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CONTENTS

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KEEP CALM When I can’t keep a level head, I look to those who can. By Kendall Kostelic

ON THE AGENDA A Curtis Center for the Arts exhibit, photo hike & virtual museum tours.

WHEELS OF FORTUNE Three key values still bring the Village Idiots Cycling Club together. By Ali Longwell

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NEVER PAY RETAIL OWNER ANN FULTON SHOWS OFF A NECKLACE; PHOTO: CHAD CHISHOLM

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I’M IN HEAVEN Heaven Creamery, a new Centennial frozen treat stop, that is. By Kendall Kostelic

dwelling well

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BACK IN THE SWING A wine cave and 90-foot-tall tower are two of many updates to the Castle Pines Golf Club clubhouse. By Kathryn O’Shea-Evans

QUARANTINE, CAPTURED Coleen Sanders’ one-of-a kind photo series. By Ali Longwell

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FOR KICKS Footwear for fall. By Kendall Kostelic

influencers

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In a continued COVID world, these four local fashion virtuosos are still styling. By Kathryn O’Shea-Evans and Laurel Thompson

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU Nine things about Pam Schenck-Kelly. By Lori Midson

WORLD OF DIFFERENCE A virtual chat with three student leaders from Youth Celebrate Diversity. By Kendall Kostelic

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KEEP CALM … And style on.

MORE THAN I would like to currently be striding out my front door in my go-to black jumpsuit for a plush evening at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts—a routine that’s feeling very yesteryear—I would like to begin this missive with something other than a COVID-19 comment. I’m even all set to form folios around nattering about the weather, but to give one more line to the pandemic’s destruction has me wondering what I would need to do to jump in on the medical work that could finally do this thing in. Bliss is empty hospital beds, weddings and honeymoons that don’t have to be canceled or reworked, celebrations that gather a number of people well into the double digits and shaking hands with a crony without a second thought. Until we get back to that bliss, I look to those who are more even-tempered in these hard times. And it’s no surprise to find such ciceroni in the local fashion industry. In a trade that already takes risk, grit, creativity and adamant optimism—naturally anchored first and foremost with an elegant sense of style—I was somewhat prepared to find cracks in the foundation when we went investigating how favorite boutiques and stylists have been faring. But the authorities behind so many sharp area ensembles on pg. 34, ahem, hem in the toughest potential realities with valuable strategies and a no-nonsense take on customer service: Be there for people and they will be there for you. Perhaps the next time COVID makes the blood boil, Heaven Creamery’s better-for-you ice cream can cool me off—get excited: the family behind Avon’s Kiwi International Delights has moved in on our side of the state (pg. 20). The Garden of the Gods Resort and Club (pg. 64) certainly wouldn’t fan the flames either. EX P ERI EN CED, T RU S T E D A DV I S O R .

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Sept. 12-Oct. 31 PHASE CHANGE If two heads are better than one, then eight craniums have the potential to be pure magic—that was the reasoning Greenwood Village resident Tina Suszynski and Ward, Colo. resident Martha Russo invited six other artists to join them on a bit of a long-term voyage in 2019. The pair wanted to stretch their artistic legs in Montana’s Red Lodge Clay Center Artist-Invites-Artists Residency, and wanted to know who was interested in joining them. Consider this exhibit a program takeaway. Everything was made using clay—the common medium between all eight artists—and the show includes pieces from before, during and after their weekslong program, with some collaborative works. CURTIS CENTER FOR THE ARTS greenwoodvillage.com

The typical slowdown in July did not happen. A record 6,664 homes sold, more than the previous monthly record set in June 2017, according to the Denver Metro Association of Realtors. This is nearly eight percent more than the 6,179 homes sold in June, and well above the 4,762 homes sold in March pre-COVID-19.

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The greatest museums across the globe have been making their exhibitions available online since March. To travel the world by way of impressive works, make your virtual way to Google Arts and Culture. The destination has amassed online exhibits and collections from more than 2,000 museums, like Spain’s Guggenheim Bilbao, Paris’ Musée d’Orsay, London’s Natural History Museum and South Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Download the Google Arts and Culture app and, at participating venues such as the latter two locales, you can explore virtual reality tours with a “Google Cardboard viewer.” Spoiler alert: the online mecca has filled this particular landing page with plenty of other interesting topics too. artsandculture.google.com

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To visit every wall (and storage space) of the Denver Art Museum, explore the online archive (organized by department, collection, culture, locale, country or medium), videos of recent and current exhibitions, articles and videos that take you behind the scenes, a podcast about Monet that expands on the audio tour for the impressive display that ended in February and more. denverartmuseum.org

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BROKEN FOOD CHAIN? REMEMBER way back in February when grocery shopping was a simple, no-brainer chore? We’re talking with local grocery experts about how our shopping habits have changed since, and what we can expect during the fall: Will meat prices remain high? Will some favorite foods be hard to find as we head toward the winter holidays? Why? avidlifestyle.com

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Wheels of Fortune SERENDIPITY IS STILL GIVING THIS GROUP THE RIDES OF THEIR LIVES. By Ali Longwell IN 2007, a dozen or so friends gathered to ride the annual Courage Classic Bicycle Tour, a three-day ride benefiting Children’s Hospital Colorado. In 2020, that same group of friends sit as the founders of something they had no idea would form from that one philanthropic whirl—a proper 501(c) (7) nonprofit that has raised nearly $200,000 for charity while, still roadies at heart, cycling well over 100,000 miles.

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Though the organization—named the Village Idiots Cycling Club after The Village at Castle Pines, where its original members and most current comrades call home—has grown immensely over the years, the now 60-plus members are still bound together by three core values: pedal, play and purpose.

