Alibi V.27 No.17 • April 26-May 2, 2018 

Best of Burque 2018

Services

Best Auto Dealership

Larry H. Miller American Toyota

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Honest, friendly and painless. That's how car buying should be. Our readers voted Larry H. Miller American Toyota the best dealership because that is exactly how they operate. Whether you're in the market for a new car or just need a replacement bulb, see why Larry H. Miller American Toyota is this year's Best of Burque winner.

2) TIE: Melloy Nissan/Sandia BMW

Best Barbershop

Nob Hill Barber Shop

Hair can be a defining quality in a person and Burqueños flock to Nob Hill Barber Shop to coif the perfect look. Barbers have a long and storied history: They date back to ancient Egyptian culture and Greek colonies first introduced Rome to barbering in 296 BC. A lot has changed since then, but the need to stay looking fresh has stayed the same.

2) Ace Barber Shop

3) Goodfellas Barber and Salon

Best Chiropractor

Dr. Francesca M. Russo-Goforth, DC

With over 20 years of experience, Burqueños know that Dr. Russo-Goforth has the magic touch. Whatever aches and pains might plague you, she's got the cure. Like the age old saying goes that we definitely didn’t make up: A well-adjusted spine leads to a well-adjusted life.

2) Dr. David Peer, DC

3) Dr. Ruben Ramirez Jr., DC

Best Computer/ IT Help

Duke City Solutions, LLC

Our lives run on technology and when that technology stops working, it can throw your whole day off. Good thing Duke City Solutions LLC exists to solve all your tech needs. Experienced technicians are available to help with servers, computer repair, network monitoring, search engine optimization and many other services. Looking for some design help? Yeah, they also do that. Technology can be daunting, but ABQ trusts Duke City Solutions LLC to make it easy.

2) Computer Corner

3) Kosh Solutions

Best Cosmetic Spa

Lash Out Loud Extensions

If you've ever wanted thicker and fuller looking lashes without having to glue synthetic hair to your face everyday, then maybe eyelash extensions are for you. It's pretty much exactly what you're thinking: individual synthetic lashes are hand glued to one of your existing eyelashes with a (safe) medical grade adhesive, creating that fuller look. They can last up to two months, too. Lash Out Loud Extensions has been providing Burque with fluttery eyelashes since 2011, but they also offer other services like teeth whitening, skin care and spray tanning.

2) TIE: Conrad Sanchez Skin Care/RW&co Day Spa

Best Credit Union

Nusenda Credit Union

The citizens of Albuquerque have spoken. Nusenda is the credit union you trust to hold your stacks on stacks. They have won this category the last couple years in a row—and for good reason. With easy banking, lower interest rates than a big bank and no unnecessary fees, Nusenda has won the hearts (and wallets) of the city.

2) Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union

3) First Financial Credit Union

Best Dance Studio

Hiland Dance Studio

Hiland Dance Studio offers lessons of all levels in the most popular Latin social dances. With options of learning in a group setting or taking private lessons, you can master Salsa or Bachata in no time. The instructors easily break down the moves and focus on the specific movements and isolations needed in these dances, which is why Hiland Dance Studio took home the top honors this year.

2) Sirena World Dance Studio

3) Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts

Best Dentist

Dr. Tamera Coffman, DDS

Dr. Coffman and the team at Duke City Pediatric Dentistry work to provide the city's children with top quality care. Using more positive language regarding dental health and cleanings, Dr. Coffman strives to make dentist appointments a fun experience for your child. So start those cleanings young (at least by the first year is recommended) and take the fear and stigma out of going to the dentist by visiting Dr. Coffman, this year’s Best of Burque winner.

2) Dr. Bill Wolfe, DDS

3) Dr. Don P. Gutierrez, DMD

Best Doctor

Dr. Lynette Abrams-Silva, PhD

The brain is probably the most essential part of the body. It's important to look after it and take care of it. Burqueños trust Dr. Lynette Abrams-Silva, a neuropsychologist, when it comes to the care and keeping of the brain. Assessing the brain and how it relates to the central nervous system, neuropsychologists are able to evaluate many aspects of human behavior. Specializing in clinical psychology, Dr. Abrams-Silva has over six years of diverse experience in her field.

2) Dr. Megan Molleck, MD

3) Dr. Vijay Agarwal, MD

Best Eye Clinic

Eye Associates of New Mexico

Eye Associates of New Mexico was the first practice to include more specialized care when it first opened in 1976, so that more severe cases didn't have to travel out of state any longer. They were also the first clinic to offer free glaucoma screenings. Now with 14 locations around the state, Eye Associates of New Mexico is able to provide more communities with top quality care and attention. From regular eye exams to refractive surgery, Burque turns to Eye Associates for all their eye care needs.

2) Sandia Vision Clinic

3) Casey Optical Co.

