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WHAT’S INSIDE March/April 2018 | Our Improving Your Home Issue
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Spring is coming and with it time to spend improving your home. Make your plans now, so you’re well on the way when Summer’s heat sets in.
Improving your Home March has a reputation for being one of our snowiest months, but still, as daylight hours lengthen, we know warmer weather is right around the corner. Can we really help that our thoughts begin to turn to bettering our spaces? Whether you’re buying your ﬁrst “ﬁxer upper” or you’re going through the empty nest phase, we have ideas for you. And couldn’t everyone stand to be a little more organized? Get some tips from the pros. And while we’re cleaning up and improving our homes what are we doing to clean up our community and earth? Some businesses in town and even the city of Longmont itself, have dedicated themselves to sustainability, even elementary students are getting in on becoming more eco-friendly while combatting food insecurity. However you plan to improve your surroundings, have a happy, productive and environmentally friendly spring!
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De-cluttering is a process, not an event By SHELLEY WIDHALM for LONGMONT MAGAZINE
etting your home organized does not need to be a huge one-day undertaking, but can be broken into steps over time.
Once the home is de-cluttered, cleaned and straightened up, maintenance is key to avoid returning to that original mess. “My general advice is to stay on it,” said Lucy Kelly, a professional organizer and owner of Joyful Surroundings LLC that serves Longmont and Boulder County. “The easiest way to declutter is to ﬁnd where everything is. … Putting everything back in its assigned home is easier to do when you de-clutter and assign it a home.”
Kelly works with clients who need help de-cluttering and organizing their homes, along with those who are on the hoarding spectrum or have attention deﬁcit hyperactivity disorder. “Oftentimes I’m the ﬁrst person they’ve let in the house for years, because it’s just embarrassing. People feel a lot of shame around this,” Kelly said. Getting organized is a process, not an event, and can cause burnout if undertaken in a day or a weekend, Kelly said. Kelly instead recommends decluttering for 10 or 20 minutes a day, doing a few tasks at a time to make the space functional where things can be easily found. If the task takes less than two minutes, she suggests doing it immediately instead of
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“They have more stuff than they need,” Meuwissen recommends her clients store like items with like items and label the spots where they go, placing them in the most logical rooms or places, such as printer paper next to the printer and scissors in the kitchen or ofﬁce. If the items no longer have a purpose or function, remove them to avoid the clutter by giving them away, donating them or throwing them out, she said. “If stuff is in your home or space that no longer supports your goals or adds value to your life, it’s time for it to go,” Meuwissen said, adding that
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setting a percentage goal, such as getting rid of 30 percent of what’s in the room or house also helps. “It’s a matter of respecting space and only keeping the things you want. The rest of it let it go.” Meuwissen’s other piece of advice is to shop at home ﬁrst to avoid a duplicate or triplicate of the item and to respect the threshold, not bringing home items that do not add value or have a place. She likes the acronym OHIO, for Only Handle It Once. For example, when picking up the mail, take care of it then instead of putting it on a counter or table and moving it when it gets in the way, or when bringing in a new book, put it on the bookshelf. Kelly promotes the idea of Send It Away Saturday, where she tasks clients with getting rid of one item a week, though it can be another day of the week, she said. “It often gets the momentum going,” Kelly said. “The idea is you can be a success if you just do one little thing. It’s very encouraging.” Judith Houlding, professional organizer and owner of Space Editing LLC in Boulder, recommends clients engage in 15 to 20 minutes a day of picking up clutter and tossing what’s not needed before engaging in free time. She also suggests clients work for that amount of time, take a break and return to the task, instead of facing an hour or two of an organizational task that can become too daunting, she said. As a result, they can organize their way through the 10 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
If you can’t ﬁnd something within 30 seconds, it’s in the wrong place. — Patti Meuwissen, Eliminate the Clutter, LLC
house, working on a different area a few minutes at a time, she said. “If you’re going to put something away, put it away 100 percent, not next to the closet where it’s supposed to go, or next to the bookshelf,” said Houlding, who works with residential organization and downsizing, provides organizational, general and life coaching, and helps clients with chronic disorganization. “If there’s not room for it, maybe it’s time to let it go.” To put things away, Houlding ﬁnds clear plastic bins with labels to be useful. The bins provide homes
for each type of item and make the items easy to ﬁnd. The bins should be purchased after the items’ functions are decided to make sure the bins are the right size for the shape, weight and size of the items and can physically ﬁt in the space where they will be stored, she said. Another of Houlding’s recommendations is identifying a spot for shoes and outdoor gear and laying out the items needed for the next day in a designated spot, so that keys do not get lost or things forgotten. As for getting rid of things, Houlding suggests weeding out books that will not be reread and, if the income is available, buying better quality clothing that will last longer and removing worn items as soon as they show wear and tear. She suggests when buying something, letting something else go. The end result may not be beautiful, but it will be functional, Houlding said. “There is no should about it. It’s about customizing your interior environment to ﬁt who you are and how you are,” Houlding said. “If it works well and if it’s easy for you, that’s what’s important.” Michele Grybeck, professional organizer and owner of Agent Yes LLC based out of Boulder, encourages her clients to set a speciﬁc
Getting rid of things that no longer add value to your life helps keep your spaces decluttered and usable. (Shutterstock)
“Part of creating systems is maintaining them to keep it up,” Grybeck said. “It’s really easy when you’re busy to throw it all to the wayside.”
Once things have been assigned a place, maintenance is necessary to keep it all neat. (Shutterstock)
goal that is measurable and meaningful, plus something that is accomplishable with a deadline. “There’s not a right way or wrong way to get organized,” said Grybeck, who provides residential and com-
Grybeck recommends starting small, placing items where they will be used and making adjustments in the process if something isn’t working. She uses the acronyms SPACE and PLACE. SPACE refers to Sort, Purge, Assign a home, Contain if necessary and Equalize or Evaluate. PLACE is Purge, Like with like, Access, Contain and Evaluate.
mercial organization in Boulder County and the Denver area. But what is required is maintenance once the organizational system is
“It’s a one-step-at-a-time process. It doesn’t happen overnight,” Grybeck said. “You don’t have to do it all in one day. Starting small is really key.”
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With the kids off to college or otherwise living away from home, their “empty nester” parents may view those vacated bedrooms as valuable real estate. In fact, transforming an available room into a special place that mom or dad has dreamed of for years is looking like a trend. Laura Hodgson, senior designer at Design Studio Interior Solutions in Niwot, says: “I have helped lots of clients do this after their kids have gone to college. They want a dedicated space for some passion of theirs. In one instance a client wanted a music studio where he could practice his guitar, and where he and his friends, who had formed a band, could get together and play.” It can make an ideal craft space, too, she has found. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy one’s craft. People who make jewelry, for example, can keep their things organized in a dedicated work space rather than keeping it all in boxes in a closet to pull out whenever they want to use it. It’s excellent for people who scrapbook; they can leave it out and don’t have to take it apart at the end of each session.” 12 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
or a corner of another room.”
By JUDY FINMAN for LONGMONT MAGAZINE She offers a caveat: this room may not be appropriate for a pastime that involves carving or whittling. “They create dust, so you need a place with proper ventilation.” Exercise rooms are popular with empty nesters, and she has done some of these. “You can put in rubber ﬂooring or use the carpet that’s already there. Mount the TV on one wall, and make another a wall of mirrors. “A yoga, meditation space is wonderful to escape stress and busyness. Put up inspirational posters and travel pictures to help you ﬁnd that grounding center. “Also, consider ofﬁces for people who used to use the kitchen table or a dedicated space in the kitchen LongmontMagazine.com
Hodgson cautions about extensive remodeling – like moving walls or turning two bedrooms into one bigger one. “That would mean, when you go to sell the house, you have a three-bedroom house instead of a four-bedroom. How long are you planning to be in this house? Resale is important to keep in mind. You can make great use of the space without altering it too much. For example, you can remove a wall of mirrors or a rubber ﬂoor. But if you put built-ins on all four walls, it won’t sell as a bedroom.” She advises, “Working with a professional can help you see how much you can do to implement your ideas without affecting the resale value.” Laura Cotter, of Cotter Interior Design in Longmont, comments that she is not seeing a trend to re-use the rooms of kids who have left the nest. “I feel that empty nesters are keeping those bedrooms for their children coming home or eventually as fun rooms for grandchildren to spend the night. March/April 2018
Some trends she sees today: with the open concept, people are choosing larger kitchens; larger outdoor living spaces are popular; dining rooms are disappearing in many of the new houses.
