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Unique Experiences Await You in Denver

Unique Experiences Await You in Denver

A guest blog article by Catherine Workman

The Mile-High City of Denver, Colorado is brimming with things to do, places to eat and drink, and amazing sights to see. As a gateway city to the Rockies, Denver offers all of this amazing culture with one of the most picturesque backdrops imaginable.

Everyone knows about Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver’s world-famous concert venue. They know about Coors beer and the famous stadium homes of the Broncos and the Rockies. Denver’s zoo is one of the best in the country and the famous Denver Mint is one of the most popular tours around. But Denver has a lot to offer outside of the beaten path. If you’re planning a trip out west, here are some only-in-Denver sights and experiences that you just can’t miss.

1.) Denver Botanic Gardens

For an unparalleled look into the flora of the Rocky Mountain region, a trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens has to be on your list. The main garden, which is nestled in Downtown Denver, features over 15,000 plant species – 700 of which are native to the state of Colorado. The gardens feature a herbaria, which documents “vascular plant and fungal biodiversity and species distribution in Colorado and the Southern Rocky Mountain Region,” and a living collection featuring plants from multiple environments like alpine, amenity, aquatic, native, steppe, tropical, cactus, and succulents. It’s a true Denver experience and one you shouldn’t pass up.

2.) The Molly Brown House

You remember Kathy Bates in Titanic, right? Well only in Denver will you find the home, now converted into a museum, of the bold woman she played in the iconic film. The Molly Brown House was home to famous socialite Margaret Brown, better known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” The once-home of the activist who famously survived the sinking of the Titanic has a storied history, including being used as a boarding home during the Great Depression and falling into disrepair. The house, originally built in the 1880s, was restored in the 1970s. The beautiful home is free to visitors.

3.) The Mount Evans Experience

If you’re looking for a real “mile-high” adventure and are not afraid of heights – or windy roads for that matter – taking a trip up the Mount Evans Scenic Byway is an absolute must. It’s about a 60 mile drive outside of Denver, but the experience is so quintessentially Denver. The Byway is the highest paved road in the entire continent, and the trip up its twists and turns is a truly amazing experience.

“A day trip to the top is a journey that snakes and climbs through nearly 9,000 feet of elevation gain, from the high plains of Denver through five climate zones to the 14,264-foot summit of Mount Evans – one of 54 peaks in Colorado that soar to 14,000 feet and above – the famous ‘fourteeners.’”

On the way up you’ll have the chance to make a few pit stops at worthwhile locations like Echo Lake and Summit Lake – both of which offer top-notch hiking trails and incredible views. You might even spot some famous Rocky Mountain goats while you’re there.

4.) Forney Museum of Transportation

One of the country’s coolest little museums is nestled in Denver. The Forney Museum of Transportation features a wonderful collection of pieces from transportation history – from a late 1800s Denver cable car to Amelia Earhart’s 1923 Kissel “Gold Bug.” Admission isn’t free, but it’s very affordable.

There’s a lot to do in Denver. It’s a unique city with a spirit all of its own. Sure, take in the zoo and Coors Field – but also consider taking the time to get off the path a little bit and enjoy some nature and history that’s purely Denver.

Photo Credit: Aakash Sahai, Wikimedia Commons

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    Denver Style Magazine!

    Our favorite local publication indeed! Denver Style Magazine kicks major butt in the Mile High City! If you haven’t had a chance, pick up an issue of Denver Style Magazine today!

    Denver Style Magazine:
    “We are more than a magazine. We are a community of brilliant artists, stylists, bloggers, business owners and designers. We are a place for emerging brands to gain the tools they need to be discovered and thrive. We are a connection between local brands and those who buy from them – both customers and business owners, local and beyond. We are here to grow a retail and design industry in our home town.
    Started in September 2014 by a fashion stylist and a photographer, we are passionate about helping brands succeed and providing them the tools, education and platform to make that happen. Everything we do comes back to helping a driven creative realize their dream and empower our community as a whole.”

