In vogue

October 26, 2006
"One ball and chain, Sir that'll be $3,000."  Luisa Graff - BRUCE ELLIOTT
  • Bruce Elliott
  • "One ball and chain, Sir that'll be $3,000." Luisa Graff

Best Place for Eyewear

Gold

Charlotte's Optical

76 S. Sierra Madre St., 473-8066

charlottesoptical.com

Have you ever wondered why that cute drummer wore those boxy sunglasses in That Thing You Do, the '90s flick about a '50s pop band? He was using one of the subtlest accessories to express style opticals. As so many of you know and love, Charlotte's offers eye exams and gourmet eyewear from international designers. TW

Silver

LensCrafters

Five locations

lenscrafters.com

Bronze

Optique de Mel

5960 Stetson Hills Blvd., 622-9800

optiquedemel.com

Best Jewelry Store

Gold

Luisa Graff Jewelers

4663 Centennial Blvd., 260-0100

luisagraffjewelers.com

Buying jewelry can be intimidating: What color stone? What's a carat? Will I ever have a girlfriend to give this to? Luisa Graff will calm you with coffee, cookies and informed advice. They're the jewelers known for forging personal relationships. Even though they have a Web site, they'd love to see your happy face. MS

Silver

Jared Galleria of Jewelry

1720 E. Woodmen Road, 262-0701

jared.com

Bronze (tie)

Johannes Hunter Jewelers

124 N. Tejon St., 633-8982

johanneshunter.com

Terra Verde

208 N. Tejon St., 444-8621

Best Shoe Store

Gold

DSW Shoe Warehouse

7639 N. Academy Blvd., 264-8007

dswshoes.com

This may be the only place that can rival the Imelda Marcos shoe collection, rumored by the media to top 3,000 pairs, though she claims it numbers just 1,060. Fortunately, at DSW, they carry sizes other than 8, so there is definitely something for everyone men included. CSB

Silver

Brown's Shoe Fit Co.

123 N. Tejon St., 635-1575

Bronze

Payless ShoeSource

Seven locations

payless.com

Best Shoe Repair

Gold

Westside Boot and Shoe Repair

615 W. Colorado Ave., 471-1081

According to owner Troy Schwarzenberger, Westside Boot's top-notch service and its guarantee to value quality over quantity keep customers coming back. After 30 years in business, Westside's built a reputation that speaks for itself although hearing it voiced through your votes certainly puts the nail in the boot. CSB

Silver

Bon Shoe Repair

Primary color never go out of style at The Leechpit. - L'AURA MONTGOMERY-RUTT

2129 N. Weber St., 635-9952

Bronze

Junior Bootery

401 N. Tejon St., 634-5362

coloradospringsnews.com/junior_bootery_bio.htm

Best Local Store for Women's Fashions

Gold

Idor

218 N. Tejon St., 667-0965

idoruclothing.com

Idor's constantly updated clothing line stands out among the Colorado Springs boutiques. They carry items that you're more likely to find in L.A. or New York. According to store owner Jackie Goode: "We're very modern in style, and the fit is closer to the body. We're definitely not for the wallflower." SK

Silver

Terra Verde

208 N. Tejon St., 444-8621

Bronze

Regina's Unique Boutique

119 N. Tejon St., 634-6833

Best Chain Store for Women's Fashions

Gold

Kohl's Department Store

2725 Janitell Road, 527-0610

3110 N. Powers Blvd., 637-0214

kohls.com

Their first store opened in Colorado Springs in 2001, and since, Kohl's has been setting the standard in women's apparel by combining a mixture of name brands and private labels to keep fashions contemporary. With a new store set to open in Monument, Kohl's management aims to keep customers happy with great products and low prices. KB

