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

Local to the Bone

It’s a bright, mild morning in south Parker a few weeks before the first official day of spring, and 21-year-old rancher Linus Leppink leans on a sheep pen, checking out all the seasonal arrivals. 

Seasonally Sourced

Executive chef Duy Pham uses fresh, locally sourced produce whenever possible. In fact, he grows the basil in this recipe right in his own "backyard," the Parker Garage Garden. A key to his ingredient selection is a rotating variety of local, seasonal produce. 

An Eco-Friendly Refresh

Two female entrepreneurs with a common vision to give back to the community are helping change the future of downtown Parker. Cathy Schulze and Maggie Layton are pioneers in the formation of the Downtown Business Alliance's Creative Committee. The long-term goal is for Parker to be designated as an Art District.  

The Wonderful World of Houseplants

It is about this time each year that I really start itching to garden. The days are getting longer, the sun is warming the ground, and I want to get outside and start digging. However, we all know that spring in Colorado is finicky and the rule of thumb is to wait to plant outdoors until after Mother’s Day. So,…

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Craftsman Kindled

Nearly all of Sam and Pam Ashley’s wood pieces begin on their secluded 10-acre property near Kremmling, CO. What others might dismiss as devastated forestry, they see as potential coffee tables, wine holders or the perfect walking stick.

A Delicious Roar

Rory's diner is the new familiar place in town. It's a diner-style restaurant that celebrates Americana with a Colorado flair.

Sweet Glamour

She's a little bit country, he's a little but rock-n-roll—and everything in between.

Meet our Makers

I'm the oldest of two girls, but I’m a risk-taker/entrepreneur type which is usually associated with being the last-born. I grew up mostly in the Washington, D.C. area but have gotten to see much of the world as a filmmaker for most of my career. Something cool I own is an Emmy. Something you might not know: I made a movie about women’s roller derby…

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

Four-ward Fitness

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   Getting--and staying--in shape looks different today than it did just a decade ago. Specialized clubs bring people together in community, keeping them engaged and moving. We've homed in on four fitness regimens that can boast a growing following. From barre fitness to finding the calorie-burn zone, these trends should keep you moving in 2018.  “We use the word results a…

Trainer Confessions

Ever wish you knew what your personal trainer knows? Here’s the skinny on some of the best tips and confessions from three top trainers.  

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.

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.

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. 

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.