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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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

This article was originally published in 5280 February 2013.

Daliah Singer
Daliah Singer

Daliah Singer is an award-winning writer and editor based in Denver. You can find more of her work at daliahsinger.com.

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Single in the City

You want ’em, we got ’em: 20 people so sizzlin’, this issue might spontaneously combust. They’re megasmart, super-sexy, ridiculously talented—and, oh yeah, available! Behold, 5280’s most eligible catches.

Single in the City 2011, Marisa Murgolo
Marisa Murgolo

The Energizer Bunny

Marisa Murgolo, 34
Social worker

I’m a sucker for: Good manners.
Part of my charm: I’m embarrassingly inept with electronics.
Secret hobby: Making my own wine, and learning to play the violin.
Guilty pleasure: Coca-Cola.
Childhood crush: Michael J. Fox.
You’d never guess: I’ve run nine half-marathons, four marathons, and raised more than $20,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
When I’m not working: I’m volunteering with Colorado Youth at Risk, skiing, running, at girls’ night at the DPAC, at the Bluebird Theater, or enjoying a new restaurant.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone who is smart, adventurous, kind, equally content at a baseball game or the theater. And capable—I like guys who can fix a tire, build a fire, and use a compass.

marisa.murgolo@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Manny Almagure
Manny Almagure

The Hero

Manny Almagure, 40
Captain, Denver Fire Department

Secret hobby: Collecting KISS paraphernalia.
Nickname: The Dark Knight.
You’d never guess: I’ve never drunk alcohol. And I haven’t eaten cheese in about 15 years.
Dating deal-breaker: Controlling behavior.
iPod embarrassment: Olivia Newton-John’s Greatest Hits. For a metalhead like me, that’s a no-no.
Find me here on the weekend: Coaching my 10-year-old daughter’s basketball game.
Great night out: Nice dinner followed by a show at the Fillmore.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone genuine and loyal who puts family first.

manuel.almagure@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Jamie Kim
Jamie Kim

The Storyteller

Jamie Kim, early 30s
Reporter/producer, 9News

I’m a sucker for: Football. My dog is named after the Broncos mascot, Miles. His middle name is Ralphie, after the CU Buffs mascot.
Part of my charm: I tell it like it is.
Rainy-day activity: Cooking and baking. Korean food makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
Nickname: Jameson. Or Tricia Takanawa (from Family Guy).
You’d never guess: I was the first person to report on-scene at the Balloon Boy landing. Also, I’m pretty mechanically inclined—I taught myself how to change a spark plug.
Biggest fear: Not living up to the expectations my parents have for me.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone intelligent and good-looking who doesn’t know it, and who makes me laugh and thinks outside of himself, his job, and his world. And he has to enjoy Korean food, or he’s out.

jamie.kim@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Mark Huebner
Mark Huebner

The Dude From The Bachelorette

Mark Huebner, 28
Owner, Denver Pizza Company and Motive Brand Marketing

Part of my charm: My ability to take life in stride and view it with a sense of humor.
Secret talent: I was the lead singer of a band called Two Lane Road. Our music is still on iTunes. We opened for the Fray at the Fox.
Guilty pleasure: Nilla Wafers.
You’d never guess: I’m a nerd.
Rainy-day activity: Xbox 360. Awful, but true.
iPod embarrassment: Alanis Morissette. It’s not my fault it’s on there.
Biggest fear: Failure in marriage.
Biggest accomplishment: Mentoring a kid for 10 years. He had cystic fibrosis, and passed away. What I look for in a significant other: The perfect match, perfect chemistry—someone who can put up with me.

mark.huebner@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Sandja Brügmann
Sandja Brügmann

The Balanced Soul

Sandja Brügmann, 35
Owner, Refresh Agency (PR/digital media)

I’m a sucker for: Spiritual conversations.
You’d never guess: I’m a Danish national archery champion and former Olympics hopeful.
On the bucket list: My grandfather was a watchmaker, and I’d love to launch a watch brand based on his original designs from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s.
My hero: My 11-year-old daughter.
When I’m not working: I’m doing yoga, skiing Vail or Aspen, trail running, being creative and enjoying art, or exploring. I do need to get better at sleeping.
Find me here on a Saturday night: In the company of good friends at Table 6.
Dream vacation: A tree-house hotel in Vietnam.
If I had one wish: To make our planet healthy, and for humans to live in balance with the environment.
What I look for in a significant other:
Emotional awareness and willingness to work through issues—everybody has their baggage.

