VOODOO HAIR LOUNGE
2100 Pearl St., 303-449-4453
Second Place: Twig Hair Salon
Third Place: The SideDoor Salon
Fourth Place: The Parlour Hair Salon
Fifth Place: West End Salon
Write In: Tresca Hair Studio
Voodoo Hair Lounge describes itself as a salon, “where art, culture and community collaborate with fashion and lifestyle.” Its hairdressers are given room to be creative, while clients are invited to participate in the process. Voodoo’s services cater to both men and women, for everyday stylings or for special events. Styling, coloring, cutting… this place does it all, and whatever image you have of your hair in your mind, the artists at Voodoo say they’ll work to make it come to fruition. All of their stylists have more than a decade of experience, which explains why our readers love them and their work. And did we mention that Voodoo participates in the Green Circle program to lower its impact on the environment? They do.
BOULDER EYES/BEYER LASIK
1810 30th St., Suite B, 303-499-2020
Second Place: Boulder Eye Surgeons
Third Place: Boulder Vision Associates
Fourth Place: Insight Vision Group
Fifth Place: Dr. Bollenbacher & Associates
Having LASIK surgery is a big decision and you want to trust your eyes to the most capable, knowledgeable doctor around. Dr. Craig F. Beyer is a board certified ophthalmologist, fellowship trained in corneal and refractive surgery. Don’t know what that means? Well, that’s why he is the doctor and you’re not. As the founder of Boulder Eyes/Beyer LASIK, he’s been correcting people’s vision longer than anyone else in the state, which is why our readers once again voted his practice best of the best.
The PILATES CENTER
5500 Flatiron Parkway, Suite 110, 303-494-3400
Second Place: Bolder Pilates
Third Place: BoulderBodyworks
Fourth Place: Body Dynamics
Fifth Place: Core Wisdom
Developed by athlete and physical therapist pioneer Joseph Pilates, this form of exercise is good for everyone looking to become stronger, increase flexibility and improve coordination. Sisters Amy Taylor Alpers and Rachel Taylor Segel founded The Pilates Center in 1990 after training with Joseph Pilates’s protégé in New York City. Their studio offers a robust schedule of Pilates classes for practitioners of all abilities. The sisters seek to foster and promote the classic form of the practice, helping everyone who walks through their doors.
EASTON TRAINING CENTER
2005 32nd St., 303-938-1275
Second Place: Boulder Karate
Third Place: Tran’s Martial Arts
Fourth Place: Boulder Ki Aikido
Fifth Place: Boulder Kung Fu Academy
Write In: Vision Quest Martial Arts
With their flagship center in Boulder, Easton Training Center has been at the heart of Boulder County’s martial arts community since 1998. Open seven days a week, the center offers Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, kickboxing and CrossFit classes for all ages and skill levels. Even kids can get in on the fun with a program formatted just for them. Morning, noon or night, Easton’s got classes for you, from small group to private lessons. If you’ve never tried martial arts, just visit the 10,000-square-foot facility and meet the friendly coaches and management to get started on a journey that will surely change your life.
BOULDER COMMUNITY HEALTH — FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL
4747 Arapahoe Ave., 303-415-7000
Second Place: Boulder Medical Center
Third Place: Kaiser Permanente
Fourth Place: Avista Adventist Hospital
Fifth Place: Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center
It’s not enough that a hospital save lives. It’s got to have that little something extra that sets it apart and makes it special if it wants to win this category. And that something extra when it comes to a medical facility is a kind, empathetic and knowledgeable staff, from the volunteers at the front desk to the nurses and doctors who can make you all better when you feel like… well, you know what we mean. Our readers tell us Boulder Community Health — Foothills Hospital is a not-for-profit that pushes itself to stay current on medical technology while never forgetting that its first priority is to serve the people of Boulder County with compassion. And that’s as good as it gets.
MMJ Evaluation Service
3000 Center Green Drive, Suite 210, 720- 273-3568
Second Place: GrassRoots Medical Clinic
Third Place: Relaxed Clarity, LLC
Fourth Place: Fully Alive Medicine
Fifth Place: Colorado Medical Marijuana
Holos Health must be doing something right. They’ve won this category six years in a row with no sign of slowing down. We all know that marijuana has many helpful medicinal uses and for many people it’s important to talk to medically trained personnel. Every member of the medically trained staff at Holos considers themselves a facilitator of your healing, whether you’re dealing with chronic pain, the effects of chemotherapy, seizures or anything else. Evaluation services make it possible for you to go in and talk to a doctor and find out if medical marijuana is the right fit for you. And the doctors at Holos Health are there to help.
