Longmont Magazine May/June 2020

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We are blessed to be caring for the heart of our community! As a health care facility taking care of our most vulnerable population during this COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to say THANK YOU.

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Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space




In or Out: Ideas for your summer time in an uncertain world PAGE 8


Ch-ch-changes This edition finds all of us in uncharted territory. Between fluid social restrictions, ever changing grocery store stock, cancellations and closures we’re all feeling our way forward and coping as best we can. We continue to hope that life will go back to normal, or at least something close to it, before summer is fully upon us. In the meantime, businesses are adapting to customers’ needs and slowly moving back to center. We’ve connected with a few to see how they’re reaching out. Our favorite events may be postponed or outright canceled, and we have the lowdown on all of that. What about all of us at home? Even the most introverted among us may be getting a little stir crazy. It’s led us to get more domestic and take stock of our surroundings. How can we brighten our outdoors? What about the new need for dedicated spaces within our homes? If we’re working from home, how do we create a specified workspace? We’ve covered all that and more. While we’re all a little out of sorts, we’re human, we adapt and grow—it’s what we do. Stay well, stay patient, stay sane and this too shall pass.


How to buy shoes online in a ‘safer-at-home’ world PAGE 30




Making Rooms: finding space within your space PAGE 10


How Local Business Leaders are coping and connecting with customers PAGE 12


Homemade Popsicles





Art Competitions Brighten Local Communities PAGE 34


Summer Vibes: what to expect and what to look forward to PAGE 36

Veterinarians offer telemedicine, concierge services




Taking Care of Your Family’s Emotional Wellbeing





How to Create a Work Space at Home PAGE 40


Tune it up: Get your car ready for summer PAGE 28

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ne of the greeatest silver linin ngs of this strangge time has been the rapidlly improving weather. Sum mmer is nearly in full swin ng and your outdoor spaces migght be getting a little more use than usual these days. No matter what kind kii of space you have—a small apartment balcony or a large back yard—there are a few little changes you can make to enjoy your outdoor space even more this summer. Michael Morris, hard-goods manager at The Flower Bin, says there are several colorful and easy-to-care for plants that can add a little variety to your ou utd door space. Good d ch hoiices for pereennials, which will regrow every spriing, include cone flower ((echinacea), ), coreopsis, blackeyed

Perennialss are an easy way to add color to your space e year after year.


intterest to the landscape,” he sayys. “In addition, these plants offfer support for bees, butterflies and other pollinators by prov viding forage throughout the seaso on.”

susan,, hyyssop, bee balm, buttterflyy bush and pincushion flower. Annuals, which only live through one season, are a good option if you live in a rental or aren’t sure where you’ll be next season. Theey also provide some different colors and visuals that you can’t achieve with h perennials. Morris recommends gerraniums, petunias, impatiiens, begoniiass, marigolds, salvia and zinnias. “Thesee shrubs and perenniaals propro vide color and d

Containeer gardens are perfect for small ballcony or patio spaces, and container plants can offer variety even if you have a larger backyard space to work with. “Don’t let the lack of a formal garden keep you from enjoying summer colors,” says Morris. “Even the smallest of courtyards or balco onies can find room for a hanging basket, a window box or some mixed containers filled with colorful annuaals. Chosen for their color and verssatility, annuals will do very well in


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containers, flower pots and hanging baskets.” For even more visual appeal, choose containers of varying sizes and heights. A combination of hanging baskets with tall and short planters can make for a very dynami mic garden d setting. In addition to seveeral of the annuals listed above, Morrris specifically recommends gerbera daisies and verbena for container gardens. He adds that high-grrade potting soil is a must to en nsure your container ainer plants thriv ve. “The success of any plant is rooted— — literally—in the soil it’s growing in n,”

he says. This soil advice applies to perennials planted in the ground, as well, so Morris recommends “improving the planting site by incorporating locally-produced organic material mixed in equal proportion with the

native soil.”

If you haven’t already started your garden for this year, you’re going to need to use seedlings to achieve any results this season. “At this point of the season,” says Morris, “if you want color in your garden, it’s too late to plant from seed. We have well ll-rooted annuals and perennials tthat are ready to take home and plan nt. We also offer our own planted co ontainers filled with a variety of beautiful annuals ready to take home and place on your balcony or deck. All this in addition to our legendaary hangingg baskets.” For more iinformation, visit theflowerbin.net.

Annuals like gerbera daisies, impatiens and geraniums add bright color to any summer garden. (Shutterstock)

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COMMUNITY Restrictions are slowly lifting, but social distancing is still very much a reality for the foreseeable future. As we ease back into life as we knew it, here are a few ideas for getting out and their alternatives while we’re still staying in.

Brunch Bunch

Who doesn’t love a lazy Sunday brunch? All the better when someone else does the preparing. An early morning bike ride, followed by a trip to a local morning eatery has long been a personal summer favorite, but current events have curtailed those plans.

But, even when you can’t sit at someone else’s table, you can still enjoy a good brunch. Grandpa’s Cafe in Berthoud offers up omelets and benedicts, cinnamon swirled mini-pancakes and even beignets—all the deliciousness that you’d expect from a brunch out. Call in your order and pick it up curbside to enjoy brunch in bed or on your own patio.

Happy Hour Local bars and pubs are going to need your patronage when things get rolling, but in the meantime, who says you can’t still have happy hour? Use your alone time to become your neighborhood

Movie Night

Movies have always been a go-to weekend activity that the whole family can enjoy. While theaters are still closed, take movie night outside instead. Mini projectors that hook up to your phone are available in a variety of compatibilities and price points. Grab a bed sheet or tarp (white is best) and tack it up to a fence or wall, start up your favorite streaming app and you’re good to go, though you may want wireless speakers to augment the sound. To make the experience even more fun, pick up a family-style meal from Niwot Tavern and spread out a blanket for a picnic dinner. Choices include meatloaf, mac and cheese, shepherd pie or fried chicken. If you’re looking for a sweeter option to go with your flick, to-go frozen custard from Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers fits the bill.



