The Urban Girlâ€™s Manifesto The ultimate guide to womenâ€‘owned businesses in Denver and the Front Range, featuring entrepreneurs YOU need to know Second Edition
The Urban Girlâ€™s Manifesto
CRAVE Denver: The Urban Girl’s Manifesto A publication of The CRAVE Company 1805 12th Ave W #A Seattle WA 98119 206.282.0173 thecravecompany.com twitter.com/denver facebook.com/cravedenver © 2014 The CRAVE Company. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system nor transmitted in any form, by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise— without prior written permission of the copyright owner. While every effort was made to ensure the accuracy of the information, details are subject to change so please call ahead. Neither The CRAVE Company nor CRAVE Denver shall be responsible for any consequences arising from the publication or use. All editorial content in this publication is the sole opinion of CRAVE Denver and our contributing writers. Second Edition July 2014
The U rban Girl’s Manifesto We CRAVE Community. We believe in acknowledging, celebrating and passionately supporting local businesses. CRAVE is a celebration of women entrepreneurs that showcases creative, interesting and gutsy proprietors. By introducing you to the savvy businesswomen in this guide, we hope that we will help inspire your own inner entrepreneur. We CRAVE Adventure. We encourage you to break your routine, to venture away from your regular haunts, to visit new businesses, to explore all the funky finds and surprising spots that Denver has to offer. Whether it’s to hunt for a birthday gift, indulge in a spa treatment or connect with like-minded people, let CRAVE Denver be your guide for a one-of-a-kind hometown adventure. We CRAVE Quality. CRAVE is all about quality products and thoughtful service. We know that a satisfying shopping trip requires more than a simple exchange of money for goods, and that a rejuvenating spa date entails more than a quick clip of the cuticles and a swipe of polish. We know you want to come away feeling uplifted, beautiful, excited, relaxed, relieved and, above all, knowing you got the most bang for your buck. We have scoured the city to find the hidden gems, new hot spots and old standbys, all with one thing in common: they’re the best of the best!
A Guide to Our Guide CRAVE Denver is more than a guidebook. It’s a savvy, quality‑of‑lifestyle book devoted entirely to local businesses owned by women. CRAVE Denver will direct you to some of the best local spots—top boutiques, spas, cafés, stylists, fitness studios and more. And we’ll introduce you to the inspired, dedicated women behind these exceptional enterprises, for whom creativity, quality, innovation and customer service are paramount. Not only is CRAVE Denver an intelligent guide for those wanting to know what’s happening throughout town, it’s a directory for those who value the contributions that spirited businesswomen make to our region.
What are your most popular products or services? We specialize in Nordstrom and Anthropologie brands. Weâ€™re also known for designer jeans and girlfriend gifts like jewelry, Votivo Candles and Lollia Bath & Body products. What makes your business unique? Our distinguishing difference is the overall value we bring, starting with an uncommon consignment experience. Most of our interior dĂŠcor is repurposed/up-cycled.
What do you like best about owning a business? I traded my corporate restaurant career in sales and marketing to take on the mission of redefining resale. I love making that happen. Plum is the fruit of my labor.
Plum Consignment Stapleton, Denver
Photos by Laura Mahony Photography, except portrait by Kerinsa Marie Photography
Fashion-forward. Eco-friendly. Eclectic. Plum is a locally grown and operated modern consignment boutique specializing in curated clothing for women and children. Their spin on resale offers shoppers a fashionable way to be earth friendly with mint condition apparel, cream of the crop service, and a hip, up-cycled atmosphere. Plum was named 5280 Magazineâ€™s Top of The Town Consignment Shop.
Specialties: Curated Clothing for Women and Children on Consignment 2373 Central Park Blvd, Ste 106, Denver, 303.322.PLUM (7586) plumgood.com, facebook.com/ShopPlum, Twitter: @PlumConsignment linkedin.com/company/plum-consignment, pinterest.com/plumconsignment Instagram: @plum_consignment
“My most prized possession: memories of my mom, who passed away after a short battle with cancer. The bird in my logo is symbolic of her looking over me. She was an entrepreneur. Plum is my nod to her. ” —Crystal Stephen, Plum Consignment
Photo by Kerinsa Marie Photography
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Dream big and take chances. It’s a simple phrase that holds a lot of power. What motivates you on a daily basis? My clients. They believe in my ability to capture their special moments and encourage me to pursue my dreams daily. How do you keep balance in your life? I make lists with a completion date goal, and little boxes next to the task so I can check the box off when the task is complete. It works!
What do you CRAVE? Beautiful people, dreamy light, laughter and a whole lot of love.
1508 Photography Denver, Colorado
Photos by 1508 Photography, except upperâ€‘left photo by Sarah Perkins Photography
Authentic. Personal. Energetic. Focusing on lifestyle and event photography, Emilyanne spends much of her time at weddings, engagements and portrait sessions in and around Denver and the Rocky Mountain Region. Her photojournalistic approach effortlessly captures the essence of the moment shared between you and your loved ones to produce authentic, emotionally driven images.
Specialties: Weddings, Engagements, Portrait Photography 303.915.5529, 1508photography.com facebook.com/1508photography
“Making people feel beautiful through my lens is what inspired me to start 1508 Photography, and that continues to drive me forward.” —Emilyanne Hardy, 1508 Photography
Photo by 1508 Photography
303 Dolls Face + Body Sexy Earth Chicque Organics Denver, Colorado Organic. Classic. Sumptuous. 303 Dolls is for all of the Denver women who are glamorous, yet have a certain amount of “brawn,” if you will. We’ll sport our Manolos with the best of them Friday night on the social scene... and Saturday morning we’ll get up and do a five mile bike ride. It’s all about the ability to be feminine with a tomboy edge... a dame... a diva. No matter where you are in the world, if you possess that spirit, you’re a 303 Doll.
Specialties: Natural, Face and Body Care, Fine Art Stationary 303 Dolls Face + Body: 303.956.7804, etsy.com/shop/LundysCatch Twitter: @marci_lundy, linkedin.com/in/marci-lundy Sexy Earth Chicque Organics: 303.956.7804, etsy.com/shop/SexyEarthChicque
Portrait by John Bosley Photography
What makes your business unique? Itâ€™s not just about marketing a brand. I am that brand. I will not endorse, or create, or sell something that I do not believe in. Ever. What do you like best about owning a business? Itâ€™s a business.. but it is SUCH a joy. No stress, all heart. It gets no better than that. I hope that others can know such joy.
Marci C. Lundy
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Go for it. Never talk yourself out of ideas. No question is a dumb question. Most importantly, never lose the ability to admire others. Oprah still admires people. â€™Nuff said.
What are your most popular products or services? Custom engagement rings and custom wedding bands are our most popular pieces. However, heirloom re-purposing and ring re-models are quite popular as well for their sentimental aspect. What inspired you to start your business? There comes a point when a career path of “shoulds” just doesn’t work. It wasn’t without struggle, but one day I decided to better live from my soul, for my happiness.
What do you like best about owning a business? I like that you can build something out of nothing. I like the idea that you can build something that inspires you, inspires your soul, and inspires your community.
Abby Sparks Designs Denver, Colorado
Discerning. Stunning. Extraordinary. Abby Sparks Designs designs unique jewelry by hand to reflect the person who will wear it. The Abby Sparks vision is to help people transform their ideas and inspirations into customized fine jewelry pieces.
Portrait and right-page photo by Frances Photography
Specialties: Fine Custom Jewelry 303.223.6478, abbysparks.com facebook.com/AbbySparksJewelry Twitter: @theabbysparks linkedin.com/in/abbysparks
The Abstract Owl Denver, Colorado
Energetic. Personal. Theatrical. Camile Morrison of The Abstract Owl specializes in all types of portraiture, product and fine art photography. Her mission is to tell a story either by capturing real life moments or creating one with a styled shoot. Working strictly on location keeps her inspiration fresh and providing location scouting, session consultation, styling advice and a full-service print lab keeps the whole experience stress-free.
Specialties: Portrait, Event, Product and Lifestyle Photography 303.475.0527 email@example.com theabstractowl.com facebook.com/theabstractowl
What makes your business unique? My animated but easygoing attitude brings comfort to even the most uptight subjects. There are very few babies, children or adults that I can’t calm, get to cooperate or get to have fun.
How do you measure success? By how many genuine smiles I’ve created and how many people I have made feel beautiful. What is your motto or theme song? I have a sticky note on my computer that says “The world needs your dream”. A wonderful motivation to keep me focused and reminded of why I love photography.
What are your passions? After a ten-year career working with at-risk youth, Peace Corps in the South Pacific, and then an AIDS/HIV educator in East Africa, I returned to my first love: Chanel. What do you like best about owning a business? I’m in charge of my own fate. It’s not only what I do, it’s who I am. It’s my own personal brand that reflects my work ethic, style and integrity.
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Breath deeply. Owning your own business is like walking a beautiful, constant tightrope so don’t hold your breath. Persistence and lots of gumption will keep you steady.
Ali’s Closet Consignment Boutique Cherry Hills Village, Englewood
Photos by 1508 Photography
Philanthropic. Responsible. Distinctive. Ali’s Closet Consignment Boutique has been in business for 20 years, specializing in women’s high-end consignment clothing and accessories. Pre-loved and new merchandise arrives daily to constantly reinvigorate the savvy shopper. Designer labels stock the shelves with an affordable priced outfit for every occasion and the philanthropic special events make it a refuge for the community-minded and stylish.
Specialties: Pre-loved Clothing, Accessories, Gifts 1610 E Girard Pl, Ste K, Englewood, 303.843.9956 alisclosetconsignment.com, facebook.com/aliscloset Twitter: @aliscloset, linkedin.com/in/caseyburnette
What makes your business unique? Helping clients reach their best potential both in work and in life so they can have more time for the things that matter most. What inspired you to start your business? I have always loved to organize things ever since I was a kid. I found a way to join my passion and my work.
How do you measure success? I measure success by being able to live in the moment and to change lives for the better, while earning enough money to do the things I love. What motivates you on a daily basis? Knowing I can help bring balance to peopleâ€™s lives. How do you keep balance in your life? I make it a point to take time for myself and my family. I use my calendar a lot!
Anchors Away Organizers, LLC Denver, Colorado
Photos by Britt Nemeth Photography
Passionate. Creative. Balanced. Anchors Away Organizers transforms offices into effective, productive environments. They work with teams of 5 to 15 as well as individuals to create and implement systems tailored to clientsâ€™ needs. With their help, team members are able to gain back at least 30 minutes of time in the day. Digital and paper filing systems allow everyone to find what they need in 5 seconds or less. They can help you release clutter and find clarity.
Specialties: Office Productivity and Organizing Services 720.252.9629 anchorsawayorganizers.com facebook.com/anchorsawayorganizers linkedin.com/in/heidihmills
Animas Oriental Medicine Acu-Yoga Therapy Denver, Colorado Comprehensive. Balanced. Educational. Macushla is an intuitive and compassionate Chinese medicine practitioner. Through listening to your concerns and understanding your needs, she will create an individual health plan for you. Every patient receives an integrated and holistic approach in a comfortable, professional and confidential setting. Education and empowerment are also provided. She uses acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, massage and Acu-Yoga Therapy to help her clients reach optimal health, so that they may live their dreams.
Photos by Sarah Perkins Photography
Specialties: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedics/Pain, Digestive, Recovery 970.946.3896 animasorientalmedicine.com facebook.com/AcuYogaTherapy
What do you like best about owning a business? Quality control! Being able to provide the highest quality of service. The ability to grow, expand, and continually educate myself. What is your biggest fear? Fear itself. It stops love and all great possibilities. It creates disease and discord. Choose love! What motivates you on a daily basis? An attitude of gratitude, my dog, the endless possibilities, and helping others achieve health and happiness.
Macushla F. Hobin, L.Ac. MSTOM
What is your motto or theme song? Life is an adventure. Be present, be brave, and be grateful for what it is, all of it. 31
What makes your business unique? Our approach is to really listen to the client and be efficient yet flexible as the client needs. We always work with the client to achieve their vision. What do you like best about owning a business? I love the flexibility of owning a small business and relating to people on a very real level. I love being able to personally help my clients solve their businessâ€™ problems.
What is your motto or theme song? My motto is work smarter and harder. In my industry you need to keep at your skills and business so that you are not outbid or outrun by a competitor.
Aral Design Co. Denver, Colorado
Photos by Kerinsa Marie Photography, except leftâ€‘page upper-right photo by Sandra Greco
Modern. Creative. Passionate. Aral Design Co. offers a variety of services including graphics, illustration, branding and brand ID consultations, layout, web design and development, and more. They are dedicated to serving small businesses, and has carved a niche out with a 75 percent client base of women-owned small businesses. Intuitive, efficient design and clean aesthetics with a twist is what the company focuses on.
Specialties: Brand ID, Graphic and Web Design, Illustration Aral Design Co.: 720.468.0036 araldesignco.com facebook.com/araldesignco Twitter: @araldesignco Russo Karbin Fine Art, LLC: 646.820.5278, russokarbin.com facebook.com/russokarbinfineart
ASH Fitness Denver, Colorado
Creative. Energetic. Focused. ASH Fitness motivates people to be strong in mind and body by emphasizing health as a lifestyle. The ASH health coaching method blends fitness training, nutrition guidance and education about healthy lifestyle practices that make wellness sustainable day-today. ASH Fitness works with busy clients looking to take control of their health, as well as those already committed to maintaining and building upon health and fitness goals.
Photos by The Cowgirl Camera, except rightpage lower photo by Frances Photography
Specialties: Fitness, Nutrition, Mind-body Connection 303.709.0106, achievepowerfit.com facebook.com/DailyPowerFit Twitter: @DailyPowerFit
What are your most popular products or services? Fitness training, grocery grooming and customized health programs. I’m an accountability partner who helps clients create long-term changes that influence all aspects of their lives.
What motivates you on a daily basis? It’s an honor to influence my clients’ days in such a positive way. To see them smiling, feeling motivated and reaching goals inspires me to continue following my passion. What is your motto or theme song? “ABC’s of Life: Adversity Builds Character.” Everyone faces adversity, it’s how we deal with adversity that counts.
What makes your business unique? I’ve created an easy to follow process called the Authentic Signature Style™ which energetically aligns our body with our energy to create powerful shifts in our lives and work. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? When things become too hard, stop! Because you’re not in the flow. Learning to live this has created more ease, joy and financial abundance than struggling ever has.
What do you CRAVE? A world where a woman’s personal style, inner beauty and authentic expression is valued more than fashion or the size she wears.
The Authentic Style Expert Denver, Colorado
Personal. Expansive. Powerful. Michelle Vos is the creator of the Authentic Signature Style™ process, and is a master at tapping into who you are, and how to have your ideal clients “get you,” your value, and your credibility. As a certified coach, personal stylist, and speaker she helps business owners, coaches, speakers and leaders play a bigger game, make a bigger impact and create the income they want by creating an authentic, sustainable and magnetic personal brand.
Photos by Christina Gressianu
Specialties: Authentic Style, Business Coaching, Personal Branding 970.377.2367, michellevos.com facebook.com/TheAuthenticStyleExpert
Photos by Britt Nemeth Photography
Ballard Design Studio Denver, Colorado
Inspiring. Fresh. Unexpected. Ballard Design Studio specializes in getting to know their clients and highlighting personalities and lifestyles through design. Whatever your style, they take on each project with fresh and inspiring innovation. Your surroundings create design experiences allowing you to relax, be productive and feel confident. Principal designer Ashley Ballard is committed to using her professional knowledge and skills to balance the aesthetically beautiful and functional.
What are your most popular products or services? Virtual Design is a popular service that engages our design-savvy clients who otherwise wouldn’t have the resources to work with a professional.
How do you measure success? I measure my success by my reputation. I want to be known by my clients and the community as someone who works hard and delivers a great service. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? You don’t have to know everything, it’s okay to ask questions. What is your motto or theme song? “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” —William Morris
Specialty: Interior Design 720.440.2370 ballarddesignstudio.com facebook.com/Ballard.Design.Studio
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Never doubt yourself. Mistakes will always be made along the way; recognize them but keep pushing forward and learn from them to make yourself better. What do you like best about owning a business? Loving what you do is priority one. I love glass work and being able to share my knowledge with my students.
