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Highlands Square's 32 Women-Owned Businesses to Welcome Lifetime Network's "Every Woman Counts" Tour During Democratic National Convention

Unconventional Fare in Highlands Square Days to Include Free Shuttle, Merchant Specials, Art Displays, and Focus on Women's Voices.

Denver, CO, August 18, 2008 --( Denver’s hip and historic Highlands Square, home of 32 women-owned businesses, some of the city’s most highly rated restaurants and dozens of independent and creative boutiques, salons, coffee shops, spas and galleries, announced that it will welcome August’s DNC visitors from August 25 – 28, 2008, by hosting the Lifetime Network's Every Woman Counts tour. The Square will also offer special discounts, "green" meals – and a free shuttle to ease the 10-minute commute.

Lifetime Networks will locate its Every Woman Counts tour bus in the Square to engage more women in the voting process. Women will be able to upload videos to Lifetime’s YouTube™ Channel declaring what they would do if they were president, highlighting the issues most important to them this historic presidential election year. Lifetime’s new site, is a destination for convention resources and an online community designed to engage and empower women with the resources and digital tools they need to stay informed about and involved in the election, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with women running both parties’ conventions.

Highlands Square will also offer a free shuttle to the area from downtown. The shuttle will make hourly pick-ups from several downtown hotels. Riders will enjoy the journey with a Highlands Host or Hostess who will answer questions and point out historic highlights along the way. For the shuttle schedule and merchant specials, visitors can go to

“All of the Highlands Square businesses are thrilled to welcome DNC visitors,” says Patty Moore, President of the Merchants Association and owner of Le Chocolatier. “Plus, it gives the delegates and other guests the opportunity to experience an urban and historic Denver neighborhood full of independently owned, creative shops and restaurants – by just taking a 10-minute shuttle or taxi ride.”

In addition, Highlands Square will feature a special Art2Boot exhibit – designed to show DNC visitors a “Spirit of the West.” Students, celebrities and artists will be embellishing and decorating 52 recycled cowboy boots to be auctioned off later in the year to benefit a local charity. The boots will be on display in Highlands Square businesses.

Highlands Square is a hip and historic neighborhood, featuring some of Denver’s most well-known and highly rated restaurants, as well as dozens of independent and creative boutiques, salons, coffee shops, spas, galleries, and more. More than 32 women-owned businesses thrive there. Visitors can walk easily from one to another while enjoying the surrounding celebrated Victorian homes.

The Highlands Merchants Association is a vibrant and active organization of business owners along 32nd Avenue and its vicinity. The group stages a number of events during the year and operates as a non-profit trade association. Proceeds from events go toward advertising and promotion of the neighborhood, as well as gifting of over $5000 every year to local charities.

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