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Women Entrepreneurs Share Their Success Stories

Bridging The Gap

Bridge House Helps Homeless Get on Their Feet

Healing Dance

Tara Cluck Dance Center Helps Children with Autism

Editor’s Letter

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his issue is all about women entrepreneurs, and there are a lot of them. In our feature article, we talk to several top female businesswomen and hear their success stories. All of the other stories in the magazine are about organizations for women, by women or businesses owned by women.

editor Heather Shoning | HShoning@LifestylePubs.com

contributing writers Matt Lurie, Jordan Lebowitz, Jules Marie, Ellen Nordberg, Emily O’Brien, Camille Wilson

It is a complete celebration of women in business. contributing photographers

A recent mixer at Shine brought the majority of these women into one room. I was utterly in awe of the talent, wisdom and energy each of these women shared with me. The room was abuzz with excitement as old friends and new gathered to swap stories, congratulate one another and to celebrate their livelihood. In this issue, you’ll read about women just starting out on their own, women who own wildly successful businesses, women who give back to others through their businesses and women in all types of careers from food production to retail to real estate and more. Each has her own measure and recipe for success and each is living authentically to her own ideals and morals. I applaud each and every woman represented within these pages as well as all the other women making their way in business—be it their own or someone else’s.

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Departments 8 Good Times 10 Around Town 12

Hometown Hero

14 Locally Owned 16 Now Open 18 What’s Cooking? 24

Home Matters

27 Sold Properties 28 Lifestyle Calendar

16 Have You Met Eleanor?

34 Parting Thoughts

Eleanor’s owner makes autism awareness her mission.

18 Sweet Success

Juliana’s Bakery & Cakery sisters find the sweet spot.

20 Women Making Waves Top female entrepreneurs share their success stories.




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Around Town CRAFT BREWERY HEATS IT UP Consider an enjoyable evening pairing award-winning craft beer with delicious, beautifully presented and memorable food. Join Lafayette’s Front Range Brewing Company as owners Will Boggs and Chris Dutton combine their love of unique and tasty beer with the talents of Chef Connie Ruel to host outstanding brewmasters’ dinners. A recent five-course meal paired Front Range’s Munichus bALTicus Porter with ancho duck confit, roasted garlic potatoes and a chickpea waffle drizzled with a molasses/porter reduction. Also on tap was Rumrunner Coffee Quad with an Espresso Rum Jelly Dessert. Each dinner pairs a chef-inspired appetizer, soup or salad, an entrée, side and dessert with a complementary beer. Front Range ages their brews in barrels which previously housed rum, brandy, Makers Mark or other distilled spirits, imparting an added layer of complexity to the beverage. The spicy, heady aromas of these craft beers tantalize every sense before the first sip. Front Range’s beer styles comprise a variety of ales, blondes, IPA’s, a German-style Kolsch, red ale, their infamous coffee quad and a variety of seasonal beers, including Ichabod’s Revenge Punkin Ale. Mark your calendars on May 10th and August 18th for upcoming brewmasters’ dinners. Check the online calendar for a plethora of food and music events, including upcoming cheese and beer pairings this year at FrontRangeBrewingCompany.com.

New Medical Aesthetics Practice in Boulder, Features local Artists A new medical aesthetics practice has opened in Boulder’s Steelyards district at 2600 30th Street in. The new practice specializes in non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures including body contouring, skin tone evening, skin rejuvenation and aesthetic services. Rinnova opened in July 2013 in Boulder. This February, the practice moved into their permanent location at 2600 30th Street, in the space formerly occupied by Boulder Lights. Dr. Becker explained the philosophy behind the new space’s design saying, “We wanted a space that offered patients privacy and convenience. And, aesthetically, we wanted a space that would reflect that sense of harmony that our patients are seeking with procedures. So, we reached out to local artists to help create a space that reflected that idea.” Rinnova is working with local artist Will Day to create a modern inspirational collection of art to compliment the space. Will is an energetic painter who uses colors and compositions to inspire your soul and enliven your spirit and your mood. When asked about the collaboration with Rinnova, Will responded, “I was thrilled to be asked to have art here because of the incredible, serene environment that Rinnova is creating. I think that vision goes very nicely with my art and my vision as an artist to really tap into emotions.” 10 Boulder County Lifestyle | April 2014

In addition to paintings by Will Day, the practice also features sculptures by Sherry Tipton. Pieces are available for purchase and the public is invited to stop by any time during business hours to view the collection. WillDayArt.com, SherryTiptonSculpture.com

