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Terri Anderson Downtown | 690-7230

Melany Arrington FTC-South | 988-9997

Trudy Ault Heather Braden Madina Sharianne Daily FTC-South | 215-1423 Downtown | 988-3386 FTC-South | 215-8844

Melissa Harris Greeley | 397-2769

Diane Heider FTC-South | 222-5560

Rhonda Heth Kareen Kinzli Larsen FTC-South | 566-3516 Wellington | 568-3600

Coleen Ligotke Marnie Long FTC-South | 690-1732 FTC-South | 481-8613

Christina Koder Greeley | 405-8385

Linda Koentopp FTC-South | 222-4847

Maria McLain Loveland | 217-8500

Rose Merkey FTC-South | 219-4859

Leah Ludwick Loveland | 227-2747

Peggy Martin Loveland | 391-1745

Tamera Nelson FTC-South | 420-0040

Rita Ohe FTC-South | 215-3068

Mary Ann Ozmina Laura Olive Downtown | 495-4755 Downtown | 222-9594

Janell Prussman Peggy Schram FTC-South | 691-1727 FTC-South | 222-4107

Diane Sherry FTC-South | 310-8643

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Judy Mylander Greeley | 302-5520

Billie Myers FTC-South | 481-1833

Cheryl Pribble Loveland | 667-8355

Andrea Dunlap FTC-South | 691-9010

Fort Collins South | (970) 226-3990

Fort Collins Downtown | (970) 482-1781

Loveland | (970) 669-1234

Susan Zack FTC-South | 231-6043 FTC-South | 226-1222

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w w w. s t y l e m a g a z i n e c o l o r a d o . c o m w w w. m e d i c a l a n d w e l l n e s s . c o m PUBLISHER Lydia Dody | MANAGING EDITOR Angeline Grenz CREATIVE DIRECTOR Scott Prosser SENIOR DESIGNER Lisa Gould DIGITAL DIRECTOR / BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Austin Lamb | ADVERTISING SALES EXECUTIVES Jon Ainslie (970) 219-9226 Lydia Dody (970) 227-6400 Tanya Horn (970) 980-7936 David Knight (970) 619-9846 Elaine Ryan (970) 541-4915 OFFICE MANAGER/ABOUT TOWN EDITOR Ina Szwec | ACCOUNTING MANAGER Karla Vigil CIRCULATION MANAGER Trisha Milton COPY EDITOR Corey Radman PHOTOGRAPHER Marcus Edwards Photography CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Bridget Eldridge, Rod Pentico CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Malini Bartels, Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, Corey Radman, Kay Rios, Michelle Venus AFFILIATIONS Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Greeley Chamber of Commerce Loveland Chamber of Commerce 2014 STYLE MAGAZINES January-Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness Magazine and McKee Medical Center & North Colorado Medical Center Medical Directory February-Style March-Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness April-Style May-Style June-Style July-Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness August-Style September-Women’s Health & Breast Cancer October-Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness November-Holiday Style December-Best Of & Winter Activities Style Media and Design, Inc. magazines are free monthly publications direct-mailed to homes and businesses in Northern Colorado. Elsewhere, a one year subscription is $25/year and a two year subscription is $45/year. Free magazines are available at nearly 300 locations throughout Northern Colorado. For ad rates, subscription information, change of address, or correspondence, contact: Style Media and Design Inc., 211 W. Myrtle St., Suite 200, Fort Collins, Colorado 80521. Phone (970) 2266400, ext. 208. Fax (970) 226-6427. E-Mail: ©2014 Style Media and Design Inc. All rights reserved. The entire contents of Style Magazine are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Style Media and Design Inc. is not responsible for unsolicited material. All manuscripts, artwork, and photography must be accompanied by a SASE. The views and opinions of any contributing writers are not necessarily those of Style Media & Design Inc.


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Thank you so much for sharing my sister’s story (“Love Song,” Lydia’s Style Magazine, May 2014). I’m sure it meant the world to her that you shared in her joy and passed along her message. Tracie Milton Fort Collins


Hi Lydia, I wanted to let you know how happy we are with our advertising in Style magazines. I've always liked the magazine and feel you do a wonderful job. But I didn't realize how many people really read it until we started advertising. I must say, more people have seen and commented on our ads in Style then any other advertising we have ever done! It has been great! Todd Rohls Owner, Siena Wood Floors Fort Collins


Just saw the June issue of Style (“Travel in Style”). Very nice issue. Thanks for the fashion photos and my ad placement. Everything looks great!! Susan Whitley Owner, Lady Gaia Fort Collins Style Magazine does a fabulous job of selecting models, local notables and hot topics for covers. They always pique my interest and make me want to turn the pages. I love the fashion and home design articles—and the ads are the best. I always find something of interest in Style! Molly Ford Special Events Coordinator Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains WE LOVE TO HEAR FROM READERS. SEND YOUR COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS TO: Phone: 970.226.6400, ext.215 Fax: 970.226.6427


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on the cover Laughing Buck Farm in Fort Collins is part working farm and part educational center, with a Farm School for children that gives them priceless lessons into how our food is grown. Photo courtesy of Libby Newell Photography.


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THE NEW FACE OF AGRICULTURE. . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 UPPING THE ANTE ON FOCO REAL ESTATE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 FALL FOR FASHION. . . . . . . . . 34 MEET THE MODELS. . . . . . . . . 39


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Meet the Author Cultivate Hope Celebration of Philanthropy Veterans Plaza Meet ‘n’ Greet Houska Houska 5K Fire Hydrant 5 Cancer Center Ribbon Cutting Weld County Relay for Life Pink Boa Loveland/Berthoud Relay for Life Terrace & Garden Tour Party for Partners Newmont Bike MS 2014


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Enjoy Fall’s Harvest With the approach of fall, many of us enjoy the bounty and harvest of our gardens. Unfortunately, my small vegetable garden was shredded with our recent hailstorm but many, fortunately, were spared. Sharing the abundance of our gardens and enjoying fresh produce is behind the philosophy of area CSA’s, community farms and area restaurants subscribing to seasonal field to fork menus. Read “Growing Food & Community” to learn more about this spirit of creating community through food and also about Farm School for children. I hope you love our precious cover photographed at Laughing Buck Farm in Fort Collins. Recently I had the opportunity to meet two very smart


and creative entrepreneurs and get a tour of their business. Matt Arthur and Mike Bennett grew up in the farming and ranching business but were bothered by their reliance on water and its inefficiency. They wanted to find another way to grow product and they did. Enter KM2, and one year later, is one of the largest aquaponic systems in Colorado growing herbs and more. Read “The New Face of Agriculture” to learn about these inventive young men and the thriving business they created. My business background started out in retail fashion, so as fall approaches, my thoughts naturally turn to the luscious fabrics and rich colors of fall fashion and this upcoming season’s clothes are looking great! And, for this issue’s fall fashion photo shoot, we invited area shop owners to model their new fall looks. Meet the shop owners and enjoy reading their fall fashion forecast. And get a glimpse of what they are featuring along with a peek at their store in “Fall For Fashion.” Following our fashion, notice our “Who’s Who” in our professional women’s advertising section. We started this section twenty-five years ago when working women role models were not plentiful. Since then working women have become the norm with nearly 60 percent of women working outside the home. And, interestingly, of those working the largest percentage of employed women (40.6 percent) work in management, professional, and related occupations. I encourage you to meet these bright entrepreneurial women and patronize their businesses! One enthusiastic entrepreneur, Amy Reader of Nelsen’s Auto, spearheaded a car show 13years ago. Over the years it has grown and this year will feature hundreds of unique cars and trucks at their Nelson’s Old Town Car Show on September 6th, 11am – 5pm in downtown Fort Collins. This is a great family friendly event so don’t miss it!

Another bright entrepreneur, Denise Martz, has been working in the financial services industry since 1998 and recently passed her certification exams to be an accredited certified financial planner. Read “Investment Centers of America, Planning for Success,” to get acquainted with Denise. Most all of you probably have heard that real estate is on fire and houses aren’t on the market very long before they have multiple asking or over asking offers. Because of this shrinking availability, we canvased the area and learned that there are quite a few high quality homes and building lots available. Review our first “Building and Lot Buyer’s Guide to Northern Colorado” on page 51 to learn about numerous quality neighborhoods, some of their available homes and building lots in Northern Colorado. Fall is right around the corner and my goal one year ago was to learn to play golf. Yes, I am taking lessons from Brandon at GolfTec but I’m learning that this game takes lots of practice. So far I’m still hitting balls in their facility with video analysis and haven’t taken my limited skills out onto a course yet. Hopefully I will feel ready to play 9 holes before the snow flies! On another personal note, I want to congratulate my mother on her 90th birthday. Last weekend my daughter, Ali and my sister, Ina and I spent the day with mom celebrating her day. She has been the matriarch of our family and an amazing role model for all of us girls. We all admire you and love you very much, mom! We wish you good health and many more birthdays! We hope you enjoy this fall issue and I invite you to stop by our website too, Enjoy the remaining days of summer!

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support local Garden Sweet’s Farm Stand Tucked away on Willox Lane in north Fort Collins sits Garden Sweet, a small farm producing veggies, flowers and berries. Garden Sweet offers yearly CSA memberships and pick-yourown opportunities. But what we really like is their weekly farm stand, open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The farm stand is accessible, two miles north of Old Town, and the owners and farmers, Amy Kafka and Ryan Wilson, have likely just picked the produce you are about purchase—so fresh you can still smell the soil clinging to the roots. The farm stand even has a small, refrigerated area for the more delicate produce. To learn more, visit their website at


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Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

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We just can’t help it—Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest draws us in every year. It’s hot, it’s crowded and it’s a great time. Just keep hydrated. Bohemian Nights continues to bring in some fantastic headliners during the weekend, held this year from August 15 to 17. Long-time local favorite Big Head Todd and the Monsters will take the Mountain Avenue stage on Friday at 8:30 p.m. Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will perform on the Mountain Avenue stage at 8:30 Saturday evening. Finally, WAR will make a return appearance (they headlined 10 years ago), on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. This is the festival’s 10th anniversary and in addition to the headliners, more than 70 Colorado bands will perform at various stages throughout the weekend. For the full lineup, visit

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Clara Macy, right, Santosha’s founder and owner, incorporates the Ayurvedic principles of natural healing into all of her spa and yoga classes.

melts away life’s cares By Michelle Venus

Stepping through the doorway of Santosha Spa, I found myself greeted by soft Indian music, sweetly scented air and a dim, calming environment. Instantly, my body said, "Aaaahhhhh," and I felt any stress and tension I had been holding melt away. Yes, it's that wonderful. Tucked behind a dental office (located in the old Bennigans building) and across the parking lot from Whole Foods, Santosha Spa may have once been the best kept secret in Fort Collins. Not any more. It's unique in several ways: First, Santosha embraces Ayurvedic principles. This ancient system of natural healing is rooted in the Vedic culture of India, and is seeing resurgence both in India and other countries. Santosha is the only Ayurvedic spa in Northern Colorado. Second, while Santosha offers services such as massages and face rejuvenation that can be had at other spas, each treatment is designed with Ayurvedic principles as the underlying and guiding force and includes therapeutic oils and herbs decocted according to the individual's doshas.


