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2006
BOULDER
COUNTY GOLD
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

WINNERS 4-18
EATS, DRINKS
& ENTERTAINMENT
Art Director
& Editor:
E ureka! The 2006 Boulder County Gold
People’s Choice Awards results are in!
Dig through the following pages and you’ll surely
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Aubrey SERVICES,
Laurence find the best nuggets in Boulder County – the FACES & PLACES
Writers:
people, places and things that make this county
Danielle Fox,
Jeanine Fritz,
great. The early pioneers may have passed through
while on their quest for gold in the mountains, but
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Lulu Tupper & SHOPPER’S
Judy Finman the smart ones stayed, knowing that the true gold PARADISE
Photographers:
was here all along.
Jonathan
Castner,
This year’s winners and runners up are a precious
bunch. Some are repeat winners and some are brand
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& Aubrey new winners. With so many wonderful choices in WINNERS WITH
Laurence
our area, the competition was tough. Several THE MOST VOTES
Data Entry categories came down to just a few votes.
& Verification:
Bolder Staffing
Your votes have been tallied and, excluding a
handful of no-good cheats (which were sent directly
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FULL LISTING
to the gallows), the results follow. OF WINNERS
Verification
Contributor: We thank everyone who took the time to vote. & RUNNERS UP
Monica Thousands of locals told us why Boulder County is
Burrous
such a great place to live, shop, eat, work and play.
Now giddyup and read about the winners!

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BEST BAGEL MOE’S BROADWAY BAGEL


2650 Broadway, Boulder • 303.444.3252
3075 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.442.4427
www.moesbroadwaybagel.com
“What makes Moe’s special is that it offers great products in a friendly
atmosphere,” says Steve Pagnotta, general manager. “Customers appreciate our
quality and freshness. Everything is made fresh. We bake bagels at least every 20
minutes, the pizza and pastries are made from scratch, subs and sandwiches are
made fresh and to order. And everything is made according to the old-school,
New York-style.” Of course, the old school didn’t know about Moe’s jalapeño,
cranberry-walnut or tomato-cheddar bagels, or thin-crust pineapple or artichoke
pizza. No chain store, Moe’s is still a mom-and-pop operation, founded almost
15 years ago by Patty and John Sherman. “This is their community; they live
and work here. They and their families are hands-on,” Pagnotta says. More
sandwich and sub roll menus, pastries and fruit salads are coming in the fall.

BEST BAKERY BREADWORKS CAFE


2644 Broadway, Boulder • 303.444.5667
When customers come into Breadworks and ask, “What’s new?” they mean it literally. Something new is always in
the works. Recent expansion doubled the size of the cafe. A new wood-burning pizza oven turns out Tuscan-style
crispy pizzas. There’s now a line of hot foods and grilled sandwiches, as well as fresh-tossed salads. Breakfast at
Breadworks is elaborate, with such hearty foods as frittatas, French toast made with challah or brioche, and
polenta or red-flannel hash. You can also find freshly spun gelato (try lavender with caramel) and sorbet
(pomegranate is original). Owner Larry Domnitz credits executive chef Colleen Doran and Lola Sarur, her top
assistant, for introducing so many new dishes. He explains Breadworks’ success: “We are fanatical about quality.
Everything that we serve is as good as we can make it. We’ve built up a reputation over the last 11-1/2 years. We RUNNER UP: EINSTEIN BROS.
add things that are of interest to our customers and staff. Everything is fresh. We use top-quality ingredients.” 2400 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.543.1525
1693 Canyon Blvd., Boulder • 720.565.0413
RUNNER UP: SPRUCE CONFECTIONS 2311 Clover Basin Drive, Longmont • 303.651.9063
767 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.449.6773 | 4684 Broadway, Boulder • 303.449.5819 www.einsteinbros.com

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BEST COFFEEHOUSE VIC’S


2680 Broadway, Boulder • 303.440.8209
3305 30th St., Boulder • 303.440.2918
1800 Broadway, Boulder • 303.938.6886
801 Main St., Louisville • 303.666.1402
barbara heinrich
700 Tenacity, Suite 101, Prospect New Town, Longmont • 303.485.6791
Did you know that Vic’s first opened in Boulder way back in 1992? The
store at 2680 Broadway is the original. General manager Justin Hartman exclusively at
says, “We’re grateful for the local, loyal support for Vic’s all these years.” No
doubt that Vic’s is a big hit. Another branch just opened at 1800 Broadway,
and as we go to press CU students will be lining up on campus at the Atlas
Building for their caffeine fix. “We pride ourselves on friendly, fast service,”
says Hartman. Vic’s is also proud that those who prepare espresso drinks are
highly qualified, trained baristas. Sweet accompaniments come fresh from
local bakeries: Brillig’s muffins, Spruce Confections’ scones, cookies and
croissants; and Family Bakery’s cinnamon rolls, poppy seed rolls and caramel 951 P earl S treet - B oulder - Tues. - Sat. 10:30 - 5:30
nut rolls. Vic’s also serves soups and sandwiches in some of its shops.
303 443 3424
RUNNER UP: STARBUCKS
1427 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.245.9368
2770 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.449.1881
2400 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.494.5109
1402 Broadway, Boulder • 303.442.9199
3033 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.440.5090
305 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville • 303.926.1568
1100 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont • 303.774.9028
1087 South Hover Road, Longmont • 303.774.0143 chelsea girls leave a lasting impression
www.starbucks.com

james perse

BEST BARBECUE juicy couture

KT’S BARBECUE rebecca taylor


2675 13th St., Boulder • 303.442.3717 joe’s jeans
7464 Arapahoe Road, Boulder • 303.786.7608
for men & women
www.ktsbbq.com
KT’s formula for success is simple, according to chan luu
manager Chase Pravlik: It serves consistently
good barbecue in a friendly atmosphere. Expect tocca
tasty, tender meats and homemade fixings like
garlic mashed potatoes, hearty beans, key lime
susana monaco
pie and brownies. You can spice up your beef, penguin
pork, chicken, sausage or ribs with KT’s Texas for men & women
sweet mild sauce, a Memphis tangy vinegar-
pepper variety, or Double Diamond straight hot wendy hil
sauce. KT’s has a loyal following of customers.
“One guy comes in every night, others three
calypso
times a week.” The low staff turnover translates hanky panky thongs
to friendly service. “The staff has been here for
three to five years,” Pravlik says. “They don’t ...much more
leave ’til they’re done with college. It’s a fun place
to work; we have good customers.”
BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE 2002-2006 - Colorado Daily Readers
RUNNER UP:
THUNDERBIRD BURGERS & BBQ clothing . jewelry . cult perfumes . shoes . accessories
1083 14th St., Boulder • 303.449.9990 935 pearl street . boulder . on the west end . 303.447.3760 . www.chelseabella.com
3117 28th St., Boulder • 303.449.2229
www.thunderbirdburgers.com monday-wednesday 10-6 . thursday-saturday 10-7 . sunday 11-6

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BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT CHEZ THUY


2655 28th St., Boulder | 303.442.1700 • www.chezthuy.com
Bewitching steam rising from a bowl of hot and spicy soup. Savoring the tang of five-
spice chicken. Rice noodles, lettuce, cucumbers, bean sprouts and grilled shrimp
entwined, topped with peanuts and accented with nuoc mam sauce. Relishing the
complex flavors of sesame tofu. These are the delights that await you at Chez Thuy.
Serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine since 1993, Chez Thuy has been a local favorite
from day one. Meat lovers and vegetarians alike have a wide selection of entrees from
which to choose. And kids can’t get enough of the skewer combination plate created
just for them. “We get lots of compliments. It’s a wonderful feeling,” says owner Thuy
Le. “We just try to make sure everybody has a good meal.” Mission accomplished.

RUNNER UP: KIM’S FOOD TO GO


1325 Broadway, Boulder • 303.442.2829

BEST BAR RHUMBA


950 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.442.7771 • www.rhumbarestaurant.com
Rhumba is a feast for all the senses. General manager Mike Henderson says of
BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT
Rhumba, “It’s totally unique. There’s nothing like it in Boulder or any other major ORCHID PAVILION
land-locked city. It’s like being on the islands. We have killer-unique food, with 1050 Walnut St., Boulder • 303.449.4353 • www.orchidpavilion.com
something that appeals to everyone. It is hands-down the best patio in town. People Twenty years after taking over as chef, and seven years after assuming
just sit and watch the scene with a mojito and a Cuban sandwich.” This delicacy ownership, Kenneth Leong is still doing the cooking himself. “I keep the
from the island 90 miles from Miami is stuffed with pressed pork, pickles, jack food consistent,” he says. “I always use fresh vegetables, fresh meat and
cheese, ham and molten mustard aioli. Cuba and Jamaica are major themes – note seafood.” He cooks in several regional Chinese styles – Mandarin,
the pictures of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro – but you could be on any Caribbean Cantonese and Szechuan – serving up such popular dishes as sesame
island. “We’ve established a reputation for the bar,” Henderson says. “We take the chicken, cashew chicken, honey roast duck and Peking duck. He also offers
lead in cocktails, which are creative, using fresh, high-quality ingredients. We even traditional Chinese banquet dinners, beloved by gourmet diners; the meal
involve our chefs in developing drinks.” The place heats up on Sunday afternoons starts with cold appetizers followed by soup, duck, and five or six main-
with live music – and the can’t-sit-still rhythms of salsa and samba dancing. course dishes not on the restaurant’s menu.

RUNNER UP: THE FOUNDRY BILLIARDS CLUB RUNNER UP: GOLDEN LOTUS
1109 Walnut St., Boulder • 303.447.1803 • www.foundryboulder.com 1964 28th St., Boulder • 303.442.6868 • www.ufeedme.com/goldenlotus

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BEST HAMBURGER
TOM’S TAVERN
1047 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.442.9363
Here’s the skinny on Tom’s hamburgers:
They’re not humongous, or grilled with
mesquite or anything like that. They’re
just 5 and 1/3 ounces (three patties to
the pound) of Coleman’s 85-percent-
lean natural beef cooked the way you
like ’em and served on a bun. Order the
basic plain burger, a cheeseburger or a
bacon-cheese (owner Tom Eldridge’s
favorite), or a chili burger topped with
Tom’s own red chili. The old-fashioned
BEST HAPPY HOUR fixings apply: lettuce, tomato and
onion, french fries (cooked in heart-
& BEST OUTDOOR DINING saving canola oil), and your pick of
& BEST APPETIZERS potato salad, macaroni salad or cole
slaw. Watching your carbs? Order the
& BEST AFTER-WORK low-cal plate with patty sans bun, plus cottage cheese and fruit salad. Eldridge
GATHERING SPOT has been in business 45 years and credits wonderful employees and clientele
for his success. “Now,” he says, “I help my son Dan run the place.” The place
MEDITERRANEAN is a Boulder institution.
RESTAURANT (THE MED)
1002 Walnut St., Boulder • 303.444.5335 RUNNER UP: THUNDERBIRD BURGERS & BBQ
www.themedboulder.com 1083 14th St., Boulder • 303.449.9990
After 14 years in business, the Med is doing more than 3117 28th St., Boulder • 303.449.2229
something right – they’re doing everything right. www.thunderbirdburgers.com
Winning four different categories is a testament to the
restaurant that manager Jason Berger describes as “casual,
upbeat and fun.” Happy Hour is Monday through
Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and includes half off all tapas;
margarita pizzas for $3.50; and a dollar off house red and
white wine, well mixed drinks, red and white sangria and
draft beer. If you’re in the mood for something swankier,
try the Buffalo Margarita, made by mixing Petrone
Silver, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and a splash of orange
juice, and then shaken. Hard. Another favorite is the
Pomtini, made with Pearl pomegranate vodka and a
splash of Chambourd. Enjoy these refreshments on the
newly remodeled patio, featuring a new fountain and
mosaic, designed in a classic Mediterranean fashion
and riddled with flowers. Once you’re settled in, take
some time to peruse the 40 different appetizers. If
you’re feeling overwhelmed by deliciousness, try one of
the favorites: grilled skirt steak with olive oil and bleu
cheese crumbles; grilled, marinated lamb brochettes; or
caprese with fresh, homemade mozzarella. Berger adds,
“Generally people say we have the best fried calamari
in town.” Given the fabulous patio; the wealth of
unique and authentic appetizers and the stellar happy
hour, how could the Med NOT be the best after-work
gathering spot in town? But don’t worry – the Med is
known for taking very large parties, serving groups
between 20 and 50 every night. And it doesn’t hurt BEST DELI
that their prices accommodate all sizes of wallets. SALVAGGIO’S ITALIAN DELICATESSEN
RUNNER UP FOR BEST HAPPY HOUR: 2609 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.938.1981
1397 Pearl St. (Pearl Street Mall), Boulder • 303.545.6800
BOULDER CAFE
1107 13th St., Boulder • 303.448.1200
1247 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.444.4884
New Yorkers can tell that the ambience at Salvaggio’s is that of a typical Lower
RUNNER UP FOR BEST OUTDOOR DINING: East Side deli. It prides itself on high-quality, freshly made foods, fair prices and
TRATTORIA quick service. General manager Nick Middlebrooks says, “We have a good
1430 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.544.0008 balance of new and regular customers. Our most popular items are cold-cut
RUNNER UP FOR BEST APPETIZERS: and prime rib sandwiches, and breakfast egg and cheese sandwiches served with
NISSI’S BISTRO AND MUSIC VENUE the meat of your choice. Anything we can make from scratch, we do – like our
2675 North Park Drive, Lafayette breads.” The restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
303.665.2757 • www.nissis.com
RUNNER UP: DELI ZONE
RUNNER UP FOR BEST 4800 Baseline Road, Suite D-104, Boulder • 303.499.9213
AFTER-WORK GATHERING SPOT: 2900 Valmont Road, Boulder • 303.447.9349
MOUNTAIN SUN / SOUTHERN SUN 1091 13th St., Boulder • 303.449.6952
1535 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.546.0886 1240 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont • 303.485.1600
627 South Broadway, Boulder • 303.543.0886 1322 College Ave., Boulder • 303.449.6952
1389 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette • 303.926.0500

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BEST ICE CREAM/FROZEN BEST VEGETARIAN


YOGURT & BEST DESSERT RESTAURANT
GLACIER HOME MADE ICE CREAM SUNFLOWER
3133 28th St., Boulder • 303.440.6542 1701 Pearl St., Boulder
1350 College Ave., Boulder • 303.442.4400 303.440.0220
4760 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.499.4760 www.sunflowerrestaurant.net
1400 block of Pearl Street, Boulder (cart May – September) Sunflower isn’t a strictly vegetarian
www.glacierhomemadeicecream.com restaurant. It just happens to do
Asked why Glacier Home Made Ice Cream is so popular, manager vegetarian better than anyone else.
Kathy Giansiracusa explains, “We’re a small company that started “Our vegetarian meals are not an
in Boulder, we try to bring the Boulder atmosphere into each of afterthought, they’re by design,” says
our stores and we tailor our ice cream to [the tastes of ] our owner and executive chef Jon Pell,
customers.” Those tastes vary from Black Raspberry Chocolate who has been cooking natural foods
Melt to the new cherry-lime gelato. (Customized ice-cream cakes for 30 years. Take the barbecue
can be pre-ordered.) The newest shop on Baseline Road features a seitan, for example, which is grilled
coffee bar and free wireless Internet, making it a great place to with orange-maple barbecue sauce
hang out. “We make every single product inside our store, we and served with a dilled baby red
have our own machines, so [the different flavors] are freshly made potato salad, grilled organic corn on the cob and carrot-fennel
every day.” Clearly the people at Glacier aren’t afraid to play with slaw. This is not your typical veggie fare. “We prepare really good,
their food. balanced meals for vegetarians, with lots of protein,” adds Pell.
Sunflower cuisine is 95 percent organic, the ingredients are locally
RUNNER UP FOR BEST ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT: grown as seasons permit, the wine list includes more than 40
COLD STONE CREAMERY organic or biodynamic wines, vegetarian selections are made
1964 13th St., Boulder • 303.541.0668 entirely without animal products and every meal is prepared in
1087 Hover Road, Longmont • 303.682.5680
aluminum-free cookware. The food at Sunflower is created first
3800 Pike Road, Longmont • 303.776.1411
www.coldstonecreamery.com
and foremost with your health in mind. “I’m not doing this
because it’s a fad,” emphasizes Pell. “I’m doing this because I
RUNNER UP FOR BEST DESSERT: believe in it.” And guess what? It just happens to be delicious.
THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY
1401 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.546.0222 RUNNER UP: LEAF VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT
www.thecheesecakefactory.com 2010 16th St., Boulder • 303.442.1485
www.leafvegetarianrestaurant.com

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BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT We appreciate your support


JUANITA’S MEXICAN FOOD and the opportunity to serve you all.
1043 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.449.5273 • www.juanitas-boulder.com
“The chili rellenos are really, really popular,” explains Juanita’s manager, Jessica
Durham. If you’re not feeling chili, the fish tacos or the burrito deluxe are sure
to warm your belly, especially if they’ve got the calabacitas vegetable mix.
Featuring over a hundred different kinds of tequila, Juanita’s takes its Mexican
roots seriously. Recently, the Ultimate Margarita has been introduced, a made-
to-order concoction featuring key limes – something easily found on the beach,
but not in Boulder. Open since 1983, Juanita’s enduring popularity is due to a
focus on authentic Mexican food; a friendly, closely knit staff and their special
nights. Sporting a late happy hour (from 10 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday
through Sunday), Juanita’s takes it a step further on Tuesday Taco Night,
featuring dollar tacos, well drinks and some draft beers. “Wednesday nights we
have karaoke night. It gets crazy in here and people have a lot of fun.”

