Boulder Lifestyle

Timeless Taste, Flawless Function

Melton Design Build Brings a Bright Twist to a Boulder County Kitchen Remodel

When it came time for a much-needed remodel of the kitchen within her family’s Longmont home, Dr. Kristin Baird of Dermatology Center of the Rockies had one overarching theme in mind—functionality.

“Updating the aesthetics of the kitchen was certainly important,” says Kristin. “But my family spends a lot of time cooking, eating, socializing and entertaining in the kitchen, so we really needed to up how functional the space could be.”

Drawn to timeless, neutral color palettes and open, comfortable kitchen layout inspirations, Kristin worked with the local remodeling specialists at Melton Design Build to bring her vision for a more bright, modernized and easily accessible kitchen to life.

“At Melton Design Build, we partner with our clients to creatively design and impeccably construct spaces that fit their lifestyle,” says Heather Dieck, marketing manager with Melton Design Build. “By lightening the colors in this kitchen project, the space truly transformed into what looks like a 100% new kitchen.”

From larger design overhauls to high-function, tasteful details, the new kitchen takes on a lively and transitional vibe ideal for a meal with the family or hosting a luxe dinner party. Serving as the centerpiece of the kitchen is a large new island with seating for six and covered with a single slab of Cambria Quartz, accompanied by overhanging light fixtures from Boulder’s Inlighten Studios that make a sleek modern statement.

The team at Melton Design Build also utilized the kitchen’s existing, high-quality maple perimeter cabinets, giving them a fresh coat of paint that brightens and refreshes the space, working with the mosaic backsplash tile to bring together all the elements of the kitchen.

The new kitchen is also not short on fun, useful new details. The space boasts a stainless steel, refrigerated beverage center with French doors as well as space-saving bread and knife drawers that maximize the kitchen’s storage while freeing up space on the beautiful Caesarstone Quartz countertops. 

“The Melton Design Build team understood the style we were looking to achieve in our kitchen,” says Kristin. “We now truly have a space that fits all our family’s needs and blends the elements of style and function we were seeking.”

Fine Syrups and a Brief History of Tiki

A Conversation with Boulder’s own Bougie (ˈbü-ˌzhē, -ˌjē) Syrups

You know what they say; history is always a little cloudy because everybody was drunk. Even Tiki, the popular cocktail trend has a rich, complex and highly controversial origin story. It is said the origins of the Tiki culture spawned when GI’s were sent to the South Pacific in the wake of World War II. Taken with the new flavors, spices and culture they found there, a sort of faux Polynesian “Tiki” world was born. Yet the controversy is who. Some say that Don The Beachcomber is the father of Tiki and others vouch for Trader Vic. Despite our perseverance, perhaps only spiced rum truly knows.

Of course, these details have only been braved by a select few resident cocktail aficionados, including Boulder’s very own Patrick Noel and Glenn Pollak, founders of Bougie Syrups and purveyors of craft cocktails. The newest addition to their host of finely crafted, high-quality syrups is the Tiki syrup, a homage to this history.

Driven by the passion of cocktail archeology, Bougie creates cocktail syrups using fresh ingredients. Their company represents elevated taste and conspicuous consumption of the finer things in life, reflecting much of the ideals of the 19th-century bourgeoisie from which their name is derived from.

The guys have graciously shared a few of their inspired cocktails recipes for us to let loose on our own guests—and guest bartender Alex Jump also concocted a special cocktail using Bougie’s ginger syrup. 

In the spirit of Bougie, and the words of cocktail god David Wondrich, “A proper drink at the right time—one mixed with care and skill, and served in a true spirit of hospitality—is better than any other made thing at giving us the illusion, at least, that we’re getting what we want from life.”   


The Barbados Slim


1.5 ox London Dry Gin

.5 ox Bougie Tiki Syrup

.5 oz Lemon Juice


Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Shake. Strain. Strain contents of the shaker into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.


The Mai Tai


1.0 oz Jamaican Rum

1.0 oz Martinique Rum

.5 oz Dry Curacao

.5 oz Bougie Orgeat Syrup 

.5 oz Lime Juice



Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake. Strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime cup and mint. Sink your toes into the sand and listen for the ocean.


Ginger in Grenada 


1.5 oz London Dry Gin

0.5 oz Aperol

0.75 oz Bougie Ginger Syrup

0.5 oz Lemon Juice

Egg White


Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin, shake first without ice, then top with ice and shake with ice. Fine mesh strain into a cocktail glass. No garnish. 

Tap to Table

How Avery Brewing Company is Bringing Their Renowned Tap Room Rarities to Your Refrigerator in 2019

Whether you’re a native Boulderite, a thirsty visitor, or a Colorado transplant, chances are you’ve sipped on an Avery Brewing Company beer. To say that Avery is a staple of the Boulder County craft beer scene is an understatement and, as the brewery celebrates 26 years of inventive craft brewing this year, they’re ensuring that 2019 will be one to remember.

“Since its inception, Avery has pushed the boundaries of craft beer,” says Ray Decker, service and hospitality director with Avery Brewing Company. “With our new program that we kicked off this January, we’re giving our guests the chance to take home some of the limited edition beers they’ve consistently raved about and loved.”

On any given day, patrons of Avery’s taproom can enjoy 30 different Avery beers on tap. These range from Avery classics like the White Rascal and Ellie’s Brown Ale to boundary-pushing, high-ABV brews, barrel-aged beers and small batch selections dubbed “Tap Room Rarities.” And, while guests have always had the option of filling their growlers with any of the available selections, never before have these Tap Room Rarities been packaged in cans to take home. Until now.

“Our drive to experiment and our focus on quality and creative innovation has helped us remain leaders in the craft beer industry,” says Ray. “We have a singular obsession with beer and, with the very organic process behind the inspiration and creation of our brews, our offerings span a wide range of styles and ABVs that we ourselves really enjoy drinking.”

Every other month in 2019, Avery will release one of their renowned Tap Room Rarities packaged in 16-oz four-packs available for purchase in the brewery’s gear shop. The brewery kicked off the program in January with the release of their Preesh Lightning; an IPA infused with tangy grapefruit juice. Up next on the docket are Cloud 9, a Belgian Wit with vanilla beans and orange zest, as well as First Lady of Song, a bitter, tropical double IPA infused with a delightful and surprising green tea blend.

“We couldn’t be more excited to say thank you to our loyal local customers for all the support they’ve given us by packaging some of our favorite rarities for their enjoyment at home,” says Ray.

Stop by Avery’s taproom to enjoy a truly unique brewery experience complete with a vast culinary menu including in-house smoked meats, a peek behind the scenes of the brewery’s production and, of course, inventive brews to imbibe in.

Making Connections through Medicine

Dr. Shawn Allen takes patient care a step further at his four practices.

You’re likely familiar with the Golden Ratio, represented by the Greek letter phi [φ] in mathematics, as it relates to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, in which Da Vinci used the proportions of the ratio to create the ideal man. The ratio, which crops up even in nature, has been connected to ideas of beauty in human facial features and proportions.

Dr. Shawn Allen, founder of Boulder-based Dermatology Specialists, utilizes this belief and this ratio in his own practice. Dr. Allen’s artistic touch can be clearly seen in the before and after images in his office and on his website, but he says that there’s so much more to how he practices than a good before and after.

Dr. Allen’s calm confidence and his passion for changing lives through medicine and his practice are evident the moment he steps into a room. When we spoke, one of the first stories he told me was about a woman who repeatedly asked him to fill a single wrinkle in her face.

Initially, Dr. Allen balked at the idea. He explains to me that the line was hardly noticeable and that he thought he was doing the responsible thing, turning down financial gain for what he thought was an unnecessary procedure.

After a year of return visits and requests, Dr. Allen gave in and filled the line for her.

