Best Business Downtown
Looking for a non-plastic kid's toy? Something educational? Something cute? Maybe just a snappy card for any occasion? Doodlet's is the place for that.
120 Don Gaspar Ave., 983-3771
2. Kaune's Neighborhood Market
511 Old Santa Fe Trail, 982-2629
3. Oculus | Botwin Eye Group
444 St. Michael's Drive, 954-4442; 125 W Water St., 988-4442
Best Business in the Railyard/Guadalupe District
1. Violet Crown
From the massive screens and even bigger beers-on-tap list to the way you can bring fresh food right into the theater with you to the luxurious and cushy seats, this theater has it all and then some.
1606 Alcaldesa St., 216-5678
2. Santa Fe Farmers Market
1607 Paseo de Peralta, 983-7726
3. Second Street Brewery (Railyard)
1607 Paseo de Peralta, 989-3278
Best Business in the Siler Road Corridor
1. Meow Wolf
In just a few years, Meow Wolf has grown from a warehouse-bound collective of artists, punks, dweebs, tranqs, lobos and zipheads into one of the country's most buzzed-about mega-corps. (ADV)
1352 Rufina Circle, 395-6369
2. Big Jo True Value Hardware
1311 Siler Road, 473-2255
3. Second Street Brewery (Rufina Taproom)
2920 Rufina St., 954-1068
Best Business on Cerrillos Road
1. Jambo Café
Chef Ahmed Obo has been packing them in from day one with beyond-delicious Afro-Caribbean cuisine done fresh and sans snootiness.
2010 Cerrillos Road, 473-1269
2. Artisan Santa Fe
2601 Cerrillos Road, 954-4179
Best Business on St. Michael’s Drive/Triangle District
1. The Candyman Strings & Things
Whether you've shopped there for 20 minutes or 20 years, The Candyman's knowledgable staff takes proper care of you, as does the wide selection of products.
851 St. Michael's Drive, 983-5906
2. Oculus | Botwin Eye Group
444 St. Michael's Drive, 954-4442
Best Business on the Southside
1. Plaza Café
For the second year in a row, readers say the café leads the Southside. Sink your teeth into an Impossible Burger, a plate of Christmas enchiladas or a sweet treat. At happy hour or any meal, this is where you want to be.
3466 Zafarano Drive, 424-0755
2. Joe's Dining
2801 Rodeo Road, 471-3800
3. Look What the Cat Dragged In
2570 Camino Entrada, 474-6300 541 W Cordova Road, 780-8975
Best Hiking Trail
1. Aspen Vista
It's beyond compare in the golden autumn. This easy-to-follow trail is really Forest Road 150, and it goes all the way up to Tesuque Peak year-round. Great for snowshoes and bikes in season. Good luck with that trailhead parking.
Managed by Santa Fe National Forest, 438-5300
2. Galisteo Basin Preserve
Managed by the Commonweal Conservancy, 982-0071
3. Dale Ball Trails
Managed by the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, 989-7019
1. The Food Depot
Before Siler Road was SiDi or hip Midtown, The Food Depot was cooler. Northern New Mexico's largest food bank sees a great deal of well-deserved community support in its mission to feed the hungry. That's not just feel-good—it is good.
1222 Siler Road, Ste. A, 471-1633
2. Kitchen Angels
1222 Siler Road, 471-7780
3. Gerard's House
3204 Mercantile Court, Ste. C, 424-1800
Best Nonprofit for Animals
1. Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society
With its sprawling multi-building compound on the western outskirts of town, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society thrives as a no-kill shelter and veterinary hospital.
100 Caja Del Rio Road, 983-4309
2. Española Humane
108 Hamm Pkwy., Española, 753-8662
3. Assistance Dogs of the West
1590 San Mateo Lane, 986-9748
Best Nonprofit for the Environment
1. Santa Fe Watershed Association
It's another year at the top for the people who care for the Santa Fe River and its riparian zone. Everyone who has enjoyed a walk along the river on a paved trail (or enjoyed a glass of water from the tap, for that matter) owes them thanks.
1413 Second St., Ste. 3, 820-1696
2. Santa Fe Conservation Trust
1660 Old Pecos Trail, 989-7019
3. WildEarth Guardians
516 Alto St., 988-9126
Best Public Servant
1. Tom Udall
US Sen. Tom Udall wears a white hat, both literally and metaphorically. He's a real Westerner, standing up for New Mexico's diverse values and generally not being a Washington bonehead. He takes this title for the second year in a row.
120 S Federal Place, 988-6511
2. Martin Heinrich
123 E Marcy St., Ste. 103, 988-6647
Best Youth Program
1. Girls Inc.
From after-school and summer programs to sending girls on weeklong backpacking adventures, Girls Inc. is working to empower and support a valuable and precious resource in our community.
301 Hillside Ave., 982-2042
1504 Cerrillos Road, 989-1855
3. Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe
6600 Valentine Way, 474-0385