    The Magazine:
    “We are a community of brilliant artists, stylists, bloggers, business owners and designers. We are a place for emerging brands to gain the tools they need to be discovered and thrive. We are a connection between local brands and those who buy from them – both customers and business owners, local and beyond. We are here to grow a retail and design industry in our home town.
    Started in September 2014 by a fashion stylist and a photographer, we are passionate about helping brands succeed and providing them the tools, education and platform to make that happen. Everything we do comes back to helping a driven creative realize their dream and empower our community as a whole.”

    The Services:
    “Our team is happy to provide a one on one consultation to determine the needs of your unique brand. From event promotion and advertising to photography and branding consultations, we can help you assess where you are and how to get where you want to be.”

    Check out Denver Style Magazine

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      Eco-friendly Salon in Denver

      There is an eco friendly hair salon in Denver, CO.

      Denver, CO has become a beacon of a certain kind of lifestyle on the national and even, the global scene. People are flocking to Denver, and Colorado from all over for the promise and opportunity that our wonderful city and state can provide.

      The beauty of the rockies, the clean air 5,280 feet above sea level, our culture and attitude, all of these are reasons people are loving Denver right now.

      Colorado is also at the forefront of sustainability when it comes to green businessess and organic food policies. In Denver the focus on a sustainable state is apparent to even casual observers.

      Now Denver also can boast a totally green, organic hair salon too. My Hair Trip Salon Denver is an officially certified and registered green business. My Hair Trip Salon Denver offers its clients all organic products and services. The salon’s slogan is Look Good. Feel Good. Be Good. and that is what they try to achieve according to the owner, 32 year-old, Nicole Zamora. “We are passionate about our salon being more than just a beauty shop, we use our business as a platform to truly transform peoples lives from the inside out, so their true beauty can shine!”

      My Hair Trip, Denver’s premier eco-friendly salon could not be in a better spot. The local, family-owned salon at 8th and Santa Fe, in the Denver Art District in downtown Denver, has been turning out happy clients who love what all natural products and services can do for their hair.

      This green, eco-friendly salon in Denver has a clear focus on customer service, from the moment you walk in the door you are greeted with a smile and clients’ need are constantly attended to.

      If you are interested in organic hair care or organic health and beauty, this eco-friendly salon in Denver has got what you are looking for.

      Check out My Hair Trip Salon Denver at 773 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO, 80204.

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        Hair Salon Dream Team

        My Hair Trip Salon Denver consists of it’s owners; Paul and Nicole Zamora. The Shop Manager; Thomas Ivory jr. Master Stylists / Colorists; Sonia Jean Sparks and Amber Vitale, and of course, one of Denver’s hottest up and coming talents, stylist/colorist; The, Ms. Erica Nelson.

        Nicole began working in the beauty industry in Wisconsin twelve years ago working in hair salons and spas, and has worked at a hair salon in Denver for the last 4 and a half years. Specializing in hair behind the chair, Nicole has a passion for finding healthy alternatives for almost anything and now feels ,through My Hair Trip salon Denver, there is a platform for which she may encourage others to do the same. Nic always strives for her clients to leave the salon feeling gorgeous and enlightened.”

        Paul has always been an entrepreneur, even since he was running his school store in junior high. Paul has owned, and operated several small businesses, including a small production company while bartending in downtown Denver. The bar that Paul worked at had been open about 3 years when Paul took over as the bar manager. The business was failing and the owners thought Paul could possibly turn it around. Over the next several years Paul devoted all of his time and energy into making the bar profitable. Today it is one of downtown Denver’s most popular and profitable bars.

        Thomas is a long-time close friend of the Zamora Family and has helped run the shop since day one. Thomas is the salon manager, he also is a professional model, writer, traveler, gardner, artist, musician, avid outdoorsman and our dear friend.
        Thomas is our captain of client retention. While at My Hair Trip Salon, Thomas is your personal concierge, taking care of all of your needs while you are a guest at Denver’s premier eco-salon. Thomas is a professional pamperer and runs the salon’s day-to-day like nobody’s business.

