Grand Opening at Jalan Facial Spa

Jalan Facial Spa hosted their official grand opening amongst many supporting clientele, friends, family and business associates. The evening included a vibrant drum performance by Taiko, goodie bags, as well as the chance to win raffle prizes featuring many specialty items from Jalan's retail boutique. Photography by Sonder Collective.

Rest & Relax

“Summertime and the livin’ is easy” has been on repeat since the summer solstice. It’s my favorite season (a close competitor is fall), and I’m soaking in every carefree moment. I can’t even keep track of all of the ‘out of the office’ emails I’ve gotten this season, but I’m certainly not complaining. It feels like a real summer break.

July 2017 Around Town

A Taste of Colorado is a four-day, free admission festival produced by the Downtown Denver Partnership. The event takes place over Labor Day Weekend in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park. More than 500,000 visitors will celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the region’s largest free music festival while enjoying cuisine from over 50 restaurants and food establishments, diverse musical acts performing…

The Joy of Planting Sustainably

As many of us are in the middle of summer gardening projects, this month we reached out to Luan Akin, Gardening Outreach Ambassador at Tagawa Gardens, to give us some insight into what to plant and how to maintain a healthy garden.

Summer Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt

Inspired by my three-year-old’s interest in finding treasures, I created a Farmers Market Treasure Hunt for my two young boys. 
Transforming this otherwise typical outing into an adventure seemed like a perfect way to plant the seeds that could bloom into a lifelong interest in healthy eating. Well, a mom can dream. If nothing else, it would be a fun…

Making a House a Home

Sheets of worn metal, branches and thin tarps make up the walls. The floor — dirt. No cabinets, couches or closets are in sight. This is the house where the Sanchezes, a family of seven, lived in Nicaragua. This is the house Jessica Northrop helped 
to replace. Northrop, who’s been a realtor in the Denver area for 22 years, embarked…

The Long Way Home

That first roar of the engine starting up the SUV, was a great indicator that I was embarking on an excellent test drive. The 2017 Maserati Levante accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds and reaches 164 mph, the highest top speed in its class. Just about everyone is producing a line of SUV’s now; Jaguar with the…

There’s No Place Like Home

Come summertime, Coloradans aren’t just living for the outdoors, they’re living in it. But for those of us living at 5,280, there’s just one tiny problem, and it goes by the name of traffic… Luckily, Four Elements Landscape & Outdoor Living excels in merging the best of both worlds right in your backyard. What started as a small family-owned business…

July 2017 Culinary Creations

Besides our favorite recipe for summer (rest+relax), here is a recipe that is sure to soothe the soul.

Lookin’ Sharp

Bring home the latest decor trend with these unique pieces

Make Your Escape

Walking into the lobby of The Maven, at first you might mistake your surroundings to be anywhere but LoDo’s newest independent hotel. An eclectic art gallery, perhaps? Quirky art installations from Colorado artists are playfully scattered throughout the floor. A hip new bar? The sexy Poka Lola Social Club glows in the distance. If its stylish art deco lines don’t…

June 2017 Around Town

Rosenberg's Bagels and Delicatessen will open the doors of its highly anticipated second location at Stanley Marketplace (2501 Dallas Street) in the Stapleton neighborhood of Aurora, Colorado on Saturday, May 20. The newest outpost of the beloved New York-style Jewish delicatessen will offer a comprehensive menu featuring all of Rosenberg’s signature items, including freshly baked bagels, house-cured fish, hot breakfast…

For the Fellers

Without a doubt, one of the most attractive things about considering a move to Colorado, from the Midwest, was the abundance of awesome music that comes through the area. As a daily scroller of the headlines on, it seemed like anytime there was an epic collaboration, or rare supergroup playing a handful of intimate gigs, Colorado’s Front Range was…

Sill-Terhar Kentucky Derby Party

Sill-TerHar Motors hosted their 3rd annual Kentucky Derby party, a great time was had by all, and the attendees showed their generosity by raising money for the Morgan Adams Foundation, a local charity that funds the fight to end pediatric cancers. Photography by Linda Bluhm.

Uncorked Reserve at the Denver Art Museum

Denver Art Museum held its 17th annual spring fundraiser Uncorked Reserve supporting the museum’s groundbreaking exhibitions and programs. The evening included a silent auction cocktail reception, four-course dinner designed by Kevin Taylor Catering, and live auction featuring unique travel packages and exclusive access to private art collections. Photography by Custom Creations Photography.

Inner Circle

Circles Around the Sun was formed for a specific reason, to make a recording for the five interludes during Grateful Dead’s: Fare Thee Well tour. Denver native, Mark Levy (drummer) was invited to join the ad-hoc group. Levy opens up about his invite into the group, its future and his opportunities since.

