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On the lady: Ralph Lauren Collection Arwen Embellished Plaid Dress, $3,890; Cocotay Vintage Earrings; Ralph Lauren Collection Fur Coat, $4,990 On the gentleman: Ermenegildo Zegna Suede Two-Button Jacket, $5,495; Ermenegildo Zegna Turtleneck Cashmere Sweater, $865 Fashions via Neiman Marcus Denver Photo by Jody Zorn, shot on location at The Jacquard Hotel
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THEN & NOW
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LOOKING BACK ON THE STORIED HISTORY OF CHERRY CREEK
OUR ITINERARY FOR THREE U N F O R G E T TA B L E D AY S I N CHERRY CREEK NORTH
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GAL ABOUT TOWN
W H A T W E ’ R E C U R R E N T LY C O V E T I N G IN THE 80206
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE STREETS OF CHERRY CREEK
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If it’s happening in Cherry Creek, it’s happening in Cherry Creek Magazine.
t is with unbridled excitement that we welcome you to Cherry Creek Magazine. As longtime Coloradoans and veteran publishers, we can think of no greater privilege than giving our city’s most celebrated streets a proper magazine to call their own. Whether you are new to the area, visiting from afar, or have called Cherry Creek home for many years, we hope that our pages inform and inspire. As one of the country’s fastest growing cities, there’s perhaps no Denver enclave that better personifies this incredible momentum than Cherry Creek. The recent addition of luxury hotels, world-class restaurants and inviting new spaces to live and work speaks volumes about the neighborhood. Yet to us, the ability for these modern brands to fit rather seamlessly into the fabric of an area rooted in small, locally-owned businesses is what’s most telling. As entrepreneurs, we believe it is imperative to support and maintain our fellow small business owners. Seeing how the district’s growth has not impeded, but rather strengthened the neighborhood’s character and charm is encouraging.
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To that end, we are proud to say that every bit of content you will find within these pages is hyperlocal – written for and about the people of Cherry Creek. After all, there is so much to showcase in the 80206 zip code alone. We commit to you that our magazine will continue to dedicate itself to all that is local – from fashion and beauty to dining, living, giving, people, places and parties. If it’s happening in Cherry Creek, it’s happening in Cherry Creek Magazine.
We are equally proud to make a commitment to quality. We believe that Cherry Creek and its surrounding areas are shining examples of beauty, thought, innovation and progress and as such, it is only fitting that the neighborhood’s luxury publication follow suit. As the holidays and new year move closer, we hope that you are able to find a moment to enjoy all that Cherry Creek has to offer with those you hold nearest and dearest. We’ll see you again in the spring. Gratefully yours,
Betsy and Kevin Marr
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CHERRY PICKED THE 80206 FINDS WE’RE CURRENTLY COVETING
1. Hermès Medor Fine Cuff Bracelet, $650 Hermès 2. Taylor and Tessier Fluttereye Necklace, $265 Garbarini
3. Valentino Garavani Rockstud Suede Bootie, $1,245 Neiman Marcus 4. Mignonne Gavigan Madeline Beaded Statement Earrings, $225 Neiman Marcus 5. Veronica Beard Blue Zane Dickey Jacket, $695 Lawrence Covell
6. Clare V. Tan Snake Attaché, $395 Perch
7. Tory Burch Gigi Leopard Pointed Toe Pump, $345 Tory Burch 8. Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Lipstick, $37 Nordstrom 9. Versace I Love Baroque Service Plate, $325 White Peacock
FALL / WINTE R 2019
1 1. Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Bean Cuff Links, $4,200 Tiffany & Co. 2. Master & Dynamic MW50 Over Ear Wireless Headphones, $399 Neiman Marcus
3. The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Shaving Kit, $95 The Art of Shaving 4. Suitsupply Burgandy Flower Tie, $69 Suitsupply 5. Givenchy Flat Top Sunglasses, $380 Neiman Marcus 6. Nightrider Guardian Lion Ring, Price Upon Request Nightrider
7. Boss Bomber Jacket, $1,295 Hugo Boss
8. Ermenegildo Zegna Dark Blue Tiziano Sneakers, $750 Andrisen Morton
9. Shinola Runwell Sport Chrono Watch, $925 Shinola
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A Refreshing Approach to Real Estate IN A BROKER-RICH LANDSCAPE, INDUSTRY VETERAN ANN KERR STANDS OUT FROM THE CROWD
the type of staying power that can only be achieved through In a market rich with realtors, Ann Kerr stands out from honesty, integrity and unrelenting authenticity. the pack. And while her sales record speaks for itself, (Ann is recognized as one of Denver’s top producers and has What’s more, when you hire Ann, you get Ann. “I answer been named to the Who’s Who of Luxury Real Estate) she’s phone calls and emails directly. It’s extremely important to anything but a salesperson, believing instead in the power of me that I take responsibility for knowing every detail of relationships. “I’m not very good at ‘selling’ per se – my view every transaction,” she attests. A notion that may seem on brokerage is that my role is to help my client make simple, but in a thriving market such as Denver’s, the best buying or selling decision relying on my one that is far too often not the case. “There are expertise, which may or may not result in a sale so many ‘experts’ in the media providing in the short term,” the long time Cherry Hills I’M IN IT FOR THE misleading information which cannot be Village resident reveals. “I’m in it for the LONG HAUL AND AS A universally applied across the board to long haul and as a friend and neighbor to FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR TO every home sale,” she explains. “A broker many of my clients, I value these personal MANY OF MY CLIENTS, who has experience in your area and has relationships.” Indeed, her more than I VALUE THESE been selling real estate through many twenty-year tenure in the industry reflects PERSONAL
I ANSWER PHONE CALLS AND EMAILS DIRECTLY.
Ann most definitely walks the walk, enlisting a wide variety of tools and programs for both IMPORTANT TO ME THAT I buyers and sellers. “No two clients and no TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR two homes are alike. I like to approach each KNOWING EVERY DETAIL listing from a fresh perspective, engaging my It’s this type of honesty and expertise OF EVERY TRANSACTION. wide network of contacts and a wide variety of that has made Ann not only a real estate strategies – whether it’s a wine tasting event leader, but a community leader as well. at a new listing or an article in a local publication In fact, she has served on countless boards – to sell a home.” This creativity, coupled with tried-andand committees including the Cherry Hills Village true knowledge and a stellar reputation, serves her clients Planning and Zoning Commission, The John Lynch extremely well. Foundation, University of Oklahoma Alumni Association, Swim Across America, the Cherry Hills Village Elementary School “To be successful in any kind of real estate market, you must Accountability Committee, the Colorado Lacrosse Foundation, start with the needs of your clients, always be committed to those US Lacrosse and the University of Denver Lacrosse, PIVOT, needs and utilize your experience to the maximum,” she finishes. and the Denver Ballet Guild. market cycles can give the best advice on selling your home to the right buyer for the right price.”
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HAUNTS AND HAPPENINGS IN CHERRY CREEK NORTH
WORKING IT OUT IF CHERRY CREEK NORTH ISN’T INUNDATED WITH THE HEALTHIEST AND BEST LOOKING PEOPLE IN DENVER, IT CERTAINLY ISN’T FOR A LACK OF OPTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING THAT SWEAT SESH IN. At last count, there were 14 fitness destinations peppered throughout the neighborhood. Whether you love sweating over a stationary bike, dancing to the beats of JLo and Maroon 5, or knocking out three sets of crunches at the hands of a 30-something trainer named Dakota or Kale, the 80206 has you covered. So while, yes, the original Cherry Creek North fitness pioneer — Pura Vida — has closed its well-designed doors, there’s been a rapid infusion of health havens to help the neighbors of the North burn calories, gain muscle, and ditch fat. Here’s a peek at the newcomers battling it out for your membership.
SOULCYCLE DENVER SoulCycle prides itself as your sanctuary. Prepare for your day, establish focus and alleviate whatever’s troubling you by sweating it all out on the bike. Let your body fuel your mind with the assistance of a dim, candlelit room, inspiring instructors, plenty of pumpin’ music and the inspiration and camaraderie of your fellow riders. You’re all in this together. M
265 St. Paul Street / soul-cycle.com /@soulcycle
RISE NATION CHERRY CREEK It’s time to climb. Jason Walsh—Rise Nation founder and renowned Los Angeles trainer—drew on his knowledge of human physiology and developed climbing routines to produce satisfying results, with very low risk. Climbing is a motion the human body evolved to make, and rising aligns your spine and engages all major muscle groups, with zero-impact. Unlike other fitness machines, the Versaclimber doesn’t retain momentum, meaning you earn every foot of elevation during your 30-minute climb. There’s a reason why Rise Nation workouts burn nearly twice as many calories as other cardio routines.
155 St. Paul Street / risenationco.com/@risenationco
ORANGETHEORY FITNESS Science-backed. Technology-tracked. A personal trainer guides you through an hourlong HIIT class of cardio, indoor rowers, weight training blocks, and floor exercises. Their OTbeat heart rate monitors enable you to see personalized results in real-time so you know when to push harder, or scale back, in order to optimize your results.
2780 E. 2nd Avenue / orangetheoryfitness.com / @orangetheorycherrycreek
AKT CHERRY CREEK AKT is a dance-based cardio fitness and wellness brand, fueled by positivity and a combination of personal training and movement-based techniques. Its unique combination of toning, interval, circuit and dance-based workouts are reinvented every three weeks with new original programming created by founder and celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser. One class alternates between choreographed dance sections and short strength intervals, while methodically breaking down each step to make sure you learn the entire dance by the end of the class. M
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2445 E. 3rd Avenue / theakt.com /@theaktcherrycreek
RINGING ENDORSEMENTS STILL RELATIVELY NEW TO CHERRY CREEK NORTH, ACREDO IS THE BRIDAL LOUNGE WHERE WEDDING AND ENGAGEMENT RINGS ARE TAILORED TO YOUR STYLE. Consider yourself the creative behind the ring, whether it’s an elegant groove, an exceptional stone setting or a completely new interplay of colors. Their workshop in Pforzheim, Germany, is the backdrop responsible for the highest quality of materials towards this customdesigned experience. Blending tradition with modern technology – not only in the custom design but also in the production processes, these one-of-a-kind, unique rings are manufactured by combining stateof-the-art production technology with the traditional goldsmith’s art. After selecting your favorite style elements from a thousand samples that you can touch and try on, Acredo utilizes 3D computer-assisted design software to see exactly what your design will look like. Your perfect piece of jewelry is crafted in virtual reality and modified before your eyes, with pricing for each option remaining transparent throughout the process.
acredo-rings.com / @acredo.usa
TABLE THE ISSUE THERE’S A NEW SHOP GRACING THE CORNER OF 3RD AND COLUMBINE STREETS AND, FOR US, IT WAS A MUCH NEEDED ADDITION TO THE DISTRICT’S RETAIL SCENE. Enter White Peacock. The uber luxe tabletop and gift boutique is helmed by Brass Bed alums Olivia Louis, Doug Parsons and Molly Myers and is, quite simply, a haven of good taste and dreamy design. Named for the rarest and most beautiful of birds, the store carries everything a modern host or hostess could want, from crystal Baccarat picture frames to hand-painted Anna Weatherly dinner plates. In fact, many of White Peacock’s vendors are exclusive to the shop in Denver, making their selections highly curated and truly unique. We love the shop’s vast selection of colorful yarn dyed table linens, all of which are arranged on a brightly beautiful wall. “We really wanted to capture putting art into your home, but not just for the design aspect, to make it functional as well,” coowner Molly Myers says. “Our china pieces like Herend and Anna Weatherly are the only two companies left that hand paint their china. We’re trying to keep that tradition in place and that idea of art in your home that’s actually useful and utilitarian.” And while yes, tradition is widely celebrated at White Peacock, the store insists that it wants a younger generation of hosts and hostesses to feel right at home, inspiring a whole new group of entertainers. Added bonus? White Peacock offers registry services perfect for brides and grooms looking to step outside of the big-box stores for a more intimate and personal experience.
whitepeacockdenver.com / @whitepeacockdenver
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AT THE CENTER SANTA’S GRAND ARRIVAL On Saturday, November 16th, Santa’s Flight Academy will land at Cherry Creek Shopping Center! Celebrate Santa’s arrival with holiday entertainment, Spinphony, the Original Dickens Carolers, giveaways, face painting, sweet treats, and more. Plus, check out the dance party and magical snow fall inside Santa’s sleigh.
