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Inside Feature The Other Side of Emmanuel Sanders

Sports Broncos Give Back

Fashion Hermes: In Praise of Perfection


The 7 Revolutionary Aspects of Edgeless Architecture

Self Could You be Rich, but Relationally Poor? 3 Ways To Avoid Relational Poverty

Food & Wine Local Table Tours

Business 3 Reasons Top Companies are Moving Away from Business Coaches

History The Gold Rush


The Armstrong Hotel

Art & Culture I’m Bilingual. What’s Your Superpower?


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Denver Guide Hotels, Restaurants and Culture

About the Editor Trisha Ventker

EDITOR IN CHIEF Trisha Ventker CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER Trisha Ventker CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jonathan Jackson CHIEF COPY EDITOR John Small CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Richard Carroll Gordon Hudelson Alison Repp Karen Rowan Kirk M. Samuels John Small Gretchen TeBockhorst Trisha Ventker Florence Watts

Trisha Ventker is an author, photographic artist,


branding expert, social media influencer, publisher of ELIFE magazine, NoCo magazine and Denver, Colorado Luxury magazine. Reader impressions has sur-


passed 6.5 million for the magazines, with the Denver, Colorado Luxury magazine being nationwide.


She is best known for her first book Internet Dates From Hell which had the movie rights optioned by Paula Wagner. Trisha is also one of the first Indie Book authors to have a book optioned for the big screen. Ventker is originally from New York City, presently residing in Colorado for the last 11+ years, with her husband and son.

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Trisha Ventker Chief Creative Officer Photographer “The Armstrong Hotel”

Kirk M. Samuels “Could you be rich, but relationally poor? 3 ways to avoid relational poverty”

John Small Chief Copy editor “The Gold Rush”

Karen Rowan “I’m Bilingual. What’s your Superpower?”


Alison Repp “3 Reasons Top Companies are Moving Away from Business Coaches”

Gordon Hudelson “The 7 Revolutionary Aspects of Edgeless Architecture“

Florence Watts “Colorado Queens Moving Mountains”

Richard Carroll “Hermes: In Praise of Perfection”



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The Other Side of Emmanuel Sanders by A Precious Child

Hundreds of children, ranging from elementary to middle school ages, gathered around Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on the Thomas Jefferson High School football field. “You can be anything you want to be,” Sanders told them. “Do you believe that?” They excitedly shouted back in unison, “Yeah!”

She is an Executive Board Member of A Precious Child’s Women’s Guild, a group of influential women dedicated to raising awareness of and resources for the organization, allowing A Precious Child to impact even more children in the Denver community. “I love A Precious Child because what they’re doing for the Denver community is just amazing,” said Emmanuel Sanders. “Going into their facility and seeing people putting clothes into their shopping carts and everything is free. The concept, the idea, the positive energy behind it… we both share the same goal in trying to help the Denver community be better.”

As part of his two-day summer football camp, Sanders teams up with A Precious Child to provide an opportunity for kids to learn new football and leadership skills, have fun and feel inspired. He also uses it as a way to give back to the community. “With Emmanuel as one of our Celebrity Ambassadors, we’ve been able to partner with him for the past four years to send hundreds of children in need to his camp through our giveSPORTS program,” said Brittany Polinski, Vice President of Programs and Evaluation at A Precious Child. Through their partnership,

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200 kids, who otherwise couldn’t afford the fee, were able to participate in Sanders’ camp for free this year. 10-year-old Carl, a giveSPORTS recipient, said by the end of camp he felt more confident. “I high-fived him and now I have his superpowers,” he said. “I feel awesome!” Sanders and his family engages in A Precious Child’s mission in multiple ways, by donating sports equipment through his foundation and using his platform to inspire community members to get involved with A Precious Child’s work. Gabby Sanders, Emmanuel’s wife, is an integral part of A Precious Child’s growth.

Gwenivere Snyder, President of the Women’s Guild, Emmanuel Sanders, Carina Martin, founder of Precious Child

Emmanuel Sanders


What was the catalyst in you starting your foundation?


The Emmanuel Sanders Foundation was created to help under privileged kids in the community. I want to be able to help provide these kids with the resources and support to attain a better life, succeed and live out their dreams. Whether it be school supplies, sporting equipment or funding sporting fees. Growing up I wasn’t

able to participate in sports, have the proper school supplies or clothing due to financial constraints. I just want to be able tohelp as many kids as I can, who are facing the same issues I had growing up.


How can your fans get involved and help support your cause?

I have foundation events throughout the year that anyone can purchase tickets to and attend. We have fundraisers and auction off signed memorabilia and

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work and dedication I beat all the odds against me. For me to have come this far and have the blessing to say I’m a Super Bowl 50 champion or it’s my 10th season in the NFL makes me and my family proud. I overcame adversity and that’s what I’m most proud of.


Who is the one Hall of Fame Cornerback that you would like to go one-on-one with if you had both played in the same era?


Deion Sanders. He was definitely a player whose mind set and game inspired me as a kid.

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What do you want your Legacy to be? What are you most proud of?

Of course I want to be remembered as one of the greatest receivers, who gave my all to the game, but more importantly I want my story to inspire people to believe in themselves. Even when others don’t and the odds are against you. Everything is attainable with the right mindset and the will to work hard. I want a kid to be able to see me and say “Because he did it, I can too”. I come from very small town in Texas. Bellville- where the population is 4500 to 5000 people. I grew up in poverty and didn’t have much resources or the proper guidance to make it. Through hard



Broncos Give Back


o one is more cherished than those who are blessed with incredible talent, have etched their mark in life with intense work ethics, and then open their hearts with unselfish acts of kindness in order to bring cheer to others. Emmanuel Sanders (highlighted in the Feature article), Von Miller, Kareem Jackson, John Ellway, Todd Davis and

Mark Jackson are featured here. They are a few of many of the past and present Broncos that give back to society. Their generosity and kindness shows their true spirit!


stablished in 2012, Von’s Vision is the charitable foundation of Broncos All-Pro Linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller. The

mission of Von’s Vision is to provide low-income Denver children with the eye care and corrective eyewear they need to be their best in the classroom and in life. Miller was inspired to begin Von’s Vision as a result of his own nearsightedness, which plagued him throughout his childhood. Without glasses, it was impossible for him to play sports and keep up in school. With glasses, it was hard for him to maintain a positive self-image. Through Von’s Vision, Miller is not only giving the gift of sight, but by providing high-end frames that resemble his own sense of style, he is making kids feel cool to wear their glasses, helping them go from “the least to the beast.” Through numerous community outreach programs, including Von’s Vision Day and Von’s Vision Center, Von’s Vision has provided the gift of sight to more than 8,500 students. To learn more, visit

Von Miller


rowing up in Macon, Georgia, Kareem Jackson has always had a passion for football and giving back. Following High

School, Kareem went to play college football at Alabama under Coach Nick Saban. After his successful college football career, Kareem was drafted in the first round by the Houston Texans.


n addition to football, Kareem is very passionate about his family and helping his community. With his mother being a 2-time breast can-

cer survivor and his sister having battled leukemia as a child, Kareem knows firsthand the impact that cancer has on the lives of its’ victims and their families. It is these experiences that led Kareem to establish the Kareem Jackson Foundation. Kareem established the foundation in 2016 to impact the lives of families with seriously and chronically ill children through daily encouragement and life changing experiences while honoring and supporting women who are battling – and those who have achieved victory over – breast cancer. Kareem is ready to continue the foundation’s legacy in his new home of Denver and is excited about the opportunity to impact even more lives.

