Best of the Springs 2020

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YOUR CITY AT ITS BEST

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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28 SERVICES & PROFESSIONALS 94 CITY LIFE & RECREATION

FAMILY & HEALTH SHOPPING

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FOOD & DRINK

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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER IN LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS THAT HAVE TESTED OUR COMMUNITY GREATLY, it is with the utmost pleasure I present the 26th edition of the Best of the Springs. This magazine highlights the best of the best of our tenacious and resilient entrepreneurs; small business owners; and community service providers that make living in our beautiful region so fulfilling. Even amidst a worldwide crisis, the people of the Pikes Peak Region have enthusiastically recommended their friends and neighbors for the honor of being named, “the best of the Springs.”

I have never been so proud of our community. We have pulled together and helped our neighbors who have been impacted by the pandemic through selfless acts of kindness, generosity and volunteerism. We have also had to forge new and sometimes disruptive ways of living to help protect each other from infection. As we slowly reopen our beloved local businesses in a safe and responsible way, we can continue to support them through online and curbside shopping; buying gift cards and certificates; and ordering that delicious delivery food you’ve no doubt been craving. I know you will join me in thanking our essential workers—those among our community members that have kept us going. Home improvement companies, plumbers, electricians, landscapers, delivery drivers, grocery store workers and other crucial services industry workers as well—they’ve all shown tremendous grit in their day-to-day activities. We wouldn’t have been able to sustain our families and homes without them. And finally, our medical professionals and other first responders as well as those working in support staff capacity deserve our gratitude for their tireless commitment to our families’ health and wellbeing. They are, as ever, community heroes. Once we’re able, I’d like to encourage you to use this guide to “get out there” and discover something new and exciting about the Pikes Peak Region. We live in one of the most desirable places to live in the U.S.—our recreation and parks are among the most visited in the world. Award-winning theater, restaurants, nightlife, and other entertainment options may have been temporarily shuttered —but we will be able to enjoy all of them again soon. For now, there are plenty of establishments that are open and ready for your patronage. Let’s be sure to support them all. Best of the Springs is organized into six, easy-to-scan categories —Arts & Entertainment, City Life & Recreation, Family & Health, Food & Drink, Services & Professionals, and Shopping. Please use as a resource for the months to come and as your go-to guide when visitors descend or if the car needs a tune-up. Whether you need a new haircut, a new deck or want to try the best barbeque, we’re sure you’ll find a local establishment that not only fits the bill but will surprise and delight you with its quality products or services.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

YOUR CITY AT ITS BEST.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Begins on page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

READER PICKS

Actor.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Actress. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Art Class. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Artist .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Casino.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Colorado Sports Mascot.. . . . 18 Commercial Gallery. . . . . . . . . . 18 Dance Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Dance Studio for Adults. . . . 20 Dance Studio for Kids. . . . . . . 20 Downtown Event. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Fine Arts Photographer. . . . . 21 Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Hookah Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Improv Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Karaoke Bar.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Local Band. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Local Festival.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Movie Theater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Museum.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Music Venue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Musical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Nonprofit Arts Group. . . . . . . . 24 Pianist................................ 24 Place to Play Pool. . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Play. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Radio Personality. . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Radio Station.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Theater Company. . . . . . . . . . . . 25 TV Evening Anchor. . . . . . . . . . 25 TV Morning Anchor.. . . . . . . . . 25 TV Sports Personality. . . . . . . 25 T V Weather Anchor. . . . . . . . . . 25 EXPERT PICKS....... 26-27

CITY LIFE & RECREATION Begins on page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

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B&B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Best Trail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Bowling Alley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 City Park.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Climbing Wall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Colorado Ski Area.. . . . . . . . . . . 33 Dog Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Fitness Classes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Fun Way to Support Charity .. . 33 Golf Course. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Gym/Health Club. . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Impressive Outing.. . . . . . . . . . 34 Lunchtime/ After-work Hike.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Martial Arts.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Mountain Bike Trail. . . . . . . . . 34 Neighborhood. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Neighborhood Park. . . . . . . . . 35 Nonprofit.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Personal Trainer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Philanthropic Business.. . . . 36 Place To Do Pilates.. . . . . . . . . . 36 Place To Do Yoga. . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Place To Gaze at Pikes Peak. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Place to Propose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Swimming Pool. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Veteran-owned Business. . . 37 Volunteer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 EXPERT PICKS....... 38-39

FAMILY & HEALTH

Day Care Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Dental Practice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Dentistry for Kids. . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Elementary School. . . . . . . . . . 48 Elementary School Educator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Eye Care/Optometrist.. . . . . . . 49 Family Fun Center. . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Field Trip. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 High School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 High School Coach. . . . . . . . . . 50 High School Educator.. . . . . . 50 Home Care Company. . . . . . . 50 In Home Care Provider. . . . . . 51 Massage Therapy. . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Medical Practice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Medical Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Middle School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Middle School Educator.. . . 52 Orthodontics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Pediatric Practice. . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Physical Therapy. . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Place for Birthday. . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Preschool. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Summer Day Camp. . . . . . . . . . 56 Technical School. . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Teen Hangout. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Tutoring Program. . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Urgent Care/Walk-In Clinic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 EXPERT PICKS........ 59-61

FOOD & DRINK

Begins on page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Begins on page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

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Al Fresco.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 American. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Bakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Barbecue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Bartender. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Breakfast & Brunch.. . . . . . . . . 68 Brew Pub. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Brewery.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Broncos Sports Bar. . . . . . . . . . 68

READER PICKS

Acupuncturist.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . After School Program.. . . . . . After School Program.. . . . . . Allergist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chiropractor.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . College for Assoc. Degree. College for Bachelor's or Master's. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Continuing Education. . . . . . Day Trip. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Buffet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Burger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Burrito. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Business Lunch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Cajun. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Cake/Cupcake.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Candy Shop.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Casual Dining. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Cheap Eats.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Cheesecake.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Chef.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Chicken Sandwich. . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Chicken Wings.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Chinese. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Coffee Drive-Up. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Coffee Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Colorado Cuisine.. . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Crafted Cocktail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Cuban. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Deli. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Dessert. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Diner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Dog-friendly.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Doughnuts.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Downtown Lunch. . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Enchiladas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Fast Food. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Fine Dining. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Fish Taco.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Food Truck. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 French.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 French Onion Soup. . . . . . . . . . . 76 Fried Chicken. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Fries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Frozen Yogurt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Gastropub. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 German. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Gluten-free Restaurant/ Bakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Green Chili.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Gyros. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Happy Hour.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Hawaiian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Hidden Gem.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Hot Dog.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Hotel Restaurant/Bar. . . . . . . 81 Huevos Rancheros.. . . . . . . . . . 81

Ice Cream/Gelato/ Frozen Treat .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Indian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Irish.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Italian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Jamaican. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Japanese. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Juice Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Kombucha. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Korean. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Local Beer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Lunch Special. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Margarita. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Mexican. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Middle Eastern/Greek. . . . . . 84 New Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Pancakes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Pasta. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Pizza Delivery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Poke Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Prime Rib. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Pub. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Ramen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Restaurant After Midnight. 86 Restaurant for a First Date. 86 Restaurant for an Anniversary.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Restaurant for Kids. . . . . . . . . . 86 Restaurant Service. . . . . . . . . . 86 Restaurant With a View. . . . 87 Restaurant With Military Discount.. . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Ribs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Salad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Salsa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Sandwich/Subs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Seafood.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Smoothie.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Soup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Sports Bar.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Steakhouse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Sushi Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Tacos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Tamales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Taqueria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Tea Shop.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Thai/Pad Thai.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Vegan Restaurant.. . . . . . . . . . . 90 Vegetarian Restaurant. . . . . 90 Vietnamese/Pho Bowl. . . . . . 90 Whiskey Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Wine Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Wine List. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 EXPERT PICKS....... 92-93

SERVICES & PROFESSIONALS Begins on page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

READER PICKS

Air Conditioning & Heating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Bank/Credit Union.. . . . . . . . . . 98 Body Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Car Wash. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Cleaning Company. . . . . . . . . 102 Computer Repair/ IT Services.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Contractor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Custom Home Builder.. . . . 103 Day Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Dog Trainer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Dry Cleaner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Electrician.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Event DJ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Financial Planner. . . . . . . . . . . 106 Funeral Services & Cemeteries.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Haircut. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Hair Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Home Builder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Home Developer. . . . . . . . . . . . 107 House Painter.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Insurance Company. . . . . . . . 110 Landscaping Services.. . . . . 112 Law Firm.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Lawyer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Mechanic/Auto Repair. . . . . 113 Mortgage Company . . . . . . . . 113 Movers.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Nail Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 New Home Community. . . 114 Pet Boarding & Daycare. . . 114 Pet Groomer.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Pet Rescue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Place To Get Pierced. . . . . . . . 115 Plumber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Portrait Photographer. . . . . 116 Production Home Builder. 117 Real Estate Office —Franchised. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Real Estate Office —Independent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Real Estate Relocation.. . . . 118 Realtor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Retirement Community.. . 119 Special Event Catering. . . . 120 Storage Facility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Tailor & Alterations. . . . . . . . . 120 Tattoo Shop.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Tax Preparer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Technology Services. . . . . . . 122 Tire Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Title Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Trash Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Veterinarian/Animal Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Wedding Cake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Wedding Catering. . . . . . . . . . 124 Wedding DJ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Wedding Photographer.. . 126 Wedding Planner . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Wedding Venue. . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Weight Loss Management. 127 EXPERT PICKS..... 128-129

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Antiques.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Auction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baby Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beer Selection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bike Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bookstore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Butcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Car Dealer New. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Car Dealer Used. . . . . . . . . . . . . Children's Clothing.. . . . . . . .

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Who shines on stage? Check out these winners for best actor and actress. pg. 16

DANCIN’ SHOES

Want to dance up a storm? Find the best place to go. pg. 20

DOWNTOWN DOINGS

There’s plenty to do year-round in downtown Colorado Springs. But what’s the best event? pg. 21

KARAOKE TIME

If you can carry a tune (or not), here’s where to channel Madonna, Whitney Houston, Prince and more. pg. 22

RADIO QUEEN

This Colorado Springs native sparkles on the airwaves. pg. 24

TURN ON THE NEWS

When it comes to reporting the news, who do people trust the most? pg. 25

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

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Artist rendering of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO

Robust. Vibrant. Diverse.

These words have been used to describe Colorado Springs’ arts and cultural landscape. For artists, there’s inspiration to be found amid the area’s natural beauty. For residents and visitors, there are world-class exhibits at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, big-name performers at The Broadmoor World Arena and the Pikes Peak Center, and local gems such as the Cottonwood Center for the Arts and the Millibo Art Theatre. Downtown touts the arts with Art on the Street, art walks and more. And as the city grows, so do its cultural treasures. The Ent Center for the Arts opened just two years ago on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus; this year, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum opens downtown.

In these pages, find what venues, performers and artists readers favor most.

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Pikes Peak Dream Homes Realty 719-351-8523

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The Cutting Edge Realtors 719-640-3232

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READERPICKS ACTOR GOLD: JACKSON BAILEY

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He might be young, but his acting chops are like those of an old soul. Last year's performances included "The Laramie Project," by Springs Ensemble Theatre and "On the Roof " by Funky Little Theater Company. "Watch this young man. He is amazing and makes his characters walk into the hearts of the audience," wrote one voter. SILVER: COLIN HUGHES BRONZE: RICHIE KOTWICA

ACTRESS GOLD: KAITLIN MONTALVO

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This actress is winning fans with her heartfelt portrayals on stage, including "The Laramie Project" by Springs Ensemble Theatre and "Reckless" at Funky Little Theater Company. "She is exceptional in every role. She is such a powerhouse for the community," wrote one voter. SILVER: VICTORIA NAVARRO BRONZE: A SHLEY BAZER

ART CLASS GOLD: PAINTING WITH A TWIST

Multiple locations, paintingwithatwist.com Providing outstanding arts experiences and rich culture to the Pikes Peak region for over 100 years. Experience world-class museum exhibitions, awardwinning professional theatre and arts education for all ages and skill levels.

It's an easy date out with friends, family, co-workers or dates. They provide the canvas, beverages and art instruction, and you work on becoming the next Claude Monet. "Fun, inexpensive, great for date night and you get to take something home with you at the end of the night," said a voter. SILVER: BEMIS SCHOOL OF ART AT COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE BRONZE: C OTTONWOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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ARTIST GOLD: MICHAEL GARMAN

The Michael Garman Museum and Gallery, 2418 W. Colorado Ave., 471-9391 michaelgarman.com Early in his career, the artist sold his sculptures door-to-door, but he soon missed having his "little characters" around him, he says on his website. That inspired him to master the art of reproducing his works. It worked. People can't get enough of his nostalgic, detail-oriented creations. "I am still in awe anytime I visit the gallery. The man is a genius, I love the way he captures life," said one voter. SILVER: LIESE CHAVEZ BRONZE: TRACY E. MILLER

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233 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek 689-2142, broncobillyscasino.com It’s the best for serious gamblers and those looking for a day trip. Voters agreed on its amenities: loose slots, cheap breakfasts, senior-friendly, lots of payouts, comps and customer service. “Best atmosphere. Not trying to be Las Vegas,” said one voter. “Lots of slots and the best filet mignon and crème brûlée ever,” said another. SILVER: MIDNIGHT ROSE HOTEL AND CASINO BRONZE: WILDWOOD CASINO

Gyrfalcon Aurora, the veteran mascot of the Air Force Academy, died in 2019 at age 23. —COURTESY OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY

COLORADO SPORTS MASCOT GOLD: FALCON, AIR FORCE ACADEMY

The Air Force Academy mourned the death of Aurora, a white phase gyrfalcon and the school’s official mascot, in October. She lived to 23, twice the age of falcons in the wild. Fortunately, the school has several more falcons that interact with the public, including Ace and Apollo. “Every time I see the falcon, I’m proud to have a respected service academy in the area. Besides, the birds are beautiful,” said a voter. SILVER: SOX THE FOX, ROCKY MOUNTAIN VIBES BRONZE: MILES, DENVER BRONCOS

COMMERCIAL GALLERY GOLD: T HE MICHAEL GARMAN MUSEUM AND GALLERY

The Michael Garman Museum and Gallery, 2418 W. Colorado Ave., 471-9391 michaelgarman.com This gallery is a destination spot for out of town visitors. In addition to the sculptor’s colorful and expressive works, his longtime Magic Town exhibit is a 3,000-square foot mini-city, with hundreds of characters and holograms, to boot. “He produces art for the everyday person to be able to afford and enjoy,” said a voter. Scenes from sculptor Michael Garman's Magic Town at the Michael Garman Museum and gallery in Old Colorado City. —CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, GAZETTE FILE

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PEAK PRODUCERS is a group of professional Real 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 Dream Centers Mary’s Home, Springs Rescue Mission, Catholic Charities, Special Kids Special Families, Partners in Housing and Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful.

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DANCE CLUB GOLD: WHISKEY BARON DANCE HALL AND SALOON

5781 N. Academy Blvd., 465-3806 thewhiskeybarondancehallandsaloon.com A few things seem important when it comes to a dance club: the dance floor, safety, good music and dance lessons, if you’re being picky about it. This place hits every mark. “Great local place to gather for dancing and socializing. Fun dance lessons, too,” said a voter. SILVER: COWBOYS BRONZE: B OOT BARN HALL AT BOURBON BROTHERS

DANCE STUDIO FOR ADULTS GOLD: COLORADO BALLET SOCIETY

8570 Criterion Drive, No. 154, 272-7078; 10611 Maltese Point, Falcon, 822-1133 danceinthesprings.com Perhaps you watched the 2010 dance thriller “Black Swan” and thought, “That’s for me” — minus the psychotic breaks, of course. Remember, you can learn to dance at any age. “Variety of classes to choose from and the instructors see adults as serious students. We get the same rigorous training at a high standard as the kids. Great place to start or to restart,” said a voter. SILVER: TURNING POINTE SCHOOL OF DANCE BRONZE: B ARBARA ELLIS STUDIO OF DANCE

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

DANCE STUDIO FOR KIDS GOLD: TURNING POINTE SCHOOL OF DANCE

5540 Library Lane, 445-9497 turningpointeschoolofdance.com The faith-based dance studio is tops with voters, who love the instructors and the encouraging and safe atmosphere. “A welcoming environment for all ages, from reception to instructors, to families of students,” wrote one voter. “It feels like a community within our community. Our three boys love their classes, friends and instructors. They would be there full-time if they could.” SILVER: COLORADO BALLET SOCIETY BRONZE: T HE PEAK SCHOOL OF DANCE

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READERPICKS DOWNTOWN EVENT GOLD: FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE

coloradospringsfestivaloflights.com Chances are it’s the coldest parade of the year, but Colorado Springs die-hards don’t care. It’s one of the top ways to kick off the holiday season, with all the pretty lights, downtown festivities and warm memories. SILVER: PIKES PEAK OR BUST RODEO PARADE BRONZE: FIRST FRIDAY DOWNTOWN

FINE ARTS PHOTOGRAPHER GOLD: LARS LEBER PHOTOGRAPHY

313-0407, larsleber.net Perpetual Best of the Springs winner Leber seems like a humble guy. His main goal, he writes on his website, is to “take interesting pictures.” And that he does, according to voters. “Every single photograph soothes my grieving soul. He captures such beauty and peacefulness. I love his eye for color,” said one. SILVER: TINA JOINER PHOTOGRAPHY BRONZE: MARCELLA MAE PHOTOGRAPHY

GALLERY GOLD: COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE

30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, fac.coloradocollege.edu Voters used words such as amazing and beautiful to describe the museum’s collections

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and regularly rotating exhibits. Monthly free days are much appreciated, as are the First Friday opening receptions. “Beautiful permanent collections balanced with unique and relevant visiting collections,” said one voter. SILVER: THE MICHAEL GARMAN MUSEUM AND GALLERY BRONZE: SQUASH BLOSSOM

HOOKAH BAR GOLD: HOOKED ON HOOKAH

6406 N. Academy Blvd., 886-7107, hohstore.com This is where some of you like to kick back with your buddies and smoke flavored tobacco out of a water pipe called a hookah. Voters like the staff and environment here. SILVER: BUZZHOOKAH BRONZE: EPIC HOOKAH LOUNGE

IMPROV GROUP GOLD: OXYMORONS

428-5404, oxymoronscomedy.net This troupe of faith-based funny guys spelunks for your funny bone. They do their family-friendly riffs all across town, including Funky Little Theater Company and Loonees Comedy Corner. “No cursing, nothing you can’t bring a child to see. Always funny. Audience participation, as well,” said a voter. SILVER: STICK HORSES IN PANTS BRONZE: UNSUPERVISED IMPROV

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KARAOKE BAR GOLD: THUNDER AND BUTTONS II

2415 W. Colorado Ave., 447-9888 thunderandbuttons.com You can channel Madonna, Whitney Houston and Prince more days of the week than not at this Old Colorado City hot spot. The karaoke shines, the food is tasty and the staff is on its game. “So much fun and a good list of music to choose from,� said a voter.

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READERPICKS MUSEUM GOLD: COLORADO SPRINGS PIONEERS MUSEUM

215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, cspm.org Not only do we live in a pretty spot, but the history of our city is pretty compelling, too. The museum’s free educational exhibits, regular presentations and events and history-loving staff members are dedicated to keeping our forefathers and mothers alive. “Best Colorado Springs history, hands down. You could spend all day there and not see it all,” said one voter. SILVER: COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE BRONZE: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WORLD WAR II AVIATION

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MUSIC VENUE GOLD: PIKES PEAK CENTER

190 S. Cascade Ave., 477-2121 pikespeakcenter.com Colorado Springs Philharmonic, classic rock bands, ‘90s bands, popular comedians, Broadway musicals. These are a few of the offerings at the downtown space. Voters were swayed by the acoustics, seating, variety of shows and prices. “We are blessed to have this marvelous venue for all types of music in Colorado Springs,” said a fan. SILVER: S TARGAZERS THEATRE AND EVENT CENTER BRONZE: THE BLACK SHEEP

MUSICAL GOLD: “ BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” BY VILLAGE ARTS OF COLORADO SPRINGS

Village Seven Church, 4040 S. Nonchalant Circle 345-2787, villageartscs.org

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

The theater troupe certainly doesn’t shy away from a challenge. They’re passionate about their Broadway musicals and other performances, and voters love them for it. They praised the costumes, sets, choreography and quality of talent. “I felt like I saw a Broadway show in the Springs for a fraction of the cost. So well done,” said a voter. SILVER: “ MAMMA MIA!” BY SUNRISE PLAYERS BRONZE: “ PETER PAN” BY STARZ THEATER COMPANY

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READERPICKS PLACE TO PLAY POOL GOLD: PHANTOM CANYON BREWING CO.

2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-2800 phantomcanyon.com All the pool sharks head here to get their 8-ball in the corner pocket. Voters love the downtown location, the ambiance, the beers brewed on site and the savory menu choices. “Fun atmosphere and enough pool tables to keep it moving,” said a voter. SILVER (TIE): ANTIQUES POOL HALL, FOUNTAIN CORNER POCKET

Village Arts’ production of “Beauty and the Beast” enchanted audiences. —GAZETTE FILE

NONPROFIT ARTS GROUP GOLD: COLORADO SPRINGS YOUTH SYMPHONY

4575 Galley Road, Suite 300E, 633-3901 csysa.com Not only does the symphony teach kids how to play music, they also get educated in becoming a leader in their community and steeped in culture by performing around the world. “Terrific mentoring and affirming musical environment in an area of the arts that strives for excellence,” said a voter. SILVER: SUNRISE PLAYERS BRONZE: CONCRETE COUCH

PIANIST GOLD: NATALIE MERRILL

The singer-songwriter and pianist began writing songs at 10 and spent most of her youth performing classical and church music. She’s studying music at Belmont University in Nashville, and her debut album is set to drop this year. “Exceptional musician. Listening to her play is melodic,” said one fan. SILVER: DANIEL BRINK BRONZE: NINA MILLER

PLAY GOLD: “ A CHRISTMAS CAROL” BY ACADEMY OF COMMUNITY THEATRE (ACT II)

331-2434, actcolorado.net Fans gushed over the classic tale by this community theater group. They raved about the professional acting, period costumes and set design. “It was such a heartwarming and moving production. It made me feel emotion I didn’t think was possible for a stage production. Extremely impressed with how the cast was able to make you laugh and cry,” one voter said. SILVER: “ THE ART OF DINING,” A UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT COLORADO SPRINGS STUDENT PRODUCTION BRONZE: “ AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY” BY FUNKY LITTLE THEATER COMPANY

RADIO PERSONALITY GOLD: BRITTNEE BROOKS, 96.1 THE BEAT (YA GIRL B)

This Colorado Springs native sparkles on the airwaves. Fans love her bubbly personality, her positive attitude and day-brightening energy. “Brittnee brings a whole new vibe to the radio world. Her personality, enthusiasm and energy really make me want to listen to 96.1. She was just made for that type of job,” said a fan. SILVER: DAVE WEST AND JOHNNY JOY, 107.3 MOUNTAIN COUNTRY BRONZE: TAMMY OAKLAND, SUNNY 106.3

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RADIO STATION GOLD: 96.1 THE BEAT

As soon as people hop in the car, they’re tuning into this Top 40 station for the music selection and DJs, most notably, Cheeba. “Because that’s where Cheeba is, and it feels more personal and relatable for me,” said a voter. SILVER: 98.9 MAGIC FM BRONZE: 107.3 MOUNTAIN COUNTRY

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

30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, fac.coloradocollege.edu “It is hard to compete with the grand stage at the Fine Arts Center, as well as their excellent, sometimes lavish productions and well-directed talent,” said a voter. SILVER: THEATREWORKS BRONZE: FUNKY LITTLE THEATER COMPANY

TV EVENING NEWS ANCHOR GOLD: HEATHER SKOLD, KRDO,

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When it comes to reporting the news, viewers turn to this longtime and trusted anchor. They like her professionalism, charisma and ability to present fair and balanced news. “Love Heather’s cheery disposition and compassion when delivering sad news. Straight talker, no fluff,” said one voter. SILVER: ROB QUIRK, KOAA BRONZE: DIANNE DERBY, KKTV

TV MORNING NEWS ANCHOR GOLD: ADAM ATCHISON, KKTV,

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The award-winning journalist is a joy to watch, according to voters. He’s affable, trustworthy and informative. “He’s a good guy,” said a voter. “Professional and concise. Likable personality who connects with viewers,” said another.