CHERRY CREEK’S ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING + AFTER PARTY Kick off the holiday season on November 23 with Nick Ferguson at Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Enjoy hot chocolate, sweet treats, and entertainment as guests count down to the lighting of Cherry Creek’s 60’ Christmas tree. Then, gather inside for an elegant after-party.
SANTA CLAUS & PAWS Bring your fur babies to pose for a special photo with Santa. Dogs and cats large and small are invited to get their photo taken with Santa in Grand Court of Cherry Creek Shopping Center on Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 8th. It’s the ultimate holiday event for every pet lover.
HOLIDAY CHEER CHERRY CREEK WAS MADE FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON Charmed with its festive lights and a small town-feel that exudes the coziness and family-themed winter wonderland that goes hand-in-hand with this time of year, there are countless activities, events and amenities to get you in the holiday spirit.
IN THE NORTH SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Shop small at Cherry Creek North’s 175 retailers, restaurants and local service providers on Saturday, November 30th. Our picks? Hit up Artisan Center for unique and lovable gifts for everyone on your list. Also saunter down to Denver Darling for apparel that’s, well, darling and stop in to Lawrence Covell for something ultra-luxe for your fanciest friend.
YULETIDE CAROLERS Singing loud for all to hear, the Yuletide Carolers are back to spread holiday cheer on select weekends and weekdays throughout the season.
MENORAH LIGHTING For the second year, Chabad of Cherry Creek will host a community Menorah Lighting celebration on the Sunday of Chanukah with hot latkes, sing-a-longs, donuts, dreidels and more.
WINTER FEST On Saturday, December 14th, the district’s popular Winter Fest takes place on Fillmore Plaza and at participating businesses throughout the area. The festive (and free) celebration will culminate on Fillmore Plaza, transforming the street into a winter wonderland with live ice carving, fire pits with outdoor seating, ice princesses on stilts, face painting and more. M
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FROM LONDON TO DENVER We’re longtime fans of British fragrance brand Jo Malone London. In fact, we’d spot the familiar scent of Malone’s Orange Blossom a mile away. Now, we can revel in all of the Jo Malone goodness we wish with the opening of the company’s brand new retail concept at Cherry Creek Shopping Center in late November. The new boutique will give customers the chance to discover the brand in an elevated, new environment that mixes English classicism with modern light and space. Inside, guests will find their favorite perfumes and colognes, bath and body items, decadent gifts and home fragrances, all styled within the boutique’s well designed space that juxtaposes heritage furnishings with stark contemporary elements, creating a destination where shopping becomes inspiring. From advice on styling a scented statement through Malone’s “Joy of Fragrance Combining” to finding a personalized gift, or simply indulging in a relaxing hand and arm massage at the Tasting Bar, the boutique is much more than a shop, but rather a bespoke experience.
jomalone.com / @jomalonelondon
WHERE FASHION MEETS ART Vancouver, Canada-based Aritzia has opened its stylish doors in Denver – and we couldn’t be happier. Known for its well constructed, beautifully designed contemporary women’s clothing, Aritizia’s Cherry Creek boutique is perfectly inviting, with a mix of local influences, natural materials, custom furniture and art. Inside, the label’s mix of 13 in-house brands - each of which has its own distinctive look, creative team and name – is rounded out by favorites that complement the Aritizia look. Think Citizens of Humanity, Adidas and Agolde among others. The common thread across all of the shop’s brands is a near obsession with quality and details, and it shows. We love the well constructed coats and blazers from the Wilfred brand mixed with perfectly constructed cashmere sweaters. But the clothing isn’t the only showstopper in the space. All of Aritzia’s 90 boutiques across North America are peppered with original paintings, sculpture and prints. Even the shopping bags serve as a canvas for creative expression. This season, you’ll find iconic fine art and fashion photographer Juergen Teller’s work adorning Aritzia’s bags.
aritzia.com / @aritzia
A BOHO BEAUTY California-based Johnny Was also opens its Denver doors this November. Known for its dreamy kimono jackets and exquisite embroidery, the line is as eclectic as it is appealing. The Cherry Creek location marks the brand’s first in Colorado and 53rd overall. As customers enter the bright 1,800 square foot store they will be met with large colorful nature-inspired murals by artist Chris Lord matched alongside the brand’s distinctive colorful signature prints and handcrafted embroidery, featuring rich silks and luxurious velvets. The store will carry a full range of ready-to-wear, accessories, home, and vintage treasures.
johnnywas.com / @johnnywas
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ON AMBER: Michael Kors Collection Belted Leopard Print Ruffle Wrap Dress, $1,990; Michael Kors Collection Fitted Plaid Stretch Wool Blazer, $2,150; Chloe Aby Medium Day Shoulder Bag, $2,390 ON DESIRE: Oscar de La Renta Floral Print Wrap Dress, $2,790; Mignonne Gavigan Earrings, $298; Chloe Rosie Rimless Scalloped Sunglasses, $420; Chloe C Mini Glossy Top Handle Bag, $1,990 ON CAROLINA: White Valentino Slacks, $1,250; Burberry Trench, $3,450; Chloe C Croc-Embossed Leather Shoulder Bag, $2,090
MEET THE BLOGGERS AND INSTA-LEBRTIES CELEBRATING CHERRY CREEK STYLE, ONE POST AT A TIME PHOTOS BY K AT IE B RAD SH AW FAS HI O N S BY NE I M A N M A R C U S D E N V E R
Who: Amber Wilkerson What: Every Once in a Style EVERYONCEINASTYLE.COM / @EVERYONCEINASTYLE
Local gal about town Amber Wilkerson (who also graces the radio waves daily on Alice 105.9) started her well-loved blog, Every Once in a Style, in 2013 as a forum to share affordable style inspiration and shopping advice. Since then, her popularity in the blogosphere has skyrocketed, with women flocking to her site and Instagram page for fashion inspo, beauty tips and mile high city lifestyle tidbits. Describe your personal style in four words... Feminine, trendy, and always evolving What will we ALWAYS find in your closet? A variety of denim
What will we NEVER find in your closet? Overalls Most treasured item in your wardrobe? Anything I’ve inherited from my mom’s closet Who is your ultimate style icon? Blake Lively Favorite Cherry Creek restaurant? True Food Favorite Cherry Creek hotspot for grabbing a cocktail? Rooftop at the Halycon in the summer
Elliatt Jumpsuit, $180; Valentino Garavani V Chain Small Metallic Clutch Bag, $845
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Favorite places to shop in Cherry Creek? Zara and Nordstrom
Python Printed Millie Boot Stuart Weitzman, $875
Who: Desire’ Falk What: Darling, be Daring DARLINGBEDARING.COM / @DESIREFALK Fashion lover Desire’ Falk’s Darling, be Daring blog began several years ago as a creative outlet where she could get all of her ideas out on paper (or on screen). Since then, the site and Falk’s corresponding Instagram page have reached new heights. Today, Darling, be Daring is a women’s lifestyle blog that is all things girly and glam. A little fashion, a little travel, beauty, and health. “I want it to feel like a conversation with my girlfriends - a chat over some wine and pizza and a space that I can be me and you can be you,” she explains. “No apologies. Darling, be Daring; because no day should be a waste of perfectly good lipstick.” Describe your personal style in four words... Classic, romantic, girly, and mood based
Who is your ultimate style icon? Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl and Morgan Stewart Favorite Cherry Creek restaurant? A tie between Matsuhisa and Hillstone Favorite Cherry Creek hotspot for grabbing a cocktail? Quality Italian for an Aperol Spritz or Le Bilboquet for a glass of Rosé. Favorite places to shop in Cherry Creek? A tie between Aritzia and Aline Boutique Most needed store that Denver currently does not have? Club Monaco and Goop
What will we ALWAYS find in your closet? I love a good dress that I can throw in a suitcase and know that I am set for everything. A bomb block heel for both comfort and height, and a well-made white tee and good pair of mom jeans. What will we NEVER find in your closet? Super clunky shoes or too dark of a lipstick Most treasured item in your wardrobe? My Chanel bag
Chloe Calfskin Crossbody Bag, $1,690 Neiman Marcus
Dolce & Gabanna Corset Dress, $2,495
Who: Carolina Hellal What: Chic Talk CHICTALKCH.COM / @CHICTALKCH The aptly named Chic Talk serves as the online hub for Latina beauty Carolina Hellal’s style, love of fashion, travel adventures, beauty tips and life as a new mom. Readers can expect weekly style inspiration, blog posts featuring Hellal’s favorite clothing and beauty brands, outfit ideas and, now that the brunette beauty is a mother, plenty of baby content. Why did you start your blog and how has it evolved over the years? I started my blog inspired by a few fashion bloggers I was following at the time. I remember reading their blog posts every day and thinking that I wanted to create a space where I could share my vision, too. I’ve always loved fashion and seeing their work inspired me so much to start my own blog and use it as a creative outlet. At the beginning it was solely about fashion but over the years blogging has become my full time job and Chic Talk has evolved into a lifestyle platform where I share multiple topics including beauty, home decor, motherhood, style and a little about my personal life.
Most treasured item in your wardrobe? My YSL crossbody bag. It was the first designer handbag I purchased and it’s very special to me. Who is your ultimate style icon? Caroline de Maigret Five dream dinner party guests? Sarah Jessica Parker, Meryl Streep, Carolina Herrera, Aimee Song and Michelle Obama Favorite Cherry Creek restaurant? Hillstone Favorite places to shop in Cherry Creek? Nordstrom is my go-to store because I can find most of my favorite brands in one place, but I also love Zara and Aritzia. Most needed store that Denver currently does not have? Mango
What will we ALWAYS find in your closet? Jeans What will we NEVER find in your closet? Sky-high heels
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AS THE OWNER AND TOUR DE FORCE BEHIND PERCH, LAURIE O’CONNELL SPLITS HER TIME BETWEEN VAIL AND CHERRY CREEK. Get to know the former New Yorker whose fashion tenure at J.Crew, Calvin Klein and Condé Nast eventually led her to Colorado, where she’s dressing Cherry Creek women in indelible style.
Who is your style icon?
A little bit about your background in fashion: I started working for J.Crew in their catalog division right out of college. It was the perfect NYC job – I got to play with clothes all day! After J.Crew, I worked for a fashion photographer, worked at Calvin Klein (in the Carolyn Bessette days) and for Condé Nast magazines as a Photo Editor. I had a wonderful career in New York and brought all of my knowledge here to Colorado, and Perch had been percolating all of that time.
Why did you start Perch and what made you open a location in Cherry Creek? When I first moved to Colorado, I had a variety of sales jobs. None of them were satisfying my creative side. I started asking people where they shopped and no one had a good answer. Vail needed a contemporary boutique and I needed Perch - it was a great fit! Cherry Creek happened because one of my customers wanted it to happen so badly that she found me the real estate - I couldn’t really say no!
How would you describe your personal style? My J.Crew roots will always stay with me. I am a “modern” prep at heart - I love stripes, blazers and anything navy!
My Grandfather actually... he wore Lilly Pulitzer blazers and Gucci loafers, he loved bright colors! He looked amazing in a tuxedo and charmed the heck out of everyone. Growing up, I just loved to see what he was going to wear next.
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Most days, you can find me wearing… Something navy, usually a Veronica Beard blazer and my animal print mules.
