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An evolving masterpiece The difference between the best and the rest can be subtle: a bartender’s intoxicating smile, a short-order cook’s masterful way with fries, a TV anchor’s empathetic demeanor. Welcome to The Gazette’s 17th annual Best of the Springs magazine, a celebration of all the qualities that define greatness in the Pikes Peak region. Inside, you’ll find some upsets (can you believe Salsa Brava toppled Amanda’s Fonda from its perch atop Best Mexican?) and some old favorites as well as new categories with new faces. Most of the picks are yours. About 6,500 readers voted in the Best of the Springs poll, and we’re giving gold, silver and bronze awards to the first-, second- and third-place winners in each category. We also have enlisted experts from our newspaper and companion websites (as well as an outside ringer) to give their picks in various categories. We hope you’ll find this a fun read and an invaluable reference for those times when only the best will do.

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Who’s our favorite TV hottie? Do you have to ask? We love her even when she’s gone on maternity leave. Can you guess where you can find the Best B&B and the Best Bar restrooms? You’ll find those and other surprises in our City Life section.

Your kid’s 10th birthday party is coming up and you haven’t even booked a clown. Where can you go with a group of 20 loud, obnoxious 10-year-olds? Take a few deep breaths and read our Family section.


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CHEAP SUNDAY BRUNCH STEAKSMITH 3802 Maizeland Road, 596-9300; steaksmith.com

One of the restaurant scene’s best-kept secrets, Steaksmith’s Sunday brunch gets around the problem of wilted entrees on unattended trays by limiting the hot options to what the chef stations can serve fresh. Love the carved tenderloin and smoked ham. There’s also a nice array of salads and other cold dishes, as well as scrumptious desserts. All for $17.

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Tucked on a frontage road along Interstate 25, just south of Garden of the Gods Road, Caspian is easy to miss and a delight to find. It does upscale, exotic Mediterranean fare, including dynamite lamb, chicken, veggie and seafood dishes.

The little, roundish, house-ground burger at Nosh has been so popular it now has four cousins: Spicy Bison, Bacon Burger, Green Chili Burger and Mushroom Swiss Burger. Each is a thing of beauty.

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1645 Briargate Parkway, 599-7330; sushibara.com

120 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 579-9111; chopsticksasianbistro.com

Although small and without teppan tables, Bara Sushi edges out such worthy competitors as Kura, Jun and Fujiyama with sushi that’s more artistic, creative and vibrantly flavored.

Our local answer to P.F. Chang’s, Chopsticks serves a vibrant Asian fusion with such standouts as Grand Marnier Prawns and Basil Shrimp, accompanied by a solid wine list.

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Cozy booths, romantic lighting and an easy-to-navigate wine list made this a fine date spot, but its owners recently sold it, and it’s now a sports bar. SILVER: THE MELTING POT BRONzE: MONA LISA FONDUE RESTAURANT

GOLd: THE FAMOUS 31 N. Tejon St., 227-7333; thefamoussteakhouse.net

This downtown strip joint — and by that we mean New York strip — is known for serving the best steaks in town with the timeless accompaniments of dimly lit booths, strong martinis and live jazz. SILVER: SONTERRA GRILL BRONzE: STEAKSMITH

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GOLd: MACKENZIE’S CHOP HOUSE 128 S. Tejon St., 635-3536; mackenzieschophouse.com

This dark downstairs hideaway positioned between downtown office buildings and the courthouse has played host to uncounted deals over fat-expenseaccount steaks and great salads. SILVER: SONTERRA GRILL BRONzE: THE FAMOUS

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Hidden in a posh subterranean lair, the Springs’ The Melting Pot, left, stirs up romance and fun with outstanding fondues. It also gives back to the community; it raised about $25,000 for local charities in 2010.

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GOLD: LAKE TERRACE DINING ROOM The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., 577-5733; broadmoor.com

Yes, it’s $39 before tax and tip. But this spread is like no other, a real gourmet buffet, with lines of entrees, breakfast items and desserts that go on and on as the pianist plays. SILVER: MOZAIC BRONZE: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN RESORT

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GOLD: THE OMELETTE PARLOR 900 E. Fillmore St., 633-7770; co-spgs-omeletteparlor.com

If you go here on a Sunday morning after church, take along a load of patience. The crowds are out the door. Why? Basic breakfasts done with extreme care. SILVER: ADAM’S MOUNTAIN CAFÉ BRONZE: THE EGG AND I

BREAKFAST SMILEY’S BAKERY & CAFE 323 N. Tejon St., 328-9447

The sweet potato pancake is like the love child of pancakes and sweet potato pie. Want something more uptown? Try the buttery pestoscrambled eggs with thick, crispy bacon.

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GOLD: EDELWEISS RESTAURANT 34 E. Ramona Ave., 633-2220; edelweissrest.com

The authentic German specialties and fun Bavarian atmosphere conjure a never-ending Oktoberfest. A readers said: “LOVE their food and beer!” SILVER: UWE’S GERMAN RESTAURANT BRONZE: SCHNITZEL FRITZ

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GOLD: PARAVICINI’S ITALIAN BISTRO 2802 W. Colorado Ave., 471-8200; paravicinis.com

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GOLD: LA BAGUETTE 2417 W. Colorado Ave., 577-4818; labaguette-co.com; 4440 N. Chestnut St., 599-0686; 1420 Kelly Johnson Drive, 598-5550 (This location recently changed its name to La Tartine )

It’s all about the onion soup, cheese still bubbling in a crock, served with a fresh roll. Each location has different owners, but, amazingly, the onion soup at each restaurant is just as rich and delicious as the last. SILVER: LA CREPERIE BRONZE: MARIGOLD CAFE AND BAKERY

This perennial west-side favorite won by a landslide. The balanced flavors of classic dishes like homemade lasagna and veal porcini keep regulars coming back. As one reader said, “Chef Franco does an incredible job making the flavors whisper instead of scream at you.” SILVER: PIAZZA ITALIAN KITCHEN BRONZE: ZIO’S ITALIAN KITCHEN


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Open Every Day 11:30-9:00 Dinner Starts at 4:00

34 East Ramona Avenue www.Edelweissrest.com

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expert selections MEXICAN LAS PALMITAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT 6805 Corporate Drive, 260-9393

You’ll be served huge plates of excellently prepared traditional Mexican food. But for this landlocked, seafooddeprived town, the must-eat dish is the Super Molcagete: A stone bowl filled with seafood swimming in a mild tomato sauce.

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TAJINE ALAMI 10 Old Man’s Trail, 685-1119; tajinealami.com

146 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 630-0201; waltersbistrocs.com

An authentic Moroccan restaurant serving exotic food and entertainment. Be prepared to take off your shoes, sit on the floor and eat with your fingers.

In keeping with owner Walter Iser’s high European standards, Harris is the consummate waitress. She anticipates customers’ needs and is thoroughly versed on the menu and wine lists. You can trust her recommendations.

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GOLd: RICK VELLIQUETTE, JOSEPH’S FINE DINING 1606 S. Eighth St., 630-3631; josephsdining.com

Classic fine dining with some dishes prepared table-side. Velliquette can guide you through the very good wine list. One reader fan said: “He is a blast. Remembers everyone’s name and what they eat and drink. Wow, he is the very best.” SILVER: COURTNEY JOHNSON, BROADWAY DELI BRONzE: MUKUNDA “MUKU” BHANDARI, CO-OWNER OF LITTLE NEPAL

RESTAURANT FOR HIP CATS MOTIf 2432 W. Cucharras St., 635-5635; motifwest.com

Easily the coolest spot in the Springs, this back-street jazz club, above, is alluring in every way. Open only on weekends, it serves up great local jazz in an intimate setting, paired with cocktails, dreamy dim lighting and fabulous small plates like ceviche and truffle fries. The outdoor patio is one of the best in town. EXP

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This long-time, full-service caterer, left, has been the gold standard for parties of every scale since 1984. Owners Heather and Andrew Darrigan continue to be cutting-edge, with food creations winning awards at local culinary competitions.


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Let us cater your parties! Authentic Middle Eastern Cuisine Specialty Shish Kabob Beef, Lamb & Chicken (Manitou Location Only) • Homemade Falafel made daily to order • Fresh Lamb, Chicken & Beef Shawermah (Gyro) • Homemade Baklava • Vegetarian Plates • FREE Drink with Military or Student I.D.

The one and only Original Falafel! Let us cater your parties! Voted BEST of Middle Eastern Food in Colorado Springs ‘07, “08 ‘09 ‘10 & ’11 - Gazette & Independent

Now Two Locations to serve you! 718 Manitou Ave

(Manitou Springs, Near Chipita Parking Lot)

685-1325

www.HeartofJerusalemCafe.com

4587 Austin Bluffs Pkwy (Colorado Springs, at the Corner of Austin Bluffs and Barnes Road)

685-9554


COWBOY CUISINE SANDY’S RESTAURANT 6940 Space Village Ave., 596-9881

Cowboys and truckers converge on this authentic on the plains, left, for giant plates of food made from scratch. We especially like the Cowboy Benedict, with biscuits and gravy instead of English muffin and Hollandaise.

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GOLD: BIRD DOG BBQ 1645 Briargate Parkway, 599-4655; 5984 Stetson Hills Blvd., 596-4900; birddogbbq.com

Readers practically wrote sonnets about the beef brisket. “To die for. Tender, juicy, and flavorful,” one said. “Brisket always tender, melts in your mouth,” said another. This barbecue cafeteria faces more competition than ever, yet it continues to smoke ’em all. SILVER: FRONT RANGE BARBEQUE BRONZE: RUDY’S COUNTRY STORE AND BAR-B-Q

CAJUN

GOLD: CULPEPPER’S CAJUN KITCHEN 6502 S. Academy Blvd., 282-8479; culpeppers.net

The New Orleans family that opened this local Cajun joint made a good move when they headed from the very north end of town to the very south end. They gave up table service and lowered prices but kept using the same great recipes that have earned Culpepper’s top billing since it opened. SILVER: NAWLINS BARBQ AND SEAFOOD BRONZE: OSCAR’S ON TEJON STREET

GREEK/ MEDITERRANEAN GOLD: JAKE AND TELLY’S GREEK TAVERNA

2616 W. Colorado Ave., 633-0406; greekdining.com

Scoring more than four times as many votes as its nearest competitor, Jake and Telly’s seduces with its fabulous wines, authentic Greek cuisine and fun party atmosphere. “This is not just the best in Greek,” one fan said, “but one of the best places in town.” SILVER: CASPIAN CAFE BRONZE: MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ


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WINE CELLAR Reservations Not Required

Dinner: Tues.–Sun. Starting at 5pm Lunch: -11am–3:30pm Dinner: Tues.–Sun. Starting at 5pm Lunch: June through September 11am 3:30pm Fri, Sat, Sun.

EArLy BIrd SpecialtieS VEgETArIAN ALCOHOLIC SpecialS • Eggs Benedict MENU BEVErAgES

6-8:30am weekdays only

In the Heart of Historic Old Colorado City 2601 West Colorado Avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80904 719-634-1007

Open

Mon. - Sat. 6-3 Sun. 6:30-3 Breakfast and Ask about our Lunch served Breakfast until 3pm!

Specials!

• French Toast & Bacon • 2 Eggs, Hash Browns & Toast

• Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs • Eggs Florentine

• Veggie Burger • Veggie Eggs Benedict

• Corned Beef Hash • Veggie Burrito

• Philly Cheese Steak • Shaved Turkey • Turkey Melt

• wine and Champagne • Mixed drinks

• 2 Egg Omelette

SANdwICHES & wrAPS

• Imported and domestic Beers

SOUTHwEST dELICIOUS dESSErTS • Breakfast Burrito • Huevos rancheros • Southwest Burrito • Chili relleno

Enjoy a slice of one of our delicious cakes or pies with a scoop of ice cream.

SPECIALTy drINKS

• CAPPUCCINOS • LATTES • SMOOTHIES

Enjoy your meal on our OUTdOOr PATIO!