Matt Meister says he always wanted to be a meterologist. —GAZETTE FILE SILVER: CRAIG COFFEY, KXRM BRONZE: ABBIE BURKE, KXRM

TV SPORTS PERSONALITY GOLD: ROB NAMNOUM, KRDO,

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The lifelong sports fan and current KRDO sports director makes fans wherever he goes. He knows his stuff, is down to earth and funny, and viewers resonate with his perspective. “Good reporting on the sports realm. Great personality and delivers an accurate and funny side of sports that you don’t get on other channels,” said a fan. SILVER: TAYLOR KILGORE, KKTV BRONZE: ASHLEY GIOVANNA, KXRM

TV WEATHER ANCHOR GOLD: MATT MEISTER, KXRM

fox21news.com Maybe the most important characteristic of a weather forecaster? Accuracy. This meteorologist has it in spades, in addition to being entertaining, funny and easy to understand when it comes to explaining the ins and outs of weather phenomena. “Matt Meister is the best, most accurate and the funniest dude on the news. Matt gets what you need to know out to you and is completely transparent with his predictions, which is really respectable,” said a voter. SILVER: BRIAN BLEDSOE, KKTV BRONZE: MIKE DANIELS, KOAA

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From left, Linda Navarro, Around Town columnist; Terry Terrones, digital and pop-culture guru; Seth Boster, features reporter; Stephanie Earls, features reporter and Pikes Pub columnist; Teresa Farney, food reporter; Jennifer Mulson, arts & entertainment reporter . —CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE

good therapy

Ivywild School Gymnasium, 1604 S. Cascade Ave. 368-6100, ivywildschool.com No one’s going to make you run a lap, climb a rope or shower after attendance, but depending on how hard you danced you may feel so inclined. Movie nights, networking events, live music, stand-up and improv play out in a former gym inside a renovated 1916 elementary school that also serves as the home base and anchor pub for Bristol Brewing Co., plus a marketplace, bakery, cocktail spot and craft whiskey house, Axe and the Oak. If only overriding the rest of my middle memories was so easy. — Stephanie Earls

pop culture craziness

Colorado Springs Comic Con, 1710 Briargate Blvd. cscomiccon.com, Aug. 21-23 There’s never been a better time to be a fan of pop culture. From movies to television, comic book culture is inescapable. It’s also easier than ever to find locals who share similar interests, which is

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exactly why Colorado Springs Comic Con is so much fun. Entering its fourth year, this year’s event is sure to be bigger and better than ever. Whether you’re into cosplay, comics or want to chat up your favorite celebrity, there’s something at the con for every type of pop culture fanatic. — Terry Terrones

Memorable dining

Taste, 30 W. Dale St., in Fine Arts Center, 634-5583 fac.coloradocollege.edu Bon Appétit Management Co. brings its philosophy of keeping food simple and simply delicious at Taste, the dining space in the home of all things artistic. Talented chefs create dishes from scratch using fresh ingredients and cooking techniques to preserve flavor and nutrition. Not only are the dishes stunning to see, but the flavors are vibrant pieces of art themselves. Pre-theater dining is a treat when chefs design new dishes themed to performances. Start with a cocktail in the Deco Lounge for a relaxing evening before the plays. Taste restaurant is open for lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and pre-theater dining for select productions. — Teresa Farney


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A mirror reflects customers as they come and go on the stairs at Lulu’s Downstairs in Manitou Springs. CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, GAZETTE FILE

New cultural delights

Artist Series at Ent Center for the Arts

5225 N. Nevada Ave., 255-3232, uccspresents.org Last year’s Artist Series was a juicy lineup of performances by some artists I knew and some I’d never heard of. And I always appreciate being exposed to new cultural delights. Ent Center for the Arts Director Aisha Ahmad-Post brought us a fivepronged season, with classical, jazz, cabaret, dance and global get down offerings. Performers included the Nicholas Payton Quartet; Bill Frisell and Julian Lage; Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy; Ballet Hispanico; Guangdong Modern Dance Company; and Sam Bush. — Jennifer Mulson

She puts the fire to ironworking

Jodie Bliss Studio and Gallery, 243 Washington St., Monument, 244-8992 forgetyourbliss.com

Amazing metal art, from tiny flowers and doors and gates to large public art and chandeliers. Bliss is commissioned to create keepsake custom metal works for award winners. This artist and blacksmith passes her skills along with iron-pour workshops and won a 2019 Peak Arts Prize to teach new audiences welding art. They designed a public art sculpture with Bliss and her team and completed it with a Bliss Studio Iron Pour. — Linda Navarro

new groove

Lulu’s Downstairs, 107 Manitou Ave., 424-7637 lulusdownstairs.com An underground concert venue has had many lives on the west-side, hotel-covered strip known as No Man’s Land. Here’s to hoping this life lasts. Decades after hosting the likes of Ray Charles and Tina Turner, the nightclub opened doors once again in 2019. Lulu’s Downstairs honored the past with ‘60s decor but looked to the future with an impressive list of acts in its first months. Oh, and the cocktails aren’t too shabby. — Seth Boster

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Explore the great outdoors on your own two feet. pg. 32

GO PLAY!

Here’s a dog park that’s both dog and people friendly. pg. 33

FORE!

We can’t guarantee you a hole in one but here’s the best place to golf. pg. 33

FEELING NEIGHBORLY

Where’s the best place to live in Colorado Springs? Here’s readers’ pick for best neighborhood. pg. 34

GETTING IN SHAPE

If you need some help developing that six-pack, we’ve got readers’ pick for best personal trainer. pg. 36

HIT THE (YOGA) MAT

Nurture mind, body and spirit with best place to do yoga. pg. 36

WILL YOU MARRY ME?

If you’re ready to pop the question, here’s the best place to propose. pg. 37

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Above a Colorado canyon, hikers take the scenic route. PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE GAZETTE

Colorado Springs is used to earning its own “Best Of ” awards.

At the top of U.S. News & World Report’s list last year of “Most Desirable Places to Live,” behind only Honolulu. The nation’s fastest-growing city for millennials. It’s been among the Top 20 “Tech Towns” for IT professionals and Money magazine’s “Top 10 Best Big Cities to Live In.” One of Colorado Springs’ most revered treasures is Garden of the Gods Park, hailed as one of the top destinations in the country by TripAdvisor. Readers consider the natural wonderland the best “City Park,” the best “Place to Propose,” the best “Place to Gaze at Pikes Peak,” the most “Impressive Outing” and the top hiking spot.

It didn’t grab every top spot, though. Read on for readers’ (and Experts’) Picks on the best places to golf, bowl, take your dog and more.

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READERPICKS B&B GOLD: OLD TOWN GUEST HOUSE

115 S. 26th St., 632-9194 oldtown-guesthouse.com This Old Colorado City inn is a multiple-year favorite. Says a happy guest, “It’s like staying at your rich grandma’s house. Awesome rooms and food.” Others credited their hosts, Dave and Kim, for treating everyone like family. Readers enthused: “A true Colorado Springs treasure.” “Cozy, friendly, like home to me, close to everything.” SILVER: AVENUE HOTEL BED & BREAKFAST BRONZE: HOLDEN HOUSE

BEST TRAIL GOLD: GARDEN OF THE GODS PARK

1805 N. 30th St., 634-6666, gardenofgods.com A favorite word from countless readers is “beautiful,” as in: “Beautiful views, beautiful trail, beautiful history.” They appreciate the many trails and easy access for all levels. And that it’s all free.

CITY PARK GOLD: GARDEN OF THE GODS PARK

1805 N. 30th St., 634-6666, gardenofgods.com So many readers say this is the first place they take visitors. They all love it and “no other city in the country has a city park like this!” Even when there aren’t any guests visiting, “this is my favorite place, alone or with my family.” A reader calls it “ some of God’s best art work.” SILVER: FOX RUN REGIONAL PARK BRONZE: RED ROCK CANYON OPEN SPACE

CLIMBING WALL GOLD: CITYROCK

21 N. Nevada Ave, 634-9099, climbcityrock.com Climbers love it for the “great bouldering wall, an impressive climbing area” and “innovative routes.” They say they’ve been there many times and are “never disappointed.” Add to that, the Ute and Yeti Pub. SILVER: GRIPSTONE BRONZE: SPRINGS CLIMBING CENTER

SILVER: RED ROCK CANYON OPEN SPACE BRONZE: 7 BRIDGES

BOWLING ALLEY GOLD: THE SUMMIT INTERQUEST

InterQuest Marketplace, 1180 InterQuest Parkway, 278-3861, playatthesummit.com It’s “a great bowling experience” with the added attractions for all ages of an arcade, restaurant and laser tag. “One of our favorite places for a family outing,” said parents. SILVER: HARMONY BOWL BRONZE: UNCLE BUCK’S FISH BOWL AND GRILL

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Gus, a 10-year-old German shorthair, right, and Whezzy, a 2-year-old shelter dog, race in the fresh snow at the Bear Creek Dog Park. —CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, GAZETTE FILE


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FUN WAY TO SUPPORT CHARITY GOLD: P AWTOBERFEST, HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION

610 Abbot Lane, 473-1741, hsppr.org

A view of the bluebird sky from Peak 8 at Breckenridge Ski Resort. —GAZETTE FILE

COLORADO SKI AREA GOLD: BRECKENRIDGE

breckenridge.com “I love Breck,” pretty much said it for skiers and boarders. Wonderful powder, the skiing’s great and “the town itself makes it my favorite.” A fun place with great festivals, they say. SILVER: MONARCH BRONZE: COPPER MOUNTAIN

DOG PARK GOLD: BEAR CREEK DOG PARK

21st and West Rio Grande streets, 520-7529 communityservices.elpasoco.com/ parks-and-recreation/bear-creek-dog-park Dog lovers are fond of this park because it’s dog and people friendly. There’s even a creek for the dogs to play in. Separate areas for big dogs and little dogs. “Plenty of space.” SILVER: FOX RUN DOG PARK BRONZE: PALMER PARK

This is a regular Best of the Springs favorite and the Humane Society’s signature fundraising event. “Great family fun and awesome brews,” says a fan. Added another, “It’s fun to party with the pups” and “Pawtoberfest combines furry friends and good brews outdoors in the Colorado Springs sun.” SILVER: DOG JOG, NATIONAL MILL DOG RESCUE BRONZE: TURKEY TROT 5K, YMCA OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION

GOLF COURSE GOLD: PATTY JEWETT MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE

900 E. Espanola St., 385-6934 coloradosprings.gov/patty-jewett-golf-course/ page/patty-jewett-golf-course-information This tree-lined municipal course, 18 holes and nine holes, turned 100 in 2019, and its popularity has never waned over the decades. “Country club amenities at a public course,” was the compliment. Says a regular, “An amazing mountain view and so much history.” “A strong women’s golf association.” The popular grill has been updated with the times and boasts a busy weekend brunch and live music events. SILVER: THE BROADMOOR GOLF CLUB BRONZE: THE CLUB AT FLYING HORSE

FITNESS CLASSES GOLD: TRAIN WITH JOE — JOE RAMIREZ

4835 Barnes Road, 229-2639, trainwithjoe.com Ramirez is known for his boot camps, boxing and kickboxing. “Always a positive environment” and “wonderful classes,” say his fitness fans. SILVER: YMCA OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION BRONZE: ORANGETHEORY FITNESS

Patty Jewett Municipal Golf Course. —JERILEE BENNETT, GAZETTE FILE

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GYM/HEALTH CLUB GOLD: TRAIN WITH JOE — JOE RAMIREZ

4835 Barnes Road, 229-2639, trainwithjoe.com “A great gym,” “a good trainer” are the appreciative responses. As several said, “he cares.” SILVER: YMCA OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION BRONZE: ORANGETHEORY FITNESS

HOTEL GOLD: THE BROADMOOR

1 Lake Ave., (800) 755-5011, broadmoor.com Five stars many times over, “historical and charming,” and “unparalleled service and amenities,” say visitors. It’s the best of “because ... it’s The Broadmoor. It has no equal.” SILVER: GREAT WOLF LODGE BRONZE: THE CLIFF HOUSE AT PIKES PEAK

IMPRESSIVE OUTING GOLD: GARDEN OF THE GODS PARK

1805 N. 30th St., 634-6666, gardenofgods.com It’s stunning, awesome, beautiful and “the first place we take tourist friends ... whose reaction is awe,” says a lover of the city park. A quiet person loves being here to be “out in nature, to just sit and enjoy or hike into the interior.” SILVER: C AVE OF THE WINDS BRONZE: THE BROADMOOR

LUNCH TIME/AFTER WORK HIKE GOLD: RED ROCK CANYON OPEN SPACE

3550 W High St., 385-5940 redrockcanyonopenspace.org Regulars say they hike or bike this all the time “and love it.” Another “loves running here with my pup. Great trails.” SILVER: PALMER PARK BRONZE: GARDEN OF THE GODS PARK

MARTIAL ARTS GOLD: TRAIN WITH JOE — JOE RAMIREZ

4835 Barnes Road, 229-2639, trainwithjoe.com “One on one and professional training” is appreciated. “Good training.” “He’s awesome.” SILVER: SPRINGS ATA MARTIAL ARTS BRONZE: U NIVERSAL KEMPO KARATE SCHOOLS

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL GOLD: PALMER PARK

3650 Maizeland Road, 385-5940 coloradosprings.gov/parks/page/palmer-park A “beautiful, challenging trail network.” “Different levels to bike on and some are very difficult,” said a cyclist. From a local parent, “My daughter and I love to ride in this park.” SILVER: RED ROCK CANYON OPEN SPACE BRONZE: UTE VALLEY

NEIGHBORHOOD GOLD: OLD COLORADO CITY

West-side residents are cheerleaders for one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, its history, its neighborhood and its unique older homes. Readers gave thumbs-up to unique shopping and great restaurants. Stacey Dawrant races during the first Ascent Cycling Series race of the season at Palmer Park in Colorado Springs. —CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, GAZETTE FILE

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SILVER: OLD NORTH END BRONZE: FLYING HORSE


READERPICKS NEIGHBORHOOD PARK GOLD: COTTONWOOD CREEK PARK

7040 Rangewood Drive, 385-5940 coloradosprings.gov/parks/page/ cottonwood-creek-park It’s a “spacious, well-maintained park with a great disc golf course,” says a fan. For others, “a great place to hang out with the family, jog, use the trail all the way to the greenway, and let the kids play at the playground.” SILVER: PALMER PARK BRONZE: UTE VALLEY PARK

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NONPROFIT GOLD: H UMANE SOCIETY OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION

610 Abbot Lane, 473-1741, hsppr.org Readers feel strongly about this regular Best Nonprofit. This is “an amazing organization making sure all of our animals are treated fairly and with respect.” A volunteer said they “have seen firsthand how caring the staff and volunteers are.” And so many who voted said this is where they have adopted the animals they love so much. SILVER: NATIONAL MILL DOG RESCUE BRONZE: TESSA

Sue Smith laughs with joy after receiving a rescued dog from the transport van at the National Mill Dog Rescue in Peyton. —GAZETTE FILE

(719) 400-7450 | trainingcenter@pikespeakathletics.com | 602 Elkton Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80907 Pikes Peak Athletics is a nationally recognized athletic training organization that specializes in swimming. Embracing our core values, Pikes Peak Athletics offers quality instruction with experienced coaches trained to tailor instruction to the needs of each person. We believe each person has a story, and knowing that personal story empowers us to deliver optimal service. Methods acquired through real life experience and administered via proven leadership tactics, cultivate a culture of mastery. Our methods are holistic, and encourage lifelong fitness and love of movement.
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PERSONAL TRAINER GOLD: TRAIN WITH JOE — JOE RAMIREZ

4835 Barnes Road, 229-2639, trainwithjoe.com A winner in several categories here, he offers “good training” and “cares about his people.” SILVER: KELLEY MILLSAP, ORANGETHEORY FITNESS BRONZE: JACQUELYN MARKIEWICZ, ORANGETHEORY FITNESS

PHILANTHROPIC BUSINESS GOLD: NATIONAL MILL DOG RESCUE

PO Box 88468, 445-6787, nmdr.org The NMDR volunteers and staff, led by Theresa Strader, have traveled thousands of miles rescuing 15,000 dogs from mills. “They save dogs, what’s more heroic?” asks a voter. “They help dogs out of desperate situations and give them a new life.” “Amazing people with hearts of gold.” SILVER: MARCO’S PIZZA BRONZE: BETHESDA GARDENS MONUMENT PLACE

PLACE TO DO PILATES GOLD: YMCA OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION

Multiple locations, ppymca.org The Y “is always a safe, fun place to learn new things,” wrote a beginner. Voters were enthusiastic about “my choice for pilates” with “wonderful instructors.” SILVER: CLUB PILATES BRONZE: BARRE FORTE COLORADO SPRINGS

PLACE TO DO YOGA GOLD: CAMBIO YOGA

3326 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 229-1188 cambioyoga.com

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Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak.—GAZETTE FILE

“LOVE the community at Cambio” was the consensus. “A wonderful place, awesome instructors, sincere about making yoga accessible to everyone.” Cambio is appreciated for being “accommodating for people’s schedules” and “having a wide selection of teachers and yoga styles.” SILVER: YMCA OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION BRONZE: HOT ON YOGA

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

1805 N. 30th St., 634-6666, gardenofgods.com This is the perfect place to see the best-ever view of Pikes Peak while sitting quietly on the red rocks, says an admirer. Another took the active approach: “It’s best to be outdoors and hiking to see the majestic mountain.” SILVER: PALMER PARK BRONZE: GARDEN OF THE GODS RESORT AND CLUB


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VOLUNTEERS GOLD: NATIONAL MILL DOG RESCUE

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

PO Box 88468, 445-6787, nmdr.org

Romance is in the air among the beautiful rock formations. Voters shared how “I proposed to my wife there,” “my daughter was proposed to here,” and for a number of folks, “that’s where we were married.”

This volunteer corps love what they do. And they’re appreciated, they say, “NMDR is truly dedicated to their mission and respects the hard work of volunteers.” A volunteer spoke out, “The dogs will melt your heart. Volunteering here is a wonderful experience.” Said another, “Wonderful volunteers create happiness from misery for the dogs they rescue.”

SILVER: PIKES PEAK BRONZE: THE BROADMOOR SWIMMING POOL

SWIMMING POOL GOLD: YMCA OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION

SILVER: MIKE PHILLIPS, MOTIVATIONAL LEADERSHIP BRONZE: CHRIS SPINATO, ALL BREED RESCUE & TRAINING

Multiple locations, ppymca.org Swimmers shared that this is their choice because “each Y location offers something different. “Great pools for laps and kid play areas. Great swim instructors.” One voter summed it up: “That’s my swimming hole!” SILVER: VILLASPORT ATHLETIC CLUB AND SPA BRONZE: PIKES PEAK ATHLETICS TRAINING CENTER

VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS GOLD: RED LEG BREWING CO.

4630 Forge Road,598-3776, redlegbrewing.com “These guys are the real deal. You can feel the sense of community when you walk through the door.” So many thank yous: “Todd has come so far and does so much to not only help veterans, but the local community,” and “Todd has been an amazing mentor and catalyst for promoting veteran-owned businesses.” Add to that: “like me some beer, too.” SILVER: DART WARS BRONZE: JAKS BREWERY CO.

During the mandatory closures, Red Leg Brewing has relied on to-go sales at its original Forge Road brewery off Garden of the Gods Road. —COURTESY OF HEATHER JOHNSON, GAZETTE FILE

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the beloved "mom" of hockey for everyone tigershockey.org/adaptive-hockey

Doris Donley started out as a volunteer with sled hockey and has steered the disabled hockey program nationwide. As manager of Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association Tigers sled hockey, she helped develop the state's rules for the sport, at first the only hockey program for those with disabilities. Now she's that special volunteer making it happen for warrior, blind and special hockey, too, including the Colorado Avalanche's first Try Blind Hockey Day in 2018, where 50 blind players of all ages experienced time on the ice. The NHL and USA Hockey took notice, too, and just donated a firstdesign on-ice player bench from Athletica. Doris "Mom" Donley can't stop smiling. Her dreams keep coming true. — Linda Navarro

a top spot for birders and more Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745 communityservices. elpasoco.com/ nature-centers/fountain-creek-nature-center

Care to dally awhile on the trails here? Only 15 minutes south of downtown, and yet it feels like you’ve entered another world with its ponds, marshes, meadows and cottonwood forests. I come here every summer, usually right before dusk, to look for owls, hawks, bullfrogs, great blue herons and fireflies. My desire is never unrequited. Daytime is no slouch, either, with loads of bird sightings and happy turtles sunning themselves on rocks. Ebird (ebird.org), a large online database of bird observations, reports Fountain Creek Regional Park is El Paso County’s No. 2 birding hot spot. — Jennifer Mulson

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Wander well Intemann Trail

Thank the late Manitou Springs city planner Paul Intemann for perhaps the best tour of our mountain backdrop. After his death in 1986, volunteers went on to build the trail he envisioned, visiting the area’s many natural splendors: forests, creeks, red rocks and peak views. The Intemann Trail spans 6 miles between Manitou and Section 16’s popular trailhead. That trail’s overlook is one great detour, along with Manitou’s Red and Iron mountains and Red Rock Canyon Open Space. — Seth Boster

Out-of-this-world happy hour

SuperNova, 111 E. Boulder St, 418-3484 supernovabar.com SuperNova, my favorite pubcade (pub/arcade), is a good place to go any day of the week. With solid pub food, an extensive beer and cocktail list, and some of the best classic arcade video game cabinets in town, there’s no shortage of things to enjoy. I prefer to stop by SuperNova during happy hour, which runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. That’s when you can score $3 drafts, wells and glasses of wine as well as half-price appetizers. Taco Tuesday offers $1.25 tacos, and on Wing Wednesday you can snag wings for a paltry 60 cents each. — Terry Terrones

social motivations

The Local Motive Public Party, 719-204-4141 Buslocalmotiveevents.com Want to experience Colorado Springs nightlife, but your chauffeur clocks out at 8? Let Local Motive do the driving for you (and up to 34 friends) in one of two former school buses transformed into fetes on wheels. An ever-rotating roster of curated crawls — including themed circuits celebrating dive bars, karaoke and cult movies such as "The Big Lebowski," to name just a few — keeps things fresh. Support from more than a dozen local partners helps keep it affordable. Most crawls are $25 and include transportation and drink specials at up to four locations. — Stephanie Earls


North Side Social abounds with family-friendly games for all ages.—TERESA FARNEY, THE GAZETTE

playhouse for families

North Side Social, 9633 Prominent Point, 282-8004, northsidesocialco.com If you are looking for a way to let your family have fun and eat a great meal, this place is for you. In a massive, 17,000-square-foot space, you can find indoor and outdoor games to keep everyone happy for hours. Think ping-pong, bowling, arcades and, come summer, cornhole and pickleball. Plus, big-screen TVs galore. There’s a menu of reasonably priced pizzas, sliders, burgers, salads, sandwiches and appetizers. For the bigger eater, there are slabs of barbecued ribs and whole herb rotisserie chicken. Just in the mood for drinks with friends? A full bar and beer wall await. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. — Teresa Farney

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Family & Health from schools to doctors to fun outings, here are family-friendly reader picks. ALLERGY ATTACKS

Bless you! Find readers’ pick for best allergist. Pg. 44

OPEN WIDE

If you’re a “dental coward,” here’s one place readers say will help put you at ease. Pg. 47

FOCUS ON EYE CARE

The eyes have it! The winner for best eye care is a familiar one. Pg. 49

FAMILY FUN

The best places for a fun family outing. Pg. 49

PAIN RELIEF

If you have some aches and pains that need to be smoothed away, here’s the best spot for a massage. Pg. 51

BIRTHDAY BASH

If it’s your birthday, here’s a favorite place to celebrate Pg. 54

TEEN TIME

Here’s a place for teens to hang out in that’s safe, clean and fun. Pg. 57

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

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PARKER SEIBOLD, THE GAZETTE


School District 11 Thanks All Those Instrumental in Helping During the COVID-19 Pandemic Colorado Springs School District 11 would like to thank the many people responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, from doctors and nurses caring for people on the front lines, to delivery and truck drivers, first responders, and grocery store workers ensuring the availability of essential goods and services. We would especially like to thank District 11 educators, Food and Nutrition Services workers, information technology staff, and custodial staff for going above and beyond to make sure the needs of our students, families, and staff were met.

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A helicopter flies over the new Children's Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs. GAZETTE FILE

Colorado Springs consistently ranks high on lists of the nation’s fittest, healthiest or

most health-conscious cities.

That’s fitting for a city that has been touted since its early days as a premier health destination One Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce marketing effort touted Colorado's clean air and "life-giving germ-destroying sunshine," and the Springs was nicknamed "The City of Sunshine." The Springs also typically ranks high for liveability and family-friendliness. Those two areas — family and health — both got a boost last year with the opening of Children’s Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs; the hospital is already working on a series of expansions to accommodate faster-than-expected patient growth. Those interested in health can look to these pages for readers’ choices of everything from best acupuncturist to best home care provider to urgent care center. Those looking forward to some family fun will find picks for best place for a birthday party, top teen hangout and more.

BEST PLACE FOR A FIELD TRIP? The winner, by a landslide, is the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, a Best of the Springs regular since Day One.

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No matter what you want to be when you grow up...

... Combine your passions at CIVA...

Together we can help you reach your dreams. • Earn College Credit • Advanced Placement Courses • Small, Safe School • Emphasis on the Visual and Performing Arts

WWW.CIVACHARTERSCHOOL.ORG • 719-633-1306

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ACUPUNCTURIST GOLD: PEACEFUL POINTS ACUPUNCTURE

5265 N Academy Blvd. No. 1400, 291-4006 peacefulpoints.com A multiyear winner, Peaceful Points owner and acupuncturist Shelly Greene offers a variety of treatments and up-to-date techniques. Voters said, “Shelly Greene is a wonderful, caring person and an outstanding acupuncturist.” SILVER: EAST WINDS ACUPUNCTURE BRONZE: SPRINGS COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM GOLD: YMCA OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION

Multiple locations. Main Office: 316 N. Tejon St., 329-7292, ppymca.org The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region’s Before and After School Child Care program expands learning beyond the classroom, states the website. One voter said the program was, “convenient, affordable and high-quality,” while another said, “The YMCA has an amazing after school program … and they have a bus to pick them up from school!” SILVER: YOUNG SCHOLARS ACADEMY BRONZE: ACADEMY OF CHILDREN’S THEATRE

ALLERGIST GOLD: COLORADO ENT AND ALLERGY

Multiple locations, 867-7800, coloradoent.com Described by voters as “caring and professional,” Colorado ENT and Allergy offers a wide range of high-quality services designed to help their patients hear, smell, breathe and speak better. One voter said, “The whole team is efficient, nice and willing to help.” SILVER: WILLIAM STORM ALLERGY CLINIC BRONZE: A STHMA AND ALLERGY ASSOCIATES

AUDIOLOGY PRACTICE GOLD: C OLORADO SPRINGS EAR ASSOCIATES

2950 Professional Place, Suite 100, 667-1327 springsear.com From hearing loss to balance disorders, and various ailments in between, Colorado Ear Associates offers a variety of treatments and audiology services. Voters said, “They are always kind, warm, welcoming, very professional and very knowledgeable,” and “Best ear doctors ever!” SILVER: COLORADO ENT AND ALLERGY BRONZE: PEAK VIEW AUDIOLOGY & HEARING CARE

CHIROPRACTOR GOLD: WOW FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC

7150 Campus Drive, No. 230, 627-4969 wowfamilychiropractic.com As a family-friendly clinic, WoW Family Chiropractic offers treatment for all walks of life: newborns, moms (and dads) to be, teenagers and adults. One voter said, “The best place to get adjusted for the whole family. Very cost friendly with excellent staff and doctors.” SILVER: GREGORY SABIN CHIROPRACTIC BRONZE: TRUE NORTH CHIROPRACTIC

COLLEGE FOR ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE GOLD: PIKES PEAK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Main Campus: 5675 S. Academy Blvd., 502-2000, ppcc.edu Described as offering the most “bang for your buck,” PPCC not only offers a variety of studies, but also partners with high schools and universities to offer a well-rounded education for all students. Voters said PPCC “provides affordable, quality education,” and “has so much to offer!” SILVER: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT COLORADO SPRINGS BRONZE: PIMA MEDICAL INSTITUTE

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IN THEIR EYES, WE HAVE THE ANSWERS

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

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 255-8227, uccs.edu Part of the University of Colorado system, UCCS continues to rank high in the hearts of Gazette readers as the best place to obtain a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Voters praised UCCS for its educational opportunities, excellent professors and diverse campus life. SILVER: COLORADO COLLEGE BRONZE: COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

CONTINUING EDUCATION GOLD: U NIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT COLORADO SPRINGS

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

With over 70 degrees and over 100 distinct programs, readers love the vast curriculum and dynamic opportunities and classes offered at UCCS. Said one voter: “Great advancement opportunities, especially in IT security!” SILVER: EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY BRONZE: PIKES PEAK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

DAY TRIP GOLD: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO

4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925 cmzoo.org Year after year, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo continues to be a community favorite for children and adults. Some even described it as “the best zoo in the state, in the country, in the nation!” SILVER: CAVE OF THE WINDS BRONZE: DART WARS

Thank you Colorado Springs! We appreciate your continued support & thank you for voting for us! Eye Associates of Colorado Springs prides itself on bringing the most advanced, compassionate, comprehensive eye care to the community! We are excited to be moving our Campus location to a new building in the beginning of 2021! 2770 N. Union Blvd., Suite 240 • Colorado Springs, CO 80909 7075 Campus Drive, Suite 100 • Colorado Springs, CO 80920 P: (719) 471-2020 • F: (719) 633-7379

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Our new office will be located at: 10035 Pearl Pass Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80924


READERPICKS DAY CARE CENTER GOLD: L ITTLE SUNSHINE’S PLAYHOUSE AND PRESCHOOL OF COLORADO SPRINGS

1245 Tenderfoot Hill Road, 576-9789 littlesunshine.com Described as a “home away from home,” Little Sunshine’s Playhouse boasts a strong philosophy in early childhood development. “Amazing facility! I cannot thank the staff and faculty enough for the care and attention they not only give my daughter, but all the children at LSP!” exclaimed one voter.