Go-to look for a night out? For me, an Ulla Johnson top and some ponte pants. For my clients, something metallic and sexy!
Items you are coveting for Fall/Winter? There is an “Après Ski” sweater movement happening so I am loving all of the ski inspired looks! I also love Moussy jeans - they look great on everyone!
When you’re in Cherry Creek, what’s your favorite restaurant to grab dinner? Quality Italian
What about a cocktail? Where and what’s your order? The Gardener from Matsuhisa with blanco tequila - it’s so delicious!
Beauty product you can’t live without? Beautycounter’s Nourishing Rosewater Mist and Sara Happ’s lip gloss.
Favorite designers? Veronica Beard is really killing it! I don’t know of another designer where a woman could fill her entire closet with it and still want more. The Veronicas (there are two Veronica Beards who started the company) are both gorgeous and amazing women. I like to get behind a line where the company is doing good things for the community. I also love Derek Lam 10 Crosby lately and I adore Jonathan Simkhai!
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gr LE BILBOQUET IN 2013, THE NEW YORK POST ANOINTED LE BILBOQUET “THE SNOBBIEST RESTAURANT IN THE CITY.” Think about that. It’s most certainly a heavyweight title belt of a reputation. The only issue with it all, according to co-owner Rick Wahlstedt, is that the moniker was more of superlative than of substance.
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“The story from The New York Post was a bit of a mislabel because a lot of patrons have come to know Philippe (co-owner Phillipe Delgrange) very well over the years, dating back to the original location that could only seat 38 guests,” Wahlstedt begins. “The venue became very popular and extremely difficult to get a table due to the size. As a result, a lot of people had to be turned away and then it became known as the hardest table to get in town. Unfortunately, that reputation followed when it grew into a larger restaurant, but that’s not what Le Bilboquet is about. We’re not snobby and we always go the extra mile to make our guests feel at home.” New York City is a far cry from Denver, Wahlstedt and Delgrange’s latest touchdown for their newest French invasion amidst the curated streets and boomtown neighborhood of Cherry Creek North at the corner of St. Paul Street and 3rd Avenue. A sprawling 6,000 square-foot space radiates a mélange of style, design and flavor, all under the watchful eye of Executive Chef
“We knew that Denver was a great market and felt that the Cherry Creek neighborhood was so special. We couldn’t have found a more perfect place than this residential area set amongst unique shops that’s walking distance to everything. It creates a community bond,” says Wahlstedt. “We couldn’t be happier to be here.” The wildly popular and critically lauded French restaurant immediately struck a chord with celebrities and affluent types when it first launched in New York’s Upper East Side in 1986. After the original Le Bilboquet closed and relocated three blocks south of the original nook in 2013, the restaurant quickly regained its legions of loyal followers and supplied the demand for a second location to open in Dallas shortly thereafter. A third location followed in the fall of 2014 in Atlanta and a fourth locale in Sag Harbor, New York in 2017. The Cherry Creek restaurant is Le Bilboquet’s fifth and certainly not its last.
Cyrille Holota and Chef de Cuisine Ben Ashworth, formerly of Bistro Vendôme. Offering classic favorites like PEI mussels, Wagyu beef tartare, veal scallopini, their legendary Cajun chicken, crème brûlée, and chocolate mousse, there will also be rotating local beers on tap, signature cocktails and an extensive wine list featuring French and American selections. Delgrange explains, “We selected Denver due to its popularity that has rapidly increased its population. We’ve had countless recommendations from our current customers to go to Colorado and came across an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. We’re excited to be part of an excellent portfolio of fine dining and award-winning eateries.” Aesthetically, Le Bilboquet Denver is as artistic a restaurant as you will ever encounter, courtesy of Carolina von Humboldt of CvH Interiors in New York. It’s a stunning, luxurious assembly of natural light, outfitted with custom blue velvet banquettes, a twocolor terrazzo floor and a revolving collection of paintings and photography by locally and nationally acclaimed artists. These artworks will adorn the main dining room, above the fireplace mantle of the lounge and pewter bar area as the restaurant is filled with fresh cut flowers and plants while the charming exterior patio transports guests to a Parisian sidewalk café with French bistro woven rattan chairs and tables.
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We knew that Denver was a great market and felt that the Cherry Creek neighborhood was so special. We couldn’t be happier to be here.
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B&GC AT HALCYON IT IS AS INCOGNITO A WATERING HOLE AS YOU’LL EVER FIND. A DISCREET CHERRY CREEK COCKTAIL REFUGE BRIMMING WITH UNRIVALED CHARACTER AND OLD WORLD CHARM. It begins with the touch of a golden doorbell in a back alley, followed by an ushered stroll through the concrete bowels of the Halcyon Hotel before arriving at yet another door – this one leading to the ultimate time warp. Welcome to B&GC. It’s part Al Capone and part Gatsby, transporting you to a cozy, romantic respite replete with hushed lighting, dark wood walls and deep red leather chairs. In the center of it all, a large bar showcases a jazzy skyline of assorted bottles – a hypnotic vision, especially after a few Sapphire and tonics. Behind the bar, Matt Samson is sure to take care of you, so we sat down with the veteran bartender for another round of drinks in this modern day speakeasy.
For the locals of Cherry Creek, what intel can you share about the best way to enjoy their neighborhood bar? I would tell our neighbors to visit us during the week. It’s easier for them to get into the club and we have more time to go into details about the cocktails and connect with our patrons, which we really love!
Is there one drink in particular that you love to make? My calculated approach to creating a Daiquiri tends to differ from other bartenders. I prefer to use raw sugar as opposed to refined sugar.
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Is there a cocktail with an interesting background or story to it that you like? It’s a tie between the Aviation and the Airmail. Both cocktails reflect people’s fascination with flight, which was a new idea during the early 1900s.
Funniest comment that you’ve overheard from guests at the bar? “So, your brother’s an engineer?” Or anything indicating a first date.
Oddest drink order you’ve ever received?
A chocolate martini with two olives, which is considered bad luck.
Talk about the art that goes into a beautiful and delicious cocktail. A cocktail should be something personal, a garnish should be functional, and the cocktail should be balanced. But at the end of the day, it needs to speak to the guest on a personal level.
Where do you get your inspiration?
From everywhere! Classics are the foundation to everything, but inspiration comes from all around us, both culturally and generationally.
How is B&GC different from the rest? A true commitment to the guest. We always say, “We don’t make cocktails, we create lasting memories.” We care deeply about the guest’s overall experience, with the anticipation of their return.
Take the BG&C vibe home with this delicious cocktail recipe, perfect for beginners and mixology aficionados alike…
Fall and Winter seasonal cocktails that you recommend? Cognac warms anyone’s soul in the colder months. “The Betsy Ross” is a combination of Armagnac, Ruby port, Orange liqueur and nutmeg – perfect for chilly weather.
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STIR UNTIL CHILLED, STRAIN, AND SERVE UP. GARNISH WITH GRATED NUTMEG.
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elissa Christie de Koning is not like other real estate brokers. Perhaps that’s because she’s not quite a real estate broker – at least not in the traditional sense. She’s also not like other decorators, for much the same reason. As a real estate pro who is a seasoned interior designer, Melissa (known as Missy to most) looks at homes from an entirely different viewpoint. It’s this unique perspective that prompted her to marry her two careers into one full-service business with the introduction of MC Home Source. “For every client I work with – be it a real estate client, design client, or both, I need to know their story,” she attests. “What are their interests and passions? How do they live from day to day? Is there a room they remember loving when they were growing up? Our spaces are deeply personal and a good broker or designer really gets to know their client before selecting or creating
a place for them to call home.” Indeed, it’s this level of personal attention that has turned the majority of Missy’s former clients into lifelong friends. As a broker with a design background (and vice versa) working with Missy means that the entire process – from listing, to staging, buying and ultimately creating your new space – is seamless. This deep knowledge of not only real estate but also architecture and design allows Missy to help her clients make smart, sound decisions. “We all know that hiring a designer can help you avoid costly mishaps,” she explains. “But hiring a broker who is also a designer can help you avoid monumental mistakes. So often, buyers purchase a home assuming they can move a wall, build an addition or rehab a kitchen only to find out that these changes are either exponentially more expensive than they were told or are altogether impossible. Sadly, it’s oftentimes too late.”
I ALWAYS TELL MY CLIENTS THAT ABOVE ALL, MY JOB IS TO MAKE SURE THEIR HOME HAS A SOUL.
Conversely, her design background also comes into play for Missy’s sellers who benefit from her staging services and experience. In fact, she personally stages every home she lists, always utilizing as much of the homeowner’s own furnishings as possible. “When a home hits the market, it should be edited in a way that buyers can see themselves living in it,” she explains. “Yet it also needs to have character. My goal is to create rooms that buyers want to linger in. The emotional reaction that staging can evoke always helps to sell a home for maximum value.” Yet for Missy, it’s about so much more than avoiding mistakes or saving time. The veteran broker and mother of three prides herself on the notion that finding and designing a home for a client is a sincere privilege. “This is your nest. It’s where you are going to live, raise your family and create memories. There’s no greater or more meaningful responsibility than that,” she says. “I always tell my clients that above all, my job is is to ensure their home has a soul.” To that end, she believes that a good decorator captures the essence of the person living in the home – a lesson she learned from mentor and design legend Carleton Varney while living on Mackinac Island (Varney designed the tony vacation enclave’s famed Grand Hotel). “I always tell my clients to surround themselves with the things they love. For me, that’s the only hard and fast rule of design,” she smiles. “I also believe that editing and accessorizing a home is a true art form. Whether I am staging for a seller or designing someone’s forever space, the impact that the right accessories can have on a room is significant.” And while Missy’s personal tastes lean towards all things classic – she loves antiques, Asian influences and blue and white hues – her design prowess reaches far beyond her own preferences. “Good design is good design and that spans many genres. We can get rather stale if we stay within one specific style – branching out into other styles like mid century modern and mountain contemporary has made me a much better designer,” she affirms. One thing remains certain regardless of style or scope. Missy gives her clients her all. “I don’t take on too many jobs at once. It’s incredibly important to me that I spend as much time as possible finding my clients a home they genuinely love and designing that home to perfectly fit their life and style.”
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MELISSA CHRISTIE DE KONING Five dream dinner party guests? Margaret Thatcher, Dorothy Draper, Tony Robbins, Ricky Gervais, Julia Child Most treasured item in your home? A pair of whimsical antique porcelain Chinese Fish. They were on my grandmother’s mantle in Palm Beach. I have always loved them, they are a daily reminder of her impeccable style and taste. Dream design project? I would love to design a fabulous boutique hotel where each guest suite has a unique personality that will surprise and delight its’ guests. Favorite place to shop for interiors in Denver? Design Wright, Aaron Johnson, Artisan Rugs, Homebody on 6th. Online? Chairish and 1st Dibs In the World? The Paris Flea Market, Maison&Objet Home Trade Show (also in Paris) and Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta.
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RARELY DOES AN ULTRA-MODERN HOME IN THE HEART OF THE CITY EXUDE A SENSE OF WARMTH AND HOSPITALITY. Yet the stunning estate at 395 Detroit Street manages to do exactly that. With nearly 8,000 square feet of smartly designed space, it is a true oasis in the heart of Cherry Creek. The home’s exterior mixes materials and metals in a contemporary fashion, it’s structure reminiscent of a reimagined Four Square. The design makes perfect use of the expansive floor to ceiling windows – many of which are sliding glass NanaWalls that create a seamless indoor/outdoor living space. Outside, a perfectly manicured yard in front and sprawling courtyard in the back deliver the utmost in privacy while being in the midst of bustling Cherry Creek North.