CHINESE GOLD: SILVER POND

5670 N. Academy Blvd., 594-9343; bestsilverpondchinese.com

Silver Pond goes several steps above the usual Chinese take-out joint. Readers wrote about the “imaginative, creative dishes and “friendly hosts” and singled out several dishes: sesame chicken, tofu chicken, eggplant in garlic sauce and roast duck. SILVER: P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO BRONZE: COAL MINE

JAPANESE GOLD: FUJIYAMA

28 S Tejon St., No. A, 630-1167; fujiyamasushi.com

A clear favorite, with more than twice the votes of its nearest competitor, Fujiyama attracts the sushi crowd in droves. The move a couple of doors north has coincided with a major upgrade at Fujiyama. SILVER: JUN BRONZE: AI SUSHI

KOREAN GOLD: SAN CHANG HOUSE

3659 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 598-1707

Here is why readers like this place: “Their Korean BBQ tastes just like what they serve at the N Seoul Tower in Korea.” SILVER: TONG TONG KOREAN RESTAURANT BRONZE: SHIN SA DONG KOREAN CUISINE

VIETNAMESE GOLD: SAIGON CAFÉ 20 E. Colorado Ave., 633-2888; coloradosaigoncafe.com

Great place to slurp huge, steaming bowls of pho and enjoy curry dishes and egg rolls. Readers said: “small and friendly” and “great customer service, noodle bowls are best in the city.” SILVER: LEMONGRASS BISTRO BRONZE: SAIGON SPRINGS

THAI

GOLD: WILD GINGER THAI RESTAURANT 27 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 634-5025; wildgingerthai.com

Fans love the new, well-designed spot a mile west of its old location. They gush about the pad Thai. But the hard-working, gracious owners, who make everyone feel like family, are the main attraction. SILVER: THAI BASIL BRONZE: BHAN THAI


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Downtown Catering Location The Pinery Catering 2201 Hagerman Street Colorado Springs, CO 80905 www.thepinerycatering.com

North Location The Pinery at Black Forest 12375 Black Forest Road Colorado Springs, CO 80908 www.thepinery.com

Comming Soon The Pinery at the Hill 775 West Bijou St Colorado Springs, CO 80907 www.thepineryatthehill.com

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Restaurant

The Airplane Restaurants centerpiece is a fully intact Boeing KC-97 tanker. Built in 1953, this magnificent airplane refueled aircraft throughout the world. Then, in May 2002, it began its second mission~ to be the preeminent aviation restaurant in the United States. Forty-two passengers can actually eat in the plane of the 275-seat restaurant. Rich in aviation history, displaying 100’s of pictures, memorabilia and rare artifacts, The Airplane Restaurant offers much more than great food, it offers a flight through aviation history. Treat yourself to first class and celebrate the 106th Anniversary of Flight and fly onto The Airplane Restaurant!

Open daily

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11:00am - 9:00pm Weekdays 1665 N. Newport Road www.TheAirplaneRestaurant.com Noon - 8:00pm Sundays (One block east of Powers on Fountain Blvd.)

Reservations Accepted


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Chef Greg Barnhill, right, one of the more playful chefs at The Broadmoor, loves to serve the same basic food in different forms. So don’t be surprised when his wonderful Maryland Jumbo Crab Cake comes with a crunchy Crab and Corn Fritter. Other nice seafood morsels in his repertoire are Lobster Ravioli and Pan-seared Diver Scallops.

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GOLD: THE MARGARITA AT PINECREEK 7350 Pine Creek Road, 598-8667; coloradoeats.com/margarita/

There is an epic patio here, surrounded by woods and with a splendid view of Pikes Peak. On Friday nights in the summer, there are movie screenings out there. Also, the patio has its own menu of small plates, comfort foods and flatbread pizzas. SILVER: THE WINES OF COLORADO tIE fOR BRONZE: AMANDA’S FONDA; NOSH

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GOLD: ON THE BORDER 7695 N. Academy Blvd., 532-0062; 2190 Southgate Road, 635-0100; 5832 Barnes Road, 597-0020; ontheborder.com

This family-friendly chain draws a following for its killer guacamole, sizzling fajitas and other Tex-Mex favorites. SILVER: JOSÉ MULDOON’S BRONZE: SALSA BRAVA

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SILVER: SALSA BRAVA BRONZE: LA’AU’S TACO SHOP

GOLD: MONICA’S TACO SHOP 30 E. Fillmore St., 473-1996; 5829 Palmer Park Blvd., 597-7022

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Cheap and tasty, the carne asada and fish tacos here are as authentic as they come. SILVER: EL TACO REY BRONZE: LA’AU’S TACO SHOP


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The Restaurants at The Broadmoor

From Five Star, Five Diamond dining to authentic English pub fun, we have the best of it all.

PENROSE ROOM Colorado’s only Five Star, Five Diamond restaurant SUMMIT An American brasserie with a contemporary design CHARLES COURT American food & wine with a focus on local ingredients TAVERN The best steaks and seafood in town for over 70 years

THE GOLDEN BEE Colorado Springs’ traditional English pub for 50 years

CHARLES COURT

SUMMIT

Visit BroadmoorDining.com or call Broadmoor Dining Reservations at 719.577.5733. PENROSE ROOM

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ARTISAN-STYLE PIZZA PIZZERIA RUSTICA 2527 W. Colorado Ave., 632-8121; pizzeriarustica.com

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LA PERLA TAPATIA MEXICAN TAQUERIA

3739 Bloomington St., 596-6559; arharnthai.net

Charming ambiance, good prices and friendly service are reasons enough to love this little eatery, but the real romance starts with what comes out of the kitchen. Don’t miss the spicy, complex curries and pad Thai ho kai.

This is the Ferrari of pizzas, fine-tuned, stylish and carefully crafted. Don’t expect just a slice joint. The flour here is a blend of Italian 00 and Colorado organic. The mozzarella is made fresh daily. And the variety of toppings, such as fresh arugula and sweet fennel sausage, will make foodies’ hearts race.

511 N. 30th St., 228-6006

The usual asada and adobada are as good as you’ll find anywhere, but La Perla goes a step further with Durango’s famous torta ahogada sandwich drowned in red chili and the Mexican hot dog, served with bacon, onions and salsa.

WINE LIST THE BROADMOOR RESTAURANTS 1 Lake Ave., 577-5775; broadmoor.com

No list in the state, let alone the city, can match The Broadmoor’s five-star armada of wines from around the world. Whether it is an obscenely opulent Chateau Latour Bordeaux or a well-priced small-vineyard pick from New Zealand, the sommeliers here have it.

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MEXICAN GOLD: SALSA BRAVA

802 Village Center Drive, 266-9244; 9420 Briar Village Point, 955-6650; rockymtnrg.com/salsabrava

Tex-Mex food kicked up a notch. Salsa Brava draws big crowds for its veggie choices, blackened mahi tacos and table-side specialties. It solidly defeated perennial champ Amanda’s Fonda. SILVER: AMANDA’S FONDA BRONZE: JOSÉ MULDON’S

RED CHILI

GOLD: SALSA BRAVA 802 Village Center Drive, 266-9244; 9420 Briar Village Point, 955-6650; rockymtnrg.com/salsabrava

This Tex-Mex eatery serves upscale food presented with flair. A reader said: “Just right on the spices.” SILVER: AMANDA’S FONDA BRONZE: EL TESORO RESTAURANT & GALLERY

GREEN CHILI

GOLD: KING’S CHEF DINER 131 E. Bijou St., 636-5010; 110 E. Costilla St., 634-9135; kingschefdiner.com

There are two versions of green chili at King’s Chef: hot and scary-hot. Readers said, “Love it.” “Green chili to die for.” SILVER: SALSA BRAVA BRONZE: EL TACO REY

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The earthy red chili here is what New Mexicans write home about. It has just the right creamy thickness with mild heat to make you beg for more.


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Japanese Restaurant

WADE’S downtown

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31 n. tejon

719-227-7333

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Best of Springs Pancakesdowntown 2010.

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531-9368 • 1760 Dublin Blvd. 227-8690 • 3276 Centennial Blvd.

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TAMALES

GOLD: LA CASITA MEXICAN GRILL 306 S. Eighth St., 633-9616; 4295 N. Nevada Ave., 599-7829; 3725 E. Woodmen Road, 536-0375; lacasitamexigrill.com

You’ll find more than good tamales here, but readers said the tamales are the highlight. “Pork are the best.” SILVER: EL TACO REY BRONZE: COLORADO’S BEST TAMALES

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If you like Southern California’s In-N-Out burgers, Drifters, right, is as close as you’re going to get this side of Vegas. The patties are made from hormonefree Callicrate beef, and you can taste the difference. Order a double cheeseburger “wild style,” which is grilled in mustard with grilled onions and Thousand Island dressing.

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NEW YORK-STYLE PIZZA JOEY’S PIZZA 1829 Briargate Blvd., 265-6922; myspace.com/joeysnypizza

The super-thin, crispy crust, right, folds perfectly, letting oil pool in the center before you take your first delicious taste. It’s the closest thing to New York City’s Ray’s Pizza that you’ll find in the Springs.

DRIVE-IN CY’S DRIVE-IN 1833 W. Uintah St., 630-7008

Nostalgia on a bun, with car-hop service and the whole shebang. Love the Alaskan Burger, which is like a McDonald’s Big Mac, only with natural, hormone-free beef and a charbroiled flavor that suggests a backyard grill.

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Open 10:30 - 8:30 7 Days a Week

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PIZZA

GOLD: BORRIELLO BROTHERS Seven locations, 884-2020; borriellobrothers.com

Once just a little by-the-slice joint near downtown, Borriello has grown into a local empire. What’s the appeal? “Chewy deliciousness for a great price.” SILVER: PIZZERIA RUSTICA BRONZE: PAPA MURPHY’S

RESTAURANT FOR KIDS GOLD: RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS

2230 Southgate Road, 447-8810; 3770 Bloomington St., 622-8157; 1410 Jamboree Drive, 598-2473; redrobin.com

This popular burger chain charms little kids by stuffing employees into giant robin suits, keeps older kids amused with a mini-arcade, mellows Mom and Dad with fine beers on tap, and keeps everybody happy with terrific burgers. Readers raved about the food and the above-and-beyond service: “They wait on children with special needs with extra care,” said one reader. SILVER: FARGO’S PIZZA CO. BRONZE: CHIC FIL-A

BUFFET

GOLD: GOLDEN CORRAL 1970 Waynoka Road, 591-9870; 5410 E. Woodmen Road, 2609369; goldencorral.com

Set up with different stations for salads, pizza, desserts, steaks and the like, Golden Corral is the mother of all buffet chains. SILVER: ULTIMATE BUFFET BRONZE: COUNTRY BUFFET

SANDWICH

GOLD: PANERA BREAD SILVER: JIMMY JOHN’S GOURMET SANDWICHES BRONZE: BROADWAY DELI

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GOLD: JIMMY JOHN’S GOURMET SANDWICHES

16350 S. Colorado 115, 576-0741; junipervalleyranch.com

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2230 Southgate Road, 447-8810; 3770 Bloomington St., 622-8157; 1410 Jamboree Drive, 598-2473; redrobin.com

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EAST COAST DELI 24 S. Tejon St., 633-4522

East Coast is the real deal, offering Jewish New York staples like matzah brei (omelette stuffed with matzah cracker), lox, eggs and onion, and a corned beef sandwich the size of a Buick.

Thank You for Voting Silver Pond the “Best” Chinese Voted best Chinese Cuisine 13 years in a row!

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Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 9:30pm Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm

3552 N Academy | (N Carefree & Academy) 719-638-0020 | 719-638-0030 | Fax: 719-591-8203

•Fine Dining •Full bar •Catering •Take out

594-9343 5670 N. Academy Blvd.

www.bestsilverpondchinese.com Open Lunch/Dinner

We Deliver 3 mile radius, $20 min.

Omlette Parlor

O’Furry’s

Voted “Best Breakfast” 16 years in a row! Serving 15 different omlettes, plate size pancakes, Belgian waffles and Eggs Benedict. GREAT LUNCH MENU!

Located at 900 E. Fillmore Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a delightful & intriguing place for lunch, dinner or late-evening rendeveous. World Famous for fun, volleyball, and the BEST WINGS & BEST BURGER known to man.

719-633-7770 Open 7 days a week 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Happy Hour M-F 4 p.m.-7p.m.


COLORADO CUISINE GOLD: CRAFTWOOD INN 404 El Paso Blvd., 685-9000; craftwood.com

Whether you go for the panseared noisettes of antelope or the herb-encrused elk steak, you’ll find that this quaint, cabinlike restaurant likes to keep it wild. Fans raved about the great specials and great game. Former Chef Jeff Knight, right, recently became general manager and handed chef duties over to Colorado Springs native Ben Hoffer. SILVER: ADAM’S MOUNTAIN CAFÉ BRONZE: THE WINES OF COLORADO

INDIAN

MIDDLE EASTERN

GOLD: LITTLE NEPAL 1747 S. Eighth St., 477-6997; lnepal.com

GOLD: ARABICA CAFE

Readers have finally realized what our staffers have been saying for years. This classy eatery has the best Indian (and Nepalese) buffet and off-the-menu dinners in the region. “Naan and biriyani are the best Indian food I ever had,” a fan said. SILVER: MIRCH MASALA BRONZE: INDIAN PALACE

12 S. Tejon St., 471-2444; cravearabica.com

2009

The first-time win for this downtown shawarma shop after the regular winner split into two shops and, consequently, split the vote. Even so, Arabica deserves the prize. Readers raved about “real shawarma” and “falafel done the right way.” Don’t miss the tart pickled turnips. SILVER: HEART OF JERUSALEM CAFE BRONZE: TASTE OF JERUSALEM CAFÉ

The best sushi in town is now the best deal in town!

