Fall 2017

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Five renovatons that are guaranteed to make your house more livable—or sellable—right now.

By christine lejeune


Colorado’s first family of running keeps it real on and off the race course.

By julie dugdale


From artisanal popsicles to famous cats, honkytonk bars to haute couture, we’ve rounded up NoCo’s weird and wonderful secrets—and we’re sharing.

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Riveting reads / Noosa’s latest / why it’s hard to buy a home here / more
By Cara McDonald, Laura pritchett, carrie visintainer, josie sexton


Local highschoolers tackle geometry while building community.
By stacey mckenna


This happy place for the crafty is a family dream come true.
by lisa blake


Women’s Wilderness is bringing people to the outdoors in a meaninful way.
By carrie visintainer


Animals are headed to a yoga class near you.
By andra coberly


With nearly 40 million cars on the road affected by a recall, could one of them be yours?
By jeff rundles


Fall’s hot new hue, plus what every beer-lover’s garden needs now.
By dana r. butler and cara mcdonald


A luscious lobster sandwich / home grown kombucha / vegan eats / more.
By shawna jackson van and Lisa Blake


Ben Mozer, FoCo’s patron saint of indie movies.
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Letter from the editor

When our first baby, Alek, was born, we received a kick-ass hand-me-down: An old-school, first-generation red jogging stroller. The kind with big, bicycle-y wheels, a sling seat and zero bells and whistles, except for the leash you could velcro to your wrist so the thing didn’t roll away from you on a hill.

Lord, the miles we put on that stroller. I pushed it up and down our street, took it to wait for passing trains. I dragged it to every playground, kicked it around outdoor concerts, humped it over rocks and logs on local trails. The fading red seat absorbed wet diapers and sweaty naps from sticky toddlers, the mesh pouch bulged with binkies and water bottles and extra hats and tiny, elastic-band sunglasses.

It moved with us to our new house, faded a little more in the sun, got a new set of tires and kept on. When our second, Kieran, was born, he rode in it until he was nearly four, then co-opted it for his own hellish purposes, namely taking turns with his brother pushing each other down our hilly driveway and howling with pleasure when it crashed.

That unstoppable red stroller was one of the most loved and useful gifts I’ve had as a mother, and it came from runners/skiers/rowers/uber athletes

Kieran rocks the red stroller
Shawn and Stephanie Scholl, two of the fastest people in the state. It embodied their no-B.S. modus operandi in parenting, and in life: take what you’ve got. Get out there. Make it work. And have fun.

On hot days when I’d be huffing up a (paved) hill, I’d think of Stephanie beating a track through the open stretches of land around their Kremmling-area ranch, pushing the red stroller through the sage and dirt—no big deal, no extra credit, just bringing the kids along for the ride and getting it done.

The stroller itself has since been passed on to another friend, and its legacy lives on. Its original occupant, the Scholls’ daughter, Tabor, is now on a running scholarship at the University of Colorado. Their son, Tyler, is finishing high school with championships in his sights.

We share their family’s story in this issue not only because it’s a such a Colorado story—one that’s woven with the threads of our landscape and a passion for the outdoors—but also because it’s such a refreshing antidote to the parenting culture we find ourselves in now. NoCo parenting for many comes with a lot of baggage and must-dos. Our kids are enriched and schooled and scheduled and, if we’re honest, pushed. But without cell phones or the internet, without fancy schools and private coaches and methodical training programs, the Scholls have raised resourceful, scrappy, funny and intensely self-motivated kids who are absolutely killing it. And beyond their measurable successes is the greatest one of all: they run for the sheer joy of it.

We hope you enjoy knowing them as much as we have.

Cara McDonald, Editor / Fort Collins Magazine /[email protected]

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Riveting Read

Infidelity, trauma, sibling relationships, marriage—these are the topics that Fort Collins Reads is hoping the community will tackle with the pick of Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth as this year’s community read and author visit. The novel follows the path of destruction created by a single kiss, one that leads to an affair, a marriage and a strange commonwealth of overlooked children in the resulting blended family.

