Page 58

Loading...
Tips: Click on articles from page
Page 58 408 views, 0 comment Write your comment | Print | Download

Alternative Health Care Provider

CHARLEY CROPLEY, N.D.

1109 Portland Place, 303-442-6161

Second Place: Chautauqua Health

Third Place: Rolf Institute of Structural Integration

Fourth Place: Hellos Integrated Medicine

Fifth Place: Mountain Acupuncture Clinic

One day, someone on staff got the sniffles so we Googled natural remedies. Ever since, we’ve been swallowing two cloves of garlic twice a day to prevent colds at their onset. And it works almost every time someone tracks in a bug, or a vampire, — if we get to the garlic in time. That’s part of the beauty of alternative health care. And year after year, naturopathic physician Charley Cropley helps others practice that beauty. He teaches people the natural way to work with their bodies to heal instead of bombarding them with foreign drugs: no medicines and no cures. It’s a method that may seem unconventional, even though it’s been within us the whole time.


Best Advocate for Local Business STAN GARNETT

It’s kind of nice when your local politicians stand up to the big bad federal government. Back in March, Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett sent a strongly worded letter to Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh to back off the marijuana dispensaries. “I can see no legitimate basis in this judicial district to focus the resources of the United States government on the medical marijuana dispensaries that are otherwise compliant with Colorado law or local regulation,” Garnett wrote in the letter. “The people of Boulder County do not need Washington D.C. or the federal government dictating how far dispensaries should be from schools, or other fine points of local land-use law.” Booyah! In your face federal government!


Medical Marijuana Wellness Center

THE DANDELION

845 Walnut St., 303-459-4676

Second Place: The Farm

Third Place: Helping Hands

Fourth Place: Boulder Kind Care/14er Holistics (tie)

Fifth Place: Terrapin Care Station

The Dandelion is just one of the many medical marijuana wellness centers in Boulder. So what sets the store apart and makes it the best in Boulder? For one, the hospitable and knowledgeable staff welcomes patients into a stress-free atmosphere. Second, patients have a wide variety of quality options for medication, from edibles to beverages to tinctures and more. Whether you need indicas, sativas or a hybrid, The Dandelion has a wide assortment to choose from. There are daily deals on many products, including ounces, edibles and oils. The deals get even better when you join the membership program, which has a multitude of benefits for patients who assign The Dandelion as their caregiver. The store strives to educate its patients about their medication and to make its customers’ experiences the best they can be.

Medical Facility

BOULDER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

1100 Balsam Ave., 303-440-2273

Second Place: Boulder Community Foothills Hospital

Third Place: Boulder Medical Center

Fourth Place: Kaiser Permanente

Fifth Place: Avista Adventist Hospital

Best medical facility is a lot like having a best cop category. You’re not likely to be sitting around, wishing for an opportunity to see one, but when you need one, few things are more appreciated. The fact that Boulder Community Hospital won this category tells us a few things. First, that most of the people going in eventually make it back out and are happy with their care, otherwise they wouldn’t have been able and willing to vote for the place. Second, we’re pretty sure that most of the people driving around with those green and white “native” bumper stickers were born there, and that has to be an advantage when it comes to gleaning votes.

Chiropractic Care

THE JOINT

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Suite C2, 303-440-8019

Second place: Café of Life

Third place: Duggan Chiropractic

Fourth place: Swan Lake Chiropractic Clinic

Fifth place: North Boulder Chiropractic

Chiropractic care is an all-natural approach to reaching a healthy physical balance by relieving the stresses in the spine, muscles and joints. Hence the clever name of our winner, The Joint. Or maybe the name doesn’t have anything to do with that. We don’t care. All any of us need to know is that our readers think that the businesses above can help you feel and live better, and that’s good enough for us.


Climbing Gym

BOULDER ROCK CLUB


2829 Mapleton Ave., 303-447-2804

Second Place: Movement Climbing

Third Place: The Spot Bouldering Gym & Climbing School

Fourth Place: Lakeshore Athletic Club

Fifth Place: Colorado Athletic Training School

If you’ve got to stay in climbing shape over the cold, winter months — and let’s face it, you do — then you’ll want a climbing gym that’s going to treat you right and keep you entertained.