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Making Rooms

Adding a half-bath to a finished basement to ease bathroom congestion is a popular project with more people home at once. (Shutterstock)

Design upgrades create more elbow room in every corner of your home BY JOHN LEHNDORFF for LONGMONT MAGAZINE We have learned a lot about ourselves and our families in the past four months as we have stayed home to help fight the COVId-19 epidemic. This unprecedented period to togetherness has also taught us a lot about our homes. For one thing, we found out most homes are not designed to house two adults working from home offices while two kids tele-learn at the same time with a dog and a cat. Practicality and cabin fever have sparked homeowners to get the most out of the space they have – call it domestic social distancing. However, reimagining rooms when they are full of stuff is tough. Ask yourself: If I was moving into this house in 2020, 10 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

An increased need for privacy has some homeowners reevaluating and repurposing areas of their homes,tucking an office or study into former storage areas, attics or basements. (Shutterstock)

how would I use the space differently? Boulder architect Scott Rodwin suggests that you may be too close to the subject to see your home’s potential. “I was on a site visit recently with a homeowner who didn’t think they had any space to add what they needed. I asked about an old shed in the backyard. You could move the stuff inside to a storage locker, do a few renovations and turn it into a classroom/office,” says Scott Rodwin, owner of Boulder-based Rodwin Architecture and Skycastle Construction. The idea is to make rooms multi-use, depending on the time of day. “If you have an extra room only rarely used as a bedroom. You can install custom-built storage cabinets and a Murphy bed to open up the space. LongmontMagazine.com

The room can be suitable for a home office by adding a desk that folds down from the wall,” he says. One customer wanted to have a dedicated sewing space and Rodwin says he found a fold-down sewing table. With home offices going from afterthought to necessity and kids needing home desks too (besides the dining room table), the rooms need to be private … or at least quieter. “Some homeowners didn’t know they needed privacy at home until now. They are thinking about the concept of creating a sanctuary away from the household hubbub – an escape,” Rodwin says. That means improving acoustic privacy by covering hard surfaces with softer coverings. “You can install solid doors and cover space gaps under doors with gaskets. One easy May/June 2020

step is to hang acoustic tiles, but not the usual grey officestyle panels. Fabric-covered acoustic tiles come in all sort of great colors and shapes,” he says. Having insulation blown into walls and between floors deadens sound and cuts heating and cooling costs. There is sense of urgency in getting your projects started. “Since spring was on hold, the summer will be very busy for contractors,” Rodwin says, noting there is also a backlog of construction permitting and inspections previously put on hold. Some homebound folks simply realize their flooring and carpeting are outdated, according to Aleana Kincaid, manager of Longmont’s Aesthetic Flooring. “A lot of people are turning to waterproof flooring – wood-look vinyl tiles - all over the house. Some people who have kids and animals call it ‘life-proof.’ In the past you could have wood floors everywhere except bathrooms. Now you can have the wood look seamlessly in every room,” Kincaid says. Aesthetic Flooring offers the full range of flooring possibilities from carpets and tile to stone flooring and

Moskal, owner of Steve’s Plumbing in Longmont. Making basements cozier and more functional is a big motivation. “On one job, the couple moved their washer and dryer to the garage and installed a wet bar with a sink and stools in the basement,” Moskal says. Gas fire pits are a popular addition to outdoor areas that are popular with the whole family. (Shutterstock)

hardwood flooring. “There is a lot of interest in reclaiming garages as useable space. We have polished concrete treatments as well as epoxy coatings. If you want to use the space as a gym, you can install rubber flooring,” she says. Homeowners are also adding carpeting and pads for comfort and to dampen sound. “If you are turning a bedroom into an office change to low-pile carpet so chairs roll easily,” Kincaid says. When it comes to plumbing, stay-athome families are looking for practical solutions to irritating problems like bathroom traffic jams. “I’ve put in a lot of ½ baths in basements. Some people are getting more comfortable higher toilets,” says Steve

Reimagining spaces extends to patios and decks. “A lot of people are adding outdoor sinks with hot and cold water, usually next to outdoor kitchens and grills. You turn them off like sprinklers for the winter,” he says. The crowning outdoor comfort touch can be installing a gas firepit. “The kids love it for their marshmallows,” Moskal says with a chuckle. While some services that can be provided by phone and tele-conferencing, home consultation and renovation work is conducted in person. Homeowners need to make sure that family members and service providers observe social distancing, hand washing, sanitation and mask-wearing to keep everyone safe. John Lehndorff is the former Features Editor of the Daily Camera and host of Radio Nibbles on KGNU (88.5 FM, kgnu.org).

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At this point, the prospect of reading another article about the coronavirus probably sounds like torture. News of COVID-19 is splattered across every social media network and news outlet out there. It’s harder to avoid it than it is to learn about it. Fear not. This isn’t another doom and gloom story. Nor is this a campy take on DIY options for hand sanitizer and homemade masks. Instead, this article will focus on some of the productive, creative, uplifting things local folks are doing to manage their small businesses in the midst of the outbreak. What’s more, we’ll explore not only on-the-fly strategies for getting through 12 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

coronavirus, but some things that are likely to change for the better as a result. Feeling a little overdue for some good news? Read on.

New ways to maintain interaction Businesses of all kinds are embracing social distancing practices. Restaurants are offering delivery services, even if they normally limit their options to dine-in. Folks who typically commute to an office are working


from home. And everyone, from local shops to large national companies, now offers contactless delivery and curbside pickup services. Most grocers are offering pick-up services with many, like Mountain Fountain Market, offering delivery. Shoppers don’t have to set foot in the stores, taking risk down one more degree. “Even though we have been open this whole time as a small grocery store, I think this has really helped those that didn’t want to leave the house or the car,” says Carrie Olson, owner of Mountain Fountain Market in Hygiene. “People just called, and we would walk through the store and shop for them while talking to them on the phone.” May/June 2020

Dr. Sarah Bair is quick to get to the heart of the matter. “I just want to keep people safe,” she said.

Retailer, Ron R. Fine Jewelry in downtown Longmont has focused on the service side of their business for now. They are fielding phone calls and scheduling “by appointment only” repairs, limiting them to one customer at a time to maintain connections with their customers.