 sandja.brugmann@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Terrance Carroll
Terrance Carroll

The Lawmaker

Terrance Carroll, 42
Former speaker of the House, Colorado General Assembly

Can’t live without: My BlackBerry, sadly.
Secret hobby: Horseback riding.
Guilty pleasure: A good Scotch or whiskey.
On the bucket list: There’s this big cattle drive in Australia that’s pretty famous, which I’d love to do.
Dating deal-breaker: Neediness.
When I’m not working: Not working? When am I not working?
If I could have a superpower: Being able to eat as much barbecue as I want and not gain weight.
If I had one wish: That my mother could have been here to see me become speaker of the House.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Having dinner with Bill Clinton.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone smart, fun, open-minded, nonjudgmental—and cute, of course.

terrance.carroll@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Kael Robinson
Kael Robinson

The World Traveler

Kael Robinson, 28
Owner, Live Worldly (imports goods/gives back to charity)

Can’t live without: Traveling.
I’m so over: Cold weather.
I’m a sucker for: Chocolate.
Celebrity crush: Leonardo DiCaprio.
In my DVR lineup: The Office, 30 Rock, Gossip Girl, Modern Family, and Mad Men.
Dating deal-breakers: If he doesn’t play sports or doesn’t like traveling.
Biggest fear: Not being successful.
Find me here on a Saturday night: The Wine Loft or LoHi SteakBar.
What I’m reading: The newest Chelsea Handler book.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Outward Bound in Australia when I was 16. That was pivotal for me.
What I look for in a significant other: A best friend.

kael.robinson@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Steve Weed
Steve Weed

The Wise Guy

Steve Weed, early 40s
On-air personality, Alice 105.9’s Slacker and Steve show

Can’t live without: My circulatory and respiratory systems. And cake.
I’m a sucker for: Women with home perms.
Secret talent: Apparently I am the only person in Colorado who possesses the ability to drive fast in the fast lane on I-25! It’s called the “passing” lane for a reason.
Great night out: Any time an insurance deductible is involved.
My hero: My neighbor. He has a smoking-hot wife.
When I’m not working: I’m spying on my neighbor’s smoking-hot wife.
What I look for in a significant other: Gymnast-like stamina and flexibility, and a willingness to share a bathroom with my mother.

steve.weed@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Karen Roehl
Karen Roehl

The Creative Spirit

Karen Roehl, 55
Painter

I’m a sucker for: A good story.
I’m so over: This recession.
Secret hobby: I’m a treasure hunter at estate sales and thrift stores.
Biggest accomplishment: When I decided I wanted to be a fine artist, I went back to school and got my BFA. I just graduated three years ago, and now I have a beautiful studio.
Biggest fear: That I’ll die a bag lady. When you’re an artist, that’s always lurking around the corner.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Snorkeling through the Yucatán reefs with enormous schools of brightly colored fish.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Lala’s Wine Bar & Pizzeria, Beatrice & Woodsley, Deluxe, or my studio.
What I look for in a significant other: An intelligent conversationalist with a sense of humor.

karen.roehl@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Nathaniel Bruno
Nathaniel Bruno

The Fitness Fiend

Nathaniel Bruno, 29
Franchise partner, College Hunks Hauling Junk

I’m so over: Flakiness.
I’m a sucker for: Redheads and brunettes with curly hair.
Part of my charm: I’m never serious.
Secret talent: I’m a classically trained pianist.
Childhood crush: Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years.
On the bucket list: Building my own sustainable house—as in, off the grid.
You’d never guess: I compete in Olympic lifting— I’m a skinny kid who’s surprisingly strong.
Biggest fear: Having regrets on my deathbed—looking back and saying, “I wish I had…”
Biggest influence: My dad. At 66, he’s still got a passion for learning.
Great night out: Bringing a flask into the Denver Botanic Gardens and sneaking into a guided tour.
What I look for in a significant other: A good-hearted, passionate woman.

nathaniel.bruno@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Keara Daly
Keara Daly

The Fashionista

Keara Daly, 31
Founder, Keara Jean handbags

Can’t live without: My dogs, two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
I’m so over: Text messaging instead of a phone call to make plans with someone.
Guilty pleasure: Burger King. Whoppers in particular.
You’d never guess: I’m a Jersey girl who loves country music.
Dating deal-breaker: Excessive swearing.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Cherry Creek Grill or Second Home Kitchen & Bar.
Biggest accomplishment: Getting into the Screen Actors Guild.
What I look for in a significant other: A sincere, witty gentleman with a great smile; someone I can trust and have fun with.

