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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Home Sweet VRBO

When Parker-based designer Jessica Duce was asked by Oregon homeowners Cass and Gary Pietrok to redesign the interior and exterior for their coastal VRBO, she knew just where to start. “I actually stayed in the property for the owners,” says Duce. "This is a great way to get the perspective of the guest. I like to visit the area around…

Outdoor BBQs

A home with an outdoor barbecue and living space is typically the “cool house” on the block, with beautiful shaded areas, fancy grilling techno-gadgets, and (maybe) even a built-in keg tap. “If you have an outdoor living space and a seating area with fire pit, you’re able to use that year-round,” says Kyle Ash, owner of Parker-based Aspen Falls Landscaping.…

Chef Duy Pham

Main Street in downtown Parker is almost always alive with activity. Whether it’s a busy Friday night or a run-of-the-mill Wednesday afternoon, you can always find pedestrians milling about the boutiques or people enjoying a coffee as the world turns around them. One of Main Street’s best, not-so-hidden gems is the Parker Garage. While the name may suggest a more…

(not) Shaken Not Stirred

What’s the perfect recipe... for success, a happy home life, market leadership, or continuous innovation? We asked seven prominent businessmen in our community, and they shared their personal recipes for success in business and in life. 
Two parts passion, 1 part patience, a muddle here, a garnish there...

Summer Golf Tips

A beautiful Colorado summer brings with it the optimism of an improved golf game for many Colorado golfers. Whether you’re gearing up for a summer of tournaments or you just dusted the clubs off for a few weekend rounds, a proper grip is essential to a consistent golf swing and more accurate golf shots.

Spring Riding

Looking to get outside and hop on that new bike you've been waiting to ride? Spring riding in Colorado can offer some of the best views and terrain. Make sure you know which trails and roads to hit this Spring! Hell of the Wolf Loop
This ride begins and ends in Castle Rock! Featuring rides of 70 to 100 miles, there…

The League of Extraordinary Women

The southern ‘burbs of Denver are thriving and changing shape thanks to the contributions of innovative, entrepreneurial women like the ones you'll meet here. In addition to honoring the accomplishments of our 2017 Women to Watch. we leapt at the chance to learn who inspires them, the best advice they ever received, favorite quotes, what they would tell their younger…

Koko FitClub

If you like spending long hours in the gym and waiting your turn for equipment, then Koko FitClub may not be your thing. Three key factors play into the uniqueness of the Koko workout: individual attention, technology, and efficiency.

Well Contained

CONTAINER GARDENING IS ALL THE RAGE, AND THE ENDLESS OPTIONS FOR POTS AND FLOWERS CAN PERFECTLY COMPLEMENT YOUR OUTDOOR-INDOOR AESTHETIC. FOR US DIY TYPES, BETH ZWINAK OF TAGAWA GARDENS TELLS US HOW TO CREATE - AND MAINTAIN - THE MOST BRILLIANT CONTAINER GARDENS.

20 Mile Central

While Main Streets across America strive to create a unique downtown experience that draws patrons out of the suburbs and beyond, it seems that downtown Parker has had that from the start. And nowhere is that "je ne sais quoi" more evident than at 20 Mile Central – the three commercial buildings on Mainstreet that extend from Vines Wine Bar…

April 2017 Local’s Choice

WHO | Susan Wright, WHAT | Owner/Stylist/Expert at Reggio Imports, WHERE | 2334 Briarhurst Drive Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Spring Reading List

Elvis is a 12-year-old who lives in Freedom, Alabama, with her father, her sister, Lizzie, and a dog named Boomer - and was named for the singer. Her mother has recently died, drowned while swimming in her sleep (or so she has been told), and Elvis is trying desperately to make sense of how and why. The story may tug…

MINIMALIZE YOUR SPACE

Five ways you can show the clutter in your life who’s really in charge. 1. Just get rid of these things—seriously. Why are you keeping them? 2. If you’re so overwhelmed that you don’t know where to begin, try starting with one small area that haunts you the most—a section of the kitchen counter, a small table top.

Ethereal and Enduring

What inspired you to 
shoot this house? The variety of exterior material choices and textures was working so well with the natural landscape. Yet the abrupt angles and linear design elements created a modern interpretation that even the late Frank Lloyd Wright would have been proud of.

