For the 19th year, you, our readers, have spoken. We received nearly 3,500 votes in our annual readers’ choice poll, and we are naming 125 FABBY Award winners in this issue. Some are many-time winners, and some many-time winners were out-voted this year. A rainbow wave, if you will.
Most Fabulous Attorney
Chris Wharton donates much of his time to helping the community and those in it. He represents people in our community who otherwise may not be able to find representation. He’s also my city councilperson and had the pothole on my street fixed. Okay, that last part wasn’t true. But I’m sure he’d try!
Most Fabulous Flea Market
URBAN FLEA MARKET
This monthly market is as much event as it is fleas. Wait. That’s wrong. The year-round market lets you shop, browse and enjoy the experience of a (second) Sunday in downtown Salt Lake City 10am–4pm.
Most Fabulous Place to Get Pierced
Koi has been punching holes in human bodies since 1997 and would have been winning FABBY Awards back then if our prestigious publication had existed then.
Most Fabulous Tattoos
CORY HARRIS, LOYALTY TATTPP
The reviews are rave for the talented Cory Harris. Most talk about how it’s great to be zapped by such a nice guy. And, he wants to do more dog tats.
Most Fabulous Barber
GOD SHAVE THE QUEEN
WHAMbarber George Michael Duven (get it?) burst onto the scene and can be found supporting many community charity events offering prizes of a free haircut. He also offers manscaping services to keep all your regions tidy. All that, and he’s not too hard to look at, as well. Fabby!
Runners-up: Puck the barber, Friar Tucks Barber Shop
Most Fabulous Insurance Agent
JON JEPSEN, SENTRY WEST
Jon Jepsen is a doer in this community. He volunteers on boards, was on the first Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission, and is just a nice guy. He has partnerships with so many insurance companies that he will surely find one that fits your needs.
Most Fabulous Veterinarian
ANIMAL CARE CENTER
The first time I walked into Animal Care Center it was the week after Pride and a huge standard poodle with rainbow fur greeted everyone at the door. It’s true what they say, They care about your pets as much as you do.
Most Fabulous Real Estate Agent
BABS DE LAY, URBAN UTAH
Babs was selling homes in Salt Lake before the Mormon pioneers climbed through Emigration Canyon. They’re on every city commission there is. They basically run this town. And Babs knows their shit when it comes to buying and selling in Salt Lake.
Most Fabulous Church
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
The host of the Salt Lake Men’s Choir and the Matrons of Mayhem, as well as many other LGBT events, is also a great place to visit on Sundays. Pastor Curtis, when the Rona wasn’t around, loved to head down to the Utah Pride Center just to chat with the people there. Same-sex marriage became legal? Pastor Curtis was their marrying people. Beware of his dad jokes though.
Most Fabulous TV News
FOX 13 NEWS
Don’t let the word “Fox” in “Fox 13 News” scare you. This group is the hardest-working news team in the state and regularly reports on Utah’s LGBTQ community … in a good way.
Most Fabulous Radio Station
KRCL FM 90.9
KRCL is northern Utah’s only non-profit, member-supported community radio station dedicated to broadcasting a well-curated contemporary eclectic mix of music and community information 24 hours a day.
Most Fabulous Kennel/Pet Boarding
Most Fabulous Dog Grooming
THE DOG DEN
Brand new to the valley and already winning awards. Maybe because they care enough to have supervised playtime, separate play areas, and webcams so you can check up on Phydeaux. While their place is new, the staff have been taking care of four-legged friends for dozens of years.
Most Fabulous Car Dealership
MARK MILLER SUBARU
Mark Miller has been a proud Pride sponsor for many years. They know love is love and love makes a Subaru. They have the national awards to prove it. They also save homeless dogs in a big way, which is huge in my book.
Most Fabulous Caterer
LUX CATERING & EVENTS
Lux has donated thousands of dollars worth of food and services to Utah’s LGBTQ community over its many years. They are the most environmentally-aware caterer in the state. They are also a certified LGBT Business Enterprise.
Most Fabulous Wedding Officiant
Christopher may be the hardest-working minister in the valley. He even gets up for an Easter service in Park City at the crack of dawn. He’s been doing same-sex weddings since before it was legal. He also takes care of funerals and healing blessings.
Most Fabulous Financial Planner
HANS HEATH, LGBT FINANCIAL
Hans’s background, experience, and commitment to providing clients with the resources needed to make financial decisions, can help make your financial future as successful as you need it to be.
Runner-up: David Reichert, Reichert Wealth
Most Fabulous Wedding DJ
While most DJs just focus on music, DJ Pauly focuses on your experience. From the first planning meeting, to the last dance of the night, he works with you to deliver an amazing, stress-free party that you and your guests will never forget.
Most Fabulous Financial Institution
MOUNTAIN AMERICA CREDIT UNION
Nearly a million members and $13 billion in assets, Mountain America Credit Union assists members on the right path to help them identify and achieve their financial dreams.