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Best Be of CSU 2017 - 2018


Welcome F

ort Collins is a town full of incomprehensible beauty and incomparable charm. Many of the places featured in this edition of Best of CSU are near-and-dear to my heart, as they are to many other CSU students, faculty, and staff. This town and its community thrives in concert with our university, and it is my honor and privilege to put together a piece of work that celebrates the successes and relationships between CSU and the Fort Collins community. It has been a pleasure working with each artist, business owner, community member, and Rocky Mountain Student Media member that contributed to what has been one of my favorite projects here at CSU. It is through these symbiotic relationships that we produce such fun work and inspiring experiences throughout our time in this town. I’d like to give a special thank you to my creative team. It was a pleasure working with such amazing and grounded artists as yourselves. You continually inspire my own art and challenge me to better my craft day in and day out. Thank you for helping me represent some of CSU’s favorite aspects of Fort Collins in such a gorgeous light.

—Melissa Best of CSU is a studentproduced publication. Editor Melissa Leavenworth Graphic Designer Rachael E. Worthington Photographers Nathan Daine Wisdom Senolos

cover photo Wisdom Senolos cover design Rachael E. Worthington welcome photo Melissa Leavenworth

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Featured

Winning Categories Best Coffee pg. 6

Best Sweets pg. 18

Alley Cat Coffee House Human Bean Mugs

Mary’s Mountain Cookies Kilwin’s Butter Cream Cupcakery

Best Breakfast pg. 8

Best Ice Cream pg. 20

Silver Grill Cafe Lucile’s Snooze

Walrus Ice Cream Coldstone Creamery Kilwin’s

Best Vegetarian pg. 10

Best College Bar pg. 22

Avogadro’s Number Restaurant 415 Tasty Harmony

Trail Head Tavern Bondi Beach Bar Lucky Joe’s

Best Burger pg. 12

Best Brewery pg. 23

Stuft Burger Bar Big Al’s Burgers & Dogs CB & Potts

New Belgium Brewing Odell Brewing Horse and Dragon

Best Place to Take a Date pg. 14

Best Margarita pg. 24

The Melting Pot Mainline Ale House Jax Fish House

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Rio Grande Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Los Tarascos

Best Pizza pg. 16

Best of the Rest pg. 26

Krazy Karl’s Pizza Casbah Cosmo’s

Food and Restaurants


Best Apartment Complex pg. 36

Best Tattoo & Piercing pg. 50

Ram’s Village The District The Grove

Tribal Rites Freakshow Covenant Tattoo

Best Boutique pg. 38

Best Hike pg. 52

Kansas City Kitty GG’s Boutique Blue Harvest

Horsetooth Rock Trail Greyrock Mountain Loop Arthur’s Rock Trail

Best of the Rest pg. 40

Best Bike Shop pg. 54

On Campus

Lee’s Cyclery Recycled Cycles The Gearage

Best Book Store pg. 42

Best Peoplewatching pg. 56

Old Firehouse Books CSU Bookstore Barnes & Noble

Best Smoke Shop pg. 44 Kind Creations The Smokey Monkey Mellow Yellow

Old Town Square CSU Plaza The Oval

Best of the Rest pg. 58 Goods and Services

Best Hair Salon pg. 46 Studio Be Europa Colour Salon & Spa James Salon

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Best Coffee Shop

Alleycat Coffee House T

he Alley Cat’s 24/7 service and warm cozy atmosphere are what make it our pick for best coffee shop. We’ve got just the thing you need if you’re looking for a new drink to try at the Alley Cat. 1. Red Eye Cat: For those who love the best of both worlds, the Red Eye Cat is made up of house chai and two shots of espresso. 2. Pink Panther Latte: Satisfy your sweet-tooth with this delectable white chocolate and raspberry latte. 3. Chai: We highly recommend any variation: sweet, spiced, or shake, they are all amazing! 4. Shot in the Dark: If you’ve been procrastinating the semester away, these will come in handy during crunch time. The Shot in the Dark is a highly caffeinated powerhouse drink that will get you through the roughest of study times. 5. Drip Coffee: If you’re stuck to the college budget that we are all familiar with, the Alley Cat’s drip coffee is a great way to get your coffee fix while saving a buck or two.

