The Community Spotlight features the people, places and spaces who make the Centennial community whole.

Check out the stories below and get to know local volunteers!


Happy 10th birthday, Streets at SouthGlenn!

It's hard to believe on August 28 it will be 10 years since the opening of the current The Streets at SouthGlenn. The opening of this shopping center revitalized what was a deserted Southglenn Mall. As o... Read More


Ten days before its official opening, local business leaders got a sneak peek at the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus.

The Cherry Creek Innovation Campus, 8000 S. Chambers Road in Dove Valley, aims to address existing and predicted labor force shortages... Read More


The South Suburban Parks and Recreation District broke ground in May on a new recreation complex that will include a fieldhouse with two synthetic turf fields, two gymnasiums with Pickleball courts, three sheets of ice and District administration off... Read More


There are many reasons why Rick Schmidt, President and CEO of Tipping Point Solutions in Centennial, was selected by the Small Business Administration as Colorado’s Small Business Person of the Year. But chief among them is his ability to turn ... Read More


One of Centennial’s most beloved volunteers is also one of the most eager.

Bailey, a 14-year-old Labrador retriever, can be seen making the rounds with his human companion, Ken Cruise, every week at local senior living facilities, including Broo... Read More


A Centennial business is inspiring the next generation of engineers through innovation and a healthy dose of fun.

Engineering For Kids, located at 6972 S. Vine St. Suite 353 in The Streets at SouthGlenn mall, is providing opportunities for children ag... Read More


An audiologist who recently opened her first practice in Centennial is inspiring change in the industry by putting a larger focus on preventative care.

Dr. Julie Link, Au.D., founder and owner of The Audiology Method near Orchard Road and Quebec Stree... Read More


There wasn't much surrounding Tagawa Gardens when it opened in 1982. Broncos Parkway, from which Tagawa's parking lot is accessed, wasn't even on the radar, and Centennial was still almost 20 years away from incorporation.

Yet for all of t... Read More


The owners of Organize My Drawer in Centennial have launched a foundation that aims to honor VMAQ veterans.

The primary purpose of the non-profit VMAQ Monument Foundation is to erect a monument at a national museum that honors the history of... Read More


A thriving Centennial company has earned two Small Business Awards from the Denver Business Journal.

Mobile Solutions, 10731 E. Easter Ave., was selected for the honor in the “extra-large company” and “family-owned” catego... Read More


Scott Hussey was tired of spending 200 days on the road for work each year and seldom seeing his two young boys. So he did something about it.

Centennial residents Scott and Abby Hussey discovered their true passion while visiting friends whose kids a... Read More


Diana Whye took a circuitous path to creating Essence of Life Massage & Wellness Center, but knows she’s right where she’s supposed to be.

Whye devoted herself to her first career, ascending her way through the ranks to positions as ex... Read More


If you ask Steve Hess, he is always right where he is supposed to be.

Six months ago, the longtime head strengths coach for the Denver Nuggets made the difficult decision to step away from his role with the team and into a new career as Chief Performa... Read More


In the weeks after 6-year-old Gabby Krause succumbed to a brain tumor in 2004, her mother and a close friend fought through tears as they discussed the best way to honor the little girl’s legacy. 

Out of that conversation — and previo... Read More


Effort, ingenuity and a little TLC go a long way in the business world.

Don Fitzmartin’s project management and construction consulting firm, Fitzmartin Consulting Company, has coordinated numerous high-profile projects, but it’s an ongoin... Read More


The City of Centennial recently caught up with The Conditioning Classroom - 7200 S. Alton Way, Unit C-100 -  a business that encourages people to escape the big gym scene in favor a close-knit environment offering the "r... Read More

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The City of Centennial caught up with Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios, 5698 S. Himalaya St. Unit D, and asked 10 questions to find out more about the local martial arts center, which recently celebrated its 15th year in business. 

What inspired y... Read More

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As the need for meal-delivery services for seniors grows, it’s a good thing people like Dan Herndon are around. 

Herndon joined the forces at TLC Meals on Wheels, the privately-funded Centennial chapter of the national nonprofit organizatio... Read More

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The walls of JT Anderson’s chiropractic office in Centennial are covered with framed photos of the world’s best athletes, and each one is scrawled with a message of gratitude from the pictured superstar.

As Anderson tells it, his introduct... Read More

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Manufacturer’s Edge, a publicly-supported organization focused on growing manufacturing in Colorado, recently provided a glimpse of the manufacturing landscape in Colorado, including the evolving role of technology. 

In what ways does Manuf... Read More

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Arapahoe Libraries is empowering small business owners by providing them free access to the very resources that help larger companies succeed.

The library district’s business librarian, Alicia Cartwright, has spent the last three years as a cond... Read More

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The Centennial business community has celebrated many milestones in recent months as the south metro Denver economy continues to thrive.

