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By Stina SiegPost Independent StaffTheres something about stepping into Fins Grille and Raw Bar that just makes you feel swankier. The atmosphere is friendly and homespun but with a touch of class. Right in the heart of downtown, it draws locals and tourist alike.This year, its full bar, extensive appetizer and seafood menu help it top two Locals Choice categories. The occasional life music, which runs the gamut from blues to rock, probably didnt hurt, either. One of the valleys most well-known jazz players, Walt Smith, frequently provides tune to shmooze and dance to. All together, this is the best place around the socialize and bring a first date according to you.Best Place to Bring a First DateSilver: The Glenwood Canyon Brew PubBronze: Glenwood CavernsBest Place to SocializeSilver: The Glenwood Canyon Brew PubBronze: Rivers RestaurantBest SmileIf you know Becky Oberholzer, then you know what a great smile looks like.Silver: Tonya NieslanikBronze: Cece Zumwinkle

Best CowboyNo surprise here Garfield County Commissioner John Martin has been recognized for his cowboy spirit several years running. Even if youre not into local politics, surely youve seen this fella. Hes usually about town in a cowboy hat, cowboy shirt and cowboy boots. His horses, however, are usually cooling their hooves at home.Silver: Will MichlickBronze: Bill McMillanBest Local CoupleGold: Trevor Ryan and Mija HolzmannSilver: Jo and Ted DiazBronze: Mike and Lynn SticklerBest CowgirlGold: Angela SampelsSilver: Holly McLainBronze: Julie CottonBest TeacherA local painter, Judy Milne is always trying to bring a creative spark to the classroom. In her decade or so of teaching, she has instructed at Valley View Hospitals Early Learning Center, and is now the director at Colorado Mountain College Childrens Mini College. She loves to do art projects with her little students, who she calls amazing artists. A Roaring Fork Valley resident since 1969, shes lived in Carbondale since 1980.Silver: Christine SullivanBronze: Diane Kreig

Best PoliticianOnce again, Colorado native Trsi Houpt topped the politician pool. A Glenwood resident for a shade over a decade, Houpt is currently a Garfield County Commissioner. Shes known for close work with oil and gas outfits, as well as her concerns with housing, transportation and environmental issues. Shes kept busy with innumerable professional boards and committees, as well her love for all things outdoorsy. Shes been married for 25 years to her husband, Jeff, and they have two sons, Sam and Frank.Silver: John MartinBronze: Bruce ChristensenBest Local NonprofitAt its heart, Catholic Charities is all about the basics. Located in downtown Glenwood Springs, the non-profit seeks to provide people of all ages, religions and cultures with food, clothing and shelter. According to director Tom Ziemann, the non-profit helps between 1340-1450 unduplicated households each year. About half are helped through immediate financial crises. The group also deals with immigrants services, including mediation, advocacy work, family reunification and visa assistance. Other programs include legislative advocacy and help with low-income housing. Adoption services were also just expanded to Glenwood Springs, including Russian and Chinese adoptions.Silver: LIFT-UPBronze: YouthZoneBest Place to Find a DateLove might only be one long, hot soak away. The Hot Springs Lodge and Pool is not only a place for families to relax, but its also got one of the most varied social scenes around. You might just find that special someone splashing next to you. Come on jump in. The waters fine.Silver: Glenwood Canyon Brew PubBronze: The Winchester Nite-ClubBest Post Independent News StoryLocals were most impressed with the PIs coverage of illegal immigration issues.Silver: Dog/rancher conflictsBronze: Snow Coverage

By Stina SiegPost Independent StaffDon Paine, the leader of the Last Minute String Band, described his music like this, Its old-time, traditional and that usually takes some describing itself.Yeah, its hard to put to words all the band does. With a constantly evolving cast of acoustic players, it can be seen all over the place, from private parties to Glenwoods Downtown Market to the Hotel Colorado.From October through June, its providing the wholesome, driving beat behind the Community Contra Dance, too. A real down-home get-together, the monthly folk dance draws contra lovers from all over the Western Slope.Most often, the String Band can be heard strumming and plucking away on Paines porch. He and his wife, April, truly are the core of the group.And while it might be hard to exactly describe the their sound to someone whos never heard it, one things for certain.It sure is beloved around here.Silver: EOSBronze: Soul FeelBest Radio StationGold: KMTSSilver: KDNKBronze: KSPNBest Local AttractionThe Hot Springs Lodge and Pool is one hot spot (literally) on which locals and tourists alike agree. Who doesnt love the hot water, the sweet slide, that lingering smell of sulfur in your swimming trunks? Without a doubt, this steamy springs is one reason why Glenwood is on the map.Silver: Glenwood CavernsBronze: Yagatta Regatta

