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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 Sophisticate
Tasha L. Jones, 38 (top left)
Director of marketing, Forest City Stapleton, Inc.

Secret talent: I make pretty creative cupcakes. Martha Stewart awarded me a prize!

I’m a sucker for: A deep, sultry voice.

Part of my charm: I mix up common quotes and phrases all the time, like “pulling the cat out of the hat” and “letting the rabbit out of the bag.”

Childhood crush: Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block fame.

Biggest fear: Letting my ego get in the way. I like to keep it in check.

Dream vacation: A week at the Ritz in Paris.

What I look for in a significant other: A thoughtful and humorous gentleman who is tenaciously successful.

Great night out: A concert at Red Rocks or at a park.

My hero(es): Empowering women such as Jill Scott, Oprah Winfrey, and Condoleezza Rice.

You’d never guess: I was a really good sprinter. Well after I graduated college, I still held the record for the 100-meter dash at my junior high school in Fort Collins.

Guilty pleasure: Cold Stone Creamery’s banana caramel crunch with extra almonds.

TiVo embarrassment: I’m unapologetic about my TiVo.

If I had one wish: Knowing that I’d be able to care for my parents, that they’d be OK as they grow older.

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The Musician

Matthew Moon, 40 (top right) 
Singer-songwriter

I can’t live without: My Australian labradoodle, Charlie.

I’m a sucker for: A girl who knows how to cook.

Part of my charm: I’m an excellent listener.

Great night out: Good friends, dinner at Carmine’s on Penn, and home before midnight.

Favorite musician: Paul Simon.

On the bucket list: Living on a tropical island where I can walk out my door 100 yards and sit on the beach and swim in the ocean.

iPod embarrassment: The Bee Gees.

Biggest accomplishment: Completing my fifth studio album.

What I look for in a significant other: Somebody caring, thoughtful, and nurturing.

Guilty pleasure: Popcorn.

When I’m not working, I am: Doing something outside, like hiking or skiing.

Dating deal-breaker: A girl who talks too much. 

Dream vacation: With my girl traveling through Austria to Vienna and Salzburg.

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The Gal Pal

Sally Walker (left), 33, & Bre Ortola, 26 (bottom right)
Co-owners, Alchemy Mineral Blends

Sally

I can’t live without: GPS on my phone.

I’m a sucker for: Sour Patch Kids.

Rainy-day activity: Oil painting.

What I look for in a significant other: Connection, chemistry, and a good sense of humor.

You’d never guess: I’m a really good cyclist. I can ride some of the hardest climbs in Boulder.

Dream vacation: Southern France.

Secret talent: Making a good Irish stew.

Great night out: Having someone cook me dinner and take me to see one of my favorite bands.

On the bucket list: A scuba diving trip to Belize.

Nickname: Skallywag.

Childhood crush: River Phoenix.

When I’m not working, I am: Cooking, cycling, climbing, hiking, or listening to music.

Bre:

If I could have a superpower: I’d read minds.

On the bucket list: I really want to be on Wheel of Fortune. 

I can’t live without: Pizzeria Locale pizza and Champagne.

What I look for in a significant other: A witty personality, honesty, and a sexy smile.

Biggest accomplishment: Starting Alchemy on a shoestring with Sally.

Rainy-day activity: Baking and eating it all.

Celebrity crush: Ryan Reynolds.

Guilty pleasure: Anything and everything that is salted caramel.

I’m a sucker for: Dessert. And my niece and nephew. Anything they ask me for, they get.

Dating deal-breaker: Selfishness and not opening the door for me.

Dream vacation: Thailand or Croatia.

You’d never guess: I was on Escape Routes, a reality show on NBC.

What I’m reading: I’m rereading The Alchemist.

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The Humanitarian

Dave Sevick, 53 (bottom left) 
Director of marketing and communications, Tennyson Center for Children

If I could have a superpower: I’d see into the future.

Dream vacation: New Zealand.

Dating deal-breaker: Whiners and complainers.

Guilty pleasures: Politics, college football, and vodka martinis.

What I’m reading: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris.

Rainy-day activity: Cleaning and hanging with my dog.

Part of my charm: My humor. I play pranks on my friends.

I’m a sucker for: Tearjerker movies.

What I look for in a significant other: A guy who makes me laugh, wows me, and makes me antsy until I can see him again.

Find me here on a Saturday night: In the summer, I’m camping in the mountains. Otherwise, I’m hanging out with friends.

You’d never guess: I write “adult” Dr. Seussstyle poetry for my friends’ birthdays.

