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president and publisher: Gerard Healey editor: Chris Rotar

he businesses and organizations listed and featured in this special section were chosen by the readers of Colorado Community Media. Your votes are what determined the 2012 Best of the Best winners. This publication, our annual tribute to these winners, is a reflection of your tastes, a window into the communities we cover. Some of the winners are perennial picks, like Romano’s Italian Restaurant, which has locations in Littleton and Highlands Ranch and won over readers in those communities plus Englewood and Centennial. Roma-

reporters: Ryan Boldrey, Deborah Grigsby, Chris Michlewicz, Rhonda Moore, Tom Munds, Jane Reuter, Jennifer Smith

Castle Rock: page 3 Centennial: page 17 Elbert County: page 19 Englewood: page 21

advertising sales: Erin Addenbrooke, Michele Apodaca, Jim Boucher, Jennie Herbert, Ron Mitchell design: Scott Andrews Spot

no’s has been an area favorite since the 1960s. But longevity is not a requirement in this contest. We also are recognizing top newcomers. One such business is Parker’s winner in the “New Restaurant” category, elev. 5900. The restaurant industry is a particularly tough one, but this new business could be building the type of fan following needed to thrive for decades. As you flip through these pages, you will notice that we couldn’t write about every winner, though they are all deserving of such recognition. With dozens of categories per community, fea-

turing every top pick is an impossibility. Consider what you find in the following pages a sampling. To get the full flavor, you will need to visit these businesses and organizations. Then, when next year’s voting rolls around, you can again decide who is the Best of the Best. Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone in the area who strives to provide top-notch service and quality products. And thank you to our readers who took the time to vote for their favorites. Chris Rotar, editor

Highlands Ranch: page 22 Littleton: page 30 Lone Tree: page 34 Parker: page 39

The 2012 Best of the Best is a publication of Colorado Community Media, 9800 Mount Pyramid Ct. Ste. 100, Englewood, CO 80112, (303) 688-3128, www.ourcoloradonews.com. All winners were chosen by readers of the following CCM publications: Castle Rock News-Press, Centennial Citizen, Douglas County News-Press, Elbert County News, Englewood Herald, Highlands Ranch Herald, Littleton Independent, Lone Tree Voice, and the Parker Chronicle.


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2012 FOR THE BEST HOTEL We thank you for voting for us and staying with us while in the area. We appreciate your confidence and welcome you to our hotel!!

“Newly Renovated” BEST WESTERN INN & SUITES 595 Genoa Way, Castle Rock, CO 80108 | 303-814-8800


C ASTLE ROCK Bubbles Liquor World keeps customers in mind

Best Liquor Store Bubbles Liquor World 675 Genoa Way, Castle Rock 303-468-8100 www.bubblesliquorworld.com facebook.com/BubblesLiquorWorld @BubblesLiquor CCM Staff dam Krier has been in the liquor business since 2004, but when the opportunity came up in 2010 to sell everything and put in an offer on the Bubbles Liquor store in Castle Rock, he couldn’t pass it up. He and his partner opted to add “a ton” of inventory, improve on the selection, lower the prices and introduce a rewards program that was one


Bubbles Liquor World owner Adam Krier bought the store in June 2010 when it was a bank-owned property and turned it around with added inventory, improved selection and lower prices. A customer-friendly approach and rewards program helped push the store to a new level, earning it the Best of the Best award as Castle Rock’s Best Liquor Store. Photo by Rhonda Moore

of the most aggressive of its kind. The program allows Krier to return more to his customers, he said. “It’s just an approach I think is a more useful kind of a long-term approach to make sure your existing customer base loves you as much as possible and tells everyone they know,” Krier said. Two years later, his customer base loved him enough to name Bubbles

Liquor World the Best Liquor Store in Castle Rock, an award Krier said reflects the Bubbles effort to put the customer first. “If there is a customer nearby and they need you, drop what you’re doing and take care of the customer,” he said. “We emphasize customer service. Growth takes care of itself.”

THE BEST OF CASTLE ROCK Accountant McKillip & DiCiesare, CPA’s, LLC Bruce L. Fosdick, CPA, PC Acupuncture Heidi Del Regato Susan West Annual Event Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce for Starlighting Art Gallery Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce for Art Fest Asian Restaurant South Garden Attorney Folkestad, Fazekas, Barrick & Patoile, PC Auto Body H&M Transmission & Automotive, LLC Auto Repair/Service H&M Transmission & Automotive, LLC Bakery Dream Pastries Bank/Credit Union FirstBank - Douglas County Barbeque Restaurant Old West BBQ Best Place to Buy Produce King Soopers Best Place to Meet New People Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce Best Place to Take Your Kids Castle Rock Recreation Center Best Place to Watch Live Music/Go Dancing Next Door Bar & Grill Bike Shop Castle Rock Bike & Ski Book Store Treasures on Park Bowling Alley Brunswick Zone Breakfast Spot B&B Café Brew Pub Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Co. Burrito Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant Butcher Tony’s Meats Cafe Castle Café Car Wash/Detailing MotoSpa of Castle Rock Catering Service Flying Horse Catering Chiropractor Campbell Chiropractic Inc. Clothing Store/Boutique Bling! Coffee Crowfoot Valley Coffee Computer Store/Repair Laptop Repair of Castle Rock Consignment/Thrift Store Douglas Elbert Task Force Cosmetic Dentist Oakwood Dental - Brandt Jones, DDS Cosmetic Surgery/Medical Aesthetics The Orchard Day Spa

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Dance Studio/Company Danza Dance Academy Day Spa The Orchard Day Spa Deli/Sandwich Shop Jimmy John’s Dentist Peak View Dental, LLC - Dr. Jenni Sibo Dessert Augustine Grill Dive Bar Next Door Bar Dog Park Surrey Ridge Dog Park Dry Cleaner Continental Cleaners Electrician Castle Pines Electric - Scott Ferguson Eye-Care Provider Dr. Kerry Tyler/Castle Rock Eye Center Pearle Vision Family Entertainment Center Theater of Dreams Arts and Event Center Family Restaurant Angie’s Restaurant Financial Planner Michael McIntosh - Northwestern Mutual Fine Dining Augustine Gril Gabriels Restaurant and Tuscan Bar Florist Castle Pines Florist French Fries 5 Guys Burgers and Fries

CCM Staff t was the great Mac/PC debate that was the turning point in November 2011 when Laptop Repair Castle Rock moved to its new location. At the time, store manager Coy Theobalt had seen a trend of more people moving their personal use to Mac computers and, with a growing market in iPhones and iPads, he knew the writing was on the wall. Theobalt’s computer background was in sound engineering, which is supported primarily by Mac software,


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Best Computer Store/Repair Laptop Repair Castle Rock 409 S. Wilcox St., Suite D, Castle Rock 303-669-9083 www.laptoprepaircastlerock.com www.facebook.com/pages/Laptop-Repair-Denver

Coy Theobalt, manager of Laptop Repair Castle Rock, at the repair store on south Wilcox Street. The store opened its new location in December 2011 and began offering Mac support in March. Theobalt believes the company owes its Best of the Best win to its dedication to building personal relationships with its customers. Photo by Rhonda Moore

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The 4th Generation Of The B&B Café Thanks You For Voting Us The Best Of the Best Place For Breakfast In The Castle Rock Area Grandma Angela welcomes our newest family member!

