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LOCALS’ CHOICE 2018

Serving up your picks for the best of what the area has to offer, now in 180 categories.


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The insiders’ scoop

ON GARFIELD COUNTY’S

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LOCALS’ showcases what those in the know think is the best that Garfield County has to CHOICE offer, from local bands to the venues where they perform, from most romantic

restaurant to the best place to get married, and from local cops to the law firm you might need to defend yourself.

ALL TOLD THERE ARE THREE WINNERS IN EACH OF 180 CATEGORIES. The best real estate agent could lead

PUBLISHER Samantha Johnston

EDITOR John Stroud

you to the best mortgage/home loan provider; the best marijuana dispensary could lead you to the best place to satisfy the munchies; or, if you’re unlucky, the best hiking trail could lead you to the best chiropractor. VISITORS CAN SEE WHAT LOCALS PREFER, AND LOCALS CAN FIND OUT WHAT THEY’VE BEEN MISSING. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS, AND THANKS TO ALL WHO VOTED.

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SECTION EDITOR/DESIGNER

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WRITERS Matthew Bennett, Josh Carney, Tatiana Flowers, John Stroud, Carla Jean Whitley and Alex Zorn

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Best Art Gallery, Best Attraction, Best Community Band, Best Community Event, Best Cultural Event, Best Entertainment Venue, Best Family Entertainment, Best Fundraising Event, Best Live Music Venue (Large), Best Live Music Venue (Medium), Best Live Music Venue (Small), Best Musician, Best Outdoor Event, Best Place for a Kid’s Birthday Party, Best Tourist Spot

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Best Accounting Firm, Best Auto Repair, Best Bank, Best Barber, Best Bookkeeping / Tax Service, Best Child Care, Best Commercial Bank, Best Commercial Real Estate Company, Best Community Construction Company, Best Community Credit Union, Best Customer Service, Best Financial Planning, Best Hair Salon, Best Hair Stylist, Best Hotel, Best Insurance Agency, Best Insurance Agent, Best Landscaping Company, Best Law Firm, Best Mortgage / Home Loan Provider, Best Nail Salon, Best Oil Change, Best Pest Control, Best Pet Boarding, Best Pet Day Car, Best Pet Groomer, Best Photographer (Business), Best Plumber, Best Property Management Company, Best Real Estate Agent, Best Realty Company, Best Retirement Facility / Independent Living, Best Tattoo Studio, Best Veterinarian

FOOD & DRINK | 12

Best Bakery, Best Barbecue Restaurant, Best Bartender, Best Bed & Breakfast,

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Best Beer Selection, Best Breakfast, Best Buffet, Best Business Lunch, Best Catering, Best Cheap Meal, Best Chef, Best Chicken Wings, Best Chinese Restaurant, Best Cocktails, Best Coffeehouse, Best Desserts, Best Dive Bar, Best Donuts, Best Family Restaurant, Best French Fries, Best Fried Chicken, Best Hamburger, Best Happy Hour, Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant, Best Late Night Bar, Best Local Winery, Best Locally Owned Restaurant, Best Margarita, Best Martini, Best Mexican Restaurant, Best Micro Brew Pub, Best New Restaurant, Best Outdoor Patio, Best Pizza, Best Pub Food, Best Salad, Best Seafood Restaurant, Best Sports Bar, Best Steakhouse, Best Sub/Sandwich, Best Sunday Brunch, Best Sushi, Best Take Out, Best Upscale Bar, Best Vegetarian Restaurant, Best Wine Bar, Best Wine Selection, Most Romantic Restaurant,

SPORTS & RECREATION | 18 Best Community Park, Best Driving Range, Best Golf Course, Best Hiking Trail, Best Kids Activity Center, Best Recreation Center, Best Ski/Snowboard Run

COMMUNITY | 20

Best Business Meeting Space, Best Church, Best Community Activist, Best Community Athlete, Best Community Hero, Best Community Personality, Best Firefighter, Best Local Government Official, Best Nonprofit, Best Place to Get Married, Best Place to Take An Out-of-Town Guest, Best Place to View a Sunset, Best Place to Watch People,

