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PUBLISHER/MANAGING EDITOR Lydia Dody lydia@stylemedia.com CREATIVE DIRECTOR Scott Prosser scott@stylemedia.com SENIOR DESIGNER Lisa Gould lisa@stylemedia.com 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 CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Eliott Foust, W.E. Foust Photography Petra Lansky, Fawntail Photography Rob Pentico, Pentico Photography CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Malini Bartels, Kyle Eustice, Angeline Grenz, Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, Kay Rios, Brad Shannon, Elissa J. Tivona, Michelle Venus AFFILIATIONS Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Loveland Chamber of Commerce Greeley Chamber of Commerce 2016 STYLE MAGAZINES January-NOCO Wellness February-Style March-NOCO Wellness April-Style May-Style June-Style July-NOCO Wellness August-Style September-Women’s Health & Breast Cancer Style October-NOCO Wellness November-Holiday Style December-Best Of & Winter Activities Style Style Media and Design, Inc. magazines are free monthly publications directmailed 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) 226-6400, ext. 208. Fax (970) 2266427. Email ina@stylemedia.com. ©2016 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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I wanted to let you know just how much I love Lydia’s Style magazine. I enjoy learning about interesting local issues and events. The pictures of people at Northern Colorado events personalize the events and bring them to life for the public. The times that Loveland Opera Theatre has had events listed in your magazine, I have been pleased with the professionalism of the staff and the outcome of the article and pictures. In a world of big business and commercialism, Lydia’s Style magazine makes the residents of Northern Colorado feel important and regarded. This is priceless and I thank all of you at your magazine for your fine work. Dr. Juliana Bishop Hoch Loveland Opera Theatre Executive and Artistic Director


When I received the July 2016 Wellness issue, I was immediately charmed. The cover was bright and inviting, giving the feeling of summer fun, making it easily recognizable in a stack of other magazines. It also had a really interesting matte finish texture that stood out as well. I do enjoy the hard copy version of magazines because they have a tangible quality that electronic magazines lack. Overall, I was impressed with the design layout of this issue and the relevant engaging topics that were covered. Packed with well-rounded positive information, and exciting stories that make a difference to locals like myself. Wellness is such an important matter to address, and you’ve given individual readers options for local resources to find healthy outlets they can enjoy this summer in our community. I’m

always pleasantly surprised by the gems in every issue. Sarah Imhoff, Hixon Interiors BIG THANKS!

Thank you kindly for going the extra mile with Seniors Helping Seniors creative ad design. Thank you, Linda Gabel Seniors Helping Seniors, Larimer County


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The Dynamics of Transformation


Women Take the Wheel


Redefining Success


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14 Style Files

No Shame: Removing the 68 Health Stigma of Addiction

Spotlight & Garden 16 Business Grimaldi's Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria Year-Round Outdoor Cooking Options 72 Home Personality 18 NOCO Cathy Morrison: 74 Cooking Make Like A Pro Combining Passion and Purpose

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Zonta Club of Fort Collins 22 Legacy Foundation

38 Party Planning 48 Business LinkedIn For Your Business Celebrations

Alicia Lewis at the Top 63 Awards in the Financial Industry

64 Beauty Chisel the Chin 10

76 Travel New Stories in Old Leadville departments

6 From Our Readers 12 Publisher's Letter 78 About Town

Celebrating Community Heroes Tee Off for Kids Med Evac Golf Tournament PS-S Donor Appreciation Bike MS Colorado BGCLC Birthday Bash JLFC Garden Tour



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When I moved to Fort Collins in 1966 to open my first retail store there were not any women entrepreneurs I knew that I could look to as mentors. Since then, times have dramatically changed. Women business owners are a growing force in our Northern Colorado economy and I admire and applaud their focus, courage, and creativity! Be sure you read about thirteen successful entrepreneurs in “Redefining Success” who have stepped out and courageously took the challenge to make their


dreams a reality. The personal stories they share will inspire you; you’ll admire their tenacity, creativity, and commitment. Some of the women started their working career in traditional jobs and over time developed a drive and passion for doing something on their own while others knew just what they wanted to do from a young age. Watch for this interesting Style magazine exclusive feature continuing in our September issue. In recent years women have successfully penetrated the male dominated automotive industry. Read about four bright, hard-working women who skillfully lead their teams of male employees in “Women Take the Wheel.” This fall issue has always been one of my favorites since we celebrate working- women professionals. Be sure you take a close look at the Who’s Who section to appreciate some of the interesting and varied women professionals in our region. I encourage you to patronize the women in this issue and contribute to the overall health of our economy by keeping your spending for products and services right here in our region. Supporting our local economy helps to preserve jobs and ensure the quality of life we all enjoy. Another talented women featured in our issue is a delightful artistic children’s book illustrator. Enjoy reading “Cathy Morrison: Combining Passion and Purpose,” to get a peek at a local artist who makes the critters of nature come alive on the pages of colorful story books. A few months ago Patti Smith visited me with the unexpected news that I had been selected to be one of the first 24 women to be part of the “Notable Women of Fort Collins Honored in Art in Public Places.” Read about this Zonta Club of Fort Collins Foundation project which will be a permanent exhibit featuring women who

have been visionaries of change. Thank you Zonta Club for this prestigious honor!. I am humbled to be in the company of these outstanding women who, in many cases, have been my role models. I hope you enjoy the rest of the fun and informative articles in this August Style issue. From “Party Planning” and “Year-Round Outdoor Cooking Options” to “LinkedIn For Your Business” and “Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria” and much more! You probably noticed our fun cover for this issue. It is a whimsical nostalgic cartoon depiction of Woman – strong, brave, and tenacious. We hope it put a smile on your face!! This past year we have continued to focus on refreshing and fine-tuning our magazine covers and interior design to ensure the magazines are appealing, compelling and fun. Our article topics continue to revolve around and be relevant to Northern Colorado but we always enjoy feedback and topic ideas from our readers. These are your magazines and we want to continue to be the voice of Northern Colorado. Continue sending us your comments and suggestions. We love hearing from you! As you probably know, my non-profit passion is Hope Lives! which provides free services for women diagnosed with breast cancer in Northern Colorado. Their annual Celebrating Life in the Pink Gala is coming up October 29th at the Embassy Suites. Be sure to Save the Date for this fun and inspiring event! We hope you enjoy our August issue and don’t forget to stop by our website, stylemagazinecolorado.com and like us on our Facebook page. Enjoy the beauty of our summer as we move into fall. lydia@stylemedia.com


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files Get Your Wine On Estes Park Wine Festival

Front Range Wine Festival

The 2nd Annual Estes Park Wine Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14, 2016. The festival takes place at Bond Park in Downtown Estes Park and features over 20 Colorado wineries. Tickets to the festival are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate. Two-day passes are available for $50. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and there is a free shuttle from the fairgrounds or around town. Attendees can sample wines, bring a picnic, and purchase a bottle to take home or enjoy at the festival. Food vendors will also be available, along with live music. Designated driver tickets are available for $10. Please be aware, pets and children are not allowed at the festival. Attendees must be 21 years and older. For more information, please visit www. estesparkwinefestival.com.

The 5th Annual Front Range Wine Festival takes place on Saturday, August 20, at Main Park (300 Locust St.) in Windsor. The annual festival features over 30 Colorado Wineries from along the Front Range, Denver and the Western Slope, along with food vendors, live music, and retail vendors. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the event. Attendees can enjoy complimentary samples of wines, with glasses and bottles available for purchase. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and enjoy the wine, food and music at the event. You can also pack in a picnic! Live music includes: Dixie Leadfoot & The Chrome Struts, Panda’s and People, and the Sean Curtis Band. Designated driver tickets are available for $10. Please be aware, pets and children are not allowed at the festival. Attendees must be 21 years and older. For more information, please visit www.frontrangewinefestival.com.

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest

Check Out Sculpture in the Park

Bohemian Nights shares the gift of live Colorado music with the Northern Colorado community through year-round programming. Bohemian Nights showcases new, emerging, and established Colorado artists; reveals Fort Collins as a music city; and shares the gift of live music with the community. Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day music festival held each August in historic downtown Fort Collins. The 2016 festival will take place Aug. 12, 13 and 14. The family event will have 7 stages of music and entertainment along with food and specialty booths and a special kids area including a Kids’ Music Adventure, an interactive kids music section and Kids’ World, complete with carnival, games and more. For more information, visit www.bohemiannights.org.

Loveland’s Sculpture in the Park event returns on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 12, 13 and 14. The show and sale is celebrating its 33rd year at the Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland. Visitors can view over 2,000 pieces of sculpture by 160 juried artists over the weekend, with the pieces available for purchase. Patrons of the event can purchase tickets at the gate on Saturday and Sunday. Adult tickets are $7; children 14 and under are admitted free. The event goes from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Friday features a Patron Party from 3 to 8 p.m. Patron tickets to Friday's party are $75/each. Sculpture in the Park is the largest outdoor juried sculpture show in the United States. For more information, visit www.sculptureinthepark.org.



Leadership Summit Join thousands of people committed to becoming better leaders in 2016 at The Global Leadership Summit on Thursday and Friday, August 11 and 12. The annual two-day event will be broadcast live from the Willow Creek Association (WCA) campus outside of Chicago to hundreds of locations across the U.S., including Crossroads Church in Loveland. WCA is an organization designed to help train and support pastors and leaders through leadership experiences and resources. The summit includes music, drama, video and dance, and aims to help leaders hone their skills and increase productivity, teamwork, and workplace satisfaction. Presenters include Melinda Gates, with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Alan Mulally, former president and CEO of The Ford Motor Company, and many more respected national and global leaders. Topics include: Building Cultures That Value Efficiency, Navigating Effectively Through Cultural Differences, Virtues That Accelerate Teamwork and more. Individual and team pricing is available. Visit www.willowcreek.com for more information or to purchase tickets.

Break Out the Kilt Embrace your Highland roots at the annual Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival in Estes Park on September 8 through 11. This year, the much-loved annual Scots Festival is celebrating 40 years with even more fun, entertainment, and performances. Watch the Highland and Irish dances, listen to folk music and pipe bands, watch strong man and jousting competitions—the fun abounds! One highlight is the Tattoo Estes performances—featuring some of the best military bands in the country. The festival will be held at the Events Center Complex and Fairgrounds Arena. Day passes start at $35/per person for adults. Visit www.scotfest.com to purchase tickets. STYLE 2016

Get in Touch with the Stars View the annual Perseid meteor shower with fellow stargazers on Friday, August 12 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Perseid is one of the brighter meteor showers of the year. See more than 50 meteors per hour during this peak time. Volunteers from the Colorado Astronomical Society will provide telescopes and educate amateur astronomers about the stars, planets and galaxies visible. Visitors should meet at the parking lot at Fossil Creek Reservoir for the Skygazing event. Dress warm and bring a blanket or chair. The event is free and interested persons can sign up at www.naturetracker.fcgov.com.



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Walking into Grimaldi’s at the recently renovated Foothills Mall, you’re struck by authentic Italia permeating the atmosphere. With its wine bottle chandeliers, red and white checkered table cloths, and black and white photos of New York City, Grimaldi’s offers a touch of sophistication coupled with incredible pizza and top-notch service. President Eric Greenwald and his partner Joe Zeoli were fraternity brothers at Arizona State University. Since that time, Greenwald


WORDS OF WISDOM Grimaldi’s is credited for being the first pizzeria in the United States and over the past 14 years, Greenwald has learned a lot about how to run a business successfully. “It’s not one big thing,” he says. “The restaurant is made up of a million little things you have to make sure are perfect. Everything from seeing a smiling face when you walk in the door, a server that exceeds your expectations, food quality, the way it’s presented, clean bathrooms, timing—there are so many little things that can go wrong. You have to be on top of every single one of those little things. “I think culture is most important,” he adds. “We believe everything is based around people, product and service. It’s about walking your talk. We have been lucky enough to have good mentors, who knew things we didn’t know. We’ve learned from their mistakes and continue to grow. Excellent leadership is key.”

was working at another restaurant chain in Scottsdale, but Zeoli had moved back to his hometown of New York City. His family had acquired the original Grimaldi’s under the Brooklyn Bridge, which had become a landmark known for its delicious Italian cuisine. “Joe learned the art of pizza making from his father,” Greenwald explains. “Long story short—he called me up one day in 2002 and asked what I was doing that weekend. I said, ‘I’m working.’ He said, ‘No you’re not. You’re coming back to New York because I know what we’re going to do for the rest of our lives.’” That was all it took. As a kid, Greenwald had been to the infamous Grimaldi’s located under the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s one of the biggest pizzerias in the United States, so he quickly packed up and headed to New York to try it out for a week. “At the end of working there, he asked me what I thought,” he says. “I told him I worked all week and burnt my hand on the oven. That was about it [laughs]. He assured me we were going to introduce Grimaldi’s to the world.” That was in 2002 and one short year later, they opened up their first location in Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. Thirteen years later, they have just opened the doors to their 46th location. “We are crawling through thick mud and barbwire with what the world is throwing at us, but so far, so great,” he says. “It’s been a heck of a ride. We’ve had a lot of fun and helped a lot of people. We’re still having fun. That’s all we care about—taking care of people and giving everybody a slice of Grimaldi’s.”


Hanging on the wall of the Fort Collins location is a sign that explains Grimaldi’s key ingredients—“people, products, and service.” Greenwald prides his business on delivering the best possible dining experience. Patrons are always impressed with Grimaldi’s aesthetics, impeccable service and surprisingly classy feel. “I love when people haven’t been to one of our restaurants,” Greenwald says. “They always say it’s not what they expected. I hear that all the time. It’s really cool ambience. It’s upscale. When most people think of pizza, they think of a local joint pizzeria. We still have that local, family feel, but it’s more upscale.” With photos of the Rat Pack hanging on the walls, Frank Sinatra playing in the STYLE 2016

background and a 24-and-a-half ton oven as the star of the show, it’s atypical of traditional pizza places. “We build the oven brick by brick,” he explains. “We have our bricklayers who do it. It’s 10 feet by 8 feet. We burn coal in the oven, which is the way pizza was originally made. Back in the day, they didn’t have gas ovens. They burnt coal or wood. We have been EPA tested and people are surprised to learn it’s one of the cleanest burning fuels.”



