For more than 30 years, there has been a frame shop at Dry Creek and University. And, despite a decade of ownership shuffling, framers coming and going, and a name change, Studio C Framing has carried on as the community's frame shop. Today, husband and wife owners Matt and Bethany—who met at the shop 10 years ago—have distilled Studio C's operation into a team of talented professionals. Combined, that team boasts more than 50 years of experience in preserving special objects behind glass, from guitars and photos to entire refrigerator doors. The shop also provides such services as picture installation, design advice, and canvas stretching, and every month, it showcases pieces of art from students at Arapahoe High School.
At Urban Mattress, patrons can sprawl out on comfy, soporific mattresses from brands such as Sherwood, Tempur-Pedic, Lumina, and Urban Organics in search of firm billows. The owner-operated stores also offer sustainable options that leave little to no carbon footprint and are biodegradable, making future archaeologists' jobs easier when they go to uncover the cans of peas hidden under our beds. Two percent of all proceeds finds its way to local nonprofits, ensuring that customers can sleep better at night in more ways than one.
Who knows what kids need? Just ask a mom. Club 4 Kids is fully staffed by mothers. Back in 1992, Patty Stouffer couldn't find a reliable place to drop her kids off for a few hours, so she decided to create one. Today, parents drop their brood off at one of two locations. Here, kids get their hands covered in paint at the art center, exercise imaginations playing dress-up, and practice containing their road rage while driving play cars. Even older kids occupy themselves, by playing video or board games in the on-site clubhouse. Every two hours, the group breaks for a meal or snack, so kids are well-fed by the time their parents come to pick them up.
Chef Matthew Franklin of Farro Italian Restaurant delights discerning palates with an extensive wine list and a menu of innovative Italian fare that won acclaim in the Denver Post. Catch a handcrafted, brick-oven-baked dough disk decorated with prosciutto, gorgonzola, and balsamic fig preserves ($12), or dive into spaghetti swimming with shrimp, scallops, mussels, and clams in a spicy red sauce ($17). The flat-iron steak, doused in gorgonzola butter and accompanied by a mountain of roasted Yukon Gold potatoes ($18), straightens out wrinkled tongues with an overload of savory flavors.