best of Boutique by Sonja to personal shopping appointments, ladies’ nights and community events.

Second: Whiteside’s Boots, Western & Work Wear, 202 19th St., Loveland (970) 669-7808, whitesidesboots.com

Third: Kohl’s, 1340 Sculptor Dr., Loveland, (970) 669-0930, kohls.com

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BEST APPLIANCE REPAIR

Northern Colorado Air

812 Stockton Ave., Fort Collins, (970) 223-8873, ncagriff.com

J. Day’s Appliance

132 E. 7th St., Loveland, (970) 669-1357, jdaysappliance com

Household appliances are an investment that homeowners hope will last for years to come. However, if one of them happens to break, replacing it can be a large expense. At J. Day’s Appli ance they not only sell the latest, highest quality appliances, they also help keep those appliances in working order. Factory-trained technicians service the top brands of appliances, making re pairs that last. Technicians visit your home, bringing their knowledge and service to you, caring for your home like it’s their own So, before you replace a valued appliance, give J. Day’s a call!

Second: Bob’s Appliance Ser vice, 225 Smokey St., Fort Collins, (970) 223-5400, bobsappliancerepairser vice.com

Third: TIE Jim and Dave’s Appliance Ser vice & Parts, 418 8th St., Unit B7, Loveland, (970) 235-1922 jimanddaves.com and Larr y’s Appliance Repair, (970) 308-1913

BEST AUTO REPAIR/SERVICE SHOP

Metric Motors

821 S. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-2044, automotiverepairloveland.com

A family-run business for more than 40 years, Northern Colorado Air, Inc. brings comfort home with a wide range of expert services, including resi dential and commercial heating and cooling instal lation, maintenance and repair Owner R.R. “Griff” Griffin’s specialized team efficiently diagnoses and resolves air quality and temperature control con cerns and is proficient with the requirements of both existing structures and new construction projects.

As a Lennox Premier dealer, Northern Colorado Air upholds strict criteria for technician training, business practices and customer satisfaction. Grif fin said, “We deliver cost-effective, long-term and satisfying solutions to every manner of comfort challenge across Northern Colorado and the entire Front Range.”

Second: Tri-City Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 127 SW 12th St., Loveland, (970) 669-1772 tricityhvac.net

Third: Swan Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 3838 N. Garfield Ave., Loveland, (970) 355-3555 swanhomecomfort.com

Eleven years winning the same award speaks to the enduring golden reputation of Metric Motors. They have built their business on word of mouth. When you excel at what you do, peo ple want to talk about it —especially when it comes to car repair

Metric Motors’ skilled technicians service Ameri can, Asian, and European vehicles. They only recom mend services that are truly needed to keep vehicles operating safely and dependably and they have the knowledge and experience to keep every vehicle running it’s best. Using only quality parts, they have a 3-year, 36,000 mile warranty for most repairs.

Customers love being able to use one of Metric Motors’ free loaner cars, so having their vehicle serviced is never an inconvenience.

Second: Jack’s Auto Ser vice Center, 3210 N. Garfield Ave , Ste C, Loveland, (970) 635-0043, jacksautosvc.com

Third: UpTown Auto Ser vice & Repair, 1625 N. Lincoln Ave , Loveland, (970) 667-5400, uptownautorepair com

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BEST AUTO BODY SHOP

JD’s Collision Repair

599 N. Denver Ave., Loveland, (970) 203-9888, jdscr.net

Locally and family-owned JD’s Collision Repair is an auto collision repair center and auto body shop that offers glass repair, paintless dent repair and light mechanical work Estimates are free, and the work comes with a life time guarantee as long as the vehicle is owned. After a repair is completed, the technicians put the vehicle through a series of inspections to ensure it meets pre-accident aesthetic and safety standards. The shop operates under the principle that customers come first. “We believe quality auto body re pair must be combined with courteous and professional service, and our mission is to provide each customer with an exceptional experience,” as stated on the website

Second: Markley Motors Collision Center, 3431 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, (970) 223-5457 markleymotors.com

Third: Metric Motors, 821 S. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-2044 automotiverepairloveland.com

BEST BANK/CREDIT UNION

Elevations Credit Union

970 E. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 667-8585, elevationscu.com

Elevations Credit Union is a member-owned not-for-profit financial institu tion serving the Front Range that focuses on creating solutions and help ing members make well-informed decisions about their financial wellbeing. Since beginning with 12 members in 1953, the organization has grown to manage more than $2 billion in assets. Elevations values financial literacy and offers a variety of educational programs throughout the year to adults and children alike.

Personal financial empowerment and a member-centric business model are what leads them to be voted the best again and again.

Second: Chase Bank—Loveland Locations: 200 E. 7th St., (970) 622-7444 1375 Eagle Dr , (970) 663-1357; 1905 W Eisenhower Blvd., (970) 622-7679 160 W 65th St., (970) 663-9251; chase.com

Third: Independent Financial—Loveland Locations: 300 E. 29th St., (970) 454-4166; 935 N. Cleveland Ave., (970) 266-2055; 1401 S. Taft Ave., (970) 267-6866; 2695 W Eisenhower Blvd., (970) 454-5455; independent-bank.com

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BEST CAR WASH

Breeze Thru Car Wash

Loveland Locations: 279 W 64th St., (970) 461-7971; 3555 Mountain Lion Dr , (970) 966-7959; breezethrucarwash.com

BEST CARPET CLEANING

Koala T Carpet Cleaners

1020 21st St., Loveland, (970) 663-2660, koalatcarpet com

Breeze Thru Car Wash is all about helping you keep your vehicle sparkling clean. Their services cover everything from a quick rinse to a detailed scrub that gets your car cleaned and spot-free from tires to sunroof. And about that conve nience...you can purchase a pass that allows you unlimited washes for a low monthly fee. It saves you money and has sle.

The touchless wash option gives your car that extra ounce of care. Vacuums are free at any of the many bays for a one-stop clean, inside and out.

Second: Speedy Sparkle Car Wash, 2664 Buchanan Ave., Loveland (970) 613-9000, speedysparklecarwash.com

Third: Wash Me! —Loveland Locations: 3100 W Eisenhower Blvd. 1280 Nickel Dr.; 2300 N. Lincoln Ave.;1033 S Lincoln Ave. 1817 E. 15th St.; (970) 663-3100, washmecarwashes.co

BEST CAR WINDOW REPAIR

Safelite Auto Glass

3716 Aldrin Dr., Loveland, 877-465-5224, safelite.com

The combination of Colorado roads and Colorado weather can be murder on a car’s windshield and getting it repaired or replaced can sometimes be a safety issue. With Safelite, you’ll never have to worry about whether it’s done right and they’ll even handle any insurance claim for you. On line quotes and schedules means added convenience and no guesswork as to availability or price, whether you choose to visit their shop or have them come to you.

Second: Anchor Auto Glass & Tint, 1550 E. Eisenhower Blvd. Loveland, (970) 635-2381

Third: NOVUS Glass, 7704 S. College Ave., Fort Collins (970) 227-1234, novusglass.com/en-us/shop/fort-collins

The Koala T Carpet Clean ing company has been helping families elimi nate allergens and create a welcoming en vironment with child- and petfriendly clean ing solutions for more than 35 years. Customers love Koala T’s commitment to honest business practices and their respectful mission statement: “We’ll treat your home like it’s our own.” A family-owned business, Koala T Carpet Cleaning uses state-of-the-art technology to provide top-quality residential and commercial cleaning services, from carpet and air duct cleaning to water removal services. Other services include area rug, upholstery and furniture cleaning, odor and pet stain removal, tile and grout cleaning and corporate and retail cleaning.

Second: Oxymagic of Loveland, (303) 772-1486, oxymagicusa com/director y/listing/oxymagic-of-loveland

Third: Stanley Steemer, 4555 Highland Meadows Pkwy., Unit C, Windsor, 970) 490-1105 stanleysteemer.com

BEST CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE Coberly Chiropractic 3025 N. Taft Ave., Loveland, (970) 203-0621, chiroguy com

Coberly Chiropractic is dedicated to helping you achieve your wellness objectives by combining skills and expertise that span the entire chiropractic well ness spectrum.

Dr. Guy Coberly is committed to bringing you bet ter health and a better way of life by teaching and practicing the true principles of chiropractic wellness care.

Dr Coberly believes that regular adjustments, paired with good nutrition, and exercise can lead to and maintain ideal health for all.

Second: Gateway Family Chiropractic, 3850 N. Grant Ave. Ste. 100, Loveland, (970) 669-7620 gatewayfamilychiro.com

Third: Front Range Family Health and Chiropractic 1732 Topaz Dr., Loveland, (970) 667-4062, frontrangechiro.com

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BEST COMPUTER REPAIR

All In One Computer Ser vices

1518 Madison Ave., Unit F, Loveland, (970) 667-8800, allinonecomputerser vices.com

All in One Computer Services owner, Jeff Bernhardt, has been committed to his clients throughout his nearly 20 years in business. Knowing that we can’t all have an IT depart ment at our disposal, All-In-One helps with a variety of common, and emergency, computer issues.

Whether it’s a virus, spotty wi-fi, or basic training, they’re there to help Throughout the years they have never let their commitment to providing well-trusted PC tune-up and repair services slide. Whether on-site, in-store, or via remote support sessions, they help get your tech-challenges sorted, as well as offer used and new computers and tablets. Keep your com puter functioning optimally with a visit to All in One Computer Services.