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PEDAL The Village Idiots rally for roughly 100 rides a year during peak cycling season (mid-April to early/mid-September, depending on weather), says current president Doug Waltermire. That schedule stopped for about two months during the COVID-19 shutdown, but they’ve been back at the handlebars since May. “Our group rides provided a great opportunity for people to socialize at a distance while still doing something to maintain their physical health,” says Waltermire. “If anything, I’d say that we have had greater than normal participation since we recommenced with our club rides.” In the last 13 years, the group has explored the state’s main attractions, like Tomah Road near Larkspur and Lookout Mountain in Golden. Their weekly scheduled rides (new members welcome!) take into account elevation gain, length, difficulty and, you guessed it, fun—with dawn and evening rides, rides for rookies, conditioning and more. PLAY When they aren’t spinning, the bunch is getting

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together for ad hoc happy hours and meetups, a number of annual parties and, the event du jour for Waltermire, a yearly four-day, out-of-town biking trip. Over the years, the adventure has taken the throng to destinations like Aspen; Steamboat Springs; Moab, Utah; and Sedona, Ariz. “We tend to be people that are active and enjoy each other’s company,” Waltermire says. “We like to have a good time, but with an awareness that as a group we can do better things than just play.”

PURPOSE And it’s those better things that made the party a 501(c)(7). They started as a cycling crew riding to benefit the Children’s Hospital, but when the nonprofit designation become official in 2014, The Village Idiots wanted to contribute to a smaller, local cause where they could have a bigger impact. They found the Help and Hope Center, a Douglas and Elbert counties task force providing assistance to residents contending with economic crises, and haven’t looked back. Each year, half of Village Idiots members’ fees go to the center and cyclists volunteer. They also adopted a one-mile stretch of South Havana Street and do an annual bike drive for Project Recycle, which gifts refurbished bikes to underprivileged kids, along with education to inspire giftees to embrace the responsibility of taking care of their own rides. “Whenever we put out a call for volunteers, numerous members step up,” Waltermire says. “People really seem to want to be a part of something that does community good. Whether it’s a used bike drive for Project Recycle, helping the Help and Hope Center with their annual food drive or picking up trash along our adopted roadway, members always seem to get a great sense of satisfaction in helping out.”

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The Activated Charcoal Gelato, made using coconut milk and coconut cream, and vegan Activated Charcoal Cone duo tastes like a lot of coconut, which is very on brand for the main ingredient: “Activated charcoal comes from burned coconuts,” says owner Martha Trillo. Other vegan cone flavors: roasted beet and dragon fruit, spinach and green matcha, and coconut geranium.

The double-stacked Crazy Berries Belgian Waffle feast is indulgent. Although, the vanilla ice cream and cream cheese are topped with a mixed berry sauce without any added sugar, fresh berries and a dark chocolate sauce—and housemade whipped cream.

About those Smoothies on a Stick: Besides growing up having fruit popsicles available in ice cream shops in Mexico, “I was inspired by my daughter, who is a competitive bodybuilder and does personal training, so really needs to watch what she eats,” Trillo continues. “We can tell you how many calories are in each Smoothie-ona-Stick flavor. I think the highest is 50 calories.”

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The Heaven Creamery recipe development process is made a little clearer with the Green Matcha Gelato mixed with Blueberry Lavender Sauce: “I don’t know how that one started,” Trillo explains. “Flavor pairings just come to my mind and, in my opinion, I can tell if it’s a good combination. I wanted to add some color and texture— something more fun—so I thought of blueberries. And then I thought, let’s put some lavender seeds in there and see how it goes.”


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The Vanilla Brownie with Dulce De Leche Ice Cream is the epitome of a cheat day menu. “Everybody loves that one,” Trillo says through a grin.

“When my daughter and son were very little—so many years ago—and we discovered Mango Sticky Rice, we all three fell in love with the Thai dessert,” Trillo says. “Since then, we were always looking for a place to have it. I wanted to do the dessert our Heaven way, with fresh mangoes being our addition. We also have vegan mango gelato, a sweet and salty coconut cream and a fun presentation using the coconut shell. We use every part of the coconut.”

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Roasted peaches are just the first thing to make the mouth water when it comes to the Roasted Peaches Belgian Waffle. There’s the brie cheese filling— inside the cooked dough— peach marmalade, mascarpone gelato and, of course, the very waffle itself. The bread-like recipe “takes three days to make,” Trillo says.

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This Frozen, not-just-pluckedfrom-the-producesection-no-matterhow-real-it-looks Avocado uses an avocado skin covered in dark chocolate as its base and is filled with avocado ice cream. For the pit: “We make a softened chocolate and cake truffle, so you can spoon through the whole thing,” Trillo says. there’s more

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LOCAL FLAVORS

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IF A TEXTBOOK scoop of smooth, flavor-packed ice cream is the calling card of summer, then summer never, ever ends at a certain new shop in Centennial—but not in the way a dog-days season can make jeans fit a little too snug after copious outings to procure a cone. Martha Trillo, and family, have spent the last six years deciphering a world of frozen, churned goodies without health setbacks in their Avon dessert shop, Kiwi International Delights—“we are all lactose intolerant,” Trillo says. As of February, they’re sharing that magic here at their second location, Heaven Creamery. “The most important thing about our product is the way we make everything,” says Trillo. “We don’t use any processed sugar. We use a lot of vegetables and fruits, using as many organic products as possible—no artificial colors or flavors. In some of our Smoothies on a Sticks [the Heaven Creamery way of describing healthy popsicles], you can find protein/collagen, a lot of good stuff.” The shop doesn’t even stock traditional sprinkles: “We don’t want to ruin our healthy way of making ice cream with frosted sugar and artificial colors,” says Trillo, head flavor creator. “Our sprinkles are coconut, pecans, almonds, fresh fruit and some housemade marmalades and sauces.” (Oreos are on the list too.) The philosophy applies to everything behind the case, which covers the gamut from ice cream to a plethora of popsicles (the Smoothies on a Stick are just the start of that menu) to vegan sorbets and gelatos. All are inspired by Italian and Mexican methods—Trillo is from Mexico. She goes to Italy once a year to “train.” Total, they’ve concocted more than 400 flavors—some traditional stateside pairings and some a lot more unique—none of which Trillo used an actual recipe to create. And still, this doesn’t quite cover the wow-factors coming from the kitchen. Because they’ve done something else to take the ice cream category to an entirely different, gourmet place: Plate up outright dessert dishes that could be expected to come out of a gastronomy buff’s cooking space. “You are always going to have fun with an ice cream cone, but why not go beyond that?” Trillo asks. Why not, indeed.