Shannon Abote with her daughter, Michelle
Who is your role model or mentor? My mother. She taught me and my sisters to be proud of who you are and to value yourself. She opened a business and ran it herself for over 60 years.
Bella Glass Studios, Inc. RiNo Art District, Denver
Photos by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design
Unique. Inspirational. Contagious. Bella Glass is heating up the area with their Creations & Libations glass classes. Whether you are an advanced glass artist or just looking to try something new for a fun date night or girlsâ€™ night out, there are a variety of classes available. Plus their beer and wine liquor license allows them to serve alcohol during classes, which really gets the creative juices flowing!
Specialties: Glass Art and Classes 3950 Wynkoop St, Denver, 303.462.4221 bellaglassstudios.com facebook.com/BellaGlassStudios
Beth L. Hooper,
Matchmaking & Date Coaching Denver, Colorado Smart. Connected. Fun. Matchmaker and dating coach Beth L. Hooper is a former TV producer, marketing guru, interior designer and style maven. An expert in uniting clientsâ€™ lifestyles, personalities, and passions to make the perfect match, Beth helps her clients learn the art of real connection with matchmaking and dating coaching programs that tap into the core of what makes people tick. An advocate for giving back to the community, Beth believes the key to creating stellar relationships is based on shared interests, values and generosity of spiritâ€”not an endless stream of random dates.
Specialties: Matchmaking, Date Coaching 720.441.3753, bethlhooper.com Photos by John Bosley Photography
What makes your business unique? We understand the art of connection. We have the connections to help our clients get connected—to themselves, and in love. How do you measure success? We’re happy when our clients are happy. There’s nothing quite like getting a thank you note from a client after a coaching session or first date.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? “Your formal wear is only a tiny piece of your wardrobe. Even though it’s fun to get dressed up now and then, it’s the clothes you wear on a daily basis that make you feel good the rest of the time.” Translation: when you look at the big picture, make sure to emphasize the things that really matter. 43
Left-photo and lower-right photo by Kara Vest, rightâ€‘page upper photo by Teri Virbickis with U&I Creative
Beyond the Arena Larkspur, Colorado
Healing. Intuitive. Transformational. Beyond the Arena connects people with horses for healing, awakening and freedom. Through Equine Gestalt Coaching, horses teach people how to live authentically and how to break past limiting beliefs and old stories. Beyond the Arena offers year-round opportunities to bond with horses for the ultimate journey of self-discovery and holistic healing.
What makes your business unique? My office has a sand floor and my co-facilitators are 1,200 lb animals. Horses are my true partners and together we facilitate coaching and healing for our clients. What do you wish youâ€™d known before starting your business? The more vulnerable, transparent and relatable I am in my business, the more clients I attract. Thereâ€™s no such thing as overnight success. Patience and grit do pay off.
How do you relax? I relax by putting a halter on my horse and riding bareback through the gorgeous countryside of Larkspur.
Specialties: Life Coaching, Holistic Healing, Wellness 4039 Mohawk Dr, Larkspur 303.547.0848 beyondthearena.com facebook.com/beyondthearena Twitter: @beyondthearena
What are your most popular products or services? Microdermabrasion, electrolysis and facials. We use Image and Sanitas products that our clients love! What do you like best about owning a business? We love the freedom our business gives us. We take extra time with each client to focus on their needs.
Tiffanie Weston and Leslie Schmalz
What motivates you on a daily basis? The positive relationships that we have with our clients. What do you CRAVE? Knowledge. In this evolving field it is crucial to stay open to learning new techniques and services, whether that be through a class, books or a seminar.
Birch Skin Studio Boulder, Colorado
Effective. Personal. Comfortable. Birch Skin Studioâ€™s treatments are carried out in a modern serene environment where the primary focus is youâ€”a refreshed and vibrant you. Birch offers a variety of services including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, facials, waxing, lash and brow tinting, and electrolysis. Each service is effective as well as a relaxing, positive experience suited to the individual skincare needs of each client.
Photos by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design
Specialties: Skincare, Hair Removal, Eyelash Extensions 2935 Baseline Rd, Ste 300, Boulder, 720.422.5577 birchskinstudio.com
an urban health retreat Stapleton, Denver Rustic. Chic. Urban. This urban health retreat is nestled in the heart of Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood. Blue Creek offers a unique blend of healthcare focused treatments with a spa‑like feel and custom, quality care at affordable prices. Enjoy this soothing and sustainably sourced atmosphere created for the community to revive and heal.
Photos by Acasha King
Specialties: Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Skin Care 7488 E 29th Ave, Denver, 303.573.7484 bluecreekhealth.com, facebook.com/bluecreekhealth
Megan Moon Long and Cherie Monlezun
What are your most popular products or services? Community-style acupuncture, BC Signature massage and facial treatments. In all of our products and services, we promote the total you... health, inside and out. What do you like best about owning a business? Creating a business that supports what we believe in. Who is your role model or mentor? Cherie: My parents, who work hard, give selflessly and love wholly. Megan: My godmother, Carol Sands. She is an amazing example of a smart, creative, life-loving businesswoman!
Photos by Lynn Clark Portraits
The Boudoir Studio at Lynn Clark Portraits Denver, Colorado
Sensual. Daring. Beautiful. Lynn Clark is on a mission to give women of all ages, shapes and sizes a luxurious way to embrace their sensuality and bare their beauty through boudoir portraiture. During a day of pampering in her light-filled studio, she guides women through every pose and expression. The resulting classy and sexy portraits will make you look back when you’re 80 and say, “Damn, I was hot!”
What makes your business unique? My work shows a woman how the rest of the world sees her, and inspires selfacceptance, confidence and reclaimed sensuality. And, it makes one heck of a gift.
What inspired you to start your business? After I did my own boudoir session, I found myself appreciating my body, beauty and sensuality for the first time. I wanted to give women that same life-changing experience. What do you like best about owning a business? Yoga pants Thursdays. And, being in charge of my own destiny. I love freedom, and itâ€™s worth sacrificing security to feel it. I also love the 20-foot commute.
Specialties: Boudoir Photography for Every Woman 720.213.6476 denverboudoirphotos.com facebook.com/lynnclarkportraits
Photo by Lynn Clark Portraits
“My passion is helping each woman bare her beauty and embrace her sensuality. While boudoir portraits make a great gift, I believe it’s a powerful experience every woman should have just for herself.” —Lynn Clark, The Boudoir Studio at Lynn Clark Portraits
Left page: upper-left and right photos by Urban Safari Photography, lower-left photo by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design. Right page: upper photo by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design, lower photo by Urban Safari Photography
Brit Stueven PR Denver, Colorado
Connected. Dynamic. Energetic. Brit Stueven PR is a public relations boutique that focuses on unique consumer engagement, cross-pollination in business and personalized press campaigns. By leveraging the art of storytelling, unlikely combinations and clever content marketing, they help businesses and nonprofits bring their brilliance to fruition.
What makes your business unique? We customize everything to align with the voice and mission of our clients, with a primary focus on cross-pollination in business and experimenting with new ideas. What inspired you to start your business? Within three months of consulting after leaving my corporate career, I had nine amazing clients and realized I had found my sweet spot: cross-promotion, storytelling and connecting people.
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Do what fuels your heart, find great mentors, surround yourself with positive people, collaborate with your competition, and look at every single experience as an opportunity to learn and grow.
Specialties: PR, Marketing, Events, Cross-promotion 303.908.3834 britstuevenpr.com Twitter: @britstueven facebook.com/BritStuevenPR Instagram: @BritStuevenPR linkedin.com/in/britstueven
“Hop out of your comfort zone and cross-pollinate your ideas. It will only make your business stronger.” —Brit Stueven, Brit Stueven PR
Photo by Alison Vagnini Photography
What inspired you to start your business? Iâ€™ve always wanted to be a business owner, but the inspirational point that was pivotal for me was when I realized I had what it took to start it now! What do you like best about owning a business? The freedom to work harder, work better, work less, work more, work from home, work for you, and to work for me. The freedom to do whatever my heart desires.
What motivates you on a daily basis? My bigger vision of being an entrepreneur. I know that each stride I take is a stepping stone to the bigger picture I envision for my business. Thatâ€™s whatâ€™s motivating!
By Brooke, LLC Denver, Colorado
Portrait by John Bosley Photography
Functional. Innovative. Invigorating. By Brooke is a full-scope interior design company that thrives on delivering great design within multiple venues. Lead design diva Brooke Arciniega believes in carrying her polished skills, attention to detail and unique creativity across the board to achieve beautiful, functional design solutions for every clientâ€™s unique needs. By Brooke excels in design, stays inspired by life and spreads the love.
Specialties: Residential Interior Design and Decor 231.392.9325, ByBrookeLLC.com facebook.com/ByBrookeLLC, pinterest.com/ByBrookeLLC
What makes your business unique? Our Wellness Program allows us to cater to the entire well-being of individual clients. This holistic approach to care supports our clients’ goals, dignity, and overall quality of life.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? “Pray for guidance. Make your decision. Don’t look back.” Our first client, Mrs. P, shared this several years ago. These simple words have shaped our company and my life. What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Follow your passion! Your business becomes a living, breathing entity. It is one of the most challenging and rewarding undertakings imaginable. Love it unconditionally and your passion will be contagious.
Capable Living Home Care & Wellness Denver, Colorado
Left-page upper-left and lower-right photos by Shannon Gray Photography
Compassionate. Empowering. Holistic. Pursuing life to its fullest is a lifelong journey. The staff at Capable Living believe wellness and innovation are keys to savoring an independent lifestyle. They provide assistance, insuring that life continues to be rich with rewarding for all of our years. Supporting Baby Boomers and elders through various concierge services, Capable Living offers comfort to clients and peace of mind to families. Clients receive person-centered, holistic care. They have creative solutions for your specific needs and desires.
Specialties: PersonalÂ Concierge, Travel Concierge, Surgical Concierge 303.524.5192, capableliving.com facebook.com/CapableLiving
Photos by Britt Nemeth Photography
The Career Agent Denver, Colorado
Innovative. Collaborative. Effective. The Career Agent specializes in guiding seasoned professionals through career transition. Clients reside in the United States or are relocating to the United States. They also provide outplacement services to businesses and corporations. They empower professionals to identify their passions and purpose, and successfully change careers or re-enter the workforce, and provide them the resources to achieve their goals.
What makes your business unique? Our solutions are customized to each clientâ€™s individual situation, professional goals and objectives. We tailor job-seeking strategies to a clientâ€™s needs, capabilities and budget. What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Plan. Research. Dream. Set attainable goals. Get a mentor or coach. Be accountable, open to constructive feedback, be able to adjust and move forward. Take calculated risks.
How do you keep balance in your life? Time blocking keeps me on track during the workday, so I finish on time and can then focus on life, friends, and family.
Specialties: Career Transition and Outplacement Services 720.259.6353 x101 thecareeragent.net facebook.com/TheCareerAgent Twitter: @thecareeragent
What inspired you to start your business? My personal journey of wanting to feel more engaged, vibrant and purposeful in my own life inspired me to develop a clear, step-by-step process to help others seeking the same. What do you like best about owning a business? The daily inspiration from partnering with amazing women as they tap into their desires, discover their true potential and unleash their courage to take action that creates lasting change.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Get comfortable with the discomfort. Anytime we expand into our mostawesome selves; it can feel scary and uncertain. Don’t let that stop you. Learn to let it propel you forward. What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Trust your gut. Learn from others, seek the advice of experts and get the support you need, but remember to always trust your gut. You are your own best advisor. What is your motto or theme song? “I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” —Joseph Campbell
Carla Khabbaz Denver, Colorado
Upper-left photo by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design
Joyful. Inspired. Radiant. Carla is the creator of the ON Purpose Blueprint seriesâ€”programs designed to teach modern women how to combine conscious choice with aligned action in both their relationships and lives. As a certified relationship and transition coach and speaker, Carla specializes in helping women gain clarity, feel more connected and take the courageous action needed to living a more joyful, radiant life.
Specialties: Relationship and Transition Coaching 303.818.9543, carlakhabbaz.com facebook.com/carlakhabbaz Twitter: @carlakhabbaz linkedin.com/in/carlakhabbaz
Cars From A Womanâ€™s Perspective Denver, Colorado
Feminine. Empowering. Driven. CFAWP is a female-friendly car community designed to empower women who love cars. Their mission is to inspire female automotive enthusiasts by providing a platform for expressing car passions from the female perspective in a male-dominated industry. They share intelligent and entertaining stories written by women for womenâ€”from childhood anecdotes and general mechanics tips, to car-buying stories and how to not get screwed at the shop.
Photos by LeTir Photography
Specialty: Female-friendly Car Community 720.388.3688, cfawp.com, Twitter: @alissabarry facebook.com/CarsFromAWomansPerspective
What inspired you to start your business? Tired of Googling â€œwomen and carsâ€? only to find scantily-clad chicks degradingly posing with their butts out, I created a community that appreciates women, for women who appreciate cars. What motivates you on a daily basis? Forming a nonprofit arm for battered women, homeless women, and women who need a hand in changing their life situations. Utilizing CFAWP as a vehicle to create this impact inspires me.
What do you CRAVE? A world that accepts people for who they are. Community. Friends with the ability to recognize that we are all here to see how much joy we can spread.
What makes your business unique? Each Client is special, and their space is treated individually. All custom designed products are never re-created, so your space is truly unique! What inspired you to start your business? My Mom. She always made our home beautiful, and always designed herself. I remember how warm and special it made me feel, and I wanted to bring that to others.
Michelle T. Barbossa
What do you like best about owning a business? The privilege of a clientâ€™s trust. Formulating solutions through design. The thrill of conceptualizing spaces, accessories and furniture, and then bringing them to life!
Chu Chi Mu, Inc. Denver, Colorado
Photos by Margo Elfstrom
Fresh. Innovative. Unexpected. Great design is about discovering what brings joy, so as to imbue a home with thoughtful consideration. Chu Chi Mu is committed to careful listening, organization, clear communication and budgeting, for these are the necessary steps to effectuate the dazzling results clients have come to love. For more than 13 years Michelle has created remarkable spaces, combining the unexpected with clientsâ€™ love-enveloped pieces.
Specialties: Interior Design, Space Planning, Remodeling 303.946.4560, chuchimu.com, facebook.com/ChuChiMu Twitter: @ChuChiMu
Clementine’s a Boutique Salon LoHi, Denver
Chic. Creative. Relaxing. Clementine’s a Boutique Salon planted it’s roots in 2011 in the Lower Highlands neighborhood. After 18 months they were featured as one of the top 100 salons in the United States by Elle Magazine. The stylists at Clementine’s pride themselves on keeping up with the newest trends and crazes but still having that down-to-earth approach with their clientele.
Specialty: Hair Care 2009 W 33 Ave, Denver, 720.328.3594 clementinesdenver.com facebook.com/ClementinesDenver
What do you like best about owning a business? Having the opportunity to help the other stylists recognize their talent. Itâ€™s so rewarding to see how my ideas impact other peopleâ€™s lives. What motivates you on a daily basis? Relationships. I have a wonderful clientele, an exquisite staff and a beautiful family. I am fortunate to have a great balance with work and play.
Dani Nelson Everson
What place inspires you? New York City. The energy is electric. I love the combination of the fashionforward crowd and the East Coast elegance. Everything down to the architecture makes me feel alive.
“Go with your gut. Too often we find flaws in the most beautiful idea and if we take a step back we can see what drew us there initially.” —Dani Nelson Everson, Clementine’s a Boutique Salon
What makes your business unique? We are unique not only because of our long-standing Denver presence and fabulous vendor relationships, but the exquisite, detailed, one-of-a-kind weddings we plan for our clients. How do you measure success? By each wedding that we plan. When we receive love notes from our clients or get the last hug before they leave their wedding—it’s priceless!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Get paid what your worth. Don’t settle or discount yourself or what you do.
