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.
Timberline Gardens peddles a multitude of necessities and accessories for gardeners and their plants, from fertilizers to seeds to pottery. Bulk material such as planters mix, sand, and gravel transform whole backyards into oversize flower beds, which gardeners can fill with the nursery’s more than 2,400 plant varieties. Flora and fauna native to the Denver area share display space with xeriscape plants, which require significantly less water and significantly fewer birthday parties than their needier counterparts. Timberline’s dedicated, knowledgeable staff can help customers navigate the shrubbery-hugged aisles filled with organic fertilizers and seeds, or lead them in informative classes that make it easier to use herbage for nutritional or decorative purposes.
Since it planted roots in the community in 1959, Echter's Nursery & Garden Center has gradually expanded into a sprawling complex comprising lush greenhouses and a retail store dedicated to beautifying outdoor spaces. The shop?s display area encompasses a staggering 70,000 square feet, and includes a patio shop with benches and outdoor furniture, a wildlife department with birdhouses and sasquatch feeders, a garden center with sustainable soils and fertilizers, and an acre of perennials, shrubs, and trees. Patrons can purchase pottery or house plants to enhance the home or grab tips from one of the center's plant doctors, all of whom boast at least a decade?s worth of experience.
An inflatable snowman greets visitors to Family Christmas Trees, an evergreen lot couched in a scenic country setting. The family who owns and operates the lot guides guests through natural, fresh-cut Fraser firs, Noble firs, and other holiday trees selected from quality farms across the country, and will even load them onto cars as a complimentary service. Patrons can also browse sprigs of mistletoe, wreaths embellished with pinecones and berries, and tree stands.
Twice As Nice Kids transitions children from one stage of childhood to the next with a 2,500-square-foot arsenal of kids' apparel, books, puzzles, and toys. Shoes up to kids' size 4 and boys' and girls' clothing up to size 16 accommodate growing children. New mothers can take home highchairs to teach infants the value of table manners and bouncers to teach them the fundamentals of physics.