Second: PC’s & Parts, 265 E. 29th St., Unit H, Loveland, (970) 203-0696, pcsandparts.com

Third: Computer Repair by Michael, (970) 825-9472

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE AND BEST DENTIST

Implant & General Dentistry of Northern Colorado

2975 Ginnala Dr., Loveland, (970) 663-1000, implantdds.com

Drs. Mioduski, Ferr ara and Olson care for their patients with the highest quality of comprehensive dental care available. Dr. Ted Mioduski, Jr., found ed Implant & General Dentistry of Northern Colorado (IGDNC) in 1985, retiring in June of 2021. Dr. Nicole Ferrara joined the practice in 2001 and his son Dr. Theo Mio duski, III in 2008 and most recently, Dr Ryan Olson in 2020.

The IGDNC practice has always been based on education, individually tailored treat ment, and helping patients reach their goals for optimal oral health. The IGDNC team con tinues in those well-laid footsteps. The practice focuses on all phases of General Dentistry, including: Implant Dentistry, Snoring and Sleep Apnea, Intravenous Sedation Dentistry, Es thetics, TMJ and Craniofacial Pain.

Beyond providing superior dental care, they are committed to personal attention and service, in a caring, comfortable environment. Their team is compassionate and understand ing of patients’ needs as they craft an individual treatment plan, making sure that each patient understands each step along the way. Their continued level of service is why they win this award year-after year.

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

Second: Dogs Baths and Beyond, 1221 W Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 622-9466 dogbathsandbeyond.com

Third: Northern Colorado Air, 812 Stockton Ave., Fort Collins (970) 223-8873, ncagriff.com

BEST DENTIST

Second: Davis & Parker Family Dental, 4223 N. Taft Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-6040, davisfamdental.com

Third: West Lake Dental, 2502 Abarr Dr., Loveland, (970) 669-1444, westlakedentalco com

BEST DERMATOLOGY PROVIDER

Ideal Dermatology

1708 N. Boise Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-3116 idealdermatology com Colorado residents love the sun, without a doubt, but with all of the time we spend outdoors basking in its glow before moving

on to our harsh wind-bitten winters, our skin can really take a beating.

Dr Mott, and his team approach skin care as part of whole-body wellness. From treating skin cancers to outpatient cosmetic procedures, each patient is treated with the same level of care. They practice with next-level technical advances and go the extra mile to make sure that patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options. You’ll leave feeling confident and cared for, and your skin will show it.

Second: Monarch Dermatology & Surger y 3451 Mountain Lion Dr., Loveland, (970) 800-9330 monarchdermco.com

Third: Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surger y 2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., Ste. 350, Loveland (970) 484-6303, advancedderm.com

BEST DRY CLEANER/LAUNDROMAT

Burke Cleaners

Loveland Locations: 3155 N. Garfield Ave., (970) 612-0933 5635 Boeing Dr , (970) 203-9600; burkecleaners.com

No one enjoys doing laundry. Luckily, it’s a chore you can outsource! With eight convenient locations across Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor and Evans, Burke Cleaners makes it easy.

What’s even easier? Joining their laundry club. Monthly wash and fold plans make it simple to bag up your (or your entire family’s) laundry, drop it off and pick it up later ready to wear.

Burke Cleaners uses state-of-the-art equipment, ecofriendly methods and specializes in delicate fabrics—so you won’t have to worry about your precious clothing, or the environment. Plus, they offer free pick-up and de livery at your home or office and curbside pick-up so you don’t have to leave your car. And when you need repairs and alterations, they can help with that too, letting you get more wear of out of your wardrobe.

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BEST EVENT VENUE

Budweiser Event Center

5290 Arena Cir , Loveland, (970) 619-4111, treventscomplex com/budweiser-events-center

The 7,200-seat Budweiser Events Center at The Ranch Events Complex is home to the American Hockey League’s Colorado Eagles, in addition to serving as a multi-purpose venue for a wide variety of sporting events, con certs and shows. The sports and entertainment hub of Northern Colorado, the facility hosts a full calendar of events, including hockey, basketball and football games, family shows, rodeos, concerts and trade shows. The Budweiser Events Center is part of The Ranch, the 374,000 square-foot Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex. Upcoming events in clude Jim Gaffigan’s Fun Tour stop and Billy Currington, Alice Cooper and Casting Crowns concerts.

, Second: Ellis Ranch, 2331 Ellis Ranch Ln., Loveland, (970) 593-9570 lovelandweddingsite.com

Third: Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, 2939 N. Co Rd., 31D, Loveland, (970) 667-3915 sylvandale.com

BEST EYE CARE Eye Center of Northern Colorado

Loveland Locations—2555 E. 13th St., Ste. 225, (970) 900-8340; 6125 Sky Pond Dr., (970) 900-8340; eyecenternoco.com

Having access to your best possible vision is important to living your best life and Eye Center of Northern Colorado is dedicated to proving excellent vision care to every patient that comes through their doors. Five locations throughout northern Colorado make it convenient to residents and their ophthalmologists offer many areas of specialty care from routine exams to surgery. Though their technology may be cutting edge, their service remains old-fashioned compassionate care.

Second: Kirk Eye Center, 3650 E. 15th St., Loveland, (970)669-1107, kirkeyecenter.com

Third: Dr Hulme EyeCare & Dr y Eye Center, 3850 N. Grant Ave., Ste. 130, Loveland (970) 667-5511, eyecarespecialtiesco.com/drhulme

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BEST FINANCIAL SERVICE AND

BEST INVESTMENT SERVICES

Investment Center Advisor Group

Loveland Locations—Kevin Dunnigan, 290 E. 25th St., Ste. 100 (970) 622-2366,helpwithmyinvestments.com; Paul Hummel, 290 E. 25th St., Ste. 200, (970) 669-9720, paulhummel.com

Financial planning is deeply personal. No single plan is like the next, with varying components, different needs and desired outcomes. Investment Centers Advisor Group is a full service firm that offers a variety of options designed to help you work toward your financial goals. Retirement, educational and es tate planning help you manage you and your family’s future. Stock, bond, trust, and annuity options, as well as 401k, mu tual funds and more help your dollar work for you instead of the other way around. With customized financial profiles they can help you assess your goals and create a strategy to help you get there.

BEST FINANCIAL SERVICE

Second: SummitView Advisors, 3780 N. Garfield Ave., Ste. 201, Loveland (970) 663-7511, summitviewadvisors.com

Third: Robert Flood Edward Jones, 344 W. 37th St., Loveland (970) 669-5514

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BEST INVESTMENT SERVICES

Second: SummitView Advisors, 3780 N Garfield Ave., Ste. 201, Loveland (970) 663-7511, summitviewadvisors.com

Third: TIE—Thrivent, Eight Independent Loveland agents; local.thrivent.com/director y/co/loveland and Robert Flood Edward Jones, 344 W 37th St., Loveland (970) 669-5514

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BEST FAMILY FUN Loveland Laser Tag Fun Center

401 Denver Ave., Loveland, (970) 663-9999, laserfuncenter.com

Loveland Laser Tag Fun Center is the perfect place for friends and family, parties, team-building events and more. The family entertainment center of fers a laser tag arena, an indoor ropes course, bumper cars, 4-D motion theater, a laser maze, climbing wall, an arcade and more that will keep you busy for an action-packed adventure You can even challenge the entire fam ily to solve the mysteries of a pharaoh’s tomb or a murder in London in the Escape Rooms before the clock runs out.

And when you want an extra special party, you’ll never find anywhere better than Loveland Laser Tag Fun Center. Dedicated party coaches help plan every detail from the food to the activities letting mom and dad relax and making sure everyone has a memorable experience.

Second: The Summit, 4455 N. Fairgrounds Ave., Windsor, (970) 663-6363 playatthesummit.com

Third: TIE—Chilson Recreation Center, 700 E. 4th St., No. 200, Loveland (970) 962-2386, lovgov org/ser vices/parks-recreation/chilson-recreation-center and The Flipside, 140 E. 4th St., Loveland, (970) 617-2964, theflipside140.com

BEST FUNERAL HOME

Viegut Funeral Home

1616 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 235-2444, viegutfuneralhome.com

During our most difficult times in life, a caring, professional hand is appreciated and Viegut excels at exactly that. Viegut Funeral Home has extensive knowledge about, and commitment to, the Loveland community They provide a full range of services that include caskets and urns, traditional funeral services, cremation and memo rial services for loved ones. They even provide prearrangement services, to spare loved ones having to make difficult choices. Online obituaries and flower ordering allow those unable to attend services to pay their respects from afar. Grief is difficult enough to navigate; Viegut strives to make it a bit easier

Second: Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave , Loveland, (970) 667-5885 kibbeyfishburn.com

Third: Allnutt Funeral Home, 2100 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-1121 dignitymemorial.com/funeral-homes/allnutt

BEST GOLF COURSE

Marianna Butte

701 Clubhouse Dr , Loveland, (970) 667-8308

golfloveland.com/city-government/departments/parks-recreation/golf-courses/mariana-butte-golf-course Golf enthusiasts love teeing off at Marianna Butte Golf Course because this 18-hole course offers soaring views of the mountains set to the peaceful flow of the Big Thompson River It’s a challenging course that keeps players on their game. Touted as one of Colorado’s favorite golf courses, Mariana Butte offers a driving range, pro shop and PGA golf instructors. After a day on the fairway, players also enjoy kicking back with a few cold beverages or a bite to eat at Birdies, Burgers and Brews. Also check their website for special promotions that keep more of the green stuff in your wallet.

