Ace Best of Lexington 2003 9.04.2003

Ace Best of Lexington 2003 9.04.2003

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  WELCOME!!! By Kevin Faris
  Ace Best of Lexington 2003 CoverWell, if you were not aware of it before, it should be perfectly clear. Ace Weekly has completely sold out to the man. Sad to say, but the corporate world has so infested our newspaper that I would be surprised if the front cover did not say, "ACE Weekly: Brought to You by Microsoft!" or Disney or some other conglomerate. The proof lies in the pudding, or in our case the Riblets. If the far-reaching claw of the evil empire that is Applebee’s was ever in doubt, than this "BEST OF LEXINGTON" issue should lay that firmly to doubt. Yes, the newspaper that once had bars that had been closed for years, (The Wrocklage), and movies that opened in the mid-90s, (100 Proof), receiving a substantial amount of votes has now awarded Applebee’s "Best Happy Hour." I should clear up a misconception. ACE Weekly did not award Applebee’s anything, you the reader did. One of the more humorous weeks on the calendar is the one that follows the "Best of" issue, where people accuse ACE of rigging the elections, of only awarding businesses that we like or have relationships with the prizes. Well, this should put any talk of that to rest. Trust me, if this were fixed, there is no way I would let Applebee’s win anything. Although, in their defense, they are a very well-run business that seems to be popular amongst a large percentage of people. I cannot bad mouth them too much, I have a liberal arts degree and may need a job someday. The independent spirit of ACE, however, did show through in other ways. The ideas of what to do with the money pit that is Lexington Mall showed not only creativity, but just the right amount of destructiveness that I appreciate in any good idea. And before you think that I am some sort "Inside the Circle" snob, which, to admit, I kind of am, I have a confession. I love Starbucks. And apparently, so do a lot of you. It won, "Best Coffee." This "Best of" has a different feel from the others. The wide array of businesses and people that were named reflect on a growing readership of ACE. Although Lexington is not a big city, it is spread out enough that those of us in one neighborhood may not appreciate what lies elsewhere. We are growing up and growing out, suburbs here we come! To quote Vince Vaughn in Swingers, "Our baby’s all growns up!" And, in the end, it is not my opinion that counts, it is yours, and if you say Applebee’s is the best, than I say, "Bring on my Brewtus and Riblets! And don’t Bogart the wetnaps, my friend, because I am one messy dude."   Arts and Entertainment
 
Wingspan: Art Gallery
Wingspan: Art Gallery
Art gallery Wingspan Ann Tower Starving Artists   Visual art exhibit (in last year) Dynamic Doors All the Queens Horses Nude 2003 Public art  
Dynamic Doors: Public Art
Dynamic Doors: Public Art. Photo By: Jamie Robinson
Dynamic Doors Saturday art in Phoenix Park Pat Gerhard   Local visual artist Pat Gehard Arturo Sandoval Blake Eames   Book by a Kentuckian (in last year)
Pat Gerhard: Local Visual Artist.
Pat Gerhard:
Local Visual Artist. Photo by:Michael Geneve
Chris Offutt’s No Heroes Thomas Clarke, 100 Years   Local theater production (in last year) Dirty Blonde Streetcar Named Desire Othello   New local CD Club Dub Green Genes C.O. Jones   Local band due for a national breakout Club Dub Supafuzz Orange Whip   Music venue The Dame Starlight Music Club The Phoenix   Place to geek out Laser Quest Joseph Beth Comics & Collectibles   Thing to do in lex for under $10 bucks Kentucky Theatre/Summer Wed. Night Old Movies Fourth Friday Keeneland [there may be a debateas to whether it’s possible to spend less than $10 for a day at Keeneland, but the readers have spoken]     Beauty, Health, & Fitness
Planet Salon: Hair Salon.
Planet Salon: Hair Salon. Photo by: Patrick Eul
Hair salon Planet Salon Hair & Now Hairport   Hair stylist Mickey at Voçe Douglas at Douglas & Assoc Troy at J.Allen   Manicure/Pedicure Nail Perfection Planet Salon Posh   Wax job Hair & Now Posh Planet Salon   SUNLESS tan Posh Sun Spa Sun Tan City   Yoga instructor Lexington Athletic Club Ford’s Fitness YMCA Gym Gold’s YMCA Lexington Athletic Club   Basketball court YMCA UK (blue courts) Shillito Park    
UK Arboretum: Best bike Trail
UK Arboretum:
Best bike Trail. Photo by: Patrick Eul
Bike trail Arboretum Beaumont Center Trail System Jacobson Park   Massage (legal please) Lex Professional Massage/The Massage Center Planet Salon Posh   Permanent hair removal Plastic Surgeons of Lexington Hair Today Gone Tomorrow Advanced Hair Removal Plastic surgeon Dr. Andy Moore Dr. Robert S. Baker Dr. Marty Luftman   Eye surgeon Commonwealth Eye Dr. William N Offutt IV MD Dr. Abell  
Eat & Drink
 
