Holiday expenses overwhelm everyone except the very wealthy, a gap that is wider than ever this year. Our friends at Border Kindness are working hard to provide food throughout the winter and holiday toys to ONE THOUSAND asylum-seeking and vulnerable children and teens and their families. This Giving Tuesday and beyond, can you support them and their efforts to care for those most in need with a donation?
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Food and goods from Stanley Marketplace delivered to your door!

[ Thursday, December 3, 2020 | 0 comments ]

In the face of the most daunting holiday season in history when small retailers are dependent on shoppers being in-store, Stanley Marketplace has developed a small business solution: A delivery service for retailers that will deliver gifts and other items purchased from any of the 50+ Stanley Marketplace independent retailers to your door. launched last week and offers unique gifts, apparel, accessories, home decor, specialty foods, wine & spirits, and more through a single website. Rather than encouraging shoppers to come to them, Stanley Marketplace will bring the goods to the people. Packages arrive via contactless deliveries made in a Stanley Delivers electric mini-truck (so cute!), created in partnership with local company Gallery Carts. Live outside the 10-mile delivery range? No problem, Stanley Delivers will ship anywhere in the U.S. directly from their website.

Think of it as the most pro-Denver, anti-Amazon thing you can do - a way to buy local without leaving home. Shop for baby gifts from Little Wolf Boutique, cozy lounge pants from Sterre, must-have Danish slippers from Goose & the Goat, a box of fresh-baked empanadas from Maria Empanada, that perfect half-zip sweater for a day of cross-country skiing from Aktiv, and specialty meats and cheeses from Mondo Market for a holiday celebration (or every day). Local, supporting local, supporting local: it’s a win-win-win!

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Give the Gift of Food to the Most Vulnerable this Holiday Season

[ Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | 0 comments ]

Holiday expenses overwhelm everyone except the very wealthy, a gap that is wider than ever this year. Our friends at Border Kindness are working hard to provide food throughout the winter and holiday toys to ONE THOUSAND asylum-seeking and vulnerable children and teens and their families.

Border Kindness has launched a GoFundMe campaign to provide food for these families, and there's also a toy list to help them make certain that all children receive a holiday gift this year.

This Giving Tuesday and beyond, can you support them and their efforts to care for those most in need with a donation? Learn more at, and thank you for your generosity! 

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Order your Thanksgiving meal and support a local restaurant!

[ Monday, November 16, 2020 | 0 comments ]
Pumpkin Pie by A Spice of Life

Looking for a safe and delicious place to order your Thanksgiving meal? Look no further - Central Park Parents has you covered! Check out the amazing-sounding options from several local restaurants below, get your order in soon, stay safe, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Steuben’s Arvada

Chef Jeff Stoneking, formerly of Cholon and Rosenberg's, will be appearing as Guest Chef at Steuben's Arvada. Chef Stoneking has prepared a delicious 7-course Thanksgiving meal for $175, which serves 4 - 6 people. For each meal served, Steuben’s will donate a Thanksgiving Meal to Arvada Community Table. Stoneking’s meal includes Thanksgiving Turkey, Sourdough & Cornbread Dressing, Grandma’s Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Green Bean Casserole, Buttermilk Whipped Potatoes, Cranberry Relish, Pumpkin Spiced Cobbler, and the option to add red or white Vesta wines.

Order by:  November 18

Pick up:  Steuben’s Arvada, 7355 Ralston Rd., Arvada, on November 25 between 3pm and 6pm

Order online at

Ace Eat Serve

Leave the cooking to the Ace Eat Serve team and pre-order a Peking Duck for the Thanksgiving holiday. Why not change things up for 2020 and enjoy duck instead of traditional turkey this year? The Peking Duck platter is $49 and serves 3-4 guests - includes a whole duck, mu shu crepes, pickled peppers, scallions, cucumber, apricot, chili sauce, and hoisin. 

Order by:  November 19

Pick up:  Ace Eat Serve, 501 E. 17th Ave, Denver


Chef Bill Espiricueta at Smok is well-known for his regionally-inspired barbecue and for the first time this year, his team is offering a Smoked Turkey Dinner to-go that features Smok favorites for a holiday celebration at home. Dinner serves 4-5 people and includes a 5-pound smoked turkey breast, two quarts of southern-inspired potato salad that’s spicy with deviled eggs, bacon, and mustard; two quarts of Smok’s pit beans with brisket and pork and cheddar jalapeno cornbread with honey butter. The turkey comes smoked and ready for simple reheating at home; don’t forget to pick up one of Chef Bill’s famous full-size holiday pecan pies: they’re gorgeous with flaky golden pastry crusts and a touch of savory – Bill’s signature – on each, with an elegant dollop of crème fraîche to finish. 

Order by:  November 23

Pick up:  Smok, 3330 Brighton Blvd., Denver

Please call 720-452-2487 to reserve your dinner


Brand new in the Source and occupying Acorn’s previous space, Bellota is offering Chef Manny’s Mexican mole chicken for Thanksgiving – and any time. Always available as an entrée on the regular menu, the Pollo en Mole Negro will also be offered as a special for those looking to change things up a bit for the holiday. Think a whole chicken, Chef Manny’s 27-ingredient family-recipe Mole Negro, tortillas, and sides of rice and beans to serve 4. This feast is $49, and don’t forget to pick up a large format jar of margaritas “todos los vaqueros” for $40. 

