Eco-Friendly Must-Haves

As a Colorado-based eco-fashion and lifestyle blogger raised in Parker, I am working to be a conscious consumer, one step at a time. I hope to significantly reduce my impact on this planet while striving to inspire others to do the same. I have been buying more clothes that are second-hand and vintage. And I love finding clothes that are made out…

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. 

Springing into Eco

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of nature springing to life after a long winter’s nap. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and children are playing outside as the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer. This month at Parker Lifestyle, we bring you our Eco issue in honor of Earth Day on … Continued

Extreme’s Long Road

"I’ve watched Parker grow up. When I started my shop, there were only nine auto shops in town. There was no Home Depot, no Walmart or Target. Now there are 52 auto shops in the area—lots of competition." – Dennis Brewster, owner of Extreme Auto Repair

April 2019 Around Town

Parker Secret Closet Fashion Exhibit and Anniversary Gala Help Parker Secret Closet celebrate its one-year anniversary with the Parker Secret Closet Fashion Exhibit and Anniversary Gala and Fundraiser from 6–9 p.m. April 4 at the Vehicle Vault in Parker. With each ticket purchased, you will receive hors d’oeuvres, desserts, two drink tickets (beer and wine for those … Continued

State of the Town Address

The Rotary Club of Parker hosted the annual State of the Town address Feb. 27. Mayor Waid gave an update on the growth and happenings in Parker. Local citizens were also recognized for their dedication to making our town, state and world a better place. 

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.

1. Handmade porcelain Bright Angle Monday mug, $42; Hand-hammered solid copper cocktail shaker, $48; H2 Designs hand-poured soy candle, $18; available at Meadowlark in Parker.

“Home Is Where the Heart Is.”

It’s a common phrase meaning that our homes are a central place in our lives—where we rest our heads, nourish our bodies and make fond memories with loved ones. It’s the epicenter of our worlds, where we start and end each day, and where we keep our most prized possessions. This month, we bring you … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

Camp DCL: Full-Day Spring Break Camps Douglas County Libraries’ spring break camps for kids, March 18–22, offer fun, hands-on experiences with cooking, global culture, art, movie-making, music-video creation and super-creative superhero LEGO ingenuity.  Parents can choose from three full-day camps for kids ages 6–11: Around the World with Cooking & Art Camp (ages 6–10) at the … Continued

Disney’s NEWSIES the Musical

In January and February, Disney's NEWSIES The Musical was performed by Inspire Theater Co. at the PACE Center. Photography by Michael Duran

Howie Mandel Meet and Greet

Celebrity comedian, actor, author, talk show host and judge on America’s Got Talent Howie Mandel visited the PACE Center in January for a standup show. Before the show, the versatile Howie Mandel brought his frank, funny, no-holds-barred insights to the PACE Center stage. Producer Level members of the PACE Center were able to meet Howie before his … Continued

MOD Pizza Grand Opening

MOD Pizza celebrated its grand opening in February in Parker at 18300 Cottonwood Drive Suite 111. 

Valentine’s Day 5K/10K

Parker Parks and Recreation’s Love 'Em or Leave 'Em Valentine's Day 5K/10K with RNK Running & Walking was held on Feb. 9 at Bar CCC Park in Parker.

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.

Gift Locally

1. Centennial fine artist Dorothy Warly transfers her paintings onto leggings, totes, pouches and scarves. DorothyWarly.com 2. DRAM Apothecary, which produces small-batch bitters and other tonics out of Salida, is owned by Parker native Shae Whitney. MeadowlarkDecor.com 3. Colorado native and graphic designer Blair Hamill creates these fun Rocky Mountain Posters. MeadowlarkDecor.com 4. Give your knitter high luxury with alpaca yarn from Chimera Ranch of…

TSG Auto Project Merrier 2018

The fifth annual TSG Auto of Parker's Project Merrier gifted Rita Tarver with a new car. Each year, TSG awards a deserving community member with a new car for the holidays.   

