Taste Of Douglas County

Thursday, August 23rd
5:00pm – 8:00pm

Wouldn’t it be great if you could go to one restaurant that had all your favorites in one place? This month, one of the hottest tickets in town grants you that very wish. The 16th Annual Taste of Douglas County brings everything from fun, casual dining to elegant extravagance together for an evening of gastronomic delights.

Enjoy the premier food sampling event in the county, with offerings from Viewhouse, John Holly’s Asian Bistro, Trestles Coastal Cuisine, Kneaders Bakery & Café, Crave Real Burgers, Pegasus Restaurant, the Airplane Restaurant – Colorado Springs, Old Chicago Tap Room, The Donut House, Larkspur Pizzeria & Cafe and more. Taste of Douglas County will feature mouth watering samplings from over 40 establishments, many of which will be offering menus, coupons and other incentives to encourage you to visit their establishments for your next night out to enjoy another scrumptious meal.

In addition to the numerous restaurants scheduled to be a part of the Taste of Douglas County, Briccy’s Ice Cream and Colorado Kernels Popcorn will be on hand to sweeten up the evening. Beverages will be provided by Pepsi, Castle Rock Beer Company and Enchanted Grounds Coffee. There’s a little something for you ale lovers too, Castle Rock Brewing Company will be hosting a beer seminar and tasting event.
As if the promise of sampling so many different types of cuisine wasn’t a big enough draw, you will also get to experience the frenzy and fun of the chefs’ cooking competition. Adam Friesem will be back to defend his 2017 title and, this year, cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the competition. Finally, don’t miss the Rocky Mountain Harley Davidson Motorcycles on display and the cherry on top of this sundae, the 2008 Lamborghini Murciélago, which will be visiting from Overdrive Raceway in Monument. In addition to bringing out their Lamborghini, which is valued at $400,000, Overdrive Raceway will also be offering samples from their sports grill at the event.

Hosted by Mike Boyle, host of Mike Boyle Restaurant Shows, Taste of Douglas County, the “best food festival in Colorado,” is an unforgettable night out that food lovers won’t want to miss. For tickets, go to www.tasteofdouglascounty.com or call Mike Boyle at 303-903-0017.

Taste of Douglas County
Thursday, August 23rd
Douglas County Events Center
Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door, Children 3 and under are free!

Castle Rock’s Brew Fest Under the Stars

What better way to spend a summer Saturday than gathering with friends, enjoying the gorgeous weather, all while listening to fantastic live music and sampling amazing brews? Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 25th and head to the Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park for Castle Rock’s Brew Fest Under the Stars!

Over twenty Colorado breweries will be on hand for the event, including Rockyard Brewing, 105 West Brewing Company, Lost Highway Brewing Co., Breckenridge Brewery and many more! In addition to the sampling, you can take home your own “Castle Rock Brew Fest” tasting glass to commemorate the day! Adding to the fun will be the Deviation Decision. Brew Fest attendees get to vote for their favorite Deviation Brew and the winning brewery will get to proudly display the trophy until next year’s event. Last year, 105 West Brewing Company took home the prize and they are most definitely hoping to make it 3 years running! It’s all up to you!

While you are exploring the flavors of all these amazing local breweries, tickle your taste buds with offerings of delectable hors d’oeuvres created for the event by local chefs.

The energy of the event is sure to stay dialed up with Under a Blood Red Sky – U2 Tribute band, Your Own Medicine’s Rock/Indie/Punk vibe and the Raggae/Ska sounds from P-Nuckle.
What’s not to love? It’s an evening with great brews and great music to be enjoyed while mingling around a beautiful pond, waterfalls and, later in the evening, the warmth of the fire pit under the stars at the Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park.

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Can’d Aid Foundation. With your ticket purchase, you will be helping them raise money to purchase as many instruments as possible for local schools. For more information on the Can’d Aid Foundation’s “People Powered Do-Goodery,” including building over 1,000 bikes for deserving kids, planting over 5,000 trees, providing over 1,000,000 cans of drinking water to communities post-disaster and much more, go to candaid.org.

