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25 Years of Celebrating the People and Places that Keep Us in Awe

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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CITY LIFE & RECREATION

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FAMILY & HEALTH

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FOOD & DRINK

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SERVICES & PROFESSIONALS

111

SHOPPING

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FOR 25 YEARS, The Gazette has been compiling the people and places that keep you — our readers — in awe in our annual Best of the Springs contest.

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This is your magazine. You tell us your favorites and pick the winners in our contest year after year. We want you to look back at this magazine to search for a popular deli or to see what your peers voted the best pediatric dentist, casual dining spot or neighborhood park The Pikes Peak region has so much to offer, it's often hard to narrow the choices. That's why we look to you, the folks who live here, to share your thoughts, which you'll see reflected here in your votes, aka "Readers' Picks." Of course, we like to throw our opinions out there, too. See what The Gazette's Features staff recommends in our "Expert Picks." This year, the silver anniversary of Best of the Springs, is special. We've reorganized the categories (Arts & Entertainment, City Life & Recreation, Family & Health, Food & Drink, Services & Professionals, and Shopping) and the design of the magazine to make them more reader friendly. We've also offered a big nod to the contest's 25-year history. Look for content that reflects the history of our region and Best of the Springs. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together. We are already at work on next year's contest. Watch for notices about the nominations and voting process in The Gazette and on gazette.com.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

25 Years of Celebrating the People and Places that Keep Us in Awe

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

CITY LIFE & RECREATION

Begins on page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Begins on page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Actor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Actress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Art Class . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Casino. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Colorado Sports Mascot. . . . 14 Commercial Gallery . . . . . . . . . 14 Dance Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Dance Studio for Adults . . . . 16 Dance Studio for Kids . . . . . . . 14 Downtown Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Fine Arts Photographer . . . . 16 Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Hookah Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Improv Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Karaoke Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Live Music Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Local Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Local Festival. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Movie Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Museum Exhibit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Music Venue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Musical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Nonprofit Artist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Nonprofit Arts Group . . . . . . 22 Pianist ............................... 22 Place To Hear Country Music ...................... 22 Place to Play Pool . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Radio Personality . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Radio Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Theater Company . . . . . . . . . . . 25 TV Anchor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 TV Sports Personality . . . . . . . 26 TV Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 TV Weather Anchor . . . . . . . . . . 26 EXPERT PICKS ....... 27-30

B&B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Bounce House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Bowling Alley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 City Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Climbing Wall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Colorado Campground . . . . 34 Colorado Ski Area . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Dog Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Fitness Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Fun Way to Support Charity . . 36 Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Gym/Health Club . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Ice Rink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Impressive Outing . . . . . . . . . . 38 Lunchtime/ After-work Hike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Martial Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Mountain Bike Trail . . . . . . . . 38 Mover and Shaker . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Neighborhood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Neighborhood Park . . . . . . . . 40 Nonprofit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Person Who Makes a Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Personal Trainer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Philanthropic Business . . . . . 41 Place To Gaze at Pikes Peak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Place to Propose . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Swimming Pool . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Urban Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Veteran-owned Business . 42 Volunteer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Yoga Studio/Center . . . . . . . . . 42 EXPERT PICKS ...... 43-44

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FAMILY & HEALTH

FOOD & DRINK

Begins on page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Begins on page . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Acupuncturist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 After School Program . . . . . . 48 Audiology Practice . . . . . . . . . 48 Chiropractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 College for Associate's . . . . 52 College for Bachelor's or Master's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Continuing Education . . . . . 54 Day Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Daycare Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Dental Practice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Dentistry for Kids . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Elementary School . . . . . . . . . 56 Elementary School Educator . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Eye Care/Optometrist. . . . . . 56 Family Fun Center . . . . . . . . . . 56 Field Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 High School Coach . . . . . . . . . 58 High School Educator . . . . . . 58 Home School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 In Home Care Provider . . . . . 59 Massage Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Medical Practice . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Medical Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Middle School Educator . . . 62 Pediatric Practice . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Physical Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Place for Birthday . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Preschool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Summer Day Camp . . . . . . . . . 64 Technical School . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Teen Hangout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Tutoring Program . . . . . . . . . . . 64 EXPERT PICKS ...... 65-68

Al Fresco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 American . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Barbecue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Bartender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Breakfast & Brunch . . . . . . . . . . 74 Brew Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Brewery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Brewery in the Pikes Peak Region . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Broncos Sports Bar . . . . . . . . . . 76 Buffet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Burger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Burrito . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Business Lunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Cajun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Cake/Cupcake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Candy Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Casual Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Cheap Eats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Cheesecake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Chef. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Chicken Wings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Chinese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Coffee Drive-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Coffee Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Colorado Cuisine. . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Crafted Cocktail . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Deli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Dessert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Diner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Doughnut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Downtown Lunch . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Enchilada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Fast Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Fine Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Fish Taco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Food Truck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 French. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 French Onion Soup . . . . . . . . . 85

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Fried Chicken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Fries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Gastropub. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 German . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Gluten-free Restaurant/ Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Green Chili. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Gyro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Happy Hour. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Hawaiian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Hidden Gem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Hot Dog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Huevos Rancheros . . . . . . . . . . 91 Ice Cream/Gelato/ Frozen Treat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Indian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Irish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Italian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Jamaican . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Japanese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Juice Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Korean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Local Beer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Margarita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Mexican . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Middle Eastern/Greek . . . . . 94 New Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Pancake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Pasta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Pizza Delivery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Prime Rib. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Restaurant After Midnight 98 Restaurant for a First Date 98 Restaurant for an Anniversary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Restaurant for Kids . . . . . . . . . 99 Restaurant for Military Discount. . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Restaurant Service . . . . . . . . . 99 Restaurant With a View . . 100 Restaurant to Bring Your Dog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Salad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Sandwich . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Seafood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Smoothie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

Soup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Sports Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Steakhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Sub. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Sushi Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Takeout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Tamale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Taqueria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Thai/Pad Thai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Truffle 104 Vegan Restaurant 104 Vegetarian Restaurant . . . 104 Vietnamese/Pho Bowl . . . . 105 Whiskey Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Wine Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Wine List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 EXPERT PICKS .... 107-108

SERVICES & PROFESSIONALS Begins on page . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

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Air Conditioning & Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Bank/Credit Union. . . . . . . . . 114 Body Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Car Wash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Cleaning Company . . . . . . . . . 114 Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Contractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Day Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Dog Trainer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Dry Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Event DJ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Financial Planner . . . . . . . . . . 118 Funeral Services & Cemeteries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Haircut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Hair Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Hauling Company . . . . . . . . . 120 Home Builder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Home Developer . . . . . . . . . . . 121 House Painter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Insurance Company . . . . . . . 122

Landscaping Service . . . . . . 123 Law Firm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Lawyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Mechanic/Auto Repair . . . . 124 Mobile Phone Repair . . . . . 125 Mortgage Company . . . . . . . 126 Mover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Nail Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 New Home Community . . 128 Pet Boarding & Daycare . . 128 Pet Groomer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Pet Rescue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Plumber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Portrait Photographer . . . . 130 Real Estate Office —Franchised . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Real Estate Office —Independent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Real Estate Relocation. . . . 131 Realtor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Relocation Office. . . . . . . . . . . 132 Retirement Community . . 132 Special Event Catering . . . 132 Tailor & Alterations . . . . . . . . 132 Tattoo Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Tax Preparer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Tire Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Trash Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Veterinarian/Animal Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Wedding Cake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Wedding Catering . . . . . . . . . 136 Wedding DJ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Wedding Photographer . . 138 Wedding Planner . . . . . . . . . 138 Wedding Venue . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 EXPERT PICKS .... 141-146

SHOPPING Begins on page . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

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Antique Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Auction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Baby Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

Beer Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Bike Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Bookstore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Butcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Car Dealer New . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Car Dealer Used . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Children's Clothing. . . . . . . . 153 Custom Framing . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Department Store . . . . . . . . . 154 Eyeglasses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Farmers Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Florist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Furniture Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Gift Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Guns/Ammo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Hardware Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Hobby Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Jeweler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Kitchen Store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Liquor Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Mattress Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Men's Fashion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Military Friendly Car Dealer 160 Natural & Organic Market 160 Natural Meat Market . . . . . . 160 New Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Nursery/Gardening Center 162 Outdoor Equipment . . . . . . . 162 Outfitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Pet Store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Photography & Video Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Place for Records/Vinyl . . . 163 Resale/Consignment Shop 164 Shoe Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Shopping Center . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Ski Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Spice Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Sporting Goods. . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Supermarket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Thrift Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Toy Store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Used Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Video Game Store. . . . . . . . . . 165 Wine Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Women's Fashion . . . . . . . . . . 166 EXPERT PICKS . . . . . 167-170

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SERVICES & PROFESSIONALS Begins on page . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

ADVERTISING CONTACTS JIM BROYLES

Welcome to the 25th Anniversary Edition of the Best of the Springs! OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS, the population of El Paso County has increased by almost 55 percent. Growth has driven the demand — and supply — of retail stores, restaurants, entertainment and recreation venues, services providers and other special people and places that all together make our region so unique. And so today, there are many more businesses vying for the attention and spending of local residents. New businesses, and even whole new concepts, in each of our super categories have helped make Colorado Springs one of the most desired places to live in America. There are activities available now never dreamed about before for our region. Help us celebrate this 25th anniversary milestone and all of the great businesses and places that make our city the best city to live, work and play in America. Enjoy this 25th anniversary edition guide of the Best of the Springs.

We hope it helps you discover something new and exciting about the Pikes Peak Region.

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has a wealth of opportunities. Whether you’re a fan of visual art, music, theater or dance, there’s always something to entertain and amaze you.

SHINING STARS

Award winners for best local actor and actress. pg. 12

LUCK OF THE DRAW

Where Gazette readers like to go for table games and slot machines. pg. 14

GET YOUR DANCE ON

Learn how to two-step, swing, line dance and more at this top dance club. pg. 16

FROLIC DOWNTOWN

Colorado Springs sure loves a parade. Read about the top downtown event. pg. 16

SING OUT LOUD

It’s OK to be a little off key at this fave karaoke spot. pg. 18

ENJOY THE MUSIC

These local bands are tops with our readers. pg.18

NIGHT AT THE THEATER

This year’s best play was a bit of a bloodbath. pg. 24

For more information and to leave a comment about your favorite winners, go to thebestofthesprings.com

25 Years of Celebrating the People and Places that Keep Us in Awe JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE

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Arts & Entertainment Academy of Children's Theatre has claimed numerous Best Of medals since its first appearance on the podium in 2014, for best summer day camp, arts camp and theater company. JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

There's no need to scoot up to Denver for arts and entertainment opportunities. The Pikes Peak region is rife with its own superb theater, live music, art exhibits, dance, festivals and more.

It's eye opening to peruse the last 25 years of the Best of the Springs magazine and note the galleries, clubs, concert venues and actors and actresses who have come and gone. Creative folks have brought their dreams to fruition in our city and have left an indelible mark on our community's culture. The top three winners throughout the years in arts and entertainment categories should come as no surprise.

All have won multiple awards in a vast array of categories. COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER at Colorado College

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READERPICKS ACTOR GOLD: JARETH SPIRIO

jarethspirio.com Wonderful and talented are two words voters used to describe the longtime actor. One look at his resume, and you’ll see why voters are familiar with him: He’s been in loads of local productions, including the recent children’s show “Ben and the Magic Paintbrush” at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, “Shakespeare in Love,” “Santaland Diaries,” “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Lysistrata.” SILVER: DANTE INFERNO-MARTINEZ BRONZE: CHRIS MEDINA

ACTRESS GOLD: KAREN FITZPATRICK

As a member of the improv group Improvasaurus, this actress tickles all your funny bones with her exaggerated facial expressions, clever ideas and ability to share the stage with her fellow improv crew. “She truly expresses great humor and has me laughing,” said a voter. SILVER: SARAH ATKINSON BRONZE: HOLLY HAVERKORN

Sculptor Michael Garman, 79, talks about his life in his home above Michael Garman Productions on Feb. 3, 2017. in Old Colorado City. —CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE

ART CLASS GOLD: PAINTING WITH A TWIST

Multiple locations, paintingwithatwist.com Those who long to get creative while they gab and sip wine head here. Attendees are given an inspirational painting to recreate, and they let loose on a blank canvas. What results could almost hang in New York City’s The Museum of Modern Art. Almost. “Gives folks a chance to try out their hidden artist,” said one reader. “A fun night out and something to take home that you’re proud of.” SILVER: BEMIS SCHOOL OF ART AT COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE BRONZE: COTTONWOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS

ARTIST GOLD: MICHAEL GARMAN

The Michael Garman Museum and Gallery, 2418 W. Colorado Ave., 471-9391 michaelgarman.com

A scene from "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Ensemble members pictured, from left: Kelley Wick, Mark Cannon, Jareth Spirio, Mackenzie Beyer, Anna Faye Hunter, and Jordan Matthews. — COURTESY OF COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE

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Folks gush over the artist’s finely detailed sculptures that depict characters from all walks of life. On his website you’ll find multiple series, including aviators, firefighters, golfers, military and Western types. “This artist depicts American life,” one voter said. SILVER: ERIK COOPER PHOTOGRAPHY BRONZE: GEORGIA PADILLA


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Cindy Grey

Broadmoor Bluffs Realty 719-210-8029

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Dana Williams

RE/MAX Advantage Realty 719-439-9411

Action Team Realty 719-271-7051

Daniel Stephens

RE/MAX Real Estate Group 719-460-5636

Ann Heiring

RE/MAX Advantage Realty 719-440-1010

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CASINO GOLD: BRONCO BILLY’S CASINO

233 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek 689-2142, broncobillyscasino.com It’s not only the three casinos and daily cash drawings that entice gamblers back for return visits, but also the loose slots, friendly employees, variety of games and well-priced dining options, including mouthwatering bloody Marys, pancakes and burgers. “Best payouts and atmosphere in the historic sense, as envisioned in the ‘90s gaming law,” said a voter. SILVER: MIDNIGHT ROSE HOTEL & CASINO BRONZE: DOUBLE EAGLE HOTEL AND CASINO

COMMERCIAL GALLERY GOLD: THE MICHAEL GARMAN MUSEUM AND GALLERY

The Michael Garman Museum and Gallery, 2418 W. Colorado Ave., 471-9391 michaelgarman.com Garman’s sculptures never cease to impress visitors and collectors. Folks love the family-friendly gallery and pleasant staff and can’t wait to introduce out-of-town visitors to the longtime establishment. “I have bought a couple sculptures of the cowboys,” said one voter. “Reminds me of growing up on a cattle ranch.” SILVER: COTTONWOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS BRONZE: GALLERY 113

A Turning Pointe School of Dance teacher helps a young dancer practice ballet during a free class at the studio. —COURTESY OF AMANDA LAMB PHOTOGRAPHY

COLORADO SPORTS MASCOT GOLD: GYRFALCON, AIR FORCE ACADEMY

usafa.edu/cadet-life/clubs/falconry/ It only makes sense for the AFA to have soaring, swooping birds of prey as its official face. The school’s birds appear at football games, cadet wing parades, other athletic contests and civic events. “Not many other mascots can skydive into the stadium,” said one voter. “It represents a long standing tradition and the falcon represents nature, stealth and precision with beauty,” said another. SILVER: SOX THE FOX, SKY SOX BRONZE: MILES, DENVER BRONCOS

DANCE STUDIO FOR KIDS GOLD: TURNING POINTE SCHOOL OF DANCE

5540 Library Lane, 445-9497 turningpointeschoolofdance.com Parents and their kids all love the dance classes and teachers here. They cite a positive, faith-based environment in which to grow and learn and a high level of instruction. “I love that they are Christian, and I know my daughter won’t be in performances with suggestive music, moves or costumes,” said one voter. SILVER: THE PEAK SCHOOL OF DANCE BRONZE: COLORADO BALLET SOCIETY

A sculpted scene from Michael Garman's "Magic Town" in Old Colorado City is pictured in this Gazette file photo. —GAZETTE FILE

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Jennifer Montoya

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Kelly Price

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Jerry Clark

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Jeff Boals

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JoAnn Gadkowski

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Greg Luczak

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Jeffrey Piggot

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DANCE CLUB GOLD: WHISKEY BARON DANCE HALL AND SALOON

5781 N. Academy Blvd., 465-3806 thewhiskeybarondancehallandsaloon.com Y’all love to throw on your boots and take in a good line dance here. Voters marveled at the live music, large dance floor and variety of dance lessons. “Whiskey Baron is kind, mature and welcoming to all walks of life,” said a voter. SILVER: COWBOYS BRONZE: CLUB Q

DANCE STUDIO FOR ADULTS GOLD: TURNING POINTE SCHOOL OF DANCE

5540 Library Lane, 445-9497 turningpointeschoolofdance.com So what if you never got in on dance as a youngster? There’s still time to learn how to shake your moneymaker. Adults love the ballet for moms class, the ballroom lessons and swing. “They have made dance thoroughly enjoyable for all ages,” said one voter. “The teachers are incredible, knowledgeable and fun.” SILVER: COLORADO BALLET SOCIETY BRONZE: ORMAO DANCE COMPANY

DOWNTOWN EVENT GOLD: FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE

coloradospringsfestivaloflights.com Every year, thousands of folks line the downtown sidewalks on the first Saturdays of December. They’ve got their hot chocolate, blankets and holiday spirit. Be sure to stick it out for the whole thing, or risk missing jolly St. Nick on the last float of the night. “Good family event,” said a voter. “It still has that hometown feeling.” SILVER: FIRST FRIDAY DOWNTOWN BRONZE: WHAT IF ... FESTIVAL OF INNOVATION AND IMAGINATION

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FINE ARTS PHOTOGRAPHER GOLD: LARS LEBER PHOTOGRAPHY

313-0407, larsleber.net Every year since 2015, this photographer has taken home the gold. A quick look at his photos of Colorado landscapes shows why. In a word: sublime. “This photographer’s growth over the last five years is supersonic,” said a voter. “He captures nature like nobody else.” SILVER: ERIK COOPER PHOTOGRAPHY BRONZE: KELSEY ANN PHOTOGRAPHY

GALLERY GOLD: COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE

30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org This stalwart institution has notched up its number of exhibits since merging with Colorado College in 2016, and the people are pleased. Voters praised the Tactile Gallery and Southwestern exhibits, not to mention the permanent collection. “The Fine Arts Center offers so much to this city and for all ages,” said a voter. “It’s a celebration of life.” SILVER: THE MICHAEL GARMAN MUSEUM AND GALLERY BRONZE: UCCS GALLERIES OF CONTEMPORARY ART

HOOKAH BAR GOLD: HOOKED ON HOOKAH

6406 N. Academy Blvd., 886-7107, hohstore.com This longtime gold winner is still winning fans with its state-of-the-art movie room, knowledgeable staff and crowd-pleasing blends of tobacco. “If you’re going anywhere for a hookah, this is where to go. No question,” said a voter. SILVER: BUZZHOOKAH BRONZE: EMBER


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READERPICKS IMPROV GROUP GOLD: STICK HORSES IN PANTS

thestickhorses.com This bunch of characters never fails to elicit guffaws from the crowds during private shows, corporate parties, weddings, conferences and more shindigs that need a little lightening up. “Always funny and family-friendly,” said one voter. SILVER: OXYMORONS BRONZE: FUNKY LITTLE IMPROV

Hooked on Hookah in Colorado Springs. —JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

KARAOKE BAR GOLD: JOHNNY’S NAVAJO HOGAN

2817 N. Nevada Ave., 344-9593 johnnysnavajohogan.com Wednesday nights find “The Voice” wannabes belting it out under the restaurant and bar’s beehive-like dome roof. Voters like the comfortable atmosphere and large space. “Nice DJ and good singers with a polite audience,” said one. SILVER: THUNDER AND BUTTONS II BRONZE: GOOD COMPANY RESTAURANT AND BAR

LIVE MUSIC BAR GOLD: WHISKEY BARON DANCE HALL AND SALOON

5781 N. Academy Blvd., 465-3806 thewhiskeybarondancehallandsaloon.com Friday and Saturday nights were made for live music, and this is where you come. Sandy Wells, Twenty Hands High, Ashlee and the Longshot Revival and Black Rose Band are a few of the recent headlining acts at this country bar. If you want to be really prepared, show up early for the free line-dance lessons on Fridays and free two-step lessons on Saturdays. “They provide a great and welcoming atmosphere,” said a voter. SILVER: BACK EAST BAR & GRILL BRONZE: JOHNNY’S NAVAJO HOGAN

LOCAL BAND GOLD: SOFAKILLERS

sofakillersmusic.com The cover band jams the heck out of beloved rock, funk, pop and disco tunes, with such disparate tastes as Bee Gees and Guns N’ Roses. “Widest variety of any band,” wrote a voter. “Their lead singer can sing anything.” The Sofakillers: Back row, from left, Dewey Steele, Tim Glenn, Mark Wallick and Rich Lawson. Seated, front row, from left Matt Podschweit and Scott Uhalt. —COURTESY OF SOFAKILLERS

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Todd Hawker & Bart Atkinson Action Team Realty 719-492-4580 719-321-3847

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Estate Agents from multiple companies sharing a common vision. Invitation into this group is limited to the top 10% of agents in the Pikes Peak Multiple Listing Service. Over the last ten years the group has partnered with organizations like Springs Rescue Mission, Catholic Charities, Special Kids Special Families, Partners in Housing and Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful.

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LOCAL FESTIVAL GOLD: TERRITORY DAYS

pro-promotions.com/pro-events/territory-days Memorial Day weekend offers up a little taste of the region’s Western history with this long-running festival. You’ll hang with thousands of your favorite city residents as you maneuver down West Colorado Avenue, stopping to check out vendors, listen to live music and sample brews in the beer garden. “I enjoy learning more about our local history,” said a voter, “and it corresponds with Memorial Day —  respectfully honored with a moment of silence at the main bandstand.” SILVER: LABOR DAY LIFT OFF BRONZE: EMMA CRAWFORD COFFIN RACES AND FESTIVAL

MOVIE THEATER GOLD: CINEMARK CAREFREE CIRCLE AND IMAX

3305 Cinema Point, 596-2173, cinemark.com/ colorado/cinemark-carefree-circle-and-imax

An excellent sound system, comfy reclining seats, no sticky floors or scattered popcorn kernels, and food and adult beverages are a few reasons voters decide to skip Netflix and head to an actual theater. “This theater, more than any other, gets our visits,” said one voter. “The spectacular screen is amazing. Any of their screens provide good seating for our family.” SILVER: CINEMARK TINSELTOWN USA AND XD

BRONZE: KIMBALL’S PEAK THREE THEATER

MUSEUM GOLD: COLORADO SPRINGS PIONEERS MUSEUM

215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, cspm.org There’s never a wasted visit to this historical icon that was once the El Paso County Courthouse. You’ll walk away with new kernels of Colorado Springs knowledge, culled from exhibits such as “The Story of Us: The Pikes Peak Region from A-Z,” “City of Sunshine” and “Beads, Blankets and Buffalo: Trade at Bent’s Fort.” “Well-researched exhibits that appeal to all the senses, frequent enough changes, helpful curators,” wrote one voter. SILVER: COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE BRONZE: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WORLD WAR II AVIATION

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An aerial view of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum taken during a tour of holiday lights with Colorado Vertical Helicopter Tours on Dec. 20, 2016. —JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE


MUSEUM EXHIBIT GOLD: MAGIC TOWN, THE MICHAEL GARMAN MUSEUM AND GALLERY

The Michael Garman Museum and Gallery, 2418 W. Colorado Ave., 471-9391 michaelgarman.com Magic Town is a Colorado Springs initiation. Sculptor Michael Garman is the man behind the 3,000-square-foot miniature city, with its dozens of buildings, hundreds of characters and awesome hologram special effects. “Even with multiple visits, you see something new you missed the last time,” said a reader. SILVER: “REVOLUTION: RISE AGAINST THE INVASION,” BY VIRGIL ORTIZ, COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE BRONZE: “THE STORY OF US: THE PIKES PEAK REGION FROM A-Z,” COLORADO SPRINGS PIONEERS MUSEUM

MUSIC VENUE GOLD: STARGAZERS THEATRE AND EVENT CENTER

10 S. Parkside Drive, 476-2200 stargazerstheatre.com Owners John and Cindy Hooten celebrated a decade of owning and operating the venue in February. No wonder they’re still in business — people love them. Voters cited the wide variety of concerts (including the free ones), excellent acoustics, intimate performing space, cleanliness and reasonable prices. “One of the quaintest venues in Colorado, hands down,” said a voter. “Great acts and super-nice owners that care.” SILVER: PIKES PEAK CENTER BRONZE: THE BLACK SHEEP

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MUSICAL GOLD: “ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL,” COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE

30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org The winter production of the Tony Awardwinning musical based on Dahl’s popular 1988 children’s book touched hearts with its stage full of triple threat child actors. That’s singing, dancing and acting, if you didn’t know. Voters approved its professional set, talented cast and use of local talent. “Appealed to wide range of audiences,” wrote one voter. SILVER: “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS,” CHAMELEON ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT AND CIVA CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL BRONZE: “SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR.,” STARZ THEATER COMPANY

NONPROFIT ARTIST GOLD: MO ONSTAD, THE UNSTEADY HAND

200-8057, theunsteadyhand.org Onstad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 48 and decided it wouldn’t knock him out of the game. Instead, he jumped in and founded The Unsteady Hand artist collective to bring together other Parkinson’s sufferers. He hopes the one-two punch of art and fellowship will help brighten their days. 

SILVER: IMAGINATION CELEBRATION BRONZE: MANITOU ART CENTER

PIANIST GOLD: NINA MILLER

The accompanist for the Colorado Ballet Society strikes again. She’s won your vote since 2016 for her magical tinkling of the ivories, thanks in large part to her long career of accompanying ballet companies around the world since 1996. “Mega talent,” said a voter. “A+,” wrote another. SILVER: SHARON SKIDGEL BRONZE: THOMAS DAWSON

PLACE TO HEAR COUNTRY MUSIC GOLD: WHISKEY BARON DANCE HALL AND SALOON

5781 N. Academy Blvd., 465-3806 thewhiskeybarondancehallandsaloon.com With line-dance and two-step lessons Wednesdays and Thursdays and local, regional and national bands Fridays and Saturdays, this place has your country experience covered. “They always have great bands,” said one voter.  SILVER: COWBOYS BRONZE: MILL HILL SALOON

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NONPROFIT ARTS GROUP GOLD: COLORADO SPRINGS YOUTH SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION

4575 Galley Road, Suite 300E, 633-3901 csysa.com This longtime organization is busy creating the musicians of the future. Every year about 350 kids are auditioned into the eight groups of the CSYSA, where they learn not only musical skills, but professionalism. “I was in a youth symphony and loved all the classical music,” said one voter. “The world needs to know beautiful music through people who play it. Youthful musicians have a forever gift.” 22 BEST OF THE SPRINGS 25TH 2019

Nina Miller, accompanist for Colorado Ballet Society, is the gold winner in the Pianist category. —COURTESY OF NINA MILLER


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PLACE TO PLAY POOL GOLD: PHANTOM CANYON BREWING CO.

