Steve Vance’s first meeting with his future wife, then Betina Hawk, was all business. Betina, who was working as a recruiter for a staffing agency, sent Steve on a job interview. Steve returned with bad news: The interview had gone well, but his visible tattoos cost him the job. Steve immediately...
When Jason and Molly Smith adopted their first puppy in 2009, a miniature schnauzer named Jaeger, they fed her Hill Science Diet pet food on a veterinarian’s recommendation. “We didn’t do a whole lot of research,” Jason Smith said. That changed when Jaeger began exhibiting signs of “innumerable” health issues, Jason...
When Cynthia Anderson opened Fitness Machine Technicians last fall, she found that her 22-year career in the U.S. Air Force was, in some respects, a good foundation for being a small-business owner. From her work as a cyber officer at Peterson Air Force Base and later as an outreach officer...
Kyle Freeland started waging war on bedbugs after an encounter with the little pests during a weekend vacation at a resort in Nevada. Both Kyle and his wife were bitten, but Kyle’s reaction was much worse than hers. “I was scared I was bringing them home in our bags,” Freeland said....
Neil Alexander and Steve Jones reached across the Atlantic Ocean to make sure their British-style fish and chips were as authentic as could be. Alexander and Jones are two of the six owners of The Chippy, which serves the British favorite, plus traditional meat pies, savory pasties, British sausages and...
A handful of boarders have gathered at Tamarack Ranch in Fountain on a December afternoon. It’s a clear and unseasonably warm day, and the mountains — still capped with a light white dusting from the previous week’s snow — are a striking sight. Morena, a 12-year-old Quarter Horse, stands patient and...
For Chantal Lucas, food and camaraderie have always been synonymous. “To see people genuinely love something like food — which is one thing that brings us together — I just thought that was amazing,” Lucas said. “I’m a festive person, so when the food’s good and the atmosphere is good,...
Runway lights from DIA. Zambonis from Denver Parks and Recreation. Estate jewelry and furniture. Heavy equipment and coins. Rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and Marilyn Monroe collectibles. Real estate. Those are just some of the items Rich and Shannon Schur have appraised and/or auctioned. “If it can be sold, we can sell...
Jane W., a supervisor at a large retail store and the mother of two teenage boys, used to get a utility bill of almost $400 every month for her 800-square-foot home. “The house was built with no insulation and had a furnace from the 1930s that was built to last...
When Mandalyn King’s husband deployed to Afghanistan with the Army nine years ago, she found herself searching for an outlet to keep her hands busy and her mind away from worry. The daughter of an avid gardener, King spent much of her childhood watching and helping her mother tend the...
Artist Rebecca Baum found that she works best in a comfortable, inspiring space. So when she bought the art education business that became Pikes Peak Artist Collective, she created a place where artists can feel at home. The studio on West Colorado Avenue is warmed by a double-sided fireplace. Large...
Health and fitness devotees are fond of saying “Abs are made in the kitchen,” acknowledging that nutrition is as important as working out. But many people who manage to get to the gym on a regular basis struggle with the diet part of the equation. With limited time to cook,...