“We always say, it’s the pizza that made the Brooklyn Bridge famous,” Greenwald says. “That’s kind of our tag line, but really our claim to fame and what we’ve always been known for is our pizza.” Grimaldi’s has won countless awards, been featured on an episode of Law & Order, and was even a question on Jeopardy, but it’s the family friendly environment Greenwald is most proud of when it comes to Grimaldi’s accomplishments. “Our second most popular award is best kid friendly or most family friendly restaurant,” he says. “That means a lot. We all have families. If you think about who really dictates where you go out to eat, 90 percent of the time, it’s your kids.”


In addition to a full bar, Grimaldi’s menu consists of pizzas (including gluten-free crust options), salads, calzones, antipasto, bruschetta, and desserts. “The great thing about Grimaldi’s is that you can get your pizza however you want it,” he says. “The Don is one of the best, as well as straight pepperoni. A lot of items at Grimaldi’s is proprietary. We make our own cheese, so the mozzarella can only be gotten at Grimaldi’s. A lot of the times, we buy or source so much from some of our purveyors that they only sell to us. It really is a one-of-a-kind place.”


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Cathy Morrison: Combining Passion and Purpose By Elissa J. Tivona

These are the diggers with tunnels so deep, Making soft burrows where prairie pups sleep… … so goes "The Prairie that Nature Built," the lyrical and beautifully illustrated picture book offered by Dawn Publications. Dawn specializes in creative nonfiction, dedicated to connecting children and nature, and is one of the book publishing houses that feature the work of gifted Northern Colorado illustrator, Cathy Morrison.

“Many of us remember playing outside until our folks called us home for dinner,” says Morrison, the artist who brings to life the diggers, the fragile insects, and all the other critters that worm and squirm through this lovely book. But, she expresses concern. “More and more kids lives have moved indoors. I hope these illustrated stories will peak kids’ interest in nature and draw them outdoors. Children are hard wired to need nature.” Cathy’s desire to arouse environmental STYLE 2016

curiosity in the next generation of scientists, educators, inventors and artists is a central motivation for this enterprising freelancer. Her other great motivator: becoming a grandmother. In fact, grandparenting and parenting were major influences on Morrison’s career. Early on, after she graduated from East Texas State University, Cathy’s talent for drawing was discovered by Tom Young, co-owner of animation studio K&H Productions in Dallas, Texas. Young hired her to work as an in-betweener, artists who created the drawings between key frames, which helped generate the illusion of motion in the days before computergenerated animation. Eventually, encouraged by the studio’s art director, Cathy began freelancing on the side, which led to relocating to Denver and opening her own graphic design and illustration studio. Says Morrison, “It wasn’t until I had my second child that I scaled back…and began working from home. This was when I really discovered and focused on children’s books. I felt passionately that this was what I wanted to do. I love it as much today, maybe even more, as when I first began.”

She discusses the course of her career, “I now illustrate creative nonfiction picture books that revolve around nature, science and the environment. These books read as fiction, but the stories are based on facts…. There is nothing as astonishing as real life. Nonfiction can sometimes turn a reluctant reader into an enthusiastic one.” Another factor contributing to the market success of these books is that publishers include activities on the website that align with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Schoolteachers can easily adapt the books for classrooms and use back matter, reference material following the stories, to encourage further exploration of the topic. “A lot of kids today have limited opportunities to connect with nature. Reading books is just one way to help kids explore and understand complicated concepts,” she says. Cathy provides a useful example of treatment of scientific concepts using Martha Sullivan’s book, "Pitter and Patter." Children follow two rain droplets: Pitter hits an oak leaf, drips into a stream, flows through the valley to a river. Patter lands in a meadow, percolating through the soil into




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an underground cave’s stream. Eventually they reunite in the sea and evaporate back into the cloud where they began. Four pages of back matter explain the water cycle in more detail. “The water cycle was such a complex concept for me as a kid. When I started illustrating Martha’s story I got these ah-ha moments as it all came together. Hopefully today’s kids will get the same sense of enlightenment.” Cathy also offers helpful insight for aspiring children’s book illustrators. Naturally, she encourages newcomers to develop an online presence—maybe a blog, website or Pinterest. She says, “Find what works for you. Be objective about your art and create a look that fills a niche in the children’s market. Just as everybody has a different style of illustration, you’ll develop your own way to find work…persistence and patience are keys. For every job I’ve gotten, I’ve received multiple rejections.” She advises that illustrators keep seeking new sources for inspiration. For Cathy that means going out in nature; Cathy’s latest passion is the new science of biomimicry, which applies nature’s best designs and processes to solve human problems. Morrison enthusiastically digresses about biomimicry innovations she stumbled on while researching illustrations for an upcoming book. “Velcro can be found on everything these days from astronaut suits to kid’s shoes. That sticky material was originally inspired by plant burrs sticking on dog hair. Color displays for e-readers were inspired by butterfly wings … based on the way STYLEMAGAZINECOLORADO.COM

butterfly wings gleam in bright light.” Cathy returns to discussing her work, “I love researching these books. I learn something new every day. Every manuscript I get is different and that keeps my ideas fresh. I try to make each book have its own unique look.” Also, because working as an artist from home can sometimes be isolating, she advocates getting into the community. This summer, community service for Cathy means volunteering at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. She played an active role helping the museum create “Story Time in the Dome.” “The kids will begin as a group creating a craft/art project related to the story. Then we’ll all go upstairs to the digital dome for story time. The book will be displayed on the large screen and there will be a live narrator to read to the kids. It will be interactive and we can discuss the story as we go along.” Happily for Morrison, "The Prairie That Nature Built" was selected to kick off the program. The whole staff is excited to see the critters worming and squirming across the 35-foot diameter dome screen. Cathy grins, “This takes a picture book to a whole new experience, and I think the kids will love it.” Elissa J. Tivona is a busy journalist and academic. She has had the great privilege to travel internationally to present her work in peace and conflict studies but is always grateful to return home to beautiful Northern Colorado where she lives, writes, and teaches at CSU. STYLE 2016





The Zonta Club of Fort Collins Foundation has been approved to create an art-inpublic places exhibit recognizing notable women in an Art-in-Public Places exhibit, as a part of the Fort Collins Old Town renovation project. The Women’s Art in Public Places exhibit will recognize and celebrate women with ties to the city of Fort Collins who followed their life passions in life and created a community legacy that contributed to the fabric of the community, says Patti Smith, Zonta Project Chair. “When we started looking at this as a project, we felt there were a lot of women and girls who have a dream about something but may not know how to get started. The women who have been selected didn’t start out thinking about creating a legacy. They just followed their passion by overcoming obstacles with courage and grace and by leading by example.” They were role models who showed their devotion in service within the community and opened new frontiers for women and society at large


as visionaries of change. “The hope is that this will inspire other women and girls to follow their heart passions,” Smith says. The art exhibit will recognize 48 women in a permanent display in Old Town Fort Collins beginning in spring of 2017. Portraits of each woman will be created as 4-8 color woodcut prints by local artist Rachael Davis and then digitally printed onto graffiti protected laminate panels. The woodcut process is described as a six color reduction relief where as a portion of the woodblock is cut away, it reveals the next shape and section of color. It is a Japanese woodcut reduction process that is time intensive and creates unique fine art prints. Through a special arrangement with CooperSmith Pub & Brewing, the windows on the northside of the Poolside will house the display. The permanent exhibit will feature four portraits on each of the six windows. Portraits will be rotated in and out of the exhibit showing 24 women at a time. This collection will also be used as a mobile

gallery as it is incorporated into an educational piece that will travel to museums and classrooms around Colorado. The idea came from a trip to downtown Denver where Smith saw an overhead mosaic tile exhibit featuring the faces of 40 men and women who contributed to the state of Colorado. She shared the idea with several people in Fort Collins and found her excitement was contagious. The Zonta Club took on the project and found support in the Downtown Development Authority, the Fort Collins Historic Preservation Society, Poudre School District (PSD), and Colorado State University (CSU) Women’s Studies. And there’s more, Smith says. “Front Range Community College Larimer Campus has agreed to donate the print making space to create the portraits and the Colorado Welcome Center will help introduce the exhibit. The accomplishments of these women will be presented in written form, and toward the end of 2017, audio STYLEMAGAZINECOLORADO.COM

Individuals present at June 4, 2016 Her Legacy: Women of Fort Collins High Tea Recognition event held at the Avery House gardens. Front row: Left to right Notable women: Jerri Schmitz, Brownie McGraw, Susan Kirkpatrick, Blanche Hughes, Ph.D., Sandra Eddy for Gladys S. Eddy, Lydia Dody and Betty Aragon-Mitotes. Back row left to right: Heather Bonnema, Planning Committee; Rachael Davis (Artist), Kirsten Johnson, Planning committee, Notable women: Stu Tobet for Joan King, Ph.D., Guadalupe Salazar, Ph.D., Sister Mary Alice Murphy, Diana Wall, Ph.D., Vicky Loran for Ann Azari, Janet Gray for Nancy Gray, Denise Burson Freestone, Sue Ferguson, Patti Smith and Stacey Jensen, both Planning Committee members.

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interviews will also be posted on the Zonta Chapter’s website (www.HerLegacyZontaFC.com) Additionally, through a partnership with PSD, discussion is underway to include the history of the selected women in curriculum for 2nd, 4th, middle and high school history classes and, in the art classes, to provide a means for students to learn about the artistic process for creating the portraits. The first 24 women have been chosen and are featured on the website. Nominations for the next 24 will be accepted through OCT 15th. Please email pas843@comcast. net for a nomination form. Criteria for selection are based on three factors. The first is that the woman demonstrated she was a visionary for change by following her heart’s passion. Second, she served as a role model for all girls and women and, third, she made a difference by demonstrating commitment, courage, and resilience. The Zonta Club of Fort Collins was chartered in 1997 and is a member of Zonta International, a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta International is a global organization of over 30,000 members in 67 countries. The mission of the club is to: • Provide service at the global and local level; •

Improve the legal, political, economic, health, educational and professional status of women through service and advocacy;

Work for the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of executives in business and the professions;

Promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms;

Be united internationally to foster high ethical standards, implement service programs, and provide mutual support and fellowship for members who serve their communities, their nations and the world.

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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.alpinelandscaping.com.

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The music district sister buildings early 1900's. Photo courtesy of The Music District.

The music district before construction, fall 2014. Photo courtesy of The Music District.

The music district sister buildings. Photo courtesy of The Music District.



Rendering from above courtesy Davis Davis Architects.

The Dynamics of Transformation By Malini Bartels

If you build it, they will come… and make music together. Imagine a place where creative types thrive and collide with the common thread of music. Where individuals from all curves of the globe can come together, create, share and advance the greater community. It’s quietly happening right here in our town. Opening September 2016, The Music District LLC is a Fort Collins music hub designed for musicians, music-related businesses and nonprofits. Essentially, a musical playground for the novice or pro, The Music District is a place where people can hone their craft, learn the industry, connect with community and share their passion for music. Located at 619 to 639 South College Avenue, the Music District is a five-building, 57,000 square foot campus with communal areas, music industry co-working, rehearsal, incubator and retail space. It is also the future home of KRFC 88.9 FM community powered radio station and will additionally include spaces for short-term music residencies. The Purpose The Music District will connect Fort Collins to regional, national and international music communities through collaboration and STYLE 2016

partnerships; offering free and fee-based programming for the public and music enthusiasts. Jesse Elliott, long time arts advocate and musician will serve as the Music District’s executive director. Elliott previously acted as a consultant for the Music District through Range Music Ecosystems, a company that he co-founded. “Really, we hope the music community will impact the District, just as much as the other way around,” says Elliott with optimism. “There's already so much great creative energy in Fort Collins - we just want to serve as a collecting point for all that's already going on.” According to the music veteran, every town should have a music hub. “Music is great. It makes people better on an individual level, and communities better on that level too. We're hoping we can help Fort Collins prove that bigger point; that music means jobs and inspiration and civic fabric and personal fulfillment and everything in between.” Artists can prepare pieces that are ready for recording, but won’t find a recording studio on site. With so many state-of-the-art locally owned recording studios in the area that

musicians can patronize, Elliott chooses to focus efforts elsewhere. This gathering center and living laboratory is a pioneering endeavor; it will continuously evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of the Northern Colorado landscape and the wider music world. The Buildings There is an interesting history behind each of the five buildings in The Music District campus, now adorning affectionate names describing each one. *The Sisters The most prominent of all, these conjoined east-facing buildings are visible from College Avenue and are the focal point of The Music District. According to Bohemian Foundation sources, north sister was home to Sigma Kappa sorority and the south sister was home to Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, which is who put on the south addition in 1930. Both houses were originally single family homes that had grand staircases to the upstairs in the middle of the home when you walked in the front


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door, fairly typical of the time in the more prestigious houses, with the north sister built in 1910 and the south sister some time just before that. Upscale clothing store, The Garment District was also housed in this building for some time. *Little Brother 621 South College was originally a single family home built in 1926. There had been another home very similar to it at 619 S. College which was razed in the 1970’s to make way for the “Marty Faulk building,” which is the building currently being renovated at 619 S. College. The Little Brother was home to an upscale clothing store called “The Shop,” later “Tonsorial Art” and eventually “Narghile Nights Hookah Bar.” It was also a sorority house at one time. *Carriage House The Carriage House was literally just that to what was 633 South College or the north sister. It was the garage behind the building which later had the double doors removed and walled in to become its own building at 633 ½ South College, and later became home to Alley Cuts hair studio. Music District staff will occupy the Carriage House for administration. *The Long Building The building was built by and housed Marty Faulk Realty. It also housed Farmer’s Insurance for many years. It became home to KRFC in 2013. It also housed the Fort


