Alibi V.28 No.17 • April 25-May 1, 2019 

Best of Burque 2019

Services

Best Credit Union

Nusenda Credit Union

Ask your doctor if Nusenda is right for you

With 14 Albuquerque locations and 6 others around the state, Nusenda offers the convenience of a national bank with the customer service of a local not-for-profit credit union. The staff is warm and friendly and, instead of paying hidden fees to park your dough, Nusenda offers competitive auto and mortgage loan rates, and even pays you a year-end dividend. Online banking options are easy and convenient to use and the bank also offers education and workshops to take that next financial step, whatever it may be. (Constance Moss)

2) Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union

3) U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union

Best Dance Studio

Studio Sway

Studio Sway is jam-packed with classes seven days a week so you don’t have to wait to move your feet. If you are looking for African dance, jazz dance or the latest in therapeutic movement to optimize your lymphatic system, they’ve got it, plus some kinds of dance that you probably haven’t even heard of before. No need to call ahead, just show up and start getting your groove on. (Clarke Condé)

2) Maple Street Dance Space

3) Sirena World Dance Studio

Best Spa

Betty's Bath & Day Spa

What makes a great spa? Massages? Soaking tubs? Citrus kale facials? Soothing harp music piped in from hidden speakers? Since 2000 this North Valley staple has been Burque’s one-stop shop for relaxation and wellness, offering all of the above and more. There’s even a private suite for individuals, couples and small groups, where guests can enjoy a private eucalyptus steam room, in-room treatments and access to the facility’s salt water soaking tubs. We’re relaxed just thinking about it. (Devin D. O’Leary)

2) Bliss Massage Studios

3) RW&CO Day Spa

Best Waxing Salon

The Vanity Wax

No stranger to winning in this category, Amanda Salazar is a one-woman show in the waxing biz and proves once again you don't need a big, fancy spa to be the best. Being the go-to lady in town to trust your most sensitive bits to, the Vanity Wax provides a number of waxing services with the safest and most gentle methods. She's by appointment only, so get in line. (Ashli Kesali)

2) RW&CO Day Spa

3) Pretty Pum Pum

Best Nail Salon

RW&CO Day Spa

Though they offer a ton of other great services, the manicures and pedicures stand out to the clients of RW&CO. There is no elaborate list of nail services to sweat over here, and the classics on their menu include a classic manicure, express mani and gel set. A 2018 BoB winner as well, they afford Burque just the kind of luxury they crave. Book a bridal party, a ladies' night out or a special treat for yourself and see what the fuss is about. (Ashli Kesali)

2) Cute.icle Lounge

3) Lantern Hair & Nail Beauty Salon

Best Cosmetic Spa

Chrome: A Beauty and Wellness Collective

Providing services to look better, love better and live better, Chrome has an injectable for pretty much every wrinkle. If injections aren't your thing, enjoy a number of peels and resurfacing treatments in addition to genital rejuvenation and even hair services. Don't let the drive up to Rio Rancho scare you off. Let the results speak for themselves and you'll know why the 505 trusts their hide to Chrome. (Ashli Kesali)

2) RW&CO Day Spa

3) Cute.icle Lounge

Best Barbershop

Barber's Knock

This Northeast Heights spot is well known for their contemporary and classic cuts as well as hot shaves. When entering, you may notice a line. There's a reason for it. The city clearly recognizes the craft and quality that goes into their services, which are clearly worth the wait. An appointment is recommended if you're in a hurry, but a clean fade or a close shave are timeless. (Ashli Kesali)

2) Vinny's Barber Shop

3) Polaco's Barber Shop

Best Hair Salon

Moxi Hair Studio

Moxi lived up to their name when they made a bold move to a Central Ave. storefront in the middle of the Albuquerque Rapid Transit crisis and look at who came out on top. Hint: It wasn't ART. Owner Shannon Vigil has a knack for bringing in the best and most creative Albuquerque stylists, and the voters of the city seem to appreciate their attention to detail and inventive styles. With numerous options for those tresses, including waxing, the city is hooked on their hair. (Ashli Kesali)

