GSPI’s Locals’ Choice party |

GSPI’s Locals’ Choice party

What do Bugs the bunny, a Starbucks caramel frappuccino, an Ingrid’s chocolate cookie truffle decadently named “death by chocolate” and the Flat Tops have in common?

Those are some of your favorite things ” in addition to whacking golf balls at the Rifle Creek Club, margaritas at Tequila’s and a romantic weekend getaway at the Redstone Castle.

More than 100 people came out June 9 to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent’s sixth annual Locals’ Choice party.

There was one huge disappointment, though: Bugs, who won best mascot and resides in what must be delectable surroundings at Flower Mart, was a no-show.

“He’s sleeping off a meal of dandelion greens,” explained Dennis Bader.

The annual contest is hosted by GSPI and singles out the best of our small-town culture, entertainment, shopping, service and local professionals.

The party, which was held outside next to our building, started out with winners and their guests feasting on Mancinelli’s pizza, Coors beer and wine while they socialized with friends and colleagues.

GSPI publisher Mike Bennett and GSPI retail advertising manager David Cook announced this year’s winners and briefly introduced the audience to the people and places that have made a difference for you.

At the end of the evening, GSPI marketing manager Michelle Wurtsmith gave advanced copies of the special section to guests before it hit newsstands.

There’s sure to be a few surprises next year, so stay tuned. Until then, here are some of your favorite locals.

From left, Sarah Ball of Glenwood is manager, server and bartender at the Glenwood Canyon Brewpub; Micah Ball is also a bartender at the brewpub; and Kathleen Milbrath of Glenwood is the fitness coordinator at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

Blue Sky Adventure raft guides from left, Andy Hansen is studying technical Journalism at Colorado State University; Jon Lipp of Bozeman, Mont., is studying tourism and recreation at Montana State University; and Cassie Carlson of Glenwood is studying human development and family studies at Colorado State University.

Winning the award for Best Second-hand Store are the ladies from the For You Shoppe, from left, Gaye Thiessen, owner Rachael Windh and Patti Nielsen, all of Glenwood.

From left, April Ash of Glenwood manages Starbucks and accepted the award for Best Coffee; Gary Miller of Rifle, owner of Anderson’s Clothing, won the award for Best Men’s Clothing Store; and Darcie Dykema of Carbondale, co-owner of Cyber Salon in Glenwood, won Best Hairdresser.

From left, Paula Daniels of Glenwood is a bartender at Sunlight Mountain Resort; Karen Susztar of Glenwood is communications manager at Sunlight Mountain Resort; Sheila Maurer of New Castle is sales and marketing director at Sunlight Mountain; and Donna Gray of Glenwood is editor and general manager at the Citizen Telegram in Rifle.

From left, Patrick Drake of Glenwood is a raft guide for Blue Sky Adventures; Geoffrey Olson of Glenwood manages Blue Sky Adventures; and Leon Kuhn of Rifle, new director of Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation, accepted the award for the Glenwood Springs Community Center, winner of Best Place to Work Out.

From left, Kris Springsteel of Glenwood and Bonnie Fitzgerald accepted the award for Alpine Bank, winner of Best Financial Institution; Esther and Marvin Claridge of Glenwood own Jimmy’s 66, winner of Best Service Station; and Bob Lockard of Glenwood is sales manager for Sopris Surfers,

From left, John Tindall of Glenwood owns Tindall Jaycox Marketing; Doug and Cindy Dobbin of Glenwood own Springs Travel, winner of Best Travel Agency; Nancy Martin of Glenwood won third place for Best Artist; and Garfield County Commissioner John Martin won Best Facial Hair and Best Cowboy.

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