2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-2800 phantomcanyon.com It’s all about the tables for pool players, and this longtime downtown restaurant and bar has the best. It’s a classy joint, you say, with lots of room to maneuver around the table. And, if you’re having an off night, you can at least enjoy the great food and beer brewed on the premises. “Relaxed environment, not too loud,” said a voter. SILVER: THUNDER AND BUTTONS II BRONZE: COWBOYS

PLAY GOLD: “MACBETH,” THEATREWORKS

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TheatreWorks’ annual Shakespeare production at Rock Ledge Ranch was a highlight of summer for the theater-going crowd. Voters loved the classic show about its title character (played by Steve Emily) determined to take over the Scottish throne at all costs. SILVER: “THE LEGEND OF ROBIN HOOD,” ACADEMY OF COMMUNITY THEATRE (ACT II) BRONZE: “KIMBERLY AKIMBO,” FUNKY LITTLE THEATER COMPANY

RADIO STATION GOLD: 107.3 FM MOUNTAIN COUNTRY

359-9336, mymountaincountry.com This locally owned and operated station believes in not only playing the best vintage and new country music and bringing artists into the studio for mini-concerts, but also in giving back to the community, something voters appreciate. “The DJs are exceptional and the music choices can’t be beat,”

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RADIO PERSONALITY GOLD: TAMMY OAKLAND, SUNNY 106.3

540-9200, sunny1063online.iheart.com She’s the DJ host with the most, according to her biggest fans. Voters called this pet lover, who hosts a weekly adoptable animal from Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, “always upbeat and positive,” “easy to listen to,” “smart, beautiful and with-it,” and “a true professional in every way.” SILVER: CUTTER AND ALISHA, NASH FM 95.1 BRONZE: CHEEBA, 96.1 THE BEAT

THEATER COMPANY GOLD: COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE

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Who needs Broadway when there’s such a crowdpleasing theater here? Voters love the professional productions, affordable tickets, venue quality, impressive sets and the variety of shows aimed at young crowds. “We have seen several productions from the FAC, and all the actors are world class,” said one voter.

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SILVER: THEATREWORKS

imagining the possibilities for the exciting future ahead. Broadway-worthy theatre, world-class art exhibitions, unique art classes, and more!

BRONZE: FUNKY LITTLE THEATER COMPANY

TV STATION GOLD: KKTV (CBS)

kktv.com News consumers feel as if they’re getting the truth from these folks. They appreciate the friendly and professional anchors, timeliness of information, spot-on weather forecasts and ability to not oversensationalize. “Up-to-date, accurate, candid, friendly, call for action,” wrote one voter. SILVER: KRDO (ABC) BRONZE: KOAA (NBC)

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TV ANCHOR GOLD: DIANNE DERBY, KKTV

kktv.com/station/meettheteam Viewers can endure the bad news a little easier if this evening news co-anchor is on their screen. The TV personality has been at KKTV since 2012, and fans call her likable, pleasant, personable and easy to listen to. “She is a mainstay for me. Lots of turnover at this station but she is still there,” said one voter.

and knows his stuff, especially when it comes to the Denver Broncos. “Watching Rob is like conversing with a friend,” said a voter. “Knowledgeable, with a friendly delivery.” SILVER: SAM FARNSWORTH, KKTV BRONZE: TAYLOR KILGORE, KKTV

TV WEATHER ANCHOR GOLD: MATT MEISTER, KXRM

SILVER: HEATHER SKOLD, KRDO

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BRONZE: ROB QUIRK, KOAA

Without weather, what would we all talk about in the break room at work? You rely on this meteorologist for his accurate and personalityfilled reports. It’s that perennially sunny outlook, even when he’s predicting chilly temps, that keep you tuning in on the daily. “Entertaining, yet informational,” said a voter. “He projects a safe and knowledgeable personality.”

TV SPORTS PERSONALITY GOLD: ROB NAMNOUM, KRDO

krdo.com/meet-the-team The award-winning sports lover is a longtime staple of the local news scene, delivering your game scores and stats since 1999. Viewers think he’s funny

SILVER: BRIAN BLEDSOE, KKTV BRONZE: MIKE DANIELS, KOAA

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Top row, from left: Stephanie Earls, features reporter; Seth Boster, features reporter; Teresa Farney, food reporter; Michelle Karas, features reporter. Bottom row, from left: Jennifer Mulson, arts & entertainment reporter; Linda Navarro, Around Town columnist. —JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE

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Colorado Springs jazz band the Hennessy 6 performs at Motif Jazz Club April 14, 2018. JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

EXPERTPICKS STEPHANIEEARLS,SETHBOSTER, TERESAFARNEY, MICHELLEKARAS, JENNIFERMULSON,LINDANAVARRO

MUSIC AND A VIEW Summer concert series at Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute St., 209-1366, hillsidegardensandevents.com An unobstructed Pikes Peak and the rolling foothills make this a great place to tie the knot. But on Wednesdays between May and September, it’s the backdrop to a fun night out. In 2018, $7 got you a beer or wine and entry to the colorful scene. Along with the main act — everything from rock to folk to jazz — a man has been known to play his didgeridoo. Another has demonstrated the art of blacksmithing. The statues and antiques are among other surprises in the green space in these colorful gardens. Be on the lookout for this summer’s schedule. ~Seth Boster Patrons stop to look at the John Wayne mixed media sculpture by Venezuelan artist Marisol in the permanent collection at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. —JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE 28 BEST OF THE SPRINGS 25TH 2019


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PLEASE TOUCH THE ART

MOVING PICTURES

Mashburn/Marshall Tactile Gallery, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St.; bit.ly/2U3yq8Z

Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, 226-0450, rwfilminstitute.org

Lean too close or — gasp! — touch the art at most museums and you’ll likely earn a rebuke or trip an alarm. Such rules are on hold at The Tactile Gallery, where touching the art isn’t just allowed, it’s encouraged. Founded in 1981 as a way to help bring the gallery experience to those who are sightimpaired, blind or have special needs, the free gallery has more than 100 sculptural pieces, of various media, in a large, accessible space adjacent to the Fine Arts Center’s lobby. ~Stephanie Earls

ALL THAT (AND) JAZZ Motif Jazz Cafe, 182 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 645-8000, motifjazzcafe.com Tucked away down a walkway in the Country Club Corners shopping center behind Walter’s Bistro and Duca’s Neopolitan Pizza you’ll find a sophisticated jazz club with live music. Craft cocktails and imaginative small plates complete the perfect night out. Owner Steve Draper, a talented musician, didn’t skip a detail when designing acoustics for the space. No cover, but $15 minimum food or beverage purchase required. Hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Thursdays through Saturdays. ~Teresa Farney

Save the dates — Nov. 17-19 — for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival. The longest continuous-running women’s film festival on the continent is right here in our own backyard, with films screening at Colorado College. With options to see just one film or a weekend’s worth, this festival has for more than three decades featured amazing cinema from around the world, with all of the films honoring and celebrating women filmmakers. It also provides opportunities to meet directors and others involved in the films. Last year’s festival brought 42 extraordinary movies to screen, including the thought-provoking narrative film “Burning Angel Dust” directed by Colorado Springs native Jackie Stone. Always excellently run by the staff and volunteers at Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute. Buy your tickets early — the passes often sell out. ~Michelle Karas

Audra Martin and other hula-hoop enthusiasts dance down Tejon Street with lighted hoops during the Festival of Lights parade on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. —JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE

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FEAST FOR THE EYES Phil Lear, phillear.com, instagram.com/ phillearfineart You’ve probably seen a Phil Lear painting, whether you knew it or not. The talented artist has left his mark in multiple spots around town, including the “Story of Us,” an exhibit that’s still up at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and the downtown seafood restaurant Bonny and Read. His haunting and nostalgic images and striking yet whimsical characters stick to my bones. Western-themed scenes are filled with cowboys and horses, while seafarers and carnival characters rotate through other works. Check his Instagram account for one of my recent favorites, “Baba Yaga, the House on Hen’s Legs,” which he completed for The Modbo’s October show, “The Mussorgsky Project: Pictures at an Exhibition Reimagined.” ~Jennifer Mulson

32 BLEU Oh, the music that wafted out of this downtown club after it opened in the space now occupied by Thirsty Parrot at 32 S. Tejon St. Michael Franti and Spearhead, Rufus Wainwright, Robert Earl Keen, Ziggy Marley, North Mississippi Allstars, Sixpence None the Richer, Cowboy Mouth, Nina Storey. The 650-seat club and its attached restaurant, Tejon St. Bistro, was hailed by former Gazette music editor Bill Reed as one of the most important developments in the local music scene after it opened in October 2002. It took home five Best of awards in 2003 and 2004, including live music venue and place to see and be seen. Unfortunately, the money never seemed to pour in, and the venue was shuttered in early 2005. ~Jennifer Mulson

BEAUTY AND THE STREETS Byeong Doo Moon’s stainless steel wire sculptures, Art on the Streets, downtowncs.com It’s public art and the appreciative local public has fallen in love with the delicate metal creations of South Korean artist Byeong Doo Moon, acclaimed for his works in his home country and Australia. His deer on the median at Cascade and Colorado avenues was so popular, it was purchased to stay here. This year his large cat and snipe sharing a bench at Boulder Crescent Park, “You, Light as a Cloud,” were a favorite selfie spot. Alas, the snipe was torn off and stolen but later recovered with damage. Repairs planned.  ~Linda Navarro

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First daughter Jenna Bush poses for a picture with a fan after making a stop in Colorado Springs visiting 32 Bleu on Oct. 19, 2004, as part of a national tour to thank campaign volunteers and promote early voting. Jenna and her sister, Barbara, were on hand as dozens of Bush supporters crammed into the bar to catch a glimpse of the two as they spread the word of their father George Bush's campaign.—JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE

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City Life & Recreation Coloradans sure do love the outdoors,

and Colorado Springs residents are no exception. This category includes favorite outdoor spaces as well as businesses and people who make a difference. ICE CAPADES

Where to channel your inner Apolo Ohno. pg. 38

SHAKE OFF THE DAY

Readers’ fave after-work hikes. pg. 38

WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

Most popular neighborhoods in town. pg. 40

MAKING A DIFFERENCE, WHICH LOCAL PERSON STANDS OUT?

Colorado Springs sure loves a parade. Read about the top downtown event. pg. 40

BIZ WITH A CAUSE

You spend your money here, they give some away. pg. 41

POP THE QUESTION

Romantic settings to get down on bended-knee. pg. 42

DO A DOWNWARD DOG

Hot competition for best yoga studio. pg. 42

For more information and to leave a comment about your favorite winners, go to thebestofthesprings.com

25 Years of Celebrating the People and Places that Keep Us in Awe JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE

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City Life & Recreation Colorado College hockey fans Ann Hecox and her son Eric Hecox, watch the Tigers take on the University of Denver at Panino's on Tejon Street on April 7, 2005. JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE

When the best of the springs was first published in 1995,

Colorado Springs had a population of 325,000. Today the metro area has more than 710,000.

Imagine how that changed the votes in the City Life category as the city grew north, northeast and east, changing lifestyles.

HERE'S THE PLACE that handily fits both parts of City Life & Recreation votes: Panino's and Colorado College Tiger hockey. A perfect match. Since 1974, Paninos has been that special spot for fans on their way to longtime Best-of-winner Tiger hockey games. After all, the restaurants, originally called Pizza Plus, were founded by famed CC player and coach Tony Frasca and his wife Evey and they're now run by family members, most of whom played hockey and even have Olympic connections. Panino's original North Tejon location is near the college, the 8th Street site dates to 1982, and the newest addition is on Powers.

SO MANY DOUGHNUTS everywhere to make people happy now, but one spot has a special area history since 1983, the Donut Mill in Woodland Park. It's the go-to place to stop as people fuel their drive up the mountains and the always packed parking lot proves how locals love its wonderful cinnamon rolls, bear claws and fritters. In 2011 Best of voters showed how much they also love the biscuits and sausage or bacon gravy.

SHE HAD A storied 33-year career as a television anchor on KOAA News5 and won Best of the Springs TV Anchor so many years running that by 2008 her Best TV Anchor became a Lisa Lyden Lifetime Achievement, giving other TV folks a fighting chance. On the radio side, the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award went to popular Captain Dan and Paul Richards on K-Lite.

History appreciation memories run strong in the region.

LINDANAVARRO

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CITY PARK GOLD: GARDEN OF THE GODS

1805 N. 30th St., 634-6666, gardenofgods.com

B&B GOLD: OLD TOWN GUESTHOUSE B&B

115 S. 26th St., 632-9194 oldtown-guesthouse.com Visitors appreciate its setting in historic Old Colorado City where they’re close to “shopping, dining and strolling.” Add to that: “Best breakfasts anywhere.” “The innkeepers are great.” “Great views from private balconies.” SILVER: THE ST. MARY’S INN BED & BREAKFAST BRONZE: HOLDEN HOUSE 1902 BED & BREAKFAST INN

BOUNCE HOUSE GOLD: SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK

1750 E. Woodmen Road, skyzone.com The kids love it, love it, said parents. Different areas for a variety of skills. SILVER: LITTLE MONKEY BIZNESS BRONZE: SPRINGS ADVENTURE PARK

BOWLING ALLEY GOLD: THE SUMMIT INTERQUEST

1180 Interquest Parkway, 278-3861 playatthesummit.com More than just bowling, said voters, it’s a complete entertainment center. “Arcade, laser tag and bowling all in one.” “An amazing place to have a great evening of fun for both kids and adults alike.”

“How can there be a park anywhere more beautiful?” asks an enchanted voter. Giant rock formations, the mountains beyond, so much history and the park is free. “I run it every weekend,” says a local resident. “Am always surprised at the beauty each time I turn a corner.” An excellent visitor center offers a full education about the park and its wildlife. SILVER: PALMER PARK BRONZE: JOHN VENEZIA COMMUNITY PARK

CLIMBING WALL GOLD: CITYROCK CLIMBING CENTER

21 N. Nevada Ave., 634-9099, climbcityrock.com “A great place to climb and a cool indoor venue,” said voters. “Great staff. Family friendly.” A great downtown spot to hang with other climbers and perfect for those trying their first climb, too. There’s a cafe with craft beer for after the workout. SILVER: SPRINGS CLIMBING CENTER BRONZE: SOUTHEAST ARMED SERVICES YMCA

COLORADO CAMPGROUND GOLD: MUELLER STATE PARK

21045 CO-67, Divide, 687-2366 colorado.com/state-parks/mueller-state-park More than 5,000 beautiful mountain acres with forests and meadows and 55 miles of trails. The 132 campsites and three cabins make for “a fantastic place to camp,” said voters. “Great views, good sites.” No surprise, they’re so popular you have to have reservations.

SILVER: HARMONY BOWL

SILVER: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK

BRONZE: WHIRLYBALL COLORADO SPRINGS

BRONZE: ELEVEN MILE STATE PARK

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CLOSE TO HOME,

A WORLD AWAY.

The Broadmoor. It’s a world unto itself, offering a broad range of accommodations, activities, dining options and more for every taste, in a setting of incomparable beauty. It’s the perfect place for a vacation getaway or just a weekend retreat; and because it’s so close to home, it takes very little time to immerse yourself in this world of luxury, relaxation, adventure and fun. Plan your Broadmoor escape soon. And see how a short drive can make a world of difference.

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COLORADO SKI AREA GOLD: BRECKENRIDGE

970-453-5000, breckenridge.com Breck’s the best and holds the hearts of skiers. “Always Breck!” says one. It’s close to the Pikes Peak region in a lovely Victorian village. Skiing is world class, enthuse its fans, and there are always clever events and raucous celebrations on the schedule.  SILVER: MONARCH MOUNTAIN BRONZE: COPPER MOUNTAIN

DOG PARK GOLD: BEAR CREEK DOG PARK

South 21st Street at West Rio Grande, 385-5940 tinyurl.com/yyv2qh5v It’s a popular place, 25 acres in Bear Creek Regional Park, where dogs and humans can walk and run and make friends, wade in the creek and the pups can run the agility course. More than 100,000 dog visits each year. A small area is set aside for the little dogs and senior citizen canines. Says one voter, The park is “the most wonderful place to bring your fur baby to socialize and romp around.” SILVER: FOX RUN DOG PARK BRONZE: PALMER PARK DOG PARK

FITNESS CLASSES GOLD: YMCA OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION

Multiple locations, ppymca.org “Great fitness classes, excellent facilities, helpful staff and lots of equipment,” said participants. “Something for everyone and a low cost.” An added amenity, said one mother, “there’s child watch for kids while you work out.” SILVER: ORANGETHEORY FITNESS BRONZE: TRAIN WITH JOE

Stewart Sciulli of Colorado Springs jumps into the Lake Chutes after hiking the ridge above the Imperial Express Super Chair at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Dec. 22, 2010. —GAZETTE FILE

FUN WAY TO SUPPORT CHARITY GOLD: BOO AT THE ZOO — CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO

4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925 cmzoo.org Everything about the zoo draws love from voters and has since the first Best of the Springs 25 years ago. Fun events like Boo at the Zoo just add to what makes it special and draw families and grandparents with the little ones. SILVER: PAWTOBERFEST — HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION BRONZE: THE WALDO WALDO 5K

GOLF COURSE GOLD: PATTY JEWETT MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE

900 E. Espanola St., 385-6963 pattyjewettgolfshop.com Open to all. A pretty course that’s the oldest west of the Mississippi, open since 1898. Nine holes or 18 and a handy location near the center of the city. “Beautiful old trees and lovely views of Pikes Peak from the links,” says a regular. The patios are the perfect spot for weekend brunch and summer concerts. SILVER: THE BROADMOOR GOLF CLUB BRONZE: THE CLUB AT FLYING HORSE

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HOTEL GOLD: THE BROADMOOR

Multiple locations, ppymca.org

1 Lake Ave., 755-5011, broadmoor.com

Family oriented, community centered and a positive environment, said voters, many of them longtime members. “Supportive of all people and all ages. Locations throughout the area” and the newest is on the east side, YMCA at First & Main.

A 5-star hotel and it doesn’t disappoint. “One of the best hotels in the world,” says a fan. “Unparalleled beauty, service, elegance, cleanliness, food.”

SILVER: TRAIN WITH JOE BRONZE: ORANGETHEORY FITNESS

The Broadmoor Hotel is a perennial winner in the Best Hotel category.—GAZETTE FILE

SILVER: THE MINING EXCHANGE, A WYNDHAM GRAND HOTEL & SPA BRONZE: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN RESORT

Doherty's Brittany Clark tees off on the fourth hole April 17, 2012, during the Terror Invitational girls golf tournament at Patty Jewett Golf Course.—GAZETTE FILE

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ICE RINK GOLD: SKATE IN THE PARK, ACACIA PARK

115 E. Platte Ave., downtowncs.com From November through January and especially during the holiday season, it’s a perfect family treat outdoors and right downtown. It has quickly become a “cherished family holiday tradition,” said one family. SILVER: SERTICH ICE CENTER BRONZE: USAFA CADET ICE ARENA

IMPRESSIVE OUTING GOLD: GARDEN OF THE GODS

1805 N. 30th St., 634-6666, gardenofgods.com Wow your friends and visitors for “nature at its best.” It’s “awesome and right in our backyard,” say voters. “Magical rock formations.” SILVER: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO BRONZE: PIKES PEAK

LUNCHTIME/AFTER-WORK HIKE GOLD: GARDEN OF THE GODS

1805 N. 30th St., 634-6666, gardenofgods.com A heavenly way to get away for a short stroll in a beautiful setting. Perfect for “decompressing and relaxing,” say voters. Just slip away and unwind. SILVER: PALMER PARK BRONZE: UTE VALLEY PARK

MARTIAL ARTS GOLD: JOE’S BOXING AND KICKBOXING FITNESS

4835 Barnes Road, 229-2639, joesboxing.com “Thank you, Joe,” was the compliment for “the most professional, fun and fast workout.” Said a happy parent, “My daughter has so much more confidence in herself.” SILVER: YMCA OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION BRONZE: US TAEKWONDO CENTER

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL GOLD: CAP’N JACKS

Trailhead parking lot: 2827 Gold Camp Road At the top of Cheyenne Canon, it was formally Trail 667 in the past and is now part of a Jones Park master plan that could include cyclists, hiking, equestrian trails and motorcycle trail riding. SILVER: FALCON TRAIL BRONZE: SANTA FE TRAIL

MOVER AND SHAKER GOLD: ELECTRA JOHNSON, EL PASO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR

After her first run for office, the District 3 County Commissioner race against successful incumbent Stan VanderWerf, the young up-and-comer was elected to head the Colorado Springs Democratic Party. She was described as “a dedicated person, she never gave up in the 2018 elections having a Democrat nominated to every seat.” SILVER: LINDA WEISE, FOUNDER, COLO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY

Jamie Lanosga relaxes in the sun while climbing with friends Jacob Skinner, left, Rebecca Howard and Bryan Dufaud Sept. 22, 2011 in Garden of the Gods Park.—GAZETTE FILE

BRONZE: MIKE JORGENSEN, PRESIDENT & PARTNER, RED NOLAND AUTO GROUP

FORMER OLD COLORADO CITY HALL The 2902 W. Colorado Ave. building that now houses Daisy in a Bottle clothing boutique was built in 1888 as the first City Hall of Old Colorado City. Construction of the two-story stone and brick structure with tower, which also housed a jail and firehouse, cost $5,000. ~Michelle Karas 38 BEST OF THE SPRINGS 25TH 2019


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NEIGHBORHOOD GOLD: OLD NORTH END

One of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, filled with history. “Large, architecturally significant homes on streets lined with mature trees. Works of art,” said voters, who call it “the most beautiful neighborhood in Colorado Springs.” SILVER: FLYING HORSE BRONZE: BRIARGATE

NEIGHBORHOOD PARK GOLD: NANCY LEWIS PARK

2615 N. Logan Ave. coloradosprings.gov/parks/page nancy-lewis-park  This park named in honor of longtime city parks director Nancy Lewis does her proud. All ages enjoy it. "Teams practice there; kids play on the swings; seniors walk around the park; families come to picnic," said one voter. They love "the fountain, lake, ducks, senior exercise equipment and open space for flying kites.”   

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SILVER: MOUNTAIN SHADOWS

BRONZE: BANCROFT PARK

NONPROFIT GOLD: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO

4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925, cmzoo.org The mountainside zoo is much appreciated. “A wonderful zoo. Dedicated staff. Beautiful grounds. They help so many endangered animals. Important education and prevention of animal extinction.” SILVER: HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION BRONZE: SPRINGS RESCUE MISSION

PERSON WHO MAKES A DIFFERENCE GOLD: RICHARD SKORMAN, PRESIDENT, COLORADO SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL

As creator of the 1977 Poor Richard’s complex downtown with its restaurant, bookstore, toy store and wine bar, this “approachable elected official” is “simply a kind person who wants the best for our community,” said voters. “A level-headed business owner, environmentally focused, he’s always doing something good for our people and city. Makes a huge difference,” was this vote of confidence. SILVER: LAUREN FOX, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALL BREED RESCUE & TRAINING BRONZE: JAN MCHUGH-SMITH, PRESIDENT/CEO, HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION

PERSONAL TRAINER GOLD: JOE RAMIREZ, TRAIN WITH JOE

4835 Barnes Road, 229-2639, trainwithjoe.com He has been named Best of the Springs personal trainer since 2010. Those who train with him said: “I’ve never been as motivated to go work out.” “I love the way I feel and what I see when I look in the mirror now.” “Explained what I wanted to accomplish and Joe helped me get it done.”

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SILVER: KELLEY MILLSAP, ORANGETHEORY FITNESS BRONZE: ERIK GALLOWAY, ORANGETHEORY FITNESS


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PHILANTHROPIC BUSINESS GOLD: GOAT PATCH BREWING CO.

2727 N. Cascade Ave., No. 123, 471-4628 goatpatchbrewing.com At Goat Patch you can be part of the Red Ale ITAT, the It Takes a Tribe Initiative supporting local nonprofits. And Tuesdays are Bleating Heart Night where you can learn about the work of a local organization “doing amazing work.” Tribe members say this brewery “is run and managed by the kindest people I have ever met in my life, always thinking of others.” It has, said voters, “good beer” and “good people.” SILVER: MARCO’S PIZZA BRONZE: GE JOHNSON CONSTRUCTION CO.

People enjoy an invite-only soft opening on July 28, 2017 at Goat Patch Brewing Co. —DOUGAL BROWNLIE, THE GAZETTE

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PLACE TO GAZE AT PIKES PEAK GOLD: GARDEN OF THE GODS

URBAN TRAIL GOLD: NEW SANTA FE REGIONAL TRAIL

1805 N. 30th St., 634-6666, gardenofgods.com

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Natural beauty all around and the snow-capped Peak seen through the red rock formations. “Who doesn’t love to view Pikes Peak from the Garden, both are amazing,” said one appreciate voter.

When repairs are completed this spring and summer, follow 14 miles along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad right-of-way from Palmer Lake through the Air Force Academy. It includes a portion of the American Discovery Trail.

SILVER: PALMER PARK BRONZE: GARDEN OF THE GODS CLUB

PLACE TO PROPOSE GOLD: GARDEN OF THE GODS

1805 N. 30th St., 634-6666, gardenofgods.com So very romantic amidst “unforgettable scenery.” The perfect start to their life together is how several remembered spots in Garden of the Gods. SILVER: THE BROADMOOR BRONZE: PIKES PEAK

SWIMMING POOL GOLD: WILSON RANCH POOL — YMCA OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION

2335 Allegheny Drive, 598-3226, ppymca.org Swim, play or just float down the Lazy River in this popular outdoor pool. SILVER: VILLASPORT ATHLETIC CLUB AND SPA BRONZE: LIFE TIME FITNESS

TRAIL GOLD: MANITOU INCLINE

“Crazy awesome” pretty much says it about this climb up the mountain’s 2,744 railroad-tie steps rising 2,000 feet in elevation. The Incline is rated Extreme. The view far, far below just can’t be beat as you reach for the sky. “Love the challenge,” says a happy hiker. SILVER: SEVEN BRIDGES TRAIL BRONZE: BARR TRAIL 42 BEST OF THE SPRINGS 25

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SILVER: SHOOKS RUN TRAIL BRONZE: UTE VALLEY LOOP

VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS GOLD: RED LEG BREWING CO.