“Most of my customers remodel their home or move,” she says. “In my experience, many times the parents have decided to move to a different house. I call it “smart-sizing,” paying attention to the amenities that suit them the most; for example, you might not have a formal living room or dining room; you might choose to have one large gathering place, like a Great Room open to the kitchen. “Or they’ll choose to go with a completely different style. Their former house may have been very traditional, so this time they go very modern. The main-ﬂoor master suite is a nice feature for empty nesters
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Terry Barker, of Terry Barker Interiors Inc. in Longmont, says, “I always ask my client about future plans for the home. Is the client staying in the home awhile or selling in the next few years? This will determine how much of a change that I recommend making to any room or space. Sometimes a client may want a space that will be easy to convert back for resale purposes.
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I have helped my clients create wonderful new spaces from their unused formal dining areas and recently emptied bedrooms, changing them into a long awaited music room, home ofﬁce, or guest room. Art studios and sewing/craft rooms are always special treats in a home – creating a space to go into and express your creativity and close the door when you are ﬁnished. All of these metamorphoses give clients new expression in what is now a new but exciting stage in life. “It isn’t always necessary to make a space that has only one function – particularly if space in the entire home is an issue, or all other spaces or rooms are spoken for in terms of function. Sometimes a new home of-
She cautions, Be aware of the “unexpected” when planning a space; for example, ‘boomerang kids’ (who move back home), or the need to have an elderly parent join the household.
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ﬁce or TV room can also double as a guest room when appointed with the right furnishings.”
“I always say, design for how you actually live and what you enjoy on a daily basis; for example, if a client doesn’t really need a guest room but wants to have that option for the unexpected or rare times it is needed. “Depending on the size of the home, rooms can be combined to
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create a den, media, art studio, master suite. For example if there were a small bedroom that is now vacant near to another bedroom, a large master suite could be conﬁgured. This will require some remodeling but if a client plans to stay in the home long term, it could be a great investment.” Barker advises, “Get a professional at the onset who has vision for the big picture – a design professional who will really listen to a client’s vision, needs and desires for the home. The more planning, fewer mistakes, better use of resources.”
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What works best for your space? BY WENDY MCMILLAN for LONGMONT MAGAZINE
STYLES EVOLVE AND TRENDS COME AND GO, BUT WOOD FLOORS ARE HERE TO STAY. And why not? They’re beautiful, easy to clean, and gleaming with character. They have the unique ability to deﬁne a room, adding a sheen of elegance, a rustic charm, or anything in between. What’s more, they’re more accessible today than ever. So what’s stopping you from running out and picking a wood? Well, that part can be a little more complicated. Options abound, with a range of textures, styles and ﬁnishes. As if sheer choice weren’t dazzling enough, numerous factors play a critical role in ultimately determining what’s going to be the just right ﬁt for you. To help simplify the process, we’ve checked in with some local experts. Here, they weigh in on some key considerations to guide your choice.
What are my options? Solid. This refers to ﬂoors made from
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one solid piece of wood typically ¾ inches thick, and available in various widths. “Solid offers a natural look that is durable and easy to repair,” says Mishelle Nauman, owner of Longmont Carpet Masters of Colorado. While this option is nice because it can be reﬁnished or sanded, Nauman says it tends to be more expensive than other options.
Engineered wood. Made by laminating several hardwood piles together to form planks, using real wood over a plywood base, this type of ﬂooring tends to be more affordable than solid, Nauman says. The multi-layered construction system tends to make this option particularly stable. Added bonus, engineered wood ﬂooring does not require a particular type of sub-ﬂooring for installation.
Laminate. A multi-layer synthetic ﬂowing product designed to imitate the appearance of real wood, laminate ﬂooring relies on less expensive materials, effectively reducing costs in terms of both purchase and installation. It also tends to be extremely durable. On the downside however,
many consider laminate as having less visual appeal, nor does it repair easily.
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come out of the “We’ve been seeing more box with the stain and more of and wear already our business applied,” says Jason moving toward Miloradovich, Manvinyl planking ager at Longmont’s Aesthetic Flooring offers a wide variety of wood and wood look hard ﬂoors. in recent years,” (Photos by Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine) Family Carpet One says Longmont Floor and Home. Aesthetic Flooring owner Beneﬁts of a preﬁnished ﬂoor Aleana Kincaid. “It looks fabulous, include less dust and a surface that says, is that it is 100 percent wateris as cost effective as laminate, and can be walked on immediately (no proof. It’s also highly scratch-resisis extremely versatile.” A signiﬁcant moving out of the house required), tent, she adds. Given that vinyl is beneﬁt of vinyl planking, Kincaid not made from renewable resources, Miloradovich says.
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Another plus, ﬂoating installation allows you to walk on your ﬂoor immediately after it’s ﬁnished.
Unﬁnished. Unﬁnished ﬂooring is installed as raw wood, then sanded, stained and lacquered in the home. This sand-and-ﬁnish process typically takes several days at least to complete. However, many appreciate the opportunity to custom ﬁnish speciﬁcally to your space.
If you’re dealing with a concrete subﬂoor but are set on solid hardwood, don’t worry. Your dream ﬂoor is still possible, The best type of ﬂooring depends on your particular usage and situation. just a little more (Photos by Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine) complicated. You’ll need to Bamboo. look to experiIf you’re interested in attaining material, for example, on which enced professionals, but will likely the look and feel of wood ﬂooring have the option of installing plywood you can nail solid wood or go with but aren’t necessarily set on wood, over the concrete. You may even engineered wood and multiple instalchances are you may have considbe able to install over the concrete lation options. If you are installing ered bamboo. Bamboo is a natural directly as long as dampness isn’t an over concrete, however, solid wood surface covering that shares many issue. Either way will most likely rely properties of hardwood ﬂowing. In may not be the most straightforward on the glue down method of instalactuality, it is produced from a type choice. “Solid hardwood ﬂoors can lation, involving a bonding agent, of grass. Bamboo holds appeal in be installed over all wood substrates adhesive or glue that is put directly that it is ecologically-friendly, made as long as there is no excessive moisonto the subﬂoor prior to laying from a highly renewable resource that ture present,” says Nauman. When matures much faster than trees. It is installing over concrete, Nauman says the ﬂoor. This method is known for being messy and time-consuming. also relatively east to maintain, and engineered hardwood ﬂooring offers However, it does yield a stable, enjoypriced fairly compatibly to hardwood a distinct installation advantage. The ﬂoors. It does, however, scratch easily “ﬂoating” installation method, for ex- able result. and is very susceptible to humidity extremes. In high humidity, moisture can cause planks to plump. In dry conditions, the planks can shrink. “I’ve seen bamboo planks that are glued down shrink so much that they actually pop off the ﬂoor,” Kincaid says.
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ample, is a popular modern choice. ‘Floating’ refers to an adhesive-free system such as click-lock, whereby boards are clicked, snapped, or locked together. Floating ﬂooring is not afﬁxed to the subﬂoor at all, and will have more give than nail down or glue down ﬂoors, which have a more traditional feel. On the other hand, click ﬂoors are often easier for a homeowner to install themselves, says Miliradovich. Floating systems also have a greater ability to handle moisture and in most cases can be installed directly over the subﬂoor. LongmontMagazine.com
How will my lifestyle impact my choice?