“I put just a little bit of filler in there,” Dr. Allen says. “If you took her before and after pictures, you would say ‘you did nothing.’ But she came back to me two months later and said that I changed her life forever.”

That small line, hardly noticeable to anyone on the outside, was harming her confidence to the point where she would turn her face and body away from people to hide the wrinkle, closing her off to conversations, interactions and people.

Dr. Allen says that experience, which occurred over a decade ago, has helped shape how he approaches medicine and dermatology to this day. 

“It’s when the light bulb went off for me that it’s not about my before and after pictures being amazing, it’s about what happened to the human being during the process of me doing what I do. That’s where the real magic happens.”

That human experience and connection have extended from Dr. Allen and his patients to his entire practice. Dr. Allen wants everyone working at or visiting any of Dermatology Specialists’ four locations to feel seen, heard, understood and happy

Last year, he hired Olga Heifets to be the director of culture and communication at the practice. This type of title is unheard of at medical practices, but for Dr. Allen and his employees, their work is not about getting patients through the door: it’s about making sure that each person feels connected and they trust the people around them.   

And with studies showing that the power of doctor empathy can help patients heal, it seems like Dermatology Specialists practices and ideals are the way medicine should continue to move.









Artisanal ARTifacts

“Mind is shapely, art is shapely.” -Jack Kerouac

The Balinese language has no word for art because in Bali “art is so integrated into everyday life,” Anne Waldman* explained in her article for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review in 1993. She borrowed from her friend Jack Kerouac’s axiom for the title of her article––“Mind is Shapely, Art is Shapely”––which expresses the artist whose life and whose art merge into one. A prime example of this concept is the people in Bali for whom life and art are tightly intertwined.

*Anne is an experimental “Outrider” poet who co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Boulder’s own Naropa University.

Kerouac’s notion of an artist sounds like a reality only possible in an ideal world well outside of Western culture, which is heavily driven by commerce. Unlike in Bali, in this society, art is a commodity housed in museums, and therefore seemingly created solely for spectatorship and acquisition; so, it sounds foreign for there to be “no distinction between art and life,” for art to be “vibratory, alive.” But, nothing can be truer for Boulderites.

Maybe it is the clean mountain air, maybe it is the breathtakingly gorgeous panoramic landscape you are surrounded by even as you lug bulk lightbulbs from Home Depot into your car––all the reasons Boulder was voted the “Happiest City” in 2017. Whatever the reason/s, in Boulder there seems to be a yoking of what the West considers binary opposites: art and life. The following three Boulder artists whose lives and art merge into one exemplify how if “mind is shapely, art is shapely.”


Victor Kühn // Natural habitat: Somewhere in the American wilderness, foraging for worthy pieces of wood asking to be chiseled and manipulated into bows and arrows

Nearly 25,000 years ago near where Victor grew up in what we now refer to as the Czech Republic, humans started to decorate their tools. It is an anthropologic phenomenon to take an object of everyday use and decorate it. As Victor passionately elucidates, decorating a weapon that will be used to kill another animal renders the weapon into an artifact for mutual respect, for a spiritual relationship towards the animals; in other words, while the weapon is a means of survival, “they still made it beautiful.” Like our Upper Paleolithic Cro-Magnon ancestors who produced the first art––body ornaments made out of shells and teeth, Venus figurines and cave drawings––Victor is driven by what he describes as a primordial urge to decorate tools. Since he was a teen, his particular object of obsession is the bow and arrow.

He explains that his favorite part of the process of creating archery tools is harvesting the wood, for which he hunts around and then extracts the darker, older parts found in the healthiest and thicket growth rings of a tree. The way he describes how he allows the wood to express the shape it will ultimately become evokes how Michelangelo spoke of the marble’s agency during his varied attempts of sculpting David. Victor’s second favorite part of the process is the first time he shoots the arrow from the bow, because he revels in the static piece of wood becoming something that bends and creates movement.

The most electrifying aspect of Victor’s art is his hyper-awareness of his connection to common ancestry, to the raw human condition; because he makes clear how humbling it is to know that whatever seemingly innovative design tweak he comes up with has already been thought of and produced by someone in the past: “it feels like I’m standing on the shoulders of our ancestors.” 


Derek Friday // Natural habitat: The Flatirons, where he can be found running with his companion, Tilly the Blue Weimaraner

When Derek is designing, he is thinking about running; and when Derek is trail running, he is thinking about design. In both venues, he is on a self-motivated journey towards refinement, a journey he describes as a constantly pushing his body and mind. He fluctuates between manically typing into his iPhone’s Notes before he forgets his next idea, sketching and list-making in his Moleskine (which is covered in stickers of cool brand designs like that by Boxcar Coffee Roasters), and manifesting his strokes of creativity funneled through the digital realm of graphic design.

While he describes himself as a goof, a spirited wanderlust, he is an artist, as he is constantly in a creative state, whether he is on an airplane to Germany or trail running somewhere in Indian Peaks Wilderness. In his job title and according to the award he won from the Society for Experiential Graphic Design, he works in environmental graphic design as an Identity and Place-Making Specialist. His aesthetic is Swiss minimalist design that he describes as restrained yet bold, timeless and contextually relevant. He explains his work as that of a coder who employs the minimalist mentality when coding websites. Derek thinks like an architect, but he is part of the movement that is expanding architecture to the realm of branding and identity creation/formation, which considers colors, patterns, sounds, smells and all things tactile (e.g. fabrics).

Proof that Derek lives in a constant creative state: his Instagram, brimming over with posts of designs he refers to as “creative distractions.” 


Maryanne Quinn // Natural habitat: In her studio hovering over large felt pieces, covered in wool and soap, listening to music

Maryanne’s eyes sparkle as she recalls the particular hue of jungle green on one of her favorite outfits she wore in high school, or the memory of looking up into sky as she skied in her youth. She speaks emphatically about nostalgia, which fuels her Merino wool art. Nostalgia provides the inspiration for designs and “happiness is what makes my work flow,” so that in some way or another, emotion is the undercurrent of her creative process. Her pieces are purposefully reminiscent of the bold, iconic, colorful designs of the late ‘70s and early-mid ‘80s, and they are unmistakably topographically-driven, as beach and mountain imagery pepper her oeuvre.

Maryanne was first a graphic designer, so she applies that mentality of deleting and changing whenever she feels necessary to her felted wool textile art. When her now-teenage daughters were younger and attending a local Waldorf school, a go-to classroom activity was making felt and beeswax balls while singing. Maryanne was inspired by this, and she directly correlates the meditative quality of that classroom activity to her creation of soap and water she uses as the glue for her felted wool art. She became drawn to felt when she created a quilt with her daughters as a school fundraiser item years ago. Nowadays, she only scantly partakes in quilting, but what remains is her use of felted wool.

She explains that her art is a physical manifestation of the gifts she was born with; and while she takes her art seriously in terms of the organization, shaping and melding of colors, she is not too serious. She is inspired by mood and colors to flow and she “enjoy[s] the flow.” 

Artists, Rising

Up close and personal with a trio of Boulder’s up-and-coming creatives.

Caden Ellerington

For Caden Ellerington, a passion for cars and sneakers was built into this DNA. When discussing his love for old school hot rods, Kustom cars and Air Jordans, Caden notes, “I almost didn’t have a choice, it was always just there.” 

Beyond being an admirer, however, he has turned his passion into art. The self-taught artist uses pencil and paper to bring his favorite cars and sneakers to life on paper, complete with his unique twists and details. He often builds upon designs he sees, modifying and customizing to fulfill his vision of what should, or could, be. Caden finds inspiration in car magazines and at car shows, as well as in his own driveway, where his dad’s ‘56 Bel Air helps to fuel his obsession. The Monarch Freshman’s goal is to continue improving his craft, drawing by drawing, and to one day make a career out of his love for engineering and design.



