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Daylife

Affordable Family Fun

1. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road 633-9925

2. Manitou Springs Penny Arcade 900 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs 685-9815

3. Garden of the Gods

Annual Outdoor Fest

1. Colorado Balloon Classic balloonclassic.com

2. Territory Days tiny.cc/10qxnx

3. MeadowGrass Music Festival tiny.cc/ftrxnx

Art Exhibition

1. Sideshow of the Absurd, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

2. Chihuly Rediscovered, Fine Arts Center

3. Commonwheel Artists Art Festival

Artist

1. Liese Chavez liesechavez.com

2. Brett Andrus brettandrus.com

3. Karen Khoury

3. (tie) Phil Lear phillear.com

3. (tie) Floyd D. Tunson tunsonart.com

Bike Shop

1. Old Town Bike Shop 426 S. Tejon St. 475-8589

2. Ted's 3016 N. Hancock Ave. 473-6915

3. Criterium Bicycles 6150 Corporate Drive 599-0149

Casino

1. Wildwood Casino 119 Carbonate St., Cripple Creek 719/244-9700

2. Bronco Billy's Casino 233 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek 719/689-2142

3. Double Eagle Hotel & Casino 442 Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek 719/689-5000

Category We Forgot

1. Pilates Instructor

2. Non-Franchise/Chain Pet Groomer

3. Bed & Breakfast

Cultural Attraction/Museum

1. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center 30 W. Dale St. 634-5583

2. Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum 215 S. Tejon St. 385-5990

3. Pikes Peak Center 190 S. Cascade Ave. 799-4139

Dance Studio

1. TrendZ Fitness 2360 Montebello Square Drive 510-1218

2. Ormao Dance Studio 10 S. Spruce St. 471-9759

3. Springs Salsa & Dance Fitness 108 E. Cheyenne Road 466-6685

Difficult Biking Trail

1. Captain Jack's, North Cheyenne Cañon Park

2. Templeton Gap Trail, Palmer Park

3. Barr Trail

Difficult Hiking Trail

1. Manitou Incline

2. Barr Trail

3. Section 16

Easy Biking Trail

1. New Santa Fe Regional Trail

2. Monument Valley Trail

3. Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Easy Hiking Trail

1. Red Rock Canyon Open Space

2. Garden of the Gods

3. Bear Creek Dog Park, Bear Creek Regional Park

3. (tie) Mount Cutler Trail, North Cheyenne Cañon Park

Gallery

1. Chavez Gallery 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #10 963-6925

2. The Modbo 17C E. Bijou St. 633-4240

3. Commonwheel Artists Co-Op 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs 685-1008

Hotel

1. The Broadmoor 1 Lake Ave. 634-7711

2. The Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel 8 S. Nevada Ave. 323-2000

3. The Cliff House at Pikes Peak 306 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs 785-1000

Local Sports Store/Outdoor Outfitter

1. Mountain Chalet 226 N. Tejon St. 633-0732

2. REI 1376 E. Woodmen Road 260-1455

3. Mountain Equipment Recyclers 1024 S. Tejon St. 210-6427

Martial Arts

1. Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs 219 W. Colorado Ave., #310 375-8336

