Best AC/Heating Service AND Best Plumber
Precision Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric
Multiple ‘Best Of’ Winner, Precision Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical is honored to have earned the loyalty and trust of tens of thousands of families throughout their 38 years of business by providing fast, local service. With Precision, not only are you guaranteed excellent, timely service from experienced professionals, their technicians take the time to answer questions and explain any problems while offering economical solutions and up-front pricing – no surprises! Andrea Nelson, CEO, believes their success boils down to their exceptional customer service. “We put our customers first. We believe in doing the right thing and treating our customers how we want to be treated,” she says. “Our employees constantly improve and educate themselves.” Every detail matters at Precision, from friendly, helpful service to responsiveness to your time of stress. Call today and discover first-hand what makes this longtime company the best. 5035 Chaparral Court, Boulder, 303.581.1455, precisionplumbing.com.
Runner Up for Best AC/Heating Service and Runner Up for Best Plumber: Mike LaBella Plumbing & Heating, 466 S. 96th St., Louisville, 303.666.6225, mikelabellaplumbing.com.
Moxie Bread Co.
The owners of Moxie Bread Company make their mission clear. It’s a vision that goes beyond the delicious items that the bakery serves up every day, the fresh loaves, muffins and pastries that always boast impressive flavors and delectable consistencies. “Our choices are entirely guided by a desire to nourish our neighbors and foster community,” Moxie’s crew proclaims, “We work directly with family farms across Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota to ethically grow and source high-quality grains for all our baking.”Along with the bakery’s picturesque location in a 19th-century home in the center of downtown Louisville, this commitment makes Moxie stand out. The bakery pairs a commitment to sustainability with great food, craft coffee and a top-notch atmosphere. It all combines to make a morning muffin and cup of Joe at Moxie an unparalleled experience. 641 Main St., Louisville, 720.420.9616, moxiebreadco.com.
Runner Up: Button Rock Bakery, 400 W. South Boulder Road, #2200, Lafayette, 303.926.1676, buttonrockbakery.com.
Lulu’s BBQ approaches its cuisine with an easygoing attitude taken straight from a sunny porch in the South. “We’re all about BBQ, low and slow,” managers at the Louisville location insist. More specifically, the restaurant is all about patience when it comes to cooking their signature pulled pork, spicy chicken and other viands. “LuLu’s BBQ serves Texas and Southern style BBQ, slow smoked on Lulu’s Pit, served up with delicious southern style sides.” That approach is a winner, judging by the savory flavors and the melt-off-the-bone consistency of their slow-smoked meats. Though Lulu’s menu offers plenty of diversity in terms of main courses (it’s tough to choose between the smoked sausage, pulled pork, tasty sandwiches or rib racks), the standout flavor is consistent across the board. Lulu’s knack for slow cooking and sauces makes its meats a stand-out, and their appreciation for the perfect side completes the perfect meal. 701 Main St.,
Louisville, 720.583.1789, lulus-bbq.com.
Runner Up: Wayne’s Smoke Shack, 406 Center Drive, Superior, 303.554.5319, waynessmokeshack.com.
Best Breakfast AND Best Brunch AND Best Gluten Free Restaurant
Featuring fresh, inventive, and utterly delectable food, Tangerine is a dream worth waking up for. The cheerfully casual atmosphere is a perfect complement to the innovative menu – American brunch/lunch with a healthfully inspired, Mediterranean twist. Not only is everything cooked from scratch with quality ingredients, Tangerine caters to all dietary needs and lifestyles. “Responding to these unusual times, we’re setting up our parking lots with bubble tents for individual table, outdoor “greenhouse-like” dining, offering heating as needed,” says Tangerine Restaurants Chef, Proprietor and Founder Alec Schuler. “We’re thankful for all the continued support for favorite local small businesses – [our customers are] keeping us alive!” With many vegetarian and gluten-free options – paired with locally roasted Salto coffees and a full bar – Tangerine is sure to satisfy. 2777 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.443.2333; 300 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.443.5100; 379 Main St., Longmont, 720.815.2888, tangerineeats.com.