Who lives in the home? Pets? Small children? Even habits such as frequent wearing of high-heeled shoes are worth bearing in mind when choosing ﬂooring. “Traditional hardwood and engineered woods are more susceptible to indentations from furniture, dog claws and even high heeled shoes,” says Miloradovich. “Protection on the feet of furniture is important [with wood ﬂooring].” Houses with small children March/April 2018
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What about radiant ﬂoor heat? “Radiant heat is warm underfoot and makes your ﬂoors very comfortable in the winter,” says Nauman. Only some hardwoods are rated to go over radiant heat, however. If you are putting an approved wood over radiant heat then you must have a whole house humidiﬁcation system in place operating at speciﬁed levels, Nauman cautions. What’s more, wood resists heat transfer more than tile, Miloradovich says, and therefore will not be as efﬁcient. It can further lead to a higher level of expansion and contraction in the wood.
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Every weekend warrior needs an easy to manage circular saw in their tool arsenal and the original Worm Drive SKILSAW®, is lightweight, powerful and durable. With a reputation for cutting truer and lasting longer that competitors, it’s not hard to see why it’s a favorite on job-sites. Cut like a pro every time. (Available at Budget Home Supply, 780 Boston Ave, Longmont, budgethomesupply.com)
The Kelvin 17-in-1 is probably one of the best designed multi-tools out there. It combines some really useful things for homeowners: a level, LED ﬂashlight, 3 ft. measuring tape, snap-action screwdriver, carbon steel hammering surface and 13 everyday use bits. You just can’t get more convenient than that. ($19.99, Available at Ace Hardware, 1727 Main St., Longmont, acelongmont.com)
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The Barebones Multi-Purpose Tool (also known as a Hori Hori Knife) may be the most used tool in your yard and garden, but it would be equally handy while camping. It can cut, saw and pound and measures depth with it’s handy inch marks. It also comes with a really nice sheath that is open ended to keep soil from building up inside. ($49.99, Available at Ace Hardware, 1727 Main St., Longmont, acelongmont.com) LongmontMagazine.com
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Resource Central’s Xeriscape garden series launches March 5 Local nonproﬁt invites public to free seminars on how to replace thirsty lawns with water-saving gardens By Resource Central – As Colorado’s dry winter brings more sunshine than snow, local residents are invited to attend one of the upcoming Water-Wise Landscape Seminars in Boulder County. Resource Central, a nonproﬁt based in Boulder, is offering the free educational sessions to support regional conservation efforts in collaboration with local water providers. Despite recent ﬂurries, Colorado’s snowpack is currently low, 10 to 30 percent below average, though basins that ﬂow to the Denver-Boulder region are doing better than other parts of the state. As the snow melts it feeds rivers, ﬁlls reservoirs and provides water for millions of people. Low snow levels indicate greater risk of drought. The Water-Wise Seminar topics include: how to transform your lawn into a Xeriscape garden, expert tips and tricks, veggie gardening, and creating a pollinator friendly landscape. Sessions begin March 5 in Boulder and are scheduled for Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville, Erie, and other locations around metro Denver. The sessions are taught by local landscaping experts. 26 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
The nonproﬁt’s popular Garden In A Box program also launches on March 5. Gardens include an assortment of drought-tolerant plants and ﬂowers that can reduce outdoor water use by up to 60 percent. To encourage local residents to participate, many water providers throughout the region are offering $25 discounts. “Water is a limited resource and lawns are surprisingly thirsty – soaking up half of the typical family’s water use,” said Neal Lurie, president of Resource Central. “We designed our Water-Wise Seminars and low-water gardens to make it easy to conserve water and save money.” There are ﬁve new Garden In A Box kits this year with a big focus on colors and pollinators including: Hummingbird Delight, Butterﬂy Bounty, and Purple Reign. Additional kits focus on vegetable gardens, partial shade, and xeric ﬂowers. The Garden In A Box program has tripled in size during the past four LongmontMagazine.com
years. One of the largest programs of its kind in the United States, Garden In A Box has helped families in Boulder County and across Colorado transition more than 1.4 million square feet of landscaping to more water-friendly yards. This initiative has saved more than 100 million gallons of water since the program started in 1997. Water-Wise Seminars are free and open to the public. See the full calendar of seminars and locations at: ResourceCentral.org/seminars. Learn more about the Garden In A Box program at: ResourceCentral.org/ gardens. All gardens are Coloradogrown, pollinator-friendly, and available for pickup starting in May.
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Replacing old windows is the simplest way to save energy and money
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Windows and glass doors have changed dramatically since Terry Slade ﬁrst started installing and selling them. “When I started out 40 years ago most new home construction involved single pane aluminum windows. They were not very energy efﬁcient or very durable,” Slade said. The president of Slade Glass wore many hats - glazier, fabricator, estimator and project manager - before taking the helm of the company in 1995 when his dad retired. The thing is, Slade said, many older homes in Boulder County still have those same windows that were originally installed. Today, Slade Glass installs vinyl and wood-clad replacement windows
The team at Slade Glass has often been known to include a couple of office canines. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine.)
that help cut energy loss and heating and cooling costs. “There are a lot of 30- to 50-year-old windows in older homes that we are replacing with high-performance windows as families renovate,” Slade said. The modern windows also block
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“There are a lot of variables involved in energy savings but we estimate that 15 to 30 percent of the heat loss will be eliminated with the installation of modern window glass,” he said. On additional advantage: If a homeowner lives on a particularly noisy street, custom glass windows can also signiﬁcantly reduce the background clamor. However, experiencing these beneﬁts doesn’t necessarily mean purchasing entirely new windows. “For some customers we just replace the glass in the home’s existing window frames,” Slade said. In the process of putting in the glass, the installer can repair the window - the locks, rollers and spring balances - when needed. In addition, highly effective weather stripping can be added which also improves energy efﬁciency.
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don’t need shades and curtains. Another way to increase the light in a bathroom or bedroom is to install custom-made mirrors, which can also make a small room feel much larger.
Slade Glass also works with homeowners to replace older window hardware, especially in higher end renovations. “We work hard to match the existing hardware on the other windows in the home. There are also sleek new kinds of replacement latches and locks available,” he said.
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Slade Glass carries a variety of glass and mirrors to create the perfect replacement or custom piece. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine.)
Back four decades ago, bathroom ﬁxtures were also as purely utilitarian in use and appearance as the standard windows of that time. “Back then we saw a lot of standard aluminum and glass shower enclosures with sliding frames. Now, the enclosures are much more upscale. They often feature heavier glass doors,” he said. The renovations can include changing out bathroom window and shower enclosure glass to ﬁt in the existing frames,” Slade said. One simple but signiﬁcant improvement in shower enclosures is Shower Guard. “It’s a glass coating applied in the factory that helps prevents staining and streaking. You still have to clean them but our customers tell us it’s much easier with the coating,” he said. Home bathroom remodels also now 30 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
Slade Glass Co. has ofﬁces in Longmont and Boulder but provides services for residential and commercial customers spread across Boulder County. The commercial side of Slade Glass installs everything from storefronts and glass front doors and skylights to restaurant sneeze guards, along with retail showcase glass and doors, and mirror walls in exercise and yoga studios.
