Best of Burque 2012
Leslie “Deft” Gonzales
Hotel Andaluz125 Second Street NW
That lengthy renovation of the historic La Posada de Albuquerque paid off, resulting in a “full service boutique hotel” that has locked down a Four Diamond AAA rating and lured countless visitors with its gourmet restaurant, glamorous lobby bar and slinky rooftop hangout.
2) Hotel Parq Central
3) Sandia Resort and Casino
Best Bed and Breakfast
Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm4803 Rio Grande NW
This lush Los Ranchos retreat is among the most magical places in all of New Mexico. The lucky folks who stay here enjoy cozy, refined rooms and menus that mix high drama with Middle Rio Grande Valley vernacular cuisine.
2) Mauger Estate Bed & Breakfast Inn
3) Tie: Adobe Nido Bed and Breakfast, Bottger Mansion of Old Town, Casa de Sueños, Cinnamon Morning
Best Veterinary Clinic
Aztec Animal Clinic4340 Coal SE
When you go to Aztec, you get hordes of cookies (the canine variety), a staff that’s sweet as pie and attentive vets with the patience to answer all of your paranoid questions.
2) VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital
3) Petroglyph Animal Hospital
Defined FitnessMultiple locations
Defined is going to pump (clap) you up ... with convenient locations and reasonably priced month-to-month memberships. Included are classes, swimming and sauna facilities, aerobics equipment, and workouts that are very high in iron.
2) Planet Fitness
3) New Mexico Sports and Wellness
Best Martial Arts School
Jackson's MMA5505 Acoma SE
Greg Jackson’s training is renowned far and wide for its success in morphing the martial-arts-curious into highly skilled, super fit, ass-kicking athletes.
2) Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
3) Tie: Kung Fu San Soo Albuquerque, Chavez Karate
Best Yoga Studio
eVOLV Fitness of New Mexico7900 San Pedro NE
eVOLV does yoga in a 105° F room with 60 percent humidity and hardwood floors. But yoga isn’t all it does. Find whatever your workout regimen requires, including cardio and strength training with onsite childcare.
2) Bhava Yoga Studio
3) Hot Yoga Downtown
Betty's Bath and Day Spa1835 Candelaria NW
A peaceful North Valley oasis, Betty's offers beautiful environs in which to simply soak, sun and sauna; or be massaged, scrubbed and waxed. Frazzled patrons leave feeling as if they've spent the day lounging seaside.
2) Casa Verde
3) Green Reed Spa (inside Sandia Resort and Casino)
Best Massage Therapist
Josh White (Por Vida Therapeutics)porvidatherapeutics.com
Burqueños say Mr. White is just the man to rub you right. He’s also a mobile masseuse, so he’ll come to you with Swedish, deep tissue, sports and seated chair skills.
2) Tie: Valerie Roybal, Vic Browder
3) Tie: Kai Theophilus, Stephanie Ross
Best Computer Help
Sandia Computers3625 Wyoming NE
When rebooting can no longer solve the tech woes infecting your system, it’s time to call a pro. Not only can Sandia fix what ails your circuits, it also builds and sells its own computers.
2) Nerds Limited
3) ABQ PC Techs
Best Auto Repair Shop
Independent Volvo Service1401 Third Street NW
Volvo owners are a special breed of people, and they won't take their Swedish chariots to just any repair shop. Mom-and-pop hand-holding, like lending you another car for the day, have earned Independent Volvo a loyal clientele.
2) All In The Wrist
3) Don Brown's Parts & Automotive
Harold's Laundry1500 Girard NE
Doing your laundry isn't the most pleasant of tasks, but if you've just gotta have some clean undies, you might as well wash them in a place that's got free Wi-Fi, TVs, arcade games, magazines and a decent range of convenience food (Hot Pockets!). It's open late and has been since 1950.
2) University Laundromat
3) Wash Tub Laundromat
Best Dry Cleaner
The Cleanery5200 Eubank NE
5901 Wyoming NE
6200 Coors NW
No one wants their down comforter in a bunch or their silk in shreds. The Cleanery, which is the only Green Business Bureau-certified dry cleaner in the state, deals in couture, delivery and anything else your dresses desire.
2) Tie: Route 66 Cleaners, Master Cleaners, George's Dry Cleaners
3) Arnie's Cleaners
Best Boot and Shoe Repair
Nob Hill Shoe Repair4208 Central SE
Thanks to our country's economic downturn, more people are choosing to repair rather than replace. If our readers need a new heel on their Tony Lamas or Christian Louboutins, they point their feet toward the venerable Nob Hill Shoe Repair.
2) Hoffmantown Boot & Shoe Repair
3) Coronado Boot & Shoe Repair
Best Tattoo Shop
Star Tattoo10200 Corrales Road NW
That thing is staying with you forever, so you better get it on there proper.
2) Tinta Cantina
3) All Is One
Best Tattoo Artist
Chris Partain (Star Tattoo)10200 Corrales Road NW
Chances are pretty good that you or someone you know already has a CPT tattoo. The hallmarks of Partain's work: fast, clean and classic. And when you flex your ink in a certain light, the word "awesome" appears in sparkly holographic Olde English.
2) Jespah Torres (Archetype Tattoo)
3) Marie Sena (Stay Gold Tatto)
Best Piercing Shop
Evolution Body Piercing4517 Central SE
If you've got a body part, the guru-level piercers at Evolution can probably put a hole in it. And if you've already got the hole, they can guide you to exquisite body jewelry, troubleshoot your aftercare or even gauge you up to the next size. The spa-like shop is super clean and comfortable, too.
3) Ascension Body Modification
Best Barber Shop
Ace Barber Shop109 Fourth Street SW
Most of the barbers here are artists outside of their chopping vocation, which is clear in the styling work they do—with flair and attention to detail. Readers think it’s a cut above the rest.
2) The Barber's Shop
3) First Class Barbershop
Best Hair Salon
Tie: Inspire Hair Salon, Marc PardoInspire Salon
423 Fourth Street SW
Your crowing glory can be kept gorgeously coifed at any number of Burque salons—this year you picked two for first place: Best of Burque fav Mark Pardo and Downtown up-and-comer Inspire.
2) Square Root Salon
3) Casa Verde
Best Waxing Services
Brazilian Waxing Boutique2910 San Mateo NE
10200 Corrales NW
With locations in the Northeast Heights, the Westside and Santa Fe, you're never too far away from smooth, tidy bits. The skin care spa also offers personal polishing in the form of facials, tanning, and lash and brow tinting.
2) Casa Verde
3) European Wax Center
Best Nail Salon
Lilly Nails & Spa10701 Corrales Road NW
Keep your fingertips buffed, or make your talons long, bejeweled, bright and fierce at this Corrales salon, which also offers waxing.
2) Casa Verde
3) Envy Spa & Nails
Best Gift Shop
Beeps3500 Central SE
This little boutique—tucked into the vintage, 1946-built Nob Hill Shopping Center—brims with fun: Cards, jewelry, office supplies, toys, candy and knickknacks make up a melange of gift-giving possibility.
2) The Octopus and the Fox
3) Stranger Factory
Best Flower Shop
Peoples FlowersMultiple locations
In operation in Albuquerque since 1944, Peoples Flowers (and its playful midcentury signage) is a local icon. Its five locations offer myriad services for your perennial floral needs.
2) Tie: Melba's Floral Studio, The Flower Shop at Nob Hill
3) Manning Florist