An unforgettable night out at one of Castle Rock’s most amazing outdoor venues, with dozens of local breweries and incredible Denver area bands – all for an undeniably great cause. Castle Rock Brew Fest is undoubtedly one of the best ways to close out the summer and definitely not to be missed!

2nd Annual Castle Rock Brew Fest
Saturday, August 25th
4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park
1381 W Plum Creek Pkwy
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Parking available onsite at the event and throughout the park complex
For more information, go to www.rendezvousattherock.net

Local Business Spotlight: Center Pointe Family Medical Group

Center Pointe Medical Group
1 Oakwood Park Place, Castle Rock

Open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
After hours and telehealth visits available on evenings and weekends

Center Pointe provides comprehensive services for all their patients, through all ages and stages of life. They’re proud to be a part of the local medical community, and it’s their goal to give their patients the absolute best possible care. They tailor their services to meet the needs of each patient. Center Pointe Family Medical Group offers a multitude of services including but not limited to:
Annual Physicals/Wellness Exams
Well Woman Exams
Well Child Checks & Sports Physicals
DOT Physicals
Flu Shots/Immunizations & Lab Services
EKG Testing
Spirometry Testing
Acute Care – Same Day Appointments
Minor Surgical Procedures
Referrals to an outside facility or provider for issues that need specialized care

Center Pointe has been serving patients in Colorado Springs (where they have two locations) since 1990. They decided to open this branch in Castle Rock because they love the small town atmosphere. Center Pointe definitely makes it a point to tailor their services to meet the health and care needs of their patients. They believe that working as a team with their patients is key to building strong relationships. Open communication between health care provider and patients is paramount and vital to helping all patients make informed decisions about their care. Making a decision about your Primary Care Provider is an important one, and Center Pointe loves having the ability to provide that important, one on one personalized care.
“We value being able to establish a rapport with patients of all ages and engaging in a partnership of education, discussion, and empowerment toward healthy lifestyle measures through the ages. We believe that it is important to meet the needs of each and every patient, and to provide a one-on-one relationship that encompasses our philosophy of treating patients like family.”

Center Point Family Medicine is committed to achieving better health care, one patient at a time.

Local Business Spotlight: Crib Tales Photography

Crib Tales Photography
Amy Stephens
4656 Cedar Glen Place
Castle Rock
By Appointment Only

Amy Stephens started working as a photographer as more of a hobby about ten years ago. Pretty quickly, she realized her passion and set up shop in 2010, and Crib Tales Photography was born! Crib Tales Photography is a specialty portrait studio based in Castle Rock Colorado. Amy specializes in baby, maternity, and family portraiture, capturing the unique relationship of each family she has the honor of photographing. Newborn portraiture is a delicate craft as most of her newborn babies come to the studio within the first 2 weeks of life. She has been specially trained in newborn baby posing and safety, ensuring that her client’s most precious gift (their baby!) is not only beautifully captured, but done so in a safe and welcoming environment.

Working out of her home, it was a no-brainer to base her business here in Castle Rock. Castle Rock has been Amy’s family’s home for the last 13 years, and she and her husband love raising their 2 sons here. “We adore this town and it’s incredible support of small businesses. It’s a special community to be a part of!”

Every photographer has their own style and way of doing business, and Amy has been so fortunate that her own portrait style has resonated with her clients over the years. While she does offer both studio and outdoor portrait sessions, Amy is known for her styled indoor studio sessions, particularly for tiny newborn and toddler sessions.
“I love creating unique backdrops and sets for each of my families. I have a huge selection of props and accessories, which enables each baby to have a very personalized portrait session. I welcome a collaboration with my families to incorporate personal elements into their session as well – it may be something like baby holding grandma’s rosary, or baby posed on a family quilt, or using my mini vintage airplane to honor dad’s job as a pilot. The options are endless and always so much fun to explore with my families. All that being said, I have a personal mantra I adhere to of community over competition. I’m friends with so many local photographers, it’s hard to think of them as competition.” Amy even runs a business group exclusively for Castle Rock women photographers. “I don’t think of them as my competition, we just work to build each other up and offer support. It’s a wonderful community.”

