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.

Rent the Runway, Make an Entrance

Statement tops are all the rage during holiday-party season, and for good reason. Just add bottoms of black, white or denim, throw on some earrings, grab a clutch, and you're good to go!

Grandkids and Granddogs Welcome

 THE CONSUMMATE HOSTS  As a couple, David and Rena Michael have been cultivating their hosting skills for nearly five decades. When it comes to hosting for the holidays, whether it’s “just family” or for large parties, Rena summarizes the secret to success in one word, “Planning!” she declares.  “I take the time to decide who should sit where, which serving dishes I’ll be…

Abloom in Winter

When Maxine and Adam Alcott opened their first floral business in 1986, a small studio west of Santa Fe Drive that specialized in events and hotel decor, Highlands Ranch as a community was just getting going. "We were watching Highlands Ranch grow up around us, and it seemed like a natural move to open a retail store right there, in…

Have Snow? Let’s Go

As someone who has lived in Florida most of my adult life, I had forgotten the experience of snow and mountains. 

T is for Table, G is for Gathering

If you're looking for a unique gift that wows, check out the sweet sophistication of the Prouna My Dragonfly, Honeybee, Butterfly, Ladybug, and Frog Prince collections. With stunning colors – vibrant oranges, purples, rich burgundies, and greens – and sparkling Swarovski crystals. 

IFCS Gives Hope in Douglas County

Douglas County ranks in the top five wealthiest counties in the nation, having climbed up the financial ladder yearly, according to a 2017 report from Headlight Data. But for the 25,000 individuals served annually by IFCS (Integrated Family Community Services), the rising level of affluence in the county only serves to intensify the already glaring gap between the wealthy and…

OFF THE MAT AND INTO THE WORLD

“Off the mat and into your life.” That’s how Dr. Karen Pascoe hopes her yoga students - and her counseling patients - will use their training to attain a happier, calmer, more present state of being in all aspects of their lives. A Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Addiction Counselor, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Therapeutic Yoga Teacher, and a Registered Yoga Teacher…

FARM+FRESH+FALL

With the fall comes many good things - relief from the summer heat, a chance to watch the aspens shift from vibrant green to fiery yellow, shorter days and a sense of things becoming a little bit cozier. But fall can also be a time of hurriedness - kids are heading back to school, and languid summer days at home…

Making Your Way to 10K

1 Build your mileage - The biggest challenge of running is to actually start running! At first, running won’t be fun and your body will rebel. But I promise, it’s all about consistency. Make sure you’re running 2-3 days a week so your body and muscles can build up strength and endurance. Remember—it’s not about volume, it’s about making it…

The Rites of Fall

Autumn’s best looks bring together the best of all worlds. Comfort and luxury. Structure and flow. Feminine florals and bold silhouettes. Power-reds and jewel tones. And did you know you can find it all at your local boutiques? Here, our favorite looks from 5 local boutiques near you. (Pssst... you can skip the mall!)

Seasons Change

In a quest to avoid falling into a rut, I venture into Seasons 52 in Lone Tree and find myself asking why I had not yet tried this fantastic local hub of fresh and exotic cuisine. General Manager Matthew Youssef is the authority on all things fresh and colorful. “We try to bring in as many fresh vegetables and fruits…

The Sharp-dressed Man

Effortless fall style is what outfitter Alexandra Suppan of Trumaker Denver is all about. “Fit is everything,” says Suppan. “I’m a personal stylist, so I do all the measuring, help guys pick out items for their wardrobe, and do wardrobe consult for them if they need it.” The Trumaker brand describes itself as “built-to-fit clothing for men — like custom,…

Pup Crawl

Nobody knows your dog like you do. Is he/she of the hyper ilk that like to get up in other dogs, er, grills? Or is Max/Bella the well-socialized type who can chill happily, basking in your glow as you sip on a beer? If it’s the former you may want to leave puppy at home. But if it’s the latter,…

Go Big and Stay Home

Sometimes you just have to go all-out when remodeling—that goes for indoors and outdoors. When Mike and Theresa Garland decided to replace their 10-year-old deck they did just that—and constructed a living space that fits the needs their current active lifestyle with two young boys as well as the inevitable whirlwind as the children grow.

Coffee and Calicos

At the cat café, the question is not one of “cats or dogs,” but rather one that draws from our love for animals in general. This theme is concurrent in mostly everyone, so why not combine two of the loves of Coloradans? Coffee and animals.