Tech This Out

Getting Insta-Inspired with Local Tech Companies Worthy of a Follow.

A Hidden Surprise

Even longtime residents of Cherry Hills Village may have driven past either of the two driveways that reach the Van Loucks’ home without noticing it. Tucked away in Old Cherry Hills Village, the property offers a private, storybook setting, protected from the outside world by large trees, ivy and manicured hedges. A Honduran mahogany gate on each private drive furthers…

Keepin’ it Crisp

Joey Romero was an unemployed hair stylist and at a crossroads when the current owner of the then-named “Meadowlark Barbers” in Lakewood offered him her shop. She’d been running the shop for 26 years and was looking to sell to another barber.

Biz Minded

Maybe it’s the emphasis on working hard to play even harder that’s so prevalent in Denver. Maybe it’s the balance of enjoying both urban city life and ample mountainous adventures and opportunities just outside the city. Maybe it’s just something about the crisp mile high air. No matter the reason, the greater Denver area attracts a huge number of exceedingly…

In the Studio

Greeley native, Callahan Foose has found a way to capture hearts with his nature-inspired ceramics and woodwork. Having grown up as a craftsman of woodworking, Callahan happened upon ceramics to fulfill a college elective and it clicked. Originally attending school for painting, he instead decided to pursue a life as a potter.

Challenge Accepted

This Mother’s Day holds a special place in my heart as my husband and I are expecting our first child this year! While I am thrilled to embark upon this next chapter of our lives, I also find myself evaluating how to balance both my career and motherhood. Not surprisingly, I quickly turned to my mom for her advice on…

Massif Fashion Week

Massif Fashion Week is an intimate runway event catered to retail buyers, fashion enthusiasts and the garment industry as a whole. 
Photography by Jacek Jarzabek, Autumn Paciorek, Kevin Alexander.

May 2017 Around Town

Denver, CO (April 4, 2017) – Sage Hospitality is thrilled to announce that The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block, a vibrant new urban hotel concept, is now open in downtown Denver. The independent Maven delivers an industrial hotel experience with an energetic lobby highlighting an eclectic mix of local art and handmade products delivered by a passionate staff. Located in…

So You Want to Start a Business

For many, the great American dream includes opening your own business or “hanging your own shingle” as a consultant or freelancer. If you have an idea for a company that you believe could be successful and want to pursue this dream, it is important to do your homework.

The Looking Glass

Located on 2.5 private acres in pastoral Cherry Hills Village, this home is the culmination of creative efforts of the homeowners and premiere architecture, interior design and construction firms throughout the region, all working to create a stunning residence that balances luxury with a welcoming natural warmth.


Owning a brand new Porsche 911 R is no an easy feat. Despite there only being 911 R’s in existence, many selling without hesitation. Of this limited series, Denver’s 9 News reporter Adele Arakawa is among the few “handful of Porsche purists (who didn’t own a 918) 
…handpicked by dealerships…” Among these elite motorists, 
considerably fewer women were offered the…

Mother’s Day Ideas

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Blogger Spotlight

I had another blog a while ago, but I started The Black Velveteen in 2014 when I moved back to Denver after finishing grad school. It was born from my insane boredom from not having a job, wanting to channel creative energy after doing science for almost two years, and was boosted by my interest in Instagram, which was starting…

Naturally Elegant

Stylish and approachable, elegant and comfortable, 
Heidi Kidd Jewelry is an example in gorgeous jewelry pieces that balance making a statement with being wearable for any and every occasion. With pieces featured in boutiques throughout the greater Denver area and some artisan market appearances lined up in the coming months, Heidi Kidd continues to spread her love for classy, unique…

Meat Western Daughters

"We have a universal recipe for steaks about an inch and a half thick that we believe is a game changer. We prefer a cast iron or steel skillet at Western Daughters, something that makes cooking a steak every night easy and gets a uniform crispy crust on each side of the steak," says Kavanaugh.

The Dream Chasers

With everything from fashion and home design, to media, health and technology, this collection of Front Range success stories speaks to these women’s humble yet fierce attitudes towards making their dreams a reality. These entrepreneurs are creative problem solvers and solution-oriented, contributing to the uniqueness and strength of this community.