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DWELLING WELL

Back in the Swing A LEGENDARY COLORADO GOLF CLUB HAS A NEW CROWN JEWEL. By Kathryn O’Shea-Evans

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DWELLING WELL

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“We gutted the entire clubhouse and built it back from scratch,” says member Larry Mueller, who largely spurred the redesign. One pinnacle of the newly revamped spaces: ORIGINAL, CUSTOM PAINTINGS from Englewood’s Accessory Warehouse, Inc. that capture highlights from club history. Mueller continues: “We took former pictures that go back 20, 30 years from The International—when Phil Mickelson won, or Greg Norman—and had those hand-painted and used throughout the club.”

AMONG THE MOST illustrious golf courses in the world—St Andrews Links’ Old Course in Scotland, Augusta National in Georgia and Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the misty Oregon coast—our own Castle Pines Golf Club ranks. The PGA TOUR-level course has hosted some of the sport’s most boldfaced names on its hallowed grounds, including Greg Norman, Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus, who worked with founder Jack Vickers to design the verdant playland. But until recently, one thing was missing: a truly jaw-dropping clubhouse with room enough to sprawl. Now, thanks to a revamp effort largely spearheaded by longtime member Larry Mueller—founder and CEO of lifestyle company Cuvée—the clubhouse has been born anew. “It didn’t have those gathering spaces to really socialize and connect with significant others, family and friends,” Mueller says, adding that he worked closely on the project with George Solich, president and CEO of FourPoint Energy and the club’s president and chairman. “[The clubhouse] was built 35 years ago, so its finishes were dated as well. I saw this building that was designed with all the right lines and architecture, great volume and ceilings, and knew that we could come in and really take advantage of its siting and create socialization areas.”

Soaring, exposed beam ceilings and a doublesided stone fireplace adorned with taxidermy in the MEN’S CLUB have the feel of an age-old alpine lodge.

Castle Pines enlisted Oklahoma-based design-build firm Tom Hoch Design, whose noteworthy projects include The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain and Port St. Lucie, Fla.’s PGA Golf Club. Hoch expanded the building from 32,000 square feet to 44,000, including sweeping terraces (ideal for social distancing), a 1,500-square-foot wine cave that can hold some 9,000 bottles, an expanded kitchen for the club’s fine dining program, a new spa and wet areas in the locker rooms and an eight-perPHOTOS: E.J. CARR

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“This WINE CAVE houses perhaps the most impressive collection of wine of any club in the U.S., residing in wallto-wall walnut cabinetry,” says Hoch.

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A new FIREPIT provides the perfect perch for cocktail hour overlooking an undulating expanse of green: a 14,000-square-foot putting course south of the club.

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Among some of the other new elements: a horseshoe-shaped bar in the men’s locker room with a top hand-hewn from a walnut tree slab; an antiqued wood ceiling in the Founder’s Dining Room “finished using the ancient Japanese tradition of preserving wood called ‘shou sugi ban,’” says Hoch; and, throughout, paneling made from quarter-sawn oak for a cozy feel.

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The entire south end of the clubhouse now has NanaWalls, sleek folding glass walls that are a particularly prescient idea in the COVID-19 age, which can be opened for an airy feel indoors. “We wanted to open it up and bring the outside in,” says Schneider. “We have a lot of terraces off of the clubhouse now, and a firepit and putting course attached to the south end that overlooks Pikes Peak and the whole valley. We added a new bar and cigar terrace in the men’s locker room. It’s just more refreshing to be in there because it’s more open.” And that aforementioned wine cave is among the most exquisite in the state, with two tasting tables topped with leathered-finished Bellatrix granite and a 16-person “live edge” walnut table for private dining with embedded radiant heating to cozy up the oenophiles in the 58-degree room (without harming the library of tipples). 28

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Meant to rival some of the most stunning wine caves of Napa, “you can look up through the skylight and see the tower at night, just like in Europe,” Mueller says. Indeed: what castle would be complete without a tower? Unlike the previous, smaller tower, this 90-foot-tall version has an elevator, which makes getting a little extra altitude a breeze. A viewing platform with tables overlooking the golf course and a postcard-perfect panorama over the Front Range stuns like a hole in one. “You can see Longs Peak to the north to Pikes Peak in the south, which is about 120 miles,” says Schneider. “You can look over the whole mountain range—Devil’s Head, Mount Evans. It’s really, really pretty. And you can go up there anytime, morning or night. If you’re having dinner in the cellar, you can pick a nice champagne or rosé and go up for a little predinner drink.” Translation: At this castle in the pines, every member and guest has nothing short of a royal experience.

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The original clubhouse was designed with nods to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie-style architecture by San Antonio firm Ford, Powell and Carson. But with around 350 members, the club that originally hosted 150 when it opened in 1981 was feeling a little squeeze. The interior palette “was a lot of peaches and earth tones before, and we’ve gone to grays and stone—I would say it went from traditional to transitional,” says Schneider of the new interior, where soaring open-beam ceilings have the feel of a storied hunting lodge. “We call it laid-back luxury,” says Hoch. “The marching orders for the interior design was a modern vibe that conveyed impeccable style and comfort.”

Hoch took inspiration from Manhattan’s high-end boutiques for the GOLF SHOP, but married it with only-in-Colorado touches. “Étagère wall displays and walnut display fixtures with burnished brass accents are detailed in a modern vernacular,” he says.


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Washington Park dwellers Chad and Sarah Duffy say cheese with their three children. Sarah, a teacher, has learned “not to take the frustrations parents show towards teachers in all of this personally. Most of the aggravation is technology-related or just due to the whole difficult situation. … I miss my students and being in my classroom—so much creativity and joy comes from being there.”

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Katie Duffy, Chad Duffy’s sister, photographed here on the balcony of her Jefferson Park townhome, is thankful for the unique way she’s been able to continue to foster relationships, which happens to be thanks to her greatest extravagance while staying at home: “I am beyond grateful to CycleBar Denver for renting out their bikes to members. These past few months would have been a lot harder without the bike or that community.”