keara.daly@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Leo Harvey
Leo Harvey

The Foodie

Leo Harvey, 28
Executive chef, Big Game Restaurant and Lounge

I’m a sucker for: Pretty eyes.
Guilty pleasure: McDonald’s chicken nuggets.
Nickname: Choco Bear.
Dating deal-breaker: When she spends the whole time on the phone.
Rainy-day activity: Order in Chinese and watch movies.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Big Game, then Illegal Pete’s.
What I’m reading: Vesta Dipping Grill Cookbook.
Dream vacation: Eating my way around the world.
What I look for in a significant other: Sense of humor, open-mindedness, and passion.

leo.harvey@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Hassina Omar
Hassina Omar

The Humanitarian

Hassina Omar, 43
Account executive, 850 KOA; nonprofit leader

I’m so over: People taking their freedom for granted.
Part of my charm: I’m a total people person; I make friends very easily.
Guilty pleasure: I’m kind of a power-shopper. Once a year I go overseas and buy lots of clothes.
Find me here on the weekend: Friday night—Sushi Den, the Capital Grille, or Sushi Hai. Saturday I spend with my family.
Biggest accomplishment: Continuing my parents’ charity work with Handicapped Children of Afghanistan. I go back every year to help the kids in honor of my parents.
If I had one wish: Peace in Afghanistan.
What I look for in a significant other: Independence, good values and morals, a little worldliness—a sense of different cultures.

hassina.omar@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Dan Condon
Dan Condon

The School Boy

Dan Condon, 39
Associate director of professional development, Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center

I’m so over: Whatever the latest social media thing is.
I’m a sucker for: Labrador puppies.
Part of my charm: My honesty.
Secret talent: I can root out the best happy hours. And juggle.
On the bucket list: To attend the World Cup in the U.S.A.
Nickname: Daniel-san, à la Karate Kid.
Biggest fear: I have a clown phobia. They creep me out.
iPod embarrassment: The Lion King soundtrack. There’s some stigma there.
Dream vacation: Yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico.
If I could have one wish: All of our students in the country should be given a more equitable education.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone supportive, kind, and funny who challenges me and is driven by something other than money.

dan.condon@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Anne Medina
Anne Medina

The Entertainer

Anne Medina, 29
aka “Fannie Spankings,” burlesque performer/producer/emcee

Can’t live without: My sparkly red lip glitter. And my MP3 player. It’s so archaic, I know.
I’m so over: Low-riding jeans that show off plumber’s crack.
Part of my charm: My ability to fit into any social situation. I can be wild at the bar or hang with Grandma and Grandpa and knit a sweater.
Secret talent: I’m learning to play the banjo.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Performing at Red Rocks at sunset with Zebra Junction and comedian Josh Blue.
You’d never guess: My favorite musician is Bob Dylan. I’m a hippie at heart.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Doing my burlesque and comedy show, “Fannie Spankings’ Off The Clock,” at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret.
Biggest fear: People having preconceived notions about me without ever getting to know me. And spiders.
If I could have a superpower: Being in five places at once.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone who knows a lot of things but isn’t a know-it-all; who can laugh at himself and is curious about travel and art; and who likes cats.

anne.medina@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Jim Guttau
Jim Guttau

The Prince of PR

Jim Guttau, 33
Owner, Guttau Public Relations

Can’t live without: Risotto. If I could do PR for risotto, I would.
I’m so over: Crocs.
Secret talent: I’m really good with sidewalk chalk.
Guilty pleasure: Hot tubs in the mountains.
On the bucket list: Caravan across the desert with a bedouin tribe; dog sledding; sitting front row at New York Fashion Week.
Rainy-day activity: Watching foreign films with subtitles.
Celebrity crushes: Dean Cain, Eddie Cibrian (CSI: Miami).
Dating deal-breaker: Just one? Seriously? I should write a book.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Charity event.
When I’m not working: I’m at a theme party. I have Rubbermaid containers full of costumes. I look really good in knickers with long socks—the “newsie” look. I’m going to bring knickers back for men.
Dream vacation: Thatched hut in Bora Bora.
What I look for in a significant other: A humorous, self-confident, thoughtful guy who’s motivated professionally and has aspirations. He knows who he is and where he’s going.

