November 2015 Around Town 1


Best Day Ever

Twenty-five adoptable dogs from the Denver Animal Shelter enjoyed the Best Pool Party Ever followed by poolside pet adoption at Water World. Merrick Pet Care teamed up with the Denver Animal Shelter and Water World in order to give the animals a chance to find their forever home. So many animals are killed in shelters every year and it was their goal to bring awareness to the importance of adoption. Although the event is over, the Denver Animal Shelter is always looking for families who want to add a fury four-legged friend to their home.

Drybar Comes to Denver

After much anticipation, Drybar will open its first Colorado location this fall. Drybar’s refreshingly simple concept has captivated a legion of loyal clients nationwide: “No cuts. No color. Just blowouts.” Now Drybar is heading to one of Denver’s chicest neighborhoods — Cherry Creek. This 1,750-square-foot location will consist of 12 styling chairs including a VIP room for private parties, and will feature all of the signature elements that define the unique Drybar experience. With additional openings on the horizon in NYC, DC and LA, the brand is on track to have more than 50 locations nationwide by the end of 2015. At the core of the experience is Drybar’s top-of-the-line customer service and obsessive attention to every last detail. The Cherry Creek shop will feature Drybar’s signature design, including custom Italian chairs, tufted fabric walls, marble bars with built-in phone docking stations, and flat screens featuring your favorite chick flicks. Drybar also offers a full line of professional hair styling products and tools, created for the perfect blowout.

Todd Reed Wins Big

The 2015 Newman Awards celebrates excellence in the classical tradition within the Rocky Mountain Region and honors achievement in architecture, interiors, landscape design, history & journalism, artisanship, and student work. Todd was honored with one of the most prestigious award of the evening, the Rocky Mountain Visionary Award. He is excited to be acknowledged by such a great organization. The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) teaches the fundamentals of architecture through the exploration and study of the classical tradition. It exists to perpetuate the cultural memory of the past as a resource for architectural issues in the present.

Restoration Hardware Opens in Cherry Creek

On Friday, October 16th, Restoration Hardware’s flagship store opened at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center on 1st Ave. Under the leadership of RH Chairman and CEO Gary Friedman, RH—formerly Restoration Hardware—has been reinvented as the largest collection of luxury home furnishings in the world. The 65,000-square-foot, ​four-story gallery evokes the look and feel of a Palladian estate. There are 112 sets of French doors, gated courtyards, Juliet balconies, a grand staircase rising through a skylight atrium, and a 14,000-foot rooftop garden with its own aspen grove. The gallery was designed by Friedman and architect James Gillam of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger. RH Denver is debuting ​several brand-new collections, including RH Modern and RH Teen, along with furniture, lighting, décor, rugs, tabletop and their new ​Baby & Child lines.

Possible Expansion of Convention Center

Denver voters are being asked in the November 3, 2015, election to approve more than $700 million to expand the Colorado Convention Center and to build a new National Western Center, a year-round events, equestrian and educational facility that will also be home to the National Western Stock Show. Funding would come by extending current taxes that are set to expire in 2023. No new taxes will be involved. An independent study by the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) released in 2014 recommended the changes to the Colorado Convention Center as well as advising that new facilities be built for the National Western. A master plan for the Colorado Convention Center is in development. The Colorado Convention Center celebrated its 25th anniversary in June 2015. It is credited with generating more than $500 million in annual economic impact for a total of more than $4.8 billion since the center was expanded in 2004. The center has also been the catalyst for many improvements downtown. Denver now has nearly 2,200 hotel rooms within one block of the convention center, more than 8,600 hotel rooms within walking distance and will have more than 10,000 downtown rooms total by the end of 2016.