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Weather is important to TV viewers in Colorado, which is why stations dedicate so many of their resources and so much of their time to its coverage. But when the forecast is within the normal range, even the flashiest graphics can't disguise the dullness of many weather purveyors. That's when Lisa Hidalgo's skills shine through. She's not just funny, she's downright sassy, with a rare ability to keep viewers watching even when the conditions haven't changed for a week straight.

Readers' choice: Kathy Sabine, 9News

Unlike those stations that make their personalities conform to rigid hairstyle standards — to the degree that all of them look as if they're wearing identical helmets — Fox31 allows staffers to express themselves by way of their follicles, and sports reporter Raul Martinez takes full advantage. His coiffure is bracingly youthful, proudly peaking on top and frequently jutting out in different directions, hipster-style. The result is cool in a way that TV hair usually isn't — but we wish it were.

Readers' choice: Kyle Clark

For TV personalities insecure about their hair, we imagine it would be a terrible burden to work at the same station as Corey Rose, our 2014 Best Hair winner, and the possessor of enough of the stuff to keep Locks of Love fully stocked for years. But there's no backdown in weekend anchor Christine Nöel. Rather than compete with Rose in terms of sheer volume (a losing proposition if ever there was one), she counters with a sleek, modernistic mane that suggests a brunette flower just about to open. Don't rest on your laurels, Corey. It's on!

Readers' choice: Adele Arakawa

Since 2009, Eden Lane has been hoofing her heels all over Denver to cover the burgeoning performing-arts and media beats, using a scant crew to grab an interview with new talents and introduce them to the world via her weekly, self-produced In Focus show on Colorado Public Television (Channel 12 to those in Denver). Always professional, effervescent, creative and dressed to kill, Lane's recent openness on living life as a trans woman just might bring her to national eyes as a role model for how journalism should be done.

Best Place to Get a (Men's) Size-12 High Heel

Studio Lites

Sitting quietly on Broadway for nearly four decades, Studio Lites has long been the secret place to grab some "club wear," as the sign advertises on its storefront. But if you're one of Denver's elite drag performers, this store is your refuge from the standard department-store ladies' section: Here a size-12 men's foot can find its Cinderella-slipper match, and a chorus of goddess-like wigs calls you over to play. The expert staff at Studio Lites will gladly guide you through everything you need to transform into a true diva.

Larimer Street stretches from the Auraria campus to the River North area — and all along the way, you'll spot fashionistas scattered among the students, downtown businesspeople, edgy RiNo artists and tourists venturing off the 16th Street Mall. Historic Denver meets the contemporary city along Larimer, and the result is often a stylish mash-up. If you want to focus your fashionista people-watching efforts, you can't beat the 1400 block (Larimer Square), which boasts a mix of trendy restaurants and stores, many featuring local talent. Be sure to look your best if you're headed that way: You never know who you'll run into.

Over the years, Ironwood has settled comfortably onto its foundation, and it now glows with an aura of history that makes its museum-like collection of oddities, treasures and specimens from the natural world seem timeless. And like a museum or a library, Ironwood is also a place where you'll want to bide your time, turning objects over in your hands and leafing through the pages of fascinating and beautiful books. But unlike at a museum, you can buy the pieces so stunningly curated by owners Alyson Two Eagles and Jeff Childress. Drop by and fall in love with the ever-changing stock of butterfly wings, growing plants, antique objects, books and art.

Readers' choice: Fancy Tiger Crafts

Studio Colfax is at least half a family affair, dreamed up by the sister duo of Rebecca and Sarah Tischler, who, with the help of friends Sara Bruce and Marguerite Specht, opened the artisan boutique on Colfax Avenue last summer. And like the eclectic street itself, the shop is a mixed bag of mysteries and delights. Here you'll find original jewelry pieces and gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, hand-sewn silk panties right next to fancy letterpress stationery and comic art by Colfax-lover Karl Christian Krumpholz. In keeping with the rhythm of the avenue outside, prices are affordable and the vibe is relaxed; drop in next door at Cafe Max for an after-shopping cup of coffee or glass of wine.

Readers' choice: Tattered Cover Book Store

I Heart Denver

Samuel Schimek's Colorado-centric I Heart Denver, which began as a temporary project and grew into a thriving downtown business, keeps doing its magic on the second level of the Denver Pavilions, where it caters to tourists and locals alike. But in spite of its stock of Denver-stamped merchandise and T-shirts, it's far from just another cheap curio shop: I Heart Denver also serves as a local-artist incubator by selling one-of-a-kind handmade and small-run items created in Colorado, and rewarding its suppliers with high returns. And here's something to look forward to: Schimek hopes to open a second store later this year as part of Southwest Plaza Mall's big makeover in Littleton.

Readers' choice: Tattered Cover Book Store

These days, when you don't even need paper tickets or boarding passes to get on a plane, having a U.S. Post Office in an airport might seem like a quaint relic of the past. Quaint, until you realize that you forgot to sign that contract you must get in the mail before you head to Japan. Or that you're still carrying around your parents' anniversary card because you didn't have a stamp. That's when this post office will come in very, very handy. And then there are those edibles you forgot to hide in the dirty laundry in your luggage...although you know it's illegal to send marijuana through the mail, don't you?

Readers' choice: Tattered Cover Book Store

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