Best Place to Work, Best Police Officer, Best Scenic Spot, Best Staycation Location, Best Summer Camp, Best Talk/News Radio Station, Best Teacher, Best Volunteer

HEALTH & FITNESS | 24

Best Acupuncturist, Best Assisted Living Facility, Best Chiropractor, Best Clinic, Best Day Spa, Best Dentist, Best Dermatologist, Best Eye Clinic, Best Health & Fitness Club, Best Hospital, Best Massage, Best Medical Group, Best Nurse, Best Orthodontist, Best Pediatrician, Best Personal Trainer, Best Pharmacy, Best Physician, Best Rehab Center, Best Yoga Studio

SHOPPING | 26

Best Antique Store, Best Bicycle Shop, Best Bookstore, Best Boutique Store, Best Children’s Clothing Store, Best Computer Store, Best Consignment Store, Best Eyeglass Store, Best Flooring / Carpet Store, Best Florist, Best Garden Store/Nursery, Best Gift Store, Best Golf Shop, Best Hardware/ Home Improvement Store, Best Home Furnishings, Best Jewelry Shop, Best Liquor Store, Best Marijuana Dispensary, Best Men’s Clothing Store, Best New Car Dealership, Best Outdoor Outfitters, Best Pawn / Resale Shop, Best Pet Store, Best Place to Buy A Used Car, Best RV Dealer, Best Shoe Store, Best Ski/Snowboard Shop, Best Sporting Goods Store, Best Thrift Store, Best Tire Shop, Best Toy Store, Best Vintage Clothing Store, Best Wine Shop, Best Women’s Clothing Store, Most Unique Shop


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Participants enjoy the 2018 Strut for Mutts in Rifle’s Deerfield Park on April 21.

Renne Franco has made Strut for Mutts an important part of his life over the past four years.

BEST FUNDRAISING EVENT

Gimme shelter: Raising dough to benefit Fido Charlie Wertheim cwertheim@postindependent.com

Strut for Mutts may be a Rifle-based fundraiser, but money comes in from Los Angeles and even Germany. That’s thanks to Renne Franco of Rifle, who hasn’t missed the event the last four years. “I reach out to all my friends locally and in different states,” he said. “My family is expecting me to reach out to them.” Strut for Mutts is a benefit for the Rifle Animal Shelter where participants bring

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their dogs to Deerfield Park and show them off. “It is great to see how proud families are of their dogs,” shelter development and events coordinator Kalli Wilson said. According to shelter executive director Heather Mullen, the event raised $12,136 in 2018, $215 of which came from Franco, who raised the most of all participants. But he isn’t impressed with that. “It wasn’t a good year,” he said. “The first year a colleague and I raised about $1,000 for the shelter.” Franco says this is one of the rare

occasions he has his hand out. “I keep to myself, so [my friends and family] know when I reach out it’s important to me.” All the money doesn’t come from participants, though. “We have a program called Pawgrams that we do through the month of April that promotes Strut for Mutts. It’s similar to the March of Dimes program but with paws. People can donate at over 35 local businesses ranging from Glenwood Springs to Parachute and fill out a paw that the businesses then hang up,” Wilson said. “There are more businesses in the

Pawgram challenge this year than ever. It’s cool to drive around Rifle and see so many businesses supporting the shelter,” Mullen said. And the Strut for Mutts turnout was about 100 people, the best yet, Mullen said. “It’s always in April. Watch for it next year. We thank our community for coming out and supporting us,” she said. Franco, 33, embodies that notion. “The shelter does a lot of things for our community, so it’s always nice to do something to help them. They can’t continue to do what they do without support,” he said.


