WELCOME TO THE 2012 BEST OF THE WEST
And the winner is ....
The reader (that’s you) is the winner. Your fellow Daily Sentinel readers have made their preferences known for some of the most dependable and consumer-conscious businesses in town. Some are known for great customer service. Others for delicious food, hard-to-find products or competitive pricing. Knowing who to turn to for a particular product or service is something we ask each other every day. So, compare your favorites to what our readers chose and decide for yourself. And be sure to vote next year!
HOME, HEART & FAMILY
BEST BUSINESS TO HELP YOU GO GREEN
Curbside Recycling Indefinitely
333 West Ave., Grand Junction
READER PICK: For most of us, going green doesn’t mean installing a windmill on the roof or buying an electric car. We want to go green in small steps and Curbside Recycling helps us do it. As well as their namesake curbside recycling services, CRI also offers electronic recycling and has a complete listing of places that will take other hard-to-recycle items. If you miss your recycling day or don’t live in an area CRI serves, there’s a convenient drop-off location at 333 West Ave.
BEST BIKE SHOP
The Bike Shop
950 North Ave., Grand Junction
READER PICK: With its great new location, friendly staff and the latest gear for everyone from the Sunday cruisers to the die-hard cycling buffs, The Bike Shop is our readers’ choice for favorite bike shop. The store carries a huge variety of accessories, too, from energy bars, clothing and the latest gadgets that make it easier to hear tunes while you pedal.
BEST PLACE TO SHOP FOR CLOTHING
636 Market St., Grand Junction
READER PICK: Whether you’re looking for a new dress for the Christmas party, some winter sleepers for the baby or a pair of jeans for a teen, Kohl’s is the store more locals want to visit when they need clothing. It’s organized and everything is easy to find — especially the savings.
BEST PLACE TO SHOP FOR SHOES/BOOTS/FOOTWEAR
514 Main St., Grand Junction
READER PICK: It’s no surprise this downtown store recently celebrated 100 years of being in business. With great quality merchandise, knowledgeable staff and customer service that beats anything in the department stores, Benge’s attracts new customers and retains existing ones, easily earning readers’ loyalty.
BEST CONSIGNMENT OR THRIFT SHOP
630 24 1/2 Road, Grand Junction
READER PICK: The store is so well merchandised, with high quality items and an attractive arrangement that it’s easy to forget you’re shopping at a second-hand store — until you see the price tag. Want to save some serious shopping bucks when looking for clothing, housewares, books and more? Then shop Goodwill first.
BEST FURNITURE STORE
La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries
865 North Ave., Grand Junction
READER PICK: We’re not a nation of couch potatoes, we’re a community of La-Z-Boy lovers! For seriously comfortable furniture at prices that are equally comfortable, our readers prefer La-Z-Boy.
BEST FLOOR COVERING OR CARPET STORE
2920 I-70 Bus. Loop, Grand Jct.
READER PICK: The name says carpet, but our readers know it’s the place to go for tile, laminate, hardwoods and more. If it’s for the floor, then Carpetime carries it. A big showroom gives customers an opportunity to imagine it in their own home.
BEST PLACE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS SERVICES
Senior Recreation Center, Inc.
550 Ouray Ave., Grand Jct.
READER PICK: Whether you’re looking for computer classes, bridge games, someone to shoot pool with, lunch, dancing or just want to find a friend, the Senior Recreation Center is a great place to start. Open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., there’s always something going on at the Senior Rec Center.
BEST SPECIALTY FOOD SHOP
Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers
2464 U.S. Highway 6 & 50, Grand Junction
READER PICK: Where do you go for a large selection of organic produce, an even larger selection of nutritional supplements and holistic remedies? Daily Sentinel readers say the best place to go is Vitamin Cottage.
BEST JEWELRY STORE
444 Main St., Grand Junction
READER PICK: OK, guys, we’re going to make this easy for you. If it’s shiny, sparkly or glittery, chances are good that she’ll like it gift-wrapped under the Christmas tree. Shop the store that most locals prefer for a good selection, helpful service and great prices.
BEST CARPET CLEANER
Good Shepherd Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
2733 D Road, Grand Junction
READER PICK: Get your house ready for the holidays with a carpet cleaning by our readers’ favorite. Readers like their punctuality, their customer service, their prices and their results.