The Bird Man

He’s known as The Bird Man — he’s even had the moniker officially trademarked. Brodbent’s business revolves around helping folks determine the best way to attract birds —and bats — to their yards. “Birds are the most beautiful creature on the planet,” Brodbent says as he sits in his well-equipped shop, surrounded by various equipment used to support the ecosystems…

SOSU

It’s a cold early January morning in the Centennial home of sculptor Stephanie Wilson Thomas. She’s filling coffee cups for her artist friends as they gather in her warm kitchen, scribbling down their plans for the coming year. The women, some of whom have known each other for more than 20 years, are laughing, making jokes, but they are serious…

MAKING MOVES

Denver’s own alternative hip-hop group THE FLOBOTS have been making music together since 2000. After releasing their first major-label album Fight with Tools in 2007, the hit single “Handlebars” pushed them into the national music spotlight. Since then, they’ve completed two other albums and are now in the middle of producing a third, titled NOENEMIES.

Do Just One Thing (or 5)

So says Mona Kobishop, a certified master personal trainer who facilitates the Colorado Athletic Run Club in the Denver Tech Center. As a professional running coach with the Colorado Athletic Club, Kobishop helps her clients—from novice to advanced—approach the sport intentionally to pave the way for optimal performance and avoid injury.

In the Kitchen with (Jun Makino)

Jun Makino has known nothing but fine food his entire life. Born into a culinary family, he grew up in Pasadena, watching his father prepare impressive meals in the restaurants he owned. From a young age, Makino provided assistance in their kitchens. In turn, the chefs imbued their expertise upon the young Makino. So perhaps it was his birthright that…

Contemporary Neutral

Amy Ehmann is a graphic designer by trade, whose talented work can be seen all over Minted.com. She recently invited us into her home where we learn that her passion for design takes a new form through her newly remodeled kitchen. Take a seat and learn a thing or two from Amy’s tips on how she brought her modern farmhouse…

Repair

Most of his life, David Stouder had a thick, wavy head of hair. But at 50, he decided he wanted to do something about his thinning hairline. “I needed a touch up,” Stouder says. “I'm married to a younger woman and I didn’t want people thinking I’m her father,” he jokes.

Gifted

Feeling stressed about getting something for everyone on your “nice” list? Don’t worry, we did the work for you. Here’s our curated local gift guide to make 
shopping a breeze.

What Makes Scents

When Holly Hamilton planned her wedding three years ago, she had an idea to repurpose all the containers used in her rustic ceremony but wasn’t quite sure how. It was Hamilton’s daughter who suggested she learn how to make candles as a hobby. Instead of throwing away the containers, she made a profit selling candles to friends and family.

That’s A Wrap

Like most things in life, presentation is key. Of course gift wrapping falls under this rule. Here's our 6-step life hack to wrapping like a professional. So say goodbye to amateur presents plagued with gift wrap gap or crumpled corners, and say hello to perfection.

So you want to ski out-of-bounds, eh?

In Colorado, much of today’s ski culture has an emphasis on backcountry or big mountain exploration. While inspiring, the prospect of setting out on exploratory ski missions in the middle of nowhere when avalanche deaths seem to be at an all-time high can seem uninviting and overwhelming. Where the heck do you even begin? Here are seven suggestions to follow…

Set the Soiree


There’s always an excuse for a dinner party, especially this time of the year. Family gatherings. Friendsgiving. Holiday parties. It's all about friends and family coming together to eat, drink and connect. Connection happens to be the perfect word to describe the purpose of a soiree, and it’s also a concept that’s meaningful to local event planner Dagny Morrow who…

The Whiskeys of Winter

While Americans deemed drunkenness deplorable for centuries, physicians of yore prescribed whiskey as medicine, encouraging and even prescribing it for keeping warm in the winter, restoring energy, and curing colds, fevers, depression and snakebites.

Personal Risk Paid off for Parker Chef

Personal Chef Brandon Spies took a risk not many people would. After the financial bailout of 2008 and a job he "hated'' in wastewater for the City of Clovis, N.M., the former financial planner with AIG cashed in his retirement and moved with his wife and three children to Denver to become a personal chef.

