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Janine Bolon “The Flow of Money”

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VersaceItalian Inspiration by Richard Carroll


“Versace-Italian Inspiration” by Richard Carroll A Southern Italian family with colossal flair.

Franca observed that Gianni, her young viva-

In Reggio Calabria, tucked away on the toe of

cious son, had a flamboyant gift for fashion and

the Italian Peninsula, a short hop from Sicily, just

throughout the long days in her workshop, time

across from the Straits of Messina, the sun burns

allowing,

fiercely and Italians enjoy their cuisine with a spicy

and

kick. The hard-working Versace family’s original

icated

she

sew,

taught

and

fine

him

introduced

art

of

how

him

tailoring

to and

to

draw

the

ded-

design.

residence was there and it was from there that their creative genes sprung and they first began to

With immense credit to Franca, by age nine,

develop an enormous fashion empire. Calabria is a

Gianni

sizeable farming region with ancient origins that is

Donatella, nine years younger, spent time with Franca

both underprivileged and often overlooked by the

as well, while developing a tight and loving bond with

trendy tourist trail; however, the fashion gods in

her big brother who throughout his Reggio Calabria

Reggio Calabria were working overtime early in the

years was expanding his style. An avid reader with a

last century, focusing squarely on the Versace family.

personality of extraordinary creative complexity,

proudly

created

his

first

garment.

he was greatly influenced by the classics, antiquity, Francesca Franca Olandese Versace, the gifted

architecture, and the impressions of life.

mother of Santo Domenico, Gianni, Donatella, and their elder sister Tina who died tragically at the age of 12 from a poorly treated tetanus infection, was the dynamic influence and driving force that pressed the Versace name forward. The youngest daughter of five children, Franca, as she was called, was born in Reggio Calabria in 1920, and grew up in the city with dreams of furthering her life in medicine, but began her young working life by assisting the family as a seamstress. Franca, bright and brilliantly talented, developed great skills as a dressmaker and at age twenty opened her own workshop at Via Tommaso Gulli di

13

Maria

near

the

neo-Romanesque

Santissima,

creating

Cattedrale

striking

evening

wear and wedding dresses. During this time and with the blessing of her father, a recognized shoemaker, she married Antonio Versace, a salesman. Her

reputation

rapidly

escalating,

she

hired

additional seamstresses as her business expanded. A loving mother with a sharp eye and skills to share,

“My dream was always to be a composer, but fashion came very easily.” Gianni Versace “I am not interested in the past, except as the road to the future.” Gianni Versace “That is the key of this collection, being yourself. Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” Gianni Versace


The sweep of Reggio Calabria’s sun-bleached stones,

of the fashion label while Donatella, Gianni’s first ever

engraved with the history of time and steeped in

model, was the Creative Director and close support-

eternal beauty, were at Gianni’s doorstep. The Arag-

ive consultant. The label moved upward expanding

onese Castle was like a timeless guardian dating

world-wide with Gianni’s “hands-on” management

to early Medieval Times, while the exalted National

expanding to jewelry, eyewear, fragrances, and home

Archaeological Museum dedicated to ancient Greece,

furnishings, with the unique Medusa logo. Gianni was

was a further piece of Gianni’s vital creative puzzle.

among the first designer to include celebrities in his marketing and runway shows, as well as recognizing

Gianni and Donatella spent much of their child-

and featuring emerging supermodels such as Linda

hood in the busy atelier under the watchful eyes of

Evangelista and Naomi Campbell.

Franca and her collection of seamstresses, their future set in stone nearly from birth. Occasionally Gianni,

Donatella Versace – Skillfully Ingenious

during Donatella’s teen years, would create a gar-

Gianni Versace, 50, was murdered outside Casa Casu-

ment for her. In 1965, Franca opened an haute couture

arina his South Beach Miami mansion on July 15th,

boutique adjacent to her showroom and asked

1999. His funeral was held in the Milan Cathedral,

Gianni to manage the family business. Franca’s

broadcast worldwide, and attended by the preemi-

astounding sway set a solid path for Gianni and

nent of the fashion world, including Diana, Princess

Donatella guiding them towards the demanding

of Wales, and a long list of celebrities. Donatella, 38 at

world of fashion sharing with them the dexterity and

the time, took over the creative reins as head of de-

skill required for success. Regrettably, Franca passed

sign and artistic director, her brother Santo, the CEO.

