Welcome to Our New Weekly Feature: Talking Points!

Each week, we’ll introduce you to someone you may, or may not know who lives in Downtown Denver. And, each week, we’ll ask that person five questions…always the same. But, we’re sure to get a lot of different answers! Each week’s interviewee will be archived on the page titled “Talking Points” at the top of this site. Let us know what you think.

Meet Ayn Fox, the Catalyst of the Creativity Lab, her business where she designs experiences and provides coaching for individuals and teams, to gain inspiration and fresh perspectives. Ayn has lived Downtown for 17 years and is married to Jim Graebner. Between them they have five children and four grandchildren and claim to live a “seamless life” with little distinction between work and play.

Downtown Resident Ayn Fox (Photo: Diane Huntress)

Denver by the Slice asked:

What is the best thing about living Downtown?

The Tattered Cover Book Store, The Oxford Hotel and the sense of neighborhood that is continuously developing. There are many wonderful, interesting and caring people that live here.

What don’t we have now that we need Downtown?

A Hardware Store – and I wish that the integrative drug store (Pharmaca) …. would come back. A system to respond to neighbors in need. I am presently developing LoDo Angels with Susan Kiely via LoDo Cares.

What has been the biggest change while you have lived Downtown?

The diverse programs and initiatives developed by the residents to improve the quality of life and to develop a great neighborhood.: i.e. The Holiday Project, The Women’s Series, Transitional Living Apartment for Homeless Families.

What’s your favorite place to go away from Downtown?

One of my very favorite places used to be the Gold Lake Resort – outside of Ward. A beautiful rustic setting around a big lake, surprise works of art when you walked in the woods, large hammocks hanging from the trees, hot spring pools and cozy cabins with great linens and particularly lovely bathrooms designed by artists with natural materials. I used to go there every year on my birthday. Sadly -– it went out of business. I told my husband that when I die – I would like my ashes there. I need to find another place in the meantime!

Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t know.

Even though I was told to sit down during the Star Spangled Banner ( due to a poor singing voice ) in Junior High – As an adult I took a singing class that required me to overcome great fear and sing on stage in front of a large audience while being videotaped. I sang “Wouldn’t it Be Loverly” from “My Fair Lady”.

We’ll look for that tape, but tune in next week to meet another Downtown resident!