Runner Up for Best Breakfast and Runner Up for Best Gluten Free Restaurant: Morning Glory Cafe, 1377 Forest Park Circle, #101, Lafayette, 303.604.6351, morningglorylafayette.com.
12Degree Brewing offers Belgian-inspired ales and a menu of pizza, paninis, salads, Belgium-style fries and pretzels, plus cheese and chocolate for pairing. The neighborhood brewery is based on the Belgium culture of breweries serving as community gathering places with long community tables, a long bar and a large garage door opening to the sidewalk. Owner and Head Brewer Jon Howland started as a home brewer employing a Belgian approach of diverse flavors before founding the brewery in 2013. His staple of Belgian-inspired beers includes golden strong and farmhouse ales, Belgian whites and quadrupels, plus he offers hoppy and sour beers. “All the beer we brew is poured through our taps,” Howland said. “Our goal is to be a really great welcoming brew pub. We are focused on providing a great experience for our local community.” 820 Main St., Louisville, 720.638.1623, 12degree.com.
Runner Up: Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co., 297 US-287, #100, Lafayette, 720.550.7813, liquidmechanicsbrewing.com.
Sometimes, chain restaurants boast the best formulas. In the case of Smashburger, founded in Denver in 2007, the restaurant has perfected a unique and delicious approach to the familiar cheeseburger. Their signature, namesake item – a “smashed” patty cooked on a flattop grill at a high heat – is always a treat, especially since the restaurant insists on fresh preparation. The Lafayette store takes these guidelines seriously. They abide by the chain’s winning formula, and any burger ordered in the restaurant is sure to be fresh and hot off the grill. With a supplementary menu that includes a distinct spin on sweet potato fries, fried pickles and other goodies that go perfectly with a burger, the restaurant offers customers a memorable dining experience. Smashburger may be a chain, but as the Lafayette location proves, that doesn’t mean that they can’t offer a tasty, fresh and alluring spin on an American culinary staple. 2755 Dagny Way, Lafayette, 303.926.9700, smashburger.com.
Best Coffee House
East Simpson Coffee Co.
East Simpson Coffee Co. offers a full espresso bar with local and organic products that include locally roasted coffee and espresso through a partnership with OZO Coffee Co. in Boulder. The offerings include pastries, breakfast and lunch items from burritos and quiche to wraps, soups, salads and paninis, and a wine and beer menu, plus gluten-free options. On the entertainment side, there is music, art and community events, plus the Hive gathering space is available to rent. “Customers know that we care about them. We create an environment that gives them the opportunity to relax and be themselves,” said Leslie Wing-Pomeroy, owner. The coffee shop opened in 2014 to be part of the revitalization of Historic Old Town Lafayette in a historic building, which started in 1914 as Charles Scholes Bakery and Grocery, operating until 1959. 414 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 720.502.7010, eastsimpsoncoffee.com.
Runner Up: Brewing Market, 2770 Dagny Way, #101, Lafayette, 720.890.3993, brewingmarketcoffee.com.
Best Customer Service AND Best Pet Boarding AND Best Pet Grooming
One clear silver lining throughout uncertain times – as with any time – has got to be our pets. So it goes without saying we want to treat them to the very best. At Bowhaus, no detail goes unnoticed when it comes to offering the utmost in care, from the basics like proper food and water in a clean, friendly and exciting environment to personalized scheduled incorporating trail walks, playtime and special attention. “We’ve been truly honored to serve our wonderful community and its pups since 2005,” says Lisa Sigg, Bowhaus regional manager. “We’re so happy to be voted ‘East Boulder County Gold’ again!” Bowhaus provides boarding, day care and grooming, all delivered with caring customer service. And if you find yourself pining for your pets while they’re vacationing, you can even get a glimpse of them at play through the Bowhaus webcams. 6560 O’Dell Place, Boulder, 720.961.7566; 415 Jones Court, Erie, 720.961.7479, bowhausco.com.