Best Funeral Home

French Funerals & Cremations

Most of the Alibi staff plan on dying at some point, and if you're anything like us, you'll want the final arrangements to be made by French Funerals & Cremations. They've made quite a name for themselves over the years as the place that will give the proper respect to the departed while never forgetting about those left to grieve. French offers traditional services, but allows for unique and innovative ceremonies as well. They also offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity to sit down with your loved ones and have the “Talk of a Lifetime”—a program designed to guide families through a meaningful conversation about their history and principles.

2) TIE: Riverside Funeral Home/Salazar Funeral Homes & Crematory

Best Gym

Defined Fitness

Okay. No more coddling! If you didn't already know that locally-owned and operated Defined Fitness is the best gym in Albuquerque, then you've been spending too much time in front of the television, noshing on potato chips and putting off a trip to the shower. Up and at ’em, soldier! On your feet—hup two three—down the street! Defined Fitness has been building an empire for three decades, and now sports five full-service gyms located all around the city, over 400 weekly group fitness classes, free supervised childcare, full aquatic centers and personalized coaching. That doesn't leave you with too many excuses.

2) Stone Age Climbing Gym

3) Anytime Fitness

Best Hair Salon

Kabeyo Hair Studio

Opened in 2011 by Rafael Rivera Kabeyo, Kabeyo Hair Studio has risen above the competition with a loving list of services. Located Downtown in the heart of the 505, Rafael and staff pride themselves on showcasing local artists and helping our community, also earning a nomination for an OUTstanding award in 2018. Drop in and get the royal treatment with hair services, waxing, lash extensions, facials, makeup or a massage from the best in Burque.

2) Moxi Hair Studio

3) Nuvé Salon

Best Hospital

Presbyterian Hospital

First of all, if this is an emergency, you need to put down this paper and call 911. However, if your condition is less time-sensitive and you're trying to decide on where to take your malfunctioning meat unit, then by all means continue to read this entry. Trusting your various bits, pieces and whatnots to the mechanical prowess of the professionals at Presbyterian is probably the smartest thing you could do in these troubling times. The staff is well-trained and experienced in the art of maintaining the four-dimensional physical cross-section we refer to as our “bodies,” and they're supposed to be pretty good at some sort of software interface known as “bedside manner.”

2) Lovelace Women's Hospital

3) UNM Hospital

Best Hotel

Hotel Parq Central

Thanks to a massive renovation in 2010, a beautiful and historic building was given new life as the hip and swanky Hotel Parq Central. With classic architecture and stylish interiors, this contemporary boutique hotel manages to balance modern amenities with old school charm. Guests and visitors can dine and drink at the Apothecary Lounge, a rooftop bar offering stunning panoramic views of the Albuquerque skyline. It's the perfect place for travelers looking for a memorable stay in the Land of Enchantment and locals looking to inject some novelty into their lives.

2) Hotel Andaluz

3) Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa

Best Law Firm

Mescall Law Firm

We're going to take this slowly and tread softly. Our results—decided in accordance with local customs regarding democratic elections and the tallying of votes—show that the winner of the Best Law Firm (due to a higher number of votes recorded in its favor) is the honorable Mescall Law Firm (referred to as “the winning team” from this point on). Any alleged individuals allegedly in need of legal advice from a team of professionals would do well to consult with the winning team before pursuing other avenues. The staff at the Weekly Alibi do not endorse the winning team (allegedly) as that would compromise our unbiased reporting of the facts.

2) Garcia Ives Nowara

3) Youtz & Valdez, P.C.

Best Mechanic

Jim's Automotive, Inc.

Some mechanics just don't have it. They fumble with their tools, put the wrong parts in the wrong places. Thankfully, there's masters out there like the crew at Jim's Automotive, who work with that easy touch your vehicle so desperately needs—confident and self-assured, but gentle too. It needs someone who knows what they're doing, but is willing to listen and adapt. After all, you don't want to leave your love machine in the hands of an amateur, do you? Also: Make sure to check your air conditioner. It seems to be getting warm in here.

2) All in the Wrist Auto & Diesel Repair

3) No Worries Complete Auto & A/C Service

Best Nail Salon

Nuvé Salon

While our winner for Best Nail Salon is also an extraordinary full-service salon, the readers decided it is their incredible nail services that deserved the spotlight. Nuvé, located in Old Town, prides themselves on top-notch customer service, only second to their artistry. Nail tech extraordinaire, Rose Valdez, offers the sickest, most sturdy and sought-after nails in the city. Book a manicure, pedicure, gel set, or request some outlandish nail art from the experts for your next appointment.

2) A Touch of Zen

3) Princess Spa and Nails

Best Personal Trainer

Patrick Ryan

There are an elite few at the pinnacle of fitness in Albuquerque. Leading the way in the category this year is Patrick Ryan. Albuquerque takes its fitness quite seriously, hashtagging “gainz” on social media in droves on the daily. Want to follow the trend? We're willing to bet this NCCPT certified strong man can get those goals on track.

