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2018 Best Of Colorado Springs V.II: Welcome and Winners Index 

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Welcome back to the Independent's 25th annual Best Of, a two-week celebration of Colorado Springs' finest retailers, standout citizens and more.

We hope you've had time to digest last week's Food & Drink and Nightlife categories; this week we're spotlighting Community and Shopping & Services.

As we wrote last week, having now turned a quarter-century old, we decided to get rowdy this year and mix things up, hence our first ever two-round ballot process. By all measures (i.e., the most votes we've ever received, by a tremendous margin) this method was hugely popular with Indy readers. It meant more competition through a finalist round, and our editorial committee curated some additional picks to ensure we really shook the trees this year to find the best of the best.

When you consider how many local businesses exist in each Best Of category, and realize we're only honoring the top three, it's quite an accomplishment for anyone to land on our awards list in first, second or third place. It's no small feat to capture our community's vote — twice.

As with last week's issue, we've included an index of Gold, Silver and Bronze winners that spans the awards section of write-ups on this year's first-place finishers. Hang on to these issues, because together they make a great visitor's guide to our city for newbies and tourists, but also for locals seeking fresh adventures and shopping experiences.

Our congrats once again to each person or business that has what it takes to be voted the Best Of the best in Colorado Springs!

— Matthew Schniper, Editor

Winners index

Community Winners Index

Art Gallery

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

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

3. Art 111 Gallery & Art Supply 111 E. Bijou St. 471-3438

Artist

1. Liese Chavez liesechavez.com

2. Shannon Mello sites.google.com/yahoo.com/shannonmelloencaustics/home

3. Paes 164 facebook.com/TatGameJohnRambo

Casino

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

2. Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino 256 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek 719/689-0303

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

Dance Company

1. Peaks and Pasties peaksandpasties.com

2. Colorado Springs Dance Theatre csdance.org

3. Ormao Dance Company ormaodance.org

Gym/Fitness Center

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

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

3. VASA Fitness Colorado Springs 455 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. 630-8272

Hotel

1. The Broadmoor 1 Lake Ave. 634-7711

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

3. Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort 2 El Paso Blvd. 634-2851

Local Band (Cover)

1. Woodshed Red. woodshedred.com

2. Martini Shot martinishotband.net

3. 40oz. Freedom Fighters foffband.com

Local Band (Original)

1. Tejon Street Corner Thieves cornerthieves.com

2. Grass It Up grassitupbluegrass.com

3. The Reminders theremindersmusic.com

Local Radio Station

1. KRCC-FM 91.5 krcc.org

2. KILO-FM 94.3 kilo943.com

3. RXP-FM 103.9 1039rxp.com

Local Transportation Service

1. Mountain Metropolitan Transit coloradosprings.gov/mountain-metro

2. Bustang ridebustang.com

3. zTrip Colorado Springs yccos.com

Local TV Station

1. KKTV 11 News kktv.com

2. KRDO NewsChannel 13 krdo.com

3. KOAA News 5 koaa.com

Media Personality

1. Matt Meister, FOX 21 @TheWxMeister

2. Dianne Derby, KKTV facebook.com/Dianne11News

3. Rob Quirk, KOAA facebook.com/RobQuirkKOAA

Museum

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

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

3. National Museum of World War II Aviation 755 Aviation Way 637-7559

Nonprofit

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

2. National Mill Dog Rescue 5335 J.D. Johnson Road, Peyton 445-6787

3. TESSA of Colorado Springs 435 Gold Pass Heights 633-1462

Place for Adrenaline Junkies

1. Manitou Incline inclinefriends.org

2. Cave of the Winds Terror-Dactyl 100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou 685-5444

3. CityROCK 21 N. Nevada Ave. 634-9099

Special Event Venue

1. Stargazers Theatre & Event Center 10 S. Parkside Drive 476-2200

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

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

Theater Company

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

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

3. TheatreWorks 5225 N. Nevada Ave. 255-3232

Tourist Attraction

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

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

3. Pikes Peak pikes-peak.com

Yoga

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

2. SunWater Spa 514 El Paso Blvd., Manitou 695-7007

3. Hot On Yoga 5740 N. Carefree Circle, #260 440-4800

Marijuana Winners Index

Head Shop

1. Freakys Smoke Shop & Tattoo 308 E. Platte Ave. 536-0400 1714 Brookwood Drive 575-0420

2. Elev8 Glass Gallery 517 S. Tejon St. 297-8420 1323 Paonia St. 646-5352

3. The Bomb Headshop at Blown Smokeshop 424 W. Fillmore St. 473-5747 The Bomb Headshop 2644 E. Platte Ave. 473-1203

MMJ Dispensary/Downtown

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

2. NaturaLeaf 1004 S. Tejon St. 630-7300

3. The Chronic Boutique 325 E. Pikes Peak Ave. 375-8025

MMJ Dispensary/East

1. Native Roots Dispensary 1003 N. Academy Blvd. 550-0327 3660 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. 528-7143