Collins Musicians Association (FoCoMA), MusiCares, and Jess Gries entertainment attorney. Both properties, 639 South College and 619 – 627 South College, were purchased in 2008 by Bohemian Companies. With the genius of Davis Davis Architects, all five buildings in the plaza have transformed from rich history into an open vessel of opportunity. The Occupants “We'll have a wide range of folks spending time here,” confirms Elliott, citing that everyone from musicians to audiences, nonprofits, businesses and educational entities are all welcome at The Music District. “Music hits on all these cylinders, and sometimes cylinders you can't even see, so we're gonna try to make room for it all and encourage those creative collisions we can't even predict yet.” In March of 2016, it was announced that KRFC 88.9FM is the first official tenant of the new Music District. Since its inception 13 years ago, the volunteer powered radio station has recognized and supported local musical talent. Michelle Venus, the station’s Development Director is thrilled to move back into the original space with necessary additions. “We have been in that building since we started and we grew in that space and we will grow some more and be a part of this community of music.” Venus is confident that the locally fueled

Jesse Elliott, Music District's Director. radio station will continue being a great part of the music scene more than they already are. “Once we get Live@Lunch back on the air, we will be a resource for bands to come play live.” The keystone program brings in local and traveling musicians into the studio to play live, discuss ongoing and future projects and connect with the listening audience. KRFC is actively seeking supporters to join them in this progressive journey back into 619 South College Avenue. They are at the beginning of a capital campaign to raise 300 thousand dollars by September 1, 2016. “We are 40% of the way there,” mentions Venus. “It’s time to let people know what we are up to, turn up the volume, and let us tell our story.” The website www.mykrfc.org is dedicated to raising Capital Campaign funds for the transition. “The station’s equipment is becoming outdated and has stymied us for now,” she explains. “We are making the investment to have cutting-edge technology that will grow with us and support the station for the next 10 years. Now is the time to turn up the volume and get LOUD!” The possibilities are unbounded and the ideas are infinite. Visit www.themusicdistrict.org and www.mykrfc.org for more information. Malini Bartels is a freelance writer, chef, mother, radio host, and actress living the good life in Fort Collins. STYLEMAGAZINECOLORADO.COM

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Women Take the

Wheel By Angeline Grenz

Cars have long been considered men’s territory but that notion is quickly becoming antiquated. Every August, Style celebrates professional women in all walks of life. But in 2016, it just so happens that some of our leading professional women call the automotive industry their home. Here is a little about them and how they stand out in Northern Colorado.



Carrie Baumgart Chief Operating Officer Markley Motors

Baumgart has not only been a Markley Motors employee since age 14; she was born into the Markley family. As a teenager, Baumgart answered phones and did filing for spending money. However, she waited until the birth of her daughter 24 years ago before she moved in to the family company full time, first as service supervisor then into marketing. Today she serves as COO and works daily with her father, Doug Markley, sister Cindy, brother, daughter, husband and nephew. Markley Motors truly is a family-run business. “I love it,” she says, “It is never the same. Every day is different. And I love to be around people.” Being born into the automotive business means Baumgart has not experienced the challenge of entering into a male-dominated industry; “I have never been intimidated by the men around me. I just have a 157-member extended family,” she says of Markley’s employee base. “I do think sometimes women feel they have to be harsh or change the way they do things to work in this industry. But I have refused to do that.” When she worked in the service department, she would occasionally have a customer that would ask to speak to man. “I would ask them, ‘do you want to speak with a man, or would you rather speak with the woman in charge?’ And it was gratifying when they were surprised at how knowledgeable I was.” Today, Baumgart enjoys the family environment that the Markleys have cultivated purposefully throughout the decades. She attributes much of their success to the leadership of her now retired 93-year old grandfather, Gene Markley. “He is the heart and soul of the company. We want to continue his legacy.” Baumgart has two children: Ashlee works at Markley, and son, Hunter, who is still in school. Baumgart drives a Yukon—to haul around her son, his baseball equipment and their two large breed dogs. Every Friday, she and the women in her family get together to go to lunch—a Markley family tradition.

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Susan Butters Co-owner Bullhide 4x4

Susan and husband, Scott, are celebrating 20 years in business this year, but their history in the automotive industry stretches far beyond that. Susan’s family owned a local Grease Monkey, and Scott worked at the auto shop for several years before they started Bullhide sprayon liners in 1996. In 2003, the couple added full auto accessories to the liner business. Today, they run a retail shop with accessories and eight service bays for installation and repair. “It has been a great ride. This industry is so much fun. People enjoy coming to us, and they are so excited when they leave here.” Susan’s role is varied, from human resources to marketing to bookkeeping. But she says, “It is fun to be female in a male dominated industry. You can catch people by surprise, but you also have to know your industry well, speak with confidence and admit it when you don’t know something.” Butters finds that occasionally women who come to Bullhide appreciate having another woman on hand, but, overall, her staff is focused on educating and helping every customer who walks through their doors and their customers leave satisfied with their experience. Butters also attributes Bullhide’s success in Northern Colorado to the strong community relationships they have built over the years. “Bullhide is locally grown; we were raised here. We build relationships in the community and the referrals we get from that is huge. We focus on the customer and providing them great service, because we plan to be here for the long haul.” Susan also spends much of her time volunteering in the community and supporting community nonprofits, such as Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center, Foothills Gateway and Serve 6.8. The Butters have two children, including a son who works at the shop while attending Front Range Community College. They are a family of outdoor enthusiasts, from four-wheeling to snowmobiling to hunting. Though Susan has access to plenty of sport vehicles with all the bells and whistles, she drives a Jeep Grand Cherokee for the daily grind.



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Christina Dawkins

President Co’s BMW Center and Mini of Loveland

“Most of the time, when I go to Colorado Automotive Dealers Association (CADA) meetings, I am the only woman there,” says Dawkins. “Female ownership in dealerships is still very rare.” Dawkins sits on the CADA board. Dawkins has been around the automotive industry most of her life. Her father was a mechanic who started Co’s European Auto in Greeley in 1972, selling BMW and Fiat. Dawkins spent summers working at the dealership before leaving for college, where she studied architecture and design. In 1994, her dad approached her about coming to work for him at the dealership and the time was right. “I started selling cars, answering phones—I did everything.” In 1998, they decided to move the BMW dealership to Fort Collins, and in 2004, Dawkins took over as her father retired. Five years ago, Dawkins aggressively courted Mini Cooper to bring a dealership to Northern Colorado. Today, both dealerships are located in Loveland, off of Crossroads Boulevard, and Dawkins manages both BMW and Mini. “My specialty is really in sales. I have had to learn parts and service—and to hire people who know more than I do,” she says. But the greatest challenge to being the leading female in a maledominated industry came from communication styles. “Men and women think differently. I had to change how I communicated to bring us all on the same page and to get everyone to jump on board with an idea.” However, Dawkins says that her team, men and women, appreciate her leadership style. “We are very family oriented here, and I hire people with that mindset.” The challenges Dawkins faces in her industry today center around catering the car-buying experience to younger consumers. “Buying cycles have changed, as well as shopping styles. The way we did things 10 years ago verses today are very different. Today, it is all about building relationships and the customer experience.” Dawkins’ husband works with her at the Mini dealership. They have two children and one grandchild. She drives the BMW i3, BMW’s electric car, for the daily commute and the x6 SUV when hitting the mountains for fun. “We are mountain people!”



Amy Reader

Co-owner Nelsen’s Auto Tech Center

It was a circuitous route that brought Reader to Nelsen’s Auto Tech Center. She started her career in the medical field, but long-time partner Wade Corners had worked for Nelsen’s founder, Dale, for several years, and Reader later worked for Dale’s daughter and her husband, Debbie and Ken Moore, for a short stint. Both had moved on from Nelsen’s but a chance meeting at a local shopping center changed the course of history for her. “Wade and I had decided we wanted to open our own auto shop,” she recalls. “We were walking into a Sam’s Club one day and Debbie and Ken were walking out. We started talking.” A deal was struck and the couple ended up buying the 70-year-old downtown Fort Collins auto shop. It was kismet—“We have always had the same philosophy as Dale.” Today, Reader manages the business end of Nelsen’s while Wade works on the cars, particularly the classics. She has found that much like the medical world, the key to success in the automotive world is to “learn to ask a whole lot of questions.” She explains, “How can I explain something if I don’t understand it myself ? If you are knowledgeable, you will be taken seriously— that is true in any job anywhere.” Reader would love to see more women enter the automotive industry, especially on the mechanic side. But one overall challenge to her industry is finding qualified and experienced mechanics. “The newer mechanics are not taught the old world stuff,” she says, “like how to work on a carburetor.” Reader and Corners will celebrate Nelsen’s 70th anniversary in downtown Fort Collins next year; recently they expanded back into Nelsen’s original 1947 location next door, adding a low profile alignment rack. Nelsen’s is well known for the work they do both for the every day driver vehicles and performance machines. “We do a wide variety and it is very nice. This is a great industry to be in.” Reader still has the very first vehicle she bought new, a 1986 Toyota 4Runner. But for everyday she drives a 2002 GMC Envoy, and for fun? The couple drives a 1967 Chevelle.

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y t r a P g n i n n Pla By Kay Rios

While seemingly nothing more than frivolity, celebrations are an important part of life. In a world constantly barraging people with such serious subjects as politics, environmental issues and financial struggles, throwing a first-rate fete is a way to counteract somberness.

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Face painting photo courtesy of R.J.'s Amazing Entertainment

Whether it be a simple light-hearted barbecue, an elaborate wedding or even a significant religious observance, when friends and family get together in a festive atmosphere merriment is certain to follow. With the focus on joy, a social gathering allows for rejuvenation of the spirit. Although summer is winding down, there’s still plenty of opportunity to delve into early autumn shindigs. The approach of football season practically begs for terrific tailgate parties. And with Halloween right around the corner, possibilities abound, including traditional haunted houses to a carnival-style soiree. From a black tie affair to spritely birthday bashes, throwing a party is a snap whenever amusing diversions are lined up or a store specializing in themed attire offers one-stop shopping for all your needs. Finding an entertainment match, costumes or decor can help move things along at a pretty good clip. Three local businesses to assist in party planning are listed below. Outrageous Outfits Costume parties are a modern version of masquerade balls of the medieval era. According to Chris Corman, who coowns Life of the Party in Fort Collins with STYLE 2016

wife Katie, “ours is a mid- to high-end costume, theatrical and makeup store. We carry professional brands of makeup and are finding that do-it-yourself costumes are really big right now. We work hard to not do mainstream.” Corman promises that clients won’t find typical items stocked by department stores. Really outrageous, over-the-top costumes are in-demand, their popularity due in part to Comic Con and similar type conventions, as well as regional dance festivals. But, for those who want an awesome, professional-looking costume, yet don’t have the time to create one from scratch, Life of the Party also rents costumes. Pirate, goth and Renaissance outfits are available, as are flapper dresses and pinstripe suits. They also provide attire for December plays, which is another busy time for the store. “Tour de Fat is coming up, which is really good for us,” adds Corman, referring to the trendy Fort Collins festival sponsored by New Belgium Brewery featuring bicycles, beer and wildly imaginative costumes. The Faces of Amazing Entertainment “We have 13 different types of entertainers, including acrobats, aerialists, princesses,

balloon twisters, and, of course, face painters,” says Rina Jean Bindi, owner of R.J.’s Amazing Entertainment. Of this latter art, she says, “it’s cool to watch kids transform into their favorite characters, where they can pick out their color choices and take ownership of what they get.” “We cater mostly to children. Once they’re happy, the adults are happy.” But, adds Bindi, her company can provide a detailed, awesome adult and children’s party. She doesn’t limit their audiences to just children and their families, either. R. J.’s brings joy to the young at heart also. “We perform at assisted living and nursing home facilities,” says Bindi. “Face painting is often something on their [the resident’s] bucket list. We are excellent at catering corporate parties of 1,000 or more, as well.” Bindi’s career choice started merely by accident. The exuberance she feels for making people happy is heart-felt, which comes out in the way she treats the development of her company, the entertainers she employs and, not least, the clients. “I went on a spiritual retreat and had a really cool experience with some kids from Tijuana,” explains Bindi. “I was by a pool


Magic show photo courtesy of Lou Wymisner meditating when I came across this group of children. They couldn’t speak a lick of English, but we played games together and for an hour-and-a-half nothing else mattered.” Her troubles disappeared for that brief period and soon thereafter, serendipity took her to the one person who could mentor her and take her under his wing as she declared, “if I could get paid to play with kids, my life would be great.” Now, she employs 24 and admits, “my success has everything to do with how God affects people’s lives.” She and her crew are in high demand, though. Bindi encourages booking as soon as possible, at least two to three months out from the planned event. Marvelous Magic Everyone loves a magic show. It’s not so much that folks enjoy being deceived, but rather that it is engaging to try to puzzle through how the illusions are carried out. “I’m not trying to fool people, I’m simply there to entertain,” said Lew Wymisner, a.k.a. The Great Loudini, a practicing magician for 60 years. “I use the vehicle of magic to do so. That’s what’s cool about it.” Wymisner offers shows for children and adults alike, but won’t go below the age of four for a very specific reason. “Everything at that age is already magic,” says Wymisner, who has turned his hobby into an avocation now that he is retired.