Previously, Amy was in software marketing, but craved something more creative and personal. Shortly after leaving her first career to raise her children, her husband gifted her with “a really nice camera.” The only problem was, she had no idea what to do with it. It was daunting.
“I loved the idea of taking pictures but didn’t know how to use the thing! But I quickly became hooked. I took thousands of pictures, most of them horrible. I watched online tutorials, took classes and workshops, partnered and mentored with other photographers, and learned as I went.” Her business bloomed during those hobby years and over time became what it is today.
“I feel extremely lucky to make a living not only doing something I love so much, but also to be able to create beautiful memories for other families. I have the best job in the world!
My clients come to me at a very intimate time in their lives – just days after the birth of their baby. It’s such a gift to be able to capture those early moments.”
Amy’s clients return to after each baby, and often for milestone and family portraits as well. Sometimes, she sees clients 3-4 times a year.
“I love so very much that my business offers me the chance to work full time at a career I love, but to also get to be very present in my boys’ lives. I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”

Her best advice to clients? Be in the picture. This is especially true for new moms who may want to opt out of being in the picture with their new baby. It’s understandable – they’ve just had a baby and are definitely not feeling ready for a close up. But Amy asks that her clients trust the process, the posing, the lighting, and her. “It is my job to capture that moment in the most flattering way. You will never regret having a picture of you with your new baby. You will regret not having
that picture.”

Castle Rock Wine Fest

The Greek tragedian Euripides once remarked, “Where there is no wine, there is no love.” There will be plenty to love at the 15th Annual Castle Rock WineFest, presented by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce. This amazing outdoor wine tasting event offers more than two dozen wineries and over 180 varietals of the finest Colorado wines. Wine aficionados are drawn to this event to be sure, but not just for the vino. Castle Rock WineFest also offers live music, distinctive artisan vendors, Food Trucks, a Bier Garten where patrons can purchase cold, draft beer local to Castle Rock and unique events like the Grape Stomp! In addition to the incredible food and wine, the line up for Main stage entertainment at the WineFest begins with Flat Out Jazz (TBC) from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., followed by Heart & Soul playing from 6:00pm – 8:00 p.m.

The third weekend of the month, Butterfield Crossing Park in the Meadows will host this not-to-be-missed extravaganza. Get your tickets early and plan to stay all day, rain or shine. Castle Rock WineFest and the Castle Rock Chamber do not offer refunds or rain checks. Be sure to dress for the unpredictable Colorado weather, and wearing comfortable shoes is highly recommended. Please be sure to note that the Castle Rock WineFest is an event intended for ADULTS ONLY. No children or pets are allowed. There are also no strollers, glass, or outside coolers permitted.
To get your tickets to the Castle Rock WineFest, go to www.castlerock.org/castle-rock-winefest; be sure to purchase tickets early, as they will increase from $35 to $45 on July 18th. Designated Driver tickets can be purchased for $17. Get there early, not only to get a jump on the fun, but to claim your free wine bottle tote – the first 2000 attendees will be able to snag this free WineFest swag. There is no self parking at Butterfield Park, however there is valet parking available at the festival site for just $10 on the west side of the park near the basketball courts. Space is limited in this lot but there is also a free shuttle service provided from the Outlets at Castle Rock. Drive to the Northwest section of the Outlets, near the Nike Outlet. The Shuttle will travel from the Outlets and will make one stop at Butterfield Park and then continuously run from Butterfield Park back to the Outlets Parking lot. ** BE SURE TO BRING A PHOTO ID** This free shuttle service will run from 1:30pm -8:30pm.

