Best of Boulder 2018 — Fitness & Heath

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Climbing/Parkour Gym

EVO ROCK + FITNESS

1754 Dogwood St., Louisville, 303-317-3770

Longmont Winner: Longmont Climbing Collective

We can’t all climb like Tommy Caldwell or break free solo records like Alex Honnold. God knows the probability of most of us landing a National Geographic documentary is close to zero. But we can try. With 25,000 square feet of bouldering, toprope and lead climbing routes, along with a spacious yoga studio, weights and cardio gym space, a dedicated childcare room and plenty of family-friendly areas, EVO Rock + Fitness in Louisville can’t be beat. Whether you’re looking for a relatively uncrowded place to climb on a rainy day or a cross-training space to prepare for the next big adventure, EVO has it. And this rock gym also offers clinics, private instruction and group classes to improve skills and get you ready for the rock. Climb on.

Barber Shop

FLOYD’S 99 BARBERSHOP

548 W. South Boulder Road, Unit C, Lafayette, 720-890-3868

589 S. Hover St., Suite 600, Longmont, 303-485-1150

1 Superior Drive, Superior, 303-531-1234

Louisville Winner: Thunderbird Barbers

Floyd’s 99 Barbershops offer a mix of old-school services with new styles. They can do a classic razor shave, replete with hot lather and steamed towels. Or a beard trim, express shave or line up for those Elvis-like sideburns. The most popular service is the Floyd’s Cut, which features a hot lather neck shave in conjunction with a classic men’s haircut on hair falling at or above the earlobe, including a detailed tapered perimeter. Got longer locks? These folks can accomodate any length with long-layer and mid-layer cuts, too. It’s no wonder our voters pick Floyd’s as Best Barbershop year after year.

Day Spa

TRIVIUM SALON

945 Front St., Louisville, 303-949-5542

Lafayette Winner: Ninety-Fifth Street Salon & Spa

Longmont Winner: Sunflower Spa

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And sometimes the only way to cope with the impending doom that greets us everyday in this new bizarro world we live in is radical self-care. So head over to Trivium Salon and treat yourself to any of the relaxing and beneficial services. Choose from a variety of facials and peels to make your skin glow; shape and/or tint your eyebrows; color your eyelashes; wax your legs or choose from any of the other hair removal services; or simply have these fine folks wash, cut and blow dry your hair. Whatever you choose, it will make you feel like you can take on anything that comes your way.

Martial Arts

LOUISVILLE TAEKWONDO FAMILY CENTER

354 S. McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 303-666-6830

Longmont Winner: Tran’s Martial Arts and Fitness Center

There are few things more powerful than when the “Yes I can!” mentality comes knocking on a person’s brain. And this is the exact mental attitude that the Louisville TaeKwonDo Family Center wants to help cultivate in anyone that walks through its doors — it’s a place where everyone can go (children, women and men of all ages and physical abilities) to participate in either private or group martial arts training exercises. With nationally ranked instructors leading the charge, Louisville TaeKwonDo Family Center strives to go beyond the physical aspects of martial arts and help each student reach their full potential. As their motto states, the goal is to instill “knowledge in the mind, honesty in the heart, and strength in the body.”

Lasik

COLORADO EYE CENTER

4 Garden Center, Suite 100, Broomfield, 303-469-1941

1371 E. Hecla Drive, Suite C, Louisville,303-666-7226

Lafayette and Longmont Winner: Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado

During a LASIK treatment, a laser is beamed at your eye and can manipulate the eye’s refractive errors — things that lead to nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatisms — in order to get you seeing crystal clear again. At Colorado Eye Center, they know this can be a bit of a scary procedure at times, which is why they’ve launched a co-management program that ensures consistency of care throughout your entire eye-care journey. Building relationships and consistency are values the 55-year-old establishment holds near, and it’s something our readers love to applaud. You’ll get the same doctor that helped during your consultation to perform your surgery and then follow up with you and your eyes, indefinitely. Now that’s a difference maker.