Le Deauville
Le Deauville:
Best New Restaurant. Photo by Patrick Eul
New restaurant (opened in last year) Le Deauville Buddy’s Johnny Carino’s   Date restaurant Malone's A La Lucie's Ed & Fred’s Desert Moon   Business lunch Dudley’s Johnny Carino’s Ed & Fred's Desert Moon   New ethnic offering Aladdin Tandoor Indian Cielito Lindo   Happy hour Applebee's Cheapside Ramsey’s    
Billy's BBQ
Billy's BBQ: Best BBQ. Photo by Patrick Eul
Best BBQ Billy's BBQ Corky's Tony Roma's   Dive Buffalo & Dad's CCI Tolly Ho   Wait staff Ramsey’s Emmett’s Bella Notte   Bartender Jesse Wright (at Atomic Café) Brian (at Marikka’s) Jacob Gonzales (at Jonathan At Gratz Park)    
Kate Savage: Best Catering Fare
Kate Savage: Best Catering Fare. Photo by Mick Jeffries
Caterer Bleu Ribbon Catering (Kate Savage) Dupree Catering Donna Potter   Cup of coffee in town Starbucks Common Grounds Natasha’s Kentucky bourbon Labrot & Graham’sWoodford Reserve Maker's Mark  
Goods
Auto dealer Don Jacobs on Nicholasville Lexus Store on Nicholasville James Motor Company    
Black Swan Books
Black Swan Books: best used books. Photo by Patrick Eul
Used/neighborhood bookstore Black Swan Book Cellar Morgan Adams   Place to buy/sell used music CD Central Spy Records Pop’s   Women’s clothing Bella Rose AJ’s Casuals World’s Apart   Men’s clothing Logan's Howard & Miller Banana Republic   Eclectic/artsy/funky jewelry Artique Black Market Isle of You   Fine jewelry Farmer's Jewelry Shelia's Fine Jewelry Corbett Frame    
Wild Oats
Wild Oats: best new store. Photo by Patrick Eul
New store (opened in last year) Wild Oats General Eccentric Luli’s   Gift shop (funky/eclectic) 3rd Street Stuff Paisley Peacock Artique   Gift shop (fancy/schmancy) For Friends LV Harkness Mulberry on Lime   Place to buy gift to get out of doghouse Shelia's Fine Jewelry Avant Travel Best of Flowers   Store you wish Lexington had Prada Pottery Barn Ikea   Sex & The City
Eligible bachelor in Lex Jesse Whitaker Marvin Bartlett
Alexa Gromko
Best Eligible Bachelorette In Lexington Alexa Gromko
Jim Gray Eligible bachelorette In Lex Alexa Gromko Courtney Walker Mollie Baker Power couple Alan and Kathy Stein Thomas Dysarz and Michael Meehan Brian and Cathleen Collins
Alan and Kathy Stein
Best Power Couple Alan and Kathy Stein. Photo by Forrest Payne
Hon. Mention: Paul Patton & Tina Conners   Sexiest local band Club Dub G Funk Orange Whip   Sexiest local news anchor (male) Marvin Bartlett Sam Dick TG Shuck
Dia Davidson
Dia Davidson: Sexiest Local News Anchor (female)
Sexiest local news anchor (female) Dia Davidson Jennifer Nime Alexa Gromko   Sexiest elected official Ernesto Scorsone Chuck Ellinger Teresa Isaac   Home & Garden
Pohl Rosa, Pohl
Pohl Rosa, Pohl: Best Architectural Firm
Architectural firm Pohl Rosa Pohl Fitzsimons Office of Architecture Sarah Tate, Tate/Hill/Jacobs/Architects INC.   Interior designer Holly Hanna Interiors LLC Hubbuch & Co. Ann Greely Interiors    
Stephen Hillenmeye
Best Landscape Architect/Garden Designer Stephen Hillenmeyer. Photo by Rebecca C. Wilson
Landscape Architect/Garden Designer Hillenmeyer's Henkel Denmark Four Seasons   Contemporary/modern furnishings Modern Details Arhaus Bluegrass Bazaar   Antiques Heritage Antiques Greentree Belle Maison Plumber Cannon Plumbing John Johnston Tommy Taylor   Home Inspector Pruitt Property Inspection Inc. (Steve Pruitt) John Bain, Bain Property Inspection Inc. Kenny McLaughlin   General contractor Atchison & Heller Phase IV Sawhorse Construction Honest roofer Burnett & Sons Ben Harper Reliable Roofing   Realtor Rick Queen Becky Mobley Donna Woodward   Luxury apartment community Grand Reserve at Pinnacle Park Place The Resort   Services & Professional
Bank First Security Fifth Third Community Trust   Veterinarian Chevy Chase Animal Clinic Gainesway Small Animal Clinic Todd Marcum   Law firm McBrayer McGinnis Leslie and Kirkland Stites & Harbison Stoll Keenon & Park    
Makenna Foundation
Makenna Foundation
Local charity Makenna Foundation Habitat for Humanity Humane Society Florist Michler's Best of Flowers Stephen Hein   CPA
Michler's Florist
Michler's Florist
Dulworth, Breeding & Karns Potter and Co Foster Financials   ISP provider (local!!) QX.net Blue One   Mechanic Lowell's Bluegrass Automotive Charlie's Foreign Auto Alpine Motors   Car wash Jeff's Car Wash Jazzy’s Soapy Joe's   Cleaning crew 2 Ladies and a Bucket Merry Maids Molly Maids   Local Color (people & places)
 