jim.guttau@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Hidemi Ena
Hidemi Ena

The Dessert Goddess

Hidemi Ena, 30
Owner, Kuulture (fro-yo & more)

I’m a sucker for: Osteria Marco. I go there like four times a week.
Secret talent: I can do the worm like nobody’s business.
Celebrity crush: Edward Norton. I don’t know why.
You’d never guess: I’m a homebody. I could stay in every night and be fine.
iPod embarrassment: Kenny G. I tell everyone that my mom put it on there.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: When I was 16, I placed nationally in gymnastics and went to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with the top gymnasts in the world.
What I look for in a significant other: Chemistry is huge; someone who is level-headed, balanced, funny, confident, and successful.

hidemi.ena@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Colin Ferguson
Colin Ferguson

The Beer Man

Colin Ferguson, 26
Beer jockey (bartender/brewer/representative), Great Divide Brewing Co.

I’m a sucker for: Big blue eyes.
Secret talent: I do an unwavering impression of Chewbacca.
Rainy-day activity: Eating tomato soup and grilled cheese.
Celebrity crush: Alicia Silverstone in The Crush.
You’d never guess: I’m training as a long-distance runner. I’m doing a 55-miler.
Biggest accomplishment: Going to France, enrolling in French-only academic courses, and passing—without knowing a lick of French.
Dream vacation: Sailing across the Pacific.
If I could have a superpower: Photographic memory. I’m kind of a functionalist.
If I had one wish: To play the guitar like John Lee Hooker.
What I look for in a significant other: Sound mind, sound body.

colin.ferguson@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Linda Knoll
Linda Knoll

The Girl Next Door

Linda Knoll, 26
Key account manager, Kraft Foodservice

Can’t live without: Sunscreen.
I’m a sucker for: Men who can sing.
I’m so over: Parking tickets.
Guilty pleasure: Glee.
Childhood crush: New Kids on the Block.
Nickname: Linda Lightning.
Biggest accomplishment: The fact that I haven’t set fire to my new house since I’ve started to remodel it.
When I’m not working: I’m skiing, hanging with my friends, hiking, enjoying the outdoors, working on my house.
Dream vacation: All-expenses-paid month in Europe, to see where my family came from—Germany, Ireland, and Wales.
If I could have a superpower: The ability to freeze and unfreeze time.
What I look for in a significant other: Confidence and spontaneity.

linda.knoll@5280singles.com

Single in the City 2011, Steve Sander
Steve Sander

The Man About Town

Steve Sander, 57
City of Denver’s director of strategic marketing

Can’t live without: Working out and Starbucks.
Celebrity crush: Tiffani Thiessen on the original Beverly Hills, 90210. I still watch reruns.
On the bucket list: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro; going to the Ryder Cup.
Nickname: Sandman.
Biggest fear: Getting old and acting like it.
Biggest accomplishment: Helping launch Denver B-cycle, the first citywide bike-sharing program in the country.
What I’m reading: Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer. It really brings to light what sacrifice is all about.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone who shares my passion for making the world a better place and for having a good time.

steve.sander@5280singles.com

Single in the City

Denver's 24 hottest catches give you the lowdown on who they're looking for. Plus, local love experts expose the most common roadblocks to romance in the Mile-High City.

It’s February and love is in the air…Wait, is that love? Oh riiiight, no. It’s just the disgruntled sighs of our fellow Denverites lamenting a lack thereof.

We thought our friends, colleagues, family—heck, that chatty barista at Starbucks—were being a little melodramatic with their tales of romantic mishaps and ceaseless dating rants; after all, when we looked at the lovescape two years ago, Denver had been the number one city for singles for three years running, according to Forbes magazine.

Today you’ll find us crawling in at number 11. In just two years, Denver’s dating allure has plummeted. Where did we go wrong? The most common response: “It’s just hard to meet people.” Hmm, sorry, not buying it. Online dating technology, virtually free from the stigma it carried in its early stages, can get you thousands of available local singles at the click of a mouse (for better or worse—see page 55). Not into cyber introductions? The metro area has so many social networking and interest groups that we can’t begin to name them all (though we share our favorites, also on page 55). Suffice it to say, there’s no shortage of opportunity if you’re the least bit proactive.