Cloud 9 Weddings & Papers Denver, Colorado
Unique. Sophisticated. Detailed. This Denver-based wedding planning company provides couples with one-of-aâ€‘kind, impeccably designed and executed weddings that also offers fabulous wedding invitations. Their team of wedding planners and consultants possess years of experience along with amazing relationships with wedding venues and vendors that provide top-notch services. They absolutely love what they do and it shows!
Portrait and lower-right photos by Frances Photography
Specialties: Wedding Planning and Invitations 720.570.1168, cloud9bliss.com facebook.com/cloud9bliss, Twitter: @cloud9bliss
What are your most popular products or services? Remote computer service. We are able to resolve 70 percent of customer issues remotely. We log in during nonbusiness hours so that our customers enjoy no disruption in their day. What inspired you to start your business? I had seen and heard horror stories on the complete lack of service in the IT services industry. We knew we could provide customers a better option.
What do you like best about owning a business? The autonomy. Looking at customer needs and technological trends and being able to adjust our service offerings accordingly. What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Get out there and meet other business owners. I have gotten some of the best advice and tips from other business owners. What is your motto or theme song? â€œNever underestimate the power of a small group of people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.â€? â€”Margaret Meade How do you keep balance in your life? In addition to business obligations, I book personal time and family time on the calendar. This is key for me to maintain any sort of balance in my life.
Code Blue Computing Broomfield, Colorado
Innovative. Dynamic. Evolving. Code Blue Computing is the premier source for information technology services in the Denver area. They are a boutique firm providing unparalleled service to small businesses and home users alike. Their service offerings range from computer repair, iPhone and iPad repair, networking, data backup and recovery to server setup and maintenance, cloud backups and vendor-managed IT services for small businesses.
Photos by John Bosley Photography
Specialties: Information Technology By appointment only: 12303 Airport Way, Ste 200, Broomfield 720.746.9763, codebluecomputing.com facebook.com/codebluecomputing, Twitter: @codebluecomputi
College Safari, LLC Denver, Colorado
Collaborative. Empowering. Personalized. Melinda B. Kopp, MBA, is a Certified Educational Planner and the founder of College Safari. She guides students and their families as they navigate through all aspects of the college planning process, making this a time of self discovery and identifying individual, best-fit college options. College Safariâ€™s one-on-one attention gives your student an organized strategy to ensure that they present all elements of every application with focused attention to each detail.
Photos by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design
Specialties: College Planning and Advising 303.304.7829, collegesafari.com facebook.com/CollegeSafari, Twitter: @CollegeSafari linkedin.com/in/melindakopp
What inspired you to start your business? I was inspired to start College Safari to help students develop appropriate college lists and lessen the stress surrounding the often confusing application process. It’s important for students to explore and discover their individual interests. High school seniors are then able to make more informed decisions about their college choice, major, and future career options.
Melinda B. Kopp
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? The only way to learn and gain experience is to “jump right in.” No one knows it all and there is no perfect time to get started. What motivates you on a daily basis? I’m motivated by seeing the moment when a student’s face changes from the anxiety of “will I get in?” to knowing that they will definitely find a college that’s right for them!
What makes your business unique? We have a really funky upscale vibe with great service where you can either spend $3 or $30, either from a truck window or at one of our Cantinas. What do you like best about owning a business? The people that I employ. They are my favorite part.
Who is your role model or mentor? My dad. Heâ€™s 67. He has owned his own business for 33 years. He has never given up, even when things were really, really hard. What is your motto or theme song? We are the company we keep, so keep great company.
Comida Cantina and Food Truck Denver, Longmont, Mobile
Photos by Britt Nemeth Photography, except left-page upper-right photo by Darci Amundson Photography
Delicious. Authentic. Fun. Comida means food. The Cantinaâ€™s roots are street food, honest and real. Food they have been passing out the window of their big pink vending truck since 2010. At the Cantinas you will find much of the same, and then some. They offer simple Mexican flavors done in a unique and flavorful way. Everything is handmade with care using the best ingredients available.
Specialty: Mexican Street Food 3350 Brighton Blvd, Ste 105, Denver, 303.296.2747 721 Confidence Dr, Ste 1, Longmont, 720.204.6455 eatcomida.com, facebook.com/eatcomida, Twitter: @eatcomida
What inspired you to start your business? I was already a real estate agent, but I wanted to create something that reflected my values. As it turns out, giving away money brought me more joy in life! What are your passions? Yoga, personal growth, connection with people, building community, nature, dogs, delicious and healthy food, words, music, authentic expression, sustainable living. What do you like best about owning a business? If I succeed or fail, it is of my own doing.
What do you CRAVE? Progress, integrity, beautiful places and spaces, great friends, inspired business practices, Asian art, and quality tea.
The Conscious Group
at Colorado’s Finest Real Estate Denver, Colorado Compassionate. Informed. Eco-friendly. The Conscious Group is Denver’s alternative residential real estate experience. They specialize in eco-friendly properties and offer real estate bike tours. Ten percent of all agent commissions are contributed to the nonprofit of the client’s choice. The Conscious Group provides attentive customer service and a deep understanding of the local market to meet and exceed expectations.
Photos by Faceted Media
Specialties: Changing The World Through Real Estate 303.908.9873, theconsciousgroup.com facebook.com/theconsciousgroup.com Twitter: @theparksgirl, linkedin.com/in/allisonparks
Upper-left and lower-right photos by John Bosley Photography
Crisanta Duran Duran for Colorado Denver, Colorado Innovative. Thoughtful. Focused. Representative Crisanta Duran serves as the Chair of the Joint Budget Committee which balances Colorado’s $20 billion annual budget. She believes the best change comes from the bottom-up, not the top-down. That’s why she is always ready to listen to and act on new ideas to promote Denver’s small businesses. The road to economic recovery depends on the success of our local community.
What are your passions? In 2009, I kicked off my campaign with the promise that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules should receive access to economic opportunity and the American dream. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
What place inspires you? I traveled to Israel in 2012 and remember feeling that regardless of one’s background, there is more that binds us together as part of the human experience than divides us.
Specialties: Advocating for Denver’s Local Economy By appointment only: 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, 303.866.2925 duranforcolorado.com, facebook.com/crisanta.duran Twitter: @crisantaduran
What are your most popular products or services? Crown exclusive glass awards as well as elegant plaques and acrylics. What are your passions? I love the creative side of the business and love the one-on-one I get to have with our client base. What do you like best about owning a business? Having the flexibility for balance in my life.
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Understand your value. What business mistake have you made that you will not repeat? I have no regrets! Every decision I have made, whether it be good or bad, has been a stepping stone for growth in my future. What is your motto or theme song? We are family! How do you keep balance in your life? I make family time a priority with family dinners and family night. What do you CRAVE? Attending our National Crown Convention each year, meeting with other store owners and our suppliers, and looking for new products that will make us stand out.
Corporate Awards & Promotions Centennial, Littleton, Arvada Professional. Innovative. Affordable. Crown Trophy Corporate Awards & Promotions is a locally and family owned franchise located in heart of the Denver Tech Center. Crown offers something that online vendors can’t: one-on-one customer service and a beautiful showroom. Crown prides itself on delivering quality awards at affordable prices. Crown is your source for awards—glass, plaques and acrylics—recognition, promotional products, personalized engraving, and much, much more.
Photos by Through Your Eyes Photography
Specialties: Corporate Awards, Promotions, Employee Recognition 7300 S Alton Way, Ste C, Centennial, 720.488.3988 1099 W Littleton Blvd, Littleton, 303.730.1711 6680 Wadsworth Blvd, Ste C, Arvada, 303.456.9701 crowntrophy.com
The Denver Tea Room & Coffee Salon Denver, Colorado
Tranquil. Inviting. Delicious. Awarded Westword Magazine’s “Best Afternoon Tea”, the Denver Tea Room has been the quintessential tea room for more than five years. In 2014 the sister team of Margo Seymour and Arlene Guillen set up shop at their new location. This new space, designed with entertaining in mind, offers guests a chance to step away from a busy day and enjoy food and drink in an unhurried manner. Their Coffee Salon is a new addition, offering coffee and tea as well as light breakfast fare and a fresh lunch menu.
Specialties: High Tea, Bridal and Baby Showers, Children’s Parties 1165 S Broadway, 303.321.2236 Hours: Mon–Fri 6:30am–4pm, Sat/Sun: 7am–5pm Afternoon High Tea by Reservation thedenvertearoom.com, facebook.com/DenverTeaRoom Twitter: @denverteacoffee Photos by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design
What inspired you to start your business? As children, we played tea party with our mom and sisters. As adults, we visit tea rooms while traveling. We combine our love of entertaining and tea service. What do you like best about owning a business? We like creating events and working out the details. We also love that we are our own bosses and our future is designed by us!
Arlene Guillen and Margo Seymour
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Share your goals with like-minded individuals. You will need to be laser focused on your goals and friends who think otherwise will soon grow tired of your dedication.
What are your most popular products or services? Our annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys toy shop. This event is for volunteers and for families in need, free of charge, where they can pick out what they would like to give their children for the holidays. What inspired you to start your business? My daughter, Kenzi, who was stillborn in 2007 when I was six months pregnant.
What are your passions? I love my family and my nonprofit organization. I am able to bring both of them together to make a difference in the lives of children in our community.
Dolls for Daughters and Kenziâ€™s Kidz Denver, Colorado
Photos by Picture the Day and KB Digital Designs
Unique. Engaging. Amazing. Dolls for Daughters and Kenziâ€™s Kidz is a Denver-based nonprofit dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children in Colorado. This organization has grown from helping more than 100 children in 2007 to helping 4,200 children in 2013. Dolls for Daughters and Kenziâ€™s Kidz currently serves families in the Denver Metro area, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs and is growing.
Specialties: Volunteer Opportunities, Assistance to Families 720.722.3493, dollsfordaughters.com facebook.com/dollsfordaughters, Twitter: @dolls4daughters
What are your most popular products or services? Lounge vignettes, vintage decor, our French Provincial Wedding Collection and thoughtful accents. Whether itâ€™s one glistening chandelier or a complete venue makeover, we have a diverse collection to choose from.
What makes your business unique? We create spaces that encourage people to connect with one another. Be it intimate lounges, clever receptions, or simple statement pieces, our goal is to integrate savvy designs with personal connections. What inspired you to start your business? You had to look east or west to find trend-setting interior designs available specifically for special events. We wanted to provide a place that was inspiring, unique, and ever-changing.
Eclectic Hive Denver, Colorado
Innovative. Customer-centric. Specialized. Eclectic Hive focuses on providing our clients with solutions to their event design that exceed their expectations in whatever capacity is most important to them: creativity, budget, service or all three! This customer-centric company uses their expertise to give one-of-a-kind experiences. The company values honesty, integrity, quality of product and service to clients and industry colleagues.
Photos by Jensen Sutta Photography
Specialties: Corporate, Social, Wedding and Nonprofit Events 303.482.5777, eclectichive.com, facebook.com/EclecticHive
Who is your role model or mentor? My Papaw, my hero. He has inspired me to be strong and chase my dreams. He will always be a leading force in my life. What motivates you on a daily basis? My son, Korbyn. Without him nothing would be possible. I aspire to be to him the best mom and grow with him in this incredible journey of life. What is your motto or theme song? The rest of your life is being shaped right now with the dreams you chase, the choices you make and the person you decide to be!
What do you CRAVE? Dark chocolate!
Elements Catering Denver, Colorado
Photos by Andrew and Jessica Photographers
Inspiring. Dedicated. Delectable. Elements Catering is a licensed and insured full-service catering company. They provide signature quality food, superior customer service and eye-catching presentation with worry-free reliability. Elements Catering believes that everything they do must begin with the highest commitment to excellence. Their mission is to excel their services a step beyond the level of your expectations.
Specialty: Full-Service Catering 303.421.9600, elementscatering.net, Twitter: @ElementsCater
ElizabethRider.com Denver, Colorado
Healthy. Happy. Inspiring. Elizabeth Rider is a leading nutrition and whole living expert helping women around the world become the absolute best versions of themselves. As a Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor (AADP), Elizabeth’s philosophy isn’t just about eating well; it’s about all of the other aspects of life that makes us human, too. Cultivating the ideal lifestyle isn’t her passion; it’s her religion.
Photos by by Keri Doolittle Photography, except portrait by Jana Graham Photography
Specialties: Healthy Recipes, Nutrition, Wellness Coaching ElizabethRider.com, facebook.com/ElizabethRider.FanPage Twitter: @elizabethrider, linkedin.com/in/elizabethnrider
What inspired you to start your business? I knew there was something more to life than golden corporate handcuffs. And I was right! What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Don’t compare your Chapter 2 to someone else’s Chapter 10. Instead of comparing, put your head down and do good work, and everything you want will come to you.
What business mistake have you made that you will not repeat? Not listening to my gut. Your gut has it’s own nervous system, and more neural pathways than your brain! Learn to trust it. What is your motto or theme song? Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
What makes your business unique? Positive business talk on the radio is unique. Tune in daily to hear from business experts who share their individual stories and perspectives for helping business thrive. No complaints. What do you like best about owning a business? My workdays are filled with purpose and intention. I love having a full calendar and connecting with people. I also love my downtime. I love that I get to choose.
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Surround yourself with people who believe in you. There will be days when their belief in you will keep you going when you may want to quit.
Experience Pros Radio Show Denver, Colorado
Upbeat. Inspirational. Motivating. The Experience Pros Radio Show is changing the way people treat people in business. The show broadcasts weekdays from Denver and airs on multiple stations across the US. Business greats such as Dr. Ivan Misner (BNI), Dave Ramsey (best selling author and radio host), and Bob Burg (best selling author) have endorsed the Experience Pros Radio Show as the Most Positive Business Talk Show in America.
Specialties: The Most Positive Business Talk Show in America AM 560 KLZ, weekdays 10amâ€“12pm 855-FAN-BRAG ExperiencePros.com facebook.com/ExperiencePros Twitter: @ExperiencePros
Right page: upper-left and lower-right photos by Britt Nemeth Photography
Extended Family Home Care Denver, Colorado
Personalized. Compassionate. Respectful. Extended Family is dedicated to enriching the lives of seniors so they may lead dignified, independent lives within the familiarly of their own home. Their caregivers love what they do and this reflects in the quality of care clients receive. They are compassionate individuals and are often referred to as â€œpart of the family.â€? This special bond between caregivers and clients differentiates Extended Family. Together they bring comfort to clients and confidence to families.
What do you like best about owning a business? I love the flexibility it gives me as a mommy. I create my schedule around my boys which allows me to always be there for them. This is incredible! What motivates you on a daily basis? I love to see people shine! I really enjoy visiting with clients and hearing their stories. It brings me great joy to see people age in place with the love of family and friends.
What is your motto or theme song? Life and good health are truly a blessing! Each day brings the opportunity to be wiser, stronger and better.
Specialties: Senior Care, Alzheimerâ€™s/Dementia Care 2755 S Locust St, Ste 111, Denver 303.955.8107, extendedfamilyinc.com facebook.com/extended.family
What makes your business unique? We focus on businesses and commercial photography. We help individuals, businesses and non-profits get started and get some media at an affordable price. What are your passions? Journalism, photography, yoga, helping people start their businesses, putting stories together. Creating art with media in every form. What motivates you on a daily basis? I help businesses get started! I did it, so I know they can too.
What is your motto or theme song? “If you don’t start somewhere, you’re gonna get nowhere.” —Bob Marley
Faceted Media Denver, Colorado
Photos by Faceted Media, except portrait by Kristina Lynn Photography
Edgy. Fashionable. Current. Faceted Media is different from every angleâ€”a one-stop media shop for businesses, non-profits and individuals. Affordable pricing, top-notch photography, edgy models, event expertise and more make up this dynamic photography and media services company. Faceted Media also offers creative marketing solutions, basic websites for start-ups, social media and savvy writing services.
Specialties: Photography: Parties, Products, Places, Fashion 720.515.7190, facetedmedia.com, facebook.com/facetedmedia
Fleuriste Craft Supply Centennial, Colorado
Creative. Colorful. Evolving. Fleuriste Craft Supply features amazing, top-quality boutique craft supplies at discount prices. With both an active website and a retail location in Centennial, Fleuriste is your one-stop-shop for hair flowers, hardware, elastics, buttons, appliques, headbands and more! Learn all about how to make headbands for yourself or as a gift. They offer classes and free tutorials for the crafty newbie as well.
