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2017 Best Of Colorado Springs V.II: Welcome and Winners Index 

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T

he original Best Of comes but once a year — okay twice — but that's only because there's so much greatness we have to split it over two weeks. And that time is now. We hope you've had time to digest last week's Best Of food, drink and nightlife and are ready to immerse yourself in this week's shopping, services and community.

When you look at how many local businesses exist in each of these categories and realize we're only awarding the top three spots, it's quite an accomplishment for anyone to land on this list in first, second or third place. I dare you to count the number of hair salons before you get bored. Or Google "Colorado Springs attorney" and see how many pages you click through.

Read on and check out an award-winning place you haven't been to before and find out exactly why they've been voted the best.

Speaking of the best... you should start to see these winners displaying their awards on the walls of their establishments. This year, we partnered locally with TechWears to make totally upcycled and awesome, planetary-themed circuit board Gold awards. They're some of the coolest plaques we've ever seen, and we hope they're well received.

So our congrats to each business that has what it takes to be voted the Best Of the best in Colorado Springs and to the following voters who've won prizes provided by the Indy and the Mining Exchange Hotel: George Patterson, Mark Dillon and Violet White.

— Carrie Simison, Publisher

Winners index

Community

Adventure Company

1. Adventures Out West 1680 S. 21st St. advoutwest.com

2. UpaDowna upadowna.org

3. Manitou Springs Adventures, High Country Excursions

manitou-springs-adventures.com

Art Gallery

1. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College 30 W. Dale St. 634-5581

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

3. Chavez Gallery 25241/2 W. Colorado Ave.. 963-6925

Artist

1. Liese Chavez liesechavez.com

2. Lindsay Hand lindsayhand.com

3. Brett Andrus . brettandrusart.com

Bed & Breakfast

1. Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast 711 Manitou Ave., Manitou 685-1277

2. Old Town GuestHouse 115 S. 26th St.. 632-9194

3. Blue Skies Inn 402 Manitou Ave., Manitou 685-3899

Cripple Creek Casino

1. Bronco Billy's 233 E. Bennett Ave. 719/689-2142

2. The Brass Ass Casino 264 Bennett Ave.. 719/689-2104

3. Wildwood Casino 119 Carbonate St. 719/244-9700

Cultural Attraction/Museum

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

2. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College 30 W. Dale St. 634-5581

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

Dance Company

1. Ormao Dance Company 10 S. Spruce St. 471-9759

2. Peaks and Pasties peaksandpasties.com

2. Turning Pointe School of Dance 7667 N. Union Blvd. 445-9497

3. Springs Dance Company 4705 Centennial Blvd. 635-1004

Gym/Fitness Center

1. YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region Multiple locations ppymca.org

2. Accolade Fitness 1785 S. Eighth St. 473-2222; 4390 Arrowswest Drive 592-1111

3. 24 Hour Fitness 1892 Southgate Road 633-2442; 3650 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., #197 262-0024; 7720 N. Academy Blvd. 244-9532

3. Villa Sport 5904 Prairie Schooner Drive. 522-1221

Hotel

1. The Broadmoor 1 Lake Ave. 634-7711

2. The Mining Exchange 8 S. Nevada Ave. 323-2000

3. The Antlers 4 S. Cascade Ave. 955-5600

Local Band (Cover)

1. GOYA facebook.com/GOYABAND

2. Woodshed Red . woodshedred.com

3. Martini Shot . martinishotband.net

Local Band (Original)

1. Grass It Up grassitupbluegrass.com

2. Deathride facebook.com/deathride.colorado

3. Tejon Street Corner Thieves cornerthieves.com

3. Woodshed Red woodshedred.com

Local Radio Station

1. KRCC-FM 91.5 krcc.org

2. KRXP-FM 103.9 1039rxp.com

3. KILO-FM 94.3 kilo943.com

Local TV Station

1. KKTV 11 kktv.com

2. KRDO 13 krdo.com

3. KOAA 5 . koaa.com

Martial Arts Studio

1. Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs 219 W. Colorado Ave., #310 375-8339