Presley Church

For Presley Church, the message matters most. The Boulder High School Senior, who began sewing and creating fiber art at age four, designs and fabricates fashion pieces and clothing collections that “make a statement.” After taking classes and honing her sewing skills throughout grade school, Presley found her true calling in middle school while taking part in her first Trash the Runway event. An annual independent study workshop put on by Common Threads Creative Lab, Trash the Runway gave the young sewing maven her first opportunity to create something for a large audience, and it sparked in her a passion not only for fashion but for utilizing clothing to send a message. As Presley notes, “I think art and fashion are most powerful when they…act as a social commentary. Designing, for me, is a way to speak to people.” 

Presley, who will begin studying Fashion Design at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology this fall, hopes to one day make her impact on the fashion industry. As she explains, “I am very interested in sustainable design and how we can…incorporate more sustainable and ethical practices and materials…to create meaningful fashion.” |


Violet Sandridge

Violet Sandridge has been an artist as long as she can remember. At just seven years old, the young creative has been growing her passion for art at Tinker Art Studio in Boulder, where her teacher Christie Hubley notes that she “has a fantastic eye for the aesthetic of her artwork, and a strong vision for the final product; she also brings fantastic energy and warmth to every class.” Violet is still busy exploring a variety of mediums, learning new processes and new ways to bring her ideas to life. As for her goals, she is hoping to learn how to “draw a real-looking person,” something she can surely achieve as she continues sharpening her skills at Tinker. Beyond creating art, Violet loves nature, reading mysteries and exploring art galleries.



A Mission to Educate

It’s hard to imagine a life without education. For many, learning started at five-years-old. Through elementary to graduate school, teachers and homework are all we knew—and many of us longed for an end. 

But some children aren’t even able to begin.

Southern Africa Education Fund (SAEF) hopes to change that and believes that no child should be limited by their circumstances. Paige De Kock, executive director of SAEF, raises funds to provide education to the children of Africa who may otherwise never learn to read or write.

Brianna: Tell me about yourself. 

Paige: I’m a 28-year-old professional rock climber from Estes Park, Colorado. Climbing has taken me around the world, and these travels have taught me what a privileged life I lead. When I met my husband, who is South African, in 2014 and began working on his table grape farm in Aussenkehr, Namibia, I felt compelled to contribute to this remote, rural village. We live part-time in Colorado where I focus on fundraising for SAEF and part-time in South Africa and Namibia, where SAEF’s projects are based.

Brianna: Tell me more about SAEF and its mission.

Paige: SAEF is registered in Colorado as a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and our projects are primarily based in Southern Namibia, in the remote village of Aussenkehr. Our mission is to help children access the education necessary to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Over 50% of the 800 children at the school we support are on the orphans and vulnerable children list, meaning their families cannot provide for their basic needs.

Brianna: How do you typically raise funds for SAEF? 

Paige: We’ve worked hard to make fundraising interesting, exciting and tangible for our donors. We want donors to feel connected to our work, and understand exactly where their money is going. Birthday Fundraisers allow supporters to donate their birthday by asking for donations instead of gifts. In October, we hosted our first fundraising event.

Brianna: What impact has this made on your life? 

Paige: My work through SAEF has taught me that while people may be “poor” from a western perspective, they are rich in tradition, strong relationships and pride in their culture. I’ve learned that I so often fret about time management, ticking things off my list, and rushing to get to the next place, that I can easily miss out on these riches of culture, relationships and tradition.

Brianna: Tell me about some of the children, teachers and communities that you help first hand. 

Paige: Aussenkehr is a remote village of 30,000 people in the middle of the Namib Desert. Families live in small huts made of reeds from the nearby Orange River. Over half of the 800 students at Aussenkehr Primary School are on the “orphans and vulnerable children list.” The number of available classrooms at the school can only accommodate 400 students, so the school has adopted a system of half-day shifts. SAEF’s current initiative, The Classroom Project, is building 16 new classrooms so that Aussenkehr Primary School can transition to full days of class during regular school hours. 

Brianna: What do you hope people take away from your work? 

Paige: I hope SAEF’s projects generate momentum for greater change, in this community and in others. I’ve seen that simple improvements in the school can spark ideas and motivation for future projects. I want the students and teachers to value themselves and seek opportunities they deserve, like higher education and expanded career opportunities. 

For more information or to donate to SAEF, please visit


ATTENTION: February is stout month.

Intrigued into taking a journey to the “dark side” of beers? At first glance, stouts may seem heavy and quite strong but they are actually fairly easy to drink and are delightfully balanced.

Stouts can come in a variety of styles, the mother of all stouts is of course is Guinness.

Guinness Draught in particular is called a Dry or Irish stout. This style as implied is drier with mild bitterness and a roasted malt backbone. Although Guinness draught may drink like a meal its ABV is actually only 4.2%.

Also popular are Chocolate Stouts—perfect for Valentine’s day. Some to try are the Rogue which has three varieties: chocolate, a double and hazelnut chocolate.


Boulevard Whiskey Barrel

Brewed by ~ Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, Missouri
Style ~ American Imperial Stout 
ABV ~ 11.80% 

Founders Breakfast Stout

Brewed by ~ Founders Brewing Company, Michigan   
Style ~ American Imperial Stout 
ABV ~ 8.30% 

Finkel & Garf Oatmeal Stout*

Brewed by ~ Finkel & Garf Brewing Company, Boulder, Colorado
Style ~ English Sweet/Milk Stout 
ABV ~ 5.50%

North Coast Old Rasputin

Brewed by ~ North Coast Brewing Co., California
Style ~ Russian Imperial Stout 
ABV ~ 9.00% 

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by ~ Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster), England, United Kingdom
Style ~ English Oatmeal Stout 
ABV ~ 5.00%



*Homegrown local pick!

February 2019 Around Town

22 BVSD Schools receive State Awards for Student Performance

The Colorado Department of Education recently announced its annual awards and 22 Boulder Valley schools were among those honored.

Ten BVSD schools received the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award, which celebrates schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth and “meet or exceed” expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps. Only 105 schools in 39 districts earned this award in 2018.

Twenty BVSD schools received the John Irwin Award, which is given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an Exceeds Expectations rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science. A total of 185 schools in 34 districts earned this award in 2018.

OtterBox and PopSockets Announce Swappable, Unstoppable Otter + Pop

OtterBox Symmetry Series and PopSockets PopGrips are a match made in heaven. Championed by trendsetters everywhere, the combination is now available in a truly integrated fashion. Introducing Otter + Pop, a Symmetry Series case with built-in PopGrip and swappable PopTops to create a completely customizable experience for every look, style, scene or vibe.

“OtterBox and PopSockets collaborating on an integrated case was a no-brainer,” says Jim Parke, OtterBox CEO. “Our fans love variety, customization and sleek protection. With Otter + Pop, we can deliver that in one thin iPhone case that combines our legacy of protection with all of the unique attributes that PopSockets delivers.”

“A case with an integrated, swappable PopSockets grip, made by the strongest case brand in the world, which happens also to be a Colorado company? Sounds like a good idea to me,” says David Barnett, PopSockets founder and CEO.

HMH Architecture + Interiors Leaves Its Mark Over 30 Years

HMH Architecture + Interiors has announced that the firm is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019. During the past three decades, the firm has established its presence as one of the leading architectural firms in the region, winning multiple awards for architecture and interior design. Starting with one employee in 1985, HMH Architecture + Interiors has slowly and carefully expanded to 8 employees today, including adding Cherie Goff as a partner in 2008. Staying small has allowed HMH to obtain and produce quality work while avoiding the “hire and fire” cycle with the influx of work. “We have a saying in our office if we can’t all fit into a minivan, we’re too big,” says Hine.