Get caught up on the latest ribbon cuttings, grand openings, construction tours and other business news from the l... Read More

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Many companies can claim to do business on an international level, but how many can truly say they’re intergalactic? 
Apart from its headquarters in Centennial, Laser Technology Inc. (LTI) is in a lot of places throughout the gl... Read More

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Colorado Cities and Towns Week in CentennialThis is the week we’ll take the opportunity to reflect on and thank all of the partners that help Centennial thrive. During Cities and Towns Week Sept. 11-17, 2017, the City of Centennial will celebrate on a social media by recognizing those ag... Read More


Designscapes Colorado, a Centennial-based residential and commercial landscape design, construction and maintenance firm, is the quintessential business success story. 

Its humble beginnings stem from a summer job mowing lawns. 

Now, celebrat... Read More

by Bryn Phinney on Behalf of Holly Creek Retirement Community

Early August was a time of splashing-good fun for the residents of Holly Creek Retirement Community in Centennial.

Nearly two-hundred residents, staff, volunteers and representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association crowded into the community&rs... Read More

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Deb Peek, left, and Vicki MackieTwo Centennial residents are harnessing the power of therapeutic art to help support cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Vicki Mackie and Deb Peek, who met while working at University of Colorado Hospital, came up with the idea of creating Sites an... Read More

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Summer construction in Centennial means the addition of new commercial and residential components to the City’s landscape. The following update contains a brief overview of some of the active projects in Centennial. Information about these and ... Read More


Summer is typically the busiest point of the construction season, and 2017 is proving to be no exception. A strong commercial real estate market has cranes and other construction equipment creating a flurry of activity on Centennial’s vacant, d... Read More

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With a gorgeous gazebo, shimmering pond, mature trees and Tuscan-inspired architecture, it sounds like the perfect fairytale setting.

The Franciscan Event Center, a venue for all kinds of special gatherings, is actually in the heart of Centennial, nea... Read More

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Centennial resident Cameron Carr realized at an early age that volunteering can open a world of possibilities.

At age 14, Cameron has already proven herself as a willing contributor to worthy causes. Her selfless attitude and ability to effectively re... Read More


As the craft beer craze continues to tighten its grip on Colorado, a Centennial-based company is making a name for itself by showcasing dozens of up-and-coming American breweries under one roof.

Growler USA is headquartered at 12503 E. Euclid Ave., St... Read More

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Two Centennial business leaders named the winning team during a University of Denver marketing campaign challenge. 

Seven teams of students from DU’s Daniels College of Business took on the role of a marketing agency when preparing integrat... Read More

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It’s the time of year when many brides and grooms are preparing to say “I do,” but there are months of preparation leading up to that magical moment.

Bridal shop owners in Centennial recently provided a glimpse inside their worl... Read More

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In celebration of National Economic Development Week May 8 – 13, the City of Centennial would like to introduce our Economic Development Team. Neil Marciniak, Economic Development Manager, and Stewart Meek, Economic Development Specialist, resp... Read More

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A nonprofit with ties to Centennial is bringing Purple Heart recipients together for some well-deserved bonding time.

The Warrior Bonfire Program takes small-group trips around the country to give wounded veterans the chance to enjoy the same camarade... Read More

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A Centennial-based small-group tour agency is opening up a world of wonder. 

With 24 years of experience in its suitcase, Story Land & Sea is expanding its reach, adding new stops to an already-robust list of destinations. Small-group to... Read More

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To gain a greater understanding of the issues facing the aging population today and in the future, south metro area experts assembled for a meeting of the minds.

Senior advocates from Centennial, Arapahoe County, Lone Tree, Littleton and Highlands Ran... Read More

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Edwina MabenOut of more than 9,000 entries submitted to the Guitar Center Singer Songwriter 6 contest, only five artists were selected to move on, and one of them is from Centennial.

Edwina Maben, 18, says her initial goal when entering two of her original songs ... Read More

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A sports performance gym in Centennial is giving young athletes the edge to beat out the competition.

Sterling’s Team Speed — in the Festival Shopping Center on the northeast corner of County Line Road and University Boulevard — has ... Read More

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To truly make a name for yourself in the medical community, a practice must show proficiency at treating various conditions and take a cutting-edge approach that resonates with peers and patients alike.

IMMUNOe Health Centers (“IMMUNOe”), ... Read More

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This month, as part of the City of Centennial's regular roundup of buzzworthy businesses, we're highlighting a few of the companies that make a difference in the community, whether it's by promoting physical fitne... Read More

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A Centennial store that specializes in equipping tennis players with the best gear for their game is proving that brick-and-mortar businesses can not only survive but thrive with the right formula.

Game-Set-Match, Inc. was recently named the national ... Read More

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Like many, the owners of Campbell Chiropractic think health, life and family are the most important things and have made this their primary focus at their innovative clinic in Centennial. 