Bair is a dermatologist with Crossroads Dermatology. While some of her work can be done via telemedicine (more on that in a bit), there are times Dr. Sarah Bair, Crossroads Dermatology, has temporarily transitioned some appointments to telemedicine. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine) when it’s just not possible to diagnose machines, fabric and sewing accessoEven schools, including through video. In those cases, her ries, but the shop is also very focused Longmont’s Flagstaff Academy, have patients have no choice but to pay her on education and community. moved to distance learning, creating an actual visit in the office. new ways to deliver curriculum to

students. “Our entire Flagstaff Academy staff stepped up and adapted to providing high quality online learning within one week of having to leave our school. Our dedicated teachers remain agile, creative, and always strive to stay connected to their students,” said Executive Director, Wayne Granger. But in the midst of all of that, the things that matter most aren’t the ways we’re pushing away from each other, but the ways we’re staying connected. Which is precisely why the flexible strategies local leaders are embracing matter so much.

Shifting from face-to-face (for now)

Most businesses have shifted away from face-to-face interactions as much as possible. That’s hardly new news, but it’s worth pointing out. Of course, that puts a real burden on businesses. Melody Munson is the owner of Presser Foot, a local go-to for all things related to sewing. Not only does Presser Foot sell sewing May/June 2020

“I much rather have my customer, my student, right there, interacting faceto-face,” Munson said. Not only is it easier to teach sewing techniques, but the shopping experience is affected, too. “The tactile part of it is so important,” she explained. But even businesses you might not normally associate with “remote options” are finding ways to keep connected without actual contact. In Munson’s case, that’s happening in two ways. First, the shop is experimenting with live video for classes. Second, the shop is helping the sewing community help others by facilitating the creation of masks— over 6,300 of them to date! “The sewing community is just giving back as hard as we can,” Munson said.

Practical precautions In some cases, it’s just not possible to avoid face-to-face contact. While not ideal, sewing classes can be conducted via video. But what about things like trips to the doctor? LongmontMagazine.com

For the time being, that means extra precautions to minimize interaction and ensure everyone’s safety. At Crossroads, everyone in the office wears facial masks and patients are asked to check in from the parking lot rather than gathering in the waiting room. Bair suspects these social distancing strategies will remain in play for a while—at least until a vaccine is developed.

Telemedicine and online wellness Bair is also a proponent of telemedicine when she can ensure patient care. “I think it’s really nice,” she said. “Particularly for my acne patients.” That’s because some routine medical appointments simply don’t require a high level of direct interaction. For follow-ups and check-ins, a video chat can be just as effective as an inperson visit. The same can be said for mental health appointments.


Rachel Koenigsberg is a certified clinical hypnotherapist with Healthy Thoughts. She’s stepping up her phone- and video-based options to allow for social distancing while still providing essential services. (After all, this is a horrible time for folks to lose healthy coping outlets.)

brought out the best in Longmont residents. Munson has seen this first-hand as folks who previously didn’t know each other have seamlessly shifted into cooperative mode to facilitate the production of masks.

“If they’re feeling “The women of the afraid, I make myself [sewing] guild have available to them,” absolutely stepped The Presser Foot in Longmont has been bringing together members of its Koenigsberg said of up,” she said. community to produce masks like these. (Photo courtesy The Presser Foot) her efforts to facilitate phone and video sesBeyond COVID-19 As have locals sions with new and existing clients. With so much changing in the short from all different industries, backAnd if in-office sessions are necesterm, it’s worth considering what will grounds and interests. While no one sary, she’s ensuring a well-sanitized, go back to normal when this is all would ever invite the kind of tragsocially-distant environment, right done. edy COVID-19 has brought with it, down to a private waiting room. it’s important—vitally important—to “I think it will take a little while to acknowledge the good things happenMarketing during a pandemic get back to where we were,” Munson ing, too. One of the great challenges for all shared, explaining that her customers business leaders is learning how to want to be social, but they also want “We will continue delivery and curbmarket products and services during a to be smart about it. side pickup indefinitely since this will time when pushing too hard can feel be ongoing for some time I think,” off-putting. Instead, there’s a delicate Others agree. said Olson. balance—and Koenigsberg is striking it perfectly. Koenigsberg stated that she thinks And, while schools face a unique future business will “be a combinachallenges in planning, Granger said, Right now, Koenigsberg is offering a tion of both” face-to-face interaction “Our entire Flagstaff Academy staff free pre-recorded video session for and video- or phone-based interacstepped up and adapted to providing anyone who’s feeling a bit overtion for a while after COVID-19 is high quality online learning within whelmed during this difficult time. no longer an issue. Bair said much one week of having to leave our The video session is aimed at frontthe same, stating that one of the few school. Our dedicated teachers reline care workers, but it’s available to downsides to telemedicine is that main agile, creative, and always strive anyone. insurance doesn’t always cover it. She hopes that will change as we continue to stay connected to their students.” What’s more, there’s no bait-andswitch. It’s just a free, helpful offering to get the local community through the pandemic. If you’d like to check it out, Koenigsberg’s free session is available here: healthythoughts.net/feelingoverwhelmed 14 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

to keep our guard up against future outbreaks. What certainly won’t change is the way local leaders and residents pull together to overcome.

People are pulling together. We’re tapping into our creativity to find new and better ways to keep right on going. And in the long run, there’s good reason to think we’ll emerge from this a closer-knit, stronger community.

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Homemade Popsicles Instructions Simply blend each ingredient combo in your food processor or blender. Leaving the fruit a little chunky in pops like Coco-Mango or Strawberries & Cream makes for exceptionally photogenic pops. It’s all up to you.

