Gifts that Inspire

 In the Home with Angela Tyler  For Angela Tyler, owner and designer of Aragon Interior Designs, the main goal of any interior design project is to help her clients feel good in their own homes. And when Angela is selecting gifts for friends and family at Christmastime, she sticks to the same principle. It’s all about the feels: the fragrance…

Hello, 2019!

As we bid farewell to 2018, we are looking forward to each issue of 2019 with excitement.

Downtown Parker Chili Cookoff

Downtown Parker held its first inaugural Chili Cookoff Fundraiser on Oct. 21. Proceeds raised will be used to hold free events in Downtown Parker such as First Friday Art Walks and for general downtown improvements.  

Time to Celebrate and Savor the Memories

December is a time for revelry. Amidst the parties, food, drinks, last-minute shopping and family gatherings, even the jolliest soul can become tired and stressed. Take time this season to reflect on what made the year special and continue time-honored traditions or create new ones. Your kids and grandkids will cherish the memories. As publishers of … Continued

The Ins and Outs of the Holidays

 Red Velvet Christmas Cookies  Ingredients  1/2 cup butter, softened

Valencia Designs Ribbon Cutting

Designer Anthony Ortega of Valencia Designs, left, cuts a ribbon with Town of Parker Mayor Mike Waid to mark Valencia's new location inside Honeywood Home Furnishings. The ribbon cutting on Oct. 23 was sponsored by the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce.

New Year’s for a Cause

Deep Space Event Center owners Ray and Antoinette Engelke are ready to christen their newly opened Deep Space Lounge with a bang of a party on New Year’s Eve. And the first people they thought of to help celebrate were the families they have been close to since the time their children danced with the Colorado School of Dance in…

The Porters’ Call

When you live in an elegantly appointed home with entertainment space galore, it’s understandable that you would become a magnet for guests. Locals Mike and Cheryl Porter understand this as well as anyone. 

Givers and Shakers

What makes a community so special? In Parker, it’s easy to say the sunshine, green rolling hills and stunning views of the Front Range. But, really, the people are what make Parker a great place to live, work, worship and play. We all know people who work tirelessly to help others, always ready to pitch in for community needs, and,…

Thankful

As November rolls around, we’re eagerly awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us — remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past; looking back on turkey disaster stories, mornings watching the … Continued

Serving Up Good

This month's issue of Parker Lifestyle is all about gratitude. One of the best ways to show gratitude for the many blessings in our lives is to do something to help our neighbors and communities, whether that’s through giving money, time or both to make a difference. And while there are so many worthy organizations in Parker and Douglas counties doing good, here…

November 2018 Around Town

2018 Mayor’s Holiday Lighting by Xfinity and Ent Credit Union O’Brien Park comes alive for the holidays at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Gather around the Town Tree and join the mayor and the Parker Chorale in a sing-along to “Silent Night” to kick off the event. Then, the mayor and the Parker Town Council will … Continued

TSG Auto’s Second Annual First Responders Appreciation Day

This event, which was held on Sept. 22, honored our first responders for their hard work and dedication. Tim Greufe, owner of TSG Auto, awarded their Public Safety Community Service Award to officers and firefighters from local departments and made a donation to the Fallen Officer Fund and the Colorado Professional Firefighters Fund.

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…

Parker Panache Celebrates 15 Years

Parker Panache celebrated its 15th anniversary on Sept. 21 and 22 Oktoberfest-style! They thanked their customers for 15 years of support with 15 percent off the whole store and had pretzels, beer and gift baskets filled with authentic German fare. ParkerPanache.com

Veteran’s Passport to Hope Whiskey Tasting

Veteran's Passport to Hope hosted a Bourbon Whiskey Tasting Benefit at the Aspen Flying Club at Centennial Airport on Sept. 19. The silent auction and tasting raised more than $10,000 for the nonprofit that serves to coordinate fundraiser efforts, awareness for veteran issues and cooperation among groups already serving veterans.

Forging a New Path

Parker Garage Chef Duy Pham is something of a local celebrity chef. After 25 years of making headlines in the restaurant scene in Colorado, he’s used to talking to local media about his creative dishes and new restaurant concepts.

DCL Presents: Craig Johnson

Douglas County Libraries hosted author Craig Johnson and more than 400 of his fans at the Lone Tree Arts Center on Sept. 5. The best-selling author of the Longmire mystery series and Netflix TV series featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire charmed the audience with delightful stories and personalized book signings.