Buy One Get One ½ Off

Regular Size Plate

With Purchase of Two Drinks Valid at the colorado Springs l & l hawaiian barbecue only. not valid with any other offer. no Substitutions. coupon must be presented at the time of order. offer expires 04/30/2012

Zumbatini $6 Zumba Combo Plate $6

Zumba 1st Thursday of Every Month

(Instructor On Site) 8:30pm - 10pm

22 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs CO 80903

719-630-1167

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Colorado Springs, on the NE corner of Powers & Barnes

5850 barnes rd. • 719-570-1888

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DINER

MIDDLE EASTERN

GOLD: KING’S CHEF DINER

HEART OF JERUSALEM CAFE

131 E. Bijou St., 636-5010; 110 E. Costilla St., 634-9135; kingschefdiner.com

718 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1325; 4587 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 685-9554; heartofjerusalemcafe.com

This greasy spoon packs them in for good burgers, fresh-cut fries, huge piles of breakfast from owner Gary Geiser and his staff. Most people go for the roomy north location just off Acacia Park, but true connoisseurs try to get a stool at the original 1950s diner six blocks south. SILVER: NORTH END DINER BRONZE: GUNTHER TOODY’S

Our favorite spots for shawarma also have a tangy, garlicky hummus that’s about the best you’ll find anywhere, and moist falafel that explodes with flavor. The AbuKhdeir family behind Heart of Jerusalem also does a tremendously addictive baklava. ExP

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Chipotle, right, is mending the reputation of fast food one giant free-range-chicken burrito at a time.

The fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash are all stellar at McCabe’s, but it’s the slow-cooked, savory Rosemary Guinness Lamb Stew that best shows off the luck, or perhaps skill, of the Irish here.

HAWAIIAN

GOLD: L&L HAWAIIAN BARBECUE 5850 Barnes Road, 570-1888; hawaiianbarbecue.com

Don’t let the cheap prices fool you. The kalua pork and teriyaki short ribs are as close to the islands you can get without airfare. SILVER: LA’AU’S TACO SHOP NO BRONZE

Delicious foods with the best price!

Taste of Korean Cuisine Shin Sa Dong Grilled Beef Ribs • Grilled Beef Spicy Pan-Fried Pork & Vegetables Bibimbap in a Hot Stone Pot & Much More!

We always have 8 or more side dishes that come with every food For FREE! Voted best Korean food - Gazette - Find us on

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Popeye’s Chicken Shin Sa Dong

E. Pikes Peak Ave.

CHIPOTLE

520 S. Tejon St., 633-3300; mccabestavern.com

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QUICKSERVE CHAIN

3845 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

(719) 638-2695 or (720) 878-1695 Open 7 days a week


BEST MARTINI THE FAMOUS 31 N. Tejon St., 227-7333; thefamoussteakhouse.net

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Back in the day, the three-martini lunch was a staple of the industry. Today, for most ad guys I know, it’s an anachronism. We have to keep a clear head so we can concretize our social media strategies. So I go to The Famous and keep it old school. Good gin. Olives with pimento. A whisper of a rumor of vermouth. It’s worth noting that The Famous is just across the street from Vladimir Jones. Because the best martini is frequently the closest one.

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Bristol Brewing Co., left, sweeps the podium with a triumvirate of local beers. This local suds seller wins hearts with generous donations to charitable causes and taste buds with its well-balanced brews. Laughing Lab drinkers love its slightly sweet, nutty malt. SilvEr: BEEHIVE brOnZE: WINTER WARLOCK

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GOLD: THE COUTURE CAKE CO. 3347 Cinema Point, 229-2613; thecouturecakeco.com

A wide selection of cupcake flavors with clever designs. Voters said: “Love the cupcakes. My daughter can not go past their store without dragging us in.” SILVER: CHEF SUGAR’S CAKES & CONFECTIONS BRONZE: MYA BELLA CUPCAKES

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ICE CREAM GOLD: JOSH & JOHN’S ICE CREAMS 111 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 632-0299; joshandjohns.com

The perennial winner of best ice cream. No competitor even comes close. Locals love the rich, almost chewy texture of this slowchurned treat. SILVER: MAGGIE MOO’S ICE CREAM AND TREATERY BRONZE: COLD STONE CREAMERY

BAKERY

GOLD: MARIGOLD CAFÉ AND BAKERY 4605 Centennial Blvd., 599-4776; marigoldcoloradosprings.com

To call Marigold a bakery is to call Thomas Edison an electrician. It is so much more: fine dining, casual lunches, great breakfasts. The pastry counter takes the (ahem) cake. SILVER: LA BAGUETTE BRONZE: BOONZAAIJER’S DUTCH BAKERY


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Voters raved about Stargazers, calling it a local gem and repeatedly noting the quality of the artists who perform there and its “homey environment.” “Class acts all! Roomy/feel good place!” “Great acoustics. Comfortable seating and lots of variety!” SILVER: PIKES PEAK CENTER BRONZE: THE BLACK SHEEP

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A fan called him a “superb singer/guitarist/songwriter,” and many agree. Uveges started as a mainstream folk singer, but recently he’s infused Christian themes in his songs. And on the new album he’s working on with singer Stephanie Pauline, he’s flirting with country. SILVER: GRANT SABIN BRONZE: JOHN ALEX MASON

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O’Meallie’s work defies easy categorization. It’s handmade sculpture, sure, that with candy colors and preschool shapes often looks like toys. The whimsy, though, can camouflage something more profound, something haunting and, on occasion, disturbing. His work, featured in this Best of the Springs, stays with you. Whether you want it to or not.

This under-theradar concert of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and the Springs chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America did what it promised: It brought together not-so-different communities for a powerful experience.

ACTRESS GOLD: LACEY MAYNARD, STICK HORSES IN PANTS thestickhorses.com

A co-founder of improv troupe Stick Horses in Pants, Maynard made the cut in a tough category. One fan bubbled: “Lacey is so talented and funny.” SILVER: ASHLEY CROCKET BRONzE: ERYN CARMAN

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There were some strong contenders in this category, but this old chestnut produced by TheatreWorks proved to be just as funny as when it was written a thousand years ago. Roy Ballard’s set was fantastic, and every single actor turned in stellar work, especially Tom Kane, who topped Cary Grant as befuddled lead Mortimer Brewster.

Roy Ballard’s sets for TheatreWorks are inevitably smart and certainly very cool. Here, he created a bachelor’s pad that served the unusual needs of this farce (seven doors, for instance) with flair and the kind of style Dean Martin would have coveted.

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“WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?”

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Clements Mosley, who directed the Star Bar Players’ “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Waiting for Godot” in 2010, has coaxed memorable renderings from some of the toughest pieces in the repertoire.

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GOLD: DANTE MARTINEZ, FIRE&ICE THEATRICAL TROUPE fireandicetheatricaltroupe.com

Known as the man who convincingly plays Capt. Jack Sparrow, Martinez pulled out all the stops for his role in “Rent.” “His touching performance as Roger in Fire&Ice’s ‘Rent’ truly showed his vocal range and character flexibility.” SILVER: TOBY LORENC NO BRONzE

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GOLD: “BOEING BOEING” At the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 255-3232; theatreworkscs.org

A charming relic of the sexual revolution, this TheatreWorks farce, which was directed by David McClendon, was tightly timed and very, very funny. “Well-timed slapstick is hard to find. TheatreWorks is always the best.” TIE FOR SILVER: “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT,” FINE ARTS CENTER; “THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR,” THEATREWORKS TIE FOR BRONzE: “AN IDEAL HUSBAND,” FINE ARTS CENTER; “STOP KISS,” THEATRE ‘D ART

Terrific performances, strong directing and technical support by the Star Bar Players made Edward Albee’s emotional cage fight more than just endurable. Try funny, exciting and deeply moving.

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Jonathan Eberhardt and Heather Clark provided imaginative support and crazy bits of star power to “Godot.” The cadaverous look of the characters added a telling layer to the Star Bar Players’ production of a famously puzzling contemporary play.

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GOLD: “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT,” FINE ARTS CENTER This Christmas chestnut drew record crowds. Voters certainly raved. “The FAC really stepped up to the plate.” “Wonderful production. Cast and music was great.” “The performance of Ken Robinson as Pharaoh was worth the price of admission.” TIE FOR SILVER: “THE PRODUCERS,” THE FINE ARTS CENTER; “RENT,” FIRE&ICE THEATRICAL TROUPE BRONZE: “AVENUE Q,” TOURING PRODUCTION

GOLD: “RENT,” DANTE MARTINEZ AND ROY BALLARD, FIRE&ICE THEATRICAL TROUPE To create a workable set for composer Jonathan Larson’s take on “La Bohème” would be a challenge even with deep pockets. But Martinez and Ballard created what one voter called a clever miniature of the original set. TIE FOR SILVER: “THE PRODUCERS,” CHRISTOPHER L. SHELEY, FINE ARTS CENTER; “THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR,” ROY BALLARD, THEATREWORKS NO BRONZE


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COSTUMES

GOLD: RUBY SPARKLE, PEAKS AND PASTIES peaksandpasties.com

We weren’t looking for a specific performer in this category. Or a business where you can buy great costumes. That said, Miss Sparkle earned her followers with burlesque costumes described as “fabulous” and “awesome.” SILVER: ZEEZO’S BRONZE: “THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR,” SARAH S. SHAVER, THEATREWORKS

FESTIVAL

GOLD: SPRINGS SPREE springsspree.org

To voters, it’s a no-brainer: “Two days of free fun in the sun, great food, great shopping in beautiful Memorial Park. What more can you ask for?” TIE FOR SILVER: TERRITORY DAYS, THE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL NO BRONZE

MUSEUM

GOLD: FINE ARTS CENTER 30 W. Dale St., 634-5881; csfineartscenter.org

In the past year, The FAC’s Taylor Museum has featured some impressive shows, including “Conflict|Resolution,” a multimedia exhibition around that complex idea, and “William Kentridge: The World Is Process,” a show of the A-List filmmakerartist. “Nice new exhibits, and not the typical,” said one voter. Another: “It has it all!” SILVER: PIONEERS MUSEUM BRONZE: DENVER ART MUSEUM EXP

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Fine Arts Center curator Blake Milteer, who is also the museum director, conjured a sprawling, multilayered exhibition aiming to address the epic concepts of conflict and resolution. “Conflict|Resolution,” above right, wasn’t a complete success, but we greatly admire its attempt to engage the community in a new way.

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GOLD: AIR FORCE MEMORIAL Memorial Park, corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and Union Boulevard

In the cluster of monuments to the men and women of our armed forces, a monument at Memorial Park to those serving in the Air Force in the Pikes Peak region drew votes for best public art. SILVER: “ART ON THE STREETS,” DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP BRONZE: “SPORES,” CHRIS WEED


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“What a fun and magical land they have created for kids and parents,” one voter said of Tricia Smith’s mural here. TIE FOR SILVER: “MOZART AT 250,” KIM POLOMKA; RAILROAD MURAL, DOUGLAS ROUSE NO BRONZE

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GOLD: LIESE CHAVEZ 741 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0225

There was a lot of competition for this award, and Chavez, general manager of Mountain Living Studios, won with considerable praise for skill in multiple mediums as well as the downright beauty of her work. “Everyone who meets her or sees her work,” one voter said, “knows she’s something special!” SILVER: BRANDON MIERA BRONZE: STEVE WEED

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TIE FOR GOLD: PHIL LEAR, THE MODBO; “THE BIGGEST SMALL WORKS SHOW EVER,” THE MODBO 17 C E. Bijou St., 633-4240; themodbo.wordpress.com

With three shows placing in this category, The Modbo got the love among voters this year. One voter praised its aesthetic, saying, “A remarkable, diminutive, but bigger-than-life gallery featuring up-and-coming, seldom-seen artists in our town!” TIE FOR SILVER: RODNEY WOOD, THE MODBO; “ART ON THE STREETS,” DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP NO BRONZE

GALLERY GOLD: THE MODBO

17 C E. Bijou St., 633-4240; themodbo.wordpress.com

The Modbo — and now in the neighboring gallery space, S.P.Q.R. — does a lot with a little. It’s a visual arts gallery showing some of the most interesting art in town. It’s also a concert hall and a place for dance and poetry. Voters said they’re making a “huge difference in this town.” SILVER: RANGE GALLERY BRONZE: FINE ARTS CENTER


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Short films pack all the power and passion of a Hollywood blockbuster into one very intense package. And with this year-old festival, held about every four months (most recently at the Lon Chaney Theatre), local film lovers can get a regular fix of these cinematic gems.

The oldest women’s film festival in the country, this popular event, held at the Fine Arts Center and Colorado College each November, offers a kaleidoscopic look at our world with a wide-ranging mix of documentaries. Where else can you learn about environmental devastation one day, yodeling twin lesbians the next?

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You don’t have to be gay to enjoy this cultural treasure. You just have to love frank, honest stories about people living their lives. Of course, for a lot of the films, a campy sense of humor doesn’t hurt. The festival is held in September at Colorado College.