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A multiple-year winner, readers describe Broadmoor Dental as having a great staff that makes you feel like family. Voters said, “Broadmoor Dental is the friendliest and more professional dental practice that I have ever experienced.” SILVER: SPRINGS DENTISTRY BRONZE: POWERS DENTAL

DENTISTRY FOR KIDS GOLD: C OLORADO SPRINGS PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

SILVER: YOUNG SCHOLARS ACADEMY

Multiple locations, cspediatricdentistry.com

BRONZE: HOPE MONTESSORI ACADEMY

A multiple-year winner, Colorado Springs Pediatric Dentistry strives to establish a positive rapport with each child to make their dental experience pleasant and positive.

DENTAL PRACTICE GOLD: BROADMOOR DENTAL

1930 South Nevada Avenue, 576-5566 broadmoordental.com

SILVER: SIMPLY KIDS DENTAL BRONZE: ROCKY MOUNTAIN PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

University of Northern Colorado

EXTENDED CAMPUS

Change your Life and Advance your Career

The mission of the University of Northern Colorado Extended Campus is to extend the academic offerings of UNC to the rest of Colorado and beyond. If you are looking to complete your bachelors, gain a masters or certificate or just take a few courses, we have opportunities for you. • • •

Online, Face to Face and Hybrid Delivery Career Focused Programs for Working Adults Centers in Loveland & Denver

Contact Extended Campus: extended.unco.edu Extended.Campus@unco.edu 1-800-232-1749

Our community is amazing! We are truly honored to be Best of Colorado Springs! As a thank you, we’d like to offer 2 complimentary New Patient visits! *restrictions apply

719 . 627. 4WoW (4969)

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GOLD: CENTENNIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

1860 S. Chelton Road, 579-2155, www.hsd2.org The goal at Centennial Elementary School is for each student to learn and achieve at their highest potential. “Centennial is always doing great things for the community. They love giving back to the families at their school,” said one voter.

Described as positive and energetic by many voters, Teri Rands has been branded as an educator who has a love and passion for teaching. SILVER: RYAN SCHAUFFLE, JAMES IRWIN CHARTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BRONZE: JAMIE FLEISCHMANN, ST. PAUL’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL

SILVER: JAMES IRWIN CHARTER ACADEMY BRONZE: BANNING LEWIS RANCH ACADEMY

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EDUCATOR GOLD: TERI RANDS, JAMES IRWIN CHARTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

1801 Howard Ave., 302-9100; 5525 Astrozon Blvd., 302-9107, jamesirwin.org

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A 1-day old giraffe calf was up and galloping at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo —JERILEE BENNETT, GAZETTE FILE


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A fun outing for the whole family, The Summit Interquest offers free bowling for kids, happy hour specials for adults, laser tag, arcade games and more.

EYE CARE/OPTOMETRIST GOLD: ABBA EYE CARE

Multiple locations, abbaeyecare.com

SILVER: SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK

A winner year after year, Abba Eye Care offers a comprehensive suite of vision care including eye exams, Lasik consultation, eyeglasses and contact lenses, fashion-forward frame selections and more at four Colorado Springs-area offices. Voters complimented Abba Eye Care on its amazing service and friendly staff.

BRONZE: DART WARS

SILVER: E YE ASSOCIATES OF COLORADO SPRINGS

FIELD TRIP GOLD: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO

4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925 cmzoo.org The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers a one-of-akind educational experience including docent-led tours, classroom visits and zoo exploration tours. “The docent programs tie into the Colorado School educational standards the children are learning,” said one reader. “The zoo was always my favorite field trip as a kid,” said another.

BRONZE: ROCKRIMMON VISION SOURCE

FAMILY FUN CENTER GOLD: THE SUMMIT INTERQUEST

1180 Interquest Parkway, 278-3861 playatthesummit.com

SILVER: GARDEN OF THE GODS BRONZE: CAVE OF THE WINDS

Thank You Colorado Springs! VOTED BEST MASSAGE THERAPY

Experience a

1-Hour Massage

LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED

Dublin Commons | 719.302.0561

Briargate | 719.425.8110

5925 Dublin Blvd, Ste. 130 Colorado Springs, CO 80923

9288 Forest Bluffs View Colorado Springs, CO 80920

*Introductory rate valid for first-time Guests only. Service time includes 10 minutes of prep time. Additional local taxes and fees may apply. Rates and services may vary by location. See Retreat for details. Each Massage Heights Retreat is independently owned and operated. ©️2020 Massage Heights Franchising, LLC. All rights reserved. thebestofthesprings.com 49


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HIGH SCHOOL GOLD: JAMES IRWIN CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL

GOLD: T OM HARDER, ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL

5525 Astrozon Blvd., 302-9109, jamesirwin.com

2501 E. Yampa St., 635-7540, smhscs.org

It is the vision of James Irwin Charter Schools that all students can benefit from a rigorous educational program that challenges them to achieve their academic potential, states the website. One voter said, “James Irwin has the goal to teach all students, and for the past 20 years, they have.”

Described by readers as a “class act” and a “world-class math teacher,” Harder has earned his reputation for being not only a great teacher but an even better human being. “Tom Harder is the finest math teacher I have known; there simply is no one better,” said one reader.

SILVER: ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL BRONZE: DOHERTY HIGH SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL COACH GOLD: CHAD BAKER, POWER TECHNICAL (PTEC)

2525 Canada Drive, 301-6200, jamesirwin.com James Irwin schools were a favorite in multiple Best Of categories this year — including their Power Technical (PTEC) school. As dean of students for PTEC, Chad Baker was described as “a great teacher who cares about his students.” Readers also said, “It takes a special coach to not only coach the fundamentals of the game, but also the fundamentals of life,” and “Chad is a wonderful coach, he really cares about the kids!” SILVER: ANTHONY BYRD, JAMES IRWIN CHARTER SCHOOL BRONZE: DAVID WELSH, MESA RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

William W. Storms, MD

BRONZE: RYAN KOLLASCH, POWER TECHNICAL (PTEC)

HOME CARE COMPANY GOLD: AMADA SENIOR CARE

1605 Elm Creek View, Suite 100, 377-9121 amadaseniorcareco.com Amada Senior Care believes seniors deserve a high quality of life, which is why their staff specializes in services guaranteed to support your loved ones. As one voter said, “Amada is the best, I would recommend to anyone and everyone in need of care. They love and have a real passionate heart to care for those in need.” Another said, “They are very personal and treat everyone like family!” SILVER: PREFERRED CARE AT HOME OF COLORADO SPRINGS BRONZE: FIRSTLIGHT HOME CARE

Thanks for Voting us Best of the Springs!

1625 Medical Center Point, Suite 190 Colorado Springs, CO 80907 Offices in Broadmoor, Monument, Cordera and Pueblo 50 BEST OF THE SPRINGS 2020

SILVER: JANESSA BEATTY, POWER TECHNICAL (PTEC)

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MEDICAL PRACTICE GOLD: WELL LIFE STUDIO

GOLD: AMADA SENIOR CARE

1605 Elm Creek View, Suite 100, 377-9121 amadaseniorcareco.com

975 Garden of the Gods Road, 694-8782 thewelllifestudio.com

A multiyear winner, readers continue to praise Amada Senior Care owner Ken Jenson and his compassion for his clients and their well-being. One reader said, “Ken is very caring for his clients, he gives them the assurance, knowledge and time they need while starting this new stage in their life,” while another said, “A very good company who cares about their clients and employees in so many ways!”

Well Life Studio is a primary care clinic, offering a holistic and all-natural path to wellness and specializing in hormone replacement therapy, testosterone replacement therapy, medically supervised weight loss and more. One voter said, “They really care about their patients, I really enjoy my visits.” SILVER: UCHEALTH

SILVER: FIRSTLIGHT HOME CARE BRONZE: PREFERRED CARE AT HOME OF COLORADO SPRINGS

BRONZE: MOUNTAIN VIEW MEDICAL GROUP

MEDICAL SPA GOLD: GENESIS MEDSPA

MASSAGE THERAPY GOLD: MASSAGE ENVY

3254 Cinema Point, 574-9900; 750 Village Center Drive, 473-9900; 9235 N. Union Blvd. 623-1750, massageenvy.com With three locations serving the Colorado Springs-area, Massage Envy offers customized massages including trigger point therapy, Swedish massage and deep tissue massage. Their monthly membership program has readers raving, with one reader saying, “I love their program, love their office atmosphere and I have always had a great massage therapist and esthetician. Always a good experience.”

142 S. Raven Mine Drive, Suite 250, 579-6890 genesis-medspa.com Genesis Medspa is a full-service medical spa offering a variety of services, products and promotions. Voters described the office as friendly, knowledgeable and professional. “Dr. Lisa Jenks is a total professional and has great skills to bring out the beauty and attractiveness in both women and men,” said one reader. “People want results and they’ll get the best here. The knowledge and expertise are apparent in your first visit,” said another.

SILVER: SUNWATER SPA

SILVER: CLARA MEDISPA BRONZE: MD BOUTIQUES

BRONZE: MASSAGE HEIGHTS

Thank you for voting us Best of The Springs INFO@EASTWINDSACUPUNCTURE.COM • (719) 520-5056 • FAX (719) 520-5222 1422 N. HANCOCK AVE., SUITE 5 SOUTH, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80903

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ORTHODONTICS

GOLD: J AMES IRWIN CHARTER MIDDLE SCHOOL

GOLD: RANGEWOOD ORTHODONTICS

5525 Astrozon Blvd., 302-9109, jamesirwin.com Voters said, “The James Irwin schools consistently provide high quality education,” and “A great school with great teachers and high values.” A multiyear winner, James Irwin Charter Middle School continues to be a favorite among Best Of voters and the community. SILVER: JENKINS MIDDLE SCHOOL BRONZE: NORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATOR GOLD: D ARREN JOINER, JENKINS MIDDLE SCHOOL

Multiple locations, 596-3113 rangewoodorthodontics.com The mission of Rangewood Orthodontics is to provide quality orthodontic care in Colorado Springs, Monument, Castle Rock and Woodland Park by offering unique and specific care for children, teens and adults. “Rangewood feels like family from the moment you walk through the doors. We are always greeted by name and feel so welcome,” said one voter. “Amazing doctors and staff. They truly care and the results are fantastic, I refer all my friends and family here,” said another. SILVER: SUTTER ORTHODONTICS BRONZE: JOHNSON ORTHODONTICS

6410 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 328-5300 d11.org/jenkins Described as fun and personable by many voters, Darren Joiner has been regarded as a principal who is not only engaged with his student’s education, but also their well-being and mental health. Readers said, “We are so impressed with Principal Joiner and couldn’t ask for a better person to lead our children.” and “Watching his engagement with the students is just very amazing, we need more (educators) like him.” SILVER: KELSEY WIGAND, JAMES IRWIN CHARTER MIDDLE SCHOOL BRONZE: PATRICIA TOFILI, JAMES IRWIN CHARTER MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

FOR VOTING US BEST OF THE SPRINGS!

• No down payment • Convenient payment plans • Most insurances accepted • Orthodontics for children and adults 576 0 N O R T H C A R E F R E E C I R C L E • 719 - 55 0 - 0 2 2 2

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PEDIATRIC PRACTICE GOLD: IRON HORSE PEDIATRICS

GOLD: JOINT EFFORT PHYSICAL THERAPY

402 N. Tejon St. No. 200; 4105 Briargate Parkway, No. 205, 633-3850, ironhorsepeds.com

2835 Dublin Blvd., 533-1318; 202 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 527-9331; jointeffortrehab.com

With two convenient Colorado Springs locations, this pediatric practice is a multiyear Best Of winner. Voters said, “The doctors at Iron Horse Pediatrics always make time for my children, they treat us like family,” and “Love the locations of the offices and how easy it is to get in to see our doctor.”

Joint Effort Physical Therapy boasts multiple services including dry needling, speech therapy, balance rehabilitation, cupping therapy and more. “Joint Effort provides outstanding treatment tailored to each individual’s distinct needs,” said one voter. “These professionals are more than just PTs, they are people who connect with their patients and care about their outcome,” said another.

SILVER: DUBLIN PRIMARY CARE BRONZE: MOUNTAIN VIEW MEDICAL GROUP

SILVER: STRIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY BRONZE: COLORADO SPRINGS ORTHOPAEDIC GROUP

It’s time to educate yourself on what a medspa can do for you! Genesis has an experienced staff of providers led by Dr. Lisa Jenks and Dr. Anne Bode consisting of an R.N., medical aestheticians, and laser technicians. Genesis offers: • An extensive service menu including laser treatments, injectables, skin/body treatments and fat reduction • Special services for men • Medical-grade products to enhance your treatment And so much more! Please call to schedule your complimentary new client skin analysis and consultation today at (719) 579-6890.

Thank you for your votes.

142 S. Raven Mine Dr., #250, Colorado Springs, CO 80905

(719) 579-6890 • genesismedspa.com

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PLACE FOR BIRTHDAY GOLD: FARGO’S PIZZA

2910 E. Platte Ave., 473-5540, fargospizza.com Fargo’s Pizza opened in December 1973 and has continued to be a Best Of favorite for many years. Locals, tourists, kids, adults — it is truly a dining experience for all. One voter said, “Whether the birthday is for a 5-year-old or an 85-year-old, we all have fun,” while another said, “You can feed the whole party without breaking your wallet, and the atmosphere is like none other. We’ve been celebrating here for over 30 years.” SILVER: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO BRONZE: SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK

Thank you for voting us

Best of the Springs! Dr. Watts, Dr. Kaplan and the staff at Rangewood Orthodontics bring years of experience to the greater Colorado Springs area and strive to provide you with the most technologically advanced orthodontic treatment available.

Call or request your appointment online. 7560 Rangewood Dr., Ste 200 501 S. Tejon St., Ste. 200 • 6665 Delmonico Dr., Ste. A

(719) 596-3113 • rangewoodorthodontics.com

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PRESCHOOL GOLD: LITTLE SUNSHINE’S PLAYHOUSE AND PRESCHOOL OF COLORADO SPRINGS

1245 Tenderfoot Hill Road, 576-9789 littlesunshine.com Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool maintains an identity and brand image of unrivaled distinction in preschool and early childhood education, states the website. Voters said, “Amazing school!” “Great program!” “Such a great school!” and “We love the staff!” SILVER: YOUNG SCHOLARS ACADEMY BRONZE: ST. PAUL CATHOLIC SCHOOL


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SUMMER DAY CAMP GOLD: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO

4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925 cmzoo.org Offering full-week camps, day camps and specialized camps to suite the age of your child, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo continues to be a reader favorite in this Best Of category. “Camps teach your kids about everything from nature to animals, and they get to be outdoors and make new friends and have fun,” said one reader. “Provides a great experience for boys and girls to be around animals and learn new skills,” said another.

TECHNICAL SCHOOL GOLD: POWER TECHNICAL (PTEC)

2525 Canada Drive, 301-6200, jamesirwin.com Power Technical, an affiliate of James Irwin schools, is a tuition-free trade school serving students through high school and even two years of college at Pikes Peak Community College. Voters raved, “Amazing school, provides great academics and training for students seeking technical education,” and “I can’t say enough good things about this school. … The teachers have made learning a pleasant experience for my son and he is shining!”

SILVER: YMCA OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION

SILVER: AVANZA TRAINING

BRONZE: YOUNG SCHOLARS ACADEMY

BRONZE: PIMA MEDICAL INSTITUTE

FirstLight Home Care Of Colorado Springs Veteran-owned, non-medical Home Care agency providing care to seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, those recovering from illness, injury or surgery and anyone who needs a little help with daily activities.

From a couple hours a week to 24/7 care, our exceptional team of caregivers provide assistance with light housekeeping, laundry, transportation, meal prep, bathing and grooming, continence and toileting, medication reminders, companionship and more! We serve Southeastern Colorado, El Paso, Douglas, Teller, Pueblo, Fremont and Otero counties.

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TEEN HANGOUT GOLD: SUMMIT AT INTERQUEST

1180 Interquest Parkway, 278-3861 playatthesummit.com Described as, “safe, clean and tons of fun,” Summit at Interquest continues to be a favorite with Best Of voters. “Always a great time for the family at all ages,” said one voter. “Great customer service, arcade, food and bowling,” said another. SILVER: DART WARS BRONZE: MARCO’S PIZZA

Best variety of pizza ingredients and great salad bar at Fargo’s Pizzeria. —GAZETTE FILE

THREE GENERATIONS OF EXPERIENCE YOU CAN TRUST HELPING PEOPLE HEAR WELL WITH INTEGRITY AND PROFESSIONALISM FOR THREE GENERATIONS.

Northeast Clinic 5980 Stetson Hills Blvd., #100, CSC 719-574-3111 Central Clinic 3854 Village Seven Rd., CSC 719-574-8761 Northwest Clinic 6005 Delmonico, #130, CSC 719-599-7401 South Clinic 5160 Fontaine Blvd., Fountain 719-358-8885

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Eye Associate Ashley Davidson performs an eye check and glass adjustment. — JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

TUTORING PROGRAM GOLD: THE READ CENTER

285-7780, thereadcenter.org

Affordable and Compassionate In-Home Senior Care Meal Preparation Dress/Hygiene Assistance Medication Reminders Housekeeping Companionship Transportation Alzheimer Care

Over 30 Years of Celebrating Life, Dignity and Independence. PAYMENT OPTIONS: Medicaid Medicare Private Pay Long-Term Care Insurance Any Insurance that Covers Non-Medical Homecare Serving all of El Paso County and Teller County

The READ Center provides children the attention and intervention they need to overcome obstacles in reading and learning alike. Voters unanimously agreed the center offers great service. SILVER: CRAIG’S SOLUTIONS MATH TUTORING LLC BRONZE: CHILDREN’S LITERACY CENTER

URGENT CARE/WALK-IN CLINIC GOLD: UCHEALTH URGENT CARE

Multiple locations uchealth.org/services/urgent-care With locations throughout the Colorado Springs area, UCHealth Urgent Care touts being quick, convenient and more affordable than a traditional emergency room. Voters said, “UCHealth is a leader of health care in our community. Great providers and great care,” and “Got me in and out relatively quick and that is appreciated when you’re sick!” SILVER: DAVITA URGENT CARE BRONZE: ALLIANCE URGENT CARE FAMILY PRACTICE

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1175 Chapel Hills Drive, 531-6333 ext. 7012 ppld.org/library-21c Library 21c is the shiny centerpiece of the Pikes Peak Library District. I mean that literally, with the glass edifice on a north-side hilltop shining in the sunlight, affording splendid views of Pikes Peak. 21c was built to be the district’s technological epicenter, and while it is that, it still greatly achieves the classic role of a library: a place to discover a book, to get a project done or to keep the kids entertained for an afternoon. — Seth Boster

Thank you for voting us Best of the Springs for over a decade!

Helping you get the care you need from the safety and comfort of your home. Mountain View Medical Group is now offering video appointments for new and existing patients. Our doctors and care teams are committed to providing exceptional care for the whole family. We offer primary care, pediatric care, women's services and podiatry throughout the Pikes Peak region.

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momma said knock you out

meals that mend

Old School Boxing, 2112 E. Platte Ave. 632-1982, oldschoolboxinggym.org

Ronald McDonald House, 4223 Royal Pine Drive 471-1814, rmhcsoutherncolorado.org

If you’re looking for a great workout, boxing is hard to beat. And if you’re looking for a great workout with a community of like-minded people who enjoy breaking a sweat and having fun, Old School Boxing is the place to be. Terry Buterbaugh, a pro boxer, has owned and operated the gym since 2005 and is as knowledgeable and friendly as they come. And if you ask nicely, he might even let you choose the music you work out to. — Terry Terrones

Ronald McDonald Charities of Southern Colorado has been helping families with critically ill children since 1987. The organization serves thousands of families who need shelter, sustenance and comfort when they come to Colorado Springs seeking specialized medical treatment for their children. While there is a fully equipped kitchen for families to prepare meals, the organization welcomes volunteers to assist with providing dinners to families. The organization has a Meals that Mend program, where restaurants can cater meals for families or volunteers can sign up to cook on a specific day. Restaurants that currently bring meals are McDonalds, Wooglin’s Deli, The Airplane Restaurant and Golden Corral. Volunteer as an individual or get some friends together to deliver or cook a dinner at the RMH. — Teresa Farney

Volunteers prepare dinner for families at the Ronald McDonald House in Colorado Springs. — JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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cuddling the tiniest newborns

Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, 4090 Briargate Parkway, volunteer application: https://bit.ly/3bIKcui , 305-7042 These trained baby cuddler volunteers have one of the most precious callings anywhere. They rock and cradle and coo to little ones in the neonatal intensive care (NICU) at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs. They’re there to snuggle premature, sick and opioid-exposed newborns when parents or guardians need a break. Pediatric nurses say the program, coordinated by honored longtime volunteer Bruce Erickson, known as the Baby Whisperer, helps babies relax and rest when that cuddler human contact is there. — Linda Navarro

a zone for all seasons

Feast of St. Arnold, Chapel of Our Saviour 8 Fourth St., feastofsaintarnold.com

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A “family-friendly beer festival,” on the grounds of a historic church, with a sixth-century Frankish bishop for a mascot? Not only is the 8-year-old Feast of St. Arnold for real, its dedicated “family fun zone” for kids makes it pretty unusual in the world of beer festing. Sadly, you’ll have to wait until next year since this year’s fest was a victim of the pandemic. — Stephanie Earls

birthday time at the zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Mobile birthday parties, cmzoo.org

I can tell you from experience it’s pretty cool to have zoo staff members roll up with some adorable, amazing animal ambassadors that you’re able to meet up close and touch. At the little kid birthday party I attended, we got some juicy animal education, met an armadillo, scritch-scratched a scentless skunk and pondered a big ol’ turtle who diligently picked his way across the lawn. Three options are available, including the Super Safari Birthday with 10 animal ambassadors, a program with two zoo staff and special animal interactions for the birthday child. — Jennifer Mulson

THANK YOU for voting JAMES IRWIN CHARTER SCHOOLS

a winner 6 years in a row!

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Food & Drink Burger and a beer? A quick bite to eat or fine dining? A juicy steak or vegan all the way? The Springs has it all.

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KOREAN FARE

Hungry for some Korean food? Here’s where to go. Pg. 83

LATE NIGHT

Here’s where to satisfy your hunger after midnight. Pg. 86

BEST FROM THE SEAS

The ocean’s far away, but you don’t have to go far to enjoy the best seafood in town. Pg. 88

er have Love and sushi are a lot alike, you can nev nu of too much of either. The Springs has a full me sushi restaurants to choose from. 6262BEST BEST OF OF THETHE SPRINGS SPRINGS 2020 2020

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The Melting Pot’s queso-like dip, Top Shelf Fiesta, is served in a fondue pot, with fresh veggies for dipping. CHANCEY BUSH, THE GAZETTE

You can travel the world — culinarywise — without leaving Colorado Springs. Take in the pleasures of Paris at La Baguette French Bistro. For exquisite Italian cuisine, visit Paravacine's Italian Bistro. Longing for a taste of Germany? Drop by Edelweiss. Rasta Pasta is there for people thinking Jamaican. Meanwhile, the culinary landscape continues to expand. Several Denver restaurant concepts have come to town in the past year. Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, the Louisiana-based chain, has opened three locations in the Springs for "Caniacs." And more newcomers are on the way, including the eagerly awaited In-N-Out Burger on the north side of the Springs.

Are you in the mood for a little romance? e Melting Pot, readers say, is the place to visit, whether it's to impress a new love Th (first date) or honor an old one (anniversary). Need something to wash down all that food? Craft breweries have popped up all across the city. But amid all the newcomers, perennial Best Of gold award winner Bristol Brewing Co. continues to dominate.