The Chamber’s Annual WineFest is a festival where wine lovers will have an opportunity to participate in a Grand Tasting of Colorado wines at one convenient location. Come Sip & Savor some of the finest wines Colorado has to offer, and dance the night away at the 15th Annual Castle Rock WineFest, the best Colorado wine festival on the Front Range!

The 15th Annual Castle Rock WineFest
July 21st 2:00pm-8:00pm
Butterfield Crossing Park
3952 Butterfield Crossing Drive
Castle Rock, CO 80109

Please enjoy responsibly. A ticket for a bottle of water will be provided in your wine bag. Water will be at the Chamber booth. Additional bottles may be purchased at the event. Lyft and Uber drivers from the area have been notified of the event, to shorten your wait time, please contact them prior to the event. Feel free to contact them for a safe/sober ride home.

Douglas County Fair and Rodeo

Dust off your boots, shine your spurs, grab your hat and get ready for one of the most exciting weekends of the year. It’s time for the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo, which is celebrating their 100th anniversary and 100 years of fun this year. Go for the Carnival, stay for the Rodeo and don’t miss anything in between.

Paradise Amusements is offering up another weekend full of the classic fair carnival experience. You can purchase tickets for the Carnival through August 1st; after August 1st, tickets will be available at the Ticket Office during Carnival hours. The Carnival will be open Thursday, August, 2nd from 2pm-10pm, Friday, August 3rd from 2pm-1130pm, Saturday, August 4th from 10am-11:30pm, and Sunday, August 5th, from 10am-4:30pm.

In addition to the fun and games at the Carnival, there are tons of things for the whole family to enjoy that weekend. Check out Discovery Ranch and see what it’s like to be a farmer for the day! Visit the “Feed a Pig” Learning Station, see farm animals up close and personal and more in this interactive, hands-on agricultural area. All these hands-on activities highlight the importance of agriculture.

Want to see what gives the Rodeo it’s get-up-and-go? Check out Beyond the Dirt. This family friendly event gives you a glimpse behind the scenes at the Fair and Rodeo. Meet the animals and rodeo clowns, learn to rope, check out the bucking shoot gate and find out more about the youth organizations that play such an integral role in the Fair and Rodeo. Take part in Beyond the Dirt on Saturday, August 4th, from 12:30-2pm at the Outdoor Arena Warm Up Area.

Feeling a little competitive? Check out the Cricket Races on Friday! Register for this free event at 1pm, get ready to race at 1:30. DO NOT bring your own crickets, they will be provided for you. This event is for kids ages 4-14. Kids of ALL ages can take part in the Pie Eating Contests on Saturday at noon and Sunday at 10am. Entry fees are just $2/person, and the whole family can get in on the fun (and the pie) as there are three ages groups, 12 and under, 13-17 and 18 and up. Another hilarious event both to watch and compete in is the Blindman Tractor Drive.
On Satruday, August 4th, watch (or sign up to be a team) where blindfolded drivers have partners to help them navigate the course; husband wife teams are divided into two categories, those that have been married less than 10 years and those who have been married more than 10 years! Miscellaneous categories are made for Mother/Son, Father/Daughter or Friend teams.

If that’s not enough, there’s still the Goat Costume Contest, Quickdraw Milkout Contest, Vintage Marketplace at the Events Center, Creative arts and open classes, Stick Horse Rodeo, 4-H and FFA Exhibits of livestock, general projects and the Jr. Livestock Sale, Sunday’s Church Service and free Pancake Breakfast and much, much more!

