February—it’s the shortest month of the year, but there’s definitely no shortage of exciting things happening here in Parker. When thinking of ideas for our Arts + Makers issue, we were inspired by the talented local creatives who beautify our community with their work. Whether it’s local theater performances, the South Metro arts scene or handmade goods from local artisans, we were impressed by the creative culture our city is bursting with.

Some of our favorite arts-related things to experience around the area include performances at the PACE Center, a stroll through Jay Moore’s working studio to see his newest creations, and a cocktail at Deep Space Lounge where you can sip while viewing the revolving display of local art on their gallery walls. We love discovering new things at the Local downtown, where you can find local artisans’ wares and locally sourced food items. And if you’re on the hunt for some Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetie, we recommend checking out Meadowlark Gifts + Decor, Honeywood Home and Wrought’n Apples Boutique for something unique they’ll always remember; or Izba Russian Banya for some relaxation.

With our own bustling creative scene—from jewelry makers and potters to musicians and actors—we hope you find inspiration in these pages and come to appreciate our unique perspective here in Parker. We also explore an original new neighborhood where a team of creators has come together to offer a distinctly Colorado farm-to-table experience to homeowners. Consider this issue your guide to all things creative, and hit the town to unleash your own creativity!

You never know—we may see you around!