The best advice he ever received was from his first boss; “If you value and nurture the relationships, everything else takes care of itself.” Over the years, Hine has taken this advice to heart in his architecture practice and business dealings.

Boulder County Awards Sustainability Grants to Local Communities

On Tuesday, December 18, the Boulder County Commissioners announced the recipients of 2019 Environmental Sustainability Grants in the following communities in Boulder County: Boulder, Erie, Jamestown, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, Superior and Ward.

Boulder County’s Environmental Sustainability Matching Grant Program provides an opportunity for governmental organizations in the county to undertake environmental sustainability priorities within their communities. In addition to supporting local efforts, Boulder County’s Environmental Sustainability Matching Grant Program will help the county leverage community resources for a coordinated, county-wide approach to environmental sustainability.

The 2019 Sustainability Grant recipients are pursuing diverse projects, including recycling and yard waste drop-off events, strategies to support equitable access to energy-related services for all community members, and efforts to streamline city permitting to increase solar and electric vehicle adoption.

“We are excited to see the variety of projects in the 2019 grant program and full participation by Boulder County cities and towns,” says Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones. “The vision of the municipalities in Boulder County has resulted in many successful projects, and we’re looking forward to continued partnership to meet our shared goal of more sustainable communities.”

Louisville Named Best Place to Live in Colorado

HomeSnacks has named Louisville the best place to live in Colorado.

Homesnacks, according to its website, uses data from the United States Census Bureau, the FBI, OpenStreetsMaps and other sources to determine what cities and towns are the best to live in.

For its 2019 rankings, Louisville came in first, and Erie came in third followed by Superior at fourth. The city and towns were the only Boulder County communities to make the top 10 list.

The site considers factors such as jobs, affordability, safety, amenities, diversity, education and commuting.

Holiday Party at The Post Brewing

Cottonwood Custom Builders Annual Holiday Party is one of the highlights of our year. We love getting together with our clients, architects and subcontractors that make all of this possible.

Photographer: Ted Heron 

Finding Your Muse

Art can be interpreted in many different ways. That’s the most beautiful thing about art, which is really just an all-encompassing word for creating—with whatever means. With this in mind, we wanted to highlight art that uses new mediums of imagination. 

That’s where one of our main features, Artisinal Artifacts, comes in. We didn’t bother with the age-old artist question, ‘what is your muse,’ but instead asked a graphic designer, bow and arrow maker, and wool textile artist to bring their muses to our studio.

We also captured portraits of up-and-coming artists, again, all using very different ways to express their creativity. We also loved enjoying three cocktails carefully curated from Bougie Syrups. And if you’re on the hunt for a truly wild date night for dinner, look no further than Boulder-born El Conejo in Sayulita, Mexico. We’d definitely say it’s worth the trip. 

With Boulders bustling creative scene—from jewelry makers and potters to musicians and painters—we hope you find inspiration in these pages and come to appreciate our unique perspective here in the foot of the mountains. Consider this issue your guide to finding your own artistic niche. 

In honor of February, I’m signing off with love. 


Holiday Cheer at Boulder Commons

Celebrating the holidays with friends and art collectors while honoring two nationally known artists, Jerry Wingren and Robert Striffolino launched the season on December 6th at Boulder Commons. Delicious food provided by Fresh Thymes and creative cocktails by Cocktail Caravan were the perfect finishing touches for this stunning exhibit and truly unforgettable evening.

Photographer: Jen Lobo

Boulder-Based Dermatology Specialists Celebrates 2018

Staff from all four Dermatology Specialists locations gathered in December at Northglenn’s Boondocks. From bowling and arcade games to the ropes course and go-carts, staff from this independent medical practice took time to connect and celebrate the passing of another year together.

Photographer: Olga Heifets

Downtown Boulder’s Light Up The Holidays

Downtown Boulder’s Light Up The Holidays event series took place from November 18 – December 22 and included a host of popular events from Switch on the Holidays, St. Nick on the Bricks, the Lights of December Parade to the first ever, Freezie Fest. More information at

Photographer:  Downtown Boulder Partnership 

Boulder Lifestyle at Todd Reed

Boulder Lifestyle Magazine holiday event at Todd Reed. Guests were treated to holiday classics, performed by members of the Boulder Symphony. Catering provided by Chef Joshua Ferris and drinks by Bougie Cocktails.   

Photographer: Allie Hooson | @alliehoo 

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea

Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel

Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side of a volcanic cliff featuring amazing caldera and sea views.

+ Did You Know? A caldera is a large volcanic crater typically formed by a major eruption leading to the collapse of the mouth of a volcano. Forming the southernmost member of the Cyclades island group, Santorini is the remains of the Minoan eruption that, 3,600 years ago, destroyed a formerly single island and created the current caldera.


Dine: Casa Di Te

Just a short stroll from the Sun Rocks Boutique hotel is this restaurant dedicated to creating the perfect combination of flavors and atmosphere to create unique moments in Santorini. Ranked on Trip Advisor’s top 10 romantic restaurants in Santorini, Casa di Te is inspired by Greek modern cuisine, Mediterranean cuisine and a touch of local flavor. Start with steamed mussels with saffron and Assyrtiko wine, followed by sea bass fillet fricassee with greens and lemon sauce, and finish it off with Semolina halva in a kadaifi nest with vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup.

+ Traveling Foodie: There are so many flavors to explore in Santorini! Some must-try Greek foods include tomato kefthedes (tomato fritters), saganaki (fried cheese in phyllo topped with honey, Santorini salad, baklava (phyllo filled with honey and chopped nuts), spanakopita (Greek spinach pie) and Greek fava.


Experience: Sunset Views

About 25 minutes up the coast is where you can catch sights of what people often refer to as arguably the best sunsets you’ll ever see. Catch some of the best panoramic views of Santorini from 15th-century Byzantine castle ruins. Situated on the side of caldera cliffs, Oia village offers tons of breathtaking viewing spots. Be sure to get there well before sunset—because of the area’s sundown popularity, you’ll find crowds of people gathered on streets, rooftops and stairs anticipating the one-of-a-kind experience.

+ Crowd-Pleaser: Santorini sunsets are considered some of the most famous sunsets in the world, and Oia is one of the most famed viewing spots in Santorini. The Kasteli Agios Nikolaos is the most popular spot on the island for sunset viewing.

True to Himself

Artist Will Day celebrates his 10-year anniversary of creating art in Boulder.

Boulder artist Will Day pauses mid-sentence to bellow a loud, “Ow!” and almost immediately follows with an equally boisterous laugh. He’s busy hammering, he explains, to prepare a piece for his new series, and well, sometimes injuries happen. The series, Wonder, is set to open in February and contains the type of art which Will has become known for: larger-than-life abstract canvases with bold colors and an engaging sense of movement. Will is also collaborating with national poet April Tierney to create works based off of his paintings. 

“It’s really all based on this idea… I wonder if everyone had the chance to let go and work from their hearts, what could we create?” Will muses.

It’s clear from speaking to Will that the honesty and exuberance that define his artwork are also very much a reflection of the artist himself. That is, says Will, his aim: To create art that is a reflection of his own soul. To commemorate ten years of working and creating in Colorado, Will paused to chat with us about his inspiration, process and journey as an artist. 

On his burden to create: “I don’t just paint—I have to paint. I have to be in my studio. It is essential to my core and my well being as a creative person. I don’t do it to please people, but to make art that is one-of-a-kind, and most importantly, true to myself.” 

His approach to each new work: “My art is truly mixed media. I roll raw canvas on to the floor and then I walk around it, I walk on it… and just play! I want to let it sing. I use everything because each canvas has its own story to tell. It’s really all a part of being in the moment, of finding clarity in the chaos. And there’s always a thread of joy and love.” 