Third, Santosha offers yoga and meditation classes as well as cooking classes in partnership with Whole Foods. It truly embraces mind/body/spirit. Ayurveda Two Sanskrit root words Ayus (life) and Veda (knowledge or science) create the word Ayurveda. Roughly that translates into “wisdom of Life.” Ayurveda provides information and insight as well as the practical tools for living a healthy life, balancing mind, body and spirit. According to Ayurveda, every person is born with a unique prakriti—your individual constitution—that is further defined by three doshas. Everyone carries a unique mix of these mind/ body principles that creates each person's specific mental and physical characteristics. Doshas are

the energies that make up every individual and perform different physiological functions in the body. Most people carry two dominant doshas. After assessing the individual, a trained Ayurvedic practitioner can determine the dosha balance and more importantly, the imbalance, in order to make appropriate dietary and lifestyle recommendations to bring the body back into a more even keel. Bharat Surya, Santosha's certified Ayurvedic practitioner, took my pulse with three fingers—one for each dosha—and determined that I'm Pitta/ Kapha with a Vata imbalance. "The body is the source of all knowingness," he told me. "It knows what it needs to be healthy and in balance. This is born in the body; we don't have to teach it to know what it needs. Think of the newborn baby who knows to look to the mother's breast for sustenance. The baby just knows. Nobody teaches it. "The body can go out of balance,” he continues. “Maybe through bad habits or what you think the body needs instead of what it really needs. That's when Ayurveda can help to bring all those energies, the doshas, back into balance." Jen Millar, a Santosha client, is an Ayurvedic chef. "We need to feed our doshas," she says. "Foods are products of nature and contain prana (energy). It's best to eat locally-grown seasonal food, because that's what the body needs. Seasonal foods are in tune with the seasonal doshas. The energy is strongest, because the food is part of our natural environment—which has it's own dosha—and hasn't lost any prana from travelling thousands of miles.” Clara Macy, Santosha's founder and owner, nods. "Ayurveda is the science of health-care not sick-care, which is what Western medicine tends towards. Ayurveda listens to the body before sickness occurs to keep it healthy. Some of our clients never see a doctor, because they just don't get sick." As a certified yoga instructor, her career has been based in nutrition and fitness. Now, after many hours of intense instruction and study, she is also a certified Ayurvedic therapist. Macy incorporates Ayurvedic principles into Santosha's yoga classes. Part of that is creating classes to coincide with the Ayurvedic seasons, which relate to the doshas. "Right now, we're in the Pitta season, so we incorporate poses that aren't going to add extra heat to the body. That's better for the wintertime," Macy explains. I took one of Macy's yoga classes. The studio is small and intimate. The cork flooring underfoot is springy and softer than wood floors found in most studios. There are no mirrors, requiring the students to listen to their bodies to attain proper alignment, rather than checking the looking glass. Natural light, dappled from the shade trees, shines through the floor to ceiling windows. Macy started the class by offering a drop of scented oil, which perfumed my entire practice. She misted the air with another scented spray and adjusted the Indian sound track that guided the students through the slow, deep movements. The class was intimate, as are most of Santosha's classes. This enabled Macy to come around and help each student with adjustments. She pulled my hips higher and helped me open my back in Down Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

Dog. Throughout the and promotes muscle class, Macy explained relaxation. how Ayurveda and Padabhyanga: yoga are sister sciThe application of oil ences and their strong on the feet followed connections to each by massage for a deep other. The class ended stress relief and overall with a brief massage feeling of well-being. to my neck, followed Much like reflexology, by meditation. Padabhyanga is based Around her wrist, on key reflex points Macy had wrapped a of the feet. This treatmala, a string of 108 ment soothes dryness, prayer beads. In Budnumbness and fatigue. dhism, mantras are Udvartana: The recited 108 times; application of dry, once for each bead. "I medicated powders was raised Catholic," to the entire body to she says. "The rosary help to reduce the is 54 beads, one half fat patches known of a mala. I found for as cellulite. Udvarme, prayer is talking tana is a full body to God. Meditation is exfoliation treatment listening. Mantras are that can aid in weight prayers to help quiet loss by increasing the the mind so that we basal metabolic rate, can listen.” One of Santosha’s services includes shirodhara, improve skin complexI'll be going back the application of warm, therapeutic oil on the ion, help de-stress and to Santosha. The yoga forehead to help with relaxation. promote relaxation. and meditation classes Nasya: The appliare grounding, leaving cation of therapeutic me with a feeling of peace and rejuvenation. I want oil in the nostrils to lubricate and soothe the nasal to find out more about my Vata imbalance, so I passages. In Ayurveda, the nose is considered the will schedule an assessment with Bharat. doorway to the brain and accumulation of mucous or toxins obstructs the ability to breathe properly. Santosha Spa is located at 2203 South College Nasya is used to purify, open and clear the nasal Avenue, Ste. 150, in Fort Collins. passages to allow more oxygen absorption to Call (970) 295-4547 or visit their website at the brain. It is a powerful therapy used to treat headaches, chronic allergies, sinus congestion and deep emotional congestion. Ayurvedic Services Marma Point Therapy: A rejuvenating, Abhyanga: The application of therapeutic oil relaxing, de-stressing and revitalizing treatment. to the skin, followed by a specific sequence of Marmas are vital, hidden energy points located strokes according to the flow of energy in all parts where all major tissue types are present. This speof the body. This treatment encourages removal of cialized massage technique is meant for healing toxins on a deep cellular level, stimulates lymphatic damaged tissues, relief of pain, stress and tension, tissue and creates a deep feeling of contentment for detoxifying by activating the lymphatic tissue and balance. and to slow aging. Ayurvedic Face Rejuvenation: This luxurious Thai Yoga Massage: Commonly referred treatment begins with a warm, detoxifying foot to as “lazy man’s yoga,” this type of massage bath, and includes Padabhyanga, plus a pamperis performed on a mat on the floor combining ing massage of hands, neck, shoulders, and face. techniques from Thai Massage and Shiatsu, both Each treatment is based on individual needs and of which have their roots in Ayurvedic medicine. skin type, using wildcrafted, 100 percent natural The therapist will also work along certain enerskin care products from iSun to rejuvenate and getic pathways, known as chi meridians, to help heal the skin. alleviate symptoms. Shirodhara: The application of a thread of Panchakarma (PK): Ayurveda’s ancient, detoxiwarm, therapeutic oil on the forehead, which fication and rejuvenation process that typically results in deep relaxation and toning of the central lasts 3 to 10 days. These treatments detoxify all nervous system. Useful for managing stress, anxiety, seven layers of the body by incorporating the five insomnia, ADD, etc. It also has the side benefits (pancha) purification therapies or actions (karma). of making your hair luxuriously soft, is used to Panchakarma must begin with an initial Ayurvedic prevent hair loss and helps promotes new hair consultation by an Ayurvedic Practitioner, after growth. Shirodhara produces a balancing effect which the client receives a custom-tailored protocol on all body systems. of diet, herbs, yoga, meditation practices and daily Swedana: The application of heat to the body Ayurvedic therapies. in the form of steam or sauna, this treatment is done with an herbalized steam tent that promotes sweating and detoxification. Swedana Michelle Venus is a freelance writer based in helps to cleanse the blood, detoxifies the body Fort Collins. Style 2014


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Water occupies 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and is the largest source of food for humanity. Businesses that specialize in seafood are faced with the detrimental situation of overfishing every single day. One local restaurant is finding creative ways to preserve sustainability in a rapidly depleting source.

Although not anywhere near the ocean, the Northern Front Range does not fall short when it comes to fresh seafood. Jax Fish House, with its multiple Colorado locations, practices sustainability with produce and aquatic life in order to ensure that our children and grandchildren can enjoy fine seafood in our beautiful land-locked state. The Monterey Bay Seafood Watch (MBSW) is a program that helps consumers and businesses make sustainable choices to preserve healthy oceans. By implementing an easy-to-use phone app and partnering with businesses, they can help sustain wild, diverse and healthy ecosystems that will exist long into the future. Knowing which seafood farms are following sustainability practices is key to the success of the program. “The MBSW showcases what’s in season


seafood wise and only pinpoints farms that follow sustainable practices,” says Jax Fort Collins Chef de Cuisine, Ricky Myers. This definitely helps with the creativity and diversity of the daily menu at Jax Fish House. As a company policy, Jax Fish Houses go through extensive efforts to bring the freshest seafood from even remote locations. For example, Myers obtains oysters from all over the world with the help of the Rappahannock River Oyster Company. A portion of the company’s profits go to the preservation of the Chesapeake Bay Area to keep it alive and vibrant. Fort Collins based Quatrix Aquaponics, whose environmentally conscious practices are excellent for arid parts of the world, provides locally raised tilapia to Jax. “Approximately 95 percent of our produce

comes from Fort Collins,” says Myers. “Everything is delivered fresh daily. We purchase what we need to get through the day.” Chef Myers communicates with each farm 3 to 4 times a week to discuss availability. “As a chef, you cannot just rely on one purveyor. There is a lot of planning involved,” he says. “I base my menu on what we can obtain sustainably and seasonally for the day.” Kristi Quick, General Manager of the Fort Collins location, chimes in, “I feel good about the things that I’m eating and what I’m putting into my body. Knowing where your food is coming from and trusting the quality of the product is very reassuring.” Dave Query, owner of the Jax Fish House Restaurants, is extremely proud of his company’s recognition as a partner with the Monterey Bay Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

business profile Seafood Watch, and the first Colorado company to be certified with this prestigious organization. “Jax was chosen as a partner with the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch program, which makes us the first restaurant in Colorado to receive this acknowledgment,” boasts Query. “We have altered our menus to meet the criteria that the MBSW dictates and are thrilled to be acknowledged for our efforts towards sustainable purchasing and sourcing practices.” There is a tremendous benefit to working with local farms and farmers. However, Query states that the term “farm to table” is extensively overused. “Talk to a European chef about the concept of using local produce and they will look at you as though you have two heads. Over there, it's called getting product for the restaurant. We have a very definite amount of resources that we are all pulling from,” states Query. “As this planet gets bigger, it shrinks at the same time. It is our collective duty to do what we can to have solid sustainability practices in place. Our staff expects it of us. Our customers expect it of us. And our children and their children deserve it from us.” As a company, all Jax Fish Houses have a productive philosophy when dealing with staff and service. Happy employees make happy customers. Query says, “You'll never have one without the other. Hospitality is the industry we in the restaurant business all have chosen. If you truly aren't happy serving people with gratitude and grace, then you need to find another line of work. So, when someone obviously doesn't have the drive in them to really be of service to the guests that come into our restaurants, they aren't around for long. It's like having a lifeguard that doesn't swim. Not a good match.” Dave Query is very specific about what the future of his business looks like. “The future of Jax in Colorado is dependent upon the efforts being made one and two and three thousand miles form here. Our efforts at sustainability are a finite effort on the global scale. But if more and more businesses begin to take this seriously, it will have a cumulative effect. And that is what we really need right now…a major effect.” Jax Fish House is located at 123 N. College Ave., Fort Collins. (970) 682-2275 Malini Bartels is a freelance writer, chef, mother, radio host and actress living the good life in Fort Collins.

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Investment Centers of America Planning for Success By Michelle Venus

When it comes to the business of helping people plan for financial success, Denise Martz is all business: but with a personal touch. "I make it a point to get to know my clients. I consider them friends and not just business transactions," she says. "I like to keep in touch and know what's going on in my clients' lives—when new grandchildren arrive or how their careers are taking off, when they get married or when retirement is right around the corner. When I know and understand what's happening, I can provide better advice and that's exactly what my clients expect from me." As a certified financial planner with Investment Centers of America (ICA), Inc., Martz has been working in the financial services industry since 1998, and joined ICA in 2007. Martz holds all the necessary licenses needed to be a financial advisor. She also drove to Denver almost every week for two years to study for her Certified Financial Planner, which she earned last year. "It was a lot of work," she admits with a laugh. "I could have taken the classes online, but I learn better in a classroom setting, and it was important to me to learn (the material) thoroughly, because I'm helping people with one of the most critical parts of their lives." ICA offers a wide variety of investment products designed for individuals and business owners. But it's more than just the products; it's the service Martz provides. It's that personal touch she puts into helping her clients develop an investment strategy based on their goals, their visions of the future and their objectives. "We look at long-term goals, such as planning for retirement and shorter-term goals like saving for a house," she explains. The different outcomes her clients are looking for are best met with different investment vehicles. Martz's knowledge and experience helps her

clients realize their goals with confidence that they've made sound decisions. Behind her is a team of mentors and top-producers ready with support. "ICA is a strong network, but still has a family-oriented feel about it." Business owners face a whole different set of financial challenges. They not only have to plan for themselves and their families, but for the success of the business as well. Oftentimes, a business owner is making crucial decisions—such as retirement benefits— that have a great impact on their employees and their futures. Careful and thoughtful planning is key. "It's never too soon to start planning your financial future," explains Martz. "I tell clients to put money away with their very first paycheck. A good rule of thumb is to put away the same percentage your employer matches—say 3 percent— and as your salary increases, increase the percentage you put away." Milestones like marriage, starting a family and buying a house are a good time to review finances, goals and objectives. "This is when I stress the importance of a strong insurance policy. It's not just you, the individual, anymore. You have to be aware of your family's needs, too. Unexpected things happen, and you should be ready for them." Investment Centers of America and Denise Martz are located at 3227 Timberline Road, Fort Collins, or by calling (970) 292-0115 or visiting Michelle Venus is a freelance writer based in Fort Collins.

