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“New up-and-coming filmmaker,” said one voter of Arroyo. “Already winning every film festival he has entered.” Oh, and he hasn’t even graduated high school yet. Schuermann has won an Emmy, a Telly, an Addy and enough film festival awards to make him a little uncomfortable. He’s currently filming a documentary about the worst, cruelest monster-movie director of all time. SILVER: DAVE GARDNER NO BRONzE

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GOLD: KIMBALL’S PEAK THREE THEATER 115 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-1945; kimballstwinpeak.com

Kimball’s wins again. And how can you miss with a bar, an eclectic roster of films and three intimate screening rooms? “A real date place!” one voter said. SILVER: CINEMARK TINSELTOWN USA BRONzE: CINEMARK IMAX CAREFREE CIRCLE

THEATER COMPANY GOLD: THEATREWORKS

At the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 255-3232; theatreworkscs.org

A winner in this category last year, TheatreWorks is known for “constantly raising the bar” in new and classic works. Artistic director “Murray Ross is simply brilliant,” said a fan. SILVER: MANITOU ART THEATRE BRONzE: FINE ARTS CENTER


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TIE FOR GOLD: FIRE&ICE THEATRICAL TROUPE; SPRINGS ENSEMBLE THEATRE fireandicetheatricaltroupe.com; springsensembletheatre.org

Its production of “Rent” helped move Fire&Ice from bronze to tying with SET this year. One voter called Fire&Ice “awesome, awesome, awesome.” And SET, which just settled into its own performance space, prompted this assessment: “This company challenges its own abilities and the audience’s avoidance of tough plays. Admirable, and it usually produces some great performances.” TIE FOR SILVER: STAR BAR PLAYERS; MANITOU ART THEATRE NO BRONZE

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We were thinking about dances for local theater productions, but, hey, the voters gave this edgy dance teacher a landslide win. Wells, executive artistic director at Robin’s Danceworks, has been dancing since she was 7 years old and teaching since she was 16. SILVER: MARY RIPPER BAKER, “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT,” FINE ARTS CENTER BRONZE: MARY RIPPER BAKER, “THE PRODUCERS,” FINE ARTS CENTER

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This local band, named for our city’s elevation, plays its hearts out at Copperhead Road, Union Station, Meadow Muffins and other local clubs and concert halls. When they do a classic cover, they often sound just like the original band. The band plays a tight mix from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s and keeps fans dancing for hours.

BLUES ROCK BAND JAKE LOGGINS BAND jakelogginsband.com

Powerful, captivating and original, this band is a local trio with a sound of their own that takes people by surprise. Loggins, a teenage prodigy now in his 20s, belts out smooth vocals while ripping incredible guitar jams. Noel McFarlane and Dean Woodward are the other two members, and together the group captivates audiences.

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For 18 years, this eclectic parade has brought a bit of the Big Easy to Manitou Springs for Mardi Gras. Costumes, beads, masks, colors, dancing, puppets, crowds and craziness — one time of the year where people can get wild.

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This all-ages venue in the heart of Old Colorado City brings in some of the best off-the-mainstream artists in the country, providing a place for youths to enjoy a safe nightlife experience. Versatile floor space and design allows The Loft to host concerts from calm acoustic performances to electronic digital-music dance parties. The Loft is not a bar. It’s a destination, an experience.

EMMA CRAWFORD COFFIN RACES manitouspringsgov.com

Another event that fits in the “Keep Manitou Weird” camp, this 16-year-old parade and race is the highlight of the Halloween season. Commemorating former resident Emma Crawford, whose body and coffin washed down Red Mountain after heavy rains, the parade involves decorated coffins speeding down the avenue, each with its own “Emma” inside.

MUSIC FESTIVAL MEADOWGRASS meadowgrassmusicfestival.org

This fledgling music festival, held in a gorgeous meadow in Black Forest, really came into its own last summer with breakthrough performances by Elephant Revival, Gregory Allen Isakov and others. This year’s fest is set for May 27-29 and will feature Frazey Ford, John Doe and Hot Buttered Rum.

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ORIGINAL BAND GOLD: LO-FI COWBOYS loficowboys.com

Fronted by Chuck Snow of The AutoNo fame, this rock band plays a lively mix of covers and originals. As one fan said: “There are boy bands, and then there are, well, man bands. We have a winner here.” They can be found regularly at SouthSide Johnny’s and The Crystola Roadhouse. SILvER: WE ARE NOT A GLUM LOT BRONzE: CORRUPTING CELEST

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Tron Simpson, the KCMN radio personality, provides lead guitar licks and vocals in this kickin’ band that specializes in covering classic rock legends like The Stones, Neil Young, Tom Petty and the Doors. SILvER: SOFAKILLERS BRONzE: HEAD FULL OF ZOMBIES

A silver winner in 2010, this multimillionselling band was created to “push the (rock) boundaries further than any group before,” said founder Paul O’Neill. Voters agreed, one adding “What a show: lights, action and great music.” SILvER: ARLO GUTHRIE BRONzE: CARRIE UNDERWOOD

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Voters called Westside Tattoo clean and the people friendly, giving a shout-out to coowner Aaron Moore. “Love the ‘graffiti’ art and their sensitivity to the community.” SILVER: PREMIER TATTOO BRONZE: PENS AND NEEDLES

HOOKAH BAR GOLD: HOOKED ON HOOKAH 6406 N. Academy Blvd., 886-7107; hohstore.com

Hookah smokers dig the vibe and the product here, as well as the folks who run the place. “Friendly, and we can get what we want,” said one voter. And another: “Amazing service! Amazing people!” SILVER: HOOKAH SPRINGS BRONZE: 40 THIEVES

KARAOKE SINGER GOLD: HAZEL HUMDINGER (KRISTEN GOLTZ)

In a world that loves rock stars, Hazel Humdinger has gotten a few steps closer with canned music and the gentle roll of lyrics on a video screen. NO SILVER OR BRONZE

POET

GOLD: DAVID MASON coloradohumanities.org/content/colorado-poet-laureate-david-mason

“The real deal,” is what one voter said of Mason, who is a Colorado College professor and, as of last year, the state’s poet laureate. His poetry collections include “The Buried Houses” (winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize) and “The Country I Remember” (winner of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award), and his books include “Ludlow,” the story of the Ludlow Massacre told in verse. SILVER: JIM CILETTI BRONZE: CHRIS BULLOCK

BAR

GOLD: SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY’S 528 S. Tejon St., 444-8487; southsidejohnnys.biz

It’s the party spot of downtown, voters told us. They liked the multiple styles of music in different areas of the bar. The food, too, was deemed outstanding. “Every time I go there, they make me feel like part of the family.” SILVER: TONY’S BRONZE: JACK QUINN IRISH ALEHOUSE & PUB

COMEDY GOLD: STICK HORSES IN PANTS thestickhorses.com

This home-grown improv group, right, which regularly plays the Broadmoor Theater, was praised for its humor, of course, but many voters found another quality just as important. “Incredibly funny and entertaining, and they keep it family-friendly, which is not easy to do!” SILVER: “BOEING BOEING,” THEATREWORKS BRONZE: “THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR,” THEATREWORKS

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This touring comedian, who exploits the comic possibilities of being fluffy, not fat, returned to the Pikes Peak Center in July. TIE FOR SILVER: JEFF DUNHAM; BRIAN REAGAN NO BRONZE


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The scenic vistas, including Pikes Peak, are hard to beat. The landscape changes often during the hike, and the trail follows a nice creek part of the way. It’s more than six miles but not too difficult.

The fact that there is great fishing on the South Platte isn’t a real secret. While affected negatively by the Hayman fire of 2002, the area has bounced back.

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Runners come from around the world for this August event. America’s Mountain provides the ultimate challenge for those seeking it. This is anything but your run-of-the-mill marathon.

It’s illegal — no trespassing! But hundreds of hikers march up the old railroad ties each day for a workout that certainly will take your breath away.

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SOCIAL RUNNING CLUB JACK QUiNN’S rUNNiNG CLUB jackquinnsrunners.com; 6 p.m. Tuesdays, starting at 21 S. Tejon St.

Show up on a nice Tuesday night during the summer, and you could see more than 1,000 runners in downtown and North Monument Valley Park doing this 5K.

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An abandoned mountain railway has become the ultimate natural Stairmaster. SiLvEr: GARDEN OF THE GODS BrONZE: RED ROCK CANYON OPEN SPACE

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SKATE PARK

GOLD: MEMORIAL PARK At Union Boulevard and Pikes Peak Avenue; springsgov.com

Serious skaters used to have to drive to Denver for this kind of concrete wonderland. It has everything from grinding street areas to deep bowls for that big, big air. SiLvEr: GOSSAGE YOUTH SPORTS COMPLEX BrONZE: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK

CITY PARK

GOLD: GARDEN OF THE GODS 1805 N. 30th St., 634-6666; gardenofgods.com

Tourists love it, and so do we. SiLvEr: PALMER PARK BrONZE: AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL PARK

COUNTY PARK

GOLD: FOX RUN REGIONAL PARK 2110 Stella Drive; www.elpasoco.com

This sprawling Black Forest park of rolling, pine-covered hills is great for horseback riding, hiking, dog walking, cross-country skiing and a lot more. SiLvEr: BEAR CREEK REGIONAL PARK BrONZE: RED ROCK CANYON OPEN SPACE

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GOLD: MEMORIAL SKATE PARK At Union Boulevard and Pikes Peak Avenue; springsgov.com

Even in the middle of winter, you’ll see BMXers flying out of the bowls here. SiLvEr: RAMPART RANGE BrONZE: TRACK BEHIND RAMPART HIGH SCHOOL


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GOLD: CITYROCK CLIMBING CENTER 21 N. Nevada Ave., 634-9099; climbingtherock.com

Not only are there climbing walls, you can do ice training and practice bouldering: “Great variety, friendly staff.” “Huge. More than just climbing.” SILVER: SPORT CLIMBING CENTER BRONZE: DICK’S SPORTING GOODS

GOLF COURSE GOLD: PATTY JEWETT

900 E. Espanola St., 385-6945; springsgov.com

Our city golf course, the oldest course west of the Mississippi, may not have the cache of The Broadmoor courses, but the views are stunning, the course is challenging, and it’s hard to beat the greens fee: $25.50 for 18 holes. SILVER: THE BROADMOOR BRONZE: KISSING CAMELS

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL

tIE fOR GOLD: CAPTAIN JACK’S; PALMER PARK Off Lower Gold Camp Road, Captain Jack’s is a thrilling three-mile downhill with banked turns, gravel and bumps that’ll get you flying. Palmer Park, at Maizeland Road west of Academy Boulevard, has several good, rocky trails.

tIE fOR SILVER: SANTA FE TRAIL; RED ROCK CANYON OPEN SPACE NO BRONZE

BOWLING ALLEY GOLD: HARMONY BOWL

3845 N. Academy Blvd., 591-1000; bowlatharmony.com

Harmony is on a roll, maintaining its Gold status with 40 lanes of joy. One fan summed it up: “Friendly and clean and easy to enjoy.” tIE fOR SILVER: BEAR CREEK LANES; BRUNSWICK ZONE; MR. BIGGS NO BRONZE

PLACE FOR SPEED JUNKIES GOLD: BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY

3051 S. Rooney Road, Morrison, 1-303-697-6001; bandimere.com

Now that our Pikes Peak International Raceway, just south of town, is closed, Bandimere is the nearest pit stop for racing fans. NO SILVER OR BRONZE

HIGH SCHOOL COACH GOLD: JUSTIN ARMOUR

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A former Super Bowl-winning wide receiver from the Denver Broncos, Armour was hired to coach the Manitou Springs football team. SILVER: JIMMY GRANTZ NO BRONZE

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Clients are passionate about the workouts Ramirez gives them: “Joe is such a great motivator! He always manages to get 110 percent out of me no matter how I’m feeling. He knows what he is doing, and he cares about his clients. With his guidance, I lost 9 pounds of fat in five weeks, and I’m 42 years old.” “Joe’s boxing program for women is just plain awesome!” SILVER: RICK HAUCK NO BRONZE


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1705 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 385-5983; springsgov.com

1920 N. Academy Blvd., 597-6066; 4575 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 591-1016; skatecitycolorado.com

Located on the east side of Memorial Park, Sertich, an NHL-size slab of ice, is the community’s most accessible rink. SILVER: WORLD ARENA BRONZE: HONNEN ICE ARENA

The music bounces against the walls as the kids go ’round. Fans said: “They are family-oriented, and ... keep it clean,” “Love that they have a bus that will pick up the kids from school.” SILVER: TOUR ARENA NO BRONZE

GOLD: SERTICH ICE ARENA

GOLD: SKATE CITY

PILATES

GOLD: REVIBE PILATES & BODYWORK 2410 W. Vermijo Ave., 231-6430; revibepilates.com