4630 Forge Road, 598-3776, redlegbrewing.com “Red Leg rocks!! Todd always helps other businesses out,” said an enthusiastic fan. “Great beer. The best, and gives back to our community in so many ways.” SILVER: JAKS BREWING CO. BRONZE: BLACK FOREST BREWING CO.

VOLUNTEER GOLD: CHRIS SPINATO, ALL BREED RESCUE & TRAINING

This volunteer event planner has been with All Breed for 14 years. “She is always there. Endless energy and help,” says a fellow volunteer. SILVER: CHAD WHITE, YOT CLUB BRONZE: JACKIE BONNEVILLE, WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF REALTORS

YOGA STUDIO/CENTER GOLD: CAMBIO YOGA

3326 Austin Bluffs Parkway 229-1188, cambioyoga.com It’s more than yoga, “it’s a community.” “Hands down, the most friendly, caring and wonderful yoga instructors in town.” SILVER: HOT ON YOGA BRONZE: HOT ASANA YOGA STUDIO


EXPERTPICKS

EXPERTPICKS STEPHANIEEARLS, SETHBOSTER, TERESAFARNEY, MICHELLEKARAS, JENNIFERMULSON, LINDANAVARRO

CONQUER NEW TERRITORY Dixon Trail, Cheyenne Mountain State Park 410 JL Ranch Heights Road, 576-2016, goo.gl/3aBk5 Warning: The Cheyenne Mountain summiting path is not for everybody. But for sturdy, prepared hikers who rise early, summer will be time to celebrate the Pikes Peak region’s best new footpath. This will be the Dixon Trail’s first busy season since it officially opened last fall at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Here are the numbers: 15-plus miles round trip, 3,000-plus feet of elevation gain. Here’s the reward: A side of rugged nature that’s been anticipated for decades. ~Seth Boster

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PROUD TO SERVE YOU Veteran-owned breweries, including Lost Friend Brewing Co., 2458 Montebello Square Drive; lostfriendbrewing.com The Colorado Springs area is home to more than 30 breweries, and most of them have more than beer-making in common. Well more than half are veteran-owned and/or have brewers who are active or former military, which should come as no surprise given the number of bases in the Springs and the appeal of craft among both entrepreneurs and consumers. One of the city's newest entries, Lost Friend Brewing Co., hews true to that trend, and — like most of its fellows in the industry — hosts fundraising events benefiting the local veterans community and the nonprofit groups that support it. ~Stephanie Earls

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FUNDRAISER FOR FUR BABIES

SWINGIN’ HAPPY HOUR

Pawtoberfest, Humane Society of the Pikes Region 473-1741, hsppr.org

Patty Jewett Golf Course, 900 E. Espanola St., 385-6935; Valley Hi Golf Course, 610 S. Chelton Road, 385-6911, coloradosprings.gov

Fun for you and your four-legged friends when the animal shelter throws their annual fall benefit at Norris Penrose Event Center — just in time for Halloween. There’s a costume contest for humans and their pets, food and beer, and a fun run.  ~Teresa Farney

There is nothing better after a long day at work than walking 9 (holes) at one of Colorado Springs’ municipal golf courses, Patty Jewett or Valley Hi. The greens fee is just $17 at either course on weekdays (or $12 if you’re an annual permit holder), and you can rent a pull cart for $4 if you don’t have one already … or rent a regular cart for $14. Valley Hi has one and Patty Jewett has three pretty 9-hole courses to choose from. Around dinner time they tend to clear out. Therefore there aren’t many witnesses to any bad shots! If you don’t have time to play and just want some practice or stress relief, grab a bucket of balls ($6-10) and hit the driving range. ~Michelle Karas

CHILL ON THE CATIO A costumed pup mugs at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region’s Pawtoberfest festival in Bear Creek Park in September 2018. — GAZETTE FILE

TRY SOMETHING

UNQUITTABLE. TRY ORANGETHEORY UNLIMITED FOR ONE MONTH. If you don’t feel like you’re living a more vibrant, happy and healthy life, take your membership fee back and walk away for free. Guaranteed.

Voted BEST Gym & Coaches for The Springs! OTF Academy 7469 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80920 719.204.4442 OTF Stetson Hills 5990 Stetson Hills Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80923 719.632.3777 OTF Northgate 13492 Bass Pro Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80921 719.425.4253

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Look What the Cat Brought In, 2129 E. Boulder St., 331-6852, lookwhatthecatbroughtin.org A longtime cat rescue escapes notice in an unassuming old office building off Boulder Street near the Olympic Training Center. There are no cages here, only rooms dedicated to free-roaming cats rescued from often traumatic situations. Each of these meow-meows is guaranteed adoption, and in the meantime, they get to stroll, loll, exercise on a giant carpeted hamster wheel, luxuriate in fresh air on an enclosed balcony and enjoy meet and greets with potential parents, or servants, as cat owners like to joke. ~Jennifer Mulson

SENIOR DOG SANCTUARY The Old Mutt Hut, east of Colorado Springs 287-0030, theoldmutthut.org The sweetest retirement home anywhere. Elderly dogs can live out their gray-muzzle days in cuddly happiness with new oldtimer friends, curling up on couches, playing with toys, running (slowly) outdoors and getting tummy rubs from human caregivers. Animal lovers Sharon Peters and Terry and Debra Plotkin brought their dream rescue to reality and the dogs’ personality stories on Facebook will bring you happy tears (facebook.com/TheOldMuttHut). Adoptions are a possibility. ~Linda Navarro


Family & Health Good schools and medical practitioners

are tough to find. Here our readers offer their top suggestions. SAY AGAIN?

Audiology practices to help you hear it right the first time. pg. 48

BY DEGREES

Top institutions for associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. pg. 52

HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Readers picks for best daycare center. pg. 54

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OPEN WIDE

Top area dentists for adults and kids. pg. 54

BETTER TO SEE YOU WITH

Year after year, readers see eye-to-eye with this vision specialist. pg. 56

HEY COACH

Area high-school team leaders. pg. 58

LAY BACK & RELAX

Mmmmmm, best massage therapists. pg. 60

For more information and to leave a comment about your favorite winners, go to thebestofthesprings.com

25 Years of Celebrating the People and Places that Keep Us in Awe CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE

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Family & Health The water park at the Great Wolf Lodge. GAZETTE FILE

Colorado Springs

routinely gets high marks in nationwide comparisons that assess “livability” for families. In the last five years, it’s repeatedly been ranked among the top places to raise kids by personal finance website WalletHub and even earned a spot among Outside Magazine’s top 10 U.S. cities for active families. But living and raising a brood at the base of Pikes Peak still comes with challenges. For starters, with so many family-friendly destinations and activities to choose from, how do you pick? For 25 years The Gazette’s Best Of guides have sought reader input and offered “expert picks” to help families wade through the many options on the Front Range, including fun centers, field trips, after-school programs and dining spots, home school programs and hikes with tykes.

The categories may change a bit from year to year, but one thing’s a constant: Readers know what they like, and in some cases that love now spans a generation. CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO has been a Best Of The Springs regular since Day One, earning a “People’s Choice Award” for Place for Family Fun in 1995’s inaugural guide and showing up, as a reader or staff pick, in multiple categories, each year since. This year, America’s only mountain top zoo was voted best spot for a birthday party, field trip, day trip and summer day camp; it also earned bronze for best teen hangout.

FARGO’S PIZZA CO. is another longtime reader favorite, annually bringing in the hardware for best restaurant for kids as well as for its pizza. ACADEMY OF CHILDREN'S THEATRE has claimed numerous Best Of medals since its first appearance on the podium in 2014, for best summer day camp, arts camp and theater company. STEPHANIEEARLS

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Now Enrolling For School Year 2019-20209 Thanks for recognizing us for Best Home School Program

A Tuition-free, Classical Approach, Core Knowledge, District 49 Public Charter School Servicing pre-school through Grade 8 students at our main campus and grades K-12 at our Home School Campus.

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ACUPUNCTURIST GOLD: PEACEFUL POINTS ACUPUNCTURE AND CHINESE HERBS

AUDIOLOGY PRACTICE GOLD: PEAK VIEW AUDIOLOGY & HEARING CARE

5265 N. Academy Blvd., Suite 1400, 291-4006 peacefulpoints.com

5014 El Camino Drive, Suite 200, 633-4100 springshearing.com

A multiple year winner, Peaceful Points owner and acupuncturist Shelly Greene is certified in Oriental Medicine by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists. Voters said: “Shelly pays close attention to the needs of her clients to help them feel better and be healthier. Every time I visit, I walk out feeling 10 times better!” and “Shelly is simply the best, in terms of pain relief as well as professionalism. I couldn’t recommend this practitioner more strongly!”

A multiple-year Best Of winner, Peak View is known for top-notch customer service and patient care. Voters said: “Great family owned business with extremely high level patient care!” and “They pay attention to details, not just with hearing evaluation/ aids but in willing to service the customer above and beyond. Dr. Kurt Smith is exceptional.”

SILVER: GENERATIONS ACUPUNCTURE BRONZE: BARBARA BARNHART, L. AC

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM GOLD: YMCA OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION

Multiple locations, ppymca.org The Y offers convenient before and after-school child care programs at many area schools. Readers said: “They are inclusive to children with special needs,” “So many different activities for kids to do!” and “Between their awesome staff and the financial assistance that they offer to the community I couldn’t even think about another place to send my children for before and after school care.” SILVER: YOUNG SCHOLARS ACADEMY BRONZE: ACADEMY OF CHILDREN’S THEATRE

SILVER: HEARING CONSULTANTS OF COLORADO SPRINGS BRONZE: ELITE HEARING OF COLORADO SPRINGS

CHIROPRACTOR GOLD: COLORADO HEALTH AND WELLNESS

1231 Lake Plaza Drive, Suite A, 576-2225 coloradohealthandwellness.com Voters praised the caring staff at Colorado Health and Wellness: “They offer so many services with different doctors to serve your needs,” one reader said. Another commented: “Drs. John and Gail Warner are the best chiropractors out there! Friendly staff.” SILVER: 100% CHIROPRACTIC BRONZE: SPRINGS CHIROPRACTIC

Physical therapist Kevin Hyland shows patient Audrey Dowd a new rehabilitation exercise at Joint Effort Rehab in Colorado Springs on March 30, 2019. —JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE 48 BEST OF THE SPRINGS 25TH 2019


Thank you for recognizing us for Best Musical this year!

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WORLD… Circa 3500 B.C. Invention of the wheel in Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) 214 B.C. Work on the Great Wall of China begins

1455 First book printed with moveable type — Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press makes mass market reading possible 1492 Christopher Columbus discovers the New World

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COLLEGE FOR ASSOCIATE’S GOLD: PIKES PEAK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Main campus: 5675 S. Academy Blvd., 502-2000 ppcc.edu From teaching technical and vocational skills to soldiers returning from the Vietnam War to the 2018 debut of its first bachelor’s degree program, Pikes Peak Community College has developed an increasingly important role in the region. Readers say it’s “the best value for your educational dollar!” “excellent professors” and “I love the variety of courses offered.” SILVER: PIMA MEDICAL INSTITUTE BRONZE: COLORADO TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

COLLEGE FOR BACHELOR’S OR MASTER’S GOLD: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT COLORADO SPRINGS

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

UCCS has grown well beyond its original 80 acres since it was founded in 1965. Part of the University of Colorado system, the campus enrolls 12,000 students. “Great faculty and inviting atmosphere,” wrote one voter. “I love the school, they have given me every resource I need to be successful!” wrote another. SILVER: COLORADO COLLEGE BRONZE: COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

CONTINUING EDUCATION GOLD: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT COLORADO SPRINGS

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 255-8227, uccs.edu UCCS offers a variety of courses for business and healthcare professionals. Additionally, the university’s Academy of Lifelong Learning caters to those 55 and older. Readers said, “Great college for medical courses,” and “Close to home within reach of most families budget.”

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SILVER: PIKES PEAK COMMUNITY COLLEGE BRONZE: MGA ACADEMY INC.

SILVER: HOPE MONTESSORI ACADEMY BRONZE: ONCE UPON A CHILDCARE

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DAYCARE CENTER GOLD: YOUNG SCHOLARS ACADEMY

5815 Tutt Center Point, 419-8418 youngscholarsacademycolorado.com Opened in 1993 by “Ms. Jane” Germano, this family-run business offers infant, toddler, preschool, and junior kindergarten programs, before and afterschool programs and summer camps. One reader said, “They are more than just a daycare. They go above and beyond for my kid everyday!” Another one said this is, “a place where my child is treated like family.”

GOLD: BROADMOOR DENTAL

1930 S. Nevada Ave., 576-5566 broadmoordental.com Broadmoor Dental has been voted a Best of the Springs winner for several years. Readers said: “The absolute best dentist in town! So compassionate and caring,” “They always make visiting the dentist painless,” and “This place gives me happiness.” SILVER: SPRINGS DENTISTRY BRONZE: COMFORT DENTAL

DENTISTRY FOR KIDS GOLD: COLORADO SPRINGS PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

9480 Briar Village Point, Suite 301, 660 Southpointe Court, Suite 100; 522-0123 cspediatricdentistry.com

Over 60 years of strong Catholic Education for students in Preschool - 8th Grade. BEST Teachers and Educators Mayor RECOGNIZED Service Projects Education Programs EXCEEDING State Standards The Divine Redeemer Catholic community unites in word and example to challenge students through faith, academics, and service to live the values of the Roman Catholic Church in a changing world.

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This practice caters to infants, children, teens and special needs children in the Pikes Peak region. Readers said: “Wouldn’t go anywhere else,” “So patient with my kids!” and “Awesome work and fun-loving to the kids.” SILVER: SIMPLY KIDS DENTAL BRONZE: KIDS ROCK PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

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DAY TRIP GOLD: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO

4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925 cmzoo.org Gazette readers have voted again and again for “our mountain zoo” as a great place to spend the day. Voters said: “Love the animals and the improvements they have made to the enclosures over the years. Also a great place to get exercise.” and “Been going my entire life and my own children have loved going. We always take guests there.” SILVER: GARDEN OF THE GODS BRONZE: ROYAL GORGE BRIDGE AND PARK

A giraffe watches visitors Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. —CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE

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Gen Torres, left, talks with her son Dayson, 6, as her husband Troy Torres watches as Poor Richard's owner Richard Skorman cuts a pizza for the family. —DOUGAL BROWNLIE, THE GAZETTE

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GOLD: JAMES IRWIN CHARTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

1801 Howard Ave., 302-9100; 5525 Astrozon Blvd, 302-9107; jamesirwin.org A multiple-year Best of the Springs winner, James Irwin has two K-5 elementary schools on different campuses. “A rigorous good education,” “Excellent school,” and “The teachers are great at communicating and being there for the children,” were some of the comments voters made. SILVER: CENTENNIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BRONZE: SOARING EAGLES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EDUCATOR GOLD: Kristen Gosch - Soaring Eagles

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Math teacher Gosch got top honors in the educator category. One reader summed up her popularity: “I think Miss Gosch is the best teacher because she does math very well and she is a nice teacher. Every time I go to her class she makes me smile.” Another reader said she, “...is a amazing teacher. She helps kids individually and as a group. She is always finding a way to make subjects fun but educational.” SILVER: KARI SMITH - DIVINE

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BRONZE: KERI PARKER - RANCH CREEK

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EYE CARE/OPTOMETRIST GOLD: ABBA EYE CARE

Multiple locations, abbaeyecare.com Since 1978 when the first eye care center opened in Colorado Springs, to 13 locations today, this is a longtime Best of the Springs winner. Voters said: “I have a very difficult eye prescription and I’ve been going to Abba for 20 years. They have always gone above and beyond to meet my vision needs,” and “Experienced people. Welcoming and professional. Caring and not pushy when selling me eyeglasses” SILVER: ROCKRIMMON VISION SOURCE BRONZE: ARCHDALE EYECARE

FAMILY FUN CENTER GOLD: GREAT WOLF LODGE

9494 Federal Drive, 844-553-9653 greatwolf.com The family resort and indoor water park features a 50,000-square-foot water park and 20,000-squarefoot indoor entertainment area with miniature golf, mini bowling, arcade games, a climbing wall and ropes course, gift shops, and eight areas for dining and drinks. Reader said: “Great place to stay, kids had a blast! Priceless!” “So much to do!” and “Loved it.” SILVER: THE SUMMIT INTERQUEST BRONZE: SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK


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FIELD TRIP GOLD: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO

4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925 cmzoo.org Voters praised the zoo for field trips of all types. One said: “There is so much to do for all ages of children and adults! The grizzlies are so fun to watch and the handlers give a very fun and informative presentation that encourages group participation.” Another lauded, “Love the zoo. We are members! We love going all summer. Food is reasonable and tasty as well.” SILVER: CAVE OF THE WINDS

BRONZE: ACADEMY OF CHILDREN’S THEATRE

HIGH SCHOOL GOLD: JAMES IRWIN CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL

5525 Astrozon Blvd., 302-9109, jamesirwin.org James Irwin schools were a favorite in several Best Of categories this year. Readers said, “My daughter can’t wait to go to school each day there. When your child feels that way, you know you have something great!” and “Small class size. Great people.” SILVER: DOHERTY HIGH SCHOOL BRONZE: ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL COACH GOLD: ANTHONY BYRD - BOYS’ BASKETBALL - JAMES IRWIN CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL

Voted “Best Of” in The Gazette and the Colorado Springs Independent 9 YEARS IN A ROW!

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After six seasons of coaching the James Irwin jags, Coach Byrd has gained quite a few fans of his own. One voter said, “Mr. Byrd is a genuine human being who wants nothing more than to make a difference.” Others said: “Anthony is amazing on and off the court. He’s a leader who believes in teaching others to lead alongside him and not ‘like him.’ A devoted family man, he is devoted to students as extended family.” and “He actually cares about the kids.” SILVER: MIKE PRUSINOWSKI - BOYS’

VOLLEYBALL - JAMES IRWIN CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL

BRONZE: MIKE BURKETT - GIRLS’ BASKETBALL - ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATOR GOLD: MARNE COLLINS - JAMES IRWIN CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL

James Irwin’s choir and piano keyboarding teacher has an appreciative audience, as evidenced by comments including: “Marne is dedicated to her students and she brings a bright positive light of energy to every room!’ “Ms. Collins truly cares for her students. She is the ultimate professional, while giving many hours of her own time to prepare for her classes.” and “Cool choir Collins!” SILVER: FR. JOE DYGERT - ST.

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BRONZE: AUSTINA LEE - AIR ACADEMY

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HOME SCHOOL GOLD: DISTRICT 20 HOME SCHOOL ACADEMY

1110 Chapel Hills Drive, 234-1200 homeschool.asd20.org


READERPICKS A multiple-year Best of winner, the Home School Academy got high marks from readers for its caring teachers and staff. Voters said: “The academics but also the variety of extra curricular clubs offered are amazing,” “Wonderful opportunities for hands-on learning,” and “Just a wonderful place for homeschool learning.” SILVER: ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLASSICAL ACADEMY HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM BRONZE: MOUNTAIN VISTA HOME SCHOOL ACADEMY

IN HOME CARE PROVIDER GOLD: MGA HOME HEALTHCARE

1355 Garden of the Gods Road, No. 130 476-0200, mgahomecare.com Providing private duty nursing and specialized therapy in clients’ homes, this firm also offers a CNA certification program. One voter said: “MGA Home Healthcare is by far the most incredible home health agency in this area. They care for patients and

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their staff members as if they were family. Amazing company!” Another commented, “They really care and support their employees which shines through in their patient care.” SILVER: AMADA SENIOR CARE BRONZE: TEAM SELECT HOME CARE

MASSAGE THERAPY GOLD: MASSAGE ENVY

Multiple locations, massageenvy.com With three locations in Colorado Springs, this national massage chain offers trigger-point therapy, deep-tissue massage, Swedish massage and sports massage. Voters praised the “great rates and easy scheduling” and “thorough massages.” SILVER: CAMINO MASSAGE THERAPY BRONZE: ADVANCED NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPEUTICS

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MEDICAL PRACTICE GOLD: DUBLIN PRIMARY CARE

2685 Dublin Blvd., 592-9890 dublinprimarycare.com A multi-year award winner, this practice offers adult primary care, pediatric and adolescent care, sports injury treatments, gynecology and minor emergency care. One voter said: “Always fast, caring, and efficient. We get the feeling they truly care about the overall health for everyone in our family, and they will do whatever they can to ensure we receive what we need for any medical situation that arises. We’ve required referrals for specialists over the years, and they always provide excellent recommendations. They also follow-up in a timely manner to ensure the care was completed to our satisfaction. If not, they do everything they can to remedy that. We always feel valued and receive the personal touch at each visit.” SILVER: COLORADO SPRINGS ORTHOPAEDIC GROUP BRONZE: ALLIANCE URGENT CARE

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Tara D. Smith holds laughing gas to her mouth as Dr. Lisa Jenks adds lidocaine into incisions at Genesis MedSpa in Colorado Springs. —KELSEY BRUNNER, THE GAZETTE

IT’S NOT JUST A DENTAL OFFICE. IT’S AN ADVENTURE! NOW OFFERING ORTHODONTICS (CHILDREN AND ADULTS WELCOME)

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READERPICKS MEDICAL SPA GOLD: GENESIS MEDSPA

142 S. Raven Mine Drive, Suite 250, 579-6890 genesis-medspa.com This medical spa offers a free skincare consultation with a licensed medical aesthetician or physician. Readers said: “Very professional, wide variety of services, staff always ready to help,” “love love love them,” and “Incredible professional services by two MDs and a wonderful support staff.” SILVER: MASSAGE LIFE BRONZE: ROBERT ANDREWS LASER

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MIDDLE SCHOOL GOLD: JAMES IRWIN CHARTER MIDDLE SCHOOL

5525 Astrozon Blvd., 302-9108, jamesirwin.org

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The Jaguars win again! Readers praised the middle school for its excellent teachers and curriculum: “Love this school!” “My child is receiving a great education,” and “This school is great for academics.” SILVER: JENKINS MIDDLE SCHOOL BRONZE: CHALLENGER MIDDLE SCHOOL

MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATOR GOLD: GAVIN STEGMILLER - JAMES IRWIN CHARTER MIDDLE SCHOOL

A writing teacher at the middle school, Stegmiller got high marks from voters for keeping students engaged. Remarks included “excellent teacher” and “great with students!” SILVER: PATRICIA TOFILI - JAMES IRWIN CHARTER MIDDLE SCHOOL

BRONZE: DARREN JOINER - JENKINS MIDDLE SCHOOL

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PEDIATRIC PRACTICE GOLD: IRON HORSE PEDIATRICS

402 N. Tejon St.; 4105 Briargate Parkway, Suite 205; 633-3850; ironhorsepeds.com With downtown and north Colorado Springs locations, this pediatric practice is a multiple year Best of the Springs winner. Voters said: “Their doctors are top notch!” “The best care for any kids,” and “Very experienced and willing to pick up the phone at anytime to support their patient.” SILVER: DUBLIN PRIMARY CARE BRONZE: ABC PEDIATRICS

PHYSICAL THERAPY GOLD: JOINT EFFORT PHYSICAL THERAPY

2835 Dublin Blvd., 533-1318; 202 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 527-9331; jointeffortrehab.com This practice focuses on preventative therapy as well as post injury or post-surgery physical therapy. Their motto since 1999 has been “Therapy for Health, Therapy for Life!” Voters praised the “Wonderful, caring staff,” “Excellent gym/tools/ facility,” and effective results. SILVER: COLORADO SPRINGS

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BRONZE: ACTION POTENTIAL

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PLACE FOR BIRTHDAY GOLD: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO

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

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The zoo’s the place to celebrate. Voters said: “Went there for my birthday almost every year now highly recommend,” and “So much fun on my great grandson’s birthday. So much s, that family members and their children have season passes and visit many times during the summer.” SILVER: SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK BRONZE: FARGO’S PIZZA

PRESCHOOL GOLD: YOUNG SCHOLARS ACADEMY

5815 Tutt Center Point, 419-8418 youngscholarsacademycolorado.com Parents love the engaging programs and teachers at the academy. Voters said, “Interactive and engaging lessons! They lay the foundation to start kindergarten strong!” and “They treat everyone that comes their way like family! They go above and beyond for their teachers and most importantly give the best services to the children!” SILVER: HOPE MONTESSORI ACADEMY BRONZE: ST. PAUL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

SUMMER DAY CAMP GOLD: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO

The zoo offers full week summer camps for kindergarten students through high school seniors, single day camps for K-6, and teen workshops for 7th-12th graders. Voters said, “This summer camp is a blast! Amazing, summer camp pool, and educational field trips for different age levels, so much fun!” and “Adventures every day.” SILVER: YMCA OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION BRONZE: YOUNG SCHOLARS ACADEMY


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TECHNICAL SCHOOL GOLD: POWER TECHNICAL EARLY COLLEGE

2525 Canada Drive, 301-6200 jamesirwin.org/power-technical/ District 49 and James Irwin Chart Schools partner to offer this unique program. Readers love PTEC because, “This school provides much needed vocational skills. A lost art has been revived at PTEC.” and “The academic rigor and character education is invaluable. Our students will have ready skills to bring to the workforce immediately after high school. So many opportunities are available at PTEC!” SILVER: AVANZA TRAINING INC. BRONZE: PIMA MEDICAL INSTITUTE

TEEN HANGOUT GOLD: THE SUMMIT INTERQUEST

1180 Interquest Parkway, 278-3861 playatthesummit.com

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Readers love that their kids can bowl, play in the game room, dine and play pool in the Crossroads Tavern and celebrate in the party rooms. One said, “It’s fun and keeps them busy.” Others said: “Clean and safe,” “It’s awesome!” and “My son loves this place.” SILVER: PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT BRONZE: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO

TUTORING PROGRAM GOLD: LIVELY MINDS TUTORING

Multiple locations, 661-1943, livelymindstutoring.com Tutors meet students — preschool age through college  — at their homes or in other locations in Colorado Springs. One voter summed it up: “Great tutors!” SILVER: AFTER SCHOOL UNIVERSITY LLC

BRONZE: CRAIG’S SOLUTIONS MATH TUTORING, LLC

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OUR FUTURE BEGINS HERE Child care for as low as $5/month for qualifying families.