Strawberries & Cream By Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel (TNS) None of us is sure how long all these new rules are going to last, but in Florida, it’s pretty safe to say we’ll still be social distancing when ice cream truck season rolls around in earnest. Solution? Make your own popsicles! Perks include family togetherness and fun snacks on a stick that don’t involve a deep fryer. Also, there’s room for creativity. You’ll see that these “recipes” are barely even recipes. Just instructions to pulverize two or three ingredients in a food processor, pour said concoction into some sort of mold and shove ‘em in the freezer. Any fruit you use could be sweet enough to avoid adding your own sweetener, so don’t feel compelled. But I used agave syrup in all of mine save the cucumber-melon (the honeydew I bought was exception16 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

al). You could also opt for something calorie-free, like Stevia. Simply sweeten your blend-ups to where you like them. Traditional popsicle molds are fun — mine have “sipper” straws built in so you can get every last drop — but I supplemented with a giant ice-cube tray. The boxy shape makes them stocky and super-cute! Stretch plastic wrap tightly over the top, cut little slits at the center of each section and slide in your sticks before freezing. Did you know that Michael’s sells stubby little sticks for just such a project? I didn’t, either! But I do now. I’m learning so much during this whole lockdown thing. Blueberry mojito popsicles are just the tip of the educational-opportunity iceberg. And speaking of ice, here goes… LongmontMagazine.com

Blend fresh strawberries and standard whipping cream.

Cucumber Melon Until we can get back to the spa, this one tastes like it. Blend up honeydew with peeled, seeded cukes. Save two slices for your eyes. Recline and enjoy.

Coco-Mango Mix fresh mango, coconut milk (I used the thick, full-fat canned variety) and coconut water with flakes.

Watermelon Kiwi Blend up watermelon, slice kiwi. Insert kiwi slices into molds, sticking them to the sides. Pour in watermelon. Makes for a pretty presentation.

Blueberry Mojito Add fresh blueberries, mint leaves, white rum, agave and club soda. Blend the first four to taste — don’t use too much rum or it won’t freeze well — add club soda at the end, stir before pouring into molds. Rum optional, of course. May/June 2020


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Taaking kii you ur pet to the veterinarrian’s officee looks a little different during the coronavirus pandemic, but dogs, cats and other small animals can still get the care they need from telemedicine, curbside, concierge and other services.


Veterinarians have a few recommendations for preventing some of those visits when taking pets outdoors for walks or hikes, but other visits remain essential during the stay-at-home order, which was lifted April 27 to become safe-at-home. Left Hand Animal Hospital in Niwot, for instance, offers concierge services for pets needing physical care and telemedicine for treatments and concerns that can be handled remotely—both services were implemented March 19. The animal hospital, which is open six days a week, determines the type of service that is needed on a caseby-case basis and if any visits can be delayed, such as routine dentistry and some annual examinations. The hospital also fills out prescriptions for three months at a time to limit May/June 2020

Veterinarians offer telemedicine,

concierge services the number of visits. “We want to make sure everybody stays safe, stays home and stays well during this coronavirus marathon,” said Nancy Bureau, veterinarian and co-owner of Left Hand Animal Hospital. “Reach out to your vet and ask if you should address it now or if it can wait, and the vet will guide those decisions. Vets are here to help during coronavirus times.”

Concierge Services Left Hand Animal Hospital’s concierge services are for examinations, vaccinations, acupuncture, physical therapy and surgery intakes, or what are considered essential services that


keep records up-to-date and treat pain and suffering. The services are appointment-based and do not involve an actual entrance into the hospital. Pet owners stay in their vehicles, and members of the nursing team, usually consisting of veterinary nurses, wear personal protective equipment of a face mask, goggles and gloves as they come out for a leash or carrier exchange in the practice of social distancing. With leashes, the pet owner takes the dog out of the car and exchanges the dog’s leash for one of the hospital’s 8-foot leashes that the team uses to bring the dog inside. With a cat carrier, the pet owner places it on the ground inside a fenced area, and then the team picks it up and brings it into the building. The doctors and nurses on staff (the terms used by the hospital) examine the pet and afterward consult the pet owner on their findings and recommended treatment options through a phone call or video conferencing.


“We have a dialog as if they are in the same room, except we are separated by the phone,” Bureau said.

Curbside Services

Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists in Longmont and Alpenglow Veterinary Specialty + Emergency Center in Boulder, both a part of the nationwide CompassionateFirst Pet Hospitals and considered essential businesses, switched to a curbside program for pets needing urgent care and emergency surgical services. Pet owners either call in advance or bring their pets directly to the 24-hour facility for their concerns, such as an injury, sudden lethargy, a collapse event or a change in mental status. The procedures that are allowed include emergency surgeries and internal medicine, oncology, cardiology and radiology services, but elective surgeries are prohibited. When pet owners arrive at the parking lot, they call from their vehicles, and a nurse wearing a mask and gloves comes out for a leash or carrier exchange. If the owner has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for it, the nurse brings dogs into a side door and wipes them down before bringing it inside. Nurses also wipe down cat carriers to remove any residual viruses or bacteria. “It’s less personal face time. Everything is done over the phone, but the animal gets the exact same care, which is great,” said Dr. Sierra Blauvelt, emergency veterinarian at Alpenglow Veterinary Specialty. 20 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Prior to the health crisis,a pup gets on the floor for an exam at Left Hand Animal Hospital. Now more precautions are in place as well as some telemedicine options. (Photo courtesy Left Hand Animal Hospital)

The veterinarians then conduct an evaluation, followed by a call to the pet owner about the recommended plan, and the owner can wait or come back later. “When explaining a disease process, it’s always nice to have a white board,” Blauvelt said. “It’s definitely been a challenge to verbally explain stuff over the phone.” Once the procedure is completed, the owner is emailed a diagnostic summary and discharge instructions and schedules a time for pick-up and to go over the results. The owner returns to the parking lot, and the nurse brings out the animal and verbally goes over what was sent via email, standing a few feet from the window. “Part of it is we’re saving a lot of paper,” Blauvelt said. LongmontMagazine.com

Pella Corner Animal Clinic in Longmont also provides curbside services for issues that need a physical visit, such as vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, labored breathing, ear or eye infections, and any abnormal behaviors. For these visits, staff comes out in masks and brings pets into the treatment area for examinations, vaccinations and any other tests or treatments that need to be done. Starting May 1, the clinic also began seeing pets for routine exams and vaccinations. The clinic’s appointments are separated by 30 minutes to minimize the number of vehicles and people in the parking lot at one time, said Jessica Russell, veterinarian and owner of Pella Corner. “We will continue to run appointments like this until the governor lifts all restrictions,” Russell said.

Telemedicine, Backup Supplies

Telemedicine is handled in a similar fashion as concierge and curbside services by using technology instead of in-person visits. Left Hand Animal Hospital and Pella Corner offer it, while Aspen Meadow and Alpenglow do not but are considering it for the future.