On staying grounded: “I’d love to be in the big museums, but it’s more important to me that I’m true to myself. I try not to get overwhelmed by the noise and distractions. I stay grounded with prayer. I workout, hike, I do yoga. Really anything that lets me be in the moment and relax. Because that’s how I paint: Just go do it and don’t hold back.”

On ten years in Colorado and his passion for the community: “The way I see it, with art, there’s room for everyone. It’s not about million dollar paintings and making it big. Not that those things are bad! But to me, it’s about touching people on their own journey and allowing them to find their own creative spirit. I want my art to draw people in and take them somewhere. And I use my studio to bring people in… we host poetry readings, yoga. I work with organizations like the Parlando School of Music in Boulder, with kids who have faced a lot of challenges. Because this all of our story. And art connects us all.” 

Down the Rabbit Hole

A bite of Boulder in Sayulita, Me(h)ico

We can never say for sure why things are or how they come to be. Perhaps things are destined, or perhaps it is just luck. As one legend has it, the ancient Aztec goddess of the agave plant Mayahuel discovered the magic of tequila on a strange trip to the land of the mortals. Mayahuel stumbled across a family of 400 rabbits laughing in fits of ecstasy, rolling around in their abundant and prosperous crops and were giddily reproducing like, well, rabbits. As Mayahuel looked upon them in wonder, she noticed that they were harvesting the juice of the agave plant and drinking it. It was the tequila that was bringing the rabbits such joy. She was so excited; she took the liquid back to the gods and goddesses to spread prosperity, love and luck. From then on the 400 rabbits have been preserved in legend as the bringers of infinite luck, and the symbol of the drink of the gods.   

We heard this story when we stopped in to visit our Boulder friends, Suerte Tequila and to support their new restaurant, El Conejo in Sayulita Mexico.

We traveled to Mexico in December and in between the velvet surf and mystical beaches, we found time to sit down at El Conejo. They shared with us Aztec legends, food as legendary as their stories, and most importantly, Suerte Tequila. As we walked through the restaurant and tasting room, the team shared these stories as we enjoyed the smokey vanilla flavor of an eight-year, oak barrel, extra aged tequila añejo. We fell into the mystic of the beautiful hand-painted murals on the walls of the restaurant that narrate these legends, the tequila process and Suerte’s lucky rabbit as we enjoyed.


Perhaps, like us, you already know and love the Boulder-based distillery and their small batch Blanco, Reposado and Añejo tequila. Or perhaps there is a new found love and tequila in your future. No matter the status of your loyalty to Suerte, one stop at El Conejo will win over your affection.


We sat down and took the team’s recommendations. We indulged in Suerte cocktails, sesame chicken tacos wrapped in lettuce and served with fresh and light tzatziki, roasted cauliflower in tahini dressing, and to top off the meal, a love child of a traditional Mexican Torta and a Vietnamese Banh Mi. Incredible. El Conejo boasts a menu and cocktail programme inspired by the local cuisines and libations from every corner of the world. From South Asia to Hawaii, each menu item brings in flavors from all of the best surf spots. This is no accident. What brings the Suerte team together is their passion for tequila, as well as their love of surf and the natural environments that come with it.


It is also for this reason that El Conejo boasts an entire in-restaurant water filtration system that eliminates the need to use bottled filtered water and allows the restaurant to completely rid themselves of single-use plastics. For anyone who has traveled to Mexico, you are all too familiar with the precaution of drinking the tap water. For all foreign travelers (read, us Boulderites) it is necessary to drink, wash and prep food using filtered water. The tourist industry in Sayulita does us all a favor by offering filtered water. However, the water comes in plastic, and it’s rarely recycled. As a crew of avid surfers, the team at El Conejo feels the devastating impact of this dependency as they surf by piles of plastic bottles.


We appreciated their environmental efforts, but fortunately, one less battle for El Conejo and the environment is that the true ‘Aqua de Mexico’ (I didn’t make that up… it’s the locals, I swear) does not come in a plastic bottle. It comes in four beautifully designed glass bottles with the Suerte rabbit dancing on the outside. And the bottom line that this legendary liquid has to offer is that hopefully, between surfing the golden beaches of Sayulita and eating world renowned tacos, we can all find room to surrender to a little bit of luck.


Serving Up Healthy Choices for Children

See how the Chef Ann Foundation is mending a broken food system.

It all started with one woman, Ann Cooper, and her ambitious vision: Create an organization that helps schools take action so that every child has daily access to fresh, healthy food. A decade ago, she formed the Chef Ann Foundation (CAF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which carries out that vision by actively supporting school districts nationwide through grant programs and by providing tried and tested tools for school food change. It’s transforming the way schools feed our children.

“There’s been so much need out there to help schools serve healthy food,” says Ann Cooper, who believes every child should have means to fresh, nutritious food.

CAF transitions schools from serving processed “heat & serve” food to preparing meals cooked from scratch with fresh ingredients.

Mara Fleishman, chief executive officer of CAF, adds, “Childhood obesity and its associated health risks are on the rise. CAF believes the greatest impact can be had by changing school food. By providing school communities with tools, training, resources and funding, we are able to help schools create healthier food and redefine lunchroom environments. To date, we’ve reached over 10,000 schools and 3 million children in all 50 states. We do this through five main programs.”

The multifaceted CAF helps in many ways. There’s The Lunch Box, an online resource that provides free step-by-step guides, tools and recipes to help schools improve their food programs. There’s also Salad Bars to Schools, a grant program that helps schools expand their commitment to serving fresh fruits and vegetables by implementing salad bars as part of their daily meal programs. Then there’s Project Produce, another grant program that helps schools increase kids’ access to fresh fruits and veggies while providing nutrition education through fun lunchroom learning activities. 

And that’s just a fraction of CAF’s model. There’s also Get Schools Cooking, a program that provides hands-on support through assessment, in-person training, strategic planning, and systems grants, allowing school districts to serve healthier food. Lastly, there’s the School Food Institute, which provides online courses that give school food service professionals and child nutrition advocates in-depth training, operational skills and strategic vision necessary to make school food fresh and healthy.

Today, Ann Cooper is an internationally known educator, chef, public speaker, author and advocate of healthy food for kids.

“We work more nationally than locally, but the Foundation and the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) have a memo of understanding. We work together a lot; it’s symbiotic,” says Ann. 

As of the moment, the Chef Ann Foundation has provided grants to 300 schools in Colorado.

BVSD is an operating partner with CAF, meaning they work with the district to assess operational pieces in their food program that are working and have the potential to be developed into national support programming for schools across the nation. 

Mara says, “BVSD also does all of the Chef Ann Foundation recipe testings for We provided schools with nearly 400 USDA compliant scratch-cook recipes and that are all tested in schools. The majority of them are tested at BVSD.”

Mark Guttridge co-owns Ollin Farms with his wife Kena Guttridge in Longmont. Ollin Farms grows over 150 varieties of 30 different nutrient-dense vegetables. 

Mark says, “I’m the farmer, or more specifically I’m the mad scientist playing with four elements in search of the most flavorful and nutritious food. Kena is the farm’s educational director; she’s the heart of the farm.”

Ollin Farms’ partners with the Chef Ann Foundation and BVSD. 

“A shift in the paradigm that is our food system or our school lunch systems isn’t going to come by trying to change the habits of adults already engrained in that paradigm. Our only hope is to focus on the youth and give them the options to grow and help develop their own paradigms. That is the focus of the educational programs on our farm, and I think these values closely align with Ann’s vision and philosophy,” says Mark.

Facing Challenges

The biggest obstacle CAF currently faces is funding.

“It’s a hard time for non-profits,” says Ann. 

She goes on to mention the political environment, the temperature of the economy and all the challenges the world is facing on a daily basis. 

