Gift-Giving Guide

 For Her  1. Guided fly fishing package, Minturn Anglers, 8353 Willow St. D, Lone Tree  2. Tio y Tia, The Gambler hat, $195, TioYTia.com

A Punch for Every Party

 For Ladies Brunch  Christmas Champagne Punch  Ingredients

Parker’s 2019 Christmas Carriage Parade

Bells jingle and horses trot down the streets of Parker around Christmas, along with a new king and queen of the Christmas Carriage Parade, Fred and Jan Wehrli.

Bunkbeds for a Cause

On a business trip to Idaho in 2018, Jim Freeman of Highlands Ranch participated in a customer's community service day. It was an assembly-line gathering to build basic twin-size beds made from donated lumber, hardware and other building supplies.

Passing the Torch

It was a simple question, posed to one person already doing inspiring work in Parker and Douglas County. Parker Lifestyle asked Dennis Gorton who inspires him.

Kitchen Memories

When I think of Thanksgiving, I can truly smell memories. It’s a day in the year when you concentrate on those you love and those who love you; throw in some food and cocktails, and, well, it’s a blessed day! 

In The Spirit of Giving

Farmers Insurance agent Kip Quinn of Parker says he can’t wait to play Saint Nick when he arrives at the Ronald McDonald House in Aurora carrying a box of toys this holiday season. And he needs lots of help from the elves—that’s anyone who can drop off a toy until the second week of December.

A Table Set for Thanksgiving

It’s time for Thanksgiving, one of the biggest events to happen in your dining room all year. With a little bit of planning and creativity, you can make a stunning table centerpiece worthy of the big day.

Shopping for a Cause

Come for the goods; stay for the giving-back experience. That’s not the official motto of Outlets at Castle Rock, but that’s pretty close to what the shopping center strives for, says Jen Simpson, marketing director.

Worth the Trip

Food has really never been a point of interest for me in my day-to-day life. I usually view food as something to prepare and satisfy me for a big day of adventuring, both in the classroom as a teacher and in the great outdoors, where I spend much of my free time roaming and playing.

Día de los Muertos

When Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack was a little girl in El Paso, Texas, she remembers walking with her grandmother a handful of times to the nearby cemetery to place flowers on the gravesites of the two sons her grandma had lost as babies.

Back At The Ranch

Bootheel 7 Ranch is a fourth-generation ranching family with more than 100 years of experience raising beef. Half of our family lives at our ranch in Lusk, Wyoming, and the other half is here in Parker. Our cattle are born and raised at the ranch and don't leave until the day they head to our butcher here in Colorado. This perfect set-up allows us…

Hometown Hustle

When Derrick White first arrives at the Blue Sky Aviation Gallery on a hot summer morning, he’s dressed in his usual attire: gym clothes. The Parker native and San Antonio Spurs guard says this is where he lives, in T-shirts, basketball shorts and sneakers.

Wear Love Wagon

Somewhere in a local farmers market, 21-year-old Ashlee Nawrocki stands outside her nonprofit Wear Love Wagon trailer, talking to shoppers about the handmade jewelry, handbags and accessories she is selling to support anti-trafficking organizations. 

Iron Horse Travels

“A long ride is the answer to a question you will soon forget.”

Pet Tales

It sounds sort of silly to some people, but being with dogs relies heavily on being present and having the right energy. Dogs sense when you’re scared, uncomfortable, stressed, nervous, worked-up or distracted. 

A Mom’s Wanderlust

I couldn’t imagine waiting until the AARP magazines started arriving in my mailbox to experience a streetside café in Paris or looking up in wonder at the masterpieces in Europe’s grand museums. I wanted to do those things again with my children ...

Doggy Power

Graphic designer and illustrator Brittany Henson’s creativity shows up in her hand-lettered greeting cards, T-shirts and home design goods, including her pet illustration pillows. She came up with the idea for her business, Grain+Dot, about seven years ago after shopping for a greeting card. She couldn't find anything inspiring, so she started making her own, imbued with her unorthodox, dry sense of…

Teen Spaces

Interior designer Kathy Helfrich of JDuce Designs says this redesigned 12-year-old boy’s bedroom adds industrial-hip touches and frees up space for him to hang out with friends or simply spend time reading.

The Trail Season

Growing up in the Front Range, my parents never took me into the mountains. The mountains were there to direct me on which way was West. It wasn't until I went to Fort Lewis College in Durango in the '90s that I truly got a taste of all the trails offered. When I had to move back home after college for a…

Outdoor Playlist

A relaxed summer vibe brings the Colorado music scene alive. From small mountain-town parks featuring local bands to large stadium concerts headlining the hottest acts, there is no shortage of high-quality and superbly entertaining music. Coloradans have a broad taste in music, and musicians of many genres clamor to perform here. Home to one of the most astounding natural amphitheaters in the country, Colorado boasts a thriving homegrown music…

Lessons in Life

There is value in our work, what we do every day to earn a living and support our families and those around us. We know this to be true. Here, Parker Lifestyle’s Men of Influence bring that truth into focus by sharing what they’ve learned along their different life journeys. Both of these Parker men may leave the house every…

A Taste of France: La Petite Crêperie

A new restaurant in Parker is gathering together early risers and Francophiles alike with the owner's lifelong love of crêpes.