Runner Up for Best Customer Service: Precision Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric, 5035 Chaparral Court, Boulder, 303.581.1455, precisionheating.com.
Runner Up for Best Pet Boarding: Cottonwood Kennels, 7275 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303.442.2602, cottonwoodkennels.com.
Runner Up for Best Pet Grooming: Struttin’ Pup, 2850 Arapahoe Road, #110, Lafayette, 303.665.3038, struttinpup.com.
Eats & Sweets
Founded in 2010, Eats & Sweets is a cheerful, colorful neighborhood cafe and bakery that serves local ice cream, made-to-order sandwiches, soups, salads and bakery items, using natural and organic products. The bakery’s offerings are extensive with an assortment of cake pops, sugar cookies and cheesecake. Plus, there are 20 rotating flavors of local Boulder Ice Cream and Sweet Action Ice Cream and Eats & Sweets’ famous banana bread ice cream sandwich. There also is coffee, tea, shakes, smoothies and juices and gluten-free and dairy-free options. “We try to be experimental, and the bakers have free reign to bake whatever they like,” said Bobby Pangilinan, owner. “We always give friendly service. We care about our customers. And we are not pricey. We want people to come on a daily or weekly basis.” 401 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303.665.3287, menupages.com/eats-sweets/401-s-public-rd-lafayette.
Runner Up: Sweet Cow, 2628 Broadway St., Boulder, 303.447.3269; 669 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303.494.4269; 637 Front St., Louisville, 303.666.4269; sweetcowicecream.com.
Alan D. Belenski, D.D.S, and Kevin H. Moore, D.D.S
Dentists Alan Belenski, D.D.S., and Kevin Moore, D.D.S., offer general and cosmetic dental care for children and adults in a relaxed atmosphere, using advanced dental technology. For patients without dental insurance, Belenski and Moore provide an in-office membership plan. “The environment we try to provide in the office is fun, welcoming and non-judgmental. We treat our patients like family,” Moore said. Founded in 1985, the practice covers every major aspect of dentistry, including cosmetic and general dentistry, implant dentistry, treatment of gum disease (periodontics), sleep and snoring therapy, and CEREC one-appointment porcelain crowns without impressions or temporaries. “We can offer must of our procedures in our office without having to refer patients all over the place,” Moore said. “Our goal is to meet patients where they’re at and come up with a custom care plan to help them reach their oral health goals and help them have the smile they want.” 1194, 225 W. South Boulder Road, #200, Louisville, 303.666.5080, alanbelenski.com.
Runner Up: Studio Z Dental, 818 W. South Boulder Road, Louisville, Chrisman Commercial, 303.802.4313, studiozdental.com.
As a neighborhood dispensary, Star Buds combines a comfortable setting with a wide range of cannabis products, welcoming everyone from the occasional smoker to the daily consumer. The dispensary provides a top-notch selection of strains, including the Cannabis Cup-winning sativa, plus an assortment of concentrates, edibles, tinctures and other products that are fresh and not pre-packaged. “The quality of our flower is one of the best in the state,” said Ernie Craumer, owner-operator of the Longmont and Niwot stores. “We have probably 12 to 15 cultivators that provide various strains that are unique to Colorado.” Customers are encouraged to take their time and let staff guide them through the process of selecting the right products for them. The dispensary also contributes to the local community, including through its Cancer Relief Program with discounted access to cannabis products. 7521 Ute Highway, #66, Longmont, 303.651.0709; 1156 W. Dillon Road, #3, Louisville, 720.389.6313; 6924 N. 79th St., Niwot, 720.340.4548, starbuds.us.
Runner Up: Ajoya Medical Marijuana & Recreational Cannabis Dispensary, 1100 W. Dillon Road, #3, Louisville, 303.665.5596, ajoyalife.com.
