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READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016

Journal readers have spoken

JOURNAL STAFF REPORT

M ore than 2,700 votes were tallied in the third Albuquerque Journal Readers’

Choice Awards. “Readers’ Choice is an opportunity for Albuquerque Journal readers to get involved and vote for their favorites across a wide variety of categories,” says Lauren Rolls, marketing manager for the Albuquerque Journal. Readers had 133 categories to consider this year, from favorite doughnut shop to podiatrist to dog groomer to place to watch a sunset. Rolls adds that reader participation has increased from year to year. In some categories it’s clear our readers have favorites, with several three-peat winners, while in other categories there have been different winners each year. Some of those three-time winners: hometown favorites Neil Patrick Harris and Holly Holm, The Garage Auto Repair, Renewal by Andersen, TLC Plumbing &

Utility, Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q, Sadie’s, Rebel Donut, Marble Brewery, Dion’s, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Dillard’s, Defined Fitness, Betty’s Bath and Day Spa, Blissful Spirits Hot Yoga. First-time winners this year include Houston Wholesale Cars, ABQ Uptown, Triple Sevens

Saloon, Flying Star, M’tucci’s Italian Restaurant, Le Peep, Two Men and a Truck, Arie’s Dogland and Art Attack. All the winners were honored at a reception Thursday. Winners were determined with an electronic count of online ballots combined with paper ballots received during a monthlong voting period.

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INDEX

Personalities

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Shopping

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Health & beauty

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Services

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Community

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Food & drink

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Section editor: Helen Taylor

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4 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 PERSONALITIES BARTENDER WINNER: Austin Leard at M’tucci’s Italian Restaurant 6001

PERSONALITIES

4 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 PERSONALITIES BARTENDER WINNER: Austin Leard at M’tucci’s Italian Restaurant 6001

BARTENDER

WINNER: Austin Leard at M’tucci’s Italian Restaurant

6001 Winter Haven Road NW Suite M;

503-7327, Mtuccis.com

Austin Leard is no ordinary mixologist, or even a Tom Cruise wannabe.

“I’m not the club bartender,” he says. “I’m not the fastest, but I’m very meticulous and accurate.”

He has to be because he serves up an eclectic collection of fruit-based drinks that he essentially created.

“My strongest suit is creatively,” he says. “I take a culinary approach to cocktails. In 2014 I took over the cocktail menu and we started doing things that nobody else was doing.”

2. Rosa Reyes at Rio Grande Brew

Pub Albuquerque International Sunport

3. Tray at Scalo Northern Italian Grill

3500 Central SE; scalonobhill.com

NOTABLES: Kathy at El Patron; Shirley at Cervantes; Mike at O’Niell’s; Rob at Farino Alto

at Cervantes; Mike at O’Niell’s; Rob at Farino Alto A u s t i n L

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PLACE TO PEOPLE WATCH

WINNER:

Albuquerque International Sunport

2200 Sunport SE;

abqsunport.com

With nearly 5 million visitors a year, there are certainly plenty of people to watch. Which is probably why the Sunport has won this category for the past three years.

2. Coronado Mall

6600 Menaul NE

3. Old Town

NOTABLES: Uptown; Frontier; Nob Hill; Downtown; State Fair

NOTABLES: Uptown; Frontier; Nob Hill; Downtown; State Fair Albuquerque International Sunport NONPROFIT WINNER: Rotary

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NONPROFIT

WINNER: Rotary Club of Albuquerque

3301 Menaul NE; rotaryabq.org

Chartered 100 years ago, the club has served as a meeting place for the exchange of ideas and experiences, and community service projects remain a central theme, according to its website.

2. Animal Humane New Mexico

615 Virginia SE; animalhumanenm.org

3. Assistance League of Albuquerque

5211 Lomas NE; assistanceleagueabq.org

NOTABLES: Roadrunner Food Bank; Catholic Charities; Watermelon Mountain Ranch; Barrett House; Youth Development Inc. NM

ACTOR

WINNER: Neil Patrick Harris

Star of stage and screen, Harris is an actor, singer, comedian, producer, director and TV host. The Albuquerque native won is this category in the past two year’s voting.

2. Unique Lovato

3. Steven Michael Quezada

NOTABLES: Jesse Tyle Ferguson; Kenny Miller; Natalie McClure; Bryan Cranston

POLITICIAN

WINNER: Mayor Richard Berry

Currently serving his second term as mayor of the state’s largest city, Richard Berry was also elected to the New Mexico Legislature and was

a successful business entrepreneur.

Berry, who was raised in Nebraska, attended the University of New Mexico on academic and athletic scholarships.

2. Gov. Susana Martinez

3. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

NOTABLES: U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich; U.S. Sen. Tom Udall; former Gov. Gary Johnson; N.M. Attorney General Hector Balderas; City Councilor Isaac Benton

General Hector Balderas; City Councilor Isaac Benton Richard Berry TATTOO ARTIST WINNER: Brian Everett Fine Line

Richard Berry

TATTOO ARTIST

WINNER: Brian Everett Fine Line Tattoo 5511 Central NE;

route66tattoos.com

Considered a master black-and-

gray artist, Brian Everett’s style

is refined photo-realistic skin art.

While a college student in the 1970s, he opened one of the first tattoo studios in the city.

2. Johnny Mac

Tinta Cantina 3902 Central SE; tintacantina.com

3. Ericksen Linn

Star Tattoo 10200 Corrales Road;

startattoo.com

NOTABLES: Jason Ward at Star Tattoo; Ben Shaw at Archetype Dermagraphics; Eric Martinez at Iconink 47 Studio; Rudy Lopez at Tinta Cantina; Chris Partain at Star Tattoo

ATHLETE

WINNER: Holly Holm

The former boxing champ won and lost the UFC Women’s Bantamweight championship over the past year. In her Albuquerque hometown, Holly Holm’s an undisputed champ, winning this category the past three years.

2. Brian Urlacher

Retired NFL player

3. Curtis Beach

Decathlete

NOTABLES: Notah Begay III; Jon “Bones” Jones; Courtney Frerichs

NFL player 3. Curtis Beach Decathlete NOTABLES: Notah Begay III; Jon “Bones” Jones; Courtney Frerichs Holly

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6 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 PERSONALITIES Tom Joles NEWSCASTER WINNER: Tom Joles KOB-TV Channel 4’s Eyewitness

PERSONALITIES

6 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 PERSONALITIES Tom Joles NEWSCASTER WINNER: Tom Joles KOB-TV Channel 4’s Eyewitness
6 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 PERSONALITIES Tom Joles NEWSCASTER WINNER: Tom Joles KOB-TV Channel 4’s Eyewitness

Tom Joles

NEWSCASTER

WINNER: Tom Joles

KOB-TV Channel 4’s Eyewitness News evening co-anchor Tom Joles came to New Mexico in 1987 and began his long relationship with local audiences the following year.

“I just love New Mexico, period,” Joles says. “It’s such an engaging place with a diverse population, great places to play outside and a multiculturalism that you don’t find other places.”

Joles grew up in Wisconsin where his mother still lives. He earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. While studying he spent a semester at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. He has traveled extensively. Reported on war in Nicaragua in the late 1970s for WFRV-TV in Green Bay,

Wis., and later toured Europe and worked on a journalism project in Israel.

He has won many awards since coming to Albuquerque.

“New Mexico is a tough audience for someone coming in from the outside,” Joles says. “People are generally skeptical of folks from other places, so it’s very flattering to be accepted and trusted by New Mexicans.”

2. Shelly Ribando

koat.com

3. Doug Fernandez

koat.com

NOTABLES: Todd Kurtz; Dean Staley; Kim Vallez; Marisa Maez; Royale Da

RADIO PERSONALITY

WINNER: Donnie Chase

1003thepeak.com

Donnie Chase is part of the popular “Jackie, Tony and Donnie” show on KPEK-FM, described as “just three friends that sit around talk about stuff.” Chase grew up in Moriarty.

2. Bob Clark

770kkob.com

3. Jackie, Tony & Donnie

1003thepeak.com

NOTABLES: Bobby Box; Swami Rob; Scott Stigler; Chaz Malibu; Kiki Garcia

METEOROLOGIST

WINNER: Mark Ronchetti krqe.com

Chief meteorologist Mark Ronchetti joined KRQE-TV in 2006, and has enjoyed a huge following since. This is his second win in this cateogry.

2. Steve Stucker

kob.com

3. Joe Diaz

koat.com

NOTABLES: Byron Morton; Kristen Currie; Eric Green; Jorge Torres

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READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 7 SHOPPING Cycle Cave BIKE SHOP WINNER: Cycle Cave 5716 Menaul NE;

SHOPPING

READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 7 SHOPPING Cycle Cave BIKE SHOP WINNER: Cycle Cave 5716 Menaul NE;

Cycle Cave

BIKE SHOP

WINNER: Cycle Cave 5716 Menaul NE; 884-6607, CycleCave.com

For 43 years, when cyclists are looking for a little service, an accessory or a new bike, Cycle Cave has been the go-to shop in Albuquerque.

For those four-plus decades, the store has sold Raleigh bikes and some 10 years ago, added the Scott brand to the line up.

“We try pretty hard to take care of the customers,” says manager Hervey Hawk. “We

try to devote a little special attention to them. We don’t leave them standing around waiting for attention.”

2. Fat Tire

421 Montaño NW #B; 345-9005

3. High Desert Bicycles

6624 Carminito Coors NW; 896-4700

NOTABLES: Trek Bicycle Superstore; Two Wheel Drive; Sandia Cycles; Sport Systems; Northeast Cyclery Inc.

Drive; Sandia Cycles; Sport Systems; Northeast Cyclery Inc. BOOKSTORE WINNER: Barnes & Noble 6600 Menaul NE;

BOOKSTORE

WINNER: Barnes & Noble

6600 Menaul NE; 883-8200

A three-time winner, Barnes

& Noble is the largest retail

bookseller in the country, with more than 600 stores in all 50 states. It’s also a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products in the U.S.

2. Page One

5850 Eubank NE Suite B-41;

294-2026

3. Bookworks

4022 Rio Grande NW; 344-8139

NOTABLES: Hastings; Treasure House; Don’s Paperback Books

GOLF SHOP

WINNER: Bullseye Golf

Headquarters

8212 Menaul NE; 884-3454

Bullseye Golf, Albuquerque’s

oldest golf shop, has been serving local golfers since 1976.

It specializes in expert club

repair and fitting. It boasts a large selection of equipment and clothing.

2. Golf Mart

4200 Wyoming NE Suite A-5;

299-0998

2. Isleta Golf Shop

11000 Broadway SE; 724-3800

3. Dick’s Sporting Goods

Multiple locations; dickssportinggoods.com

DEPARTMENT STORE

WINNER: Dillard’s Multiple locations; dillards.com

A three-peat winner, Dillard’s

attributes its success to its sales associates, hiring people who are positive and professional, then training them extensively.

2. Macy’s

Multiple locations; macys.com

3. Kohl’s

Multiple locations; kohls.com

NOTABLES: JC Penney; Target; Sears

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8 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 SPECIALTY FOOD WINNER: Trader Joe’s varietal red and white wines it

SPECIALTY FOOD

WINNER: Trader Joe’s

varietal red and white wines it

8928

Holly NE; 796-0311

sells under the label Charles

2200

Uptown Loop NE;

Shaw, which it buys direct

883-3662

from a California winery.

www.traderjoes.com

Trader Joe’s is a supermarket chain with headquarters in Monrovia, Calif., and Boston, Mass., that specializes in organic and specialty food items in addition to meats, dairy, deli and seafood products. Trader Joe’s stores also carry a wide selection of beers and wines.

