Insider Guide 2010
wish is stuffed from front door to back with vintage and vogue apparel. Owner Shelley Laur describes the shop as "wacky," but there's nothing wacky about her unique secondhand deals and 50-percent-off "Clearance Closet" steals.
Camp Guide 2011
D-11 has tentative plans to offer a credit-recovery program in June for high school students and, depending on budget constraints, may offer enrichment programs for students at other grade levels. Announcements of summer programs will appear in the Quick Links on D-11's home page.
IndyPick • Best Of 2011: Caretaker of Colorado Springs History
We're lucky here at the Indy to have the Pioneers Museum right across the street. It's a great building to look at, has lovely grounds to stroll and plenty of nice spots to take lunch. It's even better on the inside. Gorgeously built in 1903, the museum possesses an astounding 60,000-piece collection, ranging from early photos of the Springs, artifacts like rifles, Native American objects, medical equipment and much more. Feel free (literally) to browse an exquisite mural by local artist Eric Bransby, ride the metal cage elevator, and wander through the beautifully restored courtroom upstairs. Many of the exhibits there are interactive, but guests can go a step further, and register for the Museum Experience, a course in which they help design and build an exhibition. — Edie Adelstein
Insider Guide 2010
Colloquially known as "The Indy" or "The Single Most Amazing Piece of Local Print Owned or Not Owned by a Megalith of Publishing" (used interchangeably), the paper boasts 126,000 regular readers and, unlike the local daily, has yet to force-feed a copy of the New Testament to its readers.
Best of 2012: Cultural Attraction/Museum
Best of 2012: Art Exhibition
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's 75th anniversary has come and gone, but nothing is settling down at the institution. This year, the FAC gave Springs audiences the work of world-famous contemporary artist James Turrell, as well as sure-to-be-world-famous locals Scott Johnson and Floyd Tunson (see p. 64). On the theatrical side, it's debuted a second-stage season and offered more tickets at a lower price. The Bemis School of Art also continues to dish out satisfaction, says FAC president and CEO Sam Gappmayer. "Bemis is like this juggernaut: It does the same thing every year, but it does it exceptionally well," he says, adding, "It's a class of 18 where someone has a profound experience with their own creativity." Whether you view or create there, the FAC provides a holistic approach to art (for all ages, no less) that makes it a well-deserved community flagship. — Edie Adelstein
Insider Guide 2010
From birthdays to anniversaries to special holidays, CJ Kard will meet your card needs. The shop's stocked with tons of cute gift items as well, and in the back you'll find their custom invitation shop offering fun designs and Crane paper products.
Since 1982, this affordable Mandarin and Szechuan stop has earned loyalty with its expansive menu of Chinese favorites: Hunan duck and Mongolian beef, velvet chicken and Buddha's delight. Free delivery nearby seals the saucy deal.
Best Of 2012: Bang-for-your-Buck Restaurant
Best Of 2012: Power Lunch
Best Of 2012: Tourist Destination
The animals have finally beaten the rocks. Throughout Best Of history, Garden of the Gods has stood tallest in this category. Now, the giraffes (and lions and tigers and bears) have something to crow about. Marketing director Jenny Hillard credits locals for their ever-growing support: About 61 percent of visitors are from the Pikes Peak region, with 13 percent from the Denver area. Soon, visitors will see the new $13.5 million-dollar Encounter Africa exhibit, "which will provide new homes for our African elephants and lions, feature an improved meerkat exhibit, and bring the majestic black rhinoceros back to the zoo," Hillard says. — Rhonda Van Pelt