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Meet the New Stadium

Rendering courtesy of CSU Athletics


Old Town Living


Rolling Boutiques Entice Shoppers


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around town

14 Style Files Spotlight 16 Business Harmony Laser Center Profile 18 Personality Miss Mish Dani Grant

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32 Tailgate Options Food


& Garden 40 Home Outdoor Living - Spectacular Patios

46 Trendy Townhomes & Chic Condos Building

54 Community Leading the Charge for United Way 63

Who's Who in Style

Professional women making a difference in our community

74 Wellness The MonaLisa Touch 10

Pets 78 Healthy Positive Socialization With Your Dog

80 Travel A Slice of Heaven on the Western Slope


12 Publisher's Letter About Town 84 Celebration of Philanthropy Spring Benefit 2017 Fire Hydrant 5K

Young Life NOCO Golf Tournament Loveland Tee Off for Kids NCMC Foundation Golf Tournament Hops and Harley Junior League Garden Tour STYLEMEDIA.COM



Excitement has been building through the summer as construction on the new Colorado State University stadium has progressed and everyone is looking forward to the inaugural game on August 26th against Oregon State. This 41,000-seat oncampus stadium has been a two-year build out and has been successfully funded entirely by $239 million in revenue bonds. And, ticket sales are selling at a record breaking pace promising much higher attendance at the games than in years past. Be sure to read “Meet the New Stadium” to learn all the facts you need to know. In addition, read about the Athletic Director in “CSU AD Joe Parker Looks Forward to Opening Day,” and “Ram Club” to


learn about that supportive organization. Notice the “Gameday Schedule” and “Tailgate Options” for traffic flow and parking on gameday. Our continuing series featuring prestigious neighborhoods focuses on Old Town in this issue. Appreciation has been phenomenal in this neighborhood but the demand has continued nonetheless. Read about the area, about a family that has remodeled a historic home and others who are marketing new construction in “Old Town Living.” This August issue has always been one of my favorites since we have historically featured entrepreneurs and professional women. This country, and more specifically, Northern Colorado, welcomed my entrepreneurial spirit in 1966 when I opened my first retail store and it is just as welcoming to women today. We interviewed four women who have a different twist to retail. Each of them own and operate mobile boutiques that they move around to various events in Northern Colorado. Read “Rolling Boutiques Entice Shoppers” to meet these creative entrepreneurs. Be sure to notice “Who’s Who” in our professional women’s profile and advertising section. We started this concept over 30 years ago when working-women role models were not plentiful. Today, of course, most women work and many hold impressive jobs or are entrepreneurs of their own businesses. We salute these women and encourage you to patronize these local businesses to support our Northern Colorado economy. As a reminder, our 4th year of voting for “Best Of ” is under way. Log on to

and vote for your favorites. We have had robust activity and voting continues until October 15th. The winners will be revealed in our December issue of Style. If your choice is not listed in a category, feel free to write in your selection. We are truly excited to celebrate those businesses that offer our region great products and superb service! On another personal note, I want to congratulate my mother on her 95th birthday. Last week my daughters, Ali and Meredith visited mom in honor of her upcoming birthday. My sister, Ina and I had a party for her at her skilled nursing facility. She enjoyed our pampering and all the birthday recognition. She has been the matriarch of our family and an amazing role model for all of us girls. We all admire her and love her very much! We wish her good health and many more birthdays! We hope you enjoy our August issue and don’t forget to stop by our website, and like us on our Facebook page. Continue sending us your comments and suggestions. We love hearing from you! Enjoy the abundance of the fall season!

Happy 95th Birthday Mom!


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Summer is a buzz with so much to do in Northern Colorado! Here are just a few that you need to get in. LEFTOVER SALMON FRIDAY 11th 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM MOUNTAIN AVENUE STAGE



WINDSOR SUMMER CONCERT SERIES & CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT :: AUGUST 10 Head to Windsor for the final Thursday of the Summer Concert Series, as the Cowboy Dave Band takes the Boardwalk Park Stage! Hard-swingin’ honky-tonk is a descriptor many country artists might shy away from in the current music landscape, but Cowboy Dave and his group of Rocky Mountain all-stars embrace the term with an exclamation mark. August 10, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Boardwalk Park Brought to you by Townsquare Media and the Windsor Parks, Recreation & Culture Department.

BOHEMIAN NIGHTS AT NEWWESTFEST :: AUGUST 11-13 Bohemian Nights shares the gift of live Colorado music with the Northern Colorado community. Bohemian Nights exposes community members to 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 2017 festival will take place Aug. 11, 12 and 13. Please head over to to see the lineup.

Do you have what it takes to throw down, handle the pressure, and take victory by bean bags? Grab a buddy and compete while enjoying the final show of the Summer Concert Series. No experience needed, just nerves of steel and a desire to win! Space is limited; sign up early with your teammate! For ages 21+. August 10, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Boardwalk Park.

Kids’ Music Adventure is the free, interactive kids’ portion of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, located in the Library Park Courtyard. At Kids’ Music Adventure, kids of all ages can interact with real instruments, listen to live music performances, make their own instruments, and participate in a variety of other music workshops! Kids’ Music Adventure is open from 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday of the festival.

ESTES PARK WINE FESTIVAL :: AUGUST 12-13 A celebration of Colorado wine in the heart of downtown Estes Park. Enjoy tastings from over 20 Colorado wineries, fresh food, local Colorado vendors and live music. The third annual Estes Park Wine Festival sets up for the weekend in beautiful Bond Park, where festival-goers can soak in the summer sun while enjoying sipping on a variety of locally created wines. The Estes Park Wine Festival offers the opportunity to taste and learn about each style of wine and the unique process of how wine is made in Colorado.

OLD FASHIONED LOVELAND CORN ROAST FESTIVAL :: AUGUST 25-26 The 2017 Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival will include the parade, corn shucking competition, corn eating contest, the second annual Cornhole Tournament and all the roasted and boiled non-GMO corn anyone could eat! In addition, people of all ages can enjoy a variety of entertainment, great vendors and more. General attendance and all concerts are always free and open to the public. Friday, August 25: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Saturday, August 26: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Derek Blake | Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Blues | Saturday 11 AM-12:30 PM Dearling Duo | Folk, Rock, Country | Saturday 1:00 AM-2:30PM Denny Driscoll's Friends | Tasteful Acoustic | Saturday 3:00 PM-5 PM The Catcall | Blues, Rock, Soul | Sunday 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Matthew Wilburn Skinner | Blues, Jazz | Sunday 1:00 PM-2:30 PM Wood Belly | Rocky Mountain Bluegrass | Sunday 3:00 PM-5 PM

Over 15,000 attend this community event, it's a true sense of what the spirit of Loveland is all about! Supporting the Chamber’s mission of promoting business and community prosperity is evident with this annual event and looking back on the history of the Corn Roast Festival.



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THE NATIONAL ECLIPSE :: AUGUST 21 On August 21, 2017, America will be treated to its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years. It will also be the first total eclipse exclusive to the U.S. since before the nation's founding in 1776. That's why it's being called the NATIONAL ECLIPSE. From Oregon to South Carolina, the eclipse will trace a 67-mile-wide path of totality across the country and millions of Americans will witness a once-in-a-lifetime event as the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun and day turns to night for up to almost three minutes. Most people who have seen a total eclipse have described it as the most spectacular natural event they have ever witnessed. It starts as the Moon slowly obscures more and more of the Sun. When just a small sliver of light remains, you might see "Baily's beads" through your certified safe eclipse glasses, caused by the last rays of sunlight streaming through lunar valleys. Next: the beads dissolve into one final "diamond" in the sky. And then "totality," as the soft wisps of the solar corona surround a huge hole where the Sun used to be. You might notice a temperature drop and birds flying home to their nests. You're standing in a strange twilight, while a sunset glows all around you. Finally, totality comes to an end as the events occur in reverse order. Since looking directly at the Sun, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage or even blindness, special eclipse safety glasses or viewers must always be used (sunglasses are not safe). The small amount of light emitted during even a 99.9 percent solar eclipse is still dangerous. The only time it's safe to look at a total eclipse without proper eye protection is during the brief period of "totality" when the Sun is 100 percent blocked by the Moon. If you're not located in the path of totality, there is never a time when it's safe to look with unprotected eyes. Attempting to view an eclipse using binoculars, telescopes, cameras, or other devices that don't have their own special front-mounted solar filters is extremely hazardous.

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By Michelle Venus


Kendra and Nadine Thompson, owners.


It hasn’t been quite a year since sisters Kendra and Nadine Thompson became the new owners of Harmony Laser Center. Next month they rip off the calendar page to reveal their one year anniversary. It’s been quite a year, with a learning curve that resembles a 90-degree angle. Entrepreneurism runs deep in the Thompson family. Growing up outside Philadelphia, all the siblings (four in total) were encouraged to follow their passions and pursue their vision. Their dad started a software company in the 1980s, which was sold to IBM. After years of angel investing, he bought the Philadelphia Force, a women’s professional softball team, with the intention of creating a new paradigm for professional women athletes where they are paid as much as their male counterparts. The message was clear: be strong women and make your dreams come true. And that’s exactly what Kendra and Nadine are doing. They bring almost polar opposite backgrounds together. Nadine, who says “My first language is computer,” is the tech and marketing side of the business, and Kendra’s background in yoga, holistic health, and esthetics rounds out their collective skill sets. But it was studying somatic psychology (which incorporates the mind, body, spirit, and emotions in the healing process) at Naropa University in Boulder that forged their Colorado paths. “I was here for about a year when I called Nadine and told her she had to come out here,” recalls Kendra. Recognizing the special qualities of the Centennial State made the decision to make it home cinch. The sisters evaluated how they could combine their career paths and came to the conclusion that owning a spa was the answer. Working with a broker, they found Harmony Laser Center and started the conversation about purchasing one of northern Colorado’s most renowned and respected spas, which happened to be on the market. With guidance from dad, they secured an SBA loan and the rest, say Nadine and Kendra, is history. While it’s still a STYLEMEDIA.COM

short history for the sisters, they plan on making it a lengthy one. Not ready to disclose plans for the future, both sets of eyes sparkle when Kendra and Nadine say that they’ve been brainstorming new and exciting strategies.


“We’ve spent this first year acclimating our lives. We had to make big changes,” explains Kendra. They both moved to Fort Collins (Kendra from Boulder, and Nadine from Denver). She goes on to describe how the two sisters threw themselves into learning the business—and their new hometown— and doing everything they could to make the transition as seamless as possible for Harmony Laser Center’s clients and providers. “We had a lot to learn about what was already established and have spent the last year learning the ins and outs about how things were already running.” “Now we’re starting to have some fun, and talking about how we want to innovate,” chimes in Nadine. “I think a year is an appropriate mark for that. The spa has such an established reputation, and our first priority is to uphold it. But now, we get to start putting our thumbprint on the business. Now we get to make it our own, a new Harmony Laser Center.” Kendra laughs, “It’s about rejuvenation; about giving Harmony a facelift.”


