Raising a Fight

Like many people staring down a milestone birthday, Bill Martin of Lone Tree wanted to greet his 50th in the best shape of his life. He grew up playing sports in El Paso and had kept in decent shape ever since, but he decided to kick it up a notch with a new routine: running the Bluffs with his dog…

Bringing Compassion into Focus

 Service First  "My path to photography was really different than most," says Army veteran Brian Johnson of Brian Johnson Photo. "When I went to war, I took a couple of blasts from IEDs. I don't have much memory prior to 2005. I have images but not much recollection. Photos allow me to say, 'Yes, I was there.' I live vicariously through…

Leapin’ Lizards!

Winter is nearly here and the long hours of daylight have dwindled away (for now!) What's a parent to do with kids who need a minimum of an hour of daily activity? In two words: be deliberate.

The Allergy-Friendly Table

When you have kids with food allergies, you have to be extra careful and creative in what you prepare during the holidays. Often, our girls cannot eat much of what has been set out for a celebration, and the holiday spread can seem like a landmine field. One bite of pumpkin pie served with the spatula from the pecan pie could…

Board & Brush hosts Women in Business

On October 2 Board & Brush Creative Studio hosted Women In Business. Board & Brush's goal is to turn people into "DIY masters" by educating them to understand and appreciate the beauty of raw materials—the wood, the knots, the color variations and the simple imperfections that will make each project unique. Ladies enjoyed appetizers and libations while connecting with other amazing women.

Elements Massage Ribbon Cutting

Elements Massage Lone Tree celebrated the grand opening of their new location in the south metro area on September 18. Guests enjoyed great snacks and beverages from Vibe Foods. Find them at 10008 Commons Street Suite 150, Lone Tree.   

Next Door in Highlands Ranch Grand Opening Party

Next Door American Eatery is now open in Highlands Ranch, the restaurant's sixth outpost in Colorado. The sneak peek opening on October 4 was filled with delicious, real food bites and kegged poured beer, cocktails and wine. Kimbal Musk, co-founder and Chairman, greeted guests and branded the new restaurant with a signature logo branding iron, bringing the community … Continued

Anchor Center for Blind Children Sunset in the Country Gala

Anchor Center for the Blind Children hosted its largest annual fundraiser event at the J-5 Equestrian Center in Littleton on September 22. More than 500 supporters and friends of Anchor Center attended this unique event. The gala included a silent auction, live auction, dinner, special guest speaker, video about Anchor Center, live entertainment, and dancing. This year … Continued

Chefs Dish

It's a wonderful thing that—right here in Highlands Ranch—you can get a chef’s own personal creation and join it with a wine pairing that complement your meal, or enjoy a bistro atmosphere where you can come as you are and have a party. We are very fortunate that we can—on any night of the week—go to a wonderful restaurant that creates memories that will…

No More Heartache

Dr. Steve Leonard is kind of a big deal in the world of pediatric cardiology. He's one of only five surgeons in the state who can perform a delicate and arduous surgery called “the Norwood”—a procedure for babies who don’t get enough oxygen into their bodies because of a malformed cardiopulmonary system. 

The Rhythm of Crested Butte

Crested Butte—where mountain biking originated and skiing reigns in the winter months—is also the destination for Coloradans who want to reset their rhythm in a hip, relaxing hideaway town.

One Beer, Two Beer…

Looking for some new Colorado beers to quaff at your next tailgate, barbecue or neighborhood game night? Wilson Seawright, beer specialist at Davidsons Beer, Wine, & Spirits in Highlands Ranch, has a few ideas for you. Among his favorite trends in 2018 are the growing number of craft lagers and pilsners (“People are looking to come down from the big…

Rev it Up

 Article Jodi Michael Horner | Photography Galina Khrestsov  We've got a slew of styles both new and classic to throttle your wardrobe this fall. Whether you enjoy the cozy hum of suede and shearling or the pedal to the metal with shiny fabrics,    

Instagram à la Mode

 Article and Photography  We've harvested a fashionable crop of local Instagrammers for fall—their alluring styles range from classic to hip—so don't be surprised if you find yourself clicking "Follow"!  (place the following as a side bar or separate from introduction)

Music to the Eyes

 Article Jami Michael Vigil | Photography Chayce Lanphear  Growing up listening to the classical music of Tchaikovsky and jazz greats like Miles Davis, Brenda Gaughan never dreamed she would be applying the harmonic moods fostered by those influences into her craft as an impressionist artist. “Music is the quintessential component driving the direction of each piece,” Gaughan shares. “I always…

Creating Italiano

 Article Greg Glasgow | Photography Raemi Vermiglio  When chef Brett Shaheen finally opened his own restaurant, he knew the one piece of equipment he absolutely needed in the kitchen: a flat-screen TV.   