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AL FRESCO GOLD: THE MARGARITA AT PINE CREEK

7350 Pine Creek Road, 598-8667 margaritaatpinecreek.com With ample shade in the summer and heaters for cooler times, the patio here is a pure delight. Reservations are a must for summer movie nights, when flick fans jam the outdoor venue. Voters say: “Such a lovely eclectic venue. The patio in back, with trees and flowers, has been a favorite for decades. The food selection changes, the drinks and desserts are also wonderful. They have special dinners for special occasions and are a great place for Christmas celebrations.” “The Margarita at Pine Creek has been my favorite for many years. They serve great food, well-prepared, and in a very pleasant atmosphere.” SILVER: EDELWEISS BRONZE: PATTY JEWETT BAR & GRILL

AMERICAN GOLD: BJ’S RESTAURANT & BREWHOUSE

5150 N. Nevada Ave., 268-0505 bjsrestaurants.com There’s something for everyone at this eatery. Lunch specials are a popular choice for the value. Voters say: “Love the variety of food and haven’t had a bad meal there yet. It is a go-to place for my husband for business meetings.” “They have a variety of food that are vegetarian, so the entire family can eat out together.” SILVER: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY BRONZE: BUBBA’S 33

BAKERY GOLD: BOONZAAIJER’S DUTCH BAKERY

610 E. Fillmore St., 264-0177, dutchpastry.com Prepare yourself for a dazzling array of dazzling European pastries and breads from which to choose at this fourth-generation-owned bakery. It’s not easy to decide what treat to enjoy with a cup of coffee and what to take home. Year upon year this bakery

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is singled out as the gold star standard. Voters said: “Absolutely the best bakery in the world. Everything is so delicious. The cakes are so light, they melt in your mouth.” SILVER: MARIGOLD CAFE & BAKERY BRONZE: LA BAGUETTE

BAR GOLD: J ACK QUINN’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT

21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766, jackquinnspub.com You won’t get a more authentic Irish experience other than going to the Emerald Isle. The perfect spot for a pint after an afternoon hike. Not surprising, the place is a perennial Best Of gold award winner. Voters said: “Amazing ambiance and authentic Irish surroundings, great service and food, and solid Guinness pours.” “Daily happy hour that includes food and late night happy hour too.” SILVER: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY BRONZE: BACK EAST BAR AND GRILL

BARBECUE GOLD: BIRD DOG BBQ

Multiple locations, 900-7803, birddogbbq.com The Oklahoma-style cue dished here is okeydokey with fans. The meat is smoked hours over oak, resulting in tender, full-flavored treats that are fork tender. Sauce comes on the side in order to truly enjoy the delicious meat. Voters said: “Bird Dog BBQ has the best service and sauces so good you want to drink them.” “Classy, always good and fair portions. I love this place and our number one go-to for barbeque.” SILVER: RUDY’S COUNTRY STORE AND BAR-B-Q BRONZE: FRONT RANGE BARBEQUE


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BARTENDER GOLD: C HELSEA BERLINGIERI — DUECES WILD BREWERY ON TAP AT T-GAP

3352 Templeton Gap Road, 374-5806 dwbbrewery.com Berlingieri is a bundle of energy, funny and a beer expert, which is the perfect combo for pulling taps. Voters said: “Chelsea knows beer, knows how to talk to people in a personable way and is simply kickass fun.” “Tremendous beer knowledge. Faithful employee. Stellar customer service. Always positive and smiling and completely interactive with guests at top priority.” SILVER: BOBBY PADILLA BRONZE: SETH BOYCE (ODYSSEY GASTROPUB)

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

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BREAKFAST & BRUNCH GOLD: URBAN EGG A DAYTIME EATERY

Multiple locations, urbaneggeatery.com Randy Price, owner of Rocky Mountain Restaurant Group, struck gold when he opened this breakfast-lunch concept. The key to his success? Using the best, locally sourced ingredients prepared consistently at every location of the chain. It’s the go-to for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Voters said: “Avocado toast done right. I like the side of greens for breakfast and have started doing that at home.” “Can’t beat Urban Egg — love the drink selections and that they use local ingredients.” SILVER: OMELETTE PARLOR BRONZE: KING’S CHEF DINER

BREW PUB GOLD: BRISTOL BREWING CO.

1604 S. Cascade Ave., 633-2555 bristolbrewing.com The Laughing Lab, one of Bristol’s brews, is a signal of how enjoyable the suds poured here tastes. All the brew excels. Voters said: “Bristol is in a class by themselves. Year after year, great beer and place to be.” “Clever and interesting concept. Repurposed an old school building and kept some of the charm such as the Principal’s Office.” SILVER: CERBERUS BREWING CO. BRONZE: PHANTOM CANYON BREWING CO.

BREWERY GOLD: BRISTOL BREWING CO.

1604 S. Cascade Ave., 633-2555 bristolbrewing.com It’s laughable how popular the beers are coming from this brewery. A perennial Best Of gold award winner. Voters said: “Bristol, good beer, great location and superb community involvement.” SILVER: PIKES PEAK BREWING CO. BRONZE: GOAT PATCH BREWING CO.

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BRONCOS SPORTS BAR GOLD: BACK EAST BAR & GRILL

9475 Briar Village Point, 264-6161 backeastbarandgrill.com This place goes orange and blue when the Broncos take the field. Owned by a family from upstate New York since 1980, you can count on getting a real East Coast experience. Voters said: “Great pizza and wings. Great way to enjoy the game.” “Great crowd and staff is awesome.” SILVER: THE BENCH BRONZE: WYATT’S PUB & GRILL

BUFFET GOLD: THE BROADMOOR

1 Lake Ave., 577-5733, Broadmoor.com The food lineup at this elegant Sunday brunch buffet is bountiful and beautifully prepared. You name it, they’ve got it — including plenty of action stations to satisfy appetites. A walk around the lake is a must after feasting. “Other buffets don’t even come close to the quality and types of foods at this buffet. It isn’t a buffet, it is an adventure in eating,” one voter said. SILVER: CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN RESORT BRONZE: GOLDEN CORRAL

BURGER GOLD: THE SKIRTED HEIFER

204 N. Tejon St., 635-3276; 5935 Dublin Blvd. 421-7182, skirtedheifer.com The burgers, with a melty, crispy cheese skirt, are out-of-this-world delicious. Fans line up for their turn to place orders. Grab a stack of napkins to sop up the goodness. “Amazingly fresh and full of flavor with every burger,” a voter said. “Fries are fresh and the best seasoned ones around.” SILVER: FIVE GUYS BRONZE: BAD DADDY’S BURGER BAR


READERPICKS BURRITOS GOLD: EL TACO REY

330 E. Colorado Ave., 475-9722, eltacorey.com This family-owned eatery has been serving dozens of fresh, packed full burritos daily at the hole-in-a-wall restaurant for more than 40 years. It’s a city treasure. Voters said: “Authentic, flavorful. Wonderful family-owned restaurant. Great service.” “El Taco Rey has the best pork avocado burrito in town & the best pork green chili in town as well.” SILVER: MONICA’S TACO SHOP BRONZE: CHIPOTLE

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: “Food made from scratch and fresh. Always delicious. You definitely get what you pay for.” “Not pretentious or difficult to park and the back room is quieter than the main part. Oh, and the food is great.”

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CAF É GOLD: LA BAGUETTE FRENCH BISTRO

4440 N. Chestnut St., 599-0636 labaguettefrenchbistro.com A frequent Best Of gold award winner for excellent French food. The atmosphere is like stepping into a café in Paris. Voters said: “Opens early, good food selections, good coffee and wine is available.” “Great people and the food is the best.” SILVER: MARIGOLD CAFE & BAKERY BRONZE: SHUGA’S

CAJUN GOLD: MOMMA PEARL’S CAJUN KITCHEN

162 Tracker Drive, 964-0234, mommapearls.com In a new bigger venue, this is the place to head for Louisiana gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya, fried seafood platters and other. Crawfish boils on weekends in season are no to be missed. Voters said: “Authentic. Chef BB is from Louisiana and knows how to cook Cajun.” SILVER: SPRINGS ORLEANS

SILVER: PHANTOM CANYON BREWING CO. BRONZE: MACKENZIE’S CHOPHOUSE

Over Easy Daytime Eatery organic breakfast quinoa with strawberry cheesecake pancakes and Tuscan Benedict. — JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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CAKES/CUPCAKES GOLD: NOTHING BUNDT CAKES

5086 N. Nevada Ave., 599-4112; 5925 Dublin Blvd., 596-9223, nothingbundtcakes.com

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The cakes are adorable, delicious and come in a variety of sizes to suit any size appetite. “Cute cakes. Loved how they gave cakes to Ridge View Elementary one day when I subbed there,” one voter said. SILVER: BOONZAAIJER’S DUTCH BAKERY BRONZE: MARIGOLD CAFÉ & BAKERY

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GOLD: R OCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Multiple locations, rmcf.com When it comes to fudge, this place has it nailed, and candy apples are addictive. Voters said: “Almond clusters (milk choc) are my favorite in the entire city or state.” SILVER: PATSY’S CANDIES BRONZE: ROCKET FIZZ SODA POP & CANDY SHOP

CASUAL DINING GOLD: FUZZY’S TACO SHOP Colorado Springs-West Multiple locations, fuzzystacoshop.com 5086 North Nevada, Suite 120 Colorado Springs, CO 80918 (719) 599-4112

A very popular place to hang out with friends and drink margaritas. The food is above par. Voters said: Colorado Springs-East 5925 Dublin Blvd, Suite 170 “Great cocktails, great service, great atmosphere, Colorado Springs, CO 80923 great food.” (719) 596-9223 NothingBundtCakes.com

SILVER: PIG LATIN COCINA BRONZE: PANERA BREAD

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Norma Jean Parker dips a strawberry into white chocolate, increasing the Valentine’s Day treat inventory where she works at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Old Colorado City. — GAZETTE FILE


CHE AP EATS GOLD: CHICK-FIL-A

Multiple locations, chick-fil-a.com With two double drive-up window lines that stay filled most of the day, it’s no wonder this place is immensely popular. “Chick-fil-A is by far one of the best fast food restaurants in Colorado.” one voter said. SILVER: FUZZY’S TACO SHOP BRONZE: PIG LATIN COCINA

CHEESECAKE GOLD: MARIGOLD CAFE & BAKERY

4605 Centennial Blvd., 599-4776 marigoldcoloradosprings.com The baker has years of experience and it shows with the perfectly made cheesecake. Thick with velvety cream cheese and loads of flavor. Voters said: “Delicious and reasonably priced and unbelievably decadent.” “Marigold’s has an amazing cheesecake.” SILVER: DECADENT A COFFEE AND DESSERT BAR BRONZE: THE CHEESECAKE ARTIST

CHE F GOLD: B ROTHER LUCK — FOUR BY BROTHER LUCK, LUCKY DUMPLING

321 N. Tejon St., 434-2741, fourbybrotherluck.com He’s brought national attention to the Colorado Springs dining scene with appearances on several Food Network shows and Bravo’s “Top Chef” show. He was a semifinalist for a James Beard Award in 2020. One Best Of voter proclaimed: “He’s the best chef in Colorado and he beat Bobby Flay.” SILVER: FRANCO PISANI — PARAVICINI’S BRONZE: JUSTIN CASTOR — URBAN EGG A DAYTIME EATERY

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CHICKEN SANDWICH GOLD: CHICK-FIL-A

COFFEE DRIVE-UP GOLD: DUTCH BROS. COFFEE

Multiple locations, chick-fil-a.com

Multiple locations, dutchbros.com

With the proclamation of creating the original chicken sandwich, you’d expect it to be world-class and it is a great sandwich. The chicken breast meat is perfectly cooked every time with juicy and crispy breading. Served on soft white rolls, it is a real fan pleaser. Voters said: “Best chicken sandwich of all.” “Excellent atmosphere and great eats.”

There’s always a line of java lovers waiting for their favorite drink from the over-the-top friendly and funny baristas. Voters said: “Best type of coffee used in their espresso drinks. Not burnt or bitter.” “Friendly staff and good prices. All the drinks are delicious — coffee, tea, lemonades and all.”

SILVER: CLUCKIN’ CHICKEN FOOD TRAILER BRONZE: SMASHBURGER

CHICKEN WINGS GOLD: BUFFALO WILD WINGS

2905 Geyser Drive, 219-1500, 7425 N. Academy Blvd., 594-9464, buffalowildwings.com Since 1982, this chain has been satisfying wing aficionados with more than 21 sauces for fingerlicking- good barnyard bird wings. Voters said: “Great place to sit with family, eat wings and watch a game.” “Wide variety of wings (boneless and bone-in) and sauces in several tastes and temperatures.” SILVER: WINGSTOP BRONZE: O’MALLEY’S

SILVER: STARBUCKS BRONZE: KANGAROO COFFEE

COFFEE SHOP GOLD: DUTCH BROS. COFFEE

Multiple locations, dutchbros.com If it’s a good cup of joe you’re in search of, this is the spot for you. Voters said: “Not only does DB offer a wide array of flavors but also allows for customized flavors. Their coffee never tastes burnt and the white coffee is an amazing brew.” “The best coffee or caffeinated drinks ever and amazing customer service at all locations.” SILVER: STARBUCKS BRONZE: LOYAL COFFEE

CHINESE GOLD: COAL MINE DRAGON

1720 W. Uintah St., 578-5430, coalminedragon8.com Though there are three locations for Coal Mine Dragon Chinese restaurant, they are all owned by different owners. While all have good food, the spot at Uintah is frequently separated out as having the best flavor balance, huge portions and reasonable prices. Voters said, “Been eating there for over 20 plus years since I moved to the Springs. Authentic, delicious and big portions.” SILVER: SHANGRI-LA BRONZE: SILVER POND

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


READERPICKS COLORADO CUISINE GOLD: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY

1110 Interquest Parkway, 434-5750 600 S. 21st. St., 466-8240, cmbrew.com When you need a bison fix, this place has you covered. The bison chili is a popular choice, but the burger of buffalo meat is a winner too. Voters said: “The offerings are always delicious, and the atmosphere and location are perfectly Colorado.” “Good atmosphere. They offer some different ingredients but also have some of the classics.” SILVER: FOUR BY BROTHER LUCK BRONZE: ODYSSEY GASTROPUB

CRAFTED COCKTAIL GOLD: SHUGA’S

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Situated in a renovated Victorian-style house, Shuga’s is a cozy place to sip a cocktail and nosh some unique appetizers. “I recently had their mojito and I still think about how good it was,” one voter said. SILVER: THE WOBBLY OLIVE BRONZE: BROOKLYN’S ON BOULDER

CUBAN GOLD: PIGLATIN COCINA

2825 Dublin Blvd., 375-0939, piglatincocina.com From startup food truck to actual restaurant, this place has always won top praise for its unique fusion of Hispanic and Asian flavors. The eatery is always packed with a wait list for a table. Voters said: “There isn’t one bad thing on the menu, it’s all fantastic.” “Amazing always.”

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

SILVER: HAVANNA GRILL BRONZE: LUCY I’M HOME FOOD TRUCK

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DELI GOLD: M OLLICA’S ITALIAN MARKET AND DELI

985 Garden of The Gods Road, 598-1088 mollicasitalianmarket.com This family-owned eatery has been the go-to for all things genuine Italian. The sandwiches are big and delicious. The deli meats are sliced freshly. Voters said: “Favorite place to get a great Italian roast beef sandwich.” “Fresh salads and excellent take-home meals.” SILVER: JASON’S DELI BRONZE: WOOGLIN’S DELI & CAFE

DESSERT GOLD: MARIGOLD CAFE & BAKERY

4605 Centennial Blvd., 599-4776 marigoldcoloradosprings.com The dessert cabinet is always brimming with freshly made sweets of all sorts. It’s impossible to choose only one. Voters said: “Best dessert choices. Fresh and tasty. Triple chocolate mousse cake.” “The Frasier and their eclairs are the best desserts that my taste buds ever had the pleasure of enjoying” SILVER: BOONZAAIJER’S DUTCH BAKERY BRONZE: EDELWEISS

DINER GOLD: BLACK BEAR DINER

Multiple locations, blackbeardiner.com Who doesn’t like the idea of breakfast all day? Here’s the place to fill up on eggs, bacon and pancakes anytime the urge takes hold. Voters said: “Best home cooked tasting meals and huge portion sizes.” “If you leave the Black Bear diner hungry, it is definitely your own fault. Huge portions and great food.” SILVER: KING’S CHEF DINER BRONZE: MOUNTAIN SHADOWS RESTAURANT

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DOG-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT OR BAR GOLD: PUB DOG COLORADO

2207 Bott Ave., 375-0771, pubdogcolorado.com The first place to truly cater to your critters in Colorado Springs. You and Fido can do lunch or dinner together in a separate place devoted to doggies. Voters said: “Great place for dogs. A great place for a sunny, warm day. Food and drinks are pub-style. Fun.” “There is a dog park in the back. Your dog can sit right up next to you and enjoy their own meal.” SILVER: LAZY DOG BRONZE: CERBERUS BREWING CO

DOUGHNUTS GOLD: AMY’S DONUTS

2704 E. Fountain Blvd., 632-0512, amysdonuts.com Doughnuts here come in every which color and flavor. All perfectly cooked and decorated with plenty of frosting and sprinkles. Voters said: “Always fresh and many choices.” “As one of the few donut shops that still carry cream filling, they are delightful. Friendly staff guides you in a plethora of fried confections, guaranteed to warm the heart of any donut lover.” SILVER: HURTS DONUT CO. BRONZE: THE DONUT MILL

DOWNTOWN LUNCH GOLD: THE SKIRTED HEIFER

204 N. Tejon St., 635-3276, skirtedheifer.com The downtown shop is small but mighty when it comes to serving up delicious burgers and fries for reasonable prices. For a quick lunch, plan to pick up your grub and head back to the office. Voters said: “All I can say is this place has tasty food.” “A downtown standard.” SILVER: PHANTOM CANYON BREWING CO. BRONZE: JACK QUINN’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT


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The lines at the drive-up window tells it all. Faithful chicken breast fans clamor for the bird served here. Voters said: “Chick-fil-A sets the standard for fast food. Other fast food restaurants mimic their processes.”

ENCHILADAS GOLD: EL TACO REY

330 E. Colorado Ave., 475-9722, eltacorey.com The family recipes for red and green chili are reliable and with always just the right spiciness. Order Christmas to enjoy the flavor of both the chili sauces. Voters said: “I would eat their enchiladas daily if I could … they’re delish.” “Made from scratch from old family recipes. Great every time.”

SILVER: DRIFTER’S HAMBURGERS BRONZE: CULVER’S

SILVER: HACIENDA COLORADO BRONZE: SALSA BRAVA FRESH MEXICAN GRILL

FAST FOOD GOLD: CHICK-FIL-A

Multiple locations, chick-fil-a.com The Skirted Heifer. — JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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FINE DINING GOLD: PARAVICINI’S ITALIAN BISTRO

2802 W. Colorado Ave., 471-8200, paravicinis.com Franco Pisani is a creative chef who knows when to push the boundaries with new dishes or specials, but keeps it real with his excellent authentic Italian-American cuisine. Voters said: “Best place for dinner, whether special occasion or just to go out, in groups or couples. Wonderful atmosphere, food and service.” “I’m stuck on the veal. I rarely order anything else. Not a restaurant where you can just drop in, but hey, reservations aren’t that hard to make.” SILVER: THE RABBIT HOLE BRONZE: MACKENZIE’S CHOPHOUSE

FISH TACO GOLD: FUZZY’S TACO SHOP

FRENCH GOLD: LA BAGUETTE FRENCH BISTRO

4440 N. Chestnut St., 599-0686 labaguettefrenchbistro.com A frequent Best Of award winner and for good reason — the food is amazing and the atmosphere is like dining in a small Parisian cafe. Don’t miss one of the many special holiday dinners. Always reasonable priced and usually served with a glass or two of wine. Voters said: “Patrick at La Baguette on Chestnut is awesome.” “We love La Baguette. It reminds us of small cafes in France.” SILVER: MARIGOLD CAFE AND BAKERY BRONZE: THE FRENCH KITCHEN

FRENCH ONION SOUP GOLD: L A BAGUETTE — OLD COLORADO CITY

Multiple locations, fuzzystacoshop.com

417 W. Colorado Ave., 577-4818, labaguette-co.com

Have your seafood grilled or fried; either way the fish is fresh and delicious. Voters said: “I always love the fish taco. It is really solid.” “Fuzzy’s is the place to go for tacos.”

This the location where the history of legendary French bread and the famous French onion soup started more than 30 years ago. It still remains the central bakery for bread for all the La Baguette locations. And the French onion soup recipe continues to be duplicated at the other outlets. Voters said: “Absolutely the best anywhere (as declared by my 100 plus-year-old mother-in-law, and I agree).” “Hands down the best French onion soup.”

SILVER: BONEFISH GRILL BRONZE: PIGLATIN COCINA

FOOD TRUCK GOLD: PIGLATIN FOOD TRUCK

375-0939, piglatincocina.com You’ll find the truck at local distillers and breweries most days of the week, dishing up the popular fusion Mexican and Asian dishes. Give them a chance to cater a party. You won’t be disappointed. Voters said: “They really made food trucks get the notice they needed in the Springs.” “Always dreaming of this food.” SILVER: CHEF BOB’S LOBSTAH TRAP BRONZE: ROLL UP

SILVER: MARIGOLD CAFE & BAKERY BRONZE: GOLDEN BEE

FRIED CHICKEN GOLD: CHICK-FIL-A

Multiple locations, chick-fil-a.com This national chain can do no wrong with fried chicken. Voters said: “Always fresh and well cooked.” “Delicious & great prices.” SILVER: POPEYES LOUISIANA KITCHEN BRONZE: RAISING CANE’S CHICKEN FINGERS

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adventure and food from destinations near and far. Not your average pub. Voters said: “Chicken and waffles are worth the trip.” “I love the creativity of the food and atmosphere at Odyssey.”

FRIES GOLD: FIVE GUYS

Multiple locations, fiveguys.com A frequently Best Of award winner, Five Guys’ fries keep fans returning time and time again. Voters said: “Bottomless bag!” “Homemade. Cut and fried right there just like in the old days.” SILVER: RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS AND BREWS BRONZE: CHICK-FIL-A

FROZEN YOGURT GOLD: LULU’S FROZEN YOGURT

9475 Briar Village Point, 445-0734 LuLusYogurt.com There are 24 rotating flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt and more than 80 toppings including candy, nuts and fresh fruits — ‘nuf said. Voter’s said: “Love their cherry amaretto and caramel flavors.”

SILVER: ATMOSPHERE GASTROPUB BRONZE: 503W

GERMAN GOLD: EDELWEISS RESTAUANT

34 E. Ramona Ave., 633-2220, edelweissrest.com A perennial Best Of award winner, Edelweiss is a genuine German experience from the decor, to the waitstaff dress, to the authentic cuisine. It’s a cozy, charming place to enjoy a meal with a stein of beer. SILVER: UWE’S GERMAN RESTAURANT BRONZE: WIMBERGER’S OLD WORLD BAKERY & DELICATESSEN

SILVER: ITOPIT BRONZE: ORANGE LEAF FROZEN YOGURT & TREATS

GASTROPUB Voted GOLD: ODYSSEY GASTROPUB

“Best Breakfast” 22 Years Voted In A Row! “Best Half-Priced Omelettes (6 a.m. - 7Half-Priced a.m.) Daily O 311 N. Tejon St., 999-5127, odysseygastropub.com Award-Winning Pancakes, Belgian Award-Winning Waffles and Eggs Panca Be This charming restaurant has been serving up Take a journey here with treasures from around Homemade Green Chili Home German Pork specialties since 1967. the world as decorations, maps on tables to plot your — JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE OUTSTANDING LUNCH MENU! OUTST

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

HAPPY HOUR GOLD: THE RABBIT HOLE

616 S. Tejon St., 685-2420, coquettesbistro.com

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

When being dedicated to providing a completely gluten-free environment is a must, this is the place to head. Another regular Best Of award-winning eatery. Voters said: “Hands down coquettes is the winner in this area. Everything is gluten free.”

This late-night haunt is one of Colorado Spring’s most unusual eateries, mainly due to its moody underground location in what was once the city’s mortuary. Not to worry, the ghosts have left the building to avoid the happy crowd at the bar.

SILVER: URBAN EGG A DAYTIME EATERY BRONZE: TAPATERIA

GREEN CHILI GOLD: KING’S CHEF DINER

Multiple locations, cosdiner.com If hot is what you crave, prepare yourself for some smok’n hot stew. There’s a milder version that has less kick and same great flavor. Voters said: “By far the best green chili in the Springs.” “Kings Chef Diner’s green chili is an explosion of flavor that will delight even the most delicate of palettes.” SILVER: EL TACO REY BRONZE: THE OMELETTE PARLOR

GYRO S GOLD: JAKE AND TELLY’S GREEK TAVERNA

2616 W. Colorado Ave., 633-0406 jakeandtellys.com Jake and Telly’s has a strong hold on all things Greek and their gyros are a classic example of why they hold this honor. The pita is big and fluffy, filled with spicy thin slices of gyro meat and topped with tangy tzatziki sauce. Love in a pocket. Voters said: “Gyro sandwich very flavorful, in a nice setting.” “No comparison. This is real, authentic Greek.” SILVER: HEART OF JERUSALEM CAFE BRONZE: MEDITERRANEAN CAFE

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SILVER: JACK QUINN’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT BRONZE: BONEFISH GRILL

HAWAIIAN GOLD: L&L HAWAIIAN BARBECUE

5850 Barnes Road, 570-1888 hawaiianbarbecue.com Here’s the place to get your island fix in landlocked Colorado Springs. Think Hawaiian plate lunches, Kahlua pork and mahi mahi. Voters said: “Best Hawaiian place in town.” “The best Hawaiian food in town. Friends drive up from Santa Fe to eat here. Musabi is highly recommended.” SILVER: ONO FOOD COLORADO SPRINGS BRONZE: MARCO’S PIZZA

HIDDEN GEM GOLD: PIGLATIN COCINA

2825 Dublin Blvd., 375-0939, piglatincocina.com Tucked in a strip mall, it’s a small space that gets jam-packed with customers who have grown to love the Mexican-Asian fusion treats served here. There’s a lovely patio available on warmer days. Voters said: “Piglatin is the best food in town.” “Such a fun atmosphere with great food.” SILVER: ARLENE’S BEANS BRONZE: PUB DOG COLORADO


READERPICKS HOTEL RESTAURANT/BAR GOLD: GOLDEN BEE, THE BROADMOOR

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

1 Lake Ave., 577-5733, broadmoor.com

Multiple locations, joshandjohns.com

There’s always buzz about this cozy place with great cocktails and even better food. The cheese dip and crackers are addictive. Voters said: “This is a fun place with wonderful English pub food and yards of beer ... plus bees. Too much fun.” “A great feel and who doesn’t love a sing along.”