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At Left: 395 Detroit Street is located in the heart of Cherry Creek North and is a Class 5 build. Made of solid brick and block masonry, the home is completely soundproof and fireproof. At Right: Modern wrought-iron doors greet guests with style and whimsy. Below: A spacious living room is flanked by a contemporary fireplace, making perfect use of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open concept floorplan. Bottom: A sleek, modern kitchen spares no expense with its Balthaup appliances and clean design.
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The home’s kitchen is a chef’s dream with Balthaup appliances, an oversized island, and dome lighting that is modern, yet brimming with character. White oak floors complement the custom floor to ceiling cabinetry and continue throughout the entire home. An open concept floorplan leads into a spacious family room where a gas fireplace serves as the inviting centerpiece. For the homeowners, a two-story master bedroom suite serves as the ultimate respite with unmatched natural light and a beautifully designed fireplace. What’s more, a custom designed spiral staircase leads to a rare third story space, adding to the room’s opulence and charm. Upstairs, a private kitchenette and workspace make for the ideal retreat or home office. Naturally, the en suite bathroom is equally luxe, boasting white marble, an expansive soaking tub and Waterworks appointments. His and hers walk in closets are made with custom cabinetry imported from Italy and enough cleverly organized space for even the most discerning fashion lover. Four additional bedrooms are also well-appointed and spacious, as is the home’s informal den, which includes yet another fireplace. Six additional bathrooms spare no expense, with modern design and luxurious finishes. Throughout the home, details make all the difference – a custom elevator makes taking advantage of all three floors incredibly convenient, while Smart House technology and motorized designer blinds add to the home’s livability. Beautiful wrought iron windows and black iron sconces and chandeliers add a touch of approachable high design to the entire home, as does a perfectly curated selection of contemporary art and sleek yet comfortable furnishings.
395 Detroit Street is listed on the market for $6.5 million. To tour this residence, contact broker Jeff Hendley via compass5280.com
Above: The master suite plays host to a dream bathroom with a spacious walk-in shower, oversized freestanding bathtub, exquisite tile and stone work and plenty of storage. At Right: The home’s outdoor spaces are expansive – a rarity in the neighborhood. The al fresco living space boasts lounge areas, a dining room and outdoor kitchen that flows seamlessly into the home with its retractable glass NanaWalls.
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McLAREN 600LT IT’S A FLAWLESS DRIVING MACHINE. AND THEN, THEY TOOK IT TO THE MOUNTAIN. What happens when you combine the McLaren 600LT with the world-renowned roads of Colorado’s Pikes Peak? History. Six supercars – the only half dozen of their kind on the planet – comprise the Pikes Peak Edition of 600LT Spiders with bespoke colors, unparalleled details and stunning craftsmanship unlike any other sports car. It’s the next chapter in the storied history of the McLaren “Longtail,” described as the fastest, most powerful and most extreme – yet road legal – Sports Series. Ever. McLaren describes it as “a track animal let loose on the road.” Commissioned specifically for McLaren Denver by McLaren Special Operations, these six masterpieces commemorate the world’s most difficult and storied hill climb event. Each 600LT offers unique Colorado Gold wheels and MSO bespoke racing stripes, Colorado Gold stitch work throughout the interior, gold paddle shifters and a 12’oclock stripe on the carbon fiber steering wheel. Each 600LT Spider is fitted with a 3.8L Twin-Turbo V8 offering up just under 600HP. Added fixed aerodynamics provide extreme downforce, and the lightweight materials subtract about 200lbs from a typical Sports Series car. Inspired by the renowned 675LT, these jaw-dropping whips reach 62 miles per hour in a blurry 2.9 seconds. And then there are the shoes. The Pikes Peak Collection is fitted with bespoke high-performance tires created in conjunction with technical partner Pirelli. The trackfocused P ZERO Trofeo R has never been available on the Sports Series and delivers improved grip levels and significantly higher cornering speed.
The only place you can slide into the driver’s seat of this four-wheeled royalty is at McLaren Denver.
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It has been said that ‘one size never fits all,’ and nowhere does this adage ring truer than in the world of luxury yacht charters. Sara and Andy believe life on the open seas is an experience that can and should be deeply personal and memorable. From day charters to long-term excursions that reach every corner of the globe, Denver-based Aquazeal ensures a seamless and completely customized journey. Andy comments that “Colorado was a natural choice for us, although Aquazeal still has an active presence in south Florida and across in the UK and Europe, our clients span across the USA, with a growing number in this central state. Denver presents some of the easiest air travel to all four corners of the United States to visit our valued clients” In an industry that is often very ‘cookie-cutter,’ Aquazeal and its sister concierge company HH Luxury Lifestyle are, quite literally, charting their own course by offering a personal touch. “We are the only full service luxury concierge in the world, with a clear focus on yachting,” partner Sara explains. “We offer our clients the ‘full circle luxury service’ and they are taken care of from the minute they step outside the doors of their home.” Indeed, the firm’s offerings are all encompassing, ranging far beyond yacht charters and into private jet transportation, world-class villas, private islands and activities such as sought after Michelin Star dining reservations. HH Luxury Lifestyle can even grant its guests entry to high profile events such as the Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival. When it comes to your yacht vacation, Aquazeal’s reach is extensive. With itineraries at every corner of the globe in all of the top destinations, some are more unique and adventurous locations. With access to the most exclusive global yachting MLS inventory, the company is aligned with every top charter available – from motor to sail, modern to traditional and any option in between. Yet it’s the firm’s expertise that truly sets it apart. With more than 20 years of combined yachting experience, the pair (who are partners in both business and in life) are amongst the industry’s
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most seasoned professionals. In fact, the couple’s background spans an industry spectrum. For nearly 10 years, Sara led crews on the busiest charter programs and finest superyachts imaginable, while Andy oversaw owner relations and managed a multitude of yachts. “Our deep knowledge of the yachting space is incredibly valuable to our clients overall enjoyment,” co-founder Andy Haffenden attests. “We work closely with the top crew in the industry and know the world’s best charter programs inside and out. This first-hand knowledge is truly important and benefits our clients greatly. There’s no guess work with Aquazeal. When you book with us, you can relax knowing you are in the most capable hands possible.” A notion that may seem straightforward, but one that is remarkably uncommon in the yacht charter world and reported as lacking with some other providers. The belief that guests deserve the finest, most unique experiences possible has led to a partnership between the two brands whereby guests experience the best of both land and sea. Through Aquazeal, clients are able to charter the yacht of their dreams with options of seamlessly arranged landbased stays before or after and private aviation travel where desired. What’s more, today’s charter guests are breaking free from the norm, electing to visit locations beyond the more traditional destinations like the Caribbean or Mediterranean. Think Southeast Asia, Alaska, Antarctica, the Maldives and the Galapagos, to name but a few. While some charter guests are seasoned in the art of yachting, others are completely new to the experience. Regardless, Aquazeal and HH Luxury Lifestyle are there to tailor the trip to your exact preferences as well as ensure that they broker the right yacht at the right price for your group size and desired itinerary. “When a guest is new to chartering, we are there to hold their hands and provide guidance every step of the way. From where to sail and what to see, walking our clients through every detail,” Sara confirms. “We are deeply passionate about helping our clients create lasting memories while they explore the world. We enjoy nothing more than meeting new clients and educating them on the wonders of yacht charter.”
The Cost may surprise you. While the most lavish charters can certainly range into the millions per week, yachting can be quite affordable in terms of luxury travel, starting at around $20K for the week. Many Aquazeal clients also opt to manage the cost by splitting amongst friends “by the cabin” and others elect to charter for a day as a way to familiarize themselves with the experience. Bottom line? There’s a charter experience within reach for most types of travellers. The Crew. Every charter comes with a professional team which usually consists of a Captain, a personalized world class chef, stewardesses, deckhands, and engineers. All at your service to make your experience not only safe but fun and memorable. The larger the yacht, the larger the crew. You’ll get to know yours well and may find yourself booking the same charter time and again in large part because of their excellent service. Dress Down. Contrary to the decadent images the term “yacht” may conjure, the customary dress on board is extremely casual. Plus, guests must be barefoot – no shoes allowed, unless they are brand new boat shoes of course. Little ones are welcome. A yacht is just as safe as a private home. Precautions are taken to ensure your family is safe and there are measures in place to support the tiniest of guests safe cruising. Activities are plentiful while enjoying the luxury of a charter yacht, many have a wide selection of water toys including jet skis, sea bobs, paddle boards, slides, together with options of fishing and scuba diving. If there is a specific activity you would like while on board it is always best to discuss and plan in advance, to ensure that the adventure meets with your expectations and more.
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MONTAGE Los Cabos, Mexico WO RDS BY KEVIN MARR
he glossy black Escalade hummed across the snaking desert highway towards the Sea of Cortez until the endless green blur of surrounding shrub and cacti gave way to the booming majestic blue of the coast. Inside the Cadillac, tinted windows shielded the leather interior from the 94-degree mid-day sun, while moist lemon-scented towelettes and chilled water made a day of travel from Denver to Los Cabos, passing through customs, and our embarrassingly broken Spanish a distant memory. As we headed south towards Cabo San Lucas, a renewed energy was brewing in restless anticipation of experiencing the newest Montage seaside paradise south of the border. Having already been pampered Montage-style over the years by its Laguna
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Beach, Beverly Hills and Deer Valley resorts, Montage Los Cabos had been a long-awaited daydream after the rumors swirled that the company was launching a new masterpiece in Cabo. The coastal drive down Federal Highway 1 is always an entertaining tour of which hotels are moving in, who bought what, and there’s George Clooney’s old neighborhood or Sammy Hagar’s home. This time around, fittingly appropriate coming from Denver, there was talk of Peyton Manning’s favorite spot to escape. As we enter the gates, we immediately notice the cactus-lined drive that serves as a prelude to a desert-themed landscape. With the resort now in view, earth tones, wood and stone greet us in a stunningly modern lobby appropriately dressed with floor-toceiling glass.
welcome gift, making for a spectacular nosh on the balcony overlooking the multi-level pools and Sea of Cortez.
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One of our favorite parts of a trip like this is heading out to critique the pool situation, locate the bar and breathe in the view that makes a destination so magical. In the case of Montage Los Cabos, it’s a long gaze out across Santa Maria Bay which, for all intents and purposes, is front and center serving as the resort’s personal beachfront. Dining at Marea for a late lunch paired with the view of the water was absolutely sublime. The pastor tacos with guajillo pepper marinated pork loin, pineapple Spanish onions and cilantro is a meal that we still remember. Chef Victor Valencia’s Marea menu covered plenty of dishes, making for difficult decisions. It’s Cabo, so the fish is plentiful and beyond fresh. The Baja Bouillabaisse, which goes great with beer like Pacifico, features fish, shrimp, shellfish, fennel, potato confit, spicy tomato saffron broth and grilled ciabatta bread. Guerrero Negro oysters, charred avocado and lobster, yellow fin tuna, and sea bass ceviche are other can’tmiss dishes. Brick oven pizzas are also at your beck and call, while Marea also has menu items by nutritionist and celebrity coach Kelly Le Veque, offering seasonal options for guests to stay onplan while traveling like butter lettuce-wrapped shrimp tacos and Greek Chicken Salad. For dinner, Marea brings out the heavyweights for an evening to remember, including Wagyu rib eye, strip loin and skirt steak; lobster risotto, cavatelli and a 15-ounce lobster tail. Our double smoked pork chop paired with a few glasses of pinot noir and capped off with the tres leche cake was well worth every calorie.