Of course, the weekend isn’t complete until you see the big show, the Rodeo! There’s three 3 PRCA (Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association) Rodeos throughout the weekend. Friday at 7pm is the Patriot Rodeo, honoring veterans and the men and women currently serving in the military. Active and retired military (with ID) will receive 1 free rodeo admission. Wear your red, white and blue to show your support! Saturday at 7pm will be a special performance celebrating the ProRodeo Hall of Fame class of 2018. Several of the inductees will be there to be a part of the evening. Sunday at 1pm is Cowboys for Cops; supporting local law enforcement from the Colorado State Patrol, Douglas County Sheriffs Department, Castle Rock and Parker Police Departments and contributing to their funds for fallen officers. Wear your blue and show your support for these officers and everything they do every day for our communities. Rodeos events include bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, tie down roping, women’s barrel racing, team roping and bull riding. There’s also the Xtreme Bulls event Thursday, August 2nd at 7pm. Xtreme Bulls is often considered the rodeo’s most dangerous event, showcasing the PRCA’s top bull riders and some of the “rankest” bulls on tour. It’s real down and dirty, in-your-face competition. Definitely not for the faint of heart!

Little cowboys and cowgirls can try their hand at riding in the Mutton Bustin’ event. Riders must be ages 5-7 and weigh 55 pounds or less. It’s just $10 per rider, and entries register 1 hour before each scheduled ride. The first 60 kids to register are allowed to ride and the top 10 scores of each Mutton Bustin’ event will have the opportunity to ride in the ticketed performance later the same day. Long sleeved shirts and pants and boots or tennis shoes (no sandals) are required. Safety vests and helmets are provided and must be worn.

With all there is to see and do, it’s impossible not to lasso some fun at the 100th Anniversary of the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo!

To purchase tickets online, go to www.douglascountyfairandrodeo.com/tickets, buy tickets early at the box office or buy at the gate. Grounds Admission and ticketed event tickets go on sale at the Fair Box Office starting August 1st.

“It’s guts and love and glory one mortal’s chance at fame. His legacy is rodeo and cowboy is his name.” –Baxter Black

Bombers For Bones

Caleb’s story could be any child’s story. As a toddler, Caleb had countless ear infections and appeared to have very stiff muscles. As he grew, his limited neck mobility became more noticeable and he didn’t have full range of motion. He had trouble hearing at school and complained of random pains which his parents attributed to growing pains. Full body x-rays showed fusion of multiple vertebrae and extra bones throughout his body. As the pain and bones increased, so did his parents’ concern. They spent years researching his symptoms and went to countless doctor visits, which finally led to a terrifying discovery. After almost a decade of symptoms, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania finally diagnosed Caleb with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP).

FOP causes soft tissues, ligaments, and muscles to turn into bone, eventually stealing mobility from the patient as their body is imprisoned in bone. FOP is an ultra-rare disease affecting 1 in 2 million people. There are only about 800 people living with it in the world today and currently, there is no treatment or cure for FOP. In an effort to fund continuing and much needed research, the entire community is invited to the 2nd Annual Bombers for Bones Home Run Derby and Skills Competition event on Saturday, July 21st, at Metzler’s Ranch Park. (4175 Trail Boss Drive in Castle Rock) Teams and individuals of all ages are welcome to join in on the fun and help raise funds for a cure! Participants will attempt to hit home runs off a live pitcher to compete for trophies and titles within their age groups. In addition, participants are invited to test their baseball skills – pitch speed and accuracy, and time around the bases. For a $20 donation, you will be entered into the Home Run Derby and Skills Challenge, for a $30 donation, you’ll be entered into both events and receive a commemorative t-shirt!

Funds raised at the Bombers for Bones event will go directly to the International Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva Association – IFOPA. These funds will go towards research grants working on treatment of FOP and support of IFOPA patients and their families. A clinical trial currently underway and in phase 2 is showing promising results in possibly reducing new bone growth when a flare up occurs while patients are on the trial medication! Fundraising efforts are focused on moving the research along so maybe, someday, those with FOP will not experience continued progression of this terrible disease. The IFOPA is a nonprofit organization that supports research for FOP treatments and a cure, provides support to patients and families living with FOP, and hope to Caleb and his family.

