Thanks to its impressive selection of varietals from more than 95 local wineries, The Wines of Colorado has been lauded as "one of the most unique wine shops in the country" by Wine Trail Traveler and featured in the Wall Street Journal. Inside, a mural of larger-than-life bottles lines one wall, and an adjacent room houses an expansive tasting counter that stocks a lineup of bottles filled with Colorado reds and whites, which are often compared to Californian vinos. Their food has received it?s fair share of recognition as well, earning numerous awards, including Best Creekside Dining from the Gazette in 2010 and 2011. The chefs sizzle up signature buffalo wine burgers and creamy dill mahi-mahi, which guests can enjoy on the pine-tree-lined outdoor patio as they sip wine mere steps away from the burbling Fountain Creek.
Beauty may only be skin deep, but at Zolarium Tanning Studio, that's OK. Versed in a vast array of tanning and skincare services, the studio’s technicians help their clientele achieve golden-bronze hues without having to withstand the sun's creepy leer. Each one is Smart Tan certified, a benchmark that measures each operator's knowledge of ultraviolet light, safe tanning practices, and ability to disassemble a tanning bed should it become sentient. They use this knowledge to monitor each tanner in their studio simultaneously, through Zolarium's networked array of horizontal and vertical tanning beds.
The beautifying treatments don't stop at tanning; DaVinci teeth whitening, Evolv airbrush, and a plethora of skincare lotions help clients maintain all manner of youthful glows. Zolarium also keeps the community looking good, giving back through charitable efforts such as sponsoring the Denver Firefighter Calendar every year.
Awarded Readers' Choice for Best Salon from the Aurora Sentinel in 2009, Saddle Rock employs a squad of knowledgeable staffers to help keep muscles relaxed and tresses and skin living up to their pulchritudinous potential. Opt for a women's haircut and color ($104) or a women's haircut and partial or full highlight ($116 and $136, respectively) to keep your noggin from feeling ashamed and hiding under stocking caps during business meetings. Patrons can also select virgin or retouch relaxers ($135 and $120 when bundled with women's cuts) for 'dos newly restored to the straight-and-narrow. Saddle Rock's ample supply of Redken ($4–$28), Eufora ($10–$26) and DermOrganic ($10–$50) products help preserve the relationship between humans and their head pets even away from the salon.
For more than 35 years, Heritage Wine and Liquor has lined its shelves with wines, beers, and spirits from throughout the world. A staff of knowledgeable and approachable beverage experts mans the 14,000-square-foot, Old-World style store, guiding customers toward their favorite bottles or offering suggestions for a new and exciting choice. Wine racks, liquor shelves, and beer coolers teem with both beloved stand-bys and unheard-of novelties, as the owners carefully select items both from brand-new microbreweries in the area and world-renowned wineries and distilleries overseas. Complimentary Friday-afternoon tastings acquaint customers with new varieties, and the shop continues to give back to its community by donating to area schools and charitable organizations.
Indulge Wine School's staff of educators, such as Kris in Jacksonville, a wine expert and blogger, expands wine knowledge with ease, having turned the revelry-steeped tassels of nearly 3,000 graduates. Classes of 12–20 take place in venues throughout the United States, as students swirl and sip their study materials and nibble complimentary appetizers. Every class ends with a Q&A session, during which potation professors shine a light on oenophilic mysteries including tannin content and regional differences. Afterward, students continue to ferment knowledge at home with a complimentary electronic copy of Indulge's book A Fun and Informative Introduction to the Wonderful World of Wine, a food-and-wine-pairing chart, and a top-10 list of wine-buying tips.