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BEST ART GALLERY Midland Arts Company Cooper Corner Gallery Crack In the Wall Gallery

BIRTHDAY PARTY Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Glenwood Hot Springs CARE

BEST ATTRACTION > Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Iron Mountain Hot Springs Glenwood Hot Springs

BEST MUSICIAN > Jonathan Gorst Noemi Kosmowski Randy DeHerrera

BEST COMMUNITY BAND Defiance Stringband The Missing Link Band Whiskey Stomp BEST COMMUNITY EVENT Strawberry Days Carbondale Mountain Fair Glenwood Springs Summer of Music

BEST ENTERTAINMENT VENUE Glenwood Vaudeville Revue Ute Theater and Events Center Glenwood Springs Summer of Music

BEST FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Glenwood Hot Springs Glenwood Springs Summer of Music

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BEST CULTURAL EVENT Strawberry Days Carbondale Rodeo Earth day

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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park zoomed through Locals’ Choice, winning best attraction, best family entertainment and best place for a kid’s birthday party, and finishing third in best live music venue (large) and best tourist spot. Also see the Community section starting on page 20 for more caverns awards.

BEST TOURIST SPOT Glenwood Hot Springs Iron Mountain Hot Springs Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park BEST FUNDRAISING EVENT Strut For Mutts Mother’s Day Mile Literacy Outreach Spellebration

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE LARGE Belly Up Aspen Glenwood Springs Summer of Music Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park PROVIDED

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE (MEDIUM) Ute Theater and Events Center Two Rivers Park Rivers restaurant BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE (SMALL) Riviera Supper Club & Piano Bar Steve’s Guitars Silt Historical Park

Jonathan Gorst, owner of Riviera Supper Club & Piano Bar, was voted best musician. His friend, on the other hand, had a great fall.

BEST OUTDOOR EVENT Strawberry Days Glenwood Springs Summer of Music Carbondale Mountain Fair

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Valentina Epps opened Coiffure Salon in 2014 with her friend Ansley Dennis.

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BEST HAIR STYLIST, BEST HAIR SALON

At Coiffure, a haircut can change a person’s day Alex Zorn

Facebook and word of mouth.”

azorn@citizentelegram.com

After working in salons for years together Valentina Epps and her friend Ansley Dennis opened Coiffure Salon with the hopes of providing Rifle folks a new spot to get a haircut, and now just a few years later, Epps has been named Locals’ Choice best hair stylist, and Coiffure has been named best hair salon. “We opened Coiffure in 2014 and just felt it was time for us to start our own salon,” Epps said of their partnership. “We worked together for many years and have built a wonderful customer base through

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The two started working together at the Hair Company in Rifle before opening Coiffure. While Epps said that when they started it was long hard hours to build a Rolodex of clients, but now she has a wide variety of clients from Aspen to Grand Junction. She said her favorite part of the job is building relationships with people. “Somebody might come in who’s down or having a bad day, and a new look can

completely turn things around for them,” Dennis explained. “We cultivate relationships and can be a bright spot for people no matter what kind of day they are having. They will feel confident walking out of the door.” Some of Epps’ favorite memories working in the salon have been around Christmas time when families come in to take pictures and celebrate the holidays in style. “Family has been an important part of our lives and out clients’ lives,” she said. “Just to see the look on some of our clients’ faces during the holidays every year lets us be part of the celebration.”

Epps said it took her around three years to build the kind of client base she has now, but it is always growing, and she is just happy to have the clients she does. “We just love and appreciate our clients,” she said. “It’d be impossible without them to have our own salon.” When Epps went to beauty school she quickly developed a burning passion for the industry and even finished school early. “I always knew I wanted to do this,” she said. “We give people confidence and can change a person’s day or just give them a great moment. “


Services

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BEST BARBER > Floyds Of Mayberry Barber Shop Lance Michael Salon Grand Avenue Barber Shop BEST AUTO REPAIR Riverside Import Auto Bighorn Toyota Auto Glass Specialists BEST BANK Alpine Bank Bank of Colorado U.S. Bank

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BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM Weiss & Associates P.C. Dalby, Wendland & Co. P.C. Maggard & Hood P.C.

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Part-time stylist Connie Gilstrap at Floyds of Mayberry Barber Shop, voted best barber.

