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INTRODUCTION

Best of the Springs 2007

IT’S A KEEPER! Welcome to The Gazette’s 13th Annual Best of the Springs edition — and the first in glossy magazine form. The largest special section The Gazette has ever produced, this publication celebrates the tremendous achievements of the Pikes Peak region. You’ll want to keep it handy on the coffee table or in the glove box for those times you need to find the best martini or most reliable auto mechanic. In looking for a theme for the section, something that would speak to the beauty and wonderfulness of this place, we started with a discussion of the obvious: Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and the other natural landmarks. Love ‘em. But the more we looked around, the more we saw signs of another sort of landmark, the kind made of old neon and bulb-lit plywood, beacons from a time when Springs style glowed in blues, purples, reds and yellows. On the cover and throughout the issue, you’ll find some of the coolest signs in the region — altered to announce each subject. (You can see the unaltered versions of the signs on Pages 6 and 7.) They illuminate Colorado Springs with flair and a touch of Western panache.

... AND WE’RE ONLINE TOO As useful as this Best of the Springs issue can be, there’s an even more mind-blowing version online at gazette.com. It has fully searchable functions, so you can find the Best Pizza or Best Yoga with a few clicks of the keyboard. It also uses video and audio features that expand Best of the Springs into the next dimension. Check it out.

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CONTENTS Best of the Springs 2007

9 DINING

Your father-in-law wants to treat you guys to dinner. “Price is no object,” he says. Our Dining section will steer you toward a restaurant that you’ll always remember and the father-in-law will be paying on his credit card for months. If you’re going out on your own dime, we’ll direct you toward more modest, but still worthy, eateries.

33 CITY LIFE

Wondering about the best place to get your hair coiffed? How about a place to coif your standard poodle? We’ve got you covered on both counts. The City Life section recognizes the area’s best services, TV personalities, places and more. You’ll meet the best crossing guard and discover the best waiting room. You’ll also find a home with a jet in its sunroom, and it wasn’t the result of a plane crash.

51 A&E

This salute to the best in local arts and entertainment is both a guide to weekend fun (Best Place to Dance, Best Place for a First Date, etc.) and a tribute to some of the year’s top musical and theatrical performances (Best Actor, Best Drama, Best Local Band, etc.) We also recognize the best mainstream art galleries as well as the best irreverent upstarts who challenge the very notion of what art is.

65 SHOPPING

Nifty lamp. Check. The perfect sexy shoes for that night on the town. Check. Fried pork skins. Check. Your cart will runneth over after you’re done with this guide to the area’s best shopping. In these pages, you’ll find out one spot that will sell you both a latte and an avalanche shovel. (Hint: It’s not Wal-Mart.)

75 FAMILY LIFE

You say it’s your birthday. We can tell you the best places to squeeze the maximum fun out of whatever milestone you’re marking. Our Family section also will tell you where you’ll find the most off-the-hook summer camps and the best place to take your youngster for his or her first haircut.

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81 SPORTS & LEISURE

Indoors, outdoors and all around the house. The opportunities for fun and fitness abound. We’ll walk you through the area’s best hiking trails and link you with the finest links. Whether you like to pedal, jump, swim or climb, we’ll get you there. You just bring the sweat.

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INDEX Best of the Springs 2007 Al fresco dining ..............................................................32 All-ages club ....................................................................53 Ambulance service .......................................................48 Antiques ............................................................................72 Art gallery ........................................................................56 Art museum .....................................................................52 Artistic farewell.............................................................. 56 Asian market ...................................................................69 Athletes ............................................................................50 Auction ..............................................................................74 Auto dealership ..............................................................74 Bagel .................................................................................29 Bar .....................................................................................58 Bar food ............................................................................16 Bar for extroverts .........................................................52 Bar for introverts ..........................................................52 Bar for smokers ............................................................52 Barbecue .........................................................................20 Barber .................................................................................41 Bathroom fixtures ..........................................................67

Chef .....................................................................................16 Children’s clothing store .............................................70 Chinese ..............................................................................10 Chinese buffet ................................................................29 Chips and salsa .............................................................29 Chocolatier ......................................................................29 Christian store ...............................................................74 Cinnamon rolls ................................................................29 Climbing wall ...................................................................84 Coffee place .....................................................................26 Colorado cuisine ............................................................16 Consignment shop ........................................................72 Construction sign .........................................................42 Cover band ......................................................................54 Cripple Creek casino ....................................................59 Crossing guard ..............................................................38 Day spa ..............................................................................33 Deli .....................................................................................29 Diner ..................................................................................29 Dog park ...........................................................................46

Golf course .....................................................................84 Golf hole ...........................................................................84 Gourmet shop .................................................................68 Greek .................................................................................14 Green building ................................................................36 Green chili .......................................................................24 Groomer ............................................................................47 Guest musician ..............................................................60 Gyro ....................................................................................29 Hair salon .........................................................................33 Hamburger .......................................................................29 Happy hour ......................................................................53 Hardware store ..............................................................74 Hidden gem ......................................................................12 Hike ...................................................................................82 Hobby store .....................................................................66 Home accessories ...........................................................71 Home-brew store ...........................................................67 Home furnishings ...........................................................71 Hot dog .............................................................................29

Mall ....................................................................................65 Margarita ..........................................................................29 Martini ..............................................................................24 Mechanic ..........................................................................38 Mexican ..............................................................................9 Mexican market ..............................................................68 Military hangout ...........................................................54 Miniature golf .................................................................76 Mobile vet .......................................................................46 Moroccan ...........................................................................18 Motel .................................................................................38 Mountain bike trail ........................................................82 Move theater ...................................................................52 Musical ..............................................................................61 Natural-foods store ......................................................69 New Age store ................................................................74 New camp .........................................................................78 New event .......................................................................42 New restaurant ................................................................12 New-school summer camp ........................................78

Bed-and-breakfast .........................................................48 Bike shop ..........................................................................66 Bison burger ....................................................................29 Bookstore .........................................................................71 Boutique ...........................................................................67 Bowling ..............................................................................82 Bread ..................................................................................29 Bread pudding ...............................................................29 Breakfast .........................................................................26 Breakfast burritos .........................................................29 Brew pub ...........................................................................22 Bridal shop .......................................................................69 Buffet ................................................................................29 Building ............................................................................38 Burritos ............................................................................29 Butcher .............................................................................69 Cake ...................................................................................30 Calamari ............................................................................24 Card store ..........................................................................67 Caterer .............................................................................68 CD store ...........................................................................68 Chain restaurant ............................................................32

Doggie day care ............................................................46 Doughnuts ........................................................................16 Dry cleaner .....................................................................48 Edible bouquet ...............................................................69 Educator ...........................................................................49 Extreme home .................................................................41 Extreme makeover, spa edition ................................40 Farmers market ..............................................................68 Fast-food-nation refugee ............................................40 Fast food ..........................................................................20 Fine dining ..........................................................................9 Fish store .........................................................................67 Fish taco ...........................................................................29 Fishing spot .....................................................................81 Florist ............................................................................... 69 Frame shop .....................................................................70 Fried chicken ..................................................................29 Frozen treat ....................................................................29 Garden center ................................................................72 Gay bar .............................................................................53 German ...............................................................................11 Gift shop ..........................................................................66

Hot sauce .........................................................................67 Hotel .................................................................................38 Hummus ...........................................................................29

New show ........................................................................60 New store ........................................................................70 Nightclub .........................................................................58 Nonprofit .........................................................................42 Nonprofit event ..............................................................42 Novelty shop ..................................................................67 Off-site office ..................................................................36 Old-school summer camp ..........................................78 Outdoor art ......................................................................57 Outdoors/sporting good store ..................................66 Outing for the whole family ......................................76 Outlet for teen angst ...................................................62 Oysters .............................................................................29 Park ...................................................................................82 Philanthropist ................................................................49 Pie ......................................................................................22 Pizza ....................................................................................16 Place for a 15th birthday party .................................75 Place for a baby registry ...........................................67 Place for a fifth birthday party ................................75

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Ice cream ...................................................................26

Ice rink ..............................................................................82 Indian ..................................................................................14 Irreverent art event .....................................................56 Italian ................................................................................10 Japanese ...........................................................................14 Jewelry store ..................................................................72 Job perk ..........................................................................40 Karaoke ..............................................................................51 Kennel ...............................................................................47 Kids haircuts ....................................................................78 Korean .................................................................................11 Leadership trainer ........................................................50 Liquor store ....................................................................66 Live music venue ...........................................................51 Live wire ...........................................................................38 Local actors ....................................................................62 Local band ......................................................................54 Magician ..........................................................................59


INDEX Best of the Springs 2007 Place for a first date .................................................................51 Place for a gun registry ..........................................................67 Place for a kids birthday party .............................................75 Place for a staff retreat ..........................................................43 Place for a Sweet 16 party .....................................................75 Place for a test drive ...............................................................48 Place for a wedding registry ................................................67 Place for art prints ...................................................................70 Place for pinball wizards ........................................................78 Place for plant eaters ...............................................................18 Place to adopt a pet ...............................................................46 Place to be born .......................................................................48 Place to buy a big-screen TV ................................................67 Place to buy a digital camera ..............................................67 Place to buy a mattress ..........................................................67 Place to celebrate a 25th wedding anniversary ...............................................................64 Place to dance ............................................................................51 Place to drink on the cheap ..................................................54 Place to end up after last call ..............................................54

Poet ..............................................................................................59 Pool ...............................................................................................82 Pool hall ........................................................................................81 Popcorn ........................................................................................67 Power lunch .................................................................................31 PR person ....................................................................................49 Preschool .....................................................................................38 Pub quiz .......................................................................................55 Radio personality .....................................................................33 Radio station ..............................................................................33 Reason to designate a driver ...............................................54 Record store ...............................................................................69 Restaurant design ......................................................................18 Restaurant for kids ....................................................................16 Restaurant for when someone else is paying ..............................................................................31 Romantic restaurant ................................................................12 Salad .............................................................................................28 Salad bar .....................................................................................28 Sandwich .....................................................................................30

Student art event ......................................................................56 Sunday brunch ..........................................................................30 Supermarket ..............................................................................65 Survivors ....................................................................................40 Sushi ...............................................................................................11 Tamales .........................................................................................24 Tanning salon .............................................................................41 Taqueria ........................................................................................24 Tea .................................................................................................29 Teen night ...................................................................................76 Thai ..................................................................................................11 Theater company .....................................................................60 Themed dinners ..........................................................................18 Thrift store sale .........................................................................72 Thrift stores ...............................................................................72 Tortillas ........................................................................................29 Toy store ......................................................................................70 Trail ...............................................................................................82 Tribune to Zeb Pike .................................................................36 TV anchor ....................................................................................34

EDITOR’S NOTE The selections for Best of the Springs were chosen by reader ballots and the GO! staff. The reader picks are labeled as such (with our buddy, Hank the Cowboy, a sculpture on Tejon Street). The rest are staff picks.

CREDITS THE SIGNS We’d like to thank the owners or proprietors of H+L Architecture offices (page 4), the Mel Haven Motel, the Dun Rovin’, The Chief Motel, Kimball’s Twin Peak Theatres, Lee’s Liquors, The Wrangler RV campgrounds and The Navajo Hogan for “Signs of Greatness.”

Place to end up during last call ..........................................54 Place to find bargains ............................................................65 Place to fix a computer ..........................................................74 Place to game ............................................................................59 Place to get a latte with your avalanche snow shovel ..........................................................67 Place to get married ................................................................64 Place to get the 411 ..................................................................50 Place to get the wiggles out .................................................76 Place to learn to fly-fish .........................................................84 Place to meet a potential mate ..........................................54 Place to network ......................................................................50 Place to propose ......................................................................64 Place to rent or buy an instrument ...................................74 Place to spend $100 on a pair of jeans .............................71 Place to spend $5 on a pair of jeans ..................................71 Place to take kids ......................................................................75 Place to take out-of-towners ...............................................38 Place to volunteer .....................................................................41 Place to work out .......................................................................81

Scenic drive ................................................................................47 School field trip ........................................................................48 School for hairstylists .............................................................41 Scooter shop ...............................................................................67 Seafood ...........................................................................................9 Second-career artist ...............................................................62 Shoe store ...................................................................................68 Shopping with the girls .........................................................68 Shrimp cocktail .........................................................................29 Ski shop .......................................................................................74 Smoke shop .................................................................................67 Soup ..............................................................................................29 Special dinners ..........................................................................28 Special treat for mom ............................................................20 Sports bar ...................................................................................16 Sports complex .........................................................................84 Spot for a picnic ........................................................................48 Stage comedy .............................................................................63 Stage drama ................................................................................61 Steak .............................................................................................10

TV consumer reporter .............................................................34 TV news hotties ........................................................................34 TV news station ........................................................................34 TV reporter ..................................................................................34 Unlikely headbanger ...............................................................53 Upscale men’s clothes .............................................................70 Use of brooms ...........................................................................84 Video game store ......................................................................67 Vietnamese ...................................................................................11 Vintage clothing store ..............................................................71 Wait staff .....................................................................................32 Waiting room .............................................................................49 Way to learn an instrument ..................................................64 Web site for kid activities ......................................................76 Wine bar ........................................................................................18 Wings ............................................................................................29 Women’s fashions .....................................................................70 Yoga studio ..................................................................................41 Zoo animal ...................................................................................76

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EDITOR Warren Epstein ARTISTS and DESIGNERS Nichole Montañez, Brian McCarrie, Stephen Olver, Jerry Herman PHOTOGRAPHERS Mark Reis, Carol Lawrence, Kevin Kreck Jerilee Bennett COPY EDITORS Carmen Boles, Linda Doty, Kristin Marsh, Willow Welter WRITERS Nathaniel Glen, Mark Arnest, Warren Epstein, Andrew Wineke, Linda Navarro, Jen Mulson, Teresa Farney, Willow Welter, Carmen Boles, Jennifer Wilson, Christopher Short, Dave Philipps ONLINE GURUS Pula Davis, Brian McCarrie, Stephanie Weber, videographer Charlie Balch

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Tastefully Yours,

The Restaurants at The Broadmoor

The Tavern ~ Garden Room

Summit

Since 1918, superb, award-winning dining has always been a Broadmoor tradition. Today, The Broadmoor offers 15 distinctive choices in restaurants, cafĂŠs and lounges for your enjoyment. From classic fine dining in the Penrose Room with its unparalleled views and Charles Court celebrating American food with a Colorado focus and alfresco dining by the lake, to the best in steaks and seafood at the historic Tavern, family The Penrose Room

The Golden Bee

fare at the Golf Club Dining Room and the nationally acclaimed American Brasserie Summit restaurant at Broadmoor Hall, your choices seem endless.

Charles Court Patio

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The Hotel Bar

For more information, www.broadmoor.com or call Broadmoor Dining Reservations at 719.577.5733.


Best fine dining THE PENROSE ROOM

The top dining spot in The Broadmoor isn’t just a place to eat. You take the elevator up to the peak of the resort’s South Tower to experience grandeur at its, well, grandest. As a jazz quartet plays, you sit under crystal chandeliers, taking in unmatched mountain views courtesy of panoramic windows while you sip Dungeness crabmeat bisque or nibble on snapper ceviche with cucumber and coconut milk. The only place that comes close, in terms of food, service and general elegance, is The Broadmoor’s Charles Court. 1 Lake Ave., 577-5733; broadmoor.com

Best seafood ENGLISH DOCKSIDE SEAFOOD AND GRILL Thomas English and his family have turned a strip mall shop into a roadside Florida crab shack. Try the snow crab or the fried oysters and you’ll forget you’re landlocked. 2220 Academy Place, 380-7732

Best Mexican AMANDA’S FONDA

Consistent food. Great margaritas. Friendly service. An expanded creek-side patio. Amanda’s is the kind of Mexican restaurant that invites you not just to eat but to savor. 3625 W. Colorado Ave., 227-1975

READERS’ CHOICE

Best fine dining THE CRAFTWOOD INN

It’s hard to find this much elk, venison, buffalo, caribou, wild boar, ostrich, quail, pheasant and duck without a rifle in your hand. A perfect place to take out-of-towners, The Craftwood’s historic setting and gourmet game perfectly capture the Colorado experience. 404 El Paso Blvd., 685-9000; craftwood.com

Best seafood RED LOBSTER

The nation’s largest seafood chain continues to reel readers in with lobster, crab, shrimp and new offerings, such as pan-seared crab cakes and lobster bisque. 275 S. Academy Blvd., 591-0771; 4925 N. Academy Blvd., 594-9494; redlobster.com

Best Mexican AMANDA’S FONDA

The family has owned Mexican restaurants for five generations, and built a loyal clientele by loading plates with perfectly balanced spices and plenty of meat. The green chili is about the chunkiest you’ll find. 3625 W. Colorado Ave., 227-1975

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DINING There’s no arguing Silver Pond’s superior quality when it comes to Best Chinese

Best steak THE FAMOUS

READERS’ CHOICE

You can’t be a real city without a real steakhouse, and, The Famous really puts us on the map. It has the leather upholstered booths and prime steaks like you’d find at an upscale Chicago beef joint.