1 Downtown Olive Station

International Appetite 130 W Olive St. Fort Collins, CO 80524 970-237-5699

2 Downtown Stations (Mountain, Olive, Mulberry)

Fort Collins Gallery Walk

• Artists Assoc. of Northern Colorado • Bas Bleu Theatre Company / Gallery Bleu • The Center for Fine Art Photography • Coco Artist Studio • Community Creative Center • Downtown Artery • The Fine Art & Frame Company • Fort Collins Museum of Art • Global Village Museum of Arts & Cultures • Illustrated Light Gallery • The Lincoln Center Art Galleries • Old Town Art & Framery • Purple Bee Fine Art Gallery • Trimble Court Artisans • Wadoo

3 Downtown Transit Center

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 408 Mason Ct, Fort Collins, CO 80524 970-221-6738


Laughing Buck Farm’s Farm School teaches kids all about how food gets from the farm to their table. Photo courtesy of Libby Newell Photography.


I want you to think about your favorite meal—and not the actual plate of food, but the experience of that meal. What was it about the experience that stays with you? Chances are, it was the communal aspect that makes it memorable; the conversation, the people you broke bread with, the inclusion and connection. 22

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Stout Market in Loveland is a true neighborhood hangout: backed up against a residential neighborhood with activities that range from walk-in movies to local craft markets—and they are BYOB, so you can pack in your beverage of choice.

Building community around food has always been important, even cinematic. In "Lady and the Tramp" feel the first twinkle of love over a back alley plate of spaghetti. Vienne, Juliette Binoche's character in "Chocolat," changes an entire town's outlook and their interactions with each other because of the sweet delights coming out of her little chocolate shop. Food and family have starring roles in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," where a goat is roasted on a spit over a fire in the front yard. Jill Connor Browne writes in The Sweet Potato Queen's Book Of Love: "When someone dies in the South, it’s not altogether tragic. We always like to think that death has its advantages for the departed one—journey’s end, sweet chariots, unbroken circles and all that. For everyone left behind after the untimely passing, there’s the unmistakable comfort of funeral food. When there’s a death in a Southern town, everybody who has ever known anybody in the family has to take food to the home of the bereaved. It is practically a law." Amen. Food, people and marking milestones are natural pairings, and have been so for millennia. Here in Northern Colorado, one CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) has been creating community around its farm for three decades. Another farm is teaching children about the relationships between people, the earth and food, and restaurants are adopting new business models that connect people through events and community tables. Stout Market The corner of Seventh and Jefferson is home to Stout Market, one of Loveland's newest restaurants. A patio slides alongside the building where a huge basket light is suspended from a big old cottonwood tree. In one corner stands a smoker made from the hood of a 1952 Ford Customline, Style 2014

where owners Richard and Kristin Arnett smoke pork shoulders, chicken and baby back ribs. Memphis-born Richard looks over his shoulder at the smoker and drawls, "You know, these old cars are made from such nice thick metal. We found this thing sitting upside down, all rusted out and decided we wanted to do something with it." The Arnetts mix their special sauces with the help of local craft breweries Verboten, Crow Hop and Loveland Aleworks. "We're building relationships with other small, locally-owned companies," Richard explains. "It's good for all of us." Since opening on April 1st, Stout Market's patio has become the go-to place in Loveland. Parked up against a residential neighborhood bordering downtown, it's where folks gather to listen to live music or enjoy walk-in movies while dining on barbecue and local brews. Stout Market has no liquor license, so bring your own adult beverage. "We love seeing the patio filled with families listening to music and enjoying our food. Little kids are dancing...I've never seen Richard's face happier than when he looks out and sees everyone else so happy," says Kristin. In June, Kristin and Richard worked with Olivia Lowe, founder of the People's Market, to host the event on the patio. The People's Market is a community-driven open-air marketplace where local artisans and makers sell their wares. "It was great," says Kristin. "Some of the artisans donated a portion of their proceeds to nonprofit organizations. But the best part was seeing so many people coming together and communicating and interacting and being...well, together." The Kitchen At the end of June, the long awaited and much ballyhooed The Kitchen opened its doors to an enthusiastic Fort Collins crowd. Opening night was a grand celebration to raise funds for the

restaurant's Learning Gardens project. More than 200 people attended and over $90,000 was raised through corporate sponsorships and ticket sales. Concerned by the growing childhood obesity epidemic and armed with insights from his involvement in family companies, co-founder Kimbal Musk set out to find a scalable solution that would combat one of the greatest societal challenges of the 21st century. Musk had been supporting traditional school garden programs and was dissatisfied with the rate of adoption, so he and his team created the Learning Garden concept—an outdoor classroom and experiential play-space with vegetables that was safe, affordable and scalable. Learning Gardens redefine student connection to food by providing an opportunity to plant, care for, harvest and prepare food in an engaging academic setting. There are 37 Learning Gardens in Colorado, with a goal to have 100 by the end of the 2014-2015 school year. "The mission of The Kitchen is 'community through food.' We believe that gathering around the table and sharing good food and drink is what connects us as family, friends and a community," says Courtney Walsh, Public Relations Director. "Together, Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk opened The Kitchen in the hopes of creating gathering places and spaces that feel like home. "The Kitchen family of restaurants are built by a community of craftsman, serving food and drink from a community of like-minded farmers, ranchers and purveyors for the sustainable enjoyment of the whole community—including staff." On Monday evenings, The Kitchen hosts Community Night, a family-style dinner set around a community table with one of the ranchers, farmers or purveyors that provide The Kitchen with essential ingredients. It's a big part of their farm-to-table philosophy. Seating is limited; reservations are encouraged.


The Kitchen in Downtown Fort Collins holds a Community Night every Monday where diners can sit together at a communal table to share their dining experience.

"Everything we do at The Kitchen is centered on community," says Walsh. "It guides every decision made, from the menu to our earth-friendly policies—and of course, the Learning Gardens." Happy Heart Farm Fort Collins' first Community Supported Agriculture venture has been at it for 30 years. Bailey and Dennis Stenson's 10-acre farm sits on the west side of town, surrounded by subdivisions and student housing. A CSA is supported by members who buy annual shares in the farm. Members share everything: the good and the bad. Many volunteer to work in the gardens. Some years, the harvest is plentiful and some years, not so much. Like any other farm, Happy Heart is at the mercy of the seasons. For the Stensons, owning and managing a CSA is about much more than providing healthy produce. It's about honoring the fields and educating and training young new farmers through an on-site apprenticeship program to carry the mantle. "It's estimated that 85 percent of people farming today will leave farming in the next 15 years," states Bailey. “We need to teach them to be stewards of the land and to continue to grow food for the next generations." In the past 15 years, she and Dennis have trained more than 65 apprentices, many of whom have gone on to careers in agriculture. In addition, Happy Heart has a nonprofit arm, Feeding the Families, that has been operating for three years. Existing members and sponsors donate memberships for families in need, who would otherwise not have access to a CSA share. Each of the recipient families is required to volunteer or make a nominal payment to their share—they are not free. "We've always given food to the community," says Bailey. "Right from the start we worked with


organizations like Project Self-Sufficiency. This year close to 45 families are part of the program. Some are single parents struggling to make ends meet. Some are graduate students and some have left abusive relationships and are working to get back on their feet." Happy Heart partners with other small farms and artisan purveyors to bring members more than produce. Jodar Farms provides eggs and chickens. Fiddletown Bakery arrives with freshly baked bread. Ela Family Farm brings peaches and pears and apples and plums, as well as cider and applesauce. Garden Sweet offers raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. Each of these requires purchasing an additional share from the participating farm. Every year, Happy Heart Farm hosts different events for members and the community at large. They celebrated the solstice under the light of the moon. In the fall, they will hold Heart of the Farm, a fundraiser at Avogadro's Number that includes live music and a potluck dinner made mostly from the bounty of the farm. One of the highlights is a homemade pie auction. "It's a wonderful way to celebrate with our friends," reflects Bailey. "We laugh and we eat and we dance. We're planting the seeds for the next growing season." Laughing Buck Farm Just off Douglas Road in north Fort Collins is Laughing Buck Farm. Rosemary Jedel Graff and her husband, Greg, have owned it for six years. "Oh, you should have seen it when we bought this place," laughs Rosemary. “It was a foreclosed property and just a mess. We've built it back and now it's a working farm again." Just not like any other farm you've ever seen. This farm houses a Farm School for children along with two cooperatives: one for chickens and the other for ponies. A pony cooperative? "Yes," states Rosemary. "We have families that share

the chickens and we have families that share the horses." Families buy into the cooperatives and work together to maintain the flock and the herd. In return, they get eggs and horseback-riding lessons at greatly reduced costs. They also get to know the animals and build relationships with them. "Every spring we have a big party to celebrate the hens," Rosemary says. "We bring tables out into the yard and share food with each other." Farm School teaches children as young as three years old about their connection to the soil, the animals and where food actually comes from. Kids learn how to milk goats. They help tend the horses and feed the chickens and pigs. They play in the hay barn. The children learn how to garden from Angela Thoreson, who co-founded Farm School. "Angela is Queen of the Dirt," laughs Rosemary. "She has this innate knowledge and passes it along to the children. Through her, they've come to understand and appreciate what it takes to bring food to the table. It's not just buying it at the grocery store; it's so much more. And they get it. They connect to their food in a way most people never do." Building community is as important as building knowledge at Laughing Buck. "Oh, we have parties, lots of parties," Rosemary says, as chickens swirl around her feet. "We have Summer Swordplay Camp and square dances. In the fall we have an artisan fair and Spooky Farm Day where kids can play in the orchard or decorate ponies. It's so much fun. I love seeing families come together and connect with each other. It's joyous. I can't think of any way to describe it other than joyous." Food. Community. Connection. Perhaps Aunt Voula said it best in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," when she served Ian's parents huge plates of souvlaki, "Now you are family." Michelle Venus is a freelance writer based in Fort Collins. Lydia’s STYLE Magazine


THE VERSATILITY OF GRANITE Natural stone and quartz add a great amount of value to your home, and, when used for countertops, they can last a lifetime. This means after the initial costs involved with installation, along with proper maintenance and care, your stone will never have to be replaced. Natural stone and quartz are some of the most versatile materials; they go way beyond just countertops, and can be used in shower walls, tub decks, floors, staircases, office spaces, bars, outdoor spaces and surfaces. Natural stone and quartz are extremely durable, holding up to heat and resistant to scratches. They are solid, natural materials that can warm up any space. And the best part: no two pieces of stone are identical so it automatically gives you a space that is completely unique. Custom home in Harmony Club by Poehlmann Construction. To explore the different types of natural stone and quartz available, call BC Granite & Marble at (970) 377-0049 or visit


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KM2 Farms’ Matt Arthur (left) and Mike Bennett (right) provide aquaponically grown basil, mint and other herbs to establishments like The Whisk(e)y, owned by Jimmie Katopodis (center) and family, where a focus is made to serve menu items (opposite) with fresh, local ingredients.


Today, better business practices are those that are able to pass on valuable resources for another purpose such as the brewing industry that donates spent grains to a local farmer or rancher to feed livestock. Even more rare are business practices that can complete a circle—little or no refuse, reused or recycled materials and an overall better product as a result.