Best Eye Care
Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado
Even though the Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado boasts an impressive network of doctors, treatment options and supplementary eye services, their underlying mission is clear. “We’ve built our entire practice around making it easy for our patients to get the best and most comprehensive care,” the doctors at the Eye Care Center insist. “Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado is Colorado’s most advanced facility for eye health, surgery and vision correction.” From that seemingly simple set of values, the Eye Care Center offers visitors some of the most advanced and complex eye care in the state of Colorado. Whether it’s updating an eyeglasses prescription or setting up corrective vision surgery, this facility offers the latest and greatest in terms of treatment and technology. The doctors who implement all of these impressive resources never forget the core mission – patients are treated with underlying respect and transparency, and that makes care all the more effective. 300 Exempla Circle, #120, Lafayette, 303.772.3300, eyecaresite.com.
Runner Up: Front Range Eye Health Center, 1220 Summit View Drive, Louisville, 303.665.7797, frontrangeeye.com.
Best Gift Shop
Timbalier Gifts & Stationery
Timbalier Gifts and Stationery touts itself as an “oasis of shopping,” and for anyone looking to find that perfect gift for a friend or loved one, that description is accurate. Founded in 2004 by John Chapman and Spike Ritter Chapman, Timbalier offers customers a broad array of charming and unique wares, from homemade crafts to stunning jewelry to custom-made face masks. It’s a diverse selection offered in a friendly and welcoming environment, one where professionals are on hand to help shoppers find the perfect gift for a picky recipient. “While you shop you will be offered assistance if you need it and not if you don’t, and if you’re buying a gift it will be wrapped in one of our complimentary custom boxes,” the Chapmans note. “Shopping at Timbalier is welcoming, relaxing and helpful.” 2770 Arapahoe Road, #106, Lafayette, 303.666.4200, timbalier.net.
Runner Up: Due South, 802 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 720.638.4047, duesouthstore.com.
Best Hair Salon
Maven Hair Studio
Maven Hair Studio doesn’t refer to its corps of professionals as simply “stylists.” Instead, the independent contractors who make the Maven Hair Studio the best salon in east Boulder County are accurately labeled “artists,” craftspeople whose approach to their profession goes much deeper than simply cutting hair.“Maven is a small boutique salon that has talented stylists; clients can find the perfect fit for whatever service they are looking for,” Maven Hair Studio’s ownership accurately points out. That commitment to individual service and one-on-one communication makes this scrappy salon stand out in a crowded field. East Boulder County boasts plenty of salons where customers can get snipped and styled, but Maven offers that rare, personal connection with its employees that ensures you’ll walk out the doors looking good. 1365 Forest Park Circle, #101, Lafayette, 303.665.9606, themavenhairstudio.com.
Runner Up: CrossCuts Salon, 115 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 720.420.9431, crosscutssalon.com.
Best Happy Hour
95a Bistro & Sushi
|Family-friendly 95a Bistro & Sushi features American tapas cuisine with international elements from Mediterranean to Latin and Asian. The bistro and seafood restaurant, which opened in 2011, offers brunch, lunch and takeout,
but is best known for its extensive happy hour. Happy hour is offered from 3 to 6 p.m. every day and all night on Monday. “Not many places offer it every day,” said Brodi Kukura, general manager. “Some people can’t make Happy Hour throughout the weekday. We just think people appreciate it.” Happy Hour offerings include $1 off tapas, specialty cocktails, house wines, draft beers and house liquor. There also is a long list of menus to select from, including lunch, dinner, brunch, tapas, kids and desserts. “Chef Paolo Nebille makes incredible food. That really sets the tone for Happy Hour as well,” Kukura said. 1381 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette, 303.665.3080, 95abistroandsushi.com.
Runner Up: Mudrock’s Tap & Tavern, 585 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, 720.890.7900, mudrockstapandtavern.com.