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Life can get hectic, especially with kids running around. But UpaDowna is here to make sure you and yours get some much needed fresh air. You might learn something, too, as people of all ages do on summer days at Prospect Lake, where the nonprofit teaches stand-up paddleboarding. Also in the summer, families and friends come together for the weekly Pedal Party, a downtown bike cruise. Hikes, climbs and special events are scheduled regularly, so check the group’s Facebook page and website and mark your calendar. ~Seth Boster

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REDUCE, REUSE, REDECORATE! Who Gives A SCRAP, 520 W. Colorado Ave. 445-9988; whogivesascrapcolorado.com

Who Gives A SCRAP isn’t an arts and crafts supply store, it’s a new way of looking at, and upcycling, the castoffs of a wasteful society. Since the donation-based shop began collections in 2015, its two locations in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins have diverted about 133 tons of clean, reusable materials from county landfills. Those materials include a full range of craft supplies, fabric, scrapbooking paper, used books and sewing patterns, as well as bins of junque you can mine for one-of-a-kind project gems. The shop also hosts a full schedule of youth and adult arts and crafts classes and, each year, co-sponsors a swap-style event to help teachers outfit their classrooms on a tight budget. ~Stephanie Earls

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MONKEY AROUND

Little Monkey Bizness, 1015 Kelly Johnson Blvd. 428-2888, coloradosprings.monkeybizness.com The place where kids under 8 can “monkey around” in a jungle of fun inflatable jumps, slides and obstacle courses. There’s a special area set aside for toddlers, too — designed for kids 3 years and younger. This is a dandy place for birthday parties. Adults can enjoy espresso drinks featuring Seattle’s Best coffee. Healthy snacks are treats for young and old. ~Teresa Farney

A little rider enjoys the view from her seat during an Upadowna-sponsored Joy Ride cruise in July 2018. —GAZETTE FILE

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PLACE TO GET AWAY FROM THE SMALL SCREEN

Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., 465-6321 themat.org One place that’s a fantastic deal for a child’s birthday party or field trip is Millibo Art Theatre. For 17 years, talented founders Jim Jackson and Birgitta De Pree have made sure there’s always something fun happening at this local theater, and they keep ticket prices low so the performing arts are affordable for families. A family four pack — four tickets to a single show — is $44 and includes free popcorn and guaranteed fun distraction from cell phones! Their Kids First subscription is $50 for six shows. The Incredible Circus Millibo will be May 4-19, with stilt dancing and unicycling among the fun options under the “best little big top in town!” July has Sundae Sundays. Adults, don’t miss the original productions. ~Michelle Karas


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Hope Montessori Academy provides an environment where children ages six weeks through twelve years are cared for, nurtured, and educated by certified Montessori teachers and early childhood specialists. We provide infant and toddler programs, two year old programs, preschool, kindergarten and before and after school care. We at Hope Montessori Academy strive to provide a wonderful learning environment for the children we serve. We are dedicated to the well-being of our children and it is our goal to educate the whole child. We believe the future is dependent on the investment we place in young children today. This is why we are inspiring children to achieve a lifetime of success! 68 BEST OF THE SPRINGS 25TH 2019

Last year I went to my 8-year-old nephew’s birthday party, and it was so good I pretended it was my own. Why? Because the ZOOMobile showed up, carrying a charming array of animals, including a descented skunk (so friendly), armadillo (so wellplated), a tortoise (so relentless) and my favorite, a sweet-potato-loving porcupine (so my new pet). The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will bring its animal ambassadors to you, and provide a presentation of solid information and fun tidbits about each of the animals, as well as lots of interaction. ~Jennifer Mulson

HOMECOMING PARADE

Welcome home ceremonies for the troops, Fort Carson, carson.army.mil One of the most touching parts of military life and of this community, welcoming home a family member from deployment. Excited children and families filling the stands. ”Welcome Home, Daddy” signs. Hundreds upon hundreds of troops arrive, time after time. Sometimes Lee Greenwood’s handon-heart singalong “God Bless the U.S.A.” Doors open and troops march in through billowing fog. Toby Keith’s pounding “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.” At attention. Then they’re released to rush into the arms of their loved ones. Tears and joy. They’re home. ~Linda Navarro

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If you’re looking for dinner and a show, Motif Jazz Cafe in Colorado Springs has both. Entrees such as Arroz con Pollo and a nice cocktail are the perfect accompaniment for live music.

Food & Drink The dining and beverage scene in the region has a lot to offer. Whether your tastes run to burgers and beers or wine and fine dining, there’s something in this category for you.

GREAT OUTDOORS

Dining al fresco is part of the fun in Colorado Springs. pg. 72

LOCAL BREWS

Stiff competition for top Pikes Peak region brewery. pg. 76

CUP OF JOE

Your favorite morning dose of caffeine is served. pg. 80

NO GLUTEN, NO PROBLEM

Top options for a gluten-free meal. pg. 88

NEW EATS

Readers pick the best new eatery in town. pg.94

LATE-NIGHT BITES

These kitchens stay open after midnight. pg. 98

SLURP IT UP

These smoothies are top-rated. pg. 102

For more information and to leave a comment about your favorite winners, go to thebestofthesprings.com

25 Years of Celebrating the People and Places that Keep Us in Awe JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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Food & Drink Jake & Telly’s Greek Taverna opened in 1997 and has been winning Best Of awards since 2001 for various categories including: Best Gyros, Best Al Fresco Dining and Best Greek Restaurant. JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

In 2001, author Eric Schlosser deemed Colorado Springs’ dining scene as not

very diverse or adventuresome in his book “Fast Food Nation.” But he didn’t notice that things were changing, because over the past 25 years, the dining landscape has grown far more picturesque. Diners are frequenting a wealth of ethnic restaurants — Asian, Italian, Mexican, French, German, Irish, Mediterranean — as well as mainstream American eateries that have popped up all over town. The reasons for the increase in dining options are many. We can count the desirability of living in the Pikes Peak region as one, but we can also thank the military community, the Olympic Training Center, The Broadmoor and Garden of the Gods for enticing visitors who enjoy world-class food options. As the city has grown, so has the number of folks heading out for a meal. The city boasts many award-winning restaurants.

Here’s a look at a few of those that have been around for a while: EDELWEISS GERMAN RESTAURANT, a family-owned eatery, has been pleasing customers since 1969. It has won awards since 1997 for its cuisine, including gold medal honors for the past 13 years. PARAVICINI’S ITALIAN BISTRO took the town by storm when it opened in 2003, showing up on awards lists every year going forward. A wall of

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fame there shows off honors it has earned for its lasagna, spaghetti and calamari dishes as well as for offering the overall best in Italian. MOLLICA’S ITALIAN MARKET and Deli opened in 1987 and won its first award for Best Shopping in 1995. It has continued to appear in the winner’s circle, consistently taking the gold — this year for Best Deli.

SAIGON SPRINGS INTRODUCED Colorado Springs to the exotic flavors of Southeast Asia and voters took notice, naming it the winner for Best Vietnamese restaurant and People’s Choice in 1995. Through the years, it has been a frequent winner of other honors.

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The Best Dining in the Springs can be found in Family owned and operated for 40 years, this snug and quintessential ice cream parlor offers handscooped cones, sundaes, shakes, and cakes. Enjoy your cold treat or your Vienna beef hot dog in the parlor or on the quaint outdoor patio!

Happening joint serving up real Southernstyle BBQ and other down-home favorites, plus a full bar and live music on the outdoor patio.

2602 Colorado Ave. (719) 634-1411 coloradocitycreamery.com

2330 W. Colorado Ave. (719) 632-2596 frbbq.com

Serving traditional Greek & fusion recipes www.greekdining with all natural meats & vegetables with an extensive wine list & innovative bar for over 22 years. OPA!!

2616 W. Colorado Ave., #24 (719) 633-0406 jakeandtellys.com

Mountain Shadows’ good eats are not only a staple for local westsiders, but have also been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-In’s, and Dives”! If you’re looking for generous portions, top-notch service, and a cozy, friendly atmosphere, this is your spot!

2223 Colorado Ave. (719) 633-2122 www.mtnshadowsrestaurant.com

Two locally owned and operated eclectic restaurant locations specializing in small and large plates, local, farm-fresh ingredients, craft cocktails, and being awesome!

2611 W. Colorado Ave. (719) 308-2619 www.wobblyolive.com

2 Great Restaurants, 1 Unique Building Paravicini’s Italian Bistro, a long-standing, Food Network featured restaurant, is a rustic trattoria with a lively atmosphere doling out classic Italian dishes with homemade sauces.

(719) 471-8200 paravicinis.com

Sister restaurant, Sopra Antipasto and Wine Bar, lives within the same building in a lofty space “above” Paravicini’s with a patio overlooking Pikes Peak. Sopra offers a modern twist on classic Italian-American cuisine with a focus on shared plates and interesting wines.

West Colorado Ave & 28th Street

This Best of the Springs Dining Chapter is brought to you by these Winners of the Gazette’s 2019 Best of the Springs Competition.

(719) 344-8119 sopracos.com

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BAR GOLD: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY

600 S. 21st St., 466-8240; 1110 Interquest Parkway, 434-5750; cmbrew.com

AL FRESCO GOLD: EDELWEISS GERMAN RESTAURANT

34 E. Ramona Ave., 633-2220, edelweissrest.com The umbrella-covered patio has the cozy feeling of a Bavarian biergarten. Voters said: “The flavors here transport you to the Bavarian countryside.” And, “Awesome food, beautiful patio!” SILVER: HACIENDA COLORADO BRONZE: THE MARGARITA AT PINE CREEK

AMERICAN GOLD: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY

600 S. 21st St., 466-8240; 1110 Interquest Parkway, 434-5750; cmbrew.com With a menu brimming with burgers, salads, pasta, pizza, steaks and seafood, there’s something to satisfy any appetite with comfort food. Voters said: “They have it all: great food, beer, ambiance and staff,” and, “Consistently excellent, wonderful selection of foods.” SILVER: TILL KITCHEN BRONZE: CHEDDAR’S SCRATCH KITCHEN

Colorado is known for craft beer and Colorado Mountain Brewery is known for making some unique and original ales. Food and service excels. Voters said: “Great atmosphere, fantastic menu selection and the food is always fresh and consistently delicious, the staff is friendly and informed and the brews are extremely tasty.” And, “Two locations, great happy hour, terrific food!” SILVER: BACK EAST BAR & GRILL BRONZE: ALCHEMY

BARBECUE GOLD: BIRD DOG BBQ

Multiple locations, 573-7671, birddogbbq.com The Oklahoma-style cue dished here is okeydokey with fans. The oak-smoked meat is tender and full of flavor without being overwhelming with smoke. Sauce comes on the side in order to truly enjoy the delicious meat. Voters said: “Oklahoma BBQ perfected in Colorado!” And, “Great bar-b-q and the best sauce ever. Use the sauce in the red container, hot but not too hot.” SILVER: RUDY’S “COUNTRY STORE” AND BAR-B-Q BRONZE: FRONT RANGE BARBEQUE

BAKERY GOLD: BOONZAAIJER’S DUTCH BAKERY

610 E. Fillmore St., 264-0177, dutchpastry.com Since 1999, Stephen Boonzaaijer, a fourthgeneration baker, has been dazzling Colorado Springs residents with his famous European pastries and breads. Year after year, his bakery is singled out as the gold standard. One voter said: “Best all-around bakery, everything that comes from there is very tasty and delicious.” Another wrote, “Authentic olde world bakery.” SILVER: MARIGOLD CAFE & BAKERY BRONZE: KNEADERS BAKERY & CAFE 72 BEST OF THE SPRINGS 25TH 2019

Brother Luck plates a dish in his restaurant, Four by Brother Luck. —GAZETTE FILE


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BARTENDER GOLD: MONTANA HORSFALL — CRAFT COCKTAIL INC.

425-1399, craftcocktailinc.com Horsfall is an award-winning mixologist and bartender who founded Craft, Inc. She has a winning personality that at times seems larger than life. Always quick with a funny comeback, Horsfall keeps customers clambering for a seat at the bar when she’s shaking the drinks. Check out her boozy classes for a fun evening while gaining in-depth knowledge of spirits. Voters said: “Montana is so amazing as she makes everyone feel like they are her friends. She is very knowledgeable and can make recommendations for most every drink.” And, “A miracle worker with spirits! Amazing personality and truly gets to know her customers!” SILVER: KRISTIE HOLMES — T-BYRDS TACOS & TEQUILA BRONZE: LUCAS FRYE — CORK & CASK

BREAKFAST & BRUNCH GOLD: URBAN EGG A DAYTIME EATERY (FORMERLY OVER EASY)

Multiple locations, urbaneggeatery.com This family-owned eatery has been a winner from the day the chain opened. It’s the go-to for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Voters said: “Fantastic brunch with build your own bloody mary bar!” And, “The pancakes are the bomb.”

BREW PUB GOLD: PHANTOM CANYON BREWING CO.

2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-2800 phantomcanyon.com Since opening in 1993, Phantom has set the bar high for craft beers and food. One voter said: “I always end up having a better time than expected. No matter the day or time. Same consistent friendly and quality service.” Another wrote, “Good brews for decades, great appetizers, and love the pool room upstairs.” SILVER: CERBERUS BREWING CO. BRONZE: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY

BREWERY GOLD: BRISTOL BREWING CO.

1604 S. Cascade Ave., 633-2555 bristolbrewing.com A perennial Best Of gold winner, the brewery’s Laughing Lab puts a smile on everyone’s face. Voters said: “I love their seasonal beers and their flagship beers.” And, “Love their selection, which appeals to all tastes, great location, good food, friendly bartenders, wide distribution of all their beers in retail liquor stores.” SILVER: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY BRONZE: CERBERUS BREWING CO.

SILVER: THE OMELETTE PARLOR BRONZE: KING’S CHEF DINER

MICHELLE CHOCOLATIERS & ICE CREAM Only the familiar Michelle's sign remains on the North Tejon Street building, which was empty for 10 years but is now home to business offices. But the memories of the Michopoulos family, their luscious hand-dipped chocolates and incredible ice cream sundae creations remain. Michelle’s was a Best of the Springs favorite, winning year after year after year until closing in 2007 following a short foray into Denver and The Citadel Mall. ~Linda Navarro 74 BEST OF THE SPRINGS 25TH 2019

Back East Bar and Grill. —GAZETTE FILE


Mike Bristol, owner of Bristol Brewing Co., celebrates the grand opening of their location at Ivywild School Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. GAZETTE FILE

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BREWERY IN THE PIKES PEAK REGION GOLD: BRISTOL BREWING CO.

BRONCOS SPORTS BAR GOLD: BACK EAST BAR & GRILL

1604 S. Cascade Ave., 633-2555 bristolbrewing.com For 25 years, this brewery has produced awardwinning suds. Owners Mike and Amanda Bristol are well-known for their community support, especially the famous pumpkin ale each year with proceeds donated to Venetucci Farm. Voters said: “Bristol has provided great brews ever since they started on Forge Road. Our fridge is always stocked with Bristol.” And, “Solid production of excellent beers, wonderful location in an old school building, great food, consistent fun place to see, beer is good.” SILVER: CERBERUS BREWING CO. BRONZE: PIKES PEAK BREWING CO.

9475 Briar Village Point, Colorado Springs, 264-6161; 1455 Cipriani Loop, Monument, 488-2252; backeastbarandgrill.com The family-owned eatery started in upstate New York in 1980. In 1997, Michael Davis, the youngest of five brothers, moved to Colorado Springs to make his mark in the food business. He created the perfect place for you to watch a Broncos game with friends. Voters wrote: “Any game you want, with any beer you want.” And, “Love the atmosphere, the staff & the food!!” SILVER: RHINO’S SPORTS & SPIRITS BRONZE: THE BRASS TAP

Come to HavanaGrill to taste and experience the culture of Cuba right here in Colorado Springs.

The Cuban eatery is filled with amazing flavors & smells inspired by those of Miami, Florida, where the owners, E. Garcia and Carlos Rodriguez grew up. We offer Iconic Churrasco Steak w/ Black Beans & Rice to a huge variety of Authentic Cuban Sandwiches. Come enjoy the best mojitos in town and kid-friendly karaoke every Friday from 7 pm to 12 am!

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GOLD: THE BROADMOOR

GOLD: THE SKIRTED HEIFER

1 Lake Ave., 577-5733, broadmoor.com You name it, they’ve got it on the Sunday brunch buffet with plenty of action stations to satisfy appetites for freshly made dishes. A walk around the lake is a must after feasting. Voters said: “Buffet at The Broadmoor transfers you to a different pace immediately. Quality foods, exceptional service and just the environment is something worth it. Hands down the best of the best in the U.S.” And, “Fivestar buffet.”

204 N. Tejon St., 635-3276; 5935 Dublin Blvd. 421-7182; skirtedheifer.com What’s not to love about a juicy, thick hamburger patty surrounded by melted ooey-gooey, crispy cheese? Fans line up for their turn to place orders and grab a stack of napkins to sop up the goodness. Voters said: “One hundred percent grass fed and finished beef, homemade garlic focaccia buns, homemade sauces, hand cut fries!” And, “Best burger experience, absolutely unique.”

SILVER: TUCANOS BRAZILIAN GRILL

SILVER: BAD DADDY’S BURGER BAR

BRONZE: LITTLE NEPAL

BRONZE: FIVE GUYS

1110 Interquest Pkwy, 80921 719.434.5750

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BURRITO GOLD: CHIPOTLE

Multiple locations, chipotle.com The national chain has been satisfying burrito enthusiasts with mountains of well-made ingredients wrapped in flour tortillas for years. Readers said: “Consistently good and you can change your build extemporaneously each time.” And, “Big and always good!” SILVER: EL TACO REY BRONZE: MONICA’S TACO SHOP

BUSINESS LUNCH GOLD: MARIGOLD CAFE & BAKERY

4605 Centennial Blvd.,599-4776 marigoldcoloradosprings.com Weekdays the lunch crowd swarms in for seats. And why not? The food is excellent and the prices are reasonable. Voters said: “A great place to take clients, out-of-town guests and family!” And, “Atmosphere, food selection, quality of food, and fast service.” SILVER: SONTERRA GRILL BRONZE: THE FAMOUS STEAK HOUSE

CAJUN GOLD: SPRINGS ORLEANS

123 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 520-0123 springsorleans.com Executive chef Jason Miller grew up learning to enjoy Southern food and cooking from his home on the Gulf Coast of Florida. He’s brought all those traditional dishes to the table at Springs Orleans. Voters said: “Pure New Orleans,” “Shrimp and Grits,” “Lobster rolls are amazing” and “Authentic!” SILVER: MOMMA PEARL’S CAJUN KITCHEN BRONZE: THE VILLA

CAKE/CUPCAKE GOLD: NOTHING BUNDT CAKES

5086 N. Nevada Ave., 599-4112; 5925 Dublin Blvd., 596-9223; nothingbundtcakes.com The cakes are adorable, delicious and come in a variety of sizes to suit any size appetite. One reader said: “Anytime I’ve gotten a cake from there it is amazing.” Another commented, “I love bundt cakes and I love that theirs are small, shareable, and frosting is optional.” SILVER: BOONZAAIJER’S DUTCH BAKERY BRONZE: MARIGOLD CAFÉ & BAKERY

CANDY SHOP GOLD: ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Multiple locations, rmcf.com A go-to for confections of any sort. Voters said: “Avalanche bark and apple pie apples are the best,” and “Great chocolate and excellent choices to choose from. People are nice, too.” SILVER: PATSY’S CANDIES BRONZE: ROCKET FIZZ

Customers order their burgers at the downtown Skirted Heifer. —DOUGAL BROWNLIE, THE GAZETTE

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READERPICKS CASUAL DINING GOLD: SALSA BRAVA

802 Village Center Drive, 266-9244; 5925 Dublin Blvd., 591-6177; salsabravacolorado.com An award-winning eatery serving consistently prepared Mexican food with a modern flair. Voters said: “Great prices on good Mexican food and drinks.” And, “Chips and salsa for the win!” SILVER: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY BRONZE: ARLENE’S BEANS

CHEAP EATS GOLD: CHICK-FIL-A

Multiple locations, chick-fil-a.com True Southern fried chicken served in a familyfriendly environment – what more could you want? Voters said: “Food is always fresh and good and staff is always polite and professional,” and “Great food and wonderful service. Love that you can order online and they’ll bring it to your car.”

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CHEF GOLD: BROTHER LUCK — FOUR BY BROTHER LUCK

321 N. Tejon St., 434-2741 fourbybrotherluck.com Luck has been a rising culinary star in Colorado Springs from the time he first came to the city. But he has really made a name for himself internationally with his frequent stints on television reality cooking shows, including being a contestant on two seasons of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Voters said: “Excellent and exciting concepts for unique dishes. Best personality!” And, “I have loved his two places he has had here so far, and I cannot wait for his dumpling place to open. He is so talented.” SILVER: STEVEN “STEVIE B” BAILEY — ATMOSPHERE GASTROPUB BRONZE: MARIO VASQUEZ — COLORADO CRAFT TEJON STREET SOCIAL

SILVER: PIGLATIN COCINA BRONZE: LA CASITA MEXICAN GRILL

CHEESECAKE GOLD: MARIGOLD CAFÉ & BAKERY

4605 Centennial Blvd., 599-4776 marigoldcoloradosprings.com The dessert cabinet is a feast for the eye and the cheesecake is a stunning choice. Voters said: “Love the flavor and texture.” And “The bomb!” SILVER: BIAGGI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO BRONZE: THE BISTRO ON 2ND

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CHICKEN WINGS GOLD: BUFFALO WILD WINGS

2905 Geyser Drive, 219-1500, 7425 N. Academy Blvd., 594-9464, buffalowildwings.com Chicken wings are the deal here, but there are plenty of other food options if you want to fly the coop: Burgers, sandwiches, wraps and, yes, salads. Voters said: “Real wings, not boneless.” And, “They have sauce choices for days.” SILVER: WINGSTOP BRONZE: O’MALLEY’S

CHINESE GOLD: P.F. CHANG’S

1725 Briargate Pkwy., 593-8580, pfchangs.com The chain’s philosophy according to its website is, “Farm to wok.” Chefs make everything from scratch every day using fresh ingredients. Voters said: “They have tasty vegetarian options and will just leave meat out if you ask. Staff are friendly and fast.” And, “Fresh, great food served with a smile.” SILVER: COAL MINE DRAGON RESTAURANT (1779 S. 8TH ST.) BRONZE: SILVER POND

COFFEE DRIVE-UP GOLD: DUTCH BROS.

Multiple locations, dutchbros.com The Oregon-based chain has been an instant hit from day one of coming to Colorado Springs. Fans line up for their favorite cup of joe from the ultrafriendly baristas. Voters said: “The coffee is great, and the employees are awesome!” And, “The coffee is so good.” SILVER: STARBUCKS BRONZE: KANGAROO COFFEE

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Aaron Brown helps a customer at the Dutch Bros. Coffee on Colorado Avenue.—CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE

COFFEE SHOP GOLD: PIKES PERK COFFEE & TEA HOUSE

5965 N. Academy Blvd., 522-1432; 6894 Centennial Blvd., 445-0627; pikesperk.com The veteran-owned business has a long history of pulling great shots of espresso in a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Voters said: “Large interior, ample spacing between tables and couches. Great place to meet friends and linger.” And, “Love both the North Academy location and the new one at Centennial and Vindicator. The owners are friendly, wonderful people who made some quality updates to the shop on Academy before opening the second location.” SILVER: LOYAL COFFEE BRONZE: SERRANOS COFFEE CO.

COLORADO CUISINE GOLD: THE RABBIT HOLE

101 N. Tejon St., 203-5072 rabbitholedinner.com Colorado-sourced lamb, striped bass and beef are standouts on the menu. The chef creates Colorado mashes using local produce. Voters said: “Amazing food, drinks and place. Great people-watching place.” And, “Unique historic atmosphere and unique menu.”


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CRAFTED COCKTAIL GOLD: THE WOBBLY OLIVE

3317 Cinema Point, 247-9504; 2611 W. Colorado Ave., 308-2619; wobblyolive.com Making cocktails is a passion at The Wobbly Olive. They have perfected the craft. Voters said: “Great innovation and selection.” And, “Very creative.” SILVER: AXE AND THE OAK WHISKEY HOUSE BRONZE: IVYWILD TAVERN

DELI GOLD: MOLLICA’S ITALIAN MARKET AND DELI

985 Garden Of The Gods Road, 598-1088 mollicasitalianmarket.com Since 1987, the Mollica family has been making and serving time-honored Italian food in its cozy market and deli. Readers commented: “Mollica’s has been in business for a long time. They must be doing something right.” And, “Real deal Italian.” SILVER: JASON’S DELI BRONZE: WOOGLIN’S DELI & CAFE

HUNGRY FARMER Drivers on Garden of the Gods Road no longer pass the restaurant’s old windmill and wagon. Known for baskets of bread to go with whopping portions and a high pour of coffee, the down-home establishment since 1969 was torn down for a Chick-fil-A. ~Seth Boster

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DOUGHNUT

GOLD: MARIGOLD CAFÉ & BAKERY

GOLD: AMY’S DONUTS

4605 Centennial Blvd., 599-4776 marigoldcoloradosprings.com

2704 E. Fountain Blvd., 632-0512 amysdonuts.com

A perennial award winner for desserts of all kinds. Voters said: “I adore Marigold’s frazier cake and get it for my birthday. It’s pretty amazing. Their other desserts are pretty rocking, as well.” And, “Great spot for a foodie that enjoys well done pastries, cakes and delicious desserts. Plus they package them well so they don’t get messed up on the way home, because after dinner or lunch there you have to take it home, there is no room for more.”

Here is where you find a vast collection of doughnuts decorated in a rainbow of colors and sprinkles. Voters said: “The donuts here are just delicious, plus the variety of flavors rock.” And, “The best donuts in all of Colorado, that are fresh with a great selection.”