2. Champions Kempo Karate 3645 Jeannine Drive 593-2232

3. 3T Colorado Springs 6780 N. Academy Blvd. 358-6627

Movie Theater

1. Kimball's Peak Three Theater 115 E. Pikes Peak Ave. 447-1945

2. Cinemark Carefree Circle and IMAX 3305 Cinema Point 596-2173

3. Carmike Cinemas Chapel Hills 13 1770 Briargate Blvd., #15 362-5392

Performing Arts Group/Program

1. Millibo Art Theatre 1626 S. Tejon St. 465-6321

2. Peaks and Pasties peaksandpasties.com

3. UCCS TheatreWorks 3955 Regent Circle 255-3232

Place for a Wedding

1. The Pinery 775 W. Bijou St. 634-7772

12375 Black Forest Road 495-9499

2. Garden of the Gods

3. Hillside Gardens & Event Center 1006 S. Institute St. 520-9463

Place to Buy Art

1. Chavez Gallery 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #10 963-6925

2. Commonwheel Artists Co-Op 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs 685-1008

3. Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Ave. 520-1899

Place to Buy Skateboards

1. Blindside 600 S. 21st St., #150 636-1554

2. Hoyal Board Company 1246 E. Woodmen Road 597-1121

3. BC Surf & Sport 1710 Briargate Blvd. 590-7873

Place to Buy Skis/Snowboards

1. Blindside 600 S. 21st St., #150 636-1554

2. The Ski Shop, Inc. 1422 S. Tejon St. 636-3355

3. Hoyal Board Company 1246 E. Woodmen Road 597-1121

Place to See Emerging Artists

1. The Modbo 17C E. Bijou St. 633-4240

2. Manitou Art Center 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs 685-1861

3. Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Ave. 520-1899

Reason Not to Move to Denver

1. Traffic

2. View of Pikes Peak

3. Accessible hiking and mountains

Reception/Banquet Facility

1. The Pinery 775 W. Bijou St. 634-7772

12375 Black Forest Road 495-9499

2. Briarhurst Manor Estate 404 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs 685-1864

3. The Broadmoor 1 Lake Ave. 634-7711

3. (tie) The Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel 8 S. Nevada Ave. 323-2000