in 1978, age 58, leaving behind at Via Tommaso

She swiftly developed into a fashion superstar, her

Gulli 13 in Reggio Calabria the roots of a new and

broad brushstrokes showing the high end of enor-

innovative Italian Fashion House.

mous creativity and the language of fine contempory designs. A little over one year after Gianni’s death,

Remarkably devoid of formal fashion education

the Hotel Ritz Paris was the venue for her first haute

other than Franca’s tutoring, a trait exceptionally

couture show.

rare in the world of fashion, Gianni moved to Milan at age 26 creating and designing for various labels,

Her vast range of talent and boundless imagination

and turning heads with his originality and vision.

extended to designing for Jennifer Lopez and work-

His artistic center of harmonizing a range of

ing with Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Madonna, Christina

immensely rich and varied colors, and understand-

Aguilera and others. She also assisted in the design

ing the laws of perspective and the treatment of line

of the Palazzo Versace Dubai hotel, and designed the

and tone, were establishing him as a frontrunner, his

Palazzo Versace Resort in Queensland, Australia. In

creative toolbox stamped by Franca.

2017, Donatella was awarded the Fashion Icon of the Year by the British Fashion Council, and a year later

The highly gifted family created a team when Gianni

she was the first woman to be named Designer of the

opened the first Versace boutique in Milan on Via

Year at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in the UK and

Della Spiga in 1978, featuring his primary collection.

was honored at The Green Carpet Fashion Awards for

Santo headed the team as Chairman and President

her work for sustainability and social justice.


The House of Versace, with its inventive and stylish collections, grew from deep roots in Reggio Calabria in Southern Italy and Francesca Franca Olandese Versace, a brilliant mother who inherently understood the secrets of family life.

Versace Boutique, Milan

Gianni Versace

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The Flow of Money by Janine Bolon


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“The Flow of Money” by Janine Bolon

Okay, you’ve been working on these steps to abundance. You’ve got a vision for “why” you are saving money. You have purpose. And lastly, you have started tracking your expenses. Now, comes the time to pull all this together. Time for you to put the Flow of Money into perspective. One reason money may have not been working well for you is due to your ignorance of how it works or “flows” in and out of your life. Don’t worry, this is NOT something they teach in any school. As important as the Law of Attraction and the Flow of Money are - these principles are so basic - most folks don’t give them any thought until their money issues reach up and bite them! Money is not linear. Money does not flow like a stream from the mountains to the plains in a fairly downhill line. It is circular. Money moves in a HUGE circle. So large, in fact, that most of us don’t comprehend the size of the circle until we are actively engaged in making the circle move faster for us. Here is how it works: the flow of money is split into three large sections that move around our lives in a curved path. The Living Arm of money is the path most of us know about intimately. It is where all the expenses are located and it usually takes up 110% of our income. Yep, we spend beyond our means in this category.

The Saving Arm

of money is the least known path for Americans. We really stink at saving money. The Chinese and Japanese so have us beat in this area! Of the entire US Population, only 2% saves money. Yikes!

The Giving Arm

of money is actually well done by Americans. We are a very giving country, but the reason we don’t benefit like we could by this movement of money is due to our inconsistency of giving. We donate here, there and everywhere, but in a very sporadic way. This does not help keep the flow of money going. Consistency is the key here.

Money Must Move To get money moving in your life you need to have cash flowing to all three arms of money at the same time. That is why it is impossible to pay off your debt first and THEN save money. You must save money and pay off your debt at the SAME time. Now that you know how money flows, you’ll be able to use that knowledge to funnel cash into the areas of your life that will bring a return.


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3 Steps for Achieving Mindfulness During the Pandemic Holidays By Alison Repp


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3 Steps for Achieving Mindfulness During the Pandemic Holidays by Alison Repp

Mindfulness improves mental health, physical health, and overall well-being so as we enter a Holiday season in the midst of a pandemic, it is needed more than ever. When I’ve taken polls on social media, during workshops, or with clients, about 90% of people say they would like to be more mindful but they don’t know how to achieve it. Mindfulness has become a popular practice because it is a respite from our stressfilled lives. We are waking up to the idea that our lives don’t have to be a constant struggle because we have the power to transform our personal realities. We simply need the tools to unlock that power! Below are 3 steps for achieving mindfulness.

1. Turn down the volume on your thoughts

The thinking part of your brain is meant to protect you, so the majority of your thoughts are negative because it is looking for threats to your safety. You will never- I repeat, never- get rid of negative thoughts. So instead of spending your time and energy struggling with them, observe them with curiosity instead of judgment. This will enable you to turn the volume down on them so they aren’t so distracting, and allow you to spend that time and energy on things that actually matter to you in the here and now.

