Single in the City

Looking for love? Don’t sweat it—we’re making it easy on you. We tracked down 17 of the hottest singles in the Front Range, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Dig in for 5280’s most eligible dates.

February 2013

The Wine Guy 

Jason Strauss, 37 (top left) 
Executive producer, Colorado International Wine Expo; owner, Strauss Productions

Great night out: Dinner at Wazee Supper Club followed by a Nuggets game and dancing.

You’d never guess: I grew up working at our family-owned salvage yard dismantling old trucks.

On the bucket list: Riding in a fighter jet and taking a trip with my dad to a Duke-North Carolina basketball game.

If I could have a superpower: I’d be able to transport myself and others to any location instantly.

Secret talent: I throw really great themed birthday parties.

Part of my charm: I never want to lose the kid side of me.

Nickname: White Chocolate.

What I look for in a significant other:

Someone kind, genuine, and respectful with a smile and eyes that light up a room.

When I’m not working, I am: With my doberman at Wash Park or at a Nuggets or Broncos game.

I can’t live without: My family, friends, dog, and the 1972 Ford Bronco I’ve had my whole life.

What I’m reading: Daily sports updates.

Dating deal-breaker: Rude, flaky girls and girls who don't like kids or dogs.

Guilty pleasure: Ending a good night at the Denver Diner with a buddy of mine.


The Explorer 

Claudia López, 44 (top right) 

I can’t live without: Coffee.

I’m a sucker for: Fast cars.

Part of my charm: My accent.

Biggest fear: Losing my eyesight.

Biggest accomplishment: I was the first Latin American (man or woman) to summit Ama Dablam in the Himalayas.

When I’m not working, I am: Planning adventures to far-flung places.

What I look for in a significant other: An intellectually curious, progressive thinker who’s open-minded, embraces differences, has a witty sense of humor—and, if he can’t cook, has excellent takeout on speed dial.

Great night out: A farm-to-table dinner followed by dancing.

Biggest influence: My grandfather. He was the most eccentric, witty, creative person I’ve ever met.

If I had one wish: Safer times in Colombia, my country.

You’d never guess: I know how to kill a chicken, old-style. I had to learn when I was nine years old.

iPod embarrassment: Sir Mix-a-Lot.

Guilty pleasure: Mochi ice cream.


The Techie

Quincy Dancer, 35 (bottom right) 
Enterprise cloud engineer, Dell

I can’t live without: Snowboarding.

Secret hobby: I throw the biggest flip-cup tournament in the United States.

Guilty pleasure: Strawberry Pop-Tarts.

Nickname: Q-Ball.

I’m a sucker for: A big booty and a smile.

You’d never guess: I was a band nerd and went to band camp—and loved it.

Biggest accomplishment: Having a successful, self-taught career.

What I look for in a significant other: Someone intelligent, open-minded, and laid-back, who has a sense of humor and loves the mountains.

If I had one wish: To time travel.

Find me here on a Saturday night: In the winter: a club in Breckenridge. In the summer: camping, at a concert, or on a bar crawl.

Biggest fear: Not finding love.

What I’m reading: SuperFreakonomics.

Dream vacation: Surfing in Australia.

If I could have a superpower: I’d be immortal.


The Joker
Heather Snow, 33 (bottom left) 
Senior business analyst, PropertyInfo Corporation; comedian

I’m a sucker for: Karaoke and broad shoulders.

Nickname: Six feet of snow.

Childhood crush: Bill Murray in Ghostbusters.

I’m so over: Mustaches.

You’d never guess: I drew caricatures and portraits at amusement parks for 12 years. I was basically a carny.

Secret hobby: Poker.

On the bucket list: Doing a comedy tour for the troops.

Dating deal-breaker: Bad manners.

What I look for in a significant other: I’m an old-school girl. I like when guys open the door for me. I want someone adventurous and motivated with a sense of humor.

When I’m not working, I am: Skiing, at an open mic, doing yoga, or working in my garden (I’m a community garden leader).

Dream vacation: The coast of Italy, like Naples and Pompeii.

What I’m reading: A People’s History of the United States.

Biggest fear: Bombing on TV. I have a little bit of stage fright.

TiVo embarrassment: Glee.