Baby Richy made his appearance in May to proud parents Mandy and Jarad.

Thank you also for your support of the B&B Café through the legal struggles we encountered over the past year. We are pleased and most appreciative of your friendship as you continue to return to our restaurant. We look forward to continuing to serve you and your family throughout the year. And we look forward to serving everyone through the holidays!

Come see why the B&B’s breakfast (pancakes, cinnamon rolls, breakfast burritos, and omelettes to name a few) is so good. We’re located at 322 Wilcox St., in downtown Castle Rock. Our hours are Monday thru Saturday 6 am - 3 pm, and Sunday 7 am - 1 pm (breakfast only). .




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Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Funeral Home Castle Rock, CO 80104 303.688.3191

Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary and Cemetery • Complex multi-level spine care • Post-operative rehabilitation of the upper and lower extremities • Joint injury, trauma and arthritic conditions • Sporting injury and return to Sports • Pre and post-operative spine care • Spinal instability and hypermobility • Auto Accidents • Work injuries

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Thank you for voting for us as the BEST MORTUARY/FUNERAL HOME in the Castle Rock area. We appreciate your vote and confidence in us that we will do our very best in your time of sorrow. www.olingerandrews.com | www.olingerchapelhill.com

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Exclusive home of the Keep Rollin’ Free Lifetime Service Guarantee and Ski All Day Rental Program

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BesT of The BesT for the 11th Year.

We appreciate your continued support and business We’re also the best place for all your ski and snowboard needs — apparel, accessories, skis, boards, boots and rentals for everyone from beginners to experts. Season ski/board rentals start Labor Day Weekend.

We appreciate all your loyalty and support!

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Small, Personalized Play Groups Safe, Clean Artificial Turf Play Yards 24 Hour Staffing Dog Daycare 7 Days a Week All-Suite Boarding Feline Only Area Premium Pet Supplies Practical Obedience & Puppy Classes

401 S Gilbert Street, Castle Rock, CO 80104 (303) 660-9934 www.tailsup.com

We are so very excited that you voted us the BEST STEAK HOUSE 2012 and invite you to visit us any time to savor the finest steaks and award-winning prime rib in the area. You will LOVE our wonderful atmosphere that matches our fantastic menu!

• 21 Draft Beers on Tap • Brunch • Happy Hour Daily from 3-7 pm

725 Wilcox St.

303-688-1722 www.CastleRockBikes.com

OPEN DAILY AT 11 AM — LUNCH AND DINNER 363 Village Square Lane | Castle Pines North | 80108 | 303.814.2487 | www.dukescastlerock.com


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Funeral Home Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Funeral Home Castle Rock Funeral and Cremation Gift Shop Enchanted Gifts Skadoodles Speciality Gifts Golf Course Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course Graphic Design/Web Agency Davis Graphics Concepts gopixel design studios, inc. Greek/Middle Eastern Pegasus Restaurant Green Chili Santiago’s Gymnastics Chameleon Gymnastics Haircut/Salon Wind Water Salon and Spa Hamburger Joint Crave Restaurant Happy Hour Union - An American Bistro Heating & Air Conditioning Service Bill Smith Plumbing and Heating Hiking/Biking Trail Castlewood Canyon Home Repair/Remodeling Castle Pines Basement Hospital Sky Ridge Medical Center Hot Wing Place Fowl Line

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CCM Staff hen newlyweds Ted Manzanares and Lisa Burmeister opened the Orchard Day Spa, they did it with a vision. For Burmeister, her vision was to make women beautiful. For Manzanares, his vision was to make his bride happy. Three months after they opened their spa on Dacoro Lane, her client list of nearly 500 gifted the couple with a trio of Best of the Best awards, including the Best New Business in Castle Rock, and the couple had no problem when the honor came on the eve of their honeymoon.


The store had been a dream in the works for years, and when Burmeister opened the doors, she did it with no small flair. The Orchard Day Spa offers medical skin treatments from injectable fillers, to Botox, medically based facials, epidermal leveling, chemical peels and laser treatments. Limelight treatments treat pigmentation, laser hair removal, skin tags, toenail fungus and teeth

whitening. More traditional treatments include eyelash extensions, airbrush makeup, waxing and facials. “We feel very, very blessed to get the Best of the Best awards,” Burmeister said. “I love the fact that I have a loyal following of people that felt confident enough to vote for us. At this point now I feel like we need to live up to that title.”

Best New Business The Orchard Day Spa 3740 Dacoro Lane, Suite 125, Castle Rock 303-284-4270 www.TheOrchardDaySpa.com facebook.com/pages/The-Orchard-Day-Spa  See our ad Orchard Day Spa owners and newlyweds Lisa Burmeister and Ted Manzanares opened the doors to their business three months before their Best of the Best win. Burmeister was previously an aesthetician at a local spa and had a client list of more than 400 Castle Rock customers. The Orchard Day Spa is the realization of a lifelong dream for Burmeister, who offers medical, cosmetic and laser treatments. Courtesy photo


In Castle Rock, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, and Lone Tree!!! See us for all your banking needs!

“We are so thankful to all who voted! We have the prestigious honor of accepting awards in all three categories!” Lisa Burmeister

We won in three categories:

FirstBank at: So. Wilcox St. & Plum Creek Parkway, Castle Rock 303-688-5000

2219 W. Wildcat Reserve Pkwy, Highlands Ranch 303-471-1000

4775 Front St., Castle Rock 303-814-3000

9205 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch 303-798-3000

560 Castle Pines Pkwy, Castle Pines 303-660-3350

9409 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch 303-347-5956

8600 E. Arapahoe Rd., Centennial 303-694-9000

101 W. County Line Rd., Littleton 303-798-3000

8280 s. Holly St., Centennial 303-773-6000

9217 E. Lincoln Ave., Lone Tree 720-875-1000 efirstbank.com. Member FDIC

Best Day Spa Best Medical Aesthetics Best New Business

Come see for yourself what all the excitement is about! At The Orchard Day Spa we specialize in providing extraordinary skincare and creating amazing results.

15% off any service

Must present coupon at checkout to receive discount. Expires 11/30/12

303.284.4270 3740 dacoro lane, suite 125 castle rock, co 80109 www.theorcharddayspa.com

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Brandt D. Jones DDS, PC

Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry


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Same-Day Precision Crowns and Veneers Dental Implants Invisalign

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6 Month Cosmetic Braces Botox and Restylane

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BEST of the BEST 2012 ACCOUNTANT Your confidence and trust in me is appreciated and I thank you for your continued support of CPA Consulting and Tax Service Professionals.

Servicing the Castle Rock community since 1987. BRUCE L. FOSDICK, CPA, PC Oakwood Park Professional Center, Suite 205 Castle Rock, CO 80104

303.688.2751 | www.FosdickCPA.com Full service accounting firm dedicated to providing their clients with professional, personalized services and guidance in a wide range of financial and business needs.