I’m so over: Political divisiveness.

If I had one wish: I would have 30 more minutes with my mom and dad.

 

The Extrovert
Michele Goodman, 49 (top left)
Executive director, Insight Oncology, Inc.

I can’t live without: My sons, Sinjin and Sean.

I’m a sucker for: Bald men and biceps. I love a man with the confidence to just shave his hair off.

Part of my charm: My distinctive laugh.

You’d never guess: I throw a better spiral than Peyton Manning any day.

Biggest accomplishment: Finding a really good balance between work, play, and family.

Dating deal-breaker: Someone who doesn’t ask questions or texts while on a date.

Guilty pleasure: Lemon-drop martinis.

Celebrity crush: Jon Hamm. 

What I look for in a significant other: Energy that equals mine, intelligence, and compassion. 

Favorite band: Fitz and the Tantrums.

Once-in-a-lifetime moment: I just ran my first marathon. It’s going to be my last.

Rainy-day activity: Reading or cleaning out my closet for Goodwill.

Secret hobby: Kickboxing.

On the bucket list: Finding a soul mate.

If I could have a superpower: I’d touch my nose and make things appear and disappear, like in Bewitched.

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The Boy Next Door
Yoni Geffen, 27 (top right) 
Student support specialist, Denver School of Science and Technology: Green Valley Ranch High School;
co-founder, First Ascenders

Guilty pleasure: Good Times drive-thru for a milkshake after a soccer game.

If i could have a superpower: I’d read animals’ minds.

Secret talent: I can do a front handspring. And I’m really good at remembering people’s names. 

You’d never guess: I’m afraid of heights.

iPod embarrassment: Annie Lennox’s “Walking on Broken Glass.”

Biggest fear: Not becoming a father.

What I look for in a significant other: Someone intelligent, active, good at communicating, and thoughtful.

Great night out: Dinner with friends at an amazing ethnic restaurant (Ethiopian, sushi, or Indian), drinks at a local, hole-in-the-wall bar, then a game of Bananagrams.

Childhood crush: Danielle Fishel [Topanga on Boy Meets World].

Favorite movie: The Princess Bride.

If I had one wish: I would wish every kid growing up in Denver could have the opportunity to experience the outdoors in the way I have been lucky enough to.

I can’t live without: The mountains, my dog, dark chocolate, and purpose.

I’m so over: Social media.

I’m a sucker for: Someone who can kick a soccer ball.

Biggest accomplishment: My time spent in the classroom as a teacher, the day-to-day accomplishments with students.

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The Fitness Buff
 

Emily Schromm, 24 (bottom right) 
Owner/founder, Unleashed Fitness; CrossFit coach, CrossFit Park Hill

Rainy-day activity: Running. I’m from Missouri. I love the rain.

Secret talent: Knitting scarves—although they never get very big, out of impatience.

On the bucket list: Getting my pilot’s license.

I can’t live without: Bacon, a barbell, and my Steve Madden motorcycle boots.

You’d never guess: I’m obsessed with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and John Coltrane.

TiVo embarrassment: Shark Tank.

What I look for in a significant other: I’m a personality girl. I want someone funny and interesting, enough to where I can’t figure them out on the first date.

Dream vacation: A two-month motorcycle road trip of the West Coast. 

Great night out: Lots of tequila and lots of dancing.

Find me here on a Saturday night: Breckenridge, waiting for the snow.

Dating deal-breaker: People who are too needy.

Guilty pleasure: Really long bubble baths while watching shows on Hulu.

Biggest fear: Limiting myself. Not living or experiencing enough.

My hero: My mom.

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The Athlete

Steward Ceus, 25 (bottom left) 
Goalkeeper, Colorado Rapids

Celebrity crush: Alicia Keys.

I’m a sucker for: A girl with really good style, top to bottom.

Favorite movie: Any sports movie based on a true story.

Secret talent: Bowling.

On the bucket list: Skydiving.

You’d never guess: I’m an underground video gamer.

Dating deal-breaker: Clinginess.  

Guilty pleasure: All types of bread, especially Irish soda bread.

Biggest fear: Failure.

What I look for in a significant other: An independent woman who is intelligent, has a good sense of humor, can appreciate my sarcasm, and who I can have a conversation with.

Nickname: Stew.

Dream vacation: Somewhere that has a lot of history, where I could see the sights and learn a lot. Maybe China or Japan.

If I had one wish: To see all of my good friends and family succeed.

TiVo embarrassment: Jersey Shore.

 

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.