It’s more about giving yourself the best possible odds to take it from “we met” to “in a relationship.” That means avoiding the pitfalls along the way. With intel from our experts—psychologists, dating coaches, and authors (not to mention our own woebegone cohorts at the end of their single ropes)—we present in the following pages the most common roadblocks en route to love in the Mile-High City. Read them closely, and navigate wisely from here on.

Oh, and if you need a little inspiration, feast your eyes on 24 of Denver’s top singles as you browse the next few pages. For more than three months, we searched for the city’s most eligible, amazing catches, and this hand-selected list is the finest Denver has to offer.

1. Sean Swarner, 34
Mountaineer; Cofounder, CancerClimber Association; Motivational Speaker; Author
Best date spot: Someplace in the mountains that no one knows about. I’m a sucker for: Adventure. Rainy-day activity: Puddle splashing. Secret talent: I can ride a unicycle and juggle at the same time. Nickname: Nature Boy. iPod embarrassment: The soundtrack to Grease. Biggest accomplishment: Surviving two life-threatening bouts of cancer and—with only partial use of my lungs—being the first cancer survivor to summit Mt. Everest.

2. Norm Early, 63
Attorney (Denver’s former district attorney); Entrepreneur
Find me here on the weekends: At one of my son’s games. Fantasy vacation: Ten days, and there absolutely must be a golf course. A beach nearby doesn’t hurt. You’d never guess: I’ve never used an ATM. Biggest fear: That I’ll never break 80 again in golf. When I’m not working: I auctioneer for charities, but I don’t charge a fee; it’s my attempt to invest back in the community. Biggest influence: My children. They have a refreshing ability to keep you real and to keep things in perspective for you.

3. Daniel Gonzales, 28
Architect; Gay activist; Aspiring ski bum
I’m so over: Guys who get drunk on a date. Rainy-day activity: Cooking Thai food. Some of the Asian food markets on Federal are amazing. Part of my charm: When I’m brushing my teeth, I tend to wander around the house. Celeb crush: Justin Timberlake. My mom really does not see the appeal, but that’s her problem. Last book I read: When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris.

4. David Singer, 27
Math teacher, Manual High School; Regional Director, Children’s Technology Workshop
Best date spot: Nine75 for dinner, D Bar for dessert, Dazzle for live jazz. I’m a sucker for: Hair up and backless dresses. And babies. I’m so over: Name-droppers, LoDo. Rainy-day activity: Writing at St. Mark’s Coffeehouse (I have a blog about education); renting a movie and ordering Pete’s Chinese. iPod embarrassment: Ricky Martin. On the bucket list: Open an ECE-8th grade school.

5. Laurence Curry, 33
Professional actor/dancer; Teaching artist, DCPA
Great night out: Dinner and a show. Or Elitch’s—we have to be adults all day long; it’s nice to go someplace and play. I’m so over: Stereotypes. Find me here on a Friday: Salsa class at the Streetside Studios. Nickname: El Boogie. Part of my charm: No matter what venue I’m in, I have to be able to see an exit. Looking for: Someone with a playful spirit who’s comfortable in her body and passionate about a physical activity. On the bucket list: Do a film with Denzel Washington.

6. Aaron Forman, 34
Restaurateur/Sommelier; Owner, Table 6
Best local date spot: Thin Man, Il Posto, Fruition, Twelve, Frasca. I’m a sucker for: Bravo’s reality TV. Deal-breaker: Uptightness. Rainy-day activity: On the couch watching sports. Secret hobby: Buying too much wine and collecting crazy sport coats. Biggest accomplishment: Dog-sledding the last 400 miles of the Iditarod Trail in Alaska. On the bucket list: Own a boutique hotel in South America.

1. Lauren Y. Casteel, 55
VP/Philanthropic Executive, Denver Foundation
Weekend whereabouts: At a friend’s ranch off of Kenosha Pass. Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Being at Invesco watching Obama during his DNC speech, knowing I was part of something so important. Part of my charm: I miss the art of letter writing. I’m a little techno-challenged. Deal-breaker: Intolerance of other cultures or life circumstances, elitism in any form, or someone who needs me to love everything they love. Favorite books: Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies. Biggest influence: My mom and dad—he was a national civil rights leader. My children have also been my greatest teachers.

