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.
Credentialed massage therapists and aestheticians at Abella Salon and Spa imbue massage, facial, and tanning services with aromatherapy and botanical skincare products. Lavender-scented body scrubs and hydrating algae body masks leave skin as soft and supple as a newborn pillow, and custom chemical peels deeply exfoliate epidermises. In addition, advanced light-based techniques may be applied to whiten teeth and manage unwanted hair without organizing razors into unwieldy bureaucracies. Laser technicians at Abella Salon and Spa also help fight the again process with services such as laser hair removal, photofacials, and Botox and other fillers.
Spicy boudoir poses and pin-up-style portraits with an assortment of props, or babies playing with hats and splashing in the bath. Sandy Puc’ specializes in these and other styles of photography. When the award-winning photographer isn't snapping shots, she shares her love of photography and connects with budding shutterbugs worldwide through speaking engagements and services such as Sandy Puc’ University and Ukandu––a store for photography tools. In Denver, she runs photography courses where students go from learning the basics of DSLR cameras to photographing a live model and receiving group critiques. When she’s not discussing and teaching photography, Sandy practices it along with her colleague Helen Noakes during sessions with kids, high school seniors, families, and individuals.
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.
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.
Englewood Camera's expert imagists pass on hard-won photo wisdom to aspiring shutterbugs in small, hands-on classes. The Basics of Digital Photography class acquaints fledgling photographers with the conceptual essentials and technical principles of camerawork, including framing, focus, film exposure, and using the flash to temporarily blind uncooperative children. From class discussions, pupils can learn from the experience of fellow shutter squires and develop an infectious curiosity about photography that will endure after the three-hour class.