Kareem Jackson


ast year, John Elway joined Larry Mueller and George Solich to create PIVOT, a high-impact 501(c)3 that harnesses the pow-

er of doers and dollars in Colorado to invest in outcomes that help the NextGen succeed. PIVOT forges connections and funds collaboration between Denver’s most impactful nonprofits to improve the lives of Colorado’s youth through four key areas academic success, mental well-being, nutrition, and career readiness. On Friday, September 13, 2019, the popular fundraising event, Flight to Luxury, will bring together Colorado’s culture makers, movers-and-shakers, and philanthropists for a stunning collaboration to benefit PIVOT.

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odd Davis, born in Inglewood, California is currently entering his 6th season in the National Football League. The Sacramen-

to State graduate and Super Bowl 50 champion, stands at 6’1, 230 pounds, and plays inside linebacker for the Denver Broncos. Davis, is a dedicated family man, who enjoys fashion, food, traveling the world, and being around family. He and his wife Zina are extremely passionate about giving back to the community. The ‘Todd Davis A+ Living’ Foundation’s mission goal is to “provide and help earn a child an A+ life”. Todd Davis was the 2017 recipient of the ‘Ed Block Courage Award’.


+ Living is a 501c3 nonprofit organization established by NFL Player Todd Davis and his family. Focused on empowering tomor-

row’s leaders, A+ Living encourages adolescents to get A.A.M.P’d (Academics, Athletics, Motivation and Social Participation) by providing programs and events that enhance leadership skills. ​


ur mission is to inspire and encourage adolescents to become leaders in their homes, schools, and communities.

Todd Davis

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ackson is eighth in Bronco history in both receptions and yards and his 17.55 average yards per catch is ranked 3rd. He also established

the record for the longest reception in postseason play, 80 yards. A tough, smart receiver with an uncanny ability to get open, he played seven seasons with the Broncos. Jackson also played for the New York Giants and the Indianapolis Colts before retiring in 1995. He has 334 receptions for 5,454 yards, a 16.3 average and 28 touchdowns and played in three Super Bowls for the Denver Broncos.


ark Jackson has always had a presence in the community. He’s done work with Big Brothers, Bonfils Blood Center (now

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Hermes: In Praise of Perfection By Richard Carroll

The House of Hermes at 24 Faubourg Saint-Honore stands at the brink of perfection and elegance. An endearing and enchanting landmark situated in the heart of Paris, The House is the standard bearer of style and grace, intolerant of mediocrity in any guise. The warm aroma of leather and delicate displays of handcrafted works of art featuring silk, fine leather, and natural materials, tease the senses and excite the imagination, but the history, fervor and dedication of the Hermes family is what gives the name its enduring cachet. The House of Hermes (pronounced air-mes) is the devoted home base of the Hermes family who began as harness makers in 1837, and quickly rose to the top of their profession within the fields of leather crafting and lofty fashion. The center of activity for the talented family since 1840, this landmark building in Paris enlightens both the history buff and the discriminating shopper.

Family operated since its inception in 1837, the horse

The equestrian motif has been ingeniously retained

has influenced Hermes’ development throughout

and integrated throughout the Hermes collection.

the years in vital if varied ways. It all began when Thi-

Emile-Maurice found imaginative and inspired ways

erry Hermes, a noted harness maker, opened a small

to use the company’s reputation and skilled artists

shop and quickly gained a reputation for creating

in modern ways creating accessories which could

the finest harnesses in all Paris. Emile, Thierry’s son,

be adapted to modern modes of travel such as mon-

moved the family business to 24 Faubourg St. Hon-

ey belts and writing cases, billfolds and note-pads.

ore, where it has remained, and there he added sad-

Gauntlets and stirrups led to gloves and boots; the

dlery to their prestigious achievements.

coachman’s whip and the riding crop were trans-

formed into polo mallets; silver buckles led to fine

Two grandsons of Thierry Hermes, Adolphe and

jewelry, and castle ensigns became ladies’ scarves.

Emile-Maurice, further developed the family name by offering saddlery and harnesses created to ex-

Emile-Maurice Hermes died in 1951 and the fourth

press the height of Parisian elegance to the Europe-

generation, in the persons of his sons-in-law, Jean-

an Courts, the finest stables on the Continent, and to

Rene Guerrand and Robert Dumas-Hermes, were

the Czar of Russia, the officers of the Imperial Guard

at the ready. Robert took the reins in 1951 and con-

and His Imperial Highness Nicholas II. But the grand-

centrated on scarf designs, but his marvelous busi-

sons found themselves in a dilemma when the noisy

ness management helped in establishing branches

engines of the first automobiles replaced the jangle

throughout France and eventually the world. Robert

of horse-drawn carriages.

died in 1978 and quickly fifth generation Jean-Louis Dumas Hermes, filled with youthful élan and enthusi-

In 1922 Emile-Maurice bought out his brother, and

asm, stepped in and was the driving force behind the

with a touch of Hermes brilliance introduced the


French to an innovative zipper called the Hermes Fastener. Then with the beloved horse in mind,

Hermes employs more than 11,718 people worldwide,

Emile-Maurice diversified the business’s craftsman-

many of whom are thought of as family, in more

ship by introducing the “saddle style” design on

than 300 exclusive stores. Some craftspeople begin

women’s purses, luggage and wallets. For Hermes

their training at schools in France under an extensive

this was an historical turning point, marking the birth

training program followed by several more years of

of the “Saddle Stitch” look, an instant success, and

apprenticeship at Hermes before they are allowed to

one now widely copied throughout the world. The

make a single stitch. Each handbag takes between 12

saddle stitch is a method wherein the thread is visi-

and 19 hours to create and each is then imprinted by

ble going in and out of the same opening. Before this

the maker’s individual sign. Hermes products are al-

innovation all handbags were sewn from the inside

most entirely made in France by hand, the company

and then turned, a marvelous concept for Hermes.

rejecting mass production and assembly lines.