Second: The Olde Course at Loveland, 2115 W 29th St., Loveland, (970) 667-5256 golfloveland.com/ city-government/departments/parks-recreation/ golf-courses/the-olde-course-at-loveland

Third: Cattail Creek, 2116 W 29th St., Loveland, (970) 663-5310, golfloveland.com/city-government departments/parks-recreation/golf-courses/cattail-creek-golf-course

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BEST HAIR SALON

Acacia Salon and Spa

4116 N. Garfield Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-2646, acaciasalonandspa com

Acacia Salon and Spa aims to keep their clients feeling and looking their best with a lengthy menu of salon and spa services. The salon features men’s, women’s and children’s haircuts, shampoo and blow-dry as well as formal and wedding styles, hair color and smoothing treatments. On the spa side, a peaceful massage room entices clients to relax their troubles away.

“Put the Ahh Back in Your Life with the Friendly Staff at Acacia,” is more than just a tagline at Acacia; it’s a commitment.

Second: Shear Revolution Salon & Spa, 909 E. Eisenhower Blvd., Ste. 102, Loveland, (970) 613-1885 shearrevolutionsalon.com

Third: Luminous Salon, 1426 W. Eisenhower, Loveland, (970) 800-3932, luminoussalon29.com

BEST HEALTH/ MEDICAL FACILITY

UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies

2500 Rocky Mountain Ave. Loveland, (970) 624-2500 uchealth.org/locations/ uchealth-medical-center-of-therockies

UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies takes pride in bringing their full spec trum of services to North ern Colorado, specializing in heart and trauma care in its 166-bed facility The facility also provides inten

sive care units, a birthing center and special care nursery, medical and surgical nursing units, radiology and laboratory departments. As a staple throughout the Front Range, UCHealth is a valuable health resource to Loveland and the surrounding communities because they continue to provide up-to-the-minute technologies and treatments. Plus, they offer classes and workshops that empower individuals to take control of their health.

Second: Banner Health Center, 1230 14th St. SW, Loveland, (970) 820-3999, bannerhealth.com

Third: UCHealth Internal Medicine Orchards, 221 E. 29th St., Ste. 202, Loveland, (970) 203-7050, uchealth.org

BEST HEARING CENTER

Alpine Ear, Nose & Throat

3820 N. Grant Ave., Loveland, (970) 593-1177

alpineent.com/all-about-hearing/ Alpine Ear, Nose & Throat, founded in 1991, meets the needs of the entire family with comprehensive, high-quality ear, nose and throat care, employing cutting-edge technology and surgical practices for improved patient results. The clinic, which has of fices in Loveland, Fort Collins, and now in Gree ley, offers audiology services, vestibular therapy, physical therapy for dizziness and vertigo, and fa cial plastic services. Board-certified physicians have served Northern Colorado for a combined total of more than 40 years. Their physicians seek to pro vide the highest quality patient care and strongly believe in the patient-physician relationship.

Second: TIE—Costco Hearing Aid Center, 4705 Weitzel St. Timnath, (970) 416-6135 costco.com/hearing-aid-center.html and

Hearing Rehab Center, 2980 Ginnala Dr., No. 102 Loveland, (970) 593-9700 hearingrehabcenter.com/clinics/loveland

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BEST INSURANCE AGENCY

State Farm

10 Independent Loveland agents; statefarm.com No doubt, State Farm is one of the most recognizable names in the insurance industry Each local agent has an intimate knowl edge of the community where they live and work, as well as the backing of a large national company. Whether you’re driving a vehicle or sitting at home on the couch, you can rest assured that your life and belongings are well protected with State Farm Insurance. Ask for a quote, file or manage a claim, and State Farm takes the hassle out of your insurance needs.

Second: Weedin Agency, Inc., 1601 E. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland (970) 667-2145, weedinagency.com

Third: Countr y Financial, 7 Independent Loveland agents; countr yfinancial.com

BEST LANDSCAPING SERVICE

Cr ystal Landscape Supplies

6616 N. Garfield Ave (Hwy 287), Loveland, (970) 669-3565 cr ystallandscapesupplies.com

Crystal Landscape Supplies is the primary locally owned and operated landscape material supply store in Northern Colora do. For 20 years, Crystal Landscapes Supplies has been deliver ing superior decorative rock, gravel, base material, a variety of mulches and soils, flagstone, pavers and moss rock throughout Colorado and into Wyoming and Nebraska. Crystal Landscape Supplies proudly sells goods quarried and made within Ameri ca, including the company’s steel products. Crystal Landscape Supplies serves everyone from the homeowner to landscapers, architects, builders and masons. Competitive wholesale pric ing is available for construction and landscaping professionals, and Crystal Landscape Supplies offers aggressive pricing on all products.

Second: Brouwer Landscaping, Inc., (970) 635-0024 brouwerlandscaping.com

Third: Ground Effects Lawn & Landscape, (970) 310-0376 groundeffectsco.com

BEST LAW FIRM Beyers Law, LLC

1419 W 29th St., Loveland, (970) 669-1101, beyerslaw com

Finding an attorney can be additional stress in an already stressful situation. Wil liam “Bill” Beyers II and his son William “Will” Beyers III specialize in elder law, special needs cases and estate planning.

Providing care and protection for those who are often most vulnerable is at the heart of their practice. Beyers Law can help you set a plan for difficult decisions and make sure that your will is upheld in, what can be, very complex areas of the law

When you have questions that concern the execution of your will, it’s essential to have someone like Beyers Law in your corner.

Second: Clark, Williams, Matsunaka, LLC, 2881 N. Monroe Ave , Loveland, (970) 669-8668 randywilliamslaw.com

Third: TIE Stone Law, LLC, 430 E. 6th St., Loveland, (877) 897-6591, stonelawllc.com and Patterson Rutledge and Associates LLC, 315 E. 7th St., Loveland, (970) 612-1208 pattersonrutledge.com

BEST LOCALLY OWNED SERVICE AND BEST PET DAYCARE/BOARDER Camp Bow Wow

1227 Des Moines Ave., Loveland, (970) 534-3323, campbowwow com/loveland Camp Bow Wow Loveland, a pre miere dog day care and boarding facili ty, is owned and op erated by local phy sician, Dr Eric Hess and his wife, Kelly. Knowing the Love land community as they do, they also know how much Loveland residents love their dogs and wanted to provide a place that would care for their dogs with the same love and dedication that their guardians do.

There’s a motto at Camp Bow Wow—”Seize the Play®,” and that motto guides everything they do. Dogs don’t just kill time, they come for fun socialization and leave pleasantly tired. The Loveland camp features large, climate-controlled play yards where the campers play all day while attended by certified camp counselors. Pet par ents can check on their pups via web cams throughout the day. Overnight campers snooze the night away in spacious and comfy cabins, monitored 24/7. And special add-ons are available to make your pet feel even more pampered than they are at home. Staff is trained in dog behavior, pet first aid and CPR so you never need worry about your pup’s safety

BEST LOCALLY OWNED SERVICE

Second: Implant & General Dentistr y of Northern Colorado, 2975 Ginnala Dr., Loveland, (970) 663-1000 implantdds.com

Third: Northern Colorado Air, 812 Stockton Ave., Fort Collins, (970) 223-8873, ncagriff.com

BEST PET DAYCARE/BOARDER

Second: K9 Island, 211 Barberr y Pl., Loveland, (970) 663-0977, k9island.com

Third: The Cat House, 3523 S. Taft Ave., Loveland, (970) 663-1103, thecathouse.info

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BEST MASSAGE/SPA

Gateway Family Chiropractic

3850 N. Grant Ave., Ste. 100 Loveland, (970) 669-7620 gatewayfamilychiro.com

Featuring a uniquely soft touch and remarkable re sults, Gateway Family Chi ropractic is run by twin brother Loveland chiroprac tors who have been deliver ing high-quality chiropractic care to patients since 2002. With a soft touch gentle enough for newborns, the elderly and everyone in be tween, Gateway Family Chi ropractic helps patients get to the root of debilitating physical pain and return to the activities they love. In addition to treating pain and discomfort, Gateway chiropractors offer regular adjustments to help patients restore and maintain proper spinal and nervous function, thus promoting the healing process and strengthening the immune system.

Second: Coberly Chiropractic, 3025 N. Taft Ave., Loveland, (970) 203-0621, chiroguy.com

Third: Acacia Salon and Spa, 44116 N. Garfield Ave , Loveland, (970) 667-2646

BEST MORTGAGE LENDER

Lending Star Mortgage (970) 986-9886, lendingstarmortgage.com

With knowledge, experi ence and expertise, Lending Star Mortgage is a steady guide when making a financial deci sion. Lending Star Mortgage broker Danielle Daniel noted, “Whether you’re buying, sell ing, refinancing or building your dream home, you have a lot riding on your loan officer Since market conditions and mortgage programs change frequently, you need to make sure you’re dealing with a top professional who is able to give you quick and accurate financial advice.” Daniels’ per sonalized service helps locals make the right choice for their families and life season. For convenience, those interested may view loan programs and utilize calculators on her website before applying for a loan.

