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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”