“This business is about our staff, our providers,” says Kendra. “We’re investing in them and what they created together as a team over the 17 years Harmony has been around. Most of the providers (the staff members who perform the treatments) have been with the spa since it’s inception. “They are the heart,” states Nadine. “Everyone from the front desk staff to our office manager, Dawn—we cannot do this without Dawn, she is our Jedi—are members of a well-built team. On the day we told them we bought the business, they just opened their arms and brought us in. They’re really special.” The team’s expertise was one of the strongest selling points when Kendra and Nadine considered their purchase. “We work for the team as much as they work for us,” says Kendra “Their expertise, their thoroughness, their knowledge of the industry is what makes our clients’ experiences so special, and it’s what keeps them coming back to us.” One of their goals is to bring a young, fresh vibe to Harmony Laser Center, further enhancing the client experience. The sister duo are looking at adding specialized services not found at other spas. Building upon Harmony’s position as the first med-spa in Fort Collins, Kendra and Nadine’s approach is to continue to be on the forefront of innovation and cutting edge treatments.

Nadine and Kendra plan on putting their own spin on what their brand of innovation looks like. They smile mysteriously and say, “You’ll see…,” when asked to describe it further. Their clients will just have to wait for the surprises, which they promise will be worth it.


Harmony Laser Center has always prided itself on superior treatments, the newest technologies, and stellar customer service. Nadine and Kendra have made maintaining those values their number one priority. It circles back to their team and the relationships they’ve developed over the past almost-two-decades of providing men and women in northern Colorado with the very best in products and treatments.


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CLOSING THOUGHTS “It’s not just about the outside, it’s about the inside as well,” says Nadine. “This business has empowered us and we want to give back and empower other people,” explains Kendra. “A lot of people look at this industry and they think it’s superficial. But at the core of it, it’s about having somebody celebrate and feel better about themselves.” Nadine agrees, “Skin rejuvenation can change your life. I’m a testament to that. I had bad cystic acne when I was younger and my doctor promised I would go from caterpillar to butterfly. He was right, and that’s what we want for our clients. We want them to be butterflies.”

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By John Garvey

Mishawaka Amphitheatre Music Evangelist Dani Grant talks Bands, Bikes, Beer—and Bears Dani Grant always wanted a music-related career. Since buying the Mishawaka Amphitheatre in 2010, she’s tackled challenges few would have the competence and grit to approach. Operating the remote music venue and restaurant, located 35 minutes from downtown Fort Collins in Poudre Canyon, is surely one of the most challenging jobs in Northern Colorado. “The Mish” celebrated its 100th year in 2016, thanks largely to Grant’s leadership. More than a few people, including the Forest Service, the police and the nearby Bellvue community, wanted the Mishawaka shut down when it went on the market. It was a fire hazard, a public safety concern, and any attempt at due diligence was almost farcical. Grant says it was impossible to make heads or tails of the venue's finances. “So, it was really just like here’s this place, you have no idea how much it costs to run, you have no idea what kind of profit it can create,” she recalls. “I think a lot of business people might have taken a look at the Mish once, walked away and said we can’t even formulate how to process an offer on this place.” Taking over the Mish wasn’t a hard-nosed business decision—it was something Grant felt called to and knew she could handle. “This was a labor of love and an opportunity to turn a historical site back into something that was in the hearts and minds of everybody and not something people feared,” she explains. Grant almost shudders talking about the deferred maintenance issues. “The electrical was all pulled together by extension cords all through the building. … I couldn’t believe how dangerous that place was the first year. [My husband] Matt and I didn’t sleep for a month when we took it over." They also had to contend with the stigma attached to the property. “The Poudre Canyon community wanted that place shut down and they had a good reason,” Grant admits. During her discussions with the



community, Grant heard umpteen stories about delinquent behavior—some comical, some horrifying. “They had been there through the days when people were sleeping roadside. You’d be driving in the morning and you’d see someone half way across the white line sleeping in a sleeping bag and they’re like, ‘Oh my God, we’re going to kill someone.’” Grant's original vision of creating a nearby campground for concert goers became untenable. She adapted. Starting a transportation business wasn't something Grant had planned on, but its necessity became obvious during conversations with the community and public safety professionals. By comparison, climbing Longs Peak would have been like a walk around the block. It required starting a separate company, hiring a full-time administrative professional for permitting and compliance, and learning the complexities of a heavily-regulated industry. Super Shuttle even filed a protectionist lawsuit against the company. (It was soon dropped.) The shuttle service, which costs $20 a passenger, ensures everyone’s safety and sanity. In 2016 alone it provided 16,310 total rides, saving approximately 489,300 car miles. “Everyone always gets home from the Mish,” states Grant. “If you get left by your friends, you could have car trouble, you could decide that you had too much to drink, you don’t want to drive your car back down, so we offer everyone, unconditionally, a ride home.” So the biggest challenge of taking over the Mish turned out to be starting a costly second business. After that it was a cake walk, except for staffing, environmental and safety liabilities, waste and water management, electrical upgrades and … STYLE 2017

“Oh my God, the wildlife thing.” Bears. “We’ve had bears rip through our walk-in cooler from the outside in, rip the doors off our compost, and we are very conscious of the fact that if we don’t do a really good job of managing the food systems, we could be causing that bear to be killed.” Customers don't always like being told they can’t take selfies with bears, but Grant points out that it's a lot more humane to frighten an animal off than to allow it to become habituated to humans and their food. When that happens, they have to be euthanized. Water filtration and quality testing is another thing most businesses can take for granted, but the Mish is in a protected ecosystem. Grant says Louie Leber, her food and beverage manager, practically has a degree in water management garnered from hands-on experience at the Mish. Sustainability, safety, compliance, bears—there are too many operational challenges to discuss. “We have 15 security guards on staff for all the different entry points and we have to worry about people jumping in the river, so that’s a tough one. There’s always that yahoo who wants to go swim in the river at night… If people get hurt, they’ll shut us down.” SpokesBUZZ Grant may also be Northern Colorado's most influential music evangelist. From 2010 to 2016, her music nonprofit SpokesBUZZ provided mentoring and business education to artists, and recorded dozens of albums. Many of the region’s most esteemed artists including Patti Fiasco, the Yawpers, Musketeer Gripweed, and The Burroughs first recorded with

SpokesBUZZ. SpokesBUZZ sponsored artists had a strong presence at South by Southwest for several years ending in 2015. The organization promoted collaboration and reciprocity with other musical communities. “If you were a SpokesBUZZ band, everyone knew you’d been selected from hundreds of bands that applied,” states Grant, “so that means you’re of a caliber that’s up there.” The decision to cease operations last year saddened many, but the SpokesBUZZ legacy endures. “We were the first one to say ‘bikes, beers and bands,’” Grant remarks. “Now I think the city uses it as a motto, so that’s awesome, check it off the list. People who live in Fort Collins feel like they live in a music city.” “It has always been hard to operate there,” Grant says of the Mish. “You know, [founder] Walter S. Thompson went through hell creating the place and every owner has been through the same challenges and troubles, with varying degrees of success in managing it. But gosh, you just can’t let it go, it’s such a cool spot, it’s such a gift to the community.” That's Dani Grant for you.

A business journalist and freelance writer, John Garvey has written dozens of published articles on sustainability, business, architecture, wellness and other topics. A Fort Collins resident since 2013, John is the founder of North FoCo Pub Runners and father to three Spanglish-speaking kiddos.




MEET THE NEW STADIUM By Brad Shannon The Long Road to Kickoff Colorado State University Director of Athletics Joe Parker calls the road to opening day at CSU’s new $220 million, 41,000-seat on-campus stadium “a remarkable journey.” The Board of Governors approved the project in December 2014, and Parker came on board in April 2015. He hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped, meeting and beating goals and milestones and setting new records for ticket sales leading up to the inaugural game at the 727,000-square-foot facility on August 26. Topping out at 123 feet tall, the structure covers 17.56 acres on the southwest side of campus. Populous, an architecture firm based in Kansas City, MO, designed it, along with other stadiums built in recent years, including one completed in 2009 for the University of Minnesota that is similar in some ways to this new Fort Collins venue. CSU sold $239 million in revenue bonds STYLE 2017

to entirely fund the new stadium. There is no funding from the State of Colorado. CSU's debt service payments will go on for some time, at least through 2055. Parker noted that the goal has always been to improve the game day experience and connect the stadium and spectators to campus. “It’s a much friendlier environment, and a totally walkable experience for the students who live on or near campus. There’s no more figuring out rides to Hughes and back, and students can literally walk over moments before kickoff to take advantage of the 10,000 seats set aside for them.” Construction Timetable • March 2015: $239 million in bonds sold •

May 2015: Site preparation began

September 12, 2015: Ceremonial

groundbreaking •

August 2, 2016: Top Out

April 13, 2017: Playing surface installed

June 9, 2017: CSU took occupancy

June 16, 2017: Rocky Mountain Rumble statue installed

August 1, 2017: New Belgium Porch completed

Late summer: CSU Alumni Association’s and the Collaborative for Student Achievement Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center completed

New Features, Old Traditions The new stadium – naming rights have not been sold to date, but may be – blends


many of the traditions of CSU football with all the modern amenities donors, fans, coaches and recruits expect from a gameday experience. From the preservation of the playing surface as Sonny Lubick Field to the LED stadium lighting (perhaps the only one in the country illuminated this way) and the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the university gave a lot of thought to what the structure itself would look and feel like, and, by extension, what the game day experience will be for those attending and playing, and those impacted by those events. One approach to lessen the impact on the area was investing an extra $1 million into a distributed sound system that won’t be heard as far away compared to a massive central speaker system built alongside the 50 x 84-foot HD video screen in the south end zone. Graphics along the concourse depict each of Colorado’s 53 fourteeners, Wi-Fi covers the stadium, along with antennas to boost the signals of major cell phone


service providers. A notch in the southeast corner stadium wall will house the ROTC cannon fired after each CSU score. A special section in the northeast corner of the stadium has seating for the marching band, with no wall and field-level access to make it fast and easy for performers to take the field. The stadium seating option includes new premium seating and access upgrades, with club seats, loge boxes, and 23 private suites. The sold-out OCR field club behind the home team bench is a unique space for college football, giving 600 donors exclusive access to club space inside that leads to a field-level patio on the 50-yard line. The signature New Belgium porch is a tiered plaza above the north end zone, with views to campus, the academic core and great green. Also sold out, this area is available to 1,200 donors who added this credential to their season tickets. Concession stands around the concourse offer Italian and Mexican food, as well as pizza, burgers and brats, along with a wide selection of beer, including local craft products. The east side of the stadium includes

the $18.5 million Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center and Collaborative for Student Achievement, and The Old Main Bell, missing since 1919 and returned recently, holds an honored place above this part of the building. Behind the Scenes Players enjoy a spacious locker room with 120 lockers. A 9,000-square-foot weight room, 150-seat media room, and separate meeting rooms for each position help with season and game-day preparation. An 11,000-square-foot sports medicine center includes space for rehab, hydro therapy, and access to treatment and recovery therapies. The players’ lounge features comfortable furniture, pool tables, TVs and video games, and a wall that features players from the program who have gone on to the NFL. More visible is the adjacent practice turf, with a full-sized field, a 65-yard field, and areas for other drills and training activities. "We're obviously excited,” said Head Coach Mike Bobo. “I'm excited for Colorado State and I'm excited for the Fort STYLEMEDIA.COM

