Ace Best of Lexington 2004 9.16.2004

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WELCOME!!

If there are, in fact, billions of other civilizations, where does that leave our celebrities? If worth is measured on a sliding scale of recognition, what would it mean it we were all suddenly obscure? How would we know our place? What if I’d wasted my entire life comparing myself with people who didn’t really matter? Try as I might, I still can’t wrap my mind around it.

—David Sedaris, Dress Your Family in Corduroy &Denim

 

Ace Best Of Lex 2004Welcome to the eighth annual Real Best of Lexington. The “Real” was a necessary qualifier in the first year, because everybody (radio, tv, Ham Radio operators, etc) was doing some sort of Best of the Bluegrass poll. Then they died down, and in 2002, resurfaced—with billboards all over town suddenly proclaiming that somebody was the best at something, as measured (in the fine print) by the 4.5 readers of some thrifty shopper, ad-rag, web-zine, or the sporadic newsletter occasionally xeroxed and distributed up and down the railroad tracks by the one-string banjo player who lives in a nearby parking lot and resides under our cars. The other qualifications that apply to “real” is that the poll reflects the votes of real readers—as determined by their ability to find any Ace during the month of August (the ballot is published in every edition); complete 50 percent of the categories; fold it; put it in an envelope; and mail it to us. (Online voting was eliminated a few years ago because of the spectacular attempts at fraud.) By next year, perhaps we’ll have those thought portals installed in the base of every readers’ skull, and the whole process will become still more efficient.

As for this year, we thank the Interns right down to the bloody nubs of their fingertips and the well-worn beads of their trusty abacus. They remain stalwart bastions of bribe-proof integrity (it helps that they’re so new in town that they don’t understand most of the categories, much less know the contenders).

Undoubtedly, there will still be protests by torch-wielding villagers (there always are)—but again, as always—the staff doesn’t get a vote. Just the readers. We only hope as many of them vote for President as participated in the readers’ poll.

As for the categories you may miss this year (from pancakes to barbecue to banking….) three consecutive wins means the category is retired, at least for a time, to make room for some new faces. (We’re not even sure Billy’s has enough wall-space to display one more winner’s certificate in the BBQ field.)

We’re happy to be celebrating the Best of Lexington on September 15th—in our 15th anniversary year—grateful for consistently having the best readers in town.n

—Yer Pals at Ace Weekly

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

 

Cross Gate GalleryBest art gallery

Cross Gate Gallery
UK Gallery
ArtsPlace Inc.

 

Best visual art exhibit in last year
Frederico Pizzuro
Nudes 2004
Door Mania

 

Best photographer (artistic)

Robert Baker
James Archambeault

 

Best local visual artist

Joel Petro
Arturo Sandoval
Frederico Pizzuro

 

Best book by a Kentuckian in last year

No Heroes: A Memoir ofComing Home by Chris Offutt
Coal Tattoo by Silas House

 

Best local theater production (in last year)

Jesus Christ Superstar
Shakespeare in the Park
Ballet Under the Stars

 

Best new local CD

Apples in Stereo
Stoll Vaughan
Stego

 

Best local band due for a national breakout

Barnhouse Effect
Stoll Vaughan
Club Dub

 

BEAUTY, HEALTH & FITNESS

 

Planet SalonBest Hair Salon

Planet Salon
Posh
Hair Port

 

Best manicure/pedicure

Planet Salon
Posh
Nail Perfection

 

Best wax job

Rain Spa at Planet Salon
Posh
Hair Port

 

Posh SalonBest spa

Posh Salon
Rain Spa at Planet Salon
Hair & Now Day

 

Best gym

Gold’s Gym
LAC
YMCA

 

Best massage (legal please)

Posh
The Massage Center

 

Best permanent hair removal

Aesthetic Surgical Arts
Posh
Advanced hair Removal

 

Best plastic surgeon

Dr. Robert Baker
Dr. Andy Moore )
Dr. Henry Wells

 

Best shrink

Fiona Young
Rob Durham

 

EAT & DRINK

 

Mellow MushroomBest new restaurant
Mellow Mushroom
AnnaBelle’s
Bellini’s

 

Best date restaurant
Murray’s
Bellini’s
Merrick Inn

 

Best ethnic fare

Kashmir
Natasha’s
Atomic Café


Merrick InnBest happy hour

Merrick Inn
Applebee’s
Cheapside

 

Best caterer

Annette’s Catering
South Van
Bleu Ribbon Catering

 

Best dive

Tolly Ho
Chevy Chase Inn

 

Best restaurant server

Jason Parsons (Winchell’s)
Louie Bickett (a la Lucie)

 

AlfalfaBest veggie-friendly restaurant

Alfalfa’s
Ramsey’s
Good Foods Market & Cafe

 

Best cup of coffee in town

Starbucks
Common Grounds
Mocha Monkey

 

Best ice cream

Graeter’s
Cold Stone
Baskin-Robbins

 

Best Kentucky bourbon

Maker’s Mark
Woodford Reserve
Wild Turkey

 

Best smoking patio

Merrick Inn
Cheapside
Atomic Café

Best role model for a Lexington restaurant (list name of restaurant, and city)

Cheesecake Factory
Spaghetti Factory
Montgomery Inn Boathouse (Cincinnati, OH)

 

THE GOODS

Best new store (opened in last year)