RUNNER UP: EFRAIN’S MEXICAN


101 E. Cleveland St., Lafayette • 303.666.7544
Efrain’s II: 1630 63rd St., Boulder • 303.440.4045
Efrain’s III: 451 S. Pratt Pkwy., Longmont • 720.494.0777
900 Walnut St. • Boulder • (720) 406-9696

BEST
MARGARITA
RIO GRANDE
MEXICAN
RESTAURANT
1101 Walnut St., Boulder
303.444.3690
Despite repeated
attempts, manager Brian
Cross refuses to give up
the secret recipe for the
one-of-a-kind margaritas
famous in Boulder. He
claims nobody but the
original creators know it
and they’re not singing.
Reaching mythological
proportions, the
margarita that captured
hearts and palates some
20 years ago are available
on the rocks or frozen,
and there’s even a frozen
strawberry version. If
you’re looking to try
something different, try
the frozen agave martini, made for tequila aficionados who can choose their
poison before it’s mixed with Triplesec, lemon-lime mix and Grand Marnier.
The Rio Marg is limited to three per person, and while the claim is that it’s
for safety, the reality might be that it’d be just too much tart and tangy
goodness for anyone to handle.

RUNNER UP: ZOLO GRILL


2525 Arapahoe Ave., Unit H1, Boulder • 303.449.0444

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BEST LATE-NIGHT RESTAURANT


(THREE-WAY TIE)
PEARL STREET PUB
1108 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.939.9900
The fact that the Pearl Street Pub and Cellar doesn’t have
“restaurant” in its title
might lead someone
to believe food isn’t
high up on its list of
priorities, but spend
five minutes chowing
down on one of
Grillmaster Mikey’s
juicy burgers and
you’ll be a convert.
The grilled cheese and philly steak sandwiches are also faves at
the bar that serves until 1:30 at night. The friendly local bar has
held its claim on the Pearl Street Mall for the past nine years
and is also a popular place for a casual, delicious lunch.

COSMO’S PIZZA
BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT & 1325 Broadway St., Boulder • 303.447.1133
BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER 659 30th St., Boulder • 303.447.3278
www.cosmospizza.com
CARELLI’S OF BOULDER RISTORANTE ITALIANO Manager Kevin Behnke thinks Cosmo’s is popular because it’s
645 30th St., Boulder • 303.938.9300 • www.carellis.com “quick, cheap and
Greg Carelli and his restaurant have been wining and dining Boulder County for 17 years. Focusing on a combination of great late-night food –
Northern and Southern Italian foods, such as fetuccini carbonaras, shrimp scampi and steak vesuvio, Greg feels very strongly just a slice of pizza.
that fine Italian dining is, “Not just about pasta.” Giving his chef a lot of latitude to play with while designing dishes, Carelli The atmosphere in
brings something different to the table every time; things like pork loin, suckling pig, polenta, quinoa and buckwheat. Fireplaces our place is fun, we
in the dining room, and incredible finishes of copper, cherry and birch make the restaurant an architectural gem. Money and have the music up
attention to detail went into the décor that has garnered awards from organizations such as the American Institute of Architects. loud, everybody’s in
A banquet room christened La Botega di Vino, designed in what Carelli calls, “New York Schwank,” is great for large meetings, here after the bars.”
wedding rehearsal dinners or whatever else a customer can dream up. The recently revamped wine list is very thorough, drawing They serve until
from an unheard-of 14 of the 20 regions of Italy and featuring more than 100 selections. Be sure to save room for dessert, since 2:30 a.m., but if
the menu includes items such as tiramisu, chocolate lava cake with cinnamon, crème brulee and spumoni. there’s a line out the
door, Cosmo’s makes sure everyone gets served. They also have
RUNNER UP FOR BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT: calzones, salads, breadsticks and even beer at the Broadway
LAUDISIO RISTORANTE ITALIANO location. Cosmo’s makes its own sauce, grates its own cheese
2785 Iris Ave., Boulder • 303.442.1300 • www.laudisio.com and uses fresh ingredients that are chopped daily. “It’s better
quality than the normal joint and we keep our prices affordable.”
RUNNER UP FOR BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER:
FLAGSTAFF HOUSE RESTAURANT DENNY’S
1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder • 303.442.4640 • www.flagstaffhouse.com 2905 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.447.0080
Being able to eat breakfast hot off the grill in the middle of the
night is no easy feat if you’re not willing to make it yourself,
BEST PIZZA but Denny’s has our
backs. Its most
ABO’S PIZZA popular dishes include
2761 Iris Ave., Boulder • 303.443.1921 the grand slam, the
1110 13th St., Boulder • 303.443.3199 mini-burgers and the
637 S. Broadway St., Boulder • 303.494.1274 sampler platters –
1834-8 Main St., Longmont • 303.678.0111
great choices to quiet
1355 South Boulder Road, Louisville • 303.604.9896
7960 Niwot Road, Niwot • 303.652.0830 the stomach after an
502 Center Drive, Superior • 720.304.6000 evening out or charge
www.abosinc.com up for an all-night
After some reflection, manager Eartha Fine finally nails studying session. And
down why Abo’s Pizza is so incredibly popular in Boulder after 11 p.m. it’s
County – “It’s the sauce. I think the sauce and the thin tough to find a sit-down place to eat in at all, let alone one
crust. Everybody says it’s the closest to New York-style that that’ll welcome you in flip-flops or stilettos. So bring your
they’ve had out in Colorado.” But before you ask, the books and your wallet and hash out those physics over French
recipe is secret. That secret has kept Abo’s up and running toast like Newton would have wanted.
for years with massive expansions in the past three. Every
Abo’s location has different hours, so call ahead before you RUNNERS UP (TIE):
go. Unless, of course, you’re having the secret sauce OLD CHICAGO
delivered to your home. 1102 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.443.5031
1805 Industrial Circle, Longmont • 303.651.7000
RUNNER UP: PROTO’S PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA 100 Superior Plaza Way #100, Superior • 720.304.2048
600 S. Airport Road, Bldg. B, Longmont • 303.485.5000 www.oldchicago.com
4670 Broadway, Boulder • 720.565.1050 ILLEGAL PETE’S
489 N. Hwy. 287, Lafayette • 303.661.3030 1320 College Ave., Boulder • 303.444.3055
1447 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.440.3955
www.illegalpetes.com

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BEST SUSHI
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD WINNER HAPA SUSHI GRILL & SAKE BAR
1117 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.473.4730

Best Carpet Cleaning Service 1135 13th St., Boulder • 303.447.9883


www.hapasushi.com
Let’s get the obvious out of the way: We live in a land-locked state. We’re
Celebrating our 25th Year in Boulder County lucky to have sushi at all. And then to get amazing sushi, fish that is flown
in fresh daily and combinations that defy both tradition and taste
Thank You to our Loyal Customers and Friends! expectations? Let us take a moment to appreciate the genius of Hapa. Then
let us go there and order Shumai and Magic Mushrooms for starters,
followed by a Spider roll, Multiple Orgasm roll and at least four kinds of
nigiri. Heaven. The food at Hapa is outstanding. But that’s only part of
Hapa’s appeal. It’s also a fun place to be, with a hip, welcoming ambiance
and hospitable staff. “We treat people how we want to be treated,” says
founder and president Mark Van Grack. That includes people of all ages.
Children are welcomed with ample
since 1981 Quality Carpet Cleaning From Friendly high chairs, mini chopsticks, origami
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paper and PB and J rolls. “I look at
these kids as my future customers,”
explains Van Grack. “Then from 7 to 9
p.m., we cater to my kind of crowd –
the over-40s who don’t want to have to
scream while they eat.” As the evening
progresses, the music gets louder and
the restaurant becomes home to a party
atmosphere and a younger clientele.
Hapa has something for everyone. And
for that we are ever so grateful.

RUNNER UP: SUSHI ZANMAI


1221 Spruce St., Boulder • 303.440.0733 • www.sushizanmai.com

303-666-8888 www.nesheims.com
Carpet • Upholstery • Oriental Rugs • Flood Cleanup

Thanks for making us Boulder’s BEST TAKE-OUT FOOD


SIAMESE PLATE ON THE GO

Favorite Housewares & Kitchen


3033 28th St., Boulder • 303.444.3133
1575 Folsom, Boulder • 303.447.9718
133 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville • 303.926.7220

Store for over 6 years!


www.siameseplateonthego.com
Fresh, healthy and delicious aren’t typically the words used to describe take-out
fare. Which is why Siamese Plate on the Go has been a Boulder County
favorite for so many years. Featuring both Thai and Japanese cuisine, the menu
is as extensive as it is mouth-watering. Choose from Thai treasures such as
roasted duck with Thai basil and fresh ginger curry, Japanese favorites like
tempura and teriyaki, and a slew of sushi – all with plenty of vegetarian
options. Every dish is prepared with high-quality ingredients and without
MSG. Best of all, Siamese Plate on the Go is fast. Drop by one of its three
convenient locations for a quick bite or to grab take-out – you can order ahead
by phone or fax. Or take advantage of speedy delivery if you live in Boulder or
Louisville. Siamese Plate on the Go even offers frozen entrees to cook at home
and catering for events large and small. It’s high cuisine in a hurry.

RUNNERS UP (TIE):
NOODLES & CO.
2770 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.444.5533
1235 Pearl Street | 303-449-5847 1245 Alpine Ave., Boulder • 303.440.4340
2850 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.247.9978
M-W 10-6 | Th 10-7 | Fri 10-8 | Sat 10-6 | Sun 11-5
1100 West Dillon Road, Suite 1, Louisville • 303.665.6226
Possibly The Best Store Ever! 1087 South Hover Road, Longmont • 303.776.5664
www.noodles.com

JIMMY & DREW’S DELICATESSEN


2855 28th St., Boulder • 303.447.3354

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BEST THAI BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT TAJ INDIAN CUISINE


RESTAURANT 2630 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.494.5216
Using freshly ground spices to create the exotic dishes of the Great Mogul Court of 16th century
KHOW THAI CAFE India, the Taj specializes in combining casual dining with formal food. Look out the enormous
1600 Broadway, Boulder windows at the panoramic views of the foothills as you savor a dish such as lamb korma – lamb
303.447.0273 simmered for an extremely long time in a yogurt, tomato and onion gravy. Or try the tandoori
www.khowthaicafe.com chicken, marinated in spiced yogurt before baked over live coals in the Tandoor oven. Vegetarians
Boulder County diners have named have plenty of options, including the Baigun Bharta, a charcoal-roasted eggplant made with
Khow Thai Cafe the best of the best for ginger, garlic,
two consecutive years. The restaurant is tomatoes and
no stranger to such accolades, having garam masala.
won several similar awards since
Choose from
opening. What’s its secret? Khow Thai
seven different
serves flavorful, authentic cuisine. Try
types of naan
the spicy green papaya salad, Tom Kha
and bread and
soup, Pad Kra Prau stir fry, green curry,
have a rich,
Prik Pow seafood special or the always
popular Pad Thai. Even better, bring spicy chai to
lots of friends so you can try a bit of finish the
everything. Each entrée comes with the meal off. If
option of mild, medium, American hot you’re having
or Thai hot. Choose your spice comfort trouble
level, then prepare to enjoy. Co-owner choosing,
and chef Toi Newman was born in you’re in luck:
Thailand and creates each dish with home-cooked care. Whether you dine in or take Taj features a
out, once you taste Khow Thai you’ll understand why it wins awards year after year. lunch and
dinner buffet
RUNNER UP: SIAMESE PLATE every single
1575 Folsom, Boulder • 303.447.9718 day.
3033 28th St., Boulder • 303.444.3133
133 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville • 303.926.7220 RUNNER UP: TANDOORI GRILL
www.siameseplateonthego.com 619 South Broadway, Boulder • 303.543.7339

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BEST CATERER A SPICE OF LIFE


EVENT CENTERS & CATERING SERVICES
EVENT CENTER
Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder • 303.444.3452
CATERING SERVICES
6333 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.4049
EAST BOULDER COMMUNITY CENTER
5660 Sioux Drive, Boulder • 303.443.4049
www.aspiceoflife.com
Planning a wedding, business meeting, holiday party, bar or bat
mitzvah? A Spice of Life has been in the event business since 1987,
offering a wide range of food and pricing – from elegant to casually
festive, from full service to a pan of lasagne for your Sunday dinner.
A Spice of Life will cater at your location or one of its own, which
boast fine views of the Flatirons. Mostly, A Spice of Life caters to
corporate deliveries and meetings, and a lot of weddings. “Our
wedding specialists are experts,” says Juls Gunderson, Event Center
manager, “with many years experience working with different venues
and vendors in the Boulder-Denver area.” At every event A Spice of
Life caters, food is a priority. “One of the most important things is
that we provide our clients with consistently high-quality food. They
– and their guests – can count on us to help make their events
successful,” says Gunderson.
BEST GUNBARREL/
RUNNER UP: THUNDERBIRD BURGERS & BBQ
NIWOT RESTAURANT 1083 14th St., Boulder • 303.449.9990
LE CHANTECLER 3117 28th St., Boulder • 303.449.2229
www.thunderbirdburgers.com
210 Franklin St., Niwot • 303.652.0777
www.lechantecler.biz
You might not have the highest expectations for a
restaurant housed in a restored barn. But you’d be wrong.
Contemporary French bistro Le Chantecler has a staggering
wine list, five-star service and an absolutely fabulous,
tastefully fun, rooster-inspired décor. The barn thing totally
works. Oh, and the food is outstanding. Richly flavorful
appetizers include green curried mussels served in a
coconut lime broth, buffalo carpaccio and goose liver pate.
Entrees include sea scallops served with lobster oil and
black rice, filet mignon accompanied by olive oil mashed
potatoes and peppercorn sauce, and a lamb shank braised
in port and paired with mushroom, tomato and parmesan
risotto. You’re encouraged to linger a bit longer with a wide
selection of decadent desserts (including, naturally, a
chocolate “barn”) and after-dinner libations. Le Chantecler
rules the roost.

RUNNER UP: CAFE BLUE


5280 Spine Road, Boulder • 303.530.4345 BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC & BEST LAFAYETTE/
LOUISVILLE/SUPERIOR/ERIE RESTAURANT
NISSI’S BISTRO AND MUSIC VENUE
2675 North Park Drive, Lafayette • 303.665.2757 • www.nissis.com
On the first floor of the Bridgetown building in Lafayette resides an intimate club, a haven for music lovers – creators and
appreciators alike – with a distinctly community vibe. Nissi’s attracts some of the best local, national and emerging talent around,
including classical, jazz, rock, folk and blues acts. Nelson Rangell, Arthur Lee Land, Trace Bundy and Acoustic Eidolon are just a
few of the artists who have recently graced the stage. “We designed this place to be artistic and classy for people who enjoy
quality music, yet warm and friendly enough to bring their kids, grandparents or out-of-town guests, as [our shows are] all ages
all of the time,” says owner Teresa Taylor. But Nissi’s is home to more than great music. It also offers a host of delectable, bistro-
styled, small plates that melt in your mouth without burning up your wallet (prices range from $3 to $13). Nissi’s chef draws
upon French, Spanish and Italian influences to create the extensive menu. Dive into the warm goat cheese salad, crab cakes, steak
au poivre, Mediterranean pizza or wrapped dates. Or go straight for one of the decadent desserts; we hear the chocolate lava cake
is a life changer. After only a year in business, Nissi’s has made a name for itself in both musical and culinary circles. No small
feat. “Most people go out to eat and go to a movie,” says Taylor. “We just gave people an alternative – a fun, tasty dining
experience along with a live show. And our tickets average only $8, which is cheaper than a movie!”