SILVER: BOONZAAIJER’S DUTCH BAKERY BRONZE: NOTHING BUNDT CAKES

SILVER: HURTS DONUT CO. BRONZE: DUNKIN’

DOWNTOWN LUNCH GOLD: SHUGA’S

702 S. Cascade Ave., 328-1412, shugas.com

DINER GOLD: BLACK BEAR DINER

1340 W. Garden of the Gods Road, 268-6874 blackbeardiner.com/location/garden-of-the-gods  975 N. Academy Blvd., 314-3616 blackbeardiner.com/location/ academy-black-bear

Quaint eatery housed in a Victorian home offering a menu of eclectic, globally inspired eats. Voters said: “A hip atmosphere combined with unique and tasty food and an attentive staff makes Shuga’s a great place to eat.” SILVER: MACKENZIE’S CHOP HOUSE BRONZE: OSKAR BLUES GRILL & BREW

Well-known for bear-size servings of down-home comfort food at reasonable prices. Voters said: “Have been going here for 15 years. The food is always good and the service is excellent.” And, “Great fresh food. “Best In A Row! “Best The fries are very goodVoted and their specials are always Breakfast” 22 Years Voted good, too.” Half-Priced Omelettes (6 a.m. - 7Half-Priced a.m.) Daily O

Award-Winning Pancakes, Belgian Award-Winning Waffles and Eggs Panca B SILVER: KING’S CHEF DINER Homemade Pork Green Chili Hom Shuga’s Restaurant's “snack board” — herb-marinated goat BRONZE: MOUNTAIN SHADOWSOUTSTANDING LUNCH MENU! OUTS cheese, jar salami, prosciutto, radish, apple, strawberries, grilled

Omelette Omelette Parlor Parlor Omele Omele RESTAURANT

pita and toast. —JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

Omelette Parlor Voted “Best Breakfast” 25 Years In A Row!

Half-Priced Omelettes Daily (6 a.m. - 7 a.m.) • Kids Eat Free Monday’s

Daily Specials Breakfast and Lunch Served All Day

Thick cut bacon, fresh squeezed orange juice, specialty pancakes, burgers, fries, sandwiches, salads and soups and homemade pork green chili, Half Priced Bloody Mary’s on Sunday. Gluten free options available.

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ENCHILADA GOLD: HACIENDA COLORADO

5246 N. Nevada Ave., 418-7999 haciendacolorado.com Popular Denver-based eatery serving smothered enchiladas that get rave reviews. For our money, we go with Admiral Guzman’s shrimp enchiladas, filled with shrimp and cheese topped with sautéed shrimp in white wine shrimp cream sauce, pico de gallo and avocado slices for dinner only. Voters said: “Delicious cheese and chicken enchiladas,” and, “Best enchiladas in town.” SILVER: EL TACO REY

A customer walks into Amy's Donuts in Colorado Springs. —GAZETTE FILE

Thank you Colorado Springs

BRONZE: SALSA BRAVA

FAST FOOD GOLD: CHICK-FIL-A

Multiple locations, chick-fil-a.com

for 20 years and for voting us “Best” in the Gazette 6 consecutive years!

The food prep and service is like a well-oiled machine. In a really big hurry? Call in your order and when you arrive they’ll bring it to your car. Zoom! You’re off. Voters said: “Service is so fast and food prices are good.” And, “Great fast service by employers trained and supervised to be polite to make you feel welcome. And all the food is tasty.” SILVER: DRIFTER’S HAMBURGERS BRONZE: CHIPOTLE

610 E. Fillmore St. Colorado Springs, CO 80907

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FINE DINING GOLD: MACKENZIE’S CHOP HOUSE

128 S. Tejon St., 635-3536 mackenzieschophouse.com Steaks and martinis are tops here — the perfect dinner combo. The menu lists a host of delicious sandwiches, salads, appetizers and entrees that fill hungry diners up for lunch and dinner. Voters said: “Wonderful food, atmosphere and reasonably priced.” And, “Great steak. Nice low key place to get amazing food.” SILVER: FOUR BY BROTHER LUCK BRONZE: THE FAMOUS STEAK HOUSE

GOLD: FUZZY’S TACO SHOP

Multiple locations, fuzzystacoshop.com Enjoy your fish tacos three ways: Grilled fish or tempura fried or grilled shrimp. All served on soft corn tortillas. Voters said: “Shrimp taco mmmm!” And, “Favorite fish tacos.” SILVER: BONEFISH GRILL BRONZE: SALSA BRAVA

FOOD TRUCK GOLD: PIGLATIN FOOD TRUCK

347-1144, facebook.com/PigLatinTruck

La Baguette French Bistro's Mediterranean Cobb appetizer with French pate.—JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

This truck was popular before its appearance on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.” Now, Pig Latin has a restaurant in addition to the truck. Voters said: “Awesome menu, delicious food and great service.” And, “The avocado sauce they use on the tacos is unmatched.” SILVER: CHEF BOB’S LOBSTAH TRAP BRONZE: ROCKY MOUNTAIN BBQ

FRENCH

Colorado Springs-West 5086 North Nevada, Suite 120 GOLD: LA BAGUETTE FRENCH Colorado Springs, CO 80918 (719) 599-4112

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4440 N. Chestnut St., 599-0686 Colorado Springs-East 5925 Dublin Blvd, Suite 170 labaguettefrenchbistro.com Colorado Springs, CO 80923 (719) 596-9223

Yes, the food is decidedly French in the most NothingBundtCakes.com authentic way, but you’ll find other global cuisine there, too. One reader said: “This French restaurant on Chestnut Street is fabulous.” Another chimed in, “Great authentic French food.” SILVER: MARIGOLD CAFÉ & BAKERY

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BRONZE: THE FRENCH KITCHEN

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READERPICKS FRENCH ONION SOUP GOLD: LA BAGUETTE — OLD COLORADO CITY

2417 W. Colorado Ave., 577-4818 labaguette-co.com French onion soup is a signature dish here with a rich chicken stock base, jammed with silky onions and topped with a thick layer of cheese crust. Voters said: “Excellent — I even make it at home with their recipe cut from the newspaper years ago.” And, “No one makes it better than La Baguette, excellent flavor, authentic.” SILVER: MARIGOLD CAFÉ & BAKERY BRONZE: MIMI’S CAFE

FRIED CHICKEN GOLD: POPEYES LOUISIANA CHICKEN

Multiple locations, popeyes.com

Since 1972, this chain has been charming diners with crispy fried chicken and more. Can you say popcorn shrimp and chicken and waffles? Voters said: “Quite delicious,” and “Super crispy and freshly cooked.” SILVER: DENVER BISCUIT CO. BRONZE: JUNIPER VALLEY RANCH

FRIES GOLD: FIVE GUYS

Multiple locations, fiveguys.com Fries can make or break a burger joint. Five Guys is one of the best with crispy fries coming hot out of the fryolator with soft centers. Voters said: “They never overcook the fries. They are always crispy and not soggy.” And, “Love the real potatoes with touch of skin!” SILVER: RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS & BREWS BRONZE: SKIRTED HEIFER

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GASTROPUB GOLD: ODYSSEY GASTROPUB

311 N. Tejon St., 999-5127 odysseygastropub.com Brought to us by Broken Compass LLC, the team of Tyler Sherman and Jenny Schnakenberg. With years of hospitality experience, they lead you on an odyssey of food and drink. Voters said: “Delicious food. Fun atmosphere!” And, “They have delicious food paired with excellent beverages.” SILVER: 503W BRONZE: ATMOSPHERE GASTROPUB

GERMAN GOLD: EDELWEISS GERMAN RESTAURANT

34 E. Ramona Ave., 633-2220, edelweissrest.com For more than 40 years, this family-owned German restaurant has been dishing an authentic menu of Old World German dishes. Voters said: “Great atmosphere, friendly service, good food.” And, “Always a go-to for amazing potatoes and schnitzel.” SILVER: UWE’S GERMAN RESTAURANT BRONZE: SCHNITZEL FRITZ

GLUTEN-FREE RESTAURANT/BAKERY GOLD: COQUETTE’S BISTRO & BAKERY

616 S. Tejon St., 685-2420, coquettesbistro.com Created by a mother-daughter team of thirdgeneration restaurant owners, they have succeeded in making a completely gluten-free eatery and bakery. Voters said: “So many choices for glutenfree and was leading gluten-free options before it was mainstream.” And, “Can’t beat a restaurant that’s 100 percent gluten-free!” SILVER: SALSA BRAVA BRONZE: SWEET ELIZABETH’S ORGANICS BAKERY

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GREEN CHILI GOLD: KING’S CHEF DINER

Multiple locations, cosdiner.com Since 1997, when the original diner only had seats for 13, fans loved grabbing one and breaking out in a sweat eating the fiery green chili dished up there. Voters said: “If you can eat very spicy food, this is the best.” And, “I love their green chili especially with the burritos and burgers.” SILVER: EL TACO REY BRONZE: ARLENE’S BEANS

GYRO GOLD: JAKE AND TELLY’S GREEK TAVERNA

2616 W. Colorado Ave., 633-0406 jakeandtellys.com The classic spit-grilled and shaved beef and lamb stuffed into a pita pocket is the hallmark of Mediterranean cuisine and the version served here is perfection. Voters said: “Authentic gyros,” and, “All of their Greek food is great.” SILVER: HEART OF JERUSALEM CAFE BRONZE: MEDITERRANEAN CAFE

HAPPY HOUR GOLD: THE RABBIT HOLE

101 N. Tejon St., 203-5072 rabbitholedinner.com What’s better than adventuring to this underground, swanky, intimate dining experience? Adventuring down the hole for happy hour for halfprice treats. Voters said: “Excellent apps at half off. Can’t beat that!” And, “Great food and killer drink specials.” SILVER: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY BRONZE BAR LOUIE


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HIDDEN GEM GOLD: PIGLATIN COCINA

2825 Dublin Blvd., 375-0939 piglatincocina.com King’s Chef Diner's “The 1/2 Thing” — Two pieces of Texas Toast, choice of meat, a mound of hash browns, two eggs stacked up, smothered with green chili and topped with cheese. —JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

HAWAIIAN

Plan on getting comfy on a bench with a cold one while you wait for a seat at this eatery. But the wait is worth your time searching for the spot in a shopping strip east of Union Boulevard for the award-winning fusion food. Voters said: “Delicious food,” and, “Have you had the grilled cheese?” SILVER: HEART OF JERUSALEM CAFE

GOLD: L&L HAWAIIAN BARBECUE

BRONZE: CRYSTAL PARK CANTINA

5850 Barnes Road, 570-1888 hawaiianbarbecue.com

Aloha, blue-plate lunch! Two scoops of rice, a protein and macaroni salad — a traditional dish from Hawaii — and happily served at this eatery. Voters said: “Best food ever! Totally A Colorado Springs Landmark sincereminds 1951 me of Hawaii.” And, “They are authentic to the islands.” SILVER: JULIE’S KITCHEN BRONZE: LA’AU’S TACO SHOP

A Colorado Springs Landmark since 1951

Kat Welch fills eclairs at Boonzaaijer's Dutch Bakery. —GAZETTE FILE

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HOT DOG GOLD: COSTCO

5050 N, Nevada Ave., 264-5010; Barnes Marketplace, 591-3002; costco.com

A frequent Best Of winner. And, why not? For $1.50, you can get a quarter-pound frank with 20-ounce soda with refill. Voters said: “So cheap and huge!” And, “Nice large hot dog that is of high quality with a great assortment of condiments.” SILVER: DOG HAUS BIERGARTEN COLORADO SPRINGS BRONZE: MARGO’S VIENNA STATION

“Badische Platte” by Edelweiss Restaurant. —JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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READERPICKS HUEVOS RANCHEROS GOLD: URBAN EGG A DAYTIME EATERY (FORMERLY OVER EASY)

Multiple locations, urbaneggeatery.com Huevos with an urban twist: Blue corn tortillas topped with black beans, avocado crema, radishes, pickled onion queso fresco, eggs to your liking and choice of red or green chili — go with Christmas (red and green). Voters said: “Their huevos rancheros are the best, the tastiest!” And, “Excellent. Spicy but not too much.” SILVER: THE OMELETTE PARLOR BRONZE: ADAM’S MOUNTAIN CAFE

ICE CREAM/GELATO/FROZEN TREAT GOLD: JOSH & JOHN’S ICE CREAM

Multiple locations, joshandjohns.com

For 33 years, John Krakauer has been cranking out creamy deliciousness. It’s no wonder fans swoon about the ice cream. Voters said: “Great atmosphere, friendly staff, amazing ice cream flavors, and the best waffle cones.” SILVER: COLORADO CITY CREAMERY BRONZE: RIZUTO’S ICE CREAM INC.

INDIAN GOLD: LITTLE NEPAL

1747 S. 8th St., 477-6997, 4820 Flintridge Drive, 598-3428, lnepal.com You’ll find a wall of awards for this eatery, which has been filling the bill for those in search of exotic flavors of India. Voters said: “This is the best Indian restaurant I have ever been to in town. I have been to India in 2005, and the taste of Little Nepal reminds me of the perfect Indian tastes there. SILVER: MIRCH MASALA BRONZE: TASTE OF INDIA

Cakes for every occasion • Weddings • Birthday • Baby Showers • Specialty Cakes • Cupcakes

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IRISH GOLD: JACK QUINN’S IRISH PUB AND RESTAURANT

21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766, jackquinnspub.com A nationally recognized Irish pub, Jack Quinn’s has been pleasing fans for 21 years and counting. Voters said: “Perfect atmosphere, amazing food, and really good beer.” And, “No equal to Jack Quinn’s Irish food, especially when there is live, Irish music.” SILVER: O’MALLEY’S BRONZE: ALCHEMY

ITALIAN GOLD: PARAVICINI’S ITALIAN BISTRO

2802 W. Colorado Ave., 471-8200 paravicinis.com The eatery was named best new restaurant when it opened in 2003 and has been honored with a gold award 10 years in a row since 2010. Italian-American food just doesn’t get any better than what is served here. Voters said: “By far the best Italian food in Colorado Springs. We take our out of town guests there every time. Great food and service. And fresh mozzarella is made in house. Just perfect.” And, “No better Italian-American food west of the Mississippi.”

JAPANESE GOLD: AI SUSHI & GRILL

4655 Centennial Blvd., 266-5858; 3215 Cinema Point, 622-8866; aisushiandgrill.com Sushi chefs bring a perfect mixture of technique and innovation to make an array of nigiri, sashimi and rolls. Readers said: “Sushi is always amazing and the staff is always so sweet. Fantastic prices as well.” And, “Their food is good. Love their tempura, and they have great sushi choices. Great lunch deals.” SILVER: FUJIYAMA BRONZE: JUN JAPANESE

JUICE BAR GOLD: JAMBA JUICE

3730 Bloomington St., 574-8787; 1708 E. Woodmen Road, 598-1939; jambajuice.com Never a lack of flavors of fresh fruit blended into popular, healthy drinks. Voters said: “A delicious variety of smoothies and juices that never disappoint,” and “Jamba Juice has something for everyone.” SILVER: KEVA JUICE BRONZE: OLA JUICE BAR

SILVER: BIAGGI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO BRONZE: PANINOS

JAMAICAN GOLD: RASTA PASTA

405 N. Tejon St., 481-6888, rastapastacs.com Pasta dishes dominate the menu with an option to create your own pasta journey if desired. This is a popular place to hang out and enjoy a drink and sway to some island tunes. Voters said: “The shrimp Alfredo is to die for and that curry sauce is amazing.” And, “Love the atmosphere, staff, and food. “Their banana Marley dessert is the best.” SILVER: SPICE ISLAND GRILL BRONZE: JAMAICAN FLAVOR

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KOREAN GOLD: SAN CHANG HOUSE

3659 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 598-1707 tinyurl.com/y255d9hu

Of the many Korean restaurants in Colorado Springs, San Chang House is an annual favorite pick in our reader survey. Voters said: “I’ve been eating there since the first week they opened. No one else I can trust like San Chang.” And, “Family owned and run. Consistent flavors and the closet to my grandma’s cooking (she was Korean) I can find in this state.” SILVER: TONG TONG BRONZE: HAPPY TIME

GOLD: FUZZY’S TACO SHOP

Multiple locations, fuzzystacoshop.com If nothing else, the eye-popping beeritas — with bottles of beer turned upside down in the center of a house margarita — are a conversation starter. Voters said: “Huge margs. Tons of choices and they are all great!” and “Smashed after two drinks, as it should be.” SILVER: THE LOOP BRONZE: HACIENDA COLORADO

MEXICAN GOLD: HACIENDA COLORADO

LOCAL BEER GOLD: LAUGHING LAB – BRISTOL BREWING CO.

1604 S. Cascade Ave., 633-2555 bristolbrewing.com What’s not to love about this popular brew with a fun-loving laughing lab grinning at you on the label? Well, the beer is a crowd pleaser, too. Voters said: “It’s Colorado Springs best beer,” and “Just plain awesome.” SILVER: CUP OF JOE COFFEE PORTER — RED LEG BREWING CO. BRONZE: HAZY UNFILTERED IPA — GOAT PATCH BREWING CO.

5246 N. Nevada Ave., 418-7999 haciendacolorado.com The Denver-based chain invented the term “Mountain Mex” to describe its style of food, which is traditional Mexican recipes that have been updated with a distinct Rocky Mountain twist. Here you can sample 11 unique house-made hot sauces. Voters said: “Love their huge menu, interesting sauces, nice views, excellent food, and it’s a great place to take visitors.” And, “Large portions, cooked to perfection.” SILVER: EL TACO REY BRONZE: SALSA BRAVA

PRIMITIVO WINE BAR If folks wanted a swanky night out or to pretend they were metropolitan urbanites over happy hour, they headed downtown for fine dining, wines, single-malt scotches and more. The restaurant closed in mid-2002. ~Jennifer Mulson

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READERPICKS adventure. The Denver Biscuit Co. will sing to your morning needs through early afternoon. Indulge in huge, fluffy biscuits with a choice of toppings. Voters said: “Quirky menu, excellent food, something new and different in town.” And, “Atomic Cowboy is the bar, Denver Biscuit and Fat Sully’s (pizzas) are the restaurants.”

MIDDLE EASTERN/GREEK GOLD: JAKE AND TELLY’S GREEK TAVERNA

2616 W. Colorado Ave., 633-0406 jakeandtellys.com Since 1997, when two Greek brothers open their restaurant, the food has been prepared using recipes passed down by their family. Voters said: “The stuffed grape leaves are amazing.” And, “Love the atmosphere, location, food, and servers.”

SILVER: PIGLATIN COCINA BRONZE: ATMOSPHERE GASTROPUB

SILVER: HEART OF JERUSALEM CAFE BRONZE: CASPIAN CAFE

NEW RESTAURANT GOLD: DENVER BISCUIT CO.

528 S. Tejon St., 208-4770 denbisco.com/colorado-springs

Friends and family gather over plates of biscuits on the opening day of a group of restaurants including Atomic Cowboy, Denver Biscuit Co., and Fat Sully's off Tejon Street, Sept 4, 2018.—KELSEY BRUNNER, THE GAZETTE

The Denver-based trio of eateries — Denver Biscuit Co., Fat Sully’s and Atomic Cowboy — in one space has taken Colorado Springs diners on an

Since 1998

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WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY Late Happy Hour Buy One Get the 2nd One 1/2 Off FRIDAY 50% Off House Sake and Beer (5p-6:30p) 2 for 1 Glass of Wine (5p-6:30p) 20% Off Sushi and Rolls (5p-6:30p)

WEDNESDAY LADIES NIGHT SATURDAY 2 for 1 Drinks (5p-6:30p) 20% Off Sushi and Rolls (11a-6p) 50% Off Entree (5p-close) For the ladies 20% Off Sushi and Rolls for Everyone (5p-6:30p) SUNDAY 20% Off Sushi and Rolls (5p-close) THURSDAY Happy Hour (5p-6:30p) LUNCH Monday - Friday 2 for 1 on Glass of Wine 50% Off Sushi and Rolls (11a-2:30p) 50% Off House Sake and Beer

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PANCAKE GOLD: URBAN EGG A DAYTIME EATERY (FORMERLY OVER EASY)

Multiple locations, urbaneggeatery.com There’s a reason this section of the menu at Urban Egg is called Pancake Bliss — the pancakes are fluffy and topped with an amazing array of toppings. Think strawberry cheesecake, blueberry streusel and cinnamon swirl. Gluten-free options are available. Voters said: “Duuuude, have you tried Urban Egg’s pancakes!? Nuff said.” And, “The Hawaiian pancakes with pineapple sauce and coconut are so tasty, you think you’re eating a dessert!” SILVER: BLACK BEAR DINER BRONZE: IHOP

Urban Egg's Organic Breakfast Quinoa with Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes and Tuscan Benedict. —JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

PASTA GOLD: PARAVICINI’S ITALIAN BISTRO

2802 W. Colorado Ave., 471-8200 paravicinis.com Not surprising, if your eatery wins consecutive first places for best Italian food year upon year, that the noodles are the poster child for pasta. Voters said: “Delicious pasta dishes.” And, “The Penne alla Vodka is my favorite.” SILVER: BIAGGI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO BRONZE: OLIVE GARDEN

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MacKenzie’s Chop House's Pork Tomahawk Chop with Crème Brulee.—JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

PIZZA

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GOLD: MOD PIZZA

Multiple locations, modpizza.com The Seattle-based chain pioneered the superfast pizza experience — making Artisan-style pizzas on demand, and ready in just minutes. Being able to choose from more than 30 toppings is a plus, too. Voters said: “Fast and delicious! There’s something for everyone.” And, “Custom-made, quick and cheap. Vegan cheese option.” SILVER: SLICE 420 BRONZE: LOUIE’S PIZZA

PIZZA DELIVERY GOLD: LOUIE’S PIZZA

GOLD: MACKENZIE’S CHOP HOUSE

128 S. Tejon St., 635.3536 mackenzieschophouse.com What better way to kick off the week than Monday Night Prime at Mack’s, where you get a whopping 10-ounce slab of prime rib for 24 bucks? Voters said: “Go here, you will not be disappointed.” And, “Love their prime rib.” SILVER: TEXAS ROADHOUSE BRONZE: PATTY JEWETT BAR & GRILL

PUB GOLD: JACK QUINN’S IRISH PUB AND RESTAURANT

Multiple locations, louies-pizza.com

21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766, jackquinnspub.com

A frequent award winner since opening in 1985 in Colorado Springs. Voters said: “Always efficient and with a smile.” And, “Faster than expected.”

Great place to get your Irish food and drink fix. Voters said: “Amazing atmosphere and live music. Best fish n’ chips,” and “Authentic pub.”

SILVER: DOMINO’S

SILVER: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY

BRONZE: MARCO’S PIZZA

BRONZE: O’MALLEY’S

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German Restaurant & Deli Serving upscale American fare inspired by the Southwest’s bounty of local and regional ingredients.

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RESTAURANT AFTER MIDNIGHT GOLD: THE RABBIT HOLE

101 N. Tejon St., 203-5072, rabbitholedinner.com

Here’s a swanky, underground hideaway that’s inviting for a last-call drink and snack. Voters said: “Great location and vibe.” And, “Very funky and it has rabbit bites.” SILVER: IHOP BRONZE: OLD CHICAGO

RESTAURANT FOR AN ANNIVERSARY GOLD: THE MELTING POT

30 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 385-0300, meltingpot.com/ colorado-springs-co/restaurant-menu.aspx

Anniversaries are special and a meal to celebrate should be just as spectacular: The Melting Pot delivers with fondues begging to be lingered over. Readers said: “Romantic, cozy and intimate plus awesome food.” And, “Always good (food) and slows you down to really relax and enjoy.”

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SILVER: THE PEPPERTREE BRONZE: MONA LISA FONDUE RESTAURANT

RESTAURANT FOR A FIRST DATE GOLD: THE RABBIT HOLE

101 N. Tejon St., 203-5072, rabbitholedinner.com

If you’re wanting to impress your new BFF, show off with a table at this eatery. Not only will they be amazed you found the little tucked away spot, but they will be wowed by the food and drink offered. Reader comments included, “Below ground romance?” And, “Intimate setting where you can easily get to know one another.” SILVER: PIZZERIA RUSTICA BRONZE: TAPATERIA


READERPICKS RESTAURANT FOR KIDS GOLD: CHICK-FIL-A

Multiple locations, chick-fil-a.com It’s a fun place where kids can get a healthy fastfood meal. Voters commented: “Kid’s meals are healthy.” And, “Kiddos love the food, plus there’s a playground.” SILVER: FARGO’S PIZZA BRONZE: RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS & BREWS

RESTAURANT FOR MILITARY DISCOUNT GOLD: BIRD DOG BBQ

Multiple locations, birddogbbq.com The servers here always ask guests if they are military or veterans because they want to honor them with a discount or other special treat. Voters said: “They even gave us free dessert one time!” And, “They always ask about a military discount. They have the consistently best brisket than any other barbecue place in town and I love their fresh fried okra.”

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SILVER: HUHOT MONGOLIAN GRILL BRONZE: FRANKIE’S TOO!

RESTAURANT SERVICE GOLD: THE BROADMOOR

1 Lake Ave., broadmoor.com With years of Five Star and Five Diamond awards, it’s not surprising restaurants at the resort are recognized for being at the top of their game in service. One voter said: “You can never, ever beat The Broadmoor for their 5-star service and incredible food.” Another wrote, “There is no match nor service even close to that of The Broadmoor’s Penrose Room and other of their restaurants. World class.” SILVER: TEXAS ROADHOUSE BRONZE: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY

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Best of the Springs Winner 24 Years The Celtic Steps dancers perform during the St. Patrick's Day celebration at Jack Quinn's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Colorado Springs. —CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE

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GOLD: PUB DOG COLORADO

2207 Bott Ave., 375-0771, pubdogcolorado.com How much more dog friendly do you need to get than having bowser dine out with you? Voters said: “So much fun for both dogs and humans, excellent play area for the dogs, great food, nice alcohol selection, and great place to meet friends.” And, “You can bring your dog inside or outside plus there’s a dog park in the back!” SILVER: CERBERUS BREWING CO. BRONZE: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY

RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW GOLD: GARDEN OF THE GODS CLUB GRAND VIEW DINING ROOM

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The Grand View Dining Room says it all. The stunning view of the Front Range is eye-popping morning, noon and night. Voters said: “The view can even distract from the eating. A must see for out-of-town guests and even awes the locals.” And, “Wow, breathtaking and deer, too.” SILVER: HACIENDA COLORADO BRONZE: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY


READERPICKS RESTAURANT FOR KIDS GOLD: CHICK-FIL-A

Multiple locations, chick-fil-a.com It’s a fun place where kids can get a healthy fastfood meal. Voters commented: “Kid’s meals are healthy.” And, “Kiddos love the food, plus there’s a playground.” SILVER: FARGO’S PIZZA BRONZE: RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS & BREWS

RESTAURANT FOR MILITARY DISCOUNT GOLD: BIRD DOG BBQ

Multiple locations, birddogbbq.com The servers here always ask guests if they are military or veterans because they want to honor them with a discount or other special treat. Voters said: “They even gave us free dessert one time!” And, “They always ask about a military discount. They have the consistently best brisket than any other barbecue place in town and I love their fresh fried okra.”