LOCAL NONPROFIT HOSTS SUMMIT CENTERED ON FOOD INSECURITY AND FOOD JUSTICE ACTIVISM Boulder Food Rescue, a local nonprofit that redistributes food from businesses to communities in need via bike transit, will host a conference titled the Forward Food Summit at the Impact HUB on April 5th and 6th. The conference is open to the general public and tickets cost $15. The mission of the conference is to provide information and tools to empower individuals to resist the injustices of America’s current food system and collaborate for change. Executive Director of Boulder Food Rescue Hana Dansky, says, “In order to truly change the food system, we need to start looking at the injustices from all angles. We hope to not only praise the work of many community members who have been addressing these issues, but look at gaps and holes in our work as well. We need to start having real conversations about systemic oppression and this summit will open up space to organize with each other around these issues so we can begin to obtain a real collective impact.” The two-day conference will commence at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 5th and end at 5 p.m. The second day will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. The Forward Food Summit will feature presentations from at least a dozen local food security and justice organizations in the form of lectures, workshops and field trips. Furthermore, the keynote speaker on Saturday evening is Majora Carter, who has extensive experience consulting on Urban Agriculture systems, Employee Engagement consulting for Whole Foods and Accessible job creation & outreach for EBT pilot programs as well as extensive urban revitalization project and strategy work. Find more information about the Forward Food Summit and purchase tickets at the Boulder Food Rescue website, BoulderFoodRescue.org

MOMENTOUS GIFT OF HOLOCAUST ARCHIVE TO CU-BOULDER WILL DRAW SCHOLARS FROM AROUND WORLD The Mazal Holocaust Collection, considered the world’s largest privately owned Holocaust archive and the most significant U.S. collection outside of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., has been donated to the University of Colorado Boulder. The highly regarded collection comprises more than 20,000 books and 500,000 documents, pamphlets, photographs and other materials, including original transcripts of the Nuremburg trials. Five thousand of the volumes are limited editions and rare books. “This acquisition will transform CU-Boulder into a global center of scholarship on the 20th century Jewish experience,” said Professor Da-



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Rocky Mountain National Park celebrates its centennial in 2015, and there’s no better birthday present for all of Rocky’s friends than Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years ($39.95, Farcountry Press, 2014) by award-winning Colorado author Mary Taylor Young.  “Rocky was established as a national park in 1915,” notes Young. “But the story of any park with ‘Rocky Mountain’ in its name begins not just 100 years but a billion years ago.”  Young’s lively prose carries the reader back in time to formation of the very rocks we see today. If geologic time could be speeded up, she writes, the forming of the landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park would play out in a grand spectacle of crashing tectonic plates, spouting volcanoes, gouging glaciers and mountains thrust skyward. Young understands the park’s allure. “I’ve been coming to Rocky since I was a little girl,” she says. “I credit childhood summers at my family’s cabin on Deer Mountain with setting the course of my life as a nature writer and zoologist.” The Rocky centennial book is Young’s fifteenth book focusing on the wildlife, landscape and heritage of Colorado and the West. She has taught seminars for the Rocky Mountain Nature Association every summer since 1988. Young’s enthusiasm for her subject shines throughout Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years, reflected in her meticulous research and engaging storytelling. She adroitly braids the lives of intrepid rangers, CCC workers, artful road engineers, dedicated scientists and droves of tourists into a grand tale, exquisitely illustrated with more than 250 historical and landscape photographs.  As America lights the candles for Rocky’s 100th birthday, discover why there is so much to celebrate—a billion years’ worth! Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years is available at local bookstores and gift shops, through online retailers, or from Farcountry Press at 800.821.3874,  FarCountryPress.com.





vid Shneer, the Louis P. Singer Chair in Jewish History and director of the Program in Jewish Studies. “By anchoring the university’s Archive of Post-Holocaust American Judaism with the story of the Holocaust itself and the destruction of much of European Jewish religious and cultural life, CU is now one of the only places in the world to be able to demonstrate how global Jewish life continued and flourished in the United States after World War II.” The archive is the life work of Harry W. Mazal, a retired businessman from Mexico City who made San Antonio, Texas, his home and became an internationally recognized Holocaust collector and researcher. Working with numerous volunteers, Mazal dedicated his life to creating a vast repository committed to defending the voices and memories of the victims of the Holocaust around the world by promoting scholarly research related to Holocaust studies, Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism and bigotry. “The Mazal Holocaust Collection is a unique collection of materials about the Holocaust,” Lipstadt said. “It will help make the University of Colorado Boulder one of the premier places for research on a myriad of aspects of the Holocaust. It is an amazing collection of documents which will be an asset to students at the university and researchers throughout the world.” After Mazal’s death in 2011, his family wanted to ensure that his life’s work and legacy would continue to be available to scholars, researchers and educators around the world. A portion of the books from the Mazal Library has been donated to the new Texas A&M University–San Antonio. The rest of the library, including the highly valued archive and limited edition books, has been donated to CU-Boulder. “The Mazal Holocaust Library was everything to Harry,” said daughter Aimee Mazal Skillin of Lone Tree, Colo. “It was his heart and soul and he made it his mission to debunk Holocaust deniers. His archive material was vast and CU has the capability to maintain, restore and share these valuable resources with the world.” For more information on CU-Boulder’s Program in Jewish Studies and the Archive of Post-Holocaust American Judaism visit JewishStudies.Colorado.edu