A welcoming Antonio is there upon our arrival with an engaging “Welcome Home,” while bearing the ultimate gift – a heavenly blend of hibiscus water and mezcal with lime juice, basil and rimmed with a to-die-for Tajin powder. On the walk to our room, we’re reminded immediately of Montage’s commitment to unmatched customer service and hospitality. Every staff member within eye sight stops, smiles and delivers the most sincere and warmest of receptions that the “Welcome Home” mentality really starts to sink in. The room transcends its Mexican roots with a very contemporary style coupled with custom-made tile throughout the entire floorplan, including the en suite bathroom and outdoor shower. The mango purée in a coconut shell was a delicious in-room
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Dinner can also be savored at the property’s other eatery, Mezcal, which is the resort’s signature restaurant and modern Mexican kitchen by Chef Alexis Palacios. The Chef’s Tasting allowed us to get busy with a little bit of everything – crispy striped bass, octopus tempura tacos, suckling pig al pibil and a wagyu strip loin. Mezcal is also your place for breakfast, featuring the likes of pancakes with banana, cajeta, strawberry syrup, pecans and whipped cream; avocado toast, an array of egg and omelet dishes, pastries, cinnamon dusted French Toast and the meal we had on both mornings – Motulenos, which consisted of an incredible combination of eggs over easy, black beans, smoked ham, Chihuahua cheese, peas, fried plantains and Epazote salsa motulena all on a crispy tortilla. This meal alone is deserving of a flight to Cabo. As delicious as the fare may be, the unrivaled star of Montage Los Cabos is Spa Montage. The resort in itself is an experience like no other, and then there’s the private pool at the spa that changes everything. It’s an inner sanctuary that oozes relaxation with its cabanas, chaise lounges and parasols, and poolside service for a bite to eat or a mango margarita during a sun soaked interlude. The peace and quiet will have you feeling royal. Of course you’re at Spa Montage for an unforgettable massage or another out-of-this-world treatment. We were beyond impressed with the men’s and women’s lounges and spa areas prior to our 90-minute appointments. Extensive in size and leaving you wanting for nothing, the whirlpool, sauna, steam room, sitting areas and lockers were thoughtfully spread out to take advantage of the vast space, while attendants are there for any and all assistance. It’s another flawless creation where anything is possible, and probable, when Montage has a say in it.
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Denver flies directly into San Jose Del Cabo airport multiple times weekly via Southwest, Frontier and United Airlines. Total in flight time is 3 hours, 5 minutes.
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packing list Our 80206 picks for the perfect Cabo getaway
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Ruby Hammered Hoops, $181 Garbarini
Oversized Square Web Sunglasses, $420 Neiman Marcus
Le Pliage Appaloosa Canvas Tote, $275 Nordstrom
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Printed Cotton-Voile Pareo, $375 Neiman Marcus
Moondance SPF 20, $34 Aillea
Mott Scalloped Halterneck Swimsuit, $340 Everything But Water
VALENTINO GARAVANI Rockstud Sandals, $345 Neiman Marcus
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Dax 50mm Square Sunglasses, $455 Nordstrom
Facial Fuel SPF 20, $35 Kiehl’s
Straw Trilby, $130 Nordstrom
GG Line Signature Web Sandal, $420 Neiman Marcus
Titan Mid-Length Swim Shorts, $275
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INCOG NITO A FASHIONABLE COUPLE INDULGES IN A STYLISH STAY, AWAY FROM THE GLARE OF THE CAMERA
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Emporio Armani G-Line Windowpane Check Wool Sport Jacket, $1,595; Emporio Armani Crewneck Sweater, $425; Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo Wool Flat-Front Trouser, $750; Salvatore Ferragamo Firenze Leather Duffle Bag, $1,950; Persol Tortoiseshell Round Sunglasses, $350; Shinola Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 41mm Runwell Chronograph Watch, $750
FASHION VIA Neiman Marcus Denver Cherry Creek Shopping Center 303.329.2600 // neimanmarcus.com @neimanmarcusdenver Special thanks to Carla Valdez, Visual Stylist Shot on location at The Jacquard Hotel 303.515.2000 // thejacquard.com @thejacquard 1963 Jaguar XKE Roadster courtesy of Mango Motors mangomotorsales.com // @mango_motors
ROCHELLE MCNAUGHTON Rochelle McNaughton has been involved in buying and selling real estate all of her adult life. Having grown up in southern California, she was fascinated by the allure of luxury properties f rom the f irst sale. “I was always intrigued by seeing a home and f iguring out how we could make it one’s own and beautiful. The whole process was very exciting.” Having met the love of her life in college on the sunny west coast, Rochelle married her Denver-bred beau and made her home in Cherry Hills Village. Since then, she has raised her two beautiful children in the picturesque enclave and has been a f ixture of the community’s thriving real estate scene for more then twenty years. As such, Rochelle is deeply in tune with the Cherry Hills and Cherry Creek markets and knows what it is like to not only be a broker, but also a resident. “Real estate is about so much more than a home or a zip code. It’s really about who we are and how we live,” she explains. “I take the time to truly get to know my clients and to understand their lifestyles. This allows me to show them homes that will grow with them and allow them to live comfortably and fully.” To that end, Rochelle has a strong grasp on any property’s potential and can see past
cosmetic issues to help clients understand what a home could be. “I’ve seen so many brilliant transformations and can help a client f ind a home that’s turnkey with ease, but I can also spot those diamonds in the rough, which can open up a whole new world of possibilities for buyers.” Her eye for style is unmatched and oftentimes, clients look to Rochelle to help them connect with interior designers, architects and other professionals who can turn their property into their dream home. Rochelle, who treats each client and each listing as though it were her own home and family, believes in honesty and integrity above all else. Through open communication and a strong work ethic, she has been able to build and maintain longstanding relationships with clients and colleagues and continues to see referrals f rom happy clients long after the sale has closed. In a community that is close knit where reputation is paramount, Rochelle’s is stellar. “Clients rely on me to guide them in the right direction and take care of their needs today and their future investments. Hearing that the client is happy and content where they live is the most gratifying part of my job.”
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DESIGNING FOR THE SALE Today’s buyers are discerning and designdriven, making it more important than ever for a home to be not only inviting and attractive, but also up-to-date before it hits the market. With simple changes and the right design choices, your home can sell for maximum prof it.
Act Natural Much like the wood accents in a kitchen, natural elements can warm up an otherwise formal living or dining room. Simple changes like switching a more ornate Oriental rug out for a simple Jute rug give a room texture and warmth. Buyers love the casual coziness that these natural fibers and fabrics can add.
The “Statement” Door
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More than ever, it’s important to make the right first impression. Buyers are evaluating a home from the moment they walk up and if the front door is outdated, they’re likely to prejudge the entire property. A “statement” door that gives the impression of a grand, stylish entrance is a key way to attract buyers. Beautiful construction and colors on your door can change the entire look of your home’s exterior with one simple update.
The once popular all-white kitchens are losing their appeal. While buyers still like a kitchen that is clean and bright, they are looking for a bit of warmth and organic texture. One way to update an otherwise white kitchen is by adding a natural wood element. Changing a kitchen island from white to wood, switching a select few statement cabinets to reclaimed wood, or adding a barn wood backsplash can give your kitchen a current, natural vibe without a major overhaul.
Buyers love the airy, ethereal feel of ocean inspired décor. In particular, ocean-inspired glass tiles for the kitchen, bath or laundry room are making a huge mark on the design world. All shades of blue – ranging from a light aqua to a deep turquoise – are very en vogue.
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STUNNING MEDITERRANEAN-REVIVAL IN THE HEART OF CHERRY CREEK NORTH O F F E R E D AT $ 4 , 5 0 0 , 0 0 0 5 BEDROOMS | 8 BATHROOMS | 7,094 SQUARE FEET This incredible home is situated on a corner-lot and includes some of the f inest architectural details ever imagined. The dramatic facade pays homage to the European villas that inspired the design. Hidden and private behind a wall of hedges, the ambiance of the grounds impress with a serene courtyard fountain and meticulously manicured landscaping. All the living spaces are immaculately designed around the European-inspired courtyard that truly becomes an extension of the living space; flow between dining, living, kitchen, and family rooms. An in-home elevator ushers you to every floor and upstairs the master suite includes an enormous walk-in closet reminiscent of any bespoke retailer. The lower level is built for entertaining while a 3-car attached garage rounds out this strikingly impressive home. Within a quick stroll to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best shopping and dining options, this home is truly second to none.
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GRAND EUROPEAN ESTATE IN CHERRY HILLS FARM OFFERED AT $2,740,000 6 BEDROOMS | 5 BATHROOMS | 8,750 SQUARE FEET For the most discerning buyer who appreciates fabulous Old-World elegance. This impressive home has over 8,000 f inished square feet on a lushly landscaped 1-acre lot. This estate most certainly exudes elegance and history. With 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms including a full motherin-law apartment, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of space for the entire family. A wrap-around terrace takes you to each of the 3 east side guest suites including the large Master suite with a charming crowsnest study. Both of the oversized grand formal living and dining rooms have French doors for the perfect indoor to outdoor entertaining flow. The lushly landscaped site includes a gorgeous pool with new concrete hardscapes as host to multiple patios surrounding the home, plus a 4-car sideload garage. Exceptional curb appeal with new paint and carpet throughout the home make it a show stopper. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, the roof was replaced in 2011 and all appliances are new. This idyllic location in the Cherry Hills community is convenient to highways, DTC and Cherry Creek. Awardwinning Cherry Creek Schools and many private school options make the home a must-see!
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A MODERN SHOWPIECE ON OVER TWO CHENANGO ACRES OFFERED AT $2,900,000 5 BEDROOMS | 7 BATHROOMS | 14,064 SQUARE FEET From the moment you approach this exquisite Crowther Architecture built ranch style home on a 2.11-acre site, you will be wowed. An elegant contemporary design, dark wood floors and custom exotic woodwork can be seen throughout the home. The chef â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen is fully loaded with custom, rare Babingo wood cabinetry featuring rollout shelving. Viking, Wolfe, and Subzero appliances and a custom steel hood show that no expense was spared in this dream kitchen. The master suite includes built-in cabinetry, a king-sized bed and an incredible 5-piece bath. All three guest suites open to their own private yard, making it the ideal estate to entertain or host a large group. The incredible walkout lower level is an open-concept design with custom sunroom with stainless steel Diamond spas Jacuzzi and cold water plunge pool, backlit onyx bar and a steam shower. A private hideaway and half court basketball court are perfect for the active gentleman or athlete. The custom-built accessory building comes complete with hydraulic glass garage doors, a chef â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen and two bathrooms. Chenango is a premier community with unique homes and full equestrian facilities. This unparalleled estate has peekaboo mountain views, gardens, and patios on every level. A highly unique opportunity for the modern design lover looking for the utmost in privacy, while remaining close to DTC, highways and Dove Valley.
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he Cherry Creek landscape has grown by leaps and bounds over the past two decades, one of the most notable changes being the addition of not one, but four high end hotels to its storied streets. And while as locals, we may not be looking for a place to rest our heads, there are plenty of posh offerings that span well beyond accommodations. Here, we explore the ins and outs of the neighborhood inns. The OG of the CC, JW Marriott made its 199-room, $40-million-dollar way onto the scene in 2004. Since then, the property has cemented itself as the area’s original and most traditional hotel, with its central location on Clayton Lane. The hotel remains a favorite amongst locals for its expansive event spaces – both a grand ballroom and a unique 2,400 square foot outdoor option replete with glass retractable doors leading to a patio with multiple fire features are available.
INSIDER INSIGHT JW’s in-house restaurant has seen several transformations over the years. The original eatery, Second Home, was a Cherry Creek North staple until 2018, when Sage Hospitality closed the doors, allowing the JW to take over. Soon after, Social Fare opened in its place, albeit briefly. New for Spring 2020, the property has announced that “guests can relax in the JW Marriott Denver’s reimagined lobby and dine at Toro Latin Kitchen + Bar by acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval.” JW Marriott Denver, Cherry Creek 150 Clayton Lane / 303.316.2700 jwmarriottdenver.com / @jwmarriottden
If a staycation is in the cards, opt for the popular Retail Therapy package, which comes with valet parking and a $50 Cherry Creek North gift card. Recently, the property underwent a makeover, with renovated guest rooms and suites that blend modern décor (think glamorous light fixtures, sleek sofas and stylish upholstery) with to-die-for marble bathrooms.