Forty years and counting often include enclosing the toilet room in glass instead of the standard sheetrock. “It is usually incorporated into the one assembly with the glass shower enclosure. The toilet rooms are enclosed in frosted glass that lets in light. It affords some privacy but has a much more open feel,” Slade said. Windows in home bathrooms are often replaced with highly efﬁcient frosted glass to help bring in more natural light, since the windows LongmontMagazine.com
At 40 years on the job, Terry Slade is not the only veteran member of his still growing staff. Read the Meet the Staff page at Slade’s website and you’ll notice some very big numbers. “We’re very proud of our workforce including our newer employees. Many of our employees have worked for us for decades. One thing that really differentiates us from many of our competitors is our long-term employees with their knowledge and experience in helping customers in almost any situation,” Slade said. March/April 2018
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BY BR RITTANY ANAS for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Home improvement reality shows likke “Fixer Upper” and a “Property Broth hers” are certainlly attention-grabbing. In the tim me it takes most off us to make din-ner, a massive renor vation has playeed out on our television screens, the construction mess m has been cleaned up and before-and-after clips p begin to act as a powerful muse for our own renovation plans. But, of course everything looks much easier on TV. In real life, though? Fixing and ﬂipping a home takes patience and planning. We talked with realtors here in Longmont to ﬁnd out their top tips when it comes to buying ﬁxer uppers and planning renovations, as well as investments that are worth making in homes to improve their value. Here’s what they have to say.
A “ﬁxer upper” can be a great investment
First, the good news: Purchasing a ﬁxerupper as an investment can be a great way to make money in a short period of time, explains Josh Hunter, broker and owner with St. Vrain Realty, LLC. This “ﬂipping” process could mean purchasing a property that needs anything from new ﬂooring and fresh paint to a complete remodel that requires permitting. 34 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
age of the property, sayys Wendy Condo or, a Longmont reaal estate agent witth Windemere Realty. “The older thee property, the high her potential for unforreseen problems,” she sayss.
Kitchens are one of the best places to put your dollar. Open floor plans, stainless appliances and solid surface counters are all safe investments. (Shutterstock)
Or, for those who plan to live in the home, a ﬁxer-upper is a great way to gain what’s called “sweat equity,” which raises the value of the home, but not necessarily for sales purposes, Hunter says. “For many a home is the biggest investment they’ll make, and ensuring they keep their investment in good shape is important to them,” he says. Also, ﬁxer uppers can simply be a worthy project for individuals who are handy and get satisfaction from improving their home on their own, Hunter says.
But, keep in mind the age of the property
Be realistic aabout the costs associated w with renovations and h have a plan
It’s also easy to underestimate the costs associated with a ﬁxer-upper, Conder says. One factor to keep in mind: How long you’ll have the property and whether you’ll pay interest on it, she suggests. “If you can do a lot of the demolition yourself, it will save you money,” Conder says. And to really get this right, make a budget when looking at properties and know what you can afford before you get started, Conder suggests.
While a ﬁxer upper can certainly be a proﬁtable endeavor, sometimes buyers overlook the LongmontMagazine.com
If you can do some or all of the work yourself, you’ll have more money to put toward materials. (Shutterstock)
If you plan to stay in your home during a remodel, consider these things
Hunter says his own family recently remodeled their home and had hoped to live in the basement while the construction was going on. “Ultimately, this was not an ideal situation for many reasons—dust, noise and
unforeseen isssues like water and sewer service interrruptions,” he says. “We were glad we decided to live elsewhere for a few m months.”
the remodel process, it’s important to get an inspection, Conder says. Sewer scopes can save you from potential problems, she says.
For lesser ﬁx-ups, planning is stiill important, he says. Make suure you have a plan with your goaals in sight, and back-up plans if things go wrong.
Consider health and safety issues that might arise, Hunter says. Things to consider include exposure to lead paint, asbestos, dust and debris and construction materials if young children and pets are around.
“As As a realtor realtor, I see too many people buy ﬁxers with, say, $15,000 of remodel money, and end up burning through that budget quickly, short of their original goal,” he says. Hunter’s suggestion? Talk to contractors and others who have done similar projects, and gather more information than you think you need so you’re prepared.
If you’re planning a big project, think of your health and safety
If you can, rent for three to six months while the renovation is being completed, Conder recommends. It’s easier to get contractors scheduled and get work done in a timely manner.
These remodels add the most value
Kitchens, bathrooms, ﬂoors and windows are the most valuable updates you can make to your home, Hunter says.
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Also, open ﬂ ﬂoorplans is a trend that h he favors, and that inclludes getting rid of form mal living rooms and dining rooms, and opening up the main ﬂoor. While it’s not in line w with his own preferences, slliding barn doors are also haviing a moment.
A simple coat of paint on your front door can make your exterior pop. (Shutterstock)
But, there’s a caveat: Don’t overpersonalize the updates. “You may love your unique kitchen, but buyers may not,” he says. “Focus on essentials, use quality products and remember that if you import that unique tile or stone for a $6,000 premium, you may not get that back in value,” he says.
In the kitchen, buyers aare favoring solid surface countertop countertops, gas cooktops, modern stainless steel appliances and French door refrigerators, says Diane Stow, RE/ MAX Alliance realtor in Longmont.
Do this to add curb appeal
Exterior updates are another way to add value to your home that don’t require a huge remodel process. Fresh paint is especially important, Stow says. A freshly painted door can make it pop, and potted ﬂowers will make the home look welcoming to buyers.
Ask about design trends
“The satisfaction you feel when you get a beautiful two-panel door with nickel hardware to replace your solid panel or dated six panel door with gold hardware feels great,” Hunter says. Your realtor can help by discussing with you what design trends are working particularly well in your own neighborhood.
A ﬁnal note: Keep your records
Maintaining records on what you spent and what you bought can really help you stand out as a seller, Hunter says. “From color choices to warranties on appliances, it’s important and helps you stand out if you provide these things,” he says. If you are really increasing the value of the home, these records also help justify the increase and show where you’ve added value.
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Materials can be one of the most expensive parts of any home improvement project. If you have the skills to provide the labor for a project, materials might be your only expense, but even that can end up stretching your budget quite a bit. Additionally, parts and materials aren’t something you want to purchase too cheaply. Homeowners want the appliances to work reliably in a newly remodeled kitchen or bath and purchasing cheaply-made products can put your family at risk. Fortunately, there is place in Longmont where one can purchase highquality home improvement materials at a fraction of the price. The best part? Your purchase also helps keeps trash out of the landﬁll and supports a program that provides affordable housing for people in your community. This triple-threat deal can be 40 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
found at the Habitat for Humanity of St. Vrain Valley ReStore. “Many people shop our ReStore before they go to the traditional home improvement stores to see if we may have what they need at a fraction of the cost,” says Ed Kepple, manager of the Habitat for Humanity of St. Vrain Valley ReStore. “For everything bought at the ReStore, the proceeds go back to support Habitat and the mission to give everyone in the world a decent place to live. People that come into the ReStore know that and that is part of the reason they shop and donate here.”
in 2006 on Weaver Park Rd. Many Habitat for Humanity afﬁliates across the country have ReStores, which are nonproﬁt donation centers that sell both new and used building materials and home improvement accessories. This ReStore is operated independently by the Habitat for Humanity of St. Vrain Valley. “The ReStore is one of the primary funding sources for Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley afﬁliate,” says Kepple. “ReStores play an important role in helping Habitat build strength, stability and self-reliance for our clients through shelter.”