Curating Creativity

February—it’s the shortest month of the year, but there’s definitely no shortage of exciting things happening here in Parker. When thinking of ideas for our Arts + Makers issue, we were inspired by the talented local creatives who beautify our community with their work. Whether it’s local theater performances, the South Metro arts scene or … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Parker Racquet Club New Opening Date We told you last month that the much-anticipated Parker Racquet Club would be opening in January, but winter-weather construction delays prevented the opening—unfortunately after Parker Lifestyle went to press. Barry Riddle, general manager of the $6 million indoor tennis club, says everyone there is “thrilled, excited and anxious” to finally open its doors … Continued

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

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.

Steps to Fiscal Fitness in the New Year

January is the perfect time to set goals for getting financially healthy, says Kipley Quinn, a Farmers Insurance Agency owner in Parker. Here he offers ideas for a happier and healthier 2019.

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.

Bring on the New Year

January marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year but also the opportunity for setting personal goals. Perhaps you’ve resolved to exercise more regularly, take up a new hobby or volunteer at the local animal shelter. Whatever your goals may be, we hope the people, places, recipes and tips and tricks in this … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

30th Annual Praying Hands Ranches Sweetheart Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser The 30th Annual Praying Hands Ranches Sweetheart Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser is scheduled for Feb. 23. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Event Center, 500 Fairgrounds Drive in Castle Rock. Tickets are available online at PrayingHandsRanches.org. Click on the Spaghetti Dinner page, thn … Continued

Deep Space Ribbon Cutting

Deep Space, inside the Victorian Peaks building downtown, held its ribbon cutting on Nov. 9. The 7,500-plus-square-foot space is a unique location to host your banquets, meetings, parties and more. Even more intriguing, the walls at Deep Space provide 300 feet of gallery space dedicated to the most unique and innovative local artwork, creating a perfect backdrop for memorable events.

Jay Moore’s Artist Reception: ‘In Their Own World’

Jay Moore hosted an artist reception on Nov. 9, showcasing his newest works of animals entitled In Their Own World.  Not only are Jay's landscape works poignant and detailed, but his newest showcase also exhibited his abilities in connecting our world with the world of the wildlife in our own backyard. Woking studio open for appointments. 

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.

Christmas Carriage Parade Presented by Xfinity

On Dec. 8, Parker residents gathered to enjoy the 34th annual Christmas Carriage Parade. The fun, family-friendly event featured vendors, food and music. 

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…

Hello, 2019!

As we bid farewell to 2018, we are looking forward to each issue of 2019 with excitement.

The Ins and Outs of the Holidays

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

Time to Celebrate and Savor the Memories

December is a time for revelry. Amidst the parties, food, drinks, last-minute shopping and family gatherings, even the jolliest soul can become tired and stressed. Take time this season to reflect on what made the year special and continue time-honored traditions or create new ones. Your kids and grandkids will cherish the memories. As publishers of … Continued

Valencia Designs Ribbon Cutting

Designer Anthony Ortega of Valencia Designs, left, cuts a ribbon with Town of Parker Mayor Mike Waid to mark Valencia's new location inside Honeywood Home Furnishings. The ribbon cutting on Oct. 23 was sponsored by the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce.

Downtown Parker Chili Cookoff

Downtown Parker held its first inaugural Chili Cookoff Fundraiser on Oct. 21. Proceeds raised will be used to hold free events in Downtown Parker such as First Friday Art Walks and for general downtown improvements.  

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,…

Serving Up Good

This month's issue of Parker Lifestyle is all about gratitude. One of the best ways to show gratitude for the many blessings in our lives is to do something to help our neighbors and communities, whether that’s through giving money, time or both to make a difference. And while there are so many worthy organizations in Parker and Douglas counties doing good, here…

Thankful

As November rolls around, we’re eagerly awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us — remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past; looking back on turkey disaster stories, mornings watching the … Continued