Best of Boulder East County 2023 — Fitness & Health


Acupuncture Clinic

Left Hand Community Acupuncture

780 W. Baseline Road, Suite A, Lafayette, 720-378-6090

Louisville Winner: Louisville Acupuncture 

Longmont Winner: Good Life Acupuncture & Wellness Center

At Left Hand Community Acupuncture, community is the name of the game. The Lafayette-based center offers treatments on a sliding, pay-what-you-can scale ranging from $40-$75. Treatments are given in a shared room with six massage tables and five recliners. The center’s owner, Caroline Adams, used to be a librarian for a tech company and now “uses her problem-solving skills to help people achieve their health goals,” according to the website. 

Barber Shop

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop

589 S. Hover St., Suite 600, Longmont, 303-485-1150

Louisville Winner: Thunderbird Barbers 

There’s nothing like a good haircut to revive your down-in-the-dumps confidence. At Floyd’s 99 Barbershop, you can get the freshest cut in town while perusing a mural of music icons. The shop has a full slate of services including haircuts and color, fades, beard trims and straight razor shaves. Plus, every service is finished with a complimentary shoulder massage. 


Elite Chiropractic

1020 W. Century Drive, Unit 101, Louisville, 303-516-1517

Longmont Winner: Johnston Chiropractic

Lafayette Winner: Compass Chiropractic 

Dr. Joel Fry has been serving the East Boulder County community since 2000. He grew up in Louisville and wanted to ground his practice in the family-oriented lifestyle of his hometown. Elite Chiropractic specializes in challenging cases where traditional medicine has failed, and for people who simply want to improve their health and function. So whether you’re feeling out of alignment or just want to be at your best, Elite Chiropractic has you covered. 


The Spot 

1754 Dogwood St., Louisville, 303-317-3770

Longmont Winner: Longmont Climbing Collective 

Broomfield Winner: G1 Climbing

Erie Winner: Erie Community Center 

Send it to new heights at The Spot in Louisville on our readers’ favorite routes in town, where the 25,000-square-foot facility boasts walls up to 45 feet tall. If you’re new to climbing or want to take your skills to the next level, The Spot offers everything from intro to ropes to multi-pitch classes to help you reach your goals. And when you’re all climbed out, the gym also offers yoga and fitness classes. 

Dance Studio 

Tara Cluck Dance Center

990 S. Public Road, Unit C, Lafayette

1304 Centaur Village Drive, Lafayette, 303-665-0908 

Longmont Winner: Dance Dimensions 

Lafayette Winner: The Arts HUB 

Don’t let the logo fool you — Tara Cluck’s Dance Center isn’t yet another chicken sandwich shop. As TCDC’s website puts it, the training is “drenched in love and fun,” and our readers agree. The studio has been serving East Boulder County for more than a decade, growing from a small studio in an old 7-Eleven, where Cluck taught every class, to a two-location operation staffed by 25 teachers and serving more than 500 dancers. Dancers ages 2 and up can find their place at the studio, which offers everything from ballet to hip hop to musical theater. TCDC also offers monthly classes for dancers with special needs. 

Day Spa

Trivium Salon

945 Front St., Louisville, 303-949-5542 

Longmont Winner: Sunflower Spa

Lafayette Winner: Ninety-Fifth Street Salon & Spa  

Niwot Winner: Blessings Day Spa 

Sometimes you need to treat yourself. And for a relaxing day at the spa, Best of Boulder voters choose Trivium Salon. The salon has captured our readers’ hearts and votes since 2017, with services ranging from facials, lash tinting, waxing and makeup application. Trivium was also the top pick for Best Hair Salon, so no matter what service you need, you’re sure to leave Trivium looking and feeling refreshed. 


