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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 | lydia@stylemedia.com EDITOR Kelly K. Serrano kelly@stylemedia.com CREATIVE DIRECTOR Scott Prosser SENIOR DESIGNER Lisa Gould DIGITAL DIRECTOR / BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Austin Lamb | austin@stylemedia.com ADVERTISING SALES EXECUTIVES Jon Ainslie (970) 219-9226 Debra Davis (917) 334-6912 Lydia Dody (970) 227-6400 Ann Kool (970) 412-8855 OFFICE MANAGER/ABOUT TOWN EDITOR Ina Szwec | ina@stylemedia.com ACCOUNTING MANAGER Karla Vigil CIRCULATION MANAGER Trisha Milton COPY EDITOR Michelle Venus PHOTOGRAPHER Marcus Edwards Photography CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Mark Darrough, Joe Coca CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Malini Bartels, Kyle Eustice, Angeline Grenz, Kay Rios, Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, Elissa J. Tivona, Michelle Venus AFFILIATIONS Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Loveland Chamber of Commerce Greeley Chamber of Commerce 2015 STYLE MAGAZINES January-Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness 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 Style October-Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness November-Holiday Style December-Best Of & Winter Activities Style 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. Free magazines are available at more than 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: ina@StyleMedia.com ©2015 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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wonderful magazine! I am so proud of the article; I will cherish it! Betty Aragon-Mitotes Museo de las Tres Colonias, Fort Collins


You have created an organization that is invaluable to women who are going through treatment for breast cancer. I have so enjoyed and appreciated the experience of being a 2015 Hope Lives! model. Thank you again for everything!

a cane and would grab our legs as we skated circles around him. I miss my grandparents a lot. It’s always a pleasure to read and enjoy this magazine. Your positive articles are a great opportunity to learn more about our community. Thanks,

Marsha Bonney Fort Collins

Kim Rak Skimmeez Sweet Shop, Loveland

I wanted to follow up and let you know how much we love the article (“Lifting One Spirit at a Time,” Style Magazine November issue)—thank you! Onward and upward, Kathleen and Jeff Baumgardner FoCo Café, Fort Collins THANK YOUS

I just wanted to thank you for the Norman Rockwell cover on the November issue. It is beautiful and takes me back to a time when life was slower and simpler. I remember ice skating with my grandpa on the small lake down the street. He walked with


Thank you for asking me to be in the Holiday (November) edition of Style Magazine. What an honor it was, and working with Kelly Serrano and Marcus Edwards was so much fun; they both made me feel so at ease and allowed me to do what I love to do—cook! They are both assets to your organization! I have had many lovely comments from people and I was happy to hear so many are going to make my mother’s green chili. I know she is proud that we have shared her recipe with the community. Thank you for the honor of being in your

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this (Holiday Recipes article, November Style). Before I talked with Michelle (Venus), I just HAD to call my Aunt Leslie to get her recollections and it was just such a wonderful conversation complete with many happy tears as we talked about it. I can’t wait to send her a copy! Michelle did such a wonderful job with the story, too—she brought out so much of the joy surrounding such a simple recipe. Food is such an amazing and powerful thing, isn’t it? When it comes to my mom’s family—who all live in New York—we remember most holidays based not on what we did, but on what we had for dinner. Thank you again for including me and my family in the magazine. Erin O’Toole Morning Edition Host, KUNC, Greeley


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on the cover We asked and you answered! Find out who is the Best Of Style on pages 25-57 of this magazine!

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BEST OF STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . 25 EATING OUT . . . . . . . . . . . .




RETAIL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 SERVICES . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



departments FROM OUR READERS . . . . . . . 10 PUBLISHER’S LETTER . . . . . . .14 STYLE FILES: WHAT STYLE IS RAVING ABOUT THIS MONTH . . . . . . . . 16


BUSINESS PROFILE: KINETICWISE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 BUSINESS PROFILE: SAVORY SPICE SHOP . . . . . . . 20



TRAVEL: A DELICIOUS CRESTED BUTTE . . . . . . . . . . . 58



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A PHOTO TOUR OF NONPROFIT EVENTS . . . . . . . . 62 WSBC Golf Classic Black & White Bash Hope for Today Breakfast SAVA Soiree Celebrating Women Gala N2N Polo Championship Evening With the Stars Chipping Fore Charities Hope Lives Benefit Gala LLT Presents John Fielder Phantom 5K Books on Tap McKee Presents


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The holiday season and the close of 2015 is the time we also celebrate another anniversary of publishing Style Magazine for Northern Colorado. As we close our 31st year of bringing our magazine to you, our readers, we are drawn to reflect on the many blessings we have living and working in Fort Collins. It has been an honor celebrating the many interesting people and significant events and places in Northern Colorado all these years. We have witnessed our communities experience significant growth and change, bringing both challenges and many blessings. And through these years we have partnered with businesses through their good times and tough times while sharing with our readership their success stories. Each person we’ve had the honor of including in our magazine has enriched us and helped us grow as people and as a company. Our sincerest “thank you” to all those who have let us peek into their lives over the years. We hope you think we have done a good job and enjoyed our positive reflection of our amazing communities. We will close this year with our second annual “Best Of” issue. Little did we know how popular it would become! We opened voting in July and were overwhelmed and thrilled to see the electronic and paper votes start rolling in. Voting increased many times from the inaugural year and we were excited to see businesses get engaged and encourage their customers to vote them “Best Of!” Voting has been kept confidential and our digital director, Austin Lamb, has been diligent in recording all nominees and posting all paper-ballot voting. We are truly excited to reveal to you and the nominees the results of voting July 7 to Oct. 15 in a broad variety of categories at


the “Best Of” party. The readership spoke and picked their favorites! It is such fun featuring and celebrating successful businesses, large and small, who contribute to the quality of life we all enjoy. Be sure to congratulate them! As we plan on continuing “Best Of” next year, we will add categories, features and an expanded time to vote, from Feb. 1 through Oct. 15. Be sure you vote for your favorites! Our communities have evolved over the years, and we have striven to make sure our magazine reflects our changing demographic and readers’ areas of interest. Many years ago, as we became a regional center for medical care, we added Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness to our group of Style publications. As the health-care community and industry have evolved to focus more on prevention and wellness, starting in January, we will change that popular issue’s focus to wellness, and a name change is in the works to reflect that. Our magazine will have an emphasis on prevention and introduce ways to stay healthy in mind, body, spirit and living. We look forward to the coming year and sharing great information with you in these four new issues. Publishing Style Magazine would not be possible without the talent and support of committed, creative staff, writers, photographers and partners who share and strive for the same goals of excellence. I am greatly appreciative of the amazingly talented staff at Style today; it is their combined efforts that bring you this interesting, relevant and visually attractive magazine each month. And I am deeply grateful for our business partners who believe in our mission to produce high-quality magazines uplifting our Northern Colorado communities and know our magazines are the right media to communicate their business messages. I still love living in Northern Colorado and plan for yet another publishing anniversary in 2016. It has been a wonderful 31 years, and I look forward to continuing this tradition of excellence. Congratulations to all of our “Best Of” winners this year! Look for an even bigger “Best Of” next year. Wishing all of you a fun and healthy holiday season. With gratitude,

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New Year’s Eve Events


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Firs t Night F ort Collins First Night Fort Collins, a free, nonalcoholic, family oriented, arts-based event, will celebrate not only the New Year’s Eve, but 20 years of festivities Thursday, Dec. 31, in Old Town Square. The evening kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a “Kid's Countdown” and Illumination of the Plaza. A fireworks display at 10 p.m. (East Coast New Year’s) will cap off the night. Produced by the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association, “Discover the Magic” is the theme for this year’s event. It will offer opportunities to enjoy international dance, live theater and magic shows, comedy, music and singing, wandering entertainment in Old Town Square, circus performers, puppet choirs, balloon drops, a “bounceland” of giant inflatables and more. The evening showcases Fort Collins’ local arts and performance troupes including Canyon Concert Ballet, Bas Bleu Theatre, Fale African Drum and Dance Collective, and Debut Theatre. For more information visit www.downttownfortcollins.com.

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K RFC Re s olut ion Run , Wal k & Cos t um e Fr ol ic

Get dressed to impress and ring in the New Year with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra with a new concert in the Monfort Concert Hall, 701 10th Ave. The orchestra will perform a variety of stunning classics and recognizable pops tunes while partnering with downtown restaurants and bars to provide affordable fare for a memorable night on the town. The celebration begins at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, and will end with a champagne reception for the countdown to 2016. For ticket information, visit www. ucstars.com.

End 2015 on the right note by running in the 31st Annual KRFC Resolution Run, Walk and Costume Frolic. Registration for the 5K race begins at 5 p.m. and the run at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Clark Building on the Colorado State University campus. Cost is $25/$30 and includes a long-sleeved Resolution Run T-shirt distributed on the day of the race. Parking is in the Lory Student Center lot. Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female; the top three finishers in each age group; and two costumed runners determined by race judges. For more information or to register, contact Brian Hughes, ed@krfcfm.org or (970) 221-5075, or visit www.krfcfm.org.


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New Strategies You Need To Know Before Jan 1st Winter Fun in Estes Park The holidays will be over but seasonal fun is just getting started at the Estes Park Winter Festival set for noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 16-17. The festivities include the opportunity to sample Colorado wine and beer from more than 30 booths; to learn about outdoor winter adventures, equipment demos, winter safety tips and fun information about Rocky Mountain National Park from the experts; sales of winter apparel and outdoor gear; a red chili cook-off Saturday and a green and white chili cook-off Sunday; a music lineup to satisfy everyone at the Estes Park events Complex, 1209 Manford Ave.; and an interactive Kid’s Festival with plenty to do for participants of all ages. Winter Trails Day in Rocky Mountain National Park—a free snowshoe festival with demo snowshoes for adults and children, instruction and demonstrations—is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Bear Lake Park & Ride area. Bring food, water and a driver's license to register. The event is free, but normal park entrance fees apply. For more information, visit www.visitestespark.com/events-calendar/special-events/ winter-festival/.