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Alexis Ward, a Centennial resident, poses with her kids. During quarantine, Ward’s idea of happiness evolved: “This experience has been a lesson in cultivating internal freedom when there is not external freedom.”

PHOTOS: ANDREW FORINO, COURTESY COLEEN SANDERS

BACK IN early April, when Colorado residents were quarantined to their homes and businesses were deemed either essential or nonessential, real estate agent Coleen Sanders, who was spending all of her time in her Cherry Hills Village château, was looking for collaboration, community and creative outlets—anything to keep from feeling idle and disconnected. Then, she got wind of a Los Angeles photographer, Saam Gabbay, who had photographed friends and family outside of their homes for his birthday, and had an idea: a photo series that would explore what life looked like during the stay-at-home order, featuring her clients. It would be upbeat. It would be heartening. And it would encapsulate this unique moment in time. Meet the Denver Window Stills series, photographed by Andrew Forino, who captured an intimate look into what Sanders clients’ lives (and homes) looked like in quarantine. Alongside the photos, which are featured on her Instagram account (@coleensanders_den), Sanders asked subjects to fill out her own edition of Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire for a how-households-are-fairing verbal snapshot. “As a person and a real estate agent,

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// still life The Webster family’s shot—complete with parents Elaine and Russ and their three daughters—comes with a bit of a backstory. Prior to the photoshoot, the family had just returned home from the hospital (for reasons unrelated to the novel coronavirus). “Elaine’s youngest daughter wanted to stay in her hospital gown and everyone else was in their pajamas,” Sanders says.

I try to remain authentic and trustworthy,” she says. “So instead of me posting photos of me and my listings,” the series showcased the authenticity of her clients and their lives in quarantine. Sanders continues: “It connected me with other people who loved them.” And from the Highland neighborhood in Denver to Cherry Hills, what the real estate agent saw were people embracing being homeward bound: “Ultimately, what makes a home is not the size of the house or where you live, but family and friends and people. The common thread was that everyone came back to what’s important in life—to the little things that were maybe taken for granted. … This is an unforgettable experience that we’re going through. My clients couldn’t wait to get the photo, frame it and have it for their homes as a memory.” We, on the other hand, couldn’t wait to catalogue an album.

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The photographer behind Denver Window Stills, Andrew Forino, steps in front of the lens as well to reflect on what this year has taught him. “This pandemic has made me appreciate the things and people I have in my life way more,” he says. “I’m grateful to still have work during this.” He and his business partner, Tommy Ellis, donated March earnings from their business, At Media Co., LLC, to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund, Bienvenidos Food Bank and the Colorado Artist Relief Fund.


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On paper, the toll the novel coronavirus has taken feels insurmountable. But we’ll go ahead and spoil the ending of this story: Though this year’s albatross has thrown more—way more—than its fair share of punches, local style experts aren’t down and out yet. These four fashion leaders, who have all been dressing locals for at least a decade, have kept their style hubs alive with heart and wise moves— and they are doing what they can to look ahead.

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PHOTO: CHAD CHISHOLM, MODEL: DANIELLA MALDONADO

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BEFORE “PANDEMIC” became everyday vocabulary With fashion icons like Grace Kelly and Jackie O. at the top of his style inspiration list, it’s not surprising Colorado’s glitterati (from Greenwood Village to Castle Pines and beyond) call Timothy Rollins, a stylist and buyer at longtime Cherry Creek women’s boutique Garbarini, when they need to look Fabulous with a capital F. The three-decade stylist veteran handily makes clients look their best— and exquisite clothing is just part of it. “I added some personal training to what I do because I’ve always been athletic,” Rollins says. And: “I expand on my services from it being, ‘Hey, can you help me with my clothes?’ to ‘Hey, can you tell me where a good Italian restaurant is?’” he says.

When we were hardcore homebodies DURING THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS With the new personal training wing of his business, “I’m actually busy, because what’s happening now is people aren’t going to the gym,” he continues. His stylist skills are also just as coveted as ever: “People are still wanting to shop, although some don’t want to admit it. They need the distraction. If you’re homeschooling your kids, I’m sorry, you need something, and alcohol isn’t the answer and

3 FALL WOMEN’S TRENDS TO WATCH FOR LOOKS THAT ARE GOING TO BE HAUTE, ACCORDING TO ROLLINS.

SUITING:

“People say, ‘no one is wearing a suit.’ Well, you’d be surprised how many suits I’ve sold in the last couple weeks. People are starting to meet again, even on video chats— and a hoodie isn’t going to get it done! The menswear look is still big.”

1970S HUES:

“We’re still seeing lots of burnt orange, burgundy, browns ... a ’70s vibe, as far as colors.”

COMBAT BOOTS:

“Heels are definitely coming back, but combat boots are huge again.” pampering, expertly loading groceries and carrying umbrellas over shoppers when it rained. Tips skyrocketed. “I went from making $20 a day to, in a couple months, making $100 a day, tax-free,” he recalls.

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Whether maneuvering an international pandemic or not, Rollins’ goal doesn’t veer from aiming to leave people with the best possible experience. Take one recent night, at 9:30 p.m., when a couple getting married texted him needing accessories for their groomsmen. “I went online, picked out a couple options to choose from and texted back immediately. Clearly, if they’re texting me at 9:30, it’s urgent,” Rollins says. “I think you have to be that way because of what’s going on right now and what will be going on in the foreseeable future—personal concierge service is the way to go.” sourdough bread recipes ... honestly, for some people, they just don’t roll that way!” To help locals get their fashion fix, Rollins has been hand-delivering to homes and shipping out packages from the store three to four days a week. “I have clients in the Middle East and Europe I’ve only met once that I’ve sent packages to,” he says. “When I was 15, I started bagging groceries at the Lowry Air Force Base, and that’s where I learned customer service.” Even then, Rollins knew the importance of 36

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I have A HUNCH … “Customer service is the biggest thing [in all of this],” says Rollins, noting that business has been booming at Garbarini for that very reason. “Even with all this going on, we’re reaching out. I live 10 minutes from the store, so if there’s a need, I’ll get you whatever that need is. You have to take care of people—that is a very lost art.”