2. Process your feelings

Just like negative thoughts, you will never get rid of painful emotions. Pushing them down or running from them by distracting yourself are short-term solutions that result in the feelings intensifying over time. The only way out is through. Acknowledging them and fully feeling them is the only way to truly process them so they don’t take over your life down the road.

3. Contact the present moment

Once you have quieted your thoughts and processed your feelings, bring your attention to the present moment. There are many ways to do this but the most popular one is to tune into the 5 senses- what do you see, hear, feel, taste, and smell? It is common to jump to step 3, but your thoughts and emotions are always pulling you out of the present moment to the future or the past. The present moment is where happiness is found and it can’t be accessed without addressing the other steps as well. The more you practice this, the more easily you will find peace.


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Local Holiday Getaways By Trisha Ventker


After experiencing a difficult and demanding year, it’s time for lots of love, joy, health, and happiness. Holidays in Colorado have always been a time to give way to the overall spirit of the day and find a place in your heart for inner peace. Winter’s imprint with bracing air, the flutter of snow, a mug of hot chocolate with a splash of cream, and the voices of music ringing throughout make for memorable memories and a lullaby of consoling sweetness. For those planning a few days away to renew the strength of mind and further the holiday season celebration, I’ve selected three hotels from a splendid selection of Colorado resorts and boutique properties for a staycation, two of which are in Denver and the St. Julien Hotel and Spa located in Boulder. All three are enforcing stringent hygiene standards and have inspired and award-winning chefs who have mastered the craft of creative cuisine. Appreciating that it’s time for sure to support and rally round our local businesses, and to renew the passion of travel.


Local Holiday Getaways: The Art Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton by Trisha Ventker


The Art Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton The name says it all; it seems the Hilton draped a large color-laden blanket over the property with help from the local artists. Located in the heart of Denver, the hotel welcomed my friend Alison and me with the rainbow colors of contemporary art that caught my eye with a sparkle and thankfully set the pandemic aside for the moment. The 165-room Art, opened in 2015, is a classic Denver boutique hotel with two intriguing art galleries, sweeping glass windows, and a porte-cochere ceiling designed with 20,000 LED lights creating mesmerizing patterns. A must see this holiday season is a collection of Pop art Christmas trees celebrating the planet’s greatest Pop art artists including the famed Vance Kirkland who established the Modern Art Movement in Denver. Others are Andy Warhol, Roy Lichenstein and Claes Oldenburg, all created by The Perfect Pedal, a local florist. Located in the Golden Triangle neighborhood, the hotel is surrounded by culture which helps to restore a sense of optimism. The Art Hotel 1201 Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80203 303.572.8000 thearthotel.com Spend the holiday in the ambiance of Denver’s winter and captivating contemporary artwork throughout The ART Hotel, located in Denver’s cultural Golden Triangle Museum District. Spearing holiday cheer, the property takes a playful twist on classic Christmas tree decorations by decking the lobby and halls with elaborate Pop-ART Trees (think: Andy Warhol inspired Christmas trees!), artfully designed by local florist, The Perfect Petal. Guests can also take in the snow-capped mountain views and bustling downtown scenery by the fire pits on the FIRE Restaurant Terrace while sipping on a warm winter cocktail, the Smoked Manhattan. The experiential cocktail takes a spin on the traditional manhattan, infused with orange zest and smoke.


Local Holiday Getaways: The Brown Palace and Spa, Autograph Collection


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Local Holiday Getaways: The St. Julien Hotel and Spa