We thank you Castle Rock residents for voting us

The BeST dAy CARe/ nuRSeRy fACIlITy

in the area and appreciate the confidence and trust you have placed upon us.

We are committed to excellence and to delivering the highest quality of care and educational programs to our children and families.

Open from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm

Infant • Toddler • Preschool • Pre-Kindergarten • Kindergarten • Before and After • Summer Camp 81 Max Drive. Castle Rock. Colorado. 80108 Tel: 303.814.1444 • Fax: 303.814.1455 • admin@castlepinesacademy.com www.castlepinesacademy.com


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Hotel/Bed & Breakfast Best Western Inn and Suites Ice Cream/Yogurt Smart Cow Yogurt Bar Insurance Agent/Company Bob Lowry - Allstate Insurance Mary McDonald - Allstate Insurance Interior Designer SW Design Concepts Italian Restaurant Angie’s Restaurant Jewelry Store Castle Rock Jewelers Karaoke Hideaway Bar & Grill KIds Store/Toy Store Toys R US Liquor Store Bubbles Liquor World Local Non-Profit Organization Douglas Elbert Task Force Local Theater/Playhouse Theater of Dreams Arts and Event Center Lunch Spot Augustine Grill Maid Service Neat Freaks House Keeping Margarita Carlo’s & Miguels Martial Arts Han Lee’s Taekwondo Academy

Best Brew Pub Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Co. 880 Castleton Road, Castle Rock 303-814-9273 www.rockyard.com www.Facebook.com/RockyardBrewing www.Twitter.com/RockyardBrewing

CCM Staff ockyard Brewing owner Jeff Drabing is a businessman fi rst and a brewer, well, not at all. He leaves his craft brewing to master brewer Jim Stinson in a decision that has netted Drabing and his sibling partners Mike and Diane Drabing “tons” of awards, including world beer cups, Great American Beer Festival Awards, Colorado State Fair awards and recognition as the 2012 Colorado Community Media Best Brew Pub in Castle Rock. The Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Co. opened in April 1999 and was named with a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Douglas County jail, right down the street. Drabing’s willingness to take risks with flavors and flexibility in the brewing process, with attention to consistency and quality, has helped fill a niche in a market he says covers a “wide variety of taste spectrum.” His favorite offerings at the moment include the Buddha Nuvo, which he likens to a chardon-


See ROCKYARD on page 14 Rockyard Americal Grill and Brewing Co. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen

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Join by Sept. 30th at 2004 Grand Opening Prices! Thank you for voting us the BEST WORKOUT/FITNESS FACILITY IN CASTLE ROCK! • COME SEE for YOURSELF why we’ve been voted the #1 Health Club in Douglas Co. the past 3 years • FREE 70 classes/week including Zumba, Body Pump, Gentle Fitness, BodyCombat, Cycling, Yoga, Pilates, CXWorx & more • NEW 26 LIVESTRONG Spin Bikes! • FREE Unlimited CrossTraining for Members! • PRIVATE Showers, Lockers, Steamrooms, & Spas! • KIDS CLUBS Supervised 6 days/week! • FREE Workout & Bath Towel Service! • LARGEST & Best-Equipped Facility in Castle Rock! • COMPLETELY Renovated club Like Brand New! • PERSONAL TRAINING Choose from 13 Nationally Certified Trainers ... the Very Best in Castle Rock! (30 min, 60 min, & Group Sessions)


My “thank you” gift is a

FREE ORIENTATION for every new member who joins Village Fitness! ($65 value)

CALL TODAY for a FREE 7-Day Family Guest Pass! Offer expires 9/30/12. Stuart “Stu” Schaefer

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303-918-2792 Stu Schaefer is the Fitness Director as well as a personal trainer.

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Restaurant 313 Jerry Street Castle Rock 303-688-6746

Exceptional Care for Your Infant, Child, Adolescent Thank you so very much for voting us the Best of the Best pediatricians in the Castle Rock area. We are so very pleased and proud of the confidence you have shown in us and will do our best to continue to serve you, your family and friends.

1001 S. Perry Street, #101A Castle Rock, CO 80104


Castle Rock Residents ...

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Best Dance academy/School for 2012 in the Castle Rock area!

Our thanks to you once again for voting for us and thereby our being named

BEST GREEK/MIDDLE EASTERN Restaurant for 2012.

We specialize in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, competitive dance and much more for ages 3 years old and up.

We are Passion In Motion. Your continued support of our establishment is greatly appreciated and we welcome you at any time. Our family is proud to have served you for 23 years!!! We thank you for making our restaurant your number one choice!!!

Danza Dance academy 4807 N. Industrial Way, #B Castle Rock, CO 80109





Our heartfelt thanks for your voting us the

Best of the Best eye care provider for 2012.


FREE TRIAL CLASS COMPETITIVE GYMNASTICS • Girls and Boys USAG L4-L10 • Colorado Eagles/Prep Op

ALWAYS AT CHAMELEON GYMNASTICS: • Parent/Tot & Preschool Gymnastics • L1 to L10 Gymnastics • Fitness Classes-Boys and Girls • Tumble & Tramp

OPEN GYM (for ages 5 and up) • Every Friday 6-8pm • Call to reserve your spot • Bring Friends and Family! Free Registration if you mention this ad ($35.00 value) New clients only. Not valid with other offers.


Chameleon Gymnastics 1041 Park Street Castle Rock, CO 80109

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THANKS TO MY CLIENTS and everyone who refers me in Castle Rock and Douglas County, for selecting me as the Best of the Best Realtor for 2012. I grow through referrals. I love to help others do the same.

We appreciate your vote and invite you to visit our store so we can thank you in person!



5280 Magazine, Five Star Real Estate Agent 2011 & 2012 719 Wilcox St. Castle Rock, CO 80104



Some people just talk about putting customers first. At Pearle we really mean it! We consistently look for new and different ways to improve your optical experience. ! Our focus is


Pearle Vision

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M-F 10 AM – 6:30 PM | SAT 9 AM – 5 PM www. pearlevision.com


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Massage Therapist Kristin Buster Mexican Restaurant Guadalajar’s Family Mexican Restaurant Mesquite Grill Mortgage Company Colorado Mortgage Alliance - Joan Dwyer Premier Mortgage - Zach Donahue Music Store Castle Rock Music Nail Salon Wind Water Salon and Spa New Business The Orchard Day Spa New Restaurant Noodles & Company New/Used Auto Dealer Berkenkotter Motors Nursery/Day Care Castle Pines Academy Orthodontist Gregston Orthodontist Park Bison Park Pediatrician Perry Street Pediatrics Personal Trainer “Stuart “”Stu”” Schaefer” Pet Boarding Tails Up Pet Grooming 4 Paws

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CCM Staff ngie’s Restaurant in Castle Rock began as one of those deals that just don’t happen anymore. The family-owned restaurant was purchased in 1965 by Mike McCaffrey Sr., who traded a 1950 Cadillac and paid the back taxes to purchase the restaurant, which bears the nickname of the gentleman who started it all, said owner Mike McCaffrey Jr. McCaff rey Sr. eventually handed the restaurant, complete with its family recipes, to his sons, who run the Castle Rock and Littleton stores with


See ANGIE’S on page 14 Angie’s Restaurant is a longtime favorite of local diners who enjoy family recipes that have been shared among the two-restaurant chain since 1965. Server Lauren Searle balances a tray for the lunchtime crowd. Photo by Rhonda Moore

Best Italian Restaurant Angie’s Restaurant 201 Fourth Street, Castle Rock 303-660-1233 See our ad on page 13 www.angies.us

Thank you again for voting us Best Dentist in Castle RoCk aGain! Your trust and confidence in our staff is greatly appreciated and we would welcome the opportunity of providing dental services for you and your family.

