Ace Best of Lexington 2005 9.15.2005

Ace Best of Lexington 2005 9.15.2005

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  Welcome
The best products are the beacons of utopia, and it's out job to figure out how to use them to make the kinds of utopia WE want, to use them to choose a life that's more exciting instead of more complacent. Ben Franklin found a way to turn a household item and a child's toy into a way to electrocute people. How cool is that? The truth is, no matter how menu-tasting obese, reality-TV lazy, math-stupid, geography-ignorant we get, we'll still be ahead of the rest of the world. Because we will always believe, like Walt Whitman and every rapper, in our own greatness. Convincing ourselves that the world is getting better is what causes us to actually make it better. -Joel Stein, in Men's Journal (the 99 Perfect Things Edition)   Welcome to the ninth annual Real Best of Lexington. Ace Best of Lexington 2005 CoverThis is the second time in Ace history that the Best of Lex has gone to print directly on the heels of a national disaster (first 9/11 and this year, in the wake of Katrina). It lends a certain perspective to polls and popularity contests that we might not always have-but it also gives us a moment to celebrate what's good in our community. What Ace seeks to do (during Best of, and the other 51 weeks of the year as well) is provide the readers with an Owner's Manual to the City. It's what newsweeklies all over the country have been doing for decades-from the Village Voice to the Chicago Reader to unique icons like New Orleans' Gambit Weekly (decimated by Katrina but still publishing online). Everyone has to find a way to live life on a scale that's manageable, when the world's become too epic. Community newsweeklies try to help life those voices, and celebrate them. Susan Orlean has written eloquently about how collectors distill and focus and channel their passions in The Orchard Thief, while Nick Hornby and Buzz Bissinger have addressed the same topic in sports (in Fever Pitch, and Friday Night Lights, respectively). Everyone's life needs a witness, in some form or fashion, and countless authors have spilled barrels of ink on how marriage or family fulfills that function for many (or dysfunction). But Community's part of the equation as well-and everything it entails-including pause for celebration. And this is the time when the Ace readers get their say-and celebrate their favorites. As for the categories you may miss this year (from pancakes to barbecue) 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 if Alfalfa has enough wall-space to display one more winner's certificate in the Best Pancake field.) Ace is happy to be celebrating our "Sweet 16" this year-celebrating 16 years of devoted readers, for whom we are grateful every day. WELCOME!!   Arts and Entertainment
BEST JUKEBOX IN TOWN Buster's Marikka's German Bier Stube Malibu Pub   BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL Yesterday's  Buster's Marikka's German Bier Stube   BEST VISUAL ART EXHIBIT IN LAST YEAR Woodland Arts Fair Ink & Blood (tie for 2nd) Lexicon Project (tie for 2nd)   BEST LOCAL VISUAL ARTIST Bill Santen James Shambhu Richie Wireman   BEST LOCAL THEATER PRODUCTION IN LAST YEAR Kentucky Ballet Theatre's Wizard of Oz Lexington Shakespeare Festival's Fiddler on the Roof   BEST LOCAL BAND DUE FOR A NATIONAL BREAKOUT Lucid Grey Emily Hagihara Club Dub   Beauty, Health & Fitness
 
Posh Salon
Posh Salon is a triple threat this year. Photo by Rebecca C. Wilson
BEST HAIR SALON Posh J. Allen Hair and Now   BEST WAX JOB Posh Planet Salon (tie for 2nd) Hair and Now (tie for 2nd)   BEST YOGA/PILATES STUDIO Pilates Place The Massage Center Gold's (tie for 3rd) LAC (tie for 3rd)   BEST GYM Gold's LAC YMCA   BEST MASSAGE The Massage Center Posh   BEST PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL Posh Dr. Clifton Smith   Eat & Drink
BEST NEW RESTAURANT (OPENED IN LAST YEAR) Bonefish Grill Azur Cosi   BEST DATE RESTAURANT Rossi's a la lucie (tie for 2nd) Dudley's (tie for 2nd)   BEST HAPPY HOUR Ramsey's Cheapside (tie for 2nd) Annabella's (tie for 2nd) Merrick Inn (tie for 2nd)   BEST CATERER Season's Catering Dupree Catering Belle's Bakery   BEST DIVE Tolly Ho Tonio's   BEST CUP OF COFFEE IN TOWN Common Grounds 3rd St. Stuff   BEST ICE CREAM Graeter's Mollie's (tie for 2nd) Coldstone Creamery (tie for 2nd) Marble Slab (tie for 2nd)   BEST KENTUCKY BOURBON Maker's Mark Woodford Reserve Knob Creek   BEST SMOKING PATIO Triple Crown Lounge Atomic Two Keys Tavern   BEST VETERAN LOCAL RESTAURANT (DECADE OR OLDER) Dudley's Merrick Inn deSha's   The Goods
BEST NEW STORE Off Broadway Shoes Boutique Milan Jonk   BEST AUTO DEALER Green's Toyota Tri-City Auto (tie for 2nd) Don Jacob's (tie for 2nd)   BEST USED/NEIGHBORHOOD BOOKSTORE Black Swan Morgan Adams   BEST PLACE TO BUY/SELL USED MUSIC CD Central Disc Jockey Pop's   BEST WOMEN'S CLOTHING Bella Rose Isle of You Chico's   BEST MEN'S CLOTHING Logan's Dillard's J. Crew   BEST ECLECTIC/ARTSY/FUNKY JEWELRY Black Market Artique (tie for 2nd) General Eccentric (tie for 2nd)   BEST FINE JEWELRY Sheila's Fine Jewelry Silver Treasures Artique    
Artique
Artique has the best gifts this year according to Ace readers.
BEST GIFT SHOP Artique Peggy's Gifts Front Porch (tie for 3rd) 3rd St. Stuff (tie for 3rd)   BEST STORE YOU WISH LEXINGTON HAD Pottery Barn Saks Neiman Marcus   Services & Professional
 