BEST UPHOLSTERY SHOP
360 Grand Mesa Ave., Grand Junction
READER PICK: Let’s face it, some of our furniture is too tacky for company, but too comfy to let go. Before you cover it with a sheet and put it in a dark corner where no one can see it, consider getting it reupholstered – and have we got a place to recommend! Redlands Upholstery has been our readers’ pick for the last three years.
BEST GENERAL GROCEREY STORE
City Market stores
Multiple locations throughout western Colorado
(970) 241-0750 (corporate office in Grand Junction)
READER PICK: These are stores that listen to their customers and try to give them what they want. Fresh, locally grown produce, ready-made deli offerings, specialty cheeses, select cuts of meat, fresh seafood – the list goes on an on. These days, most customers want a good deal to sweeten the relationship between buyer and sellers, and City Market always delivers.
BEST MUSIC INSTRUMENT OR EQUIPMENT
136 N. Fifth St., Grand Junction
READER PICK: For more than 50 years, Roper Music has been helping local musicians with a great instruments, music and equipment. It’s also a wonderful place to hear live music upstairs in the Roper Music Ballroom. If you’ve never been, you’ve missed some great concerts in a wonderful venue.
BEST LAWN AND GARDEN SUPPLIES
2436 Patterson Road, Grand Junction
READER PICK: When you need hoses, garden tools, seeds, fertilizer, plants and dirt, but you also need to be able to pay your utility bills and buy groceries, our readers recommend you head to the Home Depot. The garden area is huge, something is always on sale, and it’s possible to pick up the lumber you need to spruce up the kids’ play area while you’re there.
BEST CAR WASH OR AUTO SERVICES
Shiners Wash and Lube Center
2460 Highway 6 & 50, Grand Junction
READER PICK: The dirt of the Grand Valley is famous for bringing residents back if they don’t take it with them when they leave. It’s also famous for leaving a fine film of dust on every interior surface and coating cars and trucks in mud. When you want a thorough cleaning for your auto, take it to Shiners.
BEST BANK OR CREDIT UNION
Coloramo Federal Credit Union
516 28 Road, Grand Junction
READER PICK: With four locations spread across the Grand Valley, eight additional ATMs and membership eligibility extended to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Mesa County, it’s easy become part of Coloramo. Like other financial institutions, Coloramo offers checking and savings accounts, car loans, real estate loans, personal loans, online banking and will even help you sell your car. And everything comes with friendly, local service.
BEST HEARING AID PROVIDER
2532 Patterson, Suite 12, Grand Junction
READER PICK: It’s been said that when one person suffers a hearing loss, an entire family has a hearing problem. Don’t let hearing loss reduce a loved one to a life of solitary silence; get help. Visit our readers’ favorite hearing aid provider, AAA Hearing.
BEST LIQUOR STORE
Fisher’s Discount Liquor Barn
2438 Patterson Road, Grand Junction
READER PICK: Whether you’re looking for flavored brandies, microbrews or high-quality tequila, Fisher’s Discount Liquor Barn carries a huge supply and has everything arranged in an easy-to-navigate fashion.
BEST PLACE TO SHOP WHEN YOU’RE REMODELING
2525 Rimrock Ave., Grand Junction
READER PICK: Everybody claims to be a one-stop shop, but when it comes to home remodeling, Lowe’s really does have everything you need, and at prices you can afford. Not only can you get what you need to spruce up the bathroom, you can find lighting fixtures, paint choices, storage containers, holiday decorations, do-it-yourself books and the kitchen sink.
BEST MATTRESS STORE
Sleep-n-Aire Mattress Gallery
2482 F Road, Grand Junction
READER PICK: If you feel like the princess, suffering through sleepless nights thanks to something lumpy in your bed, why not shop for a new mattress at our readers’ favorite mattress store? Great selection, friendly staff and competitive prices all combine to make this a great place to plan your next nap.
THE WORLD OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR
BEST PLACE TO EAT WHEN YOU CRAVE MEAT
2870 North Ave., Grand Junction
READER PICK: Sure, we all know that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will improve your cholesterol, help you maintain a healthy heart and may even prevent male pattern baldness, but sometimes, you just gotta eat some juicy, roasted, grilled, seared or barbecued meat. When they’re in full carnivore mode, The Daily Sentinel readers’ favorite place to satisfy their urge is Texas Roadhouse.