Best Local EventDubbed the oldest festival west of the Mississippi, Strawberry Days is three days of people, music, games and of course free strawberries and ice cream. This June, it entered its 111th year of celebration, but it doesnt seem to be showing its age. Its parade, car show, carnival and music acts looked as lively as if they were just 94.Silver: Summer of JazzBronze: Mountain FairBest Art GalleryBased in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, the Main Street Gallery has been bringing fine art to the valley for 26 years. Gallery goers can see a mix of local and artists, including Dean Bowlby, Mary Noone and Russel Chatham. Periodically, the spaces will hold receptions, spotlighting the talent hanging their walls. Silver: Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs CampusBronze: The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts

Best Local ArtistOnce again, Mary Noone has crushed her artistic competitors with the ease of moving her paintbrush. Her loose, colorful paintings depict the local scenery.Silver: Dan SprickBronze: Dean BowlbyBest Local PhotographerFor the last decade, Kelley Cox has been capturing this area in her lens. With her gentle style, the Post Independent photographer has depicted football games, local wildlife, lemonade stands everything that makes up the daily fabric of valley life. In her words, Im in constant pursuit of enlightened imperfection.Silver: Kara PearsonBronze: Stina Sieg

Best Golf CourseLakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club in New Castle remains the locals favorite place to hit the links. For the fourth year in-a-row Lakota Canyon drew a large number of locals to its greens and has become a favorite among front-rangers coming over for a round of golf.One of the best things about this course is from every tee box you get the wow factor, said PGA director of golf at Lakota Canyon, Tom Underwood. Each hole is very different with something special on each one.Along with being a four-time locals choice Gold medal recipient, Lakota Canyon is ranked in the top 100 of public course by Golf Digest while still allowing locals to play for a reasonable price.We provide, what I feel is a fantastic golf course that everyone of any level can have fun with, Underwood said. Its a fun day for people.Silver: Rifle Creek Golf CourseBronze: Ironbridge Gold CourseBest Place to CampFlattops Wilderness area provides campers with more than 235,035 acres of scenic bliss. With rolling meadows, beautiful wildflowers and acre upon acre of wilderness, the area located in the White River National Forest to the north of Glenwood Springs is a camping enthusiasts dream.Silver: Rifle FallsBronze: Rifle GapBest Place to HikeHanging Lake is the locals choice for the best hike in the county for yet another year. The dazzling and majestic turquoise colored lake at the end of the trial hangs on the walls of the Glenwood Canyon. Along with two water falls and breath taking views, its easy to understand why this short, but somewhat strenuous hike, is still the locals favorite.Silver: Grizzly CreekBronze: Rifle FallsBest Outing with KidsThe Hot Springs Pool and Lodge seems to be keeping up with the families in the area. Once again, Glenwoods year-round tourist destination captured the locals choice gold medal.Silver: Glenwood Caverns Adventure ParkBronze: Sunlight Ski ResortBest Sunlight RunJoslin is arguably the most diverse run at Sunlight Mountain Resort. Joslin provides enough slope for a fun-fast cruiser, or can be relaxing enough for a smooth slow midday run.Silver: UteBronze: PrimoBest Local Rafting CompanyFor 34 years, Whitewater Rafting LLC has been providing locals with safe and deathly-thrilling adventures on the rivers around Glenwood. Its no wonder they received yet another locals choice award for best rafting company.Silver: Blue Sky RaftingBronze: Rock Gardens RaftingBest Local Fishing GuideAs if two years in a row wasnt impressive enough, Bruce Stolbach, cast his way to his third victory as the locals best fishing guide.Silver: Chandler RothBronze: Adam Hansen