Second: Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc., 2809 E. Harmony Rd., Ste 200, Fort Collins, (970) 206-4663 houseloan.com

BEST MOVING COMPANY

Skyline Moving Company

2513 Forsythia Dr., Loveland, (970) 685-3942 skylinemovingcolorado.com

Locally owned Skyline Moving Company specializes in local moves with services avail able along the Front Range and throughout the state. Commercial or residential, apart ment or home, their professional and courte ous team, treat customers with respect and take service the extra mile. They will load your belongings, transport them to your new home and unload for a full service move. If you just can’t face packing everything up, they’ll do that too. They also offer simple loading or unloading only services to help at one end or the other. No matter where you’re headed, they handle your possessions as if they were their own

Second: Two Men and a Truck, 301 Air Park Dr Fort Collins, (970) 344-6204 twomenandatruck com

Third: The A-Team Moving and Loading Specialists,1117 E. 5th St., Loveland (970) 342-0453

BEST NONPROFIT

House of Neighborly Ser vice 1511 E. 11th St., Ste. 100, Loveland, (970) 667-4939 honser vice.org

First established in 1961, HNS has long been a compassionate place to turn for assis tance for individuals and families that need a helping hand. Through their Life Centers in Loveland and Berthoud, they provide re sources for basic needs such as food, shelter and utilities, children’s back to school and birthday assistance, supplemental holiday programs and more In turn, they are an out let for those who want to help their commu nity via financial or time commitment. Plans are underway for a brand new dedicated Life Center location in Berthoud to better enable them to help their Northern Colorado neigh bors.

Second: Meals On Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud 437 N. Garfield Ave., Loveland (970) 667-0311 lovelandmealsonwheels.org

Third: Food Bank for Larimer County 5706 Wright Dr , Loveland (970) 493-4477, foodbanklarimer.org

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Valvoline Express

1290 Nickel Dr., Loveland, (970) 669-8900, expresscare.com

Valvoline Express Care of Loveland provides fast, expert oil changes with no appointments necessary and powered by the brand that’s earned Boulder’s trust, Valvoline. For convenience, Valvoline Express Care in London provides a variety of vehicle maintenance services, in addition to fuel service oil changes. Maintenance services include tire rotations, engine and cabin air filter replacements, bulb and wiper replacements and differential, power steering and radiator fluid exchanges. Check out the website for monthly coupons.

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Grease Monkey

1100 Eagle Dr., Loveland, (970) 669-2200, greasemonkeyauto.com

Grease Monkey’s famous 16-point oil change is quick and con venient, giving customers peace of mind before heading back out on the road. Additional services include power steering fluid exchange, radiator services, bulb replacement and brake services, which in cludes a free, thorough inspection of the vehicle’s brake system components. And Grease Monkey proudly stands by the company commitment to quality: Services and products are covered with a three-month or 3,000-mile limited warranty, whichever comes first.

Second: TIE Big O Tires, 2480 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-6074 bigotires.com and T & T Tire, Inc., 1203 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-1030 tandttireinc.com

BEST PET GROOMER

Dogs’ Own 224 E. 29th St., Loveland (970) 663-3647

dogsowngrooming.com/grooming Dog’s Own is Loveland’s only Nationally Certified Master Groomer, grooming dogs in Loveland for over 33 years. Their loving grooming school professionals will see to it that your pet experiences a comfort able grooming process.

Clean dogs are healthy dogs and Dog’s Own will not only groom your dog, but also brush out matted or shedding hair, clean ears, trim or file nails, and offer you a menu of spa like treatments to pamper them. Regardless of size, shape breed, or age, the attentive staff believes your pet deserves the very best.

Second: Dog Baths and Beyond, 1221 W Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 622-9466 dogbathsandbeyond.com

Third: Camp Bow Wow, 1227 Des Moines Ave., Loveland, (970) 534-3323 campbowwow com/loveland

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Walgreens

Loveland Locations: 205 E. Eisenhower Blvd., (970) 669-4444; 1300 14th St., (970) 612-1125; 2370 W Eisenhower Blvd., (970) 612-0243, 3690 N. Garfield Ave., (970) 612-0278; walgreens.com

With over a century of pharmacy experience, Walgreens offers trusted healthcare ser vices, from filling prescriptions, supplying vaccinations and giving customers a convenient neighborhood clinic where they can find professional medical providers.

Flu shots are just the beginning: Depending on availability, Walgreens Pharmacy is your answer for vaccinations like pneumonia, tetanus, hepatitis, shingles, measles and COVID-19.

You won’t find a better selection of over-the-counter medications and medical devices when you need them and pharmaceutical advice to help you ensure you get the best prod uct for your need.

Second: The CBD Store, 1528 N. Lincoln Ave., Unit 6, Loveland, (970) 966-7939, thecbdstorecompany.com

Third: Good Day Pharmacy, 2033 N. Boise Ave., Loveland, (970) 669-7500, gooddaypharmacy com

BEST PLUMBING SERVICE

Jones Excavating & Plumbing

619 4th St., Berthoud, (970) 532-2620, jonesexcavatingplumbing.com

Loveland residents and businesses know they can trust the Jones family to keep their plumbing flowing prop erly. After all, they’ve been at it for over half a century and four genera tions! Clogged drains and leaky fau cets are no problem, but they’ll also repair or install your water heater, maintain or replace your home septic system, and inspect and replace sew er lines. Loveland homeowners know they’ll always get honest pricing and a courteous team. No job is too big or too small and they look forward to supplying your plumbing needs.

Second: KP Plumbing, 4270 Stringtown Dr., Loveland, (970) 290-9930, mykpplumbing.com

Third: Rock Solid Plumbing LLC, (970) 232-8602

BEST RETIREMENT/ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY Good Samaritan Society-Loveland Village

2101 S. Garfield Ave., Loveland, (970) 669-3100, good-sam.com Good Samaritan Society—Loveland Village is more than a place to live; it’s a place to call home, whether your lifestyle is more empty-nester style independent living, or the as surance of professional medical assistance. A town center encourages community living from the library to the game room, or a snack in the cafe.

The 55 and over apartments and duplexes offer ameni ties such as housekeeping, transportation services, utilities and meal services. The assisted living apartments are com fortable and beautiful, with healthcare providers available, along with personal assistance, supportive services and custom healthcare plans.

The community also offers rehabilitation care, skilled nursing, memory care, and outpatient therapy care to peo ple of all ages following surgery, illness or injury

Second: Columbine Health Systems, 1422 W 29th St., Loveland (970) 482-0198, columbinehealth.com

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BEST ROOFING COMPANY

AJ Shirk Roofing Company, LLC

330 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 669-6999, ajshirkroofing.com

Locally owned, AJ Shirk Roofing Company has been in business since 1903, growing up alongside Loveland, which was incorporated just a couple of decades prior. Over the decades, home styles have changed, from Tudor Revival to A-frames, but the award-winning roofing company has remained a trustworthy staple.

The present owner Anthony Ostblom was raised in Northern Colorado, and, after serving in the U.S. Army, he came home and got a job with a roofing company Ostblom brings more than three decades of experience as a roofer and estimator

AJ Shirk Roofing Company’s services include residential, commercial and storm damage repairs.

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1424 E. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 593-3080, goldroofing.com

Speedy response times from experienced licensed contractors is just a part of what sets Gold Roofing, Inc. above the competition. The highest quality materials, a five-year workmanship warranty and their reputation as the go-to contractor to some of the finest builders in northern Colorado cements their position at the top. In business since 1996, Gold Roofing works with asphalt shingles, clay tiles, and metal roofing, as well as numerous types of residential and commercial specialty applications. Gold Roofing takes pride in their prompt scheduling, on-site efficien cy, commitment to excellence and competitive pricing.

Second: Blue Frog Roofing, (970) 436-8963, bluefrogroofing.com

BEST SHOE REPAIR

Whiteside’s Boots, Western & Work Wear

202 SE 19th St., Loveland, (970) 669-7808; 855 E. Bridge St., Brighton, (303) 637-9774; 2017 2nd Ave. Greeley, (970) 888-3390; whitesidesboots.com

In 1985 broth ers John and Steve Whiteside opened the doors of Whiteside’s Boots and they’ve been growing ever since. Now with three northern Colorado loca tions, they contin ue to provide the best selection and prices in western and work wear and, of course, boots.

A good pair of boots is an investment and not a cheap one, so you want to make sure you’re getting the best quality available. Of course, when you sell them, it helps to repair them too. When you work as hard as Whiteside’s customers, things are bound to need repair once in awhile, and Whiteside’s is there to help.

Second: Smitty’s Cobbler Shop Inc., 1546 W Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 669-2785

Travel Leaders

610 E. 29th St., Loveland, (970) 669-5010, lovelandco vacation.travelleaders.com

Travel can be a real hassle these days. From booking, to can celed flights or changed plans, handling it on your own can take some of fun out of your vacation. Letting Travel Leaders agents handle the details helps alleviate some of the stress. Wherever you dream of going, they make it a reality and deliver the best experience you can have at the best price possible. Agents are up to date on the latest travel protocol and any restrictions or re quirements internationally If you prefer to stay state-side, they can do that too, making your vacation simple, stress-free, and above all, fun.

BEST WORKOUT FACILITY

Planet Fitness

1453 E. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 800-3706, planetfitness.com Sometimes, simplicity is best. It’s easier to workout in a lowto no-pressure environment. There’s no pressure to engage in strenuous workouts, no judgements and no forced long-term commitments.

The gym is bright, welcoming and follows its own Clean Thumb Club™ guidelines for cleanliness, including touchless check-in and “Social Fitnessing™.” Plus, you have access to any Planet Fitness location worldwide—they are open and staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And with their app and PF Crowd Meter you can see how busy the gym is and determine your best time to go. What could be more convenient?

