December 2017 Lifestyle Letter

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Pulling out the decor? Sending the annual holiday cards? Making those once-a-year family recipes?

Parker Panache Fashion Show

The autumn chill set the right mood for pining after gorgeous frocks in anticipation of the holidays. Parker Panache hosted a fashion show to celebrate, as the evening aimed to highlight a diversity of women. Models ranged from age 17 to the mid-50's.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KENDRICK HOWARD OF BLUE TALON PHOTOGRAPHY.

December 2017 Around Town

From Holiday Delight with Magical 3-D Lights to Santa and the Debut of His New Village to Complimentary Gift Wrap and the Largest Selection of Stores, Park Meadows Offers Guests Something Truly Special this Holiday Season

Parker Arts Stage Show

Parker Arts hosted its first annual “Behind the Curtain” Stage Dinner October 24th. The exclusive event treated attendees to backstage access with cocktails and dinner. They spent time in actors' dressing rooms & green room, and enjoyed a private tour of some restricted areas of the theater.

Jozi’s Kitchen & Shebeen

If you think the standard Mexican and Indian fare is as about exotic as food gets in the southern suburbs, then Jozi’s Kitchen and Shebeen in Parker is sure to expand your horizons.

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.

A Bloom in Winter

Parker Blooms is a Parker gem. Owned by floral designer Bobbi O’Donnell since 2012, designs range from contemporary to very modern. “The zen style is my favorite,” says Bobbi. “They’re modern and highlight each individual flower. 

Mother of All Ginger

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
I’m originally from Pennsylvania—I’m a Philly girl. I was in theater when I was younger. I did summer stock, and went to college in southern Mississippi. My husband and I have been in Parker since 1991. We remember watching people ride their horses to the War Horse on Mainstreet.

Who Am I?

Many years ago I stopped by Abloom Florist in Highlands Ranch for a bouquet of flowers. Picking up a business card at the register, I was surprised to see that the owner, Maxine Alcott, and I shared a surname. To be clear, my maiden name was actually Allcut, but our family bible shows a documented misspelling around the time of…

Fixin’ for the season

Shannon and Jake Korth’s spacious walk-out ranch is a hard-working home, accommodating their family’s needs year-round as they manage the plethora of activities and events for their five children. And with their penchant for hosting parties—the Super Bowl, murder mysteries, Halloween—just to name a few, the home’s main living space is put to the test on a regular basis.

Reuse & Rejoice!

There's no shortage of Do-It-Yourself ideas online these days, and after seeing these dressed-up bulbs on display, we decided to try this holiday project for ourselves. With its simplicity and sparkly appeal, the hardest part of this craft will be deciding whether or not to let the kids help out!

A Show of Tradition

It’s finally here--the biggest, baddest, reddest, greenest, sparkliest holiday of all!

T is for Table, G is for Gathering

Ah, the holidays. We’re in the throes of anticipating, strategizing, shopping, cooking, photographing, posting, tagging, celebrating and more. Gotta love the delicious distraction of the holidays, but before the six-week red, green, and sparkle extravaganza of Christmas/New Year’s Days/Eves, there’s an understated yet meaningful little holiday called Thanksgiving to celebrate.

Feast 
Your Eyes

Small Business Saturday —aptly named for its falling the Saturday after Thanksgiving — is November 25, and having an abundance of local shops and boutiques is a boon for the Town of Parker during gift-giving season. But there's always "that" person —you love 'em but they're just so hard to shop for! If you've had trouble coming up with a gift idea for them, we're here to help! At two Parker businesses,…

FALL’S FINEST MOMENTS

For a quiet moment alone or with loved ones, the Sanctuary Center in Sedalia might just be the most mysterious, tranquil and little-known (till now) places in Douglas County. Small shrines created by previous visitors commemorate beloved pets and lament lost loves, while a "wish tree" made of ribbons blows softly in the wind, revealing the written hopes and dreams of…