KM2 Farms is working on that closed loop. They are using the practice of aquaponics, or a system of growing crops and fish together, to create a water-conserving, sustainable and renewable indoor farming method to grow herbs, fruit and vegetables. KM2 is running one of the largest aquaponics systems in Colorado, according to KM2 President Mike Bennett, and with clever innovations, they are running efficiently in a small space. The entrepreneurs hope their system can be repeated in cities all over the U.S. in order to create more sustainable agriculture practices. But they would also like to see their technology in countries where water is an even more precious commodity. Bennett owns KM2 Farms along with Matt Arthur and Kelly Gleason. Bennett and Arthur are longtime friends that grew up in the agriculture


and ranching industries. Gleason brings 30 years of operation and maintenance engineering to the team. “We were always bothered by the inefficient use of water in the ranching industry,” says Bennett. “For beef, 70 percent of your water resources go toward growing feed. We wanted to find a more efficient way to grow.” Bennett and Arthur began researching aquaponic and hydroponic methods. These methods can see a plant go from seed to feed in as little as 9 days. They started working with a professor from the University of Wyoming, then recruited Gleason to head their operations, and along the way learned a lucrative little fact. According to Bennett, the basil industry alone is a multimillion dollar business in Colorado. The team had their direction. Aquaculture, paired with aquaponics (growing plants in water, without soil), offered the

attractive mix of benefits that Bennett and Arthur were looking for: water conservation and land conservation in a high quality, productive environment. In fact, the practice of aquaponics, though a very old idea, is making a comeback in the urban farming trend. In July 2014 The San Francisco Business Times quoted The Lempert Report Innovation Series which said aquaponic systems can use as little as 2 percent of the water that traditional forms of farming require to grow the same volume of produce and called aquaponics the “next wave of innovative urban farming.” KM2 found a space off of Mulberry Road in Fort Collins and set up their system. They use a 4,000-gallon pool containing around 5,000 koi and goldfish to feed their plants, enabling them to harvest roughly 4,000 pounds of basil and other herbs a month. “And we can harvest Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

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KM2 grows its herbs in a vertical aquaponics system fed by nitrate-rich water from a pool of koi and goldfish. The system is a closed loop water filtration system that wastes very little water and grows herbs and produce in a matter of days.

every day of the year,” says Bennett. Through a closed loop water filtration system, fish waste (comprised of toxic ammonia) produced by the koi in the pool is converted into nitrate. That water is then pumped both back into the pool of fish and used as the water to grow their plant matter. Water is constantly recycled through the system and very little is lost. In contrast, says Bennett, a center pivot watering system on a farm or ranch uses around a thousand gallons a minute and up to one million gallons a day to water the plants from seed to harvest. “We are using less water than anyone,” says Bennett, who has been farming herbs at the KM2 facility for roughly one year. Quatrix Aquaponics in Laporte is another local farm using the aquaponics method to produce lettuce, wheat grass and other plants since 2011. Their facility consists of a 5,000 sq. ft. greenhouse and a 30 ft. by 80 ft. fish house. Quatrix also sells the tilapia they produce. Because KM2 does not harvest their fish, they do not disrupt the growing cycle. They are also unique in the fact that they use a vertical growing system that allows them to produce a high volume of herbs in a relatively small footprint. They grow basil in eight levels and use approximately 78 lights. “The lighting is two-times as efficient as what is in a house,” Bennett relates. As a form of natural pest control, they use lizards, ladybugs and spiders to keep plant-munching bugs to a minimum. According to Bennett, the closest similar


vertical growing system is located in Chicago. Their system, located inside a typical commercial building, allows them to grow the same amount of product year-round. They are planning construction on a second growing room at their facility that will allow them to grow up to 12,000 pounds a month. Currently, KM2 is growing basil, several types of mint, rosemary, chives, cilantro, oregano and sage. They can harvest every day and typically harvest each level two times every six days. They sell their product throughout Colorado via distributors LoCo Food Distribution and Source Local Foods, which in turn sells KM2 herbs to local grocers and restaurants. Bennett and Arthur do hand deliver to one special account each week—The Whisk(e)y in Fort Collins is their local hangout, owned by close friend Jimmy Katopodis and his family. Their special mojito mint and basil are featured in a variety of drinks and on the menu as well. This winter, KM2 will forge into new water— growing peppers, tomatoes and other veggies for a local farm for their winter CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) members. But the big picture for KM2 includes taking their model to other cities, such as Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2015, and then, once the profit arm has been established, open farms in areas of the world where there are not a lot of water resources. Though sustainability sent the KM2 team down this rabbit hole to find a new way to grow, they would be the first to say that they aren’t tied up in the green movement as a social

movement. “We just don’t like using things that cannot be reproduced. We’re not environmentalists, we’re just responsible.”

Angeline Grenz is managing editor for Lydia’s Style Magazine.

Editor’s Note: As a home gardener, I am always interested in how our food tastes—and how its growing medium might affect that flavor. So I took a minute for an unscientific taste test. My homegrown basil against theirs. While mine was a little more yellow in color, not the true deep green of theirs, I found them to be similar in flavor and aroma. If anything, the aquaponically grown basil was slightly more intense in flavor. Mine, of course, also requires daily or every-other-day watering in its terra cotta pot. — A.G. Lydia’s STYLE Magazine


GOOD DESIGN LEADS TO FANTASTIC LANDSCAPES Landscaping, many times, is the most enjoyable part of the construction process for people moving into a new home or renovating an existing one. To ensure the finished product exceeds your expectations, the landscape design might just be the most critical phase of this project. One purpose for landscaping is to blend the house or structure into the natural surroundings. To work towards a desirable landscape design, it is helpful if the landscape architect or designer has a working knowledge of art elements and design principles. The process of taking time to explore the wide array of material options and installation techniques can greatly increase the chances for a successful project in the end. Using 3D design software can help to better visualize the look of the project, and is very beneficial when designing outdoor rooms, particularly in small spaces where efficiency is critical. Call Alpine Gardens today to schedule your appointment with their design team: (970) 226-2296 or visit www.


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Longtime real estate enthusiasts in Fort Collins may be feeling a little déjà vu this summer. Residential home sales are spiking again, as they have in booms past. But this year's market is hotter than anyone can remember it ever being before. Shelly Hill, Broker/Associate Partner with The Group, Inc., compares current bidding wars she is seeing for homes in the $300,000 to $500,000 range to Texas Hold 'Em. “You keep going around. There are multiple offers on the table, and the price keeps getting raised. At a certain point, you're either in or out.” In the hottest neighborhoods, homes are on the market for only one day. Thus, potential buyers have to come to the table ready to play. Hill compares the different possible financing packages to hands you're dealt. “A bidding war is like playing poker. An FHA or VA loan is a low scorecard. Cash is an ace, and 20 to 25 percent down is a face card.” Savvy buyers are utilizing other tactics to make an offer more attractive. “Sometimes you can align your closing with the seller's. Or, a lot of deals let sellers stay and occupy the home for another 60 days without rent.” Hill says she has found herself telling buyers that in order to get the house they want, they may have to give in on items she would never have suggested in the past, like waiving an inspection or the right


to ask for fixes. Appraiser Ken Cavender has been evaluating homes in Fort Collins for 36 years. He says this year has presented several never-before-seen scenarios. “I'm starting to see the buyer, in order to make his offer more attractive, contracting to pay the seller's closing costs.” That has never happened before in his memory. According to Cavender's 2014 statistical research, buyers now frequently pay over the asking price to seal a deal. In the $200,000 to $300,00 range, 31.7 percent of this year's 382 homebuyers paid over the asking price. Overages range between $100 and $30,000. He indicates the largest overages are on new homes where options and upgrades account for the highest amounts. For homes between $300,000 and $400,000, 36 percent of the 174 homebuyers paid over asking price by $100 to $15,000. A typical overage is between 1 and 2 percent of a home's asking price. Erica Brooks is a Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultant in Fort Collins. She too has witnessed

this trend go as high as $15,000 over asking price (for a home in the $300s). “I have to caution buyers [who offer more money than the asking price], there is a potential that it won't appraise at that higher value. A lender can only lend on the lesser amount (either the sale price or appraised value). If that happens, then either the sellers have to reduce the purchase price (to appraised value) or a buyer can bring cash.” And that is where investors have an edge. It's hard for a buyer who is financing a home through a traditional mortgage to compete with an investor who has thousands in cash and isn't afraid to put it on the table. Brooks warns people to be conservative and keep their wits during the bidding war. “Buyers have to be cautious. They have to stick with a budget and the price range they committed to regardless of the market...They need to fall in love with their mortgage payment as much as the home. I would never want a client to be overextended in any way. We don't want people to have a home that is overvalued and they've Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

Shelly Hill, Broker/Associate, The Group, Inc.

Erica Brooks, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultant lost equity because they've overbid.” Bob Ripp, another Fort Collins appraiser, says the astounding lack of inventory is driving this hot residential market. “We've had periods of rapid appreciation before, but not as frenzied as this is now. There are multiple offers on so many properties. Demand is higher than I've ever experienced. I've never seen contracts written like I'm seeing now with people offering to waive the appraisals and pay the difference between appraisals and contract price. I've never seen that here.” Ripp has been appraising homes for 28 years, 20 of them in Fort Collins. Appraiser Process Ripp and Cavender both say there is occasional pressure from real estate agents or sellers to value a home a wee bit higher than it is actually worth, though neither ever cave to it. Ripp says, “We have to provide a report with our estimate and support it with data.” He says valuing a home is a very involved process that must reflect an unbiased opinion of the actual market value of a home. Ripp's website, www.fortcollinsappraisals. com, details the various approaches he and other Style 2014


professional appraisers combine when valuing a home: “The Cost Approach is how much capital would be required to replace the improvements, less physical deterioration and other factors, then adding the land value. Secondly is the Sales Comparison Approach—which involves discovering a comparison to other similar nearby properties which have recently sold. Generally speaking, the Sales Comparison Approach is the most accurate indicator of market value of a residential property. The third approach is the Income Approach, which is the best method in appraising income producing properties—it involves estimating what an investor would pay based on the income produced by the property.” Cavender says a walk through on a home almost always ends with someone asking, “What do you think it's worth?” Laughing resignedly, he replies, “That answer is going to take another 10 hours of analysis to determine. I really don't want to go into it with a preconceived idea. I just want to let the numbers fall into place.” Risk The danger of all this high-stakes bidding is that when buyers overbid, they create false value in the market, which may or may not live up to the appreciation hopes of buyers. MLS stats show the average price increased in 2013 at 8.1 percent. Cavender cautions, “This may or may not be appreciation. It could be that buyers can afford bigger houses.” Colorado State University Regional Economics Institute director, Martin Shields, says, “We can cause local headaches because of it [consistently overbidding on houses]. It won't impact the national economy; asset bubbles usually have huge macro implications. And it's not like the Fort Collins housing market would take down the national economy. If it was happening elsewhere, we would be keeping our eye on it, but the data suggest it's a more local phenomena.” Shields says that isolated bubbles like this can sometimes result in overstretched buyers who are more vulnerable to events like rising interest rates. “If there would happen to be a large number of foreclosures—and I'm not predicating that at all—but if it were to happen, those get contagious. Academic research shows foreclosures in your neighborhood cause more foreclosures in nearby properties.” Shelly Hill is sensitive to her clients' desire to live within Fort Collins' city limits. But she suggests thinking out of the box rather than competing for the same houses everyone else wants. “I've encouraged those who dream of Old Town to look along the MAX line. There are some neighborhoods that have been blighted around the mall and in Midtown where development will eventually catch up.” She adds, “For a lot of people, if they're not where they want to be for the next 20 years, they need to figure it out. Interest rates are going to go up. It's inevitable.” In other words, hang onto your hats, cowboys. This game is only going to get hotter. Corey Radman is a regular contributor to this magazine. Find more of her work at www.


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Five Ways to Prepare for Homebuying Erica Brooks offers five key steps you can take to prepare for your next home purchase. 1) Know your credit profile: Prospective homebuyers should know their credit score before applying for a loan. A borrower’s credit history may impact the interest rate or the amount of money that can be borrowed in relation to income. Once a year, you may obtain a free copy of your credit report from each of the three credit bureaus by visiting 2) Have manageable debt: An important factor that lenders evaluate is debt-to-income ratio, which
is the relationship between income and expenses. While debt-to-income requirements vary by mortgage programs, a good rule of thumb is to keep your total debt level at or below 36 percent of your gross monthly income. 3) Show funds for a down payment: In the current mortgage environment, a down payment is required for most loan programs. However, a 20 percent down payment is not mandatory and there are some loan programs available that provide lower down payment options. Keep in mind that some low down payment programs may require private mortgage insurance, which adds to the monthly payment and overall loan cost. 4) Demonstrate proof of all income: Borrowers must demonstrate their ability to repay and provide documentation of income sources. Lenders will review income history and will require current W2s, tax returns or other documentation. 5) Have some money in the bank: In addition to showing an ability to make your monthly mortgage payments and other financial responsibilities, lenders want to see that you have savings or a cushion. A good rule of thumb is to have savings for at least six months of expenses. This illustrates to a lender that you are financially responsible and capable of putting money aside. Style 2014


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Fall is just around the corner. What do our local fashionistas and boutique owners recommend for your fall wardrobe? Photography by Marcus Edwards.