4344 Woodlands Blvd., #140 • Castle Rock, CO 80104 • 303-660-9333 • www.PeakViewDental.com

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CCM Staff t was a magic carpet ride around the world that brought Joe and Carol Givan full circle to Castle Rock. The couple met while performing at Houston’s Magic Island, a five-star restaurant filled with rooms featuring a variety of magic acts. The two continued to run into each other over the years, with Joe Givan taking his award-winning illusions from Los Angeles to Japan and Carol Givan with her flash magic on cruise ships around the world. When they finally decided they had enough with their “outrageous” phone bills, they chose his home state of Colorado as a landing pad, and in 2003 opened the Theatre of Dreams with a vision to bring top-notch magic acts to Castle Rock. Their strength lies in their international reputation to draw illusionists, mind readers and hypnotists from around the world for private performances that include wedding rehearsal dinners, reunions, corporate and birthday parties, as well as public per-


formances throughout the year. “Magic is the perfect ice-breaker,” Carol Givan said. “You’re breaking reality and you’re seeing it live. Just the shock value and the amazement. The surprise takes them out of their everyday thinking. When one of their group members is involved in the show itself, that’s a lot of fun. They remember it forever.”

Best Theater/Playhouse Theatre of Dreams Arts & Event Center 735 Park St., Castle Rock 303-660-6799 www.facebook.com/pages/FANS-of-Theatre-ofDreams-in-Castle-Rock/340813311467 @magicarol Theatre of Dreams performers, husband and wife Team Joe and Carol Givan, met in the mid1990s while performing at a magic club in Texas. They opened the Theatre of Dreams with a fiveyear plan to bring world-class acts to the Castle Rock area. Performers include jugglers, mindreaders, illusionists, hypnotists and ventriloquists. Courtesy photo


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Family Practice



Physicians Board Certified in Family Practice,

Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

. Adults & Pediatrics . Lab & X-ray . Fractures & Lacerations . Preventative & Sports Medicine

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CCM Staff irstBank began in 1963 with a commitment to superior customer service, convenience and loyalty to its employees. Over the years the company has grown through superior banking services and a remarkable standard for community investment. FirstBank is now Colorado’s second largest depository institution and the state’s largest locally owned bank. FirstBank has more than $11 billion in assets and over 125 locations in Colo-


Pet Supply Center Petsmart Photographer Jamie Rich Photography Physical Therapist Vint Schoenfeldt - Rocky Mountain Spine & Sport Pizzeria Boulevard Pizza Kitchen Plumber Mike Rowland Plumbing Public Art Display Town of Castle Rock Yellow Train Real Estate Company RE/MAX Alliance Realtor Lin Miklas - RE/MAX Alliance Retirement Community Windcrest Retirement Castle Rock Care Center School Meadow View Elementary Seafood Restaurant Outback Steakhouse Singles Spot Siena at the Courtyard Sporting Goods Store Play It Again Sports Sports Bar/Lounge Fowl Line

rado, Arizona, and California. With a wide array of options for personal and business checking, college savings plans and health savings and retirement accounts, money market accounts, CDs and IRAs, FirstBank is a committed community partner. FirstBank credits much their success to the core values they’ve held since inception – convenience, friendly and intelligent customer service, and loyalty to employees. FirstBank has grown through consumer

and commercial lending, innovative banking products and services and a high regard for local investment. Customers enjoy online and mobile services, and 200 automated teller machines that make banking fast and easy at any time of day and any day of the week. Nearly 50 years later, the commitment to providing a high level of service to customers and in the community has not changed.

Best Bank FirstBank of Douglas County 560 E. Castle Pines Parkway, Castle Rock 303-660-3350 www.efirstbank.com @efirstbank See our ad on page 6 FirstBank maintains a strong commitment to convenience, friendly and intelligent customer service, and loyalty to employees. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen

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Outstanding Agents. Outstanding Results.


Voted Best of The Best over 20 years by the residents of Castle Rock, Parker and Elbert County. ®

RE/MAX Alliance Castle Rock and RE/MAX Alliance Parker Two names YOU CAN TRUST!

719 Wilcox Street . Castle Rock, CO 80104 . 303-688-2202 18551 E. Mainstreet . Parker, CO 80134 . 303-841-0922 Your home . Your neighborhood . Your town at www.HomesInColorado.com

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Best Burrito Santiago’s 720-733-0090 860 Kinner St., Castle Rock www.eatatsantiagos.com


spices things up CCM Staff s with many successful restaurants, Santiago’s started with one great recipe in somebody’s mom’s kitchen. In this case, the recipe was green chile and the mom was Rachel Morales, who roasted jalapenos on the grill, then gave them to her kids to peel by hand. One of those kids was Carmen Morales, who says it burned like crazy. Nevertheless, she grew up to open the first Santiago’s under three guiding principles. The food has to be fresh, because she doesn’t like leftovers. Customers need to be greeted with a friendly face, because you only get one chance to make them want to come back. “Third was a humble approach of not naming the restaurant after oneself, but to name it after a saint,” says Morales. “After all, not all new businesses are successful, and we would need all the help we could get.” Clearly, it worked. Santiago’s has grown to more than 20 locations throughout the metro area and beyond, from Englewood to Fort Morgan. The key to Santiago’s burritos and other dishes, of course, is the green chile. It’s so popular now that they started shipping to out-of-state customers who can’t get enough, and it’s also available in grocery stores. Locals can get it for every meal – on huevos rancheros for breakfast, a Mexican hamburger for lunch and perhaps carne asada or pork chops for dinner. “It’s a Santiago’s thing,” proclaims the website.


Backdropped by the Rock in Castle Rock, Santiago’s draws large crowds for lunch. File photo

…for recognizing the work we do on behalf of those in crisis in Douglas and Elbert counties, whose courage in the face of incredible adversity inspires us to do our best. BEST LOCAL NON‐PROFIT ORGANIZATION …to those of you who donate and shop at


Thank you from everyone at the Douglas/Elbert Task Force! 1638 Park Street • Castle Rock, CO 80109 • www.detaskforce.org 303/688-1114 (main #) • 303/688-6129 (store/donations)

For the best time you’ll ever have shopping… Sassy Soiree 9/14. Tickets now on sale!

