The CU Rec Center was voted best place to work out by Colorado Daily readers.
The CU Rec Center was voted best place to work out by Colorado Daily readers. ( MARK LEFFINGWELL )

The best entertainment spots in Boulder, as voted on by Colorado Daily readers, are as follows:

BEST TANNING

SALON

Tans To Go

1842 30th St.

303-444-7600

tanstogo.com

Boulder has voted Tans To Go as its favorite indoor tanning salon.

The local tanning shop is known for its variety of tanning beds, special tanning lotions and selection of bathing suits and sarongs.

It's one-stop shopping at Tans To Go.

RUNNER-UP

Veranda Sun

1670 30th St.

303-447-8844

BEST RUNNING

STORE

Boulder Running Company

2775 Pearl St.

303-786-9255

boulderrunningcompany.com

Boulder loves the Boulder Running Company.

The local athletic store features a wide array of running shoes and products. The sales people also take the time to individually work with each customer and find the best fit.

The Boulder Running Company also sells sunglasses, insoles, apparel, socks and more.

The store is centrally located, so runners can cruise by and check out the merchandise during their daily run.

RUNNER-UP


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Fleet Feet

2624 Broadway

303-939-8000

fleetfeetboulder.com

BEST PLACE TO

WORK OUT

CU Rec Center

CU Boulder

303-492-6561

colorado.edu/rec-center

How convenient is it to have a Rec Center located in the middle of campus? There's no excuse to slack on exercising or playing sports with a campus team.

Whole Foods reopened after a major expansion this year and earned the voters’ respect -- it was voted best natural foods store.
Whole Foods reopened after a major expansion this year and earned the voters' respect -- it was voted best natural foods store. ( Cameron Redwine )

The CU Rec Center offers everything under the sun to keep students healthy and active. The center has basketball and tennis courts, an indoor climbing wall, a swimming pool, ice arena, aerobics and martial arts classes and intramural sports.

Whew!

RUNNER-UP

24 Hour Fitness

2900 Iris St.

303-209-9274

24hourfitness.com

BEST YOGA/PILATES

CorePower Yoga

1129 13th St.

303-440-8952

645 27th Way.

303-497-9642

3280 28th St.

303-440-3930

corepoweryoga.com

Boulder is one of the healthiest towns in America, so it's no surprise that yoga studios are big business.

Locals voted Core Power Yoga as their favorite place to stretch and relax. The local yoga studio offers three Boulder locations, classes for beginners and upper levels, teacher training, and special programs and retreats.

Core Power Yoga also features specialty yoga classes like hot fusion and yoga sculpting.

RUNNER-UP

Yoga Pod

1750 29th St.

303-444-4232

theyogapod.com

BEST NATURAL FOODS STORE

Alpine Hospital for Animals won best veterinary clinic this year.
Alpine Hospital for Animals won best veterinary clinic this year. ( MARK LEFFINGWELL )

Whole Foods Market

2905 Pearl St.

303-545-6611

wholefoods.com/stores/boulder

Whole Foods was once again voted the number one natural foods store in Boulder.

That's because locals like to shop for the beautifully displayed fresh produce, baked goods, natural frozen foods and deli products at the Pearl Street store.

The store's had a complete makeover this spring, and now offers a larger area for buying pizza, sandwiches, hot meals and more. Whole Foods also expanded its outdoor dining area.

Whole Foods also offers a wide variety of special store events and tasting fairs at its Pearl Street location.

RUNNER-UP

Sunflower Market

2525 Arapahoe Ave.

303-449-0777

sfmarkets.com.

BEST MASSAGE CLINIC

Massage Envy

1650 28th St.

303-447-3689

masageenvy.com

Boulderites head over to Massage Envy when they want to relax and get a good massage.

The clinic offers Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, and several other forms of relaxing massage therapies.

Massage Envy also features flexible scheduling and tailors every session to the customer's needs.