“It’s also for the ease of the clients so they don’t have to bring in their pet every time,” Blauvelt said. The team at Left Hand Animal Hospital provides telemedicine by using photos and videos to help conduct evaluations and to come up with a treatment plan. The team also can guide the pet owner through a home May/June 2020

exam, as long as the pet will tolerate the maneuvers. So far, most of the calls have been for runny noses, limping and one case of a challenge with the animal’s fur.

of self-quarantine or self-isolation. Also, a pet care and boarding plan is recommended if the owner contracts COVID-19 or needs to be hospitalized. “The best thing to do is to make sure we can take care of animals by keeping ourselves well,” Bureau said.

Pella Corner offers telemedicine for things like minor injuries, lameness and minor skin lesions. “We will likely not be doing many more telemedicine cases as the quarantine continues to be lifted,” Russell said. Bureau recommends pet owners take other precautionary measures, such

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Precautions for the Outdoors

Cats and smaller animals can be transferred to nurses inside their carrier, curbside. (Photo courtesy Left Hand Animal Hospital)

as getting a three-month supply of medications and a backup supply of food and other necessities in case


Pet owners can take additional precautions when going outdoors with their pets, such as on walks or hikes. They can practice social distancing of six feet, avoid places where humans congregate that include parking lots and trails, and keep walks close to home where it might be easier to maintain social distancing.


Owners are recommended to limit the animal’s increases in exercise by 10 percent a week to avoid strains, sprains and sore joints and to maneuver the animal through stretching exercises before engaging in the physical activity (consult with a vet or watch a video for suggestions), Bureau said. Signs of injury can include limping, not wanting to go out to engage in exercise, and not felling well, exhibited through decreased eating or drinking, vomiting, diarrhea or being lethargic, she said. “I would encourage people to know where they feel safe and where their pets feel safe,” Bureau said, adding that if they feel, “‘Oh, that’s not a good choice,’ then listen to that.” Blauvelt recommends avoiding activities that encourage pets to play


your pets be petted by people that you don’t know that aren’t within your family,” Bureau said, adding that someone with COVID-19 can t n e cough or sneeze while touching the r cur to do e h T animal, and then someone else can s “ ion i ing not t s e breathe in the virus when also touchsugg distanc an get ing the animal, since fur is a surface l c e a soci se pets to mak it.” that could promote transmission. u t beca virus bu t spread “The current suggestion is to do a n’ n coro mans do social distancing not because pets hu e r can get coronavirus but to make u s hard, sure humans don’t spread it.” such as mountain biking trips, hiking Another precaution for pet owners is tough terrain and back continual hand washing as a general country skiing. She also recommends practice but also following the touchusing a leash to keep them on the ing of an animal. trail, to minimize dog and snake encounters and to encourage the “Washing your hands is a good thing six-foot rule, both with the animals to do. It keeps everybody safe from and humans. all kinds of diseases,” Bureau said. “Currently, it’s suggested not to have


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During the Pandemic By ASHLEY MARTIN for LONGMONT MAGAZINE “There’s just so many levels to how this is manifesting in our communities and homes.” That’s Chandra Lontz-Smith, a licensed counselor and the owner of Genuine Heart Counseling. Like so many folks in her line of work, she’s proactively focused on how the pandemic is affecting us—as individuals, as families, and as a community. Her work is cut out for her. The coronavirus has turned our day-to-day lives upside-down. As we shifted gears to enable social distancing, we lost a lot of liberties that were, frankly, easy to take for granted. No more going to the office. No more shopping trips. No meals at local eateries, trips to the park, or outings just to run simple errands. Sociologists will likely be studying this period in history for decades to come. But here and now, what can we do to ensure the mental health and emotional well-being of ourselves and our families? 24 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Taking a walk with the family is just one method of self-care. (Shutterstock)

That’s what we’ll explore in this article, with Lontz-Smith’s help.

True self-care The term “self-care” is fairly well known, though Lontz-Smith suggests we may not fully understand just how simple self-care can be. “Self-care is more subtle than most people understand,” she explains. We might be inclined to think of self-care as a massage, a nice, long walk, or some other relaxing indulgence. But the truth is self-care can happen in a matter of seconds, literally any time. Lontz-Smith says self-care is best experienced “moment by moment, LongmontMagazine.com

breath by breath.” She encourages frequent breaks lasting only a few seconds to check in with yourself. Ask yourself some simple questions. How are you feeling in this moment? What emotions, including everything from fear and anxiety to joy or lightheartedness, are you feeling? How are you feeling physically right now? Just breathe for a bit. Accept your feelings in the moment. Remind yourself that you’re bigger than your feelings. Then move on with your day. That’s a manageable self-care routine, and it’s something we could all benefit from. May/June 2020

daily to-dos. You can’t control what’s going on in the world at large. When we focus too much on what we can’t control, we give anxiety a foothold. Manage what you can and lean into flexibility with what you can’t.

Vulnerability is strength Giving yourself a moment to process emotions and breathe is a quick way to focus on yourself, even while sitting at your desk. (Shutterstock)

Focus on what you can control In Lontz-Smith’s estimation, two of the more challenging aspects of our current situation have to do with “the duration and the unknown.” We’ve been isolating for weeks. It’s wearing on us. Plus, we have no idea how long this will last.

So she suggests a straightforward coping strategy. Focus on what you can control and be flexible with what you can’t control. You can control things like your kids’ current school schedule, the delivery services you choose, your workout routine, and other elements of your


Often, we’re tempted to play our cards close to our chests when it comes to certain emotions. Most of us are slower to share things like fear, anxiety and feeling overwhelmed. But Lontz-Smith’s advice, while counter-intuitive, tends to yield better results. Instead of hiding how you feel, speak it out loud. Literally name the emotions. If you feel anxious, actually say, “I feel anxious right now.”