Josh & John’s has been a fixture in the community for decades. Owners note on their website that they have been voted Best Of since 1986, the year they opened, and for good reason. Ice cream fans can’t get enough of the creamy desserts they scoop. Voters said: “Love their shakes — especially, the Mocha Java Jolt.

SILVER: SPRINGS ORLEANS BRONZE: RISTORANTE DEL LAGO, THE BROADMOOR

HOT DOG GOLD: COSTCO

Multiple locations, costco.com Looking for a bargain 100% beef wiener on a giant roll? Costco has you covered. The hot dog and soda combo is by far the food court’s most popular selection. Voters said: “$1.50 hot dog & drink? Yes!” SILVER: DAUG HAUS BRONZE: HOME DEPOT

HUEVOS RANCHEROS GOLD: URBAN EGG A DAYTIME EATERY

Multiple locations, urbaneggeatery.com These huevos are not your run-of-the-mill variety. We’re talking eggs cooked your way on blue corn huevos rancheros with black beans, avocado creama, pickled onion, red or green chile or Christmas and choice of bacon, chorizo or portobello mushroom. A gourmet masterpiece. SILVER: WESTERN OMELETTE BRONZE: ADAM’S MOUNTAIN CAFE

SILVER: BJ’S VELVET FREEZ BRONZE: RIZUTO’S ICE CREAM AND SWEET SHOP

INDIAN GOLD: L ITTLE NEPAL INDIAN RESTAURANT & BAR

1747 S. 8th St., 477-6997; 4820 Flintridge Drive, 598-3428, lnepal.com Here you can take a magic tasting carpet ride, sampling authentic cuisine of India, Nepal and Tibet without buying an airline ticket. The buffet can be enjoyed for lunch Mondays through Fridays. Vegetarian dishes are a feature on Sunday evening buffets. “Little Nepal’s buffet is to die for,” a voter said. SILVER: MIRCH MASALA BRONZE: SHRI GANESH

IRISH GOLD: J ACK QUINN’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT

21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766, jackquinnspub.com You’ll be greeted with a wall of Best Of awards upon entering this true Irish pub. Voters said: “Delicious and plentiful and great atmosphere too. Love it.” SILVER: ABBY’S IRISH PUB BRONZE: ALCHEMY

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ITALIAN GOLD: PARAVICINI’S ITALIAN BISTRO

2802 W. Colorado Ave., 471-8200, paravicinis.com Paravacini’s has dominated the Best Of gold award for Italian food since opening in 2003, winning the category now 17 years in a row. The food is just that good. Voters said: “Chef Franco serves up beautiful dishes from a well-thought out menu. I love everything about this place.” “You really can’t beat Paravicini’s for delicious Italian food, excellent service, and a friendly atmosphere.”

JUICE BAR GOLD: JAMBA JUICE

3730 Bloomington St., 574-8787; 1708 E. Woodmen Road, 598-1939, jambajuice.com Never for a lack of flavors of fresh fruit blended into popular, healthy drinks. Voters said: “Great prices, yummy drinks and friendly staff.” “Made to order with a smile.” 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 The menu is full of fusion pasta dishes featuring Caribbean and Italian flavors, which are delicious with Jamaican beer or a rum cocktail. Voters said: “Rasta Pasta’s great waitstaff, marvelous cooks and fantastic food give proof that the Jamaican culture is not only alive and strong here but delicious and filling as well.” “So good, it’s addicting.” SILVER: SPICE ISLAND GRILL BRONZE: RICKY’S ISLAND CAFE

JAPANESE GOLD: AI SUSHI & GRILL

4655 Centennial Blvd., 266-5858 aisushiandgrill.com According to the restaurant’s website, “Ai is the Japanese word for love.” And love is what owners bring to their food with a range of Japanese treats like sushi, tempura, teriyaki, rice bowls and noodle soups. Voters said: “Love the sushi and bento dishes.” “Love, love, love! Great atmosphere and food is amazing.” SILVER: FUJIYAMA BRONZE: JUN JAPANESE

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Try a smoothie or a shot of wheat grass for a healthy booth of energy in the morning for the individual on the go. Jamba Juice, at 15 E. Bijou St., is a place where one can get a shot of wheat grass, far left, a Strawberry Whirl smoothie, second from left, a Mango-A-Go-Go smoothie or a Bright-Eyed and Blueberry smoothie. — GAZETTE FILE

KOMBUCHA GOLD: TRAILS END TAPROOM

3103 W Colorado Ave, 428-0080 trailsendtaproom.com This pour-your-own beer house has 40 rotating taps and at least one of them is reserved for kombucha. You’ll be able to taste some booch there from Nektr Kombucha, which is based in Colorado Springs. Seasonal flavors include mango habanero, orange hopsicle and blackberry mint. SILVER: RADIANTLY RAW


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READERPICKS KOREAN GOLD: KOREAN GARDEN

7715 Dublin Blvd., No. 170, 900-7858 koreangardennorth.com Spicy bulgogi, kimchi jjigae and bibimbop are on the menu here. A weekly lunch special for $8.99 will likely fill you up. It includes an entrée with steamed rice, four side dishes and two yakimandu. Readers wrote: “Best there is around” and “Fantastic food at a great price!” SILVER: HAPPY TIME BRONZE: TONG TONG

LOCAL BEER GOLD: BRISTOL BREWING CO.

1604 S. Cascade Ave., 633-2555, bristolbrewing.com

Located inside the former Ivywild School, Bristol serves flagship beers like Laughing Lab and Beehive as well as rotating seasonal brews. Voters said, “Great beer, great people!” and “Always a favorite!” SILVER: GOAT PATCH BREWING CO. BRONZE: PIKES PEAK BREWERY

LUNCH SPECIAL GOLD: ARLENE’S BEANS

366 Second St., Unit D, Monument arlenesbeans.com Everything is made from scratch at this Mexican takeout joint. One reader said, “best around!” Others wrote: “Delicious!” and “excellent specials.” SILVER: MARCO’S PIZZA BRONZE: JARRITO LOCO

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MARGARITA GOLD: FUZZY’S TACO SHOP

Multiple locations, fuzzystacoshop.com You need something to wash down all those chips and salsa. Fuzzy’s has lots of options for margaritas, including one made with Champagne. Comments about the frozen drinks included: “Huge margaritas at low prices! Great taste,” and “Such a fun selection,” and “Best margaritas in town!” SILVER: THE LOOP BRONZE: HACIENDA COLORADO

MEXICAN GOLD: HACIENDA COLORADO

5246 N. Nevada Ave., 418-7999 haciendacolorado.com With seven locations around the state, Hacienda Colorado serves “Mountain Mex” fare such as Pikes Peak Nachos and Front Range Fajitas. “Their tacos give me life,” wrote one voter. Another said, “So many great options!” SILVER: EL TACO REY BRONZE: CRYSTAL PARK CANTINA

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

2616 Colorado Ave., No. 24, 633-0406 jakeandtellys.com This Old Colorado City eatery has been around since 1997, serving Greek recipes passed down from the owner’s family. Jake & Telly’s also hosts monthly wine dinners. One voter put it this way: “If you can’t get to Greece…” SILVER: HEART OF JERUSALAM CAFÉ BRONZE: CASPIAN CAFÉ

NEW RESTAURANT GOLD: RAISING CANE’S CHICKEN FINGERS

4530 Hilton Parkway, 548-4404; 7585 N. Academy Blvd., 593-1599; 5717 Barnes Road 574-8576, raisingcanes.com On opening day of the nation’s first Raising Cane’s location in 1996, the shop was so busy that it stayed open until 3:30 a.m. Cane’s chicken finger meals are still a hot item. There are more than 400 locations around the country and the third Colorado Springs location opened in February. SILVER: STREETCAR520 BRONZE: THE CHIPPY AUTHENTIC BRITISH FISH ‘N’ CHIPS

PANCAKES GOLD: URBAN EGG A DAYTIME EATERY

Multiple locations, urbaneggeatery.com The “pancake bliss” section of Urban Egg’s menu sure sounds sweet. Options include strawberry cheesecake, cinnamon swirl and blueberry streusel. Comments included: “Well made, light and fluffy. Perfect pancakes! Just smelling the cinnamon swirl pancakes is delicious!” SILVER: SNOOZE AN A.M. EATERY BRONZE: BLACK BEAR DINER

PASTA GOLD: PARAVICINI’S ITALIAN BISTRO

2802 Colorado Ave., 471-8200, paravicinis.com A Best Of winner for more than 10 years in a row, Paravicini’s is again a go-to for Italian fare. The restaurant has a large covered patio for warmer days. Gazette readers had lots of good things to say: “Just a special place every time!” SILVER: BIAGGI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO BRONZE: OLIVE GARDEN

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PIZZA GOLD: MOD PIZZA

Multiple locations, modpizza.com The Seattle-based chain pioneered the superfast pizza experience — making Artisan-style pizzas made 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!” SILVER: SLICE 420 BRONZE: LEON GESSI NEW YORK PIZZA

PIZZA DELIVERY GOLD: DOMINO’S

Multiple locations, dominos.com This chain has been making pizzas since 1960. And it has kept up with the times: You can track your pizza’s progress using Domino’s app. Readers said: “Great pizza delivered on time,” and “Still the best.”

GOLD: MACKENZIE’S CHOPHOUSE

128 S. Tejon St., 635-3536 mackenzieschophouse.com Located inside the Historic Alamo Building, this chophouse opened in 1997. “Perfectly done every time,” said one voter. Another wrote, “The chef prepares the best prime rib I have ever had!” SILVER: TEXAS ROADHOUSE BRONZE: PATTY JEWETT BAR & GRILL

PUB GOLD: JACK QUINN’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT

21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766, jackquinnspub.com This downtown pub’s menu includes Irish nachos and pretzel bites skewered with Guinness-infused bratwurst. Cozy up with a beer in one of the booths

SILVER: LOUIE’S PIZZA BRONZE: MARCO’S PIZZA

POKE BOWL GOLD: TOKYO JOE’S

Multiple locations, tokyojoes.com Pick what you want in your poke bowl at Tokyo Joe’s, which also serves sushi, bento boxes and salad. SILVER: 503W BRONZE: POKE BOP

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or at the long bar. Jack Quinn’s often has live music and hosts a weekly running club. Readers said: “Always great Irish food and atmosphere!” SILVER: ABBY’S IRISH PUB BRONZE: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY

RAMEN GOLD: ROOSTER’S HOUSE OF RAMEN

323 N. Tejon St., 578-3031, cosramen.com This downtown eatery sources ingredients from local farmers markets, when possible. The menu includes ramen bowls with pork belly, drunken noodles and orange chicken. SILVER: RAMEN CHOPS NOODLE BAR BRONZE: OKA RAMEN II

RESTAURANT AFTER MIDNIGHT GOLD: THE RABBIT HOLE

101 N. Tejon St., 203-5072 rabbitholedinner.com You can order from the full menu until 1:30 a.m. seven days a week. That means getting latenight fare such as bacon-wrapped rabbit meatloaf, truffled mac ‘n’ cheese and Colorado striped bass, plus cocktails, craft beer and wine. SILVER: IHOP BRONZE: FAT SULLY’S NY PIZZA

RESTAURANT FOR A FIRST DATE GOLD: MELTING POT

30 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 385-0300 meltingpot.com Have fun with fondue on a first date. Options at this downtown restaurant include creamy cheese fondue, salads, entrees and, of course, chocolate desserts. Readers said, “Interactive dining” and “Relaxed atmosphere.”

BRONZE: 503W

RESTAURANT FOR AN ANNIVERSARY GOLD: MELTING POT

30 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 385-0300, meltingpot.com Gazette readers say this is also the spot to celebrate months or years with your special someone. One voter said, “Can be romantic and intimate. Never feel rushed.” Another wrote, “My husband bought the date night package for my birthday and it was wonderful! SILVER: THE PEPPERTREE BRONZE: THE MONA LISA FONDUE RESTAURANT

RESTAURANT FOR KIDS GOLD: CHICK-FIL-A

Multiple locations, chick-fil-a.com The 4-year-old grandson of one Gazette reader asks for this chicken joint by name. “Likes the food and the playroom,” they said. For kids, the menu includes chicken nuggets (fried or grilled) with a choice of side (apple sauce, waffle fries or a fruit cup), drink and a “special surprise.” SILVER: RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS AND BREWS BRONZE: POOR RICHARD’S RESTAURANT

RESTAURANT SERVICE GOLD: URBAN EGG, A DAYTIME EATERY

Multiple locations, urbaneggeatery.com Gazette readers had lots of sunny-sided things to say about this place with four Colorado Springs locations. Voters wrote: “I feel like an old friend any time I come in,” and “Urban Egg always has cheerful servers who make the experience more enjoyable. Clearly someone cares about hiring and training.” SILVER: BROADMOOR PENROSE ROOM BRONZE: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY

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READERPICKS RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW GOLD: GARDEN OF THE GODS RESORT

3320 Mesa Road, 632-5541 gardenofthegodsresort.com

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cash discount and senior discount. Readers said, “I appreciate the gesture and especially enjoy the food,” and “Genuinely appreciates military members and vets.” SILVER: MARCO’S PIZZA

There’s more than good food to dig into here. Voters offered praise for the view of Garden of the Gods and beyond, saying, “Nothing else comes close. Quintessential Colorado Springs!”

RIBS GOLD: BIRD DOG BBQ

4153 Centennial Blvd., 268-6945; 5984 Stetson Hills Blvd., No. 200, 596-4900, birddogbbq.com

SILVER: HACIENDA COLORADO BRONZE: THE PEPPERTREE

Serving Oklahoma-style barbecue here since 1994, Bird Dog believes “meat should taste mostly like meat.” That’s why its pork spare ribs are smoked with oak. Comments included: “Juicy, tender ribs and the BBQ sauce is out of this world!” and “Excellent ribs. Never dry.”

ESTAURANT WITH BEST R MILITARY DISCOUNT GOLD: BIRD DOG BBQ

4153 Centennial Blvd., 268-6945; 5984 Stetson Hills Blvd., No. 200, 596-4900, birddogbbq.com This Oklahoma-style barbecue spot always offers a 10 percent military discount as well as a 5 percent

SILVER: RUDY’S COUNTRY STORE AND BAR-B-Q BRONZE: FRONT RANGE BBQ

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SALAD GOLD: OLIVE GARDEN

SEAFOOD GOLD: BONEFISH GRILL

7815 N. Academy Blvd., 260-6677; 513 Academy Blvd., 591-1210, olivegarden.com

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

This is the place to head when your belly is jonesing for greens loaded with black olives, pepperoncinis, tomatoes, croutons, onions and Italian dressing. But the best part? Bottomless servings. “Unlimited soup and salad is what I have grown up on. My fave,” said a voter.

Ordering the fish special in a state like Colorado can be a roll of the gastronomic dice. Not here, though. Here you get tuna, salmon, rainbow trout and Chilean sea bass that pleases even the pickiest palates. “They fly all their seafood in fresh, so no fishy taste. It tastes almost like you’re not in a landlocked state and you’re actually getting good stuff from a place by the sea,” said a voter.

SILVER: MARIGOLD CAFE & BAKERY BRONZE: FARGO’S PIZZA

SALSA GOLD: SALSA BRAVA FRESH MEXICAN GRILL

5925 Dublin Blvd., 591-6177; 802 Village Center Drive, 266-9244, salsabravacolorado.com Nobody likes a naked tortilla chip. This is where you come to dress them up with salsas that sing and dance in your mouth and all the way to your belly. “Nothing beats their smoked salsa,” said one voter. “You have to ask for it by name, but their pineapple habanero salsa is fantastic,” said another. SILVER: HACIENDA COLORADO BRONZE: AMANDA’S CANTINA & FONDA

SANDWICHES/SUBS GOLD: JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS

737 N. Academy Blvd., 434-3377; 4451 Venetucci Blvd., Suite 120, 434-4020; 559 S. 8th St., 434-3705, jerseymikes.com This chain restaurant knows how to make their subs sing: a red wine vinegar and olive oil blend, fresh produce and cheese and bread made fresh on the daily. “Closest thing to back East subs I know,” said a voter. “Most authentic, great rolls and Boar’s Head meats. As good as Philly,” said another. SILVER: MOLLICA’S ITALIAN MARKET AND DELI BRONZE: FIREHOUSE SUBS

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SILVER: BONNY AND READ BRONZE: RED LOBSTER

SMOOTHIE GOLD: JAMBA JUICE

3730 Bloomington St., 574-8787; 1708 E. Woodmen Road, 598-1939, jamba.com Current-day Jamba Juice is a far cry from its humble beginnings three decades ago. Nowadays, the chain offers more plant-based goodies, with superfood ingredients, such as acai and turmeric, and zero sugar options. “There’s always something my whole family likes,” said one voter. SILVER: KEVA JUICE BRONZE: OLA JUICE BAR

SOUP GOLD: PANERA BREAD

Multiple locations, panerabread.com Not much feels more nourishing than a bowl of hot soup. Voters head here when they need to pour a little love in their bellies. The broccoli cheddar and the 10 vegetable soups were most praised. “Their soups are always first rate,” said a fan. SILVER: POOR RICHARD’S RESTAURANT BRONZE: ZOUP! EATERY


READERPICKS SPORTS BAR GOLD: BACK EAST BAR AND GRILL

Multiple locations, backeastbarandgrill.com Three things are important in this category: lots of TVs, lots of beer and lots of snacks. Done and done. Sports fans love the congenial neighborhood feel, the pizza and the bartenders. “They usually have all of the games on during the football season,” said a voter. SILVER: BUBBA’S 33 BRONZE: THE BENCH

STEAKHOUSE GOLD: TEXAS ROADHOUSE

595 S. 8th St., 473-9711; 3120 N. Powers Blvd., 638-8050; 16196 Jackson Creek Parkway, Monument, 481-9980; texasroadhouse.com Meat eaters head here for hand-cut steaks, ribs, fresh side dishes and freshly baked bread. It’s always dependable, the price is right and people love the atmosphere. “The steaks, drinks and customer satisfaction is the best,” said a voter. SILVER: THE FAMOUS, A STEAK HOUSE BRONZE: MACKENZIE’S CHOP HOUSE

SUSHI BAR GOLD: AI SUSHI & GRILL

4655 Centennial Blvd., 266-5858 aisushiandgrill.com

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For those who love raw fish, and those who haven’t yet had the courage to try it, this place gets high marks. Voters call it quiet and friendly, with the freshest fish around. “We eat there on date night. Prices are great, too,” said a voter. SILVER: FUJIYAMA SUSHI BRONZE: JUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT

TACOS GOLD: FUZZY’S TACO SHOP

Multiple locations, fuzzystacoshop.com Sometimes it seems tacos have a cult following. Voters are in love with Fuzzy’s tempura fish, fajita beef and spicy pork tacos. They’re fresh, inexpensive and filling, they said. “Brisket tacos for the win!” SILVER: PIGLATIN COCINA BRONZE: MONICA’S TACO SHOP

TAMALES GOLD: ARLENE’S BEANS

366 2nd St., Unit D, Monument arlenesbeans.com Arlene is a real woman. Her authentic Mexican and family-run business specializes in homemade, Mexican recipes passed down from her immigrant mother and father. Voters love the red chile pork, green chile chicken and vegan and vegetarian tamales. SILVER: MONSE’S PUPUSERIA BRONZE: EL TACO REY

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TAQUERIA GOLD: T-BYRD’S TACOS & TEQUILA

VEGAN RESTAURANT GOLD: BURROWING OWL

26 E. Kiowa St., 375-3376, tbyrdstacos.com

1791 S. 8th St., 434-3864, burrowingowllounge.com

It’s all about the yum factor for voters, and this place is off the charts. Maybe the taste can be attributed to the restaurant’s use of fresh ingredients, sourced as locally as possible.

Meat’s easy to give up when vegan options still include macaroni and cheese, sloppy Joes, nachos, tacos and burritos. This eatery has daily specials, including a McFib and crab cake po’ boys, along with a cashew queso that’s made fresh daily due to its popularity.

SILVER: DOS SANTOS BRONZE: HAPPY BELLY TACOS

TEA SHOP GOLD: YELLOW MOUNTAIN TEA HOUSE

2616 W. Colorado Ave., 247-8487 yellow-mountain-organic-tea.com If you think Lipton and Celestial Seasonings have cornered the market on hot tea, consider this Chinese tea shop’s more than 300 flavors of organic tea. Select something exotic, have a seat at one of the wooden tables and behold as a staff member performs a short tea ceremony for you. SILVER: SILVERHAWK TEA BRONZE: THE BRITISH PANTRY AND TEA ROOM

THAI/PAD THAI GOLD: THAI BASIL

7882 N. Academy Blvd., 268-1688 thaibasilcoloradosprings.com The pad thai, drunken noodles, steamed dumplings and Thai iced tea and coffee are on point here. You’ll love the fresh food, its consistent quality and reasonable prices. “Delightful quiet place to eat delicious Thai. Customized mine with no spice, hubby’s as spicy and friend’s as medium,” said a voter. SILVER: THAI MINT RESTAURANT BRONZE: NARAI THAI RESTAURANT

SILVER: SANTANA’S VEGAN GRILL BRONZE: ARLENE’S BEANS

VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT GOLD: ADAM’S MOUNTAIN CAFE

26 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1430 adamsmountaincafe.com Adam’s is a reliable go-to for veggie heads, and for good reason. They focus on quality meals prepared as authentically as possible, look for organic and local food sources first, and make sure servers are knowledgeable about vegetarian and vegan diets. “You can tell the owners take pride in what they do, and the offerings are great quality,” said a voter. SILVER: ARLENE’S BEANS BRONZE: OLA JUICE BAR

VIETNAMESE/PHO BOWL GOLD: SAIGON CAFE

20 E. Colorado Ave., 633-2888 coloradosaigoncafe.com When it comes time to fill your belly with big bowls of pho (broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat) and bún (chicken, pork or other protein, on top of rice noodles, chicken, herbs and vegetables), hungry souls land here. “My favorite pho bowl for over 25 years,” said a fan. SILVER: PHO-NOMENAL VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT BRONZE: PHO BROTHERS

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READERPICKS WHISKEY BAR GOLD: AXE AND THE OAK WHISKEY HOUSE

1604 S. Cascade Ave., 660-1624 axeandtheoak.com/whiskey-house As Mr. Furley (Don Knotts) on the classic sitcom “Three’s Company” always said when downing a whiskey: “Smoooooth.” Pop in here for awardwinning whiskey, house-made infusions and liqueurs, fresh seasonal flavors, food and live music throughout the week. “Love having cocktails there. The Oaxaca old fashioned is my favorite thing in the world,” said one voter.

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A stunning glass of wine seated in a velvet high back chair inside an antique trolley warehouse downtown? Yes, please, said voters. Partake in the extensive wine list, peruse the tempting menu and do it all by the light of one of six patio fire-pits. “These people know the wines. Do you want some education? They’ll give it to you,” said a voter. SILVER: SWIRL WINE BAR BRONZE: SOPRA ANTIPASTO & WINE BAR

WINE LIST GOLD: THE FAMOUS, A STEAK HOUSE

SILVER: CORK & CASK

31 N. Tejon St., 227-7333, thefamoussteakhouse.net

BRONZE: THE BOURBON ROOM AT BOURBON BROTHERS

Lovers of the grape can be picky about their wine. They head here to indulge in ferreting out essences of oak, vanilla, chocolate, pear and juicy berries in their liquid gold. Voters also appreciate the classy atmosphere and variety.