There’s an App for That

For the last few years my husband and I have hosted between 25 and 30 people at our home for Thanksgiving, and one of my favorite parts of this tradition is the appetizers.  Our Thanksgiving menu is mostly traditional. I try to mix it up a bit each year, adding a new twist to the stuffing or the vegetable sides…

For local artist Julie Janney

When artist Julie Janney takes her brush to acrylic paint and works it on the canvas, she finally feels free. “I’m a perfectionist by nature,” Janney says. “I pressure myself to be perfect. But when I paint I can let it all go and just work with the acrylic and get in the zone.” Although she has traveled the country…

November 2017 Lifestyle Letter

The word gratitude comes up a lot these days, especially in yoga class. I’ll admit I used to hear the yoga instructor talk about gratitude as an “intention,” and I’d immediately think, “Oh yes, I need to be grateful today!” Cross-legged on my mat, I’d send a quick but sincere prayer of thanks out into the universe.  

Tasting La Vida Local

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that this lyric from Katherine Lee Bates'  “America the Beautiful” was penned in Colorado; here we are, 134 years later, and those amber waves have lent themselves to the local beer crafting, testing and connoisseur-ing that has become a legitimate Colorado past time. Our state ranks second as the state with the most breweries, and that makes local beer-tasting especially fun, if not convenient. 

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. 

Double Angel Ball Park

The human spirit instinctively strives to create meaning, especially when faced with heart-breaking tragedy. 

Feeling Good, Being Well

It seems everywhere we turn we hear about wellness, but what does it really mean? A current study underway at the Stanford Prevention Research Center is setting out to learn just that.

Project C.U.R.E. and Vicente Fox Celebrate Giving

Project C.U.R.E., the nation’s largest provider of donated medical equipment to developing countries, recently welcomed Vicente Fox, Mexico’s 55th president, to its distribution headquarters in Centennial. Fox was there to commemorate the nonprofit’s 70th, 53-foot-long cargo container of medical supplies donated to Mexico. Photography by Jimmy Dozer

NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic at Colorado Golf Club

The National Kidney Foundation held its annual NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic July 24 at the Colorado Golf Club.

The Stories of Us

There are few things in life more precious than candid photographs of those special moments. As a professional photographer, I put a huge emphasis on capturing natural spontaneous photographs. Extreme photojournalism I call it! Here, a few tips for commemorating those special, often unexpected, moments.

When Change is in the Air

Maybe the divorce is your idea, or maybe it was the last thing you saw coming. Either way, there are a few steps you can take so that it doesn't feel like the end of the world. Knowing/doing these 8 key things up front can help you and your family feel safe and in control. So you and your loved…

HOW, WHAT & WHY

Some of us might hear the term essential oils and wonder, Why are they essential? If they are “absolutely necessary,” as essential is defined in most dictionaries, how have I made it this far without them? But look up the definition of essential as it pertains to oil and you’ll find something much different. My panic subsides. I call my…

Day of the Dead Dinner Party

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that dates back hundreds of years. November 1 is “Día de los Inocentes” (Day of the Innocents) and also known as Día de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels). November 2 is Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Día de los Muertos is a time…

Having It All

Ask Sales Manager Leanne McGuire what makes the active lifestyle 55+ community Toll Brothers at Inspiration so special and she doesn’t hesitate. “I like to say it’s a lot of like-minded people that have come together at the same stage in their lives,” says McGuire. “They want to simplify—they’re not so much downsizing as ‘right sizing’ their homes to allow…

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…

September 2017 Around Town

The DAM has been privately fundraising for the North Building renovation for the last five years, receiving generous support from many early donors. The museum is also participating in the City of Denver’s General Obligation bond process to help fund ADA compliance, as well as life safety, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and outdoor-safety upgrades. The bond would help to complete the…

Effortless September Style

Now more than ever, our personal style tells people who we are — our political persuasion, our social status, our religious belief, which “tribe” we belong to. We might wish it weren’t so, but according to acclaimed designer Miuccia Prada, “when you get dressed you are making public your idea about yourself. Clothes are powerful signifiers.