By Pete FowlerPost Independent StaffJuicy Lucys Steakhouse won the gold Locals Choice awards for Best Steak Dinner and Best Salad.The downtown restaurant got a full plate of awards this year, also taking bronze in the lunch special, dinner special and American cuisine categories. Owners David and Cece Zumwinkle, whove long worked in the restaurant business, opened Juicy Lucys Steakhouse about nine years ago and named it in honor of their daughter Lucy.Its a classic steakhouse and we do great fresh fish, Cece Zumwinkle said.Juicy Lucys also serves up dishes with chicken and elk. But steak and seafood are the main course.I think probably the biggest seller is the New York steak, Zumwinkle said of the steak selection. We cook it just right.The restaurant makes unique salads and creates its own dressings. One of the more popular is the Seventh Street Salad, an organic spring mix with strawberries and gorgonzola. Juicy Lucys adds honey roasted walnuts that are roasted there on site plus a honey poppy seed dressing. Customers also seem to really like the classic Caesar salad, among other choices.Juicy Lucys is in the process of expanding into the next-door space formerly occupied by the Maple Table. Possibly done this winter, Juicy Lucys plans to knock down the wall and move the current bar into the extra space. The expansion should add both a bit more seating and more space for the bar.Best steak dinnerSilver: Fins Grille and Raw BarBronze: Riviera Supper ClubBest saladSilver: Glenwood Canyon Brewing CompanyBronze: Fins Grille and Raw BarBest Restaurant in SiltSilt residents have hit the gold mine with the Miners Claim restaurant. It won gold this year.Silver: Steffies PlaceBronze: Pizza ProBest Restaurant in New CastleThe Elk Creek Mining Company got the gold for New Castle restaurants. The restaurant serves barbecue baby back ribs, steak, seafood, burgers, pasta, chicken, vegetarian dishes and more in a restored 1890s building.Silver: New Castle DinerBronze: Hogback PizzaBest Restaurant in Glenwood SpringsFins Grille and Raw Bar is a casual contemporary grill featuring creative appetizers, mouthwatering steaks, seafood and pasta. It has a stylish decor and occasionally live music.Silver: Glenwood Canyon Brewing CompanyBronze: Riviera Supper ClubBest Restaurant in ParachuteFormer Denver Bronco wide receiver Vance Johnson opened VJs Outlaw Ribbs in January 2007. His longtime friend from Kansas City started as the head chef and VJs is still cooking up the finger-lickin ribs.Silver: White BuffaloBronze: El TapatioBest Restaurant in RifleSammys Restaurant in Rifle is doing something right as it won this top award again this year.Silver: WingNutz Bar and GrillBronze: Rib City GrillBest Restaurant in CarbondaleRussets serves quality food with an international flair. Theyve got everything from pistachio-crusted goat cheese to apple cider brined pork chops, steaks and seafood.Silver: White House PizzaBronze: Village SmithyBest Restaurant in Basalt/El JebelUpvalley folks like to start the day at Basalts American Breakfast Caf. It won gold this year plus the best breakfast special award.Silver: CraveBronze: Bella MiaBest Breakfast SpecialGold: American Breakfast CafSilver: Rosis BavarianBronze: 19th Street DinerBest Lunch SpecialThe Glenwood Canyon Brewing Companys menu is based on American cuisine, but the restaurant offers many other choices too.Silver: Daily BreadBronze: Juicy LucysBest Dinner SpecialFins Grille and Raw Bar also won gold for best dinner special. Check out the restaurants Moroccan Swordfish or New York steak.Silver: Glenwood Canyon Brewing CompanyBronze: Juicy LucysBest BakeryDaily Bread is the locals favorite for delicious baked goods. Its also a popular breakfast and lunch spot.Silver: City MarketBronze: Rosis BavarianBest BarPeople can sit around the stylish bar at Fins Grille and Raw Bars and sip top-notch martinis. The bar is offering live music Wednesdays and Thursdays.Silver: Doc HollidaysBronze: Glenwood Canyon Brewing CompanyBest Happy HourFins Grille and Raw Bar also won best happy hour.Silver: RoxyBronze: Rivers Restaurant