Started in 1958 in the Los Angeles area as a small chain of convenience stores, it was originally called Pronto Markets. In 1967, Joseph Coulombe, the original Trader Joe, changed the name and introduced the South Sea island look and Hawaiian shirts for staffers. The chain packages many foods under the “Trader Joe’s” name. The chain is also known for the

Trader Joe’s opened the first New Mexico store in Santa Fe in 2004. The first Albuquerque store opened at Paseo and Ventura in 2006, the Uptown store opened in

2009.

“What an honor to be selected by the community as a favorite destination, we are thrilled,” says Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki.

2. Whole Foods

Multiple locations; wholefoodsmarket.com

3. Sprouts

Multiple locations; sprouts. com

NOTABLES: Talin Market; Keller’s; La Montañita Co-op; ABQ Olive Oil Co.

SHOPPING

Keller’s; La Montañita Co-op; ABQ Olive Oil Co. SHOPPING Trader Joe’s Now We’re Cooking COOKING SUPPLY
Keller’s; La Montañita Co-op; ABQ Olive Oil Co. SHOPPING Trader Joe’s Now We’re Cooking COOKING SUPPLY

Trader Joe’s

Montañita Co-op; ABQ Olive Oil Co. SHOPPING Trader Joe’s Now We’re Cooking COOKING SUPPLY WINNER: Now

Now We’re Cooking

COOKING SUPPLY

WINNER: Now We’re Cooking

8100 Wyoming NE; 857-9625, nowwerecookingabq.com

Amateur chefs and adventurous cooks can find almost everything they need at the Now We’re Cooking store.

Nancy Herring co-owns the shop with her husband, Matthew Segura.

Shoppers can find traditional kitchen supplies but also something unique. Herring says she attends shows, reads industry magazines and meets with sales representatives to find specialty items for the store.

“We’ve been here 25 years this December,” she says. “Our selection is good and we have good customer service.”

2. Williams-Sonoma

2261-G Q St. NE; 872-0486

3. Bed, Bath and Beyond

Multiple locations; bedbathandbeyond.com

NOTABLES: Home Goods

GROCERY STORE

WINNER: Smith’s Multiple locations; smithsfoodanddrug.com

Smith’s, one of the Kroger family of stores, has a long history of engagement in the communities it serves. With more than a dozen locations in Albuquerque, there’s one near you.

2. Sprouts

Multiple locations; sprouts.com

3. Albertson’s

Multiple locations; albertsons.com

NOTABLES: Trader Joe’s; Whole Foods; La Montañita Co-op; Walmart

CAR DEALERSHIP

WINNER: Houston

Wholesale Cars

4718 Lomas NE;

255-5200

The men behind Houston Wholesale have a combined 40 years of experience in the business. Its inventory is searchable on its website. With a motto of “Shop Smart, Buy Smart,” Houston Wholesale has been garners numerous awards for best used car dealer of the city.

2. Garcia Honda

8301 Lomas NE;

260-5000

3. Lexus of

Albuquerque

4821 Pan

American Freeway;

880-748-1951

NOTABLES: Don Chalmers Ford; Garcia Subaru; Larry H. Miller Toyota; Perfection Honda; Rich Ford

NOTABLES: Don Chalmers Ford; Garcia Subaru; Larry H. Miller Toyota; Perfection Honda; Rich Ford Houston Wholesale

Houston Wholesale Cars

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Trees & Shrubs * Bedding Plants * Gardening Tools & Accessories Vegetables * Ornamentals * Fertilizer * Soils & Soil Amendments Yard and Wall Art * Pottery * Fountains & Statuary * Sod

Yard and Wall Art * Pottery * Fountains & Statuary * Sod Star Tattoo TATTOO &
Yard and Wall Art * Pottery * Fountains & Statuary * Sod Star Tattoo TATTOO &

Star Tattoo

TATTOO & PIERCING SHOP

WINNER: Star Tattoo 10200 Corrales Road NW Suite E4; 922-6217

Star Tattoo is known for creating original designs for clients, as well as its family-friendly environment. Its artists specialize in different styles. Its owners have been in business 15 years.

2. Evolution Body Piercing

4517 Central NE; 255-4567

3. Fine Line Tattoo

5511 Central NE; 255-3784

NOTABLES: Tinta Cantina; Blacklist

SHOPPING

NE; 255-3784 NOTABLES: Tinta Cantina; Blacklist SHOPPING HOBBY STORE WINNER: Hobby Lobby Multiple locations;

HOBBY STORE

WINNER: Hobby Lobby Multiple locations; hobbylobby.com

Hobby Lobby has crafted an empire, with more than 600 stores across the country. That includes a 60,000-square-foot store that opened a couple of years ago in the Sierra Vista center on Montgomery NE.

2. Michael’s

3701

Ellison Drive NW Suite B; 922-0221

4410

Wyoming NE; 299-4007

3575

NM Hwy 528 NE Bldg. E, Suite 100,

Rio Rancho; 814-1438

3. Hobby Proz

2225-A Wyoming NE; 332-3797

NOTABLES: Joann’s; Scraps Galore; Artisans Artist Supply; Art Attack

SPORTING GOODS

WINNER: Big 5 Sporting Goods Multiple locations;

big5sportinggoods.com

Big 5 Sporting Goods is one of the nation’s top retailer of name brand sporting goods and accessories. Products include athletic shoes, apparel and accessories, as well as outdoor and athletic equipment for team sports, fitness, camping, tennis, golf, skating and more.

2. Dick’s Sporting Goods

Multiple locations; dickssportinggoods.com

3.

1550 Mercantile NE; 247-1191 500 Market St. Suite 100, Santa Fe;

505-982-3557

NOTABLES: Charlie’s Sporting Goods; Sportsman’s Warehouse; Sports Authority

REI

GARDEN SUPPLY

WINNER: Lowe’s Multiple locations; lowes.com

Since its beginnings as a small hardware store in 1946, Lowe’s has grown to a home

improvement company providing customers inspiration and support. From plants and planters to equipment and furniture, Lowe’s has the garden covered.

2. Jericho Nursery

101 Alameda NW; 899-7555

6821 Pan American Freeway NE; 508-5059

3. Osuna Nursery

501 Osuna NE; 345-6644

NOTABLES: Home Depot; Rehm’s Nursery; Alameda Nursery; Plant World; Ace Hardware

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10 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 SHOPPING Assistance League Thrift Shop THRIFT STORE WINNER: Assistance League Thrift

SHOPPING

10 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 SHOPPING Assistance League Thrift Shop THRIFT STORE WINNER: Assistance League Thrift
Assistance League Thrift Shop THRIFT STORE WINNER: Assistance League Thrift Shop 2. Saver’s 2620 Carlisle
Assistance League Thrift Shop
THRIFT STORE
WINNER: Assistance League Thrift
Shop
2. Saver’s
2620
Carlisle NE; 888-0116
5211 Lomas NE; 265-0433,
3400
Calle Cuervo NW #2; 890-2680
assistanceleagueabq.org
The store features gently used items that
were donated by the public. In addition
to clothing and household item, the store
has jewelry, shoes, books and sports
equipment.
3. What Goes Around Consignment
For anyone low on cash but looking to
improve their wardrobe or buy furniture
and other housewares for a new home,
the Assistance League Thrift Shop is the
place to go.
6300
San Mateo NE C4; 858-1067
Thrift store manager Louise Odegaard
says the store allows the group to help
many people in the community.
6200
Coors NW Suite A-10; 898-9897
“Nobody does this for money,” she
says. “The camaraderie of the group is
amazing.”
NOTABLES: Goodwill; Thrift Town;
Animal Humane; Family Thrift Store;
Plato’s Closet
The shop is staffed entirely by volunteers
and is the fundraising arm of the
Assistance League Albuquerque.

SHOE STORE

WINNER: Shoes on a Shoestring

9311

Coors NW; 897-0014

7200

Montgomery NE;

881-2221

A three-time winner, Shoes on a Shoestring carries more than 150 different brands for women, men and children. It also has a large selection of accessories.

2. Dillard’s

Multiple locations; dillards.com

3. New Balance

1331

Juan Tabo NE; 299-9471

3731

Ellison NW Suite B;

899-0060

NOTABLES: Heart & Sole; Payless; Big 5 Sporting Goods; Sole Comfort; Tierra Firma

WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE

WINNER: Articles for Her

8510 Montgomery NE Suite A1; 298-6700

Specializing in casual but dressy clothing for women for more than 35 years, Articles also offers stellar service, with employees who are “helpful, sweet and compassionate.” The store carries many brands not found elsewhere in New Mexico.

2. Chico’s

Multiple locations; chicos.com

3. Gee Loretta!

10655 Montgomery NE; 292-6652

NOTABLES: Willow; Talbot’s; Ann Taylor Loft

ELECTRONICS STORE

WINNER: Best Buy

2.

Apple Store

Multiple locations;

2240 Q St. NE ABQ

bestbuy.com

Uptown; 837-6480

Walls of big-screen TVs, the Geek Squad and those deep-discount Black Friday deals. Its website boasts that 70 percent of the U.S. population lives within 15 minutes of a Best Buy.

3. Radio Shack

Multiple locations;

radioshack.com

NOTABLES: Brookstone; Baillio’s

MENSWEAR

WINNER: Dillard’s Multiple locations; dillards.com

Dillard’s, a repeat winner in this category as well as favorite department store, carries a wide range of labels — Polo, Perry Ellis, Kenneth Cole and more — to outfit a man in style.

2. Men’s Wearhouse

Multiple locations; menswearhouse.com

3. Bert and Jess Clothiers

2671 Louisiana NE; 345-9329

NOTABLES: Jos. A. Bank; JC Penney; Suits Unlimited

MALL

WINNER: ABQ Uptown

2200 Louisiana NE; 792-1929

ABQ Uptown is an outdoor luxury shopping mall with approximately 220,000 square feet of retail shops and restaurants. Since opening in 2006, it has become a favored destination for upscale fashion, home furnishings and dining.

2. Coronado Mall

6600 Menaul NE; 881-2700

3. Cottonwood Mall

10000 Coors Bypass NW;

897-6571

NOTABLES: Winrock; Furniture Row

TOYS & GAMES

WINNER: Toys R Us

7400 Indian School NE;

884-1144

3701 Ellison NW; 899-8697

Founded in 1948, Toys R Us is one of the largest toy retailers in the world, with more than 850 stores in the U.S. and more than 755 international stores.

2. Out of the Blue Toys

2502 Rio Grande NW; 242-4455

3. Bigglesnorts Toys

11200 Montgomery NE Suite 22;

554-3452

NOTABLES: Walmart; Astro Zombies; Hobby Proz

PET STORE

WINNER: PetSmart Multiple locations; petsmart.com

Another three-time winner, PetSmart operates grooming salons, pet hotels and boarding

facilities alongside its retail special pet products. Millions of pets have found homes through in-store adoption partnerships.