Habitat for Humanity of St. Vrain Valley established its ﬁrst ReStore
In 2010, the ReStore was moved to an 8,000 square-foot facility at 1351 Sherman Drive. In 2014 the ReStore was expanded to approximately 12,000 square feet, its current size. This growth is a reﬂection of the
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community’s support in the form of both donations and purchases. The expansions are required because businesses and individuals continue to donate their gently used items and it can be afforded because people continue to use the ReStore for home improvement projects. “Because the stock of our ReStore depends upon donations, one never
knows exactly what they may ﬁnd at our store,” says Kepple. “It could be a brand new box of tile they have been needing to complete their bathroom project or a vintage, one-of-a-kind treasure they could not ﬁnd anywhere else,” Kepple says. Customers can ﬁnd several items consistently at the ReStore, such as furniture, niture, lighting lighting, hardware, plumb-
Working appliances are often upgraded in a remodel leaving working models to be thrown out. ReStore makes those working appliances available at a fraction of what new ones would cost. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)
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come Tithe Priority Program Countries, or LICs. “The tithe of the St. Vrain Habitat afﬁliate currently goes to partners in Cambodia, Paraguay, Lesotho, Armenia, Haiti, Mexico and Nicaragua,” says Kepple. “We are the third highest tithing afﬁliate in Colorado.” The highest tithing afﬁliate is the Denver Habitat for Humanity, which has three ReStores, while St. Vrain Valley has just one. The ReStore couldn’t complete this sustainable, community-enriching work without the help of its volunteers. “We really depend a lot on community volunteers to come in and help us with our mission,” says Kepple. For more information about how to donate or volunteer, visit hfhrestorelongmont.com.
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BY JESSICA BENES for LONGMONT MAGAZINE The City of Longmont is leading the way on the front range to provide green, susttainable services to its community. The city adopted a sustainability plan at the end of 2016 and Lisa Knoblauch, sustainability coordinator, works with community services to make sure it’s being done right. “We have the usual focus on environmental aspects, social equity around access and affordability,” Knoblauch said. “We’re making sure it’s beneﬁting people equitably across the community.” Exciting recent developments include curbside composting and turning bio-gas into compressed natural gas, she said.
Bio-gas into natural fuel
The state of Colorado has awarded almost $1.4 million in grant money for a process that will allow the Longmont Waste Water Treatment Plant to make fuel from the bio-gas produced in the treatment of Longmont’s sewage. The bio-gas is composed of methane and contaminants which are naturally produced as the treatment facility treats its water, according to John Gage, Longmont civil engineer. Normally a small portion of the methane is used to heat one of the processes used at the facility. The rest is burned off so it doesn’t create large emissions into the atmosphere. “Last year (2017), we looked at what it would take to clean that gas up and use it beneﬁcially,” Gage said. “There were 46 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
a couple of options… One was to treat (the gas to rid it of contaminants) and compress it and use it as engine fuel.” This “compressed natural gas” - or “renewable natural gas” as city ofﬁcials are calling it because it’s coming from the water treatment plant - is highly compressed methane gas that will be used to fuel the city’s sanitation vehicles. Gage is excited because the RNG fuel is much better for the environment than the diesel the trucks run on now. It also provides a ﬁnancial advantage for the city as they won’t be purchasing as much diesel and federal credits are offered for using renewable bio-gas. The city are now in the “request for proposal” process to issue a contract to a design team to make the necessary modiﬁcations at the water treatment plant. Construction should begin later this year. “We have to cut into the bio-gas line and add a treatment skid system that will treat the bio-gas and then we can pipe that over to our ﬁlling station,” Gage said. LongmontMagazine.com
Instead of being 60 percent methane, and the rest CO2 and harmful contaminants, the bio-gas will now be 90 percent methane and compressed to up to 4,000 pounds per square inch (PSI). Gage said the current replacement schedule for the city’s sanitation vehicles allowed for 11 trucks to be replaced in 2019 and another ﬁve by 2022. Instead of replacing these 16 trucks with new diesel vehicles, the city will upgrade to CNG vehicles, which can hold compressed natural gas fuel. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs granted the city $1 million in funding to offset capital costs, Gage said. The Regional Air Quality Council awarded $385,000, which is to offset the difference in cost between a diesel and CNG vehicle, since CNG trucks are more expensive. Gage said they would like to see how this introduction of RNG fuel works with their sanitation trucks, and then will look at expanding the possibilities to other ﬂeets. March/April 2018
“We might partner with other organizations that have home-based groups where the vehicles come back to one place… The nice thing for the city is that both waste water and sanitation are both city properties. It helps that the city has both parts of that under its umbrella,” Gage said. Turning bio-gas into renewable fuel isn’t a new idea, by any means. Federal credits make it more economically feasible to do a project like this. The city looked to Grand Junction as a front-runner since they have been producing CNG fuel for several years. Gage believes Longmont is the ﬁrst community on the front trange to move in this direction. “Hopefully, this kind of project will set an example on the front range,” Gage said.
In April 2017, the City of Longmont launched an every-other-week curbside composting program. “It’s the ﬁrst time Longmont was ever able to offer that service and be able to pick it up,” said Holly Milne, communications and marketing manager for the department of public works and natural resources. The service provides 96-gallon bins with convenient images on the green lids with examples of allowable compost. The bins are picked up every other week. Customers can put in organic yard waste, food waste, meat and bones and even paper towels. “The program has gone well,” said Charles Kamenides, sanitation manager for the same department. “In the ﬁrst six months after we launched in April, we zoomed to 4,000 customers. That’s a really good start. We collected 1,200 tons of material and were able to compost it and divert it from the landﬁll.”
“We have the usual focus on environmental aspects, social equity around access and affordability. We’re making sure it’s beneﬁting people equitably across the community.” — Lisa Knoblauch takes the materials and processes them. Kamenides said that they offer 96-gallon, 48-gallon and every other week 48-gallon trash bins. Now that they also offer both recycling and composting bins, they have seen customers reduce the size of their trash bins to less-costly containers. And that is great because then employees can recycle the large trash bins for composting bins by switching out the lid. Milne said that winter is a hard time for outreach so they are planning a big campaign in April, a 21-day challenge to encourage people to recycle and compost more. “We really want (the public) to make changes to save them money and keep things out of the landﬁll,” Milne said.
“We hope that the campaign in April will give us a big bump in the number of residents trying and using composting.” The city is also working on a couple of online applications. One has already launched and is an online calendar where people put in an address and get a custom schedule of when trucks are coming to pick up trash, recycling and composting. “We wanted to make it easy for people to know what week it is and what to put out,” Milne said. People can download the calendar to their smartphones, print it, or just look online. Visit longmontcolorado.gov/departments/ departments-n-z/trash-and-recycling/ collection-schedule-and-map. The department will launch another tool by the end of March to help people know what item can go where. “You can search for any item and learn the best place to put it,” Milne said. “If you type in television, it will give you locations around Longmont or Boulder County where you can take electronic waste.” Kamenides said that in 2017, the City of Longmont was able to divert 37.5 percent of waste from the landﬁll. According to Colorado.gov, the state average in 2016 was 19 percent. “Good things are happening in Longmont, we’re just trying to get education and information out there so we can do even more,” Milne said.
