Ace Best of Lexington 2002 9.26.2002

Ace Best of Lexington 2002 9.26.2002

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WELCOME to the Best of Lexington 2002!!!
Ace Best of Lexington 2002 Logo We are a culture of dabblers. The sprawling suburbanization of America has meant an inevitable dwindling of commitment to the idea of community. Long gone are the days when you could just gather up a bunch of yourneighbors and work together to ostracize another neighbor because he was different, and needed to be taught a lesson.
-Dennis Miller   Ace Cover Best of Lexington 2002 Welcome to the sixth annual REAL Best of Lexington. We added the "Real" in the first year, because everybody had a Best of Lexington poll of some sort: tv, radio, and so on. Then they tapered off. Then they came back. Now you see billboards all over town proclaiming "Kentucky's best" or "Louisville's best" Seems like everything from newsletters to webzines to shoppers and ad-rags have gotten in on the act. To that, we respond with one word (two, if you pronounce them correctly): WHAT. Ever. We've been at this for years now. We can spot a stuffer a mile away. We know when a dog is doing the voting at your house. We know your kids' names and we ruthlessly disqualified them. (Read the rules: you had to be 18 to vote. Just like in America. And you had to sign your name. Just like in America.) You also had to fill out half the ballot. That meant you had to know, and care, a little bit about this town. You couldn't just fill in the name of your buddy's band and slide 14 ballots under our door. If you did that we threw them in the trash. Hundreds of them. In an unprecedented break with industry practice, we also outlawed online voting this year. You'd be amazed how many people have the time to invent 432 email addresses for themselves just in order to vote for their favorite book. To vote, you also had to have a little bit of discretionary income and initiative: enough for an envelope and a stamp anyway. Now. Do people campaign for votes (as one disgruntled eye surgeon wrote in to complain about last year, after he lost)? As far as we can tell: yes. Presumably because they care what Ace readers think. We noticed many establishments promoting "pick up an issue and vote in Ace's Best of Lex." Great. Voting is to be encouraged. Again, just like in America. We wanted a cross-section of the populace, and we got one. This year's oldest voter (at least the oldest one to disclose her age) was 71. Every neighborhood in Lexington was represented in the voting (along with some outlying counties). Professions included students, doctors, lawyers, bankers, architects, hairdressers, plumbers, and everyone in between. No votes were fixed or solicited to favor an advertiser, a cousin, a boyfriend, or anyone else. The process wasn't mobbed up. And no one on the staff was allowed to vote. (No conspiracy theories to be found.) Ballots were tallied by interns and contract labor (who were kept sequestered in dark rooms, uninfluenced by the outside world. We turned the lights off and on every few hours like they do at poultry factories to increase their productivity). Yes, you'll meet some "regulars" on the following pages. You will find some shocking upsets as well. OK...maybe not shocking, but possibly unexpected. Other polls will come and go, but we (and the interns, who still have the shakes from nicotine and caffeine withdrawal) have, as always, worked very hard to ensure that this poll is a true reflection of the Ace readers' votes for the REAL Best of Lexington. We hope you enjoy it. The voting commences again throughout August of next year. With the winners, again, announced the last issue in September. See ya every Thursday, till then. With utmost sincerity, ~Yer Pals at Ace Weekly   Arts and Entertainment
 
