Ace Best of Lexington 2001 9.27.2001

Ace Best of Lexington 2001 9.27.2001

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  Welcome to the BEST of Lexington 2001 The more things change...
Best Of Lex Logo 2001No one wants to be unpopular. Through popularity comes acceptance. Acceptance leads to assimilation. Assimilation leads to bliss. We calm and reassure. We embrace people with the message that we're all in it together and that there is nothing, absolutely nothing WRONG. Ace Best of Lexington 2001In 1997, that's the quote we used to end our "welcome" to the inaugural edition of the Ace Best of Lexington Readers' poll. It was from the defunct thirtysomething, and it was all about the "dance of advertising." The episode revolved around Desert Storm, an ad campaign that got canceled because of a war protest, and what it was like NOT to be a Yankee Doodle Dandy in the midst of a national crisis. Here it is five years later. And in so many ways, it's déjà vu all over again. The more things change, the more they stay the same... The "Best Local Band" in 1997 was a three way tie: the Metropolitan Blues All-Stars, Catawampus Universe, and the Yonders. All three are still alive and kicking in some form or fashion, though Catawampus Universe remains the most prolific. Readers had begun bemoaning the loss of the Wrocklage - as they still are today. (If half as many people showed up there as voted for it, it'd be bigger than Bogart's by now.) Many winners in the 1997 food and drink category still maintain a significant presence in the local restaurant scene (and in the voting). Dudley's, a la lucie, Common Grounds, and Natasha's were all favorites in 1997, and remain just as popular today. Gatewood tied with Ed McClanahan as most beloved local character. And you'll see, one of 'em is back this year. That said, there are many newcomers in this year's list. Hopefully you'll be inspired to visit them, listen to them, watch them or whatever's appropriate. This is the issue where the readers get their say. So without further ado, let's give the people what they want...   Arts and Entertainment
Gallerie Soleil Exhibition Coordinator Robert Morgan
Gallerie Soleil Exhibition Coordinator Robert Morgan gets lost in the art.
BEST ART GALLERY Galerie Soleil Loudoun House Wingspan BEST VISUAL ART EXHIBIT Horse Mania Nude 2001 Teahouse Exhibit at ArtsPlace  
Forrest Payne
The Seldom photographed Forrest Payne.
BEST PHOTOGRAPHER (ARTISTIC). Forrest Payne James Archambeault Guy Mendes BEST LOCAL PAINTER Robert Tharsing Paul Nowacki Lawrence X. Tarpey   BEST BOOK BY A KENTUCKIAN TIE: 'Jayber Crow' by Wendell Berry 'Prodigal Summer' by Barbara Kingsolver Clay's Quilt by Silas House
Cast Of Vagina Monologues
The cast of the Vagina Monologues (Kelly Flood, Missy Johnston, Debra Hensley, Cathy Rawlings, and Kathy Stein) know how to act out.
BEST LOCAL THEATER PRODUCTION Vagina Monologues Grand Night For Singing Skin This   BEST PLACE TO SEE LIVE MUSIC Lynagh's High on Rose TIE: A1A and Kentucky Theatre  
The Hub's Complex Circuitry
The Hub makes some noise winning “Best New Local CD.”
BEST NEW LOCAL CD The Hub's 'Complex Circuitry' Little Miss Tammy Smith (as far as we know, Little Miss Tammy has not released a CD but let us know if we're wrong) Pontius Copilot's Madagascar   BEST BAND DUE FOR A NATIONAL BREAKOUT Supafuzz Damn Rathers Triple Thick (now known as Steggo)   BEST LOCAL SONGWRITER Mike Tevis George Glasscock Mark Heidinger (the Hub)   Beauty, Health & Fitness
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis knows how to curl up and dye, baby.