Silver

Express

1845 Briargate Pkwy., 598-4616

expressfashion.com

Bronze

Dillard's

760 Citadel Drive East, 550-1159

1790 Briargate Blvd., 532-1400

3601 Dillon Drive, Pueblo, 719/545-9665

dillards.com

Best Consignment Store

Gold

Eve's Revolution

1312 W. Colorado Ave., 633-1357

For the environmentally savvy girl, there is no place better then the Revolution. Offering the highest-quality recycled wears and the coolest local handmade goods, the store virtually begs you to spend at least an hour there. Consider yourself warned: For me, what starts as a hunt for the perfect gift ends up filling my closet every time. JK

Silver

The Leechpit

708 N. Weber St., 634-3675

leechpit.com

Bronze

Broadmoor Consignment Store

1515 S. Eighth St., 632-5057

Best Vintage Clothing Store

Gold

The Leechpit

708 N. Weber St., 634-DORK (3675)

leechpit.com

Buy a primping package at A Total New You. - JON KELLEY
  • Jon Kelley
  • Buy a primping package at A Total New You.

Adam Leech continues to astonish us with his zombie-esque revival of duds from not that long ago. If it was hip in your childhood, The Leechpit probably has it. Thanks, Adam, for discovering a use for that old He-Man collection and for making us all feel a little "cooler than Jesus." JK

Silver

Swish

1816 W. Colorado Ave., 635-8375

Bronze

Eve's Revolution

1312 W. Colorado Ave., 633-1357

Best Thrift Store

Gold

The ARC

4402 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 522-1203

1830 W. Uintah St., 473-0502

2780 S. Academy Blvd., 391-7717

arcthrift.com

Things found on a recent trip to The ARC (listed in no particular order): A stained glove, stuffed and mounted on a pedestal; a 1950s LP set called The Basic Library of the World's Greatest Music; a recording of the 1968 Cheyenne Mountain High School Symphonic Band on vinyl; unloved bridesmaids' dresses. LP

Silver

Goodwill

Nine locations

goodwill-colosprings.org

Bronze

The Salvation Army

908 Yuma St., 636-3891

901 N. Sante Fe Ave., Fountain,

382-1182

salvationarmy-coloradosprings.org

Best Dry Cleaner

Gold

Continental Cleaners

1043 N. Academy Blvd., 591-7549

6780 N. Academy Blvd., 531-7130

1638 S. Nevada Ave., 477-9902

continentaldrycleaners.com

With locals unearthing sweaters from winter closets, this month is Continental Cleaners' busiest. The Nevada Avenue staff claims to know more than 400 customers by name and by clothing. There's a reason people return to get their coats and tails cleaned; Continental charges only $1.50 for any garment, and is never fashionably late. TW

Silver

Couture's Fabric Care

801 N. Tejon St., 633-3855

couturescleaners.com

Bronze

Summit Cleaners

4730 Centennial Blvd., 278-9186

8710 N. Union Blvd., 282-8203

6945 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 268-9132

summitcleaners.com

Hair Salon

Nail Salon

Gold

A Total New You Salon & Spa

975 Garden of the Gods Road,

528-8511

atnysalon.com

A Total New You salon features an immaculate urban loft dcor with an extensive array of services. In addition to the standard fare of manicures, pedicures and haircuts, ATNY features an Internet caf, hot stone massage therapy and manscaping. Manscaping? Yes, this salon stands ready to strategically sculpt the hopelessly hirsute via laser hair removal. Perhaps even more exciting are the vanguard micro-current mini face-lift treatments. Non-surgical and non-invasive, one can be completed over a long lunch hour.

Let West Side Tattoo get under your skin, in a good way. - PETER FECTEAU
  • Peter Fecteau
  • Let West Side Tattoo get under your skin, in a good way.