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HOW TO GET DRESSED FOR A ZOOM CALL WEAR SOLID COLORS.

“Solid colors—particularly blue and green—are the easiest colors on your eyes, and they won’t get distorted like red, black and white will,” says Fulton. “If there are multiple people on the Zoom call, consider enforcing some kind of dress code so everyone looks uniform and coordinated for the same event.”

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BEFORE “PANDEMIC” became everyday vocabulary Never Pay Retail—known for its selection of unique, high-quality sample lines from New York, Los Angeles, Paris and other fashion meccas around the world—was bustling with locals shopping for fresh spring looks. “We carry a lot of really one-of-a-kind pieces you can’t find anywhere else, so it’s a great place to shop for the latest styles at affordable prices,” says owner Ann Fulton. “We also give shoppers a lot of personalized attention—we make sure their outfits are complete and provide recommendations we know will help them look their best. Many of my clients are not couture fashionistas; they just want to look nice at their grandkid’s wedding, an important business meeting or on a well-deserved vacation.”

When we were hardcore homebodies DURING THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS Fulton was forced to close up shop for nearly two months, but found other ways to promote the boutique: “One day I woke up and decided to shoot a video in my closet. I’m constantly teaching people how to ‘edit’ and refresh their clothing, so I started posting all kinds of videos on Instagram. I’d talk about current styles I like, share tips on how to organize your closet, list things you should get rid of and discuss whether certain tops and bottoms work together. I think people liked having that cheerful, 60-second clip come across their news feed every day to break up the COVID-19 posts we were being flooded with. I also included the videos in my newsletter and uploaded some to my website for the folks that don’t use social media.” Fulton says the boutique might not have survived the spring if she hadn’t started selling masks. “One of my vendors reached out to me in the third week of March asking if I wanted to sell masks, so

I ordered a couple dozen on a whim,” she recalls. “I think we’ve sold over a thousand at this point. It was something we could easily ship, and we didn’t charge much for them because they were becoming a necessity. Providing high-quality clothing at wholesale prices has always been our selling point, so we wanted to make sure we were doing the same with our masks even though we could have easily charged more.”

Out and about in A WHOLE NEW WORLD Since reopening on May 9, Fulton has been sanitizing the boutique from top to bottom and spacing out clothing racks so fans can shop at a distance. “I like to have no more than four people in the store at a time,” she says. “Since my space is relatively small and I have a couple of employees here with me, I’m able to get everything cleaned around the clock. I’m thrilled at how cooperative everyone has been—we ask everyone to use hand sanitizer when they come in and everyone is required to wear masks, which my clients are happy to do.”

I have A HUNCH … “There’ll be a bit of recovery time once this starts to pass—not only are people fearful and anxious about getting sick, but they’re also mentally and emotionally exhausted with all the changes,” the fashion sage says. “I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing to reach out and make sure my clients, vendors and employees are okay. As for the day-to-day, everything is going to be adaptive. When there’s a vaccine or we get the ‘go ahead’ to ease up on restrictions, people might not want to return to normal right away and will likely continue to be more cautious when they shop. This has really rocked the souls of a lot of people, so it’ll be a collective effort to get back to a place that feels normal, even though normal may look a bit different moving forward.” 40

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KEEP IT SIMPLE.

“A nice collared shirt or a simple neckline is flattering while keeping the focus on your face. If you decide to wear jewelry, make it very minimal and stay away from flashy, religious or otherwise distracting pieces. A little makeup goes a long way on Zoom—wear a bit of blush and lipstick to keep yourself from looking washed out.”

INVEST IN A HALO LIGHT.

“If you’re going to be working remotely through the fall and winter, a halo light will ensure there is always light in front of you even if it’s stormy outside or if you can’t work in front of a window. Also, adjust your computer to deskheight so your face and top take up the frame and people aren’t distracted by what’s in the background.”


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BEFORE “PANDEMIC” became everyday vocabulary Seeking out the latest wares (ahem, wears?) from storied luxury Italian brands, including Boglioli, Ermenegildo Zegna and Canali, has long been significantly easier than flying to Milan thanks to Andrisen Morton, tucked into the well-heeled heart of Cherry Creek North. “We’ve been in business for 41 years,” says the company’s cofounder, Craig Andrisen. “We started it when I was 28 and my partner [Dave Morton] was 25. Now, I’m 70!” It’s no wonder they’ve been a success, given their longtime approach to customer service: “Our motto is always: never say no, just say yes and figure it out,” Andrisen says. Translation: top-notch pampering sets Andrisen Morton apart from other retailers, as anyone who has taken advantage of their made-to-measure, in-house master tailors or personal delivery can attest. It’s always been a roll-out-the-red-carpet kind of place.

When we were hardcore homebodies DURING THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS And that philosophy didn’t change, even in an international pandemic. “We’ve been by appointment only, and still have a lot of appointments,” Andrisen says. The team has also arranged in-home shopping and delivery, which according to Andrisen, lots of clients in their 70s and above take them up on. “You don’t change your business mission when times get tough; you have to work harder, but your core values have to be the same. We just believe that service comes first.”

Out and about in A WHOLE NEW WORLD As of press time, coronavirus cases around the country were continuing to rise—so Andrisen Morton’s aforementioned new initiatives seem like they’re here to stay (at least until this fog is in the rearview, that is). One apparel favorite Andrisen has noticed? Golf-ready garb is more popular than ever as patrons hit the links to blow off this year’s abundant stress. “We’re selling shorts and knitwear, because everyone is playing golf; tee sheets around the country are packed,” he says. “The tuxedo business won’t come back for at least another year.”

Andrisen is a realist when it comes to the future of Denver retail in the post-COVID-19 era. “There are going to be less stores,” he says. “I don’t see people getting really comfortable until there is a vaccine. People have to feel safe, and right now they don’t.” For their part in-store at Andrisen Morton, everyone always wears masks and they’ve implemented stringent new sterilization procedures. “The way we look at things, we have to get through 2020,” the cofounder says. “And then our prediction is in May or June of 2021, this will turn around.”