BEST HAIRDRESSER Mark Lewis (Trademark Salon) Troy (J. Allen) Kendall's   BEST MANICURE/PEDICURE Hair & Now Nail Perfection Pam (Planet Salon)   BEST WAX JOB Jenny King (Regis) J. Allen Nicole (Planet Salon) Editor's Note: Jeff's Car Wash made a valiant showing here - but given the category (Beauty, Health & Fitness) - we didn't mean THAT kind of wax job.  BEST PERSONAL TRAINER Michele de Jesus Kevin Balsirac  
Gold’s Gym
Gold’s Gym lets you sweat it out.
BEST GYM Gold's Gym YMCA Powerhouse   BEST PLACE TO BUY RUNNING/OUTDOOR GEAR John's Run/Walk Phillip Gall's Dick's Sporting Goods   BEST MASSAGE Lexington's Professional Massage Center Chesney Turner  
Dr Vasconez
Dr. Vasconez knows where beauty lies.
BEST PLASTIC SURGEON Dr. Henry Vasconez at UK Medical Center TIE: Dr. Sherwood Moore AND Dr. Andy Moore (they're brothers; they can fight it out) Dr. Henry Wells   BEST LASER EYE SURGERY Commonwealth Eye Surgery Dr. William Offutt of the Eye Consultants of Kentucky   BEST SHRINK Dr. Stephen Cox TIE: Jane Brake, Ph.D, of The Woodland Group and Carla Wolff, LCSW  
Eat & Drink
Laura Beth Elliott and Chef Rodney
Laura Beth Elliott and Chef Rodney pick the perfect vintage.
BEST NEW RESTAURANT Rossi's TIE: Holly Hill Inn Natasha's (at least it's in a new incarnation)   BEST BUSINESS LUNCH Dudley's Portofino Café Jennifer   BEST DATE RESTAURANT a la lucie Jonathan at Gratz Park Emmett's   BEST FANCY FINE DINING Jonathan at Gratz Park The Homestead Emmett's  
Gene and Natasha Williams
Gene and Natasha Williams enjoy a cup of joe.
BEST ETHNIC FARE Natasha's Kashmir Oasis   BEST BAR/RESTAURANT PATIO Cheapside Emmett's TIE: Dudley's Atomic Cafe   BEST CATERER Phil Dunn Scarborough Fare/Kate Savage/Bleu Ribbon Donna Potter   BEST GOURMET CARRY-OUT Phil's on Romany Scarborough Fare Cosmo's   BEST DIVE (hole in the wall) Tolly Ho Meadowthorpe Café Stella's (In past years, not everyone has considered a win in this category an honor. We used to call it "best greasy spoon," but that just made the "winners" more angry. Everybody loves a good dive though, or as some readers prefer to describe them, "an undiscovered treasure.")   BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE Emmett's The Homestead Jonathan at Gratz Park   BEST VEGGIE-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Alfalfa's Natasha's Desert Moon   BEST ROLE MODEL FOR A LEXINGTON RESTAURANT Zola (Nashville) Fressen (NYC) Zen Palate (NYC)
Bourbons
Sorry, we got thirsty halfway through the photo shoot.
BEST KY BOURBON Labrot & Graham's Woodford Reserve Blanton's Maker's Mark   BEST COSMOPOLITAN Jonathan at Gratz Park Pacific Pearl Oscar's   BEST PLACE TO SHOP FOR WINE Thoroughbred Shop Le Matin Wine Cellar Liquor Barn   BEST COFFEE HOUSE Common Grounds Café at Joseph Beth Cosmo's   The Goods
BEST AUTO DEALER Don Jacobs on Nicholasville Quantrell Volvo Paul Miller   BEST USED/NEIGHBORHOOD BOOKSTORE Black Swan Books Sqecial Media Glover's Bookery  
Steve Baron, owner of CD Central
Steve Baron, owner of CD Central, minds the shop.
BEST/MOST DIVERSE LOCAL RECORD STORE CD Central Pop's Resale Spy Records   BEST PET STORE Petsmart Incredipet MVP  
Isle of You
The fashionistas of Isle of You (Amy Lee, Lori Houlihan, and Meredith Walker).