Photos by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design
Specialties: Hair Craft Supplies 8100 S Quebec St, Ste B205, Centennial, 303.741.2792 fleuristesupplies.com, facebook.com/fleuristesupplies
What are your most popular products or services? Our most popular products are our elastics, used to make headbands, hair ties, sandals, suspenders and more! What makes your business unique? Our retail store is fun because we have a wonderful mix of employees. Theyâ€™re inspiring, motivating and a constant source of amusement.
Anna Mack Severn
What do you like best about owning a business? I love the freedom I have to run the business and interact with my customers. Itâ€™s so fun to see someone learn how to craft and develop a new passion.
What makes your business unique? I am a highly creative woman with a passion for photographing people! I am able to connect and relate to people from all walks of life. What do you like best about owning a business? I love the freedom that owning my own business affords me. I enjoy working hard, playing hard, calling the shots, and being in charge of my own schedule.
What motivates you on a daily basis? I am an artist at heart and I am happiest when I am creating beauty in this worldâ€”either through my imagery or my relationships with the people I love.
Frances Photography Denver, Colorado
Photos by Frances Photography
Artistic. Energetic. Timeless. Frances Photography is a certified professional boutique photography studio specializing in weddings, special events, boudoir, and portraiture. Frances has photographed award-winning imagery for clients including celebrities and sports starts, not only in Colorado, but coast to coast as well as internationally. Francesâ€™ work has been published in Professional Photographer, in multiple issues of Reign, Aisle Style, Luxe Weddings, the Knot, Brides, and Confetti Magazine.
Specialties: Weddings, Engagements, Portraits, and Boudoir 303.424.3800, francesphotography.com facebook.com/FrancesPhotography Twitter: @francesmarron
What inspired you to start your business? I have a lifelong love of yoga, dance and therapeutic bodywork and wanted to create an upscale urban destination to house all of it in one welcoming place. How do you measure success? When my clients feel a heightened sense of wellness as a result of our classes and services, I call that success. How do you relax? Bubble baths, red wine and dark chocolate!
How do you keep balance in your life? Making time to nurture myself enables me to show up more completely in my personal and business relationships.
The Freyja Project LoHi, Denver
Photos by Kristen Hatgi
Vibrant. Motivating. Transformational. The Freyja Project brings inspired mind-body fitness to Highland Denver through yoga and dance fitness classes and spa services. Classes appeal to practitioners at all levels, from beginners to advanced, and cater to all body types: athletic or weekend warrior, pre- or post-natal, or those working with injuries. Therapeutic spa treatments include acupuncture, bodywork and energy work plus facials and waxing.
Specialties: Yoga, Dance Fitness, Therapeutic Spa Services 3456 Tejon St, Denver, 303.964.YOGA (9642) thefreyjaproject.com, Twitter: @freyjaproject facebook.com/pages/the-freyja-project
Photos by From the Hip Photo
From the Hip Photo Stapleton, Denver
Whimsical. Genuine. Exceptional. Remarkably beautiful images and unrivaled client attention have made From the Hip Photoâ€™s three-person team Coloradoâ€™s best-reviewed photographers from Yelp to the Denver A-List. Based out of their solar-powered Stapleton studio, From the Hip utilizes their fine arts backgrounds to inform their visual approach, while a passion for close customer interaction ensures a gush-worthy experience for individuals and businesses in Colorado and beyond.
What makes your business unique? Our team approach allows us to provide clients with jaw-dropping turnaround times, niche photographic specialties, and ridiculously quick response times that create a stellar experience before and after each session.
Nina de Zayas
What do you like best about owning a business? Consciously striving to craft the ideal experience for our clients is a thrill--it’s the reward of doing hard work and feeling the happiness and love when it all comes together. What tip would you give women who are starting a business? View your entrepreneurship as a learning process and don’t be afraid of failure. Many people are so shackled by fear of failure that they don’t allow their business to grow.
Specialties: Weddings, Events, Portraits, Products 9064 E 37th Ave, Denver, 720.251.5329 fromthehipphoto.com, Twitter: @fromthehipphoto facebook.com/fromthehipphoto
Gabriela Designs Denver, Colorado
Creative. Genuine. Elegant. Gabriela is an award-winning fashion designer with more than 20 years of experience in wedding gowns, evening wear and special occasion fashion, and an expert in restyling of vintage wedding gowns. She provides skilled pattern and sample making for designers and specializes in custom designs.
Photos by Photos by JAnthony Garnica , except right-page lower photo by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design
Specialty: Clothing Design and Product Development 720.628.6764 gasbrielacouture.com facebook.com/GabrielaDesignsDenver
What inspired you to start your business? My entrepreneurial spirit was drawn from my parents and grandparents form an early age, who were innovative businesspeople themselves. What are your passions? My passion is fashion in itâ€™s finest form. Nothing excites me more than having my designs showcased by beautiful models on the runway.
What do you like best about owning a business? The satisfaction of realizing the dreams of my clients, when it comes to the most special moments of their lives. What place inspires you? My sewing studio. Thatâ€™s the place where my fashion fantasies come to life. 113
What are your most popular products or services? Classic Salt Caramels, accented with crunchy, flaky sea salt. What makes your business unique? The caramels and other treats we make for the Adventure Club: eaters who love big, bold, complex flavors and are willing to seek them out.
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Planning and analysis may be the least-sexy part of owning a business, but it’s incredibly important. Plan, do your thing, and then compare the results to what you expected. What place inspires you? Every time I leave downtown Denver via 15th Street and see the Highlands— the hills and buildings and signs—it makes me happy I live here.
Helliemae’s Denver, Colorado
Intense. Complex. Adventurous. Helliemae’s makes intense, complex caramels and other treats for adventurous eaters who crave big flavors and experiences. Helliemae’s offers five flavors of caramels year-round, including the original Classic Salt Caramel, and three types of dessert sauces. For holidays, Helliemae’s releases 6 limited-edition caramels, each available for a few weeks. Fans eagerly await the return of favorites like Atticus, the Father’s Day caramel featuring Colorado whiskey.
Photos by John Bosley Photography
Specialties: Caramels, Confections, Dessert Sauces In stores all around Denver, including The Perfect Petal 303.834.7048, saltcaramels.com facebook.com/helliemaes, Twitter: @helliemaes
Highland Tap & Burger LoHi, Denver
Inviting. Handcrafted. Indulgent. Highland Tap & Burger is LoHiâ€™s first neighborhood bar serving artisan pub fare. Highland Tap & Burger offers 80 beers with a focus on local Colorado craft breweries. In fact, 19 of the 20 beers on tap are local brews. The bar features a comfortable space to watch your favorite team and an inviting indoor-outdoor space with a stunning fire pit for evenings on the patio.
Specialties: Craft Burgers and Beer 2219 W 32nd Ave, Denver highlandtapdenver.com facebook.com/highlandtapdenver Twitter: @highlandtapden
Photos by Montvale Photography, except portrait by John Bosley Photography
What are your most popular products or services? Handcrafted gourmet burgers and Colorado craft brews. What makes your business unique? All of our front of the house staff have earned the level one certified beer server designation through the Cicerone Program. What inspired you to start your business? The great sense of community that comes from an authentic neighborhood pub.
What do you like best about owning a business? Being able to provide opportunity and education for our employees.
Photo by Montvale Photography
“Trust your concept and understand your value.” —Katie O’Shea, Highland Tap & Burger
Left-page photo by Andrea Flanagan, right‑page photos by Julia Brymer
Inleit Properties Denver, Colorado
Understanding. Insightful. Tenacious. Inleit Properties (pronounced “in light”) helps people find the house they need to build the life they want. They are a team of Denver-based real estate experts that help their clients identify the community and neighborhood that is the best fit for their lifestyle, making the task of finding their ideal home much easier. They are advocates during the buying and selling process and ongoing advisors after the last piece of paper is signed. They believe a home is more than just a place to live—it’s the place that supports life goals and Stephanie Brook Mercer’s team is there to help every step of the way.
What makes your business unique? We give real estate the brevity it deserves. What inspired you to start your business? Our sister organization the Goddess Garden. It bring girls into their own power through the knowing and actualization of their unique gifts. What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Think bigger. What is your motto or theme song? With My Own Two Hands by Jack Johnson.
Stephanie Brook Mercer with her daughter, Kiragan
What do you CRAVE? True connection, great food and life outdoors.
Specialties: Purposedriven Real Estate 720.289.0522
What makes your business unique? Inspyre knows the undeniable feeling of walking out of your house with an outfit that you feel incredible wearing. We hope to provide each and every customer with this feeling. What do you like best about owning a business? The ability to build an awesome little niche in this world—a positive, fun, beautiful and supportive environment with a focus on being happy.
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Don’t ever settle, don’t believe you need to take less than the best in every part of your life.
Inspyre Boutique LoHi and Cherry Creek North
Photos by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design, except portrait by COUTURE Colorado
Free-spirited. Modern. Gorgeous. Inspyre Boutique boasts an incredibly beautiful and well curated collection of designers. The appearance of the stores combine a fashionable edge with an undoubtedly Colorado appeal. The clothing in this boutique can suit any style, from chic, refined lines to flowing printed pieces, this is a one-stop-shop for all Colorado women.
Specialties: Womenâ€™s Clothing, Fashion, Jewelry, Accessories 2021 W 32nd Ave, Denver, 303.718.2645 171 Detroit St, Denver, 720.891.9595 inspyreboutique.com facebook.com/inspyreboutique Twitter: @inspyreboutique
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Surround yourself with positive and encouraging people, be persistent, and always keep your sense of humor. What motivates you on a daily basis? I’m passionate about helping people discover their strengths, understand the power of the mind-body connection, and live confidently and vibrantly. Seeing people transform their lives keeps me energized and motivated.
Jo Ann Bayus
What is your motto or theme song? “Wellness is a personal investment that returns dividends of zestful living.” —Jack D. Osman What place inspires you? The beach. Being by the water provides a feeling of calm and inner peace like no other place in the world.
Jo Ann Bayus Denver, Colorado
Spirited. Supportive. Results-oriented. Jo Ann Bayus empowers people to realize the health, happiness and success they seek. She has spent more than 20 years studying traditional and alternative approaches to physical and mental wellness. Drawing upon her experience as a psychologist, behavioral consultant, personal trainer and health coach, she guides clients in identifying and developing personal strengthsâ€”the key to achieving life goals.
Left-page upper-left and right-page photos by Janeen Joy Photography
Specialties: Holistic Health and Lifestyle Coaching, Mindful Eating, Positive Psychology, Nutrition joannbayus.com, facebook.com/BayusWellness Twitter: @JoAnnBayus
Katie Den Ouden Food&Soul Coaching Denver, Colorado Wild. Free. Alive. Katie Den Ouden is the Food&Soul coach. Teaching smart, driven and insightful women to feed their bodies and their lives so they can live in a body they love, create the life they were meant to and ooze contagious joy. She intuitively identifies whatâ€™s working, and whatâ€™s keeping you stuck and weighed down... ultimately unleashing empowered, confident, happy women who are in love with life.
What makes your business unique? The approach of adding in more pleasure, fun, and understanding in order to get the body and life you love is a 180-degree difference from most methods out there. How do you measure success? The level of contentment, gratitude, and beauty in my life.
Katie Den Ouden
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? “Seek the wisdom of the ages but look at the world through the eyes of a child.” —Ron Wild What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Identify what you stand for, who you are, and what you desire. Then you always have the ability to make decisions based on your truth and foundation.
Specialties: Nutrition, Mindset and Lifestyle 515.229.0856, katiedenouden.com facebook.com/katiedenouden.communitypage Twitter: @KatieDenOuden
What makes your business unique? Personalization. We become the voice of your business by getting to know your business and team to leverage content to drive sales and engagement. What do you like best about owning a business? Owning a business is about freedom. Freedom to work with people I respect and businesses who love my human approach to marketing.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? “Be so strong that nothing disturbs your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.” I learned this from Tim Simmons, sports media executive. What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Believe in yourself. Listen to your gut. Don’t let the naysayers get you down. Work smart; hard work follows. Identify an accountability partner. Live a balanced life. Health before wealth. How do you keep balance in your life? Mindfulness. I truly focus on myself daily by asking the question, “What have you done for yourself today?” Taking a walk, going to the gym, calling a friend... taking brain breaks.
Knock Out Performance Denver, Colorado
Left page: upper photo by Karrie Christen, lower photo by Mallory Baker
Energetic. Strategic. Engaging. Does your business need complete communication services? Knock Out Performance employs a team of communications and public relations experts to work with businesses to develop strategic communications, media and event plans to engage your audience through a variety of media. Sometimes a fresh perspective is all you need to bring new energy to your business, event or experience.
Specialties: PR, Social Media and Digital Marketing Management 303.601.6931, KimbirlyOrr.com, facebook.com/KnockOutPerformance Twitter: @Kimbirly, linkedin.com/in/kimbirlyorr
Kristina Lynn Photography & Design Denver, Colorado
Creative. Unique. Beautiful. Kristina Lynn Photography & Design is a full-service on-location portrait studio and a premier destination wedding photographer dedicated to providing you with high-quality prints and artwork for your home. Kristina Lynn Photography & Design specializes in uniquely creative photography for newborns, children, high school seniors, families, engagements and weddings in Colorado and is also available for travel worldwide.
Photos by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design, except portrait by Sara Jayne Photography
Specialties: Portraits, Wedding Photography, Graphic Design 303.501.3668, kristinalynnphoto.com, facebook.com/KristinaLynnPhotography Twitter: @klphotodesign, linkedin.com/in/kristinalynnphotography
What makes your business unique? I have a graphic design degree so I love incorporating that into my products such as designing a tabletop book, holiday cards, or even wedding invitations. What do you like best about owning a business? I love the flexibility of being able to set my own schedule.
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Be patient. Success doesnâ€™t happen overnight, it happens with lots of hard work and dedication. What place inspires you? Minnesota in the fall. I just love all the beautiful colors. 131
What makes your business unique? When you are faced with a legal problem, it usually touches more than one area of law. I take all legal consequences into account when designing legal strategy. What are your passions? I am passionate about helping people. I am driven and dedicated to my work, family and community. I want people to actually find justice in our justice system.
Jennifer E. Longtin
How do you measure success? I measure success by happiness. I want my career to fulfill me and pay the bills, but not take over my very existence. Balance is essential in life. Who is your role model or mentor? My law school best friend and professor, Howard Rosenberg, constantly inspires me. He has spent his whole life helping the indigent get access to good legal representation and knows everything. What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Just do it. Relying on yourself is terrifying, but it is liberating in greater measure. How do you relax? I have a farm in my backyard complete with chickens and an orchard. I find it so rewarding to grow things and dig in the dirt with my daughter. What do you CRAVE? Justice and chocolate.
The Law Office of Jennifer E. Longtin, LLC Denver, Colorado
Client-centered. Comprehensive. Caring. The Law Office of Jennifer E. Longtin takes a comprehensive look at legal problems and works with clients to find solutions that address all aspects of their cases. Jennifer specializes in criminal defense, family law, appeals and immigration, and she strives to serve clients from all financial circumstances for reasonable fees. Jennifer will work with you to achieve the best outcome for your case.
Photos by 1508 Photography
Specialties: Criminal Defense, Family Law, Appeals 303.747.6898, jlongtinlaw.com, facebook.com/jlongtinlaw
Photos by From the Hip Photo
Lola’s Sugar Rush Historic Downtown Littleton
Nostalgic. Elegant. Whimsical. Lola’s Sugar Rush is a delightful step back in time. Inside you’ll be awed by rows of beautiful glass candy jars that line the walls of this nostalgic candy store. With over 900 types of candy and chocolates to choose from, as well as freshly baked cupcakes and old-time sodas, you’ll feel like a kid in this candy store!
What are your most popular products or services? Hard-to-find old-time candy bars are popular, but one favorite people can’t seem to get enough of is our mouth-watering sea-salt caramels. Soft-buttery caramels, blanketed in chocolate and hint of salt.