Patchett, a bestselling author acclaimed for her works like Bel Canto and Truth and Beauty, has been on the committee’s wish list for some time—and finally the stars aligned. Patchett will be in town to discuss her novel at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 5, at The Hilton in Fort Collins. Tickets go on sale after Labor Day at locally owned bookstores and at public libraries. Pick up a copy of the book today at one of our favorites, Old Firehouse Books. —Laura Pritchett

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NoCo Innovators

Making Waves

Bad diapers turned these local parents into award-winning entrepreneurs.

If you’ve ever taken a baby swimming, you know what a bummer swim diapers are—baggy, puffy, and part of the ever-growing disposable diaper problem. Loveland residents Paul and Rachelle Baron, parents of a water loving six-month-old, decided to pioneer a solution. They designed a reusable (and cute) swim diaper, founded Beau & Belle Littles, and began to sell their products online in 2015. Customers dove in.

The company recently won the OnDeck Seal of Approval contest, bringing a cash prize of $10,000 and coaching from Shark Tank judge Barbara Corcoran—resources they’re using to expand their line. As their company grows, the Barons are committed to preserving their values, which hinge on personalized customer service, protecting the environment and donating a portion of their profits to Compassion International, a nonprofit that helps children get out of poverty. “We want our company to be good for the world,” Paul Baron says. beauandbellelittles.com —Carrie Visintainer

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How We Live

School Daze

When the kids head back to class, there’s space for moms to refocus and reboot.
A wellness coach shares how.

Although many are still reminiscing about the lazy days of summer, plenty of parents are secretly high-fiving each other that fall is here. Why? Because now there’s time and space for their own goals, like career growth, community connection, advocacy, fitness. “Feeling, doing, seeing beyond motherhood is important to women today,” says NoCo wellness and health coach Jennifer Watson. Here’s how she helps clients make the most of the fall window of opportunity.

Say “See Ya” to To-Do Lists and Social Media
“Our brain is constantly being overstimulated with our multiple errands and vibrating phones. Cutting your lists in half and taking a break from Facebook frees mental space and sharpens the mind for all your grand plans.”

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Home Stretch

Feeling the housing squeeze? That’s because Fort Collins ranks number eight in the top 10 rising U.S. housing markets, according to a new study by personal finance advisor SmartAsset. Denver, the only other Colorado city represented on the list, came in at number two. (Otherwise Texas dominated the top 10). To compare markets, SmartAsset looked at 2011 to 2015 Census Bureau data from 308 cities with populations of more than 100,000. Here is a look at Fort Collins housing by the numbers:

number ranking fastest rising
market in the country

percent population increase

percent housing unit growth

U.S. cities with faster home value growth

percent rise in median home value
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{ News & Notes }


What A Peach!

We love it when Noosa Yoghurt busts out their just-for-us special Colorado flavors, and this year’s Palisade Peach is one that’s almost too good to keep to ourselves. Expect the usual creamy Noosa sweetness with a spot-on swirl of fruit that’s not jammy or cloying, just pure Palisade goodness. At local grocery stores, but not beyond the state line. Sorry, Wyoming. —C.M.

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Daring Debut

Danya Kukafka, a 24-year-old Fort Collins native, began writing her first novel, Girl in Snow (Simon & Schuster, 2017), at age 19 while in college in New York City. The addictive thriller finds a sleepy Colorado suburb torn apart when a local teenage golden girl is found dead on a playground carousel. As the town struggles to resolve the mystery, outsider characters are drawn into the light, revealing secret obsessions, resentments and cruelty. Kukafka’s teens are complicated and despairing, disillusioned oddballs who are deeply flawed, but her deft and suspenseful storytelling makes the pages fly. —C.M.

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New In Town

Gimme Shelter

After 40 years in its current location, the Larimer Humane Society is closing its doors—but just for a few days, to pack and move to the new $2.1 million facility recently completed in Loveland. Goodbye cramped quarters and crowded pens, and hello, state-of-the-art facility with more room to house animals and offer medical services and behavioral rehabilitation (for the critters) and community classes (for the humans).

This increase in physical space means more room for pets who need just a little love and kindness before they’re ready to be adopted, and will incorporate natural light and more calming environments so stressed out pets can relax and let their true colors shine. The center will also house licensing, lost and found, and animal protection and control services.