2. Todays Health Care III 2103 E. Platte Ave. 302-2032

3. NaturaLeaf 2727 Palmer Park Blvd., Unit D 368-7800

3. (Tie) Grant Pharms MMC 320 Prairie Road 387-1633

MMJ Dispensary/North

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

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

3. Elevations 8270 Razorback Road 468-6337

MMJ Dispensary/West

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

2. Strawberry Fields Medical Dispensary 3404 W. Colorado Ave. 471-2837

3. Todays Health Care II 318 S. Eighth St. 635-9002

MMJ Dispensary/South

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

2. Native Roots Dispensary 1433 S. Tejon St. 434-7739

3. Apothecary Farms 3049 Delta Drive 822-0420

Place for CBD Products

1. Discover CBD Multiple locations

2. Todays Health Care Multiple locations

3. MC Caregivers 5875 Lehman Drive, #100 264-6337

Recreational Marijuana Dispensary

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

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

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

Shopping & Services Winners Index

Adult Store

1. Fascinations 1752 Dublin Blvd. 694-2865

2. Pleasures 3425 E. Platte Ave. 596-6311 2727 N. Nevada Ave. 375-3088

3. Voodoo Leatherworks 2422 Busch Ave. 426-9935

3. (Tie) Seductions 1920 S. Academy Blvd. . 393-9903 3310 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. 598-3839

Alternative Medicine Practitioner

1. Medical Alternatives Clinics 5040 Corporate Plaza Drive, #3 246-0393

2. Freedom Chiropractic 6210 Lehman Drive, #100. 533-0303

3. Valerie Blankenship, Sage Consulting & Apothecary 2727 N. Tejon St. 473-9702

Antique Store

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

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

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

Attorney

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

2. Springs Law Group 6215 Corporate Drive, #101 299-5777

3. Barkley Heuser 625 N. Cascade Ave., #300 419-9478

Auto Repair Shop

1. Tire World Auto Repair Tire Pros Multiple locations

2. Aspen Auto Clinic Multiple locations

3. Mikey's Total Car Care 6180 Lakeshore Court 494-8159

Bank/Credit Union

1. Ent Credit Union Multiple locations

2. USAA 1855 Telstar Drive 244-9041

3. Navy Federal Credit Union Multiple locations

Barbershop

1. Lincoln St. Barbers 2727 N. Cascade Ave., #145 632-0725

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

3. Faded Image Barbershop 3570 N. Academy Blvd. 596-9101

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

3. Bargain Book Warehouse 104 W. Cucharras St. 475-8091

Child Day Care

1. Hope Montessori Academy Multiple locations

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

3. Early Connections Learning Centers Multiple locations

Clothing Boutique

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

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

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

Comic Shop

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

2. CK Comics & Collectibles 719 Manitou Ave., Manitou 247-8572

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

Day Spa

1. SunWater Spa 514 El Paso Blvd.. 695-7007

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

3. A Total New You Salon & Medical Spa 975 Garden of the Gods Road 528-8511

Dentist

1. Broadmoor Dental 1930 S. Nevada Ave. 270-1762

2. Crossroads Family Dentistry 1079 Space Center Drive, #100 596-3481

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

Doctor

1. Dr. Julie Brady 600 S. 21st St. 522-1133

2. Dr. Jack Tubbs 8580 Scarborough Drive, #100 596-3344

3. Dr. Gregory Bland 3920 N. Union Blvd., #250 634-0107

Eclectic Shop

1. Zeezo's Costumes & Vintage 112 N. Tejon St. 633-2571

2. Ladyfingers Letterpress 113 E. Bijou St. 401/523-3087

3. The Leechpit Records and Vintage 3020 W. Colorado Ave. 634-3675

Flower Shop

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

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

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

3. (Tie) Twigs & Posies 2227 N. Weber St. 632-4477

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

Grocery Store

1. King Soopers Multiple locations

2. Sprouts Farmers Market Multiple locations

3. Safeway Multiple locations

Hair Salon

1. Veda Salon & Spa Multiple locations

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

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

Higher Ed Institution

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

2. Pikes Peak Community College Multiple campuses 502-2000

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

Home Improvement Service

1. Ace Hardware Multiple locations

2. Jackson Homes Roofing & Construction jacksonhomesrandc.com

3. JJRS Electrical 3008 W. Platte Ave. 287-5758

Hookah Lounge

1. Hooked on Hookah 6406 N. Academy Blvd. 886-7107

2. Hookah Emporium Smoke Shop 2 805 Garden of the Gods Road 358-8607

3. Ember Hookah and Vape Lounge 523 S. Circle Drive 259-1955

Jewelry Store

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

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

3. Johannes Hunter Jewelers 5182 N. Nevada Ave. 633-8982

Local Sports Store/ Outdoor Outfitter

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

2. The Colorado Running Company 5262 N. Nevada Ave., #140 635-3833

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

Medspa

1. R.E.S.T. Float Solutions 522 S. Tejon St. 822-6001

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

3. Premier MediSpa 3920 N. Union Blvd., #250 599-7768

Motorcycle/Scooter Shop

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

2. Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson 5867 N. Nevada Ave. 278-2300

