The Best of Lifestyle 2022
Pamper yourself with this year's readers' choice lifestyle companies
SPA AT ST. JULIEN
From a full-day of pampering via the Day of Decadence package to a quick eyebrow shaping or anything in between, the Spa at St. Julien has you covered. St. Julien’s goal is to welcome you with open arms and have you leave as relaxed and fresh as possible.
“Our top priority has always been providing an unparalleled safe, healing and rejuvenating experience to our guests, and our resolve is stronger now than ever before,” the spa says on its website.
Best Styling Salon
AVALON SALON AND DAY SPA
Nestled in the corner of the Aspen Grove Shopping center, the Avalon Salon and Day Spa is a full-scale salon open seven days a week. Out with the bland corporate beauty recommendations and in with the local and personalized touch that this family-owned and operated salon provides to customers.
“We measure our success in one way only, and that is customer satisfaction,” the salon says. “We know if you are satisfied, all other measures of success will be positive.”
Best Consignment/Thrift/Pawn Shop
ARC THRIFT STORES
It’s hard to match ARC Thrift stores for clothes, household goods, toys, books, knick-knacks and more – at a fraction of what they’d cost new. Others reap the benefits of merchandise sales, too. For more than 50 years ARC has been one of Colorado’s leading employers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“From the first store on Broadway that opened in 1968, to the multiple retail locations throughout the state, we pride ourselves on being an organization that lives and breathes its mission,” ARC says. “Our mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
Best Pet Boarder/Day Care
Sometimes the hardest part of leaving home is leaving your loved ones alone, specifically the furry ones. And sometimes the logistics of leaving your four-legged friends home alone can be quite the burden. City Bark provides a home away from home where you can be confident your pets are getting the attention, support and care that they deserve.
Amenities include luxurious suites and an outdoor park with a doggie pool.
“We’re confident no matter what your pet’s tastes are, they’ll have a great time,” the boarder says.
Best Pet Groomer
BARK N WASH
If you frequent Cherry Creek State dog park, then you know sometimes your dog may get a little friendlier with the ground and the water than you anticipated. Fortunately, just across the street is Bark N Wash, where you can get your pet clean and back to runway status in no time. Bark N Wash offers self-serve dog washing options and full-service professional grooming. Receive $3 off on your dog’s first wash or groom and become a member of the company’s five-star rewards program.
THE PERFECT PETAL
For more than 25 years, the Perfect Pet-al has been providing stunning floral decor for weddings and other events. If you’re not quite ready for a wedding, the Perfect Petal also has numerous floral, self-care boxes and greenhouse plants available to send to a special someone, or better yet buy for yourself.
“Our clients seek the unusual, the elevated and sometimes even the provocative in floral and wares,” the company says. “Above all, they enjoy turning their vision over to our team, and relaxing with the knowledge that all of our experience will ensure perfection.”
It could be the engagement ring of your dreams or a simple surprise gift for a significant other. Shane Co. will make your gift come to life with its assortment of diamonds and gemstones. With locations in Greenwood Village and Westminster, Shane Co.’s staff will help you navigate through a large catalog of items to find the perfect purchase. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged to make sure you get undivided attention.
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO-BOULDER
Attracting students from around the world, the University of Colorado-Boulder offers exceptional educational opportunities with a beautiful backdrop. The school has produced three U.S. Supreme Court justices, five Nobel Prize winners and five National Medal of Science winners. Those are only a few of the more spectacular careers the school has launched.
“We are focused on supporting and enabling all who are driven to make a difference – and our faculty, staff, and alumni share a proud 145-year history of advancing and sustaining the public good,” the university says on its website.
Best MBA Program
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
The University of Denver’s MBA program pushes a curriculum that promotes the application of knowledge as well as the teaching of it. Students participate in four core challenges: the enterprise challenge, the social good challenge, the corporate challenge and the global challenge, each quarter to test real-world skills.
“The Denver MBA at the Daniels College of Business offers students a challenge-driven experience, where they encounter real-world situations each quarter,” the university’s website explains. “What you learn in the classroom you’ll apply almost immediately in the four core challenges.”
Best Business Podcast
For the second year running, ProCO360 takes the top spot for business podcasts in the Centennial State. With host Dave Tabor’s enthusiasm for all things Colorado business, it is easy to see how he continues to create a strong connection with listeners.
“As a younger man, as mascot, I was a super fan of the Denver Broncos,” Tabor writes on the ProCO360 website. “Now in this endeavor I’m a super fan for Colorado business.”