Frank X Walker
Frank X Walker voted best choice for LACC director. Photo by Tracy A. Hawkins
BEST CHOICE FOR NEW LACC DIRECTOR Frank Walker George Zack Cory Weatherford (Jim Clark has been named since the poll; the position is now titled President)   BEST ART GALLERY Wingspan Gallery Ann Tower Gallery LTD UK's Singletary Center Art Gallery    
Nude 2002
Nude 2002: voted best exhibit in last year..
BEST VISUAL ART EXHIBIT IN LAST YEAR Nude 2002 Headley Whitney's Tibbs exhibit (the late) Reverend Howard Finster at Cerlan   BEST PHOTOGRAPHER, ARTISTIC James Archambeault Mark Kidd Greer Photography   BEST LOCAL VISUAL ARTIST Robert Tharsing Arturo Sandoral Statistical tie: Bob Morgan/ Charles Jolly   BEST BOOK BY A KENTUCKIAN IN THE LAST YEAR In the Presence of Fear by Wendell Berry Clear Springs by Bobbie Ann Mason No Heroes by Chris Offutt   BEST LOCAL THEATRE PRODUCTION IN LAST YEAR Actor's Guild's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change The Three Musketeers – Shakespeare in the Park   BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL Busters Marikka's Yesterday's    
Ace Club Dub CD Cover
Club Dub: Best CD
BEST NEW LOCAL CD Club Dub's Return Home Birddog Green Genes   BEST LOCAL BAND DUE FOR NATIONAL BREAKOUT   Barnhouse Effect  
Barnhouse Effect
Barnhouse Effect: due for a national breakout
Voo Doo Symphony Household Saints     Health, Beauty & Fitness
BEST HAIR SALON Trademark Salon J. Allen Studio Statistical tie: Planet Salon/ Hair and Now   BEST MANICURE/PEDICURE Hair & Now Posh Planet Salon   BEST WAX JOB Mia Max-Jennie King Posh Super Hair & Nails    
Best Spa, Posh
Best Spa, Posh. Photo by Rebecca C. Wilson
BEST SPA Posh Planet Salon Hair and Now (Fox Hollow disqualified. Not local.)   BEST PERSONAL TRAINER Van Dinh at Gold's Gym Andrea at LAC Jason at Jefferson Fitness Center    
Devon Querry
Devon Querry shows off the Yoga moves. Photo by Michael Geneve
BEST YOGA INSTRUCTOR Devon Querry Wendy at Gold's Karen Lodes   BEST GYM YMCA (Beaumont & Downtown receiving most votes) LAC Gold's Gym   BEST MASSAGE (LEGAL PLEASE) The Massage Center (formerly known as Lexington Professional Massage) Posh New Day   BEST PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL Hair Today Gone Tomorrow Dermatology Associates Dr. Bark   BEST PLASTIC SURGEON Dr. Vasconez Dr. Martin Luftman Two Brothers in a statistical tie: Andrew M. Moore II, and Michael Moore (but where's Woody?)   BEST SHRINK Woodland Group Henry Cecil John Joy L..C.S.W.   Eat & Drink
 