Hermes explained that it is difficult to find talented

tory in Bienne, Switzerland in 1978, and created stun-

craftspeople because the art is not always appealing

ning timepieces in gold and steel, accented, of course,

to the young, and also to find raw materials that will

with leather. In 1984 Hermes introduced an exquisite-

pass Hermes’ standards. More than 80 percent of the

ly designed 17-piece Limoges dinner service featur-

leather received in the Hermes workshops is returned

ing the peony theme, and in the same year, released

to the tannery.

the third feminine fragrance created by Hermes in 23 years, Parfum d’ Hermes, followed by enameled

The Kelly bag, a stylized saddlebag named after the

bracelets traced with gold or silver showcasing the

late Princess Grace, remains one of Hermes’ premier

classic equestrian motif.

handbags, as are the Birkin handbags in honor of actress and singer Jane Birkin. Kelly traveled to Par-

A splendid bonus for shoppers who visit Hermes with

is, saw the bag and ordered it in a variety of colors.

leather and silk in mind is the elegance of ready-to-

Jacqueline Onassis wore the Constance, or H-Bag

wear fashion, such as long gray cashmere cardigans,

with its small “H” clasp, as have thousands of other

navy pea coats, silk twill scarves, pleated Hermes silk

patrons. Hermes bags are often a blend of silk and

skirts, classic trousers, and trench coats, skirts, jackets

horsehair, double stitched, and designed to be worn

and coats in pure cashmere, brushed alpaca or silk

with everything from jeans to fashionable evening


wear. Francine Bardo, a 31-year employee, and former diThe art of leather is only the launch of the Hermes tra-

rector of Hermes, Beverly Hills, opened on Rodeo

dition. The silk used for jockeys’ blouses gave rise to

Drive in 1972 said, ”We have always kept a low pro-

the Hermes scarf, which was introduced in 1937. Their

file. Hermes is classic in style, never trendy. Our cli-

highly regarded scarves are collected and treasured

ents think nothing of wearing a handbag for 20 years.

by women throughout the world. After a scarf has

Our products are very expensive but not one cent

been worn for a period of time they are often framed

overpriced. As a little girl growing up in Europe I was

or displayed under glass as stylish table decorations.

weaned on Hermes. On my 16th birthday I received a Hermes scarf. For many French girls this is the sym-

Hermes owns a silk factory near Leon, noted as the

bol of adulthood. I was ecstatic.”

silk capital of Europe, and consider silk as a raw textile to be the best material in the world from the stand-

The Emile Hermes Museum on the third floor of 24

point of weight. They developed a process of weaving

Faubourg Saint-Honore, Paris, created by Emile,

that requires meticulous handwork with silk prints

is dedicated to the ubiquitous Hermes horse with

ranging to 53 screenings and woven to precise spec-

carriages, saddles, silver and priceless leather work

ification with hand-rolled edges. The process takes

dating to the 17th century; seen by appointment

approximately one year from drawing board to scarf.

only. The company moves onward with Pierre-Alex-

Designs often depict historical events, or nautical and

is Dumas, son of Jean-Louis, following in his father’s

military designs, or original floral creations, but the

footsteps as Artistic Director. For travelers to Paris in

classic Hermes equestrian theme remains one of the

search of French fashion and design, a stop at 24 Fau-

most admired.

bourg Saint-Honore offers a notable Parisian memory.

Under the vision of the late Jean-Louis Dumas, who passed away in 2010, Hermes purchased a watch fac-

Richard Carroll is a nationally known travel writer honored with eight international writing awards. Richard has covered all seven continents, and with family heritage dating to early Colorado.

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“The Seven Revolutionary Aspects of Edgeless Architecture” We live during an age where life “happens” at an incredible pace. We live in houses that don’t take the exterior environment into account. We live in spaces that are separate from one another. We live in domiciles with minimal natural daylight. What if you could live in a home that gave you the sensation of being outdoors while indoors? What if you could live in a home that allowed all segments of your family to interact on a regular basis? What if you lived in a home that was flooded with natural daylight? This is exactly what Hudelson Innovations brings to you with The Seven Revolutionary Aspects of Edgeless Architecture. Spaciousness is one of the major aspects of an Edgeless Home. What makes an Edgeless Home unique isn’t necessarily the amount of floor space that exists, but how the floor space that is used is integrated into other spaces. A true Inside/Outside Connection is very desirable in today’s world. Many builders create this with large sliding glass doors in walls. Hudelson Innovations creates this with walls of windows. Another benefit of Edgeless Architecture is the use of Sustainable and Energy Efficient materials. The use of natural materials, whenever possible lessens the amount of material that eventually ends up in landfills, without sacrificing quality. Another key to Edgeless Architecture is that it incorporates spaces that are connected allowing for a Seamless Connectivity as you move throughout the floorplan. By removing walls that typically define rooms, and allowing open spaces to flow together, the entire home is once again made to feel larger than it actually is. Flexibility...Edgeless Architecture is not defined by any particular style. In fact, Edgeless concepts can be used in any style of home, be it Victorian, Modern or anything in between. Often times, we see homes that are under construction where the site has been altered so drastically that it doesn’t feel natural. With Edgeless Architecture, each home is designed specifically for the individual building site, creating an Environmental Synergy that is not standard in most homes. One of the definitions of Value is “the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth or usefulness of something.” In the case of Edgeless Architecture, the value of the home comes from the features of the home. It’s about what is felt when walking through the front door.



“Could You be Rich, but Relationally Poor?

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“Could You be Rich, but Relationally Poor? 3 Ways to Avoid Relational Poverty” When I saw that scene in Top Gun, I decided I wanted to be a Coast Guard helicopter pilot. Growing up in Washington, DC, this dream could not have felt farther away. After entering college, the Coast Guard awarded me a full scholarship and Officer Candidate School (OCS). Within a couple years, I was married, a new dad and was accepted to flight school! My dreams were about to come true until my addiction to pornography ended everything. This 30-year addiction would almost cost my life to suicide several years later. I had everything, yet had nothing. Your career, money, material things, even your spouse and kids will be someone else’s after you’re gone. The only things someone else can never have is your legacy. The intangible things will outlive you and live forever, and that is real wealth.

Here are 3 ways to avoid the worst kind of poverty: FREEDOM: Get free from the brick holding down your balloon. Any detrimental habit, substance, or limiting belief is dead weight. These will always keep you from achieving or maintaining your greatest you.

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Two of Denver’s favorite creations come together

About Local Table Tours

in Local Table Tours’ Tacos and Tequila Tours. On its

Offering culinary walking tours in Denver, Boulder

newest culinary excursion, Local Table Tours takes

and Fort Collins, Local Table Tours brings togeth-

Latin food lovers on a new path along the heart of

er small groups of food enthusiasts for an exclusive

the city to visit popular taquerias in LoDo.

taste of each town. Dining, cocktail, coffee and chocolate, coffee and doughnuts, farm-to-table and private

“This tour gives visitors a chance to eat and explore

dining tours offer a unique, behind-the-scenes look

Denver’s taco scene like a local and gives locals a

into the top restaurants and bars in each locale, all

chance to see their city in a new and festive light,”

in the company of a passionate expert guide. Guests

explained tour guide and hospitality veteran, Tiffany

enjoy generous samples of each venue’s fare, as well

Candelaria. “Our goal is to feature tacos that you may

as one-on-one time with the people behind the food,

not try on a typical restaurant visit while teaching

including chefs, owners, mixologists and more. For

guests about the nuances of a wide variety of tequi-

more information, visit, or


call (303) 909-5747.