2) RW&CO Day Spa

3) Mark Pardo SalonSpa

Best Tattoo Shop

Archetype Tattoo Studio

We know Albuquerque loves art. We also know that Albuquerque loves body modification. (However, don’t ever get a tattoo from someone in a van, even if it is free and will depict your favorite animal, a Mexican drinking worm.) If you want quality work designed by some of the best artists in town, Archetype Tattoo is for you. Led by Ben Shaw, who has over 18 years experience and co-founded the Guild of Ethical Tattooists, Archetype prides itself on building a sense of community with artists and customers alike. With six amazing tattoo artists, late weeknight hours and a great atmosphere, it’s almost stupid if you don’t get inked here. (Taylor Grabowsky)

2) True Grit Tattoo

3) All Is One Tattoo and Design

Best Piercing Parlor

Evolution Body Piercing

Evolution Body Piercing

Evolution offers 40—yes, count ’em—different types of body piercings, according to the piercing studio's website. This is an extremely professional establishment which places the health and safety of the client above all else. Evolution adheres to strict sterilization procedures and its sterilization autoclaves are spore-tested weekly by an independent laboratory. Not only will you feel safe and comfortable in Evolution's capable, steady hands, but you will also have the largest body jewelry selection in the state to choose from. (Constance Moss)

2) Ascension Body Modification

3) 505 INK Tattoos & Piercings

Best Tattoo Artist

Aldo Gallegos

Aldo Gallegos comes from a family of artists and has been drawing and painting since childhood and tattooing professionally since 2006. He is extremely passionate and strives to create the best experience, focusing on preparation, constantly improving his craft and using the highest quality inks and top-of-the-line equipment. He specializes in vibrant color work, cartoon new school, realism and portraiture and cover-ups of all kinds. His extreme passion for everything tattooing has garnered him numerous awards. Gallegos travels to conventions and continues his education regularly. Find Aldo at Archetype Tattoo. His average wait time is three months. (Constance Moss)

2) Johnny Mac

3) Tyson Gonzales

Best Hotel

Hotel Andaluz

Since its renovation in 2008, this “historic boutique hotel”—originally built by Conrad Hilton in 1939—has become a Downtown hotspot for more than just out-of-town guests. You can check out jazz concerts around the fountain in the art-filled lobby. You can have a gourmet Spanish-inspired meal at MÁS—Tapas y Vino. You can sip Sangria at the intimate Ibiza Urban Rooftop Lounge. Or if you really want to go all out, you can actually rent a room for a weekend staycation. (Devin D. O’Leary)

2) Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm

3) Hotel Chaco

Best Funeral Home

French Funerals and Cremations

Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. French Funerals and Cremations can help you out with one of those. Locally owned and operated since 1907, French Funerals is a master at handling what comes after the big sleep. At French Funerals you can expect attention to detail and professional caregivers who are also sensitive and sympathetic. From helping put together an online memorial or tribute video to planning every detail of your loved one’s service and even offering one year of daily grief support emails, French Funerals and Cremations helps turn death into less of a pain. (Taylor Grabowsky)

2) Daniels Family Funeral Services Sara Road Chapel

Best Yoga Center

Mi Vida Yoga Health and Wellness Center

Mi Vida Yoga bills itself as a neighborhood yoga studio for “real people with real bodies.” Classes run the gamut from Hot Yoga to Warm Yoga to something called “Hot Glowga” (evidently, it concentrates on “flow” and takes place under black light). For beginners, older practitioners and those who have had recent injuries, “Chair Yoga” is on the schedule. For Spanish speakers, Mi Vida Yoga offers yoga classes en español. And if you just wanna chill, there are meditation sessions throughout the week. All in all, it sounds like the perfect place to get your downward-facing dog on. (Devin D. O’Leary)

2) Bhava Yoga Studio

3) Hot Yoga Downtown

Best Personal Trainer

Stephen Chacon

Stephen Chacon has earned the title Master Personal Trainer, and you can find him motivating clients to improve core strength, lose weight and prepare for “physique competition” at Del Norte Sports & Wellness. He’s got a bachelor’s in kinesiology from New Mexico State University and is an NSCA-certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, which means he’s in way better shape than any of the desk jockeys here at Weekly Alibi. Who better to push you to the next level? Now drop and give us 20. (Devin D. O’Leary)