“It’s a little harder to raise money at a national level because people want it to go directly to their neighborhood.”

Although by providing help nationally, the effect ripples locally.

Mara adds, “We reached more than 10,000 schools nationwide and 300 in Colorado but at any given time there are hundreds on our waitlist for grants. We are a hardworking and frugal organization, we stretch a dollar far, but it takes a lot of dollars to provide help to all the schools that need it.”

And this hard work is necessary because we all know the school system won’t right itself naturally.

Mark says, “Our food system is broken, decades of policy and practice that put top value on cheap food regardless of the cost to our health or environment. That is a very tough paradigm to overcome. Shifting paradigms requires leaders who are willing to take risks, and passionately follow their vision, that’s exactly what Chef Ann does.”

Funding or not, the Foundation is always fighting for our children’s rights to nutritious food. It’s not a hill they’re climbing; it’s a mountain.

Mark says, “Chef Ann and her team at the Foundation as well as BVSD have proven they are willing to get that work done. I can count hundreds of citizens, scientists, politicians that talk about wanting healthier diets for youth but leaders actually doing that work and having real impact are far fewer, Chef Ann is one of those people actually getting the work done.” 

Mara adds, “For every school and district that we help, there are others waiting for the support. We will continue to focus on supporting school food programs in creating a cook from scratch operation. We will continue to fight schools to have the funding and support they need to serve kids healthier food.”

Get Involved

If you feel moved to help make a difference in school food reform, visit the CAF website for ways to take action.


Celeb Support 

@ChefAnnFoundation has grown into a national non-profit and celebs are showing support. Check out the hashtag #RealSchoolFood to see who is out there supporting the change to school food. 



Childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes are crippling our children’s future. Let’s commit to #realschoolfood @chefannfoundation



Over 30 million kids in the US eat school lunch every day — and they’re at school for more than ten years of their formative lives. That’s a massive opportunity to have a really positive impact on their well-being, setting them up for healthier, happier lives. It’s an absolute no-brainer for me that we should be feeding out kids at school with proper fresh food, cooked from scratch. Please join me in supporting Chef Ann Foundation #realschoolfood campaign and spreading this message. #realschoolfood



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Knot Your Typical Rugs

Lolo Rugs and Gifts Weaves Culture & Craft into the Fabric of Pearl Street

Turkish rug making and weaving is a tradition that dates back hundreds, even thousands of years. It’s a practice steeped in vast history, timeless techniques and impeccable designs and, for Lolo Rugs and Gifts Founder Aytekin Tenekeci, it’s one that continues to shine with a unique brilliance and appeal as it weaves together old world traditions with the modern styles of today.

“Our talented rug designers and master weavers are transforming traditional motifs into new, contemporary looks,” says Aytekin. “They are experts in preserving their cultural heritage through their craft while also creatively reinventing rug fashion and being inspired by new art and design trends.”

Aytekin grew up in a small Kurdish town in what was then still a very rural area in eastern Turkey. He moved to California in 2006 after attending university in Istanbul and while studying in San Francisco, he discovered a kindred appreciation amongst his colleagues and friends for the same level of craftsmanship and artistry that was so ingrained in him during his upbringing.

“Where I grew up, everyone spent a significant amount of time creating with their hands,” says Aytekin. “Whether that be through pottery, carpentry, weaving, knitting, or carving, I learned an appreciation and reverence for meticulously handcrafted goods.”

After moving to Denver in 2014, Aytekin founded Lolo Rugs and Gifts along with business partner Ari Arisoy with the goal of bringing the Front Range a collection of colorful, unique goods that would showcase and embody the rich cultures and traditions of countries including Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, India and Pakistan. A wildly successful Cherry Creek location led to the opening of a Vail showroom and, after growing a passionate, loyal following of customers from Boulder, the founding of their newest location on Pearl Street.

For Aytekin, preserving the history and heritage of traditional Turkish rug making has been no easy feat. Yet it’s one that is foundational to the mission of his company. Lolo Rugs and Gifts has built close relationships with the weavers they employ in Turkey, India, Nepal and Pakistan, honoring their work with wages that ensure they will be able to continue practicing their incomparable workmanship and skills even in an era of industrialization, globalization and rapid economic change.

The result? The creation of fair trade rugs that are a tangible representation of the preservation of these important cultural traditions—and that is both breathtaking in their designs and truly one-of-a-kind in craftsmanship. 

Lolo Rugs and Gifts also offers a wide variety of imported fine home décor, lighting, jewelry, soaps and other textiles from around the world, bringing unique culture and contemporary style to the Rocky Mountain region.

From classic, traditional rugs to the very latest in rug fashion, Lolo Rugs and Gifts seamlessly weaves together cultural history with contemporary style, all the while working tirelessly to support the passing down of traditional Turkish rug making techniques to the next generation of artisans.

When Life Hands You Lemons

How a sour year kickstarted a modeling career.

Not many 69-year-olds have Instagram. Even fewer have 26k followers. And even less walk the runway in fashion shows.

And none of them are quite like Howard Snooks. 

“When I was younger, I never thought I’d be this way approaching almost seventy,” says Howard. 

Howard grew up in a family of ranchers, with his mother’s family from Pueblo and his father’s from Boulder. Born and raised in Durango, Howard comes from a family of pioneer ranchers. A CSU alum with a Ph.D. from Smith College, Howard’s life was one that many would envy. 

He had the family—a son and a daughter, and a marriage of 34 years. He had the career—a psychotherapy career of 45 years that led to endless opportunities, including the chance to present a paper in London when he was just 28-years-old. Howard had it all.

Or so it seemed. 

In 2015, his world as he knew it would turn upside down. 

It started with the unexpected death of his father in February, and then the passing of his uncle in October as well as his older sister in November. And as if matters couldn’t possibly get worse, that same year his wife said she wanted a divorce. 

“She looked at me and said, ‘I never loved you,’” says Howard. 

For Howard, this was a reality that was the hardest to accept. 

“The divorce caught me off-guard,” he says. “I had to come to terms with the fact that I invented a relationship in my mind that didn’t really exist.” 

To end this devastating year, Howard suffered an injury that would land him in the hospital to replace a broken hip. While spending Christmas in Texas with a friend, a blizzard struck the small town, and Howard fell, unable to get to a hospital until the next day only to find out he shattered his hip.

“I had to get emergency hip replacement,” says Howard. “Not quite the way I wanted to end my year or begin a new one.” 

After some time spent in a rehabilitation hospital, Howard was finally able to fly home to Colorado. Ready to be back and ready for a change, Howard found himself at his dining room table, sipping his coffee and reading the Denver Post with his dog Oso by his side—and hoping for a sign. 

“I stumbled across an article about baby boomers and how while they’re the largest demographic, they’re the most underrepresented in the modeling field,” says Howard. 

It was this simple statistic that he took as an overwhelming sign. Soon after, Howard found a talent agency that provided instruction and offered a course on modeling. Today, Howard has landed spots in local commercials, including a Subaru commercial, and walked in 303 Magazine’s fashion show during Denver Fashion Week. 

Howard also produced a 2019 calendar called Men of Boulder: Conversations about Relationships 2019, which tells the stories of twelve men from Boulder, ages 25 to 90, and how they support female equality, parity, freedom from assault and unwanted sexual advances in their relationships, and the Time’s Up and Me Too movements. Howard is Mr. September. 

To say Howard took his lemons and made sweet lemonade would be an understatement. He was able to transform his health, both mental and physical, and take himself from his lowest point to the top. 

“The most helpful thing I heard going through all of this is, ‘If you get knocked down six times, get up six times.’ Lean into the pain, don’t avoid it. And that stuck with me,” says Howard. 

Howard plans to walk more runway shows and be the star of even more commercials. 

Howard says, “I overcame my fears about change, and after coming out on the other side, I can say that I’m really happy I did it.  