RUNNER UP FOR BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC:


FOXTHEATRE
1135 13th St., Boulder • 303.443.3399 • www.foxtheatre.com
RUNNER UP FOR BEST LAFAYETTE/LOUISVILLE/SUPERIOR/ERIE RESTAURANT:
EFRAIN’S MEXICAN
101 E. Cleveland St., Lafayette • 303.666.7544
Efrain’s II: 1630 63rd St., Boulder • 303.440.4045
Efrain’s III: 451 S. Pratt Pkwy., Longmont • 720.494.0777

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BEST LONGMONT/
LYONS RESTAURANT
OSKAR BLUES CAJUN
GRILL & BREWERY
303 Main St., Lyons • 303.823.6685
www.oskarblues.com
It’s not easy to pinpoint exactly what about
Oskar Blues won over voters in this category.
Was it the delicious southern- and Cajun-
inspired cuisine? (The Texas Toothpicks are
to-die-for.) Was it the selection of award-
winning microbrews? (Ever heard of Dale’s BEST BREAKFAST & BEST BRUNCH
Pale Ale?) Was it the stellar lineup of live
musicians? (Blues, Americana, jazz – this LUCILE’S CREOLE CAFÉ
brewpub attracts some of the country’s top 2124 14th St., Boulder • 303.442.4743 | 518 Kimbark St., Longmont • 303.774.9814 | www.luciles.com
Ever been to Lucile’s on a weekend morning? If so, you know that it’s the most happening Victorian
acts.) Or was it the scenic mountain-town
house in town. And why wouldn’t it be? The Creole café was built on the New Orleans traditions of
location? (It’s the perfect place to stop after a
great food and festivity. Guests line up at the Boulder and Longmont locations to enjoy delectable
visit to Rocky Mountain National Park.)
dishes such as Pain Perdue (French toast), Eggs Pontchartrain (fresh pan-fried mountain trout and
According to general manager Anita Gray, it poached eggs with béarnaise sauce), or the Cajun Breakfast (red beans with meat and poached eggs
was a combination of all these things and with hollandaise served with grits or potatoes, andouille or hot Louisiana sausage, and a buttermilk
more: “We’re a one-of-a-kind restaurant biscuit). And most won’t leave without ordering the restaurant’s pièce de résistance: a plate of piping
where hospitality and great customer service hot beignets (mouthwatering New Orleans-style donuts topped with powdered sugar). They go
are our top priorities.” perfectly with chicory coffee, another restaurant specialty. Guests enjoy all these treats and more while
being surrounded by Mardi Gras paraphernalia and Cajun, zydeco or jazz music. Lucile’s breakfasts
RUNNER UP: and brunches aren’t just meals, they’re cultural experiences.
THE PUMPHOUSE
RESTAURANT & BREWERY RUNNER UP FOR BEST BREAKFAST: WALNUT CAFÉ
540 Main St., Longmont 3073 Walnut St., Boulder • 303.447.2315 • www.walnutcafe.com
303.702.0881 RUNNER UP FOR BEST BRUNCH: BOULDER BROKER INN
www.pumphousebrewery.com 555 30th St. (at Baseline Road), Boulder • 303.449.1752 • www.boulderbrokerinn.com

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COLORADO’S BEST ANTIQUE JEWELRY STORE


Congratulates Boulder’s Gold Winners

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT


JAX FISH HOUSE
928 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.444.1811 • www.jaxfishhouseboulder.com
Jax has been serving Boulder County’s best seafood for so long that it feels
like home. “The same people come in here all the time,” explains manager
Jared Lovenduski. “Then when their parents come to town, they bring them
in and introduce them, saying, ‘Here’s my mom and dad!’ We’ve got a real
neighborhood mojo going.” Jax also has the finest flavors going, from its
oyster bar to its inspired spirits to its extensive menu. Award-winning chef
Hosea Rosenberg never fails to bring the yum, with innovative creations
such as wasabi pea-crusted ono, bacon-wrapped Alaskan halibut and glazed
For the truly unique – make it antique! chili mahi mahi tacos. Whether you’re looking for a happy hour treat (like
coconut shrimp with a fruit-infused vodka martini) or a full evening
experience (in which case you must leave room for the Key lime pie), Jax is
pleased to be your home away from home.

RUNNER UP: DOLAN’S RESTAURANT


2319 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.444.8758 • www.dolansrestaurant.com

942 PEARL ST., BOULDER • (303) 938-8851 • TUES. – SAT. 10 TO 5:30


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BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE


& BEST RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW
FLAGSTAFF HOUSE RESTAURANT
1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder • 303.442.4640 • www.flagstaffhouse.com
Boulder County-area residents know that as far as nice restaurants go,
Flagstaff House is the crème de la crème. And this year is a very special year
for the fine dining establishment – it is celebrating its 35th anniversary!
Thirty-five years ago Don Monette founded the mountainside restaurant, and
today he and his sons Mark and Scott continue the family tradition of serving
exquisite food with detailed service in a breathtakingly beautiful location just
five minutes from downtown Boulder. The menu at Boulder’s only four-star
restaurant incorporates French American cuisine with Asian accents and
Thank you for your support changes daily to take advantage of the freshest seasonal ingredients, including
fresh fish flown in daily, locally grown organic products, and herbs from
in making us one of the executive chef Mark Monette’s own organic garden. And the 20,000-bottle
wine cellar is one of the largest in the state. Of course, it’s the scenery that
best chocolate shops in town! provides the perfect backdrop for such amazing food and wine: The restaurant
has floor-to-ceiling picture windows and several outside terraces that afford
diners unparalleled views of nearby wildlife and Boulder below.
RUNNER UP FOR BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE:
FRASCA FOOD & WINE
1738 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.442.6966 • www.frascafoodandwine.com
Family Owned & Operated for over 5 years RUNNER UP FOR BEST RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW:
Co-located with Bookcliff Vineyards’ Wine Tasting Bar CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL
900 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.440.3776
On 15th at Pearl • (303) 447-0336 www.chautauquadininghall.com

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BEST RESTAURANT TO BRING KIDS


RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS & SPIRITS
2580 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.442.0320
2331 Clover Basin Drive, Longmont • 720.652.9229
www.redrobin.com
Red Robin prides itself in
being a kid-friendly
restaurant. “We have a video
game area, free balloons,
crayons to color with, and
weekly visits from Red Robin
(Tuesdays from 6 to 7:45
p.m.),” says Kara McDaniels,
service manager at the
Boulder location. She adds
that kids love the children’s
menu (especially the Chick-
Chick-Chicken Fingers,
Cheesy Mac ’n Cheesy, and
the Rad Robin Burger) and
the fact that they have the
option of ordering sides like
melon instead of French fries.
Adults, of course, love the selection of 22-plus mouthwatering gourmet burgers and bottomless steak fries and beverages. What’s more, Red
Robin offers extremely friendly service for an all-around fantastic family dining experience.

RUNNER UP: MOUNTAIN SUN / SOUTHERN SUN


Mountain Sun, 1535 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.546.0886
Southern Sun, 627 South Broadway, Boulder • 303.543.0886

BEST THEATER PERFORMANCE


BOULDER’S DINNER THEATRE
5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.449.6000 • www.theatreinboulder.com
Let’s give Boulder’s Dinner Theatre a standing ovation! This lively venue has
been entertaining and feeding us for almost 30 years, and has once again
received rave reviews in the category of Best Theater Performance. “Our
performers set us apart,” says artistic director and producer Michael Duran.
“Some of them have been here for as many as 16 years. They are highly
professional and very versatile and bring a lot to every production.” (In fact,
Duran himself has 23 years of experience in the New York theater scene.) If
you’ve never experienced one of the dinner theater’s fine meals served alongside
a full-length Broadway musical, then you’ve missed out on something very
special. But, rest-assured, the best is yet to come: “Crazy for You” – the Tony
Award winner for Best Musical in 1992 – is playing from Nov. 3, 2006 to
March 3, 2007, and “Ragtime” is playing from March 9 to May 5, 2007.

RUNNER UP: COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL


University of Colorado (Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre), Boulder
303.492.0554 • www.coloradoshakes.org

BEST BOULDER COUNTY EVENT


BOULDER CREEK FESTIVAL
P.O. Box 108, Boulder • 303.652.4942 • www.bouldercreekevents.com
Every Memorial Day weekend as many as 20,000 people flock to the Boulder Creek
Festival, a much-anticipated three-day event held in downtown Boulder along
Boulder Creek. The Festival includes a Fun Zone with carnival rides, food and beer
tents, a pancake breakfast, live entertainment, about 500 vendors selling everything
from artworks to palm readings, and more. The signature activity, however, is the
Great Rubber Duck Race: Thousands of duckies are dumped from the 9th Street
Bridge and race down Boulder Creek for prizes such as airfare for two provided by
Frontier Airlines and an annual Boulder Parks and Recreation pass. “We’re so proud
that we won this award again!” says Meg Denbow, director of development and
marketing for Boulder Creek Events. “We have a wonderful volunteer staff that
makes this event possible.”

RUNNER UP: BOLDER BOULDER


4571 North Broadway, Boulder • 303.444.RACE • www.bolderboulder.com

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BEST BURRITO BEST NEW RESTAURANT


ILLEGAL PETE’S AJI LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANT
1320 College Ave., Boulder • 303.444.3055 1601 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.442.3464 • www.ajirestaurant.com
1447 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.440.3955 Breaking away from the pack, Aji features something not found
www.illegalpetes.com anywhere else in Boulder: South American cuisine. Manager
Ever get hit with a late-night craving for Jerry Manning touts the fresh ceviche and the empanadas, but if
Mexican food? You can mosey over to Illegal you’re willing to dig deeper, the Argentinian carne asada with
Pete’s until really late (2:30 a.m.) Thursday authentic chimichurri for flavor or the deconstructed Brazilian
through Saturday, and 10:30 p.m. Sunday feijoade, a braised meat and black bean stew, are solid choices.
through Wednesday, and chow down burritos, Unusual drinks include the caipirinha, a Brazilian drink made
tacos, quesadillas and taquitos. From chicken from a sugar cane-based liqueur. Casual diners are welcome at
pesto to steak to fish or green chile, there’s the lively restaurant which features South American paintings
plenty to satisfy your hunger. And this is and artifacts, one of the nicer patios in town, and tons of
Boulder, after all, so check the vegetarian greenery – from which the restaurant’s “leafy” name is derived.
menu, too. “We do a lot of late-night business;
the bar crowd gets hungry and comes in,” says RUNNER UP: JIMMY & DREW’S DELICATESSEN
general manager Travis Holgate. “We get 2855 28th St., Boulder • 303.447.3354
people of all ages, including tourists on the
Pearl Street Mall. We take pride in the quality
of the food – clean, fresh food is one of our
mottos – and our staff is friendly and
interactive with the customers, giving the place
a community feeling.” He points out that
Illegal Pete’s also has a full bar.

RUNNER UP:
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL
919 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.544.9383
375 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville • 720.890.0670
1100 Ken Pratt Blvd., B, Longmont • 303.651.6763
1708 Main St., Longmont • 303.485.6369
www.chipotle.com

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1669 Euclid Ave., UMC Room 143, Boulder • 303.443.4672, ext. 1466
1900 West South Boulder Road, Lafayette • 303.443.4672, ext. 1457
www.elevationscu.com
Experienced Staff
For eight years in a row, Elevations Credit Union (formerly U of C Federal Redken Color Experts
Credit Union) has been a Boulder County favorite. “We have such loyalty
because our office and branches are local and because we help our account Bridal Specialists
holders become more informed consumers,” says Rich Jones, vice president

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of marketing at Elevations. He explains that the credit union has an Makeup Artistry
amazing education program – in the form of online resources and free
seminars – that teaches account holders about subjects like identity theft
and how to buy a new home. “We’re just as interested in helping account SALON SPECIAL OFFER
holders learn how to get a good deal on a car as we are in getting them the
NEW CLIENTS TAKE
loan for the car,” he adds. “Our goal is to help Boulder County residents
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become financially healthy and savvy.”
& HAIRCUT COMBO
RUNNER UP: WELLS FARGO BANK
3307 30th St., Boulder • 303.448.3784
3289 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 720.565.8804
Full Head Highlight $100
1690 Canyon Blvd., Boulder • 303.441.0341 Hair Color Retint $65
1242 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.441.0355
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1137 S. Boulder Road, Louisville • 303.441.0379 Partial Highlight $75
399 S. Hover St., Longmont • 303.682.4560
1050 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont • 303.485.8630 (in-store branch)
635 Coffman St., Longmont • 303.682.2068
PA S S P O RT S New client only. Expiration 11/30/06

www.wellsfargo.com Bridal Packages


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FINISHING TOUCH SPA · 3131 28th Street · Boulder
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FINISHINGTOUCHSPA.COM · 303-449-1852
BINOCULARS
FIELD GUIDES
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30th & Walnut – 303.443.9659
(Near Walnut Café). http:/stores.wbu.com/boulder
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BEST DRY CLEANER/LAUNDROMAT


ART CLEANERS
1501 Lee Hill Road, Boulder • 303.447.8700
2570 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.499.7030
BEST DENTIST 1715 15th St., Boulder • 303.440.8600
3980 Broadway, Boulder • 303.443.0158
TED C. KAWULOK, D.D.S., P.C., 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.494.2709
www.artcleaners.com
WHOLE FAMILY DENTISTRY Established in Boulder in 1921, Art Cleaners is the area’s oldest and most reliable dry
1400 28th St., Boulder • 303.442.8625 • www.wholefamilydentistry.com cleaning service. Art Cleaners is also the only dry cleaner in Boulder that uses the
Dr. Ted Kawulok’s ties to Boulder are strong: He has been a (nearly!) life-long resident and has had his GreenEarth-licensed dry cleaning solvent, an environmentally friendly solvent that
private practice in the city for more than 20 years. Patients come to him for his broad scope of services, cleans well and is odorless and gentle on clothes. “We focus on our customers,” says
including comprehensive dental rehabilitation focusing on cosmetic and reconstructive therapies. This Brian Hansen, owner of all five Art Cleaners branches. “We do all cleaning in-house
includes cosmetic bonding and veneers (since 1986), aesthetic crowns and bridges, implant prosthetics at our Lee Hill plant (except leathers), we have free pick up and delivery from or to
including smile makeovers for denture wearers, a strong periodontal program including soft tissue our customers’ homes or offices, we clean lots of specialty items (such as wedding
management and endodontics (painless root canal therapy). dresses and handmade quilts), we have a full-time seamstress who does minor repairs
at no charge and alterations, and we can do same-day service.” With all these services
RUNNER UP: WILLIAM BRACHVOGEL, D.D.S. at customers’ disposal, it’s no wonder that everyone cleans up well at Art Cleaners!
1840 Folsom St., #301, Boulder • 303.442.8625 • www.bouldersmiledesign.com
RUNNER UP: JOHN’S CLEANERS
4800 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.499.5554
440 Black Diamond Drive, Lafayette • 303.665.9493
3325 28th St., Boulder • 303.444.2877
1848 30th St., Boulder • 303.442.8508
1615 E. Coalton Road, Superior • 303.499.2776

BEST PLACE TO WORK OUT BEST AC/HEATING SERVICE


RALLYSPORT HEALTH AND FITNESS PRECISION PLUMBING, HEATING & COOLING
2727 29th St., Boulder • 303.449.4800 • www.rallysportboulder.com 5035 Chaparral Court, Boulder • 303.581.1455 • www.precisionplumbing.com
RallySport is proud to take the honor of Best Place to Work Out. “This is such a fabulous area for fitness, According to Boulder County residents, Precision Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
and people have a lot of choices about how and where to be physical, so we’re very pleased to have received is the hottest – and coolest – air conditioning and heating service around! That’s
this recognition,” says Erin Carson, general manager of the club. Carson says the key to the club’s success is because they have come to rely upon the locally owned and operated company for
its effort to provide the best possible exercise experience for people, mainly in the form of personal training their heating, cooling, plumbing and electric needs for nearly 25 years. “The
and group exercises. RallySport also boasts racquetball courts, studios for yoga and Pilates, a nursery and customer service we provide goes above and beyond,” says Nancy Lewin, Precision
playground, an indoor and outdoor lap pool, a cardiovascular area, a weight room and more. call center manager. “We hire the best of the best technicians and customer service
representatives, and most of the people who work here stay here because they enjoy
RUNNER UP: YMCA OF BOULDER VALLEY what they’re doing. Plus we warranty our work.”
Mapleton Center YMCA - 2850 Mapleton Ave., Boulder • 303.442.2778
Arapahoe Center YMCA - 2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette • 303.664.5455 RUNNER UP: MEYER’S HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING, INC.
www.ymcabv.org 260 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.442.6640

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BEST CHILD CARE CENTER


YWCA - CHILDREN’S ALLEY
2222 14th St., Boulder • 303.449.1951 • www.ywcaboulder.org/programs/childrensalley.html
Children’s Alley, a program provided by the Boulder County YWCA, is Boulder County’s only temporary, drop-in childcare center.
The unique program provides families with a convenient childcare option when a sudden or short-term need for childcare occurs.
Children 6 weeks to 12 years old are welcome, and fees are based on a sliding scale. “We have a newly remodeled facility, nice
teachers and evening and Saturday care. All these things have made us a very welcome service in our community,” says Marcia
Seegers, director at Children’s Alley. “And, as part of the YWCA, we have a mission of eliminating racism, empowering women,
and protecting women and families.”

RUNNER UP: BOULDER DAY NURSERY


1518 Spruce St., Boulder • 303.442.7605 • www.boulderdaynursery.org

BEST HAIR SALON


FINISHING TOUCH SALON & DAY SPA
3131 28th St., Tebo Plaza, Boulder • 303.449.1852 • www.finishingtouchspa.com
Locally owned and operated for more than 30 years, Finishing Touch has been a Boulder County favorite
for quite some time. In fact, this salon has created a whole new definition of loyal customer following.
“Some of our clients have been coming here for 20 years,” says owner Kim Niles. What keeps people
coming back for more? Finishing Touch has a comfortable, relaxing environment, reminiscent of the
Mexican coastline. The staff – some of whom have been with the salon from its inception – is highly
trained, experienced and friendly. The prices are reasonable. And the hours – Tuesday through Thursday
from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – are extremely convenient. “We
have a lot of professional clients who need to get in on evenings and weekends,” explains Niles. So the next
time you need a cut, color, wave or style, do what the locals do and trust your tresses to Finishing Touch.