Best Healing for Mind & Body
Harmonic Egg of Boulder County
We all face trauma through our lives, through big events and daily, more routine moments of stress. What better way to keep moving forward than to address that? “I believe in helping others heal,” says Mary Hastings, owner of The Harmonic Egg of Boulder County. “Experience has shown that the various healing attributes of the Harmonic Egg restore balance to the body, thereby assisting in the healing process.” This unique experience is provided through innovative technology that offers deep relaxation and stress relief by utilizing light, frequency, vibration and sound. Hastings (alongside many satisfied clients) is so passionate about the unique experience, she offers a reduced fee for Veterans, First Responders, and Front Line Workers, noting that experience can be greatly beneficial in reducing the stress and trauma they may have experienced in their service. 685 S. Arthur Ave., Unit 12-A, Louisville, 720.708.4042, harmoniceggbc.com.
Best Liquor Store
Superior Liquor Market
Pandemic cocktails, anyone? Superior Liquor is known for its impressive selection of quality beers, wines, and basically any liquor you are looking for, but it is beloved for so much more. Community connections are truly valued. Since opening doors in 2000, Superior Liquor Market has been actively involved in supporting local charities and non-profit organizations, including Boulder Community Hospital, Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, neighborhood schools, and many more. Addressing the uncertainties of the current situation, the team at Superior Liquor Market take their driving goal of prioritizing safety with the utmost seriousness, from installing plexiglass at registers to offering curbside pickup through the online store, and more. “During these difficult times, we want to thank all our wonderful customers for their support,” says Wine Department Manager Matt Modrzejewski. “All of us here at Superior Liquor have the common goal of creating the best and safest shopping experience in our store as well as curbside! Thank you!” 100 Superior Plaza Way, Superior, 303.499.6600, superiorliquor.com.
Runner Up: Atlas Valley Purveyors, 2770 Arapahoe Road, #100, Lafayette, 720.287.1728, atlaspurveyorsoflafayette.com.
Luxe Nail Bar
Luxe Nail Bar’s commitment to keeping up on the latest trends in the industry is unflagging. The Louisville Nail Bar stocks the latest products; their technicians are up on the latest styles. One of Luxe’s core principles is carrying the most up-to-date tools of the trade, and that approach offers customers every option under the sun when it comes to the perfect mani/pedi. But Luxe’s allure goes beyond polishes, varnishes and fancy chairs. According to Owner Thao Pham, the pride of the business is its “expert team of nail artists providing you with the latest and greatest nail care services.” That human element makes all the difference – Luxe’s staff is always ready to listen and tailor their services to the needs of the client. That makes a huge difference. 1361 Forest Park Circle, #104, Lafayette, 303.666.6770, luxenailbar.co
Runner Up: Luxury Nails and Spa, 1355 E. South Boulder Road, Unit J, Louisville, 720.890.5007, luxurynailslouisville.com.
Best Lunch AND Best Sandwich
Organic Sandwich Company
For the six years Organic Sandwich Company has been in business, customers have been wowed by the fresh, creative, and oh so satisfying sandwich and soup offerings. These are not your standard grab-and-gos. Staff favorite Veggie or Turkey Rueben (with locally-made ginger turmeric sauerkraut, turkey, tomatoes, aged white cheddar, sriracha aioli, grilled to perfection on locally-baked French country bread) underscores the trademark uniqueness all on its own. Now that we’re officially in soup season, Owner Marcy Miller is adding seasonal favorites on menus, such as Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage, Cauliflower Chowder, and Grass-fed Beef Stew, sourcing quality ingredients from local farms, Kilt Farm and Buckner Family Farm. “Our community has been so supportive, and we feel fortunate to serve hand-crafted sandwiches, soups, and sides to the wonderful people of Boulder, Louisville, and surrounding areas,” says Owner Marcy Miller. “Thank you all for supporting us through the good times and the hard times. We look forward to serving you for many more years.” 459 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 720.598.5931; 16th and Pearl, Boulder, 720.639.3986, organicsandwichco.com.
Runner Up for Best Lunch: Busaba, 133 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 303.665.0330, busabaco.com.