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RESTAURANT SERVICE GOLD: THE BROADMOOR

1 Lake Ave., broadmoor.com With years of Five Star and Five Diamond awards, it’s not surprising restaurants at the resort are recognized for being at the top of their game in service. One voter said: “You can never, ever beat The Broadmoor for their 5-star service and incredible food.” Another wrote, “There is no match nor service even close to that of The Broadmoor’s Penrose Room and other of their restaurants. World class.” SILVER: TEXAS ROADHOUSE BRONZE: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY

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Best of the Springs Winner 24 Years The Celtic Steps dancers perform during the St. Patrick's Day celebration at Jack Quinn's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Colorado Springs. —CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE

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GOLD: PUB DOG COLORADO

2207 Bott Ave., 375-0771, pubdogcolorado.com How much more dog friendly do you need to get than having bowser dine out with you? Voters said: “So much fun for both dogs and humans, excellent play area for the dogs, great food, nice alcohol selection, and great place to meet friends.” And, “You can bring your dog inside or outside plus there’s a dog park in the back!” SILVER: CERBERUS BREWING CO. BRONZE: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY

RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW GOLD: GARDEN OF THE GODS CLUB GRAND VIEW DINING ROOM

3320 Mesa Road, 632-5541 gardenofthegodsclub.com

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The Grand View Dining Room says it all. The stunning view of the Front Range is eye-popping morning, noon and night. Voters said: “The view can even distract from the eating. A must see for out-of-town guests and even awes the locals.” And, “Wow, breathtaking and deer, too.” SILVER: HACIENDA COLORADO BRONZE: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY


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Voters commented: “Most delicious sandwiches made to order.” And, “More healthy options for one’s subs.”

SALAD GOLD: PANERA BREAD

Multiple locations, panerabread.com Large selection of pre-made salads such as Southwest chile lime ranch salad with chicken or spicy Spinach Bacon & Poppyseed Salad. Voters said: “Always fresh ingredients and delicious dressings.” And, “Fresh, good selection, and reasonable prices.”

SILVER: HAVANAGRILL AUTHENTIC CUBAN CUISINE BRONZE: COLORADO CRAFT TEJON STREET SOCIAL

SILVER: JASON’S DELI BRONZE: MODERN MARKET EATERY

SANDWICH GOLD: WHICH WICH

7640 N. Academy Blvd., 266-9424, 5102 N. Nevada Ave., 870-3737, whichwich.com Whether you go with the tried-and-true signature fan faves or branch out to create your own thing you won’t be disappointed with the bread or ingredients.

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SEAFOOD GOLD: BONEFISH GRILL

SMOOTHIE GOLD: JAMBA JUICE

5102 N. Nevada Ave., 598-0826 bonefishgrill.com

3730 Bloomington St., 574-8787; 1708 E. Woodmen Road, 598-1939; jambajuice.com

The restaurant is packed most days with eager seafood lovers. Brunch is a favorite and daily specials are a bonus. Voters said: “Top notch and fresh seafood. I especially love their Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer.” And, “Always fresh seafood with new entrees being provided routinely. Fish like cobia which is an excellent seafood that can’t be found just anywhere. Food is excellent and service is great.”

Fans love this place. Readers said: “Great choices and tasty smoothies,” and “ love the berry smoothie.”

SILVER: BONNY & READ BRONZE: RED LOBSTER

SPORTS BAR GOLD: BACK EAST BAR & GRILL

9475 Briar Village Point, Colorado Springs, 264-6161; 1455 Cipriani Loop, Monument, 488-2252; backeastbarandgrill.com When it comes to bars and sports, this place scores on both. Voters said: “Such a fun place with good entertainment and great food,” and “Hands down, my favorite place. Good food and great bands.” SILVER: BUBBA’S 33 BRONZE: OLD CHICAGO

SILVER: DUTCH BROS. BRONZE: KEVA JUICE

SOUP GOLD: PANERA BREAD

Multiple locations, panerabread.com Soup in a hollowed out bread bowl — 'nuf said. Voters said: “They always have a good selection of delicious soups. A great warm-up on a cool day.” And, “Soup is so good and tasty. Always enjoy it and feel like it is healthy and filling.” SILVER: LA BAGUETTE — DOWNTOWN BRONZE: SHUGA’S

STEAKHOUSE GOLD: TEXAS ROADHOUSE

595 S. 8th St., 473-9711; 3120 N. Powers Blvd., 638-8050; texasroadhouse.com Here is a down-home, family-friendly restaurant serving hand-cut steaks with all the fixings. Voters praised the chain’s “Great steak and value,” and, “Wonderful atmosphere and great food.” SILVER: MACKENZIE’S CHOP HOUSE BRONZE: THE FAMOUS STEAK HOUSE

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READERPICKS SUB GOLD: JERSEY MIKE’S

TAMALE GOLD: EL TACO REY

Multiple locations, jerseymikes.com

330 E. Colorado Ave., 475-9722, eltacorey.com

The bread is authentic Jersey and the roast beef is roasted at the store. Other meats and produce are high quality, too. Voters said: “Lots of meat. Mike’s way is very tasty.” And, “I like how they cut the meat for your sandwich in front of you.”

Homemade tamales are fat with plenty of spicy meat and cheese. Order a day ahead by the dozen. Voters said: “Homemade, not dry, tasty.” And, “Fabulous!.”

SILVER: FIREHOUSE SUBS BRONZE: JIMMY JOHN’S

SILVER: ARLENE’S BEANS BRONZE: HACIENDA COLORADO

SUSHI BAR GOLD: AI SUSHI & GRILL

4655 Centennial Blvd., 266-5858; 3215 Cinema Point, 622-8866; aisushiandgrill.com When it comes to Japanese food and sushi, Ai takes the prize. Voters said: “Yummy food.” And, “Great selection.” SILVER: FUJIYAMA

The Huevos Rancheros at Urban Egg, a daytime eatery, on 28 A Tejon Street. —CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE

BRONZE: JUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT

TAKEOUT GOLD: ARLENE’S BEANS

366 Second St., Monument, arlenesbeans.com

Our dishes are always delicious, fresh and ready quickly!

They do not list a phone number because, according to their website, with the large number of customers they serve they do not have time to take call-in orders. Visit their site to place orders for their craveable Mexican food or join the line at the restaurant. One reader said: “Fast service, great taste, and amazing people.” Another said, “Good fast times with food still warm to perfection and the service is absolutely supreme.”

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TAQUERIA GOLD: EL TACO REY

330 E. Colorado Ave., 475-9722, eltacorey.com The Aguilar family has had a strong hold downtown since 1976 at this cozy restaurant. Seating is limited but hospitality is plentiful. Voters said: “They are the best. There is a reason they have been around for so long.” And, “Family made, real food.” SILVER: T-BYRDS TACOS & TEQUILA BRONZE: LA CASITA MEXICAN GRILL

THAI/PAD THAI GOLD: THAI BASIL

7882 N Academy Blvd., 268-1688 thaibasilcoloradosprings.com Sure, excellent pad thai is served here but the menu offers plenty of other Asian dishes to excite taste buds. When you have an itch for adventure, try some of the curries, pho and rice bowls. Voters said: “The hot pad thai is my favorite, the hot and spicy is just right for me. Two dollar glasses of wine with dinner is a bonus too.” And, “Every dish on the menu is yummy!” SILVER: THAI MINT BRONZE: NARAI THAI RESTAURANT

TRUFFLE GOLD: ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Multiple locations, rmcf.com Makes sense that the winner in the Candy Shop category would also be a standout for truffles. Voters said: “Sometimes it’s hard to find my favorite (amaretto), but RMCF always has them,” and “Polished quality product, rich truffles, so good with a great selection to die for.” SILVER: PATSY’S CANDIES BRONZE: CACAO CHEMISTRY

Sean Fitzgerald poses at The Wobbly Olive in Old Colorado City.—GAZETTE FILE

VEGAN RESTAURANT GOLD: ADAM’S MOUNTAIN CAFÉ

26 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1430, adamsmountaincafe.com Since its start in 1985, the eatery has been thought of as the gold standard for unique, flavorful vegetarian and vegan dishes with a twist and it continues to offer just that on its menu. One reader said: “They have a great selection of dishes. I’ve tried several and they were all excellent. Good service.” Another said, “The best for vegan meals!” SILVER: THE BURROWING OWL BRONZE: MOXIE

VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT GOLD: ADAM’S MOUNTAIN CAFÉ

26 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1430, adamsmountaincafe.com With a menu that is 65 percent devoted to vegetarians there’s no wonder it stands out in the crowd. Voters said: “Excellent vegetarian choices. Everything I’ve had was very good and plenty of it.” And, “Excellent menu, friendly wait staff, and healthy food.” SILVER: THE BURROWING OWL BRONZE: HEART OF JERUSALEM CAFE

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READERPICKS VIETNAMESE/PHO BOWL GOLD: PHO-NOMENAL

WHISKEY BAR GOLD: AXE AND THE OAK WHISKEY HOUSE

5825 Stetson Hills Blvd., 597-0277 phonomenalrestaurant.com

1604 S. Cascade Ave., 651-2737 axeandtheoak.com/whiskey-house

The name says it all when it comes to Vietnam’s popular soup dish that is breakfast, lunch and dinner. Voters said: “Love the pho from here.” And, “Sooo good!!!”

A dream come true for five friends who are passionate about great whiskey and the desire to share it with others. They hit it out of the ballpark with award-winning booze. Voters said: “Great local product that supports local law enforcement.” And, “Selection of local whiskey is amazing. good drinks & service.”

SILVER: SAIGON CAFE BRONZE: LEMONGRASS BISTRO

SILVER: BOURBON BROTHERS BRONZE: CORK & CASK

Springs Orleans' Shrimp Etouffée. —JEFF KEARNEY SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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WINE BAR GOLD: THE WINES OF COLORADO

8045 W. Colorado 24, Cascade, 684-0900 winesofcolorado.com This is a true Colorado experience where you can sip a wide selection of Colorado wines, enjoy gourmet burgers surrounded by forest and bubbling stream. Voters said: “Love sitting outside by the stream in the summer!” And, “Great wines and good, good food.” SILVER: SWIRL WINE BAR BRONZE: SOPRA ANTIPASTO AND WINE BAR

WINE LIST GOLD: PRIME 25

1605 S. Tejon St., 358-9822, prime25.com Sophisticated dining spaces downstairs and upstairs inviting oenophiles to ogle the extensive wine selections. Voters said: “Great wines,” and “Always some unique bottles to enjoy.” SILVER: SWIRL WINE BAR BRONZE: SOPRA ANTIPASTO AND WINE BAR

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COWBOY BREAKFAST BUFFET The Pantry, 6980 Lake St., Green Mountain Falls, 684-9018, thepantryingreenmtnfallsco.com A modest name for a modest establishment — a truly Colorado establishment. The Pantry was a bakery in the 1950s, and today it remains a local staple in the little village off Ute Pass, beloved for the Cowboy Breakfast Buffet. It’s a Saturday and Sunday event from June through August, during which a cowboy sings and plays guitar while food is spread out by the creek. Otherwise, grab a seat inside and feel like you’re at Grandma’s. ~Seth Boster

CLANDESTINE COCKTAIL The Archives, 15 S. Tejon St., thearchivescos.com The tagline “Underground Libations” is a clue you’ll be going deep for this late-night cocktail spot founded by a team of hospitality professionals to restore “the art of tending bar,” so don’t let the gritty back-alley entrance and modest signage throw you off. Swing wide that metal door, tromp down a run of stairs, and you’re in a low-lit, wood-paneled lounge that channels the vibe of Old New York. Get there at happy hour, 5-7 p.m., for half off a selection of signature cocktails. Happy hour or not, I highly recommend the Old Fashioned. ~Stephanie Earls

Newly remodeled into a stunning urban chic eatery serving globally inspired cuisine prepared by Ketil Larsen. Think shrimp etouffee (creamy grits and spicy Creole sauce), kimchi fries (melted cheddar, bacon, gochujang aioli and scallions) or falafel pita (feta, mixed greens, tzatziki and harissa). Craft cocktails are sure to wake the taste buds. Brunches on Sundays are a great excuse to day drink. ~Teresa Farney

FAMILY MEAL Arlene’s Beans, Salsa and Catering, 366 Second St., Unit D, Monument, arlenesbeans.com If you want to eat with family, head to Arlene’s Beans in Monument for lunch or dinner, open Tuesday through Saturday. You’ll be greeted warmly and introduced to master chef Arlene and any of the Padilla children who are at work there that day. Be prepared to wait in line for a little bit — this is a popular place — and if you’re like me, you can use the time to change your mind several times about what you’re going to eat (Smothered burrito? Or maybe tamale plate? No … enchilada bowl!) Bonus: Most of the truly yummy, made-fromscratch Mexican food is gluten-free and vegan. To enjoy like the locals: Sit at the community table and make friends, try the “Mean Arlene” house-made margarita (made with fresh citrus fruits and agave), get “Christmas” sauce on your food, and ring the bell on the way out. ~Michelle Karas

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DINNER TREK Sherpa Garden Restaurant, 1005 W. Colorado Ave., 896-5577, sherpagarden.com I dream in Technicolor about the dahl soup at this Tibetan and Nepalese eatery on the West Side. Husband and wife owners Kandu and Pasang Sherpa sure know how to make a bowl of dahl (lentil soup). The piping hot, golden, creamy stew makes me glow from the inside out, and my favorite vegetable curry and vindaloo dishes feel like home-cooked meals, especially when one of the Sherpas stops by your table to check on the contentment of your belly.  ~Jennifer Mulson

MODERN-DAY MOONSHINE 3 Hundred Days of Shine, 279 Beacon Lite Road, Suite G, Monument, 466-0023 3hunddreddays.com Nope, y’all won’t find a still out in their backyard with hard-core, blow-out-your-insides moonshine. There’s a Distillery Tasting Room with newest samples and an interesting list of cocktails to create. ~Linda Navarro

3 Hundred Days of Shine in Monument produces several flavors of moonshine. —CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE

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Air conditioning not cooling you off anymore? Call one of these winners. pg. 114

WASH ME

This place is the best for car washes, readers say. pg. 114

SIT, FLUFFY, SIT!

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For more information and to leave a comment about your favorite winners, go to thebestofthesprings.com

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Services & Professionals Dogs from All Breed Rescue & Training demonstrate tricks at Cacao Chemistry in downtown Colorado Springs. DOUGAL BROWNLIE, THE GAZETTE

This is the inaugural year

for the “Services & Professionals” category in the Best of the Springs, but the winners have been found throughout pretty much every other category throughout the contest’s 25 years. From Dog Trainer to Tailor, Mechanic to Realtor, they are the people you turn to to get things done that you can’t ... or don’t know how to do on your own. When it comes to schooling Man’s Best Friend, Best of the Springs voters have singled one place out every year since 2014. All Breed Rescue & Training has taken the Gold for Dog Trainer for six years running. The nonprofit also received nearly 80 comments from readers this year alone, such as: “The trainers really understand dogs and how to build relationships with them” and “Every puppy should go through their puppy socialization and training class. Invaluable in positively raising a social, well behaved dog.” Their motto? “Come train with us and have a nice dog!” haveanicedog.org

IN THE WORDS of Albert Einstein, "If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor." When our clothes fit better, we look better, so it's a bit of a shocker that the "Tailor/Place to Get Clothes Altered" category is a relatively new one. Only three Colorado Springs shops have taken the gold since the category was named in 2016: Maria's Tailor Shop (2019), Myrna's Tailor Shop (2016) and The Button, The Needle

and the Wardrobe (for both 2017 and 2018). Put your best pantleg forward! GAZETTE READERS SINGLED out Tire World Auto Repair as best Mechanic for four years (2015-2018). The chain with six Colorado Springs locations took Silver in that category this year. "They are honest and do great work! They never push you into any unnecessary work," said one voter this year.

YEAR AFTER YEAR, there's some stiff competition in the Realtor category. One local Realtor has been named tops in this category more than any other — that's this year's Gold winner Joshua Noyes. The founder of PCS Partners - Military Real Estate took the individual Gold medal in 2016, 2017 and 2018, too.

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15 Great salons in El Paso, Teller & Pueblo Counties. Mon-Fri: 8-8 • Sat: 8-6 • Sun: 9-5 Everyday haircut price Adults $15, Child/Senior $13 COLORADO SPRINGS Better Living Center 1817 N Union Blvd (N of Walmart Market) 719-633-5399

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CAR WASH GOLD: WATER WORKS

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AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING GOLD: BULLSEYE PLUMBING HEATING & AIR

3320 N. Hancock Ave. 243-1353 bullseyeplumbing.com Since 2005, BullsEye has specialized in plumbing, heating and air conditioning services in Colorado Springs. One voter said: “Our furnace stopped working and BullsEye was here quickly and isolated the problem in minutes. We needed a part and they were back when it came in and got us up and running very quickly.” SILVER: OLSON PLUMBING & HEATING BRONZE: SOCO HEATING AND COOLING

BANK/CREDIT UNION GOLD: ENT CREDIT UNION

Multiple locations, 574-1100, ent.com More than 330,000 members strong, this credit union was founded in 1957. Voters said: “These people work with you and care about you as a person. They’re very trustworthy and so helpful!” “Excellent service and commitment to our city!” and “Ent has been the first financial institution to win my heart.” SILVER: USAA BRONZE: SECURITY SERVICE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

BODY SHOP GOLD: PHIL LONG COLLISION CENTER

4045 Sinton Road, 667-2900 phillongbodyshop.com This auto shop has been ser ving customers since 1945. Gazette readers praised the “Thorough and courteous work,” “Friendly personnel and reasonable prices” and ability to “Do unusual tasks on my car models that are hard to work with.” SILVER: RED NOLAND COLLISION CENTER

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This full-service car wash is beloved by customers for its weather guarantee: If it rains or snows within 72 hours of your wash, they’ll re-wash your vehicle for free. Readers said: “Quick and easy,” “They always do a great job” and “Fair price, friendly service.” SILVER: WILD BLUE CAR WASH BRONZE: QUICK QUACK CAR WASH

CLEANING COMPANY GOLD: MERRY MAIDS

Multiple locations, 877-254-1903 merrymaids.com This international cleaning company was founded in 1979 and offers a free cleaning estimate. A Best of voter said: “They did a great job, were quick and were not terribly expensive. They were available on a short notice, which was very helpful. Both cleaners were very kind and thorough. A manager even walked me through after to show what had been done.” SILVER: ANGIE’S SPARKLING SERVICES

BRONZE: PUR ECO FRIENDLY CLEANING

COMPUTER REPAIR/IT SERVICES GOLD: FRONTIER IT

1205 Shasta Drive, 888-4357, frontierit.com Formerly Springs Hosting, this company launched as Frontier IT in 2016 and has been voted a Best of Winner for multiple years. One voter sang their praises: “There is no better provider when it comes to IT services in the Springs. They also blow customer service out of the water and have always gone above and beyond for everyone they do business with and sometimes ones they don’t. The facility is secure, and the techs know their job.” SILVER: TECH FOR LESS BRONZE: COLORADO HI-TECH SOLUTIONS


CONTRACTOR GOLD: SOLID ROCK CONSTRUCTION

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6250 Corporate Drive, Suite 100, 494-0932 solidrockbasements.com This basement-finish company has operated in Colorado since 1995. Voters said, “Five stars” and “Very professional, does great work.” SILVER: ALPINE CONTRACTING BRONZE: ALL ABOUT THE HOUSE

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DAY SPA GOLD: MATEOS SALON & SPA

5919 Delmonico Drive, 266-9295 mateosdayspa.com A Best of winner for more than 10 years, this spa offers massages, facials, body treatments, medicalgrade skin care, and hair and nail services. This year’s voters praised the “relaxing atmosphere and highly qualified professionals,” “great massages and pedicures” and “great services.”

ELECTRICIAN GOLD: THE WIRENUT

6395 E. Platte Ave., 465-5902, thewirenut.com Offering electrical and HVAC services from Colorado Springs, Denver, Pueblo County and Boulder County, the WireNut is a multiple-year winner. Readers commented: “Great rates and clean work,” “The HVAC side is amazing, too” and “They did a great job on replacing my mom’s main breaker box.”

SILVER: THE SPA AT THE BROADMOOR

SILVER: BERWICK ELECTRIC CO.

BRONZE: BEAUTY BAR INC.

BRONZE: SWARTZ ELECTRIC

DOG TRAINER GOLD: ALL BREED RESCUE & TRAINING

410½ E. Fillmore St., 264-6460 haveanicedog.org A multiple-year winner, this nonprofit offers beginner and advanced dog-training and behaviormodification classes. Voters said: “They are a wonderful organization,” “Great staff, excellent selection of dog classes” and “Painless training for your dog.” SILVER: CAMP BOW WOW BRONZE: SIT MEANS SIT DOG TRAINING

DRY CLEANER GOLD: EUROPEAN CLEANERS

Multiple locations, eurodrycleaning.com This multiple-year Best of winner is a favorite among Gazette readers. Comments included: “They know their business. They managed to remove a stain that two other cleaners looked at and turned down.” and “Veteran ownership. I like that.” SILVER: SUMMIT CLEANERS BRONZE: PRESSED4TIME

EVENT DJ GOLD: DJ LEMONHEAD

231-5548, eddielkainjr.com Eddie L. Kain Jr., aka DJ Lemonhead, has spun records in Colorado Springs for more than a decade. One reader said: “He kills it every time ... I enjoy listening to him DJ. Our nights end with good music and good spirit. This man is very talented, a hard worker and most definitely needs to be heard!” Another commented: “Nobody can DJ as well as him. He keeps the party jumping and has an up-todate playlist. Hands down, DJ Lemonhead is the best DJ in the Springs!” SILVER: HEPS DJ & PHOTO BOOTH BRONZE: SPRINGS SOUNDS ENTERTAINMENT

FINANCIAL PLANNER GOLD: EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS

Multiple locations, edwardjones.com With more than 16,000 financial advisors in the U.S., including dozens in the Pikes Peak region, this company is a multiple-year Best of winner. Readers praised the “confidential, friendly service.” One said, “They will take care of you.” SILVER: ACCELERATED WEALTH COLORADO SPRINGS BRONZE: JULIE BISHOP — PENNICA FINANCIAL GROUP

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Discover the Unbridled Majesty of Flying Horse. Born of legend, bred for pleasure, Flying Horse is a place of extraordinary possibilities. With breathtaking views, magnificent homes crafted by the area’s most celebrated builders, luxurious guest rooms and meeting accommodations, beguiling recreational amenities, world-class cuisine, and an 18-hole championship golf course designed by the legendary master, Tom Weiskopf—Flying Horse reflects the absolute finest in luxury.

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FUNERAL SERVICES & CEMETERIES GOLD: THE SPRINGS FUNERAL SERVICES

3115 E. Platte Ave., 328-1793; 6575 Oakwood Blvd., 358-5128; tsfs.co Independent and locally owned, this business has an on-site crematory and flower shop. “They made the hardest day is my life as good as it could be considering the situation. They helped create a memorial to my father that was special and memorable,” said one voter. Another wrote, “The staff is above reproach and classy in every way!” SILVER: SWAN-LAW FUNERAL DIRECTORS BRONZE: CAPPADONA FUNERAL HOME

HAIRCUT GOLD: GREAT CLIPS

Multiple locations, greatclips.com With more than 4,000 salons in North America and quite a few in the Pikes Peak region, this franchise company makes it easy to get a haircut. Voters said: “Good prices, convenient locations,” “I always get a great haircut. They are so friendly” and “Good cut for the money.” SILVER: VEDA SALON & SPA BRONZE: BEAUTY BAR INC.

HAIR SALON GOLD: VEDA SALON & SPA

Multiple locations, coloradoveda.com

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A winner for several years running, this salon has three locations in Colorado Springs and one in Denver. Readers said: “Always helpful and friendly,” “Love their service” and “Veda is the bee’s knees.” SILVER: BEAUTY BAR BRONZE: HOUSE OF COLOR

HAULING COMPANY GOLD: C&C HAULING

Live Oak Drive, 301-1000, candchauling.com Formerly known as Hauling Colorado, this locally owned and operated business will remove trash, clean up and dump it. Voters said: “Good company!” “Great prices, customer service and easy scheduling” and “Reasonable and efficient.” SILVER: PAM & DAN’S HAULING BRONZE: COLLEGE HUNKS HAULING JUNK AND MOVING

HOME BUILDER GOLD: CLASSIC HOMES

Multiple locations, classichomes.com Best of voters rate this builder tops year after year. Comments included: “We looked at many and bought a Classic! Very well pleased with quality and service.” “Great floorplans” and “Love my Classicbuilt home” SILVER: KELLER HOMES BRONZE: OAKWOOD HOMES


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HOME DEVELOPER GOLD: CLASSIC HOMES

Multiple locations, classichomes.com Voters had compliments. “Amazing sales team. Wonderful to work with. Great houses and great developments,” wrote one reader. Another said, “Love their communities! Filled with heart and soul. Their ownership are true citizens who are always giving back to make Colorado Springs a place where we all are proud to call home.” SILVER: NOR’WOOD DEVELOPMENT GROUP BRONZE: CENTURY COMMUNITIES

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HOUSE PAINTER GOLD: GREG UNSETH PAINTING & EXTERIORS

3625 Betty Drive, Unit A, 550-0445 gregunsethpainting.com This family-owned firm offers interior and exterior painting, stucco and stone services and more. Readers commented: “They quoted us 4+ days for repainting our home exterior. The crew came in, got to work, and they were done in two days. Phenomenal!” and “Unseth Painters have painted my house three times over the past 30 years and have always done a great job at a fair price.”