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Tallying up the awards: Weiss and Associates in Rifle was voted best accounting firm and best bookkeeping/tax service.

BEST CHILD CARE Blue Lake Preschool New Creation Preschool Our School

BEST COMMERCIAL BANK Alpine Bank Bank of Colorado ANB Bank BEST COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE COMPANY ERA Fleisher Real Estate and Property Management Vicki Lee Green Realtors Cheryl&Co.

BEST COMMUNITY CONSTRUCTION COMPANY DM Neuman Construction Co. Johnson Construction Janckila Construction BEST COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION Western Rockies Federal Credit Union

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE Goofballs Party Store Habitat for Humanity ReStore Bank of Colorado

BEST HAIR SALON Coiffure Salon Blush Salon & Spa Shear Intensity Hair Nail

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING Amy Fetterhoff Stifel Bank of Colorado

BEST HAIR STYLIST Valentina Epps, Coiffure Salon Kaylea Zang, Blush Salon Angela Grant, Glaze Studio

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BEST BOOKKEEPING / TAX SERVICE Weiss & Associates P.C. Maggard & Hood P.C. Bookkeeping services by Tracy Paciocco

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Goofballs Party Store won the honor of best customer service. See also Shopping, starting on page 26, where Goofballs was second in most unique shop. Two good reasons to visit.

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The Hotel Denver Hotel Colorado Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge

Dog Holliday’s Pet Resort High Tails Dog & Cat Outfitter Cozy Little Kennel

BEST INSURANCE AGENCY

Glenwood Insurance Agency State Farm Jim Lord, American Family Insurance

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BEST INSURANCE AGENT

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER BUSINESS

Jeff Leonard Jim Lord, American Family Insurance Jack Sours

BEST LANDSCAPING COMPANY

Donald J. Kaufman, Attorney at Law Susie Richardson Law P.C. Garfield & Hecht P.C.

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Kennel assistant Maegan Short hangs out with the pups at Dog Holliday’s Pet Resort, which won best pet boarding, best pet day care and best pet groomer. Note the Strut for Mutts T-shirt (see page 6).

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

BEST MORTGAGE / HOME LOAN PROVIDER

Kimmie Rauman Julian Hardaker Lindsay Jewell

BEST NAIL SALON Norisa, Blush Salon Spa of the Rockies Amy’s Nail Salon

Bay Equity Home Loans Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Linda McKinley Bank of Colorado

BEST PEST CONTROL Mountain Pest Control

BEST PET BOARDING

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Kimmie Rauman has unseated Julian Hardaker as best real estate agent.

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Gopher Irrigation & Landscaping Soak-N-Wet Sprinklers Inc. The Lawn Guy

Tenaya Urban, Dog Holliday’s The Shaggy Dog Suds E Dog

Dog Holliday’s Pet Resort Gone to the Dogs Ranch Cozy Little Kennel

Simply Blessings Photography Badasschick Photography D. Willey Photography

BEST PLUMBER

Daniel Lee Maudlin Plumbing Down Valley Septic and Drain Inc

BEST OIL CHANGE

Grease Monkey Glenwood Springs Riverside Import Auto Bighorn Toyota

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Aften Willcuts, last year’s best local artist, collects another award as her business, White Lodge Tattoo and Gallery, wins best tattoo studio. She was also second in best community hero; see Community starting on page 20. White Lodge Tattoo & Gallery Mountain Ink Tattoo Inkology

BEST REALTY COMPANY

ERA Fleisher Real Estate and Property Management The Property Shop Inc. Vicki Lee Green Realtors

BEST RETIREMENT FACILITY/ INDEPENDENT LIVING

Chateau At Rifle Glenwood Springs Harmony House Inc.