3. (tie) Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave. 635-2800

Tourist Destination

1. Garden of the Gods

2. Pikes Peak

3. Manitou Springs

Yoga Studio

1. cambio. 3326 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., #100

2. Pranava Yoga Studio 802 N. Weber St. 444-8463

3. CorePower Yoga 623 N. Nevada Ave. 477-9642

1025 Garden of the Gods Road 265-8611

Shopping & Services

Antique/Gently Used Furniture Store

1. Platte Furniture 2331 E. Platte Place 633-7309

2. Discover Goodwill Multiple locations

3. Antique Gallery, Inc. 117 S. Wahsatch Ave. 633-6070

Bank/Credit Union

1. ENT Federal Credit Union Multiple locations

2. USAA 1855 Telstar Drive 244-9041

3. Chase Multiple locations

3. (tie) Wells Fargo Multiple locations

Barbershop

1. Floyd's 99 Barbershop 7252 N. Academy Blvd., #110 593-0011

3377 Cinema Point 573-8510

2. Locals Barbershop 5230 N. Nevada Ave., #120 265-5547

3. Eden Salon & Barbershop 12 E. Kiowa St. 520-3336

Child Day Care

1. Sidewalk's End Montessori School 3215 Woodland Hills Drive 266-0026

2. Giving Tree Montessori School 1110 W. Moreno Ave. 630-3763

3. Early Connections Multiple locations

Day Spa

1. Veda Salon & Spa 5182 N. Nevada Ave. 265-5660

2110 Southgate Road, #201 578-8332

7443 N. Academy Blvd. 314-1480

2. Mateo's Salon & Day Spa 5919 Delmonico Drive 266-9295

3. Genesis MedSpa 142 S. Raven Mine Drive, #250 579-6890

Dentist

1. Broadmoor Dental 1930 S. Nevada Ave. 576-5566

2. Jade Dental 703 N. Tejon St., Suite A 633-0770

6020 Erin Park Drive, Suite B 266-9393

3. Julia Rohleder, D.M.D 105 N. Tejon St. 260-0216

Doctor

1. Jay Adler, M.D. 2020 W. Colorado Ave., #201 522-1133

2. Albert Duncan, M.D. 6340 Barnes Road 522-1133

3. Gina Bamberger, D.O. 1730 N. Corona St. 365-7100

Ethnic Market

1. Asian Pacific Market 615 Wooten Road, #160 573-7500

2. Briar Mart 6799 N. Academy Blvd. 528-6869

3. Carniceria Leonela 3736 E. Pikes Peak Ave. 637-2641

Fitness Center

1. YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region Multiple locations

2. Villa Sports Athletic Club and Spa 5904 Prairie Schooner Drive 522-1221

3. 24 Hour Fitness 1892 Southgate Road 633-2442

3650 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., #197 262-0024

7720 N. Academy Blvd. 244-9532

Flower Shop

1. Platte Floral 1417 E. Platte Ave. 632-2607

2. Skyway Creations 1407 S. Eighth St. 632-2661

3. Vie Boutique & Floral Studio 8 S. Tejon St. 287-4011

Garden Supply/Nursery

1. Rick's Garden Center 1827 W. Uintah St. 632-8491

2. Good Earth Garden Center 1330 N. Walnut St. 473-3399

3. Phelan Gardens 4955 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. 574-8058

Gourmet/Spice Market

1. Savory Spice Shop 110 N. Tejon St. 633-8803

2. Penzey's Spices 7431 N. Academy Blvd. 590-7771

3. Garden of the Gods Gourmet Market and Café 410 S. 26th St. 471-2799

Grocery Store

1. King Soopers Multiple locations

2. Safeway Multiple locations

3. Whole Foods Market 7635 N. Academy Blvd. 531-9999

3180 New Center Point 622-1099

Hair Salon

1. Veda Salon & Spa 5182 N. Nevada Ave. 265-5660

2110 Southgate Road, #201 578-8332

7443 N. Academy Blvd. 314-1480

2. Montage Salon 3564 N. Academy Blvd. 574-3205

11550 Ridgeline Drive, #124 481-0734

3. Eden Salon & Barbershop 12 E. Kiowa St. 520-3336

Hair Stylist

1. Timka Tremouille, Phenix Salon Suites 1747 Briargate Blvd., #114 499-3531

2. Chrystal Allen, Tangles Day Spa 930 W. Colorado Ave. 473-5506

3. Aaron Vigil, Prodigy Salon 4339 Integrity Center Point 358-7309

Higher Ed for Nontraditional Students

1. Pikes Peak Community College Multiple locations 502-2000

2. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. 255-8227

3. Colorado College 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. 389-6000

Higher Ed for the Money

1. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. 255-8227

2. Pikes Peak Community College Multiple locations 502-2000

3. Colorado College 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. 389-6000

Holistic Practitioner

1. Ruth Adele 219 W. Colorado Ave. 636-0098

2. Valerie Blankenship 108 E. Cheyenne Road 473-9702

2. (tie) Susan Blue 130 E. Monument St., #202 649-0352

2. (tie) Alice Ratcliffe 1819 W. Colorado Ave. 635-3555

2. (tie) Kenneth Stahl 115 N. Tejon St., #110 231-6430

2. (tie) Kristen Uveges 712 S. Tejon St. 227-7700

Jewelry Store

1. Revolution Jewelry Works 5928 Stetson Hills Blvd., #110 650-6000

2. Luisa Graff Jewelers 5901 N. Nevada Ave. 260-0100