Best steak STEAKSMITH

Now open for lunch, the Steaksmith has been a popular spot for carnivores for 25 years, and it continues to draw crowds with some of the finest beef in town.

31 N. Tejon St., 227-7333

Best Chinese SILVER POND

3802 Maizeland Road, 596-9300; steaksmith.com

We have to agree with the readers on this one. The upscale Chinese here is too good for those little takeout boxes. Sit down in the restaurant and enjoy.

Best Chinese SILVER POND

5670 N. Academy Blvd., 594-9343

Sure, you’ll find your usual chow meins and moo goo gai pans, done better than you’ve had outside Chinatown, but you’ll also find specials with gourmet flourishes, such as the strawberry chicken, served in an upscale setting.

Best Italian PARAVICINI’S ITALIAN BISTRO

The local wise guys of Southern Italian feed-your-face comfort food, Franco Pisani and Ted Sexton, have added a second restaurant in Palmer Lake (in the old Villa), and it surpasses the original Old Colorado City location in food, service and romantic ambiance. Try the Chicken Valeria, a chicken breast sauteed with loads of garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and mushroom sauce, and other great stink-up-your-breath specialities. 75 S. Colorado Highway 105, Palmer Lake, 481-2222 paravicinis.com

5670 N. Academy Blvd.; 594-9343

Best Italian ZIO’S ITALIAN KITCHEN CAROL LAWRENCE, THE GAZETTE

The Famous chef Brian Sack, a major goofball, is serious about his steak.

there’s always something brewing at rock bottom Just in time for spring, we’ve created a handful of new entrées, like the hearty Tuna Steak Sandwich or our fresh Turkey Bacon Cobb, both on our grilled Flatbread. And if you haven’t joined us for our new Happy Hour - you’ve got a few more reasons to come visit; including $2.79 handcrafted pints and food specials starting at $2.99; weekdays from 3pm - 6pm and again after 10pm. It’s all new, only at Rock Bottom.

Serious about our food. Crazy about our beer.

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Here’s the rare chain that actually serves good Italian fare at cheap prices. You can get a big plate of delectable chicken cannelloni for $7.99 or pay even less for crispy, delicious calamari. 6650 Corporate Drive, 593-9999; zios.com

try our new Happy Hour too!


DINING Sushi competition is tough

Best Korean TONG TONG KOREAN RESTAURANT

Be prepared to be surrounded by Asian diners who are in the know about where to get great Korean food at bargain prices. You’ll find the traditional bul gogi (grilled beef), japchae (noodles) and bibimbob (a bowl of rice topped with steamed veggies, grilled beef and a fried egg). 2036 S. Academy Blvd., 591-8585

enjoy authentic German and continental fare. The restaurant’s been in business since 1969, and you’ll find all the standards: wienerschnitzel, jagerschnitzel and sauerbraten. Try the flammekuche, a traditional dish from Alsace; it’s a pizzalike crust topped with apples, onions, bacon and a sour cream sauce.

Celebrating 12 Years–Locally Owned and Operated in Colorado! Thank You!

34 E. Ramona Ave., 633-2220; restauranteur.com/edelweiss

Best Sushi AI SUSHI & GRILL

Best Thai TASTE OF THAI SPICE

The extra spicy here is serious but delicious. Pick your comfort zone for heat and get ready to dig chopsticks into a fine Pad Thai or any of the other noodle dishes. Our favorite soup, Tom-Kha-Kai, a vegetable and coconut milk soup with tiny red peppers dancing in it, is a must on snowy days. 1609 Lashelle Way, 226-1999

Best German EDELWEISS RESTAURANT

It’s like taking a trip to old Bavaria when you dine at this spacious eatery where you can

Local sushi wars continue to push Jun and Ai to new heights. This year, Ai’s Centennial location pulled ahead with better blended flavors in the rolls and better rice-to-fish ratio. 4655 Centennial Blvd., 266-5858

Best Vietnamese LEMONGRASS BISTRO

Local Vietnamese restaurants are remarkably good — and remarkably similar. If you want something more exotic, say Mrs. Nga’s Wok-Seared Shrimp Paste Spread on Rice topped off with an amazing creme brulee, you have to go to Lemongrass Bistro. 6840 N. Academy Blvd., 592-1391

Enjoy the unique dining experience of The Mona Lisa. Flavorful cheeses, fresh fruits, vegetables & baked breads, the finest meats & seafood choices, and decadent chocolate fondues. Dinners starting at 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Reservations are Recommended. Arrive early and , visit Mona s Wine Cellar, a wine tasting bar with a distinctive wine selection. 719.685.0277 • 733 Manitou Avenue in Downtown Manitou Springs

For more information, visit us at www.monalisafondue.com

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WILD GAME, SEAFOOD, STEAKS, VEGETARIAN & MORE

Gazette Go Readers 2004, 2005, 2006

DINNER FROM 5:00 P.M. RESERVATIONS SUGGESTED

“Best of the Springs” Colorado Springs Chamber 2005

º#####» North American Restaurant Association 2005

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DINING For an intimate experience, take a dip (or two) at Mona Lisa

Best new restaurant PLATE WORLD CUISINE

No local restaurant has created such an adventure in dining as the sexy new Plate World Cuisine, created by Ryan Blanchard and Walter Iser from Walter’s Bistro. The menu changes regularly, rotating morsels from the Pacific Rim with delectables from Latin America and beyond. 9420 Briar Village Point, 475-8000; platecolorado.com

Best romantic restaurant THE MONA LISA FONDUE RESTAURANT

Victorian splendor melds with the do-it-yourself craze in the most romantic setting this side of Venice. We’re pretty sure Nat King Cole wrote a song about the place, too. 733 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0277; monalisafondue.com

Best hidden gem BLUE VERVAIN

CAROL LAWRENCE, THE GAZETTE

Executive chef Ryan Blanchard from Plate World Cuisine showed off a popular lunch entree, seared jumbo sea scallops with lobster succotash.

Here’s the little restaurant that could, competing (and often beating) the big boys in regional chef competitions. Creative and dynamic foods influenced by Southwest, Asian, Italian and French traditions are served in a cozy and elegant dining room. 56 Park Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-2400; bluevervain.com

• IN THE HEART • OF HISTORIC • OLD COLORADO CITY •

OPEN MON-SAT 6-3 OPEN Sun 6:30-3

2601 West Colorado Avenue • Colorado Springs, CO 80904 • 719-634-1007

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SOUTHWEST • Breakfast Burrito • Huevos Rancheros Friday, May 18, 2007

• Southwest Burrito • Chilli Relleno

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES • Imported & Domestic Beers • Wine and Champagne • Mixed Drinks

SANDWICHES & WRAPS • Philly Cheese Steak • Shaved Turkey • Turkey Melt

DELICIOUS DESSERTS

Enjoy a slice of one of our delicious cakes or pies with a scoop of ice cream. We also have sundaes!


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Try our Penne Campofiore made with fresh vegetables and Romano cheese in a light vegetable broth. For those who like it spicy, try our Shrimp and Scallops Fra Diavolo tossed with roasted peppers in a fiery red sauce. And our unforgettable Pizza Angelo features a delicious Alfredo sauce, sliced chicken

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DINING Great minds think alike on Jun, Jake & Telly’s

Best Japanese JUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT

We have to agree with the readers here. Jun has the whole package. Great sushi, perfectly prepared tempura and, at the Centennial location, knife-tossing teppan that will keep the family entertained. 3276 Centennial Blvd., 227-8690; 1760 Dublin Blvd., 531-9368

Best Greek JAKE & TELLY’S GREEK CUISINE THE FLYING W WRANGLERS LIVE IN CONCERT EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT!!! HITS INCLUDE: GHOST RIDERS, TUMBLING WEEDS, COOL WATER, SOMEBODY’S PRAYIN’, FATHER TO FATHER AND MUCH, MUCH MORE

Winter Steakhouse and Original Western Stage Show!

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OPEN EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Reservations Necessary So Please Call 719-598-4000 • flyingw.com

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We love Jake & Telly’s as much as readers. 2616 W. Colorado Ave., 633-0406

Best Indian MIRCH MASALA

Gotta love the setting: murals of Bombay, Bollywood posters near the restrooms, a scooter protruding from the wall. And the food surpasses the ambiance. The lunch buffet just went up a buck to a shocking $8.95, but you get what you pay for. The saag paneer at Mirch Masala is about the creamiest, most comforting Indian dish you’ll find in the region. 5047 N. Academy Blvd., 599-0003 mirchmasalacuisine.com

READERS’ CHOICE

Best Japanese JUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT

You’ll be lucky to get near the sushi bars at the North Academy or Centennial locations without reservations on a Friday night. The masses have discovered Jun in a big way. Jun proves that attention warranted by serving up phenomenal sushi, tempura and more. 3276 Centennial Blvd., 227-8690; 1760 Dublin Blvd., 531-9368

Best Greek JAKE & TELLY’S GREEK CUISINE

Readers are thinking outside the gyro. Jake and Telly Topakas serve decidedly upscale dishes influenced by Greek, Middle Eastern, French and American cuisines in a comfy dining room or a balcony overlooking Colorado Avenue. You can take it light with some hummus and pita, or really make a night of it. 2616 W. Colorado Ave., 633-0406


The Independent Restaurants Cooperative The IRC consists of chefs and owners of nine independently owned and operated restaurants in the Colorado Springs area. Our members are dedicated to provide a unique and delectable dining experience. We support local farmers and ranchers while serving distinctive and unique cuisine. The IRC is active in the community, supporting local art is and entertainment. Support local businesses and try one of these non-chain restaurants today! 6:30 p.m. $50/per person plus tax & gratuity. Each dinner limited to 50 guests. 10% of proceeds to benefit the Fine Arts Center.

New 2007 IRC Dinner Dates Five Courses, Five Wines

IRC - February 13

IRC - March 13

IRC - April 10

IRC - May 8

IRC - June 12

Greek Cuisine

2616 West Colorado Ave. Colorado Springs 719.633.0406

4605 Centennial Boulevard Colorado Springs 719.599.4776

IRC - July 10

IRC - August 14

56 Park Avenue Manitou Springs 719.685-2400 IRC - September 11

404 Manitou Avenue Manitou Springs 719.685.1864 IRC - October 9 April 11th 2007 Wine Tasting “The World of Lafite”

7350 Pine Creek Road Colorado Springs 719.598.8667 IRC - November 13

$55.00 per person plus tax and gratuity

34 E. Ramona Avenue Colorado Springs 719.633.2220

4375 Sinton Road Colorado Springs 719.528.1155

La Petite Maison

25 W Cimarron Street Colo. Spgs. • 719.475.8880

1015 W. Colorado Avenue Colorado Springs 719.632.4887

404 El Paso Boulevard Manitou Springs 719.685.9000

Call each individual restaurant to reserve your spot at the listed IRC dinner dates.

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DINING Red Robin, Fargo’s keep kids occupied with fun . . . Craftwood’s got game

Best pizza BROOKLYN ITALIAN KITCHEN AND BAKERY

Best restaurant for kids FARGO’S PIZZA CO.

The closest thing we have to a Casa Bonita, Fargo’s offers families not just good pizza and carrot cake, but an entertainment experience, complete with a game room, a player piano and an over-the-top Western atmosphere. Now, if they could just figure where to put the cliff divers.

New York transplants who taste Domino’s Brooklyn Style pizza and think “mmm, not bad” need to get a tasty reminder of how their real hometown pizza is supposed to taste. Brooklyn’s version features just the right thin crust, homemade sweet marinara, cheese and olive oil.

2910 E. Platte Ave., 473-5540

Best chef JASON GUST

1371 N. Academy Blvd., 573-1900

For three years, the executive chef of the Ritz Grill has taken the top spot in the Chef de Cuisine, an annual “Iron Chef”-like competition at The Broadmoor. Try his semolinaencrusted salmon at Ritz Grill and you’ll know why.

Best sports bar THE HATCH COVER

This upscale restaurant-turned-sports bar has 17 TVs and definitely caters to the game crowd, but it also retains its emphasis on food, from the lowbrow buffalo wings to the highbrow crab-stuffed trout.

Best Colorado cuisine CRAFTWOOD INN

252 E. East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 576-5223; hatchcover.biz

Best bar food KEG LOUNGE

OK, we’ve excluded Shuga’s, Phantom Canyon, Metropolitain, The Warehouse and other places that are, in spirit, more restaurant than bar. The Keg is just an oldschool saloon that happens to employ cooks who know their way around buffalo burgers, chicken-and-berry salads and steamed snow crab platters like nobody’s business. This is bar food? 730 Manitou Ave., 685-9531

Come here with a hearty, robust appetite for a meal filled with foods indigenous to Colorado: elk, pheasant, venison, quail, antelope. Be prepared for eye-popping presentations such as the chargrilled North American Elk in Cabernet Sauvignon glace served with a wild mushroom ragout. 404 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs, 685-9000; craftwood.com

Best doughnuts BREADHEADS BAKERY

Yummy, old-fashioned cake doughnuts — don’t miss the delicious applesauce ones. If glazed is your thing, they have them, too, and great bread.

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Best pizza PAPA MURPHY’S TAKE ‘N’ BAKE PIZZA

Papa Murphy’s pioneered the take-and-bake concept and continues to do it wonderfully, with gourmet toppings and quality dough. Cook it in your home and it serves as not just dinner but aromatherapy. Various locations

Best sports bar CHAMPPS AMERICANA

This sports bar chain has a slick, big-city look, and eats that go way beyond chicken wings and burgers. But the chicken wings and burgers are pretty darned good. 1765 Briargate Parkway, 548-0113: champps.com

Best restaurant for kids RED ROBIN

Video games, balloons for everybody, a guy roaming the dining room in a giant red bird suit, burgers that put McDonald’s to shame. No wonder kids love this place. Various locations

2226 N. Wahsatch Ave., 473-5555

Serving Made from Scratch Classics: Gumbo, Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, Po-Boys, Praline Shrimp, Beignets, Red Beans & Rice, Fried Catfish and More... Hurricane Cocktails

8810 N. Union Blvd. 719-282-8479 • www.culpeppers.net BEST OF THE SPRINGS 16

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DINING Summit’s excellence is in the details — and the grandeur

Best Moroccan TAJINE ALAMI

Sit on pillows, eat with your fingers, and dig into a six-course Moroccan feast. The best dish is B’stella, a pastry stuffed with chicken, spiced eggs and almonds. Even better are the belly dancers who perform Fridays, Saturdays and the last Wednesday of every month. 10 Old Mans Trail in Manitou Springs, 685-1119; tajinealami.com

Best restaurant design SUMMIT

Happy Hour 3 - 7pm Everyday

Traditional Irish and American Fare

OPEN 11AM Seven Days a Week

Live Music • Plenty of Parking 520 S. TEJON • 633-3300

This Broadmoor bistro boasts a retro James Bond cool with sleek design percolating from the dessert forks up to the massive rotating glass wine turret. 19 Lake Circle, 577-5896; broadmoor.com

Best themed dinners THE MARGARITA AT PINECREEK Eric Viedt shows outdoor films in the summer and pairs food to the theme of the movie. We’re hoping he doesn’t do a showing of “Spider-Man.” 7350 Pine Creek Road, 598-8667; coloradoeats.com/margarita/home.html

Best wine bar RICO’S COFFEE, CHOCOLATE AND WINE BAR AT POOR RICHARD’S

A delightful mix of wines from Spain, Italy, France and California, outstanding coffee, gourmet sipping chocolates and soothing live jazz. This is about enjoying life to the fullest. 322 N. Tejon St., 630-7723; poorrichardswebsite.com

Best place for plant eaters ADAM’S MOUNTAIN CAFE

If you’re not a veggie head, all you need is one meal here and you’ll see the light. Adam’s isn’t strictly vegetarian. The chefs also do delightful things with fish and chicken. But it’s the veggies, grains and eggs that really shine. Platters of huevos rancheros with vegetarian New Mexican green chili, the melt-in-your-mouth brown rice Planet Burger and Tibetan Vegetables will make you think twice about eating animal flesh. The place has spacious, spiffy new digs, too, in the historic spa building in Manitou Springs. 934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4370; adamsmountain.com

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DINING Barbecue battle pairs Front Range and Bird Dog . . . High tea is fun for Mom

Best fast food CHIPOTLE

READERS’ CHOICE

Leave it to a Colorado company to prove fast food can be convenient, inventive and all natural. No wonder the lunch line is out the door at area Chipotle restaurants. But here’s a secret: Order at chipotle.com and skip to the front of the line to pick up your burrito.

Best barbecue FRONT RANGE BARBEQUE

In 2000, Front Range opened in Old Colorado City and seriously upped the ante for local ‘cue. The restaurant, which also does a brisk catering business, recently opened a second location out east.