Second: Chilson Recreation Center, 700 E. 4th St., No. 200, Loveland (970) 962-2386 lovgov org/ser vices/parks-recreation/chilson-recreation-center

Third: Chuze Fitness, 3133 N. Garfield Ave., Loveland (720) 907-9474 chuzefitness.com

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BEST PLACE TO WORSHIP

Foundations Church

1380 Denver Ave., Loveland; 1159 Main St., Windsor; (970) 663-7625, foundationschurch.org

Accepting people as they are is a big part of the Foundations Church community. They are a non denominational Christian church committed to reaching those in Northern Colorado who want to experience God’s grace.

With two locations, one in Loveland and one in Windsor, there are groups for every age and stage provide faith-based guidance for all of life’s joys and challenges.

They meet for worship in Loveland on Satur days 4:30 p.m., and both locations on Sundays at 9 and 11 a.m., but they also offer live stream services accessible from anywhere, that all are welcome to attend.

Second: God’s Countr y Cowboy Church 5505 W Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland (970) 635-0044 godscountr ycowboychurch-loveland.com

Third: Crossroads Church, 5420 N. Taft Ave., Loveland (970) 203-9201, crossroadscolorado.com

BEST YOGA/DANCE STUDIO

Loveland Community Yoga 284 E. 29th St., Loveland, (970) 368-YOGA, lcyoga com

Movement is a part of life. Community Yoga incorporates transfor mative movement into wellness and mindful ness that connects us with others and our own potential. They believe yoga should be accessible to all with classes to serve all lev els, in a safe comfort able space—even if that means your own home. And for those who de sire to perfect their practice enough to instruct others, they offer teacher specific training.

Wherever you are, they’ll meet your there become a part of the community at Com munity Yoga.

Second: Lighthouse Dance, 217 E. 4th St., Loveland, (970) 667-2060, lighthousedance com

Third: Grace Yoga & Wellness, 4520 N. Garfield Ave., Loveland, (970) 646-2022, lovegraceyoga.com

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J DAYS APPLIANCE 132 E. 7th Street Downtown Loveland (970) 669-1357 JDaysAppliance.com Proud to be locally owned since 1994Owners/Jim & Kathy Day Best Appliance Dealer & Appliance Repair 8 Years In A ROW! THANKS! The continued support and confidence in our family operated funeral home has helped us develop strong roots in the community Providing compassionate services for the families we serve. www.ViegutFuneralHome.com THANK YOU LOVELAND! 1616 N. Lincoln/Loveland • (970) 679-4669 Your Hometown Family Funeral Home David Viegut We are proud to have been chosen #1 Funeral Home for 11 years in a row!

BEST VETERINARIAN

Loveland Veterinar y Clinic

1403 Monroe Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-3252, lovelandveterinarian.com

Northern Colorado loves its pets—and Loveland Veterinary Clinic shares this compassion for your four-legged companions. Not only is the clinic voted the best in town, but it was founded in 1949, making it Loveland’s first veterinary clinic.

As a testament, several online reviews are from people who have been bringing their pets to the clinic for years. “The staff and vets here treat my pets as if they were part of their families,” one review says.

In addition to general wellness, diagnostics and surgery, the veterinary clinic has expanded its services to include digital radiology, advanced dental care and laser therapy. Animals can also receive acupuncture, which is a pain-free way to treat a variety of conditions, including inflam mation.

Second: Blue Sky Animal Clinic, 2713 W Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 663-6046, blueskyclinic.com

Third: Southmarch Veterinarian Clinic, 214 19th St., Loveland, (970) 622-8381, southmarchvet.com

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Two Loveland Locations: 3555 Mountain Lion Dr. • 279 W. 64th St. BreezeThr uCarWash.com Proud to be Your Best! KEEP IT CLEAN 1601 E. Eisenho er Blvd., Lo eland 970-667-2145 www.weedinagency.com The Weedin Agency is thankful for your votes in the Readers Choice and proud to have been family owned in Loveland since 1956. Thanks FOR YOUR VOTES!

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BEST AMERICAN RESTAURANT

Henr y’s Pub

234 E. 4th St., Loveland, (970) 613-1896, henr yspubloveland.com

Welcome to Hen ry’s Pub where American cui sine is leveled-up with an “urban flair.” Everything is made from scratch with local ingredients, spir its and brews that you can feel dou bly good about.

S a n d w i c h e s , burgers and other pub-style plates,

are served with a twist, like sweet potato fries with masala sauce, a quinoa veg gie patty melt, and beer battered shrimp with Bloody Mary cocktail sauce.

Yet another award-winning year is a testament to the level of quality, service and taste that plays such an important part in the Henry’s dining experience.

Second: Betta Gumbo, 277 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland (970) 685-4842, bettagumbo.com

Third: McGraff ’s American Grill, 1602 E. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland (970) 669-8847, mcgraffsamericangrill.com

BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT

Asian Cafe & Grill

1323 Eagle Dr., Loveland, (970) 622-0688, asiancafengrill.com

BEST APPETIZERS

Betta Gumbo 277 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland (970) 685-4842

bettagumbo.com

Looking for some hearty Cajun cookin’ right here in Colorado? Look no further! Start with appetizers good enough to make a meal out of: fried green tomatoes, okra and pickles and some Drunken Mussels— served with caramelized onions in a garlilc beer broth. No one would blame you for stuffing yourself on the starters, but if you make it to the good ol’ fried catfish, gumbo (of course) and those Po’ Boys, you won’t regret it. Betta Gumbo serves up some of the best classic low-country food with a smile—right on into dessert.

Second: Door 222 Food & Drink, 222 E. 4th St., Ste. 100, Loveland (970) 541-3020, door222.com

Third: Pourhouse Bar and Grill,124 E. 4th St., Loveland, (970) 669-1699 pourhousecolorado.com

Asian Cafe & Grill delivers on the flavors of Asia across the board, offering not only Chinese and Japanese cuisine but also Vietnamese and Thai. The sushi is outstanding—from freshwater eel and octopus to tuna, crab and much more The Pho is comforting and delicious and while the sesame chicken, beef with broccoli, and sweet and sour shrimp are favorites, there is so much more on the menu to try, you don’t want to pass it by

Second: Canton Palace, 3320 N. Garfield Ave., Loveland, (970) 663-1188, cantonpalaceco.com

Third: Bai Tong, 1120 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 685-4757, baitongloveland.com

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BEST BAKERY—TIE

Just a Pinch Baker y 630 E. 29th St., Loveland, (970) 617-7602, justapinchbaker yco.com

BEST BAKERY—TIE AND BEST DESSERT

The Cupcake Gypsies 415 N. Cleveland Ave.,Loveland, thecupcakegypsies.com

With a rotating menu of cup cake varieties, it’s no wonder The Cupcake Gypsies have amassed a local following with fans who voted the sweet shop as the best bakery as well as the best dessert spot.

Just a Pinch Bakery opened a few years after chef Stanley Martin and his wife relocated to Colorado and couldn’t track down their No. 1 food craving: kolaches, a tradi tional Czech pastry of soft yeast dough cradling fruit, cheese or even meat. Soon the Martins began whipping up their own kolaches, but as they explain, “It would be selfish not to share this delicious treat ” Thus, with little more than a dream and an oven, Just A Pinch Bakery was born. Today the Martins serve kolaches such as mushroom brie, green chili egg and strawberry with or ange cream cheese in addition to plenty of other bakery treats.

BEST BAKERY

Second: Donut Haus Baker y, 265 E. 29th St., Loveland (970) 278-1464, thedonuthaus.com

Some inventive flavors on the daily rotating menu have included Rocky Road, Ama retto Spice, a coconut Snow ball and Stranahan’s Red Velvet which is topped with a crown of Stranahan’s Whiskey buttercream and garnished with red glitter sprinkles. But those with a sweet tooth can’t seem to get enough of the shop’s peach creations, and baker owner Andrea Strick is always coming up with new frosting and topping combinations for peachy keen customers. Some of her recent cupcakes have included the Vintage Peach that’s topped with vanilla bean bourbon buttercream and garnished with brown sugar or the West ern Slope, a peach cupcake with cherry buttercream and a dehydrated apple slice garnish.

The Instagram-worthy, family-owned shop is located in downtown Loveland and offers a daily rotating cupcake menu of five to six cupcakes, which always includes a gluten-free and a vegan option. Strick also uses organic and locally sourced ingredients in her baked goods.

Beyond cupcakes, The Cupcake Gypsies sells a limited number of other fresh-baked goodies like cinnamon rolls, cake pops, pupcakes for dogs. Custom cakes can be ordered in advance and the shop caters weddings, birthdays and other events.

BEST DESSERT

Second: Paradice Cream, 1399 Sculptor Dr., Loveland, (970)449-9002, paradicecreamloveland.com

Third: Henr y’s Pub, 234 E. 4th St., Loveland, (970) 613-1896, henr yspubloveland.com

BEST BAR AND BEST LOCALLY OWNED BAR/RESTAURANT AND BEST MARGARITA Wicked Tequila Room

123 E. 4th St., Loveland, (970) 278-5474, wickedtequilaroom.com

Locally-owned Wicked Tequila Room brought Loveland their first tequila-exclusive bar and have continued to innovate ever since. With limited operation during the pandemic years they made sure Love land wouldn’t be missing their favorite cocktails by making them available for online ordering and to-go friendly in the form of canned cocktails or pouches—an option they continue to offer

If you’re in the mood for a night out though, give Margarita Alley a go. Located between Wicked Tequila Room and Cactus Grille, it’s a small step into a cantina-style patio, but it feels a world away Perfect for whiling away a balmy evening. Creative and fun events—complete with drink specials— also give guests a party vibe to look forward to, without all the tedious planning.