First Tracks

Shredder Ski & Snowboard School is bringing the outside for kids across the Front Range.

The last time I took my five-year-old skiing, it did not end well. I vividly recall her splayed out on the ground, covered in snow, red-faced and bawling after a long day of ski school. But what’s a powder-loving parent to do? Brooks Crosby, owner of indoor ski and snowboarding school Shredder, knows this pain all too well. 

“So many parents think that they are going to spend all day skiing with their kids when they start out,” Brooks chuckles. “When in reality, it takes the whole day just to get up the mountain, lug around all the gear—never mind getting the gear on. Then it’s more like three runs down the mountain and hot chocolate. They’re done!” 

Brooks speaks from experience. A lifelong skier and racer, he was eager to get his two daughters out on the slopes at an early age but was discouraged by how cumbersome it could be. It was then, during his time as owner of the Little Gym of Boulder, that the idea for an indoor ski gym was born. Brooks discovered that indoor skiing and snowboarding are enjoyed year-round all around the world, thanks to a unique combination of wax-coated turf and water. In 2012, Shredder’s first location opened in Boulder. Shortly after, Co-owner Max Brittenham joined the Shredder team, along with his sister, Rachel. 

Shredder starts with the tiniest of skiers and snowboarders and teaches them independence—how to handle and put on their gear, how to maneuver side to side, and stand on an incline without falling. Then they move on to the more technical aspects of skiing and riding, all from the comfort of a safe indoor environment. The results speak for themselves. 

“Lots of parents say that their children adjust quickly on the mountain and move through ski school much more easily,” says Brooks. “They’re out there together in no time.” 

Shredder aims to remove many of the obstacles parents find in their quest to raise young skiers: proximity, cost and weather. Like any sport, repetition is essential to long-term success, and being able to ski year-round is a boon to children who would normally find themselves restricted to a handful of weekends a year. And if you’re slightly, uh, more mature than the ski school set? Private lessons are available for all ages. And thanks to the team at Shredder, it’s even easier for your budding skier to hit the slopes these days: There are now facilities in Boulder, Lafayette and Wheat Ridge. 

“We want kids to become lifelong skiers,” says Brooks. “And for families to be able to enjoy this sport together. It is the best family sport in a way that you don’t find with say, soccer or gymnastics.”

“You don’t usually play soccer all day, together as a family. With skiing, with snowboarding—you can.” 

Brooks, again, is speaking from experience. On any given weekend in the mountains this winter, you might find him racing around accompanied by his two teenaged daughters. 

“Oh, they love it now,” he smiles. “We’re out there together as much as we can.”


Three Locations to Shred


6655 Arapahoe Rd Suite J

Boulder, CO 80303


1729 Majestic Dr. Unit 1

Lafayette, CO 80026 


4880 Van Gordon St.

Wheat Ridge, CO 80033


Hit the Slopes

Healthy & Prepared

If attending Bulldog Yoga doesn’t get you ready to hit the slopes, there’s a chance nothing will. 

Through refreshing and unique styles, the Boulder-based yoga studio challenges strength, flexibility and endurance levels. It’s ideal for folks ready to carve through the snow on a board or skis, as it will not only sharpen the body and brain’s reaction time but will have people twisting, bending, balancing and moving all at once.

Their classes also incorporate cardio and increase the respiratory efficiency of thin, high-altitude mountain air.

To prep for snow season, Studio Head “top dog” Katy Conicella and Studio Manager Sarah Woodward recommend focusing on three main areas to strengthen and stretch: the core, the glutes and the quads, hamstrings and hips.

Core muscles work together to support and stabilize the spine and the pelvis. Core strength and flexibility is key to maintaining balance in an upright posture while cutting lines in the snow. 

To strengthen, try boat pose or side plank. Increase the difficulty by adding hip dips, and leg raises.  

Locust pose will also help strengthen supporting muscles along the spine. Recover with a gentle spinal twist.

Glutes make up the biggest muscle group in the body and stabilize the legs as they bend, extend and rotate. To strengthen, use a classic squat and sumo squat variations. To stretch, try reclined pigeon pose.

Together, the quads, hamstrings and hips control pressure and absorb the ground-impact forces of skiing. This helps protect the knees from injuries like the common tear or rupture of the ACL.

Strengthening and lengthening these muscle groups are equally important in working to avoid imbalance and instability of the hip joints. 

To strengthen the quads, check out crescent lunge, warrior II, and reverse warrior. 

For the hamstrings, move into Triangle Pose, then focus on pressing your front heel down and pulling it toward the center of the mat. 

Use runner’s lunge to stretch the quads and hips, and half splits to lengthen the hamstrings, with the option to support the upper body with a block under each hand.

Skiers and snowboarders can use these movements to tone muscles and hone focus. This powerful mind-body connection will improve proprioception—the awareness of your body’s movement through time and space—and lead to greater success on the mat and on the mountain.

Through the power of Bulldog Yoga, people can enjoy their winter season to the fullest.

There’s No Place Like Home

Modern Boulder Living Defined at Pearl21 in the East End

The excitement, buzz and energy of urban living. The comfort, spaciousness and style of the ideal modern abode. This is the sweet spot that Pearl21 provides when it comes to calling Boulder home.

Located on 21st and Pearl Street blocks from Downtown Boulder, Pearl21 is a development of 17 townhome-style condos designed to bring its occupants the best of what Boulder living has to offer. With Scandinavian-inspired interiors featuring white oak hardwood flooring, quartz kitchen countertops and backsplashes, ample natural light and numerous other modern amenities, the property also boasts private patio yards ideal for al fresco dining or enjoying a morning coffee and rooftop decks perfect for afternoon cocktails and taking in mountain sunsets over the Flatirons and Mt. Sanitas. The project is slated for completion in the spring of 2020.

Living in the East Pearl District, midway between the bustling 30th Street tech corridor and Pearl Street Mall, means quick access to some of the most exciting opportunities for local food, drinks, shopping and recreation activities that make Boulder such a special place to live.

“Pearl21 offers great urban living with an abundance of private outdoor spaces for outdoor living. Never before has there been an urban Boulder residence that combines clean, modern interior and exterior living spaces with a maintenance-free lifestyle like Pearl21,” says John McElveen, marketing agent at RE/MAX of Boulder Inc.

Phase I of 11 Pearl21 units is nearly sold out with just one unit remaining available. Phase II is set to be released early in the first quarter of 2019.


The Team

Architect: Surround Architecture

Developer: Element Properties

Builder: Deneuve Construction

Marketing Agent: John McElveen with RE/MAX of Boulder Inc.



Sir Drifto’s Review

The Audi RS5

When it comes to finding a vehicle that offers touring luxury, paired with supercar performance—look no further than the Audi RS5.

Audi Flatirons graciously handed me the keys and said enjoy the car. Little did I know my expectations would be blown away. At first glance, the cars body lines clearly state business with a hint of sexy. The interior expresses German design with a warm leather inlay that feels as if you could do a road trip in sheer comfort for days. Audi is definitely on their game with interior aesthetics. Subtle hints of carbon fiber trim with Audi RS line stitching expresses this is not your average automobile. Driver positioning has endless options whether your tall or short. The question also comes to mind how the interior room for passengers is. Primarily the rear seats offer far greater legroom than one would expect for a sports coupe. I was pleasantly surprised by the spaciousness of the RS5. 

The most excellent aspect of having just under 500hp at your fingertips is having all that horsepower driven to all four wheels. Quattro is a beautiful driveline that Audi has mastered over the years, and the RS5 is no exception to that rule. This car handles like a dream on the pavement and in the snow. The RS5 drives with ease, the steering inputs are smooth yet yields hints of a sports car at heart. I would have enjoyed the fantastic quality of the Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system Audi offers in the RS5 while driving through a mountain pass.

