The Colorado School of Acting's directors, Elizabeth Horne and Troy Horne, combine their dual loves of stage and screen to impart acting chops to students of all ages and experience levels. Elizabeth—who has acted in more than 25 plays and 12 movies—and Troy—a sitcom and film producer who appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award–winning musical Rent—staff their team with veteran acting instructors, each of whom have more than 10 years of experience in the biz. During their classes, they teach students to focus and perform under a variety of circumstances, with workshops in subjects ranging from improv and commercial work to audition skills and voiceovers. They welcome kids for acting summer camps, where they introduce fundamentals of memorization, character development, and rehearsal. Instructors also help thespians develop with more advanced training, including filmmaking summer camps for kids, and a certificate program for all age levels that requires students to audition or present a signed permission slip from David Schwimmer.
The experienced technicians at Extreme Autoworks treat each carriage to treatment and parts that seek to exceed industry standards, with aesthetic services, such as window tints and clear bras, backed by a lifetime warranty. Their skilled hands are adept at dealing with domestic and international autos alike, including Dodge, Porsche, and Audi. To prove the mettle of their tinting materials, Extreme Autoworks staff members host durability demonstrations that blast house and competitor products with heat, proving their products' ability to withstand hot summer days and scenic drives around the neighborhood volcano. They also attend continuing-education courses and stay up-to-date on new techniques that increase the livelihood of parts.
With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home and lawncare projects underway. Reclaim the yard from winter's occupation with Adams Adirondack stacking chairs ($14.99 each) and an Ace Flexogen 50-foot garden hose ($19.99). Illuminate outdoor living spaces with a 6-pack of Solar Walk Lights ($12.99) or the welcoming blaze inside a Living Accents portable firepit ($29.99). Ace also covers indoor bases with products and services for tree-free areas of the home. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge.
Furniture Row Shopping Centers host four home-apparel stores in a single convenient location. The quartet of specialty stores—Sofa Mart, Oak Express, Bedroom Expressions, and Denver Mattress Co.—is designed to accommodate every room in the house. Espresso leaning shelves ($88) are fully caffeinated yet provide remarkably steady support for books, picture frames, and knickknacks. Soothe summer nights with a Perfect Harmony Isocool mattress pad ($69–$109) atop a new mattress set ($219+); top it off with an attractive brocade duvet set ($44–$68). A new lamp set ($148+) atop an end table ($118+) is a great way to encourage sofas to use more light when they read.
Dutch Shine Window Cleaning founder and Amsterdam native Will van der Meer has been scrubbing grime from domestic glass since 1994. During a standard window-washing ($4–$7/window; extra $1/pane for French windows), his staff of lintel whisperers carefully cleans each pane inside and out, wipes tracks, and rinses screens, rendering windows invisible to even bifocaled birds. Alternately, power-washing ($75/hr) can absterge decks, siding, and outdoor pizza-ovens with its highly focused spray, and gutter cleaning ($1.20/foot) transforms gunked-up gutters and downspouts into glitzy aquatic thoroughfares. After a visit from Dutch Shine, homes' twig-, smudge-, and mildew-free surfaces cast a radiant glow, impressing neighbors and causing nearby squirrels to don tiny aviator sunglasses.