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Best special treat for mom FORMAL VICTORIAN TEA AT GLEN EYRIE

Talk about something way out of the ordinary: Surprise that special woman in your life with an elegant tea in a castle. Crook your pinky finger and sip a little tea as you try the chef’s offerings, which probably will include fresh-baked scones with butter and jam, dainty sandwiches, deviled eggs, chocolate truffles, flaky pastries and other brunch treats. Then take Mom on a guided tour of stately, historic Glen Eyrie Castle, home of Colorado Springs founder Gen. William Jackson Palmer. 3820 N. 30th St., 634-0808; www.navigators.org

4935 Templeton Gap Road, 598-8895 2330 W. Colorado Ave., 632 2596 coloradoeats.com/frbbq

CAROL LAWRENCE, THE GAZETTE

Bird Dog BBQ manager Bryan Frosco spiced up chicken before smoking it.

Best barbecue BIRD DOG BBQ

Bird Dog ain’t fancy. The oak-smoked, slow-cooked meats and fixin’s are served cafeteria style, on plastic trays. But the fallin’-off-the-bones pork ribs and supermoist beef brisket are worthy of fine china. This dog can hunt.

Best fast food WENDY’S OLD FASHIONED HAMBURGERS

Wendy’s has led the fast-food industry in offering great salads and alternatives to fries in the kids’ meals. But when we’re feeling like indulgence, we’re up for those greasy burgers and Vanilla Frostys. Various locations

5984 Stetson Hills Blvd., Suite 300, 596-4900; birddogbbq.com

For the love of Sushi More than 100 Sushi and Rolls to choose from, only at the Garden of the Gods Location.

Voted Best Japanese

Experience The Authentic Taste of Mexican Food Open 7 Days a Week! 11am-10pm

Lunch • Cocktails Dinner

Family Owned & Operated for 25 Years

Take Out Orders Available

Great Mexican Style Dining The Whole Family Will Enjoy!

Two New Locations

4655 Centennial Blvd. (at Garden of the Gods)

310 S. Academy Blvd

266-5858 or 266-6644

596-5414

www.aisushi.us

Lunch: Monday-Friday 1-2:30pm • Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5-9pm • Friday-Saturday 5-10pm

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6385 N. Academy Blvd 1749 Lake Woodmoor

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Black Forest Lumber & Garden Center

Good results begin with a solid foundation, and that requires the right materials for the job.

Locally Owned & Operated • Free Quotes • Prompt affordable delivery • Contractor & quality pricing available • Lumber cut to size • Fast Delivery

That’s why professionals and do-it-yourselfers alike trust us for a comprehensive selection of professional grade hardware, lumber and supplies. Plus, our selection and service are the best in the business!

• Plants Locally Grown • Flowers • Plants • Bedding • Potting • One-of-a-kind Potted Plants

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Japanese Restaurant More than 100 sushi Rolls to choose from at The Briargate Celebrating Our First Anniversary

3478 B Research Pkwy • Union & Research 719.282.8238

DINING Play pool, eat fancy at Phantom

Best brew pub PHANTOM CANYON

This is what brew pubs are supposed to be: boistrous urban oases, where you can play pool with friends, down some well-crafted brews and nosh on food that’s much better, fancier and more ambitious than you’ll find at most bars. The brewery usually features about 8 to 10 specialty beers at a time, which are made inhouse. For a guilty pleasure, try the cheese and bacon brewery chips or the artichoke and baby spinach fondue. Upstairs in the large Billiard Hall, pool’s free daily until 6 p.m.; after 6 it’s $3 per person per hour. 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-2800; phantomcanyon.com

LINDA NAVARRO, THE GAZETTE

Best pie APPLE PIE, LIKE NO OTHER ETC.

Talk about good to the last bite. Nancy Mitchell turns out a killer apple pie with a reminds-us-of-Grandma’s crust. Choose apple-blackberry and a deep red color oozes out of the slits from the blackberries she puts atop the apples. She also has a yummy apple pie with a Dutch crumb topping. And then there’s her strudel. . . By the way, they also have a variety of hard-tofind sugar-free and Weight Watchers pies. Call ahead to order. 412 S. Eighth St., 328-1290

The Verdict Is In! Good Food Fast!

Burgers • Burritos • Fries and Award-Winning Pies! Breakfast and Lunch it’s

7 E. Vermijo across from courthouse

520-1843

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684-0900 8045 West Highway 24 • Cascade, CO (take Pikes Peak Hwy exit) Open 10:30 - 8:30 7 Days a Week (Summer Hours Extended)


Home is Where

Your new mortgage payment is about the same as your old rent payment. SINGLE FAMILY HOMES 1. WOODMEN HILLS COURTYARDS 495-3574 • From the $190s Low-maintenance homes in a resort style community.

2. MESA RIDGE 382-4659 • From the low $200s Close to shopping, I-25 & Fort Carson.

TOWNHOMES 3. THE BLUFFS AT SPRING CREEK 227-8892 • From the mid $100s

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SPOTLIGHT on WOODMOOR PARK READY TO MOVE-IN HOMES Woodmoor Park Colorado

878 Timber Lakes $188,868 Plus $15,000 Buyer Bonus & 50” HD Plasma TV.* 2-car garage, window coverings and all appliances included!

4. SAND CREEK VILLAS 638-0439 • From the $190s Two-car garages included. Gated community.

5. THE HEIGHTS AT CROSS CREEK 382-3695 • From the $190s Two-car attached garages included.

6. COUNTRYSIDE 382-1162 • From the mid $100s

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7. WOODMOOR PARK 487-8827, 484-0840 From the $190s and $200s Next to Lewis-Palmer High School.

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DINING Follow nose — and line — for superior green chili

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Best taqueria LA SINALOENSE

our away from home kitchen is inviting you to savor our recipes customized to your taste. Weʼll co-create 12 delicious suppers hassle free in 90 minutes with or without you! Come in or pick up - your choice. Go to www.suppersolutionsinc.com or call us to register.

your nose and the lunch line spilling out the door, and you’ll find a flavorful family tradition of spicy chiles and flavorful pork. Just order anything “smothered.”

This tiny Mexican bakery hides some dynamite $1.50 tacos behind cases of sweet pumpkin bread and macaroons. Fresh, lean meat and a top-end toppings bar raise Sinaloense above other addresses in the Taqueria Triangle. Not much English is spoken, but ordering by pantomime is accepted.

330 E. Colorado Ave., 475-9722

Best calamari FUSE NEW AMERICAN CUISINE

642 S. Academy Blvd., 550-1213

This squid is a study in perfection, springy but not tough, with just a rumor of breading and a generous lemon wedge on the side.

Best tamales THE LITTLE MARKET & DELI

3317 Cinema Point, 574-8003 fuseamericanrestaurant.com

Grab a half-dozen ($9.99) for supper from this neighborhood market, or they’ll heat them up for you to eat on the spot. From the Tamale Connection in Antonito, in the San Luis Valley, they’re frozen but a cinch to steam in their husks. Choose from pork in red chili, Colorado beef in red chili, green chili and chicken.

Best martini ICE, ICE BABY, THE METROPOLITAIN

Hey, for $20 a glass, it ought to be the best martini. The Ice, Ice Baby is a smooth concoction with just a hint of sweetness that lingers on the tongue. The recipe is surprisingly simple: Three parts Ciroc vodka to one part Inniskillin Icewine. Try one and you’ll want to cash out your 401(k) and buy a round for the house.

749 E. Willamette Ave., 635-0769

Powers & Palmer Park 1580 Space Center Dr. # 110 Colo. Spgs. • 719-573-5573

Woodmen & Lexington 3502 Hartsel Dr. #100 Colo. Spgs. • 719-266-5111

Best green chili EL TACO REY

In a town where breakfast counters and burger joints claim to serve the best green chili, El Taco Rey doesn’t boast. But follow

101 N. Tejon St. No. 10, 302-0280; themetropolitaindowntown.com

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Exceeding Expectations Everyday Academy at Maizeland Locally Owned and Operated Reservations Suggested • 596-9300

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Stone Crossing Explore Northgate’s Best Place to Live Discover Stone Crossing—where the best in life starts with a location next to nature. With over 20 acres of open space, and miles of hiking and biking trails the community is designed for exploration. Mary Kyer Park and the Da Vinci Academy, a D-20 elementary school, is just a short walk or pedal away. Open space trails lead to the neighborhood’s rock-terraced amphitheater, pavilion and ponds. Treat yourself to life’s finest by touring the four new models. Stone Crossing features luxury homes set on one-third acre hillside lots, with choice locations and stellar appointments. Choose a home with spectacular views or, for those seeking seclusion, a spot nestled in stands of native oak and pine. Experience Stone Crossing.

Take I-25 to Interquest Parkway, Exit 153. Turn north (left) on Voyager Parkway and east (right) on Middle Creek Parkway to Bridle Oaks Lane. From here, just follow the signs to the model homes. For a detailed map, visit www.stone-crossing.com

NEW HOMES FROM THE UPPER $400S

NEW HOMES FROM THE MID $400S

719.488.8676

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DINING Stiff competition for best breakfast . . . Locals rave about Josh & John’s

Best breakfast WESTERN OMELETTE

Best ice cream JOSH & JOHN’S

We have to agree with readers. Josh & John’s is our local Ben and Jerry’s.

The competition couldn’t be stiffer: Adam’s, Gertrude’s, East Coast Deli, Omelette Parlor. But Western Omelette edges past with shortorder cookin’ done with surgical precision. The smoky, thick, slightly crispy, slightly chewy bacon is perfect. Eggs? Perfect. Chicken fried steak? Perfect. Green chili? A contender for best in town. We also love the informal meeting-hall atmosphere decorated with Indian dream catchers and motorcycle posters.

111 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 632-0299; 5152 N. Academy Blvd., 593-1220; joshandjohns.com

Markus Hannan enjoyed a scope of the hometown favorite — Josh & John’s ice cream.

16 S. Walnut St. , 636-2286; westernomelette.com

Best coffee place AGIA SOPHIA COFFEE SHOP & BOOKSTORE

The former City Hall and firehouse has been restored and turned into a premier coffee house. In our Great Java Taste Test, this Old Colorado City hangout scored highest for both coffee and atmosphere.

An enduring local institution, Josh & John’s keeps serving that creamy natural goodness, even as its nearby chain competitors close up shop (that’s you, Coldstone). 111 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 632-0299; 5152 N. Academy Blvd., 593-1220; joshandjohns.com

Best breakfast THE OMELETTE PARLOR

This regular winner has a country charm that packs in the locals, especially on Sundays. Pick from a variety of fluffy omelettes or have eggs Benedict their way. 900 E. Filmore St., 633-7770 co-spgs-omeletteparlor.com

The gourmet coffee chain taught us there’s more to coffee than Folgers. We just wish it were easier to find a Starbucks in town. KEVIN KRECK, THE GAZETTE

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!

It’s a Restaurant! Seating Available in the Plane! Lunches & Dinners - Banquets Separate Checks Okay • Reservations Accepted

Fly into Solos

1 Block east of Powers Blvd on Fountain Blvd. Just look for the plane!

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Best ice cream JOSH & JOHN’S

Best coffee place STARBUCKS

2902 W. Colorado Ave., 632-3322; agiasophiacoffeeshop.com

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4445 Star Ranch Rd - Broadmoor/Penhurst Park $744,500 D12 Schools! Wonderful home with fabulous mountain & city views. Approximately 4,666 total sq. ft. , 5BD/5BA & 3 car garage. Spacious rooms, 2 view decks, backs to preservation area. Hardwood floors, built-ins, wet bar, security system, radon system & so much more.

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he Patterson Group specializes in luxury properties throughout the Pikes Peak region to include communities like Kissing Camels Estates, The 3925 Elisa Court - Kissing Camels $867,900 Broadmoor, Peregrine and St. Luxury home in Kissing Camels Estates on private cul de sac w/ 5BD/5BA + large office Andrews/Country Club. & approx. 4,440 sq. ft. Fabulous views of city & mountains. Colorado decor/design w/open floor plan. Spectacular Chef’s kitchen w/upgraded appliances & granite countertops. Mature landscaping, auto sprinkler system & drip system. Energy efficient construction w/upgraded insulation, radiant floor heat. Wood floors, ceramic & granite tile, plantation shutters, 3 patios & so much more. 3830 Hill Circle - Kissing Camels $899,900 The Greens former model, at Kissing Camels Estates. Approx. 4,482 sq. ft., 4BD/4BA. Located on the Golf Course w/mountain views. Granite countertops, wood floors, Alder nd Wood doors, 2 fireplaces, built-in bookcases in family room, 2 patios & 2 master w/walkout to private patio.

3205 Muirfield Drive - St. Andrews/Country Club $980,000 Luxury residence on C.S. Country Club Golf Course. Ideal family home. Soaring ceiling, outstanding views, surround sound, custom features throughout. On quiet cul de Sac. A short walk to Palmer Park. Horse back riding near by. Approx. 5,931 sq. ft. 4BD/6BA/3 car garage.

9810 Highland Glen Place - Pine Creek $1,225,000 Great new Robert Scott custom home situated on .43 acres on the Pine Creek Golf Course. Approx. 5,543 sq. ft. w/4BD/6BA, rec room, media room, study, & 3 car garage. Ranch style home w/walk-out lower level. Custom features throughout. Gas fire pit, extensive cabinets, solid stone countertops, large wood deck, & so much more!

Proudly ranked #1 at Prudential Professional, ® REALTORS and in the top 200 out of 48,000 Prudential agents, The Patterson Group takes Real Estate seriously. Hardwork, professionalism, dedicated customer service and going above and beyond are the standards to which The Patterson Group strives. If you’re looking to buy or sell your home, call The Patterson Group, the Real Estate Professionals. It would be our privilege to serve you.

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3225 Muirfield Drive - St. Andrews/Country Club $1,395,000 Spanish Mission Style home on .72 acres in St. Andrews. Approx. 7,527 sq. ft. w/4BD/6BA, study & loft. Gourmet kitchen w/stainless steel appliances, fantastic views of city, mountains, & downtown, walk-out lower level, central AC & adjacent to park. Adjoining 6-acre greenbelt area. A Must See!

www.PattersonGRP.com

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DINING Rico’s salad isn’t standard fare

Best salad RICO’S COFFEE, CHOCOLATE AND WINE BAR AT POOR RICHARD’S

• State of the Art Dental Facility • General Dentistry • Same Day Dentures

The Farmers Market Salad is a crisp, lettucey dream on romaine with Campari tomatoes, cucumbers, orange bell pepper, Vidalia onions and ripe green olives, tossed in olive oil, Saba grape syrup, Asiago cheese, garlic and lime juice and optional roasted chicken breast. If that doesn’t work for you, head next door to Poor Richard’s for the reliably perfect house salad with incredible homemade balsamic vinaigrette poured over romaine lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, garbanzo beans, red onion, bell pepper and feta cheese. 322 N. Tejon St., 630-7723 poorrichardswebsite.com

Best salad bar JASON’S DELI

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Besides organic lettuce and carrots, there also are Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, red and yellow bell peppers, a tangy soybean and kidney bean mixture, mixed nuts, gingerbread muffins, garlic toast and much more. This all-you-can-eat deal for $6.99 is

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7455 N. Academy Blvd., 302-0234; jasonsdeli.com

Best special dinners INDEPENDENT RESTAURANTS COOPERATIVE

This group of individually owned restaurants formed a cooperative to get the kind of purchasing power the big chains enjoy. Each month, a member restaurant hosts a five-course dinner with wine for $50 per person. Here’s the lineup for the rest of this year: June 12: The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, 598-8667 July 10: Edelweiss Restaurant, 34 E. Ramona Ave., 633-2220 Aug. 14: Caspian Cafe, 4375 Sinton Road, 528-1155 Sept. 11: The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St., 475-8880 Oct. 9: La Petite Maison, 1015 W. Colorado Ave., 632-4887 Nov. 13: Craftwood Inn, 404 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs, 685-9000

Dinner tonight... 4375 Sinton Rd. • 719-528-1155

Cracked Pepper New York Strip Steak 719-635-2800 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

Smoked Bacon & Blue Cheese Tortellini, Butter Steamed Green Beans

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DINING Where to get gyros, bison, buffalo wings and fish tacos

SHORT TAKES Best diner: The King’s Chef Best soup: Seafood hot and sour at Chopsticks Asian Bistro Best bread: La Baguette Best bread pudding: Walter’s Bistro Best bagel: Bruegger’s Bagels Best hot dog: Margo’s Vienna Station Best hamburger (over $5): Plate World Cuisine Best hamburger (under $5): Cy’s Drive-In Best bison burger: Ted’s Montana Grill Best tortillas: Tortilleria La Nueva Victoria Best oysters: Carlos’ Bistro Best cinnamon rolls: Altitude Sweets Bakery Best frozen treat: Gelato at Dogtooth Coffee Company Best buffet: Mirch Masala Best Chinese buffet: Empire

Asian Buffet Best burritos: Avocado pork burritos at El Taco Rey and Salsa Latina (they’re almost identical) Best breakfast burrito: Fajita burrito at La Casita Best tea: Bona Dea Teahouse & Emporium Best margarita: El Tesoro Best deli: East Coast Deli Best gyro: Mediterranean Cafe Best fish taco: Sonterra Grill Best hummus: Blue Star Best shrimp cocktail: McKenzie’s Chop House Best wings: Wild Bill’s Buffalo Wings Best chocolatier: Michelle Chocolatiers & Ice Cream Best chips and salsa: Salsa Brava and Sonterra Grill Best fried chicken: Barney’s Diner

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DINING Bananas Foster is must-have at best brunch . . . Grab a sandwich at Mollica’s

Best Sunday brunch LAKE TERRACE DINING ROOM

READERS’ CHOICE

For $34 per person, you get the ultimate in bruncherific elegance: made-to-order Benedicts and bananas Foster, fork-tender tenderloin, lots of guys in tall white chef hats catering to your every culinary whim. 1 Lake Ave., 577-5733; broadmoor.com

Best sandwich MOLLICA’S ITALIAN MARKET AND DELI

The line is usually out the door at lunchtime, but Mollica’s Italian Hero — Genoa Salami, capicola and provolone on an Italian roll — is worth the wait. The grinders are top-notch, too, made with homemade Italian sausage links. 985-A Garden of the Gods Road, 598-1088; mollicas.com

Best cake CARROT CAKE, OLIVER’S DELI

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Best Sunday brunch THE SUNBIRD

Heavenly. Delicious. A carrot cake-lover’s dream come true. Moist, packed with walnuts, raisins and pineapple, and topped with a light whipped cream and cream cheese frosting with toasted coconut.