On this two-hour guided walking tour, guests will learn about the history and architecture in LoDo between tasting stops at restaurants like The Rio, Machete Tacos and Marg’s World Taco Bistro. Unlike traditional food tours with pre-planned tastings for each guest, the Tacos and Tequila tours provide guests with the option to choose from a large selection of tacos at each restaurant. Vegan, veggie, fish and meat options are all on the menus, including the de la milpa taco (Mexican zucchini, corn, mushroom, poblano pesto and cotija cheese) from Machete; the Korean pork taco (slow-roasted natural pork, pickled cucumbers, scallions, hoisin sauce and sriracha) from Marg’s Taco Bistro; and the tequila shrimp taco (marinated shrimp, cabbage and avocado salsa) from The Rio. “These tours are fun, tasty and always provide a lot of laughs,” said Candelaria. There’s something about tacos and tequila that just puts everyone in a great mood.” The Tacos and Tequila tours are held on Thursdays from 4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and are priced at $55 per person. Local Table Tours also offers private tours and can curate a tour to fit a group’s specific interests.



3 Reasons Top Companies are Moving Away from Business Coaches (and What They are Moving Toward) By Alison Repp These days, every other person with whom you meet is calling him or herself some sort of coach-business coach, life coach, career coach, leadership coach; the list goes on. It’s a buzz word that is starting to lose steam‌ as well as appeal. Here are three reasons companies are moving away from coaches:

Alison Repp, MA is an Integration Specialist who works with small to medium businesses in the Denver metro market to sustain productivity, engagement, and fulfillment as they experience rapid growth.

They care about the wellbeing of all of their employees. Business coaches typically work with the leaders of a company. Leaders are like the operator of a machine. Employees are like the structural components inside. Without a maintenance strategy for those internal components, machine operators become less effective, no matter how talented they are. Leaders need to focus on their tasks, not on discerning how to fix the machine.

They don’t want to be just another client. In order to be successful, business coaches need several clients. Much of their energy is spent obtaining new clients, rather than on the needs of their existing ones. Companies are beginning to see a better return on investment when they can bring someone on board who can focus solely on their needs. Think Wendy from the Showtime show “Billions.”: a dedicated resource that’s always there for the entire organization.

They understand wellbeing comes from the inside out Coaches tend to focus on helping clients change external circumstances for a sense of internal peace and wellbeing. Leaders are recognizing that genuine, lasting wellbeing comes from changing individual internal processes. This means focusing on effective coping skills for inevitable human emotions and manifesting habits for creating longterm fulfillment.

So what are companies moving toward? Companies are moving toward Integration Specialists. Integration refers to both how they work within a company, namely, working in-house with only one or two companies at a time-and how they benefit the company, by providing personal development to leaders and employees to create a coherent, fulfilling work environment. Integration Specialists work one-on-one with leaders, while conducting workshops for downline employees. They empower individuals to become creators of their reality rather than victims of their circumstances-and when employees stop blaming others for their experiences and take ownership of their roles (both personally and professionally), they become more responsible, productive and engaged.



“The Rich History of Denver / The Transcontinental Railroad and The City” (Part 3) John Small

Prior to the final completion stages of the Transcon-

ence sake, and nothing more. I guess.

tinental Railroad were underway, Denver was experiencing a bit of a downturn, for multiple reasons,

That’s always been the case - when teaching history

some of which we’ll discuss later in this series. Too

to some, it may take more art than matter to hold

many historical inconsistencies need to be either

a class’ attention. Being a controversial individual

clarified or corrected first! My “beef” (no pun there

since childhood, it seems natural to me to pursue

regarding Denver’s great stockyards) has always

the facts among conjecture; the normal among the

been with textbooks in general, history books in

paranormal, the weird among the ordinary when

particular. It may still be taught in most junior and

the opportunities arrive. I’ve also discovered that stu-

even senior high school classes (not mine, though)

dents love any and all forms of controversy, titillating

that the Transcontinental Railroad was “completed”

them while learning, prompting the questioning of

on May 10, 1869 at Promontory Point (it was actually

perennial answers rather than just answering ques-

Promontory Summit, a few miles from The Point),

tions in a rote-style based on textbook chapter read-

Ogden, Utah, when Leland Stanford drove the

ing. Maybe that’s what’s intrinsically wrong with our

legendary “Golden Spike” into the last of the east/

educative system in America! We only teach what

west railroad junction ties. Unfortunately, the facts

we think we know - not what we don’t! Like any

though are a different story. Only when the Union

good archeologist can attest - dig, sift, brush, repeat

Pacific joined The Central Pacific Line was the TCRR

- you’re bound to find something new and exciting

completed. Therefore, the “famous” 1869 Utah event

to teach. Or just handcuff yourself to those lame his-

is a relative myth, I guess for pedagogical conveni-

tory and literature texts and count the months left during any school year to summer vacation. Enough

John J.K. Small has taught High School English and History courses for 36 years and College Education and English courses for the past 22. He has been the copy editor for ELIFE and NoCo magazines, contributing multiple articles for the past four and two years respectively. Constructing myriad business plans, marketing strategy overviews and power point presentations, John has assisted several entrepreneurs as well, during that span. John lives with his wife and son in New York.

about effective vs ineffective teaching techniques;

completion in Strasburg, Colorado. That little faux

let’s praise the great city of Denver for its role in

pas has been recorded and consequently (as well as

connecting our nation’s original east and west pas-

sadly) taught by countless instructors for 150 years

senger and freight railroading thoroughfares.


To start with, there was no one or lone “gold” spike,

So, much in the same vein, when I teach my high

for gold would not have endured the pounding of a

school and college students that Shakespeare didn’t

ten to twelve pound sledge hammer normally used

personally “write” or compose all 39 plays he’s cred-

to install such connectors. More like four spikes were

ited with (actually, less than half, I boldly claim), The

used at the legendary junction point, each con-

TCRR was not completed in Utah in 1869, but in Col-

taining a small amount of gold melded within the

orado in 1870. “There are far more things in heaven

special standard iron spikes for commemorative

and on earth, Horatio (not including history books)

purposes. But the metal consistency of the spikes

than are dreamt of in your philosophy”. Sorry Bill! I

are not the main issue, here - where and when the

do teach and firmly believe he did write “Hamlet”

greatest railway on earth’s final union took place

after his son, Hamnet’s unexpected and extreme-

happens to be! Digression does have its costs.

ly premature death as a memorial, so to speak. He did, though have a bit of help with the soliloquy de-

Since there was no bridge over The Missouri River

livered during Act III in the crypt below the chapel.

in 1869, nor wouldn’t be for quite some time, west-

Sir Edward DeVere, a good and remorseful friend

bound passengers would have to disembark at

indeed lent a hand (or an ink-filled quill) with that

Council Bluffs, Iowa, taking a stagecoach to the fer-

speech, methinks! Students love that sort of thing! I

ry across the river and back on the train in Omaha,

know, I’m digressing again.