The Boulder Rock Club is the place you can go where everybody knows your name, where the staff at the front desk plays music that’ll get you partying in your harness — not while you’re belaying, of course ­— and the routes are reset regularly enough to keep even gym climbing from getting as dull and repetitive as things with the word “gym” in them occasionally do.

They’re testing out new ropes, and their route setters occasionally place totally wicked and absurd climbs that defy the standards of gym climbing and get you working on skills you’ll use when you’re climbing where you really want to be climbing: outside.

When you want to go outside, the BRC’s Colorado Mountain School can guide you in the great outdoors, too.

Of course, we have nice things to say about the chic Movement Climbing and its plentiful routes and bountiful fitness and yoga classes, including acro yoga, and The Spot’s devotion to bouldering fiends, too. After all, any climbing must be good climbing, or “buildering” never would have evolved.

Dance Studio

BOULDER BALLET

2590 Walnut St. Suite 10, 303-443-0028

Second Place: Alchemy of Movement

Third Place: Streetside Studios

Fourth Place: The Avalon Ballroom

Fifth Place: Kakes Studio

First position for dance studio goes to the Boulder Ballet. The studio has been a Boulder staple since the early ’80s for anyone who wants to learn the craft — whether just a hobby or as a serious career. The company puts on classic shows like the Nutcracker and Cinderella. Boulder Ballet’s classes are for all ages.

The studio makes an effort to target boys with classes like boys ballet and the multidisciplinary class Boyz dance. Outside of ballet, the studio offers other fitness classes and even a nutrition class called “Diet for Dancers.”

Day Spa

ST JULIEN HOTEL & SPA

900 Walnut St., 720-406-9696

Second Place: Essentiels Day Spa

Third Place: ten20 Spa

Fourth Place: Finishing Touch Spa

Fifth Place: Sensorielle Spa

After a long day hiking Chautauqua or biking around town, Boulderites need a place to relax and treat their bodies to the ultimate pampering. The St Julien Hotel day spa takes first place for making its patrons feel luxurious. It offers a variety of different treatments, including manicures, facials, massages and skin services. The spa is also equipped with steam rooms, saunas, a relaxation lounge, lap pools and a fitness center. But if that’s not enough, the St Julien also offers “experiences” such as the heavenly sounding Head-to-Toe Delight, which features a sugar scrub, massage, body wrap, hot oil scalp massage and a finale dip into a rose petal bath.


Best Van Down by the River YAHVA

It was a normal Friday at Boulder Weekly headquarters last fall, all of us laboring to bring you the best local, independent news you can’t buy, until a brightly colored truck and camper shell pulled into our parking lot. A strange man with a wide smile on his face emerged from this vehicle, which was painted with colorful messages like “Smile” and “I am love,” and he gave us a big hug, figuratively, of course, and asked us to pimp his upcoming event. It was Jeffrey “Yahva” Krumholz, and it seemed like he was truly just out to spread the joy. He was throwing a party on 11/11/11, all in the name of love. We haven’t heard from him since, but he made our day, if not our year.


Dental Care

COMFORT DENTAL

3400 Arapahoe Ave., 303-444-2129

Second Place: Boulder Smiles

Third Place: North Boulder Dental

Fourth Place: Alpine Dentistry

Fifth Place: Stephen Koral

Braces and cavities and flossing, oh my! To some, the dentist may be more terrifying than all of Dorothy’s feared yellow brick road encounters combined. However, even the most drill-shy, cavity-ridden person won’t cower away from Comfort Dental. Whether it’s a simple tooth cleaning or a more complicated root canal surgery, these dentists can keep a mouth healthy and a wallet full. Besides treating various sorts of mouth malfunctions, Comfort Dental, along with other local dentists like runner-up contestant Boulder Smiles, offer preventive care such as oral cancer screenings. Consider Comfort Dental the Oz of dentists, and with dozens of offices throughout Colorado, a tooth checkup is just a click of the heels (and a short car drive) away.