“With lots of props in the basement I can offer different shows, but I like to say I have the same show, just different audiences. I have a kid’s show that is also appropriate for adults. Most of what I concentrate on involves audience participation. For anywhere from 30 to 50 minutes - I don’t put a stopwatch on it - I pull members from the audience in an attempt to captivate all in various ways,” adds Wymisner. For children, The Great Loudini Magic Show utilizes colorful scarves, rope and card tricks. “I often talk about Harry Potter to them,” Wymisner says, noting that the young fictitious wizard and his companions get the children’s attention. “This may be the first time they ever see a real magician. I want to make it a special memory for them,” says Wymisner, who still recalls his own initial contact with the illusionary arts when he was 10. It set him on his lifetime course as a diversionary artist who has shown a true penchant toward his craft. For adults, he provides mental magic in addition to other tricks. Some of which, such as that of putting a sword through a volunteer woman’s throat while she’s in a stock, come with a caveat. “It’s a trick and can be dangerous. They shouldn’t try it on their own,” warns Wymisner. Realizing people have preconceived

notions of what to expect, Wymisner imbues his routine with comedy and reassures he’s not pushy. “I want to make them laugh and I like to do magic. I’m not just showing them stuff, I pull them into it with me. I rely on audience interaction. If I’m having a good time, then they’re having a good time.” Wymisner is available for anything from birthday parties to corporate functions. To book the Great Loudini, he mentions, “the more lead time the better. But, I’ve had people call me the day before. If I can do it, I will.” With so many facets of throwing a super shindig available in the area, the time is ripe to send out invitations and reap some happy rewards. Contact information: Lew Wymisner The Great Loudini Magic Show 970-484-7014 R.J.’s Amazing Entertainment www.kidsfunpartyideas.com 970-377-0093 Life of the Party store www.lifeofthepartystore.com 970-530-3000


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The Light Center is a lighting showroom that provides commercial and residential lighting solutions and home accessories to Northern Colorado and Steamboat Springs. We employ 38 people and are active members in the community. I have been co-owner with my father since 2009.


I graduated from Arizona State University in 2000 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing. While at ASU, I was Vice President of the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and also attended Semester at Sea. I was a member of Vistage International (a leadership development and training organization for key executives) for 8 years and am currently a member of Women's Presidents Organization in Denver. I trained at the Cooper Lighting Source in 2000 to learn the technical aspects of lighting.


I attribute my success to learning about business from my father and role model, Larry Edwards. He has mentored me on his business values and best practices. He is an honest and fair employer who has shown me how to hire and keep great employees and keep focus on our customers. My parents have been involved in our community in many capacities for years so I have learned the importance of being connected. Our business is diversified into 3 caregories; retail, contractor and commercial so we are able to balance business even in the event of a downturn as we saw in 2009. I also attribute success to taking advantage of unique opportunities and visioning future plans for business to continue to grow and adapt.


The best part of my job is the variety of people I get to work with. We have 2 employees, Gerald Bradshaw and Jeanne Godinez, who have been with our company for over 30 years each and I am so grateful to have them as experts in our business, along with the other long term and dedicated employees we staff. I get to work with my dad and spend time with him and we have such wonderful customers coming in our doors, many of whom have been customers for over 40 years. We also have long standing relationships with sales reps that make product selection fun and cutting edge. I love the variety of hats I get to wear being involved in every aspect of our business. I am also grateful to own a family business that I can bring my children in to visit and I can model business ownership for them.


We give back to the community through our donations to nearly every event auction or non-profit cause. We have held events to raise money for RamStrength, local fire victims have received lighting donations, we sent solar light bulbs to flood victims and we have provided lighting for local charitable organizations. I have volunteered with Junior League of Fort Collins since 2008 and served as co-chair for its largest fundraiser, the Garden Tour. I sponsor women to take Hypnobabies natural birthing classes to empower them through childbirth and have a tool for relaxation regardless of the outcome.

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Layman Lewis Financial Group is a full-service retirement planning firm located in Loveland. While we offer a full scope of financial planning options, my particular area of specialty is working with retirees and soon-to-be retirees in building strategies that provide safety during retirement. I have found my niche in mitigating risk for this group of people and providing retirement planning options that give peace of mind, even during volatile financial times.


Layman Lewis Financial Group is about LEGACY. We create a legacy for our clients, building a plan that allows them to have the retirement they dreamt of with the confidence of knowing they will never run out of money. Parents that we have worked with now refer their sons and daughters to us to continue their legacy. Taking our role as a true fiduciary seriously, our mission is to serve clients with excellence, as we put their interests first.


We have been honored with some of the highest recognitions within our industry such as being ranked in the “Top of the Table” every year since 2011. This means we have been in the top half of the top 1% of the nation’s best advisors five years running! We have been voted by numerous publications as Northern Colorado’s #1 retirement planning company. That kind of accolade means all the more because it is a statement from our community. And on a national level, I was recently recognized by “Retirement Advisor” magazine as one of the Top 5 Advisors in the Nation.


I believe in hard work, I’m willing to make needed sacrifices and I am consistent in my efforts. It has been proven to me over and over again – if you take care of your clients, your clients will take care of you. My success comes in large part to always doing what is in the best interests of my clients, with the firm acting as a true fiduciary.


One thing that inspires and motivates me is the freedom that I have to set my own priorities in my life. I make the tough decisions, work hard and make sacrifices so that I control where and how to spend my time. Spending time with my young family is a priority and as an entrepreneur, I have the freedom to set my schedule to work around them. Knowing I am in control of my priorities is a huge inspiration to continue my efforts and I wake up ready to conquer each day!

WHAT ADVICE AS A MENTOR IN LEADERSHIP DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN STARTING IN BUSINESS? Over my 11 years in the industry I have had to work extremely hard to gain the respect of potential clients and prove that I am as good as ‘the boys’ in our industry. I’ve discovered different gifts that have set me apart from my male contemporaries and make me an innovative resource to my clients. If you love it, stick with it. Be prepared, thorough and consistent and strive for excellence in everything you do.

Alicia Lewis is a licensed insurance agent in the state of Colorado.

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Ellie and Lorri Duran EVENT CHAIRS OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY 2016 CATTLE BARONS BALL WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH CATTLE BARONS AND AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY? Ellie has been involved with the event for 10 years as chair of the site committee. Lorri chaired the silent auction committee for two years.


Ellie lost a grandmother to uterine cancer and Lorri lost her brother to esophageal cancer. We also have many friends who have been diagnosed with cancer, and many are survivors, thanks to the American Cancer Society.


Ellie is third generation in northern Colorado. Born and raised in Greeley, he started Duran Excavating in 1978 along with his brothers, Larry and Gary. Ellie is part owner and president of both Duran Excavating and Duran Enterprises.The business moved to a 40-acre site in west Greeley two years ago, which will host this year’s event. Lorri retired from State Farm in July 2015 after 35 years. She served on the board of the Boys & Girls Club for over 10 years and chaired their annual gala, increasing the dollars raised from $60,000 to $280,000. We are blessed to have our three children living in this community. We will celebrate 35 years of marriage this year and will welcome our first grandbabies, twin boys, in August!


We have personally witnessed the devastation this disease causes. If you've have been touched by cancer, then you've been touched by the American Cancer Society. We believe in their mission and we know the money raised has helped fund research that has made a difference in the lives of many who have been stricken by this awful disease. Treatment for cancer has come a long way, but there is still work to be done.


We love Greeley and are blessed to live in a community that is both gracious and giving. We believe in giving back and helping to make a difference. We are honored to lead this extraordinary event and are privileged to work with people who give unselfishly of their time, talent, and treasure to make it all happen.


Through the years, this event has raised almost $6 million. We hope to help give cancer the "boot" by exceeding the nearly $500,000 that was raised last year.

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LinkedIn expert, Viveka von Rosen



for Your Business By Michelle Venus

Networking through social media platforms is here to stay. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder (No, don’t use that one for business.), Google+, SnapChat, and LinkedIn are just a few of them. There are actually 52 different social media platforms out there. So many choices. So little time to keep them all current and relevant, not to mention pithy and attention-catching. It’s overwhelming.

Choosing the best platform for your needs, be they personal or professional, comes down to understanding your goals, advises LinkedIn expert Viveka von Rosen, who considers LinkedIn the “gateway drug” to social media. She should know. The author of LinkedInMarketing: An Hour a Day has over 32,000 followers and a network of over 42 million people on LinkedIn, and more than 82,000 followers on Twitter. If nothing else, LinkedIn is the Grand Pooh Bah of social media. Celebrating its 16th birthday this year, it’s the platform that everybody is on and not enough people are using to its fullest capacity. It’s more than a digital version of your resume—much, much more. LinkedIn can get you noticed by the right people, help you find a new job, or build your business and increase revenue. Whoa. How does that happen? Pretty simply, says Viveka. And all it takes is about an hour a day. First let’s understand what LinkedIn is. It’s a social network with over 53 million users STYLE 2016

that enables you to exponentially build your professional network and make better use of it. At the same time, people you trust are able to find you and you, them. It’s no secret that LinkedIn is the first place people go to find out more about a colleague or competitor; to network with people within their industry or an industry they’re interested in learning more about; post and find jobs; and get answers to business questions. It is easily the most obvious way to identify top influencers within an industry and at specific organizations. Your contacts can help you connect with people who would ordinarily be out of reach and find potential customers. In short, LinkedIn is a 24/7 professional marketplace where you get to market you. All you have to do is follow a few easy steps to get started. Set Up Your LinkedIn Profile Spend the time to create a profile. “It’s worth it. Trust me, it’s worth it,” says Viveka. Make sure it’s an accurate, strong, concise summary of your experience, highlighting

key skills and a description of your current position as well as previous ones. Make sure you upload a recent picture. That forty-pounds-ago, ten-year-old photo isn’t going to cut it. People are more likely to connect with you if they can put a face to the name. They feel like they are connecting with a real person. Your profile must be 100 percent complete. Include work experience, schools, and other relevant information about yourself. Don’t forget to add outside interests and hobbies. You never know if your passion for mountain biking is mirrored by the CEO of your dream company and that one little tidbit about you is the tipping point to getting a new client. People searching for contacts will make a decision to connect or not to connect based on your profile information. A complete profile will increase your visibility and help you get found by employers, recruiters, and prospects. Consider removing the dates you spent in college as this can “age” you. Far better that you let your experience and qualifications


work for you than being ruled out for roles for which you may be considered either too young or too old. Link Up What good is LinkedIn if you’re not linking up? Reach out to colleagues, clients, and other people you do business with. Connect to everyone you can in your professional network. Don’t be desperate though. This is not a popularity contest in the school cafeteria. Be selective. Connect with people who will further your career, but don’t be so selective that your connection bank is as thin as skim milk. It is a judgment call, but if you’re at all wondering about someone’s invitation to connect (like the fellow who doesn’t use his last name and has an avatar instead of a photo in his profile), then err on the side of caution and decline the invitation. And don’t send out invitations willy nilly. This is your party, after all. If you have a good interview with someone but don’t get the job, get LinkedIn with him or her. For those starting out, connect with professors and college friends and build your network from there. Connect after meetings and conferences. The goal is to build a robust network. Some people may never help you (or you may never help them), but your LinkedIn contacts are a real-time directory of the professionals in your industry and that is an immensely valuable resource.

three different websites. If you write a blog, post its address. (And don’t let your blog go fallow. Update it frequently to demonstrate expertise and credibility.) If your company doesn’t already have one, create a LinkedIn company page. Add the logo. Post news and events when they happen. Keep this page active. It lets people see that your company is thriving. But, as in all things social media, keep it honest and above board. In today’s digital age, it’s too easy to find out if someone is stretching the truth. The last thing you want is to develop an online reputation that is less than stellar. It’s hard to repair the damage once it’s been done.

Get Recommended Ask for recommendations from friends, colleagues, partners, and clients. They speak to your experience and add to your credibility. If a friend leaves your company, offer to do a “recommendation trade.” Write one for them and ask for one yourself. View it as a professional favor. Don’t overlook the importance of recommendations, as having none waves a huge red flag—it looks like you have no professional relationships, even if you do.

Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile for SEO Search engines such as Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo look for keywords when they scour the Internet. SEO, or search engine optimization, uses the words that your tribe puts into the search bar to find you or your company. Customize your public profile URL with your name. Edit your profile so that your LinkedIn profile URL looks like linkedin. com/in/yourname by clicking on “edit” next to your public profile URL, and then “edit” once again on your public profile settings page. Search engines look for keywords in URLs, and if someone is searching for your name, it only makes sense to have it where the search engines search first. Additionally, remembering a URL with your name in it is much easier than trying to recall a random string of characters. Make sure you include important keywords in your summary section. Consider what a potential client or employer might search for and work that word or phrase into your narrative. Are you an award-winning author? Include the name of the award. Recognized by a professional organization or peer group? That goes in there, too. Proficient in a certain coding language or skill set? Don’t leave it out.

Promote Your Company This is an important step that cannot be overlooked, especially by business owners. Include your company’s website on your personal page—LinkedIn allows you to list up to

Join a Group LinkedIn is chockfull of groups relating to every industry you can imagine. Join one. Join a few. Join many. Groups help you to stay abreast of what’s happening in your industry


or to explore a new one. If you’re looking to build your client base in a new business sector, a LinkedIn Group is a good way to get your toes wet. But don’t lurk in the last row. Get out in front of everyone else in the group by posting relevant articles or links to blog posts (Yours, perhaps?). Ask questions—everyone loves to give advice and establish their expertise. Start conversations. Soon you’ll be able to connect with others in the group because your name is familiar. It’s a very viable way to expand your network and become a known entity. An Hour a Day Now that your Linkedin profile and company page are posted, feed them. Feed them every day. But don’t feed them junk food. A healthy and diverse diet is recommended. Feed your profiles with links to your blog posts. Post a cartoon that tickles your funny bone, though be careful when doing this. Anything too politically or socially charged could backfire on you. Keep it business like and professional. When something new happens at work—like a new client, a new hire, the business moves—post that, too. Congratulate a colleague on an accomplishment. Link to an article that is relevant to your industry. If Facebook is your personal pebble in the social media pool, make LinkedIn your professional pebble. Just like dropping a pebble in a lake, the ripples will spread outward, further and further. LinkedIn has the potential to become one of your most valuable business tools. All it takes is a little bit of time and effort and you can reap significant rewards. “I had no idea how powerful LinkedIn was until I started using it every day,” states Viveka. “I had an idea that it was a good thing, but then it exploded and my life literally changed. For the better.”