The new location will be open just after Labor Day, on Tuesday, September 5, with a grand opening in November. larimerhumane.org —C.M.

Fort Collins Magazine / Fall 2017

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Kids and Community

Meaningful Math

Local high schoolers tackle geometry while building community.

By Stacey McKenna

It’s the last week of the 2016-17 school year at Poudre High School, and students in Geometry in Construction flood the parking lot outside their classroom. They line up in front of the pale yellow house they had worked on since September, posing for a picture with its owner-to-be Kirsten Bolten and her daughter. Bolten smiles with gratitude and affection. The PHS teens built this house and, now that it’s complete, it’s their gift to her.

This is the fourth home the Geometry in Construction class has built and donated. The class was originally inspired by a course teacher Steve Sayers co-taught in Loveland, but when Sayers brought the class to PHS four years ago, he made a fundamental change to the curriculum. Instead of building houses to sell for profit as students do in similar programs, he wanted to build houses for people in need. He soon found a partner in Habitat for Humanity, the nonprofit that helps people purchase homes through no-interest mortgages and sweat equity.

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Magpies Market

This happy place for the crafty is a family dream come true.

By Lisa Blake

In the bird world, the magpie is expressive and graceful. Chinese cultures say her happy chatter symbolizes the arrival of friends and family.

At Amy Goodhart Koepsell’s Fort Collins shop, the name is a reminder to express these attributes outwardly. Magpies Market brings makers, locally crafted products and repurposed projects together under one huge roof.

The Pinterest explosion “market or make it” concept was born from that hushed side-mouthed “I could make that” comment shoppers utter to each other upon entering a pricey boutique. Goodhart Koepsell has been flipping that whisper into a proclamation since opening her dream space in April 2016.


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Women’s Wilderness

With a heart for underserved populations, Emily Isaacs and her team bring people together to experience the outdoors in a meaningful way.
by Carrie Visintainer

The trail looks like it might go on forever. At least that’s how it appears to some of the nine- and 10-year-old girls as they walk in a single file line along a path through Boulder’s Chautauqua Park, their shoes crunching gravel. It’s only midmorning, but already the summer sun feels intense. One girl, whose green headband holds back a shock of dark hair, taps the shoulder of the bandana-clad girl in front of her. “What are we doing after this, again?” she asks, swinging her water bottle.

Just then the leader, a twenty-something wearing khaki shorts and a baseball cap, turns and squats low, pointing into the brush. “Hey, shhh, look!” she says with excitement. The girls shuffle over, craning their necks, hands on each other’s shoulders, a few arms around waists. And then someone whispers, “Deer!”

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What’s Hot Now

Zen or Zoo

Animals are headed to a yoga class near you.

By Andra Coberly

It is a lovely day out on the farm.

A fetching Dexter cow stares with mild curiosity. Chickens cluck. The bluebird skies lend the quaint Weld County homestead an even more picture-perfect charm.

Kaitlin Mueller walks between yoga mats and Lycra-clad young people who are attempting tree pose while holding goats. She is calm and focused, somehow keeping this spectacle in control and on track.
“And release the goats,” Mueller tells the class. People unfold themselves and put the animals down as gently as possible.

A little goat has just pooped right next to my mat. I can’t be sure which one. It doesn’t matter. There are certain things you have to expect when you put on yoga clothes, drive out to a farm, step into an outdoor corral and submit yourself to the wonders of “goat yoga.”

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Industry News

Recall Roll Call

With nearly 40 million cars on the road affected by a manufacturer recall, could one of them be yours?

By Jeff Rundles

With the average age of the 250 million cars and trucks on the road in the United States hovering around 11 years, it’s not surprising that some might need a little work. What is surprising is the level of issues: government sources estimate that one out of every six cars on the road today has an unrepaired problem subject to a mandatory recall. Recall Masters, a private firm that specializes in automotive recalls, estimates that as many as 555,000 of those recalled cars are still on metro Denver roads, still unrepaired.