Golf Course

FLATIRONS GOLF COURSE

5706 Arapahoe Ave., 303-442-7851

Second Place: Boulder Country Club

Third Place: Haystack Mountain Golf

Fourth Place: Indian Peaks Golf Club

Fifth Place: Coal Creek Golf Course

The first written record of distilling Scotch Whiskey is appropriately found in Scotland and dated from 1494. It is equally fitting that shortly thereafter, drunken Scotsmen started playing a game wherein they used sticks to hit a rock across a field and into a small hole. We can only guess that they found it equally exhilarating and frustrating. Golf was born.

Back then, drinking drove the Scots to golf. Today, golf drives those of us who play the game to drink. Either way, our readers know that playing a round at Flatirons beats the heck out of a hard day at the office, sheep-herding or a big plate full of hagus. Win or lose, we suggest hitting the 19th hole for a single malt before adding up your score. That way you’re always a winner.


Best Location for a Monitoring Well VALMONT BUTTE

For months now we’ve been explaining all the reasons that we think that the city or Honeywell or the Environmental Protection Agency or the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or anybody else with the authority to do so needs to drill a monitoring well below the dike dam on its Valmont Butte property. This is the contaminated chunk of land where the old Allied Chemical mill used to operate.

Strangely, we’re not the first ones to think of putting a monitoring well between the dam that holds back the million tons of contaminated tailings and pooling groundwater and the drinking water wells across Valmont Road to the north. The EPA and U.S. Geological Survey both thought it was a good idea at one time or another. The EPA even scheduled the well to be drilled on numerous occasions, only to inexplicably back out at the last minute each time.

If it’s a matter of money, Boulder Weekly will be happy to hold a fundraiser to offset the relatively paltry $9,000 cost for the well. Somehow, we just don’t expect anybody to take us up on our offer. After all, if the well were to find contaminated groundwater in the aquifer north of the dam, somebody might realize that Valmont Butte isn’t a good place to store a million tons of radioactive, lead- and arsenic-contaminated tailings. Besides, what we don’t know can’t hurt us … right?

Gym/Fitness Center

COLORADO ATHLETIC CLUB

1821 30th St., 303-501- 1700

Second Place: 24-Hour Fitness

Third Place: YMCA

Fourth Place: Flatiron Athletic Club

Fifth Place: North Boulder Rec Center

Boulder is consistently hailed as one of the fittest towns in America, so we know us Boulderites take our workouts seriously. Twig Salon Taking this year’s award for the best gym/fitness center in the super-fit Republic of Boulder is the Colorado Athletic Club. Boosting the Club’s favorable reputation is their aquatic center — open year round — and popular group classes like hot yoga and Pilates.

Hair Salon

TWIG SALON

1831 Pearl St., 303-447-0880

Second Place: The Parlour

Third Place: Salon Salon

Fourth Place: Side Door

Fifth Place: Urban Pearl

What do the environment and to-die-for hair have in common?

Touted as Boulder’s most eco-friendly hair salon, Twig takes environmental concerns as seriously as the hair on your head.

The salon is dedicated to not only teasing out your natural beauty, but also to preserving the natural beauty of the planet. They offset their energy use, recycle all their color tubes and foils, and are a zero-waste paper salon. In fact, it seems like the only thing that travels from this salon to a landfill is your hair. Aside from their sustainability efforts, Twig offers topnotch hair care services sure to make you feel your best. And, gentlemen, this salon is not just for the ladies. They offer men folk an array of services as well.

Lasik Services

BOULDER EYES BEYER LASER CENTER

1810 30th St., Suite B, 303- 499-2020

Second Place: Boulder Eye Surgeons

Third Place: InSight Lasik — Boulder

Fourth Place: Eyecare Center of Northern Colorado

Catch 22. If you can’t read this, you probably need to. Or, if you can read this but only by looking through that pair of glasses that you lose daily, sit on monthly and complain about constantly, then keep reading.

Don’t ask us how it works. But they’ve figured out how to shine a little laser in your eye and make you see just as good as you could when you were a kid, unless, of course, you couldn’t see that good when you were a kid — in which case, you’ll see better. Our readers picked Boulder Eyes as their favorite place for Lasik. So if you’re having to have somebody read this to you out loud, you might want to give them a call.