RUNNER UP: SALON SALON


2460 Canyon Blvd., Boulder • 303.443.5101

Thank you for


your votes!
Boulder’s Best
Florist &
Boulder’s Best
Garden Center
since 1929
florists, greenhouses & fine stationery
2851 Valmont • 303-442-6663
For all your flower & gardening needs. Mon-Fri 8-6, Sat 8-5

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Discover why we are one of Boulder’s


BEST sources for Asian imports

LOW WAREHOUSE PRICES! BEST KARATE/MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO


TRAN’S MARTIAL ARTS & FITNESS CENTER
Just returned from China 3101-1/2 28th St., Boulder • 303.402.9460 • www.transmartialarts.com
117 South Sunset St., Longmont • 303.776.1887 • www.trans-mafc.com
with new inventory! The most important goal of Tae Kwon Do is cultivation of the self – body,
mind and spirit. To that end, Master Vu Tran and his instructors at Tran’s
Please visit our warehouse at: Martial Arts and Fitness Center teach more than martial arts, they teach a
way of life. Self-defense and physical fitness are certainly a large part of the
1930 Central Avenue, Suite H, picture. But self-esteem, responsibility, teamwork, respect, family and
Boulder, CO 80301 community are given equal importance. Students are encouraged to become
leaders both in and out of the classroom, with opportunities to compete,
Open Tues.–Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. teach other students, join leadership programs and participate in community
or by appointment service projects. Tran’s is also home to an explosive Thai Kickboxing
program. Designed to enhance fitness for Tae Kwon Do students, the

www.china-coast.com 720-406-1628 kickboxing classes are great for anyone who wants to get in shape. At Tran’s,
it’s about reaching your full potential – as a martial artist and a person.

Call or see web site for driving directions. Finding us is worth the effort! RUNNER UP: EASTON BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU
1750 30th St., Unit 22, Boulder • 303.938.1275 • www.bjjboulder.com

PEANUT BUTTER PLAYERS


The Best of Boulder in Kids’ Entertainment And Boulder’s Best Day Camp

Present

TOM SAWYER
A musical version of the Mark Twain classic
In luncheon theatre for the family
BEST LASIK / LASER EYE
Boulder Theatre on the Pearl Street Mall FACILITY / SURGEON
Saturdays, September 30, INSIGHT LASIK
1120 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette • 303.665.7577
www.insightlasik.com
October 14, 28 and Nov. 4 Dr. Jimmy Jackson feels the secret to InSight Lasik’s success is two-fold.
“Refractive Surgery is our specialty and our focus. It’s all we do.”
And special school Holiday shows on Continually investing in the best equipment, such as the LADAR6000 and
IntraLase, Jackson and Dr. Keith Miller go out of their way to ensure
Mondays, September 18 and October 9 everything in-office is top-notch. Dr. Jackson, Dr. Miller and Chief
Surgeon Dr. Warren Tripp pay extra attention to the fact that eye surgery is
$10 a person includes lunch delicate business. “Entrusting your eyes to someone is emotional, and we
take that very seriously. We try to earn that trust with every patient,” says
Reservations requested: 303-786-8727 Jackson. “We think this is why we have been voted Boulder County’s best
Group rates available for 10 or more Lasik four times.” InSight Lasik will be celebrating its fifth anniversary in
September.

Classes for kids aged 4-16 begin October 2, 2006 RUNNER UP: BEYER LASER CENTER
1810 30th St., Suite B, Boulder • 303.499.2020 • www.bouldereyes.com

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BEST PET GROOMING SERVICE


THE HYDRANT
2900 Valmont Road, Boulder • 303.442.7550
Need to wash your Weimaraner? Brush your Boxer? Clip your Corgi? Head to The Hydrant for adept and friendly care. The professionals at
The Hydrant have been pampering pups for nearly 30 years. Grooming your dog does more than make him feel good (and make you look
good at the dog park), it’s important for his health. Regular visits to The Hydrant will help prevent skin and paw irritations, inordinate
shedding, mats, ear problems and bad breath. Plus, think how soft and shiny his coat will be. So go ahead. Indulge your Irish Setter. Treat
your Tibetan Terrier. He’s worth it.

RUNNER UP: COTTONWOOD BOARDING KENNELS


7275 Valmont Road, Boulder • 303.442.2602 • www.cottonwoodkennels.com

BEST MOVING COMPANY


BOULDER VALLEY TRANSFER
3075 75th St., Boulder • 303.530.7333 • www.bouldervalleytransfer.com
Boulder Valley Transfer has been moving Boulder County residents since 1912. The locally
owned and operated company has expanded from a one horse-drawn wagon to a fleet of trucks,
but its mission of providing customers with an excellent moving experience remains the same. If
you aren’t impressed by history, listen to what a recent customer had to say about Boulder Valley
Transfer: “I don’t know how you continue to manage it, but you sent me the best team of
movers. Each one of them was so great – efficient and friendly – the job was done in an
incredibly short time. Once again, thank you for making my life so easy.” The professionals at
Boulder Valley Transfer are skilled, courteous, honorable and speedy. They treat your belongings
with care and respect. They put your furniture and boxes exactly where you want them. They’ll
even pack for you and store your belongings. Boulder Valley Transfer works hard to take the
stress out of moving.

RUNNER UP: TAYLOR MOVING


4949 North Broadway, #110, Boulder • 303.443.5885 • www.taylormove.com

     

 


     


 
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Jimmy & Drew’s


Delicatessen
“It’s All About the Food!”
“This is the real deal. Food is such a goldmine of succulent flavor.
Come see what all the fun is about.” -Daily Camera - July 2006

“Jimmy & Drew’s 28th St. Delicatessen is the only thing in


1/2 OFF DINNER Boulder that respectively emulates a real deli.” -The Onion
buy one entrée at regular price
& get a 2nd 1/2 off “I’d say Jimmy & Drew’s delicatessen pretty much as a handle
VALID MON-SAT 11AM-8PM
Must present coupon. Offer expires 10/1/06 on that market. Best of all-it’s good too!” -The Boulder Weekly BEST PET BOARDING SERVICE
COTTONWOOD BOARDING KENNELS
7275 Valmont Road, Boulder • 303.442.2602
Tasty Sandwiches • Fresh Salads • Homemade Soups • Vienna Beef Hot Dogs www.cottonwoodkennels.com
Homemade French Fries • Drew’s Smoked Salmon • All Natural Meats • Homestyle Dinners You’re not going to find a better home away from home for your pet than
Dr. Brown’s Sodas • Amorasa Rolls • Chocolate Egg Cream • H & H Bagels Cottonwood Kennels. They have a peacock named Elvis, for crying out loud.
Kids Root Beer Floats $1 • Kosher Pickles • Mom’s Desserts • Deli Salads • Potato Latke • Knish What could be better than that? Located on a small farm, Cottonwood is

NOW OPEN!
home to many other barnyard friends – ducks, chickens, geese, sheep and
alpaca – in addition to the dogs, cats, bunnies, birds and other small animals
303-447-DELI 303-447-3354 that are boarded. It’s a wonderful environment. Dogs have plenty of room to
romp and play, indoors and outdoors. Cats are treated to climbing gyms,
sunny windows and a jungle of plants to explore. And every pet is treated
with a heaping helping of tender loving care. Cottonwood is all about the
pet-to-person connection. “Our staff is incredibly hard-working and very
2855 28th Street (corner of 28th & Valmont) • Boulder dedicated,” says co-owner Penny Vardell. With such agreeable
Monday – Saturday 11AM – 8PM • Catering Available accommodations, your furry friend won’t have any trouble being dropped off
at Cottonwood Kennels. The hard part will be getting her to come home.

RUNNER UP: DOG CITY - DOG DAY CARE & HOTEL


2907 55th St., Unit 6, Boulder • 303.473.9963 • www.dogcityboulder.com

H O NE S T • E X P E R I E NC E D • R E L I A B L E

Taylored
to your needs!
Full Service Moving & Storage

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US


ONE OF BOULDER'S BEST! BEST VETERINARIAN
ALPINE HOSPITAL FOR ANIMALS
Friendly Free Estimates 1730 15th St., Boulder • 303.443.9661
www.alpinehospitalforanimals.com
We’re not always at the top of our game when we visit the vet. The simple
Licensed, act of coaxing the dog into the car or wrestling the cat into the carrier is
Bonded & Insured stressful enough, and that’s not taking into consideration the added worry
when you have a sick pet. The grace and sensitivity with which Alpine
303.443.5885 Hospital for Animals deals with this situation truly sets it apart. “We try to
www.taylormove.com stress communication between ourselves and our clients so that clients feel
Member of Tom comfortable with the decisions they make for their pets,” explains co-owner
Martino’s Referral List Candace Sayles, DVM, CVA. “We try to make it less stressful for them and
for their pets.” Alpine combines state-of-the-art veterinary care – it’s a full-
Locally owned & operated
service hospital – with a true compassion for animals. “We love what we
by the Taylor Family
do,” adds Sayles.

RUNNER UP: DR. DODGE - JASPER ANIMAL CLINIC


L O C A L • N AT I O N A L • C O M M E R C I A L • R E S I D E N T I A L 1361 Forest Park Circle, Suite 107, Lafayette • 303.665.4002

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BEST PLACE FOR WORSHIP


FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF BOULDER
1820 15th St., Boulder • 303.402.6400 • www.fpcboulder.org
Founded in 1872, the First Presbyterian Church of Boulder is steeped in history. The
chapel was added in 1894; its architect, F.E. Kidder, also built Chautauqua auditorium.
Such a rich and storied past, yet First Presbyterian is known for its eye on the future.
Senior pastor Dr. Peter Barnes believes people are drawn to his church for four reasons:
1) the diversity of
programs and
worship services,
2) equal parts
tradition and
innovation,
3) a clear message
in the midst of
competing voices,
and 4) the
missional focus on
meeting the needs
BEST GOLF COURSE
of people – body INDIAN PEAKS GOLF COURSE
and soul – here and 2300 Indian Peaks Trail, Lafayette • 303.666.4706 • www.indianpeaksgolf.com
around the world. Indian Peaks Golf Course, an 18-hole championship golf course that was designed by world-
“We are only one renowned course architect Hale Irwin, has charmed local golfers for more than 10 years. “We have
small expression of a great layout, location and staff,” says assistant professional Courtney Rudolph. “And we’re a great
the greater work of value because we’re a public course that feels like a country club course.” Rudolph adds that she is
God’s kingdom in the world,” says Barnes. “And we are pleased to be partners with other excited to see that the number of rounds played by women has increased at Indian Peaks. It seems
churches in the area to be the hands and feet of Christ in reaching out to the world with that golfers young and old, male and female, are drawn to the golf course’s tree-lined fairways,
God’s love and grace.” manicured greens and beautiful setting.

RUNNER UP: UNITY OF BOULDER RUNNER UP: FLATIRONS GOLF COURSE


2855 Folsom St., Boulder • 303.442.1411 • www.unityofboulder.com 5706 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.442.7851 • www.flatironsgolf.com

Thank you for voting us


McGUCKIN HARDWARE
is proud to be part THANK YOU BOULDER! BEST
of this community for HARDWARE
over 50 YEARS! STORE
and
We are an
INDEPENDENT, BEST
LOCALLY CUSTOMER
OWNED & OPERATED
Boulder business. SERVICE
Since we live and work right here and RUNNER UP for
in the community, we develop Best Garden Center,
long term relationships with Best Housewares &
Kitchen Goods Store
OUR CUSTOMERS, and Best Locally Owned Store!
and we give you the
SPECIAL ATTENTION
you deserve and
EXPERT ADVICE
when you need it.
THANK YOU
for loyally shopping at
McGuckin Hardware and
THANK YOU
for letting us serve
Boulder County for over 50 years!
2525 ARAPAHOE • In The Village • Boulder • m-f 8-8, sat 8-6, sun 9-5 • mcguckin.com • (303) 443-1822

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BEST TANNING SALON TANS TO GO


1842 30th St., Boulder • 303.444.7600 • www.tanstogo.com
The area’s premier tanning salon doesn’t
just offer tanning options. Tans to Go
offers a wide array of tanning lotions and
accelerators, moisturizers, shower gels, sun
screens, bathing suits and sarongs. Of
course, when it comes to tanning, they
have lots to choose from, including
regular, super and ultrabronze beds and
three different VHR tanning choices.
However, the biggest selling point at Tans
to Go is the service provided by a certified
staff that ensures your tanning experience
is both safe and fabulous. Don’t forget to
BEST MEDICAL FACILITY enjoy a water, juice or coffee afterward,
and be sure to check out the brand-new
& BEST LOCAL EMPLOYER oxygen bar!
BOULDER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL RUNNER UP: EXECUTIVE TANS
1100 Balsam Ave., Boulder • 303.440.2273 1124 West Dillon Road, Louisville
4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 720.854.7000 303.665.6237
311 Mapleton Ave., Boulder • 303.440.2273 1610 Pace St., Longmont
1000 West South Boulder Road, Lafayette • 303.666.4357 303.651.3688
www.bch.org
As residents of Boulder County, we are fortunate in any number of ways.
Not least of which is having world-class medical care in our back yard. Non-
profit and community-owned Boulder Community Hospital has been
improving our health since 1922. Now the hospital is home to more than BEST REAL ESTATE
2,600 employees, including 600 physicians in 48 medical specialties and
more than 900 volunteers. In 2005, its professionals performed 259 open- COMPANY / OFFICE
heart surgeries, welcomed 1,900 births and fielded 244,983 outpatient visits. RE/MAX OF BOULDER, INC.
Don’t let the big numbers mislead you, though; health care at Boulder 2425 Canyon Blvd., Suite 110, Boulder • 303.449.7000
Community Hospital is about quality, not quantity. Cutting-edge training, www.boulderco.com
resources and equipment are standard operating procedure. Case in point: RE/MAX of Boulder will soon celebrate its 30th
two physicians at the hospital are part of the first surgical team in Colorado anniversary. The business opened its doors in 1977 with
to offer minimally invasive heart valve surgery. The staff ’s technical skills are two real estate agents and big expectations. Now more
surpassed only by its incredibly compassionate care. Your health matters to than 90 agents strong, RE/MAX of Boulder has become
them on a personal level. The people of Boulder Community Hospital like one of the most productive and most trusted real estate
what they do and like where they work. And it shows. companies in the country. Experience is the key to its
success. “Our agents average 18 years in the business,”
RUNNER UP FOR BEST MEDICAL FACILITY: says managing broker D.B. Wilson. “We’ve practiced in
BOULDER MEDICAL CENTER good times and bad times, and we’ll be here tomorrow.
2750 Broadway, Boulder • 303.440.3000 We haven’t seen it all, but we’ve seen a lot.” One thing
4745 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 200, Boulder • 303.938.4700 RE/MAX of Boulder has seen is the support of its
80 Health Park Drive, Suite 100, Louisville • 303.673.0448
community. More than 65 percent of its business comes
www.bouldermedicalcenter.com
from past clients or direct referrals from them.
RUNNER UP FOR BEST LOCAL EMPLOYER:
INSIGHT LASIK LTD RUNNER UP: WRIGHT-KINGDOM, INC.
1120 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette • 303.665.7577 4875 Pearl East Circle, Suite 100, Boulder
www.insightlasik.com 303.443.2240 • www.wrightkingdom.com

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT


DAVE FISH,
RE/MAX OF BOULDER
2425 Canyon Blvd., Suite 110, Boulder • 303.441.5601 • www.davefish.com
Real estate agents aren’t all that different from mechanics when it comes to
quality of service. You can make do with mediocre, but when you find the best
it’ll change your life. A great real estate agent saves you time, money and
heartache. He gives you the data you need to make informed decisions. And he
works toward your best interests, not his bottom line. His name is Dave Fish.
“Having clients trust me to help them with something as important as their
home – and then later referring me to their friends and family – is truly an honor
and the best part of my job,” says Fish. So whether you’re looking for an
investment property or the perfect place to hang your hat, give Dave a call and
experience what the best has to offer.

RUNNER UP:
DUANNE DUGGAN, RE/MAX OF BOULDER
2425 Canyon Blvd., Suite 110, Boulder • 303.441.5611
www.duanedugganboulderco.com

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BEST BOULDER COUNTY SCHOOL


& BEST HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS TEAM
BOULDER HIGH SCHOOL / BOULDER PANTHERS
1604 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.442.2430
www.bvsd.org BEST SPA ESSENTIELS SPA
Boulder High School principal Bud Jenkins 2660 Canyon Blvd., Boulder • 303.440.0711 • www.essentielsspa.com
feels the secret to Boulder High’s success is “a “Number one: our staff. We have exceptional technicians here ... they’re very experienced,”
great faculty that’s very dedicated and highly explains manager Marshalene Neff about why Essentiels is tops in Boulder County. Many of
motivated kids. You put the combination of those technicians have stayed with the spa since its inception in 1997. Treatments offered at the
those two things together and you get good spa include manicures, pedicures, massage, waxing, facials, makeup artistry and more. The all-
results.” Besides carrying a whopping 27 encompassing Day Out Extravaganza package takes up to seven hours to do and involves the
advanced placement classes, the BHS Panthers Vichy Shower – a warm water treatment following a salt body exfoliation that gives the entire
place an emphasis on creating an environment body a delicious, healthy glow. Promoting circulation and extracting toxins, the newly
that both nurtures individual students as well introduced ionithermie is a series of spa treatments done with thermal clay enhanced with plant
as giving them the tools to achieve later in life. extracts that leave the body feeling smooth, firm, refreshed and cleansed.
When it comes to sports, team records aren’t
everything at BHS. “Coaches connect with kids and make it a good experience for them.” RUNNER UP: THE FINISHING TOUCH SPA & SALON
Relationships are everything at Boulder High. “Our mantra here is that this school is a place 3131 28th St., Boulder • 303.449.1852 • www.finishingtouchspa.com
for everyone,” explains Jenkins. This attitude explains the warm welcome the school extends
to the entire community as well as the alumni’s fierce loyalty to the school’s sports programs.