Best Gift to Give Your Digestive System
JUICE CLEANSE THROUGH ZEAL AND CONSCIOUS CLEANSE
1710 Pearl St., 720-708-6309
Sometimes we have a bad day, so we have a cheeseburger. Sometimes that bad day turns into a string of bad days, and sometimes that cheeseburger is washed down with fries, a milkshake, a slice of pizza and some nachos. If this sounds like you, no fear. Zeal, partnering with Conscious Cleanse, is here to get rid of that cheeseburger hangover with one- or three-day juice cleanses. Enjoy blends of kale, cucumber, ginger, apple, broccoli, mint, lime and more throughout the day, plus a sweet nut-milk treat at the end of each day. Trust us, your body will thank you.
Indoor Climbing Gym
BOULDER ROCK CLUB
2829 Mapleton Ave., 303-447-2804, ext. 4
Second Place: The Spot Bouldering Gym
Third Place: Movement Climbing + Fitness
Fourth Place: ABC Kids Climbing
Fifth Place: Lakeshore Athletic Club — Flatiron
Write In: EVO Rock + Fitness
Boulder has been climbing the rocks that make up its famous backdrop for more than 100 years, and the area has been known as a rock-climbing hot spot since the 1960s. That’s great except when it’s snowing or raining and you’re stuck starring out the window at where you want to be. But in truth, that mentality changed three decades ago with the advent of indoor climbing gyms. Boulder is blessed with many such indoor facilities from which to choose. Climbing with a roof over your head has become a sport in its own right, not just a training regimen for the outdoor version. And the best spot to climb indoors according to our readers is the Boulder Rock Club, whose sky-high walls with hundreds of routes of every level of difficulty and bouldering areas make it a fun place to be rain or shine.
Place for Superfoods
1509 Arapahoe Ave., 720-616-7785
If you’re looking to be free, Thrive is the place to be. Serving vegan, soy-free, gluten-free and organic foods, Thrive wants to truly nourish every body. They use non-pasturized almonds and raw hand-cracked cashews to make fresh nut milk every day. To retain the health benefits of foods, they don’t heat above 118 degrees, and Ayurvedic herbs, superfoods and supplements give dishes different positive effects on the body, whether that’s mood enhancement, gastrointestinal aid, healthy skin, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing or calming. Head to Thrive to free yourself of everything that ales you.
FLATIRONS GOLF COURSE
5706 Arapahoe Ave., 303-442-7851
Second Place: Boulder Country Club
Third Place: Haystack Mountain Golf Course
Fourth Place: Indian Peaks Golf Course
Fifth Place: Coal Creek Golf Course
Our readers voted Flatirons Golf Course the best this year, and that’s just par for the course considering they’ve won before. The City of Boulder maintains the perfectly manicured greens of this 125- acre, 18-hole course. Flatirons also has excellent practice facilities and instruction programs. You can take care of all your golfing needs at Flatirons, whether it’s getting your old clubs repaired or buying a new set in the pro shop. And with a location only a few minutes away from anywhere in Boulder, it’s perfect for that “I’ll be back in a little while” outing from work. So hit the links at this award-winning golf course, all while enjoying a pristine view of the Flatirons. Now that’s what we call a hole in one.
Way for Women to Find Their Innate Fire
WORKSHOPS BY CONSCIOUS BURLESQUE
2436 30th St.
Ladies, are you stressed? Do you have low energy? Is the anxiety getting to be too much to handle? No, we’re not trying to sell you medication. We’re suggesting something more fun. Head over to Conscious Burlesque for workshops guaranteed to reawaken hidden passions and explore “body, shadow, connection and more.” These workshops are designed to help women ignite their inner flame by tapping into sensuality. Surely we can all use a little more of that. Head on over and make your world a little sexier.
ALPINE HOSPITAL FOR ANIMALS
3210 Valmont Road, 303-443-9661
Second Place: Humane Society of Boulder Valley
Third Place: Arapahoe Animal Hospital
Fourth Place: Boulder Veterinary Hospital P.C.
Fifth Place: Boulder’s Natural Animal + Hospital
Write In: North Boulder Companion Animal Hospital
We here at Boulder Weekly are animal lovers. We have many frequent furry visitors to our office, from our trusty hound Bella to our feisty chiweenie Rocky. They fill our often-stressful office with some fun, joy and the occasional, “Stop licking my toes! That tickles!” But we love those dogs, and we want them to stay strong and healthy to keep us chuckling when those deadlines loom. Our readers tell us that the animal docs over at Alpine Hospital for Animals are the best choice for veterinarian care. We’ll let Bella and Rocky know where to go.