BEST PLACE TO EAT FOR HERBIVORES OR VEGETARIANS
Garden of Eatin’
2502 U.S. Highway 6 & 50 Grand Junction
READER PICK: Man does not live by bread alone; sometimes, he needs some salad and soup too. The salad bar at the Garden of Eatin’ has a multitude of possibilities, with plenty of vitamins, minerals, fiber and yumminess.
ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT
753 Horizon Court, Grand Jct.
READER PICK: It’s local and it’s got a Southwestern flair, with delicious fare at a reasonable place. Whether you want an intimate dinner for two or a meeting place for dinner with co-workers, W.W. Peppers has the perfect atmosphere and the perfect food. Try the pollo Suizas; a perfect fusion of flavors!
BEST NEW RESTAURANT (opened in the last 12 months)
683 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction
READER PICK: Finding a good place for fresh seafood was tough in a landlocked locale like Grand Junction until Fins Grill opened on Horizon Drive. Incredible fish tacos, great grilled fish entrees and a dessert menu that includes Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes.
BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT
Thai Chili & Pho
2536 Rimrock Ave,
Suite 700 Grand Jct.
READER PICK: At Thai Chili, you can eat in or phone your order in and have it delivered. A nice selection of appetizers, noodle dishes, wok dishes, traditional Asian dishes and a large selection of vegetarian options make this our readers’ favorite Asian restaurant.
BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Il Bistro Italiano
400 Main St., Grand Junction
READER PICK: Yes, one of the owners is Italian. Yes, the name says Italian and the names of some of the dishes are in Italian. No, this is not a great Italian restaurant; this is simply a great restaurant. A menu that changes with the seasons and plenty of local ingredients make this a unique western Colorado dining experience every time you visit.
BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT
421 Brach Ave., and 3245 I-70 Bus. Loop, Grand Junction
(970) 242-8861 or 434-5078
READER PICK: No matter where you go, may your destination always be Dos, especially if you’re in the mood for margaritas, Mexican food or tequila! Dos Hombres in Clifton and the Redlands have both become Grand Valley institutions, well known and loved by locals. Find out why!
BEST BARGAIN EATS
Five locations in Fruita and Grand Junction
READER PICK: When payday is still several days away, hunger’s banging at the door and time is of the essence, our readers say Taco Bell is the best place to go for bargain eats. Seriously, where else are you going to get a double dose of deliciousness for a couple of dollars?
BEST SANDWICH SHOP
2691 Patterson Road, Grand Junction
READER PICK: So many choices, so many options, just one simple bag to mark. Perhaps the biggest problem at Which Wich is trying to make up your mind!
BEST CATERING OR TAKEOUT
Cowboy and the Rose
104 Orchard Ave., Suite A-1 Grand Junction
READER PICK: Cowboy and the Rose delivers on service, quality, taste, variety and price. When you want great food for an event, wedding, party, reunion or any kind of gathering where crowds are hungry, call Cowboy and the Rose.
Home Style Bakery
924 N. Seventh, Grand Junction
READER PICK: There’s a reason Home Style Bakery wins this category every year and if you walk in the door and breathe the delicious aroma of cookies, cakes, doughnuts, breads, pies, bagels, muffins and other assorted goodies, you’ll agree! Homestyle also carries a line of gluten-free breads, muffins, cookies and cakes.
BEST BREAKFAST PLACE
The Egg and I
120 W. Park Drive, Grand Junction
READER PICK: The Egg and I also serves lunch, but it conquers breakfast, offering six different styles of Eggs Benedict, 14 different varieties of pancakes, waffles and French toast, and egg dishes that make you thank God for making chickens. The menu also offers plenty of vegetarian and healthy choices, for those who want to survive breakfast and live to eat another day.
BEST HAPPY HOUR
The Ale House
2531 N. 12th St., Grand Junction
READER PICK: There are quiet corners for those who want privacy, there are big screen TVs for those who want to catch a game. There’s a great patio, a large bar and a good selection of microbrews, specialty beers and lagers. What more do you need during Happy Hour? Oh yeah, the food is fantastic, too!