        Sonia Sparks is a master stylist and colorist in Denver, CO, 80204 via Roseville Michigan. Sonia and Nicole had chanced to meet as booth renters at a smaller non-organic Salon in downtown Denver. Once My Hair Trip was up and running Paul and Nicole were thrilled when Sonia asked if she could come on board. She is honestly one of the best stylists in the city and My Hair Trip Salon Denver is extremely lucky to have her. Sonia brings not only amazing skills as a professional hair stylist and colorist but she brings an overall positivity and energy that radiates through the salon as well.
        Experience: Sonia has 12 years experience as a master stylist and colorist.
        Sonia graduated cosmetology school from David Presley School of Cosmotology in 2004.
        Sonia is a dedicated session stylist who specializes in updos for special events such as weddings and fashion shows.
        Sonia has worked personally assisting Kevin Murphey.
        Sonia is a professional, certified organic colorist, session stylist, and master cosmetologist. Any cut , any color , any time.

        Amber Vitale has lived in Denver her entire life, and is constantly influenced by the culture and artistic creativity within our city! Growing up she was encouraged to embrace an artistic outlet of interest and to make life decisions grounded on wisdom and great thought. Amber specializes in custom hair color and precision cutting. Combined with her talent and artistic vision she is able to work with clients to individualize styles to meet their needs. She keeps up with the latest techniques and hair trends as they appear on the fashion scene. Amber believes strongly in continuing education with the most recent being a certified extensionist through She by So Cap USA. She is constantly working on her own innovative techniques always pushing the boundaries of hair. With over 15 years’ experience, Amber is a stylist that believes in being unlimited in all aspects of hair care and design that complement each other for the finished look. Whether you want a contemporary classic cut or a funky avant-garde style, you are sure to be pleased with the experience you have with Amber.
        Being a mother of two wonderful boys, it is as important as ever for me to continue this lifestyle I love the approach at My Hair Trip Salon in incorporating an organic and eco -friendly way of life into great hair care and design.

        Erica says “My little sister was my first and my longest standing client. She has tested my skills again and again and I now feel comfortable to try them on you! :) I have gained knowledge of top color lines and am able to play with and bend the laws of color to create unique and lasting designs for my clients. I have also become an expert at prescribing top of the line retail products so that my designs will look as great at home as they do in my chair.
        I would consider women’s cutting and men’s grooming to be my specialty and first love. I feel passionately about my color designs and sending beautiful works of art out onto the streets of Denver.
        I am committed to the beauty and fashion industry and love to share all aspects of this business with the guests in my chair. I love yoga, running, snowboarding, cooking, all things French and the outdoors. I am an outgoing, friendly, caring, hardworker and fast learner with lots of energy and I am so happy to have found a salon with a great vibe and a fast pace to call home.”

        We have built the best salon team in Denver, Colorado. We cannot express how proud we are to work side by side every week with these incredible artists and create amazing hair and happy, enthusiastic clients. As we grow, we will add more members to our team, but we will always stay true to our core values in hiring. Top talent, eco-conscious, dedicated and charismatic.

        We are Denver’s premier eco friendly salon, located at 773 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO, 80204.

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          The Denver Art District on Santa Fe

          The Art District on Santa Fe is the hub of the Denver art scene, with the largest concentration of art galleries in Colorado, featuring more than 40 galleries, shops, and restaurants. Art lovers can find everything from traditional art to contemporary and emerging art, including painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, graphic art, and textiles. On the first Friday of every month, galleries attract lively crowds when they open their doors to the public for the First Friday Art Walk. For the more serious art crowd, Collector’s Night is held every third Friday of the month. The Museo de las Americas (861 Santa Fe Dr.) with exhibits of Latino art from all areas of Central and South America, is another popular attraction in the neighborhood.

          Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe is a unique, nationally known art and cultural district with over 60 galleries, restaurants and shops located a few short blocks from downtown Denver, Colorado. The Art District opens its doors freely to lively crowds for popular events such as the First Friday Art Walk, held every first Friday of the month, and Preview Night, a more intimate gathering held every third Friday of the month.

