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The Best of Colorado Lifestyle

Where to go to celebrate, take a load off or explore in 2018


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BEST PET BOARDER + DAY CARE

CAMP BOW WOW

Camp Bow Wow opened one of the first dog day cares in Colorado in 2000. The success of the first location prompted a second, and then the idea to franchise the business model took hold. Over the last 16 years, Camp Bow Wow has grown into a more than $100 million pet-care company that has sold nearly 150 franchises in 42 states and Canada. It expects to open more than 20 camps this year.

RUNNERS-UP

CITY BARK

COME SIT STAY

DIGSTOWN


BEST SPA

SPA AT ST. JULIEN

Guests at the 10,000-square-foot Spa at St. Julien can enjoy spa refreshments in the relaxation lounge or get a little exercise in the 50-foot indoor lap pool. There's also a hot tub and fitness center with mountain views and a patio for relaxation. The spa has 12 treatment rooms, a full-service salon, locker rooms and a retail boutique. The Spa at St. Julien offers massages, scrubs and wraps, facials, waxing and makeup.

RUNNERS-UP

WOODHOUSE DAY SPA

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DENVER

DEVIL'S THUMB RANCH RESORT + SPA

ELIXIR MASSAGE + SPA


BEST STYLING SALON

MATTHEW MORRIS SALON + SKINCARE

The stylists at Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare provide a professional and luxurious experience that ensures clients' hair is an artistic expression of their brand individuality and brand identity. The salon offers styling, color, texturizing services, as well as in-salon treatments like Inoa Color and Kerastase Ritual. The salon, which serves both men and women, is a L'Oreal Professional Black Elite Salon carrying L'Oreal Professional and Inoa color. It's also a Kerastase Exclusive K Salon and a MENSDEPT flagship barbershop. 

RUNNERS-UP

JADED BEAUTY

LIVE LOVE LASH

THE PARLOUR HAIR SALON


BEST FLORIST

VELDKAMP'S FLOWERS + GIFTS

The way people buy flowers has changed. Veldkamp's Flowers and Gifts, a third-generation family owned and operated business, has kept up by building a state-of-the-art facility. The Lakewood center has a greenhouse, a studio with gifts and decor, and products for do-it-yourselfers to work on their own gardens. 

"We wanted to create a destination location that's worth driving to," says John Veldkamp, president  and CEO. 

Also there are flowers imported from South America, Israel, Holland and even peonies from Alaska. Veldkamp's offers same-day service in an industry where competitors offer two-day service, and their high-quality flowers often last two weeks.

RUNNERS-UP

FLOWER BOMBERS

BLOOM

LEHRER'S FLOWERS

NEWBERRY BROTHERS FLORIST

THE PERFECT PETAL


BEST JEWELER

SHANE CO.

The Shane Co. still uses radio commercials, and it has added social media, including photos of lots of sparkly jewelry, to the marketing mix. The longtime jeweler sells diamonds graded by specialists certified by the Gemological Institute of America. The stores also sell jewelry with other stones besides diamonds, and Shane Co., even buys unwanted jewelry through a Sell by Mail service.

TRICE JEWELERS

JARED THE GALLERIA OF JEWELRY

HYDE PARK JEWELERS

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Margaret Jackson

Margaret Jackson is an award-winning journalist who spent nearly 25 years in the newspaper industry, including seven years as a business reporter for The Denver Post covering residential and commercial real estate. She can be reached at myjackson7@gmail.com.

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