Nebraska to continue to the coastline of California, concluding their arduous journey at the Oakland

Either way, Denver figured quite prominently in the

Long Wharf on the San Francisco Bay. Although

final important TCRR junction in 1870, truly satisfy-

the Union Pacific did attempt to run trains during

ing all of the powerful railroading pioneers’ dreams

the winter months across an ice bridge, shifting ice

of the east, well before the Civil War even began.

and fluctuating water levels precluded the futile ef-

After the Union Pacific purchased The Kansas RR

fort. So, the TCRR was to be completed more than

in 1880, after The UP Missouri Railroad Bridge was

15 months after the universally accepted date of

completed in 1873, Kansas City became the main

completion, not in Utah, but in our state, Colorado

hub for U.S. east/west railroad travel, but not with-

- Strasburg to be exact, 20 or so miles east of the

out “Denver’s help”, we can all agree. Although The

runways of Denver International Airport on August

Denver Pacific Railroad’s rival, The Colorado Central

15, 1870! It was The Kansas Pacific Railway connec-

from Golden was not completed until 1877, Denver

tion to Denver’s that joined the western line as a

had established itself as not only the most densely

result of The Hannibal and St. Joseph Rail Bridge

populated area or center, but also the Capital City

connecting what would later be “The Two Kansas

of the newly established state of Colorado. (Next Is-

Cities” that allowed the the east coast rail network

sue: “Denver and the Depression: The Silver Market

from Chicago to The Missouri River causing the

Crash of 1893”)

Source: Wikipedia- “History of Denver” and “James W. Denver-An American Politician”



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Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Fort Collins and stay at one of the few venerable stately hotels left in town. Established in 1923, The Armstrong has stood on South College Street entertaining nearly a hundred years worth of visiting guests in a variety of manners. Undergoing its most recent renovation during the early months of 2019, the great old inn is in full swing with resounding reservations throughout the summer months. I felt the warm and inviting vibe as soon as I entered the front doorway, taking notice of the lobby. From the contemporary furniture and decor to the obvious artful respect for the old west and its indigenous inhabitants, I felt at home and “appropriate”, if that’s possible. As I booked a suite, I was equally taken by the staff’s inviting behavior. Watching other workers accommodating guests to their rooms, I commented to one, who just smiled and quietly nodded in affirmation. I immediately got the impression that not only did this young woman really enjoy

working at the hotel, the whole staff also seemed to love their work! As we walked to the elevator, she said with confirmation, “It’s a fun place to be; everyone has fun here!”. Just what I wanted to hear. The great decor of the rooms with the shades of gray and off white that only calms the traveler instantly also highlights the beautiful white and beige woven wall hangings and framed portraits and small tasteful mirrors, positioned over the bed and queen- sized pullout couch in the living room area. The beautiful hardwood floors accented by the Native American motif area rugs and vertical, standing, old-style, classic radiators beneath the gorgeous windows really caught my eye! Perfect contrast from one room to the other does The Armstrong offer its customers, relaxing effortlessly with great decorative surroundings to visually enjoy. When I settled in, I was pleasantly surprised reading the room’s brochures with some drinking and dining options inhouse. Since it was after four and a tad before dinner time for me, I continued to unwind in a Fort Collins “Institution” Ace Gillett’s Lounge. With its incredible variety of exotic cocktails, great tap beer and scrumptious menu, I decided to have drinks there, enjoying the live jazz music. Feeling a bit risky, I ordered “The Strong Mash” which is comprised of the infamous “killer liquor” Absinthe, Honey, Gin, Lemon, Mint and Berries. Wow! The powerful drink did I sip as per my great barkeep’s suggestion. Again, this unusual drink really complemented the three-piece jazz combo for the duration of happy hour from four to six. Then it was time for dinner. I walked several blocks to Metro and enjoyed a few small plates, Asianglazed pork wings and a crispy brussels sprouts salad. Both were excellent.

Although the hotel offers complementary bicycles to its guests, I decided to take the popular rapidly growing Fort Collins “Brew Cruise” and Tour of three local breweries in the city. After my awesome visit to nearby Horsetooth Reservoir, walking for more than an hour, I certainly built a thirst. Not really a beer drinker, myself, I let the choice of three breweries to the tour guides when I arrived. They chose The Odell, Horse and Dragon and The Funkwerks Breweries on our tour. During and afterwards, I was quite satisfied, to say the least! The tour guide was excellent with great knowledge of the entire town and history of the three breweries he chose. Each cruise is moderately priced including the rental of a great mountain bike, helmet, lock and water bottle. After a quick refreshing shower back at the hotel, I headed to New Belgium for another tour. New Belgium Brewing Company is a 100% employee-owned craft brewery located in Fort Collins, Colorado and Asheville, North Carolina. New Belgium is the maker of the nationally popular Fat Tire Amber Ale and many other craft beers. It opened in 1991 by Jeff Lebesch and Kim Jordan and the main brewery is based in Fort Collins. Later I was farm-bound, Jessup’s Artisan Farmhouse Tour to be exact - another recommendation by my friends who visited. The 128 year-old farmhouses, recently and readily remodeled are a beautiful unique way to shop and dine a few blacks from The Armstrong Hotel area. From the beautiful new antique shops to the boutique food and clothing stores, to the coffee shops, the breweries and eating establishments, The Artisan Village is a great place for some great buys and a light lunch (or any meal for that matter)! Again, Amy recommended The Silver Grill for breakfast and I forgot to get there, so I headed over to order one of their famous cinnamon buns and it was heavenly!

Since I had a reservation for Cache in Ginger and Baker at seven, I ate lightly and headed back to The Armstrong for some restful work-related downtime. I loved the solitude of the suite, as I plugged in my laptop and quietly got to work - formatting the magazine layouts, of which one, you’re reading from right now! Although I really love working from home, this was a great change with literally no distractions whatsoever. Come six-thirty, I was raring to go again and headed for Ginger and Baker. For over 100 years, the historic Mill has been a Fort Collins staple and gathering spot. Back in the day, farmers, ranchers and townsfolk swapped stories and bought feed and supplies. Today, locals and visitors come by for a warm welcome along with breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, cooking classes and a darn good piece of pie. The Cache serves up Colorado style with locally sourced beef, bison, fish, game, produce and more. The terrific menu really ended my second day nicely! The incredibly huge filet mignon with potatoes, shallots, heirloom carrots, asparagus in a marrow demiglace and the glass of Merlot was memorable, for I feasted until dessert. As recommended the mile high choclate pie and coffee ended my evening and my second incredible night’s sleep concluded my stay at the Armstrong. Between the eating and the exercise, I really felt great when I woke the next morning and a little remiss to say goodbye to the great edifice and its kind and accommodating crew. So, come and visit and say hello to Oreo, the hotel cat who’s probably asleep behind the check-in desk or anywhere else for that matter and enjoy one of Fort Collins’s top 5 hotels. Personally, I rate it even higher after only one visit and two great days and nights. See for yourselves! Enjoy! I certainly did!