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

Nail Salon

1. Beauty Bar 26 N. Tejon St. 473-8404 5925 Dublin Blvd., #150 473-8404

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

3. Mint Beauty Lab 2627 W. Colorado Ave. 635-7055

National Sports Store/ Outdoor Outfitter

1. REI 1376 E. Woodmen Road 260-1455

2. Bass Pro Shops 13012 Bass Pro Drive 488-7300

3. DICK'S Sporting Goods 1710 Briargate Blvd. 264-1810 3133 Cinema Point 638-3400

Natural Food Store

1. Sprouts Farmers Market Multiple locations

2. Natural Grocers 7298 N. Academy Blvd. 577-2500 1604 S. Nevada Ave. 634-9200

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

New Car Dealer

1. Heuberger Subaru 1080 Motor City Drive 966-1891

2. Phil Long Ford 1565 Auto Mall Loop 888/695-4047 1212 Motor City Drive 888/395-3451

3. Freedom Honda 4955 New Car Drive 514-7169

Pet Day Care

1. Camp Bow Wow Multiple locations

2. Lucky Dog Resort 2801 Janitell Road 527-9663 4401 Mark Dabling Blvd. 599-9663

3. Catagonia Cat Hotel 4703 Centennial Blvd. 602-6081

Pet Groomer

1. Wag N' Wash Natural Food & Bakery Multiple locations

2. Pet Pawlor 3641 Star Ranch Road 635-8353

3. Soggy Doggies Grooming 5219 Galley Road 597-2345

Physical Therapist

1. Rocky Mountain Rehab 711 N. Tejon St. 381-4357

2. Cornerstone Physical Therapy 7621 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., #200 596-5000

3. Creed Family Physical Therapy Center 13570 Northgate Estates Drive, #100 465-2156

Piercing Shop

1. Pens & Needles Body Piercing and Fine Jewelry 718 N. Weber St. 471-3611

2. The Hive Body Piercing & Fine Jewelry 24 E. Bijou St. 344-4545

3. Freaky's Smoke Shop and Tattoo 308 E. Platte Ave. 536-0400 1714 Brookwood Drive 575-0420

Place for Eyewear

1. ABBA Eye Care Multiple locations

2. Costco Wholesale 5050 N. Nevada Ave. 264-5010 5885 Barnes Road 591-3002

3. Archdale Eyecare 1541 S. Eighth St. 577-4400 7095 Lexington Drive 638-4010

Place to Buy Skis/Snowboards

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

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

3. Colorado Kite & Ski 2820 W. Colorado Ave. 633-6227

Place to Buy Tires

1. Discount Tire Multiple locations

2. Big O Tires Multiple locations

3. Tire World Auto Repair Tire Pros Multiple locations

Service at a Dealership

1. Heuberger Subaru 1080 Motor City Drive 966-1891

2. Larry H. Miller Liberty Toyota Colorado Springs 15 E. Motor Way 866/542-5658

3. Phil Long Ford of Motor City 1212 Motor City Drive 888/701-7494

Store for Fashion Accessories

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

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

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

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. Emily Boughton Medina, To The Grave Tattoo 15 E. Bijou St. 632-2424

2. Tim Dunn Jr. "Baby Tim," R U Tattooed 5352 Montebello Lane 260-1357

3. Joel Hart, Ink Inertia Custom Tattoo and Art Gallery 2921 N. Murray Blvd. 591-4653

Tattoo Shop

1. Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo Company 716 N. Weber St. 287-5605 3725 Drennan Road 391-7367

2. R U Tattooed 5352 Montebello Lane 260-1357

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

Thrift Shop

1. Arc Thrift Stores Multiple locations

2. Goodwill Multiple locations

3. The Leechpit Records and Vintage 3020 W. Colorado Ave. 634-3675

Trade School

1. Pikes Peak Community College Multiple campuses 502-2000

2. IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs 2315 E. Pikes Peak Ave. 299-1242

3. Paragon Culinary School 4595 Hilton Pkwy., #202 578-5740

Used Car Dealer

1. CarMax 4010 Tutt Blvd. 208-8624

2. Heuberger Subaru 1080 Motor City Drive 966-1891

3. Phil Long Ford of Motor City 1212 Motor City Drive 888/395-3451

Used Furniture

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

2. Arc Thrift Stores Multiple locations

3. Goodwill Multiple locations

Vape Shop

1. Vapor Source Multiple locations

2. Absolute Vapor 5020 N. Academy Blvd. 377-8817

3. Dragons Lair Vapors 2585 Airport Road 473-8648

Veterinary Clinic

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

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

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

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