Serving military members and their families since 1922, this national company is a favorite in the Pikes Peak region. One reader commented, “We had a car destroyed by the big hail storm this past year and they were wonderful to correspond with. Not only are they courteous but they are extremely knowledgable and compassionate and quick to answer questions for you, they made the process easy for us so we didn’t have another thing to stress about.” SILVER: STATE FARM BRONZE: AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE

SILVER: ALMIGHTY JOBS BRONZE: AMC PAINTING

INSURANCE COMPANY GOLD: USAA

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LANDSCAPING SERVICES GOLD: TIMBERLINE LANDSCAPING

8110 Opportunity View, 638-1000 timberlinelandscaping.com A multi-year winner, this company offers landscape design, construction, landscape maintenance, lighting, trail construction and holiday decor services. “Awesome service and great community support,” said one voter. Another said, “They transformed my yard into something truly spectacular.” SILVER: JAKE’S DESIGNS INC. BRONZE: SUNFLOWER LANDSCAPES

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Justin Hermes • Listen to Justin on KRDO 10:30 am Sunday Morning • Voted Best Realtor two years in a Row • Over 150 properties sold in 2017-2018 “BUILD WEATH FAST! BUY NOW!” www.thehermesteam.net (719) 232-1063 24/7 ON-CALL SERVICE CUSTOM LIGHTING LED RETROFITS PANEL UPGRADES CUSTOM SECURITY  CAMERA SYSTEMS

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LAW FIRM GOLD: MCDIVITT LAW FIRM

19 E. Cimarron St., 471-3700, mcdivittlaw.com Since this personal injury law firm opened in

Colorado Springs in 1989, it has served thousands of clients. Voters offered these praises: “This company not only provides personal, professional legal services, they participate in the communities in which they have offices. They sponsor competitions and activities for teenagers; they donate time, services, and money to the needy such as the women’s shelter and federal government employees that the government has stopped paying.” and “Caring and great to work with!”

SILVER: THE LAW OFFICE OF ANDREW BRYANT BRONZE: SPRINGS LAW GROUP

LAWYER GOLD: ANDREW BRYANT

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A multiple-year winner, Bryant serves criminal defense and family law clients in El Paso County. “Incredible attorney!” said one voter. “He’s the best,” said another. SILVER: KEVIN R. HANCOCK BRONZE: JAKE KIMBALL

MECHANIC/AUTO REPAIR GOLD: HONEST ACCURATE AUTO SERVICE

426 Nevada Mesa View, 598-6306; 3905 Tutt Blvd., 638-1800; honestaccurateauto.com

They started out in 1993 servicing Hondas and Acuras only at the original North Nevada Avenue location, but due to customer requests added service for most Asian and domestic vehicles. The second location was built in 2010. Voters said this business is true to its name: “Incredible service, friendly. Actually honest and accurate!” and “They have always been fair and honest with the work they do. I have never had to return to have something to be fixed again it has always been repaired the first time.”

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MOBILE PHONE REPAIR GOLD: THE MAC CORNER

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This locally-owned business stocks every iPhone screen and can repair a cracked screen in about 30 minutes. Voters had compliments: “Fast and knowledgeable. Incredibly courteous and the price matches the service,” and “The Mac Corner is great! They are professional, friendly, and knowledgeable!” SILVER: CPR CELL PHONE REPAIR BRONZE: SIMPLE COMPUTER REPAIR

MORTGAGE COMPANY GOLD: ENT CREDIT UNION

Multiple locations, ent.com If they don’t close your mortgage one time, they’ll credit $500 to your settlement costs at closing. Comments included: “Very attentive and available. Got my loan processed and closed quickly and efficiently.” “Local, honest, competitive,” and “They really take care of their customers without over charging them when refinancing.” SILVER: ACADEMY MORTGAGE BRONZE: CALIBER HOME LOANS

MOVER GOLD: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

3220 Fillmore Ridge Heights, 203-1432 twomenandatruck.com Nic Wetherill prepares for the workday at Bullseye Plumbing and Heating on March 28.—JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

Started in 1993 by two men — Eric St. Pierre and Jeff Walker — and yes, just one truck, this moving company has grown to a fleet of 18 trucks and 70 employees doing more than 6,000 moves a year. Readers said: “They treated our furniture with so much care and consideration and went the extra mile on a special request. I will definitely use this company again!” and “Professional friendly movers. They did a better job than I ever did moving my own things! They listened to everything I instructed for my move and took great care of my items.” SILVER: LITTLE RED WAGON MOVING BRONZE: MOUNTAIN HIGH MOVERS

NAIL SALON GOLD: BEAUTY BAR INC.

26 N. Tejon St.; 5925 Dublin Blvd., Suite 150 473-8404; beautybar-inc.com A favorite lunchtime and after-work pampering stop, Beauty Bar offers hair, skin, body and nail services. Voters said: “Very prompt. Clinicians are helpful and knowledgeable,” “Friendly staff” and “Never have made a mistake.” SILVER: HELEN’S NAILS BRONZE: JC NAILS 126 BEST OF THE SPRINGS 25TH 2019


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NEW HOME COMMUNITY GOLD: FLYING HORSE

Colorado 83 and Flying Horse Club Drive 886-4800, flyinghorsecolorado.com Voters sang this community’s praises: “Best homes, best people, best health club, golf club best amenities, best everything,” “Amazing facilities, lovely development” and “Classy, well-designed homes in a top-notch development.” SILVER: BANNING LEWIS RANCH BRONZE: WOLF RANCH

PET BOARDING & DAYCARE GOLD: CAMP BOW WOW

Multiple locations, campbowwow.com Once again, this franchise with locations in the Pikes Peak region has been voted tops with Gazette readers. Comments included: “Our dog has been

going to camp bow wow for almost nine years and loves it. Very good care,” and “Our fur baby is always happy at Camp Bow Wow. We love watching her on the Web cams.” SILVER: LUCKY DOG RESORTS BRONZE: SUNRISE KENNELS & DOG TRAINING

PET GROOMER GOLD: WAG N’ WASH

Multiple locations, wagnwash.com This franchise offers full-service, professional grooming services. Most pets are finished within three hours. Voters said: “My dog loves going here. Friendly services,” “Awesome staff!” and “Great store, great ethics, great service.” SILVER: STUBBY’S DOG WASH & GROOMING SALON BRONZE: CAMP BOW WOW

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PET RESCUE GOLD: HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION

610 Abbot Lane, 473-1741, hsppr.org Not just dogs and cats, but many different animals are typically available to adopt at HSPPR, the largest animal welfare group for homeless and abused animals in Southern Colorado. No animal is ever turned away. Their online database of pets is updated hourly. Voters had lots to say: “Great humane society, they even helped to have someone come and trap/neuter/release the stray cats in my neighborhood” and “Professional, experienced, totally dedicated to the welfare of animals, plugged into the community’s needs, wide range of services and programs, beautiful clean facility, huge volunteer support group.” SILVER: NATIONAL MILL DOG RESCUE BRONZE: ALL BREED RESCUE & TRAINING

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PLUMBER GOLD: BULLSEYE PLUMBING HEATING & AIR

3320 N. Hancock Ave., 243-1353 bullseyeplumbing.com Voted tops by Best of voters for multiple years. “BullsEye always gets us in quick and gets it right the first time!” said one voter. Other comments included: “Been with them for years” and “These guys are fantastic!” SILVER: AFFORDABLE PLUMBING & HEATING BRONZE: OLSON PLUMBING AND HEATING CO.

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER GOLD: TINA JOINER PHOTOGRAPHY

8720 Skip Stone Point, 964-0168 tinajoinerphotography.com

Joiner has photographed hundreds of wedding celebrations in the Pikes Peak region and beyond. Voters said: “Very personable and easy to work with” and “Beautiful pictures, and always makes me feel relaxed and comfortable with getting my picture taken.” SILVER: BAREFOOT IMAGES BRONZE: ERIK COOPER PHOTOGRAPHY

REAL ESTATE OFFICE - FRANCHISED GOLD: RE/MAX PROPERTIES, INC.

Multiple locations, homescolorado.com Founded in 1986, this company offers homebuying, selling and relocation services. Voters said: “Bar none!” “Good company” and “Can’t be beat.” SILVER: KELLER WILLIAMS PREMIER REALTY BRONZE: KELLER WILLIAMS CLIENTS CHOICE

Thank you Colorado Springs for voting us one of the top mortgage companies We are very thankful to our business partners and the happy homeowners we helped to acquire their dream home. Our Caliber family of originators and staff are very dedicated to each of you!

1975 Research Pkwy #300 Colorado Springs, CO 80920 NMLS # 1044103 719-694-5300

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READERPICKS REAL ESTATE OFFICE - INDEPENDENT GOLD: PCS PARTNERS — MILITARY REAL ESTATE

2480 Waynoka Road, No. 220, 238-2361 thepcspartners.com This firm that specializes in military real estate is a multiple-year winner. Comments included: “Fabulous team! They go the extra mile for their clients. Fantastic service. Big hearts!” and “Josh (Noyes) and the gang are the best and have great customer service with their clients. They are military friendly.” SILVER: THE PLATINUM GROUP REALTORS BRONZE: PROPERTY MOMMIES

REAL ESTATE RELOCATION GOLD: PCS PARTNERS — MILITARY REAL ESTATE

2480 Waynoka Road, No. 220, 238ww-2361 thepcspartners.com

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Best of voters love PCS Partners. “The best service in not only in the Springs but best in the state of Colorado!” wrote one reader. Another said, “Great company!” SILVER: RE/MAX PROPERTIES INC. BRONZE: PROPERTY MOMMIES

REALTOR GOLD: JOSHUA NOYES

PCS Partners - Military Real Estate 2480 Waynoka Road, No. 220, 238-2361 thepcspartners.com PCS Partners founder Joshua Noyes wins year after year in this category. Readers said: “He’s simply amazing,” “He helped us find our dream home” and “Great person to work with.” SILVER: LANA RODRIGUEZ — PCS COLORADO BRONZE: ED BEHR — BEHR AND BEHR TEAM

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RELOCATION OFFICE GOLD: RE/MAX PROPERTIES INC.

Multiple locations, homescolorado.com “Best relo service,” “Unbelievably good,” “Helpful office staff” and “So good!” were among voters’ praises for this business. SILVER: ERA SHIELDS REAL ESTATE BRONZE: BLUE PICKET REALTY

RETIREMENT COMMUNITY GOLD: MACKENZIE PLACE

SILVER: LIBERTY HEIGHTS BRONZE: THE INN AT GARDEN PLAZA

SPECIAL EVENT CATERING GOLD: PICNIC BASKET CATERING

1701 S. 8th St., 635-0200, pbcatering.com Year after year, Picnic Basket takes home the Best of gold for catering. “They provide highquality service and amazing food,” said one voter. Another wrote: “We have worked with them for years and they have always been fantastic, from small reception to huge catered events for over 1,000. They are the best.”

1605 Elm Creek View, 633-8181, leisurecare.com

SILVER: GARDEN OF THE GODS GOURMET

A multiple-year winner, voters praised this community’s friendly and helpful staff. “They are the best in Colorado Springs” and “The residents receive the best of all services and the staff is amazing” were among the comments.

BRONZE: BUFFALO GALS GRILLING

TAILOR & ALTERATIONS GOLD: MARIA’S TAILOR SHOP

7605 N. Union Blvd., 590-9838, mariastailorshop.com

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No appointment is necessary at this shop, which offers free measurements and estimates. “Great prices,” “Best ever and friendly” and “Good work at a fair price” were some of the comments. SILVER: A STITCH IN TIME BY DIANNE BRONZE: THE BUTTON, THE NEEDLE

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TATTOO SHOP GOLD: PENS & NEEDLES CUSTOM TATTOO CO.

3725 Drennan Road, 391-7367 716 N. Weber St., 287-5605, pens-needles.com

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This veteran-owned business with the clever name is a multiple-year gold winner in the Best of the Springs contest. Voters said: “I have gotten two tattoos from their shops seven years ago and they still look fresh. Love my work from them” and “Pens & Needles is probably the most sanitary tattoo shop that I have been to. Everyone that I have encountered there has been so down to earth. They’re truly the best tattoo shop in town.” SILVER: R U TATTOOED BRONZE: WEST SIDE TATTOO

Fueled by Knowledge and Passion

When you’re here you’ll feel the love! Come and see us at one of our three locations.

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Thank You for Another Year! Four Veteran Owned Locations Skyway Plaza Star Ranch Plaza Broadmoor Bluffs Rampart Village eurodrycleaning.com

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TAX PREPARER GOLD: H&R BLOCK

they stand by their products and service,” and “I’m happy with their excellent service and capable techs. They’re always happy to check tire pressure, too.”

Multiple locations, 800-472-5625, hrblock.com

SILVER: BIG O TIRES

Best of voters have said H&R Block is a winner for several years running. Comments included: “I’ve been using them for years. They’re always on time, friendly, helpful and give good advice,” and “I was able to get the help I needed quickly and completely.”

BRONZE: TIRE WORLD AUTO REPAIR TIRE PROS

SILVER: ERICKSON BROWN & KLOSTER PC BRONZE: NELSON & COMPANY PC

TIRE SHOP GOLD: DISCOUNT TIRE

Multiple locations, discounttire.com Known for great deals and reasonable pricing, this chain has been a multiple-year Best of winner. Readers said: “Discount Tire always knocks it out of the park. Their customer service is exceptional and

TRASH COMPANY GOLD: BESTWAY DISPOSAL

650 Santa Fe St., 633-8709 bestwaydisposal.com A winner year after year, this company has served the Pikes Peak region’s businesses and residents since 1950. One voter said: “The absolute best! I can’t say enough about this disposal company. The guys are so nice, they even got my can from the porch a couple times when I was sick or forgot to put it out. Such great care for their customers.” SILVER: SPRINGS WASTE SYSTEMS BRONZE: WASTE MANAGEMENT

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SO MUCH TO LOVE IN NORTH COLORADO SPRINGS.

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• Friendly & knowledgeable staff. • Certified technicians providing safe, reliable repairs. • State of the art collision repair center. • Lifetime warranty on all repairs. • All insurance companies welcome.

Keller Homes builds a full range of home styles in the best neighborhoods of Northern Colorado Springs. You’ll find family-friendly homes in Wolf Ranch. In Cordera, we’re building historically-inspired homes as well as the low-maintenance mid-century styles of élan. And there’s plenty of comfort and craftsmanship in Cumbre Vista. Prices range from the high $300s to the low $600s. Follow your heart north, and let your new home be your favorite destination.

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VETERINARIAN/ANIMAL HOSPITAL GOLD: BIJOU ANIMAL HOSPITAL

123 Swope Ave., 471-4457 bijouanimalhospital.com Serving the Pikes Peak region since 1959, this business provides care for cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits and other small rodents. One reader summed it up: “If it were possible I’d nominate them for sainthood. They don’t just take care of your beloved pets, they care about you." SILVER: EAST SPRINGS ANIMAL HOSPITAL BRONZE: YORKSHIRE VETERINARY HOSPITAL

WEDDING CAKE GOLD: LITTLE LONDON CAKE SHOPPE

3307 N. Academy Blvd., 475-2340 littlelondoncakeshoppe.com

Voters praised the professional, delicious cakes here. "Little London has done all of my birthday cakes since I was 1, did my parents' wedding cake, and now my wedding cake! They are kind, attentive, and have years of experience crafting the best treat for your celebration!" SILVER: THE SUGARPLUM CAKE SHOPPE BRONZE: ICING ON THE CAKE

WEDDING CATERING GOLD: GARDEN OF THE GODS CATERING AND EVENTS

9633 Prominent Point, 471-3663 godscateringandevents.com This local business provides catering for weddings, social events and corporate events. Voters said: “They went beyond my expectations!” “Wow!” and “Excellent food.” SILVER: PICNIC BASKET CATERING

BRONZE: BUFFALO GALS GRILLING

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WEDDING DJ GOLD: HEPS DJ & PHOTO BOOTH

1226 Hathaway Drive, 573-0627, hepsdj.com A multiple-year Best of the Springs winner, this business is owned by Brian Hepperle and his wife Nicole. Voters commented: “Provides multiple services and very attentive to bride and groom needs,” and “They are wonderful communicators,

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very personable, honest, fun, and have their ducks in a row! We had no stress when it came to them entertaining our event! Out of 5 stars we would give them 20!" SILVER: SPRINGS SOUNDS ENTERTAINMENT BRONZE: RANDY RODRIGUEZ ENTERTAINMENT

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER GOLD: TINA JOINER PHOTOGRAPHY

8720 Skip Stone Point, 964-0168 tinajoinerphotography.com Voters offered these praises: “Tina was an outstanding wedding photographer,” “Amazing work!” and “Beautiful photos and wonderful to work with.” SILVER: JCM PHOTOGRAPHY BRONZE: MANDY PENN PHOTOGRAPHY

WEDDING PLANNER GOLD: ONCE UPON A WEDDING EVENTS

2708 W. Colorado Ave., Unit C, 205-4765 onceuponawedding.biz The Once Upon a Wedding event team offers wedding management, full-service planning, partial planning and other services. Readers said: “Very professional, best planner ever!” and “They will go above and beyond for your wedding.” SILVER: SK EVENT SPECIALISTS BRONZE: SARAH VIERA EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN


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Karen Bluemel 719-650-7452

Barry Boals Team 719-290-8500

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Holly Quinn 719-761-0996

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Nancy Rusinak 719-590-6110 Rusinak Real Estate

Bobbi Price & Jade Baker

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Eric Scott 719-578-8800

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Bianca Taylor 719-229-6488

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Chris & Mary Watson

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WEDDING VENUE GOLD: THE PINERY AT THE HILL

775 W. Bijou St., 634-7772, thepinery.com A favorite for weddings and other events since it opened in 2013. Voters praised this “Fabulous venue, great food and great service” and said, “This is it! A one-stop shop from venue to food to DJ and flowers! They are so helpful and caring about your event and making it all you dream and more!” SILVER: THE BROADMOOR BRONZE: GARDEN OF THE GODS CLUB AND RESORT

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Jaime Morris styles client Tess Scruggs' hair at Mateos Day Spa on March 28. —JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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Welcome to Meridian Ranch, where residents can enjoy the Antler Creek Golf Course and these stunning Pikes Peak views every day. Plus have access to an array of neighborhood amenities and a friendly, welcoming vibe. MeridianRanch.com

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SMILE INSPIRATION

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WorkZone Traffic Control, 1425 Burnham St. workzonetrafficcontrol.com

Patricia L. Kulbeth, clinical dietitian, UCHealth Outpatient Nutrition Services at Printer’s Park, 175 S. Union Blvd., Suite 305, 444-2273 uchealth.org/healthlink

Living smack dab in the middle of the multiyear road demo and realignment project of West Colorado Avenue certainly has had its downsides: Commute to pretty much anywhere involves negotiating multiple flaggers and, often, a single lane of alternating traffic. It’s tough to maintain a surly attitude — even after getting stuck for five minutes, on a coffee run, within spitting distance of my house — when Smiling Sign Guy is on duty, though. Road construction is difficult and dangerous work, and that’s too easy to forget when you’re an inconvenienced driver. Thank you SSG for reminding me, in the nicest way possible, to take it easy when I “Stop” and “Slow” when I go, in life and on the road. ~Stephanie Earls

Kulbeth teaches a class on diabetes prevention, which is open to the public, and is geared toward those who have been diagnosed as prediabetic or insulin resistant, have metabolic syndrome, or are at risk of developing diabetes, along with their caregivers, family and friends. ~Teresa Farney

TONY BABIN In our inaugural Best of the Springs issue in 1995, we recognized the best corner flower vendor. That was a man impossible to miss on Academy Boulevard and Austin Bluffs Parkway, there with his retro sunglasses and sign reading, “I’m not a Moonie.” Upon dying of a heart attack in 2009, Babin was remembered as much more than a flower vendor. He was a community hero. ~Seth Boster

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Pikes Peak Library District, 531-6333, ppld.org

Women’s Automotive Basics class, Honest Accurate Auto Service East, 3905 Tutt Blvd., 638-1800; Honest Accurate Auto Service West, 426 Nevada Mesa View, 598-6306; honestaccurateauto.com

How much do I love the library? Enough to tell you my ‘brary card is one of the top three pieces of plastic in my wallet. Allow me to count a few of the ways why: access to bestsellers, classics, magazines, new movies, old TV series, books on CD. There’s the free genealogical help to research your family tree, free classes on home brewing, essential oils, tai chi, yoga, photography, sewing and more. ~Jennifer Mulson

CHINOOK BOOKSHOP The building at 210 N. Tejon St. was previously home to the beloved Chinook Bookshop. Owners and community leaders Dick and Judy Noyes decided, due to growing online competition, it was time to retire and closed the independent bookstore on June 15, 2004, 45 years to the day after it opened in 1959. The Chinook was a multiple-year winner in Best of the Springs from the contest’s 1995 beginnings, notably as an Expert Pick (then called a GO! Pick) for excellent customer service (1997, 1999).

A few times a year Honest Accurate Auto Service offers a free auto basics class for women at each of its two locations. “We talk about all the fluids, tires, brakes and what’s underneath the car, and we give away a little first aid kit with jumper cables and other fun stuff you’d need if you were stuck on the side of the road,” said Austin Kane, owner/technician. It’s a smart business tactic for the multiple year Best of the Springs winner in the Mechanic/Auto Repair category: Women who feel comfortable at a shop will return when their car needs something. ~Michelle Karas The The Chinook was a multiple-year winner in Best of thestaff Springs the contest’s 1995 beginnings, “Our is sofrom well-read and so knowledgeable andnotably deteras an Expert Pick (thentocalled a GO! excellent mined to give good service people,” saidPick) Judy for Noyes in a customer service (1997, 1999). “Our staff~Michelle is so well-read 2010 interview with Colorado Public Radio. Karas and so knowledgeable and determined to give good

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THANK YOU, COLORADO SPRINGS. When you choose Waste Management of Colorado, you choose a local provider with more than 50 years experience in the community. We customize our collection, disposal and recycling services for residents and local businesses to help you reach your economic, civic and environmental goals.

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WATCH THE ANIMALS Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Facebook Live facebook.com/CMZoo/ The zoo staff has added something very special to their professional animal duties: they’ve become Facebook stars with fans across the U.S. and bunches of foreign countries. Viewers call staff, and zoo director Bob Chastain, by name. Sometimes it’s showing why the elephant has a broken tusk; other times it’s a video tour of the new penguin building. But nothing touched hearts like little Penny — as thousands, at times 200,000 — followed the birth of the tiny giraffe last summer. But something was wrong. Staff shared their heartbreaking journey during Penny’s short life and health issues. The public grieved with them two months later when she had to be euthanized. A Penny memorial will become part of the zoo, and you know their Facebook public will come visit their friends. ~Linda Navarro Aurora, a rare white gyrfalcon and Air Force Academy mascot, remains hooded at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Nov. 8, 2018, in Colorado Springs. —DOUGAL BROWNLIE, THE GAZETTE

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Shopping Consumers, take notes. Gazette readers have voted for their favorite places to shop. GOING, GOING ...

Colorado’s oldest auctioneering company is tops with our voters. pg. 150

PEDAL PARTY

Top-rated bike shop. pg. 152

PRIME CUT

This local butcher has the best meats. pg. 152

GET THE PICTURE

Need something framed? Try these spots. pg. 154

FRESH PICKED

Reader-favorite farmers markets pg. 154

GUNS N’ AMMO

Readers say this is the place for shooters. pg. 156

BECOME A GREEN THUMB

These top nurseries have plants in store. pg. 162

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Shopping Tiffany Reichert makes up bouquets of red roses at Platte Floral on Feb. 13, 2018. JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE

From the downtown boutiques, to the big malls north and east, Colorado Springs’ shopping scene is varied and vibrant.

Every year this Best of the Springs category lets you know who to trust in all things groceries, gear, entertainment, antiques and much, much more. The city boasts many award-winning restaurants.

In need of a new car? Looking for a unique gift? Trying to change up your wardrobe? We’ve got you covered — rather, voting shoppers have you covered. CHEERS! The Circle Drive liquor store with that name has been hailed the best by Gazette readers all but twice in Best of the Springs history. SINCE 2011, for as long as we’ve been collecting votes for gold, silver and bronze winners, Platte Floral has taken the top prize in the florist category.

POOR RICHARD’S BOOKS & Gifts has seen an eight-year gold streak for best bookstore. AFTER FIVE YEARS of falling just short, Criterium Bicycles, which calls itself the largest independently owned bike shop in Colorado Springs, claims gold from Old Town Bike Shop.

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GOLD: ROSS AUCTION

2430 S. Academy Blvd., 632-6693 rossauction.com

ANTIQUE STORE GOLD: WILLOWSTONE MARKETPLACE

2150 Garden of the Gods Road, 597-3209, willowstoneantiques.com Willowstone says “you’ll be blown away” by the selection in its 75,000-square-foot showroom, with 400-plus dealers occupying booth space. And voters agree. “Can shop there for hours,” said one treasure hunter, with another saying a trip comes with “very helpful staff.” While the shop is organized, voters said it was easy to get lost. “Willowstone is just fun,” one said.

BRONZE: GORMAN AUCTIONS

BABY SHOP 330 S. Nevada Ave., 328-0741 babycottonbottoms.com

BRONZE: SWEET WILLIAM ANTIQUE MALL FROM THE STORE WITH SO M

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SILVER: HOLT & ASSOCIATES

GOLD: BABY COTTON BOTTOMS

SILVER: AMERICAN CLASSICS MARKETPLACE

PLATTE FLORAL.

Ross claims to be Colorado’s oldest auctioneering company, going back to 1921, “which means our experience and knowledge are unsurpassed,” reads the website. Regular events are twice a week, ranging from “hidden treasures,” collectibles, furniture and equipment. And that doesn’t count the oncea-month “special auctions.” “Never know what you might find,” one voter said.

