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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Welcome to The Scout Guide Denver’s Valentine’s Gift Guide.  With a treasure full of local finds for loved ones, we’ve rounded up the ultimate gift guide including creative ideas and a bounty of gifts for everyone on your Valentine’s Day Gift List.  Enjoy your shopping and who knows? You may just fall in love with one of our local finds!

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1. Styled and photographed by Kristen Hatgi, this mystical enchantress reveals “the aesthetic conventions of decadence and beauty” – a vibrant photograph with its own halo of charm. Visit Kristen’s latest exhibit, “A Tented Sky”, opening Feb 26th Gildar Gallery, as part of the Month of Photography.

2. As The Paper Lady says, “Everything is better on paper.”  Express your sentiments with Snow & Graham’s Heart Valentine Card , just one of the many cards available from The Paper Lady.

3. Not your everyday dessert, Warm Chocolate Cake may look like any other chocolate cake until you take a bite and “warm chocolate sauces oozes out of the center”. This decadent recipe comes to us from the local author of A Well Seasoned Kitchen Lee Clayton Roper and can be found on Leigh’s site.     You can also get the cookbook A Well Seasoned Kitchen filled with more treasured recipes from Leigh at Djuna.

4. Give the gift of a glowing complexion this Valentine’s Day.  One Love Organic’s Master the Art of Double Cleansing Gift Set is ideal for any skin type, and includes a Discover Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser, limited edition 1 oz. amber glass jar of Skin Savior Balm and The Cleansing Sponge in Rose Clay.//Available at Vert Beauty 

5. An intoxicating combination of gold and diamonds captured in a bangle, The Woods Fine Jewelry once again creates a truly stunning keepsake any lady would love!

6.  Julia Knight’s The Lily Bowl 8″ Stargazer adds grace and charm to any décor and its beauty is certain to capture one’s heart. Created with a combination of sand cast aluminum and “enamels re-mixed with crushed Mother of Pearl giving each piece depth and beauty”.//Available at HW Home

7. Handsome and reserved, this French cast brass desk accessories c. 19th century is an antique lover’s dream.  This regal collection includes letter caddy, desk blotter and ink blotter with handle.//Available at Black Tulip Antiques

8. Why not add a touch of Valentine’s Day colors to your morning espresso?   Red and white Espresso Cups from ASA Selection are a bright and cheery way to start your Valentine’s Day.  If you enjoy your espresso in the evening, these delightful cups are perfectly sized for espresso in bed.//Available aReverie Living

Happy Valentine’s Day and let them know Scout sent you!

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February Loves

One of the many wonderful things about living in Denver is you can find an eclectic mix of local art, music, fashion and entertainment any time of the year.  And although February is the shortest month, we find no shortage of local reasons to love February.  Please join The Scout Guide Denver as we present The Seven Things We Love About February…

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1. Effortless and chic. Helmut Lang’s 100% cashmere Asymmetrical Poncho is a fashionista’s essential.  Slip on a chilly night or top off with jeans for an effortlessly, chic look .//Available at A line Boutique

2. Suburban Cowboy.  The fascinating Tracey Stuckey describes his work as using “the cowboy and the cowgirl and other stereotypical Western themes coupled with pop culture…”.  Don’t miss the opening of Tracey Stuckey’s Suburban Cowboy Exhibit on February 6th at Visions West Gallery.

3. Fresh scents. Library of Flowers enchanting products are inspired by garden fragrances.  Hand Creme, Bath Milk, Candles, Perfumed Soap – this is one library where you will want to close your eyes and drift away.//Available at The Perfect Petal 

4. Demure with a hint of of punk, these earrings are right on point with any look.//Arrow Earrings by Thai available at Melrose and Madison

5. Sweet Treats!  February is a great excuse to nibble on Colorado-made JJ’s Sweets Java Cocomels.  Vegan, gluten-free delights combine locally roasted espresso beans with delicious Cocomels.//Available at Sugarlicious

6. Snuggle up.  Envelope yourself in this extremely soft Tibetan Throw.  With plush fiber of over 4 inches in length, cuddle-up with this swoon-worthy sheath for a luxurious rest.//Available at HW Home

7. Elegant entertaining for a traditional or modern setting.  Match’s Pewter Beaded Oval Basin from Hutch & Fig makes a perfect wine cooler or a unique vase for a vibrant floral arrangement.

