Good times in store for wedded pair

Column by Penny Parker


Lovebirds Randy Richmond and Theresa Blanding started feathering their nest in Boulder landmark McGuckin Hardware 12 years ago.

The couple spent so much time in the Boulder store that they joked if they ever married, the nuptials would be cemented in the tools department.

On July 21, accompanied by a small band of well-dressed family members and close friends, Richmond and Blanding walked hand-in-hand down aisle 16 — the tools department — to hammer out their future together.

The betrothed, being snapped by Blanding's son, Lucian, strode in sync along the waxed floor lined with circular saws.

“McGuckin's has been here forever and it's so useful and practical,” Richmond said. “Marriage should be practical as well as romantic.”

Aaron Tye, a McGuckin automotive employee, made the celebratory announcement over the intercom system. Customers greeted the news with cheers and applause.

Not surprisingly, the couple requested McGuckin gift cards for wedding presents. The couple is planning a honeymoon in Paris.

“People need consistency in their lives,” Richmond said. “All roads lead to McGuckin.”

Taste of Douglas County back

The CenturyLink Taste of Douglas County returns from 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock.

The event again will offer food samplings from the area's best restaurants, including the Old Stone Church, Outback Steakhouse, John Holly's Asian Bistro, LoDo's Bar & Grill, Pegasus on the Square, Black Eyed Pea, Siena Italian Bistro and others. More than 50 food service establishments are participating.

There will be cooking demonstrations, beer samples from Rockyard American Grill & Brewery and new 2014 model Chevrolets from the Medved dealership in Castle Rock, plus 2014 motorcycles from Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson.

Tickets — $20 at the door and only $10 in advance— are available at or through several county outlets (check the website for more details). For more information, call Mike Boyle at 303-903-0017.

The Douglas County Events Center is located just east of I-25 at Exit 181.

Carnation Festival returns

The Carnation Festival, a tradition since 1969 in Wheat Ridge, returns to celebrate the birth of this west Denver suburb on Aug. 16-17. The festival will be held at Anderson Park at West 44th Avenue and Field Street. For more information on the festival and parking, visit

The Carnation Festival again will feature Zoppé Italian Family Circus and will include plenty of entertainment and activities, including fireworks, a spaghetti dinner, chili cook-off, food vendors, a beer garden and a large midway carnival.

The circus performances will run from Aug. 16-25. Visit for more information.

Mod squad

Modmarket, a Colorado company serving healthy and simple farm-fresh foods, has a new location at the Kent Place Center, 3475 S. University Blvd. in Englewood. People in south Denver and the adjacent suburbs of Englewood and Cherry Hills Village will love it the restaurant company's fifth location.

The company is a rapidly growing fast-casual concept that is redefining the $10 dining experience with many low-priced items on the menu.

Since opening its doors in Boulder in 2009, the company has attracted a loyal following from people seeking farm-fresh, fine-dining quality food at reasonable prices. The selection of salads, pizzas, plates and sandwiches changes with the seasons to take advantage of regional and local ingredients.

Founders Anthony Pigliacampo and Rob McColgan are married to Modmarket. The routine is similar to Smashburger where you order at a counter then have your food delivered to your table.

For more information, go to

Welcome to Actasana

Actasana is the latest addition to the entertainment scene in Denver. But what is Actasana?

Actasana's mission is “to unleash our imaginations and set the artist within us free through acting, yoga, comedy and theatre.”

Actasana, located at 1491 S. Holly St. in Denver, will integrate its acting program with yoga into each class. The space includes a 27-seat black-box theater and will have productions on the Namastage, stand-up comedy nights, workshops, featured artists series and a new filmmakers' night.

For more information, visit or call 720-638-2612.


Eavesdropping on a woman at Zocalo (a Capitol Hill Mexican restaurant): “We invest so much time in finding a new man only to end up hating him later.”

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 You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.


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