Best Family RestaurantThe Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company is a Glenwood Springs landmark. Locals Choice voters say its the best place to bring the family.Silver: Fins Grille and Raw BarBronze: ChilisBest PatioTheres no better patio to pass the time on along the Roaring Fork River than the one at Rivers Restaurant.Silver: Columbine RestaurantBronze: TequilasBest Mexican RestaurantTequilas serves excellent Mexican food and killer margaritas. The restaurant also has a spacious outdoor seating area.Silver: Fiesta GuadalajaraBronze: Dos HombresBest Italian RestaurantItalian Underground wins this award yet again. The old-Italy themed underground restaurant and great food makes for a unique dining experience.Silver: FlorindosBronze: Peppo NinosBest Asian Restaurant JH Chens is the place for sushi, sake and other dishes.Silver: ZhengsBronze: China TownBest American CuisineThe Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company wins another award. Opened in 1996, the spot offers everything from nachos and burgers to salmon and steaks.Silver: Fins Grille and Raw BarBronze: Juicy Lucys SteakhouseBest CoffeeLocals Choice voters picked the international Starbucks Coffee Company for the best coffee. Silver: Summit Canyon Coffee HouseBronze: Sacred GroundsBest MargaritaTequilas serves a margarita to be reckoned with. It won the award again this year.Silver: Fins Grille and Raw BarBronze: Fiesta GuadalajaraBest PizzaWhere can you get the roundest and most tasty Italian dish? Russos Pizza.Silver: Uncle PizzaBronze: White House PizzaBest BurgerNot only did Charcoal Burger win the best burger battle in Glenwood Springs, its also a drive in.Silver: Glenwood Canyon Brewing CompanyBronze: Fins Grille and Raw BarBest Ice CreamMarble Slab scooped up this award again.Silver: The Chocolate MooseBronze: KaleidoScoopsBest Chips and SalsaBesides the best margarita, Tequilas won the gold for best chips and salsa around.Silver: Fiesta GuadalajaraBronze: Dos Hombres

By John GardnerPost Independent StaffBest SpaPatsy Steele has owned the Yampah Spa and Salon for about 18 years, but the location first opened with just the vapor caves in 1892. It had several different owners and has been a spa for over 100 years.Its one of the very oldest spas in Colorado, Steele said.It features the vapor caves, which are natural steam baths, plus a full service spa and salon. The Yampah Spa and Salon offers massages, herbal wraps, body mud packs and scrubs of all kinds. There are private rooms for mineral baths. The Aveda beauty salon there offers manicures, pedicures, hair cuts and colors, facials and other services. The spa orders ingredients for each spa treatment and prepares them individually rather than getting them out of bottles and jars, Steele said.All of our treatments are pure, natural treatments that are individually prepared for each person, Steele said. So its nice and fresh and the body knows that.Silver: Splendor Mountain SpaBronze: AllureBest HotelThe historic Hotel Colorado has accommodated all kinds of guests ranging from U.S. presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft to gangster Al Capone and the Unsinkable Molly Brown. The Hotel Colorado continues to be a top-notch establishment and landmark of Glenwood Springs.Silver: Hot Springs LodgeBronze: Hotel DenverBest Bed and BreakfastThe Four Mile Creek Bed and Breakfast was again voted best bed and breakfast. The B&B serves a full breakfast every morning. Guests get to roast marshmallows for smores and watch old westerns in the top of a barn. Plus theres goats, llamas, a creek, a pond, a gift shop, a folk art museum and a 30-year-old swing.Silver: Lavender and ThymeBronze: NoneBest MassageThe Yampah Spa and Salon, winner of the Best Spa award, also won gold for the best massage category.Silver: Splendor Mountain SpaBronze: A-1 Chinese Health Care Massage

