Ace Best of Lexington 2004 9.16.2004



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




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


Best local band due for a national breakout

Barnhouse Effect
Stoll Vaughan
Club Dub




Planet SalonBest Hair Salon

Planet Salon
Hair Port


Best manicure/pedicure

Planet Salon
Nail Perfection


Best wax job

Rain Spa at Planet Salon
Hair Port


Posh SalonBest spa

Posh Salon
Rain Spa at Planet Salon
Hair & Now Day


Best gym

Gold’s Gym


Best massage (legal please)

The Massage Center


Best permanent hair removal

Aesthetic Surgical Arts
Advanced hair Removal


Best plastic surgeon

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


Best shrink

Fiona Young
Rob Durham




Mellow MushroomBest new restaurant
Mellow Mushroom


Best date restaurant
Merrick Inn


Best ethnic fare

Atomic Café

Merrick InnBest happy hour

Merrick Inn


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

Good Foods Market & Cafe


Best cup of coffee in town

Common Grounds
Mocha Monkey


Best ice cream

Cold Stone


Best Kentucky bourbon

Maker’s Mark
Woodford Reserve
Wild Turkey


Best smoking patio

Merrick Inn
Atomic Café

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

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



Best new store (opened in last year)

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


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

Third Street Stuff
Black Market


Best fine jewelry

Sheila Bayes


Keeneland Gift ShopBest gift shop

For Friends


Best store you wish Lexington had

Pottery Barn
Crate & Barrell



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


Best contemporary/modern furnishings

B&B Home Furnishing
T. K. Designs


Best antiques

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


Best realtor

Cheryl Baker
Tom Fields
Julie Baker


Best Luxury apartment community

Park Place
Grand Reserve
Merrick Place



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

Best of FlowersBest florist

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


Best CPA

Dean Dorton Ford
Foley & Luby


Best mechanic

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


Best ISP



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


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


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



Best public access show

Channel 3
Heart of Gold

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


Best radio station

WUKY 91.3
WLKT 104.5
WLTO 102.5


Alltel PhonebookBest new phonebook

Bell South


Best ACE cover story in last year

Bridesmaid’s Ball
Junior League Horse Show
Swimsuit Season

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