For about $27 (adult price), you get unmatched views on the bluff overlooking the mountains and the city, and a truly impressive spread. The best features are the made-to-order omelettes and bananas Foster. 230 Point of the Pines Drive, 598-8990; thesunbird.com

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Colorado Springs’ favorite authentic Irish Pub! Serving traditional Irish fare and delicious American cuisine. 15 Import and Domestic drafts and the best selection of Irish Whiskeys and Scotches. Happy Hour Daily! Live Irish Music four times every week!

21 S. Tejon St. • 385-0766 www.jackquinnspub.com

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A provocative mix of atmosphere and entertainment VOTED BEST STEAKHOUSE

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DINING Penrose Chef’s Table is lifetime experience . . . See powers-that-be at MacKenzie’s

Best restaurant when someone else is paying THE PENROSE ROOM’S CHEF’S TABLE

READERS’ CHOICE

Best restaurant when someone else is paying THE FAMOUS

For only $200, per person, plus tax and tip (and more if you want a wine-pairing upgrade), you and seven to 17 of your closest friends can enjoy a culinary experience of a lifetime, as Broadmoor chefs prepare your favorite foods before your eyes. 1 Lake Ave., 577-5733 broadmoor.com

That oh-so-succulent Prime Maytag Bleu Cheese New York Strip just tastes better when you know somebody else is picking up the tab. (It’s $37.95, and worth it.) 31 N. Tejon St., 227-7333; restauranteur.com/famous

Best power lunch GARDEN OF THE GODS CLUB THE GAZETTE FILE

After closing for six months for renovations, the Penrose Room is aiming for a five-star rating.

Best power lunch MACKENZIE’S CHOP HOUSE

A modern spin on the old speak-easy, MacKenzie’s packs in the movers and shakers with fine steaks, seafood and sandwiches.

The city’s power brokers swing deals at this private club, but sometimes it’s just about the amazing food. The Garden of the Gods’ chefs regularly win awards in regional competitions. 3320 Mesa Road, 632-5541; gardenofthegodsclub.com

128 S. Tejon St., 635-3536; mackenzieschophouse.com

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DINING Buca di Beppo has snappy service, fun spirit . . . Chili’s rules chains, readers say

Best chain restaurant THE MELTING POT

READERS’ CHOICE

Romantic without being frilly, sophisticated without being pretentious, The Melting Pot is the perfect spot for a special occasion or just a night out with friends or co-workers.

Best chain restaurant CHILI’S

Chili’s barely edged out Outback in our survey of readers. Maybe it’s the charbroiled burgers and sizzling fajita combinations that put it over the top.

30-A E. Pikes Peak Ave., 385-0300; themeltingpot.com

Best al fresco dining THE WINES OF COLORADO

It’s the perfect break from suburbia at this eatery nestled next to a bubbling stream with a huge deck and patio area. Drive up Ute Pass to the eatery for an award-winning wine burger to enjoy with a bottle of Colorado wine. Start the dining experience with an order of smoked garlic and crackers. 8045 W. U.S. Highway 24 in Cascade, 684-0900

1706 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 576-0440; 5807 N. Academy Blvd., 260-1788; 2890 New Center Point, 638-6200; chilis.com

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Each room is themed at the festive Buca di Beppo, and food is served family style.

Best wait staff BUCA DI BEPPO

From the moment you walk in the door, the wait staff is ready to get down and party with you. You are welcomed warmly, given a tour through the kitchen and shown to your table. The staff is well-versed about the menu. Service is prompt but not rushed. It’s not unusual for the general manager to come by to see whether everyone is happy and getting what they want.

Best wait staff STEAKSMITH

You’d think the team approach would eliminate the personal touch. Not so when the service team is this friendly and efficient. 3802 Maizeland Road, 596-9300 steaksmith.com

7252 N. Academy Blvd., 260-0444; www.bucadibeppo.com

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Best hair salon SALON SEVEN

Walk out with the latest look or let the stylists work their artistic magic on your same old same old that will leave you smiling. What you probably don’t know: The salon quietly donates time giving special cuts and styles to abused kids. 622 S. Tejon St., 632-7774

Best day spa GARDEN OF THE GODS CLUB

Isn’t it an exclusive private club? Yes, indeed. But for the right price you, too, can join the members gazing out at the Garden of the Gods and treat yourself to a botanical-oils massage or a therapeutic whirlpool in the solarium at the luxurious spa. Relax, melt away, enjoy. 3320 Mesa Road, 632-5541; gardenofthegodsclub.com

Best radio personality TRON SIMPSON, KCMN (1530 AM)

A lot of people have no idea that there’s a big-band and legends station hanging out in the upper reaches of the AM dial, spinning Sinatra tunes, John Denver and a song or two from The King. Check out Tron between 6 a.m. and noon weekdays.

Best radio station KKPK (92.9 FM)

We were a little peeved when Citadel Broadcasting bought the old Peak last year and turned it into a country station, but all was forgiven when Citadel transformed the oldies-themed KSPZ into “The New Peak FM.” Actually, KKPK throws in enough favorites that it’s been a seamless transition.

READERS’ CHOICE

Best hair salon VEDA

Veda turns first-timers into regulars. They’ll work with you to find your very best cut.

4697 Centennial Blvd., 265-5660; 2110 Southgate Road, No. 201, 578-8332; 7443 N. Academy Blvd., 314-1480; coloradoaveda.com

Best day spa VEDA

Always at the top of the list, and always a relaxing treat. See info above

Best radio personality CAPT. DAN, KKLI (106.3 FM)

Captain Dan Jackson is the longest-serving DJ in local radio. Hearing him and Paul Richards in the morning is more a nice cup of tea than a double-shot of espresso — and that’s a good thing.

Best radio station KRCC (91.5 FM)

Big changes this year: Local news mixed in with National Public Radio, “Democracy Now!” and a mixed-up music lineup. No problem, as long as our “friend and neighbor” Vicky Gregor signs on at 9 a.m. every weekday.

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CITY LIFE Consistent KOAA leaves others in the dust . . . New news hotties give viewers must-see TV

Best TV news station KOAA/CHANNELS 5&30

KRDO/Channel 13, KKTV/Channel 11 and KXRM/Channel 21 have been throwing everything but the kitchen sink at their newscasts. The news in this town has never been more competitive, but KOAA keeps racking up ratings crowns. Why? Consistency, competency, reliability. Don’t mess with success.

Best TV reporter DAVID NANCARROW, KKTV/CHANNEL 11

Nancarrow didn’t have a story this year as flashy as his 2006 Iraq trip, but he still scored some big scoops on the Ted Haggard story, and he’s been solid behind the anchor desk on weekends, too.

Best TV anchor JON KARROLL, KRDO/CHANNEL 13

We’re dubbing this the “Lisa Lyden Memorial Award.� Lisa’s won it more times than we can count — and deservedly so — but it’s boring giving it to the same person every year. Jon Karroll, in addition to possessing the perfect silvery anchorman hair, stays on his toes, rolling with the punches when he has to ad-lib or when he’s reporting from the scene.

Best TV consumer reporter BETTY SEXTON, KKTV/CHANNEL 11

A pesky consumer issue got you down? Betty and the station’s Call for Action are the answer to your headache.

Jon Karroll: The Southern California native has been a KRDO staple since 1993.

Betty Sexton: Not just an anchor, she covered crime for 15 years in Kansas City, Mo., and joined KKTV in 1999.

Best TV news hottie, male MARK HANRAHAN, KOAA/CHANNELS 5&30

It’s been a good year on the TV news hottie front. Local stations did a lot of hiring last fall, and they didn’t neglect the, um, aesthetics. Case in point: Hanrahan, who joined KOAA back in October and has been charming up the small screen ever since.

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Mark Hanrahan: A relative newcomer, he came to KOAA in October, 2006, from Great Falls, Mont.

Christina Salvo: A California native, she joined KXRM in October 2006, when the station launched its newscast.

Best TV news hottie, female CHRISTINA SALVO, KXRM/CHANNEL 21

This category just keeps getting more competitive. Young men considering their career options, take note: We’re told there are far more women than men in TV news these days and, apparently, they’re all really good-looking. Salvo is the hotness leader out of the uniformly attractive crew KXRM hired when it started its own news department last year.

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CITY LIFE News nod follows ratings . . . Springs loves KOAA anchor but can’t spell her name

READERS’ CHOICE

Best TV news station KOAA/CHANNELS 5&30

Best TV news hottie, female GEORGIANN LYMBEROPOULOS, KOAA/CHANNELS 5&30

KOAA earned some of its best ratings in modern history in the past year, opening up big leads over its competition at 10 p.m. So it’s no surprise that readers picked it: They’re obviously watching it.

Best TV reporter TAK LANDROCK, KRDO/CHANNEL 13

Actually, Landrock lost to Georgiann Lymberopoulos. Not to pick nits, fine readers, but KOAA’s Georgie is what they call in the news business an “anchor.” Our old friend Tak is the reporter. You can tell because you’ll see him standing on the side of the road in a blizzard, vainly trying to shield himself with his microphone.

Best TV anchor LISA LYDEN, KOAA/CHANNELS 5&30 Lisa is the anchor, the lodestone, the rock upon which KOAA’s aforementioned dominance is built. An entire generation of Springsians grew up sharing their dinners with Lyden, and she’s working on a second.

Lisa Lyden: The KOAA veteran has been our top pick in the past, too.

Matt Meister: The meteorologist gives us plenty of sunny days.

Best TV news hottie, male MATT MEISTER, KRDO/CHANNEL 13

We suggested Meister as hottie last year, and it seems the notion caught on. Cross your fingers for a stormy summer: the worse the weather, the more we’ll see of Matt.

However you spell the name, Lymberopoulos has been the Springs’ sweetheart for more than a decade. Readers stumbled upon a record number of spellings: Georgeann LymGeorgiann Lymberopou- beropolis, Georgianne Lymlos: A sweetheart for beropolis, Georgianne Limmore than a decade. bertholos, Georgian Limberopolous, Georgianne Limberopolis, Georgann Limberopolous, Georgeanne Liberobopolis, Geogeanne Lymberopoulus, Georgeanne Limboropolis, Georgeanne Lipo, Georgianne Lymberopoulos, Georgianne Ly, Georgianna Lemberopulous, simply GeorgeAnn and, our favorite . . . georgiann limber-you know who. The computer programmed to count votes exploded after that one.

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CITY LIFE Office building heralds greener era ... We love you, Zeb Pike

Best green building THE PIKES PEAK REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER

This efficient office building is expected to save more than 50 percent over traditional energy costs. A top-to-bottom green design helped the center become the second building in Colorado Springs to earn a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. 2880 International Circle

Best tribute to Zeb Pike COLORADO SPRINGS PIONEERS MUSEUM STAFF

The 2006 Zebulon Pike Bicentennial year was celebrated in grand style at the museum, with tributes including appearances of the explorer’s descendants and his original documents as well as a concert of tunes to honor Pike. The man and the peak spurred months of history programs and a companion book. Fascinated with Zeb, 64,349 visitors — an increase of 50 percent — toured the former courthouse. 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990; springsgov.com

Best off-site office THE COFFEE EXCHANGE CAROL LAWRENCE, THE GAZETTE

The Coffee Exchange is one of the best places in town to get away from work so you can actually get work done. Owners Glenn Powell, front left, and Greg Howard, right, at the popular Tejon Street coffeehouse.

Free wi-fi, great coffee and a conference table that’s probably better than the one in your office make this the perfect office away from office. 526 S. Tejon St., 635-0277

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CITY LIFE School trains tots’ brains . . . Vietnam vet keeps serving . . . Who doesn’t love The Broadmoor?

Best place to take out-of-towners GARDEN OF THE GODS

founders of The Classical Academy, this Christian preschool is grounded less in religious dogma than in modern brain research. It exposes kids to ideas, some simple, many complex, and the founders believe these ideas will take hold in ways that “memorization education” can’t.

Readers are right. Garden of the Gods rocks.

Best building GLEN EYRIE

City founder William Jackson Palmer built his dream home — more castle than mansion — to impress people, a task it still fulfills admirably 136 years later. Now owned by the Navigators, Glen Eyrie is open regularly for teas, tours and other events. 3820 N. 30th St., 1-800-944-4536, www.navigators.org/us/ministries/gleneyrie

Best motel EL COLORADO LODGE

Faux buffalo roam on the grounds of this collection of tasteful Southwestern cottages, which has just the right touch of cowboy-and-Indian kitsch. Opened in 1926, the El Colorado is the oldest continually operating business in Manitou. 23 Manitou Ave., 685-5485

Best hotel THE BROADMOOR

Mobil doesn’t give five stars for 47 years to just any flophouse. The resort has earned its stars and diamonds with luxurious ambiance and an obsessively attentive staff. 1 Lake Ave., 634-7711, broadmoor.com

Best preschool PRESCHOOL PARTNERS

Founded by Jim and Mary Kretchman, who were among the

Pine Creek Community Church, 9565 Otero Ave., 599-0423, preschoolpartners.com

Best mechanic SCOTTY WEST

West, owner of Peak Auto Service, is one of those rare commodities — a skillful, reasonably-priced mechanic you can trust. He’s been working on cars for 35 years, but he’s not too old-school to search the Internet to solve a problem. 1723 W. Colorado Ave., 634-3052

Best crossing guard CHARLIE “J.R.” BOGANS Nobody can say Bogans, a wounded Vietnam vet, hasn’t given enough for his country. But he’s still giving, every weekday morning cheerfully ushering a dozen or so kids across Colorado Avenue at 17th Street to Buena Vista Elementary School. Can we get another medal for this guy?

Best live wire KIYON KIM

The vivacious, spiky-haired co-owner of Chopsticks Asian Bistro is such an energetic greeter, she should have her own talk show.

READERS’ CHOICE

Best place to take out-of-towners GARDEN OF THE GODS In fact, a lot of us would probably never visit the Springs’ premier landmark if it weren’t for guests. But every time we do, we’re filled again with awe and gratitude for this almost excessive outpouring of natural beauty.

Visitor center: 1805 N. 30th St., 634-6666; gardenofgods.info; garden ofgods.com

Best building PIONEERS MUSEUM

The controversy generated by August J. Smith’s El Paso County Courthouse in 1903 has long since died down: The architect was unknown and the $420,000 price tag deemed excessive. But the otherwise-forgotten Smith outdid himself, creating a beautifully proportioned building that’s even more opulent inside than outside. In the early 1970s, the building came within hours of the wrecking ball before it was saved by a group of concerned citizens. In 1979, it reopened as the Pioneers Museum. 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990; cspm.org

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We are currently seeking Physical Therapists: Full-Time, Part-Time and Weekends.

As part of the largest hospital system in CO, we have some of the best benefits in the industry. AA/EOE

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CITY LIFE Classic Homes workers get annual trips to Mexico . . . McD’s mogul puts his wealth to good work

Best survivors, animal STONER, CASEY, BOOBOO, TINKERS

Best fast-food-nation refugee STEVE BIGARI

The four cats survived the Castle West Apartments fire in January, two of them lasting nearly two weeks in the rubble and embers. Unfortunately, their brother Elmo hasn’t been found.

Reader’s Digest magazine editors recently honored Springs businessman Bigari in their annual “Best of America” section, giving him the distinction of “Best Change of Heart.” Bigari, known as one of the most innovative franchisees for McDonald’s, recently sold his dozen restaurants to dedicate himself to America’s Family (amfol.com), a nonprofit he founded to help the working poor.

Best survivor, human RULON GARDNER

A two-time GrecoRoman wrestling Olympic medalist who spent years training in the Springs, Gardner survived puncturing his abdomen while playing Rulon Gardwith a bow and arrow ner: It’s hard in elementary school. to tell whether He lost a toe to frosthe’s cursed or bite after a 2002 snowblessed. mobile mishap. He walked away from a 2004 motorcycle accident in Colorado Springs. And in February, he survived a plane crash and swam more than a mile in 44-degree water to get to safety.