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The Explorer 

Claudia López, 44 (top right) 
Photographer

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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

The Thespian
Jose Antonio Mercado, 38 (top left) 
Actor; director; professor of theater and film, University of Colorado Denver

I’m a sucker for: Nice legs.

Secret talent: I’m a pretty damn good salsa dancer.

Guilty pleasure: Tequila.

On the bucket list: Doing a movie with Jack Nicholson and starting an acting studio.

You’d never guess: I was raised in the projects north of Greeley.

Biggest fear: Immobility, physically and professionally.

Find me here on a Saturday night: At a play, movie, or cultural event that will hopefully lead to
La Rumba.

What I look for in a significant other: Someone who’s spontaneous, passionate, physical, has a sense of humor, and is comfortable in her own skin.

Biggest accomplishment: As an educator: graduating 97 percent of the students in my theater program at North High School. As an actor: performing in the Pulitzer Prizewinning play Wit and seeing my mom sitting next to Tom Hanks on opening night in Los Angeles.

Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Meeting author Gabriel García Márquez in Mexico. It was like meeting Jesus.

Dream vacation: I’d start in Barcelona, then travel south to Grenada and experience all the flamenco, wine, poetry, love, and passion that land has to offer.

If I could have a superpower: I’d breathe underwater like Aquaman. He was my favorite comic book character as a kid.

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The Dream Maker

Mary U. Stein, 43 (top right) 

Owner and director, Dream Big Day Camp

Guilty pleasure: Half-and-half in my coffee, spicy bean burritos from Taco Bell, and Nutter Butter cookies.

Secret talent: I’m a really good snow shoveler.

Dream vacation: Tahiti, where they have those huts in the water with glass floors.

Rainy-day activity: Popcorn, a cuddly blanket, my DVR list, and the phone on vibrate.

Biggest accomplishment: Being the mother of my twin boys.

Biggest fear: Not living my life with integrity.

What I look for in a significant other: Kindness, patience, faithfulness, wit, chivalry, athleticism, sex appeal, and a man who can laugh at himself and ask for directions.

Celebrity crush: John Travolta in the Welcome Back, Kotter days.

I’m a sucker for: Getting coffee delivered in bed.

I can’t live without: Alba moisturizing lotion and Burt’s Bees fig lipstick—Colorado is so dry!

When I’m not working, I am: With my children on the lacrosse field, skiing, playing tennis, cycling, or putzing around in my backyard.

Part of my charm: The ability to problem-solve creatively. I can always turn a negative into a positive.

On the bucket list: Taking the year off to travel the world with no agenda—just wherever I end up going next.

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The Up-and-Comer
Andrew Freedman, 29 (bottom left) 
Chief of staff to Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia

Nickname: Chief.

Part of my charm: Looking like I’m 12 but talking like I’m 40.

I’m a sucker for: Staying for “one more drink” at an event.

On the bucket list: Seeing the Northern Lights from the hot springs in Iceland.

Dating deal-breaker: Lack of passion.

Great night out: Starting early with a play or musical or something cultural, then meeting up with a big group of friends, staying out way too late, and having to catch a taxi home.

What I look for in a significant other: Someone to have a great conversation with, who’s funny, genuine, and really kind.

I can’t live without: Reading political blogs.

Rainy-day activity: I’m trying desperately to learn how to play guitar.

You’d never guess: I live in a converted church.

iPod embarrassment: I have way too many Disney songs.

Find me here on a Saturday night: The governor’s mansion for an event.

Biggest accomplishment: We just won $30 million to make sure kids in need have access to high-quality early childhood education. 

Dream vacation: I did it. I once spent 14 months traveling around the world.

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The Baker
Joanna Powell, 24 (bottom right) 
Pastry chef, Cafe Aion

Guilty pleasure: Gambling.

Rainy-day activity: Listening to vinyl.

I can’t live without: Bourbon.

On the bucket list: I’d like to see somebody from Led Zeppelin perform live before they all die. 

Dating deal-breaker: A Raiders fan.

Find me here on a Saturday night: In bed. Sunday is brunch day.

Biggest influence: My dad. I’m still rocking all of his jokes.

Dream vacation: Anywhere in South America.

What I look for in a significant other: A good sense of humor, a mellow personality, and someone who’s not too similar to me.

Biggest accomplishment: Getting a double double bull’s-eye (two double bull’s-eyes) playing darts with friends.

Great night out: A comedy show or dueling piano bar.

If I could have a superpower: Invisibility.

TiVo embarrassment: Law & Order: SVU.