Collins community. When I took the job, it was in the works to build an on-campus stadium and it was going to be an awesome thing. Now that it is a reality, you see the structure and the facility and it is beautiful. It was done first class. Our message all summer has been the responsibility we have after all that has been invested into the stadium and facility: that we earn it every day. We earn the right to go in there every day and represent Colorado State the right way." Record-Breaking Sales With less than two months before Saturday, August 26, when the Rams open their 2017 season and christen their new home, 13,600 season tickets have been purchased toward the goal of selling 15,000. This marks a notable increase over recent years, when season ticket sales were 6,700 in 2014; 9,000 in ’15; and 11,000 in ’16. In July, a three-ticket mini plan was first offered, where fans can choose any three of seven games (six home games and the Rocky Mountain Showdown vs. CU). In 2016, 597 mini plans sold, and in early July of this year, 850 had been purchased. Late July also marked the first time single-game ticket sales had been offered for this fall. You Can Still Get In! The public’s first opportunity to get inside the stadium is August 5. The Rams will hold an open football practice combined with CSU’s annual community open house. The open house and Ram Town activities begin at 10:30 am. Stadium gates open at noon, practice starts at 1:00, and tickets (no cost) are required. Ice cream will be served, inflatables will be set up outside the stadium, and the band Mama Lenny and the Remedy will perform. Visit the new Ram Zone Official Merchandise Store, and enjoy the new food and beverage offerings from all concession stands. You can also visit with ticket sales people to buy season tickets, mini plans and single-game tickets for this fall. The stadium ticket office is on the north side of the venue. If you’re a runner, know someone who runs, or just want to get a look inside, you can also do so on Labor Day, September 4, 2017, when the inaugural FORTitude 10k road race is run, finishing on the turf of Sonny Lubick Field. Race waves depart from Moby Arena from 8:00 to 8:45 am, followed by elite/pro divisions for men and women. The event, run by the organizers of the Bolder Boulder, has a cap of 10,000 runners this first year. It was the vision of Gary Ozzello, CSU’s director



CSU Director of Athletics Joe Parker came on board with the university in April 2015, with plans for the new stadium well underway. “Things were pretty settled on the design and site,” notes Parker. “They had issued bond financing, and developed a financial pro forma with assumptions on creating revenue streams to manage the debt service. I came on board and had to develop a plan, take it to market, and see how alumni and fans would respond to offerings like club seats and loge boxes.” We put a marketing plan in place, worked with donors and those with a passion for CSU athletics, and others who had yet to define that relationship. By midOctober of 2016, we had commitments for 150 indoor club seats and nearly 900 outdoor club seats, 46 loge boxes, and 25 suites, ahead of our goal to get there by the end of 2016.” Parker earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan, where he was a three-time All-American swimmer, as well as a team captain. He earned a gold and a bronze medal as a senior in the 1987 World University Games in Zagreb, Yugoslavia. He earned his MBA from the University of Texas, where he worked in the athletic department as a development manager. He spent time at Washington State University as director of annual giving; University of Oklahoma as director of the Sooner Club; University of Michigan as senior associate athletic director; and Texas Tech University as deputy athletics director before joining CSU. At Michigan, he played a key role in the $226 million renovation of The Big House, the university’s historic stadium. Updates to the largest stadium in the U.S., which seats more than 109,000, were part of $400 million in on-campus capital improvements. The project replaced bleachers, widened aisles and individual seats, installed handrails, and added a new press box, 83 luxury boxes, and 3,200 club seats. He led a $120 million capital campaign for athletic facility improvements at Oklahoma, and created a premium seating plan to fund 70 percent of the renovation and expansion of its football stadium. Annual giving at Oklahoma while he directed the Sooner Club increased more than 270 percent to $12.5 million. In addition to selling out all the new stadium’s premium seating and a record number of season tickets, and setting new records in donations to athletics, he’s gotten football games with Oregon State, Texas Tech and Arkansas on the schedule, along with men’s basketball games against Kansas State, Denver and Arkansas. As conferences expand across the nation, he continues to explore opportunities for CSU to join one of the country’s power conferences. He oversees an annual budget of nearly $35 million and 16 athletic programs. His $325,000/year contract goes through March 2020. STYLEMEDIA.COM

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of community outreach and engagement, who noted, “We are committed to creating an event that will become a Labor Day tradition for years to come.” To register or volunteer, visit fortitude10k.bolderboulder. com. Season tickets for six home games at the new stadium and the Sept. 1 Rocky Mountain Showdown in Denver start at $225. Three-game mini plans for any three of these seven games start at $94. Call 800491-RAMS or visit tickets. If you attend a training and work as a Rambassador on game day (see pg. 30), you receive a game-day ticket and a parking pass. If you or your child are considering CSU and visit campus and take a student tour on game day, the admissions department has 100 season tickets set aside for each game for those families. You can also rent space inside to host private events, though dozens of events already booked means much of the space is sold out into 2018. Getting There Ozzello notes that the City of Fort Collins and CSU worked closely together to plan for traffic and parking on games days. Maps posted at provide details on driving and parking, taking mass transit, and bicycling to campus. Season tickets are sent out with detailed parking assignments and directions for each ticket holder to get there. The university studied other, similar communities and institutions to create a plan, and that resulted in the addition of more MAX and Transfort buses, and the ability to secure 15,000 bicycles on racks to encourage people to ride public transportation or cont. pg. 30


The CSU Ram Club is the official fundraising arm for CSU athletics. The Ram Club supports the mission of CSU Athletics – Educate, Engage and Excel – by serving Ram student-athletes, giving them the resources that they need to excel, both academically and on the field of play. “It’s no different than the development office each college at CSU has,” noted David Crum, CSU’s senior associate athletic director for development. “Its sole purpose is to raise philanthropic funds for our student athletes’ educational and athletic experience.” “We have these young, gifted, talented student-athletes, and we raise $7 million annually to cover scholarship costs. We’re the biggest ‘parent’ the university has, with almost 400 charges, many on full-ride or partial scholarships.” All donors to CSU Athletics, regardless of donation amount or which funds their donations support, are considered Ram Club members. Crum said the club raises money for each sport, specifically for their facilities used for practice and competition, as well as travel expenses, through Sport Support Groups. The club recently broke a record, exceeding 8,300 donors, and it accepts any amount for any sport and any cause or purpose, from $100 and up. Levels and benefits based on donation amounts and reward points earned entitles members to specific perks, benefits, and special access. Depending on how much they donate, Ram Club members get access to different seats in the new stadium, or access to specific seats in Moby Arena for men’s basketball. Crum said, “We have a price-per-seat giving model in Moby now for new ticket holders, and in the new stadium, the middle six sections on the west side all have annual donation amounts attached to them of $100, $300, or $500 per seat. We sold all the premium seating areas for the new stadium, part of which is tax deductible as a donation to the university. We also sold out the two VIP areas, the OCR Field Club and the New Belgium Porch.” The club oversees the Legacy of Champions program and nearly 50 individuals and businesses that have committed to donating $50,000 over five years; Endowment Giving, at $25,000 or $50,000; and has a matching gifts program for those working for employers who match employees’ donations. Yearly fundraising events include the Ram Good Time Auction in March, and the Ram Club Golf Tournament in May. For more information, visit or on Facebook and Twitter at CSURAMCLUB. STYLEMEDIA.COM

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cont. from pg. 26 bikes on game days. Anyone who is confused, lost, or has questions on game day, notes Cynthia Eichler, president and CEO of Visit Fort Collins, can rely on a Rambassador to help. Eichler and her team are training and certifying 450 people in the community to assist spectators who want to know how to ride the MAX to the game, how long of a walk it is from various points in Old Town and on campus, what can and cannot be brought into the game, and more. “We want to touch as many guests as we can through our 23 stations around campus,” she noted. “We will also be training staff at all local hotels, and guests there can find Rambassador maps at the front desks where they are lodging.” If you’d like to be a Rambassador, attend one of nine training sessions planned from late July up until just before the last home game. Email for details. Clear Bag Policy On game days, and the August 5th Fan Fest, a Clear Bag Policy will be in force. Approved bags include: • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12”W x 6”D x 12”H. •


Seat cushions (soft and flexible, without frames or pockets).

One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

Small clutch bag approximately the size of a hand (4.5” x 6.5” or smaller), with or without a handle or strap. This can be carried separately or within a plastic bag. All other bags are prohibited when entering the venue. Bags that are prohibited include backpacks, binoculars cases, camera cases, fanny packs, purses, and more. See for details on the bag policy and prohibited items. Schedule & Special Events Special events and inaugural home season for the new CSU on-campus stadium are as follows: • August 5, Fan Fest, annual Community Open House and Ice Cream Social (free, tickets required) •

Mid-August, public tours through the Alumni Center

August 26, 12:30 pm vs. Oregon State – Stadium Grand Opening, Military Appreciation Day, Stripe the Stadium

September 4, FORTitude 10k

September 9, time TBA vs. Abilene Christian – Ag Day with 4H,

Orange Out •

October 14, time TBA vs. Nevada – Homecoming & Family Weekend

October 28, 1:00 pm vs. Air Force – Hall of Fame & Ram Legends, Tackle Cancer

November 11, 8:30 pm vs. Boise State – Commitment to Campus

November 18, 1:30 pm vs. San Jose State – Senior Day, Extra Yard for Teachers, Take a Kid to the Game

Enjoy the Game! Need more details? Have questions or concerns? Visit and For other things to do as part of your game day experience in Fort Collins, check For updates about campus parking and construction, visit construction-and-parking/. For information and registration for the Fortitude 10k, visit Brad Shannon is a freelance writer and award-winning communications consultant with Loveland-based Shannon Marketing Communications LLC. STYLEMEDIA.COM | 970.225.5152 Listing | Purchasing | Investing


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By Brad Shannon

CSU promises an interesting and exciting game-day experience if you’re headed to the game – or even if you’re not.