RUNNER UP FOR BOTH CATEGORIES:


FAIRVIEW HIGH SCHOOL / FAIRVIEW KNIGHTS
1515 Greenbriar Blvd., Boulder • 303.499.7600 • www.flatirons.org

BEST TEACHER
JOLIE KASYNSKI, HEATHERWOOD ELEMENTARY
BEST CLIMBING GYM THE SPOT BOULDERING GYM 7750 Concord Drive, Boulder • 303.530.1234
3240 Prairie Ave., Boulder • 303.379.8806 • www.thespotgym.com Jolie Kasynski isn’t your average second grade teacher. Heatherwood Elementary principal Larry
When you walk into The Spot, you know you’ve arrived. Freestanding boulders, some 18 Orobona leads the chorus singing the second grade teacher’s praises. “She takes time to
feet high, tower above you. A 25-foot-tall roped climbing wall looms in the distance of the understand a child’s educational background ... as well as their social and emotional state.”
more than 10,000-square-foot facility. In a word? Wow. “It’s the best bouldering gym in the Kasynski then uses that information and her endless compassion to help the student achieve his
country,” says regular customer and climbing enthusiast Ty Foose. “And I’ve been to or her best. Besides her extensive work in getting students excited about community projects
hundreds of them.” In fact, The Spot is the first climbing gym in the country to be such as blood drives, Kasynski also leads diversity classes in the evening for interested parents.
dedicated to bouldering. The terrain mirrors that of Yosemite, Hueco and Fountainebleau, Taking the extra time to write extensive notes on homework as well as report cards, Kasynski’s
giving climbers an unparalleled experience in a safe, indoor environment. As a mountaineer dedication to her students, their families and the community demonstrates the positive
would say, it looks, feels, climbs and thrills like real rock. And there are real experts on hand influence one person can have on a child’s life.
to take every level of climber to the next elevation – classes, private guiding, teambuilding
activities and more. The Spot is also home to a slew of exercise equipment and the expansive RUNNERS UP (TIE):
Shri Body Arts studio for those seeking further honing and toning. For those seeking a post-
MONICA AUGUSTINE, WILDFLOWER SCHOOL OF VOICE
workout espresso and nibble, The Spot Café is on hand and ready to serve.
5345 Arapahoe, Boulder • 720.937.9647 • www.monicaaugustine.com

RUNNER UP: BOULDER ROCK CLUB KEN LOWE, MONARCH HIGH SCHOOL
2829 Mapleton Ave., Boulder • 303.447.2804 • www.boulderrock.com 329 Campus Drive, Louisville • 303.665.5888

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BEST RETIREMENT/ALTERNATIVE OR
ELDER CARE/ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY
THE ACADEMY
970 Aurora Ave., Boulder
303.938.1920
www.theacademyboulder.com
The Academy is an elegant
retirement community featuring
fitness programs, continuing
education and easy access to
community events. The centrally
located retirement community has
52 residences: 33 apartments,
nine bungalows and 10 suites.
Residents and their friends and
families are invited to eat at the
Pinons Dining Room, watch a
game at the Aspen Bar and Grille,
enjoy a coffee at the Parlour or BEST TRAVEL AGENCY JAMES TRAVELPOINTS
kick back in the Surguine Family 1750 14th St., Boulder • 303.442.2340 • www.travelpoints.com
Library. Additionally, The Brothers Andy and Don James know what it takes to run a successful travel agency – they’ve been at it here in
Academy recently welcomed its Boulder County for more than 49 years. “Well, I think it has to do with our staff ... they’re all very seasoned
secure memory-care facility in a travel agents and they’re all very seasoned travelers,” explains Andy. With divisions covering national and
recently renovated 1950s ranch international corporate travel as well as vacation planning and packaging, the agents don’t just set you up with
home that features walking paths, gardens, a spa/salon and a gourmet kitchen. a flight and a hotel – they take the time to suggest places of interest to visit; recommend the best hotels for
In fashioning environments that cater not just to the needs, but the desires of families or couples or singles; and even help the client steer clear of tours or events that seem a waste of time
its residents, The Academy has created a place to call home. and money. James TravelPOINTS goes the extra mile for its clients.

RUNNER UP: FRASIER MEADOWS RETIREMENT COMMUNITY RUNNER UP: CAIN TRAVEL GROUP
350 Ponca Place, Boulder • 303.499.4888 • www.frasiermeadows.com 3004 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.2246 or 800.346.4747 • www.caintravel.com

Be precise.
Call Precision.

Boulder County Gold


winner for
‘Best AC/Heating
Service’
5 years in a row! 303.442.0154
www.precisionplumbing.com
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BEST SINGLES HANGOUT BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE McGUCKIN HARDWARE


DILLINGER’S FOOD AND SPIRITS 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.1822 • www.mcguckin.com
With more than 200,000 different items from which to choose and a 60,000-square-foot setup
1202 Centaur Village Drive, Lafayette • 303.666.6979 • www.dillingersfoodandspirits.com
that nears labyrinthine proportions, it’s wonderful to know that everywhere you turn there will be
With Texas Hold ’Em Tourneys every Tuesday and Thursday, karaoke Wednesday and Saturday
one of 250 sales associates in green vests anxious to help you find what you need. Owned and
and live bands every Friday, it’s no wonder Dillinger’s Food and Spirits is a popular place to
operated by the same family for more than 50 years, McGuckin Hardware prides itself in
party. Featuring a laundry list of drink specials, 30-cent buffalo wings and a fully stocked menu,
knowledgeable, upbeat and energetic employees who are only too happy to wrap their heads
the local bar with the old-time gangster theme has created quite the name for itself among a
around any challenge brought to them. Throw down that gauntlet and see what they can do.
wide variety of local singles. The restaurant’s namesake, John Dillinger, was a Depression-era
bank robber. Viewed as a hero by common folk who had suffered at the hands of the financial
RUNNER UP: BOULDER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
world, Dillinger famously ran around with Harry Pierpont and Baby Face Nelson. Be sure to
1100 Balsam Ave., Boulder • 303.440.2273
check out the place on Friday, possibly their biggest night, and find your Baby Face. 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 720.854.7000
311 Mapleton Ave., Boulder • 303.440.2273
RUNNER UP: THE FOUNDRY BILLIARDS CLUB 1000 West South Boulder Road, Lafayette • 303.666.4357
1109 Walnut St., Boulder • 303.447.1803 • www.foundryboulder.com www.bch.org

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BEST BOULDER COUNTY MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB


MOUNT SANITAS
www.ci.boulder.co.us/openspace
Just blocks from downtown Boulder you can immerse yourself in mountain fun, and the fun doesn’t get any
closer or better than Mount Sanitas. Just ask one of the many lunch-hour peakbaggers that you’ll find up there
on any given weekday. At the mouth of Sunshine Canyon on Mapleton Avenue (just west of 4th Street and
past the Boulder Community Hospital Mapleton Center) you can pick up the trailhead on the north side of
the road. Just a hop and a skip away you’ll feel like you’re miles from town. Often, Mount Sanitas climbers
will do the loop hike: If you take the south ridge first, you’ll climb 1,300 feet up a steep and rocky trail for 1.4
miles before gaining the summit. At 6,683 feet, you’ll be rewarded with some great views of Boulder and the
Indian Peaks. From there you can descend the steep east ridge to the valley floor, where it joins the wide,
graveled Sanitas Valley Trail, which is nestled between Mount Sanitas and Dakota Ridge. This hike is a little
more than 3 miles round trip and it takes most people about two hours – this average doesn’t include the
many trail runners you’ll see wizzing by as you’re huffing your way up.

RUNNER UP: BEAR PEAK


www.ci.boulder.co.us/openspace BEST WEEKEND GETAWAY ESTES PARK
1.800.443.7837 • www.estesparkresort.com
With all the beautiful views, dining, shopping and outdoor activities in Boulder
County, you wonder why anyone would feel the need to get away. But when
Boulder County residents choose to make a weekend getaway, they like to go to
a place with beautiful views, dining, shopping and outdoor activities – namely,
Estes Park, just about an hour away. No matter which season you decide to visit,
there’s plenty to do: golfing, shopping, sightseeing, cable-car riding, boating,
fishing, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, nature watching, snowshoeing,
eating, drinking and much more. There are also special events like the Longs
Peak Scottish-Irish Highlands Festival in September and the Elk Fest in October.
And last but certainly not least, Estes Park is considered the gateway to Rocky
Mountain National Park, with hundreds of miles of hiking trails.

RUNNER UP: GOLD LAKE MOUNTAIN RESORT AND SPA


3371 Gold Lake Road, Ward • 303.459.3544 • www.goldlake.com

THANK YOU BOULDER FOR SUPPORTING CHAMPION FORD!

ESCAPE F-150
FUSION MUSTANG

NOBODY BEATS A CHAMPION!


3200 28th ST., BOULDER 800.657.1438
WWW.SHOPCHAMPIONFORD.COM SALE
HOURS: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
FREE
CAR FAX!

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Thank You!
JACK AFFLECK, VAIL RESORTS
For voting us one of the
BEST COLORADO SKI RESORT VAIL
P.O. Box 7, Vail • 970.476.9090 • www.vail.com
Best stores in Boulder!
It’s no wonder Vail was chosen by Boulder County residents – yet again –
as Colorado’s best ski resort. Just look at the numbers – sunny days each
year: 300; average annual snowfall: 346 inches; total number of lifts: 33;
number of conventional ski trails: 193; number of terrain parks: 4
(including one 400-foot-long Superpipe with 18-foot walls); longest run:
4 miles; and vertical rise (from base to peak): 3,450 feet. But if those
numbers aren’t enough to convince you, did you know that Vail, with
5,289 skiable acres, is the largest ski resort in the United States? Or did
you know that Vail boasts the most groomed terrain in the world? Or how
about the fact that you can find seven back bowls (yes, that was SEVEN)

Paper Doll
stretching six miles (yes, you read that correctly, also). Not to mention,
Vail offers many specialty programs and ski classes. So regardless of your
skiing abilities, Vail offers a little something for everyone – or, to put it
more accurately, “a lot of something for everyone.”

1141 Pearl Street 303-449-1661

RUNNER UP: WINTER PARK


303.316.1564 • www.skiwinterpark.com

BEST CARPET CLEANING SERVICE


NESHEIM CLEANING SERVICES, INC.
1212 Commerce Court, Lafayette • 303.666.8888 • www.nesheims.com
Nesheim cleaned house in this
category! Here are 10 good reasons
why: 1.) Cleaned carpets dry within
hours. 2.) Nesheim does deep-fiber
cleaning. 3.) It offers a firm and fair
price. 4.) It’s been in business since
1981 and has never damaged a
carpet. 5.) It uses non-toxic
cleaning agents. 6.) It’s honest and
dependable. 7.) It offers free
estimates. 8.) It has a 100 percent
satisfaction guarantee.
9.) 77 percent of its business comes
from repeat customers and referrals.
10.) Nesheim technicians are
certified, bonded, insured and
friendly. Nesheim is truly your
dream clean team.

RUNNER UP: CHEM-DRY


Boulder • 720.304.3910, 303.442.5044, 303.494.4565
Erie • 303.665.3096
Longmont • 303.651.3096
www.chemdry.com

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THANKS BOULDER!!
TO EVERYONE WHO HAS VOTED US BEST OIL CHANGE
GREASE MONKEY
“BOULDER’S BEST VIDEO STORE” SINCE 1983! 2405 28th St., Boulder • 303.444.9303
2710 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.499.9844
375 Waneka Parkway, Lafayette • 303.604.2159
2334 Main St., Longmont • 303.485.9206
1230 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont • 303.772.8865

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othe . 165 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville • 720.214.2840
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county’s six conveniently located branches of Grease Monkey, one of the
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MOVIE RENTAL
r y largest independently owned franchisers of automotive preventive
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Than maintenance centers in the United States. The trained technicians at Grease
Monkey help vehicle owners stay in accordance with manufacturer’s
SELECTIONS! specifications for periodic services, which can lead to longer vehicle life,
maximized fuel efficiency and reduced environmental pollution. What’s
more, appointments are not necessary at Grease Monkey – stop on by
1661 28th St.•Boulder•303-440-4448 whenever your car needs a pick-me-up!

RUNNER UP: JIFFY LUBE


1788 30th St., Boulder • 303.447.8040
1408 Hecla Way, Louisville • 720.890.0777
www.jiffylube.com

ADHD:
AWARE
DISCIPLINED
HONEST
Helping build rock solid leaders for over 15 years! DRIVEN
Learn from the best! “Our son has been involved in Tran’s for 3 years
Does your child have...a lack of confidence or short attention span? and last year his teacher told us he is more
Is your child...too shy?...too aggressive?...Disrespectful?...Uncoordinated? focused compared to other kids. Also, our 4-year
old daughter started Tran’s a couple of months
Are you looking to bring out the best in your child? We can help! ago and she already has better listening skills.”
But don’t take our word for it... -The Nannen Family

Age-Appropriate Programs We Guarantee Results! BEST CAR WASH


NO-STRINGS ATTACHED OFFER! PUDDLE TOUCH-FREE CAR WASH
4-6 years- Little Dragons You may be asking, “How can I know for sure that the
Tran’s teaching system will work for my child? We have 3100 28th St., Boulder • 303.447.9274
great news for you: It’s never been easier to find out.
“We’re happy to be selected as the winner of this category again,” says Steve
7-13 years- Juniors We are so sure that the Tran’s program will benefit you
and your child that we are offering you the opportunity Miller, an owner of Puddle Touch-Free Car Wash, a locally owned and
to try our course free of charge! This “No-strings operated family business (Steve’s business partner is his brother Robert) that
attached” offer allows you to “audition” us to see if we
14+ years- Adults can make good of our “outrageous” promises, at absolutely has served the community for more than 30 years. “The honor can be
no risk or expense to you! attributed to the people who work here – many of them for 10 to 15 years.
2 Convenient Locations in Boulder County Their loyalty has helped us gain a loyal customer base.” What customers

LONGMONT BOULDER Quick Start Karate Program keep coming back for is high-quality, full-service washes facilitated by

Only $99.00
equipment that is continually updated and maintained to provide cleaner
117 S. Sunset St. 3101 1/2 28th Street and more water-efficient washes. “And we’re fast,” adds Miller. “We’ll wash
www.trans-mafc.com www.transmartialarts.com Includes One Full Month Of Lessons a car in 15 minutes or less, and people really like that.”
303-776-1887 303-402-9460 And Free Karate Uniform
Limited
Limited Time
Time Offer
Offer RUNNER UP: BLACK DIAMOND CAR WASH
Also available in Denver (303-692-9806) and Loveland (970-635-9222)
1417 Hecla Drive, Louisville • 303.666.6696

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BEST AUTO DEALER & BEST AUTO


REPAIR SHOP/SERVICE DEPARTMENT
FLATIRONS ACURA/SUBARU
5995 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.0114 • www.flatironsacura.com
BEST NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION It’s quite a feat when one business wins two categories! “It all boils down
to our employees,” says Scott Crouch, co-owner. “We have a great crew
HUMANE SOCIETY OF BOULDER VALLEY that believes in taking care of customers, and this award proves that our
2323 55th St., Boulder • 303.442.4030 • www.boulderhumane.org customers appreciate that.” A family-owned and operated dealership
Did you know the Humane Society has been around for more than 100 years? In that time, the number of serving the area since 1951, Flatirons Acura/Subaru prides itself in offering
companion animals that have enjoyed the shelter and nurturing of this non-profit is astronomical. With only 85 customers the finest selection of new and pre-owned Subaru and Acura
employees but 600 volunteers, the Humane Society of Boulder Valley reunited almost 2,000 animals with their vehicles in Colorado, as well as the most advanced and comprehensive
guardians and mediated more than 4,600 adoptions in 2005. This non-profit sinks its energy into services that service around. They also pride themselves in their community
both aid animals and people, ensuring owners find their pets, teaching the community about stewardship, and involvement: Flatirons Acura/Subaru donates money and/or vehicles to the
providing interim homes as well as health care for displaced animals. Every animal is welcome there, despite Kiwanis Club of the Foothills, the Eldora Special Recreation Program,
behavioral or physical troubles, and that kind of lasting compassion is both hard to find and easy to support. Boulder and Fairview High Schools and many other local organizations.