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photographer Wisdom Senolos


A SINCERE

Thank You

For allowing us to “Fill your belli at the Pickle Barrel Deli� We have enjoyed almost 30 years in this great city. We hope to continue pleasing your palette in the years to come! 970-484-0235 | 122 W Laurel, Fort Collins, CO 80524


Best Breakfast

Silver Grill Cafe

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he Silver Grill Cafe is a long-standing Fort Collins tradition that no CSU experience is complete without. The Silver Grill first opened its doors in 1933, but its roots in Fort Collins stretch back even further. The history of the “Grill” traces back about 105 years to 1912, when it was known as UneedaLunch Cafe. The business was located on 212 Walnut Street in Old Town and owned by Charlie Liggett and Chink Brown. Over the century, the restaurant changed ownership several times until it was sold to John Arnolfo and Mike Gress in 1979. Arnolfo still owns the restaurant, and has expanded upon it over the years. In 1990, the Silver Grill acquired its third and fourth buildings, and then a fifth in 1996. In the summer of 2000, the kitchen was remodeled and the restroom area was renovated. Come the spring of 2003, the Silver Grill added a back outdoor patio. Throughout its additions, Arnolfo has truly instilled love into his business.

seating in the warmer months, and cuddle up with complimentary coffee while you wait for your seat in the colder months. The restaurant is a go-to for award-winning traditions like the giant cinnamon roll, which they sell more than 10,000 of each month. On the weekends, they host the Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar, deemed Fort Collins Bloody Mary Bar Champion, featuring over 50 pickled relishes. If bloody mary isn’t your beverage of choice, they’ve got a selection of delectable seasonal cocktails to try out. To pay the Silver Grill a visit is to pay tribute to a special long-standing history in Fort Collins. They’re still serving up heaping portions of customer favorites that are easy on the college budget. Cinnamon roll french toast, eggs benedict, and daily and seasonal specials such as the peaches and cream pancakes are on Best of CSU’s list of must-tries at our choice for best breakfast.

Throughout the seasons, the Silver Grill has dining covered. Enjoy outdoor patio

photographer Nathan Daine


“1933 218 Walnut - original� -- photo of Silver Grill from 1933 (when it opened). Today, this is the 2nd room to the right of the lobby.

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Best Vegetarian

Avogadro’s Number A

vogadro’s Number has a unique charm all its own. The restaurant features walls adorned in giant murals and macrame art, and a menu with options for all types of customers. Avo’s is our favorite go-to for a delicious vegetarian dish. We recommend their 100% organic tempeh, made in house. Every Tuesday is Tempeh Tuesday at Avo’s, where you can snag 2-for-1 tempeh burgers. Vegetarian should also try the savory Lizzie veggie sandwich which features grilled marinated mushrooms, banana peppers, black olives, melted swiss, tomato, avocado, house dressing and a hot baguette.

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Avo’s offers a stacked concert lineup year-round. This season’s includes performances by pop-folk songwriter Danielle Ate the Sandwich and jazz band the Poudre River Irregulars. Grateful Dead inspired dead jam nights are a monthly occurrence, and you can catch open mic nights and bluegrass jam nights weekly. View the full events schedule at http://www.avogadros.com/box-office.

photographer Nathan Daine


Rams for voting us “Best Sushi” 4 years in a row

1205-A W. Elizabeth St.

970.682.2678


Best Burgers

Stuft Burger Bar W

hat better way to celebrate a CSU Ram victory than going out for burgers with the crew? STUFT is our pick to satisfy all burger cravings. If you’re not feeling creative enough to craft your own masterpiece at STUFT, here are a couple unique options you’ve got to try. The Hangover: Stuft’s breakfast burger served up hot on a warm glazed donut. They call it, ‘the best thing to happen to the donut since the hole’. The Chile Relleno burger: This is a relatively new creation from the Chef. It’s a full size chile relleno on top of a juicy burger. Not a meat-eater? No problem! Stuft has vegetarian and vegan options, too.

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Best Place to Take a Date

The Melting Pot Y

ou voted the Melting Pot best place to take a date, so we’re presenting tips for first time fondue-ers straight the Melting Pot to get you ready for the big night. 1. Plan to spend an evening with us. The best experience here at The Melting Pot is our Four Course Fondue Dinner, and the average dinner takes about two hours from start to finish.