BEST VETERINARIAN

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ERA Fleisher Real Estate and Property Management Cheryl&Co. Property Management Bray Property Management

BEST TATTOO STUDIO

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King Bob! All Dogs and Cats repeats as best veterinarian, with Robert Thorsen singled out for recognition. Robert Thorsen, All Dogs & Cats Rocky Mease, Glenwood Veterinary Clinic Divide Creek Animal Hospital

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Misty Kearns, owner of Misty’s Coffee on Main Street in Silt, prepares a coffee for a customer.

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BEST COFFEEHOUSE

People come first at Misty’s Coffee Shop Carla Jean Whitley cj@postindependent.com

During her years growing up in Silt, Misty Kearns noticed an issue. People lived in the town, but they worked elsewhere. As a result, Silt lacked a strong sense of community. Kearns set out to change that in 2015, when she opened Misty’s Coffee Shop. Both the storefront and the coffee industry represent an opportunity to bring people together, and that’s exactly what Kearns has witnessed during her three years in business.

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The shop was a dream years in the making. Kearns’ family has always been coffee enthusiasts, and she began daydreaming of opening a coffee shop as a student at Coal Ridge High School. By age 19, Kearns began to seriously consider options. She knew she wanted a space in her hometown, but it was a matter of where.

Kearns has noticed customers building relationships as they wait in line, and she has also developed in-shop friendships that blossom outside of Misty’s. People regularly call the shop to learn about housing and job opportunities — things that are irrelevant to the coffee shop, but that the staff hears about because of Misty’s role as a community connector.

Williams and family, who Kearns has known since she was 14. Now she serves coffee roasted by his Mountain Mama Roasters. It isn’t the cheapest option, Kearns noted, but she selected it because of taste and the companies’ shared values. Mountain Mama works to ensure the farmers whose product it buys are paid a living wage, and it promotes sustainable farming practices. Kearns said she wants to honor each person whose work goes into the finished product, from farmer to barista.

The daydream sustained her during a year of mission work in Uganda. By the time she returned, Kearns had a business plan in

The shop’s operations are also a reflection of Kearns’ people-first mentality. She spent her year in Uganda living with Kenneth

“Coffee is a story,” she said. “The grand finale is presenting this beautiful, warm, soul-filling thing.”

“I wanted to create a space where people could have a pause in their day and visit with friends and family,” she said.

mind. In 2015, she found her Main Street location, and the dream became reality.


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Sunshine & Moons owner and pastry chef Sarah Niebler shows some of what earned her the award for best desserts and second in best bakery.

BEST DESSERTS Sunshine & Moons Eat Bistro Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse

BEST CATERING Thor’s Grill Smoke Modern Barbeque Miner’s Claim Restaurant

BEST BAKERY > Sweet Coloradough Sunshine & Moons Burning Mountain Bakery & Deli

BEST CHEAP MEAL Taqueria El Nopal Slope & Hatch Peppino’s Pizza

BEST COCKTAILS Miner’s Claim Restaurant The Pullman Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse

BEST CHICKEN WINGS WingNutz Bar and Grill Glenwood Brew Pub Miner’s Claim Restaurant

BEST DONUTS > Sweet Coloradough

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT Zheng Asian Bistro Thai Bistro China Town

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BEST COFFEEHOUSE Misty’s Coffee Shop Deja Brew Coffee & Tea Blue Bird Cafe CHELSEA SELF / POST INDEPENDENT

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Aaron Badolato offers up the goods at Sweet Coloradough, which beat out Sunshine and Moons for best bakery, won best donuts and was third in best sub/sandwich. And of course they have whiskey, too.

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Oscar Sanchez of Miner’s Claim repeats as best chef.

BEST DIVE BAR

Doc Holliday’s Saloon Grove’s Black Dog Saloon Springs Downtown Bar & Grill

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT

Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant Elk Creek Bar & Grill Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co.

BEST FRENCH FRIES

BEST HAMBURGER

Grind Fatbelly Burgers Elk Creek Bar & Grill

Grind Charcoal Burger Drive in Fatbelly Burgers

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Grind in downtown Glenwood Springs won best French fries and best hamburger, was second in best beer and best sports bar and third in best pub food.