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Tinkers peered out from the third floor of the scorched Castle West Apartment. Owners Melody Rose, Dale Nottelmann and Rose’s niece, Nina Rethemeyer, had to leave behind five cats when they fled the burning building.

Best job perk CLASSIC HOMES MEXICO TRIP

Every year for the past 16, Classic has taken employees and spouses or guests on a trip to Mexico, paying for air fare and lodging. Pretty sweet, huh?

After sitting for years, neglected and deteriorating, The Manitou Spa Building is getting the royal treatment by Chuck Murphy’s construction company. It was a brilliant move getting Adam’s Mountain open and hopping on the first floor before the rest of the construction is done. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see how vibrant it’s going to be when it’s done and full of tenants. 934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs

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His sunroom comes complete with the front end of a Boeing 727.

Best school for hairstylists THE SALON PROFESSIONAL ACADEMY It’s owned by top area hair pros. 4388 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 266-9400 beautyschoolsdirectory.com

Best barber BENNY’S

Since 1961, Benny Vallejo has dispensed haircuts and opinions — and nothing fancy in either category — building a neighborhood clientele so loyal that he doesn’t even have to list his barbershop in the phone book. 727 W. Colorado Ave., 632-5188

Best tanning salon SUN SPOT ATLANTIS SUPERSALON

Not only can you color up that transparent carcass of yours in a tanning bed, you can

percolate in a hydrotherapy pod or melt into a massage chair. The future is here.

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Best yoga studio YOGA IMAGING LLC

Owner Thia Luby comes highly recommended, and it’s easy to see why. She’s been practicing since 1972 and is the author of three books on yoga. Classes include such familyoriented programs as kids’ and teen yogas.

Apartments Etc. has been in the relocation business since 1983. In these 23 years, we have successfully assisted over 200,000 people find a piece of heaven in Colorado Springs. Each of our counselors has at least 15 years in the apartment industry and have lived in Colorado Springs for at least 25 years.

Best place to volunteer MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY

How are we so successful? We have a wide variety of apartment communities, from affordable to luxury, that we are in contact with on an almost daily basis. Our team takes time to visit properties personally to see what they have to offer to pass on the knowledge to you. We make every effort to listen to you, the renter and custom tailor a search on your behalf, concentrating on properties that will best suit YOUR needs. Apartments Etc. knows rent specials sooner than websites that are updated only once a month. We know who can best fit any specials needs you may have, such as garages, pet friendly communities, Section 8/Housing communities, amenities and which communities will work with credit challenged residents.

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A volunteer army of 1,500 turned out for two days in October and tackled 72 projects. They cleaned up and landscaped at Fort Carson, worked on Habitat for Humanity homes, helped seniors and kids, and picked up dog poop. This year it’s Make a Difference Month; we can only imagine how much will get done. Contact Maggie Brubaker, makeadifferenceday@ ppunitedway.org, 955-0741; ppunitedway.org

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CITY LIFE Home Front helps soldiers’ families . . . Did that fashion show really happen here?

Best nonprofit THE HOME FRONT CARES

While the local service members are deployed, these are the hometown volunteers and military retirees who raised $300,000 last year for emergency assistance to 2,000 soldiers’ families. They’re doing it again this year, adding help and vehicle modifications for wounded service members and are being joined by the Welcome Home GWOT Heroes Fund, which supports homecoming activities for GIs based here. thehomefrontcares.org

Best nonprofit event SAFE PASSAGE (FORMERLY THE CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER)

The group’s annual dinner and silent/live/paddle auctions are as fun and goofy as they get. Clever themes (you can dress in anything, including very casual, costumes and blacktie) and there’s a mouth-watering, highly competitive dessert auction. 423 S. Cascade Ave., 636-2460; safepassage.org

Best new event “FLAUNT: FASHION UNDER THE BRIDGE”

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A rocking benefit for FutureSelf. Cutting-edge young fashions set to electronica and graffiti art beneath the Colorado Avenue Bridge. It felt like we were in another — cooler — city.

Best construction sign “IF IT DOESN’T FIT IN YOUR CAR GARAGE DO NOT ENTER” It’s on the Cimarron bridge, over the slalom course that was once a roadway.

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Best place for a staff retreat SKY SOX BASEBALL GAME

A place to picnic, luxury suites if you really have to talk business, a hot tub, hot dogs and home runs. A combination that’s hard to beat. Security Service Field, 597-1449; www.skysox.com

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The Citadel is proud to bring many good things to the community of Colorado Springs. Each year, The Citadel generates over $13 million in sales taxes and provides an employment base of 1,800 jobs for the community. However, The Citadel’s commitment to the community is not just limited to economic stimulus. Our commitment is far-reaching.

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The Citadel is proud to donate the Celebration Place space which serves as the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration’s “creativity space” offering year-round visual and performance arts experiences including: Binney & Smith/Crayola Dream Makers Exhibition, Pikes Peak International Reading Association Family Literacy Day, 44th Young People’s Art Exhibition, Spring Break and Summer Workshops and much more.

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Through cash, in-kind and volunteer hours, The Citadel supported many local community causes and organizations including Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration, Colorado Springs Child Nursery Centers, Komen Colorado Springs Race for the Cure, Economic Development Council, Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Annual Armed Forces Luncheon, “It Takes Five” Teen Ticket to the Arts, Colorado Springs Balloon Classic, Mayor’s 100 Teens, President’s Day Youth Hockey Tournament, Pikes Peak Library District, The Greenberg Foundation, Sky Sox Salute Sundays, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Fiesta Latina, the American Heart Association and Go Red for Women Education Day. The Citadel hosted a wide variety of events and activities for area organizations in 2006 including Girl Scouts Wagon Wheel Council Annual Lock In, Victim’s Awareness Day & Education Fair, Boy Scout Expo, El Paso County Bar Association Ask A Lawyer Days, Air Academy Credit Union Art Awards program with Colorado Springs School District 11 & Falcon School District 49, Komen Colorado Springs Race for the Cure Race Shoppe and Registration, Senior Expo, Penrose Blood Bus, Wellness Walkers and Memorial Hospital Flu Shot Clinic, The Salvation Army Angel Tree and Kettle Campaign.

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The Citadel assisted over 20 organizations in raising more than $200,000 with community awareness programs, partnerships and fund raising events held at The Citadel including The Salvation Army, Girl Scouts Wagon Wheel Council, American Red Cross, Komen Colorado Springs Race for the Cure, Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and The Gazette & El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund.

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Citadel Management employees volunteered over 200 hours for community organizations including Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration, Colorado Springs School District 11, Go Red for Women, Harrison School District 2, Boy Scouts, Goodwill and KIDPOWER. Three area graduates from the Class of 2006 were the recipients of $1,000 Citadel Business Scholarships. Friends & Family Shopping Day to Benefit Education raised over $10,000 for area schools and school programs. Several area organizations participated in The Citadel’s Community Table program last year including Colorado Springs Police Department – Crime Prevention Office, El Paso County Republicans and Boys & Girls Club.

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CITY LIFE Adopt a dog . . . Take him to play – or maybe to get a massage

Best place to adopt a pet HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION

There’s no way you couldn’t find someone to love: Last year the shelter adopted out almost 10,000 pets, and there should be even more this year. This shelter pulled an “exceptional” rating from the National Animal Control Association. 610 Abbott Lane, 473-1741; hsppr.org

Best dog park BEAR CREEK PARK

Off 21st Street, this is what doggie heaven must look like. Twenty-five acres of land. A main trail that runs threefourths of a mile in a loop. Creek to cool the body off. Donated tennis balls to chase. Fenced-off area for the smaller guys so they don’t get trampled or scared.

Best doggie day care WAGGIN’ TAILS DOGGY DAY CAMP

Waggin’, which calls itself “a canine country club,” boasts a certified canine massage therapist on staff (not kidding). 2235 Spectra Drive, 632-9485

Best mobile vet ALL ABOUT PETS

Whether the situation is too dire to risk moving your pet, or whether your beloved friend just hates getting in the car, veterinarian Kenneth Geohegan of All About Pets will give your pet the skillful, respectful care he or she deserves. 300 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 633-1010

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Maija, a 7-year-old yellow Lab belonging to Bridgette Schawe, gets a massage from Heather Spencer at Waggin’ Tails Doggy Day Camp. The camp lets clients know when Spencer will be in.

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Best kennel CAMP BOW WOW

No dog owner likes leaving Fido behind when heading out of town on vacation. But when you leave your dog at Camp Bow Wow, he or she might have more fun than you do. During the day, doggies get to chill with other canine friends in several indoor/outdoor play areas suited for friends their size. Protective dads and moms can watch their furry kids at play via several webcams. At night, once the animals are worn out from roughhousing, each pooch heads to bed in his or her own doggie den. 4295 Northpark Drive, 260-9247; campbowwowusa.com

Best groomer FURRY FRIENDS

Fans of Heike Munday say there’s no other groomer they’d trust with their pets. Munday, who operates Furry Friends out of her house, works magic on nervous cats and canines and soothes them with walks and treats. Animals leave Furry Friends perfectly coiffed, and their owners leave with a few bucks left in their pockets —

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Best scenic drive THE CRIPPLE CREEK AND VICTOR LOOP When fall hits its peak, the aspens are golden, the air is crisp, the peaks snowtipped, the skies blue. It’s a perfect Colorado day. Take Colorado Highway 67 south from Divide and wind your way to a fork in the road. You can’t go wrong heading right to Cripple Creek or left to Victor because the roads loop together through the old mining district. When you leave, you can try a different route out Teller County 1 (Florissant Road) for even more spectacular color and maybe a visit to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Back on U.S. Highway 24, take a short trip west to beautiful Wilkerson Pass for a breathtaking view of South Park and miles of mountain ranges. Then, back on U.S. 24 east to Woodland Park and home.

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CITY LIFE Give kids a glimpse of past . . . Test out that Jeep’s mettle . . . Try a 4-diamond B&B

Best school field trip ROCK LEDGE RANCH HISTORIC SITE

Best ambulance service AMERICAN MEDICAL RESPONSE OF EL PASO COUNTY

At the living-history farm and agricultural museum, kids can see what life was like before iPods, HDTV and text messaging. Four time periods are depicted: American Indian life in the 1800s, the 1860s Galloway Homestead, the 1880s Chambers Home and Ranch, and the 1907 Edwardian Country Estate.

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Best bed and breakfast OLD TOWN GUESTHOUSE

at Garden of the Gods entrance off 30th Street, 578-6777; rockledgeranch.com

Best dry cleaner EUROPEAN DRY CLEANERS

Two locations with a tradition of great service and a discount when you pay in advance.

1779 S. Eighth St., 471-2227; 3264 Centennial Blvd., 630-0114

Best place for a test drive FARICY BOYS 4X4 TEST TRACK

Give a Jeep your best shot: Drive up and over rocks and hills and splash through the water obstacle without ever leaving the dealership. 4950 New Car Drive, 614-7173; faricy.com

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Take pictures or have lunch at Helen Hunt Falls in North Cheyenne Cañon Park.

There’s upscale privacy or a B&B experience combined with a murder mystery or a house concert. Your choice. Breakfast inside or out. Old Colorado City shops are just a stroll away. The modern GuestHouse holds a AAA four-diamond rating. 115 S. 26th St., 632-9194; oldtown-guesthouse.com

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Once you pass by the Starsmore Discovery Center at 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, it’s like you’ve entered a whole new world, minus any city life. There are plenty of spots to pull off the winding road in the 1,600-acre park and wander into the trees for a spot by the creek flowing down from Helen Hunt Falls.

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CITY LIFE Big changes at Doherty . . . The woman who just won’t stop . . . 40 years as the voice of sports

Best educator JILL MARTIN, DOHERTY HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

When her students talk, she listens. Attendance is up, the school’s dropout rate is down and she set up an electives program to help kids later on in college. Best local principal and even more: She’s the 2007 National High School Principal of the Year.

Best philanthropist PAULETTE GREENBERG

She is busy spearheading so many fundraising events that the words “chair,” “organizer” and “patron” are permanently attatched to her name. She founded the Heart Ball, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. She and husband David founded the Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance. Involved with more than 20 nonprofits during 30 years, she was this year’s Girl Scouts’ Woman of Distinction — Community Sector.

Best PR person MIKE MORAN, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, COLORADO SPRINGS SPORTS CORP.

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He’s been doing sports-information publicity for 40 years and is as enthusiastic today as he was in the 1960s. He was sports-information director for the University of Colorado before going international, spending almost 25 years handling media for the U.S. Olympic Committee and 13 Olympic Games. He’s also in the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame.

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Best waiting room FRONT RANGE ORTHOPAEDICS

The contemporary design, cool sports prints, stellar fish tanks and up-to-date magazines would be enough to put it in contention. But Marci Montgomery, the greeter who offers coffee and a smile to everybody waiting, puts it over the top. Printers Park Medical Plaza, 175 S. Union Blvd., No. 200, 473-3332; fro.com

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Best athlete, male AARON SMITH, DEFENSIVE END, PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Graduated from Sierra High School and University of Northern Colorado, and he was drafted by the black and gold in 1999. He’s a Pro Bowler, wears a Super Bowl ring and just signed another four-year contract extension for an estimated $25 million.

Best athlete, female JULIET DRAPER, COLORADO SPRINGS FIRE DEPARTMENT

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First woman in the world to break the twominute mark in the grueling firefighter combat challenge, which starts with running up a five-story tower wearing 50 pounds of gear and carrying hoses. She bench-presses more than 250 pounds, squats more than 350 pounds, dead lifts 405, and does 90 push-ups in two minutes.

Best leadership trainer

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When they say someone “wrote the book” on something, chances are they’re talking

about Ginnett. He’s co-author of the textbook “Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience,” now in its fifth edition. He was director of leadership and counseling at the Air Force Academy, worked at the Center for Creative Leadership and is senior partner with Impact Leadership Development Group.

Best place to network COMMUNITY BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

You don’t have to join anything because it’s for the whole biz community — and they’ll teach you how to network, to boot. You’ll need stacks of your business cards. An extremely popular event put on by the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce in partnership with other area chambers, the Apartment Association and the Better Business Bureau among others. 575-4326; coloradospringschamber.org

Best place to get the 411 211, PIKES PEAK UNITED WAY

This service by the United Way connects callers with a variety of needs to more than 400 service providers. 211 or 955-0742; ppunitedway.org


Best place to dance COWBOYS

Wear your boots to this nightclub with a spacious dance floor, country western line dancing, lessons and live music some nights. It’s a welcoming atmosphere for everyone, not just the young crowd. Shoot pool or sing karaoke if you’re not in a dancing mood, or have a drink at the bar while listening to old and new country hits. 3910 Palmer Park Blvd.; 596-1212

Best place for a first date ADULT JAM PARTY AT SKATE CITY

Woe to those who think roller skating is only for kids. This is a great way to break the ice and see for yourself what kind of sense of humor your date has. You know you’ve got a

catch if he’ll limbo down or if she’ll at least make an attempt in the fast skate. Plus, you’ll have every excuse to grab hands when the wheels go round and round a little too fast. It’s for ages 21 and older from 8-10:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5, and skate rentals are $1.50-$3.50.

Best live music venue THE BLACK SHEEP

Best karaoke TAM O’SHANTER PUB

After opening in October 2005, The Black Sheep has been busy booking plenty of bands. A makeover of the unremarkable building added wall murals by local artists, bright-red tables and chairs, a pinball machine, pool table, expanded stage and new sound system. In the past year, “the little club with the big drinking problem” (as its MySpace page calls it) has featured bigname acts such as Daughtry, Slick Rick and Hoobastank, as well as plenty of indie rock (Built to Spill), hip-hop (P.O.S.) and metal (Killswitch Engage). The Sheep also books Colorado acts such as The Photo Atlas, Black Pegasus and A Novel Form.

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“American Idol,” eat your heart out. On Wednesdays and Saturdays after 7 p.m., accountants and secretaries become stars. A tiny tile floor serves as a dance floor while karaoke singers belt out “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on the short stage. The guys who run the karaoke are friendly and seem to be having just as much fun as the singers.

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DINING FAC is fest for senses . . . Talkers, head to the Parrot . . . Watchers, Tony’s is for you

Best movie theater KIMBALL’S TWIN PEAK THEATER

Jimmy Buffet, a signature cocktail for $6.95. Put on your crazy-eye sunglasses and brush up on your “World Poker Tour” to have a chance at the Texas Hold ’Em tournaments Sunday afternoons.

Still rolling the best movies in town. Still has the wine bar so you can get your pinot noir along with your popcorn.