3. Zales 1710 Briargate Blvd. 594-6490

750 Citadel Drive East 597-5636

Landscaper/Company

1. Patton Professional Lawn & Landscapes 50 Mount View Lane 271-6357

2. Blue Planet Earthscapes 685-0290

3. Accent Landscapes 6950 Wyoming Lane 548-8000

LGBT-Friendly Business

1. Prodigy Salon 4339 Integrity Center Point 358-7309

2. Poor Richard's Complex 320-3241/2 N. Tejon St. 578-5549

3. Club Q 3430 N. Academy Blvd. 570-1429

3. (tie) Montage Salon 3564 N. Academy Blvd. 574-3205

11550 Ridgeline Drive, #124 481-0734

Mechanic

1. Import Specialty Auto 2348 E. Boulder St. 633-3075

2. Aspen Auto Clinic Multiple locations

3. Accurate Japanese Repair 530 E. Kiowa St. 634-1000

Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Central

1. NaturaLeaf 1004 S. Tejon St. 630-7300 p. 49

2. Altitude Organic Medicine 523 S. Tejon St. 313-9841

3. Marimeds 222 E. Moreno Ave. 634-8285

Medical Marijuana Dispensary: East

1. Cannabicare 1466 Woolsey Heights 573-2262

2. The Healing Canna 3692 E. Bijou St. 637-7645

3. The Canna Center 2306 N. Powers Blvd., #100 597-9333

3. (tie) JP Wellness 1741 S. Academy Blvd. 622-1000

Medical Marijuana Dispensary: North

1. Maggie's Farm 818 E. Fillmore St. 358-8849

2. Medical Cannabis Caregivers 6020 Erin Park Drive, Suite A 264-6337

3. Southern Colorado Medical Marijuana 3410 N. Prospect St. 344-5021

Medical Marijuana Dispensary: South

1. Maggie's Farm 1424 S. Nevada Ave. 328-0420

2. GrowLife 1516 Dustry Drive 635-1700

3. LivWell 1414 S. Tejon St. 634-0420

Medical Marijuana Dispensary: West

1. Strawberry Fields 3404 W. Colorado Ave. 471-2837

2. The Herb Shoppe Medical Center 3020 W. Colorado Ave. 634-6337

3. Indispensary 3044 W. Colorado Ave. 203-4592

3. (tie) The 64 Store 504 W. Colorado Ave. 602-0640

3. (tie) Trichome Health Consultants 2117 W. Colorado Ave. 635-6337

Musical Instruments Store

1. Meeker Music 624 N. Tejon St. 471-8940

3604 Hartsel Drive 534-9919

6330 S. Hwy. 85/87, Fountain 391-8922

2. Guitar Center 535 N. Academy Blvd. 591-9040

3. Tejon Street Music 330 N. Tejon St. 634-2228

Nail Salon

1. Beauty Bar 26 N. Tejon St. 473-8404

2. Helen's Nails 2832 N. Powers Blvd. 574-8640

3. California Nails 1839 S. Nevada Ave. 578-8816

Natural Foods Store

1. Mountain Mama Natural Foods 1625 W. Uintah St., Suite A 633-4139

2. Whole Foods Market 7635 N. Academy Blvd. 531-9999

3180 New Center Point 622-1099

3. Sprouts Farmers Market 1730 Dublin Blvd. 590-8890

New Domestic Car Dealer

1. Phil Long Ford 1565 Auto Mall Loop 266-3301

1212 Motor City Drive 575-7555

2. Red Noland Cadillac 990 Motor City Drive 896-2722

3. H.M. Brown & Associates 1220 Lake Plaza Drive 219-4700

New Foreign Car Dealer

1. Heuberger Motors 1080 Motor City Drive 475-1920

2. Bob Penkhus Automotive Multiple locations

3. Freedom Honda 4955 New Car Drive 258-2500

3. (tie) Front Range Honda 1103 Academy Park Loop 785-5060

Non-Chain Book Store

1. Poor Richard's Books & Gifts 320 N. Tejon St. 578-0012

2. The Bookman 3163 W. Colorado Ave. 636-0055

3. Hooked on Books 3918 Maizeland Road 596-1621

Non-Chain Store for Women's Fashions

1. Eve's Revolution 1312 W. Colorado Ave. 633-1357

2. Terra Verde 208 N. Tejon St. 444-8621

3. Barracuda Bazaar 2603 W. Colorado Ave. 442-2202

Pet Day Care

1. Lucky Dog 2801 Janitell Road East 527-9663

4401 Mark Dabling Blvd. 599-9663

2. Northwest Animal Hospital & Pet Care Center 4575 N. Chestnut St. 593-8582

3. Camp Bow Wow 4295 Northpark Drive 260-9247

1020 Ford St. 573-9247

Pet Groomer

1. Northwest Animal Hospital & Pet Care Center 4575 N. Chestnut St. 593-8582

2. Soggy Doggies Grooming 5219 Galley Road 597-2345

3. Laura Schlegel at Lucky Dog 2801 Janitell Road 527-9663

Photographer

1. Anthony Graham, Broken Glass Photography brokenglassphoto.smugmug.com

2. Cayton Photography caytonphotography.com

3. Kaylene Rood, Photography by Kaylene kaylenerood.wix.com/photographybykaylene

Piercing Parlor

1. Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo Co. 716 N. Weber St., #200 473-8067

3737 Drennan Road 391-7367

2. Shrap Metal 2970 N. Chestnut St. 520-3401

3. To The Grave Tattoo 9 E. Bijou St. 632-2424

Place for Eyewear

1. ABBA Eye Care Multiple locations

2. Sears 2050 Southgate Road 579-6330

1650 Briargate Blvd. 593-4999

3. LensCrafters 750 Citadel Drive East 591-0199

3346 Cinema Point 548-8650

1710 Briargate Blvd. 266-8485

Place to Buy Motorcycles

1. Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson 5867 N. Nevada Ave., #150 278-2300 p. 47