WINE BAR GOLD: CORK & CASK

60 E. Moreno Ave., corkandcaskdrinks.com

SILVER: SOPRA ANTIPASTO & WINE BAR BRONZE: PRIME 25

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Trails End Taproom, 3102 W. Colorado Ave. ,428-0080 trailsendtaproom.com When it opened in 2017, Trails End was met with some skepticism in a city unaccustomed to the pour-your-own concept. Any doubt was quickly vanquished. Not only has the outdoors-themed place impressed with an ever-changing, alwayssomething-for-everyone lineup of 40 beers, but the food menu seems to be constantly expanding. Pot pies, flatbread pizzas and toasted sandwiches have done the trick. — Seth Boster

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Tlaquepaque, 911 N. Murray, 597-4727 restauranttlaquepaque.com

The challengingly named yet fun-to-pronounce Tlaquepaque, which is named after a city in the Mexican state of Jalisco, is my go-to place for Mexican food in Colorado Springs. This authentic restaurant has a huge menu and every time I try something new, I’m never disappointed. Tlaquepaque has all the traditional Mexican dishes, as well as churros and horchata, but my favorite are the tacos, which are the finest in the city. — Terry Terrones

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lamb chop love

Urban Tandoor, 8125 N. Academy Blvd., 593-1126 theurbantandoor.com While we love anything the tandoori chef pulls from the blazing hot oven, we crave the sizzling Adraki lamb chops. Starting with a boldly flavored marinade of yogurt, ginger, cardamom and coriander, the lamb chops are marinated for 73 hours. Then they’re seared in the tandoor (clay oven), making for an over-the-top amazing entrée with chutney and mint sauce on the side. Order a side of raita and spicy Manitou “Incline” naan — baked bread stuffed with green chiles — for a completely satisfying meal. — Teresa Farney

crustacean station

Krabby’s Seafood Joint, 3669 Star Ranch Road 313-9472, krabbys.com I’m a shellfish girl who’s spent most of her life near a coastline, so I’ve met a sweet crab shack or two. The most memorable had ocean views (sometimes through the floorboards) and an expectation of messy dining. The landlocked Krabby’s can’t claim the former, but it’s got the latter — and the crustacean cuisine to justify it — locked down. Whether you go for a Cajun boil-style crab bag with traditional fixin’s, spiced to your specifications, or a bayou-inspired po’boy, this plastic bib-andglove worthy affair is sea-level dining, at altitude. — Stephanie Earls

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a european delight in the cañon

Sacred Ground Cafe and Libations, 1801 Cheyenne Blvd., 475-0888, sacredgroundcafeco.com

There’s nothing better than cozy neighborhood spots, and Sacred Ground Cafe is one of the very best. Go for a walk, a run or a short drive in the Cheyenne Canon area and stop by for locally sourced coffee, a glass of wine, unique libations and excellent breakfast, lunch or dinner created from scratch by the chef. They’re happy for you to take it home as well. Sacred Ground was first a rustic coffee shop filled with great conversations and pastries; it’s now a European-inspired location site with live music on the delightful patio. It’s a happy place. — Linda Navarro

take your time for tea

Yellow Mountain Tea House, 2616 W. Colorado Ave. 247-8487, yellow-mountain-organic-tea.com

Sometimes self-care can be found in a pot of hot tea. The most challenging thing about this tea house? Deciding which variety to try. With more than 300 organic teas, you could stare at the shelves of endless options for hours. And they all smell so good and promise so much health and vitality. Once you select your potion, a staff member will perform a short tea ceremony for you, which includes sweet tea leaves, a natural sweetener you can use in your beverage instead of sugar or stevia. Dim sum is also available, including veggie dumplings and veggie and chocolate steamed buns. — Jennifer Mulson

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You’re going on a trip and need a place for Fido to stay. Check out picks for pet boarding. Pg. 114

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The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region houses dogs, cats and other animals available to adopt. JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE

This is just the second year for Best Of’s “Services & Professionals” category,

but you’ll find many favorites that previously populated other sections. Leaf through these pages and you’ll find readers’ picks for just about any service you can think of, from a new ‘do to a new home. Those getting hitched this year should fast-track to the latter part of this section, where they’ll find picks for wedding cakes, wedding photographer, wedding venue and more.

Want to look your best? Peruse the picks for best hair salon, nail salon and more. Want your car to look its best? Check out best car wash. And if it’s your home that you want to sparkle, check out the picks for best cleaning company. If you’re thinking outside, too, check out landscaping services, where Timberline Landscaping pops up as a Best of the Springs winner yet again.

The Springs is known as a pet-friendly city, So we've also got your pet needs covered. That includes a great spot to get a pet: the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, the largest animal welfare group for homeless and abused animals in southern Colorado.

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READERPICKS AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING GOLD: OLSON PLUMBING AND HEATING CO

2500 Centennial Blvd.,635-3563 olsonph.com Trying to stay nice and cool or toasty warm? Olson’s got you. The business has been serving Colorado Springs for 100 years, offering furnace and air conditioning repairs 24/7. As one voter said, “They’ve been in business forever and there is a reason for that: excellent service.” SILVER: SOCO HEATING AND COOLING BRONZE: BULLSEYE PLUMBING HEATING & AIR

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Multiple locations, 574-1100, ent.com The not-for-profit Ent Credit Union has more than 35 service center locations in the Pikes Peak region, Denver and Pueblo. Voters applauded Ent for its service, saying: “The bankers are always friendly and willing to go out of their way to help their customers,” and “I’ve been a satisfied proprietor of Ent for 42 years. Not going anywhere!” SILVER: USAA

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BODY SHOP GOLD: CALIBER COLLISION

CAR WASH GOLD: WATER WORKS CAR WASH

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Multiple locations, waterworkscarwashes.com

Billed as America’s largest collision repair company, Caliber offers free estimates and allows customers to schedule appointments online. Voters said: “Employees are always smiling happy to help, repairs are fast and they are very sympathetic,” and “Great dependable service” and “Fixed a wreck for us like it was never there.”

Founded in 1980, Water Works has three locations in Colorado Springs and provides services such as detailing and windshield repair as well as a fiveminute express wash for $7. Voters said: “I have taken my car to them numerous times and each time they do an excellent job,” and “My go-to place for car detailing. They’re quick yet thorough!”

SILVER: HONEST ACCURATE AUTO

SILVER: QUICK QUACK CAR WASH

BRONZE: MCCLOSKEY APPEARANCE CENTER

BRONZE: MISTER CAR WASH

Water Works employees wipe down cars. — GAZETTE FILE

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Jeff Maciejewski, CRPC®

Jerry Paulison

Kelli Phifer

Brady Pitt, AAMS®

Nick Sabatello

8610 Explorer Dr., Ste 112 719-358-8195

24 South Weber, Ste. 305 719-578-9905

13710 Struthers Rd., Ste 110 719-487-0407

Monument

6543 N. Academy Blvd. 719-533-0194

8840 N. Union Blvd. 719-282-3303

Pueblo

edwardjones.com Member SIPC

Andrea Smalley

Brad Lundberg, CFP®, AAMS®

Tina White

7 Widefield Blvd. 719-392-5781

16055 Old Forest Pt., Ste 100 719-481-0043

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CLEANING COMPANY GOLD: MAID TO SHINE

2570 Sunbird Drive, 640-3276 maidtoshinecleaners.com With Maid to Shine, the same trained cleaning tech will clean your house each time. One voter said: “Fabulous team at Maid to Shine. Reliable and professional. Changed my life!” Another commented: “Most reliable professional company! From the initial set up of the cleaning, to scheduling ongoing services.” SILVER: MERRY MAIDS OF COLORADO SPRINGS BRONZE: HI-CALIBER CLEANING

COMPUTER REPAIR/IT SERVICES GOLD: DR PHONE FIX & COMPUTER REPAIR

125 N Tejon St.; 3604 E. Austin Bluffs Parkway, Suite 120; 1614 S. Academy Blvd #120, 466-4805, 466-4824, 466-4806, drphonefix.com When your phone or device breaks, cracks or just won’t turn on, Dr Phone Fix is on the case. “They fixed my phone in a timely fashion. They rock out with their customer service. All three stores have been very helpful,” wrote one voter. Another said, “All of the employees are professional and explain the process of fixing your device. They are the best.” SILVER: FRONTIER IT BRONZE: SIMPLE COMPUTER REPAIR

CONTRACTORS GOLD: ALPINE CONTRACTING

5482 Tomah Drive, 574-9676 alpine-contracting.com Alpine Contracting has your residential and commercial construction needs covered, as well as renovations and landscaping. One voter said, “They do gorgeous work, on budget and stand behind their products. Wish I’d have called them first.” SILVER: HOMEFIX BRONZE: JACKSON HOMES ROOFING AND CONSTRUCTION 102 BEST OF THE SPRINGS 2020


“I would choose Classic every single time,” one happy Classic Homes customer says. — JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

CUSTOM HOME BUILDER GOLD: CLASSIC HOMES

6385 Corporate Drive, 592-9333 classichomes.com How do you make a house a home? Classic Homes seems to know something about that. One voter wrote, “I live in a Classic Home and can honestly say building a home with Classic was the easiest experience with great customer service. I would choose Classic every single time.” SILVER: SADDLETREE HOMES BRONZE: VANTAGE HOMES CORP.

DAY SPA GOLD: MATEOS SALON & SPA

5919 Delmonico Drive, 266-9295 mateosdayspa.com Mateos is a place to escape. And more than that. Along with massages, Mateos offers services such as facials, nail care and waxing. “Hands down, the best day spa in the springs,” one voter wrote. “No where better. Staff is always great... I love it here!”

Keller Homes builds a full range of thoughtfully crafted and beautifully executed homes in Colorado Springs’ best communities. Imagine a home where every detail is deliberate. Imagine personalizing your dream home to fit your unique style — in our Brand NEW Design Studio. Imagine mindful meditation in your very own yoga room. Imagine the endless appeal of a New Keller Home. Make your dream reality. Explore our homes and communities today. Prices range from the low $400s to the $600s.

SILVER: SUNWATER SPA BRONZE: VEDA SALON & SPA

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DOG TRAINER GOLD: ALL BREED RESCUE & TRAINING

410½ E. Fillmore St., 264-6460 haveanicedog.org This nonprofit’s goal: Find a family for dogs deemed unadoptable. All Breed Rescue & Training has been rescuing, rehabilitating and training dogs since 1994. It offers beginner and advanced classes. One voter wrote, “They are great trainers and they are in it for the love of the dogs.” Another said, “They use positive reinforcement techniques instead of fear tactics to help you build a relationship of trust with your dog.” SILVER: SIT MEANS SIT DOG TRAINING BRONZE: NATIONAL MILL DOG RESCUE

Dogs from All Breed Rescue & Training demonstrate tricks at Cacao Chemistry in downtown Colorado Springs. — GAZETTE FILE

Proudly serving Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas.

Thank you for voting us

Best of the Springs!

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Swartz has grown from a one-man business to having more than a dozen employees. One voter wrote, “The team at Swartz Electric is amazing! From the first phone call, to meeting an electrician for an estimate, and getting the work done … they are quality the whole way through.”

DRY CLEANERS GOLD: EUROPEAN CLEANERS

Multiple locations, eurodrycleaning.com Whether it’s a wedding dress or a stained pair of blue jeans, sometimes dressing your best takes an extra step. The family-owned European Dry Cleaners does laundry, dry cleaning and cares for leather, suede and fur items. “They are a Colorado Springs family institution,” wrote one voter. Another said, “I’ve lived here my entire life and have seen cleaners come and go, and European has been by far the best.”

SILVER: FOSTER ELECTRIC CORP. BRONZE: GRINGO DAVE’S ELECTRIC

SILVER: SUPER QUALITY CLEANERS BRONZE: THE BROADMOOR DRY CLEANERS

ELECTRICIAN GOLD: SWARTZ ELECTRIC, LLC

2345 Academy Place #222, 457-2218 swartzelectric.biz

Best of Winner: 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020

Dr Phone Fix has three locations in Colorado Springs. — GAZETTE FILE

Thank you to my clients and Colorado Springs for voting me Best Of 2020

Experience Matters! In trying times, TRUST your largest investment with Mike MacGuire as he has navigated the Real Estate Market for 30 years through:

Mortgage Interest Rates over 10% 2000-2001 Dot.com Financial Recession 2001 September 11 2003 SARS $40 Billion Loss to Global Markets 2008-2009 Great Recession 2009-2010 H1N1 Pandemic

I am GRATEFUL for 30 Years of Serving our Community’s Real Estate Needs!

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EVENT DJ GOLD: SPRINGS SOUNDS ENTERTAINMENT

3617 Betty Drive, Unit B, 232-6038 springssounds.com

QUALITY is our only job

• 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.

A party needs music. So you could think of the deejays at Springs Sounds as party hosts, whether for a wedding, corporate event or birthday. One voter wrote, “Love how much fun they are! They get the party going and keep it going till the very end!” SILVER: R ANDY RODRIGUEZ ENTERTAINMENT BRONZE: HEPS DJ AND PHOTO BOOTH

GOLD: EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS

Multiple locations, edwardjones.com Need help making moves with your money? Edward Jones has more than a dozen financial advisers with locations around Colorado Springs. Voters wrote: “They go the extra mile in proactively educating their clients,” and “We have been with Edward Jones for many years. They are a very solid company. They have helped us provide for our future and retirement. Excellent!”

BRONZE: ACCELERATED WEALTH

FUNERAL SERVICES & CEMETERIES GOLD: SWAN-LAW FUNERAL DIRECTORS

5 01 N. Cascade Ave., 471-9900 dignitymemorial.com “Celebrating each life like no other” is SwanLaw’s mission. One reader wrote, “When my father passed, they were there to initiate and complete all the details during the traumatic time.” Another said, “Used them recently. Impressed with their empathy and professionalism.”

6210 Lake Shore Court (Near Powers & Constitution)

719-638-4849

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HAIR CUT GOLD: GREAT CLIPS

Multiple locations, greatclips.com We all want to feel and look great after a haircut. It helps if the price and location are is right. With a wealth of locations in Colorado Springs, Great Clips allows customers to walk in or make an appointment. Voters wrote: “This is my go-to salon. I’ve never had a bad cut. Everyone is friendly and professional.”

FOR THE LOVE OF LINEAR

A heart-winning, first-of-its-kind park system

SILVER: FLOYD’S 99 BARBERSHOP BRONZE: VEDA SALON & SPA

HAIR SALON GOLD: VEDA SALON & SPA

Multiple locations, coloradoveda.com

Foothills Farm Park—one of several parks in The Farm’s Linear Park System

When you visit Veda, the salon promises to treat you like family. And, if you want, they’ll treat you to a new look.

The Farm is proud to introduce Colorado Springs’ first linear park

SILVER: TONI&GUY HAIR SALON

system—parks and pocket parks that

BRONZE: LUSH + LATHER

run from end-to-end through the entire

HOME BUILDER

community, all connected and navigable by a thoughtfully considered trail system.

GOLD: CLASSIC HOMES

You are invited to get outside and

6385 Corporate Drive, 592-9333 classichomes.com

find your heart in nature every day.

A Gazette Best Of winner in multiple categories, Classic Homes has been building homes since 1989. Voters offered these praises: “They give you more house for your money.”

Thanks for voting for us!

SILVER: SADDLETREE HOMES BRONZE: CHALLENGER HOMES

HOME DEVELOPER

Single-family and custom homesites from the $400s to $1 million+.

GOLD: CLASSIC HOMES

Visit models by private appointment, or take a builder virtual tour at TheFarmColorado.com

6385 Corporate Drive, 592-9333 classichomes.com Classic Homes wins again. Readers said: “Classic is simply the best in town. Hands down!” and “I’ve had three houses since moving here 27 years ago. They have all been Classic Homes. The company puts out a quality product and takes care of their customers.” SILVER: CHALLENGER HOMES BRONZE: LA PLATA COMMUNITIES

GOETZMANN CUSTOM HOMES 719.548.1338 goetzmannhomes.com

VANGUARD HOMES 719.487.8957 vanguardnewhomes.com

SADDLETREE HOMES 719-BUILDER saddletreehomes.com

VANTAGE HOMES 719.597.6373 vhco.com

The views shown on the Farm parks, trails and facilities are not exact representations of how they will actually appear. All renderings are the designer’s conceptions and are subject to change. Prices, specifications and availability subject to change without notice or obligation. ©2020 The Farm Colorado

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Ryan Strubel 719-250-3600

Presenting Excellence in Real Estate

Stewart Title

TO LEARN MORE OR TO PREVIEW HOMES FOR SALE VISIT: www.elite25coloradosprings.com

Bruce Betts Team 719-548-8600 RE/MAX Advantage Realty, Inc

Camellia Coray & Zane Whitfield

719-359-0014 719-332-3930

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Danielle Frisbie 719-955-8481 The Cutting Edge, Realtors

Michelle Blessing & Eddie Hurt

Karen Bluemel & Karen Shade

ERA Shields Real Estate

RE/MAX Properties, Inc

719-593-1000

Jason Daniels 719-749-1790 Finch & Gable Real Estate Co.

JoAnn Gadkowski 719-339-8909 Berkshire Hathaway

Scott Huger 719-659-2630

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719-650-7452 719-460-4900

Aimee Fletcher & Tiffany Carroll

719-425-5020 719-684-5455

Brian Boals 719-459-9955

RE/MAX Real Estate Group

The Fisk Team-Nathan Fisk, Lisa Fisk & Nathan Rains

719-359-1244, 719-439-7130 719-330-2409 RE/MAX Real Estate Group RE/MAX Properties, Inc

Becky Gloriod & Dick Archer

Suzanne Holland 719-331-0192

Berkshire Hathaway

The Platinum Group Realtors

719-229-9777

Kimberly Hunstiger& Brad Vieira

719-648-2078

RE/MAX Advantage Realty

Trish Ingels 719-331-7819

Berkshire Hathaway


Top 1% Echelon of REALTORS® 1000s of Satisfied Home Owners

Experience and Expertise TO LEARN MORE OR TO PREVIEW HOMES FOR SALE VISIT: www.elite25coloradosprings.com

Laura Kaan 719-200-4044 The Platinum Group Realtors

Kathy Loidolt 719-641-2977 Flying Horse Realty

Kevin Patterson 719-575-1200 The Patterson Group

Debbie Reardon 719-955-8525 The Platinum Group Realtors

Darrell Wass 719-216-2165 RE/MAX Integrity

Jill McFeron 719-648-3821

Keller Williams Partners

Bobbi Price 719-499-9451

The Platinum Group Realtors

Rob Reinmuth & Brenda Crist

719-440-2499

RE/MAX Properties Inc.

Chris & Mary Watson

719-440-2499

RE/MAX Properties Inc.

Matthew Orsillo 719-287-5811 Kenney & Company

Holly Quinn 719-761-0996

The Platinum Group Realtors

Nancy Rusinak 719-590-6110

Eric Scott 719-578-8800

Rusinak Real Estate

LIV Sotheby’s Realty

Lei Lonnie Watts & Josh Watts

The Wheaton Team Jean & John Wheaton

RE/MAX Properties Inc.

RE/MAX Properties Inc.

719-761-0474 719-271-6774

719-440-2499

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HOUSE PAINTER GOLD: GREG UNSETH PAINTING & EXTERIORS

3625 Betty Drive Unit A, 550-0445 gregunsethpainting.com Greg Unseth started this family-owned painting business 40 years ago. His son is now a partner and his grandchildren are referred to as “future owners” on the company’s website. Even its motto is about family, saying, “Give our grampa a call, he’ll cover it all.” Comments included: “Great company,” and “They literally paint the town!”Classic-built home”

USAA has options for auto, homeowners and renters insurance. “I have been a USAA member since 1971, couldn’t ask for better coverage,” said a voter. “Always there when I need them.” SILVER: STATE FARM BRONZE: AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE

SILVER: HERITAGE PAINTING, INC. BRONZE: AMC PAINTING

INSURANCE COMPANY GOLD: USAA

1855 Telstar Drive, 244-904, usaa.com

Timberline Landscaping workers, from left, Javier Arragan, Antonio Lopez and Felipe Mendez, install a railing along a lower portion of the Manitou Incline on Nov. 28, 2016. —GAZETTE FILE

719-457-2218 Thank You for Voting Us

Best of the Springs

Thank You

for voting us Best of the Springs 7 years in a row!

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING CUSTOM STAIN WORK AND LACQUERING FENCE AND DECK REFINISHING CABINET REFURBISHING AND PAINTING DRYWALL REPAIRS AND TEXTURE MATCHING EPOXY FLOOR FINISHING

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

PRESSURE WASHING

www.SwartzElectric.biz 2345 Academy Place, Suite #222 Colorado Springs, CO 80909 110 BEST OF THE SPRINGS 2020

POPCORN CEILING REMOVAL

719.321.0773

HERITAGEPAINTINGCOLORADO.COM


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For people. Not for profit.

The people of Southern Colorado have voted. And you’ve awarded Ent Credit Union as “Best of the Springs”. Thank you. It means a lot to us. Because we believe that when you have a passion for helping people, we all win.

Visit Ent.com to learn more.

LANDSCAPING SERVICES GOLD: TIMBERLINE LANDSCAPING

8110 Opportunity View, 638-1000 timberlinelandscaping.com Timberline Landscaping was tasked with repairing the Manitou Incline, so you could say these workers are up for a challenge — even if that’s making your front yard sparkle. A Best of the Springs winner since 2011, Timberline wants to help create “your little bit of heaven.” Readers said: “I have had great experiences with this company,” and “Stunning landscape designs!” SILVER: 719 LANDSCAPE DESIGN BRONZE: COLORADO STONEWORKS LANDSCAPING

LAW FIRM GOLD: THE LAW OFFICE OF ANDREW BRYANT

10 Boulder Crescent St., No. 301, 634-7353 andrewbryantlaw.com

The Law Office of Andrew Bryant is a Gazette Best of winner for the second year in a row. Voters wrote: “Best ever!” and “He is our lawyer and has represented us amazingly. He is great at what he does.” SILVER: MCDIVITT LAW FIRM BRONZE: THE LAW OFFICE OF

KEVIN R. HANCOCK

LAWYER GOLD: ANDREW BRYANT

10 Boulder Crescent St., Suite 301, 634-7353 andrewbryantlaw.com Bryant is an attorney with strong ties to Colorado Springs and he has knowledge of criminal, DUI, divorce and family law cases. “Good person who cares,” wrote one voter. SILVER: KEVIN R. HANCOCK BRONZE: CATHERINE HAMMOND

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GOLD: TIRE WORLD AUTO REPAIR TIRE PROS

Multiple locations, tireworldinc.com With six locations in Colorado Springs, Tire World is all for keeping you on the road. Along with tire services, Tire Word offers auto repair and car maintenance. Comments included: “Extremely professional and trustworthy with the client’s best interests at heart,” and “Great work done, never pushing for the up-sell. The honesty means a lot to me.” SILVER: HONEST ACCURATE AUTO BRONZE: C HRISTIAN BROTHERS

AUTOMOTIVE

MORTGAGE COMPANY GOLD: M ORTGAGE SOLUTIONS FINANCIAL

5455 N Union Blvd., 884-6830 mortgagesolutions.net Mortgage Solutions Financial loan officer Jeremy Noyes was singled out by readers. He has been in the industry for nine years. His goal? To help find clients finance their dream home. SILVER: ENT CREDIT UNION BRONZE: ACADEMY MORTGAGE

MOVERS GOLD: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

3220 Fillmore Ridge Heights, 203-1432 twomenandatruck.com Need a hand in your move? And some wheels? Two Men and a Truck has you covered. One voter wrote, “Great team of movers! I’ve used them twice and won’t use anyone else.” Another said, “We had our daughter’s move done by Two Men And A Truck. Just the most friendly, professional and fun people to be around.” SILVER: LITTLE RED WAGON MOVING BRONZE: MOUNTAIN HIGH MOVERS

As it should be...

it's all about

you.

MasterBilt Homes, Inc. is locally owned and operated and have been successfully building in El Paso County for nearly three decades. Our homes are thoughtfully designed to be both stylish and functional. MasterBilt Homes, Inc. will build on your home site, one of our home sites, or we’ll help you find a home site. Modify our plans, or bring your ideas ...

We will help you realize your dream home. Jim Stiltner

719.481.1129 | 719.964.3526 masterbilthomes@icloud.com

| masterbilt.com

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NAIL SALON GOLD: BEAUTY BAR INC.

26 N. Tejon St.; 5925 Dublin Blvd., Suite 150 473-8404; beautybar-inc.com Stop by Beauty Bar to get your nails or hair done. And you can sip on a glass of wine while the pampering takes place. Voters wrote: “Loved my experience there! Great place to relax with friends and a drink,” and “Best atmosphere in town!” SILVER: RIDGELINE NAILS BRONZE: VILLA SALON

Commercial & Residential Landscape Maintenance Custom Landscape/Xeriscape Installation Landscape/Xeriscape Installation Irrigation Irrigation Installation & Maintenance Mitigation Fire Mitigation

SPRINGSLANDSCAPING.COM

719-538-6016

Lisa Templin has her nails painted by manicurist Claudia Acosta at the Beauty Bar's downtown salon.—GAZETTE FILE

NEW HOME COMMUNITY GOLD: FLYING HORSE

Highway 83 and Flying Horse Club Drive 886-4800, flyinghorsecolorado.com A Gazette Best of winner since 2016, voters wrote this about the community: “Beautiful community with stunning views,” and “Beautiful and fun place to live. SILVER: BANNING LEWIS RANCH BRONZE: THE FARM

PET BOARDING & DAYCARE

Voted Colorado Springs Best Lawyer & Law Firm since 2015 Specializing in Criminal Defense, DUI’s and Family Law

Call 719-634-7353 for FREE consultation or visit www.andrewbryantlaw.com today! 10 Boulder Crescent St. Suite 301 Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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GOLD: CAMP BOW WOW

4295 Northpark Drive; 1075 Ford St., No. 120 260-9247, 573-9247, campbowwow.com Gazette readers once again put Camp Bow Wow on top of the list. Comments included: “Staff treats your dog like their own!” and “Love the way they take care of my dog,” and “Clean, well run, professional.” SILVER: LUCKY DOG RESORTS BRONZE: SUNRISE-WOODMAN KENNELS


PET GROOMER GOLD: WAG N’ WASH

Multiple locations, wagnwash.com Gazette readers again chose this franchise as a favorite. Wag N’ Wash has four spots in the Pikes Peak region. Voters wrote: “Love that we can wash our own dogs at a very reasonable price!” and “The staff is always excited to see our dog and are flexible with last-minute appointments.” SILVER: SERENITY PAWS BRONZE: S TUBBY’S DOG WASH & GROOMING SALON

From the mid $300s ClassicHomes.com 719-886-4995

From the mid $200s OakwoodHomesCO.com 719-380-5092

From the low $300s CovingtonHomesCO.com 719-448-5000

PET RESCUE GOLD: HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION

610 Abbot Lane, 473-1741, hsppr.org No animal is ever turned away at HSPPR. Along with dogs and cats, you’ll often see guinea pigs, rabbits and other animals available to adopt on the organization’s website, which is updated hourly. It’s the largest animal welfare group for homeless and abused animals in southern Colorado. Voters didn’t hold back with positive comments: “Just adopted my fur baby and in just a week he has changed my whole world. It wouldn’t have been possible if not for these amazing, animal lovers,” and “They do the best job ensuring all pets are placed with their forever families.”

BanningLewisRanch.com

SILVER: NATIONAL MILL DOG RESCUE BRONZE: ALL BREED RESCUE & TRAINING

PLACE TO GET PIERCED GOLD: PENS & NEEDLES CUSTOM TATTOO CO.