Best Names of New Climbing Routes

“Supposed Former Grade Inflation Junkie” (5.10) Third Advisor in the Flatirons “Clyncke Punched a Hippy” (5.11a R) Eldorado Canyon Redgarden Wall “The Dispensary” (5.10a) Eldorado Canyon Redgarden Wall “Everybody has an Opinion” (5.8) Third Advisor in the Flatirons “Unsolicited Advice:” (5.8) Third Advisor in the Flatirons “Good Advice You Just Didn’t Take” (5.8+ PG13) Third Advisor in the Flatirons “Some Advice Is Hard to Follow” (5.9 PG13) Third Advisor in the Flatirons “Cleopatra Says Happy Birthday to Anthony” (5.10+ PG13) Eldorado Canyon Redgarden South Buttress


Martial Arts

BOULDER KARATE

1676 30th St., 303-443-8773

Second Place: Easton Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu

Third Place: Boulder Quest Center

Fourth Place: Boulder Kung Fu

Fifth Place: Boulder Aikikai

Martial arts classes are great for learning patience, control, respect and how to break a board in half with your forehead. Punching and blocking its way to the top spot for martial arts classes is Boulder Karate. Youngsters and older folks alike head to Boulder Karate to learn some wax-on, wax-off skills, and generally find out how to be a better ninja. And who doesn’t want to be a better ninja. Other than pirates, of course.

Massage

ST JULIEN HOTEL & SPA

900 Walnut St., 720-406-9696

Second Place: Massage Envy

Third Place: Essentiels Day Spa

Fourth Place: Bodywork Bistro

Fifth Place: Boulder College

After a long, stressful week of hiking in the Flatirons, drinking homemade kombucha, protecting prairie dog habitats and enjoying 80-degree days in the spring, a Boulderite might be in need of some relaxation and a good rubdown. What better way to spend one of those sunny afternoons than inside Boulder’s swankiest hotel? For a truly decadent massage experience, the St Julien Hotel & Spa has massage therapists certified in a number of different types of massage, including couples, deep tissue, Swedish, hot stone, foot, prenatal, and pressure point.


Best Way to Exacerbate the Upcoming Drought FRACKING

March was bone dry, and snowpack in the mountains is pathetic.

The ski season was pretty sad. The conditions are setting up for a summer replete with lawn-watering restrictions like we had a few years ago. So, with water at a premium, the stage is set for a showdown with oil and gas companies, which need hundreds of thousands of gallons of water to perform hydraulic fracturing, the controversial method of extracting energy resources from underneath our feet. The problem is, people near these fracking operations, curiously, are developing health problems. To what extent will our elected officials clamp down on this promise of energy production — and water sales revenues — in the name of public health and safety?



Medical Marijuana Evaluation Service

FULLY ALIVE MEDICINE


3000 Center Green Drive, Suite 130, 303- 404-2232


Second Place: The Dandelion


Third Place: Relaxed Clarity

Fourth Place: GrassRoots Medical Clinic

Fifth Place: Boulder Kind Care

Care of the Soul author Thomas Moore once said, “Nothing is more suitable for care of the soul than family.” This idea is clear at Fully Alive Medicine. The integrative holistic family practice strives to treat and prevent long-lasting diseases and to teach its patients how to best take care of themselves. Shared medical appointments allow patients to get treatment with others who have the same or similar conditions, while also having a built-in support group and receiving ongoing education. With more than 100 collective years of experience in treating patients, primary care practitioners Dr. Rob Ivker, Dr. Joe Cohen and Dr. Todd Nelson help patients by creating self-care treatment plans designed to empower patients in their own care. The FAM group considers themselves a family that focuses on a family practice for the whole person: body, mind and soul.