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Alternative Health Care

DOVA CENTER FOR HEALTH & HEALING

972 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 303-955-7226

Lafayette Winner: Community Holistic Health Center

Attaining and maintaining a great quality of life is no joking matter. Whether you are already in optimal health and just need to sustain the status quo, or you’re looking for answers for health challenges, voter’s choice Dova Center for Health & Healing is a one-stop health center in Louisville, offering traditional Chinese medicine, primary care naturopathic medicine, therapeutic massages, spa treatments and yoga classes. In other words, it has just about everything you need to maintain a happy, healthy life.

Golf Course

INDIAN PEAKS GOLF COURSE

2300 Indian Peaks Trail, Lafayette, 303-900-4657

Louisville Winner: Coal Creek Golf Course

Longmont Winner: Haystack Mountain Golf Course

If Tiger Woods can make a comeback, it’s not too late for you to re-energize your golf career (or more realistically, hobby) and our readers say Indian Peaks Golf Course is the place to go. This public course in Lafayette is known for its impeccable greens and first-rate conditions and has six sets of tees to choose from. It also has a golf academy, men’s and ladies’ leagues, tournaments and private lessons. Play as little or much as you want, and who knows, maybe that green jacket really is in reach. Yeah, right.

Yoga

SOUL TREE YOGA

422 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 303-665-5244

1280 Centaur Village Drive, Suite 7, Lafayette, 303-665-8134

Louisville Winner: CorePower Yoga

Longmont Winner: Full Circle Yoga

These days, we could all use a little yoga in our lives. For the best instructors and highest quality of services, our readers voted Soul Tree Yoga as the go-to studio that should be permanently starred on everyone’s Google Maps. With two studios in Lafayette, you’ll find an array of different styles of classes at convenient times. Choose between traditional yoga flows, therapeutic classes that incorporate hot stones, prenatal yoga, intuitive assist specialties and much, much more. The first classes of the day can start as early as 4:30 a.m. and continue through 8 p.m., ensuring you have every opportunity available to stop in, re-center and infuse some much-needed Zen into your world.

Hair Salon

TRIVIUM SALON

945 Front St., Louisville, 303-949-5542

Lafayette Winner: Ninety-Fifth Street Salon & Spa

Longmont Winner: Studio Boom Salon

Creativity, harmony and success — those are the tenets holding up Trivium Salon’s award-winning salon. The diverse team of stylists, colorists, extension specialists and estheticians work tirelessly to develop a practice of regularly exceeding client expectations, giving back to the community and respecting the environment. Whether you’re looking for a simple hair style touch-up or a complete cut and re-style, our readers are confident the Trivium team has you covered. They also offer advanced skincare services, make-up applications, eyelash extensions and much more — so give ‘em a call ASAP and get ready for your transformation. “Be somebody nobody thought you could be,” as Trivium says.

Massage

DOVA CENTER FOR HEALTH & HEALING

972 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 303-955-7226

Lafayette Winner: The Body Bar

Longmont Winner: Massage Envy (also in Broomfield and Superior)

Do you have a health condition that’s draining your quality of life? That’s what Gina Terinoni, the founder and medical director of the holistic Dova Center for Health & Healing, wants to know — because she’ll bet you she can help. Chronic pain? Migraines? Fibromyalgia? Cancer? Stress? If so, our readers say the Dova Center for Health and Healing is the best place for you to go in all of East County, whether you’re interested in treatment through acupuncture, herbal medicines, saunas, foot soaks, B12 injections or the center’s state-of-the-art massages. Expert practitioners deliver a personalized experience for every guest, ensuring you’re helped in the exact ways your mind, body and spirit need.

Tanning Salon

AT THE BEACH

1631 Pace St., Suite 5, Longmont, 303-772-1332

Runner Up, East County: Forever Summer Tanning

Obviously, it’s no surprise we can’t just hop on over to the beach here in Colorado to glow up a bit before the weekend. That’s where At the Beach comes in — a tanning studio that’ll fill the oceanless void in our Coloradan hearts. The first store opened in Oklahoma City in 1987, and they’ve spent the past three decades honing their skills and spreading their bronzed glory around the country. At the Beach offers five levels of sunbed tanning, including sunless, sunbed and red light therapy. Go for a single session or enroll in their membership program, either way you’ll come out relaxed and ready to take on any week or weekend activity — not so different from a day at the beach afterall.