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2. Ask for recommendations! Our wait staff loves making your night perfect. They have tried everything on the menu, they are knowledgeable of guest favorites and are more than happy to help! They can even let you in on some staff favorites that aren’t listed on the menu.

relax have fun and enjoy the flavors and aromas. Here’s a local staff secret: Mix the curry sauce and the teriyaki sauce to make CurryYaki. You won’t be disappointed! After dinner: Take a romantic stroll through beautiful Old Town Fort Collins.

3. Fondue style cooking is easy and fun. Often called Fun-due. So photographer Wisdom Senolos


Best Pizza

Krazy Karl’s Pizza N

o surprises here, Krazy Karl’s takes the best pizza category yet again. Perhaps it’s the phenomenal cream cheese topping, the close location to campus, the flavorful specialty pizza options or the impressive daily deals that inspire us to keep Krazy Karl’s so close to our hearts. We say try the Beat the Clock special on Mondays and Thursdays, where the time you call is the total you pay for a large one-topping pizza.

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photographer Wisdom Senolos


Best Sweets

Mary’s Mountain Cookies M

ary’s Mountain Cookies takes the prize for best sweets, and we’re bringing you the top five sweet treats to indulge in after a hard day of studying. Whether you try them on their own or with a frosty scoop of ice cream, these flavors are just what the baker recommended. 1. Salted Caramel: For that perfect combination of sweet and salty, the Salted Caramel is a must. 2. S’more: Mary’s Mountain Cookies may not have a campfire in-store, but you’ll feel all the coziness of the camping experience with the S’more cookie. 3. Brownie with POW: The fluffy powderedsugar on the Brownie with POW will take your imagination right back to the slopes. 4. Almond Glazed Sugar: A sweet and nutty treat, the Almond Glazed Sugar hits the spot for every almond-lover. 5. Vanilla Avalanche: Simple and classic, the Vanilla Avalanche is a go-to for any occasion.

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photographer Nathan Daine


Legendary Italian Since 1979

Thank you for voting us Best Italian for the past 20 years!

GO RAMS!

120 S. College, Downtown Fort Collins

970.493.0086 | Bisettis.com


Best Ice Cream

Walrus Ice Cream B

est of CSU’s favorite ice cream shop, Walrus Ice Cream, has a spooky past and far-back roots with CSU.

Charlie Dinneback, Warlus Ice Cream’s in-house ghost, was an active member of the Fort Collins community and backed the Colorado Aggie’s football team. Visit the shop on 125 W. Mountain Ave. to learn the full ghost story, and to try a myriad of delicious flavors, including an odd flavor of the day. They’re even open late, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., so you can swing by for a quick indulgent treat before bed.

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photographer Wisdom Senolos


Best College Bar

Trail Head Tavern

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utton up your flannels, because The Trailhead Tavern is our choice for best bar. A Warner College favorite, you’ll fit right in at Trailhead in a nice pair of jeans and your best outdoor sandals. We recommend going in on Tuesdays for 2 for 1 burgers, vegetarian options available, and $2 select craft pints or on Wednesdays for Geeks Who Drink Trivia.

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photographer Nathan Daine


Best Brewery

New Belgium Brewing W

ith this year’s new collaborations between New Belgium Brewing and CSU, it’s a no-brainer that New Belgium would make our first pick for best brewery. This summer was a big one for New Belgium and CSU with the release of the Old Aggie Superior Lager in July and the New Belgium Porch at the new CSU Stadium in August. The packaging for the Old Aggie Superior Lager features an artistic rendition of the ram mascot in a vintage color scheme celebrating CSU’s agricultural history and tradition. The all-malt lager is light-bodied with hints of citrus and lemon, making it

the perfect gameday refresher for rams. CSU will receive a portion of the proceeds from sales of Old Aggie Superior Lager. Proceeds will be divided equally between CSU’s Fermentation Science and Technology Program, CSU Athletics, and alcohol awareness and education efforts for CSU students. The New Belgium Porch at the new CSU Stadium serves up ice-cold Old Aggie and other New Belgium craft beers from the tap on game days.

photographers Nathan Daine & Wisdom Senolos

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Best Margarita

The Rio

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ove tequila? You’re going to want to try what we’ve deemed the best margarita at the Rio Grande. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you’ll want to snag a tequila passport, the Rio’s way of teaching us the wonders of tequila across Mexico. For each tequila you try, you’ll get a stamp in your passport, all adding up to the chance for a trip to Mexico. Don’t forget to mention College Night on Thursdays for $4 margaritas. Add in an appetizer and you’ve got the perfect night out with your crew.