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A Visit to Hotel Teatro

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Rarely will you find a “boutique” hotel on the grand scale of the Hotel Teatro.  Originally built as the Denver Tramway Building in 1911, the recently renovated, modern Hotel Teatro is located at 1100 14th Street and proudly boasts the position as Denver’s only premier boutique hotel located in a vintage setting in the heart of Denver’s arts, culture and business center.  At more than 100 years old, the building is a treasure in an age of teardown urban renewal.

Hotel Teatro_Dog Friendly Lobby_D'Arcy Leck

Hotel Teatro’s lobby is welcoming and warm and it is likely you may make a new friend or two of the canine persuasion!  Named “The best hotel in Colorado” in the book, Canine Colorado, the dog-friendly Hotel Teatro goes above and beyond for your special friends offering services and amenities tailored to your pet.

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Hotel Teatro’s renovation is the creation of the Telluride-based design firm STUDIO FRANK, and reflects Colorado’s rich, rustic nature. In The Study, lead designer Catherine Frank and her team accentuated existing facets of architecture to create a welcoming area where you can enjoy breakfast amidst ornate bookcases full of antique artifacts.  Repurposed custom lighting and iron chandeliers designed by Studio Frank hang from the grand, vaulted ceiling.  She also kept it local, as much of the metalwork used in The Study comes from artisans in the Telluride community.  The result: an all-day lounge with a refined and relaxed atmosphere designed for locals to enjoy as much as hotel guests.

Hotel Teatro Barista Bar

The zinc Barista Bar features coffee from local roaster Method Roasters as well as assorted pastries and cold-pressed juices.  With nary a detail left untouched, be certain to admire the historic collection of photos exhibiting 250-year-old bottles found in a North American river excavation.


Elevating the Hotel Teatro experience and famous in its own right, The Nickel Restaurant emanates a contemporary feel with a historic, local twist. A menu inspired by “Rocky Mountain Comfort Food”, The Nickel emphasizes seasonal selections with ingredients locally sourced from “farms, markets and ranches”. Leading the kitchen is culinary expert and Executive Chef, Chris Thompson. Before bringing his culinary expertise to The Hotel Teatro, Thompson served as Executive Chef at the renowned San Francisco restaurant, the award-winning A16.  Prior to A16, Thompson spent three years at the Michelin starred restaurant, Spruce.



“It is important to us that we give back to Denver’s growing culinary scene,” explains Chef Thompson. As he told Zagats, “We want to represent American cuisine through a Colorado lens.”  Thompson is also responsible for conceiving each culinary detail throughout the hotel – from catering and in-room menus, to the “extensive beverage program that includes a bar of house barrel-aged spirits and an experiential coffee and wine lounge”.

Nickel Revised

The décor of The Nickel mirrors the menu with textiles sourced from the Rocky Mountain region.  Custom-made furnishings and industrial materials embody a simplistic, masculine feel.

Nickel logo

Like so much at Hotel Teatro, the name “Nickel” also is a nod to the past.  In the original Denver Tramway Building, nickels were collected from patrons riding streetcars into the theater district.  The nickels were stored in the Vault, which today serves as a private dining space.

Barrel Bar Group

The Nickel’s motto is, “It’s much more fun to eat at a bar than drink in a restaurant”  – enter The Barrel Bar.  With 24 taps on hand, 14 are “dedicated to Colorado’s craft beers with the remaining taps devoted to wines from Infinite Monkey Theorem and the bar’s classic cocktails”.


Hotel Teatro houses 110 “distinctly modern yet cozy” guest rooms.  Each guest room is detailed with Cherry wood finishing and includes a 15″ lush mattress, flat-screen televisions and in-room Keurigs for coffee lovers.  Select from 11 different guest room layouts, each one designed to meet your needs.

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Hotel Teatro’s bathrooms deliver unparalleled luxury.  Featuring Indonesian sandstone floors, rain forest showerheads, soaking tubs, plush terry robes and luxury bath products, travel expert Peter Greenberg commended the hotel’s bathrooms as “some of the best to enjoy in pre-ski season”.

