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Readers’ Choice: Best of the West 2016 – Retail & Services




Katz Chiropractic (Boulder)

The folks at Katz make every patient feel like the most important patient. With a focus on biomechanics, they tailor an individual treatment plan for every person who comes though their doors. And with over 16 years of experience, long-term results are guaranteed.

Chiropractic Center of Erie (East County)

Back pain getting on your nerves? The tension releasing treatments provided here will leave you in a state of euphoria and feeling better than ever. If pain isn’t your problem, the hot stone massage is a perfect way to treat yourself!

Day Spa

St. Julien (Boulder)

With options like the fresh mint from their garden (seasonal), organic sugar and citrus combined to create a fragrant, handmade scrub, St. Julien provides the ultimate Boulder spa experience. And for out-of-town guests not quite used to the thin atmosphere, the “Oxygen Facial” with its high impact pure oxygen infusion is gratifying. Treatments are available for couples, bridal parties, groups, men, women and teens.

Sunflower (East County)

Luxurious pure cotton robes, soft lighting, comfy sandals, fruit water, wine, and teas greet you when you walk in to Sunflower Spa. Whether you need a facial, a massage, a body treatment or waxing, the professionals at Sunflower know what they’re doing, and you’ll love letting them do it. There’s a full menu of services all designed to rejuvenate and unwind from the many stresses of your day.


Gloria Bachelder

Doctor Gloria Oberbeck has over 20 years of experience practicing integrative medicine for the whole family. Praised by her patients for giving individual attention and care, the beloved Doctor Oberbeck combines absolute mastery of her profession with unusual compassion and a magic touch.


Wink Optical (Boulder)

If you want eyewear that always gets compliments, Wink is your best bet. They tour the world every year for the most fashion eyewear on the planet (literally). Bold, brash, subtle, stylish, or spunky, Wink has you covered. Turn your eyewear into a fashion statement!

Third Ave Eye (East County)

This full-care facility has state-of-the art equipment, providing unsurpassed care for the entire family. They provide Ocular Coherence Tomography, Corneal Topography, and Lasik, among many other services. And if you simply need glasses or contacts for the kids, they have those. All in a warm and inviting atmosphere!


SpaVia (Boulder)

SpaVia’s Signature Facial is lauded by loyal customers as an out-of-body experience – a masterpiece of pampering, relaxation, and hydration for the face. With a cleansing, enzyme mask, extractions, and a massage, the hour-long experience will impress long-time facial enthusiasts and convert skeptics on the spot.

Massage Heights (East County)

This upscale spa provides top notch therapeutics, with clients who keep coming back for the customized facial massages, tailored to each person’s unique needs with a range of anti-aging, skin clearing and brightening treatments. To accommodate the demand, they offer memberships for couples, families and corporations.


Colorado Athletic Club (Wellbridge)

The area’s premier athletic club has gained a reputation for being a full-service gym with a country club atmosphere. They are all about choices as members can get fit playing tennis, swimming, cycling, or taking one of a ridiculously wide array of classes – from Booty Boot Camp to “Ropes Gone Wild”.


J Lounge (Boulder)

They took the formula for the traditional manicure or pedicure and flipped it upside down. Gone are the jetted tubs. Porcelain, non-jetted tubs come in their stead. The soak for your feet? Not just soap and water, but essential oils and lavender. Looking for a gel manicure? No harmful UV lights here, instead, the manicure is baked with LED lights, for less damage and great results.

Sunflower (East County)

Soak your tired tootsies while a trained professional dotes on you with organic sugar scrub at Sunflower Spa. Treat yourself with a hot stone massages, French polish, or spice things up with jewels or artwork on your nails.

Marijuana Dispensary (21+)

The Farm

What sets The Farm apart from the other cannabis dispensaries is the elegant shopping experience: With a wide selection, professional staff, and pleasant atmosphere, the Farm is on a tier of its own. The staff is equally comfortable discussing new strains with a seasoned cannabis connoisseur as they are guiding a neophyte through the sometimes intimidating process.