This small business specializes in cloth diapering and wear for your newborn — “soft, cozy, clean, environmentally responsible and cute,” the owner promises. “They are the best,” one voter said. “They truly care about your family and little ones.” Another added: “This shop has my heart.” SILVER: CARTER’S BRONZE: GYMBOREE

BEER SELECTION GOLD: CHEERS LIQUOR MARKET

1105 N. Circle Drive, 574-2244 cheersliquormart.com

Weddings • Sympathy Designs • Plants • Tropicals Silk Arrangements • Dried Floral Arrangements Extensive Gift Line • Greeting Cards • Lawn Furniture A Colorado Landmark since 1921

632-2607

Mon-Fri 8-5:30 • Sat. 8-5

www.platteflorist.com 3 blocks west of Union Boulevard

1417 E. Platte Ave. Greenhouse & Garden Shop

150 BEST OF THE SPRINGS 25TH 2019

Every year, voters raise a glass to Cheers. “Cheers is an institute in the Springs for many reasons,” one wrote. “Selection and price being No. 1 and 2!” You’re likely to feel overwhelmed by the selection, but in case you don’t find what you’re looking for, “then they will do their best to order it,” another voter said. SILVER: COALTRAIN WINE AND SPIRITS BRONZE: POWERS LIQUOR MART


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BIKE SHOP GOLD: CRITERIUM BICYCLES

6150 Corporate Drive, 599-0149, criterium.com Criterium is the go-to spot for cyclists in the mountains and on the roads alike. While the 46-year-old store is happy for its regulars coming for basic fixes and tune-ups, nothing pleases the staff more than introducing a customer to his or her first bike. “Just great people doing right for what they love doing,” one voter said. SILVER: OLD TOWN BIKE SHOP BRONZE: ASCENT CYCLING

BOOKSTORE GOLD: BARNES & NOBLE

795 Citadel Drive, 637-8282; 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9960; barnesandnoble.com Here in the Springs, Barnes & Noble is plenty valued. “I go there for everything,” one voter said, with others complimenting the loyalty program. The chain edged out perennial gold winner Poor Richard’s, the independently-owned hangout downtown. SILVER: POOR RICHARD’S BOOKS & GIFTS BRONZE: HOOKED ON BOOKS

BUTCHER

Butcher Taylor Aunohman displays a steak at Andy’s Meat Market on March 27.—JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

“Superb for decades,” one voter said. Almost seven decades to be exact, with the family behind Andy’s establishing the market in 1952. You’ll find quality beef, pork and poultry. Cured and smoked meats are the pride. But the place stands out for also processing wild game. SILVER: RANCH FOODS DIRECT BRONZE: SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET

CAR DEALER – NEW GOLD: HEUBERGER SUBARU

1080 Motor City Drive, 888-840-9024 bestbuysubaru.com Heuberger claims to be America’s largest volume Subaru dealer for 10 years running, and judging by the reviews, it’s easy to see why. No hassle, no

GOLD: ANDY’S MEAT MARKET

2915 E. Platte Ave., 636-1149 andysmeatmarket.com

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This Subaru was photographed at Heuberger Subaru in Motor City on Jan. 6, 2016. —GAZETTE FILE


READERPICKS pressure, raved voters, who also commented on the complimentary coffee bar. “I know nothing about cars, but they didn’t treat me that way,” said one. Said another: “Doesn’t even feel like a stereotypical bad experience car dealership,” said another. “It feels like home.” SILVER: PHIL LONG DEALERSHIPS BRONZE: FREEDOM HONDA

CAR DEALER – USED GOLD: CARMAX

4010 Tutt Blvd., 208-8624 carmax.com/stores/7201 The used-car chain claims bragging rights a year after family-owned dealer McCloskey took this gold medal. As one voter simply put it: “They give you the best deals.” Along with prices, voters agreed on the no-haggle experience. “I would definitely purchase another vehicle from them,” said another.

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BRONZE: LARRY H. MILLER LIBERTY TOYOTA

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING GOLD: KOHL’S

Multiple locations, kohls.com Voting was tight between big department stores, but Kohl’s won out for its reasonable prices. There might be better styles and selection elsewhere, one commenter said, “but Kohl’s has (the) better bargain.” Another chimed in: “Great promos with extra discounts on quality clothing.” SILVER: THE CHILDREN’S PLACE BRONZE: CARTER’S

SILVER: MCCLOSKEY MOTORS INC.

Thank you Colorado Springs for voting Cheers

Best of the Best Wine, Beer and Liquor Store

24 years in a row

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CUSTOM FRAMING GOLD: HOBBY LOBBY

Multiple locations, hobbylobby.com Selection and price matter, but voters put an emphasis on customer service when it came to their framing needs. And Hobby Lobby’s specialists “are so helpful and friendly,” one said. “They won’t hurry you and want you to be completely satisfied.”  SILVER: MICHAELS BRONZE: ACADEMY ART & FRAME COMPANY

DEPARTMENT STORE GOLD: TARGET

Multiple locations, target.com This is the regular gold winner here in town. That suggests the four stores are doing a fine job of stocking clothing, home good and electronics that keep shoppers happy. Voter comments focused on

the decor and kids sections. “Nice selection and unique items that you won’t find anywhere else,” one said. SILVER: KOHL’S BRONZE: DILLARD’S

EYEGLASSES GOLD: ABBA EYECARE

Multiple locations, abbaeyecare.com The Gazette recently reported the optometry centers had been sold to a Texas-based company that planned to expand regionally from about 90 to as many as 300 locations. Voters will hope for little change. “Awesome staff,” one said, and “terrific service” with “wonderful selection of frames.” SILVER: ARCHDALE EYECARE BRONZE: ROCKRIMMON VISION SOURCE

FARMERS MARKET GOLD: OLD COLORADO CITY FARMER’S MARKET

Bancroft Park, West Colorado Avenue and 24th Street, 574-1283, pikespeakfarmersmarket.com

Thank You Loyal Customers and Gazette Readers!

426 S. Tejon St • 719.475.8589 154 BEST OF THE SPRINGS 25TH 2019

On Saturday mornings June through October, the hours tick away as one wanders between stands at Bancroft Park, tasting and stocking up on a variety of homemade goods. “I love the variety, the venue and the atmosphere,” one voter said. And once it’s time to leave, one can tour the unique shops and restaurants along Colorado Avenue. SILVER: COLORADO FARM AND ART MARKET BRONZE: WOODLAND PARK FARMERS MARKET

Co-owner Theresa Preston, middle, works alongside Whitney Hollenbeck, left, and Jennifer Hess at the Plato's Closet in Colorado Springs on Feb. 5, 2008. —CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE


FLORIST GOLD: PLATTE FLORAL

1417 E. Platte Ave., 632-2607, platteflorist.com “Longevity and quality,” one voter said. And that’s a compliment Platte Floral will appreciate. The family-owned business has a proud history going back almost 100 years. The small business has a surprising variety, with experts lending a special flair to arrangements.

WHERE SHOPPING & DINING AWAIT

SILVER: SKYWAY CREATIONS BRONZE: THE ENCHANTED FLORIST

FURNITURE STORE GOLD: AMERICAN FURNITURE WAREHOUSE

2805 N. Chestnut St., 633-4220, afw.com No doubt you’ve seen the big store alongside Interstate 25. Voters say you should go in. “Excellent quality and the best delivery and sales people,” one said. “They go the extra mile to accommodate you. Another said: “Absolutely the best quality, prices and salespeople. This is Colorado furniture shopping at its very best. SILVER: WOODLEY’S FINE FURNITURE BRONZE: LA-Z-BOY FURNITURE GALLERIES

GIFT SHOP GOLD: TERRA VERDE BOUTIQUE

208 N. Tejon St., 444-8621, terraverdestyle.com

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The latest in fashion for women, unique gifts for all. That’s how Terra Verde has stood out among the storefronts up and down Tejon Street. Voters said they were always eager to visit for the ever-changing selection. It’s “the go-to place for any type of gift from inexpensive to high end,” a voter said. Plus, “great staff, not pushy.” SILVER: ROCKY MOUNTAIN SOAP SHOP BRONZE: ABATINA BOUTIQUE

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HOBBY SHOP

GOLD: MAGNUM SHOOTING CENTER

13372 Meadowgrass Drive, 487-3193, magnumshootingcenter.com The way voters talk about it every year, it’s hard to imagine Magnum losing its place atop the charts here. The 4,000-square-foot space has all your shooting needs and desires, including “a great range” and “very awesome people.” Said another voter: “Magnum is the place to go. Plain and simple.”

GOLD: HOBBY LOBBY

Multiple locations, hobbylobby.com Voters gave top marks for the chain’s custom framing, and they do so again for their creative desires. “Tons of stock,” one said. “Lots of ideas.” Arts and crafts and fun and games, shoppers evidently find it at all — and at a good price, voters noted. SILVER: MICHAELS

SILVER: BASS PRO SHOPS

BRONZE: HOBBYTOWN

BRONZE: DRAGONMAN’S

JEWELER

HARDWARE STORE GOLD: ACE HARDWARE

Multiple locations, acehardware.com Colorado Springs looks no further than the big name in odds and ends. Nuts, bolts, nails, lawn equipment, paint — you name it, voters say they’ve found it “and then some,” one said. Plus, a friendly staff. “Going to an Ace Hardware store is practically the closest you can get these days to an old-fashioned hardware store,” a voter said.

GOLD: GLENN’S JEWELRY AND LOANS

1505 N. Academy Blvd., 591-7331 glennsjewelry.com Voters went family-owned for the top two winners in this category. This year, Glenn’s beats out 2018’s gold-taker Luisa Graff. Voters gave nods to the eye-catching selection in each store, but Glenn’s is unique for its pawn license, allowing the staff to assist with loan services. SILVER: LUISA GRAFF JEWELERS

SILVER: THE HOME DEPOT

BRONZE: JARED

BRONZE: LOWE’S

KITCHEN STORE GOLD: BED BATH & BEYOND

Multiple locations, bedbathandbeyond.com

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The chain owns this category most every year. For that, one voter credited “innovative products.” Many more praised the coupons and helpful workers. “It’s a toy store for adults!” another said. “I always find what I need and plenty I want.” SILVER: SPARROW HAWK GOURMET COOKWARE BRONZE: WILLIAMS SONOMA

LIQUOR STORE GOLD: CHEERS LIQUOR MART

1105 N. Circle Drive, 574-2244 cheersliquormart.com Along with the beer selection, did we mention the wine and spirits? If it’s claiming to be the largest liquor store in southern Colorado, you best believe Cheers has it all. To put it simply, “they got what you need,” one voter said. SILVER: COALTRAIN WINE AND SPIRITS BRONZE: POWERS LIQUOR MART

Assistant Manager Carrie Baker keeps the sales flowing at Terra Verde on March 26, 2019. —JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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READERPICKS SILVER: AMERICAN FURNITURE WAREHOUSE

INDEPENDENT RECORDS, DOWNTOWN COLORADO SPRINGS At the end of May 2018, Independent Records & Video, 123 E. Bijou St., “lifted the needle on its long-playing downtown location,” in the words of Gazette business writer Rich Laden, who chronicled its closing for “financial” reasons. The store had been a downtown Colorado Springs staple since 1980. The end of an era. ~Michelle Karas

BRONZE: BOB’S DISCOUNT MATTRESS

MATTRESS STORE GOLD: DENVER MATTRESS CO.

6320 Corporate Center Circle, 266-8383 4331 Integrity Center Point, 380-7541 denvermattress.furniturerow.com Voters say you’ll get a good night’s sleep and won’t break the bank. Along the way, you can count on good customer service, too. “Denver Mattress is the best,” one simply said. “No competition.”

A customer is pictured on the range at Magnum Shooting Center. —JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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MEN’S FASHION GOLD: MEN’S WEARHOUSE

Multiple locations, menswearhouse.com Whether it’s casual or formal attire, whether one is looking to rent a tux for prom or a wedding, this is the trusted place. The Springs has three locations with “good selection and quality,” one voter said. Others said they went for the prices and friendly and knowledgeable staff. SILVER: RUTLEDGE’S BRONZE: THE MEN’S XCHANGE

MILITARY-FRIENDLY CAR DEALER GOLD: MCCLOSKEY MOTORS INC.

6710 N. Academy Blvd., 434-4441 bigjoeauto.com Joe McCloskey treasures a compliment like this, proudly displayed on the longtime dealer’s website: “When business touches community, everyone wins.” More compliments poured in from voting service members. “They really helped my wife out in a time of need,” said one. Another said they “go above and beyond for military and first responders.” SILVER: HEUBERGER SUBARU BRONZE: FREEDOM HONDA

NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET GOLD: SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET

Multiple locations, sprouts.com “Can’t beat Sprouts!” said one voter. And Sprouts intends to keep it that way with high-quality, grassfed beef and free-range chicken and never-frozen pork. The store also proudly hires butchers who know how to marinate meats for the masses. They’ll cut to your liking and take special orders. SILVER: WHOLE FOODS MARKET BRONZE: NATURAL GROCERS

NATURAL MEAT MARKET GOLD: SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET

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READERPICKS When it comes to protein, it’s a sweep by Sprouts. Several echoed this voter’s sentiment: “Good food, great prices.” While producing animals from the farm, the grocer also offers a wide variety of seafood. “Reliable, clean place,” one voter said, and “simply wonderful.”

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SILVER: 505 TROLLEY BRONZE: TAKE A PEAK CONSIGNMENT

SILVER: RANCH FOODS DIRECT BRONZE: ANDY’S MEAT MARKET

NEW STORE GOLD: ROCKY MOUNTAIN SOAP MARKET

212 N. Tejon St., 368-7997 Rockymountainsoapmarket.com The maker of oh-so-pleasing soaps has made a splash downtown. The brand is also getting recognized for its presence at Safeway stores, The Broadmoor and the Garden of the Gods Trading Post. “Nice products,” one voter said. “Great lotion,” said another. 

Soaps on sale at Rocky Mountain Soap Market. —JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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NURSERY/GARDENING CENTER GOLD: PHELAN GARDENS

4955 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 574-8058 phelangardens.com The multi-year winner prevails again. “Where life thrives,” is the motto, and indeed, all colors and sizes of plants can be found in the greenhouse. But that’s not all on the family-owned property. Green thumbs also peruse the nursery, gift shop and garden center, “plus we love going to their classes,” a voter said. Said another: “So much to see and learn about!” SILVER: RICK’S GARDEN CENTER BRONZE: SPENCER’S LAWN & GARDEN CENTERS

OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT GOLD: BASS PRO SHOPS

13012 Bass Pro Drive, 488-7300, basspro.com Looming large off Interstate 25 near Monument, the outdoor mecca makes drivers want to exit. “They got it all,” said one voter, with another calling it “a fun place for families to shop and play.” Said another: “Love just going to browse and always find something to purchase. Great quality merchandise.” SILVER: REI

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BRONZE: MOUNTAIN CHALET

OUTFITTER GOLD: BASS PRO SHOPS

13012 Bass Pro Drive, 488-7300, basspro.com While boasting a 120,000-square-foot space attached to a restaurant with bowling, folks at Bass Pro like to get out, of course. A spring fishing classic, fall hunting classic and an event dubbed “Go Outdoors” are among items on the calendar. SILVER: REI BRONZE: ANGLER’S COVEY

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READERPICKS PET STORE GOLD: PETSMART

Multiple locations, petsmart.com Pets of all kinds can count on their owners to come home with something. Just ask the voter who said, “I can get supplies for my dog, cats and birds all in the same place.” Of course, it’s not just food, bedding and toys for which owners are going. Trimmers and bathers are at the ready. “I love everything they offer,” a voter said. SILVER: WAG N’ WASH NATURAL FOOD & BAKERY

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Academy, with two others in Security and Pueblo. Independent Records is many things — movies, video games, books, toys, apparel — but first and foremost, it’s indeed the records. “Great selection and knowledgeable staff,” summed up one reader. SILVER: ENTERTAINMART BRONZE: THE LEECHPIT RECORDS AND VINTAGE

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO STORE GOLD: MIKE’S CAMERA

5420 N. Academy Blvd., 597-1575 mikescamera.com

BRONZE: PETCO

PLACE FOR RECORDS/VINYL GOLD: INDEPENDENT RECORDS & VIDEO

Multiple locations, beindependent.com

It was a sad day for many when the Bijou Street location downtown closed last year after nearly 40 years. But customers continue to show their love at the stores on Platte Avenue and North

Helping photographers here and around Denver gear up to capture Colorado’s beauty, Mike is the man. It’s the place to shop and also learn, with classes taught regularly. Frankly, the voting wasn’t close in this category. Voters praised the helpful staff and merchandise selection. SILVER: CAMERAWORKS BRONZE: BEST BUY

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RESALE/CONSIGNMENT SHOP GOLD: PLATO’S CLOSET

SHOPPING CENTER GOLD: PROMENADE SHOPS AT BRIARGATE

925 N. Academy Blvd., 622-8933 platosclosetcoloradosprings.com 1747 Briargate Blvd., 266-8122 platosclosetcoloradospringsnorth.com Plato’s is a hit around the country, particularly among young people, having built a reputation for buying and selling used clothing and accessories. Cleaning out your closet? As long as the clothes are gently-used and on trend, see what kind of cash you can get. Mixing up your wardrobe? Where the motto is “trends for less,” people always find something. SILVER: ONCE UPON A CHILD BRONZE: ASHLEY’S ATTIC

1885 Briargate Parkway, 265-6264 thepromenadeshopsatbriargate.com The mall up north has open air and views. It’s got staples such as Express and Banana Republic, plus lady favorites Lululemon and Athleta. It’s also home to Colorado Springs’ only Apple store. And don’t forget the restaurants, including Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Biaggi’s and P.F. Chang’s. SILVER: UNIVERSITY VILLAGE COLORADO BRONZE: CHAPEL HILLS MALL

SKI SHOP GOLD: THE SKI SHOP

SHOE STORE GOLD: DSW DESIGNER SHOE WAREHOUSE

7639 N. Academy Blvd., 264-8007, dsw.com Sneakers, boots, sandals, handbags. DSW has it all, with discounted brand names and unique designs lining the shelves. Many float to the clearance section, but “while I’m cheap, I go for quality,” one voter said for making DSW the go-to.

1422 S. Tejon St., 636-3355, theskishopinc.com No way was one of the chains about to beat the family-owned and -operated staple since 1952. Rentals, repairs, accessories and the latest in industry innovation are all found here. “Knowledgeable staff, great, friendly service,” one voter noted. SILVER: CHRISTY SPORTS BRONZE: REI

SILVER: BROWN’S SHOE FIT BRONZE: FAMOUS FOOTWEAR

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Rick’s is a Full-Service Garden Center, offering: • Wide Selection of Herbs, Veggies, Annuals & Perennials • Trees, Shrubs, Grasses, Roses & More • Fountains & Statuary • Houseplants, Succulents & Cacti • Custom Organic Fertilizers for Pikes Peak Region • Rick’s Offers Soil Testing (Call for Details)

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READERPICKS SPICE STORE GOLD: SAVORY SPICE SHOP

The Springs’ locations are popular at their respective malls. “Great selection of quality goods,” one voter said, and “helpful and care about safety.”

110 N. Tejon St., 633-8803, savoryspiceshop.com

SILVER: BASS PRO SHOPS

The downtown store has the herbs, spices and seasonings regularly occupying your cabinet — and then some more. “Honey powder?” remarked one voter. Yes, you’re likely to be surprised while browsing. “They have their own special blends, which are always on my shelf,” said another voter.

BRONZE: REI

SILVER: PENZEYS SPICES BRONZE: INDUS SPICE MARKET

SPORTING GOODS GOLD: DICK’S SPORTING GOODS

3133 Cinema Point, 638-3400; 1710 Briargate Blvd., 264-1810; dickssportingsgoods.com When the kids are getting ready to start their sports seasons, there’s no better place, voters say.

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SUPERMARKET GOLD: KING SOOPERS

Multiple locations, kingsoopers.com The grocery chain racked up the votes, blowing out the competition. “Consistent quality,”one commenter said, with others stating their appreciation for everything from the deli to the produce to the floral section. Plus, one said, “I love the King Soopers card to get Super Sooper savings and fuel points for gas.” SILVER: SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET BRONZE: TRADER JOE’S

Thanks to all who gave us their votes in the Gazette’s 2019 Best Of in antique stores in Colorado Springs!

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THRIFT STORE GOLD: ARC THRIFT STORES

VIDEO GAME STORE GOLD: GAMESTOP

Multiple locations, arcthrift.com

Multiple locations, gamestop.com

Arc is a trusted name for thrifting up and down the Front Range. Whether it’s clothes, furniture or home goods, “I always find something I can’t live without,” one voter said. Voters especially appreciated the special promos, such as Saturdays when most of the inventory is 50 percent off, or the half-off Tuesdays for seniors.

The nerds know to go to the nerds. And voters say the people at GameStop wear that title with pride — surely, they want to get off the clock to get back to gaming, but in the meantime, they’re more than happy to fill customers in on the latest and greatest on the shelves.

SILVER: DISCOVER GOODWILL BRONZE: ST. PAWS THRIFT STORE

TOY STORE GOLD: LITTLE RICHARD’S TOY STORE

324 N. Tejon St., 578-5549 poorrichardsdowntown.com As if the downtown complex with a bookstore, coffee shop and pizzeria weren’t enough, there’s a toy store. “Unusual” and “very funky” voters call it. “As fun for adults as it is for kids,” said one. “Staff have great recommendations. Enjoy supporting local.” SILVER: THE TOY STATION AT SCHOOL CROSSING BRONZE: BABY COTTON BOTTOMS

USED MEDIA GOLD: ENTERTAINMART

SILVER: ENTERTAINMART BRONZE: THE GAME STORE

WINE STORE GOLD: THE WINE GALLERY

5903 Delmonico Dr., 439-9463 thewinegalleryco.com “No passport required,” the Gallery says, promising to give you a tour de taste of some of the world’s finest wines. The cozy shop is the delight of connoisseurs and collectors, who rave about the six-for-$60 deal and regular tastings. “Great selection, good prices, knowledgeable and friendly,” one voter said. SILVER: TUSCANY WINE, SPIRITS + CRAFT BRONZE: SOVEREIGNTY WINES

WOMEN’S FASHION GOLD: JEANNE B’S BOUTIQUE

651 N. Academy Blvd., 380-8580 vintagestock.com

5118 N. Nevada Ave., 527-3377 jeannebsboutique.com

EntertainMart has propped itself up on the model of buying the stuff you don’t want and getting it into the hands of people who do. You might score that phone or tablet you need at a discounted price. Also, EntertainMart boasts the nostalgia. You can always sift through the collection of movies, games, music and comics.

Jeanne B. writes on her website that she wants women to “see the depth of their inner beauty — that which lies beyond the mirror, and within the heart, mind and spirit.” She starts with helping them discover a fashion that suits them. “It’s not just about clothes,” one voter said. “It’s about customer service and really celebrating women!”

SILVER: INDEPENDENT RECORDS & VIDEO

SILVER: EVE’S REVOLUTION

BRONZE: THE LEECHPIT RECORDS AND VINTAGE

BRONZE: FAB’RIK

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FIND NEW-TO-YOU GEAR Mountain Equipment Recyclers, 1024 S. Tejon St., 210-6427, merecyclers.com The motto: “Up to 70 percent off retail pricing, 100 percent back to the community.” For almost 10 years now, the shop near downtown has been gearing up hikers, bikers, campers, climbers and skiers with new and lightly-used equipment. From the beginning, it’s been about supporting local nonprofits. So don’t overlook MER next time you’re short of something in your adventure closet. It’s a win-win here. ~Seth Boster James, an employee at Blue Star Recyclers, disassembles a computer in Colorado Springs on Oct. 14, 2013. —GAZETTE FILE

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BIRD WATCH

American Classics Marketplace, 1815 N. Academy Blvd., 596-8585 americanclassicsmarketplace.com

This Place is for the Birds, 2318 Palmer Park Blvd., 633-4422, goo.gl/Suaee3

If you’re shopping with friends, better first set up a meeting time and place or at least make sure your ringer’s cranked. At “Colorado’s Largest Antique Mall,” you’re not just in danger of getting lost in memories and nostalgia. With more than 300 vendors selling vintage and antique decor and furniture, clothes, baubles and toys, the mall is a labyrinth of merch and a fun afternoon, even if you’re not necessarily in the market for a piece of history. (Which is how I ended up with my favorite TV stand, ever). ~Stephanie Earls

Love birds, like me? Then take some time to wander through this eclectic and quirky shop in a location mostly hidden from passersby off Palmer Park Boulevard. Inside the bird lover’s oasis are stacks of bird feeders, bird baths and bags and bins of bird seed. For non-birders, there’s a bunch of dog food for sale and fun backyard goodies, such as fountains, yard art, statues and antiques. Ronald Perry has owned the shop for decades, and he and his daughter, Sarah, who helps him out, are more than happy to stand around and exchange funny bird tidbits and sightings. ~Jennifer Mulson

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Cherokee’s of Manitou: Gallery and Cheese Shop, 351 Manitou Ave., 685-3508 cherokeesofmanitou.com

Blue Star Recyclers, 100 Talamine Court 597-6119, bluestarrecyclers.org

Owner Sharon Dahlen has been operating this gallery for more than 20 years. It is a unique shopping experience where you can find original oils depicting American military, animals and local landscape, jewelry, bronze sculpture, fine jewelry, fashion and one-of-a-kind pieces. You’ll also find gourmet foods from local Colorado vendors. ~Teresa Farney

SHOP FOR MOM AbaTina Boutique, 1713 S. 8th St., 471-2290 Facebook.com/abatina.abatinakids/ A winner in the “Gift Shop” category, AbaTina Boutique is the perfect place to find a gift for Mother’s Day, a friend or favorite aunt’s birthday, or baby gift. Tucked into the Cheyenne Center shopping center, the spacious store has books (fiction, children’s, gift books and curated gardening books), women’s clothing, candles, jewelry, gardening items, handbags, travel accessories, lotions and fun tchotchkes. It’s been my go-to for gifts for my mom and never fails to have something (usually multiple things) in stock that I can be sure she’ll like. The staff is helpful with suggestions and never pushy. The store also offers free gift wrapping. ~Michelle Karas

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Save Mother Earth and don’t send old electronics to the landfill. Here’s where it can be safely recycled, and Blue Star has been busy, recycling 1 million pounds of old electronics in 2018. What makes this even more special is that the workers employed here have disabilities, and they’ve developed into a crack team able to tear down electronics in a flash. And they love their work. Blue Star has become so successful, it’s opening a Chicago site this year that could employ 50 disabled workers within three years. It’s also taking its model to foreign countries where there is required electronics recycling, and disabled workers will be trained. ~Linda Navarro


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