Gateway Canyons

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa is the world’s first and only discovery resort created to nourish guests’ curiosity through the art of discovery and adventure within a naturally intriguing environment. Just steps away from one of the highest concentrations of dinosaur fossils on the planet, Gateway Canyons Resort – part of the Noble House Hotels & Resorts collection – is…

Parker Task Force Gears up for Holiday Season

Area families in need have been able to celebrate wonderful holidays, thanks to community members and the dedicated volunteers at the Parker Task Force (PTF). And some of those who step up to help with the PTF’s annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Adopt-a-Family programs are the same people who once needed help. Now that they are back on their feet, they…

The 5-Minute Centerpiece

My grandmother always had a fresh flower arrangement on the dining room table. She actually had a weekly, scheduled delivery so she was never without. I still remember the inviting aroma of fresh flowers in her home every time we came for Sunday dinner. Great memories, but different times.

Colorado Wine Country

Colorado Winefest runs Sept. 15-18 in Palisade, offering everything from food and wine pairings, chocolate and wine tastings, educational seminars and more. The “Festival in the Park” takes place on Saturday, Sept. 17, and is the state’s largest and oldest wine festival, featuring dozens of Colorado wineries, live music, a grape stomp, chef demonstrations and seminars.

Craft Beer is Focus of September Tour

Douglas County Libraries is inviting residents to celebrate Colorado's craft beer industry, which has more than tripled in the last five years. With more than 6,000 workers and an economic impact of $1.15 billion in 2014, the industry continues to grow.

Contemporary Fauvists: a Four-Person Art Show

“Contemporary Fauvists,” a four-person art show featuring Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Madeleine O’Connell, Jeannie Paty, and Scott Switzer is on display at the Parker Arts, Cultural & Events (PACE) Center Gallery through Sept. 5 with an opening artist reception Friday, Aug. 5 from 6-8 p.m.

Lorenzo Chavez

Chavez’s career has led him to participate in prestigious national invitational and international group exhibitions. His work has been selected to represent the Pastel Society of America in the Butler Art Museum in Ohio, at Maynard Dion Country, the 100 Gold Medal Exhibition at The Pasadena Art Museum, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, The Brinton Museum, the Coors Show in Denver,…

Something Special

Parker Lifestyle presents the 2016 Parker Fine Arts & Music Festival “Something Special." Enjoy a sparkling collection of distinctive artists’ juried fine arts and crafts, including jewelry, ceramics, photography, mixed media, metal arts, wearable art and photography that will be on display and for sale September 24 and 25 in O'Brien Park in downtown Parker. The live Music Stage features…

Flat Acres Farm

If you've been among the many Parker residents who have driven by and haven't taken the time to stop in at Flat Acres Farm, this summer is your chance to learn what it's all about. “It takes nine people to run the property efficiently, but there are only two full-time people who are devoted to the farm - and that’s…

Parker School Students Reminisce About Their Younger Years

In interviews, Jean Martin, Sandra (Everitt) Whelchel, Josie (Dransfeldt) Fetters, Marilyn Parker and Genevieve (Rosenthal) Chubb shared some of their memories. They thought the small school, which housed grades one through 12 until 1959 and grades one through eight until 1967, was a fun place with wonderful teachers who taught the basics. It was also a community gathering place before…

July 2016 Locally Owned

Nestled in a small office in a quiet Parker home, a husband and wife tap away at their computers. Photographs of family, posters, maps and books surround them. As the Colorado sun shines in through the window, the silence in the room is laden with anticipation. Here, the BookCrafters work their magic.

Be the Change

Bridging the gap between the safe, prosperous life that many high school students in Parker enjoy and the terrors of poverty, war and human rights abuses experienced by millions of people is no easy task. This is the mission undertaken by Dr. Mark Thorsen, social studies teacher at Ponderosa High School, who endeavors to make his students aware of the…

Grand Junction: Capital of the Western Slope

As Interstate 70 crosses Vail Pass and heads into Mesa County, the freeway begins winding along the Colorado River with steep and rocky valleys on either side. Grand Junction is only four and a half hours from Parker, and the scenery change reminds travelers of Colorado's diversity.