“We’ll have tailgating, just as there was at Hughes, but spread out differently,” said CSU Director of Athletics Joe Parker. “At Hughes, there is 160 acres of gravel lots, primarily to the east. With the on-campus stadium, we have more than 400 acres bordered by College and Shields and Lake and Laurel. The majority of campus parking will be accessible for game-day parking, and most of that is designated as tailgating friendly. There is actually more parking than at Hughes.” Most parking lots on campus available for game-day parking will allow tailgating. Most programmed activities start four hours before kickoff and end 30 minutes


prior to kickoff. Alumni tailgating will take place just outside the NE corner of the stadium. Corporate tailgating will be on the plaza north of the stadium and on the practice fields immediately west of the stadium. Parking on the eastern edge of campus will not allow alcohol, and “those that selected those lots for parking made that choice and knew when they picked those lots,” Parker reported. “There will be areas of campus where we will set up tents, and those will be available for rent for groups to gather.” The long-time tradition since the 1980s of Ag Day continues its celebration of the

heritage and roots of CSU from the days when it was Colorado Agricultural College (1870-1935) and then the Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (1935-1957). This year Ag Day is September 9th, when the Rams host Abilene Christian and celebrate CSU’s roots, 4H, and an Orange Out game. “There will be special celebrations around Lory Student Center, where we have a bigger space dedicated to this event than we did at Hughes, and a nice grass field,” Parker shared. “We’ll have a big barbe-que, and a variety of different displays that showcase the impact that agriculture has on our state.”


Season ticket holders will receive parking passes and instructions/directions in the mail with their tickets. Parking locations are determined by the amount donated, with special areas for single-game ticket holders, students, and season tickets with no donations, and minimum donations of $100, $500, $2,500 and $10,000. For the inbound traffic flow and parking map, and written directions on accessing specific lots, find the “Game Day Inbound Traffic Flow & Parking Map” and “Parking Instructions” documents on the CSU Gameday website. RVs are permitted in lot #195 west of Moby Arena and lot #310 north of the Engineering Center and Lory

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Student Center. Non-alcoholic tailgating will take place in several lots – check the parking map posted on the CSU Gameday website. Select lots permit oversize and/or towed vehicles. NOTE: No tailgating will be permitted on August 5 for Fan Fest. Tailgating is permitted in all designated parking lots other than the CSU parking garage on Center Avenue between Prospect and Lake, and in the federal building lots south of Prospect. Questions? Seek out a Rambassador on game day, posted at any of 23 stations around campus, downtown, or at the Harmony Road MAX station.

You can also find detailed information on game day parking, driving, bicycling, mass transit, tailgating and much more at Brad Shannon is a freelance writer and award-winning communications consultant with Loveland-based Shannon Marketing Communications LLC.


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For many, the best of all worlds While the exclusivity and amenities of a luxury neighborhood is ideal for some, others seek out the walkability, lifestyle, and pace of an older, more dense, downtown neighborhood. While options are limited, interest is growing across a broad range of demographics – young professionals, those with new families, empty nesters, and others – in urbanist and new-urbanist living. With Old Town Fort Collins a destination and dream location for many for decades, it has long been a role model nationally for those seeking a sense of place and a people-friendly place to call home. In a way, it has been both ahead of and behind the times, with real estate development trends passing it by, then coming full circle back to where it has always been. The huge draw is walkability, noted Angie Spangler of RE/MAX Advanced. STYLE 2017

“Empty nesters, young couples, and others, want to walk to dining, entertainment, the arts, and there’s so much downtown has to offer.” With a home and office in Old Town, Emily Heinz of Downtown Real Estate Partners, regularly works with people seeking connected, walkable, bikeable neighborhoods. “Standard subdivisions don’t lend themselves to that,” she noted, “and people may have trouble articulating it, but they want to wake up and go get coffee, and not have cars everywhere. This is the only place you can get that.” Heinz walks to work, and is passionate about the Old Town lifestyle, which inspired her to become a member of the Fort Collins Planning and Zoning Board. “I’m focused on how we can make more places, not just more houses. Too often, there’s a focus on the major streets as part

of the grid, but in many cases, that’s not the point. We need more focus on the smaller streets, and ease of walking and biking and access without a car.” Old Town is a model for that, that it can be done and has been done. She continued, “What it really comes down to is people want some sort of ‘there, there.’ They want their life close by. Unfortunately, since Old Town is unique, supply and demand comes into play, and that means it’s not affordable for everyone who wants to be here.” Robert Crow of Coldwell Banker echoes the same sentiments. “It really comes down to community, people’s need and wish to have that, and Old Town offers a pretty fantastic balance. We want to have neighbors, and go back to the times of our grandparents, a little bit,” he said. “It’s a little more authentic life, as well, and


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people are searching for more authenticity in their lives – popping down to the local store, having a relationship with a local restaurant, knowing the people who cook and serve your food.” “In a way, living in or visiting Old Town is like traveling back in time. People come here to visit, and encounter locals and people from everywhere else. So many don’t have that where they are from, and that’s a big part of the appeal, that’s why everyone wants to move here.” Spangler observed that, for the younger crowd, “Price point takes away a lot of opportunity for a lot of people. For families combining a household – young families with infants and parents coming to live here from out of state interested in a mother-in-law setup - there are many challenges when it comes to the city and its rules, and the effort to maintain the historical integrity of neighborhoods.” In fact, current prices and a new focus on regulations on short-term rentals mean she does not see a lot of interest in purchase by investors as of late, which may help ease upward pricing pressures that make it difficult for those looking to buy and live here. She does note that buyers need to be aware that, for homes 50 years and older, changes need to be approved by the historical society.


Crow notes that in recent weeks he has perceived a shift of slowdown in the typically manic Old Town property market. “If a property is priced well enough, that leaves room for a buyer to go in and completely rehabilitate it so it functions like a modernday home. With a larger, dysfunctional property – lacking a mudroom, or a master bath/bedroom suite, pricing is critical. I saw a place with four, perhaps five bedrooms on the upper level, but just one bathroom. People aren’t going to fight over that one.” “When you get above the $600k mark, buyers are looking for updates to have been made, for conveniences to have been added. If a home does not have them, there better be something darned special for them to see past those perceived shortcomings.” “We’ve never looked back. We love it here. Our son played football at Tulane, and there are so many similarities between Mountain Avenue and St. Charles in New Orleans. We’ve gotten great feedback, and it is so nice to sit on the porch and be a part of the neighborhood. People are so friendly, we can’t get over it,” says Molly Skold. . Beyond the issue of affordability, Heinz also noted that for some, the Old Town lifestyle is appealing, but in many cases the homes come up short. “So many want a new house in an old area. Some, of course,

do want an old house. Some want the location, and the charm and quality of an old building, but also modern conveniences and floorplans. There are many who, while they appreciate the speed of modern construction, don’t want a home that looks like everything else around them. They want customization, charm, uniqueness.” She cites a group of six vintage homes, including one on Myrtle that she recently listed for sale, where the same person built them throughout Old Town, and, while they are similar in style, each is unique. “They have heart, character. They are from a different time from the typical big-box, cookie-cutter approach. The appeal of urbanism, with connected little centers within neighborhoods, puts a lot of pressure on Old Town as the main place people can come to visit, live, go out, be connected. We need to find ways to do more of that to create appealing places to live and relieve that pressure.” Molly Skold and her husband Karl exemplify the type of buyers often focused on Old Town. They both grew up here and went to CSU. They graduated, got married, and left, following their careers and raising a family. Thirty years later, Karl got an opportunity through his job to transfer back to the Front Range, and, when he came home from work one day and asked STYLEMEDIA.COM

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Molly and Karl Skold residence Molly, “How would you like to move back home?” she jumped at the chance. “We’d not been here in 35 years, Horsetooth wasn’t even much of a street when we left town. We started looking, and our Realtor, Jesse Laner of C3 Real Estate Solutions, was great; but I had to end up where I remembered, in my town, and that was Old Town. We grew up here, we would ride to City Park when we were little kids for fireworks. This is a familiar area to us, and we love it.” “We were on our way to a 10:00 a.m. appointment, and Jesse called and said, ‘Turn the car around and meet me on Mountain Avenue.’ We got here, had the first appointment, and made an offer in minutes. We knew it needed a lot of work, but felt that this was a project we wanted to take on. It was important to us, in returning home, to combine making this the home we want to stay in and being respectful of this historic street in everything we do. We worked hard to consider what is respectful of the neighborhood and Mountain Avenue. Every season here is appealing – the fall leaves, the majesty of winter, spring as things pop to life, and summer with everyone out walking and biking.” The Skolds chose to make their home less Victorian, removing gingerbread trim and lattice work, and adding stone and


Mountain Avenue white trim. Working with Kody Anderson of Whisper Woods Design as their contractor, they re-did the front porch and basement, and added built-in bookshelves, kitchen seating, and more. “We removed some walls to improve the flow, opened up the basement into one big area, got new window treatments, and will redo the kitchen eventually.” “We realized we would not have been happy in the communities way south. We got the social fabric that we wanted, thanks to Jesse, and we’re so grateful.” For those with the means, there are Old Town options when it comes to new homes in vintage neighborhoods, and even topline luxury living in the heart of downtown Fort Collins. Shelly Goldrich of Group Realty has a loft available in the Cortina building that, at $638k, she said is one of the lower priced lofts in Old Town this summer. “There are 20 units in the building. Unit 414, on the 4th floor, is a more traditional living space in its finish than an industrial loft. As a rental, it’s had a single doctor, a commercial broker who did most of his business in Denver, a musician who needed a workspace to write a new album, and attorneys who were in town for weeks or months for trial.” “For those folks, the proximity to

walking downtown, to the courthouse, to coffee, to meetings, was a great amenity. And it has secure garage parking underground, with two reserved spaces. In the last 10 years, there have been quite a few projects similar to this, but when it was built, Cortina was one of a kind.” Carole Newberry of Coldwell Banker represents the Townhomes at Library Park, nine individual units complete with private two-car garages, elevators, and rooftop decks just two blocks from Old Town that fall into what she describes as an “ultra luxury” segment of the market. “The appeal of the location is enormously attractive, and delivers on an age-in-place concept that many are seeking as they become empty nesters or retire, and look to downsize and change their lifestyle. The difference between this and other condo projects in the area is privacy. Other buildings have shared elevators, halls, rooftop terraces, and parking. Five of the units were sold before construction started, four remain, with one under contract as of late July.” For more details on this project, see the February 2015 issue of Style magazine, Bringing Urban Living to Old Town, page 30. Brad Shannon is an award-winning communicator with offices in downtown Loveland. STYLEMEDIA.COM

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trendy & chic TOWNHOMES By Lynette Chilcoat




For people who would prefer to hit the Poudre Trail on their bikes than mow the lawn, or whose forte is to read a sizzling best seller rather than clean gutters, The Flats at Rigden Farms delivers a fine choice in maintenance-free living. Elevator served, energy efficient condominiums within easy walking distance to pedestrian conveniences such as grocery shopping, restaurants, bars and banks, these stacked ranch-style homes are loaded with quality amenities. Built by Landmark Homes, which has been awarded 2017’s Builder of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Northern Colorado, these single family attached dwellings effortlessly make life more simple for buyers.