Revibe holds onto the gold it earned last year thanks to its “first-rate instruction, pleasant facility and welcoming staff.” Fans said the place is clean, the prices are affordable, and the classes are geared to various abilities. SILVER: YMCA BRONZE: SPECTRUM WELLNESS

YOgA

GOLD: PRANAVA YOgA CENTER 718 N. Weber St., 444-8463; pranavayogacenter.com

Fans of Pranava took a break from their blissed-out states to cheer about this place: “Awesome owners and instructors! A nice, warm experience each and every time. The workshops are outstanding!” “Best all-around yoga experience. Friendly place. Variety of yoga classes, plus different workshops all the time.” “Welcoming and supportive to your yoga journey!” SILVER: CAMBIO YOgA BRONZE: COREPOWER YOgA

RODEO

GOLD: PIKES PEAK OR BUST 635-1301; coloradospringsrodeo.com

The region’s premier rodeo, held in July at the Norris-Penrose Event Center, attracts some of the top cowboys in the nation. SILVER: EL PASO COUNTY FAIR BRONZE: LITTLE BRITCHES

HORSEBACK RIDINg

FISHINg SPOT

4 El Paso Blvd. 633-5667; academyridingstables.com

Near Lake george; parks.state.co.us

GOLD: ACADEMY RIDINg STABLES Riding on horseback through garden of the gods is a bit pricier than other rides, but it’s fun and educational, and the surroundings are as gorgeous as you’ll find anywhere. SILVER: BROADMOOR STABLES BRONZE: MARK REYNER STABLES

GOLD: ELEVENMILE RESERVOIR Keep this between us. Please don’t tell about all the brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout, kokanee and pike caught here. tIE fOR SILVER: CATAMOUNT RESERVOIR; QUAIL LAKE; RAMPART RESERVOIR NO BRONZE


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Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 7:30pm at the Pikes Peak Center Free Tickets will be available at the Pikes Peak Center & World Arena Box Offices starting May 2 For more information, please call (719) 556-9950 Armed Forces Luncheon Friday, May 20, 2011, 11:15am at the Broadmoor Hall Individual seating and corporate tables available For more information, visit www.coloradospringschamber.org


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Michele Pribble, the regional marketing director, said what makes the workplace special here is that the boss, Dr. Lisa Jenks, trusts associates with a level of autonomy that allows them to be creative and grow. Of course, Pribble is paid to say things like that. SILVER: THE PALISADES AT BROADMOOR PARK BRONZE: CROWNE PLAZA

GOLD: BEERTAP.TV

SILVER: OUTTHERE COLORADO.COM BRONZE: SPRINGS BARGAINS.COM BLOG

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NEIGHBORHOOD

BODY SHOP

Powers Boulevard and Research Parkway, 597-9653; wolf-ranch.com

4365 E. Platte Ave., 596-5225; wilsonscollision.com

Residents love the sense of community and amenities. “We have trails, an amphitheater, a clubhouse with a pool, and just an overall friendly, safe place to live!” SILVER: BROADMOOR BRONZE: BRIARGATE

“Two thumbs way up,” said a satisfied client with a good-as-new car. Others said they wouldn’t go anywhere else. SILVER: BLACK & WHITE AUTO BODY BRONZE: MAACO

GOLD: WOLF RANCH

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GOLD: WILSON’S AUTO COLLISION

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GOLD: GROUPON

SILVER: LIVING SOCIAL BRONZE: GAZETTE.COM


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HIGHER EDUCATION GOLD: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT COLORADO SPRINGS

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 255-8227; uccs.edu

This is a bustling, growing campus with almost 9,000 students and a strong graduate program. “UCCS just gets better every year,” said a student. “Outstanding university, reasonably priced, great leadership.” And the big plus, “it’s right here at home.” SILVER: COLORADO COLLEGE BRONZE: PIKES PEAK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

TEACHER GOLD: DANA MCKEEMAN mssd14.org

Take it from parents, little ones and school staff, this Manitou Springs Elementary School teacher is sweet and caring, and truly loves children. SILVER: CASSIE TAPIA, AUDUBON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BRONZE: MEG FREDRICK, CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL

SCHOOL

GOLD: UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF COLORADO SPRINGS 2713 W. Cucharras St., 302-3751; usofcs.org

Parents, students and staff were enthusiastic about this small, private, Christian, K-12 school. It’s a University-Model School, which teams strong parental involvement with strong academics and outdoor education. One grad said: “Saved my life!!” SILVER: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN CHARTER ACADEMY BRONZE: SAND CREEK HIGH SCHOOL

SCHOOL FIELD TRIP

CONTINUING EDUCATION

4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 475-9555; cmzoo.org

7870 N. Academy Blvd., 648-1020; nursenancy.org

A day outdoors with giraffes and bears and bighorn sheep — and all your buddies. You can’t beat it. SILVER: IT’Z FAMILY FOOD & FUN BRONZE: CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER OF COLORADO

Students and former students applauded the two instructors who run this program. “Inspiring, enthusiastic,” they said. And the big thumbs-up: “Great program, and now I have a job.” SILVER: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT COLORADO SPRINGS BRONZE: PIKES PEAK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

GOLD: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO

GOLD: FRONT RANGE NURSE AIDE TRAINING


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CHARITY

GOLD: HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION 610 Abbott Lane, 473-1741; hsppr.org

For 60 years, this shelter has been near and dear to many hearts as it rescues 23,000 dogs and cats, horses and rabbits each year. Its fundraising FUR~R~R Ball, with a pet parade of adoptable — and very winsome — shelter animals, is always a favorite spring event. SILVER: GOODWILL BRONZE: YOT CLUB

VOLUNTEER GOLD: JENNA FARISS

Employed by The Palisades at Broadmoor Park

She has volunteered in a variety of ways for the Alzheimer’s Association, including with the Memory Walk and as a table captain at the Reason to Hope breakfast. She volunteers with other groups, too. SILVER: SILVER KEY VOLUNTEERS BRONZE: MARY ELLEN MCNALLY

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It’s ours, say voters. It’s free, incredibly beautiful, a work of nature and has “a great visitor center.” Hike, bike, drive or ride a horse and experience “history in the making,” marveled one outdoorsman. SILVER: PIKES PEAK BRONZE: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO

It has been here since 1957 and just keeps growing. “I love Ent. They create opportunities instead of kicking you when you’re down,” said a customer. SILVER: WELLS FARGO BRONZE: USAA

GOLD: GARDEN OF THE GODS

GOLD: ENT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

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OK, maybe it sounds a little self-serving, but there are so many groups and individuals in addition to The Gazette involved in this 27-year tradition, it’s only fair they get a deserved pat on the back. ESF raised more than $1 million for three straight years for 15 area human-services nonprofits. Who gets the thank-you? How about the 2,660 of you out there who donated money this year, three of whom who wrote checks for $10,000 each? The foundations providing matching funds: El Pomar and Bruni. And how about those major in-kind services sponsors: Add Staff, Wells Fargo and KOAA News First 5.

Winner of the Eagle One Golden Rule Award for the Western Region for the most outstanding communityservice program in its area, and grand-prize winner for the most compassionate achievement. The club donated baskets containing a complete Christmas dinner and enough food for a week to feed more than 1,000 people this holiday season.

CHARITY SILENT AUCTION CatholiC Charities’ st. patriCK’s daY gala ccharitiescs.org

A real plethora of goodies. We’re talking hundreds and hundreds of wonderful items to bid on that cover tables up and down hallways outside hotel ballrooms. Even a Super Silent Auction of major items worthy of a live auction. The months of work put in by the silentauction volunteers really shows.

SILENT-AUCTION INNOVATION Children’s literaCY Center’s eleCtroniC bidding Fundraising silent auctions were launched into the future with the Literacy Center’s introduction of electronic bidding. Hand-held PDA-size keypads kept bidders in the loop, even when they were seated at dinner. Sponsor: Central Bancorp.

NEW PHILANTHROPIC RETAILER Mountain eQuipMent reCYClers 1005 S. Tejon St., 660-7958; merecyclers.com

This consignment store donates 5 percent of sales of consigned items and 50 percent of sales of donated items to nonprofits supporting military personnel and their families.

SALUTE OF THE YEAR CoMMunitY volunteer/ aCtivist MarY ellen MCnallY They called her Wonder Woman and saluted the former city councilwoman for being there whenever she’s needed, including issues affecting the gay community and the developmentally disabled.

GUEST AUCTIONEER Kevin patterson He knows his crowd — and how to work it in the nicest of ways. Auction paddles spring upward as he cajoles bidders into friendly competitions. He helms the Patterson Group real estate firm.

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WEIGHTLOSS CENTER GOLD: WEIGHT WATCHERS

3609 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 308 S. Eighth St., 1-800-516-3535; weightwatchers.com

Why do clients love it? Just take a look at “American Idol” Jennifer Hudson. Vavoom. Happy weight watchers say this is a plan they can follow. SILVER: 24-HOUR FITNESS BRONZE: CURVES

RETIREMENT HOME GOLD: THE PALISADES AT BROADMOOR PARK 4547 Palisades Park View, 226-2273; palisadesatbroadmoorpark.com

Residents sing the praises of “The Palisades” and love its connection with the gerontology program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. “This is the best decision my husband and I have ever made!” a resident said. SILVER: MACKENZIE PLACE BRONZE: VILLAGE AT SKYLINE

CAMPGROUND

GOLD: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK South of Academy Boulevard on Colorado Highway 115; springsgov.com

An incredibly beautiful foothills location close to the city. Campers have access to a handy camperservices building with flush toilets, showers, laundry, activity room and a camp store. Nearby are trails, playgrounds, and an amphitheater. A wonderful outdoor experience. SILVER: MUELLER STATE PARK tIE fOR BRONZE: THE CRAGS; GOLDEN BELL

NOTARY

GOLD: SARAH STEVENSON Phil Long Kia, 1020 Motor City Drive

You’ll find her at Phil Long Kia in the finance department, where she notarizes all those titles and does insurance. They appreciate her! SILVER: SAM TAYLOR NO BRONZE

CARPET CLEANER GOLD: COIT

1210 Ford St., 597-8725; coit.com

For more than 50 years, this national carpet-cleaning chain has been keeping it clean. In addition to carpets, Coit does upholstery, draperies, tile and grout, air ducts and dogs. OK, that last one, never intentionally. SILVER: STANLEY STEAMER BRONZE: DURACLEAN

TRASH COMPANY GOLD: BESTWAY DISPOSAL 650 Santa Fe St., 633-8709, bestwaydisposal.com

PLUMBER

The weekly trash pickup shouldn’t be a big headache, and customers said with Bestway Disposal you can throw the aspirin bottle in the garbage bag. “BestWay is local, and they are using technology to aid recycling,” said one customer. SILVER: WASTE MANAGEMENT BRONZE: SPRINGS WASTE SYSTEMS

GOLD: AFFORDABLE PLUMBING & HEAT 1304 Market St., 471-0713; affordableplumbingandheat.com

Fans of this local company, which has been in the biz for more than 35 years, worried that if they win the Gold, the company name might be changed: “I hope they STAY affordable,” one said. Clients praised its work and reliability and said, as one fan put it, that Affordable is “honest.” SILVER: OLSON PLUMBING AND HEATING NO BRONZE

ROOFER

GOLD: WILCOX ROOFING 5060 Topaz Drive, 596-6071

Hail storms or wind storms hit, and the Wilcox team will be on it. “Dawn dispatched a crew as soon as we called,” said one happy owner of a new roof. “They’re professional and reasonable.” SILVER: TOTAL ROOFING NO BRONZE

PAINTER

GOLD: TWO MEN & A BRUSH 1515 S. Tejon St., 633-3937; tmaab.com

Customers say they wouldn’t call anyone else for painting but this family-owned business. SILVER: JOSEPH POLLINA PAINTING BRONZE: PAINT DOCTOR

REPLACEMENT WINDOWS

HAULING COMPANY

384 Garden of the Gods Road, 227-0189; windowworldsocolorado.com

331-0025; haulingbysteve.com

Replacing all your windows is a big decision. Window World’s customers said they made the right one. “I love my windows!” “The nicest people, great customer service, installation took only one day, they’re always there to answer questions.” SILVER: CHAMPION BRONZE: RENEWAL BY ANDERSEN

With his truck and trailer, Steve Mulflur will haul away everything the garbage man won’t. SILVER: U-HAUL NO BRONZE

GOLD: WINDOW WORLD OF SOUTHERN COLORADO

GOLD: HAULING BY STEVE


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A rich traditional design and exquisite details come together to create the ultimate in the grand style of the “North Shore” bedroom collection. With a serpentine shaped design and inlay stone veneer tops this furniture collection takes traditional style to the next level.

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MILITARY-FRIENDLY AUTO DEALER phil long hyundai 1212 Motor City Drive, 1-866-318-4938; phillong.com

In addition to providing military discounts and sound advice on purchasing a vehicle, Phil Long Hyundai’s Military Auto Connection remodeled the Freedom Performing Arts Theater on post at Fort Carson and sponsors free movies on post. As Liberty League Sponsors, it also has a part in funding most of the major events planned by MWR on post.