2. Clark’s Pet Emporium

4914 Lomas NE; 268-5977

11200 Menaul NE; 292-6288

3. Long Leash on Life

9800 Montgomery NE Suite 13;

299-8800

NOTABLES: Petco; Pet Vet Supply; Jack and Rascals; Boofy’s; Petland

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READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 11 HEALTH & BEAUTY DENTIST WINNER: Dr. Melissa Ravago 8400 Osuna NE

HEALTH & BEAUTY

READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 11 HEALTH & BEAUTY DENTIST WINNER: Dr. Melissa Ravago 8400 Osuna NE

DENTIST

WINNER: Dr. Melissa Ravago 8400 Osuna NE Suite 2B;

292-6414,

www.ravagodentalcare.com

Dr. Melissa Ravago is an Albuquerque native who earned her degree from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She then returned to her home state and practiced at the University of New Mexico, eventually becoming an associate professor there. She has been practicing general dentistry in Albuquerque since 2007. She also does cosmetic and pediatric dentistry and restores implants.

Ravago says her time at UNM with gave her a experience in a broad spectrum of procedures under the supportive mentorship of professors and other faculty. She credits the staff in her own practice for their valuable support. Staff members can accommodate the needs of those who speak Spanish and Vietnamese.

“I think that the number one thing that contributes to my success is my staff. They are really friendly and reliable and

is my staff. They are really friendly and reliable and Dr. Melissa Ravago that makes for

Dr. Melissa Ravago

that makes for a really cohesive practice. I think we genuinely care about patients and we understand the vunerability people feel when they come in,” Ravago says.

2. Dr. Philip Gallegos

4411 Montano NW Suite D;

503-6720

3. Dr. John Salazar

5900 Cubero Drive NE #F;

856-1106

NOTABLES: Dr. Bryan Sei; Dr. Fred Giombolini; Dr. John Candelaria; Dr. Robert Supple; Dr. Ryan Shepherd; Dr. Ryan Sill

JEWELRY STORE

WINNER: Butterfield Jewelers

2411 San Pedro NE; 884-5747,

butterfieldjewelers.com

The store was founded in 1928 in Pana, Ill., by the Butterfield family. The family moved to Albuquerque in 1945 and brought the store with them. The store has passed on to the next generations, who still own and run the store.

On staff, are also master goldsmiths and watchmakers. The store specializes in diamonds, says part owner Mike Butterfield. He adds the store excels at customer service and sees those who walk through the doors as not just another number but humans with a story.

“We provide the nicest diamond at good prices,” he said. “We like to make people happy and to make them feel good.”

2. Harris Jewelers 909 36th Place SE, Rio Rancho; 892-3841

2. Harris Jewelers 909 36th Place SE, Rio Rancho; 892-3841 Theresa Maxey, Anne Butterfield, Bill Max-

Theresa Maxey, Anne Butterfield, Bill Max- ey, Bernie Butterfield and Mike Butterfield.

3. Shelton Jewelers

7001 Montgomery NE; 881-1013

NOTABLES: Beauchamp Jewelers; Lilly Barrack; Ooh Aah Jewelry; Enchanted Jewelers; Mark Diamond’s

COSMETIC SURGEON

WINNER: Dr. Karl Eisbach

7800 Constitution NE; 332-7800

Dr. Karl Eisbach, who also won in this category in 2014 and ’15, has a background in reconstructive surgery. In addition to his Albuquerque practice, Eisbach regularly donates time to travel to South America to treat children.

2. Dr. Neil Chen

3830 Masthead NE; 842-8889

3. Dr. Luis Cuadros

8232 Louisiana NE Suite A; 243-7670

NOTABLES: Dr. William Loutfy; Dr. Ron Escudero

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12 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 HEALTH & BEAUTY BARBER SHOP WINNER: Fade Station Barber Shop 5105

HEALTH & BEAUTY

12 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 HEALTH & BEAUTY BARBER SHOP WINNER: Fade Station Barber Shop 5105

BARBER SHOP

WINNER: Fade Station Barber Shop

5105 Menaul NE; 881-3233

With nine traditional barbers, Fade Station revels in the old- fashioned art of barbering akin to when the rotating, candy-striped pole announced the business.

“Our slogan is ‘Where detail makes the difference,’” says owner Joseph Baca, who opened Fade Station in 2005. “Detail work on beards, detail work on shaves. You can still get a straight razor shave and a hot towel shave.”

But Baca also requires that the barbers be up-to-date on modern techniques and styles to bring the best of the old and new.

2. Great Clips

Multiple locations; greatclips.com

3. Barberz

10250 Cottonwood Park NW; 459-6133

3. Foothill’s Barber Shop

11243 Menaul NE; 275-2678

NOTABLES: Sports Clips; 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon

275-2678 NOTABLES: Sports Clips; 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon Fade Station Barber Shop barbers Dr. Greg Perea

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18/8 Fine Men’s Salon Fade Station Barber Shop barbers Dr. Greg Perea CHIROPRACTOR WINNER: Dr. Greg

Dr. Greg Perea

CHIROPRACTOR

WINNER: Dr. Greg Perea 1112 Alvarado Drive NE;

255-6357

Chiropractor and Albuquerque native Greg Perea has been helping people in the Duke City with neck and back pain for 39 years. He says he’s had some of the same patients for 30 years.

“I pride myself on giving quality chiropractic care at an affordable price,” he says. “I love helping people with back and neck pain. It makes me feel good if I can help them.”

2. Dr. Brad Walters

6200 Coors NW Suite A7;

899-0708

3. Dr. Michael Pendleton

7520 Montgomery NE Bldg. E9;

888-6800

NOTABLES: Dr. Herbert Beatty; Dr. Nick Speegle

EYE CARE PROFESSIONAL

WINNER: Dr. Alissa Irons 201 Slate NW; 247-3463

Dr. Alissa Irons, a native New Mexican, received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn., in 2000. A three-time winner, she provides eye care at Blink!

2. Dr. John Teahan

7110 Wyoming NE; 346-0500

3. Dr. Alice Baumstark

4253 Montgomery NE Suite 110; 883-2550

3. Dr. Donald Rodgers

1316 Jackie Road SE, Rio Rancho; 891-0880

NOTABLES: Dr. David Bernitsky; Dr. Paul Sanchez

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

WINNER: Dan McClanahan, PT Hands On Physical Therapy

9201 Montgomery NE #302; 293-6262

Physical therapist Dan McClanahan has been practicing since 1982. He and his wife, Linda, also a physical therapist, own Hands On Physical Therapy, where they practice manual therapy to address alignment problems.

2. George Fraser

11719 Montgomery NE; 345-8050

3. Patricia Fraser

11719 Montgomery NE; 345-8050

NOTABLES: Felipe Mares; Valerie Wroblewski; Terry Kern; Sandy Knudsen

BEAUTY SALON

WINNER: Salon Helena

7913 Menaul NE; 884-4955

Designers at the full-service Salon Helena stay up-to-date on cutting-edge techniques and style trends, according to its website. These designers are dedicated to helping clients find a style that not only reflects their uniqueness, but also suits their lifestyle.

2. Preen Salon

5113 Menaula NE; 872-8000

3. Mark Pardo SalonSpa

Multiple locations; markpardo.com

NOTABLES: Inspire Salon; M & Company Hair & Color Lounge; Square Root Salon; Artistic Creations; Avalon Salon

DERMATOLOGIST

WINNER: Dr. Heidi Fleischmann

7520 Montgomery NE Bldg. D4;

884-7070

Dr. Heidi Fleischmann is a dermatologist with New Mexico Dermatology Associates. She received her medical degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

2. Dr. J. David Carey

12241 Academy NE #204; 938-4214

3. Dr. Monica Romero

6200 Uptown NE; 243-7546

NOTABLES: Dr. Matthew Thompson; Dr. Sara Mills; Dr. James Icken; Dr. Kenneth Harper; Dr. Barbara Einhorn

ALL-SERVICE FITNESS CENTER

WINNER: Defined Fitness

Multiple locations; defined.com

A locally owned and operated fitness center, Defined Fitness is a three-time winner. Membership provides access to all five locations and some 500 classes.

2. Sports & Wellness

Multiple locations; wellbridge.com

3. Planet Fitness

Multiple locations; planetfitness.com

NOTABLES: Fifty ’n Fit; Jewish Community Center; Liberty Gym; Anytime Fitness

PHYSICIAN

WINNER: Dr. Duc Vuong

10501 Golf Course Road NW;

727-2300

Dr. Duc Vuong is director of Lovelace Bariatrics at Lovelace Westside Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Texas

A & M in College Station, Texas,

and he has completed extensive postgraduate and professional training in bariatric procedures and minimally invasive surgery.

2. Dr. David Holten

13701 Encantado Road NE;

237-8700

2. Dr. Russell Schultz

8300 Constitution NE #D;

291-2200

3. Dr. John Liljestrand

8300 Constitution NE; 291-2402

NOTABLES: Dr. Kevin Goodluck; Dr. Barbara T. Maddoux; Dr. Anna Barnett; Dr. Carmen Rodriguez

PODIATRIST

WINNER: Dr. Mark Haas

8080 Academy NE Suite C;

247-4164

A native New Mexican, Dr. Mark

Haas practices with Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists. He is the co-author of “The Textbook of Bunion Surgery.” An avid runner, Haas has treated professional, collegiate and recreational athletes.

2. Dr. George Ochs

2400 Unser SE, Rio Rancho;

253-6100

3. Dr. Faith Shapiro

1903 Wyoming NE #C; 298-7666

NOTABLES: Dr. Michael R. Pincus; Dr. Steven S. Wrege; Dr. Zach Haas; Dr. Janet Simon; Dr. Gay Gustafson; Dr. Gerard Kerbleski

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14 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 HEALTH & BEAUTY Peoples Flower Shops FLORIST WINNER: Peoples Flower Shops

HEALTH & BEAUTY

14 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 HEALTH & BEAUTY Peoples Flower Shops FLORIST WINNER: Peoples Flower Shops
14 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 HEALTH & BEAUTY Peoples Flower Shops FLORIST WINNER: Peoples Flower Shops

Peoples Flower Shops

FLORIST

WINNER: Peoples Flower Shops Multiple locations; peoplesflowers.com

Satisfying customers and keeping prices affordable has kept business thriving at Peoples, a repeat winner from last year. With several locations in the metro area, Peoples is one of the largest floral retailers in the Southwest.

2. Melba’s Flowers

5505 Osuna NE Suite D;

299-6444

3. Albuquerque Florist

3121 San Mateo NE; 881-3336

1416 Juan Tabo NE; 338-0038

NOTABLES: Shannon Loves Flowers; Sonrisa Blooms; Manning’s; Mauldin’s Flowers; Apple Blossoms

YOGA

WINNER: Blissful Spirits Hot Yoga

4300 Paseo del Norte NE Unit

D; 688-7772

1400 Jackie Road #104, Rio

Rancho; 896-7777

Proponents say hot yoga can help improve flexibility, suppleness and strength while burning calories. Three-time winner Blissful Spirits offers hot vinyasa, hot yoga sculpting and more.

2. Sweat Yoga Studio

4500 Osuna NE #200

3. Yoga by Julia

12231 Academy NE #401;

275-9642

NOTABLES: 3 B Yoga Studio; High Desert Yoga; Bikram Yoga Albuquerque; Let It Be Yoga; Evolve Strong

CANCER CENTER

WINNER: New Mexico Cancer Center

4901 Lang NE; 842-8171, nmcancercenter.org

As the state’s only fully accredited Oncology Medical Home — one of only five in the entire country — the New Mexico Cancer Center

is “here to stand by your side during your

cancer journey,” according to its website. Also has locations in Gallup, Silver City and Las Cruces.

2. UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center

1201 Camino de Salud NE; cancer.unm.edu

3. MD Anderson Radiation Treatment

Center

8300 Constitution NE; 559-6100

NOTABLES: Presbyterian Cancer Center

NE; 559-6100 NOTABLES: Presbyterian Cancer Center New Mexico Cancer Center DAY SPA WINNER: Betty’s Bath and

New Mexico Cancer Center

DAY SPA

WINNER: Betty’s Bath and Day Spa

1835 Candelaria NW; 341-3456

A three-time winner, Betty’s a

relaxation and wellness reatreat

in Albuquerque’s North Valley. An

early recipient of the state’s Family Friendly Business Award.

2. The Spa at Isleta Casino

11000 Broadway SE; 848-1977

3. Hyatt Tamaya Mist Spa and

Salon

1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana

Pueblo; 867-1234

NOTABLES: Green Reed; Casa Verde Salon & Spa; Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa;

Mark Pardo SalonSpa

CARDIOLOGIST

WINNER: Dr. Neal Shadoff

201 Cedar SE #7600; 563-2500

Cardiologist Dr. Neal Shadoff is affiliated with Presbyterian Hospital. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 30 years.

2. Dr. Barry Ramo

502 Elm NE; 841-1000

2. Dr. Sean Mazer

502 Elm NE; 842-1000

3. Dr. Kathleen Allen

201 Cedar SE #7600; 563-2500

NOTABLES: Dr. Allan James Shapiro; Dr. Brandon Cavanaugh; Dr. Melissa Klein; Dr. Michelle Khoo

SPECIALTY FITNESS CENTER

WINNER: Fifty N’ Fit

11801 Menaul NE; 271-9616

Fifty n’ Fit opened 25 years as a safe and non-intimidating alternative for members 50 years old and older. The gym is owned and operated by physical therapists.

2. Defined Fitness

Multiple locations; defined.com

3. Sports & Wellness

Multiple locations; wellbridge.com

NOTABLES: Body Rehab Pilates; Jazzercise; Stone Age Climbing Gym; Evolve Strong

MASSAGE THERAPIST

WINNER: Christopher Sovereign

1101 Cardenas Drive NE #204; 254-0022

During 30-plus years of massage therapy, Christopher Sovereign has focused on helping clients reduce of solve pain through his gentle advanced Precision Neuromuscular medical massage techniques. He also teaches other therapists.

2. Kyle O’Brien

1816 Lomas NW # A; 917-5006

3. Amy Zampella

1201 Eubank NE #2; 255-2203

HEARING SERVICE

WINNER: Albuquerque Hearing and Balance 10700 Corrales Road NW Suite I; 890-0003

Founded in 1998, Albuquerque Hearing and Balance offers state-of-the-art testing systems, quality products and experienced audiology staff to provide hearing evaluations and services.

2. Worth Hearing Services

7520 Montgomery NE Suite E15; 872-4327

3. Sandia Hearing Aid Centers

Multiple locations; sandiahearing.com

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PET TRAINING

WINNER: Arie’s Dogland

3530 Pan American Freeway NE (north side of I-25),

Suite H; 884-4335 ariesdogtraining.com or ariesdogland.com

Arie’s Dog Training is now Arie’s Dogland LLC. Trainer Arie Deller is a licensed, certified, professional dog trainer and behavioral consultant and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

She specializes in working with behavior problems in dogs using reward-based training methods. She offers in-home private sessions to work on issues such as anxiety, aggressive behavior toward dogs or humans, destructive behavior, house-training issues.

At her indoor location at the Albuquerque Trade Center she offers a variety of training classes such as basic obedience, as well as doggie play group (day care) for large and small dogs and puppies. Arie’s Dogland also has full-service grooming.

“Following your dream and opening your own business takes so much hard work and perseverance, that it’s nice to have the recognition and awesome client following that I do. I have always wanted to be a dog trainer and it is an honor for people to trust me with their ‘best friend’s’ training!!!” Deller says.

2. Acoma Training Center

333 Wyoming SE; 266-6436

3. Sandia Dog Obedience Club

7050 San Pedro NE; 888-4221

NOTABLES: PetSmart; Animal Humane New Mexico

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LANDSCAPER

WINNER: Heads Up Landscaping

7525 Second NW; 898-9615

Serving New Mexico since 1973, Heads Up is a full-service landscape contractor providing design, landscape construction, re-vegetation, irrigation, xeriscape conversion and grounds management.

2. Waterquest Landscaping

5018 Second NW; 792-3600

3. Hilltop

7909 Edith NE; 898-9690

NOTABLES: Enchantment Landscaping; Milligan Landscaping; Aspen Leaf; Baca’s Trees

TAX SERVICES

WINNER: H&R Block Multiple locations; hrblock.com

Three-time winner H&R Block uses more than 100,000 tax professionals to prepare one out of every seven tax returns.Since its founding 1955, that’s more than 550 million tax returns.

2. Davis Tax Services LLC

206 Moon NE; 298-5480

3. Vivian Spinn CPA

5024 Fourth NW; 343-9924

NOTABLES: Ricci & Company; AARP Tax- Aide; Empire Accounting Services

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16 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 SERVICES CLEANING SERVICE WINNER: The Maids 12999 Cochiti Road SE; 292-8344

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16 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 SERVICES CLEANING SERVICE WINNER: The Maids 12999 Cochiti Road SE; 292-8344

CLEANING SERVICE

WINNER: The Maids 12999 Cochiti Road SE;

292-8344

The Maids’ staff is bonded and insured and provides products and equipment. Its “22-Step Healthy Touch” deep cleaning system was created to ensure a healthy house-cleaning process.

2. Merry Maids

Multiple locations;

merrymaids.com

2. Molly Maid

Multiple locations;

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3. Maid Brigade

1111 Alameda NW Unit C;

266-1300

MOVING SERVICE

WINNER: Two Men and a Truck

3215 Matthew NE; 872-8787

Two Men and a Truck of Albuquerque has provided more than 30 years of combined experience in the local area. Since opening in 2007, the franchise has grown to 10 operating trucks and completed more than 18,000 moves.

2. About Seniors Moving

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3. Albuquerque Discount

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NOTABLES: Bekins

ELECTRICIAN

WINNER: D.R.B. Electric

3601 Second SW; 877-8500

D.R.B. Electric is one of the Top 25 women-owned businesses in New Mexico, serving clients since 1986. The company provides electrical contracting, maintenance and voice and data services for a broad range of commercial and residential clients.

2. Randy’s Electric Co.

3539 State Highway 47, Peralta;

865-7773

3. TLC

5000 Edith NE; 761-9644

NOTABLES: Eisenberg Electric; Steve Baum; K&J Electric

HOME REMODELER

WINNER: DreamStyle Remodeling

1460 N. Renaissance NE; 881-3200,

www.dreamstyleremodeling.com

Dreamstyle Remodeling is the umbrella name for a company that has sold and installed home products in Albuquerque since the 1990s and which were marketed under the names Four Seasons Sunrooms, Renewal by Andersen and Cal Spas.

It opened its 20,000-square-foot showroom on Renaissance beside Sportsman’s Warehouse in the fall

of 2014. It has expanded rapidly in recent years mostly through Renewal by Andersen franchising agreements with Andersen Corp. which is based in

Cottage Grove, Minn. In 2014, it gained the Renewal by Andersen franchise in San Diego, last year the company enlarged its existing operation in the Phoenix area and added the Boise/ Idaho market to its Renewal by Andresen service territory. Other Andersen areas include El Paso, Tucson and northern Arizona.

Dreamstyle does all kinds of home remodeling projects including kitchens, Home Depot cabinet installation, bathrooms, stucco, patios and outdoor spaces.

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“We are honored to be recognized by the community for our excellence in remodeling. This is a compliment to everybody in our organization beginning with the sales department and the installation department and everything in between. Our goal is to be on time, prompt and courteous in order to achieve customer delight. Thank you for the recognition,” says Dreamstyle Remodeling President Larry Chavez.

2. Poulin Design Center

Multiple locations; poulinremodeling.com

3. Trustbilt

6109 Menaul NE; 688-8194

NOTABLES: Altair Homes; Bradbury Stamm Construction; Jade Enterprises; Lowe’s

FURNITURE STORE

WINNER: American Home Furniture Multiple locations; americanhome.com

Over the years, American Home, a three-time winner, has established itself as the go-to furniture store. The stores carry a range of products to cater to all lifestyles.

2. Furniture Row

3230 Menaul NE; 883-9393

3. Tema Contemporary

7601 Montgomery NE; 275-2121

NOTABLES: Ashley Furniture; Exquisite Design; Amish Connection; Ethan Allen; Denver Mattress

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NEW HOME BUILDER

WINNER: Twilight Homes 1301 Cuesta Arriba Court NE;

433-5862

In 2011, three Albuquerque businessmen brought together their areas of expertise — knowledge of land development, sales and construction and accounting and finance — to create Twilight Homes. Since then the company has built a solid reputation for quality, innovative design, customer satisfaction and lasting value.

2. Abrazo Homes

9798 Coors NW #400;

362-9323

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3. Las Ventanas Homes

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FINANCIAL PLANNER

WINNER: Davis Advisory Group 100 Sun Ave. NE #204; 242-8885

Clients at Davis Advisory Group get advice from a team of professional, individuals with experience in addressing particular financial needs. As an independent firm, it takes pride in representing clients and their interests rather any specific company.

2. Merrill Lynch

Multiple locations; ml.com

3. Fidelity Investments

2261 Q St. NE #2A; 881-5364

NOTABLES: Edward Jones; MGM, LLC; Bold Financial Technologies; Cal Willis at Edward Jones; Todd Trevino at Kirtland Financial Services

SENIOR LIVING CENTER

WINNER: La Vida Llena 10501 Lagrima De Oro Road NE; 293-4001

La Vida Llena provides an independent, active lifestyle, with customized levels of care to meet residents’ needs through the aging process. A full range of care is available: wellness clinic,

assisted living, health and memory support.

2. Beehive Homes of Albuquerque

Multiple locations; beehivehomes.com

3. The Woodmark at Uptown

7201 Prospect Place NE; 545-6798

NOTABLES: Fairwinds; Montebello on Academy; Palmilla Senior Living; Bear Canyon Estates; Care Free Living

REAL ESTATE

WINNER: Realty One of New Mexico

9674 Eagle Ranch Road Suite 3; 883-9400

The fast-growing Albuquerque-based Realty

One was opened in 2006 by Mike and Jessica Taylor, who introduced a new way of doing business.

2. Q Realty

4801 Lang NE #110; 750-0059

3. Armstrong Properties

400 Washington SE; 241-3803

NOTABLES: Missy Ashcraft Real Estate Group, Keller Williams; Keller Williams Realty; Coldwell Banker Legacy; Remax

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18 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 Art Attack KIDS ENTERTAINMENT WINNER: Art Attack 3137 Stan Mateo NE;
18 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 Art Attack KIDS ENTERTAINMENT WINNER: Art Attack 3137 Stan Mateo NE;

Art Attack

KIDS ENTERTAINMENT

WINNER: Art Attack

3137 Stan Mateo NE; 298-3275,

artattacknm.com.