RUNNER UP: PEANUT BUTTER PLAYERS


2572 Paintbrush Lane, Lafayette • 303.786.8727 • www.peanutbutterplayers.com

BEST PLACE TO ENTERTAIN KIDS


PEARL STREET MALL
Downtown Boulder (from 700 to 2200 Pearl St., between Spruce & Arapahoe)
303.449.3774 • www.boulderdowntown.com
It’s comforting to know that despite the theme parks and video games of these times, nothing beats the old-
fashioned fun of horsing around outdoors. Kids have tons to absorb on the Pearl Street Mall; besides the stellar RUNNER UP FOR BEST AUTO DEALER:
people watching, there are flower beds, street performers, sculptures and water fountains to explore. Let’s not forget FISHER CHEVROLET/PONTIAC/HONDA
all the other kids running amuck, just begging to make new friends. You can do all of this for free, but if you’ve got 6025 Arapahoe Road, Boulder • 303.443.0530 • fisherauto.com
some money to burn, you can take the little ones out for ice cream or into the wonderful local toy and book shops.
RUNNER UP FOR BEST AUTO REPAIR SHOP/SERVICE DEPART-
RUNNER UP: PEANUT BUTTER PLAYERS MENT: HOSHI MOTORS HONDA/ACURA/VOLVO CAR SERVICE
276 Miner’s Drive, Lafayette • 303.786.8727 • www.peanutbutterplayers.com 2504 Spruce St., Boulder • 303.449.6632 • www.hoshimotors.net

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Devoted to
Women.
BEST DAY CAMP
PEANUT BUTTER PLAYERS
276 Miner’s Drive, Lafayette • 303.786.8727 • www.peanutbutterplayers.com
Setting itself apart from your standard day camp, the Peanut Butter Players
have spent 20 years creating an environment of theatrical education for
children. Many participants have no previous experience with theatre
productions and there is no audition process. Students study an American
musical, learning the songs and dances in the span of a week and then
apparel, swimwear & lingerie presenting that show to the community. While the majority of the programs
occur over the summer in one-week sessions, there are lunchtime and after-
school classes as well as workshops available for students from pre-school to
high-school ages. At the end of the program however, the lessons learned
revolve around self-esteem and comfort speaking in front of groups – and
2425 Canyon • 303-443-2421
those are better things to take home than a macramé potholder.
Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6 Sun 12-5
RUNNER UP: AVID 4 ADVENTURE
205 Canyon Blvd., Boulder • 720.249.2412 • www.avid4.com

BEST ACTIVIST/
COMMUNITY
Voted Best Thai Restaurant 18 Years Running! CHAMPION
JO ANNE LAMUN,
BOULDER PEANUT BUTTER PLAYERS
2572 Paintbrush Lane, Lafayette
3033 28th St. 303.786.8727
NW Corner www.peanutbutterplayers.com
Jo Anne Lamun started the Peanut
THAI • SUSHI • JAPANESE CUISINE 28th & Valmont
303-444-3133
Butter Players, a children’s theatre,
about 20 years ago after
On-The-Go Dining! recognizing that her own
involvement in acting as a child
not only fostered an enduring love
BOULDER of theatre, but bolstered her self-

THE SIAMESE PLATE 1575 Folsom St. esteem as well. The Peanut Butter
NW Corner Players work with approximately
HAS BEEN Folsom & Arapahoe
500 children every year, with
performances reaching audiences
RECOGNIZED BY 303-447-9718 of around 10,000, through
outreach programs, school tours,
THE THAI ROYAL FULL SERVICE DINING! library tours and the like. Lamun
is a substitute teacher, rotating through many different schools and
GOVERNMENT enjoying contact with scores of children. She is also involved in the creation
LOUISVILLE
FOR EXCELLENCE 133 McCaslin Blvd.
of The Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts in Lafayette, which will
eventually serve “not just the Peanut Butter Players, but all of the varied
IN DINING. (Next to Walgreens) performing art groups in the community that would like to use it.” Lamun,
303-926-7220 a Daily Camera Pacesetter Award winner, is a very busy woman, but truly
loves her work and the children who benefit from it.
FULL SERVICE &
On-The-Go Dining! RUNNER UP: JOSIE HEATH, THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
SERVING BOULDER COUNTY
11AM-10PM DAILY ORDER ONLINE siameseplateonthego.com 303.442.0436 • www.commfound.org

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BEST ANTIQUE
DEALER &
BEST HOME
FURNISHINGS
STORE
THE AMAZING
GARAGE SALE
4919 North Broadway, Boulder
303.447.0417
www.theamazinggaragesale.com
What people remark upon most at
the Amazing Garage Sale is the
variety of merchandise – the store
carries everything from mod to
retro to antique items. “I work hard to take only very unique and collectible things,” says owner Judi
BEST ART GALLERY EXHIBITREK Lesta. Most of Lesta’s merchandise is bought from people who call her because they don’t want to
1711 15th St., Boulder • 303.998.1711 • www.exhibitrek.com organize their own garage or estate sales; however, she also does consignments. The result is what she
Before she opened Exhibitrek last year, owner Mary Belochi showed art in her home. calls “a wonderful mix of the unusual.” Customers think so, too. In fact, each week the Amazing
“I knew I was outgrowing my house when 300 to 400 people started showing up on a Garage Sale sells one-third of its merchandise. In other words, if you fall in love with something, buy
Friday night,” Belochi says. Her new 4,000-square-foot gallery solved that problem. It’s an it right away – chances are it won’t be there when you come back.
industrial-looking space located on 15th Street in Boulder – a destination gallery where
main exhibits rotate every month to month-and-a-half. “The shows are very diverse. One RUNNER UP FOR BEST ANTIQUE DEALER:
month might be a pop art exhibit, the next landscape, and the next figurative – customers NIWOT ANTIQUES
are surprised each time they come in,” says Belochi. Starting Oct. 20, 2006, Exhibitrek 136 2nd Ave., Niwot • 303.652.2587 • www.niwotantiques.com
will be featuring the work of renowned Boulder painter Frank Sampson.
RUNNER UP FOR BEST HOME FURNISHINGS STORE:
RUNNER UP: ART & SOUL TIMBERLINE FINE FURNITURE
1615 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.544.5803 • www.artandsoulboulder.com 2015 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.443.3610

CELEBRATING THANK YOU


26 YEARS! BOULDER COUNTY
FOR YOUR
LOYALTY,
CONFIDENCE,
AND FRIENDSHIP!

WAT E R S T R E E T 2 4 2 5 C A N YO N BOULDER 303-449-2626


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BEST FLORIST & BEST GARDEN CENTER


Boulder’s Finest Tanning Salon STURTZ & COPELAND
2851 Valmont Road, Boulder • 303.442.6663 • www.sturtzandcopeland.com
9 Beds - 5 Different Tanning Systems Sturtz & Copeland has been beautifying Boulder County for 77 years.
Owner Carol Riggs is quick to share the limelight: “I think I have the best
Individual CD Sound Systems • Lotions staff in the whole world. They are wonderful to me, and they’re wonderful
to our customers.” The floral department houses an abundant selection of

303-444-7600 fresh flowers as well as eight full-time designers who create fabulous,
imaginative arrangements. From simple bouquets to multi-tiered
centerpieces and everything in between, the experts at Sturtz & Copeland
Appointments are recommended & preferred can translate your sentiments into flowers. The garden center is equally
impressive, with an award-winning selection of tropical and blooming
30th St. & Walnut • Boulder, CO • www.tanstogo.com plants. You’ll find the area’s largest selection of orchids, as well as annuals,
perennials and bulbs. Pottery from around the world and several kinds of
fountains complete the greenhouse collection. And there are several Master
Gardeners on hand to school you on how to take care of your lovelies when
you get home. No wonder Sturz & Copeland wins best florist and best
garden center year after year. And add best party planner find to the list of
accolades: Sturtz & Copeland provides a one-stop-shop for breathtaking
flowers, custom-printed invitations and stationery.

THANK YO U
RUNNER UP FOR BEST FLORIST: LAFAYETTE FLORIST
600 South Public Road, Lafayette • 303.665.5552
Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital,
200 Exempla Circle, Lafayette • 303.666.1118

BOULDER
www.lafayetteflorist.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST GARDEN CENTER: McGUCKIN HARDWARE


2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.1822 • www.mcguckin.com

for all
the support
throughout
the years! CoNtemporary,
retro
BOULDER’S and vintage

BEST IN clothing
for men and
Best Women’s Clothing Store women,
for c.
Best Place to Shop with $20
cowboy
n

in Your Pocket
dogs & cats, i Best Recycled Goods/Thrift Store boots,
free jukebox
Rockin’ Robin 124 2nd Avenue / Old Town Niwot
dance
2600 30TH ST. BOULDER really 303.652.4144
and

303.245.9909 Biscuits & Deli Items Tues-Sat. 10-6 Sun 12-5 floor.
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK! baked fresh daily on location! ROCKS!! www.rockinrobins.net

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BEST BEDDING/
MATTRESS STORE
VERLO MATTRESS
FACTORY STORES
3080 Valmont Road, Boulder
303.447.1154 • www.verlo.com
There’s no need to count sheep when
you’re lying on top of a Verlo mattress.
That’s because every Verlo mattress is
virtually custom-fit to its owner. “We’re
a factory,” explains Dick Summerfield,
owner of Boulder’s store. “That means
we make the mattresses right here in
Boulder. If a customer finds his or her
mattress to be too soft or too firm, we
can tear it open and adjust it.” Being a
factory also means that Verlo can sell
higher-quality mattresses for less than
its competitors because customers pay
factory-direct prices. “Our ultimate
goal is to give people a good night’s
BEST ART SUPPLY & HOBBY STORE sleep,” says Summerfield. And Verlo
has been doing just that for almost
MICHAELS 20 years.
4800 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.494.2008
410 Marshall Road, Superior • 720.304.3224 RUNNER UP:
205 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont • 720.494.2673 DENVER MATTRESS
www.michaels.com 1945 28th St., Boulder
Now with three locations in Boulder County, Michaels is your even-more- 303.413.1314
convenient, one-stop shop for all types of art and craft supplies. “We carry 2102 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont
everything from fine art supplies like acrylic, oil and watercolor paints to googly 303.774.1150
eyes and felt for kids,” says Alison Kelly, a department manager at the Boulder furniturerow.com/denvermattress
store. Michaels also sells home décor, scrapbooking materials, beads, paper crafts,
frames, dried flowers, yarn and needlework supplies and more. Plus, the prices are
reasonable. Crafters and artists can indulge their hobbies without the guilt of
breaking their budgets.

RUNNER UP: ART HARDWARE


1135 Broadway, Boulder • 303.444.3063 • www.arthardware.com

BEST BICYCLE SHOP


UNIVERSITY BICYCLES
BEST BOOKSTORE BOULDER BOOK STORE 839 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.444.4196 • http://ubikes.com/index.cfm
Opened in 1985, University Bicycles is the area’s oldest and most-loved bicycle shop. And the foundation
1107 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.447.2074 • www.boulderbookstore.com of this success is, and always has been, great customer service. “We just try to take each customer one at a
Year after year, Boulder Book Store dominates the Best Bookstore category. “We offer time and give them the best service they’ve ever had in a bike shop,” says sales manager Evan Hampton.
something different,” says Elena McAnespie, marketing and promotions manager at University Bicycles sells a large variety of cruisers, mountain and road bikes and every bike purchase
the store. “We host author events, we provide an atmosphere where people can meet includes a lifetime of free adjustments while you wait – an invaluable perk. You can also find all the
and share ideas, we’re located in historic downtown Boulder and we have a great staff accessories you need to enjoy cycling – helmets, jerseys, sunglasses, shoes, racks – as well as bike rental at
– all these things make Boulder Book Store a special place.” Established in 1973, University Bicycles.
Boulder Book Store is a locally owned, independent business with a broad selection of
reading materials and a solid place in this community’s hearts and minds. RUNNER UP: FULL CYCLE
1211 13th St., Boulder • 303.440.7771
RUNNER UP: BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS 1795 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.440.1002
2915 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.442.1665 • www.bn.com www.fullcyclebikes.com

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Thank You Boulder


For Another Great Year!

BEST CHILDREN’S STORE


GRANDRABBIT’S TOY SHOPPE
Event Centers & Catering Services 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.0780
300 Center Drive, Suite C, Superior, 303.499.0780
www.grtoys.com
Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe is a magical store chock-full of stuffed animals,
www.aspiceoflife.com games and toys for infants to 12-year-old children. “Kids love to come and
play here, and parents love the fact that we have great customer service,”

303-443-4049
says Kathi Patrick, the shop’s bookkeeper. “We’re always willing to find and
special order items, and the staff has good knowledge of developmentally
appropriate toys.” And listen up, boys and girls and the parents who love
them – Grandrabbit’s has great news: In October, the remodeling project

A Fresh Approach
that will add 2,000 square feet to Boulder’s store will be completed. That
means even more inventory and more room to play!

RUNNER UP: PLAYFAIR TOYS

To A Memorable Event 1690 28th St., Boulder • 303. 444-7502


Twin Peaks Mall, 1250 S. Hover St., Longmont • 303.678.1852
www.playfairtoys.com

Whole Pets
Boulder’s Premier Place
for Pets and People

Thank you
for your support
from all of us at
Whole
BEST CAMERA SHOP MIKE’S CAMERA
Pets! 2500 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.443.1715 • www.mikescamera.com
Smile, Mike’s Camera! You’ve just been named Boulder County’s best camera
shop. Why? Because customers understand that Mike’s Camera knows
photography inside and out. Since 1967, your awesome imaging shop has
been providing professional and amateur photographers alike with the best
tools and knowledge necessary to capture the most moving moments of their
lives. Plus, in addition to photo and video cameras, you carry picture-taking
accessories (for both film and digital cameras), a full line of photo processing
2835 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302 services, classes, workshops and contests. Thanks for the memories!

www.whole-pets.com • 303-444-4733 RUNNER UP: WOLF CAMERA


2520 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.544.9845 • www.wolfcamera.com

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BEST CELL PHONE/WIRELESS OUTFITTER


VERIZON WIRELESS
1650 28th St., Boulder • 720.406.5234
2600 Pearl St. (inside Circuit City), Boulder • 303.413.9464
1067 S. Hover Road, Longmont • 303.772.0043
www.verizonwireless.com
Once again, Verizon
Wireless was named
Boulder County’s
preferred cell phone
outfitter. “We’re very
appreciative to be
recognized once again
with the Boulder County
Gold Award,” says
Verizon media manager
Bob Kelley. “We see the
award as a direct
BEST PLACE TO BUY WINDOW TREATMENTS
reflection of the INNOVATIVE OPENINGS
substantial $5 billion 1672 30th St., Boulder • 303.449.6465
investment that we make 637 S. Pierce Ave., Louisville • 303.665.1305
each year in our wireless www.innovativeopenings.com
network. But year-in and With more than 25 years of know-how and the industry awards to prove it, the folks at
year-out, customers Innovative Openings are the ones to go to whether you’re looking for a whole new look or
know that they can are in need of some repairs. Solar screens, custom draperies, blinds, awnings, shutters and
count on our network shades – Innovative Openings has them all and will see you through the entire process
reliability. And we take that trust very seriously.” Verizon boasts America’s most reliable wireless from free measuring and design to installation. Placing a huge emphasis on customer
network, serving nearly 55 million customers nationwide. satisfaction, the professional installers at Innovative Openings aren’t contract laborers,
ensuring the focus is trained solely on the job at hand.
RUNNER UP: T-MOBILE
1590 28th St., Boulder • 720.406.0040 | 1830 Main St., Longmont • 303.702.0161 RUNNER UP: CLOTH CONSTRUCTIONS
www.tmobile.com 2087 30th St., Boulder • 303.449.2102

BEST SHOE STORE


PEDESTRIAN SHOPS
1425 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.449.5260
2525 Arapahoe Ave. (The Village), Boulder • 303.449.7440
www.comfortableshoes.com
For 36 years, owner Richard Polk has built his business around building relationships.
The relationship between Pedestrian Shops and the community, which results in hundreds
of shoes being donated to those in need every year; the relationship between staff and
customers, which results in phenomenal customer service; and the relationship between
happy feet and overall happiness, which results in a selection of the world’s most
comfortable shoes. Pedestrian is home to Dansko and Crocs, Teva and Merrell, Keen and
Born, and many, many more. But the most rewarding relationships for Polk have been on
a more personal level. “My adult daughter has returned from college and is working with
me. It’s wonderful,” says Polk. “I have a 15-year-old in high school as well. Sometimes I’ll
walk in on the weekend and see both of them working together. It’s good stuff for me.”

RUNNER UP: FROLIC SHOES FOR HER


2043 Broadway, Boulder • 303.413.1470

BEST EYE CARE STORE


ASPEN EYEWEAR
2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.447.0210 • www.aspeneyewear.com
A local favorite since opening in 1986, Aspen Eyewear is a third-generation, family-
owned and operated business. “People get a sense of family when they walk in the door
with the employees,” says certified optician and owner’s daughter Jennifer Ebner. “But
they also feel like family just being a customer.” That’s because everyone at Aspen
Eyewear goes out of his or her way to provide excellent service. Optometrists are available
for convenient, professional eye exams. Prescriptions are filled in house at the only
custom lens-finishing lab in Boulder. The friendly staff will spend as much time as you
like helping select frames and ensuring a proper fit. And should your glasses ever need
some TLC down the road, the master optician is a repair wizard. All this, plus
competitive pricing, makes Aspen Eyewear a standout year after year.

RUNNER UP: ENVISION BOULDER


1230 Spruce St., Boulder • 303.939.8021 • www.envisionboulder.com

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TOP 10 WINNERS
The following Boulder County Gold
Thank You winners received the most overall votes
in this year’s People’s Choice Awards.
Boulder Congratulations to the Best of the Best!