Bidding Adieu to the 2016-2017 Ski Season

Ten years ago, if you told me that I would only get ten days on the hill, I would have thought that was a slow two weeks. After logging exactly “zero” days on my pass last year, my stoke level to get ten this year was pretty high. My season kicked off in an unexpected, yet awesome fashion, in Telluride.…

Business After Hours at Cherry Creek Athletic Club

The Cherry Creek Chamber held a Business After Hours event at the newly remodeled Cherry Creek Athletic Club. Photography by Craig McNeil and Sean McNeil

Grand Opening of BMW of Denver Downtown

The new 67,545 sq.ft. state-of-the-art facility was officially on display for an evening of high-end entertainment and delight. The new dealership features an expansive showroom as well as custom amenities as luxurious as the cars themselves. Stop by today or learn more at

April 2017 Around Town

Located at the corner of 17th & Clarkson in Uptown’s eclectic Capitol Hill district – Jalan Facial Spa has designed a therapeutic sanctuary for transformation and healing. With doors open seven days a week, convenient hours, and a modern take on ancient tradition - Jalan has set the standard for a unique spa experience. Jalan provides accessible yet luxurious treatments…

The Spring Awakening

We’re excited to celebrate the arrival of spring. Hibernation is coming to an end as sure signs of spring start revealing themselves. As one season ends and a new one awakens, it’s a new chance to reinvent yourself, career and life, or just your home and wardrobe.

Vintage Class in Historic Cherry Creek

Walking through this new home build in Cherry Creek, guests are transported to many locales. From a Tuscan villa to a café patio, a kitchen to make French chefs swoon to a cozy, speakeasy-esque wet bar, it’s a home that blends vintage grandeur with an intimate, inviting feel. This juxtaposition of the expansive and the cozy is a challenge that…


With longer hours of daylight and temperatures starting to warm up, patio season is nearly upon us. Whether sipping a chardonnay in the afternoon sun while listening to a cascading water feature or enjoying the glow of a fire while dining with friends, today’s home patios are much more than a place to keep the grill. They have become an…

Travel Edit

A Line Boutique, with locations in Greenwood Village and Cherry Creek North, has quickly become a name within the fashion world. The boutique has been recognized by both Elle and Lucky Magazine and strives to provide chic but practical clothing for outdoorsy, fashion-forward women. Reaching far beyond than the standard shopping experience, A Line offers complimentary tailoring, wardrobe expertise, and…

Rhubarb and Beetroot Compote

Add Rhubarb, beets, orange or lemon juice and vanilla bean powder to a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook, for 15 minutes or until tender. Stir in honey and transfer to a blender. Lightly blend to fuse flavors. Chill before serving. Along with pistachios and bee pollen, this compote adds a pop of flavor and color to…

Do Just 5 Things

For those who have a yard or garden, having a personal compost bin has a lot of benefits. Why give all that yummy plant food to the city when it could nourish your plants at home? However, composting can be a little trickier for apartment dwellers. In Cherry Creek curbside pickup comes with a quarterly cost, but you can drop compost…

There’s A Spirit Here

Finding the right liquor that everyone likes is challenging. Whether you’re a dark, whiskey drinker or a light, vodka drinker, everyone has a unique taste and preference for their drink of choice. But Fred and Susan Lesnick of Black Canyon Distillery in Longmont, Colorado, have figured out the magic recipe. Their whiskey and vodka have such an authentic, creative flavor…

do it yourself

We're in love with Ben Uyeda, creative director/genius of #HomeMadeModern. He has an entire website ( full of modern design projects that don't break the bank. Here's one of our favorite, a simple stool. Perfect for any room in the house, durable and affordable. Music to our ears.

A House Versus A Home

A house is not a home until the interior design is set and the personality of the house is displayed through trinkets, knickknacks and family photos. At least, that’s what I used to think. I learned a lot the past two years after my first homebuyer saga. My boyfriend Michael and I bought our first house last fall, and while…

Madison and Company Properties Grand Opening

Madison and Company Properties is a premier boutique real estate firm in the Denver area. They celebrated the opening of their new RiNo office a few weeks ago on the office’s roof overlooking the incredible city of Denver.

March 2017 Around Town

Cherry Creek's newest women's clothing store, Perch, is now open! The second location of this Vail based business, Perch carries all of the latest fashions from contemporary designers such as Derek Lam, M Missoni, Carven and much more. Perch carries styles that speak to the many sides of the modern woman on the go - from casual to chic to…


In honor of Spring’s imminent arrival, this week’s icon of design is…Eero Saarinen’s Tulip tables and chairs! Crazy name, crazy furniture. This guy is a little confusing, as his daddy-o, Eliel Saarinen was also a famous designer and director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where Saarinen eventually taught as well (I know you must be getting sick of hearing…

The Wine of the House

We had the pleasure of talking to Jack TerHar of Sill-TerHar Motors about wine. TerHar has been collecting wine for about 40 years. With four separate wine cellars in his collection (in addition to owning Vail Fine Wines in downtown Vail!), we figured TerHar would be the perfect person to talk to about different wine storage options for those just…

Rental Ready

The Front Range is a perfect storm of vacation excitement. From outdoor activities to nightlife, five-star restaurants, craft breweries, and more, the Boulder Valley and greater Denver areas offer a blend of everything on a vacationer’s wish list. So why not rent out your space while you're out of town? Local business Home Host is a full-service, short-term rental management,…