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RARELY HAS A COLOR made an impact quite as impressive as the hue (or, more precisely, collection of hues—more on this later) known as millennial pink. It has inspired commentary and think pieces far beyond shelter magazines and design blogs. With all this attention, one would think it would be easy to define, yet this sophisticated and subtle shade is most frequently described by what it is not: girly, hot, or the color of bubblegum. It is muted and cool with a retro vibe and touches of peach or pale taupe that may look dusty or ashen. That’s a lot of adjectives, which is why the name millennial pink is often bestowed on any shade that defies easy categorization—less a color than an idea. And yet, color it is; after all, you can’t paint your walls or furnish a room with an idea. So how do you use it? Juxtapose it with white to make it pop or black to see it fade into a restrained neutral. The key is to cultivate the personality you desire by how much space you give it and by the items and contrasting tints with which it is surrounded. —Dana R. Butler

Fort Collins Magazine / Fall 2017

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Here’s how to incorporate millennial pink into your everyday decor.


Sherwin-Williams’ Unfussy Beige lives up to its name—a soft neutral with a pinkish hue. sherwin-williams.com

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Beer lovers, put this on your fall garden to-do list.


F or those of us who take our beer and are gardening equally to heart, its time to make room for a few more plants. Growing your own hops is a self-sufficiency point of pride for the DIY/brewing set—there have been shortages in past years, what with droughts and demand—but you can add to that the fact that good organic hops can go for up to $25 a pound. A single hops plant produces a couple pounds of hops per season, so a handful of plants can keep a home brewer happy. But you’ll need to plan well. Fall planting should happen between September and early October in a sunny, south-facing location with well-drained soil, but not scorching sun. Over their 25-year-plus lifespan, plants will climb up to 30 feet and require a trellis system for support; backyard gardeners often run strings from their rooftops down the sides of their homes for a low-investment trellis option. Want to get started? Windsor Gardens sells High Hops’ own rooted out plants (not hop rhizomes, which are also commonly planted) for $14.98 for 4 1/2 inch pots, and they’re generous with the expert advice. thewindsorgardener.com

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Home Improvement

Five renovations that are guaranteed to make your house more liveable—or sellable—right now.

By Christine Lejeune

Blame it on too much HGTV, maybe, but who among us hasn’t dreamed of a gutting the kitchen and starting from scratch? Or turning a blah basement into a tricked-out guest suite? Or transforming a basic back patio into an outdoor living room? (Hey, if the Property Brothers can do it . . .)

As it happens, says Bob Peterson, owner of the design-build firm ABD, there’s been resurgence of renovation projects in Fort Collins in recent years. “New is very expensive around here,” he says. “That’s not because land is scarce, but because the water that allows land development is scarce,” he says. “So that’s driven a strong resurgence in the let’s-stay-where-we’re-at-and-put-some-money-into-this-place market.”

So what, one might wonder, are the best projects to put some money into? Which are the must-have renos of the moment, the ones that help us max out a home’s liveablity and also offer a decent return on investment? We talked to seasoned NoCo pros to get their take on the best-bet additions for homeowners right now. Time to update your wishlist.

Colorado’s first family of running keeps it real on and off the race course.

By Julie Dugdale

Stephenie and Shawn Scholl are hanging out at the big communal wooden round table in the front of Kremmling’s Big Shooter Coffee. The couple opened the funky Western-inspired coffee and ice cream shop on U.S. 40 almost 20 years ago to fill a void in this sleepy part of Grand County. Talk to anybody who’s passed through town and they’ll tell you that Big Shooter is the place to stop for high-country road-trippers and locals alike in need of a latte or pre-adventure breakfast burrito. Shawn, 52, lounges back in his seat, exchanging goofy one-liners with a stream of customers that come through the door. Stephenie, 54, perches on her chair with an intense but friendly gaze—befitting of her no-nonsense, git-’er-done attitude—and tosses an occasional wave at the regulars who pop in for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Neither is concerned about the influx of people lining up for their caffeine or smoothie fix; that’s because their teenaged kids, who hover around the table during lulls, are handling it. When a gaggle of chatty customers filters in, 15-year-old Tyler pops up, unprodded, and scoots behind the counter. Tabor, 19, keeps her eye on her brother. “I’ll take the next rush,” she tells her parents. It’s nearing closing time on summer vacation, and the siblings have been working all day—with their parents, no less—yet, impressively, there’s no griping and nary a Snapchat or text message to be found on anyone’s home screen. Heck, there’s not even an iPhone in sight. Could they possibly be real teenagers?

