This is big news! In the face of big-box competition, Big Johns Building and Home Center has proven themselves a force to be reckoned with, and now theyve been voted Locals Choice for Best Local Home Improvement store.Eight months ago, just after the opening of the new Lowes in Glenwood Meadows, Big Johns owner John Lindsey was hopefully optimistic, but at the same time we were being realistic.At that point, Lindsey said, he wasnt sure how much longer he was going to be able to keep operating. But then something happened.The first few months, we did see a slowdown in business, but in the last couple of months, weve been seeing a recovery, Lindsey said. In fact, business has been even better than it was before Lowes opened in October of 2005.Lindsey credits his staff.Weve got 263 years of lumber and building experience with the employees that work here, said Lindsey. He also says theres a sense of community with smaller businesses.Everyone understands what its like to be in a small community and help each other out. That kind of goes away with the corporations, Lindsey said.Lindsey knows hes a valued part of Glenwood Springs, and hes proud that his store was chosen as Best Local Home Improvement store.Other Finalists: Lowes, Ace Hardware Best Womens Clothing StoreMaurices in the Glenwood Mall was the choice of Glenwoods voting ladies for Best Womens Clothing Store.Other Finalists: Mona Lisa, LilysBest Mens Clothing StoreAndersons clothing in downtown Glenwood Springs is perhaps one of the most successful picks for Locals Choice ever, having topped the list for Mens Clothing year after predictable year. Their central location (since 1974) and fantastic selection of brand names help keep it reigning champ.Other Finalists: JC Penney, LilysBest Gift StoreA Great Find in El Jebel The name says it all.Other Finalists: Watersweeper and the Dwarf, Bed Bath & BeyondBest Book StoreWatch out at the crossing the Book Train simply steamrolls the competition. The Book Train boasts thousands of volumes and just as many magazine titles, and with its Book Club members benefits, it becomes the place in town to shop for literature.Other Finalists: Through the Looking Glass, Novel Tea Best Sporting Goods StoreGarts (Now Sports Authority) was named Best Sporting Goods Store for its wide selection of quality goods. Other Finalists: Summit Canyon Mountaineering, Factory Army SurplusBest Home Decorating StoreInterior A La Carte caught readers eyes and was named Best Home Decorating Store.Other Finalists: Bed, Bath & Beyond, Pier 1Best Car DealerBighorn Toyota is renowned for its excellent customer service skills and friendly attitude, and thats what has propelled it to number one in the Locals Choice Best Car Dealer category two years in a row.Other Finalists: Glenwood Springs Ford, Berthod MotorsBest Liquor StoreThe staff at Roaring Fork Liquors knows how to help Glenwood residents find what they want to drink, and thats just one reason they were voted the Best Liquor Store around.Other Finalists: Turtles Liquors, Mr CsBest Antique ShopLittle Bears Antiques, which is home to 50 different antiques dealers, is one of those places where one can find just about anything, and thats what garnered it yet another win for Best Antique Shop.Other Finalists: Finders Keepers, For You Shoppe Best Second-Hand StoreWho says that old jackets out of style? Not Defiance, the Best 2nd Hand Store in the region.Other Finalists: Misers Mercantile, For You ShoppeBest FloristDennis Bader, owner of the Flower Mart, will not likely be surprised to find that his shop has again taken Locals Choice for Best Florist. After all, Flower Mart has won every year since voting began seven years ago, and this year was no exception.Other Finalists: Flowers & Such, Susans FlowersBest Pet StorePetCo in the Glenwood Meadows always has what Fido needs.Other Finalists: High Tails, RJ PaddywacksBest Cell StoreICS Intermountain Communication Services comes through loud and clear for Glenwood residents who need a solid connection.Other Finalists: Active Communications, Allstar CommunicationsBest Place to Buy Gardening SuppliesLowes has grown significantly in the minds of local gardeners, who voted it into the top spot for Best Place to Buy Gardening Supplies.Other Finalists: GW Gardens, Eagle Crest Best Place to Buy Western WearMillers Dry Goods is always in style for local cowboys, cowgirls and anyone who loves western wear. Whether you need clothes for the ranch or for an evening on the town, the Rifle store is the top choice.Other Finalists: Corral West, Factory Army SurplusBest Place to Buy FlooringWant to redo your kitchen linoleum? Flooring America is probably where youll find the best price in town, and thats one of the reasons its Locals Choice.Other Finalists: Carpet One, Abbey CarpetBest Place to Buy FurnitureWhether its a leather couch or a kitchen table, youll find it at Roaring Fork Furniture in South Glenwood is the choice for Best Place to Buy Furniture.Other Finalists: American Furniture, SplashBest Place to Buy AppliancesWhether its a blender, a waffle iron, or a dustbuster, residents believe theyll find what theyre looking for at Contract Appliance.Other Finalists: Lowes, Target Best Place to Buy ElectronicsRadio Shack is still running strong, and residents still love it. The Shack wins Best Place to Buy Electronics.Other Finalists: Design Audio, TargetBest Place to Buy JewelryOne of a Kind jewelry store in downtown Glenwood specializes in the unique. One of a Kind is, quite decidedly, the Best Place to Buy Jewelry.Other Finalists: Jewels & Gems, Zales Best Place to Buy ShoesDragons shoe store was voted the best. Thats the good news. The bad news is the popular store formerly in the Glenwood Mall closed its doors in March.Other Finalists: Dunlaps, Factory Army Surplus
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