BEST WOMEN'S CLOTHING Isle of You Bella Rose AJ's Casuals   BEST MEN'S CLOTHING Banana Republic Eddie Bauer J Crew (Almost all voting in this category went to chains/mall stores. Many votes were accompanied by handwritten complaints about the dearth of men's clothing options in this town. Just to let you niche-seeking, fashion-forward entrepreneurs know.)   BEST ECLECTIC/ARTSY/FUNKY JEWELRY Black Market David Hungerford Goldsmiths Artique  
Shelia of Shelia’s Fine Jewelry
Shelia of Shelia’s Fine Jewelry shows off the merchandise.
BEST FINE JEWELRY Shelia's Fine Jewelry Farmer's Jewelry David Hungerford Goldsmiths   BEST CONTEMPORARY/MODERN FURNISHINGS Modern Details Alteriors Unique Imports Medusa   BEST ANTIQUES Thompson & Riley Baldwin January  
Artique
Artique invites you inside.
BEST PLACE TO SHOP FOR PERSON W/ EVERYTHING Artique Natasha's Black Market   BEST PLACE TO BUY A BABY GIFT Babies R Us Animal Crackers Zany Brainy   BEST PLACE TO BUY A WEDDING GIFT Williams Sonoma The Galleria TIE: Crystal on Vine Linens Limited   BEST STORE YOU WISH LEXINGTON HAD Pottery Barn   Sex & City
Sticky Bachelor
Is that a microphone or are you just happy to see me, Sticky?
MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR Sticky Ben VanMeter Bill Meeks   MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELORETTE Jennifer Nime Holly on Z103 [not currently on air] Rhonda Reeves  
Nyoka Hawkins and Gurney Norman
Nyoka Hawkins and Gurney Norman use their power for good not evil.
BEST POWER COUPLE TIE: Alan and Kathy Stein Gurney Norman (author) and Nyoka Hawkins (Old Cove Press) Brian and Kathleen Collins   SEXIEST LOCAL BAND The Hub The Hangovers Brother's Keeper
The Hub
The Hub strut their stuff as “Sexiest Local Band.”
  SEXIEST LOCAL NEWS ANCHOR (MALE) Marvin Bartlett Scott Padgett (not really fair - he's usually a meteorologist)  
Jennifer Nime and Marvin Bartlett
“Sexiest Anchors” together again (Jennifer Nime and Marvin Bartlett).
SEXIEST LOCAL NEWS ANCHOR (FEMALE) Jennifer Nime Alexa Gromko Nancy Cox   SEXIEST RADIO PERSONALITY (MALE) Sticky (Z103) Andy Mason (WRFL) Freakdaddy (Z103)   SEXIEST RADIO PERSONALITY (FEMALE) Holly (Z103) [not currently on air] Suzy (Z103) Ann Deck (WUKY)  
Ernesto Scorsone
Ernesto Scorsone strikes a pose.
SEXIEST ELECTED OFFICIAL Ernesto Scorsone Bill Farmer   BEST HEALTH CLUB/GYM (TO MEET A MATE) Gold's Gym TIE: Powerhouse Lexington Athletic Club   BEST BAR (TO MEET A MATE) Cheapside Atomic Café A1A   Services
BEST ARCHITECTURAL FIRM Tate/Hill/Jacobs Architects GBBN Johnson/Romanowitz  
Richard Kimbrel
Always on the phone, Richard Kimbrel sits on hold.
BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER Richard Kimbrel Cathy Burgess Interiors Linda Roberts   BEST BANK  
First Security President John Shropshire
First Security President John Shropshire (left) opens a new branch on Main street.
First Security Bank of the Bluegrass 5/3     BEST VETERINARIAN
Dr. Eric Headley
Dr. Eric Headley works on his four-legged friend.
