The Best of Colorado Lifestyle 2020
Pamper yourself with this year's readers' choice lifestyle companies
Best Annual Festival
With an announced 250 juried exhibitors for this year’s event slated for July 3-5, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival is an annual feast for the eyes of minglers and an affirming platform for visual creators to share and discuss their work at one of the largest art celebrations in the country. The three-day spectacle on the streets of North Cherry Creek’s retail district is fortified with live music and seemingly limitless food and drink options along “Culinary Avenue.”
The festival is produced by CherryArts, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide access to art experiences and support arts education in Colorado.
- Great American Beer Festival
- CrossFit Beaver Menace
- Underground Music Showcase
- Bluegrass & Beer at Keystone
Best Styling Salon
With two locations in Denver, Zandi K. Hair and Skin Studio offers a full range of hair, makeup, waxing, skincare and massage services. Hair services include lenghthening Hairtalk tape extensions and customized clip-in extensions; expert color applications and techniques, including balayage, ombre and hair-painting, color correction and the latest trends in men’s and women’s cuts. The salon uses all natural plant- and flower-based Aveda products for all of its services, as well as a full Aveda retail shopping experience.
“Our expert stylists are some of the best in the business and off a full range of all things hair,” Zandi’s website proclaims.
Best Pet Boarder/Day Care
When Heidi Ganahl opened the first Camp Bow Wow location in 2000, it was one of the first dog daycare facilities in Colorado. When Ganahi realized how high the demand was for the service, she opened a second location and shortly afterward introduced the franchising model. Now owned by leading animal healthcare company VCA Inc., Camp Bow Wow has more than 160 locations throughout North America and is the continent’s largest pet care franchise. All camps offer doggy daycare and boarding services, and many of them also provide grooming and dog training.
“We are proud to care for all pups as if they were our own and look forward to many more decades of providing leading dog care services,” the company says.
The 10,000-square-foot Spa at St. Julien has 12 treatment rooms, a full-service salon, a retail boutique and a guest relaxation lounge offering spa refreshments. There also is a 50-foot indoor lap pool, hot tub and fitness center and patio offering mountain views. The spa’s separate men’s and women’s locker rooms each have steam, sauna and personal care amenities. Guests are provided robes and slippers and assigned a personal locker before their appointment. Many of the spa’s treatments are made from the hotel’s fresh herb garden. The spa also incorporates performance-based product lines such as Naturopathica, Zents, Luzern, Body Bliss and Ajne.
The Perfect Petal, which opened its first flower shop/boutique in the Highlands neighborhood in 1996, calls itself a floral architecture firm, and engineers of surprise and delight. The florist specializes in weddings and other events and has installed its floral creations throughout the state and beyond. The team combs the Dutch markets, Oregon and Bay Area farms, Colorado dahlia and garden rose growers, moss foragers and north Texas cotton farmers for the strange, beautiful and spectacular. The shop also carries home accents and other items.
Once everyone’s friend in the diamond business, Shane Co. is now everyone’s friend in the jewelry business. The fourth-generation, family owned business now has 20 stores nationwide, including two in Colorado. The stores and website offer diamonds, sapphires, pearls, rubies, precious metals and jewelry gifts for any occasion.