Hustler
Cold Water Creek
Wild Oats
Boutique Milan

 

Old Don JacobsBest auto dealer

Don Jacobs
Glenn Auto Dealer
Greene’s Toyota

 

Best used/neighborhood bookstore

Black Swan
Joseph Beth
Glover’s

 

Best place to buy/sell used music

CD Central
Spy Records
Disc Jockey

 

Bella RoseBest women’s clothing

Bella Rose
Ann Taylor

 

Best men’s clothing

Banana Republic
Howard & Miller

 

Best eclectic/artsy/funky jewelry

Artique
Third Street Stuff
Black Market

 

Best fine jewelry

Sheila Bayes
Farmer’s

 

Keeneland Gift ShopBest gift shop

Keeneland
For Friends
Artique

 

Best store you wish Lexington had

Pottery Barn
Crate & Barrell
Nordstrom

 

HOME & GARDEN

Pohl Rosa Pohl Best architectural firm

Pohl Rosa Pohl Architecture & Design
Brandstetter Carroll Inc.
Sherman, Carter, Barnhart & Architects

 

Best interior designer

Ivy Downs
Emily Dexter (tie for 2nd)
Gale Moses

 

Best Landscape Architect/Garden Designer

Louis Hillenmeyer
Walter Smith
Henkel-Denmark

 

Best contemporary/modern furnishings

Alteriors
B&B Home Furnishing
T. K. Designs

 

Best antiques

Heritage
Angliana Avenue
Saturday/Sunday Market

 

Best Plumber

Mike Harp
Roto Rooter

 

Best Home Inspector

Don Pruitt
Larry Sills
Don R. Hall Inspections

 

Best general contractor

Gerald Cissell
Padgett Construction
Sills Home Inspection

 

Best honest roofer

Reliable Roofing
Burnett Sons
Odessa

 

Best realtor

Cheryl Baker
Tom Fields
Julie Baker

 

Best Luxury apartment community

Park Place
Grand Reserve
Merrick Place

 

SERVICES & PROFESSIONALS

Dr Headley Veterinarian Best veterinarian

Dr Headley (Chevy Chase Animal Clinic)
Dr. Phil McCarthy
Dr. Schabel

 

Best law firm

McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland
Stoll, Keenon Park
Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs

 

Best tattoo artist

Tattoo Charlie’s
Electric Art
Skinfinity

Best of FlowersBest florist

Best of Flowers
Michler (tie for 2nd)
Stephen Hein

 

Best CPA

Radwan-Brown
Dean Dorton Ford
Foley & Luby

 

Best mechanic

Charlie’s Foreign Auto
B & W Automotive
Motorsports of Lexington

 

Best ISP


BlueOne.net
QX.Net
AOL

 

SEX & THE CITY

Best eligible bachelorette in Lexington

Teresa Isaac

 

Alan and Kathy SteinBest power couple

Alan & Kathy Stein
Donna & Tubby Smith
Bill & Debbie Owen

 

Sexiest local band

Barnhouse Effect
Stoll Vaughan
Club Dub

 

Sexiest local news anchor (male)

Marvin Bartlett
Sam Dick
T G Shuck

 

Sexiest local news anchor (female)

Nancy Cox
Dia Davidson
Jennifer Nime

 

Sexiest radio personality (male)

Kruser (Dave Krusenklaus)
Jack Pattie
Sticky

 

Sexiest radio personality (female)

Julie Ann Hatton
Dawn Cox (tie for 2nd)
Sue Wylie

 

Teresa Isaacs\" title=Sexiest elected official

Teresa Isaac
Ernesto Scorsone
Ernie Fletcher

LOCAL COLOR: (PEOPLE & PLACES)

Best use for Lexington Mall’s current carapace

New mall
Orchid Greenhouse
Year-round Farmer’s Market

 

Best thing to happen to downtown this year

Smoking Ban
Completion of new Court House
Bars open until 2:30am

 

Best thing to happen to the suburbs this year

No ice storm
Smoking ban
Hamburg Pavilion
Public middle schools

 

Best local politician you love-to-hate

Teresa Isaac
Ernie Fletcher
Mike Scanlon

 

Best council member


David Stevens
Bill Farmer
Mike Scanlon

 

Best state legislator

Ernesto Scorsone
Kathy Stein
Greg Stumbo

 

Best charity / nonprofit

God’s Pantry
Humane Society
Nature Conservancy
United Way

 

Best idea you’d like to share with LFUCG

Buy the water company
Synchronize traffic lights
Fix LexTran

 

Media

Best public access show

Channel 3
Heart of Gold
Woodsongs

Best evening newscast

WLEX Channel 18
WKYT Channel 27
WTVQ Channel 36

 

Dia DavidsonBest news Hair

Dia Davidson
Nancy Cox
Sam Dick

Best local meteorologist

Brian Collins
Bill Meck
T G Shuck

 

Brian CollinsBest local radio talk show

Jack Pattie
Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour
Kruser & Co.

 

Best DJ

Monkey Boy
Ann Deck
Sticky

 

Best radio station

WUKY 91.3
WLKT 104.5
WLTO 102.5

 

Alltel PhonebookBest new phonebook

Alltel
Verizon
Bell South

 

Best ACE cover story in last year

Bridesmaid’s Ball
Junior League Horse Show
Swimsuit Season




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