Louisville Family Dental 

168 Centennial Parkway, Suite 190, 303-666-4499

Longmont Winner: Longmont Complete Dentistry 

Niwot Winner: Niwot Dental 

Louisville Family Dental creates bright smiles for patients from Louisville, Lafayette, Boulder, Broomfield, Arvada and nearby counties. With friendly and caring service at the root of their work, the practice offers general, restorative, and cosmetic services, from whitening and veneers to crowns and fillings. Dr. Carrie Leypoldt and Dr. Mike Israelson aim to create a relaxing environment for patients, and that’s what keeps our readers coming back.  

Golf Course

Indian Peaks Golf Course 

2300 Indian Peaks Trail, Lafayette, 303-666-4706

Longmont Winner: Sunset Golf Course 

Louisville Winner: Coal Creek Golf Course 

Niwot Winner: Haystack Mountain Golf Course

With breathtaking views of the Flatirons, our readers say there’s no better place than Indian Peaks Golf Course to spend a day on the green. The course itself was designed by Hall of Famer Hale Irwin and has drawn golfers near and far since its opening in 1993. Even if you’re not planning to hit the links, watching the sunset from the Peaks Bar and Grill’s patio with a beer in hand is worth the trip alone. 

Gym/Fitness Center 

YMCA of Northern Colorado 

2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette, 303-664-5455

Longmont Winner: Longmont Recreation Center

Erie Winner: Erie Community Center

It’s fun to stay at the YMCA of Northern Colorado! There’s “many ways to have a good time,” including a swimming pool, ice rink, turf field, basketball court and more. The list goes on and on in the 50,000-square-foot facility. Aside from its recreational offerings, the center also offers before and after school care, summer camps and Red Cross Trainings. 

Hair Salon 

Trivium Salon 

945 Front St., Louisville, 303-949-5542 

Longmont Winner: Studio Boom Lafayette Winner: Salon Picasso 

If you’ve ever had a bad haircut, you know the value of a good one — one that leaves you confidently flipping your hair and checking yourself out in every window you pass. That’s what our readers say they get at Trivium Salon, a “chic, progressive and hip” salon in Old Town Louisville. Not only does Trivium offer a range of services including cuts, colors and keratin treatments, it also aims to take care of the environment. Trivium recycles or repurposes 95% of its waste, including hair clippings, color, chemical foils, electronics, plastics and aerosol cans, so you can look and feel good about your cut.  


AdventHealth Avista

100 Health Park Drive, Louisville, 303- 673-1000

Lafayette Winner: Boulder Community Health 

While spending time in the hospital isn’t something anyone wants to do, we’re all bound to do it at one time or another — and when that time comes, we all want to feel we’re in good hands. At AdventHealth Avista, patients can expect compassionate, experienced and cutting-edge care. The hospital centers “whole-person care” and is nationally recognized for patient safety, quality and transparency.

Lasik Services 

Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado 

1400 Dry Creek Drive, Longmont, 303-772-3300

Louisville Winner: Front Range Eye Physicians

For those of us with sub-20/20 vision, waking up in the morning and being able to see clearly is the stuff of dreams. But with LASIK treatment at Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado, those dreams can become a reality. Reviewers rave about Dr. Aimee Verner’s caring bedside manner and depth of knowledge that puts patients at ease — and our Best of Boulder voters clearly see it too. 

Martial Arts

Tran’s Martial Arts and Fitness Center 

117 S. Sunset St., Suite D, Longmont, 303-776-1887

Louisville Winner: Louisville TaeKwonDo Family Center 

Lafayette Winner: Vision Quest Martial Arts

Tran’s Martial Arts and Fitness is more than a place to earn your black belt — it’s a place to experience transformation and connection. With classes for kids, teens and adults, Tran’s is here to serve anyone who wants to build confidence, learn self-defense and become a part of a community. 


Sunflower Spa 

​​1715 Iron Horse Drive, Unit 150, Longmont, ​​303-529-6349

Louisville Winner: Elements Massage 

Lafayette Winner: Ocean Stone 

Gunbarrel Winner: The Body Bar

Hiking, skiing, climbing and all the other typical Colorado activities are sure to leave you with sore muscles, so take a load off and unwind at Sunflower Spa with our readers’ favorite massage. Each session is customized for your needs and all therapists are highly trained in deep tissue and clinical modalities. They also offer motherhood massages and cupping therapy. 