JLOUNGE NATURAL NAIL BAR AND DAY SPA
3003 Walnut St., 720-484-6669
Second Place: Contempo Nails
Third Place: Boulder Nails
Fourth Place: Angel Nails
Write In: The Nail Studio Boulder
This is not your average nail salon. jlounge Natural Nail Bar and Spa offers a high-quality spa experience in an environment of relaxation designed to refresh, revitalize and re-energize, all with natural ingredients. Each treatment features a seasonal scent selection to customize your experience. We’re talking world-class pampering here, folks. No wonder our readers chose jlounge as their favorite nail salon. It’s everything Boulder could want in professional nail care in a beautiful spa setting.
1670 30th St., 303-447-8844
Second Place: Aspen Tan
Third Place: At the Beach
Fourth Place: Forever Summer Tanning
We all know the sun doesn’t shine everyday, but that shouldn’t keep us from looking like it does. So whether it’s the long winter months or a busy work schedule that is preventing you from spending as much time outside as you’d like, there is a way to keep that outdoor look. Our readers tell us that Veranda Sun is the answer. It was established in 1983, making it the first tanning salon in Boulder. No wonder folks see them as the best in the city. Veranda Sun offers its clients different levels of tanning beds as well as a variety of sunless options to give your skin that great glow all year round.
Way to Hurt So Good
1655 28th St., Boulder, 303-443-5678
1631 Pace St., Suite B-11, Longmont, 303-772-8888
375 S. McCaslin Blvd., Suite A, Louisville, 720-398-9977
You know that John Mellencamp song, “Hurt So Good”? We’re pretty sure that song is about the training at 9Round Fitness. The 30-minute kickboxing-themed gym incorporates functional, cardiovascular and circuit-training regimens in a nine-station format to give you the fastest complete workout you’ve ever had. You’re gonna feel it the next day, but you know what they say: “Sometimes love don’t feel like it should/ You know it hurt so good.”
COLORADO ATHLETIC CLUB — Boulder
1821 30th St., 303-501-1700
Second Place: RallySport
Third Place: YMCA of Boulder Valley
Fourth Place: 24 Hour Fitness
Fifth Place: Orangetheory Fitness
Write In: CrossFit Roots
Whether you’re into Pilates, indoor cycling, aquatic fitness, personal training or group classes, the Colorado Athletic Club — Boulder has you covered. Certified fitness professionals will make sure you feel comfortable and meet your fitness goals. New members get two complimentary, tailored-just-for-you personal coaching sessions to sweeten the pot. Their Active Childcare and Teen Room provides an opportunity for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years to build the foundation for lifelong enjoyment of an active lifestyle. The Energy Cafe offers healthy snacks to help you re-energize after a great workout.
2801 Iris Ave., 303-440-1323
Second Place: Terrapin Care Station
Third Place: Native Roots Dispensary
Fourth Place: The Green Room
Fifth Place: Karing Kind
Write In: Green Tree Medicinals
It’s a good thing to have a recreational marijuana dispensary that you trust. Not only will you be guaranteed the experience you want, but you can be sure to get quality ingredients at a good price. The Farm is our readers’ choice for best recreational dispensary because of the many resources it offers its customers. A wide selection of strains and marijuana products is married with a staff that has extensive knowledge about every item. So customers leave feeling like they’ve made the right choice. The Farm is also home to several award-winning strains, including Race Fuel Indica OG. Wowser!
1129 13th St., 303-440-8952
645 27th Way, 303-497-9642
3280 28th St., 303-440-3930
Second Place: Yoga Pod Boulder
Third Place: The Little Yoga Studio
Fourth Place: Yoga Loft Boulder
Fifth Place: Soul Tree Yoga
Write In: Raj Yoga + Meditation
There’s a certain kind of magic about yoga — it strengthens the body and the mind. But there’s science behind that magic: it increases levels of the depression-quelling chemical GABA, lowers blood pressure, increases circulation and digestion and, of course, improves flexibility. CorePower Yoga takes the magic of yoga and turns the dial up to 11. Their mission is to “work every muscle and every emotion to change your body and change your life.” With certified instructors trained in CorePower’s unique style of yoga and a wide range of classes catering to newbies and experts alike, our readers have named CorePower their favorite yoga studio for good reason.