Barber Shop

FLOYD’S 99 BARBERSHOP

2790 Pearl St., 303-442-2279

Second Place: Al’s Barber Shop

Third Place: Silver & Gold Barbers and Stylists

Fourth Place: Northside Barbers

Fifth Place: Alpine Barbers

The traditional barbershop isn’t quite in danger of going the way of the dodo, but it’s in the same category as the Couch’s Spadefoot — threatened. Barbers, those who went to an actual barber college, are now outnumbered 10 to 1 by hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists, who all ply a similar trade to the traditional man-withthe-candy-cane-striped pole. You, dear reader, have selected Floyd’s 99 Barbershop as the best place to revive this dying art, with Al’s Barber Shop coming in second. Go before the barber’s pole and the straight razor become nothing more than fixtures in the Smithsonian.

Nail Salon

THE NAIL STUDIO

3280 28th St., 303-444-4841

Second Place: Ten20

Third Place: Star Nails

Fourth Place: Iris Nails

Fifth Place: Polish

Hot, steamy paraffin wax, sensual arm massage, tough buffer, base coat, top coat, Skinny Dipping in Lake Michigan (that’s a nail polish color, men). For all you prudes out there — I’m talking about a manicure. And Boulder’s The Nail Studio will give you the best one you’ve ever had. Let their experts do your body right, and take care of your fingers and toes the way they were meant to be treated. You’ve only got 20 of those little piggies, you might as well let the friendliest and most professional ladies in town spoil ’em. If this super-popular joint is booked solid — which it very well might be — hit up Ten20, where you can grab some M&Ms, sip some Diet Coke, and get handpampered the downtown Boulder way.

Pilates Studio

BOULDER BODYWORKS

3020 Carbon Pl., 303-444-2739

Second Place: Colorado Athletic Club

Third Place: Bolder Pilates

Fourth Place: Core Wisdom

Fifth Place: Body Dynamics

Joseph Pilates should have set up shop in years ago when he first created the core-strengthening exercises that share his name. In Boulder, where there is an emphasis on staying fit, Pilates is a favorite of those who want a great core workout, and this year Boulder Bodyworks was saluted by Best of Boulder voters as the best place to get your abs looking and feeling strong. The studio offers private Pilates instruction and group classes as well as yoga, physical therapy and massage. Their mission is to empower you and assist you in making positive changes in your life, your community and your world. And, of course, they’re there to help make your abs swimsuit-ready.

Ski Resort

ELDORA MOUNTAIN RESORT

2861 Eldora Ski Road, 303-440-8700

Second Place: Vail

Third Place: Winter Park/Mary Jane

Fourth Place: Copper Mountain

Fifth Place: Breckenridge

In a state riddled with some of the country’s best ski resorts, it can be hard to choose where to spend your weekends (or sick days). Eldora Mountain Resort’s convenient location only 20 miles from Boulder has made it a favorite among locals, whether they’re taking on the freestyle terrain or learning to pizza and french-fry on the bunny hill. The convenient bus from Boulder, excellent student rates and well-crafted kids program make this a great place to ski the day away and be home before dark.


Best Agricultural Fashion Accessory ‘FAIR’ HATS AT GMO MEETING

The alternate title for this was “Best non-existent grassroots movement.” There was quite a change of pace when it came to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Boulder County on Dec. 8, 2011. While previous meetings of a countyappointed group charged with recommending how to deal with Frankenfoods had been largely dominated by those who prefer natural foods, this time Big Ag rallied farmers from all around these here parts to show up to a hearing on the issue, and they were all issued green hats sporting the acronym FAIR, which few knew how to define. Turns out, the fingerprints of outside ag powerhouses like the Farm Bureau were all over this one. Oh, and FAIR stands for Farmers Alliance for Integrated Resources, and it came complete with a tweeted threat from a state legislator to pull county funding if the GMO question didn’t go their way. Turns out it did. Nice.

Skin Care Services

DIVINE RESONANCE

1629 Canyon Blvd., 720-432-1108

Second Place: Sensorielle

Third Place: Six Persimmons

Fourth Place: Dermatology Specialists

Fifth Place: Avanti

In a place like Boulder, being environmentally conscious and eating organic food are always in fashion, which has kept the services of Divine Resonance popular. This year’s winner in skin care services gives its customers a way to be even more organic with skin treatments that include ayurvedic facials, Sapphire 3 abrasion, organic facelifts, aromagemtherapy, light therapy and much more.