716 N Weber St., 287-5605, pens-needles.com Readers had lots to say about this downtown shop: “Awesome atmosphere! Great pricing and friendly artists! I won’t go anywhere else for a piercing or tattoo!” and “17 holes thanks to this amazing shop!” SILVER: WEST SIDE TATTOO BRONZE: THE HIVE

RESORT-STYLE living ... COMING SOON TO COLORADO SPRINGS A NEW 55+ ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITY The first true active adult community in Colorado Springs. Join the growing interest list for community details and more. LifeAtRetreat.com • Over 8,000 sq. ft. Private Clubhouse • Swimming Pool • Pickleball • Bocce Ball • Fitness Center • Entertaining Kitchen • Community Lifestyle Director Offering Daily Activities • Main Floor Living Homes • Low Maintenance Yards & Exteriors

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PLUMBER GOLD: OLSON PLUMBING & HEATING CO

2500 Centennial Blvd., 635-3563, olsonph.com Olson was the best in more than one category this year. Comments included: “Helped us out with an emergency on Thanksgiving and didn’t charge too much! Excellent service,” and “Always excellent advice and service.”

*Relocation Experts *Long Time Local Residential Experts *local MARKET Experts Let us help you with your home. Call us today. 719.593.1000 Toll Free: 1.800.888.8208 www.ERAShields.com

ExcE E d ing Exp E ctations

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1985

©2020 ERA Franchise Systems LLC. Each ERA® Office is Independently Owned and Operated. ® is a registered mark of ERA Franchise Systems LLC.

Thanks for Voting US Colorado Springs Best

of 2020 Winner

SILVER: AFFORDABLE PLUMBING, HEAT AND ELECTRICAL BRONZE: BULLSEYE PLUMBING HEATING & AIR

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER GOLD: TINA JOINER PHOTOGRAPHY

8720 Skip Stone Point, 964-0168 tinajoinerphotography.com For photos of your wedding or other occasion, Joiner again tops the list. Voters said: “She has done a few shoots for me and each one has turned out truly incredible. Her work is amazing and she is friendly and accommodating,” and “Tina Joiner was one of the best decisions we made to capture our wedding and engagement photos.” SILVER: JCM PHOTOGRAPHY BRONZE: BAREFOOT IMAGES BY JEN

2018

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2016

Nic Wetherill prepares for the workday at Bullseye Plumbing and Heating. — JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE


Classic Homes won gold in the Home Builder, Custom Home Builder and Home Developer categories. — GAZETTE FILE

PRODUCTION HOME BUILDER GOLD: CLASSIC HOMES

6385 Corporate Drive, 592-9333 classichomes.com Gazette readers gave another gold to Classic Homes. Comments included: “Classic does things with the customer in mind. If it’s not right they’ll make it right,” and “I’ll soon be in my third Classic Home. Great builder. Job well done.” SILVER: KELLER WILLIAMS INC. BRONZE: CHALLENGER HOMES

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US

BEST OF THE SPRINGS

Be part of a great community: Be Neighborly. Be Happy. Be Adventurous. Be Comfortable. Be Strong. Be Proud.

BE GOLD HILL MESA. Proud Event Sponsor and Supporter of our Award-Winning neighbor, Old Colorado City! Building homes. Shaping lives. Growing community. For more information go to GoldHillMesa.com

So Cool. So Cozy.

PREMIUM INSTALLATIONS • QUALITY REPAIR • EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE

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READERPICKS

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

Multiple locations, homescolorado.com Re/Max has been around since 1986 to help with home-buying, selling and relocation services. One reader said, “Helped us through the process of buying our new house and gained top dollar for our old house.” Another wrote, “Honest and ethical. SILVER: KELLER WILLIAMS PREMIER BRONZE: ERA SHIELDS REAL ESTATE

REAL ESTATE OFFICE - INDEPENDENT

SILVER: THE TREASURE DAVIS TEAM BRONZE: VENTERRA REAL ESTATE

REAL ESTATE RELOCATION GOLD: RE/MAX PROPERTIES, INC.

Multiple locations, homescolorado.com A winner when it comes to helping relocate, too. Voters said: “Just very nice people here,” and “Most professional company in the business!” SILVER: THE PLATINUM GROUP, REALTORS BRONZE: THE TREASURE DAVIS TEAMEAL

GOLD: THE PLATINUM GROUP, REALTORS

6760 Corporate Drive, 536-4444 platinumhomesales.com Gazette readers had lots of praise for this local real estate office. Comments included: “Very friendly, knowledgeable and always there for you,” and “None better! Honest and hard working. They put their customers first.”

Thank You

FOR VOTING US BEST OF THE SPRINGS! Foster Electric Corp. is a full-service electrical contractor, serving the commercial, industrial, and residential sectors with design and build capabilities.

Foster Electric Corp. has the versatility and expertise to accommodate every project with the same level of quality and professionalism, backed by our outstanding reputation in the industry.

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“The Platinum Group” — JEFF KEARNEY, THE GAZETTE


READERPICKS REALTOR GOLD: M IKE MAGUIRE, THE PLATINUM GROUP REALTORS

6760 Corporate Drive, 536-4324, 660-6793 buywithmike.com The Colorado Springs-born Maguire has 30 years of experience in real estate. Readers wrote: “A good man who cares about his customers. His knowledge of the Springs, home trends and the real estate business is unparalleled,” and “One amazing individual. Top notch service.”

Services & Professionals

Reader comments about The Retreat included: “Beautiful community, compassionate and caring staff,” and “a great atmosphere with a great team.” SILVER: THE INN AT GARDEN PLAZA BRONZE: BETHESDA GARDENS MONUMENT ASSISTED LIVING & MEMORY CARE

SILVER: LEI LONNIE WATTS, RE/ MAX PROPERTIES, INC BRONZE: TREASURE DAVIS, THE TREASURE DAVIS TEAM

RETIREMENT COMMUNITY GOLD: THE RETREAT AT SUNNY VISTA

2450 E Cache La Poudre St., 377-6735 sunnyretreat.org

The Retreat at Sunny Vista is an assisted living center and memory care unit and includes this enclosed courtyard. — JERILEE BENNETT, GAZETTE FILE

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SPECIAL EVENT CATERING GOLD: BIRD DOG BBQ

largest owner and operator of such facilities in the world. Voters wrote: “Good prices,” “Friendly staff” and “Been using for years!”

710 Valley St., 573-7671, birddogbbq.com

SILVER: SECURITY SELF-STORAGE

Feed your group with piles of pulled pork, mac ‘n’ cheese and baked beans, among other barbecue fare. Bird Dog BBQ has the chops to cater any event and any size. Voters ate it up, saying, “Used them for a wedding and they went out of their way to help wherever they could,” and “Incredible flavor, smells and customer service.”

BRONZE: E XTRA SPACE STORAGE

SILVER: PICNIC BASKET CATERING BRONZE: GARDEN OF THE GODS CATERING

STORAGE FACILITY GOLD: PUBLIC STORAGE

Multiple locations, publicstorage.com After opening its first self-storage facility in 1972, Public Storage has grown to become the

TAILOR & ALTERATIONS GOLD: MARIA’S TAILOR SHOP

7605 N Union Blvd., 590-9838 mariastailorshop.com Along with alterations and repairs, this shop offers free measurements and estimates and sewing classes. Readers wrote: “I’ve used Maria’s for years, and they always get it right,” and “Needed a coat altered same day. Done and fit perfectly in less than 2 hours!” SILVER: MYRNA’S TAILOR SHOP BRONZE: THE BUTTON, THE NEEDLE AND THE WARDROBE

See how beautiful senior living can be. When you’re searching for a senior living community, you want the best of the best – like a community that combines a luxurious lifestyle with lovely views of the Front Range. That community is Liberty Heights. We proudly offer a full continuum of care alongside a selection of wonderful amenities, including a heated indoor pool, art center, billiards room and beautifully landscaped courtyard.

Even as today’s world changes, remember: We’re still here and ready to listen. Call 719-426-2686 and start a conversation personalized to you. 12105 Ambassador Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80921 Independent Living • Assisted Living • Memory Care Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation • AL License #230558 WWW.SENIORLIFESTYLE.COM

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READERPICKS 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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H&R Block has several tax offices in the Pikes Peak region and you can usually make a same-day appointment online. Comments included: “Always reliable and great customer service,” and “Quickest and easiest way to do your taxes.” SILVER: YOUR TAXLADY BRONZE: PHASES ACCOUNTING & TAX SERVICES, INC.

Pens & Needles opened in 2008 in downtown Colorado Springs and has more than 20 artists on staff at two locations. “They provide amazing artists, clean and a beautiful shop,” wrote one voter. “Never have to worry about anything being dirty. The artists are amazing and will help you get your custom piece that you want.” Another said, “Been getting work from here for years. Love the artists.” SILVER: R U TATTOOED BRONZE: FALLEN HEROES TATTOO

TAX PREPARER Tattoo artist Christy Lumberg tattoos an owl and roses on Veronica Corbelli’s arm at Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo Co. in Colorado Springs in this 2017 photo. — CHRISTIAN MURDOCK THE GAZETTE

GOLD: H&R BLOCK

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TECHNOLOGY SERVICES GOLD: AXIS BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES

Gazette readers. They wrote: “Always gives the best deals and takes good care of you,” and “They have always provided the best service and treated me with respect.”

3004 N Nevada Ave., 630-8600, axisbt.com

SILVER: BIG O TIRES

For 40 years, this local company has been supplying other local companies with, among other things, printers, copiers, computers and software. One voter wrote, “They’re No. 1.”

BRONZE: TIRE WORLD AUTO REPAIR TIRE PROS

SILVER: MODERN TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, INC. BRONZE: DAVIDSON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

TIRE SHOP GOLD: DISCOUNT TIRE

Multiple locations, discounttire.com With five shops around the Pikes Peak region, this franchise offers new tires and rims along with services such as wheel and tire installation, rotation and winter tire changes. The tire shop is on a roll, according to

TITLE COMPANY GOLD: EMPIRE TITLE OF COLORADO SPRINGS

5555 Tech Center Drive #110, 884-5300, etcos.com A previous Gazette Best of Winner, Empire offers title services and solves title problems. Readers wrote: “They make the difficult deals look easy, “and “Empire Title is amazing to work with! They go above and beyond for all of your title needs!” SILVER: LAND TITLE GUARANTEE COMPANY BRONZE: LEGACY TITLE GROUP

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READERPICKS TRASH COMPANY GOLD: BESTWAY DISPOSAL

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VETERINARIAN/ANIMAL HOSPITAL GOLD: BIJOU ANIMAL HOSPITAL PC

650 Santa Fe St., 633-8709 bestwaydisposal.com

123 Swope Ave., 471-4457 bijouanimalhospital.com

Bestway has been serving the Pikes Peak region since 1950 and has been voted the best by Gazette readers year after year. Voters wrote: “Always go above and beyond!” and “The men help me when I’m racing down the driveway with my bins when I forget it’s Monday.”

Serving the Pikes Peak region since 1959, this animal hospital employs six veterinarians with a combined 100 years of experience. “The entire staff is amazing and my baby is always happy to see them!” said one reader. Another wrote, “They have been going above and beyond for all the years they have treated my pets! I would not want to go anywhere else!”

SILVER: SPRINGS WASTE SYSTEMS BRONZE: WASTE MANAGEMENT

SILVER: YORKSHIRE VETERINARY HOSPITAL BRONZE: BANFIELD PET HOSPITAL

Thank you for voting Venterra Real Estate Best Of The Springs Built on the foundation of decades of local expertise, Venterra emerged out of innovation and a passion to help buyers and sellers in a better way than ever before. Homeowners across the front range hire Venterra Realtors because of their:

• Skill • Problem Solving • Technology • Resources

• Passion • Customer Experience • Selfless Service • Creativity

Visit VenterraHomes.com to browse the most current available homes for sale, request a home valuation, and stay up to date on local real estate

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WEDDING CAKE S GOLD: LITTLE LONDON CAKE SHOPPE

3307 N. Academy Blvd., 475-2340 littlelondoncakeshoppe.com Voters treated this winning cake shop to some kind comments: “Yummy, delicious cakes, fabulous decorating,” and “Cakes are always impressive and still taste amazing.” SILVER: T HE SUGARPLUM CAKE SHOPPE BRONZE: ICING ON THE CAKE

WEDDING CATERING GOLD: GARDEN OF THE GODS CATERING

471-3663, godscateringandevents.com This full-service caterer knows what to put on your plate, whether it’s part of small backyard party or a wedding with hundreds of guests. One reader said, “They catered my wedding and were amazing!

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The food was top notch and we couldn’t ask for better service. I would recommend them to anyone!” SILVER: BUFFALO GALS GRILLING

BRONZE: PICNIC BASKET CATERING

WEDDING DJ GOLD: RANDY RODRIGUEZ ENTERTAINMENT

randysinatra.com Rodriguez hails from New York City and is all about keeping the party going as a singer, dancer and deejay. One voter said, “Randy hosted a wedding for my family and it was truly magnificent. He takes on all the stress and makes sure the bride and groom are happy. He works extremely hard and makes sure everything is perfect. Through the entire event, he is always kind and goes out of his way to make it a day to remember.” SILVER: SPRINGS SOUNDS ENTERTAINMENT BRONZE: HEPS DJ AND PHOTOBOOTH


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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

WEDDING PLANNER GOLD: SK EVENT SPECIALISTS, LLC

GOLD: TINA JOINER PHOTOGRAPHY

619-300-3018, skeventspecialists.com

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

Founded by Stephany Knierim in 2011, this company covers wedding planning logistics and day-of details and so much more. There are three wedding packages to choose from. Voters said: “Stephany is full of energy and enthusiasm for her clients, completely professional, and a pleasure to spend time with,” and “Fantastic planning services with a personal touch.” SILVER: SARAH VIERA EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN BRONZE: ALWAYS AND FOREVER WEDDINGS

The Pinery at the Hill — JEFF KEARNY, THE GAZETTE

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READERPICKS WEDDING VENUE GOLD: THE PINERY AT THE HILL

775 W. Bijou St., 634-7772, thepinery.com This venue has Tuscan-style architecture and comes with a view of Pikes Peak. One reader said this about The Pinery: “I had my wedding here and it was an absolute success. This venue and everyone who run it are amazing and took care of us in every way. This venue is beautiful and the people who work here are as professional as you can get. I had not one complaint.” SILVER: GARDEN OF THE GODS RESORT BRONZE: FLYING HORSE RANCH

WEIGHT LOSS MANAGEMENT

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Thrive started seven years ago out of a small home in Colorado Springs and has grown to a practice with four locations, including clinics in Denver and Atlanta. Comments included: “Accessible and works!” and “Great doctors that know how to help you get and stay healthy.” SILVER: METABOLIC RESEARCH CENTER BRONZE: MS. NEW BOOTY FITNESS, LLC

Defined History. Mountain Spirit. Proudly serving Colorado Springs since 1973 From traditional to contemporary, The Squash Blossom has something for everyone.

GOLD: THRIVE HEALTH SYSTEMS

4209 Centennial Blvd.; 5490 Powers Center Point, No. 148, 475-8676, 394-4588 thrivehealthsystems.com

2531 W. Colorado Ave. | 719.632.1899 www.SquashBlossom.com

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CAPPADONA Funeral Home

“When Dignity is a Must, But Cost is a Factor” MEETING the NEEDS of TODAY’S FAMILY

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Specializing in Medicare and Medicaid spend-downs

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EXPERTPICKS SETHBOSTER, TERRYTERRONES TERESAFARNEY, STEPHANIEEARLS LINDANAVARRO, JENNIFERMULSON

Well-dressed gentleman who guides men toward confidence The Men’s Xchange, 409 N. Tejon St., 418-3372 themensxchange.com

Community leader James Proby’s entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit shines in The Men’s Xchange. At his thrift boutique, men donate gently used suits, jackets, ties and shirts and shop for something different, $40 or less, with Proby’s fashion advice and classy new pocket squares. “We sell confidence,” he says. For every nine items sold, men in need served by nonprofit partners are clothed here at no cost. — Linda Navarro

and that’s the tooth

Feather Touch Dentistry, 685 Citadel Drive East, 574-2424, dralicevesseldmd.com

My pappy always told me that once I was living on my own, it was important to find two things I could rely on — a good mechanic and a good dentist. My mechanic retired, but I still have a great dentist. I’ve been visiting Dr. Alice Vessel (I just call her Doc) for over 20 years. Doc is a Wasson grad, earned her bachelor’s from Cornell and her doctorate from Tufts. Aside from being bona fide, Doc has a good

sense of humor, which is probably why the Cornell grad graciously puts up with all my questions about what Andy Bernard from “The Office” was like in college. — Terry Terrones

nature’s best friends

Friends groups

coloradosprings.gov/parks/page/friends-groups The recession hit, and in the ashes of the city’s parks department budget rose the friends groups we see today. Wherever you hit the trails, there’s probably a team of volunteers giving back. Red Rock Canyon Open Space? Yep. Palmer Park? North Cheyenne Cañon? Ute Valley? Yep, yep and yep. You’ll see friends spreading love in the region’s state parks, too. — Seth Boster

Catering and more

Boz Catering, 6628 Delmonico Drive, 599-8109 bozcatering.com Eric Stewart, executive chef and owner of Boz Catering, is on a mission to offer an affordable casual dining experience, serving gourmet cuisine and with excellent service through his catering business. He scores on all of the above and more. After completing culinary training at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts in Denver, he located a space where he could open a commissary kitchen. To give customers a taste of his cooking talent, he started offering his Friday Chefs Tables where he serves 16 guests a themed dinner. They have been a big success and sell out as soon as he announces them. He opened Boz Marketplace and Cafe across the parking lot from his catering kitchen at 207 E. Rockrimmon Blvd. — Teresa Farney

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Sticks and Stone

Republic of Paws Day Spa and Salon, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., No. 211, 445-6634 republicofpaws.com Last fall, my dog, Stone, limped in from a yarddigging session with a split and bloody toe claw. I described the injury to my vet and was told it likely would require a surgical fix, with anesthesia and a hefty bill. I then called Republic of Paws, a pet store that also offers grooming services. They weren’t open yet, but the phone was answered and I was told to bring my dog in. I mistakenly went to the Old Colorado City retail location, found the door locked, and was heading back to my car when an employee chased me down and sent me in the right direction. A half hour and $10 later, Stone was manicured, limp-free and back home … wondering why his hole was suddenly filled with dirt. — Stephanie Earls

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a final farewell

Return to Nature Funeral Home, 815 E. Platte Ave., 475-0583, returntonaturecolorado.com Let’s face it: Death is a part of life. We’re all going to lose loved ones at some point. But keep in mind there are other ways to go about saying goodbye to them than cremation or filling their bodies with toxic embalming fluids and putting them in another expensive casket that goes straight into our precious earth. This funeral home will help you figure out the best way to honor your family member or friend. Perhaps that’s with a home funeral service, or maybe a green burial, where zero chemicals, metal or unnatural materials invade the earth. — Jennifer Mulson

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Or just have a few things to grab for your wardrobe? Here our readers have chosen their favorite boutiques, car dealers, florists and more. BEER AND MORE BEER

If you’re in search of some suds, here’s who has the best beer selection in town. Pg. 134

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Ready to hit the road with some new wheels? See the choice for best new-car dealer. Pg. 136

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Top florist is a returning Best of the Springs gold winner. Pg. 138

SWEET DREAMS

Readers’ picks for best mattress store may be the key to a good night’s sleep. Pg. 141

MUSIC MAGIC

The oldest music store in town may also be the best. Pg. 142

GARDEN GUIDANCE

How does your garden grow? Maybe with help from our readers’ pick for best gardening center Pg. 144

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

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Sales associate Jeni Smith keeps the clothing stocked at Terra Verde. JEFF KEARNEY SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

Fashion trends come and go.

Today's must-have-it gadget will soon be replaced by the next one. But some things don't change. Cheers Liquor Store remains a favorite among Best Of voters with its selection of beer and other adult beverages. Andy's Meat Market, a Colorado Springs institution since 1952 — and where you'll find not just quality beef and poultry but more unusual meats such as alligator — is a repeat Best of the Springs winner. The nearly century-old Platte Flowers remains the top choice for florist. Ace is still the place as Ace Hardware again is the gold winner for hardware store. Downtown's Terra Verde pops up as a winner again.

But that doesn't mean some new winners haven't crept in. Read on for picks on where to get everything from antiques to guns to video games. BILLRADFORD

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READERPICKS ANTI QUES GOLD: AMERICAN CLASSICS MARKETPLACE

1815 N. Academy Blvd., 596-8585 americanclassicsmarketplace.com This antique marketplace is a valued one-stop shop for local treasure hunters and picky pickers. One voter enjoys the “large selection, and the best treasure hunt around!” Another described the marketplace as “a trip down memory lane.” SILVER: WILLOWSTONE ANTIQUE MARKETPLACE BRONZE: 505 TROLLEY

AUCTION GOLD: ROSS AUCTION

2430 S. Academy Blvd., 632-6693, rossauction.com Ross Auction says “honesty and integrity are still the foundation of all our business activities.” Ross is Colorado’s oldest auctioneering company and the state’s first auctioneering company to conduct internet auctions with live online bidding. “Love the friendly staff and professionalism of this auction house,” one voter said. SILVER: GORMAN AUCTION

BEER SELECTION GOLD: CHEERS LIQUOR MART

1105 N. Circle Drive, 574-2244 cheersliquormart.com Three cheers for Cheers Liquor Mart! Several voters expressed their enthusiasm for the largest liquor store in southern Colorado. “Cheers has everything as well as an educated staff,” said one voter, with another raving about the “selection and prices.” Despite the massive selection of adult beverages, one voter described the store as “local, organized, and friendly.” SILVER: COALTRAIN WINE & SPIRITS BRONZE: POWERS LIQUOR MART

BIKE SHOP GOLD: OLD TOWN BIKE SHOP

426 S. Tejon St., 475-8589, oldtownbikeshop.com Old Town Bike Shop has helped tens of thousands of cyclists for over 40 years. “Always great service, best maintenance shop in town,” one voter said. Another commented that Old Town Bike Shop has been “selling great bikes for decades.” The fullservice shop has helped customers with everything from a flat tire to a full repair. “They not only care about you and your bicycle, but the community as well,” one voter said. SILVER: PROCYCLING BRONZE: CRITERIUM

BABY SHOP GOLD: ITTY BITTY PRETTY ONE

facebook.com/IttyBittyPrettyOne/ etsy.com/shop/IttyBittyPretty1/ This new online business specializing in trendy clothes for babies and toddlers has gained a great deal of admiration in the community. “Awesome clothes by a hardworking mom,” one voter said. SILVER: TERRA VERDE BRONZE: ABATINA BOUTIQUE

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Old Town Bike Shop. — JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE


READERPICKS BOOKSTORE GOLD: BARNES & NOBLE

795 Citadel Drive East, 637-8282; 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9960, barnesandnoble.com This book company is a favorite among Colorado Springs residents. With two locations in the city, the “great selection of books” at Barnes & Noble is accessible to book lovers all over town. SILVER: POOR RICHARD’S BRONZE: HOOKED ON BOOKS

BOUTIQUE GOLD: TERRA VERDE

208 N. Tejon St., 444-8621, terraverdestyle.com This trendy boutique has been a Colorado Springs staple for local shoppers for over 25 years. “They carry such a great variety of designs and unique styles,” one voter said. Another shared that they

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think Terra Verde is the “best boutique in the Springs.” Terra Verde says on the website that they hope to make everyone feel “styled, refreshed, confident, and inspired.” SILVER: SPARKLES & LACE BRONZE: ASHLEY’S ATTIC

BUTCHER GOLD: ANDY’S MEAT MARKET

2915 E. Platte Ave., 636-1149 andysmeatmarket.com “A traditional butcher shop where one can get almost any kind of custom cuts and sizes and meats,” is how one voter described the meat market. This family-owned business has been in operation since 1952 and offers USDA choice beef, pork and poultry along with more unusual meats. Alligator, anyone? “Always great service and quality of product,” said one voter. SILVER: RANCH FOODS DIRECT

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READERPICKS “Great prices, awesome employees, very organized,” one voter said. Voters are pleased that the store not only provides a positive shopping experience but also offers customers the option of selling gently used children’s clothes for cash.”

CAR DEALER NEW GOLD: HEUBERGER SUBARU

1080 Motor City Drive, 475-1920 heubergermotors.com Heuberger claims to be the largest volume Subaru dealer in the United States, and it sure is a favorite among voters. “Best car for Colorado winter roads and great service” said one voter. The voters are not only pleased with the performance of the cars, but also the full experience.

SILVER: KOHL’S BRONZE: ITTY BITTY PRETTY ONE

CUSTOM FRAMING GOLD: MICHAEL’S

SILVER: PHIL LONG DEALERSHIPS

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Voters value the affordability, customer service and framing selection found at Michael’s. Another commented “the staff has always been very helpful and when they have 60% off ... WOW!”

CAR DEALER USED GOLD: CARMAX

4010 Tutt Blvd., 313-4860, carmax.com This year, voters are celebrating the quality service and selection at CarMax. One voter said, “Carmax is the best - helpful and never pushy!” Another raved about the “great selection of cars for a fair price.”

SILVER: HOBBY LOBBY BRONZE: ACADEMY ART & FRAME

DEPARTMENT STORE GOLD: KOHL’S

SILVER: MCCLOSKEY MOTORS

Multiple locations, kohls.com

BRONZE: HEUBERGER SUBARU

This chain is a popular destination for local shoppers. One voter shared that they “always find something at a great price.” Kohl’s offers a variety of goods; one voter said they “love the jewelry, perfume selection, and the great styles of clothing.” “They have the best selection and pricing,” said another.

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING GOLD: ONCE UPON A CHILD

6946 N. Academy Blvd., 599-5966 onceuponachildcoloradosprings.com

SILVER: DILLARD’S BRONZE: JCPENNEY

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Heuberger Subaru remains a favorite among Best of the Springs voters. — GAZETTE FILE


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FLOORING INSTALLATION

EYEGLASSES

GOLD: PRYOR FLOORING

GOLD: COSTCO

5050 N. Nevada Ave., 264-5010; 5885 Barnes Road, 591-3002, costco.com According to the voters, Costco is the place to be for every glasses-related need. “Good selection and good quality at the best prices,” one voter said. As another simply put it: “Best place for glasses.” The voters appreciate the quality eyeglasses and the helpful employees. One voter shared: “After I purchased my glasses at Costco, they were gracious about fitting and cleaning them.”