Marijuana Dispensary (Medical)

Green Tree Medicinal

Colorado shoppers have a plethora of choices for getting their cannabis needs filled. Green Tree stands out for being as organic as can be, selling only all natural products. And with four locations, great pricing, great staff, and quality cannabis, we see them continuing to emerge as a leader in the industry.


Elements (boulder)

Let your worries melt away with a topnotch massage at Elements, where commitment to your personal satisfaction is the company ethos. Their expert hands will soothe away tension, stress, and soreness – at a ridiculously discounted rate, if you get the monthly membership!

Massage Heights (East County)

Aptly named, Massage Heights in Longmont takes relaxation rejuvenation to new (you guessed it!) heights, and if clients could give it 5 stars, they would. Their elevating services include hot stone therapy, and even foot rubs – all at an upscale environment with surprisingly affordable prices.

MediSpa (Medical Treatments)

Marianna’s Lesthetique (Boulder)

Located in the Hotel Boulderado, Marianna’s Lesthetique luxuriates you with a simple floral paradise bath and massage, or a full-on tooth whitening, Sheer Wave Body Sculpting, Perlane hyaluronic acid dermal filtered weekend. And if you don’t know what any of those words mean, they’ll happily tell you. Pucker up Boulder — you’ll look fabulous.

Aesthetic Solutions (East County)

Quit guilting yourself over skipping the sunscreen on your last hike — Aesthetic Solutions offer free consultations on how to remove that sun damage. The doctors and nurses keep their clients for years with quality injectibles, fillers, peels, and bio-identical hormone treatments, and Dr. Z is well known for his comforting bedside manner. If you’re nervous about a procedure he and Dr. O are happy to fill you in (see what we did there?).

Pilates Studio

Happy Cats

Pilates is a mix of physical therapy, gymnastics, yoga, and fitness, building core strength like no other workout. And having a good teacher is critical. Susie has a gentle approach to teaching: helping you shift a leg ever-so-slightly, or tilt your hips just a tad, making it all come together. And before you know it, you’re addicted!


Voodoo (Boulder)

The team at Voodoo Hair Lounge takes amazing care of each and every client who walks through those doors. Voodoo is THE place to go if you’ve got curly hair, as the stylists here are all trained on the Deva Curl technique, which is perfect to tame those wild tresses.

Maven Hair Studio (East County)

Maven customers drive from all over to get cuts, colors, styles and whatever else they need from this independent hair studio. And if the fabulous do’s aren’t enough – Maven Hair Studio is also beloved for its comfy atmosphere and the great personalities of the stylists.


Boulder Natural Animal (Boulder)

If the patients at Boulder Natural Animal Hospital could speak for themselves, they’d have nothing but praise. The hospital’s welcoming atmosphere and knowledgeable staff made it the go-to place for pet owners to bring their ailing cats and dogs. Woof woof!

Jasper (East County)

Walk into Jasper and it feels more like visiting Doctor Doolittle than taking your dog to see the vet. With over 10 years of awards on the wall, a boisterous and happy atmosphere, Doctor Dodge’s easy-going and generous attitude, fair pricing, expert and honest care, pet parents know they are in the best of hands.

Yoga Studio

Soul Tree

With an average of 10 yoga classes per day, Soul Tree Yoga has something for every yogi. They have Vinyasa, Yin, Forrest, and innovative options like Planet Motion, a class infusing yoga with dance and martial arts.

Bike Shop

Full Cycle Tied With University Bikes (Boulder)

The staff at both Full Cycle Bikes locations goes above and beyond to pair you with the perfect bike; expect to go on multiple short test rides to ensure the fit is perfect. The same dedication to service carries over to repairs – they’ll make sure you understand your options and always do a great job.

For over 30 years, the folks at University Bicycles have kept Boulder’s bikes on the road because cycling is their passion. With a giant selection of bikes for all sizes, expert staff, and central location, University Bikes is a top choice for all your cycling needs.

Bike & Hike (East County)

For over 40 years, this friendly shop has been serving local cyclists with the best products, prices, and advice around. It doesn’t matter if you still have your training wheels on or if you’re cruising in full kit, ride right over to Bike-N-Hike in Longmont for all your cycling needs.