32 S. Tejon St., 884-1094; thirstyparrot.net

Best art museum FINE ARTS CENTER

Best bar for introverts TONY’S

115 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-1945, kimballstwinpeak.com

Or more properly, the FAC Modern, because much of the main building on Dale Street has been closed since March 2006 for expansion and renovation and won’t reopen until August. Meanwhile, The Modern — which opened in April 2006 — has given the center a venue for more modern exhibits, works by photographer Annie Leibovitz, regional contemporary artists, and artists affected by Hurricane Katrina. And cool jazz at the cozy bar doesn’t hurt, either. COMING ATTRACTION: A new restaurant with ties to Blue Star. Fine Arts Center Modern, Plaza of the Rockies, 121 S. Tejon St., 634-5581; csfineartscenter.org

Best bar for extroverts THE THIRSTY PARROT BAR & GRILL This roomy, two-story building with a Margaritaville theme offers live music and a spring break-style atmosphere. An outgoing person would feel right at home on the dance floor Thursday nights, which are DJ request nights. Try the

A small bar that draws all types of people, Tony’s is a laidback neighborhood hangout with framed pictures of famous Tonys lining the walls. With a jukebox selection as diverse as the crowd — find Nirvana, Motley Crue, Weezer and A Tribe Called Quest — you won’t feel too lonely or awkward getting an evening beer by yourself. 311 N. Tejon St., 228-6566

Best bar for smokers 15C

The martini bar with the nondescript entrance in the alley between Kiowa and Bijou streets is also a cigar bar. One of the few businesses that’s exempt from the smoking ban, the purposefully sophisticated atmosphere provides a reprieve from the booty-dancing club scene. Smokers can indulge in a cigar while lounging on a leather couch or just appreciate the convenience of smoking a cigarette inside. Drinks are a bit pricey, but it IS an upscale bar with perfectly made martinis. 15 E. Bijou St., Suite C, 635-8303; 15cclub.com

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Best movie theater CINEMARK 16 THEATRE With more and more blockbusters getting the IMAX 3-D treatment (can’t wait for the new Harry Potter), Cinemark is the destination in town for can’t-miss-flicks. Plus, with the weather warming up, the sidewalk fountain out front sounds more enticing every day. 3305 Cinema Point, 596-0442

Best art museum FINE ARTS CENTER Under the energetic leadership of Michael De Marsche, the city’s largest arts center kept a high profile even with most of its exhibition space closed for an expansion that will more than double the center’s gallery space when it’s completed in August. That’s because of the opening a year ago of the FAC Modern, a satellite facility in the Plaza of the Rockies, and an ideal venue for smaller, hipper art exhibits. 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581; csfineartscenter.org

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Best all-ages club THE BLACK SHEEP

The little music venue on Platte Avenue just east of Union Boulevard offers live music by national acts and local bands four to six nights a week, on average. Every show is all-ages, and plenty of teenagers flock to see their favorite bands play. There’s a pinball machine and a pool table for good, clean fun between bands. 2106 E. Platte Ave., 227-7625; myspace.com/sodajerkcospgs

Best gay bar CLUB Q

It’s an unlikely location for a gay bar — situated in suburbia — but it works. Bright and clean and never a cover charge for such events as comedy improv on Tuesdays, male revue on Wednesdays and drag shows on Fridays. 3430 N. Academy Blvd., 570-1429; clubqonline.com

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Best unlikely headbanger PAUL YORK

The manager of the Cliff House at Pikes Peak by day lets his hair down at night as he rocks out in the band Sixty 8, which recently got signed with Rescue Records. The company may use the group’s retro-metal tunes in commercials or films.

Head to this strip-mall bar for one of the best bangs for your buck. From 5 to 7 p.m. daily, throw back half-price wines, wells and drafts, $1 off all drinks, free pool and half-price appetizers. Free drinks from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, and if you’re really ready to make that liver earn its keep, stop by from 8 p.m. to midnight Sundays-Thursdays for the $10 all-youcan-drink special. 2419 N. Union Blvd., 227-7168; unionstationrocks.com or myspace.com/unionstation

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Cool haunts . . . Cheap drinks . . . Hot bands

Best place to end up during last call TRIPLE NICKEL TAVERN

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Best place to end up after last call THE MATÉ FACTOR

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Because officers and enlisted personnel are discouraged from socializing outside of work, there seems to be an unspoken code Best reason to designate a driver that SouthSide Johnny’s is the favorite hangPROHIBITION REPEAL PARTY out of the officers, while everyone else goes Bristol Brewery’s 33-cent beers commemorat- to Rum Bay. The nightclub offers “8 clubs in ing the repeal of Prohibition in April was the 1”: eight concept rooms playing different greatest promotion ever. And, the good grac- music. The newest addition to the complex, Blondies, has a nifty balcony with a fire pit. es of owner Mike Bristol willing, it will beMilitary members can kick back and relax come a yearly event. after a long week. Thursdays are ladies’ 1647 S. Tejon St., 633-2555; bristolbrewing.com nights at Rum Bay, so take a date and you won’t have to spend money on her, since all Best place to meet a potential mate drinks for women are complimentary. The JACK QUINN’S RUNNING CLUB dress code bans baggy pants, ballcaps, wavecaps and bandanas and encourages “polo Every Tuesday at 6 p.m., a horde of runners meets at Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub and Restau- type shirts.” It’s a $5 cover charge before rant. The mob of men and women push their midnight, $10 after that. way through a 5K run/walk/jog/crawl/whatev- 20 N. Tejon St., 634-3522 er through downtown that ends up at the bar for $2 beers and free appetizers. What Best place to drink on the cheap better place to literally run into a nice, MURPHY’S healthy future Mrs. or Mr.? This hole-in-the-wall isn’t one of those plac21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766; es trying to be a dive to draw the ironic www.jackquinnsrunners.com 966 Manitou Ave., 685-3235; matefactor.com

This clean, spacious bar is as laid-back as they come, and although we’re sure the bartenders are tired at 1:45 a.m., they take their last call seriously: They won’t let you forget that you have one last chance to order another whiskey and coke. Bartenders will gladly let you finish your beer before giving you the boot at 2 a.m. The jukebox is full of punk rock and old country such as Hank Williams and Willie Nelson; if “Whiskey River” is playing, shots of Willie’s own whiskey are $2. The large back room is filled with three pinball tables, two pool tables and dart boards.

Best military hangout RUM BAY

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crowd — it’s the real deal. You might say “Whaa . . . ?” upon seeing the final bill because it’s usually much less than you expected. Bartenders Ron and Toni carry on fun, lively conversation across the semicircular bar counter.

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Best local band KEEPING SANITY

Rock music is all about energy, and that’s what these four Woodland Park teenagers deliver by the bucketful. They play original power pop with driving beats and great guitar interplay, practically guaranteed to stick in your head for days. Look for an album this summer. www.myspace.com/keepingsanity

Best cover band HEAD FULL OF ZOMBIES

Their quirky selection of modern rock hits, culled from the ’80s, ’90s and aughts, sets HFOZ apart from a crowded field. That, and the uncanny trumpet solos Kevin Rodela coaxes from his guitar. www.hfoz.com


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Think you’re smart? Pit your brain against these drinking geeks

Best pub quiz GEEKS WHO DRINK

Trivia fans crowd McCabe’s every Wednesday to vie for the title of brainiest crew in the Geeks Who Drink competition.

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This group of geeks hosts several pub contests throughout the state, including quizzes at McCabe’s Tavern (Wednesdays), The Underground (Fridays) and Jack Quinn (Mondays). Aaron Retka is the quizmaster, who reads questions on such topics as why we love the ’90s, fascists and fashion, junkies & coke fiends, and romantic comedies. It’s wild fun, but be forewarned — the competition can be cutthroat. geekswhodrink.com/blog

It’s been called the Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado. It’s Seven Falls. Home to hiking, self-guided audio tours, wildlife viewing, an in-mountain elevator and a must-see computerized night lighting system. Summer Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. • Take I-25 to exit 138 and head west. For more information call 719-632-0765 today.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT We love Wunderkind

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Best art gallery HAYDEN HAYS GALLERY

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Since forever, Hayden Hays has provided a great mix of art — high-end to medium end, local to national artists — in a pleasant, lowpressure environment. At The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., 577-5744 haydenhaysgallery.com

Best irreverent art event BAD ART NIGHT

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When Christopher Lynn took over as curator at UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, one of his first innovations was quarterly Bad Art Nights, which give nonartists a fun environment to experiment with contemporary art. Targets — err, topics — have ranged from Dale Chihuly to Valentine’s Day. “If you feel a bit timid dipping your toe into the choppy waters of high aesthetics, fear not, Bad Art Night is all about splashing around the shallow end of the artistic pool,” writes Lynn. Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway Science Building Room 200, 262-3567 galleryuccs.org

Best student art event WUNDERKIND

For most of us, the Business of Art Center’s annual “Wunderkind” is a pleasant exhibit by talented high school art students. For the students, it’s the end result of months of mentoring and educating, an intense process that gives them an up-close experience of the sort of dedication a creative life requires. The exhibit lasts for a few weeks, but its effects echo for years 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861 thebac.org

Best artistic farewell RODNEY WOOD

For more than a decade, Wood wore numerous hats as a major figure in the region’s arts scene: Sculptor, gallery owner, director of the Business of Art Center, consultant. What we didn’t know was that he was also a painter in search of his calling. In 2004, he began creating highly detailed, magical, realistic paintings. Last fall, Wood left to pursue painting in Santa Fe — but not before a stunning October exhibition at Rubbish Gallery. rodneywoodpaintings.com


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Best outdoor art STARR KEMPF HOUSE

US Bank’s Art on the Streets program is slowly and pleasantly transforming downtown, but it will never match the concentrated, visceral impact of the mammoth, fanciful wind sculptures the highly eccentric Kempf created for his front lawn. In a city known for its natural beauty, Kempf’s display is one of the humanmade highlights — even with three of the largest sculptures removed because of alleged safety issues. 2057 Pine Grove Ave.

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Best outdoor art “UNCLE WILBER”

Come for the water, stay for the art. A gift to the city from the Smokebrush Foundation, this whimsical, music-playing fountain — designed by Bob and Kat Tudor, and depicting, sort of, Bob Tudor’s tuba-playing uncle — the fountain has become a major downtown destination on hot summer days. Acacia Park, corner of Tejon and Bijou streets; www.smokebrush.org

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Do you want to wear your cowboy boots or your go-go boots?

Best nightclub EDEN NITE CLUB

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It’s the ultimate clubbing experience. Dancing go-go girls; DJs pouring out the bass; pretty, potent drinks, handsomely plated food; and of course, young, taut singles on the prowl.

Best nightclub COWBOYS

The country-western bar is decades old and continues to bring in great acts such as Tracy Lawrence, SHeDAISY, Josh Gracin and Chris Cagle. People decked out in their country finest pile in all nights of the week, including Family Night on Sundays with linedancing lessons.

217 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-0999; edenniteclub.com

Best bar SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY’S RESTAURANT AND BAR

3910 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-1212; csnightclubs.com/cowboys/index.htm

This joint just south of downtown is hopping at all hours of the day. Join the bikers in leather who gather in the morning hours for rays of sunshine with their steak and eggs, or business-attired happy hour seekers, or the mixedage crowds jammed in on the weekends, listening to live music. 528 S. Tejon St., 444-8487; southsidejohnnys.biz

Best bar JACK QUINN IRISH ALEHOUSE & PUB

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Eden Nite Club offers a modern sophisticated atmosphere and bartenders and DJs who keep the party going.

It’s not a stretch to pretend you’ve been transported to a real Irish pub here. Lean back with your pint of Guinness while Brian Clancy gets the crowds singing with boisterous Irish songs on Thursdays, or come when the Mountain Road Ceili Band does a jig or two on Tuesdays. 21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766; jackquinnspub.com

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Best place to game COMPLEAT GAMES & HOBBIES

Whether you need to restock your Magic The Gathering cards or you want the new version of Catch Phrase, the variety of games at Compleat will fill your needs. Behind the counter, a small group is usually playing card games and/or role-playing games. On a recent day, a few guys were playing Legend of the Five Rings, a collectable-card game. Ask the friendly staff how you can get in on the gaming action. 326 N. Tejon St., 473-1116; gamesandhobbies.com

Best Cripple Creek casino DOUBLE EAGLE/GOLD CREEK

Double Eagle owns the Gold Creek card room, which is connected to the main casino. Live Texas Hold ’Em tables host traditional “ring games” as well as tournaments. Ring games have a $2 to $5 betting spread on some tables, and other tables are $5 minimum and maximum bet. Also find a wide selection of slots and a few blackjack tables. 400-442 Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 689-5000; www.decasino.com

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Kwesell has the hands of a conman and the charm of showman. His specialty is close-up magic, turning dollar bills into $100 bills so convincingly that everybody wants to hire him as an accountant. He regularly performs at special events in the Pikes Peak region and around the globe. therichmagic.com

Best poet AARON ANSTETT

Anstett, an active player on the local poetry scene, has a bucketful of awards. His last collection, “No Accident,” was awarded the Backwaters Press Prize (judged by Philip Levine), the Nebraska Book Award and the Balcones Poetry Prize. A new collection is coming out very soon. He writes poetry that comes out of somewhere beyond left field, as in the first line of his poem “Good Morning”: “Fifty-some years after the war, a kamikaze lands in my yard, gently, like a sheet of newsprint.” Read more of Anstett’s work and hear him reading at gazette.com under “Best of the Springs 2007.”

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Violinist takes stellar orchestra to new level . . . Team players at UCCS

Best guest musician JOSHUA BELL

Audiences have gotten spoiled by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic: Under conductor Lawrence Leighton Smith, the orchestra sounds like one that both plays and pays more than it actually does. But even amid a landscape of excellence, last fall’s performance of Brahms’ violin concerto with violinist Joshua Bell stood out. Bell turned the piece into chamber music, communicating his vision of the music to the orchestra with an intensity that’s rarely been heard in Colorado Springs. www.csphilharmonic.org, www.joshuabell.com

Best theater company THEATREWORKS

UCCS’ theater company had a lot of help this year: Great out-of-town talent for “Comedy of Errors” and fruitful collaborations with Pueblo’s Steel City Theater, New York’s The Flying Machine, Denver’s Buntport Theater and Denver actress Karen Slack — who supplied the season’s highlight with her performance of “The Syringa Tree.” But their basically homegrown productions of “Arms and the Man” and “The Importance of Being Earnest” were also first-rate. Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232; uccstheatreworks.com

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Best new show “HUT!”

The third of Jim Jackson’s plays at the Manitou Art Theater about growing up in Cañon City was the darkest and most compelling yet, and Jackson proved himself to be much more than a brilliant clown. themat.org

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Quiz-show drama a pleasant surprise

Best musical “PIRATES OF PENZANCE”

With stunning stagecraft and smoothly precise orchestration, “The Pirates of Penzance” ended the Rep’s most consistent season to date with an exclamation point. The scurvy, softhearted pirates brought many a smile to Colorado Springs.

There was only one sad note to this effervescent, schtick-intensive version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta — which featured world-class singing from Amy Sue Hardy and a brilliant set from Christopher Sheley: It turned out to be Sandra Womochil Bray’s swan song as the Fine Arts Center’s director of performing arts. csfineartscenter.org

Best stage drama “NIGHT AND HER STARS”

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The Star Bar Players’ production of “Night and Her Stars” was the theater season’s most pleasant surprise: A compelling drama based on the quiz-show scandals of the 1950s, an innovative staging, and brilliant performances from leads David Hastings, Kaleb Kohart and Jude Bishop. starbarplayers.org

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Teens battle in tune

COURTESY OF RON APGAR

Apgar is known for equestrian art, such as “Thunder-Horses No. 2.”

Best second-career artist RON APGAR

Psychotherapist Ron Apgar has turned a onetime artistic hobby into a second career that’s overtaking his original. Specializing in colorful realistic and surrealistic paintings of horses, Apgar’s paintings are in galleries in Taos, N.M., Denver and locally at The Warehouse and the Janetis Gallery, among others. art-connections.com

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David Hastings: Played a modern-day Iago in the Star Bar Players’ “Night and Her Stars.”

Julie Sweum: Wowed us with her bitter and jealous character in the same group’s “Five Women.”

Best local actor DAVID HASTINGS

Best local actress JULIE SWEUM

As Dan Enright, the corrupt television producer in the Star Bar Players’ production of “Night and Her Stars,” Hastings made the most of a great role — a modern Iago who exploits other people’s character flaws with the skill of a master surgeon.

Best outlet for teen angst THE CONSERVATORY’S BATTLE OF THE BANDS

Part of its What Art Means program, The Conservatory’s Battle of the Bands showcases startlingly talented high school kids rocking out with original songs. The next competition is set for June 22 at Security Field (Sky Sox stadium). coloradospringsconservatory.org

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Playing an unappealing character in a so-so play — Meredith in the Star Bar Players’ production of “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” — Sweum gave an emotional performance. And she was just as believable as Sunny, the bland goody-twoshoes in the Fine Arts Center’s “The Last Night of Ballyhoo.”

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TheatreWorks’ production of “Earnest” was an object lesson in how to produce a masterpiece. The immensely witty script was played gloriously by a cast including Chad Siebert as Algernon and Jessica Austgen as Cecily.