I won’t lie, I’m rather picky when it comes to attention to detail in a vehicle, sometimes too picky, and this model passes all of my tests. It is an incredibly enjoyable car to drive, and it has the practicality of a family sedan yet instantly makes one smile with the blip of a downshift. If I had anything negative to say, I would advise anyone interested in the RS5 to tally up the points on their driver’s license, as the probability of them dwindling inevitably will happen with this car.


Presenting Pantone’s Color of the Year

With picks by Interior Designer Laura Iverson

Who: Laura Iverson

What: Interior Designer

Where: Laura Iverson Design, LLC


1. Artistic Tile Grand Gatsby Fete

2. Schumacher Imperial Trellis Mandarin Fabric

3. Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Alabaster wall covering

4. Hermes Himalaya Blanket

5. Tory Burch 797 Madison Candle

6. Phaidon Press Annie Leibovitz at Work

7. Hermes Couvertures—Nouvelles Change Tray

8. Kindel Pinwheel Chest Coral

9. Ugg Rainbox Rope Basket Vibrant Coral

10. Pantone Lifestyle—Journal Color of The Year 2019 Living Coral 16-1546









High Performance Fuel

What is the best diet? Is there a best diet? Is there a best way to eat?

We sat down with the founder of Cloud Medical to talk about whether is such a thing as an optimal diet. According to Dr. Tusek, there are five main things to keep in mind:

#1 What to eat.

While there are thousands of books about diet and nutrition, the best evidence is pointing to eating fewer grains, sugars and processed foods—more like our hunter/forager ancestors ate before the advent of agriculture. Fresh, seasonal and varied are good tips.

#2 Where our food comes from.

If we are what we eat, then so is our food. Know the sources of your plant-based foods in terms of soil quality and exposure to chemicals. If you’re a carnivore, know how the livestock bestowing your meat was raised and covet friends who are hunters. If you hunt, make sure to use nontoxic buckshot or bullets (or a bow). If you are a vegan or vegetarian track you nutrients such as vitamin B12, zinc and iron. And if you eat fish, download the SeafoodWatch app and monitor your mercury levels.

#3 How much to eat.

Calories still matter, and we can either eat too little or too much. For most of us, the Japanese tradition of ‘hara hachi bu,’ which is a way of saying grace before a meal and roughly translates to “eat until your belly is 80% full” is quite an upgrade from the “Supersize Me” approach. The psychology of our tendencies to over or undereat is deeply important to uncover if we are to have a healthy relationship with food.

#4 When to eat.

Meal timing is one of the most powerful concepts influencing our health, and the research studies keep piling in. It appears that training our body to become a ‘hybrid engine’ which can efficiently burn not only carbohydrates (sugar), but also fat in the form of ketones, is beneficial for everything from weight loss to cancer prevention. This can be accomplished by “intermittent fasting” (eating only during an 8hr window and fasting for the other 16hrs per day) which is a metabolic game-changer for most people.

#5 Personalized nutrition.

While the four concepts above are good general guidelines, identifying our own unique sensitivities and allergies to specific foods is often crucial for optimal health and wellness. This can be a confusing and controversial area of medicine, but in our experience, there are many individuals who benefit from various specific protocols such as low-lectin, AIP, FODMAP, GAPS, and low-histamine diets. Fortunately, there is now a cookbook available which incorporates all such diets into its recipes: “The Heartful Kitchen,” written by local renown Chef Maria Cooper.


Well, well, well if it isn’t the annual “wellness” issue.

January marks the beginning of not only a new year but also the beginning of a new you. Maybe you’ve set some goals for yourself, like the classics—exercise more, eat better—or you’d like to get more involved with a non-profit or learn something new. 
(Well, we have a thing or two between these pages for you to get started!) 

Whatever influences you going into the new year, we hope the people, places, stories and tips in this issue will be part of that kickoff. 

And while diet and exercise are vital to wellness, overall wellness includes the health of our society as well. Which is why the cover features the ‘renegade lunch lady’ Chef Ann Cooper. Did you know her organization Chef Ann Foundation is successfully providing healthy school lunches across the U.S.? And it started right here—in Boulder Valley School District. 

We also asked local experts, like The Grain Lady, about how their lives tie into wellness, plus special stories outside of the theme. Like a home expertly curated by Poss Dalton of Cedar & Hyde and Kelley Synott and an artist making music accessible to everyone. Because overall health should be well-rounded, we wanted this issue to be too. 

Thanks for another year, and have a happy one at that.



January 2019 Around Town

PopSockets Launches Poptivism Platform With Celebrities To Help Consumers Do Good

PopSockets, a Boulder maker of collapsible phone grips, is launching a new collection with actor and producer Zendaya Coleman to benefit the brand’s new Poptivism platform. Zendaya’s Poptivism capsule collection comprises three designs created to benefit FoodCorps.

PopSockets is thrilled to partner with Zendaya to support FoodCorps. FoodCorps believes every child—regardless of race, place, or class—deserves to be well-nourished at school. By teaching hands-on lessons in school gardens and classrooms across the United States, the non-profit connects students with healthy food, so they are ready to learn and thrive. With a social reach of over 52million, Zendaya has shared the word about her FoodCorps Poptivism grips.

The Poptivism program was designed with a single purpose: to make the world better. It is a platform for consumers to drive positive impact both individually and collectively. Whenever a consumer purchases a Poptivism grip, each of which is associated with a non-profit, PopSockets donates 50% of the sale to that non-profit. Poptivism is harnessing the power of commerce to make a positive impact globally.

State Launches Colorado Clean Energy Fund

Gov. John Hickenlooper today joined the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and the Coalition for Green Capital to launch the Colorado Clean Energy Fund. This fund is part of the implementation of the Colorado Climate Plan, which was updated in 2018.

The non-profit Colorado Clean Energy Fund will bring the “green bank” model to Colorado, drawing on the success of institutions in other states such as NY Green Bank and Connecticut Green Bank. Green banks use mission-driven financing to leverage private investment in clean energy projects like community solar and energy efficiency. 

With formation and operations support from the Coalition for Green Capital, the Colorado Clean Energy Fund will work with market participants to help mobilize capital and accelerate clean energy project development. The fund will seek to draw in and deploy capital from a diverse set of investors, including philanthropy. The fund will collaborate with NY Green Bank to ensure efficient, scalable and replicable financing opportunities are utilized to advance sustainable infrastructure across Colorado. “Our goal in Colorado is to make sure we have the cleanest air and water possible,” says Governor John Hickenlooper.


CU Boulder Researchers Delve Into Why Nike’s VaporFly Is Propelling Runners

A new study from researchers at the University of Colorado published this November explains why Nike’s VaporFly 4% shoes have had so much success in reducing the amount of energy expended during marathons, and why five out of the top six finishers at the New York Marathon happened to be wearing them.

A follow-up to a previous study that concluded the VaporFly reduces the amount of energy needed to run by an average of 4 percent and gave the shoe its curious name, the new research sheds light on what exactly gives the shoe an edge over its competitors. “Life and science is a bit like peeling the layers of an onion, so at first I was like ‘wow, this is a great onion,'” says Rodger Kram, director of the University of Colorado’s Locomotion Laboratory and one of the authors of the study. “And then we peel the first layer off, and it’s like ‘wow, that’s how much energy it saves,’ and then ‘why does it save that energy,’ and that’s the next layer.”

Boulder Country Day School Annual Gala and Auction

Boulder Country Day School held their annual Gala and Auction event on October 20th at the St. Julien Hotel. The school is celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year and the event featured a ‘Throwback to 1988’ theme. Parents, faculty and friends of the school came out to raise funds for several initiatives from technology to professional development to playground improvements.

Photographer:  Mike Oliver Photography