Fashion Boutique for Men

Regiment Shops of Colorado (Boulder)

If you’re looking to fill your closet with bow-ties and button downs, we’ve found your place. Regiment Shops of Colorado has been serving Boulder’s men with perfectly tailored, classy suits and accessories for 55 years, and their skilled staff is always ready to help.

Old Town Outfitters (East County)

Demonstrating a uniquely Colorado interpretation of “Fashion Boutique for Men”, our readers gave the nod to Longmont’s Old Town Outfitters. Friendly staff and high-quality clothes make Old Town a local favorite, and the sidewalk sales offer deals you won’t find anywhere else.

Fashion Boutique for Women

Barbara & CO (Boulder)

If you want to find something that is perfect in every way possible, head to Barbara & Co. What we love about this shop is not just the exquisite taste and style, but that anyone from 18 to 65 will find something that makes them feel beautiful every time they wear it.

Eleanor Tied With Elizabeth’s (East County)

This downtown Louisville boutique carries the edgy (a cashmere sweater with skulls on it) to the classic (little black dresses from $50 to $200) and quite a bit in between.  Pick up your quality denim and slouchy, fashionably casual blouse for a look that says, “Who, me? I just grabbed this old thing out of my walk-in, East Village closet.”

Elizabeth’s Embellishments offers a variety of household goods, women’s and children clothing, and seasonal items. Whether you’re looking to pick up an item for yourself or a gift for someone else, you’ll be sure to find it here.


Boulder Bookstore (Boulder)

Get lost in a labyrinth of literature at Boulder Bookstore. Each of its cozy Pearl Street Mall storefronts belies the three floors of books within, where you’ll find beautifully illustrated children’s books, a wealth of non-fiction, and all sorts of used gems sprinkled throughout.

Book Cellar (East County)

A small neon sign announces “BOOKS” in the Book Cellar’s Main Street window, and the inside of the store delivers. However, its ample selection is only part of the appeal – the staff pride themselves on their ability to track down rare and out-of-print books at your request.

Consignment Clothing

Rags Consignment (Boulder)

Walk in to Rags Consignment and you’re whisked away from the strip mall and straight into a high end specialty shop… that you can afford! While the selection of high quality, almost new clothing changes daily, you’ll always receive personable fashion advice. And if you’re selling, you’ll receive a solid 40% off your garment’s selling price.

Found Underground (East County)

Need cute boots? An adorable new purse? Spunky skirt? Colorado outer gear? Do you like designer brands at fabulous prices? Nancy’s discerning eye and hip, chic tastes makes this one of the coolest BoCo consignment shops around. We don’t know exactly how she finds al this great stuff, but she does.


Fiori Flowers (Boulder)

So lovely, so convenient: Fiori Flowers greets customers with a friendly smile and fresh delivery daily. Pick up some get-well peonies or order dozens of hanging mason jars of bouquets for your special day. And if you need advice on the succulent for your new terrarium be sure to ask. Fiori is always happy to help.

Layfayette Florist (East County)

Whether you’re searching for an arrangement for a special occasion or just want to bring flowers home for the wife, you’ll find lots of great flowers here for every taste and occasion. Perennials, house plants, cut flowers and more — it’s all here, ready to be perfectly arranged by one of the talented artists at Lafayette Florist.


Concepts Furniture (Boulder)

At Concepts you’ll find a great showroom filled with modern pieces for every room in the house. The best part here, however, is the service, as the staff is super knowledgeable and accommodating. Take all the stress out of furniture shopping and head to Concepts Furniture and Accessories where you’re sure to find the perfect piece to complement your home.

Woodley’s (East County)

With locations all over Colorado, Woodley’s is one of the best local shops for furniture. The quality is great, prices are reasonable for what you’re getting, and there is a large stock that should cater to nearly every personal taste. Looking to get that living room in shape? Need a new bedroom set? Check out Woodley’s for some great pieces that will last a lifetime.

Gift Shop

Into the Wind Tied With Jacque Michelle (Boulder)

Whirly-gigs, black lights, windsocks, musical instruments, magnets, puzzles, and things you never even thought about have been delighting locals and tourists since 1980. If you need a propeller beanie or a dingo donger boomerang, this is your place. And if you’re serious about kites, you’ve found a home.