Runner Up for Best Sandwich: Snarf’s Sandwiches, 2130 Mountain View Ave., Longmont, 393.702.1111; 645 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 303.774.1441; 6562 Lookout Rd., Boulder, 720.662.0107; 5340 Arapahoe Ave., Unit J, Boulder, 303.444.3404; 2660 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.444.7766; 637 S. Broadway, Unit A, Boulder, 303.444.7714; eatsnarfs.com.
Massage Envy (Superior)
Now more than ever, the demands of daily life take their toll on all of us. Stress is taxing, depressing our immune systems, storing bodily tension and more. Luckily, there are ways to be proactive in self-care, and they make all the difference. With a little help from the experienced, caring and intuitive team at Massage Envy, you can keep your body running smoothly, taking on all your goals from a full docket of meetings to marathons. At Massage Envy, your comfort and safety are top priority as highly trained employees work to provide you with a customized experience that gets you on the road to healing and leaves you feeling good. Call today to book your appointment! 602 Center Drive, Superior, 303.499.9900; 1170 US Highway 287, #300, Broomfield, 303.404.3689; 2490 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303.447.3689; 10449 Town Center Drive, @600, Westminster, 303.466.1818, massageenvy.com.
Runner Up: AA Massage, 1834 Main St., #45, Longmont, 303.485.2997.
Thomas J. Melcher, D.D.S. MS, Melcher Orthodontics
The staff at Thomas Melcher’s office aims to create Simply Outstanding Smiles by providing a positive orthodontic experience and delivering care in a clean, safe, modern and fun environment. The office, which opened 30 years ago, uses the newest treatment techniques available and state-of-the-art procedures and equipment, including self-ligating brackets, gold brackets, clear brackets and Invisalign technology. The office also offers thermally sensitive super elastic wire technology to shorten treatment time with fewer office visits and less discomfort. Melcher, who has been providing orthodontic care in Louisville since 1986, checks and evaluates every patient and places the brackets on their teeth. “We are constantly striving to provide the highest level of care, utilizing the latest treatment techniques and state-of-the-art technology to consistently obtain outstanding smiles and healthy functional bites,” Melcher said. 315 W. South Boulder Road, #111, Louisville, 303.666.9717, melcherorthodontics.com.
Runner Up: Dr. Damen Matthew Caraway, Caraway Orthodontics, 1760 Centennial Drive, Louisville, 303.665.7333; 71 Erie Parkway, Unit 101, Erie, 303.828.0454, carawayortho.com.
Louisville’s Main Street boasts its own unique spirit and infectious energy. The historic strip offers an ideal complement for those looking to take a load off with the perfect meal or the cocktail, and that’s why The Waterloo’s patio is so impressive. The restaurant named after a mod record store in Austin, Texas is currently set up in the heart of Louisville’s downtown, and their patio offers diners the perfect view of the bustling thoroughfare. It makes the Waterloo a perfect stop for those looking to complement their food and drink with the spirit of Louisville’s nightlife. The owners have worked to create a hip, welcoming restaurant that feeds off the neighborhood’s energy, and their patio view has helped them realize that mission.“With its rooftop patio, vibrant mural and live music, Waterloo is a colorful and lively fixture of Main Street,” the owners point out. “Our diverse, Texas-inspired menu features local, natural and organic ingredients.” 817 Main St., Louisville, 303.993.2094, waterloolouisville.com.
Runner Up: Acreage, 1380 Horizon Ave., Lafayette, 303.227.3243, acreageco.com.
