There is a missing category in this year’s Best of Boulder. We should have had a “Best Readers” section. No kidding.
Every year we put up our online survey, which stays open throughout the month of March, and then wait to see how many people fill it out and who they choose as Best-of winners. And each and every year for two decades our readers’ enthusiastic participation has blown us away.
This year’s online survey of Boulder Weekly’s readers was no exception, again setting a new alltime record when it comes to how many of you voted. And we have to say, we think you made a lot of great choices this year as well.
So here is a quick refresher of how the Best of Boulder survey works. With the exception of boxes marked as “Staff Picks” — which are selected by us, often to highlight great businesses in an area that doesn’t have its own category — all of the winners in all of the categories in this publication have been determined solely by our readers’ votes. Period. Boulder Weekly employees were allowed one vote in each category just like everybody else and we had no idea of what the vote totals were until the survey officially closed.
This is exactly why winning Best of Boulder has become the most coveted award in the region. It really is a measure of the quality of a business from the perspective of the community. BW isn’t saying you are great — although we probably think you are — it’s our readers, including your customers and friends, who are saying you are great. That’s why we list five winners in each category. Making it onto a Best of Boulder winners list in any category is an impressive accomplishment of which any business should be proud. Congratulations winners. Your businesses help to make Boulder County the best place to live.