From the ‘Burbs to Bali

Famously renowned as “the Island of the Gods and Goddesses,” Bali has recently seen a sharp increase in tourism and international acclaim. Thrust into the limelight largely by Elizabeth Gilbert’s beloved bestselling book “Eat, Pray, Love”, Bali offers a truly unique and magical mix of experiences: yoga classes taught in Ubud by the world’s preeminent teachers, a rugged volcano hike…

Live Music Under the Stars (or Sun!)

It’s not just the word “free” we like about our summer concert roundup. It’s the “no-tickets-needed, go-when-the-weather-is-perfect-and-it-strikes-your-fancy” element that comes along with the word “free.” No tickets needed, so you can keep it loose, no need to plan ahead. Save this calendar and check in when the weather and the mood seem right for live music that spans the genres.…

There’s No Place Like Home

Come summertime, Coloradans aren’t just living for the outdoors, they’re living in it. But for those of us living at 5,280, there’s just one tiny problem, and it goes by the name of traffic… Luckily, Four Elements Landscape & Outdoor Living excels in merging the best of both worlds right in your backyard. What started as a small family-owned business…

(not) Shaken Not Stirred

What’s the perfect recipe... for success, a happy home life, market leadership, or continuous innovation? We asked seven prominent businessmen in our community, and they shared their personal recipes for success in business and in life. 
Two parts passion, 1 part patience, a muddle here, a garnish there...

The Mother of Reinvention

The Indian Motorcycles brand has had more lives than a cat. Originally produced from 1901 to 1953 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Indian became the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world in the 1910s and perpetually morphed its brand and focus throughout the 20th century. From its World War 2 focus on designing military models exclusively for the U.S and its Allies…

Marino’s 
Pizzeria

Marino’s Pizzeria in Littleton is exactly what locals hunt for: that nestled-in-the-neighborhood, mom-and-pop place that relies upon word-of-mouth to attract a following to its authentic Italian cuisine. The “mom and pop” of Marino’s are he and his wife, Angela. Marino is the maestro cook and Angela delights in managing the operations of the restaurant. “I would not be here if…

Summer Fest 2017

f you’re someone who thinks Coachella is for kids or that bohemian-inspired festival wear won’t suit your grown-up lifestyle, take another look. Lifestyle Pubs recently caught up with Leslie Clay, owner of fab'rik Denver, who premiered the boutique’s new private collection at Denver Fashion Week 2017. The Spring-Summer line, called Asher by fab'rik and made in the USA, is full…

KNOW JUST ONE THING (OR FIVE)

Being a stepmom has its challenges – especially with no prior parenting experience - but I’ve learned that a positive attitude and a generous dose of humor are key to thriving. Maybe I’m one of the lucky ones, but I love being a stepmom to my two awesome bonus kiddos. To honor all the stepmoms this Mother’s Day, here are…

The League of Extraordinary Women

The southern ‘burbs of Denver are thriving and changing shape thanks to the contributions of innovative, entrepreneurial women like the ones you'll meet here. In addition to honoring the accomplishments of our 2017 Women to Watch. we leapt at the chance to learn who inspires them, the best advice they ever received, favorite quotes, what they would tell their younger…

Day Trippin’ in Palmer Lake

While it seems spring has been “springing” all winter, there’s nothing like the damp, fresh-cut smell of April that makes you want to grab your peeps for a road trip. Rather than putting it on auto-pilot and heading west, how about navigating south for just under an hour—35 miles to be exact —and stepping back in time? No need to…

April 2017 Local’s Choice

WHO | Susan Wright, WHAT | Owner/Stylist/Expert at Reggio Imports, WHERE | 2334 Briarhurst Drive Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Muy Bueno Cookbook

I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and I credit my love for Mexican food and culture to my mother and grandmother. After my grandmother passed away in 2004, my passion for keeping my culture alive became a high priority. I realized that cooking my family’s recipes and celebrating Mexican holidays would be the thread that would hold…

A Fresh Perspective

In a neighborhood development, it’s common for each home to look quite a bit like its next-door neighbor. That’s why the thoughtful personal touches make such a big statement at 3921 Timeless Drive in Castle Rock. “There are a lot of homes nearby that are of like quality, but the previous owners did a really fantastic job executing some of…

A Triad of Wellness

With the holidays long behind me and spring staring me in the face, it was time to rejuvenate. I’d enjoyed massages and facials in the past, but I wanted something more; I wanted to recapture a sense of wellness. A few hours at the Highlands Ranch Massage Green Spa sounded like the perfect ticket. I had never been there, but…

Modern Home Gadgets

“There’s no place like home,” and, there’s really no place like home when it comes to 2017 technology. With the modernization of technology and automation of homes, who wants to leave? We’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest modern “home” gadgets you won’t know what you ever did without.