Best stage comedy “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST”

A single jarring note stands out in a farce as fluffy as “The Importance of Being Earnest.” But there were no such notes — not even the spit-take — in TheatreWorks’ brilliantly acted production. uccstheatreworks.com

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Broadmoor spa pampers couples . . . Briarhurst says romance

Best place to propose THE PEPPER TREE Candlelight, an intimate table, a catch-yourbreath view of the twinkling city lights below, a discreet formal wait staff keeping your secret, delicious pepper steak flamed tableside, an excellent bottle of wine and thou. 888 W. Moreno Ave., 471-4888; restauranteur.com/peppertreecscom

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The cruise or the family party can wait. Be a little decadent, just for yourselves. The spa itself is an elegant experience. Add to that the intimacy of the romantic couple’s room, with its fireplace and candlelight, and it’s memories in the making. You’ll each have your own massage therapist for a Swedish massage or a rubout-the-stress deep tissue massage. You romantic kids, you. 1 Lake Ave. in The Broadmoor Spa, Golf and Tennis Club, 634-7711; broadmoor.com

Best place to get married BRIARHURST MANOR ESTATE

Oh, if only these elegant walls could talk, the romantic tales they’d tell about Victorian balls and breathtaking weddings. The manicured gardens and patios open to a Pikes Peak vista and the 1876 pink sandstone manor home with a grand staircase sits beside Fountain Creek. It’s picture perfect for a day of history and new memories. 404 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1864; briarhurst.com

Best way to learn an instrument BLACK ROSE ACOUSTIC SOCIETY LESSONS

The Black Rose offers an amazing deal on group lessons for guitar, fiddle, banjo and a variety of other instruments — taught by some of the coolest hippies around, and pretty hot musicians to boot. But education doesn’t stop in the classroom: The society also orchestrates a range of folk shows and jams, bringing some of the nation’s nimblest fingers to town and cheerfully braving the butterfingers of wannabe players. www.blackroseacoustic.org


Best place to find bargains GOODWILL

Readers pegged this one. Our favorite stores are off Constitution Avenue west of Powers Boulevard, and on Kelly Johnson Boulevard southwest of North Academy Boulevard. various locations

Best supermarket GRAND VIEW MARKET PLACE KING SOOPERS

This store is modeled as a lifestyle grocery store: It’s basically a one-stop shopping experience. The produce section is attractively displayed, and the florist area greets shoppers at the door. The highlight is the housewares section in the center, offering high-quality small kitchen appliances, linens, gadgets and other cooking notions. There’s a gas station, drive-up pharmacy window and bank, too. 3250 Centennial Blvd., 866-6645

Best mall THE PROMENADE SHOPS AT BRIARGATE

The open-air horseshoe mall gives new meaning to strip malls everywhere with crowd-pleasing stores including Banana Republic, Little Tibet, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma and Yankee Candle, and restaurants P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Biaggi’s, Ted’s Montana Grill, Champps Americana and California Pizza Kitchen. Plus, it has pet-friendly shops with water bowls and pet-waste stations so you can take the entire family — canines and all. 1885 Briargate Parkway, 265-6264; thepromenadeshopsatbriargate.com

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Best place to find bargains GOODWILL

It’s a treasure hunt. Look closely at dishes, vintage jewelry and antiques and, who knows, you really could nab a pirate’s gold. Set aside time to look through racks of clothes — some with the store tags still attached, scope out shelves, leaf through books and go from store to store to check out absolutely everything you didn’t know you needed. You’ll love the low prices — and it’s an easy way to help people with disabilities. various locations

Best supermarket KING SOOPERS

Variety, variety, variety. Yummy bakery goodies, especially the long johns that disappear after early morning. The produce is tops and the meat department, too. Consumers whip out their SooperCards to save big bucks — and to get a discount on gas. various locations

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SHOPPING Criterium can turn novice cyclists into enthusiasts . . . you could shop for hours at Dick’s

Best outdoor/sporting goods store MOUNTAIN CHALET

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Small, cramped and staffed by characters, this longtime mom-and-pop shop still beats the big guys by offering everything from Crocs to cams. The real resource here, though, is the staff. Weekly outdoor-skills seminars and everyday chattiness from superinformed locals put this place on top. 226 N. Tejon St., 633-0732; mtnchalet.coM

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You can buy a bike at Criterium, or just rent one. The shop boasts great customer service, especially for serious beginning riders.

Best hobby store SIMPLE PLEASURES

It’s heaven for scrapbooking and stamping hobbyists.

Best gift shop BARRACUDA BAZAAR

The shop sells new (but vintage-looking) sushi dishware, stationery, lunchboxes, home furnishings and other deliciously random items. You’ll also find Colorado souvenirs for visiting relatives and novelties such as the Crazy Cat Lady action figure.

We agree with readers. The customer service at Criterium is unmatched. 6150 Corporate Drive, 599-0149; criterium-bicycles.com

They’re all cyclists and can help turn you into one, too. The trail’s right outside the door. When the weather turns cold there’s an indoor winter training program where you can go headto-head against your buddies. 6150 Corporate Drive, 599-0149; criterium-bicycles.com

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Best bike shop CRITERIUM

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Best outdoor/sporting goods store DICK’S SPORTING GOODS

With a new 50,000-square-foot store recently opened where the ice rink was in Chapel Hills Mall and a location on Powers Boulevard, this Pittsburgh-based

megastore is poised to take over the local sporting goods scene. Dick’s has climbing walls and enough variety of sports and outdoor gear to keep you shopping for hours.

3133 Cinema Point, 638-3400; 1710 Briargate Blvd., 264-1810

Best liquor store CHEERS LIQUOR MART

The Springs keeps growing, but we just don’t seem to attract the wealth of liquor megastores you find up in Denver. Thank goodness for Cheers, which has everything and lots of it. The only problem is finding a parking spot on a Saturday afternoon. 1105 N. Circle Drive, 574-2244

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SHOPPING Whether for business or casual, funky finds await you at Regina’s

Best place to get a latte with your avalanche shovel JAVA THE HUT

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OK, it doesn’t have quite the range of gear that you’ll find at Mountain Chalet, but can you get a doubletall mochachino at the Chalet? We think not. Java the Hut offers a pretty good selection of maps and books, but mostly it’s just cool to hang in a place where you can pick up technical outdoors gear along with your biscotti. Plus, last we checked, Woodland Park was conveniently located on the way to the mountains. 208 E. U.S. Highway 24, Woodland Park; 687-6539

Best boutique REGINA’S UNIQUE BOUTIQUE

It lives up to its unique name. Glamour, business style, chic funk, leather and sexy lingerie all in one shop. 119 N. Tejon St. , 634-6833; reginasonline.com

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Georgianna Lee inside the walk-in humidor at her smoke shop Old West Cigar & Tobacco, 229 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

Best place to buy a big-screen TV: ListenUp Audio/Video Best place for a baby registry: Babies R Us Best place for a wedding registry: Bed, Bath and Beyond Best place for a gun registry: Sportsman’s Warehouse Best place to buy a mattress: Denver Mattress Company at The Furniture Row Shopping Center Best place to buy a digital camera: Shewmaker’s Camera Best video store: Hollywood Video Best video game store: Entertainmart Best card store: Rico’s Coffee, Chocolate and Wine Bar at Poor Richard’s Best popcorn: Colorado Kernels Best novelty shop: Retro Moto Best fish store: Seascape Aquatics Best bathroom fixtures: Rampart Plumbing Best hot sauce: Schultz’s Gourmet Hot Sauce, Monument (schultzsgourmet.com) Best scooter shop: Sportique Best smoke shop: Old West Cigar & Tobacco Best home-brew store: Old West Cigar & Tobacco

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SHOPPING Have a private shopping party courtesy of Saboz . . . Find the finest foods at Par Avion

Best CD store ENTERTAINMART

Best farmers market OLD COLORADO CITY

READERS’ CHOICE

The old Media Play location is packed to the rafters with old and new CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, video games and more. On a recent visit, some items were available for merely two quarters. Take your old stuff in for cash.

We must go with the readers’ choice again. All the latest shoes from the very-cool lines, great clearance racks and a rewards program. We could live there. Market at Chapel Hills 7635 N. Academy Blvd., 264-8007; dswshoes.com

Best shopping with the girls SABOZ

Best shoe store DSW

3150 New Center Point, 597-9519; 7675 N. Academy Blvd., 593-0414; www.bestbuy.com

Market at Chapel Hills, 7635 N. Academy Blvd., 264-8007; dswshoes.com

The chain has the latest and greatest music releases, with some of the lowest sale prices in town.

651 N. Academy Blvd., 380-8580

Best shoe store DSW

Best CD store BEST BUY

Just ask and you and nine friends can have Saboz all to yourselves for an after-hours girls’ night out. Owner Linda Bridger supplies the wine and refreshments!

129 1/2 N. Tejon St., 578-1819; www.saboz.com

Best caterer THE FOOD DESIGNERS

Fashionable shoes that are comfortable, too, creative accessories and clever things you don’t see anywhere else. No time to shop?

This operation has been bringing award-winning gourmet fare to homes and offices since 1984. Superb cuisine — from a simple boxed lunch to an elegant dinner party —

West Colorado Avenue at 24th Street

sets this enterprise apart. And the owners make everything from scratch.

115 S. 25th St., 632-5414

Best Mexican market LEONELA MEAT MARKET There’s a jam-packed meat counter, or carniceria, featuring goat and fried pork skins at the back of the store. On nice days, you’ll find a lady outside selling hot corn on the cob. Try the mango on a stick, too. 3736 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 637-2641

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Ballet • Tap • Pom Jazz • Acro • Hip Hop Classes available for all ages.

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1872 Southgate Road, 636-2328; paravionfood.com

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This is ground zero for anything gourmet, with more than 8,000 gourmet grocery items, 100 varieties of extra-virgin olive oil, 40 varieties of balsamic vinegar, and dozens of the best cheeses in the world. And there are always tons of samples of cheeses, olive oils, condiments and meats for tasting . . . There’s an area dedicated to a cafe, where you can take a break from shopping and enjoy a light meal with a cappuccino.

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Rows and rows and rows of shoes make a woman happy . . . really happy. And there’s a great shoe selection for the guys, too. Sale prices rock.

By far the most developed market, the Old Colorado City Market overflows with booths fully stocked with fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, arts and crafts. The vendors get set up around 7 a.m. and close when they run out of things to sell at about 1 p.m. The market runs from June through October.

632-2607

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1417 E. Platte Ave. OPEN: MON-FRI 8-6, SAT 8-5


SHOPPING Get festive fruit bouquet at Pineapple Daisy . . . Find dress of your dreams at de ma fille

Best Asian market SAIGON ORIENTAL MARKET

Linda Orist, owner of familyoperated Pineapple Daisy, with two of her fruit-andchocolatestrawberry bouquets.

The market features an array of noodles, teas, bulk rice and fresh spices, and it’s not just Korean imports. You’ll also find Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Thai and Chinese delicacies. Wednesdays (after 1:30 p.m.) are fresh fish and vegetable days. 3744 Astrozon Blvd., 390-7454

Best natural-foods store WHOLE FOODS MARKET

The selection of bulk foods is huge, as is the selection of organic and natural foods, vitamins and supplements. The staff is knowledgable and very friendly. It’s easy to spend more time here shopping than at regular grocery stores because of the many food selections to explore and sample. It’s like a foodie’s Disneyland. 7635 N. Academy Blvd., 531-9999; wholefoods.com

Best record store RECLINING BUDDHA

This tiny west-side store is big on classic

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vinyl: The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Janis Joplin. Music from when rock was rock.

tions. Andy’s has tasty homemade sausage and does custom curing and smoking. You can get wild game processed, too.

3120 1/2 W. Colorado Ave., 633-4383

2915 E. Platte Ave., 636-1149

Best butcher ANDY’S MARKET

Best edible bouquet THE PINEAPPLE DAISY

A true meat market with butchers ready to cut chops, steaks or roasts to your specifica-

idea of fruit baskets arranged like flower bouquets. They taste great, and you won’t prick your finger on thorns. 2919 W. Colorado Ave., 593-9162; pdaisy.com

Best florist SKYWAY CREATIONS FLOWER SHOP & GREENERY

Flowers and greenery to brighten your day — or fill your office building. Go online and peek at what’s in the cooler today, then run by and pick up a bouquet du jour. Your thumb’s anything but green? They’ll drop by to take care of your plants for you and help you “put the chi in your feng shui.” When you need help, there’s a “Talk to a Florist” hotline every day but Sunday. 1407 S. Eighth St., 632-2661; skywaycreationsunlimited.com

Best bridal shop DE MA FILLE

Roses are pretty, but they don’t taste that great. The Pinapple Daisy has pioneered the

Upscale and special-day dreamy.

The Broadmoor hotel, 1 Lake Ave., 471-6222; demafille.com

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SHOPPING Macy’s finally comes to town . . . Kirk and Hill keeps customers in mind

Best place for art prints KEMPER GALLERIES

Best new store MACY’S

It was a long time coming, but so worth the wait. Macy’s, which took over the Dillard’s locations, will notify you online so you can sale shop ahead of the crowd.

The place masquerades as a frame shop, but it’s so much more than that. You’ll find originals and loads of prints from such artists as Bev Doolittle, Thomas Kinkade, Howard Behrens, G. Harvey and Maija.

The Citadel, 597-7246; Chapel Hills Mall, 528-1500; macys.com

5420 N. Academy Blvd., 548-1111

Best women’s fashions KIRK AND HILL

Best frame shop LION’S PRIDE

You won’t find as many prints here as you’ll find at other frame shops, but you will find precision work and prices that are much lower than at the other places. 6912 Mesa Ridge Parkway, 382-8387

Best children’s clothing store MOUNTAIN MOPPETS

There’s a new owner, but this must-see shop for babies, children and preteens has kept its special 20-year personality — with an update. Watch for great sidewalk sales. 2532 W. Colorado Ave., 633-3473

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Customers looking for a bargain waited outside the entrance to Macy’s just before 6 a.m. on the day after Thanksgiving last year.

Best toy store TOY STATION AT SCHOOL CROSSING

There’s an interactive toy store for the kids and a Pikes Perk outlet for mom and dad. How cool is that? There’s a Toy Station Kids’ Club with almost 800 members and there

are monthly events, dress-up days, lots of Thomas the Tank Engine and Webkinz, adoption classes for dolls or stuffed animals and even some community-service opportunities, such as contributing food for Care & Share. 5540 Library Lane, 593-7112; eschoolcrossing.com

When you want something sophisticated and full of city style, Kirk and Hill is the place to go. They know their regulars so well they give them a call when something new comes in that’s just right for them. 129 N. Tejon St., 635-7038

Best upscale men’s clothes WILLIAM KURTZ LTD.

Fellows in need of designer flair flock here. With a Tommy Bahama, Cutter & Buck, Barry Bricken, Franco Tassi look and some Cole Haan shoes, how can a guy go wrong? The store perfects it all with custom tailoring. 10 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-2126

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SHOPPING Look like a hundred bucks with pricey jeans from Idoru — or hit DAV Thrift for a denim find

Best bookstore BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS — CITADEL

This book megastore offers a plethora of ever-changing events: special weeks, writing groups, game nights, story times, teen events, American Girl book groups, reading groups for boys, visiting authors and signings; and a Starbuck’s next door. We also must give an honorable mention to Poor Richard’s, which made a graceful shift from used books to new books and gave the place a much-needed facelift. 795 Citadel Drive East, 637-8282; barnesandnoble.com

Best vintage clothing store THE LEECHPIT

Next to Weber Street Liquors, the small shop is home to secondhand and vintage clothing you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. Memorabilia from decades past captures pop-culture history; find band T-shirts, “Star Wars” toys, shoes, rare LPs and plenty of random novelties. 708 N. Weber St., 634-3675; leechpit.com

Best place to spend $5 on a pair of jeans DAV THRIFT STORE

Best place to spend $100 on a pair of jeans IDORU

The upscale boutique carries denim by high-end brands Diesel, Miss Sixty, Joe’s and more. Your wallet will be lighter and you’ll look like a hundred bucks. Check out the ultrahip Web site to see what it has to offer. 218 N. Tejon St., Suite 100, 667-0965; idoruclothing.com

Best home furnishings WOODLEY’S FINE FURNITURE

You know they’re good when sellers list the Colorado brothers’ Woodley name as a selling point in classified ads. The lustrous, handcrafted hardwood furniture — especially the bedrooms — is pass-down-through-the-generations perfect. The company gives back to the state with donations to Earth Day. 5655 N. Academy Blvd., 531-7250; woodleys.com

Best home accessories SILENT WOMAN

Instead of buying a new pair of jeans designed to look old, torn or washed out, find the real thing among racks of denim.

Go in for something eye-catching and cosmopolitan to set off your entrance-hall table and you’ll leave with a carload of accents and art and special little touches you’ll just have to have.

2444 E. Platte Ave., 636-2537

1216 N. Nevada Ave., 520-9242

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At The Leechpit, you’ll find a random collection of secondhand and vintage clothing. They’ll even buy yours and give you store credit or cash.