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KFC Red Rock Diner Shooters Grill

Brava Modern Trattoria Eat Bistro Local on Cooper

BEST HAPPY HOUR

BEST LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANT

Miner’s Claim Restaurant Zheng Asian Bistro Riviera Supper Club & Piano Bar

Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse Miner’s Claim Restaurant CO Ranch House

BEST KIDFRIENDLY RESTAURANT

BEST MICRO BREW PUB

Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. Village Smithy Restaurant Hogback Pizza

Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. Carbondale Beer Works Capitol Creek Brewery

BEST LATE NIGHT BAR

MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT

Riviera Supper Club & Piano Bar Native Son J-Bar CHELSEA SELF / POST INDEPENDENT

BEST SUB/SANDWICH Chomps Deli Peppino’s Pizza Sweet Coloradough

Bravo for manager Gordon Cornelius and Brava Modern Trattoria, which won best new restaurant.

BEST MARGARITA

Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant Miner’s Claim Restaurant El Korita Mexican Restaurant

BEST MARTINI

Miner’s Claim Restaurant Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant Taqueria El Nopal El Korita Mexican Restaurant

Miner’s Claim Restaurant Rivers restaurant Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse

BEST OUTDOOR PATIO Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse CO Ranch House Miner’s Claim Restaurant

TO ALL THE 2018 LOCALS’ CHOICE WINNERS!

A Heart Felt Appreciation for Your Loyalty! BEST JEWELRY STORE Tricia & Steve would like to thank the community for voting us your best jewelry store. Stop in to see us and together we can find that special piece to complement anyone’s style. 309 8th St. | Glenwood Springs | 970-945-5222

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The Glenwood Springs Post Independent and Citizen Telegram are proud to be part of such amazing communities. Cheers!


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RESTAURANT Masala & Curry Slope & Hatch Riviera Supper Club & Piano Bar

BEST PUB FOOD Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co Slope & Hatch Grind

BEST UPSCALE BAR Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn Riviera Supper Club & Piano Bar Miner’s Claim Restaurant

BEST SALAD Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse Be Healthy Stay Fit Bistro Smoke Modern Barbeque BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse The Pullman Riviera Supper Club & Piano Bar

BEST LOCAL WINERY Hermosa Vineyards Balistreri Vineyards

BEST WINE SELECTION Cooper Wine and Spirits Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse Riviera Supper Club & Piano Bar

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Happy and hungry customers receive their food at Masala and Curry. The Nepali and Indian eatery won best take out and best vegetarian restaurant.

BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH CO Ranch House Rosi’s Little Bavarian Restaurant Rivers restaurant

BEST TAKE OUT Masala & Curry Slope & Hatch Uncle Pizza

BEST SUSHI Kanpai Sushi & Bar Zheng Asian Bistro Thai Chili Bistro

BEST STEAKHOUSE Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse Miner’s Claim Restaurant CO Ranch House

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BEST WINE BAR Riviera Supper Club & Piano Bar Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse Miner’s Claim Restaurant

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Lakota Canyon driving range offers a beautiful place to smack a bucket of balls.

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of the 2018 Locals’ Choice award for Best Driving Range in the area.

Featuring the only public driving range between New Castle and Aspen, Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club offers a picturesque view of the Grand Hogback mountain range, as well as the Colorado River flowing in the valley below. Thanks to the fantastic views afforded to golfers at the range, and the accessibility for community members, Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club’s public driving range is the winner

Located just below the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, and easily accessed from the Interstate 70 corridor in New Castle, Lakota Canyon is one of Colorado’s most spectacular golf courses easily playable in a day trip from the Aspen to Rifle area. Opened in May 2004, Lakota Canyon continues to be one of the best courses in all of Colorado, and now adds Best Driving Range to its crowded mantle of awards.