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“We specialize in ‘For Sale Attached Homes’,” says Jason Sherrill, one of the Landmark owners. The products they provide are residences with common ‘attached’ walls or ceilings and floors, which “are all about home ownership. These are our predominant product types.” Which fits the model of what has become increasingly popular and in demand for the area. This includes both condominiums and townhouses. There’s a drive and desire for affordable yet quality homes in Northern Colorado. It is with this push that Landmark Homes has constructed several site locations that include high-end features both within the interior as well as beyond their walls. In addition to The Flats at Rigden Farm

in midtown Fort Collins, the Ravenna Townhouse project in Highland Meadows Golf Course in Windsor and Morningside Village, also in Fort Collins, are two others among many to choose from. All can be found in exquisite settings throughout Northern Colorado, including Fort Collins, Windsor and Loveland. Sporting a transitional contemporary architectural design, facets within the complex that play a big role are elevator service, secured entry along with a guest lobby, smart home ready technology, and distinctive finishing touches. There are one, two and three bedroom models and all have a garage. Solid wood doors, quartz countertops, wood and tile flooring, tankless hot water heaters, 93% high efficiency furnaces,


and attention to soundproofing are standard. Tucked into a vibrant modern neighborhood slightly east of Timberline, near Drake, The Flats are a short stroll from a name-brand supermarket complete with drive-thru pharmacy, along with many small shops, including a cookie and sub shop. The condos themselves are sandwiched strategically between the Power and Poudre trail systems, with one on either side. In addition, CSU is a few short miles away and the Collindale Golf Course, a public recreation facility run by the City of Fort Collins, can be accessed within minutes. Both condos and townhouses have similarities, but they are not exactly the same. Their variances are subtle, yet significant. “The main difference between condos and townhouses from a market perspective,” according to Jeremy Johnson, listing agent for Landmark Homes with RE/MAX Alliance. “is that condominiums are often a stacked ranch style, incorporating an over/under living element. Townhouses, on the other hand, are commonly 2-story with a side-by-side design. There are other distinctions between condos and townhomes as it relates to the Home Owner’s Association, land ownership, and mortgage financing, however the stylistic difference is easiest to understand because you can see it.” “What makes these condominiums so successful is that they are served by an elevator,” adds Sherrill. “This is good for an aging demographic which we feel is under-served in the region. And the secured entry aspect appeals to most everyone.” “Plus you get a little bit of the downtown lifestyle, without the train and the late nights,” Johnson playfully interjects.



Other clientele these trendy urban homes cater to consist of CSU students, or their parents wanting to purchase a second home to be near their children. In addition, it’s good for first-time buyers, who are looking for a quality home in a moderate price point. Ranging from the high-200’s to high-300’s, all but 11 of the 94-units at The Flats have been sold. The townhouses at Ravenna come in at the mid-to-high 300’s. “We really try to provide homeowners everything they would get in a single family home,” says Sherrill, of the custom Windsor townhouse site. “We include elements such as a full basement, two-car garage, fenced front porches, and higher end finishes than you would get in most entry-level homes.” They’re good for all of the demographics listed above, as well as residents on the go who appreciate lower maintenance in order to put their time into a variety of activities. “It gives them fluidity to enjoy the Colorado lifestyle,” says Sherrill. Upcoming in the Landmark family of homes is Arrowhead, a luxury community now for sale, completing in Spring 2018. Located a half-a-mile south of the new CSU stadium, units are limited—six condominiums and a triplex of attached patio homes starting at the high 300’s up to the high 700’s. For more information, visit www. Lynette Chilcoat owns Chilcoat Custom Literary based in Loveland. She has 20 years experience enjoying the freelancer’s lifestyle. STYLE 2017




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Leading The Charge For United Way Annie Davies Brings Passion for Community Building to Larimer County By Kyle Eustice

As she prepares to step into her new role as President and CEO of United Way of Larimer County, Colorado transplant Annie Davies will soon find herself engulfed in a whirlwind of meetings and deadlines — but there’s a sense she wouldn’t have it any other way. Originally from Michigan, where she grew up on the picturesque shores of Lake Huron, she eventually settled in Seattle, Washington post-college graduation, but had her eyes set on Colorado for graduate school. Eventually, she made that dream come true. “Both places were full of natural beauty, and offered an abundance of opportunities to be active and outdoors,” Davies says. “When looking at options for graduate school, Colorado was a natural choice. One - I knew there would be no shortage of beautiful vistas and outdoor activities, and two - I had never stepped foot in the state and am always up for a new adventure!” Now with her roots firmly planted in the Front Range, her passion for helping others and supporting her community in the past naturally seeped into her new career choices, which led her to the position with United Way of Larimer County (UWLC). “From the moment I graduated from college, I’ve worked exclusively in the public and nonprofit sectors,” she explains. “I am drawn to positions where strategy, growth, and relationship building are important to success. I love solving problems, creating strategy, and measuring outcomes – and to be able to do that professionally while working toward positive social change is a true gift.” While in graduate school at University of Colorado Denver, Davies diligently studied the work of Robert Putnam, a political scientist and professor who has penned countless reports on civic engagement. He inspired her to pursue a career that would strengthen the community around her. “[Putnam’s] research made an impact on me, and taught me the importance of shared community goals and the power of connection,” she says. “United Way of Larimer County is committed to bringing together STYLE 2017

individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and public sector agencies to accomplish goals determined by the community — for the community. I’m very excited to be part of an organization with such an important mission, and honored to be part of the community’s effort to ensure that Larimer County is a great place to live for every child and adult.” Armed with a background in higher education and nonprofit sectors, Davies has a deep understanding about how to make a nonprofit like United Way thrive. She’s held various positions at colleges like Grand Valley State University and the University of Colorado, where she enjoyed great success. While at Grand Valley, she implemented the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program and grew the school’s program to the third largest in the country in under three years. At the University of Colorado, she oversaw national recruitment, marketing, and alumni for the School of Public Affairs, while continuously posting the highest enrollment gain percentages on campus and helping the school increase its national reputation and US News & World Report ranking. Over the years, she’s learned about all kinds of various components to the job, including management, finance, marketing, fund development, and strategic planning/ execution, but she also stresses the importance of professional connections. “Equally important are the mentors I have been blessed to learn from,” she says. “[I have] an innate drive to exceed goals and a true extrovert’s need to continuously build and nurture relationships.” United Way’s mission is to partner with the citizens, businesses, and public service organizations of Larimer County to turn the community’s definition of success into reality. Through a process called Collective Impact,

the organization has set a goal to reduce poverty by 50 percent by 2025. To succeed, United Way of Larimer County is currently working with partner organizations to strengthen families, support children through quality education, increase collaboration between sectors, and align resources in the most efficient way possible. "To accomplish these goals, we will continue to monitor community level outcomes, build out evaluation processes, and utilize data to improve our strategies, tactics, and results,” she explains. “By reporting our progress, and using resources wisely, we will build on our success and accomplish bold goals set by the community at large.” Although United Way has already made a massive impact on the Larimer County community, Davies is looking forward to striving for more. For the first six months, she plans to focus on truly getting to know the individuals that make up Larimer County. “United Way of Larimer County is already a strong and vibrant organization because of the community’s support, the Board of Directors, committee members and volunteers who generously provide time and expertise, and the committed staff at both the UWLC and our community partners,” she says. “During my first six months, I will focus on getting to know the community, learning the details of the United Way’s operations and programming, and asking a lot of questions. I will use what I learn to ensure the organization is accountable, efficient, and providing the very best return on investment to the community.” Kyle Eustice is a writer from Omaha, Nebraska, who spent time in Santa Fe, New Mexico, honing her craft. After a return to Ohmaha, she settled in Fort Collins with husband, Paul Lukes, and two dogs, Petey and Paco.





























































































































































Rolling Boutiques

Entice Shoppers By Lynette Chilcoat

Take a sneak peek at unique mobile boutiques. As a fresh approach in selling trendy fashions and other cheerful wares, these shops on wheels offer plentiful selections tucked into a compact space. In addition, they have the advantage of being able to go just about anywhere to accommodate clientele. Featured are four women who have embraced the true spirit of entrepreneurship. Within their miniature stylized emporiums, a few prime items highlight a distinctive and delightful shopping experience. 59

Upcoming locations: Aug. 11 - Frederick, Lady’s Event for Life in Balance, a non-profit organization Aug. 25 & 26 - Loveland, Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival Sept. 3 - Windsor, Harvest Festival Sept. 16 - Frederick, Miner’s Day

Street Savvy Mobile Boutique Owned by Shelly Steele-Morehead since January 2017, the Street Savvy Mobile Boutique is based out of Frederick. A retail manager for 15 years for Chicos and Victoria’s Secret, Steele-Morehead knows her stuff when it comes to in-vogue attire. “A year ago I was going to open a boutique in the Frederick/Firestone area, but it didn’t work out,” says Steele-Morehead. “Then my husband, Jason, said ‘why don’t you take it on the road?’ A friend with a mobile boutique then went out of business, so I jumped on it.” In essence, she designed her traveling store to have a classy look and feel. “Outside I wanted it to look sophisticated. Inside I put in a floor that looks like wood, painted the ceiling silver and gold to resemble pressed tin, and hung a rustic chandelier,” says Steele-Morehead. “I designed both the

outside and indoor decor, but it really is a joint venture. My husband came up with the name and helps by hauling it around.” She stocks fun and affordable merchandise, such as t-shirts, maxi-dresses, shoes and jewelry. “I love bling,” says Steele-Morehead, who adds, “I don’t carry one particular look, but it’s all something I like and would wear. Utilizing my experience, I help women pick out what looks good with their body type.” “I host home parties, plus recently was at Ladies’ Night at Peppers Fireside Grill in Firestone,” she says of where she’s been so far. Her biggest trial in this new endeavor has been “finding out what permits I need for the different towns I sell in. There’s been a lot of extra phone calls and expense I hadn’t counted on, like insuring the darn thing since it doesn’t fit into a normal retail category.” Street Savvy Mobile Fashion Boutique


The Tin Barn Pam Keever of Wellington owned a brick and mortar shop for seven years. One day she reasoned, “Instead of waiting for customers to come to me, I decided I would go to them.” The Tin Barn was born. As a place where she could sell her western and distressed western wear and decor, the pull-behind trailer also became a means to travel the region. “I want to see other places and thought that this would be a great way to see Colorado, alongside my husband,” says Keever of the business she began in October, 2016. “I have designer clothes for mature women—no short tops or low-rise pants. It’s comfortable but classy. I kind of buy whatever I feel like, such as home decor geared toward western and farmhouse themes.” says Keever. Her favorite location thus far has been Cripple Creek’s Donkey Days, because, “I absolutely love my donkeys—they hold a special place in my heart.” Next on the list was The Rebel Show at The Ranch. “It was kind of crazy because it’s a lot of people at once, excited women who love to shop.” She points out her inspiration came from Allyson Smit, owner of Acey Designs: Street Chic.

