The family behind Snow Creek Ranch strives to make restaurant-quality steaks available to the public by selling its free-range, hormone-free beef at area farmers’ markets. In addition to grazing its Black Angus cattle on 2,500 acres of indigenous, pesticide-free prairie grasses, the family also supplements the herds’ diets with natural flax seed oils, creating tender, marbled beef. Dedicated to ensuring quality, the family dry-ages all of its steaks for 21 days and claims that “Grandma kisses every cow” to check whether it’s actually a handsome prince.
When brothers Joseph and Herb Guiry founded the paint store that bears their name, Denver was still an untamed frontier town, William McKinley was President, and the flag still had 45 stars and not a single cartoon dog. The year was 1899, and, in the hundred-plus years since, the store has remained a family tradition across four generations of shopkeepers. Today, the store’s seven locations carry paints for everything from houses to school projects, and supplement their stock with home decorations including lighting, wallpaper, and furniture.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Davey Jones Fireworks Superstore enhances any celebration with a symphony of light and sound. Since 1977, the shops has helped guests create pyrotechnic displays with their large selection of fountains, sparklers, and firework novelties. Their stock suits all ages and occasions, from the wedding confetti poppers that sprinkle the bride to assortments specially designed for kid's. For larger displays, staff can explain the difference between fountains, cones, and setting your oven on fire with forgotten cookies.
Halloween Express opens its doors for just under two months every year, and the holiday superstore stocks an abundant selection of costumes, ghoulish decorations, and Halloween-themed accessories for kids and adults. Tote your toddler around the neighborhood in a top-hatted spider costume ($17.49), or swaddle a baby in a photo-promoting pea-pod costume ($14.99). For ‘20s flappers ($19.99) hosting a Halloween-themed book- club meeting, stock up on severed toes ($7.29), shrunken heads ($18.69), and portraits of the undead ($16.99) to enliven a dull and drab den or discussion of Roald Dahl’s dark and ghoulish short stories.