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I’m Bilingual. What’s your Superpower? Yo soy bilingüe. ¿Cuál es su superpoder? Je suis Bilingue. Quel est votre Superpouvoir? by Karen Rowan I am running like Cinderella in heels and a dress after Salsa dancing. I see my rental car ahead behind a tow truck.

herit them from our Superpowered parents, can adults learn a second language now? Can we raise bilingual children? How?

Chicago parking lots close at midnight. It is 12:06am. Just as one driver connects my car to the tow truck, the other tells me it is illegal to unhook a raised car. It’s too late. I can pay $170.00 at the impound lot at 9am. They make no eye contact.

1. First, delete that app from your phone! Learn how a baby learns. Seek a FUN, easy, story-based class. We remember stories better and longer. Watch easy videos. Babies’ first words are “Up. No. More”, but they get Input in thousands of words before uttering their first.

Everything other than what I am wearing is in the trunk and my flight to Denver is at 8am. I’m going to need my Superpower.

2. Push for new Dual-Language (classes in two languages), and Comprehensible Input and Storytelling classes in your child’s school.

“Por favor, es un coche alquilado. Voy para el aeropuerto para un vuelo a las ocho. No soy de Chicago. No sabía. ¿Qué puedo hacer?”

3. Volunteer at Casa de Paz. Make friends. Travel outside of resorts and cruises. Approach real communication with real people unconscientiously and enthusiastically.

…which is how I found myself buying Juan Carlos and Rodrigo a bottle of tequila and dancing Salsa in a parking lot in downtown Chicago at 1am. What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual. More than two languages? A polyglot. One language? American. Is that old joke still true? The U.S is now the second-largest Spanish-speaking country, and 21% of children learned two languages at home. 66% of job recruiters now say they prefer bilingual employees. Yet, only 1% of Americans who took a traditional language class in high school can still speak it. If languages are like Superpowers, and we in-

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When people think of their role model, they often find themselves thinking of someone older than they, an authority figure or someone famous; someone who can teach them something. Rarely do people think of a child. “They are so young and still have so much to learn; how could they be my role model?” In Colorado, you don’t have to look far to find impressive young role models. Colorado is home to a dynamic group of girls who are changing their communities and “moving mountains” with the skills gained through pageantry. Over the years, and through reality television, pageants have exhibited a general stereotype of little girls parading with fake hair, fake teeth, wearing outfits and makeup that make them look like they are 20 years older heading for a night out in Vegas. It is showcased as competition based around vanity and beauty; not who they truly are. Oftentimes people think of the cutthroat competition where the girls are out for blood trying to sabotage their competitors or think of pageant girls who are just a pretty face, describing her perfect date as “April 25, because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.” Unfortunately, a large part of the population look at all pageants this way, when in reality, not all pageants are created equally. In Colorado, there is a large group of girls who is changing that stereotype - one volunteer hour at a time. Pageantry is so much more than a pretty face. True pageantry isn’t based on beauty, but instead it revolves around the whole person, their core values, their manners, the impact they make on their communities, their academic success and involvement, how they present themselves in a positive manner. Skills learned through pageantry are true lifelong skills that create leaders in our world. These are girls who aspire to find a cure for a rare disease, they are inventors and influencers - girls who will advocate for those who have no voice; they are role models.

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International Junior Miss Colorado Princess :Addyson Kulp Photographer • Bill_Murf Production • Jeneration Network • Jenn Costello/ Jennifer Costello Contributors •Bonnie Burns of Bonne Bella Boutique & Florence Watts

You may now be wondering “what exactly is a pageant if it’s not judged on beauty?” . In the most reputable and successful pageant systems, the judging is broken down into several categories with interview being the most important, carrying the heaviest weight of the score. Each pageant is different, but has similar categories including evening gown and fun fashion, but never swimsuit. They are scored not on their beauty but how poised they are and how well they present themselves. Oftentimes you will find optional categories that include talent. A pageant is basically a really fun interview for who will be the best role model and who will make the most impact on the world around her. The lifelong skills learned through pageantry can’t cohesively be found anywhere else. Training for a pageant is like a career boot camp where the girls learn how to interview and gain the confidence needed to speak in front of a large group of people. They learn problem solving, how to work well with others and be a leader. So many of these girls have their own non-profit organization before even becoming a teenager. They learn entrepreneurial skills, budgets and fundraising. They learn how to be genuinely supportive instead of competitive with each other. They form a bond and are true sisters, who all have the same goal of making a difference in the lives of others. Recently, we got together with local girls from seven different systems who carry International, National, State and Local titles. These girls assembled for a fun gathering to promote positive pageantry. It was the first time they were able to get together as a group once returning home to Colorado from competing in national and international pageants over their summer break. These “sister queens” can’t simply get together just for socializing; they have to turn any opportunity into a service project. As of these girls were arriving with school supplies, canned goods and new socks to donate to local organizations. Collectively, these nine girls have logged over 500 community service hours in this past year alone. Colorado girls are definitely making their mark in the world and moving mountains.



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Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature features about 120 works spanning the artist’s entire career

DENVER – The Denver Art Museum (DAM) will be home to the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades when it presents Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature, in the fall of 2019. The exhibition will feature about 120 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and will focus on the celebrated French impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked. Co-organized by the DAM and the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany, Denver will be the sole U.S. venue for this presentation from Oct. 21, 2019 through Feb. 2, 2020.

CLAUDE MONET: Boulevard des Capucines 1873-1874

CLAUDE MONET: Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge 1899

Monet traveled more extensively than any other impressionist artist in search of new motifs. His journeys to varied places including the rugged Normandy coast, the sunny Mediterranean, London, the Netherlands and Norway inspired artworks that will be featured in the presentation. The exhibition will uncover Monet’s continuous dialogue with nature and its places through a thematic and chronological arrangement, from the first examples of artworks still indebted to the landscape tradition to the revolutionary compositions and series of his late years.

CLAUDE MONET: View from Rouelles 1858

The 10th Annual Flight to Luxury Denver’s 10th Annual Flight to Luxury will feature a red carpet arrival, exotic cars & jets, cuisine by local top chefs, a couture fashion show, and celebrity guest appearances. Flight to Luxury has raised over nine million dollars for Denver youth charities since 2009. This year, all fundraising will benefit PIVOT, the Colorado nonprofit founded by John Elway, Larry Mueller, and George Solich. The 10th Annual Flight to Luxury Date: Friday, September 13, 2019 Time: 6:00 PM Location: Centennial Airport’s Modern Aviation and Signature Flight Support Hangars Address: 8001 S. InterPort Blvd. Englewood, CO 80112 USA Schedule: 6:00 - COCKTAIL/NETWORKING HOUR: Guests explore exotic cars, private jets, and tastings from the top restaurants in Denver. 8:00 - LIVE PROGRAM: Exhilarating auction, couture fashion show and live entertainment. 9:45 - AFTER PARTY: Silent disco under the stars, gourmet after-party treats & cocktails. Tickets: $500 available at

photo credit: Nathan Zucker

Mile High Ghost Tour and Scavenger Hunt This ghost scavenger hunt is a spooky self guided experience to let you explore the top haunted places and actual haunted houses in Denver. No tour guide or reservation required. Colorado’s capital city has a beautiful facade, but a spooky underbelly. On this ghoulish Denver ghost tour scavenger hunt, explore the storied landmarks that have witnessed some of America’s scariest moments. Why did heads roll at the Colorado Capitol? Does the ghost of Molly Brown move furniture around her house? Ghost hunts meet scavenger hunts here in Denver! Starting Area: 2-30 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80202