Hawaiian Culture at the Highlands Ranch Douglas County Library

Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch celebrated Hawaiian culture on Saturday, August 11. Nearly 200 guests enjoyed traditional hula performances, live ukulele music from a Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra member, crafts and activities, and refreshments. The afternoon also included beginning ukulele lessons for aspiring musicians.  

Mile Hi Popcorn Grand Opening

South Metro Denver Chamber members Mayor Stephanie Piko, Centennial, and SMDC CEO Robert Golden gathered for the grand opening of Mile Hi Popcorn and Gifts in Centennial on Tuesday, July 31. This family-owned specialty shop features fresh-made daily popcorn, in a variety of flavors, that the entire family will love. Find them at 7475 E Arapahoe Road, Suite … Continued

Paws with Purpose

 Article Susan Gerstenzang | Photography Raemi Vermiglio  Corporal Todd Tucker jumped at the chance to join the Douglas County Sheriff’s K-9 unit in 2012, in part because he liked the idea of having a dog for his partner. And what a partnership it’s been. Zoos, an 8-year-old German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix, has faithfully been by Corporal Tucker’s side ever since,…

Lighter and Brighter

 Article Jami Vigil | Photography Madeleine Costa  With accolades that include an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, one might think that interior designer Tonya Orlando would seem like she’s aways in a hurry. If she is, its completely undetectable. In person she is as inviting as the spaces she designs.   “I truly believe it all starts home,” Orlando…

Pints and Pups

 Article Jami Vigil | Photography Chayce Lanphear  We're deep into the dog-days of summer and in no hurry to see the end of long lazy days and cricket-sung nights. There's still plenty of time to venture out for a pint of beer and some comforting pub food, but that doesn’t mean Rover can’t tag along! Enter dog-friendly breweries and beer gardens with just…

Expert Says

 Article The Children's Hospital of Colorado  The start of a school year can be a challenging time for kids and parents with transitions from one grade to another, new teachers, bullying, social pressure and much more. With a little preparation and the right attitude, shifting from a laid-back summer to the routine of school doesn’t have to be difficult.  Ease…

Fun in the Sun

 Article Brendan Harrington  Ah, summer… The kids are out of school. The days are long and beautiful. And there’s no end of merry to make. Whether you’re looking for an unforgettable family getaway close to home, community events right in your backyard, or an easy escape to nature, we’ve got you covered.   Here, four fantastic ideas for summer fun in…

Juicy Burgers & Dogs

 Article Jami Vigil | Photography Raemi Vermiglio  THE FOOD  Just off Yosemite Street, Juicy Burgers & Dogs is seemingly nondescript—until you walk into the throwback restaurant and experience what many have declared the best hamburger and/or hotdog they have tasted—ever.

DIPG Fundraiser hosted by Juicy Burger & Dogs

Paul and Brooklynn Talbot, owners of Juicy Burger in Centennial, were honored to host a fundraiser for a little girl named Piper, who is battling Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare and incurable form of cancer. The Cure Starts Now helps to raise awareness and direct funding to necessary research with the hope of finding an effective treatment … Continued

Pass the Papaya!

 Article Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack | Photography Jenna Sparks  Our Contributor Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack is the blogger, YouTuber, and recipe developer behind muybuenocookbook.com. She is the co-author of Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor and Latin Twist: Traditional & Modern Cocktails.   For more recipes, go to MuyBuenoCookbook.com

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH)   1 cup all-purpose flour   1/2 teaspoon ground paprika   1/2 teaspoon garlic powder   Cayenne pepper, to taste   … Continued

The Leading Man

 Article Susan Gerstenzang | Photography Frankie Spontenelli  Josh Weidmann  Josh Weidmann, an author of four books and Senior Pastor at Grace Chapel, chuckles as he says that sometimes church members still call him “little Joshie”—Grace is the church he attended as a child.

Pampering & Premium Scotch. Served Neat.

 Article Robin Bond | Photography Gina Khrestsov  When Jason King needs some “he” time away from the everyday grind, he heads to Scissors & Scotch.   

Total Body Armageddon Workout

 Article Ian Travis | Photography Raemi Vermiglio   Ian Travis is a personal trainer with the Highlands Ranch Community Association. He holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology/exercise science and has been immersed in the fitness industry for 10 years. Travis specializes in several areas, including military & first-responder readiness, sports training, weight-loss and muscle-gain management, and general full-body conditioning.  Total Body…

Movers + Shakers

 Article Susan Gerstenzang | Photography Gina Khrestsov  The Hotel Rep  Christine Fridlund

Old Québec City—a Touch of Europe North of the Border

 Article Fred W. Wright Jr.  Itching for a getaway from the familiar to the historic? And you would love to get to Europe except you don’t want to fly the Atlantic? No problem. Just head north to Québec City in Quebec.   