If all those still aren’t enough to lure you and your “hippie chic” friends, Divine Resonance also offers “phenomenal touch” massage, where the massage therapist moves the body of the client in something that looks a bit like an interpretive dance.

Tanning Salon

VERANDA SUN

1670 30th St., 303-447-8844

Second Place: Tans To Go

Third Place: Hottie Body Tans

Fourth Place: Liquid Sun

Fifth Place: Executive Tans

For some people, Boulder’s 300 days of sunshine just aren’t enough. For such people, hitting the tanning salon is the only way to get that bronze, oompa-loompa glow that we all love and admire. Veranda Sun is this year’s winner in the best tanning salon category. Veranda Sun has 18 tanning beds of all shapes and sizes, from the lay-down “Super Beds” and the “Ultra Sun Powerhouse 6000” to stand-up beds and the “Legacy Leg Tanner.” The salon also offers airbrush tanning for those who are less excited about exposing their bodies to UV rays, and teeth whitening to put the finishing touches on the “exotic beauty” look.

Veterinary Care

HUMANE SOCIETY OF BOULDER VALLEY

2323 55th St., 303-442-4030, option 2

Second Place: Alpine Hospital for Animals

Third Place: Boulder Natural Animal

Fourth Place: Arapahoe Animal Hospital

Fifth Place: Boulder Veterinary Hospital

Not only does the Humane Society of Boulder Valley provide Boulderites with their adorable adoptables, but they offer top-notch medical care for them, too. The HSBV veterinary clinic offers a variety of services, from lab work and dental care to the ol’ snip and clip (sorry, pooches, blame it on Bob Barker). And rather than have people avoid the vet because of financial reasons, HSBV offers low-interest payment plans and subsidized vet services for low-income families. They also participated in 9News’s 9PetCheck, which provided free wellness exams and rabies vaccinations in April. Even crotchety dogs love going to this clinic, probably because there’s always a soothing voice and a handful of treats at the ready, while humans enjoy HSBV because they leave with peace of mind and enough money to make rent.

Yoga Studio

COREPOWER YOGA


1129 13th St., 303-440-8952

645 27th Way, 303-497-9642

3280 28th St., 303-440-3930

Second Place: Yoga Pod

Third Place: Om Time

Fourth Place: Little Yoga Studio

Fifth Place: Studio Be

In only two places in the world is it just naturally assumed that a yoga practice will fit into your lifecycle at some point: Boulder and yoga’s home country of India. Somewhere along the line, you are almost certain to be recommended, coerced and commanded by your naturopath; directed by your chiropractor; or advised by your doctor, your friends, your climbing partner, your hiking buddy, your personal trainer or your mom to breathe deeply, do a few downward-facing dogs, wring toxins out of your system with a few twists and attempt — and eventually manage — to stand on your head.

And in Boulder, the stamp of approval for practicing yoga with a guide goes to CorePower Yoga, once again the winner of our reader survey. Classes range from the amp-you-up CorePower Vinyasa to the craft-your-biceps Yoga Sculpt, from the heart-pumping vinyasa and hot yoga blend in Hot Power Fusion to the soothe your soul, calm your mind and heal your body CoreRestore classes.

Also bounce on over to the pleasant, home-grown institution Yoga Pod, our runner-up, for an alternate view on getting upside down.


Best Press Release of the Year “VALMONT BUTTE SETTLEMENTS REACHED; CLEANUP TO BEGIN”

When this City of Boulder announcement landed in our inbox on Dec. 15, it piqued our interest. Sure, we had heard bits and pieces about the butte’s sordid history, but once we started poking around, it’s safe to say that we uncovered a cesspool. After looking at dozens of aerial photos, historical maps and documents from the feds, state, county and city, we identified strands of a tangled web of mistakes, deceit and denial that boggle the mind. It’s taken us eight installments (so far) in the “Ghosts of Valmont Butte” series to tell the story of what we found. And yet city officials are still repeating their tired old reasons for why their subpar remediation is sufficient, despite the fact that we’ve presented evidence to the contrary. By the way, the alternative title for this one was, “Best place to get cancer in your sweat lodge.”

See also