Michelle Venus is a freelance writer and the Development Director at KRFC 88.9 fm. She shares a home office with a Basset hound, a mutt, and a sweet little cat. Her two kids are brilliant and beautiful. And she is working to get her LinkedIn profile up to par. STYLEMAGAZINECOLORADO.COM

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Style Magazine got a hold of Female entrepreneurs in Northern Colorado who are redefining success by their own rules. We asked them how they are rewriting the rules of traditional entrepreneurship... and they answered!



What was your journey like to get where you are?

A. All I can say is that it’s been an amazing roller coaster. The last

few years have been fIlled with new friendships, solid work connections, and loads of community support. My entrepreneurial journey hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies. There have been long hours, hard work, lots of handshakes, high fives, and quite a few hugs. The support I received along the way was invaluable.


How did you connect with industry vendors and services to establish partnerships?

A. It all began with my existing network. People would reach out

to me to connect me with someone or I would ask for help in making introductions and over time my network has grown. I’m always jazzed about meeting new people and learning about their business. I meet lots of people by being involved in a number of local organizations and just getting out there and having fun! I have nurtured and maintained a great community through volunteering for the Sustainable Living Association since 2008 and have continued to grow my network through events and other volunteering opportunities.

Q. What is the meaning behind your company's name/brand?

A. Aspens in a grove are all connected. Much like social media

and digital marketing, it’s all about connections. It made sense to choose a living, growing, well-connected organism to represent our brand.

Q. What inspires you to be motivated every day?

A. The wonderful ladies that work with me and the amazing businesses we help grow and thrive every day :)



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Susan Baker



What is the meaning behind your company's name/brand?

A. At Advanced Hearing Services, I dedicate myself to bringing

the joy of hearing back to everyday life. My main mission is educating patients about the importance of Brain Hearing TM. I make sure that each person understands that they have 2 ears and 1 brain, and the key to restoring their hearing loss is by using two hearing devices that mimic the normal hearing function. These Brain Hearing TM devices provide the proper information to the brain and patients receive the details of their environments.


What did you learn along the way, that you wish you already knew?

A. I learned a lot about owning a small business. When I took

over as the owner of Advanced Hearing Services, I learned very quickly the difference between being an employee and being an owner. I was seeing the same amount of patients every day, but I had to find the time to run the business. Paying bills, payroll, and marketing were things I was not accustomed to fitting into my work day. This was something I had to learn to manage. For a long time, I took work that I could not complete home. I am happy that I have found a balance so work stays at work.


What inspires you to be motivated everyday?

A. I have always had a fascination with hearing and the brain.

When I hear a song or my favorite singer’s voice, I have emotional reaction to the sound. I now know how important the auditory system is and how devastating it would be to have damage to this system. Seeing my patients hear their world again motivates me to always provide the best care possible.

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What was your journey like to get where you are?

A. This journey has been an adventure in my life. It’s helped to

shape me into the person I am today. I look at it like a long road trip with several great destinations along the way, as well as mishaps and unexpected detours. The journey’s highlights have been some of my favorite life moments and I learn something new every day. Along with the highlights, come challenges of course. I have learned to trust my gut, the importance of never giving up and the power of working together with amazing people in the business and in the community.


What advice, as a mentor in leadership, do

you have for those getting started?

A. Jump in! If you wait until everything aligns just right, you may

miss your chance to make your dreams come true. Sometimes we wait until finances are perfect, the kids reach a certain age, the right person comes along, schedules open up, etc. There are always going to be reasons to wait but I think today is a good day to start! Fear is going to be part of the journey—what if I fail? What if I mess up? What if I can’t make it? Remember, your fear is there to help you stay safe and see potential threats. Appreciate the fear, but move forward. You can do more than you know.


What inspires you to be motivated every day?

A. I wake up every day excited to lead Covell Care and Rehabilitation. I love being in clients’ homes and meeting people from all walks of life that I wouldn’t otherwise meet. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing someone improve physically and mentally because of something you have done. And I love my colleagues. They feel like an extension of myself and I feel privileged and thankful to work with them. We have a lot of fun together, keep each other laughing and encourage each other to be the best people we can be. Growing this business makes a positive difference in my clients’ lives, my colleagues’ lives and my own.


Beth Hutchinson

Sarah Imhoff


Q. What is the meaning behind your company's name/brand?

A. Tally Services name comes from the tally mark. Because I

saw such a need to convey to owners of businesses that accounting is simple, I loved the tally mark being our logo. Accounting comes down to very simple principles, and I felt that the symbol was right in line with our belief system and values. Because we do various consulting from bookkeeping to CFO services, I chose not to include “accounting” in our name to allow for us to grow and scale with our offerings and services. The tally mark is not intimidating and communicates the simple welcoming non-obtuse atmosphere that is at the core of our beliefs. Because in the beginning of my career I could see clients felt shame and embarrassment that they didn’t understand all things accounting, it became my mission to create a culture where honoring people was paramount. This is our core value. We honor… internally and externally. Being able to articulate this value for employees and clients has been critical and also easy. If there is any question as to what needs to be done or where we need to be in order to “meet” a client, the value is the map for where we are going. It allows for an authentic, supportive work environment. It feels very right. And simple.

Q. What inspires you to be motivated every day?

A. Family and clients. Being able to take your skills and have

them be applied to what you believe in every day is a beautiful thing... a beauty that does not pass me by. We believe in our clients. I want my family- and in particular, my children- to see that you can make your life what you want it to be. By working hard to create an environment in which you can be the most successful you, is how you make this world a better place. Even if it is through something that seems inconsequential and boring, like accounting. (I have often said that I am channeling my neurosis for the good of the universe.) What inspires me? It’s the easiest thing in the world to be inspired by a client’s passion! We love to bring our skills to the table to support and make their accounting world a collaborative experience of excellence.




What was your journey like to get where you are?

A. I realized at an early age the power interior design has and the passion I have for enriching the lives of others through the use of rich materials, space planning and creativity.


How did you connect with industry vendors and services to establish partnerships?

A. As protégé to Gary Hixon for over 20 years, I am fortunate to

continue a reputation for excellence. I’ve been able to work with the best craftsman and vendors for many years. Maintaining high quality is the best reflection on my designs.


What advice, as a mentor in leadership, do you have for those getting started?

A. Follow your passion, it will pay off one way or another. Q.

What did you learn along the way, that you wish you already knew?

A. Relying on the expertise of others is the best way to learn. An education is a wonderful starting point, but never stop learning.


What inspires you to be motivated every day?

A. People, I get to meet so many with different needs and tastes.

So much of what I do is about how people live, and I am always looking for balance. I love it when rooms come alive with a personality, and I like things to be real and honest and reflect the people who live there. I love the challenge of interpreting other people’s needs in innovative ways.


Lori Juszak

Melissa Marlin



What was your journey like to get where you are?

A. My generation had a little bit of a fight on our hands when it

came to women succeeding in business, so in younger years it was more difficult. I always knew I was an entrepreneur at heart though, and I feel very privileged to be part of the Fort Collins business community.


How did you connect with industry vendors and services to establish partnerships?

A. Fort Collins Tours relies on our partnerships with Old Town

businesses to function, and we have been truly blessed with wonderful relationships. We started by asking respectfully to partner when we started, and we have always been very careful to put our partners business interests and preferences first when working with them. Juszak Realty, likewise, is dependent on having good relationships with other real estate agents, agencies and venues. We strive to be the kind of agency that another agent will feel comfortable working with by maintaining calm and integrity throughout every transaction. We know how fortunate we are to be working with so many truly good and seasoned agents in this area.


What did you learn along the way, that you wish you already knew?

A. The people you work WITH matter more than anything in your

business. Today my business partners are my sons and daughters-inlaw, and I feel so fortunate not only to be part of two family businesses, but to have such a great mix of varied talents and a balance of optimism and realism within both companies.


What inspires you to be motivated every day?

A. My kids and grandkids, and the people I work with every day.

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What was your journey like to get where you are?

A. While growing up, I was schooled by my father to think like a

business owner and to be a business owner. He owns and operates a roofing company, and taught me to be a business owner through this and by helping me start a firewood business (splitting and stacking). I was distracted by another passion – the outdoors. I graduated from Cornell University in 2002 with my degree in Natural Resources. I enjoyed being an outdoor educator, but really craved my own business. I decided my excitement for hiking and interest in renewable energy would be more hobbies than my current career. When I came into Estes Park in the summer of 2002, I saw there was a need for a spa for locals and visitors. In 2008 when the property on the Riverwalk was built and became available & the spa demand wasn’t filled, I jumped on the opportunity. By then, I had gone to massage school in Fort Collins. Riverspointe Spa opened May 2008, and has grown to be 22 team members. We offer massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, bridal hair and makeup, and a fantastic retail selection!


How did you connect with industry vendors and services to establish partnerships?

A. We use top of the line health and wellness products in our ser-

vices, and sell some retail as well! They are local, organic… and when that isn’t good enough, we turn to international cutting edge research companies’ products like Phytomer! This is our wonderful marine based line for face and body with cutting-edge active ingredients developed in Saint-Malo, France. Brooke, the Spa Manager, and I had already learned about the quality of Young Living essential oils, and carried those products for in house services and retail as well. We spend a lot of time with research, and pride ourselves to have the best products. We now have Jane Iredale- the skincare makeup, for all of our clients including the brides and bridal parties. We have Robin’s Chocolates from Longmont- she was voted one of the top ten chocolatiers in North America! Bella Lucce is an organic line for our seasonal body scrubs and moisturizers.




What was your journey like to get where you are?

A. My journey has involved living in many cities including NYC,

Boston and Las Vegas. All those cities held different careers for me. In NYC, I managed a 4 star restaurant, The River Cafe, I was a flight attendant for United Airlines based out of Boston, and in Las Vegas, I managed Private Collections, a woman’s clothing store. I spent the last 14 years in the information technology sector before opening Apricot Lane. I am not risk averse and this single quality has made my journey very full and colorful. Each of these experiences built my confidence and strengthened my resolve and lead to my having the courage to open my own business. The best part of my journey is definitely the people along the way and so far this experience has been the most rewarding. Thank you to each of you who encouraged me along the way I promise to return this to all I meet as I move forward.

Q. How did you connect with industry vendors and services to establish partnerships?

A. I met many of the branded vendors I carry in the store at

Magic, the global pillar of fashion trade shows. I also went to market in the LA fashion district where the up and coming designers reside. My best find is Flying Monkey jeans they look incredible on everyone. And there are some vendors that I liked prior to attending Magic whom I contacted in order to bring in their brands.

Q. What advice, as a mentor in leadership, do you have for those getting started?

A. There are three things you need to succeed; risk, commitment and a can do, consistent, infectious attitude.

Q. What inspires you to be motivated every day?

A. I love what I am doing. I love working with women and

clothes…..I think women need to celebrate their being women and show it by the way they dress.




What was your journey like to get where you are?

A. Having grown up in rural Oklahoma, the work I do wasn’t something to which I was exposed. I guess I could talk about how I found my calling while working in retail, or how I lived in a tent while going through my post-graduate studies, or about my own personal journey through chronic pain, or the 12-years I invested as class developer at the Healing Arts Institute …or even how, and why I took the leap from established private practice to knowing in my heart, I should open the doors to KineticWise. I have discerned, after nearly 20 years in practice, the single most important part of my journey is: listening. For me, to truly know what is the next step, it requires being very still, and simply listening. The next step is always revealed. The only additional thing I would have to say is, starting a new company during an economic downturn, I have developed nerves of steel!

Q. What is the meaning behind your company's name/brand?

A. It may have something to do with my Cherokee heritage; the

icon we developed invokes my totem animal, the owl. The owl is often given to those who find wisdom in silence. The name KineticWise, itself is the marriage of two words incorporating a very big idea. Movement and knowledge. The word ‘kinetic’ means ‘motion.’ Whereas, knowledge applied, is wisdom. So, how does that relate to massage? Massage allows a person to become very still and very body-aware. Our methods are based on the understanding that the body has an ideal position, and pain is either encouraged or alleviated through adjustments to daily habits. Encouraging physiologically efficient position of the body assists in breaking the pain-tension-pain cycle.

Q. What is your mission statement?

A. It is our purpose to practice and inspire self-empowerment and resourcefulness through thought, intention, word and action, engaging our boundless potential to experience abundance, health and wisdom.




What was your journey like to get where you are?

A. My journey was fairly short but very intense. After a short-lived

idea for another business model, I got the entrepreneur bug pretty bad and knew I needed to come up with a different idea. Being from NYC, I just asked myself what I missed most from back East. After a dream that we opened a deli style shop, I began to research speciality food retail, specifically cheese and cured meats. Fort Collins had a cheese shop, but I wanted to open one that also offered sandwiches and drinks. I enrolled in business courses with SBDC, joined the American Cheese Society and took an intensive class at the Cheese School of San Francisco. This was in February. By May, we had a lease and well on our way to open the shop in November 2014.