The Longmont City Council passed a resolution to adopt the Sustainability Plan on Nov. 29, 2016. The Sustainability Plan will focus on actions over the next 10 years to address these areas:
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Longmont commits to 100 percent CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2030 of moving to zero net carbon. Sustainable Resilient Longmont, along with a coalition of partners commissioned subsequent review of a report by Catalyst Cooperative, which encourages the PRPA to take into account future costs of wind, solar, and electricity storage. “PRPA is fully aware that the PACE report is conservative. With the renewable investments that PRPA has completed and initiated since commissioning the study, they have already surpassed
By Sustainable Resilient Longmont In January, Longmont city council voted to approve a resolution committing the community to a shift away from fossil fuels and to transition to 100 percent clean, renewable electricity by 2030. The City Council resolution builds off of Longmont Mayor Brian Bagley’s Proclamation signed on December 5 establishing a vision for powering the community entirely with clean and renewable sources of energy like wind and solar. The Colorado Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign is joining Sustainable Resilient Longmont in celebrating Longmont becoming the 55th city in the nation, and seventh in Colorado to commit to a sustainable transition to 100 percent renewable energy. “We thank the Longmont city council and Mayor Bagley for their dedication to create a truly sustainable future, powered by 100 percent clean, renewable electricity by 2030. As one of the most fracked regions in the nation, it’s exciting to see Longmont made the decision to invest in our health and climate,” said Jim Alexee, Colorado Sierra Club Director 48 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
“Now, more than ever, action at the local level is crucial to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and transition to a clean energy future,” added Sustainable Resilient Longmont Board Chair, Abby Driscoll. “This is a watershed moment not only for Longmont, but for the broader movement to combat climate change. I’m proud of the grassroots movement that we’ve built over the past year, empowering the people of Longmont to have a voice in what we want the future of Longmont to look like,” explained Ready for 100 campaign leader, Karen Dike. Longmont Mayor Brian Bagley expressed his support, “I’m pleased to see the Council taking this step to afﬁrm Longmont’s commitment to clean energy. Our energy production needs to be reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible. This step forward continues us in this direction.” Longmont’s renewable energy commitment follows a recent PACE Global report by the Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) which studied the feasibility LongmontMagazine.com
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is EDUCATING, PRESERVING & LEARNING: Eagle Crest Elementary Food Share Table
The daily lunchtime rotation at the Eagle Crest Elementary Cafeteria is in full swing. Seeing her classmates assembling at the doors, Sophia Asbury nevertheless takes time from her lunch break to provide an overview of the school’s popular addition known as the Food Share Table. “Food Share Table is really fun,” she says, pointing out the color-coded bins. Red is for whole fruits, she notes, Blue for unopened packages. Unopened cold items, such as milk and yogurt, are placed in the cooler. The ‘rescued’ food is then opened up for shared use. “First, students who are still hungry can take extra food from the table,” Asbury explains. “Then, teachers can use it, like for snacks for kids. Then, the cafeteria takes what they can use the next day.” Rescued food is left out in the cafeteria during the day; teachers may send students to it for snacks at their discretion. While, to this point, Eagle Crest has been using all its extra food, Asbury shares the team’s vision of providing any future surplus to Boulder County’s BackPack Program, providing backpacks with nonperishable, child-friendly and nutritious food to children who are food insecure. Eagle Crest Elementary is one of 47 schools in Boulder County known as 50 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
Waste Reduction Workshop held by the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency), Region 8 and Douglas County. They came away empowered.
BY WENDY MCMILLAN for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Green Star schools, partnering with Eco-Cycle to move toward zero waste. Sophia, a fourth grader, is one of many of her school’s Green Star Ambassadors, students who voluntarily assist with waste reduction efforts, often giving up recess time to set up, clean up, and assist with activities. Recently those activities have expanded to include the Food Share Table, a pilot initiative that builds simultaneous awareness of food insecurity and food waste. In September 2017, STEM Explorers advisor and fourth grade teacher, Stephanie Potter took students to a School Food LongmontMagazine.com
“I was so moved by what we learned,” Potter says. “The amount of food that is thrown away untouched: There are so many issues connected with that.” At the conference, the concept of a Food Share Table was introduced. To Potter, it seemed like a perfect ﬁt for Eagle Crest, already so invested in recycling and composting efforts. What more natural progression than to expand to reducing food waste? Following the workshop, Potter put forth the idea to Principal Ryan Ball. At the same time, Nutrition Services Director, Shelly Allen, and Wellness Coordinator, Sarah Harter, who also attended the training, reached out to her. “It was a merging of minds,” Potter says. “Shelly and Sarah contacted me offering to support a pilot Food Share Table, and I immediately said yes.” Potter and her teammates began by establishing a Food Share Table Team, opening it up to any interested fourth graders, their parents, and teachers across the building. Response was strong. The team, which devised the name Mighty Mighty March/April 2018
(L) Eagle Crest students show off their posters for the Food Share Table. (R) A menu board in the lunch room makes it more efficient for students to choose their meals. (Photos courtesy Eagle Crest Elementary)
Food Share Table, initially met a couple times a week for a month researching and discussing the issues, brainstorming plans, and developing slogans, mascots and informational materials. “Everybody was so committed and got really into it,” Potter says. “It’s such a team effort—the teachers at this school, the parents who came in and helped kids with materials creation. The Eagle Crest kitchen staff who worked with our students and have been open and helpful with all our ideas. [SVVSD] Nutrition Services, which helps with guidelines for what we can save, and provides items—like coolers, the second we call. And mostly the kids. They do the work for this. They created everything.” Students identiﬁed roles needed to keep things ﬂowing, such as setting up bins daily. They evaluated ways to improve efﬁciency, determining a key cause of food waste being that, by the time kids got through the lunch line, they found themselves short on time to eat. To mitigate this, they created a visual menu board, allowing students to make selections while waiting in line. They developed spreadsheets for tracking food items. “We picked a graph template in Excel,” says fourth grader Ryan Courtney, A Green Star Ambassador in charge of tracking items along with peer, Blake Gorr. “We put in the date, and name the items. Every day we go to the cafeteria to count. We set a timer to remember going.” March/April 2018
Before winter break, the Food Share Table Team worked tirelessly preparing presentations, ﬁrst to be shared at grade-level, then school-wide at special assemblies along with one speciﬁcally for faculty. Assemblies focused on the importance of keeping food out of landﬁlls, awareness of food insecurity, and how the program would work. All their efforts were—excuse the pun—not wasted in the slightest. Eagle Crest launched the Food Share Table on January 2. Within nine school days, they had already rescued 505 food items, all untouched, unopened, and otherwise thrown away. According to the USDA, food waste is estimated at 30-40 percent of the food supply. Such waste has far-reaching signiﬁcance impacting food insecurity and environmental conservation. Here in Colorado, nearly one in six children live in households suffering from food insecurity. While it was of the greatest importance to the Mighty Mighty Food Share Table Team to develop awareness of the issues, they were equally committed to ensuring there would be no stigma associated with taking the rescued food. “We talked as a school about hunger, and how everybody feels hunger,” Potter says. “About how that feels. This program has really brought in such a level of awareness and compassion.” Touring the halls, cafeteria and classLongmontMagazine.com
rooms of Eagle Crest, the thriving Food Share Table program is clearly not associated with stigma. It is a source of pride. “I made that poster,” one student says in the hallway, pointing and smiling as he walks by.” When numbers are shared over the intercom, announcing rescued items, students buzz with excitement and a little disbelief, Potter says. “One day we rescued 308 oranges and one apple,” says Blake Gorr. “That’s really crazy! Before, when we didn’t have the Food Share Table, that’s probably about $.50 per orange. That would really add up to a lot of money.” What’s next for the Food Share Table team? Given the success of the pilot, chances are good they will resume developing, or adapting, presentations before long. In the meantime, they continue to build and reﬁne their operations. Menu cards are developed. The tracking spreadsheet is being revised to incorporate cost. The sign-up sheet for helpers brims with names. “I personally think every school should have a Food Share Table and compost program,” says May Gherardi, one of the students to attend the food waste workshop with Potter back in September. Judging from the spirit that comes across in the posters, bulletins and displays throughout the building, the whole of the school community would agree.