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01. JW MARRIOTT
THEN, IN 2016, HALCYON ENTERED THE SCENE IN ALL OF ITS STYLISH GLORY.
02. HALCYON For more than a decade. JW held its ground as the only major hotel in the neighborhood. Then, in 2016, Halcyon entered the scene in all of its stylish glory. The work of hospitality giants Sage and Matt Joblon’s BMC Investments (the area’s most robust and revered developer), the 154-room property marked the beginning of Cherry Creek’s proverbial hotel boom at a time when the neighborhood was rapidly changing. Officially dubbed Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek, the property is intended to feel less like a hotel and more like a home. Case in point? In place of a typical check in desk, guests enter to find the Kitchen Counter, a modish looking marble island with artisanal snacks, coffee, wine and local craft beers. Just a few steps away, the “living room” boasts cozy sectional sofas, a fireplace and a wide selection of artsy coffee table books one would expect to see in the home library of their poshest pal. Across the corridor is Halycon’s Gear Garage – an amenity of which the hotel is particularly proud. Inside,
there’s a bevy of playthings that speak to the active Denver lifestyle – motor scooters, skateboards, fishing rods, Frisbees, cameras, GoPros, and bikes of the road, mountain and cruiser sort. There’s even a collection of curated Osprey backpacks that will have you ready for a picnic at the nearby Botanic Gardens or a hike up a Colorado 14er. Once you’ve made it to your guest quarters, you’ll notice that the devil is most certainly in the details. Rooms have undoubted character, from quirky doormats, to a turntable and collection of vinyl records, to a ritzy bar set up replete with the hotel’s private label hooch (which is made by local distiller Laws Whiskey House). Touches of Colorado charm abound with brass, leather and black iron finishes while niceties like a Smart TV and Jonathan Adler bath products up the property’s chic-factor. We love the Loft Suite, which mimics Cherry Creek loft living with its two floors, oversized soaking tub and tony furnishings.
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Upstairs lives Halcyon’s biggest bragging right. A swanky rooftop pool plays host to arguably the neighborhood’s best view – a 360-degree vantage point of the Rockies, downtown Denver and Cherry Creek. Around the pool deck, the views are almost equally impressive, with pop art murals that wow (and make the perfect backdrop for photos). Guests can rent a cabana, which includes sips, snacks, robes and iced towels, or upgrade for occasions such as bachelorette parties to find a bevy of cheeky pool floats, party necklaces, sunglasses and balloons at their disposal. Bottle service is also available, with double magnums of bubbly becoming de rigueur. If you’re not a guest of the hotel, you can still experience all that is Elevated – Halcyon’s sexy rooftop bar. Open seasonally, Elevated serves up trendy craft cocktails and bites and is open to the public. As one might expect, it has become Cherry Creek’s spot du jour to see and be seen during the summer months. At the opposite end (quite literally) of the spectrum, there’s B&GC, Halcyon’s broody speakeasy nestled on the subterranean floor of the hotel. Guests enter through an alley door marked only by an ornate brass bell, and are led through Halcyon’s winding bowels before making their way into the clandestine watering hole. Revived from the ruins of the former Cherry Creek Post Office, B&GC celebrates the cocktail culture of post WW II America with vintage inspired décor and cocktails served the way they should be – thoughtful, tasty and just a bit stiff. When the property first opened, it featured Departure – a trendy Asian fusion restaurant and bar by Top Chef alum Gordon Gourdet.
This spring, Sage sold the hotel to Columbus, Ohio-based Rockbridge Capital for a record-breaking $93 million (the priciest hotel sale in Denver history) and, sadly, the Departure space was not part of the deal, causing the popular eatery to shutter. A new restaurant concept is promised for 2020. Next door, the Halcyon-affiliated Quality Italian serves up modern Italian favorites with tableside flair, ensuring an always-packed house. Try the Chicken Parm for two or the Dry Aged Porterhouse Agnolotti. For folks wanting to stay fit while on the road, Halcyon’s Wellness Passport is a unique and welcomed alternative to the hotel gym (which the property also boasts). In partnership with Cherry Creek’s barre3, Corepower Yoga, Rise Nation, SoulCycle and Tru Fit Athletic Club, the program grants guests one complimentary fitness class per day of their stay, giving them the opportunity to mix up their workouts.
INSIDER INSIGHT Halcyon loves its locals, and offers a number of ways to experience the property without a room key required. Seasonally, the hotel hosts a Monday night “happy hour” barre and yoga class on its rooftop deck as well as Martinis and Movies, where guests can sip on a beverage, take in the sunset and catch a flick. In the Fall and Winter months, locals can learn how to craft cocktails like a pro with B&GC’s Cocktail Club. One of the joint’s expert mixologists will guide a private class where you’ll shake, stir and sip your way to libation nirvana. Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek 245 Columbine Street / 720.772.5000 halcyonhotelcherrycreek.com / @halcyoncherrycreek
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Soon after Halcyon came Moxy, the boutique Marriott brand hotel designed with the urban hipster in mind. Another BMC project, the 170-room property opened in late 2017, making Cherry Creek North’s 16 block radius home to three major hotels. Priced under $200 a night, Moxy caters to the fun-loving, youthful traveler. The hotel is nothing if not whimsical. Guests check in at a bar, and there’s nary a front desk to be seen. In fact, the entire property is focused on minimal design and communal spaces that encourage interaction. The lobby area features The Moxy Bar, The Moxy Pick Up Station (a self-service cafe), shuffleboard table, foosball table, a social media display screen serving as The Moxy Guestbook, and a vending machine with quirky finds like sunglasses, Instant Cameras, fidget spinners, shot glasses, Fitbits, trees in a can, and playing cards. A unique art collection is displayed on each of the 12 floors, with a communal ironing room on the second floor. Naturally, guests are offered a cocktail (on the house) upon check in. In fact, Moxy’s bar is open until 2 in the morning – a rarity in the neighborhood. The hotel’s elevator cabs feature immersive photographic installations inspired by whiskey from Denver artist Paul Bokering. Guests enter a surreal whiskey vault in one cab while the other is intended to make one feel as if they are inside a whiskey glass itself, complete with larger-than-life ice cubes. The art continues from there, with themes for each guest floor – Happy Camper, Eye See You, Go Figure, Gold Rush, Ski Lodge, and Animal Kingdom among them. Curated by Denver-based NINE dot ARTS (who also worked on Halcyon and The Jacquard), Moxy’s collection features over 80 original works by international and regional artists in addition to more than 650 prints and playful objects. The hotel’s signature piece, an oversized mixed media painting by Los Angeles street artist Hijack, makes a bold and clever statement.
INSIDER INSIGHT Located adjacent to The Moxy Hotel, Cherry Creek Beer Garden is a pet friendly place to drink beer, grab a bite and hang out in the rustically chic outdoor scene featuring multiple seating areas and firepits. The property calls it a destination for “smart people who prefer their craft beer in a can, so each one is cold, crisp and fresh.” Regardless, we love the joint’s summer programming, which typically features Yappy Hour (dog-friendly beer options, treats, and toys, while the humans indulge in deals on select sausage bites and $5 grab cans), Mmm.. Sundays (cocktails, food, garden games, live DJs and all you wish to drink Bloody Mary and Bellini packages) and Brewery Nights (local Colorado breweries offer specials and freebies). Moxy 240 Josephine Street / 303.463.6699 marriott.com / @moxydenver
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04. THE JACQUARD
The latest and perhaps most celebrated addition to Cherry Creek North’s hotel boom came last year, with the highly anticipated opening of The Jacquard. At eight stories and 201 rooms, it’s the enclave’s largest and arguably most luxurious of the pack, having received accolades from the likes of Robb Report, Condé Nast Traveler and Wine Spectator in its first year. Developed by Stonebridge Co., The Jacquard joined the legendary Brown Palace as one of Denver’s two Marriott Autograph Collection properties. Named for the French inventor Joseph Marie Jacquard who automated the pattern looming process and made au currant style available to the masses, the property aims to act as “a stylish host of tailored and irresistible experiences.” The ode to fashion and fabrics is present throughout the space, with interior design paying tribute to various textures, patterns and silhouettes that one might expect to see on the runways. The hotel’s architecture is decidedly modern and artistic, with floor to ceiling glass spanning two stories that connect the lobby and common space to the second floor’s event and meeting spaces – all of which face the bustling Milwaukee Street action. Rooms themselves are contemporary and light-filled, each with a split of bubbly to welcome guests upon arrival. As one might expect, details like Italian bath linens by Frette, Vero Water® hydration stations and in-room reusable glass bottles, and Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities abound. Suites are roomy and well appointed, with a Peloton bike available upon request. When it’s time to venture out, the hotel’s Tesla Model X is available 24-hours a day for on-demand transportation within a two-mile radius. The hotel’s art, all of which was curated by NINE dot ARTS (Halcyon, Moxy) is intended to reflect the collection of a world traveler. One of the marquee pieces which is visible from the street, is a 16-foot suspended neon sculpture with an LED component by Denver-based artist Scott Young.The color-changing sculpture titled I Have Seen Things You Would Never Believe extends from the ceiling of the hotel’s second floor. Our favorite, however, is BB by Patrick Kane McGregor. The larger than life, hand-painted homage to French actress and fashion icon Brigitte Bardot greets hotel guests upon entering the porte cochere. In the same space is Dabble, an outdoor area with multiple fire pits that speaks the neighborhood’s thriving patio culture. Narrative, the hotel’s tony restaurant, has quickly skyrocketed to the top of nearly every list of local favorites. Helmed by Executive Chef Paul Nagan, the menu showcases modern American dishes, shareable plates, and perhaps the
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neighborhood’s most impressive happy hour, which includes half price glasses of Veuve Clicquot. Narrative also boasts a wine library with over 100 sections. The property’s most talked about hotspot, however, remains its impressive rooftop. With its 75-foot sparkling lap pool and sweeping views of the city and Rocky Mountains, The Jacquard’s elevated outdoor area is the ideal place to relax and unwind. Kisbee on the Roof, the space’s watering hole, is open seasonally and offers community tables and cozy lounge areas where guests and locals can imbibe and indulge in high style. There’s even a translucent pool cover for special rooftop events, allowing the pool to become a floating catwalk, dance floor, aisle or anything else one could imagine.
INSIDER INSIGHT With the recent opening of Denver Art Museum’s Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature exhibit, the entire town is seeing things through Rosé colored glasses. Naturally, Narrative is celebrating with a Monetinspired cocktail. Rosé Walk pays tribute to the impressionist’s later days spent in the village of Givernay in Normandy and is made with Père Magloire Cálvados—the region’s most famous spirit. For the Monet devotee wanting to up the ante, the hotel is also offering a posh – and over the top – package. Meet Me at Monet starts at $4,500 and includes two nights at the hotel, tickets to the museum’s exhibit, a Monet inspired floral arrangement from nearby Bloom, two direct flight tickets to Paris and two tickets to see Monet’s garden and home in Giverny. The Jacquard Hotel and Rooftop 222 Milwaukee Street / 303.515.2000 thejacquard.com / @thejacquard
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rom the beginning, Cherry Creek has been a neighborhood that as a whole, has been ever-changing. Progress has always found a way and, ultimately, has shaped the narrative of this storied enclave. From a pastoral 19th century outpost known as Harman, to a literal dumping ground that was transformed by
Denver visionary Temple Buell, to the upscale enclave that we know and love today, Cherry Creekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history is as colorful as the HermĂ¨s scarves adorning the larger-than-life windows on Fillmore Plaza.