Today, Caleb is an energetic, caring 12-year-old boy, and although he does have many extra bones throughout his body, he still has his mobility. He does experience frequent flare-ups, causing him pain and stiffness in multiple parts of his body most days. His family is hopeful that the limitations caused by this disease will remain mild for Caleb until a cure or treatment can be found. For now, he is able to continue to play the sports he loves, with some limitations, with his whole heart and for that his family is truly thankful.

“As with everything, he has faced this challenge tough as nails, with a unique outlook, no fear and a happy heart. He is truly a special soul and we feel blessed to have been chosen to raise him.”
Come out and spend some time at the ballpark, taking part in one of Caleb’s favorite pastimes, for an incredibly meaningful purpose. Enjoy baseball themed food, bid on silent auction items, purchase raffle tickets for amazing prizes, and so much more! To register &/or donate, go to bombersforbones.com.

Schedule: 10:00 AM – Registration Opens 10:30 AM – Opening Ceremony 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Home Run Derby & Skills Competition Come anytime throughout the day, participants will be directed at check in to the correct field for your age group. 6:00 PM – Awards

Castle Rock Summer Concert Series

Beautiful, starry summer nights, fantastic live concerts – what could be better than an amazing show at an equally amazing venue? Not much! This summer’s Summer Concert Series at the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park is one outstanding night out after another each week. Bring out a blanket or a lawn chair, or get your tickets for box seating which includes tables, chairs and beverage service (beverage service does cost extra.) Soft sided coolers and food are permitted, however outside alcoholic beverages are not. Beer and cocktails as well as non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the concert. Get out your calendars, call your friends and plan on some serious fun nights out this summer!

Saturday, July 14th, it’s Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary of hitting the music scene (if you can believe that!) Their unique sound that blends classic American jazz, swing and Dixieland combined with their boundless energy and enthusiastic performances makes for a swingin’ good time!

Friday, July 20th, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Michael McDonald takes the stage. One of music’s most distinctive voices, Michael McDonald has graced the music charts time and time again as a solo artist as well as a part of Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and the Dukes of September. With classic hits like “Sweet Freedom” and “What a Fool Believes” from his earlier successes, great covers from his Grammy nominated “Motown” and its follow up “Motown Two,” to his more recently released, “Wide Open,” his music stands the test of time and the standards of excellence.

Sunday, July 29th, it’s the HUGE lineup for the Castle Rock Summer Jam Concert! Come out to see Johnny Richards, Solar, John Saunders band and Big Head Todd and the Monsters! The fun gets started early, at 2:00pm, and keeps going into the evening.

Saturday, August 8th, David Pack’s Legends Live brings four superstars to one stage to sing their biggest hits, all in one night! Collectively, these Grammy-winning singers have sold a collective 500 million albums filled with hits from the 70’s and 80’s that make up the soundtrack to our lives. The evening will come to an ovation worthy end with an encore performance featuring all five legends on stage together! Headliners for this performance are Gary Wright, John Elfante (Former lead singer of KANSAS), Jim Peterik (Founder/singer IDES OF MARCH and formerly with Survivor) and David Pack (former lead singer of AMBROSIA.) Hits including “Dream Weaver”, “Dust in the Wind”, “Eye of the Tiger” and “Biggest Part of Me” will all be performed by these legends. Also gracing the stage will be jazz piano icon David Benoit, who will be performing in honor of the Centennial Celebration of world-renowned composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Benoit will be performing master works from Bernstein as well as his own hits. This once in a lifetime lineup is not to be missed!

For more information on shows, tickets and FAQs, go to www.crgov.com/2618/Summer-Concert-Series

6 Grill Tips That Will Help You Become a Grill Master

It’s time to kick up your grill game and our six easy tips can help you do just that. So what are you waiting for, get the grill fired up, invite over some friends and cook up some grub!