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photographer Nathan Daine


Thanks for your support voting us Best College Bar!


Best of the Rest

Food & Restaurants Liquor Store

Drunchies

Mexican

Campus West Wilbur’s Total Beverage Aggie Discount Liquor

D.P. Dough Fat Shack Slyce

Cafe Mexicali Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Los Tarascos

Bagels

Wings

Burrito

Rocky Mountain Bagel Works Gib’s Bagels The Bagel Place

Jim’s Wings Buffalo Wild Wings Wing Shack

Big City Burrito Cafe Mexicali Illegal Pete’s

Sandwich

Thai

Sushi

Cheba Hut Pickle Barrel Choice City Deli

Cafe de Bangkok Simply Thai Thai Pepper

JAWS Sushi Suh Sushi Jeju Sushi

Italian

Chinese

Bisetti’s Panino’s Canino’s

Yung’s Chinese Lulu Asian Bistro Hunan Chinese Restaurant

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An AVEDA Concept Salon!


Best Apartment Complex

Ram’s Village E

ither you’ve lived at Ram’s Village or you know someone who has. There are plenty of things that make Ram’s Village a classic CSU favorite. Three Transfort routes give Ram’s Village easy access to areas throughout Fort Collins, including CSU. Those bus routes are especially handy in the colder months when biking is treacherous and walking is just too cold. Luckily, the Ram’s Village

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office has hot beverages for the frigid trek to campus. The Ram’s Village team hosts events and activities throughout the year from resident barbecues to giveaways. Students can also reserve computer space and a conference room for studying. Other amenities include two pools, two spas, two fitness centers, two gas grills, tanning facility, basketball court, and a volleyball court. photographer Wisdom Senolos


Thank You,

Rams!       

1, 2, 3, & 4 BEDROOM UNITS INDIVIDUAL LEASES STUDY & COMPUTER LAB POOLS, SPAS & TANNING FREE CABLE AND WI-FI BUS STOPS TO CSU & FRCC RESIDENT ACTIVITIES

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BASKETBALL COURT ON-CALL ON-CALL CALL MAINTENANCE WEIGHT & CARDIO ROOMS ROOM GAS GRILLS / FIRE PI PIT BLOCKS TO CAMPUS FREE PARKING W/ PERM PERMIT AND SO MUCH MORE!

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Pre-Leasing Starts in November, for Fall 2018! Pre Pre-Leasing Call: (970) 498-0206 | Click: www.RamsVillage.com | Visit: 900 Constitution Ave, Ft Collins


Best Boutique

Kansas City Kitty T

o celebrate Kansas City Kitty’s 15th anniversary, we met up with store owner, Christie Wolf Guthrie to learn about Best of CSU’s favorite boutique.

Best of CSU: KCK changed management recently, why the change and how is KCK adapting?

to head out on a new adventure and move closer to family. I feel blessed for the time that we had together and for what we created. I am excited for the challenges that being a solo owner will bring. I have the support of an unbelievable staff that I can count on for anything. We are truly like family. I want to continue focusing on what makes our shop special and keeps our customers coming back. We have amazing customer service and offer lots of unique and local items that you can’t find anywhere else in town.

Christie: The change was due to Trista Price leaving Colorado

Best of CSU: What new and exciting things does KCK have

Best of CSU: What is the meaning behind the boutique’s name, ‘Kansas City Kitty’? Christie: Kansas City Kitty was named after a character from a 1941 Looney Tunes cartoon named We, The Animals Squeak!!