Best Business MascotVicki Lee Green Realtors have more than one reason to celebrate their mascot, Hunter. Not only was the golden retriever locals choice for best business mascot, the pup just celebrated his third birthday (in human years) on Sunday, June 22. All the more reason for Hunter, and his colleagues, to smile.If he doesnt come to work he gets depressed, said Mariette Purdy of Vicki Lee Green. He is just an awesome dog.Hunters human companion is co-owner and broker of VLG, Michelle James, who is also the locals choice for best Real Estate Agent. Purdy said that James began bringing Hunter to work with her when she first got the pup. And since then, nearly three years ago, hes been a staple at the office.If he cant come he hangs his head, Purdy said. But when hes here, Hunter thinks that anyone that comes into the office is here just to see him.Despite being nearly allergic to most everything Purdy said, Hunters favorite treats are EVO Dog Treats. And with several toys scattered throughout the office, it doesnt seem that hes got one favorite.Its hard to say if he has a favorite toy, Purdy said. He likes them all.But his best trick is the fact that he brings James a copy of the Post Independent each morning before they go to work.After that he pretty much hangs out all day here at the office, Purdy said.Looks like Hunter bagged the perfect job.Silver: Julie at FinsBronze: Pumpkin at Splendor Mountain SpaBest Local Police Officer:Hes got the look, the personality and hes got a history as the locals choice for best local police officer. Its Batman. No, its a super hero in a red cape. No, its Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson.Silver: Guy RyanBronze: Rifle Police Chief Daryl MeisnerBest Local FirefighterCaptain Chad Harris has been serving Glenwood Springs for eight years now. A captain since 2005, he spends some of his off-days as a part-time firefighter in Rifle. His Glenwood fire fighting buddies described him as a strong leader, a good family man and an avid outdoorsman. The other thing about Chad is that hes a huge baseball fan, and just like the color of the fire truck, his allegiance also resides with the color red the Red Sox, that is.Silver: Jess HoodBronze: Doug TraugerBest DentistLast years best dentist, Dr. John Murray, now splits the award with his pops, Dr. Robert Murray. It probably wont be too hard for them to share the accolade, though. They already share an office. Murray, the elder, has 32 years of experience under his belt, while the younger Murray is beginninghis fifth.Silver: Dr. Jim SetterburgBronze: Dr. Eugene CovelloBest DoctorDr. David Lorah reached the gold medal this year as the locals choice for best local doctor. The family practitioner at Valley View Hospital was a bronze recipient in last years category.Silver: Dr. Christian MauerBronze: Dr. Robert BrokeringBest ChiropractorDr. Dave Jensen knows how to ease pain. The back specialist is a two-time gold medal recipient as Glenwoods best local chiropractor. Keep crackin doc.Silver: Dr. Steve SpevereBronze: Dr. Bill AlfiniBest VeterinarianDr. Peter Langegger and his staff at Divide Creek Animal Hospital know how to keep the valleys pets happy and healthy. The good doctor has been open for business for 4 years, and its no wonder that he and his staff were the locals choice for this years best local veterinarian.Silver: Gentle Friends Veterinary HospitalBronze: All Dogs and CatsBest Real Estate AgentMichelle James has been selling real estate for Vicki Lee Green Realtors since 1993 and became a co-owner, alongside Tonya Green-Nieslanik, in 2004. Shes been a top producer for the local real estate company for several years and its no wonder that she is the locals choice gold medal recipient as this years best local agent.Silver: Jean EdmondsBronze: Amy Leutke and Donna FellBest LawyerDon Kaufman seems to be the guy to get you out of a tight spot. Hes the gold medal recipient for the best lawyer around, two years running.Silver: Walter BrownBronze: Greg GreerBest Waiter/WaitressLeanne Coelho knows what her guests at Fins like great service. And shes proven herself as the locals choice for best waitress in town.Silver: Daniel Enos at Juicy LucysBronze: Dottie Walker at Italian Underground

Best BartenderAlong with Coelho, Patti Boas has a knack for making patrons feel warm and welcome down at Fins. She took home a gold medal as well this year, for best local bartender. Come on down for a tall-cool one.Silver: Trevor Ryan (Hes also a winner in the Best Couple category)Bronze: Michael Heller at Juicy LucysBest MechanicJames HolmbeckSilver: Duffys GarageBronze: Guy HathawayBest HairdresserMaureen Maznio of MoHair, New Castles longtime hairstylist, clipped, dyed and styled her way to the gold in this years choice for best hairdresser.Silver: Heather SmithBronze: Aly @ Paradise Spa.