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3 FALL MEN’S TRENDS ON THE RISE

ALWAYS PLUGGED-IN TO THE STYLE SCENE, ANDRISEN OFFERS HIS VIEW ON TRENDS FOR AUTUMN.

SPORTSWEAR:

“Jackets and suits are a really difficult business right now. People are going to come out of this in a relaxed mode, with things more casual than before: They get on a Zoom call in a nice shirt and they’re wearing a pair of shorts underneath!”

PERFORMANCE FABRICS:

“Performance fabrics that have stretch in them are popular—cloth that is going to have a lot of memory in it.”

COMFORT SOLES:

“It continues to be a soft-soled shoe business. Hard-soled loafers are still huge— hard-soled shoes are 5 percent of the shoe business now—but soft-soled suede shoes are a huge category for us, like sneakers, which are suede with rubber soles.”

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HOW TO SHOP A FASHION TRUCK DON’T BE AFRAID TO STEP INSIDE.

“A lot of people haven’t shopped in a fashion truck before, so they can be hesitant to try it. I suggest approaching it as a brick-andmortar store—in reality, it’s a boutique on wheels that offers a lot of the same stuff, just with a more exclusive, personal touch.” PHOTOS: CHAD CHISHOLM

BEFORE “PANDEMIC” became everyday vocabulary Evelyn Knuckles was bringing the latest fashion trends to the Denver Tech Center, Lone Tree, Cherry Creek, Castle Rock and pretty much every other area in the Denver metropolis in a pink-and-leopard-print-clad fashion truck. What was originally a brick-and-mortar store located in Cherry Creek, Evey K Fashionliner, now headquartered in Lone Tree, has spent the last six years popping up at festivals, office buildings, private events and more to provide a little retail therapy to those who are looking for it most. Knuckles’ personal touch, keen eye for fashionable ensembles and notable inventory of quality denim, dresses and going-out tops kept clients coming back for more—which is also exactly what kept the fashionliner on the road, so to speak, when COVID-19 hit.

When we were hardcore homebodies DURING THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER Knuckles parked the truck for two weeks and turned to social media: “I started doing live Instagram videos to model clothes and show people that they can still look and feel their best. It’s easy to get lazy when we’re working from home and don’t have any events to look forward to, but I really think there’s so much strength and confidence that comes with wearing pieces that make you feel good about yourself. My goal has been to stay engaged with the community and not just share fashion content, but also spread joy and inspiration across social media feeds that have been saturated with a lot of bad news lately.” Knuckles’ website also got a makeover with new clothes and accessories. “People are doing most of their shopping online now, and even though I love the in-person aspect of the fashion truck, I also like having a functional website so clients can shop from anywhere without risking their health and safety,” she says. “I have the best clients ever—they love watching the live videos, checking things out on my website and

doing one-on-one Zoom calls with me so I can show them the pieces they’re interested in. Everyone has been really understanding and adaptable over the last few months, and they are continuing to support me through all of the changes.”

Out and about in A WHOLE NEW WORLD When restrictions were lifted, Knuckles had a new plan in place to minimize foot traffic in the truck: She turned her focus toward private events and personal styling with no more than two clients allowed in the fashionliner at a time. “I keep my distance by staying near the front of the truck while shoppers peruse the racks, then we switch places when they want to use the dressing room,” she explains. “It’s actually really spacious and doesn’t feel claustrophobic—there are two vents on the ceiling that circulate fresh air, plus I’ve been putting a few racks outside so people can shop while they wait to come in. I’ve also been diligent about having everyone wear masks, and I make sure to sanitize the dressing room and steam the clothes between clients. So far it’s worked really well, and I don’t think anyone has felt unsafe.”

I have A HUNCH … “There are going to be a lot of new challenges for those of us in the fashion industry,” Knuckles predicts. “Going to market is one thing—I think those types of events will be much more exclusive in the future, rather than large gatherings with lots of buyers at once. Not only that, but shoppers are shifting away from needing to have the latest thing and thinking more about where their money makes the most impact. For some people, that means investing in practical pieces that’ll last a lifetime. For others, that means supporting small businesses that give back and make a difference in the world. Designers and shop owners will need to keep up with the change in demand to stay afloat.” 50

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TALK TO THE OWNER.

“One thing that is really unique about fashion trucks is that the owner is typically there to help you find what you’re looking for. I love helping people find unique pieces that speak to them, providing personal styling tips and just being a reliable resource.”

FOLLOW THE TRUCK.

“Most fashion trucks will have some way for people to track their route and see any upcoming events or festivals they’ll be participating in. Some will announce these things on social media, send out an email newsletter or have their stops listed on an online calendar. If you follow your favorite truck, you’ll have something to look forward to when they come to town.”


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Any mix of vivid, almost-glowing hues are fair game for men’s and women’s styles, from tie-dye prints to highlighter-esque greens and hot pinks, two tones Patton has seen the most of. “People still want to have a little bit of fun and enjoy themselves, and bright colors can be a good way to do that,” says the boutique co-owner.

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“The sneaker trend has been around for a while and I think, because of everything going on, that’s going to continue into fall as well,” Patton says. “It’s a comfortable, casual shoe you can wear at home.” The high-top sneaker, she says, is a choice relaxed iteration.

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DETAIL: TEXTURE Material manipulation, such as folded or shredded leather and “teddy-bear-style fur,” is creating unique tactile surfaces: “We have a style coming that’s like a Vanstype sneaker, but it has a plush teddy-bear fabric on top, which can certainly be part of that easy-going feel,” Patton says. And for something even more offbeat: “A funky shoe, from a funky brand called Staheekum, also coming to our stores is this design that kind of looks like sleeping bags for your feet,” says the shoe enthusiast. “And they are made from recycled fabric. They are hard to describe without seeing them, but the shoes have this shine. I think anytime you can do something that’s good for the environment, that’s also a cool element to add to fashion.” 56

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Getting to Know You GETTING TO KNOW ALL ABOUT PAM SCHENCK-KELLY, DYNAST OF PARK MEADOWS. By Lori Midson

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INFLUENCERS PHOTO: COURTESY PARK MEADOWS RETAIL RESORT

PHOTO: COURTESY PARK MEADOWS RETAIL RESORT

PAM SCHENCK-KELLY worships the sun and loathes the wind. She detests buying cars, but she’s addicted to amassing an impressive shoe collection. She loves the smell of fresh paint, the flavor of arugula and happy endings. She adores Italy, most notably Tuscany. She despises cantaloupe.

lights of the city: “I always loved visiting my aunt in Denver or Miami, going to Lincoln and traveling to St. Louis, Kansas City, San Diego and New York City. The energy of the city, whether it was big or small, was always invigorating.” You grow, girl. “I love to garden and bake,” shares Schenck-Kelly, adding those hobbies mirror her grandmother’s passions. “I love to play in the dirt and cultivate my own seeds for my cottage-style garden, which consists primarily of perennials that bloom for three seasons and seeds that I harvest year after year.” One of her favorite pastimes, she adds, “is teaching my grandchildren to garden and plant their own seeds.”