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Any vehicle needs basic upkeep, even during a global health pandemic. The COVID crisis has impacted virtually every facet of daily life in Colorado, the U.S. and the rest of the world, including basic transportation. People are working from home; roads are emptier; rush hour doesn’t mean what it did two months ago. Even so, it’s important to keep up basic and importance maintenance on your car. Even if one’s personal work routine is now centered at home, an oil change or an air conditioning check can make a difference in ensuring that summer driving doesn’t pose any unexpected perils or headaches. “Basically, I tell my customers to keep do what they’ve always been doing this time of year,” said Steve Powers of Steve’s Automotive in Longmont. “Do your prescribed maintenance like oil changes or brake conversions. Cars won’t be off the road long enough to worry about major deterioration.”


UP “We’ve had people dropping cars off and saying they’ll pick them up when they’re done so they’ll have them for summer,” Powers said. “Usually, they’ve been driving them already.”

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That’s not to say that car owners shouldn’t be cognizant of health guidelines and restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Steve’s Automotive has been deemed an essential service, and has thus kept open during the larger state shutdown. Even so, they’ve abided by guidelines by minimizing contact with customers and keeping social distanc-



Many of the customers fall into a unique category, Powers added. Steve’s Automotive specializes in classic, collectible cars, vintage vehicles that are often featured in parades, car shows and other spring and summer events. While the health crisis has altered the timing of many of these events, drivers have kept up the basic maintenance needed to keep their older cars running. After all, driving a vintage ’56 Chevy in the Colorado sunshine is a good way to keep social distancing. “Some of the shows have been canceled, but this week, a lot of the regular players are driving their cars in front of a nursing home for a mini parade,” Powers said. “There will be no contact, and all the usual collectors will be there.”

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The current circumstances offer an opportunity for non-classic car collectors as well. Automotive centers like Stonum Auto have started offering specialized services for those drivers who want to ensure their vehicle is as clean and as safe as possible. In addition to standard oil change, brake and AC services, employees at Stonum offer a deep clean during every service. “Your vehicle will be sanitized before service and after, including steering wheels, shift knobs and keys. We are utilizing plastic seat covers during service,” Stonum tech-

over the phone. For our seniors and high-risk customers we will offer vehicle pick up, repair/ sanitize and vehicle returned to your home.” Such measures are designed to maintain necessary Fear of contamination shouldn’t keep you from getting your vehicle road ready for summer. Extra precautions are being taken to ensure your safety. (Photo courtesy Stonum Automotive)

nicians write on the center’s website, adding that other precautions are a standard part of current operations. “You may use our key drop at any time so as not to have to come into the facility. We will handle the rest of the transaction including payment

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How to buy shoes online in a ‘safer-at-home’ world BY SARAH HUBER for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Between stay-at-home orders, sunny days and shuttered gyms, record numbers of Coloradoans are pulling ratty sneakers and long-abandoned hiking boots from the back of the closet. And many of these new and renewed athletes are also calling, texting and emailing Jason Wetzel, owner of Brown’s Shoe Fit. He acknowledged, “People are looking for new shoes, but how do you get

the perfect fit without trying on the shoe?” When Governor Polis instituted the first stay-at-home order in March, Wetzel resolved to do what he’s done for 17 years: help his neighbors discover a “shoe that fits perfectly and perfectly fits its use.” He continued, “We’ve been part of this community for so long, basing our business on personalized interaction, that we determined to find new ways to continue to offer that personal interaction.”

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These days you’re probably spending a lot more time indoors than we may be used to. The kids may be climbing the walls, and you may be losing patience. But never fear! Many local, state and national entities are helping out by providing free or discounted content to fill up your hours.

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The Virtual Disney World channel on YouTube takes viewers through roller coasters and other attractions at many of Disney’s theme parks, first person. Grab your Mickey ears and charge your kids $20 per soda and it will be just like being there—without the lines and unbearable heat. Visit youtube.com/channel/UCYyJUEtYv-ZW7BgjhP3UbTg .

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If you have kids working through distance learning, provide a little educational fun through the Denver Zoo’s Zoo to You Virtual Safari video content. Learn about animals at the zoo with Denver Zoo staff, upclose and personal. Get activity ideas and help name the baby rhino! Go to denverzoo.org/zootoyou/ .

Play up the Fun

Not into video games, but miss the fun of a good game night? There are a couple of outlets just for you. Playing Cards (PlayingGards.io) lets you join game rooms and play old fashioned games like Checkers and Crazy Eights, virtually. Board Game Arena offers real-time or turn based formats, allowing you to play with a group of friends or other players world-wide in your own time. Choose from a wide array of popular board games redesigned for online play at boardgamearena.com

Stay in Tune

For the music junkies among us the lack of concerts and performances feels tragic. Luckily for us there are several ways online that we can enjoy a show from the past or present. The Metropolitan Opera is streaming past performances for free on its website, metopera.org.

Live Nation, Live From Home is offering free and ticketed streaming performances from national and local touring acts and festivals at livenation.com/ livefromhome . StageIt is a similar format, 100% online ticketed concerts at stageit. com . Finally, check in with your favorite artists online or through social media as many are posting free streaming content as well as ticketed events.

Dance Revolution

Colorado ballet company, Wonderbound, presents some of its members leading viewers through short choreographed dance segments, move-by-move. Once you (or your energetic kids) have mastered all of the choreography, combine it with the provided music for a recital, performance or just for fun. Try it at wonderbound.com! May/June 2020




BRIGHTEN LOCAL COMMUNITIES Several calls for artists in the area to submit their work come at an opportune time. Perhaps they are spending more time in their studios these days. And enhancing local indoor and outdoor landscapes is always welcome.