2) Mariah Baker

3) Reece Killebrew

Best Piercing Parlor

Evolution Body Piercing

With statewide buzz as one of the best around, our readership makes it fact by voting Evolution Body Piercing into the number one spot for multiple years. Owners Shawn Taylor, Crystal Sims and staff use by-the-book procedures for piercing and sterility that keep the potentially painful piercing experience to a surprisingly pleasant minimum and put your mind at ease. Nob Hill is the place to find this spot with gorgeous handmade jewelry options and efficiently short wait-times.

2) Ascension Body Modification

3) TIE: Por Vida Tattoo/Sachs Body Modification

Best Roofer

Heritage Roofing NM LLC

Despite the whole living in a desert thing, we do have enough weather here that having a roof over your head comes in handy. And you all trust Heritage Roofing with keeping that roof maintained through monsoon season and the varying degrees of winter that we get each year. Whether you need residential or commercial roofing installed, repairs or replacement on an old roof or help with storm damage insurance claims, Heritage Roofing’s 60+ years of combined experience won’t steer you wrong.

2) TIE: A New Millennium, Inc./Patrick Donnelly Roofing

Best Solar Energy Company

SolarCity

If the signs all over town didn’t tip you off, SolarCity has done a fantastic job of convincing more and more folks in Albuquerque to go solar since they launched service in the city in early 2015. The company, which is now a part of Tesla, installs custom solar panels and roofs based on each individual client’s preferences, typical energy usage, roof space and sun exposure, making it easy for you to sign up and start saving the environment (and a few dollars, too).

2) Affordable Solar Installation

3) Array Technologies, Inc.

Best Spa

Betty's Bath & Day Spa

Burqueños are no stranger to the luxurious and relaxing stimulus of Betty's Bath & Day Spa. Having won multiple community-oriented awards for their services and outreach in the city, this spot is the essence of leisure for so many. Owner Lisa McCulloch provides the finest in soaking baths, massage, body treatments, facials and self-care.

2) The Remedy Day Spa

3) La Bella Spa

Best Tattoo Artist

Johnny Mac Howell, True Grit Tattoo

His clients know him as Johnny Mac. He is the proprietor and an artist at this year's best tattoo shop, True Grit. With 15 years of masterful experience behind him, he specializes in Japanese and watercolor styles, as well as anything you might dream up for him. As a husband and father of two, Johnny insists on family as a priority. Shout out to Johnny and Consuela, of Sandia Animal Clinic, for their enviable genes!

2) Ben Shaw, Archetype Tattoo Studio

3) Tyson Gonzales, Gallo Negro Tattoo Studio

Best Tattoo Shop

True Grit Tattoo

Another triumph for Johnny Mac and the phenomenal staff of newcomers, is True Grit Tattoo at the top of the Albuquerque tattoo game. With upscale décor, True Grit still manages to feel comfortable and relaxing, while providing the highest quality for its clients. To quote their website, this is “not just another McDonald's of the tattoo world.” There is 40 years of combined tattoo-wisdom within the walls of the shop to keep your worries at a minimum and satisfaction at its apex.

2) Archetype Tattoo Studio

3) Por Vida Tattoo

Best Urgent Care

Presbyterian Urgent Care

Not surprisingly, the best urgent care goes to Presbyterian Urgent Care centers. With multiple locations in Albuquerque and surrounding areas, there is no shortage of this well-branded provider to care for the citizens of fair Burque. With expedited services, expert care, thorough treatment and graciousness and empathy towards their patients, Presbyterian works to give the finest care despite the challenges healthcare workers face each day.

2) Duke City Urgent Care

3) Adult Urgent Care at UNMH

Best Used Car Dealership

M & F Auto Sales

There are an abundance of used car lots in Albuquerque, so for one to rise above the rest speaks volumes. M&F Auto Sales has two locations in Albuquerque to serve both the east and the Westside seamlessly. Whether in search of a higher-end foreign luxury car or an eco-friendly domestic compact, there's a solid chance they have have it in their inventory.

2) Garcia Honda

3) Houston Wholesale Cars LLC

Best Waxing Salon

The Vanity Wax

For two years in a row, the one-woman show known as The Vanity Wax steals the top spot as the best waxing salon. Amanda Salazar continues to kill the game with over six years experience as an esthetician, exclusively offering waxing and brow tint services. With luxurious spas, big-name chains and dozens of others offering wax services, Amanda is definitely the one our readership trusts their most sensitive areas to.

2) Pretty Pum Pum

3) TIE: Betty's Bath & Day Spa/Rio Grande Body Works, LLC

Best Yoga Center

Bhava Yoga Studio

Bhava Yoga once again tugs at the heart—er—hamstrings of the Duke City as the best yoga studio. Upon entry, the studio feels light and airy like a spring day with instructors that feel like family members. With fly-by-night yoga studios popping up everywhere these days, this staple of Albuquerque yoga continues to be a warm embrace that yogis respond to year after year. Co-owners Marisol and Mimi have certainly built something they can be proud of.

2) Mi Vida Yoga

3) TIE: Blissful Spirits Hot Yoga/Helix Coffee and Yoga House