Authors Posts by Kirsten Akens

Kirsten Akens

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DIY Design Tips for Backyard Entertaining

Just northeast of downtown Colorado Springs sits a modest Tudor home with a backyard entertainment wonderland, complete with a hot tub, fire pit, fountain and, no joke, a full-sized,...

Mega Decks Star Garth Hystad: From Brokenness to Beauty

Garth Hystad is passionate about the outdoors—and crafting true outdoor living spaces. His Colorado Springs deck and landscaping firm Mosaic Outdoor Living and Colorado Custom Decks has been going...

Explore With Ollie: The Q&A

Born and raised as a Dallas city boy, Stephen Martin joined the Army in 2005. After seven years of service, he decided to make the move from his final...

Women of Rock

When it comes to rock climbing, it’s not surprising that Coloradans would be leaders on the scene. What might be unexpected is that in the typically male-dominated industry, Springs...

Ladyfingers Letterpress: To the Letter

Arley-Rose Torsone and Morgan Calderini have been busy birthing big projects this year. The first, which opened in June, is their relocated-from-Rhode Island business Ladyfingers Letterpress, featuring four 2,000-plus-pound antique...

Ormao Dance Company: Full Range of Motion

Walk into Ormao Dance Company’s downtown Spruce Street studios, and depending on the day and time, you might find 4-year-olds practicing pliés and 50-somethings shuffling tap shoes, professional modern...

Q&A: Aaron Anderson

The client list of Aaron Anderson ranges from Ariat International and Dragon Alliance eyewear to Scholastic, and his images have been featured in magazines such as Surfer and CMYK—not...

One Dog’s Perfect Day

When my 8-year-old Boston terrier hits deep sleep, her paws wiggle. I’m certain it’s because she’s dreaming. But is she hunting squirrels as many suggest? Lucy enjoys a good...

3 Yoga Stress Busters for the Holidays

It’s no secret—along with all the cookies and carolers and ugly sweaters, the holiday season can bring some big stressors, from finances and family conflicts to overscheduling and more....

Inside the Colorado Springs Coffee Culture

When standing in front of the Nuova Simonelle espresso machine at Colorado Coffee Merchants, I could only think of one thing. Growing up, my grandfather told me regularly, “Never...