Restaurant 303-660-1233 “The Best” since 1965 Open Daily at 11am

Dine-In or Take-Out


“The Homemade Spaghetti Place”

FULL ITALIAN & MEXICAN MENU • FULL SERVICE BAR Family Owned & Operated Homemade Spaghetti & Meatballs Pizzas & Calzones Mexican Combinations

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Rockyard from page 8 nay wine. “It’s just percolating away in its bottles, evolving all the time and getting smoother and smoother,” Drabing said. “It’s the only bottling we’ve done and still excellent.”

the menu items and intimate atmo- in Littleton, he supports his family, sphere intact. And the loyal follow- I support mine, we help mom and ing of Angie’s customers wouldn’t dad out, it’s a big deal,” said Mike have it any other way. They have come to count on the McCaffrey Jr. “We make our own same spaghetti and meatballs, Ital- past every day. We’re so happy.” ian sausage sandwiches, homemade pasta and fresh-baked bread that have been coming out of Angie’s kitchen for nearly 50 years. T he fa m i ly recipes are the same as they were the day Mike Sr. opened his doors and the strength of the restaurants still lies in the local following that begins in the neig hborhoods that surround the Angie’s Restaurant cook Aurelio Sergio Mendez prepares an Italian sausage sandwich, part of the traditional Italian fare and famrestaurants. ily recipes that helped earn Angie’s the title as Best Italian Restau“My brother rant and Best Family Restaurant in Castle Rock. Photo by Rhonda has his location Moore

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CENTENNIAL Family Sports Center lives up to name CCM Staff ooking for big fun for the whole family? Then take a look at 150,000 square feet of fun at the Family Sports Center in Centennial. Conveniently located on Peoria, just off Arapahoe Road, this South Suburban Parks and Recreation jewel includes activities and games for a wide range of ages, abilities, and interests in one central location. Ice skating enthusiasts, golfers, and youth


alike enjoy a multitude of fun activities. Food and beverage served year-round at the Avalanche Grill. The 9-Hole Executive 31 Par Golf Course is suited for golfers of all skill levels. The newly renovated driving range is open yearround, is two-tiered, covered, lighted and heated. There’s bumper cars, a laser tag arena, a climbing wall, two NHL-size ice rinks, a golf pro shop, heated driving range, and full

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to, Light Space Floor, Sky Wall, Dance Revolution, Rock Band, ExerBikes, PS3 Move and XBOX Kinect. And for the younger ones, visit Lollipop Park, the indoor children’s amusement park.

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Advanced Pediatric Associates Village Plaza at Smoky Hill 5657 S. Himalaya St., Suite 100, Centennial 303-699-6200 www.advancedpediatricassociates.com www.facebook.com/advancedpediatricassociates

CCM Staff ith more than 35 years of experience in providing quality pediatric care in the community, Advanced Pediatrics is dedicated to providing the most advanced clinical care, customer service and technology available. They are committed to their customer service slogan of “Big enough to meet your needs. Small enough to show we care!” Advanced Pediatrics has taken special care to develop a model for pediatric care that combines the benefits and services of a larger group practice with the personalized care of a smaller physician office. Their goal is to provide a medical home where families

CCM Staff ally Wallace, Shepherd of the Hills preschool director, said parents tell her they like Shepherd of the Hills because the program offers small classes, qualified teachers and educational programs for their children. The classrooms are large and well-lit. Outside, there are two separate playgrounds. There are the traditional playground items like a sandbox and slide, but there also are lots of balls as well as bikes and scooters. Of course, before getting on bikes or scooters, the children have to put on a helmet. An added attraction is the small vegetable garden outside the school. Each day, the teachers have the youngsters check the plants to see if any of the vegetables are ready to be harvested. “Our preschool offers a variety of schedule options designed to help family fi nd the program that fits their need for child care,” Wal-

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ELBERT COUNTY Bender Menders gets you back on road Best Auto Body Bender Menders 763 Crossroads Circle, Elizabeth 303-646-3378 www.bendermenders.com

Morrie Christner, owner of Bender Menders Elbert County’s premier collision repair and paint facility, credits the company’s success to well-trained and dedicated employees. Photos by Deborah Grigsby

CCM Staff ender Menders, Elbert County’s premier collision repair and paint facility, is conveniently located just east of town at Kiowa Street and CR-17. Bender Menders is a local home-grown business founded by Morrie and Lisa Christner. Specializing in collision repair, hail damage repair, frame straightening, glass and window tinting and custom auto detailing, Bender Menders is ready to get you back on the road. All technicians are certified by


ASE and I-CAR and are committed to excellence. Bender Menders tries to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible. Their 9,000-square-foot facility has many “green” features such as xeriscaping and high-efficiency lighting and the use of a waterborne paint system to reduce the use of solvents. Let Hertz Rental Car pick you up and get you on your way while repairs are being made. Bender Menders has established great working relationships with most

major insurance companies. They’ll work hard to ensure your complete satisfaction and offer a limited lifetime warranty on workmanship for as long as you own the vehicle. “My wife and I really take pride in being part of this community,” said Christner. “We know our success here comes from not only the community, but from the dedicated employees on our staff. We couldn’t do it without them.”

Cosentino’s makes everything from scratch CCM Staff hen you’re craving authentic Italian cuisine with a classic touch American diner, then come experience the eclectic atmosphere at Cosentino’s Italian Diner in Elizabeth. Owners Tony and Meghan Cosentino offer a fun family dining


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Cosentino’s in Elizabeth serves up Italian fare with American diner flair.

Cosentino’s 273 E. Kiowa Ave., Elizabeth 303-646-2700 www.cosentinosdiner.com

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experience and an exciting menu with a variety of options for any time of day, from a down-home, cooked-to-order breakfast, a classic grilled burger or real brick oven pizza. “What can I say? We make everything from scratch,” said Cosentino. “We’re a small, family restaurant and take pride in what we do.” Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Cosentino’s cozy decor complements its comfort food favorites. A unique mixture of classic Americana and Colorado railroad history keeps the conversation going. There a full bar with a complete selection of beer and wine. On Fridays, ask Tony about his “not-on-the-menu” special. “The Friday special is never the same,” he said. “It’s just whatever looks good at the market that day.” A friendly and knowledgeable staff is always ready to serve your needs. Ask about the Italian sausage. It’s a family recipe that’s been handed down for generations. It’s available in mild, hot and chicken basil.

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Hampden Auto Body focuses on service CCM Staff an and Mary Ann Ross established Hampden Auto Body in 1983 and it remains a family owned and operated business. Since it opened, Hampden Auto Body has offered to do complete collision repair for customers, and also the staff can repair vehicles damaged by hail. The office is in the front portion


of the building at 2801 W. Hampden Ave. The rest of the large building is work areas where shop employees replace crumpled body panels, pounds out dents and get the vehicle ready for the paint booths. There are additional work areas in an adjacent building facing a parking lot where vehicles awaiting repairs are kept. See AUTO BODY on page 29

Moe’s brings Dixie-style approach Best BBQ Restaurant Moe’s BBQ and Bowling 3295 S. Broadway, Englewood 303-781-0414 moesdenver.com facebook.com/moesobbq CCM Staff his year, the certificate for the Best of the Best barbecue place goes to Moe’s BBQ and Bowling at 3295 S. Broadway. “We opened about 3½ years ago and brought Dixie-style barbecue to the area,” manager Ian Mattingly said. “Our barbecue is prepared by rubbing spices into the meat and slow-cooking it over the coals to enhance the smoky taste.” He said a house specialty is the pulled pork sandwich with marinated coleslaw served on the bun with the meat, along with white Alabama barbecue sauce. The menu also includes fried chicken, turkey, ribs and fried catfish. There is a choice of a full meal or a sandwich. There are popular South-


ern side dishes available like baked beans, coleslaw and banana pudding. Moe’s also offer larger quantities like a whole turkey or slab of ribs, and the restaurant will do catering. The Broadway location also offers bowling, plus there is live music three nights a week. There is full beverage service, and outdoor seating is available during nice weather. Often Moe’s has special events like the recent motorcycle show plus the upcoming crawfish boil. Moe’s now has locations in Boulder, Denver and Lakewood, plus there is now a mobile van. Mattingly said the van joins the gathering of food trucks each Tuesday and Thursday at Civic Center during the summer. The truck also goes to special events in the winter.

