Photographer Patti Watkins believes that everyone has a story to tell, and strives to elegantly and artfully capture their essence in timeless photographs. Her sessions' low-key vibes put subjects at ease and draw out their personalities, yielding natural-looking individual or group portraits. Patti also snaps images to commemorate significant milestones, such as senior year of high school, baby bumps, and jury-duty reunions. To add pizzazz to prints, she can create stylistic effects. Photos can also be emblazoned across the pages of coffee table books, printed on metal, or crafted into custom invitations and announcements. In addition to photographing families all over Colorado, Patti has captured professional portraits of 2012 Olympic gold medalists Jaime Gray and Kim Rhode, along with portraits of political supporters with 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
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.
As garage doors slowly open, the spartan practice room is revealed: an indoor golf studio with a green carpet floor specked with square golf hitting mats that transforms into a covered driving range. Located inside a stately, sandstone-brick clubhouse, the practice area serves as the practice grounds of Colorado State University golf teams and ground zero for the Golf Academy of Northern Colorado, where golfers consult PGA-certified instructors about their golf swing rather than waiting in vain for Jack Nicklaus?s spirit animal to appear in their dreams. Outside, players take advantage of a practice facility featuring tee box training as well as a short game area.
When diet and exercise prove no match for out-of-control curves, Dr. Greg Denzel and his staff want you to know you still have options. Across two locations, including the pristine and cottage-like Windsor office and a Lafayette office, the staff streamlines silhouettes with varying degrees of invasiveness, from hormone-replacement therapy to SmartLipo to SuperSculpt. They also beautify mugs with dermal fillers, and usher in relaxation with massage therapy and the whooshing sound of knotted kinks fleeing the scene.
Barcelona's certified laser specialists use the LightShear laser system to permanently remove unwanted hair. To set off on a journey of stubble-free sleekness, choose between the traditional bikini area or underarm region and set up an initial consultation and treatment to blast away filaments in their follicular homes. Follow-up treatments take place a few weeks apart, permanently disabling hair follicles dormant in the initial session.
Nu-Way and Foothills Cleaners treat soiled closet denizens to a hearty buffet of eco-friendly dry-cleaning, laundry, and alteration services. Experienced garment groomers banish stains from dry-cleaned shirts ($7.29 each) and laundered shirts ($2.99 each), blazers ($7.99 each), dresses ($14.59 each), and slacks ($7.29 each) with EcoSolv, a nontoxic, biodegradable cleaning solution that rehabilitates habiliments without harming fabrics, leaving behind odors, or resorting to name-calling. The cleaners can also make wardrobe alterations or launder bedspreads ($31.99 for queen size) and comforters ($39.99 for queen size). Friendly staff members faithfully record customers‘ starch preferences to ensure custom crispness and always handle clothing with tenderness and care, often courting bashful blouses by winning them stuffed animals at the state fair.