The St. Julien Hotel and Spa I’ve enjoyed the St. Julien numerous times, my last visit being in late October with my friend, Wendy. Locally owned and first opened in 2005 in downtown Boulder, the hotel is steps from the pedestrian-only Pearl Street Mall and a gaggle of restaurants and shops with attractive lights and holiday displays. Offering 201 accommodations the St. Julien is noted for an exceedingly attentive staff without an ounce of pretension, and stellar, uninterrupted views from room balconies of the city or of the Flatirons, tilted rock formations on Green Mountain in the midst of 45,000 acres of Boulder’s protected space. I adore the oversized bathrooms, the indoor pool, and the large bar area with a crackling fireplace and live music in the evenings. Casually chic, St. Julien is sure to stir the holiday spirit with Jill’s restaurant serving a tasty adult hot chocolate and zesty mulled cider along with special holiday menus. The guest rooms have been recently renovated and there is an inner peace with hand sanitizers at every corner, linens cleaned in high-temperature wash, and high traffic areas regularly sanitized. Of great importance to me and my family is the frequency of the hotel’s HVAC System Cleaning that has maximized fresh air exchange, in addition to MERV8 air filters in each room, and individual fan coil units isolated to each guest room. Thank you, St. Julien. The St. Julien Hotel and Spa 900 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302 720.406.9696 stjulien.com During a time when we’ve been reminded to appreciate the little things, St Julien Hotel & Spa is savoring the season a little longer and taking it back to the basics this holiday season. With traditions that span a decade and a half, St Julien brings festive décor in a warm, casually elegant setting certain, sure to inspire the holiday spirit. Jill’s Restaurant offers one of the best adult hot chocolates in town, as well as a warming mulled cider and special holiday menus. St Julien is just steps from Boulder’s charming lights and holiday displays, as well as Pearl Street’s shops and restaurants, making it the ideal home-awayfrom-home this holiday season. Book a staycation in one of the hotel’s recently renovated guest rooms, and enjoy a $50 hotel credit per stay, to use anywhere on property.


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I am here to tell you how to make this Holidays face FOOLPROOF! A big trend of the holidays is a Holiday Red lipstick. However, to pick the right one for your skin tone is not the easiest. Fortunately, I am going to help you! Fair skin: If you have fair skin, consider a shade with more of an orange tone. This will instantly brighten your complexion. Think of a garden red tomato, or a rich piece of red coral. I am not saying you cannot go with a deep red, but please stay away from a blue-red, as this will make you a bit too harsh. *Try Well Red with a Valentine lip liner from Moore For Life.

WELL RED LIPSTICK $29.00

Medium skin: Think about a cooler red. This means blue, no orange at all. This commentary tone will make your skin tone pop. Think about a Cranberry or Crimson tone. Wearing a shade that is right for you will TRULY make you the belle of any ball. *Try Sheer Intensity lipstick or a long-lasting lip satin called Garnet from 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 includ-

ed 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.

SHEER INTENSITY LIPSTICK $29.00


Dark skin: The darker skin tone lady often thinks they have to go much deeper and intense… NOT TRUE. Darker skin usually means a darker lip. To make a sheer lipstick show, even out the lip color by smoothing over a lip foundation; same shade as the lip or a shade lighter. *Try a moisturizing matte in Escape Artist which is long wearing. You can add a gloss on top.

ALL THAT GLITTERS LIPGLOSS $29.00

Things to consider when wearing reds: -Experiment with more intensity if you have stronger coloring. For example; dark hair, whiter skin or lighter eyes. A natural contrast will give you many more options. -A deep red will tend to make your lips look thinner. -Don’t play both too many features; when wearing a red lipstick, keep the eye clean and light.

Red-carpet fresh look: Here in Colorado, we tend to be drier, lacking luster in your skin. So how do we get that amazing red-carpet fresh look? Strobing is all about enhancing your features by using a highlighter. A highlighter is a liquid or crème shimmer used alone on the skin or mixed into a foundation. It brings shimmer to the surface of the skin; giving a more illuminated effect to the face. *Try Dew drops from Moore For Life: comes in 4 different colors to make sure all skin tones will have the prefect highlight. This is a simple and easy way to get you in the holiday mood with a classic red lip and youthful fresh face! Enjoy the season and make it a beautiful time with Moore For Life! mooreforlife.com


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MUST HAVES Holiday Gifts

SWAROVSKI EYEWEAR available in prescription or non-prescription. 20/20 EyeVenue 2020eyevenue.com 720-405-2020

HOLIDAY CRAVINGS 8 PIECE CANDY BENTO BOX Wish someone the most decadent holiday yet with this 8 piece Holiday Cravings Candy Bento Box, filled with indulgent holiday treats. We selected our most craveable candies and wrapped them up in seasonal cheer to send the magic of the holidays straight to their door! Includes a festive red gift bow and gift tag. Open the gift box lid to find: -Candy Cane Caramels; rich and creamy caramels covered in white and dark chocolate then rolled in fine peppermint candy -Champagne Bears; our best-selling gummy bears infused with Dom PĂŠrignon Vintage Champagne (non-alcoholic) -Cranberry Cocktail Bears; gummy bears with the bright flavor of real cranberry juice (non-alcoholic) -Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels; rich & creamy caramels dipped in ultra-fine dark chocolate, with just a kiss of sea sal -Espresso Martini; dark chocolate cordials rolled in crushed espresso beans with a liquid coffee center (non-alcoholic) -Merry Berries; decidedly festive raspberry-flavored jellies dressed up in holiday-best tiny red nonpareils -Spiked Eggnog Bears; festive gummy bears with rich flavors of cinnamon and vanilla (non-alcoholic) -Sugar Cookies; teeny tiny sugar cookies dipped in white chocolate, then sprinkled with superfine sugar