By Phillip YatesPost Independent StaffBest Oil ChangeThe goal is to offer a variety of services. That seems to have customers keep coming back to the Pit Stop Auto Care Center over and over again. It might be the reason why area residents have deemed the Pit Stop Auto Care Center as the Locals Choice for Best Oil Change and Best Car Wash. As far as cars, we do everything pretty much bumper to bumper, except for body work and paint, said Steve Kyle, owner and manager of the business. Kyle said his business offers car detailing and quick lubes, along with full-time mechanics to spot problems with residents vehicles. It also sells tires and replaces windshields.It is a pretty complete, one-stop shop, he said. People drop off cars all the time to have several items done at once and then pick it up at the end of the day.Receiving accolades from the community for the quality of service his business is a wonderful thing, Kyle said. He said those plaudits come from a focus on customer service and the convenience his business affords.We have some great customers, he said. We are pretty happy and pretty fortunate to have good customers like we do.Silver: Grease MonkeyBronze: Bighorn ToyotaWinner of the silver in Best Car Wash category was Glenwood Carwash-Conoco, with bronze going to Buggy Works II in Carbondale.Best Travel AgencyGold: Springs Travel ServiceSilver: Sunshine TravelBronze: Glenwood Travel KingBest Real Estate AgencyOne value represents what the business strives for: Trust. Vicki Lee Green Realtors have been exemplifying that value to their clients since 1983.The companys Web site says that over 80 percent of its business comes from referrals. We’re proud of this accomplishment and we attribute it to our unwavering commitment to client satisfaction and customer service, the site said. This could also be why we’ve been voted the “Locals’ Choice” for best real estate company time and time again since 1999. We’ve worked hard to earn our clients’ trust and we’ll do everything we can to earn yours, as well.Silver: Property ShopBronze: Mason & MorseBest Financial ServicesThe Alpine Bank has 32 locations on the Western Slope of Colorado and it serves about 100,000 customers. The locally owned and operated bank has been serving area residents for more than 30 years.Because we are not a national banking chain, we have the ability to be flexible in creating solutions for customers that do not fit your typical approach, according to the companys Web site. Our size and streamlined organizational structure enables us to react quickly to the needs of our customers.Silver: American National BankBronze: Barbara Andre, CPABest Insurance AgencyThe jingle rings true in Glenwood: Like a good neighbor, State Farm of Glenwood Springs is there, according to local residents, who make the local agency their choice for their insurance needs.Silver: Glenwood Insurance AgencyBronze: Neil-Garing InsuranceBest Print/Copy ShopThe Print WorksSilver: Gran Farnum Printing & PublishingBronze: Copy CopyBest Body ShopProfessional Auto Body and Frame has been offering full-service auto body, alignments, frame and mechanical repairs for local residents for almost three decades. Glenwood Springs residents say theyre tops.Silver: Berthod MotorsBronze: Bighorn ToyotaBest Gas StationBradley Petroleum in Glenwood Springs is the one gas station that you always have to wait in line at. Driving along Grand Avenue you can understand why. The small little gas station usually has the lowest gas prices in town.Silver: Jimmys 66Bronze: Glenwood ShellBest Healthcare ProviderGlenwood Medical Associates focus is on caring for you and your family in a friendly, welcoming, compassionate environment, according to its Web site. The healthcare provider specializes in family physicians, internal medicine, gastroenterology and cardiology. It also accepts walk-ins, have weekend hours and have some Spanish-speaking staff.Silver: Valley View HospitalBronze: Mountain Family Health CentersBest Pet GroomerThe Shaggy Dog picks up another Locals Choice nod. Area residents prefer taking their pets to this local business. It has been helping dogs, cats and other furry friends look good for almost two decades.Silver: Dapper Doggie DoosBronze: PetCoBest Internet ProviderMake it eight for Sopris Surfer. The Internet service provider has previously been awarded the Locals Choice award seven times, and earned the accolade again this year.The company provides technical support, dial-up, high-speed DS3, T1, DSL, Wireless Internet access, and hosting infrastructure. It is the single largest employer of local Internet professionals in the Roaring Fork Valley, and has a proven track record as an Internet service provider serving the needs of customers from Aspen to Rifle and areas throughout the Western Slope, according to its website.Silver: Rof.netBronze: Comcast

