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.
When not busy saving buildings as a suburban firefighter, Lawn Masters' manager Tim Urban keeps them beautiful with commercial and residential landscaping services. Tim and his cohort of expert lawn-maintenance pros can stop by weekly to mow, edge, and trim lawns and control weeds from running rampant and taunting trees that are helplessly rooted into the ground. Equipped with a Ryan Lawnaire 28, they can also seasonally aerate lawns to quench roots with much-needed oxygen, and fertilize lawns to keep blades lush and vibrant.
A member of the 1996 Olympic fencing team. A three-time NCAA champion. A former top-ranked fencer in the United States. With those myriad career achievements behind him, Tom Strzalkowski now trains the next generation of fencers at Fencing Academy of Denver. Along with his fellow instructors, Tom designs programs for both adults and children of all skill levels. During group and private lessons specializing in sabers, foils, or épées, the coaches teach fencing fundamentals such as identifying target areas and performing basic lunges. Sessions aim to improve stamina and nimbleness, and also cater to each student's personal goals, from competing in national tournaments to rescuing a significant other from swashbuckling pirates.
In true family style, brothers Nick and Kirby Kuklenski own and operate two “sister” Ace Hardware stores in Colorado Springs, keeping local homes beautiful with name-brand products and services. Lawns grow thick and colorful with Scotts fertilizers, plants, and seeds from the shops’ lawn departments, whereas computerized color matching in the paint aisles keeps outsides as vibrantly hued as flowers in a garden or a house fly strolling across an artist’s palette. Collections of DeWalt and Craftsman hand and power tools help homeowners assemble Weber grills, with staffers standing at the ready to build any piece bought at the store. Even autos can get in on Ace Hardware’s helpful services: keys are cut onsite, with Sidewinder keys including built-in chips that interact with car computers to ensure proper starts without feeding vehicles buckets of floppy disks.
Belly Up Spa boasts that it's an all-inclusive mom spa that caters to expectant, new, and experienced mothers, be they stay-at-home or working. The spa offers pampering services such as massages, facials, body treatments, and manicures. Also, moms can gather for group fitness classes such as yoga, Zumba, and boot camp, or bring children along for Family Fit classes.
The bonded and insured technicians at Clean House scrub homes top to bottom, using eco-friendly cleaning techniques and biodegradable cleaners. Starting below their feet, techs clean carpets to remove trapped dust and dirt that could ruin appetites during living-room picnics. Next, they can don rubber gloves to wash all domestic surfaces or nimbly climb ladders to clean windows, skylights, and gutters. Other Clean House services include day-to-day minutiae, such as in-home cooking, errand running, ironing, and changing dirty linens.
At HW Home, owners Jim Hering and Ron Werner curate a luxurious collection of living-room, bedroom, and dining-room fixtures that have earned a slew of industry awards, including a Retailer of the Year title from the National Home Furnishings Association in 2013. Friendly, knowledgeable staff members guide shoppers through the selection of contemporary and classic chairs, sofas, beds, and tables from collections such as HW Interiors, Ralph Lauren, and DwellStudio. Their insight can help create ornate interiors filled with mahogany tables and leather upholstery or modern settings decorated with metal, glass, and nanobots. After purchasing their artisan buffet cabinet or bedroom set, customers can enlist the help of handy movers, who deliver, unwrap, and assemble all pieces.