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.

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,…