BEST SPORTS BAR
120 North Ave., Grand Junction
READER PICK:With 17 TVs in the restaurant, it’s going to be easy to catch the game, no matter which game you’re hoping to see. Old Chicago’s also offers a menu that includes pizza, sandwiches, salads, traditional entrees and 110 different beers. Join the Beer World Tour and try all 110 varieties, but don’t try them all on one night.
BEST HEALTH CLUB OR GYM
700 Maldonado and 3229 I-70 Business Loop, Grand Junction
(970) 243-4653 or (970) 523-4500
READER PICK: It’s huge, with plenty of machines and weights, large classrooms and plenty of scheduled classes. Whether you’re a newbie to the gym and are hoping to find a personal trainer to help you get fit or are a seasoned gym rat hoping for some combat classes to keep your adrenaline charged, Gold’s Gym offers it all.
BEST LOCALLY MADE ADULT BEVERAGE
Rockslide Brew Pub
401 Main St., Grand Junction
READER PICK: From Widow Maker Wheat and Rabbit Ears Amber to Big Bear Stout and a seasonally offered Holiday Porter, the Rockslide Brewery can satisfy every beer-loving palette. Even better, they know which tasty item on the menu pairs perfectly with every beer.
BEST LOCALLY GROWN OR MANUFACTURED PRODUCT
READER PICK: Yes, we’ve broadened our scope. Vintners make great wine here, Lee Mathis makes unbelievable cheesecake here, East Orchard Mesa farmers grow awesome chiles here and Hatch Haven Melons grows the best melons here, but what most of us really love in the summertime are those Palisade peaches. Slurped over the sink, sliced in our cereal, baked in a pie or blended in a smoothie, we love our Palisade peaches.
BEST PLACE TO GO WITH THE KIDS
Bananas Fun Park
2469 Riverside Parkway, Grand Junction
READER PICK: The kids are getting restless and the snow won’t melt. Don’t despair; pack ‘em in the car and head down to Bananas. This time of year, it may be too cold for bumper boats or mini-golf, but there’s always mini-bowling, the lazer maze, lazer tag or the arcade.
BEST PLACE TO BUY A VEHICLE
Western Slope Auto
2264 U.S. Highway 6 & 50, Grand Junction
READER PICK: When you buy a new or a used car, you want to talk to people you trust. You want to see cars and trucks that give back that thrill of getting behind the wheel and you want to know there’s a service department that will be there months and years later when you need repairs and maintenance. Our readers get all that and more at Western Slope Auto.
BEST PLACE TO BUY AN RV
3090 I-70 Business Loop, Grand Junction
READER PICK: Gibson RV’s is family-owned and operated, and when you buy an RV from Gibson, you become one more member of an always-growing family. When you visit, be sure to check out the Travel Lite campers, Gibson RV’s newest truck camper manufacturer.
BEST VENUE FOR A LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE
The Avalon Theatre
645 Main St., Grand Junction
READER PICK: No matter where you sit, it seems like you’re right in front, center stage, with the best seats in the house. Nice acoustics mean that every seat offers great listening, too.
BEST PERFORMING ARTS VENUE
Colorado Mesa University Moss Performing Arts Center
1100 North Ave., Grand Junction
READER PICK: This easily accessible venue seems intimate and cozy. Even when there’s a packed house, the stage is close, the sound is exquisite and the atmosphere is top notch. And the entertainment is always first rate.
BEST SKI MOUNTAIN DEAL IN COLORADO
Powderhorn Mountain Resort
48338 Powderhorn Road, Mesa
READER PICK: It may not have the glamour and glitz of Aspen, the vertical thrills of Telluride or the thousands of acres like Vail, but we love it because it’s our mountain. We know every run, from Bill’s Run to Sweet Misery, we always run into somebody we know up on the mountain and we know we don’t need to worry about the kids if they go off on their own.
BEST LOCAL FESTIVAL OR EVENT
American National Bank Downtown Farmer’s Market
READER PICK: It’s a festival, it’s an event, it’s the downtown farmers market! It may not jump tall buildings in a single bound, but it’s free, it’s fun and it happens every Thursday in the summertime. Go for the produce, go for the live entertainment or go for the opportunity to run into friends you haven’t seen in a while. Whatever your reasons for going, you can be sure that you’ll have a good time downtown at the farmers market.