A Home For SoSu

An outdoor mall bustling with business and brand names just got a little more creative. The South Suburban Artist Collective — or SoSu for short — is a group of seven ambitious creators opened their workshop in the Streets of South Glenn in early August. 

Dressing For The Times

Animal prints and polka dots continue to be the hot fashion trend in spring 2020. And these easy work-to-date outfits from Mainstream Boutique in Highlands Ranch show how versatile they are.

Colorado Writers

Deb Margeson knows something about the best new titles hitting shelves. She is a Collection Development Librarian with Douglas County Libraries —she selects the fiction for DCL. Here, Deb shares great reads from Colorado authors.

Valentine Movie Night

Romance is in the air and stores are filled with roses and chocolates.

Experience The Ranchlands

As ranch manager for Ranchlands, Kate Matheson wakes up every morning to a view of the majestic Sangre de Cristo peaks out one window and the Great Sand Dunes National Park out the other.

Floating into the New Year

Wendy Skaalerud is the owner of Inngi Float Spa in Highlands Ranch, along with her husband, Erik. They also own Capital Lending Solutions. Wendy and Erik were co-owners and operating mangers of seven Orangetheory Fitness studios in the Colorado region. She participates in multiple philanthropic ventures including her own Give Well Foundation.

Unplugged Serenity

Between being a busy mom, wife, business owner and volunteer, sometimes I'm incredibly grateful I designed my bathroom as a ‘serene mini getaway-scape’. Here are some tips to create your place of solace and self-care.

A Very Winter Wedding

Part of living in the gorgeous state of Colorado means we experience all four seasons and all the distinctive qualities that come along with each one. In the world of Colorado weddings, summer and fall are the dominant seasons. With warm days, crisp evenings and enchanting foliage that changes colors with each month, it’s easy to see why so many…

Gift-Giving Guide

 For Her  1. Guided fly fishing package, Minturn Anglers, 8353 Willow St. D, Lone Tree  2. Tio y Tia, The Gambler hat, $195, TioYTia.com

Building Up Nations

“Life is not about how much money you make and the stuff you have. It is about the impact you can have on other’s lives and the opportunities you can create for them.” –Andrew Clough

A Punch for Every Party

 For Ladies Brunch  Christmas Champagne Punch  Ingredients

Bunkbeds for a Cause

On a business trip to Idaho in 2018, Jim Freeman of Highlands Ranch participated in a customer's community service day. It was an assembly-line gathering to build basic twin-size beds made from donated lumber, hardware and other building supplies.

Shelter from the Storm

Zack took his oath to serve our community very seriously. It wasn’t just some cliche or box to check to him. He felt and lived it with every fiber of his being. I firmly believe that I’m called to pick up the torch Zack carried and continue my husband’s legacy by serving those who were like him—like us. 

Guest Room Redefined

When Carla Thomas’ son left for prep school in August, she had an opportunity to refresh his bedroom, opening it up for the occasional houseguest.

Our Wild Place

It all started with a pony ride, a trip around a round pen on an early June afternoon at the Backcountry Wilderness Area Base Camp. Three-year-old Ashley Wellen watched from outside the horse panels as her twin sister, Whitney, confidently sat atop the saddle and Cabo the pony walked. When Ashley’s turn came, the kid who feared everything from ladybugs to…

A Flavorful Beginning

When The Laszlo Hotel opens in Parker next month, Leah Everleigh, executive chef, will oversee operations on the three on-site restaurants. The Philippines native says she always offers Filipino favorites on the Thanksgiving menu, such as lumpia, which are Filipino egg rolls, and chicken adobo, the Filipino national dish. But, she loves traditional Thanksgiving fare. Here, she shares a traditional starter—bacon butternut…

Cooking on the Ranch

 Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 40 mins   Ingredients  3 tablespoons olive oil

Muy Bueno Kitchen

My recipes are so nostalgic for me. I’ve always been addicted to my history, culture and where I come from.

Water 2 Wine

Malissa Nugent says she’s learned to expect the unexpected every day at Water 2 Wine Winery.

Hide in Plain Sight

Our donors are the fuel, Hide in Plain Sight is the gas tank and our colleges and trade schools are the engines.

Iron Horse Travels

“A long ride is the answer to a question you will soon forget.”

Fall Look Book

Christine Harff of Lone Tree is the owner of Trend, a women's apparel boutique that is featured in several beauty salons and pop-up shops in south Denver. Her looks are shown here in Highlands Ranch Lifestyle's September style issue. Christine shares her thoughts on Colorado style:

24 Hours With…

 What do you do as a professional stylist?   As a personal stylist, I work one-on-one with clients to elevate their image according to their goals, lifestyle and budget. This could include a complete closet overhaul, a strategic shopping trip to add key pieces into their wardrobe, a seasonal wardrobe refresh, a wardrobe inspiration session where I make complete outfits with what…

Seeing Life Differently

To see Arabella running about her living room in her home, you might not know that she has Hermansky-Pudliak Syndrome (HPS), which is a rare disorder that affects1 in 500,000 to 1,000,000 worldwide. It is a condition that not only affects the light coloring of the skin and hair, it also limits the vision of the one who has this…

Staging For Success

 Tips for Staging:  — Remove all clutter, personal photos, knickknacks and other junk. Cleaning out the clutter just creates so much space, and that’s what people are looking for – space. Doing this will make your home seem bigger and brighter.  — Make the best use of natural light. Make sure the home is making the best use of any sunlight…

Old Blinking Light

We’re coming from New Mexico and bringing our flavors with us. We’re also bringing our hospitality — we really put our arms around people. It’s kind of a lost art these days.

At The Helm

Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet says the world would be better served with more engineers and fewer lawyers in government. 

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…

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…

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.

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. 

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…

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.

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…