Evergreen couple Kristen Moeller and David Cottrell and their two dogs were already living in a 1,200-square-foot tight space when their home burned to the ground, a casualty of the Lower North Fork Fire.
Everything was gone save the dogs and some wedding pictures Moeller snagged before evacuating. As they rebuilt their lives after such a tremendous loss, they opted to rebuild their dwelling - this time a 500-square-foot tiny home, less than half the size of their former house.
Either by choice or by circumstance, there's a growing number of homeowners joining the tiny house movement, as featured in the series "Tiny Home Nation", on A&E's sibling network FYI. TV hosts John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin travel across America to document miniature houses and their full-size inhabitants.
The episode about the Evergreen couple, "Rocky Mountain Mansion," airs at 8 p.m. MDT on Aug. 13 on FYI.
According to the "Tiny House Nation" website, www.fyi.tv/shows/tiny-house-nation, "Renovation experts and hosts, Weisbarth and Giffin, travel across America to show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them, as well as help new families design and construct their own mini-dream home in a space no larger than 500 square feet. From a micro-apartment in New York City to a caboose car turned home in Montana to a micro-sized mobile home for road tripping - this is a series that celebrates the exploding movement of tiny homes. From pricey to budget friendly, 'Tiny House Nation' is not a typical design show, but one that proves size doesn't always matter - it's creativity that counts."
Lowest prices for tiny homes hover around $20,000, depending on the construction and labor cost, while customized homes with upgrades can run upwards of $50,000.
Twelve's number is up
Twelve, the Ballpark neighborhood restaurant that much-lauded chef-owner Jeff Osaka opened in November 2008, will serve its last supper on Aug. 23 in the 2233 Larimer location.
Osaka said he plans to reopen in a new space that allows more seating than the tiny eatery now accommodates.
"I opened Twelve on the same day that Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, and I'm closing Twelve on my 50th birthday, so I guess you could say that I'm a man who marks milestones," said Osaka, whose own mark on the Denver dining scene has resulted in a swell of accolades, including a 2014 James Beard semifinalist nomination for Best Chef Southwest.
Osaka, who opened Twelve when the Ballpark area was still in its infancy, rose to culinary prominence with his seasonally intensive, peak-produce menus that changed on the first day of each month, an endeavor that resulted in 70 menus and more than 1,000 different dishes.
For reservations through Aug. 23, call 303-293-0287 or go to www.opentable.com.
After Twelve closes, the space will become Butcher's Bistro, a retail butcher shop and restaurant helmed by Scott Bauer, the regional manager of Snooze, and Tyson Holzheimer, the regional chef at Snooze. Butcher's Bistro plans to open in October, serving lunch, happy hour and dinner from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Yacht Club sets sail
Yacht Club, a community bar inspired by the casual drinking and social cultures from around the world, will open Aug. 20 in the center area at the Source, 3350 Brighton Blvd., in the space formerly occupied by the CapRock Farm Bar.
Owned by Mary Wright, the Yacht Club aims to be a gathering place for locals, visitors and industry professionals.
A full service bar, the Yacht Club will build on the idea of social drinking. "We want the space to have something for everyone and also showcase how diverse the world of booze can be," Wright said. "In the islands, you have Ti Punch, in Spain (there are) sherry or gin and tonics, as well as favorites here like juleps, cobblers, or a shot and a beer. At the Yacht Club we will showcase some of these ideas, as well as some of our own."
'Taste' makes return
Take a bite (or 12) out of Douglas County at the 12th annual Taste of Douglas County, where local restaurateurs will show off fine fare from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Douglas County Events Center.
"Twelve years ago I realized that Douglas County had a fine selection of restaurants and decided to put on an event that would highlight many of those places to area residents," said Mike Boyle, host of the Restaurant Show on Newstalk KNUS 710 AM radio and Comcast Channel 8. "This will give people an inexpensive evening out while enjoying wonderful cuisine from many area restaurants and food service establishments."
Restaurants and other dining establishments will offer selections from appetizers to main courses to desserts. Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 at the door. Kids four years old and under are free. The admission ticket includes food from each of these various establishments and free parking.
Restaurants participating include Old Stone Church, Pegasus on the Square, Outback Steakhouse, Old Chicago, Rockyard American Grill & Brewery, Crave Real Burgers, Fowl Line Sports Grill, Stumpy's Pizza, and many more. There will be beverages from Lost Coffee, Sugarland Sodas, Keva Juice smoothies and more.
Additional information is available at www.tasteofdouglascounty.com or by calling Boyle at 303-903-0017.
Eavesdropping on a man and his mother: "Mom, why don't we go to the optometrist so you can get bifocals?"
"If I have bifocals, I'll look old."
"You're almost 88. You're wearing two pairs of glasses now and you have one pair resting on your forehead while you use the other one. That kinda makes you look old."
Penny Parker's "Mile High Life" column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at www.blacktie-colorado.com/pennyparker. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 303-619-5209.