F is for Foodie

“F” is for “foodie,” a person with a particular interest in food. Someone who’s always up for trying new places and has a refined but adventurous palate. “F” is for “fall fun,” too. And this month at Parker Lifestyle, we’re exploring what is happening right here at home with food, fun and adventure. Get behind the scenes … Continued

YA YA Farm & Orchard

Take advantage of this year's bumper apple crop by planning a road trip to YA YA Farm & Orchard in Longmont. Just an hour and a half north of Parker, you’ll find the perfect food-inspired day trip at this charming throwback to when the region was predominately farms and orchards.

Plant-Based Health and Wellness Summit

The Plant-Based Health and Wellness Summit, held Aug. 18-19 at the PACE Center, was envisioned by founders Jerry Casados and Kelley Williamson to empower individuals to take control of their health. The theme of the Summit was about living a healthy lifestyle with the emphasis on four major components of a healthy lifestyle: diet/nutrition, stress relief, love/support and movement.  … Continued

2018 Barker Days

This exciting Parker Parks and Recreation event on Sept. 8 welcomed hundreds of dogs with their owners and featured a temporary dog park in the O’Brien Park ball field and H2O’Brien Pool, plus dog-related vendors.

Bringing It All Home

    "We’re all committed to it being a signature local experience, instead of a chain-store experience." — Mike May, CEO of Mars Development   

Plant-Based Kitchenista

Kelley Williamson started cooking about age 8 to help out her working parents in the evenings. And growing up in Kansas, that meant traditional fare such as chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes.

Back-to-School Fashion

 Article Peggy G. Ziglin | Photography Raemi Vermiglio  10 Fall Trends for 2018  The school bells are ringing, and with the crisp air comes cool fashion trends. Here are 10 fun ways to elevate your style this season.

Family Jewels

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Raemi Vermiglio  Jeffery Bollling spent more than two decades traveling the world selling diamonds and hosting remounting events for large national jewelry stores. After being on the road for 24 years, he settled down in Colorado and opened his own jewelry store, naming it Jeffery B Jewelers, because, as he puts it, you can never…

September 2018 Around Town

Leman Academy Set to Begin Servicing Scholars in Colorado “This is truly a dream come true to bring such rich classical curriculum, Dr. Leman’s principles and Charlotte Mason’s tools for learning right here to our backyard,” Leman Academy Principal Jason Edwards says. Leman Academy of Excellence offers a rigorous classical education where the disciplines are interrelated, … Continued

Season of Style

We’ve all had that moment when our closet is full but we can’t find a thing to wear. Whether it’s too big, too small, or just plain last season, it can be difficult to find the perfect thing to put on. It’s no wonder, too. Our style is the first thing the rest of the … Continued

Insta-Inspire

 Article Jeni Fleck  Fall fashion season is upon us and while you may have to unpack that box of clothes you stored at the end of spring, you don’t have to work too hard if your closet just needs an update. As the crisp in the air gets cooler, you can stay close to home by checking out the fashion-forward boutiques…

Accents Redefined

 Article Jeni Fleck | Photography Brian Johnson  We often spend so much time in our own homes and spaces that it is difficult to think outside of the box (or the bucket) when we get the itch for that seasonal refresh. We start looking for the newest trending pieces to update our accents and create a new look, but we often overlook…

Leman Academy of Excellence Ribbon Cutting & PACE Event

With the much-anticipated opening of the Leman Academy of Excellence Charter School, Dr. Leman visited Parker on July 29th to meet the new scholars and their families.  An internationally known psychologist; radio and television personality; educator; speaker; and author of over 45 books; Dr. Leman was welcomed with excitement. The Academy's Ribbon Cutting was also held on August … Continued

Closet Audit

 Article Bri Maxwell, owner of BriStyles | Photography Brian Johnson  Closet full of clothes and nothing to wear? Tired of wearing the same outfit over and over? Overwhelmed by the clutter in your closet? This fall, simplify your life with a DIY wardrobe edit.  Before you begin, set aside a couple hours, pour yourself a glass of wine and assess…

First Friday Art Walk

Parker Artists Guild along with the Downtown Business Alliance present First Friday Art Walks the first Friday of every month in downtown Parker. With more than 30 artists filling the streets, the Art Walk offers plenty of local creatives to discover!

Parker Wine Walk

Once a month from May through November, Parker residents flock to the streets of downtown to enjoy good company and great wine. While browsing the shops, booths and enjoying the open-air patios and live music, friends and neighbors laughed and visited with business owners. Brought to you by the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce and Planet Fitness. 