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A grass and practice mat range, accommodating as many as 20 individual hitting stations, is available for you to hone your game. “Aside from the views offered to golfers, what makes the driving range so unique for the valley is that it’s the only public driving range from New Castle to Aspen,” former Coal Ridge boys and girls golf head coach Greg Gortsema said. “Rifle has a driving range accessible to the public, but Glenwood does not. Ironbridge has a wonderful driving range, but it’s only open

to club members, and those getting ready to play a round. Part of the uniqueness is that when you’re hitting balls at the range, you’ve got a wonderful view to relax and work on your game.” As a public driving range, Lakota Canyon is very affordable, charging just $10 for a large bucket of balls, and just $6 for a small bucket of balls. Range passes for 25 or 50 tokens can be purchased for as little as $20, and as much as $50, while club members received unlimited range time.


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A (mostly) well-behaved moment atCarbondale’s Camp Run-A-Muk, voted best summer camp.

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Once school lets out, Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale transforms into the Roaring Fork Valley’s premier summer destination for children, Camp Run-A-Muk. Offering a safe setting for children when that last school bell of the year rings, the camp welcomes children kinder through 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The list of activities includes everything from Lego-mania to yoga, dramatic play to climbing walls, cooking, swimming lessons, and the always-popular scrumptious snacks.

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Camp Run-A-Muk also features numerous clubs for different sports, arts and crafts, games and activities. Sports include friendly athletics such as indoor soccer and even floor hockey. Campers may also participate in a wide variety of arts and crafts incorporating jewelry, bead animals, crochet and more. Other popular camp games and activities include freeze dance, karaoke and even face painting. Summer after summer, children from across the valley develop life-long friendships with fellow campers and interact with highly qualified counselors and, of course, Ms. Honey. Ms. Honey, aka Jennifer Soucie, describes herself as someone who, even if she

won the lottery, would still look forward to Camp Run-A-Muk every summer and loves serving as what she calls the children’s “proverbial grandmother.” “The purpose of Camp Run-A-Muk is to provide a safe environment to children in and out of school times, emphasizing dramatic play, games and arts and crafts,” according to the center’s purpose and philosophy on child care. “It is our philosophy to enhance each child’s individuality by process not product.” Gearing up for another fun-filled summer, campers this year can look forward to each week’s unique theme. For the aspiring artists out there, get ready for Random Acts of Art. For

campers that like getting their hands dirty, beware of Bugs, Slugs and Muk week. The youngsters will also get the chance to show off their patriotism on Fourth of July Week and then shortly following can get grooving to Groovy Mountain Fair week. And, for the pirates out there, be ready to jump onboard for Pirate Week. Camp Run-A-Muk has a variety of activities to welcome and cultivate each child’s specific areas of interest and creativity, and towards the end of the summer they will get to show off everything they learned at the Talent Show. Although the school year will soon come to a close, the fun at Camp Run-A-Muk is just gearing up.


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Debbie Anne Moeller, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, was voted best pediatrician.

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Debbie Anne Moeller purchased Castle Valley Children’s Clinic in 2000, in hopes of continuing the facility’s legacy of caring for children regardless of their ability to pay. More than a decade later, Moeller says she’s proud of her ability to continue that mission, in a community she calls home, in an area where health care is expensive and resources are lacking. “If our kids aren’t healthy, our community isn’t healthy, and if unhealthy children

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can’t go to school and learn, they can’t grow,” she said. When families are struggling, children struggle, she added. The certified pediatric nurse practitioner was born at Valley View Hospital and attended Rifle High School and the University of Colorado. She says that additional insight into the needs of the local community led her toward fulfilling this specific goal. More than 50 percent of her clients use Medicaid insurance or are uninsured,

and she offers a so-called “sliding scale” program for uninsured families. It gives them the opportunity, each visit, to pay a co-pay that’s based on their individual income. “As far as pediatrics goes, I don’t know that there are any other places that do sliding scales,” Moeller said. “We take anyone who walks through the door. We’re the only pediatric clinic that does that.” Moeller described herself as patient and compassionate, and that may be part of the reason she’s a 2018 Locals’ Choice winner

for pediatric services practitioner. Her passion is caring for children with special needs, an interest she says she developed while working at Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Denver. Moeller says, each day, while administering care, she strives to partner with parents, instead of dictating how they should raise and treat their children. “I just hope every day I can make a difference in the family’s life on their terms, and not dictate to them what those terms should be, and help them to raise a healthy, happy child,” she said.