1460 Paonia St., 573-1010, pryorfloor.com “Best service in the business hands down,” one voter said. Pryor Flooring says it is one of the region’s largest and most well-respected hardwood flooring companies. And voters support that claim. One voter said, “These folks are super professional and do great work on time.” Another shared, “I have used them for over 20 years.” SILVER: AVIV TILE AND REMODELING BRONZE: LUMBER LIQUIDATORS

SILVER: ABBA EYE CARE BRONZE: ROCKRIMMON VISION SOURCE

FLOORING RETAILER GOLD: O’BRIENS CARPET ONE FLOOR & HOME

FARMERS MARKET GOLD: OLD COLORADO CITY

Bancroft Park, 24th St., 574-1283, pikespeakfarmersmarket.com

111 E. Garden of Gods Road, 203-2917 6155 N. Academy Blvd., 425-8572 obrienscarpetone.com

Peaches and chiles and cheese, oh my! Located in the heart of Old Colorado City is this summertime farmers market admired by the community. Voters enjoy the variety of foods and gifts sold by local vendors. “Very local and friendly with lots of options,” said one voter. Another commented that it’s a “great way to spend a Saturday.”

“For more than 30 years, no one has provided better flooring solutions for our neighbors in the Colorado Springs area,” O’Briens says. Voters agree. “They have good selection and know what they are doing,” said one voter. “Service is exceptional,” another said. Another summed it up this way: “Pretty cool place.”

SILVER: SPROUTS BRONZE: SPENCER’S LAWN AND GARDEN

SILVER: (TIE) LUMBER LIQUIDATORS AND CARPET EXCHANGE

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READERPICKS GIFT SHOP GOLD: TERRA VERDE

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

Platte Floral employees Beth Powner and Jerry Wittmann work with a large shipment of roses. — JERILEE BENNETT, GAZETTE FILE

FLORIST GOLD: PLATTE FLORAL

1417 E. Platte Ave., 632-2607, platteflorist.com This Colorado Springs staple is a returning gold winner, and based on the voter comments, it’s easy to see why. “Consistently fresh and beautiful flowers and plants. The arrangements are very nice!” said one voter. For almost 100 years, this local business has blossomed into the success that it is today. “They can create any kind of floral arrangement and handle the delivery at any destination,” said one voter.

Everything from high-end fashion to the perfect gift can be found at this downtown boutique. “Without a doubt the perfect place to find a gift. Very helpful employees and beautiful wrapping,” said one shopper. It is clear that voters admire this local business. “Highest quality with the best selection in town. We are so lucky to have Terre Verde,” one voter said. SILVER: ROCKY MOUNTAIN SOAP MARKET BRONZE: ABATINA BOUTIQUE

GUNS/AMMO GOLD: MAGNUM SHOOTING CENTER

13372 Meadowgrass Drive, 487-3193 magnumshootingcenter.com “5 Stars across the board. The one place stop to shop for all your shooting needs,” one voter said. This gold winner is a hit among the voters for a number of reasons. One said that it is not only the “best shooting center in town” but also the “best selection and most informed staff.”

SILVER: SKYWAY CREATIONS

SILVER: SPORTSMAN’S WAREHOUSE

BRONZE: ANNETTE MARIE FLORA

BRONZE: SPRINGS ARMORY

FURNITURE STORE GOLD: AMERICAN FURNITURE WAREHOUSE

2805 N. Chestnut St., 633-4220, afw.com This furniture warehouse has been an admired business in the Centennial State for decades. Voters complimented AFW on everything from the prices to the variety. “Top of the line furniture with the lowest prices in the state. We will not buy our furniture with anybody else” one voter said. “My go-to place for handsome and affordable furniture,” said another. SILVER: WOODLEY’S FINE FURNITURE BRONZE: FURNITURE ROW

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Magnum Shooting Center. — JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE


HARDWARE STORE GOLD: ACE HARDWARE

Multiple locations, acehardware.com Ace is committed to assisting customers by offering knowledgeable advice, helpful service and quality products. “Ace has always been the place,” one voter said. Shoppers enjoy the locally owned and operated Colorado Springs locations for everything from hammers to screwdrivers. Shoppers also appreciate that the stores are not overwhelming and they can always find an employee who is ready to help. “You can ask for anything and the staff knows immediately where you can find it,” one voter said.

WHERE SHOPPING & DINING AWAIT

SILVER: LOWE’S BRONZE: THE HOME DEPOT

HOBBY SHOP

THANKYOU

GOLD: HOBBY LOBBY

525 S. 8th St., 630-1977; 6950 N. Academy Blvd., 260-6920; 5994 Barnes Road, 550-3799 hobbylobby.com Creative folks know exactly where to go for their next artsy project. “My favorite place for yarn, crafts & home decor,” one voter said. Shoppers never know what treasures they’ll find when browsing the aisles. “Hobby Lobby has the best selection of items in town and the best prices,” one voter said. SILVER: MICHAEL’S BRONZE: SIMPLE PLEASURES

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HUNTING SUPPLIES GOLD: BASS PRO SHOPS

13012 Bass Pro Drive, 488-7300, basspro.com “Everything you need for all sports,” one voter said. This store offers a variety of products and experiences for sporting families. “Huge selection of most every hunter’s needs,” said another. “Best store ever. I could literally spend all day in there,” another shared. SILVER: SPORTSMAN’S WAREHOUSE BRONZE: MAGNUM SHOOTING CENTER

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JEWELER GOLD: GLENN’S JEWELRY AND LOANS

1505 N. Academy Blvd., 591-7331 glennsjewelry.com This local gem is a favorite among the voters. “The atmosphere at Glenn’s is always friendly. They always try to take care of the customer with a smile,” one voter said. Family owned since 2000, Glenn’s is special for a number of reasons. “The employees are always friendly,” said one voter.

Glenn’s has acquired a second gold win this year for its custom jewelry pieces. “The custom work they are capable of is absolutely gorgeous. They have the best prices in all the Springs for custom work and repairs,” shared one voter. SILVER: LUISA GRAFF JEWELERS BRONZE: REVOLUTION JEWELRY WORKS

KITCHEN STORE GOLD: BED BATH & BEYOND

SILVER: LUISA GRAFF JEWELERS

Mutiple locations, bedbathandbeyond.com

BRONZE: REVOLUTION JEWELRY WORKS

Another year of winning gold for this American chain store. Voters raved about the famous 20% off coupons that never expire. One voter gave nods to the “great variety of gadgets for the kitchen.”

JEWELER, CUSTOM MADE GOLD: GLENN’S JEWELRY AND LOANS

1505 N. Academy Blvd., 591-7331 glennsjewelry.com

SILVER: SPARROW HAWK COOKWARE BRONZE: WILLIAMS SONOMA

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READERPICKS LIQUOR STORE GOLD: CHEERS LIQUOR MART

1105 N. Circle Drive, 574-2244 cheersliquormart.com Another big win for Cheers. Along with 1,500 brews, according to Cheers, they carry 8,000 wine selections and 3,500 spirit choices. Voters praised the “local, organized, and friendly atmosphere” and the “large selection and great prices.” The staff at Cheers was also recognized by voters. SILVER: COALTRAIN WINE & SPIRITS BRONZE: COSTCO

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MATTRESS STORE GOLD: DENVER MATTRESS

Multiple locations, denvermattress.com “Superior service, great selection and great prices,” is how one voter described the gold winner. One of the things that makes Denver Mattress special is that they make each mattress themselves and provide a true customer-care experience. SILVER: BOB’S DISCOUNT MATTRESS BRONZE: AMERICAN FURNITURE WAREHOUSE

HELPFUL ADVICE Best of the Springs readers cheer the staff at Cheers Liquor Mart. — GAZETTE FILE

Phelan Gardens

Greenhouse • Nursery • Gift Shop • Garden Center

Beer Cave

Where Plants & People Thrive! • Water-Wise Hardy Flowers, Shrubs & Trees for Resilient Landscapes • Colorado-Friendly Veggie and Flower Starts 2015 - 2020 • Pollinator-Friendly Seeds & Plants Gardening tips, classes, and info on-line at: www.phelangardens.com

4955 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Colorado Springs, CO 80918 • 719-574-8058

Over 2000 Crafts & Imports Ciders, Gluten-free & More

Wine Room

Temperature controlled Rare & collectible selections

VAST, AWARD-WINNING SPIRITS SELECTION

330 W. Uintah @ I-25 coaltrainwine.com 719-475-9700

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MEN’S FASHION GOLD: KOHL’S

Multiple locations, kohls.com When it comes to men’s fashion, voters enjoy the affordability and options at this chain. “Kohl’s always has a wide selection and great deals on men’s wear,” one voter said. Another described the store as “stylish and affordable.” Others shared their appreciation for the high-quality products and friendly staff. SILVER: DILLARD’S BRONZE: RUTLEDGE’S

MILITARY-FRIENDLY CAR DEALER GOLD: MCCLOSKEY MOTORS

6710 N. Academy Blvd., 594-9400; 5331 Montebello Lane, 434-4454; bigjoeauto.com

Motorcycle enthusiasts are revving their motors for this iconic business’s Colorado Springs location. “Awesome selection of Harleys and clothing! Their service department rocks,” one voter said. SILVER: PIKES PEAK INDIAN MOTORCYCLE BRONZE: APEX MOTOR SPORTS

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS GOLD: MEEKER MUSIC

624 N. Tejon St., 471-8940, meekermusic.com Meeker is the oldest music store in Colorado Springs; as one voter recalled: “been going there since I was a kid.” Meeker specializes in supplying musicians of all ages and levels with everything from instrument accessories to sheet music. Several voters praised the “helpful and knowledgeable staff,” and “great pricing.” SILVER: GRANER MUSIC

“Very people oriented” is how one voter described this military-friendly dealership. McCloskey honors active, active reserve, retired and retired reserve veterans by offering impressive discounts on its wide variety of automobiles. According to one voter: “They take care of all military as if they work for us!” SILVER: CARMAX BRONZE: PATRIOT MOTORS

MOTORCYCLE/OFF ROAD GOLD: PIKES PEAK HARLEY DAVIDSON

5867 N. Nevada Ave., 278-2300 pikespeakharleydavidson.com

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Customer Sandra Stephens, left, is helped by Lisa Holman, elementary music specialist, with picking out a beginner’s piano lesson book for Stephens’ grandson at Meeker Music. — CHANCEY BUSH, GAZETTE FILE

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READERPICKS NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET GOLD: SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET

1730 Dublin Blvd., 590-8890; 5617 Barnes Road, 313-4405;13415 Voyager Parkway 884-7900 sprouts.com Voters can’t get enough of the “great prices, fresh produce and meats” at each Colorado Springs Sprouts location. The wide variety of food makes it easy for shoppers to have several options for nearly every type of diet/lifestyle.

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“Definitely the place to get great meat,” is what one voter said about the natural meat market. Along with praise for the “excellent quality meats,” voters commented on the “great selection and friendly staff.” As explained on its website, Ranch Food Direct believes everyone should know exactly how their food got to the table. SILVER: TRADER JOE’S BRONZE: WHOLE FOODS MARKET

SILVER: TRADER JOE’S BRONZE: WHOLE FOODS MARKET

NATURAL MEAT MARKET GOLD: RANCH FOOD DIRECT

1228 E. Fillmore St., 623-2980 ranchfoodsdirect.com

Great prices is just one reason to enjoy Sprouts Farmers Market. — BLOOMBERG NEWS

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98 YEARS

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READERPICKS “A family staple in Colorado Springs” is how one voter described Phelan Gardens. This familyowned business has blossomed into the go-to place for gardening enthusiasts since opening in the 1970s.

NEW STORE GOLD: FREEDOM LIQUOR

5607 Barnes Road, No. 110, 358-9265 freedomliquorco.com

SILVER: RICK’S GARDEN CENTER

This new local and veteran-owned liquor store offers a vast selection of wines, bourbons, tequila, beers and more. Several echoed this voter’s sentiment: “Such a friendly staff and the best selection.” Another voter shared that they are “so glad Freedom Liquor is setting a new standard for liquor stores.” SILVER: THE FLIPPING PEDDLER BRONZE: ECLECTIC CO.

NURSERY/GARDENING CENTER GOLD: PHELAN GARDENS

4955 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 574-8058 phelangardens.com

BRONZE: HARDING NURSERY

OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT GOLD: REI

1376 E. Woodmen Road, 260-1455, rei.com Whether it’s a camping trip or a weekend on the slopes, REI offers equipment for any seasonal or year-round outdoor adventure. Along with an enjoyable shopping experience is a group of informed employees. One voter praised the “knowledgeable staff and great selection of items.” SILVER: BASS PRO SHOPS BRONZE: MOUNTAIN CHALET

THANK YOU!

for voting

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READERPICKS OUTFITTER GOLD: BASS PRO SHOPS

13012 Bass Pro Drive, 488-7300, basspro.com Bass Pro Shops sure is popular among voters. “They have everything you need” one voter said, with another praising the shop for its “great inventory.” The 120,000 square-foot location includes an archery range, a bowling alley and other fun activities for the whole family.

said. Let’s not forget about the multitude of services offered like grooming, doggie day camp, training, even pet pictures with Santa! “Love the Santa photos with our dog,” one voter said. SILVER: WAG N’ WASH BRONZE: PETCO

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO STORE GOLD: MIKE’S CAMERA

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

SILVER: REI BRONZE: MOUNTAIN CHALET

PET STORE GOLD: PETSMART

Multiple locations, petsmart.com The smart place to go for everything from dog toys to vet care. “ I can always find what I want and love to see people and their dogs in there,” one voter

A picture is worth a thousand words, and the “friendly and knowledgeable staff” at Mike’s Camera is committed to helping Coloradans capture the perfect picture. Along with carrying a variety of merchandise, Mike’s teaches photography classes. One voter praised Mike’s for being “the best place to get their film developed.” SILVER: CAMERAWORKS

Thank you for voting King Soopers

BEST OF THE SPRINGS 16 years in a row!

1750 WEST UINTAH STREET 6930 NORTH ACADEMY BOULEVARD 815 CHEYENNE MEADOWS ROAD 3570 HARTSEL DRIVE 1070 WEST BAPTIST ROAD 6030 STETSON HILLS BOULEVARD 2910 SOUTH ACADEMY BOULEVARD 9225 NORTH UNION BOULEVARD 3620 AUSTIN BLUFFS PARKWAY 3250 CENTENNIAL BOULEVARD 7915 CONSTITUTION AVENUE

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PLACE FOR RECORDS/VINYL GOLD: INDEPENDENT RECORDS

3030 E. Platte Ave., 473-0882; 8108 N. Academy Blvd., 598-8343; beindependent.com This year’s groovy gold winner is a favorite spot among local music enthusiasts. “Independent Records are experts for vinyl,” one voter said. Another shared that they appreciate the “great selection with even greater service.” Shoppers from all over town have access to movies, video games, books, toys, apparel, and of course, old and new records. SILVER: THE LEECH PIT BRONZE: ENTERTAINMART

RESALE/CONSIGNMENT SHOP GOLD: ARC THRIFT STORES

Multiple locations, arcthrift.com

Helping Colorado Springs residents put their best foot forward is DSW’s goal. Along with the “awesome prices and selection,” one voter praised the store for the “great rewards plan.” SILVER: BROWN’S SHOE FIT BRONZE: DILLARD’S

SHOPPING CENTER GOLD: THE PROMENADE SHOPS AT BRIARGATE

1885 Briargate Parkway, 265-6264, thepromenadeshopsatbriargate.com This open-air storefront center attracts shoppers from all over town. Voters favor the Promenade Shops for the “beautiful views, great eating options,” and of course, the “great collection of stores in a nice outdoor setting.” said. SILVER: UNIVERSITY VILLAGE COLORADO BRONZE: CHAPEL HILLS MALL

“A wide selection of everything” is how one voter described ARC thrift stores in Colorado Springs. Along with the variety of items, shoppers can’t get enough of the “50% off Saturdays” and the “senior discount days.” SILVER: ASHLEY’S ATTIC BRONZE: CLOTHES MENTOR

SHOE STORE GOLD: DSW

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

Independent Records in Colorado Springs. — JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

Veteran Owned & Operated

2019 - 2020

Thanks for your continued support! 505 Trolley Unique Antiques

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SPORTING GOODS

SKI SHOP

GOLD: DICK’S SPORTING GOODS

GOLD: THE SKI SHOP

1422 S. Tejon St., 636-3355, theskishopinc.com From rentals to repairs to lift tickets, this familyowned and operated shop has been the place to be for everything ski related for almost 70 years. SILVER: CHRISTY SPORTS

3133 Cinema Point, 638-3400; 1710 Briargate Blvd., 264-1810; dickssportinggoods.com From soccer equipment to swimming attire, this chain is sure to have it. “A variety of sports is appreciated,” noted one voter. SILVER: BASS PRO SHOPS

BRONZE: EPIC MOUNTAIN GEAR

BRONZE: SPORTSMAN’S WAREHOUSE

SPICE STORE GOLD: SAVORY SPICE SHOP

110 N. Tejon St., 633-8803, savoryspiceshop.com “Incredible selection, fresh spices/herbs, innovative blends + clear markings for nut allergies” one voter said. Dick Frigg, co-owner of Savory Spice Shop, offers a large selection of spices and condiments in the downtown store. — TERESA FARNEY, THE GAZETTE

SILVER: PENZEY’S

®

FURNITURE YOUR LIFESTYLE TO FIT

Bedroom • Children’s Furniture • Dining Room • Electronic Living Room • Outdoor Furniture • Office/Entertainment

COLORADO’S BEST FURNITURE STORE FOR OVER 45 YEARS! Thank you for your business, from all of us at AFW. ^Available in Store Only | While Supplies Last

2805 N Chestnut St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80907 (719) 633-4220

LARGEST IN STOCK FURNITURE STORE IN COLORADO

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SUPERMARKET GOLD: KING SOOPERS

Multiple locations, kingsoopers.com The king of grocery chains has prevailed once again. “Consistently high-quality products and produce,” one voter said. SILVER: TRADER JOE’S

Sandwiched between Poor Richard’s and Rico’s lies the unique, old-fashioned toy store. One voter shared that they “can’t think of the Springs and not think of Poor/Little Richard’s.” SILVER: TOY STATION/SCHOOL CROSSING

USED MEDIA GOLD: INDEPENDENT RECORDS

BRONZE: SPROUTS

3030 E. Platte Ave., 473-0882; 8108 N. Academy Blvd., 598-8343; beindependent.com

TACKLE SHOP

Not only does this store sell used media, but they also buy used media such as CDs, DVDs, vinyl LPs and more. “Good selection and fair prices,” one voter said, with another adding “good choices” and “lots of used media.”

GOLD: BASS PRO SHOPS

13012 Bass Pro Drive, 488-7300, basspro.com Bass Pro Shops reeled in yet another gold award. “Great selection of all fishing gear at a single location,” one voter said. Fishing enthusiasts commented on the shop’s great selection of lures, hooks, rods, reels and attire. SILVER: ANGLER’S COVEY BRONZE: SPORTSMAN’S WAREHOUSE

THRIFT STORE GOLD: ARC THRIFT STORES

Multiple locations, arcthrift.com “Great selections, good prices, and a helpful staff” are just a few reasons why voters admire and trust this chain. The 50% off sales on Saturdays and the half-off Tuesdays for seniors are more reasons why voters keep coming back. SILVER: DISCOVER GOODWILL BRONZE: SALVATION ARMY

TOY STORE GOLD: LITTLE RICHARD’S TOY STORE

324 N. Tejon St., 578-5549, poorrichardsdowntown.com

SILVER: ENTERTAINMART

VIDEO GAME STORE GOLD: GAMESTOP

Multiple locations, gamestop.com This chain received the high score again. “They either have what I want or can always get it for me,” one gamer said. Other voters noted that the staff is “very friendly and knowledgeable.” Voters also appreciate the large selection and good prices at every store location. SILVER: ENTERTAINMART

WINDOW COVERING/BLINDS GOLD: BUDGET BLINDS OF GREATER COLORADO SPRINGS

384 E. Garden of the Gods Road, 301-7171 budgetblinds.com Helping shield customers from the intense Colorado sun for a great price is one of the reasons why voters admire this business. One voter values the “quality blinds and installation.” Along with serving their customers, Budget Blinds serves the community by supporting local charities. SILVER: PIKES PEAK INTERIORS BRONZE: LOWE’S

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Casey West

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Leslie Carr

Escrow Support

Escrow Closer

Escrow Manager

Escrow Assistant

Patti DeCarlo

Sharon Myers

Brenda Duzenack

Bill McAfee

Customer Service Manager

Owner & President

Cherrylyn Villena Christie Martinez Christina Juvera

Gena DeMasters

Krisa Eudaley

Alex Ragen

Escrow Assistant

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Escrow Officer

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Stephanie Chavez

Jamie Hensley

Leslie Fischer

Rebecca Gossage

Escrow Support

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Short Sale Specialist & Escrow Support

Terrence Long

Escrow Assistant

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Elisa Sundahl Escrow Officer

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Escrow Assistant

Executive Manager

Ronda McAfee

Receptionist

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Kathie McCloy

Escrow Queue Lead

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Owner & Operations Manager

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Megan Savosik

Robin Penrod

Escrow Assistant

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Escrow Assistant

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Business Development

Receptionist

Rory Escoto

Escrow Assistant

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Escrow Assistant

Sara Bremenkampf Escrow Officer

Tristan Mayhew Wanda Abramson Escrow Support

Business Development

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WINE STORE GOLD: CHEERS LIQUOR MART

1105 N. Circle Drive, 574-2244 cheersliquormart.com “Best selection and service by far,” said one voter about this year’s three-time gold champion. Along with a massive selection of beers and other beverages, they have a “fabulous selection of wines,” one voter said. The “knowledgeable staff” is happy to help customers find any type of wine, noted several voters.

The fashionistas know that they are sure to find stylish looks at this chain store. “I buy everything at Kohl’s. I especially like the convenience of shopping online,” one voter said. Another shared that they “always have what I am looking for in women’s clothes with so much variety.” Shoppers also praised the store for having “great prices and deals.” SILVER: SPARKLE AND LACE BRONZE: TERRA VERDE

SILVER: COALTRAIN WINE & SPIRITS BRONZE: COSTCO

WOMEN’S FASHION GOLD: KOHL’S

Multiple locations, kohls.com Assistant manager Carrie Baker keeps the sales flowing at Terra Verde. — JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

Colorado Springs’ Premier Bike Shops

Great Selection of Mountain, Road, Gravel, e-bikes, and Kids Bikes (at east location)

PROCYCLING WEST 415 W. PIKES PEAK AVE. COS 80905 719-266-4047

Full service departments, cycling apparel, helmets, shoes, parts and accessories

PROCYCLING EAST 3265 CINEMA POINT COS 80922 719-380-5574

www.procyclingwarehouse.com

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Marylou Berg holiday shops at Little Richards Toy Store inside Poor Richards Books and Gifts in downtown Colorado Springs CHANCEY BUSH, THE GAZETTE

Celebrating 70 Years of Service! Family Owned since 1948

Thank you

Thank you loyal customers for this award. Thank you for your amazing patience with us during this challenging COVID pandemic.

426 S. Tejon St • 719.475.8589

for your votes and your loyal support over the last 72 years but most of all, thank you for your continued support through this unprecedented time in our community. Best wishes from our family to yours.

1827 W. Uintah

West of I-25 Across from Uintah Shopping Center

719-632-8491 www.RicksGarden.com

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There’s a surprise at every corner. Gifts from Nepal. Gifts from England. Indian jewelry. Upscale clothing. Quirky house decor. Local art. Rolled ice cream. Old Colorado City’s Victorian buildings and redbrick walkways served as the center of commerce during the gold rush, and 100 years later, this is the setting of your next shopping extravaganza. The farmers market in the park is a winner, too. — Seth Boster

A welcoming place for comic book fans Muse Comics, 1338 N. Academy, 573-7096 musecomicscolorado.com

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Colorado Springs has a lot of good comic book stores, but my personal favorite is Muse Comics. This shop has just about anything you need to get your pop culture fix: a nice selection of comicthemed glassware, a wide array of tabletop games and, of course, plenty of comic books. Muse also holds a number of events. Whether it’s tournaments, signings, art classes or workshops, you’re sure to find something exciting. The mood at Muse is always fun and the staff is incredibly helpful. — Terry Terrones

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Al fresco artisans

Commonwheel Artists Co-op’s Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival, Sept. 5-7 in Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs; commonwheel.com

I’d been searching for a bird feeder to hang from the eaves outside my living room window (voila, TV for cats!), but because I wasn’t sure how the show would play on the flip side, it needed to be something I wouldn’t mind looking at if birds blew it off. I found exactly what I wanted — a feeder that’s also sculpture — at Manitou’s annual Labor Day juried art show and emporium. This three-day outdoor fest is free to attend and features painters, potters, jewelers, glass artists and more, plus live music, food vendors and a mini-beer garden. — Stephanie Earls

Spice of life

Savory Spice Shop, 110 N. Tejon St., 633-8803 savoryspiceshop.com/colorado/colorado-springs With more than 400 spices from which to select, this is the spot for serious cooks to shop or find gifts for food connoisseurs. Think of it as a candy store for chefs and cooks. Dick and Mary Frigg opened the shop 10 years ago to the delight of Colorado Springs culinarians. The aroma of the shop is intoxicating with smells of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and allspice. What we like most about the store is that you can buy small quantities of spices, which can be used while they are fresh instead of going stale in the cupboard. They offer cooking classes too. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. — Teresa Farney

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The Living Room, 22 E. Rio Grande St., thelivingroomplants.com One step into Rachel Young’s new houseplant store near downtown, and you’ll never want to leave. The walls and floor are verdant, stacked with a lush selection of succulents, snake, rosemary, zebra, fiddle leaf fig plants and more. So much more. Young, who opened her store in December, is a lifelong lover of greenery. She describes herself as “fourth generation greenhouse.” Spend a little time here, if you can. Sit for a spell on the cozy couch and allow the perfect plant to call your name. And if you’re worried about your bad luck at keeping plants alive, Young can help you decipher the best plant for your capabilities and home lighting. — Jennifer Mulson

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