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A PLACE CALLED HARMAN In the beginning, the area we now know as Cherry Creek was a sleepy, wooded plot of land valued most for its lucrative lumber opportunities. In 1872, a confederate war couple relocated from Mississippi, officially establishing the town of Harman. Edwin and Lou G. Harman are credited as founding the area via the Homestead Act. But there’s a twist – historians have no record of an Edwin, but rather an L.G. Harman. It is widely believed that Lou was windowed during the Civil War before heading west to Colorado. In the simplest of language, the town’s founder was, in fact, a woman. An unheard of feat at the time and quite possibly a precursor to the type of forward thinking progress for which Cherry Creek is now known. Yet just as Harman was finding its legs, the Panic of 1893 hit, along with the silver crash, bankrupting the town.
A DUMPING GROUND In 1925, Temple Buell purchased the gravel pit covered land at First and University. At the time, the area was populated by servants who worked at the nearby Denver Country Club as well as tent revivals and, as historians have called them, “squatting gypsies.” Buell’s initial intent was to develop the land into upscale housing for DCC members. But when the flood of 1933 rendered the land useless, he allowed the City of Denver to set up garbage dumps on the site. Fast-forward to post WWII, and the Cherry Creek Dam was built, thus weakening the threat of another flood and making the parcel attractive once again.
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THE TOWN’S FOUNDER WAS, IN FACT, A WOMAN. AN UNHEARD OF FEAT AT THE TIME AND QUITE POSSIBLY A PRECURSOR TO THE TYPE OF FORWARD THINKING PROGRESS FOR WHICH CHERRY CREEK IS NOW KNOWN.
A NEW VISION In 1946, Buell announced plans to build a shopping mall on the land he had once relinquished to the city dump. An ambitious attempt at the time, it would be the second shopping center in the city (some sources say it was only the third mall in the entire country). First, however, he’d have to battle it out over zoning issues for several years – a challenge that faces area developers even today. Ultimately, he broke ground on nine acres that would house Denver Dry Goods (the space that until recently, served as the longtime home of The Container Store) and 17 other shops. Initially, Buell intended to develop the eastern part of the property into upscale apartments. Several years later, that plan was squelched and Buell’s shopping center expanded eastward in a rather haphazard manner. Development continued around the mall and into the area across First Avenue (modern day Cherry Creek North) yet there was no consistent architectural theme or style. Then, in 1968, Buell proposed a plan to build a 54-story skyscraper. This left neighbors outraged and ultimately resulted in the ordinances in place today that put restrictions on the height of any Cherry Creek building. Still, construction, albeit limited in stature, continued and the neighborhood grew. Mom and Pop businesses staked their claim on Cherry Creek North, some of which remain today.
THE TAUBMAN FACTOR In the early 1980s, shopping mall kings known as Taubman Corporation announced their plans to acquire and expand Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Taubman’s original concept was remarkably bold and included a 950,000-square-foot addition to the retail space plus 250,000 square feet of new offices, 250,000 square feet of new housing and a hotel. The proverbial cherry on
Above: Temple Buell’s Cherry Creek in the 1970s. Soon after, Taubman would take the reins, creating the mall we know today. Opposite Page, Top: The original structure of the Bromwell School as it was in the 1890s. Initially called the Harman School, it was renamed for Henry P. H. Bromwell, a progressive politician of the time. In 1976, the building was razed to make way for the modern day Bromwell School. Opposite Page, Bottom Left: A mid-century snap of Cherry Creek Shopping Center as it was under Temple Buell’s watch. Opposite Page, Bottom Right: David S. Walker, vice president of Baur’s of Denver, takes a sighting at the ground breaking for the firm’s new store in the Cherry Creek shopping center. Looking on (from left) are contractor Roger Mead, Baur’s president Gerald P. Peters, developer Temple Buell and Miss Callae Buell. Credit: Denver Post (Denver Post via Getty Images, Circa August 1954)
top? A futuristic skywalk and black onyx finish. Once again, the neighborhood was in an uproar. While some residents found the prospect of major national retailers in Cherry Creek to be an exciting one, many loudly expressed concern over traffic, congestion, air pollution and skyrocketing housing costs. Despite their cries, progress won out and the “new mall,” sans space age towers, opened in 1990 to much fanfare. When Taubman’s Cherry Creek originally opened, it was anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, and called other major luxury labels such as Louis Vuitton tenants. The next year, Neiman Marcus opened, giving the city that was once regarded as a cow town major fashion street cred. Over the next two decades the mall and its neighbors across First Avenue continued to grow. There were ups and downs – Nordstrom moved in in 2007, yet Saks closed in 2011 – but despite a recession and increased competition from the plethora of shopping centers that popped up in and around the metro area – Cherry Creek thrived. @CHER R YCR EEKMAG
TODAY’S CHERRY CREEK Collectively, Cherry Creek Shopping Center and Cherry Creek North have seen monumental growth over the past decade. The wrecking ball took to the former Saks Fifth Avenue locale to make way for the Center’s unmistakable monolith that is the RH Gallery – one of the brand’s largest and most celebrated in its entire portfolio. Next door, the mall’s west wing was added, bringing names like Tory Burch along with it and making way for a new, larger Tiffany & Co. Across the street, Cherry Creek North burgeoned at the hands of forward-thinking developers. Soon, construction cranes became a familiar sight as the “New North” revealed itself, marking the first major overhaul for the district in 20 years. The first wave saw the addition of developments like Clayton Lane and Fillmore Plaza as well as niceties like a bike sharing program and improved parking meters. But that was only the beginning. Soon, major development began all over the district. In the past several years, three new hotels have been added as well as buildings such as a newly redeveloped Cherry Creek Square, Civica Cherry Creek, ANB Bank’s redevelopment, 250 Columbine, The St. Paul Collection and The Laurel. Along with the area’s massive growth has come the entrée of major national retails brands like Hermes, Peter Millar, Kendra Scott, CB2, an Amazon Books and more. Yet the district maintains that the core of Cherry Creek is still rooted in small business. In fact, of its 250 retailers, 70 percent are independently owned and operated. Most recently, BMC Investments, the firm responsible for the vast majority of the district’s growth, announced plans to reimagine the Cherry Creek Inn space at 233 Clayton Street. Plans call for a 37-room boutique hotel with ground floor retail, the ultimate goal being a social spot where entertainment and nightlife span beyond the 6 o’clock hour. The developers have said that their ultimate vision is to take Cherry Creek from a 12-hour destination to an 18-hour hub. Like Buell and Taubman before them, they’re sure to have their fair share of naysayers. Yet like most things in life, growth can and will always find a way.
The bustling corner of 255 St. Paul, one of BMC’s most ambitious developments.
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Q & A
A Conversation with Nick LeMasters Nick LeMasters is a household name in Cherry Creek. For 23-years the retail veteran served as General Manager of Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Just this month, he journeyed across First Avenue to become the CEO of the Cherry Creek North BID. We sat down to get Nick’s perspective on all things Cherry Creek.
CCM: You were at the forefront of Cherry Creek Shopping Center from the mid 1990s until now. How has the Center changed during that time? NLM: The biggest change has been in the way retail is merchandised as a whole. In the 90s, everything was dominated by women’s apparel and jewelry. Today, it’s a far more diverse assortment. Who would have thought we would be purchasing computers and cars at the mall? There has also been a huge shift in lifestyle and what we wear from day to day. Women’s suiting once reigned supreme, but today, it’s all about athleisure. CCM: Which store opening (aside from the originals) has been the single most impactful for the Center? NLM: Without a doubt, Nordstrom. It was the missing piece of the puzzle and since opening, has made the Center more relevant and competitive. CCM: How do you see Cherry Creek 10 years from now? NLM: My sense is that you are going to continue to see a neighborhood that evolves and becomes more densified. In particular the parcel at the west end of Cherry Creek Shopping Center (the former Bed, Bath, and Beyond space) will play a major role. We would like to see something very different there than what exists today. A mixed use space with a broader array of offerings or a major entertainment venue. Ultimately, Cherry Creek is becoming a city within a city. The area will continue to have its own personality as the consummate live, work, play district in the metro area. We expect to see an influx of empty nesters who are saying goodbye to the suburbs and are looking for a major lifestyle change.
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CCM: Is construction coming to an end or do you envision a new wave unfolding? NLM: I think the development community is collectively catching its breath after the last 3-5 years of building at an extraordinary pace. I do expect that we are going to see incremental changes though. As I begin to lead the Cherry Creek BID, our team intends to do so in a way that is less disruptive. More sequential, incremental growth that is manageable and sustainable. CCM: What is the biggest element that the neighborhood is missing? NLM: A cultural experience. We want to create something more permanent than the Arts Festival that will keep the neighborhood alive with culture. I would love to see a performing arts building that can host major shows and concerts. A facility like that would extend the life of Cherry Creek beyond the 9-5 hours. CCM: How do you respond to people who think that the area is losing its charm? NLM: There’s no question that some stores have moved or disappeared, but when you stand back and look at what is available from a small business perspective, Cherry Creek is still very much a hub for emerging businesses and will continue to be for the long term. We believe strongly that the Cherry Creek North neighborhood complements the Shopping Center and vice versa. We really are stronger together. Cherry Creek’s best days are ahead of it on both sides of the street. We might have to endure some disruptions here and there, but the result is a world-class destination.
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PERFECT DAYS IN CHER RY CR EEK NOR TH
Strolling hand in hand down a bustling sidewalk. Indulging in mouth-watering fare at the city’s hottest new restaurant. Catching up over happy hour and a much-needed retail therapy session. Cherry Creek North’s sixteen walkable blocks, along with the trappings of tony Cherry Creek Shopping Center across First Avenue, have the makings of an incredible wintertime agenda. Whether you’re getting in that valuable QT with your brood, embarking on the ultimate adventure with the girls or taking your better half on a date to remember, we have the perfect plan for your perfect day in the neighborhood.
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L A D I ES W H O L U N C H And brunch. And shop, spa, sip, and see. There’s no better way to bond with your girls than a day spent in Cherry Creek.
Meet for brunch (and requisite champagne) at Le Bilboquet. The French eatery, while completely refined by night, shows its wild side on the the weekend with Champagne Saturdays. During brunch hours (11-3) a DJ spins tunes, and champagne flows from larger than life bottles. Each week a different label is featured (think Moet and Chandon, Veuve Clicquot) with rare special pricing. Oh, and there are fireworks. Yep – don’t be surprised if you see celebratory sparklers as the bottles pop open. A festive scene, indeed. Now that you’re in the mood to celebrate, what better way to do so than with a shopping trip? Head next door to A Line Boutique where a personal stylist will help you with all of the Chloe, Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone and Rebecca Taylor your hearts desire. Then, saunter down to Perch for more retail bliss. We love the Vail-based boutique’s Denver outpost for its perfectly curated selections that are equal parts feminine and fierce. Pick up a Veronica Beard blazer and almost anything from 360 Cashmere and you’ll be set for the season. Also pop across the street to Covered, the newest shop from Cherry Creek veteran Tara Weydert. We love the contemporary mix of dresses, weekend wear and accessories.
Once you’re primped to perfection, you’ll sneak around the corner and end your evening at Matsuhisa. The brainchild of celebrity sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Denver’s iteration serves new style Japanese cuisine with modern flair. We love his signature dishes - Sashimi with Jalapeño, Black Cod Miso and White Fish Tiradito.
Le Bilboquet / 303.835.9999 / 299 St. Paul
A Line Boutique / 303.773.8200 / 3050 E. 3rd Avenue Perch / 720.381.0290 / 2606 E. 3rd Avenue Covered / 303.993.5509 / 2353 E. 3rd Avenue Aviano / 303.399.8347 / 244 Detroit Vitahl / 303.388.7380 / 251 Steele
You’ve shopped your heart out – now you need to refuel. Aviano, everyone’s favorite Cherry Creek coffee shop, is the perfect place for a little pick-me-up. Now with two locations on both Detroit and St. Paul streets, the shop’s claim of having the “perfectly crafted cup of coffee” is by all accounts, true.