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SHOPPING Score a deal at consignment shops . . . Or go for gold at downtown jeweler’s

Best consignment shop I SAW IT FIRST

Best garden center GOOD EARTH GARDEN CENTER

Come here looking for the best in gently appreciated home furnishings, including furniture, lamps, artwork and decorative items. Just ask for Greg.

Good Earth grows more tomato varieties in its west-side greenhouse than any shop in town, and because owner Wayne Fisher is also a gardener, he can give real advice about how to make them thrive.

104 E. Cheyenne Road, 447-0077

1330 N. Walnut St., 473-3399

Best jewelry store BRYAN & SCOTT JEWELERS LIMITED

Best antiques ANTIQUE GALLERY

Simply peruse the windows of this place and you’ll know the goods are good. Vintage, antique and estate pieces fill the jewelry cases in this huge store downtown.

The gallery has a good selection of stuff, but let’s be honest: A big portion of its charm is the chance to wander the aisles of a defunct movie theater now stuffed with bric-a-brac and search for treasure.

112 N. Tejon St., 633-9316

Best thrift stores GOODWILL NORTH AND POWERS RETAIL CENTERS

They’re spacious, bright, have wide aisles, serve cookies and are filled with newer items from those areas of the city. When you drive up with donations, both stores treat you to speedy service and a soft drink

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Keith Star, above, said he shops at the Good Earth Garden Center because of the quality plants. Customers also appreciate owner Wayne Fisher’s know-how.

or bottled water. Then you can drive right around to the front and shop, shop, shop again.

1070 Kelly Johnson Blvd. (off Academy), 531-9173; 2655 Waynoka Place (off Powers), 570-9223; goodwill-colosprings.org

Best thrift store sale SATURDAYS AT THE ARC

Lots of great shopping, and it’s 50 percent off. 1830 W. Uintah St., 473-0502; 4402 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 522-1203; 2780 S. Academy Blvd., 391-7717



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SHOPPING Find a deal on ski stuff, hardware or music . . . Analyze your faith or your aura

Best auction ROSS AUCTION

Head down to Sierra Madre Street on Saturday mornings — a tradition since 1921 — and who knows what you’ll go home with. Might be a scooter, a hardwood entertainment center, a hodgepodge box of tools, a full set of fine china or even a kitchen sink. Check out the sale items and special events ahead of time on the Web site. 109 S. Sierra Madre St., 632-6693; www.rossauction.com

Best ski shop THE SKI SHOP

In the process of serving the city for 55 years, this local institution has outlasted all of the local ski areas. The secret: good service, good prices and an array of used gear that keeps skiing affordable.

ences of our staff members, they did it without gimmicks or high-pressure sales tactics. Their strategy — honest pitches and actually listening to the customers — is paying off.

1080 Motor City Drive, 475-1920; heubergermotors.com

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Heuberger Subaru salesman Mark McClenhan, right, showed Dick Enga a 2007 Forester at the Motor City dealership.

used, some is new, some is in colors never found in nature. But, like any garage sale, it’s fun to browse and you never know quite what you’ll find — maybe a steal. Naturally, supporting a good cause doesn’t hurt, either.

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

411 S. Wahsatch Ave., 667-0840; habitatrestorepp.com

Best hardware store HABITAT FOR HUMANITY ReSTORE

Best auto dealership HEUBERGER MOTORS SUBARU

It’s a little like going to a home-improvement-store garage sale. Some of the stuff is

Heuberger has set national records in Subaru sales this year. And, based on the experi-

The barns, barrels, and hardware stores have nothing on us...

Best place to rent or buy an instrument MEEKER MUSIC, INC.

A budding Kenny G, Yo-Yo Ma or Keith Moon at home? Many thousands of local schoolorchestra/rock-star hopefuls have headed for Meeker since 1975. 113 E. Bijou St., 471-8940; 3604 Hartsel Drive, 534-9919; 6330 S. U.S. Highway 85/87, 391-8922; meekermusic.tripod.com

Best place to fix a computer A BYTE ABOVE

With some of the friendliest techies in the business, A Byte Above provides quick, inexpensive and honest repairs. Employees seem concerned with excellent customer service. A recent computer repair at the Academy Place location diagnosed and re-

moved a virus in one day for $50.

2376 Academy Place, 570-1984; 4585 N. Chestnut St., 268-0584

Best Christian store FAMILY CHRISTIAN STORES

It’s a national chain, so it lacks small-business charm, but Family Christian Stores has a wide selection of Christian books, snazzy Bible covers, faith-professing T-shirts and movies. But the best thing about the stores are the listening stations; scan a CD and put on the earphones at the stations to hear samples before you buy. 687 N. Academy Blvd., 597-4151; 7560 N. Academy Blvd., 598-1500; familychristian.com

Best New Age store CELEBRATION CONSCIOUS LIVING STORE Celebration sells fairy and dragon statuettes, books about tarot and divination, witchcraft, astrology, Eastern philosophy and more. Stock up on incense and oils for your next drum circle or pick up “The Dream Bible” to figure out what that recurring nightmare means. 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855; celebrationstore.com

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Best place to take kids BIGG CITY

Formerly Mr. Bigg’s, Bigg City offers bowling, go-karts, miniature golf, laser tag, video games and lots more under one roof. We must agree with readers on this. 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., 955-7220 biggcity.net

Best place for a fifth birthday party MISS RO’S MUSIC GARDEN

Be ballerinas or go exploring, play with bugs or musical instruments, have a scruffy-hobo party, a teddy-bear afternoon or a dress-up tea party. At Keen Music and the Arts, 4485 Emerald Drive, 593-1951 keenkidsmusic.com

Best place for a 15th birthday party SPLAT MASTERS

For teenagers, paint ball is like a physical extension of their games. For them, that’s a good thing. 6855 Constitution Ave., 574-7004

Best place for a Sweet 16 party COLUMBINE DAY SPA

Your Sweet 16 and five of her friends can get the royal treatment — manicure, pedicure, Swedish massage, seaweed wraps, aroma therapy, steam and Swiss shower, steam room and hot tub soak — for about $850. 2180 Hollow Brook Drive, 535-0565; columbinedayspa.com

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Best place for a kids birthday party BIGG CITY

Dream up your favorite birthday theme. You and your friends can be mystery solvers or learn about dinosaurs; you can wear your pajamas and sneak outside to toilet paper trees; you can go on a scavenger hunt or learn to break boards from a real tae kwon do instructor. Mom will love a party at Bigg City (formerly Mr. Bigg’s), too, because the Bigg City Host cleans up afterward. No other place in town offers this many options for kids. 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., 955-7220 biggcity.net

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FAMILY LIFE Artistic elephant one highlight of great zoo

COURTESY OF CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO

Lucky the elephant’s art has been on display at the Colorado Springs Airport.

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Best teen night TEEN NIGHT AT HILLSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER

“The Man” is the activities director known to all as Larry B, and on more than 30 Friday nights during the school year, he keeps the place hopping. Eighty teens regularly show up to dance to a DJ; compete in pool, basketball, foosball and volleyball tournaments; play video games against their buddies; and sometimes bust their moves in dance contests. It’s just $2. 925 S. Institute St., 385-7900

Best Web site for kid activities COLORADOKIDS.COM

It has everything from after-school activities to summer camps.

Best outing for the whole family CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO

To see available homes in Pine Creek take the Briargate Pkwy. exit 151 to Chapel Hills Dr. and follow the signs or visit PineCreek.com.

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There’s nothing like hearing your kid squeal after a giraffe’s tongue grabs a cracker from her hand. Our zoo has come a long way in recent years, expanding exhibits into more natural settings and getting rid of the depressing cages. 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925 cmzoo.org

Best zoo animal LUCKY

She’s an African elephant . . . who paints. She’s exploring abstracts right now, painting with her trunk, and her works have been on display at various galleries and showcased at the Colorado Springs Airport and City Council chambers. (We’re waiting until she moves on to cubism.)

Best place to get the wiggles out ARTSPORTS

Billing itself as “the world’s largest trampoline gymnastics school,” ArtSports boasts more than two dozen trampolines, including one that’s 100 feet long. You can sign up for classes or just have a birthday party here. 780 Vondelpark Drive, 531-5867 artsportsworld.com

Best miniature golf GLOW GOLF

If you’re one of those miniature golfers who’s in the habit of discreetly nudging your ball to a better lie, your guilty secret will be exposed for all to see at Glow Golf — where everything, from the clubs to the balls, glows brightly in the dark. Unless, of course, they’re distracted by all the garish colors around them. Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Boulevard, 593-2925


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Ryan Cohn, from left, his stepbrother Jarrett Barnes and friend Zach Struif are among the youngsters drawn to Arcade Amusements in Manitou Springs.

Best place for pinball wizards ARCADE AMUSEMENTS

Informally known as the Manitou Arcade, this place is loaded with old machines that will not only take you back to your childhood (with Pinball Wizard), it might take your parents and grandparents back to their childhoods (with really penny pinball games). 900 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9815

Best kids haircut COOL CUTS 4 KIDS

7531 N. Academy Blvd., 532-1800; coolcuts4kids.com

Cool Cuts 4 Kids is the nation’s largest children’s hair-care chain and, after our harrowing experience there, it’s easy to see why. We put the salon to the ultimate test with a high-maintenance 18-month-old getting his first crack on the “chopping” block. The salon offers lots of distractions for scissor-phobic youngsters, including car-shaped chairs and an extensive collection of DVDs, plus Nintendo GameCube games for the older kids. Even with said accouterments, our little one screamed bloody murder the in-

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stant the cape went on. Our seasoned stylist embodied grace under pressure, though — at once soothing but firm. She gave him a great (and even!) haircut, then used the electric shaver around his neck and ears, not even flinching as the meltdown continued. The salon offers a variety of services, with haircuts starting at $13.95. His grateful father tipped the stylist $10 and declared it well worth the trip.

Best old-school summer camp CAMP SHADY BROOK

Hiking in the woods, archery, pillow fights at the neighboring bunkhouse, cooking up s’mores — the outdoor camp experience that many of us grew up with is still as fun as ever at Camp Shady Brook, located in a gorgeously hilly and forested spot in Deckers. Camp Office: 8716 South Y Camp Road, Sedalia, 329-7266 campshadybrook.org

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Best new-school summer camp CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER

Kids can learn with amazing hands-on exercises, including going on simulated space missions. They can act like real astronauts . . . without having to drive cross-country in diapers. 10215 Lexington Drive, Suite 110, 598-9755; challenger.org

Best new camp OPERATION PURPLE CAMP

A very special place for the children of military parents who are deployed, or were injured or killed. The first local camp — there are 26 nationwide — will start in July at Farish Recreation Area in Teller County, where kids ages 7 to 16 will go horseback riding, geocaching, fossil hunting, fishing, learn about astronomy, and just talk. It’s all free. Next year, it should be even bigger because almost 600 kids registered for the 120 spots. 1-800-260-0218 www.operationpurple.org


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Best fishing spot SPINNEY MOUNTAIN STATE WILDLIFE AREA It’s far from scenic, but the anglers who flock to this cold and windy stretch of the South Platte River between Spinney and Elevenmile reservoirs call it “the dream stream” because its water houses some of the state’s largest trout.

Take U.S. Highway 24 west over Wilkerson Pass; turn south on County Road 23, then south on County Road 59, past Spinney Reservoir, and turn west on Road 59.

Best place to work out 24 HOUR FITNESS

Well, the best place to work out is outside of course! But if you must stay in, try 24 Hour Fitness for its extensive equipment, hard-core classes and great pools. This is no Y — if you bring the kids, they’ll stay in kiddie care. It was also the readers’ fave. 1892 Southgate Road, 633-2442; 3650 Austin Bluffs Parkway, No. 197, 262-0024; 24hourfitness.com

Best pool hall ANTIQUE BILLIARD MUSEUM

Open tables, memorabilia, tournaments, a bar, leagues and the ghosts of Willie Mosconi and Minnesota Fats. 3628 Citadel Drive North, 597-9809

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Fishing spot ELEVENMILE CANYON

Starting just below Elevenmile Reservoir, Elevenmile Canyon combines natural beauty, great angling and an escape from the South Park wind. Take forest roads from Elevenmile reservoir (fourwheel drive is recommended). There’s a $4 dayuse fee, payable at an entry station on the east end.

Place to work out 24 HOUR FITNESS

With two locations and some of the classiest equipment in town, this is no office-basement gym. And the hours can’t be beat. 1892 Southgate Road, 633-2442; 3650 Austin Bluffs Parkway, No. 197, 262-0024; 24hourfitness.com

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Best ice rink WORLD ARENA ICE HALL Beside the World Arena, the Ice Hall draws dozens of world-class figure skaters and coaches and is home to the United States National Short Track Speed Skating team, the Broadmoor Skating Club and the Division I Colorado College men’s hockey team.

The only thing we can’t give you is a longer day.

3205 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2150; worldarena.com

Best park THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY

German exchange student Carima Gschwandtl guided 2½-year-old Catherine Knudtsen around the ice Take a virtual tourforofthe Cordera, visit first www.cordera.com/virtualtour today! toddler’s time on skates during a holiday skate at the World FEATURING COLORADO SPRINGS’ Arena. The arena offersFINEST several HOMEBUILDERS public skating check Saddletree worldarena Campbell Homes events; Keller Homes Homes .com for a schedule. Symphony Homes Vantage Homes

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When the Air Force Academy reopened to the public last fall, mountain bikers found the rocky, eroded decades-old Falcon trail reborn as a gorgeous 13-mile loop with everything from fast-flying whoop-ti-doos to technical rock stairs.

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Best hike HOGBACK VALLEY/RED ROCK RIM LOOP Always beautiful, never crowded, this 3.5-mile trail in Red Rock Canyon Open

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Best mountain bike trail FALCON TRAIL

for a map, visit redrockcanyonopenspace.org

Best trail THE WHOLE ENCHILADA

With 100 miles of city and county trails connecting neighborhoods, where do you draw the line? The system as a whole, with all its foresight and planning, deserves a big cheer. for a map, visit www.springsgov.com

Best pool WILSON RANCH

More outdoor water park than just a swimming hole. Swoosh down the three-spiral water slide, go headfirst down the orange tube, float on the lazy river, swing out over the “beach,” swim laps or just stretch out in the water and catch some shade under a funbrella. Go early: Only 350 can get in, and it fills up quickly on hot days. 2335 Allegheny Drive, 598-3226; www.springsgov.com

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Space has great views of the park’s fins of sedentary stone and options for adding more miles. But best of all, it starts from the little-used 26th Street Trailhead, so there’s plenty of parking and no hard left turns.

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Best bowling BIGG CITY

The special attraction here is the four VIP lanes, complete with plasma TV, leather couches, and full-service bar. 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., 955-7220; biggcity.net


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SPORTS & LEISURE Access is beautiful thing at AFA . . . Try Red Rock Canyon loop . . . Or pick up broom for curling

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Kyle McFarland scaled a wall at the Sport Climbing Center. McFarland is a competitive climber, but the center has plenty of opportunities for amateurs, too.

Best use of brooms CURLING CLUB

moves before going out to a river. Group lessons are $20 per person.

You can learn the wackiest Olympic sport at The Broadmoor Curling Club. This special breed of athlete spreads the love of that oh-so-strange-yet-so-addicting sport, curling. You know you were glued to the TV during the last Winter Games. Take a shot at the path to Olympic glory at one of the club’s periodic Learn to Curl sessions at the Colorado Sports Center. At $20 per person or $50 per family, it’s one of the cheapest ways to solidify a reputation for oddball adventure. 16240 Old Denver Highway, Monument, 598-1524; coloradocurling.org

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Best climbing wall SPORT CLIMBING CENTER

The center has more than 12,000 square feet of climbing surface that imitates features found on real crags, with 75 top-rope and leadable climbing routes up to 50 feet long. They also have a bouldering climbing cave, aretes, roofs, bulges, dihedrals and a huge lead climbing cave. 4650 Northpark Drive, 260-1050; sportclimbcs.com

Best sports complex COLORADO SPORTS CENTER

Angler’s turns its side lot into a scene from “A River Runs Through It,” with a dozen people practicing their fly-fish

crosse, soccer, dodge ball and more. 16240 Old Denver Highway, Monument, 487-8572; socnroll.com

This ginormous indoor complex has a staggering variety of sports going on: baseball, basketball, in-line skating, hockey, ice skating, a climbing wall, volleyball, flag football, la-

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Best golf course THE BROADMOOR’S MOUNTAIN COURSE

The course where Jack Nicklaus won his first national title, the U.S. Amateur Championship, has undergone an extreme makeover, thanks to Nicklaus’ company, Nicklaus Design. The result is one of the most gorgeous courses in the world. 1 Lake Ave., 577-5790; broadmoor.com

Best golf hole NO. 14 ON THE BROADMOOR’S EAST COURSE

This par-four beauty has two fairway bunkers, a tough drive to an elevated green and 430 yards from the back tee. It’s the kind of hole that serious golfers live for. 1 Lake Ave., 577-5790; broadmoor.com


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