2. Community Karate and Fitness 5631 N. Academy Blvd. 599-7024

3. U.S. Taekwondo Center Multiple...martialartscoloradosprings.com

Media Personality

1. Justin Chambers, Fox21 facebook.com/justinchambersfox21

2. Dianne Derby, KKTV 11 facebook.com/Dianne11News

3. Coba Hoban, KRXP-FM 103.9 facebook.com/RXPMorningsWithCoba

Music Festival

1. MeadowGrass rockymountainhighway.org

2. Blues Under the Bridge bluesunderthebridge.com

3. Fiddles, Vittles & Vino fiddlesvittlesandvino.com

Nonprofit

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

2. UpaDowna upadowna.org

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

3. Urban Peak 423 E. Cucharras St. 630-3223

Special Event Venue

1. The Pinery at the Hill 775 W. Bijou St. 634-7772

2. Hillside Gardens 1006 S. Institute St. 209-1366

3. The Gold Room 18 S. Nevada Ave. 634-4653

Theater Company

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

2. TheatreWorks 3955 Regent Circle 255-3232

3. Fine Arts Center Theatre Company 30 W. Dale St. 634-5581

Tourist Attraction

1. Garden of the Gods 1805 N. 30th St. 634-6666

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

3. Pikes Peak . pikes-peak.com

Yoga

1. Cambio Yoga 3326 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. 229-1188

2. Hot on Yoga 5740 N. Carefree Circle, #260. 440-4800

3. Pranava Yoga Center 802 N. Weber St. 444-8463

Shopping & Services

Antique Store

1. American Classics Marketplace 1815 N. Academy Blvd. 596-8585

2. Sweet William Antique Mall 2109 Broadway St. 520-5680

2. Willowstone Marketplace 2150 Garden of the Gods Road 597-3209

3. Treasure Shoppe 324 E. Pikes Peak Blvd. 465-1692

Attorney

1. Hammond Law Group 2955 Professional Place, #300 520-1474

2. Clawson & Clawson, LLP 115 E. Vermijo Ave., #101 602-5888

3. Black & Graham, LLC 2 N. Cascade Ave. 328-1616

3. McDivitt Law Firm 19 E. Cimarron St. 471-3700; 5850 Tutt Center Point, #110 434-5715

Auto Repair Shop

1. Aspen Auto Clinic Multiple locations

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

3. Accurate Japanese Repair 503 E. Kiowa St. 722-3066

Bank/Credit Union

1. Ent Credit Union Multiple locations

2. USAA 1855 Telstar Drive 244-9041

3. Air Academy Federal Credit Union Multiple locations

Barbershop

1. Lincoln St. Barbers 2727 N. Cascade Ave. 632-0725

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

3. Floyd's 99 Barbershop 7252 N. Academy Blvd., #110 593-0011; 3377 Cinema Point 573-8510; 13467 Bass Pro Drive 785-7166

Bike Shop

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

2. Criterium Bicycles 6150 Corporate Drive 599-0149

3. Ted's Bicycles 3016 N. Hancock Ave. 473-6915

Bookstore

1. Poor Richard's Books & Gifts 320 N. Tejon St. 578-5549

2. Barnes & Noble 795 Citadel Drive East 637-8282; 1565 Briargate Blvd. 266-9960

3. Hooked on Books 10 E. Bijou St. 419-7660; 3918 Maizeland Road 596-1621

Cannabis Club

1. The Dab Lounge 1532 N. Circle Drive 471-3398

2. Studio A64 332 E. Colorado Ave. 287-9057

3. Speakeasy Vape Lounge 2508 E. Bijou St. 445-9083