For Your 1 McGuckin Hardware


Support! 2 Whole Foods
3 Boulder Bookstore
4 Mike’s Camera
5 Glacier Home Made Ice Cream
6 Puddle Car Wash
1083 14th St. • On the Hill 7 Sturtz & Copeland
3 0 3 .4 4 9. 9 9 9 0 8 Liquor Mart
3117 28th St. • In the Tebo Plaza
3 0 3 .4 4 9. 2 2 2 9 9 Moe’s Broadway Bagel
C ate r in g , D e l ive r y
& P r ivate Par t i e s 10 Carelli’s

Thank You Boulder for Choosing Us

Special Thanks to our 1,000’s of


Customers in the Boulder Area.
“A very professional job done on our “Great addition to our home! We get
home. All the workers were very cour- many compliments. We love the room
teous and neat. Our home looks so and all of the windows.”
nice; just like brand new. We would
highly recommend Champion any time.” Cindi Lindsey - Longmont

Dale Saylors - Boulder County

Visit our Factory Showroom


5850 Byrd Drive • Loveland
Free In-Home Consultations
303-499-7800 • 877-221-0770
www.championwindow.com
Evening & Weekend Appts. Available
Showroom Open 7 Days
Applies to Champion Patio Rooms
Exclusively at Champion
& Vinyl Replacement Windows

Call for a FREE Estimate (303) 499-7800


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Boulder’s Cycling Hub

BEST FLOOR COVERING STORE


FLOORCRAFTERS
1501 Lee Hill Road, Unit 1, Boulder • 303.449.3084
There’s nothing quite like wood floors. Carpet, tile and vinyl can’t come close
to the durability, craftsmanship and visual appeal of hardwood. FloorCrafters
can make it work for your house. For the past 19 years, the family-owned
company has specialized in furnishing, installing, sanding and finishing
hardwood floors. Owners Sheri and Clarence Harrison are passionate about
their business and our community. They bring a positive attitude to
everything they do, from answering customer questions about investing in
We flip for our customers!
hardwood floors to running trails throughout Boulder County. And that
attitude has clearly rubbed off on their highly trained, amiable staff. Cherry
to maple, oak to pine, walnut to beech, high-end to laminate and beyond,
FloorCrafters will help you find the right floor for the right price.
1795 Pearl St. • 303.440.1002
RUNNER UP: ATLAS FLOORING
1211 13th St. • 303.440.7771
4920 North 28th St., Boulder • 303.442.3221
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BEST COMPUTER
STORE
COMP USA
1740 30th St., Boulder
303.998.1108
www.compusa.com
THE QUALITY YOU EXPECT
Looking for a laptop computer,
personal finance software, an LCD
THE SERVICE YOU DESERVE
monitor or a scanner? CompUSA
has it. Looking for an iPod, a digital • Full Service Dry Cleaning,
camera or Xbox? CompUSA has it. Laundry & Alteration
Looking for Word, Excel or Outlook
training? CompUSA has it. Looking • Environmentally Safe
for flatware, pajamas or a bicycle? GreenEarth Cleaning
Well, CompUSA doesn’t stock those • Friendly & Knowledgeable Staff
items, but you get the point:
CompUSA is the place to go for all the technology and technology • Five Convenient Locations
products and services you could ever want. And besides its great products,
this store also offers great prices and customer service – reason alone to be
• Free Pick-Up & Delivery Service
voted Boulder County’s best. • Boulder’s Finest Since 1921
RUNNER UP: CIRCUIT CITY
2600 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.413.9464 • www.circuitcity.com

303.447.8700
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BEST GAME STORE


IT’S YOUR MOVE
1219 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.938.9225
www.itsyourmovegames.net
It’s Your Move carries a dizzying number
of playthings: traditional favorites like
chess and backgammon, board games,
collectable miniatures and cards, puzzles,
role-playing games, juggling and magic
supplies, electronic games and other
novelties. It can be a bit daunting without
guidance. And this is what makes It’s Your
Move the best of the best – its people.
“We have employees who play games and
BEST GROCERY STORE who enjoy being around and with games,”
says manager Chris Lancaster. “We like
& BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE what we do. We like what we sell.” The
WHOLE FOODS MARKET employees at It’s Your Move don’t just
2905 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.545.6611 know general information about the
www.wholefoods.com games, they’ve actually played many of the
Yes, the selection is incredible. The flavors can’t be beat. The ones they have in stock, and can speak
quality surpasses every expectation. The bakery, the cheese, the from experience. This allows employees to recommend games that are similar to favorites of customers or to pass on enthusiasm
bulk foods, the cornucopia of organics, the essential oils and about new products.
vitamins, the ready-made dinners, the olive bar, the sushi, the
fresh meat, seafood and produce ... it boggles the mind. But RUNNER UP: EB GAMES
when you ask associate store team leader Bruce Green what sets 2760 Canyon Blvd., Boulder • 303.440.1282
Whole Foods apart, he’s quick to tell you it’s the people. “It all 545 West South Boulder Road, Lafayette • 303.666.7192
502 Center Drive, Superior • 720.304.3881
ends up with our team members and our commitment to
1250 South Hover Road, Longmont • 303.682.1930
hiring the best people available,” he says. “We invest a lot in www.ebgames.com
training, and we empower them to be excellent and take care of
our customers.” You’ve noticed it, too, right? That time you
were looking for quinoa flour or the perfect cheese to
accompany your basil-infused crackers? It was easy to find
someone to help, and they were happy to do it. They were BEST GIFT SHOP PAPER DOLL
really quite happy, as it turns out. Whole Foods Market was 1141 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.449.1661
named No. 15 on Fortune magazine’s annual list of the 100 You only need step through the doorway to understand why Paper Doll’s slogan is “It’s all about experience.” Delightful
Best Companies to Work For this year. It’s been on the list aromas whirl through the air. Lively music plays in the background at just the right volume. Product displays are artful,
since the store’s inception nine years ago. Remarkable customer whimsical and eye-catching. Each
service makes for a very pleasant shopping experience. And detail of your trip through the store
although it can’t be proven scientifically, we happen to believe has been carefully considered. No
it makes everything taste better, too. wonder it’s such fun to shop at Paper
Doll. “We hope that a great shopping
RUNNER UP FOR BEST GROCERY STORE: experience translates into a wonderful
KING SOOPERS gift-giving experience when people
3600 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder • 303.499.4004 leave the store,” says owner Troy
6550 Lookout Road, Boulder • 303.530.1020 Rivington. And it will. Paper Doll is
1650 30th St., Boulder • 303.443.9622 home to a fabulous, eclectic array of
480 North Highway 287, Lafayette • 303.604.3060 wares. From accessories to stationery,
1375 South Boulder Road, Louisville • 303.673.1800
wrapping paper to jewelry, toys to
1611 Pace St., Longmont • 303.776.7570
2255 North Main St., Longmont • 303.772.7950 house decorations, you’ll find
995 South Hover Road, Longmont • 303.702.0099 something for everyone on your gift
www.kingsoopers.com list. And while you’re at it, don’t
forget to pick up a little something
RUNNER UP FOR BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE: for yourself.
VITAMIN COTTAGE
2355 30th St., Boulder • 303.402.1400 RUNNER UP:
1739 N. Main St., Longmont • 303.684.8200 JACQUE MICHELLE
100 West South Boulder Road, Lafayette • 303.926.1600 2670 Broadway, Boulder
www.vitamincottage.com 303.786.7628

BEST TREE NURSERY THE TREE FARM


11865 Mineral Road (Hwy 52), Longmont • 303.652.2961 • www.thetreefarmlongmont.com
The Tree Farm’s 35 acres of land are covered in possibility. Flowering, fruit, shade, evergreen – there are literally thousands of trees, shrubs
and perennials from which to choose. And happily, there are more than 60 knowledgeable nursery professionals on staff to help you make
your selections. “Everybody says this,” laughs manager Mike Gittleson. “But what makes us different is quality, selection and service. Here
it’s true.” Locally owned since 1980, The Tree Farm is stocked with our harsh climate in mind. Staff members don’t want you to buy just
any plant. They want to help you find the perfect plant for a specific spot in your yard. They want your landscape to thrive. And if you
need a little extra service, just ask. The friendly folks at The Tree Farm can help with landscape design, delivery and installation.

RUNNER UP: CREEKSIDE TREE NURSERY


3283 North 61st St., Boulder • 303.668.7647 • www.creeksideboulder.com

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Boarding
Grooming
Doggie Play Care
BEST RUNNING STORE
BOULDER RUNNING COMPANY
2775 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.786.9255 • www.boulderrunningcompany.com
Boulder is the place to go for world-class athletes interested in a rigorous
training ground. It would only stand to reason we’d have the best gear,
too. Boulder Running Company’s staff will take the time to analyze your
gait on the video monitor as you use the treadmill to ensure you’re putting Thank You!!!
your tootsies into the perfect shoe. They’ll help you find the right apparel
for whatever conditions you’re running in and make sure you’ve got for voting us best again
sunglasses that don’t jump off your face, or whatever other kind of
accessories for which you’re in need. With the 4-1-1 on upcoming races, Doggie Play Care starting at $15.00/day!
athletes, physicians, training tips, injury prevention and more, let the staff
at Boulder Running Company get you on the right track.

RUNNER UP: FLEET FEET


2624 Broadway, Boulder • 303.939.8000 • www.fleetfeetboulder.com cottonwoodkennels.com
303.442.2602 • 7275 Valmont Rd., Boulder

Thanks Boulder. We Love You!


BEST HARDWARE STORE
McGUCKIN HARDWARE
2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.1822 • www.mcguckin.com
Randy Dilkes is amazed by how much stuff McGuckin Hardware can
cram on its shelves. He knows first-hand. He’s the store manager and has
been in a green vest for 29 years. “I remember when McGuckin was just a
little store,” he says. More than 60,000 square feet of sales floor, 200,000
items and 51 years later, this locally owned, family business remains true
to its roots. When you walk through the door, you’ll be greeted by
friendly, knowledgeable folks who will help you find what you need –
from nuts and bolts to ceiling fans to dog food to electric bikes. “We’ve
always had a great reputation,” remarks Dilkes. “People say we have the
best customer service they’ve ever seen. And they are in awe of the
selection.” So when you find yourself in need of that little thingamajig, get
yourself to 2525 Arapahoe Ave. “We stock those things just because that’s
East 4760 Baseline 303-499-4760
what we do,” says Dilkes. “We’re McGuckin.”
North 3133 28th St., Boulder 303-440-6542
The Hill 1350 College Ave 303-442-4400
RUNNER UP: HOME DEPOT
1600 29th St., Boulder • 303.449.4221
1200 Dillon Road, Louisville • 303.661.9600 Opening Fall 2006
393 South Hover Road, Longmont • 720.494.0319 1749 N. Main St., Longmont
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BEST HOUSEWARES & KITCHEN GOODS STORE BEST IMPORTED GOODS STORE
PEPPERCORN COST PLUS WORLD MARKET
1235 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.449.5847 • www.peppercorn.com 1685 28th St., Boulder • 303.938.0757 • www.costplus.com
The products at Peppercorn are all You might venture out
about turning your house into a to an imported goods
home. They are imbued with beautiful store looking for a
colors, luxurious textures and rich change of pace. But the
aromas. Every item – from appliances amazing selection and
to formal dinnerware, table linens to prices at Cost Plus
bed sheets, cookbooks to coffee – World Market are
reveals the store’s unique knack for going to make you a
considering form as well as function. regular, mark our
You just won’t find that special martini words. “We offer an
glass, copper pot, china pattern or exciting variety of
table decoration anywhere else. And products in a fun and
you won’t want to: Peppercorn feels friendly shopping
like home. The 12,000-square-foot environment,” says
space is broken into inviting vignettes, general manager Carley Williams. And it is fun. Lounge on a sofa from New Delhi. Model
lively displays of merchandise that glass beads from Indonesia. Get your rhythm on with Mexican maracas and Chinese drums.
tickle the fancy and spark the Wrap yourself in Turkish cotton. Toast your health with Spanish stemware. Cost Plus World
imagination. It’s the perfect place to Market has everything you need to furnish your place with international flair, as well as
find a gift, fill a hole in your collection scrumptious specialty foods to fill your belly. It’s a fanciful global journey, and one you can
or just browse and daydream. “We are well afford to take home with you.
pleased to offer a unique selection of
products,” says assistant to the owner RUNNERS UP (TIE):
Janice Manville. And we are pleased to INDOCHINE
shop at Peppercorn. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.444.7734
1779 Valtec Lane, Boulder • 720.565.8262
RUNNER UP: McGUCKIN HARDWARE www.homeimport.com
2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.1822 • www.mcguckin.com
CHINA COAST
1930 Central Ave., Boulder • 720.406.1628 • www.china-coast.com

THANKS, BOULDER FOR


YOUR SUPPORT!

www.clothconstructions.com
2087 30th Street • Boulder, CO • 303.449.2102
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BEST PET STORE/BAKERY/DELI


& BEST LOCALLY OWNED STORE
DELI P.C.’S PANTRY FOR DOGS AND CATS
2600 30th St., Boulder • 303.245.9909 • www.pcs-pantry.com
With so many dog and cat lovers here in Boulder County, it’s hard to believe there was a time before P.C.’s Pantry.
Featuring an almost ridiculous array of leashes, collars, toys, beds, books and more, the shop in the old Steelyards
building on 30th Street really specializes in food. Sure, they have tons of healthy bagged and canned food, but with
freshly baked, wild concoctions like liver loaves and salmon cookies laid out in the display cases, it’s almost guaranteed
your dog will pout if you don’t bring him in with you. If you don’t have a pet, the lively and welcoming store is a good
place to find one – check out the listings of little buddies that need a home and stock up on the necessities in one shot.

RUNNER UP FOR BEST PET STORE/BAKERY/DELI: WHOLE PETS


2835 Pearl St., Suite B, Boulder • 303.444.4733 • www.whole-pets.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST LOCALLY OWNED STORE: McGUCKIN HARDWARE


2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.443.1822 • www.mcguckin.com

BEST JEWELRY STORE


& BEST COMPANY/STORE THAT
GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
HURDLES JEWELRY
1402 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.443.1084 • www.hurdlesjewelry.com
“If anybody walks through the front door, we should be able to handle any
request that they have,” explains third-generation owner Keith Hurdle. After
almost 60 years in business on the Pearl Street Mall (making them the oldest
retailer on the Mall without a name change), the commitment to customer
service at Hurdles Jewelry has stood the test of time. “We can either find the
product they’re looking for, make the product they’re looking for or refer them
to someone who carries it.” With three in-house designers, the store offers
full-blown custom work, so bring your design in and let their professionals
hop to it. Of course, the customer service at Hurdles extends far beyond those
seeking jewelry. With on-going donations of time, money and expertise
bestowed upon the community, Hurdles has made a name for itself with
non-profit organizations such as the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. “I
try not to say no to anybody who’s local. I don’t care if it’s a school event, Boy
Scouts, whoever.” For Keith Hurdle, it boils down to treating people right.
“It’s a time in people’s lives where they’re trying to do something nice for
somebody else and I think they should be treated accordingly.”

RUNNER UP FOR BEST JEWELRY STORE:


WALTERS & HOGSETT FINE JEWELERS
2425 Canyon Blvd., Boulder • 303.449.2626
www.waltersandhogsett.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST COMPANY/STORE THAT GIVES BACK


TO THE COMMUNITY: NIWOT MARKET
7980 Niwot Road, Niwot • 303.652.0919 • www.niwotmarket.com

BEST RECORD/CD STORE


BART’S CD CELLAR & RECORD SHOP
1015 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.447.8150
www.bartscdcellar.com
Bart’s CD Cellar & Record Shop isn’t just a place to get music – it’s
an institution in Boulder. Built for and by music purists, Bart’s staff
can find you the new Paris Hilton CD, but they can also
recommend a zillion other artists more worthy of your hard-earned
cash. Take a seat at the diner and listen before you buy, wander
over to the massive vinyl collection or peruse the endless new and
used selection – it’s impossible to go into Bart’s and not find
something you have to have. If you’re lucky, you might even catch
an in-store performance.

RUNNER UP: ALBUMS ON THE HILL


1128 13th St., Boulder • 303.447.0159
www.albumsonthehill.com

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BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE WEEKENDS


1200 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.444.4231 • www.weekendsboulder.com
It’s hard to put your finger on Boulder County style. We want to be fashion-forward, but definitely not fashion-fussy. Dressed, not dressy. For the
discriminating man, this means one thing: Weekends. A local favorite for 17 years, Weekends houses a collection that merges European and American
design, creating a look that can only be described as Boulder. Labels such as Cole Haan, Zegna Sport, Ibiza and Tommy Bahama line the shelves.
Customers flock to the finely crafted American and Italian leather jackets. And at the back, Weekends’ Denim Store holds a contemporary assortment of
fashion from up-and-coming designers. With simple lines, striking colors and delicious details, Weekends clothing puts the cool in men’s casual cool.

RUNNER UP: THE REGIMENT SHOPS OF COLORADO


2425 Canyon Blvd., #F, Boulder • 303.443.2713 • www.theregimentshops.com

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE & BEST RECYCLED GOODS/THRIFT STORE


& BEST PLACE TO SHOP WITH ONLY $20 IN YOUR POCKET
ROCKIN’ ROBIN’S: RETRO AND RESALE
136 2nd Ave., Niwot • 303.652.4144 • www.rockinrobins.net
You’re probably going to want more than $20 with you when you wander into Rockin’ Robin’s: Retro and Resale shop, but
you really can quiet the shopping bug with less. Or bring in your castaways for trade or cash and let someone else have a go
in them. While the store predominantly carries women’s fashions, there’s plenty to look at for the menfolk, too. From cowboy
boots to prom dresses, the little store with big sound is sure to have something essential to your closet. Try on your selections
and then shimmy up to the lighted dance floor next to the jukebox and shake it in front of the mirror – you’re not wearing
these clothes in a dressing room anyway, right?