A beloved Colorado institution, Abo’s Pizza has been treating its ever-growing and loyal customer base to mouth-watering, generous slices of true New York-style pizza since 1977. Abo’s has dedicated themselves to the art of pizza-making, from using only fresh, quality ingredients to hand-tossing the light and chewy, never frozen dough. Abo’s unique taste comes from a myriad of things – from the care and precision that goes into the traditional making to the highest quality 100 percent mozzarella, and not least the special secret sauce, sweet with a hint of tartness complementing the toppings. “We are so grateful for our wonderful community,” says Lizzette Sanabria, co-owner with her brother, Herb, at Abo’s Pizza in Erie and Louisville locations. “We are a family-owned, local business, and the support we’ve seen throughout these difficult times as well as good ones has made all the difference to us. We’re honored to keep on serving up great pizza!” 720 Austin Ave., Erie, 303.828.9777; 1355 E. South Boulder Road, Unit C2, Louisville, 303.604.9896; 637 S. Broadway, Unit S, Boulder, 303.494.1274; 2761 Iris Ave., Boulder, 303.443.1921; 7960 Niwot Road, Unit B5, Niwot, 303.652.0830; 1834 Main St., #8, Longmont, 303.678.0111, abospizza.com.
Runner Up: Cosmo’s Pizza, 3117 28th St., Boulder, 303.442.3278; 1325 Broadway, #108, Boulder, 303.447.1133; 659 30th St., Boulder, 303.447.3278; 520 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette 720.598.5123, cosmospizza.com.
Best Physical Therapy Center
Coal Creek Physical Therapy
Coal Creek Physical Therapy is the place to go to treat muscle and joint pain and to recover from injury. Coal Creek’s tagline is “Feel better. Live a life you love.” To help patients get back to their regular activities, physical therapists start with an evaluation to determine the root cause of their symptoms. They provide a high level of care that includes hands-on therapy and an individualized therapeutic exercise plan. The office and its staff of 22 has provided 18 years of care, serving more than 10,000 clients. The staff represents 26 specialties and certifications. Coal Creek also is a partner of the Inland Ocean Coalition, donating $1 for every new patient to help heal the ocean as it helps heal patients, donating $2,000 in 2019. 315 W. South Boulder Road, #100, Louisville; 350 Boulder St., Boulder, 303.666.4151, coalcreekphysicaltherapy.com.
Runner Up: Back To Action Physical Therapy, 150 Old Laramie Trail East, #100, Lafayette, 303.665.8747; 1336 Hecla Drive, Balfour Senior Living Center, Louisville, 303.867.6339, back2action.com.
Colleen Vandendriessche, Pro Realty Operations
When it comes to finding the perfect Realtor, experience is important. Pro Realty Operations’ Colleen Vandendriessche has worked in the industry for decades, and that resume is critical when it comes to helping customers finding the perfect home or selling their current property. “When you are selling or buying the largest investment that most people make, you expect professionalism, honesty, accuracy and someone who will take a sincere interest in your move,” she notes. “I have over 30 years of local real estate experience and I have knowledge of the complete transaction, as well as of all the components.” This comprehensive expertise has made a difference for customers in the community for many years, and all of this work is bound to pay off for anyone looking for a low-pressure, high-yield approach to selling or buying their homes. 357 McCaslin Blvd., #200, Louisville, 303.449.3444, relopros.com.
Runner Up: MP Munding Realty, 121 S. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303.242.4706, mpmundingrealty.com.
Best Roofing Company
Scott’s Roofing approaches its customer service with a neighborly friendliness, and that makes all the difference. For more than a decade, the folks at Scott’s Roofing have provided some of the highest quality roofing services in east Boulder County. Whether it’s specifically addressing damage wrought by storms and snow or simply replacing roofs that have sagged with age, the crew at Scott’s competently approach their craft with know-how and top-notch materials. That’s not all that makes the company stand out. The notable aspect of Scott’s business model is its insistence on kindness, honesty and customer service. “Scott’s Roofing, founded and owned by Gary Nickell, is a permanent fixture in our community and we’re here to go above and beyond for our neighbors with first-class quality and unbeatable value,” the company notes. Those values make the company more than its roofing services. 211 N. Public Road, #100, Lafayette, 303.469.9287, scottsroofingcolorado.com.
Runner Up: B & M Roofing Of Colorado, 3768 Eureka Way, Frederick, 303.443.5843, bmroofing.com.