Great American Beer Festival GABF is the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in the format of a public tasting event plus a privately judged competition. Dubbed by Thrillist as “The One Beer Festival You Must Go to Before You Die,” GABF has topped beer lovers’ bucket lists since 1982 and unites beer lovers and brewers from all corners of the country to celebrate the nation’s ever-growing craft beer culture. Ticket Info: GABF tickets will be available for purchase to the general public online now via AXS.

photography credit: Photo © Brewers Association




D enver’s leading guide to highly-rated hotels, restaurants and culture

The Brown Palace The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is aptly named with its palatial atrium aweing guests of all ages. The hotel first opened in 1892 and has kept its historical charm while providing modern and luxurious amenities. A walking tour of the hotel is available to enlighten visitors of the heart and soul that went into its design and highlights special details only visible to a knowledgeable eye. Despite the close proximity to a bustling downtown, guests enjoy the many restaurant options on-site, including afternoon tea time in the stunning atrium, complete with devonshire cream shipped in directly from England, and the culinary mastery offered at the Palace Arms restaurant, served in a room with hand painted wallpaper and surrounded by ancient relics. 321 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 297-3111

HOTELS The Crawford Hotel The Crawford is a truly unique hotel, located in Denver’s Union Station. Designed within the original walls of this historical landmark, which dates back to 1881, guests find themselves enjoying a new room experience at each visit, as no two rooms are the same. The hotel boasts historical yet modern design features, with rooms that feel cozy yet luxurious. Guests looking for a peaceful atmosphere can curl up with a good book in one of the reading nooks while those looking for more excitement need only walk downstairs to The Great Hall. Also known as Denver’s Living Room, The Great Hall features a vibrant array of shops and restaurants with award winning chefs. Whether patrons are enjoying a craft beer from the Terminal Bar or competing in a friendly game of shuffleboard, The Great Hall brings people together, a perfect reflection of the building’s original intention. 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202 (720) 460-3700

D Four Seasons Four Seasons hotels are known for their luxurious accommodations and unmatched customer service, and the Four Seasons Denver is no exception. From the moment guests enter the hotel, they are treated to an experience like no other. Large suites with stunning mountain views, unforgettable meals at the famed EDGE Restaurant & Bar, relaxing treatments at the full-service spa, and delicious cocktails served poolside at the rooftop pool oasis, are just a few of the unique amenities awaiting Four Seasons guests. Its convenient location across from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts complex and just steps away from Larimer Square and the 16th Street Mall, allows guests easy access to shows, shopping, restaurants, sporting activities, and exciting nightlife offered in downtown Denver.

1111 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 389-3000


The Gaylord of the Rockies Located minutes from Denver International Airport in the idyllic All American City of Aurora, Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center will feature over 1,500 guest rooms including 114 well-appointed suites and over 485,000 square feet of extraordinary meeting and convention space. As a gateway to the Rockies, Gaylord Rockies will offer memorable experiences to its guests with first-class restaurants, a luxurious spa and salon, diverse shops, winding waterways and picture perfect sunset views. Rustic alpine charm and exciting “open-air� activity make this Rocky Mountain Front Range retreat an adventure in itself.

6700 North Gaylord Rockies Blvd., Aurora, Colorado 80019

(720) 452-6900

The Oxford Hotel The Oxford Hotel, in addition to being one of the most popular luxury hotels in downtown Denver, is the oldest operating hotel. It has seen many enhancements through the years, perfecting the art that is a luxury hotel, while preserving the character and integrity of its history. As a registered landmark on the National Register for Historic Places, and boasting a stunning display of art and historical architecture, it’s no wonder the hotel receives guests from across the globe. 1600 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 628-5400

HOTELS The Ritz-Carlton The Ritz-Carlton Denver, located in the heart of downtown, lives up to its name with quality and modern sophistication incorporated into every inch of the hotel. Special attention to detail is evident throughout and provides guests with a tranquil setting to enjoy a luxurious home away from home. Even the youngest of guests are considered VIP’s and eligible to take part in the Ritz Kids program. A myriad of dining options are available within walking distance of the hotel but many guests enjoy paying tribute to famed Broncos quarterback John Elway, by indulging in the fine dining offered on site at ELWAY’S steakhouse. 1881 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 312-3800

Acova Owned and operated by restaurant veterans, Sean and Betsy Workman, Acova debuted in the Lower Highlands area of Denver in June of 2018 and was designed to be the neighborhood joint for friends and family. The kitchen creates an eclectic menu for all lifestyles and dietary restrictions and serves lunch, happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch.

www.acovarestaurantcom 3651 Navajo Street, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 736.2718 Mon - Fri

11am - 12 am


10am - 12 am


10 am- 11 pm

R E S TA U R AN T S Barolo Grill One of Colorado’s best northern Italian restaurants, Barolo Grill has also been recognized as one of the world’s best restaurants for wine. In 2018 Barolo was honored with both Wine Spectator’s Grand Award and Wine Enthusiasts’ Best 100 Wine Restaurants award. Known for hand crafted modern Piemontese cuisine and knowledgeable, attentive staff, Barolo is the perfect choice for special occasions or a great night out. Their seasonally changing menus highlight items from the staff’s annual pilgrimage to Northern Italy and features locally sourced ingredients from regional farms and artisans. 3030 East Sixth Avenue, Denver, CO 80206 (303) 393.1040 Dinner

Tues - Thurs

5:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Fri - Sat

5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Sun - Mon


Ash’kara Ash’Kara, a globally inspired restaurant with influences from Israel, the Middle East and Mesopotamia, is a collaborative partnership with the restaurateur team of chef Daniel Asher and Josh Dinar (River and Woods, the forthcoming Tributary Food Hall in Golden and Mother Tongue at Broadway Market) and Culinary Creative Group (Bar Dough, Senor Bear, Morin and the forthcoming Maine Shack). Ash’Kara is located in Denver’s Lower Highlands neighborhood. 2005 W 33rd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211 (303) 537-4407 Mon - Thurs

4pm - 11 pm

Fri - Sat

4pm - 12 am


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R E S TA U R AN T S Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse The restaurant features warm dining spaces, with local stone and classic mahogany throughout to create an unparalleled ambiance. Enjoy Denver’s premiere smoking lounge with more than 65 cigars to choose from in our humidor. Located in the prestigious Greenwood Village area, it’s the perfect place to reconnect over an intimate dinner and is one of the best steakhouses in Denver. 8100 E Orchard Road, Denver, CO 80111 (303) 796-0100 Lunch


