Sojourning south from his native Minnesota, Jeff Chayer traveled to Texas, where he received his degree in viticulture and oenology. Not far behind was his brother Danny, who followed Jeff to Texas, where he began work at a local winery. Somewhere along the way, as their passion for wine grew, the two decided to travel to Colorado and open Silver Vines Winery. Since then, their tasting room has been named one of the 11 best tasting rooms in Colorado by the Denver Post. Amid massive swaths of exposed brick and gleaming hardwood, the brothers serve a collection of wines forged from Washington and Oregon grapes. The elixirs include a chardonnay, whose citric bouquet meshes with notes of oak, as well as a dessert-style chocolate wine and a range of merlots, syrahs, and cabernet sauvignons. Shelves cradle stacks of bottles, and glasses clink along the long wooden bar, punctuating the rhythms of the live bands who appear on weekend evenings and when they are locked out of the ZZ Top mansion.
With two service centers spread throughout the area, Country Fair Garden Center carries all the tools, seeds, and advice necessary to help lush greenery flourish. Among stacks of Ferti-lome fertilizer and Nature's Yield organic compost, annual and perennial plants wait patiently to be added to backyard gardens, while saplings and shrubs dream of one day complicating parking decisions with their leafy boughs. Country Fair's knowledgeable staff can guide customers through the vast selection of products and advise them on selecting the appropriate insecticide, potting soil, or compost for their gardens. The staff also hosts classes each month to impart green thumbs with knowledge about topics such as seed starting and vegetable gardens. Customers seeking artistic finishing touches can showcase blossoms within glazed ceramic or terra cotta pottery or in outdoor garden beds marked by the addition of a trellis, arbor, or fountain that gurgles overseas investment tips.
At Timberline Gardens, aspiring gardeners and seasoned green thumbs can find a vast selection of plants, soils, and landscaping materials, and a plethora of land-manicuring and beautifying accessories. Browse Timberline's stock of more than 2,400 plants, with perennials including the yellow-pedaled black-eyed susans, wild petunias, and dwarf lilies ($2.99–$12), as well as shrubs such as the flame amur maple or tall Wwestern sage ($22–$69). The nursery also boasts a variety of vegetables and herbs, ideal for chefs considering growing their own garden. Additionally, Timberline's potting soils ($6.99–16.99), composts ($3.99–9.99), and mulches ($16–$56) help plants stay in top-notch health, whereas decorative garden flourishes such as fountains and birdbaths help lull insomniac butterflies to sleep with the sound of running water.
Lovely Boutique drapes ladies in high-quality boutique-style apparel. Culled from American and fair-trade vendors, the hand-selected wares bear brand nametags such as T Los Angeles, Kensie, BB Dakota, Mixie, Ella Moss, and Big Star Jeans. Bury memories of last spring's water resistant but unwieldy barrel fashions under a sprightly new top ($29–$69), or cover chill-prone shoulders with a sweater or wrap ($32–$79). The boutique also proffers denim shrouds for human stems ($79–$139) and accessories such as handbags and scarves ($18–$59) to add extra elegance to outfits and bear-sized honey bears. A children's play area occupies tykes while moms try on new styles at the boutique.
Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.
When customers walk into Bella A Boutique, they don't have to navigate the racks by themselves. Professional stylists are on hand to guide them toward designer pieces from CoVelo or Desigual or to help them coordinate new items with what's already in their closets. Shoppers can do their own searching or save some time by calling ahead and asking staffers to set aside some garments in their size. After finding casual looks from Joe's Jeans or party-ready frocks from Trina Turk, buyers can fork over any of their non-sale purchases for free alterations, ensuring that pants don't drag in the mud or get ensnared in your bike spokes' web of lies. A kids' area entertains tykes as parents gawk at the shop's chic atmosphere, which showcases chartreuse walls, an exposed ceiling painted purple, and hardwood floors lit by a chandelier.