What makes your business unique? We are one of the only full-service nostalgic candy stores in Colorado. Our “Sugar Babes” personally wait on every guest and have an in-depth knowledge about the history of candy. What inspired you to start your business? I’ve always had a sweet tooth so my family called me Sugar. Owning and working in a candy store has been a life-long dream that’s come true.
Specialties: Nostalgic Candy, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Bulk Candy 2490 W Main St, Littleton, 303.797.7874 LolasSugarRush.com facebook.com/LolaSugarRush Twitter: @LolasSugarRush
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Make sure that you love what you do because you will live your business to make it successful. What do you like best about owning a business? I like the flexibility that owning my own business provides for me. I can balance my family and my work the way that I need to and that is essential.
What is your motto or theme song? My motto this year is embroidered inside my own bag: â€œLife begins at the end of your comfort zone.â€? It pushes me to take chances.
Mama Mahoney Creations Denver, Colorado
Photos by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design
Colorful. Stylish. Functional. Mama Mahoney Creations is a mom-owned, mom-powered company that creates custom quilted totes and accessories. Janice believes that quality is paramount, and she uses only the highest-quality fabrics and materials to make her totes. Over the last year, she has branched into creating custom lines for other businesses and her custom totes have been sent to customers throughout the country.
Specialties: Custom Quilted Totes and Accessories 720.443.9035, mamamahoneycreations.com facebook.com/MamaMahoneyCreations Twitter: @mamamahoney, linkedin.com/in/janicemahoney
The Mia Connect Denver, Colorado
Intuitive. Precise. Engaging. Mia Voss is an entrepreneur with several businesses that have one thing in common: building a stronger community. The Mia Connect produces weekly YouTube programs that showcase industry experts, social influencers, and the best and brightest in the business world. Mia is also a CRAVE Denver Partner and owner of TMC Services, her longstanding inspection business. These ventures keep Mia connected to all things great in Denver and beyond!
Photos by John Bosley Photography
Specialties: Online Interviews, Business Strategy 720.273.7448, themiaconnect.com, Google+: MiaVoss facebook.com/TheMiaConnect, Twitter: @themiaconnect TMC Services: tmc-services.com
What inspired you to start your business? I found my passion and just figured out ways to make money doing what I love! What do you like best about owning a business? I love being my own boss! I’m better at working with people than for people. I detest long meetings so it’s nice to be able to control your destiny. What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Don’t sell yourself short! Hone your craft and stick to your pricing.
How do you keep balance in your life? I’m an outgoing introvert and I meditate to balance my internal compass. “If you don’t have 10 minutes a day to meditate, you need an hour.” 139
Photo by John Bosley Photography
“Never explain yourself. Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t care.” —Mia Voss, The Mia Connect
Miss Lindsey Motorsports Denver, Colorado
Driven. Professional. Daring. Miss Lindsey Motorsports is a motorsports marketing company. Lindsey specializes in designing custom campaigns for companies that are interested in increasing their visibility, distribution and local outreach using one of the baddest, most well-known dragsters in Colorado. Lindsey competes in over 30 drag racing events per year all around the nation, as well as keeps a full schedule doing personal appearances.
Specialties: Motorsports Marketing, Drag Racing, Consulting 720.270.7387, lindseycramsey.com facebook.com/MissLindseyCramsey Twitter: @LindseyCramsey
Photos by John Bosley Photography
What are your most popular products or services? Miss Lindsey Motorsports is experienced in helping both new and established businesses think outside the box when it comes to the marketing campaigns that will increase visibility of their business. What are your passions? Iâ€™m a little bit of everything. Obviously, I love drag racing and love to compete. However, I have 200 pairs of shoes and never had a bad day shopping!
What do you CRAVE? A time when female business owners and female CEOâ€™s are commonplaceâ€”no longer the minority, but the majority.
What inspired you to start your business? The love of beautiful creations and the need to make my dreams come to fruition. What do you like best about owning a business? Creating the way I deem appropriate and seeing the pleasure on the faces of my customers. What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Be open minded. Make sure you research your target audience and then work to make them happy.
Trudy J. Miller
What is your motto or theme song? When in doubt, sparkle!
Momma Goddess Treasures Denver, Colorado
Photos by Christina Gressianu
Elegant. Whimsical. Opulent. Momma Goddess Treasures specializes in wedding accessories, featuring bridal and wedding jewelry custom-made to fit your needs, including garters, hair pieces, and fascinators. Handmade jewelry utilizing semi-precious gemstones, sterling silver wire, genuine crystals, and other opulent items. Momma Goddess also hand-paints silk scarves, shawls, ruanas, shrugs and ponchos for the goddess in every woman!
Specialties: Weddings, Modern Jewelry, Silk 970.449.0830, MommaGoddess.Etsy.com MommaGoddessTreasures.com, Twitter: @tjmbrdlady facebook.com/MommaGoddessTreasures linkedin.com/in/MommaGoddessTreasures pinterest.com/mommagoddess
Photos by John Bosley Photography, except portrait by Brooke Summer Photography
Muse Events Denver, Colorado
Vivacious. Imaginative. Enchanting. Muse Events is a creative firm specializing in the planning, design, and coordination of Colorado’s most memorable celebrations. Imagine the unique fun and wonder of celebrating your event without worry. Enjoy your day knowing that every detail has been handled—from spectacular surroundings to tantalizing cuisine to perfectly paced music—all impeccably orchestrated by your own personal Muse.
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Dream big and keep a journal of your successes so you can see how far you have come and how much closer you are to your dream. What do you like best about owning a business? I love the autonomy of owning my business. Success or failure is up to you. It is your concept to create, sell and succeed. In a word, it is Freedom.
What is your motto or theme song? “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” —Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Specialty: Event and Wedding Planning 303.332.1327, MuseEvents.com, facebook.com/MuseEvents Twitter: @MuseEvent, linkedin.com/in/tcdecker
Photos by John Bosley Photography
“I crave intelligent, thought-provoking conversations which challenge ideologies. To learn everything and anything others are willing to share.” —TC Decker, Muse Events
What are your most popular products or services? We have full-service menus for both women and men and offer everything from Brazilian waxes to bikinis, backs, eyebrows and full leg waxes. What is your favorite part about owning a business? Itâ€™s great to have the flexibility and freedom to do what we love and still have time for our families.
Alaina Green and Krista Staggs
What is your motto or theme song? A new and better wax experience! Our clients are not just appointments on our books, we have very close relationships with each client. How do you relax? We love to hang out with our families by experiencing new things and staying active.
Nouveau Wax University Hills, Denver
Photos by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design
Talented. Innovative. Professional. Nouveau Wax is an expert body waxing salon! At Nouveau Wax youâ€™ll receive exceptional customer service through the talent and innovative creativity of the staff. Nouveau Waxâ€™s mission is to offer an extraordinary wax at a realistic price in a clean and safe environment and to offer this service every time you visit. Owners Alaina Green and Krista Staggs have over 19 years experience combined.
Specialty: Body Waxing 2222 S Albion St, Ste 270, Denver, 303.758.9883 nouveauwax.com, Twitter: @nouveauwax
Padron Social Marketing Denver, Colorado
Strategic. Authentic. Results-driven. Social marketingâ€”itâ€™s no longer optional to have a presence, but having a presence is just the beginning. The truth is, any agency can get you fans. Padron Social Marketing gets you sales. They are built on trust and referrals, and since 2008 have delivered impressive client results. They provide competitive training and service packages. You wonâ€™t want to miss this!
Specialties: Social Media Marketing 309.230.7671, padronsocialmarketing.com facebook.com/KatrinaPadronStudios Twitter: @katrinapadron linkedin.com/in/katrinapadron Instagram: @katrinapadron
Photos by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design
What makes your business unique? Results. Any agency can deliver fans. We deliver partnerships, web traffic and sales. What inspired you to start your business? I always thought being successful was doing what you were suppose to do. In 2011, all of the suppose to’s let me down, so I started doing it my way. How do you measure success? Progess. Moving. Deciding.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” —Vincent Van Gogh What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Say yes and you’ll figure it out afterwards. What do you wish you’d known before starting your business? From the outside, it always looked so easy... put out a shingle and get customers. It’s hard work, but worth it! What is your motto or theme song? They told me I couldn’t. That’s why I did. How do you keep balance in your life? Balance is bunk. Do more of what you love and delegate the rest.
What makes your business unique? The combination of pet and human services, ensuring that every member of the family is provided with the same level of superior service and care. What inspired you to start your business? I wanted to provide an unique service that fills a growing need in our communities. People deserve a little luxury in their lives while still getting it all done. What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Jump right in. There is never going to be a perfect moment to start, so follow your passion and work hard at it.
The Pampered Life Denver, Colorado
Photos by Frances Photography
Lavish. Unique. High-quality. Everyone deserves more luxury in their life! The Pampered Life helps make that happen with their superior services. Helping clients accomplish their everyday tasks, special events, plan vacations and everything in between, giving them more time to pamper, indulge, and love themselves and their pets. The Pampered Life believes luxury living is for everyone and creates that feeling for their clients, pets and humans alike!
Specialties: Pet Services, Concierge Services 303.908.1074, ThePamperedLifeColorado.com facebook.com/ThePamperedLifeColorado
Photos by Sarah Perkins Photography, invitation suite by Haute Papier
The Paper Lady Washington Park, Denver
Stylish. Fun. Creative. For more than 30 years the Paper Lady has been a stationery store on Old South Gaylord Street. They specialize and tailor their paper products to fit your occasion. From formal weddings to casual backyard barbecues, they have just the invitationâ€”and the personal touch to make it unique! They thrive on the importance of customer service and the art of the handwritten note.
What makes your business unique? We go out of our way for our customers. They make the difference, so we go above and beyond to appreciate them. Many of my close friends were all customers first! What inspired you to start your business? I love correspondence and entertaining. I sit down to write thank you’s, send out invitations, and use my fine china. Snail mail and place cards leave a lasting impression.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Manners take your everywhere. Tried and true. The power of please, thank you, and good etiquette is immeasurable.
Specialties: Stationery, Personalized Goods, Event Accessories 1018 S Gaylord St, Denver, 303.722.6877 paperladyonline.com
What do you like best about owning a business? Having our own business gives us personal freedom and joy through creative expression. We find limitless satisfaction in knowing the sky’s the limit through our success. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Do what you love and you won’t have to work a day in your life.
Stacee Swee and Tina Bialkowski
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Know your strengths and weaknesses. Have a solid plan supporting your weaknesses and you will be well prepared.
Petunia and Rose Englewood, Colorado
Vivacious. Playful. Inventive. Petunia and Rose is a growing business run by two women with a passion to decorate the world in flowers. Based in Englewood, they are available for weddings and special occasions all throughout Colorado. Their unique and creative florals can please any style palette, and are certain to add the perfect touch to any celebration.
Left page: portrait by Lynn Clark Portraits, lower-left photo by Elevation Photography, lower-right photo by Kelly Kasper Right page: photo by Bridget Fossedal Photography
Specialty: Wedding and Special Occasion Florals 303.949.8706, petuniaandrose.com facebook.com/petuniaandrose
Pilates of Cherry Creek Cherry Creek, Denver
Enthusiastic. Creative. Welcoming. Pilates of Cherry Creek provides Pilates tailored to everybody that walks in the door. They offer small group, semi-private and private sessions targeted to increase strength and flexibility creating beautiful long and lean bodies. Open 7 days a week for classes and private sessions.
Lower-left photo and portrait by Frances Photography
Specialties: Pilates Apparatus and Mat, Massage 100 Garfield St, Ste 200 Denver, 303.329.8700 pilatesofcherrycreek.com, facebook.com/pilatesofcc
What makes your business unique? We are not just here to teach Pilates, we are creating a healthier community. When you walk into our studio door you become a part of that community. Pilates is life changing. What inspired you to start your business? We love the way that Pilates can make a person happier in their own body, and wanted to share that feeling with as many people as possible.
Clara Gelatt and Deborah Cassel (not pictured)
What do you CRAVE? Small indulgences, a delicious dessert, a super comfy and flattering sweater, a great song to rock out toâ€”reminders to enjoy life no matter how stressful it can get.
Portrait by From the Hip Photo
Pink Paisley Events Denver, Colorado
Trendy. Creative. Celebratory. This Colorado-born event studio creates unforgettable memories through creative design and diligent organization. Whether an intimate wedding, a corporate event, a savvy soiree, fund-raisers or any other life celebration, they provide the most memorable, creative and personalized service. Pink Paisley Eventsâ€™s highly imaginative and diverse team of designers strives to orchestrate unforgettable memories.
What are your most popular products or services? Concept, design and installation for any event, day-of coordination, full-service planning, corporate events and holiday parties. How do you keep balance in your life? I surround myself with healthy and uplifting people.
What is your motto or theme song? â€œI believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.â€? â€”Audrey Hepburn
Specialty: Event Design and Planning pinkpaisleyevents.com, facebook.com/pinkpaisleyevents
“I crave chai tea and movie nights in the winter. A fresh bunch of peonies in the spring. Sweet tea, the beach and a good book in the summer. Caramel apples and craft nights in the fall.” —Sarah Flanagan, Pink Paisley Events
PostNet Downtown Denver LoDo District, Denver
Personal. Creative. Helpful. At PostNet you can find help with all of your marketing, printing, digital and shipping needs so you can focus on whatâ€™s really importantâ€”your customers and business growth. PostNet is a one-stop shop for convenience. Whether you need to design a website, print a sign or bind a presentation. Someone is always available to help with any business project, offering the friendly service you deserve, with quick project turnaround times.
Right-page photos by John Bosley Photography, left photo by Through Your Eyes Photography
Specialties: Marketing Materials, Websites, Design 1312 17th St, Denver, 303.595.0500, 866.595.0500 CO149.PostNet.com, CO149@PostNet.com
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Know who you are, be passionate about what you are doing and create a business that is an extension of the person you want to be. What motivates you on a daily basis? People that challenge me to learn and grow are my source of motivation and success. I thrive in a challenging environment. What is your motto or theme song? Never stop learning. To become complacent is to become irrelevant.
What do you CRAVE? Continued growth and influence in my community.
Mimi Lee and the Pressery team: Elena Capozzi, Michelle Riccardi and Nikki Jeffrey
What are your most popular products or services? Our Kale Pear blend (kale, pear, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, lemon) is our most popular juice; our Beet blend (beet, carrot, apple, pineapple and black pepper) comes in second. What inspired you to start your business? We wanted to show people that healthy food can actually taste great and that â€œfast foodâ€? can be good for you! How do you measure success? Ultimately, success is when we have inspired others to live healthier and happier lives.
Pressery Denver, Colorado
Upper-left photo by Rachel Caughey, lower-left photo by Cassie Cladis, rightâ€‘page photo by Jon Rose Photography
Premium. Purposeful. Innovative. Pressery makes chef-created, cold pressed juice, chia and nut milk blends from the freshest organic fruits and vegetables, sourced from local Colorado farmers when in season. Their juices taste as good as they make you feel, and inspire people to simply do what feels goodâ„˘ every day.
Specialties: Organic Cold Pressed Juice pressery.com, facebook.com/PresseryJuice Twitter: @Pressery
What makes your business unique? We offer validation and humor in an honest way by talking about things that are hard to admit but that every parent feels—and then we laugh about them, together. How do you measure success? The positive response from our audience is the best measure of our success. We started this as a fun night out and have built a community. That’s very rewarding.
Tracey Tee and Shayna Ferm
What is your motto or theme song? “You’re an awesome mom.” Every mom can remember when someone has told them they are doing a great job, so we think they should hear it much more often.
The Pump and Dump Show Denver, Colorado
Left-page lower-left photo by Crystal Allen, left-page upper-left and right-page photos by David Gannon
Irreverent. Honest. Validating. The Pump and Dump Show is designed to laugh away a kid-filled day while throwing a few back and remembering who we all were before we had kids. In 2014, Shayna and Tracey also launched the Mom to Mom Project which aims to spread laughter and generosity, mom to mom, through a line of affordable and always funny gifts for moms to give other moms.