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KineticWise™ is Smart Movement By Kelly K. Serrano

Kendra Melson was always good with her hands. Intuitively, she used them at an early age to alleviate the muscle aches and pains family and friends experienced. Her motivation? She wanted them to feel better. “It was like I had been given a laser beam to go right to the source of the pain,” Kendra recalls. But it was her own chronic pain that eventually led her to a career in massage therapy. “I experienced severe chronic pain from the age of 15 until my mid-20s,” Kendra explains, noting a myriad of injuries sustained as catcher for competitive fast-pitch softball and working her family’s cattle ranch. She suffered from chronic headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and often times debilitating hip and knee pain. “Chronic pain ages a person. I had more pain before the age of 25 than I’ve had since. I sometimes joke I feel like Benjamin Button.”

The Road to ‘A-ha!’

Kendra L. Melson, LMT, applies her unique therapeutic massage treatment to a KineticWise patient.


Kendra’s road to massage therapy was all but a straight line. Growing up in rural Oklahoma, massage wasn’t something to which she was exposed. At age 18, Kendra moved west, pit-stopped at Colorado State University, eventually finding her way to the Healing Arts Institute’s Fort Collins School of Massage. “I just kept going, believing I would find what I was looking for,” she says. Kendra enrolled in the Healing Arts Institute in 1997. She worked closely with instructors in the school’s clinic and graduated in 1999 as a Certified Massage and Body Mind Therapist. She then entered the school’s post-graduate program, gaining her certification as a Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Therapist in 2000, and was quickly brought on staff. “I’d found more of what I was looking for, but it was only after devouring Barbara Frye’s book, ‘Body Mechanics for Manual Therapists,’ that I realized what was missing for me. I am a very analytical person. I became more aware of posture,” she says. Kendra explains, “Position is everything—from how you sit at your desk, your gait when you walk, the way you hold your shoulders, to the way your body compensates to protect itself from pain. Once the imbalance is addressed and the body and muscles are re-educated, the symptoms dramatically reduce or go away entirely.” Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

Kendra L. Melson, LMT, owner of KineticWise.

As she studied and implemented new protocols for various dysfunction—coming away with the successful results—she began to document her findings. She developed Body Mechanics classes inside the core curriculum at the Healing Arts Institute and assisted in the development of the Continuing Education program, all the while building her own private practice. Her colleagues and clients were eager to test these newly developed protocols, and it was through teaching and implementing with colleagues that Kendra was able to overcome her own chronic pain. By this time, the health-care industry was beginning to perceive massage as more and more beneficial in the treatment of chronic and acute pain, and many insurance companies and corporate wellness programs started to include massage in employee benefits. Kendra recalls, “After 11 years in private practice, I realized I couldn’t bring on more clientele; there just wasn’t enough time in the day for me to see everyone. That’s when I decided to expand and open the doors to KineticWise. I believed my model would include the ability to accept insurance, which would bring massage to even more people.”

Position is Everything The techniques Kendra employs at KineticWise are based on the belief that the body has an ideal position in which all systems are “go.” Physiologically Efficient Position™ (PEP™) is the ideal position of the human frame, supporting the optimum and efficient function of all systems of the body, in their healthiest state. Through habits and injury, bodies may come out of that ideal position, creating dysfunction, which a person recognizes as pain and lack of mobility. The PEP™ Method enlists a noninvasive way of evaluating the body’s imbalances and assessing its needs. Using specific neuromuscular rehabilitation (NMR) methods and spanning a little over a decade, Kendra has developed cutting-edge techniques and protocols to successfully treat migraines/tension headaches, TMJ dysfunction, Style 2015

The KineticWise team: (back row, left to right) Jachele West, Rhiannon Bond, Joseph Kunze, LMT; (front row, left to right) Andréa Burger, LMT, Kathleen Weiss, Kendra L. Melson, LMT, and Breke Ewton, LMT. thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, hip/low back dysfunction (sciatica), scoliosis, and plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, rotatorcuff dysfunction and many other chronic-pain syndromes. With the insurance industry’s acceptance is massage therapy as a valid preventative as well as post-injury treatment, employees from large organizations such as Otter Products and Larimer County visit KineticWise regularly. Stacey Pearson, director of Global Planning and Alignment for Otter Products, says a coworker referred her to KineticWise when she moved to Fort Collins four years ago. She was seeking relief from neck and shoulder issues often accompanying spending large amounts of time sitting in front of a computer and in meetings. “It’s definitely not spa massage,” Stacey explains. “It’s intense and it’s awesome. It’s helping keep my body in alignment and me in good shape so I’m not achy all the time. They’re not just treating the symptoms; they’re training the muscles. “When you go in to KineticWise, you feel nurtured; they take care of you. It’s very much tailored to whatever you need.” Kim, a Larimer County employee, switched from her massage therapist of 11 years to KineticWise more than four years ago. She was dealing with shoulder and hip issues and “just wanted someone who could fix it for me or at least relieve the pain I was in.” Kim says she used to limp in the morning because of the pain in her hip, experience continuous cramping in her lower back, and have to turn her entire body to see behind her while backing up her car, because she couldn’t turn her head that far. Those issues are in the past now. “I’m in considerably less pain on a daily basis. I don’t feel like I need to do a warm-up just getting out of bed,” she says. “When things do flare up, I know how to fix them because of what they’ve taught me.” Both Kim and Stacey have also learned quite a bit about Kendra’s therapeutic essential oil blends. “After using therapeutic essential oils in treatment with clients over the past 15 years, I decided

to combine them for ease of application—creating specific blends for specific purposes—in order to share them,” Kendra says. KineticWise currently carries 8 essential oil blends in the clinic, available to the public, ranging from an “Active Pack,” developed for athletes, to a “Healthy Pack,” designed to improve immune function.

Passing On Protocols As a credentialed teacher from the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), Kendra holds classes for her practitioners at KineticWise, where they become certified in The PEP™ Method. “We foster a learning model; we’re all here to support each other and provide continuity of care for every person who walks through our door,” she says. Kendra’s team will inevitably take the role as educators and, as new practitioners are brought on, her elder team will pass the protocols forward. “I’ve hand-picked each member of my teamnot only for their skillset, but also for their drive to expand their own knowledge and be fully present.” Kendra goes on to explain, “Some days our clients are elite athletes; some days we see young adults in the acute phase of injury or an expecting mother may walk through the doors seeking relief. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. My practitioners must always be engaged.” Clients may never have the same massage twice at KineticWise, but the one thing they can count on is they won’t be the same when they leave.


Scotch Pines Village (SW corner of E. Drake & S. Lemay) Suite 35 (970) 682-2038 www.kineticwise.com Kelly K. Serrano is editor of Style Magazine.


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Shop Adds Spice to Life, Downtown By Kay Rios

“I’d been to Istanbul to the spice markets and it was a feast for the senses,” says Susan Kirkpatrick. “I wanted to offer that to Fort Collins.” With over 500 spices, blends and seasonings, the owner of Savory Spice Shop does exactly that, doing her part to carry on an age-old tradition. “People come together and work together around food,” she says. “It’s been an element of human existence for a very long time. You can change the joy around a table with good ingredients.” While the core of the business rests in those commodities, Kirkpatrick expanded to include locally produced items including handmade pepper mills, wooden cutting boards and knives along with beans, pickles, soups and simple syrups. “I noticed some of these items at the local winter farmer’s market in Opera Galleria, so I invited the guy who makes wooden cutting boards and knives to bring his products into the store. Then I added other local products.” That effort has proven successful for both the store and the local producers. “I’ve had to fight people off; it’s a valuable retail space. It’s fun but definitely more work,” she says. Savory Spice, a franchise operation, began in 2004 when Mike and Janet Johnston opened the first store at 15th and Platte streets in Denver. There are now 34 stores across the country. Kirkpatrick found Savory Spice while working in Denver as executive director of Local Affairs under Gov. Bill Ritter from 2007 to 2011. “I became a customer. I always loved to cook and I loved that store. I had an apartment on 16th Street and could walk to the Capitol and to the spice store.” When Ritter decided not to run again, she found herself at a crossroads. “The best jobs continued to be in Denver, but I had been on the road for 18 years,” Kirkpatrick says. “What I wanted to do was come back to Fort Collins and


not commute. Mike and Janet were offering the opportunity to open in Fort Collins, so I competed for the franchise and got it.” Kirpatrick opened her shop at 123 N. College Ave. in 2011 and now has 12 employees (three full time including herself). Along with the savory offerings, Kirkpatrick instilled a community connection. Through the store, she provides a scholarship for Colorado State University’s Food Science and Nutrition master’s program. She also teaches a class at the Heart Center of the Rockies on flavoring without salt for congestive heart failure patients. Her current career may seem a bit of a deviation from her past. She is well known for her community-affairs involvement including stints on Fort Collins City Council and two terms as mayor, among a list of other positions. But she made the switch easily. “This was lurking inside me,” Kirkpatrick says. “I’ve always loved to cook ever since I was a little kid. I needed to work because I had a scary thought that I might spend my time writing whacky letters to the editor. This directs my energy in a very positive way and it’s not just an avocation. It’s my passion.”

Savory Spice Shop

123 N. College Ave. (970) 682-2971 www.savoryspiceshop.com Kay Rios, Ph.D., is a freelance writer based in Fort Collins. Her current efforts include learning to use sharp knives without leaving marks in the counters or on herself and creating dishes that get smiles instead of groans. Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

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Jim Chance Horsetooth |377-6022

Kelli Couch Horsetooth | 310-8804

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Kelly Held Mulberry | 286-8511

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Chuck Hoburg Harmony | 377-4903

Michelle Hubbard Harmony | 377-6077

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Cindy Kutin Centerra | 679-1573

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Cindy Kurtz Centerra | 679-1545

Sheila Benshoof Harmony | 377-4957

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Alycia Martinez Centerra | 679-1657

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Elaine C. Minor Horsetooth | 215-9236

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John Peden Centerra | 679-1574

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Karen Rowan Horsetooth | 310-5797

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Style Readers Pick the Best Votes in Style Magazine’s 2015 annual Best Of exceeded the inaugural year’s by thousands, demonstrating that Northern Coloradans love to go out to eat, drink, socialize or all of the above. And they appreciate great service—from wait staff and Realtors to veterinarians and the people who care for their lawns. The result: only the best of the best earn the title of winner in the Best Of Style Magazine.