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Best Bookstore Highlands Ranch Tattered Cover 9315 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch 303-470-7050 www.tatteredcover.com www.facebook.com/tatteredcover @TatteredCover CCM Staff ighlands Ranch Tattered Cover isn’t just a bookstore but a “community hub,” says store manager Margaret Shaheen. “We have meeting groups, book clubs, journaling clubs, it’s really just a gathering place,” Shaheen said. “It’s a place where people can come to meet each other and to browse. We’ve got a lot of places where people can just sit down and read, browse through the books. … We also have author events probably every night in at least one of our stores.” A Denver institution for more than 35 years, Tattered Cover opened its doors in Town Center in November 2004 and Shaheen and most of the store’s booksellers have been at the Ranch location since day one. “We all just love to read, and love


putting books in hand,” Shaheen said, adding that when folks choose to shop with them, not only are they getting a unique experience but they are supporting an independent bookstore, coffee shop and their community. One of three Tattered Covers in the Denver area, Shaheen said each store is tailored to its neighborhood, and that in addition to its broad selection of titles, the store on Dorchester is known for having a great children’s section, story times and different kids’ events. The store is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9-6 on Sunday. The cafe, which prides itself on selling local coffee and pastries, opens at 7 a.m. on weekdays and at 8 a.m. on the weekends.

Margaret Shaheen sits amongst the enormous children’s section at Tattered Cover in Highlands Ranch. Shaheen has managed the store since it opened in November 2004. Photos by Ryan Boldrey

Tattered Cover, located in Town Center South, is the spot for book and coffee lovers in Highlands Ranch.

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Best Wine Bar Delinda Fatianow owns and operates Indulge Bistro and Wine Bar with her husband, Peter Fatianow. With close to 100 selections of wine from around the world to choose from the bistro also offers full lunch and dinner menus. Photos by Ryan Boldrey

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CCM Staff elinda Fatianow opened Indulge Bistro and Wine Bar at the corner of Lucent and Highlands Ranch Parkway with her husband, Peter, in October 2008. With close to 100 selections of wine from around the world, full lunch and dinner menus, happy hour seven days a week and the self-proclaimed “best view in Denver” from a west-facing patio complete with fire pits and couches, the Fatianows built the restaurant with one thing in mind – comfort. “I think we are a lot different from any other restaurants from around this area,” Delinda Fatianow said. “We built this restaurant because we thought there was a need in the community for something upscale, but comfortable, and that’s what we think we provide. We have a full bar, lots of wine and great food.” The couple, who just opened a second location on Main Street in Golden, are happy to host everything from birthday parties to company events and wedding rehearsals and also teaches on-site and online wine education courses. The bistro and wine bar is open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday-Saturday and open for dinner from 4-10 p.m. Sundays. Happy hour is every day from 3-6 p.m.

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Best Chiropractor Pinnacle Chiropractic and Spinal Rehab Center 4185 Wildcat Reserve Pkwy, Ste 220, Highlands Ranch 303-683-5060 www.pinnaclechiropractic.net www.idealweightlosscolorado.com www.facebook.com/PinnacleChiropractic See our ad on page 24 CCM Staff r. Aaron Casselman is so well-known for having his patients’ backs that he has been voted Best of the Best five years in a row when it comes to fi xing them. In businesses since 2006, the man behind Pinnacle Chiropractic on Wildcat Reserve Parkway considers Pinnacle’s non-traditional approach as the reason why his clients keep putting up the votes at the highest clip in town. To Casselman, being a chiropractor is all about fi xing the problem that causes the pain and doing away with that pain for good. “The traditional approach has a lot to do with symptom management. We focus more on spinal rehabilitation,” he said. “So, instead of just the treating the symptoms, we try to correct the underlying problems.”


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It’s that same philosophy that has led to Cassleman’s other business, Ideal Weight Loss, to also capture Best of the Best. Operated out of the same office and run by his wife, Megan, the medically-b managed weight loss program teaches successfully keeping thei e weight off and maintaining an optimal weight.

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Tammy Stromberg and her dog Jessie, second from left, hang out with a handful of canine friends in the back yard at Stromberg’s house. Stromberg’s pet business, 4 Pawz Sake, has taken top honors in Best of the Best four years in a row since she started. Courtesy photo

CCM Staff ammy Stromberg founded 4 Pawz Sake in 2008 and the Highlands Ranch canine lover has been voted the best of the best for her in-her-and-your-home pet business every year since.


“Clients love the fact that I am not only the owner but the one taking care of them and their pets,” she said, adding that her accessibility, attention to detail and ability to build reSee BOARDING on page 29

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CCM Staff ell aware going to the dentist is something most people don’t look forward to, Dr. Tyler Twiss does what he can to make the experience a comfortable and relaxing one. Whatever he is doing seems to be working. Having been voted Best of the Best four times since opening his practice in Highlands Ranch in 2006, the Temple University Dental School graduate said he and his staff pride themselves on treating patients like family. “I think we provide a good, comfortable, safe environment to be in,” he said. “We’ve invested a lot of money in the latest technology to provide the best in care for our patients and with that we can save them time and visits to the dentist.” Raised in Oklahoma, Twiss is happy not just to have a practice in the Ranch, but to call it home as well. “I like the environment,” he said. “There are a lot of good, friendly neighborhoods; my children go to school here … It’s a good place to raise a family.” Whether at work or home, Twiss has family on the mind. When entering the office, one is greeted by friendly staff at the desk, offered something to drink and made sure they are comfortable from the word go.


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Best Nursery/Day Care Shepherd of the Hills Christian School 7691 S. University Blvd., Centennial 303-798-0711 shepherdhills-school.org lace said. “Our preschool program is for children from 18 months to about 6 years old. We also have a before and after school programs that is designed for 6- to 12-year-olds.” She emphasizes that Shepherd of

the Hills isn’t a babysitter because children gather in small classes taught by high-quality teachers providing a balance of nurturing and education for the students. Mike Ross, owner and manager of Hampden Auto Body, checks out damage to a vehicle in for repairs. The family owned and operated shop offers complete collision repair for late model cars as well as body work to repair hail damage. Photo by Tom Munds

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“Much of our business is repairing collision damage to late-model vehicles,” said Mike Ross, owner and manager. “To do the job right, our shop has the up-to-date equipment, and all 12 employees regularly received the training to upgrade their ability to do repairs. We take pride in our work and we also make sure that top-quality customer service is a priority.” The business was recently designat-

ed as a certified shop to repair Nissan, Infinity, Honda and Acura. “We are proud of the certification,” Ross said. “We had to meet specific standards and requirements to receive the certification.” He said he appreciates the confidence of those who voted for the company and noted this is the fifth year in a row Hampden Auto Body has been selected for a Best of the Best award.