Roy Meyers
Roy Meyers poses in front of Best New Restaurant. Photo by Forrest Payne
BEST NEW RESTAURANT Roy's East High Diner TOMO RESTAURANT Aladdin's Mediterranean Cuisine    BEST DATE RESTAURANT Emmett's a la lucie The Homestead Restaurant & Bar   BEST ETHNIC FARE Alfalfa's International Nights Kashmir Indian Restaurant Natasha's Café   BEST HAPPY HOUR Ramsey's Diner Cheapside Bar & Grill Roy's East High Diner   BEST CATERER
Kate Savage
Kate Savage poses with best catering fare. Photo by Mick Jeffries
Kate Savage's Bleu Ribbon Catering South-Van Events Tom Lundergan Catering, Concessions & Special Events   BEST BBQ Billy's BBQ Tie: Corky's/Tony Roma's Tally's BBQ   BEST DIVE Tolly-Ho Meadowthorpe Café And in third: a lot of fine-dining establishments that would probably sue for libel if named Best Dive.    BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE a la Lucie Dudley's Restaurant Portofino   BEST VEGGIE-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Alfalfa Restaurant Ramsey's Diner Oasis Deli & Bakery   BEST ROLE MODEL FOR A LEXINGTON RESTAURANT Mulane's (Cinci); Grillfish (Miami); Magnolia's (Charleston, SC); Maisonette (Cinci); Zen Palate (NYC); Tristan (Charleston, SC)    
Magee’s Bakery
Magee’s Bakery serving up best cuppa joe in town. Photo by Forrest Payne
BEST CUP OF COFFEE IN TOWN Magee's Bakery Common Grounds Starbucks   BEST KENTUCKY BOURBON Maker's Mark Blanton's Labrot & Graham's Woodford Reserve   BEST KENTUCKY BREWED BEER OR ALE KY Ale Limestone Ale KY Queen   BEST PLACE TO SHOP FOR WINE Liquor Barn Thoroughbred Liquors Shopper's Village   Goods
BEST AUTO DEALER Don Jacobs on Nicholasville James Motors Quantrell   BEST USED/NEIGHBORHOOD BOOKSTORE Black Swan Books Sqecial Media The Thrifty Bookworm   BEST PLACE TO BUY/SELL USED MUSIC CD Central Pop's Resale Spy Records   BEST WOMEN'S CLOTHING Bella Rose Isle of You Ann Taylor Loft    BEST MEN'S CLOTHING Logan's Howard Miller Banana Republic   BEST ECLECTIC JEWELRY The Black Market Artique Paisley Peacock   BEST FINE JEWELRY Shelia's Fine Jewelry Corbett-Frame David Hungerford   BEST NEW STORE White Wash Coach Leather Ann Taylor Loft    
Pat Gerhard of Third Street Stuff
Pat Gerhard of Third Street Stuff is a source of “eclectic” gifts. Photo by Lyndi Allison
BEST GIFT SHOP (funky/eclectic) Third Street Stuff Artique Hemp Universe   BEST GIFT SHOP (fancy/schmancy) Crystal on Vine L.V. Harkness Decoratifs   BEST STORE YOU WISH LEXINGTON HAD Nordstrom's; Pottery Barn; REI; Crate and Barrel; Brooks Brothers; Bloomingdale's; Neiman Marcus; Saks; Ikea; Prada; Anthropologie.   Sex and the City
BEST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR IN LEX Marvin Bartlett Gatewood Galbraith (Scott Padgett received MANY votes... and no longer lives in Lex.)    
Alexa Gromko
Best Eligible Bachelorette In Lexington Alexa Gromko
BEST BACHELORETTE IN LEX Alexa Gromko (no other serious contenders for the title)     BEST POWER COUPLE Alan and Kathy Stein Brian and Cathleen Collins   Mr. And Mrs. Tubby Smith  
Alan and Kathy Stein
Best Power Couple Alan and Kathy Stein. Photo by Forrest Payne
SEXIEST LOCAL BAND Club Dub Barnhouse Effect (the defunct for now) Catawampus   SEXIEST LOCAL NEWS ANCHOR (male) Marvin Bartlett WDKY Scott Padgett (not an anchor, but at WLEX) Sam Dick WKYT   SEXIEST LOCAL NEWS ANCHOR (female) Jennifer Nime WKDY Alexa Gromko WTVQ Nancy Cox WLEX   SEXIEST RADIO PERSONALITY (male) Sticky WCDA Freak Daddy WKQQ Jack Pattie WVLK   SEXIEST RADIO PERSONALITY (female) Suzy Boe WXZZ Jill at WXZZ Andrea Sayre WBUL FM   SEXIEST ELECTED OFFICIAL Bill Farmer Kathy Stein Ernesto Scorscone   Home & Garden
BEST ARCHITECTURAL FIRM Pohl Rosa Pohl Sarah Tate House Architect Guyon Architects LTD   BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER Hubbuch & Co. Holly Hanna Interiors LLC Ann Greely Interiors    
Stephen Hillenmeyer
Best Landscape Architect/Garden Designer Stephen Hillenmeyer. Photo by Rebecca C. Wilson
BEST LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT/GARDEN DESIGNER Hillenmeyer Landscape Services Rett's Landscaping Henkel Denmark Inc. BEST CONTEMPORARY/MODERN FURNISHINGS Modern Details Inc. Alteriors Statistical tie: Bluegrass Bazaar; Lexington Furniture     
Greentree Antiques & TeaRoom
Best Antiques: Greentree Antiques & TeaRoom. Photo by Michael Geneve
BEST ANTIQUES Greentree Antiques & TeaRoom Heritage Antiques Medusa   BEST PLUMBER Tommy Taylor Estes Plumbing Gibson Brothers   BEST HOME INSPECTOR Pruitt (landslide)   BEST GENERAL CONTRACTOR Phase IV A Coppler Const. Tom Padgett    BEST HONEST ROOFER J.D. Harper Odessa Pickett Roofing   BEST REALTOR Mary Cherrey at Prudential Becky Reinhold at Reinhold Group Janice Brock at Prudential    BEST LUXURY APARTMENT COMMUNITY Park Place Grand Reserve Park Plaza   Services & Professionals
 