Were your favorites among the winners? Take a look….

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EATING OUT Best Breakfast Silver Grill Café

218 Walnut St., Fort Collins (970) 484-4656 www.silvergrill.com With cinnamon rolls the size of your head and nationally acclaimed breakfast dishes, it’s no wonder it’s standing room only on weekends at the Silver Grill Café. Ranked third out of 519 restaurants in Fort Collins on the Trip Adviser website, “the Grill” was voted Best Breakfast this year, easing out last year’s winner, Snooze. The Silver Grill holds another distinction: it is the oldest restaurant in Northern Colorado. In business since 1933, the Grill started out as the UneedaLunch Café. An enterprising (and hungry) sign painter traded a pork chop sandwich— which is still a menu item—for a window sign and came up with a new moniker that still graces the restaurant today. Managing partner and chef Heather Beckman was also recognized this year as one of BizWest’s 40 Under 40 business leaders. Well done, Heather!

2nd Place: 2nd Place: Snooze, An A.M. Eatery Fort Collins (970) 482-9253 www.snoozeatery.com 3rd Place: Lucile’s Creole Café Fort Collins (970) 224-5464 www.luciles.com


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Best Nano Brewery Horse & Dragon Brewing Co.

124 Racquette Dr., Fort Collins | (970) 631-8038 | www.horseanddragonbrewing.com Sad Panda. Picnic Rock. NoCO. Fort KÜlnz. Curious Cricket. These are just a few of Horse & Dragon Brewing Co. beers found at nearly 75 bars and restaurants in Northern Colorado. And for good reason, too. The roster of beers, created by head brewer Linsey Cornish, are becoming some of the most talked about beers in the business. Ever since their honeymoon in California’s Napa Valley, owners Tim and Carol Cochran dreamed of owning their own craft brewery. Living in Asia, South America and Milwaukee gave them the opportunity to taste-test many beers from a number of breweries, both large and small. The dream started to take shape when planning commenced in 2013 (the Year of the Dragon) and came true in May 2014, (the Year of the Horse) when Horse & Dragon opened its doors and became a reality.

2nd Place: Funkwerks Fort Collins (970) 482-3865 | www.funkwerks.com

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3rd Place: Pateros Creek Brewing Co. Fort Collins (970) 484-7222 | www.pateroscreekbrewing.com



Best Happy Hour Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

123 N. College Ave., Fort Collins | (970) 682-2275 | www.jaxfishhouse.com/fort-collins/ It has the most sustainably fresh seafood available in our landlocked state. Ricky Myers, Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar’s chef de cuisine and local favorite, has created a foolproof happy hour menu packed with fresh fish flown in daily and organic produce from our own local farms. The restaurant is only open for dinner, and the outrageously popular happy hour kicks the night off at 4 p.m. It ends at 6 p.m. with the exception of Mondays, when Jax offers specials all night long. A dozen different types of oysters, creatively paired with delicate and tangy sauces, are available to choose from at the raw bar. An elaborate listing of distinctive cocktails and unique kitchen fare make Jax’s the most coveted happy hour in town. 2nd Place: Austin’s American Grill, Fort Collins | (970) 224-9691 | www.austinsamericangrill.com 3rd Place (It's A Tie!): Jay’s Bistro & Jazz Lounge, Fort Collins | (970) 482-1876 | www.jaysbistro.net The Moot House, Fort Collins | (970) 226-2121 | www.themoothouse.com


A Style Pick: Ace Gillett’s Lounge

239 S. College Ave., Fort Collins (970) 449-4797 | www.acegilletts.com It’s not often that you stumble upon such a cool place to chill that you fear that you’ll feel awkward, but then find you fit right in. The best word to describe Ace Gillett’s Lounge in the Armstrong Hotel is “swanky.” It’s kind of hidden, dark and, with live jazz performers providing background tunes in the corner, mirrors the speakeasies of the ’20s. With firstcome, first-served seating, it’s always busy and worth the wait for the killer Moscow Mule cocktail, the bartender who makes you feel like you’re the only customer he cares about and the tantalizing dishes to pair with your libation of choice. Happy hour starts at 4 p.m.

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Best Food Truck The Waffle Lab

200 N. College Ave., Fort Collins | (970) 222-5060 www.thewafflelab.com If the chicken-and-waffles trend confuses you, allow The Waffle Lab, at the northeast corner of North College Avenue and Walnut Street—and occasionally at a local brewery—to clear things up. Featuring a Belgian-style Liege waffle topped with chicken, sausage gravy and a side of maple syrup, The Waffle Lab’s version will convince you the creator was not, in fact, crazy. If it’s something sweet you crave, try a waffle smothered with marshmallow spread, Ghirardelli dark chocolate and graham cracker bits. Or perhaps one topped with Nutella, fresh sliced bananas and strawberries, whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce is more your style. Whether you’re in search of lunch or a decadent treat, which could double as a meal, The Waffle Lab satisfies. It’s got gluten-free waffles, as well. Look for The Waffle Lab’s brick-and-mortar location to open at 130 W. Olive St. in early 2016, so you don’t have to wait until the weekend to enjoy dishes that defy traditional taste buds. 2nd Place: The Taco Stop Fort Collins | (970) 281-2313 www.facebook.com/thetacostopfortcollins/ 3rd Place: Mile High Lobster Shack Fort Collins | (207) 725-6373 www.facebook.com/MileHighLobsterShack/

Best Mexican Food Pueblo Viejo

185 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, & 4630 Royal Vista Cir., Windsor www.puebloviejocolorado.com Imagine a place where the smells and tastes of authentic Mexican food and the culture of ol’ Mexico come together in one. You’ve just entered either of the two Pueblo Viejo locations. Either one—on the southwest corner of North College and LaPorte avenues in Fort Collins or I-25 and Colorado 392 in Windsor—offers easy access to satisfy your chips, salsa and burrito cravings. Open for lunch and dinner since 2002, Pueblo Viejo serves the most preferred authentic recipes from south of the border in the region. The family owned and operated favorite also possesses one of the most desirable patios in downtown Fort Collins, where the colors and flavors of Mexican cuisine come alive with a potent margarita. There are a dozen different choices, each one overflowing with first-rate tequila in a sizeable glass. The menu features numerous signature items, as well; try the crispy chili rellenos—you won’t regret it. 2nd Place: Café Mexicali Fort Collins | (970) 266-9292 www.cafemexicali.com 3rd Place: La Luz Mexican Grill Fort Collins | two Fort Collins locations www.laluzgrill.com (north), laluzmexicangrill.com (south) Style 2015


EATING OUT Best Vegetarian Food The Rainbow Restaurant 212 W. Laurel St., Fort Collins (970) 221-2664 www.rainbowfortcollins.com

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to appreciate Rainbow Restaurant; but if you are, choices abound—as do the hearty portions. Rainbow has been family owned since 1976 with a Laurel Street location in Fort Collins. Rainbow offers a predominantly vegetarian menu, with breakfast choices such as their sweet potato breakfast burrito or the potato latkes breakfast. Lunch options include pasta dishes, such as the pistachio pesto pasta, and southwest specialties, like their spinach quesadilla. Portions are goodsized and the daily specials are fresh and varied. Must try: Pumpkin Bread French Toast if you have a sweet tooth. Their homemade

Best Pizza Beau Jo's Pizza

205 N. College Ave., Fort Collins | (970) 498-8898 | www.beaujos.com Move over Chicago-style pizza. The flavors of Colorado-style pizza, served up by a local and popular mainstay Beau Jo’s, are rapidly redefining the tired clichés for exceptional pizza. Hungry customers can pedal, drive or take the MAX north to the end of the line and discover pizza sensations to satisfy every member of the family on the northwest corner of LaPorte and North College avenues. The original Beau Jo’s, located in Idaho Springs, has been the après ski hangout since it opened in 1973. Today, Beau Jo’s has become an integral part of communities across the Front Range. Widely respected for its steadfast commitment to going green and for generous contributions to the communities they serve, Beau Jo’s is best known for its choice of delectable pies. Order the Mountain, Prairie or gluten-free crust (all priced by the pound; not all pie choices available in gluten-free), then load it up with cooked-to-order sauces, assorted cheeses, veggies and meats galore, and herbs to satisfy any palate. 2nd Place: Pizza Casbah, Fort Collins | (970) 221-9144 | www.pizzacasbah.net 3rd Place: Cozzola’s Pizza, two Fort Collins locations | www.cozzolaspizza.com


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EATING OUT Best Coffee Shop Mugs Coffee Lounge

306 W. Laurel St. & 261 S. College Ave., Fort Collins www.mugscoffeelounge.com Voted 2014’s Favorite Coffee Shop, Mugs Coffee Lounge retains its title. With the tagline “Community Through Coffee,” it is the epitome of Fort Collins, reflecting the community’s collaborative spirit and vitality. Mugs is committed to providing organic and locally sourced food. Owner McCabe Callahan started the coffee shop as an entrepreneurial Colorado State University senior in 2002. With two convenient locations—one on the corner of Olive Street and College Avenue and the other on Laurel Street across the street from CSU—customers cozy up in comfortable seats with