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CCM Staff ittleton Adventist Hospital’s mission is to see and treat each person as a child of God and to strive for whole-person care by considering the needs of the mind, body and spirit. “Littleton Adventist Hospital is much more than a hospital,” says Rhonda Ward, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care, a Littleton resident who has worked there 10 years. “Beyond offering compassionate expert health care, we continue to expand our services. Our neurosurgeons offer deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s patients, our


cancer-care program offers comprehensive cancer treatments and our NICU continues to be one of the best in the state of Colorado. Most importantly, it is about our team – I hear each and every day about how caring and thoughtful our staff is in the treatment of our patients.” Littleton’s only hospital offers a full range of services, from its birth center to stroke care, from a children’s after-hours center to a sleep-disorder center. With a bevy of awards and accolades under its belt, the hospital is home to a Level 3B neonatal intensive-care center, a Level 2 trauma cen-

ter and a nationally accredited breastcare center. It is a true community partner, as well, participating in programs like Project CURE, which sends medical supplies to where they’re needed; Adventist Community Services Lift, which supports people in need; and Prayer Shawls/Care Shawls, which offers shawls knitted by volunteers to patients and families. “I am very proud that we offer complex medicine but in a tremendously compassionate culture that has been created at Littleton Adventist Hospital,” said Ward.

For Romano’s, it’s all about family

CCM Staff emember walking into Grandma’s house, a place both comforting and bustling, full of amazing aromas and a nice red wine if you were old enough, and perhaps a gingham tablecloth or two? That’s Romano’s.


See ROMANO’s on page 31 (From left) Sue Calhoun, Nick, Neil, Ellie and John Romano gather in front of Romano’s, the Italian restaurant Neil and Ellie opened in 1967. There’s a lot of “family” in this family business. Courtesy photo


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Best Italian Restaurant Romano’s 5666 S. Windermere St., Littleton 303-798-4944 www.romanospizzeria.com  See our ad Neil and Ellie Romano opened the original location on Windermere Street in 1967, welcoming neighbors and friends to enjoy authentic Italian recipes shared with them by Grandpa Giovanni, a pushcart vendor in New York City. Since then, the Romanos’ children have carried on the legacy, even opening a location in Highlands Ranch. “The Littleton location is special because it has been a part of the Littleton community for so long,” says the Romanos’ daughter, Sue Calhoun. “I try to imagine Littleton in 1967, 1977, 1987 ... so much has happened during our years here. Children grew up with Romano’s and now bring their own young families in for

dinner. I think that’s pretty special.” Whether in the mood for spaghetti with clams, baked lasagna, chicken parmesan or just a slice and a salad, diners will enjoy the Romanos’ attention to detail and authenticity – fresh ingredients, homemade sauces and meatballs, simply crafted but delicious salad. Of course there are Italian sodas and tiramisu for the sweet of tooth. “Delicious food does not come easily and requires each day that we make sure our quality and freshness exceed our customer’s expectations,” said Calhoun. “Our father, Neil Romano, still keeps a very strict eye on each recipe to ensure that we live up to the quality and standards that he set so long ago.”

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CCM Staff e want to be known as the best car wash, not as the biggest car wash,” says Keith Taylor, owner of Jazz Car Wash, 6095 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton. Taylor was a member of corporate America until 2007, when he realized he would be happier doing something he loved. “I’ve always been sort of a cleancar freak,” he said. “I used to wash my own car in the driveway every Saturday morning for rest and relaxation.” Today, he can ask one of his 35 employees to do it for him when they’re not busy with the constant stream of customers who visit to get their car babied, shop in the boutique (run by Taylor’s wife, Lisa), buy some fancy pickles or a fountain drink or just kick back on a couch in front of a big-screen TV while watching the kids play in the toy


room. “They know their cars are going to be treated gently and cleaned well, and they get a chance to relax,” said Taylor. He says it’s the little things Jazz does that keeps the customers coming back – special towels for windows that get washed separately, environmentally safe chemicals, rain checks, free coffee, water and wi-fi.

Taylor’s philosophy focuses on customer service, and to him that means happy employees. “We ensure the team is well cared for and motivated to do a great job for our customers, and that the customer comes fi rst,” he said. “If my team is empowered to do a great job for the customer each and every time, then they will keep coming back.”

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CCM Staff mmigration attorney Christine Swenson has the experience to help those who are sometimes least able to find help when they need it most. “I am trying in my own small way and in my own small corner of a very big, tangly, purple state to give people a voice,” she said.


Swenson has more than 15 years of legal experience. Prior to starting her own practice, she was a criminal-justice professor at Arapahoe Community College. She had a lot of knowledge to pass on to her students, having been an assistant district attorney both in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District and Arizona’s Pima County. But then she was drawn back to her real passion: victims’ rights. As a prosecutor, she was responsible not only for holding people accountable to the law, but also to achieving justice for victims. During that time, she says, is when she discovered how often the rights of undocumented residents are minimized

or overlooked altogether. She’s in close contact with the immigration-services center at Bemis Library, and occasionally offers free seminars there on topics such as the DREAM Act, which would defer deportation for children who were brought here illegally if they go to college or the military. Today, Swenson’s goal is to set an example to various governmental agencies she works with that deal with immigration. “I want to get them to see a little bit more that undocumented non-citizens are not necessarily a threat to public safety,” she said.


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The first Spouts store in Colorado opened in 2008 and the Lone Tree store, shown here, has been open about two years. Photo by Tom Munds

CCM Staff ustomers looking for fruits and vegetables have a multitude of choices at the Sprout’s Farmer’s Market in Lone Tree. The store is in a large building east of the Super Target on Lincoln Avenue. The layout is one large, open room. There are no designated aisles. Instead there are tables displaying


a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Each display is labeled in details For example, one table’s label identified the ears as Olathe sweet corn, while nearby there was a table piled high with fruit identified as Palisade peaches. However, the store merchandise is not limited to fruits and vegetables. There are large, well-stocked display

cases of ready-to-cook items as well as a wide variety of meats. The store also stocks gourmet coffee, a wide range of spices and diverse selection of cheeses. Sprouts is part of a national chain that was established 10 years ago but traces its roots back to 1943, when

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Karate instructor says teaching never gets old CCM Staff orty-year karate instructor Gary Swain never tires of seeing his students evolve. “Watching the light come on in somebody’s eyes, when they understand that they can do it and do it well if they want to, that really excites me,” said Swain, the instructor at Shotokan Karate who won top honors in martial arts. “When they fi nally get that, there’s almost a metamorphosis from being a child to becoming a young, responsible adult. That’s a beautiful


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He offers a traditional program to children, teenagers and adults. His youngest students are 7, his oldest, 81.