Drs. Darby and Ashley Campbell have spent the last year a... Read More

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Jordan Kaiwi wears a big smile when he walks the aisles of the arc Thrift Store in Centennial. 

Jordan represents the thrift store’s greatest strength: its employees, about 20 percent of whom have an intellectual or developmental disability... Read More

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As we near the end of 2016, the City of Centennial has decided to start producing regular roundups of buzzworthy businesses, and we decided to kick things off by highlighting a few of the more unique but recognizable companies that are headquartered ... Read More

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Colorado Storm, a youth soccer organization serving 7,700 children and counting, has been around these parts for some time. Created in 1967 as the Cherry Creek Soccer Association in an area that would eventually become Centennial, the soccer programm... Read More

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There is no shortage of innovators around Centennial, and Cochlear is certainly no exception.

The company has established itself as a leader in developing and manufacturing implantable devices that help individuals with hearing issues “connect w... Read More

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The city’s largest employer, United Launch Alliance, announced in 2009 that it would relocate its headquarters to Centennial. Since then, the company — a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin — has been involved in some o... Read More

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Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian McKnight had no idea how much his life would change when he accepted an invitation in 1996 to participate in a charity run benefitting the Special Olympics.

It was his sister, a Littleton police dispatcher,... Read More

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The best part about Marie Kelso’s job is her role as a facilitator of fun. 

“I’m selling something that makes a lot of people happy,” she says. “They’re going to do something fun when they leave here.”

Mar... Read More


When the aerospace sector is counted as a key member of your business family, the sky is never the limit. 

The aerospace industry’s presence in metro Denver has resulted in the creation of thousands of high-paying jobs — and entirely ... Read More

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What exactly does it take to acquire a golf swing that friends will secretly try to emulate? A combination of modern technology, expert instruction and diligence usually do the trick. 

Luckily for residents of Centennial and the south Denver area... Read More

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Centennial kids and teens are among those with improved access to mental health care thanks to the efforts of a local nonprofit.

Second Wind Fund was created 14 years ago after congregants at Green Mountain Presbyterian Church in Lakewood recognized a... Read More

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Although they retired a few years ago, Frank and Brenda Nickells are still making good use of their education and experience.

The Centennial residents have spent recent years lending their expertise to medical professionals in impoverished nations on ... Read More

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Everyone knows the phrase “Never mix business with pleasure.” But what if they became one and the same? 

The Mata family — Todd and Elisa and their two children, Conrad and Veronica — were on vacation in Valencia, Spain, w... Read More

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For skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, standing at the top of a steep mountain slope is an exhilarating feeling. The experience can be quite the opposite for first-timers. 

That’s where SNÖBAHN comes in. The indoor skiing and snowboa... Read More

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The three college students couldn’t walk away when the orphanage was about to be shut down.

They extended their mission trip in Uganda to help build a new orphanage called Musana Children’s Home, now a self-sustaining institution that has ... Read More

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Seeking to recapture the team camaraderie they enjoyed during their athletic careers, Kris McCuiston and Bekka McCoy created a close-knit environment at Mile High CrossFit. 

McCuiston, 32, a former mixed martial arts fighter and co-owner of Mile ... Read More

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An expanding Pennsylvania-based home remodeling company, Power Home Remodeling Group, has chosen INOVA for its metro Denver location. This project brings 20 new jobs initially and could grow to 100. Power HRG will lease 23,600 square feet of INOVA&rs... Read More

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A Centennial-based company is leading worldwide efforts to create maps in pinpoint detail — and a recent assignment brought it to the windblown summit of Denali.

CompassData, Inc. uses geospatial technology to provide the most accurate three-dim... Read More

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Sarah Greichen

Sarah Greichen knew early on how she wanted to make her mark on the world.

The idea behind her project for the Gold Award — the most prestigious honor a Girl Scout can earn — had already been taking shape when a heartbreaking moment create... Read More

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There’s a new line of defense against those wishing to cause harm. 

The Centennial Active Shooter Response Training Center, which held a grand opening and “ribbon-shooting” ceremony with local dignitaries April 15-16, is “... Read More

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Volunteer Bill GravesThe people along route 13 in Centennial are always glad to see Bill Graves.

It’s not simply because of the warm food he brings to the doorstep on behalf of TLC Meals on Wheels — there’s more to it than that. It’s Bill’s g... Read More

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Harriet WrightHarriet Wright remembers getting an early lesson in giving.

As a young girl, she stood on the side of a road with her sister, selling corn grown by her father. Business was steady, but it was the Great Depression, and people with only a few cents to t... Read More

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This month, as part of the City of Centennial's regular roundup of buzzworthy businesses, we're highlighting a few of the companies that make a difference in the community, whether it's by promoting physical fitness, donati... Read More

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