Best Bakery Great Harvest Bread Co

2601 S. Lemay Ave # 1 & 3600 S. College Ave., Fort Collins | www.ghfortcollins.com The smell of fresh, warm homemade bread is overwhelming the moment one walks through the doors of Great Harvest Bread Co. in Fort Collins. Owner Julie Damschroder welcomes her customers into the store one by one and showers them with samples of the enticing recipes. Everyday breads include Honey Whole Wheat, Premium White, Cinnamon Burst Swirl (the most popular) and Spinach Asiago. In addition to the staples, Great Harvest serves up innovative flavors like Pumpkin Chocolate Chip, Cheddar Garlic, and Cranberry Orange and Chocolate. As if that isn’t enough, they make premium sandwiches, scones, muffins and cookies, and stock local products such as honey and jams. The customers, however, mean the most to Damschroder. “We love our customers,” she says. “We have the most amazing customers. Every one of them that walks through the door we think of as a gift, because they are. We all become friends; we cry with them, pray with them and they’re part of our family.” 2nd Place: La Creperie, Fort Collins | 224-2640 | www.fortcollinscreperiebakery.com 3rd Place: Little Bird Bakeshop, Fort Collins | (970) 568-8906 | www.thelittlebirdbakeshop.com


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delicious beverages while they pour over their computers, accessing the free WiFi. The downtown location also has a community room that can be reserved for meetings and events. 2nd Place: Starry Night Espresso CafĂŠ, Fort Collins (970) 493-3039 | www.cafestarrynight.com 3rd Place: The Bean Cycle, Fort Collins (970) 221-2964 | www.beancycleroasters.com

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Best Margarita Rio Grande

143 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, (970) 224-5428 www.riograndemexican.com The fountain-adorned patio tucked away in the back of a historic two-story Mountain Avenue building in Old Town Fort Collins is the ideal place for sipping the best margarita in town. The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant has been serving its famous proprietary recipe for the classic margarita—by far the most outstanding tequila concoction in Fort Collins—since 1986. Thankfully the Rio accepts reservations, making it a favorite destination restaurant for larger groups. Happy Hour is on the early side—3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday—but take note that margaritas are limited to three per person. Upstairs is the place to be on Tuesday

Best Ice Cream/Gelato Walrus Ice Cream

125 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins | (970) 482-5919 www.walrusicecream.com Located in the heart of downtown, Walrus Ice Cream Co. has a deep-rooted history in Fort Collins. Aside from its wide assortment of homemade ice cream, sorbets and gelatos that are as popular today as when it opened in 1987, people flock to the beloved establishment in droves, thanks to the benevolent spirit of Charlie Dinnebeck, its resident ghost. Owner Lisa Paugh, who took over the business in 1999, is clearly happy with Charlie as a permanent guest, and her positive energy radiates to everyone she encounters. With her spirit ever present, staff serves up cups, mix-ins, cones, malts, shakes, “Saturdaes,” banana splits, cake cones and pints year-round to loyal followers and newcomers alike. Even at 40 degrees, lines often flow out the door in anticipation of the daily featured flavors, which usually include a mystery flavor that says, “I dare you to try me.” With selections like FluffA-Nutter, Peppermint Patty, Mexican Chocolate and Silver Grill Cinnamon Roll, there’s something for everyone—even those on gluten-free or dairy-free diets. 2nd Place: Kilwins Chocolate & Ice Cream Fort Collins | (970) 221-9444 | www.kilwins.com/fortcollins 3rd Place: Paciugo Italian Gelato Loveland | (970) 685-4530 | www.paciugo.com/loveland


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nights: you can loosen up with a margarita before joining in on salsa dancing hosted by Salsa Sambrosa and Mile High Dance Productions in the Rio’s Agave Room. Dancing provides another good excuse to enjoy a memorable marg or three at the Rio! 2nd Place: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop two Fort Collins locations www.fuzzystacoshop.com 3rd Place: Zquila Fort Collins | (970) 631-8565 www.harmony.zquila.com

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EATING OUT Best Patio Dining Austin's American Grill, Downtown

100 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins (970) 224-9691 www.austinsamericangrill.com What brings customers flocking to Austin’s American Grill in Old Town Fort Collins? Perhaps, on warm, pleasant days, it’s the opportunity to people watch from the outdoor patio at the corner of West Mountain and North College avenues while enjoying its signature dishes. Warm skillet cornbread, savory Fat Tire beef cheese soup or the farm-to-table chipotle chicken salad always taste better while sitting outside, enjoying the breeze and sunshine. And the ice-cold brews from local breweries and distilleries, signature cocktails sweetened with fresh-squeezed fruit juice and irresistible desserts prepared fresh make cooling down easier on a hot summer’s day. “In my experience, the patio and its location has made it easy for us to get new guests,” reflects Mitch Bohls, general manager of this iconic location for eight years. Whatever pleasure customers seek, they enjoy it more on the patio at Austin’s American Grill. 2nd Place: Mainline, An Ale House, Fort Collins (970) 449-5601 www.mainlinefoco.com 3rd Place: The Moot House, Fort Collins (970) 226-2121 www.themoothouse.com

A Style Pick: Gib’s New York Bagels

various locations | www.gibsbagels.com If there’s a bagel or few in the house at Style—which there usually is for weekly meetings—it’s likely from Gib’s New York Bagels. With an assortment of flavors not only of bagels but cream cheese, the locally owned and operated business offers something for everyone. The bagels are always fresh and hot, but no matter which location you frequent (there are three in Fort Collins and one in Windsor), Gib’s employees welcome all customers with a smile and down-home feeling that makes every morning that much warmer.


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Best Health Club/Gym Miramont Lifestyle Fitness Centers

various locations www.miramontlifestyle.com In 1979, Cliff Buchholz set out to build community around comprehensive fitness and wellness programs. Since then, the Miramont Lifestyle Fitness Centers have grown to stand for community health and wellness, with facilities in three Fort Collins neighborhoods and one in Loveland’s Centerra. “We believe that everyone deserves a happy and healthy quality of life,” says Buchholz, owner/operator. Whether the objective is to get in shape for the next 10K or lose those pesky pounds from holiday over-indulgence, Miramont staff members make customers’ goals their priority. Trainers orient newcomers to state-of-the-art cardio and weight-training machines,

Best Spa Allura Skin, Laser & Wellness Clinic

2032 Lowe St., Fort Collins, Ste. 103 | 4450 Union St., Ste. 201, Johnstown/Loveland (970) 223-0193 | www.alluraclinic.com Allura Skin, Laser and Wellness Clinic clients learn firsthand that beauty is a natural extension of good health. Under the supervision of doctors, physician assistants, registered nurses and medical aestheticians, the spa helps clients unlock the secret to the latest medically based skin rejuvenation treatments coupled with body renewal using bioidentical hormones and diet consultation. Dr. Rebecca de la Torre introduced state-of-the-art medical spa services at Allura in 2008. Business has grown steadily and Allura now has a clinic serving the Johnstown/Loveland area as well as a clinic in Fort Collins. A testament to Allura’s healing philosophy, the company generously supports community causes such as Hope Lives!, Crossroads Safehouse, Respite Care and high schools. “We feel that we’ve been given something special here at Allura and we want to share that with the people that mean the most to us: our neighbors and our community,” says business manager Jackson Self. 2nd Place: Barcelona Clinical Spa & Salon Fort Collins & Greeley | www.barcelonasalon-spa.com 3rd Place: Santosha Spa Fort Collins | (970) 295-4547 | www.santoshaspa.com


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Discover the magic of Downtown this holiday season and support our local businesses. Downtown is home to over 250 retailers, restaurants, and specialty stores! For every $100 spent locally this holiday season, $45 remains in the community.

introduce free weights and resistance training, and encourage participation in group activities such as Crossfit, Yoga, Nia, SPINNING and more that combine fitness with friendship. “There truly is something for everyone at Miramont,” says a member of the Silver Sneakers fitness program at Miramont Central. “This program has given me renewed vitality. I actually love getting healthier.” 2nd Place: Fort Collins Club (970) 224-2582 | www.fortcollinsclub.net 3rd Place: Raintree Athletic Club (970) 490-1300 | www.raintreeathleticclub.com

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Best Salon Studio Be Salon

15 Old Town Square #131 & 2720 Council Tree Ave., Ste. 180, Fort Collins www.studiobesalon.com With its floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed brick, it’s impossible not to notice the beautiful, warm space Studio Be Salon in Old Town occupies. The cherry-on-top is the high-end services the local salon offers, including a color bar, eyebrow shaping and hair extensions. Complimentary hair treatment, scalp massage, steam towel, blowout (style) and product coaching comes with every haircut. Owners Ian and Beth Weber treat each client as a guest. “We make them part of our Studio Be family,” the Webers say. “We wish to create brand ambassadors who share our passion for great hair and extraordinary service. From the

Best Optical Eye Center of Northern Colorado

1725 E. Prospect Rd., Fort Collins | (970) 221-2222 | www.eyecenternoco.com Being big has its benefits. For the Eye Center of Northern Colorado—the largest eye clinic in Colorado—it means not only having the biggest optical selection in the region, but care and treatment patients may not find elsewhere close to home. It means patients can choose among 14—yes, 14—board-certified ophthalmologists and optometrists. It means patients don’t need to travel outside of the region for cataract surgery using the bladeless LenSx® Laser. It means they have access to comprehensive screening, vision evaluations, medical treatment for eye-related disorders, and surgical intervention for vision correction at the same office entrusted as the eye-care provider for Colorado State University and the LASIK provider for the Colorado Eagles. “We’ve been serving the Northern Colorado region and Wyoming for over 50 years,” says Patrick Rosen, marketing director. All of the Eye Center’s doctors live where they practice, so they are “quite vested in the community. They want to provide the best care and service possible.” 2nd Place: The Eyes Have It Fort Collins | (970) 407-0665 | theeyeshaveitfc.com 3rd Place: Edge Optics Fort Collins | (970) 682-2627 | www.edgeopticseyewear.com


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time (clients) walk through our doors, they sense our desire to fill them with the aspiration, urgency and energy to inspire their own personal potential. When they leave, they feel better about themselves inside and out. We go to great lengths to make sure their experience leaves a lasting impression.�

2nd Place: TEN Salon & Spa, Loveland (970) 669-4836 | www.tensalonandspa.com 3rd Place: Europa Colour Salon & Spa, Fort Collins (970) 407-8223 | www.eurospafc.com

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RETAIL Best Hardware Store Downtown Ace Hardware 215 S. College Ave., Fort Collins (970) 224-4437 www.acedowntown.com

Ask any Fort Collins do-it-yourselfer where to go for tools and parts and just about each one of them has the same answer: Downtown Ace Hardware. The winner of last year’s Best Hardware Store category, Downtown Ace aces it once again. Why? Simple: the staff is helpful, knowledgeable and pleasant. Customers are greeted with smiles and an immediate offer to help find whatever it is for which they are looking. Old-fashioned bins hold a wide assortment of nails, screws, fasteners and all sorts of thingamajigs.