I’ve called Fort Collins home for more than 30 years, and as a writer with keen powers of observation and an eye for the quirky, I’ve got a pretty solid stash of great finds and NoCo intel. In fact, if there was a Fort Collins version of Jeopardy! I always thought I’d nail it. Then talked with my good friend Cynthia, who happens to be the President and CEO of Visit Fort Collins. I shared the hidden gems I was rounding up and asked for her input. I thought she might have one, maybe two new items for me to add.

As we talked, she affirmed my list of local secrets, but managed to add some surprises. I knew about the Avenir Museum, right? And the new popsicle shop. And the watchmaker. And the black-footed ferret conservation center…

The way things keep growing around here, there’s always room for cool new discoveries. Read on for some of NoCo’s best “who knew?” finds.

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THE PERFECT change-of-season meal for a late-September evening is the open-faced Lobster sammy at Jax Fish House—not too heavy, not too light. Sweet, sustainably sourced Maine lobster is super-satisfying atop tangy, buttered sourdough. There’s just enough tenderness and fat to contrast with the crunch and saltiness of pickled celery, cornichons, and thinly shaved radish. A preserved-lemon aioli adds sunniness and pucker, and house fries on the side are perfect for soaking up any extra sauce. Add a cup of New England-style clam chowder if you like, and wash it all down with a great local brew—Jax has several on tap. Bonus: Mondays mean happy hour prices all night. 123 North College Ave., 970-682-2275, jaxfishhouse.com —SHAWNA JACKSON VAN.

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{ Food & Drink }


Where to find NoCo’s best feel-good, taste-good meatless meals.


In his book VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…For Good, Mark Bittman explains the benefits to embracing a vegan diet.

The New York Times food columnist realized he was onto something after losing 35 pounds in four months and appeasing his doctors with lowered blood sugar and cholesterol. Bittman’s premise is easy to stick to (and easier on the planet’s food supply and global warming). The best part—it’s super restaurant-addict-friendly.

Whether you are vegan for a day or a veggie-head for life, here’s where to head for earthy, feel-good freshness in the Fort.

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{ Food & Drink }



Dissecting the kombucha craze with Turtle Mountain Tea.


You’re standing in front of a wall of kombucha at Food Co-op, head cocked, an overwhelming selection staring back. That clueless, slightly lost feeling creeps in.

Eyes dart, scanning labels; you just want a little internal reboot. Can any of these deliver? What should you even be looking for?

You shuffle away, kombucha-less.
Buying the trendy fermented beverage doesn’t have to be that intimidating, says Natalie diSanto, founder of Fort Collins’ Turtle Mountain Tea, LLC. Basically, you’re looking for a label touting live kombucha culture, no added sugars in the final product, and an herbal mixture that seems exciting, she says.

Kristy Lewis, the founder of natural food maker Quinn Snacks, doesn’t blame the parents of the past. They did their best, she says.

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Three pre-game cocktails in honor of CSU’s new football digs.


GAME DAYS WILL LOOK drastically different for Colorado State University football fans this season. A new location. A shiny, new stadium with a shiny, new field. A new view. New tailgate rituals to accompany tried-and-true traditions.

And all that change will hopefully extend to the cocktails you pour into your red Solo cups and responsibly enjoy pre-game. In honor of CSU’s $220 million, 41,000-person capacity stadium, we asked three local pros to offer up cocktail recipes to help you tailgate with some new and delicious flavors this season.

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The heart of FoCo’s indie cinema scene makes a daring new move.


Lyric Cinema Café co-owner Ben Mozer has been working hard on his new digs—a $3.5 million, 10,000-square-foot building at 1209 North College. The theater re-opens this September with three movie screens, a 50-plus seat bar and a full kitchen, which means that the Lyric’s not just for movies any more.

Tell us about the design.
The building design is supposed to echo a space ship crash landing. Our décor leans towards a space junk theme. The big theater’s seats are reclaimed church pews that kind of look like Star Trek seats.

And now there’s food, right?
Yes. It will be limited at first. Five [types of] sandwiches, a couple salads and a bunch of fried stuff because I LOVE fried stuff…like homemade donuts.

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