Gym/Fitness Center

BOB L. BURGER RECREATION CENTER

111 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette, 303-665-0469

Longmont Winner: Longmont Recreation Center

Louisville Winner: Louisville Recreation & Senior Center

The Bob L. Burger Recreation Center has it all: an aquatics area with an indoor pool, whirlpool and an outdoor hot tub; a gymnasium and basketball court; dance, fitness and weight rooms; racquetball courts; an indoor running track; and an adjacent skate park and soccer field. Plus, it’s family friendly, with childcare, a family locker room and preschool rooms. It’s no wonder our readers once again voted it the best gym or fitness center in East County. So head on over and get your swim on, or your lift on, or your dribble on, or your run on, or… you get the idea.

MMJ Dispensary

NATIVE ROOTS DISPENSARY

19 S. Sunset St., Longmont, 720-340-4870

Lafayette Winner: Herbal Wellness

Louisville WInner: Ajoya

According to Native Roots Dispensary, they exist to “liberate happiness,” to help anyone who uses their flower, edibles, shatter, wax and topicals feel their best. Our readers are quite impressed with the dispensary’s success when it comes to fulfilling this mission, as they’ve voted to grant Native Roots “Best of” status for medical marijuana for seven consecutive years. Seven years! And that’s not the only award that’s been bestowed upon this local favorite. Native Roots is also the proud winner of three CannAwards — Best Dispensary in Colorado, Most Popular Infused Product and Most Creative Marketing Initiative — in addition to a handful of other trophies they’ve collected around the country. With timely service and knowledgeable staff, Native Roots will take care of all your medical marijuana needs.

Nail Salon

ALLURE NAIL BAR

1230 S. Hover St., Suite B300, Longmont, 303-848-4211

Lafayette Winner: Aloha Nails

Let the world fade away when you walk through the doors of Allure Nail Bar. Dirty kitchen? Pile of laundry? Dentist appointment you keep forgetting to reschedule? None of that matters in the relaxing haven of this longtime Longmont establishment. The expert technicians are ready to service your nails in any way you could possibly desire. They offer gel polish manicures, full sets of acrylics, powder gels, liquid gels and silk wraps — all with options to add different massaging, essential oil and therapeutic techniques. Once your nails are taken care of, stick around for any of their skincare, waxing or massage services and our readers say you’ll walk back out those doors feeling like a new person, ready for anything.

Dance Studio

LONGMONT DANCE THEATRE ACADEMY

1422 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-772-1335

Lafayette Winner: Tara Cluck Dance Center

Louisville Winner: Mountain Kids Louisville

Ballet has survived to this day to become one of the most elegant, most adaptable and most powerful means of human communication,” so says Longmont Dance Theatre Academy’s website. It’s no wonder they root their classical dance training in the art of ballet, while also providing versatile training in all genres of classical dance. For three decades, LTDA has been East County’s premier pre-professional ballet school, offering classes for children and adults. Whether looking to get serious or just add another hobby to the list, LTDA offers classes in ballet, aerial, jazz, modern and more. No wonder our readers voted it number one in East County.

RMJ Dispensary

STARBUDS

7521 Ute Highway,(Route 66), Longmont, 303-651-0709

1156 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 720-389-6313

6924 N. 79th St., Niwot, 720-340-4548

Runner Up, East County: Native Roots Dispensary

Lafayette Winner: Igadi

Starbuds is your friendly neighborhood dispensary — a place you can go to seek expert advice from people who will always greet you with a smile. It’s also a place you can feel comfortable asking questions and learning the ins and outs of recreational marijuana. The products at Starbuds run a wide gamut. Award-winning flower strains and potent concentrates grace the shelves. There’s also a curated selection of edibles and topicals for you to peruse. Don’t forget to check out the vapes, and don’t be scared to ask a question or three about CBD strains. Not a bad stop on your neighborhood walking circuit.