845 Walnut St., 303-459-4676
Second Place: Terrapin Care Station
Third Place: Root MMC
Fourth Place: 14er Holistics
Fifth Place: Helping Hands/Bud Depot
The Dandelion offers a cozy setting for MMJ patients to pick up the highest quality medicine at the most affordable prices. Whether you need flowers, edibles, beverages, tinctures, oils, glass pipes or literature about medical marijuana products, The Dandelion has it — and more. And if you have questions about which product will work best for your medical needs, the knowledgeable staff is available to answer any and every question. Join their membership program to receive first-rate benefits, and don’t miss out on weekly deals on all sorts of merchandise.
SPA AT ST JULIEN
900 Walnut St., 720-406-9696
Second Place: The Dragontree
Third Place: Essentiels Spa
Fourth Place: jlounge Natural Nail Bar and Spa
Fifth Place: Spavia Day Spa
Write In: Orange Poppy Spa
We don’t know who St. Julien was, but he must have been one luxurious son of a bee. Who else could singularly be summoned to encapsulate the luxurious experience at the Spa at St Julien? The day spa at the St Julien features a variety of packages and individual services that’ll have you feeling heavenly. Everything from facials, to mani-pedis, to waxing is covered at the spa, and so too is hair styling and coloring, makeup and massages. The day spa at St Julien is likely to leave you thinking that spa treatments are both an indulgence and a necessity for healthy living.
7275 Valmont Road, 303-442-2602
Second Place: Camp Bow Wow
Third Place: Arapahoe Animal Hospital
Fourth Place: Bowhaus Dog Daycare & Boarding
Fifth Place: The Dog Spot and The Cat Pad
Cottonwood Kennels is a bed and breakfast for your four-legged friends. No, really. You’ll wish you could stay. The folks at Cottonwood believe in pet-to-person connection, which is why it boasts a large staff of dedicated, pet-loving people to give your fuzzy family members the best possible home-away-from-home. Located on a small farm with a few friendly farmyard animals, your pet will be pampered with quality food, great beds, playthings and, most importantly, lots of TLC. Don’t worry if your fuzz ball has special needs; Cottonwood welcomes all pets and caters to any and every specific need. Pet parents can even call a toll-free number to check up on four-legged family members.
“Beneficial” use of oil and gas well production water
The oil and gas industry of course has come up with its favorite uses for this highly polluted water that comes out of the ground along with hydrocarbons. And the industry’s choices are legal thanks to their friends (and former employees) at the COGCC, state legislature and governor’s office. They pour it on dirt roads and call it dust suppression, spray it on crops and call it irrigation, dump it on the ground and call it waste farming and pump it back into the ground and call it earthquakes. But our favorite use for this contaminated liquid cocktail is as a lubricant to spray on the heads of our elected officials so it will be easier for them as they continue to shove their heads up the oil and gas industry’s… wait, that’s a whole different staff pick called “best place to stick a politicians’ head.” Wouldn’t want to spoil that one.
the joint chiropractic
2525 Arapahoe Ave., Suite C2, 303-440-8019
Second Place: Apex Chiropractic
Third Place: Swan Lake Chiropractic Clinic
Fourth Place: Whole Body Balance
Fifth Place: North Boulder Chiropractic
Write In: Network Family Wellness Center
Shoulder, neck and back pain be gone. Twenty million people seek chiropractic care each year, and if you’re one of them, head on over to The Joint Chiropractic for what our readers say is the best care around. This natural, drug-free approach to wellness can get you back in line, no matter how out of whack you may be. With training in motion palpation and functional movement, Dr. Rodger is ready to help. And if you’ve never had an adjustment, walk on into this conveniently located clinic any day of the week: No appointments necessary.
Skin Care Service
DERMATOLOGY SPECIALISTS — BOULDER
2880 Folsom St., Suite 200, 303-442-6647
Second Place: Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary & Supply
Third Place: The Dragontree
Fourth Place: jlounge Natural Nail Bar and Spa
Fifth Place: IV Seasons Skin Care
Write In: The Honey Pot
Got something on your back? The doctors at Dermatology Specialists — Boulder can tell you what it is and help do whatever you want with it (within reason). Medical dermatology from acne to skin cancer treatment is covered, as well as cosmetic services from wrinkle reduction to fat eradication. There are surgeons on staff, so you can take comfort in knowing you’re in expert hands during procedures. They do all of this in a clean environment with a friendly staff that treats each client with respect.
2590 Walnut St., 303-443-0028
Second Place: Alchemy of Movement
Third Place: The Avalon Ballroom
Fourth Place: Streetside Dance Studios
Fifth Place: Frequent Flyers Productions
The 17th century Pakistani poet Shah Asad Rizvi wrote, “Don’t breathe to survive; dance and feel alive.” For 35 years, Boulder Ballet has given spectators and dancers alike a breathe of fresh air — a way to dance and feel alive through classic, contemporary and theatrical ballet programs. The Boulder Ballet School makes ballet accessible to everyone, with classes for ages 3 to adult, for beginners to professionals. That means it’s never too late to join the ballet. There are even open drop-in classes held throughout the year.