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to look forward to this year? Christie: The word revival keeps coming to mind. I feel inspired and look forward to spreading my wings. Kansas City Kitty has some fun new things in store and we are in the process of refreshing our look while keeping the same great atmosphere and feel. We celebrated our 15 Year Anniversary in October. Our celebration party has been a tradition since our first anniversary. I am grateful for all of the wonderful customers who have supported us over the many years and look forward to building relationships with new ones.

photographer Nathan Daine


Best of the Rest

On Campus On Campus Lunch Spoons Panda Express Ramskeller

Dining Hall Durrell Ram’s Horn Corbett

Thanks for voting us the best of CSU BEST OF CSU - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017

Awarded to: Mugs Coffee Lounge For being officially voted one of CSU’s best coffee shops since we can remember! Buy any mug or thermos at Mugs Coffee Lounge to enjoy $1 Drip Coffee, Americanos, Teas and Cold Brew. Two Locations - 261 S. College Ave and 306 W. Laurel Street Thank you for supporting local! Mugs is all about Community Through Coffee. Bring in this coupon for:

50% off - Specialty Lattes or Chais Expires 11/31/17

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Best Book Store

Old Firehouse Books O

ld Firehouse Books got its start in Fort Collins as the Book Rack of Fort Collins back in 1980. The shop only sold used books and relied on trades only. In 2001, Susie Wilmer and Dick Sommerfeld took ownership of the book store. Since then, they have worked to incorporate a new book selection with their used book collection. In 2009, Susie and Dick moved the store to the old historic firehouse, a Fort Collins landmark, and renamed it Old Firehouse Books. We asked Old Firehouse Books for their top 5 book recommendations for college students:

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1.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

2.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

3.

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal

4.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

5.

Broken Harbor by Tana French

photographer Wisdom Senolos


Thank you CSU for voting us Best Bookstore! To show our appreciation, we are offering

15% off your purchase when you present a valid student or faculty ID, good through the 2018 Spring Semester. Selling New & Used books

232 Walnut St. Fort Collins, CO www.oldfirehousebooks.com 970.484.7898

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Best Smoke Shop

Kind Creations K

ind Creations offers Northern Colorado’s largest collection of high-end glass, and it’s our pick for best head shop in town. Whether you’re looking for something simple or intricate, Kind has a piece designed for you. They’ll even show a little extra love with their 20% off student discount if you’re looking for a new piece, so be sure to mention it when you stop in. Visit Kind Creations for events, live glassblowing and glass repairs. That’s right, the guys at Kind will fix up your old broken piece. Their services are so renowned that they have pieces sent in for repair from around the globe.

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photographer Melissa Leavenworth

photographer Melissa Leavenworth


Congratulations

ELLIE SMETON & LAUREN MCKAIG You’ve each won a $50 Gift Card to:

In our 2017 Best of CSU Survey Contest Come to the Student Media Office in the LSC, 1st floor, to claim your prize!

Thank you to all of our voters!


Best Hair Salon

StudioBe W

e paired up with Studio Be Salon, this year’s pick for best hair salon, to bring you the forecasted trends for 2018 that will give you the ultimate classic look. 1. Take care of your hair: Start off right by loving your mane with hair treatments designed to target your specific hair needs. Indulge in a Refuge Hair 3 Step Treatment Regimen at Studio Be. Studio Be’s Refuge Regimens help you carve out muchdeserved “me time” each week, giving you a moment away from the hustle and bustle of school while you nourish your locks. 2. Embrace your natural look: As you venture into the new year, Studio Be hopes you will let your texture come alive with 2018s classic “Undone Texture” trend. This style delivers beachy, tousled waves that won’t disappoint. The trick? Let your hair speak for itself by embracing your natural kinks and waves! 3. Balayage is here to stay: This timeless freehand hair-coloring technique gives a blended natural sun-kissed look that our Studio Be guests absolutely rave about.