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Bringing Big Time Dance to Small Town Louisville Article Jordan Lebowitz | Photography Casey Raser and Provided


ouisville native Tara Cluck took her first dance class at the age of three. Tara’s parents believed that dance would help their toddler develop both physical coordination and mental acuity. What Mr. and Mrs. Cluck did not anticipate was how the art of movement would one day allow their daughter to realize her deep inner compassion for others in a tangible way. Tara’s involvement in dance has been unyielding since that young age and she has experienced success on many levels as a teacher. Tara coached her alma Mater’s dance team at CU Boulder and held a coaching position for the Sacramento Kings NBA team. But that type of success wasn’t enough. Following her position with the Kings, she taught at different studios in California before coming home to Colorado to teach in 2010. Then, it clicked! “I went to my niece’s dance recital with my Mom,” Tara says. “We both looked at each other, and I knew—I can do better.” Shortly after that recital, she began to look for a studio space. “There is a need, especially in Louisville, specifically in dance,” she says. The most popular classes at the Tara Cluck Dance Center are Hip Hop and Creative Movement, but the special needs class is what gives Tara the feeling of success she didn’t obtain in the professional dance world. Having grown up heavily involved in the special needs community—her mother worked as a high school special needs teacher—being a part of that type of education resonates in a deeply gratifying way. Tara’s sister also followed suit and is the director of Aspire Autism in Broomfield. Once a week a group of autistic children from Aspire Autism join the Special Needs class the studio offers to all kids and adults with special needs. It wasn’t long before older kids from other classes began to get involved with her sister’s group. Friendships quickly formed and 12 Boulder County Lifestyle | April 2014

the non-judgmental atmosphere created a bonding experience that provided the special-needs kids with a sense of self-worth and joy. “It really pulls the healthy kids back to reality… it makes their problems seem less terrible,” Tara says. The autistic children are learning how to express themselves. And in addition to taking class at TCDC, some of the young adults from Aspire Autism work at the studio twice per week as part of their life skills training. Tara says this is the part she has completely fallen in love with—providing a safe place for everyone to learn, grow and be part of a family. While it’s evident that Tara would love to spend all her time embracing the needs of the less fortunate, she understands that in order to give back, you must first have something to give. Having made great connections along her travels, Tara is now using those experiences to bring big time talent to guest-teach at her studio this summer. One of the confirmed “celebrity” teachers has performed on Broadway, toured the country and amazed as a Cirque du Soleil member. Another guest teacher was featured on America’s Best Dance Crew and has been in several music videos. The summer camps this year will be organized into the following categories and are offered 3 days a week for children ages four–14. • Story Book • Hip Hop • Pom Camps • Pop Star Tara Cluck Dance Center The Tara Cluck Dance 1110 East South Boulder Rd. Center’s spring showcase Louisville will be held at Centaurus 303.665.0908 High School on May 31. All TaraCluckDanceCenter.com classes will perform; please


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t never ceases to amaze me that a simple smell can carry me away to a gondola in Venice or to a gorgeous spring meadow or even conjure up the memories of one of my grandmother’s perfectly sweet and spicy holiday desserts. I was reminded of the olfactory system’s power on a recent visit to The Fuzzy Antler in Louisville. The home furnishings boutique is brimming with sensory treats ranging from floral eau de toilet and piney room sprays to soft pillows, shiny jewelry and brilliant area rugs. I wanted to touch and smell everything in the place. Shop owner Kelley Kolin, a Golden native, says the variety of things in the shop is one of her key focuses. She strives to provide customers with an eclectic mix of unique items they won’t see elsewhere including paintings, lamps, European antiques and even baby gifts. “Shopping at The Fuzzy Antler is kind of like a treasure hunt, and I want customers to enjoy that experience,” she says. Kolin purchased the store from its prior owners in January 2011 and views the role as a perfect fit drawing on her past experience. With a bachelor’s degree in sociology from CU in hand, she started out in jobs ranging from managing a market deli to lin prides herself on knowing regular customers by name and has selling newspaper advertising. She decided to go back to school shifted the inventory to include more gift items. for floral design while raising her two children to start providing “I want it to be friendly to all price ranges so that someone can those services for weddings and other events. She later attend- come in and find anything from $4 to $4000,” she says. ed Arapahoe Community College to add interior design to the Adjusting to being the boss instead of working for someone else mix and worked for a small design firm. Eventually she landed in has not been without its challenges. Kolin says finding balance bepart-time retail sales at The Fuzzy Antler. tween handling all the details and still providing the type of serWhen she found herself at a crossroads in her personal life and vice she wants for customers has taken time, as has the work-life in need of a “real job,” Kolin was offered a nine-to-five desk gig balance. Only recently has she started taking the weekends off. that seemed stable and reasonable—and boring. She passed it up Brimming with ideas, Kolin’s immediate plans include the just praying that it was the right thing to do. addition of a design center within the shop so customers can “One week later, the shop owners asked if I would consider consult on—and order—things like lighting, rugs and uptaking over The Fuzzy Antler,” she recalls. “I was so excited to holstery. She also plans to increase community involvement make it happen.” through partnerships with local artists Financing proved difficult so Kolin— and event sponsorships. depending on the old adage “you’ll only Kolin credits Louisville’s Historic regret the things you don’t do”—took the Arts District and the Downtown BusiThe Fuzzy Antler personal financial risk of investing her ness Association for the work they do 901 Front St, Suite 100, IRA savings and has never looked back. to promote the area, and she enjoys the Louisville “I just felt like it was meant to be and wantrelationships she has with other down303.666.7864 ed my kids to see that I could do it,” she says. town business owners. TheFuzzyAntler.com In the three years since buying the “It just feels like a dream come true to Hours: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. store, her focus has been on customer have my own little shop in my own little Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. service and inventory management. Kotown,” she says.