Q. What is the meaning behind your company's name/brand?

A. When coming up with a name for our shop, we knew we

wanted a title that had to do with cheese, but subtly so. We also wanted something that had a great illustrative quality. I was an HS art teacher in the Bronx, my husband is a carpenter. Art is very important to us!! In fact, our first check cut as a business, was to the local artist, CoCo Cosner. We commissioned her to paint the leaders of the milking world (cow, goat, sheep, water buffalo) and represent them in 1940’s propaganda posters. So, when researching Aesop’s fables, I came across The Fox and the Crow. The tale includes a fox and a crow battling over a piece of cheese! It was perfect, no copyrights and there was a plethora of antiques based on this very beloved tale. Perfect!

Q. What inspires you to be motivated every day?

A. Our peers support us and we feel invincible because of their

wise insights. We are inspired to do better by our staff, to ultimately offer benefits and paid vacations. We are inspired by our customers to give them the best customer service they’ve ever encountered. We are inspired by our industry peers to make them proud, by educating our demographic and representing the cheese maker’s products we offer in a way they deserve.

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Q. What is the meaning behind your company's name/brand?

A. The Spruce House and The Christmas Shoppe are both year

round Christmas stores. The White Orchid, The White Orchid Bridal and liz & jo’s are women’s fashion and accessories. All five are operating under the corporate name The Spruce House, Inc. THE SPRUCE HOUSE, INC.- MISSION STATEMENT Our promise is to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for our guests where they feel welcome whether they are purchasing or browsing. We will accomplish this through a knowledgeable, courteous and friendly staff that is sensitive to our guest’s expressed and unexpressed wishes. We will strive to offer unique, quality merchandise, as well as, new and innovative ideas to stimulate our guest’s desire to frequent our stores. Our goal is to continuously improve upon these objectives and thereby our financial security for our stores and the community. Our philosophy is the guest experience will be enhanced when served by a knowledgable, positive and confident team. We always strive to improve customer relations, thereby, increasing sales and store revenue. Making the guest experience process an experience that exceeds customer expectations. Our branding is focused on the 2 areas of Christmas and apparel and is highlighted through our websites and social media pages for the 2 areas which we manage in house. We have retained both an advertising agency and consulting firm to assist with branding and advertising for our print and ad needs.

Q. What advice, as a mentor in leadership, do you have for those getting started?

A. Cash is key. Debt is necessary but keep your personal assets

separate and protected. People are the greatest resource to your success and growth. Calculated risk should be in your nature and not to be avoided.

Q. What inspires you to be motivated every day?

A. Passion for business and gratitude that I “get to” do this every day! 59

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Kelsey Schwager



What was your journey like to get where you are?

A. 10 years ago I took my first cooking class and it changed my

life. My career as a Nurse Consultant was going strong, but the pull of the culinary world was stronger. As I traveled for work, I managed to fit many hours of cooking classes into my travel schedule. I attended classes from culinary schools around the country and my passion for cooking & culinary education grew. I knew I could run a cooking school for home cooks and do it better than anyone! I was living in Boulder, but decided that if I was going to open a business that it needed to be in Fort Collins. I’ve always loved it here and the business community is known to be supportive and encouraging, so I moved here and started working on a business plan under the tutelage of the Larimer County Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Once I had the business plan down, I took the big step and quit my job to work full time to open The Cooking Studio. Taking that step was a bit like jumping into the deep end of the pool and hoping that I’d learned enough about swimming to survive. Today, The Cooking Studio is going strong. We have classes for home cooks, teens, culinary enthusiasts, and provide a great venue for team building for the business community across Northern Colorado. This fall we’ll be adding catering referral services and an exciting
new program to send cooks to your home to help with dinner parties, family meals, book clubs or any event where you’d like some help from an experienced cook. So, the passion has become the reality and I’ve never looked back.

Q.What inspires you to be motivated every day?

A. I overheard a man talking to his boss on the way out of The

Cooking Studio after a team building class; “You couldn’t have picked a better team activity for us, this was fantastic! “ That’s inspiring. Home cooking brings everyone together; teams, couples, friends, teens with grandparents, fathers with daughters, mothers with sons, and cooking together is a great way for singles to make new friends. Cooking and gathering around the table is universal and the one thing that connects us all. What could be more inspiring than that?




What was your journey like to get where you are?

A. Many years ago during my first overseas adventure I was intro-

duced to the concept of staying in hostels versus hotels. It was a light bulb moment for me. My positive, enriching experiences with hostels during my subsequent travels reinforced the idea that I wanted to recreate the same experience for others. I graduated from CSU with degrees in Tourism and Business and knew that Fort Collins would be a perfect setting to make this dream a reality. To enable me to get more experience in running a hostel, I interned at the Wanderlust Hostel in Gunnison, Colorado, to learn the ropes. I managed the Wanderlust Hostel for four years. During that time, I made dozens of trips from Gunnison to Fort Collins in my quest to find the right property in the right area to develop my own hostel. Once this was accomplished my next mission was to work with the city to enable proper zoning for Fort Collins’ first hostel. After countless city and neighborhood meetings over a several month period, Fernweh Inn and Hostel was approved. Then onto the next stage. I spent months stripping wallpaper, cleaning, painting, landscaping, and furnishing the Fernweh before I was able to accept guests. Though it was a labor of love, it required many man-hours of difficult back aching physical work. After creating a website, online presence, handling my own marketing, bookkeeping systems, hiring processes, and more, we have a talented staff of five, thousands of satisfied guests, and are the top-rated place to stay in Fort Collins.

Q. What is the meaning behind your company's name/brand?

A. Fernweh is a German word, literally translating to “farsickness”.

It is a longing for travel, missing a place you’ve never been before, the opposite of homesickness. Many of us have an innate craving to get away from our usual settings and explore the world. At Fernweh, that is what we’re about. Providing a space for travelers with true fernweh in their souls.


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Alicia Lewis

at the Top in the Financial Industry By Kay Rios

Receiving national recognition is no small feat when a particular profession reports record numbers of people working in that field. But Alicia Lewis, Layman Lewis Financial Group president and advisor, has done just that in the financial arena. She has been selected by Retirement Advisor magazine as one of five finalists for 2016 Advisor of the Year. Considering that the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed 249,400 financial advisors in 2014, that’s a major accomplishment. “I’m honored to be in the top five in the nation and hoping to be chosen as number one,” Lewis says. “People are nominated by other advisors in the industry and then the list is narrowed down to 200 people. Then the Retirement Advisory Board examines the nominees quite thoroughly and pares it down again. It was quite the process.” Lewis was notified when she hit the top ten. “Then they started digging into my business practices. They asked for financials, proof of the organizations I belong to and they did a background check.” Lewis went through several interviews and had to answer some tough written essay questions. “They vet the top ten very deeply,” she says. Lewis made it into the Top Five and the announcement for Number One Advisor of the Year is anticipated in August of this year. Lewis feels that she stands out in the crowd because of her approach to the business and her care for her clients. “The nomination is not just about top production. It also has to do with elite business practice,” she says. That means, first and foremost, being able to put clients’ needs first and “wholeheartedly committing to doing the right thing, all the time, every time.” Good business practice is also based on relationship building, educating the client, and treating each one individually, she says. “We see our clients multiple times a year, and not all of those times are business.” Clients are encouraged to have an annual review at STYLE 2016

a minimum and, often, clients come in multiple times a year for updates, reallocations, and reviews, she says. In addition, the company holds multiple client appreciation events throughout the year which allows advisors and clients to get together on more of a personal level. That personal touch is how Lewis gets to understand client needs. “What we propose to the families we represent is not a cookie-cutter plan. Because of that we really need to know our clients so we know how to advise them best and continue to serve them with excellence far into the future. Not only is it important for clients to know the ‘why' with the ‘what,’ it’s vital for them to have all the data to make an informed decision.” She says that educating clients on all options available is fundamental in serving them well. Lewis has thrived in a male dominated industry because of her business sense and her practices but there have been challenges, she admits. “Over my 11 years in the industry, I have had to work extremely hard to gain the respect of potential clients and prove that I’m as good as ‘the boys’ in our industry.” Additionally, Lewis is a third generation advisor. That means, she says, “I’ve had to overcome the expectations some clients put on me to be like my grandfather, or father. As much as I admire my father and began in this industry because of him, I am not him. I’ve discovered different gifts and passions that set me apart from my father and have made me a great Advisor. I don’t think I would be the Advisor I am today without having to prove my worth as a female in this industry. While there is always tension in each of those arenas, I like to think I can handle them with grace and balance.” Kay Rios, Ph.D., is a freelance writer based in Fort Collins. Her effort to write world renowned works will hopefully give her finances that need to be managed





chisel the chin Kybella and ThermiTight procedures the latest in contouring By Kyle Eustice

When it comes to aesthetic procedures, the industry is seeing a shift from invasive to non-invasive contouring methods, making it much safer (and faster) to achieve the desired results. The Kybella Procedure was FDA approved in April 2015 and is one of the fastest growing non-invasive solutions for a double chin.

Suzy Saenz, M.D. a former Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist in Loveland, now works at Allura Clinic Laser and Wellness Clinic. She’s witnessed stunning results in all of her clients by simply using their own body’s deoxycholic acid to combat stubborn fat. “Kybella is essentially an injection of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring acid made by your body to help digest fat,” Dr. Saenz explains. “It was developed as an injectable medication a little over 10 years ago and has been studied extensively for body fat destruction since then.” Clients are intrigued by its benefits, which far outweigh any perceived risks. Prior to Kybella, only more invasive options were available for the treatment of the double chin, including lipo-suction, face lifts and chin implants. These procedures are highly invasive, require anesthesia, and longer recovery times. Kybella is a 15-minute process that can be STYLE 2016

done in the comfort of the doctor’s office and requires little to no recovery time. Dr. Saenz recommends the procedure for anyone who may be embarrassed or self-conscious of his or her double chin. “Whether it’s a part of aging or just genetics, some people, no matter how much weight they lose or what kind of shape they are in, have this extra fat pad under their chin,” she explains. “Kybella can be injected directly into the area destroying the localized fat permanently.” The side-effects are minimal and the aftercare is practically non-existent. After the appointment, clients may wish to apply a cold pack to the treatment area as needed. Otherwise, there is no post care required. Side effects include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness. While the procedure isn’t horribly expensive, the overall cost does depend on how

many treatments are needed. The majority of people need two to four treatments. “If you take into account the alternatives for treatment, it is very affordable,” she says. “More invasive treatments are more expensive, require time off work for recovery and the cost of anesthesia. Kybella is an in-office procedure requiring no anesthesia. Some people opt to take off some time at work, as there is swelling after the procedure, but it is not required.” The ThermiTight procedure is also another non-invasive, non-surgical option. ThermiTight uses a tiny probe to gently heat specific tissues to a predetermined therapeutic temperature. After the treatment, a gentle wrap is applied and normal activities can be resumed the next day. It is only required once and commonly used to combat double chins, fatty jaw lines and sagging neck skin. James Howton, D.O., who practices at Loveland’s Restore Health Center, specializes in both the




Date of 1st treatment 1/14/16

ThermiTight and Kybella procedures. “We’ve done a lot of body contouring treatments, including ThermiTight, CoolScuplting, and Kybella,” Dr. Howton says. “A nemesis of many aesthetic procedures is the loose skin. Both ThermiTight and Kybella help with this.” ThermiTight is sometimes used in conjunction with Kybella, however, skin tone is an important determining factor in whether or not it will be effective. ThermiTight is often used on younger clients with good skin tone. “Loose skin is often hanging there after Kybella and we can do ThermiTight to tighten the skin,” Dr. Howton explains. “Kybella really does nothing to tighten the skin; it just elimi-



Pre-ThermiRF to jawline

nates the bulge of fat under the chin. At our clinic, we tend to do more ThermiTight because fat can be dissolved with ThermiTight and tightened at the same time.” Terra Bookout, P.A. started working at the Allura Clinic in 2013. As a Physician Assistant, she was trained to diagnose, treat and help people feel better from the inside out. It’s her favorite aspect about the job. “Every day is rewarding as each client has a story,” Bookout says. “Maybe their daughter is getting married next month or they have a high school reunion coming up. Perhaps they are recently divorced or have adopted children at an older age. Whatever the reason, they are trusting me to help them not only look amazing, but also feel amazing. Sometimes all it takes is a small change on the outside




Date of post photos 2/25/16 Photo courtesy of Allura Skin, Laser & Wellness Clinic

to bring about a big change on the inside.” Both Dr. Saenz and Dr. Howton feel similarly. Dr. Howton likens it to taking care of a garden. If each weed is plucked when they are small, the garden is kept in its optimal condition and never requires a huge overhaul. The same can be said of taking care of the human body. “I want to focus on a preventative medicine practice,” Dr. Howton adds. “I love the degree of versatility and how well Kybella works. It’s kind of fun to do, too. There’s a little artistic component to it. It’s like sculpting a masterpiece.” “I really do enjoy doing these procedures,”


Post - 6 months Photo courtesy of Restore Health Center

Dr. Saenz says. “Treatment with Kybella is a very straightforward, tolerable procedure that does not take long in the office. I love that I am able to help people feel better and more confident about their appearance.” Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Kyle Eustice moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to pursue her love of hiking, biking, music, and journalism. After five years of living in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, she wanted a change of scenery and opted for a move to the beautiful Rocky Mountain region in 2014. Since then, she’s embraced the incredible Fort Collins community as she hones her writing skills and embraces her passion for the outdoors. STYLE 2016






On April 21, when the world learned 57-year-old Prince Rogers Nelson—the artist better known as Prince—had passed away in an elevator at his 65,000 square-foot compound, Paisley Park, the mystery surrounding his death was shrouded in speculation.

