If you ever find yourself out with Esther Lee Leach in Cherry Creek, expect to be stopped by people wanting to say "Hi"! Esther's dynamic personality has made her a favorite resident. After moving here in 2014 with her husband, Esther got to work starting her online magazine, Cherry Creek Fashion. Esther saw an opportunity to draw on her experience to create a publication that was exciting, diverse, and fashionable. Recognizing opportunities is second nature to Esther, so this year she launched a podcast with her friends called "Wait, Is This Thing On?" as well as her latest venture, Cherry Creek Studios, a photography and video production company. Esther also serves on the board of Cherry Arts and is an active member of the Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce. No two days are alike in her world, but she has graciously offered to show us the local spots that anchor her days and bookend her evenings.
Aviano Coffee is the living room of Cherry Creek. What makes it stand out?
I call Aviano my second office! It is the heartbeat of the community and a special meeting spot for business or catching up with friends. Owners Saadia and Doug Naiman have created a truly wonderful space with fantastic coffee as well!
What do you have your eye on this season at A Line Boutique?
Karmen and her buyers always choose very cool pieces for the store. I always have my eye on anything from Rag & Bone and Off White. I am also a frequent visitor to Le Bilboquet next door!
Owner Amy Dickerson of Live Love Lash is a trusted collaborator for CCF, what do you love about her space?
Live Love Lash is the go-to spot for anything beauty. From hair, nails, eyelashes, brows, waxing and IVs from Hydrate IV Bar.
The Jacquard Hotel is the stage for many of your shoots. What elevates this experience?
The first cover of Cherry Creek Fashion was shot at The Jacquard so it is a very special place for me. The hotel is very fashionable and matches the aesthetic of the magazine.
Local Jones Restaurant is new but feels like it's already a classic. How would you describe the scene?
Local Jones is similar to going to a friend’s house who has impeccable taste in decor and is a master chef but makes you feel very comfortable and at home.
What keeps you motivated during this time? Motivation does not come easily during this time so I stay upbeat by reading motivational memoirs like "The Chiffon Trenches" by Andre Leon Talley, "Becoming" by Michelle Obama and Cherry Creek's own Karmen Berentsen's "Learning To Fly".
What makes doing the podcast exciting? It's so wonderful to come together with women who are not only friends but business women as well, to create this podcast. It's always fun and exciting to feature interesting personalities in Denver.
A Few More Cherry Creek Recommendations From Esther Lee Leach Jack Zamora MC Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetics- This is my must visit spot for cutting edge facial treatments that keep my skin glowing and tight!
Clean Juice- They serve the best fresh juices and smoothies. I always use my app to pre-order and quickly pickup in-store.
The Art Galleries of Cherry Creek- There are so many wonderful galleries in the neighborhood. Grab a cup of coffee or smoothie and do a walking tour of the area.
"The first cover of Cherry Creek Fashion was shot at The Jacquard so it is a very special place for me."