2. Gina Comminello, 49
Professional makeup guru; Co-owner of the Look Beauty Boutique
I’m a sucker for: A strong nose and great smile. Deal-breaker: Socks and sandals, bad hygiene, emotionally devoid people. Rainy-day activity: Denver Art Museum, taking a bubble bath, drawing, or painting. You’d never guess: I like to camp and fly-fish. Nickname: G-Girl. Celeb crush: Richard Gere and Matt Lauer. Anyone that looks kind of like a koala bear. Biggest accomplishment: I’ve raised two beautiful boys; I also took a huge chance in leaving Chanel and Dior to open my own cosmetics company.

3. Marti Awad, 41
VP, Merrill Lynch
Weekend whereabouts: With my nieces and nephews, hiking in Morrison, hanging with friends on a bike ride or at dinner. You’d never guess: I hate chocolate but could eat a whole bag of salt-and-vinegar potato chips in one sitting. Part of my charm: I love a good debate, especially one I can win. Nickname: Smarti. Deal-breaker: Negativity. Biggest accomplishment: Getting my master’s in law and taxation. On the bucket list: At least a month of philanthro-tourism overseas.

4. Frances Owens, 55
Executive VP for Community Affairs, Galloway Group
Great night out: Romantic dinner—Campo de Fiori has a great atmosphere—live music, dancing. I’m so over: Men who only want to date women who are 20 or 30 years younger than them. Rainy-day activity: A romantic comedy with lots of popcorn and diet Dr. Pepper. Secret hobby: Decorating, quilting, painting, sewing, photography. Nickname: My kids all call me Mamacita. I’m looking for: I want to be somebody’s passion. You’d never guess: I’m kind of a homebody. On the bucket list: Cross-country road trip; own a seasonal shop.

5. Elbra Wedgeworth, 53
Chief Government and Community Affairs Officer, Denver Health; President and Chair of the Board, Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee
Great night out: Sharing a wonderful Chardonnay and talking about anything and everything. Best date spot:. M&D’s Cafe in my east Denver Whittier neighborhood. I’m a sucker for: An old-fashioned kind of guy who brings you flowers, pays for dinner, and opens the car door. Weekend whereabouts: Home—it’s my sanctuary. Secret hobby: I collect African-American memorabilia, especially politically themed. On the bucket list: Elect the first African-American president of the United States—accomplished!

6. Hilary Martin, 38
Communications/PR
Great night out: Biking to downtown Boulder, happy hour on a roof deck, hitting the Boulder Outdoor Cinema, eating gelato. Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Rafting class V rapids in the Ugandan Nile. Fantasy vacation: Nepal like a local: white-water rafting, elephant-back safari, paragliding, trekking the Annapurna. You’d never guess: I was interviewed for the second season of Survivor. Part of my charm: I come with dog hair. My Lab has thyroid problems. I always want to Flowbee him. Confession: I went to an NKOTB concert last weekend. iPod embarrassment: “MMMBop” by Hanson. On the bucket list: Attend the Olympics.

1. Jane Slater, 28
ABC 7News Reporter
Great night out: Sporting events—Nuggets, Avs, Rockies—then dinner. I’m a sucker for: Southern gentlemen. I’m so over: Overblown egos, people who honk their horns, those who expect handouts. Weekend whereabouts: Biking to Riverfront Park, sprawling on a hill reading a book. Part of my charm: I never take “no” for an answer. You’d never guess: I was married at 25. Though the marriage ended, I haven’t lost faith in the fairy tale. On the bucket list: Being a military and White House correspondent.

2. Esther Kang, 34
Owner, MIGHTYkarma Advertising & Design Shop
I’m a sucker for: Brooding, unnecessarily moody, and deep artist-types. Fantasy vacation: Road trip to Woodstock 1969 (it’s fantasy—we can go back in time, right?). Secret talent: I have quite a bit of dexterity with my toes—I can pick things up. You’d never guess: I was captain of my high school lacrosse team. Nickname: Lil’ Monsta. Childhood crush: The Fonz. Guilty pleasure: Cornucopia (the mini corn dogs) at My Brother’s Bar. On the bucket list: Deejay my 100th birthday party.

3. Jill Hodges, 32
Graphic designer, TV host for New Media’s Shoetube.TV
I’m a sucker for: Quick wit. Someone who cracks me up in the first five minutes. I’m so over: Loud gum-chewers. Weekend whereabouts: Walking or running at a park, or at Meininger getting inspired. Rainy-day activity: A good nap and a snuggle; cooking butternut squash soup. Fantasy vacation: The Mediterranean coast, trying the wines, smelling the herbs, tasting the local delicacies. You’d never guess: I’ve learned how to dirt bike. It’s such a rush. Childhood crush: Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles.