Most of us know Schenck-Kelly as the senior general manager of Park Meadows Retail Resort and a dedicated community advocate, but there’s still plenty to learn about the Nebraska transplant, who’s called Colorado home for more than 25 years. We recently caught up with Schenck-Kelly, a Village of Castle Pines resident, to discover nine things you likely wouldn’t know about the accomplished retail epicenter monarch.

PHOTO: E.J. CARR

PHOTO: E.J. CARR

made her rental car impossible to find. “I had to go back to the construction trailer, turn on all the lights and raise all the blinds to give me just enough light to make out my car in the distance,” recalls Schenck-Kelly.

Schenck-Kelly has quite the GARDEN VARIETY, from her beds at home (above) to the pill bottles she uses to store seeds dried from flowers (above right) to even the Park Meadows displays—the retail resort uses some of her seeds in its flower beds.

Famous faces. In 1991, when Schenck-Kelly attended the American Academy of Achievement ceremony in Chicago, former President Ronald Reagan was the keynote speaker—and the attendees included Nobel Peace Prize and Academy Award winners, NBA basketball wizard Michael Jordan and then 59

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chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell, who just happened to be sitting next to Schenck-Kelly. “We had the most interesting, engaging and friendly conversation discussing family, work and the talented youth we were honored to interact with,” she remembers. Just don’t look down. Schenck-Kelly fears heights, but she’s perfectly comfortable standing on mall roofs. “I fear the uncontrollable aspect of heights— there’s so much space between where you are and the surface below—but I find mall roofs very interesting,” she adds. “They tell the story and history of the mall and offer a challenge to resolve or find issues, plus the views from the Park Meadows roof are amazing.” Live and let live. “I pray every day but don’t care what another person’s religion is. History and today’s social events reflect the conflict in people having varied beliefs,” she asserts, adding that “religions are fascinating, and acceptance with respect for another’s belief, lifestyle or opinion is at the foundation of being a good person.” She wonders, “Can’t we all just get along?”

Oh, what a night. During SchenckKelly’s first site visit to Park Meadows in October of 1995, the retail resort—still under construction—was bombarded by a blizzard. There were no lights—no car lights or streetlights—and the culmination of the darkness and blowing snow

Cornhusker to citified urbanite. Raised in Nebraska, Schenck-Kelly, a self-described “farm girl at heart,” is a rabid Huskers fan and loves the “smell of the cornfield on the banks of the river.” But she always longed for the bright

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Delivering her case. “I won state extemporaneous speaking two years in a row in high school, which gave me confidence, the knowledge to study a subject before speaking about it and a format to deliver a point of view, which has served me well in my career,” shares Schenck-Kelly. Her advice to those who want to make their point count: Don’t be boring and incorporate spontaneous humor when it’s appropriate. Handy and hostess with the mostest. “I can fix a barbed wire fence, which is an important skill for growing up on a farm, but I also have a formal side and enjoy hosting dinner parties and entertaining large and small groups,” says Schenck-Kelly. “There’s a vintage style in everything I do, and learning the basics of fixing things yourself and mending something to protect your assets is becoming a lost art.” Cheers. Schenck-Kelly’s favorite cocktail is a Manhattan, either stirred by her husband Jim or enjoyed at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill: “My favorite place to kick back and enjoy a cocktail is always on a patio, at the base of the slopes or at the beach.”


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“Any topic that might impact a student’s ability to achieve academically or socially, both in and out of the school setting”—these are the issues YOUTH CELEBRATE DIVERSITY works to cooperatively resolve. By Kendall Kostelic THE IMPORTANCE of celebrating diversity— welcoming people from all walks of life, working to solve social challenges and appreciating varied perspectives—is not in the least lost on Youth Celebrate Diversity. What started as the annual Cherry Creek Diversity Conference hosted by Cherry Creek High School in 1994 after an unacceptable black-face incident, has grown into a grassroots organization (launched in 2014) that aims to transform schools across Colorado and New Mexico, with at least one other state in the works. Through collaborative, youth-ledand-decided discussions with students, teachers, parents and the like, they talk through issues surrounding race, economic inequality, politics, sexual orientation, immigration, conflict resolution and more. Now touting the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference as possibly the largest diversity event in Colorado, YCD received the Governor’s Service Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Organization in 2018. And the movement is still multiplying: Since March, they’ve received about 40 new inquiries nationwide, so they’re launching virtual programming and adding additional resources.