If you’re searching for a unique gift or a new fashion accessory, Jacque Michelle has exactly what you’re looking for. They believe in fair trade and offer items from around the world. Owners Janet and Kathy will gladly help you shop, and they’ll gift wrap your selections free of charge!

Timbalier (East County)

Everyone enjoys shopping for funky gifts at Timbalier, where you can buy necklaces, books, lotions, candles, soaps, and more. The card and stationery section is one of the finest in Boulder and beyond. Timbalier continues to build a customer base that loves to walk in the door and leaves feeling wonderful.



Free personal shopping and free delivery are just two of the new options that set Alfalfa’s aside from its competitors. The two locations in Boulder County have the freshest produce and organic groceries, with prices

Home Furnishings & Decor

HW Home (Boulder)

Whether you’re looking for that special piece to make your family room complete or furnishing your entire house, HW Home has you covered. And no need to worry about figuring out how to get your purchases home, because HW will deliver it, unwrap it, and assemble it!

The Fuzzy Antler (East County)

This corner shop on has European provincial style, featuring a wide selection of highly collectible Sid Dickens ceramic tiles and European antiques. And yes, they carry lots and lots of Old World style deer and elk designs to add some elegance to your villa or chateau.

Home Improvement

McGuckin (Boulder)

If you live in an older home with vintage plumbing, windows, and fixtures, step into McGuckin Hardware for that faucet, valve, or hinge. The beauty of shopping at McGuckin’s is that there are green vests in every aisle that are ready to tell you what part you need, how to install it and what other things you’ll need (caulk, washers, etc) to make it work.

Jax (East County)

Jax Ranch & Home in Lafayette is perfect for DIYers and homesteaders, but also for photographers, gardeners, and pet owners. Alongside deals on hardware, plumbing, electrical goods and decor, Jax has a wide range of resources, including books, guides, and even toys, for Coloradans who are passionate about sustainable living and environmental activism.


Angie Star Jewelry (Boulder)

Stacking slender bands on your fingers is all the rage these days. Angie Star Jewelry calls them Twinkle Bands, and they couldn’t be a cuter way to show off your kids’ birthstones. Never gaudy, this little jewelry store carries only unique and fine-crafted jewelry, often made on site.

Eric Olson (East County)

Eric Olson Jewelers has become one of the most respected artisan design houses in the county. But no stuffy attitude here, besides being a true artist, Eric’s approachable, down-to-earth attitude makes shopping a real pleasure. He recently moved to a beautiful downtown shop in Louisville.

Kids Store


Do you need a fairy, a bug, or a bath toy? This is the place to purchase something that delights all ages, with emphasis on products that contribute to learning and development. The book section offers quality books that will be read hundreds of times.

Musical Instruments

HB Woodsongs (Boulder)

Whether your banjo needs new strings or you’re trying to learn to play the mandolin, HB Woodsongs is the perfect place for music lovers of all levels. Their monthly events and studio lessons make this homey shop so much more than just a store, and the knowledgeable artists working here are always ready to help.

Lafayette Music (East County)

A little store in a Lafayette shopping center has established itself as the go-to place for sheet music in the state of Colorado, with one of the best collections in the state. Lafayette Music offers a range of musical instruments and workshops with famous musicians like renowned bass player Victor Wooten.

Pet Supply

Whole Pets Tied With Only Natural (Boulder)

This shop is as Boulder as Boulder gets, promising to provide healthy and holistic products and care for cats, dogs, and small animals. True to their stated values, they offer all-natural raw and organic food, shampoos and conditioners, herbal remedies, homeopathics, and vitamins, along with a fun array of leashes, beds, and toys.

When you want the best for your furry friends, Only Natural has the pet products you are looking for. They have everything from food, toys, treats, grooming items and more. Their high standards for ingredient ensure your pet will be living a natural and healthy lifestyle.

Struttin’ Pup (East County)

You’ll feel the rock-n-roll vibes when you walk into this fun shop. Besides having a spectacular inventory (you can find the coolest toys and treats here) it’s a great place to hang out. They are so well known for their grooming that you need to book early or you might not get the date you want. Your dog will love this store as much as you do.