The atmosphere alone is worth visiting for, but, let’s be honest; you’re there for the margs. If you’ve never been to Wicked Tequila Room, you might assume that a margarita is a margarita is a margarita... but you would be wrong. Not only do they have their own handcrafted versions, but they invite you to “Make your own” which leads to as many margs as there are individuals who drink them.

BEST BAR

Second: West End Lounge, 127 W 4th St., Loveland (970) 619-8294, westendloungeloveland.com

Third: McGraff ’s American Grill 1602 E. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland (970) 669-8847, mcgraffsamericangrill.com

BEST LOCALLY-OWNED BAR/RESTAURANT

Second: Paradice Cream, 1399 Sculptor Dr., Loveland (970) 449-9002, paradicecreamloveland.com

Third: Blocky’s East Coast Italian Eater y, 285 E. 29th St. Loveland, (970) 292-8353, blockyseater y com

BEST MARGARITA

Second: Cactus Grille,119 E. 4th St., Loveland (970) 685 4066, cactusgrilleloveland.com

Third: Vato’s Tacos & Tequila, 270 N. Cleveland Loveland, (970) 775-2502 vatostacosandtequila.com

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BEST BARBECUE

Nordy’s Bar-B-Que & Grill

4360 St., Cloud Dr., Loveland, (970) 461-9227 nordysbbq.com

Nordy’s Bar-B-Que & Grill has been pro ducing delicious barbecue in Loveland for nearly 15 years. After being a presence in the Northern Colorado restaurant scene since 1997, Les Nordhagen and his son Eric, opened Nordy’s in 2008 and, the pitsmoked goodness has been pouring out of their kitchen ever since.

You’re going to want to make sure you come with an appetite when you visit Nordy’s. Every rib, brisket, pork, sausage and turkey is the juiciest, most tender meat around. But great barbecue is defined by the sauce, which is why they offer a lineup of original homemade sauces including their signature house sauce, Kansas City, Carolina Mustard, Texas, Jalapeño and Colorado Wildfire. They even offer a full gluten-free menu to make ordering for everyone easy.

Second: White Paper BBQ, 1480 Cascade Ave., Unit 201, Loveland, (970) 966-7094, whitepaperbbq.com

Third: Hogfish Seafood & Smokehouse, 1440 Diana Dr., Loveland, (970) 278-5813, hogfishloveland.com

BEST BREAKFAST/BRUNCH

Doug’s Day Diner

532 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-7124 dougsinloveland.com

How do you like to start your day? Omelettes? How about homemade biscuits and gravy? According to Loveland folks, the Grandma’s Hot Cakes at Doug’s are to die for. (If you ask really nice, they’ll even slip some blueberries in there for you.)

Whether you like to get things off to a simple start or you prefer something with a bit more heft to fuel your morning, Doug’s is your spot for break fast, even if it’s late enough to be brunch. Scram blers or papas, breakfast burritos or benedicts, the whole menu will make your mouth water. Every thing is prepared daily and made from scratch right in-house for the freshest meal possible.

At Doug’s, regulars are welcomed whenever they walk through the door and newcomers are in vited to come in to see what all the fuss is about. After all, they’ll be regulars soon!

Second: A.K.A. Kitchen, 414 E. 6th St., Loveland (970) 617-2325, akakitchennoco.com

Third: Taste Local, 330 Cleveland Ave., Loveland (970) 690-9448, eattastelocal.com

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BEST BURRITO AND BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Cactus Grille

119 E. 4th St., Loveland, (970) 685-4066, cactusgrilleloveland.com

At Cactus Grille... Mexican food is a thoughtfully crafted experience and the menu goes on for miles. Get started with an appetizer of avocado rolls, Pistol Shrimp or a plate of Cac tus Nachos to share. Then move on to a hefty menu of Mexi can food that features everything from traditional dishes like fajitas and rellenos, to unique items like Cactus Bowls, the Popper Burger and Mahi Mahi tacos.

Burritos, of course, are a staple of the menu. Options include the Kitchen Sink—stuffed with pretty much every thing—Miguel’s or the Fajita burrito—all smothered with your choice of chile, or not, if you prefer to go naked. And what goes better with an overstuffed burrito than a bigger than-life marg? With unique flavors like Habañero Pineapple, Lavender Mint and Blackberry Basil, there’s no reason to be predictable. New menu items are being added all the time, so you can always find an new favorite. No matter what...no one leaves Cactus Grille hungry.

BEST BURRITO

Second: Santiago’s, 1485 E. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 622 0332, eatatsantiagos.com

Third: Tito’s Mexican Grill, 174 E 29th St., Loveland, (970) 669-8486 titosonline.com

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Second: El Pueblito, 1499 W Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 593-0008, elpueblitoco.com

Third: Señor Rafael at the Mexican Inn, 804 S. Lincoln Ave., Loveland (970) 502-7704

BEST BREWERY

Verboten Brewing & Barrel Project

127 E. 5th St., Loveland, (970) 775-7371, verbotenbrewing.com

It turns out that forbidden fruit does taste better. Just ask Verboten Brewing. Their name comes from their ingredients, like spices and fruit, that were “forbidden” by the German Purity Law for beer—things they use frequently in their brews. Verboten uses as many local ingredients as possible and rotates beers often.

New and seasonal beers release frequently, keeping the menu fresh, and fun events, like Themed Thursdays, trivia nights, live music and comedy draw diverse crowds with one thing in common...good beer.

The welcoming taproom has an open friendly atmosphere so that people really feel like a part of the Verboten Brewing family

Second: Rock Coast Brewer y, 414 E. 6th St., Loveland, (970) 617-2325 akakitchennoco.com/rock-coast-brewer y

Third: Loveland Aleworks, 118 W 4th St., Loveland,(970) 619-8726, lovelandaleworks.com

BEST CATERER Fresh Plate Cafe & Catering

325 Cleveland Ave., Loveland (970) 461-1134

freshplatecafeandcatering com When you plan your events, why not leave the cooking to some one else? Fresh Plate understands the need to present an attrac tive, flavorful and cre ative spread at your event, meeting or party—large or small. They work with each client to customize and create an individual menu, which means no one-size-fits-all ap proach. Only the freshest, highest quality ingredients are used in prepara tion and they support local and organic and sustainable growers whenever possible. Special dietary needs are welcomed and incorporated into planning. You may skip the hassle, but you certainly won’t miss out on taste. Flavor is number one with every menu, breakfast lunch or dinner

Second: TIE Main Street Catering, 1039 Main St., Ste. K, Windsor, (970) 667-7596 mainstreetcateringco.com and Origins Catering Company, 619 E. County Rd. 8, Berthoud, (970) 532-3663

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BEST CINNAMON ROLL

Second: Colorado Coffee Company—Loveland Locations: 1450 N. Boyd Lake Ave., (970) 667-8700; 254 N. Cleveland Ave., (970) 685-4194; coloradocoffeecompany.com

Third: The Cupcake Gypsies, 415 N. Cleveland Ave. Loveland, thecupcakegypsies.com

BEST COFFEEHOUSE

Loveland Coffee Co.

620 E. 29th St., Loveland, (970) 278-1221 lovelandcoffeeco.com

Get caffienated in the best way possible. At Loveland Coffee Co., they strive to deliver the very best experience to every single cus tomer, every single time they visit, with perfectly brewed coffee, deli cious lattes and mochas, steaming hot chai, pastries, breakfast bur ritos and so much more in a cozy atmosphere. For those who prefer to grab it to-go, they now offer on line ordering to make getting your favorite cup extra simple.

Their beans are locally roasted and socially responsible, so you can feel good about what you’re buying. They also sell their cof fee in bulk, so you can enjoy your own brew at home when you don’t want to venture out.

Second: Dark Heart Coffee Bar 419 Jefferson Ave., Loveland darkheartcoffeebar com

Third: Colorado Coffee Company,— Loveland Locations: 1450 N. Boyd Lake Ave., (970) 667-8700; 254 N. Cleveland Ave. (970) 685-4194; coloradocoffeecompany.com

BEST CINNAMON ROLL AND BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE AND BEST OUTDOOR DINING

A.K.A. Kitchen

414 E. 6th St., Loveland, (970) 617-2325, akakitchennoco com

Founded in Loveland in 2018, A.K.A. (or Also Known As) Kitchen proves once again that comfort food and sophisticated cuisine can be one and the same. You’ll find a classic comforting menu, with a fresh new outlook, providing something for everyone, even those with food aller gies or dietary preferences—all served by the friendliest staff around.

Oh, and you’re going to want to make a point of ordering the S’more Cinnamon Roll. Smoked Chocolate wrapped in house-made dough, topped with toasted marshmallow fluff. Drooling yet? Pick up one for the table or keep it all for yourself...no one will blame you.

No matter what you order, it definitely tastes better under the open sky If you can snap up a table on the busy patio, it will be well worth your time. With ambiance, fresh air and Rock Coast Brewing right next door, you’re guaranteed to have a great time.