RetailBy Phillip YatesPost Independent StaffBest Local FloristIt is a plaudit Flower Mart has received for 10 years. But every time area residents name the business its Locals Choice for best local florist, it is a significant honor, said Dennis Bader, owner of Flower Mart.It is kind of humbling, said Bader, who owns the business with his wife, Lynn. We are very appreciative to our customers.It is those customers who have given the business a solid gold reputation in the community. If they didnt, Flower Mart couldnt thrive as it has, Bader said. If you a do lousy job, the word gets out, Bader said. You have to turn out a good product.And obviously area residents agree that Flower Mart is the top florist in the area.The bulk of Flower Marts business comes from weddings, but it also delivers flowers for many other significant events, like anniversaries and the births of area babies, Bader said.Silver: The Country FloristBronze: Flowers-N-SuchBest Womens Clothing StoreFrom ball gowns to resort wear, the shop has an eclectic inventory.The Mona Lisa store, which is tucked inside the Hotel Denver, is a reigning favorite with Glenwood Springs residents, who have previously made the store a Locals Choice winner.Silver: Andersons ClothingBronze: Sugar Sweet ClothingBest Thrift StoreNeed a deal? You can find it at Defiance Thrift Store. Another good benefit for shopping here? You can help local charities because much of the stores profits go to local non-profits.Silver: Lillys Consignment StoreBronze: Aunt Rubys TrunkBest Mens Clothing storeNeed a sturdy pair of jeans? Then Andersons Clothing in downtown Glenwood Springs is the place for you. The store has a wide variety of clothing suited for the Western Colorado man. Silver: Summit Canyon MountaineeringBronze: The Ranch House in RifleBest Book StoreHeard about Cormac McCarthys Pulitzer-prize winning book, The Road? Find it among hundreds of other books and items at the Book Train in downtown Glenwood Springs. With regional books, a hefty magazine selection, and cards, calendars and music, the shop is a haven for those who love words.Silver: Through the Looking GlassBronze: Town Center Booksellers in BasaltBest Local Home Improvement StoreLowes Home Improvement is the favorite for many area residents. The large selection and easy location at Glenwood Meadows makes it a Mecca for fixer-uppers.Lowes also won Best Place to Buy Gardening Supplies, Best Place to Buy Appliances. Finalists for Best Local Home Improvement StoreSilver: Big Johns Building & Home CenterBronze: Mr. Ts Hardware & Building SupplyRecipient of silver for Best Place to Buy Gardening Supplies was the Rifle Garden Center, with the bronze going to Glenwood Gardens. Recipient of the silver for Best Place to Buy Appliances was Sears in Rifle, with the bronze going to Contract Appliance Center.Best Local Sporting Goods StoreSports Authority is the place for everything from basketballs, Ping-Pong balls or skis. If you want to get active and play a little, find all the accessories you need here.Silver: Factory SurplusBronze: Summit Canyon MountaineeringBest Home Decorating StoreArea residents go to Pier 1 Imports at Glenwood Meadows to find just the right decoration for around their homes. With goods from around the world, the mantle may look a little brighter this year.Silver: Lowes Home ImprovementBronze: Bed Beth & BeyondBest Local Car DealershipIt is becoming a tradition for Bighorn Toyota. For the fifth time, residents have named Bighorn Toyota a Locals Choice for its customer service and friendly atmosphere.Silver: Berthod MotorsBronze: Vista Auto GroupBest Local Liquor StoreTurtles Glenwood Liquors is the winner. With a large selection and an easy location in the middle of Glenwood Springs makes Turtles a Locals Choice winner again. The store previously won the honor in 2003, 2004 and 2005.Silver: Roaring Fork LiquorsBronze: Bid Sids BottlesBest Pet StoreFrom a dog bone to cat litter, if your furry little friend or special animal pal needs something, you can find it at PetCo. Silver: High Tails Dog & Cat OutfittersBronze: RJ PaddywacksBest Cell phone StoreCan you hear me? Hear this: ICS The Wireless Store is once again a Locals Choice favorite for its selection and customer service.Silver: Radio Shack in RifleBronze: Active CommunicationsBest Place to Buy FlooringThe best place to find the stuff to put under your feet is found at Flooring America, according to Glenwood Springs and area residents. Silver: Lowes Home ImprovementBronze: Carpet One of Glenwood SpringsBest Place to Buy FurnitureAmerican Furniture Warehouse is the Lcoals Choice. You wont find tigers roaming around this furniture shop, but you will find a wide array of home furnishing options at fair prices.Silver: Roaring Fork FurnitureBronze: The Ranch House in RifleBest Place to Buy JewelryFine Things is quite a jewelry store. Once again, Fine Things is the locals choice for a their jewelry needs. Silver: The Bead ShopBronze: Zales JewelersBest Specialty Gift StoreAt Interiors A La Carte fine home decor, womens clothing and accessories await customers at this downtown Glenwood Springs shop. Silver: Watersweeper and the DwarfBronze: Wendills Wonderous Things; Passion for PicnicsBest Video StoreLooking for a fun movie night? Locals say Blockbuster is the place to go. Choose a flick from a huge selection at the Glenwood Springs chain.Silver: Sounds Easy in CarbondaleBronze: City MarketBest Employment ServiceArea residents say SOS Staffing is the best place for local businesses to turn to find employees and it is tops for residents seeking a job.Silver: Labor SourceBronze: Office Services Unlimited

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