Upcoming locations: Aug. 11 & 12 – Wellington, Lube Stop & Much More


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Acey Designs: Street Chic The longest running of the four mobile boutiques, Allyson Smit put her business Acey Designs: Street Chic into play in 2014 because, as she puts it, “I guess I’m a retail rebel.” “My background is wholesale as well as retail. I wanted something along those lines and this is flexible, with low overhead, and I really enjoy the festivals we do. It seemed to be a perfect fit,” says Smit. “Our main feature is a hand-picked assortment of women’s tops, cardigans and kimonos. I try to stick to things in the work-to-weekend style that are easy to try on. Plus, I love the feel and texture of soft fabrics.” Also you will find hats made in Colorado and jewelry by local artisans. Wintertime sees a lot of scarves. “I have learned so much over the past few years of what to do and not to do. Sometimes you get a surprise when you open the trailer,” she says with a laugh, yet emphasizes, “I love meeting the customers. The people are great. Sure, there are bumps in the road, but you figure it out.”

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The Pink Longhorn True to its name, it is, indeed, pretty-as-a-primrose pink. However, The Pink Longhorn, owned by Kim Horton, isn’t nearly as country western as the name implies. Horton founded her business 18 months ago, after considering such an endeavor for many years once she’d seen something similar at a national finals rodeo. Based out of Windsor, her customized snowmobile trailer is eye-catching, sporting an exterior art deco pattern. The interior sets a glamorous tone. “I like the Hollywood look,” says Horton. “There are crisp white walls and chandeliers, with shelving units from IKEA.” Those shelves hold all types of layering pieces such as tunics and leggings. “I tend to be inclusive of all women, from teens to someone in her ’80s,” says Horton. “I don’t lean toward any one fashion. Bohemian is huge, so I carry a lot of the BoHo look, plus shoes, boots and accessories.” Horton states her motivation is, in part, due to her sons. “I have two boys and my husband is self-employed in a business that has been established for 40 years. I have always stayed home with them and it was important for them to see that Mom—a woman—could be a successful business owner, too. And they’ve really supported my dream.”

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Local entrepreneurs and professional women helping Northern Colorado prosper.

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Aspen Speech Therapy is the only private practice in Northern Colorado with clinics in both Fort Collins and Greeley. Our clinics in Fort Collins and Greeley offer therapy services to both children and adults. Because we are not limited to seeing clients solely in the clinic, we have contracts with local school districts and assisted living facilities, we treat clients in their homes, we provide telepractice services to remote schools on the Western Slope, and just recently started equine assisted therapy which we will be offering at the Temple Grandin Equine Center at CSU. Aspen Speech Therapy employs six amazing speech pathologists giving us the opportunity to treat a wide range of specialties. My personal niche is in neuroscience disorders and swallowing impairments. The diversity of our team allows us to work with all populations and levels of care.




I attribute my success to having a purpose, tenacity, commitment to others, awesome employees and team, a little luck and God’s grace! I have usually known what I ultimately want to accomplish. I believe you hit more targets when you have them in sight. Sometimes this has been a few months down the road or a few years down the road, but I’ve always tried to keep some direction in front of me. I have had so many people invest and believe in me. There have been so many great people in my corner to help me along the way. Above and beyond my own drive, I am blessed to have a great team at Aspen. Our office manager and therapists are truly dedicated and talented and make it a joy to come to work each day.


My favorite part of my job is knowing I am making a lasting impact on a person’s life. Our therapy not only improves our patients directly, but also empowers their parents and/ or caregivers. I love watching those involved have an “aha!” moment. When the things we are working on click, it leads to greater progress and that is truly priceless. Whether we are teaching a child how to say an “r” or speak without a stutter, training a patient to safely eat or drink again, or helping someone effectively communicate based on their limitations, I find joy in knowing our interventions are building skills that will help them in all aspects of their life. This is the very reason I do what I do!


My role models are my parents. I am a great blend between my mom and dad. My dad has instilled in me an attitude to always push myself. Whether he was coaching my youth basketball team or encouraging me to branch out in my professional life, he has a unique way of helping me excel. He showed me early on there are never failures but rather lessons to be learned from every chance I take. My mom gave me my desire for the medical field and clinical knowledge and my passion to help people. Denise is a brilliant medical professional, but beyond that, can teach in a very effective manner. I was fortunate to work alongside her for 6 years at PVH as she shared her gifts in the ICU as a nurse, as well as the nurse educator. The care she provided her patients and knowledge she shared with colleagues was nothing short of amazing. To know her is to love her!

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LearningRx works with struggling students and even adults, training the cognitive skills the brain uses to read, remember, learn, and pay attention.Many struggles with learning, reading, memory, and attention are caused by weak cognitive skills. At LearningRx, we identify weak skills using a comprehensive Cognitive Assessment, and then we target and train those skills by pairing clients with personal brain trainers for fun, challenging exercises for the brain. Our program helps people of all ages, from children to seniors. We believe you can get a better brain at any age.


The women who work at LearningRx come from a variety of backgrounds - from teaching to psychology, from nursing to school administration. These varied backgrounds allow our brain trainers to reach people of all ages and all walks of life. We draw on the successes of our clients for inspiration. The client/trainer relationship is foundational to the LearningRx experience. Trainers not only customize sessions to maximize impact, they also provide accountability and encouragement throughout the process.




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The best part of our job is watching the life changes in our clients. They start a program struggling to read, not able to pay attention, and/ or not successful in life and then complete a program a happier, more successful person who is able to read, pay attention, and work faster/ easier. It is wonderful to hear the success stories and improvements our clients tell us. Each person has a unique set of concerns and goals so we tailor programs to meet those needs.



Lemons & Lace Boutique is a contemporary women's boutique located in Front Range Village shopping center. We specialize in quality, unique women's clothing, premium denim, footwear, jewelry, gifts, and home goods. I like to say L&L is a one-stop-shop! We combine the classic with the on trend pieces that will become staples in your closet.


I come from a family of entrepreneurs, and I have always had a love for the fashion industry since I was a child. The reality of my dream that came true comes from a combination of things. I am lucky to call myself a Fort Collins native. I know so many people in town that have been beyond supportive and amazing resources for my business. I am so thankful for my support system, and all of the loyal Lemons & Lace shoppers! I began my career in the fashion industry at the age of 16 at the Buckle. Fast forward to my senior year of college, I got into the internship program with Nordstrom in Los Angeles. My experience was hands-on and one of the most valuable experiences I have ever had educationally. I attained my degree in Apparel & Merchandising from Colorado State University, (GO RAMS)! The program gave me a great foundation to start my own boutique, to which I am forever grateful. Post graduation I was fortunate to get a full-time position with Kate Spade in Denver. Throughout my years in the industry I have built amazing relationships that I will always cherish, I believe the secret to success is to work hard and stay humble, keep things new and fresh, and continue to grow but stay true to who you are.



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Mountain Mist Spas has been an integral part of the Northern Colorado community for 34 years. We specialize in Hot Spring Spas� - Hot Spring Spas� is celebrating 40 years as the industry’s leading manufacture of portable hot tubs in the world. Dynasty Spas� are manufactured in Tennessee and they are dedicated to providing incomparable value, performance and durability while exceeding the expectations of quality and service through dealer integrity. Our Finnleo Sauna’s� roots date back to 1919 and they are the world’s market leader in traditional and infrared saunas providing customers with products that are innovative, yet true to the ancient traditions of sauna and steam bathing. Bioguard� has been the trusted pool and spa care experts for the last 50 years, delivering performance, value, and expert advice personalized to our clients’ individual needs. Mountain Mist Spas experience and know-how make pool and spa care easier and more enjoyable.


We pride ourselves in featuring world class products with world class customer service. Our strong work ethic keeps our customers coming back year after year. Our excellent recommendations and word of mouth insure our yearly growth.


Mountain Mist Spas is actively involved in CSU Athletics and their Meat Science Program, we support various local high schools and their athletic departments, and we donate to numerous local fund raisers as well as fire department fund raisers.



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Nicole & Randy Watkins NICOLE IS OWNER OF ALIQUAM FINANCIAL SERVICES AND SHE IS CO-CHAIR OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY 25TH ANNIVERSARY NORTHERN COLORADO CATTLE BARON’S BALL GIVE US A DESCRIPTION OF YOUR BUSINESS AND YOUR HISTORY IN NOCO. I own Aliquam Financial Services, which provides accounting services for other businesses. We specialize in being an outsourced accounting department, giving companies the expertise and vision of CPAs without them having to recruit and hire accountants. My husband, Randy, and I also own and operate Smart Rides, a taxi service serving Northern Colorado, and Property Technica, a property management company. We are Greeley natives and UNC alumni.


Randy and I are co-chairs of the American Cancer Society 25th Anniversary Northern Colorado Cattle Baron’s Ball, which takes place at the Budweiser Events Center Saturday on Sept. 9. The event starts with a gala held on the floor of the arena, and celebrates northern Colorado and southern Wyoming’s western heritage with fine dining, music, live and silent auctions as well as a performance by country music sensation, Jake Owen. I also volunteer for causes that support women’s rights and help women exit dangerous situations. I’m currently treasurer for SAVA (Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy) and was a board member for the Greeley Transitional House and Women to Women. Randy is a member of Northern Colorado United for Youth, and is incoming chair for United Way of Weld County and the Greeley Chamber of Commerce. He is a big supporter of the University of Northern Colorado, and has helped raise money for Book Trust, School District 6, Partners Mentoring Youth and Boys and Girls Club.


Cancer impacts so many lives. It’s a heartbreaking disease that does not discriminate on age, race, gender or geographical location. We have seen our parents suffer from the disease, friends successfully fight it, and kids have to face it head on. Randy’s mother died of non-smokers lung cancer 20 years ago, and my father successfully fought lung cancer, too. So we are focused on increasing detection and prevention, which will help save lives, and we believe that by working together we can find a cure.