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

Second: Tom Davis Saloon, 450 N. Cleveland Ave. Loveland, (970) 617-2262, tomdavissaloon.com

Third: Paradice Cream, 1399 Sculptor Dr , Loveland (970) 449-9002, paradicecreamloveland.com

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

Second: Cactus Grille, 119 E 4th St , Loveland (970) 685 4066, cactusgrilleloveland com

Third: Betta Gumbo, 277 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland (970) 685-4842, bettagumbo.com

BEST ETHNIC RESTAURANT

Durbar Nepalese & Indian Bistro

1525 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 966-7362, durbarbistro.com/loveland Durbar Nepalese & Indian Bistro features authentic recipes prepared by an expert chef and tandoor chef, and all herbs and spices, originating from Nepal and India, are ground in-house. Flavorful entrees, refreshing cocktails and mouth-watering des serts are designed to awaken the senses. Specialties include Lamb Rogan Josh, a traditional lamb curry cooked in a blend of aro matic spices, and Scallop and Shrimp Moilee, or seafood cooked in Kerala-style mustard and coconut sauce. Two favorites are the Tandoori Sizzlers and Momo, Nepalese dumplings filled with chicken or vegetables. Vegetarian dishes and a variety of breads and rice round out a vibrant menu.

Second: Himalayan Curr y and Kebob, 1518 Madison Ave , Loveland, (970) 278-5873, lovelandcurr yandkebob.com

Third: TIE—Bai Tong, 1120 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 685-4757, baitongloveland.com and Cafe Athens, 5865 Sky Pond Dr., Loveland, (970) 619-8467, cafe-athens.com

BEST FAST FOOD

Chick-fil-A 1545 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland, (970) 593-0044, chick-fil-a.com

Sometimes you just crave a great chicken sandwich. Chick-fil-A can scratch that itch—quickly. From the high qual ity food and service offered to each customer, Chick-fil-A has a reputation for superior drive-thru service as well— Chick-fil-A truly puts their customers first.

From lighter fare, like salads and grilled chicken nuggets to the classic breaded chicken sandwich and chicken strips with waffle fries, the menu does not disappoint. They even offer breakfast on the go, with, or without, chicken, starting at 6:30 a.m.

Second: Culver’s, 1606 W Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 966-7328, culvers.com

Third: TIE Runza, 2204 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 669-2131, runza com and Wendy’s—Loveland locations: 1519 W. Eisenhower Blvd., (970) 663-3830; 200 Eagle Dr., (970) 669-1280; 1405 Rocky Mountain Ave. (970) 461-9175; 6145 E. Crossroads Blvd., (970) 775-6267; wendys.com

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BEST HAMBURGER

Pourhouse Bar and Grill

124 E. 4th St., Loveland, (970) 669-1699, pourhousecolorado.com

Known for their large, internationally influenced menu and homey at mosphere, Pourhouse serves up a little bit of everything, but a real hotspot on their menu is definitely the burger. Can you get a classic burger? Sure. But why? Creative takes on an old fav like the Cajun (with 1/8 lb. alligator sausage, blackened shrimp, caramelized onion and remoulade sauce) or the Bolo (topped with smoked ham, sautéed jalapeños, cream cheese and chipotle pepper aioli) give guests a new buger experience and keep them coming back to try the next one.

If you come for the burger you’ll want to stay for the entertainment. Live music takes the stage weekly with no cover charge. Pourhouse also boasts the longest happy hour in Colorado: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. 6 p.m. and all day Sunday. So gather up your friends and head out to Pourhouse!

Second: Bad Daddy’s, 4928 Thompson Pkwy., Johnstown, (970) 667-4978 baddaddysburgerbar.com

Third: The Black Steer, 436 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-6679 blacksteerrestaurant.com

BEST HAPPY HOUR

Tom Davis Saloon

450 N. Cleveland Ave., Loveland, (970) 617-2262, tomdavissaloon.com

Saddle up, Loveland: The best happy hour spot in town just got even bet ter. Tom Davis Saloon recently added a mechanical bull, which makes it the only bar in Northern Colorado to have a bucking machine. The bar is doing bull riding every Wednesday night. Also, by the end of September, Tom Davis Saloon is adding an open mic night for musicians to come plug in and play on Tuesday nights.

Spiked slushies, beer cocktails, and moonshine cocktails are all on the drink list. Happy hour happens from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, and $3 beers, $3 shots and $5 boozy lemonades are on the menu.

“People love the laid back fun atmosphere and the cheap beer,” says Chrissy French, the saloon’s owner.

Second: Pourhouse Bar and Grill, 124 E. 4th St., Loveland, (970) 669-1699 pourhousecolorado.com

Third: Burk’s Tavern, 118 E. 4th St., Loveland, (970) 278-9888 burkstavern.com

BEST HEALTHY MEAL Taste Local

330 Cleveland Ave., Loveland, (970) 690-9448, eattastelocal.com

It’s right there in the name: Taste Local sources their food from lo cal farmers whenever possible, and above and beyond that, they practice sustainability, which makes it healthier for the community, the planet and you. Since they control everything that goes into their food, they can easily meet dietary needs. Being healthy doesn’t mean sacrificing on taste at Taste Local, though. A selection of creative salads, and hot or cold sandwiches are long on flavor and short on fuss. Weekly specials offer up new items not on their regular menu for an added burst of flavor

Second: Henr y’s Pub, 234 E. 4th St., Loveland, (970) 613-1896 henr yspubloveland.com

Third: Himalayan Curr y and Kebob, 1518 Madison Ave., Loveland (970) 278-5873, lovelandcurr yandkebob.com

BEST ICE CREAM/ FROZEN YOGURT Paradice Cream

1399 Sculptor Dr , Loveland, (970) 449-9002, paradicecreamloveland.com

I scream, you scream, Loveland screams for Paradice Cream. The Sculptor Drive sweet shop makes handcrafted ice cream in Loveland, with many flavors to choose from (find a live menu on line!), plus dairy-free and vegan scoops. There’s also an adult menu that features scoops like “Fireball.”

In addition to a list of beloved staples (think: vanilla, chocolate, Southern bourbon butter pecan, strawberry and coffee), Paradice offers a rotating menu of scoops that could include varieties such as lemon crunch or salted Oreo. Can’t decide on just one flavor? Have a few piled high and served to you in the parlor’s homemade waffle cones or waffle bowls.

Second: Dair y Delite, 3080 W Eisenhower Blvd , Loveland, (970) 667 2111

Third: I Scream Ice Cream, 4221B W Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland (970) 499 1504, iscream-icecream.com

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BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Second: Origins Wine Bar and Wood Fired Pizza 500 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland (970) 685-4269, originsloveland.com

Third: Scalzotto Italian Restaurant 530 Cleveland Ave.,Loveland (970) 541-4747, scalzottoitalianrestaurant.com

BEST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Chick-Fil-A

1545 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland, (970) 593-0044, chick-fil-a.com

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND BEST LUNCH AND BEST PIZZA

Blocky’s East Coast Italian Eater y

285 E. 29th St., Loveland, (970) 292-8353, blockyseater y.com

Pizza for lunch? Yes, please How about a calzone and some pasta? I’ll take one of each. It’s easy, it’s simple and it’s the key to success at Blocky’s. All-time favorite pasta dishes, and classic calzones keep customers coming back for more And the pizza? Handtossed makes all the difference. Just ask the experts at Blocky’s. They toss and stretch their crust by hand using time-tested east-coast techniques, before topping your pie with freshcut—not frozen or canned—veggies and traditional meats and cheeses.

And when you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, their outstanding salads and subs really hit the spot. Salads are made fresh to-order each day along with the bread, baked in-house for their subs. Only the highest quality meats, cheeses and veggies are used to make the best sub in Loveland. And don’t neglect to try the East Coast Cheese Steaks. The Blocky Steak is a local favorite.

Blocky’s Eatery is 100 percent family-friendly, whether you need to get in and get out, or you want to sit down for a family-style meal, all are welcome.

BEST LUNCH

Second: Betta Gumbo, 277 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland (970) 685-4842, bettagumbo.com

Third: Taste Local, 330 Cleveland Ave., Loveland (970) 690-9448, eattastelocal.com

BEST PIZZA

Second: Origins Wine Bar and Wood Fired Pizza 500 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland (970) 685-4269, originsloveland.com

Third: Arte Pizza, 1467 W Eisenhower Blvd. Loveland, (970) 669-9000, artepizzeria.com

Chicken nuggets, waffle fries, milkshakes and mac n’ cheese plus an enclosed play area complete with a slide all earn stars with young food critics, which is what makes the Chick-Fil-A chain the best kid-friendly restaurant in Loveland.

“Home of the original chicken sandwich,” Chick-Fil-A is a pioneer in the fast food landscape, as it kick started a trend of healthier kids meals. The restaurant offers fruit cups and a grilled entree for kids and expanded its menu to include organic and soda-free options for kid’s meals.

New this fall is a seasonal harvest spice milkshake that has flavors like cinnamon and crunchy bits of brown sugar spice cookies

Second: McDonald’s—Loveland locations: 1809 W Eisenhower Blvd., (970) 669-4211; 209 E. 29th St., (970) 669-8250; 1620 Foxtrail Dr., (970) 663-5065; mcdonalds.com

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

The Meat Revolution

444 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 501-5444, themeatrevolution.com

The Meat Revolution opened its doors in 2021, and, ever since has been winning Loveland locals over with its tasty chicken and beef shawarmas and falafel plates and wraps.