Manager Marla Knapp attributes the salon's popularity to the fact that it provides "exceptional service and an exceptional experience." AB

Hair Salon

Silver

Montage Salon & Spa

3564 N. Academy Blvd., 574-3205

montagesalon.com

Bronze

Di Moda

8680 N. Union Blvd., 282-6632

dimodasalon.com

Nail Salon

Silver

Veda Salon & Spa

4697 Centennial Blvd., 265-5660

2110 Southgate Road, 578-8332

coloradoaveda.com

Bronze

Salon 21

2121 Templeton Gap Road, 633-8480

Best Hairstylist

Gold

Dakota Malacara at

Montage Salon and Spa

3564 N. Academy Blvd., 574-3205

montagesalon.com

Dakota gets more thank-you cards than a grandmother after Christmas. Maybe it's his 16 years of experience, or his knack for sincerely connecting with his guests, or his ability to decipher what they actually want. Or maybe it's his sheer talent with shears and color. Regardless, the master stylist and Montage co-owner gets your referrals and your vote. CSB

Silver

Fabian Salido at Di Moda

8680 N. Union Blvd., 282-6632

dimodasalon.com

Bronze

Christine Hannaly at A Total New You

975 Garden of the Gods Road, 528-8511

atnysalon.com

Best Day Spa

Gold

Veda Salon and Day Spa

4697 Centennial Blvd., 265-5660

2110 Southgate Road, 578-8332

4743 N. Academy Blvd., 314-1480

coloradoaveda.com

Veda takes pampering to a whole new level. For about $450, it is the lucky lady indeed who gets the Ultimate Day of Rejuvenation. Six hours of facials, herbal wraps, mani and pedi, hair treatment, make-up application, a goodie bag and lunch? Yes, please! Sure, there are other treatments, too, but I'll take the ultimate. BS

Silver

The Broadmoor

1 Lake Ave., 577-5775

broadmoor.com

Bronze

Matos Salon and Day Spa

5919 Delmonico Drive, 266-9295

mateosdayspa.com

Best Cheap Haircut

Shrap Metal helps you determine who your real friends are. - BRUCE ELLIOTT
  • Bruce Elliott
  • Shrap Metal helps you determine who your real friends are.

Gold

Supercuts

Nine locations

supercuts.com

Supercuts' formula includes low prices, skilled stylists and training that results in consistent cuts. Receive coupons for even cheaper cuts when you register for online haircut alerts they're so much like Mom's nagging, you'll get homesick. With the money you save, you can make a stylist's day and tip big! JET

Silver

Cost Cutters

Five locations

costcutters.com

Bronze

Great Clips

13 locations

greatclips.com

Best Tattoo Emporium

Gold

West Side Tattoo

2031 W. Colorado Ave., 219-4800

westsidetattoo.net

Quite possibly the most family-oriented and spotless tattoo shop in town, West Side Tattoo, now in its second year, has become a mecca to artists of all kinds. Owners and brothers Aaron and Brian Moore say they owe their success to their clients, friends and family. Without you, they wouldn't be here, and they know it. JK

Silver

Art With a Pulse Tattoo Inc.

729 W. Colorado Ave., 630-3628

Bronze

Freaky's Tattoo and Body Piercing

308 E. Platte Ave., 536-0400

1714 Brookwood Drive, 575-0420

freakys.com

Best Piercing Parlor

Gold

Shrap Metal

2928 Parker St., 963-3279

shrapmetal.com

With the Waffle House and Shrap Metal side-by-side, Parker Street offers the best capper to a night of drunken revelry: greasy midnight breakfast and a sternum ring. Shrap Metal also offers some amusingly aquatic-themed decor and a commitment to "pierce anything you can imagine." For some pretty exotic ideas, check out the voluminous picture books. JTR

Silver

West Side Tattoo

2031 W. Colorado Ave., 219-4800

westsidetattoo.net

Bronze

Holey Rollers

332 E. Colorado Ave., 577-9943

Tanning Salon

Gold

Tan Your Hide

Eight locations

tanyourhide.com

If you're wondering why people need a special place to brown their skin in a town that boasts 300 sunny days a year, Tan Your Hide has all the answers. Standing up, laying down, or mist-applied, they've got the technology to keep you looking summer-sunned all winter long. DTR

Silver

One Sunsational Tan

Five locations

onesuntan.com

Bronze

Executive Tan

742 Village Center Drive, 593-7749

executivetans.com

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so how do the models use their glasses at the runway if the got them at eye clinic edmonton? like do they not wear them for the event? or like contacts?

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