Best Bike Shop Lee’s Cyclery

Fort Collins & Loveland locations | www.leescyclery.com Lee’s Cyclery has been perfecting customer service and helping to shape bike culture in Northern Colorado since 1963. Bicycle Retailer has recognized Archie Solsky, owner for more than three decades, as having one of the top 100 bicycle shops in the nation. Lee’s offers service and repair, along with staff who can help customers select the perfect bike—be it road, mountain, hybrid, commuter, cruiser, BMX or a child’s first bike. The Laurel Street location in downtown Fort Collins is a classic choice, but Lee’s also has locations on Harmony Road and in Loveland off of I-25 and U.S. 34. “I have been a customer since 1998, when my dad bought me my first bike,” says Kelsey Brown, of Kimball, Nebraska. “Lee’s has great customer service and has always taken care of my bikes. When calling other bike shops to search for a helmet for my husband, they were the only ones that were willing to take the time to find the correct one. I always go back.” 2nd Place: Peloton Cycles two Fort Collins locations | www.peloton-cycles.com 3rd Place: Road 34 Bike Shop Fort Collins | (970) 491-9934 | www.road34.com


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And popcorn. Don’t forget the freshly popped treat that makes every visit extra special. 2nd Place: The Home Depot, various locations www.homedepot.com 3rd Place: Jax Ranch & Home, Fort Collins (970) 484-2221 | www.jaxmercantile.com/stores

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RETAIL Best Women’s Boutique Cloz to Home

120 E. 4th St., Loveland (970) 203-9992 www.cloztohome.com It is no surprise Cloz to Home ranks as Northern Colorado’s favorite women’s boutique. With brands like Paige Premium Denim and Free People, and owner Penny Sperry’s emphasis on comfortable, fashionable clothing, Cloz to Home offers a wealth of choices. Penny’s daughter Anna Gutierrez has been working in the family business for six years. “Mom and I buy together. We know our customers well and bring in a diverse selection for them,” says Gutierrez. In addition to clothing, accessories abound at Cloz. “We felt it was important to have everything here for an entire

Best Sporting Goods Store Jax Outdoor Gear

Fort Collins, Loveland & Lafayette | www.jaxmercantile.com They did it again. Jax Outdoor Gear beat out the competition to maintain its title as Style Magazine’s Best Sporting Goods Store. With locations in Fort Collins, Loveland and Lafayette, it’s hard to find another store that has an inventory as wide and varied as Jax. Whether you’re looking for gear for camping or climbing; paddle sports or hunting; photography, hiking or yoga, Jax Outdoor Gear is the go-to mercantile for Northern Colorado’s outdoor enthusiasts. There is something for everyone, regardless of expertise. Two stores have archery ranges: the Lafayette location’s is outside and the Fort Collins store boasts a year-round indoor range that can accommodate up to 12 archers at a time. Saturday morning Children’s Leagues (Fort Collins store only) teach youngsters good technique and safe habits right from the get-go. 2nd Place: REI Fort Collins | (970) 223-0123 | www.rei.com 3rd Place: Dick’s Sporting Goods Loveland | (970) 461-9762 | dickssportinggoods.com


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outfit,” Gutierrez adds. Shoes, jewelry collections, handbags and even the specialty bra line, Coobie, means Cloz is a one-stop shop for the perfect outfit—as well as a little something for the home with its home décor choices. 2nd Place: Lady Gaia, Fort Collins | (970) 225-6371 www.ladygaia.net 3rd Place: Coast to Coast Styles, Windsor (970) 686-8920

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RETAIL Best Natural Grocery Store Sprouts Farmers Market

Fort Collins & Greeley | www.sprouts.com Walking into Sprouts Farmers Market is like walking into a 1950s mom-and-pop shop, where any negative attitudes are checked at the door and people know one another. From the bakery brimming with fresh-baked muffins and cookies to the sizable produce section and wide selection of kombuchas, Sprouts offers not only high-end items but affordable cooking staples. Founded in 2001 and boasting over 200 stores while maintaining that “back in time” atmosphere, Sprouts' mission has always been to provide healthy food at the lowest prices possible. Though the friendliness of staff says “old fashioned, its meats, bulk foods, Sprouts brand products, premium deli, fish/seafood, dairy case, frozen foods, beer/wine, vitamins/supplements and body care are modern-day goods fit for today’s savvy shopper. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, Sprouts is the ideal market for one-stop shopping.

2nd Place: Whole Foods Market Fort Collins | (970) 267-9200 | www.wholefoodsmarket.com 3rd Place: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Fort Collins | (970) 266-9919 | www.naturalgrocers.com

Liquor Store Wilbur’s Total Beverage

2201 S. College Ave., Fort Collins | (970) 226-8662 www.wilburstotalbeverage.com Whether it's party time, game time or time for an intimate evening over a bottle of fine wine, Wilbur’s Total Beverage is the go-to place for wine and spirits. Centrally located on College Avenue between Prospect and Drake roads, Wilbur’s has the largest selection of beverages for all occasions in Fort Collins. Expert staff steeped in the history, science and art of winemaking take the intimidation out of the selection process. Others on staff understand nuanced flavors of microbrews and help customers discover the beer bonanza in our own backyard. Father and son co-owners Dennis and Mat Dinsmore also stock a wide selection of nonalcoholic beverages not commonly available in supermarkets. Says shopper Glenn Blanc, “I come here for the wide selection of organic wines conveniently stocked together. I don’t have to search all over the store.” Like many loyal customers, he enjoys the weekly rewards available with the Wilbur’s Rewards card, “especially when the special is a tasty new organic!” 2nd Place: Pringle’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Collins | (970) 221-1717 | www.pringleswine.com 3rd Place: RJ’s Wine & Spirits Fort Collins | (970) 204-6792 | www.rjswineandspirits.com


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Best Vet Clinic CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital 300 W. Drake Rd., Fort Collins (970) 297-5000 csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/vth

If you bring your pet, livestock or even wild animal, such as a grizzly bear or lion, to the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital with questions about its health, you’ll likely leave with an answer. Most of its 70 faculty veterinarians are board-certified specialists, meaning they have expertise in fields such as orthopedics, neurology and ophthalmology—only for animals, of course. “It is unique to have this number and range of specialists under one roof, along with a large expert support staff, all dedicated to solving animal health problems,” says hospital director Dr. Timothy Hackett. The patients play a big role in educating third- and fourth-year veterinarian

Best Pet Boarding Camp Bow Wow

4103 S. Mason St., Fort Collins | (970) 266-9247 | www.campbowwow.com Most pet owners don’t just like their pets; they love their pets. The fast pace of life, unfortunately, gets in the way of spending time with them and sometimes a little extra help is needed. That’s where Camp Bow Wow steps in. As the premiere doggy daycare and overnight-camp destination, Camp Bow Wow offers round-the-clock care, individual training classes, pet sitting, dog walking, camp showers, grooming (for which it also was named Style’s “Best Of” for the second consecutive year) and obedience classes. According to manager Josh McClernon, overnight “campers” even get special “campfire” treats each night before lights out, when they are tucked into their own spacious cabins. “We are a locally owned franchise that has been established for over 10 years, so our roots run deep,” McClernon says. “We have proven to be the premium doggy daycare in town. We are one-stop shopping for everything dog.” 2nd Place: Happy Trails Pet Spa & Resort Loveland | (970) 663-7297 | www.happytrailspetspa.com 3rd Place: Lazy Dog Ranch & Dapper Dog Salon Cooperative Fort Collins | (970) 482-1103 | www.lazydogranch.com


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students who log medical histories, perform physical exams and administer vaccinations during well-care visits—all under the supervision of the professionals. Students also observe, especially in critical situations, and provide additional patient advocacy. “Many pet owners appreciate this extra TLC, interest and enthusiasm from students,” Dr. Hackett says.






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SERVICES Best Roofer Affordable Roofing

Fort Collins | (970) 207-0000 | www.affordableroofinginc.com Founded in 2005 by Troy Jennings, Affordable Roofing specializes in both residential and commercial roofing, and invites its customers to “experience the difference.” Jennings, a Longmont native, wanted a way to stand out amongst the competition. In 2008, Jennings sold half of the company to lifelong friend Jim Simpson. With solid backgrounds in the insurance industry, they have an understanding of the claims process that most roofing companies lack. Customers love them because they are able to get claims done more quickly. “We’ve made the process really easy,” Jennings says. “We take care of everything from start to finish. All they have to do is come up with deductible. We handle it all.”

