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Best of Boulder 2013: Bank, Festival and Nonprofit

By Boulder Weekly Staff
Photo courtesy of the Humane Society


2960 Diagonal Highway, 303-443-4672
(and numerous other locations around the county)

Second Place: Wells Fargo Bank
Third Place: Chase Bank
Fourth Place: Boulder Valley Credit Union
Fifth Place: First Bank

We’re all about keeping it local in Boulder County, and we’re not just talking about food. Keeping our money local in a credit union like Elevations Credit Union is just plain smart. It keeps more green in our own economy, and keeps the big banks’ paws off. Besides, Elevations is just plain easy to work with. Our staff has dealt with them for everything from a basic checking account to car loans to credit cards, and the service has been impressive. We also like how they were a key provider of loans for the county’s EnergySmart program for energy efficiency upgrades. It pays to go with Elevations. You can bank on it. (Insert groan here.)

Festival (Non-Music)

1900 13th St., Boulder, 303-910-2236
9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-910-2236 

Second Place: Boulder Creek Festival
Third Place: Frozen Dead Guy Days
Fourth Place: Colorado Shakespeare Festival
Fifth Place: Boulder International Film Festival

We don’t have to beat the “local” drum on this one, do we? The immense popularity of the Farmers’ Market, this year’s winner yet again for best non-music festival, speaks for itself.

It’s a sure sign that we have — finally — exited Boulder Weather Snow Phase and entered Boulder Weather Unimaginably Nice Phase: The farmers’ market claims a city block downtown and takes over the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont.

The reasons that voters love the Farmers’ Market are as varied as the market’s selection: the friendly, neighborly atmosphere; the, well, selection we just mentioned, which can span way more options than the typical vegetables; the abundance of organic products. And yes, there’s also the fact that shopping at the market means supporting local farmers.

Local Celebrity

Pearl Street Mall

Second Place: “Big Head” Todd Park Mohr
Third Place: Hazel Miller
Fourth Place: Brigitte Mars
Fifth Place: Gregory Alan Isakov

Ah, yes, the ZIP Code Man. If you are a local and you have never seen this guy in action, you should get your Boulder credentials revoked. And if you are not a local, head on down to Pearl Street and marvel at this gentleman’s ability to recall details about where you live, based solely on the ZIP code you provide. He can even tell you which laundromat you use and which gas station has the cleanest bathroom. OK, maybe we’re exaggerating a bit, but you get the idea. A Boulder institution. Check out the other buskers downtown as well. They each have their own distinctive talent and place in our hearts. And throw them a buck.

Nonprofit/Charity Organization

2323 55th St., 303-442-4030

Second Place: Eco-Cycle
Third Place: Planned Parenthood
Fourth Place: Community Cycles
Fifth Place: Boulder Valley Women’s Health

Animals have a habit of warming themselves into our lives in ways we could not have imagined. So considering that more than 9,000 companion animals go through its doors each year, it’s really no surprise that the Humane Society of Boulder Valley is Boulder’s favorite nonprofit. Beyond the sheltering services for lost and surrendered pets, the organization, which is more than a century old, runs training and behavior courses, a veterinary clinic and two retail stores that raise money for the animals. Coming in second place is Eco-Cycle, which Boulderites love for its commitment to keeping the community ahead of the curve when it comes to recycling.

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