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 2013: Cultural Attraction/Museum
Best of 2013: Art Exhibition
This year, the FAC's standout show — at least according to Indy readers — was the FAC's groundbreaking Son of Pop by Floyd D. Tunson. The mammoth retrospective of the Manitou Springs artist's work garnered acclaim from both art critics and visitors. "It really has resonated far beyond this community," museum director Blake Milteer says. "That's what you want. You want an artist who has really sent ripples out into the world." The FAC also earns love for its theater and education offerings. "In each area, we did some truly amazing stuff," says president/CEO Sam Gappmayer. Bottom line, the staff works hard to carry on the vision the center's founders formulated in the 1930s: to be a resource for culture in all its variations. — Rhonda Van Pelt
Best Of 2013 • IndyPick: Art Show You Can't Shake: Mother: Photographs by Carol S. Dass
Who would have thought that following around an 85-year-old woman would end up so gripping? Mary watching the rain from her garage. Mary eating a juicy peach. Mary grocery shopping. Mother worked because it was so subtle; nothing forced nor glamorous. Funny? Yes. Somehow so very familiar? Oh yes, I could feel the cotton of Mary's housecoats or the quilt on her bed. In only 27 images, Carol Dass shared a compelling narrative of her mother's life, complete with telling specifics and well-executed mystery. There's so much more about Mary — and my mother, for that matter — than I'll ever know. — 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.
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 2013: Affordable Family Fun
Cheyenne Mountain is a world-class zoo that'll put you well on your way to world-class calves as you switchback along its hilly terrain for an afternoon. For less than 15 bucks a head in the off-season, you can see everything from the expected lions, tigers and bears to more unusual zoo offerings, like a walk-in wallaby habitat, naked mole rat display or the newly renovated, multimillion-dollar Encounter Africa exhibit, among the finest of any zoo anywhere. And the food! See the Indy's Aug. 28 Appetite for an explanation of why you may not want to pack crumbly crackers and browning bananas for your day up high. — Jeff Koch