The Daily Camera's annual Boulder County Gold awards, 2007 edition.
Thank you Boulder County for many years of support! *Dealer retains all rebates and incentives. Plus Tax & $389 Dealer Handling Fee.Tribeca (#68004) MSRP $30,640. Outback (#78020) MSRP $22,6405995 Arapahoe Boulder, CO303.443.0114w w w. f l a t i r on s s uba r u. com$29,540AFTER $1,100 FLATIRONS DISCOUNTSTRAIGHT ANSWERS KNOWLEDGEABLE SALESPEOPLE NEVER ANY PRESSURELOWEST PRICE GUARANTEED!Flatirons Will Beat Any Advertised Price On A New Subaru!$20,700AFTER $1,940 FLATIRONS DISCOUNTDesigner & Editor:Aubrey LaurenceWriters:L.L. CharlesJudy FinmanThom CollinsJeanine FritzDanielle FoxLulu TupperPhotographer:Jonathan CastnerData Entry& Verification:Bolder StaffingResearch/VerificationContributor:Monica BurrousThe 2007 Boulder County Gold PeoplesChoice Awards results have been dredged up!Digthroughthefollowingpagesandyoulluncover the best nuggets in Boulder County the people, places andthings that make thiscounty great.This years winners and runners up are apreciousbunch. Somearerepeatwinnersandsomearebrandnewwinners. Withsomanywonderful choices in our area, the competitionwas tough. Once again, several categories camedown to just a few votes.Your votes have been tallied and, after meltingdown the cheaters, the results follow.We thankeveryone whotookthe time tovote. Thousands of locals told us why BoulderCounty is such a great place to live, shop, eat,work and play.Turn the page to read about the winners!Boulder County Gold is a marketing feature of your Camera. For advertising information, call your consultant or 303.473.1400. Copyright 2007. Look upBoulder County Gold winners throughout the year at DailyCamera.com. To subscribe to your Daily Camera, call 303.444.3444 or visit DailyCamera.com.4-17EATS,DRINKS& ENTERTAINMENT18-34SERVICES,FACES & PLACES35-49SHOPPERSPARADISE50FULL LISTINGOF WINNERS& RUNNERS UP= First Place Winner = Runner UpBOULDER COUNTYGOLDBOULDER COUNTYGOLDPEOPLESCHOI CEAWARDSSEPTEMBER2007 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 3 C A ME R AEATS,DRINKS&ENTERTAINMENTBEST BAGEL Moes Broadway Bagel2650 Broadway, Boulder, 303.444.3252; 3075 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.442.4427; www.moesbagel.comMoes is special because it offers great products in a friendly atmosphere, says Steve Pagnotta, general manager. Customers appreciate our quality and freshness. Moes bakesbagels at least every 20 minutes (and are they creative: how about jalapeo, cranberry-walnut or tomato-cheddar?). Pizza (try the thin-crust pineapple or artichoke) and pastries (ooh,those chocolate brownies) are done from scratch. Subs (on fresh-baked sub rolls) and sandwiches are made fresh and to order. Theyve doubled the food menu in the last year. Nochain store, Moes is still a mom-and-pop operation, founded almost 16 years ago by Pattyand John Sherman. This is their community; they live and work here. They and theirfamilies are hands-on, Pagnotta says. Dive into their lively new Web site,www.moesbagel.com, which invites the community to enter the Design the Moes Vancontest and sign up for tours of the Arapahoe commissary for pre-school and elementary-school kids. Were listening to what the community wants, Pagnotta says. Boulder is sucha magical place. Were so grateful to be here.Einstein Bros.2400 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.543.1525; 1693 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 720.565.0413; 2311 Clover Basin Drive, Longmont, 303.651.9063; www.einsteinbros.comBEST BAKERY Breadworks2644 Broadway, Boulder, 303.444.5667, www.breadworks.comIt all started with the bread, explains owner Larry Domnitz. That was just the first course, so to speak.Something new is always in the works. Over time the pastry line has increased both wholesale and retail. Lastyears expansion doubled the size of the caf. A wood-burning pizza oven turns out Tuscan-style crispy pizzas.You can order hot food at lunch and dinner, eat in or take out. Grilled sandwiches and fresh-tossed salads arepopular. Breakfast at Breadworks is elaborate, with such hearty victuals as individual frittatas, oven-baked applepancakes, and polenta or red-fennel hash. But dont just come in for meals: They spin their own fresh gelato(top-of-the-charts is dark bittersweet chocolate, followed by vanilla bean and wild strawberry) and sorbet(pomegranate, grapefruit and watermelon are mouth-watering originals). Whats cooking for the future?Domnitz and Executive Chef Colleen Domnitz run the business together and are developing a line of wheat-free and gluten-free baked goods. He explains Breadworks success: We are fanatical about quality. Everythingthat we serve is as good as we can make it. Weve built up a reputation over the last 12-1/2 years. We addthings that are of interest to our customers and staff. Everything is fresh. We use top-quality ingredients.Spruce Confections767 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.449.6773; 4684 Broadway, Boulder, 303.449.58199 Beds - 5 Different Tanning Systems Individual CD Sound Systems Lotions303-444-7600Appointments are recommended & preferred30th St. &Walnut