$70 sugarfina.com


GIFT GUIDE

LOVE FRISCO, WINTER FRISCO PROGRAM The Love Frisco, Winter Frisco program is designed to encourage locals and visitors alike to support Frisco’s small businesses, including hotels, motels and inns. Consumers can purchase an e-gift card to a participating business, and the Town of Frisco will add a 33% bonus gift card to their purchase! For example, spend $75, and receive a $25 bonus. The cards will be available for purchase between 11/15-12/31 2020 with the bonus cards expiring on March 30, 2021. LoveFriscoCO.com

J. BRADY SEASONINGS Treat yourself or someone who loves to cook this holiday season to all five of the shakes in the J Brady line! $30 jbradyseasonings.com $30


BUMP VITAMINS These are made-to-order vitamin plans unique to each woman’s nutritional needs and lifestyle. As we tune into our wellbeing a little more diligently these days, gifting wellness to the women in our life ensures they can feel their best and put themselves first – often the last priority! -to end what’s been a whirlwind of a year and kick-off 2021 feeling fresh. Everyday +Plus Foundation Fertility Foundation Prenatal Foundation Postnatal Foundation Maternal Foundation And more Gifts can be purchased bumpvitamins.com, and plans start at $29/month


BOCA JAVA Boca Java is the original roast-to-order gourmet coffee club, and the perfect gift for foodies. Purchase one of two subscription types—the Gourmet Coffee Club or the Coffee of the Month Club: Gourmet Coffee Club: Hand tailored and customized by you, subscribe to more than 150 different coffees. Specify how many bags, caffeine, grind type and the frequency of delivery. Update any time. Coffee of the Month Club: Hand selected for you by Boca Java’s roastmaster, discover coffees and flavors from around the world without stepping foot outside your door. Each month, you receive two coffees of differing origins and flavors. Treat yourself, or surprise someone with a three, six or 12-month coffee subscription gift. Subscription link here: bocajava.com/coffee-subscriptions/

MUST HAVE Holiday Gifts


WANDERWIDE WANDERWIDE’s handcrafted register prints allow wanderlusters and adventure junkies to track their travel memories through a piece of art and start to dream about the places they want to go. All the prints below are new for the 2020 holiday season. Each print is $59 and comes with a stamp to mark off the places you’ve visited. And the best part, $1 from every print is donated to a charity partner to help preserve the world’s most treasured places. Here is a short video about WANDERWIDE to give you a better idea of the company’s story and how the prints work. The Baseball Stadium Register Print - charity partner: Baseball for All The Surf Register Print - charity partner: Save the Waves The Ski Register Print - charity partner: Protect our Winters $59 wanderwide.co


HOLIDAY GIFT BOX Give skin the ultimate self-care with Lira Clinical’s deluxe holiday gift sold at Moore For Life. Ring in the new year with brighter, balanced skin ready for a fresh start in 2021! Gift Ready Box Includes: Brightening MYSTIQ iLuminating Cleanser Balancing MYSTIQ iLuminating Polisher Restoring MYSTIQ iLuminating Beauty Oil Volumizing BB Lip Balm SKIN TYPE: Pigmentation / Brightening, Acne / Oily, Normal, Sensitive / Rosacea, Anti-Aging / Firming, Dry / Dehydrated $118 mooreforlife.com

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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.

www.brownpalace.com 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.

www.thecrawfordhotel.com 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.

www.fourseasons.com/denver 1111 14th Street

Denver, CO 80202 (303) 389-3000

HOTELS

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.

www.gaylordhotelsnews.com

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.

www.theoxfordhotel.com 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.

www.ritzcarlton.com/denver 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

11 am - 12 am

Sat

10 am - 12 am

Sun

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.

www.barologrilldenver.com 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

closed


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.

www.ashkaradenver.com 2005 W 33rd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211 (303) 537-4407 Mon - Thurs

4 pm - 11 pm

Fri - Sat

4 pm - 12 am

Sun

10 am- 11 pm photo courtesy of Eater Denver

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.