2nd Place: Advanced Roofing Technologies Windsor | (970) 663-0203 | www.advancedroofingtech.com 3rd Place: Bob Behrends Roofing Greeley | (970) 395-0406 | www.bobbehrendsroofing.com

Lawn Care Lawn Doctor

Fort Collins | (970) 286-0565 | www.lawndoctor-fortcollins.com With 32 years of caring for lawns, trees and shrubs, Lawn Doctor owner Mike Verde also knows how to care for his customers. “It’s really the amount of service that we give,” he says. “We’re locally owned, we’re active in the community and we take pride in our work. We’ll give you excellent service and, if it isn’t excellent, we’ll make sure it is.” Verde and his locally trained, licensed, experienced staff are familiar with the unique challenges of caring for Fort Collins lawns and trees, such as the lack of nutrients in the soil, so nutrients need to be added for growth. And the Lawn Doctor staff is prepared for when the Emerald Ash Borer—an insect that entered the state via Boulder—comes to Fort Collins and attacks its ash trees. “We can treat it and save the tree,” he says. Lawn Doctor to the rescue!

2nd Place: Zak George Landscaping Fort Collins | (970) 221-9228 | zakgeorgelandscaping.com 3rd Place: Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care Fort Collins | (970) 221-1287 | myswingle.com


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Best Realtor The Group Inc. Real Estate

various locations | (800) 310-0618 | www.thegroupinc.com Here. … Here, here. … Here, here, HERE! No, that’s not your mother calling you. It’s the philosophy behind Northern Colorado’s top real estate company—The Group, Inc. Real Estate—that is responsible for its nearly 40 years in business: •

Its 220 partners/owners work here, spread out amongst six locations throughout Northern Colorado.

It makes its decisions—including those with affiliated partners Group Mortgage and Group Guaranteed Title—here.

And The Group partners spend their money, are active and volunteer in their communities, which are—you guessed it—right here.

Post a request for a Realtor referral on Facebook and, chances are, you’ll get multiple names of people who are The Group partners as well as friends, neighbors or family members of the person referring them. Everyone knows someone at The Group. If real estate is all about location, location, location, then The Group has the market on “here” cornered. 2nd Place: RE/MAX various locations | www.remax.com 3rd Place: C3 Real Estate Solutions various locations | www.c3realestatesolutions.com

Best Bank Wells Fargo

various locations | www.wellsfargo.com With numerous locations scattered throughout Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley, as well as multiple, conveniently placed ATMs, it’s easy to see why Wells Fargo Bank is a local favorite. It offers complete banking services, retail brokerage services, asset management, wealth management and original financial products for individual customers. Each banker on staff is a financial expert in treasury services, corporate and investment banking, and international banking for business customers. With credit and debit card products, trust services, auto dealer finance, mortgage banking and home equity lending, Wells Fargo is one-stop shopping for all banking needs. 2nd Place: Home State Bank various locations | www.homestatebank.com 3rd Place: Guaranty Bank & Trust various locations | www.guarantybankco.com


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Best Hotel Embassy Suites

4705 Clydesdale Pkwy., Loveland | (970) 593-6200 www.embassysuites3.hilton.com The popular hotel, conference center and spa in Loveland offers a charming getaway for short stays and extended vacations. Located in close proximity to the Interstate 25 and Crossroads Boulevard intersection and just a brief drive to the Budweiser Events Center, the Embassy Suites can accommodate all tastes from the simplistic to the sophisticated. Mostly known in the area for offering stellar galas, weddings and fundraising events, locals as well as visitors also recognize the hotel for its fine dining choices, amenities, and easy access to culture, shopping and events. Upgrading to the Presidential Suite allows guests to take in the most breathtaking mountain views in Northern Colorado and the luxury of a private jetted bathtub. Come for the event, stay for the experience, such as that offered at the hotel's Spa Botanica. Domestic pets are allowed within some guidelines and with a nonrefundable deposit. 2nd Place: Armstrong Hotel Fort Collins | (970) 484-3883 | www.thearmstronghotel.com 3rd Place: Hilton Fort Collins Fort Collins | (970) 482-2626 | www3.hilton.com

Best Financial Planner Layman Lewis Financial Group

5401 Stone Creek Circle, Suite 201, Loveland | (970) 669-1225 www.laymanlewis.com Layman Lewis Financial Group is in the dreams-do-come-true business. The family run business spans two generations of financial professionals with more than five decades of collective experience. Chuck Layman and his daughter, Alicia Lewis, are the dynamic duo behind the successful retirement planning firm. Based in Loveland, the company has been helping Northern Colorado residents and business owners plan for financially secure futures. Alicia’s husband, Josh Lewis, rounds out the team, which has seen impressive growth every year since 2005. Layman Lewis is unique in that it’s not part of a large corporation offering a rote menu of services and products; it customizes packages that will help realize clients’ dreams, which is what it’s all about for the organization.

2nd Place: Denise Martz (Investment Centers of America) Fort Collins | (970) 292-0115 | www.denisemartz.com 3rd Place: High Point Financial Group Fort Collins | (970) 266-1700 | www.highpointgrp.com


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The rest of the winners... Eating Out


Best Ethnic Cuisine

Best Auto Repair

Best Dry Cleaning Services

1- Taj Majal Restaurant, Fort Collins

1- JK’s Auto Care Center of the Rockies, Fort

1 - Burke Cleaners, various locations




2 - Star of India, Fort Collins


2 - Amy’s Green Dry Cleaning, various locations


2- Windsor Auto Repair, Windsor


3 - Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine, Fort Collins


3 - Foothills Cleaners, various locations


3- Nelsen’s Auto Tech Center, Fort Collins


Best Sushi


Best Daycare Services

Best Painting Services

1 - Spring Creek Country School, Fort Collins

1- M & E Painting, Loveland



2 - KinderCare, various locations


2- Mile High Coatings, Fort Collins


3- Sushi Zensai, Loveland



3- Horner Painting Inc., Fort Collins

3 - Bright Horizons, various Fort Collins locations

1- Suehiro Japanese Restaurant, Fort Collins

www.suehirofc.com 2- Mt. Fuji Japanese Restaurant, Fort Collins

Best BBQ 1- Nordy’s BBQ, Loveland




Best Home Remodeling

Health & Beauty

1- HighCraft Builders, Fort Collins

2- Serious Texas Bar-B-Q, Fort Collins & Loveland




3- Mo Jeaux’s Bar & Grill, Fort Collins


Best Burger 1- Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Fort Collins


2- Drennen Custom Contracting, Fort Collins 3- Ray’s Construction & Remodeling, Fort Collins

Best Plumbing Service

3- Aspen Wellness Center, Fort Collins

1- Allen Service, Fort Collins

www.allenservice.com 2- Rams Plumbing Inc., Fort Collins

3- Stuft A Burger Bar, Fort Collins



3- Snyder Plumbing, Fort Collins


Of note: Proving Fort Collins has no shortage of chiropractors and everyone has a favorite, the combined number of write-ins exceeded that of the top vote-getter by more than 5 percentage points.

Best Oil Change Services

1- Screamin’ Peach, Fort Collins

1- Jiffy Lube, various locations


2- Houska Automotive Services, Fort Collins

3- Chimney Park Bistro, Windsor



3- Grease Monkey, Fort Collins and Windsor



Best Waxing Studio


1- William Oliver’s Publick House, Fort Collins


(970) 227-1749

2- Sonny Lubick Steakhouse, Fort Collins

Best Neighborhood Bar




1- Jay’s Bistro & Jazz Lounge, Fort Collins

1- Chiropractic Wellness Center, Fort Collins 2- Peak Performance Chiropractic & Wellness, Fort Collins

2- Big Al’s Burgers & Dogs, Fort Collins

Best Fine Dining

Best Chiropractor

www.screaminpeach.com 2- Wax Factory, Fort Collins

www.thewaxfactory.net 3- Puttin’ On The Wax, Loveland & Greeley

(970) 461-3571 & (970) 330-5012


Best Tattoo Parlor

Best Car Wash/Detailer

1- Tribal Rites Tattoo & Piercing, Fort Collins

1- Casey’s Car Wash & Detail Center, Fort Collins

2- Mulligan’s Pub & Sports Club, Fort Collins



2- Firehouse Xpress Car Wash, Fort Collins

3- Pappy’s Corner Pub, Fort Collins



3- Carriage Corner Carwash, Fort Collins

www.tribalritestattoo.com 2- Millennium Gallery of Living Art, Fort Collins

www.tats4u.com 3- Convenant Tattoo, Fort Collins


(970) 226-6462


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Best Men’s Haircut & Shave 1- Floyd’s 99 Barbershop, Fort Collins

www.floydsbarbershop.com 2- Scissors and Sinners, Fort Collins

www.scissorsandsinners.com 3- Sammie’s Lucky 27 Barbershop & Private Social Club, Fort Collins

www.facebook.com/ Lucky27BarbershopSocialClub

Best Nail Salon 1- She She Nail & Wax Salon, Fort Collins

www.sheshelounge.com 2- Europa Colour Salon & Spa, Fort Collins


Retail Best Plant Nursery 1- Gulley Greenhouse & Garden Center, Fort Collins

www.gulleygreenhouse.com 2- Fort Collins Nursery, Fort Collins

Best Golf Course 1- Mariana Butte Golf Course, Loveland

www.cityofloveland.org 2- Pelican Lakes Golf Course, Windsor

www.watervalley.com 3- Collindale Golf Course, Fort Collins



Best Neighborhood

3- Bath Garden Center & Nursery, Fort Collins

1- Old Town Fort Collins



2- Highland Meadows, Windsor 3- Bucking Horse, Fort Collins

Dog Park

Best Outdoor Festival

1- Spring Canyon Dog Park, Fort Collins


1- Bohemian Nights at New West Fest, Fort Collins

2- Horsetooth Dog Park, Fort Collins

Best Massage


1- Massage Envy, Fort Collins


2- Colorado Brewer’s Festival, Downtown Fort Collins

2- Amara Massage Wellness & Therapy Center, Fort Collins

3- The Corn Roast Festival, Loveland

3– L.A. Nails, Fort Collins


www.downtownfortcollins.com www.loveland.org/TheCornRoastFestival/

3- Fusion Massage, Fort Collins



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3- Fossil Creek Dog Park, Fort Collins

Best Live Music Venue 1- The Mishawaka, Bellvue

www.themishawaka.com 2- Thunder Mountain Amphitheater, Loveland

www.thundermountainharley.com 3- Avogadro’s Number, Fort Collins


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CRESTED BUTTE A Magical Mountain Town

By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

Many Coloradans claim Crested Butte as their “favorite place in Colorado.� I heard this over and over again as I told people about my impending trip and I began to wonder if it would live up to the hype. Photo courtesy of Dave Kozlowski

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It most certainly did. I’d only been in Crested Butte for a couple of hours when a perfect stranger gave me a beautiful heirloom tomato. I was visiting in the days leading up to Vinotok, the town’s annual Harvest Festival. I’m not 100 percent sure whether giving fruit to strangers is a Vinotok tradition, but it certainly made me feel welcome in this authentic Colorado town. Crested Butte is located at the cusp where agricultural land meets rugged mountains. When not covered in snow, the scenery includes fields of cows and hay as well as majestic peaks. In this regard, Crested Butte oozes a purely Colorado vibe. I learned within hours of arriving that the town’s citizens are very nice. They have the sort of laid-back Western Colorado attitude that means they are never too hurried to make friends with a stranger.