1100 Spruce St., 303-440-1992
Second Place: St Julien Hotel & Spa
Third Place: The Dragontree
Fourth Place: Elements Therapeutic Massage
Fifth Place: Massage Envy
Like kneading air out of dough, a massage unlocks tension from the body, giving it a vital escape route and enabling the body to soften and relax. A good masseuse is a valuable resource in many people’s lives. Our readers chose the folks at Bodywork Bistro as their favorite place to get a massage. Bodywork Bistro caters to both walk-in and appointment-only sessions, and offers chair, table and mat varieties. You can also get hot stone, deep tissue, prenatal, shiatsu and other types of massages from a licensed and experienced professional staff.
BOULDER COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE
3405 Penrose Place, Suite 202,
Second Place: Acupuncture Clinic of Boulder
Third Place: Boulder Sports Acupuncture
Fourth Place: Well Woman Acupuncture
Fifth Place: The Dragontree
Write In: Red Aspen Wellness
Acupuncture is one of the oldest practices of traditional Chinese medicine, dating back more than 2,000 years. It’s used to treat nearly everything that ales you: depression, digestive disorders, insomnia, migraines, sports injuries, sciatica and a host of health issues in between. Boulder Community Acupuncture provides effective treatment on a sliding scale so no one has to miss out on the amazing benefits of this ancient, holistic treatment. In addition to traditional acupuncture treatments, BCA offers sho-ni-shin, a needle-free way of treating infants and children for issues such as asthma, chronic earaches, bed-wetting and behavioral and emotional challenges.
Alternative Health Care
3000 Center Green Drive, Suite 210, 720- 273-3568
Second Place: Charley Cropley Naturopathic Doctor
Third Place: Whole Body Balance
Fourth Place: Chautauqua Health
Fifth Place: Helios Integrated Medicine
Conventional medicine doesn’t do it for a lot of people, and so “alternative” medicine offers an opportunity to take a more holistic approach to healing. To be honest, that doesn’t sound alternative at all, that just sounds like what all healing should consist of. Nevertheless, in the field of alternative health care, our readers think Holos Health is the best local option. Holos Health offers medicinal marijuana treatments, energy and shamanic healing, mental health counseling and life coaching and functional health checkups. They also offer budtender training courses for those interested in getting into the burgeoning field of marijuana therapy and sales.
FLOYD’S 99 BARBERSHOP
2790 Pearl St., 303-442-2279
548 W. South Boulder Road, Unit C, Lafayette, 720-890-3868
589 S. Hover St., Longmont,
Second Place: Voodoo Hair Lounge
Third Place: Al’s Barber Shop
Fourth Place: Silver & Gold
Barbers and Stylists
Fifth Place: Northside Barbers
Write In: The Brooklyn Barber Academy
When you mix music and hair what do you get? If you said “a bunch of naked people in a theater production called Hair” you’re not wrong but that’s not the answer we were looking for. When we ask our readers for their favorite barbershop they told us Floyd’s 99 Barbershop, the other correct answer to the question. We’ll let Floyd’s describe itself: “Floyd’s 99 is NOT your grandfather’s barbershop. With an old-school new-style mentality, it mixes excellent service with the new style appeal of an experienced and talented staff. From the diverse styles and personalities of our stylists/barbers, to our signature rock and roll poster wall plastered with a time machine of music memorabilia, Floyd’s 99 is a place where the music is worth turning up and where everyone can proudly let their individuality shine.” Can’t say it better than that.
NORTH BOULDER DENTAL
1001 North St., 303-447-1042
Second Place: Boulder Dental Group
Third Place: Sage Dental Care
Fourth Place: Alpine Dental Health
Fifth Place: Comfort Dental
Write In: Studio Z Dental
It’s been said that nobody likes to go to the dentist. But our readers tell us that isn’t necessarily true. They actually like paying a visit to the highly trained folks who work at North Boulder Dental. That’s because Boulder’s favorite tooth technicians strive to make sure that the routine trip to the dentist is not a physical, emotional or financial rollercoaster for patients. A policy of encouraging questions — for both staff and patients — is at the heart of the North Boulder Dental practice. So stop shaking in your boots every time that sharp tooth pain stabs into your brain. Just go visit the good folks at North Boulder Dental and make it stop. And remember, seeing them before you have pain is the best way to prevent problems in the first place.