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

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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…

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.

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   

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 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.

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…

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…

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’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

Sweet Summertime Concoction

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  Nick French, head bee shepherd and CEO of Frangiosa Farms Honey, has been living one mantra for the past 10 years: No bees, no food.   Nick and his team say they are passionate about helping save the bees through community-supported agriculture and education efforts. Frangiosa Farms manages about 100 hives throughout the south…

The Backyard Buzz

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  It’s summertime in Colorado, which means you’ve instantly gained another living room with your backyard. How can you make this bonus square footage into a place everyone wants to kick back and relish our summer evenings?  Jessica Duce of JDuce Design in Parker recommends spacing out distinct zones for different activities, which will…

Hope for Our Great American Warriors

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Brian Johnson  Army combat veteran Tony Drees is passionate about helping veterans thrive in civilian life, especially those who come home with debilitating physical and emotional injuries.  Tony is executive director for Veteran’s Passport to Hope, a Colorado-based nonprofit that advocates for veteran’s issues and raises money and awareness for organizations that are already providing…

In the Eye and Heart of the Beholder

 Article Joan Dameron | Photography Steven Scobee    How long have you been an artist? 

A Beginner’s Guide to Running

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  RNK co-owners Trent Briney and Jim Browning give their top gear picks for runners:  

Summertime Hot Spots

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  What better way to celebrate Father’s Day—or, let’s be honest, any day this summer—than ordering up a craft brew, taking a seat on a patio and hanging with the guys?   

Local Male Movers & Shakers

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  Omar Castillo, group manager with Community Banks of Colorado  What's the best advice you've ever received?

Inspiring Local Female Movers & Shakers

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  The Doctors  Dr. Kate Messana

A Hot Girlfriends Getaway

 Article Jennifer Starbuck | Photography Steven Scobee  May is here, and it’s time to rejuvenate the soul with a girls getaway weekend. Lucky you, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs—and a long soak—is only a three-hour drive away from Parker.   

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