Pick up:  Belotta, 3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver

Call 720-542-3721 to learn more and to place your order.


A Spice of Life

A Spice of Life offers a Classic Thanksgiving Dinner for families and groups, including roasted turkey breast with rosemary gravy, buttermilk mashed potatoes, garlicky haricot verts, maple whipped sweet potatoes with maple pecan streusel, and Dan’s Famous Stuffing Muffin. Also included are golden dinner rolls with whipped butter and classic cranberry sauce; all this for $175 - it serves 4-6 guests. Remember to add on a housemade pumpkin or apple pie for an extra $20. 

Pick up: 5541 Central Ave, #272, Boulder (delivery also available) on Wednesday, 11/25

Call them at 303-443-4049 for more information and to order

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Camp Christmas returns - pandemic style!

[ Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 0 comments ]

A pesky thing like a pandemic can't stop Christmas!

This year, the popular Camp Christmas immersive experience can be accessed from the comfort of your own home! Starting at $10, customers (otherwise known as “campers”) can access online content and receive up to five delivered packages that come with a wide variety of Christmas-themed activities. 

The digital experience of Camp Christmas will take place starting November 12 on a web-based app where campers can explore an expansive fictional land, featuring fantastical places such as Sweetsville, Fairy Forest, and Treehouse Village. Each location will feature multimedia content about the stories, history, and traditions surrounding the season as well as in-home activities to complete. Campers can earn badges and track their progress as they complete activities in the app. Daily broadcasts counting down to Christmas will take place in the app starting in December.

The starter package, called “Base Camp,” includes access to the web app, special events, and a few materials mailed to homes to get participants started. Campers can also purchase more robust packages starting at $30, which unlock additional areas of the virtual map with more activities and bonus content, as well as materials to complete the activities.

Camp Christmas, presented by Hanzon Studios in association with DCPA Off-Center, made its debut in 2019 as an in-person experience in the 10,000 ft2 Hangar at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora. Nearly 70,000 people visited Camp Christmas, which featured two bars, visits with Santa, and 13 highly Instagrammable Christmas-themed areas.

“Christmas and the joy that comes with it is needed now more than ever,” said creator Lonnie Hanzon. “Following the success of the in-person Camp Christmas last year, I am excited to offer some of that same magic in a way that is totally safe and, hopefully, allows us all to escape from reality for a little while.”

Packages go on sale to the public November 1 and the experience begins November 12. For pre-sale access, including the best prices, sign up today for the Camp Newsletter at

What:  Camp Christmas

Where:  100% online

When:  November 12, 2020 - January 5, 2021 (tickets go on sale November 1)

Cost:  $10 - $30, depending on package

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Lonnie Hanzon is a Colorado-based artist, best known in Denver for designing the Evolution of the Ball sculpture at Coors Field, The Wizard’s Chest, and the Clocktower Cabaret, as well as early Parade of Lights floats. Other major Colorado installations can be seen at Palazzo Verdi, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Marjorie Park, Red Rocks Community College, Denver Pride celebrations and throughout the Kenneth King Performing Arts Center. His national and international work includes large outdoor urban entertainment projects including Houston Zoo Lights, immersive visual merchandising displays and fine art for Neiman Marcus, and large-scale displays and events at Hong Kong’s Pacific Place. 


Off-Center produces unexpected theatrical experiences that put the audience at the center of the story. What began in 2010 as a small theatrical test kitchen has grown into a signature line of programming for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, credited with bringing immersive theatre to Colorado and helping establish Denver as a national hub for immersive art.

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Need a change of scenery for work/school?

[ Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 0 comments ]

To support families looking for a change of scenery while working or studying remotely this fall, YMCA of the Rockies and Snow Mountain Ranch offer a variety of cabin options ranging in size from 2-, 3-, or 4- bedroom vacation homes, as well as expansive 6-8-bedroom group cabins for extended families, groups or a learning pod.

Both properties offer peaceful mountain getaways where social distancing comes easily and inspiring spots abound for learning and working remotely. Cabins feature stunning views, complimentary Wi-Fi, family-friendly floor plans, and large well-stocked kitchens.

  • Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park is an ideal autumn destination with pet-friendly private cabins and hotel-style lodge rooms. On-site activities include mountain biking, hiking, crafts shop, mini-golf, horseback riding, roller skating, and fishing. *New this season: Family Adventure Packs - a new experience for families to explore the outdoors at their own self-guided pace.
  • YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park offers wide-open spaces on over 800 acres bordering Rocky Mountain National Park. Bring your laptop to work or study from a wraparound porch and then take a break to enjoy the turning aspen leaves, huge herds of elk roaming the property, and fun fall activities such as horseback riding, hiking, miniature golf, and more. *New this season: Outdoor Education Curriculum - free easy-to-follow science and ecology kits with lessons on local wildlife, outdoor living skills, geocaching, and more - and special fall events such as Fall Photography Fridays, Spy Weeks, and the Halloween Spooktacular on October 31 featuring a haunted house and safe trick-or-treating throughout the property.

Lodging reservations are available online. Please call 800.777.9622 to learn more about 6-8 bedroom group cabins.

All scheduled activities are operated in a safe and healthy manner in alignment with public health ordinances from county and state officials.

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