Boulder, CO www.tanstogo.comBoulders Finest Tanning SalonTHANKYOU BOULDERfor nominating us asBest Tanning Salonanother year!2002 20032004 20054 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD SEPTEMBER2007 C A ME R ABEST ASIAN RESTAURANTChey Thuy2655 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.0220www.chezthuy.comLove. I just put a lot of love in thefood. This is how Thuy Le accountsfor the popularity of her eclecticVietnamese restaurant, a familiarBoulder destination since 1993. I makecreations, try something new, not all thetraditional dishes, she says. Actually,she takes traditional Asian dishes borrowing from Chinese and Thaicuisine, too and puts her ownsignature on them. I took a lot oftraditional dishes and Westernizedthem, she says. For instance, she addsshrimp to the beef typically stuffed ingrape leaves. And stuffed tofu, served inVietnam with tomato sauce, can beordered with one of her creations black bean or coconut sauce. Pad Thaiis not like the Thai version; sheconcocted her own sauce. Her sesametofu differs from the Chinese version; itis fried once rather than twice. It alladds up to original, delectable cuisine.Its like painting a picture, shesuggests. If its not happy enough, letsput some red in it.Khow Thai1600 Broadway, Boulder, 303.447.0273www.khowthaicafe.comEATS,DRINKS&ENTERTAINMENTItsAllAbouttheFoodWeDeliver303-447-DELI285528thStreet(SWcornerof28th&Valmont)BoulderMonFri10:30am9pmNowServingFullBreakfastMenuSat8am-9pmSun8am-3pmCateringAvailableThanks for voting us Best Take Out Food,Best Place to Bring Kids & runner up Best DeliEvery WednesdayAll-U-Can-Eat ChickenDinner $10Delicious Rotisserie Chicken,mashed potatoes, country gravy, greenbeans & glazed carrotsEvery FridayAll-U-Can-Eat Fish FryOnly $10Beer Battered Cod, homemade fries,cole slaw & cornbreadEvery SaturdayFamily Night$3 Kids Meals & $1 Kids Root Beer Floats Now Serving Beer & WineINTHEVILLAGEAT2525ARAPAHOECALL3034470210Thank You For YourContinued Support!SEPTEMBER2007 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD 5 C A ME R ABEST BAR West End Tavern926 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.3535, www.thewestendtavern.comWith all the bar choices throughout Boulder County, West End Tavern is in a class by itself. Our coveredrooftop bar is a huge factor, with its great view of the Flatirons, says general manager Mike Lawinski. Also, ourfocus on cocktails, made with fresh ingredients, like our Pimms Cup and French mojito. We are a full bar with alot of spirits selections and a vast selection in every category bourbon is our specialty, and we feature more than50 kinds. The crowd is eclectic, with older students and working adults of all ages. Events draw crowds all week.Hear live music on the rooftop on Sunday evenings. Warren Miller films are featured Wednesday nights, alongwith giveaways and drink specials. Besides a spectrum of domestic beers, house wines, well drinks and infusions,theres a full menu and all appetizers are discounted at Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3 to6 p.m. and drop by for a late-night Happy Hour Thursday through Saturday from 10 to 11 p.m.Red Zone Sports Bar / The Pumphouse Brewery & Restaurant540 Main St., Longmont, 303.702.0881, www.pumphousebrewery.comBEST CATERERA Spice of Life Event Center& Catering ServicesEVENT CENTER, Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder, 303.444.3452CATERING SERVICES, 6333 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.443.4049EAST BOULDER COMMUNITY CENTER, 5660 Sioux Drive, Boulder,303.443.4049www.aspiceoflife.comWhether you crave comfort food or haute cuisine at yourwedding, business meeting, holiday party or bat mitzvah, ASpice of Life can make it happen. In the event business since1987, it offers a wide range of food and pricing from elegant tocasually festive, from full service to a home style meal for yourSunday dinner. Got 10 people coming, or hordes? No problem.In October 2006 A Spice of Life catered the opening bash forTwenty Ninth Street, feeding more than 3,000 guests. Holdyour event at your location or at one of A Spice of Lifes, whichboast fine views of the Flatirons. We have four certified chefs inour kitchen, says Juls Gunderson, Event Center manager. Ourkitchen staff has been with us for years they are incrediblytalented and capable, whether you want American, Continentalor Ethnic food. They can even re-create a favorite family recipefor your event. One of the most important things is that weconsistently provide our clients with high quality and a bigvariety of food and menu offerings, Gunderson says. We candesign menus around dietary preferences, too, includingvegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and slow foods. Mostly, A Spiceof Life caters to corporate deliveries and meetings, and a lot ofweddings. Our wedding specialists are experts, saysGunderson, with many years experience working with differentvenues and vendors in the Boulder-Denver area.Dish1918 Pearl St., Boulder, 720.565.5933EATS,DRINKS&ENTERTAINMENT6 BOULDER COUNTY GOLD SEPTEMBER2007 C A ME R ABEST BARBECUEKTS Barbecue2675 13th St., Boulder, 303.442.3717; 7464 Arapa