2) Reece Killebrew

3) Patrick Ryan II

Best Gym

Defined Fitness

For 31 years, Defined Fitness has been committed to helping a community of people grow stronger and healthier. Locally owned and operated, these five full-service gym locations offer 400 weekly classes that accommodate any level of fitness, as well as state-of-the-art equipment and machines, aquatic centers and even free child care. Defined Fitness continues to expand, opening new locations on the West Side and even in Santa Fe. Members can enjoy access to all locations, which are open seven days a week, even on holidays. (Constance Moss)

2) Del Norte Sports and Wellness

3) UFC GYM Albuquerque

Best Hospital

University of New Mexico Hospital

As a renowned public teaching hospital, UNMH offers the state’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, children's hospital, designated stroke center and certified burn unit. Its maternity care is nationally recognized, and it provides care to both uninsured and underinsured patients. (Constance Moss)

2) Presbyterian Hospital

3) Presbyterian Rust Medical Center

Best Urgent Care

Duke City Urgent Care

With four ABQ facilities and one in Los Lunas, Duke City Urgent Care has got you covered. Open seven days a week with short wait times, the kind and professional staff will provide you with the best medical care. With onsite labs, X-ray and other equipment, they will get you diagnosed and treated stat. At Duke City, the board-certified emergency medicine doctors, nurses, physician assistants and paramedics know that urgent medical needs can cause stress and anxiety, and they aim to alleviate this stress by making the health of you and your children a top priority. (Constance Moss)

2) Presbyterian Urgent Care on Paradise

3) Presbyterian Urgent Care on Harper

Best Eye Clinic

Eye Associates of New Mexico

Eye health is sometimes neglected or put off. When was the last time you got a routine eye exam? Yet it’s one of the most important things to take care of, considering the optic nerve connects to the brain. Eye Associates of New Mexico knows all about the importance of ocular health. For 43 years they have been providing our state with top-of-the-line care, which now includes custom laser vision correction and no-stitch cataract surgery. So if you’re noticing deteriorating vision or need something more serious taken care of, check out Albuquerque’s winner (for several years in a row) for Best Eye Clinic. (Taylor Grabowsky)

2) Casey Optical Too

3) Perfect Pair Optical Shop

Best Doctor

Dr. Victoria Fergeson

A doctor of optometry with a reputation for putting “striving for the best” at the top of their to-do list, Dr. Fergeson of Sightful Solutions provides full-service optometry including exams for contact lenses and glasses, as well as glaucoma testing and pre- and postoperative eye care. Her office also works carefully with insurance companies to keep costs affordable. This year our readers spoke out about their eyes and when they did, Dr. Fergeson was on their minds; we’ll see you there, glasses on and contacts ready! (August March)

2) Dr. Angela L. Romero, MD

3) Dr. Lynette Abrams-Silva

Best Dentist

Amy C. Matte, DDS PC

If you need to get your teeth worked on—and who doesn’t, heck even George Washington wore braces—then you must check out Dr. Amy Matte. Our readers think very highly of her, and you will too. Dr. Matte’s general dentistry office can set patients up with services as simple as a cleaning or as extensive as root canal treatment. In network with large-scale providers like Delta, United Concordia, Metlife, Cigna and Aetna, this is Burque’s best dental office according to our yearly and very toothsome poll. (August March)

2) Sarah Oppel-Brown, DDS

3) Robert J. Gherardi, DMD / David T. Moore, DDS

Best Cosmetic Surgeon

William G. Loutfy MD

William G. Loutfy, MD is the head doc in charge at the Albuquerque Center for Plastic Surgery. The center touts his “unique combination of education and surgical experiences” and his ability to perform “general surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as plastic surgery.” So whether you’re in the market for a rhinoplasty or a little breast augmentation. Dr. Loutfy has a scalpel with your name on it. (Devin D. O’Leary)