Shoe Store

Pedestrian Shop (Boulder)

Remember Crocs? Love them or hate them, you probably first discovered them here. You’ll find hundreds of high quality, comfortable shoes at this Pearl Street mainstay. The Pedestrian Shops carries four — no joke, four — different brands of the funny looking foot gloves. Only in Boulder. Only at the Pedestrian Shops.

Brown’s Shoes (East County)

No other shoe store holds a candle to Brown’s selection – from kitten heels to running shoes, from loafers to hiking boots – Brown’s has a selection of styles, sizes, and brands for every shoe imaginable. Add to this a staff that knows its stuff and reasonable prices to boot (pun intended), and the choice for shoe shopping in East County becomes a no-brainer.

Shopping District/Center

Pearl Street Mall (Boulder)

Who can top the Pearl Street Mall? Nobody, that’s who. Nothing beats a sunny day’s stroll on the red bricked outdoor mall, a bluesy piano tune floating by, and the joyful faces of students and tourists alike discovering the beauty of Boulder for the very first time.

Louisville (East County)

The shopping district in historic downtown Louisville sports cultural offerings with the homey, small-town flair so characteristic of the city at large. Shops and boutiques line the streets, and you can rest easy knowing you’re supporting small local artisans and businesses at places like Book Cellar 2 , and Little Horse Vintage and Books.

Ski Shop

Boulder Ski Deals (Boulder)

Boulder Ski Deals has all the high-end ski equipment you desire, including boot liners that are custom-molded to your feet, and their wide selection of used equipment will have you ready to shred without shredding your wallet.

Foxtrot Wheel and Edge (East County)

Snow or shine, Lafayette’s Foxtrot Wheel and Edge is the go-to place for outdoor adventurers. Rent skis and snowboards or get them tuned up to hit the powder, then have them give your bike a once-over to hit the trails.

Sporting Goods

REI (Boulder)

If you can’t find the outdoor sporting gear you’re looking for at REI, take another look. The country’s largest consumer co-op has something for everyone who loves the great outdoors: gear for campers, rock climbers, kayakers and runners—just to name a few.

Jax (East County)

Whether you’re a passionate recreational player, a pro, or just trying something new, Jax is the go-to spot for affordable, high-quality gear, games, ski rentals, and equipment. From sliding pants, gloves, and footwear to hockey sticks, bats, fitness accessories, and cycle gear, you’d be hard pressed not to find what you need at Jax.

Auto Repair

Pellman’s (Boulder)

One of Boulder’s top shops, and the service is superb. The staff is knowledgeable and the repairs are done right. It’s rare to see a complaint posted, and it’s easy to understand why. When you drive your car off you know it’s been handled right.

Lafayette Import Car Care (East County)

Having started on Baseline in Lafayette well over 25 years ago, and then moving to Erie a few years back, the guys at this shop are as dependable as they come. And when the folks at Lafayette Import Car Care fix your car, you can trust that it’ll stay fixed!


Art & Soul

Welcome to an art gallery where you can look AND touch! Art and Soul has a unique mix of fine art, sculptures and jewelry. Their enticing exhibits will have you coming back for more and the beautiful rings will make you swoon.


Hartney Law

Hartney Law is an estate planning practice featuring a team of highly skilled and experienced attorneys who not only charge a flat fee (no hourly billing!), but also provide a complimentary 3-year estate planning review. With Hartney Law’s dedication to securing your family’s future, it’s no wonder they’ve won Best of the West five years in a row!


Flagship Tied With Thompson Team

Owners and renters agree – the team at Flagship Properties is professional, prompt, and a pleasure to work with. Experts in investment properties, Flagship guides buyers through the process patiently and without pressure. Property owners who hire Flagship can rest easy that their well-vetted tenants will get the best service possible from Flagship.

In search of a new home or looking to sell yours? Thompson Daviau Realty has 15 years of experience in serving your real estate needs. Both owners received the Certified Residential Specialist award, so they have significant experience, ensuring you are in good hands.

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