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“It’s not meant to be a game and it’s not meant to be a ballet school,” Swain said. “It’s meant to be a martial arts school. I do not give away rank. They have to earn it.” Swain aims to develop a student’s mind, body and character. “That incorporates many things, the main one of which is personal responsibility and personal discipline,” he said. Not all students earn black belts, but for those who do, it’s a slow, methodical process that Swain said typically takes four to six years. Swain offers 13 classes each week.

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CCM Staff happy, bonded group of employees may be the key to Park Ridge Vision’s success. “We have a very friendly staff,” Park Ridge’s Jessica Wright said. It’s also a staff with some longevity, with most employees on staff for two to six years. The comfortable feeling among the employees may be because the office is run by a husband-and-wife team with strong family values. Drs. Jeff Marlatt and Michelle Sancho carry those values into their practice, ensuring all patients get personal attention from start to finish. Further solidifying Park Ridge’s reputation, Dr. Sancho specializes in treating a corneal disease called kerataconus. This degeneration of the corneal structure, which prompts the shape of the cornea to change from round to cone, results in gradually worsening nearsight-

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Best Veterinarian Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center 8681 E. Lincoln Ave., Lone Tree 303-708-8050 www.lonetreevet.com www.facebook.com/pages/Lone-Tree-VeterinaryMedical-Center/110393528993846 CCM Staff he two categories for which Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center won Best of the Best are tightly tied. The office took top honors for veterinary medicine and pet boarding. For the pets who stay there, that connection can be vital. “What really sets us apart as a facility as a whole is we board animals and are a functioning hospital,” boarding and building facilities manager Logan Walter said. “So we catch things before they get bad. We save lives.” The 10-year-old center also is distinguished by its dog rescue efforts. Working with


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a Colorado group called Mill Dog Rescue, the Lone Tree veterinary clinic treats abused and neglected dogs at no cost, then finds them new homes. The facility also offers obedience training, grooming, therapeutic canine swimming and a full range of medical services including internal medicine, dentistry, dermatology, orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, canine reproduction, laparoscopy and acupuncture. Five veterinarians work at the hospital, along with a host of nurses, assistants, pet care technicians, groomers and receptionists.

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lCCM Staff hole Health Center in Lone Tree does a lot of things right. d That’s why it racked up multiple Best of Best awards for its mind, body and spirit approach to health. The office off Yosemite Street is a labyrinth of halls leading to therapeutic rooms, all dedicated to natural ,treatment. Healing begins the moment a patient walks in the door. The ,reception room is awash in sooth-ing, low light, and the gentle trick-ling sound of a water fountain. Tropical fish swim calmly in a corner tank, and the fragrance of therapeutic oils permeates the air.


“We consider this a haven, an opportunity to get away from the world,” office manager Marcy Gardner said. “We want people to just come here and feel the peace and serenity and kind of decompress from the world.” That sense of tranquility follows patients into the treatment rooms, where therapists address health issues extending from head to toe. Services include psychotherapy, light and energy therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition counseling and colon hydrotherapy. And that’s only a sampling. See WHOLE HEALTH on page 38

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Vision from page 37 edness. It can be corrected with special contact lenses. Dr. Sancho’s expertise in the disease is known far and wide. “We have patients travel from all over the world to see her,” Wright said. On a lighter note, Dr. Marlatt, a

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CCM Staff eing the new guys in town is usually difficult, but with superb food and a dogged determination to succeed, it doesn’t have to be. elev. 5900 kitchen and bar, which opened in March in the Parker Station building in downtown Parker, has built a loyal legion of fans by serving up something different. The seasonally adjusted menu appropriately satisfies the palate, with lighter delicacies in the spring and summer and more hearty meals during the colder months. First-time restaurant owners Richard Esper and Alec Erickson brought their culinary expertise from the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas to Parker, which they also found to be the perfect place to raise their families.


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The duo has been so consumed with making sure the upstart meets expectations, that they were unaware of the voting for the best new restaurant. Regardless, Esper says the early recognition is encouraging. “It shows good support by Parker,” he said. “We know to a certain extent the feedback from guests and especially our regulars, but it’s nice to have that validated publicly.” The following has come largely from elev. 5900’s succulent entrees, including mouth-watering steaks, but customers have likely noticed the freshness of the accompanying sides. Esper says with the Taylor Produce

stand just outside its doors, they have a constant supply of just-picked fruits and vegetables. They also take advantage of goods from the Parker Farmers Market that bustles out front every Sunday. Esper is organizing an event he wants to introduce this fall called “Sunday, Bloody Mary Sunday,” which will test local bartenders’ skills when making the popular drink. He doesn’t worry about driving customers to competitors because every restaurant has its niche and “the more options you have, the better choices you can make.”

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CCM Staff hen out-of-towners ask longtime Parker residents which Asian restaurant is the best in town, there is one common answer. Indochine, which specializes in Thai and Vietnamese cuisines, has been a popular eatery in Parker for nearly 10 years. A few-blocks move from its original home near Parker and Mainstreet to the Parker Station building in the downtown district three years ago did nothing to stop the crowds from coming in. The move increased capacity from 28 to 100-plus, including outside seating. It’s the second time that Indochine has been named as the top Asian restaurant in Parker as part of Colorado Community Media’s Best of the Best contest. Yume Tran, who owns In-


dochine with her husband, Jeff, says the honor “means a lot to us since that means that we are doing something right to service the Parker community.” It’s not only the food – from best-sellers like the flamed beef cubes and Vietnamese noodle bowl, to drunken noodles and green curry – but the elegant atmosphere and courteous customer service keep regular customers flowing through. “We hope we were voted because our guests see and appreciate that each and every day, we continue to give our best to create and service the healthiest meals,” Tran said. Indochine’s website notes that the meals are prepared with the same “love and utmost care” that the chefs use for their own family’s meals at home.

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CCM Staff ilary Casselberry turned a childhood hobby into a career that has made her a lot of friends. Her quirky, charming personality fits in well with the sweet treats that line the display cases at Posh Pastries, a small, off-the-beaten-path shop on the southwest corner of South Parker Road and Plaza Drive. Casselberry, a baker who began honing her craft at age 10, takes her trade so seriously that she went to Par-


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Parker Days is big boy among festivals CCM Staff here are several exciting annual events throughout Parker, but there is little doubt about which one gets the most recognition and adoration. The second weekend in June is steadfastly marked off on calendars for the Parker Days Festival, which features rides, activities, booths and entertainment for the whole family. Dan Rodriguez, chief executive officer of the Parker Chamber of Commerce, which has organized the event for 35 years, says “when the community comes together anything is possible.” The recognition is especially welcomed because Parker Days is the chamber’s signature event. “Thank you to those that made this


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8080 S. Broadway Littleton/Highlands Ranch 303-794-5545

8787 E. Dry Creek Rd. Centennial/DTC 303-220-0249

Between Sprouts and Murdoch’s

11133 S. Dransfeldt Rd. Parker (by Super Target) 303-805-2430

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