With cooler weather just around the corner we are excited for cozy knits and lots of layering. This fall we are seeing feminine lace, plaids, lots of sequins and—it’s official—the denim skirt is back! I love trends that are effortless and accessible for women to wear everyday. – Julia Apodaca, MkLaren

Black and navy stretch Nicole Miller tidal pleat mini dress, $258, pairs with Frye Carson wedge leather short boots, $299, midnight pyrite dangle earrings by Holly Zales, $129, and black onyx necklace by Catherine Page, $128.

Paisley patterned silk skirt and knit bodice maxi dress by Alice & Trixie, $298, worn with Frye Carol back zip sandals, $198, and wrap bracelet by Chan Luu, $228. Fashions from MKLaren, Fort Collins


Look for updated vintage styling with lace accents and floral detailing. Sapphire blue, forest green, cabernet and mustard top the color palette. Cozy cardigans, stylish tunics, cute jackets with unique collar and cuff detailing are a must-have. - Susan Whitley, Lady Gaia

Black and white animal print Amma poly blend tunic, $159, tops black cotton/spandex ankle leggings by Lysse, $68. Stacked bead choker necklace, $39, and dangle earrings by Tagua, $19, add the fun.

Long tie dyed cardigan with fringe and lace by XCVI in shades of cream, denim and rose, $136, is the accent over a black cotton camisole by Arinne, $49, and French Dressing black cotton/ spandex palazzo pants, $79. Long Lizou multi circle silver necklace, $54, and heart charm bracelet, $49, add the shine. Fashions from Lady Gaia, Fort Collins


Fall will sport bold colors of royal blue, red, pumpkin and emerald green along with rich textures and mixing patterns. The jogger is all-new, and the skinny jean is here to stay in distressed fabrics with newness in textures and high-waists. - Caroline Walker, Coast to Coast Styles

Cotton and lace coral children’s cardigan, $27, tops white cotton tank top, $8.25, both from Downeast Basics. Stretch maxi skirt from Lori & Jane, $30.

Vintage distressed jean jacket from Mavi, $118, worn over cool mint cotton and lace trapeze slip dress from Free People, $88, with Origami crocheted tank slip peaking out underneath, $28. Wrap leather bracelet by Mark Ash, $14. Fashions from Coast to Coast Styles, Loveland


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Royal blue poly boyfriend blazer with contrast lining by ArynK, $108, tops ArynK racer back cotton cami, $64, and lattice print poly A-line mini skirt from Freeway, $58. Kenze Panne silver hammered earrings, $9, and bangle, $16, finish the look.

Cozy up with an oversized sweater paired with dark denim, or a jewel tone tunic with colorful's all about comfort this fall! – Penne Sperry, Cloz to Home, Loveland

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Look for cropped, tunic and short sleeve sweaters in chunky knits, Fair Isle prints, plaid and shades of gray. Animal motifs, leather patches and zippers provide embellishment. Printed matching separates are on-trend, too. Neutrals dominate with accents of red, emerald green and blue along with tribal prints and color blocking. – Cameron Moon, Magnolia Moon Style 2014

Fashions from Cloz to Home, Loveland

Soft cotton Free People knit over-blouse with cut out detail, $78, worn over Not Your Daughter’s Jean black leggings, $88. Charm necklace, $45, and dangle earrings, $18, both by Delphinium Designs.


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Meet The Models Julia Apodaca Julia is the owner of MkLaren. She is married to Brandon and they have two children: Taylor, 14, and Ava, 7. Julia enjoys running and spending time with her family in her free time. “We had a really fun time! Lydia and Marcus were wonderful, as usual.”

Eli Avens Eli is a senior sales associate for Lady Gaia. She is mother to Tanner, 18, and Ryker, 12. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her sons, hiking, concerts and anything outdoors. “I usually shy away from getting my picture taken, but I really had a fun time with Susan, Lydia and Marcus.”

Bri Simons Bri is a sales associate at MkLaren. When she is not modeling the latest trends, Bri enjoys yoga, skiing and running with her dog, Beanie. “This was such a great experience, in a very comfortable and fun atmosphere.”

Cameron Moon Cameron is owner of Magnolia Moon. She enjoys cooking, hiking with her Australian Shepard/Lab mix, camping, spending time outdoors, exploring Fort Collins and Colorado, reading and watching sports—“especially Auburn football!” “I found the experience very enjoyable, stress free and fun. The photographer and Lydia were very helpful and supportive. It was great to be a model for my own store!”

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Penne Sperry Penne is owner of Cloz to Home. Her significant other is Juan Gutierrez and she has two grown children, John and Anna Gutierrez. She enjoys gardening, pottery, crafts, sewing and “being a grandma.” “It was a treat and an honor to model for Style. The photographer, Marcus, is very nice to work with and made me feel very comfortable in front of the camera.”

Alea Walker Alea is daughter to Caroline and Aaron Walker. She enjoys dancing, singing and golf. “It was lots of fun getting to dress up and have pictures taken with my mom.”

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Caroline Walker Caroline is owner of Coast To Coast Styles. She is married to Aaron Walker and they have two children, Alea and Makena. She enjoys traveling, snowboarding, golfing and hanging with her family. “It was fun to be able to pick outfits and being goofy with my youngest daughter during the photo shoot.”

Susan Whitley Susan is owner of Lady Gaia. She enjoys hiking, getting together with friends, trying out new restaurants and “I recently started taking Pilates lessons and I love it!” “It was really fun showing off some of Lady Gaia’s favorite new pieces. I love Marcus. He does such a great job!”


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The 22nd annual Cattle Barons Ball, “Rockin’ Out with Roy Rogers, Triggering a Cure for Cancer,” takes place Saturday, Sept. 20, at St. Michael’s Reservoir Estate in Greeley. Get your tickets now for a night of boot scootin’ music featuring country music legend Collin Raye and more fun-n-games than you can shake a stick at. To purchase tickets, contact the American Cancer Society at or 970-350-5019. Event co-chairs, Nannelle Edgren and Emily Kemme, talk about their dedication to Greeley and their passion for the Cattle Barons Ball. Tell us about yourself. Emily Kemme: As Greeley natives, my husband Doug and I are determined to cultivate the best city possible. He does so through the practice of medicine; I share through volunteering with the ACS and the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, among other organizations. Nannelle Edgren: My husband Brad and I have called Greeley home since the early 1970s. After marrying “the boy next door” and returning to Greeley from Iowa, where he completed his dental and orthodontic training, I concentrated on raising our daughters and volunteering in our community. How did you become involved in the Cattle Barons Ball/ American Cancer Society? Emily Kemme: The American Cancer Society (ACS) and Cattle Barons Ball have always complemented my interests: the arts, education and a healthy society. Nannelle and I began working together for the ACS Tournament of Tables/ Daffodil Days fundraiser, and then I moved to the Cattle Barons Ball. Nannelle Edgren: When Emily and I volunteered for the Tournament of Tables/Daffodil Days, I discovered how much fun it was working with her. Since then, we’ve worked together on numerous committees. When she asked me to co-chair the Cattle Barons Ball, the answer was an easy yes! What motivates you to be involved in your community? Emily Kemme: As a writer, I observe human nature. I understand that surviving the everyday brings its own humor, angst and heroism. Often what we see as mundane may not be so. My goal is to illuminate the everyday in ways that highlight its brilliance. And what better way to do so than to work with interesting people for a common cause? Nannelle Edgren: This is my home, and I like being part of the bigger picture. Whether it’s volunteering for my daughters’ after prom parties, organizing church dinners or raising funds for the Greeley’s all about the betterment of this community. Volunteering satisfies my desire to help people, and it just feels good.



Give us a description of your business and/or area of specialty I've been a Realtor with The Group for 18 years, specializing in residential real estate, helping families buy and sell homes and builders market new construction homes in Highland Meadows, Horseshoe Lake, Alford Meadows and Taft Farms, along with custom built presales. Another rewarding part of my business is helping Buyers build wealth through investing in residential income property. To what do you attribute your success? My success is directly related to being surrounded by people and partners who have a belief that our company and business is built on relationships and trust. We believe that integrity is the key to building that trust. I have had the privilege of learning from the best in the business, founder Larry Kendall and countless others in our company who believe in sharing their knowledge and experience to the benefit of all in the spirit of cooperation rather than competition. The Group Philosophy fits very well with my values and it is the reason I chose this company for my real estate career. What is the best part of your job? I am very grateful for the wonderful people who I've met these past 18 years and have trusted me to guide them through one of the most important transitions they will make in their lives. I take this very seriously and care deeply that at the end of the transaction they are happy they hired me. Working with my partners and staff, who have become some of my best friends and are committed to the same values, is a blessing I enjoy every day. Who are your role models? My role model is Mom. The best of who I am came from what my Mother taught me growing up. My sister Maribeth Bergan, who is now one of my partners and a Realtor before I chose real estate for my career, has been a great support and is someone I can rely on to give me great advice. All of my partners are a continued source of knowledge and I can truly say all of them are role models in real estate. In what ways do you give back to the community? Building a strong community through financial support and volunteering is essential. United Way and Women Give have been a large part of my financial and volunteer support, along with many other deserving organizations. The Group Gives, a fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, was created the last few years to combine and focus the generosity of our Partners for greater effectiveness in the community. I have volunteered each year, since joining the Group, for Sculpture in the Park.



Connie Matsuda & Jackie Davison CONNIE (OWNER), JACKIE (MANAGER & EVENT ORGANIZER) WINDSONG ESTATES Tell us about yourself. Connie Matsuda I am a Northern Colorado native. I have lived in the Wellington area for most of my life. My family farmed and I also married into a farming family. After helping at the farm for many years, I decided to open a catering business in 1985 and catered throughout Northern Colorado and Denver. It operated successfully for 22 years and I added a golf course concession at Mountain Vista for 11 years. After catering and finding a lack of places to hold events, the idea to eventually open an event center began to take root. I had to place the idea on hold during the period when the economy turned and, in the meantime, started Sapphire Events, a bartending and event planning company, in 2010. The idea for the event center stayed with me and finally became a reality, opening December 1, 2013. Jackie Davison I am also a Colorado native. I attended school in Wellington and graduated from Poudre High School. I have learned from working with my mother all of these years and actual experience in the industry has made me better at what I love to do. This July, I was married at Windsong Estate and I now live in Fort Collins. I enjoy helping my family with their business ventures, especially planning and coordinating any type of event. I have always encouraged my mother to continue with her dream of opening the event center. With my experience in event planning and liquor management, I was able to help create the building’s plan. I now serve as the manager and event organizer at Windsong.

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Alissa Wicklund, Ph.D., ABPP-CN CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST ORTHOPAEDIC & SPINE CENTER OF THE ROCKIES Give us a description of your business and/or area of specialty. Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies Regional Concussion Center provides comprehensive care to help individuals return to sport and other activity following a concussion. As a board certified neuropsychologist, I specialize in the assessment of cognitive, physical and behavioral symptoms following concussion. We work as a team, including sports medicine physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists, to manage an individual’s symptoms based on the latest scientific research in concussion management. To what do you attribute your success? At each stage in my career I have learned to ask for what I need, in order to best serve both my family and my job. In my experience, women are sometimes afraid of appearing undedicated to their career. As a result, they may not speak up for what they need. However, I have found that colleagues respond when you need flexibility, if you have developed a strong foundation of loyalty, respect and competence within the workplace. I’ve also learned to recognize and adapt to changing demands within my life. When my children were babies, sleepless nights were my biggest challenge. Currently, it is keeping pace with their activities. In what ways do you give back to the community? In concussion management, education is important. I am passionate about speaking in the community and educating both parents and athletes on sports-related brain injury. As a mother, I understand the fear of your child getting hurt while playing a sport. I enjoy talking about the benefits of youth being involved in organized sports, and helping parents understand the value of proper technique to minimize injury.