Leann Harding works on taking her winning entry, Funky Spunky, from model to full size work in 2011. (Photo courtesy AIPP)


Architect Anne Postle of Osmosis Art and Architecture in Niwot is the originator and the lead of this great event each year. She asks, “What do you think of when you think about Niwot? Charming downtown? Wonderful parks? Farms dotting the scenery with great mountain views? Parades and Rock & Rails? Trains? There are so many things that make Niwot a special place, and they vary with everyone you ask.” She points out that the “Why Not Niwot?” juried art show was established to use art to highlight all the things that make Niwot special. The show is sponsored by 34 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

lected prints (or wine!) every year!” the Niwot Cultural Arts Association and Osmosis Gallery, and 2020 is the show’s ninth year. All entries must feature the uniqueness of Niwot. The winning piece each year is printed on cards, prints and a wine label with proceeds going to the Niwot Cultural Arts Association to fund the maintenance for Niwot’s parks. “Many Niwotians have col-


For 2020 the entry deadline has been extended to June 15, due to the coronavirus. “The extension has given many artists some extra time to create new works that highlight our very special town!” All entries will be on display in local businesses in July and August and the community is encouraged to see them all and vote for their favorite. Maps are available at all participating businesses, and only people who view every entry are allowed to submit a People’s Choice ballot. Every submitted ballot is put May/June 2020

Beaded, by Mario Jose Olvera, was a 2019 winning entry. (Photo courtesy AIPP)

into a drawing for a print of the winning piece. Both the judges’ winners and the People’s Choice Awards will be announced at Niwot’s First Friday Artwalk on September 4. Grand prize is $500, second place $250, third place $100, People’s Choice Award $100.

to coincide with spring ArtWalk downtown.

Entry application can be downloaded at niwot. com/events/why-notniwot-a-juried-art-show. Or contact Osmosis Art and Architecture, 290 Second Ave., P.O. Box 1024, Niwot, CO 80544; 303.652.2668; osmosisarchitecture. com

“SHOCK ART” Shock Art is an annual program organized by Longmont Art in Public Places (AIPP). In partnership with Longmont Power & Communications, the AIPP Commission opted in 2010 to allocate funds to enhance the switchgear boxes throughout Longmont. AIPP commissions five to seven individual artists or artist teams to visually transform selected electric boxes into dynamic works of art. Artists or teams are paid a stipend of $2,000. Shock Art is an excellent opportunity for new, up and coming artists to practice their hand at smaller mural projects, and with the public art process from artist call for entry through contract execution and project completion. May/June 2020

Involvement from citizens within the community is essential to the success of the program. Involvement from citizens within the community is essential to the success of the program. Citizens are asked to submit ideas for sites for upcoming projects each year as well as given the opportunity to sit on citizen selection panels. Typically, the Call for Artists comes out in the spring and a community voting event is held to select the winners. This year the in-person voting event was originally scheduled LongmontMagazine.com

However, according to Angela Brill of Art In Public Places (AIPP), “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shock Art is postponed until the Art in Public Places program can safely and effectively accept in-person artist submissions and engage the community in the voting process. You can keep an eye out for updates by visiting the AIPP webpage, by following us on Facebook or by signing up for our e-newsletter by emailing AIPP@ longmontcolorado.gov.” She explains, “Once an artist call for entry is launched we will ask artists or artist teams to submit a scale model (11-by-10-by-7.25-inches) painted with their proposed design on all sides. Artists will then deliver the models in-person to the designated drop-off location within the designated drop-off windows. Dates, drop-off times and additional details are to be decided and will be announced on the webpage, our Facebook page and through our e-newsletter. A community voting engagement opportunity will also be announced with the artist call for entry details.”



Wish “safer from home” guidelines in place, any events that involve large groups of people gathering together are very likely to be canceled or postponed—particularly if it is an indoor event. Even most outdoor activities can be a problem if they still bring people too close together for social distancing to be put into practice. It is still possible to go outside singly or with close family to enjoy the sunshine and many of the natural resources Colorado has to offer. People should continue to follow social distancing guidelines. Popular natural trails or bike paths will not be able to accommodate the number of people they have in the past. Alternate routes will have to be sought out—or you may have to wait for a less busy time. With some creativity and patience, however, it is still possible to enjoy summer in Colorado.

What To Expect and What To Look Forward To

rent safety guidelines while still being able to bring some entertainment and education to the community. Some have fared better than others.


Local organizations have been trying to find ways to address the cur36 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Don’t assume all events are canceled.


hings may look a bit different this year, but there are still things to do here and around Longmont.


An example of an event that, instead of being canceled, got postponed instead is the 8th Annual Lightshine Radler Ride. Understanding that getting anywhere between one and two thousand cyclists together isn’t a reasonable option at the moment, organizers have moved the June event to September 26. That said, they hope people will still come out and get on their bikes this month to ride the Greenways and bike lanes across Longmont. Riding is still an open activity for many people to enjoy given sensible precautions such as being masked, riding solo, or just with family. Bicycle Longmont will continue to hold Longmont Bike Nights on Wednesdays and Longmont Eastside Bike Night on Mondays. Riders should wear face tmasks and follow appropriate social distancing guidelines. Just the same, these are still great opportunities to enjoy cruises around Old Town Longmont or Northeast Longmont. The Stimulus Moustachus Ride to benefit local breweries, distilleries, and cideries will be spread throughMay/June 2020

out May rather than be a single day ride event. Cycling enthusiasts can ďŹ nd details on these and other activities on the Bicycle Longmont Facebook page.

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Longmont Pride Week may be a little dierent this year, but no less fun. (Photo courtesy Out Boulder County)

participants, the organizers of Longmont Pride Week have decided to take their celebration to virtual spaces online.

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June 22 kicks off six days of events hosted online, including Rainbow Storytime with the Longmont Public Library, LGBTQ family planning seminar, trivia, an over-50 mixer, a community LGBTQ training seminar, and more. Longmont Pride Week culminates in a major online event on June 27 with feature performers on Facebook live and photo album memories of past events and people. Longmont Pride invites everyone to participate in these online events. News updates can be found online at outboulder. org/longmont-pride-2020, and further details on how to get involved will be released as they get closer to the event.


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Though Strawberry Festival isn’t happening this year, antique enthusiasts can still plan on attending Pumpkin Pie Days. (Photo courtesy St. Vrain Historical Society)

concerns. That doesn’t mean that lovers of area ciders are left out in the cold all year, though. Local cider sources such as Longmont’s St. Vrain Cidery have arranged pick-up and delivery options for interested customers.


The Colorado Cider Guild has events scheduled for the fall season and are optimistic conditions will have changed enough by then to go with those events as planned. Colorado Cider Week in November will include several activities involving local cider producers. You can find out more on their website at CoCiderGuild.org to keep on top of the latest announcements.


he yearly St. Vrain Historical Society’s Strawberry Festival has been canceled for 2020, but, as of now, October’s Pumpkin Pie Days will still be going on as scheduled. Enjoy a slice of pie topped with fresh whipped cream from Longmont Dairy while perusing antiques and collectibles presented by vendors from all over Colorado. Summer may have been disappointing for many people. Still, local organizations are determined to make sure there is plenty to offer once things get a bit more back to normal.