Each YCD event is student-led. Who better to go behind the scenes with than Luke Ortiz-Grabe of SkyView Academy and Huarui Lai and Zach Gibbons of Cherry Creek High School, students who are this year’s Cherry Creek Diversity Conference committee cochairs. What does YCD do? Ortiz-Grabe: “The main goal is to create spaces of belonging and free expression for those who don’t normally have that in their high school. It’s also a big learning opportunity around current issues and how to enact change to those in your community.” Lai: “YCD has taught me that passionate, likeminded individuals deeply committed to celebrating diversity and creating change aren’t just found in one place, but all over; you just have to make the commitment to look for them. YCD creates the platform for us to gather and have those meaningful conversations.” Gibbons: “YCD almost gives hope to people who don’t often find themselves in such productive, open spaces. And it’s just a nice reminder that 60

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no matter where you are, there are always people willing to listen and have these talks.” What do you do as cochairs? Ortiz-Grabe: “We lead the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference Executive Committee [made up of about 25-30 students, who can join from high schools statewide], the committee that plans what we want the conference to look like. We are the student leaders. We facilitate conversations within the committee and make sure everyone’s opinion is heard, and that everyone thinks the conference is an accurate representation of what needs to be presented—both for students and in response to what the landscape looks like. Those two things change yearly.” What kind of impact have you seen since you’ve become part of YCD? Ortiz-Grabe: “At my high school, I’ve used what I learned from just being on the committee my first year to form a diversity, volunteering club.” Lai: “At the end of the conference, each high school comes together to discuss possible changes to make. In 2020, I remember Cherry


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The Student Executive Committee—including Ortiz-Grabe (back row second from far left), Gibbons (front row far right) and Lai (next to Gibbons)—used TEAMWORK to make the 2020 Cherry Creek Diversity Conference dream work. PHOTOS: COURTESY YOUTH CELEBRATES DIVERSITY

Lai: “In my discussion, there were students from smaller schools that might be really diverse, but that diversity wasn’t celebrated. That showed me there are students who are so motivated, despite circumstances, to create change. They don’t see their situation as an obstacle, but something to make them more passionate.”

Creek discussing modifications to school spirit and ways to incorporate diversity in our student body leaders. People were really positive after that meeting—saying stuff like, ‘I didn’t know this big of an event happened so close to home.’ It was neat to see people realize they were surrounded by so many passionate individuals.” With more than 100 schools in the audience, you meet Coloradans from everywhere. Have your perceptions of certain state areas changed? Gibbons: “Yes. I live in Greenwood Village, a wealthier area, but I am personally not included

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in that. There are other parts of Colorado with that wealthy reputation and I’ve been like, oh better stay away because they’ll be like, ‘you’re not worth my money.’ But then I see these same people at the conference and realize they are similar to me—money is one difference. I forget diversity can overlap with privilege.” Ortiz-Grabe: “I’ve learned what it’s like to live in super small, rural areas and have a desire to get diverse opinions. I was a facilitator for a student discussion at the 2020 conference, and my room was filled with people from small towns sharing about trying to find community. This is their time to find distinct opinions, where they feel like they can escape—but also learn how to enact change and create a space for people.”

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Favorite memory or moment—go! Gibbons: “We have conference discussion groups where each student is from a different school. For a few hours, we talk about issues and ways to solve them. At the 2020 conference, with a bunch of people I’d never met, we had an intense, emotional, helpful discussion about mental health issues. We concluded that we had so many ways to fix problems in our schools. We were all supporting each other. I was touched that people were willing to be open about stuff that happened; it will always stick with me.” What will the 2021 conference, set for January, look like? Gibbons: “If we can’t meet in person, we’re planning to do it online.” Ortiz-Grabe: “It won’t be cancelled. We have rough ideas of what online would look like, but the specifics are ultimately up to the committee. Right now it’s just three of us; once we get the committee together—which happens this month—things will evolve.” Registration, complete with a COVID disclaimer, opens this month.


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Health and wellness take on a whole new meaning at GARDEN OF THE GODS RESORT AND CLUB’S SPA—especially in the era of COVID-19. By Laurel Thompson and adept clinical attention guides the safety protocols throughout the resort.”

WHEN I USED to think about the word “wellness,” I’d peg its definition into a cubbyhole of healthy meals and workout routines. But the error of my ways became crystal clear when I went south for a relaxing weekend of saunas, facials and more among some of nature’s most dramatic sedimentary sculptures at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs. PHOTOS: COURTESY GARDEN OF THE GODS RESORT AND CLUB

Grant Jones, vice president of wellness, greeted me at arrival—then gave me the lowdown on what wellness really looks like. Sure, it includes a balanced diet and regular exercise, but the key to joy, vigor and wholeness is truly a holistic approach. And he’s quite keen on the way the resort’s STRATA Wellness team brings that about: “Our world-class facilities and physical setting harness nature’s capacity to inspire the spirit and satisfy the soul,” which has proven to be particularly important in the midst of COVID-19. “Locals and travelers can take comfort in knowing they are retreating to a wellness destination—STRATA’s standards

Segmented into three components of health, the mountainside oasis has a little bit of everything for anyone looking to revivify. So, after settling into my spacious room (complete with a king bed, walk-in closet and separate living space) and soaking in the scenery on the walkout patio with a glass of chilled prosecco, I walked over to explore the options. STRATA MED “Multidimensional medicine reinvented” is how Jones describes the resort’s medical center, which, despite the spa-like setting, is fully equipped with cardiovascular specialists, dieticians, chiropractors, psychotherapists and more. And it all made complete sense to me, as I walked in and felt serene. This is probably why I decided to try something new: acupuncture. Having needles in my body had been an unappealing idea until I met licensed acupuncturist Kelli Miller. As we talked through the sticking points in my overall wellness—even sleep habits—and she explained how these factors impacted my energy frequencies (or qi), and how acupuncture and acupressure techniques could realign that, I forgot worry. The tiny, hair-like needles went in and, in 60 quick minutes, they came out without an ounce of discomfort. I felt like a whole new person. STRATA BODY Next on the agenda: a facial with Spa Executive Director Rebecca Johnston. The cult following of the spa’s Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 had already reached my neck of Colorado woods, but it wasn’t until Johnston skillfully 64

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massaged it into my face that I understood why. All the impurities in my dry, dull complexion came to the surface as that and the rest of the Parisian product line went to work cleansing, moisturizing and restoring balance. STRATA FIT At this fitness hub, workout equipment looks out onto the famed Kissing Camels, which you can also see up close on guided park hikes, one intriguing opportunity on a large list of exercise options. My favorite spot? The heated infinity pool with a full bar. Looking out at the lofty crags and (literally) soaking in my last moments, I finally appreciated what Jones meant by “integrated wellness.” It’s not about how many miles you run or how many vegetables you eat; what it really comes down to is nurturing your mind and body to become the healthiest—and happiest—version of you.

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AvidLifestyle September 2020 issue  

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