Medical Facility

BOULDER COMMUNITY HEALTH

Community Medical Center, 1000 W. South Boulder Road,
Lafayette, 303-415-4300

With specialized treatment centers in Lafayette, Longmont and Louisville

Runner Up, East County: Avista Adventist Hospital (Louisville)

There are approximately 540 physicians in 54 medical specialties associated with Boulder Community Health — talk about a robust team of people ready to step in and support you throughout whatever health issues you may be facing. The near-100-year-old institution (the big centennial will be in 2022) is one of only two independent, nonprofit hospitals remaining in Colorado, which speaks to their foundational and unwavering commitment to you, dear reader. Whether you’re in need of outpatient therapy, occupational health services, lab work, internal medicine consultations, gastroenterology support, imaging services… the list of ways Boulder Community Health can help is nearly unlimited and our readers tell us they know what they are doing.

Veterinary

JASPER ANIMAL HOSPITAL

1369 Forest Park Circle, Suite 101, Lafayette, 303-665-4002

Longmont Winner: Longmont Humane Society

Louisville WInner: Louisville Family Animal Hospital

Niwot Winner: Left Hand Animal Hospital

For many of us here in Boulder County, our animal children are not so different from our human children and in many cases, we might only have animal children. So, of course we want only the best care for them when they’re sick or in need of medical help. And to get that help our readers say there’s only one “best” place to go: Jasper Animal Hospital. Most of the all-star crew keeping the clinic open and operating (and at convenient hours nearly every day of the week) are from Colorado, so they get the importance of healthy, happy animals in active families. Surgeries, dentistry, bloodwork, acupuncture — you name it and the dedicated veterinary team will make sure your fluffy BFFs are taken care of like the family members they are.

Staff Pick: Best Place to See Longs Peak in the Alpenglow

MACINTOSH LAKE

MacIntosh Lake Trail, 8348 Ute Hwy, Longmont

Alright, get up off your patootie and make it to MacIntosh Lake for the best darn view of the Front Range’s favorite 14er there ever was. The sun can get up pretty early, so you will have to too if you want to catch Longs Peak in all its alpenglow glory. We recommend arriving at the trailhead around 45 minutes before technical sunrise. That way you’ll have a few minutes to get yourself situated on the trail — which circumnavigates the lake and is half-paved, half-gravel and relatively flat all the way around — before the best of glowing pre-dawn rosy light hits the peak’s eastern face.

Pilates Studio

CLUB PILATES

535 W. South Boulder Road, Suite 240, Lafayette, 720-442-0842

700 Ken Pratt Blvd., Suite 101, Longmont, 720-442-8385

Runner Up, East County: Rocky Mountain Pilates Studio (Lafayette)

Louisville Winner: Center Your Body Pilates

It’s actually a pretty simple deal at Club Pilates: Its mission is to help you feel your best, whatever that means for you and your body. Every instructor who leads a class is certified with over 500 hours of comprehensive Pilates training, which means they can each provide you with specific adjustments and modifications that’ll enhance your Pilates experience. If you’re already a Pilate’s pro, you can jump into any of Club Pilates’ classes (classic reformer flow, cardio sculpt, and center and balance work, to name a few) held at a variety of times throughout the week. And if you’re new to the scene, enjoy a free first intro class at Club Pilates, where you’ll learn all the basics and mechanics of the popular fitness philosophy so you can get on your merry way to arriving at your best self.

Dental Care

COMFORT DENTAL

535 W. South Boulder Road, Suite 200, Lafayette, 303-604-2804

1750 Mountain View Ave., Longmont, 303-678-7783

994 W. Dillon Road, Suite 400, Louisville, 303-673-0500

Niwot Winner: Niwot Dental

Going to the dentist can be a bit unnerving, but we all know the drill. No one likes a dentist who brushes them off, or a moody one, always looking down in the mouth. Our readers say you can count on the fine folks at Comfort Dental to take care of all their dental needs. They provide a range of services from general to pediatric dentistry, from oral surgery to implants and bleaching. Comfort Dental is committed to providing excellent dental care at a reasonable price. And remember, always be nice to your dentist, they have fillings, too — err, feelings, they have feelings, too.