MILITARY-FRIENDLY BANK security service federal credit union Multiple locations, 1-888-415-7878; ssfcu.org

Security Service Federal offers financial advice to soldiers and has special programs that enable soldiers to make purchases in the community without needing to borrow money off-post at exorbitant interest rates. Security Service Federal also underwrites the summertime “Dinner and a Movie Nights,” at which several hundred soldiers and family members gather once a week to share a meal and watch a movie at the Special Events Center. The vice president of the branch on post is often seen dipping ice cream, dropping off supplies and interacting with military families.

hugh daviS site manager for springsmilitary life.com, the area’s definitive source for military lifestyle information.

DOCTOR

gold: DR. LISA JENKS Genesis MedSpa medical director, 202 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., Suite R, 579-6890; genesis-medspa.com

Her first 20 years were as a physician, but then she turned to aesthetic medicine, using nonsurgical techniques for skin care. A pleased client said, “Out of 10 stars, I’d give her a 20.” Others appreciated “a wonderful bedside manner.” silver: DR. AARON D. SMITH BronZe: DR. STEPHANIE MARTIN

LAWYER gold: MIKE MCDIVITT

19 E. Cimarron St., 471-3700; mcdivittlaw.com

Stop with the lawyer jokes; Mike McDivitt’s clients like him. “This man has so much integrity,” said an admiring client. “So professional.” “Works with you.” Another fan “loves his commercials.” silver: KEVIN FORBUSH no BronZe

CHIROPRACTOR

AD AGENCY

gold: FREEDOM CHIROPRACTIC 425 W. Rockrimmon Blvd., 964-7765; 6210 Lehman Drive, 533-0303; freedomchiro.com

These clinics have a whole corps of cheerleaders. “Awesome people.” “They believe in holistic health, not just the spine.” “They care for the whole person, not just an adjustment.” silver: RODNEY FRIELING no BronZe

MARIJUANA DISPENSARY gold: HEALTHY CONNECTIONS 1602 W. Colorado Ave., 203-6004

Customers said this is the best dispensary because of the “great people with lots of knowledge and a good product.” Then they said, “What was the question, again?” silver: MC CAREGIVERS no BronZe

gold: TAPIA ADVERTISING

P.O. Box 64021, 80962-4021; tapiaadvertising.com

DENTIST

gold: BROADMOOR DENTAL 1930 S. Nevada Ave., 576-5566; broadmoordental.com

The word “family” comes up a lot as the voters talk about this dental office. A fan explained: “We all know a trip to the dentist is not on top of list of fun things to do, but at Broadmoor Dental, they really make it an enjoyable experience, they treat you like family.” silver: DR. MONICA DOBBIN BronZe: DR. KEN GASPER

This new agency has captured the imagination of its fans. “Clever,” “ad campaigns that really work,” “really good guys,” and “I think their Facebook page said it all! They have more fans than most radio and TV stations!” silver: VLADIMIR JONES BronZe: ALLEGRA PRINT & IMAGING


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GOLD: MATEOS SALON AND DAY SPA 5919 Delmonico Drive, 266-9295; mateosdayspa.com

This relaxing spot is a regular Best of the Springs winner. Probably the biggest compliment: “Sometimes I don’t want to leave.” SILVER: VEDA SALON & SPA BRONZE: J GREGORY SALON

MASSAGE

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Whether you’re into Swedish, hot rocks, lavender or the more unconventional (Peruvian Chocolate Massage or Tuscan Wine Antioxidant Massage), you’ll find the trained hands to do it here. SILVER: MUSCLES IN MOTION BRONZE: MASSAGE ENVY

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Rested and relaxed clients, with big smiles on their faces, said there’s “a great atmosphere here, always something going on; you can’t leave there without feeling special!” SILVER: MATEOS SALON AND DAY SPA BRONZE: VEDA SALON & SPA

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This landmark resort lives up to its five-star rating. “It doesn’t get any better than this; never has, never will,” a fan said. SILVER: ANTLERS HILTON BRONZE: THE CLIFF HOUSE AT PIkES PEAk

Looking down over landscaped grounds onto Manitou Avenue, this beautifully remodeled 1886 Victorian boarding house and carriage house is simply delightful. SILVER: OLD TOWN GUESTHOUSE NO BRONZE

Tom Bodett has left the light on for you. It’s cheap and clean, and your pets stay free, said one fan of this 800-location national chain. SILVER: BEST WESTERN BRONZE: HOLIDAY INN

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The hottest bartenders in town are here — and working bars in bathrooms of the opposite sex. Male bartenders wear chaps, and females wear booty shorts and a tiny top. SILVER: COWBOYS BRONZE: TRINITY BREWING

In three minutes, you’re in and out of the wash — vacuum and air are included, all for $5. Watch for Speedy Shine specials and get on the email for supersaver alerts. SILVER: WATER WORkS BRONZE: QUICk QUACk

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HOMEBUILDER GOLD: CLASSIC HOMES

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GOLD: AFA CADET CHAPEL Visitor’s center 333-2025; www.usafa.af.mil

The 17 aluminum spires of this architectural treasure beckon the most visitors of any man-made site in Colorado. SILVER: THE BROADMOOR BRONZE: PIONEERS MUSEUM

For 22 years, this homebuilder has been at the top of the list. It’s a local company with homes throughout the city, and buyers ranked it No. 1 in customer service last year, according to J.D. Power and Associates. SILVER: KELLER HOMES BRONZE: VANTAGE HOMES

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GOLD: TIMBERLINE LANDSCAPING 2480 N. Powers Blvd., 638-1000; timberlinelandscaping.com

Their work can be seen throughout the area. “Professional service and care, none better” and “simply the best” were just some of the superlatives. SILVER: HINER LANDSCAPES NO BRONZE

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These Phoenix-based funny guys are carried by five stations, three in Arizona, two in Colorado. “Hands down, the only reason I look forward to driving to work in the morning,” said a listener. SILVER: TRON SIMPSON, KCMN FM BRONZE: WILLIE AND VAL, Y96.9 FM Capt. Dan and Paul Richards, Lifetime Achievement Award winners, were not in the running.

TV NEWS HOTTIE MALE

GOLD: MATT MEISTER KRDO Channel 13 chief meteorologist, 632-1515; KRDO.com

The Mattster just gets hotter and funnier, winning year after year. Viewers like him as a meteorologist, for sure, but appreciate, too, that “he’s so easy on the eyes.” SILVER: ADAM ATCHISON BRONZE: JOE COLE

TV NEWS HOTTIE FEMALE

GOLD: GEORGIANN LYMBEROPOULOS KOAA News First 5, 632-5030; newsfirst5.com

Viewers think her “wonderful personality,” and “being a genuine lady” make her even hotter. Or, said one, “she’s just plain HOT!” Now they can add that she’s one hot mama. In January, Georgiann and her husband had twin daughters. SILVER: RACHAEL PLATH BRONZE: HEATHER SKOLD

TV ANCHOR

GOLD: GEORGIANN LYMBEROPOULOS KOAA News First 5, 632-5030; newsfirst5.com

She joined KOAA in 1994 and the audience felt an immediate rapport. Flashy she’s not — more the girl next door, viewers said. SILVER: ROB QUIRK BRONZE: JON KARROLL NOTE: Lisa Lyden, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, was not in the running.

TV NEWS SHOW

GOLD: KOAA NEWS FIRST 5 632-5030; newsfirst5.com

Voters called the KOAA news “the most professional in Southern Colorado. Wouldn’t watch anything else.” SILVER: KRDO NEWSCHANNEL 13 BRONZE: KXRM FOX 21

RADIO STATION GOLD: KRCC (91.5 FM) 473-4801; radiocoloradocollege.org

Our local NPR affiliate keeps fans happy with eclectic music, in-depth news (local and national), and popular programs such as “A Prairie Home Companion” and “This American Life.” SILVER: 103.9 RXP FM BRONZE: KVUU MY 99.9 FM


WEDDING VENUE GOLD: THE PINERY

12375 Black Forest Road, 495-9499; thepinery.com

A beautiful outdoor setting in Black Forest, or there’s an elegant banquet hall. But the Pinery is more than a venue; it’s a full-service wedding center. SILVER: GARDEN OF THE GODS CLUB BRONZE: THE BROADMOOR

WEDDING DJ GOLD: SENSATIONAL SOUNDS

7301 Talimena Terrace, Falcon, 233-7735; ssprodj.com

Don’t be scared away by the young DJs, most of them college and high school students. These DJs really know their music, whether it’s Lady Gaga or Etta James, pop or “YMCA.” SILVER: ABSOLUTE DANCE SOUNDS BRONZE: CELEBRITY DJ

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358-3998; sarahvieraevents.com

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GOLD: SARAH VIERA

GOLD: DUVAL DIGITAL

She’s a romantic who learned about fairy-tale weddings by planning her own. Now, she’s passing that along to the brides and grooms who come to her for their dream weddings. “She became our best friend,” said a happy bride. SILVER: MAGGIE MORAN BRONZE: CHRISTY WALTERS

Photos can make or break that special day. Duval Digital makes the wedding day an ultimate experience. “They are terrific! The Best! Wonderful! They captured the wedding day so perfectly. Pictures are edgy, creative and artistic, and the albums just blew everyone away.” SILVER: BLUE FOX PHOTOGRAPHY tIE fOR BRONZE: SHANNON COKER PHOTOGRAPHY; CAYTON PHOTOGRAPHY

DOG TRAINER

GOLD: ANGIE NEAL, LUCKY DOG RESORT & TRAINING SCHOOL 4401 Mark Dabling Blvd., 599-9663; bealuckydog.com

We checked with some doggies, and just mentioning Angie set some tails a wagging. Their owners were even more effusive about this trainer with 25 years of experience: “Best all-around behaviorist in the area.” One of her most popular new programs: dock diving. SILVER: SARAH FRICKE, WAG DOG TRAINING BRONZE: MATT WILSON, PETSMART

PET GROOMER GOLD: PETCO

Four locations; petco.com

The well-trained groomers offer head-to-tail services at four locations spread out over town, and they received howls of support from fans. SILVER: CARI GOSLYN, SOGGY DOGGIES BRONZE: CHRISTINA ILER, LUCKY DOG

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GOLD: CAMP BOW WOW 4295 Northpark Drive, 260-9247; 1020 Ford St., 573-9247; 18985 Base Camp Road, Monument, 632-9247; campbowwowusa.com

It’s a day care for pets, and puppies and kitties can go to overnight camp. If Fido or Fluffy is happiest in his or her own bed, there’s in-home pet care, too. SILVER: LUCKY DOG BRONZE: CANINE CAMPUS

VETERINARIAN

GOLD: BILL HANCOCK, BELCREST ANIMAL CLINIC 1721 W. Uintah St., 632-0222

Big pets, little pets and even the tiniest pets — think rats and gerbils — they all get special care by this veterinarian, who is centrally located, say the voters. SILVER: WESTSIDE ANIMAL HOSPITAL BRONZE: ST. FRANCIS ANIMAL HOSPITAL


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NEW STORE GOLD: LILLIANS

7477 N. Academy Blvd., 375-5165; lilliansshoppe.com/coloradosprings

A mother and daughter own this store that’s open only four days a month — the first Thursdays through the first Sundays. The trendy fashions come out of New York City or the West Coast. One fan raved: “I love this store! I set aside a little extra each month in order to go and get something new and fun.” SILVER: RAINY DAY ANIME BRONZE: PENZEYS SPICES

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SHOPPING CENTER

GOLD: THE PROMENADE SHOPS AT BRIARGATE 1885 Briargate Parkway, 265-6264; thepromenadeshopsatbriargate.com

Shoppers went gaga over this outdoor mall, with its Banana Republic, Apple store, Gloss denim store, Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma: “They have a little something for everyone there. Easy access and a great variety of stores.” “It’s a fun place to shop and ... enjoy the outdoors all at the same time.” SILVER: CHAPEL HILLS MALL BRONZE: FIRST & MAIN TOWN CENTER


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ExpErt SElEctionS PLACE FOR KIDDIES TO PLAY WHILE MOMMY SHOPS EVE’S REVOLUTION 1312 W. Colorado Ave., 633-1357; evesrevolution.com

Sometimes it’s hard to focus on your shopping when you’ve got a demanding little one tugging at your hem. But Eve’s Revolution solves that with a cute, clean and contained play area near the back of the store.

HOME OF SPARKLING SHOES YARID’S 1 Lake Ave., 475-0958; yarids.com

Stuart Weitzman, Giuseppe Zanotti, Kate Spade. Your favorite sparkling-shoe designers live at Yarid’s, an adorable and inviting boutique at The Broadmoor.

WHERE TO GET A GORGEOUS CHAIR AND A SASSY HANDBAG TANSI’S 1791 S. Eighth St., Suite D, 630-1400; tansisonline.com

Part home décor and part women’s apparel, it’s a place a girl can do some major credit card damage.