4. Megan Hudacky, 29
Interior Architect; Owner, CKY Design
Great night out: Gallery opening, then Lola. I’m a sucker for their guacamole. Weekend whereabouts: Tattered Cover, stealing recipes from Bobby Flay’s books. Celeb crush: Matt Damon, with his Boston accent in Good Will Hunting. Biggest fear: Looking back and saying “I wish I would have….” And breaking my ankle snowboarding again. Biggest accomplishment: Starting my own company, and chairing the Design After Dark event at the DAM. On the bucket list: Building my own house.

5. Nancy Nally, 28
Member Services Manager, High Country Club
Great date: Sushi and a bottle of wine at Hapa in Cherry Creek, or brunch at Steuben’s. I’m so over: Clingy-ness. I can’t be smothered. Weekend whereabouts: Running along the Platte, kickball at Wash Park, or out with the girls in LoDo—try Maloney’s. Secret talent: The worm dance-move! Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Sipping champagne with Big Papi and the Red Sox at the VIP party after they won the World Series here in Denver. On the bucket list: Meeting Bruce Springsteen. Let’s face it, he’s the Boss.

6. Jenny Starkey, 26
Events manager/PR, Engineers Without Borders-USA
Best date spot: Buenos Aires Grill—some nights they have flamenco dancers and guitarists. Or Comedy Works, to lighten the mood. I’m a sucker for: Ski bums. Fantasy vacation: Exploring Patagonia or kayaking the fjords of Norway. Book I’m reading: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. Celeb crush: Jordan Knight. iPod embarrassment: “Gimme More” by Britney Spears. On the bucket list: Going to Buenos Aires and learning the tango.

1. Stephen Keel, 25
Colorado Rapids defender
I’m so over: Those boots with the fur. Rainy-day activity: Working out or playing with my two rock-star bulldogs. Secret talent: I’m great at managing my fantasy football team. You’d never guess: I don’t eat vegetables. And I make my bed every day. Part of my charm: Rocking my three-quarter-length pants. People think they’re capris, but they’re not as long. Deep down, people love them. Guilty pleasure: Ice cream with sprinkles, Oreo Blizzards, milk shakes, and apple pie.

2. Mike Sukle, 46
Creative Director/Owner, Sukle Advertising + Design
I’m a sucker for: Someone who laughs at my jokes. Weekend whereabouts: Home Depot, or home taking care of my boys (6 and 10). Secret hobby: I work in the garden. Just wish I had a green thumb. Fantasy vacation: Southeast Asia, trekking or canoeing down a river. Part of my charm: Sappy movies make me cry. Book I’m reading: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Lifetime wish: Getting to play quarterback for one down in the NFL. Biggest fear: Doing this interview.

3. Wojtek Wolski, 23
Colorado Avalanche forward
I’m a sucker for: Girls in sweatpants. Fantasy vacation: Safari in Africa. Secret talent: I’m handy around the house. Nickname: Wolfie. Guilty pleasure: Gummi Bears. You’d never guess: I like to dance. On the bucket list: Having a family.

4. Eric Trujillo, 43
Creative Director/Owner, Studio Trujillo; traveling art show curator
Great night out: Table 6, Don’s Mixed Drinks, midnight movie at the Esquire. I’m a sucker for: Romance. Deal-breaker: Pessimism. Weekend whereabouts: Cheesman Park, running with my dog. Rainy-day activity: Indoors watching classic movies—anything Hitchcock. Fantasy vacation: Diving and snorkeling the cenotes of Yucatán, hiking the ruins. Secret hobby: I collect antique, nostalgic furniture. Last book I read: The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman.

5. Ted Crawford, 56
Web/graphic designer; part-time Moab mountain bike patrolman/tour guide
Great night out: A picnic at Red Rocks with the top down at moonlight. Deal-breaker: A workaholic. Secret talent: I’ve won an award for my margaritas. And I hold the state record in Utah for the 100-yard dash. Part of my charm: I always put both seats down. Celeb crush: Hayley Mills. Last book I read: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. Confession: I do chores during football. I iron clothes and do the laundry. Biggest fear: Karaoke.