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Have You Met Eleanor? Hint: She is well-dressed and has a big heart Article Camille Wilson | Photography Todd VanFleet


ho is Eleanor, you ask? Well, she just might be the best friend you didn’t know you were missing. Much more than a designer clothing boutique, the downtown Louisville shop also offers accessories, jewelry and—perhaps most of all—a community for women. Tracy Hobbs, owner and Boulder County mother, opened Eleanor last August after coming, as she says, out of the woods. Her oldest son Jack has autism. The Beginning

Hobbs had a career in medical sales and marketing while living in Cleveland, Ohio. She eventually chose to start a family and begin a new career as a full-time mother to her two adopted sons. While full of joy, the new gig proved intense as she navigated the special path on which Jack’s autism had set them. When describing the social impact of a child with a disease, Hobbs says friends can pray and cook for the family and take care of the child so the mother can rest. 16 Boulder County Lifestyle | April 2014

“With autism, my child wasn’t sick and some of my friends weren’t quite sure how to help,” says Hobbs. “Autism consumed the life that we had—much of the time, resources and energy.” Hobbs rose to the challenge, working hard for years to find adequate therapy and educational resources for Jack—now 12— to thrive, eventually making the difficult choice to move to Louisville two years ago. Just weeks after arriving, even Jack noticed that people were so nice and non-judgmental in Colorado. Everything finally started to feel easier and Hobbs was able to come up for air for the first time in a decade. “It is just easier to have autism here,” she says. “Resources were more plentiful, the people more diverse and the schools more accommodating and willing and able to educate “the whole child.” As she began to determine what was next—what she wanted to be when she grew up—Hobbs unearthed a seedling of an idea which eventually grew into Eleanor, a name she and her husband had been saving as their baby girl name. With a healthy perspective gained from her experience with autism, she realized how important good choices are. “That’s where Eleanor came from,” she says. “It’s what I needed to do at this point in my life to be healthy and happy.”

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During this exciting time in Hobbs’ newfound career, a dear friend from Ohio sent an unexpected and touching gift, a bracelet with an autism puzzle-piece symbol. The gift was moving because of what it represented. “It was just her way of saying, ‘I know I can’t do much to help you, but I love you and I’m thinking of you,’” she says. Hobbs has hosted at least one event for women at the store each month, and this gift inspired an idea: create a means for friends, sisters, aunts and neighbors of women with autism in their family to share the sentiment that her friend had shared with her. She commissioned jewelry featuring puzzle pieces from Louisville’s Sahra Cahoon at Swoon Jewelry Studios and will sell the pieces throughout the month of April, Autism Awareness Month, with free shipping and a gift card enclosure. “I really want my shop to be about women helping women. This is one way I can help support other moms that might still be ‘in the woods’ of autism,” she says. The puzzle-piece jewelry will be on display in a Swoon Jewelry Studios pop-up shop at Eleanor during the Louisville First Friday Art Walk on April 4 and will remain available for sale at both Eleanor and Swoon after the event.


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uliana Starzyk never thought she’d be making wedding cakes. But on a recent Tuesday morning, the Brazil native — who runs Juliana’s Bakery & Cakery with her sister, brother, mother, father, and husband — is putting the finishing touches on yet another cake for a client. “We originally wanted to be a purely Brazilian bakery,” she says, “But we have to cater to American tastes. People used to come in and ask, ‘How can you not have cupcakes?’” As it turns out, Starzyk concedes, “We can’t survive without cupcakes.” Over a year into their business, Starzyk and her family are doing more than surviving. StudioWed Denver, the renowned wedding planning studio, recently made Juliana’s one of its professional partners, driving a major increase in clientele for the upcoming wedding season. Starzyk and her sister, Daniela Santos, are thrilled about the big break, but are quick to admit the startup journey hasn’t always been easy. From exploding fondant to incompetent lawyers, the Starzyk-Santos family has endured its share of entrepreneurial hurdles. “Being from another country makes it harder,” says Santos. As fresh Colorado transplants, the family members need to rely on each other for every aspect of the business. Juliana bakes, Daniela works with brides and decorates cakes, their brother takes pictures and cleans, while Mom and Dad assist with everything else. 18 Boulder County Lifestyle | April 2014