LOCAL PLACE TO BUY SOMETHING FOR A GOOD CAUSE YOBEL MARKET 2528 W. Colorado Ave., 433-1318; yobelmarket.com

This inviting shop offers handmade goods from around the world that are produced in developing and impoverished communities. When you buy these stylish and affordable products, money goes toward improving the lives of the people who make them, like Ugandan refugees.

WOMEN’S FASHIONS

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE

7477 N. Academy Blvd., 375-5165; lilliansshoppe.com/ coloradosprings

1721 W. Colorado Ave., 635-9725; recessconsign.com

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The new kid on the block also won this coveted category. Why? One reader explained: “The latest trends for little cost.” SILVER: EVE’S REVOLUTION BRONZE: KOHL’S

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Fans said: “Wonderful selection of better name-brand consignment items. Cute store!” “Cannot beat the quality, the boutique style and the prices. Great sales every week.” SILVER: MOUNTAIN MOPPETS BRONZE: THE CHILDREN’S PLACE

BABY SHOP gOLD: BABIES R US

3555 Citadel Drive, 574-7737; babiesrus.com

MEN’S FASHIONS gOLD: KOHL’S

2725 Janitell Road, 527-0610; 3110 N. Powers Blvd., 637-0214; 4910 N. Nevada Ave., 531-5099; kohls.com

The department store topped the competition with great sales, low prices and impressive clothing lines. SILVER: PLATO’S CLOSET BRONZE: DILLARD’S

CONSIGNMENT STORE gOLD: JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS 216-2626, 352-9100; coloradosprings.jbfsale.com

The twice-yearly event is a children’s and maternity consignment sales bonanza. There’s one going on today and Saturday at the Event Center at Rustic Hills, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. One fan said it’s “like going to 50 stores at once.” SILVER: EVE’S REVOLUTION BRONZE: RECESS CHILDREN’S CLOTHING

THRIFT STORE gOLD: GOODWILL Multiple locations; goodwill-colosprings.org

You love the cleanliness of the stores and the numbers on the price tags. “Organized and easy to find what you are looking for, not dumpy.” “Their stores feel like department stores, and their prices are the best in town, thriftwise.” SILVER: ARC THRIFT STORES BRONZE: THE SALVATION ARMY

Voters always throw their vote to the national chain when it comes to baby gear: “Their selection is second to none when it comes to what you need for Baby, and the prices are very reasonable.” SILVER: RECESS BRONZE: MOUNTAIN MOPPETS

TOY STORE

gOLD: LITTLE RICHARD’S TOY STORE 324 N. Tejon St., 578-5848; poorrichards.biz

Even adults can have fun trying out all the toys, puppets and games at the little toy store that could in downtown Springs. SILVER: BABYPLAYS TOY RENTAL SERVICE BRONZE: TOYS R US


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JEWELER GOLD: ZERBE JEWELERS

212 N. Tejon St., 635-3521; zerbejewelers.com

The Zerbe family is all about keeping relationships and jewelry sales face to face. They’ve had a downtown presence for 39 years. Says one fan: “Charles and Janice know their business better than anyone in town.” SILVER: JOHANNES HUNTER JEWELERS BRONZE: LUISA GRAFF JEWELERS

EYEGLASS STORE GOLD: ABBA EYE CARE Multiple locations; abbaeyecare.com

Abba offers diverse services such as routine exams and laser-eye-surgery consultations. Fans said: “Awesome service, awesome selection, great staff and great doctors.” SILVER: CHARLOTTE’S OPTICAL BRONZE: LENSCRAFTERS

SHOE STORE GOLD: DSW

7639 N. Academy Blvd., 264-8007; dsw.com

This store holds row upon row of shoes. Fans said: “Their sale items are a fantastic deal. Good variety.” “Gives a 10 percent discount for military.” SILVER: BROWN’S SHOE FIT BRONZE: FAMOUS FOOTWEAR

SKI SHOP GOLD: THE SKI SHOP

1422 S. Tejon St., 636-3355; theskishopinc.com

The family-owned business began in 1952 and has wooed customers with its skiing and snowboarding knowledge ever since. A fan said: “They know their business and have been in business for years.” SILVER: CHRISTY SPORTS BRONZE: COLORADO SKI & GOLF

SPORTING GOODS GOLD: DICK’S SPORTING GOODS 3133 Cinema Point, 638-3400; 1710 Briargate Blvd., 264-1810; dickssportinggoods.com

If you play a sport, are contemplating taking up a sport or just like to watch sports, this is one-stop shopping: “They have everything you ever need.” SILVER: REI BRONZE: BIG 5

USED SPORTING GOODS GOLD: PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS

1033 N. Academy Blvd., 574-4849; 5338 Montebello Lane, 528-5840; playitagainsportscsprings.com

You can raise funds for your organization or league, sign up for a coach’s discount or just peruse the used items. “This store has it all and carries it for very low cost,” a fan said. SILVER: GOODWILL BRONZE: MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT RECYCLERS

PLANT NURSERY GOLD: SPENCER’S LAWN AND GARDEN CENTERS

4720 Center Valley Drive, Fountain, 392-2726; 1430 S. Tejon St., 632-2788; spencersgardens.com

Not only is the family-owned and -operated business your go-to spot for plants, but it also operates a seasonal farmers market with Colorado produce by the pound or bushel. Green-thumbers said: “Best variety of plants in town. The best quality and the best value,” and “Great selection, well cared-for plants, great help, good prices.” TIE FOR SILVER: GOOD EARTH GARDEN CENTER; RICK’S NURSERY BRONZE: HARDING NURSERY

APPLIANCE STORE GOLD: SHOUSE APPLIANCE

3965 N. Academy Blvd., 596-3000; shouseappliance.com

This store carries most brands of appliances and has made a name for itself in the highend appliance niche. Fans said: “Very nice and knowledgeable salesmen.” “It is such a wonderful, friendly store.” SILVER: SEARS BRONZE: LOWE’S


SOURCE FOR MILITARY DISCOUNTS GOLD: NEVADA AUTO SALES 934 S. Nevada Ave., 635-2533; crazyherman.com

This auto dealer will take into account your rank, crunch the numbers and get you into a car you’ll be able to afford. SILVER: DRIVE-IN AUTOSOUND tIE fOR BRONZE: SPRINGSBARGAINS.COM; SPRINGSMILITARYLIFE.COM; LOWE’S

USED-CAR DEALER GOLD: NEVADA AUTO SALES 934 S. Nevada Ave., 635-2533; crazyherman.com

Fans are nuts about Crazy Herman: “Big selection, easy to work with, lots of financing available.” “The most respected car dealer in the city. Hands down!” SILVER: CARMAX BRONZE: PHIL LONG

SKATEBOARD SHOP

SNOWBOARD SHOP

293 S. 21st St., 636-1554; blindsidecolorado.com

1422 S. Tejon St., 636-3355; theskishopinc.com

Takes a skater to know a skater, and isn’t that what you want when you’re plunking down dough for a board? “The staff know their stuff, and they love to talk, very friendly.” tIE fOR SILVER: BC SURF & SPORT AND ZUMIEZ BRONZE: PROPER BOARDS AND APPAREL

The Ski Shop has diversified enough to attract snowboarders from the specialty snowboard shops. SILVER: CHRISTY SPORTS BRONZE: BLINDSIDE

GOLD: BLINDSIDE

GOLD: THE SKI SHOP

Giving Tree Montessori School “The Child is Both a Hope and a Promise for Mankind”

- Maria Montessori

719-630-3763 Schedule a Tour Today! Enrolling Ages 3-6 years 1110 W. Moreno Ave. 80905 | www.gtmschool.com Serving the Children in the Colorado Springs Area Since 1995

NEWCAR DEALER GOLD: HEUBERGER MOTORS 1080 Motor City Drive, 866-6411; heuberger motors.com

The family-owned and -operated business is the largest-volume Subaru dealer in the country. SILVER: PHIL LONG BRONZE: LIBERTY TOYOTA

BEST SOUTHWEST SHOP! Jewelry | Arts | Furniture | Appraisals

Estate and Pawn Jewelry Sale May 7!

Great Southwest

719.471.7772 | greatsouthwestart.com Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Your Santa Fe Connection. We pay the sales tax for you. Free Parking. Downtown behind the Antlers Hilton 76 S. Sierra Madre St., #C, Colo. Sprgs, CO 80903

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ExpErt SElEctionS PLACE FOR COLORADO PRODUCTS

GOURMET SHOP

GOTTA LOVE IT KITCHEN

The staff keeps the store stocked with out-of-the-ordinary foods. There’s always a selection of goodies out for sampling so you can taste before you buy.

2521 W. Colorado Ave., 322-7143

This is a commercial kitchen where small food producers can rent space to make their products and sell them in a retail space. You’ll find makers of cakes, cookies, tamales, cheese spreads, garlic spreads, cupcakes and other Colorado-produced food items.

GARDEN OF THE GODS GOURMET 2528 W. Cucharras St., 471-2799; godsgourmet.net

PLACE TO bUY ROASTED DUCK ASIAN PACIFIC MARKET 615 Wooten Road, 573-7500 You’ll feel just like you’re in San Francisco’s Chinatown when you shop at the deli in this market. Freshly roasted whole ducks are ready and waiting with all the other meal ingredients in the market.

PLACE FOR GLUTEN-FREE PIZZA PARADISE PIZZA 3609 Austin bluffs Parkway, 264-1600; paradisepizzamenu.com Clever chefs have created a tasty, crunchy crust from hash brown potatoes and loaded it with all sorts of toppings. Most of the pies include scrambled eggs. Even if you don’t have to avoid gluten, you’ll enjoy this option for a breakfast treat.

DISCOUNT FOOD PLACE GOLD: SUNFLOWER FARMERS MARKET 1730 Dublin blvd., 590-8890; sfmarkets.com

Fans raved about the selection and beat-other-grocerystore prices. One reader said, “My new favorite destination when I need produce.” SILVER: COSTCO BRONZE: bARGAIN MART

SUPERMARKET GOLD: KING SOOPERS Multiple locations; kingsoopers.com

Voters praised the friendly staff, the quality of food and the cleanliness of the stores. SILVER: WHOLE FOODS MARKET BRONZE: SAFEWAY

HEALTH FOOD STORE

GOLD: WHOLE FOODS MARKET 7635 N. Academy blvd., 531-9999; 3180 New Center Point, 622-1099; wholefoodsmarket.com

Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, raw, macrobiotic — you name it, this store will have what’s for dinner. SILVER: SUNFLOWER FARMERS MARKET BRONZE: NATURAL GROCERS bY VITAMIN COTTAGE

FARMERS MARKET

GOLD: OLD COLORADO CITY 24th Street at West Colorado Avenue

This sprawling market packs vendors sidewalk to sidewalk on summer days. Fans said: “This is not just a farmers market in a parking lot somewhere but has the feel of an open market.” “I love seeing my neighbors there, talking to the farmers, sampling their fresh juicy peaches, and hauling home the veggies that will last me the whole week.” SILVER: ACACIA PARK BRONZE: MEMORIAL PARK

MOROCCAN OIL AND TAJINE OLIVE TREE TRADERS 2526 W. Colorado Ave., 442 1727; olivetreetraders.com

You’ll find everything you need for a Moroccan feast, including cookbooks, terra cotta tajines and seasonings including saffron, turmeric, Mediterranean sea salts, traditional spice blends, preserved lemons, olives, harissa and argan oil. There are other items from Middle Eastern countries, too.

OLIVE OILS THE OLIVE TAP 906 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 358-9329; theolivetap.com/manitou

This store offers a broad selection of 100 percent extra-virgin olive oils, flavored olive oils, balsamic vinegars, spices and select culinary and gourmet products.

tErESa farnEy THE GAZETTE FOOD EDITOR HAS MANAGED TO KEEP HER GIRLISH FIGURE AS SHE ExPLORES NEw FRONTIERS OF GASTRONOMy.