Eric Headley @ Chevy Chase Small Animal Clinic Romany Road Animal Clinic Remmele   BEST PLUMBER Tommy Taylor John Estes Hunter Plumbing   BEST LAW FIRM Stites & Harbison Stoll, Keenon & Park Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs  
Charlotta of Tatoo Charlie’s
Charlotta of Tatoo Charlie’s slings some ink on her customer’s shoulder.
BEST TATOO ARTIST Charlotta (Tatoo Charlie's) Robert Alleyne (Skinfinity) Renee Mikell (Skinfinity)   BEST TRAVEL AGENCY Commonwealth Avant Travel AAA   BEST FLORIST E. Stephen Hein Michlers Chase Clark   BEST CPA Greg Mullins (Potter and Co.) Jenny Dulworth at Dulworth, Breeding, & Karns   BEST BROKER Betsy Brooks Bulleit at Hilliard Lyons J.C. Bradford Carl Schreiber   BEST REALTOR Jim McKeighan at Turf Town Gina G. Re/Max Creative Realty Linda Wilson  
Lowell, the tool man
Lowell, the tool man, gets ready for another job.
BEST MECHANIC Lowell's Rotary Connection Steve at Perfect Auto   BEST ISP QX.NET Open World BEST CELL SERVICE PROVIDER Cingular SunCom Verizon   Local Color
 
Gatewood Galbraith
Gatewood is perennially beloved. Illustration by Zach Trenholm
BEST BELOVED CHARACTER/PERSONALITY Gatewood Galbraith Sue Wylie Anita Madden   BEST CELEB W/ KY ROOTS Ashley Judd  
Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd edges out George Clooney this year.
George Clooney Johnny Depp   BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO DOWNTOWN Farmers' Market Horsemania Keeping Vine Street   BEST LOCAL POLITICIAN YOU LOVE TO HATE Scott Crosbie Pam Miller  
Bill Farmer
Bill Farmer is all smiles as “Best Council Member.”
BEST COUNCIL MEMBER Bill Farmer Scott Crosbie   BEST STATE LEGISLATOR Kathy Stein Ernesto Scorsone (not currently in office)   BEST IDEA YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE W/ LFUCG Build Bikepaths More lanes on Richmond Road   BEST/MOST RESPONSIBLE LOCAL DEVELOPER Oxymoron   BEST TRAFFIC/CONSTRUCTION PROJECT YOU CAN'T WAIT TO SEE COMPLETED Rose St./UK Hospital Courthouse Limestone   Media
BEST PUBLIC ACCESS SHOW Off the Air Woodsongs (radio and webcast)  
Brains on Film
Brains on Film keeps the dotcommers informed.
BEST NEW LOCAL WEBSITE www.Brainsonfilm.com www.electrictoiletbrush.com www.karmastudios.net   BEST EVENING NEWSCAST WLEX 18 FOX 56 WKYT 27 (While the Daily Show made a valiant showing in this category, it is definitively not local.)  
Brian Collins
Brian Collins has his eye on the sky.
BEST LOCAL METEOROLOGIST Brian Collins Scott Padgett T.G. Shuck   BEST LOCAL RADIO TALK SHOW Sue Wylie (WVLK) Curtains at Eight (WUKY) Freakshow (Z103) (While the Freakshow isn't talk-radio per se, they do, in fact, talk - often quite a bit - on the show. And since voting was so heavy for them, we didn't think it fair to disqualify them.)  
WLAP’s Tom Leach
WLAP’s Tom Leach mans the sports controls.
BEST LOCAL SPORTS REPORTER Tom Leach Rob Bromley Jeff Zurcher   BEST OBSCURE 'ZINE 'Eugene'  
Ace Cover Little Miss Tammy Smith
Little Miss Tammy Smith lights up on Ace’s “Best Cover.”
BEST ACE COVER STORY IN LAST YEAR Honky Tonk Diva Worst of Lexington   BEST ACE COVER IN LAST YEAR Honky Tonk Diva UFOs in Crab Orchard Moms and Work   BEST TOPIC YOU WISH ACE WOULD COVER Arts/Downtown Development Issues Fayette County Public Schools    

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