Starzyk moved to Colorado seven years ago. Santos and the rest of the family joined her five years later. Starting a business together was always the plan, explains Starzyk. The only question was what kind. “We talked about a million possibilities. We thought about going into jewelry for a while, then lotions.” Eventually, they settled on baked goods, craving the traditional Brazilian sweets hard to come by in the Rockies. Using their own money, the family financed Sweet Family Secrets—which became Juliana’s Bakery & Cakery after moving from Westminster to Lafayette several months ago. “We didn’t know what our revenue would be like,” says Starzyk. “We just jumped in,” adds Santos. Of course, there was more to it than a simple leap. The Juliana’s menu is the only one of its kind in the state, offering Brazilian treats like mousse cups and honey cake, along with modern American fare like brownies and cake pops. And Starzyk, a graduate of Boulder’s August Escoffier School (see our article in the February 2014 issue), has had to relearn how to bake in both styles. “The old Brazilian recipes can be vague,” she says. “Nothing includes time or temperature. A friend of mine went to a school where she was told to ‘bake until done.’ Good luck with that!” Deciphering these recipes has paid off for Juliana’s, which stocks enough variety to satisfy any sweet tooth. Common ingre-

dients include condensed milk and tropical fruits like mango and guava. The results are textural phenomena—the same ingredients can produce anything between a delicate filling and a dense truffle, depending how they’re cooked—and taste as luscious and surprising as they look. But running any bakery, even a successful one, isn’t without its challenges. Twelve-hour days are common, as are unforeseen expenses like cupcake boxes and credit card charge fees. “Sometimes you wish you had a regular job,” says Santos. “When you’re at home, you think about the bakery all the time. You dream about it.” “All small businesses are like that,” says Starzyk, who maintains close relationships with her fellow business owners next door at Lunada and Lafayette Music. “It’s a struggle for everyone,” she says. Fortunately, Juliana’s has a secret ingredient: family. There have been “huge fights” about organization, and everyone has a different opinion on how to run the business, but Starzyk and Santos are thankful for the support—and the family dinner their parents often prepare before the sisters get home. “As a family, we take on these obstacles well together.” Piece of cake.

Brigadeiro (Brazilian truffles) From Juliana’s Bakery & Cakery: “Brigadeiro is the most popular sweet in Brazil. It was created in 1940 to honor Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes, a presidential candidate at the time. The sweet were first served at his campaign parties. Brigadeiro is a title in the Brazilian military.” Ingredients

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Real estate professional turned medical aesthetician, Ashley Mattos opened Bolder Image & Laser in July 2012 to fulfill her longtime goal of owning her own business. After receiving a facial during a birthday spa day in 2003, Mattos decided on the spot that this was what she wanted to do. The medical side of the business drew her in as she began school and set her on the path to work as lead medical aesthetician for a Boulder plastic surgeon’s office. Aleece Briggs

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oulder County Lifestyle recently held a mixer at Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place for some top Boulder County female entrepreneurs. The energy and creativity in the room was palpable. Each of these women shared their stories of inspiration and success, and each is to be marveled for managing the workload and stress, work-life balance and individual success with grace. Here are their stories.

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Her leap to start her own practice was stressful due to the unknown as well as getting used to being responsible for the business side—bills, overhead and employees—as opposed to leaving work at the office when working for someone else. “After a lot of prayer and patience, I was able to make it happen,” she says. Now she offers BBL phototherapy, laser resurfacing, profractional, acne treatments, skin tightening, body contouring, Botox, dysport and fillers. Mattos says the balance afforded in her personal life is the most rewarding part of being in charge. She can finally control her own schedule and attend school events for her 13-year-old daughter, something her former full-time positions didn’t allow. While she finds joy in her family life, she also enjoys making her clients happy. “I would say that it has been very rewarding to see women and men come through my door and leave feeling more confident about themselves,” Mattos says. Future plans include expanding the variety of treatments available and the potential for a second location in Scottsdale. For more information, please visit BolderImageAndLaser.com

Nicole taught second grade before joining her mother in the family business. “As a child, I grew up loving fabrics and home interiors as I watched my mom,” Nicole says. “I used to love ‘take your daughter to work’ day when I could join my mom at the Denver Design Center.” Now the pair finds the lines blurred between work and play. “We try to keep a separation between the two to the best of our ability,” says Nicole. “Sometimes it’s harder than others, but we do a pretty good job!” For more information, please visit BriggsDraperies.com

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Aleece and Nicole Briggs are a mother-daughter designing duo. Aleece owned a design business in Southern California before moving to Colorado 20 years ago. After the move, she worked at a large window covering business before going back to her calling in 2011. “A lifelong love of combining fabric and colors to create incredible living spaces that suit the needs and wants of my clients” is what inspired Aleece to pursue a career in design.