Child Day Care

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

2. Counterpoint School 610 E. Willamette Ave. 633-9880

2. Early Connections Learning Centers Multiple locations.

3. Kindercare Multiple locations.

Clothing Boutique

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

2. Pink Cadillac Boutique 1635 W. Colorado Ave. 684-6502

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

Comic Shop

1. Escape Velocity Comics & Graphic Novels 19 E. Bijou St. 578-8847; 3347 Cinema Point 247-9511

2. KaPow Comics & Coffee 4239 N. Nevada Ave. 896-4376

3. Muse Comics + Games 1338 N. Academy Blvd. 573-7096

Day Spa

1. Mateo's Day Spa 5919 Delmonico Drive 266-9295

2. Sunwater Spa 514 El Paso Blvd. 695-7007

3. Veda Salon & Spa 5182 N. Nevada Ave. 265-5560; 2110 Southgate Road, #201 578-8332; 7443 N. Academy Blvd. 314-1480

Dentist

1. The Downtown Dentist, Julia Rohleder 105 N. Tejon St. 260-0216

2. Simply Kids Dental 1910 Vindicator Drive, #103 598-5437

3. Dr. Monica Dobbin 730 Cheyenne Blvd. 473-5122

Doctor

1. Dr. Lisa Jenks 142 S. Raven Mine Drive, #250 579-6890

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

3. Dr. Julie Brady, M.D. 600 S. 21st St. 522-1133

Eclectic Shop

1. Zero Fox Given 22 E. Bijou St. 308-2157

2. The Leechpit 3020 W. Colorado Ave. 634-3675

3. Pink Cadillac Boutique 1635 W. Colorado Ave. 684-6502

Ethnic Food Market

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

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

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

3. India Bazaar 3659 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., #35. 264-6995

Flower Shop

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

2. Flowerama 2801 E. Platte Ave. 475-1858

3. Springs in Bloom 318 E. Colorado Ave, Suite B 596-4806

Garden Supply/Nursery

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

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

3. Spencer's Produce, Lawn & Garden Centers 1430 S. Tejon St. 632-2788; 4720 Center Valley Drive, Fountain 392-2726

Grocery Store

1. King Soopers Multiple locations

2. Sprouts Farmers Market 1730 Dublin Blvd. 590-8890; 13415 Voyager Pkwy. 884-7900; 5617 Barnes Road 313-4405

3. Trader Joe's 5342 N. Nevada Ave. 264-0123

Hair Salon

1. Veda Salon & Spa 5182 N. Nevada Ave. 265-5560; 2110 Southgate Road, #201 578-8332; 7443 N. Academy Blvd. 314-1480

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

3. Locals Barbershop & Salon 5230 N. Nevada Ave., #120. 265-5547

Higher Ed for Nontraditional Students

1. Pikes Peak Community College 5675 S. Academy Blvd. 502-2000; 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. 502-2000; 11195 Hwy. 83 502-2000

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 Institution

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

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

3. Pikes Peak Community College 5675 S. Academy Blvd. 502-2000; 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. 502-2000; 11195 Hwy. 83 502-2000