11am - 2pm


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5pm - 10 pm

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5pm - 11 pm


5pm - 9 pm


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Guard and Grace There’s a reason that Guard and Grace is the first name on people’s lips when asked for a steakhouse recommendation in Denver. Chef and owner Troy Guard wows his patrons with a fine dining experience featuring mouth watering steaks and a delicious raw bar, turning any social gathering into a celebration. 1801 California Street, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 293-8500


Mon - Fri

11am - 3pm


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5pm - 10pm

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5pm - 11pm


3pm - 6pm

Social Hour

R E S TA U R AN T S Spuntino Spuntino Food & Wine claims a “Global Mind, Colorado Body, and Italian Soul” and the statement could not be more true. The owners, a husband and wife team, bring their passion for Italian food and culture to the Highlands region of Denver. Fresh, house-made focaccia, gnocchi, and gelato are enhanced by an extensive wine list and intimate setting. 2639 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211 (303) 433-0949


Happy Hour

Tues - Thurs, Sun

5pm - 9pm

Fri - Sat

5pm - 10pm

Tues- Sun

5pm - 6:30pm

Ocean Prime A stroll down the hip and historic Larimer Square already feels magical with its glowing ceiling of lights strung across the entire block. Evenings are made even more memorable by dining at Ocean Prime, located on the corner of the square at 15th and Larimer. With its unparalleled seafood dishes and extraordinary service, you won’t be disappointed. 1465 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 825-3663 Lunch

Mon - Fri

11:30am - 4pm


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4pm - 10pm

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4pm - 11pm


4pm - 9pm


4pm -close

R E S TA U R AN T S Tamayo Patterned after Tequileiras in Mexico, Tamayo invites patrons in for delicious small plates and specialty margaritas designed to perfection, inciting conversation and community. This modern take on Mexican cuisine is not found at a typical Mexican restaurant. Served on the terrace while watching a spectacular sunset over the Rocky Mountains, first time visitors are sure to return again and again. 1400 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202 (720) 946-1433 Lunch

Mon - Fri

11am - 2pm


Sun - Thurs

5pm - 10pm

Fri - Sat

5pm - 11pm


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10:30am - 2:30pm

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Daily at the tequila bar & lounge

2pm - 6pm

LIVE LOVE LASH Serving Denver and surrounding areas, LIVE LOVE LASH Denver provides personalized and professional beauty treatments to a local and worldwide clientele. LIVE LOVE LASH Denver specializes in day spa services including: Xtreme Eyelash Extensions, custom facials, spray tanning, waxing and professional make-up artistry. All services are performed by certified lash stylists and award winning make-up artists and aestheticians in a relaxing studio atmosphere, or ... we will travel to you! 2717 E 3rd Avenue Denver, CO 80206 (303) 388-5274

L U X E FAV S Gnat Jewelers Today, father and son create a beautiful array of custom jewelry ranging from classic to contemporary. While Gnat Original Design is well known for our exquisite engagement rings, we also craft one-of-a-kind pieces in the entire range of jewelry using precious metals, fine gemstones and certified diamonds. 250 Columbine Street Suite 130 Denver, CO 80206 (303) 355-5050 Monday

11:00 am- 5:00 pm

Tues - Fri

11:00 am - 6:00 pm


10:00 am- 6:00 pm

Moore For Life Michael Moore has worked in the cosmetics industry since 1988 with brand leaders such as Bobbi Brown Essentials, Chanel, and Estée Lauder. In New York City, he was often seen backstage during fashion week, supporting major designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Bob Mackie, and Vera Wang. Michael’s client list included Oscar winners, First Ladies of the United States, and royalty. Eventually, the quality of the Colorado lifestyle—the healthy, natural atmosphere that inspires his technique— drew him out west, where he opened Moore For Life in Denver’s own center of chic, Cherry Creek North. 3035 East 3rd Avenue Denver, CO 80206 (303) 484-1857 Tues- Saturday

10 am - 6 pm

L U X E FAV S Hermes A family company whose craftspeople make, often by hand and always with love , bags and belts, diaries and dishes, scarves and shoes, perfumes and purses, ties and travelling furniture, as well as gloves, hats, watches, jewelery and clothes. 105 Fillmore Street The Shops at NorthCreek Denver, CO 80206 (303) 388-0700




10:00 am- 5:30 pm



D Denver Art Museum The Denver Art Museum continues to wow visitors daily with its extensive display of world-class art, featuring painting and sculpture disciplines, modern and contemporary art, photography, textile art, and other representations from around the world. Temporary exhibitions provide a constant source of new art to view and appreciate. Special activities and games for kids are incorporated into the museum, allowing for an engaging and enlightening experience for all ages.

100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO 80204 (720) 865-5000

Mon - Thurs

10am - 5pm


10am - 8pm

Sat- Sun

10am - 5pm


Denver Center for the Performing Arts The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is the largest non-profit theatre organization in the country. From Broadway tours including performances such as Phantom of the Opera, Rent, Les Miserables, and Wicked, to more intimate theatres featuring comedy shows and other events, and education for all levels of thespian talent, the DCPA offers something for everyone.

1101 13th Street, Denver, CO 80204

Administrative offices: (303) 893-4100 Main Box Office: (303) 893-4100 Mon - Sun

Closed major holidays

10am - 8pm

Denver Botanic Gardens The Denver Botanic Gardens offers visitors an escape to a tranquil, 24-acre floral oasis. It features endless trails to meander while surrounded by a stunning display of natural beauty, showcasing local plants as well as plants from around the world. Many enjoy stopping in at the Offshoots Cafe for a coffee and croissant before continuing their journey. Families enjoy the Mordecai Children’s Garden, a rooftop garden designed for kids, providing them with a safe space to explore and connect with nature. 1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206 (720) 865-3500 Mon - Sun

9am - 5pm

C U LT U R E Downtown Aquarium The Downtown Aquarium is truly an underwater adventure with exhibits featuring creatures in multiple habitats across the globe. From the desert to the rainforest and everything in between, visitors of all ages will marvel at the beauty of this underwater life. Aquarium visits are enhanced by dining at the aquarium restaurant where delicious meals are served with a view of a 50,000 gallon aquarium containing tropical fish, sharks, and even a mermaid or two. 700 Water Street, Denver, CO 80211 (303) 561-4450 Sun-Thurs

10am - 9pm


10am - 9:30pm

Denver Museum of Nature & Science The DMNS provides visitors with multiple exhibits to explore and perform hands-on activities. Visit the Health exhibit to test your strength and view your self-portrait from 50 years in the future. Explore the Space Odyssey exhibit and experiment with the impacts of water, air, and magnets. Walk through the Wildlife dioramas to experience the magnificent size of a bear. The Discovery Zone was specially designed for small children and gives them the opportunity to expand the use of their fives senses within a safe environment. Museum visitors also enjoy the many shows offered at the IMAX and Planetarium. 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205 (303) 370-6000 Museum Mon - Sun 9am - 5pm except Dec 25) Shop Dock Hours

Mon - Sun

9am - 5pm 8am - 2:30pm


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