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Jennifer Lane’s business venture came out of a purely practical need. After having a son with a milk allergy—and being lactose intolerant herself—Jennifer sought creative ways to be able to give her son treats so his allergy wouldn’t seem so limiting to him. “I made a promise that I’d always have special treats for him,” she says. She developed a recipe for chocolate sauce made from Organic Coconut milk. “All of my friends loved it and encouraged me to start my own company,” Lane says. More than two years ago, while still working four days a week for the U.S. EPA, she did just that. Lane has always had an interest in nutrition and healthy eat-

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ing. She now considers her business to be her creative outlet. Her product is in 120 stores. This summer she looks forward to receiving major distribution, which will put Jen’s Zen in hundreds of stores across the country. She’s been ramping up production and feels like she’s on the cusp of big growth. “I have wonderful friends who help me with marketing and sales, and I have a terrific ally that handles production,” she says. However, it seems her days of relying on interns and advisors to run her business might quickly come to an end as her business explodes. For more information, please visit JensZen.com

responsibilities like grocery shopping, laundry, cooking and helping their two teenage sons with homework—all while continuing to run his own business. Her goals include growing the consignor list to 10,000 by 2016 and to open an additional location that would double the business size. For more information, please visit FabFindsConsign.com Britney Gower

clarissa edelen Fabulous Finds Upscale Consignment

A passion for a good treasure hunt in search of fabulous clothing and décor led Clarissa Edelen to open Fabulous Finds Upscale Consignment in April 2011. Prior to Fabulous Finds, which features quality furniture, clothing, home decor, art and accessories, Edelen was active in her children’s school and the community while managing her husband’s custom home-building company. In just three years, the 5000-square-foot store has amassed a consignor list of more than 6500. Edelen says the most rewarding part of the hard work—she regularly works 12- or 18-hour days— is to hear customers comment that they can’t wait to tell their friends how wonderful the store is. “There was a real need in Longmont for a boutique-like resale store where women can shop guilt-free and know they are doing the environmentally friendly thing all at the same time,” she says. The biggest challenge is to find balance between work and home. Edelen credits her husband for his support by picking up

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It didn’t take Britney Gower long to realize she was not going to be happy in the corporate world. After college she worked for Insight Technologies in Tempe as a sales representative, but she wasn’t happy. She left her job and Arizona and began working as the assistant director of Primrose School of Ken Caryl. It was there she discovered her passion. “I fell in love with what I was doing for them,” Gower says. “I never called out nor wanted to take a vacation. I couldn’t believe I was getting paid for something I loved so much. That is when I realized I wanted to someday own my very own Primrose!” In 2012, she opened Primrose School of Lafayette, a private childcare and preschool. Gower’s biggest challenge has been finding the right staff for her business. “With childcare there comes a lot of rules and regulations through the state. As the school continues to grow, the demand in hiring staff is there as well,” she says. She struggles to find staff who are truly passionate about working with children and can also meet the rigorous state requirements. Gower’s most rewarding aspect of her business is the impact her school has had on the community. “It truly feels like a home away from home for all to enjoy,” Gower says. “I also think it’s amazing to see the staff, children and families grow as they continue with Primrose and that is truly inspiring.”



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it? When making a purchase, consider why you are buying it and whether you really need it. Be thoughtful. • The Art of Purging: Grab two trash bags, and walk around your house for 10 minutes. Label one bag “donate” and the other “trash.” Do you have piles of pens you never use because you make notes only on your phone? Do you have six spatulas but hardly ever cook? Be ruthless. • The Burning Questions: Ask yourself these three things when purging: Do I use it? Do I love it? Do I appreciate it? If you don’t get a resounding yes to any of them...get rid of it. Make room for things in your life that you really want. Be honest. • The Beauty of Colorizing: Use the same hangers, whichever style works for you and organize clothes by genre and color from white to black along the color wheel to make each closet a work of art. Be detailed. • The Art of Art: Hang your art so that the center of the piece is 60” from the floor. Many people hang it too high, believing that it makes the room feel bigger. When it’s at the proper height, your room will feel balanced, and the piece will show better. Be precise. • The Clutter-Free Home: Clear your surfaces and containerize, label and vertically store meaningful items you absolutely must hang on to. Be selective. Organizing is a lifetime process, not a one-time event. You don’t have to devote an entire weekend to a massive project. Use ten minutes here, twenty minutes there. Do one drawer, one cabinet, one closet at a time. Try to impose order and beauty where there was none before. As van Gogh pointed out, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” That’s the true art of organizing; focusing on the details so the masterpiece can be revealed. If you would like more information, visit OrganizationAndRelocation.com


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1425 King Avenue 8967 Katherine Ct, Boulder

$2,395,000 $3,000,000

$2,250,000 $2,750,000

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3021 5th Street $1,625,000 2015 Kalmia Ave, Boulder $1,490,000 2015 Kalmia Avenue $1,490,000 638 Manorwood Ln, Louisville $1,397,000 3660 19th Street $1,380,000 1332 Lark Ct, Boulder $1,299,000 614 Streamside Lane $1,350,000 8444 Summerlin Dr, Longmont $1,199,000 1332 Lark Court $1,299,000 2035 Buchanan Pt, Lafayette $1,079,000 1655 Walnut Street #307 $1,250,000 2865 Jay Rd, Boulder $935,000 3180 Redstone Road $1,099,000