6. Waylon Lewis, 34
Editor-in-Chief, Elephantjournal.com; online video talk-show host; Columnist, the Huffington Post
Great night out: A Cheers bar where everybody knows your name. You’d never guess: I fully intend on running for Boulder City Council in a year. Deal-breaker: Someone who’s genuinely not interested in living an environmentally responsible life. Heroes: Chögyam Trungpa, widely credited with bringing the Tibetan Buddhism culture to the United States. And Dave Winfield of the Yankees.

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Single In The City

Anyone who says “all the good ones are taken” must be in from out of town. Denver is swimming with singles – and we’ve tracked down some of the city’s most fabulous and fascinating people. These are the ones you’ve been waiting for.

Straight, gay, wild, shy, macho, or modest, we’ve captured a slice of the single life. Our criteria? This is no lonely hearts club; we wanted only Denver’s happily single. We put the word out and the hunt was on. Armed with fresh tubes of lipstick, two notebooks, and our 20 questions, we set our sights on the singles scene.

The research was grueling, but in the most exhilarating way. Picture about 30 blind dates at coffee shops around town. We waited, with that blind date look in our eyes, for Mr. and Ms. Right to walk through the door.

Just like the real world, there were good dates and there were bad (and we had www.backgroundchecks.com to back us up). We left some starry-eyed, but other rendezvous brought us to the verge of tears. Put it this way: even we got stood up. One guy vowed he wouldn’t make it to the altar for at least 10 years. Turns out, he got engaged between the interview and the photo shoot, obviously disqualifying himself from our list. (Isn’t that the way – they marry the one they meet right after you.)

Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison

Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.

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Single In The City

We didn’t think we could top last year’s list, but they say love is sweeter the second time around. We can’t complain. Once again, we accepted the challenge of tracking down Denver’s top singles.

What were we looking for? People who are happily single – those who aren’t waiting around for “the one” to walk through the door. We put the word out and received more than 100 nominations from sources across the city.

Dozens of blind dates – make that interviews – later, we discovered 24 people who make being single in Denver so much fun. Spanning the spectrum from a soccer star to a rocket scientist, we’ve captured a slice of the single life.

This year, we proudly bring you Mr. Wright. And who knew Snow White was on the single scene? Who else made the cut? Two CEOs, a lawyer, a doctor, a DJ, a Dead Head, two photographers, a former Bronco, two female football fanatics, a psychologist, a civic leader, a woman who can manage your money, a man who can choose your wine, a kitchen designer, a TV reporter, a massage therapist, a conductor, and a true Renaissance man.

Who says blind dates don’t pay off?

Caroline Czirr, 33

Sagittarius

Regional director of marketing and sales at the Hotel Monaco

What do the Grateful Dead, fly-fishing, and the Hotel Monaco have in common? Caroline Czirr. A San Francisco transplant who grew up listening to the Dead and mingling with the Haight Asbury crowd, this polished professional embraces the Colorado lifestyle while shaping the image of the hippest hotel in town.

Where do you live? Park Hill. How long have you lived in Colorado? I’ve been here four years. I was born and raised in San Francisco.

Are you a dog person or cat person? I have two dogs: a yellow lab named Romeo and a Jack Russell terrier named Lily – she’s the hotel’s mascot. It’s great because she gets to come to work with me.

What are your passions? Fly-fishing. I go up to Aspen (to fish on the Frying Pan) or to Montana. I like to hike and ski and play tennis too, but my passion is fly-fishing. Basically, I enjoy life.

Favorite place in Denver? The Highland area. I love walking around, sitting outside, getting coffee. It’s a nice area and it really reminds me of San Francisco – it has a European feel to it.

Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison

Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.

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Single in the City

21 reasons why it's good to be single in Denver.

The glances and blushes, the lowered lashes and teasing smiles…ahhh, the sweetness of a date gone right. The moment you say, “See you at six,” and hang up the phone, the pre-date jitters take over. Before long, you’re trying to contain your excitement, tame your butterflies, remember how to make good conversation, and figure out what to wear. Sometimes you wonder if it’s all worth it. Let us assure you that the singles making up our fourth annual list of Denver’s hottest men and women are worth every bit of the fuss.

After months of combing through nominations, we set up dozens of interviews around town before choosing these 21 spectacular singles. With all the press Denver received this year for being one of the best cities for the single life, we knew we’d find an abundance of Mr. and Ms. Rights. And we did. From ages 22 to 47, anthropologists and cheerleaders to lobbyists and musicians, allow us to introduce you to 21 special someones.

Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison

Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.