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breakfasts for... Hipsters, Foodies, Families, People Watching, Business People, Seniors & Going out to breakfast is rarely about necessity. Very often it is a treat for ourselves and our families— one that says our lives have slowed down just enough that we get to savor the one meal we most often take for granted. Even if you are going to a business meeting breakfast, the mood is lighter—a focus on productivity and success, with a side of syrup.

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So where are our favorite breakfast spots in Northern Colorado? Here are our recommendations…


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Lucile’s has five locations, but Fort Collins is the place to go in Northern Colorado: 400 S. Meldrum, Fort Collins, (970) 224-5464.

Locations: 2842 Council Tree Dr., Suite 143,
Fort Collins, (970) 377-2660 532 N. Lincoln Avenue,
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Fort Collins Snooze is located at 144 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, (970) 482-9253.

Silver Grill is located at 218 Walnut Street, Fort Collins, (970) 484-4656.

The Skinny: After 32 years of serving up fantastic Creole-inspired breakfasts, it is all good at Lucile’s, but the highlights are the house made biscuits and jam, chicory coffee and beignets. Even the Bloody Mary makes gourmands swoon with a succulent shrimp and pickled okra nestled on top. Pretty much anything from the menu is a delight, but you can’t beat Eggs Sardou: creamed spinach, Gulf shrimp, poached eggs and hollandaise.

The Skinny: Snooze is just plain cool. They have a wonderful seasonal menu and sinfully decadent pancakes (red velvet, carrot cake—what haven’t they done with the flapjack?). This is the hippest place to get your breakfast on and the retro vibe is easy on the eyes. Though it is a great place for young families, you will find Snooze jam-packed with the 20-something set.


The Skinny: Doug’s Day Diner creates every thing from scratch—so you get the freshest ingredients and that made-at-home flavor. They are family friendly, with portions large enough to share and enough variety to make even the pickiest eater happy. However, if you want the dish that wins every time, order the Huevos Rancheros.

The Skinny: You can’t walk into The Silver Grill without running into a neighbor, your kid’s old football coach or your daughter’s high school buddies. The prime Old Town location draws in everyone and why not? They have been perfecting breakfast since 1933. The atmosphere is A-plus and the food rarely disappoints. (Editor’s note: One little known fact, The Silver Grill makes some of the best burgers in FoCo.)

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Butters is located at 1220 W. Elizabeth St., Suite B, Fort Collins, (970) 797-2062,

The Skinny: No matter which location you choose, The Egg & I is a great option for the business set. Quiet, quick and hearty, this is the place for your relaxed Friday morning team building. Plus, they always keep the coffee coming. In Northern Colorado, you can find an Egg & I in Fort Collins, Estes Park, Greeley and Loveland.


The Skinny: Grandmas and grandpas everywhere love the hearty breakfasts, sweet bakery items and modest price tags found at Perkins. In fact, seniors make up 75 percent of their regulars, says manager Cassandra Sewald. Locations in Northern Colorado include Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland and I-25 & Crossroads. Visit for locations and phone numbers.

The Skinny: The Campus West location makes Butters an ideal brunch stop for the college set, as does a menu littered with sinful, sugary pancake concoctions and heaping servings of carb-loaded breakfast favorites. They even have a Morning After pancake with Baileys and Kahlua swirled into the batter to fortify you after your next late night.

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To complement the craft brewers in Colorado, a new trend of craft distilleries is popping up in our community. One particular favorite is local craft whiskey. Whiskey is a distilled alcoholic beverage that is produced from fermented grains, and since there are many different types of grain, each one with its own distinct flavor, and multiple flavor profiles can make up this liquid gold we call whiskey.

In 2012, David Monahan and Jamie Gulden opened the doors of Feisty Spirits, the first craft distillery in Fort Collins. They use natural and organic ingredients, sourced locally whenever possible, to produce multiple types of whiskeys. A favorite of the staff at RJ’s Wine, Liquor & Spirits is the summer seasonal Red White and Blue corn bourbon which is sold for only $47.99—$2 of every bottle goes to the charity Rebuilding America’s Warriors. Another favorite of the staff is Colorado Bourbon from Boathouse Distillery out of Salida, Colorado. Owner Jerry Mallett takes a little different approach; he starts out with bourbon from craft southern-state distilleries that are aged in oak barrels for


four years. Then they finish the connoisseur grade bourbon with pure Rocky Mountain water and locally grown ingredients. The smooth finish created by this process makes it an excellent buy at $28.99. These are just two of the many craft distilleries here in Colorado and all produce quality products—don’t be afraid to support these local businesses with your purchasing power. Many of them have tasting rooms and are happy to educate you about their products so check out their websites and plan a visit to their facilities soon. – Josh Landi, Russ Bullamore and Tom Landi, RJ’s Wine, Liquor & Spirits, 4321 Corbett Dr., Fort Collins, (970) 204-6792, www. Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

Building and Lot Buyer’s Guide to Northern Colorado

The new construction market in Northern Colorado is the comeback kid. Construction has taken off at a fevered pace and several high quality, resort-style neighborhoods are popping up in Fort Collins, Loveland, Timnath and Windsor. Enjoy our guide to finding the perfect vista, the amenities and the custom home builder that will turn your dream home into reality. Style 2014



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great outdoors

A look over Horsetooth Reservoir.

Boat Life By Kay Rios

Relaxing and enjoying a cool breeze coming off the water, taking a swim or enjoying the company of good neighbors: What better way could there be to spend these sizzling hot days of summer? Boating life offers all that and more. Maybe your style is a cabin cruiser or maybe it’s planing and jumping towed by a motorboat, driving a jet ski, or paddling in a canoe or on a board. In any case, there are many opportunities close at hand in Larimer County. Horsetooth Reservoir features 6.5 miles of water surrounded by 1,900 acres of public land with fishing, boating, camping, picnicking, swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing and water skiing. Sitting at 5,420 feet high, it is located west of Fort Collins. Carter Lake, three miles long and one mile wide, is a 1,100-acre reservoir surrounded by 1,000 acres of public land. It offers fishing, sailing, water skiing, camping, picnicking, swimming, scuba diving and rock climbing. At an elevation of 5,760 feet, it’s southwest of Loveland and northwest of Berthoud.


Both are part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, which diverts western slope water to the eastern slope for drinking water, irrigation and hydropower. The Bureau of Reclamation and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District jointly operate both and Larimer County manages the recreation. Both Horsetooth and Carter require county entrance and camping permits. Plenty of fun available Private vendors operate the marinas at each and offer rental equipment and boats for enjoyment on the water. Jesse Werth, manager of the Inlet Bay Marina at Horsetooth Reservoir, says, “We have about 20 different rentals to choose from and we try to provide for the new fads like paddleboards and hydro bikes.” The rentals Inlet Bay offers include

everything from group boats (called Party Cats with a capacity of six, to Big Cats and Super Cats for 18 to 20) to jet boats, runabouts (small motor boats), pontoons, wave runners, canoes, kayak, paddleboards, center console fishing boats and hydro bikes. In addition, around 250 slips (a vessel's berth between two piers) and 40 moorings (boats anchored away from the pier) are available for people who leave their boats at the marina rather than take them in and out. Inlet Bay also provides winter storage. Donne Gluvma, co-manager of Carter Lake Marina, says they offer a variety of options including a 12- or 14-foot fishing boat, a 16-foot Sylvan motorboat (capacity of five), even a 24-foot pontoon (capacity 12). A 22-foot Santana Sailboat is also available. “In the store, we sell boating, camping and Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

fishing equipment,” she says. “And for campers, we do wood runs to sell to the campsites.” In addition, a boat pump station is available for a fee. Carter has 100 slips, 24 electric slips and 80 moorings. Winter storage is also available. Requirements for renting the equipment are minimal, both say. Inlet Bay requires renters to be 21 years old and have a U.S. driver’s license. “We give a full rundown on safety issues but it’s pretty basic. We do require that our captains be used for the larger cats and the Top Deck.” The captains are staff members of the marina and are skilled with these boats. Gluvma says the requirement at Carter also includes a driver’s license but the age is set at 18 years. The regular season at Carter runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. “Father’s day is the first really busy weekend and that keeps up pretty much through the second weekend in August before school starts.” She suggests doing four day weekends from Saturday through Tuesday. “Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are the quietest days up here. You almost have the place to yourself, which is especially great for families with kids.” The peak season at Horsetooth is the same, Werth says. “It’s the official 90 days of summer. We have regulars who move in on Friday and go home on Monday morning back to work but most of our traffic is through rentals and day boats. On the weekends, we hit max capacity during those 90 days on about 90 percent of the weekends. It’s more calm and relaxing during the weekdays and there’s not so much traffic on the water.” The boating community There is a sense of community at both of the marinas. Gluvma says, “We have two docks. The east dock is more of a community where people live on their boats. On the west dock, people come and go and it’s more transient.” Carter Lake Marina provides activities for their community members. “For the July 4th weekend, we do a big barbeque, potluck style, and everyone decorates their boats for a boat parade. This last year, we had 34 boats. They leave at sunset, go three miles south to the end and three miles back.” Another big event is the annual “Raft Up Movie,” put on by the Carter Lake Sailing Club. Every year, a screen is put up between two sailboats and it becomes a “boat-in movie” as opposed to the drive-in movie. This year, "Jaws" is the feature. Horsetooth also has its community and, says long time boater, Rob Bunnell, it’s a home away from home. “We have a 30-foot cabin cruiser with a sink, stove, microwave, TV, shower and refrigerator. It’s like an RV on the water.” He and his wife, Michelle, have a slip at Inlet Bay. “It’s our seventh season there. There is a peacefulness to it and, like a motorcycle, it affords you freedom to roam and explore.” Trey Beard, also a boat lifer, grew up on a lake in Oklahoma. He and his wife, Debbie, first bought a 29-foot cabin cruiser and later upgraded to a 43-foot in 2010. Beard describes Style 2014


Boating life in Colorado is a great way for families to enjoy summer vacation on the water, with a bounty of amenities available at local marinas.

the boat as a cabin that floats. “It’s perfect for our family. We try to sneak up to the lake Thursday night or Friday morning. We get everything cleaned and then, Friday afternoon, other boaters start to arrive at the dock.” And, within that community, he says, “Everyone seems like family.” From his perspective, it is all about family. “It’s great bonding time. Our daughter in college still wants to do something on her fall break that includes the lake.” Bunnell says he, his wife and three young kids go out a couple of times a week to enjoy their boating community. “You get to know your neighbors. There’s a lot of socializing and we really enjoy the company of the people around us.” Different kinds of boats are used for different reasons and people share resources, Bunnell says. “We have friends that have a wake board boat so we spend a lot of time with them on that. Then we have other friends with a couple of jet


skis so we share the toys with everybody else.” Beard’s daughters often bring the ski boat or jet ski and join their parents. “If the weather’s good, 10 or 15 get on one boat, cruise around the lake, watch the sunset and have dinner. Your best friends are at the lake. Boaters have a lot in common,” Beard says. “Most are type A personalities: they work hard all week and them come up here to relax.” There is another good thing about boating neighborhoods as opposed to the standard neighborhood. “If you get someone who’s too wild and you want to leave, you can take your cabin with you, go to a cove and tie up for the weekend.” A lot of other activities are available at Horsetooth, he adds. “We ride bikes, hike the trails and do water sports.” But it’s not all fun. “Boats take a lot of work. There’s a ton of maintenance you need to perform to keep them running and with a cabin cruiser,

there’s a fresh water system, toilets that have to be pumped. You have a full-time job keeping it in top condition,” he says. Bunnell agrees. “There’s a saying about boats: it’s a hole in the water you throw money in. There’s always something needing repair. But if you use the boat the way we do, you don’t mind paying to keep it in shape.” For detailed information on Carter, call (970) 667-1062 or look at the website at For Horsetooth, call (970) 223-0140 or check out

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Lyons is only a short drive away but makes for a great afternoon getaway.

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By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer | Photos by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

Straddling the border where Colorado’s plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the charming village of Lyons has a lot to offer visitors; and after a rough fall and winter they could certainly use the patronage.