We are hoping for a record-breaking year in both attendance and fundraising for northern Colorado and southern Wyoming! It will be an amazing, heartfelt and fun event, celebrating survivors, remembering those we have lost, and raising money to fund cancer research and find a cure.

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3814 Rock Creek Drive Unit E, Fort Collins $347,500.00 Open floor plan with spacious family room open to kitchen with gorgeous hardwood flooring and designer colors throughout. Upstairs, enjoy a large master suite with 5-piece master bath, laundry and 2nd junior master suite with access to 2nd floor balcony with mountain views. Close to park and neighborhood pool. This home features a deck, private fenced back yard and detached 2-car garage. Close to shopping and so much more!

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By Kay Rios

Even in the most private conversations, some subjects seem too delicate to confide even to the best of friends. Take vaginal health for example. Aside from the dreaded stirrups of the doctor’s office when pap smears or exams are required and then the doctor does all the talking, the topic of vaginal health, particularly in terms of sex, is often off limits. “In the U.S. after women hit menopause, fifty percent have vaginal atrophy, dryness, pain with intercourse, leakage of urine, recurring vaginal infections,” says Suzy Saenz, M.D. and bio-identical hormone expert at Allura Skin, Laser & Wellness Clinic. “But most women simply suffer in silence.” “That doesn’t have to be the case,” Dr. Saenz says. “The MonaLisa Touch, a fractional CO2 laser therapy that involves a ten to fifteen minute in-office treatment, has been shown to be successful in restoring vaginal health.” The science is simple. When estrogen levels decline after menopause, changes occur in the vaginal tissue that can interfere with sex life, and create pain and other discomforting symptoms as a result. The laser treatment helps relieve dryness and thinning that results from normal aging/menopause, from breast cancer treatment or surgical removal of the ovaries, or other diseases that don’t allow the use of estrogen. The laser provides heat and microscopic punctures to the vaginal tissue causing the generation of new collagen and inspiring an increase in blood supply to the vaginal wall. The result is a thickening and tightening of the vaginal mucosa. “It’s the same process as laser treatments on the face,” Dr. Saenz says. The laser causes tiny micro-holes in the tissue, and small holes allow for quicker healing and less down time.” The new use for this process was discovered in Italy in 2009, she says. “The thinking was that if the laser works that well on the face to stimulate collagen production, how would it work vaginally to address some of these concerns? Tissue biopsies showed that after treatment, vaginal tissue was transforming back to premenopausal conditions.” The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the laser treatment for vaginal use in 2014. It was originally used for women who couldn’t be on estrogen for any reason such as breast cancer patients and post-partum women who were nursing. It has since spread to use for menopausal women and women who are having other issues related to the vagina. “It was also found to help with mild prolapse of the bladder, that can start to fall with the aging process or pregnancy, because it strengthens the tissue between the vagina and the bladder,” she says. In addition, the laser treatment can address involuntary urinary leakage that is experienced when coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising. The collagen formation and blood supply to the vagina and the pelvic wall between the vagina and urethra/bladder, gives better support, which can reduce or eliminate the possibility of leakage. The same procedure has potential for treating the external genitalia STYLE 2017

for improvement in tightness and texture of the labia. Treatment has been found to relieve vaginal pain associated with certain skin diseases. All treatment is done in the office with two parts. One is intravaginal and the other is the laser on the labia. It is such a quick process, and with minimal pain and downtime, that Dr. Saenz says, “You could actually do this on a lunch hour.” The benefits are many, she says. “So many women now spend money on lubricating creams, herbs, and pads for the leaking, but those are just bandaids. And this is a real game changer for breast cancer patients. They don’t have to give up intimacy because there is no change in the hormones in their body.” Dr. Saenz, a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist, has worked in women’s health for 26 years, 18 of which were in a practice in Loveland. The transition to working at Allura began while visiting with Rebecca de la Torre, M.D., medical director and an Allura’s founder, at an open house for the clinic. Dr. de la Torre opened the clinic in 2008, starting with skin care and then adding bio-identical hormones. “I told her I was ready to make a change in my life, and her next sentence was, ‘you need to join us.’” Four years ago, she did just that, bringing her background in women’s healthcare and her expertise in hormone management. When the laser process was approved for vaginal use, Allura bought the MonaLisa Touch. After thorough training, the clinic began offering treatments and was the first in Northern Colorado to do so. Three treatments are given six weeks apart, which has been found to provide the best results. After the initial three treatments, one treatment is recommended each year for maintenance. Individual treatments run $1000 each, but in a package of three, they are $2700 total. The follow-up is around $650. Maybe the idea of a healthy vagina is what makes Mona Lisa smile. An educational talk about the MonaLisa Touch will be given at the Embassy Suites on September 14th from 6-7:30 p.m. To reserve a seat, call (970) 223-0193. For more information or to set up a free consultation, contact Allura Skin, Laser & Wellness Clinic at that same number. The clinic is located at 1615 Foxtrail Drive, Suite #190, in Loveland. Additional information is also found on the website: Kay Rios, Ph.D., is a freelance writer based in Fort Collins.




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Positive Socialization With Your Dog By Gail Clark, Ph.D. As social animals, it is no surprise that humans and dogs are very compatible companions. Again, it is no surprise and good news when research into the human/canine bond validated the association between positive health benefits for humans and our social relationships with dogs. Even more good news for humans, your dog’s social calendar is always open to fulfill the need for a social encounter, like hiking, local sports events, shopping in old town, or patio dining downtown where allowed. Many local businesses welcome the well-mannered dog in their establishments, providing a great atmosphere for socializing your dog. As an added benefit, socializing your dog in public attracts new and positive social opportunities for you, too. Socializing your dog with unfamiliar people As a dog owner, you have undoubtedly heard the Canine Professional mantra, “socialize socialize, socialize,” followed with “take your dog in public and have people give him/her treats.” For the gregarious pup or the adult dog who is so thrilled to meet a new human, he/she often wiggles past the treat for a good rub on the head. Alternatively, for the shy dog or young pup who hasn’t had any


socialization or may have had unpleasant or distressing social experiences, positive socializing can be complicated and difficult. When Tom and Debbie noticed their dog exhibiting escalating fear and aggression toward people they took the socialization mantra to heart. As per the advice of their dog trainer, Tom and Debbie grabbed some dog treats and took their dog to the home improvement centers and pet stores asking people to feed their dog. Gretchen would have nothing to do with a treat from a stranger and reacted with ferocious barking and lunging at anyone who approached. In the rare instance that Gretchen took a treat, the person would immediately reach out and try to pet her head. Gretchen would pull back and then bark and lunge at the person, effectively causing them to promptly remove their intruding, uninvited hand. Allowing people to reach out and pet your dog before he/she invites them can be uncomfortable for any dog. Gretchen, trapped on a leash in a crowded store isle, among people she didn’t know who tried sticking out their hand toward her face, treat or not, felt scared and threatened. The entire socialization process was overwhelming for Tom and Debbie, too! STYLEMEDIA.COM

Socializing the reserved or fearful dog When I met Tom and Debbie, they were too frightened to take Gretchen out in public or have anyone visit them in their home. Starting with some basic training for the first part of our session, Tom and Debbie gained confidence in handling Gretchen and her reactive lunging and barking. The second part of our session was socialization with an unfamiliar person, me. Gretchen was on a leash in a large, open room of their house as opposed to the claustrophobic, crowded store isle full of strangers. I was armed with very high value treats, steak! Tom cued Gretchen to sit and placed one hand in the collar to keep her sitting and to pet her behind the head. With the steak in my hand, Tom placed his hand under my hand. Between Tom’s scent on my hand and the irresistible steak in the offering, Gretchen took the treat from my hand and I withdrew my hand. It wasn’t long before Gretchen was eating out of my hand and inviting me to pet her without Tom’s aid. After a few more sessions with steak, chicken, and obedience training, Gretchen became comfortable around people as long as they didn’t reach out to pet her before she invited them. On any given day you might notice a beautiful German Shepherd sitting quietly next

to her owner in a home improvement center or pet store, with a glean in her eye that says “a treat for a pet.” Fearful, nervous behavior may stem from a variety or combination of reasons, such as breed type, inherited temperament, poor nurturing as a puppy, very limited exposure to the environment, or a history of traumatic experiences with people and the environment. Often dogs who are afraid of people are also fearful of all the things that go bump in our world, a form of doggy agoraphobia. In these cases, socializing dogs to people and our complicated world can be a slow, difficult process. Regardless, socializing the fearful, aggressive dog is critical for everyone’s safety and general welfare. Socialization needs to encompass other dogs, different environments, noises and objects. Those dogs that are genetically wired to be reactive and fearful may never become the overly confident, gregarious social canine, but learning how to expose these dogs positively to people and the environment will greatly contribute to the comfort and general enjoyment of everyday living for you and your dog. Gail Clark, Ph.D. in Psychology, Colorado State University Canine Behavioral Psychologist, Trainer, Teacher, Author K9Shrink, LLC | | 970 689 1445 STYLE 2017



A Slice of Heaven on the western slope By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

While the Western Slope represents one-half of the state, it’s a world away from the Front Range. It’s an entirely different landscape and the pace of life is significantly slower. From trees heavy laden with fruit, to majestic mesas soaring into the skies to the banks of the mighty Colorado River, the Grand Junction area of Colorado is a slice of heaven. Foodie Fun in Grand Junction Food is a big part of life in Mesa County, especially in the summer when it’s growing in most people’s backyards. Many area restaurants have embraced the local food movement, places like 626 on Rood and Bin 707 Foodbar, setting the bar high for farmto-table cuisine. 626 on Rood opened eleven years ago in


downtown Grand Junction. This modern American restaurant and wine bar serves up local cuisine alongside some of the best offerings from around the world, such as marlin flown in from Hawaii paired with tender mushrooms from Alpenglow Mushrooms in Ridgway, Colorado. Wine lovers will be awed by 626’s offerings. Their beautifully appointed bar has a wall of wine taps instead of beer taps, and the selection is always changing. Guests can enjoy regional Colorado wines, French varieties or Californian gems. Servers are extremely knowledgeable and love helping guests choose the perfect glass, bottle or flight. Bin 707 Foodbar came on the Grand Junction food scene in 2009, and begin featuring hyperlocal fare in innovative dishes

such as heirloom tomato salad with cucumber vin, eggplant miso flan and strawberry/ barley furikake. The owners of Bin 707 recently opened Taco Party, a 50-seat restaurant serving a menu of six kinds of tacos with local fillings. Dessert options include soft-serve ice cream in uniquely Bin 707 flavors of roasted beet and sweet corn. Next up, they plan to open Dinner Party, a private dining space that will be used for the Western Slope Supper Club which serves pop-up dinners highlighting local foods. In addition to restaurants, food enthusiasts visiting the area should stroll through the Grand Junction Farmers’ Market. Held on Thursday evenings on Main Street, the event is a cornucopia of colorful, just picked food from family farms around Mesa County. STYLEMEDIA.COM