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Dr. James Setterberg is back on top as best dentist.

BEST DENTIST Jim Setterberg Murray Dental Group Lauren Roper DDS

BEST ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY Heritage Park Care Center Glenwood Springs Harmony House Open Gate Assisted Living

BEST DERMATOLOGIST Kelly Thomas

BEST CLINIC Glenwood Medical Associates Castle Valley Children’s Clinic Roaring Fork Family Practice BEST DAY SPA Spa of the Rockies Splendor Mountain Spa Yampah Spa & Salon

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Kristy Collins, of Glenwood Medical Associates, was voted best nurse.

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Valley View Hospital was named best hospital and also best place to work, in the Community section starting on page 20.

BEST MASSAGE Splendor Mountain Spa Spa of the Rockies Yampah Spa & Salon BEST MEDICAL GROUP Glenwood Medical Associates Women’s Health at Valley View Mountain Family Health Centers

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There’s no stopping Steven Spevere, who again wins best chiropractor. We certainly got our money’s worth out of this photo.

BEST ORTHODONTIST Casey Johnson Jack Hilty DDS Comfort Dental Braces BEST PEDIATRICIAN Debbie Anne Moeller CPNP Dr. David Lorah Dr. Jamie Faught

BEST REHAB CENTER Peak Performance Physical Therapy Willits Care Center, Valley View Hospital True Nature Healing Arts BEST YOGA STUDIO Providence Glenwood Hot Springs Athletic Club Mistyoga

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Ivy Arneson and Miles Rattet own the new Fourth Dimension men’s clothing store on Cooper Avenue, in back of the Hotel Denver building next to Mona Lisa, voted best men’s clothing store.

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Adding an urban dimension to mountainwear John Stroud When Ivy Arneson and Miles Rattet aren’t holding down shop at their Fourth Dimension “urban-casual” menswear store, you might find them tending bar at the Glenwood Canyon Resort Bar and Grille or dancing at Glenwood Springs Summer of Music. Arneson and Rattet, who are engaged to be married at the end of the summer, opened Fourth Dimension last summer on the Cooper Avenue side of the Hotel Denver building, next to Mona Lisa, which has been owned for many years by Ivy’s mother, Lisa Manzano. “It was a very, very interesting time to

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open a new store in downtown Glenwood, with the bridge construction and everything, and then a weak winter in terms of snow,” Rattet said. “But we kept our heads above water and made it through all that. “We’re really enthusiastic and excited about what’s to come this next year,” he said. Fourth Dimension fills a niche for men who are looking beyond mountainwear for a more “business-casual feel, mixed with a little urban, street style,” explains Arneson. “Lots of shorts, hoodies, tank tops, button-down T’s, ties. A tiny bit of everything.”

But that’s not to say it’s only for men, as many of the accessories, as well as hats, T-shirts and tank-tops are also proving to be attractive to female shoppers, they said. Adds Rattet, “We have it all right here in our tiny 370-square-foot space.” Arneson grew up in the retail clothing business, helping her mom at Mona Lisa, while Rattet has grown into the business side of things. “I’ve always been into clothes. I’m originally from Southern California, so that’s where a little bit of our urban vibe comes from,” he said. “I’ve also been in the mountains for the last 10 years, so it just kind of meshed.

“We want something funky and fun, but that still has a little bit of tactical purpose,” Rattet says. “We’ve had a vision for something like this for quite a few years, and it just all fell into place,” Arneson adds. “This community is always so good about supporting local businesses.” In their off hours, the couple enjoys some “us time,” snowboarding in the winter and wake boarding in the summer, and dancing to any live music they can find. “We always make sure to take Sundays off together to honor our relationship, and Wednesday nights are for dancing to music in the park,” Rattet says.


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