Dialed In and Punched Out

 Year: 1970  Make: Plymouth  Model: 'Cuda 408

Building Up Nations

“Life is not about how much money you make and the stuff you have. It is about the impact you can have on other’s lives and the opportunities you can create for them.” –Andrew Clough

Ladies of Parker

 Kathy Sabine  Chief Meteorologist at 9News  "I am a 53-year-old working mom, horse lover and chief meteorologist at 9News. A country girl at heart, I have lived in Parker for 25 years and enjoy riding my horses and growing hay on my 40-acre ranch east of Parker, where my husband and I are raising our 11-year-old son. Our older children…

Craft Beer 101

Welcome Home Brewery owner Sharon Murphy says she has some advice for those traditionally non-beer drinkers who are interested in learning more about enjoying craft brews: Just have fun. 

The Proof of a Good Cuppa

Emily Wuckert is a young entrepreneur who loves family, coffee and the outdoors. Her 10th grade geometry teacher's passion and joy inspired Emily to pursue her own career and life that she truly enjoys. At 18 years old, Emily opened Coffee Theorem coffee bar, based on the proof that quality ingredients and expertise equal good coffee. Today, customers experience those variables in the passion…

Parker’s Best-Kept Secret

 How It Works  • Parker Secret Closet accepts donations of gently used or new special-occasion dresses less than five years old, as well as dress shoes, handbags, jewelry, accessories, and graduation caps and gowns. They also accept monetary donations and volunteer hours to keep the store running.  • The owners of a tuxedo rental shop in Highlands Ranch retired last year and donated…

Party Alfresco

Ah, April. After a long winter, this month holds the promise of warmer days spent outdoors with friends and family with chirping birds setting the soundtrack for spring. 

The Art Of Up-Cycling

After more than 30 years of collecting old horse blankets, silver buckles and turquoise beads, Kim Plank of Centennial joined with her daughters to create P.S. Wares, a fashion brand that features handmade jewelry, handbags and clothing using Kim's stash.

Eco Ride

It’s a chilly winter day, and Elevation Cycles of Parker sales manager Don Krieg and owner Tyler Pilger are outside the shop talking electric bicycles.

A Welcoming Treat

Hosting guests in your home can be a privilege. Consider leaving a welcome basket in their room to greet them. It's the perfect way to let them know you're pleased they’ve chosen to stay with you.

For the Love of Mid-Mod

The bold strokes and vibrant geometric shapes of the Alexander Calder painting above the fireplace sums up this Parker home. 

Holding the Reins at Reining Heroes

With the smell of manure in the air and bootprints on the new blanket of snow inside the horse arena, about 10 children line up waiting for their turn to ride a horse on a Saturday morning. Many of them wait all week long for the chance to saddle up on either Apollo, Whinna or Stella, the rescue horses at…

Sierra: An Oasis in the City

Comfort food may mean different things to different people, but I’m (almost) willing to bet my mama’s recipe for Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake that in Colorado, a steaming bowl of green chili and homemade tortillas will always hit the spot. 

CUSTOM COSTUMES

 THEATER ROUNDUP  Check out these regional theaters for worthwhile entertainment:  • THE PACE CENTER, PARKER: ParkerArts.org

Digging Deep

An old white barn perches on one of the rollings hills north of Franktown, with a prime view of Pikes Peak and the majesty of the Front Range. Its matching farmhouse sits close by, topping off the idyllic scene.

Fire Under Pressure

From the outside, the rustic yet luxurious charm of The Pinery Country Club appears to stand in stark contrast to new Executive Chef Sarah Wills’ four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. But spend a little time with her in the kitchen, and the similarities begin to show through.

The Art of En Plein Air

It's sunny but a brisk 27 degrees on this late December day at the 17 Mile House Farm Park, just outside Parker. Western artist Lorenzo Chavez is lugging his painting equipment a half mile to get to one of his favorite spots on Cherry Creek.

Restoring Your Health

As a functional medicine health coach, I often help my clients who want to boost energy and overcome digestive, autoimmune and weight-loss challenges. My solution always begins with food.

Putting a Racquet on It

    “This has been a goal of mine since college. My college adviser asked me what I wanted to do after I graduated, and I told him I wanted to own and operate a tennis club.” –Parker Racquet Club Co-Owner and General Manager Barry Riddle, who played tennis at the University of Northern Colorado and has owned Parker Tennis rec league…

Trubucha on Tap

If you walk into Lone Tree Brewery Trubucha at 8 a.m. needing a little hair of the dog, you’ll find a liquid remedy—but not the alcoholic variety. What’s on tap in this bright and tidy taproom is 24 different varieties of craft-brewed kombucha, which is a fermented, lightly effervescent tea drink long used for its probiotics and gut-healing properties.

Winter Renewal, Maui-Style

 Benefits of Using a Travel Agent  • "One-stop shop" convenience for airfare, lodging, activities and more  • Added value with access to exclusive, customized deals

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…

The Ins and Outs of the Holidays

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

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,…

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…