RUNNER-UP

Bodywork Bistro

1100 Spruce St.

303-440-1992

bodyworkbistro.com

BEST VETERINARY CLINIC

Alpine Hospital for Animals

3210 Valmont Ave.

303-443-9661

alpinehospitalforanimals.com

Locals consider pets to be part of the family, so they look for top-rate care for their animals.

Alpine Hospital was voted as the top Boulder veterinary clinic. The facility operates as a full-service hospital that's dedicated to small animal care.

The clinic offers exams, labwork, surgery, dentistry, acupuncture, laser therapy and other alternative therapies for your pet.

Humans should have it this good.

RUNNER-UP

Boulder Humane Society

2323 55th St.

303-442-4030

boulderhumane.org

BEST PET

BOARDING/

GROOMING

Cottonwood Kennels

7275 Valmont Rd.

303-442-2602

cottonwoodkennels.com

Boulder pets are pampered pets, so locals make sure to give their animals the best care they can find.

Locals like Cottonwood Kennels, because the boarding and grooming facility offers lots of tender loving care.

Pets are allowed to play in a safe environment, they have plenty of activities, owners can call in to find out how their pets doing -- and there's a real pet and person connection.

RUNNER-UP

Petsmart

1850 30th St.

303-449-0201

petsmart.com

BEST

ALTERNATIVE

CAREGIVER/

DISPENSARY

Top Shelf

1327 Spruce St.

303-459-5335

topshelfalternatives.com

Boulderites head to Top Shelf when they're looking for a favorite medical marijuana dispensary.

The downtown location offers rare medical marijuana strains, a wide menu of herbs and a caregiver program. Seriously, check out their menu online -- Blacktooth Grin, Banana Kush, Chem Dawg and edibles like breakfast burritos, cannabum krispy mallow bars and pumpkin pie slices.

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Nedicate

150 N. Jefferson, Nederland

303-258-7141

BEST STUDENT

ORGANIZATION

CU Program Council

Located in CU's University Memorial Center

303-492-7704

programcouncil.com

The CU Program Council is the campus group responsible for putting on concerts and special events. The student-run group works its tail off to bring CU the coolest concerts, movies and special events.

The Program Council hosts everything from WelcomeFest on Farrand Field -- with acts like Chiddy Bang and Girl Talk -- to shows at the Mary Rippon Theatre, Macky Auditorium and Club 156.

PC always brings fresh new talent to campus and provides entertainment on a regular basis.

RUNNER-UP

Left Right Tim Comedy Troupe

leftrighttim.com

BEST LOCAL

CELEBRITY

Fletcher

On the Hill in Boulder. Sometimes.

Boulderites love their quirky population, so it's not much of a surprise that locals picked local character Fletcher as the favorite local celebrity.

This dude often hangs out on the Hill and is known for wearing a New York Rangers jersey with his name on the back -- and for his, uh, colorful antics.

Consider these gems collected from another Hill icon: "He's the guy standing on the periphery of your conversation on the Hill that you don't want to join in the conversation, and who does," and, "He clearly seems harmful but is only harmful to himself, it appears."

In a way, it's hard to imagine the Hill without him. In another way, we're pretty sure some business owners do it every day.

RUNNER-UP: TIE

Jeff Brinkman, musician

dithyrambmusic.com

Ryan Van Duzer, local adventurer

ryanvanduzer.com

BEST MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO

Tran's Martial Arts

3101 28th St.

303-402-9460

transmartialarts.com

Martial arts builds confidence and self-defense skills, and locals picked Trans Martial Arts as their favorite Boulder studio.

The studio offers classes in Muay Kickboxing for adults and kids, one-on-one training, fitness bootcamps and group fitness programs.

Tran's Martial Arts' motto is work hard, feel good and challenge yourself.

RUNNER-UP

Way of the Crane

1925 55th St.

303-442-7559

wayofthecrane.com