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GAME CHANGER

Steps from CSU Stadium Rooftop Deck Fitness Center Pool & Cabanas Hot Tubs

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Pool Tables Fully Furnished In-Room Bathrooms Washer/Dryer 2, 3, 4 And 5 Bedrooms

NOW LEASING FOR FALL 2018

Secure Entry Underground Parking Roommate Matching Fire Pits Grilling Stations

StadiumOnLakeStreet.com | 970.645.3400


Best Tattoo/ Piercing Parlour

Tribal Rites T

ribal Rites set up shop in 1994 and has since grown close with the CSU community ever since. The business has employed and served countless CSU students over the yearssince it first opened its doors and has always aimed to make customers feel more beautiful leaving than when they arrived. They pride themselves on offeringhousing the largest selection of high-quality body jewelry in Northern Colorado, and you’ll be well taken care of by their highly- trained staff. Tribal Rites moved to a new location on 628 South College Ave. last fall, and the staff is loving the new digs. The additional piercing room is fitting for their everexpanding jewelry collection. Check out Best of CSU’s favorite piercing and tattoo shop Monday through Saturday from 12-10 p.m. and Sundays from 12-7 p.m. at their new location, and be sure to ask for a CSU discount. Visit www.tribalritestattoo. com for more information.

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Best Hike

Horsetooth Rock Trail I

f you haven’t been hiking in Fort Collins, you’re missing out. For some of us, Horsetooth is a home away from home. When we need to escape the business of our academic lives, we head to the mountains for relaxation.

Only a 45-minute drive outside of Fort Collins, the hike at Horsetooth Rock is our favorite hike for soaking up that sweet Colorado sun.The trail is 2.5 miles long and takes around an hour and a half to complete. Bring water and be weary if you’re going with friends visiting from out of state; the 1,400 foot elevation from 5,800 to 7,200 feet could cause altitude sickness. The trail is smooth and is only moderately difficult.

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The steep nature of the hike makes the trek to the summit rewarding. The view to the east overlooks the city of Fort Collins and to the west, there is a clear picture of Longs Peak. Being so high above the valley gives the feeling of being on top of the world. This hike will leave you feeling more grounded and in-touch with nature, as well as refreshed and rejuvenated for the challenges ahead.

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Best Bike Shop

Lee’s Cyclery L

ee Cooper founded Lee’s Cyclery in 1963 with the mission of providing excellent quality bicycles and service to the Fort Collins community. He went on to form a close relationship with the city and his business, and after about twenty years, passed ownership to Archie Solsky. Solsky still owns the shop, and earlier this year the Lee’s Cyclery family mourned the loss of Cooper. What makes Lee’s our favorite, is its friendly service and its close proximity to campus. Head in for a new ride, or for bicycle repairs and their experienced team will take fantastic care of you.

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photographer Nathan Daine


Walk In Hours Tuesday - Friday | 8 AM - 5 PM Saturady | 9 AM - 3 PM Follow us on Facebook! @LLOYDSFC 226 S. College, Fort Collins 970-227-7286


Best Place to People-watch

Old Town Square O

ne could say we foster a keen sense of curiosity here at CSU. Maybe that curiosity is what motivates us to include best place to people watch with our other favorite places around Fort Collins. For prime people watching, we recommend Old Town Square. For peak viewing times, late Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights are a must. We hope that while you indulge in people watching, you keep the “Rams take care of Rams� motto in mind and lend a helping hand to anyone who might need it.

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Best of the Rest

Goods & Services Liquor Store

Thrift Store

Barber Shop

Campus West Liquor Wilbur’s Total Beverage Aggie Discount Liquor

The Arc Ragstock Goodwill

Lloyd’s Barber Shop Lucky 27 Sports Clips

Dispensary

Tanning Salon

Health Club

Organic Alternatives Infinite Wellness Center Vert’s Neighborhood Dispensary

Sienna Tan At the Beach Sun Bear Tanning

CSU Rec Center Miramont Lifestyle Fitness Raintree Athletic Club

Apartment Complex Pool

Nail Salon

Music Venue

Ram’s Village The District The Grove

LA Nails SHESHE Nail & Wax Lounge Nail Bar & Company

The Aggie Theatre The Mishawaka Inn The Downtown Artery

Radio Station

Wax Salon

Ski Resort

KCSU 90.5 KTCL 93.3 KISS FM 96.1

Screamin’ Peach The Wax Factory Waxing City

Breckenridge Steamboat Winter Park

Outdoor Gear Jax Mercantile REI The Gearage

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Thank you Rams for voting us BEST LIQUOR STORE! Serving the CSU community faithfully for almost 50 years! Great Specials

Great Selection

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