Next, it’s time for a bit of pampering. Vitahl has been a staple in Cherry Creek North for the past 15 years, injecting the neighborhood’s ladies with the latest fillers and lasering off those pesky unwanted sunspots. Under the helm of Dr. Tahl Humes, the medical spa offers a bevvy of services and is always up on the latest and most sought after treatments. Today, however, it’s time to relax with an ultra-pampering Hydrafacial. All of that R&R has caused you and your gals to work up a bit of an appetite. Show off your newfound glow at longtime Cherry Creek favorite Cucina Colore. Share a Gamberi Salad (arugula and grilled shrimp) and Tartufo Pizza (whipped ricotta, roasted mushrooms and truffle oil) and end on a sweet note. The Bread Pudding is legendary. Next is a light sweat session at Corepower Yoga, just a few blocks up on 6th Avenue. With classes for every skill level, you’re certain to find one that suits. Afterwards, head up to Drybar for a blowout and glass of wine before dinner.
Cucina Colore / 303.393.6917 / 3041 E. 3rd Avenue Corepower Yoga / 720.575.4174 / 2780 E. 6th Avenue Drybar / 303.242.3513 / 3290 E. 1st Avenue Matsuhisa / 303.329.6628 / 98 Steele
THE ROMANTIC RESPITE The tree-lined streets. The twinkling white lights. The wine. The chocolates. The spa. Cherry Creek North is the ideal enclave in which to woo that someone special.
Begin with breakfast at Crepes ‘n Crepes, the charming French breakfast bistro that serves authentically delectable takes on the popular pastry. It’s quaint and quiet – the perfect spot to begin your rendezvous. Try the simple but mouthwatering Chantilly, a buttered crepe adorned with whipped cream and powdered sugar.
Now that you have baubles adorning your arms, a bit of relaxation is in order. Head to Vive Float Studio + and get lost in the calming bliss of float therapy. Afterwards, head to neighborhood favorite Cherry Creek Grill for scratch made, wood fired fare in a moody, relaxing space. Our pick? The much-loved Macho Salad.
From there, take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets of Cherry Creek North. Hand in hand, you will duck your heads into boutiques and playfully window shop the morning away. Be sure to check out the stunning sparklers at the likes of Gnat Jewelry and Atelier where Raz Gnat’s original designs will wow even the most discerning diamond lover. Also saunter into Signet for a contemporary piece from designer and owner Carol Ferguson. We adore her cuffs that fuse 24k pure gold to oxidized sterling silver. For the gentleman, head to the east end of the neighborhood and browse the watch selection at Oster Jewelers. Our pick? The ruggedly handsome timepieces from British label Bremont.
Next on the agenda is gallery hopping. Cherry Creek North is home to nearly a dozen fine art studios and galleries, from mixed media, to oil on canvas, to photography and more. Visit Fascination Street for traditional still-lifes and contemporary pop art, Masters Gallery for stunning sculptures, Gallerie Rouge for original antique advertising posters, and Saks for American and European oils, bronzes and watercolors.
EVENING It’s time for a cocktail. Take your better half to Vinue and sample to your heart’s desire with their unique (and fun) self-serve wine stations. Also try the Charcuterie Board, which we deem one of the neighborhood’s best. After all of that imbibing, you’ll want to get a bit of fresh air, which makes the short walk across 1st Avenue to 801 Chophouse a welcomed one. Take in the charm of Cherry Creek’s busy holiday streets as you stroll through the city en route to Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Once there, the most romantic of meals in the most classic of steakhouses awaits.
Crepes ‘n Crepes / 303.320.4184 / 2816 E. 3rd Avenue Gnat Jewelers / 303.355.5050 / 250 Columbine Signet / 720.484.5195 / 300 Fillmore Oster Jewelers / 303.572.1111 / osterjewelers.com Vive Float Studio + / 303.377.8483 / 250 Steele Cherry Creek Grill / 303.322.3524 / 184 Steele Fascination Street / 303.333.1566 / 315 Detroit Masters Gallery / 303.221.2449 / 2616 E. 3rd Avenue Gallerie Rouge / 720.318.7556 / 2830 E. 3rd Avenue Saks Gallery / 303.333.4144 / 3019 E. 2nd Avenue Vinue / 720.287.1156 / 2817 E. 3rd Avenue 801 Chophouse / 303.214.6474 / 3000 East 1st Avenue
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It’s the holidays, so there’s no better place to spend time with your littles than Cherry Creek. Santa, sweets and a brand new outfit for that special occasion await. ‘Tis the season.
MORNING It’s time to shop for your darling mini me’s. Hollyhocks is the perfect family-owned children’s boutique to find traditional and whimsical clothing. Brands like Mayoral and Ralph Lauren are as classic as they are cute. Once they’re dressed to the nines, head across University to Little Feet. A Cherry Creek institution, the shop has been outfitting Denver’s well heeled children, quite literally, for nearly 27 years. After you pick the perfect pair, it couldn’t hurt to journey next door to Enstrom’s. Famous for their toffee, we think your brood will love a cup of their hot cocoa on a cold winter’s day.
AFTERNOON Make your way to Cherry Creek Shopping Center for a trip to see the one and only Santa. The Center’s annual visit from the big guy is one to behold, with Santa’s Flight Academy setting up their impressive headquarters in Grand Court. After they’ve shared their holiday wishes, head just a few steps away to Lolli & Pops and let them chose a confectionary treat. We love the candy store’s vintage vibe and pastel wonderland. If they’ve been especially good, a short trip to the Center’s popular play area, replete with plenty of prehistoric pals, is always a good idea. It’s time for lunch, and the Cherry Cricket is a family-friendly institution that boasts the best burgers in town. The watering-holemeets-burger-joint is incredibly accommodating when it comes to their tiniest diners and the casual atmosphere makes lunch with the little ones relatively stress free. Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites and a classic Cricket Burger are both must-haves. After lunch, spend time strolling through the streets of Cherry Creek North. During the holidays the lights are twinkling and, if you’re lucky, you may run into the district’s carolers, dressed in full costume. Your wee ones will be home in time for a late afternoon nap before family dinner – naturally, you picked up take out from True Food Kitchen to counteract the day’s delicious but sugar-laden fare.
Hollyhocks / 303.388.8001 / 2817 E. 3rd Avenue Little Feet / 303.388.9535 / 201 University Enstrom Candies / 303.322.1005 / 201 University CC Shopping Center / 303.388.3900 / 3000 E. 1st Avenue Lolli & Pops / 303.390.5701 / 3000 E. 1st Avenue Cherry Cricket / 303.322.7666 / 2641 E. 2nd Avenue
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MORGAN ADAMS CONCOURS Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ELEGANCE More than 1,500 guests mingled and enjoyed cocktails, delicious food and desserts on the tarmac of TAC Air at Centennial Airport for the 17th Annual Morgan Adams Concours dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Elegance. This extraordinary hangar party with a live and silent auction benefits The Morgan Adams Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding research for kids and young adults battling cancer. Guests strolled the tarmac under a show stopping sunset to get up close and personal with historically significant airplanes, one-of-a-kind cars, and vintage motorcycles from some of the most elite private collections in the country.
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8. 1. Event emcees Gary Shaprio and Corey Rose 2. Megan MacGregor and Ryan Chapman of Ferrari of Denver 3. 1938 Hispano Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia 4. Anna West and Kim Kaskiewicz of Ferrari of Denver 5. Guests pose in front of the step and repeat banner 6. KJ Paseka, Kerri Moden Paseka, Heather Sterlin Biglow, Lana Rupprecht 7. Elizabeth Peros and Karen Leigh from CBS Denver 8. Even the tiniest supporters had a wonderful time 9. Guests enjoying the sun and sights the event had to offer
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CHERRY CREEK NORTH FOOD & WINE On Saturday, August 17th, 18 restaurants represented the best of Cherry Creek North dining during the 11th Annual Cherry Creek North Food & Wine event. The restaurants, all located in Cherry Creek North and renowned for their service, culinary options and quality, competed for the titles of Best of Show, Best Dessert, Best Table Décor and People’s Choice. A group of independent jurors determined the following restaurants to take home the 2019 Best Of awards. Winners included Narrative (Best of Show), Enstrom Candies (Best Dessert), Pasta, Pasta, Pasta (Best Table Décor) and Quality Italian (People’s Choice).
1. The chef from Social Fare shows of his winning creation 2. Guests indulged in delicious wines 3. Mass Hipsteria dazzles the crowd 4. Adam Larkey and Stephanie Blake 5. Guests got into the groove on bustling Fillmore Plaza 6. Kim Modesitt enjoys the event 7. Cherry Creek North’s Jenny Starkey with the chefs from Quality Italian and Cherry Creek North’s Blake Meikle 8. Fillmore Plaza became a hotspot for all things culinary
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LE BILBOQUET GRAND OPENING SOIRÉE After much anticipation, acclaimed French eatery Le Bilboquet opened its Denver doors to a stunning crowd of sophisticates on September 12th. Located in Cherry Creek North’s St. Paul Collection, the 6,000 square-foot space marries its ambience and offerings with the neighborhood it serves. The restaurant offers office workers and neighborhood dwellers sophisticates something to sing about with its renowned stylish atmosphere, hospitable service and menu selections.
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8. 1. Ladies enjoying the event in grand style 2. BMC’s Matt Joblon and Le Bilboquest co-owner Rick Wahlstedt 3. Whispering Angel’s Emily Jean Thomas and friends 4. Torrey Newman Dill and Erica Beard 5. Vincent Gurzo, Ilona, Ellia and Aiyana Knopfler, Erin Kamlet 6. Gorgeous gals toasting to the opening 7. Ariana Ferwerda, Will Steck, Emily Hoeksema 8. Guests came out in droves to enjoy the highly anticipated opening 9. The ladies of LIV Sotheby’s smile for the camera
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FLIGHT TO LUXURY A stellar crowd descended on Centennial Airport’s Signature Flight and Modern Aviation Hangars for the 10th Annual (and final) Flight to Luxury event. The sell-out soirée, produced by Denver-based Cuvée, benefited PIVOT, the newly launched foundation that addressed the needs of the “whole child” in Colorado. Founding Trustees Larry Mueller, George Solich and John Elway took to the stage, along with PIVOT CEO Mimi Roberson. The evening began with a decadent cocktail hour featuring the city’s finest restaurants and the world’s most esteemed spirits, followed by a live auction and stunning fashion show. Both Sir and Sport and Cherry Creek Magazine served as media sponsors and Cherry Creek Magazine styled the fashion show with looks from Perch, Andrisen Morton and Vail’s Grey Salt Men’s Supply Co. 6.
1. The ladies of Four Points Energy, one of the event sponsors, pose for the camera 2. Piper and Chauncey Billips 3. PIVOT CEO Mimi Roberson, Elizabeth Kudla, Carol Solich, Candy Bhappu and Paige Elway 4. Blogger Lauren Kay Sims and Michael Sims 5. NFL legend Peyton Manning with the children of PIVOT 6. PIVOT founders John Elway, Larry Mueller and George Solich 7. Lex Atencio with Jen Newman and his lovely mother, Sylvia Atencio 8. Jacquie Palisi and Natalie Mahler 9. Aquazeal’s Andy and Sara Haffenden 10. The Block Agency’s Carol Kaye, Cherry Creek Magazine’s Betsy Marr and the evening’s models (L to R): Gabriel Thaxton, Asa Dyer, Riley Quintana, Brittany Seegrist, Eric Wagenknecht, Elizabeth Haynes, Solomon Yearby and Jules Wilson
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Model Twiggy holds the then newly released Louis Vuitton envelope bag for Vogue magazine in 1967. Fast-forward to 1990 and the iconic luxury fashion house opened its Denver location at Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Last year, Louis Vuitton doubled its footprint in the Center, cementing the brand’s Cherry Creek presence for generations to come.
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