Best Seafood Restaurant
Reelfish Fish and Chips
Finding good seafood in a land-locked state is always a gamble. Frequenting chain restaurants or subpar seafood joints in Colorado is likely to get you a plate of imported food that’s been freshly dethawed and robbed of any real flavor. That’s where Reelfish is different. As spelled out in their name, Reelfish prides itself on connecting customers with fresh seafood that’s been caught and sent within a matter of hours. Indeed, as the ownership proudly points out, the eatery’s mission is “using almost all wild-caught fish and ensuring sustainable practices from our suppliers.” The restaurant’s specialty is their fish and chips dish, but they offer an impressive array of other goodies from the water. From Cajun catfish to oysters to salmon and shrimp, Reelfish offers an affordable selection of all the best staples, and they never taste freeze-dried or frozen. 2770 Arapahoe Road, #112, Lafayette, 720.630.8053, eatreelfish.com.
Runner Up: Big Mac & Little Lu’s Seafood Restaurant, 2851 W. 120th Ave. #300, Westminster, 303.404.2722, bigmaclittlelus.com.
Hana Japanese Bistro
From beautiful a la carte sushi rolls to special dishes like Salmon Tataki (thinly-sliced, spicy seared salmon with tangy ponzu and mustard sauce), the delectable menu at Hana Japanese Bistro is a certain draw all on its own. Add warm hospitality
and a clean, authentic atmosphere to that incredible cuisine, and it’s no wonder Hana Japanese Bistro is honored with being designated as a winner of East Boulder County Gold. Owner Eric C P Chong places meticulous attention on the whole dining experience. “It is our delight to treat our customers,” Chong says. “We aim to care for all needs and feelings.” In addition to guaranteeing timely, friendly service, Hana regularly offers specials, including on the popular Tokyo Roll, consisting of salmon and eel with cilantro, crispy shallots, avocado, cucumber, daikon radish, crunchy macadamia nuts and creamy miso. 1148 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 720.328.8826, hanajapanesebistrolouisville.com.
Runner Up: Sushi Aji, 489 US-287, #100, Lafayette, 303.665.9242, suchiajilafayette.com.
Best Yoga Studio
CorePower Yoga, based in Denver and founded in 2002, is the largest yoga studio chain in the nation with more than 200 studios, including a studio in Louisville. Classes are geared to the beginner to the seasoned yogi to work every muscle and every emotion. The studio’s mission is to show “the incredible life-changing things that happen when you root an intensely physical workout in the mindfulness of yoga,” as stated on the website. The studio offers two membership levels for yoga practice. The all-access membership includes a pass to practice in studios and at home with CorePower Live and CorePower Yoga On Demand. The at-home membership includes four CorePower Live classes a week and unlimited CorePower Yoga on Demand. There also are drop-in options for in-studio classes or CorePower Live. 1817 C0-42, Louisville, 303.848.4589, corepoweryoga.com.
Runner Up: Mojo’s House of Yoga and Meditation, 123 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303.960.5925, mojoshouseofyoga.com.
VCA Centennial Valley Animal Hospital
VCA Centennial Valley Animal Hospital offers veterinary services for all stages of a pet’s life, from first shots and examinations to preventive and healing care. The extensive list of services includes new kitten and puppy packages, wellness exams, alternative medicine, acupuncture, digital radiology, laser surgery, nutritional counseling and dental care. If questions about care can’t be immediately answered, the veterinarians on staff can access the VCA Knowledge Base that connects them to more than 4,000 VCA veterinarians and veterinary specialists nationwide. For advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals provides state-of-the-art care in several specialties, including orthopedic surgery, physical therapy and advanced oncology. “The goal is to do all that we can to help ensure a long, healthy and happy life for your pet,” as stated on the website. 259 Century Circle, Louisville, 303.666.9363, vcahospitals.com/centennial-valley.
Runner Up: Jasper Animal Hospital, 1369 Forest Park Circle, #101, 303.665.4002, jaspervet.com