The larger-than-life musician had been struggling for years with insurmountable pain stemming from a double-hip replacement surgery that often led to the use of painkillers. Many predicted his death had been the result of an opiate overdose, which he was heavily prescribed because of his pain. A few weeks later, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Prince had indeed died due to an acute intoxication of opiates, begging the question: Why didn’t any one help him? Prince was undoubtedly in the relentless grip of drug addiction, yet by the time anyone became aware of his struggles, it was too late. It’s become an all too common story, one that is plaguing our nation and has erupted into a worldwide epidemic. Addiction is running rampant in the United States. According to drugabuse.gov, an estimated 2.1 million people are suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers and an estimated 467,000 are addicted to heroin. As the Director of Development at STYLE 2016

Harmony Foundation in Estes Park, Wendy Stine sees evidence of this every day. Her journey with alcoholism led her to Harmony in 1999 and she’s been sober ever since. Her passion for helping others recover from the deadly disease of addiction is unwavering. It’s crucial to remember help is out there and being an addict is nothing to be ashamed of. Often times, addicts are afraid to seek help because of the stigma attached to the word, ‘addict.’ “You don't have to suffer alone,” Stine says. “Because there is still shame around the disease of addiction, loved ones often stay quiet and don’t tell anyone what's happening at home. The Fort Collins area has many resources available for those suffering with addiction, and for the loved ones and family members.” There are many factors that have contributed to the rise in drug addiction and opiate abuse. Jeremy Dubin, D.O., ASAM, who practices at Healing Arts Family Medicine in Loveland, is an addiction expert. Three key factors have contributed to an increase in addiction cases: better

screening for it, higher potency opioids, and monitoring the fifth vital sign—pain level. “Opioids did not come with proper warnings,” Dr. Dubin explains. “In the ‘90’s, we were told in medicine we were under treating pain, so it became the fifth vital sign. We were told we had to assess pain and if we didn’t give them enough pain relief, we’d be in trouble, and could lose our license. There was no such thing as a pain doctor in the ‘80’s. Doctors began over treating pain for fear of under treating.” Stine agrees. She says it started years ago when doctors started treating pain and discomfort more aggressively, and more opiate medications such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, and Percocet became the normal course of treatment. Ten to 15 percent of the population is vulnerable to addiction. “Opiates are extremely addictive, and expensive,” Stine says. “As people get addicted to opiates, the doctors discontinue prescribing and people look to the black market, where Oxycontins sell for $30-$80 per pill. That's an expensive habit.”


Rather than continue to pay the $300 to $400 a day prescription pill habit, addicts will often turn to heroin, which is closer to a $20 to $50 a day habit. “Heroin comes in from Asia and Mexico, much more frequently than just 10 years ago,” she says. “Not everyone is injecting it; many start by snorting or smoking it, and sometimes mixing it with meth or cocaine. I don't think younger people today are as afraid of it as they were in the ‘70s and ‘80s. The heroin epidemic is finally getting attention.” Recovery is possible, but it can be a treacherous road to travel alone. Every recovering addict should have a team comprised of health care professionals, therapists, friends, family, and support groups. In the Front Range area, there are countless Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, making it fairly easy to find support. Because addiction is considered a family disease, however, the loved ones of addicts may need to seek help, too. Groups like Nar-Non and Al-Anon are extremely valuable educational resources for those close to an addict. “Al-Alon and Nar-Non are great,” Dr. Dubin says. “They give family members education on the disease. They challenge the already existing beliefs. Part of the consequences of untreated addiction is not only medical stuff, such as heart attack, stroke, and HIV, but also crime, lying and deceit. It’s hard to put your head around that as a family member. It’s very important to get the education on addiction so they can be supportive.” “When family members get educated and healthy, it’s a great motivator to move the addicted one through the recovery process quicker,” Stine adds. “I understand how difficult it is to want to support a loved one through their addiction into recovery. As addicts, we have often lied, stolen and manipulated to get our own needs met. Those are symptoms of the disease. You can learn how to distinguish the addiction from the person. Hate the

Jeremy Dubin,D.O., ABAM Assistant Clinical Professor University of Colorado School of Medicine Healing Arts Family Medicine

disease, love the person.” One of the hardest lessons to learn is that no one can force an addict to get help, and while it’s devastating to watch a loved one go down the dark path of addiction, sometimes they need to hit rock bottom before they are willing to seek help on his or her own. It’s important family and friends set firm boundaries, otherwise their good intentions could end up having an adverse effect. “You’re entitled to create boundaries,” Dr. Dubin says. “The more you do not do that with the person you love, the more you enable that person.” Treatment centers are another stepping stone to recovery. Most people check themselves into rehab because, at some level, their life is not going well in several areas, including work, relationships, health, and

sometimes legal. It's like a perfect storm of events that has occurred and alcohol and/ or drugs are not "working" anymore. The solution has become the problem. While it’s perfectly normal for human beings to want to feel good, alcohol and drugs provide only a temporary “solution.” Alcohol is a depressant, and can make depression and anxiety worse. Other drugs give a false sense of euphoria or energy. “Life can be hard,” Stine says. “Whether it's a teenager wanting to fit in, or an adult juggling careers, families, and finances, it's a myth that we should be happy all the time. That's just not realistic. We have to learn how to live life on life's terms.” Addiction does not discriminate. It can inflict chaos in the lives of soccer moms, fire fighters, high school kids, student council members, cheerleaders, star athletes—no one is immune to addiction. With support firmly intact, recovery works, although it is the addict’s responsibility to treat the disease. Just like a diabetic needs to take insulin to control blood sugar levels, an addict must take the necessary steps to ensure abstinence from all mood-altering substances. Support groups, therapists and medical assistance are all crucial components to getting healthy again. “We create a team so they can get over any obstacles that create shame and they can get good treatment,” Dr. Dubin says. “The difference between people asking for help and not asking for help could be the difference between life or death.” Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Kyle Eustice moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to pursue her love of hiking, biking, music, and journalism. After five years of living in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, she wanted a change of scenery and opted for a move to the beautiful Rocky Mountain region in 2014. Since then, she’s embraced the incredible Fort Collins community as she hones her writing skills and embraces her passion for the outdoors.

NEED HELP SummitStone Mental Health and Addiction Crisis | 970-494-4200

AA Central Office | 970- 224-3552

Harmony Foundation | 970-586-4491

Mountain Crest | 970-207- 4800

Harvest Farms for Men | 970- 568-9803

Narcotics Anonymous Fort Collins Area | www.otwna.org

North Range Behavioral | 970-356-6664

Alcoholics Anonymous Fort Collins Area | www.northcoloradoaa.org



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Year-Round Outdoor Cooking Options By Brad Shannon

One perk of living in Colorado is the weather. Many restaurants offer al fresco dining, and homeowners look to extend their living space outdoors, with decks and patios built for outdoor cooking and entertaining. For some, it’s not just a summertime activity as they a cook outdoors during three, if not four, seasons. To step up your outdoor cooking game, there are a number of options and price ranges to consider, from portable grills to complete, self-contained kitchen setups, and everything in between. Depending on your interests, needs, and lifestyle, a number of local merchants can find just the right option for you. The basics start with whether you want to cook using gas or a natural fuel like charcoal or wood, and go a number of different directions from there. The trade-offs are typically convenience vs. flavor, as more flavor and versatility in what you cook usually means more time for setup, prep, cooking and cleanup. Gas Gas grills are ideal for those who want the fast, convenient option of turning a dial and instantly having a flame to cook on. Options include small, portable units that use propane cylinders or tanks, and semi-portable and built-in units that are connected directly to your home’s natural gas supply. This is your best option if you want steady, predictable heat, fast cooking and less need to tend to your grill and food as it cooks. Cleanup is relatively easy, as well.


Downtown Ace Hardware offers a wide variety of gas grills, from an entry-level two-burner unit for $150 to top-of-the-line Weber-brand products with six burners, a smoke box, rotisserie, lights and side and sear stations, and a four-figure price tag. Mick Sage of Surroundings, Sparkle Grill Cleaning and Grillnetics says they offer free standing, modular and built-in top of the line brands in stock --Summerset, Beefeater, Memphis, Twin Eagle, and Alfresco. One unit boasts a built-in fridge and more and tops $12k. Charcoal Traditional charcoal grills can be a bit temperamental, but for some, the

Big Green Eggs available at Mountain Mist Spas, Fort Collins.

higher temperatures and flavor can’t be beat, and it’s worth the work involved. Price points from these units start lower than other options, and range from just a few bucks for an essentially disposable tailgate option to two grand for the newest Weber model. It can be dirty, take longer, is harder to control, and cleanup can be a pain. Just be sure to properly dispose of your ashes when you’re done cooking. Smokers For those who love traditional barbeque, there’s no choice but a smoker to cook meat low and slow, a low temperature for a long time using smoke and indirect heat. Upright barrel styles take up less room and can start at a lower price point, while traditional side barrel with a smoke box are what many think of when this option comes to mind. The appeal of this approach, Michael Woodruff of Downtown Ace Hardware notes, is the unmatched flavor from the smoke, along with the moist, juicy meat it produces, compared to the risk of a drier end product when grilling meat directly. Options start STYLEMAGAZINECOLORADO.COM

home & garden Twin Eagles custom modular island grill available at Surroundings Outdoor Living Store, Fort Collins.

Smokey Mountain Cooker Series smoker available at Downtown Ace Hardware, Fort Collins.

in the low hundreds and go up. Tended closely and carefully, smokers work at a wide range of temperatures. Temperatures as low as 50 degrees can be used to smoke cheese, while the long, low-heat approach at 200 degrees or lower can produce a smoked pork shoulder you’ll remember as worth the wait. Combo Options Pellet For some, pellet grills are less familiar. Lainey Lloyd of Downtown Ace Hardware describes them as being like a gas-charcoal combination, allowing you to cook by convection, grill, or smoke. Compressed wood pellets available in eight flavor profiles at $19/bag are ignited using a built-in electric starter element. This gives the convenience of being able to start cooking within five or 10 minutes of firing up the unit. Depending on what you are cooking, you can grill using hotter temperatures or take a low-and-slow smoker style approach, though these grills apply only indirect heat, so there’s no flamebroil option, and it is a challenge to roast. Prices start in the low hundreds and up.

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Weber Master Touch Charcoal Grill available at Downtown Ace Hardware, Fort Collins.

Weber GENESIS® E-310 Special Edition gas grill available at Downtown Ace Hardware, Fort Collins.

Ceramic A growing segment of the market is the Japanese “kamado-style” ceramic charcoal grill and smoker that cooks using either direct or indirect heat. The leader and pioneer in this space Big Green Egg, and the success and following of this brand has led to a number of imitators. Corey Brown of Mountain Mist Spas, which sells the Green Egg brand exclusively, notes it is “the ultimate cooking experience,” and that it has a near cult-like following of “Eggheads.” The brand offers seven sizes, from mini to extra large, and countless accessories. Because of the porous nature of the ceramic in these and similar products, they use only wood or natural, lump charcoal (charred hardwood), and no lighter fluid. The ceramic is efficient, using little fuel and reaching cooking temperatures of 750° F or more, allowing you to cook during even the most severe cold snap. The option of direct or indirect heat provides the versatility to smoke low and slow, bake, sear, or even make wood-fired pizza like your local pizzeria. Cleanup is easiest with these units, as the high temperature burns the fuel down to ash and burns off any grease.

For those interested in a ceramic cooker, Brown notes that you can get started for less than $700, and their average beginner Egghead spends about $1,500. What to choose? In the end, trust the experience and product knowledge of your local vendor. Tell them what you like to eat, what your priorities are, and when and how you like to cook and entertain, and they will work with you to find just the perfect choice. In the end, Sage stresses, this purchase is an investment. Many units come with long warranties and are meant to last the life of your outdoor kitchen. In the end, whether you want to smoke, grill, bake, roast; make dinner, breakfast, lunch, or dessert; or are cooking for yourself, two, or an army, there’s an option to suit your needs.

Brad Shannon is a freelance writer and owns Shannon Marketing Communications, a marketing and public relations consulting firm in Loveland.



Make Like a Pro By Malini Bartels

Feeling professional and creating restaurant quality food at home is easier than you think!

The right tool can make all the difference, especially in the kitchen. No one knows that better than Jim Hewitt, owner of The Cupboard. He knows his pro kitchen tools inside and out. He can walk around the store’s plethora of items pointing out his favorites, the tired and true winners in today’s world of indispensable kitchen tools and gadgets. “I love to see quality kitchen amenities made in the United States,” mentions Hewitt as he stands next to the Wellness floor mats, one of the store’s biggest sellers. The mats prevent fatigue while standing in one place for a long time. “Excellent basics are most important. Quality cookware and knives are essential.” Nothing compares to LeCreuset. The French made cast iron cookware is sold as individual pieces at The Cupboard and in an assortment of colors and sizes. It is difficult to make anything awful in a LeCreuset pot. “The Dutch ovens are extremely popular and are quite often on sale,” comments Hewitt. When it comes to carbs, the Atlas® pasta machine can help produce fresh pasta that looks, feels and tastes like the finest Italian restaurants, making it a desirable luxury item for the home; some would even say it’s indispensible. Considering a blender? All you need in this lifetime is a Vitamix. The multiple horsepower machines can demolish a cell phone (there are actual YouTube videos of this), create


a delicious smoothie, chop vegetables and even cook soup. The Cupboard carries an astonishing selection of these investments and occasionally has staff on hand in the back doing demonstrations with the machines. Ever feel the need to create the ultimate espresso that matches your favorite coffee shop? The Nespresso® Pixie Bundle can brew the perfect cup and froth the perfect foam, creating a café experience right in your home. According to Hewitt, a good mandoline is necessary for creating expert uniformity with vegetables. “PL8 has a fantastic mandoline slicer with all the safety guards. It’s great for large quantities and extra think slices.” The Cupboard is the definitive location for professional grade knives from all over the world and is the only Fort Collins retailer for the popular German Wüsthof knives. Their impressive showcase of Japanese knives would even make Jiro dream of sushi. “In the end, sometimes all you really need is a quality knife and that can be the greatest tool in the kitchen,” insists Hewitt. “Of course, it’s important to keep it sharp!” Bringing home the right knife for the job is essential for home cooking, luckily for Northern Colorado; The Cupboard can also help maintain those blades with a fine edge.

