Thanks to a dedicated, trained staff and convenient amenities such as live webcams, K-9 Castle earned a spot as a top-five finalist in the Denver A-List's Best Pet Sitting category three years in a row. Owners Michelle Romero and Rita Sandoval lead a loyal team, all of whom are trained in pet first aid and dog behavior, making them better able to keep animals safe and teach canines to use the correct fork at the dinner table. In addition to daytime and overnight care, the crew can train pups and treat them to such grooming services as teeth brushing, nail trimming, and baths with a blow-dry.
ChiroXchange supports a nervous system of more than 250 nationwide locations, whose varying services and technologies all converge with the end of healing bodies with holistic, drug-free techniques. The chiropractors believe that many of the body’s ailments, from sore backs and headaches to fatigue, are caused by blockages in the nervous system. To reverse these blockages, they nudge spinal discs back into place with gentle, strategic pressure, aligning nerves with the vertebra to free the flow of information and cat photos to and from the brain. The chiropractors at each location emphasize communication with their patients. They field questions, explain the purpose of every adjustment, and work with patients to design programs around their unique wellness goals.
The YMCA aims to better Denver-area minds and bodies with fitness classes, sports leagues, and exercise facilities for users of all ages. Membership (an $84 value) grants full access for two adults, their dependent children, and as many imaginary friends they can think up. Members enjoy use of top-notch amenities that vary by location, ranging from free-weight and resistance-machine workout rooms to swimming pools and basketball courts. Outgoing endurance-testers come together during athletic classes to create a calorie-consuming hive mind unattainable to solo toners. New members in need of assistance achieving fitness goals plan out nutritional and exercise routines in their two wellness sessions (a $100 value). Personal-wellness coaches develop a distinct program for each client to help prospective workout warriors evaluate their overall health, identify specific places to improve, and build muscles regardless of superfluous zoning restrictions.
MHM employs the Montessori approach to foster social competency, concentration, and persistence in children ages 6 weeks–5 years, most of whom live at or below the federal poverty level. The organization aims to create a children’s lending library for its learning centers to increase access to linguistically and developmentally appropriate books. The lending library would allow families a greater variety of books to read with their children, and provide literacy calendars to track the amount of time children spend reading.
Warren Village’s Greta Horwitz Learning Center educates children ages 6 weeks to 10 years old with a curriculum designed specifically for underserved students. In addition to cognitive, language, social exercises, the learning center conducts regular cultural and recreational field trips in the Denver area to enrich student’s education. Each classroom of approximately 14 preschool children attends at least two trips each year to city venues such as the zoo, art museums, the symphony and theater, and the children’s museum. Field trips provide students with informative lessons in the arts and sciences and an opportunity for a new experience, and also build their sense of community with both their peers and their city.