Chimney Starter
Skip the toxic charcoal lighter fluid and go with a chimney starter. They are super easy to use and won’t have any of that offensive odor. Simply crumple up some old paper, stuff it in the bottom of the chimney, fill it with charcoal and light the paper. That’s it. After about 15 minutes or so the coals will be ready to rock. Spread them in an even layer in the bottom of your grill.

Get Handsy
Not sure if your grill is hot enough? No worries, that’s why you have a hand. Carefully hold your open palm about 5-6 inches above the grill rack. If you can’t stand the heat for more than 2 seconds then your temp is considered high. 5 seconds of heat and you are in the medium range. If you can keep your hand over for 10 seconds then you are experiencing low heat. Most of all be smart, don’t burn yourself because you can’t cook if you can’t use your hand.

Let’s Keep It Clean
Once your grill is nice and hot, clean it. Use a long handled wired brush made for grills to clean off gunk and debris from your previous meal. When the grill is hot it is easier to clean, so get to it.

Oil It Up
Keeping your grill clean and “seasoned” is imperative. Once it is clean and hot make sure you oil it up before placing your food. Simply take a folded up paper towel and soak it in vegetable oil. Grab it with tongs and rub it back and forth over your grill rack. This will help keep your food from sticking to the rack.

Embrace the Basket
Vegetables and small food can be a real bummer. Don’t get frustrated with them…instead use a grill basket. These miracle workers will save you lots of time and frustration. Just give them a once over with vegetable oil or non-stick spray before each use to keep the sticking to a minimum.

Take It Easy and Give It a Rest
Once your meat is done, give it some time to rest. Place your culinary creation on a platter and tent it with foil for 5 to 10 minutes. This will allow the meat time to distribute all those yummy juices evenly.

Local Business Spotlight: Kokoro Salon

Kokoro Salon
Owned by Sachiko and Rick Reece
703 Wilcox Street Suite F
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Tues/Wed 9am-5pm
Thurs 12pm-8pm
Fri 10am-6pm
Sat 9am-4pm
Class Every Thursday from 9am-12pm

Kokoro Salon JUST OPENED their doors on May 15th!

Growing up, Sachiko Reece was always interested in doing hair, make-up and nails; she started cutting and styling her Barbie’s hair and the passion continued to blossom. As soon as she was able to enroll into a school to continue her professional education, she did. Being a military spouse, she was able to take her business with her everywhere she’s lived. After building a strong clientele base here in Castle Rock, she knew this was where she wanted to open the doors to her own business, and her love for the area made her that much more certain it was the absolute best place for her business to call home. Now, right in front of “The Rock” on Wilcox, Kokoro Salon is open for business!

Kokoro Salon is a full service salon offering hair cutting, coloring, smoothing, updos, blowouts, and more. They also offer facial waxing services and makeup. What makes Kokoro unique is they are a learning salon, and the techniques taught there are brought in from all over the world. Kokoro welcomes any of their employees to teach and share their expertise as well, so they are always learning from each other, and constantly taking classes outside of the salon to continually further their education. Every Thursday morning they have classes for their Associates. All of Kokoro’s Associates are licensed cosmetologists who are learning everything they need to know to be successful stylists, and are able to ask step-by-step questions in class without making a client feel uncomfortable. Customers can take advantage of these weekly, three hours sessions, as services for classes are discounted; the stylists are new and learning, constantly perfecting their craft. Anyone interested in these services can call the salon and set up an appointment to be one of the models for their classes. While you’re there, be sure to pick up some of their Anti-Static Spray. In this dry climate, it’s a must have product!

By taking elements she loved from salons she has worked for in the past (and eliminating what did not work at those salons), Sachiko is able to implement exactly what she feels an amazing, full service salon should offer its clients and Associates. Never being satisfied with “good enough,” she is always taking suggestions to on how to keep improving.

Come see what years of passion and dedication can build. Next time you are downtown, pop into Kokoro Salon!