2) Neil T. Chen, MD

3) Jeffrey D. Morehouse, MD

Best Chiropractor

Dr. Beau Hightower, DC

Manipulation on the part of a spouse or significant other can be a bad thing. But when it comes to bodily pain and injury, plenty of folks say that a little spinal manipulation is a very good thing. Dr. Beau Hightower has a lot of letters after his name (DN, DC, MS, EP-C, DAAPM, SCCS, CES, FMS), 228,000 followers on Instagram and is director of sports medicine at Jackson Wink MMA. He’s also charismatic enough to have his own YouTube channel in which guests—from UFC champ Jon Jones to actor Jeremy Piven to comedian Bryan Callen—get extreme, intense, excruciating or just loud chiropractic treatments. Wow, we’re sold. (Devin D. O’Leary)

2) Speegle Sport and Spine

3) Blue Sky Chiropractic, LLC

Best Auto Dealership

American Toyota Albuquerque

Full disclosure: I purchased my 2017 Scion IA from Larry H. Miller American Toyota Albuquerque. So I’m hardly in a position to argue with our readers’ top choice. The sprawling Uptown dealership features a wide selection of new and used Toyotas, a top-notch parts and service department and a waiting area that is always stocked with soda and popcorn and lined with power charging outlets. No complaints here. (Devin D. O’Leary)

2) Melloy Nissan

3) Galles Chevrolet

Best Mechanic

Reincarnation Inc. / The Subaru Guys

If you aren’t blessed with a brand-new car under factory warranty, odds are you’ll need to get repair work done on your vehicle at some point. Our readers turn most often, it seems, to Reincarnation Inc., an independent Subaru Specialty Shop established in 2011. With eight service bays and more than 10 employees, “The Subaru Guys” have got your foreign auto needs locked down (even if you drive a Toyota, Volvo, Honda, Lexus, Nissan, Acura, Scion, Infiniti or Mazda). (Devin D. O’Leary)

2) Bill & Mike's Automotive

3) Foreign Aide Parts & Services

Best Law Firm

Law 4 Small Business (L4SB)

Albuquerque is the land of opportunity for small businesses (perhaps because so many larger chains have yet to commit to our zip code). So it comes as no surprise that so many of our readers recommend Law 4 Small Business. The majority of L4SB’s attorneys graduated from UNM’s School of Law, ensuring a certain level of local knowledge. Those lawyers are surrounded by “paralegals, designers, writers and coffee drinkers,” all of whom are all about helping small businesses navigate and avoid problems. (August March)

2) Sutin, Thayer & Browne, APC

3) Bowles Law Firm

Best Solar Energy Company

Positive Energy Solar

Positive Energy Solar has been providing sun-centered energy solutions for over 20 years. Founded by Alan Sindelar—who partnered with Randy Sadewick and Mark Drummond in 2004—with a shared love of solar power, solar products and cutting edge technology, the firm has grown and expanded from Santa Fe and now employs over 60 individuals committed to the practice of using renewable energy in sunny New Mexico. Recent reports show that this BoB winner has already installed 3,500 units with more to come in the future. (August March)

2) Ocotillo Solar Electric

3) Affordable Solar Installation

Best Computer/ IT Help

Duke City Solutions

If you’ve already tried turning it off and back on, your next step would be to call Duke City Solutions. Whether you’re a Mac or PC user, whether you need custom website hosting or network printer setup, this locally owned technology solutions company knows just which keys to press. Also, they could probably survive just fine inside The Matrix. (Devin D. O’Leary)

2) Health-e IT

Best Roofer

East Mountain Roofing

New Mexico can be tough on roofs. For starters, they’re all flat. And they’re regularly subjected to broiling sun, battering wind and monsoon rains. This licensed local roofing contractor (located in Edgewood) performs commercial and residential roofing repair, installation and replacement throughout the greater Albuquerque area. Flat roofs, shingle roofs, metal roofs—nothing fazes these folks or their really tall ladders.
2) Right Way Roofing
3) Gonzales & Sons Roofing (Devin D. O’Leary)