2. Apex Sports 327 S. Weber St. 475-2437

3. Rocky Mountain Cycle Plaza 412 N. Chelton Road 591-9700

Place to Buy a Thoughtful, Inexpensive Gift

1. Poor Richard's Books & Gifts 320 N. Tejon St. 578-0012

2. Terra Verde 208 N. Tejon St. 444-8621

3. Eve's Revolution 1312 W. Colorado Ave. 633-1357

Realtor

1. Sylvia Jennings 216 N. Tejon St. 635-7653

2. Tina Swonger, RE/MAX 2630 Tenderfoot Hill St., #100 226-9112

3. Brian L.A. Wess, Infinite Horizons Realty 2910 N. Powers Blvd., #174 528-6672

Service at a Dealership

1. Heuberger Motors 1080 Motor City Drive 475-1920

2. Red Noland Cadillac 990 Motor City Drive 896-2722

3. Liberty Toyota 5115 New Car Drive 598-2222

3. (tie) Bob Penkhus Automotive Motor City 1101 Motor City Drive 473-4100

Shoe Store

1. DSW 7639 N. Academy Blvd. 264-8007

2. Podiatryst Shoe Salon 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #23 203-4487

3. Brown's Shoe Fit Co. 123 N. Tejon St. 635-1575

Store for Accessories

1. Terra Verde 208 N. Tejon St. 444-8621

2. Eve's Revolution 1312 W. Colorado Ave. 633-1357

3. Kohl's Multiple locations

3. (tie) Koru Street 224 N. Tejon St. 695-0065

Store for Music, Movies & Video Games

1. Independent Records & Video Multiple locations

2. Entertainmart 651 N. Academy Blvd. 380-8580

3. GameStop Multiple locations

Tattoo Artist

1. Jeff Oelklaus, Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo Co. 716 N. Weber St., #200 473-8067 p. 55

2. Phil "Dez," Cheyenne Mountain Tattoo 729 W. Colorado Ave. 434-1597

3. Emily Boughton Medina, To The Grave Tattoo 9 E. Bijou St. 632-2424

Tattoo Parlor

1. Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo Co. 716 N. Weber St., #200 473-8067

3737 Drennan Road 391-7367

2. West Side Tattoo 2031 W. Colorado Ave. 219-4800

3. Ink Inertia Custom Tattoo and Art Gallery 2921 Murray Blvd. 591-4653

Thrift Store

1. Arc Thrift Stores Multiple locations

2. Goodwill Multiple locations

3. The Leechpit 3020 W. Colorado Ave., Suite A 634-3675

Used Car Dealer

1. Mile High Car Company 1480 Ainsworth St. 570-7800

2. Nevada Auto Sales 934 S. Nevada Ave. 362-5839

3. CarMax 4010 Tutt Blvd. 313-4860

Veterinarian

1. Northwest Animal Hospital & Pet Care Center 4575 N. Chestnut St. 593-8582

2. Buxton Veterinary Hospital 4740 Flintridge Drive, #100 598-5377

3. Westside Animal Hospital 1603 W. Colorado Ave. 632-6111

Personalities

Cultural White Knight

1. Jon Khoury, Cottonwood Center for the Arts cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com

2. Brett and Lauren Andrus, Modbo/S.P.Q.R. themodbo.wordpress.com

3. Susan Edmondson, Downtown Partnership downtowncs.com

Fundraising Event

1. Indy Give! indygive.com

2. The Waldo Waldo 5K thewaldowaldo.com

3. Brilliant at UCCS' Galleries of Contemporary Art uccs.edu/goca

Hero of the Year

1. Colorado Springs firefighters

2. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa

3. Theresa Strader, National Mill Dog Rescue

Local Blogger

1. Whiskey Darling whiskeydarling.blogspot.com

2. Ryan Hannigan focusonthebeer.com

3. Christine Faith righttothrive.org

Local Politician

1. Colorado Springs City Councilor Jan Martin 385-5486

2. Former state Rep. Michael Merrifield

3. Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach 385-5900

Local Radio Show

1. The Afternoon Groove, KFEZ-FM 101.3 877/842-6336

2. Morning Music Mix, KRCC-FM 91.5 473-4801

3. Peak Mornings with Goose and Woody, Peak FM 92.9 272-7325

Local Talk Radio Personality

1. SportsGuy Mike Luper sportsguymike.com

2. Richard Randall, KVOR-AM 740 593-2700

3. Sarada Connors, KVOR-AM 740 593-2700

Local TV Newscast

1. KRDO NewsChannel 13 575-6285

2. KOAA NewsFirst 5 630-3930

3. KXRM FOX 21 955-3021

Local TV News Personality

1. Justin Chambers, KXRM FOX 21 596-2100

2. Rachael Plath, KRDO NewsChannel 13 632-1515

3. Heather Skold, KRDO NewsChannel 13 632-1515

Local Twitterer

1. Travis Ruiz @TravRuiz

2. SportsGuyMike™ @SportsGuyMike

3. Wendy Carson @SpringsAlliance

Nonprofit Organization

1. Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado 2605 Preamble Point 528-1247

2. Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region 610 Abbot Lane 473-1741

3. National Mill Dog Rescue, Peyton 495-7679

Radio DJ

1. Vicky Gregor, KRCC-FM 91.5 473-4801

2. Goose and Woody, Peak FM 92.9 272-7325

3. Ross Ford, KILO-FM 94.3 634-4896

Radio Station: Music

1. KRXP-FM 103.9 219-7625

2. KILO-FM 94.3 633-5456

3. KCCY-FM 96.9 573-5229

Radio Station: Talk

1. KRCC-FM 91.5 473-4801

2. KVOR-AM 740 593-2700

3. KRDO-FM 105.5/AM 1240 473-1240

Story of the Year

1. Sheriff Terry Maketa's scandal

2. Legalizing marijuana

3. Highway 24 closures

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