High-quality, slow-cooked meats and fresh vegetables are on the concise, well-executed menu at this fast-casual, counter-service restaurant with sauces like mint-dill yogurt and sweet chili. The Meat Revolution’s beef rice bowl is a community favorite, but know this: You can also build a French fry bowl with fresh vegetables (cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions!) plus chicken or beef and a sauce of your choosing.

And if you’re craving a shawarma and fries with your beer, The Meat Revolution does table delivery to every bar and brewery in downtown Loveland, says Owner Kiel Schuett. You can easily find the QR codes on tables or by asking a bartender

Second: Scalzotto Italian Restaurant, 530 Cleveland Ave , Loveland, (970) 541-4747, scalzottoitalianrestaurant.com

Third: TIE Comet Chicken, 129-A E. 5th St., Loveland, (970) 775-6900, cometchicken.com and Tom Davis Saloon, 450 N. Cleveland Ave., Loveland, (970) 617-2262, tomdavissaloon.com

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BEST PIE

Village Inn

1225 W Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 667-8555 villageinn.com

Come for the pie, but stay for breakfast! Loveland readers voted Village Inn as the best place in town to get a pie.

The homestyle restaurant serves slabs of decadent pies that are made with its signature pastry crusts, covering the classics like country apple, Southern pecan, banana cream and tangy key lime. Of course the berry pies are also on the menu, including blueberry, strawberry rhubarb and triple berry and so too is peach lattice and lemon meringue. And one of the most popular pies (especially among chocolate lovers) is French Silk, which is velvety smooth and covered with real whipped cream and milk chocolate curls.

Psst, we’ll let you in on a secret: You can get a free slice of the pie on Wednesdays with a dine-in entrée purchase

Second: Buttermilk Baker y & Pie Shop,7467 US-34 Loveland, (720) 229-6494 buttermilkbaker yloveland.com

Third: Colorado Cherr y Company,1024 US-34, Loveland, (970) 667-4141 coloradocherr ycompany com

BEST ROMANTIC DINNER

Loveland Chophouse 125 E. 4th St., Loveland, (970) 613-8287, lovelandchophouse com

A favorite date night destination, the Loveland Chop house is a sophisti cated 1930’s-style restaurant where you’ll find friendly service and a menu that showcases steak and seafood dishes alongside weekly specials. The historic down town Loveland res taurant is known for its Moscow Mules but also has an extensive wine and martini list, plus local vodkas, whiskeys and liqueurs.

Surf-and-turf dishes include sea scallops in a sherry cream sauce and sashimi-grade blackened tuna as well as a nice selection of steaks like New York strips, cowboy cut ribeyes and top sirloin.

End the night on a sweet note with crème brulée or chocolate cake.

Second: Door 222 Food & Drink, 222 E. 4th St., Ste. 100, Loveland, (970) 541-3020, door222.com

Third: The Melting Pot, 334 E. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, (970) 207-0100, meltingpot com

BEST SALAD AND BEST SEAFOOD AND BEST STEAK

The Black Steer

436 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 667-6679, blacksteerrestaurant.com

As a restaurant, you don’t reach 55 years old without doing something, or things, very right.

The Black Steer is a classic steakhouse with the ambiance to match. It is a cozy location where Loveland residents, old and new alike, go for an excellent steak. After aging in-house, their Natural USDA Choice Beef is cut and cooked to order daily; simple excellence. The per fectly done steaks are then paired up with made from scratch soups, salads, sides, dressings and desserts.

Steak might be their staple, but don’t discount their seafood. Trout, shrimp, tuna steaks and even lobster tails can satisfy any craving for seafood, but if you can’t choose between a go-to steak, split the difference and go for the surf and turf.

You might not expect a steakhouse to pay much attention to the greens, but once again The Black Steer proves itself exceptional in more areas than one. The Black Steer Salad is a meal unto itself with chicken or steak strips on a bed of greens, almonds and crunchy wonton strips topped with the house Black Steer dressing. Traditional Caesar, wedge and garden salads make a fresh addition to any meal.

BEST SALAD

Second: Henr y’s Pub, 234 E. 4th St., Loveland (970) 613-1896, henr yspubloveland.com

Third: Pourhouse Bar and Grill,124 E. 4th St., Loveland (970) 669-1699, pourhousecolorado.com

BEST SEAFOOD

Second: Betta Gumbo, 277 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland (970) 685-4842, bettagumbo.com

Third: Bonefish Grill, 4920 Thompson Pkwy., Johnstown (970) 663-3474, bonefishgrill.com

BEST STEAK

Second: Loveland Chophouse, 125 E. 4th St., Loveland (970) 613-8287, lovelandchophouse.com

Third: LongHorn Steakhouse, 3450 S. College Ave. Fort Collins, (970) 377-1375 longhornsteakhouse.com

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Daddy-O’s Green Onion

2277 W Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 635-0001 daddyosgreenonion.com

Daddy-O’s Green Onion bakes their bread fresh daily and it shows your choice of sourdough, wheat, rye, or jala peño cheddar—and even gluten-free. Toasted sandwiches are made with the freshest meats, cheeses and veggies and go great with hot soups (available in a bread bowl, too!) and salads and daily specials make it tempting to try something different with each visit. You might even want to stray from the sandwich menu and try one of their and personal-size pizzas on a sourdough crust. And to make them even more convenient, they offer online ordering for easy pick up.

Second: Subway—Loveland Locations: 1709 W Eisenhower Blvd. (970) 663-7883; 1420 10th St., (970) 667-8487; 256 E. 29th St., Unit A37, (970) 663-7874; 1445 N. Denver Ave., (970) 612-0305; 270 W 64th St. (970) 613-1767; 6140 Crossroads Blvd., (970) 461-5701; 1753 Rocky Mountain Ave., Building F, (970) 593-1845; subway.com

Third: TIE Jersey Mike’s, 4936 Thompson Pkwy., Johnstown (970) 667-7420, jerseymikes.com and Sando’s, 201 E. 4th St., Loveland, (970) 710-3999 sandossubs.com

BEST SUSHI Sushi Jooa

198 E. 29th St., Loveland, (970) 685-4694, sushijooa com

Authentic sushi, beautifully ex ecuted with only the freshest fish is the standard at Sushi Jooa. Chef Hiroshi creates his sashimi, as well his traditional rolls like yellowtail and spicy tuna and in novative house specialties like the Front Range roll with spicy tuna, cucumber, jalapeño, and cilantro, topped with yellowtail, masago, and green onion with pride and flair.

If raw fish isn’t your thing, they also offer several cooked and vegetarian rolls so that you still get the full sushi experience. And since we all have that one friend who doesn’t like sushi, Sushi Jooa also offers savory noodle bowls and delicious Asian entreés like teriyaki and tempura.

Second: Bowl Izakaya,1163 Eagle Dr., Ste.A, Loveland, (970) 966-7727, bowlizakaya.com

Third: Mr Chen Sushi & Steak House, 2283 W Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 685-4720 mrchenasianfusion.com

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BEST TEA

Boba Cafe

1421 E. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, (970) 667-7713

Tea doesn’t have to be typical. Boba Cafe brings Thai bubble tea to Loveland along with a heaping helping of exotic flavor. Each drink is highly customizable; choose your flavor and sweetness, but they all come with the boba (large black tapioca pearls). Milk teas with fla vors like rose, wintermelon and coconut are on the menu, along with green teas flavored with lychee, mango, or passion fruit. If you don’t want the tea buzz, check out the slush menu for a hit of fresh fruit (and boba, of course). Grab a quick Hawaiian-influenced bite to eat while you’re there, for something off the beaten path.

Second: TIE Loveland Coffee Co., 620 E. 29th St. Loveland, (970) 278-1221 lovelandcoffeeco.com and Colorado Coffee Company— Loveland Locations: 1450 N. Boyd Lake Ave (970) 667-8700; 254 N. Cleveland Ave (970) 685-4194;coloradocoffeecompany.com

BEST WINE LIST

Origins Wine Bar & Wood Fired Pizza 500 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 685-4269, originsloveland.com

Origins Wine Bar and Wood Fired Pizza, located in the heart of historic downtown Loveland, of fers a thoughtfully curated and inspired wine list de signed to pair perfectly with their food offerings or stand on their own. Red, white, rosé and cham pagne all have their place. Tastings allow guests to learn more about wine in general in a comfortable and pressure-free environ ment.

So, come hungry or thirsty, or both. Of course, you’ll be trying a glass of wine, but why not stay and share a charcuterie or crush a pizza—your taste buds will thank you!

Second: Door 222 Food & Drink, 222 E. 4th St., Ste. 100, Loveland, (970) 541-3020, door222.com

Third: Loveland Chophouse,125 E. 4th St., Loveland, (970) 613-8287, lovelandchophouse com

BEST WINGS

Wing Shack

158 E. 29th St., Loveland, (970) 669-3929, wingshackwings.com

The wing is king at Wing Shack! Fresh, natural wings are tossed in homemade signature sauces, from mild to “Bear Hot,” even sweet and tangy sauces are on the menu if the spice scares you. You can double your flavor by combining a selection of dry rubs with your sauce for your own custom batch of wings. Each order is cooked fresh to ensure consistently great wings each and every visit. Pair it up with a side like fries, tots, onion rings or a salad And if you need a little somethin’ sweet, follow up your wing-ding with funnel cake fries or donut holes!

Second: Wing Stop, 3033 N. Garfield Ave., Loveland, (970) 635-9464,wingstop.com

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