Specialties: Entertainment and Kudos for Moms thepumpanddumpshow.com themomtomomproject.com facebook.com/ThePumpAndDump Twitter: @momtomomproject
What inspired you to start your business? I wanted to create an environment where you could come to relax, have fun and leave feeling rejuvenated. A one-stop shop for all your esthetic needs! What do you like best about owning a business? Being able to rejoice in ones implicit beauty. How do you measure success? I measure success in the satisfaction of each client I have the privilege of working with and knowing they leave my chair feeling beautiful!
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Do what you love and chase your passions, by doing so youâ€™ll cultivate a business that will bring you joy and pride.
Raquel at Beauty Mark Denver, Colorado
Photos by Kara Vest
Lovely. Relaxing. Creative. Raquel at Beauty Mark skincare is a private skincare, lash extension, makeup artistry and body-waxing studio, operated by Raquel Turner. As a dedicated, licensed esthetician, Raquel, has years of professional experience to support her talent in the beauty industry. Raquel has based her philosophy on helping people feel beautiful and at their best while creating true and lasting connections with her clients.
Specialties: Skincare, Makeup Artist, Lash Extension, Waxing 303.564.9501 raquelatbeautymark.com facebook.com/raquelatbeautymark linkedin.com/in/raquelturner
What inspired you to start your business? Ten years ago no one was putting gear and cute clothes for babies in one shop. I wanted a one-stop shop for all things baby. It makes life much easier. What do you like best about owning a business? The flexibility. I can be a full-time mom as well as a full-time business owner. It’s all about calling the shots and having the perfect schedule.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Cultivate trust with your staff. They are representing you and treating them with respect and giving them full authority makes for a team you can rely on.
North West Highlands, Denver Modern. Eco-friendly. Educational. Real Baby is the place to shop for all things baby! They have a wide range of items including nursery furniture, cars seats, strollers, unique shower gifts, infant clothing and more. They are a one-stop shopping experience for the new parent looking to outfit their baby. Their knowledgeable staff will help you pick the perfect baby gift or get your registry going.
Photos by Tess Polivka
Specialties: Baby Gear, Baby Clothes, Baby Shower Gifts 3616 W 32nd Ave, Denver, 303.477.2229 (BABY) shoprealbaby.com, facebook.com/realbabyinc
Photos by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design
Red Jeweled Media Denver, Colorado
Experienced. Creative. Strategic. Red Jeweled Media is a boutique PR agency that marries traditional PR with social media efforts to create a fluid approach to marketing. We believe that every business, large or small, deserves a personalized and unique approach when it comes to promotion. The Red Jeweled Media team works collectively to create strategic PR and social media campaigns that are creative, engaging and results-oriented.
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Start with why. Often we focus on the whats or hows of our businesses and forget that why we do what we do is more important. What do you like best about owning a business? Personally, I like the freedom and flexibility the lifestyle provides. Professionally, I love being involved in helping my clients solve their problems and reach their goals.
What motivates you on a daily basis? There is something special about watching a business grow and reach its potential. I am motivated not only to create a long-lasting business for myself but also for my clients.
Specialties: Public Relations, Social Media Marketing 888.552.0735, redjeweledmedia.com facebook.com/RedJeweledMedia Twitter: @redjeweledmedia linkedin.com/in/jenniferfinke
Reed & Associates, LLC Denver, Colorado
Innovative. Diligent. Honest. Reed & Associates, LLC features a new innovative outlook on typical tax preparation services. Youâ€™ll receive large tax firm knowledge with small firm pricing. Each client meets with the owner of the company, instead of getting shuffled around. By navigating the complex world of tax law, Gwen helps clients realize their personal and business dreams.
Lower-left and lower-right photos by 1508 Photography, upper-right photo by Keri Doolittle Photography
Specialties: Tax (CPA) Services, Accounting, Bookkeeping 303.838.6221, grrcpa.com
What makes your business unique? I want to meet my clients. I want to understand their business. Not just from a tax standpoint. I’m genuinely interested in what they are trying to accomplish. What do you like best about owning a business? Freedom. Being a small business owner gives me that. I know what needs to get done and there’s nothing more satisfying than making your own schedule.
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Don’t look back. You can’t change your past; look towards the future. “I should have” can’t be part of your mantra. Learn from your mistakes and go forward.
What are your most popular products or services? We offer ongoing maintenance programs to major office buildings that are costeffective and keep the buildings in great shape throughout the year. What do you like best about owning a business? Meeting and working with people and the flexibility. Creating a great work environment where people can really be a part of the successes of the business. Who is your role model or mentor? My mom and dad; they started the business, so I witnessed firsthand the struggles, the dedication and the sacrifice it takes to run a business well.
reidy metal services, inc. Denver, Colorado
Portraits by Through Your Eyes Photography
Customer-oriented. Diligent. Conscientious. reidy metal services, inc., is the leader in metal refinishing and restoration of architectural metals for business, industry, architects, building owners, elevator companies and the GSA. They take pride in the quality of their work and in the quality of their customer service.
Specialty: Restoration and Refinishing of Architectural Metal 303.361.9000, reidymetal.com, Twitter: @reidy_k
“Getting upset over a setback doesn’t get you closer to your goals. Suck it up, get over it and figure a way around it.” —Kelly Reidy, reidy metal services, inc.
Photo by Through Your Eyes Photography
The River PowerÂ Vinyasa Yoga Golden Triangle, Denver
Inspiring. Community-oriented. Welcoming. The River is a beautiful and inspiring yoga studio in Denverâ€™s Golden Triangle. The unique community and incredible space creates a safe and welcoming environment for everybody. Students enjoy a calming environment, fun and engaged instructors, and an authentic concern for every detail of the yoga experience. The weekly schedule of 50+ classes includes heated power vinyasa, restorative yoga, Gentle Yoga and Accessible Yoga.
Left-page and right-page upper photos by Sarah Perkins Photography
Specialties: Power Yoga, Yoga Cross, Teacher Training 1212 Delaware St, Denver, 720.381.6070 weseektheriver.com facebook.com/TheRiverPowerVinyasaYoga
What makes your business unique? We care deeply about our community and welcoming every student, no matter their experience with yoga. We also collaborate frequently with other small businesses and offer unique workshops. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Stop the glorification of busyness.
Danielle Barbeau Cook
What do you like best about owning a business? The opportunity to create, collaborate, and connect with other small business owners in Denver and beyond. Empowering people who “aren’t flexible” to try yoga—they nearly always fall in love!
How do you measure success? Success to me means setting goals and achieving them. No matter how large or small the goal, getting to each one is a measure of success.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? The only thing you need to learn is the ability to learn. All my crafts are self taught! What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Try everything you possibly can to find what you’re really passionate about! It has taken me years to finally find out what I truly love to do!
Sarah Perkins Creative RiNo, Denver
Photos by Rhema Faith Photography
Authentic. Joyful. Classic. Sarah Perkins Creative is a collective of businesses owned and operated by serial entrepreneur and creative mastermind, Sarah Perkins. Starting with the launch of her photography business in 2011, Sarah has gone on to cultivate her three other businesses: Sarah Perkins Paperie, the Studio and PicShareUs Photobooth. Sarah and her team focus on creating authentic art for the joyful soul while creating a custom, personal experience with each client.
Specialties: Photography, Stationery, Design By appointment only: 4950 Washington St, Ste 200, Denver firstname.lastname@example.org, sarahperkins.net facebook.com/sarahperkinsphoto, Twitter: @perkisarah
SAVA Catering Denver, Colorado
Customized. Elegant. Cost-effective. SAVA Catering believes each client is special and every event unique. They create custom menus and events that celebrate your tastes and vision. Chef Lana works personally with clients from the beginning through to the day of the event to create the menu and style of service that they envision for their big day.
Specialties: Catering and Personal Chef Services 303.909.4119, savacatering.com, Twitter: @ChefLanaZ
Photos by Urban Safari Photography, except portrait by Faceted Media
What makes your business unique? Each menu and style of service is built for the customer for both their tastes and their budget. What inspired you to start your business? I am passionate about food and craft beers.
What do you like best about owning a business? The personal growth and challenges I face on a daily basis. Whatâ€™s the best advice youâ€™ve ever been given? Time is your most valuable asset. What motivates you on a daily basis? My urge to continue learning. 189
Semplice Stapleton, Denver
Beautiful. Eccentric. Stylish. Semplice began 5 years ago. Owner Amy Adams saw a real need for a change in the Denver fashion scene. Women needed an eco-friendly shopping experience. Semplice works with fair trade companies from all over the world to bring the latest fashion at the fairest prices.
Photos by Sarah Perkins Photography
Specialties: Clothing, Home Goods, Accessories 7487 E 29th Pl, Denver, 303.399.4447 sempliceco.com, Twitter: @SempliceDenver
What makes your business unique? The products we carry are not found in other stores and our quick turnover means we always have new merchandise. What are your passions? Iâ€™m a local gal with pretty simple ideals. My passion is bringing happiness and joy to my community through fashion. What do you like best about owning a business? Being able to make my own choices.
What do you wish youâ€™d known before starting your business? How hard it is to find good employees. When you find one, hold on to them.
Photos by Sarah Perkins Photography, except upperleft and lower-right photos by Emily Dunn
Sesen Skin BodyÂ Wellness City Park West, Denver
Knowledgeable. Nurturing. Empowering. Stacy Webb is an award-winning esthetician specializing in holistic skincare. She uses an integrated approach to skincare that combines holistic and conventional methods for improved, glowing skin. With a background in science and natural health, Stacy provides individualized treatments ranging from facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, microneedling and specialized product formulas and aromatherapy.
What inspired you to start your business? Balancing my own health and skin problems started my journey. But my travels in Thailand, and visiting wellness centers while there, inspired me to open my own holistic skincare center.
What do you like best about owning a business? Not having limits on my beliefs! Being able to custom formulate and tailor each treatment to the individual gives me the chance to explore more options for my clients. Whatâ€™s the best advice youâ€™ve ever been given? You can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
Specialties: Skincare, Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion 1735 E 17th Ave, Ste 1, Denver, 720.443.2715 sesenskinbodywellness.com facebook.com/sesenskinbodywellness Twitter: @sesenskincare
What are your most popular products or services? I am very proud to use Dermalogica products in my treatment room as well as carry their entire retail line and La Bella Donna Makeup. Who is your role model or mentor? My kids. My daughter is kind, independent, strong and smart. My son is creative and compassionate and always true to himself. What is your motto or theme song? The Hebrew word, Hineni: Here I am with all my being, physically and spiritually, ready to do what I need to do and be fully present in the moment.
Skin Esthetics Glendale, Denver
Healthy. Knowledgeable. Positive. Exclusive skincare therapy at its best, Skin Esthetics is a solutions- and resultsâ€‘oriented skincare clinic that is centered around personal attention to meet the needs and concerns of each client. Whether you are younger or older, male or female, clients are educated on how to achieve, protect and maintain beautiful, healthy skin in a clinical, knowledgeable and professional environment.
Photos by John Bosley Photography
Specialty: Skincare 1241 S Parker Rd, Ste 201, Denver, 303.248.3168 skinesthetics.com, Twitter: @skinestheticsCO
Photo by John Bosley Photography
“I am motivated every day by doing something I love. Every day when I walk into my office, I get a big smile on my face.” —AP Kaminsky, Skin Esthetics
Photos by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design, except portrait by Norton Associates Dublin
European Laser Hair Removal Clinic Cherry Creek North, Denver Smooth. Painless. Advanced. Smooth uses the most up-to-date lasers to ensure high-quality treatments in only 15 minutes, with little-to-no pain, on all skin types, for a great price. Smoothâ€™s Lumenis Light Sheer Duet lasers are truly gold standard and unique to the Smooth European Laser Hair Removal Clinic. With an easy-to-find location in the heart of Cherry Creek you cannot find a more effective, convenient and pain-free alternative.
What are your most popular products or services? Brazilians and full-leg laser hair removal. What makes your business unique? We have the best laser machines, we invest in training every single employee before they start and we focus solely on laser hair removal. Whatâ€™s the best advice youâ€™ve ever been given? Your thoughts control your reality.
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Remember that being a women is a huge advantage. Never sacrifice your feminine power, it is incredible!
Specialties: Laser Hair Removal By appointment only: 3030 E 2nd Ave, Ste 101, Denver, 720.708.2370 smoothus.com, facebook.com/Smoothus, Twitter: @SmoothLLC
So You Boutique Golden Triangle, Denver
Transformative. Healthy. Adventurous. So You Boutique transforms the way you look and feel with A Healthy Bronze airbrush spray tanning, Lavish eyelash extensions, DaVinci laser teeth whitening, ageLOC technology with NuSkin, nutritional cleansing with Isagenix, meditation, and AiryFairy Airplants. So You Boutique connects you to products, ideas, and people to unlock a more confident, radiant, fun, loving and healthy you.
Photos by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design
Specialties: Airbrush Tan, Eyelash Extensions, Teeth Whitening By appointment only: 317 W 11th Ave, Denver, 720.443.1648 SoYouBoutique.net, facebook.com/SoYouBoutique Twitter: @soyouboutique AiryFairy Airplants: 720.443.1648 airyfairyairplants.com, facebook.com/AiryFairyAirplants
What are your passions? I love life and people, every interaction you have can change a person. My passion is anything in celebration: family, friends, community, events, food, dancing, beauty, and fashion. What do you like best about owning a business? Freedom to chose what I want to do and how I want to do it.
How do you measure success? “Success is being needed when your work is done.” —John Maxwell What do you wish you’d known before starting your business? The longest journey is the journey from your head to your heart. 201
Photos by John Bosley Photography
Social Road Map Denver, Colorado
Creative. Strategic. Community-focused. Social Road Map is a socially conscience, social media company. Social Road Map works with mission-based for profits and non-profits to increase their community impact via social media. Social Road Map believes in the triple bottom line: community, customers and climate.
What are your most popular products or services? Social media development and maintenance are the most popular services. Most people donâ€™t have the time to create and implement quality content. What makes your business unique? Social Road Map is an extension of your company! We spend a lot of time getting to know the culture, voice and message you want to share with the world.
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Hold on, enjoy the ride and go with your gut!
Specialties: Social Media, Online Presence, Marketing 336.263.7923, social-roadmap.com facebook.com/SocialRoadMapLLC Twitter: @socialroadmap
What makes your business unique? We love discovering what makes each client unique. We take time to listen to their history, vision and goals. This allows us to capture their true essence. What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Never go into business with someone you wouldn’t consider marrying. We’re not kidding!
Jennifer Gauerke and Jenny MacLeod
What is your motto or theme song? We tell many of our clients, “You can work out of your basement, but you don’t have to look like you do.” We feel every business deserves to shine! How do you relax? We head to the mountains with a pile of our amazing girlfriends. We eat scrumptious food, read trashy magazines, hot-tub, talk, and laugh like crazy.
Sour Grapes Design North West Highlands, Denver
Juicy. Intuitive. Guiding. Sour Grapes Design is a full-service graphic studio specializing in identity systems, brochures, ads, catalogs and apparel graphics. No job is too big and no business too small for Sour Grapes Design. They will provide a polished, professional look that fits you and your image.
Photos by Faceted Media
Specialties: Identity, Branding, Packaging By appointment only: 4900 W 29th Ave, Denver, 303.579.1651 sourgrapesdesign.com, facebook.com/sourgrapesdesign
What inspired you to start your business? The desire to be a trailblazer and not follow the rules of the establishment. The desire to push myself to create beauty. What do you like best about owning a business? The freedom to create a work environment that supports the beauty that I strive to create. The push that it takes to continue on...
Who is your role model or mentor? Rosemary Verey, an amazing garden designer in England. Diane Von Furstenburg, woman extraordinaire. Her business acumen, along with her immense contribution to the High Line in NYCâ€”complete inspiration. What do you wish youâ€™d known before starting your business? No matter how hard you try, you cannot please everyone. But you can always keep your integrity and elegance.
Stems Garden Design & Maintenance Denver, Colorado
Beautiful. Creative. Unique. We think you need to get out more. And we want to help you create just the place to do it. A sanctuary for quiet misty mornings and stolen kisses in the moonlight. Your new living room. Your garden. Stems Garden Design & Maintenance can do just what the name implies. Weâ€™ve done it for large estates, city rooftops and just about every kind of home in between. And we can do it for you.
