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Highlands Mommies: Their picks for best food, shops, yoga studios in northwest Denver

Much fuss has been made about the Highlands Mommies' relationships to local businesses, as is evident in the comments on our cover story, "The Mommies." Here's a juicy one:

The Highland Mommies are run by a self-possessed cadre of mean girls who finally have a voice after what surely were unfulfilled high school years. The comment about the Highland Mommies being bullies is true. ... Feeling big because you can 'ruin' a small business or individual trying to make a living is nothing to be proud of.

But are the Mommies trying to hurt local businesses, or help them?

The Mommies say it's the latter, though they admit that there was a time when their reputation wasn't stellar. "We had a bad rap," explains Mommies managing director Laverne Herrera-Hay. "They used to say, 'Oh, you don't want to make the Highlands Mommies mad because they'll make your business go under.'

"And that's not true. That's the last thing we want, is to see any business in our community go under. Because they're owned by people who live in this neighborhood. So we've worked on that, and I think it's gotten a lot better."

In fact, the Mommies held their own "Best Of" contest last year for Highlands businesses (not unlike the "Best Of" awards given out by a certain venerable local publication). They announced the winners last February. Here's the Mommies' blue-ribbon list:

Favorite Mexican Restaurant

Tacos Jalisco

Most Authentic Mexican Restaurant

Taqueria Patzcuaro

Favorite Italian Restaurant

Parisi

Favorite Asian Restaurant

Thai Basil

Favorite Delivery

Pasquini's

Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Pasquini's

Favorite Date-Night Restaurant

Duo

Favorite Dessert

Happy Cakes

Coolest Bar

Root Down

Best Patio

Cafe Caliente (renamed Highlands Cork and Coffee)

Favorite Cafe

Common Grounds

Favorite Breakfast

DJ's Berkeley Cafe

Favorite Ice Cream

Red Trolley

Favorite BBQ

Big Hoss

Favorite Burger

Billy's Inn

Most Addictive Pizza

Parisi

Favorite New Restaurant

Ernie's Bar & Pizza

Favorite Liquor Store

Mondo Vino

Favorite Grown-Up Clothing Store

Dragonfly

Favorite Kids Clothing Store

Real Baby

Favorite Consignment Shop

Clotheshorse

Favorite Book Shop

The Bookery Nook

Favorite Pet Supply Store

Mouthfuls

Favorite Spa

Indulgences Day Spa

Favorite Hair Salon

Rebelle by Tootsies

Favorite Nail/Wax

Tootsies

Favorite Exercise Class or Gym

SoulFire Fitness

Favorite Yoga

Spiral Yoga

Favorite Class to Take with Your Kids

Music Together

So, Mommy haters, do you agree with their picks? Tell us in the comments!

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