$1,550,000 $1,400,000 $1,400,000 $1,336,500 $1,297,000 $1,245,000 $1,265,000 $1,150,000 $1,245,000 $1,074,000 $1,220,000 $950,000 $1,206,000

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$863,000 $1,095,000

$840,000 $1,072,800

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1019 Mapleton Ave, Boulder 2759 4th Street

$819,000 $1,060,000

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Lifestyle Calendar

April APRIL 1, RECURRING TUESDAYS Wine Tasting Cured

Every Tuesday night, Cured Boulder hosts a free wine tasting at the shop, with the fourth Tuesday of each month consisting of a ‘blind tasting’ of the best selling bottles from the weeks prior. CuredBoulder.com

April 3 Boulder Mountainbike Association

ticipants, including both professional and small-scale farmers, vending organic, locally-grown foods. BoulderFarmers.org

April 7-11 66th Annual Conference on World Affairs CU Boulder Campus

Presenters from around the world travel to Boulder to participate in what film critic Roger Ebert referred to as the “conference on everything conceivable.” This symposium includes talks, panel discussions and a plenary address by Graham Nash and David Crosby. More than 200 events take place over the five-day conference, all of which are open to the public. Colorado.edu/cwa/

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Join BMA for their annual Soiree, in an effort to fundraise for the association’s trail building, bike maintenance and community outreach efforts. The event will start with happy hour with beer on tap from Oskar Blues, wine from Hazels and appetizers. Later, President Mimi Mather will present BMA’s accomplishments and awards, followed by a buffet-style gourmet dinner. An auction of two custom bike frames by Siren Bicycles and a door prize drawing will close out the night. Tickets for the door prize drawing are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. BoulderMountainbike.org

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APRIL 5 Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra Macky Auditorium, CU Boulder

Eddie Palmieri, winner of nine Grammy Awards and one of the greatest jazz pianists of the last half-century, comes to Boulder leading the Salsa Orchestra in an innovative symphony that honors Latin orchestral tradition. Tickets start at $14. CUPresents.org/ events/eddie-palmieri-salsa-orchestra

April 5

REI Boulder

Join REI experts for a look at the effect of September’s ‘1000 Year Flood’ on the landscape and infrastructure of Boulder County’s Open Space system. OSMP naturalist Dave Sutherland will speak on the changed ecosystems and geology of Open Space, as well as post-flood recovery efforts and how you can get involved. REI.com/stores/boulder

April 9 St. Baldrick’s—NetApp Boulder Shave Event The World Famous Dark Horse

The Boulder NetApp team invites you to join the thousands of brave men, women, and children who have supported the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and shaved their heads in support of childhood cancer research. There are also opportunities to volunteer at the event or donate to the cause. Help St. Baldrick’s and NetApp achieve their $25,000 goal to give hope to infants, toddlers, children and teens fighting cancer. StBaldricks.org/events

Boulder Farmer’s Market

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Join the Boulder Symphony for an evening of 17th Century theatrics in Scenes from

Henry Purcell’s “King Arthur.” Purcell’s British escapism includes serenading shepherds, mischievous magicians and a glorious victory over the Saxons, and it will leave you with a newfound affection for Mother England. Tickets Student/Senior $5, Adult $10, under 18 free. BoulderSymphony.org

April 13 Taste of Pearl Downtown Boulder

Taste of Pearl is a chance to explore the alluring culinary scene on the heart of America’s Foodiest Town. On this “epicurean adventure like no other,” enjoy a leisurely stroll along Pearl Street Mall from one tasting stop to the next, sampling cuisine from 15 Boulder restaurants and tasting wines from 15 Colorado wineries. Pamper your palate while experiencing one-on-one interactions with Boulder’s culinary and wine talent. Tickets are $75 and are on sale now. TasteOfPearl.com

April 13 The 14th Annual Canine Classic 5k Boulder Reservoir

Bring your pups and participate in Boulder’s best canine-friendly 5k run/walk. The event proceeds support Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA), a Boulder nonprofit. The race starts at 9 a.m. Afterward enjoy live music by Last Men on Earth and drinks from Avery Brewing beer garden. CanineClassicBoulder.webs.com

April 15

activities, enjoy special guests and race to find plastic eggs filled with ‘Bunny Money’ coupons worth 5 cents to $10. There is also one special ‘Golden Egg’ mixed in. Times vary throughout the day according to age, running from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. GRToys.com

Tax Day Blues and Booze Sale Cured

Got the Tax Day blues? Lessen the pain with a stiff drink and a chunk of fine cheese. Cured will be offering 20 percent off all spirits and blue cheeses on the 15th. CuredBoulder.com