Photos by Kerinsa Marie Photography
Specialties: Boutique Landscape and Garden Design 720.855.1503, stemsgardendesign.com facebook.com/stemsgardendesign, Twitter: @mrsstems
stephanie O. Denver, Colorado
Smart. Sophisticated. Sassy. The stephanie O. collection is designed for the career woman who seeks a true blend of sophistication and glamour in day-to-evening wear. This woman is confident and demanding and wants to be noticed and recognized for her style. What she wears has to make a great first impression and feel great. The timeless styles take her seamlessly from the office, to happy hour, to date-night.
Photos by Kristen Sink, except right-page lower photo by Harper Point Photography
Specialty: Womenâ€™s Clothing 720.445.6545 stephanieodesigns.com facebook.com/StephanieODesigns Twitter: @StephanieOdsgn
What inspired you to start your business? While working in corporate America I found myself designing and making clothes for the office that were not available in stores. Filling this niche is the inspiration behind stephanie O. What tip would you give women who are starting a business? It is harder then you can imagine, but you are stronger than you know. Its a roller coaster ride so jump on and have fun!
What business mistake have you made that you will not repeat? My biggest mistake, to date, was creating a partnership where I didnâ€™t have control over sales and marketing. When they failed to follow through I ended up losing the most.
What are your most popular products or services? Our client meeting room. The client’s logo goes up, their stored canvases and their gallery are on the screen, and it’s completely private. Your space in minutes! What do you like best about owning a business? We could never have imagined the uplifting aspect of owning a business. It’s fulfilling to walk into a beautiful place that you created and get to share with the world!
Jayme Raichart and Sarah Perkins
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? If you are not uncomfortable at least once a week, you are not progressing in business.
The Studio Corp Globeville, Denver
Photos by Sarah Perkins Photography
Industrial. Chic. Progressive. The Studio is the first membership-based working/meeting space in Denver geared specifically to creatives. Their “blank slate” approach combined with an industrial‑chic style, is perfect for anyone who craves a more professional meeting space. They also are a natural light portrait studio for newborn, boudoir or family photographers to use, providing predictable lighting all day.
Specialties: Custom Space for Creative Professionals By appointment only: 4950 Washington St, Ste 200, Denver, 720.588.3299 thestudiocorp.com, facebook.com/thestudiocorp
Photos by Sarah Perkins Photography
Susannah Campora Coaching Denver, Colorado
Authentic. Empowering. Transformative. Susannah Campora is inspiring and guiding women everywhere to get clear, get real and finally, passionately and purposefully, get going in life and business. As a certified coach, spirited entrepreneur, and creator of True You Revolution, she transforms fears into fuel, catapulting her clients in the direction of their dreams. She infuses her private coaching, online group and womenâ€™s groups with compassion, boldness and enthusiasm.
What inspired you to start your business? I experienced radical life-changing results from hiring a coach. Now Iâ€™m choosing to be a catalyst for othersâ€™ expansion. My business connects me with women who are ready to thrive! What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Your business is a direct reflection of you. Investing in and loving your body, mind and soul must be number one on your to-do list. Watch it positively impact your business!
What do you CRAVE? Real conversation and deep connection, falling in love with who I am and living my life as a daring adventure, while inspiring and guiding other women do the same.
Specialties: Coaching, Private Clients and Group Work 720.982.5098 susannahcampora.com facebook.com/fromfeartofree Twitter: @freethetrueyou
Tease Studio Golden Triangle, Denver
Unique. Chic. Addictive. Tease Studio gives women the ability to fall in love with their fitness routine and stop watching the clock. The newest location houses two studiosâ€”a pole fitness and a dance fitness space, a locker room with showers, and an airbrush tanning salonâ€”in its 5,000 square feet. From yoga to ballet barre to pole fitness, Tease offers more than 60 classes a week.
Specialties: Pole Fitness, Dance Fitness, Cardio Classes 1070 Bannock St, Denver, 303.898.0535, teasestudio.com facebook.com/tease.studio.denver, Twitter: @teasestudio The Glow Bar: theglowbar.com, facebook.com/theglowbar Global DJ Academy: 303.406.8484, global-dj-academy.com facebook.com/GlobalDjAcademy, Twitter: @globaldjacademy
Photos by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design
What inspired you to start your business? I fell in love with the workout myself and was inspired to pass the same feeling and life changes it brought to me on to other women. What do you like best about owning a business? I love the flexibility it provides in my life. I love being able to fit the passions I have for my business around my life instead of life around work. How do you measure success? By listening to my heart. Success to me means that my family and I are—get this—happy.
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? When you feel a spark—when you truly feel in your gut that a decision is the right way to go—blinders on, go for it! 215
What inspired you to start your business? Making a difference in peopleâ€™s lives, by not only understanding and listening to their health issues but by making them feel their best without the use of pharmaceuticals. What is your motto or theme song? A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on her own wings. Always believe in yourself.
How do you keep balance in your life? I always strive to put my relationships first. My friends and family are the reason I made it where I am today; they provide me with the balance I need.
Acupuncture & Holistic Medicine Denver, Colorado Soothing. Knowledgeable. Balanced. True North was created to give you choices in your own health care. They focus on finding healthy and natural remedies through acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and herbs to promote lifelong, sustainable wellness. True North’s relaxing environment and approach to wellness will help you feel supported, whole, healthy and happy. They’re here to help you find your health’s true north.
Photos by Britt Nemeth Photography
Specialties: Women’s Health, Nutrition, Pediactics, Pregnancy 720.722.2865, truenorthdenver.com, facebook.com/truenorthacupuncture linkedin.com/company/true-north-acupuncture-&-holistic-medicine
What are your most popular products or services? Dog daycare. We have over 100 dogs a day romping our play yards, inside and outside. Plus our boarders get to join in on the fun! What makes your business unique? We love our clients (both 2-legged and 4-legged) like family. We are constantly changing and updating our building and services to be the best for them.
What do you like best about owning a business? Being able to have an idea, and then execute it from start to finish without having to ask anyone for permission is awesome. And seeing it succeedâ€”icing on the cake!
U Lucky Dog Highland, Denver
Left-page upper-left photo and rightpage photo by Lauren Eklund
Safe. Fun. Loving. U Lucky Dog is an upscale doggy daycare and boarding facility that offers kennelfree comfort at competitive rates, located on the way to DIA in Denver. They have no cages, just nicely decorated, dry-walled rooms with beds, toys, TVs, and other distractions for your four-legged family members. ULD offers daycare, dog and cat boarding, bathing services, canine massage, a retail store, and more!
Specialties: Dog Daycare and Kennel-free Boarding 4040 Fox St, Denver, 720.328.8179 uluckydogdenver.com facebook.com/ULuckyDogDenver Twitter: @ULuckyDogDenver
United Martial Arts & Fitness Center Englewood, Colorado
Empowering. Energetic. Fun. United Martial Arts & Fitness Center’s (UMAC) energetic and innovative classes rock! Having programs at Montessori School of Denver and DU’s Ricks Center for Gifted Kids, UMAC instructors are incredibly trained in all developmental skills. Students thrive. Uniquely “leading through love,” UMAC students learn ancient arts and wisdom for modern applications—valuable life lessons in belief, confidence, happiness and inner strength.
Photos by Britt Nemeth Photography, except portrait
Specialties: Martial Arts, Kids, Adults, Empowerment, Defense, Fitness, Kickboxing Englewood Marketplace: 123 W Hampden Ave, Englewood 303.783.9632, UMAC.us, Twitter: @theresabyrne facebook.com/DenverUMAC BlingWithSting.com, Twitter: @BlingWithSting facebook.com/BlingWithSting
What are your most popular services or products? We offer inspiring martial arts classes for the little ones, ages 3–7, and blended martial arts for anyone age 8 and older. We usually have quite a few parents training with their kids. UMAC uses elements from TKD, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Hapkido and BJJ.
What makes your business unique? We teach based on the power of positivity. We believe you can achieve phenomenal results by using encouragement and success. We must be doing something right; over the 13 years we’ve been doing this, we’ve witnessed amazing transformational stories. The “power of positivity” is also in our fitness and self-defense classes as well. What do you like best about owning a business? It’s knowing that UMAC has made a real and lasting difference in tens of thousands of lives. Changing lives—that’s what feeds my soul! We’ve seen students become leaders for causes that matter to them and find true self-confidence, and even parents learn how to find more peace and love in raising their kids.
Photo by Britt Nemeth Photography
“Don’t take things personally, and allow yourself to learn the lessons in everything. And know it’s all for your highest and best—it’s all good!” —Theresa Byrne, United Martial Arts & Fitness Center
What makes your business unique? We still believe in personal high‑quality care and customer service. We take the time to get to know our patients and listen to their needs. What do you like best about owning a business? It allows me to treat my patients with my own values and give them the best care and attention possible. It’s all about service and gratitude.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Be yourself and always do your best. Integrity is about how you behave and treat people when no one else is watching.
Weisbard Dental Denver Tech Center, Greenwood Village
Photos by Jayme Ziebarth
High-quality. Service-oriented. Compassionate. At Weisbard Dental you can expect superb customer service and high-quality individual care. Dr. Weisbard has made integrity a core value and believes all dentistry should fit right, function properly and look beautiful. Results should look natural and be in harmony with overall health. Weisbard Dental provides the highest-quality dental care for their patients in a modern, comfortable environment in the DTC area.
Specialties: General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry 5460 S Quebec St, Ste 390, Greenwood Village, 303.773.3373 weisbarddental.com, facebook.com/weisbarddental Twitter: @toothdoclee
What makes your business unique? We focus on guardianship planning for minor children as a cornerstone of our practice. Our first priority is protecting the children, and then protecting the assets.
Kim Ruddell and Bonnie Bowles
What inspired you to start your business? For over two years we’ve hosted free talks for parents about the importance of guardianship and estate planning, with an overwhelmingly positive and warm response. It was a no-brainer! What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll get there every time.” This one simple mantra motivated us to clarify exactly what our mission is and how we can help.
Wills & Wellness LoHi, Denver
Left-page lower photos by John Bosley Photography, leftâ€‘page upper-left and right-page photos by Faceted Media
Approachable. Unique. Collaborative. Wills & Wellness is a special kind of law firm, focusing on estate planning for families, where the attorneys are also parents. They serve, collaborate with, and empower everyone through excellent education and counsel that gives peace of mind about the future of children and loved ones. They regularly host free talks for parents that help make the estate planning subject approachable and inviting.
Specialties: Estate Planning for Growing Families By appointment only: 2525 15th St, Ste 1A, Denver, 720.266.8190 willsandwellness.com, willsandwellness.wordpress.com facebook.com/willsandwellness, Twitter: @willswellness pinterest.com/growingfamilies
What makes your business unique? We share practical advice and stories of real women. Rather than one-size‑fits‑all, we focus on learning, growing, and doing better without guilt or judgment.
Cindy Chang Mahlberg and Nicole Elias Seawell
What inspired you to start your business? “Work-life balance” is a misnomer but thriving “work-life mix™” is an attainable reality. By shifting mindsets and understanding “how to,” we can all live more authentic and fulfilling lives. What do you like best about owning a business? The creativity and challenge, along with control and flexibility, to grow and apply our gifts and talents in a professional capacity and contribute to bettering the world around us. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. In building a business, just get started—don’t worry about having a perfect plan first. What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Focus on passions and profits—that focus will enable you to make good business decisions. Also, learn as much as you can yourself so that you can identify the right team.
Women in the Mix™ Denver, Colorado
Knowledgeable. Empowering. Supportive. Women in the Mix is a platform for women who want to thrive in the entirety of their Work-Life Mix™. By curating “best of” information, resources, products and services across the Work-Life Five™ (work, family relationships, household management, self and community), Women in the Mix provides a framework to empower, support and equip women in their pursuit of a meaningful mix of work, family and life.
Photos by The Abstract Owl, except upper‑left photo by Lynn Clark Portraits
Specialties: Curated Content, Speaking, Events womeninthemix.com, facebook.com/WomenInTheMix Twitter: @WomenInTheMix, linkedin.com/company/women-in-the-mix
“THRIVE, don’t just survive, in your work-life mix.” —Cindy Chang Mahlberg and Nicole Elias Seawell, Women in the Mix
Photo by The Abstract Owl
YOU at the Center Denver, Colorado
Relevant. Practical. Connected. You at the Center of Your Lifeâ„˘ is designed for entrepreneurs and leaders with a desire for more meaning, more accomplishment and more progress in realizing their vision or purpose. Rachel Davis and the You At the Center team provide participants with the leadership, partnership and structure to put themselves back where they belong, in the very center of their own lives.
Specialties: Balance, Simplicity, Space, Pathways to Success 970.460.6840, youatthecenter.com facebook.com/YouAtTheCenter, linkedin.com/in/rachelsdavis
Photos by Lynn Clark Portraits
What do you like best about owning a business? I can live and serve while staying 100 percent true to my principles, values, and standards. What motivates you on a daily basis? My love for people and what we could accomplish collectively. What place inspires you? Colorado mountains. In the deep silence one can hear everything.
How do you keep balance in your life? Since I canâ€™t give what I donâ€™t live myself, I constantly review and revise my practices and schedule to have space to think, breath, listen and be available.
Photos by Lynn Clark Portraits
Yours Truly Cupcake RiNo, Denver
Innovative. Visionary. Delectable. Yours Truly Cupcake is a dessert catering company that creates unique sensory experiences. Specializing in events, desserts are customized for each occasionâ€”from weddings, to birthdays, fundraisers, corporate events and beyond. Not only does Yours Truly Cupcake provide the most detectible sweets, the company also offers services including display rental, decor and their signature Cupcake Cuties to make your event memorable.
What inspired you to start your business? Combining this love with my background in marketing has provided the opportunity to think about how to create branded experiences by targeting multiple senses including taste, smell, and touch. What do you like best about owning a business? The best thing I like is seeing my ideas and concepts come to life and being able to inspire others to make their ideas a reality.
Tiffany Rose Goodyear
What tip would you give women who are starting a business? Building a business takes a village. You canâ€™t be a success or create a successful business without the assistance, guidance and support those around you can provide.