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BUDDING DISPENSARIES eager to plant their shops in Longmont
BY ELISE OBERLIESEN for LONGMONT MAGAZINE 13—that’s the number of recreational marijuana license applications the City of Longmont received after City Council vote approved the allowance of four new dispensary licenses in Longmont. The question is, who will those lucky four applicants be? If you ask Ally Feiler who co-owns Green Tree Medicinals, in Longmont, since 2009, she’d say, pick me, pick me. She currently operates four stores in Colorado, and she’s eager to open another dispensary within Longmont city limits. Feiler points out, in 2011, the city banned the operation of all Longmont dispensaries unless they operated on an unincorporated parcel of land in Longmont. Feiler successfully found a retail space on an unincorporated parcel and managed to run the operation despite the ban imposed by the city. She went on to say, that she had an opportunity to be annexed in by the city or apply for an additional license after the recent city council vote to bring in four licenses. She decided against annexing in and it instead applied for an additional license. “As applicants go, we are the most deserving because we were the only preexisting dispensary in city limits before they shut us down in 2009. And we’ve never had any violations from the city, state or marijuana enforcement division,” 54 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
Starbuds in Niwot is one of the handful of dispensaries just outside of Longmont. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine.)
said Feiler. Feiler added that several applicants did have violations on record. Those violations run the gamut from minor to serious. All dispensaries must follow both city and state ordinances. Feiler noted a few examples, “Like if they do a transaction after the time sales are legally permitted, if they had a smell violation, or are consuming cannabis on site.” Native Roots is the only other store that currently operates on an unincorporated parcel in Longmont says Kim Casey, communications manager with Native Roots. She said they also decided against the annexation deal offered by the City LongmontMagazine.com
of Longmont and nor did they apply for a dispensary license in Longmont. When asked if Native Roots supports the idea of the competition that goes with four additional licenses in Longmont, Casey said they welcome it. Native Roots is the largest retail dispensary in the United States, she said. “We are always excited and supportive of new licenses coming into town,” said Casey. While she did not comment on how these four new licenses could potentially impact local dispensaries or the sales projections, Casey did mention how Native Roots offered their helping hand with the City. March/April 2018
share. And these new stores will pull from the existing establishments,” said Craumer. As much as Craumer understands the competitive nature of the marijuana industry, he acknowledged what may be considered an unfair practice that’s been going on in Longmont.
Additional licenses could lead to larger diversity and more competition for existing businesses. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine.)
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“Native Roots and Green Tree Medicinals have long had a monopoly on the Longmont market,” he said. By adding more pot shops in Longmont, it will certainly break the grip these two stores hold in Longmont. That said, Craumer hopes that Longmont does not follow in the footsteps of Boulder, a city that issued considerably more licenses than Longmont. If that happens, Craumer said it could potentially diminish earnings for several local cannabis stores.
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revenue we generate. We have a hard time meeting the demand in the city,” she said. “And we will make a lot of tax revenue that we are losing to nearby cities.”
While Craumer would have liked the City to keep the moratorium in place and not issue more licenses, so far, he said he’s satisﬁed that the City issued a small number of licenses.
Many questions about marijuana licenses in the City of Longmont remained to be answered, say some of the applicants and other local dispensary owners. Feiler would like to know if the City of Longmont plans to issue more dispensary licenses in the near future.
“The City of Longmont is taking a conservative approach issuing licenses to see the positive or negative effect to the city,” said Craumer. Feiler said she likes the idea of adding more dispensaries in Longmont because ultimately it’s better for customers, otherwise they’re more likely to ﬁll their orders in places like Boulder. Plus, more shops in Longmont will help boost the local tax base. “I don’t have an issue with a few more dispensaries coming into Longmont even though it will affect how much
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When Guy Fieri of TV’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives introduced Longmont’s restaurant scene to the national Food Network audience, locals were not surprised. They already knew there were many lip-smacking delights right here in town. Now that won’t be a secret anymore as doors swing open during Longmont’s Restaurant Week April 20-29. This is a natural development, according to Karen Stallard, membership director for the Chamber of Commerce. “I’m surprised Restaurant Week didn’t happen sooner,” she said. “Longmont has grown a lot in the last ﬁve years, and it’s high time we have something celebrating the growth of our culinary scene. The buzz shows it is going to be big.” The idea sprang from the Chamber’s Food and Brews committee. Carmen Sample of Samples Longmont and Teresa MacPhail of Mac’s Place spearheaded the effort. On board are the chamber staff, local restaurateurs, the Long58 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
BY LINDA BOND for LONGMONT MAGAZINE mont Downtown Development Authority (LDDA), the Longmont Economic Development Partnership and Visit Longmont. The effort has even earned a tourism grant from Visit Longmont for marketing and collecting attendance data. Kimberlee McKee of LDDA was involved in the planning but suggested the project should have a broader scope than keeping it conﬁned to downtown Longmont since restaurants are spread all over town and include almost every type of food. “It’s deﬁnitely a community effort,” Stallard said. Already 34 restaurants and three breweries have signed up to be a part of the ﬁrst annual event. She said, “We’ve told the restaurateurs to showcase what they do best. If they want to create a custom entrée every evening, that’s what they should showcase. The idea is to get a new customer who has never had their food.” For ten days, participating restaurants will offer their own special menu with $18.71 per offering. (That’s based on LongmontMagazine.com
1871, the year Longmont was founded.) For example, a white tablecloth restaurant might offer a single entrée while a less expensive restaurant might create a full meal for two. Each restaurant will have a Restaurant Week menu, and the offerings will be listed on the website. Social media posts will spotlight all the different restaurants and culinary possibilities. Sean Gafner, chef and owner of The Roost and Jefe’s Tacos & Tequila, is planning a three-course meal for $18.71 per person. “At the Roost we’ll start with the Bangin’ Cauliﬂower that Guy Fieri featured, then offer an entrée and dessert. At Jefe’s we’ll probably have chips, salsa, queso and guacamole, then let people pick three of their favorite tacos and we might end with churros and ice cream. We want to give people a sample of what we have; we don’t want to create outof-the-ordinary dishes that don’t show who we are.” Note: Jefe’s “ordinary” taMarch/April 2018
The Post’s gluten-free fried chicken will be on the menu. (Jonathan Castner/Longmont Magazine)
cos are actually extraordinary. There’s the seared ahi taco, with Hawaiian tuna seared rare with ginger-lime slaw, fresh avocado, cilantro and sriracha aioli; mango shrimp—that’s tempura fried shrimp with fresh mango and red bell pepper; and carne asada taco, with marinated choice rib eye steak grilled and chopped with fresh guacamole, crispy onions and cilantro.
Jefe’s delish tacos will be a treat for all. (Photo courtesy Jefe’s Tacos and Tequila)
Leah Winkler, Event and Program Director for the Chamber, said, “Longmont has so many fantastic restaurants with great variety, excellent food quality and restaurateurs who are truly passionate about what they do. And it’s only getting better!”
low for some of the more expensive
What can you get for $18.71? Winker said it’s widely dependent on what the restaurants feel they can offer for that amount. “That might be pretty
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creative. But for example, Blackjack’s Pizza will have a different scale for that price point.” Food and Brews Committee memconsidering what should be on their $18.71 menu at Mac’s Place on Longmont’s eastside.
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MacPhail said, “I’m a history buff so I’m excited that 1871 reinforces in everyone’s mind exactly when Longmont was founded. And $18.71 is certainly a bargain for what we’ll offer. Our menu is priced breakfast- and lunch-appropriate, so we will probably have a $18.71 meal for two. I think many people will want the Train Wreck, which is so popular for us. It has crispy hash browns, caramelized onions and pepper jack cheese, with eggs any style, smothered with our green chili. There is a choice of toast with bread we get from the Blue Point Bakery including multi-grain, sourdough, white or marble rye, or our
own biscuits. For coffee we’re pairing up with Hotbox Roasters. They roast and grind their own coffee beans at the Tasty Weasel, and we’ll pair up with them for signature cups and cross marketing. We’ll also have offer our French toast and we make cream sherry
rant Week is a good idea because “It gets people to try new things in Longmont. Our restaurant scene is awesome and getting people to try all we have to offer is great.” Boveri said they’re looking forward to seeing new fac-
Mac’s Place is widely known for its hearty breakfast fare. (Photo courtesy Mac’s Place)
syrup for it.” This has been an especially good year for Post Brewing Company, with a 20-30 percent increase in guests since the Food Network show. General Manager Dillon Boveri feels Restau-
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es. “We want people to try our delicious fried chicken; that’s why we open the doors,” he said with a laugh. “Chef Andrew Cocking will be preparing our delicious glutenfree fried chicken. We’re surprised how many people say they haven’t had fried chicken in years because they can’t ﬁnd gluten-free anywhere. We’ve got it for them. For the $18.71, we’re planning fried chicken, a side or salad and a beer if they’d like that.” Winkler and Stallard are also working with Longmont businesses that don’t serve food but want to be involved. “One of the ﬁrst businesses to contact us was Kitchen Co.,” Winkler said. “They’re going to offer discounts to anyone
who brings in a receipt from Restaurant Week. The Ivy Rose wants to help people with special outﬁts to wear for their evenings on the town! One of the bakeries is planning to offer a dessert—and the dessert can be ordered that week and prepared later.” How should people approach Restaurant Week? Stallard said, “I’d say save up your date night money, and go out every night for 10 days!” In fact, many of the restaurants will offer their specials all day, so it would be possible to eat out 20 times and not go to the same restaurant twice. Check the Restaurant Week website for the hours that the meals are served and what is included at each location. There is no charge for consumers to participate and no tickets are required. Payment for the meal is made directly to each restaurant. It’s important to make reservations at restaurants that take them, but for all others it’s ﬁrst come, ﬁrst served. For example, Gafner said Jefe’s never takes reservations but The Roost does.