Vitamix Pro750 Heritage Blender, Copper

3.5 quart LeCreuset Signature Dutch oven

PL8 Professional Mandoline

Atlas Pasta Machine

Malini Bartels is a freelance writer, chef, mother, radio host, and actress living the good life in Fort Collins. STYLEMAGAZINECOLORADO.COM

“I want to present residents with dishes that bring back memories and offer an exceptional dining experience. Ours will not be a kitchen of reheating from cans or the freezer, but a true farm-to-table experience whenever and for whatever I can. I believe in sourcing ingredients locally, seasonally, and sustainably.”

Chef Edward was chosen as the Secret Supper Chef for the Coloradoan Edward Gilbert, Executive Chef at MorningStar of Fort Collins

Seriously Fun Food Diet is the centerpiece of wellness, even more as we age. What better reason to make mealtime at MorningStar a special occasion, every day, especially with the tempting dishes of Executive Chef Edward Gilbert. The charge in our kitchen is to create flavor profiles that stimulate the senses, can be easily handled and digested, and directly contribute to wellness. Taste and see for yourself by making a reservation with us for a complimentary meal.

WellStar: Shine On Dining is just one aspect of what we call WellStar, MorningStar’s signature wellness program, which thoughtfully creates daily opportunities for social, intellectual, spiritual and physical health, all of which contribute to brain and whole-body vitality. To be sure, MorningStar homes have a full menu of services and activities; our graciously appointed spaces are designed for comfort and convenience. But we brag most about the love found here. For true wellness is found in the human touch, by being in relationships with others. It’s the ultimate antidote to loneliness. “To look someone in the eye and assure them they’re right where they’re suppose to be. To hold their hand or give them a hug—that’s why I love serving at MorningStar.” (Care Manager)

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New stories in old Leadville By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

Twin Lakes

Colorado Springs Photography

The Tabor Opera House

Periodic Brewing Company

Mount Massive Golf Course

Historically, Leadville is a rough and tumble town occupied by people willing to work until their hands were calloused. The folks of Leadville are still hard working, but today’s Leadville has taken on a new feel. 76


Alongside historic saloons, restaurants now serve tapas and fancy cocktails, and while miners still take up residence on bar stools around town, individuals clad in cycling jerseys occupy the seats next to them. The Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Angle of Repose,” by Wallace Stegner, tells a little of Leadville’s early story; the story of a town with wagon-rutted roads, mine worker revolts and the occasional public hanging. I read Stegner’s book for the first time earlier this year, and on my recent trip to Leadville it kept surfacing in my mind. However, as I discovered, many of Leadville’s residents are writing new stories in this old town. I was booked for a two-night stay at Colorado Trail House, a brand new listing on Airbnb. While the Colorado Trail House business opened in March 2016, the onehundred-year-old Victorian home in which it is located is a classic Leadville mansion. Colorado Trail House offers unique accommodations to Leadville visitors in a central, downtown location. The main house has six rooms with bathrooms and a Bunk House, opening later this summer. The Bunk House provides a European hostel lodging experience with a shared bathroom and bunks renting for just $25 per night. Interestingly, the concept of renting a bed in Leadville harkens back to 1800’s when a bed was the best most travelers could afford (a private room would have been a luxury indeed). However, this business isn’t catering to folks visiting Leadville seeking their fortune, instead, Colorado Trail House is attracting a different sort of guest - those seeking to prove their worth by taking on athletic challenges at 10,500 feet above sea level. Leadville provides many opportunities for these hearty adventure seekers including the famed Leadville Trail 100 Run, the legendary “Race Across the Sky.” This year’s race takes place on August 13. A block behind Colorado Trail House is the world’s highest craft brewery. Periodic Brewing Company opened in November 2015, and the locals simply call it “PB.” Located at 115 E. 7th Street, the building feels shiny and new, but many of us remember the large horseshoe bar from when the place was the home of Rosie’s Brewpub. In the early 2000s, my husband and I spent a fun evening there making friends with STYLE 2016

locals, and as I stepped across the threshold of Periodic Brewing on a Thursday evening, echoes of the past rang in my head. The next day I delved into an exploration of Leadville’s history. I skipped the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum, which I’d toured several times in the past and highly recommend. I opted for a guided tour of the Tabor Opera House, an important Leadville landmark that recently received the prestigious designation of “National Treasure,” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and it only takes a step inside this 140-year-old building to understand why. As I walked down the aisle toward the stage, I imagined how patrons in the 1800’s must have felt as they stepped off the muddy streets of Leadville and into the opulent theater. In it’s heyday, the Tabor Opera House was known as “the most perfect place for amusement between Chicago and San Francisco.” With more than 150 other opera houses around Colorado at the time, it was a stand out, and it hosted such acts as Oscar Wilde, Harry Houdini, Judy Collins and traveling circuses. This year, the City of Leadville is working to raise funds to purchase the Tabor Opera House from the current owners. The hope is that city ownership will allow the historic building to be preserved through grant money and other federal historic funding. For information on this project and tours visit TaborOperaHouse.net. After touring the opera house, I drove the short distance to the famous Matchless Mine. This tour provides a comprehensive story of Horace Austin Warner Tabor, a man who struck it rich, built up Leadville and then died a pauper just six years after the Silver Crash of 1893. Tabor’s life was immortalized in an opera entitled, “The Ballad of Baby Doe.” Baby Doe, Tabor’s mistress, and eventually his second wife, died inside a cabin on the Matchless Mine property in the 1930’s. Securing a rich, older man did not work out for this home wrecker and her story remains one of Leadville’s greatest legends. Innumerous rumors surround the story of Baby Doe Tabor, but on the Matchless Mine tour, guides try to relay the most historically accurate story of her tumultuous life and death.

Early in the afternoon, I continued my jaunt into Leadville’s past with a Twin Lakes Interlake Boat Tour. These summer tours launch from the Red Rooster Boat Ramp, about 25 minutes from Leadville. Lexi and Jim transported our party of ten in a 28-foot Alweld aluminum boat across Colorado’s largest glacial lakes to Interlaken, an abandoned resort built in the 1800’s, and today, a National Historic Landmark. The only other way to access this “ghost” resort is via a 4.4 mile round trip hiking trail. Once at Interlaken, we toured through the Dexter House and the other abandoned buildings on the property. It’s an interesting stroll through what was once a first-rate resort that featured outhouses with padded toilet seats - a luxury in the 19th Century. This two-hour excursion is $20/person, and includes a narrative on the modern day story of the lakes and the deserted resort of Interlaken. After this tour, I enjoyed another historic activity that has its roots in Scotland, not Leadville. Mount Massive Golf Course holds the distinction of being America’s highest golf course at 9,680 feet above sea level. Open since 1939, the nine-hole Mount Massive Golf Course features million dollar views and has a chill and friendly Colorado vibe. That evening I experienced a brand new Leadville restaurant that’s a mixture of the new and old. Wilde Green Hour is a speakeasy style coffee shop and bar next to the historic Silver Dollar Saloon. Opened by a former distillery owner, Wilde Green Hour takes great pride in their creative cocktails and house-made absinthe. And while the atmosphere is “roaring twenties,” the tapas style menu will delight 21st Century foodies. Leadville will always be that quintessential Wild West town, but today’s Leadville is modernizing - in a good way. With businesses like Wilde Green Hour, Tennessee Pass Cafe, Colorado Trail House and a rumored co-working space possibly opening this fall, a new generation of Leadvillites are creating a community that celebrates its past while eagerly embracing the future. And this makes Leadville an exciting place to visit. Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer and founder of HeidiTown.com. She writes about Colorado festival and travel stories.


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CELEBRATING HEROES June 1 | CSU Lory Student Center Ballroom | Fort Collins

Five awards were presented to individuals and an organization that through acts of heroism and service touched the lives of many in the community. The Northern Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross recognized these Northern Colorado “community heroes” for saving lives, saving property and providing service. The event was attended by more than 150 guests and raised over $32,000 to support the vital mission of the American Red Cross, which is to “prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies”.

Joyce Dickens, Jessica Brauch, Sandy Jordan, John Lee, Susan Cruz Larimer County Search and Rescue-Commitment to the Community Award

Officer Matthew Rundle, Thomas & Tabatha Lang Volunteer Lifesaver Award

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Bashkov, Deputy Sheriff Dayle Rosebrock, Melissa Venable Deputies-Professional Lifesaver Award

Adam Molzer, Eva Sue Littleton (dressed as Clara Barton), Allyssa Snow-Taves

TEE OFF FOR KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT June 10 | Mariana Butte Golf Course | Loveland Nearly 90 golfers in a two-person shotgun scramble format played a rousing afternoon of golf under blue Colorado skies, to support Loveland Parks and Recreation Foundation Recreational Scholarship Program. The signature fundraiser provided friendly competition in three divisions of play and helped to raise over $10,000 for Youth Recreation Scholarships. Since its inception in 1990, more than 7,500 scholarships at a value of over $240,000 have been awarded to local families to enable youth to participate in recreation programs and activities.


Janice & Mike Mueller, Cathy & Jason Weller

Zach Timpe, Mitch Priesnig

Whitney Davis, Ronald McCormick


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NORTH CO MED EVAC GOLF TOURNAMENT June 13 | Greeley Country Club

More than 210 golfers, sponsors and volunteers participated in one of the region’s oldest charity golf events, North Colorado Med Evac (NCME) Golf Tournament sponsored by NCMC Foundation. Golfers were greeted with great weather as the spirit of friendly competition got underway in the popular double shotgun scramble. The day of golf netted over $40,000 to purchase essential medical flight equipment for NCME, the region’s oldest medical helicopter service and additionally towards the Heart Safe City initiative. Photos courtesy of Juan Leal.

Lance Goudzwaard, Neil Bertrand, Scott Raberge, Charlie Shoop

Greg Tews, Tim Warde, Bill Regar, Dennis Gierhart Team Supplyworks-Tournament Champions

PS-S DONOR APPRECIATION GARDEN PARTY June 23 | The Hixon Home Fort Collins

Michael Shirazi, Joe Melendez, Ryan Cosner, David Sanchez

More than 130 Project Self-Sufficiency (PS-S) supporters and friends gathered for an evening of philanthropy, food, cocktails and conversation. Held in the art-filled garden at the home of Gary and Carol Ann Hixon, the event celebrated the work of PS-S in helping participants achieve self-sufficiency while building strong, healthy families. The inspiring event included a testimonial from a current PS-S participant and a clogging dance performance by a PS-S participant’s daughter. Photos courtesy of Ken Sandberg Photography.

Larry & Pat Kendall, Abigail & Nick Christensen

Greg & Beth Churchman, Gayle Kwan, Antonio Barbera


Gary Hixon, Nancy Plemmons, Michelle Bayn


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BIKE MS COLORADO June 25-26 | FRCC & CSU Denver & Fort Collins

The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s 31st annual Colorado Bike MS event began at Denver’s Front Range Community College and ended the first day at Team Village on the CSU campus with 3,000 cyclists in 202 teams giving it their all. The two-day cycling adventure had riders collectively pedaling more than 400,000 miles as they targeted to raise $4 million to support MS programs and research that benefit more than 100,000 people affected by MS in CO and WY.

Team The Bad Pennies-Matthew Snell, Nick Kostiv, Melissa Ernest, Allen Buttner, Mike Kostiv, Debbi Kostiv, Alex Ernest, Nate Kostiv. Not pictured Erika Buttner and Denise Kostiv.

Noah Lennert, Chris Lennert, Carrie Nolan, Debbie Pope

Team Group Ninjas-Anna DeTorrice-Mull, Joey Hansen, Mark Ausbrooks, Jim Watson, Don Beck, Bob Loner, Dave Speights, Wynn Washle, Tara & Jeff Tooley. Not pictured Chris & Kelley McElroy, Larry & Pat Kendall, Mary Kay Loner and Paul Versteeg.

BGCLC 2016 BIRTHDAY BASH June 25 | The Hill at Cobb Lake Fort Collins

Celebration of 30 years of service for the youth of Larimer County was at the forefront of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County (BGCLC) Birthday Bash. A cool summer breeze provided a nice evening backdrop at the summer cocktail party as more than 100 guests came to honor BGCLC’s successes. Festivities included a performance by Loveland Club Members, silent and live auctions, a Black Box game and more. The event raised more than $45,000 and will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County. Photos courtesy of Joel Blocker Photography.

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Back: Mike Grell, Dr. Hector deLeon, Kyle Schrader, Ryan Cosner, Amanda Giacalone, Zach Wilson, Pete Meyer, Jen Parker. Front: Marilyn Schock, Shane Houska, Sue Wagner, May McCaffey, Kathi Wright

Kristi Heffner, Kim Townsend

Wes & Trudy Sargent


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JLFC GARDEN TOUR June 25 | E Elizabeth Neighborhood Fort Collins

Five home gardens in the East Elizabeth neighborhood brought out both seasoned and novice gardeners at this popular signature event for Junior League of Fort Collins ( JLFC). Homes, all within walking distance of each other, provided unique landscapes and outdoor living spaces to tour and plenty of ideas for gardening enthusiasts to take home for their own garden and outdoor living space projects. Proceeds from the event to benefit numerous JLFC projects to enhance and better the community such as Career Closet, PSD Snack Program and more.

Vicki Paulsen, Kay Elder, Diane Leach, Kelly Elder

Tana Todd, Barbara Frare, Mary Francis

Taylor Goble, Sonia ImMasche

Jill Vesty, Roger & Susan Warren

Chris Kneeland, Gwen Hatchette, Bill Kneeland

Della Madera, Mary Carranza, Angie Hinojos


Jane Choi, Mary Beth McCubbin

Linda & Steve Schaefer


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