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 2015: Cultural Attraction/Museum
Best of 2015: Art Exhibition
The selection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Eloquent Objects as "best" in these respective categories makes perfect sense in 2015 (The Year of O'Keeffe, according to the FAC). Of the four institutions to host the traveling exhibition nationally, the FAC is geographically closest to O'Keeffe's landscape muse. And the museum's deep ties to the American Southwest radiated from the lower galleries throughout the building thanks to impressive and diverse pieces from its permanent collection. They served both as stunning support to the visiting works of O'Keeffe and 25 of her contemporaries, as well as the aesthetic connector responsible for transforming the FAC into an eloquent object in its own right. As former Indy Arts Editor Edie Adelstein noted in her coverage of the exhibition in June, "The arts center itself may be the real star of the show." Indeed. — Vanessa Martinez
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.
Best Of 2013: Chinese
I moved to Colorado Springs in the mid-'80s. Having come from New York, I decided that two types of food would be off-limits to me out here: Italian and Chinese. Except, that is, if the latter came from China Village. The restaurant, which has been open for 31 years, was the only place where my family and I could get wonton soup and egg rolls reminiscent of those from East Coast restaurants. Since then, the offerings in town have improved considerably, but I still return to China Village as a place where I can expect consistently good food and friendly service. — Laura Eurich
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 2014: Affordable Family Fun
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo strives to make every visit memorable, with tons of stuff to do for both adults and kids. Feed giraffes some lettuce, give an elephant some carrots, or ride the antique carousel. You can also observe animal husbandry training, or sign up as a conservation partner. According to a zoo spokesperson, the nonprofit's Quarters for Conservation program, wherein each guest is encouraged to put 25 cents of his or her admission fee toward a favorite conservation project, has raised more than half a million dollars since its launch in 2008. And this year, the zoo's Encounter Africa exhibit (established in 2013) took home a Significant Achievement Exhibit Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Nice zoo ya got there! — BW