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This evening of movies, music, movement, monologue, modern art and magic centers around a show featuring short movies by Boulder County filmmakers alternating with live music. 3rd Law Dance/Theatre will provide movement and local storytellers and poets will contribute monologue. Magic and modern art will be found in the lobby, thanks to Gregg Tobo of Astonishing Productions and Boulder artists including Annette Coleman, Linda Parks, Catherine Pistone, Sydney LaSasso and Heather Taylor. Food, wine and beer will be sold by Bon Appétit Mobile Bistro and Boulder Bowls food trucks and Shamane’s Bake Shoppe. Tickets are $25. MMMMMBoulder.com

Colorado Convention Center

The 2014 Legacy Luncheon will celebrate the Colorado Legacy Foundation’s work in public school innovation. This year will feature Keynote Speaker Sir Ken Robinson, New York Times bestselling author and world leader on the development of creativity and innovation in the field of education and honor entrepreneur and education philanthropist Dan Ritchie for his outstanding contributions to education in Colorado. Tickets are $125 and registration is now open. COLegacy.org

April 19th 37th Anniversary Easter Egg Race

April 26

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April 27 Downtown Boulder’s Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival Historic Downtown Boulder & Pearl Street Mall

Ring in another spring season with a much beloved Boulder tradition: the Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival. Join the Tulip Fairy and her little helpers as they parade up and down Pearl Street Mall, ‘waking the tulips.’ This springtime fair features special performances and free activities for the pint-sized fairies and elves. BoulderDowntown.com

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Workout on the Wild Side Scott Carpenter Park

Fitness for Living offers a fresh approach to fitness with it’s outdoor boot camps and power yoga. The boot camps are designed for a wide range of ability and fitness levels, and group dynamics and friendships formed are what make the camps so unique. Each day at boot camp is different and progresses in difficulty. Camp directors develop self-motivating tools to keep campers inspired and to monitor progress. Nutritional guidance, heart-rate based training tips and inspirational emails round out the Boot Camp program. Camps start at $89. FitLiv.com To submit your event for our calendar, please contact Heather at HShoning@lifestylepubs.com



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Parting Thoughts

Mothers of Invention Words by Ellen Nordberg


hat are some of your favorite products and services? Do you ever stop to think about whether they’re local or come from women-owned businesses? My favorite Boulder mom morning looks like this: throw on my favorite Skirt Sports skort, hit Body Dynamics studio to workout, stop by a coffee shop for Outrageous Baking pumpkin bread and recover with a massage or acupuncture at the Dova Center. Each of these businesses was founded by a local female entrepreneur. Women-owned businesses are booming in Boulder, as in many cities across the U.S. According to a study by American Express OPEN, the number of businesses owned by women nationwide has increased 59 percent since 1997. “I do see this national trend mirrored here,” says Myka McLaughlin, founder of WINC (WomenInCommunity.com), a business training program for women in Boulder. “And my experience as a female entrepreneur here has been nothing short of great. There’s a vibrant community with innovative people who genuinely support each other.” Wendy McClure, co-founder of Body Dynamics Studio in Boulder, and mom of two grown kids, agrees that we live in a welcoming area for innovation, especially if those ideas are health and fitness based. “Boulder is a place that invites new ideas,” she says. “Our business model was novel at the time (1999) for the fitness and health industry—a more intimate alternative to the health club setting— but we know how Boulder loves its fitness opportunities!” In response to her daughter’s allergies and eczema as a baby, Pamela Fletcher also came up with a health conscious solution—the tasty gluten free treats of Outrageous Baking. Now her breads and cakes can be found in coffee shops all throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. 34 Boulder County Lifestyle | April 2014

A professional triathlete, Nicole DeBoom of Skirts Sports designed a running skirt because she wanted to feel more feminine while training and racing. DeBoom took seminars at the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, won the 2004 Ironman Wisconsin in a hand-sewn prototype and started up a business that has grown to encompass more than 50 styles of workout clothes for athletes including runners, cyclists and triathletes. “Skirts Sports’ mission is to help women pursue happiness through the transformative power of fitness,” says DeBoom, who became a mom at 40. “We make athletic clothing that fits real women’s bodies and helps them navigate their busy lives.” Gigi Terinoni who opened the Dova Center in May of 2013 (despite having a six month old baby,) agrees much of the secret to the growing trend of women entrepreneurs in Boulder lies in the health and fitness culture here, but also in the way women network and help each other. “The Boulder area tops the charts on best places to live,” she says. “Strong, driven, entrepreneurial women are motivated to provide the best possible lifestyle for their families, and women thrive on supporting one another as well as being creative together.” So many of my favorite products and businesses are locally based, and it makes me realize: Moms in Boulder County make it happen—dreaming up creative solutions for themselves, their friends and their families. BodyDynamics.net – Boulder OutrageousBaking.com – Boulder SkirtSports.com – Gunbarrel DovaCenter.com – Louisville WomenInCommunity.com - Boulder

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