This local business gives people the opportunity to paint their own pottery or mosaic tiles.

The studio opened in 1996 and participants don’t need any experience to participate, just a willingness to have fun.

The studio offers room for private parties, including kids’ birthday parties. There are also scheduled monthly events.

The studio has 600 different

ceramic pieces to choose from and more than 50 colors of paint.

2.

1701 Mountain NW; 224-8300

3. Stories in the Sky at

Balloon Museum

9201 Balloon Museum Drive

NE; 880-0500

3. Cliff’s Amusement Park

4800 Osuna NE; 881-9373

NOTABLES: ABQ BioPark; Rio Grande Zoo; Hinkle Family Fun Center

Explora

DOORS & WINDOWS

WINNER: Renewal by Andersen

1460 Renaissance NE; 248-2464

Three-time winner Renewal by Andersen uses patented materials to install energy-saving windows that come in a variety of styles. The company says its windows are 70 percent more energy efficient that ordinary dual-paned windows.

2. Pella

3901 Singer NE; 345-3502

3. Don’s Windows and Doors

1130 First NW; 243-1515

NOTABLES: Glass Rite; DreamStyle Remodeling; Mobile Screen & Glass; Southwest Accent Windows and Doors; Window World

BANK

WINNER: Wells Fargo Multiple locations; wellsfargo.com

Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo is a nationwide financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. It’s been named “Most Respected Bank” by Barron’s magazine and “Most Admired” by Fortune magazine.

2. Bank of Albuquerque

Multiple locations; bankofalbuquerque.com

3. Bank of America

Multiple locations; bankofamerica.com

NOTABLES: US Bank; New Mexico Bank & Trust; Bank of the West; First American Bank

SERVICES

& Trust; Bank of the West; First American Bank SERVICES AUTO REPAIR WINNER: The Garage Auto

AUTO REPAIR

WINNER: The Garage Auto Repair 6441 Wester Trail NW; 352-5152

This three-time winner has an experienced work force that allows its owner to boast that “if we get somebody in the door, they’re customers for life.” From the top down, they’re dedicated to providing fast and quality service.

2. Ethridge Tire Center

6201

Montgomery NE; 883-7181

9620

Eagle Ranch Road NW; 792-1242

3. Quanz Auto Care

Multiple locations; quanzautocare.com

NOTABLES: Morris Auto Repair; Dearholt Automotive; Cataline Automotive; Jay Walton’s Automotive; JJ’s Premiere Tire

INSURANCE AGENCY

WINNER: State Farm Multiple locations; statefarm.com

State Farm, well known for being a “good neighbor,” was founded in 1922 by a retired farmer and insurance salesman. The company now insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S.

2. Farmers

Multiple locations; farmers.com

3. USAA

usaa.com

NOTABLES: AAA; Allstate; Berger Briggs

PLUMBER

WINNER: TLC Plumbing & Utility

Multiple locations; tlcplumbing.com

A full-service plumbing, HVAC and utility company, TLC Plumbing also took first in this category in 2014 and ’15. The company has

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2. Outlaw Mechanical

12474 NM-14 Scenic, Sandia Park;

outlawmechanical.com

3. Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating &

Cooling

6145 Second NW; abqplumb.com

NOTABLES: Courtesy Plumbing; Mark’s Plumbing and Heating; Guy’s Plumbing; Simmon’s Plumbing; Sunshine Plumbing

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READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 19 Jericho Nursery GARDEN & NURSERY WINNER: Jericho Nursery 101 Alameda NW;
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GARDEN & NURSERY

WINNER: Jericho Nursery

101 Alameda NW; 899-7555

6921 Pan American NE;

508-5059

Most local nurseries carry pretty much the same items, so Jericho Nursery tries to set itself apart, in particular through its all-around excellence.

“My four words are quality, selection, service and knowledge,” says owner Rick Hobson, adding the true emphasis is on the latter.

“We have a real base of knowledge,” he says. “We’re small but all of us know quite

a bit.”

The goal is create a positive environment for the customers as well as the employees. “My mission statement as a business, it’s more like family. This is company that is way bigger than me and my wife.”

2. Osuna Nursery

501 Osuna NE; 345-6644

3. Alameda Nursery

9515½ Fourth NW; 898-3562

NOTABLES: Rehm’s Nursery; Plant World; Lowe’s; Plants of the Southwest; Home Depot

HOTEL RESORT

WINNER: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana

Pueblo; 867-1234

This three-time winner, located on 500 acres of land owned by Santa Ana Pueblo, is “steeped in culture.” Some of Tamaya’s attractions include horseback riding, mountain biking and an

award-winning spa.

2. Sandia Resort & Casino

30 Rainbow Road; 796-7500

3. Isleta Resort & Casino

11000 Broadway SE; 724-3800

NOTABLES: Hotel Albuquerque; Andaluz; Embassy Suites; Hotel Cascada; Hotel Parq Central

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Paseo del Norte NE; 217-1107

This family-owned business started as a one- man operation in a North Valley garage in 1972. Today, it employs almost 100 people and is a repeat winner with readers.

2. Floor Scapes

8515 Paseo Alameda NE; 857-0438

3. All of State Floors and Furniture

6107 Menaul NE; 569-1005

NOTABLES: House of Floors; Carpet Source

PET GROOMING

WINNER: Groomingdales Pet Spa 405 Montano NE #7; 345-4455

7321 San Antonio NE; 822-1000

Locally owned and operated, Groomingdale’s provides professional pet grooming, treatments and products, all of which are individually prescribed to suit a pet’s specific breed and needs.

2. Jack and Rascals

6001 Winterhaven Drive NW; 503-1779

3. Petsmart

Multiple locations; petsmart.com

NOTABLES: Arie’s Dogland; Pups N’ Suds; Arfin’ Annie’s; Pet Groomery; Rio Grande Groomers

CREDIT UNION

WINNER: Nusenda Credit Union Multiple locations; nusendacu.org

With more than 150,000 member-owners, three-time winner Nusenda is the largest not-

for-profit credit union in New Mexico.

2. Sandia Labs Federal Credit Union

Multiple locations; slfcu.org

3. U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union

Multiple locatoins; useaglefcu.org

NOTABLES: Kirtland Federal Credit Union; First Financial Credit Union; Rio Grande Credit Union; Mountain America Credit Union

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20 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 COMMUNITY ART GALLERY WINNER: Weems Galleries and Framing 7200 Montgomery NE

COMMUNITY

20 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 COMMUNITY ART GALLERY WINNER: Weems Galleries and Framing 7200 Montgomery NE

ART GALLERY

WINNER: Weems Galleries and Framing

7200 Montgomery NE Suite D; 293-6133

303 Romero NW; 764-0302

www.weemsgallery.com

This year marks 35 years in the art gallery business for Mary Ann Weems, who opened her first location in the Eastdale shopping center at Eubank and Candelaria in 1981. At that time, Weems recalls, the local art market was geared more toward expensive pieces. Her idea was to make buying art more accessible and affordable for the general public by having an informal gallery environment and offering lay-away purchase plans.

“The whole idea was accessibility and ease — for people to just walk in,” Weems said.

She later opened a second location at the Plaza Don Luis in Old Town and about eight years ago moved her original gallery to the Louisiana Plaza on Montgomery.

The galleries offer restoration and framing services. They also hold regular shows featuring the work of local artists.

2. Amapola Gallery

205 Romero St. NW; 242-4311

3. Corrales Bosque Gallery

4685 Corrales Road, Corrales; 898-7203

NOTABLES: The Gallery ABQ; Sumner & Dene; Albuquerque Art Museum; Concetta Falkery

Sumner & Dene; Albuquerque Art Museum; Concetta Falkery Mary Ann Weems ROMANTIC DATE WINNER: Sandia Crest/Sandia

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ROMANTIC DATE

WINNER: Sandia Crest/Sandia Peak Tramway

30 Tramway Road NE; sandiapeak.com

The spectacular evening view of the city lights, the chill

in

the air that invites a little cuddling, that’s romance.

2.

Embers Steakhouse

11000 Broadway SE; 244-8288

3. Antiquity Restaurant

112 Romero St. NW; 247-3545

NOTABLES: Melting Pot; Vernon’s Speakeasy

TAKE AN OUT-OF-TOWNER

WINNER: Sandia Peak Tramway

30 Tramway Road NE; 856-7325, sandiapeak.com

A three-time winner, the Tramway covers a distance of

2.7 miles over deep canyons and breathtaking terrain. Visitors will be impressed by the 11,000-square-mile panoramic view at the top.

2. Old Town

albuquerqueoldtown.com

3. El Pinto

10500 Fourth NW; 898-1771

NOTABLES: Santa Fe; Albuquerque International Balloon Museum; Acoma Pueblo; Amapola Gallery; Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Acoma Pueblo; Amapola Gallery; Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Triple Sevens Saloon at Isleta Resort & Casino

Triple Sevens Saloon at Isleta Resort & Casino

KARAOKE NIGHT

WINNER: Triple Sevens Saloon at Isleta Resort & Casino 11000 Broadway SE; 244-8191, isleta.com/entertainmentnightlife/ triple-sevens.aspx

Triple Sevens Saloon, which also won for night spot/bar, offers Thursday night karaoke in an upscale setting.

“We give people a chance to go somewhere different,” says Andrew Gilbert, beverage manager for the Isleta Resort. “We’ve really catered to the locals and we’ve become a

locals bar.”

A range of music from Rat Pack to “people trying to be the hip hop or country star,” Gilbert says, along with promotions, giveaways and specials make the joint a place to belt out a song or two.

2. Spectators

5850 Eubank NE; 275-1166

3. Silva Lanes

3010 Eubank NE; 298-5583

NOTABLES: Stereoke at Mezcal Tequleria; Telles Edwell

SEE THE SUNSET

WINNER: Sandia Crest

30 Tramway Road NE; sandiapeak.com

Another three-time winner, the 10,378- foot Sandia Peak in Cibola National Forest offers fabulous views of our colorful desert sunsets.

2.

Sandiago’s

40

Tramway Road NE; 856-6692

3.

Embers Steakhouse patio

11000 Broadway SE; 244-8288

NOTABLES: Balloon Museum; High Finance; White Wash; Foothills

DANCE CLUB

WINNER: Effex Nightclub

420 Central SW; 842-8870

Effex is a lively Downtown nightclub and bar featuring a rooftop bar and DJs spinning a range of tunes.

2. Dirty Bourbon

9800 Montgomery NE; 296-2726

3. Casa Escencia

800 Rio Grande NW Suite D; 843-6300

3. Caravan

7605 Central NE; 265-7877

NOTABLES: Q Bar

FARMERS MARKET

WINNER: ABQ Downtown Growers’ Market Robinson Park, Eighth & Central

From early spring through late fall, the ABQ Downtown Growers’ Market is a Saturday

morning tradition. Marking 20 years of operation, the market brings together more than

60

local growers, nonprofits, yoga and live music, creating lots of community spirit.

2.