Specialties: Dessert Catering, Weddings, Corporate Events and Gifts 3047 Larimer St, Ste 101, Denver, 303.638.3528 YoursTrulyCupcake.com, Twitter: @yourstrulycpck
Index by Category The Arts 1508 Photography, 16 Abby Sparks Designs, 22 The Abstract Owl, 24 Bella Glass Studios, Inc., 40 The Boudoir Studio at Lynn Clark Portraits, 50 Eclectic Hive, 92 Faceted Media, 102 Frances Photography, 106 From the Hip Photo, 110 Kristina Lynn Photography & Design, 130 Pink Paisley Events, 162 Sarah Perkins Creative, 186 The Studio Corp, 210 Beauty 303 Dolls Face + Body, 20 Beth L. Hooper, Matchmaking & Date Coaching, 42 Birch Skin Studio, 46 Blue Creek an urban health retreat, 48 Clementine’s a Boutique Salon, 70 Nouveau Wax, 150 Pink Paisley Events, 162 Raquel at Beauty Mark, 172 Sesen Skin Body Wellness, 192 Sexy Earth Chicque Organics, 20 Skin Esthetics, 194 Smooth European Laser Hair Removal Clinic, 198 So You Boutique, 200 Business Services The Abstract Owl, 24 Anchors Away Organizers, LLC, 28 Aral Design Co., 32 Ballard Design Studio, 38
Business Services (continued) Beth L. Hooper, Matchmaking & Date Coaching, 42 Brit Stueven PR, 54 The Career Agent, 62 Code Blue Computing, 76 College Safari, LLC, 78 The Conscious Group at Colorado’s Finest Real Estate, 82 Crisanta Duran, 84 Crown Trophy Corporate Awards & Promotions, 86 Eclectic Hive, 92 Experience Pros Radio Show, 98 Faceted Media, 102 From the Hip Photo, 110 Gabriela Designs, 112 Knock Out Performance, 128 The Law Office of Jennifer E. Longtin, 132 The Mia Connect, 138 Miss Lindsey Motorsports, 142 Padron Social Marketing, 152 The Pampered Life, 154 PostNet Downtown Denver, 166 Red Jeweled Media, 176 Reed & Associates, LLC, 178 reidy metal services, inc., 180 Sarah Perkins Creative, 186 Social Road Map, 202 Sour Grapes Design, 204 The Studio Corp, 210 Wills and Wellness, 226 Women in the Mix™, 228 YOU at the Center, 232 Events 1508 Photography, 16 The Abstract Owl, 24 Index
by Category (continued) Events (continued) Bella Glass Studios, Inc., 40 Brit Stueven PR, 54 Cloud 9 Weddings & Papers, 74 Crisanta Duran, 84 Crown Trophy Corporate Awards & Promotions, 86 The Denver Tea Room & Coffee Salon, 88 Eclectic Hive, 92 Elements Catering, 94 Faceted Media, 102 Frances Photography, 106 From the Hip Photo, 110 Knock Out Performance, 128 Muse Events, 146 The Pampered Life, 154 The Paper Lady, 156 Petunia and Rose, 158 Pink Paisley Events, 162 The Pump and Dump Show, 170 SAVA Catering, 188 So You Boutique, 200 Stems Garden Design & Maintenance, 206 The Studio Corp, 210 Women in the Mix™, 228 Yours Truly Cupcake, 234 Fashion Abby Sparks Designs, 22 Ali’s Closet Consignment Boutique, 26 The Authentic Style Expert, 36 Bella Glass Studios, Inc., 40 Beth L. Hooper, Matchmaking & Date Coaching, 42 Fleuriste Craft Supply, 104 Gabriela Designs, 112 Inspyre Boutique, 122 Mama Mahoney Creations, 136 Momma Goddess Treasures, 144 242
Fashion (continued) Plum Consignment, 12 Semplice, 190 stephanie O., 208 Food & Drink Comida Cantina and Food Truck, 80 The Denver Tea Room & Coffee Salon, 88 Elements Catering, 94 Helliemae’s, 114 Highland Tap & Burger, 116 Lola’s Sugar Rush, 134 Pink Paisley Events, 162 Pressery, 168 SAVA Catering, 188 Yours Truly Cupcake, 234 Gifts Ali’s Closet Consignment Boutique, 26 Bella Glass Studios, Inc., 40 Crown Trophy Corporate Awards & Promotions, 86 Denver Tea Room & Coffee Salon, The, 88 Lola’s Sugar Rush, 134 The Paper Lady, 156 Plum Consignment, 12 The Pump and Dump Show, 170 Sarah Perkins Creative, 186 Semplice, 190 So You Boutique, 200 Yours Truly Cupcake, 234 Home Ali’s Closet Consignment Boutique, 26 Ballard Design Studio, 38 Bella Glass Studios, Inc., 40 By Brooke, LLC, 58 Chu Chi Mu, Inc., 68
Home (continued) The Conscious Group at Colorado’s Finest Real Estate, 82 Eclectic Hive, 92 Inleit Properties, 120 Semplice, 190 Stems Garden Design & Maintenance, 206
Recreation (continued) Crown Trophy Corporate Awards & Promotions, 86 Fleuriste Craft Supply, 104 The Pampered Life, 154 The River Power Vinyasa Yoga, 184 Tease Studio, 214
Media Women in the Mix™, 228
Travel The Pampered Life, 154 Pink Paisley Events, 162
Moms College Safari, LLC, 78 Crisanta Duran, 84 The Denver Tea Room & Coffee Salon, 88 Fleuriste Craft Supply, 104 Pilates of Cherry Creek, 160 Plum Consignment, 12 The Pump and Dump Show, 170 Real Baby, 174 United Martial Arts & Fitness Center, 220 Nonprofit The Conscious Group at Colorado’s Finest Real Estate, 82 Crisanta Duran, 84 Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz, 90 Social Road Map, 202 Personal Assistance Capable Living Home Care & Wellness, 60 Extended Family Home Care, 100 Pets The Pampered Life, 154 U Lucky Dog, 218 Recreation Bella Glass Studios, Inc., 40 Cars From A Woman’s Perspective, 66
Wellness Acu-Yoga Therapy, 30 Animas Oriental Medicine, 30 ASH Fitness, 34 Beth L. Hooper, Matchmaking & Date Coaching, 42 Beyond the Arena, 44 Blue Creek an urban health retreat, 48 Capable Living Home Care & Wellness, 60 Carla Khabbaz, 64 ElizabethRider.com, 96 Extended Family Home Care, 100 The Freyja Project, 108 Jo Ann Bayus, 124 Katie Den Ouden l Food&Soul Coaching, 126 Pilates of Cherry Creek, 160 Pressery, 168 The River Power Vinyasa Yoga, 184 Sesen Skin Body Wellness, 192 Skin Esthetics, 194 Smooth European Laser Hair Removal Clinic, 198 So You Boutique, 200 Susannah Campora Coaching, 212 Tease Studio, 214 True North Acupuncture & Holistic Medicine, 216 Index
by Category (continued) Wellness (continued) United Martial Arts & Fitness Center, 220 Weisbard Dental, 224 YOU at the Center, 232
Index by Location Arvada Crown Trophy Corporate Awards & Promotions, 86
Golden Triangle (continued) So You Boutique, 200 Tease Studio, 214
Boulder Birch Skin Studio, 46
Greenwood Village Weisbard Dental, 224
Broomfield Code Blue Computing, 76
Highland U Lucky Dog, 218
Centennial Crown Trophy Corporate Awards & Promotions, 86 Fleuriste Craft Supply, 104
Larkspur Beyond the Arena, 44
Cherry Creek Inspyre Boutique, 122 Pilates of Cherry Creek, 160 Cherry Creek North Smooth European Laser Hair Removal Clinic, 198 City Park West Sesen Skin Body Wellness, 192 Englewood Ali’s Closet Consignment Boutique, 26 United Martial Arts & Fitness Center, 220 Glendale Skin Esthetics, 194 Globeville The Studio Corp, 210 Golden Triangle The River Power Vinyasa Yoga, 184
Littleton Crown Trophy Corporate Awards & Promotions, 86 Lola’s Sugar Rush, 134 LoDo District PostNet Downtown Denver, 166 LoHi Clementine’s a Boutique Salon, 70 The Freyja Project, 108 Highland Tap & Burger, 116 Inspyre Boutique, 122 Wills and Wellness, 226 Longmont Comida Cantina and Food Truck, 80 North West Highlands Real Baby, 174 Sour Grapes Design, 204 RiNo Bella Glass Studios, Inc., 40 Comida Cantina and Food Truck, 80 Index
by Location (continued) RiNo (continued) Sarah Perkins Creative, 186 Yours Truly Cupcake, 234 Stapleton Blue Creek an urban health retreat, 48 From the Hip Photo, 110 Plum Consignment, 12 Semplice, 190 University Hills Nouveau Wax, 150 Washington Park The Paper Lady, 156 By Appointment 1508 Photography, 16 Abby Sparks Designs, 22 The Abstract Owl, 24 Acu-Yoga Therapy, 30 Anchors Away Organizers, LLC, 28 Animas Oriental Medicine, 30 Aral Design Co., 32 ASH Fitness, 34 The Authentic Style Expert, 36 Ballard Design Studio, 38 Beth L. Hooper, Matchmaking & Date Coaching, 42 The Boudoir Studio at Lynn Clark Portraits, 50 Brit Stueven PR, 54 By Brooke, LLC, 58 Capable Living Home Care & Wellness, 60 The Career Agent, 62 Carla Khabbaz, 64 Chu Chi Mu, Inc., 68 Cloud 9 Weddings & Papers, 74 College Safari, LLC, 78 246
By Appointment (continued) The Conscious Group at Coloradoâ€™s Finest Real Estate, 82 Crisanta Duran, 84 The Denver Tea Room & Coffee Salon, 88 Eclectic Hive, 92 Elements Catering, 94 Extended Family Home Care, 100 Faceted Media, 102 Frances Photography, 106 Gabriela Designs, 112 Inleit Properties, 120 Jo Ann Bayus, 124 Katie Den Ouden l Food&Soul Coaching, 126 Knock Out Performance, 128 Kristina Lynn Photography & Design, 130 The Law Office of Jennifer E. Longtin, 132 The Mia Connect, 138 Miss Lindsey Motorsports, 142 Muse Events, 146 Padron Social Marketing, 152 The Pampered Life, 154 Petunia and Rose, 158 Pink Paisley Events, 162 The Pump and Dump Show, 170 Raquel at Beauty Mark, 172 Red Jeweled Media, 176 Reed & Associates, LLC, 178 reidy metal services, inc., 180 SAVA Catering, 188 Social Road Map, 202 Stems Garden Design & Maintenance, 206 Susannah Campora Coaching, 212 True North Acupuncture & Holistic Medicine, 216 YOU at the Center, 232 Mobile Comida Cantina and Food Truck, 80
Online 303 Dolls Face + Body, 20 Cars From A Woman’s Perspective, 66 Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz, 90 ElizabethRider.com, 96 Experience Pros Radio Show, 98 Helliemae’s, 114 Jo Ann Bayus, 124 Mama Mahoney Creations, 136 Momma Goddess Treasures, 144 Pressery, 168 Sexy Earth Chicque Organics, 20 stephanie O., 208 Women in the Mix™, 228 YOU at the Center, 232
Contributors We believe in acknowledging, celebrating and passionately supporting locally owned businesses and entrepreneurs. We are extremely grateful to all contributors for this publication.
Melody Biringer, CRAVE Founder thecravecompany.com, startupjunkie.com Innovative. Feminine. Connective. Melody Biringer, self-avowed “start-up junkie,” has built companies that range from Biringer Farm, a family‑run specialty‑food business, to home furnishings to a fitness studio. Her current entrepreneurial love‑child is The CRAVE Company: designed to creatively connect entrepreneurs who approach business in a fresh new way with the consumers they desire, as well as with each other. CRAVE is a resource for women entrepreneurs to promote their business and support like-minded women, and CRAVEguides are your go-to source for anything you could ever wish to find in your city—exclusively from women. Melody has taken CRAVE from Seattle to more than 30 cities worldwide, including New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Amsterdam and Toronto. Melody is a loyal community supporter, versed traveler and strong advocate for women-owned businesses. What are your most popular products or services? The global CRAVE community connects savvy business owners through online networks and in-person events. We believe in the power of collaboration among smart, successful women entrepreneurs, and we facilitate these relationships through our dynamic community. Our new online directory creates a hub for discovering women-owned businesses, with personal insights to attract followers to your business and encourage them to pursue dreams of their own. What was the motivation behind starting your business? I saw my best friend twice in a year and thought, “This is not right.” So I created excuses to get together so that we’d get it on the calendar, instead of giving it lip service. I crave girlfriend time. What is your motto or theme song? “Flashdance... What a Feeling” by Irene Cara. “What a feeling... Take your passion and make it happen... I can have it all; now I’m dancing for my life...” Every time I’m feeling a bit low, I play that song, and my spirits lift immediately. Contributors
Mia Voss, CRAVE Denver Partner TheMiaConnect.com, email@example.com Google+: MiaVoss, facebook.com/TheMiaConnect Twitter: @TheMiaConnect Passionate. Engaging. Connected. Mia’s favorite phrase is “I’m an accidental entrepreneur!” Since venturing into the entrepreneurial world in 2001, her businesses have ranged from building inspection to modeling to coordinating CRAVE Denver. Her collaboration with CRAVE led her to form The Mia Connect and she has now become a brand name in the Google/YouTube world with her various online programs. Her current shows include The Mia Connect Power Chat, a weekly variety program showcasing business innovators and community movers and shakers, and a live remote program called The Food & Booze Show, broadcasting at various restaurants in Denver and around the US. Although her program reach is worldwide, she’s very passionate about Colorado. Connecting you to the businesses and people you need to know in Denver. And beyond!
Brit Stueven, CRAVE Denver Partner and Event Coordinator 303.908.3834, firstname.lastname@example.org britstuevenpr.com, facebook.com/BritStuevenPR Instagram: @britstuevenpr Creative. Dynamic. Connected. Brit Stueven is a writer, creator and “cross-pollinator.” After 12 years of working for local businesses, music venues, internet startups and publications, she decided to start a PR boutique, Brit Stueven PR, that focuses on cross-pollination in business. By leveraging the art of storytelling, unlikely pairings and clever marketing, Brit works with businesses to get them out of their comfort zones. Throughout her career, she has always found ways to highlight and elevate influential women. She launched blogs and feature sections on women in business, music and politics, while landing notable ladies onto pages of local and national magazines. Brit has managed national editorial teams and hundreds of writers, helped grow a startup to a top 100 website, led over 150 content projects, and helped establish the infrastructure of an enterprise-level PMO. This fall, she’ll take her business international, thanks to a two-year opportunity in Germany!
Alison Turner, Graphic Designer alisonjturner.com, linkedin.com/in/alisont Alison is a passionate designer and critical thinker in Seattle. She enjoys researching interesting things (like humans, food and urbanism), starting radical home-ec projects, exploring her city and the Pacific Northwest, volunteering, being outside, dancing, cooking and running.
Lilla Kovacs, Operations Manager email@example.com As the operations manager, Lilla ensures that everything runs like clockwork. In her limited spare time, she enjoys baking, shoe shopping, traveling, art, Apple products and daydreaming about her hometowns, Arad, Romania, and Tel Aviv, Israel.
Britt Nemeth Photography, Photographer brittnemethphoto.com, facebook.com/brittnemethphotography Pinterest: @brittnphoto, Instagram: @britt_nemeth_photography Britt is an intuitive, heart-based architectural, portrait and nature photographer in the Denver Metro area. She is curiously creating and learning every day.
Camile Morrison, The Abstract Owl, Photographer 303.475.0527, theabstractowl.com, facebook.com/theabstractowl Camile specializes in all types of portraiture, product and fine art photography. Her mission is to tell a story either by capturing real life moments or creating one with a styled shoot.
Elissa Woog, Event Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Elissa has a genuine longing to make a difference through compassion, creativity and sincere thoughtfulness. “It wasn’t until my own wedding that I realized my passion was serving others and helping them prepare for the biggest day of their life.”
Holly Northrup, Event Coordinator 303.908.1074, email@example.com ThePamperedLifeColorado.com Holly, owner of The Pampered Life, delights in sharing her passions and talents with clients to enhance their lives and infuse more luxury into their everyday. She believes that everyone should be able to enjoy the finer things, spend more time with family and friends, indulge in their own passions, and simply have more time to just breathe!
John Bosley Photography, Photographer johnbosleyphotography.com, Twitter: @johnbosleyphoto facebook.com/johnbosleyphotography, Instagram: @john_bosley John is a wedding and portrait photographer who loves to create relaxed, honest and emotional images. Portraits are his passion and weddings are an addiction.
Kristina Lynn Photography & Design, Photographer 303.501.3668, kristinalynnphoto.com, Twitter: @klphotodesign facebook.com/KristinaLynnPhotography linkedin.com/in/kristinalynnphotography Kristina specializes in portraits of children and high school seniors, and weddings in Colorado and worldwide. Her work has been featured on many local blogs and publications like Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine.
Lindsey Cramsey, CRAVE Denver Intern/Partner Twitter: @LindseyCramsey, facebook.com/misslindseycramsey LindseyCramsey.com Lindsey Cramsey is the owner/operator of Catalyst Marketing. When she isnâ€™t drag racing, Lindsey enjoys all kinds of shopping and spending time with her boyfriend, Michael, and their dog, Lulu.
Sarah Perkins Photography, Photographer 4950 Washington St, Ste 200, Denver sarahperkins.net, facebook.com/sarahperkinsphoto Twitter: @perkisarah Sarah and her team focus on creating authentic art for the joyful soul while creating a custom, personal experience with each client.
Thank you to our additional contributors: Christina Gressianu, Frances Photography, Janeen Cappilletti of Janeen Joy Photography, Jenifer J. Silence of TheÂ Cowgirl Camera, Kara Vest of Melt 360 Photography, Keri Doolittle Photography, Kerinsa Marie Photography, Kimberly Johnson of Faceted Media, Kimberly Schlichting of Through Your Eyes Photography, Lynn Clark Portraits, Montvale Photography, Shannon Gray Photography
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