Jewelry Store

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

2. Pink Cadillac Boutique 1635 W. Colorado Ave. 622-6952

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

Medspa

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

2. Clara MediSpa 9348 Grand Cordera Pkwy. 579-5555

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

3. A Total New You 975 Garden of the Gods Road 528-8511

MMJ Dispensary – Central/Downtown

1. Quality Choice 2398 E. Boulder St. 632-5667

2. Altitude Organic Medicine 523 S. Tejon St. 313-9841; 2354 E. Platte Ave. 344-5121

2. Grant Pharms 320 Prairie Road 387-1633

3. A Wellness Centers 2918 Wood Ave. 375-1907

MMJ Dispensary – North

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

2. Todays Health Care 975 W. Fillmore St. 633-1300

3. LivWell Enlightened Health 3234 N. Nevada Ave. 622-6652

MMJ Dispensary – South

1. Maggie's Farm 1420 S. Nevada Ave. 328-0420

2. Todays Health Care 318 S. Eighth St. 635-9002

3. Rocky Road Remedies 586 S. Academy Blvd. 574-4230; 2489 S. Academy Blvd. 481-9420

MMJ Dispensary – East

1. Todays Health Care 2103 E. Platte Ave. 302-2032

2. Native Roots 1003 N. Academy Blvd. 550-0327

3. LivWell Enlightened Health 570 N. Murray Blvd. 574-8443

MMJ Dispensary – West

1. Maggie's Farm 141 Manitou Ave. 685-1655

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

2. The Chronic Boutique 3640 W. Colorado Ave. 434-2401

3. The Herb Shoppe 3020 W. Colorado Ave. 634-6337

Nail Salon

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

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

3. JC Nails 1363 N. Academy Blvd. 591-1223

3. Veda Salon & Spa 5182 N. Nevada Ave. 265-5560; 2110 Southgate Road, #201 578-8332; 7443 N. Academy Blvd. 314-1480

Natural Food Store

1. Sprouts Farmers Market 5617 Barnes Road 313-4405; 1730 Dublin Blvd. 590-8890; 13415 Voyager Pkwy. 884-7900

2. Mountain Mama Natural Foods 1625 W. Uintah St. 633-4139

3. Natural Grocers 1825 S. Nevada Ave. (relocating to 1604 S. Nevada on Oct. 26) 634-9200 7298 N. Academy Blvd. 577-2500

Naughty Business

1. Peaks and Pasties peaksandpasties.com

2. Fascinations 1752-56 Dublin Blvd. 694-2865

3. Christal's (now Seductions) 1920 S. Academy Blvd. 393-9903

New Car Dealer

1. Heuberger Motors 1080 Motor City Drive 475-1920

2. Freedom Honda 4955 New Car Drive 514-7169

2. Phil Long Ford 1565 Auto Mall Loop 855/405-2301; 1212 Motor City Drive 855/349-0694

3. Larry H. Miller Toyota 15 E. Motor Way 866/981-1724

Nontraditional Health Practitioner

1. Kurt Perkins, D.C. 4239 N. Nevada Ave., #104 602-4545

2. PLE Chiropractic 2727 N. Cascade Ave., #180 301-9989

3. Sage Consulting and Apothecary 2727 N. Tejon St. 473-9702

Pet Day Care

1. Lucky Dog 2801 Janitell Road 527-9663; 4401 Mark Dabling Road 599-9663

2. Camp Bow Wow 4295 Northpark Drive 260-9247; 1020 Ford St. 573-9247

3. House of Dog Training 57 Sunflower Road 646-1422

Pet Groomer

1. Soggy Doggies Grooming 5219 Galley Road 597-2345

2. Wag N' Wash 1625 W. Uintah St. 457-9274; 5830 Stetson Hills Blvd. 572-9274; 1234 E. Woodmen Road 228-9274

3. Republic of Paws Day Spa & Salon 2501 W. Colorado Ave. 445-6634

Place for Eyewear

1. ABBA Eye Care Multiple locations

2. Caramel Lunettes 76 S. Sierra Madre St., Suite Q 247-8451

3. America's Best Multiple locations

Place to Buy Skis/Snowboards

1. The Ski Shop 1422 S. Tejon St. 636-3355

2. Christy Sports 5294 N. Nevada Ave. 597-5222

2. REI 1376 E. Woodmen Road 260-1455

3. Gearonimos 1401 S. Eighth St. 465-2450

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

Recreational Marijuana Dispensary

1. Maggie's Farm 141 Manitou Ave., Manitou 685-1655

2. Emerald Fields 27 Manitou Ave., Manitou 375-0554

3. Strawberry Fields, Pueblo, 2285 I-25 North, Pueblo 719/471-2837

Service at a Dealership

1. Heuberger Motors 1080 Motor City Drive 475-1920

2. Phil Long Ford 1565 Auto Mall Loop 855/405-2303; 1212 Motor City Drive 855/349-0696

3. Larry H. Miller Toyota 15 E. Motor Way 866/963-0041

Sports Store/Outdoor Outfitter

1. REI 1376 E. Woodmen Road 260-1455

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

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

Store for Fashion Accessories

1. Pink Cadillac Boutique 1635 W. Colorado Ave. 684-6502

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

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

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, Bearded Lady Custom Tattoo Co. 736 W. Colorado Ave. 964-1601

2. Mike Hedrick, Pens & Needles 716 N. Weber St., #200 473-8067

3. Steve Bauer, Premier Tattoo 1015 S. Tejon St. . 633-4045

Tattoo Shop

1. Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo Company 716 N. Weber St. 473-8067; 3737 Drennan Road 391-7367

2. Bearded Lady Custom Tattoo Co. 736 W. Colorado Ave. 964-1601

3. West Side Tattoo and Piercing Gallery 2031 W. Colorado Ave. 219-4800

Thrift Shop

1. Arc Thrift Stores Multiple locations

2. Discover Goodwill Multiple Locations

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

Used Car Dealer

1. CarMax 4010 Tutt Blvd. 313-4860

2. Heuberger Motors 1080 Motor City Drive 475-1920

3. Nevada Auto Sales 934 S. Nevada Ave. 362-5655

Used Furniture

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

2. American Classics Marketplace 1815 N. Academy Blvd. 596-8585

3. Arc Thrift Stores Multiple locations

Veterinary Clinic

1. Yorkshire Veterinary Hospital 1815 Dublin Blvd. 598-3192

2. Bijou Animal Hospital 123 Swope Ave. 471-4457

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

3. Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic 1813 N. Union Blvd. 475-1747

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