: Best Activist. Photo by Patrick Eul
Bruce Burriss: Best Activist. Photo by Patrick Eul
Activist Bruce Burriss Gatewood Galbraith Frank Walker   Eccentric Don Pratt Gatewood Galbraith Mike Scanlon   Use for Lexington Mall’s current carapace Larger Farmer's Market Outlet Mall Drive-in movie theater    
Seabiscuit Premiere Lexington
Seabiscuit Premiere: Things to happen to downtown this year. Photo byEric Shields
Thing to happen to downtown this year Seabiscuit Premiere Civic Center Remodel Dynamic Doors   Local politician you love-to-hate Ernie Fletcher Teresa Isaac Mike Scanlon   Council member Bill Farmer Bill Cegelka Gloria Martin   State legislator Kathy Stein Ernesto Scorsone David Williams   Idea you’d like to share with LFUCG Buy the Water Company Don't buy the Water Company Fix Roads/ hire a traffic engineer to time all the lights/traffic/ public transport Isaac out, Gray in Connect Man O' War Pay raise for cops and firemen    
Lexington Ball
Lexington Ball: Best Annual Charity fundraiser
Annual Charity Fundraiser Lexington Ball High Hope Steeplechase Bluegrass Bachelor Auction   Place to Shower during ice storm YMCA Gold's Gym Planet Salon Media
Billboard Maker's Mark Chick Fil-A Central Baptist Hospital Evening newscast WLEX 18 NBC WKYT 27 CBS WDKY Fox 56 news at 10   News hair Alexa Gromko Dia Davidson Marvin Bartlett   Local meteorologist Bill Meck Brian Collins TG Shuck   Local radio talk show Tom Leach & Al Greenwood Kruser and Crew Sue Wylie   DJ Andy Mason Freakdaddy Cousin Deek   Radio station WRVG WUKY WLAP
Democracy, Whiskey, Sexy Ace Magazine Cover
Democracy, Whiskey, Sexy: Best Cover Story (of last year)
ACE cover story (in last year) Democracy, Whiskey, Sexy Heir to McClanavan Seabiscuit

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