Farm Tours Enlighten and Entertain Summer visitors should take the time to visit several local farms, as this will give them an insider's look at the agricultural industry that is the heart and soul of the region. Most of the tourable farms are in Palisade, about 20 minutes east of Grand Junction. The SunCrest Orchard Alpacas farm gives a thorough and entertaining tour of their operation. Their 35 alpacas are only part of the story here. Inside their small facility, Mike and Cindy McDermott process fiber from 450 farms. They’ve processed everything from yak hair to dog hair, although the latter is very rare. The McDermott’s knowledge of their business is impressive and their tours are a wonderful opportunity to become acquainted with Colorado’s fascinating

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fiber industry. Just up the winding road, Sage Creations Organic Farm is a lovely stop. Tours come with the delightful scent of lavender mixed with the rich smell of a one hundred percent organic farm operation. Visitors can also browse the store where lavender products are stacked up to the ceilings. Photographers will want to spend some time here as the lavender fields against a mesa backdrop make for dynamic photographs. For those interested in touring a fully operational peach business, a stop at High Country Orchards is a must. This is also home to the Colterris Winery tasting room. High Country Orchards contracts with Whole Foods, so Front Range residents have easy access to their peaches during the summer months.

This is Wine Country Colterris has a tasting room at High Country Orchards but also has a new location at 3907 North River Road where their winemaking takes place. It’s worth stopping in at North River Road to take a look around and taste some delicious wine. Guests should ask to see the wine cave as it’s spectacular. A visit to Mesa County isn’t complete without a stop at a winery or three, but for those looking for the ultimate wine tour, JR’s Carriage Service provides a half-day wine tour like no other. Participants ride in a carriage pulled by a pair of gorgeous draft horses, it might be Percheron boys, Commander and Chief, or the Belgian girls, Sarah and Molly. The carriage visits multiple wineries throughout the afternoon, letting the group


pick their rate of travel. There’s a break for lunch at Palisade Brewing Company and an optional, end of day visit to Peach Street Distillers. Expect to stop at five to seven wineries during this outing. JR’s Carriage Service provides other tours too, including pub crawls, sunset rides, orchard and fruit stand tours and much more. Visit them online at www.jrscarriage. com.

And Now for Something Completely Different If the pace of a horse isn’t fast enough for everyone in your traveling party, it’s time to speed things up with Jet Boat Colorado. A brand new attraction in the area, Jet Boat Colorado is the only jet boat operating in the state. Located along the banks of the Colorado River in De Beque, just outside of Grand Junction, Jet Boat Colorado operates a New Zealand style jet boat that’s one of only four of its kind in the United States. It seats 11 riders and can accommodate most ages, so the entire family can climb aboard. There are two types of tours available; scenic or adventure, but the latter is where it’s at. Riders experience thrilling speed runs, scream inducing power slides and heart stopping cowboy spins. This outfit offers crazy wet fun that visitors can’t experience anywhere else in Colorado. This is not an activity for the faint of heart, but it is an outing for anyone who wants to add a little adventure into their Grand Junction vacation. Learn more at JetBoatColorado. com.

Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer & founder of She specializes in Colorado festivals and road trips.



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about town CELEBRATION OF PHILANTHROPY May 11 Embassy Suites | Loveland

The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado’s annual Celebration of Philanthropy saw a record-breaking crowd of business leaders, community members and elected officials in attendance to celebrate the generosity of Northern Colorado citizens. This year’s program included presentation of the Founders Award, the Community Legacy Award and other recognitions, and culminated with a powerful message from keynote speaker Erik Weihenmeyer, the only blind man to summit Mt. Everest. Photos courtesy of

Kristi Benningsdorf, Jen Houska holding Annie, Noreen Houska, L.J. Houska, Dennis Houska The Houska's - Community Legacy Award recipient

Chris Otto, Cathy Schott, Ray Caraway Chris Otto and Cathy Schott Service Recognition Award recipients

Gordan Thibedeau, Denise Juliana

Dave Edwards, Mike Dellenbach

Ann Yanagi, Fontaine & Peggy Reeves

Stacy & Kevin Unger, Jackie & Tim O’Hara

SPRING BENEFIT 2017 May 19 The Ranch | Loveland Shining our Light, this year’s theme at the 2017 Spring Benefit, had guests dressed in casual bright colored attire for an evening of fun and fundraising. The 38th annual event hosted by PVH and MCR Foundations, saw more than 625 guests in attendance enjoying live music, auctions, dinner, and a program with an After Party concluding the popular event. Through an evening of education and entertainment more than $125,000 was raised and will help to support the mental health treatments and services provided at UCHealth’s Mountain Crest Behavioral Health Center in Fort Collins.

Diana Morehead, Joseph Magana, Rick Dorsey, Jo Voorhorst, Christopher Lowe, Tanya Figgs



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FIRE HYDRANT 5K June 3 | The Promenade Shops at Centerra | Loveland

Larimer Humane Society's 27th Annual Fire Hydrant 5K was the biggest canine party of the year with more than 1,200 participants, including 740 runners/walkers, 350 tail waggin’ dogs, 144 volunteers and 72 pet & family friendly booths. The event saw 30 teams participate and the “largest pack” was Water Pik with 56 team members. The morning event rounded out with pet contests, Loveland Police Services K9 demonstration, and race awards for top finishers to name a few. More than $85,000 was raised and will benefit Larimer Humane Society and their programs to help the thousands of homeless, injured, ill, and orphaned animals they care for each year.

Water Pik Team - the "Largest Pack"


Yaron Goldman (2nd), Kyle Danford (1st), Dustin Camping (3rd) The Ultimate Putt top three finishers


Twenty-five teams gathered for a day of friendly competition and to support the mission of Young Life Northern Colorado. A great golfing day greeted the players at the shotgun start and continued into the evening for The Ultimate Putt competition, the highlight of the golf tournament. Three plus rounds of putting a straight in 10-foot putt ended with Kyle Danford being declared the winner. A record breaking $75,000 was raised and will benefit the programs helping kids through Young Life Northern Colorado. Photos courtesy of GetOutside Photography.

Aaron Waters, Jay Brannen, Jared Brannen, John Carter - Brannen Homes Team

Shawn Munn, Dave Anderson, Matt Harrington, Melanie Munn - Logos Imaging Team 1

Scott Kissel, Jackie Olsgard, Pat Fry, Dustin Camping - Timberline Church Team 1

Jamie McCarn, Mitch Benshoof, Tim Lindgren, Georgia Perry - Lindgren Landscaping Team


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LOVELAND TEE OFF FOR KIDS June 9 | Mariana Butte Golf Course | Loveland

More than 90 golfers in a two-person shotgun scramble format enjoyed an afternoon of golf under blue Colorado skies to support Loveland Parks and Recreation Foundation Recreational Scholarship Program. The signature fundraiser provided friendly competition in two divisions of play and helped to raise more than $11,400 for Youth Recreation Scholarships. Since its inception in 1990, more than 7,800 scholarships at a value of over $250,000 have been awarded to local families to enable youth to participate in recreation programs and activities that they otherwise could not afford.

Tom Clock, Peggy Haynes, Don McGlasson, Keri Gallegos-Doering - Gallegos Sanitation Team

Colette Thompson, Colin Bork Colette shot a hole-in-one

Matt Coonley, John Simmons, Ryan Lundquist

Joe Palieri, Madison Palieri, Jon Rhoades, Mike Rhoades

Dylan Hockett, Royce Augustine, Kevin Darnell, Kullan Voegeli - NCMC Security Services Team

Kim Purdy, Terry Dewey, Trevor Manley, Mike Ingram - Halliburton Team

NCMC FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT June 12 Greeley Country Club | Greeley More than 210 golfers, sponsors and volunteers participated in one of the region’s oldest charity golf tournaments sponsored by North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC) Foundation. Great weather greeted players at the popular double shotgun scramble event as golfers gave it their best on the traditional “parkland” style golf course at Greeley Country Club. The event netted over $35,000 to benefit NCMC’s Emergency Services departments, consisting of critical life-saving service lines, including: Ambulance Services, Emergency Department, Cardiac, Stroke and NCMC’s Level II Trauma Center. Photos courtesy of Juan Leal and Sue Warner.


Brandon White, Scott Warner, Ted Warner, Andy Warner Connecting Point Team - Tournament Champions


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JUNIOR LEAGUE GARDEN TOUR June 24 | Country Club Neighborhood | Fort Collins

Back: April Grillo, Abbey Jannsen, Janese Younger, Alexandra Rueter, Kayla Treistrip, Rachel White. Front: Joslyn McGriff, Monica Pflugh, Mara Brosy-Wiwchar, Savannah Ahrens

HOPS AND HARLEY June 24 Fickel Park | Berthoud

Lauren Kujawa with Miss Pickles & Olive


The Country Club neighborhood served as a backdrop for the 35th annual Junior League of Fort Collins ( JLFC) Garden Tour, as more than 1,200 gardening enthusiasts toured eight homes showcasing unique gardens and outdoor living spaces. Each home had something special to offer the seasoned or novice touring gardeners, many of whom walked or rode bikes from home to home. Adding to the ‘Fort Collins in Bloom’ theme were gardening experts on hand to offer tips and answer questions. Nearly $50,000 was raised and will benefit several JLFC projects to enhance and better the community such as ABLE Women, PSD Snack Program, Imagination Series program and more.

Polly Bennett, Michelle Venus

Rachel Steeves, Crystal Strouse

Andrea Kaplan, Dianne Chrisman, Denise Rex

Susan Hoskinson, Ruth McMillen

The Hops and Harley festival saw 3,000 local and statewide supporters in attendance at the fifth annual dog friendly community event, featuring craft beer, live music, vendors, kids activities, a Doggy Doppelgänger contest, and more. The festival created in honor of Harley, a tiny Chihuahua who survived a puppy mill and later became the spokes dog against puppy mills, brings dog lovers and beer lovers together in support of Harley’s Dream. 100% of proceeds from this event will benefit the Berthoud based nonprofit, Harley's Dream, to help create awareness and educate the public about puppy mills.

Mary Erickson, Dan Taylor with Olive

Mark & Sue Heath with Mocha Latte & Vango

Whitney Way, Rudi Taylor

Michelle Chapman with Zoie


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