Nail Salon 

Allure Nail Bar

1230 S. Hover St., Unit 300, Longmont, 303-848-4211

Lafayette Winner: Luxe Nail Bar 

Louisville Winner: Nails 2000

When it comes to the Best Nail Salon in East County, our readers point their painted talons to Longmont’s Allure Nail Bar. The salon offers a full menu of nail services including manis, pedis, acrylics, gel and nail art. And if you’re looking for a more comprehensive spa treatment, Allure also offers waxing, eyelash extensions and facials. Walk-ins are welcome, so don’t fret if you chip a nail and need a touch up in a pinch. 


Melcher Orthodontics

315 W. South Boulder Road, Unit 111, Louisville, 303-666-9717

Erie Winner: Caraway Orthodontics 

Longmont Winner: Martin Family Orthodontics 

Lafayette Winner: Lafayette Family Orthodontics 

When it comes to improving your smile, there’s no one our readers trust more than Melcher Orthodontics. With the latest orthodontic technology, patients can expect shorter treatment times, fewer office visits and less discomfort. Patients can also expect Drs. Thomas and Matthew Melcher, father and son, to personally evaluate each patient during their visit. 

Physical Therapist

Coal Creek Physical Therapy 

315 W. South Boulder Road, Suite 100, Louisville, 303-666-4151

Longmont Winner: Alpine Physical Therapy 

Lafayette Winner: Club Pilates 

An injury and lingering pain can prevent you from doing the things you want to do like hiking, skiing, biking and from things you may need to do like working, driving and sleeping. At Coal Creek Physical Therapy, the goal is to allow you to be pain free and say “yes” to the things you want and need to do. Coal Creek uses an integrated approach combining hand-on treatment, education and therapeutic exercise. As their motto says, “Feel better. Live a life you love.”

Urgent Care

tie: AFC Urgent Care, UC Health Urgent Care

AFC: 1335 E. South Boulder Road, Suite C, Louisville, 720-961-9700

UC: 2101 Main St., Longmont, 720-745-8030

Erie Winner: BCH Urgent Care

Lafayette Winner: Advanced Urgent Care 

If you’re under the weather, have a weird rash, or sprained your ankle booking it down a 14er, there’s nothing worse than waiting around at a bad urgent care facility. You want quality care and you don’t want to wait too long to get it. (That’s why it’s called urgent care, right?) From lab testing to stitches to onsite X-rays, our readers trust AFC Urgent Care and UC Health Urgent Care for the unexpected injuries and illnesses that aren’t serious enough for the ER but can’t wait for a doctor’s appointment. Both urgent care establishments offer walk-ins, but if you don’t want to wait around, you can reserve your spot online. 

Veterinary Care

Jasper Animal Hospital 

1369 Forest Park Circle, Unit 101, Lafayette, 303-665-4002

Longmont Winner: Longmont Humane Society 

Louisville Winner: Louisville Family Animal Hospital 

Erie Winner: Foxtail Pines 

Pets are our family and when it comes to their health care, they deserve nothing but the best. Jasper Animal Hospital comes highly recommended for their kind, compassionate and comprehensive vet care. They’ve been serving Lafayette and surrounding communities for more than two decades and offer comprehensive care including wellness checks, microchipping, testing and surgical procedures for your fur (or scale or feather) babies. 

Yoga Studio

Yoga Pod 

2201 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont,

Lafayette Winner: Soul Tree Studio 

Louisville Winner: Yoga Junction 

Find your inner peace at restorative yoga or turn up the heat at podHOT at Longmont’s Yoga Pod. The studio is owned by a husband and wife duo and has been a reader favorite year after year between its Boulder and Longmont locations. With a full slate of classes each day, you can be sure to squeeze a savasana into your busy schedule.