Dr Eric Headley DVM
Dr Eric Headley wins again!
BEST VETERINARIAN Eric Headley, DVM Masterson Animal Clinic Beaumont Veterinary Clinic   BEST LAW FIRM Darling & Reynolds PSC Frost, Brown & Todd LLC Stoll, Keenon & Park   BEST FLORIST Best of Flowers Michler's Florist Oram Flowers   BEST MECHANIC Lowell's Motorsports Stuttgart Motors   Home & Garden
 
Pohl Rosa Pohl is a favorite once again.
BEST ARCHITECTURAL FIRM Pohl Rosa Pohl Omni Architects Ross/Tarrant Architects   BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER Jennifer Schnabel Interior Matthew Carter Interiors Kimbrell/Birkman Interior Design   BEST CONTEMPORARY/MODERN FURNISHINGS TK Designs Alteriors Arhaus   BEST ANTIQUES Heritage Antiques Greentree Antiques Lexington Antique Exchange   BEST PLUMBER Senninger Plumbing Services Fayette Plumbing   BEST HOME INSPECTOR John Bain Property Inspections (tie for 1st) Pruitt Property Inspections (tie for 1st) Jerry Abney   BEST GENERAL CONTRACTOR Back Construction Padgett Construction Congelton-Hacker   BEST HONEST ROOFER Burnett & Sons (tie for 1st) Jodie Shadbolt (tie for 1st) Reliable Residential Roofing   BEST LUXURY APARTMENT COMMUNITY Park Place Grand Reserve Merrick Place   Media
BEST EVENING NEWSCAST WLEX-18 WKYT-27 WDKY-56   BEST NEWS HAIR Marvin Bartlett Dia Davidson (tie for 2nd) Nancy Cox (tie for 2nd)   BEST ACCURATE WEATHERCAST WLEX-18 WKYT-27 WTVQ-36   BEST LOCAL RADIO TALK SHOW Sue Wiley (590 WVLK) Jack Pattie (590 WVLK) Kruser & Co. (590 WVLK)   BEST RADIO STATION 91.3 (WUKY) 103.3 (WXZZ) 104.5 (WKYT)   Sex & The City
 
Dia Davidson
Dai Davidson is this year's Best Available Bachelorette and Sexiest Local Newscaster.
BEST ELIGIBLE BACHELORETTE Dia Davidson   BEST POWER COUPLE Alan & Kathy Stein Anita & Preston Madden Bill & Kim Farmer   BEST PLACE FOR BACHELORETTE PARTY TOYS Hustler Priscilla's Intimate Apparel   BEST BAR FOR A HOOK-UP Cheapside Bigg Blue Martini Two Keys Tavern   SEXIEST LOCAL NEWS ANCHOR (MALE)  Marvin Bartlett Sam Dick T.G. Shuck   SEXIEST LOCAL NEW ANCHOR (FEMALE) Dia Davidson Megan Newquist Jennifer Nime   SEXIEST RADIO PERSONALITY Mary Jane (Z-103) Andrea Sayre (98.1) Jack Pattie (590)   SEXIEST LOCAL OFFICIAL Teresa Isaac (tie for 1st) Bill Farmer (tie for 1st)   BEST DIVORCE ATTORNEY Anita Britton (tie for 1st) Sandy Dawahare (tie for 1st) Natalie Wilson (tie for 1st)   Local Color
 
Abandoned Lexington Mall
Pretty Vacant.
BEST USE FOR LEXINGTON MALL'S CURRENT CARAPACE New Mall Upscale Apartments Office Space   BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO DOWNTOWN THIS YEAR Downtown facelift (new real estate developments) Courthouse/fountains Resurfaced streets    
Gatewood Galbraith
Gatewood is never short of character. By artist Zach Trenholm.
BEST LOCAL ACTIVIST/HELLRAISER Gatewood Galbraith Mike Scanlon Don Pratt   BEST COUNCIL MEMBER Bill Farmer Bill Cegelka   BEST  STATE LEGISLATOR Ernesto Scorsone Kathy Stein Alice Forgy Kerr   BEST FUNDRAISER THIS YEAR Decorator's Showcase KET Summer Celebration Beastie Ball   BEST LFUCG SCANDAL Mike Scanlon allegedly roughing up car dealership employee Water company Smoking ban   BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL Sayre Lexington Catholic Lexington School   BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER Marilynn Cunningham-Amos (SCAPA) Nora Alexander (Lafayette) Jenny Forgy (Lexington Catholic)   Optional Essay Questions
WHAT LEXINGTON NEEDS More downtown entertainment options More bike lanes More green space   WHAT LEXINGTON DOESN'T NEED More suburban sprawl A water company A smoking ban  

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