RUNNER UP FOR BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE: WEEKENDS


1200 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.444.4231 • www.weekendsboulder.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST RECYCLED GOODS/THRIFT STORE: SAVERS


695 S. Broadway, Boulder • 303.499.6979 • www.savers.com

RUNNER UP FOR BEST PLACE TO SHOP WITH ONLY $20 IN YOUR POCKET: TARGET
2800 Pearl St., Boulder • 303.449.3400 | 551 S. Hover Road, Longmont • 303.684.0701 | 400 Marshall Road, Superior • 303.209.0106 | www.target.com

Thank You
Boulder County
For A
Great Year

Boulder’s Choice for Hardwood Flooring 303.449.3084


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3 a.m.? We’re awake.


BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE
PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS
653 S. Broadway, Boulder • 303.499.2011 • www.playitagainsports.com
So you do your best work in the wee hours. It’s all the same to us. Decided it’s time to trade up to better golf clubs? Or maybe you’ve given up
You can shop online seven days a week, 24 hours a day at DailyCamera.com. hockey and you’ve chosen lacrosse as your new favorite sport? Any way you
slice it, Play It Again Sports is your go-to store for sports equipment.
We’re talking cars, houses, merchandise ...
Featuring a fabulous selection of new and used equipment, the shop can work
whatever your little heart (or caffeinated bloodstream) desires. with you on off-loading your old gear and getting into some new stuff. Just
bring in your used equipment and turn it in for consignment, trade or cash.
Open all night. DailyCamera.com Most used gear is purchased from customers on a seasonal basis, however,
they’re always looking for baseball gloves and snowshoes. So check your
garage for baseball gloves and trade them in for credit towards a snowboard!

RUNNER UP: REI


1789 28th St., Boulder • 303.583.9970 • www.rei.com

A BOULDER FAVORITE SINCE 1991


For over 15 years Elvira and Silvano DeLuca have been offering
Boulder diners the finest cuisine and culture of old Rome.
Everything from the outdoor fountains to the pasta with fresh
seafood combine to make a night out at Antica Roma one of the BEST VIDEO STORE VIDEO STATION
most intimate and memorable experiences in Boulder. 1661 28th St., Boulder • 303.440.4448 • www.thevideostation.com
Boasting more than 50,000 titles, it’s no surprise The Video Station has
Colorado’s largest video rental catalogue. And lucky us, it’s right here in
Boulder County. Never you mind about new releases – The Video Station has
Dinner is served from 5:00pm daily. Please join us for our Happy Hour them all. But even if you’re looking for an old silent film, the latest from a
little-known foreign director or even something out of print, you’re set. Movie
from 3:00 - 6:30pm featuring our award-winning tapas menu aficionados can literally spend hours perusing the selection while your Average
Sally Moviegoer can find what she wants and be on her way in minutes.
Hiring only the most knowledgeable filmies, The Video Station is famous for
its Staff Picks, which you can check out in the store or on the Web site.

RUNNER UP: BLOCKBUSTER

ANTICA ROMA
4800 Baseline Road, Boulder • 303.494.8419
2400 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder • 303.413.0952
3135 28th St., Boulder • 303.413.0750
1610 Pace St., Longmont • 303.772.0653
965 Hover St., Longmont • 303.651.1293

Trattoria e Bar
1751 North Hover Road, Longmont • 303.651.1343
976 Dillon Road, Louisville • 720.890.7828
1335 South Boulder Road, Louisville • 303.665.0550
1308 Pearl Street • 303.449.1787 3333 Arapahoe Ave., Erie • 303.926.4200
1691 East Coalton Road, Superior • 303.554.1300

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BEST PLACE TO BUY WINDOWS HOME DEPOT


1600 29th St., Boulder • 303.449.4221
1200 Dillon Road, Louisville • 303.661.9600
BEST OUTDOOR RECREATION STORE REI 393 S. Hover Road, Longmont • 720.494.0319
1789 28th St., Boulder • 303.583.9970 • www.rei.com/stores/boulder www.homedepot.com
Boulder County’s large contingent of thrill-seekers don’t just love all the high-end gear REI With more than 2,000 sizes and styles of windows for both single-home owners or contractors,
has to offer – the REI Adventure Weekend Getaways are also a big draw. Packages range Home Depot is the place to go for windows. Get tips on how to install them yourself in one of the
from short weekend hikes in Tahoe for the whole family to eight days in Acadia National many weekly classes Home Depot offers, or find someone to install them for you through their
Park biking, canoeing and kayaking for the multi-taskers out there. Not enough adventure network of professionals. Not sure if you want casement or picture windows? Can’t decide between
for you? Not to worry, REI can send you on an African safari or out on an icebreaker in custom-made premium vinyl or wood? Head on into the store and take a look at them up close
with a friendly employee who can help you get the look you’re going for at a price you can afford.
the Antarctic. Before you go, of course, you’ll need to get outfitted with everything from
mosquito nets to hand-warmers, and REI is the place to go. REI also hosts clinics to get RUNNERS UP (TIE):
you back in prime shape and local events to get you started. CHAMPION WINDOWS, SIDING AND PATIO ROOMS
www.championwindow.com • 877.221.0770 or 888.528.4455
RUNNER UP: NEPTUNE MOUNTAINEERING SOLARGLASS WINDOW AND DOOR
633-A South Broadway, Boulder • 303.499.8866 • www.neptunemountaineering.com 7123 Arapahoe Road, Boulder • 303.442.4277 • www.solarglass.com

PLEASE VISIT BREADWORKS NEWLY EXPANDED CAFE


Our Menu Features:
Full Line of Breakfast Pastries & Desserts
Wood-Burning Pizza Oven - Homemade Soups - Large & Small Salads
Grilled or Cold Sandwiches - Authentic Freshly Spun Gelato & Sorbet
New Breakfast Selections including Frittatas, Roulades & BREADWORKS Own Oatmeal (until 11am)
Over 40 Varieties of Hearth-Baked Artisan Breads & Rolls
Everything baked fresh on-site everyday
2001
Open EVERYDAY at 7am
Independent Locally Owned Bakery/Cafe
2644 North Broadway • Boulder • 303-444-5667

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EATS, DRINKS & ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES, FACES & PLACES SHOPPER’S PARADISE
Best Bagel: Moe’s Broadway Bagel Best AC/Heating Service: Precision Plumbing Heating & Cooling Best Antique Dealer AND Best Home Furnishing Store:
RU: Einstein Bros. RU: Meyers Heating & Air Conditioning The Amazing Garage Sale
RU for Best Antique Dealer: Niwot Antiques
Best Bakery: Breadworks Cafe Best Auto Dealer AND Best Auto Repair Shop/Service Department: Flatirons Subaru Acura RU for Best Home Furnishing Store: Timberline Fine Furniture
RU: Spruce Confections RU for Best Auto Dealer: Fisher Chevrolet Honda Pontaic
RU for Best Auto Repair Shop/Service Dept.: Hoshi Motors Best Art Gallery: Exhibitrek
Best Bar: Rhumba RU: Art & Soul
RU: The Foundry Best Oil Change: Grease Monkey
RU: Jiffy Lube Best Art Supply & Hobby Store: Michaels
Best Barbecue: KT’s Barbecue RU: Art Hardware
RU: Thunderbird Burgers Best Car Wash: Puddle Touch-Free Car Wash
RU: Black Diamond Best Bedding/Mattress Store: Verlo Mattress Factory Stores
Best Burrito: Illegal Pete’s RU: Denver Mattress
RU: Chipotle Best Carpet Cleaning Service: Nesheim Cleaning Services, Inc.
RU: Chem-Dry Best Bicycle Shop: University Bicycles
Best Caterer: A Spice of Life RU: Full Cycle
RU: Thunderbird Burgers Best Child Care Center: YWCA - Children’s Alley
RU: Boulder Day Nursery Best Bookstore: Boulder Book Store
Best Chinese Restaurant: Orchid Pavilion RU: Barnes & Noble
RU: Golden Lotus Best Financial Institution: Elevations Credit Union
RU: Wells Fargo Best Children’s Store: Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe
Best Coffeehouse: Vic’s RU: Playfair Toys
RU: Starbucks Best Dry Cleaner/Laundromat: Art Cleaners
RU: John’s Cleaners Best Camera Shop: Mike’s Camera
Best Deli: Salvaggio’s Italian Delicatessen RU: Wolf Camera
RU: Deli Zone Best Dentist: Dr. Ted Kawulok, Whole Family Dentistry
RU: Dr. William Brachvogel Best Cell Phone/Wireless Outfitter: Verizon Wireless
Best Hamburger: Tom’s Tavern RU: T-Mobile
Best Golf Course: Indian Peaks Golf Course
RU: Thunderbird Burgers
RU: Flatirons Golf Course
Best Computer Store: Comp USA
Best Happy Hour AND Best Outdoor Dining AND Best Appetizers RU: Circuit City
Best Place to Work Out: Rallysport Health and Fitness Club
AND Best After-Work Gathering Spot: The Mediterranean (The Med)
RU: YMCA
RU for Best Happy Hour: Boulder Café Best Men’s Clothing Store: Weekends
RU for Best Outdoor Dining: Trattoria RU: Regiment
Best Climbing Gym: The Spot Bouldering Gym
RU for Best Appetizers: Nissi’s Bistro and Music Venue
RU: Boulder Rock Club
RU for Best After-Work Gathering Spot: Mountain Sun/Southern Sun Best Shoe Store: Pedestrian Shops
RU: Frolic
Best Hair Salon: Finishing Touch Salon & Day Spa
Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt AND Best Dessert: Glacier Home Made Ice Cream
RU: Salon Salon
RU for Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt: Cold Stone Creamery Best Eye Care Store: Aspen Eyewear
RU for Best Dessert: Cheesecake Factory Best Karate/Martial Arts Studio: Tran’s Martial Arts and Fitness Center RU: Envision
RU: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Best Indian Restaurant: Taj Indian Cuisine Best Floor Covering Store: FloorCrafters
RU: Tandoori Grill Best Lasik/Laser Eye Facility/Surgeon: InSight LASIK RU: Atlas Flooring
RU: Beyer Laser Center
Best Italian Restaurant AND Best Place for a Romantic Dinner: Carelli’s Best Florist AND Best Garden Center: Sturtz & Copeland
RU for Best Italian Restaurant: Laudisio Best Medical Facility AND Best Local Employer: Boulder Community Hospital RU for Best Florist: Lafayette Florist
RU for Best Place for a Romantic Dinner: Flagstaff House Restaurant RU for Best Medical Facility: Boulder Medical Center RU for Best Garden Center: McGuckin Hardware
RU for Best Local Employer: InSight LASIK
Best Late-Night Restaurant (THREE-WAY TIE): Best Tree Nursery: The Tree Farm
Pearl Street Pub | Cosmo’s Pizza | Denny’s Best Moving Company: Boulder Valley Transfer RU: Creekside Nursery
Runners Up (TIE): Old Chicago | Illegal Pete’s RU: Taylor Moving
Best Game Store: It’s Your Move
Best Margarita: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant Best Pet Boarding Service: Cottonwood Kennels RU: EB Games
RU: Zolo Grill RU: Dog City
Best Gift Shop: Paper Doll
Best Mexican Restaurant: Juanita’s Mexican Food Best Pet Grooming Service: The Hydrant RU: Jacque Michelle
RU: Efrain’s Mexican RU: Cottonwood Kennels
Best Grocery Store AND Best Health Food Store:
Best New Restaurant: Aji Latin American Restaurant Best Veterinarian: Alpine Hospital for Animals Whole Foods Market
RU: Jimmy & Drew’s Delicatessen RU: Dr. Dodge - Jasper Animal Clinic RU for Best Grocery Store: King Soopers
RU for Best Health Food Store: Vitamin Cottage
Best Pizza: Abo’s Pizza Best Place for Worship: First Presbyterian Church of Boulder
RU: Proto’s Pizza RU: Unity of Boulder Best Hardware Store: McGuckin Hardware
RU: Home Depot
Best Salad: Whole Foods Market Best Real Estate Agent: Dave Fish (RE/MAX of Boulder)
RU: The Mediterranean (The Med) RU: Duanne Duggan (RE/MAX of Boulder) Best Housewares & Kitchen Goods Store: Peppercorn
RU: McGuckin Hardware
Best Seafood Restaurant: Jax Fish House Best Real Estate Company/Office: RE/MAX of Boulder
RU: Dolan’s Restaurant RU: Wright-Kingdom, Inc. Best Imported Goods Store: Cost Plus World Market
RU (TIE): Indochine | China Coast
Best Smoothie: Jamba Juice Best Retirement/Alternative or Elder Care/Assisted Living Facility: The Academy
RU: Glacier Home Made Ice Cream RU: Frasier Meadows Best Jewelry Store AND Best Company/Store that
Gives Back to the Community: Hurdles Jewelry
Best Sushi: Hapa Sushi Best Boulder County School AND Best High School Sports Team: Boulder H.S. RU for Best Jewelry Store: Walters & Hogsett Fine Jewelers
RU: Sushi Zanmai RU for Best Boulder County School AND Best High School Sports Team: Fairview H.S. RU for Best Company/Store that Gives Back to the Community: Niwot Market

Best Take-Out Food: Siamese Plate on the Go Best Teacher: Jolie Kasynski, Heatherwood Elementary Best Liquor Store: Liquor Mart
RU (TIE): Noodles & Co. | Jimmy & Drew’s Delicatessen RU (TIE): RU: Boulder Wine Merchant
Monica Augustine, Wildflower School of Voice
Best Thai Restaurant: Khow Thai Café Ken Lowe, Monarch High School Best Place to Buy Musical Instruments: H.B. Woodsong’s
RU: Siamese Plate RU: Robb’s Music
Best Spa: Essentiels Spa
Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Sunflower RU: The Finishing Touch Spa & Salon Best Record/CD Store: Bart’s CD Cellar & Record Shop
RU: The Leaf RU: Albums on the Hill
Best Tanning Salon: Tans To Go
Best Vietnamese Restaurant: Chez Thuy RU: Executive Tans Best Pet Store/Bakery/Deli AND Best Locally Owned Store:
RU: Kim’s to Go Deli P.C.’s Pantry for Dogs and Cats
Best Travel Agency: James TravelPOINTS RU for Best Pet Store/Bakery/Deli: Whole Pets
Best Gunbarrel/Niwot Restaurant: Le Chantecler RU: Cain Travel RU for Best Locally Owned Store: McGuckin Hardware
RU: Café Blue
Best Customer Service: McGuckin Hardware Best Recycled Goods/Thrift Store
Best Place to Hear Live Music AND Best Lafayette/Louisville/Superior/Erie Restaurant: RU: Boulder Community Hospital AND Best Women’s Clothing Store
Nissi’s Bistro and Music Venue AND Best Place to Shop With Only $20 in Your Pocket:
RU for Best Lafayette/Louisville/Superior/Erie Restaurant: Efrain’s Mexican Best Singles Hangout: Dillinger’s Food & Spirits Rockin’ Robin’s: Retro and Resale
RU: The Foundry Billiards Club
RU for Best Place to Hear Live Music: Fox Theatre RU for Best Women’s Clothing Store: Weekends
RU for Best Recycled Goods/Thrift Store: Savers
Best Place to Entertain Kids: Pearl Street Mall
Best Longmont/Lyons Restaurant: Oskar Blues Cajun Grill & Brewery RU for Best Place to Shop With Only $20 in Your Pocket: Target
RU: Peanut Butter Players
RU: The Pumphouse Restaurant & Brewery
Best Running Store: Boulder Running Company
Best Day Camp: Peanut Butter Players
Best Breakfast AND Best Brunch: Lucile’s Creole Cafe RU: Fleet Feet
RU: Avid 4 Adventure
RU for Best Breakfast: Walnut Café
RU for Best Brunch: Boulder Broker Inn Best Sporting Goods Store: Play It Again Sports
Best Weekend Getaway: Estes Park
RU: REI
RU: Gold Lake Mountain Resort and Spa
Best Restaurant Service AND Best Restaurant With a View: Flagstaff House Restaurant
RU for Best Restaurant Service: Frasca Best Outdoor Recreation Store: REI
Best Boulder County Mountain to Climb: Mount Sanitas
RU for Best Restaurant With a View: Chautauqua Dining Hall RU: Bear Peak RU: Neptune Mountaineering

Best Restaurant to Bring Kids: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Spirits Best Colorado Ski Resort: Vail Best Video Store: Video Station
RU: Mountain Sun / Southern Sun RU: Winter Park RU: Blockbuster

Best Theater Performance: Boulder Dinner Theatre Best Non-Profit Organization: Humane Society of Boulder Valley Best Place to Buy Windows: Home Depot
RU: Colorado Shakespeare Festival RU: Peanut Butter Players RU (TIE):
Champion Windows, Siding and Patio Rooms | SolarGlass Window and Door
Best Boulder County Event: Boulder Creek Festival Best Activist/Community Champion: Jo Anne Lamun, Peanut Butter Players
RU: Bolder Boulder RU: Josie Heath, The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County Best Place to Buy Window Treatments: Innovative Openings
RU: Cloth Constructions

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