SPICE STORE GOLD: SAVORY SPICE SHOP 110 N. Tejon St., 633-8803; savoryspiceshop.com

Spices are ground fresh on the premises of this downtown store. They’re offered in small, weekly batches, in amounts from a half-ounce to bags or bottles. A foodie said: “bought all my family Christmas presents from there this year — incredible!” SILVER: PENZEYS SPICES BRONZE: EXTRAORDINARY INGREDIENTS


LIQUOR STORE

GOLD: CHEERS LIQUOR MART 1105 N. Circle Drive, 574-2244; cheersliquormart.com

Once again, you raised a glass to the liquor store where the beer, wine and fixins’ for cocktails go on for aisles and aisles. SILVER: POWERS LIQUOR MART BRONZE: COALTRAIN WINE AND SPIRITS

GOURMET SHOP GOLD: WHOLE FOODS MARKET

7635 N. Academy Blvd., 531-9999; 3180 New Center Point, 622-1099; wholefoodsmarket.com

WINE SHOP

GOLD: POWERS LIQUOR MART 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700; powersliquormart.com

Wanting to break out of your wine rut? Check out the free tastings every Saturday and Sunday in the on-site Wine Room. You must sign up 24 hours in advance. SILVER: COALTRAIN WINE AND SPIRITS BRONZE: VINTAGES WINES AND SPIRITS

The huge natural-health-food store tops your charts for fancy food, with its enormous salad bar, olive bar, cheese department and bakery. SILVER: MOLLICA’S ITALIAN MARKET AND DELI BRONZE: GARDEN OF THE GODS GOURMET

KITCHEN STORE

GOLD: SPARROW HAWK GOURMET COOKWARE 120 N. Tejon St., 471-3235; sparrowhawkcookware.com

A toy store for foodies. “You always have just what I’m looking for.” “If they don’t have it, it doesn’t exist.” SILVER: CHEFS OUTLET STORE BRONZE: BED BATH & BEYOND

BUTCHER SHOP

GOLD: ANDY’S MEAT MARKET 2915 E. Platte Ave., 636-1149; andysmeatmarket.com

The locally owned shop specializes in wild-game processing: Fans said: “The meat tastes so delicious ... A great deal!” SILVER: RANCH FOODS DIRECT BRONZE: WHOLE FOODS MARKET

Juniper Valley Dining room

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Our 60th Season!

Learn about subsidized surgeries at hsppr.org or (719) 473-1741.

Specializing in skillet fried chicken or baked ham dinner

576-0741

Open April 1st for the season

(located 12 miles south on Hwy 115) Hours: Fri. & Sat. 5pm-8pm, Sun. 1pm-7pm www.junipervalleyranch.com

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SMOKE SHOP

FLORIST

GOLD: STAG TOBACCONIST

GOLD: PLATTE FLORAL

4109 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 633-0669; smokethiscigar.com

1417 E. Platte Ave., 632-2607; plattefloral.com

Owners call it a “smoker’s dream,” and it just might be, what with its floor-to-ceiling wall of more than a thousand cigars, hundreds of tobacco pipes and tobacco from around the world. SILVER: FREAKY’S BRONZE: OLD WEST CIGAR & TOBACCO

Whether you need a quick but beautiful bouquet for that anniversary you forgot about until the day before, or a cactus or blooming plant for your home, Platte Floral can hook you up. Fans said: “Consistently good flowers and plants” and “Gorgeous flower arrangements.” SILVER: GENTRY’S FLOWERS BRONZE: SKYWAY CREATIONS

MUSIC STORE

HARDWARE STORE

FURNITURE STORE

GOLD: ACE HARDWARE

2805 Chestnut St., 633-4220; 1815 N. Academy Blvd., 596-8585; afwonline.com

Multiple locations; acehardware.com

Fans talk about the prices and the sheer volume of stuff: “All of my furniture is from this place, and we just love the sales people and the selection.” SILVER: TANSI’S tIE fOR BRONZE: PLATTE FURNITURE; WOODLEY’S FINE FURNITURE

You can’t take more than a few steps in the store before an associate offers to help you. SILVER: THE HOME DEPOT BRONZE: LOWE’S

GOLD: AMERICAN FURNITURE WAREHOUSE

GOLD: INDEPENDENT RECORDS AND VIDEO Four locations; beindependent.com

It has sold us music from our favorite bands, recommended new ones and sold us concert tickets to ’em both since 1978. SILVER: GRANER MUSIC BRONZE: ENTERTAINMART

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FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS, RESOURCES AND MORE

DAY CARE CENTER

FAMILY OUTING

1110 W. Moreno Ave., 630-3763; gtmschool.com

4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925; cmzoo.org

Visit most day care centers and you’re likely to find a loud (sometimes joyful) sense of anarchy. Not so at Giving Tree, where a quiet, respectful air seems the norm. One fan said, “Beyond child care, this environment provides a foundation that nurtures 3- to 6-year-olds to become good human beings, while effortlessly grasping the basics of reading, writing, mathematics and the world around us.” SILVER: SpRINGS OF LIFE CHILDREN’S CENTER BRONZE: MR. BIGGS FAMILY FUN CENTER

Our mountainside zoo has received worldwide acclaim, particularly for its giraffe-breeding program. And if our zoo can get giraffes amorous, it’s certain to charm your family. Strangely, the zoo also has one of the better chefs in the region, so expect some stellar grub. SILVER: IT’Z FAMILY FOOD & FUN BRONZE: MR. BIGGS FAMILY FUN CENTER

GOLD: GIVING TREE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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GOLD: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO


ExpErt sElEctions VENUE FOR FREE EVENTS Pikes Peak library district 14 branches, 531-6333; ppld.org

The library offers special programming in addition to its regular schedule that includes performances, crafts and interactive activities.

GAME NIGHT comPleat games & hobbies

MAGIC

CHALLENGE FOR TEENS

the north Pole

mr. biggs’ Xtreme challenge arena

5050 Pikes Peak Highway, 684-9432; santas-colo.com

5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., 955-7220; mrbiggsffc.com

A throwback to a simpler time, this little mountain amusement park is home to a terrific magic show.

326 N. Tejon St., 473-1116; compleatgamer.com

Parents and kids can buy, borrow or bring in their favorite board games 5-8 p.m. each Tuesday.

FAMILY THEATER manitou art theatre 1367 Pecan St., 465-6321; themat.org

The MAT offers monthly “Kids First” live theater productions as well as classes and camps. Performance artists and clowns will dish out fun for everyone.

This new play area at Mr. Biggs engages kids in challenging, physical competitions that even a jaded teen will find amazing.

FESTIVAL FOR KIDS colorado renaissance festival coloradorenaissance.com

OUTDOOR tie: bear creek and fountain creek nature centers

Held over eight weekends in June and July in Larkspur, the Ren Fest enchants kids with shows and attractions that engage adults, too.

245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387; 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745; www.elpasoco.com

PUPPET SHOW

Both centers offer regular classes for kids and families at a low cost.

2413 W. Colorado Ave., 465-2492; simpich.com

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simPich shoWcase marionette theatre David Simpich creates the marionettes and performs nationally acclaimed string-puppet shows.

site manager of PikesPeakParent.com and the Patient and inventive mother of three children.

TEEN HANGOUT

FATHER-SON OUTING

5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., 955-7220; mrbiggsffc.com

3035 New Center Point, 623-1550; itzusa.com

gold: MR. BIGGS FAMILY FUN CENTER

gold: IT’Z FAMILY FOOD & FUN

Good fathers should stay with their boys while they’re riding the Kite Flyer or the Speedway. But sometimes boys want to be alone for a while, giving Dad time to duck into the Gametime room to enjoy a brew and the game on the big screen. silver: MR. BIGGS FAMILY FUN CENTER bronZe: SKY SOX

Why should the little kids have all the fun? The laser tag, bowling and the new Xtreme Challenge Gladiator Arena are sure to have your teens saying, “This is so sick!” silver: IT’Z FAMILY FOOD & FUN bronZe: ARTSPORTS WORLD

FAMILY FUN CENTER 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., 955-7220; mrbiggsffc.com

Parents raved about the options: go-carts, bumper cars, laser tag, mini-golf, bowling. With more than 150,000 square feet of attractions and play area, it’s tough for kids to find boredom. silver: IT’Z FAMILY FOOD & FUN tie for bronZe: ARTSPORTS WORLD; CHUCK E. CHEESE’S

MOTHERDAUGHTER OUTING

PLACE FOR A BIRTHDAY PARTY

gold: IT’Z FAMILY FOOD & FUN

3035 New Center Point, 623-1550; itzusa.com

gold: MR. BIGGS FAMILY FUN CENTER

Mothers say they especially like the movie rooms here, where they can unwind with the kids after an hour or two on the rides. silver: TEA AT GLEN EYRIE CASTLE bronZe: MR. BIGGS FAMILY FUN CENTER

5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., 955-7220; mrbiggsffc.com

Mr. Biggs has bowling parties, themed parties and just regular play-all-overthe-place parties. And the pizza has undergone a serious upgrade. silver: IT’Z FAMILY FOOD & FUN bronZe: ARTSPORTS WORLD

for supporting us for 59 years!

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2915 East Platte, 639-1149 andysmeatmarket.com

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Service auction

ross aucTion house 815 S. Sierra Madre 719-632-6693 www.RossAuction.com

Live Public Auction Every Friday & Saturday. Your Complete Estate Service. Buying & Selling Made Fun. Monthly Gun, Antique, Unique & Collectible Auction Consign 1 Gun or Collection!

car WaSH speeDy shine car wash 8th Street across from McDonald’s www.speedyshine.com Best of 2008 & 2011! $5 Wash, Free Vacuums.

education fronT range nurse aiDe Training (cna) 7870 N. Academy Blvd. (Near Chapel Hills Mall) 719-648-1020 www.nursenancy.org

Day & Evening Courses Available!

eState SaleS j.D. schlipf esTaTe sales P.O. Box 2433 719-244-8020 www.JDSchlipf.com

A Fresh & Professional Approach to liquidating your possessions! E-Bay Top Rated Seller! Call us today for all your Appraisal, Estate Sale or E-Bay needs!

Heating lerum heaTing

Residential Heating & Cooling 719-331-7587 www.lerumheating.com

We will beat any licensed competitors price! Furnace $1,400 & A/C $2,350! Free estimates! BBB Accredited Business

inSurance farmers insurance jake graham

5040 Corporate Plaza Dr. Suite 11 719-598-7273 Jgraham2@farmersagent.com

We specialize with fast cars, homeowners, and commercial insurance. While we offer prompt and friendly customer service, you’ll also get a live person! We’re the different Insurance Agency!

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4401 Mark Dabling Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80907 719-599-9663 2801 Janitell Road Colorado Springs, CO 80906 719-527-9663 www.bealuckydog.com Dogs Just Want to Have Fun! Thank You Colorado Springs, for your continued support of our pet care services!

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2003 North Nevada Avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80907 719-634-1378 www.caytonphotography.com Cayton Photography is Sean and Cathy Cayton, a husband and wife team specializing in wedding and event photography in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area.

reScue nine lives rescue CATS/KITTENS DAILY

SAT. FAIR 11-3 PETSMART@POWERSBLVD coloradocats9lives.com Volunteers/Fosters Hotline 719-591-4640

reStaurant broaDway Deli

4475 northpark Dr. garden of gods/i-25 719-203-3100 New York Style Restaurant serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Monday thru Sunday, 7:00AM-9:00PM. Full Breakfast Menu; Skyscraper Sandwiches; Pizza, and Steak, Chicken, Fish & Pasta Dinner Entrees! Banquet Rooms and Full Catering! Coming Soon - Sports Bar and Delivery Service!!!

el Tesoro

10 n. sierra madre st. colorado springs 80903 719-471-0106 Santa Fe Style Cuisine at it’s Finest filled with robust Mexican flavors and spices and the Best Margaritas in Colorado Springs.

rumi’s kabab 36 E. Bijou 719-635-7749

Rumis Kaba, the only Afghan restauarnt in town, offers the best taste of Central Asia. Enjoy the food and taste that inspired and unleased the genius in Rumi and Hafiz centuries ago! Also come and try the best gyros in town through out Grab and Go window! Your complete satisfaction is the reason for our staying in business!

The mason jar

(NOW 2 LOCATIONS) 2925 W Colorado Ave at 30th St. 719-632-4820 5905 Corporate Dr. & I-25 719-260-6555

American comfort food served in a casual Colorado lodge atmosphere. Lunch and Dinner from 11:00am daily. Two Banquet Rooms and Patio Dining available at Corporate Dr. Location.

SportS The ski shop inc.

1422 South Tejon Colorado Springs, CO 80903 719-636-3355 www.theskishopinc.com

The Ski Shop is the area’s only family owned and operated SPECIALTY ski and snowboard shop since 1952.

specialTy sporTs

4285 E. Fountain Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80916 SE corner of Fountain & Murray 719-391-2556

Welcome to the largest gun dealer in Colorado. Fine Firearms, Ammo & Accessories. Outdoor Adventure, Hunting Equipment, Athletic Shoes and Clothing. MonSat 10:00 am-7:00 pm. Closed on Sundays.

ymca of The pikes peak region 6 locations www.ppymca.org 719-471-9790

The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving our community through programs and services that help build a healthy, spirit, mind and body for all. The Y continues to expand its offerings to better accommodate the health and well-being of the growing Pikes Peak community. The Y is for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

Wine Store vinTages wine & spiriTs 9 S. Tejon Colorado Springs, CO 80903 719-520-5733 www.vintageswines.com

10am-8pm Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday Check out our unique selection of award winning wine & everyday favorites! Home of the $100 mixed case & top shelf wine club.


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BEST OF THE SPRINGS 2011: Works of Art The difference between the best and the rest can be subtle: a bartender’s intoxicating smile, a short...

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