Maniacal Still

If you were on the planet in 1987, you might remember the 10,000 Maniacs’ chart-busting album In My Tribe. Featuring timeless hit singles "Hey Jack Kerouac," "Like The Weather" and "What's The Matter Here?," the album was voted one of the 100 most important releases of the decade by Rolling Stone Magazine. For many of us, it cemented the alt-rock…

Framing Fall

As autumn ushers in the requisite transition in wardrobe, it’s an ideal moment to consider adding an accessory that is often overlooked: eyewear. “Frames are one of the first things people see when they look at you,” says Carol Canada, retail operations director for Vision Care Specialists (VCS). Many people like to have a couple of pairs, she says. “Women…

Fashion Says

Your style is as unique and free as your spirit. You go through your day with the flow and your clothing and accessories match your easy-going attitude.

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!)

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,…

Gallery Gala at Deep Space Celebrates Emerging Artist Sarah Bowling

Live jazz, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the inspiring art of Sarah Bowling brought art lovers to the Gallery Gala at Deep Space on July 27. Sponsored by the Barrington Group, the Jim Gill Foundation, Vines Wine Bar and JDUCE Design, with proceeds benefitting Parker Creative District. 
Photography by Kendrick Howard

August 2017 Around Town

The Parade of Homes, the hallmark event hosted by the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA), returns this summer for its 32nd year. Today, the HBA is excited to announce the line-up of Denver area home builders and developers participating in the 2017 Denver Parade of Homes.

Summer Beer Love

It seems we're flush with craft breweries in and around Parker USA, but it's easy to get stuck in a rut when you want to just kick back and enjoy a cold one. To help you expand your beer horizons, we did a roundup of five local breweries — all with a wide selection of unique tasty brews, friendly, knowledgeable…

Dogs and Brews, 
no Back-to-School Blues

August in Colorado is a funny thing. It’s dead in the middle of summer (summer doesn't end till September 22), yet we find ourselves getting the kids back to school and refocusing on work obligations that in other parts of the country are left to the post-Labor-Day realm.

WHERE THE LOCALS EAT

Las Delicious is located at
19553 E. Mainstreet. 
 LasDelicias.us “Find the locals” has always been the first rule for seasoned travelers looking for the best local eateries in any given town. Rule #2? Look for the crowds.

Hydration Station

The dog days of summer are here,, it’s important to be vigilant in monitoring the well-being of our four-legged fur kids in the August heat. Heather Allman of the Veterinary Center of Parker explains the differences in reading a dog’s overheated condition, versus a human.

Your Photogenic Pet

Our pets are family, and we love to photograph their memorable moments just as much as anyone else. But it's not always easy to capture the true beauty of the moment on our iPhones. Here, a few tips for getting the best of your pet's moments.

Step into the Light

The four main components of LifeDesign: sight lines, traffic patterns, room placement, and windows and light. Long before anyone actually moves into a David Weekley home, the team at David Weekley works to anticipate how the home will be used — the ways in which the family will move around the home, the potential purposes of different rooms, and how…

Opening Night for Artist Sarah Bowling

Artist Sarah Bowling was on hand to greet art enthusiasts at the opening reception for her show at Deep Space Gallery.

Parker Days Festival

The Parker Days Festival was a big hit June 9-11. Rides, a live performance by Bret Michaels, great food and lots of cool vendors 
added up to a stellar summer weekend! Photography by John Ott.

Work Some, Play Some

If I had a dime for every time I heard the expression, "Work hard, play hard," well, I'd have a lot of dimes. Whatever happened to making work and play fit seamlessly into our lives, instead of turning them into life-or-death pursuits in which one endeavor rescues us from the perils of the other? 

Sure, there’s a certain hardcore, risk-taking…

July 2017 Around Town

A Taste of Colorado is a four-day, free admission festival produced by the Downtown Denver Partnership. The event takes place over Labor Day Weekend in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park. More than 500,000 visitors will celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the region’s largest free music festival, while enjoying cuisine from over 50 restaurants and food establishments, diverse musical acts performing…