Staying in Crested Butte Most people who visit Crested Butte, whether they plan to hike, fish or ski, stay in town for a couple of days. After all, the town is a 4 hour and 20 minute drive from Denver, assuming the weather is good. Grand Lodge, at Mount Crested Butte, is a ski-in/ ski-out property with oversized rooms; I could have held a dance party in mine. My room also featured one of the most comfortable hotel beds I’ve ever had the pleasuring of sleeping in. Many Grand Lodge rooms are mini-suites that include a kitchenette, which is extremely beneficial during an Style 2015

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extended stay. In town, I stayed for two nights at the Purple Mountain Bed and Breakfast. It is located within walking distance of downtown Crested Butte and it’s less than a block away from Rainbow Park and the open space that borders the town’s eastern edge. This bed and breakfast exudes Colorado mountain charm from the squeaky wooden floors to the uniquely shaped rooms. I stayed in the large Whetstone Room and had access to my own balcony. The breakfasts at Purple Mountain are homemade and often feature locally sourced food. If there’s no snow, guests can jump on Purple Mountain’s guest bikes and tool around town or even ride up to the resort if they don’t mind a little uphill workout. Just make sure you’re back in time for the afternoon beer tasting, a fun amenity for guests. Whether visitors stay in town or at the ski resort, they can use the free shuttle that runs year-round between Crested Butte and Mount Crested Butte. Check Mtnexp.org for the schedule.

Dining in Crested Butte Crested Butte has plenty of restaurants and, if you ask three different locals which is their favorite, you’re likely to get three different answers. For a fast, affordable meal, Teocalli Tamale cranks out creative and handmade burritos, tacos and tamales. Another reasonably priced food option can be found at The Guild Cafe. They serve up

freshly baked breads and delicious breakfast and lunch items. The pastrami egg sandwich is to die for. A stop at Montanya Distillers is a must while visiting Crested Butte. The distillery uses only four ingredients in their award winning rum: Colorado mountain water, yeast, sugar cane and a touch of Colorado honey. Located in the heart of downtown, its “rum bar” offers 22 rum cocktails, tapas-style dining, distillery tours, free tastings, live music and a patio. Got a craving for pizza? Locals and tourists both eat at Secret Stash. This place is super busy at any time of year, so be prepared for a wait. If watching the game is on the agenda, I’d recommend Talk of the Town. The place fills up with local Broncos fans at game time. It’s not really a place to take the kids; Talk of the Town is a genuine Colorado mountain town saloon. The Last Steep is the place to take the family. Two brothers from Kansas City, Missouri, opened the Last Steep in 2000. Today it is known for consistently good food and a fantastic bloody Mary bar.

Skiing in Crested Butte Crested Butte likes to refer to itself as “the last great Colorado ski town,” and one local told me that the beauty of town is that it doesn’t change. While many Coloradans like skiing Crested Butte because of the steep and challenging runs, newbies shouldn’t be afraid to ski here. Mount Crested


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Butte has a gentle learning area and the mountain is naturally divided into beginner and advanced skiing areas. The best part of skiing Crested Butte is that its remote location keeps lift lines short, meaning skiers spend more time in the powder when they visit this resort. Brand new this year, skiers can enjoy the glass walled Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks. Located midmountain, the bar has a 2,400 square-foot-deck, new restrooms and a new cook cabin.

Winter Events in Crested Butte Looking to incorporate a festive event into your Crested Butte visit? Several holiday festivals are taking place in December, starting with the Santa Ski on Dec. 12. Every year Crested Butte sets a new World Record for number of Santas skiing together. Last year, more than 765 Santa Claus-clad skiers traversed down the slope together. Guests can don a Santa suit and be part of the fun or simply watch the shenanigans slope side. Find more information at CBSantaCrawl.com. The Light Up Night holiday celebration takes place at Mount Crested Butte on the same weekend. Get into the spirit with s’more stations and the lighting of the tree in Mountaineer Square. Ring in the New Year in Crested Butte with a torchlight parade and fireworks. Later this winter, the 41st Al Johnson Memorial Uphill/Downhill Telemark Ski Race takes place in Crested Butte on March 22, 2016. The race celebrates Johnson, a mail carrier who traveled between mining communities in the Crested Butte area in the late 1800s. Today, around 200 skiers participate in this extreme race that starts near the top of Mt. Crested Butte, climbs 600 vertical feet and then plunges 1,200 feet through extreme terrain. Don’t want to race? Just come to Crested Butte for the party, as this is a festive weekend in town. No matter what brings you to Crested Butte, whether it’s your first or 15th visit, I guarantee the moment you leave you’ll want to come back. Crested Butte has a way of making avid fans out of everyone who visits this magical mountain town, including me.

Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer specializing in Colorado travel. She is the founder of HeidiTown.com, the place for Colorado festival and travel stories.


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W E S T E R N S TAT E S B U R N C E N T E R ( W S B C ) G O L F C L A S S I C September 17 :: Boomerang LInks Golf Course :: Greeley A great day of golf prevailed for 320 golfers, sponsors and volunteers at the 25th Annual Western States Burn Center (WSBC) Golf Classic hosted by NCMC Foundation. In what has become one of the region’s most popular golf outings, the event sold out weeks in advance for the sixth consecutive year. Players—many from the oil, gas and energy industries— rallied to hit the best shots during the fun, friendly day of play on the William Howard Neff-designed course and helped to raise over $72,000. In its 25-year history, this golf tournament has raised $956,000 in net proceeds for the WSBC. Photos courtesy of Juan Leal.

Jacob Rice, Cody Ball, Adam Prior, Craig Benner, Eric Emery, Coltan Berg, Gary Collins, Mike Bonkiewicz Team Noble Energy Teams 1 and 2

Casey Ruppel, Megan Barnes, Randy Farmer, Mac Miller Team Basic Energy Services

Nick Umholtz, Kirk Harrison, Mark Cook Team Spradley Barr Ford Lincoln of Greeley

CHILDSAFE'S BLACK & WHITE BASH September 26 :: Hilton :: Fort Collins From dining on a tantalizing black-and-white-themed menu to singing along with the Las Vegas-style Dueling Pianos Roadshow, guests at the Black & White Bash had a truly memorable night out. Fun-yet-elegant ambience twists added flair to the evening, with most of the 250 guests sporting black and white cocktail attire. The fundraiser netted $60,000 and will benefit ChildSafe, its programs to provide healing therapy for victims of child sexual abuse and non-offending family members, as well as to help prevent the cycle of abuse from carrying over into future generations. Photos courtesy of Novello Image.

Roger & Debbie Wedderburn

Heather & Grant Charlton


George Brown, Chuck Stroh, Elizabeth Elliott

Sue Coburn, Chester Watson, Sheri Jenson

Karen Rowan, Susie Ewing, Helen Gray, Brandee Eide, Amy Hoback

Kim Devenny, Katie Nichols

Bob Overbeck, Lisa Poppaw, Ross Cunniff

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H O P E F O R T O D AY B R E A K FA S T September 29 :: Timberline Church :: Fort Collins The Hope for Today Breakfast brought out more than 370 community members, sponsors and volunteers in show of support at the 7th annual event, hosted by the Alliance for Suicide Prevention (ASP). Several speakers gave personal testimony of losing family and friends to suicide and the help received from ASP community outreach programs. The event concluded with a live auction. The signature breakfast netted more than $27,000 for the ASP and its Hope for Today and RAPP outreach programs. ASP has provided resources and lifesaving tools to the community since 1989. Photos courtesy of Jerry

Kayleanne Murdock, Brenda Larson, Jason Taylor, Sabrina Steele, Arlene Sullivan, Arleen Brown

Back: Dave Debus, Travis Carlson, Erik Miller, Megan Severson. Front: Daniel Schmidt, Kathi Maas, Shannon Arthur.

Sullivan Photography.

Nick Morris, Patrick McMeekin, Jeramie Holt, Dan Klith

Ashlee Baumgart-Jones, Cindy DeGroot, Carrie Baumgart, Jay Warkgutin, Russel Chee

S AVA S O I R E E October 2 :: Embassy Suites :: Loveland More than 700 guests gathered to support the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) Center at the SAVA Soiree. Guests enjoyed cocktails, a silent auction, mystery bags and had a chance to win a trip to Puerto Vallarta. The evening also included highlights about SAVA’s services in Weld and Larimer counties, award presentations and keynote speaker Diane Woomer. The evening raised nearly $160,000 and will help to support SAVA’s sexual violence prevention education programs and provide resources for the youth in need in Northern Colorado. Photos courtesy of zebrajellyfish.com.