More than Just Pets

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Brian Johnson  Meet Beau and Dekan + Anna Mannerfelt  Anna Mannerfelt of Parker was working a face-paced life in New York City, feeling overworked, frenetic and exhausted, when she decided to pick up an old habit from her childhood in Sweden.

Picture-Perfect Farmhouse Life

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Brian Johnson  Pull quote:  “I’m very proud of the fact that I have persevered through so much and done so much stuff myself. It was my dream come true, and I made it happen—the horse, the property, the gardens.” 

Five Things I Love with Rylan Coleridge

 Article Chase Meili | Photography Brian Johnson  Rylan Coleridge of Parker says she believes that even kids can make the world a better place. So in 2017, the 7-year-old started her own group called the U R Loved Project, which connects kids with volunteer opportunities. Rylan, a fifth generation Coloradan, has always been involved in the community and is looking…

24 Hours with Pete Plourde

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Brian Johnson  Pete Plourde spends his days, and some nights, helping his clients improve their relationships, building mutual trust and respect for one other. Together, they work on their biggest frustrations, the little behavioral ticks that have become giant wedges in getting along with each other.  But you’ll never find Pete's clients sitting across from…

August 2018 Around Town

The PACE Center Announces New Season Parker Arts has announced the 2018-2019 season, featuring national touring acts like Tracy Byrd and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, hilarious comedy acts like Howie Mandel and Ryan Hamilton, theater performances like The Fully Monty and Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire and so much more! Whether you want to discover new music with … Continued

Ask the Expert

 Article Chase Meili | Photography Brian Johnson  What do you find most rewarding? Surgery can significantly improve an animal's life or resolve a life-threatening issue. It is very rewarding to give that to owners and their pets. Sometimes it does feel like a miracle and that is fun to see!  Dr. Ann Heffernan is a board-certified veterinary surgeon at AESC in…

Parker Farmers Market

Sundays are special in Parker. Venture downtown on any given Sunday in the summer and you will feel the buzz in air—and not just of the bees who are working on your locally sourced honey. You can feel the excitement of the children eating the fresh Palisade Peaches and your neighbors enjoying the fun of finding this … Continued

Celebrating Family

Celebrating Family When you think of family, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the people you share your mornings with: the husband or wife who makes you breakfast, the toddler who wakes you up before sunrise or the drooling pup in the kitchen just itching for a full dish of food. Maybe it’s the people … Continued

VP2H – The Return of a Hero

Veteran’s Passport to Hope celebrated Executive Director Tony Drees' return with the Annual Fondue Raiser at The Melting Pot in Littleton.

Parker’s Summer Hot Spots

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  When summer hits, there's no end to family-friendly activities in and around Parker. From hiking and biking to picnics in the park and farmer's markets, the possibilities are endless. Here a few suggestions for where to go and what to do to get the most out of this summer.  Just Add Water

July 2018 Around Town

Parker Stars and Stripes Celebration Celebrate Independence Day at the Town of Parker’s Stars and Stripes Celebration at Salisbury Park. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and set up for an evening jam-packed with family fun. General admission is free, so save the date and come join in on the fun! Kids and parents alike enjoy complimentary … Continued

Naturalization Ceremony

Congratulations to the 40 new U.S. citizens who took the Oath of Allegiance at Douglas County Libraries in Parker on May 26! Many of these new citizens are Douglas County residents. Their countries of origin include Burma, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Ireland, U.K. and 15 other countries.

Dog Days

Ahhhh, summer. Time for backyard pool parties and family vacations. Time for kids to run after the ice cream truck when the telltale sound of its music turns onto your street to secure the perfect sweet treat to beat the heat. For the loud explosion of fireworks on the Fourth of July, the shriveled fingertips … Continued

Colorado Specialties

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  What do we love about summer in Colorado? Take a step outside and see. There's no place like the Centennial State in the warmer months to enjoy all the hiking, biking, rock climbing and water activities available. Of course, heading up the hill to see the splendor of the mountains is mandatory, but…

Memorial Day Veterans’ Service of Remembrance

The 9th Annual Service of Remembrance was held at Parker Cemetery May 28. The event included an F-16 Aircraft flyover by the Colorado Air National Guard; incredible tributes; and words of honor from Col. George Brauchler, Colorado Army National Guard, District Attorney 18th Judicial District. The truly touching service ended with a 21-gun salute, TAPS and folding … Continued