Corrales Growers’ Market

500 Jones Road, Corrales; corralesgrowersmarket.com

2. Los Ranchos Growers’ Market

6718 Rio Grande NW, Los Ranchos

3. Rail Yards Market

777 First SW; railyardsmarket.com

NOTABLES: Sprouts; Albuquerque Academy Farmers’ Market

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READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 21 DOG PARK WINNER: North Domingo Baca Dog Park 7520 Corona NE;

DOG PARK

WINNER: North

Domingo Baca Dog Park

7520 Corona

NE; cabq.gov/ parksandrecreation/ parks/dog-parks

Spacious park with wood chip ground cover and trees. Separate areas for large and small dogs. Open until 10 p.m. with lighting.

2. Coronado Dog Park

301 McKnight NW; cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/parks/dog-parks

3. USS Bullhead Dog Park

1606 San Pedro SE; cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/parks/

dog-parks

NOTABLES: Los Altos Dog Park; Bud Warren and Lady Dog Park; Tom Bolack Urban Forest Dog Park

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North Domingo Baca Dog Park

BIKE PATH

WINNER: Paseo del Bosque Trail nmts.org/rides/riversideTrail.htm

Also called the Riverside Bike Path in places, the Paseo del Bosque Trail is a lovely 16 mile paved bikepath, uninterrupted by roadways. The trail parallels the Rio Grande bosque on the east side of the river.

2. Tramway bike path

nmts.org/rides/tramwayTrail.htm

3. Rio Grande bike path

cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/recreation/bike

NOTABLES: Alameda Trail; Paseo del Bosque

MOVIE THEATER

WINNER: Icon Cinemas (Four Hills ABQ) 13120 Central SE; 814-7469

Formerly the Four Hills theaters, Icon offers luxury reclining and vibrating seats and all-you-can-eat popcorn and drinks.

2. Century Rio 24

4901 Pan American Freeway; 343-9000

3. Regal Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

2100 Louisiana NE; 844-462-7342

NOTABLES: High Ridge 8; Premier Cinema 14 Rio Rancho; Cottonwood Stadium 16; Century Rio 14 Downtown; Guild Movie Theater

CONCERT VENUE

WINNER: Sandia Amphitheater 30 Rainbow Road NE; 796-7500

Sandia Resort & Casino’s 4,000-seat outdoor amphitheater has attracted top acts to perform under the stars. Some upcoming acts: Cindi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge, Counting Crows and Huey Lewis and the News.

2. Isleta Amphitheatre

5601 University SE; 452-5100

3. Popejoy Hall

1 University of New Mexico; 277-8010

NOTABLES: Sunshine Theatre; Albuquerque BioPark; KiMo Theatre; Launchpad; Route 66 Casino

COMMUNITY

CHARITY GALA

WINNER: St. Nicholas Ball by Catholic Charities 724-4670, ccasfnm.org

Catholic Charities’ signature fundraiser, the St. Nicholas Ball (formerly known as the Festival of the Trees), is in its 13th year.

About 450 people celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a dinner, silent and live auctions and entertainment and dancing via the Pink Flamingos.

Money raised from the event goes toward providing a broad spectrum of community services to help anyone in need.

This year’s event is coming up Nov. 19.

2. Chic-I-Boom Ball/Balloon

Museum (foundation)

balloonmuseum.com/chic-i-

boom-ball.aspx

3. Folds of Honor Patriot Gala

riograndepatriots.com/gala.

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NOTABLES: Mayor’s Ball; Mayor’s Dog Ball; Casa Esperanza; Opera Southwest Gala

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22 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 COMMUNITY Isleta Golf Club GOLF COURSE WINNER: Isleta Golf Club 11000

COMMUNITY

22 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 COMMUNITY Isleta Golf Club GOLF COURSE WINNER: Isleta Golf Club 11000

Isleta Golf Club

22 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 COMMUNITY Isleta Golf Club GOLF COURSE WINNER: Isleta Golf Club 11000

GOLF COURSE

WINNER: Isleta Golf Club 11000 Broadway SE; 848-1900, www.isleta.com/golf

Isleta Resort & Casino’s 27-hole public daily fee golf course

is located a few miles south

of Albuquerque next to the

Bosque near the Rio Grande. It

is designed in three nine-hole

sections around a pueblo-style club house. It features three natural lakes and views of Mount Taylor.

Golf carts at the Isleta Golf Club are equipped with touch screen GPS technology that enables golfers to navigate easily through menus to access information about the course.

An onsite golf shop carries a range of bags, shoes and balls to meet the needs of players.

And when they are finished with

a round, or need a break, the

Eagles Nest Restaurant offers the opportunity for a quick cold beverage or a snack.

“It’s a very playable golf course for the novice; but it’s also challenging for the better player,” says Mike Ciolek, Isleta’s director of golf.

The club is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer by rolling back prices to what they

were in 1996. During August it will cost $30 for golf and cart after 11 a.m on weekdays for 18 holes of play, Ciolek says.

2. Arroyo del Oso Golf

Course 7001 Osuna NE; 884-7505

3. Paako Ridge Golf Course

1 Club House Drive, Sandia

Park; 281-6000

NOTABLES: Sandia Golf Course; Santa Ana Golf Course; Tanoan Country Club; Canyon Club; UNM

Championship Golf Course

NIGHT SPOT/BAR

WINNER: Triple Sevens Saloon at Isleta Resort & Casino 11000 Broadway SE; 244-8191

Part saloon, part sports bar and part country dance club, Triple Sevens features live entertainment and DJs spinning dance music. Enjoy signature cocktails and appetizers away from the hustle and bustle of the casino floor, but not too far from the action. Also won for karaoke spot.

2. O’Niell’s

4310

Central SE; 255-6782

3301

Juan Tabo NE; 293-1122

3. Vintage 423

8000 Paseo Del Norte NE Suite A1; 821-1918

3. Anodyne

409 Central NW; 244-1820

3. Horse & Angel

5809 Juan Tabo NE #1; 299-0225

NOTABLES: Spectators

SKI RESORT

WINNER: Taos Ski Valley

116 Sutton Place, Taos Ski

Valley; 800-776-1111

A skier’s and snowboarder’s paradise,

Taos Ski Valley averages

305 inches of snowfall

annually. Coupled with 300+ days of sunshine, it’s winter vacation come true.

2. Ski Santa Fe skisantafe.com

3. Angel Fire Resort angelfireresort.com

NOTABLES: Sandia Ski Resort; Pajarito; Red River; Sipapu; Ruidoso

ANNUAL EVENT

WINNER: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 5500 Balloon Fiesta Parkway; balloonfiesta.com

This three-time winner brings thousands of people to Albuquerque to gaze in awe at the colorful pageant. This year’s fiesta is Oct. 1-9.

2. New Mexico State Fair

300 San Pedro NE; exponm. com

3.

Various locations; cabq.gov

NOTABLES: Chocolate & Coffee Fest; Doggie Dash and Dawdle; ABQ Pride; Gathering of Nations

Summerfest

OUTDOOR SUMMER VENUE

WINNER: Albuquerque Bio Park cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark,

768-2000

A treat to visit any time of the year, the

Zoo, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach and Aquarium are especially exciting during the

summer. With lots of educational events, it’s

a

great way to keep the kids entertained.

2.

ABQ BioPark Zoo

903 10th SW; 768-2000

3. Sandia Amphitheatre

30 Rainbow Road NE; 796-7500

NOTABLES: Balloon Museum; Isotopes Park; Old Town; Balloon Fiesta Park

HIKING TRAIL

WINNER: La Luz

Three-time winner in this category, La Luz is a popular eight-mile trail on the west face of the Sandias. The strenuous trail is home to the La Luz Trail Run.

2. Bosque Trails

3. Pino Canyon

NOTABLES: Embudito Trailhead; Elena Gallegos; Tree Springs Trail; Sandia Foothills Open Space; Carlito Springs

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MUSEUM

WINNER: Albuquerque Museum of Art and History 2000 Mountain NW; 242-4600, cabq.gov/culturalservices/ albuquerque-museum

This cultural destination sits in Old Town on museum row just north of historic Route 66 (Central Ave.).

In addition to its permanent displays, the museum features interesting temporary exhibits. Some featured exhibitions right now are “Drawing Into Architecture: Sketches & Models by Antoine Predock,” “Back to Life: The Community

of Historic Fairview Cemetery,” “Pueblo Revolt by Virgil Ortiz:

2016 Artist-in-Residence” and

“Route 66: Radiance, Rust, and

Revival on the Mother Road.”

2. New Mexico Museum of

Natural History

1801 Mountain NW; 841-2800

3. Explora!

1701 Mountain NW; 224-8300

NOTABLES: National Museum of Nuclear Science & History; Balloon Museum; Rattlesnake Museum; National Hispanic Cultural Center Museum

DAY TRIP DESTINATION

WINNER: Santa Fe

Head north to Santa Fe for its world-renowned museums and galleries, fabulous restaurants and history. It’s a quick trip from Albuquerque.

2. Jemez Mountains

jemezmountaintrail.org

3. Sandia Crest

30 Tramway Road NE; sandiapeak.com

NOTABLES: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks national Monument; madrid; Taos; Bandelier National Monument; Acoma Pueblo

CAMPING SPOT

WINNER: Jemez Mountains jemezmountaintrail.org

The Jemez Mountains encompass a large area of mostly undisturbed forested wilderness, with rocky peaks, meadows, mountain streams, lakes and waterfalls. A part of the Santa Fe National Forest, it’s a good destination for camping and other recreational activities.

2. Pecos National Historical Park

nps.gov/peco/index.htm

3. Fenton Lake State Park

www.emnrd.state.nm.us/spd/fentonlakestatepark.html

3. Hopewell Lake Campground

www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/carson/recreation

NOTABLES: Murphy Lake; Bandelier National Monument; Chama

COMMUNITY

Murphy Lake; Bandelier National Monument; Chama COMMUNITY CASINO WINNER: Sandia Resort & Casino 30 Rainbow Road

CASINO

WINNER: Sandia Resort & Casino

30 Rainbow Road NE; 796-7500

Another three-time winner, Sandia boasts 140,000 square feet of Vegas- style gaming action, including more than 2,300 slots and 33 table games.

2. Isleta Resort & Casino

11000 Broadway SE; 724-3800

3.

Santa Ana Star Casino

54

Jemez Canyon Dam Road, Santa

Ana Pueblo; 867-0000

NOTABLES: Route 66 Casino; Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

LOCAL EVENT

WINNER: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 5500 Balloon Fiesta Parkway; balloonfiesta.com

While drawing thousands of visitors every year, the Balloon Fiesta is also popular with local residents. We may grumble about the traffic, but we also enjoy the colorful show. This year’s fiesta is Oct. 1-9.

2. Summerfest

Various locations; cabq.gov

3. New Mexico State Fair

300 San Pedro NE; exponm.com

NOTABLES: Art Attack; Globalquerque; Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival; Old Town Shop & Stroll

FIRST DATE DESTINATION

WINNER: Sandia Peak Tramway

30 Tramway Road NE; 856-7325

Ooh and aah together over the gorgeous views. At the top, there’s a nice restaurant

where you can continue the conversation.

2. Old Town

albuquerqueoldtown.com

3. ABQ BioPark Zoo

903 10th SW; 768-2000

NOTABLES: Flying Star; Foothills; El Pinto

PARK

WINNER: Roosevelt Park 500 Spruce SE

Nearly 15 acres of grassy hills and trees make this one of Albuquerque’s most beautiful and popular parks. Includes a frisbee golf course.