Hotel Teatro_The Wine Cellar Meeting Room_D'Arcy Leck

Hotel Teatro’s Meeting Rooms may just be hailed one of Denver’s best kept secrets.  The Wine Cellar meeting room holds groups up to 40, and its welcoming and intimate space is “perfect for raising a glass”.

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Hotel Teatro proudly holds a myriad of accolades including being recognized as one of the “Top 10 Hotels in the World” by Expedia, and Travel + Leisure Magazine ranking the hotel as one of the “World’s Best – Top 50 City Hotels of the US.”  In addition, Zagat Survey awarded Hotel Teatro the highest rated Denver Hotel.

Visit the iconic Hotel Teatro and tell them Scout sent you!

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Preparing Your Closet for Spring

Every January, resort and spring clothing start popping up in our favorite local boutiques.  But before you start rebuilding your spring wardrobe, take time to edit your closet for a fresh start in the New Year. Vital Image

The Scout Guide Denver welcomes Lauren Vitalie of Vital Image, a respected image and wardrobe consultant with more than 15 years experience counseling groups and individuals on professional appearance and behavior.  Her advice when it comes to building your spring wardrobe?   “When it comes to finding new looks for the New Year, think less about spending and more about closet creativity.”

Join us as Lauren’s shares her styling rules on preparing your closet for spring:

RULE #1: shop your closet

You probably already have quality, key items or “closet staples” in your wardrobe that are strong foundation pieces; you may simply need to “fill the voids” with a few additional pieces to make complete outfits.

RULE #2: build upon the classics

“Building upon key statement pieces can be an easy way to update your style without breaking the bank.”  Key, classic pieces Lauren suggests you have in your closet:




Rev Trench

Some may consider this the classic of all classics, the Trench Coat is perfect for all occasions and seasons.



Nesting: Redecorating with Nadia Watts

Although Denverites do love the cold outdoors, January is the perfect time for nesting. While thinking about the welcoming warmth of your abode, the bedroom often stands out as a favorite room. And what goes better with nesting than a little redecorating?

Nadia Bedroom

The Scout Guide Denver reached out to Nadia Watts, local interior designer extraordinaire, for tips on redecorating your bedroom or perhaps giving it a bit of a “facelift”.  Nadia’s specialty in attention to detail and communicating the personalities of her clients clearly shows in the bedroom above with its sublime color palette and sense of warmth.  Please join us as Nadia shares her design expertise and décor suggestions on giving your bedroom a breath of fresh air.

HW Home

Pillow play!  A bright, bohemian printed pillow adds a playful twist to a soft palette. While a distressed and hand-planed traditional designed side table provides a vintage feel.//Vintage Patina Narrow Bedside Table and 18″ BOHO Ikat Square available at HW Home


Nadia Lamps

Sleek and polished lighting. These ceramic lamps bring in a touch of sophistication and are ideal for reading or until you are ready for light’s out!//Lydia Lamps available at Lulu & Georgia

Nadia Cosy Throws

Add a hint of the exotic. A warm fur throw brings a sense of “wild beauty” and coziness to the room.//Exotic Fur Throw available at Restoration Hardware

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Mountain Pond Telluride II, both bright and airy, brings fresh note of nature to your room.//The Mountain Pond Telluride II by K.L. McKenna available at Vision’s West Gallery

For more on Nadia Watts and her unique approach in providing you with a “home that reflects how you live, who you are, and what you love”, visit her website

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Scouted: Pepper Blossom Cocktail


A little bit of sugar, some spice and a dash of “creative energy and balance” and you have one of Root Down’s Signature drinks, the Pepper Blossom.  Created by Mike Henderson of Denver, this can’t-put-down cocktail starts your new year off with a bang!


1¼ ounces vodka

1¼ ounces St-Germain

¾ ounce lemon juice

½ ounce grapefruit juice

½ ounce jalapeño-infused simple syrup*

2 basil leaves

Shaken & served in a cocktail glass with a basil leaf.

(the above serves 1)


Combine all ingredients except basil in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.

Strain liquid into a lowball glass and garnish with basil leaves.

*To make jalapeño-infused simple syrup, add 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water and a fresh jalapeño (cut in half with seeds removed) to a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Let syrup cool and remove pepper before using. Will keep in the refrigerator up to four weeks.

Enjoy and Happy New Year!


Photo credit: Tina Caputo