It’s time for the Best of Teller reveal! | From the Editor | Mail from Pikes Peak


Drum roll, please… It’s time for the Best of Teller reveal!

The Best of Teller magazine is tucked away in this week’s edition of the Courier. This is Pikes Peak Courier’s annual contest where you, the reader and resident of Teller County, share your favorite people, places and businesses in the county.

We’ve compiled the results and some “hidden gem” recommendations from two of our Courier editors, Pat Hill and Norma Engelberg, into 36 neat little pages.

Best of Teller magazine is the #1 source for the best service, dining and entertainment in Teller County.

It boils down to a celebration of what you, the Courier readers, love most about where you live.

I want to congratulate all of the winners of the 2022 Best of Teller contest. Many of you are repeat winners, and some have even won gold or silver honors since we launched the Best of Teller contest in 2018. . Congratulations to all of you !

Thanks also to the more than 4,000 Courier readers who voted during the month of April. That’s about 33% more individual voters than in the 2021 contest. More votes means more competition and a more robust contest.

We counted more than 60,000 votes in total through online voting at in this year’s reader-focused contest (possible because you could, and did, vote more than once).

Votes are grouped into four categories: Arts, Entertainment and Recreation, Dining, Everyday Life and Shopping.

There are 114 sub-categories, such as Best Bakery and Best Pizza (within the main Restaurant category); Best Artist/Gallery and Family Hike (in the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation category); best gift shop and tire shop (in Shopping); and best dentist and veterinarian (in daily life).

We have also created a short video to introduce you to some of our winners. And by “we” I mean Chris Malone, the talented video guru of The Gazette’s advertising departments. find it on (Spoiler alert: I’m the host.)

Curious to see who has won in the past? The four previous issues of Best of Teller magazine, from its inception in 2018 until last year, can be viewed online at and And you’ll also find the 2022 magazine and all content at

We hope you find all of the contest winners. After all, you recommended them!

And while you’re on the go in the months ahead, take some mental notes about new and/or established businesses, new or “old” favorite people and places you’d like to see compete for the 2023 competition. We’ll be looking for applications this fall.

Michelle Karas, The Courier’s editor, has called the Pikes Peak area home since 2015. Contact Michelle at [email protected].


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