2. A Park Above

2441 Westside Blvd., Rio Rancho

3. Tiguex Park

1800 Mountain NW

NOTABLES: BioPark; Hyder Park; North Domingo Baca; Rio Grande Nature Center

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24 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 SPECIALTY DESSERTS WINNER: Flying Star Multiple locations; flyingstarcafe.com New

SPECIALTY DESSERTS

WINNER: Flying Star Multiple locations; flyingstarcafe.com

New Yorkers Jean and Mark Bernstein opened their first restaurant in Albuquerque as the Double Rainbow on

Central in the Nob Hill area in 1987. Their goal was to create

a place where people could

drop in at any time and get a meal, dessert or a coffee and be able to browse a selection of magazines.

The Juan Tabo restaurant followed in 1995 and they expanded to several more over the next 15 years.

They changed name to the Flying Star in 2001 due to a licensing dispute with a San Francisco ice cream company of the same name. The Flying Star name was chosen based on interviews with customers,

employees and the Bernsteins,

it was taken from a 1950s

Chinese firecracker label, according to a 2001 Journal story.

“We have a wonderful staff of talented pastry chefs and bakers, some of whom have worked for us for more than 25 years and they’re devoted to their craft,” said Flying Star

co-owner Jean Bernstein, “We’re really committed to dessert making.”

2. The Cheesecake Factory

6600 Menaul NE Space 600;

883-2539

3. The Range Cafe

Multiple locations;

rangecafe.com

NOTABLES: Le Chantilly Bakery; Whole Foods; ABC Cake Shop; Cravin’ Cookies … and more!; New Mexico Pie Co.

FOOD & DRINK

Cookies … and more!; New Mexico Pie Co. FOOD & DRINK Flying Star Sadie’s margarita MARGARITA
Cookies … and more!; New Mexico Pie Co. FOOD & DRINK Flying Star Sadie’s margarita MARGARITA

Flying Star

and more!; New Mexico Pie Co. FOOD & DRINK Flying Star Sadie’s margarita MARGARITA WINNER: Sadie’s

Sadie’s margarita

MARGARITA

WINNER: Sadie’s Multiple locations; sadiesofnewmexico.com

Sadie’s, of course, is known for its oh-so-hot Mexican and New Mexican

food, which is it why it came out on top

in those categories, as well.

But it services up some pretty hot margaritas, as well.

The house margarita and Silver Coin are exquisitely blended, while Grand Gold packs a tasty tang and a bit of a wallop. And recently added is the Gold Coin, using a special Patron tequila aged in select barrels and offered to only a few American restaurants, says general manager Gilbert Sanchez.

2. Gardunos

Multiple locations; gardunosrestaurants.com

3. El Pinto

10500 Fourth NW; 898-1771

NOTABLES: El Patron; Isleta Casino & Resort; El Bruno; Sandiago’s Mexican Grill; Casa Benavidez

STEAKHOUSE

WINNER: Texas Roadhouse

5900 Pan American; 856-2226

10030 Coors Bypass NW;

897-6853

Since 1993, Texas Roadhouse has been serving up hand-cut steaks, fall-off-the-bone ribs, made-from- scratch sides and fresh-baked bread. Are you hungry yet?

2. Longhorn Steakhouse

6600

Menaul NE; 881-5359

9975

Coors Bypass NW; 897-0081

3. Marcello’s Chophouse

2201 Q St. NE Suite B; 837-2467

NOTABLES: Vernon’s Speakeasy; Black Angus; Outback Steakhouse; Embers Steakhouse; Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse; Monte Carlo; Antiquity

FROZEN YOGURT

WINNER: Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Multiple locations; menchies.com

Opened in 2007 in California by a husband-and-wife team, Menchie’s is now in more than 500 locations around the world. Its mission statement is “we make you smile,” employing the 3-P principle:

people, place and product.

2. Yay Yogurt

205 Romero St. NW; 750-7624

3. Olo Yogurt Studio

3339 Central NE Suite C; 718-4656

NOTABLES: U-Swirl; Rita’s Cafe; Frost Gelato; Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

ICE CREAM

WINNER: Baskin-Robbins Multiple locations; baskinrobbins.com

Founded in 1945, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, with more than 7,000 shops in 50 countries. There are almost as many flavors.

2. Cold Stone Creamery

Multiple locations; coldstonecreamery.com

3. Dairy Queen

Multiple locations; dairyqueen.com

NOTABLES: Frost; I Scream for Ice Cream; Rita’s; ChocGlitz & Cream; Chill’N Green Jeans

CHINESE

WINNER: P.F. Chang’s

4440 The 25 Way NE; 344-8282

A repeat winner from 2015, P.F. Chang’s evolving menu invites exploration — from fresh and inventive flavors to classic cocktails with a modern twist.

2. Budai Gourmet Chinese

6300 San Mateo NE H-1; 797-7898

3. Chen’s Chinese Food Restaurant

235 Juan Tabo NE; 298-9214

NOTABLES: Rising Star Chinese Eatery; Best Lee’s; Chow’s Asian Bistro; Fan Tang; Four Joys Chinese Restaurant

SOUP

WINNER: Panera Bread Multiple locations; panerabread.com

With the motto “food as it should be,” Panera Bread offers a half dozen soups daily. With a crusty baguette alongside, it’s happiness in a bowl.

2. Annie’s Soup Kitchen

3107 Eubank NE; 296-8601

3. Sweet Tomatoes

4901 San Mateo NE; 888-6131

10126 Coors NW; 898-2171

NOTABLES: Flying Star; Savory Fare; Souper Salad; Kasey’s; Olive Garden; Christy Mae’s

THAI

WINNER: Thai Vegan Multiple locations; thaivegannm.com

Since opening in 2010, the fully vegan Thai Vegan has risen to the top of a crowded field of Thai restaurants. With bold flavors and creative meat substitutes, Thai Vegan has found its following.

2. Thai Tip

1512 Wyoming NE; 323-7447

3. Thai Cuisine

6200 Coors NW Suite E3-4;

890-3406

4201 Central NE; 232-3200

NOTABLES: Orchid Thai; Thai Kitchen; Siam Cafe; Thai Spice; Thai Orchid

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READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 25 SUSHI WINNER: Azuma Sushi & Teppan 4701 San Mateo NE; 880-9800

SUSHI

WINNER: Azuma Sushi & Teppan

4701

San Mateo NE; 880-9800

8104

Wyoming NE Suite B; 821-3583

In a crowded field, Azuma Sushi & Teppan has impressed with its modern design and imaginative sushi and sashimi — wonder about the Red Devil Roll, the “Make My Day” and the Caterpillar Roll?

2. Shogun Japanese Cuisine

3310 Central SE; 265-9166

3. Sakura Sushi and Grill

6241 Riverside Plaza Lane; 890-2838

NOTABLES: Sushi and Sake; Japanese Kitchen; Sushi King; Crazy Fish; I Love Sushi; Naka Sushi; Sushi Hama

VIETNAMESE

WINNER: Viet Taste

5721 Menaul NE; 888-0101

Viet Taste has gained fans for its traditional Vietnamese dishes like pho and rice plates served in a colorful, unfussy space. Reviews laud it for filling and inexpensive offerings.

2. May Cafe

111 Louisiana SE; 265-4448

3. Saigon Restaurant

6001 San Mateo NE; 884-0706

NOTABLES: Cafe Da Lat; Basil Leaf; Pho 79; May Hong

INDIAN

WINNER: Taj Mahal Cuisine of India

1430 Carlisle NE; 255-1994

Tantalizing the taste buds with the many flavors of India, Taj Mahal is a repeat winner from 2015. Consider the Tandoori Khoobiyan, a mixed grill of tandoori chicken, lamb kebabs and shrimp.

2. India Grill

6501-B Wyoming NE; 797-4243

3. Namaste Cuisine of India

and Nepal 110 Yale SE; 266-6900 1520 Deborah Road SE, Rio Rancho; 896-3126

NOTABLES: Annapurna; Taaj Palace

DOUGHNUT SHOP

WINNER: Rebel Donut

2. Dunkin’ Donuts

2435

Wyoming NE; 293-0553

Multiple locations;

9311

Coors NW Suite QA;

dunkindonuts.com

898-3090

Fanciful flavors have won legions of fan for Rebel Donut, which is a three-time winner. Umm, check out the Maple Bacon, Rocky Road and Red Velvet.

3. Krispy Kreme

Multiple locations;

krispykreme.com

NOTABLES: Donut Mart; Duke City Donuts; Rita’s Cafe

SANDWICH

WINNER: Dion’s Multiple locations; dions.com

If you can manage to forego the first-place-winning pizza, Dion’s subs will happily fill you up. And feel free to customize. As they say, “If we’ve got it, we’ll make it for you.”

2.

8019 Menaul NE Suite E&F;

299-0001

Relish

3. Jason’s Deli

Multiple locations;

jasonsdeli.com

3. Subway

Multiple locations; subway.com

NOTABLES: Panera Bread; Jersey Mikes; Christie Mae’s; Firehouse Subs;

Cheese & Coffee

FOOD & DRINK

Firehouse Subs; Cheese & Coffee FOOD & DRINK MIDDLE EASTERN WINNER: Pars Cuisine 4320 The 25

MIDDLE EASTERN

WINNER: Pars Cuisine

4320 The 25 Way NE #100; 345-5156,

parscuisine.us

For true Persian food unlike anywhere else in town, there is none other than Pars Cuisine, says owner Mohammed Tafti.

Kababs of numerous varieties featuring lamb, filet mignon and chicken light up the palette as they are grilled over an open flame. Factor in the “best rice in Albuquerque,” and it’s easy to see how Pars Cuisine has thrived for its 38 years in business.

“We specialize in themes with low seating and belly dancers Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays,” he says.

2. San Pedro Middle Eastern Restaurant

and Grocery

4001 San Pedro Drive NE; 888-2921

3. Sahara Middle Eastern Eatery

2622 Central SE; 255-5400

NOTABLES: Cafe Istanbul; Taj Mahal; Anatolia

SE; 255-5400 NOTABLES: Cafe Istanbul; Taj Mahal; Anatolia Pars Cuisine PIZZA WINNER: Dion’s Multiple locations;

Pars Cuisine

PIZZA

WINNER: Dion’s Multiple locations; dions.com

A three-time winner for its pizza, Dion’s also took first this year for sandwiches. I’d say it has lunch covered.

2. Il Vicino

Multiple locations; ilvicino.com

3. Farina Alto

10721 Montgomery NE; 298-0035

NOTABLES: Pizza 9; Mario’s Pizzeria & Ristorante; Village Pizza; Papa Murphy’s; Saggios; Giovanni’s Pizzeria; Domino’s Pizza

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26 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 FOOD & DRINK COCKTAILS WINNER: M’tucci’s Italian Restaurant 6001 Winter Haven

FOOD & DRINK

26 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 FOOD & DRINK COCKTAILS WINNER: M’tucci’s Italian Restaurant 6001 Winter Haven

COCKTAILS

WINNER: M’tucci’s Italian Restaurant

6001 Winter Haven Road NW Suite

M; 503-7327, Mtuccis.com

While ordinary cocktails can be found at M’tucci’s, it’s the signature “shrub” drinks that sets the place apart.

For instance, says general manager and partner-to-be Austin Leard, the Cucumber Basil Gimlet combines the vegetable and spice with vodka, fresh lime juice and a simple, homemade syrup to create a daring, enticing mixture.