The September 2013 floods left Lyons a virtual island, cut off from the rest of the world except for access to social media where trapped citizens updated their daily situation. Today, as you drive through the cheerful town, there is little visible damage, but every business owner and citizen has a story, and signs of the devastation are still visible in the areas of town on the banks of the Saint Vrain River. When a disaster strikes, those unaffected often wonder how they can help. One way to lend your assistance is to visit, and spending an afternoon in Lyons is a lovely diversion from a hectic lifestyle. Oskar Blues has been one of the most popular destinations in Lyons since 1997, and their two story restaurant and inviting patio is a go-to for summertime fun. They have a lively music scene and delicious food with a Creole twist. It’s a great stop for lunch or dinner and I highly

recommend the Satchmo Burger if you enjoy sloppy, spicy deliciousness. Today, Oskar Blues isn’t the only show in town, The Lyons Fork has become a favorite of local foodies. This pint-sized restaurant with a large, flowering patio was hit hard by the flooding and remained closed until March 2014. There’s special attention paid to the beer and food pairings here, so be sure to ask your server what he or she would recommend to accompany your meal. The menu is seasonal, but truffle fries are always available and you should order them. They are “lick your plate clean” good. The Lyons Fork is open for lunch Thursday through Saturday, and dinner daily. You’ll spend a bit more for dinner entrees, so plan accordingly. If weather allows, a seat on the patio is highly recommended. The town of Lyons is easily walkable, so after lunch take a stroll through the heart of Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

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Get a sweet treat in downtown Lyons at Button Rock Bakery, and don’t pass up the truffle fries at The Lyons Fort (middle, right).

downtown. There are several adorable shops with unique offerings. At the Lyons Mercantile you’ll find items for your home, from large furniture pieces to cowboy boots to art. ReRuns, next door, is a consignment store that supports the Lyons Community Foundation. There are many quality clothing items here, and even a beautiful selection of high-end footwear. At the height of the flood many residents evacuated their homes with little more than their toothbrush. ReRuns opened their store despite an electrical outage. They used flashlights to find local folks much needed items such as waterproof boots and coats. It’s also worth stopping in to The St. Vrain Market, Deli & Bakery. Five years ago Neil and Connie Sullivan bought the market, located in a historic 1903 building, and turned it into a small grocery store providing some dry goods, fruits and vegetables and fresh, all natural/organic meat and dairy. There is also a bakery and lunch deli. Buy a loaf of freshly baked bread; the roasted garlic parmesan is divine. Whether you prefer wine or coffee as an afternoon treat, Lyons has you covered. The Stone Cup, just up the hill from Main Street, may even have a local musician there to serenade you. With a laidback environment, this is the perfect place to contemplate life over a cup of coffee.


If wine is your preferred afternoon delight, check out Ciatano Winery on Main Street next to Lyons Pinball. Originally located three miles up Hwy 34 at Rock n’ River Resort, the resort and winery were washed away in the flood. With the resort and winery gone, the new owners, Jay and Elaine Hodge, were forced to look for a new home, not only for themselves, but also their winery. This May they opened their doors at 339 B Main Street. Visitors can stop by to do a little wine tasting or they can indulge in a glass of wine inside or on the patio complete with wine barrel tables. This summer they will offer small plates of cheese or chocolates to accompany your glass of vino. Love a particular vintage? Take a bottle home. You can even buy a piece of September 2013 flood history by purchasing “flood wine” at a discount. These are the bottles recovered from the property that are filled with perfectly good wine, but have battered labels. Next door to Ciatano Winery is one of our longtime favorite Lyons’ destinations, Lyons Pinball. This place keeps their pinball machines in tip top shape and is super fun for those who are nostalgic for this retro game. And here’s a secret: If you are a fan of arcade games, they also run Lyons Classic Video, a vintage arcade located in the basement of Oskar Blues. For

fans of Q*bert and other 1980s video games, it’s a must-visit. If you are interested in the history of Lyons, be sure to stop by the Lyons Redstone Museum at 340 High Street. It’s located in the town’s old schoolhouse built in 1881. There’s also an unusual sight in front of a home on Reese Street between 4th and 5th Street. It’s a ginormous wooden banjo, most likely a tribute to Lyons’ vibrant bluegrass scene. Lyons is a tremendously musical town, and while their famed venue Planet Bluegrass sustained significant damage during the floods, it is back and better than ever. They’ve re-sculpted the seating area to have better views, rebuilt the Wildflower Pavilion and created a new river path and beach area. The 24th Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (August 15-17) and the Kinfolk Celebration (September 19-20) will go on as planned. If you are looking for an afternoon escape, Lyons, Colo., is the place to be this summer.

Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer specializing in Colorado festivals and travel. Her articles have appeared in EnCompass and Independent Traveler. She is also the founder of Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS CONCERT SERIES: August 5 Noontime Notes Concert Series: An intimate concert series where you can appreciate jazz, rock-n-roll, folk music and other genres while eating your lunch. Located in Oak Street Plaza in Downtown Fort Collins - Tuesdays. 11:30am-1:00pm FREE August 7 Bohemian Nights presents Thursday Night Live Old Town Square concerts showcasing Colorado music! 7:00-9:00pm Presented by Bohemian Nights, LLC. FREE August 1, 8 Downtown Summer Sessions Concert Series Old Town Square concerts showcasing Colorado bands, local craft beers and great summer fun! 7:00-10:00pm Presented by The Downtown Fort Collins Business Association. FREE FESTIVALS: August 15, 16, 17 Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest – This community and music festival commemorates Fort Collins’ 150th birthday and features an impressive 8 stages of continuous live entertainment and over 70 Colorado bands. The kick-off concert evening on Friday, August 15 will begin at 5:00pm and then the full festival runs all day Saturday and Sunday. Festival Hours: 5-10:00pm Friday/ 10:00am-10:00pm Saturday/ 10:00-7:00pm Sunday - FREE admission September 6 Nelsen’s Old Town Car Show presented by Heilbrun’s NAPA: Hundreds of great hot-rods, vintage cars and classic trucks will be on display in Downtown Fort Collins! This event is free for spectators, open to all ages and to be shared by the community. Come enjoy live music, downtown shopping, fabulous restaurants and a beer garden in historic Old Town! September 19 & 20 FORToberfest: Celebrating Everything Fort Collins! This year’s Downtown Fort Collins’s Oktoberfest, “FORToberfest”, has an impressive music lineup and brings together this end of summer celebration. The city’s music scene, rich history of beer brewing, and outdoor festival culture help give character to the Downtown area and to Fort Collins GIFT CARDS MAKE PERFECT GIFTS! Over 160 downtown businesses accept Downtown Gift Cards! Tasty restaurants, unique shopping, live entertainment, art galleries, all in a historic setting! These gift cards are available at the Downtown Visitors Center or online at 970-484-6500


The Hip History of Fort Collins By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer Established in 1864, Fort Collins celebrates its 150th birthday this year. The city’s past is never far away, especially in the heart of Old Town, where the historic buildings are so beautiful that they gained the attention of Walt Disney. Fort Collins is one of two cities that inspired Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A., the nostalgic streetscape welcoming visitors to these allAmerican theme parks around the world. Locals drink up the city’s nostalgia, along with lots of delicious beer. In fact, Fort Collins’ history is filled with drink; the manufacturing and consumption of alcohol and, alas, the lack thereof. The sale of alcohol over 3.2 percent was prohibited within the town limits from 1896 until 1969. This didn’t stop the Town Pump. It’s the oldest watering hole in town having opened in 1909, and is still a popular place with locals who crowd into this tiny tavern. Fort Collins was on the cutting edge of the early craft beer movement in Colorado. While Boulder Beer Company is the oldest craft brewery in the state, opening in 1979, Fort Collins wasn’t far behind. Odell Brewing opened in 1989, and holds the title as the second oldest microbrewery in Colorado. Agriculture has always played a big role in the Fort Collins’ story, and Colorado Agricultural College, eventually renamed Colorado State University, was founded in 1870. While today it produces engineers at a staggering rate, in the beginning, students researched how to use beet tops, a crop widely available in the region. They discovered that beet tops were an excellent food source for local sheep, and by the early 1900s the area was referred to as the “Lamb feeding capital of the world,” although today, most residents have never seen a sheep in or near the city. Fort Collins’ history isn’t all sleepy farm tales. In the early 1900s, Café Adore on Linden Street was Kandy Kitchen, and the

store sold more than sweet treats. Madame Mary LaFitte was arrested numerous times for running a brothel out of the building. Many years later, Debbie Duz Donuts came to town, but Debbie forgot her shirt. Not everyone was happy about this topless donut shop and the business, which opened in 1989, closed in 1990, but not before being featured on the Geraldo Rivera show. While rumors persist that tunnels run under Fort Collins, Brent Carmack, the director of collections and exhibits at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, says the story started with a spoof article written in the 1970s about a supposed historic underground subway in Fort Collins. While there are underground basements beneath some of Fort Collins’ historic buildings, it’s unlikely that there are any complete tunnel systems and there is definitely not a hidden subway system. Today, Fort Collins is known as a biking mecca. It’s rated as one of the most bike friendly cities in the country, but cycling isn’t a modern invention. Prior to World War I, bikes were tremendously popular across the United States, including in Fort Collins. In the FC150 Exhibit, opening August 20 at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery to honor the city’s 150th birthday, visitors can see a trophy from a bike race that was held in the city during the 1890s. After WWII, however, automobiles took over, and the bicycle lost its appeal, but not for long. The folks of Fort Collins love to pedal, and in the late 1960s, bike lanes were installed in Fort Collins, making it one of the earliest American cities to adopt the bike lane concept. The stories give life to the already charming facades that line the tree-shaded streets of Old Town. With such a rich and colorful history, it’s easy to see how Fort Collins has transformed into the vibrant city it is today. Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

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Nelsen’s Old Town Car Show! September 6th - Saturday, 11 - 5 pm

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Hundreds of great hot-rods, vintage cars and classic trucks will be on display in Downtown Fort Collins. The car show is open to the public from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Cars/trucks registering to be in the car show may register in advance or from 9:00-11:00am day of the show.

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MEET THE AUTHOR LUNCHEON May 3 :: Fort Collins Country Club :: Fort Collins In keeping with Zonta’s mission of advancing the status of women, the Zonta Club of Fort Collins Foundation hosted the 3rd annual Meet the Author Luncheon before a gathering of more than 100 guests. The inspirational event included presentations by local authors Victoria Ames and Kari Grady Grossman, and celebrity author, the late Dr. Joan King. Proceeds from the event will support the Arlene Davy Memorial Scholarships for community college single mothers, Young Women of Public Affairs (high school girls giving back to the community) and Zonta International projects. Photos courtesy of Sunrise Photography.

Victoria Ames (Guest Author-I Can Dance, Too!), Kari Grady Grossman (Guest Author-Bones That Float), Susan Kirkpatrick, Emcee, the late Joan King (Celebrity Author-A Life on Purpose).

Back-Judy Wray, Cindy Williamson, Rachael Davis, Angela Carter, Kris Johnson, Deanne Mulvihill. Front-Patti Smith, Tammy Eversole, Andrea O’Connell, Michele Jacobsen

C U LT I VAT E H O P E May 8 :: Hilton :: Fort Collins The theme of growth and new life resonated throughout the night at this 7th annual benefit for The Matthews House. More than 525 guests enjoyed the garden party atmosphere mingling and bidding on silent auction items. The evening honored youth and families who shared their powerful personal stories. The signature event netted $52,000 to benefit The Matthews House and their mission to empower young adults and families in transition to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency and shape positive futures for themselves. Photos courtesy of Steve Glass Photography.