First Security Bank Team
First Security Bank could only dream of a second win as Best Bank when this photo was snapped at the July 4th parade.
BEST BANK First Security Bank of Lexington Bank of the Bluegrass & Trust Co. Fifth Third Bank   BEST VETERINARIAN Chevy Chase Small Animal Clinic Remmele Animal Clinic All Creatures Great & Small Animal Clinic    
Stoll, Keenon, and Park
Stoll, Keenon, and Park could only spare a few attorneys for the Best Law Firm photo op. They’re busy! Photo by Michael Geneve
BEST LAW FIRM Stoll Keenon & Park LLP Stites & Harbison Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald PLLC   BEST TATTOO ARTIST Tattoo Charlie's of KY INC Skinfinity Club Tattoo   BEST ISP QX Networking Design Netzero    BEST FLORIST E. Stephen Hein Florist & Party Productions Best of Flowers Originals By D'An Florist   BEST CPA Dean Dorton & Ford PSC Dulworth, Breeding and Karns CPAS Potter & Company LLP CPAS   BEST BROKER James Wombles at Merrill Lynch Betsy Brooks Bulleit at Hilliard Lyons Buzz Carmichael at Hilliard Lyons   BEST MECHANIC Lowell's Bluegrass Automotive Quality Firs Auto Care Motorsports of Lexington LTD   Local Color
BEST WRITE-IN CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR Jim Gray Chuck Ellinger Jr. Jim Amato Honorable Mention: Anita Madden     
Lexington Mall carapace
Future outlet mall? Voted Best use of Lexington Mall carapace. Photo by Michael Geneve
BEST USE FOR LEXINGTON MALL CURRENT CARAPACE An outlet mall Drive-in movie Luxury mall    BEST USE FOR WOOLWORTH SKELETON A year-round farmers' market Pottery Barn Apartments Honorable Mention: a "new Lynagh's music club"    
Lexington Art Center
Lexington Art Center is the best thing to happen to downtown this year according to the readers. Photo by Forrest Payne
BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO DOWNTOWN THIS YEAR Lexington Art Center The Block Party/Jazz Alley More music and nightlife downtown    BEST POLITICIAN YOU LOVE-TO-HATE Scott Crosbie Pam Miller Gatewood Galbraith    BEST COUNCIL MEMBER Jennifer Mossotti Bill Farmer Richard Moloney    BEST STATE LEGISLATOR Kathy Stein Ernesto Scorsone Ernie Fletcher (uh. His office might want to issue a press release about what it is he's been elected to do-since he isn't a state legislator.)   BEST IDEA YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH LFUCG In no particular order: restore old courthouse for museum/major touring shows; more infill downtown; better mass transit; encourage more residential and retail downtown with financial incentives; buy the water company; don't buy the water company.   Media
 
WLEX News Crew
The WLEX crew was voted best evening newscast..
BEST EVENING NEWSCAST WLEX 18 WDKY Fox 56 WKYT 27     BEST NEWS HAIR Jennifer Nime Alexa Gromko  
Jennifer Nime
Jennifer Nime sports best news hair AND is the sexiest local anchor.
Marvin Bartlett   BEST LOCAL METEOROLOGIST Brian Collins wkyt Scott Padgett WLEX T.G. Shuck WKYT   BEST LOCAL RADIO TALK SHOW Tom & Dave (Tom Leach and Dave Baker) WLAP Sue Wylie WVLK Jack Pattie WVLK   BEST (RADIO) DJ Sticky WCDA Suzy Boe WXZZ Tie: Andy Mason, WRVG / Rob Franklin (Hot Burrito, WRFL)    BEST RADIO STATION WRVG 89.9 WUKY 91.3 WXZZ Z103   BEST PUBLIC ACCESS SHOW Electric Toilet Brush Clam Chowder Hour Gov tv, Channel 3    BEST ACE COVER STORY IN LAST YEAR Resurrection Controversy (Risen, and Risen Redux. Easter season) Goats and Galaxies Statistical tie: Chris Offutt, No Heroes/ Bluegrass Bachelors   BEST TOPIC YOU WISH ACE WOULD COVER In no particular order, a sampling includes (all are direct quotes): Stevie Ray Vaughn; the West Nile coverup; serial killers; Scott Crosbie; Gatewood; political improprieties; Lexington's economic and racial segregation; UK sports; local club scene; combat veterans in Lexington; the Ace mastiff; scuba diving; UK parking; high school sports; and so on.. We're on it. Meanwhile, to tide you over: the Ace mastiff is alternately played by Martha, the editor's dog, and Martha's stunt-double, Jake, who belongs to Bluegrass Bachelor alum, Dr. Chris Marek.

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