          Santa Fe Drive has had a long history of artists and artist’s studios. In recent years many galleries and artist studios began to move into the area as rents in other parts of Denver rose. In 2003 a group of about 17 galleries, museum and theatres organized the Art District on Santa Fe as a non-profit corporation with the following mission statement:

          Since 2003 membership in the Art District on Santa Fe has grown from 12 to over 60 creative industry members between Alameda and 12th avenues on and near Santa Fe Drive and Kalamath street. The rise in membership and creative activity in the Art District, a vital “Gateway to Denver” commercial corridor, has become a national model of success in community revitalization led by the creative industries. Our success has been featured in national publications such as Travel+Leisure, USA Today, CNN, Sunset Magazine and the New York Times, amongst others. One of the Art District’s “secrets of success” has been the on-going cooperation and the genuine welcoming spirit between its membership and the general public. The Art District freely opens its doors and welcomes guests from seasoned collectors, to artists, to new art lovers, to join the friendly and welcoming feel of the Art District.

          The ADSF works with other neighborhood organizations such as NEWSED and the Maintenance District to improve and beautify the area. For example, the ADSF and NEWSED split the cost of the street banners; the Maintenance District teams with the ADSF to tackle graffiti and to beautify the streets and sidewalks.

          The Art District offers a free luxury guided-shuttle coach operating every first Friday of the month during the art walk to enhance the experience of the 5,000-plus First Friday art walk patrons. The shuttle coach runs a continuous loop from the Osage St. light rail station, to galleries and creative businesses, and around to parking at West High School at Galapago St. The guided- shuttle coach is available each First Friday from 5:30-9:30 PM, shuttle stops are clearly marked along the way. Shuttle route and parking options are indicated on our map.

          The ADSF is constantly growing with complementary businesses such as architects, yoga studios, furniture and lighting stores, book stores, antique stores, radio stations, restaurants, coffee shops, and full time residents are moving into the neighborhood.

          Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe has gained attention in the national press in recent years. Publications include Sunset Magazine, Desert Living, and Travel Leisure Magazine. In addition, the cities of Cleveland, Ohio, Sacramento, California and Glendale, Arizona recently contacted the ADSF to learn how to create a successful Art District in their cities. The ADSF’s continuing membership with Visit Denver has contributed to its growing cultural tourism business.

          The upcoming year for Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe will emphasize art collecting, educating, community development and working artist studios. ADSF will have a prominent role in Denver Art’s Week and the month of Printmaking. Other events include the Art District’s annual “Best of Exhibit and Awards”, Denver’s Biennial of the Americas, Luminaries, and a multitude of celebrations happening year round.

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            Having a blast! Denver’s premier eco salon

            My Hair Trip Salon Denver has now been open for just about 4 months. From the day we had the idea, to the day we found our space, to today … it’s been a trip. Building and running a salon has taught us a lot about life, about what it takes to succeed, and about each other.

            Today we have the salon looking almost just the way we want it. We are displaying 12 local artists in our gallery, carrying 15 different local designers goods in the boutique, have 5 stylists and a salon manager that are kicking major butt everyday, and we are really having a blast.

            All of us at My Hair Trip Salon are on the same page. It truly is joy to come into the salon everyday. We are all focused on making sure our clients and any visitors to the salon feel comfortable and are treated like the kings and queens that they are. We love making people smile, and we have been seeing a ton of smiles lately.

            We are Denver’s only eco-friendly hair salon, barbershop, art gallery, and jewelry and apparel boutique. We really love our unique shop we have down here in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe (the creative epicenter of the city), and the people of Denver are seeming to really love it as well.

            We love being Denver’s premier organic hair salon. Using organic products and services beautifies our clients will protecting our stylists health as well. Health and Beauty can, now be, synonymous! Woohoo! Green living used to be hard to do, and it still is, but it’s getting easier. We offer top of the line organic products and services at our salon and our prices are competitive with any of the top salons in the city, who are still using all sorts of harmful chemicals on their clients’ skin and hair.

            Look Good. Feel Good. Be Good. This is our motto at My Hair Trip Salon Denver. We take care of our stylists, our partners, our craftsmen, our artists, our bankers, our neighbors, and each other. We can do any cut, any color, any time. We take pride in our work and we treat everyone who comes into our salon, as they should be treated, like gold.

            Looking for a new stylist? Need a haircut? Interested in organic beauty? Have you checked out the new art district on Santa Fe?

            Stop by Denver’s best salon, My Hair Trip Salon Denver, for First Friday Art Walk, or feel free to drop in anytime you like. We can’t wait to meet you.

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