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June 18, 2012
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The Post Independent's 2012 Locals' Choice awards

Once again, it's time to celebrate the best of our communities with the Locals' Choice contest.We've counted the ballots and declared gold, silver and bronze winners in 65 categories. You'll see some repeat awards for stellar performers, and some first-time awards for up-and-coming entrepreneurs and community leaders. You'll find your friends, neighbors and business associates here, and people you'll want to know. And you'll get ideas for places to shop and top-notch service providers.The 2012 Locals' Choice awards were presented to winners at the start of the 115th annual Strawberry Days Festival in Glenwood Springs on Friday, June 15. We extend our appreciation to the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association for sharing the Strawberry Days spotlight with the Post Independent.The complete publication can be found here: http://glenwoodspringspostindependent.co.newsmemory.com/special.php?date=20120615.Congratulations to all!Stephanie Schafer, PublisherGlenwood Springs Post Independent

Best BoutiqueGOLD: Posh Boutique SILVER: A' La CarteTie for BRONZE: Mona Lisa BoutiquePersonality Clothing and AccessoriesBest Children's ClothingGOLD: Once Upon a ChildSILVER: TargetBRONZE: Polka Dot DoorBest Car DealerGOLD: Bighorn ToyotaSILVER: Berthod MotorsBRONZE: Glenwood Springs FordBest Liquor StoreGOLD: Roaring Fork LiquorsSILVER: Turtle's LiquorsBRONZE: Geno'sBest Thrift StoreGOLD: Defiance Thrift StoreSILVER: Lilly's, The Finer ConsignorBRONZE: Miser's MercantileBest FloristGOLD: Flower MartSILVER: Flowers-n-SuchBRONZE: Country FloristBest Jewelry StoreGOLD: Fine Things Jewelry & CollectiblesSILVER: Jewels & GemsBRONZE: The Silver BeadBest Home Furnishings & Dcor StoreGOLD: American Furniture WarehouseSILVER: Roaring Fork Furniture BRONZE: Real DealsBest Appliance StoreGOLD: Lowe'sSILVER: SearsBRONZE: Mountain High ApplianceBest Electronics StoreGOLD: Radio ShackSILVER: TargetBRONZE: WalmartBest Flooring StoreGOLD: Abbey CarpetSILVER: Flooring AmericaBRONZE: Carpet One

Best DentistGOLD: Drs. Robert & John Murray SILVER: Dr. James SetterbergBRONZE: Dr. Jay HeimBest Health Care ProviderGOLD: Glenwood Medical AssociatesSILVER: Dr. Paul SalmenBRONZE: Grand River Hospital and Medical CenterBest Body Shop GOLD: Professional Auto BodySILVER: Perri's Auto Collision Tie for BRONZE: Berthod MotorsNelson's Auto Body Best Oil ChangeGOLD: The Pit StopSILVER: Grease MonkeyBRONZE: Bighorn ToyotaBest VeterinarianGOLD: Dr. Marguerite Flett at Gentle Friends Veterinary Hospital SILVER: All Dogs and Cats Veterinary Hospital BRONZE: Divide Creek Animal HospitalBest Real Estate Agent GOLD: Janelle Rhoton at The Property ShopSILVER: Michelle James at Vicki Lee Green & Associates BRONZE: Amy Leutke at The Property ShopBest Salon GOLD: Narcissus Hair SalonSILVER: D'Tangle SalonTie for BRONZE: Cyber Salon & Day SpaRegis Salon Best Pet Groomer GOLD: The Shaggy DogSILVER: High Tails Dog & Cat OutfittersTie for BRONZE: PetcoDapper Doggie DoosBest Mortgage CompanyGOLD: Linda McKinley, Cherry Creek Mortgage Co.SILVER: Liberty Home FinancialBRONZE: Lisa Caskey, Mac 5 Mortgage Inc.38. Best Insurance CompanyGOLD: Glenwood InsuranceSILVER: Jim Lord Agency, American Family InsuranceBRONZE: Neil Garing InsuranceBest BankGOLD: Alpine BankSILVER: US BankBRONZE: American National Bank