www.delfriscos.com 8100 E Orchard Road, Denver, CO 80111 (303) 796-0100 Lunch

Weekdays

11 am - 2 pm

Dinner

Mon - Thurs

5 pm - 10 pm

Fri- Sat

5 pm - 11 pm

Sunday

5 pm - 9 pm

Cocktails

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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.

www.guardandgrace.com 1801 California Street, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 293-8500

Lunch

Mon - Fri

11 am - 3 pm

Dinner

Mon - Thurs

5 pm - 10 pm

Fri - Sat

5 pm - 11 pm

Mon-Fri

3 pm - 6 pm

Social Hour

R E S TA U R AN T S Le French Founded by Senegalese French sisters Aminata and Rougui Dia, Le French is a gourmet, casual-chic French bakery and bistro. Le French specializes in high-end pastries and elevated modern Parisian cuisine with global influences, a nod to the sisters’ heritage.

www.lefrenchdenver.com 4901 S. Newport St. Denver, CO 80237 (720) 710-8963

photo credit Rachel Adams

Tues - Thurs

7 am - 9 pm

Fri - Sat

7 am - 10 pm

Brunch Sat-Sun

7:30 am- 2:30 pm


Le Bilboquet Reminiscent of a charming French bistro, Le Bilboquet Denver is located in Cherry Creek North within the St. Paul Collection. The restaurant offers a vibrant atmosphere paired with simple, classic French cooking - bringing a slice of Parisian café culture to the neighborhood. Le Bilboquet is a natural gathering spot to enjoy a chilled bottle of rosé alfresco or classic bistro fare like croque monsieur paired with a local draft beer.

www.lebilboquetdenver.com 299 St. Paul Street, Denver, CO 80206 (303) 835-9999 Lunch

Mon - Fri

11 am - 5 pm

Dinner

Sun - Thurs

5 pm - 10 pm

Fri - Sat

5 pm - 11 pm

Sat-Sun

10 am - 3 pm

Brunch

photo credit Emily Teater Photography

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.

www.spuntinodenver.com 2639 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211 (303) 433-0949

Dinner

Happy Hour

Tues - Thurs, Sun

5 pm - 9 pm

Fri - Sat

5 pm - 10 pm

Tues- Sun

5 pm - 6:30 pm


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.

www.eattamayo.com 1400 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202 (720) 946-1433 Lunch

Mon - Fri

11 am - 2 pm

Dinner

Sun - Thurs

5 pm - 10 pm

Fri - Sat

5 pm - 11 pm

Brunch

Sat - Sun

10:30am - 2:30pm

Happy Hour

Daily at the tequila bar & lounge

2 pm - 6 pm

R E S TA U R AN T S The Fort The Fort, an award-winning Denver western restaurant located just southwest of Denver, is one of the nation’s most recognized establishments and sells more buffalo steaks than any other independently owned restaurant in the country. Featuring fine beef, buffalo, game and seafood, The Fort’s menu offers a tantalizing selection of old and new foods from the Early West.

www.thefort.com The Fort 19192 Highway 8 Morrison, CO 80465 (303) 697-4771 Mon -Sun

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The Corner Office The Corner Office, located in downtown Denver, opened in 2008 by restaurateur Peter Karpinski of Sage Restaurant Group. The Corner Office is where enjoying great food and cocktails is your only assignment Loosen up, kick back and slide into prime time with colleagues, friends or someone special. Designed with a modern eye for comfort and good times, The Corner Office features a bustling bar, energetic dining rooms, communal table and private event rooms.

www.thecornerofficedenver.com 1401 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 825-6500 Mon - Thurs

6 am - 11 pm

Fri-

6 am - 12 am

Saturday

7 am - 12 am

Sunday

7 am-11 pm

R E S TA U R AN T S


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!

www.livelovelash.com 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.

www.gnatjewelers.com 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

Saturday

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.

www.mooreforlife.com 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.

www.hermes.com 3000 E. 1st Avenue Denver, CO 80206 (303) 388-0700

Tues-Saturday

11:00 am- 7:00 pm

Sunday

CLOSED


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.

www.denverartmuseum.org

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

Mon - Thurs

10am - 5pm

Fri

10am - 8pm

Sat- Sun

10am - 5pm

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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.

www.denvercenter.org/

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.

www.botanicgardens.org 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.

www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumdenver 700 Water Street, Denver, CO 80211 (303) 561-4450 Sun-Thurs

10am - 9pm

Fri-Sat

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. https://www.dmns.org/ 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

C U LT U R E

photo courtesy of The Ritz Carlton


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