Dan Mackey, Tammy Mackey, Sue Rankin, Mike Rankin, Randy Greenfield, LindaSue Greenfield


Danielle Vigneaux, Ian Senesac, Molly Secher, Craig Secher, Jenny Harding, Todd Harding, Andres Gavaldon, Serena Robb, Dawn Eger

Tony Perea, Michael Rourke, Patrick Roche

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C E L E B R AT I N G W O M E N G A L A October 3 :: Union Colony Civic Center :: Greeley Six outstanding women were honored before 400 attending guests at the 22nd Annual Celebrating Women Gala event, presented by Friends of A Woman’s Place. The women were recognized for their leadership, Joe & Joan Tennessen, Jean Schober Morrell Janine Reid, Diana Laws, Mary Scheid, Susan Maree, Kristi Helzer, Sandy Bright philanthropy and unwavering 2015 Celebrating Women Honorees community involvement. This signature evening helped to raise $91,000 and will benefit A Women’s Place and their services to protect, assist, and empower victims and survivors of domestic abuse. In the last 22 years, more than 125 exceptional women have been recognized for their community service in Weld Thelma Bear Edgerton, Flo Mikkelson, Peggy Ford Waldo, Phil & Robin Brewer Tess Malumphy, Nancy Van Anne, Colleen County. Laurie Guthmann Callahan

T I M E T R AV E L E R S B A L L October 3 :: The Ranch-Larimer County Fairgrounds :: Loveland The threat of rain did not deter the spirits of 200 supporters, sponsors and polo enthusiasts who attended the second annual Neighbor to Neighbor Polo Championship. Guests donned "Pretty Woman" attire, and enjoyed champagne, auctions, a hat contest and the traditional divot stomping at half time. The match went into exciting overtime, and the winners were professional polo players who made up the team sponsored by The Group, Inc. Real Estate. The event raised $30,000 and will benefit Neighbor to Neighbor, its emergency housing programs, and its resident and youth services.

Rebecca Patoile, Dan Dennie, Rob Burke, Craig Russel

Shawn & Scott Charpentier


Sara Dudek, Steve Kuehneman

Back: Dexter Degre, Kelly McBartlett, Kyle Doak, Jason McCaskell. Front: Tara Doak, Emily Kalai, Timiry McCaskell

Heath Blanton, Michelle Sulek, Anita Kelly, Mike Kelly, Ray Martinez, Jamie Glick, Dave Armstrong

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E V E N I N G W I T H T H E S TA R S G A L A October 9 :: Embassy Suites :: Loveland In honor of its 35th anniversary, Crossroads Safehouse hosted a premiere gala event complete with a “purple carpet” experience. The nearly 500 community members and business leaders who attended were treated to an elegant night of old Hollywood glamour. In celebration of 35 years of healing, hope and new beginnings for survivors of domestic violence, it was a night of live music, auctions, and delicious food and drink. Proceeds raised from the evening will benefit Crossroads Safehouse and its services to help ensure those living with violence and abuse have a place to call home when home is no longer safe.

Tammy & Dan Mackey

Jill & Carl Glazer

Frank & Karen Ramierz

Donna Holmes, Woody Hodgdon

Tracy & Ron Young

Pat Tahan, Jeffery Glasser

Bruce Hollenbaugh, Leslie Paris, Jack Borret

C H I P P I N G F O R E C H A R I T I E S AWA R D S L U N C H E O N October 16 :: Fort Collins Country Club Fort Collins Sertomans, community members and guests showed their support as Fort Collins Sertoma Club presented checks totaling more than $67,000 to five local organizations serving youths. The proceeds were raised in August at the Chipping Fore Charities Golf Tournament presented by Fort Collins Sertoma Club in partnership with the ROMEO Club. This year’s youth-serving nonprofit recipients included the Namaqua Center, Front Range Exceptional Equestrians (F.R.E.E.), Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, North Fort Collins Business Association, Coats & Boots and Partners Mentoring Youth. Photos courtesy of Larry Abrahamson.

Dennis Baker, Heather Vesgaard, Ken Borrett


Dennis Baker, Craig Callan, Ken Borrett

Nancy & Larry Glass

LeAnn & Larry Abrahamson

Dennis Baker, Sara Phillips, Jeff Slota, Ken Borrett

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HOPE LIVES 15TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT GALA October 17:: Embassy Suites :: Loveland Nearly 500 guests enjoyed a celebratory evening at the signature Hope Lives! Gala. Butterflies graced the ballroom, setting the theme for the evening. Festivities included live jazz music during gourmet dining, auctions and the Women Caring for Women Project. The highlight of the evening was the inspirational fashion show featuring 15 breast-cancer survivors celebrating life. Four individuals accepted Champions of Hope awards for their unrelenting commitment and outstanding professional service to women diagnosed with breast cancer. The more than $190,000 raised will benefit the Hope Lives! The Lydia Dody Breast Cancer Support Center’s programs and services to support, strengthen, and empower those touched by breast cancer in Northern Colorado by providing free complementary care, guidance and education. Photos in part courtesy of Christina Gressianu Photographer and Petra Lansky, Fawntail Photography.

Dennis & Rosie Sinnett, Jen & John Sinnett

Miho Scott, Ellie Scott

Riley Nyenhuis, Michael Sheehan, Alex Tower, Tyler Manns, Zach Manns, Ryley Halma, Sean Thunquest

Ian & Katie Bone


Kimberly Orrell

Mike & Sara Rathmell, Tom & Bekah Behr, Pete & Kati Jacobson, Jeff & Meghan Pierce, Matt & Cristin Gauthier

RaQuelle & Travis Willey

Lydia Dody, Ann Stroh, Melissa Venable Ann Stroh, D.O.–2015 Champion of Hope Medical Honoree

Mia Girard

Suzanne Fries

Janet Tompkins, Alison Tompkins

Curt & Nancy Richardson

Lydia Dody, Irene Neff, Shanna Points, Melissa Runkle, Danielle Alton

Daughter Kadence with Tawnie Martinez

Julie Sather-Browne Women Caring for Women Project

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L LT P R E S E N T S J O H N F I E L D E R AT T H E R I A LT O October 18 :: Rialto Theatre :: Loveland Two hundred supporters of Legacy Land Trust (LLT) attended a photo extravaganza show by John Fielder, conservation advocate and Colorado’s noted landscape photographer. Fielder's presentation recognized the benefits of local conservation of both agriculture and natural lands, accompanied by his stunning photos celebrating Colorado’s Yampa River and 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park. The LLT fundraiser included a reception with the photographer, book sales and a book signing.

Craig Arfsten, Julie Slater, Sybil Praski

Stan Cass, Randy Morgan, Nancy West, Sarah Gostenik

Bruce & Lori Hottman, Bill Schenderlein, Lori Zabel

Suzie Barbour, Nancy Morgan

John Fielder, Jane Low

Nanci Erskine, Joanie Schneider

PHANTOM 5K October 31 :: Embassy Suites :: Loveland Nearly 600 runners— many in costumes— along with more than 150 dogs—many also in costumes—carved out some time Halloween morning to help raise funds for animal rescues in Northern Colorado. Hosted and founded by Embassy Suites, this 6thannual family event included a kids fun run, 25 vendor booths, costume contests, metal presentations for winners and the famous Bone-Chilling Breakfast. Proceeds from the spooktacular Phantom 5K event to benefit Animal House Rescue & Grooming, Denaki Animal Sanctuary and the Larimer Humane Society.


Pirates Jacob Robinson and Julie Pitts

Linda Fisher with Hayley and Gus

Owls Carla Barrett, Sean Barrett, Martha Barrett and baby Marabel and birdwatchers Cole & Lara Sprague

Justin Fetherolf with Pinot, Joanna Getherolf, Thorin Fetherolf with Bethany Runyon

Dalmatians Jaxon McDonald and Samantha McDonald holding Daisy with Caren McDonald as Cruella De Vil

Casey Bellinghausen holding Minne, Lanny Cameron with Zquila

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B O O K S O N TA P November 5 :: Windsong Estate Event Center :: Fort Collins A special evening of books and fundraising was enjoyed at the 4th annual Books On Tap hosted by Book Trust, a national nonprofit literacy organization founded in Fort Collins. Supporters and guests mingled and dined, participated in the Read-a-Thon of the featured book, “The Day the Crayons Came Home,” and heard a passionate testimonial from a student about how important Book Trust was to her. More than $95,000 was raised and will benefit Book Trust’s efforts to promote literacy and a love of reading among children, this year reaching a milestone of putting more than 4.3 million books in the hands of children from low-income families since its inception in 2001.

Mary Pat McCurdie

Lauren Boone

David & Cara Doyle

Jill Schatz with Adrienne Schatz, Book Trust Founder

Tommi Sue Cox, Brian Fastabend, Sofia Michelle Fastabend, Oscar Fastabend, Chaz Fastabend Sophia was the student speaker at Books on Tap

Sam Smeak, Kim Smeak, Amy Friedman, Diego Rago

MCKEE PRESENTS...HAPPENS IN VEGAS...SAVES HEARTS IN LOVELAND November 14 :: Embassy Suites :: Loveland A spectacular array of Las Vegas talent entertained nearly 400 business owners, physicians, community leaders and McKee Foundation supporters at this year’s gala presented by The Friends of the Hospital. Guests enjoyed hit performances by “Frank Sinatra,” “Marilyn Monroe,” “Elvis” and Vegas showgirls. Topping off the evening were auctions, casino gaming and dancing. The 2015 McKee Foundation Philanthropy Award was presented to Marge Schafer for her service to the Loveland community with health-care programs and promoting nursing scholarships at McKee. More than $147,000 was raised to benefit the Heart Safe Community Initiative to increase the availability

Sarah Garhart and Shane Rowan along with Katrina and Jason Hatch pose with Las Vegas Showgirl, Elvis and Marilyn actors

of automated external defibrillators and educating community members on how to administer CPR. Photos courtesy of NLight Photography.

Wendy Sparks, John Sparks


Carol Rehme, Norm Rehme

Carol & Doug Donohue

Marge Schafer, Don Schafer Marge Schafer–2015 McKee Philanthropy Award recipient

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