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Faces of Denver: Sharon Simon and Randy Kopf

January 25th, 2019
London Alley Salon

One capitol hill spot allows you to escape your everyday grind and feel a little more shagadelic, for an hour at least. Sharon Simon and her partner, Randy Kopf, are the bubbly team behind the next neighborhood staple, London Alley Salon, near the corner of East 13th Ave. and Marion St. The hole-in-the-wall, British takeover-themed salon opened its doors in April 2017 to provide services for hair styling, waxing, spa treatments and more. “Our small shop is very community- and family- based. We all love each other deeply and treat each other with respect. Clients all feel at home when they walk... Read More

Faces of Denver: Chris Geary of SYCDVK

January 11th, 2019

Denver’s eclectic group of artists playing electronic fusion and jazz music is what helps the city stand out in its music scene. One of these artists, Chris Geary, currently plays drums in the Denver-based band SYCDVK. The group’s sound pieces together multiple genre elements, forming an experimental psych-rock mixture that can be groovy and brass-oriented at some times and harder rock at others. SYCDVK just finished up a tour through the Midwest, but Geary is no stranger to traveling. He moved to Colorado from Long Beach, California roughly seven years ago after a friend told him that he was... Read More

Faces of Denver – Andrew Thomas

December 12th, 2018
Biking Together

A cyclist in the city of Denver can end up paying more for parts to fix a bike than the bike itself cost. Andrew Thomas, Park Hill General Manager at Bikes Together, and his team want to bring the freedom of cycling back to the people at prices they can afford. Thomas has always had fascination with bikes but when he was younger he was typically stuck in a location where cars were dominant and fixing a bike at a pro shop came at a steep cost. Once Thomas moved to Denver in 2004, he developed his skills in cycling and mechanics with people who shared his interest in a DIY approach to maintaining... Read More

Faces of Denver – Darren Boyd

November 15th, 2018
Darren Boyd

Surviving as a neighborhood brewery in Denver is not an easy accomplishment these days stacked up against the saturated competition. Darren Boyd, one of the founders of Spangalang Brewery, believes that as the customer and competition has changed within the industry, the market and brewing process will too. Boyd has lived in Denver county for roughly 10 years after moving from Connecticut. He got involved in the brewing scene just as it was taking off in Denver and began working for Great Divide Brewing Co. After a couple years Boyd and his two other partners, Taylor Rees and Austin Wiley, all... Read More

Faces of Denver – Nelicia Miranda-Troup

October 24th, 2018
Faces of Denver

One woman has recently devoted herself to changing what Denver’s daily morning grind means. Nelicia Miranda-Troup lived in Arvada, CO for a majority of her life before traveling and then eventually relocating to Westminster, CO. She began her career in caffeine in 2016 when she started working at a Starbucks. After this beginning, she pursued learning more about the coffee craft when she traveled to Hawaii to visit some friends who owned a coffee shop in Kona, HI. During her travels, she was able to observe a spectrum of how coffee is processed by visiting a small family owned coffee tree farm... Read More

Faces of Denver – Ariana Gradow

October 10th, 2018
Ariana Gradow_The Circus Collective

Reaching for new heights is something that Ariana Gradow has been doing all of her life. The circus and yoga specialist is the co-founder of the Denver Circus Collective and teaches a variety of classes there each week. Originally from Aspen, Gradow grew up as an athlete and competed in skiing at a semi-pro level. One day on the mountain she had an accident which left her with a broken neck. After she recovered, she found a deeper appreciation for her yoga practice, which led her to learning aerial acrobatics. For Gradow, both disciplines allow people to overcome their fears while developing more... Read More

Faces of Denver–Dave Ashton

June 29th, 2018
Dave Ashton

KGNU radio station has been on the air in Colorado since the early 1970’s. Dave Ashton has graced those airwaves for the past 12 years. Originally from Indiana, Ashton got into music as a child. He saved up to buy his first record of Grandmaster Flash at eight years old. His parents, being a librarian and a school teacher, both encouraged his interest in hip hop and lyrical rap because of the fascination for word play. Ashton moved to Colorado in grade school, attended college in St. Paul, MN., then worked at Think Skateboards in San Francisco and a hot dog stand in Chicago. After all the traveling... Read More

Faces of Denver: Betsy Lay

June 16th, 2018

One team in the Denver craft beer scene is hoping to prove the possibilities of what a small business can do to give back. Betsy Lay and the rest of the group at Lady Justice Brewing focus on bringing women to the forefront of the beer scene. Lady Justice Brewing was started in 2014 by co-founders Betsy Lay, Kate Power and Jen Cuesta. Originally, they began as a Kickstarter to start the all female brew team, which donates their proceeds to community organizations supporting women. “There are more female brewers on the scene now and I think momentum is there. There’s still sexism and harassment... Read More

Faces of Denver: Marie Litton

June 8th, 2018
Marie Litton

One of the women who have captivated the Colorado music scene since she was eight years old is Marie Litton. She began in music singing in her dad’s band at the state fairs. At 14, she picked up playing the guitar and from then decided that music was all she wanted to do. “I just wanna give the gift back of music. I’ve loved so many bands, you know, and music has always been my life. Now that I get to play it all the time, I just feel like it’s gift and people should use those gifts.” Marie said. Originally growing up in Pueblo, Marie sharpened her talents as a musician with her family... Read More

Faces of Denver – Eleanor Cheetham

June 1st, 2018

Denver watering hole owner and bartender, Eleanor Cheetham, runs the show at Fort Greene. Fort Greene is a bar in Globeville, which maintains a community driven atmosphere and Slavic speakeasy style. Originally, Eleanor got her start in Austin, TX before moving to Fort Greene in Brooklyn, NY. In New York, she worked in fashion and design before she decided she needed a change of pace. Once she moved to Globeville she visited the local steam punk dive bar of the neighborhood, Crash 45, and decided to apply for a job. After working as the bartender for three years, the owner sold the bar to a friend... Read More