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Want to know where to go and what to see in Longmont? Look no further! We’ve gathered events of all varieties in one place, just for you.
HOPS + HANDRAILS 2018 March 24,12-6 p.m.; March 25, 12-4 p.m. Roosevelt Park, Longmont
Colorado’s raddest winter festival is now two days! Hops + Handrails Beer Fest & Rail Jam, returns to Longmont with the support of Winter Park Resort, Burton Boards, and the Satellite Board Shop. The event features 55+ craft breweries pouring their best brews and some local nosh.
Empty Bowls patrons choose their bowls to help feed the hungry. Photo courtesy of OUR Center.
EMPTY BOWLS FUNDRAISER March 17; 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Longmont High School
Empty Bowls is the OUR Center’s signature annual fundraiser, designed to raise awareness of hunger in the community with the proceeds going to beneﬁt OUR Center’s food program. Guests at the event select a hand-crafted bowl made by a local artist, then select two types of soup provided by area restaurants or caterers and bread. They enjoy a meal and keep the bowl to remind them of those who face hunger every day. Some bowls are also put up for silent auction. Doors open and the silent auction begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 1:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($25 at the door). The price of 1 ticket means a meal for 10 people in need in the Longmont community. (Longmont High School, 1040 Sunset St., Longmont, ourcenter.org) March/April 2018
Day one showcases a snowboard ramp and rail jam competition with live music headlined by Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Day two will be a family-friendly occasion featuring a sledding and tubing hill. Go VIP with the Elevated Experience which includes early entry at 11 a.m. to the Beer Fest, Exclusive beers, plus hot tubs, toilet trailers, shade, couches and food. (Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, lhbfoundation.org/hops-handrails/)
ART & SIP: PEEPS DIORAMA March 15,6:30 p.m.; Longmont Museum
Art & Sip art classes for adults are a fun and creative way to spend a Thursday night. Beer, wine, and specialty drinks are be available for purchase in the Atrium Bar.Though each class features different media and subjects, this Easter themed session uses Peeps to build a diorama that illustrates a scene from your favorite book. After class, enter your creation into the Longmont Library’s Peeps Diorama Contest. (Longmont Museum, 350 Kimbark St., Longmont ,longmontmuseum.org)
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HOMEWARD BOUND Saturday, March 17, 6 p.m.; Boulder County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Building, Longmont
Join Longmont Humane Society at Homeward Bound to support the over 4,200 animals they serve every year. Share your luck with animals in need and celebrate second chances. Enjoy local food and beverage tastings, silent and live auction, live entertainment and hobnob with some really cute guests! (Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont, longmonthumane.com)
PUCK O’ THE IRISH ADULT HOCKEY TOURNAMENT March 17- 19; Longmont Ice Pavilion
Compete in this fast-paced 4-on-4 hockey tournament. Two divisions will be offered: Intermediate (IC/D), and Competitive (A/B) and all games will be refereed by ofﬁcials from the Colorado Ice Hockey Referees Association. There’s a 4-game minimum with the top two teams in each division competing for the championship. Winners of each division will receive ofﬁcial Puck o’ the Irish beer mugs and jerseys. Tournament fee includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. To register, visit rec.ci.longmont.co.us and activity keyword search “puck”. (Longmont Ice Pavilion, 725 8th Ave., Longmont)
WINGS SPECIAL SCREENING WITH ORCHESTRA March 18, 2 p.m.; Longmont Museum, Longmont
A special event screening of WINGS, the most famous silent ﬁlm about WWI ever made, accompanying the Longmont Muesum’s WWI:Longmont and the Great War exhibit. Winning the very ﬁrst Best Film Oscar, this aerial adventure features two ﬂedgling aviators itching to take on the Kaiser’s aces. The Mont Alto Orchestra, a ﬁve-piece chamber ensemble, will perform the musical score for the ﬁlm. Mont Alto was formed in Colorado in 1989, and has scored more than 125 silent ﬁlms using historic orchestrations. (Longmont Museum, 350 Kimbark St., Longmont, longmontmuseum.org)
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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY April 21, 2 p.m., April 22, 1 p.m.; Niwot High School
THE GREAT EASTER EGG DROP March 31; Village at the Peaks, Longmont
Meet on the village lawn area for the annual Village at the Peaks Easter event. See a “Bunny/Egg” drop performance with a professional skydiver at 12:30 p.m.. Take photos with the Easter bunny, get stuffed eggs for the kids, and enjoy live entertainment on the village stage. Don’t miss the face painters, balloon artists, kids crafts and much more. (Village at the Peaks; 1250 S Hover St., Longmont)
UNDERWATER EASTER EGG HUNT March 31, 1 p.m.; Centennial Pool, Longmont
This unique event is a fun opportunity to hunt weighted eggs on the bottom of the pool. When the hunt is over, enjoy face painting and crafts! A paying adult must be in the water with children 5 years and younger. (Centennial Swimming Pool, 1201 Alpine St., Longmont, https://www.longmontcolorado.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/21148/629?curm=3&cury=2018)
GLITZ & GLAM GALA April 21, 6 p.m.; The Shupe Homestead, Longmont
Step back in time to celebrate the roaring 20’s with the Firehouse Art Center! On April 21, 2018 you will have the opportunity to join us to support the mission of the center while raising funds for programs for underserved youth and adults. Only 30 VIP Tickets for a private tour to the event by BrewHop Trolley! (The Shupe Homestead, 11931 N. 61st St., Longmont, ﬁrehouseart.org/gala)
Centennial State Ballet will perform The Sleeping Beauty, a ballet in a prologue and three acts. Audiences of all ages will be entranced as the beloved story comes to life on stage through the artistry of the Centennial State Ballet performers. Choreography by Kristin Kingsley, inspired by Marius Petipa. Musical accompaniment features the Centennial State Ballet Chamber Orchestra. Visit: CentennialStateBallet.org or Call (303) 772-1335. Students/ Seniors $17, Adults - $22 (Niwot High School Auditorium, 8989 Niwot Rd., Niwot)
FRONT RANGE FILM FESTIVAL (FRFF) April 27-29, Experience Cowork Space, Longmont Theatre Company, Firehouse Art Center
FRFF features home-grown visionary talent, but also shows unique ﬁlms focused on Colorado topics. The 6th annual FRFF will highlight new media techniques utilized by tech industry giants in Boulder County. The Festival will include plenty of clever shorts, fascinating foreign ﬁlms, and adventures from remote and breathtaking locations around the globe. They’re also hosting a fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity, curating workshops and have much more in the plans, which will be announced soon. (Experience Cowork Space, 473 Main St., Longmont; Longmont Theatre Company, 513 E. Main St., Longmont; Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Ave., Longmont)
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Published on Mar 8, 2018