Summer concerts and other events

One thing the people of Longmont could always look forward to each year was the summer concert series sponsored by the Longmont Museum and other events. With complications arising from safer-athome practices, many events have either been canceled, postponed, or held in limbo as organizers decide how to both meet the needs of the community and follow public health protocols.



nfortunately, this year’s Pressed Fest has been canceled due to COVID-19


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you’ve been looking forward to is still going on as scheduled, or has been

organization’s website or Facebook page for the latest updates. You can also find the CDC and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment recommendations from their respective websites. Be patient, be creative, and be safe. It may take a little practice at first, but there are a lot of ways to enjoy summer in Colorado.

FOR MORE INFORMATION... Bicycle Longmont facebook.com/ BicycleLongmont Longmont Pride Celebration outboulder.org/ longmont-pride-2020

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Advertiser Directory

The Longmont area is fortunate to have so many wonderful businesses and activities to choose from. Here’s a comprehensive at-a-glance guide to the advertisers you see in this edition, helping make our city a wonderful place to live.


Aesthetic Flooring & Hard Surfaces, Inc. 4350 CO-66 Longmont, CO 80504 aestheticflooring.com Aspen Meadow Veterinary Clinic 104 S Main St. Longmont, CO 80501 aspenmeadowvet.com


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The Flower Bin Garden Center & Nursery 1805 Nelson Rd. Longmont, CO 80501 theflowerbin.net Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 2250 Main St. Longmont, CO 80501 freddysusa.com/store/longmont-co Front Range State Bank 2001 Main St. Longmont, CO 80501 rnbonline.com


Genuine Heart Counseling, LLC 16 Mountain View Ave., #112 Longmont, CO 80501 genuineheartcounseling.com Grandpa’s Café 903 Mountain Ave. Berthoud, CO 80501 mygrandpascafe.com

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Koenigsberg, Rachel M. CCHT 16 Mountain View Ave. Ste. 115 Longmont, CO 80501 healthythoughts.net


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Rabbit Brush Gallery 7504 Hygiene Rd. Longmont, CO 80503 rabbitbrushgallery.com The Red Door Arts and More 7510 Hygiene Rd. Longmont, CO 80503 reddoorartsandmore.com Robinson, Terry E. , M.D. 500 Coffman St., Ste. 109 Longmont, CO 80501 longmonteyecare.com Ron R. Fine Jewelry 452 Main St. Longmont, CO 80501

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Working from home can be as easy as pulling a console table and chair into a room. (Dreamstime/TNS)

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be in that office,” said Owens, CEO of Sappari Solutions, which works with small business owners and entrepreneurs nationwide. Betsy Wentz, owner of Studio B Interior Design in Sewickley, is working from home and says it can be as easy as pulling a console table and chair into a room. Wentz was selected to design a room in the prestigious Kips Bay Palm Beach Designer Show House earlier this year. She has created work spaces ranging from a desk at the bottom of a staircase to a work station along a bank of windows to rooms used only as home offices. “Make a dedicated work space so you aren’t tempted to move from room to room,” she says. LongmontMagazine.com

You’ll need to separate yourself from the rest of the household. Use a vanity table, desk or any usable flat surface where you can pull up a chair, Wentz says. “Even a large center hall table can be recommissioned as a desk.” Her own work station is close to her kitchen. “With four active children and two working parents, it made the most sense for me to have my desk area — which is basically a large island open to the kitchen — where I spend a lot of time,” Wentz says. “It enables me to be present with the family while keeping an eye on schedules, bills, calendar and work.” When choosing a room, Owens suggests starting with avoiding what May/June 2020

set up with an activity and then we are all working at the same time,” she says. Designer Becky Jarold of B. Jarold and Company also has a dedicated work area in her kitchen. She chose this spot for the view and the light. “The position of the desk and computer facing the door is so that I have a lot of light and can look up from my computer and see what is happening outside,” she says. A workspace can be a simple set up in any room, as long as it’s away from distractions and its size is adequate for your needs. ( Shutterstock)

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puter or other items? How big is the computer, printer and other equipment that you need to do your job? I sometimes need two computers side by side and then a side return for paperwork, for example.” Susan Muschweck of Susan Muschweck Interior Design in Pine has done many home offices for clients. Some are unused dining rooms. “I typically turn formal living rooms into office spaces, which is a wonderful use of square footage,” she says. She is now working with her staff remotely from a dedicated room on the first floor of her home. “It’s a self-contained room with a window, a full closet for storage and right near a bathroom and exit to the outside … . I am not a fan of second-floor offices.” Decks, porches and other outdoor spaces can work, too, Muschweck says. “The stay-at-home order has made it possible to segue into the spring and summer season seamlessly by getting a jump on setting up exterior spaces

Even when you are working in a real office, on the very best days you only do about six hours of focused work in an eight-hour day.

Owens, the productivity expert, says home workers must be realistic — goal-oriented rather than timefocused. “It’s important to worry less about how many hours you put in and more about how much you accomplish, and if you have accomplished what is expected,” she says. “Even when you are working in a real office, on the very best days you only do about six hours of focused work in an eight-hour day.”

and having them fully operational once the warm weather descends upon Pittsburgh.”

While working from home can be challenging, it can also be productive and even entertaining.

Designer Allie Dolnack, who works with Muschweck, moved her office to the garden on a recent sunny day.

“Spring is popping with the early flowering trees in full bloom along with the daffodils and forsythia,” Muschweck says. “The directive of stay at home gave me the opportunity to cross off many to-do list items, cook more meals than I’ve even done, and occasionally sit and watch the neighborhood parade of dogs walking by from my window.”

“While working from home, even the best designed office can start to feel confining, making the creative process difficult,” Dolnack says. “Since we’ve been experiencing some beautiful spring days, getting outside into the fresh air and sunshine really helps to recharge the creative drive.”

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