“They’re extremely unique,” Leard

says of the fruit-based cocktail menu that he created. “We’ve been doing

it for about two years now and it’s been very successful for us.”

2. Apothecary Lounge

806 Central SE; 242-0040

3. Vintage 423

8000 Paseo Del Norte Suite A1;

821-1918

NOTABLES: Savoy; Seasons; Elephant Bar; Jinja; El Patron

WINERY

WINNER: St. Clair Winery Multiple locations; stclairwinery.com

Established in 1984 by the

Lescombes family, St. Clair Wintery

is based in Deming and runs a

popular bistro in Old Town with inside and patio dining.

2. Casa Rondeña

733 Chavez Road NW; 344-5911

3. Gruet

8400 Pan American Freeway NE;

821-0055

NOTABLES: Ponderosa Vineyards; Corrales Winery; Milagro Vineyards; Pasado Tiempo

GREEK

WINNER: Yanni’s Mediterranean Bar & Grill

3109 Central NE; 268-9250

A repeat winner from 2015, Yanni’s

original menu and creative additions

keep customers coming back. Yanni’s has been in business more than 20 years.

2. Mykonos

5900 Eubank NE; 291-1116

3. Zorbas

11225 Montgomery NE; 232-2695

NOTABLES: Gyros Mediterranean;

Olympia Cafe; Nick & Jimmy’s Bar

& Grill

BREWERY-ATMOSPHERE

WINNER: Marble Brewery

111 Marble NW; 243-2739

5740 Night Whisper Road NW;

508-4368

This local brewery started with its first location Downtown and has since expanded to the West Side and won several awards.

It recently renovated its Downtown location, adding a rooftop patio. Owners plan to open an east side location near Montgomery and Eubank no later than this fall, according to spokeswoman Elyse Cushman.

She says the brewery is a favorite because “we always want to have fun and our beer is awesome.”

She says the new rooftop patio has been a hit. “The views are incredible,” she says. “It’s a great place to have a beer.”

In addition to atmosphere, Marble also won first for best beer.

2. Bosque Brewing Co.

Multiple locations; www.bosquebrewing.com

Bosque Brewing Co. Multiple locations; www.bosquebrewing.com Marble Brewery 3. La Cumbre Brewing 3313 Girard NE; 872-0225

Marble Brewery

3. La Cumbre Brewing

3313 Girard NE;

872-0225

NOTABLES: Tractor Brewing; Boxing Bear Brewery; Canteen Brew House; Nexus Brewery; Red Door Brewery

BAKERY

WINNER: ABC Cake Shop & Bakery

1830 San Pedro Drive NE; 255-5080

Another three-peat winner, ABC Cake Shop & Bakery has been serving up fresh-baked goodies for more than 40 years.

2. Flying Star

Multiple locations; flyingstarcafe.com

3. Great Harvest Bread Co.

11200 Montgomery NE #4; 293-8277

NOTABLES: Golden Crown Panaderia; Le Chantilly Bakery; Small Cakes; Swiss Alps Bakery; Panera Bread

COFFEEHOUSE

WINNER: Starbucks Multiple locations; starbucks.com/coffee

The popular chain of coffeehouses has owned this category for three years. With expanded food offerings, Starbucks is now tackling the lunch crowd.

2.

Multiple locations; satellitecoffee.com

3. Flying Star

Multiple locations; flyingstarcafe.com

NOTABLES: NM Piñon Coffee; Michael Thomas; Humble Coffee; Zendos; Cafe Bella

Satellite

BBQ

WINNER: Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q

2321 Carlisle NE; 884-4000

In a crowded category, Rudy’s comes our on top for a third year in a row. Albuquerque voters give their stamp of approval to Rudy’s delectable meats and its own “Sause.”

2.

11301 Central NE; 298-6766

5309 Fourth NW; 345-8086

3. Whole Hog

725 Central NE; 247-0189

9880 Montgomery NE, 323-1688

320 S. Guadalupe, Santa Fe;

505-474-3375

NOTABLES: Quarters; The County Line; Dickeys; The Cube; Pepper’s BBQ; Texas Road House; JR’s BBQ

Powdrell’s

BEER (FROM THESE BREWERIES)

WINNER: Marble Brewery

111 Marble NE; 243-2739

5740 Night Whisper Road NW; 508-4368

From its “liquid sopaipilla” of Wildflower Wheat to its quaffable IPA to the luxurious and creamy Oatmeal Stout, Marble Brewery has made fans with its beer. A three-time winner in this category, Marble also won for best brewery atmosphere.

2. La Cumbre

3313 Girard NE; 872-0225

3. Bosque Brewing

Multiple locatoins; bosquebrewing.com

NOTABLES: Tractor Brewing; Canteen Brewhouse; Alien Amber; Boxing Bear; Santa Fe Brewery

BURGER

WINNER: Blake’s Lotaburger Multiple locations; lotaburger.com

So the burgers are great, even without the green chile. Blake’s also won for breakfast burrito and green chile cheeseburger.

2. Five Star Burger

Multiple locations;

5starburgers.com

3. Fuddrucker’s

Multiple locations;

fuddruckers.com

NOTABLES: Five Guys; Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers; Rex’s Hamburgers; Twisters; Holy Cow; Kasey’s

UPSCALE

RESTAURANT

WINNER: Antiquity Restaurant

112 Romero St. NW; 247-3545

Top-of-the-line food and a romantic, old-style atmosphere

define Antiquity Restaurant in Old Town.

2. Artichoke Cafe

424 Central SE; 243-0200

3. Marcello’s Chophouse

2201 Q St. NE Suite B;

237-2467

NOTABLES: Savoy; Scalo’s; Vernon’s Speakeasy; Seasons; Rancher’s Club

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READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 27 FOOD & DRINK FOOD TRUCK WINNER: Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ kimosabq.com, 264-2103

FOOD & DRINK

READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016 27 FOOD & DRINK FOOD TRUCK WINNER: Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ kimosabq.com, 264-2103

FOOD TRUCK

WINNER: Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ kimosabq.com, 264-2103

Bringing a taste of the islands to New Mexico, Kimo’s offers Hawaiian Fried Rice, Huli Huli Chicken, Kalua Pork Nachos, Spam Musubi and more. Serving lunch and some late nights, check out the website for when and where.

2. Irrational Pie

irrationalpies.com

2. Mac’s Steak in the Rough

facebook.com/

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3. Cheesy Street

facebook.com/CheesyStreet/,

352-4151

NOTABLES: Supper Truck; TFK Smokehouse; Street Food Institute; Green Growler

VEGAN

WINNER: Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Cafe Multiple locations; chaishoppe.com

For more than a decade Annapurna has been introducing eager Albuquerqueans to a fresh, organic, plant-based menu. As food fads change, it has stuck with its principals and has never served trans fats, white flour, white sugar or anything refined.

2. Thai Vegan

Multiple locations; thaivegannm.com

3. Vinaigrette

1828 Central SW; 842-5507 709 Don Cubero Alley, Santa Fe;

505-820-9205

NOTABLES: Cafe Lush; An Hy Quan Vegetarian

BREAKFAST BURRITO

WINNER: Blake’s Lotaburger Multiple locations; lotaburger.com

There are eight choices of breakfast burritos at Blake’s Lotaburger — so it’ll take you more than a week to sample them all. Unless you want to double up …? Blake’s also took firsts in green chile cheeseburger and burger.

2. Golden Pride

Multiple locations; goldenprideabq.

com

3. Twisters

Multiple locations; mytwisters.com

NOTABLES: Frontier; Hurricanes; Vic’s Daily Cafe; Weck’s; Casa Benavidez; Garcia’s Kitchen

SUNDAY BRUNCH

WINNER: Le Peep Multiple locations; lepeep.com

The many ways you can prepare an egg: Le Peep succeeds cooking up “le breakfast, le brunch, le lunch” with the freshest ingredients.

2. Weck’s

Multiple locations; wecksinc.com

3. The Grove

600 Central SE Suite A; 248-9800

NOTABLES: Farm and Table; Scalo’s; Kasey’s; The Range; Garduno’s; M’tucci’s Italian Restaurant

JAPANESE

WINNER: Japanese Kitchen

6521 America’s Parkway NE;

884-8937

Japanese Kitchen was one of the first teppanyaki/hibachi style restaurants in the state. It is a repeat winner in this category from 2015.

2. Azuma

4701

San Mateo NE; 880-9800

8104

Wyoming NE Suite B;

821-3583

3. Hayashi

6321 San Mateo NE; 884-0694

NOTABLES: Ichiban Japanese Restaurant; Sakura Sushi & Grill; Samurai Grill & Sushi Bar; Magokoro Japanese Restaurant

NEW MEXICAN

WINNER: Sadie’s Multiple locations, sadiesofnewmexico.com

A three-time winner in this category — the salsa, the chile! — Sadie’s also took first this year for margaritas and Mexican restaurant.

2. El Pinto

10500 Fourth NW; 898-1771

3. Garcia’s Kitchen

Multiple locations;

garciaskitchen.com

NOTABLES: Monroe’s; Los Cuates; El Bruno’s; Papa Felipe’s; El Patron

Los Cuates; El Bruno’s; Papa Felipe’s; El Patron 66 Diner DINER WINNER: 66 Diner 1405 Central

66 Diner

DINER

WINNER: 66 Diner

1405 Central NE; 247-1421

This iconic diner sits on the historic Route 66 not far from the University of

New Mexico and offers some of the best

shakes in town.

Manager Cassie Brown says the diner offers a fun and energetic environment with “quality food and milkshakes in an upbeat retro environment.” She serves people from not only all over the United States but around the world.

“The cool thing is that Route 66 is unique to America,” she says. “People, especially

from Europe, really seem to like that you can take one road from one end of the country to the other.”

Call or visit 66diner.com for a menu and hours.

2. Standard Diner

320 Central SE; 243-1440

3. Range Cafe

Multiple locations; rangecafe.com

NOTABLES: Vic’s Daily Cafe; Owl Cafe; Hurricanes; Murphy’s Mule Barn; Frontier Restaurant

MEXICAN

WINNER: Sadie’s Multiple locations; sadiesofnewmexico.com

This venerable Albuquerque restaurant benefits from a 50-year history. Sadie’s also took first in margarita and

New Mexican food.

2. El Pinto

10500 Fourth NW; 898-1771

3. El Patron

10551 Montgomery NE; 275-0223

NOTABLES: Garcia’s Kitchen; Papa Felipe’s; Los Cuates; Monroe’s; Padilla’s Mexican Kitchen

ITALIAN

WINNER:

Trombino’s Bistro

Italiano

5415 Academy NE;

821-5974

Another three-time winner, Trombino’s has been a local favorite since 1979, serving up traditional as well as innovative dishes.

2. Mario’s Pizzeria

Multiple locations; mariospizzaabq.com

3. M’tucci’s Italian

Restaurant

6001 Winter Haven

Road NW Suite M (Coors & Montano);

503-7327

NOTABLES: Scalo’s; Paisanos; Bravo!; Olive Garden; Joe’s Pasta House

GREEN CHILE BURGER

WINNER: Blake’s Lotaburger Multiple locations; lotaburger.com

Using Hatch green chile packed exclusively for Blake’s, this burger has been winning awards for years. Blake’s also took first in breakfast burrito and burger.

2. Owl Cafe