The nominations are in and the results have been tallied. BEACON Senior Newspaper readers spent the last two months nominating their favorite local hot spots. Now, we’re excited to reveal the BEACON Best—nearly 30 restaurants, shops, service providers and more who rise above the rest for boomers and seniors in Delta and Montrose counties.
“There are other, similar contests, but none specifically from the viewpoint of boomers and seniors,” said BEACON
Publisher Kevin VanGundy. “Nothing else focuses on the businesses and services that they particularly like.”
Although this year’s winners span many different industries, they all have something in common—each provides a high-quality experience in a welcoming, friendly environment. One huge component of that is a dedication to superior customer service.
“Many of our readers grew up in an age where service came with everything you bought,” VanGundy said.
Unfortunately, some businesses treat customer service as if it’s old-fashioned and out of style. The winners of this
year’s BEACON Best Awards do not feel the same way.
“Our business is based on building strong relationships. Working with clients in the retirement phase allows us to really get to know their whole extended family and what’s important to them,” said financial advisor Chris Reichmann, the BEACON Best winner in the best financial planner category. “Our clients love that we care about our relationship with them and their families.”
BEACON reader Scharee Atchison, who won a $50 gift card to Cedaredge Golf Club for participating in this year’s contest, said this kind of customer-first attitude went a long way in securing her vote.
“[Cedaredge Golf Club] has the best back nine and beautiful views,” Atchison said. “Their customer service is outstanding and I am always quick to recommend them to friends and
Nicholas Rinne said seniors appreciate the quality and freshness of the food at The Vine Market & Bistro, which was voted as the best place for lunch.
“I love getting to talk with my senior customers,” he said. “They share their experiences and impart wisdom.”
Seniors are vital to the success and growth of Second Impressions, which opened its new store at 420 N. Townsend Ave.
Voted by BEACON readers as the best second hand store, this Community Options Program serves as a vocational training and employment site for adults with disabilities. Manager Kim Taylor said the majority of the business’ donated inventory comes from seniors, and they love to shop the deals.
“We wouldn’t be in business without them,” Taylor said. “Now with our new building, they love that they can shop for those good deals in our classy new store.”
While VanGundy hopes that other businesses will take note of the BEACON Best Awards and think about ways to make their establishments more senior friendly, he said the idea of the contest is to recognize the businesses and services that seniors love. It’s this kind of attitude that sets the BEACON Best apart.
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