Brianna Barbera, Katie McClellandThe Matthews House Volunteer of the Year Award recipient

Blas & Kelli Estrada


Jerri Schmitz, Jim Drendel, Kathay Rennels Jim Drendel Growing Stronger Together Award recipient

Aaron & Anna Everitt

Tiffany Cherry, Bruce Crossiant The Matthews House Volunteer of the Year Award recipient

Lew Gaiter III, Larimer County Commissioner & Jeannette Gaiter

Wes & Carrie Galyardt, Corey & Gabe Green

Staci & Dana Clark

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2 0 1 4 A N N U A L C E L E B R AT I O N O F P H I L A N T H R O P Y May 15 :: Embassy Suites :: Loveland The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado’s annual Celebration of Philanthropy saw a record-breaking crowd of 700 community members in attendance to celebrate the generosity of Northern Colorado citizens. This year’s program highlighted our community's response in the aftermath of the September 2013 floods, the presentation of the Community Legacy Award to Mike and Janene Dellenbach, and culminated with keynote speaker Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute encouraging us to consider and plan for the future of our region. Photos courtesy of Jen Coet

Janene & Mike Dellenbach - Community Legacy Award Recipients

Sara Maranowicz, Kim Jordan, Nina Bodenhamer

Phyllis & Wayne Schrader


LuAnn Ball, Linda Hopkins

Janene & Mike Dellenbach Community Legacy Award Recipients

Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute was Keynote Speaker

Lucia Liley, Angela Milewski, Christine Kneeland

Dave Edwards, Nick Christensen

Evan Hyatt, Earl Sethre

Frank Lancaster Town Administrator of Town of Estes Park

VETERANS PLAZA MEET’ N’ GREET May 23 :: Jay’s Bistro :: Fort Collins Nearly 50 supporters and donors of the Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado gathered for the 2nd annual Meet ‘n’ Greet, held on the eve of a special Memorial Day weekend event at the Veterans Plaza to honor all those who have served since 9/11. Guests had an opportunity to meet keynote speaker Major General Stephen Abt and enjoy delicious food and drink. Proceeds of the Meet ‘n’ Greet to benefit the Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado and their mission to recognize and honor all U.S. veterans who have served, are serving and will serve our country. Style 2014

Phyllis Abt, Major General Stephen Abt

John Truesdale, Rob Allerheiligen, Diggs Brown, Maggie Walsh, Sue Pawlak, James Hagerman, Billy Thornton, Gary Ricker

John & Stephanie Truesdale


2014 HOUSKA HOUSKA 5K May 26 :: Houska Automotive :: Fort Collins Hundreds of costumed dynamic duos came to run in the 22nd annual Houska Houska 5K this year, supporting the theme of “It Takes Two to Save a Life.” Families, friends, kids on bikes, strollers and leashed pets took to the race course on a perfect morning. The event raised $28,000 and 21 people joined the Bone Marrow Registry. Over the past 22 years Houska Houska 5K has raised $250,000 for the PVH Cancer Center and Bone Marrow Registry.

Jeanne & David Strathman (Dorothy and Scarecrow)

Dennis & Noreen Houska

Jeff Balch, Debbie Balch (Fred and Wilma Flintstone)

Frank Garry, Ragan Adams (Captain Hook and Peter Pan)

FIRE HYDRANT 5 May 31 :: Edora Park :: Fort Collins A tail waggin’ good time was had by nearly 1,000 participants and more than 500 canines at the 24th annual Fire Hydrant 5, 5K Race/Walk & Pet Expo. The event included a 5K race/walk, a 1-mile Fun Run for Healthy Kids Club members, 60 plus pet- and family-friendly booths in the Pet Expo, fun doggie contests, awards to top finishers and more. More than $70,000 was raised for Larimer Humane Society and their programs to aid the thousands of lost, stray, orphaned and injured domestic and wild animals it cares for each year.

Liz Whitney with Chance & Lucy, Leone Coryell with Bella & Chelsea

Alyx Hatfield-Evans and Jeanna Kent hold Katydid


Jill Michaels with Papi

Dylan Carder, Daisy, Scott Sullivan

Richard Bartels with Maddie, Mari & Brandon Wasserburger with Dottie

Emily & Ron Zais with Becca who is 13

Nicole Dunn with Moose

2nd place winner Steve Folkerts with his 1st place Canine winner

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CANCER CENTER RIBBON CUTTING June 4 :: Harmony Campus :: Fort Collins The ribbon cutting ceremony brought together community members, donors, cancer survivors, medical staff, physicians, city officials and the UCHealth and Wellness Orchestra at the highly anticipated opening of UCHealth Cancer Center. Presenters spoke to the impact the facility will have on cancer care and wellbeing in Northern Colorado The event allowed the more than 1,000 in attendance to tour the state-ofthe-art, comprehensive and integrated facility and learn more about the services offered.

Front-Miho Scott, Gene Markley, Cindy DeGroot. Back-Ann Hanson, Carrie Baumgart, Judi Payton, Dick Hanson

Carol & David Wood

Mike & Janene Dellenbach

Chris & Cindy Richmond

Dennis & Noreen Houska

R E L AY F O R L I F E - W E L D C O U N T Y - F I N I S H T H E F I G H T - L E T ’ S K N O C K June 6 & 7 :: University High School :: Greeley The event, the largest Relay for Life in Colorado, had a huge outpouring of participation from the community with thousands of friends, family, caregivers and individuals supporting the 18th annual Weld County Relay. More than 320 registered cancer survivors, clad in purple t-shirts, kicked off the event taking their traditional survivor victory lap. Then 99 teams took to the track to begin their 13-hour walk. A sea of more than 1,100 luminaria bags lined the track at the Luminaria Ceremony, which honored those who lost the battle with cancer and those who have survived. This year’s theme, “Finish The Fight – Let’s Knock Out Cancer,” inspired all at this synergistic event that raised nearly $300,000 for the American Cancer Society for research, advocacy, education and patient services.

Sarah Armstrong, Nancy Armstrong

Deanna McIntosh, Norm McIntosh Team Orange Crushers

Bernadette Cordova, T.J. Valencia, Jennifer Baker, Victor Romero, Lisa Gallegos-Team Orange Crushers

Amanda Doubet, Mikaela Sandrige, Craig Smith, Debbie Smith, Ron Skaley, Nacole Shawcross Team Dance Floor Fillers


Patty Endres, Carrie Endres

LeeAnne Unrein, Cathy Des Jardins, Jennifer Owens, Kate Leeper Team Bosom Buddies Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

Kevin Unger, Ronna & Daren Roberson


Lesley Aiken

Kim Barnhill

Front-Nancy Leone, Karen Wood, Sandra Walker. Middle- John McCoy, Matthew McCoy. Back- Judy Richter, Susan Hergenrater, Jan Martin Team Ready for Life Style 2014


HOPE LIVES! PINK BOA 5K June 7 :: Front Range Village :: Fort Collins From survivors to supporters, all sported their pink boas and came to honor those touched with breast cancer and celebrate life and survivorship with family, friends and pets. The event included a Kids Fun Run, awards for top finishers, live music, marketplace and educational booths, and the Prettiest Pup in Pink costume contest. The $17,000 raised will benefit Hope Lives! Breast Cancer Support Center and their programs offering services at no cost to women battling breast cancer. Photos courtesy of Tumbleweed Photography.

Kneeling-Pamela Simmons-Lee, Michele Campana. Standing-Gianna Girardi, Hannah Serbousek, Mackenzie Lee, Ellie Garret, Lauren Lou, Olivia Shanley, Gino Campana, Milana Campana, Francesca Campana, Keara Lee.

Jesse Simkins, Shelley Simkins, Ronnie Bogart, Nicki Frank, Laura Fenton

Deborah Imlay, Shay Imlay

Kaia Bennett, Happy Bennett, Sage Bennett

Brian Lee, Stacie Lee with Anniston and Grayson

Travis Willey, Wendy Daly, Matt Fries, Lydia Dody, John Sinnett, Melissa Venable

R E L AY F O R L I F E - L O V E L A N D / B E R T H O U D June 20 & 21 :: Loveland Sports Park :: Loveland A musical chair scavenger hunt, cheese puffball throw and Mr. Relay were but a few of the fun highlights at this Relay for Life. Survivors, caregivers and volunteers, along with 30 teams, participated in the 15-hour overnight event. The Survivor and Caregiver victory lap as well as the Luminiara Ceremony honored those who battled cancer at this incredible community event. More than $76,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society for research, patient services, education and more.

Brandon Thomas, Alan Paul, Ann Lusk, Laura Paul, Sarah Thomas


Front- Trinity Goff, Kim Goff, Rebecca Kloberdance, Kailee Kloberdance, Caidance Goff. Back-Jennifer Kloberdance, Ann Hansen, Paula Stephen, Kyle Paswaters, Bob Neave, Brian Stephen -Team Believe in Neave

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Gino Daig, Monica Pollen, Gordon Daig, Madison Daig, Jeanette Daig

Duncan Browne - First Place Overall Finisher with a time of 19:04

Anna Marie Strzyz with her 3-legged dog Snickers, a cancer survivor

Committee members, Deanna Sloat, Paula Stephen, Denise Miller, and Vanessa Miller read the Hope Poem. Style 2014


JUNIOR LEAGUE OF FORT COLLINS TERRACE & GARDEN TOUR June 21 :: Six City Park Homes :: Fort Collins The north side of City Park and the neighboring streets provided the staging area for the 32nd annual Junior League of Fort Collins Terrace and Garden Tour as more than 1,600 gardening enthusiasts toured six homes showcasing unique gardens and outdoor living spaces. Each home had something special to offer the seasoned or novice touring gardeners, many of whom walked or rode bikes from home to home. Adding to the Art in the Garden theme this year were musicians and artists providing their talents to entertain attendees. Proceeds from the signature event will benefit several Junior League projects to enhance and better the community such as ABLE Women, PSD Snack Program and more.

Joan Whirty, Nancy Devine

Christine Marshall, Kari Hodgen

Katherine Steger, Jody Steger

Marcia & Jim Brokish

MC Robins, Mary Robins

Jennifer Guerriero, Josephine Guerriero, Kay Edwards

Natalie Davis, Randy Morgan

Amanda Boyle with Connor and Scarlett Sheila Benshoof, Barbara Frare, Mara Brosy-Wiwchar

Kat Jaeger, Kay Atteberry, Alexa Woods


Tracy Wilson, Judi Hammel, Suzanne Crosley, Beth Murray

Annie Lilyblade, Scott Mikulak

Scarlet & Byron Ayme

Becky Heatherman, Christina Nelson with Nicholas Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

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PA R T Y F O R PA R T N E R S June 26 :: The Rio Agave Room :: Fort Collins Nearly 200 people in attendance helped raise more than $55,000 for Partners Mentoring Youth and their one-to-one mentoring programs that pair positive adult role models with youth facing challenges in their personal, social and academic lives. Highlights of the evening included a generous dollar for dollar match from the RJ Clark Family Foundation, a lively auction and a moving program from long-time schoolbased supporter, Tom Lopez.

Candice Hartley, Jason McCaskel, Jordan Butts, Rachel Thetford, Timiry Krieger

Mike Clark, Doug Maybon, Amy Maybon, Jill Clark

Scott Tally, Katie Zwetzig, Heather Vesgaard

Stephanie Kemp, Derek Johnson

Christina Brown, Erica Guinn

Maryann Fillingim, Chris Imsland

Tom Lopez

CO-WY CHAPTER, NATIONAL MS SOCIETY’S 2014 NEWMONT BIKE MS June 28-29 :: Front Range Community College & CSU near Lory Student Center :: Westminster & Fort Collins and in between The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Newmont Bike MS, a two-day cycling adventure, began at Front Range Community College in Westminster and ended at Team Village on the CSU campus Saturday, with cyclists returning back to Westminster on Sunday. The 3,000 riders in 244 teams pedaled 150 miles during this round trip Colorado MS Bike event, this year celebrating its 29th anniversary. Plenty of team spirit was had as cyclists raced toward their target to raise nearly $4 million for research and programs that benefit the more than 100,000 people affected by MS in Colorado and Wyoming. Thanks in part to every mile ridden, there are now 10 FDA-approved treatments available for remitting/relapsing MS where none existed just over two decades ago.

Northern Colorado Team - Patty’s Pack riding in memory of Patty Metzler

Carrie Nolan, Phil Yastrow Phil is Bike MS #2 top two-day participant fundraiser

Dave Ballowe Dave is Bike MS #3 top two-day participant fundraiser

Northern Colorado Team - Sugar Bee riding for Kelly Walker-Haley


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August - Professional Women This long standing popular issue features working women from all walks of life. Profiles of successful women, se...