Mother + Daughter Duet: Lisa and Erin Holsteen

 Article Jodi Michael Horner | Photography Raemi Vermiglio  Retro sunglasses  The Unlisted Market, $12, TheUnlistedMarket.com

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

It’s hip to BEE-keeping


Growing up, Sandy Holcomb never dreamed that she would one day be a parks ranger working to foster Colorado’s native bee population. Holcomb works as a park ranger for Highlands Ranch Metro District and remembers “chasing swarms” when she first started—she and other rangers were in charge of handling swarming bees. (Swarming is a defensive mechanism, Holcomb explains, that is…

A Salient Solution

Gitanjali Rao’s eyes dance and a smile lights up her face as she clutches an unassuming bright blue box. A 12-year-old Lone Tree resident and 7th grader at STEM School Highlands Ranch, Rao was named “America’s Top Young Scientist” and awarded $25,000 last October in a contest sponsored by 3M and Discovery Education. The box is Rao’s winning invention—and it…

Spring into Southwestern Flavor

 Citrus, Mango, and Avocado Salsa  This citrus salsa is made with some of my favorite tropical fruits: mangos and avocados. Spoon it over pan-fried tilapia or just set it out as an appetizer with tortilla chips and watch it disappear.   Makes 3 cups 

An Eco-straordinary SUV

The 2018 BMW X5 xDrive40e has revved up the luxury hybrid market. It’s a BMW—which means yes, it’s a pleasure to drive—but it’s also a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid.

for Art and Home

Original Hardware owner and jewelry designer 
Carrie Schafer has a production studio in her shop on Main Street, Littleton. But it’s in her work studio—the remodeled space of her tandem garage in Highlands Ranch—that she spends time designing, refining, and enjoying the company of her dog, Millie. "This is my happy place," says Schafer.

NoNo’s Says “Yes” To New Orleans Flavor

He and his business partner wife, Sonda Brewster, opened the restaurant in 1996. Fans flock to the airy, art-filled space for traditional favorites like gumbo as well as recipes collected from friends like the Shepherd's Pie and the gravy-laden Bayou Burger. These savory and spicy grits are a family favorite.

Made for the Shade

Sometimes the best way to shake up a room is to throw a little (different) shade. And that’s exactly what Nate and Lacee Muller of Front Range Window Coverings make happen with their shop-from-home business. The Mullers are trendsetters selling Hunter Douglas window treatments.

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Craftsman Kindled

Nearly all of Sam and Pam Ashley’s wood pieces begin on their secluded 10-acre property near Kremmling, CO. What others might dismiss as devastated forestry, they see as potential coffee tables, wine holders or the perfect walking stick.

In Search of: The Perfect Falafel

Each culture has its own interpretation of the falafel, and the same can be said of Mediterranean restaurants. There are national chains who use pre-fab garbanzo powder mixed with water, restaurants who hand-make their falafels with the freshest chick peas and spices available, and everything in between.  

Meet our Makers

I'm the oldest of two girls, but I’m a risk-taker/entrepreneur type which is usually associated with being the last-born. I grew up mostly in the Washington, D.C. area but have gotten to see much of the world as a filmmaker for most of my career. Something cool I own is an Emmy. Something you might not know: I made a movie about women’s roller derby…

Sweet Glamour

She's a little bit country, he's a little but rock-n-roll—and everything in between.

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

Four-ward Fitness

 [CENTER BOX ON FIRST PAGE]  Getting--and staying--in shape looks different today than it did just a decade ago. Specialized clubs bring people together in community, keeping them engaged and moving. We've homed in on four fitness regimens that can boast a growing following. From barre fitness to finding the calorie-burn zone, these trends should keep you moving in 2018.  The popularity of Orangetheory Fitness can be…

Detox!

Did you overdo it a little over the holidays? Enjoy this cleansing, detoxifying soup full of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and gut-healing ingredients including turmeric, ginger, garlic, cabbage, apple cider vinegar and broth. This recipe is an amalgamation of several favorite recipes I’ve collected over the years. Feel free to substitute your favorite veggies to make it your own. This soup is also perfect when you start to feel the sniffles coming…

Luxe & Luscious, Tech & Tots

Can you keep shopping simple and still spread holiday joy to everyone on your list? We think so. This year, spend more time merrying and less time shopping with gifts they'll be happy to touch, smell, hear and taste all year long.