Best Wait Staff or BartenderGOLD: Dan Enos, Juicy Lucy's SteakhouseSILVER: Dan Sartain, Fin's Grille & Raw BarBRONZE: Dan Surin, Sammy's on Park AvenueBest Restaurant CarbondaleGOLD: White House PizzaSILVER: RussetsBRONZE: 689Best Restaurant Glenwood SpringsGOLD: Juicy Lucy's SteakhouseSILVER: The PullmanBRONZE: The RivieraBest Restaurant New Castle (tie for 3rd)GOLD: Elk Creek Mining Co.SILVER: Bill's Cowboy SteakhouseTie for BRONZE: Hogback Pizza, White River Bar & GrillBest Restaurant Silt GOLD: The Miner's ClaimSILVER: Red Brick BBQBRONZE: Steffie's PlaceBest Restaurant Rifle GOLD: Sammy's on Park Avenue and the Rifle Brewing Co.SILVER: Thai Chili BistroBRONZE: WingNutz Bar and GrillBest Restaurant Parachute / BattlementGOLD: VJ's Outlaw RibbsSILVER: El TapatioBest BreakfastGOLD: Village SmithySILVER: Rosi's Little Bavarian Restaurant and Pastry ShopBRONZE: Daily BreadBest SandwichGOLD: Chomp's Delicatessen SILVER: SubwayBRONZE: The GrindBest PizzaGOLD: Uncle PizzaSILVER: Russo's PizzaBRONZE: Peppino's PizzaBest BurgerGOLD: The GrindSILVER: Charcoal Burger Drive-In BRONZE: Juicy Lucy's SteakhouseBest Steak DinnerGOLD: Juicy Lucy's SteakhouseSILVER: Bill's Cowboy Steak HouseBRONZE: Rivers RestaurantBest Vegetarian GOLD: Juicy Lucy's SteakhouseSILVER: Zheng Asian BistroTie for BRONZE: Narayan's Nepal RestaurantThe PullmanBest Asian RestaurantGOLD: Zheng Asian BistroSILVER: May PalaceBRONZE: JH Chen Asian BistroBest Italian RestaurantGOLD: Italian UndergroundSILVER: Florindo's Italian Cuisine BRONZE: Peppino's PizzaBest Mexican RestaurantGOLD: Tequila's Mexican RestaurantSILVER: Fiesta GuadalajaraBRONZE: Las Margaritas, Taqueria el NopalBest Happy HourGOLD: Zheng Asian BistroSILVER: Juicy Lucy's Steakhouse BRONZE: Rivers RestaurantBest CocktailsGOLD: Juicy Lucy's SteakhouseSILVER: Zheng Asian BistroBRONZE: Tequila's Mexican Restaurant

Best Sporting Goods StoreGOLD: Sports AuthoritySILVER: Army & Factory SurplusBRONZE: Summit Canyon MountaineeringBest Rafting GuideGOLD: Caleb Liston, Whitewater RaftingSILVER: Katie Mycoski, Glenwood Canyon RaftingBRONZE: John Tidd, Confluence CastingBest Fishing GuideGOLD: Dustin Harcourt, Roaring Fork AnglersSILVER: Ryan Davis, Glenwood Adventure CompanyBRONZE: Matt Russell, Roaring Fork AnglersBest ClimberGOLD: Mike SchneiterSILVER: Hayden KennedyBRONZE: Chris GundelfingerBest Golf CourseGOLD: Lakota Canyon Golf CourseSILVER: Glenwood Springs Golf CourseBRONZE: Rifle Creek Golf CourseBest Bike ShopGOLD: The Gear ExchangeSILVER: Sunlight Ski and Bike ShopBRONZE: Mountain Sports Outlet

Best Travel AgencyGOLD: Sunshine TravelSILVER: Glenwood Travel KingBest Hotel or MotelGOLD: Hotel ColoradoSILVER: Hotel DenverBRONZE: Glenwood Hot Springs LodgeBest B&B or Cabin GetawayGOLD: Four Mile Bed & Breakfast SILVER: Avalanche Ranch Bed & Breakfast BRONZE: Best Kept Secret Bed & Breakfast Best SpaGOLD: Spa of the RockiesSILVER: Yampah Spa and Salon, The Hot Springs Vapor CavesBRONZE: Splendor Mountain SpaBest Local AttractionGOLD: Glenwood Hot Springs PoolSILVER: Glenwood Caverns Adventure ParkBRONZE: Hanging Lake

Best Community EventGOLD: Strawberry DaysSILVER: Glenwood Springs Summer of MusicBRONZE: Carbondale Mountain FairBest Local Band or MusicianGOLD: Fifty50SILVER: Rock DogsBRONZE: Starcher HutsonBest Live Music VenueGOLD: Two Rivers ParkSILVER: PAC3 at the Third Street CenterBRONZE: Rivers RestaurantBest Live TheaterGOLD: Glenwood Vaudeville ReviewSILVER: Colorado Mountain College TheaterBRONZE: Defiance Community PlayersBest Local ArtistGOLD: Dean BowlbySILVER: Mary NooneBRONZE: Chad SteigBest Art GalleryGOLD: Main Street Gallery & The Framer SILVER: Gallery 809BRONZE: CMC Gallery

Best Post Independent News Story (tie for 3rd)GOLD: April Fool's Day editionSILVER: Immigration storiesTie for BRONZE: Kayaking KelloggsNaked Man on the Run Best TeacherGOLD: Mary Peplin, Glenwood Springs Middle SchoolSILVER: Kelly Lord, Kathryn Senor ElementaryBRONZE: Rachael Carcaterra, Sopris ElementaryBest NonprofitGOLD: YouthZoneSILVER: LIFT-UPBRONZE: Colorado Animal Rescue CAREBest Law Enforcement OfficerGOLD: Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry WilsonSILVER: Guy Ryan, Glenwood Springs Police Dept., school resource officerBRONZE: Garfield County Sheriff Lou VallarioBest Volunteer GOLD: Jennifer RoseTie for SILVER: Terry PotterJanelle RhotonBRONZE: Larry BorgardBest Place to See & Be SeenGOLD: Hot Springs PoolSILVER: Glenwood Springs Summer of MusicBRONZE: Juicy Lucy's SteakhouseBest Local Athlete (tie for 2nd)GOLD: Gus LundinSILVER: Brian PassentiDarin BinionBRONZE: Josh HejtmanekMost Fun Person GOLD: Matte CurrySILVER: Janelle RhotonBRONZE: Trea Traver


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